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Popping The Pricey Promposal Question

Sassy Prom Gals!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, then you have definitely seen your Facebook newsfeed annoyingly flourish with extravagant promposal videos! But before you get all prom-zilla on your date for not giving you such a big gesture, consider this:

The promposal, a cleaver portmanteau of the words “prom” and proposal,” has been dubbed the most popular form of wooing a potential date into going to prom. These elaborate proposals have used videography, choreography, and in one of the more ostentatious cases a hot air balloon ride. It is clear that this new style of viral peacocking doesn’t come for free. Therefore if prom wasn’t already hurting your wallet, the increasing popularity of the promposal will burn a hole right through it.

A 2015 prom spending survey on http://www.practicalmoneyskill.com, released by Visa, stated that the “promposal” is costing on average $324. That is nearly one third of the total expenses. The survey, which was conducted over the phone with 3,041 participants, also revealed that a teen and his or her family would spend an average of $919 on prom-related costs this year. It concludes that the total investment has gone down 6% since 2014, but the trending promposals could change that drastically in the years to come.

Thanks to its vast number of hits on the Internet, especially YouTube, it is evident that promposals will not be subsiding anytime soon. However, there are still countless creative ways to ask your date to prom, without having to break the bank. One of the most popular methods, and perhaps the way to anyone’s heart, is a food promposal. There is inspiration all over Tumblr and Pinterest, whether it is baking a cake, arranging a bouquet of candies, or even getting a pizza delivered to school that pops the question. This approach and many others are just as romantic and innovative at the “big” promposals but are way more cost effective.

Remember, Sassy Gals, however much money you or your date decide to invest into a promposal, a dramatic public gesture is nice but not necessary. It’s the thought behind it. Happy Prom Season!

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THE “IT” D.I.Y. BRAIDS FOR THE SUMMER

 Sassy gals!

At the cusp of summertime commences the struggle to find a hairstyle that could combat the humidity while remaining flawless. But before you revert automatically to the generic ponytail, consider this timeless and effortless look: the braid. From waterfalls and fishtails to French braids and milkmaids, these fashionable tresses are a modern take on the classic do’. It was worn on the 2015 Spring Fashion Week runway, and has been popularized by celebrities like Sarah Hyland and Lauren Conrad. For weddings, proms and everyday wear, the braid is an essential summer beauty trend that will beat the heat. If you can muster up the patience then try the top three “it” braids for this season!

  1. The Fish Tail

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Step 1: Divide hair into two sections in the back.

Step 2: On one side take a small outer piece and cross it over to the    inside of the other section.

Step 3: Do the same crossing of hair on the opposite side. The hair should start forming an ‘x’ shape.

Step 4: Continue crossing the small outer pieces to the inside of the opposing hair section. Remember the smaller they are, the better it will end up.

  1. The Mermaid

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Step 1: First form the accent braid by picking out a small section of hair from the upper left backside of your head. Create a basic 3-strand braid. Secure that piece to the right side of your head.

Step 2: For the main braid, pick out a half-inch section from the middle of your crown. Divide this hair into three sections and start to make another basic braid. Only weave it twice.

Step 3: Every time you weave the basic braid add a piece of hair from the side of your scalp. These are small pieces, unlike a french braid.

Step 4: Continue the braid down your head, and keep adding the small pieces from each side of your head.

Step 5: When done, tug the braid on both sides to loosen the look.

  1. The Four-strand Braid

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Step 1: Pull hair to the side of your preference and split into 4 different sections.

Step 2: In your left hand hold sections 1 and in right hold 3 & 4. Section 2 should remain in the middle.

Step 3: Bring 1 over 2 and under 3.

Step 4: Take 4 under strand 3 and over 2.

Step 5: Continue same pattern with left going over and under and right going under and then over.

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LUXURIOUS SCENTS FOR THE AVERAGE PERFUMISTA

Sassy Perfumistas!

