October 30, 2014

Fall Colors Dress + Faux Leather Jacket








Dress: Jack by BB Dakota | Faux Leather Jacket: H&M (similar) | Booties: Kelly & Katie (similar) | Bag: Kate Spade | Ring: Meredith Kahn for mark. (similar

Guess who woke up this morning before 6 a.m. to make Jell-O shots? This girl. I’m making candy corn Jell-O shots for a party tomorrow night but it requires waiting for each layer to set before adding the next. With a full-time job and having a life—or so I like to think—and getting my beauty sleep, I don’t have time to sit around for Jell-O to set. Hence, waking up before sunrise to make shots. That is commitment.

Anyway, as I was going through my closet this week trying to figure out an outfit to post, I came across this cool, multi-colored patterned dress from BB Dakota. I had picked it up last year sometime through Hautelook and thought the colors would be perfect for Halloween week! Paired with a shorter faux leather jacket (I am loving cropped jackets with dresses this season!), and my favorite pair of black booties, this outfit was made.

For the budget babes, this dress is a sweet deal currently under $30— get on that!


October 29, 2014

5 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas


Whether you are in desperate need of a last-minute Halloween costume, need an outfit that is somewhat Halloween-inspired for the office costume party or maybe you love dressing up but have no money for a costume, you can come up with the perfect costume using pieces from your own closet that you already own. Try one of these fun costume ideas:


WITCH


HOLLY GO LIGHTLY IN BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S


DOLLY DEAREST


1960's BETTY


FASHION BLOGGER

Are you dressing up for Halloween? I want details!

October 28, 2014

Good HUES-Day: Dark Nail Polish for Fall




I am the absolute worst with my nails. I never get salon manis (I probably should) and I smudge my nails minutes after painting them. Oops! Even though I’m not the best nail painter, I still love to do so and try new colors—especially dark ones for fall. Try one of these dark & bold shades on your nails at your next mani!

October 27, 2014

10 Cute Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

One of my favorite Halloween traditions is carving pumpkins with my family, or sometimes just my boyfriend. I am definitely no pumpkin artist and tend to use the store-bought designs... you know, the one that you poke all the holes into then cut-out? Even then I sometimes manage to mess it up--- whoops! If you're like me and NOT a carving master, here's a few other cute pumpkin decorating ideas:

(Press the (i) on the slideshow menu below for more information on each design and click the image to get the DIY!)






October 25, 2014

Saturday Style: Tory Burch Sale wishlist


Tory Burch is having an amazing sale this week-- up to 70% off! Above are a few items that I couldn't resist adding to my wishlist, I need some Tory Burch in my life! Shop the Tory Burch sale and make sure you click over to the Private Sale. Hurry, it ends Monday 10/27!


October 24, 2014

Southern California’s Scariest Haunts

A Good Hue, Scary Haunts

Ahhh, Halloween is just one week away! One of my favorite ways to get in a scary mood is to check out one (or more!) of the many frightening haunted attractions in the Los Angeles area. From terrifying theme park scares to haunted hay rides and ghost-filled ships, here’s a few hair-raising haunts that will give you goose bumps:

1)      Knott’s Scary Farm
This month I went to Scary Farm not once… twice! We were able to go through all the mazes, including the new Special Ops: Infected, an interactive haunt where guests, led by squad leaders, use laser guns to shoot and fend off zombies and complete a mission. Very cool experience, I hope they keep this one around and better it in years to come! Aside from Infected, the best mazes were Tooth Fairy (they got me a few times, plus just going to the dentist on a regular basis is freaky); VooDoo, which had really well done décor and scares; Forevermore, based on macabre Edgar Allen Poe stories where the rooms were amazingly done but the scares could have been better; and of course just walking through ghoulish Ghost Town will scare your socks off. With mazes, rides, shows (including Elvira!) and haunted areas, Scary Farm is always a good time.

I didn’t get a chance to go to this one this year but in past years it was always really good… and creepy. It’s Universal so costumes and makeup are extremely well done and the frightening mazes are definitely worth the wait. My favorite is the Terror Tram through the backlot taking you and then dropping you off on real movie sets. Word on the street (or at least the review world) is that Dracula Untold and Alien vs. Predator mazes had the best scares. Between the mazes, the set designs, the terrifying scares (including The Walking Dead and The Purge: Anarchy scare zone) you are sure to get in a good scream or two.

