Monday, February 19, 2018

My New Ombre Mermaid Brushes!!

Hey everyone!

I'm so excited, I finally got my ombre mermaid brushes in the mail! They're really great quality, and the best part? (Wait for it....) They were totally FREE! (Seriously. Lol.) They're really good quality too. I was pleasantly surprised. Now I'm debating whether I'm going to use them or keep them for decoration and get another set to use to do my makeup, because they're almost too pretty to use! 😣😊



I got them from using the app Verydice. It's a super simple (but very addicting) dice game. You can get 30 free rolls to start by downloading it and using my friend code: 1218897. After that you'll get between 1-10 free rolls everyday, and you can earn more rolls by watching short ads or doing quick surveys. Honestly I just use the free rolls that I get daily and let my points add up like that. It's free to download and free to play!

What apps are you into at the moment? Anything good you think I should download? Let me know in the comments below! 💞

xo, Sarah 💖


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Victoria's Secret Semi Annual Sale January 2018 Haul

Good morning beauties!!

Brrr it got so cold here in Chicago again. It was beautiful for a couple days, I'm talking upper 50s which is unheard of here in January, but now it's back to being ridiculously cold. 🙄 Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

Anyway, I went to the Victoria's Secret semi-annual sale during the week (and last night as well) and got some amazing deals on done really cute stuff. I love seeing hauls so I thought I would share what I got with you. Unfortunately 99% of my VS Pink clothes (and even underwear...wtf) was stolen last year so I'm starting from scratch. 🙄😔 I was really happy to be able to get a few things and start my "collection" over. 

Here's what I got:


Silver/Gold/Rose Gold Ombre Bling Sweatpants 
 These are my absolute favorite out of everything I bought. I was really lucky to get them too because it was the last pair they had and they were hidden in the back. They are normally $80 and I got them for $30!! SUCH a good deal and they are so freaking cute. 🤗 The lettering goes from silver to gold to rose gold, which I love.

Pink Pullover
This was normally around $50 and I scored it for $22! It's thick and super comfy. The wording is a velvet material and that made me love it even more, so I had to get it.

Pink Bling Long Sleeve Tee
I got really lucky with this one too, because it was also the last one. In case you couldn't tell, I love anything with bling. 😂 I'm just a little extra when it comes to things like that, I can't help it. This was originally $40 and I got it for $20.

Pink Logo Velvet Thongs

Pink Logo Boyshort

Pink Logo Boyshort
Okay, I'll admit these weren't on sale but I fell in love and had to have them. I literally have over 200 pairs of panties... I could buy 100 more and I will still never have enough. I've been wanting these velvet thongs for the longest time so I had to get those. The black boyshorts were super cute so I added that to my bag, and the last pair says "Pants are useless" so of course I had to buy those. These were 5 for $28.

Victoria's Secret Best Sellers Gift Set and Pink Body Mist
The 4 on the left came together in a super cute box as a gift set but I opened it before I decided to do a haul and didn't get the chance to take a picture. It was only $10 for all 4! I got it from the Victoria's Secret store, not Pink. The one on the right was purchased from Pink, and it's their "Cool & Bright" body mist. I was in line and saw it on the shelf, and once I smelled it I had to have it. Another thing I collect is perfume/body sprays. I'll never have enough of those either. 😊 This one was normally $10 but I got it on sale for $2.50!

Pink Tie Dye Logo Socks

Pink The Dye Logo Socks
Last but not least, I got two pairs of tye dye logo knee socks. They were free with purchase and since I went twice I got two pairs! They are normally $10 each.

The sale ends Sunday, and I may go back either today or tomorrow to get one or two more things. I don't have to explain nyself but I don't want people to get the wrong idea. I work my butt off full time (all while raising kids) and am very frugal with my money. I pretty much only shop during sales, at places like Discovery, or at discount stores like TJ Maxx, Burlington, Ross, etc. I take very good care of my things and am very appreciative of and thankful for everything I have. 😊

What was your favorite piece from my haul? Did you go to the semi annual sale? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Sarah

Sunday, November 26, 2017

imPRESS Press On Nails;; My New Obsession

Hey everyone,

I apologize for not posting as often as I'd like, but between work, the kids, and the holidays coming up, I barely have time to think, let alone blog. I do have a few posts I'm working on currently though, so you'll be seeing those soon. 😊

Recently I tried something new and fell in love, so I wanted to share it with all of you. I normally get my nails done professionally at a salon, but it gets expensive. It's around $50 every two weeks or so, and that definitely adds up. I saw reviews in one of the Facebook groups I'm in about imPRESS press on nails. It piqued my interest so I decided to try them. (They're only $6 at Walgreens, why not?!)



It was hard to choose which design I wanted to try first. They have so many different designs (matte, glitter, airbrush designs, etc.) as well as a variety of nail tip styles and lengths. I finally picked out a set, bought it and went home to try it.

