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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Get the Look: Project Runway Jr's Winning Look Episode 6, Firefighting Clients

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I just love sharing "Get the Look" posts...especially when the looks come from one of my favorite TV Shows: Project Runway Jr! 

A couple weeks ago, on Project Runway Junior, the models walked their looks straight off the catwalk and into the arms of their fire-fighting husbands! The emerging designers were tasked with creating date night looks for real women. The winning look was hot, hot, hot and left the model feeling confident as she made her runway debut on national television.

Celebrity makeup artist Scott Patric created a gorgeous nude glow to complement the winning design, with butter LONDON’s Glazen Eye Gloss in Spark taking center stage. The final look highlighted the model’s natural features with a subtle contour and glossy nude lips, letting the fiery dress do all the talking. The makeup look is fresh, natural and easy to wear both day and night, dressed up or dressed down.

I got to try out a few makeup items from this look, and I am so impressed! This butterLONDON bronzer palette is gorgeous and so versatile! The lipstick is a perfect YLBB (your lips but better) shade and the gloss is the perfect topper! I love wearing the items from this look!

Season 2 of Project Runway Junior airs Thursdays at 9pm EST/PST on Lifetime. It is an awesome show! Be sure to check it out. I always get so inspired with the fashions, the styling, and the makeup...not to mention: the talent of the contestants! 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Relaxing Spa Night: DIYs with The Vitamin Shoppe Essential Oils

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Relaxing Spa Night: DIYs with The Vitamin Shoppe Essential Oils:

My love affair with essential oils continues! 

Recently, I had a DIY afternoon creating some soothing and stress-relieving products for my evening relaxation/pampering routine! I can't wait to share my ideas and recipes with you today. :) 

I am so inspired by essential oils. I am a big believer that essential oils work for not only aromatherapy, but also for impactful change for your environment and for your overall health and emotional wellbeing. I turn to essential oils for stress-reduction, for cleaning, to alleviate symptoms of cold/flus, for stomach upset (Note: Not to take internally. Just topical applications), to elevate mood, to enhance the environment for sleep, and so much more! I even use kid-safe essential oils with my children! I love reading and researching about essential oils and learning more about what essential oils can do for you. Honestly, I am having so much fun as I learn and explore.

I know that there are a lot of expensive essential oils out there. Essential oil prices vary widely from brand-to-brand and even from oil-to-oil. Some oils are simply more expensive to produce. I have found that some brands' oils seem to be over priced. I am generally a believer that you get what you pay for. However, I am thrilled that I have found some *amazing* 100% pure essential oils for really fantastic prices. I think the key is to go with trusted brands. 

The Vitamin Shoppe has some really fantastic essential oils from their store brand oil line. I have tried a variety including Lemon, Clove, Lavender, and Cedarwood.  All of these oils are in heavy rotation in my home for everything from cleaning, to diffusing, to diluting and applying topically. Lavendar and Cedarwood are my newest Vitamin Shoppe additions to my essential oil collection and I just LOVE them!

Essential Oils for a Soothing Bedtime Routine:

I especially love diffusing a combination of Lavender and Cedarwood for sleep! I just add 2-3 drops lavendar and 1 drop cedarwood to my diffuser (beside) and diffuse all night. The scent is beautiful and it really helps me to fall asleep and stay asleep all night. 

Besides diffusing essential oils for sleep, I also love adding essential oils into my bedtime relaxation routine. Essential oils can be added to your bedtime lotion for a sleep blend, added to your bath in the form of bath salts or a bath oil, or added to a foot bath for a soothing bedtime foot soak. 

Here are some of my recent recipes for adding my newest The Vitamin Shoppe essential oils into my bedtime routine:

Essential Oil DIY Recipes:

I have been having so much fun with my oily DIY projects. I am always collecting ideas and getting inspired. If you are not already, please follow my Pinterest Essential Oil idea board.

Bedtime Footbath for Tired Feet:
I got a plug-in massaging Foot Bath for Christmas. So, I am very inspired to create essential oil blends and products to use in my new foot bath!!! 

8T Baking Soda
15 drops Lavender
15 drops Cedarwood
Add a few pumps Sweet Almond Oil (or other carrier oil)

I also like to add in some Epsom Salts in the warm water when I am filling up my Footbath tub. 

Bedtime Bath Salts with Lavender and Cedarwood Essential Oils:

Add 10 Drops Essential Oils (I did 5 Lavender and 5 Cedarwood: but you can add any Essential Oil you like)
2 T Baking Soda
2 oz Epsom Salts

My bedtime routine is not complete without a relaxing cup of herbal tea! My latest favorite is Pukka Night Time tea from The Vitamin Shoppe. It is a dreamy blend of organic oat flower, lavender, and limeflower.

