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Blogger Link Love Friday #14

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and look forward to an even better weekend!

For those in the USA, I hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

…And Onto the Links!

Anna Sui Fall 2013

Anna Sui Fall 2013 – Coco’s Tea Party

I love Coco’s Tea Party! This fantastic fashion blog posts on everything from fashion magazines, runway fashion and more. I really love her new runway fashion features like this one featuring Anna Sui’s fall lineup. I love the knee high socks! They’re bringing Clueless fashion back haha!

Not Just For Sleeping: Strength-Training Moves Using Your Bed – FitSugar.com

I really love FitSugar for all things fitness and health. I don’t agree with everything they post, but they post on some fun workouts, creative fitness ideas and tons of healthy foods and recipes! I really enjoy reading the articles like this one which shows how you can do strength training moves in bed! It’s perfect for people like me who get lazy and love to sleep 😉

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MAC Strobe Liquid Hydration Review – Cosmetic Candy

This review for MAC Strobe Liquid Hydration Lotion sounds promising! I love the reviews featured on Cosmetic Candy as they’re always really thorough and detailed. Plus, I find really fun ideas for new products to check out on this blog, especially makeup. This bronzing liquid from MAC looks surprisingly natural and lovely.

Infinite – BeautyCrush

I really enjoy the BeautyCrush YouTube Videos, but this is from her blog which is just as fun to browse! She features tons of beauty, style and fashion posts. I love her “lookbook” type posts like this one where she models an incredible leather jacket! She’s so beautiful and classy. Definitely check her out on her blog or YouTube.

Before And After Fat Loss Pics Tumblr

I am pretty obsessed with this Before & After Fat Loss Pics Tumblr Blog  because they upload so many before and afters daily and this one in particular I found to be really inspiring. This girl went from weighing 200+ lbs to weighing 162 lbs and she looks AMAZING! It’s funny how much we focus on the scale when people can build muscle and look this incredible. Anyway, there are not really any text posts on this blog; just simply before and after pics with the occasional little blurb about how the person lost the weight, what their starting and ending weights were, etc. I find it really motivating to see these men and women change their bodies and lives for the better!

The Best Juice for Healthy Skin

The Best Juice for Healthy Skin – Shape Magazine

I am pretty obsessed with healthy smoothies and juice for beauty (and body) purposes. Not only because I really enjoy eating healthy and feeling my best, but also because juices and smoothies, in particular, can have a really positive effect on the skin. I have seen my skin look brighter, clearer, and more youthful when I drink juices and smoothies than ever before. This post by Shape Magazine has a bunch of healthy juices for a variety of health purposes, including your skin.

That’s All for Blog Links, But Check Out Giveaways & Sales Going on

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Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum Giveaway – Organic Beauty Talk

Win MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick! – Cosmetics Aficionado

Get 15% Off Tarte Cosmetics This Weekend Plus Free Shipping – Beauty Au Natural

For more giveaways and sales, check out my Giveaways Pinterest Board!

That’s All for Link Love Friday – What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Please share them with me in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Check Out More Great Blogs on Past Link Love Fridays! 

Blogger Link Love Friday #1

Blogger Link Love Friday #2

Blogger Link Love Friday #3

Blogger Link Love Friday #4

Blogger Link Love Friday #13

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday! 

This week seems to have flown by! I didn’t realize that yesterday was Thursday already so realizing that today would be Friday really made my day haha. Last night I got the most amazing body massage from my friend, Rachel, who is a massage therapist. She is super skilled and I feel really lucky to have her around! This weekend I plan on re-vamping my blog  design a bit and I am thinking of self-hosting to if any of you have any advice or ideas for me on how best to go about it, please let me know in the comments!

…And onto the Link Love!

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Gabifresh X Swimsuits For All – Gabifresh

I follow a number of style blogs and this one, Gabifresh, has really lovely tips and advice for fuller figured women. One thing I really love about the blog is that her posts are always fun to read and feature really pretty clothing. I know a lot of full figured women have trouble finding nice clothing that’s still really fashionable and this is a great blog to inspire the fashionista in us all. She now offers her own line of swimwear (as shown above) and I think the suits are really beautiful pieces. I’m not a fan of the idea that women should have to be a certain size to wear a swimsuit or look and feel beautiful. Body shaming, to me, is at the very bottom of the barrel and I love that this blog promotes self confidence, letting your beauty (in and out) shine, and feeling good about yourself overall. It really inspires me!

