~ Skincare Sunday: Pumpkin ~

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Skincare Sunday

With the official start of fall just a few days away, I thought I would focus this Skincare Sunday on one of my favorite ingredients – Pumpkin!  Not just for baking and lattes – pumpkin is rich in essential vitamins and nutrients that make it necessary for healthy and radiant skin!

Here are a few key points about pumpkin:

• Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.

• Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.

• Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.

• Pumpkin seeds are ...

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~ REVIEW: September Maven Box ~

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I wish I could say that shipping is getting better with Julep, but my box arrived on the 12th – it said it shipped out on August 31st, so I had super high hopes to have it within the first week.  However based on the tracking info, the package didn’t even leave Julep until September 4th!  Though I guess last month my box arrived on the 13th – so I was one day ahead this time!  If I wasn’t loving the colors and products lately – I might actually cancel my subscription.  I guess I just need to get it in my head that Julep no longer arrives at the beginning of the month – it’s more of a mid-month subscription box!

Anyway, I went with my Classic With A Twist box.  Included were 2 polishes and a Plush Pout Lip Crayon!  

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Lupita ~ Described as a ripe rhubarb crème, it looked a little pi...

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~ Currently Craving: Makeup Bags ~

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Currently Craving

It’s no secret that I like to change up my makeup bag each season.  Since we’re in fall now, I no longer want the bright pinks and pretty florals of summer.  Now – it’s all about animal prints, metallic texture and jewel tones!  Living in Arizona, I’m not going to be in fall clothes anytime soon – so this is a way for me to feel like the seasons are changing!

See below for some cute options if you are in the market for a new makeup bag!  I’m really liking the monogram bags, as well as the ones with cute sayings!  Do you have a favorite?  Share below!

xoxo – T

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~ Beauty Balm for Body ~

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Must Haves and Skin

It seems like I’m forever searching for a way to make my legs look amazing…without having to do the lunges and squats I hate. I also have a tendency to bump into things – so my legs are typically bruised.   And while I know that there isn’t a miracle cream – I have found something that definitely helps!  Urban Decay Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm!  Yes – the Naked Skin Beauty Balm we love for our faces is now available in a formula for our body!

It instantly tightens skin (yes, TIGHTENS!) and blurs flaws.  The result is smoother, firmer, more perfected skin each time you use it!  Along with a luminous, all over Naked glow!

Lightweight and non-greasy, this sheer, illuminating formula works on every skin tone (from pale to deep-dark) and gives skin a subtle sheen...

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~ Makeup Monday: Beautyblender ~

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I’ve never been someone who uses makeup sponges.  Maybe because I typically use powder foundation, but even when I experiment with a liquid – it’s either foundation brush or fingers!  However my friend Sandy is always finding products to try out – and she introduced me to the beautyblender!  I was somewhat familiar with it – but had never actually tested one out.

Sandy picked up a package of 2 from Nordstrom ($28.95).  So she gave one to me to test out!  I recently began using Oxygenetix foundation – so I thought it was the perfect time to play with the beautyblender!

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So – the egg shape claims to make application foolproof by allowing you access to hard to reach areas.  The pointed side works around the nose, mouth and under eyes...

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~ Skincare Sunday: Kari Gran Sale ~

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Skincare Sunday

I’m excited to announce that Kari Gran is having a 20% Off Sale !  This is one of my favorite skincare lines so I hope you all take advantage of the great prices and check it out!  Sale ends September 21st – and the discount is automatically taken off at checkout (no discount codes to worry about).  Even better – Shipping is always free!

If you haven’t tried Kari Gran yet – now is the perfect time!  And if you are already a fan – this is a great way to stock up!  Here are a few of my favorites:

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The KG System includes Cleansing Oil (100ml), Hydrating Tonic (100ml) and Essential Serum (50ml).  Bought separately they retail for $160, so Kari Gran already gives a discount...

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~ Beauty Bargains: Ulta 21 Days of Beauty ~

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Ulta is currently in the middle of their 21 Days of Beauty!  This amazing event lasts 3 weeks and has incredible deals online and in stores!  We’re talking 50% off items and Buy One Get One Free!  Brands like Urban Decay, Smashbox, Stila, Cargo, Tarte, Bare Minerals, Butter London and many more!

These deals are 1 day only – so when they are gone, they’re gone!  Definitely plan on getting to the store early or staying up late to click on the website at midnight!  Some deals are ONLINE ONLY – so make sure to pay attention to that!

In addition to the daily beauty steals, Ulta also has in store and online events, including live chats with beauty experts!

Click here to see the calendar so you know the schedule of events!  Sorry I missed the first...

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~ Currently Craving: Hair Accessories ~

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Currently Craving

In my beauty fantasies, I have long, thick wavy hair.  That will hold a curl all day long, but can also be blown out for a sleek look.  I’m at the complete opposite end of the spectrum – fine, thin, won’t grow past my shoulders, so I have to accept the reality that I’m never going to have super model hair.  

Even though I don’t have the long, sleek ponytail in my dreams, I can still dress up my look with hair accessories.  I love a simple headband to hold back my bangs, a great clip or flower to decorate an updo, and I believe you can never have too many ponytail holders on your wrist (they make great bracelets).  

Below are some hair accessories that I love for fall.  Obviously the Valentino Rockstud Headband is way out of my price range, but it sure is pretty to look at!  I’m defin...

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~ Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops ~

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How many times have you painted your nails – and then smudged them before they completely set?  For me, it happens every single time I paint my fingers!  It even manages to happen with my toes too!  Whether I do the painting myself, or am at the salon with the professionals – I always end up with at least one messed up nail!

Now – that is a thing of the past!  I’ve heard about the quick dry drops, but never actually tried them.  I just figured it was another gimmick, designed by the nail polish companies to get me to buy more products!  Then I tried Julep’s Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops – I’m a believer!

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Just 1-2 drops per nail, and I’m able to forget about my polish and get back to life!  You just need to wait 1 minute after your last coat of polish (or your top coat) and then put the d...

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~ Beautyhabit ~

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Must Haves

I recently discovered the website Beautyhabit, and I’m completely addicted.  Called a modern luxe apothecary – they have everything you need for hair, skin and makeup.  Along with things you didn’t even know you needed!!

While some of the brands I was familiar with – many I had never heard of!  I spent hours going through the website – and thought I would share with all of you some of my finds!

Figs & Rouge 

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100% Organic, 100% Pure and 100% Natural Skincare Products!  A variety of balms and lotions for lips and skin.  Great scents and adorable packaging!

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These soaps, oils, balms and candles are all created to produce the perfect aroma, along with the helpful benefits of each product’s ingredients...

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