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October 07, 2015

Tips & Tricks: The Key to Thicker, Fuller Hair with Women's ROGAINE® Foam

Thinning hair and hair loss caused by hereditary hair loss is a real, common concern that 1 in 3 women will notice in their lifetime. It can begin as early as your 20's which is around the time I noticed my hair becoming thinner. Most people lose between 50 - 100 hairs a day, which is normal hair loss. A loss of 150 hairs a day is considered significant hair loss. Having baby fine hair that is chemically processed I am always searching for ways to make my hair appear voluminous. I will be sharing my tips and tricks for how I add volume and thickness to my fine hair. Most importantly though is addressing the root of the problem. Left untreated hair loss can become progressively worse, so I want to get a jump on treating it!
Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is the first and only FDA-approved once daily treatment with 5% minoxidil proven to regrow hair. The key to managing hereditary hair loss is treating it at the earliest signs with Women’s ROGAINE® Foam, which is clinically proven to regrow hair in 81%* of women with new hairs growing in up to 48%** thicker than before.

Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is easy to apply just once a day and can be used both morning or evening. Only a small amount is needed. I was pleased that both chemically processed and color treated hair can use it. Best results are expected to be seen in 12-24 weeks, like anything it takes time. I have a 4 month supply that I am currently using daily and I will report back with my results. I am optimistic that it will help with re-growth and offset some of the breakage I have been experiencing.

Keep Reading for More Tips to get Thicker Fuller Hair!

October 04, 2015

SOAP & GLORY lands at Ulta with Free Gift!

SOAP & GLORY has landed at ULTA! You can now get down and flirty with all of Soap & Glory's fab-stuff in person. Starting today October 4th, the first 5,000 people to spend $25 at ULTA will get a free Soap & Glory gift! I have this cute little set to share today and it is one you will not want to miss out on. Plus who doesn't spend over $25 at ULTA?
This fabulous freesome features take-me-anywhere sizes of S&G's award winning duo - The Righteous Butter Body Butter and Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel. Plus Puck the Duck, the marvelous mascot that you would be quackers if you didn't want makes an appearance too. There is also a 15% off coupon code to save on your next Soap & Glory purchase.
This is such a cute travel/gift set! I reviewed The Righteous Body Butter HERE. It is the most incredibly hydrating body moisturizer and the most incredible smelling too! I am happy to have a small size to keep in my handbag and for traveling.

Clean on Me Shower Gel is the perfect clarifying product that leaves your skin feeling luxuriously soft & smooth. Its alluring scent of Soap & Glory's signature Original Pink Fragrance combines fresh bergamot, mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, and soft musk & amber base notes for skin that is blissfully clean and silky-soft.

Definitely check out this promotion while it lasts and good luck to being one of the lucky few (or 5,000!) to score this amazing free gift from Ulta and SOAP & GLORY.

sample provided for review consideration

September 28, 2015

Colourpop Ultra-Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

I missed out on the debut of the Colourpop Ultra-Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick the first time around and it was a long and painful wait! I purchased 6 shades to try when they re-stocked and they are exactly what they say, An Ultra-Matte liquid lipstick. I have had nothing but raves over Colourpop but my thoughts were mixed on these. Some I loved, some I liked, and some were a definite No. It really comes down to finding suitable colors and if you actually like a flat out matte lip.

Colourpop Ultra-Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick ($6)
This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips smoothly and leaves SUPER intense pigment-rich colour with a bold, ultra matte look. It’s very long wearing and completely kiss proof!

Keep Reading for Ultra-Matte Lip Review & Lip Swatches

September 23, 2015

My At-Home Spa Night Pampering Routine with Caress® Daily Silk™

This post is sponsored by Unilever

One indulgence I make time for each week is an at-home spa night. A couple evening hours of pampering that will make you feel unapologetically feminine. Life stresses, hectic schedules, and gloomy skylines all but slip away when you offer yourself up the luxury of relaxation. While the products I use change by need the routine usually does not. Here is how I like to have a weekly pampering night that will leave you feeling fabulous and renewed by the end of it.

A proper spa atmosphere is not complete with out a scented candle. Everything is more satisfying in candlelight. I light up a comforting warm sweet vanilla scent.

