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Glam Beauty Board: Summer Favorites


I am so thrilled to participate in the Glam Beauty Board program! Beauty Board is an exclusive, invitation-only panel made up of’s favorite beauty bloggers. I’m so flattered to be one of them! As a participant, I receive quarterly selections of the hottest new products that were selected by the Glam Editorial Team. I just got my first batch of products that are absolute life savers for summer. I am in love! See below for a roundup of my favorites from this carefully curated array of products:


Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush


I love love love this Cheek Rush. It is a cellophane sheer blush in a refreshing gel formula. It is absolutely perfect for a summertime blush because it’s light, blends into the skin perfectly, and will not melt off in the summer sun. The shades are beautiful and very on-trend, too!


Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor


With 5 blades and 8 times more glide boosters for a closer shave and less irritation, the Venus Embrace Sensitive is designed especially for sensitive skin. I have extremely sensitive skin myself and am always on the hunt for the perfect razor. This is one of the best!


Coast To Coast Ultra Soothing Aqua Mist Wild Rosella & Geranium


Refresh and hydrate dry or sensitive skin with this soothing mist containing Tasmanian Sea Kelp, Wild Rosella and Organic Lavender Water. This combination of skin loving ingredients will calm and soothe inflamed or irritated skin. It’s a perfect to mist on after sun exposure, too!


Bite Beauty BB for Lips


This lip enhancing, five-in-one balm is fabulous. It’s a summer essential that provides the look and feel of just-kissed, healthy, and hydrated lips. The color-rich balm repairs, primes, and protects with SPF 15.


Verb Sea Salt Spray


I am such a sucker for sea salt spray! This is a good one. Verb Sea Spray takes landlocked hair to the beach for loose, languid curls. It creates instant texture that can work for the classic beach look or even work to build a foundation for a messy updo. Formulated with natural sea salt and smoothing moisturizers, this light mist infuses all hair types with oceanic waves for a breezy texture boost.

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“Brush with Fame” Challenge #1: Zooey Deschanel Nails It in Hollywood


I think Zoey Deschanel owns the Hollywood nail art space, hands down. (No pun intended!)

She always sports the cutest fingertips on the red carpet! One of my absolute favorite nail art looks from Zooey was this adorable set of tuxedo nails she wore to the Golden Globes. She shared this pic on her Instagram and created an instant trend:


So cute, fun, trendy – and easy too! The amazing nail art products from L.A. Colors make recreating this look a total breeze.

I used L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art lacquer to do my own tuxedo nails inspired by Zooey. Here’s the breakdown of the steps for the easiest nail art ever:

Step 1: Start with a coat of L.A. Colors Triple Play, a super versatile basecoat that also works as a topcoat and nail hardener!


Step 2: Apply two full coats of Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in White to the entire nail. Before you start, make sure to roll the polish in your hands instead of shaking up and down! This will help you avoid bubbles and keep your polish in top shape for a seamless application. Let dry completely in between coats. You could also mix up this look and make it your own by painting on an accent nail (like your ring finger) in a bright color.


Step 3: Swipe a horizontal stripe of Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in Black over the top tip of the nail.


Step 4: Use an orangewood stick (a toothpick works, too!) to create a bow tie and three buttons on each fingernail. Just dip the stick into the black nail polish and dot on. It’s easiest to think of the bow tie like two little triangles (three dots each) that point in toward each other.

Step 5: Finish with another coat of Triple Play to seal your nail art. Ta-da!


So fun, right?! #NailedIt.

[Disclosure: This post is the first in a five part series. I was selected to compete in the “Brush with Fame Challenge” by In Touch magazine, Life&Style Magazine, and L.A. Colors Cosmetics! I received these products to participate. Keep an eye out for upcoming challenge posts!]

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Simple Skincare Review and Giveaway

I recently started using three new products from Simple Skincare that I absolutely fell in love with. Simple provides quality products that contain no harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes or dyes that will upset your skin. I can certainly vouch for this because I have sensitive skin and these products did not irritate it at all. Read on for the details on each product and enter to win your own Simple products at the bottom of this post. The Simple Prize Pack also includes a gift card to Walmart so you can select another Simple product of your choosing!

Exfoliating Facial Wipes


These wipes are wonderful. Not only do they effectively remove makeup, they actually exfoliate your face! The textured cloths gently lift dead skin cells to leave your skin revived and revitalized. Love!

Revitalizing Eye Roll-On


The Revitalizing Eye Roll-On helps reduce puffiness and wakes up and revitalize tired eyes by instantly cooling and gently massaging the delicate eye area. Just roll on under the eye area and pat any excess into your skin with the pad of your finger. It’s like an instant eye lift.

Eye Makeup Remover


This eye makeup remover can get rid of even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. It is gentle, but gets the job done.

And now… the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Giveaway time! Don’t wait too long to enter for your chance to win – the giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 23. See  the giveaway widget below to enter! Good luck and get ready to enjoy the skin you’re in! :)

Simple – Martinis and Mascara

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Simple via lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]

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Obsession of the Day: Neutrogena Professional Triple Hair Repair


What’s your damage?

I know mine has a lot to do with the massive amounts of heat styling and chemical processing I always subject my strands to! Hair coloring damage is probably my biggest issue. Luckily, I’ve been repairing my hair with the Neutrogena Triple Repair Hair Care system.


