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Battle of the 'Twist' Mascara's

A while ago...a long time ago...in a galaxy far far away....


What I mean to say is at least 8 months ago I purchased two twist-up mascaras (the kind that you twist the bottom and they change shape) to test out and review on this here blog...and then I never did. Recently, I went through my makeup drawer to throw away some old makeup and found them again! So here is, a much belated, review of the two twist-up mascaras I tried:

I had first heard about these types of mascaras from Kathleen Lights. She had purchased the Flower Beauty mascara and I thought, why not? So I braved a trip to Walmart (omg, don't get me started) and picked it up. Then about a week later I was browsing through Ulta and picked up their Twisted Volume mascara and thus this post was born.

I wish I had better things to say about the Flower Beauty cosmetics line. I've tried a few things from them and none are anything I ever reach for (their stick foundation is one of those things). This mascara is no different. I found that compared to the Ulta version, the differences between the twists were so subtle I couldn't tell the difference much, and it made the whole mascara feel a little gimmicky to me. The formula was just okay and not something I would ever repurchase.

The Ulta Twisted Volume was a completely different experience. Not only are there 4 settings (Flower has 3) but there is a noticeable difference between each setting. The formula is very good. Volumizing, takes one coat, lifts and separates... It really checked all the boxes all while providing the versatility of different settings on the same wand. Plus it's the Ulta brand so it comes at the drugstore price (Flower beauty is also drugstore).

The winner for me was definitely the Ulta Twisted Volume and I will be repurchasing. This is something I hope they keep around because it really is worth a try. Also, I did some searching and found this mascara that also twists. I haven't tried it, but let me know if you have!

PSSST: The Ulta Twisted Volume is on sale here.

AutoClub Weekending

Hey guys! This weekend was pretty good. Saturday I cleaned the house (seriously, felt so good to have a clean house) and ran a couple errands. Then Sunday, Brian and I went to the Nascar Race which was great! Unfortunately, we had to leave after the second stage, (basically half way through) because not only am I 10 years pregnant at this point (and swell easily in heat) but they confiscated my sunscreen on the way in (aerosols aren't allowed??) and my hormone enhanced skin has become photosensitive. AKA I started to fry by about 1:30pm because I couldn't reapply.

We had a great time, and I'm pretty exhausted so I'm just going to leave some of my favorite photos of the day below. I hope you all had a great weekend!

The track was celebrating it's 20th Anniversary and I thought this was a neat shot.

Love the skydiver's with the Flag. It's my favorite. 

Jimmie Johnson (Mr. Seven-Time that can not get a win this season).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a fan favorite. 

The money shot of Chase Elliott!

Linking up with B Loved Boston to tell about my weekend!

Friday Favorites: Rocksbox Edition + H54F

Good day everyone! For today's Friday Favorites I thought I'd share about my most recent Rocksbox which was a bit of a disappointment, but I still really loved one item. Let's get to it:

The first item I pulled out was this SLATE Rachel Stone Cuff in Lapis. This was not something I asked for and I was very torn as to whether I would like it. I wore it for a full day before deciding that while it's cute, it just wasn't anything I was ga-ga about, so, back it goes!

The second item was this gorgeous Perry Street Monica Statement Necklace. I tried to love this so much, because it really is gorgeous, but I have a rather big neck (thanks Dad!) and it just didn't fit right. I'd say this was 80% my problem for not having extenders on hand and 20% the necklace's problem for having an abnormally short chain. Back it went.

The third and final item I got were these fabulous Sophie Harper earrings which I'm totally obsessed with. At first I wasn't sure I was going to love them, then when I wore them, I decided it was true love and I had to have them. I love the way they are delicate enough but statement enough to draw your attention. 

Overall, this box was a win, because of the earrings, and I wish the necklace would have worked, but the cuff was a disappointment. Can't wait to see what in my next one!!!

You can try Rocksbox for free (1 month) with code: CANDICEBFF82!

Linking up with: Meet at the Barre & KT Cup of Tea!

File Organization...Help!

Back in the day, pre-marriage, I used to be a filing queen! I loved it. It was amazing and exciting and amazing and organization and...yes, I was like Monica...

But then I got married, moved about 1 billion times, and filing has become a joke. Seriously, my mortgage paperwork is just sitting on a shelf in the closet, don't ask me where our tax documents are, and I actually do not store anything to do medical bills or the like cause they're all available online.

