Product Review: Nip + Fab

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Skin is one thing I struggle with when it comes to my own personal maintenance. I work out, I eat healthy, I take care of my nails, my hair and yet, when it comes to skin care, its something I neglect.

I've been using the same skin care for probably the last 4 years. And, to be honest, the main reason I haven't changed skin care, is because it been working, fairly well at least. It wasn't until I saw friends, who are my age, with glowing skin that I started to question what I was doing. I started asking around and heard about a plethora of products. My main thing in skin care is I want it to work and be affordable.

Hey, this is where I tell you that this is a sponsored post. I was gifted this product by Nip + Fab, but in the spirit of writing honestly, all comments and thoughts are purely my own. 

Nip + Fab approached me about a month ago, asking if I'd be willing to try their product. The timing couldn't have been more perfect as I was already in the search for a new product. I jumped on the opportunity to try and in turn to hopefully share with you guys a great new product.

The thing I have with sponsored posts is that usually they ask for a turnaround post within a week. How could I try a product within a day and give an honest opinion? Nip + Fab has been great, I've had the products for two weeks, which I think is a great amount of time to see a difference. The cool perk to these products, they help with less fine lines and wrinkles! I'm not getting any younger, I will take what I can get!

Nip + Fab sent me four products to try (their details are straight from their website):
  • Dragons Blood Fix Serum: A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.
  • Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme: A more potent version of our bestselling glycolic fix pads, these extreme night pads contain our highest level of glycolic acid at 5% and have been further enhanced with the addition of salicylic acid, making these your ultimate night treatment to refine pores, brighten the complexion and de-congest the skin through the improvement of the skin’s natural exfoliation process.  Easily incorporated into a weekly routine, use one pad at night 2-3 times a week. For more sensitive skin types we advise usage once a week.
  • Dragon's Blood Fix Mask: An intensely hydrating gel mask combining multiple skin perfecting complexes to plump the look of wrinkles and refine the skin's appearance for a brighter, more youthful looking complexion.
  • Glycolic Scrub Fix: Scrub your skin to perfection with a new breed of facial exfoliator, Glycolic Facial Scrub Fix.  This 3-in-1 micro exfoliant is packed with 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acids to refine, brighten + renew. Glycolic Fix Facial scrub works deep into pores to cleanse, polish + reduce blemishes from the first use. With a fruity grapefruit scent, it energizes + awakens the skin.
My initial thought was wow great packaging and the product smells amazing. I've tried a few products that are so perfumey that I can barely stand to have them on my face. This product smells great and dissipates enough that I don't get sick over it.

I tried the scrub and cannot get enough. It's a great cleanser but gentle enough that it doesn't irritate my skin. I followed up with the serum and my usual night cream and hit the sack. I woke up in the morning and my face felt amazing. It was clear and bright. Something I'm not used too! I used the night pads the next night followed by the same routine and I was even more impressed!

I followed that nightly skin routine for the next week and I could not believe how great my skin felt. In Colorado, especially in the winter, hydration is key. Sometimes I feel like I am not using enough on the skin and it is so dry. However, after using the serum and everything else, my face is moist and supple and I just love the way it feels.

Side-Note: a lot of times heavy moisturizers or serums can feel sticky or weigh you down. Not this one. It is so smooth and once dry (about 10 seconds) your face is smooth and hydrated.

Two nights ago, Adam and I tried the mask. Yes, I said Adam. Men can care about skin care too! It was great. Its only a ten minute mask which is perfect for busy lives. I loved this one. It goes on smooth and comes off smoother. It smells delish! After I used the product, I went through my nightly routine, only to wake feel amazing.

I know it sounds too good to be true, but honestly people, I love this product. It's so great and everyone loves a good skin care routine that doesn't take forever. It's simple and in no-time we'll be saying goodbye to those wrinkles.

You can find Nip + Fab HERE // HERE // HERE.

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope a little skin care chat made your week just a titch happier.

