Mega Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway!

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Today I’ve joined up with 34 other beauty bloggers to do a Mega Beauty Blog Hop GIVEAWAY! If you are unfamiliar what a blog hop is, it’s pretty simple. Each lady in the hop is giving away something beauty related. All of the prizes are from cruelty-free brands. You can click through from one blog to another, entering the giveaways as you go. I recommend that you keep track of your entries by paying attention to the numbered list. You do not need to enter all in a single sitting. Come back and complete all entries by October 31st. You can enter 1, 10, 20 etc. or all of the individual giveaways that are linked below. If you enter all 35 of these individual giveaways, then you’ll be eligible to enter to win the grand prize of $350 Paypal Cash. Think of the things you could buy with that! The Grand Prize entry form is on every one of the participating blogs, so you only need to enter once at the blog that you end on. All entries will be verified once the giveaway is over, so please give us a few days to announce the winners. Make sure you follow ALL the rules of each giveaway so you won’t be disqualified! This blog hop giveaway will run for 2 weeks, ending on October 31st at 11:59pm EST and is open to all. In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in the beginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!

Ready to start hopping? Well, first things first — you’ve gotta enter my giveaway!

If you've been a long time reader, you know how much I love ILNP. So today, I'm giving away a $50 gift card to their site! They ship internationally and the gift card will be delivered directly to your email address. So here's my giveaway, and then go hop!

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  1. Makeup Obsessed Mom
  2. Notes from My Dressing Table
  3. Thefabzilla
  4. The Feminine Files
  5. Beauty and Fashion Tech
  6. Portrait of Mai
  7. Realizing Beauty
  8. Style, Decor & More
  9. NorahLovesMakeup
  10. I Like to Talk A Lot
  11. My Beauty Bunny
  12. Beauty Info Zone
  13. Collective Beauty
  14. Geniabeme
  15. Phyrra
  16. The Plastic Diaries
  17. Ahleessa 4 Realz
  18. HashtagFabLife
  19. My Highest Self
  20. Polarbelle
  21. Just Tiki
  22. Brighter, Darling
  23. Haus of Hounds
  24. XO, Noelle
  25. Kate Loves Makeup
  26. ColorSutraa
  27. The Daily Nail
  28. Glam and Uncensored
  29. Keely's Nails
  30. From My Vanity
  31. Beaumiroir
  32. We Heart This
  33. Prime Beauty
  34. Chick Lit Plus
  35. PolishGalore
And now for the GRAND PRIZE entry!! Do not enter until you have completed ALL 35 beauty blogger giveaways. All entries will be verified. Good Luck!

The Beauty Loser: #MedifastMondays Update


Last time we talked, I was getting ready to start Medifast and spent a week "prepping" by eating all my favorite foods for the last time in 3 months. Well friends, I greatly overdid it. I had way too much carbs, sugars, fats, and everything that I love under the sun and my body felt it. I was a hot sweaty mess when I went to Six Flags that weekend and the scale certainly showed it. I jumped from my 240 up to 248 and frankly, it freaked me out.

Tuesday I started with a French Vanilla Shake.
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Breakfast is hard for me. I'm a working mom of two boys and I barely roll out of bed with enough time to shower. I normally have tea and maybe something to eat at my office but that's about it. So I figured that the shakes would be a great way to introduce myself into eating so early in the morning. I was actually really surprised that the shake tasted good because I had read horror stories online of the shakes tasting too vitamin-y or chalky and I didn't find the shake to be either one of those. In fact, I chose the shake every morning for breakfast at work last week and will continue that route. It's a great way to get me started.

One of the big things with Medifast is eating every two hours and let me tell you - I needed to. When I would eat a Medifast meal, I was FULL but when those two hours were up? I NEEDED MORE. However it's a great cycle - eat another Medifast meal and I'm good again. I'm also drinking lots more water which is definitely good. My face had a horrible breakout on Wednesday and it was totally cleared up by Friday which was fantastic because I was at The Indie Shop in San Antonio.

There are definitely some stand out meals for me that I know I'll be reordering - so far all the crunch bars have been outstanding and I've been doing the Cinnamon Roll Crunch Bar, Caramel Crunch Bar and Smores Crunch Bar. I also got the Cookie Dough Chewy Bar but I'm not nearly as much of a "chewy" person as I thought. Also the Sea Salt Popcorn snack (which I get one a day) is amazing and I want to order 2 boxes of that next month for sure.