Stay tuned for more Essential Oil posts including DIY recipes! Plus, I plan on featuring more topics with natural remedies for your health and well-being. So, stay tuned! 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Beautiful Luminous Foundation for Fair Skin! Shiseido's NEW Synchro Skin Glow

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I am so picky when it comes to foundations! I love the look of flawless and luminous skin. However, I don't want to look nor feel like I am wearing very much makeup. Also, my skin is super duper fair. So, it can be hard for me to find a good foundation match for my uber-light skin. 

Well, ya'll, I am super excited about Shiseido's NEW Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation. I just loved the idea that this is a foundation that "syncs" with your skin to create a perfected complexion! The best part? I found a fantastic match with the shade "Neutral 1"! It is an almost perfect match!!!

I love how lightweight this foundation feels. It really feels like a "second skin" I am not even wearing any foundation. It feels light and looks so natural while making my skin look beautiful. I really love it! 

Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF20 ($45) is a light and hydrating foundation that is breathable and natural-looking. The formula uniquely synchronizes with your skin to reveal a glowing, perfected complexion with a natural finish. Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Foundation is available in 13 shades. So, you have a great chance of finding a good match for your skintone (like I did!).

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Products We Repurchase!

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Christa from Perilously Pale shares with us the 12 Beauty Products She Repurchases Again and Again. See what products make the cut and have been part of her daily beauty routine for years.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines and Spring Gift Ideas: The Newest Kohl's Cares Collection!

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I get so excited when Valentine's Day comes around. I am a big believer in celebrating not only the romantic love in your life, but all of your loves: your kids, your Mom, your best friends. Love should be celebrated! 

I am always on the hunt this time of year for cute little gifts for my family and friends. Just a "little something" to give them a lift and make them feel loved. 

Kohl's has some fantastic and very reasonably priced gifts in their newest Kohl's Cares collection. Plus, the Kohl's Cares gifts give back to non-profit! So, these are gifts that you can feel good about purchasing. 

Valentine’s Day gifts that give back with the new Kohl’s Cares collection:
Kohl’s is offering children’s books from renowned author/illustrator Dr. Seuss and toys priced at just $5 each, with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s initiatives nationwide. 

Books and toys featured in the Kohl’s Cares Spring Collection include: 
  • The Cat in the Hat bilingual book and Cat in the Hat toy
  • The Sneetches book and Sneetch toy
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose book and Thidwick toy
  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now book and Marvin toy
  • And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street book and Giraffe toy
  • Color with Mom coloring book
  • 101 Coolest Science Experiments book
  • Happy Little Rabbit bundle

This new Kohl's Cares Collection has some really great Valentine's and Spring gifts for the little loves in my life: my kids! They are not only huge fans of reading, but they love stuffed animals, too. So, a book and stuffed animal set is just about the perfect gift for them. I can't wait to surprise them this Valentine's Day with a new Kohl's Care book and toy set! They will be all smiles when they see these gifts!!! 

This current Kohl’s Cares collection is available at all Kohl’s stores nationwide and on now through early April.

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Gorgeous Sets from L'Occitane!

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Valentine's Day is upon us! If you are looking for some gorgeous last-minute gifts, be sure to check out L'Occitane's amazing special Valentine’s Day gift options. There are sets available for both women and men. 

Prices range from $240-$150 per set! There is likely something for everyone on your list. L'Occitane is one of my go-to luxury brands for skincare, body care, and fragrance. 

In addition, L’Occitane has partnered with celebrated French illustrator Soledad Bravito to design five limited edition gift sets inspired by the season of love. Featuring her romantic, signature girlish style, these sets will warm hearts everywhere.

Collection Gift Sets:

  • CherryBlossomCollection($25): Tell a friend how lovely she is with the femininity of cherry blossom. Captured in a soft floral scent, this set is the perfect bathroom accessory for any woman. Includes Cherry Blossom Body Milk, Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Cherry Blossom Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Rose Soap
  • Lavender Collection ($25): Offer someone you love the ultimate gift of pampering. Direct from the majestic fields of Provence, this set is filled with the calming scents and aromas of lavender to help soothe the senses and induce blissful relaxation. Includes Lavender Body Milk, Lavender Shower Gel, Shea Butter Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Lavender Soap
  • L’OCCITANE Men’s Grooming Collection ($25): Satisfy your man’s grooming needs with this deluxe dopp kit filled with shaving and body care necessities – a great find for him. Includes L’OCCITAN ShowerGel, L’OCCITAN After Shave Balm, L’OCCITAN Shaving Gel
  • VerbenaCollection($25): Spice things up and keep it zesty with this lemony citrus verbena set. The combination of verbena essential oils, orange, and lemon tree will a refreshing and reviving shower experience for both men and women alike. Includes Verbena Shower Gel, Verbena Body Milk , Verbena Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Verbena Soap
  • Almond Collection ($25): Indulge and pamper with the delicious, mouthwatering scents and luxurious textures of our Almond collection, made with sustainably-sourced almond from the South of France. Includes Almond Shower Oil, Almond Delicious Soap, and Almond Milk Concentrate.
  • Personalized Pure Shea Butter ($12, in-store only): Travel-size tins are perfect for a friend, sister, or special someone this Valentine’s Day, made with 100% certified organic shea butter, this formula has over 50 uses. L’OCCITANE partnered with local New York City Artist, Marion Bizet, to offer limited edition personalized covers for the tin.

