Ready…Set…GLOW!

I don’t know about you, but I used to always get SUPER jealous of my friends with their amazing tans and bronzed bodies during the summer. I hated that they got to get a sweet summer glow while I was stuck with pasty white legs. Furthermore, I am one of the unfortunate souls that has a history of Squamous Cell Carcinoma, so skincare and protecting my skin from the harmful rays of the sun are an absolute must.  Well not anymore!!!

The Rodan and Fields foaming sunless tanner is truly one of the BEST sunless tanners on the market. This tanner has given me such awesome, even color and it smells great too!  To top that off, my all time favorite part – you don’t have to wear gloves!!!

Allure Magazine had this to say about it!
“Rodan + Fields Foaming Sunless Tan: This foam… prolong[s] color by decreasing cell turnover… the color lasted a full five days.”

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This beautiful glow is super easy to achieve, and I am about to show you how!!!  In just four easy steps you will be well on your way to getting the best bronzed skin around!

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  1.  EXFOLIATE -  This is by far the most important step.  The key is to slough off all of your dead skin so you can achieve an even tan that will last.  The ENHANCEMENTS Body Micro-Dermabrasion ($30) feels is like an indulgence, but works as a therapeutic, multi-benefit skin treatment. For use in the shower or tub, this powerful micro-dermabrasion exfoliates, cleanses, and conditions skin in one invigorating step for all-over renewal and a smooth even look and feel. Harper’s Bazaar proclaims it will banish dry and flaky skin!  This awesome all in one step can be done while in the shower or tub as said earlier.  All you do is massage it into the skin, and rinse away!  Easy peasy!
  2. APPLY SUNLESS TANNER - Protecting your skin from the sun is a must, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a sun-kissed glow the healthy way. This lightweight, oil-free, mess-free sunless tanning foam applies easily and dries quickly. The Foaming Sunless Tanner ($24) contains a dual-active formula that ensures even, natural-looking color without exposure to the harmful UVA and UVB rays. It contains Rodan + Fields’ RF-Dcell technology, which is derived from dormant narcissus bulb extract, to “quench” the rate of cell hyper-proliferation and extend the duration of the sunless tan. Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E protect skin from free radical damage.  The best way to prep the skin for application is to pat your skin dry after your shower, then apply a very small amount of the Daily Body Moisturizer to your knee caps, hands, and elbows (pretty much any area that is most likely to turn super dark during this tanning process).  Start out with a few pumps of the Foaming Sunless Tanner, and massage it into your skin.  A little goes a long way, and it’s always best to build up your coverage to get the perfect color your want instead of overdoing it to begin with (you can always add, but can’t take away).  Once you have massaged the tanner into the areas you would like to tan, let it sit for at least 4 hours before you apply moisturizer to your whole body.  If for some reason you get a little heavy handed, no worries, just use a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol and rub that over the areas you would prefer to look a little lighter!
  3. MOISTURIZE –  I am a huge fan of moisturizing.  Frankly, I don’t feel complete without applying lotion to my body after a shower then again before I go to bed.  The ESSENTIALS Daily Body Moisturizer ($24) tackles dry, flaky skin in a whole new way. It features our RF-Dcell technology to calm frenzied cells, normalize the rate of cell maturation and help make skin function more efficiently. The result: skin retains moisture and remains 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.  It’s by far my favorite body moisturizer EVER – my skin has NEVER been this soft!
  4. PROTECT -  Even if you don’t think you may see the sun on a daily basis, it’s still important to take steps to protect it.  The ESSENTIALS Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen ($24) is a lightweight, non-sticky and non-greasy broad spectrum sunscreen. It contains dimethicone to protect skin’s moisture barrier, antioxidant vitamins C and E to absorb damaging free radicals and anti-inflammatory ingredients to protect skin from environmental stress.  What I love most about this Sunscreen is that I don’t feel like I’m wearing Sunscreen.  I don’t get that distinctive smell, or texture on my skin after I’ve used it.  I use this on myself AND my family regularly.  Love it!

There you have it!  In 4 simple steps you can achieve that bronzed glow you’ve been waiting for your entire life!  If you’re interested in giving any of these products a shot, shoot me a message at thewannabehousewifeblog[at]gmail[dot]com, and learn about my Summertime Incentives, and how you can save 10% on your entire order AND receive free shipping!  I am here to help you love the skin you’re in!

Ready…Set…GLOW!

I am linking up with Carly and Molly for Funday Monday!
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Friday Five

Happy Friday, Loves!! I feel like this week has just flown by, how about you? Here are a few highlights from my week!

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1. This has pretty much been my mantra lately. Ever since I began working with Rodan + Fields I feel like I’ve been able to get a major part of my life bak that I was missing before. TIME! I am SO much happier and relaxed now, I get more time with the 3 people I love most, and this business doesn’t make me sacrifice ANY of that in the process! There’s nothing better!

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2. Oh hello, new babies. Seriously, Buxom glosses are my fav.

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3. The whole family at Cabela’s. I could spend all day in that place. It’s pretty much awesome.

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4. We’ve been enjoying a ton of this lately and I don’t feel the least bit sorry about it. Frozen bananas and vanilla Almondmilk is the best “ice cream” ever. Top it with Nilla Wafers and you’ll be in Heaven.
5. Last but certainly not least, I’m planning on doing NOTHING this weekend! Life has been so crazy lately I think I deserve some time curled up on the couch with my babies watching Frozen all weekend. Now that I just typed that I’ll be humming “Let it go” all day. #mommylife #wouldntchangeitfortheworld

What have you been up to this week? Pop over to show off your favorite moments for High Five for Friday with Lauren!

