June 29, 2014

BB Plus Illumination Facial Creme :: Review


You need this for your summer beauty bag! Here is why. Golden, radiant and healthy skin has always been a girl’s best summer accessory. Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting has recently introduced their newest product - the BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème. A twist on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion. This luminous crème is easy to blend, long lasting and comfortable to wear, even in the warm summer months.


Just a tiny pump will give you enough for your whole face. I learned this the hard way! It is a versatile and luminous product that can be used alone as a cream highlighter, or mixed with your favorite liquid foundation. I find that my normal foundation is too light for me in the summer. So, I just add a tiny bit to my foundation and I have a perfect sunkissed look!


Features & Benefits
  • Can be used alone as a cream highlighter, or mixed with your favorite liquid foundation
  • Blurs imperfections and corrects discoloration
  • Universal shade adds radiance to any skin type or tone

The Bathory :: Perfect Bath Soak :: Review


Are you ready for the best bath of your life? Seriously. I need to introduce you to The Bathory. The Bathory lets you invent a customized bath soak, to help you feel relaxed, revived, sexy - whatever you fancy. Just add (hot) water.


The ordering (creating) process takes you through a series of questions like, "What kind of bath do you want?" and "How do you want to feel?" It is pretty awesome. By the time I was finished, I had created a detox bath soak made with pure epsom salts and rhassoul clay. I chose three essential oils (lavender, lemon and eucalyptus) and I was all set.


I wish you could smell through your screen. This bath soak smells so fabulous. The scent is very prominent, so you don't have to worry about being jipped on your essential oils. It smells luxurious and divine. Like I am lying in a lavender field, surrounded by eucalyptus and sipping lemon tea. So amazing. If that combination doesn't sound like your dream bath, then simply invent a personalized bath soak to fit your own mood perfectly.


The lovely Laura is the founder of The Bathory. She has been whipping up handmade cosmetics for years. She is also obsessed with anything to do with medicinal plants and herbs. The Bathory was born out of these interests, and, of course, from her excessive love of recreational bathing. She knows what she is doing because this is really good stuff!

Mr. Nutcase :: Custom Phone Cases :: Review


If you are in the market for a custom mobile phone case, check out Mr. Nutcase! They can print any design of your choice and create a case for your iPhone, Blackberry, Samsung or HTC device. They have a vast collection of classic designs for you to choose from. You can also choose to upload your own custom designs, photos, baby scans or company logos to and you can create custom phone cases. That is what I did!


The process is quite simple. Start by choosing your device, then design your case. For a little inspiration, head over to the collections section and pick a design or get your creative juices going and stand out from the crowd with your very own unique case. Once you are finished, just purchase and it will be delivered to your door. I chose to make a case from some of my blog graphics. It turned out really cute!


This is the Executive Flip Leather Style case for the iPhone. I love the sleek look and feel of this case. It flips around your phone and the flap covers your screen. It is great if you are rough on your screen. You get that extra protection. You can add your own text too!


One side will be printed and the other will be left white. It makes for a nice and clean look. I like the flap closure too. It is a hidden magnet, making it easy to open and close. This is a great case and it is very affordable ($33.98 in US dollars) and worldwide shipping is free!

June 2014 Glossybox Review :: #GlossyUSA


What is Glossybox? How would you like to receive five surprise luxury beauty products delivered to your doorstep each month? Each month Glossybox curates a box of five luxury travel-sized beauty products for you to lather, blend, soak, spray, buff, and groom with. Indulge and experience luxury at its finest for just $21 a month! Here is what the special June Stars & Stripes Box had waiting for me inside!


I loved the June box! What a great way to kick off summer - with a celebration of red, white, and blue. The custom designed Stars & Stripes GLOSSYBOX features five beauty products that are all proudly made in America, including an exclusive-to-GLOSSYBOX red and blue nail polish from Strange Beautiful. The Stars & Stripes theme is so cute! My nails are ready for the 4th with the nail duo, I love the Rusk texture spray and the Ayres body butter is amazing. Make sure you check the bottom of this post for a special offer on this box!


AYRES :: Patagonia Body Butter
This natural ultra-rich creamy body butter is enriched with plant emollients, herbal extracts and vitamins to provide relief from dry, rough skin. The natural antioxidant benefits of vitamin E provide protection to your skin while shea nut butter gives long-lasting hydration. I love the delicate scent. It features jasmine and aromatic rosemary blended with lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, patchouli and fir. Inspired by Patagonia’s snow-capped mountains and blue lagoons, this fresh scent inspires a soothing sense of calm. It reminds me of a spa.


