January 2020: Month-in-Review

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What I'm Loving: January always feels like a time of renewal, so I've been primarily dabbling in new skin care and beauty products. My highlight this month is definitely the GloPro by BeautyBio. This amazing little device has completely altered my skin's texture and tone. I ordered it when we were stuck at the airport in August 2019, as we waited to board the last flight out of Florida with Hurricane Dorian looming. QVC, one of my favorite places to snag great beauty-buys, was having a Today's Special Value ("TSV") and I was able to purchase it on 6 easy-pays. After the second use, I was completely hooked. Now, the GloPro does contain microneedles to facilitate this incredible skin transformation. If you know me at all, personally or virtually, you're well aware that I HATE needles. I literally pass out in the waiting room of LabCorp, before I even walk into the room. My mom was shocked to hear I'd even entertain this product, but low and behold, here we are. You don't really feel the needles. It's much more of a tickle, and I've actually have come to look forward to my weekly treatments (GASP!). The science behind the GloPro is as follows: The microneedles create microscopic, surface-level wounds to the face. In turn, those wounds require the body to heal them, which results in new cell production and a renewed, glowly appearance from increased collagen. After months of use, I've seen a significant difference in those baby fine lines starting to form around my mouth and brows, as well as the texture. Just this week, I had a little pimple on my chin, and after a treatment on Monday, it's almost non-existent.

I had two other beauty favorites this month - Beekman 1802 Cleansing Wipes and Native "Grapefruit + Bergamot" Deodorant. First off, the Beekman wipes are life-changing. Never again will I reach for a Neutrogena or drugstore brand wipe. These wipes are full of moisturizing goat milk and good-for-you ingredients, in addition to being cruelty free and clean beauty certified. I use them in the am to hydrate and cleanse my face from any residue that accumulated on my skin overnight, as well as in the evening, when I need to take makeup off. I will say, however, that these wipes are not the best at removing mascara. I'll still use my holy grail Purity for that.

Secondly, I've been a user of Native deodorants for several months now. I made the switch to natural deodorant long before it was trendy, so I've experienced quite a few duds over the years. Native consistently delivers protection, but I do think you may have varying levels of protection depending on scent. In addition to the "Grapefruit + Bergamot", I adore the "Coconut Vanilla", so if you're looking for a place to start, go with that one. Regardless, I recommend applying it morning and night to ensure happy armpits all day long.

What We Did: This month swooped in with a vengeance because both my hubby and I came down with a stomach bug. His was much worse than mine, but we spent a large portion of our weekends disinfecting the house. Speaking of our house, if you've been following for the last few months, you'd know that we are still living with the kitchen reno from hell. The cabinet company ultimately shut its doors last week, filing bankruptcy, so now we are left to (literally) pick up all the pieces. I am personally trying to look at this as an opportunity to make the kitchen remodel better than it would've been originally. We're working with a new cabinet retailer to match pieces and are interviewing alternate contractors to get fresh ideas on how to rectify, complete and better the project. I try to keep you all update to date on my Instastories, so be sure to follow along here (IG: @thesassysuburbs).

Looking Forward: Happily, we'll be fitting in some travel in February...plus, it's my birthday month! I'll be 29 this year, and boy, do I have a lot to reflect on as I enter the last year of my twenties.

Lipsticks That Will Last Through Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! May today be filled with lots of thanks, love and laughter! I am always so appreciative for your support of my little corner of the internet.

There's nothing I love more than the holiday season! I could not be more excited that it's finally in full swing. Although our kitchen reno is still not complete (you can check out my "Reno" Instastory for all the details...good and bad), I spent last weekend putting out our fall and Thanksgiving decor. I also started planning my looks for this week's festivities! When I think about what outfits would be most appropriate for Turkey Day itself (a.k.a any oversized sweater with the stretchiest pants I own), or the parties that will follow in the coming days, I, of course, have to consider what makeup I want to wear. Regardless of what I end up deciding day-of, I always reach for a comfortable, long-wear lipstick that will survive all that yummy food! Your girl loves to eat, so I've rounded up my top picks below!

{1} Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in "Caramello"

{2} Wet & Wild Catsuit Liquid Lipstick in "Rebel Rose"

{3} NYX Liquid Suede in "Soft Spoken" (matching lip liner is amazing - linked HERE)

Fall 2019 Giveback Giveaway!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Happy Monday! It's the start to another week, but today I'm here to share a different kind of post. I am beyond thrilled to say a big "thank you" to all of you with a giveaway! With fall officially upon us, I wanted to take a moment to give back to my followers, who I prefer to call friends, because to me, anyone taking the time out of their busy day to spend it in my little corner of the internet is a friend of mine! It means so much to me that you've all found various ways to show your support, whether it be a simple "like" on a photo or messages with feedback or questions, I love this community.

This will primarily be an Instagram giveaway, but anyone who is a current Intsa follower can gain a special entry by subscribing to new blog posts and my monthly newsletter (coming soon!). You can find all the entry-specifics below, so let's get to the best part - the goods! You'll be entering to win a gorgeous, fall-appropriate tote bag by Vince Camuto that is perfect for work, school or weekend as well as a seasonally-inspired eyeshadow palette from Bare Mineral's new "Bounce and Blur" line!

{1} All current Instagram followers are automatically entered.
{2} Any current follower who tags a friend (or two, as there are no limitations) in the comments, who in-turn follows, will receive an additional entry. That new follower will also automatically be entered.
{3} A new follower is then welcome to tag a friend and continue the cycle, increasing the opportunity to win!
{4} BONUS ENTRY: Subscribe to the blog by entering your information HERE.

...and that's its! The giveaway will run for one week, ending at 11:59pm on September 30th. A winner will be selected at random and announced October 1st.

Please note: Entries are limited to those located within the continental United States. The giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Vince Camuto or Bare Minerals. It is my way of saying thank you for your support of my rebrand over the last few months. By entering this giveaway, you acknowledge and agree to the foregoing and release Instagram, Vince Camuto and Bare Minerals of any and all liability associated with such entry. 

Lauren xo 
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