Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Naughton Braun Pearls

I absolutely know that I am among countless others who share in the belief that it is difficult to adequately describe the beauty of pearls. Of course, there are pearls out there that near perfection, although few ever see such divine skill. It is my opinion that even the pearls with flaws are beautiful in their uniqueness. Pearls of different colors, shapes, quality and luster are a brilliance of nature.

Naughton Braun Pearls is a pearl jewelry company that uses only the finest freshwater pearls, silk threads and gemstones. Naughton Braun Pearls was founded by Bernadette Braun and Stacie Yuhasz, who are freshwater pearl lovers, avid travelers, mothers, designers and entrepreneurs. Naughton Braun believes that Women empower Women, and in the importance of giving back.

Naughton Braun has been very busy with Chinese New Year celebrations, but Stacie has given so much of her time to work with me. I had approached her to review a piece on my blog, and easily became entranced with Naughton Braun's sumptuous pearls and stunning designs. They have pearl jewelry that is simple enough to wear daily, and others appropriate for bridal or black tie. The Fairy Pools Earrings and Captiva Earrings are two stunningly gorgeous pieces from their earring collection. 

Fairy Pools Earrings

The Fairy Pools Earrings are described as dancing wisps of a fairy wing. These earrings pool and reflect color that surrounds them, enhancing your every move. The Fairy Pools are 13-15mm pink Edison pearl earrings set on gold-plated sterling silver hoops.

Captiva Earrings

The Captiva Earrings by Naughton Braun are bejeweled Sterling silver Edison pearl drop earrings, radiant with colored CZs and subtle lustre. They are 12-13mm Edison Pearls on a hinged sterling silver drop, topped with a circlet of colored CZs (they come in Emerald, Ice, Lagoon, Canary, Rose and Royal. The Captiva Earrings were featured by Jewellery Monthly Valentine's Day 2017 Gift Guide. I have The Captivas in rose, and they accessorize my usual pink, green and navy palette perfectly.

While either pair of earrings would be gorgeous for dressier occasions (The Captiva Earrings in rose would be absolute perfection for a spring or summer bride), they really work beautifully for daily wear. I'm generally comfortable wearing studs or huggies, but I am very confident wearing both of these. I've been growing my hair for what seems like ages, and these have such a lovely shimmer with my hair up or down. They don't have a long drop, and they are far from unbelievable bling. They will enhance a variety of skin or hair color combinations. You cannot go wrong with either pair. Actually-I don't think you could go wrong with anything from Naughton Braun.

If you're looking to shop with Naughton Braun Pearls, you can find them:
Facebook/Instagram: @NaughtonBraun
Pinterest: Naughton Braun

*Naughton Braun Pearls sent me these earring for review purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.*

Thursday, February 16, 2017

NNNY Skincare

Skincare has never been more advanced, yet many companies are using natural ingredients like they haven't in years. NNNY Skincare is one of the companies that is clearly getting it right. They have what seems to be the perfect balance of skincare technology and natural ingredients that have been used to keep skin beautiful for generations.
NNNY Skincare was founded by beauty innovator Yuko Nishio, a 27 year old CEO of a well respected modeling agency in Japan. Yuko traveled extensively for photo shoots and found that her skin - along with that of her models - was extremely dry. Shocked by her aged appearance, she tried a variety of prestigious beauty products but found their excessive fragrances and synthetic, chemical ingredients irritated her skin, clogged her pores and lacked the performance she needed.
Yuko began to research herbal medicine and its effects on the body from the inside, out. She also studied epidermal anatomy to learn how these naturally derived ingredients could be used to penetrate the skin’s many layers and help promote natural healing. When she was 37 - just ten years after her quest began, she followed her passion for skincare nearly 10,000 miles to the Phyto-Aromatherapy Institute in Philadelphia.
While studying in the U.S. she learned how adding the right amount of specific plant extracts and essential oils could not only help prevent many of the visible signs of aging, but also profoundly repair skin damage. This personal interest has since flourished into a successful business as one of the world’s top professional estheticians, including certification as a skincare instructor at the Phyto-Aromatherapy Institute. Upon returning to Japan in 1995, Yuko opened the prestigious spa Nature Sage Salon in Tokyo.
An unwavering passion for healthy, radiant skin also inspired Yuko to create her own natural product line. Launched in 2004 and created from decades of research, the NNNY Exclusive Skin Care Series with proprietary Nano Natural Technology was originally available exclusively to Yuko’s spa clientele. After more than 20 years she now treats an international roster of elite clientele, including celebrities, top makeup artists and royal family members who love the instant radiance they can create with NNNY Skin Care.
While I'm not a client in Yuko's spa (I can dream though), I have been extremely blessed to try two of her amazing products - Nano Mist and Nano Whiteen Cream EX. 

