January 14, 2018

Currently Loving

Happy New Year Y'all! It's time for another peek at what I'm currently loving. It has been snowy and cold and all of that yuckiness in Ohio. But I have been catching up on some Netflix including Stranger Things and Girlboss. Both are so good! As far as products go, let's start with hair.

I have been embracing my curl this month and these products make my curls look great. I start with Garnier Fructis Style Curl Creation Mousse. It defines and boosts curls while controlling frizz and flyaways. I apply it evenly to damp hair. Then I follow with Garnier Fructis Style Curl Shape Defining Spray Gel. It boosts my wavy hair to create curl definition with shine minus the frizz. Both of these products contain nourishing shea with powerful holding technologies that provide ultra long-lasting hold without stickiness or buildup. I spray the gel generously onto my still slightly damp hair. Then I scrunch the two products in and create as much definition as possible. I follow with my Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer using the diffuser. Finally, I use Aveda Texture Tonic to define and create piecey definition. Magnesium sulfate helps contract and compress hair to give it that piecey look, while cane sugar helps provide a touchable texture infused with natural shine. The result? Defined curls that bounce and shine. 

Something else I have been working on is a whiter smile. So I have been giving the Luster Pro Light Teeth Whitening System a try. The whole kit is less than $40 which is a great price for whitening your teeth. The kit makes it easy to work on that brighter smile in just three steps. First, you use the Accelerator Rinse to pre-treat teeth. Then you whiten each tooth with Stain Lifting Serum. Finally, use the Dual-Action Whitening Light to activate the serum. It is really simple and I have noticed a difference in just a few uses. Also, I love that it does not cause tooth sensitivity!

I am sure you have heard of beauty blenders. But these are made of silicone! The benefits over their competitors? They won't absorb the excess product and they are so easy to clean! Not to mention the price. These non-porous beauty sponges apply foundation with precision, offering a silky smooth finish. Unlike its predecessor, the non-porous, silicone-based SILC/BLENDER Makeup Sponge rinses clean between uses, making it a 100% hypoallergenic. The funky looking one in the center is the SILC/CONCEAL. I love both options. I find them easy to use to apply my foundation and concealer. I have to use very little product and a light touch to apply the makeup. Once I am finished with my look, I just rinse in lukewarm water with a bit of soap. Easy peasy!

The NovaFab Solo Trim Razor and Razor Comb will work for you and for him. You will love them for those sensitive, hard to reach nooks and crannies. He will love them to trim facial hair and maintain everyday grooming.

NovaFab Solo Trim is a small and lightweight mini razor. The blade is about half the size of a regular size razor, yet equally sharp, making it easier to shave problem areas with fewer nicks and cuts. Designed for precision trimming, NovaFab works on even the hardest-to-shave areas on the face and body, such as bikini areas, eyebrows, and around knees and ankles. The Razor Comb keeps eyebrows looking pristine by eliminating any unwanted bulkiness or stray hairs in an easy, effortless way. You can get a 5-pack of the combo set for under $13! Amazing.

My nails and cuticles suffer during the harsh winter months. I have been giving them much needed TLC with the help of Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil. The secret to beautiful nails is having healthy cuticles. This Sally Hansen treatment oil moisturizes and strengthens your cuticles with vitamin E. It keeps your nails healthy and soft, preventing painful hangnails. I brush some onto my nails and cuticles at night. I massage any excess into my hands. I wake up with soft, beautiful cuticles that are nourished and healthy.

Dermelect has two new peptide-infused eyebrow products that I have been loving. The Revitalite Brow Transformer and Revitalite Brow Lift utilize K-Beauty innovation and technology to help you achieve DIY beautiful brows. The completed look is a perfectly textured, well-defined brow that is both striking and long-lasting. That's why Dermelect’s peptide-infused formula is a current love of mine for enhancing and accentuating brows.

The Revitalite Brow Transformer is available in two shades, oak brown and ash blonde (shown above). It fills in sparse brows and defines thicker ones, while also covering unwanted gray hairs. The dual-ended tool boasts a sharp triangular tipped, retractable pencil that can draw the tiniest of lines to easily mimic brows. The custom spooley end is designed with precise width and firmness, allowing the user to blend the color to the brow for a professional look. 

The Revitalite Brow Lift is a two-step defining and highlighting crayon that makes eyes appear brighter and more expressive. The matte end works to define the brow, while the highlight end creates a luminous finish. The micronized pigments conceal and blur wrinkles and unwanted fine lines. Use the define end above the arch and lightly blend with fingers. Apply the highlight end below the arch and blend for a luminous finish.

These juicy lip balms from Pixi keep my lips nourished with a hint of color. Pixi By Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm is super-nourishing. The unique formula is rich but lightweight and gives a gorgeous wash of color to lips. I keep one in my purse and on my desk at all times.

