May 6, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Pamper and spoil mom with these great mother's day gift ideas! Did you know that Vera Bradley (yes the famous pattern handbag brand) makes wrapping paper kits? They come in a convenient book that makes gift giving easy and fun! Packaged in an adorable scrapbook, each set includes 20 tear-out sheets of luxe matte wrapping paper and adorable gift tags for the ultimate presentation. With classic Vera Bradley prints that you've definitely owned in bag form before, these sets are bringing back some serious style memories.

I love the book format for a few reasons. One is that it is so easy to browse all of the different patterns. Two is because books are so much easier to store than rolls of wrapping paper! Each of the 20 pages folds out into an 18" x 24" sheet. There are also 20 ready-to-color gift tags included that are coordinated to the wrapping paper patterns.

The Vera Bradley Birthday Bash Wrapping Paper book (shown above) comes in the popular BlueRhapsody, Summer Cottage, Lilli Bell, Ziggy Zinnia patterns, just to name a few. Cutline grids are provided on the reverse of each sheet to make fitting your gift box a breeze.

The Vera Bradley Baby Bump Wrapping Paper book (shown above) comes in the patterns Priscilla Pink, Twirly Birds Navy, Clementine, Va Va Bloom, and more.

The picture above shows three patterns each from the Baby Bump kit, the Wedding Belles kit, and the Birthday Bash kit. Of course, mom would love her gift wrapped in any of these patterns!

These elegant wrapping paper kits provide everything you need to wrap a lovely present. The twenty unique wrapping paper sheets on luxe matte paper each feature a different Vera Bradley pattern, specially selected for the occasion. Each pattern coordinates with a color-your-own gift tag for you to personalize with love!

Pamper mom with the DermaBrilliance System! She can cleanse and exfoliate for smooth, luminous, and youthful looking skin! The DermaBrilliance System combines a revolutionary sonic wand, operating at over 5,000 oscillations, and Jewel Resurfacing Cream, to polish away visible signs of aging. The resurfacing cream even includes one full carat of micronized diamonds and over hundred carats of micronized garnets in each jar to give her skin the smoothest, most luminous palette.

The DermaBrilliance Sonic Exfoliation System includes a DermaBrilliance Wand, Jewel Resurfacing Cream, four Interchangeable Heads, Apple Cleanser, and Charger. Jewel Resurfacing Cream is rich, creamy, and feather light. It is packed with skin rejuvenating vitamins, natural alpha hydroxides, and antioxidants. This helps hydrate and moisturize your skin while resurfacing and polishing away the dirt and cellular debris.

Included are four treatment heads designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and massage. The exfoliate head is shown above. Used with the Jewel Resurfacing Cream, mom will get smooth and exfoliated skin that is ready to absorb her favorite anti-aging skin products.

Additionally, this kit includes the gentle yet effective Apple Stem Cell Cleanser. Shown above you see the cleansing attachment on the left and the massage attachment on the right. You can use the handy two-minute timer to time each session. I love the versatility and effectiveness of the Sonic Exfoliation System and mom will too!

Would mom like more variety in her beauty products? That kind of curiosity can get expensive quick. So why not gift her a beauty box subscription? Lookfantastic’s Beauty Box features five to six trial or deluxe sample products that give you a taste of what mom has been searching for! I tested the January and February Lookfantastic beauty boxes for you. Let me show you what was inside.

January's box (shown above) was all about getting fresh and clean. Some of the brands featured in this box were: Espa, Korres, and Erno Laszlo. The standout from this box for me was the Erno Laszlo White Marble Essence Lotion. This light but powerful water lotion that rehydrates, re-plumps and restores skin's luminosity by helping it better attract and hold glow-giving hydration to skin.

The February box (shown above) was all about exploring natural beauty. This box featured brands like ELEMIS, Caudalie, and Filorga. I loved the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. The clinically proven formula that reduces the depth of wrinkles and improves skin firmness, tone, and hydration.

Treat yourself or someone special to a monthly beauty box subscription from Lookfantastic. You can choose from 1, 3, 6 or 12-month subscriptions starting at just $16. Get free delivery worldwide and six luxury products each month from the very best beauty brands. Each box is guaranteed to have a value of over $60, a copy of ELLE magazine, along with tips and tricks to help you look your best. You will receive a mix of cosmetics, haircare, skincare, bodycare, and beauty tools in both deluxe sample and full sizes. Still deciding whether or not you should treat yourself or someone else to a beauty box this month? Take a look at their previous boxes.

