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6 Simple Ways to Organize Your Makeup

Before the holidays struck, my makeup drawer was a complete dream. Just picture this: sections dedicated to eyewear, face masks, nail polishes and more. Everything was set in perfect little rows. I’d always make sure to shut the drawer softly so that nothing would topple over one another. It was so easy to get ready because I knew where every single item was placed. 

Fast track to now and I got a little carried away. I forgot that during the holidays, many makeup stores release special editions of just about everything (and anything): eyeshadows, lipsticks… the works! My latest obsession has been on contouring. I may have gone haywire and purchased all kinds of contouring tools: from cream to powder palettes, brushes, contour sticks, etc. 

Surprise! This Goodie Box Could Be Yours to Review!

Do you love surprises? I do! There's nothing quite like the feeling of receiving a surprise package delivered right to your door! And I know, because that's what happened to me when I received a Goodie Box in the mail! I couldn't wait to open it and discover all the goodies inside! I'm like a kid openning a present! 

The Versatility of The Endless Pearl Necklace from Pearl & Clasp

There is something about the simplicity of a strand of pearls that are exquisite and romantic. It's a timeless piece of jewelry that evokes images of royalty and sophistication, and has been coveted for centuries as a source of beauty and wealth.

Fortunately, today we do not have to take a second mortgage out on our homes to purchase a quality string of pearls. The lovely pearl necklace I'm wearing today is from Pearl & Clasp. The 60" Endless Pearl Necklace is by far the most versatile piece of jewelry I own and most will find it is a luxury they can afford as well.

Pearl & Clasp is a local boutique jewelry store in New York that now offers beautiful jewelry and repair services online. I could tell from the moment I met Sari, one of the owners, that Pearl & Clasp was unique and special. She told me how after the birth of her child, her husband (together with Pearl & Clasp's jewelry designer) created 'The Sari' necklace as a tribute to her! Isn't that touching and beautiful? The gorgeous necklace is shown below:

I just had to share the story to emphasize how special the people are at Pearl & Clasp, but it doesn't stop there. I also want to tell you more about their jewelry and the exquisite pearls I'm wearing! As you will see below, this pearl necklace works well with a wide range of wardrobe options, and how you wear the necklace depends on your personal taste and style. 

The 60" length of the Endless Pearl Necklace is a glamorous and trendy look that's all the rage. The pearl rope is elegant and classy with formal evening wear, but also adds a flirtatious and feminine touch to casual outfits. The long pearl necklace also has the most flexibility and can be doubled up to create sophisticated, multiple strand styles or tied in a knot for a vintage, old Hollywood glam vibe. I get a little carried away showing how versatile the pearl necklace is, but it really is fun to sport different looks with the same piece of jewelry. 

Pearls never go out of style and go with practically everything. A strand of pearls can be worn to formal events or dressed down with a pair of casual jeans.  Pairing simple diamond jewelry with pearls is effortless and classic, while brightly colored jewels and pearls can make a bold statement. A gold bracelet or ring also pairs well with a pearl necklace and accentuates the warmth of creamy white pearls.

If you are looking for pearls for a special occasion or want to add a versatile piece to your wardrobe, be sure to check out Pearl & Clasp. Be sure to check out the special bridal jewelry! Stunning! The exquisite jewelry is available in a broad range of price points, too!
Remember...When you wear pearls, you’ll look and feel beautiful no matter where the day takes you.
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Fighting Frizzies with Hair La Vie Moroccan Repair Serum

Does you hair have a mind of its own? My thick, coarse hair can be downright difficult to manage at times and a good hair serum is essential for fighting frizzies while also protecting my hair. Without a good hair serum, the weather and hot styling tools would surely take a toll on my color-treated hair. 

When I was trying different hairstyles over the holidays, I was happy Hair La Vie sent me a sample of their Moroccan Repair Serum to try. It sure made a difference in the look and texture of my hair! The serum made my updo, shown above, very easy to manage and helped fight those nasty frizzies, too! I was surprised when my daughter twisted my hair around an old sock and rolled it up into a bun in less than a minute! I expected to have wisps of frizzy hair sticking out all over the place, but instead my hair looked sleek, smooth and shiny! What do you think?

New Year! New You! A Healthy Alternative to Sweet Treats!

The holidays are over and if you're like me, you are probably thinking about starting to eat healthy again. I overindulged during the holidays and I really need to get back on track. Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, there are still plenty of cookies and chocolates left over, and late in the evening when my sweet tooth kicks in, I can't resist the temptation of a tasty treat. 

Well, I've found a healthy way to fight the never-ending battle of craving a sweet treat every night. This treat will leave you feeling full and satisfied, too! Its Yonanas Classic Healthy Dessert Maker.  It is an ice cream dessert maker that uses frozen fruit to make soft serve ice cream.  Yonanas has the texture and taste of ice cream, but all you are eating is FRUIT! No milk. No sugar. Nothing, but fruit! 

