Loving Lately + a giveaway

Sole Society Finds: Remember the shoes from this post? I decided to finally order them before they ran out of my size and I'm so glad I did because now I can't find them anymore (here in purple + on sale!) At first I was worried they were a bit too pointy in person, but I love that it makes them a bit more dressy! When ordering the shoes I found this clutch/crossbody and it's exactly the summer bag I've been looking for!

BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge: I was so excited to take part in this challenge again this summer. Last summer I discovered one of my favorite books of the entire year (Ghosting) and can't wait to get into a few of the debut books for this year.

Tocca Hand Cream in cleopatra: I've had this for a couple of years but just started using it again now that winter is over and a lighter hand cream will work. The fragrance is cucumber and grapefruit-- really light and refreshing.

L'Oreal Nail Color in butterfly kisses: I always rave about these polishes and this color is my new favorite. I got it on sale at Target a couple of months ago and it's a perfect purple/pink color that is more cool toned.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Color in mint mojito: This is another shade I got for like $2 or $3 at Target and have been really impressed with the color and how well it wears!

Friends (the early seasons): I can't even tell you how much and how hard I've laughed watching season 2 of Friends recently.

And this just about wraps up May! I can't believe we're just a few days away from June. Below is a giveaway I'm co-hosting with a few other bloggers for a gift card to Target!

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I picked up this Sonia Kashuk cosmetic case a few days ago and I love it. What have been your recent Target finds?

Dior Addict Fluid Stick: worth the splurge?

dior addict fluid stick, tiny pink
Apparently May is the month of lipgloss for me because I'm back with another lipgloss review! I randomly came across these lip products, and then of course did a bunch of googling before deciding to try one of the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks.

I really love lipsticks and lip crayons and liquid lipsticks, but I think the reason I started swaying back towards lipgloss is because it's so much easier. And even though I love the matte lip trend, having a glossy lip is more flattering on me because I have such small lips.

I picked up tiny pink from Sephora in the beginning of April and admittedly chose this shade over the other pink shades because I liked the name better. It's a light-medium pink with a creamy gloss finish-- no shimmer or glitter included.

It's described as a lip product that gives the finish of a gloss with the color of a lipstick-- but the coverage is somewhere in the middle. It's probably the nicest feeling product I've ever used on my lips-- it feels really hydrating and moisturizing and almost butter-like on the lips.

I was really happy with the amount of color it leaves on the lips and my favorite thing is that the color doesn't spread or bleed so I don't need to worry about a lipliner or being extra cautious when I'm applying it.

Do I think it was worth the splurge? Yes. 
Would I buy another color? Probably a red or darker shade for fall/winter. 
Would I buy every color? No. 

I was looking through my lip products to see what other product I have that's similar and the L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Colors were the closest option.

These products are not dupes, I would say the L'Oreal lip product is actually more of a liquid lipstick with opaque coverage.

dior addict fluid stick, tiny pink
left swatch: tiny pink; right swatch: rose symphony
The L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Colors retail for $9.99 and come in a variety of shades from pinks to reds to nudes to purples. The color pictured is rose symphony and I also have scarlet concerto (a deep red).

As you can tell from the wand, packaging, and swatch-- they look pretty similar! The L'Oreal has a little bit of glitter in it- though I don't find it obvious once it's applied to the lips. It also feels moisturizing and soft on the lips and gives great color.

I like both products, but I prefer the fluid stick because it sits better on the lips. I find the L'Oreal lip color to spread after its applied and it doesn't really lock into place like the fluid stick.

Have you tried either of these products?
What's your biggest splurge when it comes to lip products? 

Pass or Purchase Again? [vol 2]

Batiste Dry Shampoo: This is pretty standard in terms of dry shampoo- sometimes it takes a while to blend the powder into my hair, but overall it's a staple product. This would have been a purchase again product (and it probably will be one day), but I couldn't find it at Target and picked up the Dove dry shampoo instead!

