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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Look :: TOM Subscription Box Review

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Good ol' Aunt Flo is back, and I ain't talkin' about the Progressive lady.

This might be TMI for some of you (if so, you probably shouldn't read my birth story) but during pregnancy and after having a baby, you don't really get your period for awhile. It's just as awesome as it sounds. Then it happens again and you're like, dude, once a month is WAY TOO OFTEN FOR THIS SHIT.

Fortunately, TOM Boxes has a solution. You guys know I'm a fangirl for subscriptions (Julep, Stitch Fix, Bluum to name a few) and this one is perfect for you ladies out there who, well, aren't pregnant and haven't hit menopause yet. I was contacted by TOM (which probably stands for Time Of the Month, yes?) and told them my fave type of tampon, my skin color (fair) and makeup style (natural).

The box arrived with these goodies and chocolate, which I promptly ate before photos were taken. Oops.

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The makeup shown is by Maybelline, Prestige, Wet N Wild and L'Oreal. Yes, again, the box CAME WITH ALL THIS! Can you imagine my excitement? Foundation, blush, two eyeliners and three lippies.

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I always start with foundation, then add blush and eyeliner.

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I've been enjoying all of these products except for the purple eyeliner. It was way too light for me. I added some of the gold liquid liner though, and it made my eyes pop a bit more. I'd actually never used liquid before this -- I thought my hands would be too shaky -- but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

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The box didn't come with mascara, so I used my own by NYC. I'm not a makeup guru by any means, and I try to get the cheapest crap I can. If it works, it works. The brand doesn't matter to me!

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I really liked all of these colors so it was hard to choose just one, but on this particular day I decided to wear Lustful by Wet N Wild. The darker the better, I say!

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My shirt is by Old Navy and shorts from Motherhood Maternity. Yes, I'm still living in my pregnancy clothes. BUT THEY'RE SO COMFY. Just try it, I dare you.

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See my final look below. Not bad for lounging around the house, eh?

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I'll be using the earrings for a future outfit, and don't worry, I'm not going to show photos of how a tampon is used. You can purchase your own box for your box here. See what I did there?

K, I'm done with the vagina jokes. Loudmouth out!

This post was created in partnership with TOM Boxes. I have been compensated and/or given product for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

*Photos by Megan Burke on January 7 and January 19, 2015 in Santa Clarita, CA.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Loves :: Clearista Skincare Review

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Have you ever discovered something and didn't realize how much you needed it until you found it?

I remember that's how I felt about getting a smartphone. I didn't buy one until Black Friday, 2012. I resisted it for SO long, even though I'd been a blogger for years. (I was obviously tardy to the Instagram party.) When it comes to technology, I'm like someone from the 19th century. I just learned how to turn on our TV last week. Not kidding. And now, of course, I can't live without my Android.

That's how I feel about this new product that has tickled my fancy. If you couldn't tell from the GORGEOUS bottle in my fave color, it's called Clearista Retexturizing Gel by Skincential Sciences. And, of course, I have a coupon code so you can get a discount on it yourself!

Welcome, by the way, to day two of Beauty Week on TLL. Don't forget to enter yesterday's giveaway if you haven't yet! Now, onto the magic of Clearista.

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This deliciously gooey, exfoliating gel filled with jojoba beads was created to treat seborrheic keratosis and keratosis pilaris (commonly referred to as "barnacles" or "chicken skin"). I don't suffer from either condition, but my skin is far from perfect and I do typically get red splotches on my face.

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I normally wear very minimal makeup, so keeping a clean, healthy look is important to me. The gel really helps give my skin a natural glow. I was advised to use it about 1-2 times a day after cleansing, so I keep it in my shower. I put it on for 30-60 seconds, then use a circular motion to spread it for about 30 seconds.

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The bottle doesn't say to rinse, but I was told to when using it on my face. If you have red bumps on other areas of the body, you don't have to cleanse first and you can just rub it in after. The gel uses a patented formula to help accelerate the skin's natural exfoliation process. It's safe, effective, and environmentally friendly which are always pluses for me! I'm definitely seeing a difference after just a few weeks of use.

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I was once a skeptic, but the gel is a great addition to my beauty arsenal. My skin is softer and clearer. Just cleansing alone doesn't seem enough now. These photos are from my first time trying it, but I'm sure it will continue to improve my facial texture! (Would you guys be interested in an update in the future!?)

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Now, for the best part: if you want to snag a tube for yourself, head on over to the Clearista website and enter LOUD15 for 35% off your purchase. Be sure to check 'em out on Twitter and YouTube as well!

This post was created in partnership with Skincential Sciences. I have been compensated and/or given product for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

*Photos by Megan Burke on January 7 and January 19, 2015 in Santa Clarita, CA.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Loot :: Pevonia Skincare Review + Giveaway!

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Practicing self-love and living loudly begins with focusing on inner beauty, but that doesn't mean we should neglect our outer.

In fact, it's quite the contrary! Nothing makes me feel more sexy, confident and powerful than a day of pampering myself. Each year for my birthday, I get my hair and nails done, grab a massage and maybe even a facial. But shouldn't we treat EVERY day like this? Why not worship ourselves like queens always?

Lately I've discovered a new bedtime beauty regimen, and it's completely changed how I feel at the end of the night. Normally, darkness comes and I feel restless, anxious and disappointed. In my head, I start going through all of the to-dos I didn't hit that day and the ones I still need to accomplish the next.

