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As much as I love Summer, I also enjoy transitioning in to Fall. I do not enjoy the cooler weather or the rain, no. I love the beautiful colors of Autumn. I also love switching up my wardrobe and I especially love changing up my makeup routine. PÜR has the most gorgeous cosmetics ever, and I am excited to share with you the products that I am using to bring on the new season! Below are my favorites.
After cleansing and moisturizing my skin each morning, the first thing I always apply is foundation. I use 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with Skincare in the blush medium shade, since my skin is still slightly tan. I will eventually switch to light when my skin gets a bit paler.
4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation gives you the flawless mineral coverage you expect from PÜR with groundbreaking skincare ingredients built into this award-winning formula. This powder foundation has a lightweight feel and no-mess, no-stress application. This all-in-one foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15 has been clinically proven to correct, prevent and interrupt your biggest skin concerns – even after the makeup comes off!
When I want my foundation to last a little longer, or if I need a little extra cover up, this foundation is perfect. In fact, I had a small breakout last month, and so I used this foundation as the perfect highly pigmented cover up. It looks completely natural, yet covers everything that I do not wish to be seen. It even stays on when I go swimming. This amazing foundation does not budge until you want to wash it off. It is perfect for a day at the beach!
On Point Eyeliner Pencil (in black)
This eyeliner is amazing! There is a built-in sharpener in the lid, so it is always sharp and ready to use. The pigment is very rich, and I only need one coating, which lasts all day long. It does not smudge or smear. This long wearing formula stays put all day until I want to remove it.
I love this formula! I apply it and it stays put all day long. It is the perfect base coat, and I layer it with my favorite gloss to create my own unique look. I love how it does not dry out my lips like other long wearing formulas do. It does not flake or look odd, either.
This lightweight, highly pigmented lip color utilizes gel technology to coat lips in vivid color and intense shine. The chrome-like gloss provides pigment without traveling or fading. I always layer this gloss over my matte lip color, and it looks and feels perfect on my lips. It is highly moisturizing, which is wonderful, because my lips get chapped quickly when the weather gets cooler.
Creating a flawless eye look is super simple if you have the perfect mix of neutral, copper and bronze shades handy. Now you can turn everyday and night into a soiree with this super versatile 12-piece eye shadow collection. Filled with highly pigmented and silky smooth shadows, the four versatile matte shades, four satin shades and four shimmers work flawlessly together for all skin tones. Super blendable and anything but basic, this essential palette takes the guesswork out of your eye look. Just use the colors in the vertical rows from top to bottom for highlight, definition and drama.
It is almost as if his eye shadow palette was designed just for me. Every single color compliments my eye color and complexion. It is also absolutely perfect for fall.
Melt away makeup and nourish the skin with this gentle yet highly effective makeup remover for all skin types. Over a dozen natural oils and extracts combine to dissolve all traces of makeup including stubborn waterproof and long-wear makeup! Melt Away breaks down dirt, pigment and excess oils to keep skin looking clean, clear and radiantly shine-free!
This makeup remover is the best! It removes all of my makeup, and even my eye makeup without stinging my eyes. It is so perfect. And because my skin gets drier when the weather gets cooler, this makeup remover couldn't be better for this time of the year.
Here is a photo of me wearing all of the PÜR cosmetics shown above. Bring on Fall, I am ready!
I usually love the summertime, but with the scorching temperatures and forest fires lately, I am ready for Fall. I am actually looking forward to the cooler temperatures and the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves, falling from the trees. I also love to cozy up with a nice hot cup of spiced cider, hot chocolate or an aromatic herbal tea.
One thing I do not like however, is waiting for the water to boil in order for me to get my delicious hot drinks! I am very impatient and if it takes too long, I simply won't do it. I am too lazy, and I will just grab a can of soda instead, which ruins my illusions for a perfect Fall beverage.
Thankfully, I was given the chance to review my favorite product ever, which is my Rosewill Electric Kettle.
With this amazing kettle, my water is boiling and ready within moments! Finally, my patience is not being tested! My Rosewill Electric Kettle is perfect for making my hot drinks quickly and conveniently without me throwing a fit and grabbing something cold.
The Rosewill Electric Kettle's double-wall construction boils water quicker and keeps it warmer longer. The kettle's inner shell is made of food grade stainless steel, which keeps the water clean and healthy. Another thing I thought of, is that this kettle would truly come in handy for sterilizing baby bottles, and pacifiers quickly and easily as well. (As long as you let the baby items cool before giving them to the baby, of course. I have baby care on my mind as of late, since my oldest son and his wife are expecting on January 28th.)
