Beauty | Exfoliating 101: Which scrub is best for you?

This post is sponsored by Eclair Naturals.

With summer just a few weeks away, it'll be time to break out those shorts and bathing suits to battle the heat before you know it. But raise your hand if your skin is lacking some luster. Girl, I'm right there with you.


Would you believe that exfoliating is a great way to effectively slough off all that dull, dry skin (especially from the winter) and get your skin looking healthy and glowy? On top of that, it also improves circulation, can improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and prevent acne. Sign me up!

Unfortunately, not all scrubs are created equal and I'm here to break down the three most common ones:



Dead Sea Salt Scrubs - Renowned for its uniquely high mineral composition and sworn by Cleopatra, many reach for a Dead Sea salt scrub as it has many added benefits versus other scrubs and contains a chockful of minerals such as potassium and zinc that are healthy for your skin. Dead Sea salt is also rich in magnesium and calcium which, instead of drying out the skin, actually improves hydration and creates a barrier on the skin to retain moisture. That being said, with its super coarse texture, it's recommend to use this on your body only as it can be too harsh on your face. I recommend: Eclair Naturals Dead Sea Salt Scrub in French Lavender ($12.99)
Salt Scrubs - What's the difference between a salt scrub and a Dead Sea salt scrub, you ask? The location! While the Dead Sea salt scrub says it all in the name, you'd be surprised to find that many (if not most) produced salt scrub salts come from all over the place. The most popular being the Himalayas, Hawaii and/or the Mediterranean (Dead Sea). While most salt scrubs have a large, more coarse salt grain appearance (hence why it should only be used on the body), there is a slight difference in each one.

Each has their own added mineral benefits: Himalayan salt is known for decreasing blood pressure and balancing your PH. Hawaiian salt (sometimes known as Alaea salt) is unrefined sea salt mixed with red alae volcanic ash that has almost 80+ naturally occurring minerals and nutrients in it that detoxify and cleanse. Again, salt scrubs should only be used on the body as they are too abrasive for the face area. I recommend: Eclair Naturals Himalayan Salt Scrub ($12.99)

Sugar Scrubs - Sugar Scrubs are the most gentle scrub out there as they have a smaller, softer granule that dissolves faster in warm water, making them less abrasive. This scrub is also pretty universal in that almost all body types can use this with no issues while with a salt scrub, sensitive skin types could find them too harsh. While they're aren't any mineral benefits in sugar scrubs, the glycolic acid content of sugar helps protect the skin from harsh toxins. I recommend: the Eclair Naturals Creamy Coconut Sugar Scrub ($12.99)

Whichever scrub you chose, always make sure to moisturize after! Moisturizing will seal in all that added hydration and help lock in that healthy glow. Now go out there and show some skin! ;)

* Click here for a $1 off any Eclair purchase under $5.

This post is sponsored by Eclair Naturals.

Beauty | Au Naturel

Hello, hello, hello! Happy Sunday, babes! Ugh. Poor Brodes is teething and has been having the toughest time sleeping. With Hunter, I never knew when he was getting teeth in because he was so chill about it. Ugh. Needless to say, no naps = no blogging. It's been tough for both of us, ya'll.

I recently found myself not even wanting to create makeup looks and tutorials because I knew half way in, putting on lashes (that take forever for me to do!), that Brody would wake up and I'd have to nyx the whole thing. Then I realized, "Who the hell am I putting these lashes on for anyway?" Seriously, guys, I rarely ever wear lashes unless it's a special occasion or a look on the blog.

THEN, I took to social media recently and found almost ALL OF YOU never wear lashes as well. And then it clicked. Where the hell have I been, right? Ugh. So here's to more tutorials without falsies! I want you guys to look at my tutorials and be like, "YES! I can totally do that." Starting with this one:

Face:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done in the shade Light
  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer
  • the balm Mary Lou-Manizer
  • Stila Convertible Color Blush in Peony

Eyes:

  • MUG Eyeshadows - Vanilla Bean on the lid, Bedrock in the crease and Concrete Jungle on the outer v.
  • Jordana Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips:

  • ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lumiere 

Beauty | Hotter Than A Popsicle

Ya'll. It's hot. Mother Nature was like, "You guys want to keep talkin' about hot weather? Fine. Here." and lit the Northeast on fire. It's about 95 out and humid AF. 

It's popsicle weather, for sure. Remember those red, white and blue ones? They were the bomb! Which is what kind of inspired this look. I really wanted something fun but super simple and easy. I also wanted to incorporate all of the new tarte goodies I just bought so here it is!


