April 19, 2015

"I Feel Pretty" :: A Collection of Pretty Beauty Favorites

Sometimes a girl just wants to look and feel pretty. Wouldn't you agree? Especially now that the weather is getting warmer, you may be taking that extra time to get yourself dolled up. Here is a collection of beauty favorites to make you look and feel pretty!

1. This pure, velvety hand cream is beautifully perfumed and loaded with the finest oils available in nature. Carefully selected, these oils will sooth and protect, leaving your skin silky smooth and bursting with vitality. Gardenia Hand Cream from The Soap and Paper Factory will have your hands smelling like a flower garden and feeling like a petal. 

2. Now that you look pretty, you want your mirror to tell you how great you look. Like the BFF who kindly informs you that your lipstick’s smudged or you have spinach in your teeth, this colorful compact is a witty addition to makeup bags everywhere. Outside, the Hello (Gorgeous) Compact greets you - and inside it finishes it off with a “Hello gorgeous!”. It even has one regular side and one magnified side!

3. Even the gold pot that the Royal Apothic Tinties come in is pretty. These adorable little pots contain our finest formulation to nourish and condition your lips with the perfect hint of color. Made with Argan Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Shea butter. 

4. Give yourself a pretty scent this spring with a fragrance that blooms. GUESS Dare Limited Edition is a fun floral that is also fruity and woodsy. This scent will leave you feeling desirable with an aroma that captivates every room. This tempting scent opens with juicy grapefruit and crunchy lady apple. Middle notes of pink jasmine and pear blossom balance out the bottom woody notes of sheer cedarwood, white musk and a touch of vanilla. It smells like a soft floral, but it also has that hint of dare in it, making it sexy as well.

5. This rich butter leaves lips deeply moisturized, supple, and kissably soft. Korres Lip Butter is formulated with natural oils and extracts to soothe and condition lips. Shea butter and rice wax provide lasting hydration and softness. This shiny, juicy pop of color comes in an array of "flavors" and is ideal for dry lips. The wild rose shade adds a pretty hint of red.

6. Now you need pretty nails. That is easy with FABY Fabulous Nail Lacquer. This collection is a flashback to Italian summers of the fifties. Think long rides on mint green scooters, pastel summer dresses, roller skates and drive-in movies. These twelve intriguing nail lacquers make a big color statement this season and are sure to add a chic, vintage twist to your summer style. I got to try the very pretty Hula Hoop Pink and a classic black called It's not black. It's Dark. I love the chip-resistant and long lasting formula, and it comes in so many pretty colors.

7. Make your lips look pretty with saturated shades of gloss with mirror-smooth shine that's never sticky. Be Legendary Lip Gloss from Smashbox was inspired by photo gels found on set. This gloss starts with a clear, hydrating base free of traditional heavy binders, then it's infused slowly with bold pigments. I love the fact that it is not sticky! Sticky lips and long hair don't mix! It comes in so many pretty colors! Shown above from left to right: Melondrama, Vivid Violet, Gingerly, Sugar Cane, Legnedary, and Black Tied.

8. Does a fresh fragrance make you feel pretty? Lavanila fragrances start with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that capture a mood, a memory or a moment in time. The Healthy Roller-Ball Fresh Vanilla Lemon smells bright and clean. Juicy lemon blends with lush watery fruits, fresh bamboo and pure Madagascar vanilla for a clean and sexy softness. Bursting with freshness this energizing scent is utterly addictive.

9. Don't forget about your luscious locks! Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray gives just the right amount of hold to all hair types without a stiff or sticky feel. Panthenol and vitamin B5 strengthen and thicken hair and volumize it at the root for maximum lift. I love how this hair spray still lets your hair move and bounce. 

10. Create pretty soft waves or added volume with the John Frieda Thermal Round Brush. The vent holes allow airflow from dryer to reach hair for faster drying and styling. Deep-shine silicone strips create shine, smooth flyaway hair and help reduce frizz. It is quite large, perfect to pump up that volume. It glides through my hair easily, making it easy to create soft waves.

11. Looking for more curl? The John Frieda Wavy Curls Wand lets you achieve smooth, frizz-free curls without a visit to the salon. This curling iron has a unique clamp-free barrel that makes it easier than ever to create natural, pretty curls. It also features ceramic technology that evenly distributes heat for professional, shiny, static-free results. Plus, it heats up to 400 degrees with the 30-second instant heat feature to ensure you'll get flawless, kink-free curls fast, with all-day hold!

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Receutics Active Skin Repair

Receutics Active Skin Repair is a new line of dermatologist-strength skincare products you can get without a prescription. The dermatologist-strength skincare solution - available right on the shelf - goes beyond the surface to the source of the problem. Whether your skin is dry, breaking out or aging a little faster than you’d like, there’s a Receutics product that can help heal your skin from the inside out. It’s sold in store exclusively at Rite Aid or online at Receutics.com.

