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Dry Shampoo is one of my met have products, especially for summer! Here are my tips on how to use it and my fave pics. 

Dry Shampoo is one of my met have products, especially for summer! Here are my tips on how to use it and my fave pics. 

Loving my mani! #RowrRowr

Loving my mani! #RowrRowr

Maybelline Great Lash in Color!

I have been looking for this stuff everywhere, and it finally landed itself in my local Target. I picked up the Pop of Purple, and as you can see, it only gives a hint of color to my naturally black lashes. It is a fun and subtle twist to my eye makeup, and I will be picking up the teal right away. I am not a huge fan of Great Lash, so today a applied a coat over my LashFood mascara and I like the look much better. Check back to see a swatch of the teal!

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

I have to share this lovely bit of lip heaven before Summer ends and all things pink and juicy get put away until next year. 

Not sure why I haven’t ever noticed these cute little lip crayons before and I wish I had had it sooner. It’s a lightweight lip stain, that packs a full color punch while giving your lips a super glossy shine. The slide up crayon style stain has a slightly minty smell, feels light as a feather and is so smooth, not sticky or drying either. After a couple hours, the glossy balm wears off and what’s left is a slightly opaque stain of beautiful pigment. After about six hours, without reapplying, I looked like I had enjoyed a pink Popsicle. 

L-O-V-E this. This color is Sweetheart/Valentine. Will buy some fall colors ASAP.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

I have to share this lovely bit of lip heaven before Summer ends and all things pink and juicy get put away until next year.

Not sure why I haven’t ever noticed these cute little lip crayons before and I wish I had had it sooner. It’s a lightweight lip stain, that packs a full color punch while giving your lips a super glossy shine. The slide up crayon style stain has a slightly minty smell, feels light as a feather and is so smooth, not sticky or drying either. After a couple hours, the glossy balm wears off and what’s left is a slightly opaque stain of beautiful pigment. After about six hours, without reapplying, I looked like I had enjoyed a pink Popsicle.

L-O-V-E this. This color is Sweetheart/Valentine. Will buy some fall colors ASAP.

Strawberry Pie Sunday
So yesterday, my Hubby and I were hanging out at home and got a craving for something sweet and homemade. I went through my fridge and found (almost) enough ingredients for a Strawberry Pie! I would have liked more strawberries, but it just left more room for extra whipped cream, yum!
Here’s how I made this beautiful and easy treat:
Ingredients:
1 premade pie crust
2 lbs of fresh strawberries (I only had one, hence the empty pie)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 tbs. (maybe a little more) cornstarch
pinch of salt
2 tbs butter
Directions:
Press pie crust into pan, fold over and flute edges. Prick side and bottom with a fork and bake according to directions.
Meanwhile, in large sauce pan, combine 1 1/2 cups of the berries, along with the water and sugar. My berries were really large, so I cut the first 1 1/2 into quarters and the remaining into halves.
Heat until until boiling then cook 2-3 minutes. The berries should be soft enough to sort of mash with the back of your spoon.
Next, make a slurry out of the cornstarch by combining it with just a splash of water and mixing it with a fork. Next, whisk it into the strawberry sauce mixture, blending it thoroughly. Cook until it is clear and red, not cloudy from the cornstarch. You want it to look like a thick strawberry syrup, so add more cornstarch slurry if it isn’t thickening.
Add the salt, and the remaining berries, stir till everything is really coated. Take it off the heat and add the butter, stirring it to melt.
Now pour the entire mixture into your already baked pie crust. Let it cool on the counter for awhile, then put in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Top it off with Cool Whip and try not to eat it all at once!
This is very loosely adapted from a low carb berry pie I make from about.com.

Strawberry Pie Sunday

So yesterday, my Hubby and I were hanging out at home and got a craving for something sweet and homemade. I went through my fridge and found (almost) enough ingredients for a Strawberry Pie! I would have liked more strawberries, but it just left more room for extra whipped cream, yum!

Here’s how I made this beautiful and easy treat:

Ingredients:

1 premade pie crust

2 lbs of fresh strawberries (I only had one, hence the empty pie)

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

4 tbs. (maybe a little more) cornstarch

pinch of salt

2 tbs butter

Directions:

Press pie crust into pan, fold over and flute edges. Prick side and bottom with a fork and bake according to directions.

