August ipsy Bag Unboxing! // TheAirforceSweetheart

It’s that time again! This month, oh my gosh I think I hit the jackpot. One, the bag is so adorable! It says “Peace Love Lipstick” and I love the orange ombre color!

The theme for this month is Good Vibes. Basically, it’s just promoting happiness and peace with a little hippie vibe.

Marc Anthony Strictly CURLS Curl Envy Perfect Curl Cream

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I love getting hair products in my bag. I am a product junkie and I buy more than I need. I just feel like I need to try every single type and brand out there. I heard of this product before, all good things. I am *so* excited to try it! Right now I am using the Eco Styler Gel and Coconut Curls conditioner for styling. (Yes I use a conditioner as a leave in!)

sundays Nail Polish in No.28

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The color I was sent reminds me a lot of fall. I think this is the perfect color to transition between the two seasons! I really like the fact that the packaging is so simple and minimalistic. Also, the polish is cruelty and toxin free!

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis & Mineral Facial Scrub

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I always seem to get face scrubs in my bag too. Usually, I give them to my husband since he has super oily skin and is prone to breakouts more than I am. I have sensitive skin, so I don’t use too many different scrubs.

But, I do like the smell of this and the fact that it exfoliates. I may be using this one for myself this month!

theBalm Cosmetics theBalm Voyage Vol.2 Eyeshadow in Willkommen

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I’ve been wanting to try theBalm Cosmetics for a while now! I am in love with the vintage packaging they have! I heard that the eyeshadows are super pigmented. Judging from this shade I was sent I guarantee that I will be purchasing others from this brand!

The color Willkommen is a simple nude shimmer shade. Which is exactly what I like! Sorry, it took me a long while to get a photo of the swatch and well, this is what I got haha. It has a nice shimmer that catches the light.

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Make Up For Ever is another brand I wanted to try! I have a favorite mascara already, two actually but I am excited to try this one. The fact that is is so tiny makes it perfect for travel. Since I do wear glasses, I look for mascaras that great volume and drama to my lashes so they can be seen behind my lens.

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Well, that is what I got this month! What did you get? I am the most excited to use the curl cream!

If you aren’t a subscriber to ipsy already, you can use the link below to sign up! The subscription is only $10 a month!

https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=opensubs&refer=xktit

Renae

20 Years Later! // My Birthday & Shinedown Concert

This year, I wasn’t so excited for my birthday. I woke up tired and irritated that I had to work. Plus, none of my family would be here to celebrate. I sort of just wanted the day to go by. I felt like “So what, I’m 20 what’s so special?”

BUT, later that night my husband took me to see one of our favorite bands… SHINEDOWN!

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YES, I got to see them and it was so amazing. At first, we walked around the Montana State Fair since we had a $5 off coupon at any concession stand. (I was not going to pass that up) We decided to get bacon wrapped hot dogs and a souvenir sized lemonade. I did want to get fried Oreos but… I just got food poisoning from them last and I didn’t want to take my chances. They were so good though!

Then we got to our seats and waited for the show. I can not believe how great the show was. The lead singer, Brent was so energetic and he really got the crowd involved. They played every song I wanted to hear! 45 and Second Chance are my two favorites.

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In the end, I did have a good birthday. I’m another year older and the way I look at it I’m another day closer to going home lol.

Renae

June Ipsy Bag Unboxing

Let me tell you guys…

Re-subscribing to Ipsy was the best decision! I love just about everything in my bag, which makes me so excited for next months. The theme this month is Volume Up, it is about expressing yourself and being bold with your look. The hair and makeup choices the artist chose for the models are really inspiring, I’m definitely going try some of them out.


First off, the bag is super cute. It’s perfect for a little travel bag or a makeup bag for your purse. 

 I’m sort of new to the makeup world so I love trying out things I would of never purchased on my own.
NYX Whipped & Fouetté Lip & Cheek Color in Cocoa Bean



I wanted a brownish/nude color to try on my lips but the ones I always pick are too pink or too light for my skin. I love the fact that it is a 2-in-1 product. Oh and I love NYX, one of my favorite brands! The consistency is creamy and it blends well. I love how it is so simple and easy to use, it makes doing my makeup a lot faster. I know I will be purchasing the other colors in this collection at some point.


