This Weekend, Treat Yourself First

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Don't sweat a greeting card holiday this weekend if it's not your thing. Be nice to yourself first and everything else will fall into place. Here are some amazing ways to indulge!

Make sure your skin is glowing by starting a non-irritating peel regimen. A mini peel can even out your skin tone, smooth the texture of your skin and help reduce breakouts. I've tried The MD Complete Skin Clearing Peel and it's truly non-irritating. You'll start to see results after five days, with continued improvements for the next 30 days. $19.00

Brighten that smile with a beautiful pink lipstick that is as hydrating as it is pretty! Je Ne Sais Quoi Blurred Lines Lipstick by It Cosmetics is that pretty pink that goes with everything without being too girly. Plus lip lines fade away, thanks to a special line blurring formula. $24.00

Define yourself with a special scent. Are you an Audrey, Clara, Harper or something else entirely? Define Me Fragrance offers five unique scents that match select "it girl" personalities. They're meant to be mixed and matched to create a scent as unique as you. Each fragrance comes in an adorable bottle and is topped with a rollerball. Every scent is blended with vegan, naturally-sourced coconut oil and lasts three times as long as traditional fragrance. Pick your personality and create your scent! $39.00

Indulge in a heavenly bath. Phytomer's Oligomer Pure Lyophilized Sea Water Bath is like a seaside spa treatment. Mineral-rich sea water will soothe and soften skin while all of the day's tension is released. $10.50

Try something new to relax eye crinkle and wrinkles. The Timeless Ferment Snail Eye Mask from Tony Moly infuses 10,000 ppm of Golden tea Ferment Snail Secretion Filtrate into fine lines around your eyes. Before you say no to snail secretions, know that it's one of the leading ingredients in Korean skincare right now (and their skincare is more than a decade ahead of ours). $8.00

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to be kind to yourself first. Mwah!

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Live Cleaner: The Venta Airwasher

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This was day one of introducing the Venta to our home. The cats don't mind it at all!

If you believe that Febreeze commercial where you'll forget you are in a really nasty room by spraying the air with chemicals, then you aren't ready for how a really good air cleaner will change your life.

If you or anyone in your family has problems with pollen or dust, or if pet hair and odors are causing complaints, then a Venta Airwasher will change everything for you and your family. It's a big claim, I know. How is that possible? Airwashing will remove particles from the air you breathe and will regulate the amount of moisture in your home. While it seems simple, this changes everything.

I'll get into the product details below, but let's discuss my own personal story first. My house is home to myself and my husband, along with our three dogs and three cats. It's very cozy and I love it. However, you can also imagine how quickly dog and cat smells can take over a room. Now add really dry air and a huge amount of pollen and dust and you've got a solid picture of the air quality in my home. Here's a list of how our air quality was affecting our daily lives:

The Venta Airwasher can be placed anywhere in a room, as long as it is not blocked. 

  • My husband had seasonal nose bleeds due to dry air. 
  • Our house became so dusty that daily dusting became a must in order to keep things properly dust-free.
  • Both my husband and kitten suffer from nasty allergies, causing constant sinus problems and runny eyes (for the kitty).
  • We depended on a Scentsy air freshener to help keep the doggie smell away. 
  • Static shocks were a constant problem throughout winters.
  • Winter dry skin was horrible, especially for me. 

I had tried other air purifiers, but they all had one major problem that made them useless for our home. Whenever a larger bit of pollen or dust would fall into the purifier, a loud zap similar to an old fashioned bug zapper would sound, terrifying the dogs. No bueno.

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Zayde has no qualms about using the Venta Airwasher as a step. Other purifiers would have terrified him!
I've been using the Venta Airwasher for a little over a month now and the difference is amazing. Most noticeably, the smell of pets is virtually gone from our home. I didn't realize how much better the house smelled until Baltimore was hit by a blizzard and all eight of us were stuck at home for more than four days. There was no doggie smell from the dogs coming inside, slightly wet. There was no smell in the air whatsoever. No wet boots, no cat box, no wet dog. The air was just clean. It was an amazing realization.

My husband has not had one nose bleed since I first plugged in the Venta Airwasher. Not one.

