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Chris Harrison Twitter Book Club

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The time has finally come! After much discussion on Twitter, we finally have the Chris Harrison Twitter book club scheduled! Join us on July 2 at 8pm EST for an hour-long online book club discussion of Harrison’s debut novel, The Perfect Letter.

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting from the book, but I have to tell you, I really loved it! It has absolutely everything that you want from a romance novel: Love, drama, action, twists and turns, a few surprises, sex, a little bit of cheese, and a satisfying ending. And, it’s a super fast read–It only took me one travel day to completely devour the thing.

And, I’ve read my far share of fiction in my day! For years, I was a fiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly, so while my current opinion may not be a professional opinion, if I’d given it to you a few years back, it would have been!

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There’s no official RSVP for the group, but I do want you to help out by submitting the book club questions you’d like to discuss during our hour together! I’ll vet all the questions (plus a few of my own), and we’ll likely get through about 10 (depending on how long it takes us to talk about each) before our time together will sadly have to end.

 

 

And, exciting news: Mr. Harrison himself plans to join us to answer at least a question or two:

So leave me your book club questions in the comments below and mark your calendar!

Thursday, July 2, 8-9pm EST on Twitter! And we’ll use the hashtag #HarrisonBookClub that night, too.

 
So if you haven’t gotten your copy of The Perfect Letter yet, you still have time to get it, read it, and join in on our fun!

 


Peace, Love and Online Book Clubs,

As Seen On TV: Summer Vacation Beauty Must-Haves

I had a blast talking about summer vacation beauty must-haves with Christine Pullara on Atlanta & Company this morning!

We’re headed to the beach soon, so this was a super timely segment for me personally–you better believe I’ll have these products in tow with me when we head to the sand and surf!

So watch it all go down below, and click through to find out all the details on what I wore and the products we discussed.

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Hey, Daddy

e86538a04e3d7079f9004a061201e93c For some reason, dads are just hard to buy for. I mean, not if you want to get him a golf tee tie or a joke of the day desk calendar, but to get something really cool can be hard. My dad has an amazing shop and always wants tools, but those run, oh, $450 each, so it’s not always plausible to get him things off his wish list!

Which is why I was super excited when I was introduced to Tessel Supply, a line of modern, uber functional bags with a cool aesthetic and really smart design. Every type of dad has somewhere to go. Whether he’s on the road all the time like my husband, or an office guy like so many dads out there–a man bag is something pretty much every dad can use!

 

 

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Tessel’s Anti-Gravity Modular System includes four separate magnetic bags that you can piece together according to your needs for that day. So no more having different bags for every activity–this one bag can have your favorite dad covered regardless of what his day has for him. So smart!

And, to sweeten the deal of this totally cool brand, between now and June 21, if you enter the promo code ‘dadjokes’ at checkout on the Tessel Supply site, you get 20% off your purchase!

Also, in just a few months, the team at Tessel will be introducing their new Special Ops line and a second version of the Jet Pack line. And, if you join the Tessel mailing list, you could have chance to win one of those three amazing Tessel bag systems!

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway:

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This post was sponsored by Tessel Supply, but all the thoughts and opinions are my own.

 


Peace, Love and Cool Man Gifts,

I Love My Hair, and So I Must Declare…

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Growing up, I somehow missed my family’s curly hair gene. My mom, dad and sister all have naturally curly hair, but mine was straight (save for a random summer working in Colorado when for some reason the lack of humidity made my hair curl).

But then after my smurf pregnancy, my hair got curly. Well, not all of it. Part of it. The entire middle section is SUPER curly, and the middle and bottom layers are moderately curly. The top sides, still pretty straight.

So between the random pattern of my new natural curl, and the fact that I’ve never had curls before, I have spent the last four years simply fighting them. Which, if you spend any time on my blog at all, you know means HOURS of my time blow-drying.

So a couple of months ago, when I simply did not have the time to blow out my hair, and I could not go another day without washing it (Even I can’t go much past eight days), I washed my hair and went to bed with it wet. And lo-and-behold, when I woke up the next time–my hair wasn’t hideous! In fact, it was actually kind of fun and pretty. And when I Instagrammed the below photo, I got tons of positive feedback about it, too.

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So after that, I’ve been on a mission to not only embrace my own random curls (at least some of the time!), but also make sure that I’m not teaching my smurf–who has beautiful, perfect curls–to hate her hair by always trying to pretend I don’t have curls myself.