Meanwhile, in large sauce pan, combine 1 1/2 cups of the berries, along with the water and sugar. My berries were really large, so I cut the first 1 1/2 into quarters and the remaining into halves.

Heat until until boiling then cook 2-3 minutes. The berries should be soft enough to sort of mash with the back of your spoon.

Next, make a slurry out of the cornstarch by combining it with just a splash of water and mixing it with a fork. Next, whisk it into the strawberry sauce mixture, blending it thoroughly. Cook until it is clear and red, not cloudy from the cornstarch. You want it to look like a thick strawberry syrup, so add more cornstarch slurry if it isn’t thickening.

Add the salt, and the remaining berries, stir till everything is really coated. Take it off the heat and add the butter, stirring it to melt.

Now pour the entire mixture into your already baked pie crust. Let it cool on the counter for awhile, then put in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Top it off with Cool Whip and try not to eat it all at once!

This is very loosely adapted from a low carb berry pie I make from about.com.


Lily B Skincare, July Bloom Ambassador Box
Being 29, I am definitely starting to look into skin care that has that dreaded word “aging” in the title, but I also want to see “anti”, of course.
Lily B has created a line of products for the 20-something who needs a little more from her skincare but isn’t ready for the super rich, super heavy traditional creams and serums.
I had the pleasure of trying the Lily B Multi-Action Rescue Ultra Eye Cream and the Red Tea Defense Booster Hydrating Serum. 
The eye cream is wow! Instantly I felt the cream refreshing and tightening the skin under and around my eyes. After a couple weeks use, I also see the results, less dark circles and smoother looking as well.
A couple years ago, I had asked an aesthetician how I could keep the skin above my eyes looking young. She said that’s what eye lifts are for, you can’t put cream there because it will get in your eyes. That sounded ridiculous to me, so I tried putting my eye cream on top as well. I am here to tell you, never, ever has it gotten in my eye, or blurred my contacts or anything else negative. Here is how I apply it:

It’s so easy to apply, 1 pump is enough for both eyes. After dotting it on, lightly pat it in with your ring finger. I love how this cream feels rich at first, but absorbs instantly, leaving my my eyes refreshed and soft.
Now onto the serum. So light, it feels like water. Super water. It’s chock full of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, so my skin was protected and hydrated. I didn’t need another moisturizer on top, but if you are dryer you may need to. I love that I get super antioxidants and hydration in one light step. Perfection.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Lily B line, you can check it out at Bloom here. 

Lily B Skincare, July Bloom Ambassador Box

Being 29, I am definitely starting to look into skin care that has that dreaded word “aging” in the title, but I also want to see “anti”, of course.

Lily B has created a line of products for the 20-something who needs a little more from her skincare but isn’t ready for the super rich, super heavy traditional creams and serums.

I had the pleasure of trying the Lily B Multi-Action Rescue Ultra Eye Cream and the Red Tea Defense Booster Hydrating Serum. 

The eye cream is wow! Instantly I felt the cream refreshing and tightening the skin under and around my eyes. After a couple weeks use, I also see the results, less dark circles and smoother looking as well.

A couple years ago, I had asked an aesthetician how I could keep the skin above my eyes looking young. She said that’s what eye lifts are for, you can’t put cream there because it will get in your eyes. That sounded ridiculous to me, so I tried putting my eye cream on top as well. I am here to tell you, never, ever has it gotten in my eye, or blurred my contacts or anything else negative. Here is how I apply it:

lily b eye cream

It’s so easy to apply, 1 pump is enough for both eyes. After dotting it on, lightly pat it in with your ring finger. I love how this cream feels rich at first, but absorbs instantly, leaving my my eyes refreshed and soft.

Now onto the serum. So light, it feels like water. Super water. It’s chock full of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, so my skin was protected and hydrated. I didn’t need another moisturizer on top, but if you are dryer you may need to. I love that I get super antioxidants and hydration in one light step. Perfection.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Lily B line, you can check it out at Bloom here

Wet and Wild Chrome: Penny For Your Thoughts

This copper color gets me excited for Fall!

Wet and Wild Chrome: Penny For Your Thoughts

This copper color gets me excited for Fall!

Manna Kadar sheer glo shimmer lotion, July Birchbox

I have been playing with all my goodies from Julys Birchbox, and finally got around to posting a review! I have been super pleased with this months loot, and this highlighting lotion is no exception.

