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Ah, Beauty Faux pas. We’ve all committed one ( or you know, all of them ) at some point or another and I’m certainly no different. I can fondly ( or not so fondly ) remember a time when I thought I was super stylish, but was sadly not and what better way to move past it than by sharing my crimes against beauty that I’ve personally committed? That’s what I thought too so I hope you enjoy and feel a little less bad about faux pas you may or may not have committed – No judgment here  😉

Pixi Flawless Beauty Stick

Pixi Flawless Beauty Stick

Orange Stick Foundation

So, the stick foundation I used to use when I first tried makeup was not this one by Pixi. I think it was by Covergirl or Revlon or something like that. The brand doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that, at that time, my skin was still young and perfect, and I did it no justice. In fact, I bought the stick foundation in the totally wrong color which looked quite orange on my skin and didn’t match my neck. It was God awful. Also, I likely put way too much of it on, didn’t blend it in, and just let it look all naturale in it’s pasty cakey glory so I pretty much looked ridiculous… which is why I stopped wearing it altogether after a week, deciding it was #1 too much work to put on every day and #2 I looked like a freaking Oompa Loompa clown.

CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner

CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner

Raccoon Eyes

I don’t actually remember what brand of eyeliner I first used. I think it was Elizabeth Arden or something. I just remember I nicked it from my mom’s makeup stash and only wore it on my top lash line for the first 4 years. In fact, that’s the only makeup I wore at all until I was 16 when I promptly added powder to my routine. When I was about 16, though, I thought the “intense dark eyes” look was super fab and decided to do it every. single. day… erm, at school. I don’t know how bizarre that looked, but I guess I shouldn’t feel so bad about having black eyes since all the girls in my year did it. Now you can see why I’ve not followed trends in so long. It did not do me any favors. Unless you count the unflattering photos as “favors.”

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Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Synthetic Pointed Eye Liner Brush – No 121

White Water Lines

I was in my Junior year when I discovered this brilliant little trick. What you do is you put white eye liner in your water line so you can make your eyes POP. What they don’t tell you is that white is seriously obvious and bright and looks horrible. You should really be using nude or beige colors that look more natural to your skin tone, but back then, beauty “gurus” recommended white eye liner. THANKS EXPERTS. I felt like quite the expert, myself, with this little tip. Maybe they were trolling their readers? Anyway, please save yourself some embarrassment and use beige or nude colored liner in your water line because white looks AWFUL. Yeah, you’ll look awake alright…and freaking insane.

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COVERGIRL Cheekers Blush – Natural Rose 148

Streaky Liney Blush and Bronzer

Although this last one was a bit later on, it’s definitely something I’m guilty of. It’s scary to think I walked around (confidently, no doubt) with thick streaks of blush and bronzer on my cheeks like a champ. All the while, I’m looking like Bozo the clown on circus day! Now, to my credit and the credit of all those who did this, blushes back then had a tendency to be chalky and really difficult to blend. The colors were also limited and usually were either too light or too dark. It’s a lot more evolved today when it comes to drugstore beauty, but when I was younger, there were a lot less options. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

So, those are a few of the beauty fax pas I remember committing the most!

Stay Tuned Tomorrow for My Fashion Faux Pas!

What Beauty Faux Pas Did You Commit ? 

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

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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 

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Crazy Before (230 lbs.) & After (162 lbs. )

Happy Mid Week Inspiration + Fitspo Wednesday!

I hope you’re all having a pleasant week so far and, if not, perhaps this post will brighten your day ♥

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Crossfit Workouts You Can Do At Home In 20 Minutes or Less!

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Reason to be fit.

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Why Cardio Alone Doesn’t Cut Fat

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What & When to Eat & Drink to Maximize Fat Burning

What & When to Eat & Drink to Maximize Fat Burning

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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself for Weight Loss & Life

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What Inspires You This Week?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna

 

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I have been having the worst hair issues that I’ve had in years.

With the change of the season, I feel like they’ve only gotten worse.

Even with some of the lovely hair products I’ve tried, I only find temporary relief and once I run out of the products, my hair goes back to the same miserable condition.

Breakage, split ends, unmanageable hair, tangled hair, dryness, dullness, frizziness, a ridiculous amount of fall out,  lack of body and volume, and just a general crappy crap mess when it comes to my hair.

Originally, I tried this mask because I was looking for a natural way to brighten up my hair for Spring without actually coloring it given that I have given my hair a fair amount of abuse in the past few years where hair dye is concerned and also that I was too afraid to really experiment without risking more damage and drama in the hair department so going the natural route has always been the safest bet for me.

I discovered this incredible recipe on YouTube via Andrea’s Choice – see her video here – but I actually altered it slightly to fit what I had on hand and I think I’ve gotten better results because of it!

