Monday, December 5, 2016

Soap and Glory "The Perfect Ten" Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette Review

Happy December Ladies!

It blows my mind that it's already December. This year seriously flew by so quickly...and so much has changed for me in my personal life this past year. It's crazy. Anyway I haven't done a review in a while so I decided to review a product that is on a lot of people's wish lists for this Christmas season. 

I love Soap and Glory as a whole, their brand is awesome and I am absolutely obsessed with their body lotions. They have such amazing smelling body lotions that make your skin as smooth as butter. The downside of the brand is that it used to be a little hard to find, as it was only sold at stores like Sephora or online. Recently select Walgreens stores started selling Soap and Glory brand products, so of course I went online and searched the closest Walgreens store to me to check out their entire display. 

Soap and Glory recently came out with "The Perfect Ten" (limited edition) eyeshadow palette. When I saw this palette I was eager to try it because I loved all of their other products so much. I actually got it as a gift for my birthday and was so excited to receive something I had been wanting to try so badly. The Perfect Ten palette retails for $20.00. It's (obviously) a 10 pan eyeshadow palette, which is perfect for an everyday daytime nude look, or a sexy smokey eye. (The names of the individual shadows are super cute too- Moon Mist, Minky, Nudecomer, Copper, Toasty, Damsel, Cream Soda, Choccy, Plumtious, and Smoulder.)




The packaging was cute, and I love that they included the shades on the back to show you what you were getting. It has a magnetic closure also, and I love that because it won't just fly open inside my purse, and it makes it harder for little fingers (AKA my kids) to open and destroy it. This palette has a good range of shades. I love the first white shade for my brow bone, and the darker shades are perfect for your outer corner. 



I have to be honest, the first time I tried this palette, I wasn't as impressed as I was hoping I'd be. The double-sided brush is not good at all (which I wasn't expecting it to be, I rarely use the brushes that palettes come with). The matte shades were pretty chalky which caused a lot of fallout and the palette as a whole wasn't as pigmented as I was hoping it would be.

Not to be defeated (lol), I tried it again another day. This time I used a primer, different brushes, and a setting spray. Each time before I dipped my brush in the shadow, I sprayed the brush with NYX matte finish setting spray (black bottle). It made the shades much more pigmented and easier to work with. I was much more impressed this time.

The Perfect Ten wasn't perfect in my opinion, but it wasn't horrible. I don't reach for it everyday but I do enjoy using it once in a while. I like the shimmer shades the best, as they're the easiest to work with. My biggest tip for getting the most out of this palette would be to make sure you use a good eye primer and setting spray on your brushes. Trust me, it will make a world of difference.

Have you tried out this palette or any other Soap and Glory products? Let me know what your opinion on them is in the comments below!

xo, Sarah

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Zaful Haul (Giveaway!!)

Hello Beauties!

I can't believe it's already the end of November! In just a few short days it will be my birthday, and then before we know it, it will be Christmas! This year just flew by. Wow.

Anyway, I'm doing a collaboration with Zaful and they are currently doing a giveaway! They are a clothing website that provides the very latest in compelling designs for the fashionably chic, along with providing exceptional value, quality, and great customer service. They have some really great pieces, you should check them out!

There are other bloggers doing this giveaway as well, and they are picking 10 readers to each get a $100 gift card to their site!

To enter the giveaway:
1.) Visit Zaful.com.
2.) Comment below with the link to your favorite product on their site. 
Tip: Leave your email also, you will have a greater chance of winning.

It's super simple to enter and they have so many items to choose from, so no matter who wins, they will be able to find something that fits their personal style.

Good luck!

xo, Sarah

Zaful.com

Rose Wholesale Reviews

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Things I'd Tell My 15-Year-Old Self. . .

I've seen the tag "Things I'd Tell My (insert age here) Year Old Self" go around Facebook and the blog world, and it really got popular after a 12 year old girl died unexpectedly and her parents found a letter she wrote to herself to read when she was an adult. You can read the article here. It's very touching and so heartbreaking at the same time. I decided to do this because the things that happened in my life at age 15 really did effect my future in a big way.

