Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sharing My "It Started With Hello" Story With Lindt Chocolate

*Disclaimer: Thank you to Lindt HELLO for sponsoring this post and hosting an opportunity to win great prizes! 
Just over nine years ago  I met my best friend. We didn't meet in a conventional way and we came from what seemed like different worlds. We were going to be suite mates our first year in college and started chatting on AIM (remember that?). #ItAllStartedWithHello. Your first college roommates are supposed to be either great or really awful. We got both. We were just two girls from large families and different parts of town. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into but let me tell you how much we have in common.
From 2009 - 2014
We both have a gay cousin we're super close to that also happen to be a hair stylist (I'm not making this up). We have huge families that take priority...hers Mexican, mine Italian. Her mom and my Noni both like to overfeed us. It's painful sometimes. We both love Britney, Madonna and Michael. Our fist conversation was to mourn the sudden death of Michael Jackson. I knew her only a month when I took her to my very first Britney concert (picture on left). We're both obsessed with One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy, 90s TV shows, Vampire Dairies and shows about serial killers. We both had a roommate that we were miserable with. In our first year of college, I lost people I loved and she broke up with her boyfriend of five years. 
We've cried together, laughed together, screamed at each other, complained to each other and lived together. She's killed cockroaches for me and I've held her hair back as she's thrown up all over me. All I know is that I can't imagine how the last five years of my life would have been without her. We've made it a tradition to go to Britney night for my birthday every year (picture on the top right from this summer and above pic from last year). We always start playing Christmas music in September and talk about pumpkins by the time August ends. We're one in the same but so different at the same time. All I know is that if one of us didn't say hello on AIM some summer night in '09...we might have never gotten to know each other so well. 

Lindt Chocolate knows how easily #ItStartsWithHello. In fact, they've partnered with Ashley Tisdale to co-produce "It Started with HELLO" which premiered on September 12th on the "It Started with HELLO" Youtube page. The first episode, produced by Tisdale, premiered on September 18th. Three additional new episodes have been debuting weekly and will continue to through October 9th. It's a fun, new romantic comedy digital series capturing couples as they make their first connections and is inspired by the cheeky personalities of the new Lindt HELLO products. 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall TV: Chicago PD, Nashville and SHIELD

Here we go again! If I can say anything about these posts, they give me an excuse to lay in bed and watch TV. It also gives me something to do on the train when I head to work in the morning...other than read of course. It's just so much easier watching something than reading in the morning. It's easy for me to go right back to sleep and then I'm groggy all over again. Anyway, today's premieres are all returning shows. Two for their second season and one for it's third season. 

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Chicago PD
Chicago PD returned for it's second season and I'm pumped. Jin was just murdered and the show starts with Voight being questioned as a potential suspect in his murder. The team is on a new case and it's deep within the crooked side of Chicago, as always. Halstead gets a bounty put on his head for killing a crook's brother, we're introduced to Erin's mother who she doesn't have a particularly friendly relationship with and Ruzek and Burgess are still going at it meaning she will never get into Intelligence. Jin's murderer turns out to be the director of Intelligence and rather than taking Voight down with him, Voight saves his own butt. How, I'm not sure. Lots is happening and this season is sure to deliver it's share of drama and suspense. 

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I don't even know where to start on Nashville. So much is going on and there's so much drama that my head starts spinning just thinking about it. There are basically two huge things going on that need discussing. First, Rayna and Luke are engaged. I really don't feel like this is what she wants but I also don't think she wants to be with Deacon. I feel like she just needs to be on her own for a bit. Luke is a great guy and I would totally date him myself but after everything Rayna has gone through in the last year or so, she needs some solo regrouping.

Second...Juliette is pregnant!! Whose baby do you think it is? I'm banking on Avery's but if this show is as crazy as a soap opera (which it is), it will be the d-bag Jeff Fordham's. All I know is that it's going to get crazy. So much has to happen now because of this baby. She needs to accept that she's pregnant which will be something all on it's own. Then she needs to figure out whose baby it is. Last, she will have to evaluate what this means for her career. She just grabbed the part of Patsy Cline which is a huge opportunity. Who knows that this means now...

source: Google Images: Comicbook.com
I don't know how much time has passed but it must have been a few months. Ward is in some dark jail cell guarded by lasers. Coulson is the head of SHIELD and trying to recruit anyone he can trust which isn't easy. May is supposedly in charge of Coulson and still kicking ass. Simmons is gone because she thinks it's what's best for Fitz but he's getting worse and has a really hard time communicating. SHIELD is barely hanging on. Hydra is dominating and the world is out to get them both. There are enemies coming out of every corner and SHIELD is not only fighting them but everyone else trying to bring them down. This season is going to be full of action and I really want to see what's going to happen with Ward. They kept him around which means the writers have plans for him. I hope he comes back to the good side.

