November 27, 2014

The Beauty Council: Beauty products I am thankful for

Today is a day most of us will be spending with friends and family. The main cook of the family will be up early to put the turkey in the oven and over the course of the day everyone will slowly start to gather. Hugs and Kisses all around, laughs abound. The men napping and watching football, women chatting and kids running wild. There is something about Thanksgiving that puts a smile on my face. 
Beyond the stress and chaos that can sometimes come with making sure everything is just right, at the center of it all is a time for us to reflect and give thanks. We give thanks for a variety of things, it's different for everyone, but no matter what we all have something to be thankful for. 

As beauty bloggers the members of the Beauty Council wanted to share the beauty products we are thankful for. Skin care was a major focus for me this year so my list is pretty much all skin care related.
I'm a cold natured person, always freezing. I'm so bad I have heater running under my desk at work all year round. I also take really hot showers, I know this is not good for my skin but oh well I don't plan to stop. One of the things about that though is it dries my skin out. I am really picky about lotions for this reason, I cannot stand dry skin. You have read plenty of posts from me this year about the brand tatcha, if I could name my top brand for 2014 they would be it. This Indigo Body Butter is one of the best body butters I have ever used, If you have very dry skin you will instantly fall in love with this whipped blue/purple silk in a a jar. Now I'll be honest with you, this cost way more than I would normally spend on a body moisturizer so I don't use it everyday. See my full review on the tatcha Indigo line here.
tatcha indigo body butter
 My Grandma would always tell me a women who doesn't take care of her hands will give away her age. As we age we know to take care of our face and necks but the chest and hands sometimes don't get the same t.l.c. In addition to my hands and cuticles getting dry from cleaning, and washing dishes I am obsessed with keeping them moisturized to prevent wrinkles. The amount of cuticle care products I have borders on rediculous but this one from Carol's Daughter which contains both jojoba and lemon all is one of my favorites, and it smells great too. One of the main reasons I love this cuticle oil is that is contains jojoba. Jojoba is one of the few oils with molecules small enough to penetrate the nail bed thus allowing the oil to go deeper between the nail layers to condition, soften, heal and moisturize.
Carol's Daughter Lemon Jojoba Cuticle Oil
 For the times when that huge zit pops up to ruin your life EradiKate to the rescue. This is one of those products that you may not think about but is great to have on hand. When a monster pimple  decides to pay me a visit I just dab a little of this sulphur liquid on it and it typically dries up in 24-48 hours. Resist the urge to pick and pop and grab this instead.
EradiKate Pimple drying solution
 Ugh me and this nails this year, we have been through it. I use strengtheners to keep them long and strong for swatching,but sometimes the strengtheners dry them out a bit and when they get long the break. Not just a break though like the corners will snap off. This Jessica Cosmetics bend don't break base coat has solved that problem. It works well alone and in conjunction with other nail hardeners I use to keep my nails strong but flexible.
Jessica Cosmetics Bend Don't Break
 I cannot sing the praises of this brand any louder, my saving grace. For a few months starting late last year, I followed a strict skin care regimen using Mario Badescu, and my skin completely transformed. I mentioned a few times in different posts about a bad reaction I had to a product last September that had my skin so bad I cried. I never had acne growing up and the disruption that product caused on my face was horrendous, Mario Badescu products saved my skin and helped get everything into balance. I switch out some products now but these two are staples. I only need the glycolic cleanser every few days, so I use that in conjunction with whatever other cleanser I'm using at the moment. The Mario Badescu special enzyme cleansing gel is another everyday cleanser that is in my favorites rotation.
Mario Badescu special enzyme cleansing gel
Mario Badescu gylcolic foaming cleanser
You will hear me say that my Clarisonic is one of the best beauty investments I have made. I still believe that but these little gems are a lot more budget friendly and also a staple in my routine. Konjac is a fibrous vegetable grown in Korea that contains many vitamins and minerals. Don't ask me how they do it but somehow they are able to make a sponge out of this plant that washes, cleanses and exfoliates.

You don't need to use a separate wash with these sponges although you can if you want. You will find that when using with a separate cleanser you will use less product. If you have seen these popping up in the stores and are curious about them go ahead and give them a try. I have been using one on and off for the better part of this year. My boyfriend just started using one as well and I have a body one that I'm testing now, so be on the lookout for a more in depth post about these coming soon.
not a sponge Konjac
Hydration, hydration, hydraton, keep saying that fast so we won' forget it. Sooth, re-hydrate and set makeup all with this cool mist from Evian. Oh remember I mentioned above how I take hot showers. I also waste time in the bathroom before making my way to the vanity to finish my skincare routine and start my makeup which leaves my skin parched. A lot of serums and moisturizers are absobed better when applied to damp skin so sometimes I will also mist my face before applying my serum or moisturizer. The uses for this Evian spray are really endless and it's a product I can' live without. In the summer grab the smaller travel sized cans and keep one in your purse your skin will thank me.
Evian Facial Mist
So there you have it my list of beauty products I am thankful for, I hope they never stop being made. Are there any products that have made a difference to you that you are now thankful for? Maybe a lipstick that makes you feel confident, or a product that saved your skin, I would love for you to tell me about them.

