Holiday Glam Hair with Schwarzkopf® Keratin Color

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Who is ready to get holiday glam?! I love taking every opportunity to dress up, beat the face, and go over the top with my hair. Since I love to switch up my look a lot without compromising the health of my hair, I tend to wear a lot of wigs and extensions this time of year. I alternate between synthetic and human hair wigs, depending on the style and of course my budget, and I found some AMAZING wig deals on Black Friday so I got a few more to add to the rotation. One of my favorite wigs that I found was a little darker than I liked, so I wanted to try to add some dimension to the color as well. I tried the Schwarzkopf® Color Ultime® last year, turning an old blonde wig a vibrant auburn, so this time turned to Schwarzkopf® Keratin Color from Target! 

Brazilian Remy 360 Lace Wigs are usually super expensive because they have so much lace they can be parted in any direction, or even worn in an updo or high ponytail, but this one was only $137! Similar styles can actually go for over $400, so definitely a steal. However, all wigs need some customization to fit your face, wear naturally, and get the perfect color, so here are a few steps I took to perfecting this wig. 

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I always start by trimming all the lace off the wig, then deciding where I want to part it. Since this is a 360 lace wig, I can change the part whenever I want, but for now, I’m starting with a side part. Carefully tweeze out some of the hairs along the part to make it look extra defined, and along the hairline to thin the edges out for a natural look. Most wigs have a very straight, almost boxy hairline which is completely unnatural! Everyone has a little thinning along their hairline and edges, so plucking out those extra hairs will make it look so much more natural. It’s not really an exact science, just follow your natural hairline and how your hair falls and try to mimic that. Like I said earlier, this particular wig was a little darker than I liked, so I wanted to try to add some dimension to the color as well.

Schwarzkopf® Keratin Color formula has a cutting-edge anti-breakage technology with K-BOND PLEX™ to repair the hair structure and leave your hair looking healthy and strong. And if you invest in a wig you want it to last, choosing the right color system matters! I especially liked that it included a Pre-Color Serum, which conditions the hair before coloring for a more even color result from root to tip. The K-BOND PLEX™ salon inspired anti-breakage technology will ensure great color plus shiny, healthy looking hair! I chose to do balayage style highlights in the shade Light Golden Brown. I didn’t want to color the whole wig one shade but was hoping for a subtle medium to chocolate brown highlights that would add dimension. Please note, you can ONLY dye a high-quality human hair wig, not a synthetic! The color will not take and if it’s not a Remy wig the results won’t be optimal.

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To start, secure the wig to a Styrofoam head using bobby pins and apply the pre-color serum, then section off the hair. I did 6 sections so I could see exactly where I was applying the color and make sure all the highlights were even. Then just mix the Color Crème into the bottle containing the developer, give it a good shake, and try not to be alarmed by the strange color it may turn. 

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Then moving quickly, I applied a bit of the color to small pieces of hair, starting about an inch away from the roots. The nozzle tip applicator was super easy to work with, and it took about 25 to 30 minutes to do the full head of balayage on the wig. Since I knew it would take a while to apply, I went with a safer shade instead of one of the bright blondes and worked across in horizontal sections, so each layer of hair would have even color. I was nervous that if I went with a brighter shade the bottom would be fully processed before I made it to the top then it would just look completely uneven and crazy. 

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Total processing time for the section I started with was about 45 minutes and for the last section, I made sure to give it the recommended 30 minutes before rinsing and following with the K-BOND PLEX™ conditioner. I just applied a little bit of moisturizing curl crème then let the wig lay flat on a towel to dry. Avoid putting a wet wig back on the Styrofoam head to dry because that can actually stretch out the cap! And here she is after!

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In the morning, I put it on over a wig cap, and secured it with a tiny bit of a super strong hold gel. The wig comes with combs but I prefer not to use them because they pull on my hair and are pretty uncomfortable, but the last thing you want is your wig slipping off. Glue is a great alternative to uncomfortable clips and wig tape that can destroy your hairline or the risk of losing your wig to a strong gust of wind. 

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And here’s the final look! Even though the color is super subtle, I love how smooth and shiny it was. In retrospect, I could have gone with one of the lighter shades for a bolder look, and if you are starting on super dark hair you may want to try going lighter than you think you need to for color that really pops.

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If you want to try Schwarzkopf® Keratin Color, or any of their other brands (got2b®, GLISS®, Smooth ‘n Shine®, got2b® Color & Color Ultime®) the best place to get it is at your local Target! They make shopping super convenient and they’ve got a great promo between 12/16-12/29 for buy 4 get a $5 gift card for Schwarzkopf Hair!  And stay tuned for their new product that will be released soon! I can’t share details yet, but it’s designed to work on all hair textures, plus it's moisturizing & deeply nourishing.

