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

Sultra 1.5-inch titanium wand Product Photo

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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!

Shapewear: Our Little Secret

Shapewear Our Little Secret

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Let me tell you about shapewear our little secret. Growing up I was never skinny but I was always short, so that makes me look even heavier. I was always made fun of for being overweight and especially in middle school and freshman year of high school. At my heaviest, I was in size 18 clothing and hit about 205lbs being only 4’10 you can imagine how it looked. I battled weight up and down and until the summer of Junior year when my battle with depression came to a head did I lose any significant weight. In the span of 6 months I lost down to 135 lbs and honestly, I looked sick. I finally got healthy and usually stay between 145-155 lbs now.

With that being said I’ve never been “flat chested” either so finding bras that fit is always a chore. It’s either too tight or the cups don’t fit right. I for one detest underwire and can’t stand to have it in a bra, it is like slow torture wearing one all day. Not to mention when the wire snaps and tries to impale you slowly.

Shapewear our little secret

 

So I started looking for a brand that would fit all my needs and that’s when I found Sonsee. Sonsee is for plus size ladies and caters to all their needs. They have sizing experts ready and willing to help you find the perfect fit every time so you don’t have any guesswork.

High Back Bra

Here are my thoughts on the products that I received. First I got the High Back Bra. This bra is a game changer because I’m having no more back pain. It gives support in all the right places and there is NO underwire *happy dance here*. It comes in nude and black and is so soft on your skin. A big win in my opinion.

Shapewear Shorts

The next thing I received was the  Shapewear Shorts. To be honest when I first got them I was like, I’m going to look like an old lady. But then I put it on, and I’m in love! After four kids lets get real there are muscles that are not in the correct spot and are stretched out. The support I felt instantly made me feel so much better. It also helps hide those little problem areas, don’t get me wrong I’m all about self-love but I could use some toning up and the shapewear provides that coverage. The fabric is breathable and great for year round use. The waistband is designed for tummy control and made to not roll down.

Sonsee Shapewear

Sonsee Woman

 

So there you have it, shapewear our little secret weapon. Gives confidence and provides support for those problem areas. Perfect for anyone, having the proper undergarments make all the difference. For more information visit their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Unexpected Natural Beauty To Try

I didn’t start looking into natural beauty products until after I had my son. I was a stay at home mom for the first time. I had a lot of time to discover and read more on beauty products. I found a new home business that sold mineral makeup! After that, I knew I had to try more natural products! I am so excited to introduce you to a few unexpected natural beauty to try!

Unexpected Natural Beauty To Try

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Hand Cream That Hydrates For Cold Weather

Hand Cream That Hydrates For Cold Weather

 

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I’ve always been a warm weather type of person. Sunshine and warmth speak to my soul. However, for most of my life, I’ve lived in a very cold state. The winters in Michigan can be brutal! This winter, we’ve had a state-wide winter emergency due to the cold and snow. Our local school district has had over six snow days so far! Ugh, I’m so over this cold and heaps of snow. I’m freezing and always needing to slather on loads of hand cream…. [read more]

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.

Loving Your Body After Having A Baby

Loving Your Body After Having A Baby

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I have always battled with self-image and since having my children it continues to be an issue that I’ve struggled with. I guess I’ve never gotten out of the mindset of from when I was in school, I was always the short overweight oddball. Lately, I’ve decided that it’s time to love the body I have. Now i’m learning how important loving your body after having a baby is. 

Loving your body after having a baby. 

Pregnancy

I have grown and birthed four beautiful children. My skin stretched and warped as they grew, not always returning unhindered. There are stretch marks and not in the same place. I was lucky enough to be able to help create these beautiful lives, how could I not love a body that did that. I’ve also survived a horrific car accident that should have killed me. I broke three out of four limbs, and have had eight surgeries in just over two years. I have massive scaring up my left forearm, where I had a plate and eight screws put in.

While I may not love every inch of my body, My kids don’t see the pain. They don’t see the scars of the past or the scars from the accident. They see mommy, whom they love no matter what I look like. My children don’t care if I’m super skinny, or if my hair is always done. All they want is for me to be present and happy.

So with bathing suit season right around the corner, I’ve been looking for something that is going to flatter what accents I have and hid my issue areas. Look no further then Tempt Me swimsuits. From one piece to bikinis there is something for every body type. I chose two different styles, and the main thing I was looking for was coverage. Other places when you get the coverage you don’t always get style but this is where Tempt Me is different. They strive to do both!

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Off The Shoulder

I love the One Piece Polka Falbala Swimdress, it gives me that vintage feel. I love how I can put it on and feel completely comfortable around anyone. The second swimsuit I chose from Tempt Me was the Vintage Off Shoulder Ruffled Swimsuits. I love the bright colors in this swimsuit, and how the black of the base sets off the colors in a pop. To be honest, when ordering online I was a little worried because I don’t usually get the bikini style bottom but I was really impressed by just how much coverage this swimsuit provides.  I usually HATE shopping for swimsuits but Tempt Me made it easy and fast. If you would like more information Be sure to check them out on their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Loving Yourself

Todays Takeaway:

You are beautiful. Learning to love yourself is one of the most empowering things that you can truly do. When those little ones look into your eyes remember that YOU are their entire world. So love your scars, love your stretch marks because you are amazing! Learn to love your body after having a baby.

Rock Out For Natural Skincare

When it comes to beauty, I am so picky about the products I use. I am lucky enough to try plenty of brands and types of products. Thankfully, I have found natural products to be the safest and most gentle on my skin. Even safe enough to use on my son’s skin, if I ever had to. Are you ready to explore natural skincare products?

Rock Out For Natural Skincare

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It’s time to Rock Out for Natural Skincare! I am so excited to introduce you to Zum Face Products!

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