Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June Sponsor Giveaway!

In 13 months that I have been blogging I have NEVER experienced ANY problems with setting up a giveaway, but this one gave me SOOOO many problems. Not because of my sponsors or anything like that, but rafflecopter was just being stupid! It would show the wrong amount of points, it would delete prizes and it would delete entries. It actually deleted ALL of the entries TWICE when I was almost done. So now that you all have heard my sad story you HAVE to enter! Hahah jk, but no you really should because once again my sponsors have outdone themselves! Meet this month's sponsors:


They are really amazing and I ♥ them all! They have come together to bring you this FABULOUS giveaway! 

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A $35 gift card to Nordstrom, a $15 gift card to target, 3 months of ad space in THREE different blogs PLUS a coffee mug :)

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday Social #45

Okay guys I promise that this will not become a habit, I have just been busy and TOTALLY forgot to post this yesterday :( so here it is today!

What is your favorite store to shop at?

Maurices of course! If you do not love to shop where you work then there must be something wrong!

If you could afford anything and everything, which designer brand would you covet?


I am in love with these two fashion houses.

What is your must have closet staple?

It all depends on the season.

Spring is: dresses
Summer is: shorts
Fall is: hoodies
Winter is: boots

What is your favorite kind of shoes? 

I am all about sandals, they are comfortable, and by wearing them I can show off my cute pedicure ;)

What is the best clothing deal you've ever gotten? 

Last year at Maurices I scored BIG! I bought

3 dresses
1 pair of boots
5 pairs of shorts
2 tops
and some accessories
for $30!! I was SOOO proud of myself :)

What is a style you'd love to try?


This dark ombre hair! I love it!!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Hi dolls! Hope ya'll are having a wonderful weekend! Today I am introducing you to the beautiful and talented Jenny, she just opened up her newest etsy shop Lollipop Swirlz! She is giving a special promo code to her shop EXCLUSIVELY to my readers, PLUS there might or might not be a giveaway involved ;)

Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Let me see...So much to tell. First and foremost I am a wife and mother. I am a photographer. You can check out my photography work on my photography Facebookpage.  I have several Etsy shops. Two for jewelry, one for tutus and hair accessories and one for beading supplies. I am proud to say that because of all of my hard work with all my businesses I am able to work from home and be with my daughter. I also love to blog and do makeup.  I enjoy writing so much I finished my first novel but after staying away from it for a good year I am now looking to go back, make changes and hopefully get it published.

Tell me about your shop!

I actually have several Etsy shops but Lollipop Swirlz is my newest shop. I have several different styles of jewelry I design but this shop is for my fun, colorful and playful designs. For several of the pieces I actually make all the beads myself out of clay.

What inspired you to start your shop?

 People including strangers were always complimenting my creations so I decided to open a shop. My Etsy shops help to enable me to work from home so I can be with my daughter more.

How did you come up with your shop’s name?

 Everyone tells me that my clay pieces look like candy so that was basis on trying to come up with a name. 

Shop's Social media:

This particular shop doesn't have it's own social media accounts but I often write and post about my latest designs on my blog's social media outlets:

Any specials going on during the month of May in your shop?

I am offering free shipping to all Girl Booklet readers...Coupon code: FREESHIP

Favorite piece:

At the moment it's the neon braided friendship bracelet. I love these friendship bracelets with a chain base and I love neon/bright colors. So I cannot go wrong with this!


 Jenny is giving away a neon friendship bracelet AND a custom pair of clay earrings!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Beauty [guest post] & a giveaway

It has been such a long time that I've had someone do a guest post, so I am glad Christine decided to do one. Plus it was perfect timing because today I will be cheering on for my Spurs! Those of you who have not been keeping up with the NBA finals, let me full you in. If the San Antonio Spurs win against Miami Heat then the Spurs will take home the championship trophy!  Anyways before I keep on boring you all with basquetball stuff here is Christine! Take it away girl

Hey everyone! My name is Christine and I blog over at Life With A Side Of Coffee. I am a twenty something recent college grad just starting out in her career and documenting all my 
embarrassing moments and adventures. I'm a coffee and music addict, self-proclaimed vino and Hollywood obsessed. Jessica is letting me take over for a bit so I'm going to switch gears and talk about summer beauty. I'm going to share with you guys my top five favorite trends right now and how I would wear them. Ready, set, go...

