October 23, 2016

How to Get the #PixiGlow

Pixi by Petra has a loyal worldwide following for good reason. Pixi's pure, awakening, and skin-loving products create a naturally radiant just had a good night's sleep look. You can get that perfect #PixiGlow with these five Pixi must-haves. Exfoliate, hydrate, and add a touch of color for a lit from within look in a few fuss-free minutes.

Start with Nourishing Cleansing Balm. This gentle cleansing balm removes all traces of makeup as it nourishes, leaving skin silky-soft. Rich and luxuriously textured, this balm-to-oil cleanser melts away makeup and impurities for clear, glowing skin. It deep cleanses as it nourishes with added sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E.

Nourishing Cleansing Balm really melts everything away, right down to the most stubborn eyeliner and mascara. It leaves your complexion feeling plumped and nourished. A makeup remover, skin nourisher, and complexion cleanser all in one luxe step? Yes, please!

To use, apply a coin size amount onto dry skin and neck. Massage gently for 30 seconds. Remove with damp face cloth, using circular movements. I like to leave the warm washcloth on my face for 10 seconds before removing. It is so rejuvenating! 

After your are cleansed and refreshed. follow with Glow Tonic. This exfoliating, alcohol-free toner will reveal smoother and clearer skin. This miracle-working toner also helps to brighten the complexion resulting in a healthy glow. The 5% glycolic acid, aloe vera, ginseng, and botanical extracts work together to nourish and treat.

For best results, use morning and night on dry, clean skin. Soak a cotton pad and sweep the toner across face, neck, and décolletage. Avoid the eye area. You can even sweep across lips for a soft pout! This award winning toner is a must-have for glowing skin!

The third step is Rose Oil Blend. This luxe, ultra-nourishing oil restores, rejuvenates and renews skin's luminosity. The botanical blend is infused with a powerful complex of youth-preserving oils to help improve skin's elasticity and glow. Sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils nourish the complexion, leaving it comforted and smooth to the touch

To use, massage 2 to 3 drops onto cleansed, toned skin. For extra hydration and glow, add 1 or 2 drops to your moisturizer before applying. When I am in a hurry, I even add a few drops to my Glow Tonic cotton pad to combine these steps. Rose Oil Blend will instantly rejuvenate your skin!

Now for some outward glow! The Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey gives you that lit-from-within look in a few fuss-free seconds! Two super silky powders give cheeks a flawless, fresh finish. The natural mineral formula is infused with vitamin E and mica, so skin is treated as you wear it. Hydrating, long-wearing and light-diffusing. Use the included kabuki brush for the ultimate application!

The Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki is a highlighter and blush in one! Use the included kabuki brush to buff the peach shade onto the apples of cheeks. For an added glow, sweep the lighter shade onto high points of cheekbones, onto brow bones, and down the center of your nose. You glow girl!

Finally, the lips! Use LipLift Max in Honey Sheen for a treatment lip gloss that plumps to perfection! Not only does it add that perfect amount of shine, it is also a peptide-infused lip plumper that nourishes as it enhances.

This volume-maximizing lip treatment has a cooling sensation and a glossy finish. Added aloe heals, jojoba moisturizes and chamomile soothes. You can wear it solo, as a plumping pre-treatment for lip color. I love to add it on top of any lip look for a lacquered effect. The fresh mint flavor is the perfect final step of the #PixiGlow!

Connect :: Visit pixibeauty.com to learn more about looking flawless in a few fuss-free moments. Connect with Pixi by Petra via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase these #PixiGlow products via pixibeauty.com or at a Target store near you! As if you needed another reason to head to Target!
  1. Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($20)
  2. Glow Tonic ($15)
  3. Rose Oil Blend ($24)
  4. Beauty Blush Duo ($18)
  5. LipLift Max ($14)

October 22, 2016

Jewelry for Every Personality from 7 Charming Sisters

If have ever struggled to find jewelry that fits your personality, then 7 Charming Sisters is a must-stop-shop. They offer 7 distinctive collections of jewelry based on the style and tastes of the 7 Charming Sisters. Styles include girl next door, fashionista, social butterfly, super-mom, classy chick, sexy nerd, and life of the party. Every woman will be able to find style inspiration, whether that style is boho chic or classic elegance.

