February 10, 2016

Gift Ideas for Your Valentine + Beyoncé Heat Kissed Giveaway

Do you feel the love? It's Valentine's Day and I have some great gift ideas for you plus a really sweet giveaway! Let's start with the hot gift that you can enter to win!

Beyoncé’s newest addition to her best-selling Heat fragrance franchise is Beyoncé Heat Kissed, which captures sensual intensity in a bottle. The lush, beguiling blend opens with fruity top notes surrounding the rich heart of the fragrance, giving the scent its lively vibrancy. Exotic woody notes then combine with an infusion of vanilla to create a warm, evocative aroma. This really is a fiery fragrance. I can pick up the African Sandalwood and the Blazing Red Fury Orchid. It is definitely warm and sensual, perfect for Valentine's Day! See the bottom of this post for your chance to win a bottle of Beyoncé Heat Kissed!

Who would love a card from you? Valentine's Day is a celebration of romance overflowing with flowers, candy, and chocolates. Add even more sweetness to the holiday with heartfelt words and thoughtful greetings. Look for warm displays of affections at Rite Aid. These cards from American Greetings are the perfect way to make every heart happy. Did someone say black glitter?

Dare to be bold this spring in dazzling Fuchsia Tieks. The perfect marriage of whimsy and style, these full-grain, Italian leather Tieks are sure to make a sweet and sultry statement. Perfect to pair with shorts, skirts, or flitry dresses.

Looking for a special gift for a loved-one this Valentine's Day? Stella & Dot's lovely jewelry and accessories are sure to capture their heart. They've got an exquisite selection of pieces available for an attractive price. Here are a few heart-swooning options. Add a little burst of color to any outfit with this whimsical fringe necklace. Wear it alone or layer with your favorite delicate pieces. Make your own luck with this elephant bracelet. It is the perfect good luck charm. It features a shiny gold plating with hot pink cord. It even comes in specialty packaging - making it a great gift!

Work your magic with Katy Perry’s Mad Potion, a spellbinding oriental musk fragrance. Mad Potion is rich with deliciously seductive vanillas from around the world. The duo of glowing amber and jasmine petals provide a twist of mysterious and playful fun. If you like a sweet, floral fragrance, you will love Mad Potion. I can definitely pick up the Sweet White Peony and the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. Vanilla is perhaps the most prominent scent for me. It is definitely sweet - for your sweetie!

This travel bag has all the features travelers have requested. A trolley sleeve allows the Grand Traveler to ride atop rolling luggage. A large pocket under the front magnetic flap and two slip pockets on the back of the bag provide flexible options for travel necessities like travel documents, phone and keys. The adjustable shoulder strap provides a hands-free option to the comfortable rolled handles. Tango Red is the perfect color for your romantic weekend getaway!

Hopefully you came up with some new gift ideas for your Valentine! Don't forget - one of my lucky readers is going to win a bottle of win a bottle of Beyoncé Heat Kissed! Good Luck and Happy Valentine's Day!

February 8, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Get Your ChapStick® On + Giveaway

The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

We all get super dry lips in the winter months. Its not just a girl thing. Its not even just an adult thing. I am a teacher and my poor students are always coming up to me with these horribly chapped and peeling lips. They complain that their lips hurt. Yes, I bet they do! I always say the same thing, "Ask for some ChapStick® to keep at school." I always keep several ChapStick products on hand for my family. Partly because we need it, and partly because I can't pick a favorite! From classic to medicated to tropical, there is a ChapStick for everyone.

From the makers of a lip care brand you know and love, the ChapStick Classic Range soften and protect lips, leaving them silky and smooth for every day wear. It’s the one that made ChapStick America’s favorite lip balm, and it has remained a beauty staple since the brand’s inception! Keep it Original, toss in fun fruity flavors like Cherry and Strawberry, or keep it fresh with Spearmint. Classic Strawberry is the perfect classic ChapStick in my opinion. One of my students had one the other day and told me it was so good she wanted to eat it! No, please don't eat your ChapStick. But I hear ya, girl!

If your lips need a little extra TLC, try using ChapStick Medicated. Whether you are feeling under the weather or just need that extra boost of hydration, ChapStick Medicated quickly soothes and seals in moisture with a light, protective barrier to help heal dry, chapped lips.

Winter or summer, quench a thirsty pout and protect your lips with ChapStick Moisturizers. Delivering an ultra hydrating formula, with ingredients, like Aloe and Vitamin, and fun lip-locking flavors, like Green Apple, Vanilla Mint, Raspberry Crème and Original, say hello to delicious hydration for lips!