The year I was 15 was a monumental year in my life. I lost my virginity to the boy I had been dating for a year. I fell in love for the first time. (I know I was young but now that I'm older, I am confident that it was actual love, not lust.) I found out first-hand what domestic abuse was from the same boy. I was heartbroken because my mom who had recently moved to South Carolina, promised us that she was moving back to Chicago to be with us permanently and after 3 weeks left us...broke our hearts...and proceeded to do the same thing again. I (regrettably) tried a drug for the first time that would change my life forever. I was very self-conscious and trying desperately to find myself. 15 was a huge year in my life and it was full of change, that's why I chose to write to my 15 year old self. It's super personal but I'm very open and honest (sometimes to a fault) and don't mind sharing with you guys.
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Sarah,

This is going to be a crazy year for you. It's going to be full of fun but also full of heartbreak. The first thing I want to tell you is that you are absolutely beautiful the way you are. I would absolutely love nothing more than to have the body that you have now, back. You are not inadequate, you are beautiful in your own way and people would kill to look like you. Hold your head high and have confidence! "ALWAYS remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and more beautiful than you could ever believe."

You need to stop caring so much about what other people think. You are smart, beautiful, and just as good as every other girl at your school. You need to speak up, don't let anyone put you down. Don't live for other people, live for yourself and do what makes YOU happy!

Up until now, you've been very strong && never touched the drug that your friend is about to offer you. KEEP SAYING NO. You don't need to try it, nothing good will come from this. You won't be missing out on anything by not doing it. Losing friends, losing trust, losing freedom, your soul and your self-worth is all that is going to come from trying that evil drug. You will end up in prison, and what started as a social activity will eventually have you crying in a cell all by yourself. It's not worth it. I can honestly tell you that it will absolutely ruin your life and you will lose E V E R Y T H I N G.

The first time Dave puts his hands on you, get out of there! It will only get worse from here. You are worth so much more than that. Every time he apologizes, it's a lie. It will only escalate and each time it happens it will be more serious. Someone that loves you will never abuse you, steal from you, make you feel like you're nothing, cheat on you, or lie to you. Just because you love him, doesn't mean he loves you. Being with him is a waste of your time. The relationship will end in 2 1/2 years when you're finally sick and tired enough and leave him. The bruises will fade, but you'll never forget the emotional abuse that he put you through. His words will slice through your heart forever. Don't just sit there and listen to it. RUN, now, as far as you can as fast as you possibly can.

Something else you need to know is that family will end up letting you down more than anyone. Unfortunately the person that gave you life will make you hate your life at times. You need to realize now that it's not your fault. Her decisions are her decisions, and her being selfish has nothing to do with you. Your family was once as close to "perfect" as you could get. Now it's completely dysfunctional and ripped apart. I know it hurts but you have to let it go. No family is perfect, and you're not alone. Don't keep everything in. You need to talk to someone about this, because harming yourself doesn't make you feel any better. It will just leave ugly scars. You should give your dad more credit and let him know how much you appreciate him. He's doing this all on his own and it's not easy. Although he can go overboard (and does so quite often), he still loves you and is doing the job of two parents while running a business and raising two teenagers. Make sure you tell him that you appreciate the sacrifices he makes on a daily basis for you and your brother. You'll understand better when you have kids of your own. (Which by the way, will be absolutely adorable. ;) ) Although you give him more credit than your mother, he will eventually let you down as well. Enjoy the time you have with him because your time being close with him will be abruptly cut short.

As much as your little brother pisses you off, treat him better. He is the only one that will consistently be there. Eventually he'll be the only family you have. Start a good relationship with him now; don't wait until you're in your 20's. Your mom was right- he really will be your very best friend.

Most of all, enjoy being young. Don't rush so much to grow up. Being an adult isn't as fun as you think it is. It sounds so cliche but it's so true. Enjoy not having a million responsibilities on your shoulders and enjoy being young and FREE! You're only young once...





Sunday, November 20, 2016

StyleWe Collab

Hey ladies!

After a long period without any posts, I'm happy to say I'm back for good. I've really missed blogging and the whole blogging world, especially my blogger friends! Anyway while I was gone, I received an email from the owner of StyleWe and decided to collab with them!

