Saturday, September 5, 2015

BBBC August: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

BBBC: Beauty Blogger Book Club
I cannot believe how quickly this summer flew by!!! It wasn't until the last week of the month that I realized I hadn't picked up the book for August, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (picked by Lisa from Blush and Back Roads) and realized I needed to get on that! 

August BBBC pick: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Orphan Train is the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two women, Vivian and Molly, who have both faced hardship and struggles in life due to the fact that they became orphans as young children. The book toggles between past and present telling both women's stories in a seamless manner. Molly, a teenage foster child, is sentenced to community service. Her boyfriend pulls some strings and she ends up at the house of a rich elderly woman, Vivian, to help clean out her attic. In the process she learns about Vivian's past and how the two of them are not so different after all.

As soon as I picked this book up, I got into it. I read the whole book in one day. It was THAT good. And if I'm being completely honest, I wasn't expecting it to be. The story intrigued me, but I didn't expect it to consume my day the way it did. Lol. I was amazed to learn that orphan trains actually existed and took children from cities in the east, like NYC, to the midwest for "adoption". The thought of what some, if not most, of what these children went through and survived amazes me. Some children were adopted by families that wanted a child, others went to family that wanted "indentured servitude" or, for lack of a better word, slaves. It makes me grateful for what I have and for what my kids have. But what truly captivated me about this novel was the friendship that developed. Even though Vivian is in her 90s and Molly is a teenager, they become friends. It just goes to show to you, age really ain't nothin' but a number!!! ;-)

Excellent pick, Lisa! Even if you are not into historical literature, this is an excellent read and I'd recommend it. Check out what the others thought:

Heather at Love To Be Busy

Next Month:

I had the distinct honor of choosing our book for September... So I had to go the YA route. Because that's what I love to read. I chose the book, I Was Here by Gayle Forman. I have read her books If I Stay (now a major motion picture) and it's sequel Where She Went. They were amazing. I'm (almost) ashamed to admit I read them both in ONE day. (I really am a book nerd.) I'm looking forward to I Was Here. Let me know if you have any recommendations!!! xoxoxo
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August Subscription Services: Birchbox!

August 2015 Birchbox Review ~ The Wonky Brow

So this month was my first month with just ONE subscription box. And it was probably one of my most favorite boxes ever! But before I show you what I received, I want to let you know that this post will be shorter than usual because I am changing the format of how I write my subscription reviews. Instead of using the products for a week and reviewing them, I am going to show you everything I got this month and then NEXT month I will review this month's items so that I have more time to test them out. Then at the end of the review, I will show you what I received THAT month and it will be reviewed the following month... Get it? Good.

So here is what I got from my Birchbox!!!

August 2015 Birchbox Contents
Items received:
  1. Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer (Deluxe size- $2.40 Retail Value). Initial reaction: "Cool, I'll try it."
  2. TheBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush (Sample size- $2.61 Retail Value). Initial reaction: "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!"
  3. Coola SPF30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray (Deluxe size- $7.20 Retail Value). This was the item I choose for the month. Initial reaction: "Yay!"
  4. St. Tropez Gradual Tan In-Shower Lotion (Travel size- $5.97 Retail Value). Initial reaction: "Niiiiiiiiice."
  5. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo (Travel Size- $7.37 Retail Value). Initial reaction: "Cool, I'll try it."
Birchbox Total Value: $25.55

I can't wait to use it all and give you my feedback next month!!!! 

What did you receive from Birchbox this month? Let me know! xoxoxo
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Finish 5 by Fall Midpoint Check-in!

