Friday, February 23, 2018

#28daysofskincare | recap 2!



You know what I suck at more than skincare? Taking pictures of said skincare...I guess I haven't really taken any pics because I was using just the same things over and over. But I've picked up some new things so my next (and final!) recap will have some new products and my thoughts on them! 

So far overall, I need to incorp more serums to help with these wrinkles and fine lines. Everyone says "there's no way you're 33!", but honey my face in the morning begs to differ (also, my poor coworkers who see me 5 days a week and maybe 1 of them I actually put on makeup. Somehow they still love me!) 

I promise more pics will come next week and maybe I'll even do a little giveaway, who knows ;) Xo

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy Release Day! & GIVEAWAY

RELEASE DAY & GIVEAWAY! Marrying Mr Valentine is LIVE!


Amazon Bestselling author Laura Barnard brings you the follow on book from Adventurous Proposal, second standalone in the One Month Til I Do series.

Amazon UK - http://amzn.to/2CKUcW
Amazon US - http://amzn.to/2CBIFFz


Synopsis

Nadine Roberts smiles for everyone, but beneath it she hides a heartbreaking past that only a few know about. Throwing herself into her new career; wedding planner at The Duck & Goose, a property recently purchased by newlyweds Florence and Hugh, has helped distract her from her loneliness.

When a teary bride suddenly cancels her upcoming wedding Nadine looks to the two year waiting list. Clara Blumenkrantz and Hartley Valentine. It’ll have to be a quick turnaround, but what’s the worst that can happen, right?

This should be like every other wedding she plans, but the magnetism she feels towards Mr Valentine disrupts the orderly life she’s worked hard to carve out.

Can she ignore her intense desires and be a professional? Or will she open up her heart to the one person that has the power to break it? And in doing so endanger not just her job, but her venue’s reputation?



With reviews like this what are you waiting for?
'Another great read from Laura full of her usual quick wit and slapstick shenanigans.'

You don't need to have read book one, but if you'd rather read in order you can download Adventurous Proposal:
Amazon Affiliate UK - http://amzn.to/2qxKSAk
; Amazon affiliate US - http://amzn.to/2D5IhQK

Giveaway

Head on over to Laura's Facebook page (details below) to enter her release day giveaway to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon Gift Card!

Stalk Laura

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Monday, February 19, 2018

a book in review!



Rinkside in the Rockies #2, can be read as a standalone
236 pages
Release Date 14th February 2018


He lied to her. Fed her the same lines as he did all the other girls. Instead of proposing, he dumped her on national TV. Would a romance with a hockey superstar prove just as disastrous—or could it be the greatest love story of her life?

Cast as America’s reality show sweetheart after being jilted on a dating show, Skye Reeve is ready to stop being a brokenhearted woman by proving she’s more than what the camera portrayed her to be. She’s landed her dream job as a TV lifestyle reporter and promises to work hard to be a success.

Skye also vows never to be swept up in a fairy tale romance ever again, as she obviously has no clue what real love is.

Being in the same city as Denver Mountain Lions hockey star Maxime Laurent, however, might make this last goal impossible.

Dealing with ghosts from his own past, the Belgian hockey star is known for keeping his life off the ice private. He’s not sure if outgoing Skye could be a match for him, but he can’t deny his attraction to her.

When the two embark on a romance, will they be able to move forward from the past to let love into their hearts?  With no reality blurred, will Skye find real-life love to be what she had been looking for all along?

Review:
 I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I love reality TV so when Aven decided to take on an ex-reality star I was all in. Skye is sweet, funny, stylish-SO stylish, and a lead you will be rooting for. And Maxime is everything you want in a book boyfriend and more. He is so kind, thoughtful, and of course-drop dead handsome! The banter between these two is romcom goal. There's a certain kissing scene that is Aven's steamiest to-date and it is worth the read alone! I'm always awed at Aven's ability to make each story it's own and each tops the last in the humor and Reality Blurred does not disappoint. Reality Blurred has something for everyone and even has two of the cutest and furriest little stars. Pick this up and clear your schedule because you will not be able to put this 5 star read down, xo!
 Excerpt:

      
      I have a message from Maxime.
            He has never sent me a message.
            My heart is in my throat as I dare to click it open:
            Skye, I promised myself if I ever thought you needed me, I would not make the same mistake I made in Brussels. I won’t sit by and merely watch. So here I am. I saw the pictures in that online tabloid after the game tonight, and after so long of not seeing them cover you, I wanted to make sure you were okay. I know you’re not sad—your eyes tell me that—but invasive photos like that must be upsetting. Are you okay?
            Maxime is reaching out to me. He wants to make sure I’m okay.
            I read his sweet words over and over, thinking no man has ever done anything so wonderful for me. It shows genuine concern.
            I study it, transfixed by his words. Maxime seems haunted by our missed connection in Brussels. He remembers my despair in the cafĂ© that night; he saw the look of sadness in my eyes. Something about these photos with their false headline compelled him to action.
            This is how a real man acts.
            I begin to type a response:
            Maxime, nice to hear from you.  I

