September 18, 2014

My Top 5 Handbag Must-Haves with U by Kotex & Walmart


Thank you to U by Kotex & Walmart for sponsoring today's story
Hey beauties! Fall is just around the corner, although from the weather here in the South it certainly doesn't feel like it.  During the work week I usually carry a fairly large handbag or tote, but if I am running errands or meeting up with a friend I like to travel lighter. I love clutches and wristlets so today I am sharing five items I grabbed at Walmart that are must haves for my on the go wristlet.  
Handbag Must-Haves with U by Kotex & Walmart
1.  I am never without tissues. I have bad allergies and must have some with me at all times. Last year my friend Tish (the blogger behind Cosmetish) and I were heading to an event for The Makeup Show Orlando, as we walked to the venue I realized I forgot my tissues when I changed bags. Tish was laughing at my panic over this, about 20 minutes into the presentation my nose started running and I was freaking out, I looked over at her with the I told you so look in my eyes. I was so mad at myself and annoyed because I had to get up and go to the ladies room. Even though I wasn't gone long, I didn't want to miss a minute of James Vincent's presentation.  Tissues are my number one must have item, and these Kleenex Slim packs are perfect. The slim, design makes them easy to carry along in your bag or even in your pocket. 

2.   So can we just be honest sometimes mother nature sends us a not so wanted present, whatever such is life. With U by Kotex tampons I can always have discrete protection on hand. When it's that time of the month I always have a U by Kotex pad or tampon in my clutch. The U by Kotex Click Tampons are go from a compact to a full-size tampon in one easy move, just pull until it clicks for full-sized period protection

3.  Another item I cannot be without is hand sanitizer, I need to keep my hands clean. Think about all the things you touch throughout the day.  ATM machines, gas station pumps, doorknobs, even shaking hands, YUCK. Germs, germs everywhere.  I usually grab a couple of these travels size germ-x hand sanitizers when I am in the store, there is one in every purse I have. This one is great because it also has aloe, so it in not as drying to the skin. 

4.  Obsessed with not having dry hands, moisturizer is number four on my list. When I am pressed for space in a bag I always grab my Aquaphor. This skin protector is a healing ointment so it makes a great moisturizer for dry hands, cuticles and I can even use it as a lip balm or to slick down a random hair in a pinch.  

5.  Last but certainly not least is a lip color. I absolutely love the L'Oreal Extraordinaire by Color Riche if you haven't picked any of these up yet, run to the store and grab a few, they are FAB. Great color payoff, long lasting, not drying, and apply smooth. My favorite color is Molto Mauve and it is the perfect shade to transition me into fall.
Handbag Must-Haves with U by Kotex & Walmart
Whether you sometimes carry just a clutch or a full handbag Walmart makes it easy to grab all your girly essentials and not break the bank. For a limited time you can grab two must haves in one with specially marked packages of U by Kotex pads or tampons which come with a special bonus pack of Kleenex Slim Pack tissues. 
U by Kotex and Kleenex from Walmart
Want a coupon to save on your purchase? Get in on the Share & Save. This offer includes three coupons for Kleenex ($0.50, $0.75, $1) and three for U by Kotex ($0.75, $1, $1.50).

To make the saving even better, the more we share the coupon offer on social media the higher the coupon value will become.  So be sure to share on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook.

Get your U by Kotex coupon here and don't forget to look for the specially marked boxes with the Kleenex Slim Packs attached, available at Walmart.

What are some of your must have handbags items? 

September 16, 2014

SoFlaJo Haint Night Swatch

Press Sample

We survived back to school and now when I go into the stores all I see are things for fall and Halloween. One Indie nail polish maker I know will have a collection for this occasion is Jody of SoFlaJo. This year SoFlaJo has three nail polish colors in the Howl-A-Ween collection and today I have a swatch of Haint Night
Haint Night is a dark purple base with silver shimmer. 
This is a somewhat sheer polish, I applied two coats but I could have done one more. 
Haint Night is available now in limited quantities. 

Price: $10 
Purchase: www.soflajo.com

*I was provided with a sample of this polish, all opinions are my own. 

