Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Acne Solution with ZAPZYT

 this post is sponsored by ZAPZYT however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #lovezapzyt #zapmyzit #zapit

Summertime is the bane of my sweet little pores' existence. With so much extra product, toxins, sun exposure and sweat my pores are just begging for a little help. As an adult I don't experience much breakout but when I do my acne motto is 'Go big or go home'. Seriously though, why is it that my acne as an adult is more painful than when I was a teen? (Insert crying face emoji here)

I have regular skin care product lines that I use but when those occasional breakouts flare their ugly little whiteheads I integrate the ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel to my skincare routine. The ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel is the original zit zapper. It works as a spot treatment for those nasty pimples that occasionally plague your skin. We all have them, they're called problem zits. The ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel is proven to reduce the appearance of acne within five hours. For real, if you have a problem pimple then ZAPZYT should be your go-to.

One of the things I appreciate most about ZAPZYT is its ability to treat all skin types. Because the Acne Treatment gel is a spot treatment you can have oily skin, combination skin or dry skin and have not a worry in the world when treating your acne. Forget acne solutions that leave your skin irritated, dry and flaky. By treating just the problem area the ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel leaves the rest of your face to remain just as luminous as it always has been.

ZAPYT also offers a full line of products designed to give you the clear skin you've always wanted. In addition to the ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel there is the Pore Treatment Gel, Pore Clearing Scrub and an Acne Wash. You can literally zap the the problem with ZAPZYT. It is a real solution for real people. If you already have a skincare line that you love, no problem. You can seamlessly integrate the ZAPZYT products without changing your beauty routine. Combine ZAPYT with your regimen and you will be on your way to clearer skin.

Pictured below are the items mentioned above:

Thankfully taking care of my skin as an adult is so much easier than it was when I was a teenager. Now if only keeping my room clean were that easy...

Get more information on the ZAPZYT products by visiting their website here.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Skincare With Shortlist Beauty

I’m sharing #Shortlist in my life as part of a Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars™

It has officially been one month since I began using the Shortlist Skincare products and I wanted to put together a post letting you know how the experience has gone so far. I can tell you I haven't noticed any dramatic changes (it has only been 4 weeks people!) however I have noticed small changes. During the summer I have so much sun exposure thanks to swimming and boating and while I do my best to protect my skin during these months it still gets a little beat up. Shortlist has been my skincare BFF in helping to keep my skin feel hydrated and super soft during these hot, dry summer months. The harshness of going between the indoor cool and the outdoor heat can be so hard on your skin and Shortlist has helped take that edge off. Also, who doesn't like a quick and easy skincare routine? It is summer and I am on the go all day erry day and anything I can do to shorten my routine is a welcome reprieve.

Curious to learn more about these products? Shortlist is a Serum and Cream that work together to repair damaged skin and help prevent aging. The Serum is a superstar that helps strengthen the moisture barrier of your skin which in turn helps your skin act and feel younger. The Serum also helps to regenerate the skin's surface which helps to prepare your skin to absorb the Cream. The key ingredients for the Serum are Niacinamide which is Vitamin B3. This ingredient helps strengthen your skin's moisture barrier. It also contains Glycerin which provides your skin with long lasting moisture. Last it has Hyaluronic Acid which is a moisturizing ingredient that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.

Let me tell you a little more about the second step. The Cream helps to rejuvenate your skin by increasing cellular turnover. Over time you will notice a diminished look of fine lines and wrinkles. This pro-retinol cream contains only nine ingredients and those ingredients include Retinyl Propionate and Glycerin. The Retinyl Proprionate helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing cellular turnover on the surface of your skin. The Glycerin as mentioned before helps to provide long lasting moisture.

The combination of the Cream & Serum pack a powerful punch in providing youthful rejuvenation of your skin. For all you busy moms out there who want something that is quick, easy and effective this just might be your product. Their whole outlook on skincare is less is more and in this case, it is true. Fewer ingredients with fewer steps all to provide better results.

My Shortlist Skincare products are a quick and easy solution to preventative maintenance during these harsh summer months. I love the less is more slogan and on board with this skincare that is proactive instead of reactive. You can get more information on these products by visiting


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Perfect Summer Hairstyle With Conair Curl Secret 2.0

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret® 2.0 for my own personal use.  All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

I am no stranger to the Conair Curl Secret. I have posted about this easy to use curling tool several times on my blog. That is why I am so excited to introduce the NEW Conair Curl Secret 2.0 to you. The new Curl Secret 2.0 features 1" and 1.25" interchangeable curl chambers that allows you to have more control over the size of your curls. This means you can achieve big, loose curls and beachy waves or defined curls or perhaps anything in between! The new Conair Curl Secret 2.0 also allows you to choose the direction of your curls which means the interior chamber can rotate both directions.  The unique patented curl chamber gently draws hair in and holds it while it's heated from all directions without added tension creating silky-smooth curls.