Skittle Patterns with Color Club – Megan Box Nails

I’ve featured Megan Box Nails before on here and I can’t help but do it again! She has some really fabulous nail ideas and looks to inspire the nail noob in me and I love all the bright fun looks she’s been doing lately, especially this one with all the fun colors and designs on it. It’s perfect for Spring and Summer!

Ways to Wear Black Lipstick – Cherie La Mode

I actually only just discovered this blog, Cherie La Mode, and I love it! This post, in particular, features some really love ideas for ways to wear black lipstick. I think it’s pretty inspiring as I love the idea of wearing really intense, vampy colors like black and purple, but I have no idea how to style them. Her post shows a few different ways to wear this color and I will definitely be trying them out!

Oriental Bomber Jacket Curly Hair – Kumbear XO

This lifestyle and fashion blog, Kumbear XO,  is really cute and fun! It features a lot of high fashion posts as well as OOTDs, like this one where she sports this incredible bomber jacket! Although it’s really too hot to rock one of these, at the moment, here in Cali, I love a fashionable jacket! She wore this so well and I love her beautiful curly hair!

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The Best Highlighters for Your Skin Tone – Girls in the Beauty Department – Glamour.com

Glamour Beauty always offers the best beauty tips, how to’s, and the scoop on new products and things. This post on the best highlighters for your skin tone was one I really enjoyed and found helpful!

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Striped – Girl with Curves

I really love this style blog, Girl with Curves, because she is so beautiful and her outfits are really pretty and stylish as well. I’m vaguely obsessed with her hair as well, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is she has some really lovely fashion posts on what she wears every day which I find fun to browse through!

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How to Build Muscle – Women’s Edition Pt 1 – JCD Fitness

JCD Fitness is ran by one of the most competent and helpful fitness experts I’ve ever come across. He writes really easy to understand articles about health and fitness, especially for weight loss and building muscle. I think a lot of fitness blogs can be really difficult to understand with a lot of “market speak, but this one is really helpful. I really enjoyed this recent post on How to Build Muscle for Women – it was super enlightening and very helpful!

Beauty Envy Bag – Spring Edition – Cosmetics Aficionado

Cosmetics Aficionado is a great beauty blog for reviews on all things beauty! I really enjoy her posts on makeup especially. She also does frequent giveaways and things so definitely check her blog out!

That’s All for Link Love Friday – What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Please share them with me in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Check Out More Great Blogs on Past Link Love Fridays! 

Blogger Link Love Friday #1

Blogger Link Love Friday #2

Blogger Link Love Friday #3

Blogger Link Love Friday #4

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an exciting and fulfilling weekend ;-)

My week was busy and felt like it just draggggged on. I hate that feeling where the hours feel like DAYS, but that’s how my week felt, even when I was busy. I am, quite frankly, glad that it’s nearly over and looking forward to a relaxing weekend where I can hopefully fit in a workout and treat the mom’s in my life to something special as it’s Mother’s Day in the USA this Sunday!

…Onto the Links!

Osmia Organics Detox Mask – Indigo + Canary

Indigo + Canary is one of my favorite all natural beauty blogs because they frequently feature products that I’ve never heard of and I really enjoy discovering new things in beauty! They have great reviews on everything beauty from hair to skin, nails and body. It’s a great blog if you’re looking to green-ify your beauty routine! This review they did recently on the Osmia Organics Detox Mask looks lovely!

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Lilly Brush Review – Adora Beauty

I really love how cute and fun AdoraBeauty is! It’s a mostly beauty blog with some occasional style and fashion posts, but I really enjoy the posts because they’re usually really fun and simple and her blog looks so full of whimsy – it’s just an enjoyable place to visit! Aside from that, her reviews are awesome and she often features cool new products like this one, the Lily Brush, which is meant to help clear older clothing from those little fabric pieces that gather on them after so many washes. It looks seriously promising so do check it out!

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Gorgeous Cosmetics Madam Mini Lashes Review – My Lucite Dreams

If you’ve been reading my Blogger Link Love posts for awhile, you might have seen My Lucite Dreams mentioned before and it’s because her blog has such awesome review posts! She features some lovely products and a lot of them are ones I wouldn’t normally seek out, but find they are of interest when I read her reviews. These lashes she reviewed recently look super natural for everyday wear and I’m not really a falsies wearing kind of girl, but these look like a good starting point for transitioning into wearing them more!

