My old drugstore hair dryer stopped working when I was in the middle of drying my hair (gasp!) and I decided to shop around a bit before replacing it.  (I thought since I spend quite a bit of money every 6 weeks seeing my hair stylist I probably should invest in a better hair dryer then I was currently using!)  Wow…I didn’t realize how expensive hair dyers can be and seriously thought about just running to Target to get a new one instead, but then I came across the brand T3 and I found a hair dryer that caught my attention.  After reading some of the reviews (cause I always do this…do you?) I decided to buy the Featherweight 2 which claims to promotes fast, healthy drying hair and helps to reduce frizz and enhance body.  (It also has 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings and whisper soft operation.)  I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know if I really believed that it could follow through with all of the claims, but the thought of a hair dryer possibly being able to do that was enough for me to order it (even with the $200.00 price tag)!


My hair dryer came in the mail the other day and I purposely waited to take a shower the day it was being delivered so I could use it!  As soon as I took it out of the box the first thing I realized is that it was really lightweight!  After I showered I used my usual heat activated styling cream and dried my hair.  I was AMAZED at how much faster my hair felt dried and what stuck out in my mind is that my hair didn’t feel hot from the heat of the hair dryer (I used medium heat).  My hair didn’t look as frizzy as it usually looks and it dried in so much less time.  (No wonder this is one of T3’s bestsellers!)  Well, needless to say I’m now a believer that this hair dyer was well worth the money!  Yes I realize it’s an investment, but since I take the time to get my ends trimmed and my color touched up every 6 weeks and then I  use a special shampoo and conditioner to help keep my hair looking and feeling healthy then I probably should spend the extra money and buy a quality hair dryer too!  I’m glad I went ahead and purchased this hair dryer, my only complaint is now my oldest daughter is always using it and wants one for herself:)

Have you tried this brand before?  They have hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons and evenbrushes too which might be on my list of things to try!  I’d like to hear what you think or if you have something else from them that you really like I’d love to know what it is!

Have a great day!

Hello…it’s me!

I apologize for my lack of posts these past few months, well… to be honest no posts at all for a few months.  I started my blog with a few goals that I wanted for myself and when I didn’t reach them I got frustrated and need to reevaluate to see if I should continue my blog at all.  I’m not one who gives up so this was a difficult thing for me to even think about, but I also didn’t want to continue doing something that wasn’t making me happy.  I decided to give myself a break for a few months and see how I felt… and I ended up missing it!  I reminded myself that the reason I started this blog in the first place was because I enjoy sharing my ideas, recipes, thoughts, etc.  Plain and simple that’s what I enjoy doing.  So I’m back!  I’ve decided to add more content to my blog instead of focusing mainly on beauty.  It’s almost the start of a new month so I thought it was the perfect time to hit the “restart” button.  I hope you check back often and enjoy what you see!


Have a great day!

Friday Favorites

I hope you all had a wonderful week.  Here are some of my favorites that I’ve been using this week…

I kept hearing people say how great this cup was but I had always loved my Tervis so I never bought one. Fast forward to right before Christmas and not one but two of my Tervis cups cracked so I decided to try the YETI Rambler. All I can say is wow! This cup keeps my water cold for hours. I fill it up with ice, add my water and lemon in the morning and the ice is still in the cup at dinnertime. Yes, I have to refill the cup with water, but not ice! This is been very helpful with my quest to drink more water.

I use Philosophy Purity to wash my face, but sometimes not all of my mascara comes off so I started using Clinique Take The Day Off and it takes it off! (No pun intended 😉)  It is gentle on my eyes and after I rinse with water there is no oily residue.  It gets the job done quick!

I bought this candle around the holidays and it has been a nice change from the holiday scents that I’ve been burning for what seems like a long time! I love those scents, but this is a lighter, fruiter scent that combines peach and vanilla together. I liked it so much that I went to get another one and they were sold out!! The sales person suggested Georgia Peach, which is similar to Golden Peach Sparkle. Georgia Peach is a combination of the peach and vanilla that I really like with a hint of a floral undertone too. I haven’t burned it yet, but all of the online reviews are good so I’m hopeful that is smells similar when I burn it!

I hope you all have a great weekend.  Super Bowl is on Sunday and if you need some ideas check out my Pinterest page for some yummy treats!


Julep Lip Balm

I have grown to really like using lip crayons.  I like how versatile the coverage can be and they are easy to apply in a rush.  As I’ve mentioned in the past I have a Julep Maven subscription and in a box I received a few months ago it came with a lip balm called It’s Balm lip crayon.  The website describes it as

a full-coverage lip crayon with a moisturizing treatment core in the middle. It is antioxidant-rich oils, sunflower wax, and vitamin E keep lips hydrated and happy

At this time they offer 4 color choices ranging from nude to a raspberry pink. I picked a shade called dusty orchid shimmer which show up on my lips as a light mauve with shimmer.

This lip crayon feels very moisturizing on my lips and doesn’t feel sticky at all.  This lip crayon makes my lips feel really hydrated; not glossy, just soft and while it’s not a long wearing lipstick it does seem to wear really well.  When I reapply it doesn’t feel cakey or dry my lips out either.

I was a little skeptical about trying a lip product from Julep since the main reason I started getting their subscription box was for nail polish, but I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised and I’m excited to see what other beauty product might be in my next box!  If your interested in joining Julep Maven you can use my referral link if you would like http://refer.julep.com/v2/share/6247159214828950032

Have a great day!


Workout Wish List

Here in the Midwest the weather has been really odd.  Up until a few weeks ago the weather wasn’t to bitterly cold here and I was able to still get my  workouts in outside, but now that the colder temperatures have set in (and a little snow too) I’ve been going to the gym more.  I wanted to pick up a few new workout things so I thought I’d share with you a few of my picks that are both fashionable AND functional.  Let’s take a look at a few things I found…

Let me start out by saying that these are so freaking adorable!!  Nike is my favorite brand of athletic shoes to wear. I love all of the different styles and colors they have and they fit my foot like a glove too!

I really like the way Zella leggings fit my body and these long leggings are a good option for colder weather.  I like the way these feel on me…the material isn’t super thin and they have a hidden waistband pocket for a key which is a great bonus (and fits my locker key perfectly!).

I love any shirt with these adorable thumb holes so I knew I had to have this as soon as I saw it! I like the seaming detail too. This top is fitted so if you prefer I looser fit I’d size up on this one.

I have many pairs of Zella capri’s, but they are all solid colors.  I think these would be a nice, fun change.  They have quite a few patterns to choose from, but I liked these.

I have tried many headbands, but the wider ones work best on my hair.  These aren’t to tight and stay put on my head, thanks to the silicone grippers on the underside of the headband.

And finally I have to share with you something I already have had for awhile, but I think this is a really great addition to help those who need motivation AND those who exercise reguarally…

I’m so happy to have a Fitbit. It has been such a huge motivator for me and has helped me be more active. I got a different style for my hubby for Christmas ( Charge HR series) and he feels the same way too. It’s fun to have some (friendly) competition with him too:)