I also noticed that I no longer needed to dust every day. Instead, twice a week does just fine. I admit to not dusting twice a week or ever dusting every day. I should have, but who has time for that? Now, I spend less time dusting and more time doing something fun.

No one has been shocked by static electricity, since the day I plugged in the airwasher.

My skin is far less dry than it was previously. I can only presume if I add an airwasher upstairs, my dry skin will continue to move towards being much less itchy, tight feeling, and much more comfortable.

We no longer need our Scentsy. In fact, the airwasher will remove the scent, so using it in the same room as the airwasher is a bit of a waste.

And finally, my husband has not been complaining about it being "the worst time of year for him", which is code for his allergies acting up. I've managed to bypass serious colds that have affected several of my friends and I have to wonder if that would be different without the airwasher.

Needless to say, life is better with a Venta.

Ernie is blind and terrified by sudden, loud noises. It made using any other purifier impossible. 

Here are some other reasons I'm in love with my airwasher:

  • Despite having hard water, there is no white dust often caused by other humidifiers. 
  • There is no zapping noise when a large bit of dust or pet hair is trapped. There is no noise.
  • The dogs sleep next to the airwasher every day. They aren't afraid of it one bit, while other air purifiers literally left them shaking. 
  • Even when on the highest setting (3), it makes less noise than a small fan. It's undetectable on the first two settings. 
  • It's incredibly easy to use. You fill it each day with cool water, once a month you rinse off the discs, and you add a treatment to the water every two weeks. Once every six months, you add a cleaning treatment. That's it. 

This is it. It's a housing, a fan and these discs. That's all it takes to significantly improve your air quality. 
 There are no filters to replace, difficult parts to move around, and it requires only clean, cool water. It could not be easier to breathe better air. The Venta Airwasher purifies the air by sucking in airborne particles, such as dust, pollen, and smoke by passing over the rotating disk stack. The particles adhere to the wet disk stack and are pulled down into the water.

Every day, I just add water as needed. You simply remove the top and pour the water into the base, over the discs. Easy!

It humidifies by the process of cold evaporation.  You will not see any white residue, vapors or mists. The disk stack rotates in the water creating a surface area of over 45 sq. ft. (LW 45). When dry air meets the surface area of the disk stack, the water evaporates and is sent out into the room. By using the cold evaporation process, any excess humidity can be virtually ruled out.

Here are the controls. It's just three buttons. This could not be more simple to use!
If you suffer from allergies, you have pets, or you just want to live in a better environment, a Venta may change everything for you, too.

Our pets love it! This is pet corner in our house and everyone can breathe easier! Even Dirk, who was not into sitting for pictures.
Pick one up from Venta directly or from retailers like Bed, Bath and Beyond. Venta Airwashers range from $200-400, pending the size of the room where you plan to use your airwasher. 

Can better air make a difference for you? Tell me what you think!

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A Rosy Outlook

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This week, think romantic hues in dreamy pinks, not overpriced flowers that wilt after a few days.

Vasanti Blush Duo in Set For Life is an easy way to sculpt a romantic cheek in one step.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal  24 Hr Inked In Pink gives eyes an innocent glisten that's hard to replicate.

From a barely there pinky-nude shimmer to a glistening and dirty aubergine, the COVERGIRL truNaked Roses Palette has the spectrum covered.

COVERGIRL tru Blend Blush in Light Rose complements every complexion.

Wet n Wild One Step Gel in Stay Classy is a taupe-infused rose polish that wears like a gel, but without the lamp.

COVERGIRL oh sugar! Vitamin Infused Lip Balm in Candy gives lips a rosy flush that keeps them soft and kissable.

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Lipstick League: What Palette Do You Love Right Now?

Question of the Week: Quick! Name the last palette you purchased. (Also: how’s it working for you?)

I've been so excited about the Urban Spectrum Palette that I completely forgot about the Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette. If you don't have the funds to chase the endless release of UD palettes, try Makeup Revolution's Affirmation Palette. It's 32 shades that go from work to sexy nights out. It's a great way to quench your desire for newness with enough money left over for a new lipstick. The powders are not as creamy as the UD, but they look equally gorgeous once applied. (And you save over $40!)