How's your fall TV going? Any new favorites? Old favorites return? Make sure you check out my other fall premiere reviews:

Here's what's on the schedule this week!
Wednesday: Stalker
source: Google Images - Seven Inches of Your Time
Thursday: Vampire Diaries, Bad Judge and Reign
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Southern Beauty Guide Group Giveaway

It's that time again for the monthly giveaway! This month 7 lovely ladies have joined me to giveaway one amazing eye shadow palette from Kat Von D. What's the difference? Well basically if you are wanting a warm toned palette then you would love the Monarch palette, but if you love cool tones more then you will love the Chrysalis palette. Both of these are simple amazing and if you don't believe me then just check out this post to see swatches! This is an amazing opportunity to get your hands on one of the most impressive palettes on the market! Make sure you enter below for your chance to win! 
Southern Beauty Guide// Penny's Passion// Re•solve// Alexandra Nicole
The Dwelling Tree// Life with a side of Coffee// The Southern Thing// Life as Rachel

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Open to US Residents only. Winner will be contacted within 3 days of the Giveaway ending. Winner will be verified. If the winner cannot be verified, a new one will be selected. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize after the notifying email has been sent out. If they do not respond to the email within the 48 hours a new winner will be selected.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

August Ipsy Bag Review: Beauty Schooled

Ok, last box from August. I'm almost positive because I'm going to start reviewing September in a week or so. Anyway, I loved by Ipsy bag from August. The products were amazing and I've been using most of them on a daily basis which doesn't normally happen. I'll use the products from my beauty boxes once or twice and then occasionally when I'm feeling it but never constantly. For example, the Urban Decay mascara just might be my new favorite. Check it out!

Absolute Lip Balm
What Ipsy Says: Treat your lips with this ultra-moisturizing lip balm from Absolute New York. This lightly tinted, creamy, conditioning formula softens, smooths, and protects lips for a seriously kissable pout. Discover this must-have balm for sensationally soft and luscious lips!

What I Say: I received this in Green Apple. This balm smells super strong so I'm glad it was something that I liked. It was very moisturizing and thankfully not tinted like the description says otherwise I would have had green lips. 

Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil
What Ipsy Says: Sensual and exotic, that's the effect that Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil delivers. Just likethe traditional Kohl, but with the modern ease and control of a pencil. Giving a semi-matte finish that is also smudgeable, Silk Kajal Kohl's soft tip is ophthalmologically-tested and gentle enough to be used on the inner eye. Also available in Nudo and White.

What I Say: This eyeliner goes on super easy and is perfect for smudging. I used it almost every day last week with the intention of trying it once and putting it to the side with other beauty box samples I wasn't too fond of. Nope, I loved it. Now I just need to go buy a decent sharpener for this and other pencil liners I love but had to put aside. Any suggestions?

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner
What Ipsy Says: A cult favorite, Pores No More Refiner Primer is Dr. Brant's quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin. It is the miracle base to create the perfect canvas for long-lasting makeup and well-preserved skin. This velvety formula absorbs excess oil, minimizes pores, blurs fine lines and is resistant to sweat and humidity. Prime, touch-up and treat while perfecting your makeup.

What I Say: Dr. Brandt has become one of my favorite brands lately. Every product I've received from them in a beauty box has blown me away. This is by far one of the best primers I've ever used. Ipsy has a great deal for subscribers right now and I might just have to go on a Dr. Brandt shopping spree.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
What Ipsy Says: Bigger. Blacker. Badder. Urban Decay's ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumizing mascara features triple-black pigments and a deeply nourishing ingredient blend. Perversion Mascara gets you sexy in one stroke, yet it won't quit until you say when.

What I Say: I love this mascara. I'm obsessed. Ever since my first use, I haven't put it down. I've honestly used it every day for weeks. I need to go and buy a full-size of this. It really enhances your lashes and gives you a sexy open-eyed look. I'll have to take a picture and share it on instagram to proove it to you guys.

Forever Blush Sample Duo
What Ipsy Says: Coastal Scents Forever Blush boasts 18 perfectly pigmented, powder blushes with a long-lasting rush of color. Complete with a mirror, these color-packed compacts go a long way.