Packed full of beneficial ingredients, these lip balms soothe lips immediately and nourish them long term. Shea butter nourishes the skin, while vitamin e protects the skin. Just smooth onto lips, layering for more color intensity. So good. From left to right above: Ripe Raspberry, Natural Rose, Sweet Peach

Finally, I leave you with more Pixi lip goodness. Pixi By Petra Mattelustre Lipstick is the ultimate in multi-tasking lip enhancement. This demi-matte lipstick conditions, plumps and protects lips while giving long-lasting, intense color. 

With added peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C & E, it helps to create fuller, smoother looking lips. From left to right above: Bitten Rose, Peach Blossom, Rose Naturelle

January 8, 2018

Celebrate Winter Skin Relief Day with CeraVe

This post has been sponsored by CeraVe®. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Is it absolutely freezing where you are? Has the cold weather sucked all of the hydration from your skin? Well today, we celebrate Winter Skin Relief Day and your winter skincare routine by showing your skin a little extra TLC with CeraVe®. With dropping temperatures outside and rising thermostats inside, your skin is the first to notice the changes in the winter air. Give your skin the relief it deserves from even the harshest winter elements!

Ever since receiving this package from CeraVe, my winter skincare routine includes more relief than ever. Why? CeraVe does more than just moisturize the skin’s surface - it’s the first and only brand to offer a full line of products with patented MVE technology containing an exclusive combination of vital ceramides healthy skin needs.

Always begin any skincare routine with clean skin. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser works to cleanse, hydrate, restore, and protect your skin. It contains hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture while removing dirt, oil, and makeup. It is proven to prevent moisture from escaping the skin's surface. Like all of these CeraVe skincare products, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser offers the benefits of unique, patented MVE delivery technology, which provides a controlled release of essential ceramides and other skin-nurturing and protective ingredients slowly over time. The unique ingredients help restore and maintain the natural protective function of the skin, help restore damaged skin and help keep skin healthy. 

Next, start your day with CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream. Developed with dermatologists, its unique formula with three essential ceramides designed to reduce the look of fine line and wrinkles. It won't clog pores, is gentle on skin, and contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. Apply after cleansing, before applying makeup.

Get your beauty sleep with CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream, which also contains hyaluronic acid, ultimately helping reduce the look of tired skin and supporting skin elasticity. Restore the skin barrier overnight so you can wake up with skin that looks refreshed and renewed. This nongreasy formula contains an exclusive ceramide and peptide complex. Ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide work to provide intense hydration while helping to repair and restore the protective skin barrier.

This final step, I didn't know I needed until I tried it. An essential item to your winter skincare routine, CeraVe Healing Ointment provides your skin with the intense, long-lasting moisturization it craves during the winter time. Combined with a non-greasy gentle formula, CeraVe Healing Ointment soothes, temporarily protects and helps to relieve dry, chapped and chafed skin caused by the colder air. I use this on my body to lock in moisture after showering. It even received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™ and rightfully so. You get instant relief.

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe is the first and only brand to offer a complete line of advanced skincare products that contain an exclusive combination of ceramides 1, 3 and 6-11. What are ceramides? The glue that holds skin cells together, ceramides keep moisture in and irritants out while restoring your natural skin. That is why it makes so much sense to work CeraVe into your winter skincare routine!

Celebrated annually on January 8, Winter Skin Relief Day brings awareness to all the extra attention winter skin needs.  The dropping temperatures outside and rising thermostats inside sap the amount of moisture in the air, and our skin is first to notice. As winter kicks into high gear, Winter Skin Relief Day reminds us of all the ways we can protect our skin from the harshest elements.

Connect :: Visit cerave.com to learn more about CeraVe. Connect with CeraVe on Facebook and Twitter.

December 13, 2017

How a Teacher Prepares for Cold and Flu Season + Giveaway

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

I am around sick kids all throughout cold and flu season. Those germs are everywhere and I do whatever I can to make sure myself and the kiddos stay as healthy as possible. So how do I do that? There are a few things I make sure to do year after year to get through this sniffly, sneezy, and yucky part of the season.

Eat healthy foods. Especially at breakfast. Make sure to get some vitamin C in there as well as immune boosting nutritious food!

Wipe down everything with antibacterial wipes. I do this twice a week during cold and flu season. Wipe down the desks, the chairs, light switches, and doorknobs. Get those germs out of the room as much as possible.

Encourage healthy habits. I encourage my students to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough and to wash their hands often. I also encourage parents to be mindful of sending sick kiddos to school. My school nurse has a rule of thumb to keep kids who have a fever or who have been vomiting home for at least 24 hours.

December 9, 2017

Renfro Socks

You can find socks for everyone from brands like New Balance, Dr.Scholl’s, Carhartt, Fruit of the Loom, and more at Renfro! Discover a sock for all sizes, seasons and special needs with the most popular name brands featured all in one place.

