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@ToryBurch #Haul @Shopbop!

@ToryBurch #Haul from @Shopbop

@ToryBurch #Haul from @Shopbop

I’m in the mood for SPRING and SUMMER readers! I wanted to share the spoils of my recent @ToryBurch #Haul @Shopbop!

THE BAG:  Every year, I always keep my eye out for a straw bag to carry through the warm-weather months.  My love for straw accessories started in my 20s, when a friend chastised me for carrying a heavy leather tote on 90 degree days.  She was right!  It just LOOKS funny!  Here in AZ the temps are already in the 90s, so I was happy to find the Tory Burch York Straw Buckle Tote! The Tory Burch York design is roomy, with one extremely large center pocket that zips, two roomy open sections, and a large zipped side pocket with several open pockets as well. It’s not just attractive, it’s the ultimate in organization. This tote is ROOMY but a lightweight 28 oz. Metallic gold Saffiano leather trim adds an upscale-resort vibe to a streamlined design. This bag can be carried as a satchel, or over the shoulder.

Retail is $295 at Shopbop. Runner-up designs include the Tory Burch Marion Crochet Straw Tote ($465), and the Tory Burch Lonnie Baby Bag ($350) which can also double as a fabulous beach tote.

THE WALLET:  I’m all about YELLOW this season, but only as an accent color.  I thought the perfect way to add this color to my day to day look was through this Tory Burch York Zip Continental Wallet in “Sunshine”.  I’m a long-time fan of Tory Burch wallets, and there are SO many card slots (16) in this design, it’s perfect for me!  The wallet also features an interior zipped coin purse and a wrist strap for hand-free carrying when you want to travel light!

Retail is $195 at Shopbop.  Runner up yellow accessory included the Tory Burch Dipped Beach Small Slouchy Cosmetic case ($78) that I simply adore, or of course the adorable Reva Key Fob in Sunshine ($60) that also makes a wonderful gift for Tory lovers.

THE SNEAKERS:  My favorite pair of Nike running sneakers look like a shark has gotten to them, so this online shopper got to work to find a replacement. I’ve had such a hard time finding a comfortable sneaker! As a shot in the dark, I purchased the new Tory Burch Colorblock Suede Trainer in Gray and was so surprised by how comfortable they are! I love that this sneaker is crafted from suede, and the back of the heel features a trendy colorblock design and a Tory Burch logo.

Retail price is $195, runner up designs included the Tory Burch Colorblock Suede Trainer in Navy ($195) and the Tory Burch Rubber Logo Suede Trainer in Masai Red ($195).

Click HERE to shop at Shopbop.com

Aveeno Makeup Removing Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Press Sample, AmbassadorI started my “job” as an Aveeno Ambassador with the easiest task possible for a beauty blogger, testing makeup remover!

On any given day, I’m swatching foundation, lipstick, and eye makeup. Let’s see how Aveeno’s freshly-scented makeup removing wipes can handle all three! [Read more…]

Nanette Lepore For Origins Holiday 2014

Nanette Lepore For Origins, Holiday 2014

Nanette Lepore For Origins, Holiday 2014

Press SampleI am SO into carrying pouches these days!  I think it’s because I carry oversized totes so often, and keeping items loose in a large bag is enough to make you insane!

Nanette Lepore, Origins Holiday 2014

This exclusive gift at Origins is a fabulous way to keep your makeup organized when you’re on the run.  This makeup bag was designed by Nanette Lepore for Origins, using 100% recycled cotton.  It’s your exclusive gift when you spend $65 on Origins product.  There are so many goodies for sale that make great gifts so surf on over there and claim this gorgeous little bag as your own!

Nanette Lepore For Origins, Holiday 2014

Nanette Lepore For Origins, Holiday 2014

Grab yours by making a purchase of $65 or more at Origins.com or an Origins retailer.  Enter promo code DESIGNER during checkout.  Plus, you’ll get free shipping and a free travel-sized Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm!

The makeup bag featured in this product review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Jolen Creme Bleach Review, Go Confidently!

