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:



Sunday, March 12, 2017

LipSense Review Update

recently i was sent the lipstick that has been generating a lot of buzz on the internet these days. it is called LipSense by SenseCosmetics and it is an all day wear lipstick that doesn't wipe off. i feel like this type of product can be a bit fad-ish and the buzz eventually wears off but it seems as though the buzz just continues to grow for this product. it is sold through personal distributors and i was contacted by one (Lipstick With Julie on Facebook) offering to send me the product to try. because i had heard about it i was definitely interested in whether LipSense would live up to the hype. additionally i have a friend who is a beauty blogger who has just started selling it as well and has done nothing but raved about how much she loves this product so i was definitely on board.

let me just start by saying that my first experience with the product wasn't great. my personal distributor had warned me that there was a bit of a learning curve and i had shrugged it off thinking 'i'm a beauty blogger - how difficult can it be?' i learned as soon as i applied it that i needed a bit of coaching. the first application of the product stung like crazy. i was surprised to see how much it burned and thought maybe i was having a reaction to it. additionally, my lips peeled and peeled and peeled for days after using it. imagine the strongest exfoliant and that is what it felt like was happening to my lips. needless to say i was a bit hesitant to continue.

i pushed through because i had heard so many good things about this product and after about a week and a half i started noticing a difference. it was no longer uncomfortable to apply. my lips weren't peeling nearly as much as they were in the beginning and the staying power was impressive. i don't know if i consider myself a true convert to this product but i can definitely see its value. i like that i wake up in the morning and there is still lipstick on my lips. i like the idea that red lipstick (notorious for smearing and rubbing off on your teeth) stays put. i like that there is a large range of colors to choose from (most product lines only offer about 8-10 colors) and that there is a shade for every skin tone. 

i am going to continue using the product because it has only been about 2.5 weeks now and will update you on my thoughts in another week or two. in the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing the product you can purchase it through a personal consultant HERE.


i have had the product for several months now and have received new colors from other friends and consultants and have slowly been converting to this lip color. 

here are a few reasons:

i like that it doesn't kiss off. i give my baby probably close to a million kisses a day and being able to give him kisses without having it leave a mark on his sweet little baby face is a pretty big perk. when you go from kissing your kids a couple of times a day to kissing your sweet little baby all day every day it can get a little messy on your little one's face unless you have this transfer proof lip color on your lips.

second, i like not have to reapply. i didn't realize how often i reapply my lipstick until after i had the baby because it is virtually the last thing on my mind and unless i am wearing LipSense i DO NOT remember to reapply and my lips go bare all day long. you might not think that is a big deal but when you have mini lips like mine keeping color on them goes a long way.

the more i use the product, the more i like it. yes, i still experience A LOT of exfoliating when i use it (somehow that doesn't seem to diminish for me, even with continued use) and NO, there is no such thing as wax build up on your lips from lip color and that is why your lips are peeling (WHY are they teaching their consultants to tell everyone this?!?) but the positives outweigh the negatives for me and i will continue to use this lip color.

my friend Anna Marie has a Facebook group you can join if you are interested in picking up some color: Around The Clock Color With Anna Marie.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cleansing Tips With Simple Skincare

Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own. #WMSimplyClean

as mentioned in yesterday's post one of my splurges postpartum has been to get eyelash extensions. for those of you who have had eyelash extensions you know just how cumbersome washing your face with eyelash can be. you have to be very gentle around the ye area but you also need to make sure you thoroughly wash your eyes clear of makeup. this is tricky because the products that work well for your face don't always work well for your eyes. thankfully Simple Skincare has the solution.

not only does it provide thorough skin cleansing for your face it also provides gentle cleansing for delicate skin. trust me, your eyes will thank you.

beginning with the Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash you have yourself a full face cleanser that leaves your skin clean but also nourished thanks to the blend of the purest possible skin loving ingredients with added vitamins. it is safe for sensitive skin and your eyes so no worries about burning your eyeballs while cleansing. (you can put your kids' tear free wash away ;) while this cleanser doesn't replace a moisturizer it certainly leaves your skin feeling moisturized and refreshed.

my major favorites of the Simple Skin Care cleansing collection are the wipes. these things are miracle workers for removing eye makeup, particularly with eyelash extensions! the Simple Cleansing Wipes and Exfoliating Wipes both work amazingly well for different reasons. the Simple Cleansing Wipes are amazing for gently removing eye makeup around the delicate skin of the eyes. additionally you can carefully use them to wipe off your eyelash extensions to prevent makeup buildup. three cheers for the makeup wipes! the new Aqua-Lock™ pack keeps the last wipes just as fresh as the first ones so that your wipe pack doesn't dry out. while the wipes are soft they are tough on makeup and leaves your skin feeling hydrated without residue. the Simple Exfoliating Wipes also work well at removing makeup residue as well as dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. this leaves your skin practically GLOWING. trust me, if glowing skin is just a few wipes away then please pass the wipes!