1. Nail Designs
So apparently just a good ol' painted nail isn't good anymore. You have to have a design on at least one finger to be in with the cool kids. Here are some designs I just love but if you are like me and completely awful in the nail department, I love just having one finger on each hand with a little sparkle. You know? The classic, let's just run over all these nails and then put some glitter on the ring finger? Yeah, I feel that does the trick if you're in a rush or just really bad at nail art.
All images from this Pinterest Board (link)
2. The New and Improved Smoky Eye
Color is so in right now it isn't even funny. I mean, for those of you who experienced the 80s, it must be a serious case of deja vu. Now I am a huge fan of the original smokey eye that no matter how hard you scrub at the end of the night, you still wake up with two black eyes. I'm also a huge fan of the brown smokey eye for day. It's my go to pretty much every day. Now I am much more adept when it comes to makeup compared to nail art so I might actually give a few of these ago. I happen to be pretty good at a purple smokey eye if I may say so myself. I'm actually wearing it in the selfie up top. I love the ideas but some I won't try. I mean,   I know what colors look good on me and which don't. A girl can dream though right??
All images from this Pinterest Board (link)
3. Flower Children
I have to say, this is probably my favorite trend this year. Hair accessories are so big right now, even if it's just a few flowers in your hair. I am obsessed with flower halos and flower pins. I have a headband with flowers, flowers to put over bobby pins and a flower halo on the way as soon as I order it. I think this is such a flirty and feminine trend and there is something that works for everyone. Here are some of my favorite floral hair accessories right now that you can get for yourself. And no, I am not promoting anyone, I'm just obsessed. 
Urban Outfitters Flower Crown Headwrap (link); That Madonna Girl 'The Jena' (link); Three Birds Nest Pink Petal Flower Fascinator Band (link); That Madonna Girl 'The Nina' (link); Urban Outfitters Oversized Ombre Flower Crown Headwrap (link)
So what are your favorite summer beauty trends? Will you be using any of these this summer?

Thank you for your post Christine! Make sure to stop by her blog to say hi :)
And because Christine is awesome she is giving away an 'In-post ad space' so go on and enter! GOOD LUCK.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Sunday Social #44

Due to yesterday's post "two [very] special people" I decided to postpone the Sunday Social to today.  I didn't want to have two posts on the same day, I figured it would be weird. 

What is your biggest driving pet peeve?

OMG. I have SOOOO many, there are some people out there that I seriously do not know how they got their license. Seriously. I hate it when people do not use their blinker, when people drive too slow, when they haul ass and almost crash into other cars, when they ignore that a lane is about to close and wait until the last minute to merge. When they drive too close to me and when they park too close to my car giving me zero no none room to open my door. And the list could go on and on.

What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?


I also have a couple for this one and this girl just nailed every single one of them.
What is your biggest general pet peeve?

One word: WALMART.

That place makes me NUTS. From the people who walk slow and take up the while hallway, to the slow cashiers but the thing that annoys me the most about this place is the fact that people DO NOT respect the 20 items or less line. I mean seriously? How hard is it to understand that it's there for people who are not grocery shopping but only getting some things that they need? UGGGHH just talking about it pisses me off!

What is your most irrational fear?

I HATE bees, I am terrified of them.

Name 3 celebrities you'd want to have dinner with.

Ryan Gossling

And Channing Tatum  please!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Two [VERY] Special People

Today's Sunday Social will be postponed until tomorrow because today I am celebrating the two MOST important people in my life. My Mother and my Father. The people who gave me life, who taught me good values and who have given me unconditional love.

Para mi Mami:

No solo eres mi Madre, pero tambien mi mejor amiga, mi companera y mi inspiracion. Te agradesco por todo lo que has hecho por mi, nunca te lo voy a poder termindar de agradecer. Eres la persona mas bella, mas generosa y mas buena que eh tenido el privilegio de conocer. Quiero que sepas que eres la mejor madre del mundo, por darme todo lo que tu no tuviste. Gracias por tus sacrificios y gracias por tu amor.

Te amo, hoy y siempre.

I cannot express enough how much I love my mother, she is my best friend and my source of love. I feel blessed to have her as a Mother and as a role model. She is my inspiration. ♥


Today I am also celebrating my wonderful father

To the best dad in the world:

life is full of wonders, and people say things happen for a reason. The reason my mom got that job at El Amex was so she could meet you, and we could become part of your life. And you are the reason why I'm working hard and studying hard, so I can make you proud. Thank you for everything that you have done for me, thank you for your love and patience. Thank you for your advice but most importantly thank you for being the best father a girl could ever have. 

I am such a lucky girl for having not one but TWO incredible parents. I really am blessed.

Hope all the fathers in your family had a great day!

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Hi beauties! Today I am introducing you to one of my sponsors, her name is Kay and she blogs over at Banini Beauty a blog about beauty, fashion, jewelry and crafts. She is located in the UK and has a You Tube channel.. how awesome is that?

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I'm a beauty blogger who has a huge weakness for anything cute. Therefore I tend to buy products based on their packaging. Etude House is def one of my fave brands for cute packaging!

I also love to make jewellery if I have the time to spare, my main material of choice is polymer clay, Swarovski Crystal beading and felting. I did try to learn to crochet but I've given up at the moment since it's too hard!

Where can we find you?

 How did you come up with your blog’s name?

It's a bit of a long story but bear with me! 
Basically, back when I was at Uni after a looooong night of revision, I think it must have been like 2-3 am, we wandered back to our dorms and I noticed the Moon was in it's Crescent shape. Being a little disorientated since I was tired, I said it looked like a banana, that conversation soon ended up being about Paninis and somehow I managed to blurt out the moon was a banini! Weird, I know. That nickname then stuck with me and because my blog is about beauty, I just added it on the end to get to Banini Beauty! 