Add one part favorite drink to the mix. Go healthy with a green smoothie, wind down with some white wine, or relax with a cup of detoxifying tea - whatever beverage suits your mood. I enjoy making my own refreshing spa water by combining ice-cold purified water infused with slices of cucumber. After finishing the hydrating drink save the cucumbers for a rejuvenating eye mask.
Mani/Pedi time. Rarely do I visit the salon any more to get a pedicure when it is so simple and cost effective to do your own. I am not exactly sure what it is about painting your nails but the process is a sure way to feel extra glamorous. No fuss barely-there pinks and dusky mauve shades are how I like to wear my nail colors on a low-key night in.

A long hot bath or shower is the heart of any pamper routine. Toss in a fizzy bath bomb, it is like champagne for your bath water.
Caress® Daily Silk™ beauty bar is excellent for shaving. The moisturizing bar soap does a wonderful job of lathering up and gives a super smooth shave. The white peach & silky orange blossom fragrance is so alluring and lingers ever so sweetly on your skin afterwards.

Exfoliating comes next. A sea salt or sugar scrub will remove any dead skin and prep your body for moisturizing agents. It is super easy to make your own straight from the kitchen too. Combine sea salt with coconut oil and a drop of essential oil and voila! Instant body scrub.

The 20-30 minutes soaking away is the perfect amount of time for doing a skin mask and deep conditioning hair treatment. I make my choice depending on what kind of TLC my skin and hair are in need of. Nothing outdoes the classic crazy green mud mask though!

No matter what I mix and match for a spa night I always end my routine with Caress® Daily Silk™. The lavishly indulgent body wash blends rich lather and sophisticated fragrances all in one for beautiful and silky smooth skin. They transform your shower routine into an everyday treat.

The fragrance cues of white peach and orange blossom are divine. I absolutely love how silky soft the Caress® Daily Silk™ body wash leaves my skin. There is no need to even reach for an after-shower body moisturizer with this body wash, it is that good!

To complete a lovely spa night I cuddle up in a fluffy robe with a good book. I add the tranquil scent of lavender in my aromatherapy diffuser to create a calm soothing environment before bedtime.
Having a pamper routine helps you to unwind, feel wonderful, and prepare for the days ahead. Plus who doesn't like to slip in to a hot bath and treat yourself to some really nice products? All of us deserve some 'me time' to relax and renew.

Treat yourself to the alluring fine fragrance of Caress® Daily Silk™ every day and feel truly irresistible. Refer to

September 21, 2015


Prepping for my upcoming Island vacation I was looking at my pale self thinking...this is not going to work! Even though it has been well in to the 90's almost all Summer sunscreen and air condition happened and I was left looking a little mismatched. Being pale doesn't bother me at all but it does increase the chances for a burn. WayTooTan caught my eye first for the quirky name and second because it is a silicone hybrid not your usual messy sprays and lotions. WayTooTan can be used anywhere! In tanning salons, indoors as a sunless product, or outdoors on the beach. It is perfect year-round and especially for those who like to tan outdoors during the spring and summer months.

WayTooTan® Dark HYBRID TANNING SILICONE™ is a premium silicone emulsion offering a rich, luxurious sensation that includes multiple natural tanning enhancers for a fast, gorgeous and deep dark tan. Potent anti-aging organic antioxidants, including grape seed extract, help protect and promote a youthful glow and enhance skin health. Sodium Hyaluronate boosts moisture instantly and fights against aging by helping maintain skin elasticity and firmness, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and leaving a radiant, smooth and silky texture.

Keep Reading for the WayTooTan Review

September 18, 2015

Beauty & The Beach: Vacation Travel Favorites

The last days of Summer means one last Vacation. I will be heading to my home away from home the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Travel packing is something I have yet to master. I am guilty of being a chronic over-packer especially with beauty items. This time around I am trying to take an only what I "need" approach along with a few items geared towards Travel. With the weather still pretty hot every where right now Summer Beauty is still going strong.

Keep Reading for My Beach Vacation Travel Favorites!

September 10, 2015

FARMACY Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask Review

Farm-grown, hand-picked botanicals define Farmacy beauty, which fuses age-old wisdom with cutting-edge technologies to create irritant-free bioactive formulations that support the skin’s own renewal and defense cycles. I really enjoyed doing this review because I was able to take photos in my own Organic Fruit & Vegetable Garden which is something I am also passionate about. The Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask is one of the first of its kind to be sold for at-home use and features the brand’s patented Echinacea GreenEnvy ingredient.
Powered By Echinacea GreenEnvy™. A unique patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™ contains the highest known concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. Echinacea GreenEnvy™ is transported only two hours to the lab, where it undergoes a cold pressing process, similar to cold pressed juices. Learn more by watching the brand's video here:

Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Masks ($24 for pack of 3) Supercharged, targeted skin solutions activated by potent, farm-fresh vegetable extracts. Coconut gel provides intensive hydration and restores the skin’s balance. Next the bio-cellulose sheet releases its complex of components to provide the skin’s surface layers with a penetrating surge of active ingredients.

