Budget Beauty

Trying to afford all the newest fashion and beauty products on top of a serious subscription box addiction is hard, especially when it's just my Fiance working! I will share all the steals and deals I find with you as well as product reviews and giveaways!

Goals for 2015

Well, I know I am a little late for posting a ‘goals’ post for 2015 but I guess I get an A- for effort   ?

My goals are the same as most people (I’m assuming):

~eat better

~save more money

~workout more

~be a better parent (not that I’m a ‘bad’ parent but just spend more quality time type stuff)

~one goal (that is probably not on most people’s lists) is work on my blog more often….which should be easier now that I got a laptop for Christmas. (Although, I’m ready to throw the thing at the wall because my two week return period is up and of course with my luck it is starting to act up and give me problems).

Basically I used to be in like (almost) “superior” shape…. 8 years ago and two kids ago…. I used to workout almost everyday…. whether it was on the treadmill or elliptical, or lifting weights at my college gym. And if I couldn’t get to a gym I would go for a walk or jog for at least an hour or two.

Getting back to that type of shape is such a dream…. I’d love to buy a treadmill or something…. But money and space are both an issue.

My eating habits need to change first. I have such a bad sweet tooth and am a total chocoholic. Plus, the new job that I just started has me around candy all day everyday. I have horrible self control and my weakness is caramel creams….

When I am at home or on break at work I have started to eat pineapple when I want candy…. I legit could eat two whole *or at least one* pineapple a day…. sooo good…

Also, if I need a sweet but crunchy snack I like Cheerios with milk, cut up strawberries, and some Splenda on top.

And if I really need chocolate, I just found the best snack ever- and it’s pretty darn healthy and contains natural ingredients- Brookside and the crunchy clusters are the best ones! OMG! But they’re semi-expensive at $4 a bag… but if you portion it right it will last you 2-3 days…. But I could eat a whole bag, but usually I can control it.

For now, while the MA weather is crappy and cold, I have to do workout Dvd’s in the house and work out on my Bellicon rebounder *trampoline* which is so fun it shouldn’t be considered a workout. And I love that Barre dvd that we got in a FabFitFun box a while back…I hate cardio so barre is awesome!

Once spring comes I will be back out walking and jogging my butt off again…

And of course- I have been wearing my Runtastic Orbit to track all of my calories and distance and more.

What are some of your goals? And how have you been sticking to them?

P.S.—- I’ve been in talks with some cool companies. I’m trying to think of which one would be the best one to start the year off with a giveaway from…. I’ll try not to think about it too long!

$50 Amazon Gift Card Group Giveaway- Blogger Oppurtunity Info

Hey everyone!

I finally took a huge step in my blogging ‘career’ and I am participating in a group giveaway hosted by Oh My Gosh Beck!   The giveaway prize is a $50 Amazon gift card! I know of a few things off the top of my head that I would love to get with that! The giveaway will run from: 1/9 – 1/23.  So get your daily entries in!

I’ve been blogging for about a year now and need to grow so doing something like this is a sure fire way to do it!

I have followed and have ‘known’ Becky (from Oh MY Gosh Beck) for about a year. She organizes these types of giveaways all the time and works with all sorts of bloggers.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Go here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers in some totally awesome giveaway opportunities—

go here—-

http://www.ohmygoshbeck.com/current-blogger-opps/

If you are not a blogger and just want to check out her Facebook page that is filled with awesome giveaways, here is that link:

https://www.facebook.com/iheartohmygoshbeck

There are 2 huge giveaways going on now plus this Amazon one!

If you just want to enter the giveaway for now- here is the rafflecopter
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New~ Product Review~ Kiss Instawave~ I’m in Love~!

Hey guys-

Happy New Year!!

I haven’t posted since Dec. 9th. Just so crazy with 2 kiddos (plus one stepdaughter) and all the holiday madness that comes with all that.

So I wanted to finally post my review on the Kiss Instawave automatic curling iron! I received it from BrandBacker and Kiss to test but all opinions are my own, as always!