What I Say: This duo is great. I've been taking it with me when I have overnights in the city. It barely takes up any space and the shades are perfect for my skin tone. What I'll do is cover one side up with the cover so that they don't get blended. It's the perfect solution to my everyday blush that's a bit bulky for travel.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall TV: Gotham and Sleepy Hollow

Fall TV is in full swing. I've already talked about The Mysteries of Laura and Deliverance Creek but today it gets dark with Gotham and Sleepy Hollow. Gotham is brand new but Sleep Hollow is on its second season and I'm so happy they continued it!! They can't take all my favorite shows away from me. A lot happened in both of these premieres and I want to keep this post at a somewhat decent length so I'll get right to it!

source: Google Images - MoviePilot
Gotham is about the infamous city from the Batman comic books and movies before Batman happened. Bruce Wayne's parents are just killed and villains are already in charge of the city. Catwoman is young, maybe late teens/early twenties. The penguin is also young and already has a strong thirst for blood. He's just Oswald right now and originally works for a mobster named Fish Mooney played by the amazing Jada Pinkett Smith (love her). She's ruthless and cunning with one goal in mind, take over the city by bringing down the mayor. The best part of Gotham? Ben McKenzie is back as James Gordon. God have I missed Ryan from the O.C. but he's back and in a completely different role that suits him just fine. Instead of being on the outside of the law, he is the law. He's a rookie cop with ideals that are sure to break. He wants to clean up the police department from the inside and to do that, he'll have to go behind his partner's back...a lot. His partner, Harvey Bullock, has conceded to the system and just accepts that it's crooked. Gordon refuses to become that way.

source: Google Images - CelebMafia
I'll definitely stick with Gotham. It's a show that I didn't even realize I was waiting for. I love all the comic book movies even if I can't be considered a complete super hero nerd. I feel like they cast this show perfectly. Jada is ruthless in a surprisingly elegant way. You can't help but love her. I love that they are keeping Bruce Wayne a part of this story. The boy has a huge role if subtle. I'm interested to see how much he's involved throughout the show as well as Alfred. There seems to be a lot that I don't know about Gotham pre-Hollywood movies. What I'm most excited for is to see the growth of the "villains." Oswald is clearly twisted but Catwoman has a very complicated past and I never believed her to be bad...just edgy.

source: Google Images
This premiere completely threw me for a loop at the beginning. It basically just picks up where it left off in the season finale. Abbie is stuck in purgatory, Ichabod is buried underground. Katrina has been kidnapped by the headless horseman who is also her ex-fiance. Henry is Ichabod's angry, vengeful son and he's captured Jenny. The story continues with Moloch attempting to get out of purgatory with his demon army. Ichabod barely manages to rescue Abbie from purgatory without Moloch following them and instead raises the second horseman...war. You just know things are going to get crazy this season. The demons are scary and I am the most jumpy when I watch this show.

I'm excited for season two. I love that this show ties everything into the history of America. They brought Benjamin Franklin into the premiere and made his character just as I always imagined...egotistic with a very strong God-complex. Even though this show can really creep me out, it's also funny. I love the banter that Ichabod and Abbie have. I'm really glad that they didn't kill Jenny off because she is just bad ass. I love her. I'm really looking forward to see what they have in store for this season. The war has begun and hell is literally on earth...at least parts of it. This second horseman is really going to change things and make it difficult for Abbie and Ichabod. I can tell this season is going to explode. I can't wait!

What shows are you watching? Did you see the premiere of Gotham and Sleepy Hollow?

Friday, September 26, 2014

September Group Giveaway

Happy Friday!!! Do a little dance, indulge in some chocolate, drink yourself under the table. I don't care, just enjoy the fact the week is finally over. To celebrate even more, I have a giveaway for you guys! A few lovely ladies came together this month for the September giveaway. Check it out!
Here are your prizes:
Customized Wine Glass - Tabitha from A Hundred Tiny Wishes
$10 Gift Card - Brittany from Everyday Thoughts
Ad Space - Christine from So-Called Homemaker
Ad Space - Christine from Life With A Side Of Coffee

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Petit Vour August Review: Beauty 101

Wednesday! You know what that means? The weekend is will be more than halfway here by the end of the day. I can't wait for the weekend because  I have a few things I'm working on that I am so impatient to share with you guys. But while we're waiting for all that to be done, I have my August review for Petit Vour. I really love this box but I'm ready to switch up my subscriptions for a while so this will be the last one with this brand for a bit. Any box subscriptions you guys recommend?
Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Eyeliner $18.50
What PV Says: Liner up! To give the illusion of full lashes, you need your eyeliner smooth and as
close to your lashes as possible. Start by creating a small dotted line (work from inside corner to outside) and then connecting the dots using short, brief strokes. The shorter the lines will help you create an even, non-bumpy line. We love BWC's eyeliner because of its creamy application and everyday appeal.
What I Say: I wasn't too impressed with this eyeliner. It was difficult to apply and faded throughout the day. I keep using it to try and break it in a little but I haven't had much luck. I might start leaving it under a lamp for a minute or two before application to soften it up a bit.

