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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!! 

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! 

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!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics


{Disclaimer: Goody provided me with Ouchless Ribbon Elastics for the purpose of review.  All opinions are my own.}

I have a lot of hair.  Lots of it.  It's everywhere.  Sometimes I feel I can't control it.  Seriously...

This is where the perfect hair tie comes into play...I keep them everywhere... my room, bathroom, car, handbag, work bag, and my desk at work.  Literally I have them all around.  

Goody is a brand everyone knows, and trusts, for high quality hair products at the perfect price point.  You can buy Goody products anywhere and they're durable and trusty.  I've been using the Goody Quickstyle Paddle Brush for about two years now, I've taken good care of it and it's lasted great!  Not to mention Goody is the only brand of plain black hair elastics I've ever used. 

So, basically, Goody's proved to me they are a great band and one I can return to time and time again.

Give me all of the colors.
Sometimes black hair ties can be boring and not look so pretty on our wrists when not wearing them in our hair.  Sometimes the typical hair ties break and stretch out easily, especially if you have redic think hair like mine.  Sometimes hair ties dent hair, actually most hair ties dent hair all of the time.  Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics aim to prevent all those issues and more.  

When I opened my box from Goody I think I squealed in excitement, I mean seriously, look at ALL THE COLORS.  I immediately took out my boring black hair tie and opted for a pink Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastic.

It took a little while for the Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastic to stretch out to accommodate my hair, but once that was accomplished we were good to go.  All the colors and patterns of the elastics are just so fun and make me happy!  The holiday collection (check it out above, with the snowflakes on the packaging) colors are perfect, and the glitter adds a little extra glam.

Now I know pretty colors are fun and all, but the quality of holding hair back is probably most important quality of the Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics.  As I said, once I broke them in it was all good, but I do wish I hadn't had to do all that.  When I first used the elastic it took a little while for me to get it out of my hair because it was so tight.  However, I will say I've tried using the same one for a few weeks, and it hasn't overstretched at all, which makes me very happy.  These hair elastics are seriously durable.  The Goody Ouchless Elastics are stylish, they give me a great hold, and most importantly to me, they don't dent my hair.

Pop into your local drugstore, grocery store, Target, or Walmart, and pick up a pack of Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics!

XO.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Loft Weekend Finds

Loft Weekend Finds


My mom visited this weekend which of course meant...shopping!

I spent some time in Sephora for the 20% off sale (more on that later), but per usual I found myself perusing the Loft store and just had to pick up a few items.  Aside from the Veteran's Day promotions, I was able to use my teacher discount, which gives me 20% off.

First, this jacket, the Zip Sweatshirt Jacket, love it.  Perfect for both jeans and leggings with whatever shirt underneath.  I rarely wear white so this is def a nice new addition to my wardrobe.

This Leopard Jacquard Flare Dress is everything.  The color and print is just amazing, it's perfect for a holiday party.  It was so comfortable and the fit was great.  I always worry about length but this was right on point, not too short, not too long.

Lastly, I always love to add to my jean collection, and these Modern Skinny Stitched Moto Jeans in Smash Blue Wash added a new color and overall look to my collection.  These will be perfect with any type of boot this season.  Bonus: they're on sale for $39.50, original price $74.50

Loft is always my favorite, I could find something new every single day in that store!

XO.
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