Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box

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Good morning beauties!

I got something exciting in the mail yesterday, and wanted to share it with all of you! FabFitFun was kind enough to send me the Spring 2017 box to see what all the hype is about. I've been seeing and hearing about FabFitFun everywhere. There are so many videos on Facebook and YouTube of celebs unboxing their FabFitFun box. If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of FabFitFun (lol), it's a subscription service that sends a box for each season. Membership is $49.99 and each box is a $200+ value. In each box will be a collection of fashion, beauty, fitness, and wellness products hand picked by the company. The products in my box were all full size, unlike a lot of subscription services.

Here's what was in it:

The box itself was really pretty, and the way the products were packaged was really cute. I was really impressed. They crammed a ton into the box! I was surprised it was as full as it was.

Gypsy "Roundie" $50

You can use this for picnics, the beach, concerts, etc. It's perfect for spring/summer and I know I'll get a ton of use out of it.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray $20

The brochure says "this ultra-lightweight spray is fortified with a unique blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to improve hair's softness, strength, and moisture levels, while acting as a barrier against heat". It smells amazing. I already used it this morning, I couldn't wait!!

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator $79

This is probably the item that I was the most excited about. Dr. Brandt is pretty pricey, but I've always wanted to try it. I was so excited to see this included in my box. I used it last night before bed and it made my skin so silky smooth. "This formula contains aluminum oxide crystals, lactic acid, and smoothing botanicals to polish away dead cells and leave you with bright, smooth, healthy-looking skin." It definitely lived up to what the brochure said about it.

Milly Zip Pouch $45

This is a super cute water-resistant bag. It's big enough that you can fit all of your beach essentials in it (sunscreen, cell phone, water bottle, etc.) in it, or use it to put your wet bathing suit in to take home with you after a day of swimming. I love the little saying on the front too. This is another one of my favorite products from this box.

Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask $28

I was excited to see that this is a 4-pack. The brochure says "dry, dehydrated skin is no match for this deep-conditioning sheet mask. Made out of 100% natural wood-pulp fiber, this single-use mask allows pores to fully absorb essential nutrients and nourishing ingredients for ultimate hydration". I haven't used this yet but am looking forward to trying it out tonight. Look for a review on this in the near future! 🙂

RealHer Lip Kit in Deep Red $48

These lip products are made from natural ingredients. The box itself was adorable and the sayings on each item are awesome as well. I'm in love with the packaging as much as I'm in love with the product itself! It comes with a liquid lipstick, plumping lip gloss, and a lip liner. The color is beautiful, it's very pigmented and extremely long lasting. I put some on at work last night, and had to scrub it to get it off 8 hours later! I was very impressed with it's staying power!!

Emerald DUV "Joshua Tree" Cage Bracelet $80

This beautiful bracelet is hand crafted, and very trendy right now! I can't wait to incorporate it into some of my spring/summer outfits.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set in "Shape of My Heart" and "Like a Virgin" $19

I was very happy to see some beautiful spring colors that will go with everything! I haven't heard of this brand before and am looking forward to trying it out.

Nature's Bounty Hair Skin & Nails Gummies $9.49

I've seen these in the store, and have heard great things about them. I tried one yesterday and it wasn't bad. I can't make a final decision on these yet because obviously it will take time to see results, but I will be doing a full review in the future, so keep an eye out for that!

The total retail value of my box was $369! 😱

Overall I'm extremely impressed with FabFitFun. Now I understand why everyone has been going crazy over it, and why it sells out so quickly! If you would like to try out FabFitFun, they were kind enough to give my subscribers a coupon code! (Who doesn't want to save money?!) If you use my code, "SARAHF" at checkout, you'll save $10 on your first box! Check it out, you won't be disappointed! You can visit their site here, and all of their social media links are listed below.

Have you heard of FabFitFun before, or ordered from them? If so, did you like it? What is your favorite item from the Spring 2017 box? Let me know in the comments below! 💖

xo, Sarah

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Haul 2017 v. Work Hard, Play Harder

Good morning, beauties!

As some of you may know, I recently went back to working full time after taking quite a while off to stay home with my kids. We really needed the extra income so I found a job and have been working full time again for the last few months now. Anyway, I work my ass off, so I always try to set aside a few dollars to get something for myself from each paycheck (after bills, kids stuff, and expenses of course). Since one of my favorite stores (as you probably already know if you've followed me for a while) is Burlington Coat Factory, it's a no-brainer to use the money I put aside for myself there. A little bit of money goes quite a long way while shopping there vs going to the mall. Here are some things I've purchased for my spring wardrobe in the past month or so!

