Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Clean-Out Post: Too Many Body Lotions!

A couple weeks ago, I ran out of my favorite body conditioner. I didn't feel like making a long drive in either direction to get to the nearest store, so I went online to order a replacement. The price, which I'd conveniently forgotten, made me cringe. It was $32.95. I bought it anyway because I'd been using it nearly every day for months, especially since getting pregnant. But it got me thinking... how much lotion and body conditioner do I own, and how much do I use?

This week I went around our master suite with an empty cardboard box, collecting all things moisturizing from my nightstand, dresser, bathroom counter, and shower. The results were astounding:

If I used all of these, I wouldn't be concerned... but many of them are old and dusty, or don't get used because I just don't like them. Why on earth am I keeping them?! It's time for a Clean Out!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pregnancy Post: My Labor & Delivery Playlist

I am a music person. If I could have a soundtrack for my life, I totally would. I guess it started with dance lessons. My parents enrolled me at 2 and a half years old because I was leggy and awkward, and dance would help me gain some semblance of gracefulness. I've always had a response to music... fast and upbeat to get your heart pumping, slow and calm to relax, fast and angry to work through frustration, soft and sexy to get in the mood. And who can resist dancing (even just a little bit) when a favorite upbeat song comes on?

So, I decided to create a labor & delivery playlist. It's perfectly possible that zero music will be played during labor (I've never done this before and frankly don't have a lot of perspective to go on), but in the case of a long and arduous process, I know that a good way to distract myself from the icky parts (blood, needles, etc.) is to have some music ready to go. I listen to my playlist every now and then, just to get in the zone, and I thought I'd share my list here for prosperity. And yes, my taste in music is all over the place and "kind of lame." Whatever.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

My 2015 Resolutions

2015 is going to be a pretty epic year. It would be hard to top 2014 for me personally, but we already know that 2015 is going to do it. So, in an effort to get myself to feel somewhat together, I'm going to create some resolutions for the year that I think can help manage all the major changes and life experiences headed our way.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pregnancy is Sexy?

Pregnancy is not sexy. People will tell you it is. They'll tell you it's the most amazing thing ever. A miracle, they say. The greatest experience a woman can have, they encourage.

It's incredible.

You want to know the truth? 

Details ahead that may not be for the squeamish... You've been warned.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Special Announcement!

Hi everyone. I'm back!

And I have a special personal announcement and update on the direction of this blog.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The blog is back!

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about The Reasonable Blog!

Hint: Food is involved. More food than usual, as perhaps someone is eating for two...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Updates on Previous Posts: Le Tote

As my blog passes 80,000 hits and rounds the corner to 100,000, I decided to look through my posts and find some of the more popular ones and give updates this week. I noticed that a lot of beauty bloggers and vloggers post raves about various products that you never, ever hear about again, and it can be helpful to hear an update on whether or not they're still loving things they reviewed.

Today's topic is Le Tote, originally reviewed here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Week Wrap-Up

Hello, TRB Readers! It's been a while since my last update, so I thought I would come back and do a little recap of the last week or so.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sick Day Beauty Essentials

Few things are worse than catching a cold that makes you feel like you've been run over by an 18-wheeler. And this week, it was my turn to get knocked on my rear end.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pink Week Review 2: NYX Butter Glosses

It's Pink Week here on The Reasonable Blonde, where I'm celebrating beauty items in one of my favorite hues: PINK! Today's topic? NYX butter glosses. Let's go!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Health & Fitness Update 2

It's time for another check-in for health and fitness here on TRB! This week had some rough weather, but for the most part, I did okay. Let's jump right in.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Pink Week: PopSugar February Must Have Box

Today's post for Pink Week here at TRB is about this month's PopSugar Must Have Box!

Let's open 'er up, shall we?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pink Week Review 1: L'Oreal Youth Code

I was getting my camera set up with a few things to post on the blog soon when I noticed a trend - and so Pink Week was born!  This week at The Reasonable Blog we're celebrating beauty-related items that are all shades of blush and bashful. The first post is L'Oreal Youth Code. Let's jump right in!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Current Favorite Apps: January 2014

Today's post is a little different, but in today's digital age, we rely so heavily on our phones, tablets, and computers that I thought it might be fun to share a couple current favorite apps: one for productivity, and one for leisure.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Product Review: Covergirl Bombshell Volume mascara by Lashblast

Covergirl has a new mascara on the market - Bombshell Volume. Given the popularity of the other Lashblast mascaras, I was excited to give this one a try. Let's first take a look at what the product is supposed to do… then let's see what kind of results I got!