I have never been to this one, or any haunted hayride for that matter, but this sounds pretty cool. Located up in Griffith Park at the old LA zoo grounds, the hayride is about 25 minutes long taking guests through a unique set of special effect scares and frightening scenes. The hayride isn’t all that is offered as there are a few other attractions set up to check out as well. One of my co-workers went last year and said it was good, although she recommends going during the week or as early as possible during the weekend as it gets extremely packed.

It’s been years since I’ve been to this haunt but it’s definitely one to check out as the ship itself is reportedly haunted! The creep factor is definitely high as you meander your way through scares amongst the eerie ship, including an unnerving haunted encounter, and if you’re feeling particularly bold you can even stay the night in a room aboard the ship. This attraction also offers live entertainment with bands and DJs, and you can even wear costumes on Halloween night and Nov. 1 and 2 for Dia de los Muertos (costume registration required).

5)      Coffin Creek
This haunt is over in my neck of the woods (Inland Empire) and features 5 haunted houses, including a spooky hay ride, and a magic show. It’s fairly inexpensive, about $33 for all 5 haunts and close enough so it’s definitely on my list to check out.

Other notable haunt attractions in the Los Angeles area include ALONE: An Existential Haunting (Um, haunted house by myself? Full contract? I am WAY too much of a wuss to do something disturbing like this), Fright FairScreampark at Pierce College, SixFlags Fright Fest at Magic Mountain and SinisterPointe's Beyond the Mirror.

Southern California Haunted Houses

October 22, 2014

Weekly Favorites: Makeup Bag Essentials


Last week, I wrote about non-favorite beauty products among my friends and I, so this week I’m highlighting the products that I REALLY like and use on a daily basis. Here’s what is currently in heavy rotation in my makeup bag:

Urban Decay NakedBasics and Naked 2 Basics Palettes: I know, I know—I am always going on and on about these palettes but for good reason—they are fantastic! Whether you’re new to wearing eye shadow or you’re looking for everyday neutral shades, these are great palettes to own. For more, read my Naked 2 Basics review.

MAC Eye Kohl EyeLiner Pencil in Smolder: My go-to eye liner pencil and as straight forward as you can get. The liner glides on smoothly producing a true black line; I love using it as an everyday liner or to create a smoky eye.

Physicians FormulaPowder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent: If you only ever purchase one highlighter, this is the one to get. The product gives a pretty pearlescent sheen without being over-the-top shimmery, leaving cheeks with a natural glow. I also use it on inner corners of eye and brow bone to highlight my eyes.

Benefit “HelloFlawless!” Oxygen Wow Foundation: If you read last week’s post you might be thinking, ‘Wait, wasn’t this one the list of beauty fails?’ True, but it wasn’t my fail. I have been using this foundation for several weeks now and really like it. The foundation is lightweight, so it’s not full coverage and concealer may still be needed; however it does leave my skin smooth, even and brighten any dullness. I apply my face powder over and it lasts all day!

MAC Powder Blush inBlushbaby: Classic everyday color that has been one of MAC’s most popular for years Sheer, buildable color. Should be in every makeup bag/kit natural looking flush, great on a variety of skin tones

e.l.f. Essential NaturalLash Kit: When I need fake lashes for a costume or outfit, I run out to pick up a pair of these. At just $1, they are crazy affordable, especially when they’re going to get tossed at the end of the night, and have a nice, natural shape. I do recommend tossing the glue they come with and opting for Duo Eyelash Adhesive (another must-have!) instead.

Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion: UDPP is a cult product for a reason, it’s that good. Blends easily, doesn’t feel heavy, dries quickly and does what it’s supposed to—helps shadow look even, keeps shadow from creasing and lasts throughout the day. Especially good for oily lids, but works well on my dryer skin as well. A little goes a long way and this stuff lasts, don’t let the price tag scare you away.

Physicians FormulaEye Booster 2-In-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum: When I want a classic cat eye, I read for this bad boy. It’s a liquid eyeliner with a super fine brush and an excellent formula that dries quickly (no smudges!) and stays put all day. It also has an added bonus of a lash boosting serum which enhances lashes over time.

MAC Eye Shadow inSatin Taupe: If I were forced to have just one eye shadow to use for the rest of my life, it would be MAC’s iconic Satin Taupe. The color, the pigmentation, the ease of which it applies- seriously, like silk- is just absolutely amazing. It’s a frosty mid-tone grey-brown and has a perfect balance of shimmer—definitely a versatile, go-to shade to add to your makeup collection if you haven’t already.

