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Drugstore Makeup – The Best Of The Best

Don’t you just LOVE a trip to the drugstore or especially to Target? Just uninterrupted time to browse the isles, read labels, try on clothes, and search through the makeup and skin care isles like you have nothing else to do for the rest of the day? I don’t know about ya’ll but it’s a major stress reliever for me. That may sound silly to some of you but there’s something about shopping for makeup that doesn’t cost a fortune that just really makes me feel good inside LOL. Especially when you’re ballin on a budget like this girl right here.

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The negatives of these trips though can sometimes result in over spending because in my head I’m like “oh this is so much cheaper than a designer brand I can buy this and ten other things I don’t really need!” #girllogic, right? LOL. Also, sometimes, it can result in products that are less than ideal. So with this post I hope to help someone out there avoid the same drugstore beauty isle mistakes I have with this list of my personal faves!

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FACE:

  1. L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream – I’ve been using this for years. It’s very inexpensive, they have a very wide range of shades to choose from and it WORKS. It comes out white in color, and blends to match your skin tone. I personally don’t ever wear foundation on my entire face, just my “problem” areas where I have some scarring and redness that I like to cover up. Particularly my chin and around my nose. This formula is super lightweight, which I love, and perfectly blurrs/covers up what I don’t want to show the world.
  2. Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Loose Illumination Powder – I use this in shade “light” and it’s my version of a setting powder. I apply it over my entire face, focusing mostly on the areas I just applied BB cream to. I love this one because it has a very light shimmer to it that doesn’t come off as HI IM A GIANT SPARKLE, it just gives me a nice healthy glow that I love. This is also the perfect product to pat on quickly if I’m in a rush to leave, and don’t have enough time for BB cream or anything else, just to blend my skin tone and be on my way. Totally ideal for those mornings when there just isn’t enough time.
  3. Sonia Kashuk Undercover Liquid Concealer – I wasn’t sure if I should put this under the face category or the eyes category because for me it doubles as a blemish/redness concealer and an under eye concealer. It has a cute little poof as the applicator, that helps the product go on smooth and blend out even smoother. It’s lightweight but thick enough to cover up ANYTHING. I highly, highly recommend this little guy.

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EYES:

  1. NYX Eyeshadow Base – I originally bought this in the white shade because they were out of the tan at the time, but ended up totally loving it! I thought it would be hard to blend and would change the color and pigmentation of my shadow, but it’s truly the perfect base and primer. I just use my pinkie finer and rub it all over my whole eyelid, wait a few seconds for it to dry and then apply my shadow.
  2. Maybelline 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Pallet – I’ll start this one off with a confession: I’ve been a Naked 2 Pallet addict since the day it came out. BUT when I recently started to really run low on my fave colors in the pallet, I started to try to find a similar pallet for less cost, because I’ll be really honest, I only use 3 of the colors LOL. Because of that, I just can’t justify spending $60 dollars for what is essentially 3 eyeshadows. I picked this Maybelline pallet up from Target a couple weeks ago and it’s almost EXACT to the colors I love in Naked 2! The colors are really pigmented, really soft and creamy to apply, and stay in place all day, even without a primer. AND it’s only $10!
  3. Pacifica Dream Big Mascara – I bought this literally last week because I was waiting for payday to buy my ride or die Diorshow mascara…. but I might just stick with this baby from now on! It’s all natural, SCORE, it’s made from minerals and natural oils, and it’s super conditioning for your lashes. ALSO it has this super cool feature where on the top of the wand you can twist it the right to compact the wand for more volume, then twist it to the right to stretch the wand back out for a more lengthening effect. Two in one?! And all natural?! Yes puuuhlease.
  4. Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil – I am not even going to try to pretend that I am super talented at makeup by any means, especially when it comes to brows. I know I can’t be the only one LOL. It just seems like something that can be super easily messed up and eyebrows are just too important! Since I have natural red/auburn hair, my eyebrows and eyelashes are naturally very light. I literally use a few strokes of this pencil to fill in the realllllly light areas, and just make my eyebrows look more defined. NOTHING CRAZY. This product stays on all day, even if your rub your eyebrows. I use the shade “blonde”.

