POPsocket and Fidget Spinner, Coconut Oil, and a Smart Strapless Dress Hack

I’m going to review Coconut Oil – I’m obsessed!  You will see an easy clothing hack for strapless dresses or see through dresses.  I will share my favorite eyeshadow accent Crystal Waters by Cover Girl.  You will love this new iPhone gadget – the PopSocket.  The pop socket is a 2017 accessory for iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 7 for kids and teens that gives your phone a grip.  Then the Fidget Spinner is trending and spinning.  Whether or not it helps with ADHD is yet to be sure.  They relieve stress.  And they’re fun to fidget with!  All of these make up my Favorites products for the month of May in 2017.

straplessdresshack I love this dress!  It’s the first strapless dress I’ve bought since my wedding gown 15 years ago haha.  But…it’s a tad see-through.  The brilliant gal at Anthropology suggested a mini skirt slip pulled to my chest.  I just so happen to have one.  Ta-da!  Self confident dress now.

Coconut Oil has been the rage for a while now, and I just last week tried it.

  1.  It isn’t oily, it goes on like lotion.
  2. It doesn’t smell like coconuts or the old afro-sheen from when I was growing up.
  3. I’ve heard you can put Coconut Oil in your hair to protect it from chlorine.

Watch the video above to see how smoothly it goes on.  It is hard to keep it solidified in my house though.  I feel like I need to keep it on my counter because it stays cooler there.

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For Mother’s Day, my preteen gave me a Popsocket.  Do I feel like the coolest mom now?!  popsocket iphone It gives you a grip while using your phone.  You can text one-handed more easily.  You can even stand it up to watch my LauriePOP videos!

This Cover Girl Crystal Waters blue toned eyeshadow palette is a replacement from the cheap, not-so-bright blue Ulta eyeshadow I’ve been using.  The funny thing is is that I used to use this palette almost ten years ago and recently found it.  They’re bright eye enhancers for the corners or my eyes and for smudging

right along my eyeliner.  In the video, you can see it more clearly.

The Fidget Spinner will most likely be the toy of 2017.  It’s awesome.  We love it because our child can actually afford it and wait for it and be invested in working for something.  NPR and Newsweek put out debates on the effectiveness for combatting ADHD but the jury is still out.  And by jury, I mean teachers and parents.  Could the fidget spinner be distracting to other students or teachers?  They are really cute and can even be built with Legos.

These favorites for May are truly favorites!  Thank you for POPping over to my LauriePOP Channel.  Here are some videos you may have missed:

Liquids in my CarryOn

Most Comfy Shoe for Travel

7 Changes to my Happy Planner

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There are affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Best Nail Polishes for 2017 Events

These are the best fingernail polishes for every event in 2017.  You’ll see in my YouTube video the best neutral nail polish, the best red nail polish, the best pink fingernail polish, the best color to wear to the beach on your nails, and a perfect bonus color that looks good on every skin tone’s fingernails!

I just want to work for OPI and have so much fun creating names for each nail polish. Have you ever bought one of their fingernail polishes solely based on its name?  They’re creative!

I still want the Dulles line and the Texas line.  I’ve heard from a manicurist that the TX line flakes off very easily.  Why is there a difference?

Since we’re all beautiful in his sight, we have different skin tones and pigments.  Take some time to observe your skin colors under different lighting and with these thoughts:

Skin Tones:

  1. Do you look better in blues or reds?
  2. Are you an orange tan or an olive tan?
  3. Notice what shirts brighten your skin when you hold it up in front of a mirror.  (More on that here)
  4. Take the polish that doesn’t work to the store and hold it side by side before you pick out a new color.

Best Nail Colors That I Recommend for 2017:

The Best Neutral Nail Polish: Tickle My France-y

The Best Beach Nail Polish: Suzi’s Hungary Again

The Best Red Nail Polish: I’m Not Really a Waitress

The Best Pink Nail Polish: A-Rose at Dawn; Broke by Noon

The Best Dark Nail Polish: OPI Scores a Goal-sold out so I’m linking a similar color

The Best Nail Polish for any skin tone:  Grand Canyon-sold out so I’m linking a similar color

Look around at Christmas for the Mini Boxed Sets.  I only found this one.