They were super easy to apply. It's idiot proof, you would have to try to mess it up. You just match up the right size nails to your nails, take off the plastic backing, and apply the nail onto yours by applying pressure for 30 seconds. It's so incredibly easy and takes maybe 10 minutes total, if that.

This was taken right after applying them.

This was another set after two weeks of wear!

I was surprised at how long the nails stay on for as well. Once they're on, they're ON. They aren't going anywhere. Lol. I keep mine on for about 2 weeks (when you can see the new nail growth on the bottom) and then I remove them and apply a new set. Even when I remove them I have to really pull hard to get them off. Whatever they use to bond the nail to your nail really does a great job; it works much better than any nail glue I've used in the past.

Overall I give the Kiss imPRESS nails a solid 10/10. They're great for special occasions or everyday wear, whether you're in a rush and need your nails to look great for a date night, or you're wanting your nails to look nice for work.

Have you tried Kiss imPRESS nails? If so, what did you think? What's you're favorite design? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Sarah

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Revlon Youth FX Primer Review

Hello Gorgeous;

I've been trying a lot of new products lately and am going to post a lot of reviews in the coming weeks. I love reading new product reviews because (unfortunately) I'm not rich and have to be frugal with my money. Reviews help me decide what to buy and try out and what I shouldn't waste my money on. Since I've been trying so many new products lately, I thought it would be a good idea to review some of them for you guys so you know what's worth buying and what you can live without. Of course different products work differently for different people, and my opinion/review of a product isn't the end all be all, but like I said it's always helpful to see what other people think about something before dropping money on it. Here are my thoughts...


Photo taken from Revlon.com


What it Claims:

Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Primer for Face/Neck instantly smooths skin. Powered by innovative age corrective technology with micro-fillers and optical diffusers, this formula works to fill and blur lines and wrinkles for immediate results.

Benefits:
  • Targets face and neck wrinkles specifically
  • Smooth-touch applicator in tear drop shape targets both large and small lines and wrinkles, and allows for easy blending
  • Universal shade that works for all skin tones

Application:
I really like the applicator. It took me a minute to figure out how to get the product out, lol, but once I figured it out I was really happy with the way the product dispenses. You push from the bottom and it comes out of the little holes on top. It's not messy and you can easily control exactly how much you want to come out. Even just touching it for the first time, it's super silky and I loved the consistency.

First Use:

It's a thick primer but very smooth and blendable. It reminds me of the Smashbox Photoready primer a little bit. It comes out in a nude color but is basically translucent when applied so it will work for every skin tone. It did what it claims and lightly blurred my problem areas/the little wrinkle I have on my forehead and my laugh lines. I applied it first with my fingers, and the next time I used it I applied it with a damp beauty blender. Both ways worked well.

Recommendations:

I would definitely recommend this primer. It's super smooth and blendable, and will fill in wrinkles and large pores. It makes it very easy to apply concealer and foundation over it, and definitely helped keep my makeup looking flawless during a long, hot day. It's also mattifying so it would be great for someone with oily or combination skin.

Final Thoughts:

I'll definitely be using this primer often. I would like to try the other products from this collection as well, including the forehead primer, foundation, and the concealer.

Photo taken from Revlon.com


Have you tried any of the products from Revlon's new Youth FX line? If so, what did you think of them? What are you interested in trying from this line, if anything? Let me know in the comments below! 😘

xo, Sarah

Saturday, July 22, 2017

TanTowel Self-Tan Towelettes Review

Hey Lovelies!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! I apologize for not posting much lately. There has been a TON going on lately and I've been really busy. I'll try to get better about posting more often, I promise! ☺
Anyway I was sent some goodies from TanTowel to try out. I'm love tanning and self tanning, so I was super excited to receive this in the mail! Here's what they sent:


I've tried countless tanning products over the years, but had never tried a self tanning towelette before I tried these. I was a little skeptical at first. Here are my thoughts on this product.

Application:
The application was super easy. You just apply the product by rubbing the towel on your face and body in circular motions. There isn't a color guide, so it's easy to miss a spot and not notice. You have to be super careful to not do that. There is one towelette per package, and although it's supposed to be able to cover your entire body, it didn't for me. It started drying out after I applied it to the top half of my body, so I did end up having to use two and a separate facial one for a full body application. I was very surprised how quickly the product dried. I was completely dry in under 5 minutes. I didn't get that awful sticky feeling either, like I do with many self tanning products. My absolute favorite thing about this product is that it doesn't smell ANYTHING like all of the other self-tanning products. It has a citrus scent to it that smells super fresh instead of the dreaded normal self-tanner odor.

Results:
I wasn't as impressed as I was hoping to be with the results, to be honest. It did give me a subtle glow, but nothing compared to my Jergens, San Tropez, or Fake Bake products. Maybe it's buildable color and would work better after a few applications, but seeing as they are $27 for 10 towelettes, that would end up being pretty costly. These towelettes might be good to use with another product, but on they're own they're simply not worth it and don't live up to the hype.

