Friday, November 30, 2012

My Jurlique Skincare Routine!

I have the pleasure of trying out a lot of skin care products but Jurlique has become one of my favorite brands so far...So much so, that they are sort of my standard. It can be a bit jarring to my skin to change up routines too often, but duty calls, and I find myself swapping out products every 3 to 4 weeks. But now, instead of changing my day time AND night time routine, I just switch my night time products when I need to test something new, and my morning routine (and my skin, for the most part) stays consistent with these products from Jurlique...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

100% Pure Coconut Nourishing Body Cream -AKA: A Swaggable Mini Review

I'm a member of a beta website called Swaggable, whose mission is to bring "people and products together in new and fun ways. When people try products they fall in love with, they want to share those experiences. Swaggable is here to help users discover great new products together." Basically, you sign up on the site, let them know what your favorite products are, and from time to time they invite you to sample some new ones in line with your taste. I've gotten to sample a powder chai latte mix and most recently was sent a trio of body creams from Purity Cosmetics.

100% Pure Coconut Nourishing Cream (MSRP $15.00 for 8 oz.) is all natural, 100% vegan, and gluten free. According to the website, it is: "Highly nourishing, luxurious cream concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters. Delicious smelling body cream will immediately hydrate, soften and feed your skin nutrients for a healthy, glowing complexion. Truly, 100% Pure - never any artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, toxic preservatives, or any other unsafe ingredients. Made only with the highest quality, organic nutrients for your skin."

Ingredients: Aloe Juice, Rose Hydrosol, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Butter, Grapeseed Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Blackcurrant Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Coconut Flavor, Vanilla, Coconut Extract, Organic Green Coffee, Organic Wild Cherry, Pomegranate, Organic Raspberry, Blackberry and Organic White Tea, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel, Japanese Honeysuckle, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme and Goldenseal, Grain Alcohol, Acai Berry, Resveratrol, Organic Green Tea, Mangosteen, Goji Berry, Maqui Berry, Elderberry and Muscadine Grape

My Take: Since my sample arrived in something akin to a ketchup packet, I didn't quite have high hopes for this cream. Well, they say never judge a book by its cover, and I suppose the same can be said for products and their packaging because this cream was FANTASTIC! It smelled like warm, toasted coconut and the texture of the cream itself was to die for: something between a thick, whipped mousse and a rich, luxurious cream. It left my rough, dry hands and forearms silky smooth and soft-my hands literally felt moisturized from the inside out! I will definitely be buying a full size of this cream; I was that impressed!

Until next time...

Fab Five Favorites! Lil Bits' Bath Time Edition

So is it really a surprise that I might be slightly obsessed with bath goodies for my lil bits (and my not so lil bit too) or that that obsession has been passed on to them as well? No? Didn't think so! Don't judge me! Hygiene is important! And while it may be perfectly alright to have have (occasionally) smelly little boys, little girls that smell like "outside" (as I like to phrase it) are not the business. So here are a few of the lines and products that keep my little princesses clean, soft, and yummy smelling!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Shop Like a Fashion Editor at F21!

This holiday, Forever 21 partnered with four Condé Nast Editors from Glamour, Teen Vogue, W and Details to select the season's best looks. 

Participating editors included Laurel Pantin, Glamour's Associate Shopping and Accessories Editor; Mary Kate Steinmiller, Teen Vogue's Senior Fashion Market Editor; Lindsey Frugier, W's Market Editor; and Justin Berkowitz, Details' Market Editor.

Left to Right: Justin Berkowitz, Market Editor at Details; Laurel Pantin, Associate Shopping and Accessories Editor at Glamour; Mary Kate Steinmiller, Senior Fashion Market Editor atTeen Vogue; and Lindsey Frugier, Market Editor at W.

Each editor's picks will be featured in 480 Forever 21 stores across the U.S. through the holidays. 

Forever 21 will also be selling one-year subscription cards for each title in stores and online. W and Glamour will be sold for $12.00 (1 year/12 issues), and Details and Teen Vogue will be sold for $8.00 (1 year/10 issues).

Will you be shopping the Editor's List at Forever 21? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this genius (IMHO) collaboration! Until next time...

TotalBeauty.com's Beautygasm Box AKA: For that "Special" Inner Glow...

