Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tieks by Gavrieli




Traveling pouch for your Tieks
So I finally did it, I bought myself a pair of Tieks by GavrieliFacebook has been harassing me for months now with adverts for these cute ballet flats.  They are supposed to be made from the finest Italian leather and constructed with the highest quality materials.  I just like the way that they looked to be honest and they were featured as one of Oprah's favorite things.

Bright Orange Tieks

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Juicing for Kids



Juicing for kids
Out of my three daughters I have one who eats nothing.....literally nothing. She is a nibbler, and if you can get her to try something she takes one nibble and then that's it. I have stressed myself over the fact that she won't grow and that she will wither away, but toddlers are surprising and they grow like weeds. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Beauty Protector Ultimate Hair Oil

Protect & Oil Hair Oil
Had to gush about this amazing product for a minute! This is another great find from Birchbox, specifically it came in my February box. Beauty Protector, which is Birchbox's best selling brand, Protect & Oil Argan Hair Serum.



 It's is not what your thinking.  You will not look like a Grecian salad after applying. It is super soft and instantly smooths and shines hair.  The first thing I love about this product is the smell. I have read reviews that say it's scent is vanilla-ish, however I instantly think of cotton candy. Regardless, it's an amazing smell! 
I have tried it on both on wet and dry hair and have been impressed with the outcome. It takes dry ends and softens them. Your hair glistens and is more manageable. The sample size I had lasted forever so a little goes a long way. On wet hair work this product through your hair just as you would a gel or mousse. On dry hair run it through just your tips. It protects against UV rays and heat damage. Believe me I have oily hair and this product does not want to make you run to the shower. It leaves hair looking healthy and clean.
It is available to Birchbox customers only for $24.95, so get on board. Subscriptions are not as expensive as you think and Birchbox has great full size beauty product offers for their customers.
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle
Not only have I placed an order for more, I am also getting these beauties! Beauty Protector Shampoo/Conditioner/Detangler combo. I am particularly excited about this for the Detangler. I have been using Detangler on all 3 of my girls, but have not found a "natural" product that works. I love to spray on Detangler after the pool and before they take their baths. This makes my job easier. The reviews say the smell of these products are enough to buy them! Who doesn't love a good long lasting hair smell.

Love and Tulips,
Nicole from Alpharetta





Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Beauy Test Tube-We Review the January Tube

New BEauty Test Tube in a box
Super Pretty Hot Pink packaging-I couldn't wait to open it!
I'm totally in LOVE.... L. O. V. E.  Both Nicole and I are totally obsessed with subscription boxes.  We have been doing our own thing with Tulips Apothecary, filling orders for boxes with other companies and we finally decided, we need a reward!  You probably read Nicole's previous review of Birchbox, but I have a better one.  I won the Beauty Box lottery!!
Monthly Beauty Box
New Beauty Test Tube Box
New Beauty Test Tube is a monthly subscription and comes with a quarterly magazine subscription.  It is $29.99 a tube and totally worth it.  My box arrived in all of it's hot pink glory, how could you not get excited for that?  In it, I received the actual test tube filled with products, a small travel pouch filled with a few more travel sized products and a paper pamphlet explaining everything including where I could purchase.

This is the pamphlet that explained everything in the Test Tube. 
The pamphlet not only explained all the products, but it told you a little about each company and what professionals thought of each item.  That is one of the best things about New Beauty.  They are all about professionals rating the products rather than advertising money.
Beauty Blooger Monthly Boxes
These are the products that came in the Test Tube

Test Tube
This is the actual Test Tube and most of the products came packaged inside.

Votivo full size candle in Red Currant.  I love all candles, this one is perfect right in the bathroom.  I have it on my vanity and it smells amazing without even being lit.

Biosilk Volumizing Therapy Texturizing Powder.  I am not a huge fan of dry shampoo, but this one did what it said it would do.  I would use this one because it leaves your hair shiny which most dry shampoos do not do.  I did not however, like that after a few hours my roots felt a bit gooey. 

Pantene Expert Collection Pro V Advanced + Keratin Repair.  Loved the shampoo, it left my hair super soft and I didn't need to use my straightener after I used the blow dryer.  I am stuck on my It's a 10 hair mask as a conditioner so it's really hard for me to like any other conditioner.

Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner.  This is the best, my second favorite in the Tube.  I received a full sized liner, the color is a very vibrant navy blue and it stayed put all day long.  It looks great with brown eyes.  I will be purchasing this again and likely exploring other Mally products.

Moroccanoil Body Butter.  One word...OMG!  This stuff is from the God's and considering I make my own body lotion, that is saying a lot.  It smells amazing and glides on without feeling greasy or heavy.  I just finished the small 1.6 ounce container and I am literally crying.  I have already ordered a full sized version.

Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler.  It goes on smoothly when applied to surface wrinkles.  I have been using around my eyes and between my brows.  It seems to smooth out the skin but if you are dry, this may not work.   I am always skeptical of these topical wrinkle remedies, so you will have to try it yourself as I am not sold.

June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque.  I have not tried this one yet, but there are good on line reviews and it is an all natural product, so right up my alley.
New Beauty January Box



This is the Beauty To-Go pouch.  It contained Hydroxatone 90 Second Wrinkle Reducer and Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads neither of which I have tried.  The one I liked is Lumene Time Freeze Firming Day Cream.  I have been using it for the last week and I really like it.  It is all natural and leaves no greasy residue.  It has kept my skin soft even though it is winter and it is not heavy.  There is an SPF of 15 as well.  The only con for this one is that it has no fragrance in it so it doesn't smell bad but it's not like other products that have a heavy fragrance.
Monthly Beauty Boxes
I couldn't be more happy with my purchase!  I also can't wait for the February box to arrive.

