Tuesday, March 12, 2019

spa night in && your next Netflix binge!



I live for a trip to the spa-like yes, please rub my back for an hour. But let's face it, we can't all make it to the spa as often as we'd like, so cue spa night in! I've finally found my fave combo that my face wants on a weekly basis. Here's what I've been using back to back (or even alone on the nights I need some selfcare)...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Green Go Lucky!


If you've seen my IG, then you know I wear a lot of green, which is great for March's only holiday-St Patrick's Day! Here's some of my latest IG pics that all include a green sweater, cardi, or shirt.





I've linked all of these outfits in the liketoknowit app for you to shop your little heart away in case you are in need of some green items! What's a color you tend to wear often? My closet has mostly black, grey, and now a bunch of green. Let me know if the comments, 


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Throwback Thursday!



I recently stumbled upon a podcast that is based on one of my all time favorite things, The Baby-Sitters Club series. Yup, that's right...there's a whole podcast-The Baby-Sitters Club Club (they even have catchy theme song) where each episode is based on one of the novels. Now you're probably thinking okay, sounds kinda cool, but where's the catch. The catch is that it's two men in their 30s that host it. They read each book and then take the time to discuss the book, plot, subplot, characters, etc.




It started back in 2016, but I just heard about it last week and started it on Monday & I'm hooked! Literally, I was laughing out loud at my desk because these guys are funny and it's hilarious to hear them talk about books I know so well.

 
one of my faves from the series

When I was in elementary school, I remember our library days and the feeling when we could take out books we wanted to read. I would head to the back of the lib where the computers were and check out the giant (it's probably shorter than me now) yellow rack that had the 4th & 5th grade level books. As early as second grade,  I was borrowing the BSC books. I loved the girls, their stories, their lives-Stoneybrook, CT was the place to be.  

Each week for the next month, I'm going to be sharing some of my fave things from growing up cause the 90s are back big time when it comes to fashion and I'm feeling nostalgic. 

What was your fave book/series when you were growing up? Let's chat in the comments,




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

music to my ears!


 I love music, I seriously could just listen to music all day and be a happy camper. I decided that I'll share my seasonal playlists here with you as well as any new songs (or old ones I forgot I existed) as they pop up too!



If you want to give a listen to this playlist-I'm adding to it every day, follow me on Spotify kpaine718

Want kind of music do you listen to? Do you still with the same genres or switch it up? I'm a pop hop (pop & hip hop) girl through and through. Although if you were to ask me what I liked I'd say "Anything, but country" which as a wise man once said means "Britney fucking Spears!"

Thursday, February 21, 2019

beauty | cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush & GIVEAWAY!





This will probably sound silly to most of you, but stuff with my teeth isn't my fave thing to do. I really don't like brushing my teeth. I hate the dentist. And don't even get me started on flossing. So when I was giving the chance to try an electric toothbrush which can help layz me step up my teeth cleaning game...I was all in!

Not only does this toothbrush help me really get my teeth clean, but it has 5 settings; clean, whiten, massage, gum care, and sensitive to get the job done. Now anything that includes a massage or making my teeth whiter are things I can always get behind. I actually look forward to brushing my teeth now! 
We all know that I'm mega layz, so one of my fave things about the toothbrush it tells you how long to brush for! Like seriously, the team over at Smile Brilliant took the thinking out of brushing. I even started having my own little routine with how I use the different settings. I start with clean and work my whole mouth, then after I rinse, I switch to whiten. Now is when I really focus on my smile and making sure I'm hitting each tooth to really give it an overall polish. Seriously, this toothbrush made my smile whiter and shiner after the first use! 
If you thought that the cariPRO couldn't get any better...it will last 30 days on one full charge. That makes it so easy to bring it along for traveling and not have to make room for the charging station as well. Which if I'm being honest is one of the reasons I hadn't gotten an electronic toothbrush sooner. I didn't want more stuff on my counter, but this literally takes up way less space than a regular toothbrush and a cup holder. 

The amazing team over at SmileBrillant want you to get in on the electronic tooth bandwagon and gave me a few things to share with you. The codes below will take you directly to the toothbrush or heads (in case you want to stock up) and if you use my code thelayzblonde20 you'll get 20% off! Which means you can get the toothbrush, charging station, and 2 heads for less than $100 which is unheard of for a professional level electronic toothbrush!!







 

 

*ps-a huge shout out to smile brilliant for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine and if you use any of the links to purchase, I will receive a small commish! (&& love you forever!)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

nails | how I'm regrowing my nails





One of the most asked questions I get on IG is "OMG, are those your nails?" or "you do your own nails??" and the answer is always yes! (I've had two manicures in the last 3 years and had issues both times...) I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to my mani and pedis, so every Sunday, I get out my tools and get to work. 

A month or so ago, I was having a lot of breakage on the tips and peeling of the polish, two things I don't really ever have to deal with. I chalked it up to the cold weather and just kept hoping it would get better. Well when I woke up with the worst canker sore in my mouth and googled why you get one, I saw you could be lacking vitamin E. Well guess what else I learned when you have a vitamin E deficiency? Yep, you guess it-brittle nails. I was shocked. Not only was it effecting my nails, but I was getting painful sores too? I had enough. 