CHIA Curl by Trissola 5-in-1 Defining Curl Cream


This cream is claiming to deliver weightless, bouncy, healthy curls. I am ready to try this cream (I love curl creams!) but, I am forcing myself to save it. Since it is a travel sized package, I can use it when I go on vacay in two weeks! I did open it and it has a nice floral scent. I hope this does work, I’m afraid my hair is too thick to benefit from this small tube. I use ALOT of product, but hey we will see!

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Game Changer


Honestly, the color is too bright for me. I can describe this color like a sort of neon peach? I used three coats, (no top coat) and it did last a couple of days. It is a nice polish but the color is not for me.

Luna Eye Shadow in Jade


I really really like this color! I am a neutral eye kind of girl so I can never have too many. It is a very soft almost pale brown color with a pink undertone that shows up if you really pack the color onto your brush. I would use this a a nice base color for an everyday look.


Beauty For Real 24-7 Eyeliner in 24karat


Okay last but not least, eyeliner! I almost never go without my winged eyeliner like it’s a must for each makeup look. I feel like I don’t look complete with the wing. So I was so happy to find this GOLD eyeliner in my Ipsy bag. I have so many ideas on how to use it I am going crazy lol. The color is perfect and even the name is similar to a song I love witch is even better. The color catches the light and it glides on sooo smooth. I will be finding different shades from this company just because of that!


Thank you for reading! What did you get in your Ipsy bag? I would like to know!

Renae
 

Different Ways I De-Stress

Some days, my anxiety is through the roof, I am always stressing over things to go the “right” way. Oh and if I have to make a semi important decision… STRESSED! I get so overwhelmed to point where sometimes I am ready to give up on whatever task I am doing.

I recently started taking time out for myself, to de-stress and practice self-care. It has turned into one of the things I look forward to. Each day I try to do a different form, I call it “me” time. I figured I would share with you ways to wind down as well!

  • Re-read a favorite book I love the feeling you get after finishing a great book. Plus, while reading it, you sort of escape reality and you are put into the setting of your book. It’s amazing.
  • Diffuse essential oils my favorites are eucalyptus, peppermint, and orange. I add a couple drops to my diffuser at bedtime to help me sleep. Eucalyptus is also a great oil for when you are sick, it opens up your nose if you add enough drops.
  • Go for a walk sometimes I just need fresh air. Seeing new sights and just getting away!
  • Take a bubble bath this may be my favorite on the entire list. Nothing is better than getting out of a hot bath and then lathering yourself with lotion okay!
  • Write in a journal or color in an adult coloring book it is relaxing to me to color in one of those books, I don’t know what it is exactly. I just recently starting writing in a journal. Mostly it is just full of recipes or blog post ideas but it is a good de-stresser.
  • Clean and organize a room is it just me or do you feel a little bit better after doing so?
  • Turnoff your phone for a few hours this is important. Social media is full of negativity. Sometimes you need to just stop and take a break from it all and do something positive.
  • Say no I have a hard time with this. I am always so quick to say “yes” when asked to do something, even if I don’t really want to do it. It’s okay to say no sometimes. I am trying to teach myself to be okay with saying no.
  • Yoga or exercise yoga is a life changer. I am in love with it (even though I can’t do every pose) it’s calming and you feel so good afterwards. Cardio (which I hate) is good too. During, I feel like crap. I’m out of breathe, sweaty, and in pain; but when it’s all over with, I ask myself why don’t I do this all the time??
  • Drink hot tea hot tea and a good book y’all!
  • Catch up on your favorite shows The Bachelorette anyone?

I hope I gave some of you some ideas! I personally find it helpful when others give me suggestions. If you try anything on this list, please let it be yoga!

