Oh La La {Younique Makeup Giveaway}

Apr 17, 2014

Mascara is probably my favorite part of my make up routine.
I love building up big, full, voluminous lashes.

As we all seem to be, I am always on a hunt for the perfect mascara.
I had recently resorted to layering 2-3 mascaras to achieve the look I wanted from multiple mascaras.
It was really becoming quite the process.

Well ladies, I have a solution for this issue, look no further.
My friend Tatiana just recently introduced me 3D fiber lashes from Younique.
This mascara is a SHOWSTOPPER.
It literally makes you look like you have false eyelashes on.
And who doesn't want that?
The mascara is made up of two different components (gel and fiber) and three, easy steps for application : gel, fiber, gel.
And repeat if you desire.  
The more you build, the more dramatic the look.
1 coat is great for work
2 for a night out
and 3 for a really special evening or party 
(in my opinion)

I will tell you the fiber step was a little strange to me at first.
The gel looks like a normal mascara and then the fibers are literally fibers on a tube (not a wet product).
So in expanded terms, the gel creates a base for the fibers, the fibers attached to the gel and build up the volume and then repeating the gel secures the fibers to your lashes.
It works best if you work with both tubes open in your hands so you can move quickly.
It is also advised that you complete one eye before you move to the next one.

And because seeing is believing, here are some pictures of moi without mascara and with.
Please be warned of two things, 1. it's really hard to take photos of mascara and look natural and 2. I hadn't had my coffee yet when I took these so my eyes aren't fully awake.
1. No mascara
2. One eye with, one without
3. One coat on both eyes
4. Two coats on both eyes
See! Fake lashes!

AND if seeing isn't believing for you, how about trying it out for yourself!
Tatiana has graciously offered to giveaway one set of 3D Fiber lashes mascara to one lucky Total Basset Case reader.
You know the drill, rafflecopter below.

(Giveaway runs through next Wednesday, winner announced next Thursday)

Contact Tatiana if you have any questions! You can also host a virtual Younique party with Tatiana via Facebook!

You can guarantee this mascara is going to look great with whatever dress I pick for our upcoming big event.

So are you sold?


Decisions Decisions

Apr 15, 2014

We have a black tie optional event coming up soon and I have been beyond torn about what to wear.
From the beginning I have been leaning towards a long gown, but nothing too formal. 
I want to look elegant, but fun and springy and not stuffy.
And I would prefer not to wear black, just for something different.
But there are a few short options that are catching my eye too.

So after consulting with a few girlfriends, I think I have some options narrowed down from Rent the Runway.  I went back and forth with buying something vs. renting but I haven't been able to find anything yet that wasn't a million dollars so I think RTR it is.
Though it does hurt my money saving heart to pay for something I can't keep...
I have never used RTR but I have heard nothing but fabulous things about them and I love all of the reviews and real life photos they have.

So here is where I need you!
Help me decide on a dress!! 

1. Gold sequin  - I love how fun and sparkly this one is and the back is beautiful.
2. Pink and red - I can never say no to pink.  I'm not 100% on those sleeves though...
3. Red floral - I think with some great, big gold earrings this one could be fabulous. I love this shade of red, not quite stop sign red but has a bit of pink in it. 
3. Blue tribal - I enjoy that this one can go either fancy with some great earrings or a bit more casual
4. Lilac - In love with the color of this one and the back is so, so pretty
5. Short black and gold sequin - Now this one is just fun, spunky and totally out of my comfort zone but I love it.

And those are what I have it narrowed down to!
Regardless of what I wear, I am very excited to get dressed up!
What is your vote?

And what shoes?!
And what does Mister wear?
So many decisions...


Weekend Wrap Up : Soak it Up

Apr 14, 2014

Well HELLO Spring.
We were overjoyed to see you this weekend and spent 90% of our time outside.
And the rest of the time was in the house with the windows open.
And it was amazing.
It's incredible what a bit of vitamin d does for the soul.

Saturday morning I headed downtown for a practice run on the Flying Pig course.
The countdown to the big race is just around the corner!
It was also Bethany and I's last long run together :(
She is off to bigger and better things in Boston and while I am SO excited for her and her husband, my heart is so sad to lose my running buddy and BFF. 
Thankfully, it was a beautiful day for running in Cincinnati.
And then to continue our day of spring goodness, we headed to the Reds game with Katie and Derek.
And because we couldn't have all of the fun, I made Floyd some pupcakes for his continued birthday celebration.  I used this recipe and according to Floyd (and Mister) they were quite tasty. 

And that was our weekend in a nutshell!
Were you able to enjoy this fabulous weather?

Come back later this week to help me decide on a dress for an event I have coming up!


Floyd Turns 5!

Apr 10, 2014

It's a special day for the star of the show around here.
Today is Floyd's 5th birthday!
I seriously can NOT believe that he is 5.
There are days that he acts like he's the grumpiest old man and then there are days when he acts the same as he did as a puppy.
He is the light of our lives and makes us laugh, smile and shake our heads at him all at the same time - every.single.day.
It's never, ever a dull moment with this hound in the house.
And we wouldn't have it any other way.

And now for, Floyd's top 5s for his 5th birthday

5 Favorite Foods
1. Chicken
2. Eggs
3. Peanut butter
4. Popcorn
5. Peanut butter treats

5 Favorite Activities 
1. Walking
2. Snoozing
3. Rascalling
4. Eating
5. Snuggling

5 Favorite Places
1. Grandmas
2. Golf course
3. Park (but not to play)
4. Sonic drive thru
5. His aunts houses

You can bet there is going to be one spoiled little man at our house this weekend ;)
He's thrilled, can't you tell?

Happy birthday Bubba, we love you!!


A Perfect Pairing

Apr 8, 2014

Thank you to Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate for sponsoring this post and allowing me to share my perfect pairing. 
Just like most of us ladies out there, I enjoy a really great piece of chocolate every once in a while.
And pair that with a full bodied red wine and I'm really sold.
It's a simple, yet, never failing in deliciousness, combination in my book.
Ghirardelli's Intense Dark chocolate bar is the perfect choice for this pairing.  We were at a friends over the weekend and had delicious burgers from the grill and ended our meal with chocolate and a glass of red wine - perfection! The dark chocolate is just the right amount of flavor, not overpowering at all. There are many ways to enjoy dark chocolate but I think one of the best ways is with others - if you have a mouth watering chocolate bar in your purse, you just have to share that goodness with your friends! It would be unfair not to! 
Those are the makings for the perfect evening right there.
Intense dark chocolate? Check.
Red wine? Check.
Good friends? Check.
Solid evening! 

For other intense dark chocolate flavors and perfect pairings, check out Ghiraradelli's site

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