What kind of posts do you write?

I write a mixture of things, although of course, since it's a beauty blog there are skincare, make up, hair care reviews etc. I do mostly write about Korean brands but I do write about Western brands as well.

As I love my crafts, there are posts on those as well whether it be jewellery or felting posts.

You will probably find the odd random posts of holidays, concerts, music and food as these are the things I love in life!

Anything special going on with your blog?

I currently have a giveaway happening which was meant to be for my blog birthday but got delayed. There are six winners, I know it's a huge amount but I had a lot of double gifts etc that I couldn't use myself and thought I would give them away!

Since there are quite a few winners, the end date of the giveaway isn't until August which is ages away I know, but I need to save for the shipping cost!

Any new products that you have tried that you would recommend to us? 

I'm a recent YSL convert and I love the Babydoll Mascara, although the eyeliner and lip gloss is great too! 

I also love my YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre Rose De Saba Lipstick, the colour is so natural and it glides on well! 

Anything by Urban Decay is also great and I love the OZ Theodora Palette 

What are your make-up must haves?

A Make Up Primer - I love my Laneige Primer , it helps to keep oil under control and my make up stays put!

My Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer - I'd be lost without this!

A BB Cream - I love my BB Cream, I tried a CC Cream January of last year and didn't like it, so I converted back to my BB Creams. My current faves are ones by Mizon and Liole. I've tried loads of BB Creams and I have quite a few reviews on my blog. Although my first posts of these aren't that great, the embarrassment when you just start out blogging!"

What items are you lusting over?

"I'm not lusting over any make up goodies at the moment but I'm totally lusting over a Wacom Cintiq 13 HD Tablet, which, if you happen to like drawing, will know it's the newest Wacom drawing tablet that's out and the features look amazing!

I drool over every youtube video I watch over it, but since it costs over £600, I can't afford to get one just yet T_T"

Who is your fashion icon and why?

I don't really have a fashion icon as such but Yoon Eun Hye, a Korean actress, is always well dressed. I also like Japanese street fashion too although I'm not brave enough to wear those out here in the UK!

Share some of your latest accomplishments in or out of the blogging world.

Accomplishments? Hmmmm, I've not won any awards or anything like that but I'd like to think I've gained confidence in myself and it's a hobby that I look forward to doing. I'm actually surprised I've managed to blog this long so far as I tend to get into a hobby and then leave it after a few months!

I've also accomplished a lighter bank account since blogging has made me spend way more than I normally would! I blame other bloggers who blog great reviews about products which make me want to splurge!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Raising Reagan!

Like I mentioned on my last Sunday Social post, one of my favorite things about blogging has been meeting fellow bloggers, some who I just adore. One of them being Lanaya, she is such an amazing strong woman and a wonderful mother. That is why I am sooo happy that I get to be part of this big mile stone of hers, her blog is turning one and so of course there is only one way to celebrate... with a MASSIVE giveaway!

I have come together with some AMAZING bloggers to give you $300 in CASH!
Say what? Yep, cash baby!!
PLEASE, thank these amazing friends and supporters of Raising Reagan and enter below!
From Top Left {clockwise}:
Please also stop by and thank these lovely supporters and friends of mine as well ... I couldn't have brought you this amazing giveaway without them!
♥ April - 100lb Countdown ♥ Leslie - Violet Imperfection ♥ Rosey - Mail 4 Rosey
♥ Krystal - My Life of Travels and Adventures ♥ Jessica - Girl Booklet ♥ Ruth - Viva Veltoro
♥ Dara - Not In JerseyDatevitation ♥ Kera - Nugget on a Budget
♥ Koren - My Full Time Fit Life ♥ Josi - That Suburban Momma ♥ Paulina - Discovering Simply Me

It's a $300 CASH blogiversary giveaway!
Giveaway open worldwide | Winner MUST HAVE a PayPal account | Entries WILL BE verified / Winner will have48 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be chosen

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Winner winner chicken dinner and a birthday boy.


Today is a special day, my cousin is turning 18! He is officially an adult!
We are 4 years apart, so we pretty much grew up together. I am so proud of him, for everything that he has accomplished and for the bright future I know he will have. I love him with all my heart, and I thank my Aunt and Uncle for giving me this handsome cousin, playmate, friend and for giving me the little brother I never had. I love you cousin!

And now on to the giveaway winners!

Sooooo I have been slacking it on picking the winners for some of my giveaways.. my bad! But today's post is going to make some people VERY happy! Winners have been drawn for the following giveaways:

March Sponsor Giveaway
Life In A Break Down Giveaway
April Sponsor Giveaway
Girl Booklet's ONE Year Anniversary
Sammy's Fabulous Jewelry Giveaway

Before you take a look at the winners please know that I will be emailing the winners TODAY, if you are a winner you will have 48 hours to get back to me to claim your prize. If you fail to do so I will have to draw another winner (sorry dolls) now with that being said let's see who the lucky winners!
CONGRATULATIONS! Please be on the look out for an email from me, check your inbox and spam folder just in case!