As a member of the Rite Aid Network, I was able to try the Dry Skin Therapy line. I have been recently starting to get dry skin for the first time in my life, so I was looking forward to trying Receutics. It prevents irritated, itchy, red, dry skin at a cellular level. Professional-grade ingredients combined with natural nutrients and antioxidants help soothe and strengthen even the most dry, itchy skin. I have seen great improvement in the itchiness as well as moisturization.

Gentle Hydrating Cleanser - This two-in-one product hydrates your skin while it cleanses. It’s non-irritating and gentle enough for daily use on your face and body and is fragrance, sulfate and paraben-free.

Hydration & Repair Treatment - If you suffer from eczema or dry skin, this product is like no other. The moisturizing and healing treatment strengthens the skin barrier and prevents future flare-ups while soothing skin and relieving it from itch and irritation.

Intense Hydration & Repair Treatment - Is everything is dry? Your hands? Your legs? Your elbows? Try this. When you feel like there is no solution to your dry skin, the Intense Hydration & Repair Treatment offers a more intense version of the Hydration & Repair Treatment for those with severe dry skin.

The science behind Receutics
These dermatologist-strength products combine a high potency of natural nutrients and antioxidants that are clinical proven to work fast and get results. Unlike other products on the market, they use scientifically proven, cutting-edge ingredients to replenish, repair and renew skin at a cellular level—all so your skin feels and looks healthier and more radiant.

The Receutics difference
Each of these products goes beyond traditional treatments to actually treat what is causing your skin’s problem. Other treatments on the market may help to temporarily elevate your skin’s issues, but these products actively support your skin’s own repair and renewal processes with highly concentrated and potent nutrients that your skin needs and craves.

How Receutics works
These products synergize your skin. First Receutics will reduce the stress in your skin that can irritate, damage and prematurely age your skin with enzymes and inflammation that disrupt healthy skin from being produced. Then, once the stress level of your skin is reduced, they use highly potent nutrients, such as fruit seed extracts, amino acids, vitamins and essential fatty acids to support and stimulate your skin’s natural repair and renewal process.

Glossybox Beauty Box Review

What is Glossybox? It is a monthly beauty box subscription filled with five beauty essentials for you to discover. Glossybox works with over 500 beauty brands around the world to bring you a curated selection of monthly beauty essentials. Each Glossybox contains 5-6 luxury-sized cosmetic and wellness samples that are hand-picked by beauty experts and mailed directly to your door. The great part is that you get to discover beauty products you’ll love that you might not have tried otherwise. No matter which subscription plan you choose, from once-a-month to just once, this box is perfect little present from you to you! 

What's inside? The Classic Glossybox is filled with all-time past favorites that you can purchase from now till April 30! Don't miss the special offer at the bottom of this post as well. There is also a special Mother's Day Glossybox that you might want to check out. It looks pretty awesome at just $40. Here is what the box I reviewed had inside.

Ouidad Color Sense Color Preserving Conditioner :: I have actually used Ouidad products before and I had forgotten how much I like this brand. Color Sense Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner contains a protective Color Lock complex of broad spectrum, plant-based sun filters which help affix color to the hair fibers and prevent fading due to UV exposure and styling. The shampoo removes mineral deposits and build-up that lead to premature stripping of color, while antioxidants protect against dehydration for healthy-looking, radiant curls. The conditioner contains a blend of Apricot Oil and Honey replenishes internal moisture levels to help keep hair healthy-looking and soft, and color vibrant.

So Susan Concealer Quad :: This mix-and-match concealer quad has you covered – no matter your skin tone. The hypo- allergenic formula stars hydrating virgin marula oil, perfectly covering blemishes and minor imperfections. Just mix the colors until you get the perfect combination for you!

Model Co. More Brows Eyebrow Thickening Gel :: Achieve natural-looking, fuller brows instantly with this quick-dry gel formula that contains hair-like particles to create the appearance of fuller, more even eyebrows. Perfect for women with naturally sparse or over-plucked arches, More Brows will take you into Brooke Shields territory in seconds. This stuff is actually pretty cool. It gives me a defined look that I didn't even know was possible.

Orogold Cosmetics 24K Multi-Vitamin Day Moisturizer :: Inspired by the medicinal benefits of gold throughout history, this luscious day cream contains vitamins, anti-oxidants and yes, pure 24 karat gold, which works to reduce the signs of aging by plumping and firming skin. Gold on my face? Why not? It works great and leaves my skin so soft!

Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek & Lip Stain :: For a healthy flush reminiscent of a spring day spent outdoors, this girly lip and cheek stain blends seamlessly wherever it is applied. The oil-free, mineral-based formula is lightweight yet perfectly pigmented. I love the rosy shade. 

Why subscribe? From chic urban professionals to fashion-forward teens and eco-minded beauties, Glossybox is all about turning subscribers into beauty insiders. It is all about finding new beauty products that you love! Whether you choose the three, six or the monthly $21 plan, subscribe to Glossybox, and take advantage of a value more than twice the price of what you’d pay for the same products in the store. There’s no obligation, you can cancel at any time.

Laura Mercier Cosmetics :: Lips & Concealer

Laura Mercier empowers women to express and embrace their individual beauty. Every woman gains confidence to create her own Flawless Face. Her belief is that making skin look flawless is the first and most important thing that a woman can do to achieve a great look, every time.

I already told you how much I loved these eye products from Laura Mercier. Now I am going to tell you about weightless lip color and an amazing duo for concealing.

I often find that long-lasting lip color will dry out my lips. However, the Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour delivers pure, long-lasting breathable color and nourishing hydration to the lips. Love it! I tried the Myth shade which is a matte plum rose. The 100% wax-free lip color that delivers pure, long-lasting breathable color and comforts with lip-nourishing hydration. The light-as-air formula feels completely weightless on lips. The secret is a unique wax-free base that allows pigments to deliver true custom color impact. It feels so light - perfect for summer!

Next up is Secret Camouflage. This sneaky concealer will hide discolorations, imperfections and redness. Completely camouflage dark circles, minor imperfections and discolorations. Secret Camouflage contains a unique two-shade system, one to match the skins depth of color and one to match the skins undertone, making it possible for every woman to custom-blend her own perfect shade. The high level of pigment requires very little product to achieve perfect coverage. 

I use it with the Secret Camouflage Brush for a perfect application. I love that you can blend the perfect shade to cover up just about anything. Using the brush is the key to making it disappear into the skin. This is an awesome product.

Organic Skincare Products from K. Voss NYC + Giveaway

Love yourself. Love the natural world around you. And find beauty in what is simple and real.

K. Voss NYC products reflect this simple mantra. They are made from simple ingredients, contain a natural SPF, and are made of only 100% wholesome ingredients that are found in nature. They do not create a new you. They reveal the beauty and radiance that had always been you. It's that simple.

I had the pleasure of trying three organic products from K. Voss NYC Skincare. The first product I tried is the Body Butter. The Damage Repairing formula that I tried contains Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Mango Butter. It equalizes and moisturizes leaving skin soft and radiant all day while preventing dry skin, wrinkles and lines.

How do these products work for your skin? Coconut Oil works to improve the condition of your skin in a number of ways. Its high moisture-retaining capacity helps your skin from drying out while the skin is nourished by Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil possesses many anti-inflammatory properties and can be utilized for treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Mango Butter clears blemishes and wrinkles, relieves itchy skin, heals sunburn, prevents stretch marks, and promotes healthy rejuvenated skin. The thick formula has done wonders to nourish my skin.

The next product I tried is the Anti-Aging Body Lotion. This formula uses Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Butter, and Shea Butter. It works to restore balance and firmness to skin. Quench dull, dry skin by helping to restore its natural moisture and elasticity with this creamy hydrating treatment. 

Grapeseed Oil is excellent to reverse and prevent signs of aging by renewing skin cells and invigorating the skin, ensuring younger, fresher and more radiant skin. Avocado butter contains the antioxidant vitamins A, E, and D that kill all of the free radicals that age your skin. As well as hydrating the skin and preventing unwanted dryness, shea butter helps make your skin feel softer. It is the most moisturizing skincare product in the world. These ingredients combined provide the most potent and effective anti-aging lotion. I took this one with me on vacation. It left my skin so soft and ready for the beach!

Finally, I also tried the Peppermint Lip Balm. It contains Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Beeswax, and Peppermint Essential Oil. This lip balm contains a luxurious and intensely reparative formula that works on contact to soften roughness, relieve discomfort and help rejuvenate seriously dry lips. A potent concentration of Coconut Oil and Almond Oil renew the delicate lip area while strengthening lips' moisture barrier to help prevent further damage. This natural and smoochable lip balm give lips maximum hydration and a sexy sheen. Flavored with cool, refreshing peppermint. I love peppermint lip balm and this one is fantastic. It is not sticky at all and makes your lips kissably smooth!

K. Voss NYC is giving you the chance to win an awesome prize package! It was created to get your skin spring ready! The $74 prize package includes: a 4oz. Body Lotion, a 4oz. Face Potion, and a Purifying Face Toner!

