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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Beauty Blogazon's Spring $350 Visa Giftcard Giveaway!

XO, Noelle Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Hey babes! The Beauty Blogazon's are back with another giveaway just in time to celebrate spring. The giveaway is for $350 on a VISA GC - imagine all the makeup you could buy! International entries are welcome :) Good luck, loves! xx


Monday, March 23, 2015

Physician's Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit | Review

XO, Noelle Monday, March 23, 2015
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This is a sponsored post for Physicians Formula through Condé Nast but all opinions are my own.

Eyelash extensions freak me out. I'm just going to come out and say it. Not how you thought I'd start a review post, huh? There's just something about tiny fibers going onto your lashes that makes my eyeballs shudder. 


So when I was offered the chance to check out the new Physician's Formula Eye Booster™ Instant Lash Extension Kit, I was a bit hesitant but still curious. I mean, I've done this dance before and those fibers HURT if you get them in your eye. Why would anyone put themselves through that?

For beauty blogging reasons, of course to show that not every eyelash extensions kit is alike (oooh, spoiler alert)!

For starters, the fiber extensions are all-natural, made mostly from cellulose with panthenol, botanical extracts and Vitamin E. The mascara formula contains a lash-boosting peptide to also enhance your natural lashes while you're faking it.

First, you apply the mascara like you would any other mascara.
The next part is the tricky part: applying the extension fibers.
The process is pretty simple. 

1.First, you apply the mascara like you would any other mascara. To me, the mascara by itself wasn't that impressive and the formula was a bit too thin for my liking. I felt like application was like walking a very thin line between nicely coated lashes and spider legs. Tread lightly, my beauty babes. It slightly lifted and curled my lashes.

2. The next part is the tricky part: applying the extension fibers. Alas, I have figured out a pretty foolproof plan without getting any fibers in your eyes. My first tip is to tap the wand over the tube so they'll fall back in or over the garbage can if you don't mind losing some fibers to get off the excess. The next tip is to apply the fibers to lashes looking down so your eye is not really open to have fibers fall into. You'll want to apply the fibers to wet lashes so they'll stick.

3. Lastly, apply another coat of mascara to seal the fibers in and you're good to go!

Before / After


No fibers falling out here! Honestly, guys, I was surprised how much I really like this kit. Needless to say, all fiber extension kits are not created equal. As a contact wearer, sometimes my eyes like to get all sensitive on me (and I don't mean sending me love notes) and can water easily. This mascara did not budge or smudge nor did it irritate my eyes at any part of the day. My favorite part is how they made my lashes look like falsies. Nothing makes a girl happier than the look of false lashes without all the glue hassle. 

What about removal, you ask? I used my normal eye makeup remover with a cotton ball, closed my eye and massaged the ball down my lashes instead of rubbing it all around. I found that was the easiest and again, kind of promised a foolproof way to not get any fibers into my eyes.

Would you try a fiber extension kit? Which one is your favorite?

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Spring It On | Silky Smooth Legs with Gillette Venus Swirl + $20 Walmart GC Giveaway!

XO, Noelle Monday, March 23, 2015
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Girls (and possibly guys who also enjoy smooth legs) - it's time to break our razors out of hibernation because Spring is officially here! (Can someone let New England know that because apparently we missed the memo for warmer weather.) Ahem.

I procrastinate shaving. It's time-consuming. I miss hard-to-reach areas. Sometimes I get those lovely, red bumps. I even nick myself if I rush - especially if my six month old lets me know my times up in his own special way (ie: screaming at the top of his lungs).

Well, procrastinate no longer!

Behold, the Gillette Venus Swirl - a fab new contouring razor to shave every hair and leave your skin feel nice and smooth.


What makes the Venus Swirl incomparable to others is the new Flexiball technology. The Flexiball allows the razors to move and navigate in different directions to shave all those tricky spots with ease. Combine the Flexiball with the Venus Swirl's new Microfine Comb and five (!!!) contour blades for silky, smooth legs. Speaking of five blades, did you know that this razor has the thinnest edges EVER from Gillette? Talk about a super-close shave!


One of my most favorite features on this razor is the water-activated MoistureGlide Serum surrounding the blades. It promises a smooth shave every time and smells so, so good!

I recommend using this with Venus with a touch of Olay VioletSwirl shaving gel for the best shaving results. This shaving gel helps with a closer shave and leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized after I get out of the shower.


You can find all of the new Venus Swirl products at your local Walmart in the "shave" aisle.

Enter to win a $20 gift card to Walmart and try the collection out for yourself!
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Gillette Venus. Opinions are always 100% my own.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Nioxin | 30 Day Challenge for Thicker Hair

XO, Noelle Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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I participated in the NIOXIN Challenge blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.

If you asked me how to describe my hair in one word it would be thin. It always has been. Thin hair but lots of it. Well, until I had Hunter. After Hunter was born and I entered the fun post-partum hair loss stage and my hair got even thinner.

I decided to take the Nioxin 30 Day Challenge and put some oomph back into my sad, limp hair! 

Nioxin is a hair range made specifically for thin hair and guarantees thicker hair in 30 days or your money back. There's six different systems made specifically for your hair type. Mine is System 3 which is for normal to thin-looking, chemically treated hair. It "amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and providing moisture balance to the hair". All systems consist of three steps to get your hair thicker in all of 30 days!

The three-step process is SO easy to use and doesn't really differ from anything I don't do already in the shower so there's no inconvenience or extra time added by using this system. 

1. Stage 3 Cleanser
So first I start with the cleanser which is just a really nice, light shampoo. It smells like a peppermint (which I love) but for those who aren't mint lovers, it's not too strong or overpowering where it would be a huge turn-off. I really liked that I could feel it working the first time I used it too. It feels tingly on the scalp the first couple of times but I've since gotten used to it and don't really feel it anymore. This cleanser helps remove follicle-clogging sebum, fatty acids and residues from the environment from the scalp skin and hair.

