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August 03, 2015

Summer 2015 Beauty Must-Haves with Splender

Summer is in full swing and with temperatures reaching the 90's here I have been all about a quick and easy makeup routine. Not being accustomed to such sweltering heat in Seattle I wanted to pick up a few new Summer must-have products to get me through the meltdown! I started by signing up for free with Splender. An awesome site that allows you to shop for your favorite fashion and beauty items and get paid to do it! Here's how!

Splender offers up to 40% cash back on your online purchases. There are over 800+ popular stores to choose from. What's different from some other deal sites is that you can stack coupons. For instance, 5% off sale + extra 30% off coupon + 5% cash back = big savings!

To get the cash back process started first select the store you want to shop at on the Splender site. There are a ton of retailers to choose from like SEPHORA, Nordstrom, and Ulta.


I am shopping for some new Summer beauty items from SEPHORA where it is currently 10% cash back. After selecting your items just complete your purchase on the store's website like you normally would. The store then pays Splender a commission for sending you there to shop and Splender shares that with you in the form of cash back. It is super simple and easy to use and who doesn't love saving money!

Undoubtedly a number one must-have makeup item for Summer is a contouring palette. I went with the Kat Von D Shade + Light Highlight & Contour Palette. I was very happy that despite appearing on the warm side none of the bronzers lean orange and all of the highlighters can be used on my fair cool toned skin. I will review Shade + Light in depth soon after I give it some more use!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This mascara has been my holy grail ever since it was released. With big voluminous black lashes eyeliner can be skipped completely.
COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint
When its hot out I do not like to wear face makeup, not at all not one bit. This mineral matte face tint BB Cream from COOLA will have you feeling bare faced but looking fresh faced. It provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF30 sun protection that is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. The lightly tinted matte finish formula acts similar to a makeup primer blurring imperfections and giving the skin a shine free matte finish.

Evian Brumisatuer Facial Mist
I love the face mist from Evian so much I buy a new bottle every month! Brumisateur is a must have to pack in your bag for the pool or the beach. It removes perspiration, salt, and chlorine. If you've stayed out in the rays a little too long this cooling mist soothes and rehydrates sun-burned or wind-chapped skin. I mist myself with it morning, noon, and night. A little frivolous but so refreshing!

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick is my absolute favorite lipstick formula. Creamy, light-weight, moisturizing, non-scented, and long lasting. Streak is a luscious shade of coral that I have been wearing repeatedly this Summer. It adds a subtle pop of color to a natural look and the balmy texture keeps the lips feeling supple. It is easy to forget that your lips need sun protection too. SuperGoop! Mint Fusion Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 invigorating minty lip balm hydrates, repairs, protects, and soothes. Moisturizing shea butter locks in hydration and provides a protective barrier. It has a light mint tingle with a soft shine that is perfect alone or under your favorite lip color.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (deluxe sample)
Through Splender I was able to see all of the promo codes available to use. With code PERFECTOR I received a free deluxe sample of Becca's Skin Illuminator in Opal with my order. Becca highlighters have a cult following for a reason. They know Glow. Shimmering Skin Perfector blends in to your skin looking like a glow from within, not glittery or garish. Opal is a shimmering golden opal pearl. The subtle luminosity gives a soft, natural glow.

FOREO Issa Toothbrush
At just under $200 Foreo's Issa toothbrush is a splurge you can feel good about with the 10% cash back rebate with Splender. Foreo Issa is the ultimate travel companion as it only requires one charge for 6 months and no charging dock is required. I love having this for travel over a standard toothbrush. Issa gives that extra clean feeling you can only get from an electric toothbrush. The ultra-hygienic silicone bristles are both gentle and effective and less abrasive on gums. The minimalist design and vibrant colors mean even your toothbrush can look stylish.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer (100 pt. BI Gift) + 3 Samples
Having spent over $100 I selected B&B Invisible Hair Oil Primer as my BI Insider Gift. I love the BB Invisible Oil and the primer is just as nice! The lightweight spray leavse your hair feeling conditioned and frizz-free. Protecting against breakage from heat and UV radiation it transforms even dried out salt & sea locks. The pleasant tropical fruity scent smells like a day at the beach. SEPHORA always offers 3 free samples with your order, for ine I picked Marc Jacobs Daisy, Tarte Bronzer & Blush, and a Pate Au Ginseng Mask.

