February 26, 2015

Current Drugstore Beauty Faves


I love finding affordable and effective beauty products from the drugstore. Everyone loves to indulge, but these finds won't break the bank! Proof that the drugstore has nearly everything you need for great skin, hair and makeup.


1. Vitabath Body Wash & Mist in Dreamy Pink
This dreamy scent is almost smells good enough to eat! The delectable scent of scrumptious champagne cupcake and pink frosting envelop you as you spritz or lather up. Vitabath's mist and body washes contain an antioxidant blend of superfruits like Acai, Goji, Green Tea and Pomegranate. I love the sweet scent and how luxurious it makes my skin feel!


2. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lip 2 Step
This long-lasting, transfer-resistant color is quite different from others in the market. Combine high-intensity color pigments with a polishing balm to capture and seal color for a flawless result. I love the bold lips look it provides without the dry-out and no need to re-apply.
  1. Apply High Intensity Color for true color pay-off that resists transfer, fading, and bleeding.
  2. Apply Pro-Seal Balm to lock in color and leave lips feeling moisturized.


3. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Smokissime Eyeliner Pen
Smoky perfection is now available in one easy step. The powder eyeliner features a foam tip applicator to instantly blend color, creating a defined smoky eye with no smudging needed. The gel-like powder formula is housed in the product cap and glides on easily. I love the intense color that just glides on with the soft applicator.
  1. Apply the precise smoke tip along the top and bottom lash line.
  2. For a more intense look, blend color outwards on the outside corner using the rounded foam applicator.
  3. To refill, screw applicator back into cap.


4. Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Drama
This is a brow mascara that takes brows from blah to dramatically bold and sculpted in two easy steps! Just brush onto eyebrows in light upwards strokes. Then, follow along brow to contour. The secrets lie in the tinted Sculpting Gel + Sculpting Ball Brush. It provides a natural and even colored finish with zero clumps. I have been hesitant to use a brow mascara in the past, because I was worried I would end up looking look like a clown. I was wrong. Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Drama is easy to use and comfortable to wear. It completely finishes off my look. I love the way it feels and the way it makes my brows look defined and sculpted.


5. Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara 
This mascara features a patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles that reveals a full flourish of lashes. The liquid ink formula coats from all sides. I love the contour of the brush. It really coats my lashes in a smooth swipe with no clumping. I get the dramatic look I crave without having to work for it. The fanning brush and liquid ink do their job with minimal effort.
  1. Use inner curve to reach the roots of lashes.
  2. Follow through tips of lashes with longer bristles to fan out.


6. Almay Smart Shade Lip Color
This ultra-hydrating buttery formula was expertly developed to complement your skin tone, making it easy to find your most flattering shades. I have a light skin tone, so I tried the nude shade. As you can see it provides just a hint of color that compliments my skin tone. Almay Smart Shade Lip Color is like the best of a hydrating lip balm with a hint of flattering color. I like the buttery formula so much, I swapped it with my regular lip balm!


7. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit
A do it yourself lash extension kit? Count me in! This two-part kit features an exclusive high-tech power duo: a potent lash boosting mascara and lash extensions. The hi-tech mascara formula contains a lash-boosting peptide to visibly enhance natural lash growth and appearance of lashes! It effectively conditions and nourishes lashes, while preparing them for the extensions. The extensions are all-natural, and made primarily from cellulose, with panthenol, botanical extracts, and vitamin E. They contain natural colorants from artichoke and basil. If you want to skip the falsies, this is an effective alternative. Like some kind of magic trick, my lashes were longer, fuller, and had more definition. The results are quite impressive.
  1. Sweep Lash Boosting Mascara to prep for fibers and layer on lash boosting ingredients.
  2. Brush on extensions to upper lashes while mascara is still wet to build lashes. 
  3. Reapply Lash Boosting Mascara to seal and set extensions. 
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.


8. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray
Finally, want to keep your makeup looking fresh hours after application? The Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray sets makeup all day. That means no melting, no fading, and no touch-ups necessary. This lightweight, oil free setting spray locks in your total makeup look. It prevents color from smudging or settling into fine lines for all-day staying power. I love how this spray locks in face, eye, and lip makeup for a just applied look. The lightweight spray dries quickly and keeps my makeup looking fresh all day. My face doesn't feel greasy or dewey afterward, it has a mattifying effect. To use: Shake well. Hold 8”-10” away, close eyes and spray 4 to 6 times in an X & T motion. Avoid spraying in eyes.

Connect :: Visit Rite Aid to shop for all of these products and more to help you look your best! Connect with Rite Aid on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive offers, beauty + wellness tips, and more.