TotalBeauty.com, a great online resource for beauty news, reviews and an engaging community for beauty lovers, has introduced their version of a subscription service: the TOTAL BEAUTY COLLECTION, a package of deluxe beauty samples hand-picked by their editors for beauty addicts, er... I mean enthusiasts, to buy and try at home. For December, they're spicing up the whole "treat yourself" (or, if you're a fan of Parks & Recreation like I am-"treat yoself") concept by including a little something extra from Trojan (not pictured above), to inspire women to, uh... indulge in themselves. Let just say, you can think of it as a non-cosmetic way of achieving that special glow...Talk about getting a winter glow from the inside out…

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

White Sands Orchid Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner

I miss warm weather. Dearly. So while I usually prefer to adjust my fragrance selections to match the seasons (more fruity, floral, citrus scents in the spring and summer and musks, orientals, and woodsy scents in the fall and winter)-when I'm missing the sun, I sometimes try to trick my senses in to thinking that it's warm out by using products with scents that are more... "tropically oriented." Enter White Sands Orchid Bliss Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner...

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Best Beauty News on the Web! AKA: The Beauty Blog Coalitions Weekly Roundup (11/26/2012)

  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Mina Slater shares photos and more in her recap of The Makeup Show Orlando!
  • Love For Lacquer : Feast your eyes on the new beautiful Behind Closed Doors collection from Cult Nails!
  • datyorkLOVES: Week Review Plus Mini Contest! If you are great at naming polishes this will totally be up your alley!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: OPI Schnapps Out Of It! is featured on Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom as part of Dealing With Your Family week :)
  • TheFabZilla: No time for hairstyling tools? Then a statement headpiece is the next best option to look fantabulous this holiday season. TheFabZilla shares a quick hairstyle for the hostess with the mostest!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog plays with color using the BareMinerals Eyeshadow 8.0 palette in The Cocktail Hour.
  • Beauty Info Zone: Senna Cosmetics has a nude kit you don't want to miss. Beauty Info Zone has all the details on this Sultry set.
  • InTrubeauty: Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that perfume lover on your list? Look no further than InTrubeauty's Review of Beyonce's Midnight Heat.
  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista did a "swap" with Cafe Fashionista! See what goodies her FIB sent her way!
  • The Advice Sisters: Archaeologists have found evidence that even “bronze-age” women used makeup such as a bright green paste of copper minerals. Millennia later, we still love it! The Advice Sisters recommend mineral makeup holiday gifts!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L found out if Reviva Labs All Natural Seaweed Soap helps to reduce cellulite.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a delightful array of must-have beauty picks from the Sephora V.I.B. sale!
  • Midnight Manicures: Check out Jeanie's review of the Swarovski Crystal embellished glass fashion items by Mont Bleu from the Czech Republic.
  • Mimi's Mani's: Mimi's Mani's shares a great holographic for the winter months
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila has her eyes on Make Up For Ever's All Eyes On You set for Holiday 2012.
  • Friday, November 23, 2012

    The Beauty Blogazans Weekly Roundup

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    There's Nothing Like a Good Friend with Good Taste! AKA- My Swap with Cafe Fashionista

    My lovely, lovely FIB (Friend In Blogging-yeah, I think I just coined a term), Erika Sorocco, or Cafe Fashionista and I decided to do a SWAP!!! You know, like the ones that YouTube beauty gurus do? I just love those videos and I couldn't think of anyone better to do it with than Erika! She has been a loyal friend and supporter wince I began blogging, way back when. I read her posts almost daily (and backtrack when I happen to miss a few) and I always try to take the time to comment (that's one way we bloggers show support for each other). She has impeccable style, incredible taste, and like me she's obsessed with reading, writing, fashion, and coffee! Though we have never met, I have developed a deep affection for Erika over the years, and I am so pleased that we were able to do this swap together.

    So, on to the swap! I approached Erika with the idea of a swap a few weeks back-that we set an agreed upon price limit and then exchange packages of goodies and share it with our readers. I suggested that for us, instead of focusing on just cosmetics, we could include books, accessories, nail polish, and coffee. She loved the idea and away we went!

    Initially we set a price limit of $100, but we both soon found that that was not quite enough money. We were having too much fun shopping for each other! One of the awesome things about doing what I do, is that I'm exposed to such great brands and products and I was super eager to share my loves with my friend. But a lot of my faves are not on the budget friendly side (honestly, I purchased two items and was well over $50), so we went back to the drawing board, first agreeing on $150, but finally settling on $200.