Splender made shopping for my Summer beauty must-haves so much fun! Scoring a great deal on my purchases and being able to see all of the discounts available in one place was awesome. If you enjoy saving money on your beauty & fashion purchases too check out Splender! #ShopSplender

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

July 07, 2015

ScentBird July Perfume of the Month COACH Poppy


 Scentbird is a monthly perfume subscription service where for $14.95 you will receive an 8ml purse spray filled with the perfume of your choice. They feature over 350 Designer Scents with new fragrances being added all the time. Subscription boxes have sort of fell to the way side for me but not this one because it is a way to try a new scent of your choosing each month and not just a random shot in the dark subscription.
How does Scentbird work?
You will get an email with your unique gift link. Go to our site to get started:
  • TAKE OUR QUIZ- we will create a personalized recommendation of Designer scents based on your scent profile
  • PICK A PERFUME from our assortment of 350+ Designer scents. Create a queue of perfumes to try, you get to choose what you want each month
  • ENJOY Receive a luxe perfume case with the first order. Just drop in the Scentbird purse spray, twist, and you’re good to go

The perfume is about the size of a rollerball, this is enough perfume to apply twice daily for 30 days. On the first month, you will get a sleek perfume case and each month after just the perfume to put inside of it. I keep mine in my purse and from my review 6 months a go I still have some left!

As someone with allergies Scentbird has been wonderful. Having to stay far away from perfume counters I can still get new perfumes with out all that sensory overload. Having spent only $14.95 instead of nearing $100 is a lot easier to accept especially when many go unused. Who really uses up a whole bottle of perfume before moving on to the next? Not me. In my first Scentbird review I chose Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb which has become my daily scent.


New to Scentbird is this limited edition pretty pink atomizer for new subscribers. The black version is still my favorite but having the pink lets you distinguish between scents if you have more than one. Extra Cases cost $12.95.

Scentbird allows you to que your perfumes for each month but if you opt not to make a selection the perfume of the month will be selected for you. For July it is Coach Poppy.

COACH Poppy is a youthful and spirited fragrance, the initial spray of this fruity-floral scent delights with bright cucumber flower petals, juicy mandarin, and the sparkling freshness of bright baby freesia buds. In the heart notes, a lush bouquet comes forward, including petally jasmine, pink water lily, Southern gardenia, and the petals of red candied rose.

Poppy is a bright, fun, Summery scent that I know I will be 'popping' on all Summer long. Scentbird gives you enough to see how the scent wears for a full month making it easy to decide if the fragrance is one you would want to purchase a full bottle of. If the scent is a NO it's easy to toss or gift them away and refill with next months choice. I love being able to try scents this way! It is an affordable way to switch scents by mood or season and avoid the perfume graveyard!

Check out Scentbird.com and get 25% off your subscription through my link HERE.

sample provided for review consideration

TRIA Laser 4x Update & Reader Promo Code


The awesome people over at TRIA beauty are giving my readers a special discount on the Tria Laser 4x! You will get 10% off your purchase of the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X + complimentary beach bag + complimentary Tria sunscreen + $25 Tria Gift Card for your next purchase. An added value of $160! It will only be valid from July 1st - July 14th.

Use PROMO CODE: VIPBLOGGER

You can read my initial review of the Tria Laser 4x HERE. I am about 2 months in now and am very pleased with the results so far. Every area that I have treated is either lessening or has slowed in growth (treating on level 4-5 weekly) I will be updating with my final results at the 3 month mark. So far the Tria 4x has proven to be one great little beauty gadget!

Go to triabeauty.com through this link to use this special reader promo code

June 22, 2015

T3 Twirl 360 Motion-Sensing Curling Iron Review & Giveaway

T3 Twirl 360 Motion-Sensing 1 1/25 Curling Iron is a groundbreaking curling iron that senses the movement of your hand and rotates in the desired direction for uniform, shiny, long-lasting curls and waves.  For something that uses gyroscopic digital technology used in aviation, space exploration, and other hi-tech applications you might think this is one complicated curling iron! It is actually one of the simplest and easy to use hair tools I have tried. Most importantly though it makes for a good hair day full of naturally beautiful curls.

Keep Reading for the T3 Review and to Enter the Giveaway!

June 17, 2015

Saving for Summer with Walmart Family Mobile

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Save4Summer #CollectiveBias

With all of the unusually warm weather we have been having here I am in full on Summer mode. With beach vacations, road trips, and lots of concerts on the agenda over the next few months saving money is going to be a necessity. The lowest price unlimited plans with Walmart Family Mobile are a great way to start!

Keep Reading for How I Save4Summer with Walmart Family Mobile

June 06, 2015

SOAP & GLORY Bath and Body Review

If you haven't heard SOAP & GLORY is moving! They now can be found at dermstore, beauty.com, and skinstore.com. Along with the move comes new lower prices but the same great products. I've been a Soap & Glory fan for some time now. The packaging is the cutest and I love their "sexy mother pucker" line. S&G kindly sent me a sampling of their bath and body products to review including the infamous The Righteous Butter. Customized with my name on the label! They are just ON with the details :) All three of these products will get your skin in tip top shape for Summer!

The Righeous Butter ($15)
Award winning body butter with softening shea butter and aloe vera. Smooth on a handful after your shower and you might swear you're wearing velvet. Scented with our Original Pink™ fragrance. This body moisturizer is luxuriously thick and leaves your skin super silky and moisturized. The scent is prominent, but it smells of roses which I love. There is no wonder why a jar of this is sold every 20 seconds in the UK, just a lovely lovely body butter that leaves your skin feeling and smelling gorgeous. Something about this pink packaging and floral scent that reminds me of something my Grandma would of had on her vanity in the 50's, it has such a classy vintage appeal.

Flake Away Body Polish ($15)
A superhero strength skin smoothing body polish with shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar. Transforms your scaly legs from reptilian to radiant. Scented with our Original Pink™ fragrance.

Flake Away really is the super hero of body scrubs. It roughs away dead skin AND moisturizes all in one. This also has that glorious fresh floral rose scent that S&G is known for, your bathroom will smell amazing after a shower! Flake away completely tackles any rough patches with the salt and sugar scrub mix. After I use this there really is no need for moisturizer at all, the skin is sooo soft and silky feeling. Excellent to use before applying fake tan too.

Sit Tight Super Intense 4-D ($24.99)
SIT TIGHT™ SUPER-INTENSE 4-D is a lower body firming and smoothing serum that helps fight those areas we love to hate! With a unique ingredient mix, including new PINKPEPPERSLIM-LIPO-FB™, PRESSOCAPSULAR™ FIRM-PLUS, D.TOXYBOOST™, PUFFDRAIN™ 82 and FIRMIGEN™ CAFFEINE COMPLEX. Also features our CIRCU-360™ triball massage applicator which massages skin around the thighs, hips and bottom and promotes body smoothing and conditioning. Skin feels firmer in 14 days (results of independent user trial on 54 people).