Love and Tulips,

Amanda from Irvine

Sunday, February 2, 2014

In Style Essentials-Finally a Blouse that fits!

I am a girl that loves a uniform.  Not like a mail man or a bus driver, but a go to outfit.  I have one for the summer and one for the winter.  I use accessories to keep on trend, but usually never stray too far.

 For summer, it's a tank top and jeans.  Flip flops for day and heels for night.

My summer uniform, Jeans and a Tank
How cute are they!  You can't go wrong with this look, simple and sexy.
 
 

For winter, it's a button down and jeans.  Ballet flats for day and boots for night.

Jeans and a blazer, my go to look
She is seriously gorgeous

 (I also may have a small obsession with Jennifer Aniston's style... can you tell?)

My biggest issue with this look is that a button down is almost impossible to find that fits me correctly.  They are either way too tight in the bust and the buttons pull, pop or just don't button at all.  Or, it fits my bust and everything else is huge and baggy, which makes a girl with big boobs just look fat.

Thankfully, my problems are solved.  In Style magazine has created In Style Essentials.  It's a line of three specially designed button down blouses that are sized by your bra size rather than traditional sizing methods.  They are only available on-line, so I ordered one and I absolutely love it!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ode to Birchbox January 2014 Review

Birchbox January 2014
Sometimes it's the little things that get you excited. Like a smallish, simple, brown box with some white lettering. BIRCHBOX! 
January 2014 Subscription Box
So excited that my sister-in-law sent me this amazing subscription box for Christmas. Very excited to try it out! Of course it came superbly packaged. Once opened there was 4 beauty samples and a rather large chocolate bar.  Hmmm odd with the chocolate, but I'm going with it. 
Lil' Lip duo
The first thing that caught my eye is this little firecraker. It is LAQA & Co. LIL' LIP. It is super compact but vibrant.  Loved the color in the packaging, but when applied it was really pinkish red. Definitely a "Night Out" color. It certainly was moisturizing and did last a long time. Would like to see some daytime colors as the shine and nourishing ability of the product was spot on. I also liked that the bottom worked like a typical chap stick tube and you were easily able to turn it up when you used the product. If purchased it comes in a cute travel duo for $16. The colors are Pinkman and Lambchop. Mine was not marked, but assuming it was Pinkman. 
Lil' Lip
As you can see from my pic. it is a bright vibrant color. I actually picked my two daughters up from school after I took this picture and they were like, "MOM, what are you wearing!", so I am assuming that they either really liked it or wondered if I was playing dress up with their baby sister before I came to car pool.
Ride 'em cowgirl ruby wing
Next up was this little dazzler. Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish in Ride 'Em Cowgirl I am in love with it. (This was also done on the way to car pool). When first polished it is a gorgeous glitter gold. Then the magic happens in the sun. Go outside and the glitter gold changes to a beautiful bronze. The BEST part is that it will keep changing when you go in and outside.  Easily amused? Maybe, but it entertained me.  Not sure where I would go with this, but could see it being really cute for a pedi in the summer.  My husband thought it slightly "stripperish", so I think he liked it. For $10 totally worth it!
ruby wing color changing nail polish
Another product was a sample of Viva La Juicy Noir, obviously by Juicy Couture. Smells amazing...definitely a night fragrance. Sweet fruity notes with an undertone of sandlewood. Very powerful, yet feminine.  Birchbox is offering a rollerball duo which is super unique and could easily be thrown in your bag. A great deal at $25.
juicy rollerball
Lastly, which I was not that excited about, but then soon became really excited is ybf Beauty Perfect Face Primer. What could it really do?? Well basically it is a buffer between your face and makeup.  It corrects color, moisturizes and reduces red spots. Pop this on before your makeup for a longer lasting effect.  The smell is super clean. It feels like silk. I was immediately impressed with the firming feeling yet softness of skin around my eyes. It's a keeper! Best yet- contains A, C and E vitamins and is PARABEN free! At $28 it is well under the price of some other BIG name primers and a little goes the distance.
Now I know you are all wondering about the Chocolate bar. I did try it, but only to see if it was poison before sharing it ;)
Love and Tulips,
Nicole from Alpharetta






Thursday, January 9, 2014

Simple Comfort Food

It isn't very often in the South that I feel the need for the comfort foods that remind me so much of growing up in the Midwest, but today it was needed.  The Polar Vortex has pushed it's way down upon us for a couple days. The temperature with windchill was well below zero and the worst part about it......school was CANCELLED! With no snow on the ground I was befuddled! Apparently all it takes in the South is a good stiff wind and no one leaves the house! While the kids went stir crazy (since they still have not been back since christmas break!) I decided to flip through my ever growing pile of magazines.  I came across this beautiful recipe and thought it was just the day to try it out.

Cooking Light quick and easy
If you are not a current subscriber to Cooking Light than you are making your life hard. While everything in the mag is not always "light" per say I feel like it does a good job of healthy fast dinner recipes! Let's be honest we all could use a few new recipes in our back packet. I liked this particular recipe because......it's fast!
minestrone soup