Let me know if you guys try it and what color you go for! I would love to see your results! 

Keeping that Glow! Get Unready with Me and Aveeno MaxGlow!

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Miceller Water Cleansing Routine

Hope you all are ready for Christmas! I’m sure you will be spending the next few days grabbing last minute gifts, finishing decorating and wrapping everything, and if you are hosting,  prepping for the big party. Crazy stressful right? It’s so hard to juggle everything this time of year, stay balanced, and not lose your mind in the process. Plus the holiday season also demands that you always look glam and put together, which just adds another level of pressure! As much as I enjoy hair, makeup, and fun outfits, sometimes you just NEED a bare face and sweat pants. One way I stay sane and squeeze in self-care is to find an off night, or even an early evening, where I stay home and show my skin some extra TLC. Here are a few steps I take to get unready and pamper myself during the stressful holiday season. 

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The first thing to go is whatever sparkly, tight, layered thing I had on, kick off the heels and cozy up in a warm, fluffy bathrobe. Sometimes I’ll treat my hair to an overnight oil treatment for extra moisture, sleeping with it covered by a plastic cap and satin bonnet.

Then it’s time to get all the holiday makeup off! I’ve been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Micellar Gel Cleanser. I love micellar cleansers as a first step in my getting unready routine, since they gently remove makeup without stripping the skin. Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Micellar Gel Cleanser is formulated with a moisture-rich soy and kiwi complex and it  helps skin feel hydrated, soft, and enhances your skin’s natural radiance. More than just a cleansing and moisturizing routine The AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Collection is designed to enhance your natural radiance and give you a lit-from-within glow. Each soy enriched product targets tone and texture.

I also love using face masks, and do one at least once or twice a week. When you don’t have time to put one on then sit and wait, sleeping masks are perfect. Who wouldn’t want to put one on before bed and wake up glowing?

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Aveeno’s Maxglow No Mess Sleep Mask is a new one I’ve been testing out. This nighttime face mask helps even skin tone and texture for soft, luminous skin when you wake. Plus the tube includes a paddle applicator so that your hands stay clean for an easy, mess-free application. Then just rinse off in the morning for radiant, glowing skin. Don’t worry about it making a mess when you sleep, the mask will stay on your face and not end up all over your pillows. After I apply it, I like to tuck myself in, turn that phone on silent and spend some time reading or just reflecting on my day.  I think it’s important to unplug and not spend the last moments of your day staring at a phone screen.

 Since this time of year doesn’t allow much time for personal shopping, the most convenient beauty destination to pick up these products is your local CVS. CVS is actually one of the largest beauty retailers in the United States, so it makes staying on top of your beauty needs easier than ever. Make sure you check out the AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Collection  if you want to enhance your natural radiance and give you a lit-from-within glow.  

And since saving money around the holidays is essential, make sure you take advantage of the Buy One Get 50% off Select Aveeno at CVS until 12/30. Wishing you all a happy, glowing holiday! 
Holiday Season Beauty and Skin Care Guide


#ManiMonday! Nailing it with CND™ VINYLUX™

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Who is ready for Monday? I love to spend my Sunday relaxing, planning out my outfits for the week, and doing some at home beauty treatments. One of my favorite self-care Sunday treatments is an at home manicure. When my nails aren’t done I feel like the rest of my life just isn’t together. Dramatic, I know, but I can’t help it! You can’t be a boss babe with a chipped mani. I discovered CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polish at my local Rite-Aid and it’s become my secret weapon for the perfect mani that lasts all week. It’s a super easy and convenient 2-step application.

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Just apply two thin coats of the all-in-one base and color CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polish, then one coat of CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Top Coat for a gel-like finish. No base coat necessary! And in about 8 minutes your nails are perfectly dry with a shiny, high-gloss finish. It really gives you a gel-like look that you can remove just as easily a traditional nail polish. Plus it’s the first-ever, long-wear polish infused with Vitamin E, Keratin & Jojoba oil to keep your nails nourished and healthy.

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This week I’m rocking Wildfire and Butterfly Queen, a bold red and glittery fuchsia that make the perfect combo. Next week who knows! If you aren’t a pro at nail art or complicated designs, an accent nail is the perfect way to spice it up.

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I love buying nail polish at Rite Aid because the Nail Bar has the best selection of colors and polishes, and they always have amazing deals. Be on the lookout for CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polishes NEW to Rite Aid stores. These polishes can be found in the Nail Bar or Wall Display with a brand new look!"And for a limited time only, visit your local Rite Aid store and buy 2 CND™ VINYLUX™ products to receive $4 Bonus Cash at Rite Aid. Valid 10/28/18-12/1/18 in-store only.

Let me now what colors you test out and how much you love it!