I've become obsessed with firming/stretch mark/cellulite creams lately. The firming effect they have on the skin overall makes them a lot more beneficial than just a regular moisturizer. Sit Tight is a gel serum that goes on cool and light while drying quickly with out any sticky residue. As the serum works its magic skin is noticeably firmer with diminished cellulite, everything just looks more smoothed out. Unique to this cream is that the caffeine spheres are released when you sit on them. The warming sensation is certainly noticeable when you do, kind of like an icy hot feel. Will this get rid of cellulite? Doubt it, but it does visibly smooth and firm the skin when in use. Sit Tight is something I would use before a beach vacation or short shorts weather. At 86 Degrees today I think I'll be Sitting Tight :)

Check out more from SOAP&GLORY at dermstore, beauty.com and skinstore.com as of May!

samples provided for review consideration

June 02, 2015

Beach Waves with John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Collection

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
 #MyBeachBlonde #CollectiveBias
Effortlessly undone and carefree beachy waves have become the quintessential Summer hair style. I am so on board with this trend because it is not meant to look perfect and perfect hair is something I can never achieve. Having baby fine textured hair most of the styles I try fall out or frizz away. That was until I learned the importance of using the right products for the style you want to create. John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Collection products allow you to achieve piecey perfection, windblown waves, and tousled texture, even if you have fussy hair like I do!

Because land dwelling Pisces Fish want Beachy Waves too.

Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray and John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Collection Beach Blonde™ Cool Dip™ Shampoo & Beach Blonde™ Smooth Seas™ Conditioner

Having been a long time user of the John Frieda® Sheer Blonde line I was really looking forward to trying the Beach Blonde™ Collection. They just know how to do products for blondes. Not a blonde? No problem! Women of all hair colors can use these products. It's perfect for both blondes and brunettes.
The scent of the Beach Blonde™ Collection Cool Dip™ Shampoo & Smooth Seas™ Conditioner is a gorgeous one. Both have an invigorating fresh mint scent that enlivens the senses like a beach breeze. Cool Dip™ Shampoo detoxifies and removes impurities leaving hair feeling clean with a weightless volume. Smooth Seas™ Conditioner nourishes and moisturizes your ends while keeping them tangle free and ready to style. Having fine hair I love that these products don't weigh my hair down or load them up with product.

I am so happy that they brought back the John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray! It was one of my favorite styling products years ago. The spray is infused with natural sea salt that texturizes for perfectly undone tousled styles. It really helps to set your waves and add a piecey definition to the hair. It also has the most captivating coconut scent! You'll feel like you are on a Caribbean vacation every time you use it.

To create a beachy waves hair style I begin by washing my hair with the Beach Blonde™ Cool Dip™ Shampoo & Beach Blonde™ Smooth Seas™ Conditioner. Drying to almost all the way dry and then adding in some 20 inch length hair extension. Some times you've got to cheat to get Mermaid hair!
Adding a light spritz of the Sea Salt Spray on to dry hair beforehand will help to hold your curls. Taking 1-2 inch pieces with a 1.25” Curling Iron
I worked my way around my hair in sections curling away from the face leaving the ends out. This is just to add some body to the hair. Let hair cool 5 minutes before tousling if your hair doesn't hold curl well like mine.
Using a 1 inch curling wand wrap random pieces alternating towards and away from the face. Really there is no one way of doing these kind of waves just as long as it looks lived in and not too done.
To set these effortless waves I finished up with six or so sprays more of John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray concentrating it through the ends. I love that this spray has a matte finish. It doesn't look or feel greasy on the hair and that tropical scent is island life.
Give it a good scrunch and tousle through with your fingers...or with the heat protective glove ;)  
Waves look courtesy of a day spent at the Beach styled by Salt & Sea even if it really was only 15 minutes spent curling our hair in the bathroom listening to Florence & The Machine "How Big How Blue How Beautiful". Ah wishful thinking!
Hours later and waves were still going strong. Having hair that falls flat in what seems like seconds (Even though I have naturally curly hair, what is up with that?) Having a style hold up for more than 20 minutes is a real accomplishment! John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray you are some kind of miracle potion.

I picked up my John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray and John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Shampoo and Conditioner at my local Walmart in the Hair Care aisle. You may also find it on a special end cap.

John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products will absolutely be coming along with me to beach vacations and to festivals this Summer. With the right products and techniques even us hair challenged can achieve those sought after Summer hair styles.

Be sure to check out John Frieda® on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more hair tips and tutorials. Have you tried the John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Collection? I'd love to hear your favorite!