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Looking for the perfect hairstyle to break into spring? Super straight silky hair that shines is absolutely possible (at least before the rain starts pouring down)! With these best-selling straightening irons from Hot Tools, you can easily create a flawless look. When it comes to thermal tools, it's important to make the right decision so that your hair stays healthy through every press. These irons can reach high heats of 455°F, while their Micro-Shine® finish makes it much easier to create a perfectly polished look without damage.
NEW! HOT TOOLS 1 ¼" BLACK GOLD™ DIGITAL FLAT IRON (MSRP: $79.99) This is the best-in-class styling surface ever offered by Hot Tools® Professional. It emulates the even heat distribution capability of our 24k Gold styling surface for beautiful consistent results. Black Gold™ also combines Titanium’s durability and corrosion-resistance to styling products with our Micro-Shine® finish to minimize friction and reduce damage to your hair.
NEW! HOT TOOLS 1" BLACK GOLD™ XL FLAT IRON (MSRP: $79.99) This is the best-in-class styling surface ever offered by Hot Tools®Professional. It emulates the even heat distribution capability of our 24k Gold styling surface for beautiful consistent results. Black Gold™ also combines titanium’s durability and corrosion-resistance to styling products with our Micro-Shine® finish to minimize friction and reduce damage to your hair.
I love the look of my hair when I straighten it. My husband loves it too, but I tend to stay away from doing that because it doesn't take much to damage my fine hair. After learning about these new Hot Tools flat irons, I am thinking about trying the sleek, straight, shiny sexy look again!
Here's how I look with straightened hair. What do you think?
When it comes to anti-aging products, I can honestly tell you that some are just a bunch of hype. They don't deliver on their promises of youthful skin, and are a huge waste of money.
In my ten years of being a beauty product reviewer, I have tested hundreds of products. I can honestly say that Rodan & Fields works the anti-aging miracles that it claims it does. In fact, Rodan & Fields is a company that I believe in enough to actually sell their products myself if I ever decide to go that route. For now, I am happy to review their amazing products.
I was given the chance to try out their Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen, Lash Boost, and Intensive Renewing Serum.
Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen
Our hands are among the hardest working and most environmentally vulnerable parts of our bodies. That's why the backs of people's hands often look so much older than their faces. To defend against the telltale signs of skin aging, Rodan & Fields created the REDEFINE™ Hand Treatment Regimen. It visibly brightens, diminishes visible redness and reduces the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles and thin, crepey skin.This set includes the REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment and the REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm, but you can purchase each one separately.
Our necks and hands are the first areas that begin to show age, and are the first areas to age the worst if you do not take care of them properly. The skin on our hands is thin, and years can take their toll. It is important to pamper them. Using sunscreen on the backs of your hands is very important! I am only just now starting to remember to use it. The age shield hand balm has an SPF of 30 and makes it easy to remember. I keep it in my purse and swipe it on as needed. The brightening hand treatment is amazing as well. It is a nice hand cream that makes my hands feel soft and moisturized. I don't have age spots on my hands yet, thankfully. Maybe I never will if I keep up this hand care regimen from Rodan & Fields!
Intensive Renewing Serum
Experience the visible skin firming, smoothing and revitalizing benefits of powerful Vitamin A without a visit to the dermatologist’s office. REDEFINE™ Intensive Renewing Serum is the closest you can get to prescription-strength Vitamin A without a prescription. With Retinal-MD™ Technology, 20 times the strength of Retinol, Intensive Renewing Serum harnesses the skin’s own renewing powers to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. This formula is not only stronger than Retinol, it’s smarter too. Specifically designed to be tough on the signs of aging — not on your skin — it’s gentle enough for everyday use on nearly all skin types. (60 Capsules)
I have been using one capsule a day of Intensive Renewing Serum for two months. A little goes a long way. I apply it to my face, neck and upper chest area. I love it because I am a firm believer in the importance of using Retinol in your skin care regimen, but unfortunately I get a bad reaction to it (Retinol). Thankfully, Intensive Renewing Serum is very gentle on my skin. You cannot really tell by my photo above, but the serum comes in small gelatin capsules that you twist the top off of, and apply it to your skin. The serum is so silky feeling, and it absorbs instantly. It makes my skin feel perfect and so soft. I use it right after I wash my face, usually at night before bed. It has helped my skin to look and feel very young and beautiful.