These gorgeous sets are available at L’OCCITANE boutiques nationwide and online at

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Makeup Wars: Facial Oils

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It is time for another Makeup Wars! This time the Makeup Wars bloggers are discussing their favorite facial oils. I am *so excited* about this topic. As ya'll know, I am obcessed with skincare. My interest in finding the very best skincare for my skin is the driving force behind my blog. 

My Skin:
Before diving into my favorite facial oils, lets talk quickly about my skin type. I have combination skin. My skin does fluxuate. Right now I am leaning more combination/oily. My skin is also somewhat sensitive and slightly prone to breaking out about once a month on my chin or near my nose. Also, I somethings get clogged pores. Since I am not getting any younger, lol, I am also interested in effective anti-aging skincare. 

After many years of avoiding oils in skincare products for fear of breaking out, I learned that certain oils are really beneficial for your skin. There is certainly a facial oil movement within the skincare world. Facial Oils have really gained in popularity for a reason: they work and have such great impact on your skin! Just a drop or two of oil after your usual skincare routine can give your skin a tremendous boost of nourishment and moisture! In addition, using oils as a mix in can really work wonders, too. Afraid of leaving an oil to sit on your skin, then you could try "getting your oil" by using a cleansing oil that you rinse off. 

There are honestly so many oils that I love (too many to list here). So, today I am going to focus on sharing my current favorites. Adding an oil to your skincare routine is one of the best ways to get a fantastic anti-aging, moisturizing, and skin-smoothing "boosts"!

My Current Favorite Facial Oils:

Kiehl's | Midnight Recovery Concentrate
This amazing (and 99.8% naturally derived) oil works to regenerate, replenish, and restore your skin overnight. I am currently using this oil every night as the final step in my skincare routine. I have used this oil off-and-on for a few years (in between testing out other products for this blog) and it is always something that I come back to. I use just one to two drops. I drop the oil onto my fingertips and then pat it across my skin hitting key areas where I seem to get fine lines. The herbal scent of this oil is so soothing for bedtime. There is just something "magical" about this oil! Whenever I don't use it, I can tell that my skin just dosn't look quite its best. It allows me to wake up in the mornings with skin that is a bit more hydrated and plump and smoothed. I love how this oil really sinks into your skin.

Key ingredients include: Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender Oil, and Squalene. A 1 oz bottle retails for $46.00. However, I must note: this bottle will last you forever when you only use 1-2 drops a night! I just love Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and give it my highest recommendation!!!

Nude Skincare | ProGenius Treatment Oil: 
Now, I got my bottle of Nude Skincare ProGenius Treament Oil a few years ago and really can now only find it online on Amazon. So, I believe this ProGenius Treatment Oil was either replaced with or renamed as Sephora's Nude Skincare ProGenius Firming Youth Oil. If anyone knows any details about this product, please be sure to let me know in the comments! Anyways, this oil has lasted me for a few years because I only use one drop in the mornings.

How I Use:
I add one drop of this oil to my dollop of sunscreen/moisturizer that I apply to my face in the mornings. This gives my sunscreen/moisturizer a boost! It allows it to apply better and leaves my skin more hydrated and smooth than when I leave the oil out. I especially do this in the Winter months when my skin is more dehydrated. You can also add a drop of this oil to your liquid foundation for the same type of effect if you would rather. I love the hydrating and skin-smoothing benefits of applying the oil this way. This oil is rich in antioxidants! So, you really are getting a protective and anti-aging boost in addition to adding essential oil and moisture to your skin. I just love this stuff!

Key Ingredients: Apricot kernel oil and meadowfoam seed oil (moisturizers); camelina (redness reducer); sea buckthorn and macadamia oil (skin smoothers). Retails for $78.00. 

L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil:
When it comes to luxury skincare, L'Occitane is one of my favorite brands! I adore the whole Divine skincare collection from L'Occitane and this decadent oil is no exception. The Divine collection products all contain ingedients derived from the Immortelle flower. This flower is legendary because of it's longevity: it never fades, even after it has been picked. The L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil contains Immortelle Essential Oil which is rich in anti-aging active properties.

This oil is so nourishing! I like using it at night as a final step in my skincare routine. I either tap on 1-2 drops of oil or mix it in with a nighttime moisturizer. It really works to smooth fine lines and refine tone and overall appearance of my skin. I adore it!

Please be sure to scroll through the links below to see what my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers are using and loving for facial oils! :)

There are so many oils that I love. These listed here are my current faves and ones that I am currently reaching for the most. I am sure that there are some that I am leaving out, but wanted to stick to a Top 3. :) I love what oils do for my skin and am always excited to try out new oils!

As always, thanks so much for reading!

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