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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sponsored | Movie Characters & Sunglasses

XO, Noelle Monday, July 28, 2014
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In the summer, there is a specific accessory that everyone needs. Every Nashville photographer, Las Vegas dancer or New York waitress needs sunglasses. And one pair of sunglasses is never enough. We need a classic one, a black one, a sporty one and a more glamorous one. After all, having a mini-collection is, actually, a very nice idea.
    The sunglasses are those accessories that can change the air of the whole outfit. They’re a little secret, often used by the movie costume designers. A pair of over-sized and rounded, similar to those popularized by Jackie Onassis and Audrey Hepburn, can turn an outfit into one with a special allure detached from the '60s. The aviator lenses worn by Angelina Jolie and Jelly McGillis in Top Gun, can easily turn you into ‘one of the boys’, especially if you’re wearing jeans and Oxford shoes.
And because we’re talking about sunglasses and movie stars, let’s remember a few characters that are basically synonyms to their sunglasses.
  • Carrie-Ann Moss in Matrix. In the dystopian world, everyone wore dark glasses and Trinity, Keanu Reeves's partner was hiding behind a black leather jumpsuit and a pair of dark lenses. In case you’re wondering what brand of glasses is used in the Matrix: Blinde Design created them just for the film, and later Ray Ban launched the 3194, a similar version which is more robust.
  • Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. A Givenchy black dress and a long, heavy cigarette are the right tools to use if you want to invent your own character from New York. For maximum style, add some oversized glasses (Manhattan model), signed by Oliver Goldsmith.
  • Susan Sarandon and Geena Davies in Thelma and Louise. As iconic as the film are the two pairs of sunglasses: Dekko Ray-Ban for Geena Davies at the end of the film and Cornu by LA Eyewear for Susan Sarandon.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City. When Carrie gout out of the "Mexi-coma" after the missed wedding, she was hidden behind some spectacular lenses and frames, signed by Oliver People. Also, there is another scene in the opening sequence of SATC2, with Carrie wearing a limited edition of gold aviator lens, signed by Bernhard Willhelm & Mykita's .

Baby Update | 33 Weeks!

XO, Noelle Monday, July 28, 2014
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At this point, I feel like a broken record but the third trimester is seriously flying by.

How far along? 33 weeks, 3 days.
Total weight gain: Good question! I have no clue right now.
Maternity clothes? Definitely. I'm also lovin' my Old Navy tanks.
Stretch marks? Yup. Quite a few around the belly button area and now I've found some on my hips. 
Sleep: Pretty well minus my dogs keep waking me up. They've been on this kick where they like to go in and out of the blankets and piss me off.
Miss Anything? Not getting a back ache or rib ache if I sit too long.
Movement: SO much! I absolutely love it.
Food cravings: I could go for fries and a frapp right now. I swear, that's been my thing this whole pregnancy and I rarely give in.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Thankfully, nothing.
Gender: It's a boy! 
Labor Signs: Just pressure really low sometimes. Obviously not a labor sign but a sign that he's getting ready!
Symptoms: Pain under my ribs or in my back if I sit too long and some low pressure sometimes. I'm so thankful that that's basically been it. 
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but super tired lately.
Looking Forward To: Washing all his little clothes and meeting him!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Giveaway | All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com Box

XO, Noelle Friday, July 25, 2014
Hey babes! TotalBeauty and I have joined together to give one of my readers their own All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com! YAY! Check out my review if you want a sneak peek and more info on what's inside!

US only | 18+ | Good luck!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Haul | Francesca's Collections

XO, Noelle Thursday, July 24, 2014
One of my absolute favorite stores in the mall is Francesca's Collections. It has such a girly boutique feel with unique pieces of jewelry, gorgeous clothes, fun handbags, cute accessories and gift ideas. The only thing that sucks about that boutique feel is that boutique price so when they have crazy deals (like all handbags 40% off and jewelry is buy one, get one), you better believe this chick is going all in.

(Nails: Bonita Spring Violet)
I ended up snagging the infamous Harper Tassel Tote. I've wanted this baby for SO long ever since I saw Morgan Allen's (Allen & Co) Instagram pic of it but with a baby on the way, it was a little of a splurge for myself (and to be honest, I'd rather just buy the baby stuff instead of me lately). Then the salesgirl comes over, "Oh hey. Just letting you guys know that ALL HANDBAGS are 40% today." Oh hey, you're an angel - and that Harper bag is coming home with mama now. The tote is huge and fits so much stuff. Right now, it's filled with Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby coupons, my humungo Coach wallet, aviators, pens, random bills, etc. 

Next place to browse was the jewelry which is also normally out of my price range (think $30+ for a gorgeous statement necklace) but a sweet little sign that read "Buy one, get one half off" sat next next to them so I couldn't help myself. I ended up getting this gorgeous white rope statement necklace with crystal rings around it first. I legit walked around the necklaces about ten times before picking this one out. Then I spied the midi rings. I have a few cheapy ones from Forever 21 but the crystal "X" midi ring caught my eye and came home with me. The last two things I bought were the little stud earrings - one pair are crystal balls and the others are gold arrows. Too cute! Unfortunately, none of these besides the tote are up on the site so you'll have to go in to oogle over these beauties!

What have you bought lately?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Giveaway | 30-Pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette!

XO, Noelle Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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
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!