I am also able to make oatmeal quickly and easily for breakfast, in less than the amount of time it takes to brush my teeth. That way, I have no excuse for skipping a good breakfast. (Now, if only my ten yea- old son liked oatmeal, life would be much easier in the mornings at my house.) At least he likes instant soups, and again, we don't have to wait long for the water to boil! Hurray!
All-in-all,the Rosewill Electric Kettle is a product that I am enjoying very much. I highly suggest it as the perfect house-warming, bridal shower, or wedding gift. It would also be a much appreciated gift for a college student to have in their dorm.
To place an order, go to: http://amzn.to/2eJ4sou
Do you love chocolate hazelnut spread? My daughter, Kendallyn is absolutely crazy about chocolate hazelnut spread. I was worried, however, that they held no nutritional value. It turns out, I was right! The brand we were buying had a lot of ingredients on the label that I could not even pronounce and were made of mostly sugar.
Kendallyn is also lactose intolerant, and would always get tummy troubles after eating it. I was excited when I was given the chance to try out the new Nocciolata Dairy Free Organic Hazelnut Spread from Rigoni di Asiago.
Look at how pretty this jar is!
Nocciolata (pronounced no-cho-lata) Dairy Free is a certified-vegan alternative to our better-for-you, higher-quality, better-tasting chocolate-hazelnut spread. Non-dairy lovers can now indulge in the creamy decadence as well! Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Rigoni di Asiago’s Nocciolata Dairy Free combines hazelnuts with cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor and smooth texture.
Nocciolata Dairy Free has a deep chocolate flavor, balanced by the generosity of hazelnuts. Perfect if you are lactose intolerant or milk allergic, if you follow a vegan diet, or if you simply prefer a more intense taste!
Nocciolata Dairy Free is organic, non-GMO, Kosher certified, gluten free and vegan certified.
From the very first taste of Rigoni di Asiago’s Nocciolata Dairy Free, my daughter was in love! I also thought it tasted so much better than the other brand we were buying at the grocery store. The flavor is rich, delicious, and tastes completely fresh, as if it was made yesterday. Kendallyn eats it by the spoonful. I enjoy it on toast. Kendallyn was so happy that she was able to enjoy this perfect hazelnut spread without getting a troubled tummy afterward.
*Lactose intolerance is the inability of adults and children to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and to a lesser extent dairy products, causing side effects. It is due to a lactase deficiency, or hypolactasia. In some (rare) cases, babies have congenital lactase deficiency, which prevents them from being able to digest even human milk.
For more information go to: http://rigonidiasiago-usa.com/our-products/nocciol...
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Big beauty news – It's a 10 Haircare is giving away it's #1 product, Miracle Leave In, completely free, in a wild new campaign with the Miss America Competition! Here's how you can sign up:
From now through September 10 at 9 PM EST (when the Miss America show airs), head to http://missamerica.itsa10haircare.com/ and sign up. If the newly crowned Miss America comes from your state, It's a 10 will automatically send you its all-star product. (That's a $12.33 leave-in spray, for free!) If your home state doesn't win, you'll still receive a coupon code to get the product free with any purchase on Itsa10Haircare.com.
It's a 10 Haircare, the go-to hair care brand for professional stylists and clients across the globe, is proud to announce its role as the Official Professional Hair Care Sponsor of "The 2018 Miss America® Competition." To celebrate, the brand is launching an unprecedented, interactive campaign offering everyone in America a chance to receive a free bottle of the brand's #1 selling Miracle Leave-In Product if the newly crowned Miss America comes from their state.
Starting today, residents of the fifty states and the District of Columbia can visit http://missamerica.itsa10haircare.com/ to register for this campaign. Registered residents of the state from which the new Miss America hails will automatically receive a free 2 oz. Miracle Leave-In Product in the mail, courtesy of It's a 10 Haircare. In addition, everyone else who registered coast to coast and in Alaska and Hawaii will also receive a coupon code for a free gift with purchase at Itsa10Haircare.com, regardless of their state.