Check out the products that the rest of the Beauty Council ladies are thankful for by visiting their sites below. I hope everyone in the U.S. who celebrates Thanksgiving has a wonderful day full of good food, fun and fellowship. I am thankful for all of you who take the time to stop by and keep up with me, CHEERS!

November 24, 2014

4 Quick & Easy Holiday Hairstyles with Conair #HeartMyHair

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
 All opinions are mine alone.
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It's that time of year that things start to get a little hectic, at least around my house. Thanksgiving is this week which means lot of running around getting ready for time spent with family and friends. Thanksgiving seems like the unofficial kick off to the Holiday season, soon there will be invites coming in for holiday brunches, lunches, dinners and parties. Shopping for new outfits only adds to the stress of the season. With the help of two hairstyling tools from Conair worrying about how to style my hair won't be an issue, and I can have great hair everyday.
Today I am talking to you about the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer and the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret. With the help of these two tools, I was able to quickly and easily create a variety of hairstyles all in less than 30 minutes. A few quick adjustments and I can go from work to any holiday gathering with ease.  
Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer, Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret.
You can pick both these products up during your next trip to Walmart, if you are anything like me a shopping trip isn't complete without a quick browse through the health and beauty section anyway. I was able to easily spot the Conair products at my local Walmart. Look for the curling irons and hair dryers section. 
Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer
As the end of the year and all the festivities that come with it roll around there are many times I want to go out after work and won't have time to go home and change. These are the times I wear outfits that are easy to adjust, and can take me from the office to out for drinks. My hair is naturally curly and straightening it use to be a chore. Using a round brush or a paddle brush with the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer, I can get my hair completely dry and straightened in about 15 minutes. The ionic technology helps get it smooth and shiny with less frizz and the increased airflow reduces my drying time. This is great for the days I'm a little lazy waking up and need to get ready 

This is a pretty standard work day hair look for me. 
 
Transitioning this look for a night out is really easy, just throw a few of the Conair bobby pins in your purse before you leave the house. A few bobby pins, adding some eyeliner, lipstick and changing my shirt, in less than five minutes I am set to leave work and hit the town. 
 
  • Start by gathering two strands of hair on one side of your head;
  • Twist one strand over the other, grabbing more strands of hair as you work down;
  • As you go around the side and back of your head secure the hair with the bobby pins;
  • You can leave one side loose or continue to gather the hair and wrap in a bun, securing with pins. 
Thanks to the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret creating two curly styles was just as easy. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly and effortlessly I was able to curl my entire head with this tool.  


Using the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret is simple, just section your hair off, take a small section of hair and place it in the tool and close. The Curl Secret draws the hair into the chamber and curls it. The tool has two heat levels and three timer settings to help you create varying curl tightness. For this look I used the 10 second setting for a medium curl. Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret takes the guess work out, the unit beeps to let you know when the curl is set and you can release the hair from the unit.  

Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret
To transition this curly look for a night out all I did was gather the hair up as if I was creating a bun and pinned it into place.  I added this Conair flower clip on the side for a little extra jazz. 
This is a perfect hairstyle to transition to if you are short on time. I always keep some bobby pins in my purse and in my desk at work. In two minutes without even using a mirror I can change up the look. 
I had been curious about the Curl Secret for a while now so thank you to
 #CollectiveBias for giving me the opportunity to give it a try. 
I already know I'll be using it a lot to create styles for the Holidays.


Head on over to my instagram page to see the curl secret in action.

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November 18, 2014

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

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As I was sitting down to write this post I realized it has been a while since I last had a facial. There was a time back when I didn't have so many responsibilities, that I used to treat myself very often. Way back many, many years ago circa 1999 or so I went to a new spa in my area for a facial and the Esthetician did a skin analysis on me. One of the products she recommended I use was the dermalogica daily microfoliant, and I have used it on and off ever since.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant #Dermalogica
The dermalogica daily microfoliant is a rice-based powder exfoliating powder that is activated upon contact with water and gentle enough for daily use.  Now that my skin is under control, I use this occasionally in my routine and daily the week before mother nature comes to cause havoc on my hormones. That routine has kept the monthly breakouts at bay. 

November 15, 2014

The Beauty Blogazons Week In Review

November 14, 2014

COVERGIRL #GirlsCan Professional Look + Walmart Giftcard Giveaway

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I usually watch the news while getting ready in the morning, Good Morning America actually but today I was extra pumped about today's post and listened to some music instead. Beyonce's Run The World was on repeat, WHO RUNS THE WORLD, GIRLS.  Let's face it girls we rock! Today as I prep to head out to the office I am getting ready with the help of a few COVERGIRL products that help me feel polished, professional and put together. 

As I think back on my life I can recall a few times when I didn't think I could do things. I am so thankful that both my parents entitled in me that there was no limit to what I could accomplish, and being a girl certainly was no reason to feel I couldn't do certain things.  

I'm so glad to see the that the COVERGIRL #GirlsCan Campaign is all about empowering women to follow their dreams and turn any can't into a CAN. 

COVERGIRL #GirlsCan Professional Look

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