Friday, October 24, 2014

Fashion Friday White Edition


i know, i know - the 'experts' say you can't wear white after Labor Day but thankfully those rules are being broken. try pairing together your favorite nudes for the chicest combinations this fall and winter. say goodbye to fashion rules and do what feels best. i can tell you right now i will be rocking these white pants all the way through winter.






xo,
kristie

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TRESemmé Transformation Sweepstakes

this post is sponsored by Lunchbox and TRESemmé however all thoughts, opinions and tutorials are my own.


who doesn't love a good hair transformation? changing your hair changes your mood, your presence and your impression on others. such a small thing can have such a great impact. this may be one of the reasons i am so excited to share today's hair tutorial along with an awesome sweepstakes opportunity.

TRESemmé is offering a chance to win a prize pack that includes:

$50 Walmart gift card
Premium Hair Straightener
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Shampooo
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Conditioner
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Heat Activated Treatment.

so what do you have to do to enter? share your hair transformation on Instagram. create a collage of your before and after hair transformation and hashtag #TRESemmeTransformation. head over to this TRESemmé sweepstakes website to submit your instagram link to win.

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to celebrate #TRESemmeTransformation i put together this Primped and Polished tutorial showing you how to get a classic hairstyle in just a few easy steps. this Primped and Polish style is perfect for the upcoming holiday season, now's the time to give it a try!







for my Pinterest fans, here is a Pinterest friendly collage:


hope you enjoy this tutorial and best of luck in the sweepstakes!

xo,
kristie

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aveeno Eczema Therapy


this month is Eczema Awareness Month and with three small kids who happen to suffer from extremely dry skin and bouts of eczema i thought i would share some of our favorite eczema solutions.

first, Aveeno Baby has been a part of our household since the day my first baby was born. it is such a reliable lotion for the entire family and i'll even use it on my face during dry winter months. thankfully it is non-comedogenic and fragrance free which makes it a great product even for delicate facial skin. 

Aveeno Baby has recently introduce their Eczema Therapy which includes a Moisturizing Cream, Hand Cream and Soothing Bath Treatment. these products are wonderful for treating dry, irritated skin, particularly skin with eczema flares.

my son is a soccer addict who plays on teams year round and has always suffered from eczema. during soccer season it is typical to find red scaly patches where his shin guards are positioned. without regularly treatment these areas get worse to the point of bleeding. so here is how we treat it:

shower. every day.

a common myth of eczema is to avoid bathing frequently as it is thought to dry out the skin. if you are bathing in scalding water then yes, you should avoid it, however if you are bathing in warm (not HOT) water you are providing necessary moisture to the surface of the skin. once out of the shower/bath you want to IMMEDIATELY apply your moisturizer to affected areas. this will act as a shield to lock in moisture. doing this regularly will help tremendously in improving dry patchy skin.

using lotions like Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy with its steroid-free fragrance-free formula will help to gently treat dry, itchy, irritated skin.

to take it another step further you can try the Aveeno Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatments. when my children's skin is particularly bad (happens often during winter) we'll use these when bathing them to provide an added element of moisturizing to their bathing routine.

last, don't forget to keep bottles of moisturizer located in every bathroom and room around your house. applying after hand washing is essential and having easy access to the products will help them to be used more often.



for more information on products and tips on how to use them visit www.aveeno.com.

xo,
kristie


Monday, October 20, 2014

Beauty Uses For Baking Soda



you may have seen my post featuring rubbing alcohol and its beauty uses, an amazing multi-use beauty product for pennies. here's another product you probably have in your home that can give your beauty an extra boost - Baking Soda. Baking Soda is inexpensive and works well for a multitude of uses beyond Baking, Cleaning & Deodorizing. plus, you can pick it up in the motherload size at Costco for only a few dollars.

like Honey Boo Boo says - a dolla' make me holla'.

