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Are you Ready to Upgrade Your #TacoTuesday?

Taco Tuesday Accessories

Taco Tuesday is so popular it has a hashtag. Tacos are a favorite dinner item, but it may be time to step things up a bit. Instead of going out, upgrade your dinner and enjoy #tacotuesday right at home? Prepara has everything to make a tasty dinner.

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An At-Home Spa Day With These Pure & Coco Products

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Pack Everything You Need in This Toiletry Organizer

Ellis James Designs Quilted Toiletry Bag
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As a blogger, I used to travel to different beauty events in the Los Angeles area. I’ll admit, I’m not exactly a light packer, but I’m also not an “I may need this heavy sweater in July” person either. However, I do pack a little more than I need to, which means I’m stuck bringing two toiletry bags. If you’re an over-packer and you want to get things down to one bag, I have one that you need to get. Now, I can fit everything I need in just one affordable toiletry organizer from Ellis James Designs.

Quilted Hanging Toiletry Bag

I recently had the opportunity to test out the Ellis James Designs Quilted Hanging Toiletry Organizer. I don’t like to spoil things this early in a post, but man, this is amazing! It almost makes me want to over pack because of all the room you get! Let’s start out with the basics:

  • Dimensions: 12 W x 9 L x 6 D inches
  • Materials: Soft Touch Quilted Nylon
  • Water-Resistant and Padded for Protection

There’s a hook design so you can hang your bag wherever you want. The multi-functional pockets and holders with a detachable pouch, make organizing your products easy. The small pouch fits perfectly in larger handbags.

Ellis James Designs Organizer

Ellis James Designs Organizer Aerial View

Ellis James Designs Organizer Front Pouch

Ellis James Designs Organizer Opened

How Much Can You Pack?

While this toiletry bag can fit a lot of products, and it’s best to work it so that you fit everything you need.

The pouch by the hook is where I put my skincare. When traveling, you’re allowed travel size products and my skincare fits perfectly there. If needed, I can also fit a small bar of soap, and a mini shampoo and conditioner.

The middle pouch holds my face products: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, primer, and highlighter. The last pouch is my eye and lip products. I don’t use a lot of the two, so they both fit perfectly there. The last pouch is where I put my brushes in. I like to keep those separate since I do clean my brushes even when I travel. The little pouch I use for extra medicine, and anything else I can fit in there that I’ll need.

Ellis James Designs Organizer Hanging Side

Ellis James Designs Organizer Middle Compartment

Ellis James Designs Organizer all the way opened

Ellis James Designs Organizer hook

Ellis James Designs Organizer large compartment side

Ellis James Designs Organizer small detachable pouch

Ellis James Designs Organizer large compartment

Overall Thoughts

The Ellis James Designs Quilted Toiletry Organizer is absolutely amazing. It fits everything I need when I travel, and the quality is incredible. It lasts through road trips and being pushed around in my luggage. This particular organizer comes at an affordable price of $45.95, and it’s definitely worth it.

If you’d like to see a packing like a pro blog post, let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share our packing tricks as well!

Getting Whiter Teeth While Restoring Enamel

New Dental Products from Rembrandt and Plackers
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I have to admit that I’ve never been the best at taking great care of my teeth. I spent the money on an electric brush, and I use special toothpaste for people with sensitive gums and prone to bleeding. I’ve never had the best of luck with dentists, so I don’t like going. Because of this, I had $2,000 worth of dental work.

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Is It Time to Switch Up My Skincare Routine

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Every so often people will try new skincare products in hopes of switching up their current routine. Or they’re looking to replace a product that’s no longer working out for them. I recently had the opportunity to test out three new products from Ceramedx: Extra Gentle Cleanser, Restoring Body Lotion, and Ultra Moisturizing Cream.

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Discovering New To Us Brands: Hynt Beauty

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The best part about reviewing makeup is trying products from brands I’m unfamiliar with. Hynt products use quality ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, eco-conscious, cruelty-free, non-irritating, and effective.

They were generous and sent a ton of lipstick samples, their discovery kit, Aria pure lipstick, and a pressed eye shadow.

ARIA PURE Lipstick in Tierra Blush and Pressed Eye Shadow in Crystal Taupe

Hynt Beauty Lipstick and Eye Shadow

ARIA PURE Lipstick in Tierra Blush

I love the lipstick packaging. It’s a little bulkier than most, but that’s because there’s a balm at the top. You’re not losing any product with the lipstick to make up for the balm. You’ve got the lipstick, which has .18 oz product and then the balm.

The ARIA PURE lipstick ($29) shade, Tierra Blush, is a dark rosy blush shade. While it looks dark, it’s still the perfect everyday color. Sometimes I will blend it out with my finger to sheer it out and make it look more like a stain. Like with most lipsticks, it lasts a solid couple of hours before having to re-apply.