I think I made a small mistake in ordering so many "lunch" meals as I would call them and not enough of the bars. I'm more of a "bar" person - open the package and eat it. The other meals require a microwave and I've only tried the Beef Vegetable Soup, Vegetarian Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup... Honestly, only the beef vegetable has made me happy so that will be reordered. I also still have Mac n Cheese and Garlic Mashed Potatoes to try this week.

I did get a couple of the "dessert" type meals - the Chocolate Pudding was amazing but the Chocolate Chip Soft Bake didn't thrill me the first time. I also had the Cheese Pizza Bites (decent but needed lots of water to finish) and the Cinnamon Pretzel Sticks (same scenario) and will probably get those again too.

Which leads me into the Medifast Flavors of Home meals. I only got three types - a Ginger Lemongrass Chicken & Long Grain Rice, a Beef Stew,and a Chicken with Rice and Veggies. They are definitely filling and taste good so I'm happy with them. I may leave out the ginger lemongrass only because I'm not a fan of ginger or lemongrass originally.

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So let's be honest, okay? I'm not perfect and I did fall off my wagon twice. The first was Thursday night when I was attending a catered dinner for work. I could have declined but it was BBQ and I'm in the South and you don't say no. I definitely splurged with 4 ounces of beef brisket, 3 ounces of pulled pork, a quarter cup of potato salad, some pickle slices, a tablespoon of BBQ sauce and one piece of wheat bread. However, that's probably half of what I would have normally gotten at a BBQ and I opted for unsweet tea which was hard for me but doable. I fell again on Friday night after the Indie Shop. My hotel didn't have a microwave and I was starving so I got a Whataburger (the best hamburgers ever!) with a medium french fry. However I was good on getting just an unsweet tea again. At first, I really beat myself up over both meals but I realized that I'm trying to undo over TEN YEARS of food damage. I'm the girl that hid in her car and ate an entire medium pizza by herself. I can't expect to be perfect overnight.

And let's continue with the honesty... I don't feel amazing yet. I've had a couple of headaches (I'm sure from caffeine withdrawal), my energy level is lower than normal, and I'm a little cranky. Especially when my son's making biscuits and I know I can't have one right now. But I've had my victories like saying no to the birthday cake that was brought to work last week, and I didn't eat any of the candy at The Indie Shop that was on the tables or in the Trick or Treat bags.

And now let's get to the part you've been waiting on, okay? So my weight. As I mentioned, I jumped all the way up to 248 after my week of splurging. By the time I weighed myself for my food journal that Medifast provides, I was at 246 on Tuesday the 10th. By the 11th, I was down to 240. Yes, that's probably a lot of water weight, and I get that. Thursday I was down to 237. Now on Friday, I jumped up a pound to 238 and I blamed the BBQ. Saturday I lost another 2 pounds and was down to 236 and then last night when I weighed, I was 235.

SO THIRTEEN POUNDS IN A WEEK Y'ALL. Yes, most of it is probably water, and I get that. But I'm also definitely reducing my calorie intake (a typical Medifast day is only 900 calories) and definitely my sugar intake. I used to down Dr. Peppers at least once a day and those come in at over 40 mg of sugar each.

So here we are in week two. To help me have a little fun, I'm also doing two DietBet challenges as well. I'll definitely write about those later.

Don't forget, I have a special offer for you too! This offer is for 7 days of free Medifast Meals + bonus gifts + free shipping on the first order as part of your renewal plan. Just CLICK HERE to be taken to the offer.

Hooray to week one being done! I'll update again next Monday on how I'm doing. Accountability!
SW: 248
GW: 160
CW: 235

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company as part of a sponsored posting. For more information, please read this post.

The Beauty Loser: #MedifastMondays


Hey y'all! So I'm fresh off PolishCon (more to come about that soon!) and getting ready for The Indie Shop (WOO!) but #MakeupMondays is taking a little backseat for something that I've been putting off for awhile but this is MY YEAR.

DISCLAIMER: Always talk to your doctor before starting any diet. I am NOT a doctor and cannot make decisions about your health.

If you recall, BeautyJudy started her The Beauty Loser journey back in 2011, I was super supportive because I have had my ups and downs with weight. I even did a mini The Beauty Loser myself but was pretty unsuccessful.  However, it wasn't until 2013 when Judy started Medifast that she actually started really losing the weight and in three months she went from a size 18 to a size 12 and lost over 40 pounds. I was there for her wedding after she had lost more than 65 pounds, and was down to a size 8.

