January 31, 2016

the essie retro revival collection


It's essie's fabulous 35th anniversary and they are celebrating Vegas-Style in honor of the ultimate party town where it all began. In honor of this iconic birthday, the legendary essie color archive has been opened with a thrilling glimpse into the brand's dazzling history. The result is a limited edition collection of six iconic shades that all promise a sparkling night of thrills. Ladies, this is the retro revival collection.


starry starry night (a twinkling midnight blue from 1985) No, you’re not dreaming! This beloved, legendary midnight blue, twinkling with silvery stars and glittering like the night sky, is back. Time to celebrate!

life of the party (a pinot noir pearl from 2002) You can find the life of the party mixing it up at the club, working the room, and posing for the paparazzi. This pinot noir pearl is everywhere - and everything - right now.

bikini with a martini (a frosted iridescent pink from 2006) Want to shake things up? Head to Vegas, hit the pool, and cut loose in this frosted iridescent pink. Bottoms up!

sequin sash (a sheer glittery bronze with silver flecks from 2005) This sheer glittery bronze nail polish with silver flecks adds just the right amount of glittering glamour to any ensemble.

birthday suit (a cheeky delicate nude from 1981) Who needs cake? This cheeky, delicate nude is so irresistibly delicious, just light some candles and you can be the dessert.

cabana boy (an ultra-cool pearly white from 2005) Walking straight out of your fantasies and into your pool party, one flash of this ultra-cool pearly white sets hearts racing.


Do you love it? If you want the uber-popular Starry Starry Night (my personal fave), check your local Rite Aid now! Word on the street is that it sells out quick! Which shade is your favorite?


Connect :: Visit Rite Aid to shop for the essie retro revival collection. Connect with Rite Aid on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive offers, beauty + wellness tips, and more.

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 | I love using sonic toothbrushes. They work great for me. My dentist always tells me so. In fact, I have never had a cavity so I guess I am doing something right! This is the Soniclean Pro One Toothbrush. These ergonomically designed toothbrushes feature Soft DuPoint bristles that efficiently clean plaque in hard-to-reach places. The rubber based bristles are great for teeth whitening. The on/off button controls sonic vibrations at 30,000 brush strokes per minute, ensuring a thorough and effective clean. The brush heads are even replaceable and it is recommended you replace your brush head every 3 months. Batteries are replaceable and included. Not to mention this is only around $6 and worth every cent!


2 | Maybelline released The Rock Nudes Eye Shadow Palette just in time for Valentine's Day. This palette will give you a sultry, sexy look. Dare to rock nude with this 12-shade eye shadow palette edited for edge. It is sultry, brooding, daring, whatever your mood demands. This 12-shade palette will deliver the ultimate smoky rock nude look. From maddening matte black to knock out navy, bring out your inner rock star.


3 | Your hands needs so much TLC this time of year. Soothe them with some J.R. Watkins Shea Butter Hand Cream. Your hands make the world better. Treat them to naturally pure healing. Featuring revitalizing shea butter and lemon oil, this hand cream will instantly restore your skin to its authentic glow. 99% natural, it is free from harmful additives including paraben, phthalate, propylene glycol and dyes. It smells like lemon pound cake!


4| If you are looking for an intensive hand cream with no fragrance, try the Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Creme. The Intensive Repair formula is clinically proven and dermatologist recommended to help hardworking hands with alpha hydroxyl and extra-enriched moisturizers. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to protect against moisture loss and prevent dry, cracked, rough hands and the dry skin associated with hand eczema. It gently exfoliates dry, damaged skin while intensive moisturizers keep the skin protected and smooth.


5 | Smooth skin while you sleep with Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream. Clinically shown to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, this richly hydrating cream helps improve your skin’s smooth, firm texture while you sleep! Immediately, skin appears smoother and hydrated. After 4 weeks, 82% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. After 8 weeks, 96% of women saw an improvement to skin texture! Made with hibiscus and apple rejuvenating complex, it is 98.9% natural!


6 | Reveal layers of softer, denser lashes with Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara. This unique mascara formula is blended with precious oils that remove easily with soap and water. The Fanning Reservoir Brush envelops lashes with precious oil-infused formula from root-to-tip while fanning out lashes. Volume to the max! Love it!


