The Perfect Subscription Box: Birchbox and Draper James

I may be from Florida, which is a melting pot of sorts and not really the south, but I have a part of me that is very “Southern girl.” Hence, my love for Draper James and its creator Reese Witherspoon. She’s a Southern girl whose style I can really get behind. So, I was super psyched when I saw that Draper James was collaborating with my favorite beauty subscription box service Birchbox. Draper James is known for fresh, feminine prints and that’s just what they delivered with their Birchbox collab. The floral print is so pretty, I wish I could wear it. Bwah! But, alas, I’ll have to settle for the box and the fabulous contents that I found inside it. What comes in the Draper James Birchbox? I’m glad you asked…


This box has a little something for everyone. Actually, most of them do, but this one in particular, really struck my fancy. From ways to update your spring makeup looks to a subtle, yet decadent fragrance, Reese really brought her A-game. And she even included a little note describing why these products were chosen. If you know anything about Draper James, you know they’re all about the power of pretty… much like Momtrends. Well, this box is filled with products that Reese considers “pretty mighty.” Think products that pack a serious punch. So, let’s break things down a bit shall we?

Reese Witherspoon

Birchbox Draper James Collab

If you’re looking to make a serious impact with your look, these products are for you. Let’s start with the lips…LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Playful is a lovely coral pink kinda color that was simply made for spring. So was the Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer, but I digress…You won’t believe how hydrating this lipstick feels. Matte lippies can really dry out your lips, but that’s not the case with this one. Score! And another subtle, yet somehow also statement making find in this box is the Lavanila Pure Vanilla Fragrance. You’ll want to smell your wrist again and again! You can bet this one is going in my makeup bag. As is the Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary. Not only does it help keep your shine at bay, but it has SPF 50 in it. Talk about your double-duty product. And, finally, along the same multi-purpose vein is the Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect. It not only serves as a color protector, but also a UV shield. And if you happen to heat style your hair a lot, it protects it from that too.

Birchbox contents

So, if you’ve been thinking about trying out the Birchbox beauty subscription box service for yourself, as you can see, now is a great time to take the plunge! If a Draper James collaboration isn’t inspiration enough, I don’t know what is. Haha! As Reese says, “Keep it pretty please!”

Draper James

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BarePro Powder Foundation Review

BarePro Powder Foundation Review

Don’t you love when your skin feels naked and clean yet has a lovely finish? That’s what you get with the new BarePro Performance Foundation from bareMinerals. The skincare experts at bareMinerals have engineered a foundation that gives me 12 hours of coverage without looking heavy or sitting in my fine lines.

I started testing this product last July when they sent me a sample. I used it non-stop thru November and then found it wasn’t moisturizing enough for the winter. I switched back to the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue I had been using during the winter (it’s more moisturizing).  But now that spring is here, I’ve switched back to this powder formula and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

It’s really easy to use and if you don’t love playing with makeup, you can’t overdo this. It’s a “cake-free foundation” that won’t look overdone. Yet you get a nice full coverage and like all things bareMinerals it’s formulated with 90% vitamins and minerals.

Pick from 30 “true-to-you” colors, to match your skin. To apply, they recommend the bareMinerals BAREPRO Core Coverage Brush ($30), but I think you can apply it with just about any dense foundation brush.The bareMinerals BAREPRO Core Coverage Brush is retractable and works well–but I prefer an even longer handle. With your favorite brush, sweep the product onto your face and then start with a light dusting. Layer on a bit more for more coverage.

I’m wearing just the foundation and mascara in this shot. I feel like my skin shines through–the mark of a good product. As always, I test everything we talk about. In fact, I sat on this review for months. As time went on, I liked this product more and more. Get the scoop in my review video:


Note the two downsides: One, if you have dry skin, this may not be for you. Two, there is no SPF in this product. You’ll need to use a moisturizer with SPF in if before you apply this product.

BAREPRO Performance Base Powder is $30 and is available at bareMinerals and you can buy it here at Sephora.

