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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Giveaway | 30-Pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette!

XO, Noelle Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Remember when myself and 29 other bloggers did a blogger-curated MAC palette? Well, it's back! With a twist :)
Row 1 (L-R): Angie (Vanity Rouge), Noelle (XO Noelle), Dee (Liner Glitter Gloss), Sandra (Moms Makeup Stash), Jenelle (Nelle Creations) & Deanne (My Fash Avenue)
Row 2 (L-R): Michelle (A Lovely Allure), Marcia (Beauty Info Zone), Iva (Falling in Style), Niki (Hello Miss Niki), Rica (The Office Chic) & Bree (Urban Umbrella)
Row 3 (L-R): Amber (Canadian Fashionista), Krystal (Beauty by Krystal), Lauren (The Fashionista's Diary), Justina (Justina's Gems), Stacey (Stacey Brennan YT), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews)
Row 4 (L-R): Maria (A Mother's World), Marissa (Chic Darling), Kelly (Glitter Diaries), Cheryl (Beauty by Cheryl H), Chelsea (Olive & Ivy) & Chrissy (Some Velvet Morning)
Row 5 (L-R): Shayna (A Pop of Colour), Cecilia (Dearest Lou), Janna (Gloss & Glitz), Mina (Mina Slater), Cindy (Prime Beauty) & Katelyn (The Skinny Blonde)

Ever wonder what happens when 30 beauty & fashion bloggers and vloggers get together? They host an EPIC  giveaway! We are teaming up to bring you an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with our favourite shades!! Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below! Ends 11:59PM EST on August 6, 2014.

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What's in the palette?

Sketch, Vibrant Grape, Fig 1, Club, Shroom, Orb, Omega, Aquadisiac, Copperplate, Woodwinked, All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Cranberry, Steamy, Naked Lunch, Blanc Type, Nylon, Cobalt, Brule, Haux, Carbon, Phloof, Retrospeck, Stars & Rockets, Expensive Pink, Brun, Electra, Satin Taupe, Honeylust & Brown Script


TERMS & CONDITIONS: This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ages over the age of 18 and ends at 11:59PM EST on August 6, 2014. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Only one winner will be selected. This giveaway is a group buy, which means the bloggers/vloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. Winner will be chosen at random from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. No prize substitutions allowed. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com - Review

XO, Noelle Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Hi cupcakes! Today I have a sneak peek into the All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com! So far, almost all the products in the box have been kept under wraps - until now! 

All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com | "Your summer hair routine, perfected."
This box contains 7 full size and deluxe size products as well as some little extras. As always, I love the box that this came in. Unfortunately, my box came looking like something had leaked all over it but I couldn't find the leak in any of the products! Mysteries of life, guys.

Sneaky peek what's inside!

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment with Macadamia Oil - Sample size ($1.50)
Mmmmm. Talk about heaven for your split ends. I always get nervous when using oils in my hair because my hair is so thin. I used about three drops on just the ends and left it in overnight. Then I just washed it out in the morning. I also noticed that this is super nice on your skin and leaves it feeling insanely smooth. Double usage! 

Bosley Healthy Hair Rebalancing & Finishing Treatment - Full size ($24.95)
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't like, "Wait. What?" when I saw this in the box. I've seen the Bosley commercials for hair replacement but had no idea they made other hair products. This treatment contains Argan, Marula and Burdock Root oils. While your hair is damp, spray and massage a small amount of this treatment into your scalp, dry and style like normal. This treatment is supposed to rebalance dry and oily hair, relieve eczema along with any itching and condition your hair. The Marula oil is rich in antioxidants and is a potent moisturizer. The Burdock Root oil helps strengthen your hair and the Argan oil is there to provide shine. I enjoyed using this, for sure. It left my hair feeling really nice and soft.

100% Pure Honey & Virgin Coconut Restorative Shampoo - Sample size (.10 cents)
This shampoo is described as a hydrating coconut foam that deeply moisturizes and cleanses for stronger and healthier hair. I absolutely loved using this but I was a bit bummed that there wasn't much product to try even as a sample. It left my hair feeling cleansed and smelling nice. Also, props to them for being made in the USA and being cruelty-free. 

EVOLVh Shampoo & Conditioner - Deluxe size ($15)
My new faves! The shampoo gave a nice lather and really cleansed my hair. Y'know how you can just feel that it feels super clean? Bam, that's it. The conditioner was really nice as well and I liked that it didn't feel like I was deep conditioning every time  I used it. It was just a nice, light condition - perfect for my thin hair! I also liked that when I blow dryed my hair, my curls seemed WAY more defined than I've ever seen them been lately. Thumbs up!

nelson j Beverly Hills Styling Conditioner (Smooth) - Full size ($15)
YASSS! I was so excited to see this in the box! I absolutely loved the nelson j. products I received in the Summer Prep Collection. I received the Styling Conditioner in Smooth. It kind of reminds me of the It's a 10 Leave-In because this acts as a conditioner, heat protector, detangler, Argan oil shine, color protector, smoothing serum and sunscreen. Um, how awesome is that? This is definitely one of my new fave hair products to use and I'll definitely be repurchasing!

