Feb 26, 2016


As a red head, I have notoriously fair skin. I also have freckles from the sun, and a few dark patches from previous damage.

So, when BeautyStat asked me to try out a new skincare routine that would lighten ,refresh and energize my skin, of course I said yes!

This 90 Day Rapid Lightening Regimen from Murad made a huge difference in what I see in the mirror each day. These products were made to treat discoloration and damage caused by the sun, genetics ,hormones ,and skin sensitivity.

The three key products are #1-Essential -C Cleanser (I like to call this "Energizing" cleanser) This smells so fresh, very much like oranges ,and leaves skin squeaky clean.
Next comes step #2 -Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. This serum contains 2% hydroquinone (a super charged age fighter! Just a tiny bit goes a long way ,and lastly, Step #3-Essential-C Day Moisture (Broad Spectrum SPF 30) PA+++, This was my favorite product as it was non greasy, and left my skin feeling soft and pampered all day.
There were also two sample sizes of Advanced Active Radiance Serum, and Intensive-C Radiance Peel for those of us who are more focused on renewing the glow ,rather than skin lightening ,or to add to the regimen.
It took about three days to see results, but from the very first day of use, my skin felt fresher, and a bit brighter. I am very loyal to my skincare products, and often stick with the same cleansers ,etc. for years, so it takes something pretty special to get me to switch. Bottom line? I would purchase this again, because it lived up to it's promises. While it took a little getting used to (I don't have a lot of time in the morning for a three step routine) it was well worth the effort!

After about a week of use, the dark patches on my cheeks began to fade, and my skin tone was much more even. My skin glowed again, and I felt comfortable not wearing as much makeup as I normally do. Knowing that I am preventing future damage was a big plus for me.
The science behind this skincare really worked. For more information, please visit http://www.murad.com/rapid-lightening-regimen
Until next time~
Hearts and Hugs
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Feb 10, 2016


There's no doubt about it,LUSH is my all time favorite love.

This little set has me crushing on them even more! Perfect for Valentine's Day!!

The Secret Crush Gift Set includes:

Prince Charming Shower Cream, (Creamy pomegranate and vanilla wash)
Gorgeous Facial Moisturizer,The Kiss Lip Scrub,(sweet mandarin flavor) Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub and Tender Is The Night Message Bar. (Sensual vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang ..yum!)

The Kiss Lip Scrub is so cute! It has tiny heart shaped sparkles inside!! ($39.95)

I also purchased a lovely rose shaped soap called Roses All The Way,a delicious rose oil infused bath or shower time treat for $7.95 that goes perfectly with the gift set. 

Add a few scented candles, some chocolate truffles,and maybe a glass of wine for a perfectly pampering experience for your valentine or for yourself! 

Be my valentine??

Until next time~
Hearts and Hugs

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Feb 8, 2016


I'm just a girl who likes to play with makeup,and oh,what a fabulous day it is now that  Urban Decay's Gwen Stefani collection has added more colors for us to love.

I wanted to showcase two of my favorite shades from the lipsticks that have recently launched.
Shown here are 714 (Gwen's signature shade of sizzling red) and Ex-Girlfriend a sweet confection of beige and pink. I wear Ex-Girlfriend almost every day,and have received so many compliments. ($18 each at Ulta)

When I want to wear a power red,I reach for 714. It makes getting through Mondays a breeze.

I also was lucky enough to snag the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani blush palette. These shades are like heaven.

There is every color a girl could ask for! This has to be the best set I have ever purchased. Not only is the packaging cute,but inside you will find hues to match every whim. ($45,also at Ulta)

Shades included:
Cherry (light pink satin)
Easy (deep rose w/gold shimmer)
Angel (champagne-nude shimmer)
Lo-Fi (soft bronze matte)
Hush (medium pink w/gold shimmer)
OC (soft pink w/peach shift)

Bring on the pink and the frills!
I'm happy being a girl!

Until next time~
Hearts and Hugs

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