Estevia Parfum Paris, a perfume brand out of Dubai, has a line of luxurious fragrances that satisfies an expensive palate without breaking the bank. Designed for both women and men, Estevia fabricates an aura of extravagance that makes you feel as if you should be having brunch in a French chateau. Here are my favorite scents that I found to be the most stimulating and long lasting throughout the day:

ESTEVIA MYRINA:

3.4 oz. (100 ml) $39.99 Pink Bottle

Estevia describes Myrina as the “epitome of modern femininity.” With a musky patchouli base, it is strong but not overwhelming, softened by floral scents of jasmine and vanilla. It has an elegant aroma and would be best worn on an evening out.

ESTEVIA CARME:

3.4 oz. (100 ml) $39.99 Orange Bottle

Carme is the most sensual scent out of the perfumes. With orange blossom and undertones of rose and vanilla, the perfume is a great scent for the summer. I would best describe it as a very strong and stimulating fragrance with a yummy citrus zest.

ESTEVIA ELPIS:

3.4 oz. (100 ml) $39.99 Yellow Bottle

Elpis is the softest, or as I would describe it “cleanest,” scent out of the feminine perfumes. Using white amber and jasmine, there is a subtlety to the fragrance, making it light enough to be worn throughout the day. I highly recommend Elpis for those who prefer a subtle perfume.

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#SpringTrendAlert: The Lob

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Sassy Trend Setters!

Ring the alarm my fellow Sassy Gals, and spread the news! It is time to take out your sheers and cut your long locks because the latest hair trend is making a comeback. Ladies, say hello to circa 2005 Nicole Richie’s, The Lob!

The long bob aka “lob” is the perfect hairstyle for the warm weather that is to come! It is the not-awkward-middle stage between long and short hair, and  it can be worn sweet or edgy! The best way to wear it is coloring it as a balayage (now that the ombre is so 2014), and tousle your tresses until you get those coveted beach-y waves.

The ‘chic do’ has been seen for the past two weeks being rocked by celebrities such as Olivia Palermo, Kendall Jenner, and most recently Chrissy Teigen. Even Kim Kardashian has ditched her extensions for this lighter look! It is definitely sexy, fun and here to stay for this summer! So why not try it? What do you think Sassy Gals?!

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#ManeMonday: 2015 NYFW Top Hair Colors

Sassy Gals!

I am still hung up on this Spring’s New York Fashion Week‘s daring and bold trends! Gingham polos, midriff teasing dresses, geometric shaped tennis skirts, galore! I must say, however, that the best part of this season was the focus on minimalism of makeup and hair to contrast the bright, fun outfits. Of course, it is #ManeMonday, so we must gush over the Spring ready hair! From sexy strawberry blond to brilliantly iridescent black locks, I simply can not get enough of these tresses! Here are a few NYFW inspired hair colors that I am obsessing over!

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#WellnessWednesday: The Power of Coconut Oil

Sassy Gals!

I cannot say it enough and pray that it will eventually come true but I will reassure you once more that warm weather is approaching. It is  lackadaisical but inevitable. With that said, it is never too early to start back on your Spring/Summer beauty regimen!

I want to talk about my favorite beauty product: coconut oil. It is a timeless trend that boasts powerful health remedies ranging from digestive issues to damaged hair. A huge misconception that comes with oil is that it cannot be used on the skin, especially the face. The myth is that it would clog your pores and lead to unsightly acne. However, coconut oil can help completely rejuvenate the skin on your face, and basically do a lot more amazing things.

Let’s break down the components of coconut oil and see the benefits they have for healthier skin.

Vitamin E:

Coconut oil is chock-full of Vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin repair and growth. With it’s antioxidant properties it prevents wrinkles, premature aging, and cracked skin.

Proteins:

Coconut oil is rich in proteins which contribute in cellular health and tissue repair internally and externally. Proteins on the skin will create a normal flow of replacement cells, reducing scars and dark spots.

Capric/Caprylic/ Lauric Acids: 

These fatty acids provides disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. This means that when the oil is applied to the face it would prevent any microbial infections from forming in the pores or in open wounds (such as a popped pimple).

