Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Mascara is one of those beauty products where you find one and then you commit to that one brand or type for years. Most people don’t have a collection of mascaras that they swap out every day. You typically have your one mascara and when it dries up or you run out, you go out and buy another one exactly like it. I had been doing that with Great Lash for at least ten years. When I would watch makeup tutorials, I didn’t even pay attention to what type of mascara was being used because I knew that I was sticking with Great Lash for life. And I figured that all mascaras were the same with a different name on the packaging. I was so wrong.

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Back in March, I received a mini tube of Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara as part of a free gift with a $75 Urban Decay purchase. Continue reading

Plant Nanny App

A while back I wrote a few posts about drinking a gallon of water each day (LINK, LINK). If you’re not drinking from an actual gallon jug or bottle, it can be a little difficult to keep up with how much water you’ve already had. I’ve recently discovered a mobile app that can help with that. It’s called Plant Nanny.

It doesn’t force you to drink one gallon a day

Plant Nanny uses the information that you provide about your height, weight and lifestyle to determine how much water you actually need to be drinking each day. A gallon may be too much or not enough depending on your body and how you live. Basically, the more active you are, the more water you’ll need to consume on a daily basis.

The app is cute


The premise is that you are watering a plant. Hence the name “Plant Nanny”. You start out with a “baby” plant and as you water it (with the water you drink), it begins to grow. Continue reading

So Lush Lifestyle

In case you haven’t noticed, I have changed the title of this blog and the domain. I always knew there would come a time when I would have to buy a domain. For the past month or so, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with something cute, unique and encompassing of what I actually blog about. I decided to go with So Lush Lifestyle for a few reasons.

1.)    This is a lifestyle blog.

The things I blog about are actually part of how I really live and what I’m really interested in. I cook, I shop, I work out (sometimes), etc. These are my real interests and passions in life.

2.)    “Lush” is something I used to say as a teen.

When I was around 15 or 16, “lush” was my WORD. It basically means “awesome” in the context that I use it. I picked it up from Charlotte Church so I guess it’s actually British slang. Either way, I said it all the time and it was even on my MySpace profile so you know it was official.

3.)    A “so lush lifestyle” is something I aspire to have.

I am someone who believes that women can have it all. I want to be able to say that I’m a great wife, a great mother (eventually), a great cook, etc. I want the nice car, the nice wardrobe and handbags, the nice house. I want it all. I truly believe that I can have it all. And I believe that other women can too.

“Get To Know Me” Tag

What is your middle name?

Renee.

What is your favorite color?

It’s a toss-up between green and blue. I like looking at and taking pictures of the sky, trees and the ocean.

Who was your first best friend?

A little girl named Sara. We’re not super close anymore because we only went to daycare together between the ages of 5 and 10. But I think we would’ve still been friends today if we hadn’t gone to different schools.

How tall are you?

5’4”-ish.

Cats or Dogs?

Definitely dogs. I like dogs more than I like most people. Cats are cute from afar but I’d never want one as a pet. Plus, my fiancé is allergic.

Funniest moment throughout School?

In college, my friends and I would kind of play pranks on each other. Continue reading

Louis Vuitton Favorite PM + 6 Key Holder

A little over three months after my first Louis Vuitton purchase, I’ve done it again.

Bitten by the Louis Vuitton bug

When I bought my Speedy 30 in January, I did so under the assumption that this would probably be my only Louis Vuitton purchase. I figured that I would buy this one item and then move on to something else. I was so wrong. I had been bitten by the Louis Vuitton bug and I was now hooked and determined to start a collection. About two months after my initial purchase, I started looking at other items on the Louis Vuitton website and watching reviews about other items on YouTube. I even have a whole Microsoft Excel spreadsheet dedicated to which items I want and their prices. I don’t really do the whole impulse shopping thing and it’s hard to do that with higher-end brands like Louis Vuitton anyway unless you’re rich (and I am not). So all the time spent doing research, watching reviews, and adjusting my spreadsheet helps me plan out which items I want to buy and when I want to buy them.

Desperately seeking a cross body bag

So how did I end up choosing the Favorite PM? Continue reading

3 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it will be here before you know it. I’ve already managed to find two gifts for my mother but I know that there’s quite a few people who may be struggling to find the perfect gift. I’ve been in that position many times before so I thought it would be helpful for me to share some of my go-to gift ideas for my mother.

Fragrances/Perfumes

I love to give people smell goods as gifts, but I really think it’s a good gift for a mother. The trick to making this a good gift is that you have to know what fragrance your mother will actually like. Therefore, you have to pay attention and you have to put a little effort into figuring out what she likes. This will be a lot easier to do if you regularly go shopping with your mother like I do. We don’t visit beauty counters a lot when we shop but when we do, I make sure I pay attention to anything that she likes. Fragrances aren’t something that most women buy a whole lot of. We typically buy one, maybe two, a year because they tend to be rather pricey. Continue reading

Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon + Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

During our last trip to the grocery store, my fiancé picked up a huge slab of fresh salmon. It was so big that I couldn’t possibly use the whole slab for just one dinner for the two of us that night. So I had my fiancé cut the slab in half and freeze one half of it. The first night we had the salmon and asparagus recipe that I posted about a few months ago. About a week later, I decided to use the other half of the salmon because I just didn’t like the idea of the salmon being frozen for too long. My fiancé did not want the same salmon recipe that I had made the week before because he had been eating the leftovers from that dinner at work for a few days. So I found another recipe on my Pinterest board that I had only made once and paired it with a new way to make broccoli. My mom used to boil broccoli all the time when I was still living with my parents. Sometimes we would have it two or three times a week. It’s kind of a running joke in that household. But I had a bag of frozen broccoli that needed to be used in my freezer, however I decided to try something new with it so that it wouldn’t feel as redundant.

The salmon came out perfect. Continue reading