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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Banish the Brass: JOICO Color Balancing Purple Shampoo and Conditioner

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Banish the Brass: 

Ready to say buh-bye to your brassy blonde hair? Well, then it is time to say hello to some purple shampoo and conditioner. 

One super common question that I get repeatedly is "how can I eliminate brassy or orange/gold tones in my blonde hair". Sure, there are things that a professional can do at the salon. However, what I find, is that the brassiness pops out in-between salon visits...especially if I have been out in the sun or if my highlights turned out a little too yellow at my last appointment. 

A great way to remedy the brass-issue is to use a good purple shampoo and conditioner! While these used to be hard-to-find, there are now so many readily available at stores. My favorite one recently? Joico's Color Balancing Purple Shampoo and Conditioner. 

Here is the Scoop from Joico:
Color Balance Purple shampoo and conditioner, Joico’s glacial, yellow-mellowing duo, is specially formulated to keep brassiness from diminishing blonde and gray hair’s cool factor.

With a perfect dose of tone-correcting purple pigments and our color-protecting Multi-Spectrum Defense ComplexTM, Color Balance Purple instantly neutralizes unwanted brassy and yellow tones.

Key Features & Benefits:
  • Instantly neutralizes unwanted brassy/yellow tones in blonde/gray hair
  • Tone-correcting pigments attach to the hair fibers + stay attached through multiple shampoos
  • Multi-Spectrum Defense Complex helps protect color against fading
  • Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex delivers root-to-tip repair + protection for healthier hair with every use
  • Boosts shine + reduces frizz

Joico Color Balance Purple shampoo and conditioner retails for $15.99 and $17.99. The combination of these two together gives me just that little bit of extra ooomph to banish the brassiness and give me a good hair day. They leave my hair feeling soft and smooth and not overly dried out (like many other purple shampoo and conditioner formulas do). I highly recommend these! 

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Positive Thinking Challenge: 21-Days of Positive Powerful Thinking with PRIMP and Pamprin

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Positive Thinking Challenge: 21-Days of Positive Powerful Thinking with PRIMP and Pamprin:

Positive thinking is a very powerful thing. I am a big believer in this. Our experiences and our world is shaped by the way we percieve it. This starts with ourselves. Simple, yet profound, acts of positive thinking and self-care can set off a beautiful ripple effect. We must first love and care for ourselves in order to love and care for others. Let's face it, when we feel beautiful and poistive on the inside, we can accomplish great things on the outside! As an eternal optimist and seeker of self-love, I am so excited about putting more positive vibes out in the world! 

I am so excited to partner with PRIMP and Pamprin to promote overall well-being through the power of positive thinking with their 21-DAYS OF POSITIVITY Challenge. As the brand name suggests, Pamprin is a brand that wants women to "pamper" themselves...they want women to take good care of themselves. I know that I feel that I am my best self when I am taking good care of myself...from the inside out. From healthy eating, to positive self-talk, to overall self-care, these are the things that make me feel good on the inside and this radiates outwards. 

As a Power Primper with the PRIMP Network, I am a part of a group of fantastic women bloggers. PRIMP wants to collectively inspire women to love themselves. Lets all show the world how to treat us by revealing how we treat ourselves. So, lets encourage each other to change our inner dialogues. Lets replace those inner voices that critique and replace them with positive self-talk. Yes, this is sometimes hard to do. We are often our own worst critic. That is what I love about this challenge so much! It gives simple daily thought starters. Positive thinking is a habit. So, lets challenge ourselves to keep up the positive self dialogue! This is seriously life-changing. Let's set off a beautiful ripple effect with our self-love and positive self-care. 

21 Days Makes a Positivity Habit: The Challenge! #BePositivePamprin
I am so excited to partner with PRIMP and Pamprin with this awesome challenge. So, I am going to invite you to join in the 21-DAYS OF POSITIVITY, too! Repeat this 7-day cycle (see pic above) 3 times. Habits form after 3-weeks of consistent and intentional effort. I am amazed at how this has already changed my mind-set. Just think...what we can accomplish when we approach our next 21 days with unwavering optimism? I am excited to see!!! 

