July 30, 2010

The Natural Skin Shop Contest

As you all know, I am a tad obsessed with maintaining vibrant, healthy skin.  Prevention is key.  Start now, or by the time you're 35, you may look like this:

[photo credit: www.myspace.com]

You have got to love (what appears to be) this gentleman's girlish laugh.  LOL!

The Natural Skin Shop
is a website that offers chemical peels, anti-aging products, and skin care products.  Everything in their store is 100% natural.  More importantly, none of their products are tested on our furry friends.  

The Natural Skin Shop is currently hosting a contest.  The blogger who drives the most traffic to their page has a shot at winning skin care products and/or cash.  Feel free to check out their blog, and enter to win!  The giveaway ends on August 1st, so hurry on over if you'd like to participate.


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P. S.  Don't forget to enter my Pink Ice Giveaway!

Disclosure: By writing this post I am qualified to win products and/or cash prize. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by the company prior to posting.

It's Hip to Be Square.

One evening, after an especially laborious day at the office, I quickly gathered my belongings and hit the road.  I couldn't wait to throw on some sweats, watch plenty of mindless television, and sip on some chilled bubbly.  My adorable husband greeted me at the door, at which point I began to vent.  In the midst of my frustration, I opened the fridge and whipped out a bottle of the good stuff.  One sip later, I was instantly relaxed.  My hubby started rolling on the floor, laughing.  Why?

 Because I had turned to Martinelli's Sparkling Cider to unwind.  Ha!

Don't get me wrong...  A night of booze-induced dancing and karaoke at a hole-in-the-wall bar can be ridiculously fun.  Serve me a few glasses of liquid courage, and I'll show you why the running man should be banned.  (All right, I admit it.  I'll do the running man sober.)

[I may appear to have a stick up my arse, but I assure you, I don't.  I had it surgically removed years ago.]

At my little sister's 26th birthday BBQ, my parents served us Champagne Lemon Drops.

OH.  EM.  GEE.

Champagne Lemon Drops are where it's at!  I drink maybe a few times a year.  However, these suckers might just turn me into an alcoholic.  I know this is a beauty blog, but this recipe is too good to keep to myself.

[photo credit: www.cocktailtimes.com]

This recipe is courtesy of The Food Network's Sandra Lee:


  • 1 (12-ounce) can lemonade frozen concentrate, thawed
  • 1 bottle extra-dry Champagne
  • 1 1/2 cups sparkling water
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup lemon drop candies, crushed


In a pitcher, stir to combine lemonade concentrate, Champagne, and sparkling water. Using a slice of lemon, moisten the rim of each glass. Dip rim into crushed lemon drop candies. Pour in the Champagne mixture and garnish with sliced lemons.

 Cheers to all the ladies who sent their support after reading my hater post!  (Seriously, thank you...  I was overwhelmed by the response I got!)


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Don't forget to enter my Pink Ice Giveaway!

July 29, 2010

Pink Ice Giveaway and Discount Code [CLOSED]

The fashion retailer, Pink Ice, was created for trendy girls and women seeking the latest in apparel, shoes, and accessories.  Their goal is to offer quality products at a fair price.  In addition to their e-commerce store, they also have two physical locations in California.  Fun Fact: One of their stores was featured in the 2003 remake of 'Freaky Friday'.  (Back then, LiLo was still a fiery redhead and her nose was free of coke "powdered sugar".)

One thing that separates Pink Ice from its competitors, is the fact that they offer a unique rewards program.  As a registered member, you will receive 5% back every time you shop.  You also earn 5% back every time your friends and family shop.  Not bad, huh?