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Which is why I was super excited when I received a lovely package from Dove Hair in the mail with their Dove Quench Absolute collection.

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Comprised of a shampoo, conditioner, restoration mask and serum, the collection contains protein, nutrients and Buriti Oil and increases the manageability of curly hair (huge!) and leaves your curls looking more defined and natural (defined curls=not frizzy!). I have used the products on both mine and my smurf’s hair, and it really lives up to its promises. Mine has a much more consistent curl pattern, and hers is much easier to comb through (fewer evening screams is always a good thing).

Dove has also released a fun book of poetry called Love Your Curls, all about celebrating curly hair. And, since my smurf is in a MAJOR poem phase right now, we’ve had a blast reading the book and talking about the pictures and all the beautiful curly hair in them.

I also love that you can download the book online, and personalize it–how cute is this? I added the smurf’s name, a photo, and some adjectives about her!

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Click here to create your own (free!) customized copy of Love Your Curls and then you can download it and enjoy it with your own tribe. And of course, be sure to share on social media, so others can be inspired, too!

So tell me: Why do you #LoveYourCurls?

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 


Peace, Love and Lovely Curls,

Get the Look: The Easiest Knotted Updo Tutorial You’ll Ever Try

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This is my first ever non-celeb makeup or hair tutorial, but when I saw this look, I just couldn’t resist. I mean how fab is this updo? And when you combine fab with easy–I mean, I just had to share!

Created by and modeled on Latest-Hairstyles.com’s Melissa Cook, she shares: “The back portion can be changed up to accommodate any type of knot or wrapped bun. Just play around a little bit and see how it works out for you.”

Now don’t get bogged down because there are so many steps–it really is quite simple, it’s just very detailed, which makes it easy to follow along!

Step 1

Begin with a part on the right side, then separate off a square section of hair from the part down to eye level.

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Pick up a small section of hair next to the part and divide it into two halves.

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Cross the back half over the front so it creates a small space between the two strands.

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Wrap the tail through the hole created so the hair forms half a knot.

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Pull it tight so it lays against the head and pick up small sections of hair, adding them into each strand. [Ed’s note: like a French braid]

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Create a second knot by crossing the back strand over the front, then looping the end through the hole before pulling it tight again.

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Repeat step 6, bringing in hair and tying it into knots

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Continue tying knots until it reaches the end of the strands, then tie it off with a clear elastic band and pin it against the back of the head.

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Pick up a two-inch section of hair at the center of the back of the head and wrap the strand around your fingers. Twist the fingers counter-clockwise so the hair forms a little knot.

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Secure the knot in place with hair pins.

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Next, pick up another two-inch section of hair to the right of the first knot in step 9.

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Wrap this hair into another knot and pin it in place.

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Next, pick up a section of hair below the second knot and create a third knot, securing it against the head with hair pins.

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Then take a section of hair to the left of the first knot and wrap it into another knot, securing it with hair pins.

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Finally, pick up the last section of hair and create one last knot, securing it with pins.

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DONE!

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Totally fun, right? If you’re in a bigger hurry, you could even just do the top/side knots and just throw the bulk of your hair into a low bun to finish. There really are tons of variations, like Melissa said!

Be sure to let you know if you try it in the comments below.

 


Peace, Love and Cool Hairstyles,

Nobody Ever Loved Me Like She Does

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. However, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own. #L2LMom #CollectiveBias

Make Mother's Day Every Day

For most of us, our mothers are our first loves. As a mother of a young child, this fierce and all-encompassing love is a silver lining to the long nights and various tortures that our babies/children put us through. At least, at the end of the day, they adore us!

And even though Mother’s Day is over, I know personally, I find it extremely important to celebrate my mom and show her how much I appreciate her regularly. Between my normal work demands, plus my and my husband’s crazy travel schedules, and the fact that the smurf isn’t in preschool yet, I rely on my mom (otherwise known as Gram) a lot for smurf-care.

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A day without Gram=no pants and decorating the guest bed with every Post-It in the house. A day with Gram=fully clothed and constructive crafts.

And the thing about regularly showing my mom how much I love and appreciate her is, I don’t have to spend a ton of money to do so. I went to Walmart the other day and in the beauty section (where else would I be), Coty’s gorgeous new Love2Love Fragrances caught my eye. Not only are the fragrance bottles colorful and fun, they are super affordable (only $10 for a high quality, Coty fragrance!) and the promotional display also features a $0.50 Love2Love giftbag, which means you don’t have to wrap (Thanks Walmart for making life easy for those of us who always.forget.a.giftbag.).