Mirrored Storage Box With Crystals - $12.99
Not only does Burlington have amazing clothes, they also have a TON of awesome home decor. I could easily spend my entire paycheck there in 10 minutes if I wasn't careful. Lol. I've been wanting a mirrored storage box for a while to put as a decorative item on the vanity I plan on getting (eventually). I came across this one and fell in love. The top of it has fake diamonds (that look real) under a glass panel, and they move around when you open and close the box. I am completely in love and so happy I found this!

Nude Studded Bebe Purse - $39.99

A lot of women are obsessed with shoes, and while I love shoes, I am definitely more obsessed with purses. I needed a new one for the spring because my everyday Coach purse that I've been using was getting pretty worn out. I saw this one and fell in love right away. It has gold hardware, and comes with a little wallet. It's nice and big with a dividing pocket in the middle. The little puff ball is mine, I bought that from Burlington a while back but it matched perfectly so I clipped it on there.

Steve Madden Sneakers - $19.99

I desperately needed white gym shoes for the spring, because I only have colored gym shoes (pink, green, black, etc.). I was so excited when I found these because they are super cute with the stars on them, and they were only $19.99!! Steve Madden shoes for $19.99!! I couldn't believe it! #TotalSteal

Panty Sets- $8.99 for 3 thongs, $8.99 for 3 boyshorts
I am forever buying panties. You can NEVER have enough. I bought two 3-packs. One pack was thongs (pink, white, black) and one pack was boyshorts (pink, white, black). I didn't feel the need to lay them all out, lol, but you get the idea.

Derek Heart Shorts - $6.99

These are the softest shorts I've ever felt. I had to get them, and they were only $6.99! Plus I love the color, I've been really loving maroon everything lately.

Sweatpants- Leopard Print $10.99, Colorblock $12.99
I lost a lot of my clothes when I moved, so I really needed sweats to lounge around in. I hate wearing jeans in the house, so I can never have enough sweatpants/joggers/PJ pants/etc. These were both adorable so I had to get them.

Leggings- $5.99 each

We're not allowed to wear jeans at work, so I wanted to buy some more bottoms to wear to work. (I don't wear them as pants, I always make sure whatever I wear on top is covering my butt while wearing leggings, lol.) Leggings are another thing you can never have too many of. I wanted some more fun, springy prints, and at $5.99 you can't beat the price, so I bought two! I'll definitely buy some more when I go back.

High Waisted Destroyed Denim Ultra Crop Jeans- $12.99
I love destroyed denim, especially for spring/summer, so when I saw these jeans I had to have them. After looking at the price tag, I loved them even more. I tried them on and they fit like a glove so into my cart they went! 🙂

Lightweight Floral Hoodie - $10.99
I thought this was super cute and great for chilly spring days. It is really lightweight but still has a hood so it's perfect for spring.

Floral Sheer Top With Shoulder Cutouts - $9.99
In case you couldn't tell already, I'm very into the floral print trend lately. I love that this top is opaque in the front but sheer in the back. It has the cutest shoulder cutouts and the color is gorgeous. 

Floral Tee - $10.99
The quote on this shirt really resonates with me, and I love the beautiful floral print. I already have a few outfit ideas centered around this top and can't wait to wear it!

Extra Long Hi-Lo Cami - $2.99
I found this on clearance. It's a nude colored cami that is perfect to wear under something. It's shorter in the front and longer in the back. It's racerback and has lace detailing. Super pretty and you can't go wrong paying $2.99!

That's it for this collective haul. I hope you guys enjoyed seeing everything I got! I'll definitely do another one in a couple months. Please keep in mind that this post is not sponsored and I paid for everything with my own hard-earned money! 🙂 Have you gone shopping for spring/summer clothing? Is there anything catching your eye? What spring trends are you loving? Let me know in the comments below! 💖

xo, Sarah

Sunday, March 26, 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Review

Happy Spring everyone!

I'm so happy to finally be in spring. It's definitely my favorite season and I've been loving the weather lately. It's definitely been warming up! I've been asked a lot (both through this blog and on my personal Facebook page) to do a review on the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation, so I thought I'd do that today.

