25 Things About Yours Truly

  1. I’m a licensed Aesthetician.
  2. I LOVE mashed potatoes, but I HATE boiled potatoes.
  3. Deep, murky water gives me anxiety.
  4. So does flying…my palms sweat. It’s so gross!
  5. I’m addicted to online shopping.
  6. And shopping at the mall.
  7. And grocery shopping.
  8. I LOVE shopping. Period.
  9. I have 73 MAC eyeshadows- yes, I’ve counted.
  10. I broke my pinky toe in 2011 and I think I just broke it again- ouchy!
  11. I’m a reality TV junkie.
  12. I have three cats, but I prefer dogs. Aww…I love my kitties. Thank gosh they can’t read.
  13. I’m a terrible dancer, but I love to dance.
  14. I have a dairy sensitivity but I eat ice cream and cheese knowing the consequences. Hello itchy throat and eyes and upset tummy.
  15. I secretly cannot wait to put mascara on my almost ten month old’s eyelashes- so gorgeous.
  16. I secretly want to put mascara on my husband’s lashes and no matter how much I beg, he won’t budge.
  17. Every time I go to Walmart I have to buy something from the cosmetic aisles-toothpaste, hairspray, lipstick, whatever.
  18. I used to have major OCD with numbers, specifically odd numbers.
  19. I LOVE sparkling mineral water, especially with lemon and lime.
  20. I’m mildly obsessed with my Ray Ban Sunnies.
  21. I’m a terrible driver- ask my husband.
  22. I don’t ever wait long enough for my nail polish to dry.
  23. The smell of Red Bull makes me gag.
  24. Hydrangeas and Gerber Daisies are my favorite flowers.
  25. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my amazing family.

*Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter my Spring Ahead Giveaway. Deadline to enter is 7 pm CST. the winner will be announced tomorrow.*

XOXO

Real Girl

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First Impression: Clarisonic Mia 2

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Clarisonic Mia 2- Light Pink
Retails on amazon.com between $100 and $149
Kit includes: Clarisonic Mia 2, sensitive brush head, travel size cleanser, protective travel case and a charger.

I got this bad boy in the mail last Friday and after waiting 24 hours for it to charge, I FINALLY got to give it a whirl.

The Clarisonic Mia 2 claims to:

  1. Clean six times better than with your hands.
  2. Works with your skin to gently massage away impurities trapped in your pores.
  3. Prepares skin for better absorption of creams, serums and moisturizers.
  4. Gentle enough to use twice daily.

First impression of these claims…spot on and ah-mazing! I can’t believe I waited so long to purchase one. I’ve been using the gel cleanser that came in the kit and after just a few uses my skin feels super clean and very smooth. The Mia 2 brush head is super gentle- I’ve been using it twice per day and haven’t had any issues. My skin doesn’t feel raw or sore and I haven’t had any break outs or blemishes surface since I began using my Clarisonic. However, if a few do surface, I’m okay with it, because I know this bad boy is cleaning years of dirt and oil from my pores. Gross I know, but that’s life. Also, after I apply my moisturizer, my skin feels so amazing, so hydrated-ah, love, love, love. I’ve also noticed a huge difference in my skin when applying my foundation. My foundation glides on so smoothly and the finish looks super dewy and my skin looks flawless. I can’t wait to see what my skin feels and looks like in a few weeks. I’ll keep you all posted.

Reminder: Don’t forget to enter the Spring Ahead Giveaway. Deadline to submit entries is tomorrow at 7 pm CST. Check out my post from yesterday for full details.

XOXO

Real Girl

Spring Ahead Giveaway

Hello beauties.

In honor of Daylight Savings Time and Spring being right around the corner, I have decided to do my first giveaway. Boo-yah!

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WIN ME!!!

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub (Travel Size)

Maybelline Volume Express the FALSIES Mascara (Very Black)

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer (Green With Envy & Pinkalicious)

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor (Fuchsia Flash)

e.l.f Blush (Pink Passion)

SOHO Beauty Load and Go Cosmetic Bag

These lovelies can be all yours- all you have to do is enter. Being the nice gal that I am, I am going to give you more than one way to enter. Cha-ching! Who wouldn’t want more than one chance to win?!?

