Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog: December 2015

21 December, 2015

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Home spa love with Amopé (+ coupon!)


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Amopé as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Hands up if you're still on the hunt for a couple of last-minute holiday gifts (me me me!) One of my favorite things to give the women in my life is pampering treatments—unlike clothing or jewelry, you don't have to worry about whether or not they will be her size or style, and pretty much everybody likes being pampered. I recently had the opportunity to test out Amopé's new Pedi Perfect Extra Coarse Electronic Foot File and Electronic Nail Care System, and I think they're absolutely perfect for "treat yo self" style gift giving: Unlike spa gift certificates they can be used multiple times, and they're small enough to travel with—perfect for the gal on the go! Today I'll be sharing a little info on what these gizmos do plus how to get a $5 off coupon.

18 December, 2015

Financial Resolutions for the New Year: How I Plan to Start 2016 Off Right


Can you believe that 2015 is nearly over? Just two weeks left, tick-tock. For many years I shunned the idea of New Year's resolutions—if I have the forethought to come up a new goal starting January 1st, why shouldn't I just start the moment I think of it? While that may good reasoning for some goals (e.g. fitness), certain things do require a bit of planning and just make sense to start at the beginning of a new year (or a new month, at the very least!) One of my big goals for 2016 is to pay off my student loan debt faster—so today I'll be sharing a few of my strategies for how I plan to do that.

Capital One 360 Savings #LetsTalkCents

13 December, 2015

Goody Clean Radiance GIVEAWAY!


A few weeks ago I shared some tips and tricks my mom taught me about haircare, plus my experience with the new Goody Clean Radiance hairbrush with copper bristles. I'm pleased to report that the brush is still working really well for me—the bristles just feel really nice on my scalp, like a mini massage. And coincidentally, I've been visiting my mom these past couple of days and she's been nagging me to get a haircut... but we'll save that for Mom's Hair Tips Volume 2.

Whether or not someone is nagging you about the state of your locks, I have something fun to share with you today: An awesome giveaway with prizes that will help you up your haircare game!

There are three prizes:
  • Grand prize: Chi Straightener and CROC Blowdryer (valued at $200)
  • Second prize: Goody Basket (valued at $100) - 2 winners
  • Third Prize: $25 Walmart gift card - 25 winners

Woo-hoo! Use the widget below to enter for your chance to win these amazing goodies. Including Goody goodies. (Get it?)

Beauty and Glam Giveaway

Good luck! Which of these prizes would you be most excited to win? Have you tried out any new and amazing haircare products lately?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and the giveaway is administered by Acorn Influence. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy. #CleanRadiance

09 December, 2015

How to Get Smooth Legs for Winter (plus gift card offer)


Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftSilkn #CollectiveBias

When it comes to beauty and grooming, there are certain things I'm weirdly lazy about. Like I'm totally willing to spend over half an hour most nights on my skincare routine, but combing out my hair on weekday morning? Eh. Or sometimes I'll spend 20 minutes on my eye makeup, but when it comes time to finish up the rest of my face... ehhhhhh. But if I had to pick one area in which I was consistently the laziest, it would have to be body hair removal. I kid you not, I sometimes go entire seasons without shaving. The thing is, I actually like the sensation of having soft, smooth legs—just not the ongoing process of achieving them. So I decided to try something a bit different (and more permanent) this winter: Silk'n Flash&Go.

01 December, 2015

Beat holiday stress... with coloring! (+ GIVEAWAY)


This Thanksgiving was an unusually tough one for me. I try to keep this blog on the lighthearted side so I won't go into details, but yeah, oof. Specific personal tragedies aside, I think this time of year is hard on a lot of people... the weather's bad, it's dark outside, and planning/attending holiday parties can run the gamut from stressful to awkward (depending on what you're doing and your relationship with your family, of course). One of the things I've been doing lately to beat stress and generally work out my feelings is getting back into journaling and drawing—and when I don't have the mental energy to write or make fantastical things up, coloring! That's right, I finally dipped my toes into the pool of adult coloring books.

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