I was sent the Neocell products for review. All opinions are my own.
I love the end of the month, because it's time to round up my favorite beauty items. I also love writing about my clothing budget at the end of the month, and that post will be going up tomorrow!
This month, I wore the same makeup nearly every day. I've mentioned most of the products before, so I am including the products that I haven't talked about before.
Neocell Refreshing Herbal Mist
I love a good spray toner, so this refreshing herbal mist has been my favorite product in my makeup bag this month. I've kept it in my bag at work, for when my skin is feeling a little 'meh' throughout the day. I have sprayed it under and over my makeup, and it's great both ways. When I spray it over my makeup, I just do a couple of spritzes. It doesn't make my makeup run at all. The scent is light and refreshing.
Neocell Advanced HA Serum
I had used up my previous daytime hyaluronic serum, so I started using this one at the end of February. My face loves hyaluronic acid, as it insures the benefits of my moisturizer stay on my skin. This serum is great and makes my skin feel so soft! Not only does hyaluronic acid keep moisture on your skin, but it also promotes healthy cell turnover.
I kept my makeup and hair simple this month. My makeup was a mix of a couple old favorites with more new favorites, too!
L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation and Powder
This has been my favorite foundation and powder combination. It is matte, but throughout the day it looks more satin. I wasn't sure if I'd like the powder at first, but it really looks amazing. My skin has been looking a bit off, and foundation hasn't been staying on my skin very well without a primer. I don't have to use a primer with this foundation and powder combo, so that is time saved in the morning. I really can't rave about this foundation and powder enough. I think I've found a new drugstore foundation and powder fave!!
Living Proof PHD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment
In January, I purchased the Living Proof travel kit from Sephora. I've been wanting to try the PHD products for almost a year. I have been so impressed with the shampoo, conditioner, this 5-in-1 styling treatment, and their style extender. This is the only product I have left of the travel kit (the style extender was a separate sample I had). When I went back to using my other shampoo and conditioner, I noticed that my hair just didn't have that 'oomph' that the PHD products give it. Unfortunately, I have a few shampoo and conditioner back ups to get through before I have a reason to buy the PHD shampoo and conditioner. For now, I'll be using this styling treatment and the style /extender. If you're interested in a more in-depth review, let me know!
MAC Blush in Fleur Power
This was the only blush I used all month. It is a soft pinkish coral. It has no shimmer in it, so it looks quite natural on my cheeks. It stays all day. This is the only MAC blush I have. Honestly, I avoid the MAC blush counter because I want them all but I don't need any more blush.
Lily Lolo Mascara
This mascara was in my Petit Vour box. I was very excited to try a natural mascara. My eyes are very easily irritated by makeup. Honestly, they're irritated by everything. This mascara was very wet when I first opened it. It was much better after it had dried out a bit. I love that it's easily to apply as well, because it makes getting ready in the morning easy.
Real Techniques Contour Brush and Concealer Brush
These are two of the new Real Techniques brushes. I bought them a month or so ago, because (1) I can't contour worth a darn with any of the brushes I had before and (2) I love smoothing out my concealer with a brush, and this one looks like the perfect size. Both of these brushes have been perfect for my needs. I took some photos while I was applying bronzer one morning (hence the weird lighting) to show how easy it is to contour with this brush. It fits right under my cheek bone.
The concealer brush is equally as amazing. It is soft and the perfect size for under my eyes. I had been using a small foundation brush, and this concealer brush is much better! I bought both of the Real Techniques brushes on sale with a coupon code, but they are definitely worth the full price. And I don't ever say that!
For this month's giveaway, Neocell has provided me with the opportunity to give away one Neocell Advanced HA Serum and one Neocell Refreshing Herbal Mist.
You can enter with the widget below! The giveaway will be open for a week and the winner will be announced in the widget.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
I was sent the Neocell products for review. All opinions are my own.
Monday, March 30, 2015
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are my own. #ImagineSpring
I am a self-proclaimed lover of all things winter. But, I get so excited about when the weather warms up. Spring is all about lighter colors and freshening up our wardrobes. When I start shopping for the kids' clothes, my first order of business is to purchase Easter outfits.
We went to OshKosh B'Gosh to shop, and I found an outfit for each of the kids (and then some...). They were also have an extra sale on the off-season items, so I bought some things to put away for next winter. The kids were so excited to pick out their Easter outfits. Isabelle went straight from the dresses to the shoes, exclaiming "I know how to look for shoes, Mommy!" What can I say ... like mother, like daughter. ;)
You already saw my Easter outfit last week. I like all of our outfits to coordinate in some way. I purchased my dress first, so I had those colors in mind when we went to the OshKosh store. But, when I walked in and saw all the orange, white, and blue, I couldn't resist that color combination for the kids. It was hard to choose from all the pretty spring colors!
We are (obviously) not fussy about our clothes. I like the kids' outfits to be affordable and comfortable so they can run around outside after church. And, bonus, these outfits will be perfect after Easter. The boys can wear the shorts to school, and we can remix the button-up tops by layering a graphic tee underneath. Hello, school picture day!
Izzie's dress will be saved for church, but her shoes are so cute and go with everything. I've put them with all of her other spring outfits, and I love the way they look. They will take us all the way through summer as well.
It wouldn't be a normal day around our house without some silly poses. How do parents ever take serious pictures of their kids? My kids are 100% hams.
