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Pretty as a Princess

Every girl dreams of being a princess. It starts when we are little girl and we dress up in gowns and tiaras. As an adult we envy real princesses like Kate Middleton. That being said, we can't actually all be princesses. However, we can sure gussy ourselves up to look like them. These be|YOU|tiful products will have you looking the part in no time.

Speaking of princesses, London SOHO New York has created a collection of beauty bags and makeup brushes inspired by Disney Princesses! Make a Splash with this magical Princess Ariel 2-piece Brush Set. One brush conceals and covers while the other brush highlights and contours. They are quite high quality and super cute too! Mirror, Mirror on the wall … be the most flawless one of all. The Disney Princess Snow White Beauty Sponge is a must-have beauty tool. It works fab with both liquid and cream foundations. This one is very versatile. Put your pretty princess things in the Disney Belle 2-Piece Clutch Set. Get swept away with this set of clutches. The larger, clear clutch is perfectly sized for your toiletries and products, while the smaller clutch is great for cosmetics and tools. Made of PVC, smooth satin with metallic filigree details and an easy-to-wipe lining, this collection blends the romance of Beauty and the Beast with functional design to make your fairy tale dreams come true! Available exclusively at Walgreens, the latest collection offers a variety of ways to style like a princess! Connect with London SOHO New York via Facebook and Twitter

Princesses definitely require amazing lashes. ESQIDO mink lashes are light-weight, comfortable and can be worn up to 25 times. I had a chance to try two new styles, Oh So Sweet and BFF. Oh So Sweet are long, flowing, and evenly criss-crossed along the entire band. The longest strands are concentrated in the middle. With this unique overlapping effect, these mink lashes accentuate your eyes for a natural flutter effect. BFF was designed for ladies with natural medium to long lashes. Each individual strand on these mink false eyelashes subtly overlap for a lustrous and heavenly effect. These falsies are so unbelievably natural looking! Any princess would approve. Connect with ESQIDO via Facebook and Twitter.

Now that your lashes are fab, let's talk eyes. Palladio Beauty has launched bright new colors and products to make your beauty look pop! Herbal Matte Shadow Duos were created with a silky, smooth formula that glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly. The shadows deliver an ultra-velvety, matte finish of highly pigmented color combination to make eyes pop. I tried Soiree (shown above). Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners come in full-on shimmering shades with an ultra-precise brush that allows for super thin wisps of color to thicker, dramatic ”notice me” lines. Intense pigments combined with micro-pearls create bold, shimmering colors to enhance the eyes for high voltage defining color with a super shimmering metallic finish. A special fine brush tip enables fine application to create a variety of looks from classic super thin lines to vivid streaks and geometric shapes. I tried Amethyst (shown above). Connect with Palladio Beauty via Facebook and Twitter.

The lips of a princess must always look youthful. This is why she uses Lip Rewind from Miracle Skin Transformer. Rewind time for lips, with a blend of anti-oxidant rich butters that condition, smooth, and create a breathable barrier to maintain maximum moisture. Rose moss and powerful peptides combine to infuse lips with double the amount of hyaluronic acid, which boosts collagen and eliminates fine lines. Revel in the captivating cooling sensation created by menthol and peppermint oil and flaunt a perfectly soft, supple, and smooth pout every day. I tried the berry shade, the perfect combination of pink and red. I LOVE this product. You can barely feel it (no stickiness) but it leaves your lips tingly and soft. Connect with Miracle Skin Transformer via Facebook and Twitter

Would you rather glide on something with a matte, glam look? Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick is the perfect nude pink lip with a creamy and luxurious finish that glides on effortlessly for an ultra buttery and hydrating experience. Packed with pigmented and scented with our signature creamsicle scent, this lipstick will be your favorite everyday nude but also pairs well with a nighttime smokey eye. Connect with Gerard Cosmetics via Facebook and Twitter

FABY borrows the colors of the Earth and revitalizes them in 6 lustrous shades in the FABY Nature Collection. The ingredients, 87% of which are of natural origin, are derived from the manufacture of wood pulp, cotton, maize, cassava and other raw vegetable materials. 100% Cashmere (shown above) is a beige shade that will remind you of a prince's warm embrace. These denim bobby pins from Mia Beauty are a great accent to any hairstyle. Use them to pin hair back or decorate any up-do. Connect with FABY via Facebook and Twitter.