In short- I love it and my 8 (almost 9 year old) daughter love it!image image image image image

The first time I used it, I did not love it at all! I thought I was going to hate it, actually. It just took a little- ok more like a lot, of practice. To this day, I still think it is way easier to use on someone else rather than on myself.

I do HIGHLY recommend buying one if you have the means to! The retail price is $59.99 and you can buy it from the Kiss official website, Target, Ulta, or Amazon.

It gives great loose, perfect wavy curls. You know, like the ones that are so highly in style right now! And if you’re like me and can’t get it on the first try – It may take a little practice but once you get the hang of it, it is a remarkable tool that makes beautiful curls instantly! Plus, there are a TON of YouTube videos and how to demos out there.

When I first saw the product out of the box, I have to admit, I was kinda scared that it was going to tangle. The “spikey” things and the rotation did not seem like it would be a good idea.

But my hair, nor my daughter’s very long hair got tangled. It just created gorgeous, soft, waves and curls that lasted! I have never been able to get my daughter’s straight hair to curl or to keep a curl. Now I come across the Instawave and not only can I create a curl and keep a curl for hours and hours but it’s FUN and EASY to use! Me and my daughter made a girls night out of curling each other’s hair, making a YouTube video and taking lots of pictures of our hair and makeup.

Here are some fun facts about  product:

The KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic and tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls!

~It’s easy for anyone (even tweens, under supervision of course) to use, from any angle, with any hand.

~Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions

~Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes

~2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420

TIPS~
You must hold the InstaWave vertically by your head for it to work best or at all. Any other angle and it will not work correctly.

Simply place a section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod and then push the curl button either left or right, and the InstaWave instantly and automatically catches and curls the hair! (It’s pretty awesome, I must say!)

Hold for 5-10 seconds- hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves (I was holding it for at least 10-15 seconds in my daughter’s long and thick hair).

Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out- let hair set and cool.

You can switch between curling right and curling left to create the most natural looking curls (I found this to be the best tip).

I give the product an A- but I still need more practice on myself and I have medium/short hair so it is kind and of hard for me. I still can’t get over how I’ve tried many curling irons on my daughter and finally found this one that gives her gorgeous curls that actually stay in for hours! Usually when I try to curl her hair they either fall out right away or won’t curl at all.

Here is my YouTube Video and Demonstration with my daughter-

So I’ll keep practicing! Will you be getting one or do you already have one?

Free Julep Metamorphic Top Coat in January Box! hurry!

free julep “metamorphic” top coat with you regular january maven box! While supplies last! I just got mine.

enter your email, you should get a confirm email but some are saying they didn’t (so I took a screenshot)!

https://www.julep.com/maven/metamorphic/reserve

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Thanks My Subscription Addiction for the heads up!

Wantable Cyber Monday Box Deal- $18!!!!

UPDATE-

First you can create an acct with my referral link and then to get the discount you must use the link the provided on their facebook page-

when you click it, it will say 50% coupon and then just sign into your acct after you click the coupon box.

http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2FoPsbMZ&h=HAQHj50r5&enc=AZMD0fthgaDY5GN6EWFIpIBFFd6_v3gx9dc5rkniBSGjwcHegLY-Yi89ip3H2bW-xKxGobmLInGDy1MEG9TApBJdOmh84XavSrX79mLNzRG9LuCg2pxmEZ-wkqU5_WtCuk_TjfgIbJN62lshTj7vxmHJ&s=1

Hey guys I just wanted to let you know that Wantable is having a cyber monday deal where if you start a subscription (or in my case, re-start as sub) they are giving it at 50% off which is making it $18!

The great thing about this is Wantable has a skip option so If you sign up and don’t want any after the $18 box just remember to go in an skip every  month around this time.

https://www.wantable.com/invites/8Fjv4W4MmH8

If you click that and fill out your info, once you get to the end where you enter payment info/see  your balance it should say ‘cyber monday coupon 50% and it will say $18 for a total.

IT ONLY WORKS FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS- I tried clicking one time purchase and it said to  use the coupon must be a subscription. (But like I said, that’s fine with me because I can go in and skip).

