February 26, 2017

How I Organized My Beauty Room


It has always been a dream to have a beauty room all to myself. So I recently did some rearranging and created my own beauty room! I didn't spend very much and it is quite organized. I know exactly where to find what I am looking for.


I started with a few pieces of basic furniture. The only pieces that I purchased were a white and grey desk and a seven drawer white chest from Home Depot. That was it. If I lived closer to an IKEA, I would have used the ALEX drawers with a table top instead. I already had an old filing cabinet which fit under the desk to the left. More storage!


Next I stacked several clear acrylic makeup organizers on the left side of the desk. I love using these because they are super durable and you can see what is inside. I used some old mugs and containers to house my makeup brushes.


I found the perfect trifold vanity mirror which fit the desk top perfectly. I love the beveled edges. It looks awesome. I found lots of things at Homegoods like vanity trays and drawer knobs. I decided that I didn't like the plain white knobs that came on the white chest, so I also purchased some teal knobs to replace them. 


Inside the drawers of the white chest, I used interlocking drawer bins to keep everything in its place. They are perfect for organizing drawers, because you can lock pieces of different sizes together so that they fit each drawer perfectly. The only problem I was running into with the white chest of drawers, was that I kept on forgetting what was inside. Which drawer had my mascaras? My eyeliners? etc. Then it occurred to me ... I needed labels.


The Brother P-Touch Label Maker was just what I needed to get organized. The P-Touch D210 is the perfect tool for adding a personal touch to your home organization. Now one of my favorite gadgets, I have used it to organize my jewelry, accessories, and or course, my makeup! What makes the P-Touch fun as well as functional is the range of colors the label comes in (clear, black, red, gold, yellow) so that you can add that custom touch to your closet, beauty room, etc … 


I decided to go with gold on black label tape. It was so easy to load and create my labels! The one touch keys give you quick access to fonts, frames, symbols and more. The graphical display even allows you to see how your label will look before you print! The personalized options are nearly endless with 14 fonts, 95 frames, and more than 600 symbols. There are also 27 quick and easy templates simply type in what you want and then press print. It is so much fun to use!


Once I created the labels for my drawers, it was just a simple peel and stick process. Now I know exactly what is in each drawer without having to open it. I love my new label maker so much, it makes me want to organize everything in my home!


Now that my beauty room is organized, I can fill it with all of my favorite beauty products! I find myself using more of the makeup that I forgot I had. It also helps me remember what I already own, so I don't end up with doubles. My beauty room is one of my favorite place in my home and I am so pleased with how it turned out. 


Do you have a beauty room or a vanity?
How do you keep it organized?

February 25, 2017

butter LONDON + Project Runway Junior


Did you watch this season of Project Runway Junior? Those kids are so talented! Spoiler alert! A big congratulations to designer Chelsea Ma on her Project Runway Junior win! Chelsea's looks were fun and innovative. All season long, butter LONDON helped the designers create the perfect runway looks. Makeup artist Scott Patric worked with the designers to create the winning looks like these.


I had previously loved butter LONDON for their nail polish, but this was my first time getting to try butter LONDON makeup! Makeup artist Scott Patric used gold and green eye shadow from the Palm Paradise ShadowClutch Wardrobe Duo (left). The light pink lip look (right) was created using Plush Rush Lip Gloss in Flash Mob, a high-shine gloss that plumps your lips! I was sent both products to try!


ShadowClutch duos are a great way to play with pops of color. Just pick and choose your favorite shades to create your custom palette tailored to your needs. These primer-infused, oil-absorbing shadows go on like ... butter! They are also long-lasting and crease-free. ShadowClutch duos are formulated with super fine milled powders for a buttery soft texture. They are packed with pigments to give off an intense color payoff. I wouldn't normally go for these gold and green shadows, but they are actually quite stunning.


This bright neon pink plumping lip gloss is so 80's! It instantly adds lip fullness leaving a lasting tingling sensation. Feel it to believe it! I actually love lip glosses with that tingle, so this became an instant fave. The plump-ness works by stimulating hyaluronic synthesis to enhance lip shape. Science meets beauty.


I also got to try the fabulous True To Form BronzerClutch Palette. This bronzer and contour palette in one comes with 3 universal shades and 1 highlighter pen to shape, define, and brighten. The shades are: Sun Kissed (golden bronze shimmer), Sun Baked (matte bronze), and Sun Shadow (matte contour). It also comes with this cute highlight pen that adds a soft strobe of light where you want it most! The ultra fine mica powders improve skin texture for a soft focus effect. How convenient!


Check out the exclusive collection created by Chelsea Ma, the winning designer of Project Runway Junior Season 2! Co-created with butter LONDON, this exclusive collection was inspired by her exuberant designs, these one-of-a-kind nail polish and lip gloss sets are tailor made for your inner fashionista.


