Beauty Spotlight | Trust Fund Beauty's Serial Spender

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trust Fund Beauty, 5-Free Nail Lacquer, Serial Spender Review

Trust Fund Beauty, 5-Free Nail Lacquer, Serial Spender Review

Trust Fund Beauty, 5-Free Nail Lacquer, Serial Spender Review
Trust Fund Beauty is a company I first experienced through my Petit Vour December Box.  In addition to being vegan and cruelty-free, I was first attracted to the beautiful packaging, one of a kind nail lacquer names (the one inside my Petit Vour Box was called "Just talk to my lawyer"), and 5-free status.  However, once I tried the product, I was hooked.  The nail colors are vibrant, easy to apply, and different than any other colors I have ever seen.  Additionally, they wear wonderfully, with very minor chips up through day five.  As someone who isn't much of a nail touch up kind of gal, I really want my manicure to last the majority of the week before painting them again.  Trust Fund Beauty provides me with that exact indulgence.

Trust Fund Beauty's Serial Spender is a "taupe brown glitter" nail lacquer that is shimmery, classy and understated.  As opposed to the glitter nail polishes from my childhood, Serial Spender is long lasting, chip resistant, and easy to remove with nail polish remover (I remember glitter nail polish being quite a challenge to remove).  The glitter is not immediately noticeable, but once you look closely, provides a beautiful depth to the color.  This particular polish was fairly thin, so I applied three coats to ensure full color intensity as well as a top coat.  

I have fallen in love with Trust Fund Beauty and am eager to try more of their colors.  Which color from their collection would you choose?  

Disclaimer: Trust Fund Beauty provided me with this product.  Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, January 23, 2015

I want to eat this dip like soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of my life.

Don't you love learning the history behind old expressions we use today?

This bread is everything you need for your anti-candida/paleo/vegan/gluten-free/yeast-free diet.

This quote.  So much truth.

Who wants nachos for dinner?

Have a great weekend!

Chocolate Covered Banana Smoothie

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie with Vega One
I'm one of those people that loves getting up early.  My alarm is set at 5:45, but when I wake up before it goes off (about 3-4 times a week), I jump out of bed and mentally high-five myself for having even more special morning time.  Sometimes I contemplate getting up at 4:45 but I'm pretty sure I'd be miserable by mid-day.  I just love the morning.

During weekdays, I always make my breakfast immediately after waking (Dayv eats his breakfast at work).  But, on the weekends, I make Dayv's breakfast, too.  One problem- he doesn't get up for another five to seven hours.  So, I make him a smoothie which I place in the refrigerator for him to enjoy when he finally awakens from slumber.  It's like a little gift I leave for him every Saturday and Sunday morning that he looks forward to and enjoys. 

Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie with Vega One

I typically make Dayv this smoothie (his very favorite), but decided to mix it up and use Vega One's chocolate protein powder for an added nutritional boost to his morning.  The smoothie is thick, creamy, and combines two of my favorite things- chocolate and banana.  The fusion of ingredients ensures that it is filled to the brim with nutrients, and is perfect for when you need a healthy, filling meal or just a little extra protein in your diet.  And who doesn't want chocolate chips in their breakfast? 

Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie with Vega One

Notes: To make this smoothie without protein powder, simply follow my healthy banana "milkshake" recipe, but use chocolate almond milk instead of vanilla.  

Chocolate covered banana smoothie
serves one
1 very large ripe banana, sliced and frozen
1 serving of Vega One chocolate protein powder (or your favorite chocolate protein powder)
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (start with 1/2 cup and adjust to your desired thickness)
1 tbsp almond butter (optional)
2 tbsp chocolate chips (I used Lily's)

Combine banana, protein powder, almond milk, and one tablespoon of chocolate chips to blender.  Mix until smooth, adding more almond milk if desired.  Pour into glass and top with the remainder of chocolate chips.  Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Vega generously provided me with products from its Vega One new formula line.  Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Weekend Project | How to Efficiently Declutter and Purge Your Bedroom

Monday, January 19, 2015

How to Declutter and Purge Your Bedroom

One of the rooms that has been nagging me the most to clean out is my bedroom.  Although one would never say that it was cluttered, there were certainly some items that had been hanging around for a bit too long and needed to be removed.  I took the opportunity of having Monday off to completely declutter, purge, and clean the room.  It look about two and a half hours, but the results were well worth the effort.