ARIA PURE Lipstick in Tierra Blush

Hynt Beauty Lip Balm

PERFETTO Pressed Eye Shadow in Crystal Taupe

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Taupe eye shadows. I won’t even admit to the number of taupe shadows that I currently own. Yes, it’s that many.

So course, when I had the opportunity to pick out a pressed eye shadow ($22), I immediately chose Crystal Taupe. Crystal Taupe is a beautiful taupe shade with silver shimmer in it. Let me tell you, this shadow is better than just about all of the other taupe shadows that I own! It’s buttery soft, easy to blend, and the pigmentation is incredible. This shadow immediately made it into my everyday makeup bag. And this rarely happens!

Lipstick in Tierra Blush and Pressed Eye Shadow in Crystal Taupe Swatched

Discovery Kit in Light Beige / Soft Beige

When I was deciding on products to try, I knew I had to get their Discovery Kit ($49). Normally, I don’t try foundations because I am terrible at choosing foundation shades online.

This kit includes:

  • 2 VELLUTO Pure Powder Foundations in Light Beige / Soft Beige
  • 1 DUET Perfecting Concealer in Light
  • 1 FINALE Finishing Powder in Translucent Pearl (Deluxe Sample)
  • 1 LUMIERE Radiance Boosting Powder (Deluxe Sample)

I have to point out right away, that if you don’t like don’t a powder foundation, you will not like this. I’ve been a longtime fan and user of the Bare Minerals foundation, and I’m always on the hunt for a new powder/mineral foundation.

The coverage was pretty light to medium, which is what I prefer. No matter what the brand is, my skin can’t seem to handle a full coverage foundation. The color match wasn’t the best, but that’s on me.

The concealer was really nice for spot concealer, but it didn’t work the best under eyes. Please keep in mind though, my under eye area is extremely dry, and most concealers don’t work because of that. I need an extremely hydrating concealer for my under eyes.

Hynt Beauty the Discovery kit

Hynt Beauty Foundation Brush

Hynt Beauty Concealer

Overall Thoughts

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to test out Hynt Beauty. There are very few brands, where after testing them out, I immediately go to their site and add products to my shopping cart. I can’t wait to try some more from the brand, especially their lipsticks and eye shadows. If you’re looking for a new brand to try that’s cruelty-free and uses great ingredients, do yourselves a favor and try Hynt Beauty! You won’t be disappointed!

A Cruelty-Free Brand People Should Know About

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One of my big beauty and skin care goals for 2019 is to use more cruelty-free brands. My long-term goals are to go organic and vegan. I recently had the opportunity to kick my 2019 goal into gear by testing out some beauty products from The Organic Skin Co.

About The Organic Skin Co.

“Ethics are important to us. We want you to be clear about what ingredients we put in our products, and we want you to know that we’re doing the right thing by you and by our planet. Here’s a look at all the little things we do to give you peace of mind.”

The Organic Skin Co. is certified organic, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Face Products

Set to Impress Pressed Powder in Moonlit ($56) – This is a great setting powder that has a slight tint to it. When swatching I thought it was going to go on the skin darker, but it doesn’t. For me, that’s a great thing. While translucent powders are great, I do like a little color to them. I don’t typically have a ton of shine during the winter months, but this works great at controlling the shine, even when I’m not wearing any foundation.

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Top of Packaging

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Opened

Set to Impress Pressed Powder

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Swatched

Lip Products

All About the Gloss in Mist ($30) – This by far one of my favorite lip glosses that I’ve worn in a long time. It’s perfect for every day, it’s comfortable to wear, doesn’t have a strong odor, and it’s just an all-around great product. I still recommend wearing a lip balm under if you have dry lips, but it’s still an excellent gloss.

All About the Gloss opened

All About the Gloss applicator up close

Lip Service in Ruby Red ($34.50) – This is a neutral red lipstick that works as an everyday color. Even if you’re like me and don’t typically wear red lipsticks, this is a natural red to wear! It’s moisturizing, goes on smoothly, and does last a good couple of hours before having to re-apply.

Lip Service lipstick side view

Lip Service lipstick front view

About the Gloss and Lip Service Packaging

About the Gloss and Lip Service Swatched

Eyes

Black Lash in Black ($40) – This isn’t going to give you the look of false lashes. It’s necessary to point this out right away. However, this is still an excellent mascara for work or school.

Black Lash Mascara opened

Black Lash Mascara wand up close

The Eyes Have It in Day Dreamer and Misty ($36) – I’ve been on a natural eye makeup look, and even started using cream eye shadows. So of course, I had to test out two of the brands cream shadows: Day Dreamer and Misty. Misty is a muted taupe and Day Dreamer is a medium brown. Both are great to throw on, apply some eyeliner, mascara, and you’re good to go!

