The Best Bra Ever

So we all know the “free the nip” movement, which I’m all for. Comfort is key. But sometimes a good bra is needed from time to time.

I used to stick to a classic Victoria’s Secret bra, like most of us. But a couple of months ago  I decided to try out Upbra. I ordered the nude, both with strap and strapless, finding a good strapless bra is always a struggle, so I wanted to test these out and see if they could get the job done.

And let me tell you, I am obsessed! Coming from a girl who usually does not wear a bra, I have been wearing these all the time! The strapless is by far my favorite, because it actually gives you support, lift and fits with all of my styles of top. Upbra honestly made me prefer to wear a bra again, which is a major deal for me! Hahaha

 

And you guys know me, I always have to share the amazing finds I come across, and I don’t think there has been a day so far, that I haven’t used one of my Upbra’s.

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Shop the strapless nude bra I’m obsessed with, here.

 

 

xoxoxo

Livin’ the MAD Life

Exciting news everyone! My mom and I have decided to start our own purse and bag company. But there’s a twist! We wanted to bring our personal values into the brand, Livin’ the MAD Life, and have decided to keep it all vegan, cruelty free, sustainable and focused on empowering designs.

For those of you who do not know, my mother is a world renowned artist, who has sold hundreds of thousands of art pieces and has collectors from around the world. Her art has been featured in popular media streams such as the “O” Oprah Magazine, was the cover image for the Interior Design Magazine, and the featured artist and cover for the Spectrum Art Basel in 2015. She also has her art sold in various retail stores across the country such as, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. Not only that, but she also has art in major hotels, TV shows, celebrity homes and restaurants around the country.

Okay, so enough bragging about how awesome of an artist my mom is.. But that’s what makes the brand even better! My mother will design each bag and we even have original, hand painted purses!

Pretty cool, huh? Well it’s even cooler, because all of our hand painted bags are on thrifted, upcyled bags! Not sure if you knew this or not, but the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, only behind the oil industry. Purchasing second hand and thrifted fashion items is a great way to keep sustainable and help reduce the fashion industries, and your, carbon footprint. We have thrifted bags from brands such as Chloe, Steve Madden, Samsonite and more! Some of the pieces date back to the 1950’s, making them a vintage masterpiece!

Although our other collections are not on thrifted bags, they will be designed with the colorful workings of my mom, which makes them a collectors piece and not fast fashion.

What’s even more, is we will never sell a bag that is not vegan or cruelty free. The majority of our bags will be made from PU faux leather.

There’s so much more to learn about our products and how they embody empowerment and what a MAD symbol stands for. To read more and check out all of our products visit www.livinthemadlife.com and keep in touch via social media @LivinTheMADLife.

Here are a few of our bags that you can purchase! Side note| I will also be modeling for the brand, so stay tuned for our other fun and exciting campaigns, that are already in the works!

Thanks for your support guys! Can’t wait to see where this takes us next!

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xoxo

 

Now I feel there might be one question you all have… what does MAD stand for?

It’s simple, its our initials! Megan Aroon Duncanson

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I’ve always been one for dainty and simple jewelry, the gaudy and large pieces never caught my eye. And I’ve found the perfect company that has me covered, from rings to bracelets and necklaces, everything I would want in one place! Here are a few of my favorite pieces that would go well with any outfit!

 

Silver Chain Necklace// here

Circle Necklace// here

Earrings// here

 

 

Xoxox

Frank Body Review

A couple months ago I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautifully packaged pink and white box outside of my door. And inside the box was even more cute packaged goodies! Frank had paid me a visit and I was not mad about it. 🙂IMG_0122

I was sent the Frank Body original Coffee Body Scrub and Body Balm. First off let me just say I am a huge fan of these products because of their all natural and vegan ingredients.

Their body scrub is made with Coffee Beans, Almond Oil, Vitamin E oils and Sea Salt. And their body balm is a mixture of Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coffee Arabica Seed Oil and Beeswax. All stuff that we can actually understand and I’m all about those natural ingredients!

So besides the cute packaging and amazing ingredients, the products themselves have worked wonders for my skin.

The Scrub
I have relatively normal skin with a few breakouts here and there and a little bit of hyperpigmentation. I would use the coffee scrub about 2x a week as a deep exfoliator. I can instantly notice the texture of my skin smoothens, my skin appears brighter and my face is baby soft. My random breakouts have gone down and my skin feels overall more healthy, and not to forget the smell is incredible!