2. Stage 3 Scalp Therapy Conditioner
Next, I move onto the conditioner. This one is a super light-weight conditioner that helps control moisture balance as well as hair resilience. I actually like to use this starting at the roots and working my way up to my scalp. I leave it on for about five minutes and rinse. I absolutely love how light this is. My hair and conditioners usually aren't seen together because most conditioners are way too heavy for my hair and instantly make it very greasy. With this conditioner, my hair felt nice and soft. This also has the peppermint smell but, again, it isn't super overpowering.

3. Leave-In Scalp Treatment
Lastly, I end with the scalp treatment. After I'm all done shampooing and conditioning, I apply a small amount of this treatment onto my damp hair and then dry and style like normal. It contains antioxidants and botanicals to refresh your scalp. It's incredibly lightweight which plays nice with my hair and doesn't weigh it down and greasify it.


30 days (and a haircut later!), I'm done with the 30 day challenge and very, VERY impressed. The results of Nioxin actually gave me the confidence to cut my hair. Before, I would've never cut it because my long hair kind of gave me a false sense of thickness. I think it's safe to say the pictures speak for themselves. In the before picture, my hair was limp, thin and oily by the end of the day. The Nioxin has really cleansed my scalp of build up and, as you can see in the after, has way more oomph in it.

I would love to see you take the 30 Day Challenge and share your results on Nioxin's Facebook and/or Twitter with #NioxinChallenge! 

Now's your chance to try the Nioxin 30 Day Challenge - Nioxin is giving my readers a chance to win their own 3-Step Hair System Kit ($44)! You can choose your own for your own hair type from the six systems available. 18+. US only. Good luck, babes! xx


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Saving Money | With T-Mobile's Simply Prepaid Samsung Avant

XO, Noelle Friday, March 13, 2015
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChangingPrepaid #CollectiveBias

With a baby, a new house and a makeup addiction, sometimes it's really tough to cut corners and save money. I mean, do babies really need diapers? (Yes, yes they do.) It always seems like once we have a little extra jingle in our pocket, life happens and either the car needs a new part, baby needs new clothes (how can he be in nine month clothes one week and 12 month old clothes the next!?), a bill is unexpectedly high or a limited edition makeup collection launched (well, I am a beauty blogger after all).


While you can't control life's little surprises, I do have a way to make sure your cell phone bill isn't one of them!


Recently, I headed to Walmart to check out their prepaid phones and came across T-Mobile's Simply Prepaid plan. Introducing the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid plan at Walmart! For just $40 a month you can get 4G LTE data with unlimited talk and text. No hidden fees. No surprises. That means mama can buy that new lipstick, pay the rest of the bills AND buy a few new outfits for the baby!

Unfortunately, there are so many pre-paid plans out there that have hidden agendas with iffy networks, slow data and a pretty stinky selection of phones. 

With T-Mobile's Simply Prepaid plan, you can get your choice of a high-speed data amount, unlimited talk/text and data and a great selection of phones. I picked up the Samsung Avant from the Simply Prepaid plan and have been lovin' it!

The Samsung Avant has an enhanced camera, 1.2GHz processor and this really cool, textured backing to the phone that reminds me of leather. The Samsung Avant is just one of the many smartphone options you have to chose from with the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid plan.

Owning a prepaid phone from T-Mobile's Simply Prepaid plan has really helped with saving money. We don't need to worry about any extra fees or hidden charges we'd normally face with a normal phone bill and can put that saved money towards something else - like that new mascara I had my eye on. Or bills. We'll go with bills.


How do you save money in your household? Do you think a prepaid phone would help save you money? What would you do with money saved?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation | Review

XO, Noelle Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Some foundations can be tricky. You have to be cool, calm and collected around it (kind of like winged eyeliner) or it can just crease, cake up or slide off your face with the slightest touch. 

Where, oh where, can a girl find a foundation that just...won't? On top of that, I'm looking for the same foundation to be long-lasting, natural-looking, great in photos and great coverage.

Well, ladies and gents. I've found it! 

This foundation promises 15 hours of wear time through heat, humidity and non-stop activity. It's oil-free, fragrance-free, non-acnegenic (won't clog pores) and has a nice natural, matte finish. YES, makeup gods, FINALLY a foundation that promises to do everything I want - all in one. Now, I've heard a lot about this foundation in the beauty world. It's the holy grail foundation for a lot of beauty gurus so I finally decided to give it a try.

I went down to my local Macy's and got a complimentary foundation match consultation using their iMatch System. She ended up matching me with 1N1 Ivory Nude which is the lightest neutral shade in the collection and matched perfectly with my skintone. I actually loved the way it looked so much I bought two! 
From eight in the morning to nine at night, between running around after a newly-mobile six month old, doing laundry, running errands, dancing to Lion King's "Hakuna Matata" for the tenth time and doing Mickey Mouse's Hot Dog Dance, this foundation kept me looking super fresh-faced. This foundation DID NOT BUDGE which also kept the makeup on top of it in place.

I also really enjoyed knowing that there would be no transfer onto my little babe even with his new favorite game of "Grab Mommy's Nose"...and cheeks...and chin...and lips... I didn't have to worry about it getting all over him or transferring onto his clothes or skin.

Lastly, I love that you can control the coverage by the beauty tool that you use. With a foundation brush (like the one shown in the picture), you can get medium-full coverage. With a damp beauty sponge, you can get a nice, sheer finish. It's really nice to have a good foundation that you can do that with.
Bare face || Face with Estée Lauder

Overall: This foundation does every it says it does which is a huge deal for me. It's so hard to find a foundation that does it all and Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation does!

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