Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Cream

Considering this is the week is my week back from vacation, it's actually floating along quite quickly. Despite a minor misstep yesterday, when I left the house without lunch and my work keys and forgot to put on deodorant (and it was pouring rain and my umbrella broke), I'm just a happy little clam this week. Perhaps those vacation endorphins are just hanging around.

When on vacation I made a quick stop at Ulta (after CVS and Target failed me) in search of one of the new Body BB Creams. I'm pretty pale most of the year so imperfections show up more pronounced on me. This, combined with at least a minimum of two bruises or scratches on my body at any time due to my clumsiness, leaves my legs looking less than the picture of a pretty little princess. And, let's be honest, we all want pretty little princess legs. One of my favorite products for the summer is the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. I've been buying bottles of this stuff for at least four years now and it's a must-have for me in the warmer months. It makes my legs look mega flawless and lasts all day, night, and sometimes into the next day. But, it is kind of a process to put it on. Because of this, I mainly save it for special occasions like weddings and nights out. Long story short, when I saw the body BB creams hitting the stands I had to get my paws on them.

The Jergens BB Body Perfecting cream is a sheer moisturizer that claims to not just moisturize and illuminate, but in five days it's suppose to correct, firm and even skin tone. When I first bought the bottle, I was imagining something like a facial BB cream that you wipe on and wash off at the end of the day.  But, this product is different because it's designed to be used daily and helps to improve your skin overtime.

First Impression: I slathered on my first application the very next morning after buying.  I was so excited to try it out and focused mainly on my legs. The cream is sheer and feels sort of like a silicone-based makeup primer when you apply it. It applies smoothly and definitely gives your legs an instant feeling of being moisturized. The first application also does make your skin look more illuminate as it claims. Besides making my legs feel soft and smooth and giving them a glowing look, it didn't seem to offer much more on the first day. I was a little disappointed at first, but as the packaging says, it takes five days, so I stuck with it.

After 3 days: I continued to apply the cream every morning and on the third night I applied it at night, too, before going out. It was on the third day I noticed that it had started to offer more than just softness. My legs looked smoother and more even-toned.  Also, minor imperfections seemed to not be as noticeable.

Final Thoughts: Overall, I'm really pleased with this product and think it will be a staple in my summer beauty product lineup. While it is a little pricey for the drugstore, at $12.99, it offers more than a plain old moisturizer, so I find it to be worth it. It did wonders softening my dry legs and made them look more dewy and bright. Over time, it made my skin look more even-toned and helped to diminish the appearance of imperfections. In some reviews people mentioned that it was supposed to darken you skin (like a self-tanner) over time, as well. I didn't see any claims to this on the packaging and it didn't appear to add any color to my skin. Additionally, I didn't notice a huge difference in firmness, but I'm still testing that theory. If you are looking for a moisturizer that doesn't just moisturize but also corrects, evens and illuminates, I definitely suggest you give Jergens BB Body Perfecting Cream a try.

Have you tried the Jergen BB Body Perfecting Cream? What are your thoughts?

What's your go-to product for perfect summer skin?


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Spring Break Look Book

Hey friends, hey! I haven't posted since Thursday which feels like an eternity in blog post world, but in reality it is really only 4 days. I spent the past week in Florida. I was down there visiting my mom (see our mother-daughter day here) for the week.  Michael flew down mid-week to join us and we had a grand old time exploring Palm Beach, Jupiter and West Palm Beach.  

I have loads of photos from the trip and am still debating as to whether or not I'm going to make them into a post or not. Let me know if you're interested in vacation photos...

Either way, my new camera arrived just in time for the trip!!!  I finally made the big commitment and upgraded my camera to the Canon Rebel t4i.  I can't tell you how long I've been dreaming and saving up for this bad boy.  I'm so excited to have higher quality video quality and to shoot some great videos for you all coming up!  

