I don’t know about you but I have never mastered the round brush and blow dryer technique on myself. I don’t know if it’s my short, t-rex arms, my struggle with manipulating the brush and dryer to work in harmony, or both. Probably both. Well, I tested out the Revlon One-Step Styler and Volumizer.
Can it truly give salon quality results at home? Watch the video below to check out my impressions, results, and if I think it’s worth it.
BEST HAIRDRYER?! REVLON ONE-STEP DRYER & VOLUMIZER - YouTube
I tested the hair styler without any volumizing product and I think my results would have been even better with a lovely mousse or spray.
What do you think? Have you tested it out? Are you going to get one for yourself?
If there’s one thing that stays constant about me, it is that my hair is a part of my identity. I get it sounds silly, but my hair makes me feel like “me”. It’s the one thing I’m always confident about despite how I may feel about other things. Call it my adult security blanket if you will. Taking care of my hair is extremely important to me, and I’ve noticed some changes recently. For instance, my hair will get greasy by day two now – when that hasn’t been an issue in thirty years. Not anymore thanks to Pantene’s new Charcoal Collection.
Long, thick locks mean washing my hair every day, and that is not something I enjoy. No more daily washes since I’ve started using Pantene’s activated charcoal shampoo and conditioner. I’ve noticed I can go longer in between washes because the activated charcoal gently purifies by absorbing impurities while releasing antioxidants, helping it look refreshed and clean with renewed body and shine.
I don’t even need to use dry shampoo on day two! My hair gets so clean without overproducing oils. It’s like magic the way it balances my scalp and rids hair impurities, removing them like a magnet. The mornings always begin with “I woke up like this” hair which means I get more time to enjoy my coffee and spend time with my family.
The shampoo is purifying and nutrient-infused with a Pro-V blend of activated charcoal, pro-vitamin B5 and antioxidants. Free of silicone, parabens and dyes, the activated charcoal cleanses hair and the scalp to help remove dirt and impurities. For those women with an oily scalp, this product helps to reset the balance leaving the hair refreshed.
The charcoal conditioner is Pantene’s first ever silicone-free conditioner that rinses out quickly leaving the ultimate clean-feel for renewed fullness and shine. The nutrient-rich, lightweight conditioner is free of parabens and dyes and contains pro-vitamin B5, white charcoal and antioxidants. My hair has more body, shine, and not weighed down.
The new Charcoal Collection shampoo and conditioner will be available to purchase at Target mid-July. I’m definitely going to buy another set for my second shower. I’m going to buy another set for my second shower.
This content is sponsored by Pantene. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This post is in partnership with Olay. As always all opinions are honest and my own.
There are many skincare tips but two will always be the top recommendations – drink lots of water and protect your face with SPF. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, I know that I always keep track of water, but I don’t always wear SPF. Ugh, that’s a major beauty sin. Thanks to Olay I am no longer a sinner.
I know I’m not alone. In fact, only ⅓ of women wear SPF daily. Why is that? I know I personally hate the greasy look and feeling I get from traditional sunscreens. Well, you don’t have to worry about that with Olay Whips with SPF 25. Unlike other sunscreens, Whips with SPF has Active Rush Technology, with holds and releases 1000x its weight in hydration, instantly absorbing into the skin, so it feels light and moisturizing.
You almost won’t believe it has SPF in it! There’s nothing I hate more than when my tan skin has a white cast from sunscreen. I usually only apply sunscreen on my face when I’m at the pool or beach because I just can’t be walking around all day looking like a greasy Casper. Olay Whips with SPF 25 blends with all skin tones without leaving an oily or sticky residue. WIN!
This baby is my number one product this summer. And it will quickly become yours too. My skin stays hydrated, protected, and all without adding extra steps to my morning routine.
As I get older, my summer must haves have really paired down to the necessities. The top five things I need in the summer are:
Olay Whips with SPF 25
Great pair of sunnies
Swimsuits that make you feel beautiful no matter what
A water bottle that keeps your beverages ice cold in the hot sun
This post is in partnership with Olay. As always all opinions are honest and my own.
2018 is the year of the #GlowUp. But what does that really mean? To me, it means bettering yourself inside and out. Everything from making better food choices, drinking more water, taking a moment to focus on wellness, and zoning in on bettering my skin care with Olay Cleansing Infusions. I want an all-around better me that goes past typical resolutions. The older I get the more I realize how important a glow up truly is.
