March 28, 2018

Loving Lately


I hope everyone is having a great spring so far! I am ready for some warmer weather, please! As I wait, I have come across some cool stuff that I would love to share with you. Here is what I have been loving lately.



Let's start with this yummy Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder from Mally Beauty. Inspired by Korean beauty, melting lip powder is formulated with encapsulated pigments that break on contact to provide instant moisture. It keeps lips healthy and hydrated while delivering rich, long-lasting color. (above: Mellow Mauve + Gentle Pink)


Harnessing the power of Silica Silyate, a hydrogel that transforms from powder to cream upon contact with the oils naturally produced by the skin, the formula melts onto lips and offers a hydrating, matte finish. It won’t smudge, budge or transfer during wear. This is such a unique product. I found that it blended well and didn't dry out my lips. (above: Soft Nude + Tender Rose)


Also from Mally Beauty, Shimmer Shape & Go is a set of three face-shaping crayons! Featuring a weightless, creamy, super-blendable formula, this highlight and contour trio allows you to create sculpting shadows, illuminating highlights, and a soft blush for radiant-looking skin. 


They are so fun to play with! The chubby crayon design makes application fast, easy, and mess-proof. Just swipe on and blend. The result is a defined look that will have you glowing! (above: Deeper Kit)


I love a charcoal mask and the 7th Heaven Charcoal Peel Off Mask is no exception. This single-serve sachet mask is all-natural and mineral-rich, featuring charcoal, which attaches to toxins and impurities and then brings them to the skin’s surface. It’s great for problem skin and oily skin and also helps reduce redness from acne. Besides detoxifying charcoal, other key ingredients include skin-calming crushed witch hazel, purifying and soothing pressed birch leaf and oil-absorbing kaolin clay.


Speaking of face masks, Derma E also has a few I have been loving. The purifying mask is a dual action formula that decongests pores of excess sebum, dirt and toxins then exfoliates away harmful micropollutants. The brightening mask reveals brighter looking skin, helps to promote a youthful appearance and helps to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. The firming clay mask gently draws out dirt and impurities from deep within pores and exfoliates for smooth skin. It provides an instant fresh and cooling sensation for the skin and helps skin to appear visibly firm.


I have been seeing beautiful braided hairstyles everywhere. I had no idea how to actually get these gorgeous styles, until now. Twist Me Pretty Braids is an indispensable guide to creating incredible, instagrammable looks at home. Each braid has full color pictures and step-by-step instructions, plus tips and tricks for getting it perfect every time. 


The author, Abby Smith, is a blogger, photographer, designer, and mother, so she knows that when it comes to getting ready in the morning, fashion and function need to work together and fast! I love how she breaks the hairstyles into easy step-by-step instructions. With 45 styles to choose from, you will find the perfect look for you.


The newest innovation in at-home manicures is Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors. Say goodbye to messy manicures with these clever cuticle protectors that protect your skin and cuticles from polish. The peel-off guards wrap around each nail for a neater application. Just peel, apply, paint, and remove. I like the material, which reminds me of a stretchy band-aid. They are easy to adjust so you get that perfectly guarded cuticle. They fit your nails to create a barrier and ensure a flawless polish line. No mess, no fuss, no polish clean up.


Finally, inspired by the revolutionary science of epigenetics, StriVectin Wrinkle Recode Line Transforming Melting Serum with BioRecode technology revitalizes skin's own wrinkle-fighting abilities to reduce the appearance of deep lines and creases. The super concentrated wrinkle-fighting treatment melts luxuriously into the skin to visibly plump, smooth, and restore youthful radiance. Youth-renewing oils mimic fatty acids naturally found in skin to replenish and retain moisture, while NIA-114 strengthens the skin barrier for visibly transformed, youthful-looking skin.

Why You Should Upgrade to the Google Pixelbook

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




It's Google! Just imagine everything you love about Google in a laptop. That is Google Pixelbook. It is the new high-performance Chromebook. You can get things done faster and smarter because Google Assistant is built right in. From its ultra-thin design to its collection of apps, Pixelbook is beautifully versatile and effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. And because it’s powered by Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and software features.

It's helpful! I am excited about having Google Assistant built in. It’s easily accessible via the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or by using a wake word. You can even access it with Pixelbook Pen (sold as a separate accessory). Simply press and hold the button, then tap the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your Assistant. How cool is that?



It's thin! At just 10.3mm, Pixelbook is Google’s thinnest laptop ever, with a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. I love the 360° touchscreen and the versatile 4-in-1 design. Why? You can sketch or edit photos, stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to your device, and enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red.

It's quick! With Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and features with software that automatically updates in the background. Pixelbook’s ready to go when you are. It starts up in under ten seconds, stays fast, and has a fast-charging, all-day battery that gives you up to ten hours of go from a single charge. This is so important to me because my current computer seems to take forever to boot up. I have things to do, know what I mean?!

