HASK Hair Care

Happy New Year!

Thanks to my friends at Brandbacker, I have been provided with some fantastic new hair care products from HASK Hair Care. I thoroughly enjoyed these products, and loved getting the opportunity to try them out. The products I received were from the Macadamia Oil line, and I was provided with shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, and a shine oil treatment.

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I have very dry and frizzy hair so I need products that hydrate my hair and are able to keep it healthy and strong. The HASK line did a fantastic job of this.  The products are very easy to use and the results were amazing. From the first use, I could tell a noticeable difference in my hair and the benefits have only increased over time. I have been using the shampoo and conditioner every night, along with the deep conditioner and shine treatment periodically. I’ve been using HASK for two weeks now and I think that it’s safe to say that I am now converted. Thanks to HASK my hair is shinier, frizz free, and much easier to manage. I definitely recommend these products and I look forward to continue using my products. HASK products can be purchased at drugstores, ULTA, and Sephora.

Disclaimer – I received this samples for free, however all opinions stated are my own.

Happy New Year!!

xoxo,

Samantha

 

7 Things to Enjoy This Holiday Season

The holiday season often goes by in a blur. It isn’t uncommon to find yourself on December 26th wondering where it all went. I love everything about Christmas, but there are a few special things that often go overlooked. As you go through the rest of this month, be sure to take a minute and appreciate these seven things.

  • The Gift of Giving

Giving is one of the most rewarding things in this world. Seeing the joy on the faces of others is one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

  • Christmas Cookies

There is just something so fun and festive about decorating Christmas cookies and feeling absolutely no guilt eating one…… or ten.

  • Quality Time With Friends and Family

Christmas is one of the best times of year to spend time with loved ones. The holiday brings people together in such a special way.

  • Ugly Sweaters

This is the one month a year that it is completely and totally acceptable to wear the tackiest sweater you can find. I absolutely love hunting for crazy Christmas sweaters.

  • Hot Chocolate

There isn’t much that is better than hot chocolate on a cold winter day. You can make your hot cocoa extra festive with marshmallows and candy cane bits on top.

  • Christmas Movies (Elf is one of my favorites!)

I love curling up by the fire to watch my favorite Christmas movies. From Elf to Santa Clause, I absolutely adore them all.

  • Traditions

There is just something about the novelty of family traditions, and however corny they may be they’re still special. The holiday season makes it perfectly acceptable to do anything corny or silly in the name of Christmas.

Be sure to embrace these small things, and make the most of this holiday season!

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Playlists for Every Mood

It’s no secret that music is a great emotional escape, and that what you want to listen to depends on your mood and what’s going on in your life. Today I’m going to share my favorite playlists for almost every situation.

 

Happy – I love to listen to this playlist while driving on a sunny afternoon. It’s sure to be a super fun listen for days when you’re loving life.

  1. Sing – Ed Sheeran
  2. Shower – Becky G
  3. Whistle – Katy Tiz
  4. Shut up and Dance – WALK THE MOON
  5. Act My Age – One Direction
  6. Riptide – Vance Joy
  7. Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol
  8. Swimming Pools – Kendrick Lamar
  9. Girl Almighty – One Direction
  10. Countdown – Beyonce
  11. Happy Ending – MIKA
  12. I Want You To Know – Zedd
  13. Chains – Nick Jonas
  14. I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepsen
  15. Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammer
  16. Talking Body – Tove Lo
  17. Cheerleader – OMI
  18. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
  19. Year 3000 – Jonas Brothers
  20. Drag Me Down – One Direction
  21. Raise Your Glass – P!nk
  22. Hide Away – Daya
  23. She’s Kinda Hot – 5 Seconds of Summer
  24. Emotion – Carly Rae Jepsen
  25. Black Magic – Little Mix
  26. Lost and Found – Ellie Goulding
  27. Salute – Little Mix
  28. Cool for the Summer – Demi Lovato
  29. Take It or Leave It – Cage The Elephant
  30. Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld
  31. Renegades – X Ambassadors
  32. Something In The Way You Move – Ellie Goulding

Love Songs – These songs are so sweet and I’m obsessed with them.

