Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Beautiful Little Somethings for the Holidays

The holidays are here, and while regular shipping deadlines have passed, you can still ask for a gift card or an IOU. And...if you don't get what you want this year, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to a little something! Perhaps I know why my husband worries about my spending...

Regardless-here are some gorgeous little pieces that won't break the bank.


One of my favorite new looks is a wood watch. The look is trendy and rich, but not over the top. I came across Jord Watches a few months ago, and I am so impressed with them. 

Jord Wood Watches is a company that is focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. They "value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go."

My watch (pictured above) is Jord's Cora watch in Zebrawood and Turquoise. It has sapphire crystal glass, Swarovski crystal markers, it is self-winding and splash-proof. Cora comes in several different woods and several different face colors. Jord Watches also still delivers with a discounted expedited shipping fee in time for Christmas!

If you're looking for a beautiful timepiece, look into Jord. They have watches for men and women, and they have so many different styles. I'm in love with mine!


I have never been very adventurous when earrings are concerned. I only wear studs or tiny huggies. Yes, I'm a little set in my ways. Kris Nations really understands me! They make the cutest little studs that are perfect for the minimalist, or for a second piercing.

I love these little turquoise studs. They are bezel set, and are 3mm. They are set in 18K gold vermeil. Kris Nations has so many cute earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, and they are very reasonably priced. I'm so happy with these little studs, I will definitely be purchasing additional pairs.

The holiday shipping deadline from Kris Nations has already passed, but they do have online gift cards. You may not be looking for the holidays, but these are seriously a fantastic find!


Maybe it won't come as a surprise that as a lover of all things preppy, I went crazy for these hot pink pearls from Hazel & Marie. I came across the boutique on Instagram, and finally just HAD to order them!

I love that Hazel & Marie's love of pearls story began much like mine. They recall getting their ears pierced, their first pearl studs, and how pearls marked milestones in their lives. They say that they "learned how important style and quality are to following in the footsteps of the Iconic American Women depicted in High Fashion Magazines." How lovely is that thought? 

For me, my parents bought me my first strand of pearls for my 16th birthday. My brother and I were on a long weekend vacation from boarding school, and we met my sister and parents for a trip to Disney World. My father died unexpectedly about 6 weeks later. I don't associate the two with sadness, but they are extremely precious to me. I think this is for many reasons. My 16th birthday, my first major piece of jewelry, a gift from my parents, and except for my first two days home for spring break weeks later, the last time I would see my dad. So, there begins my personal pearl story. 

Over the years, I've collected different sizes and colors of pearls, but when I came across the hot pink Betty Necklace and studs from Hazel & Marie, I absolutely fell in love! They are from a Limited Edition collection for SHOKAY classic pearl single strand necklace with oversized natural freshwater pearls. The necklace is an 18" single strand of hand knotted, round ringed cultured pearls. There is a sterling silver clasp and a signature Hazel & Marie tag. The SHOKAY collection comes in a variety of colors, and also includes bracelets.

Hazel & Marie doesn't just make pearls in vibrant colors! They carry a full line of classic pearl jewelry. Their entire line is absolutely to die for.

If you're looking for a special little something for someone else, or for yourself (come on, the holidays can be stressful!), please check out these three companies. They are definitely lines that are becoming huge. How about being a major trendsetter to start 2017?!

You can follow any of the links in this post to shop. They are not affiliate links, but an easy way to find them. Otherwise...

Jord Watches
Instagram/Twitter: @woodwatches_com
Facebook: @jordwoodwatches

Kris Nations Jewelry
Instagram/Twitter: @krisnations
Facebook: @krisnationsjewelry

Hazel & Marie Pearls
Instagram/Facebook: @hazelandmariepearls


Mens Wooden Watches

Monday, December 12, 2016

Pink Dust Cosmetics

There's just something about a new lipstick that brightens up a gloomy day...

I love looking at different cosmetics companies on Instagram, and I'm currently LOVING Pink Dust Cosmetics! Pink Dust Cosmetics is intended to be the most enjoyable part of your day. How great is that?? 