BarePro Performance Foundation from bareMinerals review

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The Best Facial Oils for Younger Looking Skin

If there is one beauty product that I’m happy to have discovered recently, it’s facial oil. I’ve been using the basics like moisturizer, serum, eye cream and whatnot forever, it feels like, but I only added facial oil in the past few years. As soon as I applied it for the first time, I knew facial oils would be a permanent addition to my beauty routine. I have yet to find another product that matches their ability to give instant, and I mean instant, results. Facial oils give me an immediate rosy glow… and after a very long, pale winter, my skin could use it. Haha! Now there are a lot of facial oils out there, and I’ve tried several myself, so I thought I would round up some that I love for you. Don’t you want younger looking skin? Don’t we all? Bwah!

facial oils

Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil…This was actually the very first facial oil that I tried and it remains a forever favorite. It’s lightweight formula absorbs practically instantly and allows this girl to leave the house with little makeup thanks to the glow it gives me!

facial oil

Trilogy Rosehip Oil…This facial oil is not only hydrating, but it also has antioxidants in it, so you get some anti-aging action too when you use it! And did I mention that it’s organic?! I know I’m not the only one always looking for more natural beauty products!

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate…If you need a little pick me up in the morning, this is the facial oil for you. Not only does it give you a fresh, dewy look, but the crisp citrusy scent is downright invigorating. Bye bye fatigue! Hello refreshed face!

So, if you’ve been wondering if you really need facial oils in your life, the answer is YES if you want younger looking skin!

Shop the facial oils: Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil /  Trilogy Rosehip Oil / Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

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Looking Pretty When You’re Pretty Sick

Looking Pretty When You're Pretty Sick tips fo I always thought it was a cruel joke to have a holiday that you want to smooch and look extra sexy coincide with a season during which there is the potential to look and fee like crap because of colds or flus. Ha ha, Mr. Cupid. Very funny.

Here are a few tricks to at least look pretty even when you’re pretty sick. But when it comes to sharing the germs, that’s up to and your kiss target.

Problem: No Sleep
You have: Raccoon eyes
Pretty Quick Fix: Slice a raw potato and place the slices under your eyes for a few minutes. The potassium helps get rid of under-eye dark circles. Place a dot of light eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye and poof! You just slept eight hours. I’ve had good luck with Tarte’s Rest Assured Brightening Wand.

Problem: Constant Nose Blowing
You have: Flaky nose and dry skin
Pretty Quick Fix: Vaseline, lanolin (although true lanolin is kinda stinky for under-nose placement) Iit doesn’t have to be an expensive moisturizer, it just has to be an extra emollient one. Gently rub a generous amount onto the flaky nostril area. Don’t use your regular moisturizer if it has any anti-aging properties, because those ingredients might irritate skin further.

Problem: Itchy, Drippy Nose
You have: Redness
Pretty Quick Fix: If your nose is a la Rudolph, dot on a bit of your concealer and blend to the outer edges. Oil is a good thing in this case, since it can help stave off the flakes that sometimes accompany redness, so a “shine-free” or “mattefying” formula might dry you out further.

Problem: Itchy Eyes
You have: Puffiness
Pretty Quick Fix: Apply a cold compress to your eye area for five to 10 minutes to decrease swelling. Don’t have that kind of time? Place ice cubes into a bowl of water, and splash your face a few times. This will increase circulation and decrease the puff. Lining the bottom inside lash line with a white eyeliner will also help to whiten and brighten red, itchy eyes. Try Shu Uemura’s Eye Light Pencil in White.

Problem: All of the Above
You have: Pale skin
Pretty Quick Fix: Choose a tinted moisturizer for sheer color (or try mixing your regular moisturizer 50/50 with a foundation). Finish with a sweep of peach or pink powder blush for a healthy glow. Keep it light, so it doesn’t look like a fever gave you rosy cheeks.

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Three Ways to Get Smooth Skin

If there is anything I want more than a younger looking complexion, it’s smooth skin. Actually, nice smooth skin DOES make you look younger, so there you go. Clearly I want it all. Haha! Luckily, getting smooth skin isn’t out of your grasp. A ruddy complexion is one of the easiest skin woes to tackle and it all starts with exfoliation. Now you can go the DIY route, which I love doing myself when I have the time. In fact, this coffee honey mask is a great option for gentle exfoliation. But just in case you aren’t up for some DIY action right now, I rounded up a few of my favorite products to help you exfoliate and smooth out your skin.

tula face mask

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask… I am pretty darn addicted to masks, and when they can do double duty and exfoliate my skin too like this one, I’m all in! I’ve mentioned Tula products before with good reason. They’re amazing! This multi-purpose mask helps clear away the dead skin and debris that can clog up your skin. If you don’t clear all that away, get ready to live with dull skin. Blah!

kiehl's pure vitality skin renewing cream

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream… Once you’ve exfoliated you want to use a treatment cream that will continue the skin renewal process. This cream not only helps make that new skin that you’ve revealed thanks to your exfoliation dedication stronger, but it also increases cell turnover rate leaving you with a brighter, smoother complexion! It’s a game changer for dry, ruddy skin.

clarins multi active nuit

Clarins Multi-Active Nuit…You know what doesn’t lead to smooth skin? Not getting enough rest will definitely not help you achieve the complexion of your dreams. That being said, we’re moms. There are going to be times we don’t get enough sleep. We can make it a priority, but things happen like crying babies and sick kids. So having a secret weapon night cream that will fight the effects of exhaustion-ravaged skin is clutch! The poppy extract in this one literally helps smooth your skin while you slumber. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

For more beauty tips and tricks, check out my take on the best lip gloss for dry lips!