My Personal Optimism Plan:
I find that the best way to embrace positive self-talk is to start my day off positive first thing in the morning. I am doing a modified version of "Miracle Morning". I enjoy this morning time with myself for positive self-reflection. It is like a little gift of time with myself. I get up about 10 minutes early and have my morning coffee or tea, grab my journal and my pen...and I try to get everything started for the day on a positive note! 

Miracle Morning:
  • Silence: Meditation, Deep Breathing, or Prayer
  • Affirmations: Time for positive mantras! I have a pinboard, favorite Instagram hashtags I follow, and saved printouts of my favorite positive mantras that I read through. 
  • Visualization: See yourself doing positive things! You can accomplish what you set your mind to. See yourself realizing your full potential! 
  • Exercise: Okay, this is where I modify the Miracle Morning routine. As much as I would LOVE to excercise every morning, there is simply no time. So, I always make a plan for myself for later in the day to be active. 
  • Reading: Read something inspirational for a few minutes. 
  • Scribing: Keep a journal! Track your thoughts and progress. 

What to do with those pesky negative thoughts?
Despite my best efforts, sometimes those negative thoughts interfere. Yes, I will admit that sometimes this happens daily. So, what can we do about that? How do we get back to that Happy Zone? Well, I think that the first step is awareness. You can identify your negative thinking and make an effort to push those thoughts away. Replace them with a positive. Sometimes it just takes a moment for you to realize that you are having a bad moment. Take a break, take a breath, and try to turn it around. Most importantly, be kind to yourself! Don't get mad at yourself for letting those negative thoughts intrude. We must be gentle with ourselves. We are human after all and it will take time to get into a positive mind-set. 

For me the best way to turn my mood around is to get outside. I love the grounding energy that I get from being outdoors (be sure to check out my Instagram for my daily grounding challenge to get outside and get barefooted daily!). 

I find that those negative thoughts tend to intrude more when I am tired, worn out, or when it is "that time of the month". Yes, those hormonal fluxuations that accompany PMS are certainly hard to deal with. Yes, we all know what a drag PMS can be. So, this is when positive thinking is that much more important! Track your cycle and anticipate that you might have to focus your postive energy even more purposefully during "that time of the month". Lets have a mission to replace the "drag" in PMS with something uplifting and inspiring! 

Plus, durning PMS, taking Pamprin can help to alleviate some of your discomfort so you can focus on going back to being positive! 

I personally like taking Pamprin Multi-Symptom during PMS. It contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine (to relieve irritability), a diuretic (to fight against bloating and water weight gain), and a pain reliever (to alleviate cramps). So, Pamprin Multi-Symptom helps to treats a variety of PMS and menstrual symptoms such bloating, pain and cramps, and irritability. It does not just treat the pain of cramps, it does much more! Plus, Pamprin Multi-Symptom has the same strength medicine as Extra Strength Tylenol PLUS the added benefits of fighting against bloating and irritability. So, with Pamprin, you get much more than just pain relief. You are treating all the symptoms related with PMS and your menstrual cycle. 

I encourage all of you to join in with this 21-Days of Positive Powerful thinking with PRIMP and Pamprin! I think that they key thing here is consistent and intentional effort with our positive thoughts. Positive thoughts are transformative. Lets inspire others and let the positivity flow! We’ll all be AMAZED  by what we can accomplish indivicually and collectively. Lets change our mind-sets. Lets turn away from those negative thoughts and replace them with self-love.  approach our next 21 days with unwavering optimism. You can do it girls! Be positive, be intentional. Love yourself and watch it overflow. It is amazing!!!

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Get Your Glow On: L'Oreal's NEW LUMI Glow (and more!)

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Get Your Glow On: 

Are you ready to get your glow on? While we are far from Summer and natural sun-lit glow, we can perk up our Winter dull skin with these gorgeous items. 

L'Oreal makes it easy to get a gorgeous glow !!! So, just get ready to say hello to the gorgeous collection of NEW L'Oreal LUMI Glow products. These items give you an effortless and gorgeous glow at a drugstore price. 