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Current Drugstore Beauty Faves

I love finding affordable and effective beauty products from the drugstore. Everyone loves to indulge, but these finds won't break the bank! Proof that the drugstore has nearly everything you need for great skin, hair and makeup. Here are my favorites from this month.

1. göt2b Curling Mousse :: This weightless curling mousse helps define your locks and control unruly frizz. Take charge of your wild wave and flaunt silky smoother spirals with endless definition and shine.

2. Gold Bond Ultimate :: Strength & Resilience Skin Therapy Lotion is uniquely formulated to help replenish and retain skin moisture naturally lost through the aging process. With a blend of 7 plumping moisturizers, vital proteins, and lipids, skin looks and feels stronger, more resilient, and youthful. Rough & Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream is a daily body moisturization treatment that goes beyond ordinary body lotion to smooth and soften extremely dry, rough skin and even helps reduce the appearance of bumps.

3. Bioré Charcoal Products :: Deep Cleansing Pore Strips instantly provide the deepest clean by lifting away deep down dirt. In just one use, pore strips are twice as effective as the leading pore cleanser at getting rid of pore-clogging build-up, dirt and oil that can cause blackheads. The Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar is infused with refreshing peppermint oil and exfoliating jojoba beads. This unique formula works to make skin smooth and 2.5x cleaner than a basic cleanser.

4. John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Primer :: This is the hair foundation for frizz-free styles. This primer provides smoother hair with continued use for easier styling and more manageable hair. It is formulated with Pure Coconut Oil and Frizz Immunity Complex that works from the inside-out.

5. Almay Intense i-Color Everyday Sets :: Add a pop of color to your everyday neutrals with these eyeshadow sets. Amp up your eyes with the new nude look with these all day wear powder shadows that are great for your lid and crease. The swatches above show 105 for brown eyes and 110 for blue eyes.

6. Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette :: Maybelline's newest 12-shade collection was curated to create infinite sensuous looks. It is infused with rose gold pigments for bolder blushes, provocative plums, and risque roses.

7. Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Mascara :: The MegaBrush increases your lash volume by 9X with one stroke. Volum' Express Colossal Mascara features a clump-free formula that contains collagen to plump up your lashes effortlessly.

Connect :: Visit Rite Aid to shop for all of these products and more to help you look your best! Connect with Rite Aid on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive offers, beauty + wellness tips, and more.

Cate & Chloe Monthly Jewelry Subscription Box

You know I love opening a monthly subscription box! It is usually a beauty box, but I was introduced to the Cate & Chloe monthly subscription box which has jewelry! For $39.99 a month, Cate & Chloe will ship $200 worth of fabulous, designer jewelry right to the subscriber’s door including one exclusive pre-release piece. 

The visionaries of Cate & Chloe began the company with one simple clear concept in mind - to create stylish yet affordable jewelry women could wear every day. Inspired by their favorite designers, they wanted versatile pieces that would complete every woman’s personal collection. 

This month Cate & Chloe is bringing you three jewelry items for the price of two! The C&C design team has been scouting for the hottest summer trends, and they have just received new summer styles. Like to skip the new trends and keep your style classics? No problem, just make sure to indicate your preferences on our style quiz! 

You will receive jewelry that fits your style. The stylists create a monthly offering you love, and work with you to ensure you receive items that fit your tastes. You can sit-back and enjoy new jewelry arriving directly to your doorstep each month. Pick from prepaid long term plans, or go month to month with no obligations. Plans start at just $32 per month!

