Sunday, November 19, 2017

Naughton Braun Pearl Earrings Giveaway

I’ve written several posts sharing my love for Naughton Braun Pearls. Their pearls are stunning and their designs are interesting. They are such an amazing company to work with, truly a blogger’s dream. They’ve given me a discount code to share with my readers (PM15%Coupon), and now they’re giving away a pair of Rudas Earrings to one of you as well!

Rudas Earrings
Simply pretty dropped pearl earrings topped with a sparkling CZ, and suspended in time from a graceful gold-tone shepherds hook.
*Freshwater drop Pearl earrings
*Gold plate over Sterling Silver shepherds hooks
*Clear CZ setting suspending a 10.5mm high lustre freshwater white pearl

The giveaway will go until 12/7, so there is plenty of time for you to check out their website, make your wish list, and complete tasks. If you have any questions, ask away in comments below!

There is no purchase necessary to enter. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you will receive. US entries only.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Julep Diamond Mystery Box-Win a Pair of Diamond Earrings!

It's time for the diamond Mystery Box from Julep!! Not only do you get a box of Julep goodness valued at $150+ for only $24.99, but one lucky Mystery Box will contain a pair of diamond earrings, too. In the past, this Mystery Box has sold out! Once these are gone, they are gone.

HOT OFFER! Bling It On Mystery Boxes just $24.99 Each

November Mystery Box

Who needs a diamond ring? Let every finger shine bright with this dazzling mystery box. Each Bling it On Mystery Box includes two NEW multi-faceted nail colors + other beauty & nail surprises valued at more than $150.
Plus, one special mystery box includes a pair of 1 carat diamond stud earrings! Will you be the one to find them?

Get your November Mystery Box - $150+ value only $24.99 - while supplies last.

Pretty great deal! Click on any of the links in this email to shop the Diamond Mystery Box! Maybe one of my readers will win!

NOTE: Offer expires on 11/21/2017 at 11:59PM PT, or while supplies last. Every Bling It On Mystery Box will include Maxine (Bombshell) and Reina (It Girl). Other products vary. Purchase of multiple Bling It On Mystery Boxes may result in polish or product overlap. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). No exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $150. Taxes vary by location.

The prize winner will be randomly selected from Bling It On Mystery Box orders placed 11/6/2017 through 11/14/2017. Prize (0.60 ctw diamond earrings) will ship separately from Mystery Box order. Winner will be notified via email from the address in the account.

*This post does contain affiliate links.*

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Top Tier Style (psst...great holiday gift ideas)

I am not the kind of person who does my holiday shopping in advance. Believe me, I always mean to start earlier, but I just don’t get it done. Or started, actually. My husband and I are the couple at Target on December 23rd-24th trying to fill in the gaps that are left after we purchase our boy’s large wish list items. What I can do, however, is recommend fantastic gifts for your daughters, friends, girlfriends or wives.

I’ve recently collaborated with Top Tier Style to pick out some really adorable items for the holidays, any of which would be a great gift. Each item was hand picked by me. I’ve gotten compliments, and people have asked me where the items came from and they are high quality. I recommend them without hesitation.



I chose this super cute Vogue T-Shirt because I knew that it would look fantastic with boyfriend jeans, my leather jacket and black boots. It’s super trendy, and easy to style. Seriously a great gift for $23.99! I would recommend sizing up, however, as it does run quite small.



The Luxury Women’s Casual Watch is probably my favorite thing from Top Tier Style. It is so gorgeous, and I get compliments every time I wear it. It is comfortable to wear, keeps great time, and comes in 5 colors. Of course, I chose pink. It is such a steal at $32.99! If you buy one thing this year, either as a gift, or as a gift for yourself-this is it!



Looking for something super cute for your daughter or bestie? These Love Slippers are so comfy and cozy and cushy. Technical descriptions aside, they are all of these and then some. I’ve never been a slipper wearer, but these were so cute, I thought I’d give them a try. I’m so glad, because I love them. They’re like walking on marshmallows, and even my kids have now asked for slippers for Christmas. Top Tier Style has these cuties for $24.99!



I can never ever have enough pink in my life (you can probably tell by the majority of items that I’ve picked out to show you). No, it is not just for little girls in pink tutus, although they are pretty stinking cute. I was so excited to pick out this adorable floating crystal watch from Top Tier Style. If you know a girly girl-you cannot go wrong with this watch. I’ve got it pictured here with some of my other favorite pink items. This watch though! It is Top Tier Style’s Leather Crystal Stone Watch, in the pink/gold combination. I love everything about it, but the pink floating stones around the face make it so special and fun. The crystals around the bezel give it a beautiful twinkle. Don’t like pink? I won’t judge-it comes in 15 different colors! Leather Crystal Stone Watch $43.95 (Sale price)

Thank you so much to Top Tier Style for collaborating with me for this review. To shop with them, you can find them at www.toptierstyle.com

The products in this review were provided by Top Tier Style. If you would like to purchase your own use the coupon code BLOG15 for 15% OFF everything on their store! 20% will apply to all boho dresses through the website.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Holiday Sparkle

I’ve decided to design my holiday wardrobe around a statement necklace. Seriously.

