Thursday, April 20, 2017

Olay Daily Facials Head to Head Match-Up

This content was sponsored by Olay but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I hope you enjoy following along! #ad

I love a good head-to-head competition and when I was asked to see how Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths matched up against other cleansing facial wipes I was definitely on board. As a mom of four, my time is precious and any product that can eliminate a step or two in my daily routine is definitely something I am interested in.

The Olay Daily Facials are refreshing for your skin. They are a 4-in-1 water activated cleansing cloth. The specially textured cloths have the cleansing power of a scrub, toner, mask and cleanser to gently exfoliate your skin. You can use them daily to remove dirt, oil and makeup (p.s. even mascara! It is so gentle on your eyes, pinky swear). These cleansing cloths combine a soap-free lather and Olay's amazing power to condition your skin, leaving it clean, hydrated and smooth. (After washing my face, I use the cloth to wipe down my bathroom sink for a quick clean. Two birds, one stone for the win!)

The cleansing cloths are textured with soft cleansing pockets that gently break up dirt, oil and makeup. The 4-in-1 formula is a cleanser to wash away dirt and makeup, toner to tone skin with an essential cleansing formula, mask to hydrate with specialized Olay conditioners and a scrub to exfoliate and smooth your skin's surface. Simply wet with water, rub to lather, cleans and rinse. You'll get the best results if you use the cloth to rinse.

As part of the head-to-head challenge, I washed my face using a regular makeup remover wipe. After allowing my skin to dry, I used a blotting sheet to see how much oil and residue was left on my skin after washing.

I tried this same test again with the Olay Daily Facials and, once again, after waiting for my skin to dry, I used a blotting sheet to see how much oil and residue was left on my skin after washing. As you can see from the results below, the Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths left virtually NO OIL OR RESIDUE on my skin. Compared to their counterpart, which left my skin splotchy with oil and residue, Olay Daily Facials were the clear winner.

If you are interested in giving Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths a try you can visit You can also find Olay on:





Like I said, as a mom of four, my time is precious and I want to devote as much of it as I can to these cute smiling faces. Olay Daily Facials are a great skincare option for my normal to oily skin. They are not too drying, gentle on my skin and so unbelievably effective in removing makeup.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay . The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Get Spring Ready With Curél®

I’m sharing Curél® in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™ #curelskincare #enddryskin

as winter has come to a close and my postpartum body is slowly bouncing back i have been tackling a number of issues in an effort to get my body feeling as good as it did pre-pregnancy. i have been exercising, working on eating healthier, using products to improve the condition of my hair and battling the war of aging on my face. the one thing i haven't discussed much is dry skin. at the end of my pregnancy my skin was incredibly dry and i experienced issues i have previously not had a problem with: cracked heels, splitting skin on fingertips, flaking skin, bumps on my upper arms. these problems are all a result of dry skin and I have been working to get my skin back to its hydrated, best self.

one of the ways i have done that is with Curél Skincare. it is a new-ish style of body lotion that you apply immediately after your shower. and by immediately i mean before you even towel-dry. yes, it may seem a little weird but it has been proven that applying this lotion while your skin is still wet helps to lock in moisture even better than when you apply it to your skin once dry. getting used to applying your lotion while your skin is still wet can take a while. it is definitely not something you are used and you have to change your 'routine' a bit, but trust me, it is worth it!

i was asked to give this Curél Skincare lotion a try to see if i noticed any improvement and i can definitely say that i have. i am a firm believer in this method of lotion application (our Allergist has recommended a similar style of lotion-ing to help improve serious skin problems like Eczema) as it is really effective in sealing in moisture. it definitely has ended any issues of dry skin and i can't wait until summer when i can expose my soothed skin to the warmth of the outdoors!

one of my favorite things about holding our newborn baby Beau is feeling how soft and gentle his skin is. there is nothing more wonderful than snuggling with a newborn baby and feeling their soft skin. hopefully now when he snuggles with me he feels the exact same way!

you can get more information about Curél Skincare by visiting their website including information on where to buy. 


