Mani Monday (a day late!)

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I have to admit…I did this mani on Saturday for my office party. It’s Julep’s Stroke of Midnight set. A very dark blue/purple and I added a touch of sparkle to just an accent nail. I really hate removing glitter.

This is one coat of Julep Kristy and the glitter is just one coat of Amira (I think!). I didn’t have time for a top coat. It’s now Tuesday night and I have only slight wear on the edges and a little more wear on one thumb. Not bad. I can still wear it without being embarrassed by how bad my nails look😊

<3 Lolo

December 2014 Birchbox Reveal and Review

This month Birchbox designed the prettiest box!

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My picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s more colbalt blue as you can see a little better in the photo of what I received:

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Vasanti Kajal Extreme Rose Gold Eyeliner – this was my sample choice item this month. It’s a really pretty color and glides easily. Not sure what I’ll wear it with yet but definitely looking forward to using it soon!

Mirenesse Lip Rouge in Sydney – I am not really a big fan of this brand but I saw a lot of people getting excited for this so maybe I’ll try it.

Ojon Rare Blend Oil – my hair needs help but oils tend to weigh it down and make it look greasy. I’ve found they work better for me as an overnight leave in treatment. I’m not sure i like the scent.

SeaRx Micro-Dermabrasion Face and Body Scrub – I like these kinda of samples. It’s a really small tube so not enough to use on the body. I was going to try this ASAP but for some reason it says not for use by pregnant/nursing women. Hmmmm

Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray – this looks like a hair spray only to me. Medium hold. Small cans of hair spray are great for me since I rarely use them.

Overall a decent box. The sizes of the eyeliner, lip gloss, and hair spray are great. The oil and scrub are on the smaller side. And I do wonder why the scrub isn’t for pregnant women…off to google I go!

<3 Lolo

Review – Secret Outlast Completely Clean Gel Deodorant

This review is for one of my BzzAgent items I received for free in return for my honest review and opinion.

I LOVE when I actually really love a product.  As A long time user of ONLY Secret solid, I am always afraid to switch it up.  I shouldn’t have been so worried as this is also a Secret brand deodorant and it works so good!  Goes on clear (yay!), dries clear (double yay!), dries FAST, and WORKS!  Not to mention it has a nice clean scent.

I would buy this product again, absolutely.

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November Empties Part II

These are my empties from the second half of November and a couple from early December as well:

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Tone Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash – not impressed. I expected this to be creamy and moisturizing but it was a yellowish gel and did nothing for me.

Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Mask – my hair definitely looks better on the days I use this. I’m considering trying out the shampoo and conditioner as well. And it smells really good too!

Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow Primer – a shimmery version of UD’s original Primer Potion which works great for me because I tend to use shimmery base shadows anyway.

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara – unfortunately this was a huge miss for me. I think it was more the brush than the formula. It had very short bristles and I ended up with mascara along my eyeliner line every time. I tried for a week or two and gave up.

Perfume Minis – I found Dolce, Brit and Jimmy Choo too strong for my liking. They are seemed to remind me of those paper magazine perfume samples. The Prada Candy was sweet and good for work where I hover over people’s faces. My favorite is the Dahlia Divin. It’s nothing like anything else I’ve used. It’s not offensive but also not too sweet. It’s perfect!

Hoping to clear more out in December! I’m missing my sub boxes soooo much!

<3 Lolo

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Review

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This is another product I picked up a few weeks ago when I splurged big time at LUSH. I wanted to try a mask but I can’t remember why I chose this particular one. I don’t have “trouble” skin at all but nonetheless I really enjoyed this mask.

It’s meant to be a deeply cleansing mask for face and/or back. I only used this on my face. It’s also has adzuki beans in it to exfoliate. I would wear this 15-20 minutes before jumping in the shower. After scrubbing it off my skin would feel so smooth and clean. Loved it.

I used up the last of this mask after taking the photo and would buy it again if LUSH didn’t have a dozen other masks I still want to get my hands on.

<3 Lolo

LUSH UltraBland Facial Cleanser

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A while back I spent a small fortune at LUSH and this UltraBland cleanser was one of the items I picked up.

I have to be honest. I wasn’t impressed. It just didn’t seem like anything special and it feels like it’s not rinsing off. So it get pushed to the side for months.

A couple days ago I gave my face a break from makeup and so at the end of the day I used this cleanser (it’s not the best for makeup removal) with the idea that maybe I could finally start finishing it up. But something amazing happened!

It worked miracles for my dry winter skin! I swear it’s glowing now! And so now I am convinced this is the best cleanser I’ve yet to use when my skin is being super dry! And now I know it’s not the best cleanser in the summer months when the last thing I need is more moisture!

It still feels like it’s not rinsing off but once I get out of the shower and moisturize my skin feels just fine!

One of my only complaints with LUSH (besides the costs!) is their use of parabens in some products, including this one. This is probably the one thing that will keep me from repurchasing unfortunately. Really hoping they find a way to eliminate them soon!

