This post was sponsored by Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.Do you guys find it really hard to schedule date nights in the summer? They are definitely not spontaneous and my husband and I usually have to put them on the calendar weeks in advance. Then we have to figure out which grandma is available, pack up the kids for an overnighter and drive them a few towns over. These aren’t the easy, going out to dinner dates of the past. With this much effort to schedule them, they have become an event. And since they are so few and far between, I like to make them as special as possible. For me that means getting my makeup done by someone who really knows what they are doing and getting dressed up for a special night out. It might be a splurge, but adding a little extra “me time” in to my date night prep is multi-tasking at its finest.
Summer is so hard for me. While I love warm weather, I don’t love dressing for it. I’m in the worst shape of my life, thanks to increasing my work load and stress eating. I think I need to break up with the Cheetos (not forever, duh). So there’s that. Plus, my skin is on the oily side so the sun and my face shine together. Add a layer of sunscreen to the mix and we’ve got a situation ripe for breakouts. But I do love the warm weather and the extra time I get to spend with my family so I’ll power through this. I’ll just need to care for my summer skin a little differently than I do the rest of the year. And maybe work out a little. Hopefully by the end of summer I’ll be swim suit ready…My skin has never been perfect. My breakouts really got crazy in college which lead to scarring. I’m dying to resurface my skin with lasers but I can’t afford that. Luckily in the last few years, my breakouts have pretty much stopped. I get the occasional pimple at that very special time of the month and when I wear sunscreen. But I’m left with the uneven texture that I hate. A few years ago, I really learned the importance of skin care and skin protection when I had some basal cell skin cancer removed. It made me realize that I was not caring for my skin the way I should be. Plus what worked for me when I was younger does not work for me now when I’m starting to age. OMG, you guys. I’m getting old. I don’t really care about the number, I love where I am in life, but I don’t love how things are changing. Remember when you had your kids and you were like, ‘Oh no! They’re doing this now!” and you’d work to figure out what to do about it and then the minute you did, something new would happen and you’d have to figure that out? That’s what getting older is like too. And it’s dumb. Because of my skin cancer situation (I’m currently seeing a dermatologist twice a year to evaluate things) I know I need to take better care of my skin. If this doesn’t freak you out, I don’t know what will. He told me that my skin cancer was probably from sun exposure I had in elementary school! F*ck. I’m not looking forward to the stuff we uncover from my sun-baked high school days…This means it’s super important to protect your kid’s skin NOW! It also means that whenever we are in the sun (or even in overcast weather) we should be protecting ourselves. The skin around your eyes is really delicate and squinting does nothing to help the wrinkles in that area. I never leave the house without sunglasses. And big floppy hats are usually on my head on a sunny day. I’m pretty easy to spot at school pick up. I’m finally getting better with putting on sunscreen, daily. I hate to put it on, mostly because it feels like a heavy, greasy layer and my skin doesn’t love it. But it’s really important so you have to try to find one that you love. I have a sunscreen I use under my makeup, every day. And I have a legit sunscreen for those days when I know there will be sun exposure. You know, pretty much every day in Southern California. I had been wanting a Clarisonic brush for a while but didn’t want to spend the money on it. I wasn’t really sure what it would do for me and my scarring and just couldn’t pull the trigger. When one of the company’s that I worked with offered one to try and share on social media, I jumped at the chance. And I loved it SO much that I wanted to share it with you on my blog too. This post isn’t sponsored but I did get this Mia FIT for free. And I think it’s the best thing ever. While it doesn’t exfoliate, it deep cleans your skin 6 times better than you hands. After just a few uses I noticed my skin was a little bit smoother and not as dull. It’s gentle enough to use twice a day and it’s waterproof to use in the shower. It holds a charge like crazy and it fits in the palm of your hand so it’s perfect for travel. The best part? There are two speeds, one for everyday cleaning and another, more powerful option, that helps to remove sunscreen and heavy makeup! It’s awesome! And just what I needed. I’m so excited about this brush!! While there is still along way to go with my scarring, this gave me back a little bit of confidence. Now, if only they made something that would help with my eye wrinkles…plus, I’m not afraid to put on the sunscreen because I know it will all get removed later. I use the Mia FIT brush in the morning, in the shower (except when I’ve put on my heavy sunscreen, then I use it at the end of the day too), and I love to put my makeup on after. I feel like I am working with a really clean, more smooth surface. It came with simple directions, that are easy to follow and I can’t believe I haven’t had one before! If you have been thinking about making the investment, and it’s an investment at $189, you totally should. Set some money aside each month if you need to. Or put it on your next gift list. It’s totally worth it.My summer skin is happier than it’s been in a long time (my skin was uh-mazing during both pregnancies). I’m not afraid to put on my sunscreen any more, which is a really good thing. I’m headed off on a trip next week and I know this will come with me. I won’t leave home without it!