I promptly ordered more of my fave hair, skin, & nails gummies and hit Rite Aid to grab some vitamin E. I literally can't not have nail polish on, but I didn't want to continue to deal with the chipping, so I grabbed two different shades of the Essie Treat, Love, and Color line that helps strengthen while the polish looks pretty. 

I'm tackling this thing head on, so I can get back to my long, real nails ASAP!

Do you prefer short or long nails? Have any tips for growing long, pretty nails? Let's chat in the comments,

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Must Haves!



The beauty of doing an at home mani is you can do it anytime. So I decided to pull out my top colors for your last minute manicures and give you something to do while your nails dry with my top 10 vday movies! Don't say I don't have your back, girlfriend!

top 10 romcoms-that aren't in any particular order!
how to meet a guy in ten days
10 things I hate about you
endless love
forever my girl
safe haven
to all the boys I've loved before
love, simon
love & basketball
the vow
crazy stupid love
the holiday

How are you celebrating vday? I plan on cuddling up Zoey & watching a movie with some chocolate covered strawberries! Tell me what you're up to in the comments,

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

reads | Marry Mr. Valentine





Marrying Mr Valentine is now available to read for FREE via Kindle Unlimited - mybook.to/MarryingMV  Find out if Nicole is willing to put her heart and career on the line for the delicious Mr Valentine.

Synopsis
Nadine Roberts smiles for everyone, but beneath it she hides a heartbreaking past that only a few know about. Throwing herself into her new career; wedding planner at The Duck & Goose, a property recently purchased by newlyweds Florence and Hugh, has helped distract her from her loneliness.

When a teary bride suddenly cancels her upcoming wedding Nadine looks to the two year waiting list. Clara Blumenkrantz and Hartley Valentine. It’ll have to be a quick turnaround, but what’s the worst that can happen, right?

This should be like every other wedding she plans, but the magnetism she feels towards Mr Valentine disrupts the orderly life she’s worked hard to carve out. 

Can she ignore her intense desires and be a professional? Or will she open up her heart to the one person that has the power to break it? And in doing so endanger not just her job, but her venue’s reputation?
 
mybook.to/MarryingMV

Thursday, February 7, 2019

What's in my purse?


Let's pretend it's 5 years ago when these what's in my purse tags were all the rage on YT...okay, good, now we can get into today's post!


and it now comes in blush which is just dreamy for Spring!

my wallet is Dusty Rose
and is the PERFECT Louis Vuitton dupe!


top row; left to right
wide tooth comb-I prefer to use a comb rather than a brush
pepto-cause your girl gets some bad bellyaches
essie-frock & roll; which I'm not sure how it even got in my bag cause I haven't worn that color in forever
eos crystal lip balm-this one is dye free and really keeps my lips smooth

second row; left to right
iphone charger-which actually I have two of these in my bag currently
AirPods-can't live without these babies
sugar free mints-love these
b&bw stress relief hand sanitizer-seriously love the smell of this 
essie-baubling for bobbles
halls vitamin C defense drops-these have been my fave since high school and now they make the pink grapefruit in it's own bag; praying hands emoji 

third row; left to right
philsopy amazing grace hand lotion-this isn't my fave, but it's small enough to keep in my bag
l'oreal infalliable matte in 'candy man'-this smells like chocolate and lasts all day
wet n' wild catsuit matte in -such a great red
kylie cosmetics matte in 'koko k'-my signature shade and absolute fave
too faced matte in 'chihuahua'-I actually haven't worn this in a while, so I popped it in my bag to hopefully pop it on soon
softlips chapstick in watermelon-this is my summer chapstick, so I'm not sure how it ended up in my bag-haha! Do you have seasonal products? I always do.
besty johnson black pen-which is not only pretty, but it writes so nicely as well!

I love a what's in my bag post because I feel like you can really get to know a person, so you will have to tell me in the comments what you think my purse contents say about me! 




Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Amazon VDay Finds!



Here's the thing...I really like Valentines Day & I'm the most single person on the planet! I know people say it's really a made up holiday to boost the economy in winter and sure, that makes sense. But there's something about a holiday all about pink and hearts that this girly girl just loves. I also REALLY LOVE Galentines Day and celebrating the gals in my life, so I figured I'd round up some different Vday themed things.








Do you celebrate Galentines Day or Vday? Let's chat in the comments,
 

ps-if you use any of these links, I'll be in your valentine foreva because I'll receive a small commish!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

book review | Love Me, Crazy by Laura Burton


 

Brief Summary:
School teacher Audrey … is a young, innocent romantic looking for Mr Right. A chance encounter with the charmingly charismatic Tom AND the handsome and brooding Jack on the same day suddenly leaves her seemingly spoilt for choice.

But then a single kiss turns a pleasing quandary into a troubling dilemma. As her feelings for the two men begin to grow, it becomes clear that one of them is not quite what they appear and love quickly turns to obsession. Can she see the truth before it is too late?

This exciting romantic thriller will take you on a rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns, but will Audrey find the one, or will love be the death of her?