StyleWe is an online fashion shopping platform featuring independent fashion designers. It's a fashion community that is shared by designers and customers alike (and they have some seriously cute stuff!). One thing I really like about this site is the diversity. There are so many different styles of clothing, it would be impossible to NOT find something that catches your eye and appeals to your fashion sense.

I could literally spend hours on their site because they have SO many different styles, but a few of my top picks would be:


Dark Blue Angora Blend Turtleneck Long Sleeve Sweater
 I think this would be super cute for a night out with friends or even for work depending on what you pair it with. You can find this here.

Burgundy Casual Cowl Neck Knitted Solid Poncho
I love these ponchos, they are so warm and cozy and still stylish at the same time. You could pair this with distressed skinny jeans or leggings, and could dress it up or down with heels or fall boots. Super cute!! You can find this here.

Pink Sweet Magnetic Cowhide Leather Satchel

I thought this was super cute too. I love the baby pink color and the structure of the bag. This can be found here.

Check out the site for yourself!

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xo, Sarah

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Surprise! Mia Isabella was born on 11/20/2014

DISCLAIMER: This birth story is VERY detailed and I included all of the gory details. Lol. Read at your own risk. 😉

Hey everyone!

I've been super busy moving and taking care of a newborn so I didn't get to write this out as soon as I wanted to. I've been doing it little by little on my phone. Anyway, Mia is 4 months old now. Here is her birth story:

My due date was November 16, 2014. It came and went with no action, and I was really surprised. I had been having Braxton Hicks contractions since the beginning of my 2nd trimester, and had been losing pieces of my mucus plug for the past month, so I was shocked that she didn't come early.
















The morning of November 19th was no different than any other morning. There were absolutely no signs that I'd be meeting my little girl in less than 24 hours. That afternoon, I started cramping lightly. This was nothing new, it happened pretty much every day, so I thought nothing of it. I had sex, thinking that it would either stop the crampinghad  get labor going. (With Lexi sex induced labor, so I was hoping it would do the same this time...and it did!!) Immediately afterward I started cramping harder. I wasn't sure if I was in actual labor or it was another false alarm, so I downloaded a contraction timer app and started timing my contractions. They were all over the place, and the length and intensity varied greatly. At this point they were just uncomfortable, like period cramps. I went to the bathroom and lost my mucus plug. It scared me because it was big and bloody. With Nevaeh I lost my mucus plug during labor and it was just clear/white with no blood. I don't remember losing my mucus plug with Lexi. I also noticed that I was bleeding lightly. Around 7 pm, I decided to take a nap and see if the cramping gradually got worse or if it slowed down or stopped altogether while I was sleeping.     

Around 11:30 pm I woke up with severe cramping. I realized now that this could definitely be labor and I needed to get to the hospital. I woke up Lexi and got her dressed. Me being the dumbass that I am, didn't pack MY hospital bag ahead of time so I just threw a bunch of random stuff into a bag for myself. (I forgot pretty much everything that I actually needed.) Luckily I did pack Mia's diaper bag in advance so she had everything she needed.

At this point I had to actually stop what I was doing and breathe through a contraction. They were getting more and more painful and were definitely more regular than they were earlier in the day. My contractions were very close   together now, only a couple minutes apart. We left the apartment and raced to the hospital. My labor with Lexi was SUPER quick just like this one, and I was scared that I was going to deliver in the car. Luckily the hospital was only about 15 minutes away and we made it there in about 7. I got dropped off by the emergency room entrance while he parked the car. I had to stop on my way in because I had a really intense contraction. At this point the contractions were consistent and MAYBE 2 minutes apart. There was a couple in front of me and I remember it seeming like it took FOREVER for the nurse to get to me. Finally they got me a wheelchair and put my hospital bands on me. A nurse took me upstairs into a little room and had me change into a gown. She checked me and I was already 8.5 cm dilated. When she told me that, I had the horiffic realization that an epidural probably wasn't going to happen and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Lol.

She wheeled the bed into a delivery room. They put the monitor for the baby around my stomach and started trying to get an IV in me. Trying to get a vein on me is nearly impossible, and I had visions of slapping the people that were attempting to do so during a contraction. After about 5 attempts they finally got the IV in.