And remember, be kind. xx

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Election Day + a Recipe: The Good Popcorn

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Happy Tuesday friends! Or as the entire world is looking at it, happy day the election ads stop! Happy Election Day 2016, we made it!

Has is it hit anyone else that today our world will change in a HUGE way, regardless of the outcome? Today, the US will elect one of the two most un-electable candidates this country has ever nominated. That's fact, not opinion, look at the polls. But tomorrow, we will still be the greatest country in the world and that is what we must keep in focus.

Attention: The next few paragraphs are going to be politics related. I get it if you hate politics talk. I usually do to. However, I need to get my two-cents out. If you don't like politics, skip the paragraphs below (I indented them to make it easier), because I am sharing the yummiest popcorn recipe ever!
I have written my two cents about this whole election process about 100 times and it never felt right to me. I've woken up in the middle of the night to write what I was dreaming about. I've deleted posts, re-written posts and it never worked. I've tried to articulate my thoughts without using offending words, thoughts or comments but I realized in this election specifically, that is impossible.  
Here's my summary of everything I worked through in my head in the past couple days. Tomorrow this will all be over. Tomorrow the US will still be standing and we will still be great because at the end of the (election) day, it's her people that make her great. It's her hard-working, passionate men and woman who want her to be great and will continue to make her great.  
I won't try to change your beliefs on the hot button issues because at the end of the day, you've chosen to believe that way based on life experiences and situations you've been a part of, ones that have shaped you and molded you and are experiences I will never have. The best I can do is listen to you, hear your heart and respect your beliefs and in turn I hope that you respect mine.  
So remember that when you're making your last minute digs or remarks. One candidate will win and the other will fade away but the people who you degraded on the way to defend your candidates "honor" will never forget the words you used.  
My hope is at the end of this, we can move on, backing whatever candidate wins, because if we don't come together we will continue to fall apart. Being united is what makes American great. So whether you're with her and want to make america great again, I hope we can all agree, that none of that will happen if we don't start listening to each other, really listening and working together. 
While we watch history made today in one way or another at least let's do it with wine and delicious popcorn.

When Adam and I moved in to our house, we did so without a microwave. The original one doesn't work and the second one we bought at Home Depot actually caught fire and had to be thrown away. So for the last 9 months we have lived without a microwave. I thought it would be hard, but it's taught me how to make things a different way, and in the case of popcorn, the better way!

I ventured to Oil and Vinegar to visit my friend Jim and to learn about truffles. Did you know it's currently truffle season? They legit take dogs and pigs out to find and dig for truffles. I had no clue. I never knew how truffles grew or where they came from, let alone any kind of mushroom. All I knew is that I loved them.

Jim sent me home with truffle salt and truffle oil. I was off on my way to make the most delicious truffle popcorn, I could hardly wait.

There is a lot of research out there on truffles because, like cilantro, liking or hating them may have to do with your genetics. I for one thank my lucky stars that my genetics have allowed me to LOVE truffles. But, if you're like my dad, he hates them and says they smell like musty socks.

Regardless of your taste for truffles; real life, stove-popped popcorn is guaranteed to tickle your taste-bud fancies. The key to stove-popped popcorn -- white kernels. Don't buy yellow, that's the fake stuff. And, use coconut oil. Sometimes coconut oil is not appropriate because you don't want that flavor, but trust me here. The coconut oil flavor on white popcorn is killer.

  • 1/3 cup white kernel popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Heavy bottom pan
  • Salt (or truffle salt!)
  • Truffle oil 
How to Make:
  1. On medium heat, heat up the 2 tablespoons coconut oil and put in one popcorn kernel. Put the lid on. 
  2. Wait until you hear the one kernel pop. 
  3. Put the 1/3 cup in the pan. 
  4. When you hear the first pop, start to shake the pan slowly (all with the lid on). 
  5. The popping should start like crazy! 
  6. When you can count to 5 between pops, pull it off the heat. 
  7. Pour into a bowl, sprinkle with truffle oil and truffle salt and enjoy! 
  8. If you aren't using truffle oil, no need for more oil. Sprinkle with salt and devour! 
Enjoy the popcorn everyone! And please don't forget to VOTE. That is the only way to have your voice heard,. May God Bless the Election and may God Bless America. 