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The new Bluebell + White Tea scent sounded really yum, but apparently everyone else thought so too, as it was totally sold out. But, since my mom’s favorite color is green, and the green fragrance was Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa (you can’t go wrong with a mimosa!), I was quickly sold. The scent is invigorating and fruity, and the petal-shaped cap makes the bottle a perfect addition to any vanity (my mom is all about the presentation). The other super fun-sounding scent options were Fresh Rose + Peach and Freesia + Violet Petals.

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So what are you waiting for? Surprise the heck out of your mom by celebrating her the week after Mother’s Day! And the week after, and after…..And check out tons of fun DIY inspiration for making mom feel special from Love2Love here.

 


Peace, Love and Telling Mom You Love Her,

You’re a Soft Touch, Baby

Lancome Miracle Cushion

 

I get to try a lot of new products with my job, and a lot of them, I really like. But it’s not so often that one blows me away so much that I A) start using it exclusively (I am always hopping around from product to product) and B) immediately write a blog post about it.

But, both of those things have happened with Lancome’s new Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Foundation. This stuff is as amazing as all the hype that has been surrounding it!

So first up, what is it? Miracle Cushion Foundation is a liquid foundation that is dispensed via a cushiony sponge in a compact. The first perk here is you have a liquid foundation that is easily portable. Great for traveling!

But the application is what’s really amazing. It is super lightweight and feels like you are applying moisturizer. Trust me on this! I hate heavy makeup, and this feels like a dream on my skin. It feels more lightweight than BB Cream! It’s got a little bit of a cooling sensation to it, so it literally feels better on your skin than nothing at all.

It also does an amazing job of evening out imperfections, despite how lightweight it is, and it’s buildable, so if you need a bit more coverage in certain places, that’s easy to do.

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The other thing that really surprised me is how well the applicator works. The pad is made especially for applying this makeup, but I was completely skeptical, because I always use brushes, never the sponges that come with makeup. But, the applicator pad really does work perfectly, and I didn’t feel like I needed any other tools to get the look I desired.

The finish of the makeup is luminous/dewy, which left my skin looking gorgeous, but, since I’m pretty oily, I did set it with a finishing powder, to make sure I didn’t get super greasy by the end of the day.

Beyond how great it felt on my skin, the other thing that has really impressed me is the makeup’s staying power! I have several different makeup combos that I use depending on the day/where I’m going (BB Cream and finishing powder, bronzing cream and powder foundation, etc.) and after a number of hours, they all start looking blotchy, because of my oiliness. But this didn’t settle or build up in my forehead creases or start getting blotchy around my breakouts. A miracle, for sure!

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Have you tried the new Miracle Cushion Foundation yet? Let me know what you think of it in the comments!

 


Peace, Love and Awesome Foundation,

Giveaway: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

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In honor of my birthday this week, I have a most epic giveaway for you, my dear readers!

This giveaway is my personal dream come true, because it’s full of some of my favorite beauty products and brands.

The giveaway features:

Top Row:
1) Blowpro The Perfect Shower Cap
2) Benefit Bathina Take a Picture It Last Longer
3) The Drybar coaster/giftcard for one free blowout

Middle Row
4) The Original Beautyblender (giftset of two blenders and liquid blendercleanser)
5) Beautyblender micro-mini (set of two)
6) It Cosmetics Brow Powder Universal Eyebrow Pencil
7) Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Mask
8) Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
9) Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

Bottom Row
10) Deborah Lippmann’s Spring Whisper Collection (including the shades Chantilly Lace, A Fine Romance, Like Dreamers Do and Misty Morning)
11) Mario Badescu Drying Cream
12) Clarisonic Mia in blue (plus charger)

I’m not even going to do a ‘this giveaway has a retail value of…’ because while it’s a lot, this isn’t about money, it’s about completely amazing products that are going to change your life! A free blowout? The best shower cap in the world (especially for big hair girls like me)? The best nail polishes, masks and face washing device on the market? Check, check, check and check!

So what are you waiting for? Here’s what you need to do:

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below, and for additional entries, follow me on my social channels (Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram). You get one entry for each follow, so that’s a possibility of four entries per person.

And then leave a comment below sharing your handle, so I can find your follows (and have your email to notify you if you win).

Winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, May 13 at 10pm EST, and the winner will be notified via email.