Nano Mist

Yuko's Nano Mist provides instant protection and hydration that lasts. Since I have very dry skin, I have always applied a mist several times a day, just to keep my face from feeling parched. I can absolutely tell that I don't need to reapply during the day - even this winter!

Nano Mist is a light protective and moisturizing mist that provides long lasting hydration and an instant soft dewy glow. Its ultra-restorative spray holds moisture in the skin and helps prevent harmful pollution and environmental elements from clogging pores and stripping away the naturally protective moisture barrier. Nano Mist utilizes Nano Natural Technology that helps each restorative ingredient penetrate deeply for amazing results from the first application. It is designed to easily store and carry everywhere you go, and it is always fragrance, colorant, paraben and cruelty free. 

Nano Whiteen Cream EX

Yuko's Nano Whiteen Cream EX is basically a super rich 5 in 1 Powerhouse. It is a powerful blend of 55 restorative botanical extracts to moisturize, brighten, tone, nourish and protect. This combination has created the ultimate powerhouse product, while keeping it gentle and ultra luxurious.

The anti-aging moisture cream helps restore youthful glow and supple, smooth skin texture instantly. Premium plant oils and precious botanicals form a long-lasting protective moisture barrier to prevent dehydration with a sumptuous silky feel. Nano Whiteen Cream EX uses Nano Natural Technology to help each restorative ingredient penetrate deeply for amazing results from the first application. There are fifty-five unique plant botanical extracts and naturally derived ingredients seamlessly blended to provide the optimal antioxidant shield to protect and repair. As with NNNY Nano Mist, the Nano Whiteen Cream EX is designed to easily store and to carry along. It is also always fragrance, colorant, paraben and cruelty free.
When I first received these products from NNNY, I had a major reaction to something. Under advisement from my dermatologist, I basically used nothing on my skin for almost 3 months. It's impossible to know for sure, but I think NNNY's products might have helped during the process, had I used them. Especially the Nano Mist, as it is extremely soothing. Regardless, I'm very glad to have them to use now, and I plan to buy their Camilla Soap one of these days. The only downside to the products from NNNY is that their price point is very high, and that is the ONLY negative for me. NNNY has created extremely high quality and beneficial products. My skin is soothed, moisturized and much more luminous. This is absolutely a gorgeous line.
You can find NNNY Skincare at:
Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @NNNYSkinCare 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine's Day Hints

I've said it before, but I think Joan Rivers was pretty fantastic! While her comedy might not have appealed to everyone, her style was undeniable. I can't pull off that much sequins and glitz, but oh, how I wish I had it in me!

Joan Rivers' jewelry was unique, timeless, and highly collectible. I should have purchased a few of her pieces while she was still with us.

Diana Miller, owner of SCLadyDiJewelry. She has a huge collection of Joan Rivers' jewelry, and has been a collector for more than 25 years. They aren't just possessions for her, or just items to sell, but she knows their history, and each piece is special to her. Diana will be leaving certain pieces to special family members one day. She is exactly the type of shop owner that is a pleasure to work with, and she is lovingly selling some of her pieces that are no longer available.

