Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” Makeup Tutorial

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Happy Friday, friends!  Today I’ve partnered with Popsugar and Rimmel London (one of my all time favorite drugstore brands) to bring you a super fun, celeb-inspired makeup tutorial to celebrate Rimmel’s release of the new Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara.  This has definitely been a huge favorite of mine lately because it gives me mega volume for lashes that are totally amped up and lifted.

So when I sat down to figure out what kind of tutorial I wanted to do, I decided I needed some glam and gorgeous inspiration.  Enter Taylor Swift.  She is one of my favorite artists and her new song “Shake It Off” has been on repeat since it’s release.  Not only does it have an amazing message, but she sports a multitude of super glam looks throughout her video.  When I posted the picture below on my Instagram, the beatbox look was one of the most highly requested and y’all know that I will not pass up a chance to rock some winged liner and a red lip.

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I had the best time recreating this look, so if you want to see how it’s done, just clickety click on the video below!

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This look feels edgy and glam, but is actually really simple!  I only used a handful (okay…maybe two handfuls) of products and they are all totally wallet friendly, making this look perfect for ladies everywhere.

Rockin Curves

Here’s an up-close peek at the new and innovative broken heart shaped wand in the Rockin’ Curves Mascara.  It is designed to fit the curve of the lash line and grab each and every lash.  It takes a little bit of getting used to, but then it’s AWESOME.  The curve makes it so easy to coat even the tiniest lashes in the inner corners of my eyes.

I hope that y’all have enjoyed this tutorial!  Now go try this rockin’ new mascara and some of my other faves that were used in the video.  You can thank me later.  ;)

Until next time, just remember that the haters gonna hate, so we’ve just gotta shake it off!

*FTC Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Rimmel London Rockin’ Curves through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post and create a video about Rimmel London, all opinions are my own.*

Easy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Easy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Happy Fall, my friends!  Let’s just pretend it hasn’t been years and years since I’ve actually written a blog post and just jump right into the recipe.  I found this gem on Pinterest and decided to give it a try since I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin.  I made a few changes and adaptations, but you can view the original recipe here.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients:
1 can pumpkin
2 C milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C steel cut oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 C light brown sugar
4 tbsp butter

Optional Garnish:
dark chocolate chips
sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
– Combine all ingredients in a crock pot.
– If your crock pot is large like mine, cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Stir occasionally to prevent edges from sticking and burning.
– (For smaller crockpots, extend cooking time on low up to 8 hours.)

For a full video tutorial, click on the video below!

This recipe makes for the perfect, healthy breakfast, but I’ve been enjoying a bowl for dessert at night before bed.  Between my hypoglycemia and pregnancy, it’s super important to keep my blood sugar in check.  This has been allowing me to sleep through the night, and since Baby Grace will be here before we know it, I need to take advantage of that as long as possible.

If you decide to try this out for yourself, please share a photo with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #PSOwithRachel!

Summer Nail Art Tutorial!

Sally Hansen kindly sent me a box of nail art goodies to play around with and there were so many fun colors and textures to choose from!  Since we recently found out that we will be having a girl in November, I created a super pink and girly look inspired by Baby Grace.  (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I highly recommend checking out my pregnancy vlogs…especially the Gender Reveal!)

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Be sure to click on the picture to watch the full tutorial!  It’s a really simple way to work some fun nail art into your life.  I had such a wonderful time creating this look, so I hope you enjoy it as well!

I’m also giving away one of these Sally Hansen nail art kits, so be sure to get all of the details in the video description and enter for a chance to win!   I also recommend entering Sally Hansen’s #iHeartNailArt contest!  Create your own look and you’ll have a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer:  Sally Hansen sent me the nail art kit for my review and consideration, and kindly sponsored the giveaway.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

Prize Candle (Escape)

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Recently I’ve been trying out some new candles and my Prize Candle has become one of my favorites.  What’s a Prize Candle, you say?  It’s a pure, natural soy candle that’s free of parabens and other bad chemicals, and contains a piece of jewelry ranging in value from $10 to $5,000.  Yes, you read that right.  I have the Escape scent which is really nice for the summer with notes of Island florals, pineapple, peach, and undertones of vanilla, with just a hint of island spice.  I’m usually not the type to go for sweet scented candles, but this is quite nice and not at all overwhelming or sickly.

I’ve already mentioned Prize Candle a couple of times on my channel, most recently in my May Favorites video, but I wanted to give you a peek into the step by step process of uncovering my prize.

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After burning the candle for a few hours, you can start to see the prize package peeking through.

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I’d burned through at least the top third of the candle and you can see about half of the prize package, but it was still too early to retrieve it.

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At last the prize is ready for the taking!

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In each prize package, you receive a ring and a little sheet with a code that can be entered on the Prize Candle site for an appraisal.  My ring was worth $10.