Review:
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I think a good chick lit read needs a few things-romance (duh!), a likable main character-you'll think of Audrey as a friend by the end, and some twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. Well Love Me, Crazy has all of these things and more. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next to Audrey and where she would end up. Love Me, Crazy is the perfect winter weekend read, you can cuddle up and be in Audrey's world waiting to see what's next!

Purchase:

What kind of books do you enjoy? Leave me your recommendations in the comments


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

beauty | cake dry shampoo review


I'm a big believe in dry shampoo and I'm always in the market for the next best one. I was almost out of the Kristen Ess one (which is 19 gold stars out of 5 for me!) and didn't want to go allll the wayyy to Target-okay, it's only 20 minutes away, but still I was at Rite Aid and this pretty pink bottle caught my eye. So I said "yup, I'll give this a whirl" and it was about $4 less than the KE one.

What it says it'll do:

Based on the cakebeautyusa website; 
Does your dry shampoo leave your hair lifeless and dull? Do you dream of a second-day hair routine that gives you that freshly blown out look every single morning? If you’re totally over formulas that weigh you down with unwanted residue, it’s time to meet The ‘Do Gooder. This quick cleaning confection cleanses, refreshes, and revives your locks all while completely brushing out at the end of the day – meaning you can go ahead and enjoy those third-, fourth- and fifth-day hair goals.
The superb scent: warm vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a gorgeous hit of lemon.

What I thought:

I had high hopes for this dry shampoo for a few reasons, one the packaging is adorable. Two I could grab it at Rite Aid & don't have to worry about going to Target every few weeks (hello-trying to be good and avoid the Target Temptation!)  But it really just fell short. I tried using it as I always do-at night before bed-this lets it really soak into my hair, but the next morning my hair didn't seem any less dirty than it did before I went to sleep. I tried it another time in the morning and that worked a little better, but it didn't really do a dry shampoo trick like I normally expect.

Smell: Ummm no, it doesn't smell anything like the bottle says it does. To me it smells like fake vanilla like they tried to hard to get it to smell like a dessert.

Feel: Not sticky or heavy. It's a pretty lightweight dry shampoo compared to others I've tried.

Would I buy again? No :( I just feel like even in a pinch it's not the best that you can get for the price point with Batiste being $1-$3 dollars less.

What dry shampoo do you love? Leave me your recs inthe comments, 




Thursday, January 17, 2019

beauty | top 10 of 2018!



I still can't believe it's 2019, but yet here we are rounding up the best of beauty for last year! These are the products I was constantly reaching for the most last year. I've got some skincare, some makeup, some tools, and a little hair care. I've also teamed up with some of my fave dolls on the internet to share links to their lists as well and I already have carts full of their goodies. 


Morphe's M501 for highlighting is the MOST perfect brush. It puts on the right amount of highlight to really step up your glow game. 

Morphe's M444 foundation brush has been a game changer for me. I was in the market for one for a while and grabbed this towards the end of the year, but it still totally counts because I'm no longer using my fingers to apply every morning. 

Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Detox Clay Mask is the best way to end the day. Whether you have 5 minutes or half hour to spare, this really cleans out your pores. 

Kate Somerville's Exfolikate helps my dry skin so much! It really gets rid of all the dead skin and helps my skin glow. Pro tip, put this on dry skin and rub in and then hop in a steamy shower and let it sit for about a minute or so and then rub in circles again! Your skin will be SO smooth!

Wet n' Wild's Megaglo Highlight in Blossom Glow is the best highlighter in the game. Seriously, it's my fave product of the year and you can tell how well loved she is-hitting pan :(

Dry Face Razor has been another skin saver. This gets all my peach fuzz off as well as every little bit of dry, dead skin. The hair that grows back isn't darker or thicker than what you shaved off-promise! I was skeptical, but now I swear by it. My skin is glowy and makeup glides on like a freaking dream. 

Kylie Cosmetics Koko Kollection palette has the second half of my fave highlighting duo and the best summer blush of all time. I use the highlight and then use the Wet n' Wild one on top and glow to the Gods. The blush is perfect for the warmer months on it's own and then a great base to layer a more mauve shade (like Tarte's Exposed) on top in the fall & winter.

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black gives my lashes SO MUCH LIFE. I used this in the past and went back to it in the summer and it's honestly the best. And the Carbon Black color is the best to get my lashes nice and dark.

Morphe's Matte Lip in School Girl okay, I'll be honest, I toyed around with getting this for a while, but honestly this matte formula is PERFECTION. It's not drying on, your lips will feel so freaking smooth all day long. I can't wait for them to expand the shade range cause I will buy them all.

Redken Color Extend Blondage has been the best purple shampoo for me. I've tried them all (no seriously, I have...) and I keep reaching to this one out of the 4 in my shower at all times. Bonus, it smells like my high school crush's cologne (Polo Sport...I went to HS from 98-02, it shows...)-serious yum!


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Be sure you check out my girls' posts and leave them some love! What did you love in 2018? Let's chat about them in the comments

 


ps-some of the links up top are affiliate links, so I'll receive a small comish if you use em. You'll also give me the biggest smile, so then there's that :)