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Year of the Rooster

It’s the year of the Rooster! Chinese New Year officially kicked off yesterday, and the joyous “spring festival” will continue for about 23 days.

So what are the characteristics of the rooster? According to tradition and belief, if your baby is born in this lunar year, he or she will be smart, energetic, and confident—a social creature who loves the spotlight.

This Tech 21 Evo Elite Chinese New Year edition by Jack Tsai iPhone case is a bright and beautiful way to honor new beginnings and bright prospects. Whether of not you celebrate this colorful occasion, you can get it on the Chinese New Year festivities with these fun and festive products. Happy Year of the Rooster, friends!

  1. Ferragamo Rooster and Garden Scarf, $230 / 2. YSL Chinese New Year Blush, $47 / 3. Michael Kors Lunar New Year Keychain, $36 / 4. Kate Spade Rooster Coin Purse, $128 / 5. Michaela Buerger Chinese New Year Long Sleeve, $217 / 6. Giorgio Armani Bronzer, $88 / 7. Shu Uemura Lip Balm, $30 / 8. Sugarfina Chinese New Year Bento Box, $18/ 9. MAC Lunar Lipstick, $17

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2017 Nail Trends

These days, I rarely get to the salon for for a primping, pampering manicure. So, I, typically, have to rely on a steady hand and a bottle of the latest and greatest from Essie or OPI or Sally Hansen or whatever brand and hue, I’m coveting and crushing on in that fleeting mani-moment in time. Or, more realistically, I’ll just grab whatever I happen to have on hand and get to work! I’ll put the kids to bed, throw on my jammies (how cute are my cozy polish pants?), cue up Netflix, make a cup of tea, and get my paint on! Sounds like an ideal evening to me.

Essie Penny Talk & Essie Good as Gold (on nails)

While I, generally, keep my nails nice and short and neutrally polished, I’ve been trying to branch out a bit. Pops of color, decorative designs, elegant embellishments, and major metallic are just a few fun ways I’m upping my DIY nail game this year. Here are six of the  biggest, coolest, and neatest nail trends you, too, should try in 2017.

(via Pinterest)

Majorly Metallic
Who needs jewelry? Dress up your nails in heavy metals: rose golds, shiny silvers, and cool coopers. Layer on or use your favorite metallic as a top coat over a more subdued neutral. Better yet, put a twist on the most iconic manicure, and paint a shiny line over a more matte polish—for a look that is most certainly not your Mama’s French.

(via New York Times)

Blindingly Bright
When it comes to color, this is the year to go big (and bold!) or go home. Bright and powerful pops of lemon yellows, tangerine oranges, and electric blues are all the rage. Don’t shy away from it—pick the punchiest of pigments. Up the ante by color blocking a few different shades, and embrace the rainbow!

(via The Fashion Spot)

Skin-toned Neutrals
Match your nail color to your skin tone and go for a very monochromatic, timeless, and chic look.

(via Instagram/Miss Pop Nail)

Geo Designs
Paint a black rectangle down the center of your nail or create a grid design over a simple shade or clear polish. It’s a simple way to jazz up a standard mani.

(via Vogue)

Color your Cuticles
This one takes a little more skill and a super-thin-tipped brush. Paint your nails a solid shade and outline your cuticle with a contrasting color—or, even cooler, try a glittery metallic.

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Pretty Organization Ideas

I feel like at the heart of everyone’s New Year’s resolutions is a desire to be more organized. Because I am such a product hoarder, I often forget about the ones I actually like to use. My Birchbox comes, then Ipsy comes, then I run to Sephora, and by the time the first of the month rolls around, I STILL haven’t used the samples I received from last month.

Maybe the answer is unsubscribing?

No. Part of my job is getting the in on the latest and greatest out there. So how do I de-clutter, organize, keep what I like, AND make it all look Pinterest worthy? One of the answers is doing the Marie Kondo style of purging where if it doesn’t really bring me any joy, pitch it. If I’ve used a lip liner only once and it’s not in my regular rotation, it might be time to say farewell. Or, if you only have bits of your compact left, let it go, girl. 

