Monday, November 28, 2016

Budget Beauty: Pixi Glow Tonic

I've been hearing great things about the Pixi brand for a while, so I was super excited to pick up their Glow Tonic while shopping in Target one day.  I know this is a UK brand, and I think they were just introduced to the U.S. a couple of year ago, or less.  This particular product, the Glow Tonic, is a toner that aims to firm &  tighten skin with its exfoliating properties.  

I've recently been using the Pixi Glow Tonic in the morning to prep my skin for a long day of teaching.  It gives my skin an invigorating & super clean feeling, without adding dryness.  The main ingredients are aloe vera, which you can certainly feel when using it, ginseng, and glycolic acid which covers the exfoliating part.

One aspect of this product that I love is the scent...it's so floral and light.  I've seen some reviews where people really do not care for the scent, but I really do!!  The cooling properties of the product leave skin feeling clean without feeling dry, which can be a common issue with toners.

There is no oil or alcohol in this product, the witch hazel and aloe vera do an incredible job working together as a natural astringent and calming agent.  My skin can be sensitive at times, but I've experienced no irritation (particularly to my rosacea) since adding the Pixi Glow Tonic to my routine.

I'm really enjoying using this product as the weather gets more cold, I want to make sure my skin is exfoliated to remove dead cells, but I don't want to over do it.  I'm noticing this toner is prepping my skin beautifully for a strong moisturizer before my daily makeup routine.

I'm looking forward to adding some more Pixi products to my routine this upcoming year, it's a great brand at the perfect price point!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone!

I'm excited to drive up to Jersey this afternoon after work.  Yes, DC Public Schools has school the day before Thanksgiving...so annoying.  Traffic will be bad but I'll have good music, my dog, oh, and the turkey, with me.

I cannot wait for Black Friday shopping, but this year I'm also keeping in mind how important Small Business Saturday is.  Small businesses are a cornerstone of our country, and I want to support these shops all I can.  So, I'm taking the pledge to do a majority of my shopping through small businesses this holiday season.  In D.C. and Northern Virginia there are a ton of small business shops, restaurants, etc.  I'll be in Jersey on Saturday this year, and I plan on scoping out the Princeton area for some cute shops and cafes I can support on this day.

You'll never know what great local businesses are around if you don't explore a little, so take the time this Small Business Saturday to do just that!  

Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving with friends & family.  Even when life is tough, we all have a lot to be thankful for! 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Recipe Wednesday: Simple & Delicious Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce...it's a must have for any Thanksgiving table.  Not only does it taste amazing, but the pop of color is perfectly fall-ish and delightful during Thanksgiving dinner.

The key to the perfect cranberry sauce, in my opinion, is squeezing fresh orange juice, and adding just a hint of cinnamon as a bonus flavor.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A List Greek: Sisterhood with Style

While I'm not in college anymore, it's been some years now, okay...I still remember how much I loved constantly buying anything and everything Chi Omega, especially when I had a little to spoil!  PS: Even in our 20's I still try to spoil her now and then.

Whether it's buying things for New Members after Bid Day, during Big/ Little Week, or Sister Appreciation Week, super cute sorority gear can certainly add up in $$$.  I was so happy when A-List Greek reached out to me, and I seriously wish A-List Greek had been around while I was in college, I would've bought everything they had!!

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