Face:

  • Josie Maran Light Argan Oil to moisturize.
  • tarte Double Duty Empowered Beauty Hybrid Gel in Light Sand
  • Urban Decay Beached Bronzer
  • tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
  • Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin

Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly all over the lid for a base.
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Vanilla Bean to set the base.
  • tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Unicorn Kisses (I need all of these! SO smooth and creamy to work with!) as the "beginning" to the liner, starting from the inner corner.
  • ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Wednesday as the middle of the wing.
  • ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Thursday as the "flick"/end of the wing.
  • tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown

Lips:

  • tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Cabana Boy (I need all of these ASAP! So impressed with the formula!)

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Style | Pineapples, Pom Poms + Sunnies w/ Ashley Stewart (Spring/Summer Lookbook)

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Warm weather is finally on the way, guys! The forecast for next week says 70's to 80's and I'm living for the moment I can slip on some shorts and tee and be on my way.

But you know what my favorite thing about the warm weather is? All the fun, colorful trends it brings, of course. This year I've been spying pom poms everywhere and I'm not sure if it's the cheerleader in me or what, but I'm obsessed!

Today, I've partnered up with Ashley Stewart to show you two fun ways (one for the day and one for night!) to add pom poms and color into your spring/summer wardrobes! Ashley Stewart is the plus size fashion brand with 89 stores spread out all over the US (as well as an online store) that offers a huge selection of clothes, accessories and more with sizes up to 32. They also cater to women who need wide calf sizes as well as wide width. Right now, Ashley Stewart is offering 40% off all full price styles with the code PRIMP40 so head on over and treat yourself! Not your size? Ashley Stewart has the cutest accessories (their sunglasses are too cute!)!

Lunch Date


* Make sure to click here use code PRIMP40 for 40% off all full price styles!

This outfit is just the right amount of comfy and cute! You can never go wrong with a basic ribbed tank top paired with some ripped jeans. I cuffed them at the ends to show off the grommets on these super cute wedges. This long white vest has pockets (yesss!) and added a little somethin' somethin' to the outfit. Let's talk about this humungo tote bag, shall we? The pineapple and pom poms totally caught my eye. This is the perfect beach bag as you can fit a whole bunch in it!

Night On The Town



* Make sure to click here use code PRIMP40 for 40% off full price styles!

Oh gosh, guys. I never show this much but this outfit was so much fun to rock. You can't really see it but the romper actually has long bell sleeves. It was a little risque with the long cut criss-cross top but I loved the chicness of the shorts length (not too short, not too long!) and the belt tie. The denim jacket is probably one of the coolest jackets I've ever owned! It has the coolest details with the pineapple patch on the back, the ripped elbows - so cool! I'll admit I was nervous walking around in the pom pom wrap heels but they were surprisingly comfy! Lastly, how cute is this white pineapple bag? It's subtle enough that the outfit isn't screaming pineapple at everyone. Too cute!

Which outfit would you rock?
* Click here use code PRIMP40 for 40% off full price styles!

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.


Beauty | When Your Pimple Won't Go Away - Zit Zappin' Skincare Routine w/ ZAPZYT

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Ya'll, I'm a stresser. I stress about my kids, about deadlines, about the news - heck, I even stress about conversations I had last week. I think I do it so much that I don't even really notice I'm doing it until it shows up physically in the form of zits (always right around the ol' chin area) and that usually makes me realize things are getting crazy and it's time to take a breather.


While stress is always going to be there, I've partnered up with ZAPZYT to share with you my zit-zapping skincare routine to make sure they won't be.

  • Washing your face - Morning and night! - is key. Even though my kids are running at 100 MPH from the moment they wake up, I try to take a few minutes, usually during breakfast when they're all settled, to pop into the bathroom. I've been using the ZAPZYT Acne Wash once in the morning and once at night to wash my face with. It contains aloe and chamomile (reduces redness) and 2% salicylic acid (encourages exfoliation of dead skin) for a nice balance.
  • At night, once the kids are in bed, I'll usually exfoliate next. If it's the morning, I usually skip this step because my skin is super sensitive with exfoliating. I've been using the ZAPZYT Pore Clearing Scrub with some warm water and like to gentle massage it all over my face. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that can build up and cause break outs.
  • Next I'll go in and do a spot treatment if I have any poppin' up. The ZAPZYT Pore Treatment Gel contains 2% salicylic acid, natural botanicals (great for soothing sensitive skin) and linoleic acid to calm down inflamed pimples. This is a great alternative to the ZAPZYT Acne Gel that contains benzoyl peroxide if you have sensitive skin. This is kind of a cool as, once it's applied, it forms a moisturizing gel around the pimple and absorbs into it within 60 seconds. Per the instructions on the box, they recommend only applying this onto the pimple once a day and then gradually work up to 2-3 applications, if needed, as it can dry your skin out.

