30-Pan MAC Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

I have been delving a bit further into beauty lately on this blog as I had noticed a good response from my lovely readers when I had posted in the past a bit about beauty here and there. While I will never be a beauty blogger, I am making a more conscious effort to include a bit more beauty in my posts as it IS something that I really enjoy and have a lot of fun with!

MAC Palette Giveaway

On that note, today I have teamed up with a bunch of fantastic beauty and fashion bloggers (and vloggers) for the giveaway of a beauty connoisseur’s dreams… a 30-pan MAC eyeshadow palette, filled with all the favorite shades of said bloggers I’m teaming up with! Is that not insane? THIRTY MAC eyeshadows for you to play around with? That sounds pretty close to perfection to me. If you are wondering what shade I chose, I picked Expensive Pink. GOOD LUCK!

And thanks to all the fantastic women who are in on this with me!

MAC Palette Giveaway
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Open in the USA and Canada. Ends at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ages over the age of 18 and ends at 11:59pm EST on August 6th, 2014. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Only one winner will be selected. This giveaway is a group buy, which means the bloggers/vloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. Winner will be chosen at random from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. No prize substitutions allowed. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary.
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you’re being challenged to look up

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by smartwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about smartwater, all opinions are my own.

Being a blogger and a graphic/web designer, I am on the computer or my phone a LOT. It’s kind of inevitable. This definitely can take a toll on my sanity, though. I often will get up from my desk and go stand outside on the balcony for a few minutes just to take a little break, revitalize and enjoy the view. Sometimes I’ll go for a walk to a coffee shop or the grocery store simply because I want to get outside and enjoy the world outside my little office for a while. Living in a day and age of social media and tons of technology-based jobs, we often find ourselves glued to our computers, phones or even our TVs. Have you ever taken some time to put down the tech stuff, go outside and just look up? Even walking down the street we often have our heads down, looking at our phones, checking our Facebook or Twitter feeds to see what we’re missing out on. What we’re REALLY missing out on is the beauty of life and what is happening around us in that very moment. We need to stop more often and take a few minutes to look up.

When I work at camp (my very, very part-time job these days), I get a lot of opportunities to take a break from technology and just enjoy everything around me. The world really is so beautiful and when my head isn’t down checking out my phone or my computer, I see so much more of it. I mean, the following pictures do most of the talking for me.

This view. It seriously needs no words. Taking the time to experience a view like this can really give you a fresh perspective on anything and everything.

look up - smartwater #ad

This is exactly what looking up looks like. And it’s SO worth it.

look up - smartwater #ad

And because of the beautiful sky in the above photo, I did a sky inspired mani which is super simple for you to replicate yourself!

sky inspired mani - smartwater #ad

smartwater is running a great Instagram contest right now, challenging YOU to take a break from technology and look up. Be sure to get in on this one. Please follow @smartwater and use the hashtag #lookupsweepstakes to participate!

How often do you stop and look up? Take part in the look up challenge!

Ipsy Glam Bag Review – July 2014

Disclosure: this post contains my Ipsy affiliate link. Obviously, I would LOVE for you to sign up under me if you are interested!

It’s time for an Ipsy Glam Bag review! I finally got off the waitlist for Ipsy last month, but didn’t get last month’s bag in time to share everything without spamming the world with yet another Ipsy post. This month’s bag is late too but I don’t even care, I want to share for everyone who may not see reviews elsewhere! If you haven’t signed up for Ipsy, you definitely should. At only $10 a month (+ $4.95 shipping if you live in Canada which really isn’t that bad at all), I certainly look forward to this happy mail!

Ipsy Glam Bag Review - July 2014

One of my favorite things this month was the bag itself. Last month was a cute little Rebecca Minkoff floral makeup bag that I have been using to stash in my backpack when I am going away for a weekend, and this month’s is perfect to keep my lipglosses and chapsticks organized in my handbag! I love the hot pink color and the scalloped edges.

Ipsy makeup bag

First up in my July bag is this deluxe sample of Marrakesh Endz argan & hemp oil therapy. As I said in my Neutrogena post, I have been using argan oil pretty religiously lately, so while this wasn’t the most exciting product in the bag, I will definitely get good use out of it.

Marrakesh Endz

This was also something I wasn’t thrilled about getting in my bag, but will go to good use as this product is for my skin type AND contains SPF, so I’ll definitely be using it up.

Pur-lisse Moisturizer

I was excited for this one! This is Tints & Sass, a lip and cheek tint. I have never really tried out lip or cheek tints much, so I’m excited to use this. While I totally thought it would be red because of the bottle, it’s more of a berry tone. It’s really pretty! I love the color on my lips but I’m not sure how well I would suit it on my cheeks. It almost smells super edible.. yum.

Tints & Sass

One of my favorite products I got was this deluxe eyeshadow sample of bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow. I haven’t used it yet but I can already tell I’ll love the colors. I don’t have anything like this plum shade, so I’m excited to try it for a night out. I also love that the packaging gives me a little tutorial on how to create both a day and night look with these colors!

Bare Minerals Eyeshadow


And the award for coolest packaging goes to….. BIG look mascara by pur! While I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get Benefit’s They’re Real mascara in my bag (that is my #1 must have beauty product. Seriously, best mascara in existence for people with short lashes. I have literally been asked if I am wearing fake eyelashes before because it just makes my sucky little lashes SO long! And while we’re on the topic, I want to try the They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner SO bad too!), I am in love with the packaging of this so I have high hopes. I don’t use waterproof mascara often but I will definitely try this for next time I do.

Big Look Mascara

Overall, I am again very happy with my bag for this month! I will definitely stay subscribed to Ipsy and I totally recommend that you sign up too if you like finding and trying out new beauty products (in decent sample sizes!).

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