May 27, 2017

TODAY ONLY! The Nordstrom Mascara Madness Sale!

The Nordstrom Mascara Madness Sale is like a holiday to me. I swear. Mascara Madness happens twice a year (March and November) and it’s when I stock up on my favorite makeup product ever.  Buy 3 mascaras, get 1 free. That will likely last you 4+ months…and then you can stock up again in March. And bonus: when you place an order with Nordstrom, you get to select samples at checkout. And they’re always good ones.

Here are the mascaras I usually choose from:


MAC Haute & Naughty – Like I mentioned in this post, this mascara is my all-time favorite. It gives you the fullest, most dramatic lashes. And yes, it comes off easily with regular face wash — a major requirement for me.

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MAC False Lashes – Crazy drama. So much. Surprisingly, this one has a smaller brush so if you don’t like big wands, go for this one.

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Lash – This is my second favorite. It gives you crazy length and definition, just a little less drama than Haute & Naughty. It doesn’t build as well as H&N but it is still a “wow” look.

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Urban Decay Perversion – Lots of volume here. Lots of drama. Goes on really well with a huge brush.

Dior Diorshow – This is a classic. Ladies love this. It’s a bit more than the MAC mascaras, but it’s a great overall mascara. My only gripe about this one is that you have to use it pretty quickly as it tends to dry up. If yours does, add a drop or two (at most!) of eye drops. Worth the splurge at least once to see if you like it.

I love all of these, but if I had to choose one…I’m sure you know by now, go with MAC’s Haute & Naughty. It does wonderful things!Nordstrom Mascara Madness Sale Dior MAC Urban Decay

Side note: Nordstrom offers free shippings & returns! Get ready to bat those lashes!!

May 26, 2017

Five Fun Things 5.25.17

1. I just started reading The China Study. My old roommate (Hi Lucy!) read it years ago but I was intimidated by how large of a book it is. Well, that’s because it’s the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever.

Based on decades of research, the book details how what we eat impacts our overall health and clearly explains how a diet too rich of animal protein increases our risk of disease. While the book doesn’t totally bash animal protein, it does promote a diet full of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. The KISS version from me: EAT REAL FOOD. But if ya wanna read all 496 pages, go right ahead. 😉

2. I read like a maniac. Always have, always will. For the most part I like to hold an actual book, but at night I read on my iPad. I just signed up for the Texture app for unlimited access to over 200 magazines. Right now the deal is 14 days free, then $10 for 3 months. Um…cheap!

3. There’s a new Beautycounter promo!! And this one is so gooood. Last time it was free travel-sized goodies, but this time, FULL SIZE! When you spend $150, you’ll get one of these for free. If you need help with choosing products, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.beautycounter memorial day weekend sale review

4. If you’re a fan of seltzer water, you need to try Polar’s new summer line. I usually only like a couple of the seasonal flavors, but there are a lot of winners here.

5. GIFs!

every day, wondering what is wrong with the people in my office

suffering on my second round of whole30 (i’m on day 20!)

future me, the day after whole30 ends

when all you want to do is wear wedges bc you’re 5’2

every time i cut shallots. every time!

wait, not in your 30s?!


8 more years to go. 😛

have a beautiful weekend!

May 8, 2017

Women’s Health Checklist – Babbleboxx Review

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Confession: I love getting the mail. Ever since I was a little kid I would beg my mom to let me race down the driveway to see what the box was filled with. More often than not it was bills and nothing that interesting to a child, but the days when an American Girl catalog or a postcard from my grandparents came…jackpot. To this day, I still get excited to see packages on my doorstep. Being a food blogger, I’ve had the chance to review some really cool sample boxes, and last week I got my first Babbleboxx.

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Here’s how Babbleboxx works. Brands reach out to to Babblebox, who then curates a themed box. They then send the boxes to influencers who help get the word out on these brands.

I received the Women’s Health Checklist box. Here’s what was inside!

First up, the food. Because why wouldn’t I start with food? I can’t tell you the last time I had a frozen meal, but these new Healthy Choice Power Bowls are worth a try. They’re a healthy combination of vegetables, proteins, and whole grains for those with an active lifestyle. The bowls varieties are that of Korean, Cuban, and Latin Cuisines with bold flavors, delicious flavors. Each has over 16g of protein and 6-8g of fiber.Babbleboxx Women's Health Checklist Box Review66

The most exciting thing in this box — for me, anyway — was a 23 And Me test. The test uses your DNA to educate you about your ancestral origins. All you have to do is provide a saliva sample, mail back the kit, and wait for your results.

I have always been curious about my background. Given that I have family from all around, I really just consider myself a mutt — but primarily Italian and Irish. But who really knows! I’ve already sent my sample in and hope to do a full review of this kit in about 6-8 weeks. I cannot wait to see if I’m actually…Russian. JK. Maybe? PS: Use the link above for $20 off your kit!

Next up, a tube of Arm & Hammer Peroxicare toothpaste. This toothpaste helps keeps gums healthy by cleaning along the gum line and between the teeth.Babbleboxx Women's Health Checklist Box Review66

The fourth product in the box was a Mio SLICE Heart Rate + Activity Tracker. It uses PAI,  a scientifically-validated metric based on heart rate that tells you how much activity you need to live a longer, healthier life. The ideal goal is to maintain a PAI score of 100 or more over a rolling 7 days, and you can do this with all types of activity, like biking, rowing, and fitness classes. PAI is calculated based on age, gender, resting heart rate and maximum heart rate.

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I love that this box was packed with some really great items, most of which I had never heard of before! It was definitely a great way for me to kickstart my fitness goals for spring!

Have you ever used a DNA/ancestry test kit? I’m soooo curious to get my results!


May 5, 2017

5 Fun Things 5.5.17

Am I the only one who doesn’t get excited about Cinco de Mayo? I just….don’t. It’s one of those holidays people use as an excuse to drink and I’m just like, really? Now tacos on the other hand…

1. I don’t know what took me so long, but I finally bought an Apple Watch. I know, I know, welcome to 2017 Christina. It was long overdue. I got the Rose Gold Series 2. But now my question is: what apps do I need? And why are there so many face options? And can we be friends on this device? Add me if there’s a way. I’ll figure it out soon enough.

2. Beautycounter‘s newest promo will have your lips smacking. Spend $150+ and you’ll get a lip gloss free!

My favorites shades are Dahlia, Peony, and Opal. I’m wearing Peony in the picture below. If you need suggestions on what to order, or the smartest ways to spend $150, email me: christinaorso@gmail.com. I’d love to help! And don’t miss the Mother’s Day Perfectly Pink set I mentioned here.

PS: Isn’t my Grammy the cutest?!

3. If you insist on celebrating Cinco de Mayo, go ahead and sip on one of these for me. I like my drinks spicy, and this Spicy Pineapple Cucumber Sangrita would hit the spot.

4. Speaking of adult beverages, Trader Joe’s will be carrying canned wine. BRB, leaving work now.

5. GIFs!

contemplating if i should really go into work today

what my bosses must think when i’m glued to my phone (bc instagram is my job)

when the internet goes out

when it comes back on without having to reset the router

everyone else in the office, while i stand begging for the printer to work

what it’s like working for a restaurant group

and also

but mostly bc it’s Cinco de Mayo 😉