I LOVE the three pieces of jewelry that were in my box. Everything is very high quality and looks fantastic! The Ella "Bright" Stud Earrings are a perfect pairing with your favorite sweater and jeans, or you can easily dress them up. The Drew "Wise One" Cuff Ring has a chic, swirling, whimsical design. The Drew ring is a fun way to jazz up your knuckle bling and will pair beautifully with your plainer silver jewelry. The Spencer "Visionary" Turquoise Pendant Necklace pairs perfectly with sun dresses, strappy sandals, and fresh, vibrant pastels! The subtle pop of turquoise will really bring any outfit to life. Seriously they are all so cute. The retail value of the three is $249! So you can see what a value the VIP box is!

Cate & Chloe has made it their mission to make sure today’s professionals remain on-trend. These simple, versatile, and elegant pieces allow women to add a little glamour to an everyday look.

Connect :: Visit to learn more about the Cate & Chloe VIP Program. You can also find Cate & Chloe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Buy It :: Join the Cate & Chloe VIP Program to start receiving the most fashionable jewelry that is hand picked by our stylist each month!

Take a Desert Escape with China Glaze

The sun is dipping below the horizon. The moon is rising in the sky. Endless sand dunes are glistening. Vibrant tones of the desert are radiating all around. Welcome to your Desert Escape. Now you can capture this serene image in a bottle with Desert Escape, a limited edition summer specialty collection from China Glaze. Inspired by the tones found in the vast desert landscape, the glowing pinks and reds are cooled by a serene turquoise and glisten against shimmering neutrals.

The six modern and neutral hues include (l to r above):
  • Meet Me in the Mirage :: Brilliant rose gold metallic shimmer
  • What’s She Dune? :: Tranquil sandy beige crème
  • Rain Dance the Night Away :: Bright turquoise crème 
  • Don’t Mesa With My Heart :: Vibrant violet pink crème 
  • Don’t Desert Me :: Intense fuchsia pearl shimmer
  • The Heat Is On :: Sunlit red-orange crème

In addition to the six modern and neutral hues, the China Glaze Desert Escape collection also features a cool nail art kit! Art You Looking Tribal includes three lacquers and a black Stripe Rite nail art liner.

And you can’t miss a meeting with the China Glaze Tribal Council, a set of six micro mini bottles of the lacquer collection.
This is one of my favorite China Glaze collections. The colors are gorgeous and perfect for summer!

Connect :: Visit to check out all of their nail lacquer collections. You can also keep up with China Glaze on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: The Tribal Council Mini Set ($12.99) and the Art You Looking Tribal Kit ($9.99) are availble at Sally Beauty Supply. The individual shades are available on for $7.50 each.

Sizzling Summer Beauty Finds

Summer rules … but a greasy face, sunburned skin, flat hair, and brittle nails don't! Let's face it, in order to have a sizzling summer, you will need to fix a few summer bummer beauty issues. No problem with these Sizzling Summer Beauty Finds for face, body, hair, and nails.

1. Looking for a distinctive, radiant and divine summer fragrance? Endless Summer Eau de Parfum by Kat Burki has the crisp fresh notes of summer. Its unmistakable character, infused with zesty and sparkling Bergamot creates a glorious mind state of “All Things Possible.” It smells warm, floral, and feminine. Fragrance notes include: (Top) Bergamot, Grapefruit, Citrus, Green Leaves; (Middle) Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Lily, Eucalyptus, Cyclamen; (Base) Powdery, Sandalwood, Amber, Rosewood, Cedar Leaf, Camphor You'll love this welcoming scent!

