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Great Looking Skin Just Got Easier! {Clinique Pep-Start Skincare}

Imagine having smoother, glowing skin with less effort. That's exactly what happened when I began using Clinique's new Pep-Start products! Pep-Start is a collection of easy to use, multi-tasking products designed to energize your skin and leave your skin perfectly prepped for the day ahead. Clinique realizes that women are busy and don't have hours to spend on a luxurious beauty regimen, and so they created amazing multi-tasking products to help save time, while not giving up any of the important steps needed for great looking skin!  

First, there's Pep-Start's 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser. Clinique's Pep-Start cleanser added gentle bamboo beads to their cleanser, so that every time you wash your face, you are removing dead skin cells, too! Removing the skin's top layer of dead skin cells is super important for increasing absorption of your moisturizer and revealing healthy, glowing skin. If you follow my blog, you already know that I wouldn't dream of applying a moisturizer without exfoliating first.

The very first time I used Pep-Start's cleanser on my face it felt incredibly clean without feeling stripped. I knew this was a product that I would absolutely love. The bamboo micro beads are ultra gentle on my sensitive skin, too. This is very important when you are using it as a daily cleanser. To use it, splash warm water on your face and simply squeeze out a dime-sized amount of the cleanser. Distribute the cleanser for a full minute using a light, circular motion and avoiding the eye area. Rinse well. That's it! You're done exfoliating and cleansing.

My skin is hyper-sensitive so gentle exfoliation is a must. I'm happy to report that after ten days of use, Clinique's Pep-Start 2-in-1 Cleanser did not irritate my skin at all and it delivered on its promise of softer, glowing skin! My pores even appear smaller which is a plus! 

After cleansing my skin with the Pep-Start 2-in-1 Cleanser, I apply Clinique's Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer. It is a dreamy, creamy moisturizer that quickly absorbs into my skin leaving behind a strong dose of hydration. Now I know what Clinique means by "hydroblur" because the velvety smooth feeling on the skin magically blurs imperfections and is the perfect base for my foundation. This is yet again another multi-tasking product acting as both a moisturizer and primer in one!  It's love at first touch and I love the flawless finish of my makeup! 

As someone who develops milia (tiny white bumps on the skin) easily, I often shy away from trying new undereye creams, but when I squeezed a tiny amount of Clinique's Pep-Start Eye Cream, I could see it was a fabulously light formula. It absorbed quickly into my skin and I was super excited to try it.

Pep-Start's Eye Cream is packed with powerful peptides that soothe, cool and refresh my under eye area, which is a great pick-me-up for tired eyes any time of the day or night. The compact size of this brilliant tube also makes it a must have to keep in your bag for on-the-go application.

And last, but certainly not least, are Pep-Start's Quick Cleansing Swipes...

To be honest, I don't use cleansing wipes all that often and usually save them for times when I'm simply too tired to wash my face. But, I really do love Pep-Start's Cleansing Swipes! I use them to keep cool, clean and fresh in the sweltering heat we've been having lately. You know, the days where you step outside for five minutes and it feels like you've been in a sauna for twenty minutes. Wow! The wipes freshen me up in a jiffy! And since Pep-Start is all about multi-tasking, I'm cleaning my skin, removing dead skin cells and surface debris, and providing my skin with a light dose of hydration with every swipe. Super convenient, huh?! Love!

The Bottom LineIf your skin is dull and your makeup doesn't go on flawlessly, give Clinique's Pep-Start a try! You will not only save time, but you'll look great, too! 

Are you ready for a gorgeous complexion? Clinique's Pep-Start skincare collection is available at Sephora and

How do you #PepStart your morning?! Please share in the comments below:

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Summer Fun with POPSUGAR's Must-Have Box!

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There's nothing quite like the feeling of receiving a surprise package delivered right to your door! I know, because that's what happened to me earlier this week when POPSUGAR sent me a Must Have box! As soon as I saw the bright pink PS. box, I couldn't wait to open it and find out what was inside! You should have seen me. I was grinning ear to ear like a child who was about to open their birthday present!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with POPSUGAR's Must-Have box, it is a monthly subscription packed with a collection of beauty, fashion, home goods and more, that are hand-picked by POPSUGAR's editor and her team. Each curated box is designed to wow and surprise its subscribers and is a super fun way to discover the newest and coolest products and brands without ever having to leave your house!

"We’re addicted to finding and sharing the most innovative brands, from covetable cult classics to rising indie stars in fashion, beauty, home, fitness, food, and more."

I received the July POPSUGAR Must-Have box with a theme that focused on summer and outdoor festivities! As soon as I opened the box, I was in the mood to have a party


Here's what was in the box:

A New Wedding Trend That Will Save You Money!


