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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Beauty Product Musts from this Summer


Jumping right into it here, I'm starting off with the 'Blur' liquid foundations that were sent to me to test out courtesy of Milk Makeup and Influenster. 

If you follow me, you know I hardly ever wear makeup, little less foundation. However, I do use it on occasion for certain photo shoots and whenever I feel like sprucing myself up for bae.

So, I was glad to receive these new Milk foundations to try out. I've never tried out Milk makeup but I've seen it everywhere. And anytime I've popped into Urban Outfitters I always drool a little over their smart packaging. Always a sucker for packaging...

I like that I was sent two shades - one lighter and one darker - which is perfect because I have one for my slightly tanner Summer skin tone and now one for the lighter tone I'll have this Fall/Winter.

No complaints about the foundation. It made my face picture-perfect. And I can say that in complete honesty because the day I shot some photos using it, I was feeling like shit. 

I will say ONE thing though. I'm not planning on using the cute little Milk gel applicator that accompanied the foundation. It's fun. It's aesthetically pleasing. I even like the iridescent bag it comes in. But that's as far as it goes for me. I didn't like using it. I don't have anything more educated to say other than that. The applicator just didn't suit me, personally, and I'm much more comfortable sticking to the foundation brushes I already have. The gold brush in the photo above is what I prefer to use for my foundation coverage.

So, Milk Makeup is awesome. The 'Blur' foundation is a yes, but I'll pass on their gel applicator...

MILK MAKEUP BLUR LIQUID MATTE FOUNDATION ($40) - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!




I had been wanting to try out this brand for a while! I've seen Kopari products all over instagram. Blogger life! My birthday shopping always takes me into Sephora and I finally got a hold of this delicious coconut shimmer oil from Kopari.

Oh EM G. Obsessed. It should be named Gardenia EXPLOSION. Besides giving my skin a hint of bronzer and a good dose of shimmer, I smell insanely good. I can't say enough about it. Even if it didn't give me a lovely Summer glow, I'd still buy it because the scent alone is beyond intoxicating. If you haven't tried out Kopari yet, give it a go! I'm definitely a new fan. CANNOT get enough of this.

KOPARI COCONUT BODY GLOW ($42) - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!




And speaking of my birthday trip to Sephora, I couldn't resist scooping the newest scent by miu miu. Last year I bought their debut one (red cap) and so it only felt right to bring home a bestie for her! The yellow-capped bottle is the newest release and it's lovely.

While the first miu miu scent has more pungent, deeper tones, the latest one is similar but different in that it's a much lighter take. If you don't like floral scents, neither miu miu scents are for you. I LOVE them both and have been switching daily, from one to the other. It doesn't hurt that I love the bottles too. Personally, I have the larger (3.4oz) bottles. Go big or go home as they say!

MIU MIU L'EAU BLEUE ($94-$122) - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!




I've walked by the Sinfulicious store a handful of times in Palm Springs. Never popped in. Until this past trip. The smell literally lured me in this time around. If you haven't been into to one of their stores before, I'd recommend. Everything is customized. Their array of scents is astounding. They literally take whatever scent or scents you want, mix them up, and create your own personal scrubs, lotions and oils. AND they can make the scrubs and lotions whatever color you want too. It took less than 10 minutes to make my products and the process was fun to watch too...

I went into the process thinking I wanted a gardenia scent...I find it hard to stray from my signature favorite. But the Sinfulicious chick got me totally hooked on her favorite combo of Plumeria and Pikaki. Holy shit. Even Chris can't believe how much he loves this combo. When I come out of the shower, the bathroom, the house and me smell like Hawaii! No joke. It's THAT intoxicating. 

The product performance themselves are fabulous. I use the scrub in the shower and then follow it with either the lotion of the oil. The oil does not leave you oily! It dries fast and leaves you soft AF and smelling so good you cannot stop sniffing yourself.

I'm honestly so glad I finally stopped in to Sinfulicious. Favorite shower time products of all time. For real. And thank goodness they have a website so when I run-out I can easily order more of my favorite Plumeria + Pikaki combo.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN MINERAL BODY SCRUB ($37.50) - CLICK HERE!

CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN SUNFLOWER & SHEA BODY OIL ($23) - CLICK HERE!

CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN SHEA BODY LOTION ($22) - CLICK HERE!





Last but not least, Volition. Volition is NEW. A new concept. A new approach to beauty. And new to Sephora stores everywhere. What Volition does is they have you, the consumer, vote. You vote on what products you want to see go into production. Volition sees you and they hear you. They aren't about telling YOU what you need. They're about YOU telling THEM what you need. Cool stuff. 

I was thrilled to partner with this new brand. I really wanted to see how well these products would actually work out for me. I have to say I'm impressed. Rose-gold packaging aside, the products are fab. My favorite being the 'Helix' am/pm eye gel.

I always have issues sticking to a product if I feel like it's not doing anything. And let's be serious. Beauty products are plentiful in giving us false hopes. Lot's of (especially in our 30s) are starting to notice those pesky fine lines and wrinkles creeping in under and around our eyes...fml...and the struggle to find a product that helps seems never-ending.

So, why am I touting this eye gel? Not because Volition sent it to me to advertise. You should know me better than that. I'm dead honest about what does and doesn't work for me. And I really like this eye gel for a couple reasons. When I slather it on, I sometimes feel the tiniest tingle as it soaks into my under-eye area. The tingle makes me think, "Hey! It's actually DOING something!" But then, after a month of consistent use (I put in on every morning and evening) I can actually see and feel the difference it has been making.

My under-eye area feels super, super smooth and I can tell that smoothness is helping to diminish those "happy lines"...I call them happy lines cuz when you're happy, you smile. You laugh. And happiness while wonderful causes HAPPY LINES! lol...and so does stress. 

I like this product because it's the first to encourage me to actually be consistent. And consistency is key. The results. for me, have encouraged me to keep using it. What else can I say? It's worth a shot.

If you're wondering about the Turmeric scrub, it's a definite yes. I've got some acne scars so a brightening formula is always a good idea. Plus, this scrub leaves my face so damn soft afterward. I keep mine in the shower. Even though it's a full-body product, I use it solely on my face and that's how I like it. 

VOLITION HELIX AM/PM EYE GEL ($52) - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

VOLITION TURMERIC BRIGHTENING POLISH ($38) CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!




THIS POST HAS BEEN SPONSORED IN PART BY
MILK MAKEUP, INFLUENSTER & VOLITION BEAUTY.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WallArt


I love a good home diy! Just kidding. I hate diy's to be perfectly honest. And if it wasn't for my super capable babe, this latest undertaking would have never transpired. When I was contacted by WallArt and saw the possibilities, I knew I really wanted to collaborate. One look at the variety of wall panels they stock and I was sold. Specifically, I was immediately drawn to the "Tetris" style panels I ended up going with. The retro panels seemed to mesh perfectly with the flow and style of our home and I was inspired. I had the perfect place in mind and our entry-way wall was to be the canvas.


These particular wall panels are 100% eco-friendly, made with natural plant fibers, sugar-cane waste, to be specific. They are printed on recycled cardboard. Yes. These awesome-looking 3-D panels are cardboard. So, they're super lightweight and very easy to work with. Each box comes with 12 panels. Sized at 500mm x 500mm. Two boxes was sufficient to completely cover our entry-way wall. 


I chose the "Tetris" style panels but you can check out the other variations at www.mywallart.com. Each box comes with a handy visual aid, step-by-step instructions, for an easy installation process. 


Proper construction adhesive is needed for this project to ensure the panels adhere to the wall effectively. It is advisable that the walls be completely clean and free of dust before you start hanging the panels. You want to make sure the panels are going to stick and stay in place once on the wall.


Aside from adhesive, we did find it quite useful to have a skill-saw on-hand to accurately trim the panels we needed trimmed. Naturally, for the best appearance, Chris started hanging the panels from the bottom center of the wall and worked his way out. Invariably, the panels on the outer edges of the wall needed to be properly measured and trimmed.












So, this is our finished product since we have yet to paint. Luckily the panels are already white so for now we are forgoing the paint part. I actually think the panels worked out fine sans paint. And I love how this accent wall ads a nice touch to our home. A boring entry-way no longer! 

