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What’s in my cosmetic case?

January 08, 2015

I’m constantly changing my cosmetic case and what’s in it. Currently, this is what I have inside…

Cosmetic Case

Petals and Pumps

Cosmetic case:  “In Case of Emergency, Put Mascara on Yourself Before Helping Others.” I received this case from a dear friend of mine, and it’s special to me! It fits a lot (as you can see) and it’s just so cute!

Business Cards:  Yes, there are business cards in my cosmetic case! I have business cards stashed in every handbag, clutch, diaper bag and cosmetic case I have…You never know when an opportunity arises. Gotta be prepared.

Lip balm:  Eos lip balm is a MUST! I can’t help myself. And neither can my son Liam, who’s 2. When he finds the colorful egg-shaped balm, he can’t keep his little hands off of it. The lip balm is moisturizing, natural, fruity + smells good.

{ that little hand in my shot, going for the Eos lip balm! :) }

Travel size cream:  There’s always some kind of travel cream in my bag. I wash my hands a billion times a day, and this ‘Ultra Repair Cream’ is perfect for nourishing my hands throughout the day.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Eye Liner:  I had given up on eyeliner until this one came into my life! The colors are beautiful. They are so creamy + easy to apply. They are truly bulletproof. And I’m starting to hoard these! » shown in “Lucky Penny.”

Amazonian Clay Blush:  Tarte is one of my favorite brands. And in my opinion, they have the best blush. This brand is built upon offering non-toxic, eco-friendly beauty products, that deliver! » shown in “Blissful.”

Chubby Shadow Stick:  Because you never know when you need a little touch-up! This one is neutral + has a little sparkle. So I can pop it on my lids anytime. » shown is “Bountiful Beige.”

Butter Gloss:  This lip gloss has been all over my instagram. It’s one of my new favorites, and is part of my December Beauty Round Up Series » see post here. » shown in “I Believe.”

Highlighter:  Obsessed with a couple of highlighters…this is one of them! This is what I love about it:  It’s soft glow, creamy texture + beautiful “dewy” appearance to the skin.

Marc Jacobs Spray Pen:  The perfect fragrance + size to pop into your bag. Because who doesn’t need an extra spray throughout the day?! ‘Daisy Eau So Fresh,’ is flirty, fruity, fresh + a little musky all at the same time. One of my faves!

Sample Size Mascara:  Admittedly, this is not my favorite mascara. But I keep little ones like this handy for touch-ups, or in case I left my house without mascara on. I hate when that happens.

Naked Lip gloss:  This is my first and only lip gloss by urban decay. But it won’t be my last! I really like the color + the way it looks and feels on my lips. It’s conditioning, long-wear formula is great. » shown in “Sesso.” a shimmery-rose shade. Part of the “On The Run” palette.


Thanks for reading! Chat soon!


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May 04, 2012

Plain and Simple- Retinol, reverses the damage that has been done to your skin, and continues to deliver powerful results to prevent new or worsening damage. Retinol is key to any treatment regimen you may have. It helps improve the appearance of post-acne scarring, fine lines, dull complexion and sun/blemish dark spots.
Anyone who loves the idea of an anti-aging product and wants healthy, radiant-looking skin (who wouldn’t?!)…consider adding retinol to your beauty routine!!!

I use a product by Neutrogena Dermatologics, available exclusively at QVC. I’m sure every woman and teen is familiar with the trusted Neutrogena brand, right? Well, the Dermatologics line pumps it up with their Retinol NX Concentrated Serum!
I finally found a GENTLE (because we all know how harsh these retinol treatments can be), light-weight, and EFFECTIVE…Yes, I said it…EFFECTIVE retinol serum! Whoop-Whoop!!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to alter your whole skin care regimen just to add a retinol. You can simply apply it to clean skin and then put your favorite moisturizer/treatment on top (this retinol is safe to use day or night). I like to use it just once a day, usually at night. But if you choose to use yours during the day don’t forget to APPLY SPF (you should be applying SPF everyday, I’m just sayin’)!!!

Retinol treatments are not cheap! However, this 1.7 oz. bottle lasts me about 3 1/2 months (using it mostly once a day), and costs $79.00. If you know how much retinol treatments could cost…this is considered a good bargain!
Luminosity is a beautiful word isn’t it? Get this product and you’ll see the — luminosity come from within!!
Correct and Protect with Retinol,
Protect what you Correct with SPF!  :)



What’s all the Fuss About Argan Oil?