            Wait, does that sound like a business reply? I delete it and start over:
            Maxime, thank you for reaching out. I
            Thank you for reaching out? Is that how I reply to an interesting, sexy, mysterious, European man that I wish I had the opportunity to know better?
            I bite my lip. Do I want to know him better? After all, my judgment doesn’t have a stellar record. I thought Tom was wonderful. Bleurgh. He turned out to be a colossal wanker, as Sierra’s British boyfriend, Jude, would say. I type what I really need to ask Maxime:
            Maxime, you aren’t a wanker, are you? Because I really don’t think my self-esteem could take it if I was wrong again regarding men.
            I laugh as I type. Now that would be an interesting reply. I’m about to hit delete when I go on autopilot and hit a different button instead.
            The send button.
            GAH! SHIT! I JUST HIT SEND BY MISTAKE! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
            In a panic, I think of how to fix this, but what I can I say? I typed out the answer as a joke to myself?
            I shouldn’t be allowed to have a phone.
To Purchase
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reality-Blurred-Rinkside-Rockies-Book-ebook/dp/B079C58Z4K/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Reality-Blurred-Rinkside-Rockies-Book-ebook/dp/B079C58Z4K/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38211952-reality-blurred

About the Author
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.
  
polished & bubbly 19th February 2018
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M's Bookshelf 21st February 2018
Donna's Book Blog 21st February 2018
Star Crossed Reviews 22nd February 2018
Smutty Book Friends 22nd February 2018
Crystal’s Crazy Book Ramblings 23rd February 2018
Always books 23rd February 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

#28daysofskincare | check in #1



A little late getting this up, but here is a recap of my first 10 days of the #28daysofskincare challenge. If you don't know what this challenge is, here's the intro post so you can come join in all the fun! 


 Shop Each Day
Day 6 | Philosophy Purity $11
Day 7 | Mario Badesu Drying Lotion $ Sephora Avocado Overnight Mask $4
Day 9 | I'm the worst and forgot to take note of who made this mask...it was from Rite Aid and was $2.95
Day 10 | Simple Micellar Water $7.95

I used a couple new masks: day 1 and day 9-both I really liked and would use again. New products: day 3-I'm obsessed! The rest of the products are ones I've used in the past. *ps-did you know you can use ebates for almost all of the links above? Use my link to sign up today and start earning cash back on your normal purchases!

My blogger friend Leslie joined in the fun, be sure to check out her post and progress over at Peaches & Willow and follow along on my IG highlights for my everyday check ins! Leave a comment on your fave skincare products, xo!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Release Day!



Rinkside in the Rockies #2, can be read as a standalone
236 pages
Release Date 14th February 2018


He lied to her. Fed her the same lines as he did all the other girls. Instead of proposing, he dumped her on national TV. Would a romance with a hockey superstar prove just as disastrous—or could it be the greatest love story of her life?

Cast as America’s reality show sweetheart after being jilted on a dating show, Skye Reeve is ready to stop being a brokenhearted woman by proving she’s more than what the camera portrayed her to be. She’s landed her dream job as a TV lifestyle reporter and promises to work hard to be a success.

Skye also vows never to be swept up in a fairy tale romance ever again, as she obviously has no clue what real love is.

Being in the same city as Denver Mountain Lions hockey star Maxime Laurent, however, might make this last goal impossible.

Dealing with ghosts from his own past, the Belgian hockey star is known for keeping his life off the ice private. He’s not sure if outgoing Skye could be a match for him, but he can’t deny his attraction to her.

When the two embark on a romance, will they be able to move forward from the past to let love into their hearts?  With no reality blurred, will Skye find real-life love to be what she had been looking for all along?

To Purchase
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reality-Blurred-Rinkside-Rockies-Book-ebook/dp/B079C58Z4K/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Reality-Blurred-Rinkside-Rockies-Book-ebook/dp/B079C58Z4K/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38211952-reality-blurred

About the Author
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.
 

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Ultimate Chick Flick List







With V-day only 2 days away, I wanted to pop over and give you a run down of my fave movies to watch on Feb 14th. Doesn't matter if you're celebrating with your love, going all out with your Galentine's, or are boycotting the day all together, you'll thank me for this list of some of the greatest chick flicks.

In no particular order, here we go:
  •  Fever Pitch
  • Summer Catch
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Because I Said So
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • My Girl
  • Mean Girls
  • Twilight
  • Clueless
  • Dirty Dancing
  • A Walk to Remember 
  • Bridesmaids

 Outfit deets: 
top | sanctuary clothing -on sale for $35!
jeans | OldNavy -midrise rockstar $32
bag | brand Kate & Alex $44 -I got mine at DSW (for Christmas!), but it's currently sold out :(
booties | Marshall's -I couldn't find a pair that was similar, I'll keep looking!
*ps-it was barely 25 degrees the day I shot this look, talk about dedication ;) 

What's on your list of must watch chick flicks? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

5 Random Things...





I'm sure you've seen the tag going around on IG with the 5 random facts about me, so I wanted to share some things about me here with you! 