Enter by doing one (or all) of the following:

  1. Leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite thing about spring is.
  2. Subscribe to my blog and then leave a comment below letting me know that you have subscribed.
  3. Follow @primppolishine on twitter and then leave a comment below letting me know that you’re following.
  4. Retweet this Spring Ahead Giveaway on twitter and leave a comment below letting me know about the retweet.
  5. Mention this giveaway on your blog and then leave a comment below letting me know about the shout out. Holla!
  6. *Please make sure each entry is a separate comment. More chances to win!*

The winner will be picked by a random number generator (yes, there is such a thing) on Wednesday, March 13th at 7 pm CST, so make sure all of your entries are submitted before then. I’ll announce the winner in Thursday morning’s post, so check back then to see if you have scored the Spring Ahead Giveaway.

Good luck!

XOXO

Real Girl

Taming My Mane

A lot of you have messaged me and asked that I share my current haircare routine and the products I’m currently using to tame my mane. Before I start, I should mention that I have A LOT of hair, A LOT of long hair. Most would think that it’s very thick, however, my hair is very thin in texture, I just have a ton of it, which is why it appears to be so thick. The products that I am using work really well for the amount of hair I have, as well as the texture. Oh, and I also put some type of color in my hair at the salon, so it is colored treated too. The products that I’m currently using vary from drugstore to higher end salon products and range in price from $3 to $23.

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The gangs all here.

Shampoo and Conditioner

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Loreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Reconstruct Shampoo & Conditioner

Loreal’s EverStrong shampoo and conditioner are 100% Vegan and Sulfate-Free, containing natural botanicals and no harsh salts. The gentle Bio-Ceramide Complex strengthens your hair and tames frizz. It smells like rosemary and juniper, very energizing- great for those early mornings, the scent really wakes you up. Even though this product is sulfate-free, you still get a nice, rich lather.

Deep Conditioner

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Redken All Soft Heavy Cream

I use this deep conditioner two to three times per week to revive my dry hair. I usually massage this product into my hair, really focusing on the mid-shaft and ends. I let the conditioner sit in my hair for about five minutes, sometimes longer, depending on what styling tools I’ve used on it in between washes.

Prep

Prep Tonic

BB Tonic Lotion by Bumble and Bumble

Prep Leave in

it’s a 10 miracle leave in product

Smooth

Loreal EverStyle Alcohol Free Smooth & Shine Creme (Left) and Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide (Right)

Volume

Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray by Tigi

Once I get out of the shower, I towel dry my hair, getting any excess moisture out and then prep my hair for styling. I spray the BB Tonic Lotion on my roots and massage into my scalp. This product contains tea tree oil, so it feels nice and tingly on my scalp and very soothing. My scalp tends to get dry in the winter, so this product is a MUST for me during the winter months. Next I spray the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product to my hair’s mid-shaft and ends. I love leave in conditioners, especially leave-ins that do ten things at once. This product repairs, adds shine, detangles, controls frizz, seals & protects hair color, prevents split ends, stops breakage, provides silkiness, enhances natural body and is also a flat iron spray and thermal protectant. Once I’ve evenly sprayed the leave-in conditioner, I take my wide-toothed comb and gently comb my hair from roots to ends. Once my hair is tangle free, I like to add something to help smooth my mane. If I’m letting my hair air dry, I use Loreal’s EverStyle Alcohol Free Smooth & Shine Creme, but if I’m blow drying my hair (flat ironing or curling), I like to use Redken’s Smooth Down Heat Glide. Both products provide long-lasting smoothness and tame frizz, however, the heat glide protects my hair from the heat of my styling tools. You only need a small amount of each product, as a little goes a long way. If I’m looking to pump up the volume, I’ll use Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray by Tigi  to deliver long-lasting volume. Simply spray this foaming products to your roots and blow dry. This product really puts life back into flat, boring hair.