Founded on the principle of fun, diversity and girly-girl vibe, I found 7 Charming Sisters to be, well ... charming! Their jewelry collections are fun to shop, the selection is impressive, and the prices are reasonable. What more could a girl want? I tried two pieces from their collection.

The first item I chose was the Stand the Test of Time Necklace. I liked how it was understated, yet had some sparkle. This classic silver pendant necklace with features a Swarovski crystal, neutral crystal bar pendants, and pearl drop. Look at the sparkle! 

This necklace is from Paula's classic chick collection, where you will find styles for the girl who knows what she wants. It's elegance with an edge. The Stand the Test of Time Necklace measures 16" long with a 2" extender. I decided I wanted it to be a bit longer, so I just added an additional extender from my own collection. It is so pretty! I can wear it with casual clothing to dress things up, or with dressier looks to add some bling!

I also chose the Conversation Starter Earrings, which I thought could pair well with the necklace, or stand on its own. These simple yet polished crystal bezel stud earrings, feature a dark colored crystal encased in a decorative silver setting.

These earrings are from Donalda's social butterfly collection, full of bright, fun, glammed out looks that transition perfectly from day to night. I like the size of these earrings. They are more than just basic studs and definitely dress up a look. Plus they are very lightweight so no pulling or tugging, which I appreciate. The dark crystals add just enough elegance without being too fancy. I love them!

Shop 7 Charming Sisters for a fabulous selection of jewelry, perfect for all personalities. Enjoy the charming and fun online lifestyle experience while also finding the perfect piece (or pieces) of jewelry. Whether it's Jennifer's fashionista look or Jessica's sexy nerd look, there is truly something for everyone!

Connect :: Visit 7charmingsisters.com to check out their collection of affordable, fabulous jewelry. Connect with 7 Charming Sisters via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Conversation Starter Earrings for $14.99 and the Stand the Test of Time Necklace for $29.99.

October 17, 2016

Exuviance Overnight Recovery Masque

Looking for overnight recovery for the damaging effects of pollution, UV exposure, temperature and humidity that our skin faces every day? Just sleep away daily damage and wake to beautiful, revitalized skin with the Overnight Recovery Masque from Exuviance.

This water-gel masque melts into skin to attack environmental factors that can age skin. This Anti-Pollution Complex comes in the form of a luxurious sleep masque. After cleansing, smooth across the face and neck. Massage it very lightly to allow masque to melt into the skin. It feels so good. There is a cooling sensation and the gel actually has a nice scent as well. Wait 5 minutes to allow powerful ingredients absorb, then follow with your usual nighttime moisturizer. Leave on overnight and rinse in the morning! You can use it 2-3 times a week or whenever skin feels stressed.

How does it work? Exuviance Anti-Pollution Complex delivers important benefits for all skin types. The potent Anti-Pollution Complex, including antioxidant Lilac Cell Culture Extract and PHA/Bionics, helps neutralize free radicals and harmful metals that can break down collagen and prematurely age the look of skin. While Prodew helps refill deep reserves of the natural skin moisture, restoring a feeling of suppleness and comfort.

100% reported smoother skin texture after 4 weeks of nightly use. Like the data participants, I noticed how soft and moisturized my skin felt after use. After a night of use, your skin feels restored in the morning. I love the gel based texture and have been using it a few times a week. I recommend Exuviance Overnight Recovery Masque for an intensely moisturizing restorative treatment.

Connect :: Visit neostrata.com to learn more about Exuviance dermatologist developed skincare. Connect with Exuviance via Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase Exuviance Overnight Recovery Masque for $65.

MY PURE, an exclusive line at The Fragrance Outlet

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The Fragrance Outlet is one of the nation’s largest retailers of genuine designer fragrances and related accessories. Fragrance Outlet stores offer the widest selection of designer perfume and fragrances at the most affordable prices. They carry the most popular names in fragrance including Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Escada, Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Michael Kors, Thierry Mugler, DKNY, Coach, Davidoff, Vera Wang, and many other in-demand designer fragrances.

If you don't live near a Fragrance Outlet, don't worry! You can still shop via fragranceoutlet.com and get the same fine perfume and fragrances at a great value. Whether you are shopping for a man or a woman, you will see a significant savings at Fragrance Outlet. Because they substantially mark down their fragrances, you get more for your money. I enjoyed shopping the large selection of fragrances! Categories like best sellers and gift sets make it easy to find just what you are looking for. You can even shop by brand.