Camille Beckman :: Platinumé Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy
Get definitive relief for your hands. Imperial Repair Hand Therapy is specifically formulated to restore, soften and soothe your hands to optimal well-being. It is richly crafted with glycerin, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil and a signature herbal complex. The Lemongrass Vert and Sparkling Grapefruit scent smells awesome with Top Notes of Indian Lemongrass, Heart Notes of Parisian green, and Base Notes of Sparkling Grapefruit.


STRANGE BEAUTIFUL Library of Color :: COLORBLOC
Now you can transform the color of your nails is in the palm of your hand, pocket, bag and countless other places. Create an effortless moment and restyle your nail color any time and anywhere. STRANGE BEAUTIFUL COLORBLOCs are outstanding for travel and splendid to hold. They are comprised of two 4ml bottles of super saturated compelling colors encased in an efficient geometric design. Even though the bottles are small, I found them very easy to use. The color is very saturated and you could really be fine with just one coat.


Sumita Beauty :: Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil
Need Radiant Color + Easy Application + Crease-Resistance? It is so easy with this eye shadow pencil that also doubles to create smokey eye accents! Deliver a daily dose of color in a snap without fear of smearing or smudging. It was designed to apply as smooth as silk allowing you to enhance and accentuate your eyes with the ease and precision of a pencil. It does go on super smooth. You can see my application in the photo above. This is a great color for smoky eyes.


RUSK :: Texture Dry Finishing Spray
Great style starts with a great cut. But it needs a texturing hairspray to show off its killer shape. Like an instant volumizer, RUSK Texture Spray injects fullness and natural movement with a few quick bursts. Just spray, sway and stun. That’s how RUSK Texture Spray rolls. This stuff is so great. It works pretty much instantly to get that texture you want without the stiff and sticky hold. Love this stuff.


So, as you can see, the June Stars & Stripes Box is pretty awesome. Here is that special offer I told you about earlier. When you sign up for a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month GLOSSYBOX subscription, you will get an extra June GLOSSYBOX to gift to your friend! How cool is that? A Free GLOSSYBOX! Just use voucher code "2JUNE" to redeem your gift. This offer is not valid for limited edition boxes. The code is valid on 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions only. Hurry! The offer ends on June 30th. 


I received a special STRANGEBEAUTIFUL nail polish set a bit early. I created the patriotic manicure shown above! Just for the record, I tried to make it fancier with some white stars, but it did not turn out at all. Oh well! I like the end result.

June 28, 2014

Put A Little Umbrella In Your Summer Drink :: 12 Summer Drink Recipes

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Obviously I have a thing for umbrella drinks. There is nothing like lounging poolside or on a beach with an umbrella drink. That has to be my favorite way to spend my summer down time! Here are 12 Summer Drinks recipes that are all worthy of their very own little umbrella.

Peeps Beachside Drink :: Try this one with your kids and any blue drink!

Pineapple Coconut Rum Cocktail :: Celebrate summer with this cocktail that has a Caribbean flair.

Sunset Passion Colada :: I had quite a few of these on my last cruise. They are a mixture of a pina colada and a strawberry daiquiri. Yum.

Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade Mojito :: How many delicious drinks can we put together?! I need one now!

Grapefruit Lemonade Spritzer :: This spritzer is the perfect combination of tangy and sweet.

Pink Watermelon Lemonade :: This perfect thirst quenching drink screams summer.


Southern Belle-ini :: Refreshing and fruity without being overly sweet – perfect for a summer afternoon party.

Coco Loco :: Coco Loco is a Colombian Coconut Cocktail. Anything with the words coconut and cocktail and I am in!

Blue Hawaii :: The classic drink from tropical paradise.

Mango Pineapple Mint Daiquiri :: Light, fruity, and refreshing.

Prosecco Lemon Float :: This crisp, sweet cocktail would be a beautiful addition to any celebration or for enjoying on the deck on a warm summer night.

Vanilla Bean Dream Cocktail :: Pina colada tropical goodness combined with fresh, ripe peaches and sprinkled with a good dose of vanilla beans and rum.

I love experimenting with new drinks, especially in the summer! I will have to spend my summer trying all of these. Summer is about being refreshed and relaxed. These drinks will help you celebrate all that is summer. Cheers to summer!


This Summer Drinks post is brought to you by Foodie.com. All opinions are my own.

June 27, 2014

Summer Shandy :: Keurig K-cup Recipe

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I love a great Summer Shandy! This is one of my go-to drinks when I am selecting "beverages" during the summer months. It did not even occur to me to make it at home! Cross Country Cafe posted this Easy Summer Shandy recipe and it looked so good, I wanted to share it with you!

