October 29, 2014

5 Things to Help Improve your Skin RIGHT NOW!

I had an awesome, super fun and very girly makeup class last night. I loooooooooove teaching women about makeup, and no offense to my girls who came but sometimes I forget how little women really know about makeup and what to do with their skin! Its a win for me though----I'm totally GAME for teaching and helping in this category so today I'm sharing 5 things to improve your skin RIGHT NOW!

1. Drink more water. Hydration is CRITICAL for your skin. It was naturally gives it its glow, a clear complexion and helps fight pre-aging.

2. Get a moisturizer with at least a 20 or 30 SPF. The sun literally KILLS your skin. Literally. It damages collagen and collagen gives your skin its bounce and structure. Without that...we have wrinkles. Plus, too much sun equal sun spots...which ain't fun sista's! 

3. Rid your beauty cabinet of mineral oil, artificial fragrance and synthetic preservatives. Hey Laura, um...what? Yes, its true. Anything listed above is bad. Bad. Bad. Mineral oil lays on the top of your skin giving a dull-ness. If you turn your product around its usually listed as petroleum. Mineral oil or petroleum is actually a 2 step process from processed cling wrap...sound fun?  Artificial fragrance is a natural irritant. And synthetic preservatives are usually those last 3 or 4 ingredients listed...carbomers, parabens. Yikes!

4. Stay clear of bar soap. Yep. I'm getting picky here but ladies, bar soap will create a layer of gook on your face and is full of drying detergents. If you just HAVE to use a bar soap, try the Body Shops (I love mine!!!)

5. Be happy and stay positive. I say it on the blog all the time but people with a happy demeanor and attitude have scientifically been known to have better skin! Life is a bowl of cherries......

I know it might take some adjusting but if have nice, beautiful skin is important you then apply these steps to your regimen!!! 

October 9, 2014

mid-week facial

I gave myself a nice little facial last night and woke up with awesome-looking skin so I knew I had to push my readers to do a mid-week facial. I guess this is more of a end-of-the-mid-week facial but you get where I'm going....


Step One: Cleanse your skin with your favorite cleanser
Step Two: Exfoliate with your favorite exfoliant or get 1 tsp baking soda and mix with about 4-5 drops of water until it forms a paste. Apply to the skin the circular motions for about a minute. Always remember not to push or pull or scrub to hard. Less is more!!!!!
Step Three: Mask. Here is your mask recipe...I'm focusing on moisturizing your skin. PS. You are allergic to any of these ingredients...don't do this! :)
Honey Avocado Mask

Half an avocado
1 TB honey
1-2 TB olive oil

Add ingredients to a small bowl and mash up until mix together. Apply to the face for 10-15 minutes, rinse with cool water.

Step Four: If you have a serum, add it here. If not, apply your favorite night cream and eye cream. 
Step Five: Grab a good book and hit the hay! :)

And don't forget to enter the KeraFiber GIVEAWAY!
(in the post below)

October 7, 2014

KeraFiber GIVEAWAY

I am so excited for this Giveaway!!!

KeraFiber is a keratin based hair line that helps strengthen and thicken your hair naturally. Keratin is one of my favorite things to see in a hair products because it is what you're hair is naturally made of and over time loses its strength. Adding more keratin to your hair gives it that shine, strength and thickness you might have lost.

Win-win-win!!!

Today I'm giving away a Hair Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, PLUS an Protect and Revive Keratin + Argan Oil Hair Serum.



Sound amazing to me.

Super easy to enter below!!! Thanks and good luck!


October 6, 2014

favorite running songs

I usually listen to hip-hop and pop when I run or workout which is funny because I don't otherwise. Anything with a fun beat that will keep me moving is always a good thing, and with a fast beat to help me run FASTER! :)

Here are a few favorites as of late...

The Script---Nothing (I love these guys...)


That's it for now, more later! :)

October 1, 2014

Hear our stories. Share yours.

I love getting contacted to share something amazing. 

I'm sure we are all aware that October is Breast Cancer awareness month and I was honored to be contacted by Estee Lauder companies to share some great news about their BCA Campaign and ways you can help make the world aware and support breast cancer research.

Along with their theme "Let's Defeat Breast Cancer. We're Stronger Together" Estee Lauder companies (brands such as: Origins, Clinque, Bumble and Bumble, Bobbi Brown, Coach...) has produced special products just for breast cancer awareness and a portion of the proceeds go towards breast cancer research. I pictured some below...and man, good stuff!!! I love their products anyways but knowing it goes towards a great cause makes it all the better!



If that wasn't enough, a video has been made which is super inspiring! Made me cry. Give it a watch. More good stuff.



Visit the website above to share your story too!

September 29, 2014

good read: the light between oceans


I read a lot. And by a lot I mean a lot. I'm talking about 2 books at a time, anywhere from 4-6 books a month. Yep, nerd alert. I would start a book blog if I had the time....
I love sharing books on the blog and I know I don't as much as I'd like too but every once and a while I across one that is just so stinkin' good I can't keep it to myself and I couldn't wait to write my thoughts on this book.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

I'll do my best to keep it basic enough not to give away anything but let you in enough to spark an interest. 

Set in Australia in the 1920's (which I hope already sparks some interest) a man and wife run a lighthouse on Janus island. They can't have any children, and one day a boat with a dead man and alive baby floats onto the shore. 

They decide to keep the child and as the story unwinds, good and bad comes from the choice. Eventually life catches up to them and secrets of their private life on the island are revealed.

It is written so so so incredibly well. The author is amazing. The characters are incredible and the story itself is not only creative but written in a way that it takes you up and down, in and out and all around...in a good way. You start asking yourself what you'd do in this situation and you can't agree with one character or the other because the choices are based between love and logic. And those can get muddled sometimes. You feel for the mother but ache for the logical father. You hurt for the child but want what's best too. 

It was one of those books half way through you are thinking "If this doesn't end right, I'm going to hate this book!" but although it didn't end exactly how I wanted it to, it ended in a good way. I was more than pleased.

Loved everything about it and give it a serious 10 out of 10 for great characters, good story line, emotional connection, incredible writing and a adult novel that was clean. 

A definite must-read. Let me know if you have and what you thought of it. 

September 26, 2014

friday five

Hey! Its Friday...
ready

Accomplished. 

Here's your friday five...

1. This hair color...I'm doing it. Just you wait.
penny red

2. This kitchen. Need I say more?

FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE: French Cottage Kitchen Inspiration

3. This because THIS is my all I wear now-a-days...

Urban Decay - Naked3
4. This place...because its all I got people and I'm loving it!

5. These lips because its Fall now and I'm allowed to do this! ;)
 gorgeous makeup //click for Fall makeup resolutions! 

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!