Fall Goals! The Perfect Halloween Weekend in the Poconos

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You guys know the Poconos is one of my favorite weekend escapes from the city! It’s cute, it’s close and has a burgeoning foodie scene that is not to be missed. I spent a lovely weekend there in partnership with Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to get in the spirit of Halloween! Check out some of the highlights from the trip below!

We stayed at Settlers Inn, a quaint property that sits on six acres of land and is bordered by the Lackawaxen River. It was built in 1928 and boasts a garden and farm-to-table restaurant with an award winning wine list. It’s the perfect place to relax for a weekend, eat way too much amazing food and enjoy the stunning views. The Halloween highlight was the Storytelling Dinner. The week before the dinner they host a Pumpkin Carving, where over 100 pumpkins are intricately carved then set on display around the hotel. I could spend hours exploring the unique, creative designs that are lit up all over the hotel and dot the tables in the Storytelling Dinner. We indulged in the decadent Fall inspired menu as a storyeller regaled us with spooky Halloween tales.

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The next day we took the long, scenic walk to the up to the Hawley Silk Mill. It’s a former silk and textile factory that now houses a coffee shop and assortment of local shops. I wish I had planned to do some shopping because there were so many lovely candles, body butterss, crafts and home decor waiting to come home with me! After a bit of wandering, we headed down the road to Ledges Hotel, a chic, modern property at the base of a natural river gorge fall. It has a stunning bar called Glass, with unforgettable views of the river Fall and a great menu of wine and tapas. It started raining so we stayed inside with a bottle of wine for a bit, then headed back to Settlers.

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The weather wasn’t really conducive to exploring, but Lake Wallenpaupack is supposed to be quite a stunner. You can have lunch at The Dock at Silver Birches and take in the views. And be sure to take the scenic route back to NY on Route 6. You can explore the charming town Milford and stop by Raymondskill Falls or GreyTowers National Historic Site.

If you are thinking about a late Fall or Winter weekend getaway, definitely make the trip up to Hawley! Check out the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau for everything you need to plan your trip any time of year, but especially for next year’s Storytelling Dinner!

Fall Fun and Fashion with V8 +Hydrate™

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How is mid- October treating you? As much as I miss the balmy days of summer, I have to admit I love Fall! The weather gets crisp enough to really get creative with fashion and layering, and it is really nice being able to run around all day and not turn into a sweaty mess. Plus hello gorgeous leaves everywhere! In the spirit of the new season, I’m sharing some of my favorite Fall activities, a few tips on how you should dress for each one, and the one thing that you have to have in your bag for all of them - V8 +HYDRATE™!

V8 +HYDRATE™ is a plant-powered hydration beverage that offers superior hydration with a blend of natural electrolytes from vegetables and hints of fruit, so you can replenish quickly when you are on the go! Staying hydrated is probably the most important beauty or lifestyle tip I could ever give you guys and no matter how busy I am, I always make it a priority. V8 +HYDRATE™ makes it easy, with the great taste and travel-friendly can so you can always have one handy. Now you just have to figure out how you want to spend the perfect Fall Saturday.

Museum Hopping

Sometimes Fall weather calls for some indoor fun, and it’s a great time to catch up on exhibits you may have missed during summer when you were too busy on the beach or at the hottest rooftop bar. If your city has a great museum scene, make a list of the ones you can’t miss and plan a day to explore them all. Since that means you’ll be on your feet a lot, walking around and probably waiting in a few lines, the day calls for a stylish but comfortable look. I like the idea of a casual chic dress, lightweight blazer or jacket, and ballet flats or loafers. I usually keep my bag pretty small and light since carrying something heavy all day gets really tough on my shoulders, so you’ll catch me with a mini bag for the essentials! Being on your feet all day can dehydrate you faster than you think. This is why I carry my new favorite hydration beverage with me.

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Apple/Pumpkin Picking

Sometimes nothing beats getting out of the city for a day! I love to round up the squad and drive up to the Hudson Valley area for a day of apple or pumpkin picking. You can find beautiful orchards just about an hour away from the city, and there are usually also adorable farms and markets that sell everything from locally made honey to fresh baked cider donuts. My go to look for this kind of day trip is comfy jeans or leggings, an oversized knit cardigan, and flat boots, and a bag big enough to hold my essentials for the day.

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Concerts/Live Shows

TBH, I hate concerts in the summer, even though they are super popular then. Call me crazy but I’d prefer to not be surrounded by a jam-packed room of hot sweaty people. Fall lineups are usually more my thing! Some of my fave venues are Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg for small acts and buzzworthy names. Check out their lineup or who is on tour and may be heading to your city! My go to concert look varies depending on what kind of band is going on, but pretty much always involves some combo of graphic T and jeans or skinny leather leggings. Since you typically can’t bring your own beverages into a venue, hydrate before the show and after you get home with V8 +HYDRATE™. You’ve gotta keep your energy up to get through the show! Plus it makes for the perfect morning recovery beverage after your night out.