  1. I love carousels. I don't know when this obsession began, but I truly adore them! I've rode a bunch in pretty random places and even made a pit stop to ride one on my 30th birthday! (Also, the one above is in a mall!)
  2. One of my biggest fears is hitting an animal while driving. A squirrel running out in front of me makes me SO nervous. A while ago, while on my way to work, a car in front of me hit one and I cried the rest of the way.
  3. I could play board games for hours. 
  4. I'm always on the hunt for my next favorite coffee order. While I always end up getting the same thing, I really want to find my signature drink. I love reading what other people order for inspo (which is why I always ask go to coffee order in my Q&As!)
  5. My dream job is to be a reality star. I'd love to have my own show that followed me around day to day as my life as a blogger. 
I want to know more about you, so share some random things about yourself with me in the comments below, xo!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

bachelor recap | week 6



In Paris. This train wreck has gone international. 2 one on ones, a group date, and a 2 on 1 date are in store for us this evening...

One on One: with Lauren B. My girl! I really like her...cute style, pretty, seems normal. I don't feel chemistry between them. I think she is a little closed of, maybe she is creeped out by him too? She seemed excited to go out with him, but now she doesn't seem like she wants to be near him...which is my vibe. Is she wearing lashes? Are those extensions? I ask this every episode, but I NEED answers people. Oh she's a friendzoner, I completely get it, but in this environment, there's not enough time for that. Rose for Lauren, they had a REAL, deep conversation and she definitely will be around I think until top 4!

Group Date: Some of these girls I don't think I've ever seen before, but there's the two Beccas, Sienne, Jenna (I swear last week or the week before was the first time I saw her...), Tia, Chelsea...Moulin Rogue themed date. This is a fun date and much better than bowling (even tho I love bowling...I just have PTSD thinking about Arie licking the bowling ball last week!) Bekah says this the craziest thing to happen to her, but really I think being put on a missing person list is-read more about that here. I like what he said to Tia this week about how he loves their relationship. I still think she's too good for him (but then again, I think all of them are except for Krystal. I see them working cause he has no personality and she has a few..) Bekah gets the rose and heads on stage with him. Tia says "I'm so uncomfortable" while Arie and Bekah are on stage and that sums up my feeling about this whole season.  

Two on One: with Krystal and Kendall. This is the producers all the way...remember when they fought? What is this search for me in the maze? I want Krystal to stop with this act, she was pretty normal on their first date, and now she is crazy. Her and Arie talk and it goes pretty well, until she starts talking about Kendall. Come on, don't use your time for that. Now he's talking to Kendall and she's speaking very strongly towards him. This is all weird. He kept it going and brought them both to dinner and to be completely honest, I checked out during K&K's chat cause it's pointless. Krystal is talking to Arie like Kendall isn't there and Arie is not even listening. She took over and he just kept saying "mhmm". Ugh, can't this date be o-v-e-r...?! He dropped Krystal like a hot potato, kids! Didn't see that coming, Arie, you devil you.

One on One: with Jacqueline? Has she been on this show before? Okay, they are having a cute time shopping and being normal. He is really being a normal guy right now, actually speaking and being cute with her (BARF, I can't believe I said that.) I like them together. Is he saying she's too smart for him and that's why he has doubts? This isn't adding up. This is the first time I felt like he was normal. Nevermind, she gets the rose. Picking her to round out my top 3!

Rose Ceremony: I'm picking Chelsea, Tia, and Becca to stay...there may be more than 3 roses left, but who knows? Oh shit, I was right 3 roses this round, yay me. Sienne, Tia, and Becca stay.

Next week looks good, LOTS of tears. LOTS, including some from Arie, xo!
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Beauty Challenge | #28daysofskincare



Okay, I'm going to be real with you...I suck at keeping up on a skincare routine. Like I'm horrible at it. I'll get a 7 day skin fix and before you know it's 13 days later and I've used it once. But I decided to use the shortest month of the year to help me get my butt in gear! It takes 28 days to form a habit, so I want to test out some skincare products to see if I can get myself into a rhythm of using products every day! 

With being in my early 30's (almost into my mid 30's...barf.), I realize I'm late to the game, but better late than never, right? Here's what you can expect from this challenge....

Face Masks
Sheet Masks
Exfoliators
Overnight Masks
Moistuirzers
Serums

Each Friday, I will post a picture recap of the products I used/tried each day and let you know what I liked and what I didn't! At the end of the month, I'll post an overall recap with my thoughts on the products and status of my skin. 

Be sure to follow me on IG: instagram.com/polishedandbubby, where I'll have a Instastory highlight on my profile with pics of each day! If you want to join in on the fun use the hashtag #28daysofskincare so I can see where you with your journey-if you make a blog post, video, or IG post, let me know so I can link up with ya! And most importantly, if you have MUST HAVE skincare products, let me know, so I can test them out, xo!