This is where you find those practical gifts that you know everyone needs. I found my husband some Carhartt Cushion Steel Toe Work Boot Socks. He has owned Carhartt socks in the past, so we know how well they perform. They are fully cushioned with resilient acrylic fibers in the foot and top to deliver extra protection. He is in work boots all day, so I know that his boots will be as comfortable at the end of the day as they were before the work shift started.

Socks make great stocking stuffers for the whole family. Fruit of the Loom offers every kind from ankle socks to crew socks and beyond. You can search by gender, silhouette, activity type and more to find the perfect pair for everyone.

Get socks for everyone on your list where it is easy to shop with just a click!

Renfro Socks is featured in my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy It :: Visit renfrosocks.com to find the perfect pair of socks. You can purchase Carhartt Socks for Men from Renfro for $15 and up! Check out the Carhartt Socks for Women too!

The Gift of Sleep with a Nectar Mattress

I have been sleeping on a Nectar Mattress for a full six months now. I can safely say that this is the most comfortable mattress ever. Simply put, Nectar is a better bed for a better price. You spend a third of your life in bed, so why not be as comfortable as you can possibly be? That's Nectar.

Nectar is healthier to sleep on, firmer for support, softer for rest, and a touch bouncier than other premium memory foam mattresses. The top layer of quilted memory foam stimulates airflow beneath the body, while the Tencel fabric wicks away heat. My husband and I both love it because you get the support of a firm mattress with the comfort of a pillow top. Somehow the combination of layers and materials allows Nectar to both contour and support your body. It's like you get a giant hug each time you lie down.

Temperature control technology prevents overheating and medium-firm memory foam provides the perfect support. I seriously love this mattress. Nectar arrives directly to your home, compressed, and in its own protective carrier with handles for maneuvering upstairs and around corners. It was so simple. My husband and I had it placed and ready to go in no time at all.

Not sure? Especially if you are getting Nectar for a gift, you can try a Nectar mattress risk-free for a full year. If you are not 100% happy, they will pick up the mattress for free. So that is equivalent to a 365 Night Sleep Trial! Sleep matters. They give you a whole year to rest better. Oh did I mention that shipping is free too?

Nectar is exceptional in quality and service and best in class materials. I have been enjoying my Nectar mattress for a whole six months and I wonder what I ever did without it. I fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and have no aches or pains when I wake up. It is pretty amazing. Learn more about Nectar mattresses and see for yourself!

NECTAR Sleep is featured in my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Connect :: Visit nectarsleep.com to learn more about getting a better bed for a better price. You can also connect with NECTAR on Facebook and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase a NECTAR Sleep Mattress for $500 and up. Remember, you can try NECTAR risk-free for a full year. If you are not 100% happy, they will pick up the mattress for free.

Special Offer :: Take $125 off + get Two Free Pillows by using the code SHOP125!

The Touchpoint Solution

My next gift guide suggestion is something a bit different. Stressed out? Can’t sleep? Having trouble focusing? Something that might be worth a try are called TouchPoints. TouchPoints are non-invasive neuroscientific wearable devices that use something called blast technology to relieve stress in as few as 30 seconds.

How do they work? Two TouchPoints devices need to be worn on your wrists, held, or clipped to clothing. This is because they use Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile (BLAST) technology transferring alternating vibrations to alter the body’s Fight, Flight or Freeze (F3) response to stress and anxiety and to restore homeostatic nervous system functioning, allowing you to think clearly and experience calm.

Who might benefit from TouchPoints? Anyone. They are an effective, accessible, and affordable solution to overcoming stress, anxiety, focus issues, enhance performance and sleep. There have also been reports to help cope with conditions such as Parkinson's, Autism, ADHD. I am not a doctor and I do not make any of these claims. This information came from TouchPoints. But I do feel that something this simple might be worth a try if you are coping with any of these conditions. You never know what might work.

What did I think? Well, I did have one TouchPoint that would not work properly, so I was sent a replacement. I do not like how you have to wear two of them to make it work. But I do appreciate that you can wear them in pockets, shoes, or someowhere besides your wrist. Getting past that, I noticed that the vibrations made me focus less on what might be bothering me at the moment. I found the vibrations to be calming.

The fact that these devices are non-invasive, drug-free is what I like the most. Also, they have shown great success not only for day to day anxiety and stress, for cravings, to promote restful sleep, deal with anger, and help us to focus and therefore increase performance. So I feel they are worth a try!

Who wouldn’t want your significant other, close friends, family members and even kids more relaxed and less stressed? This could be the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year as everyday pressures, workloads, social situations, and family dynamics. It beats the alternatives that we might use to alleviate these issues.

TOUCHPOINTS are featured in my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Connect :: Visit thetouchpointsolution.com to learn more about these lifestyle wearables that use patent-pending neuroscientific technology. You can also connect with TOUCHPOINTS on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase TOUCHPOINTS Basic for $135.



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