Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Peet's Coffee Give A Cup {Giveaway}

I am a human living in Portland, Oregon spending my days with a 20 month old baby boy. 
You'd better believe I am completely in love with all things coffee and caffeine. 
Peet's Coffee and I go way back to my nanny days. Then, I was a single human living in Portland, Oregon spending my days with a 3 year old AND a 9 month old. 
You'd better believe that I REALLY loved all things coffee and caffeine. Thankfully, Peet's was about 60 seconds away from my nanny fam's house. 16 oz. White Mocha every morning on my way to the land of Legos and Thomas the Train.  

Recently, Peet's unveiled their new Single Cups, (five years in the making), and launched a fun social sampling experiment in the process. {Give a Cup} is a celebration of coffee and the people who drink it. 

How it works: 

Check out {here} and vote on this week's topic. The topics are current and sometimes a bit quirky, like zombies and hot dog eating contests. What matters is if you Give a Cup or Don't Give a... Cup. Real cheeky Peet's, real cheeky. Your votes determine where Peet's host their next sampling event in {The Sip Truck}. 

I've given a cup about the San Francisco Giants, Deep Dish Pizza, and this week's topic: Boy Bands. Well, technically. Yes to Boy Bands of the 90s. NOOOOOOOOO to Boy Bands of right now. no no no. I'd rather have zombies attack and destroy all the coffee in the world. 

Duh. I gave a cup about zombies. Walking Dead!

What do you Give a Cup about?

Let your voice be heard, and maybe The Sip Truck will be rolling into your city next! 

P.S. Enter below for a chance to win $25 coffee buckaroos to Peet's! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


{Bon Bon}

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by the above mentioned. All opinions are my own. 

FairyDrops: A Mascara Review

{my current mascara collection, including one very chewed up Benefit's They're Real! ahem. Baby Bean}

Recently, I took my 2nd voyage up the East side for another visit to {Pretty & Cute}.
Ever since my Fiberwig mascara dried up long ago, I've been drooling for a new tube of Japanese ink.
Heck, ever since I've been a Sephora VIB, I'm always drooling over a new tube of something!* 

Enter in, {FairyDrops}, a best-selling product from Japan with a cult-like following. Inspired by the desire to enhance your eyes both on and off camera, a Japanese TV personality created FairyDrops , which features a luxurious formula highlighted with miniscule fibers, working together to create dramatic, doll-like effects. Available in four different formulas, including waterproof, not to mention, packaged in THE cutest tube of mascara with one of THE most unique applicator brushes. 

Man, that's a whole lotta THE to live up to.**  

Check out the photos below to see if it does. 

nothing. zip. nada

one coat of FairyDrops

two coats + bottom lashes. just for fun.


-Applicator brush with three spherical segments! You can literally get every single lash your eyeballs own, especially those pesky corner wisps. I LOVE this brush.
-Suuuuuuper lengthening formula.  Two coats in, and I'm wearing a set of major false lashes. 
-Long wearing/No flakes/Holds curl/This stuff ain't coming off. 
-Ok, it's easy to take off. BUT only when you want it to. (I normally use Vaseline to take my eye makeup off. You can use warm water to slowly wipe/slide FD off of your lashes!) 

-Not an easily "build-able" mascara. 
-You might not see too much difference in lash volume/thickness. 
-Price is a bit spendy. My mascara purchases have ranged between $1-$28, and I've seen success all across the board. Check out my favorite drugstore mascara {here}

Product Rating: 8.5 out of 10 
For me, FD delivered what was promised. Dramatic. Check. Doll-Like. Check. My eyelashes were fluttering all day. Check and Check.

Did I mention how cute the packaging is!?


What's your current go-to mascara? Like, Love, or Holy Grail status? 


{Bon Bon}

*Sephora once carried the Scandal Queen version, but it was overpriced and a slightly different formula for the US. You can order the real deal, original Japanese formula from Pretty&Cute's online store {here

**Especially in the Mascara department, since those makeup commercials have turned me into a cosmetics cynic with the claims they usually promise.
"Lashes look 6700% longer!" 
"You'll whisk away in a new convertible that you won for being so beautiful with your beautiful eyelashes, and your mascara won't smudge!" 

As the model is clearly wearing the most ridiculous pair of fake CGI photoshopped Kim Kardashian lashes ever. 


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money. All views and opinions are my own. yadayadayada. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Whim Wham Weekend

Summer always embellishes that insane time-vortex phenomenon where the days feel looooooong yet the weeks zip by. The sugary good-full haze of blackberry basil lemonade, sweet tea, iced vanilla coffee, dirty shirley temples, and pisco punch sure help take the edge off of any impending vacation ending doom. You know, THE doom, when your cart rolls past the aisles of 50% off summer merchandise at Target and into the school supplies Abyss. 

I'm 25 years old, and a row of TI-84 graphing calculators still breaks me out in hives. 

Until the natural grey of the Pacific Northwest ushers us back inside, and until I need to find the sine, cosine, and/or tangent of life, we'll be outside sipping on Mexican Coca Cola, wearing flowers in our hair, and learning the art of the somersault. 

Summer School. 




{Bon Bon}

Monday, July 8, 2013

Independence Day

{Neskowin, OR 2013}

Our July 4th was spent in a picturesque Norman Rockwell-Americana-ish city by the sea, also known as, Neskowin. 
(You know a city is gonna be good when they have the word "WIN" in it) 

Bean scooped a million grains of sand into his shiny yellow bucket, his hair, his shoes, and his mouth. 
His timid toes wouldn't fully embrace the soft terrain until much later. The Toms tan-line lives on!

We ate clam chowder, cheeseburgers, ice cream sandwiches, and s'mores while anxiously waiting for the sun to dip below the waves. Goodbye light and hello sparkle. 
Whenever a firework's eight seconds of snap, crackle, pop was finished, Bean would yell, "MORE MORE MORE!" 
"How do you ask nicely?" 


Happy Birthday America! 


{Bon Bon}

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