Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Favorites | End of May

I've been looking forward to THIS Friday for months now! I am finally FREE from work for 3 months....ahhh! I love my job! Not only has this week been super long, I've also been sick and haven't had the energy to keep up with my workouts. But on the upside, I have all Summer to continue on my weight loss journey, so far I've lost 14 pounds! (Insert happy dance!) Let's get on with this weeks faves! 
Favorite Quote | I'm all about helping and motivating people, so this quote has to be one of my ALL time favorites! 

Favorite Link | I would be in heaven if I had a home office like this many swoon worthy office spaces in this Harper's Bazaar article. 

Favorite Must Try Recipe | This salad just screams SUMMER! It's so bright and colorful...I can't wait to try it, looks so good! 

Favorite Purchases | I've purchased a few new goodies over the last couple of weeks (some repurchases and some new products.) There is one semi-dud in this bunch, which I will talk about more later. 

Favorite Post | My sweet friend Shireen, from Reflection of Sanity, reviewed two primers I have had my eyes on for a while now. I love her reviews, they are so in depth, I love her honesty, and I adore her humor. Definitely check out her blog, in case you haven't already! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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I'm linking up with Lauren from Style Elixir, Amanda from Meet @ The Barre, and Erika from A Little Bit of Everything.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Quick Thank You + GIVEAWAY

Happy Thursday friends! I wanted to hop on here and say a quick Thank YOU! I recently reached 500 subscribers on YouTube, and although it doesn't seem like a lot...I am still very appreciative of every single one of you! 

To show my appreciation I wanted to hold a giveaway! It's super simple to enter, too! Thank you all for the love, support and encouragement! Here's to being girl bosses! 


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Infertility | What Not to Say

If your friend or perhaps family member has shared their infertility struggles with you, it's likely that you may not know what to say. It's something very personal and saying the wrong thing can leave your friend feeling worse than she already does. 
So, today I'm sharing a few things to avoid saying in case you are ever left speechless and don't know how to approach them the next time you see them. Because trust me, I've heard A LOT! And I know they don't have ill intentions, but it doesn't make them less hurtful. 

DON'T to say...
  • "Just relax, you're trying too hard."
    • This is probably the comment we've heard the most and probably the most frustrating one too. Typically people who say this, haven't struggled with trying to conceive so they really don't understand how hard it really is. Besides, relaxing isn't the solution...sometimes there are actual medical issues going on.

DON'T to say...
    • "Are you pregnant yet?" 
      • Not only does it sound inconsiderate, but it reminds us that yet another month has passed and still nothing. 

    DON'T to say...
      • "If you just lost a few pounds it would probably happen."
        • Just don't go there...just don't. Plain and simple. 

      DON'T to say...
        • "Why don't you just adopt?"
          • Well, first of all, adopting doesn't help with the pain of infertility. Second of all, some people don't have the finances to adopt, or they simply want a biological baby. Adoption is very, very expensive. 

        DON'T to say...
          • “You wouldn’t know; you don’t have kids.”
            • Just kick a woman while she's down. This comment is just plain rude, maybe they've said it without realizing they actually said it, nonetheless, it doesn't take the pain away. 

          DON'T to say...

            • "You can have my kids."
              • This comment not only devalues the blessing it is to be parents but it implies that "borrowing" children would resolve the grief of infertility. 

            DON'T to say...

              • "Maybe you aren't meant to be parents."
                • Boy does this one hurt, bad! And, if this was true, how can one explain the fact that abusive parents get to have children? No one knows why bad things happen to good people.

              Instead, be there for them, be someone they can talk to and trust. Have conversations that aren't centered around babies, go out for lunch and have a girl's day every once in awhile, and don't forget to check in on them during special days (Mother's Day, miscarriage date, babies due date.) Be genuinely interested. Also, be understanding if they decide to opt out of baby showers and such, it's a very emotional time for them. Lastly, put yourself in their shoes. Imagine being told you might not ever be able to conceive, when your only dream is to one day be a mom. 

              These are just a few of the comments that I have heard. 