Finish 5 by Fall ~ The Wonky Brow
We are about half-way through the Finish 5 by Fall project so it's time for an update! I am pretty happy with most of my progress, so let's get started...
The Beginning:
The chosen products and their starting points.
The Progress:
Midpoint Check-in
Thoughts Thus Far...
  1. Starting in order... Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. IT'S ALL GONE!!!! I'm super happy about this and have already picked out some new foundations to try out. I did love this foundation while I was using it, but I want to explore the world of foundation so I will not repurchase this any time soon. If you like a light-medium, natural finish foundation, you should definitely check this one out. 
  2. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. With consistent use, I've made really good progress on this. While I like the thin, silicone-y feel of this primer, I don't think it plays well with others. It's a very picky primer... The jury is still out.
  3. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil. OMFG. NO. I will no longer continue to use this. It flakes all over the damn place!!! It got into my eyes. It was terrible. No. Just NO. 
  4. BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick. I like this lipstick. The only reason I haven't used much is because I have been wearing "Berry Lips" for work. This formula is also really soft and the minis I have tried tend to move around in the tube. That makes me crazy. Am I the only one???
  5. M.A.C.'s Mineralize Concealer. Ummmmmm... I may have been a little over ambitious with this one. It's hard to really tell how much progress I have made, but I'm using it daily. I think the only way I'd be able to finish this by Fall would be if I used it more as a foundation... Which I might try just for shits and giggles...

Urban Decay Velvet Pencil Fail. Do you see the flakes?!?!?! Not a good look. IJS.
This is what I mean when I say the formula is soft and the lipstick moves around in the tube. When I apply it, it hits the side of the tube and mushes, for lack of a better word.
So... I am okay with having one item in this project be a complete fail. The Hourglass primer should be done fairly soon. So it's really just down to the lipstick and the concealer. If I don't end up finishing them, at least I tried!!!! Xoxoxo.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dragon's Loyalty Award

Dragon's Loyalty Blog Award
Dragon's Loyalty Award
Hello Hello!!!! I took a quick little break from posting but I am back, and today I come to you with the Dragon's Loyalty Award. I am not sure exactly where, when, or how this award was started so I tried to do some research and the best explanation I found was from Vintage Book Fairy (who hasn't posted since January 2014), she said "the Dragon's Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comment regularly." I was nominated by the awesome Janine from If you haven't checked out her blog yet, here is a link for a giveaway she is having. Follow her and watch her journey as she delves into all things beauty!!!

The Dragon's Loyalty Award Rules:
  • Display the award certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever present your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you've linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about your self
7 Interesting Things About Me:
  1. I am a diehard Apple junkie. Once you go Mac, you never go back. Rofl.
  2. I have had the same best friend since I was 11. That bitch is stuck with me. FOR-EV-ERRR.
  3. My favorite TV shows are Teen Mom and Real Housewives of New Jersey. And now that Bethenny is back, Real Housewives of New York. Do not try to talk to me while any of them are on. You will get ignored.
  4. I do not understand SnapChat for the life of me. It's the first time an app has made me feel like an old lady. I. Just. Don't. Get. It.
  5. If you do not like dogs, we cannot be friends. Period.
  6. Every morning I dress solely based on my mood. Not the weather. Or activities planned. Just my mood. Mood dictates everything in my world. (Thanks, Mom.)
  7. I prefer to wear black socks. If I have to wear socks at all, that is. (In Florida, we live in flip flops. We get buried in them too.)
Well I don't know how interesting that was... But that's what I've got!!! Thanks again Janine!!!

I do not know 15 bloggers but this is for the ones I do know... I nominate:

Lisa (
Heather (
Jayme (
Chelsee (
Michelyn (
Ashley (
Lisa (
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

July One Month, One Palette: Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette

July One Month, One Palette ~ The Wonky Brow
It's time for one of my favorite posts again!!! It's July's One Month, One Palette update. I love doing this series because it really makes me use my eyeshadow palettes. I love palettes, I love buying palettes, and I seem to love storing palettes... Because unless I force myself, I will just use what I'm used to, instead of trying out all the different things I have. 

So for July I chose to use Laura Mercier's Eye Art Artist's Palette. I chose this palette for one main reason, Dalen314 on YT (the creator of this series), used this palette back in May (check out her video, here) and she ended up not being a fan of it. So I wanted to used it and see if my view/opinion was different from hers. So let's get to it!

The Deets:
Just in case you don't know the story behind this palette, it was originally released during the holiday 2013 season as a limited edition palette. People raved and raved and raved about this palette, however, I still chose not to purchase it. But then Laura Mercier decided to bring it back AND make it permanent (as far as I know). So I finally caved and purchased it. They did change the packaging since the holiday edition and I have also seen some YT'ers comparing the old version to the new one (check out this review by Cora from Vintage or Tacky, here) to see if there are differences in formulation or application. This palette retails for $55 and you get 12 shadows in a variety of finishes. Also, the top half of the palette are cool tones and the bottom half are warm.