If there’s an eye shadow palette that I only use on special occasions, I tell myself I can hold on to it for at least a year. I know, I know. People across the board say that 3 to 6 months is as long as you should keep shadows, but if I’m only using it  to 5 times anyway, I’m not going to give it up after just two uses.

The other aspect about makeup organization is not totally putting product out of your eyesight. Even if you only use something on occasion, if you hide it away, you’ll 100% forget about it. Then what use is it? Keep it around so that you remember it, but maybe stash it in the back of your organizer like I did with some makeup wipes in this organizer here.

For the products that I use on the daily, I bought this pretty geometric tray that stays by my night stand. It’s impossible to clutter it since the sides are open and things would fall out. I keep my medicine and nightly beauty products close at hand. I also use a small trinket tray for the earrings I forgot to take out before bed. (Inevitable).

My last tip about staying organized is using little bags. Seriously. These babies will save you time and energy. One of the reasons I still subscribe to Ipsy is so I get my little bag each month. I designate a bag for specific things. One bag is for face stuff, one for lip stuff. Don’t stop there! Use them for cords, brushes, office supplies, you name it! Even if I’m not throwing them into my purse, they are super helpful organization tools for my home.

Happy new year, beauties! Stay organized!

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3 Easy Holiday Manicures

T’is the season to be totally festive. I’ve always loved nail art and firmly believe that even adding a little bit of an accent completely ups your outfit. The problems with nail art is that it’s expensive and/or time consuming. (My favorite nail place charges $68 for a designer manicure. That’s without tip!) What if I told you that it doesn’t have to be either of those things?

Oh yeah, you’ll want to keep reading. I’ve come up with three different ways you can achieve the perfect holiday manicure without breaking the bank. You’ll want to, and be able to, have fabulous nails all year long.

Original nail art:

I’m no artist, okay? My stick figures would scare David Cronenberg. But! I have found an unbelievably easy to way to create adorable designs on my manicures using a nail art pen. They come in oodles of colors and are very simple to use. I like the ones by Sally Hansen because the tips are fine an you can get as detailed as you wish. 


You can use stickers if you’d like. But I prefer to make my own! Watch how I make custom decals made out of nail polish that last for days. Match them to your outfit, cut them out using scissors or punchers, and apply them easily with a top coat.

The fakers:

I was never a fan of fake nails because I always felt that they looked, well, fake. When I was introduced to imPRESS nails, it was love at first…nail? Because they are sooooo easy to use (like, a 5 minute application) and last for about a week, they have quickly become a beauty staple. If you didn’t know, you probably wouldn’t know, would you?? This matte look is so trendy and the glitter accent makes it very merry. 

Hope you “nail” your holiday mani. Let us know which one you tried or if you have another favorite way to decorate your nails!

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Winter is here and it’s time to switch up the beauty routine. I’m swearing by the new beauty cleansing oil I found from Kiehls. It’s called the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil.

Beauty Cleansing Oil



Putting oil on your face seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? But Kiehl’s new botanical product will have you rethinking what oil can do for your face. Your skin won’t feel greasy at all. I promise.

In the past year, I added a brightening facial oil to my skincare routine, making me think this cleanser might just for me.

Three Things I Love About Kiehl’s Cleansing Oil

1. The smell
2. It gets eye makeup off easily
3. It leaves your face feeling refreshed, not dry

You won’t get a big sudsy wash, as the cleanser emulsifies, it’ll get whiter and milky looking. I start with three pumps on dry skin. I blend the oil in my hands and then apply to my face. After a bit of cleansing, I wet my hands and add some water–things get a little sudsier then.

For my everyday eye makeup, this gets EVERYTHING off! When I did a dramatic evening eye (charcoal shadow and black liner), I did have to go back with an eye makeup remover to get the eye makeup off.

With the drier, colder air, switching to a gentler cleanser just makes sense for my beauty routine. Do you switch things up for winter? I am also on the hunt for a GREAT winter moisturizer to use after skiing. Any ideas? Any great moisturizing masks? Friends, I want to test them. Please let us know!

It definitely smells like a garden–there’s nothing harsh or chemically about the scent. I was happy to see evening primrose oil (which is rich in omega-6 fatty acids)–I’ve been hearing so much about primrose is face products. Plus it has my favorite essential oil, lavender, which just makes everything smell like the fields of France.  It’s also soap-free, sulfate-free, and mineral oil free. But it’s not free. Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is $32.  Shop for it here:

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