Friday, July 3, 2015

Tria Beauty Summer Deal!

this post is sponsored by Tria Beauty however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

hello blushing basics readers! pictured above are some of my must have summer essentials. included in that are my most comfortable sandals, my favorite beach towel, the easiest razor for shaving (ahem) unwanted facial hair (i.e. eyebrows, etc.), swim spray for keeping hair healthy during the rough summer months and of course, my TRIA!

when i say my Tria Hair Removal Laser is saving me this summer i mean it! no more waxing appointments (hallelujah!) no more razor burn and my hair is gone. i mean it. vanishing with every use! for more information on the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X click here.

for a special promotion during July 1-14th i have a promo code to get you an added value of $160 on your Tria Hair Removal Laser purchase. use code VIPBLOGGER and you will get 10% off your purchase in addition to a complimentary beach bag, complimentary Tria sunscreen and a $25 Tria Gift Card for your next purchase. please go to to use this limited promo code.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Shop The Mint Julep Boutique

The Mint Julep Boutique recently offered to send some clothing for me to try out. after visiting their site i found it difficult to choose! they offer a wide variety of styles: dresses, rompers, tops, bottoms and accessories. 

i ended up deciding on this adorable romper as a swimsuit cover-up. let's be honest, my typical daily wear doesn't allow for this short-short style however when i am heading to the pool, the beach or the river i want cute cover-ups that don't cause crazy tan lines and keep me cool. this is a complete winner when it comes to that and it makes for the perfect Fourth of July outfit, amiright?!

plus, The Mint Julep Boutique has been generous enough to offer a $25 gift card to their site. be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Shabby Apple Summer Style

summertime is meant for bright colors, fun parties and flow-y dresses. this Gramercy Dress by Shabby Apple fits the bill just right. with lace ruffles, a scallop trim and an A-line shape make this dress all girl which just happens to be my favorite style of dressing!

i have been sharing my summer-long hunt for cute, comfortable clothes that allow for fun summer style without tons of layers (all you ladies wearing Shade undershirts can relate, right?!). it is a lot harder than one might think. thankfully the Shabby Apple site offers dresses, shirts and skirts that are all just the right fit for those looking for a little more modest coverage without compromising your personal style.

i love this dress. i have it on hand from my recent birthday partying but it works great as Sunday church style or date night love. rather than a pointy heel i would pair it with a strappy wedge to make it a little more casual for everyday wear. 

all shopping information linked below.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Accessorizing With emmajoy Jewelry

i love a good accessory. a great pair of earrings can be a show-stopper. a necklace can transform an outfit. the perfect bracelet is the equivalent to the male necktie - a necessary accessory. when i find a jewelry company that offers great jewelry at affordable prices? naturally i would want to share it!

i was recently sent the three items pictured below from emmajoy. each item is a part of their new summer collection and each one adds just the right amount of glam to my wardrobe. the Iced Out Ear Crawlers are stunning. they are a unique earring that definitely gets noticed. the Caged Crystal Pendant is the perfect length to flatter any body or any top. the Dominica Chain Bar bracelet has drawn so many compliments already it is a staple in my wrist party.

be sure to check out their website to see the complete line of new arrivals for summer. an added bonus is if you use the promo code BLUSH20 you will receive 20% your order through the end of July. 


Monday, June 29, 2015

Mikarose Review & Giveaway

if you follow me on Instagram you know that i am on the hunt to find great tops for summer that are lightweight, short-sleeved and don't require and undershirt! i am a mother of three who has made a commitment to modesty in my life and it never seems to be a problem except during summer. finding a shirt that fits all of those requirements is more difficult than you would think! thankfully i have found many great options including this top from Mikarose

Mikarose is a clothing boutique with the slogan 'Reinventing Modesty'. trust me when i say that the struggle is real for all of the mamas out there looking to dress seasonally, on-trend and modest. finding retailers that are committed to that philosophy is refreshing and makes shopping a breeze.

this particular top is the Pleated Scoop Neck Top found here

Mikarose has generously offered to giveaway a $50 gift card to help you boost your summer wardrobe while maintaining personal standards. visit me on Instagram where you can enter or earn extra entries through the Rafflecopter below:


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tria Hair Removal Laser Review & Update

this post is sponsored by Tria however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

this spring/summer i was given the opportunity to review the Tria Hair Removal Laser. you can find my first post here with information on the product and my thoughts on giving it a try. after having used it four times my feelings on it continue to improve.

the Tria Hair Removal Laser is the first and only FDA-cleared hair removal laser available for home use. the Tria Laser 4X uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists. the Tria Laser 4X targets and permanently disables the hair follicle to stop hair growth on the face and body for permanent results.

i have been using the Tria Laser 4X at home. it gives you the option of using a power level ranging from 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. i have used the Laser at power level 3 each time i do a treatment and have already seen some major results. the areas i use it on are underarm, bikini and legs. after the first treatment i immediately saw results in hair that grew in sparser. after having used it four times the hair growth has nearly stopped. there are some small spots that are a little patchy with hair growth but i think if i continue to use the laser and increase my power level those areas will be removed easily. 

when i first started using the Tria Laser i didn't realize how much i would like it. one of my biggest pet peeves during summer is razor burn. whether i am shaving or waxing i always end up with angry red bumps for a day or two. using the Tria has virtually eliminated any razor burn issues. i still shave the areas to remove any remaining hair however the angry red bumps haven't made an appearance. in the summer when your body is so exposed and i am practically living in a swimsuit it is nice to have that issue eliminated.

plus, right now Tria is offering a summer special. if you order now you can get a beach tote and gift card along with your purchase using the offer code: SUMMER. if i am ever considering investing in a beauty item i always like to get the most bang for my buck. 

i'll continue to keep you posted on my experience with the Tria throughout the next couple weeks but as it stands currently i am a very happy camper.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How To Fake A Blowout

i recently wrote a guest post for The Makeup Girl sharing some tips on how Johnson's Baby Products can help you in your every day routine. they are the ultimate in product value - inexpensive, effective and accessible.

one of my daily saving graces is a quick hair refresher thanks to Johnson's Baby Powder. a light powdering of hair at the roots absorbs oil and leaves hair smelling fresh. but my favorite part of the transformation is faking a blow-out. second day hair is flat and life-less but faking a blow-out is so easy and quick. follow the directions below on how to fake it ('til you make it!).

apply a light powdering of Johnson's Baby Powder, brush through hair to refresh. finish by using a large barreled curling iron i quickly curl my hair beginning at the ends and working my way up. five minutes later i'm a new woman!

another quick tip from the Johnson's baby line is for those moments where you dress and realize your legs are exposed and you haven't shaved in a week. don't judge - we've all been there. apply a dime sized amount of baby oil gel to your legs and get a quick dry shave in a matter of seconds while avoiding razor burn and leaving your legs silky smooth.

i am a stickler for clean and baby shampoo is my favorite product for cleaning my makeup brushes and products. for a tutorial on how to clean and sanitize your makeup brushes, click here.


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