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LIPS:

  1. NYX Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick – NYX has some pretty amazing lip products. Their “Butter Glosses” are fab. Recently though, I’ve really been on a matte kick and this product is amazing! My only negative comment is that it is a little bit drying, but if I apply a balm beforehand that really helps. It acts more like a stain because it really does stay all day no matter how much you eat, drink, talk, kiss, or lick you lips. The colors are all very creamy and “moody”. My personal fave shade is “Lipli”. It’s like a mauvey purple. Works great for fall or spring!
  2. Revlon Matte Balms – I LOVE THESE! I have so many colors. My favorite for Spring is “Showy Flamboyant” because it’s the perfect deep pink that is just really complimentary to my natural lip and skin color. It goes with EVERYTHING. This product feels like a balm or a chapstick, but is matte ( yes yes yes ) and literally stays perfectly put all day, no matter what. Even the bright red shade. I wore it on the 4th last year and ate and drank and even swam a little bit and didn’t have to reapply once. Total, complete winner if you ask me.

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There ya have it, the best of the best drugstore products, in my opinion. And these are not necessarily the products that I use for my everyday makeup look, or date night makeup look, that is a whollllle other post ( coming soon! ).

What are you favorite drugstore products? We would all love an excuse for an extra trip to the drugstore! 😉

XO, Madison.

Home Decor Wishlist & Spring Cleaning Tips

Hey, hey! Happy Tuesday ya’ll! With tomorrow being the first day of March I am officially in full on Spring cleaning mode. I actually kind of am in Spring cleaning mode like at all times because I can’t stand clutter and having extra things just laying around, so I am always going through everything and re organizing EVERYTHING. I also love love love to throw things away. Which gets me in trouble sometimes with my sweet boyfriend ( Chris ) because sometimes I throw things away that one of us actually needed… whoopsie daisy! LOL.

But this year is different, for me at least, because Chris and I moved in together last summer and this is the first time I’m “officially” Spring cleaning our apartment. ( I’ll be sharing a Spring Cleaning: Closet Edition post next week, by the way ). Living with a significant other is an adventure and learning experience in many different ways, but organizing and finding room for each others belongings is a huge one. Our particular apartment doesn’t have the greatest storage options. And by doesn’t have the greatest, I mean we have 2 cabinets and like half of a coat closet. And that’s it. Sooo my organizational skills have really been put to the test this past year and I’ve had to get really creative with storage boxes and shelving.

Some quick tips I have for spring cleaning is to ONE, read the book The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up because it literally will change your life, and TWO, pick an area each day, work on it until it’s done, then move onto the next area. Don’t try to do your whole entire house at once. So start with the bathroom cabinets, then move onto the closet, then do the kitchen, then the bed side tables, you get it.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but after cleaning, organizing and purging I am always ready for some major shopping! Something about a new season always makes me want fresh new items around the house ( and in my closet! ). Plus I JUST LOVE home decor & design. It makes me sooo happy! We are moving in June, so I am doing my best not to purchase too many items that we end up just having to put in storage and won’t get much use out of, but I put together my Spring home decor wishlist for ya’ll below.

