Saturday, September 7, 2013

Free Giveaways and AMAZING STEALS!

This is just a quick little post about some great deals I noticed going on! I didn't want my fellow beauty lovers to miss out!


1. Bath & Body Works is giving away their newest Fall fragrance, Amber blush before it hits stores this weekend only! It's a .25 oz mini Eau De Toilette spray bottle, a $7.50 value! Simply "like" Bath & Body Works on Facebook and either print the image or save it to your phone and show it in stores, now through September 9th! I'll post the image below to help you out, but you can click the link of "Bath & Body Works on Facebook and it will take you right to their page for more info.

Nivea Lip Butter Loose Tin, Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss2. CVS has an amazing sale on Nivea lip butters! These are by far my favorite night time lip treatment for hydrating your lips and eliminating dry flakiness! They come in little tins in Smooth Kiss (unscented), Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss (my fave!),  Raspberry Rose Kiss, and Caramel Cream Kiss (my second fave)! Now these range in price but typically run $3.59 to $3.99 per tin. CVS has an upcoming sale starting Sunday of 3 Nivea Lip Butters for $6, making them $2.00 each! And on top of that, if you spend $10 on Nivea products, you get $3 ExtraBucks back when you use your CVS card! You can stock up for yourself or get some super early stocking stuffers or birthday party favors and by 6 lip butters for $12.00, earning you $3.00 in ExtraBucks to use on your next purchase. With those $3 free extrabucks back, your Nivea purchase is basically $9.00 for 6 lip butters, which would typically run you $21.54 at the low end and $23.94 on average. Super steal!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fabulous Fall

I know technically it isn't Fall just yet (September 22 .. counting down the days!), but let's face it: back to school is here and fall fashions are all over! Here's a look at what Fall has to offer us as far as makeup, nails, clothes, and more!


Lips are a big big focus this fall! Full color using a lipstick and/or lip liner under glosses or by themselves is key. Harper's Bazaar wants us to know that this season is about much more than just the classic red lip. Neutrals, cranberries, and sweet pinks are all the it-shades! Bazaar even tells us how to get "bright, full lips" this season. First, you have to find the perfect color for you. Visit a department store cosmetic counter when you have some time and play! Try on a bunch of different shades to find the right undertone for your complexion. They tell us that "most people look good in a shade of pink, from corals to blue pinks" so find the right one and look for reds with the same undertone. It is also super important to prime your lips to make sure the color lasts. It will also fill in fine lines and smooth out flakes. Bazaar advises us to avoid balms with a slippery or wet texture or else your color will slide off. They recommend using a waxy or matte primer that dries fully, foundation can work too! Also, it can be very helpful to use a lip pencil in the same shade as your lip color to line your lip line and fill in your lips. It will help hold on your lip color and give it its truest shade. Then apply lipstick using a brush. After you apply your first coat, blot then apply a second. Creamy formulas are best to make your lips look full and luscious; stains can make your lips look lined.

Face and skin are key to this season's makeup. Ensure your complexion is even and flawless. Prime, apply foundation, concealer, and highlighter to even your skin tone and make a perfect canvas to enhance with blush, eye color, and of course your lips! Bazaar also gives us some "overnight skin savers" since our skin naturally repairs itself overnight so it's important that your skin care maximizes this recovery. First, deep-clean your face. Basic soap just doesn't do it for your face since it doesn't fully remove makeup, dirt, and oil or exfoliate your skin. Also, don't forget your serum. It may seem like an extra, but when your skin is freshly clean a problem-solving serum can be the best thing to kick-start your natural overnight skin repairs. Lastly, don't skip moisturizer. Serum is very important, but it doesn't pack moisture like a hydrating lotion.

As far as color in your look, plum is the way to go! From eye color to lips and even plum based cheek color, you'll be perfectly in style for fall.


Gold accessories are the it-look! From purses to shoes to jewelry gold tones are everywhere.

Neutral colors, black and whites, soft pinks, and deep colors like fine wine, plum, and royal blue are all over the runways and magazines so pretty much anything goes this season as far as color. Just be sure to add the fall staples of gold jewelry, round shoulder jackets, long, skinny clutches, and so much more! Just check out the fashion magazines at your check-out counters or walk through the department store displays and be on the hunt for a "look for less" and I'll get you started!

Example: Gold heels and matching clutch

Womens Fioni NightWomen's Lolita Strappy SandalAccessories Fioni NightWomen's Twinkle Crossbody

Payless BOGO 50% Sale: Shoes $26.99, bag $16.99 (lesser item 50% off), $8.50

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bye Bye Summer

Hello loves! Hope all is well! It's been almost a month since my last post, so sorry! I have missed you so :)! Let me give you a little update about my hectic last month then I'll give you the beauty tips you're here for! Zoe is now just over 20 months and talking up a storm! She has learned so many new words and is looking like she is ready to begin potty training! We found out that our next little bundle on the way is a girl too! So far the plan is to name her Aubree Noelle, but the middle name is still not 100%. I will be having her via c-section Dec. 30 ... yes the day after Zoe was born! I have my Christmas presents every year ... my two little girls! Anyway, I have so many topics I'd like to cover since I haven't written in so long, but today is a short and simple one as a last little hoorah! to say goodbye to summer.

 Our topic for today is HAIR ... hair color that is. Summer is the season of blond. Whether natural blond is simply being lightened and brightened by the sun or we are dyeing our tresses a shade of that summertime color, it is common for most people to go lighter in warmer weather. However after enduring three months of sun, sand, chlorine, and so on of summer days that blond bombshell shade may just be looking a bit brassy now, which is NOT a good look! The UV rays everyone tries to soak up to get a nice bronzed tan also destroy blue pigments in color-treated hair, turning your locks to an orangey tinged shade according to First magazine. The fix that they recommend? A gloss that restores blue pigments, like L'Oreal Paris Colorist Secrets Brass Banisher for $10 at Ulta.

It is time to welcome in cooler nights, fall breezes, and to start thinking about an autumn beauty routine! Fix up that blond to make it fall-ready or start thinking about adding low-lights or going a slightly darker hue ... or take the plunge and go super dark and embrace the cool weather and the autumn fashions!

There are a lot of updates to what to look out for this Fall as well! From color trends to materials in clothing and accessories to makeup and nail polish shades, there is some new and exciting stuff coming our way! Keep an eye out for my Fall Fashion posts coming soon and possibly a somewhat in depth look at natural v. gel. v. acrylic nails and what really is best for you!

That's all for now loves! Thanks again for reading!