I recently had the opportunity to try a few products from Pink Dust Cosmetics, and I was not disappointed.

BB Cream
Pink Dust's BB Cream is really perfect for my dry, sensitive skin. Regardless of what foundation I use, I always need a moisturizer underneath. This BB Cream is a rich, nourishing tinted cream that hydrates, protects, and evens skin tone all in one. It is an "extremely hydrating, buildable formula that  is great for normal to dry skin." It is possible that in the summer, I wouldn't need an additional moisturizer, but for me, it is still a must-have. Their formula is hypoallergenic, oil-free and paraben-free. I found the buildable formula to be long wearing and natural looking, and absolutely a great option for everyday wear.


Dual Action Concealer
If I had to choose one area where I see signs of aging, it would definitely be my eyes. I don't have crow's feet, but I do have some pretty deep lines under my eyes from dehydration, and being the mother of two boys! I have shadows underneath-where the heck did those come from?? Pink Dust Cosmetics' Dual Action Anti-Aging Concealer "helps to gradually improve skin's texture while neutralizing dark circles. Eyes look beautifully refreshed and radiant. Its medium coverage formula provides continuous hydration and a natural longwearing finish." It's also paraben-free. Honestly, they put it perfectly. I've found that it blends easily with a brush, sponge or my finger. It doesn't settle into my lines or make me look tired. This is a great concealer!


Blonde Precision Brow Pencil
Brows make the look. Seriously. Pink Dust Cosmetics' Micro Precision Brow Pencil is so easy to use, and it makes my brows looks fantastic! This pencil has a built in grooming brush, it offers controlled brow filling and lining, to quickly and easily give me more natural looking brows. It has a super easy to blend formula that lasts for up to 10 hours. It helps give me more polished, better defined brows. I haven't exactly embraced the full brow look, but I don't wear mine overly thin, either. This pencil is amazing, and honestly, I love how easy it is to use.

Pink Diamond Luxury Lipstick
Pink Dust Cosmetics knows how to do a nude lip! Pink Diamond Luxury Lipstick is a gorgeous light pink nude frost lipstick. Don't worry though-it will not give you flashbacks to the 1980s. It's super modern, not too frosty or too fussy. It may seriously be my favorite nude at the moment. Even though winter is very much here, Pink Diamond looks just as fantastic with a "no makeup" look as it does with a smoky eye. It's moisturizing, too!


Daydream Liquid Lipstick
I've really become a fan of liquid lipsticks. Pink Dust Cosmetics formulates their Daydream Liquid Lipstick (also a beautiful nude/pink) into a concoction that is thick and creamy like a lipstick, with the shine of a gloss. It has a silky texture without feeling greasy. Highly pigmented colors that stay on all day with out bleeding or smudging. A great option for when I know I won't be able to reapply lipstick or gloss during the day when I'm out and about.

Lip Juice Gloss
Lip Juice Lip Gloss is a best-seller from Pink Dust Cosmetics for a reason. It is absolutely my go-to color that I keep in my pocketbook all the time. It is a luxury formula that combines the look of a sheer lipstick with the shine of a gloss. Lip Juice gives a perfect pinky-golden shine that enhances any color lipstick, or just makes natural lips look even more beautiful. I've tried it on top of most lipsticks and liners, and it is amazing!


Pink Dust Cosmetics is affordable, and versatile. With foundations, lipsticks, eye shadows and more, their products are known for their long lasting capability and vibrant colors. All Pink Dust products are cruelty free and hypo-allergenic (SO important). Pink Dust believes that it's not about pulling it off, it's about showing it off. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Hint hint...Santa!!

If you'd like to learn more about Pink Dust Cosmetics, you can follow any of the links in this post. They are for your convenience only.  Also----
Facebook/Instagram: @pinkdustcosmetics
Twitter: @CosmeticsDust

*I was sent product for review purposes, but I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are 100% my own.*

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Skincare Review: Amanda Blakley and Beautycounter

Like many, I can really struggle to adjust my skincare routine as the weather gets colder. I have some products that I love year round, but with changes in temperature...not to mention *sigh* aging, medications, and dehydration, this is the worst time of year for my skin. Yuck!

