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Something Exciting for Jewelry Lovers

I’ve got something exciting to share with you! But first, I have a story to tell you…

A while back, I was perusing Pinterest and came across a pin that I found intriguing. It was a photo of several beautiful pieces of jewelry. I clicked on it and the link brought me to a website featuring some absolutely gorgeous jewelry. I fell in love immediately. They happened to be having a sale at the time, and I’ll admit I went a little crazy on my first order. But, when I received the jewelry a few days later, I knew it was worth every penny I had spent on these beautiful, high quality items.

When I was offered the opportunity to share this amazing jewelry line, I jumped at the chance! I just know once you take a look at all the fabulous items they offer, you’re going to fall in love with this brand, just like I have!

Here are few photos of my new items…

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These sunglasses are the most comfortable pair I have ever owned. They have a slight cat eye shape to them and the lenses are a lovely lavender color. The statement necklace is genuine mother-of-pearl in an elegant silver-toned setting. It is surprisingly lightweight. I love it so much, I just can’t stop wearing it!

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These earrings are delicate and pretty yet still make a statement. They are fun and easy to wear.

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And this lovely layered necklace is actually convertible. It can be worn as is, or any one of the pendants and chains can be worn individually or combined with any of the others to create many different looks.

That leads me to my exciting announcement….

This week, I am hosting an online pop up shop featuring this amazing company!

So, are you interested in ordering your own items from this gorgeous jewelry brand? Head on over right now and check out all the beautiful items in the shop! You’ll find some amazing promotions going on right now, too!

ALL Bracelets and Necklaces are 25% off through 6/30
FREE Gift wtih $100 Purchase through 6/30
Join the Passport Rewards Customer Loyalty Program (it’s FREE to join!) and receive 15% credit back on every purchase PLUS FREE shipping at $100!

This pop up shop is only going on for about a week, so don’t miss your chance to shop this sale!

Fresh and Natural Makeup for Summer

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I don’t know about you, but as a busy mom of many, summertime can bring some very full days. There always seems to be something going on, or somewhere we have to be. I simply don’t have a lot of time to spend on my makeup. Yet, I still want to look put together and presentable.

Summer fashion is often more casual. Summer activities are often more casual as well. I like to be sure my makeup is in line with this more casual but active approach to my appearance. Busy summer days call for makeup that looks polished but effortless.

I gathered my favorite must-have products to create a fresh and natural makeup look that is perfect for long summer days. Though the climate where I live here in Maine is generally not too hot or humid for most of the summer season, we do have the occasional heat wave or especially humid week (like this week was—my hair has been a ball of frizz for days!).

Being a country girl means I also need makeup products that will hold up to the rigors of my rural lifestyle. That could include the occasional trip to the chicken coop to collect eggs or out to the barn to bring hay to the horses. You can be assured, if this makeup can stand that test, it can probably stand up to whatever you might face in your day!

So, bring on the heat, humidity, and hay—we’ll be ready and looking fabulous!

How I Got This Fresh and Natural Makeup Look
Step 1

I started this look with clean, moisturized skin. (I always wash my face before applying makeup. It gives a nice, fresh canvas to apply products to!) Apply your favorite foundation to give a nice base to the look. A tinted moisturizer would work, as well as a more traditional full coverage foundation. I used my favorite It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ cream. It’s been a long time staple for my beauty regimen.

Step 2

Use a concealer on any problem areas. Because I have melasma, I tend to use a heavy duty, full coverage concealer like Benefit Erase Paste. I also like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer.

Step 3

Groom your brows well. Nicely groomed brows make such a different in any look. I have naturally full brows, so I mainly just pluck any unruly hairs, fill in the very few sparse patches with a brow pencil, and apply a brow gel to hold everything in place. Wet ’N Wild’s clear brow gel is a cheap and effective choice.

Step 4

I used a minimal amount of eyeliner with this look, just enough to give some definition and help my eyes stand out a bit. I used Stila Stay All Day liquid liner in brown. For me, brown is the only eyeliner color I use. It is less harsh with my coloring than black.

Step 5

Next, apply mascara to the upper lashes. I love Benefit Roller Lash. It gives a nice curl but is never clumpy. Again, for my coloring, dark brown mascara is the most natural choice of color. Use what works best for you.

Step 6

Apply a natural blush in a neutral shade of pink. A soft pink blush color is what gives this look a fresh, youthful glow. I chose Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm in the color Ampd’ Up Apple. I love the formula of this product and the nice healthy glow I have when wearing it.

Step 7

Finish the look with a neutral lip color like this pinkish-nude shade. I wore Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in the color Mauve Twist. This lip product is easy and comfortable to wear and nourishing to the lips as well. I’ve used and loved this for years. It’s often my first choice for what to wear on my lips.

And there you have it! Just 7 simple steps to a fresh, natural makeup look perfect for summertime!

This look is quick, simple, and easy to achieve. It’s perfect for even the busiest days of summer. Give it a try and let me know how you like it for yourself!