Here’s What You Need: 

  • Equal Parts Organic Coconut Oil & Honey/ Manuka Honey – I used Manuka honey, but any honey will work. I say equal parts because I used about 2 tablespoons of each, but if you have shorter hair you could use 1:1 tablespoons or if you have longer or thicker hair than me, you might need about 3-4 tablespoons of each so just use your judgment. 
  • A small bowl
  • A spoon
  • A spare Grocery Bag to put on your head.
  • A Towel for keeping the mixture off your clothes.
  • Gloves (Optional)

Application:

STEP 1:  Mix Equal Parts Honey & Coconut Oil with a spoon in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

STEP 2: Wrap A Towl around your shoulders and secure with a hair band to prevent any of the mixture from transferring to your clothes.

STEP 3: Apply the mixture with or without gloves, as desired. Where you apply the mixture depends on what effects you want out of this treatment. If you want natural highlights, focus on the top layer of hair and the crown of your head in order to emulate the way the sun naturally hits and highlights hair. If you want an all over treatment, apply the mixture from roots to ends, mainly massaging into the scalp and saturating the ends.

STEP 4: After applying the mixture to your hair, wrap your hair in the grocery bag and leave in, as desired, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your hair will get really stiff and feel pretty unpleasant, but that’s normal.

STEP 5: Rinse hair in the shower, first with water only and then shampoo and condition as usual.

The Result? 

My hair has literally never felt better!

It’s super soft, manageable, bouncy, voluminous, shiny, frizz free, and it has some nice, natural looking red highlights in it! I’ve done this treatment 2 different times and had equally awesome results both times. I will continue doing this treatment every week or so for a bit as I’d really like to see how light I can get my hair to go. Also, I find that this treatment has done wonders for the condition of my hair. The difference is night and day and one thing I notice that I really love is that before, when I would wash my hair normally, I generally found that my hair was seriously imbalanced. It would get oily and flat in about a day’s time, but still feel really knotted, dry, and generally look unattractive. Now, after this treatment, I notice my hair looks amazing even though I’m going on 3 days without shampooing or anything and, for me, that is AWESOME! Lastly, another thing I noticed is that I’m experiencing bouncy waves and curls that I really haven’t had since I was 8 or something so that is AMAZING!

I hope you all can try this treatment if you want natural, damage free highlights for Spring & Summer or, especially, if you have any of the hair worries that I’ve been experiencing because I definitely think you will notice a huge difference!

What’s Your Favorite DIY Hair or Beauty Treatment?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

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Happy Monday!

I know that Mondays can be a bit “blah” for most of us, but I thought I’d do a nice inspiring post to give your day a little pick-me-up and put some pep in your step!

Yes, it’s Monday people, but you can make it anything you like and get inspired!

I thought these quotes would help to get you in a positive mood and rejuvenate your sense of happiness, in spite of the day of the week so I hope you enjoy!

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Wishing you all a Lovely Week!

What Inspires you the most this week?

♥ Tianna

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Warning : Cursing abound – abort now if you don’t like uncensored posts!

It may shock you to know that I once attempted to be anorexic…for like a day. And by day, I mean for about 3 hours before failing pretty miserably.

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What can I say? I’m just not cut out to deprive myself of awesome food. I know Kate Moss says that “nothing tastes better than skinny feels,” but she’s full of shit. There are tons of things that taste better than being skinny.

I’m not saying I don’t want to be fit because, if you follow this blog, you’ll know I’m trying to lose weight, but I’d never starve myself to achieve that because #1 I fucking suck at trying to willfully starve and #2 I am the biggest psycho bitch you’ll ever meet when I’m hungry.

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Now, it’s not to say I’ve never tried to become an anorexic because I totally have. There was a good solid month where I creepily teetered on ED city limits and followed “thinspo” blogs, but I’m just not cut out for it. I lasted a good 3 hours on small meals of veggies before I went out for sushi. Why? Because sushi is awesome and I can’t say no to it.

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On another time, I tried the famed “lemon cayenne molasses” diet for about an hour before saying “fuck it” and choosing to eat real food. My friend claimed you could drop 20 pounds in a month on the diet, and being the naive girl that I was, I bought into it. I rushed to the store to pick up molasses (WTF is molasses BTW?!), lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Basically you mix a tsp of each ingredient with water, shake and enjoy? What they don’t tell you about this piece of shit diet is that IT IS DISGUSTING. Whoever invented this was some kind of sado-masochist because this stuff tastes GOD AWFUL.

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I actually gagged a good few times before being able to swallow some down. I mean, I guess if it’s inducing your gag reflex, that must mean it’s working right? As luck would have it, I was doing lunch with my friend and my mom that day and they decided to eat at Olive Garden. THANKS MOM. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to sit through a meal with others wherein you can’t eat anything, but it is AWFUL. It’s the worst.

Halfway through their meal and after much whining, complaining and general bitching on my part, I gave up and ordered a salad and pasta because why? Because dieting is awful and starving on gag-inducing diet “detox” drinks is worse than both.