I tried this palette in the Moonkissed shade assortment. These shades range from white, to pink, to bronze, and brown. I am tending to use the white and the pink shades the most for accenting and highlighting my cheeks. The powder texture is soft with an average pigmentation and shimmer. You can use this palette to highlight, bronze, or blush! 

OMG...totally gorgeous and I am fully obsessed! I tried this one out in the shade Moonlight. This loose shimmer powder packs some major shimmer and total pow. Moonlight is a light white shimmer with cool, almost blue or irradecent undertones. It is absolutely gorgeous at the top of the cheekbones and noticable in a good way. I love using this and almost always get "good skin" compliments when I wear this. It has become a staple in my makeup routine! Superb quality for a drugstore item!

This gorgeous bronzer gives you a beautiful lit-from within glow and lovely color! I tried the shade light which works really well for my fair skin tone. This is beautiful for face or body!

L'Oreal Colour Riche LA Palette Lip:
What better way to compliment your glow-worthy skin, than with a gorgeous and colorful lip? It has been ages since I have tried a lip palette! I am super excited about the shade assortment in this palette. Literally, I am dying to travel somewhere just so I can take this lip palette. The on-the-go implications are amazing for this palette. You can create endless looks with this one sleek and slim palette. The formula is so hydrating and smooth. I just love it! Not only can you create many separate looks, but also you can combine the colors on one lip look to highlight and contour an accentuate your lips! Gorgeous!

Have you tried any of the NEW L'Oreal LUMI Glow products? I would love to hear how they are working for you? I want to try those Glow Boosting Drops next! :)

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Detoxify + Brighten Purifying Pink Clay Mask is an effective 4-in-1 mask that effectively boosts radiance, clears clogged pores, regulates sebum production and detoxifies the skin in a mere 10 minutes, and it does so without drying out the skin. Read the full review on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog to see why this mask is worthy of your consideration!

Prime Beauty upped her lash game with the new L'Oreal Voluminous X Fiber Mascara. See before and after pics!

The love continues on Beauty Info Zone for Monat haircare. This week Marcia shares her straight, shiny hair favorites.

What are your On-the-Go beauty favorites? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her in her updated "What is in her bag?" post.

Polarbelle has done a little bit of damage with her hauls of the last few weeks. The video of the first half is now on YouTube.

In case you're in the mood to try out a new mascara or two, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty recommends her current favorites.

BeautyJudy took the new Maybelline Total Temptation Shadow and Highlight Palette for a spin! Check out two looks with this work appropriate AND nighttime appropriate palette!

Are you trying to save some money and not buy all the latest cosmetics coming out? Do you already have a substantial makeup collection not getting used? Jen from The Jedi Wife has been revisiting her old cosmetic favorites with her #TBTBeauty posts. Her latest post features the NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb palette.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On-the-Go Beauty Favorites: What is in my Handbag? Sol Janeiro, Herpecin, Pixi Beauty, and more!

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On-the-Go Beauty Favorites: What is in my Handbag? 
Are you like me? Do you always feel that you are on-the-go and limited for time? While I do apply makeup daily, the amount varies depending on how much time I have to get ready. Some days, it is just simply my skincare routine plus a little concealer. So, I like to have some beauty basics with me at all times so that I can create a put-together look even when on the go. 

Besides makeup, I like carrying other beauty favorites with me. My on-the-go time is actually a great time to indulge in some beauty treats like nice hand creams and moisturizing cuticle treatments. Seriously! What better thing to do when in carpool line than moisturize those cuticles, lol! I have honestly made a habit out of reapplying a moisturizing lip balm like HerpecinL HL 30 while in the car. The more I use this super hydrating and soothing lipbalm, the better it works. Plus, getting an extra dose of SPF 30 is essential when on-the-go. We must protect from the sun!

So, my current handbag's makeup bag is full of on-the-go beauty goodies: products for moisture, products for makeup touch-up, and items to cleanse, and much more. Let's dig through my bag one item at a time so I can give you the full scoop!

