HUGEEEEE GIVEAWAY!! $600 TSC BEAUTY BOX!

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

Boy oh boy do I have a real big surprise for you guys!

TSC has teamed up with Yahoo! Style…& we’re giving away a Skinny Confidential Beauty Box ( << worth about $600 bucks of goodies! ).

As you guys know, I love anything that has to do with style, beauty, fashion, etc. so it’s no surprise I love reading Yahoo’s Style section ( especially loved this article on Jennifer’s style!! ).

So when Yahoo Style offered to give away all of my handpicked beauty favorites to a lucky reader, I was pretttttty excited. The lucky winner though?

IS GOING TO BE TEN TIMES MORE EXCITED…SERIOUSLY THE BEST GOODIES EVER!!

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

So in this beauty box are my EXACT favorite products. Like what?

Glad you asked.

The Clarisonic ( which I use once a week ), Laura Mercier’s tinted sunscreen moisturizer ( live & die by this ), Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ concealer ( remember this post? ), Prada ‘Candy’ perfume ( their latest scent ), my favorite candle in the world ( !!! ), the best primer ever, cutie Twistbands, & a super vampy/cruelty-free lip gloss by Cate McNabb.

We’re also giving away a bunch of other goodies like:

Skinfix lotion
Victoria’s Secret bronzer
‘Tease’ perfume by Victoria’s Secret
Flexx hair ties
A Flower Gypsy flower crown
Happy Plugs in leopard
Ashley Designs coffee mug
True Lipz lip gloss ( AND it lights up!! )

Plus I’m also throwing in a signed personal copy of The Skinny Confidential Book!

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

TO WIN…SIMPLY:

♡ Check out this article & comment below on why you like Jennifer’s style

♡ Follow The Skinny Confidential on Instagram

♡ Post an Instagram of your favorite style/beauty product & tag @yahoo and @theskinnyconfidential in the caption telling us why the beauty product is a must-try!

Don’t forget to check out Yahoo! Style’s feed— I promise you won’t be disappointed! It’s on point.

Also, since we’re on the topic: what’s your absolute favorite beauty product?

SPILL. I LOVEEEE when you guys share your tips/tricks/beauty deets.

- Lauryn, xx

{ anyone eligible to enter | giveaway ends March 11th, 2015 }

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

The Skinny Confidential's beauty box.

Latest Favorites: Nude & Black ( I KNOW! Weird! LOL )

The Skinny Confidential talks shoes and purses.

The Skinny Confidential talks shoes and purses.

I haven’t done an outfit post in a hot minute so I figured it’d be perfect for the weekend to showcase what I’ve been living in lately: a black dress x nude pumps.

Not surprised? Thought so.

But in my defense I’ve been busier than ever so having a go-to outfit is EASYYYY PEASSSSY.

So. I’ve been living in this comfy chic black dress ( with a little lace— MEOW! ) & these nude pumps. They’re not too high but not too low, ya know? I feel like they don’t look overdone but they don’t look lazy.

SOOOO naturally I’m obsessed. Plus they’re comfortable ( I’m VERY, VERY, VERY over uncomfortable high heel shoes, like veryyyyy ).

The Skinny Confidential talks shoes and purses.

And usually I’m a fan of a huge-ass bag but I found this clutch & it’s big enough to fit my necessities but small enough to be casual cool. I also like it because the color scheme is nude/black/muted.

Basically all I do to achieve this look is blow out my hair, add a huge pair of sunglasses, & carry the clutch. A little tinted moisturizer & Chapstick and I’m good to go.

This look feels polished & finished even though it’s quick & easy…does that make sense?

 

Does anyone else have a go-to look that appears pristine, but takes a hot minute to throw on?!

Happy weekend— I’ll be in my nude pumps & black dress! x

P.S. For my exact shoes & clutch, check out Dune’s new US online store!! I AM OBSESSED.