I remember rolling onto my side and lifting up my leg with every contraction. The nurses kept telling me to keep my legs closed and not to push....easier said than done. Lol. With Lexi I screamed during every contraction. This time I just stayed still (for the most part) and COMPLETELY silent. It felt like it hurt more to scream.

The doctor finally came in and checked me after the broke down the bed and got everything ready. I was completely dilated and effaced. My water broke with the first push. It didn't explode like last time. This time it just kind of leaked out. They put the oxygen mask on me while I pushed. The doctor said the baby was really low but I had to push more than I did with Lexi and Nevaeh. I probably pushed about 8 times this time. I did scream towards the end.

I put my hand down there to see if I could feel anything, but I didn't. I pushed one last time. Her head and body came out all in one big push, which surprised me because it took two pushes with my other two to get them completely out. She started screaming immediately. The nurses commented on what a "healthy set of lungs" she had. Haha. Another nurse said that when babies are first born it's hard to tell who they look like, but she said Mia looked just like her dad. They cleaned her off and handed her to me. The doctor checked to make sure I didn't tear while I was holding her and had me push one more time to get the placenta out. I breastfed her for the first time and she latched right away perfectly. After that I did skin to skin with her for an hour. This labor and delivery was just as quick as Lexi's was. It was just as hard
and  just as painful because once again I got there too late for the epidural. Just like with Lexi, I wasn't sure if I was in labor because I'd been having Braxton Hicks contractions for so long. My labor and delivery with Mia didn't go exactly as planned but it was beautiful and just as special as my labor and delivery experiences with my older two kids.

Although this pregnancy was a total surprise for us, we were so excited to find out that we were adding another princess to our family. I am so blessed to have 3 healthy, smart, beautiful little girls. We were very surprised to see how much Lexi wants to help with the baby. We were nervous at first because she's used to being the youngest and a having all the attention to herself, and now she has to share it. She's super helpful though and loves to help feed Mia, bring diapers to us, etc. I am so blessed to have my girls and don't know what I'd do without them. Mia is rolling over already, smiling/laughing, and babbling (trying to "talk"). I enjoy spending every minute with her and love watching her grow. 💖










Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm Not Dead (LOL)

Hiiii Everyone,

Wow, I've been severly neglecting this blog. I've been getting all kinds of messages and comments asking where I've been and if everything is OK. Yes, I'm fine. I appreciate everyone that reached out to me to check on me!! I've been super busy and have had some exciting things going on in my life that I'll update you all on very soon. 😉

I'm going to be doing a September favorites post in the next day or two, so keep an eye out for that!!

xo, Sarah

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chronic Bitch Face?!

Hey girl heyyy!! ;)

So today I was talking to one of my good friends, and she told me that the first time she saw me, she thought I looked like a total bitch. Then she proceeded to tell me that after she got to know me she found that I was one of the sweetest people she's ever met. Thanks for the, uh, compliment?! Haha. This definitely isn't the first time I've been told this. I can't even count how many people have told me that I have a "bitch face". Here are some things you need to know about Chronic Bitch Face.

Chronic Bitch Face- n. "The debilitating disorder in which a woman has a natural 'angry', 'agitated', or sometimes expressionless look on her face while her face is resting, unbeknownst to her, making her look like a complete and utter bitch."

1.) I have a "resting bitch face". My bitch face can strike at any time, but happens mainly when I'm just hanging out, not doing anything. (e.g. sitting in class, watching a movie, listening to someone tell a story, etc.) I'm not doing it on purpose!!

2.) NO, nothing is wrong with me. Just because the look on my face is similar to someone whose cat was just run over, doesn't mean I'm actually pissed. No, I'm not mad. I'm not upset. I'm not particularly constipated. I promise I didn't just murder a family of 4, even though my facial expression may make you question that. You didn't say anything to offend me. (If you did, believe me, you'd know!!) It's just my face.  LOL.