The Palette:
Laura Mercier's Eye Art Artist's Palette
The Shadows:
Let's start with what I loved. I loved how the shadows were separated with the top half being cool and the bottom being warm and how they were arranged from lightest to darkest. For whatever reason, it appeals to me visually when shadows are arranged that way. These shadows were great. They were creamy and blended well, they were easy to use, and I had no complaints about their functionality. My absolute least favorite shade was African Violet. No matter how I tried to use this color, it just didn't work for me. I also didn't really care for Bamboo. I just thought this color was so bland (is it just me?!?). My standouts from this palette were Vanilla Nuts, Guava, and Fresco. OMG, Fresco. I loved that shade. It's the perfect crease/transition shade. All that being said......

Close up look at Vanilla Nuts, Guava, and Fresco from Laura Mercier's Eye Art Artist's Palette

The Conclusion:
I may be in the minority, but this palette bored me to death. I have brown eyes, and so I thought this would be a great palette for me. But I just didn't love the purple shades in here and so I never really used them. And if you aren't going to use the purples, then this is just another neutral palette. And I have enough neutral palettes... I really just got bored this month (so bored that I started using the palette I chose for August a week early). Luckily, if I find that I can't live without the three shadows I enjoyed most, they can all be purchased individually. But the truth of the matter is, they are all shades you can find in almost any eyeshadow line and I'm sure I won't be needing them. Now don't get me wrong... I still love Laura Mercier products. And if you don't own a ton of neutral eyeshadows, or a ton of eye shadow palettes, you might love this palette and it may be all you need. But seeing as I am an avid makeup collector and have other things like this... This palette is going to be returned. 

Have you used this palette? What were your thoughts?? Let me know!!!
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Monthly Empties: July 2015 #365DaysOfEmpties

Monthly Empties: July 2015
#365DaysOfEmpties ~ The Wonky Brow
We are more than half way through the year, and that means I am more than half way towards the end of #365DaysOfEmpties!!! I went through a lot of "basics" this month. It's funny how everything tends to run out at the same time... Well, it's funny until you have to replace it all. ;-) 

  • Product(s) I will miss the most: Seche Vite Top Coat (#210). I LOVE this top coat. But I have three other top coats on my nail polish rack that I need to use up before I repurchase this one. It's gonna be a struggle. Also, the Pond's Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towlettes (#205). These are my favorite face wipes, EVER. But I want to use actual face cleansers and not wipes, since wipes aren't all that great for your skin.
  • Product(s) I cannot live/survive/breathe without and have already repurchased: My Clarisonic Sensitive Skin Brush Head (#182), my Sonicare Toothbrush Head (#183), the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner(#203), and my Clearcare Contact Solution (#204). Must. Have. These. Always. Period.
  • Product(s) that will eventually be repurchased: The CVS Premium Cotton Rounds. Although the Walgreens Premium Rounds are just as good. I'll take either of them.
  • Sample(s) that made me want the full size: BioRepublic Sheet Masks (#193-195). OMG. I loveeeeed these. They are the first sheet masks that I have tried that have been cut so that they actually will fit ANY face! And they are really saturated with product. Also, the Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Cleansing Lotion (#198). I gotta say, Garnier has got this makeup cleansing remover stuff down. I also love the oil they make. 
  • Product(s) that disappointed me the most: NYX eyeshadow in Atlantic (#212). Because it's always disappointing when a powder product breaks. But I have learned that I do not like when powders are repressed, and so I must let this one go... Also, the Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator (#200). This was too pink, liquidy, and thin. Meh.
  • Product you couldn't pay me to (re)purchase. EVER.: .em by Michelle Phan Lengthening Mascara (#191). This did lengthen my lashes. But It also made it look like I only had 5 super long lashes on each eye. I'd rather have medium length lashes that look voluminous, thankyouverymuch. And the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo (#208). OMG. This deluxe size sample took me a lifetime to use up. And I don't think it was that good! It didn't really help absorb the little amount of oil my hair had. AND it left a white cast if I wasn't careful. No Bueno.
That's all I've got for you! Don't forget to follow along on Instagram to see my empties daily!!! What have you used up in July? Let me know!!!
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Friday, July 31, 2015

BBBC July Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

BBBC: July Book Review ~ The Wonky Brow
It's the end of the month and that means it's time for my July Beauty Blogger Book Club book review. Lisa, from Uncommon Wife Life, chose our book this month and her choice was Paper Towns by John Green. I was excited to read this novel for three reasons... 1). It has been made into a movie. 2). It was my first John Green novel. And 3). I'm always down for a Young Adult novel. 

