~ Snack Healthy and Happy ~

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Must Haves

You are what you eat.  I know – cliche…but true.  If you’re anything like me…eating healthy doesn’t always come naturally.  I feel like I’m so busy – that the easiest thing to do is grab the closest thing to me.  Which normally is chips or candy.  

But putting junk in out bodies isn’t good for us.  And when we talk about beauty – it really does come from within.  I gave up soda (specifically Diet Coke) over 2 months ago!  And I’ve never felt better!  I lost a few a pounds, have more energy and more money since I’m not buying 2-3 sodas a day!  There was a time that I could not imagine life without Diet Coke – now, I can’t imagine drinking one again.  My water consumption is much higher (thanks AquaZinger) and I’m starting my day with green juice instead of caffeine!

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Makeup Monday: MultiTaskers

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Makeup touch ups are inevitable.  But I hate carrying all my cosmetics with me to the office.  Which is why I love any product that can multitask and doesn’t take up too much space in my purse!  This Makeup Monday is all about my favorite multitasking products from Benefit Cosmetics!

Pocket Pal ~ I LOVE Benetint, but carrying the full size bottle with me just isn’t practical.  This double-ended duo has Benetint on one end and a shiny clear lip gloss on the other!  So I can easily apply the famous rose-tinted lip and cheek stain – and then gloss my lips!  Saving me from packing blush and a lip gloss! ($20)

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PosiePal ~ If the bright hue of Benetint isn’t your thing, check out this version.  PosieTint (the poppy pink tinted lip and cheek stain) on one end and California Kissin’ (smile ...

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~ Soft, Smooth Feet ~

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After having my VI Peel™ a few weeks ago I was intrigued by the retail products that they offer.  I was lucky to be able to try the VI Derm™ Body Wash and Exfoliating Body Lotion.    For those who suffer from Keratosis Pilaris (a harmless skin condition characterized by small bumps on the skin that feel rough like sandpaper) – using these products has shown to help improve the appearance of the so called ‘Chicken Skin.”

I was told that since the Body Wash is used to exfoliate dry rough skin – it was a great option to use before sunless tanning.  Glycolic Acid is an AHA that loosens the fibrous bonds that hold skin cells together, allowing the cells to shed and promote collagen production.  The wash also contains Azelaic Acid, which acts as an exfoliant.

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~ Fragrance Finder ~

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Must Haves

I realized the other day that I haven’t changed up my fragrance in over a year.  I tend to fall into a favorite fragrance, and then keep with it for awhile.  I’m currently alternating between Prada Candy and Coach Poppy Blossom.  I discovered a bucket full of fragrance samples – so I thought it would be fun to test them out and see if I could find my next scent.  

Roses de Chloe ($70 – $120) – Fresh Cut Roses, Bergamot, Rose Essence, Magnolia Accord, White Musk and Amber

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This floral scent is soft and sweet.  It really reminded me of spring.  Obviously it smells like roses.  While I liked it – I don’t think it works for me…just a little too sweet.

Marc Jacobs Honey ($52 – $92) – Pear, Juicy Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot, Honeysuckle, Honey, Golden Vanilla, Sm...

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MAKEUP MONDAY ~ Bonjour to Summer ~

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Yes I know that the official start of spring was only a few weeks ago…but I’m ready for summer!  And here in Arizona we’ve already had temps in the upper 80s…so it feels like it!  Which means that it’s time for summer makeup!  I’m really excited for Too Faced Cosmetics new Pardon My French Collection!  It’s all about the French Riviera, a place where glamour reigns and the scenery is as alluring as its fashionable residents.

First up is the A La Mode Eyes Palette:

web_alamodeeyes_compositeThe A La Mode Eyes palette captures a summer sunset in St. Tropez.  Filled with pinks, corals and copper hues, it has just enough shimmer, and an amazing muted teal color I can’t wait to try!  The palette retails for $36 and can be found at Ulta.

  • Plumeria (Vivid Pink)
  • Cocoa Beach (Plum Brown Sugar)
  • Firefly (Copper)
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~ Flower Crush ~

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Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks are my favorites.  The colors are beautiful and the pigments last hours.  They smell amazing and are very moisturizing.  It’s almost as if I’m wearing lip balm – not lipstick.  They also are pricier than your average drugstore brand, so I can’t splurge on them as often as I would like!

This spring I might be purchasing more than usual… YSL has their Flower Crush Collection and I am in love with the lip colors!  10 shades total, 4 Glosses, 4 Lip Sticks and 2 Lip Stains.

The Flower Crush Collection is inspired by the essence of flowers and their infinite shades. Each item strives to capture the image of a thousand flowers attracting and diffusing light for radiance like never before...

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~ Smashbox O-GLOW ~

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Forgotten Favorites

Here’s another makeup product I totally forgot was in my arsenal…Smashbox O-GLOW!

O-GLOW starts as a clear gel, but it reacts with your personal skin chemistry to turn your cheeks the color you blush normally!  This allows a custom color blush for everyone!  It’s very easy to blend, is fragrance free and glides on smoothly!  It’s really fun to watch your cheeks start to “blush” before your eyes!

Key ingredients are:

  • Goji Berry: Simulates Microcirculation
  • Vitamin C: Antioxidant
  • Pomegranate Seed Oil – Antioxidant
  • Marine Plankton: Cell-Energizing

You can purchase O-GLOW at Sephora, Nordstrom and Smashbox for $28!

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xoxo – T
The Beauty Intern
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~ Hair Repair ~

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Hair

“There is no such thing as bad hair, only poorly treated hair.”

- PATRICK ALÈS

I’m totally hard on my hair.  After years of keeping it dark brown (almost black in these past few months), I decided I wanted to lighten up a bit  for spring.  Alexis, my amazing stylist, was tasked with getting all that color out of my hair.  In order to get me to the light golden brown I wanted – she had to bleach my entire head of hair and then tone it.  So when she came over this past weekend to do my hair again, I couldn’t just give her something easy.  Nope – I wanted an ombre look.  So she had to foil my head to create the look.  After that was done – we both decided that it needed more blonde at the ends.  So round 2 of the bleach and foil!
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MAKEUP MONDAY ~ Kiss and Blush ~

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I love products that can multitask.  So the new Yves Saint Laurent Kiss and Blush is sure to become a favorite.  YSL is calling this the Match&Match or Mix&Match way to apply makeup.   This light-diffusing gel is somehow both matte and luminous.  It will highlight your lips and cheeks with a matte finish.  You can choose to match your lips and cheeks – or mix it up, since there are 12 shades to choose from.  Here are the colors:

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The bottles look like a nail polish but inside is a brush similar to the Glossy Stains.  They retail for $40 and are exclusively available at Nordstrom and YSL.

Which colors do you want to try?  Is it wrong that I want them all??

xoxo – T
The Beauty Intern

Kiss your cheeks. Blush your lips...

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~ Skincare Sunday: BB Cream for Body ~

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Skincare Sunday

While flipping through a magazine a few weeks ago, I came across an ad for Jergens® BB Body Cream.  I’m always up for trying new products, so when I was at the store later I picked some up.  Jergens says that it goes on sheer, dries quickly and works like a moisturizer to visibly improve your skin with every use.  The claim is that there are 5 visible benefits in just 5 days!  

There are 2 formulas, based on your skin tone.  Light and Medium-Deep.  Because we are heading in to summer and I’ve already begun sunless tanning, I picked up the Medium-Deep.  I’ve been using it for over a week and a half now, so here are my thoughts!

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5 Visible Benefits in 5 Days:

  1. HYDRATE ~ Superior level of hydration for all skin tones.   You do use it like a moisturizer...
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