New Fall Beauty Favorites

This post is sponsored by Shopko.

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Fall isn’t a time to renew your wardrobe, but also pick up a few new beauty products. I was really excited to learn about some of the new brands that Shopko started to carry, including La Petit Marseiliais and Masque Bar. I knew I could use some new masks, so I picked up Luminizing Charcoal and Pore Refining masks to pamper myself a little this fall. The Luminizing Charcoal has definitely become one of my favorites, and I will be ordering more of it. You leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then peel it off. This mask peels off so easily, I was extremely surprised. However, it still pulls out a lot of the gunk from pores! The pore refining mask is a rinse off, which is a type of masks I usually use, and I love it. Both of these are made in Korea.

La Petit Marseiliais is a brand I used to shop when I lived in Europe, and it was one of my favorites. I picked up 2 body washes in Orange Blossom and White Peach and Nectarine.

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Make sure to check out all of my picks from Shopko on my Maven Board!

In other great news, Shopko is giving you a chance to win a $500 Shopping Spree – make sure to sign up for your chance to win. It runs from 9/10 to 10/14 and FIVE lucky people will win! You can also sign up to receive emails and get $10 off $30 purchase with email sign up.

This post is sponsored by Shopko. All opinions are my own.

The Perfect Holiday Dress // Monday Mode Link Up + It Cosmetics Giveaway

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Happy Monday! Here is to another week! My week has a very snowy start. I spent all day Sunday baking a cake to bring into work, and watching Shameless! Obsessed with that show. I don’t know how I didn’t start watching it sooner!

Today’s dress is the perfect holiday dress in my opinion. It’s flattering, unique and has those little details that allow to wear it without any accessories. For the past couple of months I’ve been avoiding wearing any sort of jewelry. I don’t know what it is, probably just a stage 🙂 haha My dress is by LATTORI, and the booties are Kenneth Cole Reaction I got on Hautelook a few years ago.  I’ve selected some similar products for you to check out below:


As promised, we have another holiday giveaway for you! This one is even better than the last! I’ve been obsessed with It Cosmetics for about a year now, and I wanted to share the hype with you today! It Cosmetics has recently become available at Ulta, and you can enter to win a set of 5 brushes, and two ornaments that include Confidence in a Cream and Super Hero mascara! Good luck!

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The feature blogger of the week is Alison of Puppies and Pretties! Make sure to tell your friends about the link up! Please help us grow 🙂 We are also looking for co-hosts for 2017! Email me for info 🙂

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The Long Vest + Monday Mode’ New Weekly Link Up

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The Outfit: This long vest has been on repeat since I bought it at Kohl’s a couple weeks ago! I absolutely love the versatility and the ease of styling that it brings. I might have to go get the grey one too 😉 Distressed jeans are still hot and aren’t going anywhere any time soon. These moss colored Kenneth Cole booties are growing on me, I tend to reach for them more and more every week. And to top it off, I layered my favorite bracelets and a Daniel Wellington watch, because sometimes you need to give FitBit a break. You can save 15% off your next Daniel Wellington purchase with code ‘BEINGZHENYA’ – valid through Sept 15, 2016!

monday mode link up The Surprise: Welcome to the new weekly Link Up brought to you by Rachel of Rachel’s Lookbook, Jewel of Style Optimist and yours truly! We are so excited to be sharing this with you today and every Monday from now on in our effort to express our styles, bring the fashion community closer together and meet new people! A lot of you know I moved from Minneapolis to Milwaukee a little over a month ago, but I wanted to stay in touch with my blogger girlfriends, and this link up is also a way for us to stay in touch, collaborate and bounce ideas off of each other!

Since this is a celebration of a new beginning, we thought it would only make sense to kick it off with a giveaway! I am so happy to be able to give away some of our favorite NYX Cosmetics goodies to you today, make sure you enter today!

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The Link Up: Join in the fun, share your latest outfits, make sure to show some love to others linking up and have fun!

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Gift of Thrift Giveaway

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This is probably the most fun and exciting giveaway I have ever participated in! You get to win a fully thrifted outfit from Beth and I. We have recently had a Thrift Style Thursday swap, where all members of the group were paired up and got to send, or in our case, give each other goodies in person. And since it was so much fun thrifting for another person, we decided to pass on the Gift of Thrift to 4 other people! And that’s where you come in! We would love to gift you a fully thrifted outfit, and in our case, since Beth and I both live in the Twin Cities area, if you are from the area, you get to go thrifting with us, and we will style you! And probably take you out for lunch or coffee too!