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              "I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it." -- Mila Bron

              Linking up with Jessi from Jessi's Design and Jenn from Going the Distance for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday.

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              Tuesday, May 24, 2016

              Top 5 Makeup Products Under $5

              We all know I love's no secret! But I also love finding great quality products that are inexpensive and work just as well (if not better) than some high-end brands! 
              Top 5 Beauty Products Under $5 |

              And let's be honest, I wouldn't be a good friend if I didn't share these finds with you guys! Oh, I can come up with another if you'd like a part 2, please let me know! 


              And in case you missed why I know longer embed my videos, please read here. Thank you all for understanding! 

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              Friday, May 20, 2016

              Friday Favorites

              This week has been such a busy one! We are gearing up for the end of the school year, so that means kids in and out for end of the year screenings! Boy am I glad it's Friday...once the bell rings at noon, I'll be out of here! (Just one more week!) 

              Favorite Investment | I dedicated an entire post to this, so I won't go into full details. But my favorite blog investment has been joining the Blog Boss Babe community! To find out more check out my previous blog post or visit the Blog Boss Babe site! 

              Favorite Blog | I recently came across Alexa Webb's blog and I have fallen in LOVE with it! If you are looking for some plus-size outfit inspo, she's your girl! 

              Favorite Brushes | I have been a fan of Altair Beauty Brushes for such a LONG time now! (See here, here, and here for previous reviews.) And I'm so happy to share a coupon code! The code is: BWLILY15 and it will get you 15% off your purchase...guys, these brushes are already super affordable, so you are getting a steal! Click here to shop! 

              Favorite Workout | Since I workout 6 days a week, I like to switch it up and do something different every day. Some days I do legs and butt, others I focus on upper body, I'll do abs and core the next day, cardio another day...and I always like to include at least 2 full body workouts a week. I feel like I have a pretty good system going for me! This week, I loved this short ab and core workout! 

              Favorite Quotes | And here's of a couple of my favorite quotes this week...ending it with some motivation! 

              That's about it for this week, hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

              I'm linking up with Lauren from Style Elixir, Amanda from Meet @ The Barre, and Erika from A Little Bit of Everything.

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              Thursday, May 19, 2016

              Product's I've Used Up | Empties #4

              Let's talk trash, friends! I'm going through my trash and sharing what I liked, hated and repurchased! Sounds silly, I know...but it's the BEST way to find out if a product might work for you or not. 

              If you would like to watch some of my previous empties videos, then click here! And...I'm gonna be a little annoying, BUT...I'm no longer going to embed my video onto my post. I work very hard to get up content 5 days a week and I want that to show in my analytics too. When I embed a video onto my post and you watch from my blog...I don't get a "view" on my view's on YouTube are low because of it. Do you know what I mean? I hope I'm making sense...and I hope I'm not coming off as pretentious, or that "I'm in it for the wrong reasons." Because I truly enjoy this...and right now, it's just a hobby that I put a lot of time, effort and money into. 

              If you would like to watch, I am now going to start linking them versus inserting them onto the post. I'm sorry...I know it can be inconvenient to some, so I completely understand if you decide to not watch...OR you can always just SUBSCRIBE and watch later. It's FREE and you can watch whenever you want. I'm sorry and I do hope you guys decide to stick around and watch. 


              Let me know how you feel about this change! If you want me to go back to how I used to do it...then I will. ;) 
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              Wednesday, May 18, 2016

              Take Your Blog To The Next Level

              When I first started blogging (almost 3 years ago) I had NO idea how big of an impact the blogging community was going to have on my life. The first year of blogging, I took it semi-seriously, but it was all mostly for fun and I had no idea what I was doing half the time. Then life happened, I got sidetracked and lost focus on my blog. But last year, I had an epiphany (it may sound dramatic, but I really had that "aha" moment) and decided it was time to get serious again! So I buckled down, set goals for myself and I worked my butt off to make 2016 the year for Beauty With Lily! 