Renae

Model For a Day {stepping out of my comfort zone}

 

A friend of mine who has her own photography business asked me to model for her!  I was so happy to do so! If you know me, you know I normally never wear clothes like this, and I don’t normally see myself as ‘sexy’ or ‘hot’ I’m quite modest, from what my husband says lol. I’m reaaaaly reallly happy about these photos though. I feel like this was some sort of turning point for me! I felt comfortable with my hair all big, and I was okay with showing my skinny arms and some of that skin! 😉

In no way am I saying covering up and not showing skin is a bad thing. You do you girl, but for me, I always been that shy girl who wears hoodies, jeans, and sneakers. Little to no makeup and my hair was almost ALWAYS straightened. These photos were sort of a shock to my high school friends, and it formed a little alter ego for myself haha! For once, I felt free and beautiful. That is big for me.

Renae♥

Unboxing My First GNC Pro Box!

Hi, friends!

I have been waiting to get my subscription box I could hardly wait! I really want to stay motivated and stay consistent with my workouts. Getting this box gave me a bit of a boost! This box comes 3x a year and it only cost $39.99. PLUS you get reward points, free shipping on GNC.com, and much much more.

So, let’s dig in!

Beyond Raw Precision BCAA Anabolic Recovery & Power Output in Blue Raspberry

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I am so excited to try this out becauseeeee I have been wanting to try BCAAs after my workouts and I was lost on where to start. I’m even MORE excited because it is blue raspberry flavored lol.

Since this is an unboxing I cannot officially review each product so I’m just going to give you all the stats. “Built by science. Elevated through innovation. Elevate the way you refuel with these blue raspberry lemonade-flavored BCAAs.”

  • 10g BCAA
  •  1g InsuSpike
  • 500mg Peakforce
  • 0g Sugar

ORB Smooth Energy Complex

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I am sort of iffy on this product. Since I work very early shifts at work I do want something that provides me with energy but on the other hand, I am afraid of energy drinks. Coffee, yes I love it. Soda, gotta have it. But Monsters and Red Bulls…? I can feel my heart beating so fast it freaks me out! It is stated on the packaging that the pill gives you a gentle jumpstart and you don’t crash afterward. I like that. The more I read up on it the more I feel comfortable trying it. I am absolutely sure someone in my house will give this a try whether it is me or my husband so it will not go to waste!

“Greet your day with a gentle jumpstart. This complex formulated with ingredients that support a relaxed-yet alert- mental state.

  • 2-in-1 Delivery System Beadlets + Liquid Capsules. Smooth Energy complex with added MCT oil allows for easier absorption.
  • Time release Terra Intelligent Dosing for smooth consistent energy.
  • Energizing caffeine is balanced with calming L-Theanine to support a calm but alert state.
  • Vitamin B6  8.5mg
  • Vitamin B12  1mg
  • Caffeine 350mg
  • L-Theanine 100mg
  • Medium Chain Triglycerides 870mg

Oh Yeah ONE Bar

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If you know me, you know I love protein bars. They are my source of breakfast every morning- along with a protein shake! My favorite bars are the LARABAR and The Complete Cookie. I’ve heard of the ONE bar but I am tempted to try them because I am loyal to my other two. The flavor I have is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, which I am super excited to try out!

“There’s just one gram of sugar in this chocolate chip cookie dough-flavored protein bar. Oh yeah! Plus, it’s the perfect companion for a summer hike or road trip.”

  • Calories 210
  • Total Carbohydrates 24g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sugar Alcohol 11g
  • Protein 21g

Dymatize ISO100 Whey Protein Isolate

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Yeeeeeeeessssss I love protein shakes! Thank you, GNC so much lol! I’m so ready to try this because I hear whey isolate is a lot better than regular whey protein. Protein shakes are my thing y’all like, they are my savior lol.

“There’s more to protein than muscle support. This macronutrient is involved in just about every physiological process in the body.”

  • Protein 25g
  • BCAAs 5.5g
  • Leucine 2.7g
  • Calories 110g
  • Carbs 1g
  • Fat 0g
  • Sugar <1g
  • Lactose 0g

FITJOY Protein Bar

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Another protein bar! Cookies and cream sound sooo good mmm! I can’t wait to eat this one.

“You don’t have to hit the freezer aisle to get your cookies and cream fix. Stacked with your protein, this is one delicious treat with a twist.”

