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Gain flings! laundromat takeover this weekend!

February 6th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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Ever since our son arrived, I have been doing a lot of laundry. 

And truthfully, laundry isn’t my favorite thing to do.  Although I have fond memories of cramming for tests while sitting on my college dorm’s dryers, laundry is one of those tasks that I streamline as much as possible. 

So I was really excited to discover Gain flings!  These laundry detergent pacs provide premeasured portions of detergent that you can just throw in the wash.  No measuring, no sticky fingers, no dripping nozzles

Shaving a few seconds off the laundry experience?  Yespleaseyespleaseyesplease. 

And even better, they’re packed with more scent than liquid detergent!  These little pacs have 50% more sent, and 97% of customers who sampled them said that they’d use them again.  I got to try some too, and they are amazing!

And I’m extra excited to announce that I’m hosting a Laundromat takeover in Houston this weekend to celebrate Gain flings!  We’ll have samples, games, giveaways, and free laundry!  (Yes, you heard me right: free laundry!)

Details below:
Saturday, February 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Spin Cycle Washeteria
54 E. Crosstimbers, Houston, TX 77022

I’ll be hosting an onsite Twitter chat from 11am to noon, so if you can’t join us in person, be sure to Tweet using the hashtag #BestScentEver for chances to win!

Can’t wait to see and Tweet with all of you! 

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New Year, New Beauty Routines!

January 14th, 2015 · 11 Comments

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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Dove.  I have been compensated for my participation, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

There’s something I want to admit to you guys. 

I’ve gotten into a beauty rut. 

Between work, the baby, and all my other commitments, taking time to pamper myself was dead last on my to-do list for most of 2014. 

But, you know what?  The start of a new year is the perfect time to change that.  Sure, 2014 was hectic and harried — but that’s a huge reason to set some big beauty resolutions for this coming year!

So, in partnership with Dove, I’m sharing my beauty resolutions for 2015.  I make resolutions every year, and usually I’m pretty good about keeping them, so I’m optimistic that I can keep these up — as you guys will see, this year I’m all about the simple, easy ways to amp up my beauty routine and add some balance and relaxation to my schedule.

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Resolution #1: Take Time to Relax

One day-to-day change that I’m making is in my morning shower routine — instead of a quick wash while I think about my never-ending to-do list, I want to create a luxurious, soothing experience that starts my day with a moment of calmness and presence.  Small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in your outlook, and your beauty routine starts in the shower!  I just discovered Dove’s Sensitive Skin Body Wash and I’m totally obsessed with it — it’s so nourishing and moisturizing, and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth.

So in my morning shower, I want to spend a few extra moments feeling the warmth of the water on my skin.  I want to use great products with scents and textures I love, like this one, and bring that calmness and luxury to my skin and mind all day long.

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Resolution #2: Take Some Beauty Risks

One big problem with a hectic schedule: it makes you reach for the same lipstick, the same blush, and the same eyeshadow every. single. day.  Sure, I know I can get away with it and look pulled together, but you know what?  It’s boring. 

This year, I want to take more beauty risks, whether it’s a bold, bright lip color, a pop of coral on my cheeks, or even a new haircut.  Beauty isn’t about just going through the motions — beauty is meant to be fun.  This year, I’m going to focus on remembering that and having fun with my routine again.

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Resolution #3: Bring Calmness and Peace Into Everyday

That calmness and presence I focused on during my morning shower?  Unfortunately, sometimes it flies right out the window when, half an hour later, I’m stuck in traffic or drowning in unanswered emails. 

But my resolution this year isn’t just to relax during those calm, peaceful moments at the start of the day — it’s to focus on bringing that calmness and peacefulness to everything I do, all day long.  Instead of rushing from task to task, I’m going to take time to plan my day, tackle the things that need to be done, and consciously give myself a break at the end of the task before heading immediately into the next. 

Those are my beauty resolutions for 2015!  I’m sure I’ll add to this list as my year goes on, but those are the ones I’m focusing on starting this month.  And both Dove and I would love to hear from you guys too!  What beauty resolutions are you making this year? 

Finally, Dove is giving three of you guys a chance to try their body wash yourselves! Enter below by commenting on this post or by following @sugarlaws on Twitter or Facebook, and and I’ll pick three random winners after 48 hours!  US shipping only. 

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testing out Vidal Sassoon Salonist!

January 8th, 2015 · 4 Comments

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Back in December, I wrote about my love-hate relationship with dyeing my hair, so I was extra excited when I had the opportunity to try out Vidal Sassoon Salonist before it hit the market this month! I love my blonde locks, but trips to the salon are time-consuming and expensive (especially with a baby to account for while I’m there)!

Since I was midway between color appointments, my friend Laura volunteered to try out a brunette shade on her hair — she’s a fellow new mom of three-month-old Wyatt, so we were in the same boat. She’d been rocking an ombre style for a while but was pretty much done with it (I totally understand, having gone ombre for the better part of 2013 and eventually ditched it), so we picked the Light Natural Brown shade for her. The color was close to what she already had, but richer and more vibrant — exactly what she wanted.

And it looks SO GREAT. When she washed it out and dryed her hair, I couldn’t stop telling her how amazing it looked — the color was dimensional and full of depth, showing all the natural tones of her hair and totally avoiding that wig-like appearance you sometimes get with boxed color.

But we get to the before-and-after photos, let me first show you the best part:

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Yes. This entire hair-dye adventure was so easy that it fit into the space of one single naptime. It literally took less time to do her whole head than it usually takes me to drive to the salon. (Sigh.) No babysitters to coordinate, no appointments to run late for. (I would like to say “no crying babies,” but Bear is getting his top two teeth, so naptime inevitably involves some tears these days. Wyatt was a little dreamboat though!)

I have a blonde shade sitting in my bathroom cabinet that’s totally gorgeous and after this experience, I’m looking forward to taking the plunge! The trick to getting professional results was to treat the roots and lengths differently (particularly important here because Laura was coming from a lighter shade for the lengths), because your roots are undyed hair and your lengths have been colored dozens of times before. This has been a salon trick for ages, and I’m happy it’s finally coming to the home hair dye market too!

What do you guys think? I love the color on her, and there’s no more exciting makeover than a new mom’s!

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{applying color to Laura’s roots — then we used the Vidal Sasson Serum to transform the color for the lengths of her hair!}

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{Professional tools make application a breeze and prevent the dye from staining your hands and sink}

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{We had to snap an after picture together with Laura’s gorgeous new color!}

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