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How I Keep My Hair Healthy and Platinum!

I have had Blonde hair my entire life.  I grew up a “tow-head” with the whitest naturally blonde hair and it stayed pretty light through my early teens.
Then it started to darken to a yellow shade of dark blonde.  I love the platinum so I had to do something and that meant bleach.  I have had my hair highlighted or bleached platinum ever few months for the last couple decades.  This takes a toll on my hair, bleach can be very damaging and dry out my hair if I don’t take care of it.  The platinum color can also easily become brassy if I use the wrong products on it.
The perfect combination for me to keep my platinum hair shiny, non brassy, and healthy is rotation washes between purple shampoo and conditioner, and a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.  Along with a weekly high quality deep conditioning treatment.


Get a Whiter Smile in One Hour! #HolidaySmile

Having a pearly white smile boosts confidence and makes us smile more.  So what better time to get those teeth looking great than before all the holiday pictures are taken!
I know what your thinking, with everything else you need to do for the holidays where is the time to focus on your smile?  Crest 3D White Whitestrips is the answer!  I have been a huge fan of Crest White strips for over a decade.  I love how easy, affordable, and quick they are.  Sense I have been using Crest Whitestrips for so long, I have watched their technology get better and better.  What used to take weeks to obtain, now only takes an hour!  An hour at home where you can continue doing all your normal errands while whitening.
Why I Love Crest 3D White Whitestrips:

1.  Convenience,  I don’t have time to stop what needs to be done to make whitening appointments and whitening trays make me feel like I’m suffocating.  With Crest Whitestrips I whiten my teeth from the comfort of my own home without the hassle of trays.  Plus with the Advanced Seal Technology no-slip grip the strips stay put so that I can get even more done while whitening, like talking and even drinking water.  
2.  Results,  My teeth always look awesome after using Crest Whitestrips and now they look great quickly!  3D White Whitestrips remove years of teeth stains in just one hour.  This means I get noticeably whiter teeth in an hour, in my own home, doing whatever errands I have for the day, What is better than that!
3.  Safe,  Crest uses the same enamel-safe teeth whitening ingredients that dentist use.
Each Crest 3D White Whitestrips kit has 8 treatments per box, each treatment includes an upper and lower strip.
For a limited time at Walmart, when you buy a kit you get one free!  This is perfect timing, you get a fresh white smile through the holidays and then you get a free kit that you can use to keep your smile looking fabulous in the new year.
Ready to look fabulous in photos this season with a bright white smile?  Visit and purchase this awesome BOGO promotion.

Holiday Gift Buying Made Easy with COTY Fragrance Gift Sets #GiftingAMemory

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Christmas is next week and if you haven’t crossed everyone off  your shopping list by now your probably stressing.  I know I am.  Seriously, this year seems to be going by a lot faster than past years.  I haven’t even gotten the kids to the mall to see Santa yet, never mind finished my shopping.

Luckily COTY Fragrance Gift Sets are an easy option that I can grab while doing my everyday shopping at Walmart.  
Unlike other quick gifting options, fragrance gift sets are not only convenient but also a thoughtful gift.  Do you have someone on your list that is particularly hard to shop for?  I do, this year it seems to be Anthony.
Anthony has been doing great with his transition into middle school.  He has signed up and participated in countless activities and sport, and is really coming out of his shell.  However he has become one of the most difficult kids to buy gifts for.
He says he is to old for most toys and that they are boring.  Plus he already has way to much of the things he is interested in such as building kits and sports equipment.  
His wish list this year only included a few electronics.  However because the little ones still believe in Santa I want to fill in under the tree a bit more with gifts for Anthony so that Santa does an even delivery.
I picked up the Nautica Voyage Fragrance Gift Set for Anthony and I can’t wait to gift it to him.  He is at the stage where he makes sure his outfits are cool, his sneakers are nice, and he has been asking about cologne.
He’s also reached the age that he is coming home with quite the stench from all the sports he loves.  So this is really a family gift!  In all seriousness though, I think a fragrance set is a perfect gift for anyone, but especially a tween/teen.
When you smell a certain fragrance it automatically conjures up memories.  I want to create as many great memories as I can before he is grown, and he is growing up fast.  What better memory to have attached to a scent than of Christmas morning.
  If I smell the perfume I was wearing on my wedding day, I suddenly remember that day down to the tiniest detail.  When I smell the cologne my husband was wearing when we met it brings a smile to my face, and if I smell the fragrance my grandmother used to wear it brings tears to my eyes. 
Our sense of smell has remarkable effects when creating memories and we usually don’t realize it until we smell the same scent again. Unlike other meaningless gift options, a gift of fragrance leaves a lasting impression.  I hope when Anthony smells the Nautica Voyage scent in the future that it always brings back memories of his family around the Christmas tree and how loved he is.
Ready to feel the satisfaction of finishing your holiday shopping?  Let COTY fragrance sets bring ease to your gift buying this year.  COTY offers a number of scents including gift sets from Stetson, Vera Wang, Katy Perry, Beyonce, and more.  With the vast selection you’re sure to find a scent to match all your loved ones.  Plus check out all these great ways to gift a memory this holiday season.