I have recently become very fond of Amanda Blakley Skincare. It is a line that has been specifically formulated for those of us with extremely sensitive, excema prone skin. It was developed to "provide the simplest and most successful approach to skin care with the best results in terms of minimizing sun damage, wrinkles and breakouts." While I am far from acne prone, my skin is extremely reactive to absolutely everything. Amanda Blakley Skincare is beautifully simple, with a one step approach. Their line is based on the concept that if you use harsh products, you will be more susceptible to severely dry skin, acne and rashes. 

Amanda Blakley Skincare has two main products-a gentle creamy cleanser and a fragrance-free, allergen-free, soothing moisturizer. Both are extremely easy to use, leaving your complexion fresh, and not in the least bit irritated. In addition to being super soothing, Amanda Blakley Skincare is extremely easy to use-perfect for on the go. 


Definitely an affordable, streamlined line for anyone needing products for sensitive, reactive or acne prone skin.


Another skincare regimen that I recently tested was Beautycounter. I have become acquainted with Kristine Gardner, who is a Beautycounter Managing Director. Beautycounter has been in the press recently, as it can now be purchased at Target. Their mission is to help make the world healthier, along with safer products that you can trust. They want to get safer products to those of us who depend on them. Beautycounter wants to educate consumers about the harmful ingredients that can be hidden in the products that we use daily.

Kristine sent me a sampler of Beautycounter skincare products (contact her through her site for samples). When I tried them, my skin wasn't irritated at all. I particularly liked the night cream and the eye perfector. I really have been trying to choose products that are healthier for me and for my family, and the mission of Beautycounter is absolutely one that I believe in. I believe that I have become much more conscious of these decisions since I've been a mother. The line is quite extensive, however, not all of the products are available at Target. Kristine's website features the full line of Beautycounter products, including cosmetics.

I was pleased to try both Amanda Blakley Skincare and Beautycounter. I actually have found myself combining the two, since I've been so dry. They compliment one another beautifully, and give me enough moisture during colder months.

If you'd like to try either, you can follow the links in this post. They are not affiliate links, but are for your convenience. You can also go to:
www.abskincare.com
www.beautycounter.com/kristinegardner

Two newer lines to try!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pualani Beauty-its like Hawaiian Shaved Ice for Your Lips!

I came across Pualani Beauty, and I immediately wanted to work with them.
Their introduction:

Pualani Beauty

NATURALLY HAWAIIAN, NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL, NATURALLY YOU

It's quite beautiful, actually. According to their website: "Pualani Beauty was created with a love for the Hawaiian Islands, and wanting to share the essence and beauty of the islands with the mainland and beyond."CA 95003

If you read my blog somewhat regularly, you know that I have a lip balm addiction. It's out of control. I was very excited to try their lip scrub and up butter.

The verdict? My lips are super soft, thanks to Pualani Beauty! Cold weather-I'm not afraid of you!! I used their Shave Ice Lip Scrub (as gorgeous as it is fantastic) and Guava Lip Butter. My lips are flake free, soft, ready for a big kiss (my anniversary is this week)!

I'm also loving their Nani Beauty Oil. It smells fantastic, and the oil is great for clearing up dry spots.


My skin can be overly dry and sensitive, and it can become sensitive and rashy without any rhyme or reason. I did stop using the Nani Oil on my face to avoid problems, but had no issue with Nani Oil elsewhere.

This is a great line of natural skincare products, and they will be well loved as part of your regimene. 

To find Pualani Beauty, you can follow any of the links in this post, or go directly to www.pualanibeauty.com.
They are also on:
Facebook/Instagram: @pualanibeauty

**I was sent products for review purposes, but received no monetary compensation. Links are not affiliate links, and opinions are 100% my own.**

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sixteen20 Brand is Adorably Preppy

I started to see Sixteen20 Brand tees a few months ago, and completely fell in love with their preppy bunny logo. 


Sixteen20 Brand was started by the Toy family from New England. During a trip through the South, they fell in love with how much Southern Pride they saw in everyday apparel. They decided to bring a bit of that enthusiasm to New England, and Sixteen20 Brand was born!