September 14, 2014

The Beauty Blogazons Week in Review

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September 13, 2014

Weight Gurus Digital Bathroom Scale


One of my goals is to get into better shape. I have started and stopped more times than I care to admit. This time I am hoping I'll be able to stick with it and I have started by making small, attainable goals. The first of them was really knowing what my weight is. For a long time I was avoiding the scale, I didn't want to become obsessed or discouraged with the number, but I have to face it to set the goals. 

I had a older scale in my bathroom and although it was digital it never seemed to be calibrated correctly, no matter what it was always off.  I could step on it and get a reading, and step back on a few hours later and it would say something different.  I would like to believe if I weighed myself and then ran around the block once I could drop several pounds, realistically we know that doesn't happen, my scale was lying to me. I don't have that inaccuracy problem with the Weight Gurus Digital Body Fat Scale and it has a few other cool features to help keep me motivated and on track with my weight loss goals. 

Weight Gurus Digital Bathroom Scale
The Weight Gurus Digital Body Fat Scale  automatically turns on when you step on it and greats you with a friendly HELLO! The scale auto detects the users and supports up to 8 profiles. The scale is low profile with sleek tempered glass, so it is not a major eyesore to your bathroom decor. This scale has 4 ultra-precision weighing sensors and a 400lb capacity. 

The two functions that differentiate this scale from your typical bathroom weight scale. 

- The weightless scale is designed to encourage your weight loss goal, you can choose wither the scale displays your straight weight or shows you just your progress as in displaying the weight change -3 lbs.

-  The weightless scale also has a corresponding smart phone app to track your progress. Syncing with your smart phone is simple, you just scan the the display with your phones camera. The app stores the entries and allows you to view trends and chart your progress. 
Weight Gurus Digital Bathroom Scale
So far I am down 12 lbs and staying motivated! Which would keep your more motivated seeing your current weight, or your progress? 

Price: $79.99 (currently on sale for $24.99) 
Availability: Amazon.com 


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

September 11, 2014

The Beauty Council Takes on the VMA's: Solange Knowles Inspired Look

It is pretty safe to say that I am super excited and also super nervous about today's post. This is my first post as a member of The Beauty Council. The Beauty Council is a diverse group of beauty bloggers who will be collaborating on posts to bring you our take on select beauty topics. 
For our first post, The Beauty Council is taking on the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.  I saw a lot of great looks on the red carpet this year, and I cannot wait to see what some of the others girls recreated.  I decided to do a look inspired by Solange Knowles. 
MTV VMA Solange Knowles Inspired Look
I like that Solange kept things toned down. Solange's look was simple, dewy highlighted skin was the focal point with a pop coming from the colored feathered lashes. I wanted to keep with the colors that Solange wore which appeared to be warm orange tones. I couldn't find any orange lashes so I went with these black feathered ones to keep a bit of flare. 
MTV VMA Solange Knowles Inspired Look
The lip was kept very neutral and understated. 
Loreal Color Riche Lipstick Sheer Linen

This is how Solange appeared on the Red Carpet. 


This is the breakdown of the products I used for my Solange inspired look; 
MTV VMA Solange Knowles Inspired Look
Face: 
Sheer Cover Base Perfector Primer 
Temptu Airbrush Foundation in Chestnut 
Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter
NYX Dewy Finish Face Mist 

Brows: 
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Brown  

Eyes: 
Milani Eyeshadow Primer in Nude 
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Cappuccino 
Stila Eyeshadow in shade Fire from the In The Know Palette 
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Black 
Ardell Wildlash A Roaring Collection (these had no name/number, I purchased them from Walgreen's in 2012)  

Cheeks/Highlighter: 
Nars Blush in Taj Mahal 
Hard Candy Baked Bronzer in Tiki 

Lips: 
Milani Color Statement Liner in Nude 
Loreal Color Riche Lipstick in Sheer Linen
NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine  

So tell me, how did I do? In hindsight I wish I would have brushed my hair out to make it bigger. Did you have a favorite look from this years award show?

Check out some more VMA inspired looks from other members of The Beauty Council. 

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