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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Streamline Your Beauty Routine: Beauty Box Five October Box Opening!

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We would all love unlimited extra time in our day that we can use towards self-pampering and our beauty routines, right?!?! Well, since extra time is usually what we don't have, lets check out some products that stand out because of their ability to make you look pulled together quickly. I love that! I do admit that even when I am super short on time, I have to at least look presentable (and better yet, look good!).

What is Beauty Box 5?
Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service that delivers 5 cosmetic samples to your door for $12 a month. The samples are all deluxe and sometimes the boxes include full-sized products, too! Shipping is free on every box. :) When you subscribe to Beauty Box 5, each month you get a beauty box delivered right to your door! The boxes contain a mix of makeup, beauty accessories, skincare, fragrance, bath& body items, and nail products (Not all of these this month, but something from those categories). Beauty Box 5 is a great way to discover new products or get yourself out of a cosmetics rut!

So, lets dig inside this box, shall we? Lets see what Beauty Box Five selected for us this month! Keep reading to find out what is inside!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Celebrate National Oatmeal Day! My Daily Shower Favorites from Aveeno! #AveenoLovesOat

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Did you know that today, October 29th is National Oatmeal Day? Who knew? ;) As an oat-nut and an Aveeno Ambassador, I am going to celebrate National Oatmeal Day by sharing some of my favorite everyday Aveeno products with you and, of course, by having a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast!

Many times, daily standard products get neglected as far as praise. These are the un-sung heros of our daily routines. Products that work...products that we come back to time and time again. As I was cleaning and organizing my shower this week, I realized that I have not raved about these two daily staples! So, I am going to give them some blog-love today! I have used both of these products off-and on for years and continue to love them today. Lets talk about Aveeno's Positively Smooth Shave Gel and Aveeno's Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser!

Aveeno is known for their oatmeal based products created with active naturals which are ideal for sensitive skin. While I love my ultra-scented products in the shower, sometimes I need to go "back to the basics" and just use gentle products that are calming to my skin. Honestly, I typically find that these types of gentle basic products actually work better and are more effective on my skin.

Aveeno's Positively Smooth Shave Gel: I hands-down get the best shave from this shave gel. It is an amazingly rich gel that transforms to an awesomely thick and rich foam on your legs. It allows your razor to slide across your skin effortlessly which decreases your chances of razor nicks! This shave gel is formulated with soy and natural emollients. Plus, this formula helps you to naturally minimize the appearance of hair with continued use. Now, who doesn't want that?!?! :)

Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser: This cleanser is unbelievably gentle! I love using this in the shower. Typically, I shower in the mornings and my skin only needs a light cleansing. There is just no need for me to use anything harsh or abrasive to cleanse my skin in the mornings. This gentle cleanser gets my skin clean and leaves my face feeling soft and fresh without feeling at all dry nor tight. It is gentle face cleansing at its best! The product is a liquid with a pump top. The pump releases just the right amount of light foam to cleanse your face. Love this cleanser!!!

What are your everyday favorite staple shower products? Are there products in your routine that you use over and over yet fail to rave about enough? I would love to hear about them! :)

Happy Oatmeal Day!!! xoxo

#AveenoLovesOat



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Brighten Your Blonde: Rene Furterer Okara Active Light Shampoo and Conditioner

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When it comes to my overall hair, skin, and beauty routines, I will fully admit that my biggest beauty splurge is my hair. While I am naturally dark blonde (aka "dirty blonde"), I feel that highlights are essential to making me look and feel my best. At this point in time, my hair is very heavily highlighted and is very light blonde. Because my highlights are very expensive, I like to go as long as I can in-between highlights. So, I currently go about every 10 weeks. 

With the investment of my highlights, I really like using good quality hair products to keep my highlighted hair looking and feeling its best. When it has been weeks since my last highlights appointment, sometimes my highlights are left looking brassy or dull. So, I love to explore shampoos and conditioners formulated specifically for highlighted hair. 
 
With Honey Extract for Color-Treated Blonde or Highlighted Hair:
I recently got a travel sized pack of this Shampoo and Conditioner combo from Rene Furterer. These little tubes (1 oz conditioner and 1.69 oz shampoo) were just enough for about 4-5 uses (4 uses for the conditioner and 5 for the shampoo). This set came in a clear plastic zipper case which is great for carrying your airplane travel liquids! The shampoo gently cleanses hair and enhances highlights. These products contain Okara extract to help repair hair as well as natural Acacia Honey. I like the clean feel that this shampoo gives my hair. The conditioner restructures and detangles hair while further enhancing your highlights. After using these products a few times, I do feel that my hair looks a bit brighter and my highlights are more refreshed. Like many highlight-enhancing shampoos and conditioners, I do feel like these were somewhat drying to my hair (in comparison with my usual moisturizing products). However, I do feel that this is the sacrifice you have to make when using a highlight-boosting product. I think the best bet is to use these products in rotation with your other shampoos and conditioners (once a week maybe) to keep highlights looking fresh while not over-drying your hair.



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Makeup Wars: Favorite Perfumes

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It is time for another Makeup War! This time the Makeup Wars bloggers are sharing their current favorite perfumes! As a scent-lover, I can't wait to see everyone's lists.

For my Favorite Perfumes list, I am going to divide it up into two categories: "new favorites" and "long-time favorites". As a fragrance-loving beauty blogger, I try out a lot of new perfumes on an ongoing basis. There are quite a few new scents that I have literally just started trying in the past few weeks that I absolutely adore! So, I am going to share those with you as well as sharing my other top two scents for this time of year. 

I change up my scent all the time. Not only do I rotate scents seasonally, but also I switch up my scent depending on the day and my mood. Sure, I have long-time favorites. However, I am always happy to add a new scent to the rotation! In the cooler months, I tend to gravitate towards heavier and sexier scents with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and musk.
To hear more details about all of these scents, please click "read more" below!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Essence of Beauty Launches a NEW Premium Bath & Body Line at CVS! Review and GIVEAWAY

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Hey Essence of Beauty Lovers! Essence of Beauty, CVS/pharmacy’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line, recently launched the NEW Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection this month, exclusive at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com. Have you seen the new premium bath & body line at CVS? If not you need to run, not walk, over to your local CVS to scope out these fabulous products! As a bath product-loving beauty blogger who reviews a lot of higher end bath products, I must say that there is no question that this line is of premium quality. From the spa-like scents to the luxurious feel of the products, you are going to feel totally pampered when you use these items!

The Collection:
The exclusive line ($5.99-$9.99) is infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils to bring the benefits of botanicals into your everyday bodycare regimen, with products to fulfill each part of the bath ritual, available in the following scents:
  • Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses 
  • Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body 
  • Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body
Each scent includes seven naturally-inspired bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap. The formulas contain plant extracts and essential oils, and the line is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and gluten.

I had the opportunity to try out an assortment of products from the new Essence of Beauty Line. To hear my reviews for some of these items as well as to find out how you can enter to win the entire collection in the scent of your choosing (2 winners!), please click "read more" below!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2nd Annual National #ScrubOff Day with St. Ives!

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We all know that Halloween is October 31st. However, did you know that November 1st is the 2nd Annual "National Scrub Off Day" with St. Ives? lol, I betcha didn't! Well, what better time, or better excuse to try some new face scrubs...a good deep cleaning after that heavy Halloween makeup? St. Ives has a variety of scrubs with different levels of exfoliation depending on your skin type and how much scrubbing you need. I know that I am excited to try some of these out and participate in the #ScrubOff challenge! :)

 


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