Mom can infuse her home with the aroma she loves using this Home & Linen Mist from Molton Brown. The fragranced room scents and linen sprays will light up her space and make her smile. Comforting and uplifting, precious ingredients are blended with pure functionality. The fragrance I sampled was Orange & Bergamot. Mom can add a zesty twist to her home with this bestselling citrus scent blended with orange oil, bergamot, and neroli.

Sevillian orange, neroli, and bergamot blend for a refreshing scent. It is also available in a hand lotion, body wash, eau de toilette, aroma reeds, and scented candles. Orange & Bergamot is a classic lively blend. It makes a perfectly energizing gift for the home - ideal for those who love a citrusy scent and a social gathering.

Mission Grove's Sea Salt Scrub is a great gift for the skin! The fragrance is meticulously formulated to stimulate your mind, body, and spirit. Mission Grove Scrubs give a new meaning to the word glowing skin and naturally detoxify while giving you unbelievably soft skin.

The scent that I tried, Sakura Blossom, is a balancing, calming combination of apple, citrus, and heliotrope. It is a bit floral with a bit of zest to it. I love using this salt scrub for my feet, elbows, and anywhere I feel extra dry.

My mom loves to do her own nails, and she especially loves Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish. Why? Because they are infused with treatment benefits that bolster the strength and appearance of dry, brittle, discolored nails. The spring revival collection includes two new doctor-formulated shades: REFLECTIVE Rosé and BELOVED Blush.

REFLECTIVE Rosé glistens with flecks of shimmery chrome. This decadent frosted metallic puts an ultra-chic, grown-up twist on pink. The diffused shine, mixed with a futuristic finish, make it a perfect day-to-night polish. Trendy yet hard to resist, it’s like frosé for your nails.

BELOVED Blush is laced with subtle blue undertones. This cool cotton candy crème has spring written all over it. Just bold enough that it doesn’t disappear against your skin tone, yet neutral enough to wear every day. It’s the pink polish of your dreams with a high-gloss finish to boot.

Both formulas are long-lasting and enriched with Garlic Bulb Extract, Tea Tree Oil, Wheat Protein and Vitamins C and E.

GuruNanda, the maker of a line of premium, 100% pure essential oils, has introduced a great gift idea for mom. This USB powered plug-in essential oil diffuser has nebulizing technology! It simply plugs right into the wall, disseminating refreshing, natural and therapeutic mist into the air directly from the bottle, with no need for water.

The GuruNanda Natural Mist USB Wall Plug-In Diffuser can be used with any 15 ml. bottle of GuruNanda Essential Oil (peppermint, lavender, tea tree, etc.) depending on the aromatherapy benefits desired. I love this diffuser because it doesn't use any water or heat. It comes directly from your essential oil, so you know exactly what you are breathing in.

Another reason I love it is because you can plug it into a USB or an electrical outlet. How easy is that?! Just remove dripper plug from your favorite GuruNanda Essential Oil. Then screw the essential oil bottle directly into the natural mist diffuser. Plug it into a USB port or a wall outlet. Finally select your spritz mode, every 10 minutes, or every 20 minutes. That's it!

How cute are these Milk+Sass Detangler Brushes? Be she a Francophile, jet-setter, carpooler, beauty-aficionado, postpartum, or strapped for time, all moms will love this Parisian-inspired detangling brush on Mother's Day. Believe it or not, this bite-sized detangling brush makes a massive impact. The Macaron for Hair is a sweet and petite Parisian-inspired detangling brush that smooths tangles in half the time of conventional brushes.

The pop-on/pop-off cover works double time as a bristle protector and compact mirror - perfect for travel and on-the-go styling! Strategically sturdy radial bristles are combined with a lightweight ergonomic design for optimum comfort, control, and tangle taming for every hair age, type, and texture.

What will mom love about Macaron for Hair? It is ever so whimsically shaped like a Macaron and comes in fun colors. It works double-time as a mirror compact and high-end detangling brush. Its bite-size and super travel-friendly. It smooths and detangles hair in half the time. It requires fewer passes through hair, which means less damage and less hair loss. Its smart bristles work on all hair types and textures, from curly to straight, thick to thin, wet to dry.