{ pics: Teresa Fae }

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The Skinny Confidential talks shoes and purses.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY || #OOTD

SHOES : Nude pumps

DRESS: Black lace dress ( << YEWW! ON SALEEEE!! )

CLUTCH: Dune

SUNGLASSES: Black sunglasses

LIPSTICK: MAC’s ‘Faux’

GOLD HUGE RING: House of Harlow ( also found at Van De Vort )


My Grocery List

The Skinny Confidential talks groceries.

You guys have asked for a healthy grocery list soooooo TA-DA!! It’s here!

Keep in mind this is what I buy when I’m trying to eat VERY HEALTHY.

Don’t get all Judge Judy on me here & say it’s all healthy foods & I need to live a little BECAUSE I do live a little ( the In & Out burger, protein style with a small fries last week is an example ).

When it comes to stocking my fridge, I like to only keep healthy foods on hand.

If I have a craving for something that’s not so good, I will order something ( like a Cali burrito, Postmates style ) or go grab chips/salsa/guac/margs from the local Mexican restaurant.

I find when I keep crap in my house, I eat crap.

For instance, I bought a bunch of dark chocolate M&M’s for Halloween and ended up eating way too many.

For me having fresh foods on hand that are healthy, keep me eating healthy.

Watch the video for more details:

Here’s my quick list to use as a reference too ( obviously I don’t buy all this at once, this is just a general guide ):

The Skinny Confidential Grocery List

Annie’s Mac & Cheese
Ezekiel cereal
Ezekiel raisin toast
Rudi’s English Muffins
Plain spelt rice cakes
Kombucha ( mint is my favorite flavor )
Suja’s ‘Lemon Love’
Sparkling water ( I love Pellegrino )
Prosciutto
Chicken
Cage free eggs
Chia seeds
Hemp seeds
Flax seeds
Bee pollen
Cacao
Fresh Parmesan cheese
Organic cottage cheese
Organic 0% Greek yogurt
Oatmeal ( real oats or Holy Crap oatmeal!! )
Almond or hemp milk
Cold brew coffee
Green grapes
Blueberries
Watermelon chucks
Raspberries ( FAVORITE! )
Apple slices
Nut butters ( real nut butter, RAW )
Almonds or cashews
Kerry Gold unsalted butter
Ghee
Wild salmon ( I like the lox kind )
Turkey ( no added sodium )
Cornichons
Capers
Hot House cucumbers
Jalapeños
Ginger cloves
Romaine lettuce
LEMON ( BECAUSE DUH!! ESPECIALLY MEYER )
Avocados
Spinach
Celery
Spicy carrots
Kale
Lime
Red onion
Lentils
Turmeric
Cinnamon ( ground & sticks )
Herbs ( favorites: mint, basil, cilantro, &/or rosemary )
Real hummus
Country mustard
Himalayan Pink Salt
Chile flakes
Cayenne
Coconut oil
Red wine vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, unfiltered
Extra virgin olive oil
Kimichi
Rao’s spicy pasta sauce
Brown rice pasta
Quinoa
Green mint tea
This rice pea protein powder
Champagne…dryyyyy champagne…because shit, I like it

Anything I’m missing? Share please!

- Lauryn, xx

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{ white dress pictured || purple sweater in video }

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Indulging In Alone Time

The Skinny Confidential talks alone time.

The Skinny Confidential talks alone time.

So when I was in Sedona, Arizona I realized I had needed to have more me time.

Like, time by myself without anyone, kinda me time.

I couldn’t remember the last time I had had time by self.

So I decided to make a list of ways I like to spend time alone ( weird, but sometimes a visual works for me ):

The Skinny Confidential talks alone time.

1.) Go outside: this includes taking a walk, listening to a podcast ( latest favorite: Serial ), walking the dogs, going for a run, &/or working out outside. I also love going to the Farmer’s Market & picking out some flowers. Flowers make me happy! Putting flowers around the house & kind of designing them all pretty is another fun alone time hobby.