So, today I have my first video shot with my Canon Rebel t4i for you!  I'm sharing I little look book from my time in Florida, along with a few snippets of our adventures.  I had so much fun shooting and editing this little video and I really hope you all enjoy watching it!

As you can see, when I'm on vacation, I'm pretty casual. Actually, I'm pretty casual all the time. Most days I'm too lazy to accessorize all that much.

I hope you enjoyed watching!

What's your go-to vacation outfit?

What spring trend are you most excited for?


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Snapshots: A Mother-Daughter day in Jupiter, Florida

Hi friends, from sunny Florida.  If you missed my last post, I'm currently indulging on my first ever Spring Break. And, no, it's not the kind of Spring Break where you cram 16 girls into one Motel 6 room, get regrettable tattoos, drink cheap vodka and kiss questionable boys.  I never went on Spring Break when I was in college. But, now that I'm a teacher, I'm lucky enough to get the chance to enjoy a mid-April getaway.  My mom's currently renting a house in Jupiter, Florida, so I'm down for the week visiting her.  Our first few days are girl time and Michael is joining us later this week.  I flew in late Sunday night and woke up Monday morning to warm breezes and salt air. For my first day mom took me around Jupiter and Stuart.

We stopped for lunch first at Shrimper's in Stuart.  We grabbed a quick beer at the bar while we waiting for an outside table, which only took a couple of minutes. 

This handsome little guy and his pal were in a boat parked right next to our table and kept us quite entertained while we waited for our food to arrive.  The whole time I was mildly concerned he was going to jump right out and run off to the bar, which is what I'm quite certain Austin would have done.

We ordered two plates to share, which is my favorite thing to do because you get to enjoy more things.  We had the fish tacos which weren't the best I've ever had, but they were OK.  The Coconut Shrimp, however, was amazing.  And it was served with a delicious spicy mango sauce. I could eat these for days.

Full of fried shrimp and beer we decided a quick walk would do us good.  We stopped at Riverbend Park and chose a 1-1/2 to 2 mile circle in and around the rivers.  

The Riverbend Park was a great spot to see the natural flora and fauna of the area and the whole time mom kept telling me to watch out for 'gators.  We didn't see any of the toothy-grinned river dwellers, but we worked up a good sweat.

Before we went, we of course had to stop for a picture.  My mom kept saying "let's take a selfie" when she wanted to take a photo of us together, which was hilarious since I never taught her that term.  She's just so hip.

When we got back to mom's we decided a quick jump in the pool and some splashing in the intercoastal would be a good idea.  Her condo sits on Florida's intercoastal waterway, which is a huge expanse of saltwater rivers, bays and inlets.  It'd been way too long since my toes had felt salt water that wasn't so cold it could give you chills. 

After some cooling off we cleaned up for dinner.

But not, of course, before a few more "selfies." 

We thoroughly embarrassed ourselves as we lugged my tripod out to the water and had our own little photoshoot-seesh. 

I sported my new Peaches and Cream Maxi Dress from Oakleigh Rose for the occasion.  This dress feels like I'm wearing pajamas but looks like I'm dressed up enough for dinner or drinks.  I fell in love with this dress the first time I saw it.  I think the colors pair so nicely together and the oversized bow is just too stink in' cute.  I also love how the bow makes the dress interesting enough that you don't have to fuss with jewelry, because most of the time I'm too lazy to find the right accessories.

The Peaches and Cream Maxi Dress retails for $50 and the ladies of Oakleigh Rose informed me they just ordered a bunch more! But they also have all sorts of other cute summer items if this dress isn't your style.

I have to give credit where credit is due.  Thanks to mom not only for the delicious homemade cocktails we sipped after our mini photoshoot, but also for trying her hand at photographer to help me snap photos of my Peaches and Cream Maxi Dress.  Although... I won't say she should quit her day job anytime soon.

For dinner we headed out to U-Tiki which was a new restaurant that had just opened on the Jupiter Riverwalk.  While we waited for a table we sat out on their "beach."  It was a space strewn with sand to mock a beach, and since it sat on a harbor, it almost worked.