What is in My Handbag? On-the-Go Beauty Favorites:

  • Jane Iredale | Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen: Powder-Me SPF is a nourishing, easy to use skin protectant that contains titanium dioxide and natural clay to shield against redness and provide light coverage (so you can skip foundation). Added bonus – it's water resistant up to 40 minutes! I like keeping this in my handbag as I can layer on more coverage and SPF throughout the day. This has a cool sponge applicator and the product puffs up into the applicator and you can apply by dabbing your face with the puff. 

  • Sol Janeiro | Brazilian Touch Hand Cream: As ya'll know, I am obcessed with Sol Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum cream. So, you know I am all over this new launch! Skin-loving ingredients like Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí, Coconut Oil and Brazil Nut provide a silky layer of nourishment and conditioning while the famous Bum Bum scent leaves you smelling delicious. For you guys that are not familiar with Sol Janeiro, the signature scent is a combination of salted caramel and pistachio fragrance. OMG, it smells sooooo good! 

  • Summer's Eve | SIMPLY Mandarin Blossom Cleansing Cloth: My days are long. So, I like to be able to freshen up mid-day if I need to. These cleansing wipes are super gentle and I am really liking the new assortment of Summer's Eve fragrances like the Mandarin Blossom and the Coconut scents. Summer's Eve's new line of feminine cleansers and cloths are free from harsh chemicals, dyes, alcohol and parabens – so you can feel good about what you are putting on your body! Plus, I like that they are infused with botanical extracts. 

  • Herpecin L | HL 30 Cold Sore Lip Balm Stick: Herpecin L is one of my favorite lip products! Herpecin L can be used year round and it is not just for cold sores. I don't even get cold sores, I just use this amazing balm for its super moisturizing and protecting properties!  It is more hydrating than my standard lip balms. It feels super soothing going on and it leaves my lips feeling super soft and comfortable. Plus, it is perfect for on-the-go application as it contains SPF. So, you are getting that sun protection in as well. 

  • Neutrogena | Deep Clean Blotting Sheets: I always carry blotting sheets with me. My skin is combination with some slightly oily areas in the t-zone. Blotting mid-day helps to take down the shine and removes excess oil. These Deep Clean sheets are nice as they won't distrupt your makeup...just pat, pat, pat, and you are done! 

  • Burt's Bees | Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream: I have literally been using this product for is one of my longest standing product favorites! I believe I discovered it back in college. Over the years I have tried other cuticle creams, but always come back to this one. It is the best. The lemon scent is just so refreshing and "clean" for your hands. Consistant use of this keeps my cuticles in shape. Plus, I love the slim cute tin...perfect for a handbag! 

  • Mont Bleu | Glass File with Crystals : I have an assortment of these Mont Blue crystal glass nail files from Czech Republic. I put the smallest one in my handbag for on-the-go nail maintenance. I prefer glass files as they are super gentle to your nails...and, with good care, they last forever! 

  • essence | shine shine shine wet look lipgloss: I like keeping lipgloss in my handbag in nude and pink shades for quick and easy touch ups. I really love the fun and trendy lipglosses from essence. Right now I have shade #07 Happiness in a Bottle in my handbag. So pretty!

  • jordana | Modern Matte Lipstick: Yes, I am on board with the matte lipstick trend...especially with nudes. I don't know what it is, but I am obcessed with pink nude lips lately and love the look and feel of this #16 Matte Divine shade from Jordana. Plus, super affordable!

  • Neutrogena | Hydro Boost Concealer: I have the worlds worst dark under eye circles. Concealer is my best friend, lol! I certainly do not leave the house without concealer. Otherwise everyone would ask me if I was tired or sick all day because of my under eye darkness. So, even though I apply concealer at home, I like to have one on hand in my purse for touch ups if needed. I like this one for touch ups as the coverage is light and hydrating. I wear the shade Fair. 

  • Pixi Beauty | Endless Silky Eye Pen: Pixi Beauty makes the best eyeliners! These glide on effortlessly and lay down impressive color. Plus, these eyeliners are smudgeproof and I believe waterproof, too! I like carrying around this matte nude shade as it looks so good in the waterline. It makes me look more awake and brightens my eyes. 

So, those are some of my favorite products living in my handbag right now! I would love to hear about what you have in your bag. Or, if some of these are your favorites, too...let me know your thoughts!

