Friday, August 28, 2015

Vitacost Haul!

    I live down the street from Mrs. Green's, which is basically like a Whole Foods.  I can go in there and walk out with a small plastic bag full of a few things that cost me like $50!  That's not usually the case when it comes to my Vitacost Hauls.

   Vitacost is an online retailer specializing in natural and organic products.  I tend to buy a lot of my more natural based beauty products from them and since moving out I like to purchase my cruelty free cleaning products from there as well!

   Here is my recent Vitacost haul!




First, let's take a look at the packaging! It's awesome.  Everything is individually wrapped in packing paper and plastic bags to cut down on leakage! 


Cleaning Supplies

*Ecover Natural Rinse Aid for Dishwashers*

My dishwasher has not been making its keep lately and it's relatively new! I am hoping that a rinse aid will help fix that problem.

*Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Free and Clear*

I have been trying out a few cruelty free detergents and Seventh Generation home products tend to get awesome reviews! These tend to be more expensive than drugstore detergents, but better for you.

*Ecover Natural Stain Remover x2*

For some cheaper products on Vitacost you are required to purchase multiples.  That was the case with this product.  I am trying to transition all of my cleansers to cruelty free products so I am hoping this stain remover will work!


Beauty Products

*Alba Bonatica Natural Even Advanced Sea Plus Renewal Night Cream*

This product is a repurchase.  I love this as a night cream as it is nourishing and hydrating yet simple enough for my super sensitive skin.  If you are looking for a great and affordable night cream, try this baby!

*Desert Essence Hair Defrizzer and Heat Protector in Coconut*

This product is supposedly the creme de la creme of cruelty free heat protectants.  I am running out of my non-cruelty free heat protectant so I am hoping this one works.  If it doesn't, it smells amazing so I will find some use for it!


Vitamins

*Natrol Omega-3 Fish Oil*

As school gets closer, my anxiety begins to increase and my migraines begin to get more frequently.  This supplement is recommended to prevent migraines so I decided to add it to my daily vitamin routine.

*Vitacost Vitamin B2*

This is another vitamin recommended for migraine prevention.


Baking

*Organic Traditions Coconut Palm Sugar*

*Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour*

After discovering With Peanut Butter On Top, I want to bake everything and these are 2 main ingredients in a lot of the baking recipes and they were a lot cheaper here than at Mrs. Greens or Whole Foods.

Have you purchased from Vitacost before?  If so, what are your must haves?

If not, get $10 off your first order by clicking here! 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Product Rave: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes +

    As some of you may know, my "side hustle" is selling Younique makeup.  During the middle of June there were rumors of a big Younique announcement.  My sponsor and I assumed it would be some sort of pay increase. We were a bit disappointed when we found out it was just an improvement to our already awesome fiber mascara.

   I ordered the mascara as soon as it went on sale, but still didn't understand what the big deal was.  Then I received the mascara and I began to understand the hype.

   If you aren't familiar with Younique's previous 3D Mascara you can see my review here.  Basically, it is a sandwich process of applying a base layer of mascara, fibers to enhance, lengthen and thicken lashes and a final layer of mascara to seal it in.

   The fibers cling to the base and top layer and it really did give the impression of falsies.  As someone who is horrible at falsies, this was a great invention for me!  It's actually what led me to becoming a distributor.

  The process is still the same with the new mascara, but the results are a bit more dramatic.  I compare this newer version to about 3 coats of the older version.

Let's look at some pictures!


My left eye is bare sad lashes and my right eye is one coat of the new 3D+!


This pictures shows both eyes done.  You can see that my lashes seem to have doubled!  They not only seem to have doubled in amount, but in thickness and length!  


Pros:
❤ easy to apply
❤ easy to remove
❤ gives the impression of falsies without the hassle
❤ cruelty free
❤ naturally based
❤ one of the ingredients is Younique's Uplift Eye Serum so the mascara helps nourish lashes

Cons:
❤ the base layer is a bit goopier than the previous version- take your time applying the base layer and wipe off the wand on the side of the tube

Price:

❤ $29

Where to purchase?:
❤  https://www.youniqueproducts.com/FabulouslyLashy/products/landing
Would I repurchase?
❤ Hells yes! 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating According to Melissa

     This summer I have found myself single yet again.  Since I am not a bar going out type person I rely heavily on online dating websites and apps to boost my dating life.  My preferred method would obviously be a meet cute of some sort or a matchmaking from a friend, but that doesn't seem to be happening.

   I am currently using a few different websites/apps.  The websites I use are Match.com and Pof.com and the apps I use are Hinge and Tinder.  While my 2 serious post-college relationships are both compliments of online dating websites, I am still not their biggest proponents.  However, I find myself using them a lot and I've been on quite a few dates where I feel like I can share my personal tips and tricks.

* Only post pictures of yourself*

If you have a picture that you are obsessed with and your 3 best friends are in it, crop them out.  I can't tell you how many times I see a profile with the first few pictures being a group picture only to find out the profile does not belong to the guy you found attractive in the picture.