Saturated Fats:

These triglycerides fats help maintain the smooth touch to the skin. The fats help contain the moisture in the skin, keeping a dewy (not oily) look to the face. Coconut oil is also best ingested for this reason because the fats form under the skin, retaining the glow and smoothness in your face.

Sassy gals! Go to your local grocery store and pick up some coconut oil now to add to your beauty products!

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Angelina Jolie Writes in NY Times In Lieu of Her Ovarian Surgery

Sassy Gals,

This week,  Angelina Jolie had penned in the New York Times revealing that she had  gone through surgery to remove both her ovaries and fallopian tubes. This was in hopes to thwart further development of cancerous cells. She wrote that this decision was made after blood tests had revealed signs of early stages of  ovarian cancer.

This was her second major surgery, following her double mastectomy two years ago to reduce her chances of  breast cancer. Jolie then had released to the public that she discovered she was carrying the BRCA1 gene. This would put her in higher risk of developing ovarian and/or breast cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, had died of ovarian cancer back in 2007 at the age of 56.

Jolie’s mother was diagnosed at the age of 49, so now at 39 Jolie is taking every precaution to keep her body free from cancer. She writes:

“That same day I went to see the surgeon, who had treated my mother. I last saw her the day my mother passed away, and she teared up when she saw me: ‘You look just like her.’ I broke down. But we smiled at each other and agreed we were there to deal with any problem, so ‘let’s get on with it.’

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it’s responsible for 1 in 36 (3%) deaths in American women. The American Cancer Society  has reported that 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year and about 40,290 will be terminal.

If you have had any loved ones in your family diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer, please have yourself checked out annually at your local clinic. Also, help support those in the fight and get involved in Relay for Life and other organizations!

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The Best (Girly) Irish Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

Sassy Lassies!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and whether you are an Irish gal or just an over-zealous observer, we all can partake in the Americanized customs of the holiday! Of course, I am talking about bar hopping while belligerently parading around in leprechaun hats (they’re always after me lucky charms…). I mean, wearing your Nana’s wool knitted sweater is suffocating and ridiculously hot! How could you not make it through the day without some Irish spirits in your system?! Therefore, it is best you do it with some Irish class and try out these fancy drinks! Find a pub, sing some ole’ songs from the mother country, and drink responsibly!

1. Bailey’s Irish Coffee

The most classic Irish drink you will have tonight. Not only is it decadent in rich cream flavors, it is super tasty and will make other’s think you are an Irish pub-crawler pro!

  • 2 oz of Bailey’s Original Cream
  • 6 oz of hot coffee
  • 1 oz of Irish Whiskey
  • 1 dollop of whipped cream

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2. Emerald Isle

First off, the Emerald Isle is ridiculously green. You can’t get more St. Patrick than that! Secondly, its a great take on the traditional Cosmo, with class but also some Irish sass!

  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 tsp Green Crème de menthe
  • 2 dashes bitters

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3. The Boozy Shamrock Shake

This is the sinfully delicious version of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake! It’s minty, creamy, and green!  Don’t forget to tell the bartender to put a cherry on top!

  • 6 cups (3 pints) vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) creme de menthe liqueur
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) vodka
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) Irish cream liqueur (like Baileys)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maraschino cherries and sweetened whipped cream for garnish

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4. Shamrock Sour

Pucker up to this sour concoction of lemon and grape juice! It is refreshing, and will definitely give you a little Irish zing!

  • 2 oz Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
  • .5 oz Green Chartreuse
  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz Agave syrup (one part agave nectar, one part water)
  • .25 oz Egg white (about half of an egg white)
  • garnish: Mint sprig and lemon wheel
  • glass: Double rocks


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5. The Lucky Leprechaun

The Lucky Leprechaun is another fun fruity take on the Irish drink! Instead of a pucker, it has a smooth melon taste, to of course stick with out green color scheme!