If you are looking for a special gift to hint about to your sweetheart, or something extremely special to buy for a mother, this is it! SCLadyDiJewelry has so many beautiful pieces to choose from, but the Hearts & Flowers Charm Necklace is truly special. Even better? They're on sale 25% off until 2/14/17!

by Joan Rivers

“The Victorian language of love—and a whole set of unforgettable messages. For romance and charm, the Victorians had it all over our era. Even their jewelry conveyed tender messages through symbolic hearts, flowers, and colors. I’ve loved and collected these pieces for years! And I’m thrilled that Hearts & Flowers isn’t just beautiful, it’s rich in meanings—as true now as in that unforgettable time gone by.”  ---  Joan Rivers
Hearts & Flowers by Joan Rivers is a golden-finish chain, hand-painted in the Victorian fashion, and starts with your first 7 heart charms:

* FAITHFULNESS – A hand-painted evergreen heart, set with fine traceries and a crystal primrose of pale aqua, is “padlocked” to keep love true.

* TRUE UNDERSTANDING – A pair of matched hearts, set with bright crystals, nestles together on glowing crimson, and re-appear on the back, sculpted in golden-finish metal.

* SEEKING & FINDING – A rich pattern of simulated cabochons in hues of coral (travel by sea) and turquoise (travel by land) reverses to “Love” in flowing script.

* STAR OF HOPE – Set in a heart of blue, deep as a midnight sky, radiant beams encircle a lustrous, simulated pearl, under a starry crown of three crystals.

The STAR OF HOPE charm is the stunning centerpiece of the Hearts & Flowers Charm Necklace.

* SWEET MEMORIES – A turquoise-colored spray of forget-me-nots bows on its graceful stem in a field of ruby-red.

* NEW LOVE – A peridot-colored crystal shimmers within a heart of pure white, like earliest spring’s first green rising from the snow.

* KINDNESS – A glorious starburst, source of warmth and radiance, rises from a topaz-colored heart accented with a crystal the color of deep garnet.

Diana has gorgeous Joan Rivers' Hearts & Flowers pieces that she is selling. This would be such a special gift - to own a piece of Joan Rivers' creative, unique and sentimental jewelry. Diana is offering 25% off the Joan Rivers' Hearts & Flowers Collection until 2/14/17!

Diana also has complete HEARTS & FLOWERS CHARM NECKLACES for sale in her shop, SCLadyDiJewelry. The complete necklace is truly a luxurious piece.

by Joan Rivers

“The perfect romance is always worth waiting for.” – Joan Rivers
This exquisitely romantic necklace begins with 7 Victorian miniature heart charms, each expressing a tender sentiment more beautifully than words ever could. But just wait! As you add each new heart charm, you will see this fascinating piece grow in enchantment and beauty. Anticipation is always part of the fun of collecting!

* SECRET LOVE – Opals have a secret life – there’s a fiery glow, deep inside their pale, serene blue.  Two simulated opals are tucked into the graceful curves of a scrolled heart.

* GUARDIAN ANGELS – A sculpted angel, framed in turquoise blue, reverses on the other side to its twin, engraved and overlaid with hand-painting of rich green.

* TENDER INNOCENCE – The fresh, delicate beauty of a spring columbine in first bloom is captured in shades of peach and yellow.

* PASSIONATE LOVE – A rose garden exquisitely carved in the color of coral, symbol of life and energy, reverses to an intaglio of flowers in golden-finish metal.

* TRANQUILITY – A cool, translucent aventurine heart soothes the spirit (and couldn’t we all use that?) cradled in a halter of royal purple and golden-finish scrollwork.

* CONFIDENCE – A bold, fire-orange, padlocked heart carries its own tiny key, to assure confidence in all you do.

* ETERNAL LOVE – A crystal-headed snake twines itself around a crimson heart, forming the symbol of eternal love.

* DEEP THOUGHTS – A pansy of deep, magical blue reverses to another, sculpted in golden-finish metal. “Pansy” comes from “pensee - French for both “thought” and this flower.

* SUDDEN JOY - A bluebird comes swooping down from a tracery of clouds, bringing happiness.  On the reverse, there’s a brilliant sunburst, indicating celebrations.

* CREATIVITY – On a heart of the soft romantic color of tanzanite, a crystal-set flower stands on its head, a sign of imagination and creativity.

