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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Relaxing Evening Routine with Aveeno's NEW Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

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Relax with Your Evening Beauty Routine:
Your beauty routine does not have to be a chore! For me, it is quite the contrary. My evening beauty routine is actually very relaxing and I look forward to it every day. As a busy stay-at-home Mom of a 19-month old and a Preschooler, my evening beauty routine is my major "me time" of the day. It is time to de-stress, unwind, and do a little bit of pampering. 

With all of that said, I don't want my evening beauty routine to be too complicated or too time-consuming. I want to use gentle, yet effective, products that do good things for my skin. As an Aveeno Ambassador, I get a chance to try out all of the new and great products from Aveeno. I am really enjoying their new Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream. Aveeno encourged me to share my current relaxation routine in the evenings featuring this night cream. So, I am excited to share that with ya'll today!
Your skin's natural renewal process occurs at night while you sleep. That's why a good night's rest is so important for your skin. Without it, you could end up with more sensitive and irritated skin. Before I share my personal beauty routine, I would love to share dermatologist Jeanie Downie, M.D. 's essential nighttime tips to waking up with clearer, healthier-looking skin. 

Essential Nighttime Skincare Tips:
1. Power Through the Wash: No matter how tired you are before bed, use a gentle cleanser to wash away the makeup and debris that accumulate during the day. 

2. Get Calm: Moisturize your face and neck with a quality night cream like the new AVEENO Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream. It contains Active Naturals feverfew (soothes red, dry, and irritated skin) and oats (nourish and strengthen skin) to reduce the appearance of red, dry skin. 

3. Sleep Well: Try to get 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep at night to give your skin time to fully restore itself. (I fully admit that I need to work on this! I am lucky to get 7). 

To find out more about my Evening Beauty Routine and to hear about how I like Aveeno's NEW Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream, please click "read more" below! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fighting Late Summer Heat with Drugstore Products: Aussie, Secret, and Herbal Essences!

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The heat is in full swing here in GA. It has been upwards of 95 degrees this past week! There is no question that extreme heat can create a challenge for staying fresh and clean! I need to combat the heat with products to keep me smelling fresh and keep my hair frizz-free. The good news is that there are a ton of drugstore products to achieve this goal! As much as I love my high end products, nothing beats a great drugstore find! For this post, I am going to talk with ya'll about some of my recent drugstore favorites for hair, body, and last...but not least...your underarms!
For Hair: Aussie:
It is so fun for me to re-visit Aussie products! This is a line that I have literally loved since middle school. Not only do the products smell absolutely amazing, but also they are incredibly good for your hair (while also being so affordable!).
Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner: 
This lightweight spray conditions your hair while detangling, hydrating, and smoothing. I like that I can liberally spray this in without it feeling greasy. I just squirt in after towel drying my hair and before adding hair serums and other styling products. I absolutely adore the scent! This is certainly not the most moisturizing nor most repairing leave-in that I have ever used. However, it works great as a detangler and does offer some lightweight conditioning benefits.
Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Deeeeep Treatment:
I have been using versions of this deep conditioner since high school! This deep conditioner is so inexpensive; yet, it works so well (and smells amazing!). The Three Minute Miracle Collection now has five customized formulas specific to what your hair needs. I am currently using the Moist formula for hydration and softness. I love the results! My hair is beautifully detangled, shiny, managable, and soft after each use. I am almost guaranteed a "good hair day" when I use this. I must try all of these formulas! Aussie lovers: what is your favorite 3-Minute Miracle treatment?

image source: Herbal Essences
For Body: Herbal Essences:
Have you seen the body washes from Herbal Essences? I have long been obsessed with the scents of Herbal Essences products. I think I first fell in love with the scents of their hair products all the way back in High School! Well, now you can get those fabulous scents in body washes! The best thing about Herbal Essences scents and Body Washes is that the scent really lingers! My body wash assortment from Herbal Essences includes Hello Hydration (a fresh and tropical coconut), Body Burst (a refreshing citrus), and Honey I Smell Good (honey and apricot). Honestly, I don't know which I like best because they are all amazing. I am so obsessed with these scents! I guess if I had to pick a favorite, I would choose The Hello Hydration scent because I use the Hello Hydration shampoo on my daughter. So the scent reminds me of her! :) By-the-way, the Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner work great for keeping her hair super shiny, manageable, and smelling great all day!
For Underarms: Secret:
In the late-summer Georgia heat, I need to use the strongest underarm protection that I can find! I have used and trusted Secret deodorant/anti-antiperspirants for years! Secret was literally the first deodorant that I ever tried and I rarely stray. What can I say? I just don't want to smell and their deodorant/anti-antiperspirants really work for me. Their Clinical Strength line is amazing! They have a new Clinical Strength formula with Adapts & Responds technology. This means that the product can change and adapt to your sweat vitals. Your body goes through ups and downs all day. This means that your sweat and odor protection needs are constantly changing. It works by fighting odor causing bacteria, reducing sweat, and releasing fragrance. It is available in a Clear Gel, Invisible Solid, and Smooth Solid form.