Brand Hi-Lite : Skin + Lab New Summer Products!

Oh how I love thee, Sweet Jelly Bean! One of my best blogger buddies, D is an amazing blogger and she does a variety of posts on beauty, mommy life, and some fantastic blogging tutorials that are extremely helpful if you’re new to the blogging world. I highly recommend her if you’re into blogging or beauty or both. This post she did recently on new item’s from Skin+Lab features some really promising Korean skincare!

NEW IN: PIERRE BALMAIN – Scent of Obsession

I recently discovered this incredible lifestyle fashion blog, Scent of Obsession, and I am hooked! She has lovely posts with great photos, featuring loads of items you’ll want to get your hands on. I love this post on new items from Pierre Balmain. I never felt into fashion or style before, but now I’ve discovered some cool fashion blogs, I find myself more and more fascinated by designer. This blog is one of those that’s just great to follow for an all around lifestyle interest in food, fashion, travel, and beauty.

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KIKO Summer 2013 – British Beauty Blogger

I always have to share posts from British Beauty Blogger, especially when she shares things like this new Summer Collection from KIKO Makeup! They seem to be making a splash lately in the beauty world, though I hadn’t heard of them until I saw them on AModelRecommends & BBB, but apparently they are an Italian beauty brand that’s very affordable and the quality looks top notch!

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The Deal on Dead Lifting & Getting Bulky – My Itsy Bitsy Bikini

I discovered this blog just the other day, but this post has been converted! Although it’s called My Itsy Bitsy Bikini, it focuses on one woman’s experiences with weight lifting, strength training and being a bikini/figure competitor. This post, in particular, really resonated with me because it discusses common misconceptions women have about weight lifting and “getting bulky,” which by the way, doesn’t happen without steroids, and also her own experiences getting over a dependency on the scale. I can really relate to it because it’s difficult to see when you look better, but your weight goes up or down or doesn’t even move. Often it’s that the scale doesn’t tell the whole story, if at all, and I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this post, especially if you’re trying to get in shape, build muscle, lose weight, etc. It’s definitely worth a look.

{WANDERLUST} Visiting New Orleans – Nicolette Mason

I recently discovered Nicolette Mason, but I don’t remember how. I only recall now that I love this blog and am officially a fan, especially this post she did on her visit to New Orleans! I’ve been wanting to visit New Orleans for ages now and her guide to the city is really well thought out and put together as well as simple, fun and creative. I definitely will keep this post in mind for when I decide to visit! A Marie Claire contributor, she features a variety of fashion, lifestyle and travel posts which are all worth a read!

Skulls & Bones – Krystel Couture

I really enjoyed this style post from Krystel Couture! I’m a big fan of skulls and I LOVE her hair! I’m just going to have to gush for a moment and say her hair is AMAZING. It looks so lovely and bright and, honestly, perfect for Spring & Summer, in my opinion. She reminds me a lot of Hayley Williams from Paramore, actually, only British. This is a great UK Style & Beauty blog so definitely give it a look!

Loopy Bow Nail Art Tutorial – Islaay

I really love Islaay’s blog! She always features great fashion, beauty and nail posts and this tutorial is so cute! It also seems really simple – something I might actually be able to achieve! – so thank you Islaay for helping me improve my lackluster nail painting abilities. Definitely give her post a look if you want to do this tutorial and check out others because they’re all pretty awesome!

That’s All for Now on BLL Friday, but I hope you enjoyed and Have a lovely weekend!

What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Feel Free to Share Links In the Comments!

♥ Tianna 

Blogger Link Love Friday #11

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an exciting and fulfilling weekend 😉

My week was awesome and zoomed by mostly, but yesterday I had some weird 24 hour flu or food poisoning; I’m not sure which. All I know is it was seriously awful and I couldn’t eat or do anything really. Thank God I feel much better today!! I plan on relaxing at home, finishing Spring Cleaning, whitening my teeth ( thanks for the idea Taylor @MyLuciteDreams! ) and I’ll be trying out some DIY recipes to naturally lighten my hair and condition it. Let me know in the comments if you want a post on the recipes and I’ll be happy to share! 😛

…And Onto the Link Love!