2. The Jurlique Sun Specialist Collection will get you through the sunny days ahead. Get a head start on that summer tan with Sun Specialist Sunless Tanner. This lightweight, non-streaky formula is designed to provide multi-benefits of a natural, golden sunless tan, protection from environmental aggressors and intense hydration. It is specially formulated with Sweet Orange fruit extract to help gently produce a natural, bronzed glow. I love the hint of color and instant glow it provides. If you do go into the sun, finish off your day with Sun Specialist After Sun Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion. This post-sun hydrator was designed to help restore moisture to the skin and maintain a lasting, even tan. The creamy formula is enriched with deeply hydrating natural butters to deliver ultra emolliency and moisturization for post-sun exposure. It will soften and deeply hydrate to leave skin feeling deeply replenished, resulting in a lasting tan.

3. Lavanila Laboratories has introduced The Healthy Sport Luxe Collection. The Sport Luxe SPF 30 Face and Body Cream was created for an active life in motion. This is a new generation of mineral sunscreen that is infused with SmartSport Technology for high performance and ultra sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat. Packed with skin saving antioxidants, this formula delivers superior, water resistant SPF 30 to face and body while nourishing and replenishing the skin. This stuff is fantastic!

4. Dry Skin? No more. Exfoliate your skin with Burt’s Bees Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelettes in Peach & Willow Bark. Simple use a gentle wipe face towelette to exfoliate skin and remove dirt, oil, and makeup. No need to rinse, and you’re good to go. They are perfect to throw in your beach bag!

5. Avoid makeup meltdown with the only setting spray clinically-tested to 16+ hours of makeup wear in high-heat and high-humidity. SKINDINAVIA Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal is kiss-proof, cry-proof, and sweat-proof. The ultra-fine spray is specially designed to resist the effects of excess moisture and helps keep makeup looking flawless. You will also want to pack a silicone-free makeup spray primer that helps your skin rebound and counteract the effects of talcs and foundation on the skin and will keep makeup from sliding off in extreme temps. The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control is a lightweight, good-for-you oil-control primer spray. This is your ticket to blemish-free skin and the perfect balanced canvas needed for all-day summer makeup wear. The light texture and staying power of both of these sprays is awesome.

6. Planning a long day at the beach? Try the Avon Extra Lasting Cream-to-Powder Foundation. This delivers 18-Hours of Worry Free Wear. It is perfect for hot days because it is fresh, lightweight and comfortable with a medium buildable coverage. Sweep Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara on from root to tip for 24-hour explosive volume. It is even water-resistant for beach day.

7. Getting gorgeous, poreless skin and flawless makeup application starts with a great primer! Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light is an oil-free primer that is ideal for oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin. This silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer skin. The revolutionary formula has oil absorbers for a smooth matte finish all day, and light diffusers to minimize the appearance of imperfections. Now that your skin is primed, use some Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation. It is like an Instafilter for your face. The special effects of Light Filter Technology and the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers blend together to make this powder foundation magic. Not only does it act like your favorite photo filter on your phone, but it also stays true all day. It sets in nice and light for hot summer days.

8. What is the best kept beauty secret nicknamed “Liquid Gold”? Argan Oil is the ultimate and most resilient moisturizing agent in beauty available. It does wonders on dry summer hair. It can tame frizz, give hair a shiny, glossy look and feel, and even add a healthy bounce! Thirsty strands will soak up Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum. This whisper-light hair serum glides through summer hair for a frizz-free glossy and silky look. I love using it on my day two hair for extra va-voom!

9. Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On is a lightweight oil treatment that protects your hair from the elements while naturally hydrating, restoring, and strengthening your hair. The tropical blend of oils and sea botanicals work to revitalize your hair, adding manageability and a brilliant silky shine. It even contains Argan Oil! I love spraying it on after showering or swimming! Sun Bum Beach Formula 3 In 1 Leave In protects, detangles, and conditions your hair while enhancing and restoring its natural body. It controls frizz, prevents split ends, slows color fading and will leave your hair silky-smooth and shiny. I follow up with the 3 In 1 Leave In and then comb through while wet.