<3 Lolo

Pregnant with PCOS – Genetic Testing Results

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The results of our genetic testing came back really quickly. As I mentioned before we did a newer test called Panorama Genetic Testing. They take my blood and my boyfriends cheek swab and can then isolate the baby’s DNA. They told me it would take 2-4 weeks for results but it’s been just slightly over a week!

Basically everything came back as the baby being at a much lower risk than the general public for everything they test for except for one thing. With that particular condition they just weren’t able to isolate enough of the chromosome they needed so it came back inconclusive. Basically there just wasn’t enough to test. This was a all a huge relief but it’s looking like my OB also want to run a few other tests just because of our genetic backgrounds even though no one in either family has what they want to test for. I’m so tired of being probed and poked! Thankfully I get a month free of doctors appts now! We will have the blood drawn for those tests later down the roads.

One really cool thing about doing the Panorama Test is that they can also tell you the sex of the baby! Everyone kept telling me it would be a girl and my son has his heart set on a boy. I felt this pregnancy has been so similar to my pregnancy with my son that even though people had it in my head it would be a girl, I felt it would be a boy. My son and I were right! Thank goodness I kept a good amount of his clothes over the years! 7 years is a long time to hold on to them but they still look like I just packed them away! I sold most of the big stuff so right now any little bit helps!

Mani Monday!

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Julep Abigail. Silk Finish. I like it but it does remind me a bit of that 80’s frosty pink makeup trend. And please excuse the fact I didn’t clean up the edges before the photo. I choose sleep pretty much over everything else these days 😜

November Empties Part I

I’m trying to clean up the house for future baby but also because my boyfriend and his brother (autistic) will be moving in soon so everything needs to be cleaned out and moved around. I am such a neat freak but admit things can get away from me. Lately that is NOT the case and I can’t stand things laying around I don’t “need.”

Hence, a mid-month empties post!

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Skintimate Shaving Cream – what can I say really except that it’s the only brand I’ll buy bc it’s thick enough my legs don’t get irritated when I do shave instead of wax.

Uberliss Shampoo and Conditioner – I loved these, then I hated them, then I got a much needed hair cut and liked them. They didn’t make my hair look worse so for me that’s a plus but I won’t buy them.

ReVive Eye Serum – this was a super expensive eye serum from Glossybox but I just didn’t feel it did anything for me. I used this one up but sold the other one I had on EBay for cheap and made someone else’s day😊

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Flustered (red with sparkles) – I swatched this one months and months ago. I’m simply not going to use it so off it goes.

Borghese Make Up Remover – I use this before washing my eye makeup off and it doesn’t remove it completely but it helped.

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer – love this stuff! Makes my nose pores almost invisible. I just wish I could get it to work on my cheeks just as well. I have a couple other primers to use up but will repurchase this.

folle de joie Perfume Sample – I liked this but the boyfriend either didn’t notice it or didn’t care for it. He is really sensitive to scent and typically says something but never did with this one.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – again, just ok for me. I have long lashes and I guess more than most people so this didn’t separate as well as I would have liked. Otherwise it was good.

Mally Volumizing Mascara – this one make my lashes look fake or plastic-like. I gave it a few tries, set it aside and never went back. Time to trash it.

Biore Nose Strip – I love these things but forget to use them. They hurt when you pull it off but there is something fun about seeing all the gunk they suck out!

So there it is…half way through November and already a bunch of pry stuff. I’m not sure I’ll get through much more by the end of the month, but I’m sure glad I can’t toss these out now! 😜

Pregnant with PCOS – Genetic Testing

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As if it’s not enough to have PCOS, I am also “old” and therefore have all these other potential issues to be concerned about on top of the risks of being pregnant with my condition.

My boyfriend and I initially decided we would not opt to do any kind of genetic testing because it wouldn’t make any difference to us.  We would still have the baby regardless.

However, at my last weekly scan they went over different types of testing available should we decide to do it, and gave us some literature to read over.  If we wanted to do it all we have to do it tell them at my next visit, which is tomorrow.  But the catch….the one thing to tempt me…we would find out the sex of the baby with the one test called Panorama Prenatal Testing.

I brought the information to my boyfriends house and he said he would pay for us to do the test if my insurance doesn’t cover it.  I think we are both excited to know what we are having, but the rest terrifies me.  I told him that I was afraid it would come back positive for a condition in which the baby doesn’t usually survive or dies shortly after birth and I didn’t know if I would want to know that for the next 6 months I would only have moments with my child.  It upsets me even typing this out, but my boyfriend is such a wonderful man.   He told me that if that’s the case then we will just savor every moment and give that baby so much love while we do have them.  I know it would be extremely difficult but I know having him by my side would give me the strength I’d need.

So we’re going to do it.  A blood sample from me, a cheek swab for him, and in a week or two, we know more than most people do at this point.

I’ve read mixed reviews on this test….some false positives and issues where the sex of the baby is wrong.  I’m hoping maybe some people stumble across this post and can share their experience with it?

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