Caroline Hirons – BeautyMouth.com

If you don’t know who Caroline Hirons is, you MUST check out her amazing blog, Beauty Mouth! She is a brilliant, no nonsense gal who works as a facialist and gives incredible advice on how to treat skin with the right products and help you get your skin looking it’s best. I’ve been a huge fan since before I ever began blogging – I even did a post on her facial massage techniques which you can see here. She was recently on Pixiwoo’s Body Talk and recommended some amazing beauty products. Check it out – here!

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Why I Gave Up Job Security to Freelance – XOJane

If you don’t follow XOJane & you’re a woman, you MUST! They post on a ton of relevant topics and nearly every writer has a charisma and flair about their pieces which are often hilarious, engaging and easy to relate to. I highly recommend this site as one to follow if you’re into off beat female ish humor and this article in particular is pretty relevant to us bloggers and freelances so do check it out! – here.

Hello Again – Atlantic-Pacific

I’m really loving bright colors and neon this Spring and Blair from Atlantic-Pacific is really brilliant at all things style and fashion related. She’s always posting up really interesting outfit picks for the day which I find really inspiring, especially because she does things that are chic, but also wearable. I think runway fashion is interesting, but mostly I just think of how fucking weird you’d look if you wore that on the streets. This girl knows how to style pieces that look like they could go on runway, but won’t make you look like an insane socialite cat lady if you wear it in the streets. Just saying.

April Favourites – Urban Umbrella

I really enjoyed this April Favourites post from Urban Umbrella! She does frequent fashion posts and occasional beauty ones, but this one has tons of great picks that I’ll be looking into for Spring/Summer so do check it out!

Top 10 Tips for Eating Clean from @shrinkingjeans #health #nutrition #cleaneating

Top 10 Tips for Eating Clean from @shrinkingjeans

The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans is a great “weight loss” and health blog, but I really love the invaluable tips they offer like these ones for how to eat clean! I am not a huge fan of “weight loss” blogs, but this one is more of a get healthy and fit kind and its very easy to relate to because it’s written by normal women instead of fashion or fitness models which, in my opinion, can feel very patronizing at times. This one is not. Definitely check them out!

Image from Star Models’ Campaign – The Skinny on Body Image – The Fitted Frame

I found this blog, The Fitted Frame, recently from an IFB roundup post and found it really intriguing and relevant for us women. In it, she discusses the affect that media images, especially where the fashion industry is concerned, have on us and our body image. She also talks about this recent campaign from Star Models which they’ve done in an attempt to discourage women from starving themselves to meet unrealistic standards.

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Sarah Brown of Pai Skincare – 5 Desert Island Beauty Essentials

I really enjoyed this series of posts that the Beauty Shortlist has recently come out with! They’ve done a number of posts featuring prominent women in beauty where they’ve asked them to name their top beauty picks. My favorite is this one that features Sarah Brown of Pai Skincare’s Top Desert Island Beauty Essentials!

That’s It for this week’s list of links I’ve loved – What links are you all enjoying this week?

Please share them in the comments!

Otherwise, if you blog, please share one of your own posts in the comments from this week – I’d love to check it out!

Have a Lovely Weekend!

♥ Tianna

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

This week just flew by. I can’t believe I’m nearly through my 4th week of weight training. Everything is sore from my back to my calves, literally, but it’s a really accomplished feeling for me as I have gained a bit of strength since we started and I certainly feel stronger and even a bit leaner. It’s been difficult to not to cardio, but that will happen soon enough and I’ve been doing a 4 mile walk on weekends to try and get a bit in.

Anyhow, onto the links!

Clarins BB Cream Giveaway – Fluff & Fripperies

I’ve only found Fluff & Fripperies this week and I really love it! An Irish beauty blog, this is a great one for those who enjoy beauty news and reviews as much as me and she’s doing a giveaway at the moment so definitely sign up for that!

Amazon Beauty Bargains – Victoria’s Vintage

Victoria’s Vintage is a lovely blog if you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland and tea parties because everything is always pretty and cute, often pink, and quite pristine which I find really lovely. She has great beauty and fashion posts, frequent giveaways and this week’s post features some awesome beauty bargains from Amazon so definitely worth a look!

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NEW Illamasqua Paranormal lipsticks – British Beauty Blogger

If you aren’t already, you definitely have to follow the amazing British Beauty Blogger! Not only is she a veteran in the beauty industry, but she’s always the first to know when it comes to new beauty trends and products that are not even out yet. This week’s post features new lip colors from Illamasqua which I’ve been obsessing over! She’s a great adviser in blogging tips and etiquette for new bloggers and she’s just a fun read overall.