Other Videos You May Enjoy:

The Most Comfortable Shoe for Travel

Eyeshadow Application – The Academic Way

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The Most Comfortable Shoes for Travel

These are the most comfortable shoes for travel as a woman!  I wear these Wild Diva shoes when I travel on an airplane alot.  When I travel, I usually travel with tennis shoes because they are the most comfortable shoes for me.  But then my travel outfits feel frumpy.  These comfortable Wild Diva shoes for travel help with the cuteness factor and still have cushion, comfort, and some support.  They are slip on, but they have laces that hide.  The shape is feminine and yet sporty. wilddivashoes

Now they are not my Asics.  If you saw me in Europe last year, I was the stereotypical American with white Asics on because comfort is key to me when traveling!  I am taking these Wild Diva shoes to Europe for our 2017 vacation in Italy.  You cannot tighten them with the laces.  The fit is true to size.  I have had these shoes for almost a year, and I don’t wear socks with them. I should probably start. comfortableshoestravel

When I want to wear a casual dress to sightsee, these shoes are my go to shoes.  I look feminine and cute while not feeling frumpy.  And my feet are fine!  I’m done with sandals after about an hour-especially on cobblestone roads or tiled museums.

Two Minute Video of How It Looks Walking:

They’re great for the airplane too. Women’s shoes take up so much space in a carryon suitcase so being able to wear these shoes for comfort and for cuteness while traveling is a double bonus.  My feet are supported a bit.  I cannot wear Skechers.  I do think these are the best shoes for traveling in Europe if that’s you this 2017 summer.

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I hurt a toe last year, and the doctor told me to wear Asics with a letter followed by numbers for exercise.  Skechers give me absolutely no support.  Teva sandals with velcro are great for running errands, but not for my dresses while I’m traveling.  That’s my personal opinion of myself.  I feel too rugged in that style.  So just know that I am picky with my travel shoes. shoesairplane

I wear these shoes with shorts and with cute dresses.  I like them so much with leggings too.

They’re also a neutral color so they don’t have to be paired with black or white.

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Make Your House WheelChair Accessible

I’m showing you how to make your house wheelchair accessible or handicapped accessible. You may need to temporarily provide access for a wheelchair in your home. I am going to help you prepare your house for a wheelchair by giving you wheelchair hacks that worked for us.   I’m dividing your house into 4 stations. wheelchair

We took the doors off of the bathrooms…and by we I mean a friend named Jerry.  Our walker would not fit through the bathroom door, but the wheelchair did.

In the video above, I’ve divided your house into four stations for your wheelchair.  I promise the video will help you and your family member!

Wheelchair Needs:

Power strips at each station wheelchairaccessible

Cell phone

Laptop

Remote control

Bank info

Medicine

Books

Trash can

Lotion

Anti-bacterial sanitizer for when you come back from doc or errands

Purse and wallet and credit cards

Water bottle, Aluminum cups

Padded Computer College board for eating

Lanyard

Tongs

String tied to fan or overhead light so can turn off fan if cold or on if hot

Clothes and one shoe for night – getting to the bathroom that’s easy to slip on her foot

We just kept rubber gloves and clorox spray to clean it out in the tub

Clothes Pin or Clip for connecting the phone charger wire up close because he may not be able to reach that far down to get the wire.  We clipped his to the lamp wire.

Lotion

Phone Base

Lanyard

Clock Radio

Kleenexes

Clothes and a tennis shoe on the bed, towel, brush

Basket for dirty clothes and one for clean clothes

Deep cereal bowls are good because they can tilt without spilling.  Shallow spill with the slightest of bumps

Tongs – to pick up items that fall and you cannot bend over far enough

Large pitcher if have to fill animal’s bowl with water or food or cut a gallon jug.  Trick: Use them upside down for food. 

What We Used:

I’m linking these items to help you and your family member.

Potty that has a bucket and is on a walker base – the base is super sturdy!

Walker Basket – Velcro

Lanyard – Note:  we used one that we had laying around the house

Lap Board

USB cord

Water Bottle

Aluminum Cup

Armrest Bag and Organizer

Walker  

We have this Walker, but it’s more expensive. We tried our best to move the wheels to the inside, and they don’t budge.  Two men tried as well.  But these walkers are very sturdy for family members who get off balance easily.

Wire Basket for Your Walker

Power Strips 

More Videos:

My Liquids Bag for Airline Travel

Fixer Upper Trip – what to do

An Academic Approach to Eyeshadow

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Liquids on a Plane – Tips on Packing Them

Toiletries for Travel in My Carry On

With so many TSA (Transportation Security Administration) guidelines for toiletries during airline travel, I thought my tips could help!

Love love love GoToob because it does not leak.  I use it for shampoo.  You don’t need as much shampoo as you might think.  I fill this in increments of the days I will wash my hair.  One teaspoon, another teaspoon…I don’t just squirt shampoo in all the way to the top because on an airplane this liquid needs some space for air. 

Toiletries Travel Liquids

You don’t have to only use bottles.  I love these new disc containers-so good for moisturizer (LOOK HOW BIG MY MOISTURIZER BOTTLE IS) for your face, vaseline for swim rash, jewelry, pills, but that’s not liquids.  Stay focused.  You can put your facial cleanser in here.  You only need a dab a day, right?

Once you’ve made your vacation toiletries packing list (you can watch this Packing video and get free printables here), you are ready for your liquids.

Carry On Liquids Toiletries

I use this On the Fly liquids bag, and I’ll link it below.  I like it because it’s sturdy and can get wet.  It’s like a soft, thick and clear plastic baggie.  Its zipper is THE reason I bought it, besides the Lipstick that looks like an Airplane?

I’ll show you the difference between what this can hold and what my normal quart sized bag can hold.

Toiletries Airplane

If you watched my other packing liquids video, I showed you that laying your bottles horizontally will help you fit more bottles in.

GIVEAWAY!  If you’d like a chance to win this cute travel perfume holder, leave me a comment on my YouTube Channel.  If you’re watching on your phone, you just scroll down all the way, and you can leave a comment.  In order for me to contact you, you have to have an email or something on your own YouTube “About” page.  You have until May 25 to enter.

How do you pack suntan lotion for airplane travel in Europe?  We’re going overseas, and we’re worried about buying suntan lotion over there.  Should we be worried?  Should we buy it in the airport once we get through security?  Just buy a bunch of little tubes?

Products:

On the Fly Liquids Bag

Stand and Fill Baggies

GoToob Containers

Disc Containers

Washi Tape

CC Cream, MakeUp Remover, Foundation:  from my Mary Kay Gal

Aquage Mousse – Travel Size

iT Cosmetics Super Hero Mini Mascara

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Concealer SPF 50+

Systane Eyedrops-Preservative Free

Shape Tape Concealer

POP over again soon or visit some of these videos:

http://bit.ly/TwoPackingListsVideo

http://bit.ly/EyeshadowTipsVideo

http://bit.ly/TravelBagTechVideo

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Girls Night Idea – Have Your Own Makeup Party

Girl’s Night Out Idea – Host Your Own Eyeshadow Party

Your friends are bringing the supplies; you’re just going to set them up to feel pampered.

This does not mean you’re going to spend a lot of money on decorations.  You’re going to spend maybe $7 per person, unless you want to give them the little item I’m suggesting in this video.

INVITATION:

I’m giving you an invitation to make them feel special and to help them look forward to the evening.  Free printable!

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I’m giving you a list of 5-7 items for each person’s area that you can spend money on.

Seriously, just being together with no to-do list is a fantastic evening to this girl right here.

But, this idea popped into my head so I’m sharing it with you.  The above video explains and pumps you up so please take a looksy!

Invite no more than 5 other girls to your house for an Eyeshadow Application Party.  Side note: you want a house with good overhead lighting since you’ll be applying eyeshadow.  This would be awesome during the brunch hours b/c of the natural daylight.

Everyone brings her own brushes (all different kinds) and eyeshadows, even the ones she thinks are bad colors.

Your gal pals also need to come with no eye makeup on.

SETTLE THEIR JITTERS:

You are in charge of assuring the women that they will not be judged if they make mistakes, that the protection masks that we women put on to protect our insecurities are down; that they just need to come as they are. 

You are helping everyone at the table be on the same playing field.  We’re all women with insecurities; but red and yellow black and white, we are precious in his sight.  We are just experimenting and getting creative. girls night idea

One idea is to say in the invitation that everyone has to wear yoga pants.

ARRIVAL:

You are going to make your guests feel like queens for the day!

I used long note pads, a cute pen, mirrors that my former Mary Kay friend had for us to borrow, and a makeup baggie

In each MakeUp Baggie, I gifted them two different eyeshadow brushes-the two most important brushes:  Eyeshadow Brush and a Blending Brush.  If you can afford one more brush, I recommend a Crease Brush since you’re using five colors in the video above.  Please watch the video; it’s a gorgeous arrangement of colors!

Cotton Balls

Hair Band to keep the hair out of their eyes if needed

3 Cheapy Cheap Eyeshadow Brushes – this way they can use a clean brush to experiment with someone else’s eyeshadow color eyeshadowbrush

If you have the money, you could buy each one the cutest trinket around these days…this Blushing Lady MakeUp Brush Cup

If you don’t have the money, maybe you could decorate a white styrofoam cup just like her!  My above video shows you the styrofoam version; she’s adorable!

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Girls Night Idea

Other Videos:

What’s In My CarryOn, Organize Under Your Sink,  What to Pack for a Long Haul Flight

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DIY Kentucky Derby Hat

Make Your Own Derby Hat

These are educated steps to making your own Derby Hat.  Our friends are having a Derby de Mayo party, and the ladies are supposed to wear Derby Hats.  Guys are wearing sombreros.

Feathers

So much to learn about feathers to give your hat height, depth and wispiness.  POP into my video for tips, tricks and don’t dos.

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Derby Hat DIY

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Let me know if you make one!

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