Saturday, July 30, 2016

COVERGIRL Super Sizer Fibers Mascara Review

I really love mascara.  Like so much that I might have about 5 different mascaras I'm trying out right now.  Of course I have my favorites, but I also love trying new ones.  

So when Influenster sent me the new Covergirl The Super Sizer Fibers mascara and their Perfect Point Plus eyeliner, I was so excited.  I've always wanted to test out a fiber product and see if it really did add that much length and volume.  This product claims to make it look like you are wearing false eye lashes, I'm totally up for that! 

Their Lash Styler brush is super unique and thin, it will add so much length definition and if you keep on applying coats-volume too. 

COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Fibers in Very Black
Claims to:
-Add 400% volume and length
-Easy one step application
-Lash Styler wand
-tens of thousands of lash-extending fibers

Application Tips
-Slightly twirl the Lash Styler as you apply. Apply as many coats as needed.
-Use tip of Lash Styler to separate and add length to lashes.

False lash effect-gives full, fanned out lashes plus length.

I love it!  I love the look I get when I use this mascara it makes my lashes so long!

You can find The Super Sizer Fibers mascara HERE!

COVERGIRL Perfect Point Plus in Espresso
--7 shades available

Claims to:
-Self sharpening
-helps achieve a perfect line everytime
-sumdger tip blends color easily
-water resistant

Application Tips
-With a steady hand apply a thin line to top of lash line.  Build line for more of a bold look.  For a smoky look blend with smudged tip.
-Fill in water line to help add precision and drama to your eyes.

This was the first eyeliner I ever owned.  I have made sure I've kept one in my stash ever since.  Applies so smooth and blends so easily.

You can find the Perfect Point Plus HERE!

So lets see these products in action.  We are going to get up close and personal and see a before and after of me without eye makeup.... I love my eye makeup, and look kinda cray when I don't have it on so beware!

The before and after is a pretty major change.  You can seriously see my lashes pop with this mascara and the eyeliner adds great definition!  I've been a fan of Covergirl mascara forever and this new mascara is another favorite in my book!

I got these products for free from Influenster, all opinions are my own.  It is such a fun, useful site.  I will hopefully have a post on it soon, but until then you can go HERE to learn more about them.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sephora Play! Box July 2016

Effortless Summer

Some like it haute.

This box is all about keeping you looking fresh and fabulous this summer.  There are some perfect products for those long summer days and nights!

Included in this box:

-Nest Fragrances in Citrine-This perfume sample has notes of fresh lotus flower, freesia, citrus and precious woods.

-First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay-This deep cleanser removes excess oils, unclogs pores and purifies.  And can be used by people with the most sensitive skin.

-OUAI Wave Spray-This weightless texture mist gives hair an effortless, undone look while adding volume and shine.  Perfect for those beach waves everyone craves!

-SMASHBOX Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer-This mattifying and velvet-smooth primer will control shine, minimize the look of pores and helps makeup last up to eight hours.

-Beautyblender blotterazzi-An alternative to blotting papers this blotterazzi pad is reusable and washable so it will keep taking away shine for a long time!

-Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate-This bronzer is a crowd favorite!  When something smells like chocolate you just know it has to be good.  This formula is buildable and matte and perfect for that summer glow!

As most Sephora Play! boxes I totally love this months box.  If you'd like to learn more about Sephora Play! you can go HERE

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 2016 Target Beauty Boxes + Bonus Box

This month Target had not one but TWO beauty boxes AND a bonus box later in the month.  My heart couldn't handle it!  Of course I had to get all of them.  The beauty boxes were each $7 and the bonus box was $5.  I still love how you can see what you are getting on their site before you actually buy it, so you can see if you really want the products.  Let's get into the unboxing!

Simply Radiant

I just had to have my cute little beauty helper help me with the pictures.  Seriously people she probably loves makeup as much as I do. 

Included in the Simply Radiant box:

-L'Oreal Paris Color Vibrancy Shampoo and Conditioner-This shampoo and conditioner combo boasts to keep your color-treated hair from fading for up to 8 weeks, all while protecting and nourishing.

-Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Shampoo-This clay shampoo is perfect for oily roots and dry ends.  This will help you get healthy and balanced hair.

-Wet n Wild Max Fantastic Mascara-A special fan brush provides an instant cat eye effect.  Giving you 8 times more volume!