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I was sent a Mia FIT by Clarisonic to share on social media but I loved it so much I am sharing it on the blog too.
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I LOVE TO READ! Unfortunately, I don’t get the opportunity very often. Finally, my 4th grader is starting to show an interest in reading and I’m all about encouraging that. I know that I need to lead by example so I started looking for a book to read. I’m not in to the classics. I like to keep things light and fun. While away at a recent conference, I got invited to celebrate the launch of Alison Sweeney’s new book, Opportunity Knocks. I was SO bummed that I couldn’t be in LA to cheer her on. But I asked them to send me the book so I could review it. And they did. Along with the goodie bag from the event which was filled to the brim with It Cosmetics. I am in total girly heaven! I think Alison Sweeney books are going to be my perfect summer books! I started reading the book but I had to stop. Not because it was poorly written or I hated it. I stopped because it’s awesome. I got a few chapters in and was hooked. I’m a pretty fast reader and I’ve got a plane ride coming up. One without my kids. My favorite place to read is on an airplane where I can dive in to a book and read it while I block out gross seat mates and savor that time to myself. I’m going to save the rest of this book for my flight to Texas (I get to see my very best friend, I can’t wait! I’ll probably take all my new makeup up to play with). What I can tell you is that it will be hard not to pick it up again before I head out on my trip. In fact, I think I’ll pick up two more Alison Sweeney books to take with me as well! These books are perfect for summer readingOpportunity Knocks is about a Los Angeles based makeup artist, Alex, who is trying to build her career. She’s a hard worker, taking jobs she’s not especially proud of to climb the ladder. Finally she gets the opportunity to work with a lifestyle mogul that really catapults her career. But, this mogul is temperamental to say the least. And Alex finds herself in hot water after saying the wrong thing to the wrong person. Thanks to a non-disclosure agreement breech, Alex has to come up with the 5 million dollar penalty or who knows what the mogul will do to her.
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Sounds amazing, right?! I know you probably think it’s odd that I did a review before actually reviewing the book. But I KNOW from what I read, I’m going to love it. I’ll come back and update the post after my trip and let you know about the other books too! If you are looking for a good summer read, you should definitely pick up Opportunity Knocks. We can start a virtual book club!
*I was sent this book for review and a makeup swag bag from the Alison Sweeney book launch party. Shop It Cosmetics at Ulta! All opinions are mine!
I’m super lazy. I love a good hack. And I love products. That’s all there is to it. While I’m not the most high maintenance person I know, I’m totally interested in beauty and the magic of great products. There are a few things I’ve used or learned over the years that I thought you might not know about. Here 5 quick beauty hacks that every gal should know. I’m a helper, what can I say!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RefreshWithPhilips #CollectiveBiasI heart spring! Spring is the perfect time to refresh everything! The drab winter months are over and the spring cleaning can commence. But I don’t just clean my house. I like to use spring as a time to refresh my beauty routine and do some spring cleaning of my skin and mind also. I decided to create a beauty gift basket for my mom’s Mother’s Day gift this year. Sometimes we don’t take the time for ourselves unless someone else encourages us to do so. By creating this fun gift idea for her, I know that she’ll be able to enjoy taking a little extra time to pamper herself instead of feeling guilty for doing so. Plus I’m sharing a fun new way to put together a gift basket. Spoiler alert: you don’t need a basket!
I am a casual dresser by nature. I prefer jeans and a t-shirt to a dress and heels, without question. As a work at home mom, I don’t have a dress code that I have to abide by and that suits me perfectly. I put on makeup each morning, even though some days I spend more time on it than others, and I aim to do my hair every day (it’s the thought that counts, right?). When date night rolls around, my instinct is to wear, you guessed it, jeans and a t-shirt. I’m so excited to be working with Dove to share 5 easy date night upgrades that take my everyday outfit and make it more stylish and night time ready. For us, date nights don’t happen all the time so I like to try to make them feel a little more special. Our favorite nights include a delicious meal and a nice glass of wine where we try to pack in the maximum amount of enjoyment. Which for me, includes comfort. Here are my favorite upgrades to give my every day casual look some date night vibes.