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Make sure to get V8 +HYDRATE™ on Amazon or Amazon Pantry! You can place your order and have it before you know it thanks to Amazon Prime’s lightning fast shipping. And they have a great promo on site so you can take 30% off V8 +HYDRATE™ while supplies last. Just use the promo code 30V8Hydrate1 at checkout!
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There are 3 flavors available: Strawberry Cucumber, Orange Grapefruit and Coconut Watermelon, so stock up and try them all while you can save! Be sure you and your girl or guy friends are staying hydrated! It’s clean, crisp, and has a delicious taste, and you can buy a 24 pack that’s perfect for sharing on Amazon!

Let me know what you are looking forward to most this Fall, and of course how you plan to dress!

The Perfect NYFW Look Featuring Upbra

Images by Nigil Crawford

Images by Nigil Crawford

This post is sponsored by Upbra. All opinions are my own.

I love any excuse to turn up the sparkle! NYFW is the perfect time of year to stand out and wear looks that will keep all eyes on you. I was debating what to wear to Saturday’s Badgley Mishka show, and since they are known for bringing the glam I decided it was the perfect occasion for bling!

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This sequined Zara jacket is a favorite of mine. The blush color is soft and romantic and the iridescent sequins are just gorgeous. I paired it with my billowy wide-leg satin trousers and a bandage crop top that you would swear is Herve Leger but is from H&M when I was in Paris!

The finishing touch for this look was my major cleavage, courtesy of Upbra!

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I’ve featured them on the blog before and I just can’t get enough of this bra! It lifts like no other but is still amazingly comfortable.

The bra features cleavage control straps that are the core of the Upbra ActiveLift® technology. After the bra is on, just pull the straps and rehook them in place!

That shifts your breasts upwards and center to maximize the cleavage. The farther away the loops are from the center, the greater your cleavage. For this look I had them pulled in a bit, but not even as far as they go! Even with pulling the straps to maximize cleavage, you don’t have to worry about compromising your comfort.

If you haven’t tried Upbra yet, head over to their site ASAP! Let me know how you would style this amazing bra!

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Seasonal-Skincare Remix - Taking Your Skincare Routine from Summer to Fall!

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Well Labor Day has passed and summer is pretty much over! Even though we've got a few more weeks of warm weather, the summer vibe is over and it's time to start seriously thinking about Fall. I still haven't done much Fall shopping, but have been thinking about transitioning my skin care routine to get ready for the new season. I don't know about you guys, but my high-summer products can be pretty intense - deep cleansers, exfoliators and toners to keep pores clear. 

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But as temps and humidity settle down for Fall, I start going easier on my skin. My skin is on the oily, acne-prone side so I always have to keep that in mind when trying new products. One of my long-term go-to products is the NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Gel cleanser. Did you guys know that NEUTROGENA® is the #1 Dermatologist recommended Acne Brand? This cleanser smells amazing, cleanses thoroughly but doesn't leave my skin feeling harsh or stripped. Since cleansing is the base of any skincare routine, it's important to use one that can clean but keep your skin balanced! With Grapefruit Extract + Vitamin C, it clears breakouts and even the marks they leave behind, basically washing away the sins of your summer! 

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I also tend to go lighter on my foundation in the summer. However come Fall, I go back wearing a little bit more for the grown-up, put together vibe the new season calls for.   Double cleansing becomes an essential for the new season. I start with the NEUTROGENA® Cleansing Wipes, Pink Grapefruit, then go in with the cleanser. The wipes sweep away pore-clogging dirt and oil in one simple step, leaving skin clean with no greasy residue.  

As things cool off in late Fall/early Winter, make sure you are using a moisturizer that is more hydrating, and throw in a weekly sheet masks for good measure! 

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If you want to explore the entire NEUTROGENA® Pink Grapefruit Line, check it out here! There is also an Ibotta offer on NEUTROGENA® Acne products at CVS that will let you earn up to $2.00 cash back while supplies last.And the week of 9/9, You can buy 1 NEUTROGENA® Pink Grapefruit product at CVS and get 1 50% off!

I love shopping at CVS for most of my household needs, and their beauty department is seriously stepping it up! You can find classics like the NEUTROGENA® product line, and an impressive selection of color cosmetics, nail polish and nail art, hair care, and false eyelashes. Make sure you check it out, and let me know what you think of the NEUTROGENA® Pink Grapefruit Line! 

Vacation Countdown! The Beauty Routine to Get You Ready for Any Trip!

