Monday, April 18, 2016

Review | Aesthetica Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleansing Glove

Hi lovies,

I'm back after another hiatus! Sorry about that, but I'm happy to say that I have a slew of beauty reviews coming up starting with the Aesthetica Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleansing Glove. I purchased this glove from Amazon for $19.95. For those who don't know I'm an avid beauty lover, which means that rocking makeup is a regular occurrence for me. Most people HATE cleaning their makeup brushes, but it's something that I always look forward to. I'm a bit of a germophobe and I can't stand dirty makeup brushes caked with excess product buildup. Sunday afternoons are my normally makeup brush cleaning day. While I've been cleaning my makeup brushes forever I knew that my current methods weren't the most effective at getting my brushes clean. While watching YouTube (of course) I ran across several reviews for the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. The only problem was the almost $40 price tag. I don't mind splurging on beauty items, but a cleaning glove was not one of them so I went to my go to when it comes to finding dupes at a decent price with trustworthy reviews, Amazon! I ran across the Aesthetica Makeup Brush Cleansing Glove and after seeing the awesome reviews and 50% less price tag I decided to give it a whirl. let me say that this was the best $20 I've spent. This glove helps me to remove every speck of makeup from my brushes. I love the different groves and lines on both sides of the glove that I can use for my various sized brushes. It also helps me to clean my makeup brushes in half the time! As you can guess I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who's looking for a cleansing glove for their makeup brushes, but isn't quite willing to invest $40 for one.


Monday, February 22, 2016

I Love My FitBit Charge HR!

Several of you warned me that once I got my Fitbit my life would be forever changed and I'm here to proudly say all of you were right! The hubby snagged the fitbit Charge HR for me a week and a half ago and I've spent that time getting the hang of all that the fitbit has to offer. So far I have to say it has really helped me step up my fitness game! I've made it a point to get in at least 10,000 steps during the work week even if I'm not at work. When I'm at work it's not that difficult, but this past Monday I was off and it was definitely a little more challenging, but I got it done. It has also helped me to accurately track my Shaun T25 workouts that I've been doing. Not to mention I'm now apart of a work week challenge with a few college buddies to see who can get the most steps by the end of the week. Nothing like a little competition to make things fun! However, I think what I'm loving the most are the weekly reports from Fitbit. Last week I walked a total of 28.2 miles and lost 3lbs!
Needless to say so far I've been loving my fitbit and it's truly helped me to take my 2016 health goals to the next level! Hopefully I'll have a health update up next week.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ulta & Sally's Haul

Ulta's Liter sale is what brought me into one of my favorite beauty stores, however 30 minutes later I left armed with several goodies!

  1. REDKEN All Soft Shampoo- I was a bit leery of this shampoo because it has sulfates, but after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try. It honestly does what the title says. It leaves my hair clean yet soft. I believe I may have found a new staple shampoo and now I can't wait to try the conditioner!
  2. Shea Moisture Oil Hydration Intensive Serum- Youtube made me do it! At first I tried to use this as a sealant after applying moisturizer and that didn't work very well. I then tried to apply it after my deep conditioner and that was a fail too. Then finally I decided to use it as a refresher on my ends when they start to feel a bit dry. Bingo!
  3. Purity Facial Cleanser-This cleanser is all the rage on any social media site and also according to the reviews. After using it for about a week I really like it. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not dry and the best part is it doesn't include a lot of the damaging ingredients that can be found in some skin care products.
  4. Shea Moisture Post shave cream- I'm still testing this out.
  5. End Papers-I love my perm rods, but they do not love my ends!
  6. Castor Oil- Castor oil is the one thing that keeps my new growth soft and supple. I've been applying it every few days to my scalp and edges. I always have a major growth spurt when I'm consistent with this!
Can y'all believe that I went to Ulta and forgot to get the REDKEN Anti-snap leave in treatment?! No worries, I went back the next weekend and snagged it with my 20% off coupon. The cashier raved about it so I'll definitely be doing a review once I've used on a consistent basis for a while. Have you all picked up any goodies lately?

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Things I'm Currently Craving

2016 is off to a great start for me. There are a few things that I know can help me along with my goals and things that I just plain ol want to buy! I'm patiently waiting, but I know it won't be long before I eventually cave in.

  1. REDKEN Anti-Snap. I seriously feel like I NEED this product in my life! I ran across it while indulging in one of the GlamTwinz youtube videos and as soon as I heard the name I was intrigued. This product promises to 'helps fortify hair that's prone to breaking, splitting or snapping off, gently smoothes the cuticle, reduces friction from brushing and helps prevent further damage, and leaves hair healthy, shiny and resilient through a unique 3D Repair Complex of proteins, ceramide and lipids to help provide internal strength, cuticle reinforcement and protective resurfacing.' All of my healthy hair junkies out there...does this not sound AMAZING?!
  2. I totally blame Kim of FancyFlairLady for this next item. The FITBIT Charge HR! I honestly hadn't heard of this particular fitbit until it was mentioned in her blogpost and now I must have it. As I stated in my previous post I'm not only trying to lose weight, but also live a healthier life period. I'm a huge fan of myfitnesspal and having a device that will truthfully track my activity both at work and during workouts is awesome. We'll see how long I can hold out before I grab this little guy.
  3. NYX Cosmetics 2016 spring releases. As a beauty junkie I keep up with the various makeup releases and NYX has released so many beautiful products. I've been keeping myself on a strict budget for the month of January, but I have a feeling in February a little NYX haul may be in order. Of course I'll do some reviews of the things I try.
What are you guys currently craving?

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Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year Goals

I've been gone so long from the blogosphere until I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say life took over and I took some time away to enjoy the ride. I got married, traveled with the hubby, adopted a dog, had lasik eye surgery, and celebrated the holidays in our home with our family. Honestly 2015 was absolutely phenomenal and I enjoyed every second of it! Now that 2015 has come to an end it's a new year, which for me means new goals and aspirations. I'm totally a resolutions person and enjoy having something to work towards. This year I have several goals in mind and I'm ready to hit the ground running!

  1. Lose my marriage fifteen. You know how people say that when you become a freshman in college beware of the freshmen 15. Well nobody warned me about the marriage fifteen! After the wedding and honeymoon we were exhausted and honestly have spent most of the year eating whatever we want whenever we want so the hubster and I have decided to recommit ourselves to our health. For me that includes losing 15-25 lbs. I plan to do that by using MyFitnessPal. I have great success when I track my food so that's what I'll be doing. Feel free to add me! My username is Courtnea2001
  2. Recommit myself to exercising regularly. While 2015 was awesome it was not my best year in fitness. My exercise routine was sporadic at best and it's time to step it up. Not only will it help me to achieve my first goal, but I feel better when I'm exercising. I am planning to commit to 3-4 days per week minimum.
  3. Travel. Last year the hubby and I got to travel some and it was awesome. I would like to continue that trend and travel more this year!
  4. Maintain a positive outlook. Sometimes people and things can get the best of us and before we know it those people and things can have us feeling and thinking negatively. Not this year. I am determined to maintain a positive outlook no matter what!
  5. DIY Projects. The great thing about being a homeowner is making the home your own. We love our home and have been slowly chipping away at the list of projects that we would like to do. This years projects include a fabulous spring garden, putting a door under our staircase for extra storage, back splash in our kitchen, and the perfect dining room set.
  6. Blog at least once a week. I honestly have missed blogging and even when I wasn't posting I have always been reading and keeping up with the bloggers that I follow. It's a great outlet for me to share whatever comes to mind. So while life is busy I want to commit to doing at least one post a week!
What are your goals for 2016?

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