Now it's my turn.

I may not be getting married (we eloped on 12.12.12) but I am preparing for a different journey. If you recall, I lost a pregnancy earlier this year, and after some hard conversations with my husband and my doctor, we have postponed any other children for the time being. We still want to try again in 2018, but not this year. Instead, I want to focus on getting healthy and equally important, happy.

Rewind to this time 2010, and I was walking back into the dating scene after three years of being single. I started dating a guy that lived near my parents (super convenient) but we hadn't made things "official" yet. When I decided to have that conversation, he promptly told me that we should stop seeing each other because (AND I QUOTE) "You're kinda fat." At the time, I weighed 200 pounds. (For reference, I'm 5'6" with a long torso and short legs.) I was devastated.

September 2010
That's the start of my real weight loss journey. Until that point, I hadn't really cared how much weight I had gained or what I ate, or what I did in my spare time. I was a young single mom and put all my energy towards work and my son. But that month I decided to go on a strict 1200-1500 calorie a day diet and worked out 3-4 times a week at a local gym with 30 minutes of cardio and 60 minutes of a Zumba class. Ten months later, I had lost 40 pounds and I felt amazing.

July 2011
Then I met my now husband and we have happily ate our way to where we are now. That, plus three pregnancies (two have resulted in a loss both at 8 weeks), the loss of both my parents, the loss of several pet cats (one ran off and four had to be put to sleep due to illness or old age), 7 job changes between us... well that's my stress eating. I was sporadically working out from time to time but nothing steady, and food? I have been on the "See Food" diet ever since... I see food, I eat food.

I didn't realize how large I had gotten until I recently had headshots done along with a funny photo shoot from Morgan Weathers Photography featuring my favorite fast food ever, Whataburger.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Weathers Photography
No literally, I cried. Especially as I started really focusing in on the photos.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Weathers Photography
These photos were from June 2017 and I now weigh 240 pounds. That's a LOT for my frame. Granted, I've been hovering at this weight for about a year, but that's nothing to brag about.

Well friends, the opportunity to join Medifast has been brought to me, and I'm taking it. Starting next Monday, I'm going to be fully committed to the Medifast GO! program which includes five Medifast Meals plus one "Lean & Green" meal a day. I'm also allowed one snack a day which I'm sure I'll be doing at first as my body adjusts. 

I also took some "Before" photos last week because sometimes it's not the scale that matters, it's how you feel and how you look. These are two of my favorite outfits currently.

So what's next? I have already received my first month of food and filled the pantry with it. I also got a Medifast Simply Well cookbook, a plan guide, a food journal and even a Dining Out guide. I will be the only person doing the Medifast plan while my husband eats normally along with the kids, but I'm confident that I can make it through the next few months even with Halloween, Thanksgiving and December being a whole month of celebrations (wedding anniversary, my birthday, and Christmas). It's nerve wracking but I'm excited to see where I'm at in three months, and I hope you'll follow along too.

And if you would like to join me, I have a special offer from Medifast for YOU! This offer is for 7 days of free Medifast Meals + bonus gifts + free shipping on the first order as part of your renewal plan. Just CLICK HERE to be taken to the offer.

So here we go! I'm spending this week getting all my last "memorable" meals in - the Oui yogurt, my favorite pizza, those Duncan Hines Perfect Size For One (have you seen my Instagram lately?)... And my gym membership is still active. Medifast recommends waiting 2-3 weeks to start any working out while your body adjusts and I'm sure I'll need it. Also recommended is drinking 64 ounces of water a day - something that I'm nowhere close to doing. Funny how I can slurp down a Route 44 Sweet Tea from Sonic but water? BLAH. :P

My next posting is slated for October 16th. I'll be a week in and have already been to The Indie Shop in San Antonio. Feel free to check in with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. I'm also on Snapchat but I haven't really figured out how to add people on there yet. (I'm also PolishGalore there!)

Finally I'd love to hear about your own experiences - have you tried Medifast before? Or heard of it? What's your favorite food craving crusher idea (because I'm going to be craving some of my favorites!)? Let me know in the comments.

Finally a little accountability here:
(Start Weight/Heaviest Weight) SW/HW: 246
(Goal Weight) GW: 160

Now let's be honest, it's not obtainable to lose 86 pounds in just three months BUT this is my ultimate goal. I was 160 when I met my husband, so I know it's possible to be there. I just have to work at it. CHEERS!

