July 31, 2015

After-Sun Lotions + Potions


Of course you know that you need to wear your sunscreen and protect your skin while you are IN the sun. But how do you take care of your skin after spending a day in the glorious summer sunshine? From lotions to sprays to oils to gels, there are some great products out there that will soothe and hydrate that parched summer skin.


(1) After a long lazy day in the sun, your skin needs revitalization and hydration. Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion is enriched with soothing Aloe and Vitamin E, providing an intense hydration to gently restore the skin's natural moisture balance. The soothing lotion has a light, non-greasy formula is quickly absorbed, leaving the skin smooth and soft.

(2) Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer is great because it absorbs in seconds. The spray moisturizer dispenses evenly with one all-over spray. The unique formula is infused with micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly and leaves skin soft, not greasy or sticky. Use immediately post sun, post shower, or any time your skin feels dry!

(3) A cream gel moisturizer, Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Shine Control Cream-Gel helps to control shine, minimize pores and moisturize effectively. A day in the sun can leave you a bit shiny. This oil-free moisturizer makes skin look and feel matte, smooth and fresh and is ideal for normal to combination skin. While mattifying the skin, the moisturizing cream-gel is also rich in antioxidants from Arctic cloudberry and highly effective encapsulated vitamin C. Result is brighter skin that is effectively moisturized but appears fresh and matte all day long!

(4) CapriClear Coconut Oil Spray is made with one single, pristine cooling and hydrating ingredient. It is the ideal all-natural hypoallergenic solution to soothe and moisturize dry, flaky skin. CapriClear will reduce itching and irritation for people who are sensitive to ingredients commonly found in other products. This moisturizer spray is colorless and odorless, doesn’t stain clothing, and dries quickly. Spray evenly on skin as often as needed. It can also be used daily to help protect your skin from dryness and maintain a noticeably improved and healthier appearance.

(5) Jojoba nourishes and moisturizes your skin, hair and nails. 100% Natural Australian Jojoba has so many uses! Use it daily as a moisturizer, makeup remover and to soothe the appearance of skin. Jojoba also has amazing anti-aging benefits like smoothing wrinkles. Because of its extraordinary compatibility with the skin (besides its deep hydrating properties) it absorbs gently and without irritation for a supremely soothing experience.

Buy It :: These After-Sun Lotions + Potions can be purchased for:
  1. Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion ($12)
  2. Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer ($8)
  3. Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Shine Control Cream-Gel ($20)
  4. CapriClear Coconut Oil Spray ($20)
  5. 100% Natural Australian Jojoba ($20)

July 2015 NewBeauty TestTube Review

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.


NewBeauty TestTube is a beauty sampling program enabling members the opportunity to try a variety of the latest breakthrough beauty products before investing in them. Six times a year, for just $29.95 (plus shipping and handling), subscribers receive a TestTube filled with deluxe and full-size products from the hottest beauty brands. Members will also receive a subscription to NewBeauty magazine, delivered quarterly.


Unlike other beauty subscriptions I have tried, TestTube subscribers also receive video emails, demonstrating how to achieve optimal results with the products. With 25,000 subscribers, TestTube has built an unprecedented community of beauty enthusiasts and informed women who sample and share their product favorites.


Opening a new tube of goodies is so exciting! I love the bold colors of the tube. The fact it comes in a tube makes you feel like a beauty scientist! Here is what I found in the July 2015 NewBeauty TestTube. Whether you're looking for skin care, hair care or makeup, there's something in here for every trendsetter.


Supersmile Quikee :: Quick and easy to use. This little tube provides on-the-go whitening to remove stains, brighten teeth and freshen breath when you don't have time to brush.


Balanced Guru Style Me Roots to Ends Hair Oil :: Control frizz, curls and flyaways with this lightweight oil that is perfect for styling all hair types.


GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment :: This professional quality mud mask for men and women leaves skin noticeably tighter, softer and more radiant in just 10 minutes. 


GrandeLASH Grande Mascara :: An eyelash essential, this mascara features an exclusive peptide formula to promote longer, thicker and more dramatic lashes.


Ojon damage reverse Restorative Conditioner :: Detangles, hydrates and revitalizes damaged hair. This lush, concentrated daily conditioning balm doesn't just sit on the surface. It actually surrounds dry, brittle hair with nourishing lipids including pure Ojon oil, nature's golden elixir, Brazilian Buriti Oil and Murumuru Butter.


Laura Geller Waterproof Eye Spackle :: I finally had the chance to try a product from Laura Geller! This is why I love TestTube. Waterproof Eye Spackle goes on even easily, lasts long, and is clinically proven to make your eyeshadows waterproof! It even waterproofs your eyeliner! The lightweight, silky texture improves eyeshadow wear, prevents creasing and resists fading, so color stays put – and stays true.



IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil :: Brow Power matches all hair colors and covers gray perfectly. The oval shaped tip is perfect for both thin and thick brows. The spooley end brush gives a natural polished look! The exclusive, transforming shade adjusts to every hair color based on how hard you press to give you a beautiful, natural-looking brow.


WEN by Chaz Dean Winter Vanilla Mint Cleansing Conditioner :: This is a universal formulation created for all hair types, lengths, and textures. WEN Cleansing Conditioner provides the benefits of a clarifying shampoo without the harsh drying effects. It is ideal for anyone looking for a truly purifying cleanse that won't strip their hair of its natural oils.


Buy It :: Start a NewBeauty TestTube subscription for just $29.95. There are six shipments per year. Plus you get a magazine covering all the latest breakthroughs in beauty, product innovations, celebrity beauty secrets and more.

Special Offer :: Sign up now and get 30% off your first TestTube!

3 Ways to Combat Bad Hair Days

This post is sponsored by Aflac. I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100 percent mine.


Are you having a bad hair day? It happens to the best of us. My bad hair days really kick into high gear in the summer. All that humidity just sucks the life out of it. The real question is how do you combat your bad hair days? I have a few tricks up my sleeve and I am going to share them with you!
  • Dry Shampoo :: I have recently discovered just how effective dry shampoo can be! Even if your hair doesn't feel "dirty" it still gives you body and texture. Then it suddenly becomes something you can work with. Most of the time. If that doesn't work try plan B.
  • Side Pony :: A side pony can be a cute way to trick everyone into thinking you meant to style your hair that way. No one will think that you were just having a bad hair day, so you pulled it back. This works for me most of the time. If this still doesn't look right, try plan C.
  • High Bun :: This is my go-to style when I am lounging around the house. Everything is up and out of the way. So if your other attempts at fixing a bad hair didn't work, take all of your hair and twist it on the top of your head. Secure with a ponytail holder and you are good to go!

We aren't the only ones who have bad hair days. Check out these poor ladies in the salon. They are being styled by the Aflac Duck who thinks he is actually rocking these looks. Check it out!


As you can see, one of the ladies doesn't seem to mind the bad hair, because she is so impressed with Aflac's new One Day Pay℠ promise!

About One Day Pay℠
  • When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast – now in as little as ONE business day with the company’s new One Day Pay℠ promise.
  • One Day Pay℠ is Aflac’s way of making sure eligible claims get processed and approved the same day they’re submitted, so policyholders can get paid in just a day. Aflac is built to process and pay – not to deny and delay – to help your life stay on track.
  • A lot of insurance companies talk about how much money they’ll save policyholders on premiums, but people buy insurance to get paid when they need to file a claim. Aflac understands that claims matter and that it’s important to be there for their policyholders when they need it most.
Aflac is the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States. Aflac is different from health insurance; it’s insurance for daily living. Aflac pays cash benefits quickly and directly to you, unless otherwise assigned, to help with out-of-pocket expenses when you’re sick or hurt. The benefits are predetermined and paid regardless of any other insurance you have. If supplemental insurance policies are not part of your health plan, it may be worth approaching your employer to ask for them.

Connect :: Visit aflac.com to find out more about One Day Pay℠. You can also find Aflac on Facebook and Twitter.


July 30, 2015

ModCloth in San Francisco

**This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**

Hey you California girls! ModCloth's fabulously fun and unique online fashion shop is headed to the heart of San Francisco from July 30th-August 17th! Explore their colorful collection of dresses, tops, cardis, and more in person, try on exclusive styles, and get sizing and fit help from their terrific team. Drop by and browse their Union Square location, or book a free appointment to skip the lines, guarantee a fitting room, and shop with 1-on-1 assistance from their friendly staff (hurry, spots are limited). ModCloth can't wait to meet you!