While it seems rather early to be thinking about the holidays, Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks. This means getting the house ready for guests (my uncle, my brother and his family will all be coming into town this year) and a fair amount of planning. Thanksgiving is quickly followed by my anniversary, and then Christmas is just around the corner. No, I’m not the kind of person who is itching to decorate for Christmas in early November, but I am always shocked by how quickly the holidays get here. And yes, I do know that Christmas always comes on December 25th.

This year, I vow to be more prepared. I am not going to be rushing around to find something to wear for our first really big Thanksgiving in many years. I’m also not going to listen to my loving husband, who says, “Just throw on anything.”

Here’s how I get to the necklace (you knew I’d get there eventually...)

I have the most incredibly gorgeous necklace, and I’m excited to be able to wear it during the holidays. When jewelers Naughton Braun asked me to review their St. Chapelle necklace, I was thrilled. When I was in college, I visited Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, and I was taken aback by the beauty of the stained glass that lit up the gothic chapel. It’s clear why Naughton Braun named the necklace after the chapel.


The St. Chapelle necklace has a window of stained-glass at its center. St. Chapelle is a Naughton Braun exclusive princess-style pearl necklace that will take your breath away. It features a 12-13mm Edison freshwater pearl drop off a CZ handset pendant with a large emerald green CZ crystal. The 19” chain is silver with 5-6mm white freshwater pearls and set CZs. Even the CZ encrusted clasp is gorgeous. The St. Chapelle necklace comes in sapphire blue, ruby red and emerald green.



Statement necklaces are very trendy this season, but my necklace from Naughton Braun is so much more than that. It comes from a company that I adore, and support with all of my heart. That makes it all the more special to me. It makes me feel gorgeous and a bit sumptuous-seriously! I find myself looking for opportunities to wear this beautiful piece. So...my holiday wardrobe will include as many outfits that go with my beautiful pearl and green jeweled necklace as possible.



I hope that you will shop with Naughton Braun when looking for a treat for yourself, or for a special gift. They have many holiday specials right now, with really affordable prices. You can also use my code to get 15% off: PM15%Coupon.

If you’re looking for additional holiday looks from Naughton Braun, watch their YouTube video: Naughton Braun Holiday LookBook 2016!

You can find Naughton Braun at:
www.naughtonbraun.com
Also on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram at: @naughtonbraun

*Naughton Braun did send me this necklace for review purposes. All opinions, and my love for this company are 100% my own.*




Sunday, October 22, 2017

It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing

I absolutely love Naughton Braun! How cool is this hematite tassel necklace?

Perfect for today's thoroughly modern woman. A blaze of hematite available in 3 tones with an "oh so flippant" tassel-because..." It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing!", $150 US! AND you can get a discount with code PM15%Coupon 




I love supporting female owned small businesses!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

October Julep Mystery Boxes

Julep's Mystery Boxes are a top seller month after month and the Divine Darkness Mystery Box is perfect for the season! Grab this offer right away - once these are gone, they are gone.

HOT OFFER! Divine Darkness Mystery Boxes just $24.99 Each

Divine Darkness Mystery Box

What can you coax out of the shadows? Make the night come alive with this eerily spellbinding mystery box.

The Divine Darkness Mystery Box includes two NEW mystical nail colors; Mira (Bombshell) – Cast Iron Matte Shimmer and Sorenne (It Girl) – White Iridescent Glitter Top Coat plus other beauty & nail surprises.
NOTE: Offer expires on 10/19/17 at 11:59PM PT, or while supplies last. Divine Darkness Mystery Box will include Mira (Bombshell) and Sorenne (It Girl). Other products vary. Purchase of multiple Divine Darkness Mystery Boxes may result in polish or product overlap. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). No exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $100. Taxes vary by location.

*post contains affiliate links*

Monday, October 2, 2017

Makeover Monday

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately, and my son said that he knew I’d feel better if I “played” makeup. So, I did exactly that! I tried a few new products that I’ve been wanting to use, and now I’m feeling much better! Perhaps it was getting out of sweatpants and brushing my hair, but I’m going to go with a combo of both!


I’m pretty picky about my foundation in particular, but I’ve heard amazing things about Perfekt Beauty’s Perfekt 10 Skin Perfection Plus. I tried it in Luminous, which I’m happy to say works well with my fair/pink undertone complexion. It is a gel mousse, with a whipped consistency. It has SPF 30, and provides hydration from coconut oil and omega 6. My skin is quite dry, and I hadn’t exfoliated first, so I did notice a bit of flakiness. It wasn’t a lot though, so I’m sure that it won’t be the norm. I’ll keep you posted. If you’re looking for a light-medium coverage that feels like you’re wearing nothing at all-Perfekt’s Skin Perfection Plus is absolutely worth a try.