So check them out. I have had great luck with them. They have makeup, accessories, and intimates. They also have a fitness box now but it’s a little different (you have to pay a styling fee of $20 and they send you items and if you keep them they charge you for the items you keep). I have had awesome luck with all the boxes. I have to say accessories is my least favorite but that’s because I like real silver/gold.

That’s all for now.

If anyone knows anything about a HP Stream, let me know if I should get one. I saw a pink/purple one the other day and fell in love. I just want it for blogging, facebook. facebook games…. stuff I use my tablet for….

Also I will have a blog post up for the Kiss Instawave hopefully tomorrow so stay tuned! That thing is awesome!

What other cyber monday deals are you going for?

Popsugar is also offering a box at 50% off but I didn’t have enough money lol.

:My French Connection Cravings:

Have you guys ever heard of French Connection? I  hadn’t, until recently. Their stuff is so luxurious, classy and feminine.

I would love to get my hands on some of their pieces! Take a browse around their site—–tell me your not drooling!?!

If I was to get an outfit from them right now, I would get—

~For pants–

~Diamond Denim Leggings- $148.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+pants/74CAC/Diamond+Denim+Leggings.htm

These are just basic black denim leggings but their structured look is gorgeous.The ankle zip detail really adds some spunk.

Diamond-Denim-Leggings

~Or I would get —-

~Killacroc Leggings — $128.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+pants/74CAT/Killacroc+Leggings.htm

These are black leather looking, ‘croc effect’ textured leggings… I really have been wanting some ‘leather’ leggings so these would be awesome to have….

Killacroc-Leggings

~Pair these with—-

Winter Fluff Knitted Cardigan —$188.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+best+sellers/78CBJ/Winter+Fluff+Knitted+Cardigan.htm

The very feminine, soft, light grey color is gorgeous. Pair it with the leather or the black leggins and it adds just the amount of edge to the feminine.

Winter-Fluff-Knitted-Cardigan

~Under the Cardigan I would need a shirt-

Atty Lace Top –$88.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+tops/76CCO/Atty+Lace+Top.htm

This is a gorgeous creamy white blouse with black lace detail on the shoulders (if I wanted to take the cardigan off to show off the top). It looks silky in the picture and the silky of this combined with the fluffy cardigan would be a great texture combination!

Atty-Lace-Top

~OR pair the Cardi with a graphic tee-

Queenie Tee Top — $68.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+tops/76CPO/Queenie+Tee+Top.htm

This is a white Tee with a black silhouette of a Queen with her crown. Graphic tees are one of my faves for casual wear.

Queenie-Tee-Top

And I would obviously need a jacket since it’s cold here in Massachusetts-

These jackets are To Die For-

“Soft to the touch and with a faux fur-lined hood, the Autumn Vhari Hooded Cardigan makes the perfect cosy cover-up for Autumn / Winter.”

This is a white wool blend jacket with a grey faux fur lined hood. Zip detail in the front to show off my top underneath, and clean lines. Comes to hip level.
Autumn-Vhari-Faux-Fur-Hooded-Cardigan
But I really love this for more winter-y weather-

Freda Blizzard Hooded Parka — $398.00

http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+Collections+best+sellers/70CBS/Freda+Blizzard+Hooded+Parka.htm

“Be ready for whatever winter throws at you in our ultra-durable Freda Parka. A faux fur-trimmed hood adds a touch of luxe texture.”

This is a jet-black, GORGEOUS, grey fur trimmed (real fur! Sorry PETA), parka with lots of detail from shiny panels in the front to pockets…

Freda-Blizzard-Hooded-ParkaHow gorgeous is this parka?!?

I will  probably never know what it’s like to own something on this list though… not for a while anyway. I shouldn’t say never but just not til I finish school and get a ‘real’ job!

What would you get from French Connection?

What do you think of my choices?

Have a great rest of the week!

(all photos are from French Connection and are only used to help you get an idea of my outfit! Not my photos!)