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  1. GOLD BAR CART – It’s been a dream of mine to have a chic gold bar cart for a while now. I know they are super “trendy” right now, but I think that that is for a good reason! They double as gorgeous decoration for maybe an otherwise awkward corner, and perfect for storing alcohol bottles, glasses, and other drink accessories you may not have room for elsewhere in your home.
  2. CUTE CHAMPAGNE GLASSES – This doesn’t need any sort of explanation whatsoever if you know who I am at all. If not, let me just say: the champagne obsession ( addiction? ) IS REAL.
  3. CUTE MATCH HOLDER – Speaking of obsessions… candles needed to be added to the list. I couldn’t live without candles, and that is just the truth. Why not have a cute match holder displayed instead of unsightly lighters laying around, ya know?
  4. FLOWERS – Yes yes yes. Fake or fresh, flowers are a fabulous way to brighten up your home and your mood! Especially in the spring time.
  5. LIVING ROOM RUG – I dream of having a gorgeous grey and white rug like I have linked above, but I think may have to wait a little while. Our puppy, Teddy, is a little messy and loves to get himself dirty as can be. I would definitely cry if I splurged on my dream rug and something stained it.
  6. COFFEE TABLE TRAY – I am always searching though HomeGoods for the perfect coffee table tray. Anyone else? They are perfect for storing magazines, coffee table books, candles, coasters, you name it, but in an organized area, instead of just laying haphazardly around the coffee table.
  7. KATE SPADE SNAIL MAIL TRAY – I love this idea!! I knew I had to have this the second I saw it because Chris is constantly leaving his mail & receipts just kind of in random places around the kitchen and I think if they had a specific home he would be able to put them there, and I could avoid throwing away things we need ;).
  8.  STRING LIGHTS – I plan on spray painting the cord a pretty matte gold color and hanging these on the stunning rustic all wood headboard Chris made me for Valentine’s Day.
  9. OUTDOOR PATIO SET – I love eating outside when the weather is nice! I can just picture Chris, Teddy and I eating dinner out there this spring and summer and I can’t wait! Plus my kitty, Eloise, who loves to be outside watching the birds, will get great use out of these chairs as well.
  10.  COFFEE TABLE BOOKS – I’ve had my eyes on that Kate Spade coffee table book for a while and I think I’m going to pull the plug and order it already LOL. The Book Living With Pattern and Texture will not only look wonderful on the coffee table it will also provide me new  inspirations for decorating our home.
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  12. GREENERY – We love having greenery in our home. Having plants around purifies the air, keeps everything fresh and circulating and add a very relaxing touch to the space. Were going to have to stick with fake ones for now though because Teddy will literally eat anything sooo.
  13. PET TIPI – I mean this doesn’t really need an explanation either, right? IT’S THE CUTEST THING EVER. I know Teddy & Eloise will just cuddle their little hearts out in there and I can’t wait to take photos LOL.
  14. MARBLE VASE – I am loving this for on the mantle with some fresh peonies.
  15. KATE SPADE STORAGE BOXES – Not only are these so chic, they will be perfect for storing all my blogging props, out of sight, in a super organized way. They will fit perfectly on the bottom shelf of our bookshelf.
  16. FLOOR LAMP – Our apartment has awful natural light ( I literally want to cry about this every day not even kidding – natural light is IMPORTANT to me ) so we need as much extra lighting as we can get! Plus the gold brassy base color of this one is calling my name!

What are ya’ll lusting after in the home decor department this Spring??

Thanks for reading!

XO, Madison.

How To – DIY Clay Armpit Detox

Today on Bliss And Bubbly we are getting down and dirty. That’s right, we are discussing arm pits, toxic deodorants and the horrific side effects they can cause, how to avoid that, and an easy at home DIY that can totally transform your overall health and wellness. If you’ve been suffering from less than ideal BO, this could even cure you of that!

DIY BENTONITE CLAY ARMPIT MASK.

Remember how I talked about Bentonite Clay vacuuming the toxins out of your face when you use it as a face mask?? Well, it does the same thing for your armpits, but with much greater health benefits.

All you need is a tablespoon of Bentonite Clay, a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, a glass or ceramic bowl, and a stirring utensil that is not metal. Mix the ingredients into a paste, apply to the armpits, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rise it off in the shower using a wash cloth, and when you get out moisturize with some Organic Coconut Oil. Also, be sure to drink tons of water to really help out with the toxin ridding process!

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Doing a monthly armpit detox will:

  • Draw out the toxins currently built up in your body from traditional deodorants.
  • Will reduce body odor.
  • Improves tender lymph node function.
  • Boots lymphatic drainage & circulation.

Fun fact about me, I didn’t even wear deodorant until about a year ago. I just didn’t have the need for it! Then suddenly my hormones went crazy and I started to have BO. I knew that traditional deodorants worked really well, but were awful to put on your body, so I began my hunt for a natural deodorant that would still get the job done. I went through a few and was kind of losing hope until my boyfriends mom found the brand Schmidt’s!!  It’s natural, it’s non toxic, it’s made with essential oils and IT WORKS. My personal fave is Lavender & Sage, but they have other awesome essential oil combo’s to choose from as well.

If you aren’t sure about whether or not the deodorant you currently use is toxic or not these are the 5 ingredients you need to look for:

  1. Aluminum – linked to breast cancer in women, also an increased risk of Alzheimers Disease.
  2. Parabens – disrupt our very delicate hormonal balance, can lead to early puberty in younger kids/teens and and increased risk of hormonal cancers. Also linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
  3. Propylene Glycol – can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.
  4. Phthalates – linked to a higher risk of birth defects, also may disrupt hormone receptors which increases the likelihood of cell mutation.

So that’s a lot and that’s all extremely shitty if you ask me. I would personally MUCH RATHER be walking around with horrific BO than knowingly subject my body to any of that.