6 Tips and Tricks for Rebooting Your Beauty Routine as a Busy Mommy in the Midst of the Holiday Season!

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The holiday season is upon us once again, and I must say there is no better way to spend the holiday than to spend them as a mom.  However when you’re a mom, the holidays are usually a thousand times more hectic.  There have been several years that I had gotten so engrossed in the holiday running around, Santa, shopping, portraits, exc. that I forgot to take a minute for myself. 

The result was me running out the door late to every festivity because I knew I looked like a mess but had no time to fix it. I stayed out of every camera’s view those years, and I knew I was that mom who “let her self go” to take care of everyone else. The kids were wearing new coordinating festive outfits, all the gifts were wrapped just right with over the top bows to match.  Yet I was in pants that I found in the back of my closet from a decade ago, my face was breaking out from not being taken care of, and lets just say there was no way I could show off my legs in a dress.
 Luckily, I had an aha moment when I happened to see myself in the corner of a photo one year and times have changed.  My kids still have coordinating outfits, and I still try to get to all the fun holiday festivities, however I don’t do it while sacrificing myself.  I know now that pampering and maintaining myself is important to my happiness too, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot or take a ton of time, but it needs to happen.
During the holiday season we may not have time or the extra funds for massages or extra long pedicure appointments,  but we can  easily reboot our beauty routine in our own bathrooms each night after the kids have been tucked into dreamland. 
I make sure to spend at least 10 minutes on myself before bed, locked in the bathroom taking care of me.  
I’m a Costco member, I have 3 kids and I love being able to pick up everything I need in one place and having larger sizes of products saves me so much time.  Big families go through things so quickly, I love knowing that when I check-out we are set for a good period of time.  This includes my beauty products!  I can grab a favorite facial cream, razor set, lip balms, shampoos and conditioners, while I’m already out shopping for everyone else on my holiday list.  Plus best of all these products then last me for such a long period of time, that I don’t have to stress about running out of something or getting back to the store constantly.  Every time I can save time and room in my mind, it’s a plus as a busy mommy!

Tips for Creating the Perfect Nighttime Mommy Beauty Boost:

