September 30, 2014

Alberto VO5 Essentials Body Wash

Press Sample

Memories of summer are slowly fading away. How many of you change the scents on the products you use when the seasons change? I might be a weirdo but I do. It's not even something I always consciously think about but when I thought about it, I realized I tend to gravitate towards fruity and tropical scented things in the summer, and cleaner, fresh, or warmer scented things in the winter.  
VO5 Mango & Hibiscus Moisturizing Body Wash
I didn't know the Alberto VO5 made body washes, but after trying this one I hope to try out more.

Escape to the tropics with this Mango and Hibiscus moisturizing body wash that features 5 essential vitamins that nourish skin leaving it hydrated and soft skin. This body wash smells delicious and really wakes me up in the morning. 

Vitamin E · Vitamin H · Vitamin C · Vitamin B5 · Vitamin B3

Avg. Retail Price: $2.99
Availability: and nationwide retailers that carry VO5. 

*A sample of the product mentioned was provided to me for an honest review, all opnions are my own. 

September 25, 2014

The Beauty Council presents Fall Beauty Buys

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Good Morning Beauties! The Beauty Council is back and today we are sharing with you some of our picks for Fall Beauty Buys.
After a long, hot and busy summer I am so excited that my favorite season is finally upon us. Head on over to Starbucks for your Pumpkin Spice Latte because it is officially FALL!! Okay I am getting a bit ahead of myself because here in the South it definitely still feels very much like summer with temps still reaching almost 90°
I'm hoping the temperatures start to cool down soon, my feet are over being in sandals and my toes are wiggling ready for cozy toe socks, and boots. I went shopping over the weekend and my face lit up with excitement as I picked out new jeans and comfy sweaters in anticipation of evening walks through the park kicking up the beautiful foliage. 

So much of my style changes with the seasons in addition to the obvious wardrobe changes I also revamp my skincare routine and makeup choices. 

1. Boots are one of my go to footwear choices for fall. In my opinion every woman needs a pair of fierce riding boots in her collection. Riding boots are classic, women of any age can rock a pair.

2. I have been addicted to scarfs lately. They can add a nice pop of color and some character to even the most basic outfit.
3. My hair gets dry and dull in the cooler months and the heat styling doesn't help. I want to keep the hair on my head and out of the brush. This Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Anti-breakage spray is a saving grace, I think little miracle angels live in this bottle. This nourishing spray is not oils and smells amazing. I don't think I could live without this product. 
4. My skin care needs definitely change with the seasons, and even though it is still fairly hot here, I notice some changes already happening. A few weeks ago I spent some time chatting with the Kiehl's consultant at Belk's and she gave me some samples of this Calendula Cleanser. In between testing a few products for upcoming reviews I used them and fell in love so this one will be added into rotation with my other favorites for days I don't wear makeup.   
5. *My hands have been on the dry side lately and the other day I noticed some peeling. It's no secret that I am head over heels for anything and everything from Tatcha. The Tatcha Soothing Silk hand cream from the Indigo Collection is anti-inflammatory and soothes and softens skin. If you have super dry hands or eczema you will love this hand cream, it is nice and thick without feeling greasy or heavy.
6.  Essie hit the mark for me with their new fall nail polish collection Dress To Kilt. All six colors are lovely. My favorite color in the collection is this grey and teal shade named The Perfect Cover Up. 
7. *Some version of a face oil or serum is always in my skin care lineup. I am oh so serious about anti-aging products, if you didn't no my moto for the year has been TEAM NO WRINKLES, well for as long as I can help it anyway. Real wrinkles aren't much of a concern as of yet, but diminishing firmness has been. I had put on some weight and now that it is coming off my skin elasticity isn't bouncing back as quick as I would like. This L'Occitane Divine Extract has made a noticeable difference in my skins firmness and texture, This extract is worth every penny.
8. My lipsticks choices tend to be somewhat boring and predictable, I tend to stick with Mauve and Rose tones. Not this year though, I am loving a lot of deeper shades and so glad that a lot of lines are bringing the matte texture back. I am going to be venturing out of my comfort zone this fall with some vampy colors. Two favorites shades I picked up from Tom Ford are Bruised Plum and Scarlet Rouge. 
9. I love a subtle makeup look with some killer glow. I recently discovered the Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca, one word sums them up, AMAZING.  The Becca skin perfector is available in several colors that work on a variety of skin tones, these are a very unique creamy powder that gives off a nice luminous, lit from within glow.
10. Last but certainly not least we have my must have eye shadows for the fall and they are from Nars. My Sephora wish list  grew each time I saw a blogger post swatches of these. I have only purchased two so far but it is just a matter of time before I have all twelve. These shadows are GORGEOUS darlings, amazing color payoff and blend like a dream, you will not be disappointed with these.  Can be used wet or dry. 
Tell me what are some things that would make your list of Fall Beauty Buys? Be sure to check out the picks from the rest of The Beauty Council.  You can shop the post below to pick up any of the products I mentioned