July Pick: Paper Towns by John Green
Paper Towns is the story of Quentin Jacobsen (a.k.a. Q), a reserved, band geek (who isn't even in the school band) and his life-long crush and next-door neighbor, Margo Roth Speigelman. Margo disappears the day after taking Q on an all-night adventure filled with payback, vandalism, and breaking and entering. However, she leaves behind clues as to where she has gone and Q is determined to find her. As he follows her clues, he learns a lot about the Margo he thought he knew... But he learns even more about himself.

This was a great book. The way it was written had me engaged from the very beginning. The characters were realistic and relatable. And they were funny. I lol'ed a few times while reading this. (If a book can make me laugh out loud, it's a winner.) Also, the story took place, for the most part, in Orlando, Florida (my city!). But the ending is what I appreciated the most. It didn't feel rushed or unresolved and it left me thinking... I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone. 

Check out what everyone else thought of Paper Towns:
Ashley at If you Give A Girl A Ring
Heather at Love To Be Busy
Lisa at Uncommon Wife Life
Lisa P. at Blush and Back Roads
Michelyn at Brains, Beauty & Basketball 
(Michelyn is on maternity leave and will be back with us soon!!!)

For August, Lisa P. from Blush and Back Roads has chosen the novel, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. This one looks good!!! Read along with us!
August Pick: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Subscription Services: Ipsy, Birchbox, and Boxycharm

July Subscription Box Review ~ The Wonky Brow
So there is good news and there is not-so-good news... The good news: This was a slightly better month than last in subscription boxes. The not-so-good news: I still cancelled two of them. <Gasp!> Yes, TWO subscriptions were cancelled. Ipsy and Boxycharm. It's not that I don't love the services anymore, I just have enough stuff. I'd rather put effort into using what I already have (and love) than constantly trying out so many samples. I'm officially #sampledout. I will still have my birchbox every month since I purchased the yearly subscription for that one. And I am thinking about replacing the other two with something a little different... But it's still in contemplation-mode right now. So we shall see. But for now, my July Subscription Box Reviews...

$10/month for sample, deluxe, and full size (sometimes) products. Sign up HERE!

Ipsy July 2015
Items received:
  • Octavio La Playa Sea Salt Spray (Deluxe size- $7.75). I have not tried this yet since I have been straightening my hair lately, but I am interested in testing this out. I love sea salt sprays and this is a great size to try as a sample. I have never heard of this brand before, so this shall be interesting. Also, the scent isn't too bad (I just opened it up to take a sniff) which is always a plus in my book.
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (Deluxe size- $5.66). Now this exfoliating cleanser, I love. It has a light fragrance that doesn't bother me when applied to my face. The micro-crystals in this are amazing and exfoliate my skin well. My face feels so soft after using this. Here is a product I would never have thought to try and will now consider purchasing the full size. (That is the point of these boxes, but I have found I very rarely find things I would purchase the full size of).
  • Ofra Eyeshadow and Highlighter in Bliss (Full size but not in compact- $15). This is a beautiful shade. And had I not already received so many other Ofra products, I might have been excited about this. As it is, I'm underwhelmed with the brand as a whole. I will pass this on...
  • Be a Bombshell Lip Balm in French Kiss (Full size- $14). I would NEVER in a million years pay $14 for a lip balm. Sorry. And as far as I can tell, there is nothing special about this one. It's just a lip balm.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess (Deluxe size- $10.31). I have tried this bronzer before (meh). If I hadn't, again I would've been excited to get a deluxe size sample. Passing it on...
Ipsy Total Value: $52.72

