Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bulu Box Review, April 2014

FTC Disclaimer: I am a Bulu Box affiliate. This post may contain affiliate links. This Bulu Box was sent to me free of charge, however all opinions are 100% my own.



I've made a huge effort to switch to a healthier lifestyle. When I was accepted as a Bulu Box affiliate and they offered me a free three month subscription, I was super excited! I've never actually had a subscription box before, so this is my first! Watch the video to see me unbox the Bulu Box, then read on to see my full review!


Tapas To Go
This stuff is YUMMY. The hummus is so delicious, but I was a bit disappointed because there weren't enough lentil crackers by any means. The lentil crackers were really good as well, but again not enough of them! I probably wouldn't buy this on my own, just because it's not worth it. If they sold the hummus in a normal sized tub, I would buy it though.

Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins 
Pretty tasty! There were about 6 of them in there, so obviously not enough to tell if the vitamins had any affect on anything. They don't taste like vitamins at all though. However, they're not gummies in the same way gummy bears are gummy. They're more like Sour Patch Kids or Sour Patch Watermelons. Not really the consistency I would want for my vitamins, although I do love Sour Patch Watermelons.

 Beauty Bursts Collagen Chews
These. Taste. TERRIBLE. I literally spat it out because it just didn't taste good. I couldn't do it. I was really disappointed too because I got the chocolate flavor and I love chocolate! Not this one. Nope.

White Shield Teeth Stain Protection
I don't drink coffee but I am a tea drinker. I was really concerned that it would affect the way my tea tasted, but it really didn't! It's supposedly supposed to prevent stains as well as remove existing stains, but I can't really tell if it works or not. My teeth looks the same to me. So maybe it does work!

KIND Bar Dark Chocolate Chili Almond
I didn't like this either. It tasted SO good at first, but as the chili settled in, it was just too weird. I love spicy food, but the chili just settled in my throat. It made my throat and breath feel warm, which reminded me of how my breath gets hot when I have a fever. I couldn't finish the bar. I think if the chili wasn't in there it would otherwise be REALLY good.

MESTRENTH creatine powder
I'm not gonna lie, I didn't try it. It was orange flavored and I don't do orange flavored things. Haha My b.

So that's everything in the box! I can't wait to get my box for May!

What health products/foods do you like to use?
 Do you subscribe to any health boxes? Let me know in the comments below!
 


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weekly Wishes Wednesday #4



Hello loves! So sorry about my late post today. I had a really rough day yesterday. That also means that there's no recap video for last week, instead I'll just write about how last week's wishes went.

LAST WEEK

1. Make strategic changes to blog/social media // Done! I've made all the major changes I wanted to make, and will continue to make minor improvements to better my blog!
2. Launch design site // Done! If you follow me on any of my social medias, you might've seen that I've already designed somethings for other people (more on that in a separate post)! If you're interested in checking it out visit www.OllivanderMoMedia.com.
3. Stay on top of homework/job stuff // I would say about 80% done. I'm staying on top of job applications, and most of my homework but I'm totally sucking at my Spanish homework...I don't want to talk about it.
4. Brainstorm for newsletter // Got some ideas! We'll see how well I can execute them!

THIS WEEK

1. Go to bed earlier -- I've been inconsistent about waking up early, so hopefully going to bed will help me wake up early!
2. Do MAJOR work on homework/finals/exams -- 3 WEEKS until graduation guys. I'm panicking.
3. More job hunting -- I need a JOB!
4. Work on more blog marketing -- Gotta keep growing!

What are you weekly wishes? Let me know if you've posted some on your blog so I can check them out!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney

In what way have you started "doing?"
Let me know in the comments below, or share with me on Twitter/Instagram by tagging me and using the hashtag #mightyMOtivation! 
 
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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Yard in Phoenix, AZ



A couple Fridays ago, I drove up into Phoenix from Tucson to go on yet another AZ Blogger Date! We went to The Yard, which was a really great, fun place! It was actually the perfect place for a group Blate--If you need a fun, quirky place to eat and play games with friends The Yard is where you need to go! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the corn hole game or ping pong tables. But this place is seriously the s#!%.

This burger was heaven. So, so delish. It was kind of like....a really classy Big Mac.....haha.
These mussels!? GET THEM. It's so worth it. I wasn't a big fan of these bread pieces that it came with, but the garlic mussels were AH-mazing.
This isn't even my food. It's Brianna's...but it looked so cute! Grilled Cheese Sliders!

WHY YOU NEED TO GO // The food is amazing, there are GAMES...and there's a little "photobooth" set up where you can take pictures and they'll send them to you! It takes a while for you to receive it in your email, but it's still exciting once you do! They have a HUGE covered patio in the back, with comfy lounge seating so it's perfect for big groups.

