Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Obsessions/Favorites

Can't believe 2015 is almost here!  I've done quite a bit of exploring with beauty products this year and there are SEVERAL that have become my go-tos in 2014.  So here they are.  My favorite products of 2014.

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation

This foundation is my favorite.  Not only is it affordable, but the quality is comparable to a boutique or professional brand.  Its also easy on the skin and doesn't cause my acne prone, sensitive skin to freak out!

Olay Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol Products

I have veered away from these products (Olay Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream and Age Repair Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30) to try other skincare lines and I always come back to Olay.  Motherhood has aged me more than any past partying or sun exposure and I can't help but notice younger looking skin when using these products.

Revlon Balm Stains

Long lasting lip color and moisture in an easy to apply stick.  Loving the colors Honey and Enticing.

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush in Gleeful

This is the ONLY blush I use on a regular basis.  There is just no beating it.  Great color, luminous, and can be blended for a natural look or applied for a bold look.

Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara

One of my favorite mascaras to use. Especially great when I'm in a hurry.  I get a great look with just a few swipes and don't have to worry about a mascara mess on my face from applying too quickly (you all know what I'm talking about.)

COVERGIRL Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara

This mascara comes very close to Mally's look and is another no mess solution.  If you're iffy about spending the money for Mally's mascara, this one by COVERGIRL is a great option to try out.

MAC Keepsake Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

This is a limited edition product (part of the 2014 Holiday collection) so get it while you can.  I use this almost daily and love all of the colors.

Foreo Luna Mini

This is another product I tend to come back to often.  This T-Sonic Scrubber doesn't receive the attention it deserves in mainstream beauty outlets. I use it once a day and it keeps my skin bright, clear, and smooth.

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask

Got a monster blemish?  Use this mask as a spot treatment overnight and see a noticeable difference.  Love. It.

Mally In The Buff Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is AWESOME and even comes with an eyeshadow primer. Love the quality of Mally's eyeshadows as well.  No fallout here.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

One Very Important Tip in Getting your Way

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
In a couple of days the after-Christmas tradition of returning items and shopping for those gifts you really wanted will commence. As you're dealing with return policies, inventory, and the crowd at the mall... I ask you to please keep this in mind. Not only now when shopping.. But in all aspects of life.  The people you may deem to have unimportant job titles (sales associates, assistants, flight attendants, etc.) actually have much more power than you give them credit for.

Now I'm not saying everyone demeans or speaks down to these employees because they're "just a [insert job title here]" but there are definitely those that do. And its definitely more common than most would think.

I have held a few long term clerical jobs in my pre-mommy days and for a couple of them "assistant" was located somewhere in my job title. Now I don't know what it is about that word but some people automatically see it as a way to say " you mean nothing" when in fact, if you have a great boss and you do your job well... You actually mean a whole lot.

The "assistants" (sales associates, flight attendants etc) are usually the ones who keep things running smoothly. They are leaned on and a vital part of the system.  They are your first point of contact and can often be the difference between you getting what you want and getting a resounding NOPE!

Maybe those that yell, scream, and boarder line verbally abuse these employees fail to realize there is always a bond between coworkers. They see each other often, usually daily, and you... You are just someone no one knows coming into their work place causing a disturbance. You see the blanket of "the customer is always right" simply doesn't exist in customer service anymore. It can't when so often times these days the customer is oh-so-blatantly wrong.

I had a boss who was amazing to work with. Yes, the job was demanding at times (most of the time) but he made sure to form a bond of trust with his coworkers. His perspective was that since I was his assistant, I was an extension of him. Often times I was his eyes and ears and, to him, anyone being disrespectful to me was also disrespecting him.

I can't tell you how many times people underestimated my worth at the company because of that simple "a" word in my title. People would actually be taken aback when my boss would back my stance or explain to someone that it is unacceptable to speak to me in that manner.

You see, if someone was cooperative, friendly, and nice about an inquiry or request I would go way waaaay out of my way to help them out...maybe even talk to my boss about bending a rule or compromising for them by highlighting how professional and kind the approach was and how simple a compromise would be.

If someone was rude during an isolated incident but was usually cooperative I would chalk it up to a bad day and still give them the benefit of the doubt, even explain to my boss that they were usually very easy to work with.

If someone flew off the handle ... I would try to help them the best I could...but when my boss eventually asked how the interaction went (and he always did) I would state straight facts about the disrespectful behavior and leave it at that. And you know what that means. No rule bending. No compromising.

I should point out I also did A LOT more in these situations to help the customer/vendor/client than most in my position did.  Most would do the bare minimum to help that type of customer/client. I really would try...but I wasn't going to suggest a compromise or an exception to the rule to my boss. Not for someone who obviously didn't know how to at least keep it together in a professional setting.  And, yes, any interaction you have that has to do with an exchange of money or an interaction with a business/organization is a professional situation and you should conduct yourself in a respectable manner.

(I should also point out that tantrum throwing is a great way to show that you are someone who will probably abuse any compromise or rule bending you receive. )

Simply being nice and friendly in order to get what you want is relevant in so many situations its ridiculous.  Another example? I have a friend who can ALWAYS get tickets to exclusive business and networking events.  Does she have a PR contact? A big shot hook up? Nope. If you ask her what her secret is she will simply state "I'm always super nice to whomever answers the phone. Then they usually direct me to the correct assistant. And then... I'm nice to them as well" and just like that she and a plus one are put on the list.