*Please note: Only U.S. residents are eligible to win.*

Thank you to everyone who entered! The contest is now over, and the winner has been notified via email.

 


Peace, Love and Birthday Funsies,

Get the Look: Keri Russell’s Met Gala Makeup

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals There was a whole lot of gorgeous going on at last night’s Met Gala, and I’m not just talking about the fashion. The beauty looks were phenom! And Keri Russell’s was by far one of my favorites of the night (a pretty huge statement considering how many amazing looks there were!).

Makeup artist Tina Turnbow was the genius behind the look, and here’s how she created it, using Pacifica products:

“The feathers of Keri’s Joseph Altuzarra dress were reminiscent of a peacock, and I wanted to portray that in the beauty look.” –Tina Turnbow

 

 

 

 

First, Tina prepped Keri’s skin by massaging Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil into the skin to achieve a smooth, moisturized complexion. Then she applied Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream to the orbital bone to build subtle luminosity along the cheekbone, and Colbert MD Illumino Body Oil on her arms, throat and décolletage to create a silky sheen.

Then she began to perfect Keri’s complexion with Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation, followed by a dusting of Pacifica Perfect Lotus Universal Powder to set the look.

Next she mixed the Bronze and Island Rose shades from the Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples palette and blended that onto the apples of the cheeks for a radiant glow.

Then, to create the eyes (yay!), Tina used the Pacifica Mystical Supernatural Eye Shadow Palette. First she applied the Celestial color (a beige) to the inner corners, followed by Moonbeam (a gray/violet) in the center of the lids, and then worked Stargazer (a navy blue) into the outer corners, blending it all well.

Then she mixed Starbazer with a touch of water to create a bold liner and smoked out the upper and lower lash lines.

She finished it off with two coats of Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara.

Finally, she completed the look with Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness on the lips and polished her brows with Pacifica Stunning Brows Eye Brow Gel.

I think the biggest shock for me here is that no green eyeshadow was used, but she just blended blues, beiges and purples to get such a perfect emeraldy shade. The magic of makeup, people!

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

 


Peace, Love and Met Gala How-Tos,

Since I Met You Baby, My Whole Life Has Changed…Pt. 3

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I try a lot (a LOT) of products from a lot of different brands, and while there are plenty that I like, and end up including in various articles and television segments, this blog series is reserved for the products that are the most personally life-changing for me. The ones that really knock my socks off.

And I’m super excited about the ones I’m sharing today!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aubrey Organics Clarifying Therapy Clay Mask

I have, and always have had, very oily skin, so I’m a big fan of clay masks to keep all that excess sebum under control. The problem is that most clay masks are so very drying–they often border on over-drying. Not so with this mask! It’s actually very creamy and doesn’t even harden on your face (none of that tight/cracking feeling most clay masks have) as you use it. But, it still does a great job of clarifying and mattifying your skin. It’s also great if you have combination skin, because it’s so balancing. So it will help control the oil, but also hydrate dry patches. I’ve never met a clay mask quite like this one before, and if you have ever thought clay masks were too drying for you skin, this is the one you should be using!

 

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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

There are so many things to love about this brand new product that I seriously don’t even know where to start. It is a silky gel-like formula, so it is an amazing primer underneath makeup that really helps foundation stay in place and keeps my oil-induced shine down. But, perhaps even more amazing is the fact that it is SPF 30 in it, and it’s completely non-greasy/sticky. You know how SPF is–the higher the protection, the worse it feels on your skin–but this is completely undetectable on your skin! I literally have not left my house without this on my face since I’ve gotten it. Even on no makeup days, I wear it just for the SPF protection. Plus, it has blurring and anti-aging factors to it. I’m beyond obsessed, and I can tell you right now that I’m officially a lifer with this stuff.

 

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Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash

Just because I don’t ever want the sun to touch my skin doesn’t mean I want to look like The Vampire Lestat’s twin! But, since I don’t have any resemblance of a tan, and never plan to again, I need a bit of fake color and glow. So enter Charlotte Tilbury’s amazing Wonderglow. I use this stuff all over my face before I put on powder or BB Cream, and it makes me look so much more alive! It wakes up the skin and actually reflects the light around you, so it gives you a natural-looking glow (but not shine–I’m not a fan of shiny skin, just healthy, radiant skin!). This is also a part of my daily makeup routine now.

 

So there you have it. The products that are changing my life right now! Let me know if you try one and if you love it as much as I do!

 


Peace, Love and Fabulous Products,