Is that Beauty Box Subscription right for you?

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You all know I love my monthly beauty box subscriptions.  I’ve done them all…well, a ton anyway.  Birchbox, Ipsy Glam Bag, Wantable, and Beautybox 5.  You know what though?  Doing a bunch of monthly subscriptions can cost quite the pretty penny, and I got tired of spending money on items that I’d either never use, threw away because it smelled funny, or just plain didn’t like it.  I needed to be able to tailor my subscription to items that I knew I would love each month.
If you’re anything like me, you like to be able to pick and choose the beauty items you receive.  I’ve been disappointed far too many times with monthly subscriptions that even a $10 expense was too much for what I received.  I know that they can be a crap shoot sometimes, but I had always been longing for the right fit for me.  I needed to be able to give real reviews, pick and choose specifically what I did and didn’t like, and have a great price point…the cheaper the better in my eyes.

I gave Birchbox a shot for over a year, and was mostly happy with what I had received, but never super excited each month unless I purchased the extra more expensive limited edition box.  For $10 a month you get 4-5 sample sized beauty products or food products, and the cute pink packaging was always a plus.  It contains more “high end” products that frankly could potentially cost an arm and a leg to purchase full size.  I do like that you can review the products for points, in which case those points go toward a discount on full size products which you purchase directly from the site.  It’s not a terrible deal, and yes I would recommend it.  Again, I think I’ll take a break from it for now.

Wantable is sort of like a Mommy version of Birchbox.  It costs $36 a month(!!!), and you receive 4-5 full size items.  Now I will say, I did love that each item was a full size, and the fact that the packaging is pretty cute.  You definitely get your moneys worth.  But, it’s still on the more expensive side.  I also found myself not using most of the products sent to me.  I ended up with a whole bunch of eyeliner that I’ll never use, so if anybody wants some silver liner shoot me a message!  I would recommend this subscription mostly because you do get full size products, and the products you get I believe are worth it.  So this is a win, but the price is a little steep.  

Beautybox 5 is another good cheaper option for $12 a month.  I like that the samples are simple, however, I feel like most of the things I have gotten are skincare based and it’s all things I won’t use.  So again, for me, money down the drain.  It’s still fairly new compare to the rest, so I think they’re working all the kinks out, but it’s a good place to start.

Once I started Birchbox, that lead me into the Ipsy Glam Bag.  Same price point, same idea with 4-5 beauty products each month.  But a few other things I loved.  It comes in a cute bag each month, AND you get drugstore brands every now and then too.  I love that if you wanted to buy the products, you could get them directly from their site, or just pop into the store and get them if need be.  Each month you can give a detailed review of each product to gain points to put toward any monthly gifts they have at the time which they will send out with your next bag!  This is by far my favorite, and the only one I’ve stuck with consistently.  I would HIGHLY recommend this monthly subscription.  It’s great for anybody that wants to tailor their beauty needs, and wants to be happy and excited each month with what they receive.

What are some of the perks you look for in a beauty box subscription?  Do you subscribe to any of these?
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Book Review: The Mortal Instruments Series

mortal_instruments_seriesI have finally finished the Mortal Instrument Series!  I started listening to the series about 5 months ago and immediately fell in love.  Let me just say, if you loved the Twilight Series, you will love the Mortal Instrument Series.
The series is packed full of action, love, tons of fight/battle scenes, and of course mythical creatures and beings ranging from fairies to warlocks, and of course you can’t leave out werewolves and vampires.
The series opens up with two best friends Clary and Simon going to a night club called Pandemonium.  While inside, Clary witnesses a murder performed by three tattoo covered teenagers (Jace, Isabelle, and Alec) carrying strange weapons she’d never seen before.  Little did Clary know, she had just witnessed the work of Shadowhunters ridding the world of another demon.  After the Shadowhunters disappeared and the body of the dead demon shortly thereafter, Clary couldn’t stop thinking about what she had seen.  On the other side of the spectrum, the Shadowhunters were wondering the very same about Clary.  How was she able to see them?
Without giving too much away, the story takes off immediately and keeps you on your toes the entire series.  There is love, and loss.  Enemies that become friends and allies.  And of course, it wouldn’t be a great series without epic love.  
If you’re looking for a great series to sink your teeth into (no pun intended hehe) then this is a great choice.  I would highly recommend the Mortal Instrument Series as a must read for the Summer!

Side note…I feel a little lost now!  What should I read next?
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Fresh

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Fresh fruit and hot Summers mean home to me. We were able to sneak away for the weekend and spend some time in Eastern Washington. For those of you that don’t know, it’s pretty much the best place ever to buy fresh fruit.
We frequent a few particular stands, and cherries were ripe for the pickin’ early this year. We stocked up on cherries, sugar time peaches (amazing for baking), pluots, and apriums. Every piece of fruit was extra fragrant, and so juicy you practically need a bib to enjoy them. This makes me even more excited for apple and pear season this Fall!
On that note…I need to eat another pluot before they’re all gone. Happy Monday, Loves!

What are some of your favorite fresh fruits?

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