Highlighting is something I have only learned how to do in the last few months, and liquids are just so easy to use. Here’s how:

Apply 3 small dots of the highlighter to the top of your cheekbones
Blend with your fingertips along the top of your cheek and lightly up around the outside of your eye
Look glowy and beautiful.
apply this after you have done your foundation, powder and blush
See? Easy.

I loved the glow the Manna Kadar gave me, a beautiful sheen in an easy to blend, creamy formula.
You can find more info on Manna Kadar through Birchbox here.

Manna Kadar sheer glo shimmer lotion, July Birchbox

I have been playing with all my goodies from Julys Birchbox, and finally got around to posting a review! I have been super pleased with this months loot, and this highlighting lotion is no exception.

Highlighting is something I have only learned how to do in the last few months, and liquids are just so easy to use. Here’s how:

  1. Apply 3 small dots of the highlighter to the top of your cheekbones
  2. Blend with your fingertips along the top of your cheek and lightly up around the outside of your eye
  3. Look glowy and beautiful.

    apply this after you have done your foundation, powder and blush

See? Easy.

I loved the glow the Manna Kadar gave me, a beautiful sheen in an easy to blend, creamy formula. You can find more info on Manna Kadar through Birchbox here.

Lily Cole Lip and Cheek Dome

When I strolled into The Body Shop a few weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to the display of these pretty little pots of makeup. (ooh, PINK!) I wasn’t sure what it was, nor did I have time to scope out the testers so I just trusted that all things this cute must be good. Was I ever happy when I finally got home with it!

The Lip and Cheek Dome is a cream to powder all over face color. I purchased Pinch Me Pink which is Barbie pink in the container, but blends very nicely into my skin to create a girly pink flush. I apply mine straight from the dome and blend with my fingertips. The color is soft, blendable and build-able. I use a fair amount to get the color seen here. I would be happier if it was longer lasting, but I can easily throw it in my bag for touch ups. For me, it is a bit too dry for my lips, and not long lasting like a stain so I prefer to use it for just my cheeks.

Hurry to your closest Body Shop, these are limited edition! I noticed online only has the Crazy for Coral left.

Lily Cole Lip and Cheek Dome

When I strolled into The Body Shop a few weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to the display of these pretty little pots of makeup. (ooh, PINK!) I wasn’t sure what it was, nor did I have time to scope out the testers so I just trusted that all things this cute must be good. Was I ever happy when I finally got home with it!

The Lip and Cheek Dome is a cream to powder all over face color. I purchased Pinch Me Pink which is Barbie pink in the container, but blends very nicely into my skin to create a girly pink flush. I apply mine straight from the dome and blend with my fingertips. The color is soft, blendable and build-able. I use a fair amount to get the color seen here. I would be happier if it was longer lasting, but I can easily throw it in my bag for touch ups. For me, it is a bit too dry for my lips, and not long lasting like a stain so I prefer to use it for just my cheeks.

Hurry to your closest Body Shop, these are limited edition! I noticed online only has the Crazy for Coral left.

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel Pads, July Bloom Ambassador Box
Over the last 2 or 3 years, I have been fortunate enough to regularly see an aesthetician for my skin care. She uses a bio-medical approach, so while I do get peels, they are herbal peels that I would consider mid-strength. Here is what I can expect from her professional peels, without fail:
1. Baby smooth skin 2. A glowing complexion 3. Lightening of hyper-pigmentation from break outs 4. Purging of any embedded blackheads or comodones (yes, that means a break out) *these usually clear up super quickly compared to a regular break out and are pretty mild 5. Clear pores which makes them appear smaller 6. Tighter, plump feeling skin
Over the past 5 nights, I have been doing a nightly application of the Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads. They are a two-step treatment, step 1 is the peel, step 2 is the neutralizer. The application is so simple, apply pad 1 all over your face, wait two minutes and apply pad 2. Step 1 smells sorta like super glue. It’s got a pretty chemical smell but it doesn’t drive me nuts. Step 2 almost reminds me of perm solution. I know that’s a specific reference not everyone will know, but it’s a bit of a mild smell-y-ness.
I didn’t have any stinging, tingling or anything until the fifth and final night. After the step 1 I felt a mild tingle that went away after applying step 2. As I mentioned, I get peels regularly so my skin is pretty tough. This may feel stronger on some people. Truly though, it was a tingle not pain.
My results were impressive, actually. My skin is now:
1. Super soft and looking smoother 2. On its way to a full fledged glow 3. Showing signs of decreased pigmentation from previous breakouts 4. Oh ya, it’s mildly purging, but also clearing, so yay! 5. I haven’t seen as much change in my pores *this effect may come from the steaming and enzyme mask I also get when I do a pro peel and facial 6. Feeling firmer and tightened  7. Less oily! This has been a great surprise, seems to have regulated my skins oil production for now
Here is a photo comparison from Day 1, before using the pads and day 5, after the last application. I did my best to take the pics in the same place with the same lighting.