I received Lipstick Queen’s Blush in Black Lace Rabbit in my September Popsugar Must Have Box. I’ve liked the couple of their lipsticks that I’ve tried, so I was excited to try something new. I immediately loved this gorgeous color changing cream blush. I’m an independent makeup artist for Maskcara Beauty, and the majority of our products are a cream consistency. Don’t let the black color scare you! It is completely black in the package, but then alters when applied to your skin. The result is a plummy, just eaten popsicle wash. I don’t exaggerate-it’s really gorgeous. Now I want to try more Lipstick Queen products!

I’ve been an independent artist Maskcara Beauty for the last few months. If you haven’t heard of them yet-you will! It’s SO good, so give me a call or send an email if you have any questions. I usually wear their entire IIID foundation, but they really like us to get out there and use other products in addition to theirs. I think that’s pretty fantastic, and it gives the company a bit more credibility to me. Founder Cara Killpack is not just out there to make a dollar, but to help us be our most confident selves. Ok, enough about that! I used Maskcara Beauty’s Contour in Stone. It’s not my usual color, but it blended well and gave me some definition (always a good thing). I’ll be using this for a while to see if I like it as well as my usual color. I was very light handed, so know that if you love a more heavily contoured look-this is also an amazing line.




I love eyeshadow palettes. I mean, come on! They’re so pretty, especially when they’re new. I recently came across MAC’s Prissy Princess Palette. The colors are pretty neutral, but I had to buy it because of the name. As the youngest of three kids, I remember the torturous road trips in my parents’ station wagon. One thing that I giggle about now is my brother calling me Miss Priss. I can still recall my wail from the back of the car, “Mom! Rob called me Miss Priss. I am not Miss Priss.” And so on. Of course I had to buy the palette! The colors that I used were Colour Me Spoiled, Sweet Tart and Eternal Optimist). I also used a bit of Maskcara Beauty’s Eyeshadow Single in Finn. I was very light handed, but the colors made a gorgeous combination.

If you’re a makeup person, you’ve likely heard of MAC’s new Rollerwheel Liquid Liners. Even though I’ve worked as a makeup artist for huge named companies, and for many years, I’ve never been one who loves liquid liners. The Rollerwheel Liner is like a teeny pizza wheel, and it is so easy to apply! I think I’m going to be a liquid liner lover now! I used Rollerwheel Brown on my top lash line.

I was so excited to try a few of these new products, but really, I’ve been so excited to try false eyelashes. How I’ve made it to 45 years old, a makeup artist and makeup addict without trying them is beyond me. My lashes have always been long, but I’m currently not loving any mascara out there, and I wanted some vavoom! Shop Lux Lashes sent me a couple pair of lashes to try. It took me a while to be comfortable putting them on, but I think I finally got it! I had to trim a tiny bit off the length to fit my lash line, but once I did, they were pretty easy to apply with the glue they provided. I tried lash style A20, which is a natural lash look made from mink. Even though they are a natural look, I felt like a beauty queen. I’m such a dork. But they’re so pretty!! Shop Lux Lashes sells mink and silk lashes, dramatic, natural and with a clear band. They also have super cute accessories and a monthly subscription box.

I’m so completely old school about many things, and one of them is that unless I’m putting on a quick gloss or stain for color, I’ll almost always wear a lip liner. My current favorite liners are Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat liners. They wear well, and you can easily even out your lips or give yourself a little extra 😉 if you prefer. I wear Pillow Talk quite a bit. It’s a gorgeous beigy-pink, and goes with everything. I’ve only got a color or two, but I seriously lust after all of them!

Lipstick, oh how I love thee. I have so many, it’s actually kind of a joke. In October, I’m going to wear a different color every single day, and start to weed out colors that I don’t love. Most of them are brand new. I have a problem. I decided to wear Perfekt Beauty’s Lip Perfekt Hydrating Lip Balm in Hint of Tint. It gives just a bit of color (true to its name), and is a great choice for every day. Keep it in your pocketbook for moisturizing, sheer color that helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and dry lips.

Finally, I topped my lips with ColourPop Crystal Lip Balm in Amethyst. ColourPop is such an amazing line. I think their most expensive product is $8! Everything I’ve tried is such high quality, and they have so many fun colors. Their crystal products are new. They have four different “crystal” lines, and each one has a primer, a setting spray and a lip balm. The Amethyst makes a gorgeous shimmery lipstick topper.


Ok, I know this is a lot of work for a sitting around the house look, but to me its fun and it gives me a lift. I love makeup, so I’ll often try out different products and different looks. On occasion, companies send me products to try. In this case, I’d like to give a huge thank you to Perfekt Beauty and Shop Lux Lashes for sending me amazing products to try.

If you'd like to read more about any of these companies, you can click on any of the links in this post. Popsugar Must Have Box and Shop Lux Lashes are affiliate links, and I would appreciate that if you're interested in either if you would please use my links.

*Except for the products by Perfekt Beauty and Shop Lux Lashes, all of the products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are 100% my own.*



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Paul Wright Jewellery

More sparkly beauties to ooh and aah over!

