Allure Beauty Box: Summer Must Haves

Allure Beauty Box Summer

Uhmmm…. I WANT THIS!  The Allure Beauty Box is coming out soon and it is full of Summer Must Haves!  I am never one of the lucky ones to check out fast enough though.  I do actually have a few of the products on the list and let me tell you… THEY ARE GREAT.  There are a ton of things in here that I want also!

The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is amazing.  I have probably mentioned it about 50 times, so you are probably well acquainted.  The price of the CC Cream is almost the price of the box so you KNOW it is worth it!

The Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara is also another favorite of mine.  You can see it in action in my Music Festival Makeup Tutorial or the Modern Mod Look I created!

I have also reviewed the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Stick Sunscreen.  Another STAPLE for the summer!

Tan Towels are also amazing.  I don’t think I have ever had an easier self-tanner application.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara is another great mascara too!  I wore it it exclusively a couple years ago!

That is it for the things I own and have used but I want a ton of other things included in that box!  Totally check it out.  I am telling you about it because it is a great deal, not because I am benefitting from it!




How To: Get Professional Teeth Whitening At Home

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I am a heavy coffee and tea drinker so I absolutely need to keep on top of my teeth-whitening game.  I am sure that a lot of you eat or drink something that dulls the brightness of your teeth and are looking for a more affordable option.  Smile Brilliant has a lot of different products that can assist you and today I am showing you their Laser Teeth Whitening & LED System.

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This LED teeth whitening package comes complete with a 4ml, 22% carbamide peroxide teeth whitening gel pen. The pen is easy to use and releases the whitening gel into a smooth brush tip applicator. Turn the crank at the bottom of the pen to release an even amount of gel into the brush. Brush on, put in your lip & cheek protector, turn on the light, and you are ready to go!

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The Smile Brilliant whitening gel is enough to whiten your teeth but the LED really accelerates the process.  You can use it for 20 minutes a day but in the brochure that is included it said you can go up to a couple hours a day.  If I had custom fitted trays I might do that!

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So I used this for a couple weeks and I admit that I didn’t do it EVERY SINGLE day, but I still got fantastic results.  I am going to try to get better about using it daily because I want to keep up the pretty, porcelain-white teeth!

Smile Brilliant Selfie

The Smile Brilliant LED Teeth Whitening & LED System has a few different options.  You can choose from 1, 2 or 3 pens to go in your kit.  The kits range from $39.95-$68.95 so all options are extremely affordable.  The largest kit is less expensive than 1 trip to the dentist for a professional whitening.

Time for the giveaway!  It is open to the following countries: US, UK, AU, & CA.  The rest of the guidelines are in the Rafflecopter widget!

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Tell me what have you been doing to whiten your teeth in the comments below!

SWAK*This kit was sent to me for editorial consideration.  All opinions are my own.  Links are for your convenience.


Music Festival Makeup Tutorial

Music Festival Makeup FOTD

Hello!!!  Music Festival season is HERE!  I am bringing you a makeup tutorial today!  I used products that I find perfect for Spring and a lot of them are NEW this Spring.  The products I am using are also PERFECT for traveling since some of you don’t live close to the festivals you are attending!


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What’s In My Bag?

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and U by Kotex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #UbyKotex

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What’s in my bag?  Being a mom of two, I have to be ready for just about everything.  I have always been really well-prepared but nothing compares to meeting the demands of being a mom!  Just so happens I am also a beauty addict so I am going to spare you the typical wallet, checkbook, phone, snacks and 100s of toys I keep stashed away and share with you the feminine essentials that I carry around!  Everything from lipgloss to hygiene products!


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Yoplait vs Chobani Taste-Off

This #TasteOff was sponsored by Yoplait.  All results are the honest opinion of myself and my family.