The Sixteen20 Brand bunny is a symbol of class, tradition, adventure, and the ability to survive the four seasons of the great Northeast.

As nice as it is to dress up from time to time, I practically live in long sleeved tees during cooler months, so I was so excited to receive a "boat bunny" tee. Sixteen20 Brand makes an adorable variety of tees, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pullovers, shorts and stickers. It is so fun to see their brand grow (personally, I adore the pink pullover pictured below, and I can't wait to make it mine)!


If you'd like to see more Sixteen20 Brand, you can follow any of the links in this post (they are not affiliate links, but are there for your convenience), or go to www.sixteen20brand.com. You can also find them on social media at:
Facebook/Instagram: @sixteen20brand
Twitter: @sixteen20b 
Pinterest: Sixteen20-brand.myshopify.com

You will definitely be seeing more of this preppy bunny!


The Twinkle in My Eye

If you love jewelry, you likely own (and love) a pair of diamond studs. Diamond studs are, in my sparkly obsessed eyes, the most wearable earrings in my jewelry box. 

Personally, I have a few different pair, going back to the tiny sparkles from my high school boyfriend. After 25+ years, they're still beautiful. I've graduated to a little bigger size, and a pair of black diamond studs that my husband picked out for even more variety. I could easily have an entire wardrobe of diamond studs, each of them uniquely special.

Enter Acme Jewels. I came across their gorgeous jewelry on Etsy, and basically now have a huge wish list! I've said this before, with online shopping, you can buy jewelry from around the world, that you might not have found otherwise. I believe that the days of your average mall jewelry store have past.

Acme Jewels was founded in 2014, by owner, Shruti. Acme is based in New Delhi, India, offering a wide range of vintage style handmade jewelry set in a combination of 14kt Gold and 925 Sterling Silver, with pave and rosecut diamonds, and a variety of precious and semi-precious gemstones. They also design customize jewelry.


I was particularly fond of this pair of simple handmade diamond studs. They are set in a combination of 14kt Gold and .925 Sterling Silver with rosecut diamonds. The diamonds are set in Sterling Silver and the post and back of the earrings are set in 14kt Gold. The oxidized setting makes the rosecut diamonds shimmer. These studs by Acme Jewels are different from anything else that I own, and I get so many compliments when I wear them.

The specifics:
Gross Weight:        3.160 gms
14kt Gold :              1.280 gms
Silver Weight :         1.800 gms
Diamond Weight:    0.40 cts

I loved hearing that Shruti is the 5th generation from a highly reputed jewelry family in New Delhi, India. She has travelled worldwide and has been all across the US, participating in jewelry trade shows. Acme Jewels has established a distinctive presence online. I've been so impressed with her prompt attention, as professional manner.

I am always so happy to introduce my readers to new companies that they may not have seen otherwise. Forgive the expression, but Acme Jewels is truly a hidden gem, and absolutely deserves a look! What's even more exciting? They're having a sale through the end of November. This is the perfect time to pick up something sparkly to wear during the holidays, or as a special gift for someone else. Hint-their precious gemstone pave bands are to die for!


To see their store, you can follow any of the links in this post (they are not affiliate links), or go to:
www.acme-jewels.com
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AcmeJewels
Instagram/Twitter: @acmejewels9
Pinterest/Tumblr: Acme Jewels

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hylamide Skin Care

I'm always on the hunt for fantastic skincare. Always-it's likely a problem. The upside is that my skin is looking pretty good! I tend to be dry and extremely sensitive, so it can be a challenge when I'm also wanting to keep signs of aging away. There are some amazing new lines out there, and I'm excited to try them.

DECIEM is a skincare company that is very quickly on the rise. I mean, super fast! DECIEM is actually the umbrella company to several beauty brands. Founder, Brandon Truaxe explains, "We knew we wanted to change all things in the world of beauty. Everyone's guidance was that "you can't do 10 things at once". And so we did what was the right thing to do. We decided to do 10 things at once and called our craziness DECIEM, coming from decima, the latin word for 10 in a sequence." What is amazing, is that DECIEM is doing those 10 things (plus several more) very very well.