The Yonanas Classy Healthy Dessert Maker could not be easier to use! Simply freeze your fruit at least 24 hours in advance. Bananas will work best when they are "cheetah spotted" before freezing. The more brown spots the sweeter the taste. When the bananas are ripe, simply peel and freeze! (I slice my bananas before freezing.) Thaw frozen fruit for about 7-10 minutes. Be sure to mix bananas and berries as you are placing chunks of fruit into the chute. This will give your ice cream a uniform color. Push the plunger down and voila, you're making a fresh ice cream treat!  Clean up is very easy as the chute-dispenser is removable for easy cleaning.

Eerie 19th Century Mystery Remains Unsolved! {+ Giveaway!}

There's something about a bone chilling mystery that never ceases to captivate and entertain. Perhaps it's the challenge of trying to predict what will happen next or the thrill of a good mystery that leaves you in suspense and on the edge of your seat. No matter the reason, it's hard to resist the temptation to let your imagination run wild.   

Recently I read a story about a treasure discovered in the nineteenth century in central London during a period in which darkness enveloped the city and theft was rampant. A group of laborers were demolishing an old, decrepit apartment when they came upon jewels only a few feet beneath ground. The laborers fiercely sifted through layers of mud and clay and brought the muddied treasure to a local jeweler.  The jeweler immediately recognized that the gems were of exceptional quality and offered the laborers a princely sum for the 500 jewel pieces. Realizing the significant risk associated with possessing such a treasure, the jeweler secretly negotiated to give the jewels to the London Museum, where they are still on display today. 

Healthy Strawberry-Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

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I’m one to always set myself with New Year’s resolutions. Every year, I try to make them as specific and realistic as possible. Whenever I go for a bland “eat healthier!” and “be positive!” statement, my goals go out the door by the second week of January.

I can’t deny that I am a total foodie. What can I say? I love to eat. I have, however, been pregnant throughout the course of 2016. Guilty as charged: in my third trimester, I wasn’t being careful with what I consumed… at all.

Now, pregnant or not, I can’t really give up on sweets and snacking. Asking me to stop cold turkey would just lead to complete failure. This is why as a goal, I decided to snack healthier. Rather than consuming sugars from cakes and doughnuts, I figured that I could develop healthier recipes that still have a sweet touch.

I don’t want to go all out with specialty ingredients. To be fair, I am dealing with a newborn, so saving time is everything. However, I can be careful with portions and the type of snacks I make. After a lot of research, I have come to the realization that I can indulge and be healthy at the same time.

New Year Skin-Care Essentials from Pixi Beauty

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Ring in the new year with healthy, glowing skin! Pixi Beauty's cruelty-free skin-care products help you maintain and restore your skin with nourishing and hydrating skintreats that will leave your skin smooth, soft and glowing at any age!  

Pixi Glowtion Day Dew is an ultra-rich, lavender-scented moisturizer that seeps into the skin and leaves behind a non-greasy, healthy and natural glow. As a beauty blogger I get to try a lot of skin-care product and this is one of the few moisturizers that truly stand out from the crowd. It makes my skin look and feel youthful and radiant. It also has a wonderful lavender-like scent that I find very relaxing and a great way to start the day.

If you are suffering with dry skin or if you feel your skin needs a radiant boost, do your skin a favor and try this skin brightening lotion! You won't be disappointed. 

I've only had the chance to use Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream a few times, but found it to be a great night recovery cream. It's hydrating, fast absorbing and gentle on my skin. The night treatment has a lovely light lavender scent to help you drift off to sleep. 

Pixi's Glow Mist is perfect for the quick pick-me-up whenever your skin needs a boost. It adds an instant illuminating glow and smells yummy!

Pixi's 24K Eye Elixir is an Energizing Peptide Serum that has quickly become a favorite of mine. I keep in the fridge or near the cold north-facing window of my bathroom, and the cool rollerball works great at de-puffing the area under my eyes. I've only been using it for about a week, but loving it so far! I'll provide an update in a few weeks.

For those of you who are not familiar with Pixi Beauty's cruelty-free products, you can find them exclusively at Target and online at Enjoy!

Do you use Pixi Beauty products? Do you have any favorites?

Holiday Shopping For Her! It's Not Too Late!

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Hopefully your holiday shopping is finished and you are planning to rest and relax over the next few days. However, if you're still searching for the perfect gift for her, don't forget The Body Shop has great last minute gifts and stocking stuffers for the special woman or young lady on your list!

I've gathered a few favorites that I've been personally using, and that are sure to please even the pickiest person on your list. After all, who doesn't love cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare essentials?  

The Body Shop's Strawberry Duo Lip & Hand Set is at the top of my list for the young lady who still needs a yummy cruelty-free essential in her faux fur stocking! 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Christmas Dinner

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The Christmas tree and holiday decorations are up and now is certainly the right time of year to get started with your Christmas dinner preparations. There’s still plenty of time to get things in order, including your grocery shopping and recipe preparation.
As much as you don’t want to admit it, hosting Christmas can be very stressful, but with good organization you’ll have the time on your side to rectify any hiccups that come your way before the big day.
We have prepared an informative step-by-step guide to help you plan a stress-free and delicious Christmas dinner!