Top Picks For Spring

April 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

With the temperatures in the 80-90 degree range, it is time to update my must-haves for this weather. Here are my top picks for this spring!

Short Shorts

Colored denim from J. Crew

Scalloped Hem from J. Crew

Colored Chino from J. Crew

Loose Tops

Knot Top from Zara

Polka Dot Button Down from Zara

Loose Tee from Zara


Cork Wedge from Zara

Wooden Wedge from Zara

T-Bar Wedge from Zara

For the Nails

Turquoise & Caicos by Essie

For the Skin

Hands down the best sunless tanning foam ever. I have tried them all. This has a natural color, does not streak or smell, and is less that $10 per bottle.


Beauty Insider

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Every season, I get the urge to try something different with my makeup. If you are like me, I tend to get in a rut, applying the same shades and techniques because I don’t always have the time to experiment in the mornings. It can be incredibly frustrating and intimidating to walk up to a cosmetics counter or store and see all the colors and choices. Where do you even begin? Here are some of my tips and tricks to keeping a fresh face all year long.

My go to stores or counters are Estee Lauder, MAC, and Sephora. All three of these places will gladly help you update or change your look for FREE! So, here’s what to look and ask for when making your way to any of these places.

Estee Lauder
I have a little inside info here, since I used to work for the company. They offer Signature Services. Basically, when you walk up to the counter, the Beauty Advisor should hand you a menu offering you one of their services. Some of them include skin care, foundation match, two minute touch up, customer favorites, and new products. You can choose one or more of these complementary services and you are set with a new look. Another great perk of Estee Lauder, is that they truly value a good foundation match. They have a wide range of foundation types and colors and will gladly match your shade. If you don’t want to buy on the spot, ask for a foundation sample. I highly encourage this so you can see the shade in all types of lighting. The sample is supposed to last 10 days, but I’ve always been able to make it last about 20 days.

Going into MAC is like walking into a wonderland. So much color! The options can be quite scary, so it’s best to work with a consultant to get a little guidance. If you are wanting to change up your eye look, this is the best place to go. Once you get with a consultant, it’s good to let them know the look you are going for, especially if you are picky. Otherwise, let them work their magic. You may want an everyday look or a good night time option, either way, after they are done working on your eyes, you won’t want to wash it off. They are very good about instructing you on how to create the look on your own. What’s the freebie to ask for? Ask for a sample of their pigment. It is a highly concentrated color in a dusty/powder form. You can actually use this on your eyes, cheeks, and lips. A little goes a long way. I bought a regular size pigment 10 years ago and I haven’t even gotten half way through it!

This is a serious place. Anything beauty related, they have. Their consultants can help with just about everything from hair care to makeup brushes and everything in between. If you don’t have a Sephora near you, then they have a wonderful set up online and are always offering great deals and freebies with your purchase. My favorite thing about Sephora, is their Beauty Insider program. All you do is sign up and it doesn’t cost anything. You receive a card and every time you make a purchase, they scan your card. Every purchase amounts to a certain amount of points. When you get to 100 points, they give you your choice of a few products for free. I pretty much get something for free every time I buy something, so it’s not hard to accrue your points.

Some helpful tips when going out to get your free makeovers…

*If you can, go on a week day at a non peak time. Morning or early afternoon. This way the consultants can give you more attention and you are likely to get better service.
*Be very specific. You will be happier with the results. If there is something you do not like, do not hesitate to say what you think. It is a waste of everyone’s time if you go home unhappy.
*Try to make it to these stores with a clean face. The consultants will be happy to remove your makeup, but it makes it a little bit easier to visualize the new look when you start out with a fresh canvas.

My Newest Obsession

September 12, 2011 § Leave a comment


I’m pretty picky about what I wear on my lips. It can’t be too thick, not thick enough, sticky, or fragrant. I like the consistency of a chapstick, but you don’t get color. If it’s tinted, usually the color isn’t the greatest quality.

So, my solution to this life altering problem, Fresh sugar tinted lip treatment. They come in several different colors. I have it in Rose and it works great with my hair and skin tones and fits all my crazy lip product criteria:

Perfect consistency, not sticky
Conditions my lips
SPF 15
No fragrance
Good color quality

Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others. – John Mason Brown

September 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have some crazy sensitive skin. Any time I use an exfoliating or microdermabrasion cream, I end up either breaking out or burning my skin. I have found a solution! Even if your skin isn’t as sensitive as mine, this great trick is worth trying out.

Home Made Microdermabrasion:

All you need is baking soda and water. I’m pretty sure most people have these ingredients.

In a small bowl, mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. I use 3 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water.

On clean skin, start rubbing the mixture on to your face in a circular motion for about 3-5 minutes.

Rinse with warm water. Make sure you get it all off your face or you will have little white flakes on your skin (baking soda residue).

Your skin should be glowing and smooth without any irritation and it’s cheap!

Who said nights were for sleep? – Marilyn Monroe

July 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Time for one of my all-time, can’t live without beauty products! Drum roll, please…..Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair!

I was introduced to this little bottle of heaven about three years ago when I worked for Estee Lauder. I began using it and have not stopped since. This product gives your skin that fresh, well-rested, and bright look. It also smooths the face and slows the aging process. I personally feel you are never too young to use anti-age products.

You need to start with a freshly washed face. Put half a drop of ANR on the back of your hand, evenly distribute the ANR all over your face. Any extra product you have left on the back of your hand, rub it in. We need to keep those hands looking young too! For best results, apply your moisturizer right after you apply the ANR.

Another cool beauty tip I love is to mix a drop of ANR with your liquid foundation and apply. It will give you a smooth, almost airbrushed look!

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