May 19, 2015

15 Ways to Freshen Up Your Beauty Routine

Does your mundane beauty routine need some freshening up? Here are 15 products that will make it very easy to freshen up your beauty routine! Just a simple change here and there can make a big difference to brighten up your face, skin, feet, nails, teeth, lips, and hair. Now if you are ready to spring into summer with your fresh self ... read on.

(1) Let's start with a fresh face! Your new reach-for-it-everyday moisturizer has arrived, all the way from sunny Australia. The Jojoba Company’s Hydrating Day Cream is a silky veil of goodness that absorbs deeply into the skin to provide all day protection against dehydrating environmental effects. It is made exclusively with 100% natural Australian jojoba grown, nurtured and harvested on the company’s own farms down under. Special offer! Make a purchase from The Jojoba Company and receive 20% off of all orders! Just use the code 20%OFF2. exp. 4/30/16 I love the soft feeling this day cream gives me. It is light and perfect for wearing under makeup.

(2) You can freshen up your skin at night too. VOLANTÉ Restorative Night Crème is naturally fortified with daisy flower and the 7 VITAE. This patent-pending crème helps boost collagen production and improves skin’s elasticity. Just apply a light layer and night and you will wake up to softer, smoother skin that glows with health.

(3) Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum is a cult classic containing only quintessential forms of natural ingredients which work together to fight the signs of aging. It keeps skin moisturized and strengthens skin cells with oils like Rose Hip Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Bulgarian Rose Oil. This serum strengthens collagen, reduces wrinkles and protects the skin from UV rays. Tammy Fender Epi-Peel delivers a smooth complexion. Simply coat and dry your skin with this clay mask and peel it off five minutes later. Enriched with hibiscus and grape seed oils, this peel relieves irritation, promotes circulation and removes toxins from the skin.

(4) A favorite in the UK and preferred brand of A-listers, Heaven by Deborah Mitchell is a range of all-natural and organic products for the skin and body. Deborah Mitchell has over 25 years of experience as a skincare expert and has created a unique approach to skin with her extensive knowledge of ancient herbal remedies. The Stratosphere Collection is a new range of products that includes the New Edition Cleansing Cream and the Bee Venom Mask. The New Edition Cleansing Cream is the first bee venom cleanser in the world. It is a natural botulinum injeactable alternative in a cleanser. The Bee Venom Mask contains bee venom that works to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening and firming, whilst getting to work on frown lines and wrinkles.

(5) The new Lumene Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer makes skin instantly more beautiful and even-looking. It helps to control shine and provides a natural-looking, all day matte finish. It contains wild Arctic cloudberry which provides instantly flawless skin. Formulated to erase the appearance of lines and pores, it creates a smooth and flawless complexion that will instantly brighten and visibly improve skin tone. I love how this product will control shine and keep my skin matte all day.

(6) Get glowing, naturally, with the newest from the Josie Maran Enlighteningment Collection. The Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer is a concentrated radiance liquid that brings your inner glow to the surface of your skin. Champagne illuminessence mimics the natural radiance of healthy skin. It is infused with Argan Oil to provide to hydrate and nourish the skin. You can use this versatile liquid alone on the face, or mix with foundation, moisturizer, or oil for a magical lit-from-within natural glow to the skin. Perfect for achieving that summer glow a little early!

(7) Awaken up your skin from head-to-toe with a sensual sugar scrub. Japan has celebrated “Sakura” the annual flowering of the Cherry Blossom for centuries. This marks an awakening of nature and symbolizes that beauty is momentary and life must be enjoyed. Talk about fresh! Sakura Scrub is a luxury combination of organic sugar and wonderful softening oils. It blends the sweetness of Cherry Blossom with nourishing Organic Rice Milk, in an effort to make each day feel like a new beginning. I love this scrub! It will nourish and revitalize even the driest of skins. Use the body scrub once or twice a week for a soft and glowing skin.

