• RoC #ForYourAge
    Beauty,  Life

    RoC Skincare #ForYourAge

    How many times have you received a compliment that had a qualifier or was essentially a backhanded compliment? Like, “You look so beautiful…for your age.” RoC Skincare has launched a campaign, #ForYourAge, to empower women to think twice before using the phrase “for your age”. You look great or beautiful or whatever – period. I’ve always been told I look really young and people who don’t know my age are always shocked to learn my real age. I can only hope my youthful looks will last me for a long time! As a teacher I have done a surprisingly amazing job of never revealing my age. At first I never…

  • HASK Sea Salt Beach Texture
    Hair,  Life

    HASK Hawaiian Sea Salt Beach Texture Collection

    I’m so happy it’s the weekend! It’s been a non-stop busy week so I’m thrilled to be able to sleep past 5:30 today! Today I’m talking about HASK’s new collection – their Hawaiian Sea Salt Beach Texture Collection. This collection is supposed to make your hair look like you’ve just hit the beach – in the best way possible of course. The collection consists of the: Hawaiian Sea Salt Texture Shampoo, Hawaiian Sea Salt Texture Conditioner, and Hawaiian Sea Salt Texture Salt Spray. The products are formulated with “Hawaiian sea salt for beachy texture, lustrous pearl extract for nourishment, coconut oil for moisture and blue seakale to help protect hair.”…

  • Hair

    Finesse Restore + Strengthen Shampoo & Conditioner

    My hair has been a bit unruly lately. Easily knotted, frizzy, and the list goes on. I’ve got a hair appointment next week, but in the mean time I was happy to try out Finesse’s Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner to see if it would do anything for my hair. Finesse describes this shampoo and conditioner duo as a moisturizing system for dry, damaged, frizzy, or stubborn hair. “Get hair that’s healthier, stronger, and more alive with Finesse®. Infused with active proteins that penetrate deep into the hair shaft, Finesse® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo leaves hair more moisturized and manageable. It helps restore and strengthen hair that is dry,…

  • madonna-co-

    Madonna & Co. Concept Store

    Madonna & Co.  is a fashion boutique and beauty bar based in New York City. I’ve actually written about them before and shared a holiday gift guide with picks from their store, but that was two years ago so you may not have been following me then. Click here if you want to check that old post out. So the purpose of today’s post is Madonna & Co. have opened a new concept store located on the Upper East Side. (All photos c/o Madonna & Co.) Who better to talk about this new concept store than Madonna & Co. themselves! Keep reading for their article. Boutique & Beauty Bar: Recipe for…

  • Luv Michael Originola Granola

    Luv Michael Originola Granola

    Today’s post is about Luv Michael‘s Originola Granola. The story behind Luv Michael  is really cool. Michael is an 18 year old New York native with autism. He wanted to enroll in culinary school and when he was unable to, his parents helped create Luv Michael, a food based business so that their son and others with autism could be “active participants in society and lead happy, productive lives.” The goal of the business is to make healthy, quality product that “could provide income and a career for both Michael and other individuals with autism. Education is critical to Luv Michael’s mission and a custom curriculum is being created to foster learning and…

  • #Noticethelotus
    Skin Care


    For my long-time readers, you’ll know that one thing I have talked about multiple times when it comes to skincare and beauty is eye creams. So when I got the opportunity to work with derma e® and try their Firming DMAE Eye Lift Crème I jumped at the chance. First, let’s talk about how this whole opportunity came about. To me, the start of a new year means new beginnings and trying out new things. The people at derma e® think so too, which is why now at the start of 2016, the brand can now be found at Target. You might be wondering why the title to this post is “#NoticeTheLotus” –…

  • Food

    Dandelion Root Tea

    Have any of you ever tried Dandelion Root Tea? I’d heard of it before, but just recently tried it for the first time. This particular tea is not just made from dandelion root, but also hibiscus and cinnamon to give it extra flavor as well as providing some added health benefits. Here are a few of the things the tea claims to do for you: Supports healthy digestion, kidney health & liver function Raw & organic dandelion root is extremely nutrient rich and provides vital minerals and vitamins to your body Vitamin rich in Vitamin A,C, D and B-complex plus Iron, Potassium, and Zinc Hibiscus helps regulate blood pressure Cinnamon…

  • Beauty,  Skin Care,  Sponsored

    Evian Facial Spray Giveaway

    I love facial sprays, whether they are toners to bring added moisture to my skin prior to moisturizer or makeup setting sprays to lock in my makeup. That being said, I’m really excited to share with you all that the Wilkes Group is offering me the chance to share a giveaway with you all for Evian’s Facial Spray. Evian Natural Mineral Water comes from the French Alps and filters for over 15 years through glacial rock and sand to a deep underground catchment. And guess what? The mineral water that makes up this facial spray is no different. Talk about luxury! The Wilkes Group is giving away (at random) 20 two…

  • Skin Care

    Skin Clearing Serum

    Another day off from work today due to a snow day. I’m not going to complain about having a 5 day weekend (4 day weekend due to President’s Day and now this snow day), but I’m starting to get really bored! Since I had some a lot of extra time on my hands today I thought I would give the Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum a proper review on here! This serum by InstaNatural claims to be the “perfect solution to address a wide array of skin issues: – Wrinkles & fine lines – Blemishes & irritated skin – Dry, dehydrated skin – Uneven skin tone – Hyperpigmentation – Rough texture –…

  • Skin Care

    Dead Sea Mud Mask & Night Cream

    I’m back with another skincare review! This time I’m happy to share with you my thoughts on InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask and the InstaNatural Night Cream Moisturizer. First up, the Dead Sea Mud Mask. It claims to, “captures the minerals of the Dead Sea waters, along with other nourishing organic ingredients, to provide the ultimate detoxifier & purifier that delivers exceptional results: – Removes excess dirt, oil, grime and dead skin – Improves acne and blemishes – Reduces appearance of wrinkles and fine lines”. I’m a little wary of masks I’ve never tried before since my skin is sensitive, but since I’ve had good experiences with InstaNatural products so…