2.) Enjoy dessert: ALONE! Sometimes it’s nice to have a sweet treat like a piece of dark chocolate. I had some leftovers from my Galentine’s Party so I totally dipped in to my dessert fund & chilled out on the couch, watched some “Real Housewives,” & enjoyed a Skinny Cow chocolate dipped ice cream bar in vanilla almond crunch ( thank God for the nuts x chocolate! ).

3.) Light a candle: along with dessert, I like to light a candle, turn on music, grab a sweet treat, & chill out. Usually this will include a book & some Brazilian music. Reading is one of my favorite things in the world to do. Hanging out with my puppies while I read, with a little music, a little chocolate (my current fave is the Skinny Cow ‘blissful truffle’), & a candle is HEAVEN.

The Skinny Confidential talks alone time.

The Skinny Confidential talks alone time.

4.) Go to a restaurant: ALONE! LOL. YESSSS. The other day I grabbed an iced coffee & headed to True Foods for a little kale salad, street tacos, & computer time! Nothing like eating alone at a restaurant : ). My favorite thing ever. Sometimes I’ll even play a card game like Solitaire by myself too!

5.) Drink a cup of coffee & CHILLLLL: I loveeeee enjoying a cup of coffee ( with extra cinnamon please! ) by myself. There’s nothing better than sitting in peace with a delicious iced cup of coffee. Right now I’m sipping on Skinny Cow mocha latte creamy iced coffee. If anyone comes near my bubble when I’m relaxing with my coffee, I’m kind of a grouch.

How do you like to spend time alone?

- Lauryn, xx

P.S. Check out the new line of delicious Skinny Cow products for your own me time indulgence.

{ candle || wishbone || Kate Moss book || Paris book || Tom Ford book || fake flowers }

* this post is sponsored by Skinny Cow— as always, all opinions are my own.

The Skinny Confidential talks alone time.

The Skinny Confidential talks alone time.


A Raspberry, Pear Sparkling Mocktail

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

One question you guys ask all the time: Lauryn, can you share mocktail ideas?

So today’s the day, I’m sharing one of my latest favorites.

I’ve cut back on the champagne lately because I’ve had A LOT going on & it’s hard to focus after a glass of bubbly.

Instead of bubbly I’ve been reaching for a mocktail. Usually I enjoy my mocktail in a pretty wine glass ( hey, if it feels like I’m drinking Pinot Grigio, am I right?! ) BUT today I pulled out these cutie flamingo vintage glasses for fun.

Anyway, I have this weird, weird obsession with pear.

Rarely though, can I find a pear that fits my fancy.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

Typically they’re too ripe, too bruised, or not sweet enough.

So when I discovered Bai’s Congo Pear low-sugar flavor, I was reallllll excited. Let’s just say I had plans.

Major plans.

Basically a mocktail light bulb when off in my head.

PEAR AND RASPBERRIES!!! EEK!

( side: this pear drink also tastes AMAZING hot with mulling spices & cinnamon sticks!! Especially if you’re in a colder part of the world! ).

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Anyway, here’s the latest pear, raspberry sparkling mocktail I’ve been sipping:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of sparkling water
1/2 bottle of Bai’s Congo Pear
5 raspberries, smashed
Chia seeds/hemp seeds/flaxseeds
Lemon, squeezed
Ice

Directions:

Add sparkling water over ice. Add Congo Pear on top. Muddle 5-10 raspberries with your choice of seeds. Put it on top of sparkling pear concoction. Squeeze lemon on top. Cheers! But not really! LOL.

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About the seeds: I’m ALL about adding seeds to my mocktails. First off, seeds are filling & I LOVE weird textures. My latest thing is to mix chia seeds, hemp seeds, & flaxseeds in a giant container & keep it in my kitchen so it’s accessible and always on hand.

Michael calls them my “magic seeds.” I put them on everythinggggg. Oatmeal, toast, cereal, smoothies, salads, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, in tea, almond milk, mocktails, cocktails, you name it!

And lemme tell ya, they are DIVINE in this raspberry, pear sparkling mocktail. You won’t be disappointed.

What’s your favorite mocktail? xx, Lauryn

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