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Olay Skin 28 Day Study

this post is sponsored by Acorn & Olay however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #28DaysofOlay

there are so many things i am easing myself back into 'post-baby'. exercise is one of them. i began with simple 30 minute workouts that were low impact and have been gradually working my way up to harder, more difficult workouts. same with my diet. at the end of my pregnancy i pretty much ate anything and everything because i was always starving. since i have finished nursing i have been slowing cutting back on sweets and high fat foods and trying to moderate the volume of food i have been eating as well. with all of these changes it only makes sense that i would be doing the same thing with my skincare. pregnancy has a tendency to wreak havoc on your skin and i wanted to slowly ease into a skincare routine that i knew i would (one) be able to stick to and (two) be able to accomplish.

that is where the #28DaysOfOlay study comes in. i was asked to use Olay products for 28 days and see how my skin felt at the end of the 28 days. before beginning i visited the Olay Skin Advisor to determine what products where the best options for me. it is so easy, you visit THIS WEBSITE and quickly snap a photo of yourself without makeup and upload it. the Skin Advisor analyzes your color, eye lines, wrinkles, and more to give you specific product recommendations for your skincare needs that you can easily purchase at Walmart. after i received my recommendations from the online Skin Advisor i snagged my products during my next grocery trip at Walmart.

using the products was so easy. it didn't require a massive amount of steps and it didn't require a massive amount of products. my main concerns were under-eye bags (hello! newborn baby) and fine lines and wrinkles. this lead me to using the Olay Eyes Depuffing Eye Roller and the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. both products felt so soothing and soft on my skin and while my results after 28 days were super dramatic i did see an overall improvement in my skin and the Depuffing Eye Roller felt SO GOOD on my skin. the metal ball rollers were soothing and helped to massage away the puffiness. the Micro-Sculpting Cream not only smells ah-mazing it also feels amazing and leaves your skin glowing. 

while my results weren't dramatic i will say i was pleased at the direction my skin is heading and like all things in my life, my slow and steady approach to skincare is providing me with results that i feel great about.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Enviroscent Bursts Home Fragrance

this post is sponsored by Enviroscent Bursts however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #SmellTheGood

i just love my little Beau. around here we having taken to calling him 'Boss Baby'. he pretty much rules the roost when it comes to our family and no one seems to mind one bit. we have all adapted our lives and schedules around this little bundle of cuteness but along with this cuteness comes the good and the bad. and by bad i mean stinky diapers. really, really stinky diapers. i have taken measures to combat the problem i.e. taking diapers straight to the garbage bin in the garage, investing in a high-end diaper receptacle, wrapping diapers in plastic baggies, you name it. however there can occasionally be a lingering odor or a ripe smell left behind after the changing is done. this is where Enviroscent comes in.

who doesn't love a good smelling house? Enviroscent Bursts are decorative accent balls that replace the use of wax melts or other heated devices that deliver scent to a home. the Enviroscent Bursts are organic and don't carry the traditional corrosive solvents, headache-inducing sensitizers or chemical propellents. they are fine home fragrances that leave a low footprint and great scent.

my favorite part about the Enviroscent Bursts is that they deliver great scent to a room without compromising baby's health. their decorative design makes a great accent for any room in your home and the scent can be as subtle or as strong as you would like. you can use the bursts alone in a bowl or heat them in up in a warmer for wax melts except you don't have to worry about them actually melting! #SmellTheGood in any part of your home.

Enivorscents are also an economical option. they don't cost an arm and a leg and they can be found at your nearest Walmart. head to their website HERE to see what scents and products they have to offer.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Getting Active With Evenflo

Thank you to Evenflo for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

the snow has finally melted and i have taken myself outside to get active in an attempt to work on getting my post baby body back. because my sweet little Beau is home with me during the day i bring him along on my workouts and he makes the best exercise partner.

one of my favorite activities is to walk/jog the walking path that surrounds our neighborhood. it is the perfect length to get a good calorie burn but not too long that Beau gets too fussy. i pack him into this Evenflo Charlston jogging stroller and get moving. i love the features of this stroller. it was easy to assemble, only taking me a few minutes. my sweet little Beau fits comfortably in the stroller even though he is only four months old thanks to the five point harness system. he is strong enough to hold himself upright however still too wiggly not to have him properly harnessed. the ride is very smooth so he doesn't get too jostled around. attached is a cup holder for a beverage and the lower basket is roomy to hold blankets, purses, etc.