Smashbox Photo FinishFoundation Primer SPF 20: Call me old-school but this has been a favorite foundation primer of mine for years. When primers first started stealing the beauty scene several years ago, this was one of the major players and still is. Smashbox’s primer line has since grown to include primers for redness, illumination and my personal favorite, with the added bonus of SPF.

What are some of your makeup bag essentials? 


October 21, 2014

Good HUES-Day: Pumpkin Beauty

Pumpkin seed oil products

Remember a few years back when putting oils on your face was a huge no-no and everything was labeled oil-free? Now products with oils, namely of the coconut and argan varieties, are popping up everywhere and have been found to be really good for both skin and hair. The latest in the oil craze is pumpkin seed oil, often known as “green-gold.” This oil, which is so perfect for the fall pumpkin season, can not only be used on salads and in other recipes (it’s recommended to not heat it) but can also be incorporated into your everyday beauty regimen. PSO is rich in vitamins A, B, E and K, and contains omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, and iron—all of which help promote hair growth and health, as well skin care benefits such as anti-aging and perfecting skin tone. You can purchase a bottle of pumpkin seed oil, or try one of these products for the pumpkin-obsessed:

This hand cream provides intense moisturization with a mixture of organic pumpkin seed oil and jojoba oil to deeply penetrate skin, helping not only to combat dryness but to fade the appearance of age spots as well.

Using both pumpkin extract and pumpkin seed oil, this scrub exfoliates dead skin cells to help condition and polish skin for a glowing complexion. Available for a great price at HSN!

I use this masque and love it—there’s a faint smell of (real!) pumpkin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. The pumpkin enzyme works to digest dead surface cells while antioxidant ingredients fight free radicals.

An organic face serum that helps to renew skin via cellular regeneration and is an intensive repair treatment. The pumpkin seed oil in the serum helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

A skin care triple threat, this one uses Alpha Hydroxy Acid to peel, exfoliates with Pumpkin Enzymes and then polishes with Aluminum Oxide for a fresh-faced, youthful glow.

This mask mixes organic pumpkin puree with yogurt and Bentonite clay to deep clean pores and boost natural radiance—and it’s 99.6% natural.

This pumpkin spice scented body lotion uses pumpkin enzymes and pumpkin seed oil to help improve overall skin tone and skin elasticity to help reduce the signs of aging and to regenerate sun damaged skin. 

Linking up with Tuesday Pretties 

October 20, 2014

My Favorite iPhone Apps


Do you ever have those times where you left your phone behind? I did this on Friday as I was heading to a friends house for a skin care party. I hadn't been to her house yet but I knew the general area. When I got close, I reached in my purse for my phone to look at the directions and address and... nothing. I forgot my phone at home! 

It's amazing how much we rely on our phones now and for so many reasons-- calls, directions, maps, cameras, and so much more. There are thousands of apps now and for almost everything! I was recently introduced to Kabbage, which is a productivity boosting app providing loans for small business owners-- any app that can help me be more productive is always a winner. Here's a few of my other top favorite apps:

Waze
I live outside Los Angeles and traffic can get bad. REAL bad. Waze is a great app for finding ways to cut through traffic. I also use it to find out if an accident happened on the freeway when it’s backed up and to make sure my route is clear.

Feedly 
Since losing Google Reader a couple years ago I have all my must-read blogs listed on Feedly. I love that I can categorize the blogs I follow and mark posts as read, very similar to GR. I also love that I can customize how I want to see posts, I prefer the magazine layout.

ShopShop
This is a straight-forward app that makes it easy to create shopping lists. While I’m shopping I can pull ShopShop up, and cross off items as I stick them in my cart. Whenever I randomly think of an item I need to get, I can easily add it to my shopping list and, even better, it will remember my items so I can simply click to add them to my list. So helpful!

BigOven
I love cooking and the BigOven app comes in handy on a weekly basis. I mainly use it to add my meal plans for the week to the calendar portion, but you can also use it to search for recipes (they have TONS!). I love having my meal plans handy—makes grocery shopping and cooking much easier!

Afterlight
This has become my numero uno photo editing app and if it’s available and you don’t have it, um why?? I can easily edit my pictures (and make them look SO much better) on Afterlight and there’s so many more filters to choose from—and I can layer on filters over one another—and create cool lighting effects.


Overdrive & Kindle
I was going to stick to just 5 favorite apps but these two apps are also favorites. I check out books from the library often (hello, free!) and if they have them available to download, it’s an even better option. I can use either Overdrive or Kindle apps to read my checked out e-books on my iPad2 and I don’t have to remember to return them. Very cool.