$10/month for 5-7 sample and deluxe size products. Try it out HERE!
Birchbox July 2015
Items received:
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venizia (Deluxe size- $12). OMG. NO. This is not a formula I like... AT ALL. This did not apply well. It looked extremely patchy and didn't get better if I tried to apply more. It also wore away in a really unflattering way and made my lips look cracked and flakey. If you are looking for a liquid lipstick, I'd recommend the Sephora Cream Lip Stains. Now those are amazing.
  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant (Deluxe size- $9.75). I have not tried this yet... But I will. And I'm happy about receiving it. The full size is $78 for only 2oz! 
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara (Deluxe size- $8). Once again... I have tried this before (I did say I was #sampledout, didn't I?). Unlike the majority of the people I've heard talk about this mascara, I did not like this. It just did nothing special for my lashes and I do not understand all the hype. #NotAFan.
  • R + Co Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner (Foil packets- $1.51). This was a fail. I should've gotten two uses out of the shampoo (since I have short hair), but I couldn't tell if this was actually cleaning my hair... So I kept adding more. I also did not like the scent. 
  • Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow (Deluxe size- $4.05). This surprised me, I thought it was going to be to dark for my skin tone, but it actually blends into the skin well and evened out my complexion. It also has a natural, glowy finish to it. Not bad, but I wouldn't run out to purchase it.
  • Rusk Heatshift Re-styling Cream (Deluxe size- $5.29). This is an interesting product. It claims to allow you to restyle any look without having to rewash your hair OR even reapply product. Ummmm... I dunno. But I will try it out... Maybe on a day where I don't need to leave the house. Or even get the mail. ;-)
Birchbox Total Value: $40.60

 $21/month for 4-5 Full size and/or 1 Deluxe size product. Try it out HERE!

Boxy charm July 2015
Items received:
  • Gorge I'll Make You Look Amazing Daily Spray (Full size- $29.95). I find this comparable to the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray. Except It's a 10 smells better.
  • Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil (Full size- $13). This is the second time I've received this eyebrow pencil in a subscription box (I didn't like this the first time I got it). This is the THIRD Ofra product I have received from Boxycharm alone. This was the second Ofra product I received THIS month. This is part of the reason I cancelled both, Ipsy and Boxycharm. Not happy.
  • MDMflow Greater Than Mascara (Full size- £21= $32.68). Okay... So here is my problem with this. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SEND A MASCARA OUT TO THOUSANDS OF SUBSCRIBERS, AND NOT EXPLAIN HOW TO USE THIS "SPECIAL" MASCARA TO BEGIN WITH?!?!?!? Basically, what happened here was... People started trying this out and complaining and generally not liking this mascara. So Boxycharm sent out an email that explains that this mascara needs to be "primed". Ummmm... What?!?!? Check it out HERE.
  • Vasanti Professional Blush Brush (Full size- $29). While I loved their exfoliation cleanser that I got in my Ipsy, this blush brush left something to be desired. There were hairs sticking out at the top that weren't cut evenly with the rest of the bristles. This was just "meh" for me.
  • YourMinerals Transparent Veil Setting Powder (Medium Full size- $26). I didn't get a chance to try this out but I'm willing to give it a chance. It's the one thing that will stay in my collection from this box... For now.
Boxycharm Total Value: $130.63

Overall thoughts... I was happiest with my Birchbox this month. I received 7 items (the card said the conditioner was a bonus!) to try for $10 and the brand/product selection was intriguing. Ipsy was definitely better than last month, but I feel like the products are getting very repetitive. I've been considering canceling for a few months now and figured I should let Ipsy go out with a bang! (Instead of canceling when the month was crap- like last month). Boxycharm was a flop. It's total value is still great for $21/month, but what's the point in me spending $21 when only one item really piques my interest? I'd rather put that towards my Sephora budget and choose exactly what I want. :-D

What did you get this month? Thoughts?? Anyone else feeling #sampledout??? xoxoxo.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Product Spotlight: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

Product Spotlight: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ~ The Wonky Brow
Happy Monday!!! Today I want to talk to you all about one of my favorite products EVER. I had planned on doing a post about this product, and thennnnn... Influenster added me to the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs VirtualVox (similar to a voxbox except they don't send a box filled with goodies and all activities are completed virtually- hence the name). And I just thought "perfect timing". So, random coincidence aside... I love these products. And I'm not getting paid to say that. 

I have been using the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs for a couple years now (thanks to my bestie, who introduced me to this awesomeness-in-a-can) and the best thing I can say about it is... It's so simple. It's literally, makeup for your legs and it will help camouflage any imperfections! There are two ways/times when I use this:
  1. When I have a spray tan. Sounds redundant? It's not. For those who have spray tanned before, you may know... For whatever reason, your legs will sometimes not get as dark as the rest of you (I don't know why, but this happens to me almost every time). So before going out for the night, I will spray my legs with the Tan or Medium shade so that I don't have an ombré skin effect gong on. This stuff will also help even out the look of a spray tan if you look a little patchy. (Side note- I have also used this on my arms and it works well for that too).
  2. When I have not spray tanned and want to wear shorts. Mind you, my natural skintone is translucent (no joke). So that is when I will use the Light shade. It gives me just enough color so that I don't look like I just arose from the coffin.
I will admit, the first time I saw this stuff I was terrified. I was worried I would look like an oompa loompa mixed with a zebra. So, my bestie went first and showed me what to do. Shake the can. Spray your legs (from upper thigh to ankle) so that you have 6-8 spots, and then rub it in until blended! (Remember to do your feet too if you will be wearing sandals or flip-flops). That simple. Do one leg at a time, and wash your hands after each leg. Give it a few minutes to dry/set in. Voilà! 

This product claims to be water and transfer resistant, and I will completely agree with that. But it's not waterproof, so if you are getting in the water... Don't bother with this stuff. If you will be staying dry, it will last and last and last. Also, I have worn white shorts with this on my legs. Yes I dared. And while it did rub off a little on the shorts, it also washed out easily in the laundry and nothing was destroyed. One last thing, this does have a sparkle to it that will be noticeable if you are out in the sun. It was originally created to mimic panty-hose, and it does just that. Personally, I like to sparkle (not Edward Cullen sparkle, but a little glitter never hurt anyone).

If you want to try this out for yourself, click HERE for $2 off. Plus CVS has $5 Extracare Bucks when you spend $10 on Sally Hansen products until 8/1/15. Also, if you haven't already joined Influenster, you should. It's free and all you have to do is link one of your social media accounts. You will then have the chance to participate in campaigns (like this one) and earn prizes. Check it out, HERE. xoxoxo.
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Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Medium, Light, and Tan.
Left Leg is au naturel. Right leg has the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Light.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Wonky Chef: MealBoard

When cooking/grocery shopping for six people, things can get complicated. So when I first moved in with the boyfriend and our 4 Masters of Mayhem, I wanted to be able to plan meals out to simplify the grocery shopping experience. Enter, MealBoard. An iPhone (or Pad or Pod) app that combines recipe storage, meal planning, shopping list, and pantry management in ONE place (check it out HERE). 

Recipe Storage
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This is probably my favorite feature. All of my recipes in one spot. No searching through my mom's index cards and cookbooks. They are alllllllllll here. Plus, if you run out of ideas,  you can use the built-in web browser to search/import recipes you find online.

Meal Planning

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My other favorite feature. You can plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks if you so desire. I personally only use this to plan dinner. The app allows you to plan from 1-4 weeks out. This is an amazing feature for me since I have to plan around so many different schedules. So depending on who will be around for dinner, on any given day, will dictate what and how much I cook that evening. 

Shopping List
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When you import recipes into the app, it will store the ingredients to make it easier to add them to your shopping list! Once I finish planning out my meals, I'll go through day-by-day adding the needed ingredients to the shopping list and then it separates them by aisle/department. Also, If you really want to go in-depth, you can designate which stores you buy which products from and add costs to help you stay with-in your budget.

Pantry Management

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I've got to be honest. This is the one aspect of this app I haven't delved into. But the idea is to let the app keep track of items you have in stock and once you've finished shopping, you can move those same items from the shopping list to the pantry. Then as you cook, you can adjust the items that are left. I just haven't had the patience to sit down and enter everything that is already in the pantry... But I really should. Then I might not accidentally run out of sugar again. ;-)

Keep in mind, this is not a FREE app. It costs $3.99. But it is worth every penny in my opinion. I had some free apps that had these features separate from each other (i.e. a shopping list app, a recipe app, etc.) but this was all-in-one and easy to learn to navigate!!! Hope this helps! xoxoxo
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