Always in my beach bag, ChapStick Sun Defense offers a conditioning formula, including sun protection with SPF 25, defending skin all year long. Winter, spring, summer and fall, ChapStick Sun Defense prevents and temporarily protects chafed, chapped or cracked lips.

Aloha! Treat your lips to a refreshing and fruitful getaway with tropical inspired, fresh fruit flavors reminiscent of warm weather and an island breeze with ChapStick Tropical Paradise Collection. Mix it up with Mango Sunrise or soak in Aloha Coconut. Mmm ... this collection is so lovely! Probably my favorite of them all. But I love tropical fruity goodness so that is no surprise.

Best Eye Makeup Color For Your Eyes

Accentuating your eyes with makeup is often not only a great way to look amazing, but also a lot of fun for women out there. This is because there are so many options in how you can choose to highlight your natural features. If you are looking for a way to really make your eyes pop, make sure you match their color with your makeup. Thanks to that you will be able to make them the focal point of your look and get the attention you deserve. Read the article to find out about how to make that dream come true, and if you don’t already own some of the products you will need, you can always go shopping with Discountrue coupons at such stores as Kohl’s, which should offer you a vast choice of quality makeup items.

If your eyes are brown, you actually have the most versatility in the color choices. Although the palette you can make use of is huge, the best options are going to be warm colors, for example deep red or salmon combined with metallic gold or bronze. These combinations will really bring out your natural color and make your eyes pop with minimal amount of work on your side.

If you have green eyes, you can rely on quieter colors to do the work for you, as your irises are already bright and cheerful as it is. The best option is a deep plum or a shimmery brown or bronze. Combining both will make you into a colorful bombshell!

For those women who have hazel eyes, you can play around with metallics and light pastels, depending on the look you are trying to create. The best colors for those eyes that seem to fluctuate are pale pinks and blues that will out the lighter hues in your irises. Combining those pastel and metallic shades will create a unique look that will keep people guessing about what makes your eyes sparkle so much!
If you have blue eyes, your best bet is to go with a neutral shade, a warm brown or a metallic option like we've been talking about, assuming it's not too bold. The key with your eyes is to frame them in a neutral hue to make sure that the blue is bright and shining. If you want to add a bit of color, try something gentle like a light red.

Lastly, for those who have grey eyes, you get to play around with those icy blue and silver colors that will match you perfectly. Since this option is so rare, you should bring it out further by maximizing the impact with matching, glittering eye shadow blends. Done right, the grey will sparkle and shine!

These tips should help you get on the right track to choosing the best eye makeup colors for you. Since the eyes are the windows to the soul, it's important to make sure that everyone gets a good look. Now every time you go out, you're perfectly equipped to make a great first impression and remain in the memory of all those who catch your eye in the club or at the fancy dinner!

10 Beauty Products with Trend-Worthy Ingredients

From baking soda to licorice root, there are always exciting new trends in beauty. New things are always emerging in beauty and skincare. Some of them make you go (huh)? But guess what, they actually work. Here are ten products with unique ingredients that are actually worthy of their trendy ingredients.

Trend-Worthy Ingredient: Baking Soda
Baking soda for your face? Sort of. Bioré has a new line of Baking Soda products that combine baking soda with other powerful cleansing agents and skin conditioners to deliver deep cleansing and skin smoothing action that you can't get with raw baking soda.

Bioré Baking Soda Scrub is an ingenious concentrated powder cleanser specially formulated that foams up on contact with water, leaving skin 2.5 times as clean as a basic cleanser. The formula gently exfoliates while forming tiny bubbles that dive deep into pores to break up oil and impurities. It fizzes, y'all! When you rinse the foam away, oil, debris and dead cells are swept away, for instantly smoother, softer texture and visibly tighter pores. The Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser is a dual-action liquid cleanser that deep cleans and exfoliates, leaving skin feeling soft, clean and smooth. Harnessing the cleansing power of baking soda, Bioré Skincare’s new Baking Soda cleansers work to powerfully deep clean dirt and oil from pores, while gently exfoliating dry, flaky skin - making both cleansers ideal for combination skin.

Trend-Worthy Ingredient: Charcoal
Charcoal sucks up deep-down dirt, oil, and impurities. You can think of it as a gunk-magnet. Using charcoal skin care products will leave your skin cleaner and brighter. Originally found in nature, now you can find it in select skincare products. Charcoal has been used as a cleansing ingredient in Japan for centuries. 

Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizer contains tiny crystals and charcoal to vacuum out the dead skin cells and oil that make pores look bigger. This formula gets deep into pores, to draw out and bind to pore-clogging dirt and oil. It temporarily diminishes the appearance of pores. 

Trend-Worthy Ingredient: AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids)
AHA works to remove dead cells, boost cell regeneration, and increase collagen density to reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi with AHA is a dual-action anti-aging and skin renewing formula. It combines Dr. Herzog’s patented active oxygen and retinol formula with fruit acids (AHAs) to provide gentle yet powerful surface exfoliation and visible anti-aging results. The unique combination of ingredients leaves the skin renewed, fresh and radiant. 

Trend-Worthy Ingredient: Vitamin A (retinyl retinoate)
According to Mad Hippie, retinoids, or vitamin A, are one of the most important ingredients in one’s anti-aging arsenal. Working to activate collagen production and exfoliate the skin by enhancing cellular turnover, Vitamin A dramatically reduces the appearance of winkles, sun damage and other signs of aging.

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum features an exciting new form of vitamin A. This serum works to exfoliate the skin, improving the appearance of sun damaged, aging skin. The revolutionary new form of vitamin A is 2x more bioavailable than retinol while also being significantly more stable. It activates collagen production while gently exfoliating by enhancing cellular turnover, erasing wrinkles, discoloration, and signs of aging.

Call Me in the Morning also contains a healthy dose of Vitamin A. This soothing recovery cream from ClarityRX provides daily environmental protection and comfortable hydration, while promoting a healthy complexion. Azulene and a blend of other herbal extracts form a thin shield over skin to fend off bacteria and toxins so that it’s left feeling smooth, refined and soft.

Trend-Worthy Ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. This powerful humectant keeps skin hydrated and acts as a lubrication agent for our skin, eyes, joints, nerves, and hair. Hyaluronic acid also has an anti-inflammatory component and is very soothing on the skin.

ClarityRX Daily Dose of Water will instantly boost moisture levels in the skin using hyaluronic acid. This fast-absorbing serum is the ultimate savior to dehydrated, dull skin. By binding moisture, your complexion feels suppler and appears years younger and more radiant.

Trend-Worthy Ingredient: Eyebright
The Eyebright herb is known in herbal circles to relieve eyestrain and redness due to fatigue from over-use, environmental irritants or allergies. As the nerves in the eyes relax, there is less strain, therefore less squinting and less rubbing. Thanks to its herbal properties, it can be applied to even the most delicate skin areas and along lash lines.

Combining the soothing properties of chamomile in simple sweet almond oil, Farmaesthetics Eyebright is a 3-in-1 treatment. The synthetic-free makeup remover softens fine lines, reduces wrinkles and puffiness, and soothes redness. It is so gentle! Made with chamomile, known to be the most soothing, calming emollient. It even relaxes the ocular nerve, which is often exhausted and stressed from environmental factors! How cool is that?!

Also containing eyebright, Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum will put over-worked brows on the road to recovery. This unique blend of pentapeptides, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed wheat protein are used to moisturize, soothe and enhance circulation, allowing brows to grow back thicker than ever before. The advanced moisturizing agents in added Vitamins A, B5, C, and E condition and strengthen already present brow hair. Botanical ingredients including white tea, licorice, eyebright, and rose support the overall health of the eyebrow. 

Trend-Worthy Ingredient: Licorice Root
Licorice Root is a natural treatment for skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis, as well as a natural skin lightening alternative. Licorice can help reduce the appearance of age spots and dark areas of hyperpigmentation on the skin. Licorice root may also help diminish dark under-eye circles, and darkened areas caused by scars.

Help minimize the appearance of dark spots and various pigmentation irregularities for a more even complexion with the Brightening Sheet Mask from Masque BAR. This facial sheet mask works thanks to ingredients like Orange Extract, Licorice Root, and Vitamin C. Each facial sheet is effective on all tones, leaving skin looking more radiant. 

Which unique beauty ingredient do you think is trend-worthy?

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February 6, 2016

How to Look More Polished At the Office

Early mornings and hectic personal lives can make getting ready for the work day feel like a task that’s not worth the effort. While it can be hard to get out of bed earlier, you’d be amazed at the positive effect that looking put together can have on your mindset and productivity. From wardrobe cleanses to a makeup overhaul, looking polished is simply a matter of following a few extra steps every day. Try and incorporate these tips and tricks into your daily getting ready routine and rest assured that your coworkers will definitely notice the difference.