Embracing Pain: Life’s Gifts Often Come Wrapped in Sandpaper – Tiny Buddha

 I’ve been trying to feature the odd post in these links which isn’t about beauty and this week, it’s a post from Tiny Buddha about spirituality or whichever. I don’t know why, but I really enjoyed this article which discusses how suffering and hard times in life can often bring about great things. It has kind of stuck with me all week so definitely check it out!

Battle of the Hair Oils – Friday is Forever

This awesome post by Friday is Forever features some nice hair oils! I love a good hair oil, especially in Summer when I’m much more likely to need extra nourishment due to the sun, heat and time spent in pools or at the beach. There are some lovely hair oils featured that I’ll definitely be looking into! Friday is Forever is a fantastic beauty and fashion blog for those interested in that sort of thing- which I am!

Beauty Haulin’ – Diary Delights

Diary Delights is a lovely beauty and lifestyle blog which features all sorts of posts like this one where Phoebe, the lovely blogger behind it all, shows us her latest beauty purchases. I don’t know why, but I love haul posts! She’s done tons of other types of posts, but hauls are fun to read and see what everyone’s gotten. It’s my way of being nosy on the internet, if you will. Definitely check out this blog if you’re into beauty and the like!

Get App-y: We Try Inglot’s Virtual Makeover App - Beautylish.com

Get App-y: We Try Inglot’s Virtual Makeover App – Beautylish.com

This last one is from Beautylish, an awesome beauty site! They’ve done a feature on a new smartphone app from Inglot where you can digitally apply Inglot cosmetics to a photo of yourself. I guess it’s meant to help you decide if you would like to purchase that specific product, but I personally find “makeover” type digital tools for makeup, hair, etc. to be a lot of fun and thought you all might want a look!

What Links Are You Loving this Week?

Let me know in the comments!

Have A Great Weekend! 

♥ Tianna

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an even better weekend! I’ve begun a new weight training routine which involves lifting heavy ass weights and doing no cardio. It feels very unnatural and my body hurts all the time now, but it’s a good burn. Also, it’s my birthday tomorrow! I’ll be turning 24 – weird how time flies ha?

Anyhow, onto the link love! ♥

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Sephora Birthday Haul – AdoraBeauty.Net

I’m loving all the awesome beauty stuff AdoraBeauty picked up on her birthday visit to Sephora! I got a birthday gift coupon in the mail as well so I’ll be visiting them sometime this weekend, I hope!

Waxing Tips for Summer – BellaSugar.com

If you don’t follow BellaSugar, definitely check them out! They always have super helpful beauty related articles. This one on Waxing was interesting and may be helpful for those prepping for Summer!

Orange Carrot Ginger Juice | gimmesomeoven.com

Orange Carrot Ginger Juice | gimmesomeoven.com

I’m not sure this post would be complete without a juice or smoothie recipe and this one from GimmeSomeOven is actually really delicious! I tried it yesterday – it’s very orange and there is a bit of carrot, but it’s just sweet enough and very refreshing. You will need a juicer to make it, though, but it is delicious as well as being great for eye and digestive health!

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Vitamin Hand Cream review

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Vitamin Hand Cream review – http://jessicaliani.blogspot.com/

I really love this beauty blog for Asian beauty reviews and she recently featured this amazing looking hand cream that I would really love to try out. Her blog is adorable and her pictures are always really good so she’s definitely worth a look!

Clean Eating 101 – The Iron You

If you’re looking to eat healthier and cleaner or want the scoop on clean eating, this is a great article from The Iron You! Aside from healthy eating articles, they also discuss weight training and other fitness topics as well.

How to Apply Foundation – TheBeautyDepartment.com

Who doesn’t follow TheBeautyDepartment? Commandeered by the incredible Lauren Conrad, they always have helpful tips for beginners in any beauty related category from hair,  to skincare, makeup, and nails.

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7 Steps to Hear Your Own Inner Wisdom – TinyBuddha.com

TinyBuddha is fantastic for those seeking spiritual guidance in life. I’m not always into what they write, but sometimes they do feature really interesting articles like this one that encourage us to reach within ourselves to find the right path as opposed to searching without. I actually think there’s a lot to be learned from that!

Tara’s Treats & Reviews – MAC & Other Goodies Giveaway!