Not only does OshKosh B'Gosh have super cute and affordable clothes, they have a lot of offers and coupons. Here is an awesome coupon for April:
You can locate your local OshKosh B'Gosh here. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future sales!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Hanes Hosiery sent me the pantyhose to style. I have been wearing Hanes for years, so all opinions are most definitely my own.
Yesterday, I talked about my style icon. While Princess Kate's look is one I strive to emulate, I also want to leave my own style legacy. I hope that one day I will have a few valuable clothing items to pass along to my kids. Maybe a purse or a classy blazer, but something that is classic while still being stylish. No matter where I glean my outfit ideas, I want to look effortlessly classic and fun. When my kids are grown up and off on their own, that's how I hope their memories of me look.
These Hanes tights are perfect for nearly every outfit. I love the smooth feeling and look, and the pink accents are fun surprises. In fact, the color of these tights is called Pink Surprise! I'm wearing them here with a pink tank, grey skirt, black cardigan, and nude shoes and clutch. But, I can easily imagine these with a navy dress! How cute would that be?
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hanes Hosiery sent me the pantyhose to style. I have been using Hanes Hosiery for years, so all opinions are 100% my own.
Do you have a lady you look up for your style inspiration? There are a ton of celebrities whose style I admire, but I always go back to one special lady for outfit ideas. I am a huge fan of Princess Kate's style. Her outfits have a classy, timeless aesthetic that I strive for. I am completely unashamed to say that I am a frequent reader of Duchess Kate HRH blog that documents her outfits and where you can find either the exact items or dupes.
When Ashley found this dress on ASOS, I thought of Princess Kate's style. She does not wear bright colors like all the time, but it reminded me of Prince William and Princess Kate's trip to Singapore a couple years ago. She wore brighter colors, and I thought it was a nice change from her usual neutrals. One thing that is a constant in her outfits is hosiery. I love the smooth look that hosiery gives my legs, and I love the way these Hanes Silk Reflections hose feel. They are so soft, and they feel a bit thicker than regular hose.
Monday, March 23, 2015
I was provided this tea for review, via Brandbacker. I am a long time tea lover, and all opinions are 100% my own.
Over the past year, I have been taking an active part in improving my health. One of the first concepts I learned was that digestion is the key to your health. I have been taking small steps to daily improve my digestion, whether it is using lemon juice in my water or avoiding processed foods. I quickly learned the digestive barrier that coffee causes, particularly in your intestines. The problem? I love my coffee. It's not even the caffeine that I love so much -- it's the flavor.
I have been on the look out for a coffee replacement ... and by that, I mean to replace my coffee with anything warm and tasty. I love hot drinks, and I have recently added the Kiss Me Organics Organic Dandelion Root Tea to my daily routine. It's caffeine-free, so I love drinking it at night.
Dandelion Root Tea is very healthy for your digestive system. It can cleanse and detox your liver and kidneys. It is also nutrient rich in Vitamins A, C, D, and B-Complex plus iron. This benefits not only your digestive health, but it supports your immune system and gives you an overall sense of well being. This particular tea is a blend with hibiscus and cinnamon. Hibiscus gives it a slightly fruity flavor, which I love. The cinnamon helps balance your blood sugar. Cinnamon is also known to reduce bad cholesterol.
What is your favorite tea at the moment? Have you ever tried Dandelion Root Tea?
Linking up with Molly and Carly.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Here's what I got in my March Stitch Fix. I am failing miserably at any budget-related goals so far this year and kept three items from this box. I loved this so much, I just couldn't send them back! Here are the things I kept and the things I sent back.
Honey Punch Faris Dotted Chevron Stripe Blouse in M
I really wanted some spring tops in this fix. I have a lot of winter tops that I can just throw on with work pants or jeans, but I feel a little lost when it comes to spring. This top is so cute, and I love it! It's kind of dressy but also feels casual, which is totally my style. I almost sent it back, because the bottom hems of the arms are a little small. They're actually quite tight, although the rest of the top fits well. I think it will be a simple fix, so I decided to keep it. This was $54 (and I've already worn it four times!).
41Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse in M
Next on the spring top docket, we have this gorgeous green blouse from 41Hawthorn. I have really good luck with 41Hawthorn, and this one is no exception. This is one of my favorite colors, in fact I probably shouldn't buy anything else in this shade. :) This was $58.
Staccato Raelene Striped Draped Front Cardigan in M
I really (REALLY) loved this when I took it out of the box. I love stripes (duh), and the material is light weight and comfortable. I also love draped cardigans. On paper, this is the perfect cardigan for me. But, the drape was just too long for my taste. Also, my husband said the drape made my hips look wider than they are (sad face!!). Alas, this got sent back. It was $48.
Mystree Esperanza Open Stitch Cardigan in M
Alas, another cardigan fail. :( I love everything about this cardigan, too. The color is mixable within my wardrobe, it's super cute, and I love open stitch cardigans. However, the sleeves were too long. Like, way too long. This also got sent back. It was $68.
Urban Expressions Elisha Zipper Accent Structured Satchel in Grey
I'm just going to get straight to the point: this is, hands down, my favorite item in my box! I asked for a grey purse that was simple, hardware was okay but don't get too crazy, had to have a short handle and also a crossbody strap. Well, Nicole (my stylist) delivered! I love this so much. It's been my current purse since I got my fix in the mail. It's super roomy but also not heavy. Love, love, love! It was $58.
What do you think of my fix from this month? Do you think I should have kept the striped cardigan?