for Valentine's Day my husband and i purchased Apple Watches for each other after hearing rave recommendations from my parents who also have them. owning the watch has made me acutely aware of how little i move during the day while i am home with baby Beau. i love this little sweetie which means there is a lot of sitting and snuggling going on. the watch has me more aware of how active i am and i am committed to working harder at burning calories.

the Evenflo Charleston is the perfect solution. it allows me and the baby to get out of the house and get moving at a comfortable pace. i'm looking forward to even warmer temps when i can bring this stroller for longer, farther strolls.

isn't he the cutest thing ever??

shop the stroller and my favorite workout gear below:


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Refresh Your Skin With Curél Skincare

I’m sharing Curél® in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™ #curelskincare #enddryskin

we officially have celebrated the first day of spring and i am itching to get my bright spring wardrobe out of hibernation. when i use the word itching i mean that literally and figuratively. there's something about winter that leaves your skin sapped of moisture. the freezing cold temps mixed with the dry heat of indoors makes for dried, thirsty skin cells. with spring's arrival i have not only refreshed my wardrobe but i have refreshed my daily skin care routine. first on the list, a great body moisturizer like Curél® HYDRA THERAPY WET SKIN MOISTURIZER!

Wet Skin Moisturizers like Curél® HYDRA THERAPY WET SKIN MOISTURIZER are the new way to moisturize. it is different than traditional lotion that you apply to dry skin. rather than allowing your skin to dry you apply Curél Skincare while your skin is still wet. this allows your skin to lock in moisture from the shower. applying this product directly after showering but before toweling off is when your pores are open and product is able to get deeper into your skin. one of the most common misconceptions is that if you have dry skin problems you should avoid showering frequently. this is false. why would you avoid water if your skin is dry?? showering frequently and applying lotion immediately before skin can dry will allow your skin to soak up moisture and lock it in with the lotion.

Curél® HYDRA THERAPY WET SKIN MOISTURIZER is meant to be used on a daily basis. when i did this i noticed an instant improvement for softer, healthier skin. the lotion absorbs immediately and is greaseless leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth but not sticky. it helps to repair the moisture barrier on your skin thanks to its Ceramide Complex. all these things lead to better skin.

now that i have my skin refreshed it is time to refresh my wardrobe. i have revived some old favorites and introduced some new favorites to my wardrobe. as long as there is color it is welcomed! bring on bright patterns, loose fitting tees, pops of color and all the ripped denim. these are just a few of my favorite things. add in my hydrated skin thanks to Curél Skincare and i am set for spring.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Simple Skincare Quick Fixes

Sponsored post by Mirum. All opinions are my own. #SimpleSkinQA

sensitive skin can leave you aching during the winter. the rough transition from the cold outside air to the dry inside heat can do a lot to mess with you skin. add in any additional elements like eyelash extensions, special skincare products or just hormonal changes and it can sometimes feel like you are fighting the never-ending skincare battle. Simple Skincare products are gentle and effective to help you with your skin when it seems to not be cooperating with your regular default skincare lineup.

as i mentioned in my previous post Simple skincare wipes are amazing for when you have eyelash extensions. you can wash your face with face wash but you have to take special care when washing around your eyes. i am always left with eye makeup residue on my face after washing and these wipes get rid of every last little bit. dip your (clean) mascara wand in the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water to help clean off your lashes and extensions from buildup.

second, i have mentioned that i am starting to use my all day lip color and one of the myths of that lip color is that it can only be removed with an (expensive) remover that is the size of a tube of lipgloss. NO THANKS! these Simple Makeup Cleansing Wipes are the perfect (cost effective) solution. simply swipe off that all day lip color with these gentle wipes or use them for any oops you may have made in the lip color application. they really remove any and all stubborn makeup.

if you battle sensitive skin you may benefit from this skin care advice from Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Luftman:
  • do a 'wrist' test. Apply product to your inner wrist over a three day period. If no rash or sensitivity appears it is unlikely to cause problems.
  • a skincare routine is especially important for sensitive skin.
  • lukewarm water is the best temperature for sensitive skin.

starting today you can get $1 off one Simple product at Walgreens. the coupon is available until 4/10/17 and the offer is valid until 5/1/17. click the image below for coupon: