Upgrade Your Beauty Products for Fall With the Meijer Beauty Sale

*This post is sponsored by Meijer. All opinions are my onw!

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I am uber-vain and I LOVE my beauty products!! Mascara, blush, lipstick, eyeshadow, BRING IT ON. I want it all! Now, I love to coupon and get my beauty products for cents on the dollar, but I know a lot of you just AIN’T GOT TIME FOR THAT. And, you want the convenience of a one-stop shop, too. If that’s you, I’ve got great news for you: there’s a heck of a beauty sale at Meijer this week. You can get buy two get one free cosmetics and BOGO 50% on almost everything else! And if you DO  happen to clip a coupon or two, there are some great ones in the paper this week and online at coupons.com to help you get even better deals.

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Above are some of my favorite cosmetic products that Meijer sent me to review. I have to tell you that that L’Oreal Paris LUMI powder glow illuminator is a real superstar. Not only do I use it to highlight my cheekbones, I also use the darker part of it as bronzer and contour between my jaw and cheekbone AND, in the photo below, I am also using the lighter shade of it as eyeshadow on my brow bone and to highlight the inner corner of each eye. This is such a fantastic multi-tasking product! There are a couple other colors available and I am dying to try them as well.

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Another favorite beauty product, which I’ve never tried before, is this NYX lib butter in Merengue. Here, I used it alone over a neutral lip liner, and it stayed on REALLY well – more like a lipstick than a gloss. I love the fresh, natural, light look of wearing this lip butter with just liner, but you can also wear it over lipstick too, to add some flair and long-lasting shine to your favorite lip shade.

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In all of these photos I am also wearing a FANTASTIC pressed powder from Maybelline over my foundation. It’s called Maybelline Better Skin and I love it! It’s really long-wearing, and it’s not heavy but it goes on great – a little goes a long way. Just one pat of the applicator will do it, you don’t have to apply multiple coats. It definitely makes me want to try the res of the Better Skin line.

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This next photo gives me the opportunity to showcase another new lip product I’d never tried before: Maybelline Color Jolt intense lip paint. I LOVE IT. It goes on really easily with a soft applicator and it stays on for a looong time. I just applied a small amount over lip liner — a little goes a long way!

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My super-smooth hair in the photo above should also be commented on. It’s thanks to these three amazing products: L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and Conditioner and the Conair wet brush. This shampoo and conditioner is so amazing, it totally smooths by dry, wavy-frizzy hair. It works SO well that I no longer have to use the smoothing styling products I used to put into my hair before I blow it dry. So by using this shampoo and conditioner I’ve been able to cut a product out of my routine, saving me time and money. PLUS, it makes my hair WAY easier to straighten once it’s dry and helps the straight last longer, too. After two weeks of use, I am a BELIEVER.

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The Conair wet brush cuts tangles out of my wet hair like nobody’s business. I have really thick hair and I can’t believe how easy it is to brush out when it’s wet with this brush. In addition, it works great on my daughter’s long hair and has GREATLY improved our relationship when I brush her hair out after she showers! I am not even kidding! How did I not KNOW about the Conair wet brush!! I want to cry for all the years I’ve lived without it.

There are some other notable products that I’m going to cover in a Facebook live video that I’m going to do on our Mommin’ It Up Facebook post tonight. I will embed that video here when I’m done. The video will include Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadow and Neutrogena MositureSmooth color stick.

I hope to see you on Facebook Live tonight, but until then…get to Meijer for some amazing beauty deals this week, September 11-17th!

Updated with Facebook live video below! Check out how I use the L’Oréal Paris LUMI True Match powder!

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An Honest Review of Goldfish Swim School

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Look at my cutie! I can’t believe Sophie is 9 and a half…seriously. This child is headed toward ten without looking back and it kinda FREAKS ME OUT! And of course as she gets older she’s going to want to do more and more fun activities with family and friends. She loves sailing on the small sail boats her dad sails on the weekend during the summer, so she REALLY needs to be a strong swimmer. We’ve had her in lessons at our local university off and on for awhile, but the only run in short sessions and are off for the summer, so when I had the opportunity to try out Goldfish Swim School for a couple of months in exchange for a review, I went for it. And our experience has been GREAT. Here’s what I like about Goldfish:

  • Easy to register and check in. You just scan a card when you arrive much like your favorite store shopper card.
  • Consistent instructors. Sophie’s always had the same teacher every single time, unlike at other places we’ve tried where there seemed to be a lot of inconsistency.
  • Easy, plentiful changing facilities. No waiting for an open room or changing in group settings!

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  • HAIR DRYING STATION!! Love it. This is so perfect for Sophie’s LONG, THICK hair!

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  • Small class sizes. Sophie’s never had more than four in her class!
  • Easy re-scheduling and make-up sessions if you have to miss for vacations or illness (we had to re-schedule two make-ups for those reasons.)

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  • SUPER timely lessons. Sessions, without exception, started and ended perfectly on time every single time. I was amazed.
  • LOTS of comfortable seating in the viewing area! I could see Sophie from just about anywhere I sat, and there was plenty of room for siblings too.

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We have loved lessons at Goldfish. I am not lying when I say they have been the highlight of Sophie’s week. We are taking July off because we are so busy as a family, but plan to dive back in (see what I did there?) in August, and have her go two times a week instead of just once. It’s not that much more expensive to do twice a week, and it’s a great value in my eyes because it also means she will progress and graduate sooner.

If you’re in Dayton, you can find our local Goldfish Swim School south of town on Lyons Rd. just off 675. I highly recommend it and hope we see you there!

If you’re not local, lucky you, there are lots of Goldfish Swim Schools all over! Find the location nearest you at their website!

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Playing around with Wonder Forge

One of the benefits (to me) of Jenny having a job is that she has no time. (Having a job is tough, yo.) Therefore when Wonder Forge reached out to see if she would do her annual game review, she passed the honors on to me, which is awesome since they have several new Star Wars games out and I have several Star Wars fans at my house!

The first one we checked out was Galaxy Hunt. Sam was pretty pumped.

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This game requires each player to remove a certain piece from the board without causing the spring-loaded bar to move. It’s very easy to play, and requires problem-solving as well as some basic math skills, as each piece is worth positive or negative points.

We also played Star Wars Star Destroyer Strike.

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Here’s the description:
Strategy and suspense collide in the exciting Star Wars Star Destroyer Strike Game. The Star Destroyer Finalizer is out to eliminate the Resistance. Advance your heroes to safety before the starship of the First Order has you in its line of fire. Evade surprise blasts that can happen when you least expect it, and outwit your opponents by bouncing the “laser” blasts off the deflector shield towards them. It’s fast-moving galactic fun for the whole family.

This was also a lot of fun, and Sam loved the lights and sounds. It requires some strategy, which makes it fun for the adults as well as kids. One thing that is a little different is that it’s set up on a track rather than a board. Pretty cool!

Confession time – the thing I liked MOST about these two games is that while they were Star Wars themed, those of us who are a little less, un, well-versed in the Rebel Alliance could play along without any trouble. That’s great for me, because if Star Wars trivia is involved, I can’t hold a candle to Sam or Andy.

Which brings me to…

Star Wars Pictopia

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Pictopia has been on my “to buy” list for a while now. I have heard nothing but good things about it. The Star Wars version didn’t disappoint! It contains more than 1,000 questions about the planets, ships, villains and heroes, and you can wager different amounts depending on your confidence in your knowledge. (Needless to say, I took the conservative route.) This game is unique in that it combines teamwork with individual play, which puts an interesting twist on it. We liked the game so much that we ordered the Disney version for Kate for Christmas!

Wonder Forge has everything you need to make Christmas break fun! In addition to the Star Wars games, they’ve got a Peanuts Snoopy Flying Ace game, The Good Dinosaur Roarin’ River game, and more. Stay up-to-date on all of their offerings by liking their Facebook page!

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