Monday, August 25, 2014

currently loving: c. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Body Souffle


when it comes to my skin, keeping it nourished and moisturized is important. when a product works well, the next thing that makes or breaks my decision to keep using it is the scent. this c. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Body Souffle not only keeps my skin feeling soft and smooth, but it smells incredible!

i'm all about floral and citrus-infused scents, so this blend of mimosa flower, coconut, grapefruit and orange were happy-making from first smell. with it's tropical, bright and sweet fragrance, this soufflĂ© is fabulous for summer. the rich blend of oils and skin soothers melts beautifully in to my skin and never feels heavy, so i love using it even on the hottest days.



there's so much in this body soufflĂ© to pamper you and your skin, so you should discover it for yourself! find the c. Booth range of products at Ulta and Rite Aid {i've seen it at CVS as well}. to find a retailer near you, visit freemanbeauty.com


product sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

hair therapy {how-to}: perfectly disheveled topknot


 if you're like me, you're still a fan of the top knot. this simple style is uber-versatile and depending on how you wear it, works for any occasion. i love discovering how stylists come up with new variations and i have another one, from nyc Cutler/Redken stylist Jenny Balding, to share that i think you'll enjoy. for best results, Jenny recommends starting with day two hair onwards as this will make it easier to manage hair with its already 'lived -in' texture.

ok, here are the details…

*to start, mist hair with dry shampoo, focusing primarily on the roots ~ this will give your hair more texture, grip and volume.

*follow with a light hairspray throughout for added hold and grip.

*sweep your hair into high ponytail, and keep checking to see what it looks like from your profile, positioning your ponytail in the most flattering point of your head for your face shape. take the ponytail and back-brush from the underneath lightly ~ this creates a slight disheveled texture.

*sweep around the base of the ponytail and pin using U shaped hairpins ~ these really anchor the hair best which means you will only need 2 or 3 to secure.


*and with that, you should have a perfectly disheveled topknot that looks ultra stylish and works for any event.

thank you, Jenny! 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

beauty review: TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers


to keep shine at bay, blotting papers are fabulous for absorbing excess oil without disrupting makeup. TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers are quite luxurious and a great option for all skin types!

i think glowy, dewy skin is pretty, but when you have oily skin, there is a line when shine gets a bit out of hand. i'm getting older more fabulous, so i find this issue to be less frequent. that, of course, doesn't mean i never need anything to help. i use other blotting papers but these soft sheets stand apart thanks to having that little something extra



made with all-natural 100% abaca leaf {strongest among natural fibers and used for many things in the paper industry} and gold flakethese fragrance and powder-free sheets work beautifully to keep my skin looking fresh. the slim packaging makes them purse-friendly and great for travel.

i highly recommend you treat yourself and check these out! visit tatcha.com for more info.




product featured sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

hair therapy: heal and repair with Dove


we all know heat styling is a great way to create fabulous hairstyles. if you battle with dry, lackluster hair, you know keeping heat to a minimum is important for your hair's health. and when temps are high {as they currently are here in so cal}, it's beyond understandable to want to avoid extra heat by any means necessary.

so when you're choosing to avoid heat, for whatever reason, it's important to have products around that will give hair a fresh, healthy appearance between washes. i was given some new hair goodies from Dove that not only combat over-stressed, flat, and hair desperate for attention, but can help to extend the life of your style, thus avoiding added heat…


Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam is formulated for those days when you want to skip blow-drying. with just a couple of pumps, it helps to freshen up my hair; it provides a light, flexible hold, while leaving my hair feeling soft and manageable, without added weight.

the fine mist of Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray can be used on wet or dry hair. it adds just the right amount of texture to give my hair a boost, adds fullness and also gives hair a soft hold.


summer is a good time to skip shampooing from time to time. of course, good-looking {and smelling} hair is a must. that's where Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo comes in. i love that it's invisible on my dark hair, smells beautiful and adds fullness so i can wait another day {or two} more before washing my hair.



when frizz rears it's ugly head on icky, humid days, Dove Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum is the key to keeping it at bay. this nourishing oil is rich yet lightweight and smells fabulous! it adds shine, tames flyaways and cares for hair {thanks to argan oil}, an always appreciated benefit.


do you have any favorite Dove hair products? you can find these and the rest of the range of products at  your favorite mass retailer and dove.com





products featured provided by Dove' all pinions my own; pics taken my me:)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

manicure du jour + the shade i'm wearing on my toes


i love the combo of pastels and brights, so pairing nail polishes in this way is a no-brainer. the current combo i've been loving is Orly Lollipop with NARS Paradiso


Lollipop is a perfect pastel purple creme that was originally released in 2010, and is a great pick when i'm you're torn between wearing pink or purple. the formula dries relatively quick and is fabulously opaque, so 2 coats is all you need. 

Paradiso is on my toes for the time being. this bright strawberry-red creme is one of the 19 new {and not-so-new} polish shades that NARS recently reformulated and released as part of their permanent collection. just when i thought a nail polish couldn't get better...

tell me: what are you wearing on your tips and toes?


i bought the Orly polish; NARS polish sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me:)