I would say I had similar results from one of my mid level professional peels! Well, maybe slightly less, more equal to a mild peel. In the photo, I notice smoother texture on my cheeks and forehead. Although, I have to say, there is just something wonderful about getting an in office peel and mask and steam and a nap….. Oh, wait, what?
The pads run $88 for 30 treatments, as I said I used them for five days and saw results. I couldn’t find how often these are supposed to be used, but I will come back and edit this when I do. This is much less than a good Aesthetician will charge for a full peel/facial treatment considering how many treatments you could get from 30 packets.
I would definitely recommend these as a great intro to peels or for the at-home spa girl. Exfoliation will change your skin!
*please be cautious if you try this product, and if you have sensitive skin, consider the regular strength peel from Dr. Dennis Gross*
More info is available on this product here.

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel Pads, July Bloom Ambassador Box

Over the last 2 or 3 years, I have been fortunate enough to regularly see an aesthetician for my skin care. She uses a bio-medical approach, so while I do get peels, they are herbal peels that I would consider mid-strength. Here is what I can expect from her professional peels, without fail:

1. Baby smooth skin
2. A glowing complexion
3. Lightening of hyper-pigmentation from break outs
4. Purging of any embedded blackheads or comodones (yes, that means a break out) *these usually clear up super quickly compared to a regular break out and are pretty mild
5. Clear pores which makes them appear smaller
6. Tighter, plump feeling skin

Over the past 5 nights, I have been doing a nightly application of the Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads. They are a two-step treatment, step 1 is the peel, step 2 is the neutralizer. The application is so simple, apply pad 1 all over your face, wait two minutes and apply pad 2. Step 1 smells sorta like super glue. It’s got a pretty chemical smell but it doesn’t drive me nuts. Step 2 almost reminds me of perm solution. I know that’s a specific reference not everyone will know, but it’s a bit of a mild smell-y-ness.

I didn’t have any stinging, tingling or anything until the fifth and final night. After the step 1 I felt a mild tingle that went away after applying step 2. As I mentioned, I get peels regularly so my skin is pretty tough. This may feel stronger on some people. Truly though, it was a tingle not pain.

My results were impressive, actually. My skin is now:

1. Super soft and looking smoother
2. On its way to a full fledged glow
3. Showing signs of decreased pigmentation from previous breakouts
4. Oh ya, it’s mildly purging, but also clearing, so yay!
5. I haven’t seen as much change in my pores *this effect may come from the steaming and enzyme mask I also get when I do a pro peel and facial
6. Feeling firmer and tightened
7. Less oily! This has been a great surprise, seems to have regulated my skins oil production for now

Here is a photo comparison from Day 1, before using the pads and day 5, after the last application. I did my best to take the pics in the same place with the same lighting.

peel comparison

I would say I had similar results from one of my mid level professional peels! Well, maybe slightly less, more equal to a mild peel. In the photo, I notice smoother texture on my cheeks and forehead. Although, I have to say, there is just something wonderful about getting an in office peel and mask and steam and a nap….. Oh, wait, what?

The pads run $88 for 30 treatments, as I said I used them for five days and saw results. I couldn’t find how often these are supposed to be used, but I will come back and edit this when I do. This is much less than a good Aesthetician will charge for a full peel/facial treatment considering how many treatments you could get from 30 packets.

I would definitely recommend these as a great intro to peels or for the at-home spa girl. Exfoliation will change your skin!

*please be cautious if you try this product, and if you have sensitive skin, consider the regular strength peel from Dr. Dennis Gross*

More info is available on this product here.