It's no surprise that I'm obsessed with beautiful things-especially jewelry. I've never worn anything too large. Instead, I will choose smaller, classic pieces. Even in the days of huge hoops and statement necklaces, I was the one wearing studs and a strand of pearls. I guess a leopard doesn't lose its spots.



I started following Paul Wright Jewellery several months ago. His pieces are absolutely to die for! Paul is British, and studied, taught, and worked in Africa, Spain and England. For several years, he owned a jewelry design studio in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Paul took his interest in Estate Jewelry, and began creating Antique inspired pieces. Paul now has shops in Birmingham, England's Jewellery Quarter, where he designs and makes jewelry from silver, gold, and gemstones. Paul travels quite a bit to purchase precious gemstones. When I first met him, he was getting ready to attend a gem show in Thailand. I can only imagine the amazing stones he saw there! Paul Wright Jewellery pieces have a bold simplicity, and have been sought out by some of London's top stylists. His collections have been featured in several International fashion photo shoots, and worn by celebrities Rita Ora, Georgia May Jagger, and more.

Paul was amazingly generous, and sent me a pair of earrings and a pendant from his daisy collection. Paul Wright Jewellery's daisy jewelry is inspired by the Victorian diamond daisy jewelry that was popular in the late 19th Century. The pieces that he sent me have been made from silver and clear cz. They sparkle and shine so beautifully. When I opened the package, they took my breath away. I have received so many compliments on them, and I am so proud to wear them.


Paul Wright Jewellery has a variety of lovely styles, and I have recently given my husband a wish list of beautiful things that he is "allowed" to purchase for me at any time! If you are looking for something special as a gift, or a piece to treat yourself, I highly recommend that you look at Paul's jewelry. He has a stunning variety, and they are reasonably priced.

You can find Paul Wright at: 


Facebook: @PWJewellery

Instagram: @PaulWrightJewellery

Friday, September 1, 2017

20 Years

It is the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, the mourning of people around the world, and of her heart wrenching funeral. You cannot turn on the television, look at a newspaper or check social media without being reminded. Those who are younger may wonder why the date is significant, but for me, I cannot help but acknowledge her life and death.

I was fascinated by Princess Diana from the beginning. I was seven or eight when news of Lady Diana hit the US. My older sister would buy magazines, and I couldn't help but be interested in her life. Perhaps it was the idea of a real princess who looked like she stepped from a fairytale. I remember being at a friend's house that summer, and we woke up at 4am to watch her wed Prince Charles. It was one of those memories that has stayed with me through the years.


As she engaged in royal life, she gained confidence and championed causes that she dearly believed in, and thus she became a role model to young women from all over the world. As I grew up, I continued to admire her kindness, her dedication to her sons, and of course, her beauty.


On Labor Day Weekend 1997, I had a friend visiting from out of town, and we decided to go on a road trip to Laughlin, NV. I would be starting my first real teaching job after the weekend, and so it seemed like a good weekend to celebrate. As I sat at the blackjack table, I heard from someone that Princess Diane had died. It didn't register immediately with me that it was her. Later, as I watched TV, I was horrified to learn that the woman I had adored for practically my entire life was dead.

I didn't let on to my friends how crushed I was, because I worried they would think it was strange. During the days that followed, I was glued to the television while I was home. I saw people placing flowers at Kensington Palace, and I was sad for them too. I was only 24 or so, but I thought about Princes William and Harry, and how incredibly lost they must have felt. My dad died when I was 16, and mourn him still. I watched her funeral, and just felt such a loss. And over the years, I've thought about Princess Diana often. I've thought about all the young women who wouldn't have the opportunity to have her as a role model. 


I was not the type of person to be halted by the death of someone who I didn't know, but the life and death of Princess Diana touched me for some reason. My world is completely unrelated to that of Princess Diana, but I think of her death as a time marker.

And in the 20 years since, I have had good times, and I have had hard times. I have become a wife and a mother. I have received a master's degree, and I've moved from the West to the East, and now I'm in the Midwest. I've worked in public schools and private schools, I've taught art, been a counselor, an administrator and a stay at home mom.

I've been watching the news coverage honoring the life of Princess Diana, and my husband and I have talked with our children about her importance. She was a modern princess, she changed the monarchy and her charitable legacy lives on.

I find myself burned out and honestly, a bit lost after living what seams like a lifetime since I sat playing blackjack. I'm not sure what the next 20 years will bring, but I do know that life is unpredictable, and that's okay.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Roses N Rose'

If you've been a Preppy Mom reader for a while (thank you!), you know that I get super excited when I find a cool new company or an amazing product to share. I met the owner of Roses n Rose' in a blogging group, and she told me about her new skincare line. Of course, I had to try it!
Roses n Rose' was born in San Diego. A true American skincare company. Even better? They only test on the "babest babes of all babes, none of our furry friends." Their first product was their coffee based Rosie Cheeks body scrub, and they have added another scrub and a rose water face mist to the line. They are coming out with lip scrubs soon, and I'm so excited!