When planning a wedding, many couples are looking for ways to save money, while still having the wedding of their dreams. One of the most popular new wedding trends is to have a brunch reception instead of a dinner affair. By serving guests a light meal, you can save money on food and drinks. Eliminating alcoholic drinks or limiting which alcoholic drinks will be offered to your guests, is another cost-saving approach. I personally feel sparkling mimosas add a beautiful and festive touch to a wedding brunch. 

Natural Remedies To Add To Your Skincare Regimine

With so many skincare products out there at the moment, it's often hard to know where to start! It sometimes feels like a new better, bigger product comes out every week. This can lead to women everywhere spending far too much money on a variety of different cream, lotions and potions that ultimately do the same thing.

Although a lot of people don’t realize it, their favourite skin care products can often be packed with harmful ingredients, toxins and chemicals, which can sometimes have a detrimental impact on their skin health.

We are surrounded every day by wonderful natural ingredients that are naturally great for our skin. Often women are too nervous to try out these natural remedies through both fear of getting them wrong and also because they feel they are less convenient than simply buying the ready-made products.

Slip Into Comfort with PeachSkinSheets!

I have been playing catch up this week after spending some time on the west coast last week.  Hubby had a seminar to attend in Phoenix and I decided to go along and look for a winter haven home. Still looking!

While in Phoenix we stayed at a very nice resort, however, I had trouble sleeping and kept waking up in the middle of the night feeling extremely hot. I would toss aside the covers and wake up freezing in the morning. This would happen every night that we were there, so I would have to assume the bedding didn't breathe. Well, I couldn't wait to get home and sleep in my own bed. I have the most comfy bed ever and since I've received my PeachSkinSheets a few weeks ago, it's been pure luxury! Their sheets feature thermal control and moisture management properties to keep me cozy! I sleep through the night and I can't wait for Saturday mornings, just so I can stay in bed longer!

Six Easy Ways to Decorate with Books!

Decorating with books is by far one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add style to your decor. Placing books vertically on a shelf is not the only option for the budget-friendly accoutrement. Arranging the books both upright and stacked on their side, adds visual interest too. Mix in accessories of various shapes, sizes, colors and textures creates excitement that keeps the eye moving.

Add chic objects in silver and gold to deliver an elegant touch to your decor. Grouping items on a tray provides a sense of order and style. Objects come together rather than becoming a catchall for clutter.

A Versatile Must-Have Fashion Piece for Spring!

Wearing a kimono scarf is an easy and effortless way to achieve a casual, boho look. Perfect for spring or summer, the kimono is very versatile and can be worn as a beach cover-up or paired with distressed shorts and ankle booties or sandals. The lightweight kimono shown below is easily packable making it a great travel accessory for chilly flights or breezy evenings on the coast.   

How To Straighten Your Hair Like A Pro with Simply Straight! {Giveaway!}

Do you love smooth, straight, shiny hair, but don't want to put in the time and effort it takes to achieve a sleek look? Well, I've discovered a super easy and fast way for any hair type to go frizz-free and straight in a few minutes. It's Simply Straight and it's a ceramic styling tool that makes straightening your hair as easy as brushing your hair!

The first thing I noticed about Simply Straight was its unique ceramic-wrapped bristles. They didn't look like other hot styling brushes I've tried in the past. The Simply Straight™ bristles are designed in such a way that they detangle and lift the hair at the root as you brush through your hair. 

How To Style Your Room On A Budget!

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Looking for budget-friendly decor to update your family room or bedroom? Pillows add an inviting touch and can change the entire look of a room by incorporating a punch of color, style and texture. Simply placing two pillows on either end of a sofa or a single pillow on a chair can make a big difference in how a room looks pulled together.

When I came across pillow covers from H&M a few months back, I immediately fell in love with the large selection of gorgeous hues and eye-catching patterns. You can really let your creativity go wild and have fun all while sticking to a budget! Can you believe some of H&M's pillow covers are less than $5?! Now that's a deal! And since I wasn't sure how my hubby would react to pink pillows or if the pink color would be too "girly-looking" for my family room, spending under $15 for two pillow covers sounded like a good price to me. What do you think? (see below) The covers are really more blush than pink and I couldn't be happier with them! Their 20" x 20" size is the same size as the pillows that came with my sofa! 

Fashionable & Sophisticated Neutrals!

There's an undeniable feeling of luxury when fashion ensembles fuse sophisticated, rich textures with a neutral color palette. In a fashion world where trends come and go, having go-to neutral pieces can help to keep your look classic year after year. Neutral pieces will also add to the seasonal life of your wardrobe pieces as they ease in the transition from summer to fall.