Blogger Event: Bagger Dave’s

Photo: Not me selfie.

About a week ago, I was invited to a happy hour/tasting party to sample some of Bagger Dave’s newest signature drinks. (Spoiler alert: They are all delicious!) I took my husband and our friends Kathy & Liza to do the testing with us and had an awesome time.

The drinks were all really flavorful, but Red Sky and The Silencer were my favorites. Oh! You can’t leave out the food!! We had a Bleu Buffalo Taven Fries appetizer and some sweet potato chips and regular french fries. I am in LOVE with their garlic buffalo sauce. It’s honestly to die for. They have tons of burgers and a build your own burger option as well.

I urge you to check out Bagger Dave’s website to see if there is one near you. You won’t regret it!

Now, I just wanted to share some pictures!! So enjoy my night through photos! :)

Brittney

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Drugstore Make-up for the Win!

So basically in the tiny town that I live in when you hear that your local drugstore is shutting up shop & has all make-up half off YOU DROP WHAT YOU’RE DOING & GO! Never mind if you’re needing anything, JUST GO. And go I did. It was
a religious experience to say the least. I had my pick from any and every product out on the drugstore market to choose from. I have compiled 6 of the lippies that I bought to share with you all.

Let’s get this part rolling, shall we?

Mell Lip Haul- Revlon

 

Up first, my favorite collection possibly ever created from Revlon. These are the Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stains. They are seriously great. Especially if you’re on the go & want to look fabulous with absoultely little to no effort. They smell of a peppermint scent, plus they feel phenomenal once applied. They truly last for 6 hours+. I will wear them to work & not have to think of applying the entire time I am there.

 

Mell Lip Haul- Loreal & Milani

NEXT, this trio has most definitely surprised me. I am not so much in lip glosses anymore. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I am just not a fan. Well, that was until I purchased those L’Oreal babies on the right. They are glossy, yet feel like a balm & better yet…they act as a stain! I could not be more pleased with them. The lipstick on the left is a Milani lipstick and it is pretty, but nothing that amazing. I do love the color and for the half off price of $1.50, I couldn’t be more pleased.

 

There is nothing in this world I love more than a deal on make-up. Well, maybe deals on cheesecake & old vintage dresses….

 

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Until next time ladies & gents, all of my love!Mell

 

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Review: Algenist Algae Brightening Mask

Algenist Algae Mask

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask

What I liked:

  • The texture: It was whipped, but still had the “mud mask” feeling. It wasn’t a bad texture, but wasn’t awesome..just good.
  • The smell: It has that “Algenist” smell which basically smells fresh. If you’re familiar with that smell and like it, then the scent of the face mask will be pleasant!

What I didn’t like:

  • The price: It’s $59.00.

Conclusion:

I really don’t have much to say about this mask. I don’t feel like it really had any benefit. It didn’t break my skin out or anything, but I don’t think it’s worth $59.00. I had high hopes for the mask because I love some other Algenist products. Just…don’t do it.

Try this mask instead!

Brittney

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PCOS Symptom Synopsis: Trying to Conceive 101

Blog 10 in Series: PCOS

If you don’t know what PCOS is, then please take the time to read the first post in this series, which can be found here.

Since you all know most of my journey with PCOS thus far, I thought I would enlist some help from a fellow blogger to talk about some of her experience.  Erin blogs mainly about TTC with PCOS. Her picture is below so you can envision her speaking this to you! This is a blog I know I will look back on for guidance in a few years time as I am NOT at the “Trying to Conceive” (TTC) stage just yet. I hope it helps you ladies that are in this stage right now!

Smitten Imagery

So, you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and you want to have a baby?  This blog post is for you!