(8) Get ready for sandal season with fresh feet! Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Heel Repair is formulated to soften and smooth dry, cracked or callused heels and feet. It contains pure Cocoa Butter, vitamin E, Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil in a convenient, no-mess stick applicator. The addition of peppermint oil revitalizes sore, tired feet. I love the stick applicator. It is so easy to just smooth on.

(9) Next add some La Bella Therapeutic Foot Cream. This exfoliating formula with pumice moisturizes and softens hard, dry and callused feet. The Eucalyptus Oil helps reduce foot odor and leaves a refreshing scent. Just massage into feet during or after shower for smooth, soft skin. For even more relief, try the La Bella Revitalizing Foot Gel. It is formulated with Aloe Vera, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil to soothe and refresh tired feet. The Aloe Vera cools, while Eucalyptus Oil helps reduce foot odor and the Tea Tree Oil fights bacteria. This powerful duo from La Bella will leave your feet feeling cool, fresh and rested.

(10) Freshen up your nails with some pretty pastels. These nail lacquers from Salon Perfect feature sugary sweet shades from sunny yellow to icy blue. Salon Perfect is available exclusively at Walmart.

(11) Smile! Are your teeth as fresh as they could be? Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks provides easy cleaning between tight teeth. It is the only floss pick on the market that contains silica to polish away food and plaque and promote a whiter, brighter smile! This refreshing silky floss is gentle on teeth and gums, but tough on bad breath. I found that they help freshen your entire mouth with a yummy long lasting mint flavor!

(12) Now that you have a great smile, make your lips stand out! As seen on Shailene Woodley at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards‏, Shailene's lips were fresh and flawless with a mixture of Burt's Bees Lip Crayons in Napa Vineyard and Redwood Forest. Shaped like a chubby crayon, this opaque, matte lip color features a twist up design that keeps the tip sharp and precise. Its easy to apply without a mirror, anywhere, anytime. Just pucker up and swipe. Made with shea butter, kendi oil and jojoba oil, this hydrating lip crayon will leave your lips looking and feeling soft and conditioned. Add vibrant red hues and lightweight moisture to your lips with a creamy Burts Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard, or add dramatic plum hues and lightweight moisture to your lips with Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest, or mix them together like Shailene did! I love to layer mine with some lip gloss.

(13) Now for your hair. Does it shine or it is dull and frizzy? PHILIP B Anti-Frizz Formula 57 conditions while smoothing, shining, and revitalizing your hair. The smoothing shine drops tame frizz and flyaways, for a beautifully satiny, long-lasting blowout. While glossing botanicals (Pure Vitamin E, Lavender, Jojoba, Rice Bran and Soybean Oils) enhance highlights and radiance. I find that a little goes a long way. It gives me the perfect dose of moisture - ensuring lightweight definition, movement and shine without added weight. One drop and you'll forget you ever had a bad hair-day.

(14) Try these products from Nios Shield to give your hair some SPF protection too! Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner offers year-round color and texture protection with a light, natural hold combined with SPF 15 sunscreen. Vitamin E and B5 hydrate and nourish your hair, while the built-in SPF sunscreen protects hair color and texture and scalp sunburn. The Moroccan argan oil helps tame frizz and leaves a healthy, shiny glow. Nois Shield Whipped Hair Gel offers the same year-round hair protection, but also styles with a medium-strong hold. It is formulated for styling short hair or for adding volume or hold to long hair. I like to use both of them when I know I will be spending the day outdoors.

(15) Do you have a brush that works for you? The John Frieda Sleek Finish Hair Brush has metal bristles in the cushion and in the central position of the ion generator. When placed close to the scalp, it increases the antistatic benefits! Yes, it works for you. It features ionic antistatic technology and a double-sided ion generator. The ball-tipped bristles and flexible cushion base give optimal comfort. The ion emission indicator light features an easy to use on/off switch. The ergonomically designed handle provides for a comfort grip. This brush has reduced frizz and static in my hair. I find that my hair is more shiny looking and more manageable too!