Earth Body Beauty Mask $34
What PV Says: Hey, glow getter! Before you cover your skin in this vitamin-rich mask, remember this: remove makeup, cleanse, exfoliate. Once your mask is on, let it sit for 15-20 minutes so that the active ingredients can soak into your skin, giving you major glow.

What I Say: I received the Brighten cleanser and mask. I haven't used this as a mask yet but I did use it as a cleanser which is another one of its capabilities. I have to say I thought it was pretty good. It smelled pretty awful, kind of like dirt and even felt like mud but it left my skin feeling cleansed and not dried up. I call this a win. Getting the right ratio of water to powder can be tricky though.

Harvey Prince Journey $55
What PV Says: Exotic. Awakening. Transformative. Let Harvey Prince take you on a journey with notes of Indonesian Clove Bud, Australian Sandalwood, Moroccan Rose, French Bergamot, Indian Tuberose, Japanese Orange Flower, Lebanese Cedarwood, Turkish Cyclamen and South African Freesia. Tip: Store in a cool, dry place (i.e. not in your humid bathroom or near any harsh lighting).

What I Say: I love this fragrance. It's light enough for day to day wear which makes it perfect for work. I don't like drowning myself in a perfume because if I'm coughing, everyone around me must hate it too. Just a little but of this on the inner wrists and then a dab in the hollow of your throat and you're set for the entire day.

Mi-Me Tangerine Lip Butter $5
What PV Says: Kiss, kiss! How does one get beautiful lips, naturally? Stay well hydrated, exfoliate with a toothbrush once a week and moisturize regularly with Mi-Me Lip Butter. This yummy lip butter gives us long-lasting shine and moisture for plump, kissable lips. Muah!

What I Say: This lip butter really does work. It healed my poor lips that are constantly being bitten out of anxiety. It feels a bit greasy though and tastes not so great. On the contrary it smells amazing. I think this is great if you need some serious lip repair. I'll definitely keep it around for the winter and even just those weeks when I'm stressed out a little more than usual.

Rosemira Organics Sweet Coconut Body Butter $22
What PV Says: Rich, luxurious and deeply penetrating, this organic body butter is truly top-notch! To reap the benefits, pat (don't rub) your legs dry after your shower. This will help your body's ability to retain moisture in the skin so your butter can give you your softest skin ever.

What I Say: This felt a little greasy and surprisingly gritty to me. However, it did it's job. I applied this on the toughest parts of my body, my elbows and there was a noticeable difference. The scent is a bit much for me but I'll cut my losses. This does wonders for rough, dry skin and I'll use it sparingly for now because I know I'll need it in the winter time.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Officially Fall!! My Sit-Down With Everyday Thoughts

It's the first official day of fall!!! I seriously cannot tell you guys how excited I am. I wait for this day as soon as summer starts. I know, I know. I'm crazy. I've already been overindulging in pumpkin too. You'd be horrified at my grocery shopping this weekend. Let's just say, I'll have something pumpkin at least once a day for the next month. Anyway...to celebrate the official beginning of fall, we have a visitor today. Her name is Brittany and she blogs over at Everyday Thoughts. Read our little Q&A and make sure to check her out!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
I love connecting with people and my blog is the perfect way to do that. I talk about all things relevant to a working mama who loves fashion, fitness and food. 

2. Fall is pretty much here for the northern part of the country. What are you most excited for this season? 
I'm a huge college football fan so I'm pretty much in heaven during the fall.

3. Do you know what you're dressing your baby up for Halloween yet? Kid costumes are always the cutest. 
I have no clue what my little guy is wearing for Halloween this year, it's always such a big decision. He was a tiger last year and it was adorable. I'm really looking forward to taking him around since he can actually walk this year.

4. Just because fall is here doesn't mean we have to completely forget summer. What was your favorite part of this summer? Did you go on vacation? Meet any goals you set for yourself? Get some much needed rest? 
I feel like summer is always an opportunity to refresh and reflect on the year. I've made a lot of changes to my workouts and even some tweaks to my diet. I'm proud of myself for sticking to my goals and I hope that I stick to it until Summer of next year! 

5. I have to ask. Are you a pumpkin person? 
I'm a pumpkin person in terms of I like them and I think they are great backdrops for pictures. I hate carving them though. 

6. What is your staple fall outfit? 
I'm a big fan of leggins but this year I'm really embracing the shift dress with sleeves and a jean jacket. Jean Jackets just seem like the perfect transitional piece. And in the South it's still pretty hot so layers are imperative. Inside you need a jacket or sweater since the AC is blasting but outside it's not really necessary.

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