Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Safe travels and happy eats!

I cannot wait to make create an awesome appetizer spread, garlic mashed potatoes, and thyme popovers.  EEK, I'm so excited!

Oh yah, and autumn sangria. YAS. 

& naturally, I'll be super busy Black Friday getting things I don't really need, but of course, in the moment need.

Keep an eye out on my Instagram for beauty, food, and dog pictures through the weekend! 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Exuviance Performance Peel AP25

[Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post powered through BrandBacker.  I received this product to review.  All opinions are my own.]
Maintaining a radiant complexion isn't always easy.  Incorporating an at-home facial peel , it gets rid of any dead skin cells, rejuvenates my complexion, evens out my texture and brightens my skin tone.  
Exuviance's Performance Peel AP25 is a glycolic acid peel that exfoliates, giving that even and smooth texture, and also promotes cell renewal with boosts the rejuvenation of the complexion.  Glycolic acid works well with my skin and I always have minimal redness after using it.

The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 is a 2-step process.  The first step is the Activator Pad, which preps the skin for step number two, the Neutralizer Pad.  The directions say to watch your skin after using the Activator Pad, I was a little nervous because I am prone to redness.  Luckily, I was totally okay and moved on to step number two, the Neutralizer Pad.  Once I used the Neutralizer Pad I washed my face off and was done.  I never felt uncomfortable, meaning I had no burning or anything like that.  When I get peels done professionally I usually do have a bit of tingling or burning- so it was a nice relief to not have that happen while using this product.

I only had a few sample packets of this product to use, Exuviance recommends using it up to twice a week for maximum results.  I didn't have the opportunity to do that, but I wish I had.  I liked how bright and clear my face looked after using this peel, but I would have wanted to use it consistently for about a month to really get a good opinion about it.

The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 can be purchased from NeoStrata.com or Ulta for $75.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sephora VIB Event Buys

Sephora VIB Buys

Did you celebrate the Sephora VIB 20% off event?!

I certainly did...and totally binged on lip products without even realizing it.  

In terms of skincare I picked up an Origins Night-A-Mins, which I've used for years.  I hadn't repurchased it in a while because I had a lot of other nighttime moisturizers to use up, but I'm so happy I'm returning back to Night-A-Mins just as a polar vortex is arriving.  I'm looking forward to trying Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil.  I'm addicted to the Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, so I have high hopes for this cleansing oil- I've heard nothing but great things!  

I saw the Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Skincare Collection and freaked out.  I didn't really need this, but I've been on such an oil kick lately I knew I had to try it out.  This collection features 6 Josie Maran products: Argan Cleansing Oil, 100% Pure Argan Oil, Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil, Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream in Vanilla Apricot, and Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47.  I've never used any of these products, so I'm super excited to finally rip this open and start using them all!

Lastly, I picked up a First-Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum.  Again, I've heard nothing but great things, and with the weather changing so quickly the way it has here in D.C. I've been experiencing a lot of redness.  Bisabolol, ginger, aloe, and caffeine are the main ingredients, the bisabolol and ginger are anti-inflammatory, the caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, and of course, the aloe is the soothing element.

Makeup wise, with the exception of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I went crazy and only bought lip products.  I have no idea why.  First, when I saw the Tarte Kiss & Belle Lipsurgence Lip Set online I had every intention on buying it during the sale.  I love all the Lipsurgence colors and the colors in this set were right up my ally.  I also saw the Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set online and knew I was probably going to buy it.  I love the Buxom Full-On lip glosses, they're always super shiny and plumping.  

My last item was put in my bag in the extra long checkout line, lining the line with all those products is super smart Sephora, you got me.  I rarely wear lipstick like products, but the BITE Beauty Best Bite Remix Set looked so alluring.  These are the perfect holiday colors and they are ridiculously pigmented and satiny-matte when you apply them.  I'm trying to branch out lip wise and I think these are perfect.  I can't find this product on the Sephora website, it is limited edition for Holiday 2014 so stop by your Sephora store to see if there's any left!!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste

[I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.]

Toothpaste...it's such an important part of our daily health and beauty routine.  If you're in the market for a great toothpaste, I highly suggest you check out Colgate's Enamel Health Toothpaste.  This Saturday, November 15, Walgreen's will be hosting a Saturdate With Beauty which will feature free samples and a helpful employee to educate you on the benefits of Colgate's Enamel Health Toothpaste.

The focus of Colgate's Enamel Health Toothpaste is to polish the tooth's surface and replenish natural calcium and phosphate to your teeth.  I've never really switched up my toothpaste before, so this product was totally new to me, but I was excited to try it out.

So far I've been using the Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste for a week now and it's been going quite well!  Sidenote: I bought the Whitening one, there's also a Sensitivity Relief version too!  I probably should've bought the Sensitivity one since my front teeth are redic sensitive, but I'm always so worried about whitening!

I feel like I need to give it more than just a week to truly prove itself, so I'll be sure to keep you updated, but each morning and evening when I brush I feel fresh, clean, and healthy.  So, I guess it's doing its job!

I know for a fact I haven't paid attention to the enamel wear on my teeth, I'm hoping that this toothpaste will do its job and help reverse any damage from acidic foods, etc.  We all hear that once enamel is gone it's gone, right??  So, Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste is here to the rescue!

Stop by your local Walgreen's this Saturday for their Saturdate With Beauty event.  Walgreen's is a great place to stock up on our basic beauty needs, so take advantage of this great event, and give the Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste a try!

See what other people are saying by checking out #ColgateEnamelHealth on social media! 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Recipe Wednesday: Williams-Sonoma Goodies

Williams & Sonoma Goodies

Williams-Sonoma is one of my favorite home stores.  I wish I could buy every kitchen gadget and food item they sell.  I'm looking forward to buying their cult favorite The Original Peppermint Bark- I've been wanting to buy it since October (yes, it was already out in October), but it just didn't seem appropriate...

 Anyway, I popped into my local Williams-Sonoma and the Spiced Apple Cider Quick Bread Mix immediately caught my eye.  Thennnnn, I noticed the Cinnamon Apple Butter next to it, and I was sold.

So yummy. 
I made the bread the weekend I bought it, and oh mah gawd, it was delicious.  Adding the cinnamon apple butter seriously put me over the edge, it was so amazing.

I have yet to make the Pumpkin Muffin Mix, but I'm sure when I do, it will be equally as great.

As much as I love to make everything homemade I couldn't resist picking up these mixes.  It was so easy, and as I mentioned before, I just love Williams-Sonoma.  I cannot wait to pick up some Christmas things soon!

PS: Williams-Sonoma makes a Gluten-Free Spiced Apple Cider Quick Bread Mix too!

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