Buy It :: These Fresh Beauty Products can be purchased for:
  1. Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream ($30-$50)
  2. VOLANTÉ Restorative Night Crème ($95)
  3. Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum ($175) | Tammy Fender Epi-Peel ($80)
  4. Stratosphere Heaven by Deborah Mitchell Products ($16-$172)
  5. Lumene Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer ($20)
  6. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer ($26)
  7. Rituals Sakura Sugar Body Scrub ($29)
  8. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Heel Repair ($6)
  9. La Bella Therapeutic Foot Cream ($4) | La Bella Revitalizing Foot Gel ($4)
  10. Salon Perfect Nail Lacquer ($4)
  11. DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks ($3)
  12. Burt's Bees Lip Crayons ($9)
  13. PHILIP B Anti-Frizz Formula 57 ($35)
  14. Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner ($26) | Nios Shield Whipped Hair Gel ($26)
  15. John Frieda Sleek Finish Hair Brush ($20)

May 17, 2015

PCA SKIN Sunscreen Giveaway

As summer closes in quickly and Skin Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, sun protection is again top of mind for most. Though with all of the SPF products on the market – from sunscreen-infused clothing to SPF pills and drinkable sunscreen – it can be tough to determine the most important and effective mechanisms for protecting your skin. The key to sun protection is finding a light, broad-spectrum SPF that absorbs quickly. It is also nice to find one that doesn't feel heavy, greasy, or smell like sunscreen.

Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is a quick-absorbing, lightweight, broad spectrum sunscreen recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use that protects the skin from UV rays. This broad spectrum sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection with ultra-sheer zinc oxide, and the antioxidants milk thistle and caffeine. Its unique, quick-absorbing and light finish makes Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ideal for those with oily or breakout-prone skin, and those who dislike the feel of traditional sunscreen products. I love the quick-absorbing formula with a light finish. I can't stand sunscreen that is too heavy or too sticky, this one is neither of those. In fact, it is so light that it can be easily worn under makeup!

Do you need SPF protection for someone more active? Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is Water Resistant. This Skin Cancer Foundation recommended formulation provides water-resistant, broad spectrum protection with a light finish. This blend of UVA/UVB protecting sunscreen agents provides sun-shield benefits for up to 80 minutes in water, making it the perfect choice for an outdoor lifestyle. What I love about this formula, is that it is perfect for swimming. It is formulated for use while in water or sweating, so sunscreen won’t drip into eyes!

Wearing a sunscreen every day is one the best things you can do to maintain youthful skin. Sunscreen products that have earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation (like PCA SKIN Sunscreen) are the gold standard in sun protection. Why does that matter? It means the sunscreen has been proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer, not just blocking rays that will cause sunburn.

Cool contest alert! In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, PCA SKIN is donating $1 to the Skin Cancer Foundation for each photo posted or vote submitted of PCA SKIN sunscreens in action. The contest is to support Skin Cancer Awareness Month and raise money for skin cancer research through the Are You Covered? Cause Campaign + Photo Contest. For every entry and vote submitted, PCA SKIN is donating $1 to The Skin Cancer Foundation. There will also be 2 grand prize winners who will win a summer swag package worth $800 – this includes a year’s supply of PCA SKIN sunscreen, a beach cruiser, a designer tote, designer sunglasses and an adorable summer fedora! Learn more and enter HERE.

You also have an awesome chance to win here on my blog! PCA SKIN is offering one lucky reader a chance to win the Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen AND the Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen!

Connect :: Visit to discover the entire line of PCA SKIN sunscreen products recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Connect with PCA SKIN via Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: The Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen ($41.50) and the Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen ($31) can be purchased via

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How To Enter :: Just use the simple form below to enter. Open to US only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on May 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. Good luck!
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May 16, 2015

May 2015 NewBeauty TestTube Review & Giveaway

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NewBeauty TestTube is a beauty sampling program enabling members the opportunity to try a variety of the latest breakthrough beauty products before investing in them. Six times a year, for just $29.95 (plus shipping and handling), subscribers receive a TestTube filled with deluxe and full-size products from the hottest beauty brands. Members will also receive a subscription to NewBeauty magazine, delivered quarterly.

