17 August 2012

Quick Mani

A few nights ago, I got a bit creative with my China Glaze colors and some plain reinforcers that are used for hole punched paper.

The colors that I used are China Glaze Lighthouse and China Glaze Grape Juice. I originally purchased these colors for my step-daughter to wear to her big brother's high school football games since she's all about school spirit, but I had to try them myself first!

Not the best job in the world, but isn't that what experiments are all about?

Read on to see how the reinforcers came in handy for this look.

14 August 2012

School Shopping

I had completely forgotten how stressful and expensive school shopping can be.

The other half and I took his children shopping for clothes this morning in preparation for school next week. I took his daughter, he took the boys, and we all met up an hour later. His daughter and I had so much fun. She is 10 and really beginning to get into fashion and develop her own style. I absolutely love it. Instead of the typical denims that I expected her to get, she picked out the coolest pair of electric blue skinny jeans. By far they were the most exciting thing that we got. We also discovered out Walmart doesn't seem to carry collared uniform shirts for girls. Great job, Walmart.

The rest of the day wasn't very eventful. Watched a Top Model cycle 7 marathon, got creative with the little circles reinforcers and did a cute mani, and now I'm sitting with the other half watching Ancient Aliens. Looks like I'm going to have strange dreams tonight!

Goodnight, lovelies!

10 August 2012

Weight Gain and Anger

I'm very angry with myself.

Over the last three months I've gained almost 15 pounds. My life has been extremely stressful which has lead to both eating on the go (since I'm always at work) and then good old comfort eating. I'm only at 123.2 lbs, which doesn't sound like a lot, it just looks like a lot on my five feet tall frame.

After being 105 lbs at my slimmest, that feels like defeat. I feel like a total fatty mcfatfat, always eating and unable to fit into her clothes.

What was even harder than realizing exactly how much I weighed was the realization that my ten year high school reunion is coming up in two months. I don't want to go there looking like I do. I'd rather sit at home and drink pink champagne crying while listening to the 90s station on the radio, remembering better days.

Tonight I worked out for two hours, on top of the crazy cleaning I did at work. Light dinner, which will be followed by a light breakfast tomorrow morning and two more hours of working out after I get home from work.

I know healthy is the way to be, that thin isn't always in, and all of that rubbish, but I'm simply not happy with myself at this point. I feel tubby and frumpy and out of shape. I'm going to do my best to change that fact.

06 August 2012

Quaker Soft Baked Banana Nut Bar

Another great product that I received in my Influenster Vox Box was the Quaker Soft Baked Banana Nut Bar. I had already tried these before, only the cinnamon pecan flavor, and it quickly became a favorite of mine for work.

Notice the bit about great warmed up - they aren't joking! Nuke it for about ten seconds for that fresh out of the oven taste.

Nutrition facts! Healthy, and yummy :) This bar contains 5g of fiber, 20% of your daily value of 5 B vitamins, and 6g of protein. When you work in a high action job, those added bits of B vitamins and protein go a long way in satisfying those munchies in between breakfast and lunch.

I was a bit turned off by the 140 calories. As someone who always eats low cal, totaling out to only about 1200 calories a day, this scared me a bit. The high fiber and protein did help me get over the fear of the added calories.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not a huge banana nut fan. That said, I was very surprised with how good this was. The banana isn't overwhelming at all. It's very mild, doesn't take away from any of the other flavors. I actually had to fight the urge to pick off all of the nuts and eat them first like I did when I was a kid!

Quaker Soft Baked Bars are available in a variety of flavors at most mass retailers for $3.49 for a box of five bars.

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. Find out how you can be an Influenster by visiting their website, http://www.influenster.com.

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Review

Around a month back I received my Influenster VoxBox. To see the contents of this box, you can find my review post here.

As everyone knows by now, the product that truly excited me is the Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy shampoo and conditioner that was included. As a refresher, here is an image of the cute travel size bottles.

These bottles are propped up width wise on my iPad, to give you an idea of exactly how large these bottles are. Normally, from a sample bottle of shampoo, I only get maybe three washes out of them thanks to how long my hair is. I've been using this nearly three weeks now, once a day, and I've still got product left. How awesome is that?

According to Clear, 99% of hair's natural strength and beauty comes from the scalp. Rather than treating the ends like most shampoos, Clear's target is the scalp. With Nutrum 10 technology, a combination of vitamins and nutrients, Clear nourishes the scalp to create healthy, strong hair from root to tip.

The first thing I noticed about this product is the scent. It is fresh and floral, but not overly sweet like some floral scents. It reminds me of some of a shampoo that I used as a kid, though I can't remember the name of it for the life of me. Some reviews I've read have compared it to the scent of the pink Rose Hip Herbal Essences shampoo that they sold in the mid-90's. It's got similarities in scent, though I honestly think this smells better. It doesn't have that same tartness to it that the Herbal Essences did.

It was a pleasant surprise that the product is nearly the same color as the bottle!

Upon closer inspection, the shampoo has a faint shimmer. I was also pleased with the thick consistency. Some shampoos I've used feel like they've got a very high water content to them, so much so that it's almost like it leaks through my fingers before I can get the product to my hair. This almost seemed to coat the little glass bowl as I poured it into my hand. That said, it's easy to get out of the bottle.

The conditioner has a pleasant smell and great consistency as well. For a conditioner so thick, I expected some difficulty working it through my hair. I had absolutely no trouble working this through my hair. It saturates well, and stays put once you've applied it. The beauty of it is my hair feels moisturized after I wash it out, unlike some conditioners that wash out so much that my hair feels like I never used conditioner at all.

My hair is generally very oily and requires two washings to handle it. Since I've been using this, I don't have to wash, rinse, repeat - I can live with only one wash followed by conditioner without having to worry about being an oil slick by the end of the day.

One tip I do have for the conditioner - any conditioner, really - is apply after you finish your hair and leave it on for about five minutes while you finish the rest of your shower. The heat from the shower combined with the sitting conditioner gives the effect of a deep conditioning treatment without the hassle. Remember to apply more to the ends rather than the roots, since that is where you need the most moisture.

Since I've been using this, my hair has totally changed. Between the oil issues near the scalp and crazy split ends from color and heat damage, my hair was a total mess. Now it is very soft, never oily (unless I go more than two days without washing my hair), and extremely shiny. My hair has never looked this healthy. I used to swear by Aussie products, but I think I've finally found something that beats it in my book.

The whole line of Clear products can be found at most mass retailers, select drugstores, and supermarkts nationwide for between $4.99 to $5.99 a bottle.

Clear also has a men's line, with ingredients like mint to help invigorate the scalp and fight dandruff. I ordered a sample for my hubby so he can give it a try on his rockstar hair. I'll share the results once he's tried it!

Have you tried the Clear line yet? If so, did it do amazing things for you?

If you haven't tried it, what is your favorite line of hair care products?

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. Find out how you can be an Influenster by visiting their website, http://www.influenster.com.


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