* Post your best pictures, but realistic ones*

I am obviously not going to post pictures of me looking a hot mess, but by only posting pictures of me at a wedding or gala I am showing my best self, but not my every day self.  I always include pictures of me wearing my glasses as I wear them on most days and with neutral make up.

* Don't write a life story*

Write a brief description of your likes, dislikes and that's it.  No one wants to read a novel.  You need something to discuss on the first date anyway.

*  Don't give out your phone number too soon*

I can't tell you how many messages, initial, introductory, first messages with a guys phone number in it.  I do not know anything about you I am not going to text you right off the bat.  Message back and forth a few times before giving out your digits.  

* Once you do exchange numbers, don't wait too long to make the first date*

You don't want to waste your time sending out tons of flirty texts if you the flintiness isn't felt in real life.  I can't tell you how many times I've felt chemistry with someone through text only to find they had no personality in real life.  

* Always, ALWAYS tell someone where you're going and give them the guys name and number*

I can't stress this enough.  Even if you have talked for a while and feel like you know someone, you are still meeting a stranger.  Give this information to a friend or relative.

* Try to keep a first date short and simple*

I've made the mistake of having a grand first date and while there were  a few times it did work out, more often than not it dragged.  If you stick to coffee, drinks or lunch it gives both parties an out if there isn't chemistry, but also the ability to prolong the date if it's going well.

* Pay attention to your gut instinct*

I do truly believe women have an extra sense.  If your gut is telling you something is off, don't worry about coming off rude, just get yourself out of there or block the person.

* Most importantly - have fun!*

Whether it's an amazing first date, or a disaster that you and your friends can laugh about.  Just enjoy it!

One of my favorite messages that I actually saved:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

ELF Haul

    It has been quite a while since I've placed a big order with ELF.  Mainly because I always go to order the contour brush and contour palette and they are out of stock!  When earlier this week I received an email about 40% off and those items were in stock..it was time to shop!

   The code worked on the whole site with the exception of new arrivals (which included the contour items), but I didn't care.  I still got some awesome deals!


Total before coupon code: $46
Overall total including shipping and tax: $38.84

Not terrible for 14 items


Brushes

*Contour Brush- $6
*2 Blending Eye Brushes- $1.20 total
*Studio Powder Brush- $1.80

I couldn't wait to get the contour brush and try it out!  I have heard great things.  I purchased the blending brushes because I have heard people use them to contour the nose.  If you haven't tried the Powder Brush for applying liquid foundation yet, I don't know what you are waiting for!



Face

*Contour Palette- $6.00
*Hydrating Under eye Primer- $1.80
*HD Lifting Concealer- $1.80
*Studio Pressed Powder- $1.80

I can't wait to play with this contour palette!  I have also heard really good things about the HD lifting concealer for under the eye area.


*Studio Cream Eyeliner in Black- $1.80
Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Taupe- $2.00

I am determined to master cream liner and heard this is a great one!  I have also heard Emily Noel rave about this eyebrow pencil so I had to pick it up.


*Illuminating Eye Cream- $10
*Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight- $.60
*Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal- $.60

Ok, I'll be honest.  I didn't realize that the 40% did not come off of the eye cream.  Regardless, $10 is not too bad to spend on an eye cream.  I just need something light to moisturize with in the morning.  And the shimmering facial whip in spotlight? Hello, STROBING!


Lips

*Studio Lip Balm in Nude

I basically purchased this because I needed a balm with SPF for Disney.


Pressed Powder in Sand (nearly impossible to see)
Cream liner


Contour Palette Swatches- the grey undertones of the deepest contour shade is perfection!


*HD Lifting Concealer
*Lip Balm
*Brow Pencil


Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal
Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight


Overall, I am really happy with my haul and can't wait to play with all of these new products!  

Have you made any Elf purchases recently? 


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

July Random Favorites

I don't know how, but my random favorites usually excite me more than my beauty favorites.  Perhaps it's because I am such a random person?  




My breakfast nook center piece

I painted my kitchen Tiffany blue and I have slowly made my kitchen the girliest room in my house.  I found this beautiful bowl at Home Goods and thought it would be the perfect display space for my small collection of Tiffany boxes.  This has become one of my favorite little decor elements in my apartment.



Polka Dot Corkboards

I bought these two polka dot cork boards at Michaels for only $3 each.  They add a cute little retro pop to my desk area and give me an area to display mementos and reminders.


Rebecca Minkoff Mac Crossbody Bag

I have been lusting after a Rebecca Minkoff bag for a while.  When I saw this bag on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $169, I had to snatch it up!  I consider this my "surviving first year of teaching present" to myself.  This is a bit smaller than what I am used to, but for summer it's so easy to throw on and head out.


The Standout Sports Bra by Victoria's Secret

I hate buying sports bras.  Whatever sports bra I purchase I still have to wear a regular bra underneath to keep the girls from flying around.  That was, until I purchased this bra.  I got 2 of these babies on super sale for less than $20 and my girls DO NOT BUDGE.  Whether I am running, or at Zumba, kickboxing, anything..they do not move.  When I first put this on it is a bit uncomfortable, but that quickly fades as it adjusts to my body.  If you are larger chested and have a problem finding legit sports bras, get to VS now and check this out!


 

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