Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #81 is Live! + New Giveaway

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 81st week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Jennifer at Busy Being Jennifer
Bekah at Re•solve

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi everyone! This is Chelsee today. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 

This week I just had to choose Erin from For Him and My Family for the delicious looking drink recipe that she linked up last week. I admit that I am one holding onto summer and this drink combines two of my favorite flavors. In the south, we love our cold drinks and I felt that as hot as it is that everyone would love to try this one out. Also with Labor day coming up I thought it would be the perfect time to try this drink out!  It looks so mouth watering that I had to share it with all of you! Erin posted an in depth recipe on her blog that is really easy to follow! Make sure you check it out and let me know what you think if you try it! 

For Him and My Family  is a beautiful blog, and Erin is an wonderful blogger and stay at home mom. Go check her out and follow her! 

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

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 Giveaway Time! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pretty Little Beauty Swap Signup!

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are having a great holiday weekend! I am so excited to announce that the sign up process has begun! Yes we completely understand that today you are all probably busy getting ready for Labor Day celebrations, but remember that this signup will be open until September 9th!  I know that I love beauty products and the idea of sharing them with others makes me oh so happy! Each round everyone seems to be loving their new friends and also loved what they received! 

Make sure that you read through the rules and full understand them. Feel free to ask any questions that you may have as well! If you are curious to see what others received last round check out this post!

Do you love getting beauty boxes?  Or maybe just trying new beauty products in general?

What about making new friends or receiving packages in the mail full of goodies? 

Want to meet another Beauty Loving Blogger? 

If any of these things sounds awesome to you, then the Pretty Little Beauty Swap is for you!

Grab button for PLBS

Hosted by Justine from Sleepy Single Girl , and Chelsee from Southern Beauty Guide The Pretty Little Beauty Swap is a bi-monthly swap between ladies who love makeup and meeting new friends!

Every other month, ladies will be paired up with another woman that they will have a chance to get to know and then get to send each other a gift of beauty products.

Swap boxes can be filled with beauty samples from past boxes that just weren’t your thing or purchased items you just know your partner will love!

Signups for this swap will be September 1st -9th. Partners will be announced by September 12th. You will have a month to get to know your partner and then packages must be sent by October 17th.

At the end of the month we will all link up to share what we’ve received!! Who’s in for some new pretty little beauty products and some even better new friends?

*All of the rules listed below are mandatory. If you can’t complete them, you won’t be able to participate in future swaps.*

1) We would love for you to follow the hosts: Southern Beauty Guide  & Sleepy Single Girl 
2) Email your partner within 72 hours of receiving your match. If you haven’t heard from your partner after 3 days are up, please let us know and we will pair you up with someone else!
3) Spend the month getting to know your partner. Learn her makeup likes and dislikes and colors she tends to use or steer clear of.
4) Each box should be a minimum of $15. I am sure your partner will love you for it. If you’d like to spend more, great! Just make sure that you talk with your partner about budgets to makes sure that you both receive an even swap. 
5) Please include at least 2 full size items that are not from a subscription service. No one wants to receive a bunch of itty bitty lotion samples!
6) Items must be new, unless you’ve discussed with your partner beforehand and she is comfortable accepting gently used items that you have tried and didn’t like.
7) Ship your packages by October 17th. Make sure to get a tracking number so we can confirm you sent a package if it gets lost.
8) Once you receive your package, create a reveal post and link up with us on October 24th.

The most important rule of them all…..Have fun!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Full Coverage Powder Foundation!

Recently I have been out makeup shopping more than normal. During these little adventures I have been stopped by makeup artists and other shoppers asking me about what foundation I am wearing. I have quickly told them about the foundation I am going to talk about today. Those that struggle with oily skin like I do sometimes find it hard to find products that work for them. So when I find something that works for me I am happy to suggest it to others.
About a month ago I was on the hunt for the perfect powder foundation that would hold up against all odds. I personally prefer a medium to full coverage, so sometimes finding a powder foundation that will give me coverage without being cakey is difficult. I was shopping online on IT Cosmetics' website and found the Celebration Foundation, which is a full coverage Ani-Ageing Foundation with Hydrolyzed, Peptides with Drops of Light Technology.  
I picked up the shade Tan due to seeing reviews that this foundation ran light. I am about Medium to tan in color so I felt that this would work great on me. I did not expect this to be that light and found that the shade tan was a perfect match for my skin. You can see from the picture above, it completely matches my skin and covers amazingly.
I purchased this foundation in a kit that also contained this Dual ended brush. I find this brush is simply amazing and is great at apply this foundation on my face and giving it an airbrushed appearance to the face. If you are on the market for a truly full coverage powder foundation, I highly recommend this one. I even use this daily lightly to top my liquid foundation to make my face "flawless." If you are not sure what shade will work for you, I recommend visiting your local ULTA to swatch them for yourself.