I ordered the margarita and we sat watching the sun set and the Jupiter lighthouse turn on.  Vacation mode officially set in.

For dinner we split again ordering a round of sushi (which was disappointing) and the Coconut Curry Seafood.  This plate has been the highlight meal of my trip so far.  I could have just eaten that coconut curry sauce as soup.  But even better was that it was poured on top of whitefish, mussels and shrimp. Swoon.

What are your favorite mother-daughter things to do?

*the Peaches and Cream dress was sent to me complimentary by Oakleigh Rose but all opinions and thoughts are my own.  I was not paid for this post*


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's in my Spring Break Makeup & Beauty Bag

Hello my friends! I'm writing to you with a sun-burnt hand. Strange place for a sunburn? Well, welcome to my life. I'm about 25% Greek, but also about 20% Irish which makes my sun exposure a strange event. I don't tan. I burn sometimes. But when I do burn, it's always in the most bizarre locations, no matter the amount or intensity of my SPF. Either way, this time it's the top of my left hand and the side of my right foot.

Now that you know way more about my sunburning patterns than you ever wanted to, let's get down to the business if this post, which I regret to inform you is minimal. If you're not following me on Instagram then you haven't seen a recent slew of cocktails with ocean backdrop photos. And if you hadn't seen those you might not be aware that I'm currently soaking up the sunshine in Florida.

Before I flew out I quickly filmed and edited a video of all the things I was packing in my makeup and beauty travel bag. I had some good intentions to photograph said items and write a proper post sharing them.... but, vacation. Side note: it's really hard to write blog posts on vacation. 

While I usually don't like to post just a video for a blog post, today, that's what I've for for you. I know some blog readers have about zero interest in watching videos, which is why I usually try to do a full post to accompany each video. But, I knew for the sake of vacation, that you'd all forgive me and let this one slide.

What's in my Travel Makeup and Beauty Bag?

What's are some of your must have travel beauty items?


Monday, April 14, 2014

Favorite Pastel Polishes, Round Three: Pretty in Pinks (and purple!)

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Today I have the final post in my pastel polish series.  The first week I brought you my favorite Pastel Mints and last week I brought you my favorite Pastel Blues.  This last post features pinks and purples, which I put together because I find them to sort of overlap.

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When I went to pick my colors for this post I realized I seriously lack in the pale pink colors. Like, where is Essie's Fiji or China Glaze's Something Sweet? Hello, I'll be seeing you soon. I'm not sure how I've overlooked this hole in my collection for so long, but I do have a mixture of great purple-pinks, so let's take a look.

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Zoya- Dot: This was an Ipsy bag item. It’s a really sweet baby pink. Somewhat sheer but good quality, like most Zoya polishes.

OPI - Mod About You: I lusted after this color for a while and last fall I was about to checkout at Ulta and added it to my cart last minute. I’m so glad I did. It has quickly become one of my favorite polishes, ever. (Sometimes I play this game in my head when I’m trying to fall asleep, or waiting in some long line, where I try to decided if I could only have 10 polishes which they would be - someone else please tell me they do this? Either way, Mod About You almost always makes the cut.) It’s a pale creamy pink that slightly leans purple, which is what makes it so special. It’s not just any old pale pink. It’s hard to explain it, but this color somehow sports a major punch. It stands out. It’s like a pastel pink with attitude.

Essie- Go Ginza: This polish always makes that top 10 cut.  It's the perfect cream pale lilac.  The swatch above doesn't do it justice, but you can see it on my nails below for a better idea.

Revlon- Gumdrop: This is one of the Revlon scented polishes and it does offer a very soft, sweet scent, which is sort of fun. But, what I really love is the color. It’s a pale purple that favors blue/grey just slightly, making it a unique pastel purple. I love this color when I want a pale purple, but don’t want something too light or creamy.