Runtastic :: Week of Weightloss:: My Weightloss

A few weeks ago, I let you know that I started using the Runtastic Orbit to help motivate me to be more active and lose some of my baby weight. Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve since lost 10 lbs. and have been walking every day! (except for the rainy week we just had!) Even if it’s just a quick 20 minute walk to get outside, it’s still activity! Any activity is better than none!

To push myself a little further, I’ve decided to participate in Runtastic’s Week of Weight Loss that Started this Sunday (yesterday) through next Saturday. The company is celebrating its 5th birthday and has asked users and fans to show their support and to join the week long fun. The goal is to shed a few pounds, develop new (healthy) habits, and have fun along the way. Sounds good, right?

If any of you are interested in joining me, you can check out Runtastic’s Week of Weight Loss Tumblr page. It will be updated each day with:

runtasticwow.tumblr.com

~YouTube Videos from Runtastic’s Fitness Coach Lunden explaining how to do each exercise.

~Delicious and nutritious recipe suggestions from MyFitnessPal.

~Tips and tricks for successfully losing weight.

~Tools to motivate you to get active and hopefully have fun while doing it!

Runtastic Week of Weight Loss calendar

Runtastic encourages all who participate to show their support across social channels by using the hashtag #RuntasticWOW.

Here’s a brief overview of the apps and hardware you can use to track your activities:

Runtastic Orbit: The new 24-hour tracking device allows users to track their daily movements, fitness activities and sleep. Created for a diverse audience – from fitness enthusiasts to workaholics to busy moms – Orbit has been designed to help users improve their daily lives.
Runtastic: The flagship app maps workouts in real-time with built-in GPS and automatically records duration, distance, calories burned, speed and elevation so you can track, monitor and analyze your activities. Try to beat your best time with the Challenge a Run feature, receive an instantaneous post-activity hydration recommendation, and listen to your favorite tunes through the built-in music player. (<~~My favorite part)
MyFitnessPal: The best way to lose weight and keep it off forever is to simply keep track of the foods you eat. Gimmicky machines and fad diets don’t work, so MyFitnessPal designed a free website and mobile app that makes calorie counting and food tracking easy.
Six Pack App: The app offers targeted core workouts to help users flatten and strengthen their core. Lifelike avatars guide users through pre-built workouts – like the 7-Minute Workout which is included in the Week of Weight Loss – or custom workouts that can be built using Runtastic’s catalogue of exercises.
Nutrition Quiz: A fun and interactive app that offers important facts and busts common myths about nutrition and healthy weight loss.

Will you be joining me?

Runtastic:: Week of Weightloss

I wanted to let you guys know that Runtastic just launched a Week of Weight Loss (started Sunday) to help participants shed a few pounds, develop new healthier habits, and have fun along the way. They put together a calendar of exercises, featuring recipe suggestions from MyFitnessPal.

Runtastic and MyFitnessPal will also be posting fun content, YouTube videos, nutrition info, music mixes and more throughout the entire week on the Runtastic Week of Weight Loss Tumblr page: runtasticwow.tumblr.com

Im trying to get a pic of the calendar and some more info up so stay tuned!

I am so in love with my Runtastic Orbit and all the Runtastic Apps I’ve tried. I love their music mixes when I exercise! I love seeing the quality of my sleep (or lack of). The six pack abs app is awesome! The nutrition quiz app was pretty cool but I already knew most of it from nursing school but for those of you who didn’t take nutrition already it would be great.

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What’s been shaking? Me and my Runtastic Orbit that’s what!

Now that the really hot weather has passed I’ve been wanting to start walking every day again. And, in theory, that will lead to jogging, cardio, weight training, etc. I know what I should be doing- getting up and doing it is my problem!

It’s not like I’m totally overweight but I’m enough overweight to be uncomfortable in my own skin. I can’t use the excuse “I just had a baby” anymore because my “baby” is a 16 month old toddler now! I’m actually heavier now than when I had her in may of 2013!