Another thing that makes Roses n Rose' a must have company? They have an entire charity line! They work with Moxie Box, and have created Charity by Moxie. For each product from their charity line sold, a percentage goes toward a charity that Roses n Rose' is passionate about. As they grow, Roses and Rose' will "continue to add products that support charities to their line and help the world become a better place." You can also donate to their charities without making a purchase by visiting their website here.


Of course, I wanted to purchase something from Roses n Rose's charity line, so I chose their Sunshine Scrub. This scrub was $16.95, and a percentage of my purchase went towards brain cancer awareness.

Sunshine Scrub is made with yummy ingredients like organic coconut sugar, coconut, pure cane sugar, coconut oil, vitamin e oil, and pineapple. I'm pretty obsessed with everything pineapple, so this was a perfect choice! Sunshine Scrub not only smells amazing, but it leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth. The scent takes my mind to the tropics, and it makes my skin absolutely glow.

This will definitely be my go to body scrub from now on, and it's definitely a must have! If you'd like to purchase Sunshine Scrub, or another product from Roses n Rose', you can follow any of the links in this post, or you find them directly at:

Facebook @rosesnrosee
Twitter/Instagram @roses_n_rose

**I was not compensated in any way for my review. I purchased this item with my own funds, and all opinions are 100% my own.**

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WRISTROCKS

Elyse Ryan WRISTROCKS

I have been a huge fan of ElyseRyan Jewelry for years. Elise Rosenstock, the founder and designer of ElyseRyan, is one of the most genuine people I know. Elise has worked with a variety of charitable organizations over the years, including Alex's Lemonade Stand, Easter Seals and the JDRF.
I'm currently loving this WRISTROCKS bracelet from ElyseRyan Jewelry. There are many WRISTROCKS to choose from; including collections for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a line made for the Mrs. World contestants, a bridal collection, collections benefiting different charities, and a variety of limited edition color stories. Each WRISTROCKS bracelet is one of a kind, filled with beautiful gem and crystals from all over the world and features a piece of silver, the designer signature of ElyseRyan.
The WRISTROCKS bracelet that I'm wearing this summer is pink and green (of course), with pearls, and clear beads. It goes with everything, and it's so comfortable to wear. You can stack these fantastic works of art or wear them as a stand alone piece. I wear mine with another ElyseRyan bracelet and a silver bangle.

If you'd like to see more of ElyseRyan's WRISTROCKS (and trust me, they're amazing), you can follow any of the links in this post (they are not affiliate links), or find her at:

www.elyseryan.com
Instagram: @ElyseRyanJewelry



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who's Fidgeting?

I'm probably that mom that all of the teachers hated last spring. Yes, I bought my boys fidget spinners. A couple actually. I did not give them permission to take them to school, but unfortunately that did happen. I did notice that they helped them concentrate, however. For the past couple of months, they have been able to carry on conversations without becoming antsy to look at a screen in their lap. They've been able to watch a show on tv all the way through! These are very good things, as long as you don't mind a fidget spinner whizzing around on a finger while you talk to the kids. Ok, it's not that bad, but they really have helped.

I can say that I honestly don't mind. At times, I feel like I'm the original fidgeter. For me, my body is just restless. I have a hard time getting comfortable, and will often shift my weight, tuck one leg under, and then untuck a few minutes later. At least I'm able to recognize that I do this, and I can also tell you-it's frustrating to me. It is torture trying to sit still in meetings. My husband says it's like my skeleton wants to jump out of my skin. I've tried hard to control it by modifying my need to, well...fidget.

Renascent Studios makes a unique fidget chain ring that is both dainty and feminine. An original style ring that looks like two rings in one. With dainty jewelry being on trend right now, the ring is perfect. I always wear dainty jewelry, so my ring is like my version of the fidget spinner.

The Renascent Studios worry ring is a squared sterling silver band with a delicate chain gently dangling from the band. There are three little rings attached that move freely around the front of the ring, perfect to fiddle with. Renascent Studios offers several variations of their fidget ring-with or without the chain, the color of the chain and the rings. My ring (shown below) is sterling silver with a 14kt gold filled chain. It has 2 gold filled rings and one silver ring. It is so unique-I have people ask about it all the time.

These rings make great stacking rings and they are perfect for people with busy hands (yes, that's me). For people that are anxious or stressed they provide an excellent distraction and they work great to help focus your mind when meditating. Think of it as a beautifully adult version of the fidget spinner. Renascent Studios was ahead of the times! They have a whole shop full of lovely items.


If you'd like to find Renascent Studios, you can follow any of the links in this post (they are not affiliate links), or you can go directly to https://www.etsy.com/shop/renascentstudios/
Facebook/Instagram: @renascentstudios
Pinterest: @renascentjewels

*Renascent Studios sent me a ring for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own, and I was not compensated for my review.*

Friday, July 7, 2017

How Sensitive Are You?