Bombshell Volume is unique because it's a 2-step process in one mascara. The first step, which is unlike other primers that are clear or white in color and meant to add length to the lashes, uses a wand that is short and rubbery, putting color on the lashes.

The second step, which uses the same color, has a regular wand with longer bristles. In these two steps, your lashes are supposed to look thicker, longer, and more luscious.

While it is convenient for the two steps to be in the same tube, I want to point out that this mascara is a behemoth! Here is the tube next to a quarter:

So keep that in mind if you have smaller hands or like mascaras that are easier to hold and control.

Now onto my experience - complete with REALLY CLOSE pictures!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Herbal Essences Naked Shampoo & Conditioner

Images courtesy of Herbal Essences (Proctor & Gamble)

This month, Herbal Essences is releasing their newest line of haircare products: Naked. Naked has three product lines:
  • Naked Volume
  • Naked Moisture
  • Naked Shine
I was able to snatch up an early-release set of products from the Naked Volume line, which is perfect because volume is definitely something I need help on! The set includes four products:

  • Naked Volume Shampoo
  • Naked Volume Conditioner
  • Naked Volumizing Souffle (aka mousse)
  • Naked Volume Dry Shampoo
The Volume line also includes a hairspray ("Flexible Hold Spritzer") but my set did not include that, so I won't review it here. If you're interested, the set can be purchased for $12.99 (USD) here. (Pro tip: Go through to get 4% cash back, making the price $12.47, which is decent for four full-sized haircare products! CVS in my area has these normally priced at $4.99. Keep reading to get my thoughts...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Fortune Cookie Soap Box: Nightmare Before Christmas Edition

One "subscription box" service I wanted to check out was Fortune Cookie Soap. I don't love Bath and Body Works (mostly due to to overwhelming and synthetic fragrances), and Lush is great but I tend to spend a fortune there. So, I wanted to give something new a try, and I'd heard good things about FCS!

The Fortune Cookie Soap Box is a sampler of themed products that is delivered to your door 4 times a year. It can include bath bombs and melts, body lotion, antibacterial hand gel, soap, and so on. All boxes include 8 items, and cost $19.99 if you're in the US, $34 international.

My first box was the Nightmare Before Christmas-themed winter box. Keep reading to see what was included, and my thoughts on everything!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Goal Check-in: A Week of Business Travel

This week has been quiet for this blog as well as Twitter and Instagram because I have been traveling for work. I wanted to review some things in the week as a follow-up to this post about my little changes goals for 2014. So, here's my first check-in!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Health & Fitness Update 1: Small Changes

Welcome to my first health and fitness post of 2014! This year, my first resolution is to be happy and healthy. (My second is to waste less time, but that's another post.) And I'm determined to set positive, reasonable goals for myself and meet them through small, sustainable changes.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette and a Reasonable Recant

I admit it. I was wrong.

I said I wasn't going to buy the Naked3 palette. "It's too redundant," I said. "I don't need it," I sighed. "Too pricey and ridiculous!" I wailed.

Then I got a VIB credit to Sephora and caved. Here are my [honest] thoughts. Bear with me while I try to be as thorough as I can. There are a million reviews of this palette online right now, so I'll mostly stick to the basics and pictures (including swatches).

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Quick Review: Maybelline Clean Express Makeup Removing Wipes

I picked up several items from the Maybelline Clean Express line (more on the others later), but I wanted to share my thoughts on these wipes very quickly.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Splurge Pore Cleansing Face Masks - Origins vs. GlamGlow

Lately I've noticed that my pores need a little extra attention, probably due to wearing fuller coverage foundations more often. I decided to try out some face masks that specialize in removing the crud from pores and helping cleanse the skin without sucking out all moisture. If you follow me on Instagram (here), you may have seen that I got a sample of the Origins Clear Improvement active charcoal mask to try, and [spoiler] I liked it well enough to buy a full size.

I'd heard rave reviews about the GlamGlow Supermud mask, and had been eyeing it at Sephora for quite some time. So, when I had a 20% off coupon, I picked one up to try out. Although the effects were also good, I have to admit that the Origins mask wowed me more.

Read below for my thoughts on each and recommendations on where to spend your money! Note: I have dry skin that can be sensitive in that it's easily reddened, but I am generally not acne-prone. Keep that in mind when reading my thoughts as your mileage may vary.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Home Life 1: Cleaning, Clutter, and Comparing Myself to Others

Welcome to my first Home Life post! If you like this kind of sharing, please let me know and I will keep posting these kinds of things. This blog is primarily for discussing beauty, but a beautiful home is a glorious thing. Don't you agree?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Great Kisser? A Lip Balm Review

I've written before about my search for a great lip balm. I need something that moisturizes, smoothes, and tastes/feels pleasant. I don't want anything too waxy or goopy. And these days, it seems like most products either do nothing, or are so thick and goopy that they make the situation worse.