Our armpits are the location of the lymph nodes that work really hard to filter viruses, fight cancer cells, and rid our bodies of toxins. Sweat is like the public transportation system for all of those toxins and they need to be able to get off the bus! Those 5 toxic ingredients in traditional deodorants act as a suppressant, closing the pores off, causing a major build up. If a build up is occurring, your lymphatic is probably super stressed out.

The physical symptoms of a stressed lymphatic system are:

  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes.
  • Muscle aches & pains.
  • Joint pain.
  • Getting sore throats/colds more often.
  • Frequent infections/viruses.
  • Arthritis.
  • Fibromyalgia.

If you’ve decided to make the switch to a natural deodorant, doing this armpit detox mask will really help ease the process. If you notice really bad BO, do a mask once a day for a few days in a row, and be sure to keep drinking tons of water.

Even if you’ve been using a natural deodorant for awhile, it’s still great to help your lymphatic system out and do this mask monthly, or every few months.

By the way, I am totally not trying to tell ya’ll that you HAVE to use natural deodorants or claiming to know more than you do about anything like that. If you want to keep on using your tried and true deodorant that’s not natural, you do you!

Also, you don’t have to use the kind I use, I just share what works for me. Do your own research and test out different brands and find what what works for you. There are so many amazing natural deodorants out there!

What are some other natural alternatives to everyday products the that ya’ll would want to see a post on?

Thanks for reading!

XO, Madison.

Weekly Chat – Instagram Aesthetic

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Ok soooo we all know how important Instagram is, or we’re learning at least. And until I started blogging a little over a year ago, I used Instagram for what a lot of people use it for – to document my life, my family, my friends, my food & drinks and of course my selfies. There was no rhyme or reason to anything I posted other than it was what I was doing/eating and that I wanted to post it. There was no “theme” or aesthetic, and honestly there still isn’t.

I am still trying to learn, and it’s a lotttt harder than I thought it would be. The “blogging world” is a whoollleee new world ( singing Aladdin out loud as I type this LOL ) and Instagram is a HUGE part of blogging. Readers want to see a deeper glimpse into your life, aside from what you share on your blog, and it’s also a wonderful platform for quick engagement as well. It’s a perfect tool to reach out to brands, or to have brands reach out to you, and really just give people a feel for who you are and what you’re all about. It’s the perfect place to give readers a behind the scenes look at what you’re doing.

At first, it seemed weird to me to not just post whatever I wanted, ya know? But I’ve learned that it’s important for your whole feed to have kind of a more uniform look to it, so that when people go to your Instagram page they are drawn in and want to look at each individual photo, not overwhelmed with a huge disarray of random things & colors.

No pressure, huh?

Well I’ve been doing a bit of Instagram research this week and I’ve compiled a list of 6 tippity tips on how to grow your Instagram and how to really hone in on your personal aesthetic.

  1. Ask Questions In Your Captions – If you are a blogger, brands want to see engagement on all platforms, Instagram being an important one. An easy way to do that is to ask a question at the end of your caption! If you’re traveling, ask for some good local spots to eat, or what are the must see’s for the area? And so on. And always be sure to respond to everyone! Really take the time to chit chat it up with someone! If they are taking the time out of their day to engage with you – engage back!
  2. Find “Your Thing” – What is it about your Instagram that will set you apart from the millions of other gorgeous accounts out there? Are you a food blogger that can post super quick and easy week night dinner recipes? Do you post super cute photos of your cat every morning? Are you knowledgeable in a topic and can provide a tip to give your audience value with every post? Find ONE thing to become “your thing” that is going to provide some sort of value to your followers and run with it. I am totally still trying to figure mine out….
  3. Be Consistent – Decide a schedule that works for you and stick to it. I post every morning, usually a photo from whatever blog post I posted that day, and then another one around 12:30.
  4. Hashtags – At first, I was not hashtags biggest fan. And I’m really still not, but they are a necessary evil in the world of blogging and Instagram. Being specific and tagging every single detail or brand that’s in your post helps others find you and that’s a major positive! I personally don’t type my hashtags in my caption, I type them in a separate comment, so that my followers don’t see them unless they click to read the comments. That way I’m not throwing ten million of them in their face at once, ya know?
  5. Follow Similar Accounts – This is another area where hashtags come in handy big time! If you are a fashion blogger, search the hashtag #fashionblogger and tons and tons of them will pop up. Follow them, and chances are, they’ll follow you back because you have similar content!
  6. Decide On A Color Scheme – This is what I am having a really hard time with, but I’ve learned that it’s really important. When someone clicks on your page and they see your whole feed at once, it should look beautiful and uniform while still being unique. But it shouldn’t look messy. Some bloggers have a marble background on every photo, some are against a wall, some at the beach, it all depends on where you live, what your photographing/blogging about and what makes sense for you.

