VIDEO: Products I've Used Up July 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Every month or so I essentially go through my *beauty* trash, and explain what worked for me and what didn't. This month edition is full of curly hair products, self tanner, foundations, and more fun goodies. I'm sharing some of my final thoughts and whether I would re-purchase them or not.

Products Shown:
Products marked with (*) will or have been re-purchased.

Don't forget to enter my Huge Summer Makeup & Skincare international giveaway!!

Michael Todd Beauty

VIDEO: Huge Summer Makeup & Skincare Giveaway!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I'm SO excited to be doing a giveaway for you all with some of my favorite summer makeup & skincare products! I'm collaborating with 2 other amazing ladies on YouTube to bring you 3 great prize products. There's tons of palettes, such as Urban Decay's Naked, contour kits, Casey Holmes' palette, Pop Beauty, Becca highlighters & bronzers, brushes and more.

1st Place
Pixi Beauty Minimal Makeup Book of Beauty
Pop Beauty Rouge Mix Lip & Cheek Palette
Coastal Scents Eclipse Concealer Palette
Colour Pop x Amanda Steele Weekend Warrior Eyeshadow Palette
Physician's Formula Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette
Marula Beauty Pure Marula Facial Oil
Eden Allure Pure Argan Oil From Morocco
Sigma Standout Eyes Gel Liner
Pop Beauty Pemanent Pout in Rouge Red
Absolute New York Cotton Candy Liner in Tutti Frutti
Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner
Essence Rock N Doll Duo Stylist Eyeliner Pen
Blinque Eyelashes in #138
Blinque Eyelashes in #217
It Cosmetics Superhero Travel Size Volumizing Mascara 
Chella Beauty Ivory Lace Highlighter
Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Fig
Coastal Scents Face Primer
Sedona Lace Stick It To 'Em Eyeshadow Primer
ELF Beautifully Precise Eyeshadow Brush
ELF Beautifully Precise Smudge Brush
ELF Beautifully Precise Eyeliner Brush
ELF Beautifully Precise Sculpting Brush
ELF Beautifully Precise Eyebrow Duo Brush

2nd Place

3rd Place

Giveaway Rules
  • Giveaway is open internationally
  • Giveaway will end in 2 weeks on 7/30/17 at midnight EST

Good luck!

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-Cute Summer Outfits - FashionNova Try-On Haul

VIDEO: Summer Fashion Try-On Haul

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Fashion Nova has been one of my favorite stores for a long time now, because they have affordable, comfortable clothing. In today's video I'm sharing some items I got recently, including a floral romper, kimono, crop top, and high waisted distressed denim shorts.

Beauty is Within Floral Romper - Blue

Flower Bomb Top - Ivory

Hanale Top - Tan

Spring Time Flower Kimono - Red

 Underneath it all Short - Light

Let me Escape in Your Arms Tee - Heathered Grey 

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-Eyebrow Tinting! Effortless Eyebrow Routine for Summer


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Friday, July 07, 2017

Summer time is when I love going makeup-free, but since my brows are many shades lighter than my hair color, I always feel odd without them filled in. I get my hair dyed darker at an Aveda salon, and recently started having my brows done at the same time. I LOVE the results, and wanted to share my experience. I would say I'm sharing how I maintain them, but there is literally NO maintenance with them now! Aside from plucking the occasional stray hair, I can leave my brows as is or use a little pencil to enhance my arch (as I did in the photo to the right above).

Products Used:
I recommended Aveda hair color because it is plant-based, making it safe to use for your face. It won't make your eyebrows fall out or cause any thinning. The color is semi-permanent, and fades over time. The color usually lasts about 6-8 weeks before I start to notice them getting lighter.

Click here to locate an Aveda salon near you.

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-How to Realistically Get Fit & Lose Weight - 21DayFix Transformation

VIDEO: How to Realistically Get Fit & Lose Weight

Monday, July 03, 2017

Today's video is about something I don't discuss enough on my channel, and that is health and fitness. I wanted to share my story because I have finally gotten to a place where I am happy with how I feel, and have changed up my lifestyle to be healthier.

The theme of this is all about how to "realistically" get in shape, and by that I mean no fad diets, no cutting out foods you love, no insane workout programs, etc. These methods are doable for the average busy, working person and are easy to stick to.

Pictured left: End of January before sticking to Beachbody. Pictured right: Results after 5 months of Beachbody 

A little about me...
I am not even close to being an athletic person. Never have been and never will be. BUT I have learned to love working out and how it makes me feel. I'm extremely busy, and have very limited time to squeeze workouts into my day. I am also a bargain shopper, so I prefer affordable options for workout plans. I LOVE food, and live with 4 other people who live an unhealthy lifestyle, making it difficult to stay on track.

The Beachbody 21 Day Fix workout program has been my go-to for over 9 months now. I love the workouts because they are only 30 minutes a day and the results are obvious pretty quickly. I also discuss in this video how the eating plan it comes with is not the right fit for me, but ways that I have managed my diet. I have adjusted my diet to include both things I love (like carbs and sweets) as well as healthy, easy to make food.

I share examples of healthy breakfast, lunch, dinners, and snacks that I like to eat in the video above.

Also, check out The Glam Belle, who is also Beachbody coach that helped me get started.

Tips for realistically loosing weight:

  • Choose a workout program that works for your lifestyle. At home 30-min short workouts are easier to fit into busy schedules.
  • Stick with it! Stop making excuses, and get into the mentality that you don't have a choice to skip the workout. Once you do it, you will be so proud you didn't skip!
  • Be patient, it takes time to see results that will last. Once you start seeing results it becomes addicting :)
  • Cut back on portion sizes of unhealthy food groups, like carbs and sugar. Limit them to only one per day to avoid cutting them out all together. Balance is key!
  • Increase your protein and veggie intake. Eat them first so then you're full and won't want the carbs.
  • Eat frequently! I cannot stress this enough. Have a healthy snack in between each meal to keep your metabolism revved up.
  • Only drink water, and drink a ton of it! It helps keep me full so I eat a lot less.
  • Use portion control containers (like what comes in the Beachbody kit) OR track your calories, carbs/fat/protein intake to help get you in check. I like the My Fitness Pal or my Fitbit. Once you get an idea for the right portions, it becomes habit and you'll no longer need to use tools to help.
  • Plan your meals out for the week. I pick out 4-5 dinners and grocery shop only once a week. I get everything I need at once, so I avoid wandering around the store when I'm starving after working trying to decide what to fix for dinner. I save all the recipes I like on Pinterest here.
Check out the video above for more in depth tips!

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