Skincare Essentials – Body Edition and a GIVEAWAY!

It’s officially been 9 months since I began my journey with Rodan + Fields.  I’m in shock at how quickly it’s gone!  Between getting great skin, being able to cut back hours at work, and most importantly getting the opportunity to spend more time with my family – this has been one of the BEST decisions I’ve made in a very long time.  Yesterday I got the BEST news regarding the company too!  Rodan + Fields has been ranked #4 in U.S. Premium Skincare Companies!!  This is SO exciting to hear.  We are the fastest growing skincare company for the 2nd year in a row!

Now that I’ve gotten my excitement out, I wanted to talk about a few of my go to essentials when it comes to my body.  What I love about Rodan + Fields is that they have tons of different products that have multiple uses.  I’ve narrowed my favorites down to two that I’ve gotten to the point of not being able to live without.  Since using them my skin is super soft, luminous, and dare I say younger??  I know it sounds crazy, but, true story.

My two top skincare essentials for the body are the Enhancements Micro-Dermabrasion Paste and the Essentials Daily Body Moisturizer.  These two are a match made in Heaven.  I feel like exfoliating the skin is a very important part of skin maintenance.  It makes the skin softer, gets rid of dead skin cells, and leaves the skin looking and feeling renewed.  The Daily Body Moisturizer is creamy without being too thick, it makes the skin feel like silk when applied, and it has such a refreshingly clean scent which is great for those of us that don’t frequently use scented lotions.

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  • Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste is a high-glide, oil-free formula designed to promote maximum gentle exfoliation.  This paste will enhance cell turnover and improve skin tone and texture.  Massage directly onto skin of face or body for 30 – 60 seconds; do not wet skin before use. For gentler exfoliation, use on damp skin and slowly add water to lessen the intensity of the exfoliation. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Use 1-3 times per week in place of a cleanser.
  • Rodan + Fields Daily Body Moisturizer tackles dry, flaky skin in a whole new way.  It features RF-Dcell technology to calm frenzied cells, normalize the rate of cell maturation and help make skin function more efficiently. The result: skin is able to retain moisture and remain comfortable when challenged by climate and other environmental aggressors. ESSENTIALS Daily Body Moisturizer also contains humectants to rehydrate skin and dimethicone to help repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier. This lightweight, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to smooth and soften rough, dry, bumpy skin, leaving it effectively moisturized all day long.  This moisturizer works best when applied immediately after showering.

I may be biased, but, these products are pretty stinkin’ amazing.  So amazing that I want to GIVEAWAY these two items to ONE very lucky winner!!  All you need to do is click on the little rafflecopter thing-a-ma-jig below and get to it!  Good luck!!
P.S. There’s an additional entry on my Instagram as well!

New week, New beginnings

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Let me just say how thankful I am for this Monday.  Usually I dread Mondays for the simple fact that it means the weekend is over, my little man goes back to school, and I’m a mere day away from going back to work.  I didn’t have any of those feelings this morning.
Valentine’s Day is usually pretty low key for our family.  We decided to just hang out as a family, and have an early dinner at one of our kids favorite places to eat – the Rainforest Café.  Everything started well I’d say.  Pretty great food, and even a surprise Birthday dessert that the Husband surprised me a week early with.  He so sweet!  As we walk out we notice that one of our two red stroller cars the kids love to roll around in is missing!  It was literally just a few feet from us on the opposite side of a tree we sat next to.  Mind you, we were the ONLY ones with the red carts.  Of course, the red cart that was taken had my purse in it!!  My lovely Husband took it upon himself to storm the entire Mall in the hopes of finding it.  Never happened unfortunately.
Here are many things about this situation that makes me angry, but, I think it’s the simple fact that whoever did this had zero respect for the person they were ripping off.  And for what?  An old Coach purse?  A locked iPad that would do you no good anyway?  A wallet with no cash or cards in it?  My Erin Condren Life Planner?  Well that last one peeves me quite a bit…I spent alot of time with that little baby designing it just how I liked it. 
So, yes.  I’m thankful for this Monday.  I’m thankful to have a Husband that probably stormed a few miles in that Mall searching for something that he knew deep down was gone forever.  I’m thankful that despite that horribly violating incident, all of the other moments throughout that day far outweighed it.
Bring it on, Monday!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for HER

Be still my heart, good ‘ole Valentine’s Day is a mere four days away!  I guess it’s high time we get our booties in gear, and get that perfect gift for our better halves eh?

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  • Cupid done shot his love arrow at me, and it landed in the form of one of the softest blankets Urban Outfitters has to offer.  Cuddle up with your honey in this sweet little blanket for an at home movie date, and you’ll surely win the heart of your sweetie!
  • I love little trinkets that are special just for Holidays, and this little “All my Love” dish by Kate Spade had me swooning.  Just for decoration, jewelry, or even keys, this little gem is a great addition to your home.
  • I don’t know about you, but, I always have a notebook in my possession.  I love cute little journals like this one from Urban Outfitters because it’s simple, yet beautiful all at the same time.  Wouldn’t it be fun to receive this with a little love note written as the first entry from your love?
  • Have you ever found yourself out and about and needing to charge your phone?  I have this happen ALL THE TIME!  I’ve grown accustomed to using portable battery chargers for a while now, but, really love these little babies from Urban Outfitters.  They’re just plain cute!
  • Mugs are an addiction of mine…and I don’t even drink coffee.  You pretty much can’t go through life without the infamous Anthropologie Monogram Mug.  They are just awesome.
  • Wink, wink…Nudge, nudge.  These sweet little earrings from Kate Spade are fun and flirty.  Every girl needs a pair like this in their jewelry box for occasions such as Valentine’s Day!