    As exciting as it was to be shopping for Erika, I was even more excited about what she was getting for me! Here is the package she sent:

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Balm Good Enough to Eat (But Don't)! AKA: Surya Brasil Moisturizing Lip Balm

    Among many other things, I'm kind of obsessed with lip balms. And who can blame me; dry, chapped, flakey lips are not cute, and I teach my babies that at a young age! The downside to that is even the baby is sort of addicted to lip balm. If any of my girls see me whip out a tube, they all line up and pout their lips to get some too! Even my hubby has a healthy obsession with balm (and trust me, it's a great thing ladies-life is much more fun when your man pays attention to even those little things!). The downside to this household preoccupation with soft puckers, is that we run through tubes quite frequently. Also, particularly with the lil bits showing interest in them, I have to pay special attention to the ingredients list (because let's face it-Lo is putting it on just to lick it off and if Kenzie gets her hand on a tube, she's know to take big honking bites out of it). So considering that my kids are basically eating and digesting lip balm, what I use on them has to be worthy of their diets.

    November 2012 MAC Matters Purchase! AKA-It Begins!

    Previously on Mama Fashionista...

    My fellow Beauty Blog Coalition and Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers member, Pammy Blogs Beauty came up with the *genius* idea of doing a monthly blog series where she would, piece by piece, build a "core collection" of makeup basics from MAC Cosmetics. She set a budget of $21 a month (the fee that she was paying for a beauty box subscription that she was canceling) and MAC Matters was born! I immediately wanted to play when I read her post about it (here), so now we will be coordinating our monthly posts, sharing what we have selected each month to build a collection of basics/staples from the popular brand.

    Being the eye shadow fanatic that I am, of course my first purchase had to be a great eye shadow shade that could be worn solo, but also would be great with other shades. With my $21, I decided to get All That Glitters, a beautiful warm, beige with a gold pearl sheen (it's a Veluxe Pearl finish, which means that it is a very pigmented formula, with a metallic/pearlescent shimmer). I also chose the Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4, because I figure that for a well rounded collection, I need at least four basic eye shadow colors, AND it's $3 cheaper to get the Pro Pan Refills as opposed to the regular shadows (though you can't Back to MAC empty pans like these). So I suppose you can look at this as a bit of a hint as to what at least 3 months' worth of purchases will be.

    The shadow cost $12 and the palette cost $9, so I used my whole $21 this month. Some months I will purposely spend under my allowance so that I can carry over the remainder for items to be purchased in the following month(s). I'm not going to lie, I sort of have the whole year planned out, but it's a loose plan, so that I can adjust it to fit whatever suggestions I get from you lovelies, as well as to account for items that may scream out to me as necessities in the many Limited Edition collections that MAC puts out (quite frequently). Part of me feels that I should only purchase products that are part of the permanent collection, that way my core collection will be something that is timeless and easy for someone else to replicate. Another part of me just loves pretty makeup and can't make any promises that an LE item may not make it into the bunch at some point. I guess we shall see!

    So what do you think of my picks for this month? What do you suggest that I add next month? What would you purchase if you were building a "core collection" of makeup basics from the brand? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. And don't forget to go see what Pam picked out for her first month in the MAC Matters series! Until next time...

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    Send Your Tips on a Euro-trip! AKA: OPI's Euro Centrale Collection for Spring/Summer 2013

    Classic meets contemporary with Euro Centrale by OPI for Spring/Summer 2013. Celebrating a region where history meets modern design, the collection’s twelve new nail lacquers offer a mixture of glamorous metallic hues; playful bright shades in periwinkle, aqua and pink; and creamy blues in indigo, midnight and aubergine. 

    “Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics. This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Baby, It's Cold Outside! AKA- A Shop With Me LookBook

    I don't like the cold, but I like hats and sweaters and boots! Here are a few pieces I'd love to add to my wardrobe to keep things chic even as the thermometer dips. And you can add them to your wardrobe too! Just click on a picture and it will take you right where you need to go to purchase it! I hope you lovelies like my selections and continue to enjoy these "Shop With Me" posts! They're super fun to put together...

    Until next time...

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    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Great Gift Sets From Josie Maran! AKA: A Gift Guide Part Deux

    If you've been a reader for a while, then it's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Josie Maran Cosmetics. So of course I had to mention some of the great gift sets the brand has to offer this holiday season:

    Moroccan Bazaar Argan Skin & Hair Bestsellers

    The Moroccan Bazaar Argan Skin & Hair Bestsellers ($39 at Sephora) is a set of Josie’s bestselling products for healthy skin and hair. What it does:This must-have set features Josie’s best Argan-infused essentials for lustrous skin and hair. Perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin, this set includes Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil, Argan Cleansing Oil, Argan Balm, Whipped Argan Oil, Argan Hair Serum, and Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40, each in a perfectly portable travel size! 