Unfortunately, I have very acne prone combination skin. I've gotten it under control lately compared to a few years ago, but it's still not perfect. I still break out and have some blemishes here and there and some acne scarring, so I almost always use a full coverage foundation. I was using the Kat Von D Lock It foundation but it's a little pricey so I don't like to use it everyday. When I saw that L'Oreal came out with a new full coverage foundation, I had to try it. I bought mine at CVS for $11. They have a good range of shades, going from ivory to cocoa. I sometimes have problems in the winter finding a light enough shade for me without pink undertones, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a perfect match (#303). I was also very pleased with the price. It claims: "You can get up to 24 hours of full coverage with a lightweight feel and a natural finish! Blends instantly to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless complexion."

First impressions...

The first thing I noticed when swatching it on my hand, was that it's very thick. You have to squeeze the tube pretty hard to get it out. A little bit goes a long way.  Luckily it didn't feel very heavy on my face. I wouldn't say it's very lightweight, but it doesn't feel like a mask either. It's somewhere in the middle. I would, however, definitely suggest using a good moisturizer and/or primer before applying this because it will stick to dry skin and make it very noticeable. This product has a demi-matte finish. It does do a wonderful job covering imperfections. I barely have to use concealer when I use this. My t-zone and chin can get pretty oily throughout the day, so I did have to touch up my setting powder a couple times, but that happens with any foundation.

Final thoughts...

I'm really impressed with L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover, and have been using it almost daily. It's become a drug store favorite of mine. Unfortunately the tube is only 1 oz., so it runs out pretty quickly. That would probably be my biggest complaint. I would give this product a 9/10 and would recommend it to anyone with oily or combination skin, acne prone skin, and/or skin discoloration that is looking for a full coverage foundation that is long lasting.

Have you ever tried the L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you all have a wonderful week! 💖

xo, Sarah

Monday, March 13, 2017

Moda Prismatic Oval Brush Set Review

Good morning beauties!!

The weather here in Chicago was really beautiful for a while, and then this last week it turned cold again and now we're in the middle of a snowstorm! Yes, in the middle of March. 😏 I decided to stay in the house until I have to go to work tonight, so I thought I might as well write a review of the new Moda oval brush set I got a while back. I've been meaning to do it but have been so busy between my kids, their after school activities, work, etc. that I just haven't had the time to sit down and write it. Seeing as you couldn't pay me enough to go outside in this crap right now though, I finally have time to write my review. So let's get into it! 😉

The Moda brushes are a perfect dupe for the more expensive Artis oval brushes. I've used both and honestly there is no difference between the two, other than a huge price gap. I don't have the extra $200 to spend on a brush set, and I'm not about to sell a kidney to be able to do so. 💁😂 I wasn't expecting the Moda brushes to be an exact dupe, but I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely suggest buying the Moda brushes over the Artis brushes, because they are just as good. You get the same quality and end up saving a ton of money! I purchased my Moda Prismatic Oval Brush Set from Walmart for about $16. I had been on the hunt for these for quite a while, but couldn't find them anywhere but online. Every Walmart within a 50 mile radius was sold out of them (Believe me, I checked!). Finally one day I was in Walmart looking for something else, and came across the last set tucked away behind a face cream display. (I'm sure someone hid it on purpose to come back and buy it later....sorry! Finders keepers! LOL.) They come in a 4-pack of brushes with a beautiful holographic finish. I honestly didn't even want to take them out of the packaging because they are so gorgeous. They have super soft synthetic bristles. I was really surprised how dense they were, but so soft at the same time.

As I mentioned, the set includes 4 brushes. The largest one is a 3 inch oval brush. I use that to buff in and blend my liquid or cream foundations. I've been loving using it with the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation. 👌 The next brush in the set is a 2 inch oval brush. I use it mostly for blending in blush/bronzer. The 1 inch oval brush works flawlessly for contouring/highlighting. It gives such a nice, precise contour. I am obsessed with this brush and WAY more impressed with it than any other contouring brush I've ever used. The smallest brush in the pack is tiny with bristles that make a circle. I use this brush to cover any imperfections I have. It's very small so you can really get in and cover anything you need, especially in harder to reach places that a bigger brush wouldn't be able to get at. The brush necks are also somewhat flexible which is really nice, because it makes them much easier to maneuver around your face.

Overall I'm extremely impressed with this brush set. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it's also amazing quality, and definitely worth the hype. They are very affordable and also 100% vegan for those of you that are looking for that!