Jolen Creme Bleach Review

Jolen Creme Bleach Review

Press Sample, SponsoredI’m pretty sure you’re familiar with the product I’m writing about today.

Jolen!  The bleach you used a million times to lighten your upper lip hair?  Remember?  Oh Jolen and I go way, WAY back.  I remember hanging around my sorority house wearing the Jolen bleach mustache, watching the clock, looking forward to embarrassing dark facial hair to lighten like magic.  My sorority sisters did the same!  One of my sisters even used the bleach on her arm hair!

I had friends who used Jolen in high school, but I didn’t take the plunge myself until college.  One of my very close friends swore by Jolen.  She taught me how to use it, and bleaching our facial hair became routine for us.  At the time, home waxing options were really quite pitiful.  Remember those wax strips that promised hair removal and only delivered pain?  Ugh! [Read more…]

Walmart Savings Catcher Review

Walmart Savings Catcher Review

Walmart Savings Catcher Review

SponsoredI wrote this Walmart Savings Catcher review for Crowdtap #WMTSavingsCatcher. All opinions are my own.

I was asked to give Walmart’s Savings Catcher a trial, and it was easy to say yes. The Walmart near my home is HUGE–a superstore–and they always have something I need!  I consider myself an expert shopper.  Shopping smart usually requires shopping in MANY different stores, and remembering which retailer offers the best deal on each item.  The new Walmart Savings Catcher really piqued my interest.  What if you never needed to price compare, EVER AGAIN?  Well that would save a ton of time, right?  Keep reading to find out how to use Walmart Savings Catcher! There’s also a link to a contest at the end of this post. The grand prize is a $2,000 Walmart shopping spree! [Read more…]

Pop Sugar Must-Have Box, August

From You To You!  The Pop Sugar Must-Have Box! #review #beauty #musthave #ad

From You To You! The Pop Sugar Must-Have Box!

August Must-Have Box, PopSugar #musthave #ad

August Must-Have Box, PopSugar

Press SampleIt’s as if POPSUGAR read my mind! I received a Must Have Box to review, and nearly squealed when I spied the Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye tucked inside! I’ve been obsessing over Kendra Scott jewelry for months now!

If you’re looking for a fun little way to surprise yourself, the POPSUGAR Must Have box is a must-see!  Unlike some of the other boxes I’ve introduced you to, the POPSUGAR Must Have box is a lifestyle box.  It’s filled with goodies for just about every part of your life!  Above is a photo of the treasure trove that arrived in the August Box.

Seen enough?  Enter promo code AUG14SELECT by 9/10/14 for $10 off of a three month subscription!  Click HERE to sign up for the POPSUGAR Must Have Box!

For an up-close look at each product in the August Must Have Box, as well as a sneak peek at the September Must Have Box, click through to read more! [Read more…]

JORD Wood Watches

Jord Wooden Watches

JORD Wood Watches

Press SampleAn interesting concept crossed my desk recently, the JORD Wooden Watch! The “stacked wrist” trend–where many bracelets are worn with a watch–is still very popular. The most modern way to wear the look is to team up various textures and finishes.  A wood watch, like those sold by JORD, is a great addition to this look. [Read more…]

Spring/Summer Stockup!

For the past three years, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Arizona. Recently, my family left the dark and rainy Seattle area and relocated to the hot and dry Phoenix area! There are many beauty challenges with a climate change like this, and I’ll blog more about that in coming weeks. Today I’m just going to share some fun accessories I recently purchased to jazz up my very casual Spring/Summer wardrobe.  Simple cotton shorts and a t-shirt can look so fashionable with some killer jewelry (I am obsessed with statement necklaces), status sandals, and fabulous eye makeup!

Walgreens Spring Makeup Look!