    (This would be the perfect introduction for someone who does not know the wonders of Josie Maran Cosmetics and argan oil. I love that it is perfect for traveling as well or pick your can't leave home without it pieces to throw in your purse!)

    Moroccan Bazaar Shimmer & Glow Argan Essentials

    The Moroccan Bazaar Shimmer & Glow Argan Essentials ($28 at Sephora) is a set of Josie’s must-have products for luminous skin. What it does:Get a glow on the go with a handcrafted Moroccan makeup bag full of Josie’s must-haves for radiant skin. The handcrafted makeup bag was carefully woven in Morocco and supports sustainable employment for artisans. This set includes Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil, Argan High Gloss Lip Quench, Argan Illuminizer, and Argan Color Stick in Rosey, all in adorably portable travel sizes. 

    (This set is great for the little lady in your life! I'm super picky about the cosmetics I allow my oldest (12 year old) daughter to wear, but I would have no qualms at all about her using the items in this kit. I think it's quite lovely for anyone that is looking to simplify their makeup routine or incorporate more natural pieces to their collection.)

    Get Glowing - Argan Beautiful Skin

    The Get Glowing - Argan Beautiful Skin ($64 at Sephora) is a five-piece set of Josie’s must-haves for naturally glowing skin. She believes that healthy skin is happy, beautiful skin, and this collection has everything you need to nourish your body and face from the inside out. Explore the versatility of Argan Oil and use it to hydrate and nourish from head to toe. The Argan Balm is a fragrance-free, petroleum-free formula that leaves the skin soft and supple and the velvety body butter soothes skin while indulging the senses. Top it all off with the illuminating powder and a swipe of pretty, pink gloss to complete your gorgeous glow. This set contains an 8 oz. Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, 0.5 oz 100% Pure Argan Oil, 0.12 oz Argan Natural Volume Lip Gloss in Petal Pink, 0.28 oz Argan Illuminizing Powder, an a 1 oz Argan Balm.

    (I'd legit swoon if I received this gift set! The Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is full sized, and Sephora.com can't keep it in stock! Add to that the powder, balm, and lip gloss-if you can get your hands on this deluxe set, you'll be making someone a very happy camper!)

    I hope you lovelies find these guides helpful. I will keep on the look out for goodies, deals, and gift sets from my favorite brands to share, and I hope that you get to take advantage of some of these great deals. This is the perfect time to introduce your loved ones to your favorites or take the opportunity to find a new favorite for yourself! Until next time...

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    FitFlop Offers Limited Edition Styles for Care International's Charity Auction!

    UK luxury footwear brand FitFlop is auctioning off 5 limited edition styles to benefit Care International! There is a shoe designed for every style from studded flats...

    ...to fringe mukluks...

    ...to red patent leather sneakers...

    Now you can get the look of your fave celeb while supporting a great cause! The auction has launched so don't miss your chance to add to your shoe collection AND make a difference! Follow the link the bid on these great shoes AND donate to a worthy cause: http://cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=careorg. Until next time...

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Redken's Curvaceous Curl Care Line! AKA-A CGC Preview

    I will be reviewing the Redken Curvaceous Line soon, so I thought I'd give you lovelies a preview of its goodness! Stay tuned for the full Curly Girl Chronicle review!

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

    Florence Welch's Braided Head Band Up 'Do AKA-Get the Look with Davines

    Braids have long been trending in Hollywood (and are always in if you happen to be a mom to little girls). Lately the braids have become more and more creative and intricate, with braided headbands being one of the biggest braided styles to surface recently. Whether your hair is curly or straight, long or short, thin or thick, there is a way to achieve and personalize this great style. Here is an example (and step by step instructions on how to do it) of a gorgeously executed hairstyle that incorporates this popular trend.

    Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine) stunned on both the stage and red carpet at the LACMA 2012 Art + Film Gala.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    MC Does Glitter Right (This Time)! AKA: A Preview of the OPI/Mariah Carey Collaboration

    OPI announces the launch of eight new limited edition shades inspired and hand-selected by multiple Grammy Award winning recording artist Mariah Carey. These shades include four new OPI Liquid Sand™ lacquers featuring groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle. 