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Who loves summer weekends?! This season is the best season, especially when summer Fridays start and you can skip out of work early for fun with the squad! If you know you’ve got a weekend adventure coming up, here are a few steps to take the week before to make sure your skin stays glowing from head to toe!

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The first and most important step is keeping your skin clear! I wear makeup every day, and I do not skip a beat when it comes to cleansing. My first and final steps both include micellar water to make sure my makeup is thoroughly removed every day. Daylogic is Rite Aid’s Beauty Brand and their Micellar (pronounced my-sell-er) water is a combination of purified water; hydrating ingredients and low concentrations of molecules of mild surfactants that naturally group together to form microscopic spheres called micelles, which act like magnets for dirt and oil.  So it removes makeup, cleanses, and refreshes in one step! I use it with the Daylogic Premium Exfoliating Cotton Rounds to give my skin some gentle exfoliating action. The next step is to go in with my favorite face wash for an even deeper clean, especially when I’m wearing a lot of makeup. Then I give my skin a final swipe with the micellar water to make sure all the makeup and residue is clear!

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I also love giving my skin a refreshing spritz with the Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist. Just spray it on your face anytime your skins need to feel a little refreshed -  when you wake up, after a shower, right before you leave the house, or to refresh your makeup through the day! I especially love it after a long flight to refresh my skin or after gym or sauna for instant hydration.  You can even use it to moisten a blending sponge before applying foundation or concealer.

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Now onto the rest of your bod! You’ve got your skin refreshed, your bikini packed, but you cannot forget to wax!  Nad’s Body Wax Strips for Normal Skin are perfect for a quick at-home wax. Use as needed to get ready to hit the beach or pool in your favorite swimsuit. The Wax formula contains natural ingredients such as beeswax and calendula flower extracts and is suitable for all skin types. The strips are ready to use – just rub, peel & go!

Beach Essentials from Rite Aid
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If you want to add these products into your rotation, get them at Rite Aid! They’ve got a great wellness+beauty offer – get a total of up to $28 in coupons via printed brochure in select stores and Load2Card coupons on riteaid.com

Now all you need are a few extra cute outfits!

Everything You Need for the Best Summer ’18!

This post is sponsored by  BabbleBoxx.com .

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

Summer is the best season! The temps are high, days long and fun-filled, and everyone just has an amazing renewed energy to celebrate the new season! In collaboration with BabbleBoxx, I’m sharing a few of the essentials you need for the best summer ever!

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Summer is the season for iced tea, so of course we had to get a few bottles of Pure Leaf Tea House Collection! They are actually one of my go to iced tea brands so I was so happy to see this in my box. The Strawberry and Garden Mint is super refreshing and the Spiced Chai is perfectly balanced with the perfect amount of spice.
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This is a great drink to buy when you are out and about on a hot summer day and need a pick me up! And if you love at home mixology, I think either of these organic iced teas would go great in a bourbon based cocktail!

On the beauty and skincare front, they included the Beauty Water and Sheer Renewal Cream by Colleen Rothschild. I love a facial spritz for refreshing your skin on the fly and this will come in super handy after long days in the sun when your skin starts to look a hot mess. The team is also giving you guys 20% off all regular priced items with code BOXX20, so get to shopping!
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One of my favorite things this box were the Coobie Bras. They fit perfectly and are sooooo soft and comfy! They sent me a Lace Back Scoopneck in a soft pin and a nude Lace Bralette. There is also another discount I can share with you guys for these babies! Take 30% off any order between now and June 2019 with code BAB30
And this wasn't in the box because it would melt, but they sent coupons to get a free box of My/Mo Mochi ice cream. Have you ever had Mochi? It's ice cream wrapped up in a sweet rice dough, so it's pillowy and soft on the outside and full of rich creamy ice cream on the inside. It comes in 8 flavors, and I tried the mango! If you like mochi ice cream, check out their site for where to get yours!
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And since no summer box would be complete without some rosé, they threw in 2 bottles of Cavit! I love a nice chilled glass, and my boyfriend figured out how to make the most amazing frosé, so I'll be trying to copy his technique.

Let me know what you guys think of the products and if you buy any with those codes make sure to share your pics with me!

The Glow-Up: Keeping Your Skin Glowing with L'Oreal RevitaLift®

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ad #RAWellnessBeauty #RiteAid #CollectiveBias

Who else can’t wait for the weekend!? I’ve had an insane couple of weeks and just got back from an amazing weekend in Bermuda, and I’m heading off again for another trip this weekend. My hectic schedule and frequent travel can take a toll on my skin, so I look to products that keep me looking as radiant as possible. Since I have no time for a big spa day, here is how I pamper my skin when it needs some TLC on the fly!