Walgreens_CornerOf_Lockup-HorizStagger_Multi_RGBdrugstore-beauty-2014I generally try to avoid the local drugstore. It’s not that I don’t love it, but rather that I love it a bit too much, and seem to get trapped in some sort of time vortex once I start browsing.  I can spend hours wandering the beauty aisles!  I’m not one to pass up a challenge, so when Walgreens Beauty (through POPSUGAR Select) provided us with a list of items to incorporate into a Spring makeup look, I was all over it! Click HERE to check out Walgreens Beauty Deals!Confession:  Once I found the items for my new makeup look, I did indeed spend an extra 30-45 minutes there, simply browsing the selection.  There are so many fun makeup goodies to choose from!  I also signed up for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program before checking out.  Why?  Not only can you earn points toward future gift certificates, you even get to use paperless coupons during checkout.

Introducing The Team

Curve It Hair Styling Cream, L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L'Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and L'Oreal Butterfly Mascara

The Team: Curve It Hair Styling Cream, L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara

Nivea Kiss of Color, A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care

Nivea: A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care

Above are images of some of the products I incorporated into my new Spring look:  L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, L’Oreal  Colour Riche Lip Stain, L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, L’Oreal Curve It Hair Styling Cream, and NIVEA A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care.

Step 1 to achieve my look is to protect the pucker with NIVEA Color Lip Care!  The NIVEA product is not new to me.  As you’ve gathered from reading this blog, my love-affair with NIVEA was rekindled, and I’ve been using NIVEA lip care product all winter long to protect my lips from becoming overly dry and chapped.  It’s easy to remember this step if you buy NIVEA A Kiss of Care & Color and carry it in your bag, because this balm leaves behind a gorgeous trace of color.  My favorite shade is Sheer Berry, but Sheer Coral is also perfect for Spring.

Loreal Curve It Curl Taming Cream review

Loreal Curve It Curl Taming Cream

Step 2 is to apply L’Oreal Curve It Curl Taming Cream to damp hair after you shower. One pump is all that is necessary. Start application at roots and work upward. I have naturally curly hair that I usually wear straight, and this product is amazing for taming frizz and leaving hair smooth and shiny.

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blue Eye Treatment

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blue Eye Treatment

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye Treatment

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye Treatment

Step 3 is to apply L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream under the eyes on clean, dry skin. This oil-free under-eye moisturizer can be worn both under makeup or applied at night.  It’s not only an anti-aging treatment, Miracle Blur Eye Cream provides some instant camouflage for aging skin using light-diffusing technology.

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L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara

Loreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Loreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, review, photos, opinion

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Step 4, I applied my usual foundation, concealer, powder, eye shadow and eye pencil.  Then I got to play with the new L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. This mascara is crazy efficient at delivering extra length to those outer lashes thanks to the shape of the applicator.  The longer bristles of the mascara wand should always be at the outer corner of the eye, making those lashes so long and luxe!  The underside of the brush has short bristles, perfect for a quick swipe along the lower lashes.

Loreal Lip Stain in Coral Tattoo

L’Oreal Lip Stain in Coral Tattoo

Loreal Coral Tattoo Swatch

L’Oreal Coral Tattoo Swatch

Step 5 I applied a cream cheek color, and then finished off the look with L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain in Coral Tattoo. This orange hue leans red, and is a great choice to usher in the Spring season.  Coral Tattoo instantly brightens any look! Another perk? It wears like a gloss, but delivers the long-lasting color of a stain. I’m crazy about this product, as I don’t have frequent opportunities to reapply my lip color throughout the day.

The Reveal!

Walgreens Spring Beauty Look

Walgreens Spring Beauty Look

I paired my new makeup look with a blue knit top and a tangle of my favorite necklaces.

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My Walgreens Spring Makeover!

If you’re ready to create your own new look for spring, then Click HERE to check out Walgreens Beauty Deals!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.  Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

SOL Republic Tracks Headphones

Sol Republic Tracks Headset

Sol Republic Tracks Headset

Press SampleIt was on Christmas Day that I received my first Walkman, and I remember marveling over the sound! “It sounds like the band is in the room!” I remember exclaiming. Today’s headsets are so vastly superior, I had a similar amazed reaction when I donned the SOL Republic Tracks On-Ear Headphones, in a dashing race-car red.  The sound delivered was crystal clear, and immersive! [Read more…]