  My Newest Addiction - Laura has been attempting to master correcting and concealing with Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer.

  Nouveau Cheap - I have oily skin, but that doesn’t mean I shy away from cream blushes. Here are my top five drugstore cream blushes of all time (that all work beautifully on oily skin).

  Olive & Ivy - How adorable is this soon-to-be-released Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly palette? LOVE!

  Phyrra - shares the Cruelty Free Beauty Brands at Sephora! No more guessing!

  Prime Beauty - discovered a darling new vintage style bath and body line at Anthropolgie called Mission Grove. Make sure to check it out!

  we heart this - Pink, Red and Orange; all an option for Valentine's Day! Our model is wearing Kat Von D Studded Lipstick and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick to prove it.

  Beautygeeks - gets the scoop from Gisele’s hair go-to pro Harry Josh on how to fight frizz once and for always.

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Fall in love with the Hello Kitty by OPI nail collection, just as Amber did! See the full review and swatches.

  Blushing Noir - Why splurge when you can save? Check out these items from BH Cosmetics & L’OREAL that can easily sub in for high end products!

  Clumps of Mascara - is helping host a fabulous giveaway that gives you the chance to score a $400 gift card to Sephora. You HAVE to enter this.

  EauMG - tries to tackle her sample hoarding problem as you can see with all of her January Empties!

  Gouldylox - The Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Palette is finally at Sephora...but does the new packaging make it a deal breaker? What would you do? (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? 

Find out here.)

  My Newest Addiction is Currently Craving: Natasha Denona! I have been hearing a buzz around the online makeup community about the brand new Natasha Denona line and my curiosity has gotten the best of me!

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Top Five Friday: Superhero Mascara, Glowing Infusions, the TotalBeauty 2016 Awards & More!

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We haven't done a Top Five Friday in a long time, so today is the day! This is an easy Top Five Friday to fill. I've come across so many fab products that have truly impressed me, especially number five!


It's no secret that I'm no fan of the Allure Magazine Beauty Awards. I wrote this years ago and nothing has really changed. Ho hum. You aren't all that in love with Pantene. Sure, they make some great stuff. But every time?

But you'll want to vote in the TotalBeauty 2016 Awards. The industry is watching what we, the beauty mavens, want--and you've got opinions to share! I know you do, so get out there and vote for your favorite products. And you might just win $500 of glorious beauty loot. There are eight prizes in all!

Vote to show your favorite brand love. Vote to show what you want to see more of. Or just vote to start practicing for November (and yes, the primer category is a little wonky).

2. Stila Aqua Glow Foundation and Concealer gives your face such a pretty finish I might just prefer this over my favorite CC Cream foundation. This gives good glow in a way I didn't think possible. Which leads me to my number #3 fab find...

I'm using all three, but the Infusion gives the glow. Butter Drench is amazing for very dry skin. 

3. BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion should win all of the awards. I've only been using it for two weeks (maybe?) and the glow I've gotten is unbelievable. I kind of thought maybe it was all of my extra napping, but nope. It's definitely the Infusion. (That's a fancy word for a serum, using a special process BareMinerals patented specifically to boost the efficacy of the California Poppy, Long Life Herb, and Lempuyang Ginger Extracts.) My skin looks healthier and glows in a way I've not experienced before. Seriously.

4. Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Palette is amazeballs gorgeous. The packaging is going to cause heartbreak for a bunch of us, but you'll still want to grab it. And to keep it well after the shadows are gone.

5. It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara is hands down my new holy grail mascara. I don't understand the magic contained in the sleek new mascara packaging. The brush doesn't look wacky and has normal bristles. Here's how It explains it:

Proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology wraps each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening and ultra-conditioning black cape of power and color that’s clinically shown to give you your strongest, longest, thickest and most defined lashes!

Seeing is believing and so get ready to be impressed. My paltry, skinny, not-great on a good day lashes look like falsies after one coat of Superhero mascara.

 'Nuff said. (Seriously, just add to your cart.)

What are you doing this weekend? There's a football game or something, right? Whatever you do, have a beautiful weekend!

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