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First Impressions: L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

Hi everybody! Today I wanted to share with you a first impression of the L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara. I got this mascara in my Target Women's Beauty Box for Winter 2014. First of all I really like the packaging of this mascara. It is very sleek and easy to use. The wand also comes separate from the mascara itself, so that is a plus in my book. I like the formula of this mascara, it isn't too dry or too wet. I didn't really notice this mascara doing a whole lot for my lashes. They didn't really get a lot of volume or length and I didn't like how it makes my lashes look clumped together, almost spidery. 
If I had to rate this mascara, I would give it a 3.5/5

Did you like this mascara?


My Birthday Wishlist

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My 25th birthday is February 17th and here are a few things on my birthday wish list:

iMac - My current MacBook Pro is about to hit the pan, so I would love to invest in a brand new desktop computer from Apple. The model I want is the 21.5 inch, 2.7 GHz! It a hefty price of $1299.00 but it would be well worth the splurge because my current laptop has lasted almost 5 years!

Ikea Micke Desk - I currently have the Leksvik desk and don't get me wrong I love it, but it takes up way too much space in my small apartment. My fiance is moving in with me soon and we are going to convert my spare room into in office. We will need to fit two desks, a tv stand, and some shelves, so I want to downsize to a more compact desk, that also has more storage than my current one.

Milk Frother - I really want to be able to make Chai Tea Lattes at home and I forget who I watched on YouTube but I really want to get a milk frother to make the yummy foam!

Alex & Ani bracelets - I want to grow my collection of these trendy bracelets. I want three in particular, the E Initial, the Aquarius bangle, and the February Birthstone bangle.


Fresh Start: Healthy Living


For Christmas, my sister purchased me a few products from her nutrition program to help jump start my new healthy lifestyle. My main goal this year is to get healthy and in shape. My wedding is in 9 months and I would really like to get toned and fit. 

Since starting this program, I have noticed that my face looks puffy. I have also noticed that my middle section looks less bloated. These are the exact things that I have been looking to improve in myself this year. This best part about this program is that it is NOT a diet. It is a lifestyle change.

My typical diet everyday includes the following:
-A meal replacement protein shake or protein bar
-A mid-morning snack, usually a Fiber One Brownie Bar
-Lunch is usually a Smart Ones Frozen Meal or a can of soup
-Afternoon snack, usually a rice cake
-Dinner is whatever I feel like eating
-I take 1-2 oz of the cleanse drink every night before I go to bed

My current weight is 140 lbs. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds before I do my wedding dress fittings this summer. I do notice this program is working on making me healthier because three people in my office have come down with terrible viral infections and I have not gotten sick yet!

If you are interested in learning more, please comment below or send me an email at lizlovesmakeupx3@gmail.com


Valentine's Day Tag (Collab)

Hi everybody! I know this post might be going up a little bit early as Valentine's Day is still a little bit over a month away, but I collaborated with Avianne from The Body Silk Blog and to create this tag! Feel free do to do this tag and leave your posts in the comments below! Here are the questions:

  • Homemade or store-bought gifts? I don't really have a preference to be honest but homemade gifts are always add more of a personal touch to a gift

  • Favorite Romantic/Love Movie? My favorite has to be Love Actually

  • Favorite Love Song? I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz or A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

  • Who is your celebrity crush? Shemar Moore from Criminal Minds is good looking man

  • Red or pink lipstick?I don't really wear lipstick but I would probably choose a nude pink

  • Do you decorate for valentine's day? I like to decorate but I don't have a ton of decorations. I definitely need to pick up some cute things this year from Target or HomeGoods.

  • Favorite brand of chocolate? Lindt

  • Single pringle or taken bacon? taken bacon, getting married on October 24, 2015!!

  • What did you wear last valentine's day? We didn't do anything special for valentine's day last year, so it was just a casual outfit, jeans and a sweater

  • Favorite Valentine's day memory? I don't have many good memories of valentine's day but I always like getting little goodie bags from my mom

Happy Valentine's Day!


Some of My Favorite Snacks

These are some of my favorite snacks to bring to work and they are all better for you than something out of the vending machine at your office, college, etc.

Special K Cracker Chips - These are so delicious and 25 chips is only 120 calories!
Almonds - Probably one of the best snacks for you. Eat as many as you like!
Fiber One Brownie Bars - I enjoy these as a mid-morning snack and they are only 90 calories!

What are your favorite snack foods?


Influenster Dry Spray VoxBox Review

Thanks to Influenster, I got the opportunity to try out this awesome new deodorant by Degree. It is a spray-on deodorant that is supposed to last up to 48 hours! Here are a few of my thoughts on this product. First, I like the sleek design of the can so it doesn't take up a lot of space on my vanity. Second, it smells so good! There's nothing worse than having smelly arm pits and this stuff does not disappoint! I wore it to work and I didn't have to reapply it all day! It also had a cooling sensation when you it apply it as well. One can is supposed to last up to 8 weeks, so we'll see if it really last that long.
Degree DrySpray retails for approximately $4.99 at your local Walmart

Would you try this product?

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

2014 In Review

Here's a look at back at some of the exciting things that happened in 2014:

February 9, 2014 We got Engaged!!

May 2014 - Tulip Fest @ Washington Park

May 2014 - BeautyCon NYC

June 2014 - Concert at SPAC

June 2014 - Explored Cohoes Falls

September 2014 - Long Weekend Trip to York, Maine

I can't wait for 2015 because we will be getting married! 
I will also be turning 25 next month!

What fun things did you do in 2014?