I've searched high and low, and when I saw that Soap and Glory had a balm, I was excited to give it a go! Their scrub is fantastic, and I even like their Clean on Me body wash. So their balm should be good… right?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con Lolita Palette

Every now and then, a splurge comes along and you just can't help yourself.

This is that splurge.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

99 Questions Tag

Hi everyone! Just for fun, I thought I'd pop on here and do a tag that I've started seeing crop up here and there. I am planning to get back into regular beauty blogging and I have another Disney Villain giveaway coming up (and it's international!), so check back soon. In the meantime, here's something that seemed pretty fun.

Let's get started!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

e.l.f. Disney Villains 2013 Nail Polish Collection: Review and Giveaway! [CLOSED]

The Reasonable Blog is back and better than ever - and we're celebrating with a GIVEAWAY!  (Sorry friends across the ponds... this one is only domestic because I can't ship it internationally, but look out for future giveaways for you!)

Look what I found!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Let's Talk About Subs, Baby

Original Picture Source
I thought I'd do an update on subscription services that I've posted about here before!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral Palette Swatches & Review

Recently, I've heard some rave reviews about the Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral palette, which is sold at Target.  Some beauty bloggers and YouTubers seem to have similar taste to me, and I typically like what they recommend.  However, some gals seem to recommend things that never ever work for me.  Seriously.  I'm not exactly sure why I still follow them.  Is this one of those duds?  Click below to find out!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sigma Brushes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We've all seen the blog posts.  The YouTube videos.  The pictures on Instagram.  Sigma brushes are everywhere.  A company has gone from being a virtual unknown to a cosmetic powerhouse in a matter of months.  Even I have posted praise for their brushes!  And they are good... but are they worthy of the hype as of late?

One honest [virtually unknown] beauty blogger's opinion ahead...

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Glitter Polish Dupe? Sally Hansen's Mermaid's Tale vs. Deborah Lippmann's Across the Universe

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in #560 Mermaid's Tale

Spring nail polish lines are coming out! Among the lilacs, mint greens, and pale pinks, Sally Hansen's aquatic-themed spring line is bold and fun. I picked up this little number today at my local Walgreen's. Full price is $7.99 but there are coupons out for 2 dollars off.

Mermaid's Tale is a glitter polish with a dark royal blue (almost navy-ish) base, blue microglitter, and blue and green chunky round glitter.

Click below to see swatches and more!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

2013 Spring Sample Challenge Post 1: John Masters Organics

Hi everyone! I'm back with an interesting little self-challenge I thought I'd share with you all. We have all heard the term, "Spring Cleaning," right? Well, sometimes that means more than just our closets, pantries, and the fridge. It's a good idea to take a look at your beauty products too!

I have a box where I've been throwing all my beauty samples that come in beauty subscription services, Sephora orders, etc. Some things get used right away, but others have been tossed aside for whatever reason, and the collection has been growing for quite some time now.

This spring, I thought I'd go through and start using these products. Who knows? Maybe a future holy grail product is laying in there, just waiting to be used?! I'll take pictures and blog about the products. If you all have tried some of these, comment - let's chat!

Onto my first review!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Review: Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick

I don't know about you, but my lids need a primer for eyeshadow.  For years, I avoided wearing shadow because it always creased.  Every day at work, I'd go to the ladies' room mid-morning and stare in horror at my face.  It looked awful.  Long story short, I discovered shadow primer, and life has been peaches ever since.

There seems to be a recent surge in cream shadows and sticks on the market.  I know the NYX jumbo pencils have been out a long time, but lately it seems like a lot of drugstore brands have caught on to the craze.  A few months ago, I picked up two of the Revlon Smoky Shadow sticks (in Flare, light and dark purple, and Atomic, gold and green).  They work okay as shadows, but I didn't love them.  Then I heard about another color: Torch.

Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch

Monday, January 28, 2013

L'Oreal Infallible Shadows Review

After hearing a few very positive reviews on the L'Oreal Infallible Shadows, I finally caved and picked a couple up for my business trip.  I was across the country for a week for work, and I wanted to pack some shadows for versatile eye looks without packing whole palettes.  I thought these might be a nice option.