I will add pictures of what Beth thrifted for me a little bit later today. This Friday is a super exciting day for Sam and I, and if you follow me on Instagram, you will probably find out soon enough 😉

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Monday Already

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Nothing makes my day like a pair of good pants! I received them from Mint Julep Boutique last week and couldn’t help but wear to work the next day. Everyone loved them! People are naturally drawn to bold eccentric patterns, and these pants were a perfect example of that. No one said how much they liked my black top, it was all about the pants.

Also, my hair is still longer in those pictures. I miss it. I went and got a haircut last Friday, and am still getting used to it. I always have a hard time finding a good stylist in the Twin Cities. I don’t care how many layers you are going to cut, I don’t like layers. So I immediately went back to taking biotin and rubbing my scalp with apple cider vinegar. Go figure.

Once again this semester I have more ideas than free time, so just make sure to follow along on my Instagram. I am more likely to reply to any of your comments there too!

Happy Monday, can I disappear through the wall now?

On a happier note, I’ve partner up with Mint Julep Boutique to give away a $25 gift card! That’s where my hot pants are from! So enter and get yourself a pair! I know you want to 😉

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Vanity Fair Lingerie Valentine’s Day Giveaway

 

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With Valentine’s Day being only a month away I thought I’d start preparing and posting for it early this year! And luckily I have Vanity Fair Lingerie help me out.

Who doesn’t like comfortable but stylish lingerie? The kind that you don’t want to pull through your sleeve immediately after you come home from work?

So here are a few options from Vanity Fair that are my favorite:

Lily of France – your perfect T-shirt bra.

Vassarette – affordable luxuries bra.

And now for my favorite part – you get a chance to win a bra of your choice and your size! (because that’s the most important part!)

So depending on the bra size, you will win a certain type of bra! If you are:
– A Cup: Lily of France Sensational Lace Push Up
– B-DD: Vanity Fair Beauty Back
– C-DD: Vanity Fair Breathable Comfort

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Welcome to #25DaysofGlam!!!

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Happy December 1! And happy only 24 days until Christmas! Today I along with a few other amazing bloggers are bringing you our own version of the advent calendar, called 25 Days of Glam! It’s going to be a fun, fashion full experience, with a little lifestyle on the side! We are so excited to be launching this! It took a lot of late nights to put it all together! So make sure you stop by on my blog daily for new Holiday Themed posts, giveaways and announcements.

We are starting off with a giveaway! So on the right foot! I know we have all just spent too much money on Black Friday, am I right? So we’ve partnered up with Mavatar to Support St Jude Children’s Hospital (A charity that is really dear to my heart).

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Thank you for joining us for #25daysofglam, feel free to use and follow this hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, check us out, send us some love and have fun!

I am off to get ready for class with my hot chocolate and curling iron in hand!

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Gerard’s USA Natural Beauty Products Review and Giveaway

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My trip to Chicago was an absolute blast. I had such an amazing time reconnecting with my old friends and meeting new ones. And since traveling by car is so much easier than by air, because I can bring and pack as many beauty products as I want, I packed my Gerard’s USA Caviar Cream and Top Base Face Primer first.

 

Gerard’s is the first skin and body care company to use flower and plant extract, natural organic and active ingredients to protect, maintain and improve the skin. Founded in the Italian Alps region of Italy, where the soil is rich in minerals, they pride themselves in producing the finest products for each skin type and need, using pure extracts. Gerard’s on-site laboratories use cutting edge manufacturing methods to produce non irritating, dermatology tested, results oriented therapeutic face and body products. Gerard’s philosophy is to enrich people’s lives through face and body treatments and products using pure natural active ingredients.

Gerard’s is the world’s only skin care brand which uses refill containers as a way to reduce the ecological burden on our beautiful earth <- How awesome is that?

So let’s talk about the Caviar Cream, because I am obsessed. The packaging is so creative and amazing, that when you see it, you think caviar right away! You just can’t think anything else! This rich and luxurious cream is a deep restoring treatment that helps renew and protect your skin from all sorts of damage. It contains Caviar and marine Collagen, created for skins that need vital nourishment, energy and deep moisturization. It reactivates the cell’s regeneration, reduces wrinkles and expression lines, while protecting from UV rays. Skin will look vital, supple, toned and deeply renewed.

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Active ingredients: Hydroglicolic extract of Caviar, marine Collagen, Oak Extract, Allantoin, Solar Filter.

Use: Apply it in the morning or at night onto a perfectly clean and tonic skin.

When I first started using it, I noticed slight tingling in my skin, that quickly went away. But every time I apply it now, it leaves my skin feeling soft, nourished and pampered. Needless to say, I get complimented on it a lot.