  • Calories 230
  • Protein 20g
  • Dietary Fiber 10g
  • Gluten-Free
  • No artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners

Napz Short-Term Sleep Aid

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I never considered taking a sleep aid before. God knows I don’t need ANYTHING to help me sleep haha. I always tired, I need the complete opposite! This won’t go to waste though, my hubby will most likely try it! The product implies that you wake up refreshed and it is a non-habit forming formula. It is an all natural veggie dietary supplement!

“Now every night has the potential for sweet dreams. Napz is designed with herbs traditionally associated with relaxation.”

  • Chamomile Extract, Passiflora Extract, Lemon Balm Extract, and Hibiscus Flower Extract 1,110mg

Weekly Vitamin Organizer and Men’s Fitness Magazine

For a bonus, GNC sent me a weekly vitamin organizer that I’m really happy about. I started taking Women’s Multi-Vitamins and Hair, Skin, and Nail vitamins. Now I can prepare them for the week!

I also like the double-sided magazine that has tips and recipes.

Overall I am very pleased with this subscription box! If you would like to know what products worked for me let me know in the comments! I will be sure to make a blog post once I try them out.

Renae♥

May Favorites

It’s that time of the month! Time to share all of my favorites.

I have a couple of products from various different categories. I’m sharing them with you in no particular order. Let’s get started!

FUJIFILM Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

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I am in love with this camera. When I was younger, my older sister had the old-fashioned 90’s Polaroid which I destroyed while she was at school… she never forgot about it! I love it, and I am currently trying to work on a little project to display all of my snaps.

I love it, and I am currently trying to work on a little project to display all of my snaps. I CANNOT wait to go to the beach this summer and use it more!

I purchased mine here

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer

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I really wanted a moisturizer because my face becomes dry after using my acne treatments. On top of that, my husband uses scented lotion on his face after he shaves. (that is a big no-no!) so, I picked up this bottle at the Commissary to give it a try. My face feels so smooth and soft and it lasts for almost the whole day. It is not greasy at all. I was afraid of that happening.

I’m not too sure about the prevention of breakouts, I haven’t seen any improvements there yet but I haven’t tested it for all that long. My husband likes it though, now I can stop worrying about him using lotion on his face!

You can purchase it here

Bath and Body Works Travel Size Hand Cream in Peach Bellini

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On the smell alone I would recommend this! It is so summery and fresh I love to just open the top and smell it, not even applying it, lol. The packaging as well is too cute. I always get dragged into B&BW because it is so bright and the scent hits you as you walk past.

I always get dragged into B&BW because it is so bright and the scent hits you as you walk past.  But, I bought this because my hands get so dry from my job. I have to constantly wash my hands and I wanted to get a nice hand lotion to stash in my purse for easy travel. (my purse is way too crowded for a normal sized bottle) If you want something super soft, get this. Shea Butter is an amazing ingredient that is being used in all types of products, including hair care. It really does the job!

You can purchase it here

Lipsense in Bella and Sassy Z

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So, I’m not going to go into too much detail about Lipsense because I am making a separate review on my blog soon (yay!) If you don’t know what Lipsense is, it is a long lasting 18 hour wear lip color that  comes in a ton of different shades you can layer on top of each other to create new looks or just simply wear one color. It is also transfer proof!  I love to mix Bella and Sassy Z together. Bella alone is adorable but on me, Sassy Z is too bright which is why I only layer it. The color lasts a good while. I mean if you go to sleep and wake up the next morning its still on.

It is perfect for me for work. I can’t constantly apply my lip color or check if it smudged already. Be prepared for Lipsense to be in my favorites each month lol!

 

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Bella + Sassy Z

Lipsense is a DS company so you have to purchase through a  distributor. I’ll link her info right here!

 

Loreal Paris Voluminous Liner NOIR Liquid Eyeliner

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My everyday makeup consists of mascara + lipgloss + and a winged liner. This liner is THE best at making a cat-eye. The brush is thin to create a thin line you can easily thicken out to your liking. It is my favorite! I usually go for a gel but I have changed my mind and I am loving liquid!

You can purchase it here

And that wraps up my May favorites! Let me know in the comments what your favorites are and if you used any that I mentioned!

Renae♥