Mega Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway!

blogopToday I’ve joined up with 34 other beauty bloggers to do a Mega Beauty Blog Hop GIVEAWAY! If you are unfamiliar what a blog hop is, it’s pretty simple. Each lady in the hop is giving away something beauty related. All of the prizes are from cruelty-free brands. You can click through from one blog to another, entering the giveaways as you go. I recommend that you keep track of your entries by paying attention to the numbered list. You do not need to enter all in a single sitting. Come back and complete all entries by October 31st.

You can enter 1, 10, 20 etc. or all of the individual giveaways that are linked below. If you enter all 35 of these individual giveaways, then you’ll be eligible to enter to win the grand prize of $350 Paypal Cash. Think of the things you could buy with that!

The Grand Prize entry form is on every one of the participating blogs, so you only need to enter once at the blog that you end on. All entries will be verified once the giveaway is over, so please give us a few days to announce the winners. Make sure you follow ALL the rules of each giveaway so you won’t be disqualified! This blog hop giveaway will run for 2 weeks, ending on October 31st at 11:59pm EST and is open to all.

In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in the beginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!

Ready to start hopping? Well, first things first — you’ve gotta enter my giveaway!

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I am giving away 2 Sigma Beauty brush sets! The Spot-On Concealer set includes the F63, F64, F66, F68, F69 and F71 and The Perfect Blend kit includes the E32, E37, E38, E39, E48, and E71. Enter via the generator below, and one random winner will be chosen at the end of the blog hop. The only mandatory entry is to subscribe to my Youtube channel and the others are bonus entries for extra points! After you enter, keep hopping to see all the other prizes and enter to win the main prize after you have entered them all!  You do not have to enter all in one sitting, feel free to come back here or another blog to keep hopping. Good luck!

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  1. Makeup Obsessed Mom
  2. Notes from My Dressing Table
  3. Thefabzilla
  4. The Feminine Files
  5. Beauty and Fashion Tech
  6. Portrait of Mai
  7. Realizing Beauty
  8. Style, Decor & More
  9. NorahLovesMakeup
  10. I Like to Talk A Lot
  11. My Beauty Bunny
  12. Beauty Info Zone
  13. Collective Beauty
  14. Geniabeme
  15. Phyrra
  16. The Plastic Diaries
  17. Ahleessa 4 Realz
  18. HashtagFabLife
  19. My Highest Self
  20. Polarbelle
  21. Just Tiki
  22. Brighter, Darling
  23. Haus of Hounds
  24. XO, Noelle
  25. Kate Loves Makeup
  26. ColorSutraa
  27. The Daily Nail
  28. Glam and Uncensored
  29. Keely’s Nails
  30. From My Vanity
  31. Beaumiroir
  32. We Heart This
  33. Prime Beauty
  34. Chick Lit Plus
  35. PolishGalore

And now for the GRAND PRIZE entry!! Do not enter until you have completed ALL 35 beauty blogger giveaways. All entries will be verified. Good Luck!

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Beauty Review: #Olay28Day Challenge

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For the past 28 days, I have been taking on a skincare challenge with one of my favorite – and OG!- brands, Olay. In today’s post, I’ll be reviewing each of the two products that I’ve been testing and sharing my experience with using them. Thank you to @Olay for sponsoring this blog post, and allowing me to work with them on the #Olay28Day Challenge!

20171011_111607The first product I’ve been testing is the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF. I am big fan of moisturizer, and this is a skincare step I never skip. This is a great moisturizer to use in the morning, as it does contain sunscreen and protecting skin is definitely key. I enjoyed that while this does contain sunscreen, it doesn’t smell, feel or apply like a sunscreen. Some moisturizers I’ve tried in the past that contain SPF are hard to blend on the face, feel too thick, and also have a heavy fragrance. I liked the easy to use pump, plus the instant hydration after using without a greasy look or feeling. This anti-aging moisturizer has been a fabulous addition to my skincare routine, and I will continually use each morning and would recommend.

20171011_111645The second product I have been testing became an instant favorite of mine. Another item I don’t skip in my skincare routine is some sort of eye cream. When I was researching the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel, I was immediately drawn to the words hyaluronic acid. This is an ingredient that I’m always trying to work into my skincare, so I instantly got excited to see that. I love the cooling effect of the eye gel and it’s packed with ingredients such as peptides and cucumber extract to instantly revive the under eye area and provide hydration. I use this both morning and evening, and a little goes a long way, making this a great value. I love instant gratification, and I get that with this product, in both a lift in the under eye area and how it makes the skin feel.