My name is Erin and my husband and I have been trying to conceive our first little one for the past 6 months.  I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 months in and as you can imagine, I was not happy about it.  I read lots of stories online about other women with PCOS.  The vast majority of them seemed to include miscarriages, couples trying for YEARS, or expensive/invasive fertility treatments.  This is definitely not what you want to hear when you’re first starting out.  I’m an obsessive researcher, so I scoured Google, baby boards, and blogs until both my husband and myself were thoroughly annoyed with my constant ranting about my findings.  I hope what I’ve learned can make your journey just a little bit easier.

The VERY first thing you need to do, if you haven’t already, is start charting your cycles!  The main purpose to charting is to predict when you’re ovulating thus indicating when you and your partner should have sex to best increase your chances of conceiving.  Get yourself a basal thermometer.  It doesn’t need to be anything fancy.  I use this one that I bought on Amazon.  You can also get them at Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc.  Next, download a cycle tracking app.  Most people use Fertility Friend.  I use both Fertility Friend and Lily Pro so I can compare the two.  They both do the work for you after you enter in your data.  The bare minimum you need to keep track of is your temperature (body at rest temperature, taken at the same time every day).  Other data that also helps to better determine ovulation is:  cervical mucus/fluid and cervical position.  Once a pattern can be established the app will determine your estimated ovulation date and fertile days and you can go from there.  Charting is especially important for women with PCOS because most of us do not ovulate regularly, if at all on our own.  Charting shows not only you, but your doctor how long your cycles are and if you are ovulating or not.  Both of which are extremely helpful when seeking treatment. For more information on charting basics, click here.

[Recent Chart]

Once charting is starting to make sense to you, you may wish to add Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) into your routine.  OPKs can assist in confirming ovulation as well as give you a heads up as to when it might be coming.  You can buy OPKs at any drug store as well as online.  I’ve used all kinds of different brands:  First Response, Clear Blue, Target brand.  They all seem to be created equal in my opinion, however, if you have PCOS, I would stay away from the digital ones.  I found them not to be as sensitive as the plain, old strips that you decipher yourself.  I start using OPKs around day 10 of my cycle.  You can start sooner or later depending on your cycle length.  Make sure you test around the same time every day with at least a 3-hour urine hold.  I test first thing in the morning so I don’t have to worry about it later in the day.  If the test line is as dark as or darker than the control line, you’re ovulating!  Make sure to have sex this day and 2-3 days after.  If you have PCOS, you know that this is a BIG deal!  It may seem like just any other cycle to your non-cyster friend, but since we can go months without ovulating, it is really something for us to get excited about!

Supplements are also a big part of my routine.  Of course consult your physician before starting any kind of regimen.  Daily, I take Biotin, Vitamin D, prenatal vitamins, Pregnitude, and drink Spearmint tea.  You can read more about why I subject myself to all this here.

If you haven’t already done so, consult your OBGYN.  If you definitely are not ovulating your doctor will most likely put you on a prescription.  Usually the first one they try is Metformin, which helps with the insulin resistance that a lot of women with PCOS struggle with.  If that doesn’t work, next will come Clomid or Femara.  Both of these induce ovulation, but as I’m sure you’ve been warned, they can come with some wicked side effects (extreme mood swings, cramping, diarrhea, headaches, etc).  Please don’t hesitate to ask your providers questions!

One final note—if you were previously taking any medications to combat your PCOS symptoms, ask your doctor to make sure they are still safe to take when trying to conceive.  For example, I had been taking Spironolactone for years to treat acne.  This is definitely not safe to take when trying or pregnant (can cause some pretty nasty birth defects).  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Finally, and most importantly, don’t give up!  It is extremely frustrating, and at times, heartbreaking to deal with infertility, but there are a good many success stories out there too.  Stay positive and work at it, and hopefully those positive results will come to you too!

A big thank you to Brittney & Mell for giving me this awesome opportunity to guest blog for you all!

Erin, What to Try When You’re Trying

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Drugstore Lippy Heaven

Lip Haul

To me, summer makeup is a quick base, a bit of bronzer/blush, a few coats of mascara and a big emphasis on a pretty lip! Whether it be nude, orange or my usual bubble gum pink, lips are the way to brighten up your face without loading on too much product in the summer.