3.) 99.9% of the time I don't notice that I'm making a "bitchy face". If I do notice that my face is looking extra bitchy, I'll make an effort to smile more and attempt to relax my face. When I notice someone staring at me or giving me a dirty look, I smile. Most of the time I'm getting a dirty look from another girl because they think I'm sitting there mean mugging them when really I'm just sitting there. If the girl continues to give me a dirty look even after I smile, then I'll ask her what her problem is, because it's clearly not my bitch face. ;)

4.) If you don't know me, you don't have the right to ask me what's wrong. People need to mind their own damn business as it is, but living with chronic bitch face is like a magnet that attracts nosy people. It's annoying enough when a stranger wants to know what's wrong; (what if something actually happened-- like someone just died or I was fighting with my fiance-- do you really think I would tell you (a stranger) about it?!) but when they repeatedly question me and ask if I'm sure, it gets really annoying. I understand they're partly trying to help (and partly trying to be in my business) but it gets harder and harder to abstain from punching someone in the throat the more it happens. (haha)




5.) Having Chronic Bitch Face is a lot of work. The actual bitchy look comes natural, but the things that come along with having CBF is very tiring. It's not easy to reassure friends, family members, and total strangers that you are OK 20+ times per day. When you have a constant bitchy look on your face, you have to put in an extra effort to look happy, even if you really are happy. It's not particularly fun to have people look absolutely terrified of you when you sit across from them in the doctor's office or at a park while your kids are playing. Interviews and first impressions scare you because you have to remember to make a point to continually smile until your cheeks hurt, otherwise your possible future employer or future ex-husband may think that you steal candy from small children for fun. Speaking of small children, when you are affected by CBF, you have to theatrically smile at children like you're auditioning for a role on Pee Wee's Playhouse, or they might run from you. It's not always fun to have a bitchy face.


6.) Don't judge a book by it's cover-- even if it's a bitchy cover. Clearly you shouldn't judge a person by their physical appearance anyway, but this is especially true for people with CBF. Of course I have my bitchy moments, and can be a total asshole if needed, but normally I am one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. I have a huge heart, && I love helping people, whether I know them personally or not. I always give everyone a chance && try to give people the benefit of the doubt when first meeting them, and not judge them, even if I've heard something negative about them. If you suspect someone has Chronic Bitch Face, smile at them. If they don't smile back, they're more than likely really a bitch. If they do smile back at you, it's just their face. They can't control it. 

Obviously this post is supposed to be lighthearted and humorous, but everything in it is 100% true. LOL. Do you know anyone with Chronic Bitch Face? Do you have it? Let me know in the comments below!! Thanks for reading. <3

xo, Sarah

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Drug Store Beauty Haul && Mini Reviews!!

Hi Beauties!! ♥

I was at Walmart the other day (I am there entirely too much....it's an unhealthy obsession-- you can't beat the prices!!) and I picked up a few beauty products. I bought these about 2 weeks ago and have been using all of them so I could do some mini reviews for all of you. Here's what I got:

Rimmel London ScandalEyes 24 Hour Waterproof Gel Eyeliner--Blackest Black-- $5.47
My Thoughts: Normally I use either regular eyeliner pens, or once in a while I'll use liquid eyeliner. I was running low on both. I've seen gel eyeliner used a LOT on YouTube beauty guru videos, (I'm a total fashion/beauty YouTube junkie...haha.) so I decided to try something new and buy a gel eyeliner. Using gel eyeliner for the first time was a bit messy and felt awkward doing it with a brush, but after using this a couple times, I got the hang of it. It's a great product, and really inexpensive. This gel liner glides on really easily. It is super dark black (obviously...blackest black) and it lasts all day. I'm not sure about it lasting 24 hours, because I don't ever wear my makeup 24 hours straight (who does?!) but it does last for a long time. I didn't even have to touch it up once.

Final Verdict: I would repurchase this and recommend it to people that want a creamy eyeliner that applies easily and lasts all day.

Almay Shadow Softies Eye Shadow-- Creme Brulee
My Thoughts: In my eyes, you can never have enough nude makeup products. I love nude eyes and lips. This is the first time I've tried this shadow, but when I saw it on the shelf I instantly fell in love with the color. I don't remember exactly how much it cost, but it was very inexpensive. It's a very lightweight, almost sheer eyeshadow. It wasn't as pigmented as I would have liked. It's more of an extremely light shimmer, not so much a color. It's great to wear on top to set another shadow, or to add in the corner by your tear ducts to make you look more awake, but it doesn't really work as a stand alone eyeshadow.