I really love Tara’s Treats & Reviews blog! She does a lot of helpful posts in all areas of beauty and she seems like she’d be a lot of fun IRL! She’s currently doing a giveaway, if you’re interested, where she’s giving away 3 amazing prize packs, including MAC goodies, the above beauty goodies & a hair Pro Styler Curling Iron tool! It’s open internationally so definitely enter for your chance to win!

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6 Popsicles to Celebrate Spring – CookingStoned.TV

I discovered CookingStoned this past week and the founder,  Jerry Jame Stone, posts amazing recipes nearly every day! I’ve been dreaming of making these popsicles all week pretty much!

Wish your waist well with this abdomen-focused routine!

Waist Well Wisher Routine – BackOnPointe.Tumblr.com

If you are into fitness and healthy living, BackonPointe is an awesome Tumblr to follow. She always posts great simple fitness routines that can be done anywhere as well as helpful articles on health and fitness.

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Thursday Giveaway Links – ShibleySmiles.com

Shibley Smiles is an awesome lifestyle blog which features tons of articles on various topics. She’s always really helpful and she does this weekly post where she links up TONS of giveaways going on RIGHT NOW where you can win stuff. I took a glance at this weeks and up for grabs are anything from an Ipad Mini to a Coach bag or Clinique beauty stuff so definitely check it out!

That’s All for Now – Have A Lovely Weekend!

What Links Are You Loving this Week?

I’d love to know in the comments!!

♥ Tianna

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Happy Thursday Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great week – Today’s post is a different kind of post than I’ve normally done, but it sort of continues on with this post I did on the idea of vulnerability in bloggers for authenticity. Also, in an effort to try and be more open with readers and see what it is that you all really want to know, learn or hear about, I’ve designed to ask you all. 

So, with that, I’d really appreciate if you all commented with what you would like to see more of on the blog whether that means more beauty, more fashion, etc.

Otherwise, you can be ultra specific about it and let me know something you want to learn ie. “I want to learn how to diminish acne scars with DIY” or “I want more bright color fashion inspiration.” 

You can also request more posts on health and fitness or even if you’d simply like to know more about me and my own hobbies or whichever. 

Just let me know in the comments & I’ll do my best to make it happen!

♥ Tianna 

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely and productive week and onto an even better weekend with  ( hopefully ) lots of sleep. I am exhausted. Last weekend, I spent most of my time helping my boyfriend film a short for a festival and I got to be both the camera operator and a female lead which was all done through V.O. I had tons of fun and we got some amazing shots, but it was tiring and I was left feeling like my weekend never happened at all, despite how much fun I had , so I’m looking forward to getting some solid sleep time in this weekend and possibly filming my own short as well, if time permits, and then I can show you all! Do let me know if you’d like to see any of that and I’ll happily showcase it here once it’s done.

… Onto the posts I’ve loved this week!

Are Bloggers Being Exploited? - These Stylish Streets

Are Bloggers Being Exploited? – These Stylish Streets

I really enjoyed this article from These Stylish Streets discussing the topic of blogger exploitation for free products. It’s a fascinating topic to me and she brought up some really fantastic points about the whole issue that is very relevant for any blogger, not just fashion and style bloggers. If you’re a blogger, definitely check it out and, if not, you may enjoy a look into blogging issues as well!

Lush Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb Review – Seek My Scribbles

I really loved this review on the Lush Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb from Seek My Scribbles! I love all Lush products so when I see a review or post on them, I just flock there. Everything is so beautiful and smells amazing and -sigh- it’s been WAY TOO LONG since I’ve graced their shops! Anyway, her review is lovely and thorough and I especially love the photos of her pink bath water – definitely picking up this bath bomb soon!

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How I Style My Sweater – My Lady Boudoir

I absolutely love this post from My Lady Boudoir on how she styles her new sweater! She’s so adorable and the styling is brilliantly simple, yet chic. I’m always super inspired by fashion and style bloggers and this is an awesome blog if you’re in need of inspiration!

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5 Easy Steps to Blog Spring Cleaning – Sweet Jelly Bean

I absolutely love Sweet Jelly Bean! Not only is she one of my closest friends in the blogosphere – she’s also a brilliant blogger. She features lovely beauty and lifestyle posts, but also does super helpful posts on blogging itself. Take this recent one she did on Blog Spring Cleaning – very helpful and fantastic for those of us who want to get more traffic to old blog posts. I highly recommend her!

