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Play! by Sephora: A Brutally Honest Review

- Beauty & Style, Featured, Reviews
Full view of the July Play! by Sephora bag

Editor’s Note: This Brutally Honest Review of the Play! by Sephora July box is NOT a paid or sponsored post. I spent my own hard-earned money on this box. Recently, I wrote about my break-up with ipsy Glam Bag.  It was just time for us to go our separate ways – there’s only so many times a Mamanista can update her beauty profile to say no black eyeliner and then continuously receive black eyeliner before she throws in the proverbial…

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Five-Step Beauty Routine for Tired, Busy Mamas

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Note: I received a free sample of Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir to try. All opinions expressed in this article are my own and, as always, are brutally honest. #mamadontlie This morning, I had twenty minutes to get out the door on time to make a 9am meeting, because the snooze button is just too damn tempting. And I had to wash my hair, shave and dress my toddler. The odds were against me, but I did it and felt good…

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BoxyCharm: A Brutally Honest Review

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When Aimee finally broke things off with Ipsy, I wanted to help her find a new monthly glam bag to make Ipsy jealous. And, if I’m being brutally honest, I also wanted to get a little revenge (because it’s what good friends do). Birchbox had already let me down years ago, and this Ipsy drama brought back those feelings of hurt. So, after researching reviews for beauty boxes, I discovered BoxyCharm. With a promise of receiving 4-5 full-size beauty products…

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Unexpected Details: 1 Piece, 3 Ways

- Beauty & Style, General Fabulousness

Lace up, cross front, strappy, laser cut back, ruffles, and lace in unexpected places continue to trend this summer. Laser cut backs and dramatic cut outs are best saved for weekends and nights out but we’re loving the lace accents, ruffles, and other more office friendly details emerging for summer work wear!  Check out our Summer Style Updates for just a few of our favorite ways to wear unexpected details this summer! Outfit Ideas       Show us how you…

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Touches of Tropical: 1 Piece, 3 Ways

- Beauty & Style, General Fabulousness

If you like pina coladas… Fashion is going tropical this summer with island inspired palm prints and tropical florals everywhere! Tropical prints may sound like something from your grandmother’s closet but trust us when we say these prints are hotter than the Florida weather in an episode of Golden Girls! Retailers are stocking tropical prints in everything from work to weekend this season with printed pants, blouses, tees and more! Check out our Summer Style Updates for just a few of…

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June ipsy Glam Bag: Re-affirming My Decision

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About two weeks ago I shared with you about my break up with ipsy. So imagine my surprise when I went to mailbox and saw that magenta mailer peaking out. Getting one last Glam Bag was kind of like seeing an ex after a break up: I was initially concerned that I made the wrong decision, but after spending 60 seconds with it, felt vindicated in my choices. Inside the June ipsy Glam Bag Each month, ipsy curates a bag…

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The Best Online Only Beauty Brands

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Online Only Beauty Brands

Let’s face it: browsing the aisles of Sephora is a perfectly acceptable way to spend an hour. Or two. Or three. (Hey, no judgment here.) There are rows and rows of pretty lipsticks and eyeliners just waiting for you to try them on, beauty treatments that want a home in your bathroom, and highlighter palettes farther than the eye can see. But as fun as Ulta, Sephora, and heck, even the makeup aisle at Wal-Mart can be, online-only beauty brands…

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New Mom Clothing Capsule

- Beauty & Style, General Fabulousness

After having a baby, so much changes: your body, your hormones, your life… For me, it was one of the most confusing and complicated transitions I’ve ever experienced. As I struggled to adjust to life as a mom, I also struggled to reconcile my identity as Liz with this new “mommy” character I was supposed to be. And I didn’t know what to wear because my clothes didn’t fit or weren’t functional for nursing or no longer felt like my…

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5 Summer Beauty Hacks You Need to Know

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Summer Beauty Hacks

During the summer, I want to look like a swimsuit ad: tousled beach waves, highlighted to perfection; a sun-kissed complexion; and glowing, bronzed skin. Unfortunately, even models need a team of beauty pros and a few hours in the stylist’s chair to perfect that “natural” look. And mama ain’t got time for that. So, here are a few tricks I’ve learned over the years to save time and money and look my best when enjoying a day in the sun. Look for a…

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