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The first step is to get all the makeup off so your skin can really breathe and your products can work their magic. I then go in with the L'Oreal RevitaLift® Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser. It has gentle micro-pearls and Glycolic Acid which exfoliate dullness and impurities to improve skin tone, texture and clarity, revealing visibly brighter, more radiant skin. Skin is optimally prepared to absorb Bright Reveal treatments and moisturizers, which brings me to the next step!

Revitalift Daily Moisturizer for Bright Skin

I follow that treatment with the RevitaLift® Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer. It contains broad spectrum SPF 30 with a combination of Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol to reveal brighter skin, help correct uneven skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 1 week. It visibly brightens, hydrates, and leaves skin feeling softer and appear smoother.

Daily Facial Peel Pads

I also like to occasionally pop in the RevitaLift® Bright Reveal Peel Pads, a dermatologist inspired anti-wrinkle plus brightening treatment. This daily peel pad resurfaces dull, uneven tone and rough texture to reveal fresh looking skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. I’ve never used them back to back with the scrub just because my skin can be a little sensitive at times, but I like to work those into rotation every so often for a quick refresh.

And there you have it - 3 easy steps to glowing skin!

f you want to learn more about the L'Oreal RevitaLift® line, check it out here! And if you are ready to give it a try, my favorite place to get it is Rite-Aid. They have an amazing beauty section, and their Wellness + Beauty program is the best.

Loreal Products on Sale at RiteAid

After all, when it comes to wellness and beauty, everything is connected. When you eat well, you feel well. When you look great, you feel great. Rite Aid is ready cheer you on in your wellness journey, with new themes every month and personalized solutions to help you on your wellness and beauty journey. And since I love savings as much as the next girl does, I never miss their in-store offers. From May 1 - June 2, find up to $12 in coupon in store at Rite Aid.

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments!

Be Your Own #SkinGoals with Avya Skincare!

This post is sponsored by Avya Skincare, all opinions are my own

This post is sponsored by Avya Skincare, all opinions are my own

Your beauty routine should always start with skincare. Everyone’s skin has unique challenges, and for women like me who have an abundance of melanin, we have to consider several other factors when choosing a skin care product.  Avya Skincare is an amazing new luxury skincare line designed specifically to address issues that commonly affect women of color - pigmentation and skin discoloration.

I was sent samples of the Day Moisturizer and Night Moisturizer to review and am so impressed with the quality of the products. Both are created with the brand’s exclusive blend of peony, turmeric, and neem extracts, smell amazing and have a rich, luxurious texture.
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The Day Moisturizer is enriched with snow mushroom, niacinamide, and other rare botanicals, to protect and defend your skin from everyday environmental stressors. That is super important if you live in an urban area like this NYC girl!

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The Night Moisturizer features Vitamin A and provides overnight hydration and renews skin without irritation so you can wake up flawless! If you are sensitive to retinoids/Vitamin A based products, or have never used them before, you may notice some dryness or flaking at first. Just try using the product every other day instead of daily until your skin gets used to it, and avoid using exfoliants or anything with acids for a while.

At $105 and $110 respectively they are a pretty penny, but think of it as an investment in healthy skin and aging gracefully. Check out the full line at avyaskincare.com and let me know how you like it!

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How to DIY Your Hair Color with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime!

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This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #FashionColorExpert  #sponsored

It’s the season for a new look! All the Halloween décor and makeup is getting me inspired to break out some new beauty goodies. As much as I love dressing up, you can’t be in full costume all day every day, but there are lots of small Halloween themed get togethers that pop-up here and there. The best way to get spooky glam for a last minute Halloween event is a quick hair and makeup change. You guys know I’m a fan of wigs, and when I got the opportunity to partner with Schwarzkopf for a hair color challenge, I decided to makeover one of my go to summer wigs to make it appropriate for the new season.

Schwarzkopf Color Ultime hair color comes in several vibrant, fashion shades that provide long lasting, high shine color that lasts up to 9 weeks! The kit comes with everything you need and is super convenient.

If you've never worn a wig before they are perfect for experimenting with a new style or color, or just spicing up your look for the holidays or a special occasion.  The one I'm wearing was my summer go to since I loved the light reddish blonde, but was hesitant to make such a dramatic change on my natural hair, especially since it would require bleach.

The first (and hardest!) step about wearing wigs is finding the one that fits your face best. If you're a newbie go to your local beauty supply store and try a few on to get an idea of textures and shapes that work for you.

Second, think about how much you want to spend on one! They can be as low as $20 and high as over $500 depending on whether its synthetic hair or human hair, length, texture, and the construction. The wig I chose is a mid-tier quality human hair wig. I think those are worth it since they have the most flexibility and can be styled and colored just like natural hair. 

Third, after you've tried on a few and consulted some YouTube reviews you may be feeling more seasoned and can get into shopping for wigs online. You'll find the widest selection and lots of discounts. Just be careful because most are very difficult to return, if not final sale! 