My skin is dry, sensitive and sigh...over 40. There are times when I think I'm aging nicely, and then times when I see every little freckle and line. DECIEM gave me the opportunity to try several products from their Hylamide line. Hylamide is a skin care treatment range that targets every depth of the skin from the surface to the subcutaneous level. 


High-Efficiency Face Cleaner

High-Efficiency Face Cleanser is a balancing face cleanser and makeup remover. It is a clear micro-emulsion that combines oils, esters and water-compatible cleaners into one advanced formula that works like an oil cleaner but acts like a water-based one and rinses off effectively. 

High-Efficiency Face Cleanser combines the best parts of face wash, and makes something truly fantastic. After using it, my face feels super clean and soft, but not in the least bit tight.


SubQ Anti-Age

SubQ Anti-Age serum gives skin multi-depth rehydration and reduction in the look of lines and irregularities. It is a highly active concentrate of advanced hyaluronic complexes, next-generation peptides and biotechnological technologies to target rehydration, while improving the look of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and textural damage. 


SubQ Anti-Age is basically an anti-aging powerhouse. I love how light it feels, and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized and looking fantastic. Honestly-this is a great product!


SubQ Eyes

SubQ Eyes has benefits of visible correction of signs of under-eye aging, puffiness and dark circles. It is a high-strength serum concentrate that uses a wide array of peptides, plant saccharides and active technologies to rehydrate the eye area, improving the look of fine lines, crow's feet, puffiness and dark circles. 

SubQ Eyes feels light and definitely improves the look of my under-eyes. There are times when I feel like I might need a touch more moisture, but my eyes look fantastic, so it might just be that I'm used to heavier eye products. My under-eyes look light and bright. It's pretty amazing!


Booster Low-Molecular HA

Low-Molecular HA Booster is a hyper-strength rehydration serum with 5 forms of hyaluronic compounds with varying molecular weights. It offers weightless rehydration and moisturizes effectively.

My skin is definitely on the dry side, so this booster is a perfect addition to my Hylamide routine. It moisturizes remarkably well, but isn't heavy in the least bit. It sinks in quickly, and leaves my skin with a gorgeous glow.

I can absolutely say that Hylamide has made a huge difference in my complexion. Even my sister (who rarely compliments anyone-sorry...) said that my skin looked the best she had ever seen. I'm not flaky or blotchy. This is truly a special skincare line. The serum consistency of their products leaves my skin feeling glowy without being heavy. There are a few additional pieces from Hylamide, including their Photography Foundation and HA Blur. Hylamide has completely reasonable prices for such an advanced line.

You can purchase Hylamide through DECIEM. I recommend this line whole-heartedly. My skin looks and feels amazing! You can find them, an other brands that DECIEM carries by clicking on the links included here. These are not affiliate links, but are for your convenience. You can also find them at:
Facebook: @10DECIEM
Twitter: @deciem
Instagram: @deciem

*I was sent product samples for review purposes. I was not compensated for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.*



Julep HAUL-O-WEEN Time!

A beauty HAUL-O-WEEN! The Treat: Your first beauty box is FREE (limited time only). Julep is so excited to send you a shimmering fall polish, perfect for Halloween festivities and beyond in addition to two more beauty treats selected especially for you based on the answers you give when you take their beauty quiz.

Halloween Free Box Offer - Julep

Join Maven now and this 3-piece Halloween welcome box is free! ($40+ value) with code TREAT.

After you join Julep, you'll get a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, nail, or skincare products delivered to your door every month. Julep offers the only full-size and fully-customizable beauty box out there, so you get what you want every month!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Milo's Wish

Have you heard of Milo's Wish? If you haven't yet, they should definitely be in your radar.

Milo's Wish was created to help spread awareness of rescue dogs in need. Their products are super cute, and they make a difference in a dogs life.

The founders (and Milo's owners) came to adopt Milo after he had been intentionally hit by a car. He was taken by Sacred Hearts Animal Sanctuary and Helping Hands. While at the vet, he lost one of his legs. Once he was on the road to recovery, Milo was adopted into a loving home.