I decided to play around with my Conair Curl Secret 2.0 and create this super easy summer hairstyle that is so simple to duplicate. I begin with my Conair Curl Secret 2.0, a small comb, two small rubber bands and some hairspray. I set the Conair Curl Secret 2.0 with the 1.25" chamber attachment for larger waves. After plugging it in I select the 8-10 second timer option which will give me great curls without too much spiral. With clean, dry hair I curl it using small sections at a time:

After I finish curling I braid the front section of my hair in a dutch style braid. This will help keep my hair off my face which definitely is a relief in the hot summer heat. Once the braid is finished I tie it off with the small rubber band. I then collect the rest of my hair into a low, side ponytail. Using my second small rubber band I wrap the rest of my hair into a ponytail. Using my fingers I gently tug the sides of the braid to pancake it a bit. I also gently pull the hair at the crown of my head to create some volume in my ponytail, and finish with the hairspray to set everything in place.

Curling your hair is so quick and easy thanks to the new Conair Curl Secret 2.0 and I love to have my hair pulled up during the summer to allow the breeze to hit my neck and to keep the hair off of my face. Thanks to the Conair Curl Secret 2.0 I achieved this hairstyle in just a matter of minutes! Learn more about the Conair Curl Secret 2.0 by visiting the website here. Or you can connect with them on social here:


For more information about Conair's full line of hair styling products, visit, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for great hair tips and product giveaways!

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret® 2.0 for my own personal use.  All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access

Quite possibly the first and only time my favorite quarterback will be featured on my blog and that is because it is the most wonderful time of the year. No, it is not Christmas but it might feel like it is thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This yearly sale is and has been a consistent MUST SHOP moment in my life for as long as I can remember. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the perfect time to stock up on your staple items (booties, denim, tees) and splurge on those items you have been wanting but couldn't justify the price. In addition to great deals you also get points when you shop allowing you to maximize your savings. 

The Nordstrom Sale begins today but is called Early Access. This means that those of you with a Nordstrom Card can shop now. If you do not have a Nordstrom Card you cannot shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early and will have to wait until the 21st of July to shop. I would recommend getting a Nordstrom Card for the perks alone, it is the one credit card I picked up years ago and still use. The perks of Nordstrom Sale Early Access is that you can get items sooner than the public as well as items that may sell out before the Nordstrom Anniversary Public Sale launches. Each year these Early Access items go fast and there are occasional re-stocks of popular items. I have purchased items only to see them sold out by the time the Public Sale begins and often those are some of my favorite items from the sale. 

Of course I have stayed up WAY TOO LATE last night to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You could purchase items starting at midnight and I went through and selected all of my favorites. I have quickly put together some of my must buys from the Nordstrom Sale Catalog. Pictured below are some of the items that found their way into my shopping card as well as the items that I am keeping an eye on. Like I mentioned before, shopping for staples and favorites is always a good idea for the Nordstrom Sale. (hover over image and click items to shop directly)

I am curious to hear what some of your favorites are. Please connect with me and let me know what items you have picked up from the sale this year. I can't wait to check out your must-haves as well.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Perfect Summer Makeup With Physicians Formula

This post is sponsored by Physicians Formula however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #PhysiciansFormula #WalmartBeauty

Summertime is the time of year where you want to look your best without investing a lot of time. Add to that the issue of heat, humidity, sweat plus tanner skin and you have a few makeup issues that need to be addressed. I completely understand the dilemma of not wanting to spend a fortune on updating your makeup for a period of three months and that's why I put together this post with Physician's Formula. You can easily update your makeup 'wardrobe' and pick up products that will help you beat the heat, sweat, melty makeup and more without breaking the bank.

As a mother of four I have my hands full when getting ready in the morning. I have to get my oldest to athletic development camp and my two daughters to gymnastics camp immediately after. In addition to those three I still have a very young baby who needs constant attention. This doesn't leave much time for me to get ready so I need products that work well, multi-task and look great. The above products have been my summertime go-to's on those days that I actually do take five minutes to create the perfect summer makeup.

First and most important is the #InstaReady Primer. Primer acts like velcro to your makeup and holds it in place. On these hot summer months where your makeup seems to melt off this stuff will make it stay put. Take the 30 seconds to apply it and you can thank me later.

Follow with a foundation that blends to match your skin tone easily. Physician's Formula is known for their formulations that blend to match your skin tone so whether you are a little tan or a lot of tan this will help balance the color on your face. The Physician's Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation is a light formula that provides light coverage and maximum glow. Included with the foundation is a brush that makes application flawless.

I absolutely cannot skip the step of applying concealer under my eyes. The constant lack of sleep really catches up with me in the summer and I need to majorly fake it and apply that concealer to give the appearance that I am well-rested even though my body might be screaming 'Give me a Diet Coke!'. I used the Physician's Formula #InstaReady Concealer that also helps prevent sun damage with its SPF 30 formulation. Two birds, one stone. I love those multitaskers.