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Where My Heads At + Friday Favorites!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Happy Friday friends! This week seemed to flyyyyy -- did anyone else have that feeling? This week was so exciting watching the Cubs win! I didn't really care who win seeing they both haven't won in years, but watching Bill Murray and all those boys was too cute for words. Congrats Cubs, you deserve this one big time!

I am so glad Friday is here. A relaxing weekend is just what the doctor ordered. Every Friday I always think, this weekend I'm going to get a ton of blog posts written. But ya know what? I haven't felt like it. Let's get a little raw here, shall we?

We've talked about this before. The immense pressure to put pen to paper and give you something you need, something pinnable, something fascinating. I started avoiding my blog email at all costs because it meant I had to feel the guilt that comes with this space. That is a terrible feeling.

This space is supposed to be where I go for inspiration and excitement. But lately all it makes me feel is inadequate. Every time I express these feelings, I get the same response, "but you're a good blogger, keep it up." Don't get the message twisted here, this isn't a sayonara to blogging. But it is a slow down.

I started thinning out Facebook bloggers (I was following over 500!) That's crazy. I want to read the people I love, not feel like I have to follow everyone in the world because it's what I'm supposed to do. I was missing my blogging besties blogs because I was following people I had never heard of.

I stopped taking "classes" because it's overwhelming and makes me feel bad about myself and who needs that. I stopped reading those posts that are only about growing and success because I'm here to connect with people. If my blog stays this little space because I'm not posting at the right time, then that's okay.

I got an email this morning with these stats -- 

Facebook – 2 times per day
Twitter – 3 times per day
LinkedIn – 1 time per day
Google+ – 3 times per day
Pinterest – 5x per day
Instagram – 1.5 times per day 

...And it said quote, "But it’s not just about posting more stuff on social. If you want to get 40 times more engagement on each social media post you must do this daily." 

If I learned anything in law school, it's that an answer with a must or always in the answer is always a wrong answer. 

I want this space to grow because you, all of you fabulous readers out there like it and help it grow! And while we are talking about readers, here's a quick thank you! I have the best blog friends in the world. You are more supportive than some of my real-life friends. You reach out, you send emails, you comment and it means the world. THAT is why I do this! You are why I love to write.

So you are all probably wondering why I just ranted forever about pretty much nothing. Well, ranting is how I hold myself accountable and its how to release some self guilt. Here's what I want moving forward. Real, good, quality posts that make you guys happy and make me happy. That might mean posts every day or once a week. I cannot guarantee a post every Tuesday at 9am even though that is what I'm "supposed" to do. But, I can guarantee, real life in these posts moving forward. Whew, I can already feel the blog-guilt dissipating.

And hey, if you're only looking for pinnable images and things that will grow your space, this probably isn't the blog for you. If you're looking for honestly, real life and totally delicious recipes, then this is the space and welcome!

And hey, blogging gurus, please don't take this post the wrong way. You are my role-models. One day, maybe, I'd love to do what you do. But for now, watching you, trying to catch up with you has me utterly exhausted. I'm done chasing you and from now on I'm gonna run at my own pace.

Stick around everyone. I (moving forward) promise to keep it interesting. If nothing less, I promise to come to you guilt free and with some good stuff to fill your inbox. Thanks for sticking with me. Should we look at some awesome stuff that happened this week around the web? I think we should.

 This. I hope my kids are this cool. 
Because, duh.
 That's a hard feeling to replicate and so dang true.
 I couldn't stop laughing. Damn Katie. 
The cutest Red Sox fan in the world. 

Happy Friday friends. Thanks for reading the worlds longest post and thanks for supporting me and this space. Get excited for some good posts coming atcha. 

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