Get the appearance of lush, longer-looking lashes in as little as four weeks with ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost™.* This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours. In weeks, you’ll be wondering if you need mascara at all.
Oh my goodness! I am in LOVE with Lash Boost! It is pure heaven. My eyelashes were short and nothing to brag about. I always used several coats of mascara and a lash curler to make my lashes stand out.
After using Rodan & Fields Lash Boost for about six weeks (every single night before going to bed, AFTER washing my face and removing all makeup.) I apply it along my upper and lower lash lines.
My lashes have grown so much longer, thicker and darker. They almost reach my eyebrows! They are lush and beautiful. I get numerous compliments on them, and the compliments that mean the most are from my husband who usually never notices things like that.
This is such a miracle! My lashes are so long that they curl. I even have to comb them and untangle them each day! Now I only need one coat of mascara and I am good to go! This is so much fun for me. Even when I am not wearing mascara, my eyelashes look perfect and beautiful.
I also apply Lash Boost to my eyebrows a few times each week. I used to pluck my eyebrows and the hairs never quite grew back, but now they ARE back! I have my eyebrows back! This is one product that I never want to be without!
This photo doesn't really do my lashes justice, but can you see how long they have become.
For more information, go to https://www.rodanandfields.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Iconic fashion brand Vera Bradley has partnered with Pennsylvania publisher Fox Chapel Publishing on an exciting and gorgeous new gift wrapping paper collection! I am very excited to get the chance to use it.
Just as founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller envisioned their elegant designs brightening up airports many years ago, the company has once again imagined their colorful patterns bringing beauty and joy to the pleasure of gift giving. Vera Bradley and Fox Chapel Publishing are pleased to launch five gift wrapping paper books, which include gift tags that you can customize and color in, to celebrate life's many milestones.
The giftwrap series includes:
- Baby Bump Wrapping Paper
- Birthday Bash Wrapping Paper
- Happy Holidays Wrapping Paper
- Oh Happy Day Wrapping Paper
- Wedding Belles Wrapping Paper
Oh Happy Day!
"Fox Chapel Publishing is proud to bring the fashionable world of Vera Bradley patterns to the gift market," says Alan Giagnocavo, Fox Chapel Publishing president. "With 20 sheets of high-end matte wrapping paper in each book, the gift of giving will have an added layer of beauty."
I am thrilled with my Vera Bradley Giftwrap Collection! It is so elegant, and I am excited to wrap up gifts for my family and friends with this gorgeous wrapping paper. I find myself staring at the beautiful designs and patterns. I can't wait to get the chance to put it to use.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Making the perfect Easter Basket for your family can be mission critical for a successful holiday weekend. The spring collection of watches from Armitron includes the most perfect pastel colors to compliment your readers’ festive baskets and at the right price. Starting at $25, Armitron watches are not only affordable but also extremely fashionable.
My husband and I love our Armitron Watches. I love how fashionable they are and the quality is amazing! You would never know that they are as inexpensive as they are!
Even with outside childcare available, there is going to come a time when you are going to have your kids home while you need to study. Perhaps one of your children will be home sick with the flu. What are you going to do when you have dueling responsibilities? At best-dentalassistantschools.com, aspiring students can locate schools with the dental assisting education programs they desire to attend. You can study while still caring for kids, but you have to be mindful of the time you have available. Read below to learn how to manage educational and study needs along with the needs of growing and developing children.
Studying with a Baby in the Home
Just when you go to crack open your textbook, you will probably hear your infant begin to stir through the baby monitor. Caring for children under 12 months of age is hard work. They need their diapers changed, you have to warm up bottles several times a day, and most of all they need lots of love and attention. The best thing you can do when you have a baby at home is study when they’re sound asleep. This can be easily accomplished by putting your baby on a schedule.
Distracting Toddlers While You Hit the Books
Toddlers are slightly less needy than infants, but they are also prone to get into mischief if they aren’t watched carefully. You won’t get much studying done when your toddler wants to play, eat, or has a tantrum. Thankfully, toddlers take long naps in the middle of the day, which should leave you with at least one hour of interrupted time to study during daylight hours. At night, when your toddler is fast asleep you can hit the books once again.
Working with Elementary School Age Children While in College
By the time your kids are ready to enter elementary school, going to college becomes much easier. From around 8 or 9 a.m. until at least 2 p.m. you can be sure to have loads of time available for studying. Children in this age group generally need help with homework after school, so you might find yourselves studying together at the kitchen table.
