Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beauty Grew All Around with Regency Beauty

Thank you to Regency Beauty Institute for sponsoring today’s story.

What is beauty, who gets to define it and what is or isn't beautiful is all relative. However, I think most women will agree that they love to feel beautiful and that it's a pretty great feeling to have someone think you're beautiful. Probably one of the times I feel the most beautiful and have that little extra pep in my step is right after I get my hair done at the salon! There is nothing like stepping out of the salon with your hair perfectly done, bouncing away in the breeze, shiny as ever! I absolutely love my stylist and the way he makes me feel after another great style. To celebrate all the great stylist out there, to insipre those to be and to celebrate beauty, Regency Beauty and Refinery29 are making sure that beauty is growing all around! 

Regency Beauty and Refinery29 are also running a great contest called the #ShareBeautyContestThe contest runs from July 8th through August 13th. One lucky winner will be chosen following the end of the contest. Each person who enters will have the opportunity to win a customized VIP beauty treatment worth $2,000 from Regency and Refinery29.

Entering the contest is easy!
Try one trend (or all of them). Trends will be posted each week at the regency landing page.
• Try one trend (Or all of them!)
• Take a photo
• Share it on Instagram (Your account must be public.)
• Hashtag each photo with #ShareBeautyContest

About Regency Beauty Institute:
Regency Beauty Institute is one of the leading cosmetology schools in the nation. They have 88 campuses across the country and have been able to grow over the years by taking an innovative approach to learning and helping students to turn their creativity into beautiful careers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meet Your Match at Sephora

Okay, so this is seriously one of my favorite little sets to come along in awhile. All of the products inside it are winners and it contains great sample sizes of great brands and products. I've never tried Nails Inc, Formula X or Deborah Lippman and so I was excited for those. The brands I have tried are tried and true brands to me like Tarte, OCC and Bite Beauty. The color selection in this kit is also spot on, including the perfect array of more neutral and subtle colors mixed with some great color pops. At only $25, this set is all around a win and is the perfect gift for any makeup lover!

What it is:
A lip and nail set that features the most covetable lip pigments and nail hues.

What it does:
This set includes six deluxe glosses, tints, and lacquers for lips and nails in the season’s most popular shades.
Bite Beauty gloss in Strangefruit 

This set contains:
- 0.27 oz Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Girls Just Want to Have Fun
- 0.06 oz Lipsurgence™ Lip Tint in Elite
- 0.17 oz Formula X Nail Color in Invincible
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar
- 0.13 oz Nails Inc. Devonshire Row Nail Polish
- 0.05 oz Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Strangefruit

(my set contained an OCC lip tar instead of the Hourglass gloss as shown on Sephora's website)

What are your thoughts on this set? It's got a great color selection for summer and I highly recommend you pick it up!! I don't think there was one product I didn't love and that's hard to say for most sets!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fourth of July with Laura Mercier

I love short work weeks and the Fourth of July holiday is one of my favorites! Besides pool time, parades and fireworks, you also have to consider your best red, white and blue outfits and makeup! Here are some top picks from Laura Mercier to get you in the patriotic spirit!

You can find these products & more information here:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Essentials with Burt's Bees

With summer weather in full swing, frequent beach trips are on the top of our to-do lists but it can be easy to forget the necessities when traveling. These four natural Burt’s Bees products are staple summer essentials and are sure to keep you moisturized and polished after any long day at the beach.

1. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Oil: Perfect for glowing, moisturized skin
Taking care of your baby's skin is really important, especially in the summer months. Burt's Bees has a product which is safe to use on babies and can be used by adults as well for glowing soft skin. This contains apricot and grape seed oil and is without phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS. My baby niece is about 8 months old and so I will definitely be using this on her to keep her skin well cared for these summer months! 

And don't forget the SPF! 

2. Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub: Ideal for scrubbing away dead skin for smooth, soft skin. Okay, so I've used a lot of hand scrubs in my day and I think I've finally found the perfect one. This is such the perfect combination of luxurious fresh scent, oils and the perfect size and texture of scrub. I love using just the oil in this on my nails. I will apply some to my nails, rub it in and let it sit until it is soaked in. I've definitely noticed an improvement in the look of my nails. I've also used this on both my hands and feet with great results. My skin is so smooth and soft after and the scent it leaves is light but really pleasing. This contains honey, shea, ground almonds and aloe. The ingredients list is easily recognizable and this is packed with some power ingredients. For only $13 for a large size tub, there is no losing out with this product! 

3. Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother: This intensely hydrating, quick-absorbing face and body lotion is packed with natural aloe vera and linden extract to soothe sun exposed skin. This was a major skin saver for me lately. I had spent about 5 hours in the sun and despite lathering multiple layers of SPF 50 on, I still managed to get burnt! After the beach, I quickly went home and grabbed for this. I felt immediate relief once this was applied and I felt my burn healed quicker. I had minimal pain and no peeling at all. I brought this back to my beach mates who were also in need of some quick relief. I think everyone was happy and really grateful to have this product. This also has a light refreshing scent which is very pleasing and gender neutral. 

4. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm: Give your lips both moisture and color, all in one!
For just a hint of color and a whole lot of conditioning. The Botanical Waxes in these softly tinted balms will take your lips to lovely in one pretty swipe. There are 9 different color selections, each providing a touch of flattering color for this summer. I love using tinted lip balms in summer because you still want a hint of color on your lips without any muss or fuss. 

Contains Press Samples

Friday, June 20, 2014

A New Take on Summer Fruits

I'm a huge fan of summer and I'm a huge fan of the delicious fruits that are abundant. There is nothing quite like having some slices of watermelon on a hot summer day. If you're a fruit lover like me, you can also incorporate fruits into your routine in other ways! Below are four new ways you can incorporate some more fruits into you summer! 

1. Dana’s Bakery Watermelon Mac of the Month ($30.00, Yum! Have a summer gathering with friends and not sure what to bring? Bring some macroons from Dana's Bakery. This delicious little bites are packaged so cute and are sure to be a hit! The watermelon macs were delicious and just the right about of sweetness. A little slice of summer, you can even eat the chocolate seeds!

2. Burt’s Bees Nourishing Coconut and Pear Lip Balm ($3.30, Keep those lips ultra hydrated this summer after all that sun exposure! Burt's Bees is a long time trusted brand for me and I've always got some hiding in my purse or pocket!  Pucker up to hydrate your lips with a sweet, light kiss of coconut oil

3. Stur Drinks Liquid Water Enhancer
( Stur Drink Enhancers are a more natural way of sweetening up your water, which you are sure to be gulping down lots of this summer. One of my favorites is the lemonade flavor. You only need a little bit to add some delicious taste to your water! A mouthwatering and naturally sweetened blend of oranges and mangos - tastes natural, not chemical or processed. Add Stur to your water or seltzer.

4. Burt’s Bees Grapefruit Towelettes ($6.00, Grapefruit scented facial products are a great pick me up this summer and personally one of my favorite scents! Invigorating pink grapefruit towelettes cleanse away pore-clogging dirt, oil, and even makeup, for naturally clean skin.

Contains Press Samples 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Avery Lasting Love by Robin McGraw

100% of the net profits from the sales of the AveryLasting Love Lip Gloss Collection line will support domestic violence prevention programs through When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation.
Color: Erica

A sheer, high-shine lip gloss with a luxurious, non-sticky formula glides on easily for a soft, supple, full-lip look. Provides shine and vivid color. Hydrates, smoothes, and moisturizes. Creates fuller-looking, more defined lips. May be worn alone or layered over lip color for a touch of luster. $15.95.

The AveryLasting Love Lip Gloss Collection was named after Robin’s granddaughter, and each color was named after an important woman in Robin’s family:

My thoughts:
I'm absolutely loving the color Erica. This is a universally flattering pink with a touch of shimmer to it. If you're a woman who loves soft and silky feeling glosses that aren't sticky at all, you're going to love this one! It really is so comfortable to wear and it can be suitable for any occasion. This was also long wearing and is really just a worry free product!  Don't forget 100% of the profits benefits domestic violence prevention, so you know your purchase is going towards a great cause!  

Learn more about: 
When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation creates and advances programs that help women and children, especially those affected by domestic violence, live healthy, safe and joy-filled lives. Our foundation creates and supports programs that meet people where they are, when they need it most, to let them choose what’s working, and turn their back on what isn’t.

Press Sample

Monday, June 2, 2014

Mattify Your Skin with Korres

With summer nearly here, I like to try to get my skin looking great on it's own. Summers in Wisconsin tend to be hot and muggy and so I like to wear as less makeup as possible. One problem area I have is evening out skin tone and pore size. I've turned to Korre's Pomegranate Mattifying Primer to help me with these common skincare issues. This product will help mattify skin, minimize pores and reduces redness – giving you picture perfect skin.

What I love about this product is that it comes out with a slight tint which helps to even out my skin tone. It applies evenly and is cool and comforting. It is easy to apply and I can see a difference after I use this. After my skin has been washed, I spray it with a toner and use a light moisturizer and then apply this primer before applying any foundation. This is a water-based mattifying, pore minimizing, and skin-perfecting primer. I've been using this product on some hot muggy days lately and it really has helped with the appearance of my skin. I notice that my foundation applies evenly and is long lasting. I have not noticed my skin getting oily or shiny throughout the day at all. I have been absolutely loving this product lately!!

Try combining this with the Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturiser ($32) for even better results which is a lightweight moisturizer that provides a matte finish and pore-minimizing properties while leaving skin soft, hydrated, and balanced. 
Contains press sample


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