Final Verdict: I wouldn't repurchase this.

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks Pearl Eyeshadow-- 090 Lilac

My Thoughts: This color caught my eye while I was browsing. It's such a gorgeous color, and purple brings out hazel eyes, so I had to buy it. The packaging is a genius idea-- you can buy singles and make your own palette by linking them together. Unfortunately that's where my excitement for this product ends. I've tried to apply this shadow dry, with a moist brush, with my fingers....nothing worked. This shadow has almost no pigment. I was really disappointed. It also has horrible fallout under the eyes.

Final Verdict: I'm very unimpressed and will NOT be repurchasing this product.

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad-- 730 Skinlights-- $4.94


I'm making a fist--I promise I have fingers. LOL.
My Thoughts: I've used Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows before (a long time ago--like 2008). Honestly it was so long ago that I don't even remember if I liked them or not. When I saw this quad sitting on the shelf, I decided to get it because the price was right && the colors were really pretty. Their pigment is OK, but the staying power isn't great, and if you wear them alone they tend to crease. I tried to apply them a couple different ways but got the same result each time. They are easier to use if applied with your finger instead of a brush. Now I just use them as an eyeshadow base. Luckily I purchased "Skinlights" which is a quad of basic neutral nude colors, so they work perfect as a base/primer. They last longer underneath other shadows, and they don't crease if you put a powder shadow over them.

Final Verdict: I'm not very impressed. I'll use this quad until it runs out but will not repurchase it.

Essie--Tart Deco--$6.98

My Thoughts: This is SUCH a pretty coral color. It's perfect for spring, which is why I purchased it. The weather in Chicago has been bipolar. Most days it's freezing cold and sometimes it's still snowing. Yesterday was gorgeous, it went over 50 degrees. Now we have another cold front coming in. If it doesn't feel like spring here, at least I'll look like I have spring spirit. Maybe it'll encourage the spring weather to finally come on. (Wishful thinking. haha.) This polish has great lasting power. I've had it on for 5 days now, and it hasn't chipped. That's huge for me, because I'm a mom, and am on the go all day everyday. Between dishes, playing with my kids, taking care of household chores, etc. my nail polish usually chips pretty quickly. This polish had very impressive staying power. Unfortunately the brush isn't the best and it can make applying this polish a little tricky. It'll end up streaky if you aren't careful. The formula is thin, so you definitely need 2 coats to make this polish opaque, but the end result is beautiful. I love it.

Final Verdict: I will probably repurchase this nail polish.

Rock Beauty--Nail Rock Its Nail Kit--Green with Bows
My Thoughts: I've recently used a different Rock Beauty Nail Rock kit (with the navy blue polish and the foil) and absolutely loved it. The green polish in this kit is OK, but I mainly purchased it for the cute little nail gems. I fell in love with the bows!! I can't tell you how the polish and the velvet powder works because I haven't used them yet, but the little gems are so cute! The instructions say to just press the gems into your nails while polish is still wet, but I wanted extra staying power, so I used nail glue on them. They stayed on perfectly and really dressed up my nails. It looked like I got them done professionally in the salon. I was really impressed.

Final Verdict: I will repurchase this kit when I run out of the gems.

Fing'rs Heart 2 Art Nail Embellishment Kit--31179--$3.48
My Thoughts: I saw these cute little nail gems and had to get them. They were so inexpensive, and this kit came with 310 pieces! Similar to the Nail Rock It kit I reviewed above, the instructions said to put these on wet nails. Once again, I waited for the polish to dry and used nail glue. I wanted to make sure they'd stay on securely. These gems are SO cute and the design possibilities are endless. You can do so many different nail looks with these embellishments.

Final Verdict: When these run out, I'll be purchasing more.