March 28, 2018

Loving Lately

I hope everyone is having a great spring so far! I am ready for some warmer weather, please! As I wait, I have come across some cool stuff that I would love to share with you. Here is what I have been loving lately.

Let's start with this yummy Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder from Mally Beauty. Inspired by Korean beauty, melting lip powder is formulated with encapsulated pigments that break on contact to provide instant moisture. It keeps lips healthy and hydrated while delivering rich, long-lasting color. (above: Mellow Mauve + Gentle Pink)

Harnessing the power of Silica Silyate, a hydrogel that transforms from powder to cream upon contact with the oils naturally produced by the skin, the formula melts onto lips and offers a hydrating, matte finish. It won’t smudge, budge or transfer during wear. This is such a unique product. I found that it blended well and didn't dry out my lips. (above: Soft Nude + Tender Rose)

Also from Mally Beauty, Shimmer Shape & Go is a set of three face-shaping crayons! Featuring a weightless, creamy, super-blendable formula, this highlight and contour trio allows you to create sculpting shadows, illuminating highlights, and a soft blush for radiant-looking skin. 

They are so fun to play with! The chubby crayon design makes application fast, easy, and mess-proof. Just swipe on and blend. The result is a defined look that will have you glowing! (above: Deeper Kit)

I love a charcoal mask and the 7th Heaven Charcoal Peel Off Mask is no exception. This single-serve sachet mask is all-natural and mineral-rich, featuring charcoal, which attaches to toxins and impurities and then brings them to the skin’s surface. It’s great for problem skin and oily skin and also helps reduce redness from acne. Besides detoxifying charcoal, other key ingredients include skin-calming crushed witch hazel, purifying and soothing pressed birch leaf and oil-absorbing kaolin clay.

Speaking of face masks, Derma E also has a few I have been loving. The purifying mask is a dual action formula that decongests pores of excess sebum, dirt and toxins then exfoliates away harmful micropollutants. The brightening mask reveals brighter looking skin, helps to promote a youthful appearance and helps to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. The firming clay mask gently draws out dirt and impurities from deep within pores and exfoliates for smooth skin. It provides an instant fresh and cooling sensation for the skin and helps skin to appear visibly firm.

I have been seeing beautiful braided hairstyles everywhere. I had no idea how to actually get these gorgeous styles, until now. Twist Me Pretty Braids is an indispensable guide to creating incredible, instagrammable looks at home. Each braid has full color pictures and step-by-step instructions, plus tips and tricks for getting it perfect every time. 

The author, Abby Smith, is a blogger, photographer, designer, and mother, so she knows that when it comes to getting ready in the morning, fashion and function need to work together and fast! I love how she breaks the hairstyles into easy step-by-step instructions. With 45 styles to choose from, you will find the perfect look for you.

The newest innovation in at-home manicures is Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors. Say goodbye to messy manicures with these clever cuticle protectors that protect your skin and cuticles from polish. The peel-off guards wrap around each nail for a neater application. Just peel, apply, paint, and remove. I like the material, which reminds me of a stretchy band-aid. They are easy to adjust so you get that perfectly guarded cuticle. They fit your nails to create a barrier and ensure a flawless polish line. No mess, no fuss, no polish clean up.

Finally, inspired by the revolutionary science of epigenetics, StriVectin Wrinkle Recode Line Transforming Melting Serum with BioRecode technology revitalizes skin's own wrinkle-fighting abilities to reduce the appearance of deep lines and creases. The super concentrated wrinkle-fighting treatment melts luxuriously into the skin to visibly plump, smooth, and restore youthful radiance. Youth-renewing oils mimic fatty acids naturally found in skin to replenish and retain moisture, while NIA-114 strengthens the skin barrier for visibly transformed, youthful-looking skin.

Why You Should Upgrade to the Google Pixelbook

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

It's Google! Just imagine everything you love about Google in a laptop. That is Google Pixelbook. It is the new high-performance Chromebook. You can get things done faster and smarter because Google Assistant is built right in. From its ultra-thin design to its collection of apps, Pixelbook is beautifully versatile and effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. And because it’s powered by Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and software features.