THE FOOD // The food was so incredible. Jon and I never usually order seafood outside of Japanese restaurants in Arizona, but I'm so glad we did! They were so good, it was pretty much a competition between me and Jon to make sure we ate the mussels before the other person at them all. My burger was great as well! It was very similar to a Big Mac from McDonalds, only obviously 10X BETTER. It was structured the same and had some sort of sauce in it that was so delish.

I wish I had gotten pictures of the environment there, but I was just so excited about meeting all the girls that I didn't really get any location pics! So, instead you can have this pic of all the blogger girls, courtesy of "the Jahn." (Jon...the bf.)



Where's your go-to place for group outings?
Let me know in the comments! :) 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Make Up For Nerds: Fandom Cosmetics Review

FTC Disclaimer: All products were sent to me for review, however all opinions are 100% my own. This post does not contain affiliate links.


 When I first heard about Fandom Cosmetics, I was immediately sold. Make up inspired by all of my favorite fandoms? One of my biggest guilty pleasures in life is geeking out on all my favorite fandoms, including Harry Potter, Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who etc. So how could I resist the combination of two of my lifetime favorites -- nerdy fandoms and make up! This company sells nail polishes and loose eye-shadows (among other things) inspired by everything from Disney and Sailor Moon to Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Each full-sized bottle runs about $9, but you can also get mini sizes for $4.50!

Annie, one of the founders of the company, was kind enough to send me three nail polishes to review here for you guys. Here's what I got (from L-R):

  • "Depths of Despair": From their Anne of Green Gables collection. An opaque black base, filled with holographic purple and burnt rose dust.
  • "Off With Her Head!": From their Alice in Wonderland collection. A glitter bomb filled with spades, clubs, diamonds, hearts and white matte glitter.
  • "Fruit Loops": From their Big Bang Theory collection. A glitter bomb filled with metallic donut-shaped glitter, holographic silver dots, holographic silver dust, and blue and green peacock glitter.


I didn't get a photo of me wearing "Fruit Loops." However, out of all of them, "Off With Her Head!" was my favorite!





{What I love}CONCEPT // Again, just the idea of make up and polished based around a fandom has me sold! I was looking at their website, and they do a fantastic job and really capturing each fandom! I keep eyeing all their Once Upon a Time and Harry Potter collections!

 STAY POWER //  Being that these polishes are very glittery, they have MAJOR stay power. I wore them without a base coat underneath and I had THE hardest time getting it off when I finally wanted to switch colors. If you're looking for chip-resistant polishes, check these out. For those of you who like switching polish colors often, I would suggest wearing a clear coat underneath to make it easier to come off (you can kind of peel it off this way)

{What I wish}
SHINE //  The only thing I was wanting out of these polishes was more shine. Their gritty texture means that even the shiniest of top-coats fall through the micro-crevices between the glitter, meaning it takes a lot of top coats to build up the type of shine I like. Even with two top coats on, I could still feel the grit. However, because these polishes are so beautiful, it doesn't bother me much. I can deal with it. :)

APPLICATION // As with many confetti-filled polishes, application of the "Off With Her Head!" polish took some time and strategy. I don't think there's anything you can do with that though.

What are some of your favorite fandoms?
Leave me a comment below! Or if you have any questions about these, I'd be happy to answer!
 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

LUSH + more Giveaway!



I'm doing an awesome Giveaway for one lucky winner! All items provided by me have been purchased with my own money, because I wanted to thank you guys!

Rules/Terms: 
-You must be subscribed to my YouTube channel OR Blog
-Must be 18+ OR have parental permission to enter (winner must be able to provide shipping info)
-Must use Rafflecopter form to enter!
-1 winner will be chosen. Winner must claim prize within 48 hours of announcement.
-The winner will be emailed on Saturday, April 26!
-Once the winner emails me back, I'll make the official announcement on Twitter!

Prizes:
-Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly
-Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion
-Bubbleroon Bubble Bar
-BIG Sea Salt Shampoo sample
-I Love Juicy Shampoo sample
-Ocean Salt Face+Body Scrub sample
-Miranda Soap
-Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler + Deluxe Sample of Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara
-1 Ad spot on EndlesslyBeloved.com


Other Hosts:Emma from It's Emma Elise and Brianna from Endlessly Beloved are also participating in this giveaway!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Born Pretty Store Jewelry


FTC disclosure: All jewelry was sent to me by Born Pretty Store, however all opinions are my 100% my own. This post does not contain any affiliate links
 
If you're looking for a place to get some decent, cheap jewelry Born Pretty Store's accessory section is a great place to start. Right now if you go to their jewelry and accessories website and use the exclusive code VAST10, you can get 10% off your entire order.