So these are the products from Herbal Essences, Aussie, and Secret that are helping me to stay fresh, smell great, and fight frizz this Summer. What drugstore products are you loving to combat the heat of late Summer? 

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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Seeking a covet-worthy serum that boosts collagen production and leaves skin radiant and youthful? Then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recommends trying Colbert MD Stimulate The Serum because it is a truly inspiring serum.

What would you do with $350? It's time to enter the Beauty Blogger Giveaway on Beauty Info Zone and start dreaming. This is open internationally.

Phyrra is giving away the awesome new Too Faced Stardust Palette!  

15 Minute Beauty has a very busy life! She's a beauty blogger, a full time doctor, and she has two little girls. One of them is only 9 months old, so there isn't a lot of sleep in her house! But, she's pretty proud of how great her under eye area looks each day despite those challenges. Check out her favorite under eye products to look awake and younger!

Let's will Fall weather with some bold colors! 5 Tips To Rock A Bold Lip will get you started! Hairspray and Highheels shows us just how to get on the bold lip train!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny had a great time playing with the pieces from Chanel Blue Rhythm de Chanel. Find out why this collection is anything but average!

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty decided to experiment with making up a new foundation made with CoverFX Drops and with a color combo outside her comfort zone and here’s her FOTD!

Brooke from Blushing Noir shares the one high-end eyeshadow splurge you need - Burberry Pale Barley. Plays well alone and with others.  

Prime Beauty takes her anti-aging products seriously and knows you do too. She has teamed with the the luxury skincare brand 3LAB to give one lucky winner an entire anti-aging skincare package worth $415! Hurry and enter!

It may be Back-to-School time already, but the heat is still full-swing in Georgia. Pammy Blogs Beauty is still loving Summer shades like these from KBShimmer for her tips and toes!

Kristina from The Feminine Files is sharing some great tips and products to help you have a comfortable yet fashionable summer!

The partnership of Rebecca Minkoff with essie has resulted in the most stunning collection of 70's rock 'n roll inspired shades in the essie Fall 2015 Collection. Check out all the shades and swatches on Perilously Pale!  

Geniabeme tries the Foreo Luna! This is a neat device that takes your face cleansing to the next level!  

Justina's Gems is loving the new Bite Beauty Frozen Berries and Opals collection for Fall. Find out which two are her favorites from the launch.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Polish Love: KBShimmer Summer Collection!

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Alas, it is Back-to-School time already! Gone are the long and carefree days of Summer Vacation. However, in GA where I live, it is still totally hot. For me, nail polish selection is completely seasonal and weather-dependent. Sure, the Fall is just around the corner, but as long as the heat is still on here in GA, I will be rockin' Summer shades on my tips and toes!

In the past year, KBShimmer has become one of my very favorite nail polish lines. The polishes are just *so unique*! Plus, as a glitter lover, I adore all of the variety as well as the uniqueness of the glitter assortment. There is no question, there are no other polishes in my vast collection that compare directly to KBShimmer shades! I am tellin' ya'll, they are so special and different!