Making It Work in Middle School
In middle school, your child should be old enough to get him or herself ready in the morning. Your child might also be able to get to school independently or report to the bus stop on time without any assistance from an adult. You’re going to want to get the bulk of your studying done while your middle schooler is away as your child will want to monopolize your time on the weekends and whenever you are available.
Studying Together with High Schoolers
When your child gets to the point of attending high school, you will start to see a real change in behavior. This will be a strange and beautiful time for you both as your child blossoms, develops a social life, and a definitive identity. At this age, your child will know that you need time to study for your dental assistance program.
It will be harder for a person with kids to complete dental assisting school than a single person, but it is doable. In addition, you will have a household with kids who look up to you because of your dedication. Don’t feel bad about making time for yourself to study - it’s what has to be done to achieve greatness.
As the weather keeps reminding us, winter is still hanging around. (Dang it!) That’s why we still have to make sure our skin is getting the hydration it desperately needs in the cold weather. My skin is so confused, and it is suffering from dryness.
Check out the below from DDF Skincare, Baby Bum and Smashbox to help keep your skin moisturized until the summer can come again.
Get the ultimate hydration with DDF Skincare’s Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew
An oil, fragrance and dye-free moisturizer for sensitive skin. Contains SPF 15 to help protect against UVA UVB sun damage. The formula with humectants, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A, C and E provides comfortable hydration.
Perfect for cracked hands and skin, the Baby Bum Natural Monoi Coconut Balm is not just for babies!
Massage, pamper and soothe dry, sensitive skin with our plant based multi-purpose balm. Inspired by the pacific islander’s coveted coconut oils which are infused with tiare flower petals (monoi) to keep baby’s (and mom’s) skin smooth and moisturized.
Skip a step getting ready with Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primerizer
Get primer + moisturizer in 1! Primerizer delivers 24-hour hydration plus powerful primer benefits in the lightest possible texture. It was created in our L.A. photo studio to instantly increase moisture by 127% & prep skin for makeup in 1 step. This non-greasy, quick-dry formula acts as a makeup magnet that locks on foundation & makes it last.
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Sephora’s #1 body care brand, Sol de Janeiro’s secret to Insta-worthy, touch-me-now skin – the NEW Brazilian Bod Buff – is finally launching on Sephora.com!
The smoothing mask n’ scrub is a fun, full-body experience that will reveal your most radiant skin. You can mask it up from head-to-toe for a purifying retreat that will detoxify and sooth your skin or use it as a scrub on wet skin to exfoliate and polish, OR both! Either way, you’ll buff your way to that sexy Brazilian Babe skin!
Plus, celebrity makeup artist (known for the stunning looks of Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra) Sir John, has dubbed the product his ultimate secret for getting his celebrities glowing and ready to hit the red carpet.
Love It. Flaunt It. You’ve Got It.
NEW! Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff ($25; LAUNCHING NOW on Sephora.com & March 30th in-stores)
Smoothing Scrub ‘N Mask for Touch Me Now Brazilian Skin
Take your body on a well-deserved vacation and polish yourself to perfection for Brazilian Babe skin. This full-body experience reveals your most radiant skin yet. You’ll feel and smell incredibly deliciously. Polish, smooth, detoxify… play!
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I personally use Sol de Janeiro’s products and I love them all! My husband even uses my body spray!
A special date night doesn't always have to consist of going somewhere fancy. Why not enjoy a "Date Night In" with Sugarlands Distilling Co. beverages. There is so much joy to be found in the Sugarlands!
One of my favorite 'date nights in' with my husband is renting a movie and having a bunch of our favorite snacks on hand as well as a luxuriously delightful beverage of our choice from Sugarlands Distilling Co.
Sugarlands Distilling Company produces quality, craft spirits. The distillery in downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn. is a popular attraction where guests are invited to taste samples of their award-winning spirits, take behind the-scenes tours of the production, and purchase their favorite spirits, mountain merchandise, and apparel.
That sounds amazing, doesn't it? It sounds like a fun place to visit. I'll need to put that on my destination bucket list. Thankfully, the wonderful folks at Sugarlands sent me a few of their best spirits to try out. They came in the cutest Mason jars. I hated to even open them because they were so dang cool looking.
I received Patti's Wild Mayhaw Moonshine, Appalachian Sippin' Cream in Electric Orange Cream Liqueur, Butter Pecan Cream Liqueur and Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur to review.