Milo's Wish was started to help fund Sacred Hearts Animal Sanctuary & Helping Hands to fund their mission to care for dogs in need.


I'm a huge dog lover, and I'm totally sappy. I'm extra sappy when it comes to dogs. Milo's Wish is a beautiful organization, and yes, their shirts are totally adorable! Let's get their name out there!

If you want to find out more about Milo's Wish, you can click on any of the links in this post (they are not affiliate links, they are just for your convenience), or you can go to www.miloswish.com. Instagram: @miloswish_shop
Facebook: @miloswishshop
Twitter: @miloswish 


Sunday, September 18, 2016

All the Sparkly Things

I'm a girly-girl, and have been since my tomboy stage ended after 2nd grade. I love makeup, skincare, handbags, and jewelry. Oh, the jewelry...

Claudia Bradby- Great Britain
I've been a fan of Claudia Bradby for a couple of years now, with my wish list growing every time I visit their site. Claudia Bradby is a British brand that designs contemporary pearl jewelry for everyday wear. I adore their fresh, wearable designs. Her pieces look fantastic when your wearing jeans, or when you're dressed up. Claudia designs her jewelry herself in her Hampshire studio.

I fell in love with Claudia Bradby's Afia amazonite, opal and pearl necklace. It was a summer staple for me, but it's completely wearable year round, especially since the Pantone Colors of the Year are light. I get so many compliments, so I thought I'd share its beauty with everyone here. Isn't it stunning? 

The Afia necklace has been discontinued, but you can find other amazingly gorgeous pearl jewelry by clicking on any of the links here (they are for your convenience, and are not affiliate links), or by going to www.claudiabradby.com. Instagram: http://instagram.com/claudiabradby


Foreve- Germany
Foreve is a one-woman-business from Germany, launched in 2009 by Tanja Zocher. Tanja designs and handcrafts unique and bohemian inspired jewelry and accessories with the aim to underline the beauty of every woman. Tanja is self-taught and loves to work with different kinds of material, including crystals, gems, parts from vintage jewelry, silver and silver-plated parts. Tanja creates each Foreve piece with love and passion. 

I admired this bracelet with gem drops for months, before contacting Tanja. Now I wear it every day (look how well it goes with my necklace above). It has a simple elegance, and I absolutely love wearing this beautiful bead dangle bracelet from Foreve! To shop, use the links in this post (again, not affiliate links), or visit http://foreve.tictail.com.


When looking for jewelry that shows your individuality, you're no longer tied to the mall, or even this country! There are so many beautiful finds out there! I cannot recommend Claudia Bradby or Foreve more highly. Gorgeous, high quality pieces, great prices and both are extremely helpful.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Julep's Always Sunny Beauty Gift

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After you join Julep, you'll get a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, nail, or skincare products delivered to your door every month. Julep offers the only full-size and fully-customizable beauty box out there, so you get what you want every month! 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Current Must Haves AND Giveaway!!

***Congratulations, Yesenia Aguilar!!***

I'm a shopper. I cannot deny it, I am who I am. Naturally, I've found some amazing companies along the way. So, I am pretty excited to be able to share my latest obsessions with you all. They're really really good!!

And the best part? I'm giving them away!


I'm absolutely loving fragrances this summer! I came across NOTE Fragrances, and I've been wearing their Coconut Sugar. It fits with my usual favorites: fruity gourmand.
You just can't be in a bad mood while wearing this playful fragrance! It has notes of red berries, kiwi, peach, coconut milk, basmati rice, freesia, white musk and vanilla bean. It's absolutely delicious!
NOTE has lovingly provided a 30 ml bottle of Coconut Sugar for my giveaway. They're also offering 20% off any bottle using the code PREPPY.
You can find NOTE by clicking their links above, or on social media at @NOTEfragrances.

Of course, there is always a headband of some sort in my favorites! When I worked at a private school years ago, the girls did a skit portraying the teachers. Of course, "I" wore a headband and twin set. Hmmm...I guess it's part of the Preppy Mom uniform. How cute is this Beachgirl Bands Stripe and Flower Performance Adjustable Headband?