Basically, I don’t know if anyone will really care about this advice because my Instagram is currently a hot mess, but I am by no means claiming to be an expert, so maybe it’s ok. In a way, I guess I am posting this to hold myself accountable to these tips and really follow through with them.

Also, I think having someone to either take photos of you, so all your pictures aren’t selfies ( not that there is anything wrong with a selfie! ) or to give you a second opinion on your photo is super helpful! My sweet boyfriend takes a lot of pictures of me and even follows some of the Instagram accounts I love so that he can really understand and see what I’m going for. I’ve sure got a winner! 🙂

What are some of ya’lls Instagram tips? I’d love to hear, and I’m positive other readers would too!

Thank you so  much for reading
🙂

XO, Madison.

The 5 Minute Braided Crown Tutorial

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Goooood morning! We’ve all been there: just a little too warm & comfy in bed, hit the snooze button one too many times, and now we only have twenty minutes to get ready, eat breakfast and make it out of the door on time for work. Am I right? Well Bliss And Bubbly is here to save the day! Or at least make your time getting ready go by a little quicker.

I love braids. I try to add braids to tons of different hairstyles. Especially in the spring and summer! It’s just so fresh and fun to me. This particular braided crown hairstyle is so easy and so quick, it’s perfect for those mornings when you have less than ideal time to get ready, but still want to look like you spent hours in the bathroom.

This is also a perfect style if you are wanting to give yourself and your hair a break from heat styling for the day.

We all know that I only wash my hair every 7ish days, and I try to only put heat on it 3 – 4 of those days, so by day 6 or 7 this is the perfect go – to style to still look put together for work, but without all the effort and damage to my strands.

Step one: separate your hair into two equal parts on either side of your face, and turn those sections into french braided pig tails. If you have hairs that frame your face, or bangs, be sure to leave those out ( mine are just too long at the moment they look a little silly ). When french braiding, try to pull the strand that you are adding the hair into UNDERNEATH the other strands, instead of over top of them. This will make your braid raised out, instead of just blending into the rest of your hair. Once you finish with your braids, pull each piece out, making the braids loose and messy. In my opinion, the messier the better, especially with this particular style.

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Step two: Take one of the braids and lay it across the opposite side of your head, pinning it with bobby pins where needed.

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Step three: Repeat with the other braid, overlapping the previous braid with this one, pinning it the same way.

Step four: Take the tails of the pigtails and tuck them underneath the top side of the braid that you just pinned down. It will make more sense if you look at the picture ;). My hair is too long to just tuck, so I have to loop it around, then pin it underneath the bottom side. If your hair isn’t as long as mine, you’ll have a much easier time with this step!

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Step five: set it with some texturizing spray or some hairspray.

Aaaand you’re done! How easy & fun was that?

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This style would also look perfect with an off the shoulder dress for a fun brunch with the girls, or a casual date night as well.

What are some other fun hairstyles ya’ll would like to see tutorials on?

XO, Madison.

5 Tips To Avoid Getting Dry Lips

Although winter might be on it’s way out ( here in Texas at least! ) everything is still a little bit dry. And by everything my skin and hair LOL. But this year I’ve especially had issues with my lips being dry and I couldn’t really figure out why. Cracked peeling lips kind of a damper on wearing fun lipsticks and kissing, don’t ya think? So I tracked down every single little thing that I was doing that was making them worse, and every single little thing I did/used that cured them of the awful dryness.