Before & After

Before: April 6, 2017 | After: May 6, 2017

What do you do to de-stress? Do you use ZAPZYT in your skincare routine?


PS. Make sure to check out these blogger's reviews as well!

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Style | Warm Weather Walks w/ PACT Organic

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

The warm weather has finally made its way to New England and you better believe, we are soaking it up! I've been dragging the boys out every chance we get. 

Sometimes it's tough because my oldest, Hunter, LOVES everything about the outdoors - the mud, the animals - everything. My youngest, Brody, on the other hand is too little to really understand the beauty of being outside and with his light eyes, they automatically get red-rimmed and he gets super fussy. It's a balancing act between wrangling Hunter in and keeping Brody happy but we manage! 

You'll always find me in comfy sneakers and dark clothes that I can move around in when we go out because chances that at one point in the day out, I'll have to run after my crazy toddler or somehow I'll get some type of liquid on myself (coffee, spit up, boogers - pick your poison!) and need to camouflage that with dark clothing.

PACT Organic clothing is basically made for moms like me! They recently sent me a few items of clothing and I fell in love!  Their clothing is super soft - like, heaven! - and is made from organic cotton. They're also Fair Trade certified which makes me feel good knowing that no one was harmed or exposed to weird chemicals while manufacturing these clothes.

The leggings in the pictures below are actually SUPER long (I'm obsessed!). I cuffed them for the warm weather but I can't wait to rock these in the winter as well. The black hoodie jacket is super soft and lightweight and has cute thumbholes at the bottom. I'm also wearing, although you can't see it, PACT Organic's white camisole and black sports bra as well. The camisole has a built-in shelf bra which is amazinggggg and surprisingly sturdy. I usually find them to be pretty flimsy. I've also become a huge fan of this sports bra. It's lightweight but still has structure and is breastfeeding-friendly!

Little B was SO tired from the walk!

I know I asked this before but when clothes shopping, do you look for organic cotton clothing? Is it make or break for you?

PACT Organic was amazing enough to give my readers a coupon code for 25% off their purchase! Click here, use the code XO25 and let me know what you got!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Extensions for 2017 | Swatches + Review

Happy Saturday, babes! I'm so giddy over this review today, guys. I literally ooooh'd and awwww'd all over these babies when they arrived at my doorstep. They're the new NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils for 2017. They added ten new shades to their already amazing line-up (my old faves are Roman Holiday and Cruella) with some pretty tongue-in-cheek names.


  • Pussy Control - a lilac.
  • Let's Go Crazy - a vivid pink.
  • Endangered Red - an oxblood burgundy.
  • Get Off - a pink beige.
  • Intriguing - a rose pink.
  • Dirty Mind - a deep lilac.
  • Lonely Heart -a chocolate brown.
  • Unspoken - a midnight blue.
  • Famous Red - a bright pink coral.
  • Do Me Baby - a chestnut rose.
Swoon, swoon, swoon, am I right? I was going to go through these and review them one-by-one but honestly, they all performed the same with only one that I had "issues" with (I'll get to that in a second) but it ended up being my favorite of the bunch, so go figure.

 Wearing: Dirty Mind

Wearing: Do Me Baby

 Wearing: Endangered Red

Wearing: Famous Red

Wearing: Get Off

Wearing: Let's Go Crazy

 Wearing: Lonely Heart

Wearing: Pussy Control

Wearing: Unspoken

Wearing: Intriguing (slightly darker in this picture)
The lip pencil consistency is super smooth to work with. I specifically liked the shape of a lip pencil because it was angled enough that I was able to line my lips with it but still thick enough to fill them in. They're super pigmented minus Unspoken who I had to apply about two to three times to get a nice, even look. Honestly, I don't mind doing this because I fell in love with the color. I feel that when you have a dark color like that, that that'll happen. Once these lipsticks are on, they're almost a mix of satin and matte. You can still move your lips around without them smudging, cracking or bleeding.

My favorites: Unspoken, Do Me Baby, Lonely Heart

Shop | Buy ($27)
* Press samples sent to me for an honest review.

Beauty | Sephora Spring Sale Must-Haves!

"It's the mostttttt wonderful timeeeee of the year!" Ah, yes, ladies and gents. I'm talkin' about Sephora's Annual Spring VIB Sale! I know to many people, 15-10% off really isn't much but y'all. Makeup is expensive and I will take any discount possible I can get.


Below, I've put together my absolute beauty must-haves as well as some products I'll be snagging in the sale. 

