• beauty

    Making Beauty Easier, More Accessible with Groupon BeautyNow

    This post has been sponsored by Groupon; all opinions are entirely my own.

     

    Laying on a beach somewhere. Trying on all the clothes in the dressing room during an epic shopping spree. Reading a stack of magazines and sipping my morning coffee hot, without having to nuke it in the microwave. Basically, all the quiet things I dream of doing, sans kids.

    But, as I usually don’t have that much solo time away from my three kids, I’ll just satisfy my need to treat myself with small luxuries, like a quick mani/pedi, now made more convenient and hassle-free with the new Groupon BeautyNow booking service! Available exclusively in the Chicago metro area, Groupon BeautyNow allows you to seamlessly book your beauty services and nab discounted appointments during select times at top salons and spas in Chicagoland – so great, right? It’s a busy mom’s best kept secret! (Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter an awesome giveaway for salon and spa services for an entire year!)

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    I was excited to try out Groupon BeautyNow so I booked a nail service directly on the Groupon app for Red Door Salon and Spa in Chicago, and after a client shoot I had in the city last week, enjoyed a little solo R&R time getting pampered. Everything from the super easy booking process via Groupon BeautyNow, to the delightfully warm eucalyptus neck pillow they offered me at Red Door Spa, was a mom’s day out worth repeating.

    A little about the BeautyNow booking process:

    Appointments can be booked via iPhone or Android. If you’re based in Chicago, download the Groupon app and select “Salon & Spa Booking” at the top to start booking! If you have the Groupon app on your phone, click here to go straight to the experience.

    Groupon BeautyNow is simple and streamlined, and you can choose from an extensive menu of beauty services at your favorite Chicago area salon. This means no more personal phone calls to the salon or wait time to request an appointment while the scheduler checks their system, because I was able to do everything from my smartphone! My kids may have been hanging onto my legs while I was booking away on my phone’s keyboard, but that’s a-ok because BeautyNow does all the heavy lifting and works to confirm your appointment ASAP, so you don’t have to!

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    After I got my nails did (check out the gorgeous mani design my stylist gave me!), I didn’t even need to pull out my wallet – because there is no upfront payment when you use the Groupon BeautyNow service, you simply are automatically charged on your credit card (linked to your Groupon account) after your appointment for the service and gratuity that you pre-selected.

    Everything about Groupon BeautyNow is so easy and convenient to use, it may just become a weekly “thing” for me to check out all the salons on their list… 😉 If you’re in the Chicago area and are curious to try BeautyNow, use promo code MTF10 so you can receive $10 off your services.

    p.s. Make sure you ask for “no chip” nails if you’re always on the go – take it from me, moms need no chip! And if you need a festive nail inspiration for all your holiday shindigs coming up, try mixing it up with one or two statement glitter nails on each hand like I did!

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  • beauty,  personal

    Why I Became a LipSense Distributor with SeneGence

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    LipSense lip color-Kiss For A Cause with Glossy Gloss

    I once heard that an average millionaire has seven sources of income, and that stuck with me. I mean, who doesn’t want to be rich? I am a professional lifestyle blogger. I am a professional photographer. And now, friends, let me tell you how I’m tapping into entrepreneurial spirit once more – I am now a LipSense distributor!

    LipSense is a smudge-proof lipstick product made by SeneGence. It is gluten free, vegan, wax free, animal cruelty free, non GMP and Kosher, to boot. Whew. What a mouthful, excuse the pun. You know all those videos you see of your LipSense friends running their fingers across their lips and showing the camera that nothing came off? It’s for real, my friends. For those of you who know me IRL or have been following me on Instagram for a long time, you know that I’m awfully candid and honest. Sometimes to my detriment. So when I tell you that LipSense is literally God’s gift to women (and I don’t believe in God), you can believe me and all the magical things you have heard about LipSense either from consumers or other distributors. (And if you don’t know a single person selling LipSense, WHO ARE YOU and DO YOU LIVE IN A BUBBLE?)

    Now, a little more about how I got interested in distributing LipSense. Most of you know that I’m obsessed with beauty products almost as much as I am with dresses. I spend a bit of time every morning “getting ready” for the day; this includes my full hair and makeup routine, even though I have 3 young kids. And now with the variety of LipSense colors added into my repertoire, I have upped my lips’ moisturizing content and overall beauty game to another level. (I might be a little obsessed with matching my lip color to my outfit of the day, just saying.) People stop me on the street to compliment my lipstick all the time!