  • 1 1/2 oz. Hornitos Reposado tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz. melon liquor 
  • 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • seltzer for topping
  • honeydew melon for garnish

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Top 10 Best Songs For The Treadmill

Sassy Gals,

I have finally made amends with my body, and have decided it is time to go back to the gym! I had went for the first time (in forever) yesterday and found out that despite the amount of peppermint bark I have gobbled up this winter, I have managed to retain my endurance. Jogging for three miles on a horrible god-forsaken treadmill was a great feat for me; for those of you who run for a living could simply not fathom this! Yet I did it, and I am quite proud of myself! But how does a girl who avidly stuffs all kinds of food into her mouth, can make it through a 30 minute run? Music!

Music is the key ingredient to all of my workouts, especially running. Why? Well, I think when you are listening to a high tempo song that is your “jam,” you can achieve a runner’s high. I sometimes get so invested into song (anything Beyonce) and forget I am running at the gym! Before I know it, it has been 20 minutes in! Overall, I think runners of all abilities benefit from listening to music because it adds flavor to a run that may be boring without it.

So for those of you just starting out the gym, I have made a list of my top ten favorite songs to help push myself on the treadmill! Obviously everyone’s musical tastes varies, but I have found these songs to really motivate me, and are just fun!

1. Paramore – Misery Business

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2. Beyonce – Crazy In Love

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3. Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up

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4. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me

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5. Maroon 5 – Harder To Breathe

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6. Missy Elliot- Get Ur Freak On

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7.Cascada – Every Time We Touch

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8. Chromeo – Jealous

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9. MiKA – Grace Kelly

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10. Kelly Rowland – Commander

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CandyLipz #XtremeBeauty

Sassy Gals!

For those of you who have been attempting to emulate Kylie Jenner’s ever-growing pout can finally put down your wine-colored matte lip-liner and rejoice in this latest extreme beauty trend. If you dare…

CandyLipz, created by Thienna INC. has swept the beauty world into havoc with it’s ability to achieve full plump lips (like Kylie’s) in the matter of two minutes! Yes, it sounds like a bunch of quackery of the pseudo sciences, however the painful results seem to be nothing but the truth!  It is a pump that operates as a suction, pooling blood into your lips, thus creating a larger and fuller kisser. It runs in a wide variety of sizes, depending on what bee-stung look you desire.    The product ranges in shapes like red or green apples, and is shipped in the most elegant of packaging. Overall, you get pretty packages, an apple shaped lip cup, and fast results starting at $120. It is a tempting offer to look like you’ve broken every blood vessel on your face.

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So it sounds pretty but torturous, right?  For one, it is a better alternative to lip injections since there is no plastic surgery and it is more cost effective. Additionally, the results are quick and reversible, only lasting for two hours. However, the overall issue is proven in the huge increase of sales and publicity for this product (the site is currently down). It is just one more thread to the shallow fabric of our society’s willingness to harm ours bodies for beauty!

Welp. In the name of science, I tried it out last week. All I can say is, curiosity killed the cat, and in this case gave it a huge mouth hickey. In my best Hans and Franz impression: Candylipz will pump (flex flex) you up!

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Ill let the pictures do the talking….

YIKES! Being money savvy (hello $120 for a hickey?!) I used a similar method that the product uses, applying a small suction, narrowing around the lips. Not only did I look ridiculous, this rash lasted for a week on my face! It was painful, and basically the most embarrassing thing I have ever done to myself. My lips seem to fall between Jennifer Coolidge and a parrot fish.  Yes, they were plump, but it was not remotely attractive, nor did my boyfriend find it the least bit flattering on me.

My advice for you Sassy Gals is before buying this expensive product, get a champagne glass and suction your lips from 2 – 5 minutes. The results, especially how much you bruise, varies among everyone, so if you like the results, then go ahead and buy Candylipz! If not, enjoy the binki mouth for a week! Please try this product at your own risk and remember at the end of the day, you do not need any form of enhancement to make yourself a more beautiful person!