Connect :: Visit butterlondon.com to learn more about the products used to create winning Project Runway Junior looks! Connect with butter LONDON via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Dyson Supersonic: The Hair Dryer Re-Thought

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.


I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer to review from Best Buy. I have had my eye on this baby since it was released. I knew that their must be a better way to dry hair. There is.


Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is a must-have accessory worth every single penny. Yes it is the most expensive hair dryer. But when you consider what Dyson engineering can do for your hair, you understand why. It is truly the hair dryer re-thought. Dyson has considered every function and feature. Features like intelligent heat control and ultrafast drying make it the perfect hair dryer for my long, thick, wavy hair.


The Dyson Supersonic is sleek and simple. Even the controls are well placed and thought out. Notice how small the handle is? Dyson engineered the motor to be in the handle, not the head. This is smart because who wants a heavy headed hair dryer when you are trying to style and dry your hair!? Dyson Supersonic is lightweight and easy to use.


Worried about heat damage? Don't be. Intelligent heat control helps prevent extreme heat damage and protects natural shine. Air temperature is measured 20 times every second, keeping the temperature under control. My hair is very thick and it used to take forever to dry. Dyson Supersonic features ultra fast drying. Drying shouldn't take forever. For fast drying you need controlled, high velocity airflow. Dyson thought of that.


Only the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer comes with magnetic attachments. They magically attach in seconds. This means you can adjust from one to another quickly and easily. The Dyson diffuser is the attachment I use the most. My hair is naturally wavy, so this attachment is perfect for emphasizing those waves.


Engineered to disperse air evenly around each of your ringlets, the diffuser simulates natural drying to help reduce frizz and improve definition. Use the smoothing nozzle attachment to dry hair gently using smooth, wide air. This allows you to dry and style at the same time.


Finally, the Dyson styling concentrator uses high-velocity, focused air that lets you style one section at a time - without worrying about disturbing the rest. Utilize the attachments, the three precise speed settings (fast drying, regular drying, styling), as well as the four heat settings (constant cold, low, medium, high) to find your perfect match.


The Dyson Supersonic is even quiet! Acoustically tuned, the powerful motor is tuned to produce one inaudible frequency, and it’s enveloped by a vibration reduction system. Look for my favorite hair tool of 2017, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, at Best Buy!

February 12, 2017

Beauty Box 5 January 2017 Subscription Box Review



Beauty Box 5 delivers a box filled with at least five cosmetic samples every month. Subscribers receive a mixture of luxury, recognizable, niche, and even vegan brands that cater to every skin type. Every box includes a selection of makeup, hair care, skin care, nail care, fragrances, and beauty accessories. Here is what I received in my January 2017 box.

 
So Susan Scented Light Diffuser
This antioxidant-rich, ground-breaking pair of colors gives you immaculate, sun kissed skin while diffusing any harsh light at the same time. Use the shades separately to target sun-touched areas, or blend them together for the most exquisite multidimensional glow. They are powered with Cocoa, Papaya, and Kelp extract to help rejuvenate and heal fatigued skins. This mini compact is even scented like cocoa and coconut!


Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus Cleansing Milk
Blue Lotus cleansing milk is fused with Soy Milk, Whole Oat, and White Tea. It is a gentle, soap and sulfate free cleanser that washes away dirt, impurities and makeup in one simple step. This soothing multi-tasker leaves skin pure and clean without stripping skin of its natural oils.


Novex Bamboo Sprout Leave-In Conditioner
This conditioner has been specially designed to naturally moisturize, treat, and leave the hair nourished and full of life. Made with Bamboo Sprout, it provides strength and growth, while also leaving it treated, nourished and with a glossy shine.


Nanacoco Classic Collection Nail Polish in Best of My Love
The classic color collection features fashion inspired shades selected from the hottest runway looks from New York to Milan. Best of My Love is that coveted grey shade we all love from the runways. I can't wait to try it!


Maskeraide Spotted Anti-Blemish Clear Spot Patches
Kick blemishes to the curb with these emergency spot patches that help clear unwanted acne. Minimize the look of pesky pimples, absorb excess oil and calm redness with a blend of Salicylic Acid, Volcanic Ash and Tea Tree Oil. These clear miracle workers deliver continuous blemish fighting benefits so you can say bye-bye to those unwanted spots on your face.


Subscribe :: You can subscribe to Beauty Box 5 for $12. Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription, so there are twelve boxes available per year.


Using the Three Speed Conture System: Part 2

Thanks to Conture for partnering with me for this post!


I have been using the Three Speed Conture System for about two months now. You can see my first impressions post here. Conture utilizes Isometric Compression combined with Low Frequency Vibrations to gently stimulate and tone skin for a more youthful looking appearance.


