Goodbye for Now

Hi everyone:

I’ve been putting some major thought about what I want to do in relation to blogging lately, and have ultimately come to the sad conclusion to lay this blog to rest…

Does this mean I’ll be gone forever? Hardly not. But I’ve just lost a lot of my juju for this blog and I can’t devote the time and energy it needs to be properly maintained right now. I think ultimately I’ll start fresh with a new blog, and let this blog switch back to it’s original wordpress address ( once my annual domain registration runs out.

I feel sad and yet, at peace with this decision, as this has been a long time coming every since it’s original purpose was fulfilled last September. If you are interested in following me when I kick off a new (likely beauty-themed) blog, please let me know below and I will come back here and contact you guys once it’s official.

Thank you to all who have followed along the last 2 years. Your encouragement, advice, and blogs have given me so much energy and love that it wouldn’t have been possible without you. I’ll still follow along your blogs and maintain my Instagram account, so please keep in touch!

I’ll be adding another post soon in regards to some (brand new) items that will be for sell via Paypal, and I’ll include the instructions if you’re interesting in buying anything. I’ve been cleaning out my beauty collection and just need to clean house a bit on some items that I’ve never even opened! I have more than I’ll ever use.

Till then…

XO Ali

Winner of Anavita Giveaway!

Congrats to the random winner of my giveaway with Anavita Skin Care: Miranda W. Thanks to all who participated!

IMG_2557Don’t forget! Anavita is offering a $5 off coupon right now that you can use to get your very own jar! The price is approximately $30 on Amazon, with the coupon bringing it down to about $25. The coupon code is FEBBAC28. The code is good until March 22, 2015 and must be used during the checkout process on

Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

XO Ali

Zenwise Labs Advanced Green Tea Extract

I was recently sent a full-size bottle of Zenwise Labs’ Advanced Green Tea Extract for review. I’m torn at the idea of reviewing a supplement that I’ve only had for a few weeks, as I think most supplements show their effects over a long-term period, and I don’t want to be misleading. I plan on updating this review once I’m about half-way through the bottle or further, however, I will review what I know so far!

IMG_2532Zenwise Labs

Zenwise Labs is a company whose exclusive selling platform is on Amazon. While they don’t have an official website, they do have a Facebook page that can be accessed here. They sell a few other products such as probiotics supplements, hair growth vitamins, and digestive enzyme supplements as well.

This particular product is vegetarian and cruelty-free (not tested on our animal friends!), which is what drew me to the supplement in the first place. I’ve been a vegetarian for about 6 years and have recently switched to cruelty-free products, especially in beauty products. In addition, there’s tons of science behind the health benefits of green tea. Over the two weeks I have taken it, I have not noticed a substantial difference in myself. Some people take the supplement to aid in weight loss, but I wanted to try it primarily for its natural energy and health benefits.

The Amazon sales page states the following about the Green Tea Extract:

  • An Advanced Supplement for Enhanced Results – Our Advanced Green Tea Extract capsules are formulated to help promote weight loss, cholesterol reduction and healthier living in men and women.
  • The All-Natural Power of Green Tea – 120 capsules that contain our specialized caffeine-free Green Tea which acts as a natural fat burner to help optimize your physique and well-being.
  • A Boost of Vitamin C – Our diet pills also feature Vitamin C, which works in tandem with the polyphenols of the Green Tea to increase antioxidant protection against harmful free radicals that can attack the immune system.
  • A Supplement You Can Trust – Our powerful supplements are crafted in a cutting-edge FDA-registered facility that is NSF and GMP certified, and all of our products are manufactured in the USA.
  • Manufacturer Guarantee – We offer a 100% no-hassle Manufacturer Guarantee for all of our products. If you do not get the results that you were looking for, simply let us know and we will provide you with a full refund.

I do run a lot and was hoping to see an increase in performance, but I think that will come over the long-term, with the nutritional benefits of this extract. I have noticed an extreme bloating in myself over the last few weeks, and I have been nonstop thirsty. However, I started my annual half-marathon training (this will be my 7th) at the same time as starting this pill. I do not know if the bloating is related to either, but I’ve never bloated like this in the past while training.

IMG_2534The pill is bigger than my other supplements, but it goes down very easily. Also, it’s a four month supply! Huge bottle. My bottle looks exactly like the one pictured on Amazon. I wish Zenwise Labs would have an official website for more information on their products and their company. All I have been able to find are reviews, their facebook page, and their Amazon page.

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Xo Ali

How To: Defuzz and Remove Pills From Clothes

Don’t you hate when you get a new sweater and the first time you wash it, it pills and fuzzes all over itself (and sometimes other garments too if you’re really unlucky)? I certainly do! I recently washed a new, dark-green wool sweater from H&M for the first time, and it pilled everywhere! I was so mad–I thought it was ruined. I folded it on top of the washing machine, and there it sat for (sadly) the last TWO months while I tried to find a solution that didn’t involve picking the pills off one-by-one.