Kiss--Maximum Speed Nail Glue
My Thoughts: This nail glue is absolutely amazing. It lives up to every claim on the packaging. It dries almost immediately, and it lasts for a long time. I used this nail glue to attach embellishments to my nails, and they've been on for over 5 days without coming off. That's a record for me. Lol. Because the glue dries so quickly, you have to wipe the top of the bottle after every use or it will glue itself shut. The only con I really see with this product is that for some reason it's a little difficult to get the glue out. I had to squeeze really hard to get a drop out. That can be irritating. The smell is a little strong so you might want to open a window and not use this in a small space.

Final Verdict: I will be repurchasing this nail glue when I run out.



Have you used any of these products? What do you think of them? Are there any products shown here that you'd like to try? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you have an amazing weekend!! ♥

xo, Sarah

Sunday, March 16, 2014

OOTD -- Leopard Leggings && Leather Jacket

Hello my loves ♥ --

I hope everyone had a fun St. Patrick's Day!! I'm assuming there are a lot of people waking up extremely hungover today, and thanking God that it's Sunday and not Monday morning. I'm mostly Polish but have a little Irish in me from my mom's side. I just spent the day with family. It was a really chill day and I'm hangover free this beautiful morning. ;) I wanted to show you all my OOTD from Friday (3/14). I bought pretty much all of the clothing that I wore in this OOTD recently, and these pieces were featured in my recent collective hauls.

(If you haven't seen them, here are the links: Part IPart II, and Part III.)

My hair was crayyy that day because the wind was absolutely out of control.




I purchased the faux leather jacket at Ross. I have a love/hate relationship with Ross...sometimes I walk out with bags full of gorgeous new clothes, and other times I search through rack after rack of pure disappointment. Lol. Luckily I snagged this jacket for only $12.99!! It was such an amazing deal, and it's actually really great quality. My leopard print leggings are from Ross as well (I believe-- I forgot to add them in the haul. Dumbass. haha). I wore a plain nude colored tank top from Charlotte Russe underneath my faux leather jacket. I purchased the tank online. I paired this outfit with my black boots from Wet Seal. I bought the boots on sale for $20.94.

Accessories:

(I turned my bracelets around for photo purposes because they look amazing next to my tattoo. I'm obsessed. Haha.) The bracelets are from Charming Charlie and Forever XXI.




I wore some cute gold studs in my ears and my cartilage (not pictured). I opted for my long, 4 piece Aeropostale necklace for a pop of color. This necklace is my favorite out of all my necklaces because of the turquoise chain. To match the turquoise on my necklace, I wore my turquoise and yellow ring, and well as my peach ring, and my mint green ring. I love stacking bracelets-- it's such a unique look and you can mix and match. The bracelets on the top and bottom were Christmas gifts from Tom's sister, and she bought them at Charming Charlie. The "Hope" bracelet was purchased by me at Forever 21, as well as the gold chain ID bracelet with the heart cutout.

To finish the outfit off, I wore my new Guess bag. It can be used as an arm bag OR a crossbody bag. I wore it crossbody this particular day.



I hope you enjoyed my OOTD. I know I haven't posted one in a while. I'll try to get better about that, I promise!! :) What was your favorite part of my outfit? Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? If so, what did you do to celebrate? Let me know in the comments below. ♥

xo, Sarah

Friday, March 7, 2014

--Tat Tat Tatted Up--

That's right, ladies. As of last weekend, I'm a tattooed mama. ;)

I've been wanting to write this post since the second I got these tattoos, but I wanted to wait so I could tell you all about the FULL experience-- healing and everything.

The back story...

I've wanted tattoos since I turned 18. I'm not one to just tattoo myself because it's the "cool thing to do". Obviously tattoos are about as permanent as it gets, and I knew since the beginning that if I was going to get a tattoo, it had to be something with meaning. I've seen SO many people with ridiculous tattoos....some regret them now and others will most likely regret them later. Over the years quite a few tattoo ideas have been crossed off the list. I decided to get something that I've wanted for a while now, something that is so simple but means the world to me-- my daughters' names. My love for them will never change, and both tattoos would be something I could be proud of. Nothing means more to me than my kids. The placement was a little trickier to figure out. I wanted to put these tattoos somewhere that they would be seen (why would I want to hide them?!) but I still wanted it to look nice and "girly". I decided to put a name on each wrist.