If you’ve followed me on any platform, you know how important skin care is to me. I have nothing against people who choose to have botox or fillers. Heck, I might eventually do them. For now, my personal preference at this time is to stay natural for as long as I can or wish to. The best way to do so is keep my skincare game on 100. I’m not sure if it’s these Iowa winters or what but my skin has been extra dry from head-to-toe.
Listen, I’m a mom of two very active boys. I barely have time for myself. I always tend to put everyone else’s needs before my own self-care. I like a streamlined skincare system with jam packed results.
Here are some easy ways to get your #GlowUp on:
Drink half your body weight in water. Listen, it sounds like a lot. Especially when your girl was recently just shy of 200 lbs. But the best thing you can do for your entire body is stay hydrated. And no, 20 ounces of coffee with 5 ounces of creamer does not count toward your water intake.
Stick to a budget. Don’t let temptation get you. Set a budget and stick to it! We work too hard for our money to mismanage it. Save, spend, and give to better yourself now and later.
Meal plan. If you can stay on a healthy track without planning, then I give you a giant gold star. I am not one of those people. I have the best intentions, but when that hanger (hungry anger) sets I lose my motivated mindset. What I found works for me is writing a meal plan with three to four snack options. I try to have one with a fruit or veggie mixed with some sort of fat.
Read or listen to a book. The mind needs a #glowup too. It’s easy to stay in my own little world and not have the time to keep my mind going. The books I’ve read have mostly consisted of children’s books, but lately I’ve been reading or listening books to better myself. You can never stop learning!
Stay active. Whatever that means to you, do it. For some it can mean going on a walk in their neighborhood, and for others it could be training for a marathon. Whatever makes you happy and keeps your body moving is good with me.
Put things away right away. When you’re done with a makeup product, put it away instead of leaving it on your counter. Or take care of your laundry instead of letting it pile up on the chair. You know the one.
Take care of your skin. I said this earlier, but it is so important. Just like I said with the budget, take care of yourself now so you can better yourself for the future. It’s much easier to maintain than fix. Give your largest organ some love from your face to your feet. The Olay Cleansing Infusions line has got you covered.
I’ve switched out my current face and body cleansers for the Olay Cleansing Infusions line. This breakthrough lineup of cleansers draws out impurities and draws in hydration for naturally glowing skin. I use the Olay Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Deep Sea Kelp & Aloe Extract and my skin has loved me for it. I also use the Olay Micropolishing Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Crushed Ginger & Citrus Extract to gently exfoliate my skin.
The Crushed Ginger body wash and facial cleanser contain exfoliators that break down as you wash, creating a micropolishing effect that reveals a smooth surface for healthy-looking, healthy-feeling skin.
They also have matching body washes which I just love. The Olay Microscrubbing Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Body Wash with Crushed Ginger & Citrus Extract is my favorite. I love the feeling of exfoliated legs and arms. Besides, the smell is beyond divine!
These products improve skin radiance by hydrating to better reflect light, creating a natural glow. So much so it is clinically proven results can be noticed after just one use. When you have hydrated, glowing skin you have this confidence about you. It doesn’t matter if you have a full faced glam or are makeup-free. The confidence great skin gives you can’t be described.
You can’t tell from the snow outside my window, but it’s officially spring! Winter time brings lots of lip balm and bolder lip looks. Spring brings colors that remind us of flowers blooming. I’ve teamed up with some of my blogger friends to share spring lip colors sure to brighten the gloomiest of days.
The first lipstick isn’t a lipstick at all. Well, the shade does come in a lipstick shade that I don’t own at the moment. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk liner and lipstick has a major cult following. I think it’s pretty clear to see why. It’s the perfect nude on a range of different skin tones. It’s a tad pricey, but well worth the money.
I always have a Fresh lippie in my bag because of how nourishing they are. The Sugar Lip Treatment in Bloom has been my go-to to get me in mood for spring. It has a velvety soft texture and is a pretty wash of pink with a slight hint of purple. Perfect for everyday wear and easy to apply when a mirror isn’t nearby. Major points for having SPF protection too!
This new-to-me shade by Winky Lux has a moody 90s feel. Btw, the giant pill packaging is so unique. The Creamy Dreamies Conditioning Lipstick in Leche is a nude-brown shade is silky smooth. This particular shade wears a tad mauve on me and I don’t hate it!
Fun fact: Paxton picked out this shade and insisted I take a picture with it. Well my little coconut, this is for you! I’m a huge fan of NYX Cosmetics and this soft-matte lip cream in Cyprus isn’t drying like other mattes. The color is bright, fun, and perfect for a sunny day.