Here are my tips for getting it done right:

1 | Take everything out of your drawers.  Sort clothes based on type- jeans, sweaters, etc. as well as a donate pile.  Anything you haven't worn in the last year or you have no desire to ever wear again, put in the donate pile.  Put folded clothes back into drawers.

2 | Take everything off of flat surfaces.  Anything you have not used in an extensive period of time (maybe six months) serves no purpose, or you do not like, throw away.  This step includes closet shelves (and jewelry box, if applicable).

3 | Go through closet and get rid of any clothes you have not worn in a year or do not like, and put in the donate pile.

4 | Sort through all shoes and donate anything you haven't worn in a year or do not like.  Donate.

5 | Break down any lingering shoe boxes and recycle.

6 | Throw away all trash and pack up recycling.

7 | Bag all clothes, shoes, etc. to be donated.

8 | Schedule a pickup for your donation.  (I use Purple Heart.)


I did a massive purge a little over a year ago, but today I was still able to get rid of 1 blanket, 2 nightgowns, 3 dresses, 2 capris, 2 skirts, 2 short sleeved shirts, 3 polo shirts, 3 sweaters, 1 pair of sweatpants, 1 spring jacket, 3 pairs of pants, 1 long sleeved shirt, 2 hoodies, 2 exercise shirts, a massive amount of costume jewelry, 1 pair of boots, 1 pair of slippers, 2 pairs of flats, and 2 pairs of flips flops.

It is amazing how many clothes and jewelry I hang onto because I like the way it looks but have no desire to wear.  I am learning to detach and let go, and it feels wonderful.

Happy Monday!

What are your go to tips for purging a room?

Need more help?  Check out my tips for  cleaning out and organizing your bathroom closet.

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, January 16, 2015

links, favorites, round-up

Anyone else get depressed and overwhelmed by clutter?  You're not alone.

Is anyone else obsessed with this video?  I've probably watched it 50+ times in the last week.

I want this bowl of deliciousness in my belly asap.

Learning about and embracing other cultures is incredibly enlightening and eye opening.

Curious about how a woman's body changes during pregnancy?  Watch this gif.

Have a great weekend!

Petit Vour December Box | Review

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Petit Vour December Box Review, Vegan Cruelty-free Beauty Box
When I first learned that Sunny from Vegan Beauty Review was the co-curator of the December Petit Vour box, I was bursting was anticipation for its arrival in my mailbox.  When I finally received it the Monday before Christmas, I (gently) tore it open to discover a wide variety of new-to-me brands that I could not wait to try. 

Petit Vour December Box Review, Vegan Cruelty-free Beauty Box
My December Petit Vour Box was filled with:

Blissoma sensitive skin soothing complex serum | This serum is super thick, creamy, and extremely hydrating to my dry, winter skin.  It smells lovely and absorbs quickly into the skin.  My only problem with this product it that the applicator does not work, as the serum is very thick.  Therefore, I have to coat the droplet applicator in the serum, remove it from the bottle, and then apply it to my skin.  I'm afraid that because of the application issues, I will not be able to utilize all of the product in the bottle due to not being able to get it out.

Everyday Minerals matte blush in all smiles | This blush is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.  Since it is a matte formula, it is not shimmery or translucent.  Although I really liked the coral color, I felt that it was a bit too warm for my skin tone.  I think this particular color would look great on warmer skin tones, especially those with a nice tan.

Meow Meow Tweet deodorant cream in lavender | As I've mentioned before, I am not a big fan of deodorant in a tub that is applied with the fingers or the scent of lavender.  However, I am a big fan of this deodorant.  This formula is super creamy, making it so easy to apply.  And since the first ingredient is coconut oil, I simply rub any remaining product that is on my fingers onto my stomach as a secondary moisturizer.  The scent does not bother me and fades during the day, but the product continues to work.  With only application, I was 100% not smelly at all for the entire day, night, and following morning, even after I exercised.  I am a deodorant cream convert after using this product and am very interested in trying more scents and formulas from this brand.