"This campaign is a way to celebrate not only the women making a difference in the Miss America Competition, but also our fans nationwide who are pursuing their unique dreams, careers and philanthropic endeavors," said Carolyn Aronson, Founder and CEO of It's a 10 Haircare. "The Miss America Organization's philanthropic arm is particularly appealing to me, as I have made it my mission to give back in ways that empower women and celebrate diversity. Together, we are going to reach millions of Americans and help them feel recognized and inspired – we couldn't have hoped for a better partnership."
During the broadcast of "The 2018 Miss America Competition," Aronson will share her story and talk about the promotion.
"The 2018 Miss America Competition" will broadcast live on ABC from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 10th (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET and PT).
The Miss America Competition showcases the intellect, grace, and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America. As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC's "The Bachelor" franchise and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire") returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN's "SportsCenter on the Road" and "SportsCenter: AM") joining as co-host. Celebrity judges for the final night of the competition include Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, and Jess Cagle.
For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America (@MissAmerica) and It's a 10 Haircare (@itsa10haircare) on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.
QUENCH THE SKIN YOU’RE IN
Summer can take a toll on the skin. Long, hot days spent lounging around the pool, air conditioned homes and tanning can zap the moisture from one’s body fast. Without proper hydration, the skin can’t keep its golden hue for long. When all these factors come together, quench the skin you’re in with a moisturizer by NORVELL, for the key to a lasting tan.
Skin Repairing Body Butter - The ultimate smooth operator! This advanced repair cream provides intense moisture to revitalize dull, dry skin. Delivering immediate and long lasting results, Skin Repairing BODY BUTTER uses a non-greasy, ultra rich formulation to maintain moisture levels after self-tanning. Soft and smooth is the ideal canvas for sunless.
Hydrofirm Post Sunless Moisturizing Spray - This lightweight, hydro-rich mist immediately boosts the skin’s self-tanning results while elevating moisture levels. Specifically designed to instantly smooth and firm without streaking a sunless tan, Post Sunless HYDROFIRM creates dewy, luminous skin.
NORVELL is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and other things that are not so kind to skin. As with all NORVELL products, it is gluten free and vegan as well.
If you are like me, you want to hold onto your summer tan. I hate it when my tan fades. I was very happy when I discovered that my tan could last as long as I want it to, using these products. I use them after my shower every evening.
While my skin is still damp, (after lightly towel-drying) I spray my skin from my shoulders down to my feet with Hydrofirm Post Sunless Moisturizing Spray. To be perfectly honest, I had no idea that this product contained any sunless tanning ingredients. Imagine my delight when after a few uses, I developed a beautiful completely natural looking tan. This really took me by surprise because I thought this fabulous spray was only a moisturizer. I was so amazed at how perfect my tan looked without any streaking at all! It does not have an odor, and did not stain my clothing or my bedding. I was utterly in awe. My husband even complimented me on my flawlessly tan legs. I absolutely love Hydrofirm Post Sunless Moisturizing Spray!
As for the Body Butter, I use it after my nightly shower on the nights that I do not use the spray. It helps to keep my skin hydrated, which helps to keep both my sunless tan as well as my natural tan looking fresh and beautiful. It is so rich and creamy, but without a greasy, heavy feel. It smells nice and fresh, too.
Hydrofirm and Body Butter are available at specialty beauty salons, spas, tanning salons and online. For further information, please visit www.NorvellSunless.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I had always wanted to try out milk paint, because I had heard great things about it. I have a little side table that has been in my family since as long as I can remember. I think it was my grandmother's. I love the table, but it truly needed a little TLC. Thankfully, I was given the chance to review The Real Milk Paint.
Here is the table before I did anything to it....
For starters, I wiped the table down with a homemade cleaner (which consisted of borax, white vinegar, hot water and dish washing liquid in a spray bottle) and let it dry. Then I sanded the table with a medium grit sanding sponge to rough the piece up a bit.
Then it was time to mix up the paint, and get started painting. I used the Still Water Cove Grey shade. I followed the directions for mixing the milk paint. For this little project I only used 1/2 cup milk paint powder with 1/2 cup water. After I mixed it and let it sit to thicken up, the painting began!
I did 2 coats, letting the paint dry between coats
Look at my finished project! Doesn't it look amazing? It was so easy!
I couldn't be happier with the final product!
I have worked with Annie Sloan chalk paint, BB Frosch chalk paint powder, and Fusion mineral paint before, but never have had the opportunity until now to try out The Real Milk Paint. I would have to say that I would definitely use it again!