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Beauty Lush List – Discoveries of Self

I love wish lists in all their forms and this one is no different! This lovely Lush List from Discoveries of Self  is a fun read and features some promising beauty goodies, especially the OCC lip tar and Lime Crime lippie! She has tons of helpful posts and beauty reviews as well so definitely check her out!

Lastly, check out this awesome post on How to Walk 10,000 Steps A Day from Skinny Ms. – this awesome health & fitness site for women that I pretty much stalk! They have super valuable info on getting fit and being healthy – highly recommend if you’re into that sort of thing!

That’s it for Blogger Link Love Friday – What posts are you loving this week?

Share them in the comments below!

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and look forward to an even better weekend.

My weekend will be filled with more Spring cleaning, especially my bathroom and we’re actually having a yard sale as well so that should be fun.

It’s that time again – Blogger Link Love Friday! – so here we go 😉

Caudalie Divine Legs – British Beauty Blogger

If you don’t follow the amazing British Beauty Blogger, go there RIGHT NOW and follow her! She is a maven and a veteran in the beauty industry who offers loads of priceless advice on navigating the beauty world as a blogger, consumer, etc. Plus, if you just want to know what’s new in beauty – she’s always the first to know!

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Pretty Little Purchases – Milk Bubble Tea

The lovely Milk Bubble Tea blog is one of those blogs that is just so pretty to look at! I can spend hours browsing the posts because everything is so shiny and lovely. This post she did recently on some adorable purchases she’s made is no different and look at that dressing table! I highly recommend her if you’re a fan of pretty things like me 🙂

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31 Day Nail Challenge – Megan Box Nails

I found this amazing nail blog, Megan Box Nails, awhile ago when Megan and I traded buttons and I’m so glad because she inspires me when I’m feeling especially nail inferior. Her designs are really fun, creative and well, amazing. She knows what she’s doing with lacquer ladies! If you’re a nail design fan, definitely check her out.

Cucumber Sparkling Water – Undressed Skeleton

You may already know about the incredible Undressed Skeleton tumblr blog, but if not, definitely check it out! Especially helpful if you’re into healthy eating, her blog is filled with healthy, low calorie, and simple recipes for those seeking a healthy lifestyle with food. She’s super creative in her ideas and I love looking through her recipe index for inspiration and ideas for meals and snacks.

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PB&J Smoothie – Keep Your Diet Real

I love smoothies and this one from Keep Your Diet Real looks amazing! Growing up, I was pretty obsessed with PB & J (Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, if you’re not in the know 😉 ), so much so that my mom claims I ate them every day for lunch for a few years, but that’s all hearsay. Anyway, this recipe looks fun and a bit different from many conventional smoothie recipes so I thought it’d be a fun one to try out. This blog has tons of great healthy food recipes for those who are keeping their diet ‘real’.

Shea Moisture NEW Olive & Green Tea Body Butter

Shea Moisture NEW Olive & Green Tea Body Butter – Organic Beauty Talk

The lovely Organic Beauty Talk blog is all about discussing non-toxic beauty and proving that you can be green and clean in beauty as well as stylish. She posts reviews on loads of natural beauty products which are always thorough and helpful when looking for new things to try. Definitely check her out if you’re into a natural beauty routine that’s not just for hippies, as the blogger and founder of OBT says 😛

And lastly, some awesome giveaways are going on this week on various blogs.

Check out the 3 below & definitely sign up to win some fantastic prizes!

Swirls & Scribbles X The Fashion Closet Giveaway

Swirls & Scribbles X The Fashion Closet Giveaway

Lou Loves Beauty Makeup Palette Giveaway

Lou Loves Beauty Makeup Palette Giveaway

Lauraxamy’s Spring Giveaway

Lauraxamy’s Spring Giveaway

So that’s all for this week’s edition of Blogger Link Love Friday.

Be sure to check out all the awesome blogs and sign up for the lovely giveaways for a chance to win some really great prizes.

What Are You Plans For the Weekend?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

Have A Lovely Weekend!

♥ Tianna

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Burt’s Bees Favorites Skincare Set – Target

I know a lot of people often think that you can only get natural and organic beauty products if you pay a lot of money, that they aren’t convenient and that you can only get them at specialty type stores, but the truth is that it can be super affordable and simple to get a hold of great products, even at your local drugstore. I have tons of favorite products that I love from various natural and organic drugstore brands so I thought it would be fun to share my favorite brands that you can easily get ( at least in USA, not sure about other countries sorry!) at your local drugstore.