Trust Fund Beauty nail lacquer in "just call my lawyer" | I am obsessed with this new-to-me nail lacquer.  "Just call my lawyer" is a warm, shimmery brownish-burgundy that I have painted my nails with for three weeks in a row.  The formula is very rich and opaque, making it very easy to get away with just applying one coat (but I am a two-coat girl).  Trust Fund Beauty nail lacquers are 5-free, which is a must for me when I paint my nails, and last a good 4-5 days with very minimal chipping.  I love this company so much (you must check out their instagram- it's hilarious!) and am extremely interested in trying every single one of their nail lacquers.  Trust Fund Beauty also offers a subscription box where you get three new nail lacquers a month (you pick one!), which is perfect for the nail polish addict, such as myself. 

Petit Vour is the premiere source of vegan, cruelty-free beauty products with an emphasis on all-natural, you-can-pronounce ingredients.  For only $15 a month, you get 4-5 products (both sample- and full-sized) that are extremely high quality and luxurious.  It is honestly the highlight of my month whenever it arrives and always impresses me.  This month is a particularly great time to subscribe, as Emily from My Kind of Life is the co-curator of the January box (remember the Fall Limited Edition box?) and is sure to be full of amazing products.  You can subscribe to this month's box here.

Disclaimer: I was given this product to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.

Weekend Project | How to Organize Your Bathroom Closet

Monday, January 12, 2015

How to Organize Your Bathroom Closet
How to Organize Your Bathroom Closet
One of my New Years "resolutions" for 2015 is to tackle more small projects over the weekend.  So often, even the tiniest task can seem overwhelming after a long week of working full time and going to school at night.  But, just an hour or two of tacking these little feats over the weekend can really make a dramatically positive impact on my sense of well-being and happiness.

After cleaning the bathroom on Saturday, I decided it was time to reorganize the closet.  This space is straightened up with some frequency (ie- once every few months), but after the holidays and the addition of some new bath and beauty products, and hair styling instruments, it was a total mess and needed to be completely cleaned out.

The process took a little less than an hour and a half, but the results were dramatic.  It is amazing the amount of items that build up over time and are forgotten about, never used, or are ultimately unnecessary.  Below are my tips for properly cleaning out and organizing your closet (or any space really...).  I hope you find this helpful and inspiring next time you are in some desperate need of cleaning and purging.

How to Organize Your Bathroom Closet
How to Organize Your Bathroom Closet
1| Take everything off of the shelves and make four piles- to keep, to throw out, to recycle (it is amazing how many empty containers were in the closet!), and to donate.  Helpful hint- some non-profits, such as Purple Heart, accept unopened bath and beauty products.

2| Wipe off empty shelves.

3| Go through first aid/medicine basket and check expiration dates.  I was able to get rid of two large bottles of cough syrup and a bottle of melatonin.

4| Brainstorm a logical way to organize shelves.  Before, I had towels on the top shelf behind beauty products, which would cause them to get disheveled every time I needed a new one.  My solution was to have one shelf contain all "cloth" products- bath towels, kitchen towels, cloth napkins, placemats, paper towels, and toilet paper.  The other shelf contains all of my bath, beauty, and hair products.

5| Put items back into the closet, placing heavily used items in the front, and utilizing available containers to help organize similar items.  I used a large tupperware container to hold my hair dryer, straightener, and curling iron, a smaller decorative container to hold all of my nail polish, an empty Petit Vour box to hold small cosmetics that can easily get lost, and a velvet pouch to hold all of my mini hand sanitizers.

6| Throw out trash, recycle containers, and box up items to be donated.

7| Step back and marvel at the amazing job you've done.

8| Take a nap.  You deserve it.

How to Organize Your Bathroom Closet
To celebrate my accomplishment, I put out my new West Elm pleated towels and bathmat I received over the holidays.  I had been coveting them since the summer, but held off until they went on sale.  Six months later, they were 20% off with free shipping.  It always pays to wait for a sale.

Happy Monday!
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