Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tag, You're It!: The Fairytale Tag


I know, I know, it's been forever since I've posted anything. In my own defense, I DO have some posts planned, they've simply been... delayed. Oops. So, today's post is just a fun tag that I haven't done before. I was tagged by laceituplove to do the Fairytale tag (Thanks, Ellie)!

Snow White: Do you consider yourself beautiful? 

I strongly dislike the word "beautiful" because it's so overused by society. But yes, I have a high self esteem.

Sleeping Beauty: How many hours do you sleep at night? 

I have a lot of trouble falling asleep, so I usually drink half a bottle of NeuroSleep to put me to sleep for 8 hours. If I forget to drink it, I'll be lucky to get 4.

Cinderella: Do you have a curfew?

11 o'clock, unless I'm babysitting and need to come home later.

Rapunzel: Do you love being outside?

Yes! I love doing things outdoors. Bike riding, picnics, even reading outside. I don't like it as much during summer, though, because I get eaten alive by mosquitoes. 

Little Red Riding Hood: Do you trust strangers easily? 

Not really. Unless you make me laugh, and then maybe.

Beauty and the Beast: What makes someone beautiful in your eyes? 

Confidence & an ability to laugh, especially at themselves.

The Little Mermaid: What would you sacrifice for love? 

Some things, but not everything. Not things that are really important to me.

The Frog Prince: What do you find disgusting?

 It's a long, boring list, but let me give you a sample: Cockroaches, smoking, twerking, pollution, etc.

Jack and the Beanstalk: What plans do you have? 

To start writing and reading more, and to volunteer more time and effort to help people.

Puss In Boots: Do you have pets? If not, do you want any?

I don't have any pets right now, but someday I really want a dog/cat/rabbit/hedgehog/all four.

Pinocchio: What's your biggest wish?

I know I'm supposed to say world peace, but right now I just really want to take a nap.

Peter Pan: What's your mental age?

It bounces between 10 and 25 every hour.

The Snow Queen: Who's your best friend and what would you do for him/her?

My best friend is Lauren from The Bookworm Corner, also affectionately called the Asian Hobbit. I'd do anything for her.

The Princess and the Pea: Are you sensitive?

Way too sensitive. Say anything even slightly mean to me, and there's a 99% chance I'll cry without meaning too.

The Brave Little Soldier: Do you consider yourself brave?

In the sense of heroism and struggle, yes. But if you asked me to walk into a room full of cockroaches, I'd scream, burn the room to the ground, and move to Canada. There are some things you can't prepare for.

Who do I tag?

Meredith at Beauty O'holic
Anyone else who wants to do this.

Lainey

(P.S. Congratulations to Meredith, who delivered a healthy 9lb/6oz baby boy on June 27th!)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Making the Switch (To All Natural)


Over the last few months, I've been more aware of the impact my lifestyle has on the planet. Recycling, producing less waste, eating local foods (when possible), etc. I even managed to cut down the amount of mail and catalogs I receive each month. 

Hardest of all, I've been switching from all my beauty products to natural, good-for-you,good-for-the-planet alternatives. For instance, using coconut oil in the place of expensive hair treatments and ineffective moisturizers, or apple cider vinegar to make my hair soft and manageable. And of course, I'm still a huge supporter of small businesses like For Sanity's Sake that make affordable, natural products (However, Meredith is off on vacation delivering a small child with her body. Check back with her shop in September!). Just today a friend of the family sent me a bunch of the homemade beauty products she makes and sells, such as Milk and Honey Shampoo & Conditioner. If she starts selling them online, I'll do reviews! 



The best thing I've noticed since I made the switch is how much more comfortable my skin feels. On the average day, my skin is red and dry and itchy and all kinds of awful. But not anymore! It feels soft and smooth, and hardly sensitive unless I do something different. Even my acne is starting to look better, which is a miracle quite frankly. 

Before you start complaining how much more expensive it is to buy natural products, let me correct you. The average bottle of body lotion from the drugstore costs $7, yes? If you go on amazon right now and check, you'll see that a 16 ounce jar of coconut oil is around $12. At first glance, it seems more expensive, until you consider this: a little goes a loooooooong way, and lasts nearly 3x as long as that lotion, plus it has a wealth of other uses. Now tell me which option is more cost effective. 

Do you use all natural products? Do you like them? If so, leave your recommendations in the comments!