Have you tried the Moda Prismatic Oval brushes? What do you think about them? How do you think they compare to the Artis brushes? Let me know below in the comments. Stay warm, beauties! 💖

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Burlington Coat Factory/TJ Maxx/Discovery Haul

Hey Beauties!!

I desperately needed a few things, and have a pretty strict budget right now, so I decided to stop by Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, and Discovery to look and see what they had. As usual, I picked out more than a few things. Those stores get me every time!! Burlington Coat Factory and TJ Maxx have brand name clothing/shoes/accessories/etc. for up to 65% off retail! Discovery is a great store with inexpensive clothing that is still cute and trendy. Since I got a lot of cute stuff for super cheap, I decided to do a haul for you guys! Here's what I got:

Faux Fur Knee Boots - $10 (Burlington)
These boots were on clearance, and it was the last pair left. They were in my size too!

Brown Faux Leather Boots - $14.99 (Burlington)
Mid Rise Destroyed Denim Jeans - $14.99 (Burlington)

Pom Pom Accessory - $4.99 (Burlington)
(The Coach purse was a gift from a friend. I saw the cute little pom pom and it matched so perfectly, I had to get it.)

High Waisted Distressed Jeans - $19.99 (Burlington)
I lost a lot of weight recently and my favorite pair of high waisted jeans didn't fit anymore, so I had been frantically searching for a new pair. I was so happy when I found these! $20 and they fit like a glove!!

Long Sleeve Camo Sweatshirt with Shoulder and Back Cutouts - $12.99 (TJ Maxx)
Sheer Olive Green Bodysuit with Lace Up Front - $12.99 (Discovery)
This is my first bodysuit! I was super excited to find one that I really love. I really have been loving the lace up trend, so I purchased a few shirts this day that have lace up fronts.

Long Sleeved Lace Up Top - $7.99 (Burlington)
 Sorry about the wrinkles, it was like that when I bought it. I haven't washed or worn it yet. I loved it so much, I bought the same shirt in a nude color. (See below.)

Long Sleeve Lace Up Top - $7.99 (Burlington)
Flowy Sleeveless Top (Maroon) - $7.99 (Burlington)
Flowy Sleeve Open Shoulder Floral Print Top  - $12.99 (Burlington)
When I saw this top, I fell in love with it. It looks like a tank top, but it actually has really flowy sleeves and open shoulders. It looks so cute on, and the print is perfect for spring! (Can you tell I'm over winter already?! 😂)

Pink Choker With Jewel - $5.99 for 4 pack (Burlington)
This choker came in a 4 pack (see below) but it's the only one I've worn so far. Look out for this in an upcoming OOTD! 😉

4 Pack Fashion Chokers - $4.99 (Burlington)
I also got a pair of plain gray leggings from Discovery for $4.99. They are so soft and comfortable! I was surprised that they weren't sheer (like so many leggings unfortunately are). I couldn't take a photo though because they're currently in the laundry. They are just your basic plain, gray leggings that you can wear in so many different ways.

I'm very happy with everything I purchased, and it was nice to spend a little something on myself for once. I haven't been shopping for clothes in quite a while, and I really needed some new clothes! Comment below what your favorite item from my haul is! Also let me know what your favorite store is to shop at for clothing/accessories/shoes! Keep an eye out for an OOTD with some of the clothing I bought soon!

xo, Sarah

Friday, January 6, 2017

Aisle Style

Happy New Year everyone!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. Mine was good, I'm just trying to stay warm in this horribly cold Chicago weather!! I've been spending most of my time indoors lately, and have only been going out if I absolutely have to. When I'm not spending time with my kids, I'm on my laptop a lot. I've been doing a ton of "online window shopping". I came across a website that has some gorgeous dresses, Aisle Style UK. They have a huge selection of bridesmaids dresses (uk)prom dressescommunion dresses, wedding dresses, homecoming dresses, and more.

Here are some of my favorites:

Delicate Lace Long Sleeved Mermaid Prom Dress

Fancy off the Shoulder Sparkle Beaded Bodice A-line Peach Chiffon Prom Dress

Sexy Black Lace Overlay Tulle Shoulder Straps Mermaid Keyhole Back Prom Dress

The links to the beautiful dresses above are under the photos. They have dresses for every occasion. Go take a look!

xo, Sarah

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


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