Born Pretty Store's website isn't the most glamorous. It can also be a bit overwhelming because they sell so many different things! I've seen different sites like these before, and usually I always end up looking at their accessories because they're the easiest to manage.

I was able to choose three pieces to be sent to me. I have to say, I wasn't expecting a lot (for jewelry at under $5 a piece, can you really expect that much?) but I'm pretty happy with what I received!

This necklace is my favorite out of the three I got! It's perfect to wear to work/internships.

{Price}
Very cheap and affordable! Everything in their accessories section is around $5 USD and some pieces are as cheap as 99 cents. Shipping is free worldwide as well, so this is the perfect place to get really cheap jewelry.

{Quality}
The quality is actually pretty good for low-end jewelry. I would say to expect Forever21-grade quality. Definitely better than the very cheap quality accessories of Charlotte Russe, but you shouldn't expect it to last forever either. I was definitely impressed though! Everything feels very sturdy and not like it's going to fall apart any time soon.

{Style}
Being that their store is so big, they have a variety of options. There are girly, romantic pieces and edgy, unique pieces as well. I'm probably going to look for some statement necklaces to add to my collection!

{Shipping}
They do free international shipping, which is always nice! However, I think they're based in China, so shipping takes a while. My order took about two weeks and a half weeks to get in. It's a bit of a wait, but I'm still very happy with my order! 

What's your favorite kind of jewelry?
Let me know in the comments below!   


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Find Your *Healthy* Fitspiration

Like the great Cassie Ho always says, "Sore today, Strong tomorrow!" You got this girl, I believe in you! 

Finding a healthy way to get inspired about your fitness can be difficult. People often make the mistake of using "thinspiration" as a motivation device. I am strongly against thinspiration--the idea of using extremely thin, unrealistic, made up, done up models as your fitness inspiration. So please be careful not to do this!

{Find a "real" person who inspires you}
Instead of using sexy models who have had major photoshopping done to their bodies as your motivation, find someone real and down to earth who you feel you can relate to, but also inspires you! Pick someone who lives the kind if lifestyle you're hoping to achieve. Personally, I'm inspired by Cassey Ho of Blogilates. She's happy, fit, and gives me a realistic idea of what it means to be healthy.

By no means does your inspiration have to be someone "famous" either. I'm also very inspired by a friend of my sister. She, again, is a real person with a real, healthy, fit body and her drive when it comes to her healthy lifestyle (including getting literally all of her friends into Yoga and teaching a spin class as a hobby for a short time) is impeccable!

{Surround yourself with inspirational people}
I think this is something that people should do in general, so why not apply it to fitspiration? Make friends that live the lifestyle you want/have. Find friends who you can text about your achievements (and will text you theirs!) or will actually get active with you. Find friends who naturally have that ambition and drive, because it will inspire you to have it too!

Believe it or not, I found a bit of fitspiration in one of my newest blog friends! Kayli from Kayli Wanders! All those photos of her up on mountain tops made me want to get out and do something active! I mean, I've never wanted to go hiking more in my life! Not to mention, Kayli's drive in every other aspect of her life reminds me that I have big dreams I need to run full speed ahead towards. Another friend of mine from school, Natalie from Frugal Fashion 101, genuinely loves being fit and also has that drive in every other aspect of her life. Lastly, I love seeing photos of Justina from The Personal Geographic be a B.A. with her passion for climbing. Having inspired friends is, well...inspiring!

{Start Small}
Believe it or not, the thing that motivated me to get fit again was a walk with my sister's dog. That was it. I'm serious! I had taken my sister's dog on a walk around the Tempe Town Lake and realized that getting up off my lazy butt and getting outside of the house...felt good! It felt so good, I started doing Blogilates literally that day. If you're like me and you absolutely detest the gym, then don't force it. Go for a walk instead. Or a hike! Take a beginners dance class or yoga class. Go to an indoor rock climbing gym (I went for the first time on Monday, with the aforementioned Natalie! It was AMAZING), or one of those indoor trampoline places. Just do something! It'll be completely worth it.

{Cute Clothes}
We all know that as girls, we are so much more motivated when we look cute. If you've got cute gym clothes on, then there's twice as good a chance that you'll actually WANT to put them on and get active! I love me some bright blue and pink sports bras! And I don't even like pink!


How do you find your fitspiration?
Let me know in the comments! Or, show me on Twitter/Instagram by tagging me (@ollivandermo) and using the hashtags #OllivanderFITTs and #mightyMOtivation!



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