What are some of your favorite apps?

Linking up with Monday Morning Gossip

All opinions are my own, I was not provided monetary compensation for this post.

October 17, 2014

Recipe: Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing


Have you been to your local Trader Joe’s lately? I go about every other week and if I can make it out spending less than $20, I consider that a miracle! They have so many good items from ready-to-go salads, an array of cheeses, wine, frozen foods and more. Their latest in fall offerings, Pumpkin Cornbread Croutons, are a total HIT! These crispy, crunchy pumpkin-y morsels are absolutely delicious and slightly sweet. Add them to a kale salad with dried cranberries, over pumpkin or butternut squash soup, or in my latest obsession, pumpkin cornbread stuffing. Packed full of seasonal fall flavors, this stuffing recipe is a great side for chicken and turkey dishes, or even pork, and would be a total crowd pleaser on Thanksgiving!

·         Make it your own! Try variations using pecans or other nuts. Use apple cider instead of orange juice. Even though the pumpkin croutons are seasoned already, add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to punch up the flavor even more!

·         No Trader Joe’s? No worries! Use your favorite dried bread or cornbread croutons and follow the same recipe and ingredients, cooking diced pumpkin with the carrots and apples.

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing
Serves about 4
Ingredients
2 cups Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cornbread Croutons
1 ½ cups Chicken Broth
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
¼ cup Orange Juice
¼ cup Dried Cranberries
1 Carrot, chopped
1 Apple or Pear, chopped
1 Shallot, minced
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Lemon Zest
1 tbsp. Sage, chopped (less if using dry)
1 tbsp. Thyme, chopped (less if using dry)
1 tbsp. Parsley, chopped 
1 tbsp. Rosemary, chopped (less if using dry)
2 tsp. Chili Powder
Ground Black Pepper
Salt, to taste

Heat cooking pot on medium heat and add olive oil. Once heated, add chopped carrots and cook for a few minutes, then add your apple or pear (or go a little crazy and add both!). Cook these down for about 5 minutes and then add minced shallot, cooking for another few minutes until softened.

Next, add the garlic, lemon zest, herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary and parsley), the chili powder, ground black pepper and a cinnamon stick. Cook for about a minute to release the flavors, then add in orange juice and chicken broth. Taste and salt as needed (remember, the croutons will also have seasoning and salt so don’t go too heavy!). Turn to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Once the liquid begins to boil, remove the cinnamon stick and add the seasoned pumpkin croutons and dried cranberries; stir gently to combine. If the croutons look too dry, add in more chicken broth until you achieve desired consistency. You don’t want it to be too wet that it looks gloppy, but wet enough so that the croutons and ingredients combine.

Spoon stuffing into a casserole dish and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. Serve with chicken or turkey and enjoy!


October 15, 2014

Weekly Favorites: Beauty Non-Favorites

Makeup reviews


When Wednesday rolls around, I’m typically rounding up my favorites, especially when it comes to beauty products! I wanted to go in a different direction this week, the complete opposite in fact, and round up some of my recent beauty fails. These are items that I, or my friends, have tried and just could not get on board with. Maybe the items didn’t live up to the hype or the claims the products made, there was user error involved (we’ve all been there!), or maybe the products themselves were just total fails. Below are some beauty non-favorites:

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero: I’m a fan of UD’s products but their black pencil liner just doesn’t do it for me. For black pencil liners, I want them to glide on easily while creating strong black definition. Not gray, not a light, faded black, but a true deep BLACK. I also need it to last throughout the day—it was non-existent on my waterline and looked more like a gray on my lids. Sadly this one hits neither of my musts for an eye liner. They did come out with Perversion, which looks to be a deep black but I’d rather save my money and buy a liner I know will work. Sorry UD!

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara: I heard amazing things about this mascara so I bought one of the mini tubes to try it out. I wore this mascara for several days and was starting to love it: My lashes had volume and length, they stood out and looked really good… at least until the day I decided to use my oven. When I bent down to open the oven door, the heat caused a reaction with the mascara making my eyes burn, so I did what anyone would do naturally and closed them. When I went to open my eyes, I couldn’t—my top lashes were stuck to my bottom lashes. You guys, MY LASHES WERE STUCK TOGETHER. I freaked—I opened them as much as possible and made a blurry-eyed trip to the bathroom to remove the mascara. At this point, I felt like crying because I knew my lashes were going to come off with it. My mind raced: How was I going to go to work the next day without any lashes? I was going to have to wear fake lashes EVERY day and make a large investment into lash growth serums.