Clinique Take Off The Day Makeup Remover: This was my second or third time using this remover and I remember liking it so much more in the past. It's just okay- I think it's pretty similar to the Neutrogena eye makeup remover, so I definitely wouldn't spend the money on this again. pass.

St. Tropez Skin Polish: This exfoliater came with the St. Tropez Starter Kit and I'm not sure if you can even buy the scrubs on its own, but I really liked it. It was gentle, effective, and non-irritating. I've moved on to trying other scrubs so, pass.

Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer light: This wasn't totally empty but it was over two years old so it was time to toss it. I haven't used it in a long time, but it is what I used in my wedding. If you're looking for a primer and have oily skin this one works really nicely. I now prefer to just use this setting spray or the Smashbox Pore Minimizing primer.

Origins Ginger Burst Savory Body Wash: If you're a fan of ginger you would love this body wash. It came in a kit I got for Christmas and it's a product that I loved, and would love to receive as a gift, but probably wouldn't spend the money on it myself. Aside from the scent it works just as nicely as my trusty Dove body wash.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara: If you've been around my blog this will be an obvious one for you! Lancome mascaras are my absolute favorite and hypnose is my favorite formula- I find that I do like it a little bit better after it's slightly dried out, but it does amazing things for your lashes! purchase again.

Have you tried any of these products? What products have you used up recently? See my last past or purchase post.

Burgers and Baubles

It has been a while since I've talked about a recipe on the blog, but black bean burgers are my new jam thanks to Kristen. I had never tried one before, let alone try to make one, but her post made them sound delicious. When I mentioned them to my husband he was not thrilled with the idea...

I made them anyway and just didn't call them a black bean burger... not only did he love them, he thought I had used sausage in them! (to be fair we had picked up sausage at the store that week to try a recipe Biana mentioned.) They were so good I almost didn't want to share the second one with him.

Kristen had given me a bunch of amazing tips before I made them and I ended up combining the recipe she used and one from Skinnytaste-- which is super easy. I was a little concerned because I don't have a food processor, but I just chopped up the ingredients really small and used a potato masher to mash the beans and it worked perfectly. We eat them with lettuce on pita bread-- delicious! Feta is also good-- and extra siracha if you prefer a little spice!

I've made them probably half a dozen times and aside from how delicious they are, my favorite thing is that you can freeze half the batch (or double it) and have them later in the week. It's the perfect (and easiest) lunch or dinner recipe when you don't want to put in a ton of work to making something.

**they taste better than they look-- iphone 4 camera problems!

Now to totally switch subjects.... after five Rocksboxes I finally decided to cancel my subscription but I thought I would still share my last two boxes.

I switched it up to bracelets for this box and kind of regretted it because I wasn't a big fan of the Gorjana cuff I received. I mentioned that most bracelets are too big for my wrists so I appreciated that my stylist sent me one that I could kind of form to my wrist. My husband, who isn't very opinionated when it comes to jewelry, even mentioned how weird it looked on because it was still too loose- like falling off loose. Didn't wear it at all.

The Perry Street yellow & blue statement necklace was really fun and I loved the shape and design of it, but it didn't seem to be very well made. A few of the stones weren't glued in very well-- not sure if they had previously fallen out and it had been repaired poorly, or if it was just not made well to begin with. Didn't wear this one either.

The Vanessa Mooney necklace was my absolute favorite though, and I'm still kind of kicking myself for not keeping it. As you can tell it's really simple with gorgeous details and it was shorter- so it fell right between my collar bones.

I was really excited to receive both a Loren Hope and House of Harlow necklace in this box-- along with another delicate Gorjana piece. I did really like the House of Harlow necklace but I didn't love that it was actually this felt like material so I could see it getting damaged really easily.

The Loren Hope necklace was really nice-- and as much as I'm loving blues right now I just didn't have very many things to wear with it so I think I only wore it once. The Gorjana necklace went with just about everything and I actually liked it better than the previous Gorjana pieces I received here and here.