It's no secret that I seriously struggle with my skin. I think that people with extremely dry, sensitive skin can be just as self conscious of their skin as someone with acne. Before you roll your eyes at me, please read on.
I've never really had breakouts, even as a teen. Maybe a lone pimple here and there, but that's about it. While I may be lucky in that department, my complexion has been anything but peaches and cream. My skin being red, blotchy and dry has caused me to stay home from many a function over the years. When I was younger, I would try and try to cover my redness, only to end up with dry patches and frustration. This completely ages me, but in junior high we had to square dance in gym, but the boy that I had a huge crush on complained because my hands felt leathery. It's not like I was an outcast or anything, it probably bothered no one but me, but oh how that has stayed with me through the years.
To my huge disappointment now, I do not have a single picture of myself from either of my pregnancies. As a matter of fact, my irritations, reactions, redness, itchiness and more attacked my entire body. I would scratch until I bled. One night, while in the ER for a kidney stone (being pregnant did NOT agree with me), I must have scratched off my wedding ring, which we never found.
I'm telling you all of this to let you know what a long road it has been for me-my entire life with severe eczema. I've been on steroids, used prescription creams, been through light therapy and more. I think one of the reasons that I became so interested in cosmetics and skincare is because I had to learn to cover up my redness, while also fighting irritations and dry skin. I've found a few moisturizers that have worked for me, but I've finally found a full line of products (for both face and body) that are soothing and non-irritating. 
I was excited to try Aixallia Skincare. I had to wait to try them because of a HUGE eczema flare, but it was worth the wait. Aixallia is an entire line made for sensitive skin. Made in Aix en Provence, Aixallia's products are made from ultra pure water and only the finest ingredients. They use an ultra-purification treatment to remove all chemical and bacterial contaminants from the water used to formulate their skin care. This purity makes Aixallia the most effective beauty treatments possible. Their active ingredients are used in a whole, natural state, making them safer, more effective and less susceptible to deterioration.
Aixallia sent me several products to test for review purposes. Their soft water base and neutral pH respects the skin's dermal/epidermal border. Their products are suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive conditions. Of course I was anxious to try their products!

I tried the Coconut and Calendula Exfoliating Shower Gel, the Rose and Almond Body Lotion, and the Olive and Rose Hand Cream. It did take me a bit to try these three, as I pretty much had a rash from neck to feet. I have pictures that the dermatologist took, but I will not be showing them. Trust me, it was bad! So, I added things very slowly, even though I knew everything from Aixallia was for sensitive skin.

The shower gel is probably my favorite product from Aixallia. It gently exfoliates, has nice suds, and can be used every day. My husband and kids use it, too. This is a must try product! The body lotion is also very gentle and it absorbs quickly. I'm not very good about remembering to put body lotion on, although with my dry skin, I really should be. I use cortisone creams so often that I just kind of miss other moisturizers. Aixallia's body lotion is very nice though. Their hand cream is very nice-I definitely recommend it. It is very light and it doesn't leave my hands sticky. It has little to no scent, and it's easy to have in my purse. There isn't sunscreen in it, although I really love this cream for during the day. I use a much heavier hand cream at night.

For my facial care, I tried the Emulsifying Make-Up Remover, the Green Tea Day Cream, the Lavender Night Cream and the Rose and Argan Eye Cream. Again, I added products slowly to make sure I didn't react. I didn't have even the slightest reaction.

Aixallia's Micellaire Water is fantastic! It is very gentle, yet extremely effective, packed with cornflower water and organic plant extracts. It removes my makeup effectively, including mascara. It doesn't irritate my face at all, which most things do. It doesn't leave any sort of film on my face. My husband and son have used it to cleanse their skin as well. Great stuff! I recently swapped out my heavier moisturizers for Aixallia's day and night creams. I'm actually kind of obsessed with the green tea day cream. It's light and fresh, and it leaves my face glowing. It's absolutely lovely. The night cream contains lavender water, which is soothing (and it's supposed to help you sleep). I like the night cream, and I'll continue to use it. My face does look fantastic these days, and I think the two work nicely together. I'm not a huge fan of lavender, but the scent is extremely faint. The rose and argan eye cream is light and it absorbs quickly. It leaves my eye area moisturized, but I don't feel like it has enough anti-aging properties for my 45 year old eyes. Since childhood, my eyes have taken a beating, and it's completely my fault. Having eye allergies and also itchy facial skin, I've rubbed my eyes and scratched the skin for as long as I can remember. Now I know what that did-aaarrrggghhh! I don't have crow's feet so much as deep horizontal lines under them. I need major moisture and major anti-aging benefits in my eye cream, and this one doesn't give me quite enough. I feel badly, because I really like it, but it isn't my primary eye cream. If you are younger-this is a seriously fantastic eye cream to revitalize and moisturized your eyes. Start early, and DON'T rub your eyes!

I am so happy and grateful to have been able to try Aixallia. The products have no impurities, no alcohol, synthetic fragrances, phenoxyethanol or parabens. Quite literally, it's ultra pure skincare.