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*Some items mentioned in this post were provided for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

AVEDA Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight

Press Sample#AvedaNaturallyStraight 
Hello Beauties! I have a hair product review for you today and I am going to get right into it because I LOVE IT. My fellow curly girls that like to straighten, this one is going to knock your socks off. Usually in the summertime I limit how often I straighten my hair. This summer I grabbed the flat iron more often than usual and my hair is paying the price. After using the Aveda Smooth Infusion I am screaming WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE! My hair is not extremely hard to straighten, but with the summer humidity reversion is an issue.  When I am sporting the straight look and that revision starts happening I might rock a headband or resort to a ponytail to get a few more days from the blow out before washing again. Well, let me just tell you honey this Aveda cream is no joke and is one of the best non chemical products I have used to get effortless sleek, straight hair. 
AVEDA Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight
*About Aveda Naturally Straight 
Go from naturally curly to naturally straight. Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight is a lightweight styling creme that progressively loosens curls every time you style. 

As you straighten your hair, Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight’s naturally derived plant fibers invisibly attach to hair to loosen curl and help lock in straightness. The formula’s humidity barrier of organic cassava extract and maize defends against frizz. The more you use it, the easier it is to create straight, smooth styles, so you can spend less time with a blow dryer and flat iron every day. It is safe for relaxed and color treated hair. After five consecutive applications of Naturally Straight, hair will stay straight for up to three washes. 
How to Use:
Step 1: Wash and Condition hair; 
Step 2: Apply Aveda Naturally Straight to towel-dried, damp hair. My hair is fairly thick so I sectioned it off and applied about a nickel size amount of the cream to each section; 
Step 3:  I try to limit heat, so after applying the cream I did let my hair air-dry to about 80% before going in with the blow-dryer and a paddle brush. Once my hair was completely dry I finished it off with the flat iron, but I must note I was able to use a lower heat setting this time. I was impressed with how smooth and soft my hair was after the blow-dry, it just need a little smoothing and finishing with the flat iron.  

AVEDA Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight
Several days later my hair still has great shine and very little reverting back curly, just at the root in the front and that is mostly because it gets a little wet when I wash my face. These pictures were taken four days after I straightened with the Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight cream and I cannot believe it still looks this good. 

The cream adsorbed into my hair well, and didn't weight it down, I like my hair to be light and have movement so having a product that is not heavy is important to me. The Aveda cream has a nice scent that leans on to a natural, woodsy vibe with a hint of citrus. The cream is safe for relaxed and color treated hair. 
AVEDA Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight
As we move into the cooler months and I anticipate wearing my hair straight more often, this is definitely a product I will continue using. The Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight cream is by far one of the best straightening creams I have ever used. 

Price: $26.00/5 oz.,150 ml 
Where to Purchase: Aveda stores and salons and online at

*Description from AVEDA
**I received a complimentary sample of this product from SheSpeaks/Aveda.

September 21, 2014

Introduction to Pampadour + Lorac Pro Giveaway

How many of you have family and friends that complain about you constantly sharing beauty related posts on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram? I know a lot of people who juggle maintaining two accounts to keep these posts separate. If you want to have somewhere to document, share and discuss beauty topics with other enthusiasts without overloading your personal feeds with people who aren't interested, you need to set up a profile on Pampadour


Pampadour is a social network tailored to beauty. It's a place where beauty addicts and brands can share and discuss their favorite things beauty. This is also a perfect place for those who maybe don't want to maintain full blogs to have a place to upload their pics and discuss products. 

Collect and Share
 Clip images from the web to your profile

 Tag items to keep track. (product, color, brand, season etc.)  
Share the love, Use the adour button to give a "like" to things you find. 

