InTruBeauty: May 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Travel with Tarte!

Today I'm going to be talking about a couple products that are must have in your purse or travel bag. I often take weekend trips to visit my family and so I'm use to packing up a bag of essentials about once a month. There is nothing worse than being somewhere that isn't your home, forgetting something and having that kind of off makeup, hair or clothing feeling. So for me, it's important to ensure some of my favorite items are packed away in my travel bag. 

Tarte Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

Gentle, biodegradable waterproof eye makeup remover wipes infused with nourishing maracuja.
These pre-moistened, single-use towelettes remove all traces of waterproof eye makeup while retaining skin’s moisture for a clean, refreshed appearance. The soothing formula combines the miracle of maracuja™ with nourishing fruit extracts to deliver a rush of nutrients to brighten delicate skin around the eyes and lashes while helping to fight signs of premature aging. Contains 30 wipes and retails for $12.00.

Powered By: maracuja: rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and vitamin C known to replenish and rebuild for firmer, brighter, smoother skin and maximum hydration; grapeseed oil: rich in antioxidants and fatty acids known to moisturize, fight free radicals and brighten dark circles; papaya extract: contains enzymes known to exfoliate skin to improve tone and texture; pineapple extract: contains enzymes, vitamin A and C known to promote exfoliation and anti-aging properties

My thoughts:
The choice of an eye makeup remover may not seem too difficult or particularly interesting, but for me it is still important. I notice a huge change when I switch makeup removers and try a different brand or type. I had recently purchased a gentle eye makeup remover that I hate and just can't wait to use up. I certainly do not have those feelings about these Tarte makeup remover wipes. These smell amazing and are easy to use and gentle on the eye area. They really get the job done and seem to remove about 95% of makeup for me. What is left behind is usually some pesky caked on mascara or waterproof eyeliner. I wish these were a tad bigger because when I've done a more dramatic eye makeup look, I find that I seem to use every square inch of these and could use a little bit more. On the other hand, these make travel and transport really easy.  Overall, these are a big winner in my book! 

Tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

Naturally-derived blotting papers that instantly absorb excess oil and shine for a matte, refreshed complexion. Keep excess shine at bay all year long with these discreet and convenient blotting papers infused with soothing and antioxidant-rich green tea extract. Perfect for daily use or easy, on-the-go touch-ups, each weightless blotting paper instantly absorbs excess oil without disturbing your makeup. Contains 50 sheets for $10.

My thoughts:
No one wants to go around with an oily looking face, but when you're on the go or at a special event, there's not too much you can do about it unless you've planned ahead. I love these convenient blotting papers that are easy to use without disrupting your makeup or irritating your skin. You can visibly see these working!  Plus, I love the super cute packaging! 

Tarte Brazilliance™ skin rejuvenating maracuja self tanning face towelettes

Tarte’s best-selling maracuja self tanner in a convenient towelette designed specifically for the face. Each single-use towelette brightens and hydrates the skin while delivering a lasting sunless tan that never looks fake or orange. Powered by tarte’s proprietary PUREshield™ scent-controlled technology, each towelette imparts a refreshing, spa-like experience with every application unlike any self tanner you’ve tried before.  Contains 10 single use towelettes and retails for $21.

Powered By: maracuja: rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and vitamin C known to replenish and rebuild for firmer, brighter, smoother skin and maximum hydration; vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and antioxidant

My thoughts: 
Self-tanner products always scare me. I think I'm always expecting the worse and expecting a streaky look or a not so lovely orange finish. I'm much more likely to try a self tanner from a brand I trust like Tarte, so I was willing to give these a try. With summer around the corner and the sun finally shining here (I live in Wisconsin), I'd love to have that healthy looking glow without being out in the sun too much or going tanning. These are the perfect way to get that subtle natural looking tan without risking too much sun exposure.

What is your favorite summer travel product? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Blogger Giveaway- Origami Owl Necklace and 2 Sephora Gift Cards!

Hi, friends!! Happy Sunday! I have one pretty epic giveaway for y'all today!! There are THREE prizes up for grabs! I've teamed up 30 other bloggers to bring this to you! I hope you enjoy!! So the way this will work is the first prize winner will receive a customized Origami Owl Necklace $125+ value (pictured below) & 2nd prize will be $100 Sephora gift card and the 3rd prize will be a $75 sephora gift card!