You will need:



Instructions:
  1. Start by adding one cup of ice to a martini shaker.
  2. Brew your Lemonade K-cup directly into a martini shaker using the lowest water setting of your Keurig Brewer. Caution - only use a stainless steel martini shaker. Do not brew directly into anything glass.
  3. Shake the lemonade to encourage chilling.
  4. Next, pour even amounts of your beer into two cocktail glasses.
  5. Finally, add even amounts of the now chilled lemonade to each of the cocktail glasses. 
  6. Garnish with a lemon and share with a friend!

Let me know if you try this one! I am definitely making it for my 4th of July festivities. Enjoy!



June 26, 2014

Mally Nation Selfie Sweepstakes


Don't miss the Mally Beauty nationwide ‘Selfie’ sweepstakes at all ULTA Beauty locations! A life-sized picture of Mally Roncal is on display at the Mally Beauty product station in each store. To enter the Mally Nation Sweepstakes, just shop the Mally Beauty collection and take a selfie with your favorite beauty guru until June 28th. 50 winners will be chosen at random to receive a Customer Choice Trio (valued at $55), and one grand prize winner will be chosen at random to score the ultimate gift - a Mally Beauty ULTA Mega Kit.


It only takes two easy steps to enter, instructions listed below:

  1. Visit your nearest ULTA Beauty location and stop by the Mally Beauty product station. Don’t be shy! Take the perfect selfie with the life-sized Mally cut-out on your mobile device.
  2. Upload your selfie to the Mally Nation Sweepstakes Facebook app and provide the following details: your first and last name, email address, and your participating ULTA Beauty store - a drop-down menu will allow you to choose a city, state and ULTA location.

Upon entering, don’t forget to check your selfie on the Mally Nation Gallery located HERE. Check out these Mallynistas and Mallynistos who have already entered the Mally Nation Sweepstakes! Good Luck!


Beach Essentials Collection at GroopDealz

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Summer is here! What do you need in your beach bag once you're sand-side? In addition to your book, ear buds, and cell, this gear that will definitely make your trip that much better. Shop the GroopDealz Beach Collection for all of the beach essentials you need at amazing prices. Here are some of my faves.


This Island Girl Crochet Top ($14.99) is perfect for all of your pool, beach, and on the go days! Wear it over your favorite swimsuit or even a bright bandeau or layering tank and your favorite shorts for a classy and elegant ensemble! What will you wear it with this summer?!


The Back to the Beach Handbag ($9.99) makes a beach day easy! It's large enough for everything you need! Even if you don't live near a beach, it's the perfect errand bag, picnic bag, or even diaper bag! Take it wherever your summer takes you!


You will need a great bathing suit too! This Suddenly Summer Vintage Two Piece Swimming Suit ($42.99) is perfect for the beach or the pool, or just to sun bathe! It's flattering fit and fun color combinations make this a summer MUST HAVE! Features string halter, padded cups, tonal stitching, and high waist polka dot bottoms.

While you are there, be sure to also check out the Home Decor to Adore Collection and the Kids & Baby Collection. Happy Shopping!



Frozen Gifts

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Shop Disney's Frozen Finds

Is your child, niece, neighbor, obsessed with Frozen? Did you know you can find hundreds of Frozen Gifts at Zazzle? They have t-shirts, mugs, binders and many other products with all of your favorite Frozen characters on them.


This fancy two-color tote (right), for example, comes in multiple color combinations and is made from 12oz 100% cotton canvas. The large capacity tote looks great when you put your favorite Frozen designs on the pocket, yet it’s tough enough to stand up to stuffing, hauling and washing.


Shop all of the Frozen Gifts for more great ideas! Don't worry, Zazzle partners with Disney so they can bring you all kinds of products with any of your favorite Disney characters on them. I have yet to see Frozen, but it is definitely on my want to watch list!



Free Hardcover Photo Book


Whatever you are doing this summer, save those memories in a beautiful Free Hardcover Photo Book


MyPublisher is offering customers one FREE 20-page classic photo book (11.25" x 8.75"). The Photo Finish or Book Jacket cover options are included. If you are looking for a bigger book, you can also get $29.99 off a deluxe photo book. The discount will be applied as $29.99 off your purchase.


These one-of-a-kind, high-quality custom photo books make wonderful gifts for special occasions, but they're also a great way to keep your favorite memories close, and provide a great option for digital scrapbooking. Choose from four different sizes and a variety of cover options and unique backgrounds, then fill the pages with your story. Make your memory book unique with your own title and favorite photo on the cover or select from premium leather options. Looking for inspiration? Try creating a custom recipe book, a portfolio book of children's art, a personalized family tree book, a brag book, a birthday book for kids, or a school memory book for teens. Start your Free Photo Book now!





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