The masks come in 6 specialized formulations
-Brightening (Activated by Antizyme-rich Purple Broccoli Extract)

-Deep Moisture (Activated by Vitamin C-rich Cucumber Extract)

-Soothing (Activated by Mineral-rich Kale Extract)

-Firming (Activated by Flavonoid-rich Celery Extract)
-Oil Control (Activated by Lycopene-rich Carrot Extract)
-Anti-Wrinkle (Activated by Vitamin A-rich Rhubarb Extract)
Using the Brightening Coconut Gel Mask was a true spa experience at home. I love sheet style masks like this because they provide a barrier to lock down and penetrate your skin with all of those good for your skin ingredients. The coconut gel provides intensive hydration and restores the skin’s balance, while the bio-cellulose sheet releases the complex of components to provide the skin’s surface layers with a penetrating surge of active ingredients.

The Firming Mask helps restore the appearance of radiance, moisture, and tone. Celery extract protects essential skin support fibers by helping combat the free radical activity that damages them. Celery’s high flavonoid content assists in controlling the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and the loss of skin firmness.

Oil Control Mask
Carrot extract contains lycopene, which is believed to control the over-production of sebum, helping normalize the elements that contribute to oily, problematic skin. It is also a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals.

Deep Moisture Mask
This hydrating mask reinforces the skin’s natural barrier function, leaving it super-hydrated, plumper, and smoother. Cucumber extract delivers high levels of vitamin C, which assist in helping to maintain moisture levels.

How to Use (same for all masks):
Cleanse and tone the skin. Remove the protective film from one side of the mask. Place the mask on your face and smooth over surface. There are two sides of the mask to remove. Remove the blue layer first, apply to your skin and then peel off the clear film.
The Firming mask was best suited for my skin right now so I tried it out first. How can you not love this face mask when you look this ridiculously scary in it? ;)

Leave the mask on for 20-25 minutes for the best results. Remove and gently massage excess formula into the skin. There is an abundance of Gel in these masks so I like to take the excess and apply it to the body. You get a face & body treatment in one.

A t.v. show later and my skin felt softer, tightened, with an overall brighter and clearer appearance. It felt like life was put back in to my emotionally stressed skin. Puffiness had diminished some and my makeup went on much more smoothly. The scent is vibrantly fresh and invigorating unlike the usual chemical laden scents we are used to in skincare. Farmacy Masks are the green smoothie for your face. I absolutely love how healthy my skin feels after using these masks and they are so relaxing to put on and kick back in. I have already added more to my SEPHORA wish list, Spa Night staple for sure!

The box set Farmacy sent over was quite possibly the most thoughtful and sustainable beauty package I have ever received. It arrived capsuled in this beautiful wooden box with composted Green Cell Foam. Along with the masks were a sampling of the skincare line.

I immediately put on the Lavender Mint Lip Bloom and it is divine. A soothing herb-infused balm that replenishes moisture and forms a protective barrier for smoother, softer, and fuller lips. My lips were wrecked after some matte lipstick swatching and this fixed them right up. The formula is luxuriously thick with a light taste of authentic mint and hints of lavender.

There are six different Lip Bloom flavors in all including Citrus Lemongrass, Strawberry Basil, and Apple Rosemary. They all sound sooo good how do you even choose right?

New Day gentle exfoliating grains are innovative cleansing grains that transform in to a foaming exfoliating cream with water. The Sleep Tight firming night balm gentle oil-gel night treatment tones, firms, and restores elasticity while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I am looking forward to testing both of these out. With the crisp Fall night air taking hold exfoliation and extra moisture is a must.

 Can't forget to mention all of their products are free of artificial coloring, free of formaldehyde, derived from natural ingredients, free of parabens and not tested on animals. Farmacy is a new kid on the block that has already proven itself solid. A farm to face skin care line that I feel great about using inside and out.
Farmacy is available at now and In-stores 9/18. They also just launched 9/8 on  QVC

sample provided for review consideration