I have recently started using the body scrub for a few stretch marks that I have developed, so I will definitely keep you posted with any results I see!

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The Balm
The body balm is also a great product and very moisturizing. Though I would recommend only using it at night, as it does not soak into the skin very quickly. Since it has so many natural oils, it takes quite longer than a regular lotion to set. That being said, apply this stuff all over before bed and you will definitely have baby soft skin by the morning.

I am so in love with both of these products that I am itching to try some of their new stuff. Especially their peppermint body scrub, yum!!

Check out the rest of their stuff at Frank Body!

xoxox

Hot Lemon Water// Does It Actually Work?

Hot Lemon Water// Does It Actually Work?

I am sure most of you have heard of the amazing benefits hot lemon water, first thing in the morning, is supposed to have. After hearing so many people talk about how amazing this simple drink is, I decided to give it a go.


For the past month I have been drinking hot Lemon Detox Tea (click here to purchase) with half a fresh squeezed lemon. I drink this before I eat or drink anything else. And I can definitely tell a difference. Some of the immediate and visible changes I saw were:

  • Clearer skin, after only a few days of drinking this there was a noticeable difference in the complexion of my skin.
  • Eating less. I felt much more full and did not tend to be as hungry throughout the day.
  • Digestive health

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These are only what I can visibly see changing within the past month. But this morning drink is supposed to have many internal benefits for your everyday health. Such as:

  • Source of Vitamin C, to help build immune system and prevent sickness such as the common cold
  • Balances pH levels
  • Lemon contains pectin fiber which is great for your colon
  • Helps prevent growth of certain bacterias
  • Provides energy to liver enzymes which in turn helps keep a healthy liver
  • Helps with wrinkles (Luckily I do not have wrinkles yet, so I can not tell if this has personally helped)
  • Helps replenish salt levels
  • Can help with dental problem (freshens breath, relieve toothache and gingivitis)

As you can see this stuff is basically magic! Yet it is so simple and such an easy thing to add into your morning routine. Instead of drinking your regular tea or coffee in the morning, try this lemon detox and I am sure you will reap the benefits like I have.

xoxoxo

Kiss Ready-To-Wear Nails Review

I am usually not one to wear stick on nails, or fake nails of any kind, but these ones caught my eye whilst browsing the beauty section at Target.
The Kiss gelFANTASY Ready-To-Wear nails provide two adhesive options. You can either glue them on, or stick them on with the provided materials.

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I thought the sticking option might be a little better for my nails, so that is the route I took.
I have fairly large nail beds which is why I usually do not try fake nails, but these “medium length” nails fit like a charm!

They lasted for over a week and could withstand a lot. I am not one to be very gentle when it comes to my hands, and these nails were very sturdy and did not effect any everyday activities I may have done.

After about four days I did notice that the end near my cuticles rose up a little and my hair would get caught underneath and pull out, which was not too pleasing. I would suggest just placing the sticker as close to the cuticle as possible.
IMG_1239.JPGIMG_1027.JPGAll in all I was pleased with the product and they are perfect for any special occasions.

They suggest soaking in acetone to remove, but I opted for the worse route you could take, and pulled them off. Do as I say, not as I do, haha. And they were easy to come off, there was no sticky residue and it was like they were never there.

I give this product a 9 out of 10

xoxo

Any recommendations for stick on nails?

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Fun Tip Friday: How to Get Soft Plump Lips

Fun Tip Friday: How to Get Soft Plump Lips

No one enjoys having cracked, dry lips so I’ll share with you my secret on how I keep my lips moisturized and plump!

VASELINE! 

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I keep the largest sized tub of vaseline by my bedside and apply a large amount every night before bed.

It may seem kind of gross to apply so much vaseline to your lips, but as the night wears on the vaseline soaks in and you want to make sure that when you wake up there is still a light layer of vaseline on your lips. So be very generous with how much vaseline you use, it’s hard to use too much!

Then in the morning you can either take a toothbrush or just a rag and scrub or wipe your lips. I usually just use a towel/rag and scrub the excess vaseline off. And afterwards you should see a big difference!

Don’t forget to apply a chapstick or a small amount of vaseline on after you have scrubbed it all off.

If your lips are very dry it make take a couple days before they are looking and feeling fresh again.

 

Don’t forget to check out my small summer giveaway here

xoxo