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 

My Top 10 Amazon Buys

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I've been an avid Amazon Prime shopper for several years now, and I must say, they continue to improve their product selection daily. I've rounded up my top 10 buys from the last two years of orders These items are well-loved in our household, so I hope you enjoy them as well.

{1} Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner - This easy, small-scale cleansing machine keeps both real and costume jewelry sparkling, especially my beloved engagement ring and wedding band. I discovered this shortly before our wedding through Megan from Holy City Chic, and have been using it on a monthly basis (sometimes more frequently) ever since. I use it in conjunction with this liquid cleanser.

{2} Packing Cubes - I swore these things were a gimmick, but after packing with them for a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii, I can affirmatively share that they are not...they are a lifesaver! I've never been so organized while on vacation. All my clothing and accessories remained sorted and easy to identify for the entirety of the trip, which was a rare occurrence previously. I even use them for short, weekend getaways. Highly, highly recommend!

{3} Fabric Shaver - For years, I used this wacky thing called a "Gleaner" that was supposed to remove piling from clothing, but it never really did the trick. Then, this little miracle gadget came along! My clothes have never looked better, especially my sweaters. We invest so much in our wardrobe, and this shaver helps keep them looking new.

{4} Plate Storage Protectors - This product is for any newlywed or new homeowner. After my bridal shower, I had received more dishes than I could count. I love seasonal living, so most sets were holiday-related and needed to be stored away while not in use. Enter these amazing storage containers! I have all my dishes labeled and safely protected in our basement. It's made entertaining effortless because it's so organized.

{5} Countertop Vacuum - I don't know where this tiny miracle has been all my life, but once I found it, I never looked back. There's nothing more annoying then crumbs all over the counter. Sometimes, no matter how often you wipe the surface down, they just keep reppearing. This palm-size vacuum helps curb cleanup time, and keeps our space tidy without wasting cleaner or paper towels.

{6} Makeup Brush Cleaner - I've tried many, many makeup brush cleaners throughout the years, but NOTHING compares to this one. It's definitely on the pricy side, but it's the quickest and cleanest way to keep your brushes looking spotless. If you're someone like me who wears makeup every day, particularly foundation, this will be a lifesaver. Clean brushes make for a flawless finish and ensure sanitary application (i.e. bacteria won't be spread to your face)!

{7} Divided Lazy Susan - If you've followed me for some time, you know that I've been on an organization kick thanks to The Home Edit! This book, and the lifestyle it promotes, made me completely rethink the way I use lazy susans. I've found so many uses for this household staple, especially in the bathroom. All my hair products, for example, are accessible, organized and useable.  I also know exactly what I have, which prevents overbuying and duplicate purchasing.

{8} LV-Inspired Bag - How many of you covet the iconic "Neverfull" tote from Louis Vuitton? I know I sure did, and it took me years to save up enough to purchase my own. Thanks to Amazon, you can now get the designer look for less. As I recently shared on Instagram, this is not a counterfeit piece, but rather a true dupe. The colors are not exact, and there are no "LV" markings or other faux indicators. Further, the legal protections surrounding the well-known checkered pattern have been struck down in various court proceedings, so you can purchase without reservation. Plus, it comes in two additional color options and is made of vegan leather.

{9} Lululemon "Align"-Inspired Leggings - If you've been blessed to wear anything from Lululemon, you know the quality is unbeatable. Last year I purchased a pair of "Align" leggings for $98 (ahhh!)...Frankly, I do think they're worth every penny, and I do wear them weekly, but I would be hesitant to invest in another pair just because of the price. Again, here comes Amazon to the rescue. These leggings are pretty close to the "Align" for a quarter of the price. They are not exact dupes, and I do reach for the real deal more often than not, but this brand is a great alternative. They wash well and held up in the "squat test".

{10} Carpet Cleaner - This was recommended from one of my favorite OG bloggers, Katey, from Chronicles of Frivolity. I believe it was originally a recommendation from a mom of 3 boys...Need I say more? It's fully cleaned a variety of stains, without the harsh chemicals of traditional cleaners. We're really loving it!

Feel free to message me with any questions. Be sure to follow along with my weekly Instagram posts to stay connected!

Lauren xo
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