I was able to try one of Fragrance Outlet's premiere fragrances, My Pure. My Pure is a one-of-a-kind sensuous and luxurious fragrance featuring a subtle, woodsy aroma. It is perfect for date night, girls night, or any time you are feeling a bit adventurous! My Pure has a definite seductive appeal and catches attention instantly. Of course you can wear My Pure day or night, but it is perfect for evening wear.

The fragrance notes that stand out to me are Bulgarian Rose and Amber. The combination of rose with woodsy notes makes it a very unique scent. I normally don't like rose on its own, but this combination makes it floral with a twist. I am really enjoying it! You just need a spritz or two and the scent will linger all night long!

Check out The Fragrance Outlet for your next fragrance purchase. Shipping was quick and my perfume arrived in a very cute box with a bow. Perfect for gift giving! The scent that I tried was of the highest quality. I would definitely shop Fragrance Outlet again.

Connect :: Visit fragranceoutlet.com to learn more about the nation’s largest retailer of genuine designer fragrances and related accessories. Connect with The Fragrance Outlet via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Visit a Store :: See if there is a Fragrance Outlet Store location near you!

Shop Online :: You can purchase My Pure Fragrance for $85. Use the code MYPURE55 to receive 55% off!

October 13, 2016

2016 Gift Guide Submissions #holidaygiftguide

Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink is currently taking submissions for the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. My gift guide is the perfect way to share your product with thousands of blog readers and social media followers. The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide will be promoted via my blog and social media from November - December 31, 2016.

As part of 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, your brand will receive:
  • a feature blog post on alittleumbrella.com 
  • at least two social media shares
  • inclusion in the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Pinterest Board
  • inclusion in the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide page on alittleumbrella.com
Your product can be featured at no cost in conjunction with a full-sized product review ($50 RV minimum). For a feature without a review, please contact me for rates.

Products included in the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide must be received by December 1, 2016.

If you are interested in being included in my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, please submit your product by emailing alittleumbrella(at)live(dot)com with the subject line “2016 Holiday Gift Guide Submission”.

Happy Holidays and I look forward to working with you!

October 9, 2016

The October Skincare Edit

As the weather is changing, so must our skincare. I have discovered some new skincare products that I think you are going to love! From cleansers that bubble and foam to body oil that heats up, I am here to tell you all about them! 

Let's start with my facial skincare picks. I have something for everyone in this category. There is a face wash for gentlemen, a two amazing masks, a toner with pumpkin and wine ingredients and more!

This mild multi-tasking Cleansing Face Wash from Schulz & Malley works both day and night, without stripping or irritating the skin. Created for men, the Salicylic Acid helps unclog pores and minimize ingrown hairs while Aloe and Echinacea Extracts moisturize and heal tired, overworked skin. It will leave his face soft, smooth and shave worthy. Oh and ladies, it smells really good, and so will he!

From Masque Bar, comes this cool Foaming 02 Bubble Cleanser. Available exclusively at Walgreens, this cleanser has micro bubbles that draw out dirt, makeup residue, impurities. While the potent extracts of orange, lemon, and tea tree give this cleanser superior exfoliating and brightening abilities. To use, pump 4 to 6 times onto dry hands and apply to dry skin. Gently apply an even layer of Foaming Oxygen Bubble Cleanser. Wait 30 seconds and watch as cleanser oxygenates. This part feels so good! Then rinse off with warm water to reveal clean and smooth skin.

This deeply cleansing and purifying Detox Face Mask from MALIN+GOETZ works to lift dirt, oil and remove make-up. It will open pores and pull impurities from the skin. Amino acids and natural almond extract will gently and effectively, purify, clarify and balance all skin types. It also contains ingredients to firm and address signs of aging. To use, let the oxygenating cleansing agents gently foam (you will look like a marshmallow). Rinse foam clean after 5 minutes (or tissue off) to leave a seal of hydration to the skin. Especially good for dry and dehydrated skin, this mask offers deep and intensive hydration to plump the skin and add instant clarity, smoothness and dewiness.

Fantastic mask number two is the Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment from Josie Maran. This antioxidant-packed hydrating and detoxifying Whipped Mud Mask clarifies, refines, and firms while it nourishes and soothes. 100% Pure Argan Oil infuses skin with essential nutrients while clay, formed from volcanic ashes of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, rejuvenates, detoxifies, and tones. To use, starting from the center of the face, gently whip and massage a generous layer onto cleansed, moist skin. Avoid the delicate eye area and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Remove with a damp cloth and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Reveal hydrated, detoxified, optimized skin.