Lainey

Saturday, June 14, 2014

May/June 2014 Giveaway Winnings

Some pixie dust must have landed on me because recently I've won two giveaways from Beauty O'holic! This is just a quick little post to show you what I won, and after you read it, go check out the giveaway page on Beauty O'holic!

Sweet Retreats Giveaway

The first giveaway I won was the Sweet Retreats Giveaway a few weeks ago. It included three Bath & Body Works PocketBac Hand Sanitizers, a pink PocketBac Holder, a mini Ulta Facial Moisturizer, and 5 delicious smelling Yankee Candle Tarts! Did I mention I have a small obsession with candle tarts? 

Girls Weekend Giveaway

The second giveaway, more recently, had three winners, and I was lucky enough to be one of them! I won four more yummy Yankee Candle Tarts, furthering my candle tart obsession. Oops!

Be sure to check out Beauty O'holic's Giveaway page HERE to view and enter the current giveaways! Also, drop a line in the comments on the post telling me what you'd like to see in future giveaways on The Belle Beauty Blog.

Lainey


Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer 2014 Reading List

If you ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you I spend 50% of my time reading (the other 50% involving sleep and food). This summer is no different! I've purchased and been given a ton of books over the last few months, and I plan to read as many as possible. Some of the books on my list are parts of series', but they span many genres, so there's no chance I'll become bored. The books are, in no particular order:


  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
  • Wither by Lauren Destefano
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano

  •  The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead
  • Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
  • The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

Lainey

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DIY Coconut Oil Scalp and Hair Treatment


Don't you just love coconut oil? I use it for so many things in my beauty routine, such as a makeup remover, post-shower moisturizer, and now, a hair treatment! I'm going to show you how to I use it for my hair, but feel free to get creative! This treatment is great for normal to dry hair, and can even cure dandruff/itchy scalp.


First things first: the ingredients. You'll need 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil, depending on your hair length, 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil, and any other essential oils you'd like to add. You should also grab a small bowl.


Lainey

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pamper for Summer Giveaway!


Remember my For Sanity's Sake Pamper Sampler review? Well, today I have exciting news: Beauty O'holic's new giveaway will give you the chance to try one for yourself! 

Prizes:

Three (3) individuals will win a For Sanity's Sake Pamper Sampler, which includes 3-8 randomly selected samples from companies all over the world. Rules:companies have even included discount codes for their sites, so you can save money if you choose to repurchase the products inside! Each box contains products from For Sanity's Sake Products, Nelly's Quilt RoomThe Merry Spinster, and Slippery Creek


Giveaway is hosted by:

Enter Here!

Rules:

  • This giveaway is currently open to US residents only.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter
  • Giveaway starts May 24th and ends June 14th, so be sure to enter before then!
Good luck!

Lainey

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Enter To Win Two More Beauty O'holic Giveaways!


It's that time of year again... Summer! You can feel it in the air already. So you know what that means? Another Beauty O'holic Giveaway? No, TWO! 

Beauty O'holic's Summer Break Giveaway

Includes: 
  • 6 Aeropostale Pink/Brown Necklaces
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 70
  • Blue Mini Lint Roller
  • ELF Eyeshadow Brush
  • ULTA Length Mascara in Black
  • Eucerin Lotion
  • Pink Makeup Bag
  • ULTA Maroon Nail Polish
  • Garnier Fructis Daily Care Shampoo
  • Nivea Body Wash
  • Sephora Blue/Green Eyeshadow Duo
  • Colorful Bobby Pins

This giveaway is open May 18th to June 14th, and limited to USA residents. Good luck!


Beauty O'holic's Sweet Retreat Giveaway

Includes:
  • Country Lemonade Yankee Candle Tart
  • French Vanilla Yankee Candle Tart
  • Vanilla Caramel Yankee Candle Tart
  • Almond Cookie Yankee Candle Tart
  • Coconut Cookie Bar Yankee Candle Tart
  • ULTA Skincare Facial Moisturizer in Protect
  • Bath and Body Works I Love Cake Hand Sanitizer
  • Bath and Body Works Vanilla Cupcake Hand Sanitizer
  • Bath and Body Works Strawberry Cupcake Hand Sanitizer
  • Bath and Body Works Pink Pocketbac Holder
This giveaway is open May 18th to May 21st, and is open to USA residents only. Good luck!



Lainey
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