September 30, 2015

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.


Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder
This multi-tasking bronzer, blusher, highlighter and contour powder comes in one convenient compact. The five custom shades combine matte and shimmer tones for a pearlescent multi-dimensional finish. For a natural sun-kissed color, swirl the brush over the 3D pyramid studs and use as an all-over bronzer. The pink and rose shades provide a touch of flush. Apply the deeper tones to contour and define features, while the lighter, luminous shades highlight and illuminate. I love all of the possibilities with this palette!


Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer
This luminous hydrating primer leaves skin with dewy radiance. The light-diffusing properties work to even out skin tone, while Vitamins A, C and E and Jojoba Oil help to smooth, brighten and condition skin all day long. Wear it alone or as the ultimate base. The luminosity makes even the most matte foundations appear like a gleaming complexion.


Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator Highlighter
This handy dandy pen instantly brightens skin and enhances your natural features. The soft brush applicator allows you to highlight specific areas of the face for a lifted and revived look. Just apply to clean skin or over makeup and blend with fingertips. Use this anywhere to get a contoured and highlighted look.


COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara
Get exceptional full lashes that are soft and even to the touch. The unique petal-shaped brush and mousse formula with natural beeswax assures that lashes are never stiff or brittle. This stuff brings out every last lash. Love it.


COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lip Lava
Lip Lava is bolder than a balm, glassier than a gloss, and more lustrous than a lipstick. The hybrid formula of Colorlicious Lip Lava combines highly pigmented shades with iridescent pearls for saturated lip color with the high shine of lacquer. Now you can get a lip look overflowing with color, shine, shimmer and glimmer with just one product! My favorite thing about this is the sparkles! So pretty!

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick
No need to choose between moisture or color that lasts as long as you do. Outlast Longwear Lipstick doesn’t flake or crumble. It’s super-powered with moisture, so it stays super fresh and super flexible all day. I love a lipstick that can last until after lunch!


Dove Quench Absolute Shampoo and Conditioner
Naturally curly hair is physically different to other hair types and requires a higher degree of nourishment. That’s why Dove created the Quench Absolute range. Infused with Buriti Oil and Omega 9, it deeply nourishes natural curls from the inside out. My hair felt more nourished and defined. Best of all, I had bouncy curls with every wash!


Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Sleek Primer Style Prep
Get the most out of your heat styling tools and products with Sleek Prep. This style primer makes hair easier to style and gives you a sleek look. Applied before styling, it helps tame frizz, protects against heat, and blocks humidity. I appreciate that there is no heavy or sticky residue. It simply creates a humidity shield and blocks frizz for a long lasting style.


L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara
Give L’Oréal's first primer and mascara a try! The dual-ended mascara has everything you need for superstar lashes. The super-volumizing primer builds dramatic volume on every lash and creates an ultra smooth base to maximize mascara impact. While the fiber-rich mascara extends lashes to the extreme. The combination of the two work together in perfect harmony. I love the results!

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.

September 28, 2015

Enhance Your Daily Hydration Routine with #DASANIDrops

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Markerly for DASANI DROPS. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.


Our bodies are made up of 50-60% water. Our bodies need a steady supply of water to replenish bodily systems. Sure we all know we are supposed to drink water, and lots of it. In fact, you might even try to drink water all day long. Do you drink enough water? I don't know about you, but drinking water can get pretty boring after the first glass or two. DASANI Drops has helped me enhance that mundane water routine! DASANI Drops uses natural fruit flavors to give a delicious fruit flavor. Now I can stay refreshed in fun ways and take the work out of staying hydrated all day.


Water meet DASANI Drops. DASANI Drops meet water. Now they are a perfect match. This winning combination has become a part of my daily hydration routine. DASANI Drops flavor enhancer comes in six fruit flavors. It is fun to play with the flavors. The amount you use is completely dependent on your personal taste. You can even add a few drops to your favorite adult only beverage and stick a little umbrella in it!