When your baby is born, it is extremely important for the baby to bond with their mommy and daddy through skin-to-skin contact. Mothers naturally get more skin-to-skin time with the baby when they breastfeed, but daddies can take advantage of bonding with their little ones, too.
One special way for Daddy to enjoy more of that precious time with baby is by using a Milk & Baby Men's Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo T -Shirt.
My son and his wife welcomed baby Reylin on January 19th. My son, Jonathan knew that he wanted to do absolutely everything he could for his new daughter, and that included skin-to-skin contact as well as baby wearing. Heck, he would breast feed if he could! I picked out a Milk & Baby Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo T-Shirt for him.
Milk & Baby created this nice masculine look t-shirt for dads (but is unisex), for hands-free support and essential skin to skin contact with your baby up to 15 pounds. It is easy to put on - and off -(with help from your partner) and baby will remain warm against your body.
Baby's head can be supported by adjustable head support designed for this purpose at the neckline and also at the top of the horizontal panel.
My son, Jonathan has taken on fatherhood with such enthusiasm! I am so proud of the man he has become, and the Daddy that he is. He clearly adores his baby girl. He loves wearing her all day long (except for when she needs to be fed or changed.) The Kangaroo T-shirt is helping my son to be actively involved in taking care of his daughter and to give Mommy a break.
This shirt should be worn snug, so it is a slim fit. The folks at Milk & Baby recommend to take a bigger size if you are in doubt. However, the inside support band must always be properly adjusted to avoid baby slipping down.
It can also be worn by woman who has wider shoulders and yes... You can breastfeed with it! (My daughter-in-law enjoys wearing it as well!
It has a great 4 way stretch, so it is not too tight for the baby. She feels safe and secure, but can still move around, (kind of like how she felt in mommy's womb.)
Milk & Baby's Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo T -Shirt.is truly a wonderful and one-of-a kind gift idea for a baby shower gift for new parents!
For more information, and to check out the additional products for new parents, go to: https://www.milkandbaby.com/
Having a great relationship is more than an Instagram image, or a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s day; it is a work in progress that requires effort, time and often patience. True love feels very different from any casual relationships that you may have had in the past, and once you know you are in love, you’ll know (as cliché as that may sound).
However, what was once a great relationship can be tried and tested by the demands and restraints of everyday life, so you need to be resilient to keep your relationship on track and develop a sense of understanding and acceptance of your partner so that you don’t get frustrated by any shortcomings within the union.
Misunderstandings and arguments
When two people are in a relationship, it is important to keep things in perspective – especially when debating occurrences as minor as whose turn it is to put the trash out or whether they forgot to put the lid on the toothpaste. There will be times when you disagree about more important topics, but it is important that you both can respect a difference of opinion without arguments becoming heated.
If you are having lots of arguments, have a think about whether you are arguing to win, or because the points you are making have merit – often an argument can occur, but the motivation is quite different to the subject that you are arguing about. To have a healthy argument requires you both to listen and comprehend what the other is saying.
It is amazing how two people can hear the same words but take different meanings from them. A great relationship allows both partners to express themselves freely without feeling that their words will be misconstrued or used negatively against them. If you both have the confidence and support to communicate openly, even the most sensitive issues can be discussed without awkwardness or embarrassment. Should you be in the situation where your sexual relationship is suffering, if you can openly seek a solution together, perhaps by researching solutions at www.penisenlargementreviews.org, you will find that your relationship is strengthened, rather than weakened.
There is no occasion when good communication skills can’t heal a relationship that both parties want to continue with, but they are not limited to speaking. Think about how important listening is and the non-verbal messages your body gives.
Unfortunately, one of the areas that unpicks long-term relationship is a lack of honesty – not just the deal-breaking extramarital affair type of honesty, but the daily breaches of trust. If either of you are not honest about your feelings or finances, you will find that with time the charade will run out of steam.
Neither of you are mind readers, and so you must be prepared to articulate clearly and concisely how you feel, this way you are creating a supportive and positive environment for your relationship to thrive based on truthfulness and integrity. If you foster a deep trust with each other you will be able to ride the waves of the challenges that life will throw at you – you know that phrase ‘united we stand, divided we fall.’
Relationships can be complex, but they don’t have to be: respect, love, and truth are the pillars of all great relationships. Combine these attributes and work hard together to achieve your goals and you will have a long-lasting loving relationship.