Wednesday, December 31, 2014

10 Life Stories My Family Always Tells

Here are just 10 of the Life Stories that are always told at our family gatherings (they aren't all about me because I wasn't that funny as a child, I guess! It's fine though, now I'm hilarious.).


1) I always cried. Like constantly for the first 2 years of my life. I'm convinced this is a lie that was made up for no good reason. I mean, who could survive if all they ever did was cry?! And here I am, alive and well.

2) As a teenager, my 2 best friends and I always used each other's houses as "where we were spending the night" when we were actually sneaking off to an all night party. Every time, my one friend would forget her toothbrush or socks or something and end up asking me if she left them at the front of my mother. To this day, my mom calls her the dumbest friend I have, with love.

3) My mom can't count how many of my friends she caught sneaking out of my brother's bedroom window when we were teens. He was apparently pretty cute.

4) My mom's baby sister (who was of legal drinking age) got me to spend the night with her when I was about 12. She then proceeded to the nearest daiquiri shop (we lived in Louisiana) to get our drinks for the night. My parents were there getting drinks too. They waved at her through an open window. And I was not allowed to spend the night with her again until she was "married and matured", per my parents.

5) Once, I thought my parents went to the grocery store at the other end of town. I took my mom's truck, went to a friends house down the road, and came right back home. They were at the gas station across from our house watching the whole thing.

My baby sister:

6) My sister was born when I was 15. She had a problem using the bathroom. We rubbed her belly and sang to her, "Come out poo poo, come out".

7) When she learned to crawl, she looked like a dog with one broken leg trying to cross the road.

8) Again because she had problems using the bathroom, when she started eating lotion - which she called lotious - my grandmother said to let her, it helped the poo come out.

9) When she was a toddler, we learned she passes out at the sight of blood. If she bled, she would yell "I'm blooding" and pass smooth out.

10) One year for school pictures, my mom sent her to school in what I can only describe as a dress made of curtains. There's proof of this one still. As beautiful as she is, that dress - the horror!

I've come to terms with the fact that we may never live these down.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Walmart Winter 2014 Beauty Box

I'm not going to lie, I was a little worried about getting this box. I started seeing other people post about it on YouTube and Instagram and thought, "Where's mine?" I thought maybe I signed up incorrectly to get the on-going subscription. But finally! It came in the mail!!

The first things I took out were the L'Oreal Paris Olio Therapy Shampoo & Conditioners. I didn't open these yet, but can't wait to try them!

Next, I saw this Nivea Cocoa Butter lotion packet. Now I have a sample of this on my bathroom counter right now, so I won't open this one until I need to.

I was so excited to see face wipes - I have an addiciton! I try all the ones I can, even from the dollar stores. I haven't tried these Olay ones yet, so I will now.

Of course, I've used up quite a few of these Jergens BB Body lotions. I really like the formula and will use this one up pretty quickly I'd imagine!

Next, I saw a lippie! Yay! This is the Maybelline lipstick in Maple Kiss. I think it's a lovely fall mauve color and have already worn it.

Last, there was this Maybelline Dream Wonder powder sample and coupon. I haven't yet used this but will soon. I hope I like it!

I was so pleased with this box. I mean, it's inexpensive and I get to try lots of different products and some favorites! Can't beat it!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Target's Beauty Box ~ Naturals

When I ordered the Target Beauty Box For Her, I went ahead and got the Naturals Beauty Box as well. I knew I'd want to try all the products! It had a few less products than the Beauty Box For Her, but still a great value at $5!

The first thing I saw was this Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. I had tried this in the past, it was a Birchbox subscription item. I really liked it so I was excited to see it in this box!

Next, I saw this SkinFix lotion. I stuck this in my purse and have used it multiple times. It does moisturize; my only issue is that it is a bit greasy feeling while it's absorbing.

Next, I got the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie - what a name! I do not have curly hair at all, so I put this in my eDivv pile. If you're not familiar with eDivv, it's a makeup trading site. I've gotten some really great products from great people!

Then, I was so excited to see these Burt's Bees facial cleansing towelettes! I don't normally purchase Burt's Bees because while it is a drug store item/ brand, it tends to be on the higher, more expensive end of things. I usually go with the less expensive products.

Of course, they put something in my box that I cannot pronounce :) I have yet to try this out. I have so many cleansers and such in my shower already! But it looks very interesting.

Now we've got some shampoo from SoapBox. I love getting this size shampoos. I use them for travel and sometimes in between shampoo hauls! This has Argan Oil in it, so yay!

That was everything in the Target Naturals Beauty Box and I am so happy to have them all! Like I said, the box was $5 + free shipping. I did purchase it at the same time as the Target Beauty Box For Her (see that post here) so that may be why the shipping was free, I'm not sure.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Target's Beauty Box ~ For Her

Please see my YouTube video for the unboxing:

First, I'd like to say that if Target started a beauty box subscription, I'd be one of the first to sign up! I really like the variety and size of the samples.

In the Beauty Box For Her, I got the following:

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black A Target Exclusive

Revlon HD Lacquer in Garnet - This is so pretty (see a swatch in the video!) It's like a dark bubble gum pink color

Hair Food Thickening Solution A Target Exclusive

L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Kit in Natural Nudes

ChapStick Total Hydration Lip Care in Sweet Peach

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum

For $10 plus tax and free shipping, you can't beat this box! There were so many full sized and deluxe sample sizes, I just couldn't pass this up. Not to mention you get 2 Target coupons to use!

Did you get the Target Beauty Box For Her? If so, what were your thoughts on it? Let me know!!

When I use these products, I will try to update this post with mini reviews. Also, keep an eye on my YouTube channel ms_la_tn_grl for reviews and un-boxings!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

If I Ever Get Famous, You'll Be Glad You Read This

I have a little booklet/ notepad thing to keep quotes and jokes in. I don't know what happened, I used to use it so much! Now I couldn't find it if I tried, but I do know I still have it....somewhere.

I have always been in love with quotes and since the dawn of Pinterest and other social media sites, I've become overwhelmed with good ones! It's really hard to try and keep any of them written down - I'd spend all my days writing and getting hand cramps! So instead, I pin or save or like.

But my all time favorite quote is this:

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'. - Erma Bombeck

This quote speaks to me. It is exactly what I hope to achieve in this life. I hope that by the end of my days, I have used everything God gave me to make the world a better, safer, or happier place. Or to make someone's life easier or simpler or happier. And you can quote me on that! If one day I'm famous and then I die, you'll be like, "Oh wow, I read her blog once. She was funny. Well, she was okay. But I do remember her favorite quote!"

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My Makeup Stash ~ NYX Cosmetics ~ Mini Reviews

Recently on my YouTube channel ms_la_tn_grl, I did a video talking about a specific brand of cosmetics - NYX Cosmetics. I went over the products I own and gave mini reviews on each item.

Watch the video for more info!

I love makeup and beauty products. I've come to learn, there are always hits and misses, no matter the price and/ or brand.

No matter what I love trying new things and reviewing them.

Let me know what NYX Cosmetics items you own and if you'd recommend them!!