I had researched tattoo shops for months before I actually decided on what shop I wanted to get my tattoo at. I asked friends (who had tattoos that looked good) where they got their work done at, I read reviews online, etc. Once I narrowed down my search to a few tattoo shops that I liked, I looked at the artists's work. I started calling around and asking about prices. Then I visited a couple shops. Originally I wanted to go to the shop that did my Monroe piercing, but the receptionist was really rude and the guy that did the tattoos didn't seem like he had much experience. I was out of there. After that I visited the shop that I ended up getting my tattoos at, and they asked me what I wanted, where I wanted it, and what font I wanted. I showed them a few photos and the shop assistant told me that they could do it in about an hour. I was nervous but SO excited. (For those that live in or near Chicago, I got my tattoos done at Rising Phoenix Tattoo by Chris.

Here is a photo of my virgin wrists (lol) about a minute before I walked into the tattoo shop. Ignore the mark on my right wrist-- I had a hair band on it all day and totally forgot until right before I went in.



Getting my tattoo...

I walked in and someone else was getting their tattoo finished. She looked like she was in a lot of pain, which really freaked me out. I kept my composure though and waited. The shop assistant massaged out the mark from my hair band (lol) and then he put the stencils on me. He was super nice and reassured me that it doesn't hurt as bad as I think it will, and it will be over quick.

Once the stencils were on I sat down in the actual tattoo chair and told Chris that I'm shaky and I'll try to sit still. He laughed and told me that unless I want a fucked up tattoo I'd have to sit still. He kept cracking jokes and was pretty funny. I could tell he was trying to calm my nerves. He turned on his tattoo gun and my heart dropped into my stomach. I remember saying "shit" and then being embarrassed that I said it. Whoops. I told him to do Nevaeh's name first because she was my first born and in case I couldn't take the pain, she deserved her name on me first. Haha. He did it backwards, starting with the "h". The "h" didn't hurt at all. I stupidly assumed that's how the whole tattoo would feel. I was wrong. When he started getting closer to the middle of my wrist, it started to get pretty painful. I'm assuming there are more nerve endings there so that's why it hurt more. The "N" was also painful because the beginning of it is right over my bone. Ouch.

For some reason my Alexis tattoo was wayyy more painful. I remember him going over the "x" a few times and every time he did it my hand would involuntarily jerk. That was the only time I came close to crying. I held it in though and took it like a champ. ;) If I had to describe what getting my wrists tattooed felt like, I would say that some parts feel like absolutely nothing, and some parts feel like someone is holding a lighter to your skin and burning you. He had to hold both hands down really hard, and now I understand why.

Once he was done I was so in love with the finished product. It was exactly what I wanted. I couldn't imagine loving my tattoos any more than I do. He wiped me off, bandaged me up, and off I went. I was told to keep the bandages on for 2 hours. Here is what my tattoos looked like a couple hours later:

For both tattoos it cost me $120. I also tipped him, because he did a great job.




The aftercare...

I was given a package with ointment for my tattoos, Rising Phoenix business cards and a bumper sticker, and directions for the after care of my tattoos.



I thought it would be a somewhat painful healing process but it wasn't bad at all. The next morning when I woke up, it felt like someone had scratched my wrists. I've been diligently caring for my new tattoos exactly the way Chris advised me. Overall I had an amazing experience and couldn't have asked for a more friendly, fun atmosphere. Once these babies heal up, I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get the quote that I've been wanting. I don't want to say which quote it is because I don't want anyone (mainly one person) to take my idea. I did these first because they mean the most to me, and also because they were simple and one word each, and I wanted to see how painful it would be. I would hate to have done a quote for my first tattoo and had to stop halfway through because I couldn't take the pain. The guy at the shop made a good point-- I pushed two babies out (one of them naturally with NO pain meds whatsoever), I'm pretty sure getting a tattoo hurts way less. Hahaha.

Sorry this was so long. I wanted to make sure I covered everything. Do you have any tattoos/piercings? Do you want any? Let me know in the comments below. Also feel free to ask any questions if I missed anything. :)

xo, Sarah