Wig care is easy, just gently shampoo and deep condition after a couple of wears, and store it either in the packaging or on a wig head. 

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Check out my step by step tutorial to go from strawberry blonde to Amethyst Black!

First, I prepped my surfaces by lining the sink and floor with plastic, then detangled the wig and coated the lace with Vaseline just to avoid staining it in case the color seeped through. 

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Then, per the instructions, squeeze out the color cream into the plastic bottle of developer and shake it up until everything is evenly mixed. As I read the instruction leaflet in the box I realized they recommend 2 boxes of color for hair that is longer than chin length. The wig I was dyeing was about bra strap length and pretty thick and wavy in texture so I was worried I wouldn’t have enough. But I didn’t have time to get another box so I just went ahead and started the application, focusing on the front and upper layer of hair just in case I ran out. I figured it would have the effect of low-lights, instead of only having one half of the hair done! I ended up having enough to go back and do a proper coat, so it worked out just fine. But keep that in mind if you do have very long/thick hair because it wasn’t written anywhere on the outside of the packaging or on the product page on Walmart.com.

After that you let it process for 30 minutes, rinse, then shampoo it out! Fair warning it took about a dozen rounds of shampoo, rinse, repeat before the color was all out and the water was running almost clear. Finish the process by applying the Intensive Care Elixir, leaving it on for a few minutes, and then rinsing out.

And here is the final look!

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The color came out beautifully and the purple is popping! And as you can see, it looks just like the color on the box!

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You can find Schwarzkopf Color Ultime at your local Walmart. If you are ready to try a new look, get your Try Me Free Rebate now! And check out the Social Hub for some #FashionColorExpert inspiration!

How to Crush Your Period with the DivaCup!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PeriodConfidence #TryTheDivaCup #CollectiveBias

Interested in trying DivaCup? Hover over the photo to click through to Walmart.com and buy them!
Here’s a fact: women have periods. Shocking, I know! It’s a part of our lives that a lot of us don’t talk about, but it’s about time we change that. They are an annoying, messy, inconvenient facet of our lives, but every so often, something comes around with the promise of making that part of our lives so much easier. Enter,The Diva Cup! The DivaCup is a healthy alternative to pads and tampons with none of the chemicals, surfactants, adhesives, and additives they use in tampons and pads. It’s eco-friendly since there is no waste and saves you money since you can reuse the cup for a year.
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The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped silicone menstrual cup that is suitable for girls and women of all ages. It gives you 12 hours of leak-free protection, so you don’t have to worry about constant changing like you do with tampons and pads. Even though menstrual cups seem super trendy now, they have actually existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. The DivaCup is available in two sizes, Model 1 (Recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section) and Model 2 (Recommended for women age 30 and over/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by caesarean section). Both are made from the same 100 percent healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability and are free of chemicals, plastic, BPA, latex and dyes. 
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Check out my tutorial for getting started with The DivaCup!

1. Review the User Guide before you get started! 

2. Get over any squeamishness about your body. This product requires you to get all up in your lady parts! Insertion can be a bit tricky and may take a few tries before you get it in right so be prepared.  

3. Fold the cup per the instructions, push it up and give it a spin. This proved to be more complicated than it sounds, so be prepared to give it a few tries before you get it in right. Getting it in was kind of a struggle and even after pushing it up and giving it a spin per the directions, I could still very much feel it, which made me think it was not in place correctly. 

4. Don't use any lubricants to try to ease the process. I used to use a diaphragm years ago, before starting hormonal birth control, so I figured a touch of lube might help ease the insertion, as it does with the diaphragm. However that was a disaster because I COULD NOT keep a grip on the cup! Don't repeat my mistake! 

5. If you get it in successfully, you can wear it up to 12 hours before removing it. Since my attempt was a bust I decided to wash it off, let it dry, and give the lady bits a break until the next day. 

Its recommended to wash your DivaCup with the DivaWash, a botanically-based, pH balanced all natural cleanser specifically designed to protect the silicone material of The DivaCup.
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The next day I was up and at it again! this time my period was pretty much over so I can’t really comment on how it works on a heavier day of my cycle, but I will update this post in about a month with more details! The best thing about the DivaCup team is the customer service. They are a resource of a ton of information about the product and process of using it, and are available at support@divacup.com, 1-866-44-3482 or via their social media networks. Don’t be embarrassed to ask your questions! They are trained professionals here to help. So get yourself some #PeriodConfidence and #TryTheDivaCup! I got mine at Walgreens, but check out their store locator to find it near you! And make sure to check out the User Guide and to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions with regards to your overall vaginal or gynecological health.
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How I Build my Best Days with Nature Made Gummies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadeGummies #CollectiveBias