Also included: eSalon $15 gift certificate and a $25 discount on the Keranique Hair Growth bundle.

Overall: I'm in love with this box because of two main products: EVOLVh Ultrashine Shampoo and the nelson j. Beverly Hills Styling Conditioner. I think boxes like these are always awesome to try out because you get to try products you might've never thought to try. 

All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com - Buy | Price: $20 ($96.55 value!)
* Special code for my readers! Use: HAIR10 and receive 10% off this box!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Baby | Top 5 Second Trimester Faves

XO, Noelle Monday, July 21, 2014
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Hey mamas! So I'm pretty well into my third trimester right now (8 more weeks to go!) but before I go off into that, I wanted to share with you my second trimester favorites. Again, these are favorites that helped me out or that I loved but they might not be for everyone. As always, I'd love to know what your second trimester favorites are/were AND your third trimester faves :) Let's do this dance.



Snoogle
If there is one thing that I feel you need from this post, it's this. The Snoogle basically made my life. I started getting random back pains right about when the second trimester started. My hips also started hurting and I couldn't get comfortable at all. It was so annoying. I don't know what it is about this thing that I can't seem to achieve with a plethora of pillows but it is ah-maze-ing and really is a lifesaver for me. I actually made the mistake of not bringing it with me on vacation and I was so miserable and got absolutely no sleep. - Buy


H&M Mama Jeans
Okay. I lied. You need the Snoogle and a few pairs of these jeans. Especially for you mama's-to-be going through the fall and winter. Ugh, imagine how cute these will be with boots? The jeans are slim-fit and some are boot cut, some are straight leg; there's so many different styles to choose from. They have a bunch of different jean shades to chose from and for $34.95-$39.95, they're high quality. Let's just say, there's been weeks ahem, days I've gone wearing nothing but these and they're still kickin'. Also, some of the jeans have a full belly panel while some have half (covers half your stomach). I prefer the full because it smoothed out my belly and I didn't feel like I had to keep pulling it up. - Buy

Old Navy Tank Tops
These babies were (and still are going into the last trimester) my best friend. It's frickin' hot and sometimes it's hard to find a shirt that works with a growing belly. Sure, it might've fit last week but now you're channeling Britney Spears midriff-baring days in a not-cute way. Not only are these tanks cheap ($8.50 AND they go on sale all the time!?!) but no matter how many times I wash them, they won't stretch (where you don't want it to) nor have they shrunk. The models don't really show it, but these are actually on the long side which is perfect for our bellies. I bought larges in the beginning of the second trimester and I'm still wearing them now at 32 weeks. A tank and those H&M Mama jeans and we're good to go! - Buy


aden + anais Stretch Mark Reducing Cream
Guys, I slathered and marinated in lotions and cocoa butters and still got stretch marks. It's basically a luck of the draw. You're going to get them or you're not. This cream is amazing for knowing, that hey, if you do get them, there's something to help reduce the appearance of them. For the best results, you should use this from the beginning. I, unfortunately, didn't know about this in the beginning but did apply from when my stretch marks first appeared and have already noticed they've lightened some. - Buy

c.Booth Tahitian Monoi Dry Oil Spray
Whenever I find my skin getting a little dry (especially my belly), I spray some of this on, rub it in real quick and within a minute, my skin feels nice and soft. Ahh, instant relief. Also, it smells like paradise. Yumm! - Buy

Also wanted to give a huge shout out to Starbucks hazelnut frapps, Dunkin Donut's Boston Creme donuts and yoga pants for holdin' me down ;)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Share Beauty with Regency Beauty Institute Contest

XO, Noelle Sunday, July 20, 2014
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Hey loves! So recently, I was asked by the Regency Beauty Institute how beauty and the people who make it, have impacted my life to share awareness of their #ShareBeauty contest they're holding where you can win a customized VIP treatment worth $2,000 courtesy of Regency Beauty Institute and Refinery29.

Regency Beauty Institute is one of the leading cosmetology schools in the nation. They have 88 campuses across the country and have been able to grow over the years by taking an innovative approach to learning and helping students to turn their creativity into beautiful careers. The “#ShareBeauty” campaign celebrates beauty and the people who make it. Our mission is a big one: create a movement celebrating beauty as a creative career, a gift that matters and something that has a positive effect on the world around us.


First off, how cute is this "Beauty Grew All Around" video? I've been humming this all day.

So how has beauty (and the people who make it) impacted my life? As a beauty blogger, I thought the answer would come easily but I've realized (especially over the past five years), that beauty is so much more than what people give it credit for. I've always thought that beauty is being the best possible version of yourself inside and out. So to me, these influential people who have used beauty to impact me aren't necessarily who you think they'd be. Sure, it's that nail artist that has insane nail tutorials that I try to copy (I mean, c'mon, how do they do their right hand!?) to make my nails look awesome, those beauty gurus I follow on YouTube to contour my face or do my hair a certain way but they're also artists who have showed me things aren't always what they appear through paintings; writers through stories, teachers who gave me confidence throughout the years even when bullies tried to take it and my mom who went through breast cancer and chemo and showed me that strength is one of the most beautiful things of all that no amount of mascara and bronzer can give you.