For more information, go to: https://www.realmilkpaint.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that September is National Breakfast Month? I didn't know that, but I am more than happy to celebrate it! Breakfast is a staple in homes across the country and while it can range from toast to eggs to yogurt, pancakes are an all-time family favorite. Krusteaz, makers of premium pancake and waffle mixes, is launching a new Buttermilk Protein Pancake mix this fall!
With 13g of added protein, it’s the perfect way to keep your family full and energized all day long. In keeping with Krusteaz’s commitment to simplified and wholesome ingredients, the new protein pancake is free of partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
Pancakes are the number one breakfast choice and all all-around family favorite at my house. Krusteaz is the only brand of pancake mix I have ever used, and my family loves them! I was especially excited when I discovered this new Buttermilk Protein Pancake mix. Sometimes pancakes are all I can get my 5th grader to eat, so now that Krusteaz has mixes with added protein, I love this amazing brand even more!
I always make a delicious, hearty breakfast for my children's first day back to school. Wouldn't you know, Braxton requested pancakes! I decided to make them extra special, using fresh peaches and blueberries that I picked a couple of days ago. The recipe I used is below. (I took it from Krusteaz's website, but added a few of my own touches. Enjoy!
Blueberry Peach Pancakes
Prep 5 min Total Time 10 min Servings 6-7 pancakes
- 2 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1/2 cup diced fresh or canned peaches
- I-2 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat griddle to 375°F. Lightly grease griddle.
In medium bowl, blend together Krusteaz Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix, water, blueberries and peaches with a wire whip. Batter will be slightly lumpy. Pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto lightly greased griddle.
Cook pancakes 1-1 1/4 minutes per side, or until golden brown, turning only once.
Enter to win! One winner will receive the following: Krusteaz Protein Pancake Mixes, wire whisk, a blender bottle and tote bag. (for you to take to the gym or the kids soccer games!)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
What is your favorite breakfast?
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
You’ve heard about color-correcting techniques when it comes to hair and makeup (purple shampoo neutralizes brassiness in blond hair, green concealer hides red face spots). But you probably haven’t heard about using it to whiten yellowish teeth.
POPWHITE is a brand new toothpaste and mouthwash that does just that—corrects yellow stains on your teeth with its unique purple formula. It’s a new and natural way to whiten teeth without sensitivity.
Popwhite’s peroxide-free Primer (toothpaste) and Toner (oral rinse) whiten, brighten, polish and clean teeth while freshening breath with peppermint oil, Xylitol and Coconut Oil. POPWHITE’s color formulas are FDA approved, and the products are vegetarian, cruelty-free, made in the USA and available for $24 each ($36 for both) at www.PopWhiteSmile.com.
POPWHITE has introduced a revolutionary, patented and clinically validated technology to whiten teeth using color science, not peroxide.
The beauty industry already relies on color science; to neutralize a color, make-up artists add the undesired color’s complement (the opposite color on the color wheel). Many skincare concealers, CC (color correcting) creams and hair color care products are designed around the fact that complementary colors, when mixed, cancel each other out. Inspired by the art and science of beauty, POPWHITE was born when an innovative makeup artist and an experienced dental scientist had the bright idea to whiten smiles naturally with premium oral care products built around an exclusive purple formula.
POPWHITE Whitening Primer is a multi-benefit toothpaste that whitens, brightens, polishes and cleans teeth while freshening breath with peppermint oil and reducing plaque and tartar. The Primer preps the teeth for POPWHITE Whitening Toner, a multi-benefit oral rinse that enhances dental whitening and brightening, adds sheen, deeply freshens breath with peppermint oil and reduces plaque and tartar. The Primer and Toner Power Duo should be used together, twice a day, every day.
Clinical trials demonstrate that POPWHITE Primer and POPWHITE Toner, when used together twice a day for fourteen days, whiten teeth an average of four shades.
POPWHITE’s color formulas are FDA approved and the products are dentist recommended. The Primer and Toner are further enhanced by Xylitol and Coconut Oil, multi-tasking powerhouses which protect dental enamel and promote glossy bright teeth.
Conventional dental whitening products rely on peroxide, a bleach which may affect enamel structure and cause sensitivity. POPWHITE is peroxide free.
In addition, to meet the growing demand for fluoride free oral care, POPWHITE’s Primer and Toner are fluoride free. If preferred, a ribbon of fluoride toothpaste may be added on top of the Primer before brushing. The Power Duo is vegetarian, cruelty free and made in the USA.