    So what exactly is this post about? Well, it’s an answer to all the people who have been DM’ing me on Instagram or emailing me questions lately – letting you know what I’ve been up to these days and more about this product’s features. I’m sorry if it is a little sales-pitchy. That’s what I do with LipSense. Is LipSense the only product of its kind on the market? No. There are other liquid lipsticks on the market and some of them last a really long time. Besides the obvious reasons of serious staying power and moisturizing content, here’s what else I love about LipSense and what you will, too:

    1. The colors are varied and fun. There are so many must-have colors! What’s been selling very well for me are Bombshell, Beige Champagne, and Blu Red – and I think the reason for this is because everyone needs/wants at least one good nude and one good bold lip color.
    2. There are a LOT of pictures available of different people wearing any given color, so you can see how it might look on your skin tone. You can also get samples from your distributor.
    3. I personally like LipSense because buying it means supporting people I know and care about. I was never one for MLM, but I’ve come in contact with quite a few SAHM friends who are making this a successful side hustle and this is what hooked me. In my experience so far, it’s been an easy way to make extra lucrative income without doing much. The most work I’ve done so far is run to the post office every day to drop off packages. I now belong to a sisterhood and it also makes me SO HAPPY when girls try LipSense for the first time and love it!

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    LipSense lip color-Blu/Red

    Lipsense distributor Chicago

    LipSense lip color-Mauve Ice

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    LipSense lip color-Kiss For A Cause

    Lipsense distributor Chicago

    LipSense lip color-Precious Topaz

    Lipsense distributor Chicago

    LipSense lip color-Nude

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    LipSense Lip Color-Praline Rose with Glossy Gloss

    Lipsense distributor Chicago

    LipSense Lip Color-Precious Topaz with Glossy Gloss

    Below are my favorite everyday nudes!

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    My goal for the next six months is to bring in thousands a month and to eventually earn a car and trips. If you’re interested in trying or buying LipSense, or joining my team as a distributor, please contact me here. You can also join my Facebook group here, or follow along on my LipSense Instagram account @pout_with_me.

     

  • lifestyle,  personal,  Travel

    Amsterdam Travel: Old World Charm Meets Modern Day Energy

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    While it is well-known for its taboo tourist attractions, Amsterdam boasts so much more than cheap thrills. Think: romantic canals, vast flower fields, immaculate old-world gardens and museums steeped in Dutch history. I recently joined The Giant on his work trip in Germany sans kids, and we tagged on a few extra days in Amsterdam–a city which pleasantly surprised me with its old world charm but modern day hustle and bustle. (Hey Michael, can we move here, pretty please?) In every city we’ve traveled to, we’ve done a professional shoot to document our time, and this one by Chymo from Chymo & More Photography is nothing less than stellar. She is a film photographer with a fine art aesthetic–perfect for capturing the moody romance that is Amsterdam.

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    People think I’m funny because I’m loud and blunt. But really, my better half is the one who will put you to tears. He’s quick witted, appropriately funny, and also very, very romantic in his own way even though I give him a hard time about not being passionate (reverse psychology, ya know). Chymo captured us perfectly–so many of these special moments were not posed, it was just the two of us connecting as we used to before kids.

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    In the heart of Amsterdam’s Canal District lies Museum Van Loon, a wonderful house that was designed in the late 1600s by a Dutch architect named Adriaen Dortsman. In the cozy rooms, you will find portraits, perfectly preserved furniture, fine silverware and porcelain hailing from various centuries. I’m just in love with the colorful wallpaper prints in each room. Afterward, we roamed a bit in the lovely garden behind the house, followed by a little city walking.

    portraits photos at museum van loon Amsterdam

    The highlight of our trip for me was visiting the tulip fields of Keukenhof. It’s been on my bucket list for ages, and now I can say I’ve done it with my love! Keukenhof is a spring park open for approximately eight weeks that showcases 7 million spring-flowering bulbs. Rows and rows and rows of tulips as far as the eye could see–I’m in love! It was perfect for twirling in my new Bliss Tulle mini skirt and lace top.

    Scroll through and take a peek at our time in Amsterdam and let me know… would you go visit?

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    portraits photos at museum van loon Amsterdam

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  • fashion,  outfits

    Twirl Away in Bliss Tulle

    bliss tulle Hayley skirt and Audrey lace top

    Happy spring! If you’re an avid follower, then you know that I adore dresses and skirts. Anything flirty, feminine–and usually, the swingier the better. It’s been rainy and cold here in Chicago, but I finally caught a break to take a little twirl in this gorgeous blush pink Hayley tulle skirt courtesy of Bliss Tulle. Pair it with a romantic lace top (also from Bliss Tulle) and you’re all set for a daydream.

    Just for fun, here’s a little-known fact about me: I always wanted to be a ballerina growing up. But that never happened, although I did become a competitive salsa dancer for a few years. I miss those dancing days SO MUCH!

    I’ve worn several tulle skirts, but this Bliss Tulle skirt is hand constructed with the perfect amount of frothy layers… giving just the right “oomph” to your look. Stay tuned to see another pretty Bliss Tulle skirt which I packed to take with me to the tulip fields of Holland… and trust me that these skirts won’t fall flat and you’re guaranteed to feel like a dainty dancer. What do you think? Come take a twirl with me?

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