April 16, 2015

Victoria Jackson Makeup Bundle Giveaway

Hopefully you caught the Victoria Jackson Makeup review that I posted a few weeks ago. If not, check it out! The spirit behind Victoria Jackson Cosmetics really inspired me! Their purpose for 30 years has been to help women achieve inner confidence through outer beauty.

Now you have the chance to win a makeup bundle from Victoria Jackson Cosmetics! One winner will receive a bundle containing: Foundation Duo (Light, Medium, Tan, or Dark), Fine Line Eye Pencil (Black), and Here Comes the Sun Bronzing Powder. Total value: $67.90.

More good news! The LOVEVJC 25% off promo code has been extended! Now it is good until 4/30/15. Shop for VJC natural beauty products and receive 25% off when you use the code LOVEVJC!

Win It :: One {lucky} reader will win a makeup bundle from Victoria Jackson Cosmetics!
  • Foundation Duo (Light, Medium, Tan, or Dark)
  • Fine Line Eye Pencil (Black)
  • Here Comes the Sun Bronzing Powder
How To Enter :: Just use the simple form below to enter. Open to US and Canada. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on April 25, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. Good luck!

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April 13, 2015

Why You Shouldn't Travel When You're Hungry!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

Getting there is half the adventure. This is why you should not travel when you're hungry. Whether you are traveling by car, plane, boat, or somewhere in between, make sure you travel with snacks. I just got back from a trip to Florida. It was so much fun. I planned ahead and got some SNICKERS® Extreme, SNICKERS® Peanut Butter, and SNICKERS® Almond to take with me.

They were so easy to find. I went to my local Speedway and found them very easily in the candy aisle. Once you find your favorite SNICKERS®, you are ready for anything, including traveling. Perhaps you have seen those hilarious SNICKERS® commercials showing situations when people might not be feeling like themselves? I know it has happened to all of us, after a long day of travel, you realize that you are hungry ... and grumpy! Not feeling like yourself? A little out of sorts? Maybe you need a SNICKERS®!

SNICKERS® make the perfect traveling snack. You can sink your teeth into a gooey bite of milk chocolate, caramel, nougat, and nuts! My favorite was the SNICKERS® Almond. One bite of it and I was ready for whatever the open road had in store for me. And let me tell you ... it was worth it.

This was a photo that I took of a stunning Florida sunset. These are the moments that you don't want to miss by being hungry and not being yourself. SNICKERS® helps you enjoy life even when you're hungry! Now that's better!

Enter the SNICKERS® "Who are you when you're hungry?" contest by uploading a personal photo or video from your Computer, Facebook, Instagram or use the SNICKERS® Meme Generator to create something new! Voting begins at Noon on 5/11/15 and ends at 11:59:59AM ET on 7/15/15. See more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories on the SNICKERS® social hub.

Leave me a comment and tell me about a time when you were hungry and not feeling like yourself!

Flavor or Fizz?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Dasani and Target.

Perhaps it's not the age old question, but how do you like to enhance your water? Do you like to add in some delicious drops of flavor or sparkle with some fizz? As you might imagine, I always put a little umbrella in my drink. But I also love drinks with some fizz. Everyone knows that drinking water is an important part of your daily diet. However some people, myself included, often have a hard time drinking water alone.

DASANI can help. You might want to check out the new DASANI® Sparkling Black Cherry and DASANI DROPS® Infusions. DASANI® Sparkling Black Cherry is the newest flavor to be added to their delicious sparking water lineup, which already includes Lime, Berry and Lemon. I love that it adds that fizz I crave with a hint of flavor. It is lightly carbonated, unsweetened, has no artificial flavors and has zero calories. How great is that?

DASANI DROPS® Infusions allow you to add as much flavor as you desire. Now you can enhance your water anytime, anywhere. DASANI DROPS® Infusions are unsweetened, naturally flavored, with no color added and zero calories. This is perfect when you want to add that splash of flavor to your water, leaving you refreshed. I love both of the two “spa-inspired” flavors, Strawberry Basil and Lime. I happen to love "spa water" but how often do I get to indulge? Only on those coveted spa days. Now you can have that same great taste anytime, anywhere.

You can purchase these new DASANI products at your local Target, using Target’s Cartwheel App. For a limited time, coupons will be available for both DASANI DROPS Infusions and DASANI Sparkling in Black Cherry, so check out the app now!

We all know it is essential to consume enough water every day, but we have to take care of more than just our bodies; it is also important to take time each day to relax and refresh. Whether you reach for DASANI® Sparkling or DASANI DROPS® Infusions, you can get in your daily water intake and also enjoy that 'me' time. As I said, I like the fizz. It helps me to relax and refocus.

DASANI® Sparkling or DASANI DROPS® Infusions are a great way to stay hydrated and refreshed
throughout your day! When you take your 'me' time, do you prefer it with some flavor or some fizz?

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