It's on sale! You can find the Google Pixelbook at Best Buy. Save $100 from now through 4/7/18. Google Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in. Its super thin, four-in-one design includes a long-lasting battery and 7th Gen Intel Core processor. It also comes with all the apps you already know and love to help you create, play and do more.
 

Spring Break Must-Haves



Spring break is here! If you are leaving the cold and heading south, don't forget these spring break must-haves. You will want to look and feel your best while you enjoy some fun in the sun. What am I packing? Keep reading to find out.


How do you take your favorite scent with you on vacation? You Travalo. Say bon voyage to toting your glass perfume bottles across the country, and hello to the Travalo Milano. This elegant refillable fragrance atomizer disperses your favorite perfume anywhere you want to take it. The TSA-approved Milano will ensure that your favorite perfume arrives in style, and not shattered into pieces all over your luggage.


Just remove your perfume bottle spray head, take out the Travalo engine (inner bottle) from the case, and pump to fill. Now you are ready to go, spray, and enjoy! The Milano refills in seconds directly from any standard perfume bottle. The innovative refill system perfectly transfers your fragrance without spills or damaging exposure to air. I love my Travalo Milano!


Quickly and conveniently lift away makeup, oil, and impurities while thoroughly hydrating skin. These hydrating facial wipes can refresh your skin throughout the day, or remove makeup, sunscreen, and more in an instant. They are also great for using on the flight to keep your skin hydrated and feeling fresh! Each freshly scented pre-moistened wipe is infused with ultra-moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid that helps condition, soften and smooth skin, leaving it fresh and dewy. Fortified with superfruit extracts Grape Seed and Maqui Berry, these easy, one-step wipes offer antioxidant protection while keeping skin clean and refreshed.


Brighten and whiten your teeth 273% more than regular toothpaste with rosewater mint professional whitening toothpaste from Supersmile. This professional-strength formula contains Calprox, which safely lifts surface stains without harsh abrasives while building stronger enamel with a combination of calcium, phosphates, and magnesium. Your breath is left fresher longer with sodium bicarbonate and fluoride protects against cavities. As the #1 recommended toothpaste by cosmetic dentists worldwide, you can ensure a healthier, brighter smile for all of those spring break selfies!


When it comes to sunscreen with high SPF at a great price, look no further than NO-AD. NO-AD is a sunscreen brand that costs less per ounce because no advertising means the brand doesn't buy expensive TV, print, or radio ads, passing the savings on to consumers. The non-greasy, fragrance-free, quick dry, continuous spray sunscreen is perfect for kids. It's formulated to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a water and sweat resistant instant dry spray. The broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen stick for babies is a non-dragging formula that goes on smooth. It is hypoallergenic and non-irritating, making it great for delicate baby skin. Try the body and face stick for an ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear with no white mess. The wide-format stick is also water-resistant (80 minutes), and gives broad-spectrum SPF 50 sun protection. It's great for the body, yet gentle and light enough for the face.


Sun Therapè Pro Sport was designed with the athlete in mind, but benefits anyone who sustains regular sun exposure would benefit from this plant-derived, antioxidant and vitamin-rich sunscreen to restore and maintain the appearance of healthy, beautiful skin. This full spectrum sunscreen is lightweight, fast-absorbing, PABA-free, and pampers skin with a pharmaceutical-grade hydrating system. This one-of-a-kind formula provides much-needed SPF 35 for the face and body and also nourishes skin with marine plankton, liposomes, and enzymes. It is full of the most advanced damage preventing ingredients, which help repair and protect skin while you enjoy your active spring break activities!

March 18, 2018

Kusmi Tea Review



Looking for that perfect cup of tea? Kusmi Tea is luxury tea brand based out of Paris. They offer 70 varieties of whole-leaf teas and are best known for detox teas, as well as exclusive Russian blends whose recipes have been kept secret for nearly 150 years. I had the chance to try a few myself and I was quite impressed by the quality.


Packaged in a beautifully decorated and reusable tin, Anastasia is one of the iconic recipes created by Pavel Kousmichoff. This exclusive Earl Grey blend exemplifies Kusmi’s famous Russian taste with its combination of black tea, bergamot, lemon, and orange blossom. I love the burst of citrus and often use it as an iced tea.


Would you like to try one of Kusmi's famous detox teas? The detox varieties will delight you with delicious blends of maté, green tea, and lemongrass - perfect for the body and mind. I tried BB Detox - a beauty beverage with green tea, maté, rooibos, guarana, and dandelion, flavored with a hint of grapefruit. The muslin tea bag gives it an extra touch of quality that make enjoying it a very special expereince. It is quite the lovely blend and is perfect for a beauty break.