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Boheme Chic Spring Colour Story from Laura Mercier

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Are you ready for Spring? I sure am! I am tired of cold weather and ready to jump into sunny days, warm skys, and gorgeously inspired makeup colors!

Laura Mercier's Boheme Chic Spring Colour Story is going to have you yearning for Spring! From a gorgeous palatte, to flushed cheek crayons, and muted lip lacquers, you are going to want to dive right in!

Boheme Chic Spring Colour Stor
y for Spring 2018 from Laura Mercier:

Inspired by the textures of Laura Mercier’s Parisian atelier, her painting studio with an eclectic ambiance filled with acrylic paint, liquefied pearls and earthy organic materials, Laura created the new Boheme Chic Colour Collection for Spring 2018. High-performance clay textures float onto eyes leaving traces of earthy mattes and jewel like metal finishes, while the lips are enveloped in creamy nudes and cheeks reflect a rose gold sensuality. The collection features three sensually sophisticated products: Boheme Chic Eye Clay Palette, Bohemian Flush Cheek Crayon and Lacquer Up Acrylik Lip Varnishes.

The Boheme Chic Spring Colour Story for Spring 2081 from Laura Mercier:
Collection Details:

Boheme Chick Eye Clay Palette:
The Boheme Chic Eye Clay Palette features studio-inspired, high-performance brushed metal and matte textured Clays to give you intense color resisting shadow fall-out. Soft, flexible, clay-like hybrid textures apply beautifully with a unique, wet feel that seems to melt onto your skin. It also comes with an exclusive Air-light Setting Powder to prolong wear for up to eight hours and prevent creasing.

Application Tips:

  • For an editorial smudge look, use an eyeshadow smudger or crease brush and blend eye color along crease to the lash line.
  • To create a graphic line, use an eyeliner brush to get a precise thin line or thick smoky line.
  • For a textured look, press fingertip into texture and apply in a tapping motion onto the lids to create a smoked veil.
  • To set the look, use an allover eyeshadow brush with the Air-light Setting Powder to keep everything in place and prolong wear.
Retails for $48.00

Bohemian Flush Cheek Crayon:
A crème crayon that gives a hint of colour with a beautiful pearl sheen.
Application Tips: Dab on to cheeks and blend with fingertips.

Retails for $32.00

Lacquer Up Acrylick Lip Varnish:
A reflective wet shine lip lacquer with sheer-to-full coverage without any tackiness, fading and feathering.

Application Tips:
Using the wand applicator, glide product all over lips. Apply a light layer for
sheer coverage or layer for more intensity.

Shades: Boho, Free Spirit, Gypsy and W anderlust

Retails for $28.00

AVAILABILITY: The new Laura Boheme Chic Colour Collection will be available for a limited time at nationwide Laura Mercier retailers, excluding Sephora, from February 2018 – January 2019.

This collection is beautiful and the shades are totally up my alley! Such lovely colors that are so easy to wear on an everyday basis. So pretty!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter Sink Makeover: Live Clean Hand Soaps and Body Lotions

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Winter Sink Makeover: 

How is your skin feeling today? If you are like me, you are battling terrible Winter-dry skin...and the worst area, my hands! The dry air and cold temperatures and my frequent hand washing to avoid all the cold and flu germs have wreaked havoc on my hands. They are super dry, flaky, and uncomfortable. The rest of my body is suffering from dry skin, too. So here I am with dull and dry skin ahead of one of the most sensual holidays of the year, Valentine’s Day. Ack! 

My best "hacks" for remediating my winter-dry hands is to wash with super gentle hand soap and immediately follow my hand washing with a nice lotion. The best way to remember this is to have the lotion out and right next to the hand soap. So, I gave all my sinks a make-over today! I added Live Clean Hand Soaps and Body Lotions to all! This way, I will never forget to lotion up after my frequent hand washing!

Remember your skin is the largest organ of your body. So, show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day and achieve silky glowing skin in minutes with some super gentle hand soap and body lotion from Live Clean!

What hacks do you have for Winter-dry skin? I would love to hear them! 

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