I tried four of the six flavors including: Pineapple Coconut, Pink Lemonade, Mixed Berry, and Strawberry Kiwi. Cherry Pomegranate and Grape are also available. My favorite? Mixed Berry. I love that zero-calorie burst of berry in my water. I would love to try a few drops in my next smoothie! What kinds of fun and creative recipes would you like to create with DASANI Drops? Strawberry Kiwi Mojitos? Pink Watermelon Lemonade Slushies? I saw an adult drink recipe for Pina Colada Sunshine on the DASANI Water Instagram page that looks divine.


DASANI Drops are zero-calorie liquid beverage enhancers that allow you to add a burst of flavor to your water. Here is a tip. DASANI Drops are just the right size to pack in your handbag and bring with you wherever you go! The squeezable 1.9 fluid ounce bottle even has a flip-top cap! Bring them to the office, to the gym, to a restaurant - wherever you want to enjoy flavor-enhanced water. I am a teacher so I keep a bottle in my desk drawer. Think of them as a flavorful, fashionable accessory for on-the-go calorie-conscious people like yourself. Isn't it time that you enhance your water with a squeeze of natural fruit flavor, zero calories and 32 delicious servings per bottle?!

September 27, 2015

Transition Your Look from Summer to Fall


It's fall, y'all! I know. I can't believe it either. But these products will have you looking good whether it is still warm in your area, or when it starts to cool off. As the tans fade and the colors change, these picks will be a sure bet in this time of transition.



1 | Wild Essence by Halle Berry is a fragrance that truly captures the sensual spirit of a woman. It is inspired by the idea of connecting women with nature. With head notes like begramot and mandarin, this fragrance is desirable and sexy. The multifaceted fragrance will take you into fall with its ethereal undertones.


2 | Are your lips dry from the summer sun? Soap & Paper Factory Lip Butter in Mint Julep is like the long, cool drink for your lips. There’s nothing more refreshing than this minty concoction for parched lips. A cooling gust of sweet mint invigorates and all-natural emollients lock in moisture and lock out drying elements for the soft, hydrated lips. The combination of peppermint, spearmint, and lime cool the lips as the smooth lip butter will help protect and moisturize. It is long lasting and totally emollient! A little goes a long way too! I won't go anywhere without it this fall. Love this stuff.


3 | Add a little summery shimmer and sparkle to your fall eye look by applying Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow to get an instant glow to your eyes. This pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers. one layer of fresh coconut water, and one layer of argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance. Don't let the bottle intimidate you. Just unscrew the cap, shake it up, and dab a little bit of shadow directly onto lids with applicator. Then finger paint to blend. Fun and fierce!


4 | Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain and Shine is a double-ended lip stain and gloss that work to hydrate lips while adding color and shine. Packed with coconut water for 14-hour color and cooling hydration, the stain saturates lips with long-wear pigment while the color-matching, argan-infused gloss creates a pop of shine and antioxidant-rich moisture. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your lips, this hydrating, double-ended lip stain and gloss can be worn alone or together for a look that's uniquely you. Lips are left soft, moisturized, and vibrant for hours. I mean, it is packed with coconut water! Yes please.


5 | Show off your lips this fall with Avon Ultra Color Indulgence Lip Color. The breakthrough formula is made with weightless hydrating gels and is completely free of heavy waxes to deliver addictive hydration and allow your lip to feel incredibly smooth. I can't stand a waxy lipstick. This is not that my friends. It is lightweight and is available in 12 decadent full-color shades. I tried this indulgent lip color in Rose Bouquet, a great shade that will take you into fall.


6 | Finish off your look with glamorous lashes, instantly! Avon Big & False Lash Volume Mascara is a breakthrough formula with an exclusively-designed brush to deliver real lash volume for fuller lashes that look big and bold - but never overdone. With its unique fiber blend formula, this voluminous mascara gives lashes a major boost, giving you a bolder look. Simply sweep on from root to tip to double the volume. The exclusively designed brush follows the natural curve of your eye to get to the root of your lash line.


7 | I know you beauty divas have heard of contouring. Well this baby makes it so simple. The Palladio Definer Contour & Highlight Crayon is a two-sided, super-soft, easy to use contouring crayon. It is the perfect tool for defining, refining and highlighting facial features. This unique crayon includes a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften, and a darker contour shade to accentuate and define features. Get that more defined appearance that you have been craving. Looking to thin a round face? Soften a square jawline? Narrow a wider nose? Define cheekbones? You can do it! Give it a try.


8 | Your look needs something. What is missing? A statement necklace of course! Happiness Boutique is an online store based in Berlin, Germany. They have so many amazing statement necklaces, I had a hard time choosing just one! I went with the Forever Love Statement Necklace. It adds a pop of color to your look. This darling necklace features a vintage-inspired design in hues of neon yellow, mint, and black. I love this color combination, and I also like the style of this necklace which can easily be dressed up or dressed down. Happiness Boutique offers free shipping as well as a customer reward program that you will want to check out. Why not enter their bi-monthly giveaway while you are there too!?


9 | What do you get when you cross a modern leather bracelet with a classic charm bracelet? You get Endless Jewelry. These super-customizable leather bracelets put a modern spin on the classic charm bracelet and are available in a number of fashion-forward colors. First you choose your bracelet. They come in a variety of lengths too. I want to get a few more so I can play around with layering. Then you choose your charms. Some dangle and some fit right onto the leather band. They are light - unlike traditional charm bracelets - and are so comfortable to wear! Endless Jewelry is all about being creative, being elegant, having fun, being playful and to mix and match. The line of colorful leather wrap bracelets with a range of unique charms allow you to express your personality, to blend in, or to stand out. The Endless Jewelry bracelet is my favorite new accessory. Love it.


Shop This Post
  1. Wild Essence by Halle Berry ($28)
  2. Soap & Paper Factory Lip Butter in Mint Julep ($9)
  3. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow ($18)
  4. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain and Shine ($22)
  5. Avon Ultra Color Indulgence Lip Color ($9)
  6. Avon Big & False Lash Volume Mascara ($9)
  7. The Definer Contour & Highlight Crayon ($12)
  8. Forever Love Statement Necklace ($23)
  9. Endless Collection Leather Charm Bracelet ($50)
  10. Endless Collection Charms ($30+)

September 26, 2015

The Fivesse Bag | Sort, Store, Systemize, Sustain + Shine


I love a great bag that can keep me organized. Not only does a Fivesse bag do that, it looks fabulous too. When the Fivesse stylists were creating their bags, they made a dream wish list of everything the perfectly organized gym bag and beach bag should have. Then they made it happen. In a Fivesse bag, there’s “a place for everything, and everything is in its place.”


Fivesse fitness bags and beach bags are designed to help you stay organized wherever your day takes you. They look great on the outside - but they are so smart on the inside. Designed with a feminine touch, their silhouettes, colors and patterns are inspired by handbags and current fashion trends.


Fivesse Beach Bags are fashionable and extremely functional. If there was a place that "a place for everything" was needed the most, it would be a sandy beach or a wet pool area. Fivesse beach and pool bags feature lots of pockets and other extras to keep busy women feeling organized and relaxed knowing their belongings are safely stored from grit and water.


Look for smart features like a water-resistant pouch for your reading materials, and two removable pouches for quick grabs of sunscreen and snacks. You will also find storage pockets for glasses, phones, club cards, toiletries, valuables, sea shells, and water bottle. Oh and by the way, each of the features is labeled with a cute icon so you know where everything goes!


The beach tote features a water proof lining, comfortable rope handles, a large middle opening for towels and toys. It is the perfect size for packing for multiple people – either for a romantic getaway, a girls’ trip, or for the entire family. This bag holds multiple towels and has several well-thought out interior pockets for all the small things that usually get lost - and gross - in the bottom of a large bag. No more wet and yucky sand on everything. I love my Fivesse bag!


Look for Fivesse gym bags too. The name, Fivesse, is inspired by the Japanese philosophy “5S” - when everything is organized and in its proper place, life just runs better. Sort, Store, Systemize, Sustain, so you can Shine.



September 25, 2015

Fall Favorites from Pür Minerals


Pür Minerals products are known for performance, innovation, and fresh ideas designed to enhance your complexion. Not only can women of all ages and skin tones look and feel their best, they will also be enhancing their skin's health by choosing products from Pür Minerals. What's not to love? Here are a few products to look for this fall.

This stuff is amazing. Plus the colors could not be more perfect for fall. Let your lips speak for you with beautifully bold color and brilliant shine! Pür’s richly pigmented lip lacquers saturate your lips in highly-pigmented color and pout-perfecting hydration. Using a unique, flocked shower-head applicator, this creamy, full-coverage liquid formula creates a stunning look in just one stroke! To use, just click the pen to dispense lip lacquer through the applicator. Then simply sweep color across your lips using the flocked tip to achieve a flawlessly even color application. The consistency of the lip lacquer is perfect. If you want a bold lip this fall, use Lip Lure Hydrating Lip Lacquers!


Shown above from left to right: fancy (lustrous mauve), fiery (fierce siren), graceful (natural beige with a hint of romance)


Take your lashes to the extreme with Pür's mascara miracle! If you’re looking for the best no clump mascara, you’ve found it. Fortified with Argan Oil, this game-changing volumizing mascara formula envelops lashes in nourishing, knockout color with endless build and dewy sheen. And with our exclusive, clump-resistant mascara wand, getting smooth, evenly coated lashes is easy - even in tough inner corners! Now, that's a stroke of genius. Just comb the wand through both upper and lower lashes with slow, delicate, repeated strokes. The smooth application is awesome. Plus I love knowing that I am enriching my lashes with doses of Argan Oil in the process.



Open your eyes to bold new heights of drama and definition! This dual-ended, self-sharpening eyebrow pencil delivers a wakeup call to eyes with a double dose of color and illumination. Perfect your brows in a blink with the brow pencil tip in Blonde Roast, Latte, Espresso or Mocha. I sampled Espresso shown above. Along with the shaping brush, your eyes appear bigger and brighter with the Hello Bright Eyes soft pink illuminator. Using the brow pencil tip, apply color using short, feathery strokes following the shape of your eyebrow. For brighter, bigger looking eyes, apply Hello Bright Eyes eye illuminator along the water-line of the eye and under brows, using soft, short strokes from the inner corner to outer corner. This one product is so versatile. You might not know you ever needed it until you try it. What a difference!



Don't let that summer glow fade with the summer sun! Use a color correcting primer to instantly add a dose of brilliance and hydration to dull, tired and stressed-looking skin. This illuminating face primer preps skin and minimizes the appearance of pores, lines, wrinkles and imperfections with age-defying Ceretin Complex, plus key vitamins and antioxidants. Just smooth on clean, moisturized skin. I love using this even when I am not following up with a foundation. But under foundation, it gives you a healthy-looking base.


Sarah Hyland rocked her look with Pür Minerals at the Teen Choice Awards! Celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño used the Pür Minerals Color Correcting Primer Illuminate & Glow and followed it with Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation with SPF 15 in Blush Medium. To pop those big eyes, he applied two coats of the Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara on the top lashes and one coat on the bottom before applying individual lashes. To create full and bold-shaped brows, he used the Pür Minerals Wake Up Brows in Mocha and used the highlighter end to amplify the arch of her brow. 

Connect :: Visit purminerals.com for more information on products that help women of all ages look beautiful and enhance their skin's health. You can also find Pür Minerals on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase Pür Minerals products at Ulta.

September 20, 2015

Get The Red Carpet Look #BigNightDoneRITE

This post has been sponsored by P&G and Rite Aid. All opinions are my own.

It's time for the Emmy's! I confess that one of my favorite parts of awards shows is seeing what the celebrities are wearing, and how beautiful they look. You can get the Red Carpet Look yourself by using these P&G products found at Rite Aid.

CREST 3D WHITE ARCTIC FRESH TOOTHPASTE
Flash a brilliant smile! Crest 3D White Arctic Fresh whitens teeth by removing up to 80% of surface stains for a noticeably whiter smile. It also provides an Arctic, Cool burst of freshness that lasts after brushing.

DAILY MOISTURE RENEWAL SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Get strong hair for a beautiful you. This combo erases the damage of 100 blow-dries for silky hair. The Pro-V formula locks in moisture, leaving your hair soft, manageable, and strong against damage.

VENUS SWIRL RAZOR
Contour over your curves for flawless skin. This contouring women’s razor helps capture what other razors may miss. The Venus Swirl is designed with a revolutionary FLEXIBALL and 5 individually adjusting Contour blades. It contours over curves for flawless skin, long-lasting smoothness and virtually no missed hairs.

OLAY REGENERIST MICRO-SCULPTING CREAM
Get stunnng skin! Micro-Sculpting Cream is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Amino-Peptides and Vitamin B3. It hydrates to lift, firm and plump so that you can delay the need for a cosmetic procedure. This face moisturizer penetrates deep into the surface layers of your skin leaving it immediately hydrated with visible wrinkle results starting day 1.

COVERGIRL BOMBSHELL VOLUME BY LASHBLAST MASCARA 
Get head turning glam. Flaunt the next big thing in lashes with Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara! The brilliant two-step Bombshell Boost System in this volume mascara combines extreme volume with an intensifying top coat for big, sexy bombshell lashes. Step One: Apply the extreme volume basecoat. Step Two: Finish with the intensifying top coat.

COVERGIRL BOMBSHELL POW-DER BROW& LINER BY LASHBLAST, EYEBROW POWDER
This versatile 2-in-1 brow liner & soft eyebrow powder defines and brings a sexy smolder to eyes and brows. Go from subtle to dramatic with these rich, buildable color pigments. 

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

September 18, 2015

Groopdealz Birthday Celebration + Two Giveaways!


You love daily boutique deals, right? I mean, who doesn't?! Cute clothing, home decor, stuff for kids, jewelry, accessories and more - all at daily deal prices. Groopdealz has just turned 5, and the Groopdealz Birthday Celebration starts today, September 18th! To celebrate, Groopdealz is hosting a HUGE Giveaway on their site with 50 winners. The top prize is a $500 Groopdealz Credit!


I received some really cute stuff to help Groopdealz celebrate. The floral dress, Woven Pear socks, and layered triangle necklace shown below are perfect example of the boutique items you will find at Groopdealz. I happen to own (and love) several pairs of Woven Pear socks already. How did they know? I can't wait to show off my cute necklace!


But wait, there's more! Take advantage of a special birthday code to save big! Just use the code BDAY15 to receive an extra 15% off from 9/18-9/20! On top of the huge Groopdealz 50 Winner Giveaway, they have also given me a $50 Groopdealz Credit to give away to one of my lucky readers! I know you all love daily deals, so this is just for you!

Connect :: Visit Groopdealz to see what daily boutique deals are available today! Connect with Groopdealz via FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Special Offer :: Use the code BDAY15 to save an extra 15% through Sunday, 9/20! This code can be used at both Groopdealz and Eleventh Avenue.

Win It :: One {lucky} reader will win a $50 Groopdealz Credit plus you can enter to win the HUGE Groopdealz Giveaway too (see below)!

How To Enter :: Just use the simple form below to enter. Open to US only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on September 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. You must have a Groopdealz account in order to win the giveaway. You can create one here: http://bit.ly/GrpDlzGood luck!

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