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Now, on a more serious note, I realize that some people really struggle with eating disorders and I’m not making light of the issue. What I’m really saying is that you should be eating healthily and exercising for a healthy heart instead of starving, bingeing or throwing up your food because what did food ever do to you? No, I jest, but really – it’s not worth it to put yourself through pain to be skinny. If you want to be skinny, lift heavy weights, eat well, love yourself right fucking NOW, and you can be, but in a way that’s not detrimental to your health. And lastly, the biggest reason of all – Why should you let the diet, health food, fashion, beauty, etc. industry dictate how you live your life? I say NINJA FUCK THE PO-LEECE! Or, you know, whatever industry you’re crusading against. I’d rather defy their expectations and create my own than be miserable for what someone else says is beautiful because REAL TALK – Everyone is beautiful. Seriously. Everyone has amazing qualities, whether they know it or not. Just because you don’t see how beautiful and amazing you are does not mean that it doesn’t exist. And if you don’t like yourself right now – that’s cool. You can recreate yourself anytime you decide you’re bored with a little self love, lipstick and smiles.

I hope you enjoyed this random rant 🙂

Have a Great Day Loves ♥ 

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 Inspiration & Fitspo Wednesday!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far with lots of progress in whatever goals you may have, whether fitness oriented or simply life-oriented. Stick to it and you’ll get there!

& Now Onto the Fitspo & Inspiration…

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Tone It Up – Bikini Series – 8 Weeks to Get Bikini Ready!

Lastly, I wanted to mention that I’ve joined the Tone It Up “Bikini Series” challenge. It lasts 8 weeks and includes fun Summer themed workouts and recipes from the incredible TIU girls, Karena and Katrina. I hope you guys can join me in this fun fitness challenge! You can learn more about the challenge in the post I did yesterday on it – here.

For More Fitspo & Healthy Fitness Tips, check out my Pinterest Board here!

What’s Inspiring you this week?

Have you ever participated in any online challenges, fitness or otherwise?

If yes, I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Have a Great Week!

♥ Tianna

Get Even More Inspired and Check Out Past Fitspo & Inspiration Posts!

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So, I recently joined the “Bikini Series” challenge which is a series done by the lovely ladies of Tone It Up, a fitness blog for women. The ladies behind TIU, Karena & Katrina, have both gone through their own weight loss journeys in the past and are now both fitness trainers and nutritionist experts. As best friends, they seek to help other women get the bodies they want through exercise and healthy eating. Their “Bikini Series” is in it’s 3rd year and as I had been following them for awhile now, I thought it was time to join in on the fitness fun, as it were.

Once you sign up, you get tons of emails with loads of workout routines, recipes and other tips to help get you started as well as daily emails with fun workouts they create on their YouTube channel for you to do. I’m not sure how they plan on choosing winners for this “Bikini Series,” but according to this post they did last week, there will be 4 Grand Prize winners that will win Contiki Vacations to go on their ultimate beach adventure as well as 20 prizes for other participants during the duration of the challenge which lasts 8 weeks.

So, I’m really freaking nervous about this whole challenge thing. It’s exciting and cool to have a great support system of women around, but then it’s scary to think about posting progress photos on the internet. It just freaks me out, but I’m doing it anyway because that’s how I roll these days. Also, I really like the TIU program and hopefully it can help me in my own journey to achieving body bliss 😉  so wish me luck on that and hope you all can join up as well!

You can sign up for the Bikini Series – here.

Perfect Fit Rice Protein Powder

Coincidentally, they also sell their own Perfect Fit Rice Protein Powder which I was sent awhile back for review and have been trying it out. Basically, this protein powder is made with organic brown rice protein that is raw, gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher, Non-Fat, Low in Sodium, and Free of Sugar, Dairy, Lactose, Cholesterol, Soy, Corn, Wheat and Allergens. { That was a mouthful }

What I really like about this protein powder is that it doesn’t have any crap in it that a lot of other protein powders include that’s basically just filler and makes it cheaper for them to make. Instead, the Perfect Fit Protein is all quality ingredients and nothing more, nothing less. It tastes really good in smoothies and includes a nice portion of protein (15g per serving) so you definitely get the right amount for post workout recovery, despite it being a healthier option. You can use the powder to bake with as well or make protein pancakes, though I haven’t done that yet. The price point for this protein powder is really good and very comparable to others on the market, but more worth the value for your money, in my opinion, because it’s really good quality. One downside to this powder is that it doesn’t last well once it’s in a smoothie. For example, I made a smoothie with it and then had some leftover which I put in the fridge for the next day. I had it the next day and it kind of made my stomach hurt which I think is due to the rice in the formula itself ( rice expands in liquid over time ) so I don’t recommend letting anything you make with this protein powder sit. It works best when you simply use it right away. I enjoy mine in fruit smoothies.

You can learn more about the Perfect Fit Protein Powder by Tone It Up – here.

On a last side note, they also sent me a really nice Summery lip balm which has a lovely fruit tropical scent to it that was nice to keep in my gym bag so definitely recommend that if you like cute, simple lip balms!

Have You Joined Any Fitness or Health Challenges this year?

What Are Your Thoughts on Protein Powder & What’s Your Favorite Brand to Use, If Any?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

 ♥ 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