Spring 2017 Lifestyle Favorites

Spring flew by and we are officially in the summer months. How is it possible that the year is half over already?!

I thought I would share a few of things I’ve been loving and using lately. Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration to try something new, too!

 

Fashion

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As I mentioned in a post last week, I am absolutely loving wearing my new paisley patterned maxi dress from Florence Adams. It’s classy and elegant and comfortable and it makes me happy when I wear it!

 

Beauty

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My new favorite lip product is the It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain. Vitality Lip Flush takes the place of four products–your lipstick, conditioning lip balm, hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain, all in one! It’s comfortable to wear and long lasting—I put it on in the morning and the color lasts all day long!

 

Books

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I recently read What Women Fear by Angie Smith, and it was excellent. This book challenged me and encouraged me. I identified with so much of what Angie shared. She wrote in a candid, vulnerable way that resonated with my own experience in so many ways. I highly recommend this book. It has the potential to be life-changing.

 

Personal Care

Everyone Lavender Lotion

Lately, I’ve been using EO Products Lavender and Aloe Everyone Lotion. It’s smells wonderful, with it’s fresh lavender scent from real essential oil. It is made with natural, healthy ingredients that are nourishing for the skin, and it’s versatile enough to use on face, hands, and body. I especially love to apply it at nighttime; the smell is perfect for helping bring a sense of relaxation in preparation for sleep.

 

Food

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My favorite tea right now is Good Hope Vanilla Rooibos from The Republic of Tea. It has a nice smooth vanilla flavor. It’s perfect with a drop of cream and a sprinkle of sugar or stevia. So yummy!

 

Home

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Recently, I decided to update the throw pillows on my bed. I chose an easy care square pillow with a beige background and pretty script lettering, along with a soft pink minky one. They both give the perfect accent to my vintage style floral bedding.

So there you have it—all my favorite things from this spring!

What are some things you’ve been loving lately?

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is approaching. Honoring the mothers in your life is a wonderful privilege of the day. If you’re looking for some Mother’s Day gift ideas, I’ve got some suggestions to get you started.

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Flowers

Flowers are one of my favorite gifts to give for Mother’s Day. I don’t know many moms who wouldn’t love to receive a beautiful bouquet of blooms in appreciation for all they do. I usually order from ProFlowers. The prices are good, service is great, and delivery is guaranteed. And then there’s the convenience factor of being able to choose and order an arrangement from my phone. When I order, I am definitely going to be doing so through my Ebates app; right now, Ebates is offering 12% cash back and several discount codes to choose from. Pretty good deal, huh? (If you’re not signed up for Ebates yet, you should be!)

Clarisonic Facial Brush

This handy little gadget would make a perfect gift. Personal care items like a Clarisonic are a great way to pamper mom with something she may not buy for herself. A Clarisonic is wonderful for enhancing a skin care regimen. Mom will certainly thank you for treating her to this one.

Spongelle Shower Gel Infused Sponge

A Spongelle bath and shower sponge is a clever little invention. It’s a bath sponge already infused with cleansing gel, making it a luxuriously practical little gift. These sponges smell amazing! They’re special enough to gift alone, or one of these would be a perfect addition to a bath-themed gift basket.

Subscription box service

A subscription box service would be a lovely gift, and one that keeps on giving. Subscribe mom for a month, a few months, or a year—it’s up to you. She’ll be impressed with your thoughtfulness. And I guarantee she’ll love getting a gift over and over again, long after Mother’s Day has ended. One subscription box I highly recommend (and the only one I personally have at the present time!) is Fab Fit Fun. There’s is a nice variety of items in each box, which comes four time a year. There are so many different types of subscription box services available, from makeup to books to food, you’re sure to find one that will appeal to you (and you’re mom).

Phone case

A pretty phone case would make a great gift for a mom with a smartphone. If you’re mom is tech savvy (mine is not), a tech related gift like this one could make her very happy.

Heart pendant necklace

This beautiful silver and rose gold heart pendant necklace would be a perfect way to express your love to your mom. It’s a gorgeous piece any lady in your life would be pleased to receive.

Perfume

If she has a signature sent, pick up a bottle of it to give to mom. If she doesn’t have a particular brand of perfume she loves, choose one for her. Lauren Perfume by Ralph Lauren or Creed Spring Flower would be a great place to start.

Floral maxi dress

If you know mom’s clothing size, why not give her a beautiful floral dress as a Mother’s Day gift? This one is a pretty, feminine style in chiffon.

Digital photo frame

Help mom preserve memories with a cool digital photo frame. Load it with photos of her family, and she’ll cherish it (and you’re thoughtfulness).

Beautiful scarf

A ladylike, beautiful scarf makes a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. A soft, flowing, feminine scarf can make her feel so special.

A good book

If your mom likes to read, a nicely bound copy of her favorite book might be a good gift idea. Or maybe you could give her a book she hasn’t read yet. As a book lover myself, I would love a gift like this from my own kids (a little hint just in case you’re reading this, kids)!