This is all fine and dandy, but for things like insurance paperwork, mortgage documents, taxes, etc, there should be something paper that you hold on to 'just in case'. I know this. So this weekend I went on a storage hunt and found some really cute items.

File Holders

Like, stop right? Who knew Target was the place to go for cute office organization? I can't stand going to Staples or Office Max (do they still have those?) because I always feel sooo overwhelmed. There's just too much. Here's what I need to file:

-Important Paperwork: insurance, home, etc.
-Sheet Music: I play piano and have an abundance
-Recipes: I don't even want to count the amount of magazines/books I have

I really liked the idea of using an expandable filing system for my sheet music. I figure you can organize it by genre/composer and that will likely do the trick. I'm also considering adding little tabs to the top of the sheet music so I can see the song title. Currently, my sheet music is in 3-ring binders, and you'd think it'd be nice, but not only do these enable hoarding, but they also look so janky! I thought the Threshold Marble Expandable File or the Threshold Blue & Gold Palm File would work nicely. (I picked the palm).

For the important paperwork I didn't want to have something big and clunky like a file cabinet so instead, I'm opting for file boxes. I thought perhaps the Threshold Wooden Filing Box would be nice, but then decided, I really didn't like it all that much. Next came the Table Top File Rack, which I think is so chic, but would be sturdy enough to hold all my paperwork. I settled on the Nate Berkus Fabric File Box which is neither clunky, or ugly, and has enough chutzpah to hold up to those pesky mortgage documents. PS have you seen these folders or these hanging files? Yes please!

recipe holder

I've tried just about every solution for recipe storage. 3-ring binder (again janky). Computer...not great, cause I'm a messy cook and an even messier baker. iPad...no. The thing I keep coming back to, is a recipe box, with recipe cards. This is really the best way to do it, I've decided. So, I invested in this recipe box which comes with 24 cards from Rifle Paper Co. This does mean I'll have a lot of writing to do, but it's okay, this will be the last time.

What are you favorite ways to organize your papers? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Prenatal Massage + Weekending

Good morning everyone! This weekend I finally broke down and got a prenatal massage. Let's back up and I'll tell you the whole story:

As I began to show around week 20 - 22....like significantly showing, I started feeling some back pain (pretty common) and hip pain (again, common) and shoulder pain from sleeping on my side, and neck pain from sleeping on my side, and generally, pain. Just pain. This is not the same for every woman, so if you're not pregnant, have never been pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant, please don't think this is will happen for you like it did for me. I also have some old injuries in my lower back and shoulder that were re-activated due to the inevitable gravity shift and hip widening as well. The shoulder injury was re-activated due to the pressure of sleeping on my side.

When I talked to my doctor she mentioned the following things to help with this: yoga, stretching, the 'belt',  heating pad on your back only, and prenatal massage. In fact, she actually waved her finger at me and said "Go get a prenatal massage, that will help you. Go." For those that don't know, the 'belt' is some kind of contraption a woman can wear that redistributes the weight of your belly. I am not interested in this, so I haven't even googled what it looks like.

By the time I had actually talked to her about it, I was in pain basically all day, everyday, and sleeping had become a joke. I made the prenatal massage appointment and when I arrived, I had no idea what was going to happen. I'm a new mom, everyday is a new adventure, and I get nervous about doing things that I can't control the outcome of because I'm worried about how whatever it is I'm doing will effect my baby. But after I left I realized it was the best thing I could have done.

I walked out feeling lighter, without pain in my back, hips, shoulder, or neck, and overall relaxed. Here's some of the questions I had going in:

Q: Is it worth the worry and the money?
A: Absolutely. I'm not even sure what I was worried about. It was probably the money, to crazy google crap I'd read, to 'is it worth it' ratio I was sporting walking. Well, guess what? My massage therapist is a mom (in fact we even have the same doctor) and she knows what she's doing. She even talked to me about being nervous and I immediately relaxed.

Q: Massage therapy is the only thing that works on my back, is it going to work now that I'm pregnant and my body is literally changing shape?
A: The logical side of my brain said, 'duh Candice'. The illogical side of my anxiety-ridden brain said 'omg, it's not going to work, you're going to be in pain, why bother?'. Hi, I'm here to tell you to shut that side of your brain up, because it works, really well. I will say that by the end of the night some of my hip pain had come back and I believe it's because at 28 weeks my hips are starting to widen and it's just the way it is. But I had an entire day of being pain-free, and that to me, is totally worth it.