  1. King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
  2. Love Song – Sara Bareilles
  3. Nobody Love – Tori Kelly
  4. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  5. Fall For You – Secondhand Serenade
  6. Still Into You – Paramore
  7. I Want Crazy – Hunter Hayes
  8. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  9. Beating Heart – Ellie Goulding
  10. Stay – Rihanna
  11. Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
  12. Happy – Marina and the Diamonds
  13. Little Things – One Direction
  14. Fool’s Gold – One Direction
  15. You & I – One Direction
  16. Seasons of Love – Glee Cast
  17. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
  18. She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
  19. 18 – One Direction
  20. Adore You – Miley Cyrus
  21. Where Do Broken Hearts Go – One Direction
  22. JOY – Ellie Goulding
  23. Goodness Gracious – Ellie Goulding
  24. Crazy in Love – Sofie Karlberg
  25. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  26. Night Changes – One Direction
  27. The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez
  28. I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
  29. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
  30. Come & Get It – Selena Gomez
  31. Leave Your Lover – Sam Smith
  32. Happy Ending – MIKA
  33. Glitter In the Air – P!nk
  34. Take Me To Church – Hozier
  35. Let Her Go – Passenger
  36. Lovin’ So Hard – Becky G
  37. Someone New – Hozier
  38. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  39. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  40. Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne

Sassy – This playlist is so fun to jam out in the car to. It’s the perfect sing along playlist.

  1. Breakaway – The Hollywood Soundtrack Band
  2. When I Grow Up – The Hollywood Soundtrack Band
  3. Love Story – The Hollywood Soundtrack Band
  4. BO$$ – Fifth Harmony
  5. What Dreams Are Made of – The Hollywood Soundtrack Band
  6. Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani
  7. Worth It – Fifth Harmony
  8. Bass Down Low – DEV
  9. Lovin’ So Hard – Becky G
  10. I Will Never Let You Down – Rita Ora
  11. The Tide Is High – Atomic Kitten
  12. Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls
  13. Strut – The Cheetah Girls
  14. My Humps – The Black Eyed Peas
  15. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
  16. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  17. Breakout – Miley Cyrus
  18. 7 Things – Miley Cyrus
  19. Crazy in Love – Beyonce
  20. The Best of Both Worlds – Hannah Montana
  21. Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
  22. Play My Music – Jonas Brothers
  23. Aaron’s Party – Aaron Carter
  24. Good Morning – Chamillionaire

Chill – This playlist is definitely my favorite. It’s awesome for a plethora of occasions but I love to listen to it when I’m chilling or driving by myself.

  1. JOY – Ellie Goulding
  2. The Words – Christina Perri
  3. Human – Christina Perri
  4. The One That Got Away – Acoustic – Katy Perry
  5. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa
  6. Elastic Heart – Sia
  7. Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen
  8. Drops of Jupiter – Train
  9. Someone Like You – Adele
  10. Unconditionally – Katy Perry
  11. Who Says – Selena Gomez
  12. Leave Your Lover – Sam Smith
  13. Say Something – A Great Big World
  14. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  15. Only You – Ellie Goulding
  16. Beating Heart – Ellie Goulding
  17. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
  18. Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
  19. A Drop In The Ocean – Ron Pope
  20. Figure 8 – Ellie Goulding
  21. Chandelier – Sia
  22. Lean On – Major Lazer
  23. Someone New – Hozier
  24. Clocks – Coldplay
  25. How to Save a Life – The Fray
  26. Gravity – Sara Bareilles
  27. Big Girls Cry – Sia
  28. Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
  29. Flashlight – Jessie J
  30. Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy
  31. Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
  32. Oceans – Hillsong United
  33. Girl Crush – Little Big Town
  34. Your Biggest Mistake – Ellie Goulding
  35. Wild Child – Kenny Chesney
  36. Your Song – Ellie Goulding
  37. No Bravery – James Blunt
  38. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
  39. Crystal Ball – P!nk
  40. Reflections – MisterWives
  41. I’m A Mess – Ed Sheeran
  42. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  43. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
  44. On My Mind – Ellie Goulding
  45. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
  46. Stand By You – Rachel Platten
  47. Don’t Forget Where You Belong – One Direction
  48. Hello – Adele
  49. I Run to You – Lady Antebellum
  50. Army – Ellie Goulding
  51. You Found Me – The Fray
  52. Over My Head – The Fray
  53. Gonna Get over You – Sara Bareilles
  54. Breakeven – The Script
  55. Used To Love You – Gwen Stefani
  56. Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie
  57. If I Were a Boy – Beyonce
  58. King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
  59. Arms – Christina Perri
  60. She Used To Be Mine – Sara Bareilles

For the rest of my playlist collection, be sure to check out my Spotify account at smayb-us.

