Beta… and I don’t mean fish!

Since the day that iOS 10 was announced, I haven’t stopped thinking about all the new things to come.  To me, this was by far the best iOS to date (that really wasn’t too difficult though)! One major problem?  We were told that we would have to wait until the fall (months away) for it to be released… SAY WHAT???


Now if you have been reading my blog you may already know this little secret but if you haven’t figured it out yet then let me clue you in.  I AM EXTREMELY IMPATIENT!  I can’t wait for anything.  Once I set my mind to something I have to have it immediately.  The anticipation kills me.  I get anxiety just thinking about it!


Well, today was my glory day!  The BETA for iOS 10 came out to play (and no I am not talking about our fish Charlie)!  So after downloading it and playing with it the whole day I have narrowed down my absolute favorite thing! 

::DISCLAIMER:: I don’t know anyone that has the Beta yet so I was forced to try out all the cool things on myself!  Which is why I am texting my own number!!!


Messaging App.

Anything and everything about the new messaging app is amazing!  I love that you can send a message with an entire page effect!  This really lets me convey my feelings and be completely obnoxious with my text messaging!  (Sorry to all of my friends now)! Confetti for everyone!

Next we have the little “like” “love” and “dislike” bubbles that you can put on any and every single text that you and your friends send each other!  Again, I will never get tired of these!

The new messaging app now has what I like to call the “emotional” text messages.  No more will my message be confused as angry or mean because I will send them “gentle” (small and dainty text)!  When I want to get my point across I will “slam” it into your screen!

Now-a-days in a world that is so consumed with technology, why not send a handwritten note (kind of).  Even my chicken scratch gets a pretty overhaul with the new handwriting capability.  Of course these are completely customizable as well, so choose the perfect delivery method! Invisible Ink anyone?

Last but certainly not least.  EMOJI’S.  Now when you are texting someone and you write out a paragraph to send and realize last minute that you have ZERO Emoji’s that is okay, because this new app will fill in your Emoji’s for you!  That’s right!  It is PSYCHIC…

First your text turns orange once you click on the emoji icons (this shows you what can be turned into an emoji).  Then all you have to do is click on each word to change it and VOILA!  EMOJI-fied! Hallelujah!  Emoji’s galore!


Although there are numerous new changes to iOS 10, I believe the new messaging app is perfect for E V E R Y O N E.  It doesn’t matter if you are texting your mother, your SO, or your best friend, you can create the perfect message for them all.  I have never taken part in any of the other Apple Beta’s but I am so glad that I jumped on board for this one!  There is still plenty of time, so head on over and sign up!  What are you waiting for?

Love,

Bri

This Week’s Favorites

I love trying out new products.  At any given time I probably have at least 20-30 samples of different prooducts to try.  I find that there is no better way to see what products you like than to get a sample of it to take home and try with your daily makeup and hair.  I have tried face lotions, serums, primers, peels and even hair products.  I have loved some of the products and I have hated others.  You live and you learn, right?  

Where do I get all these samples?  Well, I make what feels like my  weekly trip to Sephora and pick up some of my normal essentials, but I also snag a goodie bag of samples while I am there (don’t be afraid to ask, they always have some)!  Also my local Sephora does not always have what I am looking for in the store so I have to shop online.  Great thing about online is that you get free samples with E V E R Y single order.  Well after trying some of my latest samples I had to make a special trip back to grab the actual products because I liked them that much… So without further ado…


Bite Agave Lip Mask– I am obsessed with Chapstick and lipgloss (although I have never finished an entire tube of either because I lose it somewhere along the way), but Bite is my new favorite, and I think I might actually finish this tube, YAY! It is made with all natural products and leaves your lips hydrated and silky smooth.  This product tastes (of course I licked my lips as soon as I put it on, WHO DOESN’T?) and smells wonderful as well! I bought it in the satin finish that is a perfect pink color for my lips.  It adds just a hint of color and shine without all the sticky mess of your normal lipgloss.  I use it during the day with my makeup and at night before I go to sleep and my lips have never felt better.  

Becca Backlight Priming Filter–  I have never really used a primer before (I am actually kind of shocked by this realization myself).  I keep getting samples of it and figured now was as good of a time as any.  I first tried the bare minerals blemish remedy mattifying prep gel and I did not like it all.  I couldn’t tell if I was applying it wrong or what but as soon as I put on my foundation or powder the primer was clumping up and coming off (pretty sure that is not supposed to happen)!  So I got a sample of the Becca Primer and immediately fell in love.  It gives your skin a dewy and bright look, which I know is what everyone is going for.  This primer is easy to put on, it blends in easily and it does not make your skin oily!  Day 3 and I just can’t express enough how great this product is. Primers really do make all the difference when used (who would have thought)!