These headbands are amazing. They are adjustable, non slip, and they are adorable!! They come in so many cute patterns and colors. I love this pink floral, but there are many cute Beachgirl Bands to choose from! If you want 10% off at Beachgirl Bands, you can use code PREPPYMOM.

You can find Beachgirl Bands by clicking on any of these links, or on social media at @beachgirlbands (or @_beachgirlbands on Twitter).


I am absolutely obsessed with coconut oil. You can use it for so many things, and it is amazing for your skin (among other things). Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is the only original raw 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world. It is wild-harvested and handpicked. Skinny & Co. is 100% raw coconut oil that has been cold-processed.

Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer, a hair conditioner, in smoothies, and in place of butter or cooking oils. It has made a big difference for my skin, which can get so dry and itchy. There are over 100 uses for this coconut oil-seriously!

Read more about Skinny & Co. by following the links to their website, or on social media @skinnycoconutoil (or @skinnyandco on Twitter).


Preppy stickers are always a given. I'm including Vineyard Vines, Ashton Brye Collection, and Sand Cloud stickers in my giveaway.


Cosmetics and skincare are my addiction. Seriously-it's a problem. I'm always looking for something new and fantastic. If you love cosmetics, you've probably seen Smith & Cult Lip Laquer Her Name Bubbles and ColourPop Churro highlighter.

Smith & Cult Lip Laquers are sheer, but have buildable color. Coconut oil is one of the ingredients (already established that I love coconut oil), so it is soothing and moisturizing. Her Name Bubbles is a beautiful sheer peachy pink. It's gorgeous, and looks fantastic on pretty much everyone.

I've already listed ColourPop as one of my favorites, and their highlighters are incredible. They have a bouncy texture, but go one so smoothly. Churro is from their limited edition tie dye collection, and is a beautiful swirl of champagne, gold and bronze. It is iridescent, and it will make your skin glow. Oh, and it is sold out (and probably won't be re-released).

You will find Smith and Cult and ColourPop by clicking on their individual links above, or you can find them on social media at @smithandcult and @colourpopcosmetics (or @colourpopco on Twitter).

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Scentbird Perfume Review

I'm currently obsessed with fragrance. I've always loved it, but with fragrance subscriptions, I can try a variety of scents without committing to just one. Scentbird is a very popular fragrance subscription service that recently sent me a one month trial to review.


Scentbird has over 450 designer and niche fragrances for men and women. Subscribers get a generous 0.27 oz supply of their chosen scent in a travel-friendly spray. With their first order, subscribers get a super cute (and free), refillable case in their choice of color. Obviously, I chose pink!


When I visited with Scentbird, they asked me if I had chosen a scent. I was open to trying something new, so I asked them to select something for me to try. I was sent Juliette Has A Gun, Not A Perfume. I had heard of the brand, but I had never tried any of their scents. 

When I first heard the name, Not A Perfume, I envisioned something light and airy. I normally opt for sweeter, gourmand scents, so I was totally curious about a perfume that isn't a perfume. Not A Perfume is made out of a single element called Cetalox. Cetalox is usually used as a base note, and is on trend as a minimalist scent. It is completely allergen free, which alone is a huge plus. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect. Even after wearing it, I cannot easily describe Not A Perfume. It is a woodsy warm amber, but it isn't soft at all. That being said, it is still extremely pleasant. Not A Perfume has a lingering warmth, yet it is still fresh and clean. Regardless of being able to adequately describe Juliette Has A Gun, Not A Perfume, I get so many compliments when I wear it. It is long-wearing, wears nicely, and it is unique. It is definitely a scent to try. 


Scentbird did a great job choosing a scent for me to try, but subscribers can "shop" a huge variety of fragrances. Whether you want to try something new, or buy extras of your favorites, Scentbird is a simple and fun way to try a new fragrance every month for just $14.95! Want 25% off? Use code PREPPYMOM25

If you'd like to explore Scentbird, you can follow any of the links in this post (they are not affiliate links, but are placed for your convenience), or you can simply go to www.scentbird.com

***I was sent a trial of Scentbird for review purposes, but was not compensated for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.***