The Nail Files: Truffle

I'm a huge fan of gel nails, and many times would rather get my gel nails done professionally than apply the gel polish myself, because it's so time consuming. So recently, when I heard about Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel I wanted to try it. I decided to purchase two bottles and I've instantly fell in love. Why, there are only two steps, it lasts up to 14 days, easy removal, and no light is needed. SCORE! This buy was a no brainer for me, so go ahead, try it you may actually like it.

Linking up with Jennie Shaw from The Nail Files, hope to see you there ;)

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Truffle & Jolie Polish Brush
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October's Birchbox

My October Birchbox came in the mail recently, so I wanted to share with you the great beauty samples in my box. For those of you who aren't familiar with Birchbox, they deliver high-end beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples once of month, customized just for you. For those of you who would like to join, please click here.

October Birchbox
Dr. Lipp 
Original Nipple Balm for Lips | Full-size, $14.5
    WHAT  Originally made for nursing moms, this ultrahydrating balm is a makeup artist fave.
     HOW  Dab onto parched lips, cuticles, and elbows as needed.
Harvey Prince 
Petaly Noir | Full-size, $55
    WHAT  Lush floral scent that evokes a midnight stroll among blossoming orchids. 
    HOW  Spitz onto pulse points for a burst of jasmine, orchid, lily of the valley, and vanilla.
POWERLASH | Full-size, $20
   WHAT  With a unique brush, this Australian brand's mascara adds length and volume to every lash.
   HOW  Coat lashes from base to tip, slightly wiggling wand as you go. Layer for extra drama.
exfoliate foaming cleanser | $32.95
  WHAT  Two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator that rejuvenates skin and smells deliciously lemony.
   HOW  Blend a dollop between hands with warm water to activate. Massage into face, then rinse.
Classic Shine Gloss Serum | Full-size, $15
  WHAT  This silky, lightweight treatment leaves hair smooth, glossy, and frizz-free.
  HOW    Rub serum between palms and work through ends of dry, styled hair.

Disclaimer...I do not receive my Birchbox complimentary, I am a monthly subscriber and I pay for my Birchbox myself ;)


The Nail Files: All About You

For this week's manicure, I wanted to do my own nails, so I decided to soak off my Gelish gel polish. Also, I chose the Halloween colors orange, black, and a hint of glitter from the SinfulColors Professional color palette as well. Viola! I love Halloween colored nails ;)

Linking up with Jennie Shaw for The Nail Files, hope to see you there ;)

 SinfulColors Professionals - Black on Black, All About You, and Clementine

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JCrew Giveaway Winner!!

Wow! Over 200 entries for my J Crew giveaway, you guys seem to like J Crew as much as I do. I love it! So, I'm so excited to announce the winner, Amanda Bode! Congratulations, Amanda and many thanks to everyone who entered ;)

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Victoria Secret's Sport VoxBox

Recently, I received a Victoria Secret's Sports VoxBox in the mail, and boy was I excited. Not only did I receive a great workout outfit to review, but I didn't have to buy it because it was given to me complimentary by Influenster. SCORE! So, I quickly tried on my new sports bra and capris, and was excited to find they both items fit. NICE! Now, I wanted to see how both pieces performed during workouts.

 Overall, both sports bra and capris were comfortable and breathable during my workout and I can't wait to purchase more pieces. I'd definitely recommend both the sports bra and capris to my family, friends and readers. You can find my Victoria Secrets Sports Bra here & Knockout Capris here. Also, don't forget my JCrew $50 gift card giveaway is still going, and good luck;)

Victoria Secret's Sports Bra & Knockout Capri

Disclaimer...I received my Victoria Secret's Sport VoxBox from Influenster complimentary and my review was written by me;)


Wrap It Up!

It's that time of year again, and for those of you who have started Christmas shopping I have the perfect inexpensive gift option for you. So, for those family, friends, co-workers, and teachers look no further, I've got your back. Mary Kay has a Limited-edition Little Gifts Hand Cream, $10 each, and Little Gifts Lip Balm Set (includes three scents), $16. For more Mary Kay gift ideas or information stay tuned or you can contact me at http://www.marykay.com/cates ;)

Also, don't forget about the amazing JCrew $50 giveaway that's still going on, and good luck ;)

Limited-edition Little Gifts Hand Cream, $10 each, and Lip Balm Set, $16.


The Nail Files: Hello, Merlot!

For today's manicure, I wanted to try out another local nail salon in the area, and for the most part I was pretty pleased with my nails when I left. Also, I opted for a fall gel polish by Gelish called Hello, Merlot and I was very impressed the gel polish stayed on for two weeks with little cracking and peeling. SCORE! In the photo below, my gel nails are two weeks old and still looking good huh?

Linking up with Jennie Shaw for The Nail Files, hope to see you there ;)

Hello, Merlot!
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Look What I Got! A JCrew Quilted Puffer Vest

Recently, my husband Aaron and I got a chance to visit the Tanger Outlets in Ocean City. MD. While looking around the store I spotted several Camo Quilted Puffer Vests hanging on a clearance rack. SCORE! Also, it was on sale for $79.97 with an additional 60% off, plus if you spent $125 or more you received and additional 20% off per item. So, I only paid a total of $47.98 for it. YEAH!

Linking up with Penniless Socialite & The Tiny Heart for Look What I Got, hope to see you there ;)

Also, if you haven't had to chance to participate in my JCrew $50 Gift Card Giveaway it's still going on, and good luck ;)

JCrew Quilted Puffer Vest

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JCrew $50 Gift Card

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Hello everyone! This month I'll be celebrating my birthday, so to kick off the month of October I'll be giving away a $50 Gift Card to one lucky winner.  Also, I've decided to celebrate each week with a fun giveaway. Who said you can't celebrate your birthday for the whole month? So, stay tuned & good luck! Also, winner will be contacted immediately following giveaway. 

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