About a month ago I started wanting a wireless activity tracker to see how much (or little) I do everyday. At first I wanted a Fitbit (real bad). Then I did some research online… The top 3 I wanted were- a fitbit flex, garmin vivofit, a jawbone up24… I love swimming laps in the summer so waterproof was a big thing for me so that narrowed down my search a lot. I then came across the misfit shine which was super cool looking and water proof but then I read bad things so forget it… I had also come across the Runtastic Orbit. This was waterproof, tracked calories, distance, sleep, etc. It also was one of the first companies to offer fitness apps. and that was basically what they started doing before they offered actual fitness products. I read a lot of great things about them.

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So I got a Runtastic Orbit. I was happy because it came with 2 sturdy bands (black, and a pretty bright blue) plus another little clip that can go on your pants, belt, bra, etc. They sell extra bands in 2 different batches of  colors for $29.99. I wish they just sold them separately because I like only 1-2 of the colors of each batch and I, not going to pay $60 for all of them. The Orbit is actually a little square/rectangle piece of ‘plastic’ comparable to a USB stick and you stick that into the actual bands. When you want to charge it (which has been every 3-4 days for me so far) you take it out of your band at attach it to the USB charger that it came with. The charger seemed kinda scary because it has two little “dots” (pegs) that stick into the Orbit. I say scary because if anything bumps them or messes with them I’ll be out a charger (I’m just assuming this and have not had any issues. So it is probably fine.)

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Here are some of the highlights from the Runtastic site:

~24 hour tracking: Tracks your activities, fitness & sleep cycles

~Versatile usability: Wear it on your wrist, belt or a more discreet location

~See your Steps & Distance, Calories Burned, Sleep Duration & Cycles plus much more (ummm I only see duration I have nit yet figure out sleep cycles…)

~Set & reach personal goals, use vibration alarms & notifications & monitor your daily progress (I love the vibration alarms!)

~Integrates with the Runtastic Me app & your Runtastic GPS app for running, biking & othe r fitness activities

(they also have extra apps like push-ups, situps, nutrition quiz)

~Waterproof up to 300 feet (awesome)

~Also, it has an ambient light sensor which if they want to add apps at some point for adding sunscreen or something else, what I’m not sure.

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(The box with info, 2 bands, 1 clip and the actual Orbit piece)

A LED display shows the time, your latest step count, calories burned, and total time active. It’s all pretty common stats among the popular wearables and digital pedometers. But connecting to Runtastic Pro will show you your average pace, average speed, and maximum speed during runs, hikes and bike rides. It’s a nice to be able to see those stats and could win over some people when choosing between the Orbit and flashy or fancier alternatives.

It’s been 5.5 days since I got it. I only remembered to sync with the apps at the end if the day 3 times. I also forgot to put it into sleep mode once. I’m still figuring a couple things out (like the sleep cycle thing that I read about). I also noticed that if I talk with my hands a lot, it thinks I’m jogging! Lol (which is not good because I pick the baby up a lot and I think it’s is messing with my stats)

Here’s a screenshot if the Runtastic Me app-

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I was thinking of doing a few posts about my nutrition and fitness journey- maybe it will help some people (maybe it will bore some) … Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

This was just a little “quickie” post and I want to do a more structured overview of the Orbit and the 2 apps I’ve been using with it (Runtastic flagship app and Runtastic me, along with a post on the sit-ups, push-ups, nutrition quiz, pedometer, apps etc.) Let me know what you think or if you have an activity tracker and which one/what you think of it. (I’m kinda jealous of the fitbit still because I heard that you can track weight lost and stuff like that… but I could connect to the MyfitnessPal app and just do that there I think…).

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty- Fall Calendar

Just a quickie post to remind you that ulta’s 21 days of beauty starts next Monday!

I had totally forgotten til I saw it just now.

I have $8 in “points” but that won’t get me far.

heres a pic of their first 2 weeks….

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Here’s the direct link for the calendar

http://www.ulta.com/21days/#image-1

so what will you be getting? I’m on the hunt for some Tarte foundation, bronzer and blush,,,,I also want to try the melted lippies.

got to go for now, off to a carnival/fair with the family!

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