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.


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. 

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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?!



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.


Every day, there’s a new rhythm, a new adventure. You dance to the beat of your own drum. You capture and share moments, with your family and your friends. PULSAR is a quality companion that is right there with you – every day, and for tomorrow, with modern styles that stand the test of time. That’s Life. In real time.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pulsar.  The opinions and text are all mine.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Style With Fabkids

recently the Blushing Basics fam took a trip to Oregon and while we were there we enjoyed all that the Oregon coast has to offer. this gorgeous picture above captured a perfect moment and a piece of my heart as i watch my little ones have fun in the ocean. for this trip we brought along the girls' new Fabkids outfits which were the black and white striped dresses with black leggings.

for those of you who are new to the Fabkids scene it is an online clothing shop for kids that offers outfits delivered to your door monthly or the option of shopping for outfits individually. as a mom i LOVE this site because all of the dresses are matched with coordinating leggings. let me tell you that when shopping for little girls it is so hard to find 'unders' (as my girls like to call them) that cover their legs and underwear for when they are playing. my girls adore dresses but hate that they can't play as freely as they like if they don't have something to cover up underneath. buying a dress with matching leggings is a dream come true.

i took a moment to snap a few pics of my newest acquisitions a lá Last Chance - the store of all stores. it is a store located in Arizona, the only one of its kind in the US. this is the store where Nordstrom sends its returns and they are resold. basically, a Nordstrom thriftstore as almost all items have been worn prior. i snagged this Rag & Bone tshirt for $10, my Kate Spade bag for under $100 and the Vince Camuto booties were only $15. if you ever visit AZ this is a must-stop shop.

hope you are having a great week. Friday is just around the corner.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rodan + Fields Redefine Your Skin

Rodan + Fields is a skincare brand started by the two genius brains behind Proactive, the skincare system that solved any and all acne problems. so why not put together a skincare line for aging? they mastered acne and moved on to wrinkles. i have said it before and i will say it again. they are genius.

i have used the Rodan + Fields Redefine system before and loved the results. my skin felt great, blemish free and overall improved. the one thing i didn't see a major improvement on was fine lines and wrinkles until i was introduced to the Acute Care patch that goes along with the Rodan + Fields skincare line.

the Acute Care patch is basically filler in a patch. got a wrinkle? put these patches over the wrinkle, sleep on it and wake up with smoother, plumper skin. fill a wrinkle while you sleep, no needles required. i didn't know if these would really work so i decided to test them out myself. yep, those fine lines around my eyes were diminished by morning.

so how do they work? each Acute Care patch has microscopic liquid cones that deliver hyaluronic acid and peptides to your skin making the area smoother and more youthful looking. you use the patches at night to target problem areas. visible results are typically found after just one use, however best practices recommends continually using the patches for sustained results.

my dear friend Meredith Brockington is a Rodan + Fields skincare consultant and can hook you up with some of these bad boys. 

for more information you can visit the Rodan + Fields website here.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Project Sunlight #ShareAMeal

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

while it may seem unrelated to beauty it is not unrelated to me. taking care of children and creating environments for children that are healthy and safe is important to me. for my church i volunteer time on a regular basis to teach and engage with young children and provide them with a safe place to feel love. while many children receive a loving, safe, healthy environment at home there are also many who do not.

projectSunlight by Unilever is a movement by people who are committed to creating a better future for children. it is a community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably.

with the holidays approaching i want to bring to your attention a project called #ShareAMeal. Share A Meal is a commitment to creating a world where one out of every five children is no longer faced with hunger.

check out the documentary below to get an inside look at families who are faced with the struggle of providing meals for their children. with your help, we can work together to eliminate this problem:

for more information on how to participate, join in and contribute time and talents visit please join with me in the upcoming months to work with your community in helping to feed the hungry.

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