Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: Monthly Faves Link Up | Jan 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Monthly Faves Link Up | Jan 2015


I'm glad you're here and I'm crossing my fingers that you're joining Kelli & I today! New here? It's a monthly linkup of everything you were loving the previous month. Anything- food, beauty, household, fashion, music, tv, people, etc. You get the point. No rules. It's the first Wednesday of each month, and the linkup is open all month long. So join in anytime. Grab a button too if you'd like! 

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Some random faves..

So, I quit drinking coffee and it was not planned. I did a 14 day Teatox last month and after it was over I had a personal goal to cut way back on creamer. I'm the person that would drink creamer with a side of coffee. Drinking all that creamer daily was not healthy for me and I really wanted to stop. I was a coffee addict and never liked hot tea. 1 month into 2015 and I'm now a hot tea addict and I'm not missing coffee, CRAZY huh... I drink 2 cups of hot green tea a day, 1 when I wake up and 1 in the afternoon, and I'm loving it. This one is a current fave! I got it at Target and I'm just really enjoying it. I'm on my 2nd box now. 

I've tried a ton, I keep going back to Suave. (Karly will back me up here...) It's cheap and it really does a great job. Not going to lie, the smell is a little strong so spray it and walk away for a sec, but I feel like it's a great & affordable pick. 

This is from a recent Ipsy bag, I will be purchasing this when I run out. It's actually the first Bumble product I've used, I get it now ladies. You put it in your hair before you blow dry and it claims to repair your hair with each blow dry. I can't say if it's actually repairing my hair, but it sure makes it super soft & shiny, it just feels healthy. 

That's a mouth full. I recently pulled this back out just to use it up, but I'd forgot how much I liked it. It's scary pink when you first apply it, but the color evens out perfectly on my skin. It doesn't crease on me and it brightens up my skin nicely. I apply it under my eyes, the sides of my nose and down the bridge of my nose a little.

Rachel Talbott
I'm a total YouTube beauty guru junkie, have been for years, and I've watched Rachel from the beginning. Her videos have been extra amazing lately, bright & airy, I just can't get enough. She is gorgeous, smart, creative and seems so genuine. She's a healthy lifestyle wife & mom who loves beauty and organizing anything & everything. I just love her! She has an awesome blog as well. 

Find Rachel here:

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

I read Lysa Terkeurst's book Unglued: Making Wise Choice in the Midst of Raw Emotions while on the planes to and from Florida last month. I really enjoyed it and I breezed right through it. I don't read a ton to be honest, but when I do it's usually self help books like this, I enjoy them the most. When I look back to 2014 I see a different person, I can totally see how I handled the emotions of Christian's accident all the wrong way. So I thought this book would be a good pick for me and it definitely did not disappoint. It focuses on so much regarding your emotions and how to handle them in different situations, and how to reflect Christ in these situations. It's full of sweet words of wisdom that slap you in the face, like... 
all images via @lysaterkeurst

Next up I'll be reading her book The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. Whew, I think we can all relate to that title huh! 

Taco Chili Recipe

Not much to say about this recipe besides it's easy and pretty darn tasty. I found it on Pinterest and we've made it twice recently. I top it with avocado chunks, a few tortilla chips and a dollop of Greek Yogurt. I love simple recipes and this one is just that. *side note- I've made it on the stove and in the crockpot, either way works and tastes the same. 

Any of these things I mentioned a fave of yours too?

49 comments:

  1. i reallly want to try that age rewind eraser concealer! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. Good to know about the Suave dry shampoo! I've been using the Dove and like it but I'll have to try that. That book sounds like something I'd read. I'll add it to my list. Thanks for hosting with me, Mia!!

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  3. That concealer sounds amazing!! As does that taco chili recipe - I seriously could make and eat a chili every week! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. I hadn't heard of this book yet - adding it to my to-read list!

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  5. I go to a women's bible study on Wednesday mornings. We did the Unglued study last time and currently are doing The Best Yes. I think for sure they both are great studies! I think The Best Yes is great for people who tend to be on the go all the time and want to help with a lot of things. I have been enjoying it!

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  6. I've recently turned into a tea addict too! I still drink a cup of coffee daily, but usually have 4 cups of tea a day! I've never tried any of the Yogi teas but I'm going to look into them now. There is something magic about that Bumble & Bumble cream! I still have a lot of the all-style version, but when I run out I'm debating between the full-size of that one or the repair. I just started using the age rewind in light, and while it's good I think I'll get the brightening shade next time. I love all of those quotes and Unglued sounds like a good one to read.

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  7. That tea sounds yummy, and I've always been curious if the Bumble & Bumble products are worth the hype. Those books sound great, something we all could always do better. I've always had a hard time getting into self help books, but I really need to try again. Thanks for hosting the link up!

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  8. I've never used a bumble product before either! Might need to jump on that bandwagon. And I haven't used my maybelline long name product in forever either. It's such a great product.

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  9. I don't know if I could ever stop drinking coffee, so I applaud you for that! That book would be a good winter read with a cup of that tea. :-) That chili recipe sounds delicious too. Thank you for sharing your favorites for this month! :-)

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  10. That book sounds really good, I love those quotes! I'm a very emotional person so I definitely need help with not letting my emotions rule me! That chili looks SO good right now!

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  11. HELL YEAH to Suave dry shampoo. :) You always know I'll back you or anyone else up on that one. I've gotten used to the strong scent to the point that I actually like it, but that's probably because I've used it for so long. I'm intrigued by this green tea - does it have more of a blueberry taste to it? I've always been adverse to green tea just because of the taste. Those all were fabulous points of reflection from your book - I definitely need to think about the one about being offended. Thanks for hosting the linkup, lady!