Lip Haul 1

Over the weekend, Mell and I had a spa night. We did some makeup, face masks, nails, listened to 2000′s rap, ate chinese (go figure) and had an AWESOME time. There is a CVS near her house that is closing and has ALL their makeup 50% off. By the time we got there, most of the stuff was very rummaged through, but we both found some awesome lipsticks!

Here’s a list of the lip products I purchased. I’m sure you will see a few of them in Instagram posts and OOTD‘s soon!

  • Revlon Colorstay Moisture Shine in Barcelona Nights
  • Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Lilac Love
  • Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Nude-trients
  • L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Rose Melody
  • L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Rose Symphony
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Fruit Punch

Fruit Punch by Milani

Pictured above is my favorite from the bunch, the Milani Fruit Punch color. I stole this from Mell and bought it in the store. Best decision I’ve ever made. This picture is with it blended in, but it’s REALLY pretty full-on.

Speaking of Mell, I’m sure you all are missing her posts by now, but I have heard from a little birdy (okay, I talked to Mell and know for sure) that she is posting her new lip products, complete with swatches on THURSDAY. You won’t want to miss it. The hot, bright summery lip products she purchased are to DIE for.

Which summery drugstore lip products are your favorites?

Brittney

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Review: First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask

First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask

First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask with Red Clay

What I liked:

  • The texture: This is a sticky, gel-like texture that feels cooling when applied. I liked it a lot. It was an interesting break from the muddy masks I’m used to.
  • The feeling on-face: Once this mask dries, it gives you that tight, “working” feeling on your face.
  • The end result: This mask left my face feeling very clean and purified.
  • The packaging: Tube packaging makes the most sense to me. Of course, it can’t be used for everything, but the packaging of this product is simple and easy. Plus, I love a good red, white & blue color scheme.
  • The price: It’s $30.00 which is pretty inexpensive for a mask, but make sure you try before you buy!!! (See below.)

What I didn’t like:

  • The removal: I could go on and on and on about the removal of this product! IT KILLED IT FOR ME. No matter how much I loved the results or the price or anything else, this mask took 20 minutes for me to remove. It did not want to budge. I had to scrape at my face to get a corner started, then it would peel off a tiny section and I would have to do it again. I ended up having to used a rag to scrub off the rest of it because I just couldn’t take it anymore. (See photos below.)

First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask Impossible to Remove

Conclusion:

I won’t buy this product. I think face masks should be relaxing- not stress me out because I can’t remove it in a timely manner!  While the results were good, I am just not happy enough with them to spend 20 minutes removing. #sorrynotsorry  This, my friends is a #productfail. Definitely try before you buy if you are still interested in this one.
For a mask I LOVE and use weekly, check out the Glamglow Supermud. It’s a much better purifying/detoxing type of treatment.

Brittney

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Mani Monday: Rose Libertine by Rimmel

Rimmel Rose Libertine

 

If you didn’t know, I will do or buy just about anything Estee for Essiebutton says to. If you haven’t checked out her blog or her YouTube account, you need to. She’s hilarious and knowledgeable. She’s really the type of gal just about EVERYONE would want to be friends with.

She talked about Rose Libertine by Rimmel London a few months ago. THE DAY she mentioned it I knew I had to have it, so I went to a few drugstores and an Ulta on a hunt. I found it no where! I gave up hope then, but when I traveled to London for my honeymoon I found it at Boots! I just looked it up online and I don’t think the US has it at all. Probably should have done that before spending a few hours of my time searching for it.

I’m not going to go into my spiel about how much I love Rimmel 60 Second polishes. They really are awesome and cheap, so try them out! This took me a base coat, 2 coats of Rose Libertine and a top coat and my nails were completed in less than 20 minutes. (The powers of quick-drying polish combined with Seche Vite allowed me to go to bed right after and still wake up with perfect nails!)

If you can get your hands on this, do so!

Brittney

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