Unlike other beauty subscriptions I have tried, TestTube subscribers also receive video emails, demonstrating how to achieve optimal results with the products. With 25,000 subscribers, TestTube has built an unprecedented community of beauty enthusiasts and informed women who sample and share their product favorites.

Opening a new tube of goodies is so exciting! I love the bold colors of the tube. The fact it comes in a tube makes you feel like a beauty scientist! Here is what I found in the May 2015 NewBeauty TestTube. Whether you're looking for skin care, hair care or makeup, there's something in here for every trendsetter.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More :: Look fabulous, not frozen! Dr. Brandt has created a revolutionary topical wrinkle relaxing cream that puts the power of this in-office anti-wrinkle solution into your hands. I found it to relax and smooth out expression lines.

Lids By Design Medical Grade Instant Eyelid Correcting Strips :: Redesign and reshape your eyelids with these medical grade instant eyelid correcting strips from Contours Rx. They lift and correct, taking years off of your appearance. This is one thing I would have never even known existed if it had not been for the TestTube!

It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Leave-In :: Make your hair longer, stronger, shiner and more manageable with this lighter-than-air leave-in conditioner. This is a great spray in, especially for summer. Spritz it on to manage that pool or beach hair.

Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelettes :: Exfoliate, tan and moisturize all in one with this 3-in-1 self-tanner for face and body. This combo pack contains classic self-tan towelettes, plus self-tan towelettes, face tan towelettes and X-foliator towelettes. Tan Towels are easy to use and they don't turn you orange!

Patchology Hydrate FlashMasque Facial Sheets :: In just five minutes, get a mega-dose of moisture to quench and plump the look of thirsty skin. It is so convenient and so refreshing!

Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator :: This lightweight moisturizer delivers lightweight moisture and locks it in instantly. It softens and prepares skin for your daily beauty routine leaving skin glowing. It will restore your skin's smoothness, bounce and radiance.

glo therapeutics Gentle Cream Cleanser :: Free your face of makeup, oils and the remains of the day with this cleansing cream, great for all skin types. I really like this gentle, yet effective cleanser.

May 14, 2015

Creating Intense Color with evian Facial Spray

I am sure you have heard of Evian. But did you know that you can use evian Facial Spray to create intense color in your makeup routine? Foundation and eyeshadow can be applied with evian Facial Spray! This is how you do it.

To apply eye shadow: Spray your makeup brush with evian Facial Spray before applying colorful or metallic eyeshadow to create intense, bold colors that don’t look chalky. This one really impressed me. What a difference!

To blend foundation: Before blending bronzer with foundation, wet a Beauty Blender or other blending tool with evian Spray to create an airbrushed, flawless look. You can also use evian Facial Spray to blend foundation along the jawline and neck to eliminate unwanted foundation lines. I like how it blends the foundation for a more natural look.

But wait, there's more! There are even more things you can do with your evian Facial Spray.

To set foundation or eye shadow: After applying foundation, powder, or eyeshadow, lightly mist skin in a circular motion with evian Facial Spray to set your makeup for a more natural look. A quick spray over the eyelids can set powder eye shadow without disturbing eyeliner or mascara.

To revive and refresh color during the day: Using evian Facial Spray throughout the day can instantly revive color to help makeup look fresh and vibrant even hours after makeup was applied. For best results, lightly mist skin in a circular motion. Can be kept in the office, gym bag, or purse to freshen up makeup after work, before a party, or any time you need a quick touch up.

Connect :: You can find out more about the many uses for evian Facial Spray at Connect with evian Facial Spray on Facebook.

Buy It :: Purchase a 5 oz. bottle of evian Facial Spray for $12.

May 11, 2015

Cricut Explore One

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If you're new to the wonderful world of crafting -- or even if you consider yourself to be more of a "basic" crafter -- then Cricut's brand new machine is just for you! This nifty new machine is called the Cricut Explore One™ and it's perfect for crafing beginners and basic crafters because it offers a simplified design-and-cut system that is incredibly user-friendly. The Explore One™ actually offers most of the same features as Cricut's other Explore machines, it's just priced lower!