The Deets:

  • VIB Rouge - Your sale started  yesterday (4/18) but you still have time! The code: ROUGESPRING will get you 15% off your entire order!
  • VIB - Your sale starts today (4/19)! The code: VIBSPRING will get you 15% off as well (what's up with that, am I right?)
  • Beauty Insiders - Your sale starts tomorrow (4/20)! The code: BISPRING will get you 10% off.
(If you aren't signed up with the Sephora rewards program, you can sign up anytime to get the 10% off!)

The sale for everyone ends 4/24. You can use the code in-store as well as online as many times as you want. The code correlates with your account status so you cannot use the VIB Rouge code if you are a Beauty Insider, you little sneaks! ;)

On The List:

  • tarte Glow With The Faux Self-Tanner w/mitt ($39) 
  • Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($105) 
  • Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil ($80)  
  • Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner ($55) 
  • Benefit Cosmetics Cheek Parade ($58) 
  • GlamGlow Glowgetter Setting Spray ($38) 
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Dirty Mind, Unspoken and Famous Red ($27)
  • Urban Decay AfterGlow Highlighter in Sin ($26) 
  • Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette ($59)
  • Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($44) 
  • NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer ($40)
  • BECCA First Light Face Primer ($38)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector ($34)
  • Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks in Bombshell, Medusa and Spice Girl ($20)
I feel like these sales are really great opportunities to snag luxury skincare at a discounted price. Case in point, I've been DYING to try out Sunday Riley but their Luna Sleeping Night Oil is $105 alone. The 10% I get with the sale saves me $10. Sure, it might not be a lot but it definitely helps this broke mama.

What's on your must-have list? What have you been dying to try?

OOTD | Earthy Tones w/ prAna

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.


Okay. I'd be the biggest liar if I said comfort wasn't my biggest priority when it comes to what I wear. Gone are the days of sliding myself into the tightest pair of jeans (and being super uncomfortable the entire night) and helllllllllo comfort. But comfy doesn't have to look messy! 

I've partnered up with prAna (that's Sanskrit for breath, life and vitality of the spirit) to show you can juggle comfy with cute and be environmentally-conscious!


prAna is a company that started in 1992, making clothes for yoga and climbing. They soon realized that their clothing worked for other aspects of life and branched out to include new products with a "purpose" in mind! What I love about prAna is that they promote positive changes and use organic cotton and hemp in their clothing. Looking cute and promoting conservation? Yes please!

I'm wearing:
  • Liana Sweater ($79) - a wide neck, lightweight off-white sweater. The asymmetrical hemlines and diagonal print camos my post-baby bod without looking like I'm wearing a bag of potatoes. It comes in a variety of colors but I'm a huge fan of off-white as it goes with almost everything. The sleeves are slouchy and long which I love as well. Layer this over a tank top or even as a cover up for a bathing suit. * Made from organic cotton and hemp.
  • Mantra Pants ($75) - Helllllllo, new friend. These pants are everything. My fiance even said he likes them and that says something! I appreciate that these are mid-rise to, again, kind of hid my post-baby body but are still super comfy. I love the relaxed fit and found them super flattering! *Made from hemp, organic cotton and recycled polyester.
You can find prAna at your local REI or you can find the closest location by clicking here!


What do you wear when you want to be comfy but still look cute? Do you wear clothes that are environmentally-friendly?

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

#FOTD: Mermaid Vibes With Ombre Lips

Happy Monday, loves! It's raining, my oldest is testing me today and honestly, I'm exhausted and it's not even four yet. I know many of you have already seen this look on Instagram but I figured I'd post the full pictures and information here on the blog as well. 

Can I ask...do you guys like these makeup looks? Should I go bolder? Or more wearable? Should I talk about more mommy stuff? I feel like right now I'm at a crossroad where I'm not sure which way to go. I'm trying to figure out how to work both beauty and mommy stuff in together. Let me know what you guys think.

  • Face: Urban Decay One & Done Skin Perfector mixed with Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Tranquility Highlighting Liquid to give a "glow within" look. Vita Liberata Trystal Bronzing Minerals Powder for a little sunkissed look and then Benefit Coralista blush. For highlight, I used Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin (my absolute favorite!).
  • Eyes: I decided to go with a light wash for these shades. I didn't want to go too opaque with a fun, ombre lip. On the lid, I used Makeup Geek Cosmetics Whimsical padded on the lid, Curfew on the inner and outer lid and Time Travel on the bottom. House of Lashes Wispy minis for lashes (love that the outer lashes stuck together - hahaha!). Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer for brows.
  • Lips: ColourPop Fern all over and then Climax in the corner, blended for an ombre look!

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