* ESTEEM – In classic Victorian style, gemstone initials spell out “R E G A R D”  in crystal flowers the color of ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond.

* LOVE’S ENCHANTMENT - Blush-pink flowers are caught in a three-dimensional “cage of love” in swirling filigree, not able to escape—and probably not wanting to either.

Joan’s hearts are very versatile, and she wanted you to have fun with them! Just by opening the spring ring that’s at the top of each heart charm, you can remove and re-attach them anywhere you like—including on another open-link chain or bracelet, if the mood strikes you.

Joan Rivers' jewelry is collectible, unique, and has become even more so since her passing. The Hearts & Flowers Charm Necklace is no longer available, and SCLadyDiJewelry has both the starter necklace, the complete necklace, and several additional pieces. Diana's collection is breathtaking, and to find these pieces on sale is very special.

To see Diana's entire collection, to ask questions, or to purchase, visit her shop SCLadyDiJewelry.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jane Scrivner Skincare

Obviously you know by now-I absolutely love trying new skincare. It's clearly my "thing." I'm always looking for that product that will make me look like I did when I was 21, but also, I just love different products and lines. Not everything is a home run either, and I try to share that with you as well. It is important to note that just because something makes me itch, it will likely be fine for 99% of humans. I just have crazy sensitive skin. I will not give up though, and I hope you learn about new lines and products, and maybe find your holy grail product in the process.

One skincare line that I was so excited to try was from Jane Scrivner. I had heard great things, and then I saw her products popping up on people's skincare regime Instagram photos. By this point, I was on a mission. I had to find it. And...I live in Iowa. Obviously nowhere to be found-I'm trying to remember why I left Phoenix or Boston at this point-thank goodness for the internet. I contacted Jane, and she generously sent me a few products to try for my blog.

Jane's thoughts on beautiful skin are just what you hope they would be. She says, "There is nothing more pleasing than great skin looking back at you from the mirror in the morning, it starts your day, it sets you up and it imbues a feminine confidence that you just can't buy. My motivation is to get you that skin." I want Jane Scrivner to be my bestie. I'm not kidding.

Jane Scrivner spends time reading and researching about raw materials that have a great track record, ingredients that are pure, natural, preferably organic and that genuinely work. Once she decides on an ingredient, it will be sourced to the absolute best version, organic, raw, first pressing making sure it's full of fresh nutrients to feed the skin. She doesn't use blended base oils, but opts for 'single' estate oils and she tries to basically trace the field it was grown in! Jane Scrivner's essential oils are the best that she can find. THAT is determination!

Jane Scrivner sent me her 3 Step Dream Team Flawless Skin Program to try. In the program are the Nourishing Cleanser, Skin Elixir and 'OO' Cream. I had recently had a major reaction to something (maybe a medication-we never knew exactly), so I wasn't able to try the products for a while. I definitely needed willpower!

Jane Scrivner's Nourishing Cleanser is a luxury balm that can be used to gently cleanse, or as a night balm. It comes with a super soft cleansing towel, which helps gently exfoliate. The Skin Elixir is a daily moisturizer that absorbs quickly, and leaves skin soft and glowing. It can easily be used under makeup. Jane Scrivner's 'OO' CREAM (Over Oil Cream) locks in moisture, protects and mattifies.

After using the Flawless Skin Program, my skin is soft and less irritated. The 3 products that I've tried are seriously luxurious, moisturizing and soothing. I'm glad that I waited to start Jane Scrivner's skincare until after my skin had healed and calmed. It may not have been a problem, but I would have hated to not give it an adequate chance, just in case. This line is fantastic!

If you'd like to find Jane Scrivner Skincare, you can follow any of the links in this post. They aren't affiliate links-just to be helpful. You can also go to:
Facebook: @JaneScrivnerNaturalSkincareRange
Twitter: @JaneScrivner
Instagram: @JaneScrivnerSkincare

**Jane Scrivner sent me products for review purposes, but I was not compensated. All opinions are 100% my own.**