Add a little Bronze Booster Highlight and Contour for glow and the Murumuru Butter Blush for a little bit of color. I keep my eyes super simple by applying only the #InstaReady Eye Primer in Shimmer followed by a quick swipe of mascara and my easy summertime makeup is complete. May sound a little more involved for novice makeup wearers but for this mama who likes a 'full face' it is just right. I get my color, coverage and glow in just five minutes - leaving me with the Perfect Summer Makeup Face.

You can pick up each of these products at your local Walmart or check them out online at


Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Best Little Black Swimsuit Ever

this Albion Fit swimsuit might just be my favorite swimsuit style, ever. i am always on the hunt for stylish one piece suits that don't expose too much 'cheek' or cleavage or sideboob. i promise you, as a mother of three who don't want to see my private parts exposed the struggle is real. when Albion released this Cross Cross Suit, an off the shoulder suit, i was anxious to give it a try. it covered all necessary areas while still allowing me to feel stylish and cute. a serious win/win.

i recently posted about this suit on my Instagram. i have been doing a lot of self reflection about my blog and social media and where i want to go with it all. after this post below i was so motivated and amped to keep going. your support means the world to me and i love having friends and family behind what i am doing. 

'You can do hard things.' I told myself this as I grinned in a swimsuit in 40 degree weather. It was worth it to get a great shot of a cute one piece suit from @albionfit. Finding modest swimsuits isn't easy and the motivation behind what I do here on Instagram and my blog is to show you don't have to compromise your beliefs to look stylish in a world that tells you otherwise. Forgive me for this long winded post but I have been thinking a lot lately about my blog, Instagram and social media channels. When I began this journey I could have never dreamed of the opportunities that would come from it. I have had the chance to work with some of my favorite designers, the most amazing makeup brands, regularly attend Fashion Week (as press!) create infomercials, commercials, news segments and more. But once again social media is changing and while I don't say it enough, your support means so much to me. Listen, I get it. You scroll through your feed and see outfit post after outfit post from me. I have been unfollowed by family, friends, acquaintances - I'm not mad about it, I understand. But for those of you who get that this is my business, who support me as a friend, a sister, a cousin, a niece, an aunt, as someone who is trying to build something from nothing I wish I could hug each and every one of you and say thank you. For those of you who see that I am pursuing something I enjoy and am working to create a space where I don't have to compromise my beliefs - thank you. For taking the time to double tap this photo because I promise, I see you. I scroll through my notifications and spotting a family member or friends profile name puts a smile on my face. So here I am, a mom to three very busy kids, a wife to a husband who works hard at his job, works hard for his church and works even harder for his family and I am a woman trying to build something I can be proud of. Thank you a million times over. PS if you are interested in this cute @albionfit swimsuit you can score it for 15% off with the code: blushingbasics All other outfit details here: #liketkit #ltkswim #ltkunder100 📷 @dtphotog
A photo posted by B L U S H I N G B A S I C S (@blushingbasics) on

for more information on this timeless little black swimsuit be sure to visit if you are interested in ordering you can get a 15% discount by using the code: BLUSHINGBASICS at checkout. all other outfit details are linked below.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SHORTLIST : Less Is More

I’m sharing #Shortlist in my life as part of a Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars™ #lessismore

by now you should all know that i am a skincare junkie. i am on a constant search for that fountain of youth ahem, i mean great products that work for not only my skin type but fit other people's needs as well. one of the most common complaints i hear when it comes to skin care is that people feel like they just don't have the time for a regimen - they want their skincare routine to be short and sweet. that is where SHORTLIST skincare comes in. not only does Shortlist believe less is more (don't believe me? just check their ingredients list) they also believe in simplifying your routine to get you your results quickly and efficiently. it is a new skincare system that contains a Serum and Cream which are potent alone but even more powerful when paired together. this magnificently performing duo is packed with benefits instead of fillers that are commonly found in other lotions. the products are designed for all skin types and ethnicities so no worries for you sensitive skinned mama's or darker skinned beauties.

the Shortlist system itself is comprised of a serum and a cream. the serum provides short term results that lead to long term results. immediately you will notice that it moisturizes to repair existing dry and damaged skin and over time the skin cells will be energized with moisture to make your skin act and feel younger by helping your skins surface to regenerate. what is unique about the serum is that it helps to prepare your skin for the retinoid cream with key ingredients Niacinamide, Glycerin, and Hyaluronic Acid - all ingredients that help your skin increase its moisture. the cream is the second step of the Shortlist system. short term you will notice that it helps rejuvenate your skin by increasing the cell turnover which over time will help your skin diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. the cream is so effective thanks to a pro-retinol cream with only nine ingredients.

you use the Shortlist system morning and evening after cleansing. apply the facial serum first before cream or other treatment products. following the serum apply the cream. (note: it is a good idea to use sunscreen EVERY day however it is especially important any time you are using a product with retinoids)

for those of you who are looking for less ingredients, fewer steps but still interested in getting results, this is a great regimen to try.