If you'd like to find Aixallia Skincare, you can follow any of the links in this post, or go directly to their website at: www.aixallia.com. You can also find them at:
Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @aixallia

*I was sent products from Aixallia for review purposes, but this review is 100% my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review.*

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Girl's Best Friend

They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but I would argue that jewelry in general holds that special place in my heart. I admit that I spend an unusually lengthy amount of time looking at gorgeous jewelry and gems online. 

I'm actually fascinated by gemstones, and I think that working in that area may have been my true calling. I don't mean working in a jewelry store (can you imagine where my paycheck would go?), but actually designing jewelry, cutting gemstones and making gorgeous jewelry. Perhaps in another life!

For now, I get the chance to introduce you to some amazing jewelers, and to show off their work. I love how unique each designer is, and how their personalities show in their jewelry.

I purchased this beautiful moonstone ring from Gardens of the Sun. Meri Geraldine is the owner/designer in Bali. There are so many amazing things about Gardens of the Sun. Obviously their jewelry is spectacular. Each piece is completely unique, and their prices range from affordable to not (at least for me). I love how dedicated Gardens of the Sun is to its customers and to the environment. They use sustainable materials and they honestly want to sell jewelry that speaks to the individual.

Something else to love? "Gardens of the Sun values sustainability, tree planting, craftsmanship and quality materials. These are jewels you are proud to wear. They make you feel more beautiful inside and out, and remind you to be kinder to yourself." Each piece of jewelry purchased directly supports a women's tree nursery initiative in Indonesian Borneo. Gardens of the Sun is truly a company that I recommend with all of my heart. I adore my ring, and I love their mission.

www.gardensofthesun.net
Instagram: @gardensofthesun

I was sent these sweet little silver and cz studs by Violetta Blues. Violetta Blues is a new line from Idylle, a home decor store in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Store owner, Eva Graschi has started the new jewelry line, and the pieces are delicate and perfect for every day. She is extremely helpful and responsive. I'm very excited to see her jewelry line grow, and I'll be anxious to share more information as it does. 

The easiest way to see Violetta Blues' jewelry and to reach out to them is through Instagram. It is so fun to see gorgeous jewelry from new designers!

www.idylle.ch
Instagram: @violettablues

I love these dark wood and sea glass bracelets from Sea Candy Jewelry in
Laguna Beach. I'm actually kind of obsessed with the beach. Odd that I live in Iowa, or perhaps being completely landlocked is the reason that I dream of the beach. I am fascinated by sea glass. The journey that these smooth pieces of glass make to shore is remarkable. I have a zen garden that has pieces of sea glass among its sand, and I find it incredibly soothing.

Sea Candy Jewelry has a variety of jewelry made from sea glass, including pieces made from rare colors and types of sea glass.

Owners Olivia Oddo and Sean Malek donate 10% of their profits to ocean cleanup projects. They are doing their part to protect our oceans and beaches, so they can continue to be loved and enjoyed. 

www.seacandyjewelry.com
Instagram: @seacandyjewelry

It is such an honor to share these three companies with my readers. I adore their jewelry so much, and I truly hope that you will get to know them as well. Whether new or established, each is worth supporting. Their owners are all so genuine and love what they do. 

**I was not compensated for my reviews. All opinions are 100% my own.**

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's Julep Mystery Box Time!

HOT OFFER! Made for Summer Mystery Boxes just $24.99 Each

Made for Summer Mystery Box

This month, we couldn’t decide what to put into just one mystery box…so we created three. We dare you to try and pick just one. Pick up your Made for Summer Mystery Box - $100+ value only $24.99.

The Pastel Mystery Box: Want to know what’s in this box? Here’s a hint: six of our favorites in beauty and nail in sunwashed, summer-ready hues. $100+ value for just $24.99.

The Bold Mystery Box: For all of you who live by the mantra “the bolder, the better,” this mystery box goes out to you. You’ll love the super-saturated shades that’ll make you stand out all day, every day. $100+ value for just $24.99.

The Neutrals Mystery Box: When it comes to neutral shades, we know you have strong feelings about them. (Translation: you love them.) That’s why we packed this mystery box full of our favorite natural hues—just for you. $100+ value for just $24.99.

WAIT, THERE’S MORE...When you grab a mystery box this month, you’ll get a chance to be one of 6 lucky individuals to name a polish in our 2017 holiday collection.

NOTE: Offer expires on 5/11/17 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last. Purchase of multiple units of the same type of mystery box will result in polish or product overlap. There is no overlap between different types of mystery boxes. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). No exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $100. Taxes vary by location.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BarkBox Review

Waffles got her very first BarkBox!

Bark & Co. Andi's Famous Dumplings

Nootie No Grainers NYC Jerky Chews-Roasted Duck Recipe
Grain and gluten free

Bark & Co Best Treats Ever! Duck and Turkey Strips

Bark & Co. Lady Liberty Ball

Butcher's Block Bones Krunchie Tube


She absolutely loved everything! She carried around all 3 of the dumplings at once, showing them off to everyone!