Revlon- Flirt: Perhaps not a pastel, but it’s such a pretty blue-toned purple. This is one of those colors where the name perfectly describes it somehow.  It's sweet and a little fun, too. It's also almost a perfect dupe for Lucky Lucky Lavender from OPI.

Color Club- Pardon My French: Oh, are you tired of hearing me talk about this color? Oops, #sorryimnotsorry. Like Flirt, it perhaps isn't "pastel" but it's too perfect of a purpley-pink I couldn't exclude this amazing color.  It's a Birchbox exclusive from Color Club, part of their Wanderlust collection.  As far as I know, you can only get it when you buy the set of four (here). But it's only $8 for the set, and all four colors are perfection, so it's a win, win, really.
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Ok, that does it for some of my favorite pastel polishes.  In case you missed you can see the other two posts here:

Tell me some of your favorite pastel pinks in the comments, since I need to work on filling that hole in my collection and want your advice!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Inspiration: Less

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I've tried to write a response to this week's Sunday Inspiration painting all week long and just can't form what I want to say into logical sentences. I think, perhaps, it's because these five words say enough on their own than I could express in five paragraphs. All. You. Need. Is. Less. Life is a miracle, it is beautiful by itself. There are people who are happy with less than you have. Be thankful for moments more than material things.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 Things I've Learned in my Mid-20s

This past month I turned 26.  On the morning of my birthday I asked Michael, "So, am I in my late-twenties now?"  To which he informed me I still had at least another year until then.  Later in the month I was thinking of all the things I'd learned about life since I turned 21.  I know some people dread getting older, and perhaps someday I will too, but for now I enjoy the process of getting older. Sure, I can't eat a whole Funfetti cake or 8 buttered Eggos anymore, but you lose some and gain others.  In growing older I'm learning so much about the world and about people and about myself.  I only imagine this process will continue.  Either way, some random thoughts of things I have learned in the last five years have been bopping around in my head and so I thought I'd share them with you.

One: Your life is not going to turn out the way you imagined 10 years ago, 5 years ago, 1 year ago, or even 6 months ago.  But that doesn't mean it's not a good life, it's actually better.

Two: Know how to spot good friends and know how to keep them.  Good friends build you up, are there when you need them, support you, and make you laugh. Cherish these people and provide the same for them.

Three: Don't let anyone make you feel inferior for the way you are or what you're like. And in turn, don't make anyone else feel inferior for the way they are or what they like. Stand up for yourself and your likes and dislikes but never push them on anyone else.

Four: Have fun.  Don't let the worries and responsibilities of entering adulthood rob you of your fun-natured, spontaneous side.

Five: Don't stop learning. Just because you're not in school doesn't mean you should stop learning and teaching yourself new things. Learn something new each day. Read. Explore. Study.

Six: Understand that not everyone is going to like you, and own it.  It is not worth it to try to please everyone.  So long as you're kind to your fellow man, that's the best you can do. Like they say, "you can be the juiciest, ripest peach on the tree, and there are still going to be people who hate peaches." (Which is hard to believe because peaches are dang delicious.)

Seven: Sometimes you have to be a pest. Sometimes you have to call places back 100 times and send ump-teen e-mails to get what you want.  Don't feel hesitant that you are being bothersome, people get busy and you're not always on the top of their to-do list, sometimes annoyance is the only method to get what you want.

Eight: Talk to strangers.  Not talking to strangers is the worst advice you were ever given as a child and it's turning our society into a sort of sad, cold, quiet place. Obviously you need to use judgment, but in general, strangers are mostly nice and funny and have great stories to tell and wisdom to give.

Nine: Stop comparing your life to other people's lives. Comparison is the thief of joy.

Ten: Don't take yourself so seriously. Laugh at yourself and at situations you find yourself in. If you're going to laugh about it later, you might as well laugh about it now.

What are some things you've learned in growing up?

What's your favorite thing about getting older?

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