Overall, I have been extremely happy with both of these products, and will continue my daily use even after my 28 Day challenge has come to an end. They are both easy to use and have a travel convenience factor, which is important to me. A good skincare routine is crucial, and I love that Olay can simplify my routine but keep is so effective.  I encourage you to take the 28 Day challenge so you can see the results for yourself! To make it easy, you can visit the Olay Skin Advisor to help find out what regimen and products are right for you. The best part is that Olay is easily accessible, can be found at local drugstores, and has an affordable price point.  You can find more information here: http://spr.ly/336429Advisor

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Author Interview: Sara Goff

sara goffCan you describe I Always Cry at Weddings  in a tweet (140 characters or less)?

>>A month till ‘happily ever after’ Ava realizes she’s met everyone’s expectations but her own & ventures out to find herself in NYC #CryatWeddings #ForLoveAndCourage

What are your favorite genres to read?

>>I grew up reading British and American classics. (My mother was my high school English teacher.) So, romance to me was the likes of Wuthering HeightsGreat Expectations, and Little Women. You would’ve thought I’d end up writing historical novels, but starting in my twenties, I switched to reading contemporary fiction. In both my reading and my writing, I’m more issue-focused than I am a romantic. Romance shapes everyone’s life in one way or another, and that comes through in my writing, but I prefer to explore the challenges we face in today’s world and the decisions we make.

How important do you think social media is for authors these days?

>>Social media is critical to authors, and it would take a concerted effort to try and avoid it. My approach is to choose one or two avenues that work best in my network of friends and readers, and dedicate my time, maybe an hour a day, to building up those particular platforms. For example, most of my followers are on Facebook and Twitter. I like Instagram, but that’s more for fun. I only blog for my charity, Lift the Lid, Inc., and I’m real shy about sending mass emails, although that’s something I’d like to get over.

Where do you complete most of your writing? Any certain time of day that you prefer?

>>Where do I complete most of my writing? Ha! Anywhere and everywhere. When I lived in Manhattan for 16 years, I didn’t have children, so my writing looked a little more typical: at a desk in my ninth-floor apartment, where I had views of the historical Charities Building and a French charter school across the way.

Since then I’ve written on the floor of a cabin in Stockholm’s archipelago, my dog and newborn son playing beside me. In London, I ventured out to cafés in Notting Hill and Kensington. Now living in Connecticut, with two boys, ages three and eight, I write standing up in the kitchen, late at night in bed, or wherever I happen to be waiting for them to finish school, sports, and their music lessons. I’ve learned to be flexible and to take whatever hour I can grab.

Are you currently working on another novel?

>>I’m working on the sequel to I Always Cry at Weddings, mostly because my readers, friends and family insisted that I keep going with Ava Larson’s story. Since I Always Cry at Weddings was published in September of 2015, I’ve moved four times. That’s right, four times in two years, from London back to Manhattan, and then three times in Connecticut, finally landing in Westport. Moving is not conducive to writing, or getting anything accomplished other than unpacking…but now that I’m more or less settled down, I’ve been able to pick up the pace on book two.

I will say, the second book feels very different from the first. Ava is four years older and in a totally different phase of life, devoted to teaching dance. I think we all know how much our lives/outlooks/priorities can change from one phase to the next. Ava does not yet have children, nor is she married, which is a source of frustration, but she’s moving in that direction as she finds an alternative path to starting a family.

i always cry at weddingsAbout I Always Cry at Weddings

Ava Larson is going to bring all the other brides to tears.

Engaged to a wealthy NYC socialite’s son, Ava is ready to set the city abuzz with her glamorous wedding. At least until she realizes her relationship isn’t what it should be. Then, in a move as daring as a red satin dress, she does the unthinkable–she calls it all off and makes a promise to God that from now on, she’ll save sex for marriage.

She’s convinced the future is hers for the taking, especially when an undercover cop promises a new romance…and an unexpected friendship with the homeless guy under her stoop brightens her days.

But when her carefully balanced life teeters out of control, weddings aren’t the only thing to make her cry. Ava has to figure out what life she really wants to live…and what in the world love really means.