Simple Skin Care recommend the following chart as an Everyday Makeup and Evening Regimen:

if you are interested in trying out the facial wipes you won't want to miss the special at Walmart starting March 19th, you will be able to buy any Simple product and get a free 25ct wipes ($7.99 ARV). that is one deal you don't want to pass up.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Truth About Eyelash Extensions

eyelash extensions are one of the most popular trends in the world of beauty. having been worn by celebrities and stay at home moms it is a trend that transcends.

what are eyelash extensions? eyelash extensions are single strands of synthetic eyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural lash. each individual synthetic strand is attached to an eyelash with a permanent glue. (note: this is a specially designed glue for eyelash extensions - do NOT try this at home) the synthetic lash then remains in place until your natural lash falls out. before you freak out about losing lashes please realize that the average person loses about 1-3 lashes per day and it is a natural loss pattern that occurs.

i recently visited my salon for a spray tan and was informed of the new lash extension special - a full set of lashes for $50. having dipped a toe in the pool of eyelash extensions a few years ago i was a little hesitant. i tried lash extensions and loved the fact that i always had long dark lashes whether i had applied makeup or not. my lashes looked good in all different circumstances: swimming, working out, waking up, shopping, running around the playground, going on long walks down the beach, drinking (virgin) piña coladas…but i digress.

so why was i hesitant? because previously i had the lashes applied by my sister (who was in training at the time) and it wasn't the prettiest of applications, my eyelids ended up getting glued together and as the lashes wore off i looked majorly cray. i'm talking lashes pointing in every direction: up, down, left and right.

did i want to go through that again? no, but just like spray tans i was sure this beauty treatment had evolved into a more finely tuned craft.

thankfully, i was right.

my experience at the salon was a walk in the park. i arrived and was promptly placed on a warmed massage table and laid my head back while the technician quickly and proficiently applied my lashes. i may have taken a nice 30 minute nap and within 45 minutes from arriving, my lash set was complete. they were even, they were straight, they looked gorgeous and my eyelids weren't glued together.

the downside is that maintenance is a bit more cumbersome. you do have to take extra care washing your face and particularly washing your eyes. you must avoid oil based face wash and eye makeup products. a mascara wand is a lifesaver in cleaning out eyeshadow debris from lashes as well as straightening any strays. the picture above is after one week of wear and i am two weeks in and still looking good. i do have a tendency to pick at them, which is a major no-no, but i am a picker and it is inevitable. i will admit to having tiny moments of panic because i cannot remove them, kind of like wearing acrylic nails and wishing you could remove them so that you can pop a zit. once you make it over that hurdle, you are smooth sailing.

eyelash extensions have improved over the last few years, have become much more affordable, are applied quickly and look more natural. the truth about eyelash extensions is that they are kind of awesome.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Mederma Aqua Glycolic

Post is sponsored by Mederma® however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Since baby Beau has been born my skin has been on a rollercoaster ride of hormones. Thanks to the ever fluctuating hormones of pregnancy, birth, nursing, non-nursing, my body is constantly in flux leaving my skin to bear the brunt of it. While I enjoyed a blissful nine months of hardly any blemishes they are making a comeback now that pregnancy is over. In addition to that, i have dry spots, oily spots, fine lines and a small amount of melasma thanks to pregnancy. My immediate concern was to treat the dry skin because the flaking and irritation was so apparent. I'm taking a more proactive approach by using the Mederma® AG face care line.

Formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Mederma® AG combats dry skin, breakout and fine lines with the exfoliating properties of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, specifically Glycolic Acid. Mederma® AG has the ability to tackle almost all skin issues with its gentle yet thorough approach. Glycolic Acid helps to dissolve oils on the surface of your skin as well as exfoliates dead skin cells leaving your skin feeling smoother, and healthier overall. I have been battling a pesky blackhead that seemed to keep getting bigger and bigger. After using Mederma® AG for a couple of weeks I noticed a marked improvement in the appearance of pores.

With its three step approach, Mederma® AG helps you look your best while being oh-so-simple. Beginning with the Mederma® AG Facial Cleanser, a soap free facial cleanser that gets your skin clean from dirt, oil and makeup. Use it in the shower or the sink and feel the effective cleaning agents’ gentle pH balance help clean and moisturize your skin.

When finished cleaning, you'll use the Mederma® AG Facial Toner. Apply with a cotton swab to your entire face to get the fullest clean possible. The toner helps pick up any impurities your cleanser may have missed. It is also an additional vehicle for applying the anti-aging properties of glycolic acid.

Last, you use the Mederma® AG Face Cream. When I use this face cream it feels as though I can feel its ingredients working their magic. It does leave my skin feeling better and moisturized and I can attest to seeing improvements to my skin in just a few weeks. A word to the wise, using a sunscreen daily along with your skincare regime is just plain smart. You wouldn’t want to reverse the progress you are making! Additionally, these Mederma AG® products contain ingredients that can make your skin sensitive to sun exposure so make sure not to miss this important step in your skin care.

I am a firm believer that good skincare does not have to cost a fortune and it is not rocket science. Stick to basic, trust-worthy ingredients and use them regularly to see your skin improve. Mederma® AG provides you with a simple total skin care system that leaves you with healthier, younger looking skin with fewer lines and wrinkles. The base price of all three products is extremely reasonable. Find out more information by visiting Amazon.