7 | My husband has very sensitive skin. Cetaphil has always been a brand that has worked wonderfully for him. I like it too because it is so gentle and effective. Start with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. It is gentle enough for everyday use and works to remove excess oil and dirt from your skin without leaving it feeling dry. Skin will feel clean and fresh. Next, use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer. As Cetaphil’s most versatile moisturizer, it can be used at any age and for any skin type. In addition to being an extremely lightweight moisturizer, it also contains Parsol 1789 which protects the skin from sun damage. Finally, use Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream to give your skin intense, deep hydration for long lasting relief of dry skin. This superior blend of emollients and humectants actually bind water to the skin to prevent moisture loss and deliver hydration. With this trio from Cetaphil, you can say goodbye to dry winter skin, even if it is sensitive.


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.

January 30, 2016

$39 Hair Straightener + Free Shipping + Free Hair Wrap




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January 29, 2016

#intelliGLASS PRO Glass Screen Protector Review



Dropping your phone is not cool. Cracking your screen is not cool. The intelliGLASS PRO glass screen protector IS SO cool. intelliGLASS screen protectors from intelliARMOR keep drops from becoming a disaster. intelliGLASS is an ultra high clarity outer shield that will protect your screen from scratches and drops. Did you know that fixing a broken touch screen can cost hundreds of dollars? As your phone's outer armor, intelliGLASS will absorb just about any impact, sacrificing itself for your phone.


From preventing scratches to repelling fingerprints, there are so many things to love about intelliGLASS. It real glass, which means you retain 99.99% touchscreen accuracy and clarity. More features to love include:
  • The super slim glass screen preserves the original aesthetic of your device. 
  • Since it is ultra clear, you can enjoy bright, crisp colors with maximum transparency and enjoy full touch sensitivity. 
  • Specially crafted to deliver maximum scratch resistance and defend against even the hardest bumps and knocks. intelliGLASS is designed to have better scratch resistance than steel. 
  • Say no to smudges and fingerprints. intelliGLASS sports a specially formulated oleophobic coating that resists all signs of contact with your finger. 
  • The easy installation was both surprising and fantastic. It glided right into place with almost no effort. If you are unsure, you can always watch the installation video first.

The intelliGLASS kit includes everything you need for installation. You will get a 0.33 MM intelliGLASS screen protector, a touch screen cleaner, a dust removal sticker, and a microfiber cloth. The advanced silicone base layer adheres to your screen easily and without bubbles - all while leaving no residue. 


I am very impressed with the intelliGLASS PRO screen protector for iPhone 6/6s. You can order it in white or black to match your phone so that the look after installation is seamless. I love how I have no fingerprint residue and my screen always look nice a clear. You can't beat intelliGLASS for price or quality.

January 28, 2016

Getting Ready for the Big Game #GameDayTraditions

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.

The big game will be here very soon! The man in your life may be worried about when the chicken wings will be ready, but I am more worried about getting myself ready. Gotta look good when the party starts! P&G sent me a few products to try out for my #GameDayTraditions. These products are perfect for getting myself ready for the Big Game.


1 | A girl can never have too much mascara. I love COVERGIRL LashBlast Mascara. Talk about volume! It features COVERGIRL’s biggest brush ever! LashBlast's patented volume-boosting hypoallergenic mascara formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look. Big Lashes for the Big Game? Check.


2 | I help my husband prep for the Big Game by reminding him that he will look his best with a smooth shave. He loves the Gillette Fusion ProGlide. The FlexBall technology allows for maximum contact. This gives him the smoothest shave ever. Gillette's thinnest, finest razor blades mean there is less tug and pull as he shaves. There is even an enhanced lubrastrip for a super smooth glide. Finally, he can take advantage of the precision trimmer on the back for accurate edging. Smooth skin? Check.


3 | A fresh mouth is certainly important for game day preparations. The Oral-B Vitality electric toothbrush provides a superior clean. The round shape of the Floss Action toothbrush head is designed to clean tooth by tooth, and its MicroPulse bristles reach deep between teeth. The round brush oscillates and rotates for better plaque removal than a regular manual toothbrush. It even features an in-handle timer to make sure you brush for a dentist-recommended 2 minutes!


4 | Put some Crest Prohealth Advanced Toothpaste on your Oral-B Vitality electric toothbrush for a winning combination. I like the minty flavor combined with all of the extra benefits you get from this advanced toothpaste. Clinically proven for a healthier mouth, it’s formulated with the 8 benefits needed to help protect your mouth in the areas that dentists check most. Pro-Health Advanced fights against cavities, gingivitis, acid erosion, sensitivity, plaque, and tartar. Plus it helps to whiten teeth and keep breath fresh. A fresh, clean mouth? Check.



Everything you need to keep your #GameDayTraditions going is available at Walmart. Check out their 50 Years of Game Day Traditions page. You can discover new #GameDayTraditions on Instagram and Twitter, then share your own! Do you have any Big Game Day traditions? Share them with me!


January 24, 2016

11 Winter Skincare Necessities


Winter skincare has a whole different set of rules. When your skin is parched from the dry cold winter months, you can't mess around with just anything. These 11 products are great choices for winter.



1 | My lips get so dry in the winter! Soap & Paper Factory Lip Butter in Mint Julep is instant relief in a tiny cute tin. 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! Love this stuff.


2 | What else gets super dry in the winter months? My cuticles! They need constant TLC. Massage in the luxuriously light Lauren B. Beauty Cuticle Oil at the start of your manicure, or anytime your cuticles need a little extra moisture. Custom-blended from 12 pure plant, nut and flower oils, this cuticle oil is packed with amino acids to promote healing, and comes with a little brush so you can take as little or as much as you need – no mess.


3 | This little black bottle changes everything. Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil is an ultra-concentrated overnight oil that combines the performance of a powerful firming treatment with the nourishing benefits of a silky oil. Did you know that overnight is the most ideal time to treat skin? Korres has carefully selected ingredients to support your skin's natural renewal and replenishment functions. Fast-absorbing and non-greasy (no oily mess on your pillow) this overnight beauty booster delivers firming, lifting, and anti-wrinkle action while replenishing essential skin moisture overnight. The beauty is in the blend of six oils - black pine, cold pressed jojoba, grape seed, organic cold pressed argan, apricot, and cold pressed sweet almond. Just overnight, 97% felt skin firmness was replenished, 97% felt skin was more nourished and texture was improved, and 94% saw an improvement in skin’s softness, smoothness, and suppleness. Wow. Just wow.


4 | If you haven’t tried oil cleansing, you’re in for a delicious surprise. If you’re already hooked, Kensington Apothecary Rose Oil Cleanser is just the nourishing oil blend you’ve been waiting for. This pure oil blend dislodges and encapsulates even the most stubborn oil and grit and sweeps away clean, so your skin's natural lipid layer can go back to doing what it was designed to do. Just smooth a pumpful of oil cleanser all over your face, massaging for several minutes or until all dirt is loosened. Then soak a clean organic facecloth in warm water and spread over face, gently sweeping away cleanser until all traces of grime and make-up are removed. Repeat as desired. The glass bottle is so pretty on your vanity too. Just sayin.

5 | After you have cleansed with the Rose Oil Cleanser, follow up with Kensington Apothecary Sake Skin Detox Tonic. If your cocktail-circuit lifestyle is leaving you with dark circles, sagging, and an all-around “fatigued” look, fight back with this unique blend of Organic Brown Rice Vinegar and Chamomile Hydrosol infused with Mimosa Bark and Olive Leaf Extracts. Excessive sugar intake and an active social/work life can leave your skin looking bloated and overworked. These are the effects of glycation, which can cause accelerated aging of the skin. This detox tonic is formulated to combat this process, so your skin can live to be fabulous another day.


6 | If you are snowed in, or even if you aren't, sometimes winter is the perfect time to brush up on your reading. So why not read something that is going to give you juicy bits of skincare secrets?! The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin comes to us from a leading Korean esthetician and beauty expert, Charlotte Cho. She guides us through the world-renowned Korean ten-step skin-care routine - and far beyond - to help you achieve the clearest and most radiant skin of your life. With Charlotte's step-by-step tutorials, skin-care tips, and advice on what to look for in products at all price levels, you'll learn how to pamper and care for your skin at home with Korean-approved techniques and pull off the "no makeup" makeup look we've seen and admired on women in the streets of Seoul. I have learned so many little secrets like - double-cleansing. I know. Whaaat?


7 | Restore a youthful appearance at any age by repairing damage at the skin’s surface. One of the most popular in-office treatments is the microdermabrasion. Winter is the perfect time to schedule one. If that is simply not in your budget, you can treat yourself to an at-home experience with DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel. This polishing gel is a self-warming formula which uses an exothermic reaction to help open pores and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris to even skin tone and texture. It will gently polish away surface imperfections for smoother skin. Achieving professional microdermabrasion results without a visit to the doctor or spa? Yes please.