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  12. The Best Yes is fantastic!
    I can't live without that concealer for under eyes ... it makes such a difference!!!
    I have to have hot tea at least once a day myself... I only drink 1 coffee a day & use the natural creamer. I hate the junk in other creamers... I'm curious about that tea - it says something about slim - does it (TMI ahead) make you go to the bathroom a lot? I get nervous about some teas that talk about weight loss - I'm afraid that just means you're going to be running to the toilet too much.

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  13. I'll have to try that dry shampoo. I am all about a cheap product that works. :) That sounds like a great book. I love things like that.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  14. I'm going to go check out some of those YouTube videos, I'm always looking for someone else to watch! Do you use the Maybelline brightner on it's on or in conjunction with a concealer? I'll try anything to hide these dark circles!

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  15. I LOVED Unglued - I've read it twice now! The Best Yes is definitely on my to read list and I can't wait. I picked up the Suave dry shampoo but haven't tried it yet! So many people swear by it!

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  16. I am just loving BB products right now - I can't believe I didn't try them earlier! That brightener is a makeup bag staple of mine too - it makes such a huge difference with how awake I look. I'm 100% going to have to read Unglued - I'm a super emotional person and just this weekend decided to try to search for ways of keeping myself in check. It's like you read my mind!

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  17. Fav post alert! I'll have to add some of these to my must-try list!

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  18. I drop the ball on this awesome link up every month, I need to set a reminder for myself :-P

    Yayyy for jumping on the Bumble & Bumble train.. it's a fabulous train!

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  19. Dude yes the scent of the suave dry shampoo was enough to turn me off to it. I still have a full bottle that I'll use in a pinch whenever I run out of batiste (which is hard for me to come by out here in the middle of no where) but i always stray from it after one use. I can smell it on myself all day long and I'm so not a fan of the scent. It blows too because the product is pretty good! I love that you're drinking more tea! I am the say with creamer with a side of coffee (not really, but it's a ton of creamer). I love chai lattes though so I've been having a mug of just plain chai tea when I need an evening pick me up!

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  20. That concealer is one of my faves too! Good to know about the dry shampoo, although I'm always too scared to try it. I feel like it's going to be noticeable lol

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  21. Thanks so much for co-hosting! I'm excited to get in on the fun here today! I enjoyed reading about your faves :) I've never tried dry shampoo before and have been considering picking some up. Glad to hear what's worked best for you ;) Have a beautiful day, Mia!!

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  22. Dry shampoo is such a lifesaver!! I've been using the "Not Your Mothers Kind" but it's almost gone so I may have to try to Suave. :) I'm also hot tea obsessed so I'll have to try that one!!

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  23. I love that Maybelline stuff, seriously, nothing compares. I am almost out and need to buy more.
    i think i tried that dry shampoo and yeah the smell was a bit much for me so i stuck with my batiste. i LOVE hot tea, but i'm not a huge fan of green tea. maybe i need to try it!

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  24. I've seen such good things about that Maybelline concealer, and just never purchased it. I seriously need to just buy it and see how it works for me!
    I'm a total Youtube junkie, too (mostly beauty and daily vloggers!) but I've never seen Rachel before so I'm excited to check out her channel. Thanks for the recommendation and the great link up. :)

    xo Always, Abby

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  25. Oh that taco chili sounds amazing! And I definitely want to try that Tea!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  26. That book sounds awesome, I'm going to need to check it out!

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  27. Yummm that taco chili recipe! That's so interesting about how you got off coffee. I'm really into the creamer (with a side of coffee ha) also but with my new friend 'lactose intolerance' maybe it's time to just switch to tea also? I love the concealer and need to pick one up again! I used the first one up and never replaced it. Thanks for the reminder you genius ;)

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  28. I don't always do favorites each month, but next month I will for sure do one and link up with you lovely ladies - it sounds like fun!! We basically have all the same beauty favorites though :) I am also such a coffee gal, idk if I can ever live without it. My guilty pleasure is Almond Joy creamer, it's delicious and now coffee without it is not the same!

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  29. Great roundup! I love Yogi teas, especially their Lemon Throat Coat tea. Happy Wednesday :)

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  30. I used to use Suave but I like Batiste so much better and the smell is much more pleasant too. Purchasing them at TJ Maxx at $5.99 is quite affordable too :) I have the age rewind and I have been enjoying it but I still feel like there has to be something that works better for me. My circles are dark dark dark and I gotta do something!!!

    Love that Blueberry tea! Slim life also has a caramel apple spice that is good as well! Sometimes I have to switch up so I dont get burnt out.

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  31. So glad you were able to get off all the creamer! I've definitely cut back on my coffee and creamer intake. Yay for tea!
    I've heard that book is really good so I'll add it to my list. :)

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  32. Suave dry shampoo really is the best! And I totally second you on the Maybelline concealer - really good!

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  33. Ahhhhhh she is so cute and now I am going to lose a few hours of my life watching those videos ;-) Who does her videos for her is my question. I really need to snag that concealer I have heard so many great things about it!

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  34. I've been searching for a good dry shampoo so I'll definitely need to check the Suave out! And that taco chili looks amazing!

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  35. Awesome product rec's- I have the brightening and concealing version of the Maybelline Dark Circle eraser. That stuff definitely packs a punch!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  36. I got the same Bumble and bumble product and I love it too! It makes my hair feel amazing!

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  37. I kinda quit coffee for a little bit too and while Im not on a teatox, I do drink green tea instead!

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