-Derma e Firming DMAE Eye Lift-I have been loving eye creams lately so this is perfect for me!  This firming eye lift will firm skin, smooth crow's feet and boost collagen.

-ACURE Facial Cleansing Gel-For combo to oily skin this gel will remove dirt and oil while boosting cells to leave skin radiantly refreshed.

-Aquaphor Healing Ointment-This fragrance free ointment can be used in a variety of ways, from dry skin, minor cuts, scrapes and burns this has got you covered.

Fresh & Fabulous

Included in the Fresh & Fabulous box:

-Tom's of Maine Peppermint Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste-This all natural toothpaste whitens teeth while fighting tartar and plaque and is fluoride free!

-Dove Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo-This shampoo helps strengthen damaged hair against future breakage.

-Dove Regenerative Nourishment Conditioner-This conditioner nourishes your hair for strong, healthy looking hair.  This combo also smells incredible!

-Garnier Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer-This moisturizer brightens and smoothes skin for a radiant finish.  This is perfect for daily use because it has sunscreen packed in it too!

-Sweet Spot On-the-Go Wipettes-With a variety of scents like Neroli Mandarin, Grapefruit Verbena, and Vanilla Blossom these feminine wipes are perfect to keep you clean and confident.

-Umberto Lifting Powder-This lifting powder not only lifts it adds height and texture too.  All while absorbing excess moisture and controlling cowlicks.

-NYX Butter Lipstick in 16-I love NYX Butter Glosses so I'm so ready to try the lipstick version.  I love this color too!

Bonus Box:  Clean Care Box By Cottonelle

This box was only $5, provided by Cottonelle it has some great products to keep you clean!

Included in this box:
-Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper-This toilet paper is designed to clean better with special CleanRipple Texture.  Its so soft but still sturdy! 

-Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths-These quick drying cloths claim to help you feel confidently clean and dry.  

-Skinfix Lip Repair Balm-A lightweight, deeply hydrating formula that helps protect and soothe extremely dry lips.

-Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream-This award winning hand cream is clinically proven to treat dry, cracked skin on hands with natural ingredients. 

-Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes-These new Kleenex Wipes are perfect to get rid of all the dirt and makeup after a long day with just one easy step. For all skin types and alcohol free so it won't dry you out!

-Kleenex Facial Tissue-Everyone knows about Kleenex tissues, but I love this little package!  It's perfect to throw in your purse!

-The Bathery Delicate Bath Sponge-This sponge is so nice and soft.  Can we discuss how I always thought this was a lufa?? Am I crazy?! Anyway I love how this lathers up any body wash so well! 

-Coupons-There are a ton of different coupons related to this box in case if you want to purchase a full size of these products.

This month was a winner for Target Beauty Boxes.  I'm so tempted to cancel my other boxes because I always get so excited for Target boxes and they are cheaper.  If you'd like to learn more about them you can find the link to the Fresh & Fabulous box HERE

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag

Hot Summer Nights

I've noticed a trend in all of my subscription boxes this month, they are all about SUMMER!  Perfect products to help your makeup look great and stay on for a long time no matter the temperature! This month's Glam Bag was no exception! 

Included in this bag:

-theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar-This pretty matte cranberry shadow is perfect to add in your crease to darken things up a bit.  I love the fun names they come up with!

-Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer-I've heard so many great things about this product.  It claims to give you a more hydrated and radiant feel as well as making it look like you had a full night's sleep.

-Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask-This face mask will rejuvenate, brighten and soften skin.

-VASANTI COSMETICS Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush-I have tried just a few VASANTI products before, but never brushes from them.  I'm excited to use this contour eyeshadow brush!

-skyn ICELAND The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion-This cooling lotion has a clean, fresh scent and perfect for stressed skin.

A few products I'm really excited to try and a few kinda eh products this month.  If you'd like to learn more about Ipsy Glam Bags you can go HERE

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Birchbox July 2016

Hello World, Let's do this! 
This box is all about getting you ready to start your day-the right way.  Included are some of Birchbox subscriber's favorite products that they just can't leave the house without. 

My little helpers wanted a chance in the spotlight too! 

Included in this box:

-Balance Me Radiance Face Mask-This face mask is for all skin types.  This clay-based formula polishes, hydrates, smooths, cleanses, exfoliates and brightens the skin! That's saying a lot for a face mask, I'm excited to try it out!

-Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris-I'm not a huge fan of perfume samples, but this a very pretty sent.  With summery fruit and floral scents this is a sophisticated option for summer nights!

-Dr. Jart + Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer-This long lasting moisturizer claims to brighten dull and lackluster skin, by giving a burst of hydrations to dry skin.

-Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow-This BB Cream can be worn alone or as a makeup base.  It's perfect for adding a little touch of glow to your skin while masking imperfections and controlling shine.

-Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara-I've tried this mascara before and I am definitely a fan!  It adds so much length and volume to my lashes.  And it's so buildable you can add more coats depending on what you like.

I loved the different products in this box, well except for the perfume sample but we can look past that.  ;)  If you'd like to learn more about Birchbox you can go HERE!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Our Version of Veagas: Clean and on a budget!

Vegas!  If you're like me this destination might not be on the very top of your Places to Go list.  BUT we had a blast the last time we went and we saved quite a bit of money too!
We started our trip with dinner and a show thanks to my work.  We saw Mystere and it was so cool, definitely would see it again!  Even if you don't have a sweet hook up like we did, Treasure Island was selling 2 for 1 tickets to their guests that stayed there. 

We've mastered the art of sharing!  We would always share a meal, treat, or really whatever!  It made it so we could try more things, wouldn't waste and it helped the wallet too. 
One of our favorite things we shared was at Carlo's Bake Shop at the Venetian.

We got a cannoli and dark chocolate mouse, both of them were incredible!

Vegas has SO many things to see!  We walked around a ton while we were there, make sure to pack water and good shoes! 

Everything changes at night, more lights, people and cooler temps!

At the Mirage they have a volcano go off every night at a specific time.  It lasts just a few minutes, and it's free. 

We loved walking around Hershey's Chocolate World.  These Reese's candles smelled so dreamy!

The Mix It Up Kisses wall was pretty great too!

We had high hopes for Hershey's but in the end M&M World was way better! So much more unique things to see and you can watch a free short movie, with AC it's amazing! Even their wall of M&M's is bigger and better!

Our favorite thing we did on this trip was at The Coca Cola Store, specifically trying the Tastes of the World!  We also got the floats for just a little bit more, but it was worth it!  This would be so fun to do as a family or a group!

The floats were our favorite of all! So delicious!

The different sodas were so fun to try.

Here's what we tried...

Pretty sure Smart Watermelon from China was my favorite of the sodas.

And pretty sure our least favorite was Beverly from Italy.  :/

We had dinner at Holsteins Shakes and Buns, it was great.  Our favorite dish was actually an appetizer, lobster truffle macaroni and cheese. We felt so fancy and refined!

While researching fun and free things to do in Vegas so many popped up at The Bellagio! 
Most people know about their fountains, and those are a must see but I had no idea about their Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, practically in their lobby.  They were amazing. 

While at the gardens take a little walk down the hall and see the world's largest chocolate fountain at Jean Philippe Patisserie.

This was a splurge for sure but on our way back to the hotel one night we grabbed some frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3.  It was so creamy and cold, and perfect for a summer night!

On our way out of town we grabbed some super cheap donuts just off the strip at Ronald's Donuts.  Our favorite were the donut holes!

We also made a quick stop at the Gold & Silver Pawn shop, known for their show Pawn Stars.  It was nice to see but for us it kind of a waste of time really. 

We drove a little ways out of town to go to the Hoover Dam.  We took a tour (the only one that was available at that time) and loved all the interesting info!  We were true tourists!  If you're interested in going make sure to check their website for times of specific tours so you'll catch the one you want.

Even though we were only there for a few short days, we had so much fun.  For our first real vacation together I think it was a success!  Now on to the next adventure!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Covenants

How can I deepen my understanding of covenants?

"Just as aircraft pilots must obey certain rules to avoid disaster, there are laws, ordinances, and covenants we must understand and keep as we go through earthly life if we are to reach our goal of eternal life." -Elder Robert D. Hales

If you know me, you KNOW I almost have to have a kind of "theme" for my lesson.  That's just how my brain works and helps me understand and connect with the lesson.  So along with that theme I always need a handout.  I went with the "theme" of airplanes and did candy airplanes.  I'll talk through them down below, so easy and cute!

