February 5, 2015

top 5 eye creams


People will often ask me when they should start using an eye cream. I say..."NOW!" Whatever age you are. Use it. Adding that touch of moisture around your eye is what is going to help decrease the sign of aging, reduce the appearance of dark circles and in some cases...help your makeup go on cleaner.

So here we go...my faves.

When I look for an eye cream, I look for one that tightens (for night time) but mostly one that moisturizes without feeling greasy.

1. Arbonne's FC5 Hydrating Eye Cream. I am head over heels for this one. I use it in the morning before I apply my makeup. A tiny bit goes a long ways. It absorbs great, doesn't feel greasy and smells awesome too! 
2. Arbonne RE9 Corrective Eye Cream. This is an ultra firming, anti-aging/wrinkle eye cream. Super effective, great for night time.
3. The Body Shop's Vitamin E Eye Cream. This was my all-time favorite for years before I found the Arbonne one. Its really moisturizing, effective and soothing.
4. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. This is refreshing, super rich and moisturizing. I love that it has avocado oil in it. 
5. Dermalogica's Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum. I feel like this is more of a treatment for your eyes. Super intense, highly effective and a great anti-aging product.

January 29, 2015

greek yogurt facial mask

So, here's the deal. Its been a rough month. Lots going on. I hate that the blog gets neglected but it does and I'm sorry. 

I'm hoping to hop back on the Monday, Wed, Friday posts so here we go....

Greek Yogurt Mask

2 TB plain greek yogurt
1 TB honey

Apply with finger or cotton pad, let set for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.

This mask is super conditioning and hydrating. It works best when it is cold. Yogurt naturally helps hydrate and soothe the skin. This is also great on a a sunburn! :)

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

December 31, 2014

my 2015 resolutions

I'm sure I've mentioned it before but I'm not the biggest "resolutions" person....I usually try to pick just one big thing to work on, but seeing how I've hit the big 30 mark in life, feeling inspired and motivated and fee like this is gonna be a great year, I decided to take the plunge and share with you my 5 goals for 2015.

1. Let it go, let it go.....

Yep, I wanna watch Frozen everyday. Kidding. I've decided to let some things go this year. Nothing in particular but more on a day to day basis. Its important for me to remember that I don't have to do EVERYTHING, I don't have to make EVERYTHING PERFECT and I don't have to do something unless it ultimately makes me happy. 

2. Reach out...

I really want to make sure I'm doing a lot of service in the community this year and in my home as well. I'm not planning on anything miraculous or life-changing, just something simple, kind and special will do.

3. Be a better mom and wife...

This is a big one and really is a daily task. Somethings I want to work on is spending more of my time and effort in what is actually important. Prioritize. Play more with my kids, be creative, be positive with them, tell them I love them more...and same goes with the husband.

4. Stay healthy and fit...

This is always on my list and usually the easiest one to keep. I'd like to set some crazy goal of losing 10 pounds, lifting more weight etc...but in reality, I'm happy to just get up, fit in a workout and eat some healthy stuff.

5. Read more educational books....

I love to learn and I love to read. So why not combine the two? This is kinda a random one but I really would like to read more non-fiction this year. Learn something new, expand my horizons...if you will.

So there we have it. Do you make resolutions? Share one with me! :)

December 12, 2014

friday five: gift guide edition

Since it's prime Christmas shopping-time, I wanted to share with your some great gift ideas for my friday five...

Here we go....

I know these are a pretty penny but TRUST ME...worth every one. If you have someone you really, really like and want to spoil them to bits...this is a winner!

I know it seems too easy but really...who doesn't LOVE an awesome cup of cocoa. This is the brand I grew up on and love it. All kinds of flavors too. Perfect for neighbors, teachers, friends....

3. Snuggly blanket

I got a blanket a while back from my sister in law and its my go-to blanket for movie watching, snuggle fests, etc. :) A gift outta the box but a good one!

4. Jamberry Nails

I tried these out a month or so ago because I thought why not? And I fell very much in love! Easy to apply, last weeks and have the cutest, cutest styles! Great for stockings or for a girlfriend. Love these!