In addition to its affordable price, here are a few other things about the Cricut Explore One™ that you're sure to love:

  • It can cut over 60 different materials, from the most delicate materials like vellum to thicker things like leather. It can also cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, balsa wood, leather, and more…without complicated settings.
  • You'll have free access to Cricut's Design Space™ online software and iPad® app so you'll able to design on your computer or your Pad®. You'll also be able to use a Bluetooth® adapter for wireless cutting.
  • The Explore One allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. You just select the material that you're using on the Smart Set® dial. From there, the machine's Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.
  • You can upload your own images and use your own fonts -- for free!
  • Each machine comes with over 25 free 1-click projects and 50+ free images to get them started right away.
  • If you want to use the machine to write or score, you can easily swap out the cutting cartridge with the Cricut Explore One™ Accessory Adapter and Pen.

The Cricut Explore One™ makes it easy, fast, and affordable for you to explore your creativity and delight your loved ones with personal handmade projects and gifts! And if you purchase your very own Cricut Explore One™ before the end of May - you'll get free shipping when you use code MAYSHIP!

ModCloth Summer Styles

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Looking for awesome summer style? You're getting warmer ... warmer ... hot! When it comes to summer essentials like tees, tanks, sundresses, and shorts, ModCloth has you covered. Never before has ModCloth added THIS many New Arrivals all at once.

Dive in to an endless assortment of playful patterns, colors, and silhouettes that'll have you lookin' fierce till fall! Shop for summer styles now!

May 10, 2015

5 Things I Do Before A Night Out

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® . The opinions and text are all mine.

I love going out! Getting ready for a night out is half the fun. So what do I do? For me it all starts in the shower. I turn on some great music and get myself squeaky clean. An artist wouldn't paint on a grimy canvas, would they?

1. I shave my legs silky smooth.
Especially with summer coming, I make sure my legs are silky smooth. Rocking your legs will boost not only your beauty, but also your confidence. Schick and Skintimate offer fantastic products to help personalize a beauty routine that reflects every woman's individual style! We all need to feel empowered, confident, and beautiful in our own skin. I love Skintimate shower gel. Look for fun varieties like this one (Strawberry Tangerine Twist) to add some yummy scent to your shaving routine. The Intuition Revit Moisture Kit is awesome. It is the one and only razor that lathers and moisturizes during shaving! Now that is how you Rock Your Legs!

2. I paint my nails.
You will probably never catch me without nail polish. I just don't feel like myself without it. If I am going out, I make sure I am smudge and chip free. I love a pretty pink like this one (Brides No Grooms) for date night.

3. I add soft waves to my hair.
My favorite going out style is to add loose waves to my already wavy hair. To do this I have three secret weapons. Kendi Dry Oil Mist, Nourishing Styling Creme, and Thickening Hairspray. I use a large barreled curling iron and go to town adding soft waves everywhere. It is always a winning trio for my long and thick hair.

4. I make my lips luscious.
I really like layering when it comes to lips. My favorite lip products are Lip Balm, a Matte Lip Pencil, and Full-On Lip Polish. When I layer them, I get a luscious lip that is ready for a big night out. Hint: My favorite lip polish also has a tingling, plumping effect!

5. I spritz on my signature scent and head out the door!
Creating a confident style for a night out really ends with your signature scent. Every woman has one. It is that scent that makes you feel empowered, confident, and beautiful. I have been wearing Coco Mademoiselle for years now. I like to play around with different scents, but for a night out, I tend to gravitate to my signature scent for that last minute spritz!

Finding what you need to #rockyourlegs is easy. Just ask the ladies in this Rock Your Legs Music Video! I know that I can shop for Schick and Skintimate products at Meijer. Even if you don't go to all of this trouble every day, you should still celebrate the steps women take each day to rock their looks with confidence and beauty. I love the message of women empowerment in the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2 Movie. I can't wait to see it! In fact, all Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide. So rock your legs like your favorite Barden Bella – it’s as simple as Ready, Shave, Shine!

All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® . The opinions and text are all mine.
How does your beauty routine empower you to be your best?  

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