How to enter the #sharebeautycontest:

Entering the contest is easy!
• Try one trend (or all of them). Trends will be posted each week at the Regency landing page
• Take a photo
• Share it on Instagram (Your account must be public.)
• Hashtag each photo with #ShareBeautyContest.

Contest runs from July 8th-August 13th. One lucky winner will be chosen from the hashtags. Each person who enters will have the opportunity to win a customized VIP beauty treatment worth $2,000 from Regency and Refinery29. #sharebeauty #sharebeautycontest


* This post is sponsored by Regency Beauty Institute but all my opinions are my own.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Breakups to Makeup 'Love Raised Me Lipstick Saved Me' Makeup Clutch - Review

XO, Noelle Friday, July 18, 2014
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Hey babes! I know you just saw this in my June/July faves post yesterday but I HAD to do a full review. Because that's how I roll.

Breakups to Makeup are known for their sassy beauty quotes on t-shirts, stickers, phone cases and makeup bags ranging from, "Please, I can't even commit to a lipstick." to "I'm only helpless when my nails are driving." Clearly, these bags understand my life.

Love Raised Me Lipstick Saved Me Makeup Clutch
Not only is this bag a makeup bag but can also act as a clutch or travel bag. Love having options! I received the bag in an off-white but black canvas is also available.The clutch is approximately 8.5x8.5" and is made from a sturdy canvas material. Is there nothing better than when the interior is as cute as the exterior? The inside of this bag is an abstract (possibly floral?) design of grey, white and yellow with their logo on top. So how much can this baby hold? I put it to the test.

It holds 42 lipsticks and lipglosses of various sizes (NYX, MAC, Lime Crime, etc.)! If that isn't your style and you aren't a lipstick lover that usually carries 42 lipsticks with you at all times, this carries your cell phone, three lipsticks, a palette, a necklace and lots of room to spare.

Breakups to Makeup 'Love Raised Me Lipstick Saved Me' | Availability: Buy | Price: $35

* Press sample.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Monthly Favorites | June/July!

XO, Noelle Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Some girls would say, "Hey, it's probably too late to do a June favorites post." but not this girl. I've also added in July favorites even though it's not technically the end of July because I'm B.A. like that. Yup. Let's roll with it.


Beauty/Random Favorites:

  • L'Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray - I forgot where I first saw this being used but they described it as "a lift like teasing but without the brush" and that's the best and most accurate description I've heard. It sprays out like a light mist but packs a huge punch, leaving my hair volumized without being hard.
  • It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in Light- Basically my holy grail foundation. It just works for me and it's everything I could ask for a foundation and more. It not only is full coverage and feels like you're wearing nothing but has SPF 50 sunscreen built in without giving a weird white cast.
  • Bath & Body Works Endless Weekend - This is more of a July favorite since it just came out but ugh, talk about a summer scent. It's described as an "exhilarating blend of raspberry lychee sorbet, sunkissed magnolia and vanilla sandalwood". Basically, summer in a bottle. Oh, and the bottle's packaging is too freakin' cute to boot.
  • Riri Hearts MAC Summer Heaux - I know, I know. A deep, vampy matte red is not your typical summer lipstick shade but I don't care. This is my go-to lipcolor lately. It works with pale/tan/purple/chevron skintypes and I'm just hardcore in love with it.
  • Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss Lip Butter - I never used to use chapsticks or lip butters but I can't help but dig into this. Not only does it smell absolutely amazing (think vanilla cupcake) but keeps my lips feeling nice and smooth. 
  • Whish Coconut Milk Self Tanner | review - I just did a review on this so you all already know how much I'm obsessed with this. Definitely the most natural looking self tanner I've ever had. AND, it smells like heaven. Pure heaven.
  • Mixologie Aqua Statement Necklace - In general, statement necklaces have been my favorite thing ever this summer. My mom says they're gaudy but I just can't get enough of big, bright, eye-catching necklaces. This one in particular is from TJ Maxx and I'm dying over the aqua spikes. I wore this at my baby shower and got SO many compliments.
  • Essie Set in Stones - This had made a billion appearances on my monthly favorites lists but I just can't get enough of it. It always makes my nails look bejeweled with silver glitter. So in love!
  • Essie Haute in the Heat - I got this in my last Rite Aid Network kit and have been rockin' it ever since. It's the most beautiful red-toned raspberry that you can rock with one coat. Ah-mazing!
  • Glisten & Glow Hong Kong Girl Top Coat - My mom always asks me how I can paint my nails and be on-the-go in a matter of minutes. This topcoat is the reason why. I think it's made from magic or something because within minutes of applying over my mani, my nails are hard and dry and ready to go.
  • Breakups to Makeup "Lipstick Saved Me" Bag - I'll have a full review on this makeup bag tomorrow but I had to share this in my favorites because it's all I've been using. It's sturdy, it's freakin' adorable and it's hilarious. I can't even begin to tell you guys how much can fit in this thing!

Music Favorites:

  • Sing - Ed Sheeran
  • Cold One - Eric Church
* Some products may be press samples.