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Banana Boat Deep Dark Color

As a fan of both looking fabulous and not breaking the bank doing so, Banana Boat’s tanning lotion has, in the past month or so, creeped its way up to one of my favorite beauty products—- especially recently as the weather is getting warmer and more skin is being shown! I got the darker version and it has seriously worked wonders. 

I got the lotion because it was the cheapest among all the drugstore self-tanners, with an incredible price point under $7.  Not expecting results as lasting as Jergens or as instantly tan as the Victorias Secret version, I was pleasantly surprised.  Banana Boat surpassed both these brands, without the stink that is usually associated with self-tanners!  

The lotion is both tinted and contains DHA, the ingredient that gradually changes your skin’s color, so you get the perks of instant bronze and gradual tanning.  When applied carefully and correctly (sure, the bottle says “streak-free”, but never believe them unless you apply it perfectly!), the tan looks natural and flawless.  I use it about twice a week, and rank in the complements of people saying “Woah Brielle, you look so tan!”  I wish I could remain modest, but it is SUCH an awesome feeling! 

Remember, products work different from person to person, especially one like this, where skin tone is a BIG DEAL! I remember some tanning lotions that worked wonderfully for me turned Mitch carrot orange!  (Sorry about that one!)  Thank God he is a good sport!  So keep that in mind, and don’t base how your results will come out off of mine— but if you are about my skin tone, then go for it! 

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Fitspo: For Better or For Worse

Fit seems to be slowly taking over as the new skinny, as people are beginning to dish out their money on that organic-kale-antioxidant boost-green drink-thing and hot yoga instead of a burger and concert tickets.  While I am both pro-health and pro-burger, many blogs, Instagram accounts, and other social media seems to be very one-sided. 


The world is filled with social media hypocrites that will get annoyed at the people that insist on posting a picture of their lunch on Monday, and then post a snapshot of their macaroni and cheese on Tuesday.  The problem is not the lunch posting epidemic (unless, of course, you are a hungry scroller), but the fact that more and more accounts are popping up that make you feel guilty for eating that macaroni and cheese while they upload a picture of their grass fed steak and brussel sprouts next to their perfectly tanned stomach resting between their bright pink sports bra and black tight Nike Pro shorts. 

Like a drug, scrolling through this fitness porn has become addicting to us, and I, too, have fallen prey. 

And while reading health and fitness articles may have a response with some, constant pictures of “what you can look like” along with motivational slogans are bound to make a greater amount of people lace up their Nikes. 

Some see this as inspiration, while others roll their eyes at these seemingly self-centered and overly proud lunatics.  It has caused me to reach for the carrot instead of the cupcake most times, and I’m even (trying) eating Paleo!  (Although doing Crossfit, Yoga, and dating a trainer is moving me in a healthy direction, too!)  But seeing those “before and after” pictures of a complete stranger might make a dream real to someone that otherwise would not have been motivated.  Something that we all need to acknowledge is that this fitness movement is much better that the previous, smaller “thinspo” movement, which advocated less or no eating and unhealthy lifestyles. 

However, at what cost are we making these better decisions?  Should social media pipe down and let society enjoy its cupcake? 

Almost good Enough to Eat Souffle

Known for the presence on home shopping networks and fantastic hair products, body lotions made by Carol’s Daughter quite frequently get overlooked.  Free of parabens, sulfates, and fake fragrances, their Shea Souffles are so amazing, and with scents like Almond Cookie and Coconut, they smell good enough to eat! 

I have been using the coconut Body Souffle for a little over a month now and while I am very pleased, the product is not perfect (is any?)  The scent is absolutely amazing and lasts only about an hour.  Also, because the main moisturizing ingredients is shea butter, it sinks right into your skin without lingering.  While I found my legs to be moisturized all day, it did not last long on my hands at all. 

Ultimately, I really liked this product, and it made me want to go out and try more Carol’s Daughter items! 

Stay delicious and stay beautiful! 



Love Yourself this Valentines Day

As the much anticipated Valentines Day approaches, people are going crazy looking for the perfect gift to make that special someone feel loved.  While stores are stocking their shelves with countless chocolates and overly sappy romantic cards, you might want to turn down another isle.  Also, you might want to show some love to someone else this V-Day:  Yourself.  

Here’s how to adore yourself: 

1. Start the day off right and wake up an hour early.  I know, many people might shrug at this- lamenting that this is a surefire way to frustrate instead of love yourself, but trust me on this one.  Once you’re out of the bed, you’ll have an extra hour to workout, make a delicious breakfast, or do whatever you want before being thrusted in to the hustle and bustle of getting to work and school on time. 

2. Take a bath.  Throw in some lavender essential oils, a bath bomb, or even some good old bubbles and chill out.  Let the heat soothe away any aches and pains as the fragrance relaxes you.  Baths are like yoga for the unflexiable — they leave you with the same zen effect! 

3. Go ahead, reach for the heart shaped box.  Chocolate is thought to release serotonin in the brain, which can boost your mood.  Make it dark chocolate, which is good for your heart.  Delicious, good for you, and it allows you to join in the Valentines day stereotypes! 

4. Look gorgeous, for yourself.  If you keep trying to impress somebody else, you will never get the full effect until you do it solely for yourself.  When you feel gorgeous and look exactly how you want to look, then you’ll be most confident and everyone (or that special someone) will notice! 

My mother always says “You can’t love anyone if you don’t love yourself” 

Love yourself.  Love one another.  

Stay lovely and stay beautiful 



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