I also noticed that a pair of gloves I received for Christmas started fuzzing pretty terribly after frequent use, and just chalked it up to the low-cost/high-maintenance turn off of H&M’s winter wear. I’ve tried a lot of things: lint brushes, sweater combs, even packing tape repeatedly sticking and unsticking to my clothes, to repel pills…which usually just makes it even fuzzier.

Surprisingly, I had not heard of fabric “shavers” until recently. We decided to buy this Conair Battery Operated Fabric Defuzzer/Shaver from Amazon and test it out. I think the result speaks for itself…

Isn’t that amazing?? Here is a close-up of the defuzzed glove vs. the untouched glove:

IMG_1337Encouraged by my results with my gloves, I grabbed my dark-green H&M sweater off the washing machine, and voila!

Then, I tried to think of the most-used/pilled garment in our house, and I remembered how Ryan just bought a new jacket because of the wear on his old one…

Yes, this is my terrible video-taking ability haha. But talk about results! It is so simple to do, and you can see each of these garment’s results with just one pass of the shaver. It’s very gratifying taking years off a fabric and making it like new again πŸ™‚

The shaver is less than $20, and it’s got 3 distance-control settings to handle different garment types. It also takes 2 AA batteries, and so long as you empty the pills between garments, you shouldn’t have any issues with longevity or motor-issues πŸ™‚

Happy sweater s(h)aving!

XO Ali

Don’t forget to enter my drugstore beauty giveaway HERE πŸ™‚

H&M Sales Wishlist

Ahhh H&M is having so many great items up for sale right now! It’s too bad I’m on a 3 month no-shopping ban, otherwise I would be sure to pick a few of these up πŸ™‚

hmwishlistLong-sleeved sports top in neon pink $24.95 $12 – I could always use some more long-sleeve tech tops to run in cool weather! A bright pink color would also be a good visual during the night.

Lined parka in dark blue$79.95 $50 – I actually ordered this parka back in a December order where I got 30% off, but sadly, it was too big 😦 I ordered too much and knew I needed to send back a couple of items, and with its ill-fit, it didn’t make the cut. I would consider buying it in a size down if its still on sale at the end of the season.

Leather boots inΒ gray$99 $30 – Ankle-length boots are my go-to in the winter! I’ve been scouting for a pair of gray ones, but at $99, I wasn’t sure that a pair from H&M would be worth the price tag. Now that they are all the way down to $30, I would have tried these in a heartbeat.

Fine-knit sweater in black$29.95 $20 – I bought this sweater in gray a while back, and it’s so big and comfy, I would love to have it in black too.

Jersey pajamas in white and purple$24.95 $15 – My boyfriend got me some PJs from H&M for Christmas, and I could always use more πŸ™‚

Butterfly sleeve dress in light beige$34.95 $20 – Do I really need to explain why I love this gorgeous, feminine dress? It’s flowy and perfect for spring and summer. It’s also a great length for work.

Pleated skirt in blue/white striped$29.95 $17 – I have enough navy and white in my wardrobe, that a striped skirt would compliment many things I already own.

Patterned dress in dark purple$34.95 $15 – Paired with some brown ankle booties (like the ones pictured beneath the dress) and some cream-colored tights, this dress is very reminiscent of something I would wear in college. My wardrobe was full of flowy dresses and floral prints.

Jersey top in black/patterned$17.95 $12 – I have this top in the pink/leopard print, and it’s a great loose top, perfect with shorts for summer.

Facial mask in manuka honey – $2.95 $1 – Because hey, it’s only a $1.

V-neck sweatshirt in pink (or any color really) $17.95 $9.95 – This is one of those weekly or monthly specials that they run on a single item at a really great price. I really like the soft pink and the gray, but I would really be okay with any (or all, ha) of them.

Fine-knit sweater inΒ dark blue patterned$24.95 $12 – while I like this item, this is probably the least desired item on the list. The heart pattern is really cute, but I’m not sure how it would fit. Being a tall girl, sometimes these boxy sweatshirts shrink upwards and don’t fit well anymore after the first wash.

Leather boots in brown$99 $50 – Again, ankle boots will be my downfall. I’ve got them in burgundy, camel, navy, and black, and I’ve got regular-sized boots in brown, but no ankle booties. These are super chic. At $50, I’d be a little hesitant to order them online, but if they were in store I would definitely consider buying them.

