Sweet Little Surprises

I haven’t written anything in a while, as I have been plagued with the severe exhaustion and agonizing pain that is Fibromyalgia. Every single day has sounded like a good day to sleep. No amount of sleep has seemed to be enough for my body, and the pain has been excruciating to the point where I’ve been pretty distraught. Unfortunately, I have had an onslaught of appointments during all of this and had no real time to truly rest or focus.

In the midst of all this, I have had great support from a select group of friends. I am going through something seriously awful in my personal life and these friends are trying to help me navigate it, to the best of their ability. It’s one of those things where you cannot say thank you enough because you get to see people’s true colors.

It’s amazing how sometimes, through all the trauma and awfulness in your life, little surprises pop up and you’re in awe of the thoughtfulness of the gestures. I have been on the receiving end of some really sweet, thoughtful surprise packages and here I share “my stash”.

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This sweet little package arrived via UPS and totally made my day. Mally Beauty had been holding a 100,000 Fan Giveaway on their Facebook page. I entered, left a comment as to why I use Mally’s products, and never thought anything of it afterward. Then, out of nowhere, I get this adorable set of eye liners and a nice little note as a gift. I was so touched (I also have to mention that Mally personally responded to me when I sent her a thank you. That is the epitome of class!). The colors are Caribbean Sea (kind of like Emerald Green meets Teal), Milk Chocolate, Royal Purple, Midnight Black, and Silver. If you’ve never used a Mally product before and you love make-up, as I do, I highly recommend starting with Shimmer, Shape, & Glow. You’ll feel like you belong on a Red Carpet in less than a minute. These liners are a fun treat. Also, for all you animal lovers out there, Mally does not test on animals whatsoever. In fact, she’s the owner of two rescue dogs that she adores. You can now find her products nationwide at ULTA.

 

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Prior to New York Fashion Week, Kate Somerville Skin Care had a contest to win this Save Our Skin package. Kate has some seriously amazing products and as a fan of ExfoliKate, I tried entering the contest, to no avail. I sent the company a message to let them know there was a problem with the contest page. They told me they were working on it. After the contest ended, I received a message letting me know that they had saved one of these packages for me and just needed to know where to ship it. They came to the right place, because that is just plain good Public Relations. The package was beautifully wrapped and contained all of this:

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24 Hour Pimple Punisher on the bottom (Yes, I still get the occasional breakout. This stuff is nice and has already cleared up a few breakouts I had before the package arrived!), above that is CytoCell Eye Cream (I’m a religious user of a different brand, but this one is very nice.), to the right in silver is a product called DermalQuench Liquid Lift (I’ve been using this on and off and I see a difference in how sculpted my face looks. Might be the product, might be the weight I just lost, who knows?). In the middle are two of Kate’s self-tanning towelettes, and on the left is my beloved ExfoliKate. For the record, the ExfoliKate usually costs about $350 a year, with the assumption that you’re using it 2-3 times a week, so anytime I can get a small one, I’m thrilled. I returned the last full size tube I bought because $200 (which included tax and shipping) was a hefty price to pay, and I decided to stick with a gentler product for the time being. However, I am thoroughly enjoying this lovely little box from Kate Somerville Skin Care. There’s a reason this stuff is so expensive, the ingredients are high quality.

 

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My other surprises included this awesome little package from Dove Dark Chocolate. I received this with no knowledge whatsoever that I had won anything. Inside is a coupon for a free bar of their chocolate (free chocolate is never a bad thing!) and two special Nicole by OPI Nail Polishes in two different shades called Better After Dark (lighter shade on the left) and Promises In The Dark (darker shade on the right). I am really into dark polish right now, so I am going to enjoy wearing these. 🙂

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The biggest shocker was one I received earlier in the year and absentmindedly forgot to share. It’s from Tria Beauty and is a Laser Hair Removal device. Not only did I win this in a fan giveaway, one of three they offered, but I also got to choose which of their lasers I wanted, they even sent me an additional message to ask if I wanted it in a special color. For me, this was a HUGE gift to receive.

This laser happens to be their top of the line device, and I can attest to the fact that it is much faster than the one I already owned. I’ve been a fan of their products for a few years now, and I do still use the previous laser even though it’s much slower. The results are amazing, so long as you are fair to medium complected and are removing light brown to black hair. This laser is not yet FDA approved for redheads or blondes, but I am sure they’ve got one on the way. This company has amazing advancements not only involving hair removal, but also involving skin care, so keep your eye on them, and don’t be afraid to follow them on whatever social media platform is your favorite.

Life has truly felt like absolute torturous HELL at times, but every once in a while, I get a really sweet surprise and it helps me see that my hard work and sacrifice is noticed by a much Higher Power than anything here on this plane of existence. These are the little things that make me smile, apart from my tiny little minx, my Goddaughter, my best friends, my friends on a whole, and the fact that I am forever reaching towards the light at the end of the dark, long tunnel.