 

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

 

 

The Simple Joys of Life

Close your eyes. Now, take a minute and think about all the things you’re thankful for. The things that immediately come to mind are probably big things such as family, friends, shelter, health, and safety. With that being said, there are many small things in life that just make the world a little better. Often times, these small joys in life go unnoticed. These are the things that make the bad days better and the great days fantastic. I’m going to share a list (in no particular order) of some of these wonderful little things that make life that much sweeter.

  1. Puppies
  2. Fresh Flowers
  3. Coffee
  4. Girl Scout Cookies
  5. Snow Days
  6. Dancing Like No One Is Watching
  7. Free Wifi
  8. Fuzzy Socks
  9. Manicures
  10. Christmas Lights
  11. Laughing So Hard It Hurts
  12. Fast Internet
  13. New Car Smell
  14. Brunch
  15. Knowing Every Word To A Song
  16. Summer Camp
  17. Having Time to Yourself
  18. Fall
  19. Fresh Starts
  20. The Beach
  21. Warm Hugs
  22. Winged Eyeliner
  23. A Freshly Made Bed
  24. The Royal Family
  25. Handwritten Letters
  26. Waking Up And Realizing You Still Have Time To Sleep
  27. Chocolate Fountains
  28. Exercising
  29. Eating Your Favorite Meal
  30. Spending All Day In Your Pajamas

I encourage you all to take an extra minute today to reflect on all the simple joys that make your life better.

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Marleylilly Statement Style

One of my favorite ways to build an outfit is to style around a statement accessory. I love this method because dressing around a statement piece is fun, and not to mention easy. All you have to do is choose your accessory, and then finish with basic pieces to compliment the accessory. This is an excellent time of year to try out this method because holiday style is all about extravagance and making a statement.

Thanks to my friends at Marleylilly (my go-to retailer for all things monogrammed), I was able to practice this with a beautiful pink monogrammed crystal bracelet that is perfect for all of your holiday events! Monogrammed jewelry is so classy and the color of this bracelet adds the perfect amount of sass.  This beautiful bracelet features my monogram on a small charm, and I adore the combination of pink and gold.

I styled this bracelet with an Ann Taylor LOFT blouse, SOLD Design Lab jeans, Urban Outfitters booties, and a Tory Burch handbag.

Have fun with statement dressing this holiday season!

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Rocks Box – Giveaway

Today I received my first shipment from Rocks Box. Rocks Box is a company that offers personalized jewelry shipments to their members each month. When you sign up you take a style survey and note any special preferences to your stylist. You are then placed on a waitlist to receive a stylist. Once your box is handpicked for you, it is then shipped to your door. You get three pieces of jewelry that you are free to wear on loan and then you simply return them when you are ready for a new set. In addition, members also have the option to purchase the jewelry at a reduced price. My stylist Carol did an amazing job creating a set for me, and even sent me one of the items from my handpicked wish list.

Let’s take a look at what I received.

Kendra Scott : Skylar Earrings in Turquoise

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The color of these earrings are so bright and happy. They bring the perfect punch of color and can liven up any outfit. Not to mention, I’m obsessed with anything and everything Kendra Scott.

Elise M : Pandora Bracelet in Gold

Moon and Lola : Lixa Ring

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This bracelet by Elise M is so sassy. I love the contrast of the sparkly gold chain with the leather clasp. It is extremely versatile and will pair well with many pieces in my closet.

Moon and Lola is a huge up and coming jewelry brand. This ring is so delicate. It is absolutely gorgeous and is an excellent piece to wear alone, or with other rings as part of a set.