One randomly chosen participant will win the following prizes:

♥  The Ruffle Leo-Zip Dress (Size Small) - Retails for $27.99
 ♥  Off Floral Earrings - Retails for $12.99


♥  You must be a follower of my blog.
♥  Check out Pink Ice's website and leave a comment below, stating which item caught your eye.  (One entry.)
♥  For an extra ten entries, post about this giveaway and/or list the giveaway banner in your sidebar.  Please leave me a link so that I can see your handiwork.  (Ten to twenty entries.) 
♥  One winner will be randomly selected using www.randomizer.org.
♥  Giveaway ends August 12, 2010 at 11:59 P.M. (PST).
♥  Once the winner is announced, he or she will have on week to claim their prize, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
♥  Blogs created soley for giveaways are not eligible to enter.
♥  Open to U. S. and Canadian residents only. 


For those of you interested in placing an order now, feel free to take advantage of the 10% discount code that was created especially for my readers: KATIEBLOG.

Have a great day, everyone!


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July 27, 2010

My First Hater

As a beauty blogger, I knew I'd eventually come across negative comments and trolls.  Earlier today, I found the following comment in my Formspring inbox:
As you can see, I responded.  Ha ha!

[My Adorable Hubby and Me.  Photo Credit: Flickr]

Don't worry...  I am not upset, just amused.  It's amazing the things people will say while hiding behind the safety of their monitors and monikers.

Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who sent sweet and supportive tweets my way after learning of my hater!


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M. O. D. E. L. 21 Lash Review

At six months old, I was adopted by the most wonderful parents a kid could have.  My immediate and extended family embraced me with open hearts and arms, and celebrated my arrival with a party.  My late Great Aunt asked if I would need sticky white rice to much on during the festivities.  XD  (It was an innocent inquiry; she truly had only the best intentions.)  The answer?  No...  but bless her heart!     

Although stereotypes can be awful (and in some instances, downright funny), there is often a ring of truth behind them.  For example, Asians aren't typically blessed in the lashes department.  Short, sparse, and nearly non-existent, making them presentable can be quite a chore.

[Model x-12.  Retails for $6.95.]

[Model: x-r4.  Retails for $6.95.]

For a night out on the town, false lashes are a must.  I usually purchase drug store falsies, but doubt I will any longer.  I have discovered a new love: M.O.D.E.L. 21 Lashes.  They are made of sterilized human hair (or hair-like fiber), and range from natural to dramatic.  They are unbelievable!

PROS:  These lashes are delicate and light as a feather, yet durable enough that you can re-use them.  I have never worn falsies as weightless or comfortable as these.  Shipping is lightning fast.  And, at under $10.00 for a box of ten pairs, you cannot beat the price.

CONS:  The lashes require trimming at the band, as they are a bit on the long side.  (Don't throw the excess lashes in the garbage!  The trimmed ends can be saved and placed on the outer end of your lashes for a natural, lengthened look.)

Overall, I am extremely pleased.  I plan on recycling these lashes until they fall apart!

What falsies do you use?


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Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by www.model21eyelashes.com , free of charge.  I am not affiliated with the organization, nor am I being paid to endorse their products.   My views are not influenced by anything other than my personal experience.   Please use these products at your own discretion.

July 24, 2010

My Jewelry Line: A Sneak Peak!

Here is a sneak peak at my handcrafted jewelry line, EightSeventeen Jewelry!

Please Note: I have recently discovered higher quality, prettier charms than the ones featured below.  My new charms are meticulously created by hand, bright, and shiny.  Extra precautions are taken to help prevent tarnishing.

Wood Bead Bracelets and Charmed Necklaces will be coming soon!

All jewelry will come nestled inside an EightSeventeen Jewelry box and wrapped in a silver ribbon.

Stay tuned for more information!  :)


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P. S.  If you are looking for sparkling Swarovski pieces, please head over to DSK Jewelry Co.'s website!  (Steph is the Queen of Swarovski Bling!)

July 23, 2010

SkinCareRx.com Microderm Giveaway Winner Part II

Unfortunately, the SkinCareRx.com Microderm Giveaway winner I chose last week did not claim her prize.  Using randomizer.org, I selected a new winner.

The blogger who won is awesome.  Not only is she stunning, she also has a really fun personality.  Congratulations to...


Please e-mail me your mailing address and phone number.  You have one week from today to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Have a great day, everyone!  :)

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P. S.  Janine is a contestant in the DSK Model Search.  Show her some love and vote for her here!

July 22, 2010

A Strapless Bra That Works?!

Finding a strapless bra that is comfortable and supportive is nearly impossible.  Finding one that doesn't slowly slide down your gut every other minute is like trying to locate a unicorn.  They just don't exist -- or so I thought.

[Me and my MySpace Face in my favorite LBD.  Sweet knee brace, yo.]

Due to a major weight gain over the past year and a half, I have been forced to purchase a new wardrobe.

Sick of seeing this picture yet?  LOL!  This was taken shortly after I began putting on excess weight.  You can't really tell here, but I am thirty pounds heavier than I am in the first photo!  I later gained another twenty, but have recently lost ten pounds.  (I was on a medication that made me balloon up, but am off it now.)  Oy vey.

My favorite thing to throw on when it's scorching hot outside is a no-fuss cotton dress.  However, I refuse to wear them if my straps are exposed.  (Bra straps, that is.  Gun straps are okay as I am proud of the thug life I lead.  Ha!)  After scouring the Internet, I discovered a strapless bra that functions the way a proper strapless bra should.  Seriously. 

Ladies and drag queens, allow me to introduce you to:

[photo credit: www.victoriassecret.com]

You can also rock it as a halter, crossback, one strap, or classic bra.  The great part is, it has a rubbery-type liner that prevents it from sliding down.  My days of appearing as though I have a bust that hangs down to my waist are over.  I highly recommend you strapless dress lovers check this bad boy out!

So, I feel the need to apologize for not responding to the wonderful comments you all have left me.  I read and appreciate every single one of them.  I have been consumed with a project that I can't wait to share with y'all.  (I am turning one of my favorite hobbies into a business!  It involves beads and charms.  :))  Stay tuned!


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Deal of the Day:

July 19, 2010

Your face!

"Your face!" is the ultimate comeback.  And by "ultimate", I mean, most immature.  However, the fact that it's an extremely juvenile phrase does not stop my friend, Maria, and I from using it.  Often.

After we graduated from college, Maria found a position working alongside an orthopedic surgeon.  I later got hired on at the same clinic.  During orientation, our trainer asked that we new hires open our e-mail.  To my surprise, I noticed I already had a message.  What exactly did I find in my inbox?  An e-mail, sent by Maria.  It simply said: "YOUR FACE!!!!"  Childish?  Yes.  Hilarious to us, and only us?  Probably.

Speaking of faces, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is: "Why don't you ever show your face?"  When I first began blogging, I wanted my posts to be about my writing -- and not so much about me.  However, after multiple requests to show y'all more photographs of my mug, I caved in.

Here goes...

Aww...  This is the first picture I ever posted on Blogger.  You've got to love the fact it's blatantly clear I took this photo myself.  How MySpace of me.

Speaking of MySpace, if you have yet to view this video, you must check it out!  It literally makes me laugh out loud whenever I watch it.

Please note that YouTube frequently removes this video from their site as it violates their terms of use.  If the embedded clip does not work, I apologize in advance!

This is my Blogger, YouTube, and Twitter thumbnail picture.  It was cropped because I wasn't wearing any pants.  That's just how I roll.  Going sans your bottom half in public places, such as church, is entirely appropriate in my book.  I'M KIDDING.  I was actually sporting plaid pajama shorts instead of pants.  Ha!

A very wise man once said: "Holy crip, it's a crapple!"  (Kudos to you if you recognize where that quote originates from!)  Here is a picture of me in all my crapple glory.  For a period of time, I had the "luxury" of owning a handicapped parking pass.  I was trying to take a photograph next to a handicapped parking sign, but our camera was not cooperating.  I look like Vanna White, but crapple-ier.

P. S.  I typically only wear this dress to the beach, as I find it's a bit too low cut to wear in any other setting.  However, it was scorching hot that day!

Mail order brides are the best!  (Oh, simmer down...  I'm joking!)

This picture was taken on August 17, 2003.   My family, friends, and I had just completed pre-wedding professional photographs.  After an hour or so of posing and smiling, my cream puff of a dress and I needed a quick break.  (A few miles away, my adorably hubby was getting ready with the boys at the wedding site.  We decided to wed the traditional way; he did not see me in my gown until I walked down the aisle.)

My wedding day was truly the best and most beautiful day of my entire life.  ♥  My heart and head knew immediately after meeting my husband (back in 1999!) that he was The One.  The night before the big day, my little sisters and I gorged on junk food and relaxed in my honeymoon suite.  My stomach full of overpriced hotel pizza, I drifted off to sleep peacefully.  The next morning, I awoke well-rested and found I wasn't nervous at all.  I was giddy, madly in love with my best friend, and beyond happy.  The day was a blur, but a magnificent one.

He's still The One and always will be. 

That's all for now!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!


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July 15, 2010

SkinCareRx.com Microderm Giveaway Winner

Using randomizer.org, I selected the following winner:


Please contact me with your full name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail.  (My e-mail address is: kategeneblog [at] gmail [dot] com.)  You have one week from today to respond, otherwise I will choose a new winner.

Thank you to everyone who participated!


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P. S.  I have a very exciting announcement, coming soon!  Stay tuned!

P. P. S.  Cherry Culture is having a 10% off sale!  Click on any of the photographs below to be re-directed to their site.

July 10, 2010

Elle's Amazing Giveaway

Good morning!

Check out this awesome giveaway from elle hearts blogs:

Also, don't forget to enter my SkinCareRx International Personal Microderm Giveaway.  It ends on July 12th!


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July 7, 2010

DSK Jewelry Co.

Stephanie Nguyen, the creative genius behind DSK Jewelry Co., is best known for her brilliant Swarovski baubles.  She has an eye for fashion and beauty, and is always surprising her customers with new and innovative pieces.  Steph also possesses the technical skills and business saavy required to be successful in her field.  Watch out, y'all...  She is unstoppable!

In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Steph is a complete sweetheart.  She was one of the first to welcome me into the crazy world of beauty blogging.  Lengthy e-mails flew back and forth between us, and, before I knew it, a true friendship developed.  When Steph asked me to be a part of the DSK Family, I was overwhelmed and honored.  It is an honor to represent a company I respect and believe in.  But, first and foremost, it's important that I support my friend.

I recently received the following gems from Miss Steph...  Get ready for some serious eye candy!

Although the majority of DSK Jewelry is made with blingin' Swarovski crystals, Steph also crafts gorgeous cubic zirconia pieces.  These pretty heart shaped babies are substantial, well made, and very eye catching.

These stunning cubic zirconia earrings are chic, sizeable, and sparkle more than any CZs I have ever laid eyes on.  They make for a perfect accompaniment to any little black dress.  (Actually, they're so versatile, they'd compliment any dress!)  These are my favorite!

Cats and pearls are two of my favorite things.  This precious pair is absolutely darling!

This stunning necklace is girly and rocker tough at the same time.  The Swarovski crystal, silver wing, and delicate sterling chain have a nice weight to them and really compliment one another.

One word: Gorgeous.

Last, but not least, I also received these petite heart shaped sparklers.  When placed next to the rocker necklace, I think they look especially sweet.  As with the other CZ earrings, I find they are of high quality and absolutely radiant.

Photos of me wearing these pieces are coming soon!  (Yes, you will get to see my whole face again.  Shocking, I know!  Ha!)

Thank you again, Steph.  You are the best!


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A Must Watch for All You MySpace "Models"


Don't forget to enter my SkinCareRx.com Giveaway.  It's easy to enter and open internationally! 

Peace out, gangsters!

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