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company as part of a sponsored posting. For more information, please read this post.

Girly Bits Lost in the PATH

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Happy Wednesday! I'm getting ready for my upcoming trip to PolishCon and realized I haven't really shown off my goodies from Indie Expo Canada that I went to this past summer! The event, held by Girly Bits Cosmetics, had some of the best brands from Canada and the US in attendance, and I was so happy with the turnout.

One of the polishes that I just had to pick up was Girly Bits Lost in the PATH. This is a deep blurple (purple/blue) with gold shimmer and silver holo flakes. There's also some red magic happening up there that just adds to the dimension of this polish.

I used a base coast of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow top coat. This polish applied beautifully and just barely needed 2 coats. I'm so in love with it.

LOOK AT THIS. I'm so happy with it and may have to keep this on a few days. I really want to do a marble manicure soon that I saw on The Nailasaurus for PolishCon but we know how my nail art turns out...

As of press time, you can still purchase this limited edition polish on the Girly Bits website. I highly recommend it.

Girly Bits can be purchased on her website or through her approved distributors. Prices range from $10 (USD) to $12 (USD). Join the conversation on FacebookInstagramGoogle+Twitter, & Pinterest.

Sun Polish 7

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This year at Cosmoprof North America, there were plenty of new brands, and one that was walking the floor was Sun Polish - a premium line out of Southern California. Unfortunately, they left the show the day before I got there but they were kind enough to send me two polishes to try. Today I have 7, a light green leaning mint creme.

Sun Polish is 4-free and cruelty free, with 10% of their profits going to organization that empower women in Los Angeles. The brush is nice and wide.

For this manicure, I used a base of Duri Rejuvacote, 3 coats of polish and finished with KBShimmer Clearly On Top. This polish was a little streaky and needed all three coats to even out but covered my ridges without any issue.

This color POPS. I seriously would love this as a pedicure but on my nails I feel like it's almost too much for me. It would be a great base for stamping though. The green is leaning mint but has lots of white in it to really pop. I really would love this on nubbins.

Sun Polish may be purchased on their website for $12 a bottle. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration. For more information, please read this post.

Dermelect Kiss 'ME'

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Happy Monday! My #MakeupMonday is taking a break right now because honestly, I have so much polish here that I have lots to share. On top of all the indies I have floating around, I also have some great fall collections and today is Deremelect Kiss 'ME' from the Completely Classic collection.

Dermelect is a 5 free, peptide-infused polish which has a large cult following in the mainstream world. I once met with one of their brand ambassadors who was probably more passionate that I've ever seen an ambassador be - and with good reason. Deremelect has worked hard to have polish that looks good and isn't full of chemicals.

For this polish, I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow top coat. The first coat went on a little streaky because it has such a rich dark base but the second coat evened everything out and showed the glowy nature of the crimson. The polish is considered a "velvet crimson" but didn't dry matte like I expected it to.

Check this out. I love how it just glows. I'm about to have another manicure in preparation for PolishCon this weekend, but I'm very happy with how my nails are finally growing out. As you know, it's been almost a year since my disastrous acrylic nails and I'm very happy with all the progress.

Deremelect may be purchased for $14 a bottle.

You can purchase Dermelect on their website and now at Ulta Beauty. Join the social conversation on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration. For more information, please read this post.

Glisten & Glow Rock n' Roll & Route 66

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Today from the 1950s Collection by Glisten & Glow, I have Rock n Roll & Route 66 which is a great robin egg blue with teeny green shimmer. This polish also is great for water marbling and stamping and self levels on the second coat. If you watched my Nail It Instagram Live "Indie Spotlight", you saw that my first coat had a bit of pulling and I think it's from the shimmer in my first coat but it was perfect in two.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow top coat. I actually was really excited about this polish and really want to have it for an upcoming pedicure.

Ugh I love this so much. The green shimmer is more hidden on the nail but it gives this polish depth and I love it for that. I really want to stamp over it with white polish so look for that soon especialyl now that I have the hang of stamping.

Glisten & Glow is available on their website. Join the social conversation with FacebookInstagram and Twitter

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration. For more information, please read this post.

Cirque Cerrillos

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After my first Indie Spotlight, Emily suggested that I swatch a Cirque Colors and while I haven't bought from them in awhile, I decided to "shop my stash" as the cool kids say. I only own 3 Cirque polishes right now, all older but I was interested in seeing how well these polishes hold up over time. Today I have Cerrillos from the 2014 Heritage collection. Cerrillos is located in New Mexico accessible from State Highway 14, commonly called Turquoise Trail so this polish is well named.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish, and finished with Glisten & Glow top coat. The first coat was nicely opaque but I decided to go with two thin coats for consistency and well, habit. It's good to note that this polish dried matte but since I always use top coat, it shined itself right up.