Being I have been using Conture daily for two months, I can say that I am getting pretty good at using it. So I thought I would share with you what I have learned. First, you need to start with clean skin. It is easy to just fit the Conture treatment in whenever you can, but without a clean face, you are not able to achieve ultimate skin rejuvenating results.

Next, decide on your focus area. I don't treat my entire face each and every treatment. I select one or two focus areas for the day. I am in my early 40s right now, so this might change as my skin care needs change. I tend to choose cheeks and forehead most of the time.


When you have chosen your focus area(s), it is time to apply your topical. Apply a pea-sized amount of the Kinetic Treatment Serum to each desired treatment area every time you use the Conture Device.

Using the device settings on the back of the Conture, choose the appropriate treatment setting. “FACE” is the default setting and works for most focus areas. You can also choose "NECK" or "MILD".


It is time to tone the treatment area. Slowly glide the device over the desired treatment area. I like to use the recommended paths shown on conture.com on the discover the science tab. You will glide the device every 3-5 pulses, or a maximum of 5 seconds before each glide. Repeat this as many times as needed to fully cover treatment area. 

Complete your treatment by applying either the Kinetic AM Ignition Lotion in the morning, or the Kinetic PM Recovery Crème at night. Follow up with you own favorite moisturizer. The result? Skin that feels as smooth as a baby's bottom!


Stay tuned for part 3 of my Conture System blog series. It will feature my final results after using the Three Speed Conture System for three months. Visit conture.com to learn more about the Three Speed Conture System. You can also connect with Conture on Facebook and Twitter. Use the code alittleumbrella25 to receive 25% off your order!

February 11, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide


Are you in search of the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Let me play cupid! I have chosen some of my favorite things for my Valentine's Day gift guide. Your sweetie will love these unique, clever, and fabulous gifts!


Whether your sweetheart is a significant other, a friend, or a relative, they'll for sure adore receiving deliciously unique candies at their doorstep. Candy Club's 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions are the ultimate sweet gesture, sending delectably unique candy selections straight to a loved one's door! I chose three sweet treats including: Sweet's Pink Grapefruit Fruit Sours, Arway Dark Chocolate Nonpareils, and Vidal Smoochers Gummi Lips! The packaging of Candy Club is amazing and it even came sprinkled with Atomic Fireballs! Right now you can get $20 off your Candy Club purchase - so hot!


Before you pucker up this Valentine’s Day, make sure you have smooth, moisturized lips. Have a spa session at home with your bae as you soothe dry, cracked lips with an intense hydrating treatment thanks to Masque Bar Intensive Lip Care Gel Patches. Enriched with Shea Butter, Cranberry Extract, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E, these intensive lip care gel patches intensely hydrate and soothe chapped lips. The long lasting moisture makes your lips soft, supple, smooth and kissable. Especially made with a unique lip-shaped patch, this advanced hydro-gel formula is the most effective and convenient way to protect lips and sensitive lip areas. Perfect for soft, kissable lips to show off in your V-Day selfie.


The Wellington from Sunglass Warehouse is the hero of all sunglasses. This classic style is part round, part browline, and all-around hot. The metal frame is sleek and modern, while still maintaining its retro roots. I chose the white frame with amber lenses. But it also comes in black, brown and grey! It is the perfect gift for him or her.


Soap & Paper Factory Petite Perfume Oils are made from only the finest ingredients. The premium oils hydrate the skin while leaving it lightly fragranced. The scents are housed in sleek, shatter-proof bottles that slip easily into your travel bag. Simply roll the scent onto your pressure points for the perfect touch of fragrance. These luxurious perfume oils are available in Verbena, Green Tea, Jasmine, Gardenia and Lavender. I tried Gardenia (floral with a hint of coconut) and Lavender (relaxing lavender with a touch of bergamot).


Treat your mouth to an enticing way to clean on the go with Marvis Travel Toothpastes. Marvis flavors are created by offsetting the aroma of mint, to provide the freshness you need. They feature innovative notes to offer you a long-lasting pleasurable taste sensation that can be different every day. The luxury flavored toothpastes that I received in the gift set were: Cinnamint, Classic Mint, Ginger Mint, Jasmin Mint, Aquatic Mint, Whitening Mint and Amarelli Licorice. What a fun way to get your mouth kissable and minty fresh!


Nothing says "I love you" quite like monthly deliveries of subscription boxes! Don't just gift them one day a year - gift them monthly! From beauty to fitness, check out my favorite subscription boxes and find your fave! Most will allow you to print a gift subscription card so the recipient will know what they are receiving!


Find It :: Click below to find the products mentioned in this post!
  1. Candy Club Premium Candies $20 off
  2. Masque Bar Intensive Lip Care Gel Patches $8
  3. Wellington Sunglasses $13.95
  4. Soap & Paper Factory Petite Perfume Oils $16
  5. Marvis Toothpaste Flavor Collection Gift Set $36
  6. Subscription Boxes varies


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