When :: July 30 - August 17

Where :: 222 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA

Reservations :: To book a free appointment, or call 1-844-FITSHOP.

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.


Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur :: This beauty has a cream matte pencil with vivid color on one end and a blurring smudger on the other. This allows you to create your unique look from full on bold to softly blurred. The cream matte pencil feels extremely smooth and comfortable on lips. But if you want to achieve the softly blurred look, apply color in the center of your top and bottom lips. Using the smudger, gently blur the color out towards the edges of your top lip and then bottom lip. The swatch above shows the Berry Misbehaved shade.


Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil :: Get up to 16 hours of wear for all-day intensity. I love how smooth it goes on! Looking for a very pigmented liner? This is it. High intensity pigments and translucent gel base for a super easy glide. It is also smudge-resistant and waterproof for non-stop drama. I tried the Lustrous Sapphire shade.


Batiste Dry Shampoo :: This stuff is amazing! I have used dry shampoo before, but this is my fave. I tried Original which has a clean and classic fragrance. Use it to refresh your hair between washes, leaving it feeling clean and fresh! Not only that, it also adds body and texture. No water required! My hair is so long and thick that washing it daily is nearly impossible. Even every other day can be stretched out with Batiste! You can actually make every day a fabulous hair day.


Rimmel London Keep Calm Lip Balm :: Keep Calm Lip Balms are not only adorably cheeky, they are also moisturizing! The enriched formula with moisturizing oils will calm, soften and protect lips for hours. Think of them as a nourishing balm with a fresh hint of a tint for an alluring just-bitten effect. I didn't get much color out of them, just a tint. But they do make your lips nice and soft!


Rite Aid Renewal Premium Cotton Ovals :: Get head-to-toe cosmetic use with premium Rite Aid Renewal Cotton Ovals. Each package contains 50 cotton ovals that are perfect for nail care, skin care, and so much more. The fleece spunlace surface provides a lint free nail polish remover. They’re also great for skin care with an embossed pattern that provides gentle facial care. They are so soft! The ovals are strong enough for applying toners, moisturizers and powders, but soft and gentle enough to use on your baby. I love using these to apply toner as well as remove eye makeup.


Noxzema Perfect Pivot 5-Blade Razors :: These 5-blade razors have a pivoting head that rotates full-circle. That means you can rotate left, right, up and down for a close shave. It even adjusts to your most delicate curves. The water activated aloe-rich moisture strips allow for an effortless glide.


Rite Aid Teeth Whitening Pen :: This teeth whitening pen is specifically designed for on-the-go use. It is easy to use anywhere and it can get your teeth noticeably whiter in 1 to 2 weeks. To use, just twist the cap at the bottom until a drop of gel appears. Apply a layer to upper teeth and allow to dry for 30 seconds. Repeat with bottom teeth. The recommended use is three times a day. Some whitening products I have used in the past made my teeth very sensitive. I have not found this whitening pen to have that effect as long as I only apply the thin layer as instructed.

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.

July 29, 2015

Summer Beauty Multi-Taskers


I love finding beauty products that multi-task - especially in the summer. The less products I need the better. Here are some of my faves that will get you through those lazy hazy days of summer.


Spongellé body wash infused body buffers are perfectly packaged and designed to moisturize, rejuvenate, and restore the skin from neck to toe. Between your wash cloth, buffer and body cleansing product, space might be a little tight in your bath tub. Well, start clearing out all of the extras, because your multi-tasking miracle worker is here. Spongellé is the all-in-one way to create the finest bath and shower experience. Infused with exotic extracts, rich moisturizers and gentle cleansers, these multi-tasking mavens will keep skin youthful and glowing use after use. I tried the ginger bergamot buffer which smells refreshing, it is also a scent my husband would not be hesitant to use. My skin is so soft and smooth! Love it!