  On to the lesson-Covenants are so important and help us so much in our lives.  I wanted to make sure that the youth knew that and understood what was ahead for them if they made and kept covenants. 

We have an incredible young man in our ward that is investigating the church and I wanted to make sure to put it in terms that all could understand and remember. 

This month we've been learning about ordinances and covenants. Here's a little run down of what I have planned for this lesson. 

-Share story from "Return with Honor" about Emergency Procedures.

-Have a discussion about what a covenant is.  Read Covenant in True to the Faith.

-Read specific scriptures and find the promises we make and the promises God makes in connection with these covenants.  Write them on the board in two columns.  We're planning to read these- Mosiah 18: 8-10, D&C 20: 77, Abraham 2: 8-11.

-Watch the Spiritual Vertigo Video

-Talk about why we make covenants and the importance of making and keeping them.

-I referred back to this article a lot, "Return with Honor" by Elder Robert D. Hales.

Hopefully the youth will come to realize that covenant keeping strengthens, prepares, empowers and protects us. 

So as they are 'flying' through life, it might not always be easy there will always be temptations and challenges, but if we are covenant keepers we will stay on the right path always!

As I mentioned before I'm giving candy airplanes with a little cloud cut out with a quote on it. 
The candy airplanes are SO simple. 

Here's what you need:

-Wintergreen mints

-sticks of gum



-gum wrappers (optional link below)

-tape if using a gum wrapper

Thread the mints with the rubber band.  Place Smartie in between both mints.  Place stick of gum on top and wrap rubber bands around to hold on to the gum "wings".  Trust me it's so easy and you'll get the hang of it.  I wrapped my gum with cute little Covenant Keeper wrappers before too.

-Side note- Wouldn't these planes be the cutest thing for a little boys birthday party, baby shower, or anything plane theme!?  So cute and easy to whip together!

Here's a printable with both colored and not colored images, you can find the link for the Covenant Keeper gum wrapper and cloud quote HERE.  There is a black and white version and a colored version so you can choose what works for you!

Friday, July 8, 2016

June 2016 Highlights

We started this month with celebrating this cute girl!  She graduated from high school and with flying colors!  Bethany is the sweetest girl! 

National Donut Day is a pretty big day around here.  Dallin and I LOVE donuts.  One of our first "dates" was 2 years ago on good old Donut Day when he took me all the way to Provo just so I could get a free donut at Krispy Kreme.  Donuts were part of Dallin's proposal and we served the fanciest donuts at our wedding reception.  We just love donuts that much! 

So we celebrated with making our own.  It was so much fun and we loved being creative with toppings!

We are still searching for the best recipe so these were just a test run and didn't turn out as great as we'd hoped but oh well!

It was perfect time to pull out my donut plates my mom got me from Walmart.

We also went to Gygi's Grilling Gala!  What a fun day full of food, classes and giveaways! 

We picked some cherries at Brandon and Courtney's house.  Emma loved it! 

Dallin and I went to Vegas for a little vacation and it was so fun!  We got basically free tickets from my work to Mystere and we couldn't pass it up.  More on that trip to come! 

While we were down there we stopped at the Hoover Dam. 

We celebrated this sweet lady's birthday!  My grandma Ruth is one of my favorite people.  Isn't she just the cutest! I'm so glad I was named after such an incredible lady!

We went to the Chalk Art Festival at Gateway and it was so cool to see all the amazing art!  People are so talented!

Here are some of our favorites in progress...

After we stopped at our all time FAVORITE gelato place.  I love the nutella, coconut combo! 

I made some triple chocolate cookies for Aaron's Birthday party. I'll post the easy and delicious recipe soon!

We celebrated Aaron's Birthday at their cute house and I won the candy guessing game!! Seriously this is something to document.  I never win! 

We are loving my Mom's beautiful roses in her front yard.  My Grandpa helped plant them years ago, we love to think about him when they bloom.

We celebrated these cool dudes!  Father's Day is a nice reminder of all the Father figures in our life no matter if they have kids or not.

I taught our Youth Sunday School class about Priesthood Power!  For reals I am loving this calling.  You can find the free printables for the bingo and activity HERE!

We went on a "hike" with Brittany's cute family.
Emma and Adam just crack me up.  They know how to hike!

I made some No Bake Cookies for our Sunday School class.  I'll post my fail proof recipe soon!

How is it already July!?  Summer is going by so fast.