Right now, you can get 50% off your first box at www.barkbox.com or if you use my referral link, your first box is FREE! https://www.barkbox.com/r/JVCXAYDXP3. Their regular price is $25/month with a 6 month subscription. SO worth it!


Preppy Mom's Kisses💋


I signed up to be a LipSense distributer, and I'm super excited. I named my business Preppy Mom's Kisses💖

If you haven't heard of LipSense, it's gorgeous lip color that you can layer to create new colors, and it seriously stays on all day. It doesn't come off when you drink, smooch, or even when you wipe your lips (it takes a special remover). 

9am wearing Roseberry

5pm

LipSense is the absolute hottest thing right now. They can't even keep it in stock. If you're looking for a color that LipSense is out of-don't be discouraged! Let me know, and I'll see if I can find it for you💋

We also sell amazing eye color, foundation, skin and body care!

Check out the website (just put my distributer ID in to shop). Again, if what you're looking for is out of stock, send me a message!

Thank you for supporting me💖

Distributer ID- 354068
Preppymomm@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DAFNI Straightening Brush

I must have missed the class when they taught girls to style their hair. I'm a complete disaster! Even my biggish bangs of the 1980s were sub par. I'm not being hard on myself, I seriously have never had any hair styling game. In high school and college, I either wore my hair half-up or in a pony tail (in a bow or scrunchie, of course).

I've been wanting straight hair for ages, but can't afford a pricey treatment, and I'm a mess with a straightening iron. I've worn my hair either in a super easy pixie or bob most of my adult life, so I could avoid having to do much to style my hair. I've been growing it for a while now, and it just seems even more curly than I remember it! My sister (who has long, thick, really pretty hair) made me promise not to cut it for a while, so I've been at a loss. I had seen DAFNI advertised, and I thought it looked like something that would help me get my crazy hair under control. I sent them a letter to see if they would send me a straightening brush to review, and I was thrilled when they said yes.


The DAFNI Straightening Brush was developed in 2012 by Sharon Rabi and her father Kobi. It's really interesting to me that they came up with the idea after Sharon got a too-short and unmanageable haircut. I've had so many of those in my time-I see a cute picture, bring it in to my hairdresser, and leave in shock (and sometimes tears). They wanted something easier than a straightening iron. It took them two years before they came up with the perfect model, but their straightening brush was the first of its kind.

Using DAFNI is as easy as brushing your hair. The unique 3D surface of the brush is wider than that of a traditional straightener, allowing you to style large sections of hair with each brushstroke, reducing the time it takes to straighten your hair by as much as 10 times. Due to DAFNI’s ceramic coating and protective structure, you can use DAFNI exactly as you would a regular brush.


I hate HATE having my picture taken. I'm trying to be better, as we realized that with the exception of a few pictures with the boys when they were newborn, there were no pictures of me. So, I'm trying. Unfortunately, I don't look anything like the me from before marriage and children, but I couldn't very well show you how well DAFNI works without pictures.

So, the picture above is my hair before using the DAFNI brush. It was completely air-dried, although you can blow dry your hair with it as well. This was the very first time I had used it-I thought it would be good to show my very first result.


The picture above is after I've done about half of my hair.


Finally, the finished product. It's straighter than I've EVER gotten it from a straightening iron or blow dryer! I don't have any finishing product in it at all-I wanted to show it from just using the DAFNI brush for the first time. It stayed straight until I washed it again, and I think it was more manageable for several days. Each time I use the DAFNI brush, it gives me a better result. This may be because I'm better used to the brush, but regardless, it's fantastic!

If you've seen DAFNI, and you're wondering if it works, I can tell you that it absolutely does! I'm so happy with mine.

If you're looking for the DAFNI Straightening Brush, you can find them at:
Facebook: @DAFNIofficial
Twitter: @DAFNI_hair
Instagram: @dafnihair @dafnihairus
YouTube: DAFNI Hair

*I received the DAFNI for review purposes, but the opinions and this review are 100% my own.*

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ralph Lauren Red Polo Extreme

I received a bottle of Ralph Lauren Red Polo Extreme from Influenster to review. I love wearing a variety of fragrances, but my husband generally doesn't wear cologne of any kind. He was happy to wear it for my review, however, and I'm so glad that he did, because he really likes it, and it smells amazing. Even our son wears a tiny bit, and it isn't overpowering or heavy at all.



Polo Red Extreme is considered to be a spicy, gourmand fragrance. This is the exact type of fragrance that I personally wear (women's obviously). It is a sweeter fragrance, and really wearable. The main notes are Blood Orange, Black Coffee and Black Ebony Wood. You can smell notes of orange and coffee right away. It's very smooth-not harsh at all. 

This is definitely a scent I would pick out for my husband. I highly recommend this fragrance-it's delicious!


*I did receive this bottle of Ralph Lauren Red Polo Extreme free for review purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.*