Pink - Large - Blogger - Twist 700x

THAT IS THE NECKLACE!! Designed by one of my very dear friends Michelle, check her out for all of your Origami Owl needs HERE & if we're being completely honest... I don't want to give this away, I am IN LOVE with it and want to keep it all for myself and just continue to stare at all of it's prettiness! I'm gonna let Michelle take it away and tell you a bit about Origami Owl & this fabulous locket! Origami Owl Living Lockets® are customizable glass lockets with floating, hand-crafted charms resulting in the ultimate personalized jewelry creations. The interchangeable twist-face locket was introduced in the Spring 2014 line. Keep the white cover on your locket or swap it out with turquoise, pink or black to complete your look! The winner of the contest will receive the following products, valued at over $125:
  • Large Silver Twist Locket with Pure White Face, O2 Blue face, and Perfectly Pink Face
  • 32” Silver Large Flat Oval Link Custom Chain
The following charms: o Blog o Smartphone o Camera o Laptop o Shimmering Blue Crystal Accent Stones (2) o October Round Birthstones (2) This and the rest of the Origami Owl collection may be found at And by this point you're ready for us to be done talking and get on with the giveaway, right? Enter the Rafflecopter below! Good Luck!


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Treat your Guests with Kleenex Style

This post is sponsored by Kleenex, but my love for their style is all my own! 

One thing you probably don't pay too much attention to is the style of someone's Kleenex box in their home. Or if you're like me, it may actually be something you do notice. Either way, the new Kleenex styles are sure to now get your attention. Kleenex has some great new styles and designs that you can really incorporate into your home decor and make your guests feel welcome and at home. You can incorporate Kleenex boxes throughout your home in a guest bathroom or guest room to make your guests feel at home and extra special. Keep reading to see some of my favorite styles, designs and tips to make your guests feel welcome.

Tip #1: 
Don't be scared to mix two bold designs together. I love this the design of this "HAPPY" signed mixed along with a bold Isaac Mizrahi design. 

About Isaac Mizrahi and Kleenex:  Kleenex partnered with Isaac Mizrahi to create 4 designs which are intended to evoke confidence and inspiration to help you express your personal style and step out of your comfort zone when it comes to incorporating the latest trends. Exclusively on the Kleenex style finder you can watch videos featuring Isaac Mizrahi where he provides his latest style advice and shares his own experience as a design leader for more than two decades.

Tip #2:
 Changing out just one box of Kleenex with another bold Isaac Mizrahi design can change the entire look of a space just by adding some pops of a different color

Not sure which style fits you best? Visit the Kleenex Style Studio here. 

Tip #3:
Don't forget about the little ones! The new bright designs and packaging will draw them to it and the new pocket to go packs are great for on the go, especially with a toddler who has a cold! 

Did you know? 
- Kleenex has been in the Museum of Modern Art twice!
- Kleenex invented Social in 1941 with a campaign called True Confessions

Did you know?
- Kleenex started out as facial tissue for removing makeup
-Kleenex has been around for 90 years!

Tip #4:
Get creative! If you're like me and allergic to candles but still like the look and design, add some kleenex instead. Kleenex has all sorts of new designs and packaging sure to work for any space! Start to think of these as actual decorative pieces and your guests will be delighted!

Tip #5:
Just have fun! There's no wrong way to style with Kleenex! 

Not quite sure what your style is? Don't fret, just hop on over to the Kleenex® Style Studio. It’s a fun, inspiring way to discover more of the Kleenex® Brand designs and products you love. And maybe even a few that’ll take you by surprise.Whether you’re decorating at home or adding a pop of color to your clutch, Kleenex has you covered.

I hope that gives you some tips and Kleenex style and design ideas so that you can easily incorporate some of these great designs into your own home. If you do and your guests notice, be sure to comment, I'd love to hear their reaction and which styles you chose!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May Flowers Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the $500 May Flowers Cash Giveaway!

Now that it's finally Spring, who couldn't use an extra $500 for some Spring shopping? You can update your wardrobe or splurge on a weekend getaway or something festive for summer! That's why I have joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Clean Eating Baked Rosemary Chicken with Vegetables

In a blender, blend olive oil with rosemary, sage, marjoram and thyme to make a marinade. The amount of seasonings to use is up to your particular taste. A pinch of each should suffice.

Cover a defrosted or refrigerated chicken breast with the marinade and let marinade for a least 1 to 2 hours. 

Add in minced ginger and garlic. I used 1 clove of garlic and 3-4 small slices of ginger and about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of red onion and a couple lemon slices. I also added black pepper, pink himalayan salt and cayenne pepper for some spice. Season to taste.

Add in your favorite vegetables. I used mushrooms and carrots. 

Add in some sprigs of rosemary and thyme to the dish.

Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked and tender.

For a side dish, I sliced up some sweet potatoes, added some organic brown sugar and organic butter and baked. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can slice up the sweet potato and add to boiling water. Cook until slightly tender. Then place the sweet potatoes in a pan on the stove with butter, brown sugar or organic coconut palm sugar and a couple tablespoons of water. Cook until the potatoes are tender and covered in the brown sugary coating. 

I try to use organic and non genetically modified ingredients when possible. The chicken used is Amish Farms brand, the sweet potato is grown locally at an amish farmers market, the butter and brown sugar are organic. The carrots, lemon, olive oil and mushroom are also organic. Ginger, garlic and red onion are conventionally farmed. See my post on how to eat organic on a budget.

What's for dinner at your house tonight? 


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