The pumpkin and wine-based Nutrient Toner from PCA Skin was designed to refine the appearance of pores, gently exfoliate and provide added nutritional benefit to the skin. Vitamins, amino acids, enzymes gently exfoliate to create a healthy glow. After cleansing, moisten a cotton pad with a small amount and apply in upward and outward strokes over the face and neck. It may be used once daily or as needed. 

Pure Radiance Illuminating Facial Oil from Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare is a fast absorbing, luxurious blend of restorative bio-mimetic omega oils that visibly support skin's natural lipid barrier helping to protect skin from aging and damage. It targets skin discoloration and signs of photoaging. The blend of oils will protect and soften skin without weighing it down. It was developed to support the essential skin health. To use, gently press into cleansed skin morning and evening.

Inlighten Spot Corrector & Brightening Serum, also from Christie Brinkley, is a high performance serum that contains powerful brightening and dark spot targeting actives that diminish the look of hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and sun damage. It firms, tones and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains a Bio-Copper Complex that helps to energize the skin and defend against wrinkles, lack of firmness and unevenness. To use, massage into cleansed skin morning and evening. It leaves your face feeling velvety soft and fresh.

Protect your skin with next generation antioxidant technology with the Repair & Protect Moisturizer from StriVectin. The many benefits include reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, enhancing collagen and elastin, and maintaining skin's optimal hydration regardless of climate. This lightweight, daily wrinkle-fighting moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen reduces visible signs of aging, neutralizes free radicals and helps prevent UV damage. The formula combines next generation antioxidant technology and patented NIA-114 to enhance skin’s innate defenses and boost its age-fighting abilities. Apply all over cleansed face in the morning.

Now onto my body skincare picks. From the most indulgent body washes to an oil that can ease tired muscles, your fall is looking mighty pampering.

Don't let sore and tired muscles keep you from daily routine. ESPA Fitness Body Oil is a powerfully soothing moisturizing oil that is blended to ease tired muscles, speed recovery and soothe aching joints before and after exercise. Restorative Indian Bay and Clove Bud oils deeply warm and relax the body to relieve tired muscles, aches and pains. Lavender helps ease the mind, while Sweet Almond Oil deeply nourishes for softer, supple skin. I have never used anything like this before. It feels so good and so soothing! To use, massage into skin in firm, upward movements towards the heart until fully absorbed. Use morning and evening before or after exercise and following your shower or bath.

I have come to love Molton Brown Body Washes and these did not disappoint. The Water Mint Body Wash is a refreshing blend with Croatian water mint and buchu extracts. The fragrance is in the citrus family, yet it has a musk scent. The combination is perfect for my husband. It creates a sprightly scented lather with aromas of mint and sweet cardamom. The Black Peppercorn Body Wash is a luxurious blend of Madagascan Black Peppercorn oil and refreshing coriander. This one is more spicy. Whether it’s for a warm, relaxing bubble bath or a revitalizing spicy shower this body wash leaves your skin thoroughly clean and scented with warm, herby aromas.

Want to lather up in luxury? Nordic Wood Shampoo & Body Wash is a blend of fresh, uplifting botanicals, much like a wake up call for your hair and skin – and your senses. The refreshing one-step cleanser tones and hydrates, creating a cooling effect on contact. It soothes and invigorates with a pure blend of Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedarwood and Camphor with Oat extracts, Wheat Amino Acids and Aloe. The naturally antibacterial botanicals offer a gentle deep clean. This one smells very Nordic, much like where a Christmas Tree would meet Cedarwood.

Spice up your shower with some Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel! Sol de Janeiro, the creator of Sephora’s top selling bodycare product (Brazilian Bum Bum Cream) brings us some spice for our shower. With the same delicious pistachio caramel scent that you’ve already fallen in love with, this shower cream will turn your boring shower routine into a luxurious daily treat. The decadent, cushiony cream-gel is infused with a nourishing blend of Cupuaçu Butter, antioxidant superpower Açaí and conditioning Coconut Oil to gently cleanse while leaving skin touchably soft and seductively smooth. This stuff smells so good and leaves your skin super soft! If you want to try some, head to Sephora.com soon. It will be available for a limited time only!


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