Luckily, I was able to easily remove the mascara and my lashes stayed intact, but I couldn’t chance it again and threw out the tube. I don't want to get THAT real again.

Speaking of They’re Real, another friend tried the They’re Real! Push-Up Liner and found it to be a disappointment. She didn’t care for the formula and found it difficult to work with, and she’s a pro at the cat eye!

Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara: Since we’re on the topic of mascaras, another one I never understood the hype over is this one. According to the beauty books it’s on every beauty editor and makeup artist’s hg list but I’ve used so many others, including others from Maybelline, that deliver much better results and have much better formulas. I don’t get it.
Dry Shampoo: A couple of my friends admitted to having tried drugstore dry shampoos—Suave Dry Shampoo Spray and Tresseme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo were named— that were total fails. Instead of absorbing oil, the dry shampoos made their hair even oilier. Not good!

Too Faced’s La Crème Lipstick in Naughty Nude: This was anything but long-lasting for my mom, who said the color only lasted about 15-20 minutes before she had to reapply. In Too Faced’s defense, I still have one of their Lip of Luxury nude lipsticks that has very decent staying power… and I adore the color!

Self-Tanners: I’ve posted several self-tanners on here in which I’ve gotten amazing results from. However there are those that haven’t made the cut. For me, Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs left my legs with an orange-y glow and was too obviously fake looking for my taste. A friend tried Neutrogena MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tan with poor results, which left her a semi-permanent orange shade—she had to use nail polish remover to scrub it off!

Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner: Another friend thought she had found the perfect eyeliner with an easy-to-use pen-style brush. She was easily able to create a super cute cat eye look… only to realize later that day that the super cute cat eye was mirrored onto her brow bone. FAIL!

Benefit Cosmetics ‘Hello Flawless!’ Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation in Petal: Certain beauty products may work amazing for some but for others, not quite so much. My sister purchased this foundation but found that it didn’t apply well to her skin, it still felt wet after several minutes and made it difficult for her to apply powder over it. Plus, the shade was too yellow for her skin tone, making her look sickly. She gave it to me to try and it works well for me; I have drier combination skin so the formula applied normally—it’s very light-weight and airy, but also covers very well—  and my skin naturally has yellow tones so the foundation matched perfectly. To each his own!

Have you recently tried any beauty products that were total misses? Or, did you try any of the above and loved them? Share!


October 14, 2014

Good HUES-Day: BCA Pink


October is Breast Cancer Awareness and whether you're a survivor, you know someone who has been diagnosed, or just want to support, theres many awesome brands out there making it possible to do so. Here's 10 items I found... you know they have to be pink!... all of which give back to and support the cause.

Linking up with Tuesday Pretties & Monday Morning Gossip


October 13, 2014

Top 5 Kitchen Essentials


Whether you’re a pro at making 4-course meals or you can barely boil water, there are a few must-haves in the kitchen that everyone needs. Here are my 5 top kitchen essentials:

Slow Cooker
Having a Crock-Pot Slow Cooker has been a total life changer. When I was commuting to work (up to 2 hours a day in traffic... each way!) my Crock Pot was my best friend. I could throw in all the ingredients for a chili and come home to a ready-made hot meal and an amazing smelling apartment. Fall and winter is my favorite time to use the slow cooker—there are so many yummy soups, stews, and even yummy desserts such as cinnamon apples, that you can make in a slow cooker.
If you’re not much of a cook or are just starting out, I definitely recommend this as it will become your best friend in the kitchen.

Baking Mat
Another item that has made my cooking life, well more like my cleaning life, simpler is my silicone baking mat. I’ve made everything from roasted veggies, garlic bread, cookies and even macarons on this guy and it’s held up wonderfully. Better yet? Cleaning it is SO easy—just wipes it down with soap and water, no more soaking and scrubbing my baking trays! If you’re a frequent baker, definitely pick one of these up.

Citrus Juicer
I love adding fresh citrus juice to recipes and this tool has made it even easier. Instead of standing there twisting and grinding my lemons, or worse, squeezing them bare hand and getting more lemon juice everywhere else (including in cuts or scratches-owwie!) and seeds in my food, I just cut my lemons or limes in half, pop them in the citrus juicer and squeeze! It’s a great stress reducer, too!

