WRITE ON: 31 WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE | WEEK EIGHT: FAVORITE BEAUTY HACKS

1. Glide Mattifying Balm over lip area before applying Matte Lipstick.

2. Slightly dampen eyelashes and pat dry before applying Mascara for clump free lashes.

3. Add a little bit of cornstarch to Clear Polish for a matte look.

4. Make your Nail Polish dry faster by soaking them in ice water for a few minutes.

5. Layering Concealer under the Colored Powder will make your brows last even better.

These are just a few of my favorite beauty hacks. What are some of yours?

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Billion Dollar Brows Brows on Point Micro Pencil | Review and Giveaway

Recently, the folks at Billion Dollar Brows sent me four shades of their newly released BDB Brows on Point Micro Pencil.

This is a brand that I’ve wanted to try for a while and am so excited to be able to team up with them for this post. Brows are everything these days and you should never underestimate the power of a strong brow game.

Learn About the Brand

Eyebrows are one of the most important features of our faces – and yet they are often the most neglected.

They believe that beautiful brows are a right, not a privilege. Their products are priced fairly so that you don’t have to break the bank to have Billion Dollar Brows.

NOW THE REAL QUESTION…DOES IT WORK??
I have gone through a lot of brow phases (who hasn’t?), the fuller brow look where you don’t do anything to them. You know, the most unruly and unshapen. I looked pretty rough in high school. And then you FINALLY get a pair of tweezers in your hand and wreaked havoc.
I am in no way a brow expert, but after a lot of tears and horrid pictures, I have figured out what works for me. I love trying brow products and this one is worth talking about!

Easily create hair like brush strokes with this micro pencil’s super-slim precision point to fill in and accentuate your brows. This mechanical pencil does not need a sharpener and covers every hair for maximum color pay off.

Super-fine, self-sharpening tip for precise application

Creates natural, blendable lines that mimic the look of individual hairs

Waterproof and smudge proof formula glides on smoothly and stays in place.

It’s versatile and it works great for someone who has thicker brows as well for someone with sparse brows.

Available in four versatile shades: Blonde, Light Brown, Taupe, Raven. Mix and Match to find the perfect shade for you.

 

 

 

I was sent shades Taupe, Maven, Light Brown, and Blonde. After testing them on my skin, I decided to use Blonde  as it is the closest match with my eyebrow and skin color. Over the past week, I’ve used BDB brow pencil and absolutely love it! The thickness, saturation and creaminess is perfect.
I love the design of this pencil because it does it all. One side has a spoolie and the other has the pencil, which is super fine and perfect for precision. Also, there is no sharpening involved since the pencil side is automatic.
Step 1: First I outline the tail and fill it in. The tail should be darker than the front.
Step 2: Run the spoolie through the tail to make sure it’s nice and blended. Fill in any areas you may have missed.
Step 3: Outline the bottom of the front of the brow and fill in any sparse areas staying away from the inner part near your nose. If you get too close to the inner part, it can look to harsh.
Step 4: With lighter strokes, turn tiny hairs upwards.
Step %: Run the spoolie through everything and blending it and repeat until all sparse areas are filled to your liking.
Step 6: Set with a brow gel.
For more information about Billion Dollar Brows, click here.

And now, how about a Giveaway??!!

We will have THREE lucky winners!! One winner will get the BDB Brows on Point Micro Pencil in Raven, another in Taupe and lastly one in Light Brown.

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WRITE ON: 31 WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE | WEEK SEVEN: MY WORST HABITS…

 

 

My worst habits..everyone has them and I have a few.

For one, I’m a smoker. I know, I know. I don’t need to hear it. WORST. HABIT. EVER. Move along.

I curse like a sailor.

I crack my knuckles.

I’m  sure I have more, but those are at the top of list for sure.

What are some of your worst habits?

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WRITE ON: 31 WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE | WEEK SIX: WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

 

What’s in my bag…not a whole lot actually. I’m a minimalist. I have my wallet, planner, and a few things here and there. For the off chance I have my face on, I carry powder and what ever lipstick or gloss I am wearing and when I get home.

Seems kinda sad,huh? Writing this, I’m even sure WHY I carrying purse? Or even have a collection of them in my closet…

What’s in your bag?

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DERMA E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Daily Detox Scrub | PRODUCT REVIEW

More and more skincare brands are realizing the importance of a thorough skin cleansing or a “skin detox”; and what is amazing is when a brand you already know comes up with an entire green, skincare range aimed to not only cleanse, but naturally draw out all the nasty toxins from the skin. Yes, I am talking about Derma E newest Purifying Range.

Learn About the Brand

Ethical Beauty

Since 1984, our passion for health, wellness and environmental sustainability has grown strong.
We have high ethical standards and never
compromise on skin health and safety. Our
100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not
contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates,
petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten,
soy or GMOs. Now that’s honest-to-goodness
skin care.

Purchases support global communities and the
environment.

Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

Exfoliating is something you need to do at least once a week, to remove dead cells and revitalize your skin at the same time. Unlike most scrubs I have tried until now, Purifying Daily Detox Scrub is visibly infused with activated charcoal and has a grayish, gritty feel to it. It doesn’t feel harsh on the skin, but is definitely thicker in consistency than some of my other, well-loved facial scrubs. Apply a small amount of it on a wet/damp skin and gently massage it in a circular motion, to avoid breaking capillaries on your delicate face. As a result you get almost a squeaky clean, soft skin which is amazing.

Purifying 2 In 1 Charcoal Mask

I am always on a hunt for a new great charcoal mask and luckily this Purifying 2 In 1 Charcoal Mask by Derma E did not disappoint. As any charcoal mask, this one has a similar thick and rich consistency – so when applying, make sure you that you are being generous with it. I have learned that with charcoal masks like this – the thicker, the better. Now once you leave it, don’t let it sit on your skin for longer than 5 minutes as it will be a nightmare to remove later. If you are new to charcoal masks, then it is worth mentioning that you first need to moisten your fingers and gently massage the skin, by gradually removing the mask. Even though it sounds tricky, the results are phenomenal. Again, a great product for someone with an oilier skin type, but that doesn’t mean that a dry skin pals won’t benefit from it.

Does It Work

As a result, I think this brand new Purifying Range by Derma E is quite an impressive one. I have only tried two products, but they are equally great and can work for different skin types. My skin looks and feels amazing.

For more information on DERMA E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, click here.

(Sponsored post, but all opinions and thoughts are my own)

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WRITE ON: 31 WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE | WEEK FIVE: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR AND WHY?

Born and raised in Florida, there is really only one season, Summer. But, with some off chance we get a change in the seasons, my favorite are Fall and Winter. I LOVE cold weather, just love it. And I also love the change of fashion that comes with Fall and Winter. Dark skinny jeans paired with ankle boots, sweaters, scarves, cardigans. And the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pumpkins, Hot Cocoa, Bonfires, I mean my reasons why are endless!

What is your favorite time of year and why?

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SoCozy Children’s Hair Care Line | Product Review

A short while ago, I introduced you to SoCozy hair products by Cozy Friedman.  Now available at Target, the SoCozy line of salon formula hair products is made just for kids.

About the Brand

Raising kids is hard, taking care of their hair shouldn’t be. For Cozy Friedman, it’s always been about identifying problems and solving them. And so, began her journey. What started with an innovative idea to open a salon just for kids, has grown into the nationally-recognized SoCozy brand of salon-quality hair care products developed specifically for kids’. Made from the finest ingredients with absolutely no nasty chemicals, every SoCozy product boasts multiple uses to streamline bath time and calm those hectic mornings of getting the kids out the door.

Cozy’s always celebrated kids being kids, and embraced the realness of being a parent. Thus, each of her endeavors—from her first salon to bestselling book, Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair, to every bottle of shampoo, detangler, or styler—began with the same formula: listening, researching, committing to excellence, and creating something that makes life with kids easier. The first bottles were distributed from Cozy’s basement. Today, SoCozy can be found at Target, CVS, and Walgreens amongst others. Plus, Cozy’s advice and how-to videos on SoCozy.com and SoCozy’s social channels provide helpful, interactive content addressing everything from mastering braids, to keeping lice at bay.

(And yes, that’s her real name.)

About the Product

All of SoCozy products were built on our four core values:

1. So Smart. We believe knowledge is power, which is why education is at our core – the pulse of our brand. Advice, solutions, tips, trends – we serve as an extensive resource for moms, kids, stylists and salon owners.

2. So Safe. No nasties in here; just good, clean, honest formulations with ingredients that perform at the highest level. Safe and effective – and completely non-toxic – it’s great hair minus the harsh chemicals.
Made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol. Free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.

3. So Easy. Because being a parent isn’t always easy, we make haircare that is: simple, fun, multi-functional products that streamline tub time, as well as solutions targeting specific hair concerns to make styling a snap.

4. So Cool. Take a strand. Through our products, website, social channels and unique collaborations, we encourage and support individuality. All kids, any hair type – we make it our mission to build confidence and inspire originality. Being you is our idea of cool.

My daughter has long, thickish hair when we first started using SoCozy.  Her long hair was extremely tangly and required a lot of extra care to maintain.  With the SoCozy hair routine (3 in 1 Shampoo, Detangler and Styling Cream)  it literally cut down on combing out tangles by more than 75%!  I would often spend several minutes sectioning her hair and carefully combing out the monstrous tangles.
First we start with the SoCozy 3 in 1 Shampoo, Conditioner & Wash in mango-go. This was perfect, with no second or third steps required to get her hair clean. One simple step and she was done.
Next we moved onto SoCozy Detangler in fruity-tutti, and yes it was desperately needed because my daughters hair seems to tangle around itself almost instantly. We simply used the detangler with a wide tooth comb and the comb just glides through like magic.
While her hair was still damp we used a tiny bit of SoCozy Styling Cream. It helps smooth her hair out, which she loves.
SoCozy motto: “Red hair, short hair, pink, curly hair. Being you is SoCozy’s idea of cool. Be you!”  Promoting confidence in being yourself is just the right thing for kids.  As a mom, I am thrilled that there are salon-quality products available with  “NO NASTIES NO JOKE” and that’s the truth, you can feel awesome using SoCozy on your children with good ingredients.
For more information on SoCozy, click here.
(Sponsored post, but all opinions and thoughts are my own)