But taking the time to love on my own body, plus the addition of spa music, forces me to stay present and appreciate myself for my efforts. And that's why I've officially dubbed this week BEAUTY WEEK on The Loudmouth Lifestyle!

You're in for some real goodness, friends. I've got bomb discounts, useful tips, and non-annoying reviews galore. Plus, we're kicking it all off with a giveaway!

First, though, let me tell you more about what you'll win -- because I've been using this stuff myself, and Pevonia is the best thing my face has found since Proactiv in 1998.

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In the words of Gala Darling, "you don't need an orgy of products." Pevonia sent me a threesome and it was enough pleasure to make my pores tingle. After completing their quickie quiz, it was determined that I have combination skin and was assigned a set that includes face wash, lotion (toner), and skin cream (lotion). Yeah, I don't know what's up with those names either, but I'm a sucker for pretty packaging.

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I always start the process by taking off old makeup with Up & Up Cleansing Towelettes.

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Then I wash my face and neck with the Pevonia cleanser. Before this, I would use something a little more exfoliating, but even though this one is creamy it still gets the job done. My face feels nice and clean after.

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After that, I use a cotton round to apply the toner to my face and neck. This takes off any excess oil, dirt or makeup and it smells minty fresh.

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Lastly, I dab on the cream and rub it in. I love lotion and my face tends to get dry here in LA so I use a lot of it! Afterwards, my face literally glows. These products are all-natural, safe and professional.

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I'll be posting a follow-up next month with more of my results and the giveaway winner! Go ahead and fill out the Rafflecopter below and you could win a $25 Pevonia gift card! The only requirement is that you join the Pevonia Life Advocate Program, but you can get extra entries too. Good luck!

This post was created in partnership with Pevonia. I have been compensated and/or given product for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

*Photos by Megan Burke on January 7 and January 19, 2015 in Santa Clarita, CA.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Look :: Momtrepreneur Sass + New Spring Class (Psst... Enrollment Starts in 10 Days!)

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I've learned two major things about you since starting on this life coaching journey.

I've learned that the people who need coaching the most are also usually the people who:

1) Don't have time for it.
2) Don't have money for it.

Is this you?

Here's the thing. I'm personally convinced that ANYONE can have the time or money for ANYTHING as long as they make the sacrifices to get there, and I honestly believe that these are normally excuses of our subconscious imposing resistance to change, HOWEVER...

I've also been on your side of this situation before.

I used to have a life coach myself, and at first, there was a part of me that didn't know if I could handle it. I don't know why, but it was a little scary. Actually, I didn't even remember feeling that way until recently, when I saw how uncomfortable some of my friends got when I offered my services. It's not always easy for us to be humble and vulnerable and ask for help and admit where we lack.

But, you guys, coaching did SO MUCH for me and I truly wouldn't be where I am now without it. Which is why I want to do the same for you. I want to eliminate your obstacles as much as possible. I want to make it really easy and really fun and really affordable to get coached by me so that there are NO MORE REASONS for you to put it off. No matter where you're at in life, we could all use someone to encourage, motivate, and inspire us -- someone to propel us forward, keep us accountable, and guide us down the right path towards our goals. I've been waiting for the chance to be that person for you.

And that's why I put up a bunch of new offerings in the shop recently.

Each of them is completely different. The prices range from less than $5 to more than $50. There's something for absolutely everyone, and I couldn't be more excited about that!

I'll be sharing more details soon (along with testimonials and FAQ), but for now, here are the basics...

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Mini Mouth Books // I'm currently working on 5 bite-sized e-books. Each one will cover a different set of topics, ranging from family and friends, to blogging and business, to sex and spirituality. They will be 5-15 pages long and $3 each. Available for pre-sale starting February 2. Official release date is April 7.

One Quick Question Sessions // If a full hour with me isn't your cup of tea, I'm offering quickie sessions via phone or video chat (your choice). You'll be allowed one question, unless we talk fast... and then I'm willing to answer whatever we can fit in. This is perfect if you have a big event or crisis happening that you need help for STAT. These will be 5 minutes long and $5 each. Available starting February 2.

Blog Analysis // I'll review your blog based on a series of criteria including design, overall theme, tone of voice, and more. You will then be provided a list of personalized suggestions. This will happen via email and will cost $45. Available for pre-sale starting February 2. Official release date is April 20.

E-book Edit // If you're working on a book yourself, I will personally read through and edit to your desire. Book must be 35 pages long or less. This service will happen via email and cost $95. Available for pre-sale starting February 2. Official release date is April 20.

Loud Ladies 2015: Spring Break Edition // I'm super stoked for the shorter, cheaper, crazier version of my yearly coaching program for bloggers, Loud Ladies. You'll receive a daily inspirational email, two 30-minute one-on-one sessions with me, and year-long access to the private Google+ group, among other special surprises. This e-course lasts for 7 days, costs $75, and is only available for 7 wild women. I can't wait. Enrollment starts February 2 and ends April 7. Program begins April 13 and ends April 19.

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Any questions, comments or concerns?

Feel free to contact me! You'll get the longest response through email and the quickest response through Twitter. And if you still think you're too broke or busy for coaching, let me know and we'll come up with a plan that works for you. I promise you won't regret it!

I'll see you back here next month for the big launch, but if you REALLY wanna be the first in line, sign up for my newsletter. It's free!

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Dress - Kohl's
Sweater - MIL's
Necklace - grandma's
Shoes - Ann Taylor
Sunglasses - Target
Purse - Merona via Target

*Photos by Megan Burke on January 7, 2015 in Valencia, CA.
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