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I am a yogurt fan from way back but had some bad experiences with greek yogurt when the trend was exploding at the grocery stores a couple years ago.  Before I was pregnant with my daughter I went to a nutritionist, she told me I should be incorporating greek yogurts into my diet and I tried and tried but never found one I liked.  When I got the opportunity to do this taste-off between two of the more well-known yogurt brands in the business I gladly accepted.  In a national taste test, Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry yogurt beat Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry.  I drug my entire family into this taste test and they ended up having fun, it is always good to create a good family-time excitement!  Are you ready for the results?… 

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Beauty Blogazons Weekly Round-Up 4/20


Beauty BlogazonsLola’s Secret Beauty Blog: Dark circles or puffy eyes? Kiehl’s Eye Alert to the rescue!

Glamorable!: Find out why Anastasia DID NOT like Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bath from LUSH Easter 2014 Collection.

TheFabZillaGet sandal-ready for summer! TheFabZilla shares tips on how you can achieve feet-perfection.

beautyXposéLooking for a new brand of skin care products? First Aid Beauty just might be able to come to your rescue. Plus enter to win two FAB products of your own.

Adna Cristina BeautyPure Gold Collagen

Beauty by Miss L: Soap-free and non-drying Alpha Hydrox Nourishing Cleanser review.

My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog : Laura shows us her new favorite nail polish from Ciate London called Antique Brooch.

New World Beautiful: These four foreign beauty products have been on my wishlist for months! Check out my finds from Australia, Kenya, Japan, and France

ColorMeSoCrazyA little look at the Spring 2014 collection from Lacuqer by Lissa

Never Say Die BeautyEnter Allison’s birthday giveaway of an em Cosmetics Tokyo Plums Shadow Play Palette

Geniabeme: See what Geniabeme’s favorite Spring Blushes are!

daydreaming beauty: Amber raves about Tarte Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation this week on daydreaming beauty.

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BBC Round-Up 4/20/14


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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick


Bobbi Brown first introduced the Skin Foundation Stick back in 1992.  It was a skin-tone correcting stick foundation that actually looked like skin.  It has been a hit on the runways ever since and until recently has gone unchanged!  Bobbi updated the formula and tweaked the packaging a bit to improve the overall performance, wear, and finish. In the 22 years since this product launched the cosmetic industry has grown and improved so much so she felt it necessary to rework this beauty gem!

“Bobbi’s iconic Foundation Stick gets an update with a transparent base plus skin tone correct pigments for an incredibly natural look.  Its creamy yet weightless texture blends seamlessly so it mimics the look of healthy skin. Apply this long-wearing foundation all over or just where you need it.”  It comes in 24 skin tone correct shades and I just had to show you them side by side!

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation StickWho is it for: 

All skin types – this stick formula is our most versatile foundation yet.

Why is it different:
An innovative blend of emollients – like olive extracts and shea butter – moisturize skin, so skin stays soft and smooth all day. Light diffusing powders and oil-controlling minerals perfect the appearance of skin while reducing shine (even in sweat, water and humidity).

How do I use it:
After moisturizing, lightly apply across forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Blend with fingertips, sponge or Foundation Brush.

You may remember the post I recently wrote about the Bobbi Brown event I attended at BlueMercury!  Well at that event the makeup artist Rogelio Reyna spoke about this product and shared all sorts of fabulous information on it.  It was so interesting to learn about the Skin Foundation Stick‘s history and now the exciting tweaks!  I played with the sticks for a while and I have to admit that I think they are pretty fabulous!

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Easter 2014 Round-Up

Easter Beauty Round-Up

HAPPY EASTER!  I love this time of year.  Good food, family, treats!  All good things.  I rounded up some of my favorite Easter posts of my own and my favorite bloggers out there!  Everything from manicures to bath products to fashion posts.  There is even a YouTube tutorial in the mix!  I hope you love it!… 

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Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Swatches

I am a lip gloss fanatic.  I tend to wear lip gloss much more often than a do lipstick because of the ease of application.  I am loving that Tarte Cosmetics has added to the LipSurgence line with Lip Gloss.  Tarte coordinated all of the shades with their cheek stains and blushes (as well as other lip products).  They even have one that has special packaging to match their Park Avenue Princess bronzer.  The Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss line has all the beautiful color of a lip tint with plumping power!  It also contains some amazing ingredients like vitamin E, jojoba seed oil and flower extract to moisturize dry lips and smooth fine lines.  

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss… 

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