So this is what I'm calling a scattered holographic - that is, the holographic looks like tons of little rainbows all scattered around. Cirque labels this more ofa  green but I felt like it was more blue on my nails. Either way, I was super impressed with how well it's held up the past 3 years.

Cirque Colors is available on their website. Join the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Tonic Come Wander

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This summer when I was at Indie Expo Canada, I also got to chat with Tonic Nail Polish. Due to a hiccup with customs, her polishes were stuck but she had made, wrapped, and carried over 200 bottles in her luggage with her and BOY was I glad. I immediately picked up this beauty, Come Wander from her stash and was happily entering in my PayPal information to get this in my bag.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow top coat. This polish is amazing. It's a periwinkle base with pink shimmers, is a super linear holographic and then also has a shimmer that is multichrome that shifts from golden to green AND has iridescent color changing flakes. When you're in the sunlight, you see tons of holo and when you're in the shade, it's all about the flakes. That's why I had to take a picture of the bottle with flash.

aaaaaaaaah! Also it's interesting to note that on Tonic's purchase page, it mentions that the flakes have a strong sulphur like smell that goes away when the polish dries. I didn't originally notice any smell during my Indie Spotlight when I live swatched this polish or again when I wore it for this manicure. However, after reading that, I decided to pull open the bottle and get a whiff and well, yeah when you get your nose down into it, I can smell it. But it definitely doesn't smell once the polish dries on your nail.

Now for photos! I have one in my light box so you can see the flakes and one with the flash so you can see the holo. This polish is just nuts.

Ugh I'm in love. This polish is just awesome. I'm so glad I grabbed it and you still can as of press time!

Tonic is available on her website. Join the social conversation on Facebook and Instagram.

Beyond The Nail High Tide

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While I was at Indie Expo Canada, I chatted with the ladies from Beyond The Nail and decided to pick up a couple of their polishes. Being that this is a Canadian brand, I knew this would be one of the few times I would get to see them in person. Today I have High Tide from the neon collection.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow top coat. I was happy to see that this polish didn't need a white base to be opaque or to be neon. This polish was perfect all on its own.

Whew buddy this is hot. I was happy to see how well it performed and I didn't have any staining issues either. I did note that the polish was a little thicker than normal, but just take care to wipe your brush and use thin coats to make sure your polish dries evenly.

Again, I'm quite impressed and wished I had picked up a few more!

Beyond the Nail is available on their website. Join the social conversation on Facebook and Instagram.

Indie Spotlight 2 with Nail It!


So last Saturday was my second Indie Spotlight with Nail It magazine and the post is live now here. If you recall, my last Indie Spotlight was watched by 1,024 people which was so amazing to me. Want to guess how many people tuned in this time?


That's a 53% increase in the last one! I can't help but be super giddy about that. However, for the next Indie Spotlight time frame, I'll be doing a whole IG Story takeover for Nail It with snaps during the night of different brands and what's in my VIP bag that I purchased.

Speaking of Instagram, what do you prefer? Do you like to watch a whole live show for 20-30 minutes or do you prefer just watching snaps at your leisure? Let me know in the comments... I have to say, I don't watch a lot of IG Live unless I really like the account or it's timely... It's been interesting to watch.

So again, I'll be going live on Nail It's Instagram on Saturday, September 23rd for the 3rd ever PolishCon: AFair To Remember, live from Chicago!

Glisten & Glow Hand Jive & Hula Hoops

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Glisten & Glow just celebrated being in business for 7.5 years and to celebrate, she went through a little refreshed and simplified packaging! Also launched that day was the 1950s Nostalgia collection which included this beauty, Hand Jive & Hula Hoops. This is a mauve leaning purple creme that not only applies well and self-levels but also is great for watermarbling and stamping!

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Part of the simplified packaging included renaming the Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat into just "top coat."

Look how beautiful this is! This is such a Krystal color and it's great for my office day job or just to use as a base for some nail art. I was so excited that I grabbed another color from the collection, Doo-Wop & Drive-Ins and stamped perfectly on my index finger. I'm excited to play more with this collection!

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Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration. For more information, please read this post.