About World Smile Day
World Smile Day® is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist who created the Smiley Face in 1963. The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since. The day is is meant to encourage smiles and acts of kindness around the world.
Granite countertops are known for being durable and beautiful, which is why they are pricier than the alternatives. However, if you don’t take good care of your granite countertops, ( which is all too easy to do) they will quickly lose their beautiful shine.
With a little TLC, you will keep your granite countertops looking their absolute best for years to come. Rock Doctor offers a full line of products to help you do just that!
Cleaning Granite Countertops
Using Rock Doctor’s Granite Cleaner, you can get your countertops clean without worrying about causing irreversible damage to them. While other cleaners may cause discoloration, scratches, or leave behind a residue, Rock Doctor’s Granite Cleaner won’t. This cleaner is gentle enough to be used every day.
The Granite Cleaner was made to safely clean granite, marble, quartz, and other rock surfaces, as well as stainless steel. While other cleaners will get your countertops clean, they are likely to leave a film behind and many can cause slow damage to the surface of the granite. If you want to have a shiny finish on your countertops after you clean, Rock Doctor Granite Cleaner is for you!
It left my countertops looking cleaner than they have in years!
Polishing Granite Countertops
While clean granite will have some shine, that stone needs a little polish to take it up a notch. With Granite Polish from Rock Doctor, you can get your countertops to look as shiny as the day they were put it.
I think it is nice to have shiny countertops, but that isn’t all this polish does. It also helps to protect your countertops from damage. The polish helps fill in small cracks in the stone, and it coats the stone with a water-resistant covering to prevent water damage.
The best part about this polish is that it enhances the colors in your countertops, which will just make you want to show them off more! Plus, you only need to use it once a week. It’s time to finally start planning that dinner party you keep putting off.
Sealing Granite Countertops
Making sure your granite countertops are sealed is one of the most important aspects of having granite countertops. If the sealant starts to wear off, your countertops are left exposed to moisture and stains, as well as other damage. Rock Doctor Granite Sealer lasts for a year on your natural stone surfaces, so you won’t need to constantly worry about whether your countertops are protected.
I love that this sealant is easy to use and protects the porous surfaces in my household for a long time.
With Rock Doctor, you won’t need any other products to protect and clean your granite, quartz, or marble countertops. Check out Rock Doctor’s full line of products to keep your stone surfaces looking brand new.
With the long holiday weekend fast approaching, have fun in the sun while protecting your skin with the IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Collection.
The sun care line will shield you from the sun’s harmful rays as well as pollution and smoke (bonus). Prevention+ is an evolution of daily skin moisturizers with built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun and infrared protection, so you’re always protecting your IMAGE. The line (priced from $33-$38) provides a range of products for all skin types, long term sun exposure, sports actives, and post treatment skin, including:
- Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 35+ is an anti-pollution, anti-aging pure mineral sunscreen spray that offers superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection. The spray is ultra-lightweight for a non-greasy, weightless finish and is formulated for advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun.
- Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 is formulated for superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection during sport and outdoor activities. Infused with organic ingredients including agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, this antioxidant rich spray provides advanced protection against sun damage.
- Daily Hydrating Moisturizer is a long-lasting, deep moisturizer for dry/dehydrated and sensitive/rosacea prone skin combined with a broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sun protection. The formula is enriched with a blend of anti-oxidants, vitamins and green tea as an anti-inflammatory agent with high sun protection.
- Daily Matte Moisturizer features broad-spectrum protection with microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish. Great for everyday use, it contains a next generation blend of anti-oxidants to decrease harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposures.
- Daily Tinted Moisturizer features a built in broad spectrum UVA/UVB high sun protection and provides an even skin tone and healthy glow. The formula is lightweight and sheer to absorb quickly without any residue.
- Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer provides an ultra-sheer, lightweight finish with a built in broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sunscreen. It contains zinc oxide, a key ingredient to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures. It’s formulated to delay the aging effects of the sun on skin cells and is safe for post-procedure skin.
- Ultra Sheer Spray SPF 45 features ultimate protection with its water resistant, lightweight formula that dries clear. Next generation technology combines physical sunscreen ingredient transparent zinc oxide with powerful anti-oxidants to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures.
IMAGE Skincare is available in spas and salons nationwide. To find a location near you, visit: https://www.imageskincare.com/pages/store-locator/