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1. DONT LICK THEM – This might seem obvious ( or not ) and I know it is a maaaajor habit, especially of mine! Yes, it will help alleviate the dryness you’re feeling on your lips but only for a few seconds, and in the end it only worsens the issue – saliva is extremely drying for the lips.
2. WEEKLY EXFOLIATION – Add it to your Sunday night self care routine. That’s when I do everything that would take too much time on any other night such as my hair masks, my face masks, and my lip exfoliation. A super easy way is to just wet your toothbrush and move it in gentle circular motions across your lips, finishing with a balm. There are also some great products you could use! Ulta makes a super good one that’s just a few dollars, there are great organic ones on Amazon like Kiss Me Honey and This Super Kissable Scrub or you could just mix coconut oil with a little brown sugar and make your own paste. Just be sure to follow up with a really great organic balm afterwards to help moisturize and protect that new layer of skin you just revealed.
3. LIP MASKS – I know what you’re thinking, I already have to do a face mask and a hair mask now I need a lip mask too?! But really think about this – your lips do a lot of work! I mean talking, eating, kissing and so on. They need a little extra love sometimes! I found this really great ( and CUTE ) lip mask on Amazon and use it about one a month. They’re bright pink, shaped like lips and are hilarious to take snapchat’s with. Also, that particular brand is filled with collagen, which will give your lips a natural boost of plumpness, which is never a bad thing, right?
4. OILS, OILS, OILS – I am obsessed with oils. I use Organic Rose Hip Oil & Vitamin E Oil all over my face every single day/night, I moisturize my whole body with Organic Coconut Oil every single night and I recently started putting a little Vitamin E Oil, or sometimes Avocado Oil on my lips at night. This winter my lips have gotten super dried out, which has never happened to me before, so I knew I was in need of something a little stronger than balms and chapsticks. ALSO, chapstick can be addicting for your lips, causing them to dry out even more. Totally counterintuitive, I KNOW. So when buying balms or chapsticks, look for Organic brands that have oils in the ingredients ( such as Vitamin E or Coconut ) those will actually help the issue, not make it worse. My personal favorites are Cocokind & Burts Bees Grapefruit.
5. NOURISHING MAKEUP – This tip kind of goes back to number 4. Don’t use just any old chapstick that’s been in the bottom of your purse for 24985 years. Always read the ingredients, and take the time to find Organic brands that work for you. When wearing lipstick look for brands that are Sulfate & Paraben free. That’s super important! Stila makes a great one. Also, always apply a layer of balm before applying lipstick or stain to keep the products from drying out your lips, especially if you’re using a matte color.

On that note, I am off to drink some peppermint tea & read a book about finding my ZEN.

What are some other tips for preventing/ridding dry cracked lips? Please share!

Thanks so much for reading!

XO, Madison.

Weekly Chat: Staying Motivated

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So, this a new thing I am doing. Weekly Chats. If you’re subscribed to my blog ( WHICH YOU SHOULD BE! ) I talked about starting this as a Friday ritual and using it as a way to really connect with those of you who are kind enough to read my blog. I want to use these posts as a way to answer questions, give updates on my life or random things I’m going through, share tips I come across, basically just literally any and everything.

This week I struggled a little bit with staying motivated. Not just for my blog, but just kind of for work in general. Does that ever happen to anyone? I think I just got into the same routine every single day and I realized on Wednesday that I had to do something about that! I also realized that I certainly cannot be the only one that this happens to from time to time.

It doesn’t mean you’re lazy, or not willing to put the hard work into whatever it is you’re doing, it just means you need a little fresh inspiration to get your motivation back!

I work as a Property Manager of an Executive Suites office building full time, and I run this blog full time. I am also a sister, a cat mom, a dog mom, a daughter, a friend, and a girlfriend. Life can get overwhelming at times! And I know how easy it is to get stuck in the day to day routines and activities. But when that happens, like it did for me the past few weeks, I find it hard to be positive about my work. Does that even make any sense? I have no idea if I am getting across what I actually want to say right now, my brain is just so all over the place LOL.

Basically, I realized I was having the hardest time coming up with blog post ideas, I wasn’t excited about taking pictures, I didn’t want to curl my hair in the mornings ( seems silly, but it matters to me LOL ), like I just didn’t even want to unload the dishwasher.

On Wednesday I was a tiiiinsy bit hungover ( may or may have drank a whole bottle of Champagne on Tuesday night…. #ValentinesDay ) and I was just not thrilled about anything that day. During lunch I decided to walk to the Whole Foods that is close to my work and get a cup of coffee.

BEST DESCISION OF THE WEEK.

During that walk I felt myself growing more and more positive. I came up with solutions for some of the problems I was in charge of at my job, I thought of this idea for weekly chats, and by the time I got to Whole Foods I was like, “damn I think I just got my motivation back!”. I think it was definitely a combination of getting some fresh air and the mid day exercise, but I think a huge majority of it was just that simple change in my routine.