Knives
Having the appropriate cutlery can make such a difference in the kitchen. Spend a few bucks more on decent chopping knives—trust me, you won’t be sorry. My top three knives include a good, sharp Chef’s Knife, which is an all-purpose knife that can cut and chop just about everything from mincing garlic to cutting strips of chicken, a Paring Knife which is good for more detailed slicing and peeling such as with fruits and veggies, and a Serrated Knife for cutting bread, tomatoes and anything else with a crust or firm skin.

Wood Cutting Board
Not only are wood boards perfect for chopping veggies and cutting up fruits (keep the meats off!), they can do double duty as a cheese board too. Extra points if it’s in a cute shape, such as my California-shaped wood board!

Do you have any other kitchen gadget or tool must-haves?

October 11, 2014

Saturday Style: October Fall Florals


I never discriminate against pinks but light, soft blush shades of pink have always been my favorite. They don't necessarily need to look spring, depending on the other colors and prints they're paired with-- such as this gorgeous floral skirt and a cute taupe-gray long-sleeved top. Perfect for a weekend of errands or brunch! 


October 10, 2014

Review: My Best Beautiful with Olay

Olay Review

“I feel my best beautiful in those moments after accomplishing a major project or goal and having that confidence to know that I did a superb job”

I was super excited to receive a package from Elle Magazine with Olay Regeneriest Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer and even more excited to try it. The package is part of their Your Best Beautiful campaign, which encourages women to embrace their best beautiful by being the best versions of themselves and to celebrate their individuality.

Olay is a highly regarded mass skin care brand with a strong focus on anti-aging. The products aren’t your typical drugstore brand, they have a luxurious feel that can be compared to department store skin care collections, yet are available at more affordable price points. I use several Olay products already but nothing currently from their Regenerist line. Since receiving the moisturizer, I have been using it daily. The Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream ($25.99 retail) is a brightening moisturizer that helps bring out skin’s natural glow. The product claims to fade dark spots in about 8 weeks, although dark spots are not really an issue for me so I cannot say anything to that effect. I do love how easily it blends and silky the moisturizer feels, leaving my skin soft and smooth. I’m hoping to notice the effects of this moisturizer more as it helps to brighten my complexion during the cooler months as it dulls from being indoors more. Overall this is a really good moisturizer and one that I recommend; plus the price is very decent for such a quality product.

I have also been using Olay Fresh Effects {Bright OnSchedule!} Eye Awakening Cream ($12.99 retail).  Fresh Effects is a line that Olay created for younger women (about 18-34) who do not necessarily need anti-aging products yet are beyond the acne stages of their teens. I love that the eye cream has a tri-roller ball which cools the skin, helping to further reduce puffy eyes. have been trying different eye creams in hopes of finding one that I really like and I think this is it! I like that the cream itself is lightweight and absorbs quickly, it eye area moisturized without feeling thick or greasy.

When face cleansing brushes first became popular, I didn’t jump on that bandwagon. I didn’t think using a cleansing brush was going to be that much better than just using your hands so spending on one just wasn’t worth it to me. I am happy to admit how wrong I was. I purchased Olay Pro XAdvanced Cleansing System ($29.99 retail, I’ve talked about it before here) and started using it daily. The system comes with the cleansing brush and the Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser (love!), although I use my daily face wash with it.  I was amazed by how much more makeup it took off than if I didn’t use the brush—I would even wash my face using just facial soap and my hands and then re-wash using the cleansing brush—it took off so much more makeup that I had missed the first time!  Since using this, my skin has looked better, has felt softer and smoother, and I have experienced a reduction in chin breakouts (yay!). If you are on the fence about trying a cleansing brush or just don’t want to spend a lot on one, I highly recommend this system, at $30 it is SO worth it!

Skin care is such an important part of beauty-- having clear, bright, glowing skin is always a confidence booster for me that also helps me feel my best beautiful. When do you feel your best beautiful? Share using the hashtag #BestBeautiful!

* I was provided with the Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer via Elle Magazine, no monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

October 9, 2014

Colored Denim + Faux Leather Jacket





Berry jeans: Kohl's (similar) | Striped Tank: H&M (similar) | Faux Leather Jacket: H&M (similar) | Leopard Heels: Target | Necklace: Capwell | Bracelet: Gorjana

 I've been on a colored denim kick lately-- last week it was red and this week is berry. Colored denim breaks up wearing regular ol' jeans and black pants and you can style them so many ways! For this outfit, I decided to add some mixed prints with a simple striped tank and my cute leopard heels from Target. When it gets chilly, I top it off with my favorite faux leather jacket that I have had for years-- I can't wait for those chillier nights so I can break this jacket out!

Are you a fan of colored denim?


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