Select Page

You’re Looking Fabulous, Darling! Giveaway

Today is my birthday, and to celebrate, I thought I would give one of YOU a gift!

I’m calling this my “You’re Looking Fabulous, Darling! Giveaway.” I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite things from this summer and bundled them into one amazing gift for you!

Having a summer birthday is definitely very cool. I’ve always loved the fact that my birthday falls right in the middle of the best part of summer. It is always warm enough for pool parties. There is still plenty of time before having to start school shopping or planning. We’re still in the midst of the nicest days of the most relaxing season (in case you’re new here, I really like relaxing). Yep, I have to say I have the best day for my birthday!

Now, on to the giveaway!

birthday giveaway

This little bundle of goodies includes some really fun and fabulous items I just know you’re going to love! It’s perfectly curated to help you get the most out of the last few remaining days of summer. I’m so excited to give it away to one of YOU!

Here’s what’s included:

Gorgeous Sun hat
Keep the sun off your face and look glamorous

Cute Flamingo Kimono/Scarf
This adorable kimono combines two trends I find irresistible

Cool Sunglasses
Foster grants—good quality and you’ll look cool too

Pretty Silver-toned Earrings
These have a lovely delicate look, yet they make a statement

Essential Sunscreen
Gotta have it—this stuff is really nice quality, too

Urban Decay Lipstick
Need I say more? It’s Urban Decay—the real deal

and the one I’m most excited to give to you…

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette
This makeup palette is simply beautiful. It includes some of Tarte’s most iconic colors (can you say “Park Avenue Princess?”) in a gorgeous nomination that will help you create many fabulous looks. The packaging really stands out as well—it’s very unique. If you’ve ever tried anything from Tarte, you know the quality of their products is excellent.

birthday giveaway overlay

I can’t wait to see which of you wins this! This giveaway will run for eight days. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below.

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase something using one of my links.  Be assured that  I only recommend products I believe in. Your support is appreciated!

Summer 2017 Fab Fit Fun Unboxing

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

Fab Fit Fun is a subscription box which comes out four times a year. Each season brings a new box. Usually the theme of the box corresponds to the season in which it is released. The boxes generally contain a nice variety of beauty, health, and lifestyle items.

Fab Fit Fun is by far my favorite subscription service of any I’ve tried.

The retail value of the items included in the box always well exceeds the price of the box (which starts at $49 per box). Usually the total worth of the items in the box is over $200. How’s that for a great deal?

The best part about any subscription box is the surprises inside each one. It’s like giving yourself an unexpected gift four times a year!

The latest Fab Fit Fun box is the summer one, and it’s got some really great items included in it. Let’s take a look at what’s inside!

summer fab fit fun box
Michael Stars Ruana

summer-fab fit fun-ruana

It was so excited when I pulled this out of the box! This gorgeous ruana is perfect for adding a little something to a summer outfit. It can be worn as a scarf, sarong, or draped like a shawl. It’s such an amazingly versatile piece!

BKR Glass Water Bottle

summer-fff-water-bottle

This little water bottle has a pretty blue silicone sleeve and convenience handle on the cap. It’s a handy size for toting around and would be perfect for traveling.

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen

This is an unflavored drinkable collagen powder that can be added to any beverage, hot or cold. It claims to give a healthier complexion and a life of vibrancy. It’s gluten free, sugar free, and non-GMO. I’m interested to try this powder. I don’t know much about the benefits of collagen proteins, but this has given me a reason to find out more!

Cargo Cosmetics HD Picture Perfect Highlighter in Bronze

summer-fff-beauty

The color of this highlighter is a bit on the dark side for my skin tone, though it would make a perfect bronzer. I had never heard of this brand, but it seems like a good quality product. Unfortunately, my powder came cracked. Not a difficult fix, but a bit disappointing. It was packaged well, so I’m not sure what happened.

Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate

Juice Beauty is a high quality beauty brand that uses natural ingredients in their products. I am excited to try this eye cream. It has certified organic grape and carrot juices blended with essential fatty acids to hydrate and nourish the eye area. We’ll see what kind of results it gives!

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Being a curly girl, I don’t typically use dry shampoo as my hair is already on the dry side. I don’t know much about dry shampoo, but this one seems to have more natural ingredients and it claims to eliminate dirt, oil, and odors and help regain volume and texture without white residue. Not sure I’ll be trying this one—I’ll probably pass it on to someone who can benefit more from it.

Eau Thermale Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+

This sheer, lightweight sunscreen contains broad spectrum SPF 50. It has a very light scent and blends really easily into the skin. It’s in a convenient size as well.

Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace

summer-fff-necklace

This necklace is made of real therapeutic gemstones. The stones are hand-cut by craftsmen in India. I love the delicate look of this necklace. The color of the stones is lovely as well.

Salted Himalayan Pink Salt Kit

summer-fff-salt

Himalayan Pink Salt has many health benefits. It also adds great flavor to cooking. This salt kit comes with a grater, wood stand, and a block of Himalayan Pink Salt.

Overall, I’m really pleased with this box. It has a nice variety of items. Some of these items are going to be a lot of fun to try out!

If you’re interested in getting a Fab Fit Fun box delivered to you every season, use this referral link and you’ll receive $10 off your first box. Each box is available only for a limited time, so if you like what you see in this one, don’t wait!

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase something using one of my links.  Be assured that  I only recommend products I believe in. Your support is appreciated!

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…

chloe+isabel

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!

chloe+isabel-earrings

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

chloe+isabel2

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

fresh-natural-makeup

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

florence-adams-paisley-close-up

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

it cosmetics vitality lip stain

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

what women fear

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

republic of tea good hope vanilla

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

pillow

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?

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase something using one of my links.  Be assured that  I only recommend products I believe in. Your support is appreciated!

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.

mothers-day-gift-guide-2017
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!

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase something using one of my links.  Be assured that  I only recommend products I believe in. Your support is appreciated!

Pin It on Pinterest