Finishing Touches

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got 2b POWDER’ful Volumizing Styling Powder

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Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist (Left) and Bumble and Bumble Semisumo (Right)

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Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray

Once I’ve dried my hair and styled with a hot tool, I like to sprinkle got 2b’s POWDER’ful Volumizing Styling Powder into my roots, using my fingers to work the product in. This product is amazing for adding a little va-va-voom to your do. I then spray my hair with Redken’s Glistening Mist to give my hair some shine. If I’ve curled my hair, I’ll use my Semisudo pomade on the ends to separate my curls. I usually rub a very small amount between my palms and fingers and then rub my finger through the ends. If I have any remaining pomade, I scrunch the ends for added hold and shine. I set any hairstyle with big sexy hair’s Volumizing Hairspray- this product has great hold and doesn’t weigh my already heavy hair down.

I know it seems like I use a lot of different products on my hair, but I don’t always use every single product, every single day. Some days I don’t use any product and some days I use them all. It just depends on what hairstyle I’m wanting to achieve and where I’m going or what I’m doing.

What haircare products are you currently using?

Also, be sure to check out my blog on Monday, as I’ll be having my very first giveaway- yippee!!! Super cute spring goodies for one of my lucky followers- cha ching.

XOXO

Real Girl

Love It or Lose It Thursday

Today’s Love It or Lose It features St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub

St Ives

Retails at Target for $2.99 + tax.

I’ve been using this scrub every morning for a little over a week now and I love the results I’m feeling and seeing. My face feels super cleansed, smooth and has a beautiful glow to it. My foundation (or BB cream, depending on the day) glides right on and sits beautifully on my freshly exfoliated skin. This product is oil-free, non-irritating, dermatologist tested, includes 100% natural exfoliants and natural extracts and is also made without any animal ingredients- that’s good news for our furry friends. To use, simply moisten your face with water, dispense a quarter size amount of product on your fingertips and massage over you face, avoiding your eye area, rinse with water and follow with your favorite moisturizer. Ta-da- beautiful smooth, glowing, radiant skin. This product is an ABSOLUTE L-O-V-E and totally worth all  two hundred and ninety-nine pennies.

What facial or body scrubs are you currently using and loving?

XOXO

Real Girl

Splurge or Save?

If you are anything like me then you constantly struggle with the back and forth foundation debate…high end or drugstore? Sometimes I wish the decision was as easy as choosing to have that second cup of coffee or indulging in that second piece of chocolate cake (did I just say that). Needless to say, when it comes to foundation we look for two major things, coverage and staying power. Once we find a product that meets these requirements, we hold tight and never let go, regardless of price or the measures we take to ensure our vanity is always stocked with a back-up bottle. Although I like to indulge in expensive foundation every once in a while, it isn’t always affordable or easily accessible. I tend to spend my time roaming the aisles of Target and Super Walmart, snagging diapers and baby food for my nine month old on a weekly basis. With that being said, reaching for a drugstore product is easier and more convenient. Don’t get me wrong, I can spend a Sephora gift card faster than it took to purchase one, but unfortunately it isn’t a place I frequent (and window shopping online daily doesn’t count) unless I’m spending said gift card or holiday/birthday money. The point of my rambling is that a girl has to have options; the option to splurge or the option to save.

Here is a splurge option for those moments that your Sephora gift card is burning a whole in your pocket:

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Natural Performance Foundation by Lorac
*Retails at Sephora for $36 +tax.

Here is a save for those responsible moments when diapering and feeding your child is more important than spending an arm and a leg:

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Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation by Cover Girl
*Retails at Walmart for $9.47+tax.

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Before Foundation (yikes!)

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After Foundation
(Left- Cover Girl and Right- Lorac)

Can you tell the difference? Both foundations deliver full coverage and long-lasting wear and when applied to your skin, they look exactly the same. The only difference, the price tag.

What beauty products do you splurge on and what products do you save on?

XOXO

Real Girl

 

GLOSSYBOX

What is GLOSSYBOX?

GLOSSY USE

GLOSSYBOX is a beauty subscription plan where five luxury beauty products are delivered directly to your door once a month. Simply choose your Subscription Plan (Monthly-$21/month, 3 Month-$60 in advance, 6 Month-$115 in advance or 12 Month-$220 in advance), create a beauty profile and wah-la, your personalized beauty samples will arrive at your door each month. Shipping is free and you can unsubscribe at any time. I currently subscribe to the Monthly Subscription Plan and I cannot wait to get my first GLOSSYBOX at the end of March. Once I get my first box, I’ll let you gorgeous gals see all the amazing beauty products I received and eventually do a review on each product.