              By now you guys have probably noticed a trend on my Friday Favorites posts...I usually link to a post I have found that week that helps with blogging, photography, SEO's, etc. That's how I came across Helene's blog, Helene In Between. I'm sure most of you have heard of her blog and probably already follow her. She is legit a Blog Boss Babe! 

              So, with that said, I am so happy to introduce you case you haven't heard...of a brand new community for bloggers, Blog Boss Babe! Helene has worked so hard for the last 6 months to create a place for us all to gather at and learn. 

              A little about Blog Boss Babe:
              • It's a monthly membership website that combines education on everything blogging and social media. 
              • There's over 11 hours of course video modules on blogging and social media. 
              • Tons of downloadable worksheets and pdf's. 
              • Access to 14 mentors that are there to help answer any questions. All of them ranging from fashion bloggers, graphic designers, shop owners, travelers, YouTube creators, etc...all of them make MONEY from their blog! 
              • A private community and forum where you can collaborate with other bloggers and grow blog. And Helene is also a huge part of the forum! 
              • Discounts on blogging resources, such as blog designs and classes. 
              • Blog Audits, where Helene and the mentors will look at your blog and let you know what you can do to grow and make money! 
              Guys...Blog Boss Babe has SO much to offer, that's just a snippet! I have already learned so much and have slowly started to apply some of that knowledge to my blog. And I've only been a member for about a week! (I'm so glad I joined in on her live webinar where she revealed the huge news to her viewers before making the big announcement on her blog!) 

              So you're probably wondering about the price...well, it's ONLY $37 a month!! If you decide to become a VIP Member, then it's $47 a month...but it comes with a few extra perks! ;) Like this cute mug that I can't wait to show off! :) 

              I hope you all take a few minutes of your day to take a look around Blog Boss Babe, and hopefully decide to become a babe yourself. Trust me...Blog Boss Babe is the REAL DEAL, so let's take our blogs to next level together! 
              SIGN UP NOW

              Linking up with Jessi from Jessi's Design and Jenn from Going the Distance for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday.
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              Tuesday, May 17, 2016

              April Play by Sephora Box REVIEWS

              It's time for another review of Sephora's monthly subscription service. I did this last month with my March box and most of you seemed to enjoy it. So I'm doing the same with April's box! 

              I'm so glad they finally opened up more spots and there is no longer such a long waitlist. Seems like most of the lovelies I follow will be getting a May box! Yay!! 

              Please don't forget to subscribe, my friends! Until next time! 

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              Monday, May 16, 2016

              Best Eyeshadow Palettes for Beginners

              Makeup brands keep coming out with eyeshadow palettes like crazy! Which makes things very overwhelming, especially if you are a beginner. I've had several people ask me what I think is the best palette for someone who is just getting into makeup, or for someone wanting to experiment with some variety, without breaking the bank. 

              So I put together a list of palettes that I think will make great additions to anyone who is just dipping their toes into makeup. There are SO many palettes out there, so I tried my best to narrow it down to just 5. 

              • Lorac Pro Palette - $44
                • With 8 matte colors and 8 shimmers, you can't go wrong with this palette! This is the one palette I recommend the most. It's a beautiful palette full of neutral shades that will compliment any skin tone and eye color. 
              • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette - $49
                • If you love warm colors (and chocolate) then this is the palette for you! It also has a few pops of color for some fun eye looks. You also can't go wrong with any of her sister palettes!
              • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette - $46
                • I don't personally own this particular palette, but I do own one of her newer quads that has me wanting more of her incredible shadows. If you prefer mattes over shimmers or metallics, then you will fall in love with this one. 
              • Too Faced Bodouir Eyeshadow Palette - $36
                • Another palette I don't personally own, but I think these palettes would be great for those who want to be able to create simple eye looks. I know some people look at palettes and may get overwhelmed with all of the colors, so something smaller would be great. 
              • Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette - $45
                • Another palette that I think would be perfect for people who tend to use more matte colors. This only has 3 shimmer shades and a great row of berry-toned colors. 

              What is your favorite eyeshadow palette? Which one do you recommend most?

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