Any other day I would have just driven to Whole Foods. But I chose to walk instead.

I wanted to share this with ya’ll because when I discover something that works for me, I always think well it might work for someone else too, ya know? If you are struggling with staying motivated, try switching up your daily routine!

I’m telling ya, you’ll feel better almost immediately.

What are your favorite ways to stay motivated??

XO, Madison.

My Fave Bee Pollen Breakfast Smoothie

Summer is coming people, summer is coming! YAY! I know what ya’ll are thinking, “woah slow down, Madison, we have to get though spring first…” which is true. And I love spring! Flowers are number four on my list of all time favorite things on earth, and spring = flowers. HOWEVER. I get the worst seasonal allergies of all time. Literally. Ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you that I literally sneeze 28479 a minute for like 8 months out of the year due to allergies. And yes, I have a prescription medication, I’ve tried the local honey with ACV, I’ve tried essential oil diffusion blends, this girl has tried it ALLLLL.

At least that’s what I thought.

One of my favorite health food instagrams to follow ( @shutthekaleup ) was putting bee pollen in some of her smoothies and I was very intrigued. I did some research and found out that it has lots of major health benefits and seasonal allergy relief is one of the big ones! I was a little skeptical because the local honey thing didn’t quite work for me, but I’ll try anything natural, so I added it to my fave breakfast smoothie for a few days.

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And guess what ya’ll. I have been feeling INSANE relief from my allergies. I’m going to be honest, I don’t know if it’s a combo of the bee pollen and the medication I already take, but I might stop taking the medication for a few days and just try bee pollen, because if I can avoid taking medication at all that would be ideal.

Ok so, you’re probably wondering, what even IS bee pollen, right? Well I’m so glad you asked.

Bee pollen is made by extremely hard working little Honey Bees. 1 single teaspoon of bee pollen takes 1 bee working 8 straight hours a day for over a month! Each single pellet contains over 2 million flower pollen grains. How crazy is that ya’ll?

Other fabulous benefits of taking bee pollen ( besides major seasonal allergy relief ) are:

  • Great source of antioxidants that work hard to destroy free radicals that are loose in our bodies.
  • Contains a fun cocktail of proteins, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, amino acids and folic acids.
  • Detoxifying for the liver.
  • Natural energy enhancer.
  • Rejuvenating and smoothing for the skin from the inside out.
  • Anti-inflammatory effect on the lungs and respiratory system, preventing onset asthma.
  • Increases metabolism.
  • Hormone balancer & known for being a great aphrodisiac ;).
  • Increases the bodies production of natural antibiotics, lessening the chance of infections and illnesses.

Bee pollen is considered to be one of natures most completely nourishing foods because it contains almost all the nutrients that humans require.

How cool is that?

It is best to be taken at breakfast time, with fruit. This is because the fibers in the fruit enhance and reinforce the activity of the pollen in the body.

Which is why it’s the perfect addition to my fave breakfast smoothie!

The recipe:

  • 1/2 Cup of Greek yogurt ( or whatever yogurt of your choosing ).
  • Handful of organic kale.
  • Handful of organic spinach.
  • Scoop of whey protein powder of your choice.
  • 1/2 a frozen banana.
  • Handful of frozen strawberries.
  • 1/3 C Whey Protein Powder.
  • 1 tbs of organic coconut oil.
  • 1 tsp of bee pollen.

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Blend all together and enjoy! I like to just sprinkle the bee pollen on top because I think it’s looks pretty… but obviously you are more than welcome to just blend it into the smoothie with the other ingredients as well LOL. As long as you consume all those little nutrient filled pellets!

Do you guys want to know the very best part of all of this great information?

Bee keepers are able to remove the pollen from the hives with ZERO harm to the precious little honey bees, and without disturbing their routine at all. And I love that.

BUT SERIOUSLY, HOW AMAZING ARE HONEY BEES?

Try the smoothie and let me know what ya think! Some other variations I like are frozen mango slices & strawberries, or blueberry banana.