Q: How does it even work? I mean, I can't be on my back, so everything is on my side?
A: Here's a giant help: the massage table tilts. Who knew right? When I got in the room, my therapist asked where I thought I needed the most work and then tilted the table, but a knee pillow under blanket for my support under my legs and left the room so I could get undressed. When she came back, she asked how the tilt was, and if I was comfortable. I needed a little more tilt to feel more comfortable, so she tilted it forward and bit and voila. I was incredibly comfortable, and just being able to lay flat on my back, even though it was at a tilt, immediately started doing wonderful things for me.

Q: So, what actually happens there?
A: My therapist started on my neck (told me I was way too tight) and shoulders. We talked a bit more than usual, just about pregnancy, and how I was feeling and I felt she was really trying to get to know me and my pregnancy. Once everything had been discussed and established, she began working on my arms, the tops of my legs and feet. Then it got interesting. For the rest of the massage she helped me turn on my side, and provided a body pillow and memory foam therapy pillow for my entire body to rest on. She then began working on the top half of my back, side, shoulders, and my bottom leg so I could keep my hips aligned. Then we switched sides and eventually the massage ended on my side.

You guys, I can't tell you enough how great massage therapy works, and if you're pregnant, or when you become pregnant, don't wait as long as I did to schedule a prenatal massage. Make sure you talk to your doctor before hand to make sure prenatal massage is okay for you, but after she gives you the okay, make the appointment. I made a second appointment for next month as I walked out. It's an amazing way to give your muscles a break. I will say, I ended up with a headache because I didn't drink enough water, I've found that you have to essentially double your water in take for anything while pregnant, so make sure that you drink at least a liter of water after massage, I'd say. It helps to wash out all that lactic acid and the toxins that were released from the massage.

I did do other things this weekend, but this post is long enough! Enjoy your week!

Linking up with B Loved Boston to share about my weekend!

My First Paper by Parcel

A few weeks ago, I found Paper by Parcel and when I realized what it was, I signed up immediately. I love stationary, and pretty paper things. That's essentially what this is. Inside, you'll find a few greeting cards and other paperie type goodies. 

The first thing I noticed (and loved!) was the personalization! Right there! My name was right there handwritten by someone. It's a personal touch that I think a lot of subscription boxes lack. It also has a small velum card that describes what's in the package. This month is was all about plants and greenery. Love. There's a 'Sad Plants Club' pin from I Loot Paperie that is hilarious. Part of me wants to put this in a plant I've been nursing for the last year and a half. She's not getting any better...

There's also some vintage postage stamps with desert inspired plants, that I think are really neat...but what do you do with them? Do you use them? Do you keep them? I'm not too sure about these.

The greeting cards I was most excited about. One is from Underwood Letterpress (the white) and the other is from Shifting Status Kuo. I love finding fun cards to send out to people for birthday's or just thinking about you cards. They're fun to keep around for just the right occasion.

The subscription costs $19/month and this month I'd say we got our monies worth. I'm only a little unsure about those stamps, but the cards and the pin completely make up for it.

You can check them out here! Enjoy your day!

A little Bribery, Shopping and Weekending

Happy Monday all! I hope you all had a great weekend. I know I did. Saturday started off by cleaning the house (boring) and then writing a paper (this gets better, I promise). THEN! It got better. Just a lot of relaxing. PS look at that face! Just look at it. This is Cooper's "it's morning and I'm already in trouble but look how cute I am" face. Oh Cooper.

Later in the day, I made cookies. Actually, I made cookies in order to bribe my husband into doing something that I KNEW he did NOT want to do, but I needed him to do anyways. So? I asked him what kind of cookies he wanted and then bribed him into doing what I needed done. Bribery works ladies. 

I'm actually writing this on Saturday, knowing that I won't be able to write on Sunday, so I'm going to talk about some cool things I did on Friday as well...

On Friday (or was it Thursday?) my Birchbox came. Surprised? Me too. I only subscribe when the box is cute...not joking...and this one is curated by Draper James and I thought the box was darling, so I subscribed for the month of March. I'll do a full post on this probably on Wednesday. Check it out!

I also did some shopping on Boohoo.com! They had a huge sale so I picked up some summer maternity/non maternity shirts since it's already 85 degrees outside.....why God why?. Here's what I got...

boohoo sale shopping

I also picked up this lightweight thermal from Kittsona. Also, did you know that Boohoo recently purchased NastyGal!? 

Anyways, that's about it for this weekend. Hope you all have a decent Monday! See you Wednesday!

Linking up with B Loved Boston to share about my weekend!