A Roomba vacuum

If you really want to splurge on a Mother’s Day gift, why not give her the luxury of not having to vacuum her house? A Roomba vacuum is a great way to make mom’s life a little easier. She’ll love the fact that she no longer has to clean her floors. Imagine the feeling of giving your mom a robot who does housework! Pretty cool, huh?

I hope this list has given you a little bit of inspiration for Mother’s Day gifts you can choose for the special ladies in your life. I know you want to make your mom feel special and appreciated this Mother’s Day. These gift ideas will certainly do that. Do you have any great Mother’s Day gift ideas to add to the list?

AND one more thing…

To show my appreciation for YOU, this month I am giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one of my lovely readers. Hint: that means you! This giveaway will only run for 10 days, so make sure you enter right away. Just scroll down to the bottom of this post and you’ll find several ways to enter. You can do one, two, or all of them–the more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win!

Be sure to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Spring Fab Fit Fun Unboxing

It’s that time again—time for another Fab Fit Fun Box!

Fab Fit Fun is a subscription box service that comes four times a year. Each season brings another box of goodies. Getting one of these boxes in the mail is so much fun. I love to dig right into it and see what kind of surprises await!

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The spring box had some interesting items included in it. I was really excited about some of them. Others didn’t catch my interest quite as much, but they may still be useful in some way.

So let’s dig right in and see what’s in the box!

Gypsy 05 Roundie

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This is a cool, hippie style beach or picnic blanket. It’s large, tie-dyed, and…well…round!

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray

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I can’t wait to try this leave-in conditioner. It looks like it will be perfect for my curly hair. The ingredients are safe and curly-girl method approved.

Milly Zip Pouch

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This water-resistant bag is perfect for travel. You can throw a wet swimsuit in it and keep it from soaking anything else in your bag.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

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I’ve never tried anything from the Dr. Brandt brand, but this looks like a good product to use at the end of a long winter. It claims to help “reveal radiant and renewed skin.”

Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask

Another good product to rehydrate the skin after a long, drying winter. This is an all natural sheet mask. I’m looking forward to trying this one.

RealHer Lip Kit

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These lip products are made from natural ingredients. The kit includes a liquid lipstick, plumping lip gloss, and lip liner.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set

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The pretty blue of this polish is perfect for spring.

Luv AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set

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This 14K rose gold earring set has sparkly appeal. I’ve never worn crawler earrings before. It will be interesting to try them.

Bonus item: Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummies

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Often, the boxes contain an extra item or two as a bonus. These vitamins are a really good quality supplement. I was close to running out of my current vitamins, so this was perfect timing!

Total retail price of the box: $374

The subscription price is only $49.99 per box!  How’s that for an amazing deal? Plus, use this link and get $10 off your first FabFitFun box!

I know you’ll love receiving a surprise box of amazing beauty, fashion, and lifestyle items each season as much as I do!

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10 Elf Products Worth Trying

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Have you ever tried any products from the Elf brand? If you haven’t, you really should.

Elf is a great budget option for quality makeup products. The Elf products line includes tons of beauty items for a range of skin types, complexions, skin colors, and tastes and preferences. The products are really good and the prices are super cheap. Win/win, wouldn’t you say?

Here are a few Elf products that I have personally tried and highly recommend.
  1. Complexion brush
    The brushes from Elf are great quality, soft, dense and comfortable to use. The complexion brush is great for applying powder or foundation. And for $3 a piece, what’s not to love?
  2. Baked Highlighter
    These highlighters have just enough shimmer without looking glittery. They give a very pretty, glowing effect to the skin.
  3. High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder
    This finely milled powder works great for setting underage concealer. For a budget price, the quality is compatible to higher end products.
  4. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
    This eyeliner is easy to apply and stays in place all day.
  5. Beautifully Bare Total Face Palette
    With the exception of foundation and mascara, this palette can give you a complete look. It includes a highlighter, contour shade, and two blushes. You could even use it for eyeshadow in a pinch, which makes this palette perfect for travel. The packaging is pretty as well!
  6. Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette
    This eyeshadow palette has a nice range of wearable shades. It’s perfect for creating a wide variety of looks. The shadows are fairly well pigmented and they apply smoothly and wear well.
  7. Matte Lip Color
    Available in a wide range of shades, these lip colors are beautiful. They go on nicely and are super long wearing. Like most matte lipsticks, they do tend to dry the lips. Still, they’re fairly comfortable to wear.
  8. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
    This eyeshadow primer works well at smoothing the lid and holding onto shadow. It definitely works to extend the wear time of any eyeshadow.
  9. 3-in-1 Mascara
    This stuff works great and at $3, it’s well worth every penny!
  10. Makeup Mist & Set
    This setting spray helps extend the wear of your makeup. It is light and effective and works great for a great price!

If you haven’t tried any of these, you really should! For the price, you’ll be glad you did!

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