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It was a really fun experience, but it does require either some patience or some serious candle burning.  Kyle was eager to see what the prize was, so he took it on as his duty to watch over our candle and see if it was ready.  He’s the one who ultimately pulled out the prize and found that the wax felt nice on that hands (almost like a massage oil), but that some of it had leaked into the package.  The appraisal sheet was pretty oily and the ring required some cleaning as well.  Once he had it all wax-free, I was able to look at the ring and it was quite nice even though it was the least expensive prize.  The major drawback for me was the size.  This ring is MASSIVE.  Now, I know I have super tiny fingers and most costume jewelry rings don’t fit me, but this fit on Kyle’s ring finger.  And he’s not a small person.  Not a huge deal since it was only worth $10, but I would have definitely had to get it resized if it had been worth more money.

These Prize Candles run for $25 which is a little pricey in the candle world, but they are top quality and you have the chance to win a ring that is well worth that money.  I also recommend getting on their mailing list because I’m always getting special offers and deals from them.  If you’re interested in getting a Prize candle of your own, I have a special discount code just for my viewers!  Use code FREE20RACHEL for 20% off a purchase of $24.99 and up at checkout!

Overall, it was definitely a fun experience!  The candle itself is really nice, and the mystery of the prize makes it that much more enjoyable.  Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried Prize Candle or plan to purchase one in the future!

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  This candle was sent for my review and consideration.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

Kyle’s Wednesday Wows!

Hello, friends!  Happy Wednesday!  If you are subscribed to my YouTube Channel, then you’ll know that I have a weekly favorites series called my Wednesday Wows.  A couple of weeks ago, it occurred to me that it may be beneficial to do a Wednesday Wows for some of the things that my husband has been loving as well.  I’ve finally rubbed off on him and got him to use more products, so here are few that have become staples in his routine.

These are in no particular order of favoritism, but I generally like to work my way from the head down!

Garnier Power Putty Fiber Spikes* garnier power putty Truth be told, he actually likes the Mess Maker version better, but it’s at the field and was not available to be photographed.  This is a close second though.  Kyle is not one to really “style” his hair as he generally keeps it pretty short, but he has lots of cowlicks that need to be tamed.  These putties give him the hold he needs without making him look over-styled.

VMV Hypoallergenics 1635 Pre-Shave Barbor Oil* VMV shave oil Before he was gifted these next 2 items, Kyle used nothing but hot water to shave his face.  ::shudder::  I’m a huge fan of this allergen-free, mostly natural company, and he has really been enjoying this shave oil.  It produces a warming effect and preps the skin for shaving.

VMV Hypoallergenics 1635 Pre-Shave Scrub*
VMV cleanser This gentle scrub exfoliates the skin as another prep-step for a nice, smooth shave.  He didn’t notice a huge difference in the shave results with this one, but if he’s in a hurry and doesn’t have time to let the hot water soften his facial hair, this definitely will speed up the process.  Kyle did also note that this has an earthy smell, and he’s right.  It’s definitely not an offensive scent, and is probably good for a men’s product.

Kyoku Sake Infused Shave Cream for Normal Skin*
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BY FAR KYLE’S FAVORITE!  He uses this for shaving and absolutely raves about it.  It’s a gel-to-cream type formula that provides a little bit of a cooling sensation and makes a huge difference in the shaving process.  It softens hairs and makes for the smoothest dang shave you’ve ever had.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve tried this out (gotta keep that beard in check =P) and it’s pretty awesome.  BONUS!  I’ve got a 20% off coupon code for all Kyoku products from BeautyChoice.com.  Just enter “GGKY2″ at checkout!

Garnier Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub*
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It’s literally taken me YEARS to get Kyle to wash his face.  He has great skin, only getting a pimple occasionally, but he does suffer from blackheads on his nose.  They drive him crazy, so he was actually on board with trying out this new face wash from Garnier.  He uses it after his shave routine in the morning and it’s cleared up most of his blackheads!

Kyoku Facial Moisturizer (SPF 15)* kyoku moisturizer I’m so proud that my husband is all grown up and finally using a moisturizer.  He was always the type to stick on some sunscreen at the field and call it a day, but then I would always hear complaints about his skin being sooo dry or too oily depending on the time of day.  I’m like, “Hi.  If you used a moisturizer, it would solve both of those problems.”  Kyle has really been enjoying this one.  A little goes a long way, and it’s not greasy, but definitely keeps the dryness at bay.  Again, don’t forget the coupon code mentioned above!

Gilette Clear Gel Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant (Cool Wave) gilette deoderant As a staple in his routine, he tends to buy this deodorant in bulk.  Being an athlete and someone who tends to sweat a lot, he needs something to keep him fresh and dry throughout the day, and this definitely does the trick.  The scent is nice and light and not too overwhelming.

Eau de Lacoste (Energetic Red)
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I found this cologne for him a few years ago and he’s been using it ever since.  “A triple blend of spices, ginger, black pepper and cardamom, contrasted with a sparkling iced red tea note.”  It’s not too strong or musky, but just right for a sexy smelling husband.

And that’s all, folks!! I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different version of Wednesday Wows today, and if you’re interested in knowing what products I was loving this week, pop over to my channel to watch my latest video.  Comment down below with some of the products that the men in your life can’t live without!

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  Any products marked with an * were gifted to us or provided for our consideration.  As always, our opinions are 100% honest and our own.*