This trio of hair saving products includes the Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Shampoo, Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Conditioner, and the Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-In Treatment.

The system reduces breakage by 80%, so hair is left stronger, smoother, and more nourished. It’s clinically proven to instantly repair the 3 leading signs of damaged hair in just one use, so you can get healthy and beautiful hair at any length.

This breakthrough hair care system has been shown to mend 97% of split ends while strengthening brittle hair and protecting from hair breakage. Best results are provided with combined usage of the shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment.

The Fortifying Leave-In Treatment also protects hair from heat styling over 400°F, so you can stop worrying about heat damaged hair, and get the healthy, beautiful style you want.

Watch my video below to see how the treatment helped my hair:

For even more tips, tricks, and information, be sure to “like” Neutrogena on Facebook. You should also check out the Triple Repair Hair Care Center on the web where you can learn some amazing tips from Neutrogena expert stylist Sam Leonardi. Sam’s philosophy? Beautiful style starts with strong, healthy hair. I totally agree! He has some amazing tips and tricks utilizing these nourishing Neutrogena products. He dishes out healthy hair how-tos to correct a variety of hair damagers including blowdrying, wet brushing, chlorine and salt water, hot tools, hair color, hearsh weather, product overload, towel drying, and sun exposure.


[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Neutrogena, but all opinions are my own.]

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The Big Reveal: New Beauty Retailer

I posted last week about a hot new fashion forward retailer on the market that is taking the beauty industry by storm! This particular retailer is delivering some serious premium brands that will demand attention in the beauty space. Ready for the big reveal?


It’s actually the Clark+Kensington paint + primer in one line by Ace Hardware. Whaaat! The brand new Paint Studio at Ace features an awesome collection of fashion and beauty forward colors, within a boutique-style setting, that will help you incorporate high fashion design into your home décor.
Like I mentioned earlier, one of my absolute favorite tints from this inspired collection is called Bougainvillea. It’s a rich bold fuchsia – one of the main undertones in this year’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid – so it’s perfectly on-trend! I found this awesome ornate mirror that I absolutely adore. It was a little plain in the color department, so I DIY-ed it up up with my new beautiful Bougainvillea paint.  
This is an amazing way to incorporate a bold color like this if you aren’t ready to commit to painting your entire room with this bright tint! It’s just like using a bold pop of color like a statement handbag in your outfit. Not into bright pink like I am? The line features a ton of other colors that are definitely worth checking out as well.
This is the perfect time for a room revamp because Ace is offering a Star Spangled Instant Savings Event. The Star Spangled Sale takes place from July 2nd to the 7th and offers instant savings of $5 off Clark+Kensington paint and $5 off Valspar paint as well. Take advantage of this great offer by heading to your neighborhood Ace and get ready to enjoy your new fashion forward space!
[Disclosure: The post was sponsored by Ace, but all opinions are my own.]

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Cate McNabb Cosmetics Giveaway

Cate McNabb

Remember how much I love Cate McNabb cosmetics? (Click here if you need a refresher!) Well, I have more fun news! I’m giving away two of my absolute favorite products from the brand – the Long Lasting Lipstick in Fetch Pink and the Gel Eyeliner in Black. I adore them both and I know you’ll love them too! For your chance to win, check out the Rafflecopter widget below for entry options. Good luck! ;)
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Obsession of the Day: ColourPop

Where have you been all my life, ColourPop?! I am so thrilled that the fabulous folks at this company reached out to me to review their eye shadows. I instantly fell in love with their colorful branding and cheeky product names… but the real fun came when I tested out the product. I’m pleased as punch to reveal that these shadows are just as high in quality as they are high in fun! The texture is heavenly – super soft and easy to blend. The best part? They are literally only $5 a pop. Vivid pigments at rock bottom prices! This is the kind of shade you will want to throw over and over again, honey. Here are a handful of my absolute favorite colors:



Tassel is the ultimate highlight shade. It’s a bright true white with some serious multidimensional glitter. Love love love.


Dare_grande Dare to go big or go home! I adore this bright neon purple. It is packed with flecks of hot pink and violet glitter. Perfect for a fun night out if you aren’t afraid of a little color!


Ibiza_grande I love me some turquoise. Ibiza is infused with a silver and gold duo chrome finish. SO pretty. It makes me feel like a mermaid and anything that makes me feel like a mermaid is pretty much my favorite thing ever. Truth.

Get Lucky

Get-Lucky_grande Get Lucky is the perfect gold for your makeup kit. It is an intense, super brilliant, super metallic, liquid-like gold. Love. It also pairs well with my next fav, On The Rocks.

On the Rocks


On the Rocks is a vibrant true bronze with gold and violet glitter. Like I mentioned, it looks beautiful with Get Lucky, but it also blends well with other brights like Ibiza and Dare. This versatile shade is a keeper.


Ratchet_grande This is the black you want for that late-night-out-at-the-club type smokey eye. It’s a rich black doused with some serious silver glitter and speckled hints of pink glitter. Ultra vamp, ultra-glam. It’s very Fangtasia. (Confession: I’m binge watching True Blood while blogging again.) But seriously, Ratchet is perfection. Don’t let the name fool you. ;)

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ColourPop, but all opinions and ideas are my own.]

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