Product of the Month: Sleep Pillow Mist by Bath&BodyWorks

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Fact: Bath&BodyWorks has an aromatherapy line and it is amazing!

Aromatherapy is one of my favorite ways to usher in a relaxed mood; and this pillow mist is perfect for doing just that.

They actually have two versions of the Sleep line one is lavender vanilla and one is lavender chamomile (which is my favorite). And not only do they have mists but they have lotions, body washes, scrubs, bath salts, and more!

I have also tried the body wash from their Stress Relief line, it has a eucalyptus spearmint scent that is absolutely wonderful!

They have two other lines to explore as well, which are: Energy (orange ginger) and Sensual (jasmine vanilla).

I got my mist for $10.00 but they are always having sales and giving out coupons so keep an eye out and give it a try!

Here’s a tip to boost your relaxation: Before you go to bed rub a bit of their massage oil onto the soles of your feet as well as on your chest. why on the feet you ask? Simply because the larger pores allow for faster absorbance.

 

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Friends Getting Married: Schumacher Wedding

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So this post is way late in coming but here it is!

I’m super excited to say that the makeup I did for my sweet friend’s wedding was credited on Ruffled (super awesome wedding blog)! See post here.

And of course I can’t help but share some more wonderful photos of that special day here on V&B.

Photos by the skilled Daniel Cruz

Florals by the talented Collette Budd of  Brier Rose Design

Hair by the lovely Brocale Griggs

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Jaime I was so blessed to be a part of your big day, it was beautiful. Praying many blessings for you and Mike!

Product of the Month: Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer & Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover

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So the last time I did a ‘product of the month’ was back in OCTOBER; yikes! Well now I’m hoping to make up for it by sharing two products with you this month.

First up: Gel Cuticle Remover by Sally Hansen

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The main ingredient this product boasts is kiwi which will soften and hydrate but it also contains jojoba and glycol as well. The Jojoba will work as a conditioner along with the kiwi while glycol (an acid derived from sugar cane and other natural resources) does the real work of softening up those cuticles.

I had tried other cuticle softeners before with no luck, but this one actually works. It says to leave on for 3-8 min. (no longer than 10) I left mine on for 5 minutes and it worked like a gem! I got mine at Target for $4.99

And now our next product: Crazy Shine Nail Buffer by Revlon

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I was really impressed by this product as well. You use the green side (rougher) to smooth and even out your nail beds; then you use the patterned side (softer) to give your nails that gorgeous, healthy shine. Took only minutes and my nails looked like they were painted afterwards! I got this product at Target as well for around $3.99

Using these products will help to give your hands a fresh manicured look that you can maintain at home; which is great for your schedule and your wallet!

Do you have any manicure products that you are lovin’?

Please share!

Makeup Art: Kaylee Sobrito (Future Mrs. Etter!)

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Kaylee truly captures sweetness; she is so mild and kind and always has that beautiful smile on her face!

I can’t wait for the day she becomes a Mrs! She is going to be a wonderful wife and I’m so blessed to be a part of the day that starts it all!

Thanks Kaylee for choosing me as your MUA I’m so excited for you; can’t wait!

(the photos below were captured by 2nd Story Photography)

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Aren’t  they the cutest?!

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Spiderman’s in the background incase you didn’t notice!

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Love you guys; 5 months and counting!

Product of the Month: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

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As the weather grows colder you may notice your skin growing dryer and duller. One of the ways to combat these unwelcome changes is by using a good exfoliator.

Now you definitely want to be choosey about which one you use. If you can find one that is totally chemical (no scrubbies)  that’s best, but if not search for one that boasts round microbead type scrubbies. If the little granules are rough, it will prove harsh on your skin causing microscopic scratches that lead to irritation and breakouts.

With this product you get the best of both worlds. AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acids) are comprised of organic acids such as Salicylic (willow tree), Glycolic (sugar cane), and Lactic (milk). So don’t let the word ‘chemical’ or ‘acid’ scare you!

For manual exfoliation this product uses nicely rounded Jojoba beads that offer hydration as well.

It doesn’t really have a smell, it bubbles up nicely, and you seriously only need a pea size amount!

You can use it up to three times a week; I would suggest in the evening because you don’t want to expose your nice fresh skin to the sun because it will burn easier. Also, do a little prep wash before you use it for better results!