1.  Do it, I know when the kids are finally quiet and the floor full of toys are in one room and your bed is in another, sometimes choosing to lock yourself in the bathroom doesn’t sound like the best use of time.  Believe me it is, you will feel so much better after!
2. Create a basket filled with your favorite quick beauty products.  This way everything is one spot, easy to grab, and quick treatments.  You will likely make a hundred excuses to why you can’t put on that hour long hair mask, however a 3 minute one doesn’t sound like such a hassle.
3. Create a calming atmosphere in your bathroom.  Light a candle, spray your favorite bath spray, pull out your fluffiest towel, or turn on some music.  Just realize that after taking care of everyone all day, this is your time.  Make the most of it.
4.  Take a shower and wash away your day, including washing off any makeup that is on.  After a particularly busy day, all I wanted was my pillow, biggest mistake.  When I would go to bed with a dirty face, I would wake up with a dull complexion or even worse a huge breakout.  While you’re in the shower get as much done as possible,  wear Crest 3D White-strips to whiten your teeth, put on a quick hair mask while shaving your legs.
5.  Use products that do multiple things or make your routine quicker.  I have a three minute hair treatment instead of my hour long one that I save for less hectic times of the year.  I put it on while shaving my legs with the Gillette Venus Swirl.  This razor releases water activated MoistureGlide surem which has me shaving quicker because it glides so easily and gets every hair.  My absolute favorite multitasker is Olay Total Effects 7 In One anti-aging facial moisturizer.  This helps everything I’m worried about when it comes to my skin in one step. 
6. Beyond your bathroom routine, keep products that you can use through out the day readily available.  I have lip balms everywhere so that my lips don’t get try and flaky.  I know I wont go look for them if they aren’t an arms distance away, so I get a 5 pack from Costco and put them in every room and in the car.  I also throw a set of Crest 3D White-strips in my pocketbook for long car rides, along with pocket size lotions.
My main goal during the holidays is always to keep things quick, simple, and convenient.
We are busy moms and the holiday season is hectic and busy but that doesn’t mean we have to run around looking like hot messes.  How are you taking care of you during the holidays?

Victoria Jackson Cosmetics ~ A New Makeup Obsession!

These product were submitted for review, all opinions and stories are my own.
I recently received a box of Victoria Jackson Cosmetics to try.  I had never heard of the brand before, and was thrilled to play with some new makeup.
I received 5 products, the Foundation Duo compact, a Pressed Powder compact, a Eyebrow Design pen, The Perfect Brush, and the Survival Kit.
The first product I opened up was the make up brush called The Perfect Brush, it’s a dual sided brush with a face brush on one end and an eye brush on the other.  I have an obsession with makeup brushes, I could spend an hour at the makeup store running my hands over the brushes.  So I knew my first impression of the makeup line would depend on this brush, and I must say I am impressed!  I have been using it everyday.  It feels full and incredibly soft on both ends and there has been no shedding at all!
Next I opened the Foundation Duo and the Pressed Powder.  The Foundation Duo is a pressed oil free foundation compact that comes with two compatible shades side by side.  This helps with contouring and camouflaging, and blending to create a perfect match.  I am very picky when it comes to foundation, I hate feeling like I am walking around with a mask on.  Plus with my oily skin if I wear a heavy foundation my face feels like a greasy mess by the end of the day.  I like feeling like my skin can breath.  The foundation in this compact is perfect for me, I honestly feel like I am not wearing makeup at all.  It goes on light and smooth, covers imperfections and adds a radiance to my skin.  However it doesn’t hide my skin, I love that!
The Pressed Powder is also light and airy.  It sets the foundation and adds a bit of extra coverage, but its not thick or powdery.
After I finished with the face compacts I opened the Eyebrow Design Pencil in Universal Taupe.  I am new to eyebrow pencils, I have bought a few but they intimidate me.  I am always a little nervous that I am going to look like my eyebrows are painted on.  However what I liked about this pencil is that it is double ended, one end is a great angles pencil and on the other is a brush.  This gave me a little bit more confidence with my eyebrows, I was able to apply a little and blend it till it looked exactly how I wanted. 
Lastly I opened the Survival Kit,  As I took the cover off, I had no idea what I was going to find inside this kit.  I was shocked!  This is now my travel makeup kit, simple, easy, and everything I could need in a tiny case.  This survival kit truly is a busy mommy’s makeup survival kit.  With this, there is no excuse for me to look like a hot mess when travelling.
So whats inside? 
Eye pencil
Lip pencil
3 mini double ended brushes
10 eye shadows
5 lip sticks
2 blushes
Plus 2 little mirrors for application.
This kit is awesome, and the pigments on all the powders and lip sticks are very colorful.
I am definitely excited to have Victoria Jackson added to my makeup collection and I will absolutely be exploring more of their products in the future!
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