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NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Triple Firming Neck Cream | PRODUCT REVIEW

I found that as the years passed I was gliding through gracefully while fighting off signs of aging. My face looked young and I was able to keep fine lines at bay. I avoid the sun at all costs as well to protect my skin. And I just hate being outdoors.
I’m not gonna lie, but I’ve only recently started to really take care of skin, maybe the past couple of years or so, and I never paid a whole lot of attention to my neck. And now  I have begun to see a change in my skin with mainly uneven pigment. And now that I’m getting close to 40, I’m always on the lookout for all types of anti-aging products to help me feel and look as youthful as much as possible.
About the Product
Formulated to help reverse visible signs of aging in the neck and décolletage for skin that is firmer, more lifted and younger looking.
This antiaging neck cream is formulated with three clinically proven ingredients, each with a unique action to deliver optimal lifting and firming. Pro-Amino Acid helps enhance pro-collagen in the skin, while NeoCitriate® helps promote new collagen and NeoGlucosamine® enhances the surrounding support. This trio of state-of-the-art actives works together to plump, build volume and firm sagging skin. NeoGlucosamine® is also a gentle exfoliant that helps reduce the appearance of uneven pigment and age spots that often appear in the décolletage. This potent cream is fortified with Apple Stem Cell Extract to help protect the longevity of skin’s essential cells, helping your skin to behave like younger skin.NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream significantly improved neck texture, décolletage texture, and décolletage pigmentation at 8, 12, and 16 weeks based on dermatologist grading.
Data on file, NeoStrata Company, Inc.Product Snapshot:
– Formulated to help reverse visible signs of aging in the neck and décolletage for skin that is firmer, more lifted, and younger looking
– Pro-Amino Acid helps enhance collagen
– NeoCitriate® helps encourage new collagen
– NeoGlucosamine® gently exfoliates skin to help reduce the appearance of uneven pigment
Does It Work
8 weeks of using NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Triple Firming Neck Cream  and I’ve seen a significant improvement in the skin tone and tightness on my neck.  I massage dots of cream in upward strokes towards my chin and jawline. I’m also using the cream on my décolletage, and the skin on my chest is definitely smoother – we have less sebaceous glands here, therefore we need a powerful moisturizer  like this to hydrate the area.
When I was asked to try Neostrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream I was excited.  It has a medium consistency, light clean smell, spreads well and sinks in fast, leaving the skin looking firmer, smoother, silky and plumped.
For more information about NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Triple Firming Neck Cream, click here.
(Sponsored post, but all opinions and thoughts are my own)

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WRITE ON: 31 WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE | WEEK FOUR: 10 WARDROBE MUST-HAVES

 

I’m a low maintenance and I keep my wardrobe pretty simple. I’m a mother of four and I’m always on the go, so my style a lot of the times is described as “I didn’t except to get out of the car.”  But I do have my 10 pieces that I keep at all times.

1.  A collared shirt. It’s super easy easy to dress up or down.

2.  A pair of dark skinny jeans. I love the way a good fitted pair of dark jeans make me feel. again, easy to dress up or down.

3. A pair of black Converse. Enough said.

4. A pair of basic pair of BalletFflats.

5. A Basic White Tee.

6. A Cardigan.

7.  Delicate Fine Jewelry

8. Great Sunglasses

9. Ankle Boots

10. A great Mascara. Yes I know it’s not clothing, but it’s the icing on the cake *wink*

I’d love to hear what your wardrobe must-haves are. Commet below!

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WRITE ON: 31 WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE | WEEK THREE: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT YOU

 

 

One of my unspoken mini resolutions for the year is to be a bit more personal here on the ol’ blog.  I love learning a little more about the ladies behind my favourite blogs, so I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy reading these little facts about me!  I don’t know if they’re interesting or not, but here are some little known facts about me.

1. I have  12 tattoos.

2.  I have an embarrassing obsession with office supplies.

3. I’m a twin.

4. I hardly ever wear earrings. I just find them uncomfortable and I fiddle with them.

5. I love to color. I could do it for hours.

6. I prefer even numbers over odd numbers.

7. I’m obsessed with color ‘grey’ and ‘blush’.

8. I’m a social media enthusiast. But I hate most social networks — or rather, I don’t like the way people use it.

9. I find it extremely difficult to speak about my feelings.

10.  I loathe people who typ lyk dis.

I’d like to get to know you better too! Tell me a random fact about yourself!

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