Boyfriend low jeans$39.95 $20 – I’ve got a lot of jeans. I have one pair that are comfy and boxy in the legs, fit in the waste, but I’m not sure I would call them boyfriend jeans. I love the boyfriend jean style that’s so popular right now, but it takes some serious work to find a pair that fit how they’re supposed to. There’s a 90% chance these wouldn’t fit right, but at $20 (and the ability to return them), I would consider trying them out. I’ve got pairs of pants from H&M that have lasted years and years. They are definitely quality.

Boucle coat in light pink $59.95 $25 – I mostly picked this coat because it is so unlike anything else I already have. I also have been loving any and everything pink lately πŸ™‚ The boucle texture adds to its feminine and ageless look.

XO Ali

Michelle Phan Book Review

Are you a beauty blogger? A fashion blogger? A vlogger? Then KEEP reading! πŸ™‚

Right before my vacation to Cancun, I was shopping at Target when I noticed the beautiful face of Michelle Phan staring back amid the vast book section. Curious, I picked it up and read a bit, (it’s not your average chapter book), put it back, and went home. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided it would make a fun read on vacation, not to mention providing some new inspiration and perspective on my blog! I ordered it from Amazon, and with my Prime membership, it arrived in 2 days!

I have to be honest, I knew next to nothing about Michelle when I first got the book, let alone that she is the FOUNDER of Ipsy! (Something almost all of you are familiar with/subscribe to). As a 27 year old, she boasts an incredible resume:

  • 7 million subscribers on YouTube
  • Her videos have been viewed over 1 billion times
  • Founder of Ipsy
  • Started her own cosmetics company “em”

The first 2 “chapters” (I use the word chapters loosely, as it’s such a guide/advice/tutorial-type book) cover her background. You wouldn’t know by looking at her that she grew up with almost nothing. It was really inspiring to hear her journey, and to read about her dedication and perseverance landing her where she is today. I’ll save the rest of her back story for you to discover πŸ™‚

If you get a chance, go check out her YouTube channel. She’s just so darn sweet and likeable!

The videos that really brought her to initial fame were her transformation videos. Some of her looks include Angelina Jolie, Sailor Moon, Lady Gaga, Daenerys (Game of Thrones), and (zombie) Barbie!

Even thought she’s amazing at transforming into different characters, some of my favorite videos are her anybody-can-do makeovers. Her instructions are simple and practical, and she doesn’t go out of her way to suggest you buy or use a particular product, which I found very refreshing. Instead, she encourages you to work with what you have.

This is still one of my FAVORITE looks:

The other sections cover a wide variety of topics including makeup tutorials, resume building, career advice, etiquette, and creativity. There’s even a section dedicated to fashion/style! If you go to Amazon’s page, you can peak “Inside the Book.”

This is a great read. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times: she is SO inspiring! It makes me want to channel all my creativity and efforts into something beautiful I can share with others. If you are interested in getting a copy of her book, please enter my giveaway to win! It’s open until Saturday evening at 11:59 P.M.

Michelle-Phan-Book-CoverDomestic (U.S.) entries only–I will be sending the book straight to your home via

Once the winner is announced, you have 2Β days to respond to my email (you must leave a valid email address for me to contact you), otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

And in the words of Mish: Good luck!


Hello again!

Wahhh it’s been so long since I’ve had time to log on! I just wanted to note a few points before getting back into a routine and getting into my giveaways!

1. School is finished for the next month! It has been extremely hectic and finals were keeping me TOO tied up to do anything outside of work. I am SO looking forward to having this time off to nurture and love on my blog some more.

2. I’m back from vacation (I was gone for a week!), which is why I haven’t posted in the last week after finals wrapped up. I will probably do a short post on Cancun soon as well πŸ™‚

3. I have a ton of your posts to catch up on as well, so expect to see an influx of comments in the next few days πŸ˜€

4. I successfully completed my Early Riser challenge–getting up at 5:00 a.m. every day during November. I said I would be happy if I did it 25% of the time, but in reality, I was able to pull off about 80-90%! Most of that time, unfortunately, was spent on studying instead of working more on my blog, reading, and other enjoyable past-times.

5. The Fall 30×30 challenge is dead. I expect to make this up to you next year, hopefully in the springtime!

6. I read Michelle Phan’s (founder of Ipsy, em cosmetics, and YouTube Beauty Guru!) book “Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off” and it was SO inspiring! I seriously wish I could give every single reader a copy. My next post will be a review on her book, but you can enter my first giveaway starting NOW!


Enter to Win Michelle Phan’s new book (a Rafflecopter giveaway!)

The “short-list” of rules:

Giveaway is open until 11:59 P.M. on Saturday, December 20th EST.

Domestic (U.S.) entries only–I will be sending the book straight to your home via

Once the winner is announced, you have 2Β days to respond to my email (you must leave a valid email address for me to contact you), otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!