The truth is…

One thing I love about Blogging is that you get to learn a lot about people in general – some more than others.  I tend to not divulge a ton for all to read, and today I wanted to change that up a bit.  I want you to learn more about me as a person.  Learn more about my weird quirks, fears, joys, and in general – what makes me tick.

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  • I have a general hatred for bugs.  I don’t fear them (unless they’re poisonous), I just hate them.  They creep me out, and usually make me itch just thinking about them.
  • I haven’t slept through the night since having children.
  • Whenever I eat out at a restaurant, I find myself always having to tidy up the silverware I’m about to use.
  • I like folding laundry, but, hate hanging it up in my closet.
  • I enjoy coloring with my kids.  I find it cathartic, and a great “brain off” activity.
  • I still don’t understand the point of Twitter.
  • I’m not terribly great at being quippy, but, on occasion I can shoot off a pretty great one that renders the Husband speechless, then laughing uncontrollably.
  • I always thought that it would be fun to work as a hair stylist/makeup artist.  I love creating makeup looks, and I think that coloring hair would be really fun for me.
  • Sometimes I think to myself that I’d love to have 4 kids.  Then I hear the 2 I already have start screaming at each other or antagonizing each other then that thought quickly leaves my mind.
  • I hate being barefooted.  I can’t stand having dirty feet, and somehow socks or slippers just make me feel better to have on.

Well.  Now you know ten new quirks about me.  Tell me something about you!

January 2015 Beauty Favorites

It’s that time again!  I can’t believe February is already here.  Is it just me, or does it feel as though the older you get, the faster time goes?

Over the past month I really dove into my MAC products.  I tend to go in phases, and apparently this month I was obsessed with quite a few of my MAC favorites!

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Eyes:

  • MAC Shroom – literally the perfect highlight shade.  It’s beautiful with every single eye look, and completely understated.
  • MAC Soft Brown – my absolute favorite transition shade of all time!  I’ve even been known to use this little guy to fill in my brows!
  • MAC Coppering – let me wipe the drool off of my chin.  I am in love with this shadow.  It’s a gorgeous copper/red shadow that has the most amazing color payoff.  It’s perfect for just about any eye color, and looks beautiful on it’s own for a quick eye look, or paired with a deep smoky brick red brown for a glam look.
  • MAC Brown Script – speaking of brick red brown…this shadow is a beautiful matte shade that can create endless makeup looks.  I love how versatile it is, and how fabulous it is on it’s own as well!
  • MAC Eye Kohl in Costa Riche – I’ve gone through 3 of these liners so far and plan to go through SO many more.  Their kohl liners are super creamy, highly pigmented, and come in 10 different shades to compliment any eye look.  These can be used as a liner, or a shadow base which I love to rock both!  Plus, if Kim K. wears this on a regular basis, then you can’t go wrong!
  • MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash – I love this mascara.  It lengthens, separates, and volumizes the lashes without making them look spidery.  The lightweight formula is said to last up to 16 hours, and is smudge proof.  I can attest to the latter, but, have yet to wear it for 16 hours straight.  It’s especially great for the lower lashes because the brush head on this mascara isn’t too big, or too small so it gets at those tiny lashes really well.

Lips:

  • MAC Lipstick in Fleshpot – although I’m not a huge fan of lipstick, I’ve been warming up to MAC lipsticks.  They smell amazing, they make my lips feel moisturized, and they have SO many shades to choose from.  Fleshpot is very much a nude shade, and when used alone can have the tendency to make you look dead – for lack of a better word.  I like to pair it with a lip pencil or a lip gloss for a unique and one of a kind lip color.
  • MAC Lipglass in Pink Nouveau – I love me some lipglass.  It’s thick, super shiny, and comes in a ton of shades.  Pink Nouveau looks great over fleshpot for just a hint of pink.  These two together would be the perfect pair for a smoky/sultry makeup look.
  • MAC Lip Pencil in Dervish – this lip pencil is a great addition to your makeup collection.  It’s the right kind of mauve/nude/pink shade to use as a base for lipstick or lipgloss.

Face:

  • MAC Blush in Melba – if you’ve been looking for the perfect blush that makes you look as though you’re glowing from within, look no further.  Melba is he perfect peach that adds the right amount of warmth to your skin without overdoing it.
  • MAC Give Me Sun – I have to admit that I thought this bronzer wouldn’t work for my skin tone at first.  I love that it’s definitely buildable so you can go for an all over warmth, or use it to chisel out the features of your face.
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle – hands down, my most used highlighter.  It looks very golden in the pan, but, on the skin it’s just perfect.  I can’t even explain it.  As fair as my skin is, I don’t feel as though it adds color to my cheeks when I wear it.  It just makes my skin look nice and dewy – which I love!

That’s it for my January 2015 favorites!  What were some of your favorites?