It contains 6.75 fl. oz. and you can get it at Sephora for $36 or Murad’s website for the same price. I know that is ALOT of money but I’ve had this product for a couple months now and as you can see I hardly put a dent in it. So trust me, it’s worth it!

I hope you found this info helpful! Do you have any scrub favorites? Please share below!

Product of the Month: Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

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I am saying yes to carrots and you should too. If you’re like me and have combo/dry skin or if your face is very dry I strongly suggest picking this gem up ASAP!

This cleanser is just as it describes; nourishing and CREAMY. Now I exaggerated the creamy bit because a cream cleanser means that it most likely WON’T bubble up and you need only use a PEA size amount… whaaaa?! That’s right, so that tube is gonna last you a quite a while.

It smells like baby lotion (and I compared ingredients) and trust me, they are nothing alike. This of course contains carrots (which provides that lovely hydration), as well as soothing aloe, and vitamin E and green tea to provide some much needed antioxidants! But that’s just to name a few of its many beneficial ingredients!

I picked this baby up at Target for $7.99 (before tax) which is the normal price you would pay on an average face wash, but considering the ingredients this is a steal! You can also find this at Wal-Mart as well as some drugstores.

So to all my peeps who need that extra hydration, GO GET THIS NOW, you’re welcome. P.S. Don’t forget to moisturize!

Much Love ❤

Product of the Month: Lavender Luminosity Moisture Plus Lotion

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So this month we’re looking at Lavender Luminosity Moisture Plus Lotion by Avalon Organics!

First of all, if you get this product, shake it up really good before you use it because the time it spends sitting on  store shelves causes slight separation which isn’t uncommon with natural, organic, or waterproof products. I forgot this when I first put it on and it felt thick and chalky!

Now for the application:

You literally need only a dime size amount!

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Next gently rub in hands then spread evenly over face and up the neck. Now due to the SPF (sunscreen) it will look a little bit pasty (which will set those with darker complexions on edge) but trust me it does soak in and disappear! After spreading, pat it in til your skin has completely absorbed it.

This product has that lovely, citrusy, lavender smell and is very light with a watery feel. It also has an SPF of 15  which is always a plus!

Now my skin is combination (oily/dry) that leans more towards dry; so unfortunately this product was just under the right amount of hydration for me. However, those with combination/oily to oily skin this product will be great. And Lavender is a soothing ingredient so it’s great for those who have a little sensitivity as well (this product also boasts that it’s hypoallergenic by the way).

Now I got mine here (yes I love Vitacost) but I’m sure you can find it wherever organic and natural products are sold.

Bare in mind that normally moisturizers come in 1fl. oz.  sizes. Lets say you would normally pay around $7 for a decent moisturizer, with this one I paid about $1.66 an oz. (not including shipping); and since this is for day time moisture only (because of SPF) using the proper amount will make this product last months, possibly a year!

So if your skin is on the oily side I highly suggest giving this a whirl; however, if your skin is on the dry side like mine, hold off for something with a little more hydration.

Do you have a favorite moisturizer you can’t live without? Please share!

Product of the Month: Dr. Wood’s Shea Vision Pure Black Soap

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I know it’s a little late in July to start a product of the month but, who cares right?

Today I’m going to talk about one of Dr. Wood’s Pure Black Soap products. (purchased mine here)

This particular soap is one of those do it all products. Some use it for their hair (which I didn’t care for in that sense), some for face and body wash, bubble bath, or dish, floor, and counter cleaner, whaaa?!

I will say that I am a California licensed Esthetician so as far as skin goes, I know my stuff. As a facial and body wash it’s great. It has a runny gel texture that bubbles up nicely to remove all the excess oils and surface impurities, and because it’s equipped with hydrating Shea Butter it won’t leave your skin feeling too dry. You will still need to moisturize after cleansing as always.

The smell is a bit heavy; if you’re a fan of scents along the lines of Sandalwood you will love this! It’s main ingredient is roasted plantain (type of African banana) peel which aids in gentle exfoliation to help keep your skin fresh and bright.

But the reason I love this product is because it serves as a great…wait for it…SHAVING GEL!!!

Because of its runny texture it gives that perfect slip for a comfortable shave. And thanks to the exfoliation it leaves your skin way smooth!

Do you have a shaving secret weapon?