Granted, Chris did all the work...and my job was to take pictures! Ha! But from start to finish, this diy took about an hour and a half. Obviously the time it takes all depends on how much surface area you have to cover annnnd how savvy you are with home projects. The finished product is fun and fabulous!

As mentioned above, you can check out WallArt Wall Decor at their website www.MyWallArt.com

THIS HAS BEEN A SPONSORED POST. 
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

#ShareACoke



Check out my personalized bottles in the video below! So fun right? Link to customize your own bottles is after the video. 

Single 8oz bottles are $5. Boxes come with 6 bottles for $30. Here I only show you my personal 4 because I got the other 2 customized for family members. Also, you can select whether you want regular Coke, Diet Coke or Coke Zero.

These make excellent gifts, party favors, etc....have fun! And remember to hashtag #ShareACoke if you post your custom bottles on social media. Cheers!

video

Purchase YOUR customized Coca-Cola bottles HERE!





*disclaimer: this post is NOT sponsored. all thoughts & opinions are mine. enjoy!

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Paging June Cleaver!


Wore this little ditty for shopping & lunch last week and according to you guys, it was a total hit! The perfect Summer outfit. So, to make things easy-peasy, I've linked my dress, jelly bag and shoes here for you to shop, shop, shop!

The dress is only $29.99 and it's part of the Who What Wear collection available at Target. Although I got my jelly bag from a shop based in San Francisco, I found it to be much less if you buy it directly from the maker in London. Sun Jellies is the brand. And you're gonna die when you see their whole collection. My particular bag is less than $20! Done and done.


So, without further-ado, links to shop are below.
Happy Shopping & Saving!

1. TARGET "WOMEN'S SLEEVELESS BUTTON-UP SHIRT DRESS" (ON SALE FOR $20.99) CLICK HERE!


2. SUN JELLIES PINK RETRO TOTE (COMES IN 2 SIZES) CLICK HERE!


3. TIEKS FLATS IN BALLET PINK ($175) CLICK HERE!






*disclaimer: Tieks flats were gifted to me by Tieks on a promotional basis.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Abercrombie Dress You Have to Have



Listen. I'm just as shocked as you are that I've been shopping at Abercrombie. I hadn't been into one of their stores since freshman year of college - about the time A&F became decidedly uncool to me. You remember how 10, 15 years ago the brand had their logo prominently displayed on anything and everything. It was the same time period when having "JUICY" splashed across your bum wasn't just accepted, it was the epitome of a generation. I mean who WERE you if you didn't have Juicy track suits in at least 3 different colors....getting a smidge off topic here but I digress, Abercrombie has made a blip on my radar.

And you absolutely need the Cold-Shoulder Maxi Dress I bought in the 2 colors they had. Mind you only the cream one is still available (navy is back in stock CLICK HERE!) and it's no wonder why. This dress is perfection! I adore it. The layers, the flow...it's lovely. And it's on SALE now for $46. Down from it's original $78. 


Abercrombie 'Cold-Shoulder Maxi' CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

As I've been shopping A&F recently, I discovered that they throw sales ALL. THE. TIME. I became a member so I could rack up points for all my purchases which in turn rewards me with $10 credits. And those $10 credits are great when you're already scooping something on sale. I got these dresses last month and paid about $38 each with their sales and promos. Make sure you sign up for their emails! I took the next step and downloaded their app because it's worth it.

I'll leave all the denim, bodysuits & swimsuits I've bought there for another post....yes, Abercrombie is that good.


Abercrombie 'Cold-Shoulder Maxi' in navy - sold out in this color (BACK IN STOCK. CLICK HERE!)


Happy Shopping & Saving!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Shop my TOBI picks!



Shop the latest must-have Summer pieces you've seen me wearing on insta, Thanks to online shopping destination, TOBI.

Links to purchase everything available are below.

These deals are so good. You're going to LOVE shopping at TOBI. Definitely a new fave for me.

Happy Shopping & Saving!











*for reference, I'm wearing a size small in both dresses and the bodysuit featured above.





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