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Also, if you didn’t know, Honeybees are on the International Endangered Species List which is a HUGE deal and needs to be taken very seriously. A few things/changes you can make at home in order to help make a difference are:

  • In your backyard, avoid planting trees/plants that need fertilizer. Try to stick to planting native trees, shrubs, and flowers.
  • Do not buy flowers that have “double blooms”. Bees/insects are not capable of accessing the nectar.
  • Avoid using “bug zappers”. Those are usually used for pesky mosquitos, but mosquitos are the only ones who never end up in them.
  • Do not use pesticides or artificial fertilizers of any kind. Organic alternatives include manure or compost for you kitchen. You should already be doing this, especially if you have kids or animals that play in the yard.
  • Try to buy Organic Cotton clothes, towels, and sheets. Conventional cotton uses an enormous amount of pesticide that is extremely harmful to honeybees and other insects.

Do something to help save a bee today, we need them as much as they need us 🙂

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And drink smoothie while you’re at it!

XO, Madison.

Spring Wardrobe Essentials & Wishlist

Hello, hello! Welcome to Bliss And Bubbly where I am growing a liiiiiittle bit tired of having the weather change from perfect & 80 to pouring & 35 here in Texas…. THIS GIRL IS READY FOR SPRING. My current wardrobe is very neutral and “plain” ( as my bf would say ) so I made a decision that after I spring clean my closet this weekend, I am going to officially add some fun colorful pieces to it for Spring!

I seriously love shopping. It could be considered a problem ( naahhhh ) but I especially love shopping for new seasons! Spring in particular is my favorite because FLORALS. I know that’s so cliche ( that scene from The Devil Wears Prada is currently playing on repeat in my head LOL  #groundbreaking ) but I don’t even care. Florals make me happy, and the clothes you wear should do just that – make you happy. I also love blush tones for spring! I think they make any skin color look gorgeous, and are the perfect transition into brighter summer colors.

I’ve also really gotten into matte liquid lipsticks recently, yes I know I’m a little late to the party LOL, so I’ll also be purchasing allll the Stila pinks & neutrals.

I made a cute little collage to share my wishlist and what’s in all my online carts as of right now:

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What are your favorite trends for spring? I am so happy that off the shoulder tops & dresses aren’t out of style yet, I just love them so much!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

XO, Madison.

A Different Way To Say I Love You

In case you forgot, or lost track of time… ( because this year is seriously going by so fast I can’t even believe it ) this post is serving as a friendly reminder that Valentine’s Day is next week! Surprise!

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I personally am very excited. I love Valentine’s Day. Everything is pink and sparkly, there is candy everywhere, FLOWERS, and everyone is feeling so lovey  dovey. Whether that’s towards your significant other, your cat, your best friend, or your mom, everyone feels a little extra love on Valentine’s Day, and I love that.

I’ve been a serious hopeless romantic since I can remember. I had The Beauty And The Beast memorized as soon as I could talk ( so did my parents because I wanted to watch it 2984 times a day ) and my favorite books are always epic love stories. My February Reading List’s theme is of course love, love, love, so when ProFlowers contacted me to write a post featuring their fun interactive idea for choosing a card to go with your flowers, I hopped right on board.

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They have a collection of 59 of the most romantic quotes in literature separated into 4 categories: “Hopeless Romantic” ( pick me, pick me! ) “Cynic” “Timeless” and “Realist”. You click on whichever category fits your Valentine, then scroll through the quotes until you find one that speaks to you. They also have different choices of images to go along with the quote. Here is a photo of the card I designed with my favorite quote:

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Design yours by clicking on the link HERE.

My boyfriend and I have a had thing since we started dating about how we were just searching for each other and didn’t know true love until we found one another, so when I saw that quote in the “Hopeless Romantic” section I literally squealed out loud. I thought “oh my god, this was written for me!” and then I thought “wow, I need to read the book that this came from asap” and I immediately ordered it on Amazon.

ProFlowers is basically taking all the pressure out of the debacle of deciding what to write on the card when you want to send someone flowers. And they make it FUN. Let’s get real, I personally don’t know one woman who wouldn’t completely swoon over the fact that you chose to put a quote from a love story on a card for them.

These fun digital cards can be emailed and/or shared through social media. What a unique way to show your friends how thoughtful your man is, and make everyone a little jealous. I mean, it’s beyond perfect, really.

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Send your boyfriends, husbands, dads, moms, dogs and cats, the link to this post as a cute little hinty hint, because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner & flowers should most definitely be included 😉

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What are you favorite things about about Valentine’s Day? What is your favorite love quote?

XO, Madison.

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