8 | This effective French-green-clay-based detox mask was designed to draw out impurities, nourish, soothe, brighten, fight free-radical damage, and improve tone and texture. The emerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask will leave your skin bright, healthy, and detoxified with a radiant glow. It is blended with kombucha, grape stem cells, algae extract, and glycerin, which help revitalize, protect, and hydrate skin. It is also loaded with a brightening complex of xylose and galactose from palmaria palmate. Just leave this on for 10-15 minutes to alleviate all the stresses of winter. 


9 | Christie Brinkley Recapture 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream is a breakthrough anti-aging solution that contains some of the greatest scientifically formulated ingredients to reverse signs of aging. Rejuvenate skin to fight against wrinkles, improve skin's firmness and elasticity with this anti-aging day cream. Christie’s breakthrough formulation works to recapture your skin’s youthful appearance - revitalizing and reversing signs of aging while drastically improving the look of problem skin. Recapture 360 helps naturally Revive + Improve + Protect your delicate aging skin. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or even if you are a woman or a man. We all need a product that will address the effects of aging, tighten the skin, and reduce the look of wrinkles while improving firmness, smoothness and elasticity. Use in the morning for optimal protection and help promote skin’s natural energy.


10 | This lipid replacement serum provides instant relief for very dry, stressed skin. Le Mieux Derma Relief Serum features powerful ceramides, a superior form of Vitamin E, and 13 exotic oils including argan oil and kukui nut oil to soothe skin while promoting softness and suppleness. It nourishes and protects the natural moisture factor by delivering key nutrients to protect the skin. It can be used daily use to calm and soothe very dehydrated and damaged skin. It also ideal for use on irritated skin after peels or treatments. 


11 | Renew your skin by removing dead cells and excess oil build-up with Key West Aloe Aloethera Facial Scrub. Refresh skin and exfoliate away leftover makeup, extra oil, and dead skin cells with this deep cleansing facial scrub. Natural exfoliates of apricot seed and almond meal buff skin while 100% pure Aloe Vera soothes dry winter skin irritation.


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Live Ultimate Whole Skin Care CamuClay Masque


Live Ultimate Whole Skin Care is a luxe, premier brand of all natural, organic skin and sun care products. But this brand is about more than skincare. They strive to live their best lives through not only creating the best products to serve the natural skincare market, but also in supporting this philosophy through all aspects of their business.


Live Ultimate Whole Skin Care has carefully researched the earth's most treasured indigenous super-foods, purest minerals and innovative anti-aging technologies, to bring you a revolutionary line of organic products both effective and safe to use. The foundation of their skincare products resides in signature formulas which contain a powerful blend of herbal extracts, prized super-foods, and potent antioxidants - the purest ingredients discovered. I had a chance to try an anti-aging clay masque made of natural earth clay.


The CamuClay Masque renews life to your tired face. Each swipe of this thick terra-cotta clay masque transforms congested skin by exfoliating dead skin cells, purging dirt, absorbing excess oil and reducing the signs of aging. This legendary natural earth clay comes from a small village in Western France and is well known for its exceptionally high content of essential minerals and trace elements to heal tissues and draw out toxins. Numerous research studies have shown the therapeutic properties of the Montmorillonite clay, especially in rejuvenating damaged tissues and reducing pore size.


I love using the CamuClay Masque when I feel like I need a skin detox. To use, just apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10-20 minutes allowing the product to absorb. Wash off with warm water. It can be used on face and neck. Use 2-3 times per week or when needed.


This masking multi-tasker has so many benefits including: detoxifying, exfoliating, reducing pore size, restoring aging skin, and brightening skin tone. It is even rich in antioxidants. The star ingredient is organic Camu Camu fruit extract. Camu Camu evens out skin tone, locks in elasticity to firm the face, and helps decrease the appearance of fine lines. This Amazonian antioxidant wards off free radicals for a vibrant, fresh face and packs more than 50 times the amount of collagen aiding Vitamin C than an orange. What a perfect way to start off your new year - with radiant and exfoliated skin!

Connect :: Visit liveultimate.com to check out their full line of natural, healthy and luxurious skin care products. You can also connect with Live Ultimate Whole Skin Care on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase the CamuClay Masque via Live Ultimate for $68. It is also available on Amazon.



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