    OPI is extremely excited to work with Mariah,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “She’s very passionate about beauty and her nails in particular. Her music, which includes 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, served as a wonderful inspiration for glamorous, sultry, vibrant colors. 

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Brooke Burke's Healthy Snack Behind the DWTS Scene! AKA: Getting My Yummy Mummy On Inspiration

    I decided to catch up on Dancing With the Stars and when Lo saw Brooke Burke, she got super excited and said "Look mommy! It's the lady from Modern Family!" (Otherwise known as Sofia Vergara). That is a total compliment!

    Anyone that follows her career, can't help but respect Brooke Burke's work ethic. But I think she's particularly admirable to me as a busy mom. How she manages to handle her hectic schedule AND look that fabulous, boggles my mind.

    I've watch her videos for Modern Mom on YouTube, so I know that she works out regularly and partakes in a healthy diet with a big focus on moderation. Those are excellent habits to emulate and seeing the snack she chose to enjoy while behind the scenes of Dancing With the Stars (Quaker Oats new Real Medleys  Summer Berry Oatmeal)  helped me to realize how truly doable certain lifestyle changes can be for me too...

    Until next time...

    Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

    In the name of full disclosure, my family does not "do" holidays, BUT, I do enjoy taking advantage of the holiday seasons: the time off from school/work, the emphasis on spending time with your loved ones, and all of the sales!!! So while I won't be celebrating with gift giving on any particular day, I am keeping my eye out for items that my family will enjoy that are specially marked down for the holidays. Case in point: Melissa & Doug's Terrific Twenty

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    My Week In Rewind...

    (I'm not going to call this a new feature; it's just going to be what it's going to be!)

    Sometimes, when I look at my day to day life as a whole, it can seem a bit mundane. But it occurred to me this morning (while luxuriating in the most wonderful bath of pink colored, jasmine and ylang ylang scented water, courtesy of LUSH's Sex Bomb), that if I dissected small facts and occurrences of the week, my life is actually quite eventful, and possibly a good source of entertainment for others (namely, you lovelies). So here goes...

    Sex Bomb Bath Bomb from LUSH Cosmetics

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    The Best Beauty News on the Web! AKA: The Beauty Blog Coalition's Weekly Roundup

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

    Beneath the Glitter-AKA: Be Chic Literate

    I'm a bit of a YouTube junkie and one of the first "beauty gurus" that I subscribed to was Elle Fowler, AKA AllThatGlitters21. She and her sister, Blair (JuicyStar07), have built quite an admirable empire, one of their most recent ventures has been a dip into the literary world. Beneath the Glitter is the sisterly duos first book (in what looks to be a series), and is loosely based on their lives. I won't give away the plot line, other than to say that the book deals with the relationship between two sisters as they try to build their business in LA, as well as their interactions with an entertaining cast of friends, pets, and love interests. I tried to keep my expectations low, and truth be told, it took me about 75 pages (and a week and half) to truly get into the book. But once I did get into it, I really got into it and literally couldn't put it down. Once I felt immersed in  the world of the fictional London sisters, I finished the last two thirds of the book in a day and a half (no easy feat for someone with daughters as demanding and talkative as mine). 

    I think part of what made Beneath the Glitter entertaining was trying to ascertain how much of the London sisters and their fictional lives was based on the real lives of the Fowler sisters. But outside of that, the story was truly entertaining, even if slightly predictable. There's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, which serves as the perfect segue to the sister's second book, due out in the summer of 2013. I'm not ashamed to admit, I'm seriously looking forward to seeing what's happening next. Until next time...

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    My Tropic Isle Living (JBCO) Routine! AKA: A Curly Girl Chronicle

    A while back, I did a post about a hair care regimen I was trying out, that incorporated products that included Jamaican Black Castor Oil. They garnered decent results, but being the true product junkie that I am, I jumped on the chance to try another line of products featuring the “miracle” ingredient. Enter Tropic Isle Living!

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    November It Girl Box! AKA: My Julep Maven Unboxing

    One of the things that I absolutely love about Julep is that the box is PROMPT!!! My It Girl box arrived today. The theme for the month is "Stay Warm in November with Suedes" and of course, "Gratitude."  Honestly, I was tempted to skip this month-I've not been a fan of suede/matte color in the past. But I didn't skip when they wanted to put a crackle polish in my box, so I didn't skip now. Plus I'm trying to be more adventurous with my selections (in general) so I decided to stick with it.

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