Face Primer Top Base is something that I’ve really wanted to try. My only other experience with face primers came from a drug store, and I remember not exactly enjoying it. So this was a great opportunity to rewrite my beauty history. This primer covers imperfections, removes redness and creates a flawless finish for the skin. Apply a small amount all over the skin, let dry for one minute. Top base brings an incredible luminosity and firmness to the skin. May be used as foundation when skin tone matches. And guess what? It matches pretty well, so I am skipping out on foundation for a while.

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I have been greatly impressed with the products, from packaging to quality to scent. And am extremely happy to have them in my beauty arsenal.

And now for the giveaway! You can win $150 to Gerard’s USA online store and pick the products that you like! How amazing is that?
Please read the following rules and conditions before entering
– Open to US mailing addresses only.
– All entries will be verified.
– The winner has 48 hours to reply to our email announcement of the winner; otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

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Beauty Brunch: Mail Call

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Having spent 2 summers working at a camp, I am very familiar with mail call. Were I at camp this week, I would’ve had to sing once a day every day, if not twice a day for all my packages. I do love getting mail, but you don’t want to hear my singing voice, trust me.

From makeup to nail polish, to hair removal products, I got a lot of new stuff to try in the mail. I don’t really know where to begin, so let’s start with Sigma Standout Eyes collection of 6 gel eyeliners.

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Just in case you didn’t know, Sigma is a local company that first became known for their makeup brushes (at least to me, via YouTube). Now that they have added lines of well-pigmented and high-quality makeup, I like them even more. Last week I received this amazing set of gel liners in the mail. And let me tell you, the cat eye challenge is on! The set included liners in: Wicked (blackest black), Liberally Toasted (toasty warm brown), Stunningly Ladylike (dark brown-black), Standout Peacock (deep indigo blue), Royally Striking (true purple), and Unexpected (neutral stony grey). The colors are long-wearing, opaque, and saturated. All gel liners are versatile, yet unique and unexpected with intense pigmentation and a smooth, fluid-like finish. It also included two brushes: E06 Winged Liner Brush, which creates the perfect winged liner, and E68 Line Perfector Brush, for controlled liner application with powder products. I can’t wait to show you the makeup looks I’ll be creating with these liners and my other Sigma products. Use the hashtag – #standouteyes on social media for inspiration.

Next let’s talk about Luuux Makeup Brushes. I got 3 sets of those (yes, THREE!) and will be giving 2 of those away! One in today’s post, one on Instagram. So if you need makeup brushes, make sure to enter and get your hands on a pretty cool set, which includes: L150 Large Powder Brush, L187 Stippling Brush, L116 Blush Brush, L190 Foundation Brush, L224 Eyeshadow Blending Brush, L195 Concealer Brush, L239 Blending Brush, L242 Eyeshadow Brush, L219 The Pencil Brush, L217 Eyeshadow and blending brush, L208 angled brush, L316 Lip Brush.

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Since I will be quitting my job in the next month or so, I knew I wanted to order hand made all natural soaps from one of the teachers. She’s given me a couple before to try, and I loved them. When she brought me a box of 10 different scents on Wednesday, I knew I wanted them all. Connie started making soaps several years ago as a necessity, not a hobby. She had several health issues caused by chemicals found in every day beauty products. And that’s how her soaps came to be. To learn more about Connie’s soaps email her at conniejwelch@hotmail.com

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I am also excited to try these Completely Bare products that I got through Klout. I am always looking for alternative hair removal ways, as I seem to cut myself every time I shave with a razor. I am especially interested in the Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor, it’s Lemon Grass and Green Tea scented, and promises to help reduce hair density by as much as 50%, reduce hair length by as much as 30%, reduce hair growth by as much as 55% in 28 days. I remember using a product like this before (about 5-6 years ago), and I really liked it. I’ll definitely keep you posted on this one.

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And, finally, I received some products from Gerard’s to try out, and I will write a separate post on those. But how cool does Caviar cream sound? So stay tuned!

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Hello, Lolly! See’s Candies Giveaway!

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Let me try to make your life a little sweeter today! See’s candies are hard to resist, and why should you?

In honor of National Lollypop Day on 7/20 See’s Candies launched San Francisco Sugar Rush Sweepstakes! You can enter daily until the 20th, and one of you will win quite possibly the greatest candy-filled trip of your life. Want to know more? Check it out here. Plus See’s will be offering free lollipops on 7/20, and special pricing for boxes of lollipops 7/13-7/20. I know I am going!

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And as a sweet bonus, See’s Candies has also provided me with a $25 gift card to reward to one lucky reader. I’d totally spend mine on the Dark Chocolate Blueberries! So enter below and good luck!

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And if you are at the Mall of America on July, 20, make sure to check out a huge 3D street art display at the See’s store location! Tweet me your pictures if you do!

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