10. More Argan Oil! Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner with SPF 15 offers color and texture protection with a light, natural hold combined with SPF 15 sunscreen. The Vitamin E and B5 hydrate and nourish your hair, while the built-in SPF sunscreen protects hair color and texture and scalp sunburn. A burnt scalp is the worst! This product is great for getting that hard to protect area! 

11. A great detangling comb is a summer hair essential. Conair offers some great options like the Conair Detangle & Style Comb. This wide-tooth comb is perfect for thick hair. The smooth, widely spaced teeth will detangle wet hair without pulling. Even the windiest beach days are no match for this great comb! Need more options? Try the Conair 12 Pack of Assorted Combs. Keep one in your beach bag, one in your car, etc.

12. Your hair will need extra conditioning in the summer months. The organic conditioners from Aubrey Organics cater to a variety of hair needs. For example, the protein rich GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner rehydrates and re-energizes your hair with two kinds of protein. It also has an invigorating Rosemary Peppermint scent. While the Island Naturals Conditioner is replenishing, and smooths hair fiber to leave hair silky and manageable. The luscious mango coconut scent is divine! Check them all out to find a good match for you. Also from Aubrey is Pure Aloe Vera. Nothing is better for the relief of dry, rough, or sun-exposed skin. Be sure to carry a bottle in your beach bag or backpack for those times when you overdo it, and keep one in your refrigerator for a cool pick-me-up.

13. Do you desire beachy waves? It’s time to put away your hair diffuser and styling products. John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam is the only thing you will need this summer to air dry your hair. With innovative technology and ingredients including Moringa Oil, this fabulous product will keep your curls intact and defined all day, while preventing frizz. I love the soft, defined curls it gives me. I am so pleased that there is no sticky residue! Love it.

14. Last but not least, your nails suffer in the summer months as well! The Khlip Nail Clipper is a stainless steel, ergonomic nail clipper that prevents nail snags and offers a more comfortable and proper cut. The secret is in the forward-facing hold. Thanks to this special design, gone are the days of fingernails flying all over while clipping. The award-winning design gives you increased control and leverage as you trim your nails. The Klhip Nail File is the ultimate tool for tidying your nails on the move. This rugged nail file is made from beautiful natural stone, carved from the Pyrenees Mountains in France. So each one has its own unique variations in pattern and tones. With two levels of coarseness, the Klhip Nail File is the best nail file around - and the last you'll ever need. Both come in a very cool handmade leather case! These are seriously high-quality nail tools.

15. Part essential oil and part Keratin solution, Dermelect Revital-Oil is a breakthrough nail treatment that is specifically formulated to support natural nail growth as it perfects the cuticle. With just a shake, the active ingredients in Revital-Oil penetrate the nails to condition moisture-needed nail beds and help restore ragged cuticles while simultaneously strengthening the nails with a technogically advanced Keratin Protein Peptide. Cuticles appear instantly softened, hydrated and healthier as nails become further resistant to damage becoming more flexible, longer and stronger. I love the difference in my nails!

Buy It :: These Sizzling Summer Beauty Finds can be purchased for:
  1. Endless Summer Eau de Parfum ($115) 
  2. Sun Specialist Sunless Tanner ($36) | Sun Specialist After Sun Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion ($36) 
  3. Lavanila Sport Luxe SPF 30 Face and Body Cream ($30) 
  4. Burt’s Bees Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($6) 
  5. SKINDINAVIA Makeup Finishing Spray ($29) | Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control ($35) 
  6. Extra Lasting Cream-to-Powder Foundation ($12.50) | Big & Daring Volume Mascara ($9) 
  7. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light ($36) | Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation ($42) 
  8. Argan Oil Hair Serum ($30) 
  9. Beach Formula Shine On ($20) | Beach Formula 3 In 1 Leave In ($15) 
  10. Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner with SPF 15 ($26) 
  11. Conair Detangle & Style Comb ($3) | 12 Pack of Assorted Combs ($5) 
  12. Aubrey Organics Hair Conditioners ($8+up) | Pure Aloe Vera Gel ($9) 
  13. Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam ($10) 
  14. Klhip Ultimate Clipper ($75) | Klhip Nail File ($35) 
  15. Dermelect Revital-Oil ($14)

10 Ways to Get Organized

Summer is the time when I can get things around my home organized. It is time to organize my desk, my makeup, my shoes, my kitchen, basically everything. Here are 10 products that I actually own and love that have helped me on my organization journey.