April 24, 2012

Argan Oil is extracted from a seed of the Argan tree, native to Morocco. This is an all natural, organic & chemical-free oil that can be used from head to toe, literally! Argan Oil, is high in vitamin C and essential fatty acids, light-weight, fast absorbing and non-greasy. Perrrrfect!

This powerhouse beauty product is great for:
Dry Skin & Cuticles
Healing Acne & Scars
Minimizing Fine Lines
Split Ends & Fly-Aways
ATTENTION: Moms-to-be…It can even be used during pregnancy to reduce the appearance of stretch marks! And on those precious baby bum’s too.

Told ya, it was a powerhouse beauty product, right?!

I first heard about this product from Supermodel, Josie Maran, while I was watching QVC.com (my trusty source for all things beauty). Then, I think, all the Argan Oil hype started. I see products and information about Argan Oil all over the place now. Maran, started her own cosmetic line called, Josie Maran Cosmetics. I really trust in Josie’s products & I really appreciate that everything she carries is made with Argan Oil and is natural, organic, and comes STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE! And with this product below, is how it all started…


This is an amazeing multi-tasking beauty product!


{This short clip from Maran’s website, shows the processing of the Argan Oil, in Morocco.}
Josie Maran’s line includes moisturizers, SPF, cleansers, mascara, body butter, foundation and MORE!
You can buy Josie Maran’s Argan Oil products at:
This is a product worth checking out, reading about and TRYING! We can all use a powerhouse product like this!
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Sunday Night Beauty

April 22, 2012

For me, Sunday is the day I take the time out for some pampering at home! It’s the end of the week, and a great way to start the new week off… so why not get those face scrubs and masks out!
These are a few of my favorite things…”

The Clarisonic: Using the Clarisonic is the fist step to every skin care regimen I have. The Clarisonic is a sonic face & body cleansing brush. Once you clean your skin with sonic technology, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! Cleaning your skin with just your hands or a washcloth is OLD NEWS! This cleansing brush deep cleans your pores, clears break-outs faster, and leaves your skin glowing and ooh-so soft. I LOVE IT! I got mine on QVC.com. And best of all, if you buy it on QVC, you can get it cheaper than retail price! And they generally offer an “easy-pay” option. Currently, the featured price listed on QVC is – $216.48, with an easy pay offer of 3 installments of $72.16 a month (not including S&H). Otherwise, you may choose to buy yours straight from the Clarisonic website at, http://www.clarisonic.com/, or you can also find it at the Nordstrom department stores.

This is what mine looks like ↓

After I cleanse my face, I use a good face scrub. I use a two-step resurfacing “peel” called, The Microdelivery Peel by, Philosophy. The kit includes the vitamin C/peptide crystals and the lactic/salicylic acid activating gel. The crystals help to resurface and rejuvenate the skin, at the same time infusing the skin with vitamin C and peptides, which help with skin tone and reducing fine lines. The kit is gentle enough to use up to 2 times a week. You can buy this on Philosophy‘s website, at Nordstrom department stores, and on QVC.com.
The two-step skin care kit –
After the peel, I use a mask. I have several different masks to choose from. But my decision is based on my skin’s need. If I feel like I need a bit more radiance/oxygen to my skin then I go for, the Peter Thomas Roth Radiance Oxygenating Masque. This guy is pricey but is packed with benefits! This mask is for those of us who need more brighter, clearer and hydrated skin. This 3.4 fl oz. is priced at $50.00, but lasts a LONG time because you only use it 1-2 times per week. Again, you can buy this on the Peter Thomas Roth website, and Nordstrom department stores.
Lastly, If my skin is feeling congested I will use a mask by Kiehl’s called, Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque. This is great to use if you need to minimize and unclog your pores. This product is made with Amazonian white clay, which acts like a magnet to draw out all the dirt and yucky stuff that clogs the skin. This mask is $23.00, and you can buy it at Kiehl’s, Amazon.com ( I found it for $21.85), and Nordstrom department stores.
So I hope you reserve a day for beauty…you DESERVE to put your best face forward, and pamper yourself!!
Tell me what products work for you!
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