With Soap & Paper Factory solid fragrances, there is no need to carry around bulky fragrance bottles that weigh your bag down. Now you can throw your favorite fragrance in a light weight packaging into your beach bag so you can smell fresh all summer long. These beautiful solid perfumes (I love the packaging) are a sexy way to fragrance yourself. Just apply to your pulse points as often as you wish, or dig deep and use as a pomade (because it's great for your hair). See? I told you it was a multi-tasker. They come in a gorgeous variety of fragrances and are great for your summer travels! I tried Bella, which is a combination of Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Black Pepper. Bella is so uplifting and citrusy!


Smashbox Photo Finish pore minimizing primer is a makeup primer and pore minimizer in one - that will stay put for eight hours. This non-drying formula locks in makeup and is oil absorbing so skin stays smooth and shine-free. Its lightweight texture mattifies skin, while the humidity resistant formula is designed to keep makeup intact to reduce touch-ups throughout the day. This lasting primer stays fresh, leaving pores and shine under control. It is even an Allure Best of Beauty winner! It has left my summer makeup looking fab!


Who doesn't want gorgeous, luscious lips that look and feel moisturized? From Mally Beauty comes a lipstick duo that not only has a creamy, delicious formula with a very high pigment load, but also makes the lips look luscious, not dry. The Instant Impact Lipstick Duo gives a rich and luxurious color payoff with a shine and fullness that make your pout perfect! I sampled the Coral/Nude Combo which includes a Fierce Pinky Coral and an Extreme Nude. Love these shades for summer!


Natural skincare company derma e has recently launched a new purifying skincare line. Purifying deeply detoxifies skin everyday to break down the build-up and boost skin’s natural defenses. The Purifying Daily Detox Scrub is a natural exfoliant that lifts away micropollutants and impurities for a fresh, healthy radiance. It is safe enough for daily use and ideal for oily, active or urban skin types - think summer. This formula boosts skin purity for a refreshed, glowing complexion. I also tried the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask. This charcoal mask contains a dual-action formula that purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then exfoliates away micropollutants for purely glowing skin. With active ingredients like Activated Charcoal and Apricot Seed Powder, it will asorb summer's excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion. Use this formula once or twice a week for skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing. 


Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair Tone Corrector has light-diffusing pigments to create an instantly visible beautifying effect. With regular use, this tone corrector will diminish the appearance of dark spots and irregular skin tone. The innovative Cloudberry Stem Cell Technology in Bright Now will also help to protect and activate skin’s natural renewal and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles on skin! Summer really brings out my dark spots, and Bright Now helps to keep my skin tone in check!

Treat Your Family to a Columbus Roar and Explore Getaway


Summer fun is calling your name! With four tickets to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay and COSI along with a two night stay at Drury Inn & Suites, this is one family package worth roaring about. The Roar & Explore Adventure Package makes it easy and affordable to take your family to see the hottest Columbus attractions this summer for one affordable price. The Roar & Explore Adventure Package includes four tickets to three different attractions and a two-night hotel stay, starting at $407! That is for a family of FOUR! Wow. I know. So amazing. 


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium :: Come explore the #1 Zoo in America - home to Jungle Jack Hanna. Stretching over 130 acres, the Zoo has more than 577 species and over 10,000 animals, including giraffes, big cats, elephants, gorillas, manatees, bonobos and more! New this year - take a boat ride to see the Zoo’s newest residents at Pirate Island. Venture into the Heart of Africa, which opened last spring, to see the Zoo’s largest region, spanning 143 acres and home to 150 animals. Your family can feed giraffes, watch cheetahs run at top speeds, and even ride a camel. I happen to love the aquarium. I never miss my chance to touch a sea star, go under the sea at Discovery Reef, or see the penguins, alligators and flamingos!


Zoombezi Bay :: Round up the kids for a day of fun in the sun at Zoombezi Bay! Splash around Baboon Lagoon and take on the 1,000-gallon tipping bucket! Feel the rush on over 15 twisting waterslides, extreme raft rides and headfirst racers. Ride the Cyclone, one of the largest rides of its kind in the world! My husband and I love the lazy river and the swim-up bar for adults. We also love the half-million gallon wave pool, with wild waves up to four feet! There is seriously something for everyone.