How Long It Lasts:
Because it was only a very subtle "natural glow", the color only lasted for a couple days before it started to fade. You would have to reapply multiple times per week to keep a good color.

Overall Opinion/Last Thoughts:
Unfortunately I probably won't be using Tan Towels again. They are too pricey and don't give enough color for it to justify spending that much money on them. I do however, think they're good for touch-ups and because they're individually wrapped it makes them very convenient. You can just slip a couple in your purse to use for later. These were nice to try, but I don't see myself going out and spending money on them. The color payoff isn't what I was hoping for, so it's just not worth it in my honest opinion.
Have you ever tried Tan Towel self-tanning towelettes? If so, what did you think of them? If you've never tried these, what self-tanning products do you use regularly/what products would you suggest? Let me know in the comments below! 💖

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mini Mall Haul

Good Morning Lovelies!

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and beginning of summer! It's been getting warmer here in Chicago, but it's been pretty rainy. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful and sunny, and it's already warm out this morning, so I'm looking forward to taking the kids out somewhere to do something fun before work. We stopped by the mall to get pretzels and smoothies, and of course I couldn't walk past all those stores without stopping in for a minute (or thirty). Lol! Here's what I bought for myself:

Forever XXI:


Cropped Bell Sleeve Top - $6.00
Floral Print Dress - $14.00

"West Coast" Sweatshirt with Cinch-Tie Bottom - $15.00 
Ring Set - $7.99
Cute Animal Socks - $1.50
(I always get sucked into the shelves they have along the checkout line, with all the cute cheap stuff. Lol. That's where I found these adorable socks. Someone had to stop me from buying another 12 pairs, haha. It was very tempting, they have such cute stuff!!)

That's everything I bought yesterday, Have you made any recent exciting purchases? What are your plans for Memorial Day?? I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day (and remembers the reason for tomorrow).

xo, Sarah

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Products I Regret Buying . . .

Hiiii Babes,

I've been so incredibly busy lately between work and my kids, so I haven't had much time to dedicate to my blog. I'm trying to write a little bit at a time when I get a chance, and I'm determined to post at least a couple times per month, hopefully more often than that.

Today I wanted to talk about some products that I wasn't very impressed with. We all love to talk about our Holy Grail products- the products we can't live without, but what about the products that were a total fail? Posts like this really help me decide what to buy and what to pass on, so I thought I'd write one of my own to let people know what products I would suggest staying away from. (Some of these might surprise you!)




L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

The first product on my list, is the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. I know, I know, it's a very popular product and most people seem to love it.... unfortunately it didn't impress me at all. I tried it multiple times with different moisturizers underneath, different primers, without a primer, with different setting powders on top, by itself, etc. but nothing seemed to help. I have combination skin, and it definitely seemed to stick to my dry patches pretty badly, worse than any other foundation I've used. I understand it's a matte foundation, but I haven't had this problem with any other matte foundations. The other thing I didn't like is that it didn't keep my face matte for more than a couple hours. I kept having to touch it up with powder, which was annoying. Eventually I had enough and just threw it in the trash. Onto the next....



Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation 

Another foundation I wasn't very impressed with was the Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation. This one had good coverage, but once again it stuck horribly to any dry patches I had. I also wasn't very happy with the shade selection. I tried a few different shades and they all oxidized badly after a few hours and turned orange. I'll definitely pass on buying that ever again.


NYX Lip Primer

This is one of those products that I knew I didn't really need, but wanted to try. (I normally just put on some Chapstick/lip balm before I put on any gloss or lipstick, and it works just fine.) I love the NYX brand as a whole though, so I thought I'd give this product a go. Unfortunately I wasn't very impressed. It wasn't moisturizing at all and the product itself was actually pretty dry. I'm not a fan and won't be buying this again.


Salon Perfect Eyelash Glue

I was at Walmart one day and saw a pack of lashes that I had to have. Normally I stick with Ardell lashes and Duo glue, but I wanted to try something different. The Salon Perfect lashes ended up being a good product, but I wasn't impressed with the glue at all. It didn't dry down quickly and didn't hold for even half as long as the Duo glue usually holds for me. This product is a thumbs down for sure.



L'Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow

L'Oreal came out with the Infallible Paints Eyeshadows pretty recently, and I'm always up for trying new things and experimenting with new products, so I bought a couple of these. Come to find out... I should have just saved my money, lol. Normally I love L'Oreal as a brand overall, so I really wanted to like this product but there was nothing good to be said about it. They are cream shadows that never really dries down completely, and no matter how carefully you apply them, the color ends up looking uneven. They crease horribly too. I literally threw these in the trash because I was so disappointed in them.

Have you used any of these products and what are your opinions on them? Are there any products you've purchased recently that you regret buying? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Sarah

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