February 25, 2015

Soften with Shea Butter


This harsh winter is making me crave soft skin. There are many reasons as to why Shea Butter is our skin’s best friend, and soft skin is one of them! It is known to be an amazing moisturizer that softens and protects dry, damaged skin. For Shea Butter soft skin from head to toe, Korres and Lavanila have you covered.


Looking for a rich, buttery lip balm that melts on the lips and offers a shiny, tinted finish? That would be Korres Lip Butter. This rich butter leaves lips deeply moisturized, supple, and kissably soft. Korres Lip Butters are 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. I received pomegranate to review and I am crazy about the color! My usual lip balm is not tinted, but I love this one because I get that pop of color perfect for the blah winter!


Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter will give you instantly soft skin! This velvety smooth body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea and Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence. I tried the pure vanilla scent and it is not too sweet. You get a lovely light scent that blends perfectly into your thirsty skin. My skin is soft and no longer parched from this awful winter.



February 24, 2015

Tunes on Tuesday :: Vance Joy


It's Been Way Too Long Since I Did a Tunes on Tuesday!

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted a Tunes on Tuesday! Here's what it's all about.

Do you love music as much as I do? I love finding great new music to add to my playlist. This one isn't new, but I have recycled it from an old playlist. Anyway, here is what I have been listening to this week.

This week I have been loving Riptide by Vance Joy. I actually cannot get this song out of my head at the moment.


oooooooooooo Oh, and they come unstuck.

Please go ahead and sing along. Because I know you are.

What have you been listening to lately?

February 22, 2015

ColorProof Evolved Color Care


There is nothing worse than spending a fortune on hair color and then washing it down the drain by using the wrong hair products. ColorProof Evolved Color Care is a complete line of professional, luxury products designed exclusively for color-treated hair. Founder and CEO Jim Markham is dedicated to creating next generation formulas that combine the latest innovations in technology with best-in-class ingredients to create a new standard in color care, offering everything from shampoos and conditioners, to treatments, serums and oils. It is even backed by a money back guarantee to protect you color!


I tried three products from the CrazySmooth Collection. The breakthrough smoothing and de-frizzing technology features a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa. Also featuring seaweed and shea butter, it instantly eliminates unruly frizz and infuses hair with extreme smoothness, shine and super healthy condition. All this without weighing hair down. The shampoo and condition formulas are 100% vegan without the use of harsh sulfates, salts or gluten. The RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum is a feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time. It features the same proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs' cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine.


CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo
  • Moisturizes and detangles while cleansing
  • Eliminates frizz while infusing unsurpassed smoothness, softness and shine into hair
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection
CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Condition
  • Eliminates frizz while infusing unsurpassed smoothness, softness and shine into hair
  • Nourishes and replenishes dry hair
  • Restores luster and vitality
  • Detangles and leaves hair smooth as silk
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection
RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum
  • Instantly smoothes, defrizzes and adds shine
  • Calms, controls and protects for ultimate smooth style
  • Seals in moisture, while locking out humidity
  • Dramatically reduces blow dry time
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

Overall, I am impressed with the three products that I tried. The first thing I noticed was that my hair seemed to feel cleaner longer than with my normal shampoo and conditioner. I could go longer without re-washing it. It was also easier for me to dry and smooth out my hair after using. The serum really did the trick on less dry time too. I love that because my thick, long hair takes forever to dry! I noticed more shine and the frizz was under control.

Lady Gaga EAU DE GAGA Fragrance Review


Okay "little monsters" and also anyone who has no idea what I am talking about - the newest and first unisex scent from Lady Gaga is here. EAU DE GAGA is a dangerously daring and exciting new scent that captures the pure essence of Gaga. The scent is appealing to both women and men.


This scent is said to be for the adventurous woman and the man who loves her. I have to say, it smells really freaking good. EAU DE GAGA is built around a beautiful heart of white violet, an intoxicating flower that fuses female and male attractions. The scent opens with an invigorating burst of sparkling lime to counterbalance the woody-floral intensity, and evolves into a sensual trail based on leather. 


It smells amazing. It reminds me of something earthy, yet sensual. After spraying, you smell green tea combined with peppery citrus. It has a fresh and clean feeling to it. EAU DE GAGA is currently one of my favorite scents. It stays with you all day too. Would my husband wear it? He would if he didn't know it was from Lady Gaga. That being said, I can definitely see how it being appealing to both men and women. 

Buy It :: Lady Gaga EAU DE GAGA is available for $34 at mass retailers.