I know this one is kinda outta the "box" as well (he he), but considering how awesome these subscription boxes are I think it makes a GREAT gift. And POPSUGAR is offering 10% to my readers for a 3-month subscription. (link HERE, enter code DEC14SELECT). 
I'm a huge fan of these and everything I get in them is wearable, fun and super fancy. Plus, its the gift that keeps on giving for the whole year! 

**POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.**

December 10, 2014

beautiful holiday look

This is one of my favorite holiday looks. Its super pretty, perfect for the night-life and of course....very simple! 

And The Beauty Department made it easy for me because I don't have to write too much out! ;) 

A stunning alternative to the smoky eye!

But! Here are a couple tips...

1. Make sure your black eye liner is not cheap and it waterproof, this will help it not transfer or smudge. ( I love Urban Decay's 24 hour liners)
2. Apply a primer before you start! It will help the black color and the glitter stay.
3. You can use any sparkly color you want! A green, copper or silver would be pretty too.
4. Switch out the thick liner for a black shadow (I love MAC's Carbon)

Let me know if you try this look and how you like it! 

December 7, 2014

november favorites

I realized that I haven't done one of these in months! I gotta get back at it...sheesh. So here ya go, November favorites.

1. Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I've raved about it before and I'll keep doing it! Perfect for your everyday simple looks to your night time pretty looks! LOVE!

2. Deep Blue Rub by doTerra because it saved my aching neck and smells awesome, works great.

3. The Body Shop's body butter in Mango. Smells great. Helps my superly horrible winter dry skin. Smells great. 'Nuff said.

4. Real Techniques Buffing brush. My go-to blush brush. I love this brand.

5. Tarte lipgloss in Visionary. Perfect pink-nude-peach color, goes with everything!

There we have it! I'm hoping to compile my 2014 list of favorites for ya here soon. 
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! 

December 4, 2014

Starfish Project 12 Days of Christmas Sale

The more I've come to know the Starfist Project, the more I am in love with this company. They are doing a 12 Days of Christmas Sale on their site ($25 off your purchase...see side bar for link) and here are the details...

12 Days of Christmas:
1. A Starfish being set free. For the next 12 days we are going to highlight different aspects of Starfish Project while we also offer you $25 back on an order of over $100 and free shipping on orders over $75. Merry Christmas from the Starfish Team.
2. Two manly men. At Starfish Project we value the men who work for, volunteer with and support seeing women restored to hope. Women in exploitation is not just a women's issue and these men affirm that with all they invest into Starfish Project.
3. Three branches growing. Three branches have developed in three different cities in Asia, with the jewelry business providing women with meaningful employment in a safe and supportive environment.
4. Four babies burping. This year in Starfish we have seen 4 new babies added to our family. We are so happy that these babies are going to grow up in supportive families that value each of them and that they have a future full of love.
5. Five pots of coffee! Yes sometimes the 10 to 18 hour days we get caught up in results in lots of cups of coffee.
6. Six cultures mixing. This past year, Starfish has taken in, assisted and been able to offer employment to 6 women from other countries.
7. Seven lines of jewelry. Since we have started, we have produced seven catalogs.
8. Eight years in service. Eight years ago a group of friends, compelled by deep desire to love and serve women trapped in sexual exploitation, decided to do something about it and Starfish Project was born.
9. Nine nations helping. We have people from all over the world working to see hope restored to this global problem. This year we have had people from US, Australia, UK, China, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Canada, Brazil.
10. Ten women promoted. We are so happy to see that the vocational training and mentoring helps these women take on new tasks they never thought they could do. They put so much effort and love into what they do it really reaps its benefits.
11. Eleven students computing. We love to see how the women are so confident at the end of these courses. Some of them have never used a computer before in their lives.
12. Twelve Months Celebrating. We celebrate every time a woman starts a new life in Starfish Project. We celebrate each woman's birthday and milestone. We celebrate because hope is being restored and women are finding true freedom in their lives. Merry Christmas.