It's helpful! I am excited about having Google Assistant built in. It’s easily accessible via the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or by using a wake word. You can even access it with Pixelbook Pen (sold as a separate accessory). Simply press and hold the button, then tap the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your Assistant. How cool is that?

It's thin! At just 10.3mm, Pixelbook is Google’s thinnest laptop ever, with a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. I love the 360° touchscreen and the versatile 4-in-1 design. Why? You can sketch or edit photos, stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to your device, and enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red.

It's quick! With Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and features with software that automatically updates in the background. Pixelbook’s ready to go when you are. It starts up in under ten seconds, stays fast, and has a fast-charging, all-day battery that gives you up to ten hours of go from a single charge. This is so important to me because my current computer seems to take forever to boot up. I have things to do, know what I mean?!

It's on sale! You can find the Google Pixelbook at Best Buy. Save $100 from now through 4/7/18. Google Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in. Its super thin, four-in-one design includes a long-lasting battery and 7th Gen Intel Core processor. It also comes with all the apps you already know and love to help you create, play and do more.

Spring Break Must-Haves

Spring break is here! If you are leaving the cold and heading south, don't forget these spring break must-haves. You will want to look and feel your best while you enjoy some fun in the sun. What am I packing? Keep reading to find out.

How do you take your favorite scent with you on vacation? You Travalo. Say bon voyage to toting your glass perfume bottles across the country, and hello to the Travalo Milano. This elegant refillable fragrance atomizer disperses your favorite perfume anywhere you want to take it. The TSA-approved Milano will ensure that your favorite perfume arrives in style, and not shattered into pieces all over your luggage.

Just remove your perfume bottle spray head, take out the Travalo engine (inner bottle) from the case, and pump to fill. Now you are ready to go, spray, and enjoy! The Milano refills in seconds directly from any standard perfume bottle. The innovative refill system perfectly transfers your fragrance without spills or damaging exposure to air. I love my Travalo Milano!

Quickly and conveniently lift away makeup, oil, and impurities while thoroughly hydrating skin. These hydrating facial wipes can refresh your skin throughout the day, or remove makeup, sunscreen, and more in an instant. They are also great for using on the flight to keep your skin hydrated and feeling fresh! Each freshly scented pre-moistened wipe is infused with ultra-moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid that helps condition, soften and smooth skin, leaving it fresh and dewy. Fortified with superfruit extracts Grape Seed and Maqui Berry, these easy, one-step wipes offer antioxidant protection while keeping skin clean and refreshed.

Brighten and whiten your teeth 273% more than regular toothpaste with rosewater mint professional whitening toothpaste from Supersmile. This professional-strength formula contains Calprox, which safely lifts surface stains without harsh abrasives while building stronger enamel with a combination of calcium, phosphates, and magnesium. Your breath is left fresher longer with sodium bicarbonate and fluoride protects against cavities. As the #1 recommended toothpaste by cosmetic dentists worldwide, you can ensure a healthier, brighter smile for all of those spring break selfies!

When it comes to sunscreen with high SPF at a great price, look no further than NO-AD. NO-AD is a sunscreen brand that costs less per ounce because no advertising means the brand doesn't buy expensive TV, print, or radio ads, passing the savings on to consumers. The non-greasy, fragrance-free, quick dry, continuous spray sunscreen is perfect for kids. It's formulated to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a water and sweat resistant instant dry spray. The broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen stick for babies is a non-dragging formula that goes on smooth. It is hypoallergenic and non-irritating, making it great for delicate baby skin. Try the body and face stick for an ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear with no white mess. The wide-format stick is also water-resistant (80 minutes), and gives broad-spectrum SPF 50 sun protection. It's great for the body, yet gentle and light enough for the face.

Sun Therapè Pro Sport was designed with the athlete in mind, but benefits anyone who sustains regular sun exposure would benefit from this plant-derived, antioxidant and vitamin-rich sunscreen to restore and maintain the appearance of healthy, beautiful skin. This full spectrum sunscreen is lightweight, fast-absorbing, PABA-free, and pampers skin with a pharmaceutical-grade hydrating system. This one-of-a-kind formula provides much-needed SPF 35 for the face and body and also nourishes skin with marine plankton, liposomes, and enzymes. It is full of the most advanced damage preventing ingredients, which help repair and protect skin while you enjoy your active spring break activities!



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