1. MIU COLOR Collapsible Storage Boxes :: These lovelies go in your drawers. Organize underwear, socks, neck ties, scarves, bras, accessories etc. They make it easy to find which one you want to wear and never need to ransack all of your clothes.

2. Cosmetic Organizing Carousel :: This cosmetic organizing carousel is an easy way to organize your cosmetics and vanity. The lazy susan base rotates 360 degrees, which makes finding each of your products extremely easy. It will hold each of your cosmetic accessories, from the larger sized brushes to the smaller hard to find bobby pins and hair pieces. I also use one of these in my classroom for my calendar numbers!

3. Knock Knock Notepads :: Knock Knock notepads make goal-setting significantly less annoying. The Daily Intention Tracker Pad will make sure that you start and end the day with good intentions. With this hopeful pad, you’ll never lose sight of lofty aspirations. Whether you want to attract positive energy or just get rid of household clutter, this pad has your karma covered. The Now / Later Perforated Pad allows you to double plan your day. You can't be two places at once, but this magic to-do list pad can. At first glance, it’s an ordinary list for now and later. But wait! Look closer and tear - then divide and conquer.

4. Teal Organization Cart :: Not only is it cute, but the uses for this organization cart are endless. This sleek cart provides additional storage options for any small space. It can be used in a home office, laundry room, bathroom, or closet. Use it as a craft cart to keep all your supplies organized, as a kitchen cart to free up space on your counters, or stock it as a bar cart for entertaining! I use mine in my closet to store bags and accessories.

5. Acrylic Cosmetic Storage Boxes :: This two piece set organizes jewelry and cosmetics in one place. The removable black mesh padding keeps jewelry protected and in place. The completely removable drawers slide out smoothly. I love using these for my makeup. You can see what is inside each drawer, so you know where everything is.

6. Goodprint Business Cards :: Goodprint helps you make a good impression by offering high quality, well designed business cards. You can use your own design and/or logo, or choose from one of the many thousands of professionally-designed templates. In just a few minutes, you can create your own cards just the way you want them. It was so easy to create my cards. They are so cute!

7. Bamboo Towel Door Hook :: This five hook stainless steel towel door hook will not only keep the towels off the floor, but will also add a sharp look to your bathroom as well. I love the contrast of bamboo and stainless steel. It fits right over the door just perfectly. I hang my towels and my robe on it.

8. Stackable 15-Cube Organizer :: This 15-cubby organizer can be used for shoe storage, but it can also store small-items and accessories. It is made of wood laminate construction in your choice of colors. It can hold 15 pairs of shoes, and is stackable for additional storage space. I love these for my closets.

9. Cascading Wall Organizer :: The cascading wall organizer saves desk space by utilizing often overlooked wall space. The six cascading pockets are removable to make viewing and access to documents easy. An elastic cord closure allows for secure and easy transport. The colored pockets each hold 25 sheets. The clear pocket on front allows for extra storage. I use this to organize my blogging for the week. It works and looks great!

10. Hardware and Craft Cabinet :: Take these versatile cabinets out of the garage! Sure they can store nuts and bolts. But I use them for paper clips, post it notes, brads, and erasers. I have one in my classroom and one in my home office. They are so compact and perfect for those little doo-dads that you don't know what to do with!

What are some of your favorite ways to organize your spaces?

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