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Friday, July 25, 2014

Giveaway | All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com Box

XO, Noelle Friday, July 25, 2014
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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!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Baby | Top 5 Second Trimester Faves

XO, Noelle Monday, July 21, 2014
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.

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

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.