I am so excited to be able to offer my readers two ways to get their very own Rocks Box, and join in on the fun. The first way is to sign up using my referral code : SAMANTHABFF502.

The second way is to participate in my giveaway. I am giving away a one month subscription to Rocks Box. You will just need to simply fill out the form below to be entered into the give away. I will be accepting entries for one week and will announce the winner of November 20, 2015. I will contact the winner and they will have seventy-two hours to respond, after that period an alternate winner will be chosen.

Follow this link for your chance to win :

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Good Luck and Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

5 Reasons Your Usual Starbucks Tastes Much Better in a #RedCup

The geniuses behind Starbucks’s fantastic marketing strategy released the 2015 red cups yesterday, and have managed to once again take America by storm. Every year since 1997, Starbucks has released a uniquely designed holiday cup that becomes available on November 1st each year. The craze behind the red cups is second only to America’s PSL obsession. Coffee (or frappe) lovers across the nation rejoice when the red cups become available, as this not only marks the start of the holiday season, but also signals the return of some of the best seasonal flavors.

  • It’s Coffee Weather

I don’t think anyone can deny that lattes, espresso, and mochas taste much better when the temperature dips below forty. Cold weather allows coffee to serve as more than the perfect subject of your snapchat story, it now serves a functional purpose.

  • You Feel Festive

Nothing screams holiday more than shopping and checking off items on your to-do list while toting a latte in a red cup.  Just seeing hundreds of red cups in the hands of shoppers makes me feel jolly.

  • You Can Enjoy Your Drink (mostly) Guilt Free

The holiday season is when most tend to toss the diet books and delete their fitness apps. While working hard to change your figure is awesome, I do believe there is something to be said for this time of year where you can just let yourself relax and indulge.

  • You Need The Caffeine

The reason many people fall off their health bandwagons during the holiday is because everyone is busy, busy, busy (the amount of pies, cookies, and cakes available may also have something to do with it!) There’s holiday parties to attend, cookies to bake, and presents to wrap. The holiday whirlwind is the perfect excuse to allow yourself to enjoy a reasonable (or a much too large) amount of caffeine.

  • It Makes You Feel ALL The Holiday Feels

Walking outside into the crisp air, while sipping a peppermint mocha just SCREAMS holiday!! Enjoy some Starbucks this season and I guarantee you’ll be humming the tune to “Jingle Bell Rock” all day long.

We’re all at the starting line of a marathon holiday season; it’s time to sit back with your Starbucks and enjoy the ride.

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Fall Bucket List – Lexxie Beckmeyer

Hello beautiful people of the Internet! My name’s Lexxie Beckmeyer, I’m a recent grad from Western Kentucky University (Go TOPS!) studying up on all things Advertising, Branding, and Internet. I’m currently living in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, working as an event planner, all while trying to learn how to “adult” one step at a time. I blog over at my personal site lexxiebeckmeyer.blogspot.com, where I share passions, obsessions, honesty hours, and lessons. If there’s a few things you need to know about me, it’s that I’m obsessed with my fur baby princess cat Izabella, Pinterest speaks to my soul (fill free to stalk), I’m a good cup of joe and quotes enthusiast, and J. Crew makes up half of my closet. Thank you to Samantha for allowing me this chance to guest blog, and remember… may your coffee be hot and your eyeliner be even.

Take long walks and hikes.

The fall months, especially where I’m from, are beautiful. Nothing beats all the colors of the fall, especially when Mother Nature provides them. I want to take advantage of that scenery this year, along with the cooler weather, and enjoy some of the best views of year, while getting some extra steps into my day!

Find the perfect pumpkin bread recipe.

I’ve been really in to exploring the kitchen and new recipes lately, and pumpkin bread is on the top of list of things I want to make. Many hours spent on Pinterest will be utilized.

Build up my sweater collection

These are some of my favorites for this season. Fall fashion is so fun and cozy.

Nasty Gal Just Female Carla Wool Poncho Sweater

Show Me Your Mumu Overtop Sweater:

Stock up on fall-scented candles

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Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Cheesecake

I’ve never been one to find my “signature” scent, but I’m known for loving smells that are warm, spicy, and inviting. Anything with hints of vanilla, baked goods, or musk is what I love, pretty much, everything to smell like, including my household. And fall time brings out the best! So it’s a goal to stock up before the season ends.