Where is your favorite place to shop for jewelry? If you've subscribed to Rocksbox what do you do with all of the boxes? I'm not sure if I should just recycle or keep them for something.

Latest Lipgloss Obsession

bare minerals moxie lipgloss review

I don't know why my problem is with wanting to constantly buy eye shadow palettes when I don't even wear eye shadow all that often. During the Sephora VIB sale I caved and ordered the Stila 'eyes are the window' palette in soul after hearing so many good reviews. Sadly it arrived broken, but before exchanging it I swatched some of the colors and wasn't overly impressed. I took it as a sign I didn't really need it and just returned it instead.

Giving me the perfect excuse to get this cute little bareMinerals Moxie lipgloss trio. I had previously picked up spark plug per Katie's recommendation and was so in love with it that I wanted to try another shade right away. The next day Abby posted a face of the day & right away I noticed her lipgloss-- it was a moxie gloss... so that was the last little bit of convincing I needed.

spark plug: described as a dusty pink, but I found it to be more of a really brown or a really light brick color. I was a little bit scared by the amount of shimmer in it in the tube, but it doesn't show up very much on the lips and just gives the illusion of bigger lips. ($18 at Sephora or Ulta)

bare minerals moxie lipgloss set

The idea behind the bareMinerals GLOSS on the go double-ended lipgloss set is that one color is for daytime and the other is for night, as you can tell from the swatches I think they're all pretty appropriate for any time of the day. They aren't an opaque lip product so you really just get a wash of the color with an amazing shine that stays on your lips longer than most other lipgloss I've tried.

They all have a minty-vanilla scent that reminds me of the holidays-- in a good way, and they do give your lips a little bit of a tingling sensation, which makes you feel like maybe your lips are becoming more plump or pillowy, but really I think it's just the shine that gives the illusion of a fuller lip.

These are slightly tacky/sticky but they're super moisturizing and are longwearing compared to other lipglosses I've tried.

Are you a fan of the Moxie glosses? What's your go-to gloss?

Running Dreams

How is April already almost over??! In case you haven't noticed I'm really behind on all things blogging-- including reading all of my favorite blogs, and replying to comments, but I plan on catching up one of these days. I wanted to make sure I put something together for Training For Tuesday (even though I'm three days late) so I could look back on my progress eventually.

At the end of March I talked about my first two weeks starting couch to 5k for the third or fourth time and overall felt pretty positive. Week 3 was a little bit more rough-- with April being much busier, with a lot of rainy weather, and a change in my work schedule, my running got quite off track.

I have never been able to run distance.

I really don't think I could run for more than 60 seconds without stopping when I first started c25k.

c25k week 5 day 2 has you run 8 minutes (or 3/4 of a mile)-- they must know what they're talking about because I was running as hard as I could and was just over 3/4 of a mile right at 8 minutes.

For the second 8 minute run I decided to try and go a little bit slower, so I could speed up during the last minute-- this didn't help my overall time because again, I was just about 3/4 of a mile at 8 minutes.
16 minutes of run time & 10 minutes of walking
Being able to run for 8 minutes without stopping is a huge accomplishment for me, but I was still disappointed.

Wanting to run a mile in 8 minutes after training inconsistently for 7 or 8 weeks is unrealistic-- I know this, but it still disappointed me.

I really had to stop myself because I'm not training to run a mile, I'm training for a 5k, and even if I am able to get that 10 minute mile I want, I'm not going to be able to run over three of them in a row just like that.

The next c25k run is a 2 mile run without stopping, I'm not very confident that I'll be able to run for the whole time but I think it will be a good measure of where I am.

I wish it was easier to focus on where I have improved-- instead it seems easier to see what I'm still not able to do.

What training/exercise goals do you have for May?

A huge thank you to Tracy and Alyssa for all of their encouragement and running wisdom on the days where I want to give up because I feel like I'm not getting any better. Make sure you check out their blogs and linkup for Training for Tuesday!
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