1. Burt’s Bees. I love Burt’s Bees! They have tons of great skincare and body care products, but my favorite are their lip tints. They have really natural tints that are very wearable for every day and super nourishing on lips. I love them so much and they’re super affordable. You can get them at almost any pharmacy or drugstore like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid or Target.

Pacifica® Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette

Pacifica® Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette – Target

2. Pacifica. If you’re familiar with Pacifica, you might have seen their products at Sephora, but I was SO excited to see they are now being stocked at Target! Man, how I love Target and this only makes my love grow stronger. They sell a variety of lovely natural body, fragrance, and even some natural cosmetic products like the above eye shadow palette I’m currently lusting after. The photo doesn’t do it justice though. It looks WAY better than that in store and it’s only $11.99! I think that Pacifica has actually lowered their price point to fit in with what Target customers are willing to pay so WOOT! Oh, and they also carry amazingly nourishing body lotions; I especially love their shimmery body lotions which smell incredible. 

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap - Lavender (16 oz.)

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap – Target & CVS

3. Dr. Bronners. These are not necessarily my favorite products, but they are really great basics to have on hand and they get the job done in a natural, eco sustainable and fair trade kind of way which I really love. Their products are gentle and smell really lovely, but inoffensive. Also, the value for what you pay is amazing as you can get these huge economical sized bottles for under $20. 

Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes - 30ct.

Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes – Target or CVS

4. Yes To… Although they have other lines ( Blueberries, Carrots, etc.), my favorite of the lines is the Yes to Cucumbers line. It just smells really refreshing and calming and their face towelettes are lovely for carrying around in my purse whenever I need freshening up! Their products are super affordable and diverse, but nearly all skincare products. I haven’t done much experimenting with their Carrots/Blueberries products, but the Yes to Cucumbers are all pretty amazing. 

Willa Girl Cucumber Face Mask - .33 oz

Willa Girl Cucumber Face Mask – Target

5. Willa Naturals. Although this is technically a beauty brand for girls, I have no shame in admitting that their products are awesome and, why yes, I use them quite faithfully! My favorite of their items is this Cucumber Face Mask which is both refreshing, detoxifying and cleansing. It’s a great simple clay mask to have on hand for weekly pampering or fighting breakouts and the brand is SUPER affordable for teens and adults alike.

Dead Sea Essentials Chamomile Mud Mask - 5.3 oz.

Dead Sea Essentials Chamomile Mud Mask – Target or CVS

6. Dead Sea Essentials. I actually discovered these by winning a mini spa pack at my sister’s baby shower a few months ago and I was really surprised to actually like their body products. Their body lotion and scrub are both really nice, gentle and calming while their hand cream is super nourishing and smells really pleasant without being too overwhelming. 

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil - 3.4 oz.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil – Target, CVS, Walgreens

7. Weleda. Weleda is a fantastic brand for body products, especially natural body oils, bath oils and hydrating creams. Their bath oils are really calming and their creams are great for calming irritation or helping with severe dryness in skin.

Avalon Vitamin C Rejuvenating Oil-Free Moisturizer - 2.0 oz.

Avalon Vitamin C Rejuvenating Oil-Free Moisturizer – Target, CVS , Walgreens

8. Avalon Organics. Avalon Organics is a lovely skin care line for brightening and simple basic face moisturizers. I really love their Vitamin C range and that’s mostly the products I’ve tried from them, though they do offer other types of products as well and are all affordably priced.

Eco Tools 5-pc. Brush Set

Eco Tools 5-pc. Brush Set – Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart

9. ECO Tools. I absolutely love the ECO Tools brand for makeup brushes and shower tools. They offer great quality makeup brushes that last a super long time and are made with sustainable materials at a very decent price point. Plus, they are stocked at tons of places so you can get them virtually anywhere. Plus, their shower gloves and bath sponges are also lovely and very affordable as well.

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Physician’s Formula Mood Boosting Powder – Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart

10. Physician’s Formula. This is a really lovely cosmetics brand that is offered nearly every pharmacy as well as at Walmart and Target. They are super affordably priced and they offer some fun products like this line of blushers and bronzers that are scented and actually smell really lovely, but are meant to boost your mood. I don’t know if I believe all the mood boosting crap, but it does smell really nice and the designs of these are so cute!

So, those are my favorites; What Are Yours?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!