I am super excited about the KBShimmer Summer Collection! Sure, Summer Vacation is over. However, I am still going to be rocking these shades for as long as it is hot outside (which in for awhile!).
I got to try out an assortment of shades from the Summer Collection Part 1 and Part 2 and The Flakes Collection. Just check out these gorgeous and unique polishes: The KBShimmer Summer Collection 2015: (listed from left to right: see photos):
  • Pink-a Colada: A violet leaning pink crelly polish with holographic glitters in lime green, light blue and pink with full coverage in 3 coats. This is one of our more sheer polishes, but it can be layered in 3 coats for full coverage, depending on application style.
  • Lei it Again: Sunshine, days at the beach, and tropical drinks.  Lei It Again is the first cream in KBShimmer's tropics inspired faded neon cream collection.  This is no baby pink, and is a much brighter electric pink then my camera can show. As with most pastel and/or neon formulas, thin coats work best to ensure even application as they dry quicker and don’t always perfect self level.
  • Rum Me the Right Way: Sunshine, days at the beach, and tropical drinks.  Rum Me The Right Way is the forth cream in SBShimmer's tropics inspired faded neon cream collection.  This shocking yellow cream is the perfect swap for plain nude colors. Go bold and highlight your nails with this faded neon cream. As with most pastel and/or neon formulas, thin coats work best to ensure even application as they dry quicker and don’t always perfect self level.
  • Vitamin Sea: An aqua jelly polish with pink, silver, and micro holographic glitters.
  • Foiled: The smallest of our silver flakes, Foiled offers the smoothest metallic look of the 4 shades and is best layered for full coverage.
  • Precious Petals: Precious Petals is a glitter top coat with neon pink, purple, white, and aqua glitters swimming in a clear base.  A fine holographic dust adds sparkle that just shines in the sun.

If you are looking for some gorgeous and unique polishes (especially glitters!) to add to your collection, be sure to check out KBShimmer! These polishes apply so easily and I get 4+ days without chipping (which is good for me with how hard I am on my nails). I can't wait to see their Fall Collection as I will be transitioning to Fall shades very soon.

Thanks so much for reading! Love ya'll!!!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Makeup Wars: Under Eye Secrets!

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It is time for another Makeup Wars! This time the Makeup Wars bloggers are sharing their "secret" weapons for the under eye area.
My Biggest Beauty Concern: Dark Under Eye Circles:
There is no question, my biggest beauty battle is dealing with my super dark under eye circles. Honestly, finding effective ways to treat and conceal my dark under eye circles is one of the driving forces behind why I became a beauty blogger. I have struggled with this area for my whole life. Year-round allergies, heredity, and general lack of sleep leave my eye area very dark. When I say dark circles, I am talking about deep dark under eye circles that almost look like black eyes. The darkness has a purple tone with the addition of a red look to the entire area from allergies. 

"Regular" concealer just doesn't cut it for me. I need super-duper pigmented concealer to cover up these bad boys. Plus, the area must be super hydrated in order for the concealer to apply well and not look cakey. Not to mention, at just over 40 years old, my eyes are just starting to show signs of aging. I am lucky to not have any major lines or wrinkles yet. However, when my skin is feeling dehydrated, fine lines crop up in my eye area. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, my eye area is extremely sensitive. I need products that are non-irritating to this delicate area. So, not only do I want to cover and detract from the darkness, but also I want to use products that fight signs of aging. This is a tall order!

I am on the constant search for the best products out there to help with my eye area concerns. I am looking for gentle yet effective eye creams and high-coverage concealers. I certainly have some stand-by favorite products. However, I am always open to trying new things and new combinations of eye cream and concealers.

Today I will mention to you some of my all-around favorites as well as some fabulous new products that I am currently using and loving for my eye area! To find out more, please click "read more" below! :) 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Prime Beauty's Guilty Pleasures

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Cindy from Prime Beauty lets you in on her secret obsessions in The Beauty Spotlight Team's newest series: Guilty Pleasures. Can you guess what some of her non-beauty related guilty pleasures are?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Skin Loves: Kate Somerville's Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist and ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment

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It is time for an update in my "My Skin Loves" blog series! Now, you all may know that finding great skincare is one of the driving forces behind my blog. I am on an absolute quest to find the best skincare out there for my skin type and specific skincare concerns. I think that good skincare is the foundation of a great beauty routine. I have found that there are just certain brands that work for my skin. Kate Somerville is certainly amongst my Top 5 Skincare Brands. So, I am always excited to explore the line and try out new products! 

My Skin:
Before diving into my review, lets talk a bit more about my skin type and skincare concerns. My skin is "classic combo" skin in that it is normal to dry in the Winter and normal-oily in the Summer. My t-zone area is where I get a bit of oil and I occasionally get a breakout or two around my chin or nose. I am in my early 40s. So, preventing aging is a primary concern. I am lucky in that I have no major signs of aging yet. Just some fine lines around my eyes and mouth area (more pronounced when my skin is dehydrated). My skin is also quite sensitive. So, I need to be super careful with aggressive anti-aging formulas, chemical sunscreens, highly scented products, and abrasive ingredients.

For this review, I tried out Kate Somerville's Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist and ExfoliKate Gentle. to find out more about how I liked these products and how they worked for my skin, please click "read more" below!

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