Tea is the world’s second most popular drink world after water. It is estimated that 25,000 cups of tea are enjoyed every second across the world, and around 1,000 billion every year! I absolutely love tea and I tend to enjoy a cup (or two) every single day.


Kusmi Tea has something for everyone with a range of black, green, matcha and herbal teas for waking up in the morning to winding down before bed. Next on my Kusmi bucket list is Be Cool, a blend of plants, licorice, and peppermint that can be enjoyed ice cold. Whatever your taste, you will love discovering your favorite new cup of tea!


Connect :: Visit kusmitea.com to discover unrivaled tea blends and legendary classic recipes. You can also find Kusmi Tea on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Fit & Healthy Snack Options



Trying to up your health and fitness game before summer hits? Don't worry! Eating healthy doesn't necessarily mean cutting sweet and salty snack cravings from your diet! From office snacks to post-workout treats, here are a few healthy and easy snack options to replace those guilt-infused cravings.


Perfect for smoothie-lovers, the Carrington Farms offers organic ingredients needed to make the ultimate smoothie, including an Organic Flax Chia Blend, Organic Coconut Protein Blend, and Organic Goji Berry Powder.


Organic Flax Chia Blend is a combination of popular Organic Milled Flax Seeds with Chia Seeds resulting in a nutritious blend that is overflowing with a wealth of health benefits. Chia seeds, low in carbs and gluten-free, are packed with Omega 3's, vitamins, antioxidants, protein, fiber, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Organic milled flax products are also loaded with Omega 3's, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals, but have the added benefit of hormone balancing phytoestrogens called lignans, all of which help promote your healthy lifestyle.


The Organic Coconut Protein Blend is dairy, soy, and lactose-free! It is packed with protein derived from coconut and plant-based proteins. Get a whopping 20g of protein per serving plus 8g of fiber. Boost your smoothies, shakes, baked goods with this winning combo.


High in antioxidants, the Carrington Farms Organic Goji Berry Powder is a nutrient-rich superfood! Mix some into smoothies, yogurts, desserts, and more. It can also be used to make a pleasant juice or tea. Containing vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron, it is also gluten-free and vegan.


Also from Carrington Farms, I tried the Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil and the Premium MCT Liquid Coconut Oil. Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil can be used in salad dressings, smoothies, on ice cream and more. Made from cold pressed pumpkin seeds, it is 100% pure and rich in unsaturated fatty acids.


Naturally rich in medium chain triglycerides, Premium MCT Liquid Coconut Oil is efficiently utilized by the body for energy production and helps aid in calorie burning. You can easily mix it into coffee, smoothies, cereals, and oatmeal because it stays liquid at room temperature.


With 18g of plant-protein per cookie, Munk Pack Protein Cookies are a delicious protein bar alternative. Take them on-the-go to the gym or enjoy as a no-guilt dessert after dinner. Available in four flavors, these vegan and gluten-free cookies are soft baked and filled with fiber. 


Take organic coconut oil on the go with the Carrington Farms ready to use go-paks! Preportioned in convenient single-serve packets, Coconut Oil Paks are perfect to add to coffee, smoothies, oatmeal, or to saute vegetables. I love using coconut oil to make my popcorn! Full of beauty benefits, it can even be used in hair for conditioner or as a natural skin moisturizer. It is ready-to-use with no refrigeration necessary.


Packed in a re-sealable pouch, Gaea Olive Snack Packs offer 100% natural and liquid-free olives, harvested from the finest olive groves in Greece. It is the 1st olive snack in the world without preservatives or additives and the lowest salt content. This great source of dietary fiber and copper is also rich in vitamin E and contains mono-unsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols. Liquid-free and full of authentic Greek flavors, it’s a delicious and a perfectly healthy, low-calorie snack.


If olives aren't your thing, Gaea offers carrot, gherkin, and cauliflower snacks too! This line of veggie snacks are the first shelf-stable on-the-go vegetable snacks. The packs are designed with convenience in mind with a re-sealable, liquid-free pouch. Which fit & healthy snack option would you most like to try?


Find It :: Click below to find the products mentioned in this post!

March 4, 2018

My Favorite Weekend Deals at Jane



Jane is my favorite boutique marketplace featuring the latest in women's fashion trends, home decor, accessories, and more! Get up to 65% off NEW DEALS added every day at Jane! Here are some of my favorite deals available right now.
  1. Kate Lace Ruffle Sleeve Dress | $24.99 + $3.99 Shipping
  2. Embroidered Summer Sun Hats | $4.99 + $2.99 Shipping
  3. Lace Midi Skirt | $12.99 + Free Shipping
  4. Babydoll Tunic | $12.99 + Free Shipping


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