Even if you feel a staff member is not doing their job correctly... being nice about it will get you much further in a much less stressful manner than causing a scene will. 

So when you're frustrated from all of the holiday aftermath and chaos... Remember this. If you're not going to be cordial to staff members just for the sake of being a decent human least be nice as means to having a better shot at getting your way. You won't be unnecessarily adding to the stress of the season and everyone will walk away having a better day.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Style: Kiss InstaWave

SO excited about this product!  Watch the video below for a simple, quick, easy way to get beautiful hair for the Holidays.

About this product:

KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls

Easy for anyone to use, from any angle, with any hand

Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions

Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes

2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420F (Professional Grade Temp)

Go to for more info

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Style Guide: Simply Gorgeous Hair by Aussie

We all know I am completely out of my realm when it comes to hair.  My hair is straight and pretty low maintenance, but it pretty much does what it wants... and I don't usually fight with it.  It doesn't normally hold a curl and I get frustrated pretty quickly when trying to get it into a fancy party/dress up do.  Luckily, Aussie Haircare sent me some super easy (seriously... if I can do it... its pretty fool proof) but universally beautiful Holiday hair hacks.  Check them out below. (I also have my own personal results below!)

Trim Your Topknot – When you’re running from the office to the holiday cocktail party, your everyday work topknot may become your default party style. Add instant holiday sparkle with an eye-catching accessory.
o   QUICK #HAIRHACK: First grab your Aussie Instant Freeze Aerosol Hairspray and spray your brush before throwing your hair up. To change the look to an evening chic style, spritz across the roots and smooth the can over for a flawless, no-frizz finish. Then throw on a glam vintage-inspired headband for the ultimate party hair in minutes!

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v  Gift Exchange Glam - A big, bouncy style with extra volume is a nod to old Hollywood, which always reminds me of the glamour of the holidays. But I rarely have time for a fresh style with the shopping, planning and celebrating!
o   FUN #HAIRHACK: Set your hair the night before with Aussie Sprunch Aerosol Hairspray and sleep with your hair in a loose topknot. Wake up, throw on a cozy sweater and head to work in your messy topknot. Right before the holiday gift exchange, pull down that bun for voluminous, “photo ready” hair!

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v  Snow Bunny Style – The hairstyles throughout the 1960s were so fabulous- filled with volume and curls!
o   SIMPLE #HAIRHACK: To bring this look into 2014 first try shifting your part this holiday season. A center part can be oh so chic. For volume in your crown, spray Aussie Aussome Volume Hairspray under the roots, tease and set in large 2” hot rollers.  When your hair has cooled slide out the rollers for big, soft waves. Gather the top half of hair at the crown and criss-cross bobby pins to secure for holiday hair happiness!

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My Results (Gift Exchange Glam)

 Very doable 3 second topknot/messy bun set with Aussie's Sprunch Spray

Letting my hair down after only 6 hours of having the bun in

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Beauty Queens, Kings, and In-between - Sephora

More gifts, more products, and more great values. This time from Sephora.  I love Sephora because you can find so many different gift options in one place.  As you'll see in the list below, there is makeup, skincare, fragrance, and more.

For the Skincare Enthusiast

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Magic Kit 
 This kit include an array of some of the most sought after Anti Aging products on the market.

Ole Henriksen Unwrap Your Radiance Collection
 Looking for bright, radiant, smooth skin?  This collection of must haves is perfect for someone working on their complexion. 

For Him
 Sephora Favorites Cologne SamplerThis set will keep him smelling sooooo good.  Designer scents (including one of my favorites - Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Giò ) fill this set.


For the Lippy Lover
Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip
 This collection has lacquers, tints, balms, lipsticks, creams and more. 

For Glam Eyes
SEPHORA COLLECTION Chroma Color Eye Palette
54 Eyeshadows, 12 Eyeliners.  Enough said.

For the Girl Who Wants Everything
SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Festival Blockbuster Palette
 This palette has everything.  Blush, eyeshadow, and lip color. 

For Permanence

Tria Precision Hair Removal Laser
 This nifty little device is an amazingly simple and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair... forever!

 For the Body and Bath Enthusiast
L'Occitane Voyage En Provence Set
This beautiful set has everything need could need for pampering at home.

Monday, December 1, 2014

November Obsessions and Favorites

December is here!  You know what that means!  Another month gone, another list of favorites.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner  leaves my hair soft, tangle free, and smelling a little bit like coconut!  All for an affordable price - love it!

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask calms and heals any existing blemishes and quickly zaps any trying to make an appearance.

Origins Clear Improvement Mask cleans out my pores leaving a bright, smoother complexion.

Sephora's Ultimate Brightening Serum evens my complexion and tone.  I've replace my night cream with this serum and see a noticeable difference.  It also helps heal blemishes (probably due to the salicylic acid in the product. )

Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment with Sunscreen SPF 15 by Fresh protects and moisturizes lips while leaving a naturally rosy tint.

 New blog to follow.  I obsessively read all of Tinderella's posts within two days of discovering this Sex and The City type blog.  Using tinder to find her dates, Tinderella details her entire date with each match from what she wore to how many minutes they spent together. I am currently awaiting her next post.