It Starts with Your Closet

Before you can streamline your morning routine, you need to reorganize your closet. I know this is a daunting task, but it’s a worthy one. Doing an annual purge in your closet is more necessary than you know. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in a couple of months, and donate those items to a charity for people who can use them. Organize your closet with items from The Container Store to make it easier for you to find the right pieces in the mornings when you’re running late, and avoid the bad habit of throwing clothing on the floor. Most of us are guilty of it, but you’ll really help yourself out if you take the time to hang things up or put them in the hamper where they belong.

Stand Tall

One of the best ways to look polished is completely free, and also has some great health benefits. What is this magical technique? Standing up straight. Truly, poor posture can affect your overall appearance and give you some nasty back aches, along with a host of other health issues. The easiest way to keep your posture its best is to hold your body weight on the balls of your feet, imagining your head and shoulders are attached to a string hanging from the ceiling. Also be aware of hunching at your desk - it’s not doing you any favors.

Instagram is Your Friend

Use social media outlets to your advantage. My personal favorite fashion go-to place is Instagram. There are tons of girls out there that have awesome style and have huge followings of girls who want to emulate their styles. You can search for new accounts with some handy dandy hashtags. Start with the hashtag #professionalstyle and work your way from there. You’ll be amazed at the amount of office fashion personalities out there.

Get Your Clothes Tailored

You wouldn’t believe the effects of tailoring an outfit. Even the smallest of tweaks can improve fit an immeasurable amount. The key to looking polished is examining the details, and having your clothes fit your body perfectly is the most flattering look. This will help you avoid appearing sloppy and give you a coiffed look with any old thing you throw on.

Keep Your Makeup Look Natural

Work is not the place to try out wild makeup styles, and trying out a new routine surely won’t save you time in the already rushed mornings. When it comes to the eyes, never leave the house without mascara. Avoid fake lashes (who has time for that anyway?!) and go easy on the eyeshadow. If you’ve had the same foundation for years now and you need a change, go for a product that gives you a natural glow that doesn’t create any shine. Keeping it natural is your best bet—the office doesn’t require you to be all done up with Friday night makeup.

Low Maintenance Hair

Instead of opting for a trendy haircut that requires at least an hour of styling to look like it did in the salon, ask your stylist for something low maintenance. Work with them to find a cut that will complement your face shape but also be easily styled on the daily. Direct your stylist toward a style that can be blow dried - make sure you’re using a quality blow dryer from a company like Folica.com - and brushed to form the perfect daily hairstyle with little effort.

Don’t Forget the Details

Accessories matter, so make sure you pay attention to what you’re carrying around with you in the office. One thing that I think always makes a great impression is a bold watch. Find a modern style you like at a company like Touch of Modern that will serve as a staple piece for any outfit in one fell swoop. Not only does it look great with anything you wear but it also gives off the message of punctuality - something that can always get you further ahead in the professional world. Other important details are issues of upkeep. Always keep your eyebrows done and brushed (yes, combing through those tiny hairs really does make a difference). Keep your nails cut short and clean, or keep your nail polish in mint condition - that means no chips, ladies. Paying attention to the little things will help you look great overall.

This post is brought to you by Holly Tomlinson.

February 3, 2016

Mission Grove by Soap & Paper Factory

Handmade in small batches in the USA, Mission Grove products don't merely care for your skin, they stimulate your senses. Each natural elixir adds a welcome dose of aromatherapy to your bath and beauty routine, giving even the busiest gals-on-the-go to a well-earned moment of zen. This collection by Soap & Paper Factory can only be found at Anthropologie.

Mission Grove products are made from the finest oils and extracts like meadowfoam, borage seed, jojoba, and contain aromatherapy oils. Each product is free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates and comes stylishly wrapped in paper featuring a unique design. The new collection features several core fragrances like Sakura and Madagascar Vanilla designed to refresh and restore the senses. I had the chance to try four Mission Grove products.

Mission Grove Sea Salt Scrub | This all-natural scrub exfoliates and hydrates, leaving skin with a vibrant glow. Key ingredients include sea salt, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, vitamin E. The Madagascar Vanilla scent features an intoxicating and soothing vanilla base punctuated with sultry bourbon notes. It is so natural, you can't help but love it. The scent is super strong before application, but melts into the skin nicely.