February 21, 2015

My Favorite Products from The Honest Company


The Honest Company is known for providing effective and safe, affordable, beautiful, convenient, and eco-friendly products for everyone. I personally love their natural line of bath, skincare, and home cleaning products. Here are a few of my favorites that I would definitely recommend to anyone.


All natural, certified organic oils + extracts + beeswax = the BEST balm ever! It is super versatile and safe to use on irritated skin, eczema, minor cuts, scrapes, and much more! The Organic Healing Balm was voted Allure's Best of Beauty for Skincare in 2014 and for good reason. The organic sunflower, olive, and coconut oils work with enriching shea butter to nourish, moisturize, and help protect sensitive and irritated skin. My hands get so dry in the winter. I combine some healing balm with my hand lotion for instant relief.


I am picky about my lotions. I can't stand anything that is sticky or doesn't absorb into my skin. That is why I love the Face + Body Lotion. It is a nourishing, calming, and hydrating moisturizer all in one. The organic olive, shea, jojoba, and safflower oils hydrate, and restore skin’s natural moisture balance. The chamomile, calendula, and aloe protect and soothe. It is so safe you can use it on your body or on your face!


The delightfully tear-free Shampoo + Body Wash is an ultra-pure 2-in-1 hydrating hair and foaming body cleanser. I only use it as a body wash. It is honestly clean and extremely satisfying! The natural and organic ingredients gently cleanse, moisturize, and nourish your baby and family's entire body from head to toe. Jojoba and quinoa proteins strengthen and fortify; while the organic coconut oil moisturizes and protects. I love the fresh smelling sweet orange vanilla scent!


Remember that dry skin on my hands issue I was telling you about? Well this Hand Soap is helping. It is naturally hydrating and soothing. You can refresh and cleanse your hands with pure plant-based ingredients. You get a rich and creamy lather infused with botanicals and essential oils that will not only clean, but also soften hands. A soft lather gently removes dirt and grime and easily rinses away without drying skin - leaving behind nothing but pure, clean delight! I have only tried lavender and it smells fantastic!


Finally, the Multi-Surface Cleaner is a plant-based formula that effectively tackles dirt and grime anywhere. The super versatile and ultra effective spray leaves nothing behind but the fresh smell of grapefruit. Since when have you used a cleaner that smelled fresh and fantastic? It is a naturally fresh way to safely clean and remove dirt and buildup from virtually all surfaces and items in your home. It is great for cleaning: kitchen countertops, walls, hardwood floors, painted surfaces, furniture, inside ovens, laminate, porcelain, granite, bathroom fixtures, wood, sealed stone, electronics, grills, decks and more!


Now that I know how much I love natural products from The Honest Company - I can't wait to try more! Have you tried any products from The Honest Company? What are your favorites?

February 20, 2015

Flu #ReliefIsHere If You Need It

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.

Being a teacher, I know I am in big trouble when the flu hits our school. It spreads quickly like wildfire and the students and staff start suffering. I hate having the flu. It is so awful to feel so weak and tired. The worst symptom for me is the aches and pains. I can't stand feeling that way. But don't get me wrong, every symptom is pretty much awful.


Luckily I have not had the flu yet this season. Many of my students have so I take precautions like having them disinfect their desks regularly and I use hand sanitizer like it is going out of style. I also am lucky enough to have a sink in my room, so I will wash my hands regularly as well. If the dreadful flu should happen to you, Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe helps relieve your worst cough, cold and flu symptoms. 

Vicks NyQuil Severe temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms including:
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
  • Cough to help you sleep
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
  • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
  • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage



You can conveniently purchase Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe at Walmart. Walmart has everything you need to get through cold and flu season. In one stop, you can grab Vicks Severe, Puffs tissues, ingredients for chicken soup, and a warm blanket. Not to mention, Walmart has the best everyday value for all your health care needs. Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe are available at Walmart.com and in stores. Be sure to stock up to prepare for cough, cold and flu season.

Vicks DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu can:
  • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
  • Maximum strength nondrowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.


Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe is available in caplets or liquid. The price may vary in your area.

Connect :: Follow #ReliefIsHere to see how Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe is bringing relief to others. You can also find Vicks NyQuil and DayQuil on Facebook.

Bye Bye Dry Winter Skin


Dry. Parched. Itchy. Burning. Sound familiar? I don't think there has ever been a winter when my skin has been so dry. It itches and even burns it is so dry. Cold, dry winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Just as wardrobes change to reflect the weather, beauty routines should be updated from season to season. Luckily, these products will help you warm up your beauty routine.


emerginC phytocell cream :: This intensive age-fighting and hydrating cream with concentrated grape stem cells was designed to help revitalize, protect, brighten and renew skin. It helps fights free-radical damage, hydrates, protects, and improves tone and texture. This stuff is like magic. It smells and feels so divine. My skin feels so soft and hydrated after using! I highly recommend this one! Available online via emerginc.com for $87.50.

Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum :: This hyaluronic-acid-based complex retains 1,000 times its own volume in moisture. This serum intensely hydrates without clogging pores, while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. It features vitamin E and four botanical extracts for soothing, healing, and anti-aging benefits, with no greasy feel. I love the soothing and hydrating features of this serum. I put a few drops under my phytocell cream for extra dry skin healing. Available online via myskincarebox.com for $60.

Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum :: Formulated with alpha hydroxyl acids, apple stem cells and gingawhite, this exfoliating serum sheds dull, damaged skin and discoloration to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. I only use this one every other day. It is rather strong, so I don't want to overwhelm my fragile winter skin. I still want the benefits though, and this natural skin care product sure packs a beneficial punch! Available online via madhippie.com and select Whole Foods Markets for $34.99.


Now that your skin is looking good, keep it feeling great too with a personal humidifier. You can add comfort to any personal space by reducing dryness in the air. An ultra-fine vapor mist will moisten the air and leave you feeling refreshed! I have been keeping it on my desk and I love it!


Violife Personal Misting Humidifier :: As the humidity level drops in the winter, the amount of moisture in the air and your skin also drops. By adding moisture back into the air, humidifiers help skin stay hydrated. While traditional humidifiers are usually large, bulky and confined to one space, the personal misting humidifier from Violife travels from room to room. Delivering the same ultra-fine mist found in large humidifiers, it conveniently works with a standard size water bottle. Available in various colors and patterns, the Violife personal misting humidifier uses ultrasonic vaporizing to moisturize the air, creating your own personal climate in almost any space. From the calming multicolored LED light to the sonic transducer for ultrafine mist to the rotating nozzle, the features are impressive! I use it all the time and I am always surprised by the power of this little gadget. At the highest setting you can achieve over five hours of powerful ultrasonic vapor. Then just refill and you are ready for more misting! Available online via violife.com for $40.


Using these winter skincare products will help you say bye bye to dry winter skin once and for all. While it is freezing outside, you can keep everything under control inside by simply adding a few things to your beauty routine. I have been adding the serums to my nightime skincare routine and I can't get enough of the phytocell cream. It is like my skin just begs for it. Keeping my personal misting humidifier close by has helped repair my dry skin tremendously.

February 19, 2015

Celebrate Award Shows with M&M's


M&M's® are such a classic part of any award show celebration in my house! Even while we are just watching movies, we very frequently set up a popcorn bar with several kinds of M&M's to sprinkle on top of the warm popcorn. It is the perfect match! 


What makes a great awards show celebration? You need great snacks, cute decor, and fabulous friends. For Hollywood's biggest night, our popcorn bar will feature M&M's Milk Chocolate, M&M's Peanut and M&M's Crispy. That's right, I said M&M's Crispy. Back by popular demand, M&M’s® Crispy returned to shelves in January 2015. M&M’s Crispy feature a delectable, crispy center covered in rich, creamy milk chocolate, enclosed in a colorful candy shell. This crispy and delicious treat comes in a new, eye-catching, bright green bag.


For my Oscars party, I set out three flavors of M&M's in small movie themed popcorn bowls. Then I used some free awards party printables that I customized and used as labels. You will be ready to party as soon as the celebrities hit the red carpet. Speaking of the red carpet, Red has a few Red Carpet Tips he would like to share with you.


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Oh Red, you always know just what to say. M&M’s® is commemorating the biggest night in Hollywood by debuting a commercial on national TV that shows M&M’S characters invading the movies. Look for Red, Yellow, and the rest of the M&M's as you are enjoying the Oscars!


M&M’s and movies go together perfectly and are an ideal match for enjoying an award show or movie-watching experience. My favorite M&M has to be M&M’s Peanut. Fun fact: M&M’s® is passionate about quality peanuts, and only 1 in 100 peanuts is lucky enough to find its way into a bag of M&M’s® Peanut. With their colorful candy shells and delicious flavors, M&M’s make any special occasion sweeter.


The classic M&M’s® Milk Chocolate candies have been one of the most loved chocolate treats in the world since 1941. The bite-sized pieces of chocolate in a colorful candy shell are instantly recognizable all over the globe.


Please share your favorite awards show snacks and traditions using M&M’s in the comment section of this post!

Connect :: Visit mms.com to learn more about how M&M's can make any special occasion sweeter. You can also find M&M's on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.



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