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray–  I have very fine and very straight hair.  I can’t use a lot of products because they weigh my hair down and/or make it too oily. I love texturizing sprays and salt sprays though because they give a little body and texture to my otherwise limp and lifeless hair.  Bumble and Bumble has apparently been around for a while, but this is the first time I have actually tried it and I am so glad that I did.  This surf spray is perfect for my hair.  It is lightweight and free from harmful chemicals.  It really does make your hair feel like you just got out of the ocean.  I have a little “crunch” in my hair after I have sprayed it and style my hair.  It smells great and doesn’t weigh down my hair AT ALL.  I bet if you have curly or wavy hair this product would be even more amazing, but sadly I will never experience those coveted curls unless I make them myself!  I like this product so much that I am about to buy a few more bumble and bumble products (and that is saying something because they are not cheap $$)!


Now there is no telling what great new things will come out next week or even the week after that, but for the time being I just cant get enough of my new favorites!

Love,

Bri

One True Loves

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As you all know, I read a lot of books, but very rarely do I read one that I find profound.  Taylor Jenkins Reid gave me all the feels with her new release One True Loves.  This book was just released last week (June 7th) and was picked as the “best book of the summer”, so of course I jumped right on it!  I was rocked to my core after reading this and I am still not sure how Emma and I both survived. This book will leave you emotionally raw from the twisted love triangle of the main characters and is only intensified by the real life experiences that no one should ever have to go through.

Summary


Emma Blair and Jesse Lerner were high school sweethearts.  They grew up, got married and have been traveling the world while photographing and writing about all the top destinations on everyones bucket lists.  Emma’s life was perfect, that is, until her husband goes to Alaska to photograph the icebergs and never returns.  This story goes through the turmoil that Emma felt while trying to overcome the lose of her husband and pick up her life.  

After two years of grieving and just trying to get through each day, Emma’s life takes an unintentional turn.  She runs into her best friend from high school, Sam, and they immediately hit it off.  Emma never thought she would be able to love again, but Sam is able to show her to not only love again but to also start living her life.  It doesn’t take long before they are engaged and planning their big day, but all of that she has built will soon be questioned when her husband, Jesse, is found alive.

Thoughts


Do you ever truly get over your true loves in life or do you just simply move on while still loving them?  Will Emma be able to decide who she is supposed to be with before it is too late and she is left with no one?  This book will make your heart ache for every single character.  I was happy and then I cried and then I was happy again.  I didn’t quite know who I wanted her to be with, but around every corner was some new kind of heartbreak.  Someone was bound to get hurt.  They always say, three’s a crowd, and in this case that is correct.  Emma can’t be married and have a fiancé.  It isn’t about who she loves more, but who the best person for her is.  She became a different person after Jesse died and maybe the Emma he knew died that day with him.

This book lived up to all of the hype.  I 100% recommend you all to read this book sooner rather than later.  I could not put it down!  I hope you all love this book as much as I did.  

Love,

Bri

Brighter Skin, Brighter You

Like any other girl out there, I am always looking for the next best thing that will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, freshen up my skin, and give me that overall youthful glow.  Although I am only 30, I like to take the proactive approach and start doing these things before it is too late!  Below are my go to products that I could not live without!


Peels

When it comes to choosing any kind of peel for your skin, you should always test a small portion of your skin at first.  I have had some friends that have had some serious reactions to acid peels.  If you have sensitive skin, you may need to take a different approach.

I don’t have sensitive skin, so I use all kinds of different peels on my skin.

Ole Henriksen Power Peel 

This is probably the most powerful peel that I have used outside of a spa.  There is a 3 step process to this power peel.  

  • Step 1 exfoliate with an almond scrub.  This takes off all the dead skin cells, exfoliates and opens up all of your pores.  This step alone is amazing.  My face feels so much fresher after this step.
  • Step 2 is the lemon acid peel.  I am not going to lie.  THIS PART BURNS.  Your pores are open and you are basically putting lemon juice on your skin.  You have to leave this on for a couple of minutes.  Try to make it the whole time if possible!  I turned on my blow dryer on cool and blew it on my face to help alleviate some of the stinging.
  • Step 3 is a chamomile lotion that goes directly on top of the lemon peel.  This step feels amazing!  I could not get this lotion on quick enough!  After a few more minutes of letting it set, you can rinse it all off. 

Overall this peel was great.  My face was a little red immediately after, but it went away after about 3o minutes.  My skin felt so smooth and clean after all was said and done.  I have used this peel multiple times, so obviously it is not that uncomfortable!

Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel

This is almost more of a cleanser than a peel.  You simply rub it all over you face and it peels off all your dead skin cells.  Then you rinse it all off.  The results leave your skin silky smooth.  There is no irritation to this gel at all.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel

This is by far my favorite peel.  I actually bought the 30 pack after I initially tried it.  I have tried the extra strength peels (since I am not as sensitive).  This comes in a 2 step process.  There is an alpha wipe and a beta wipe.  

  • First you rub the alpha wipe all over you clean face.  I rub it in until the cloth is pretty dry (2-3 minutes) and then I let it set on my face for another 5-10 minutes.
  • The beta peel goes on the same way.  You will wipe the beta cloth all over you face again until the cloth is dry.  After you are done you DO NOT wash your face.

I love to use this peel when my face feels a little more oily or when I feel like I might be getting a breakout.  I have literally felt a pimple coming on my chin, use this peel and then woke up the next morning with nothing there! I highly recommend these!


Masks

I am all about sheet masks.  They are easy to put on, stay in place and give you results!  If you haven’t tried one then you are seriously missing out.

Karuna Brightening Face Mask

Karuna has a great line of products.  I have used their anti-aging masks, their hydrating masks and of course their Brightening masks.  You can’t go wrong with these one time use masks.  They are perfect for perking up your skin and giving you the results that you are looking for.

Dr. Jart Water Full Hydrogel Mask

I like to stick this mask in the Fridge for a little bit before I put it on my face.  This is the best hydrating mask that I have used so far.  When you take it out of the package the gel is dripping from the mask (that’s how much is on there)!  I will wear this mask for about 45 minutes and let as much of the liquid soak into my skin before I take it off.  When I wake up the morning after using this mask you can see a clear difference in how dewy your skin it!  I LOVE IT!

Miss Spa Deep Wrinkle Hydrogel Eye Treatment

I like to use these in conjunction with my under eye creams.  I like to use these (even thought I don’t have deep wrinkles) because I feel like these are more hydrating.  They stick right onto the skin, but I have found for best results you should lay down while wearing them so they do not slip!


Lotions

Countertime Vibrant Eye Perfector

I cannot say enough good things about this eye cream.  Since I had my daughter I have dark circles under my eye.  It probably has something to do with the lack of sleep or the amount of stress that I now have, but I could not figure out how to cover them.  I got a sample of this product from my friend and was immediately hooked.  After the first night of using it I could literally see a difference the next morning.  My eyes were not as puffy or as dark.  The more I have used it the better the results.  I honestly can tell when I don’t use this product, so I use it E V E R Y night!  A must have in your beauty repertoire! 

St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer

This is by far the best bang for your buck.  I have been using this face lotion for about 3 years now and I absolutely love it!  This tub will last me about 10 months!  This is a very lightweight lotion that is not oily.  You can actually feel this lotion soak into your skin.  This is my everyday lotion.  There are times when I use thicker lotions (at night) or lotions that have SPF in them when I know I will be outside a lot, but I always come back to this one.


Although these are my favorites, they may not be yours.  Sometimes you just have to try things until you find what works for you.  I literally am obsessed with all types of beauty products so I would love to hear what works best for you!

Have a B E A U T Y -ful day!

Love,

Bri

You mean JT?

JTT (Johnathan Taylor Thomas)… Those three letters could bring teenage girls around the world to their knees and have them screaming and crying.

As a kid of the 90’s, he was my personal heartthrob.  My favorite of the 3 boys from Home Improvement (sorry Zachery Ty Bryan).  I am pretty sure that I have seen every movie he has been in; Tom and Huck, The Lion King (forgot about that one huh?!) Man of the House (the one with Chevy Chase not Tommy Lee Jones), I’ll Be Home for Christmas, just to name a few.

Speaking of Jessica Biel (because she was in I’ll Be Home for Christmas) we can now connect to my teenage/adult crushes; JT or better known as Justin Timberlake, the husband of Jessica Biel.  What can’t he do?  Sing. Dance. Act. It is just not fair for one person to have so much talent running through his good looking body. Untalented people, like myself, just can’t handle it! No wonder so many people are completely fascinated with him (I know I am not alone!).

Now I know some of you are thinking to yourself, “WTH is this girl writing about?  She just went from JTT to JT…”  Well let me let you in on a little secret!  I have realized that there seems to be something in common with my TV/movie crushes and since I have now figured out the pattern, I know who/what to expect next.

See we started out with JTT (Johnathon Taylor Thomas) and then I was introduced to JT (Justin Timberlake) so it only makes sense for the new celebrity crush in my life to be referred to as J.  I figure I am dropping a “T” for every decade.  JTT…JT…J…Unfortunately Mr. J will be my last because once I reach 40 I will be left with no letters! Kind of sad and depressing to think about.

I am still in the era of Justin, but I am left to wonder…Who could be next?  Will he be better than the previous two?  Mr. J where ever you are, I will see you soon!

Love,

Bri