Your GLOSSYBOX will include (but not limited to) products from popular brands like:

Burberry

Estee

Mark.

NuMe

OPI

Here’s a peek at January and February’s GLOSSYBOX:

Jan 2013

The Man Repeller

February 2013

Check out GLOSSYBOX for full details.

What monthly beauty subscriptions are you currently subscribed to?

XOXO

Real Girl

Spring has sprung…kind of

I am SO ready for Spring. Winters in Wisconsin can be VERY long, especially when you have back to back weeks of snowfall- grrr. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much, afterall our winter has been pretty mild compared to years past. Anyways, enough about the weather and on to much more important things like my new go to lip look for spring. Over the weekend I decided that I needed to shop away my winter blues and decided it was time for some fun spring lip colors. I picked up this lipstick-lip gloss-match-made-in-heaven-duo… introducing Revlon’s Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick in Pink In The Afternoon and Revlon’s Colorburst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac.

Ah-mazing!

Revlon Pink in the Afternoon

Retails at Walmart for around $4.97.

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Retails at Target for around $6.49.

I will say that I’m not much of a lipstick gal. In fact, I reach for lip gloss most days of the week. However, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick is super moisturizing, super creamy and feels very lightweight- I didn’t feel like I was wearing any lipstick at all. This product is available in 82 shades, so the possibilities are endless (at least until you’ve purchased all 82 shades). Now, on to the gloss- yay! The lip gloss has incredible shine and amazing color pay off. The formula glides on smoothly and evenly and has a weightless feel. The gloss isn’t sticky and delivers a lot of moisture so KUDOS to that. This product is available in 15 vibrant shades-I can’t wait to pick up Bellini, Peony and Sizzle for spring and summer.

What are your go-to spring and summer shades?

XOXO

Real Girl

 

 

I can’t live without my…

COVERGIRL and OLAY Simply Ageless Eye Corrector

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I am without a doubt, head over heels in love with this eye corrector. The soft, creamy texture infused with Olay Regenerist Serum feels simply amazing on my skin. The product glides right on and blends without much effort. The coverage corrects even the darkest circles. Let’s face it, dark circles make a girl look old and tired and who wants to look like an older, more tired version of their amazing self? Not this gal. If you’re looking for more coverage, you can wear this product under a concealer. I am currently wearing my corrector over my foundation; however, both techniques will give you a brighter, more youthful look. Don’t stress about choosing the right shade because the corrector is only available in one shade, number 230. The product retails between $11 and $13 (depending on where you purchase it) and is money well spent. If you’re tired of fighting with your dark circles, then this product is a must. I honestly can’t live without mine.

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Shade 230

What product can’t you live without?

XOXO

Real Girl

 

Love It or Lose It Thursday

Today’s Love It or Lose It features Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick.

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Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is highly pigmented and delivers a long lasting wear…and that’s about it. In my opinion this product is a fail, unfortunately. Not only does it retail for $22 a tube, it doesn’t own up to it’s specs. The product claims to be weightless and creamy and is supposed to deliver intense moisture to hydrate and soften your lips. I felt like my lips got really dry and cakey- no me gusta. Although the lipstick is available in a variety of highly pigmented matte and shimmer shades, that isn’t enough. I have the lipstick in Bellissima which claims to be a pale neutral pink, however, it’s more of a nudey, orangey beige, which I don’t love. I also have Fiore which is a very hot pink and although I do like the color (in the tube), I don’t like how it looks on my lips. Unfortunately I didn’t find ONE thing that I liked about this product, other than how Fiore looks in the tube. Sadly, I have wasted $44 (plus tax) on a product I’m not in love with and not sure I’ll ever use- womp, womp, womp. In my opinion, this product is a definite lose (unless of course you’ve already spent the Benjamins and can’t bare to throw it away).

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Bellissima (Left) and Fiore (Right)

 XOXO

Real Girl