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My morning and evening routine set me up for success and productivity. Every day starts with a healthy breakfast, usually homemade, while I get myself ready to get out the door. One of my morning essentials is my Nature Made® Multi for Her plus Omega-3s Adult Gummies

Nature Made® Multi for Her plus Omega-3s Adult Gummies are a great-tasting, convenient way for women to receive the daily nutritional support of a multivitamin, plus 60 mg of heart-healthy EPA and DHA omega-3s from fish oil, per serving.† They are chock full of a combo of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, D3, and E, as well as key B vitamins (folic acid, biotin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12), and chromium and zinc. This powerful combo supports healthy bones and teeth, cellular energy production, healthy eye function, and helps support the immune system and provide much-needed antioxidants. With all these benefits it’s hard not to love them! Nothing beats being able to get all this nutritional value in a tasty chewable gummy instead of swallowing a dozen dry pills every day.

That morning dose is a VIP first step in my morning routine! After that I’m good to power through a morning of meetings, presentation prep, or early photo shoot. My day winds down with dinner, sometimes a nightcap, and either a good book or a bit of TV.

To really support my sleep, I take Nature Made® Melatonin Adult Gummies. They are a great-tasting, easy way to help your body reset its sleep/wake cycle†.
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After a full night’s sleep I’m ready to gear up and start over! If you are looking for a new supplement that can help you energize or reset when you need to, Nature Made Adult Gummies are a gummy you can trust. Nature Made® gives you the assurance that you’re getting the nutrients you seek from your gummies and they test their gummies for purity and potency so you get the added assurance that it has the nutrients you're seeking. If you are thinking about trying them, head over to your local Walmart to grab a bottle!

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What are your tips for building your best days?

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Surprising Beauty Product You Need Now

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.

All opinions are mine alone. #MyRadiantLook #CollectiveBias

All opinions are mine alone. #MyRadiantLook #CollectiveBias

You guys know I’m a huge beauty lover. I’m obsessed with all things makeup and skincare and take pride in how I take care of myself. You’ve seen me review products, report on skincare procedures, and even get eyebrow microblading. But one major beauty key I’ve never mentioned before is the secret behind my signature smile. You may have heard the quote “happy girls are the prettiest”, and my beauty routine wouldn’t be complete without

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Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste has kept my smile glowing, despite my coffee and red wine habits! It’s enamel safe so fine for daily use, and unlike most whitening toothpastes, Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste safely whitens the inside as well as the outside of your teeth. Here’s how I work this into my beauty routine for a glam Fall look!

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Step 1: Keep my smile glowing by brushing with Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste twice daily.

Step 2: Define my eyebrows with dark brown powder and highlight the arches with concealer.

Step 3: Lightly contour my eyes and apply a strip of my favorite false lashes.

Step 4: Perfect my skin with foundation, concealer, and powder and add a bit of blush or highlighter.

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Step 5: Finish the look with a pop of red lipstick that will add some color and contrast, and show off my smile.

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If you are ready to add Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste to your shopping list, you can get it anywhere Colgate products are sold. My store of choice is ShopRite. They are the best place to get all your essentials, from groceries to beauty products, and even beautiful fresh flowers.

Don’t forget to grab this coupon to save $2.00 on any ONE (1) Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste (3 oz. or larger). But shop fast, this offer expires September 23, 2017 (while supplies last)!

Giveaway Alert: The Gems You Need from Rosalie.co

This post bought to you in collaboration with Rosalie

This post bought to you in collaboration with Rosalie

This time of year is basically when it’s time to start refreshing your wardrobe and planning your Fall shopping list. I’ve been thinking about what I need to transition my wardrobe from summer to Fall without having to spend a ton of money between clothes, shoes, and accessories. Since jewelry is the finishing touch for every look, you always have to keep your baubles fresh.  I’ve partnered with Rosalie, a chic and affordable Australian accessories brand for a giveaway of some of their amazing accessories, just in time for the start of the new season. Here is your chance to win their Paige necklace, Scarlett hairpins, or Rosie choker. 

Rosalie started when the founders got tired of overpriced jewelry and accessories and wanted to give women a way to look great and keep their style fresh without breaking the bank. Rosalie helps you save on stylish jewelry by working with manufacturers that send the pieces directly to the customer. Packaging is minimal and unfussy, but the accessories look great and the price is right! Most pieces on site range from $8-15.

Check out the assortment on Rosalie.co and if you want to enter the giveaway, just follow us both on Instagram and tag 2 friends in the caption of this pic that you think would love this brand as much as I do!

And you can shop the pieces I got and a few of my favorites below! Even though they are based in Australia, they offer free worldwide shipping for orders over $25!

And thanks to Rosalie for sponsoring this post!