I like that Pampadour is an interactive site. Creating a profile is super easy and only took a few minutes. Once I was up and running, I could upload my own looks, search for products and participate in discussions.  If you want to see how a certain product looks on other people, or see multiple reviews you can use the sites easy search feature to see what others are talking about. 

Sign up here, and follow me here

When you search a product you can see reviews, where to purchase, and even looks created by other members.

There are so many exciting products I have my eye on for fall, I am starting to building  my #fallbeauty wishlist. 


One of a makeup lover’s must have Palettes is the Lorac Pro and if you haven’t had a chance to grab one yet, Pampadour is giving you the chance to win one.  To enter all you have to do is create a profile on Pampadour and Pamp your favorite fall products to the feed using the hashtag #FallBeauty. 

Good Luck in the giveaway, I'm looking forward to following your profiles. 

September 18, 2014

My Top 5 Handbag Must-Haves with U by Kotex & Walmart

Thank you to U by Kotex & Walmart for sponsoring today's story
Hey beauties! Fall is just around the corner, although from the weather here in the South it certainly doesn't feel like it.  During the work week I usually carry a fairly large handbag or tote, but if I am running errands or meeting up with a friend I like to travel lighter. I love clutches and wristlets so today I am sharing five items I grabbed at Walmart that are must haves for my on the go wristlet.  
Handbag Must-Haves with U by Kotex & Walmart
1.  I am never without tissues. I have bad allergies and must have some with me at all times. Last year my friend Tish (the blogger behind Cosmetish) and I were heading to an event for The Makeup Show Orlando, as we walked to the venue I realized I forgot my tissues when I changed bags. Tish was laughing at my panic over this, about 20 minutes into the presentation my nose started running and I was freaking out, I looked over at her with the I told you so look in my eyes. I was so mad at myself and annoyed because I had to get up and go to the ladies room. Even though I wasn't gone long, I didn't want to miss a minute of James Vincent's presentation.  Tissues are my number one must have item, and these Kleenex Slim packs are perfect. The slim, design makes them easy to carry along in your bag or even in your pocket. 

2.   So can we just be honest sometimes mother nature sends us a not so wanted present, whatever such is life. With U by Kotex tampons I can always have discrete protection on hand. When it's that time of the month I always have a U by Kotex pad or tampon in my clutch. The U by Kotex Click Tampons are go from a compact to a full-size tampon in one easy move, just pull until it clicks for full-sized period protection

3.  Another item I cannot be without is hand sanitizer, I need to keep my hands clean. Think about all the things you touch throughout the day.  ATM machines, gas station pumps, doorknobs, even shaking hands, YUCK. Germs, germs everywhere.  I usually grab a couple of these travels size germ-x hand sanitizers when I am in the store, there is one in every purse I have. This one is great because it also has aloe, so it in not as drying to the skin. 

4.  Obsessed with not having dry hands, moisturizer is number four on my list. When I am pressed for space in a bag I always grab my Aquaphor. This skin protector is a healing ointment so it makes a great moisturizer for dry hands, cuticles and I can even use it as a lip balm or to slick down a random hair in a pinch.  

5.  Last but certainly not least is a lip color. I absolutely love the L'Oreal Extraordinaire by Color Riche if you haven't picked any of these up yet, run to the store and grab a few, they are FAB. Great color payoff, long lasting, not drying, and apply smooth. My favorite color is Molto Mauve and it is the perfect shade to transition me into fall.
Handbag Must-Haves with U by Kotex & Walmart
Whether you sometimes carry just a clutch or a full handbag Walmart makes it easy to grab all your girly essentials and not break the bank. For a limited time you can grab two must haves in one with specially marked packages of U by Kotex pads or tampons which come with a special bonus pack of Kleenex Slim Pack tissues. 
U by Kotex and Kleenex from Walmart
Want a coupon to save on your purchase? Get in on the Share & Save. This offer includes three coupons for Kleenex ($0.50, $0.75, $1) and three for U by Kotex ($0.75, $1, $1.50).

To make the saving even better, the more we share the coupon offer on social media the higher the coupon value will become.  So be sure to share on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook.

Get your U by Kotex coupon here and don't forget to look for the specially marked boxes with the Kleenex Slim Packs attached, available at Walmart.

What are some of your must have handbags items? 


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