Beauty Uses For Baking Soda
  • fresh breath: mix one teaspoon into a glass of water and swish. POW! neutralizes odors.
  • face scrub: mix three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of water. apply scrub to your face and gently exfoliate. works amazingly well and costs only pennies!
  • body scrub: follow the routine above on a larger scale. stick to three parts baking soda to one part water.
  • clean hair: mix a small amount of baking soda with your favorite shampoo and say goodbye to build up!
  • clean brushes & combs: get rid of product buildup on your brushes and combs by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with water in a small basin. soak brushes and combs, rinse and let dry.
  • toothpaste: use baking soda in place of your toothpaste to help whiten teeth and give your brushing an extra boost.

xo,
kristie

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

this post is sponsored by Style Coalition and Marie Claire however all opinions and experiences are my own.

sometimes making an investment in yourself is an investment worth making. whether it is more time, more sleep, better food or good skincare, these are all things that are worth investing more in because they are all investments that pay off. now, i am an admitted skincare madwoman. one day i am on point and other days i flounder. the truth is when i take the time to actually make improvements, improvements are found. enter Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate.

this summer i was super diligent with my skincare. between sunscreens, sun, sand, chlorine and more my skin was begging for some real love and i gladly gave it. however, school started and my life was flipped upside down. all three kids were started school at varying times and locations and little things started to slip, my skincare being one of them. i needed a change and an improvement.

i didn't have a lot of time to spare so i needed a product that could seamlessly fit into my routine while bringing the improvements i needed. my acne was flaring and my skin was flaking due to the drying effects of summer. the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate was the perfect answer.


apply this product after washing your face and before applying serum and moisturizer. it is one simple added step that packs a big punch. you use it morning and night and it provides a protective barrier on your skin to ward off damaging effects of UV rays, pollution and stress. the silky formula is lightweight and leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth. you can feel the improvement immediately! Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate works to activate four multi-defensive powers in the skin including the power to resist external aggressors (UV rays, etc.), the power to protect skin's natural barrier function, the power to regenerate to optimize cell turnover and the power to strengthen skin's defensive function against aging.

while improvement was felt immediately i can say that after using the product for several weeks my skin is thanking me for the investment. 



below is a recent picture taken of my skin and i'll let you be the judge. do you see improvement, luminosity, clear skin and an overall youthful glow? 33 years old and 3 kids later my skin looks better than it ever has.

making that investment in yourself always pays off and skincare is an investment you will never be sorry you made. 


Go to www.shiseido.com/ultimune for more information.

xo,
kristie

Friday, October 17, 2014

Olay Fresh Effects Acne Control Scrub

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.    

i am a self proclaimed yo-yo skincare person. i am the most dutiful person when it comes to washing and cleaning my face and then suddenly it is the last thing on my mind. when that happens my skin hits the brakes and that loud SCREEEECCCCHHHHH you hear is my skin freaking/breaking out. when this happens i bring in the big guns, aka my Olay Fresh Effects {Acne Control Scrub!}. a scrub with Salicylic Acid which is a major acne fighting ingredient.


can we also discuss the awesomeness of the mandarin orange and green tea essence? citrus is one of my favorite scents, period. when it comes to skin care it is a major winner because it is such an eye-opening scent. (hint: a little Diet Coke helps with that too!) give your skin a great scrub with this in the mornings and you are ready to face the day.

the gentle microbeads, as shown below, are the superstars for getting your skin to its deepest clean. it penetrates pores to clear up blemishes as well as help prevent new ones from forming. made from an oil-free formula that won't clog pores and the Salicylic Acid is fighting acne, even in your sleep!



i like to keep my face wash in the shower as well as easily accessible on my countertop. this way i have no excuse not to take advantage of the full acne fighting benefits of Olay Fresh Effects {Acne Control Scrub}. my skin doesn't have to go through the throes of acne but rather stay calm and steady and acne free. besides, better skin means better selfies, right?!


xo,
kristie

 
 

Fall Fashion With Pulsar



this fall there are a few things i love. buffalo check shirts, puffer vest, brown boots and gold accessories. putting together an outfit post featuring all of my favorite things in one place? a dream come true. thankfully the universe didn't implode from all my favorite things combining into one and my style post was created.

gold accents with black make for my dream combo when styling for fall. gold brings a warmth to the dark colors and adds some sunshine to your wardrobe. a gold watch is an essential item for your wardrobe (as is a silver) that you can interchange depending on what you are wearing.

the great thing about the Pulsar watch brand is that you are getting a fantastic (read: fashionable) watch at a fraction of the cost. the design is great, modern, it is water resistant, the watch mechanism is reliable and it comes in a variety of styles.

when Kohl's sent me this Pulsar watch i immediately thought of a thousand ways i could wear it. the size of the watch face makes it more of a casual wear while the diamond pavé embellishments make it a little bit fancy.

check out the pictures below to see how i styled my new gold watch from Pulsar. be sure to let me know what your favorite wardrobe combinations for fall are.









xo,

kristie
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