Utilize my camera.

I purchased myself a Nikon camera as a graduation present, and I haven’t taken the opportunity to learn how to fully work it. With it being one of the most gorgeous times of the year, I think this will be my best chance at learning a new skill and taking some great photos.

Attend as many football games as possible.

It’s the season of my favorite sport, so I must take advantage. Go TOPS and Cincinnati Bengals!

Take advantage of the local farmers’ markets.

These past couple of months for me has been all about eating healthier and fresher, and what better what to get the freshest at your local providers? Cincinnati has the oldest, still-running market, and it’s a treasure I want to experience more while I’m still here.

Go to a pumpkin patch.

Though cliché, there’s nothing more exciting than going to a field of pumpkins during the cooler months. Though I’m still researching some in my current town, I will be making sure I visit the one located in my college town to stock up on their homemade breads and apple cider slushies. If you live in southern Kentucky, make sure you check out Jackson’s Orchard.

Catch up on the lately horrible flicks.

I always believe I’m one of those rare souls that love a good jumpy movie, even the bad ones. So many new scary movies are set to be released and I can’t wait to dive into them. There are obviously the classics too. Perfect for a cool night, or as a stay-at-home date!

Visit local Halloween attractions.

Every place has haunted houses and attractions, and I’m determined to visit mine. Cincinnati always provides some great ones like the U.S.S. Nightmare and King’s Island’s annual Fear Fest. Make sure you see what your town has coming!

I hope y’all enjoyed Lexxie’s fall bucket list. Go out and enjoy the most beautiful season of the year!

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Kiss My Southern Sass

Hey y’all,

I have some very exciting news to share!! I have recently been selected as a Kiss My Southern Sass sales representative. KMSS’s rep program attracts the best of the best and has an extremely selective application process. I am so excited to be representing a brand that I LOVE and more importantly to be a part of a group of some of the sassiest and classiest ladies in American. With that being said, I will now be highlighting some of my favorite KMSS pieces for Fall.

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If y’all absolutely fall in love with any of these items, you can use my discount code “SamanthaMayberry” at checkout. Check out anything and everything KMSS here. (there are TONS of amazing gift ideas and Christmas is right around the corner) Happy Shopping!!

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Top Five MAC Lipsticks for Fall – Katie Nelson

Hi Smayb the Babe readers! I was so excited that Samantha asked me to guest blog this week! We’re both in the Seventeen Social Club so it was perfect for us to do a collab! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Katie Nelson and I’m a senior at the New England Institute of Art. I’m studying fashion, but I love anything and everything to do with beauty. If you’d like to check out my blog, visit www.katiebnelson.com.

Check out my top five MAC lipsticks for fall below!

Viva Glam III : It’s no surprise that I love my matte shades and this one is certainly a favorite of mine. It’s the perfect dark plum color for cool fall days.

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Velvet Teddy (this product was currently out of stock at MAC so we have provided an alternate retailer) : Velvet Teddy is my favorite matte nude shade. If I ever can’t decide what to wear, I’ll reach for it. It’s also claimed to be Kylie Jenner’s lip color, so don’t expect anything less than perfection.

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Twig (this product was currently out of stock at MAC so we have provided an alternate retailer) : Twig is a satin lipstick with a gorgeous red undertone. I love this color because it complements every skin tone and lasts all day.

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Diva  (this product was currently out of stock at MAC so we have provided an alternate retailer) : Diva is another matte shade, it’s a little darker than Viva Glam III with a purple undertone. If you’re trying to recreate a vamp lip, I highly recommend this one.

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Honey Love  (this product was currently out of stock at MAC so we have provided an alternate retailer) : All right, so everyone needs the perfect matte nude in their lip collection, right? Honey Love is that color for light to medium skin tones. It had great pigmentation, but doesn’t wash your lips out. To darken it up a bit, I recommend trying this shade with a slightly darker lip pencil such as MAC’s Spice.

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Happy Lipstick shopping babes,

Katie