I hope you have sweetness in your life too, in whatever form it may come in. Let us all count our treats and blessings. 🙂

*I am not a paid advertiser of any of these products, merely a customer.*

Every Time I See This, It Reminds Me Of Who I Am

My sister-in-crime and best friend in Israel sent me the most awesome message for my birthday. Yes, it was last month, but I just have to share it now because it’s one of the only things that makes me feel SO good inside at the moment, and I’m going through some pretty rough shit, so certain things right now are my guideposts.
Birthdays are extremely difficult for me, and she knows how I feel about them, and why. So, at the end of the day when I came home feeling like death, unable to walk, really hurting physically, I put aside the gifts I had received (four bottles of nail polish, four CD’s I wanted {Alter Bridge, Cassadee Pope, OneRepublic, & Gavin DeGraw}, some candles that I am LOVING, the Divergent Trilogy, and season 1 of Sons of Anarchy on DVD, and this was the message waiting in my e-mail box: “Happy Birthday to the one and only! G-d blessed you with one of many gifts, and that is the ability to use words, mold them into sentences, and make the world a beautiful place. My wish to you is that people will come to know you beyond the words. See you for who you really are, a powerful woman, a kind soul, a true friend with a huge heart. Don’t be afraid to dream big because you deserve it! Love ya!”
That message means more to me than anything else on the planet right now. For those who’ve been trying to steal my voice and the core of who I am this past year, and those who’ve hurt and abused me in unspeakable ways, please know that my true friends in this world KNOW who I am, and they certainly aren’t afraid to tell me that you’re all WRONG.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

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I was very surprised to receive this nomination, truly. I am touched that anyone has noticed my blog to the point where they’d nominate me for anything in regard to blogging. This is not my first nomination for an award, both came as a genuine shock. So in response to this one, I say thank you to Shaun from prayingforoneday.wordpress.com who nominated me for this award.

The Rules of this award:

1. Display the award logo on your blog. 2. Link back to the person who nominated you. 3. State 7 things about yourself. 4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them. 5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

In following with the rules:

7 Things About Me:

#7- I would rather be considered smart, talented, & funny over pretty. However, there’s no rule against being all of the above.

#6-  I am the oldest female in a family that is predominantly male. Believe it or not, I know more about sports than most of them combined.

#5- I speak more than two languages, but I understand many more that I don’t speak well enough to get by on. The benefits of being raised in a bilingual home with close family friends that also spoke a second language.

#4-I cannot sit through a bad movie. If the dialogue is crap and the movie does nothing for me, I am quite verbal about it. I will mercilessly mock it for many years to come, much to the entertainment of many. I will forever roll my eyes when people speak of how fabulous it is and how many times they saw it. <rolling eyes right now just thinking about it!!>

I would like to get back the time I had to spend watching parts of The Social Network & ‘O Brother Where Art Thou. I am positive parts of my brain and soul died during the viewing of each of these films. I am relieved I am smart enough that I saw fit to turn both of them off, instead of waiting for it to “get good”. Who are we kidding here?!

I will only see something in the theater if it’s truly something I want to see. I refuse to pay to see what others deem popular, no matter how much money it makes, and if I don’t like the actors in it, forget it! The next movie I willingly plan on seeing is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in August 2013. Of late, everything else is getting a DVD or movie channel pass.

#3- I hate politics. It’s slimy, ass-backward, and brings out the worst in every day, average people. People always assume I’m a Democrat, until they see the NRA sticker, which is when they immediately assume I’m a Republican and start preaching their views to me. They don’t even let you speak, they just keep running their mouths until you either walk away or interrupt with a reason that you are now departing their presence. In actuality, I’m a registered Independent.

#2- Almost everything I own is blue or grey/silver. .

#1- If I wasn’t a writer, I’d be a make-up artist.

Here’s the part where I have to nominate 15 of my fellow bloggers for awards. I looked at a lot of different blogs, including ones I’ve never read before and did not follow until I got this nomination. There are many I did not get a chance to read and many more that I do not follow, but that doesn’t mean anyone is any less deserving. These, however, are my select choices, all for different reasons.

#1- Britt for fairytaleepidemic.wordpress.com

She was the very first person to nominate me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award and was also one of the very first people to really make me feel welcome on the blogosphere. I think her writing is fantastic and that she’s a total doll. Yeah, I’m biased, but this girl is full of sass and talent.

#2- MustHaveBoxes

I adore make-up, skin care, & beauty products and this blog dissects all of the great beauty box subscriptions available from item to item with reviews and a final value amount of the box. It’s a fun read.

#3- sethsnap

Beautiful, intriguing, and thought provoking photography.

#4- shareenayaoub.wordpress.com

Entertaining and real.

#5- RamblingsOfABipolarWoman.wordpress.com

Honest and from the heart.

#6- Dontforgettofeedthebaby.wordpress.com

This one is real and makes me laugh.

#7- BloggingInAGrayArea.wordpress.com

This one is new to me.

#8- tuppershare.wordpress.com

Some great recipes here.

#9- nevercontrary.wordpress.com

This one is also new to me, but I loved it from the word go.

#10- The War In My Brain

This is so honest and genuine, plus Megan is extremely likeable.

#11- ltclifeonhigh,wordpress.com

I really like what Lillian has to say in a lot of her posts.

#12- disorderlychickadee.wordpress.com

#13- theresultsmayvary.wordpress.com

#14- Mookology.com

This one entertains me.

#15- ACaffeinatedBrunette.com

Thanks again to Shaun for the nomination. I sincerely hope it won’t be my last.