COSI :: There’s so much to discover at COSI, the #1 science center in the country, according to Parents magazine. Whether you're one or 100, there's always something new and exciting to discover. Explore the newly opened Planetarium, the largest in Ohio, offering three amazing Planetarium shows: Our Universe Above, a live astronomy show, Wildest Weather in the Solar System or Sesame Street's One World, One Sky. Explore tools and techniques of real spies and discover the science behind espionage with the Top Secret: License to Spy special exhibition. Don't forget to enjoy COSI’s classic exhibitions too! Ride a high wire unicycle, use sonar technology and get hands-on with activities that make science fun!


Drury Inn & Suites :: Drury Inn & Suites is the preferred hotel of the Ultimate Columbus Family Getaway. They offer special amenities like free hot food, morning and evening, wireless Internet and more. We love to wake up each morning of our stay to a free hot breakfast! This is honestly one of the best hotel breakfasts I have ever seen. Choose from a selection of breakfast items including scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, breakfast potatoes and make-your-own Belgian waffles. The room is always clean and cozy.

Book It :: Visit columbusfamilyfun.com now to plan your trip! The package, starting at $407, includes four tickets to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay and COSI along with a two night stay at Drury Inn & Suites!

July 26, 2015

How to Leave a Lasting Impression


You know what they say. The first impression is everything. Fragrance, touch, and body language have been proven to be the most valuable when making a first impression. Body language expert Tonya Reiman offers some important tips for leaving an unforgettable impression.

  1. Touch + scent = unforgettable. Leaving a lasting impression goes way beyond physical appearance; what matters is physical interaction and fragrance. According to a recent survey, nearly half of men are more likely to remember a woman’s scent or touch than her name. Why? A touch forms bonds, commitment and intimacy, while scent triggers feelings and memories. Find a way to incorporate a natural touch; that instant connection is electric and makes an indelible memory.
    • Bonus, if you’re wearing Caress Love Forever Body Wash, it will release a burst of perfume upon touch to truly captivate the person you’re meeting.
  2. A smile is a gift; pay it forward! Smiling communicates confidence, makes you more attractive, shows you’re interested and lifts moods. Seeing a smile causes a chemical reaction that decreases stress and boosts feel good transmitters in the brain. It’s contagious and others can’t help but smile back, so you benefit from the same positive effects.
    • Practice smiling at 10 people each day – you’ll be surprised to see that 90% will smile back at you.
  3. Play up your sensual side. Did you know your neck is actually a sensual spot? If you’re going on a date, draw attention to that area by wearing a necklace that lands right at the base of your neck and draw attention to that area during the date with a natural touch.
    • Just make sure you forego a heart; that signals you’re already taken.
  4. Beam with confidence. Show you’re comfortable in your own skin - stand tall, make sure hands are turned down (hands turned up are a submissive sign), make eye contact and dress in something that makes you feel good. You will radiate and be irresistible.
  5. Layer your fragrance.  Scent is a major factor in attraction. Create a signature scent by stacking fragrances. Notes such as vanilla, amber, sandalwood and musk can actually enhance any other fragrance that you wear. Make your base a fabulous fragrance that has these notes like the new Caress Love Forever Body Wash; it releases fine fragrance when skin is touched for up to 12 hours.
The last time I went on a date with my now husband before we were married was 2004. The dating world has changed a bit since then. For example, online dating isn’t just accepted in 2015 – it’s widely embraced. Two in five Americans use dating sites and apps. (Most using two or more sites.) 

Perhaps something that hasn't changed is the fact that chemical romance is real. I loved my husband's cologne and it is something I will never forget. Nearly 6 in 10 men find their significant other desirable because of their soft touch or irresistible scent.

I am trying to imagine what I would have done if I hated my husband's cologne. Second-date deal breakers include a lack of physical chemistry (59 percent), non-verbal signals that show lack of interest (42 percent), or an undesirable scent or fragrance (35 percent). Good thing I loved the scent!

Taking Tonya’s tips and these dating facts into consideration, women are now able to use the power of non-verbal communication (including using the touch technology in the Caress Forever Collection) to their benefit in dating and in their everyday life!


The Caress Forever Collection is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The collection combines sensual floral notes to create a fine fragrance for up to 12 hours.

Connect :: Visit houseofcaress.com to discover how the Caress Forever Collection can help you make a lasting first impression. Connect with Caress via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.



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