The Eyes Have It Packaging

The Eyes Have It Opened Aerial View

Overall Thoughts

If you want a cruelty-free and vegan brand, I can’t say enough about The Organic Skin Co. Everything I’ve tried is great! I already have a cart full of products that I can’t wait to order and try out!

Is This Curling Wand Great for Beginners

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You can’t browse through Instagram without seeing women posing with their long, curly locks. Most of it is used using different products and styling tools like this curling wand from Sultra. But is this 1.5-inch titanium curling wand ($149) a great item for beginners?

Curling Wand Ease of Use

What’s great about the Sultra curling wand is that it comes with a glove to prevent any burns. I believe most wands will come with a glove, but I wonder if it helps those who are used to a regular curling iron.

For me, there was definitely a learning curve. I think because I was so afraid of burning myself, I had a hard time concentrating on my hair. Even though I didn’t burn myself, I definitely came close. But keep in mind, I hardly ever curl my hair. My hair is naturally wavy when wet, so I typically blow dry is straight or use a flat iron.

Sultra Curling Wand Bottom Up Close

Sultra Glove - Pink Shade

Sultra Swivel Cord Up Close

Sultra Curling Wand - wand photo

Product Details

This is the first clipless curl and wave wand that combines a titanium barrel and a dedicated ion emitter. This allows for quick, one-pass styling without damaging your heat from heat exposure. You’re getting optimum heat surface with a friction-free glide, which means no snagging or pulling. Facts about the Sultra curling wand:

  • Nine-foot no tangle swivel cord
  • Two-year warranty
  • Auto shut-off
  • A digital variable temperature for up t 350F degrees
  • Dual-heater technology for even heat and styling
  • Fast heat up
  • Ion emitter creates the most healing, smoothing ions for shiny hair
  • Iron pad and styling glove included
  • Universal voltage

Creating Different Looks

What I like about the size of the wand is being able to create different hairstyles. Once you get used to using a wand, it doesn’t take a long time to do my hair in the morning.

My favorite look is definitely beachy waves. While my hair is a little too short to get the curls that I want, it’s a look that I can definitely get in around 45 minutes. My hair is thick, so it does require some products and a little bit of work. But, we all know what a great hair day can do! So it’s definitely worth it.

Overall Thoughts

I’m enjoying the Sultra curling wand, but there was definitely a learning curve that involved a lot of frustrations. If you’re experienced with curling wands and need a new one, I think you will definitely enjoy the 1.5-inch titanium wand from Sultra.

Do you have a signature look you like to do? Let us know in the comments!

A Natural Deodorant Great for Sensitive Skin

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As someone who has sensitive skin, it’s hard finding products that work. Everything from shampoo and conditioner to moisturizers, face masks, lip balms, and even deodorants is a big task. Trying to find a deodorant that won’t irritate my skin or cause migraines has turned into an annoying scavenger hunt. I may have discovered an excellent product from JK Naturals. I recently had the opportunity to test out their natural deodorant in Lavender.

A Natural Deodorant That Does the Job

Lavender is easily my favorite scent, and I wish I could have it in my house. With this natural deodorant, you get 1.76 fl oz of product. While there is no fragrance, there’s a strong scent. Enough so that I did get a migraine. However, if you can’t have perfume in products and scents will not bother you, this is a great deodorant!

The solid deodorant goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I work from home, so I don’t do a lot of moving around throughout the day, but I can tell it works. I feel like it’s working to keep my underarms from having a strong smell, and sweating stays at bay. It’s everything that I’m looking for in a deodorant, I just wish that the lavender scent wasn’t so strong. But please keep in mind, I’m horribly sensitive to scents.

JK Naturals Lavender Deodorant

JK Naturals Lavender Deodorant Side View

A Natural Deodorant That Lasts All Day!

While I don’t do a lot during the week, on the weekend, I’m regularly on the run. Whether I’m running errands, shopping, or going grocery shopping, I need something to keep up with my busy day. This deodorant held up! I wasn’t sweating, nor did I smell at the end of the day.

Try This Natural Deodorant!

If you want a natural deodorant with a fresh scent that works and won’t cause issues, try JK Naturals! At $15.99 for the product, it is pricey, but it’s worth it if you are struggling to find a deodorant that works without irritating your skin.

Are These the Most Opaque Nail Polishes?

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I enjoy pampering myself once in a while, but I’ll admit that I don’t regularly keep up with having my nails done. Mostly because I don’t have a lot of time to do them, and I can’t always justify spending money on getting my nails done when I can do them myself. On the flip side, I can never turn down the opportunity to test out a new (to me) nail polish brand to see how it stacks up to other, well-known brands. Spoiler alert — I may have found one of the most opaque nail polishes, and it comes from Northern Nail Polish.
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