Mission Grove Body Wash | This body wash gently cleanses your body while nourishing your skin with essential vitamins and minerals. Infused with a proprietary blend of shea butter, borage seed, and macadamia nut extracts, Clementine & Clove hydrates your skin while enveloping you in a a warm and delightful aroma of freshly-picked clementine topped with a hint of cinnamon.

Mission Grove Face Mask | The Soothing Clay Mask that I tried is a mixture as comforting as the sea itself. This ideal home spa treatment mask removes oil, grime, and environmental damage while nourishing and enriching the skin. Key ingredients include organic herbal infusion, aloe vera, kaolin clay, sodium magnesium silicate, cellulose gum, purified smectite clay, spirulina, kelp, and grape seed oil. It leaves your skin feeling so refreshed and anew!

Mission Grove Bar Soap | Each aromatherapeutic bar cleanses gently while ensuring maximum hydration. The Sakura Blossom scent is a balancing, calming combination of apple, citrus, and heliotrope. This soap is so pretty, you almost don't want to use it. But then you do and you realize what luxury this bar soap really is.

Buy It :: You can purchase Mission Grove Shea Butter Bar Soap for $8, Travel Sized Body Wash for $12, Sea Salt Body Scrub for $12, and Treatment Facial Mask for $16 at Anthropologie and anthropologie.com.

January 2016 NewBeauty TestTube Review

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. Every other month, they hand-select high-end, luxury beauty products and deliver them straight to your door. They also tell you how the products work, their key ingredients, and how to fit them into your daily beauty regimen. This is what I found in the January 2016 TestTube.

Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner | I love Mally so I was thrilled with this full-sized sample! This waterproof eyeliner glides on easily, delivering a crisp line and mega staying power - even without primer. The shade that I received is a violet-navy color called Sailor. This liner is rich, full, and gives a strong coverage. I love how it can be used over, under, or in the inner rim of the eye. 

Cailyn Cosmetics Dissolv'it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm | Treat your skin to a deep clean with this antioxidant-rich, balm-to-oil formula that is sure to dissolve all traces of dirt and grime. Gentle and mild, this cleanser will not dry or irritate the skin. On those days when I am makeup heavy, this is perfect. The powerful antioxidant ingredients let you soothe, refresh, and indulge all at once!

Hask Repair That Hair Leave-in Spray | This spray is formulated with a specialty blend of ingredients developed to pack your hair with moisturizing agents that are lost due to environmental and styling damage. Ditch your old routine and feed your hair with this miracle product that provides 5 amazing benefits: moisturizes to prevent breakage, detangles and smooths, controls frizz and flyways, adds shine, plus provides thermal protection. This works great on my long, thick hair!

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant | This is not a new product for me. I happen to already use it and love it. Reveal brighter, more luminous skin with this daily exfoliator that works to gently remove dull surface skin and even out skin tone while accelerating skin renewal all at once. I use this in the morning to rejuvenate my skin. It makes you skin super soft and smooth.

NeoCell Beauty Bursts Soft Chews | Collagen in a chew? These fruity bursts deliver powerful beauty nutrients like collagen and vitamin C to hydrate and strengthen skin, hair and nails with every bite. 

Fromm Beauty Diane Pink Hope Brush | What a cute little brush! Designed to be used gently on both wet and dry hair, this mixed boar bristle brush detangles your locks, leaving behind smoother strands. I keep it in my desk for touch ups!

Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum | This handy gum safely removes surface stains, cleans teeth, freshens breath and protects against cavities. Calprox safely lifts surface stains such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine and other stains without harsh abrasives or the risk of sensitivity. This formulation is encapsulated with Baking Soda to aid in the elimination of germs while also freshening breath.

TanTowel Combo Pack | Exfoliate, tan, and moisturize all in one with this 3-in-1 self-tanner for face and body. TanTowel towelettes are infused with a clear self-tanning formula which works with the proteins and amino acids in your skin to produce a healthy and natural sunless tan in just a few hours. TanTowel gives you a quick and even application with no streaks, mess, or fuss.

Bliss That's Incredi-'Peel' | This foolproof at-home glycolic peel is gentle enough for all skin types and boasts powerhouse ingredients to deliver serious exfoliation without the harsh irritation. 

Every other month, NewBeauty will deliver eight (or more) full and deluxe-size luxury samples straight to your door. A one year subscription to NewBeauty Magazine is also included with your subscription! 

Buy It :: You can start a NewBeauty TestTube subscription for $29.95 + shipping every other month.

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