This matte is more like a true matte. With any matte I recommend moisturizing your lips well before application. I haven’t experienced any awkward flaking which can be common after a day of liquid matte colors. Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip in Really Rose is perfectly named. One thing to note is it doesn’t dry down completely which probably helps keep it somewhat flexible.
Corals scream sunshine and are perfect for both spring and summer. The Coral Lip Sheer by Beautycounter is lightweight, buildable, and nourishing. This particular color would compliment many skin tones. Oh, and it’s considered a green beauty product for those who are interested in that.
Last but not least, I wanted to include a red. Why? Because it’s timeless and there is a whole range of reds just like any other color. Cruella by Nars is hands down one of my all time favorite red shades. It’s a scarlet red that looks so glamours yet effortless. Personally, I prefer the lip crayon because I can line with it. Also, a lip crayon tends to lasts longer than a traditional lipstick.
Well there you have it! Those are my seven lip shades for spring. Be sure to check out my friend’s posts to see their favorites!
This post is in partnership with Olay, however all opinions are honest and my own.
Last month, I announced on my Instagram that I started the Olay 28 Day Challenge. For those of you who may not know, the Olay 28 Day Challenge was created to prove that their products can leave users with visibly healthy skin starting from day one.
I’ve actually never tried these Olay lines before, and was a little skeptical that something so affordable could really deliver the results it claims. Boy was I wrong! So many times we all purchase a “miracle” product with big promises and little results. Women want simple, easy skincare that can seamlessly be added to their already hectic schedules. Most of us don’t have time for a 10-step skincare routine because we’re too busy taking care of everyone else and rarely invest the same energy on ourselves. That’s why I love the Olay Micro Sculpting Cream and Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye cream. Two products that deliver big results.
The Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream has been clinically-proven results including:
Younger-looking skin in 28 days
Reduced appearance of fine lines starting on day 1
Firmer skin in 5 days
Immediately plumps skin
My skin is actually pretty dry and keeping it moisturized can be a task in itself. Every time I woke up my skin felt nourished and properly moisturized which says a lot. Most of the time, products I applied at night would still leave me with dry skin in the morning. The Micro Sculpting Cream contains glycerin and hyaluronic acid, amino-peptides, carob seed extract, and niacinamide which all help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost cell turnover, moisturize the skin, and lock in the moisture.
As you can see in my before and after, my eyes and overall skin texture has improved so much!
Clinical studies of the Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream have shown results of younger-looking eyes and reduced appearance of crow’s feet starting on Day 1, immediately reduces puffiness and the look of dark circles, hydrates better than the #1 prestige eye cream, and is proven to blend with skin tone. I can attest to all of those for my skin.
Let’s talk more about the challenge itself, which really wasn’t challenging at all. I replaced my current facial moisturizers and eye creams to exclusively use these Olay products. Every morning and night I applied the Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream, and in the mornings I would apply Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream.
I actually pride myself on taking pretty good care of my skin. However, I’ve had some texture issues, my eyes showed stress, and the fine lines have been creeping on me now that I am in my thirties. My skin has improved so much in these 28 days. I have a visible glow, my skin is hydrated all day long, and my skin is firmer.
So what are you waiting for?! I encourage you to start your very own journey with the Olay 28 Day Challenge. Visit the Olay Skin Advisor, the most precise skin diagnosis available to the public, and experience the easy, time saving to find the regimen for you. 95% of users agreed the product recommendations felt “right for her!” The first 15 people to use code 28DAYS6447 on Olay.com will receive $40 off of their purchase!
Have you started the #Olay28Day Challenge?
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This post was brought to you by Vanity Planet and the Motherhood. All opinions are 100% my own.
I always get questions from people asking about for affordable beauty tips. Well, I have a treat for you all! I have TWO beauty must haves with TWO discount codes. I get questions on my hair almost daily. Lately, I’ve been using the Vibe Professional Vibrating Flat Iron.
I typically am not a huge fan of flat irons because I feel like they tug my hair. Not this one. The combination of the even heat and gentle vibration limits friction and provides fluid, smooth styling. I’m talking like butter.
I have never experienced a flat iron like this.
No more pulling, creases, or kinks because the vibrating technology allows hair to glide between the two Korean Tourmaline Ceramic coated plates. The plates are 1.5″, and I found that I could still make gorg beachy waves paired with the vibration. No awkward creases!
Want more good to know facts? It has one heat setting for even heating and heats up super quickly. I didn’t have to re-straighten my hair until the next time I showered! The built-in ion generator gives maximum shine, it has dual voltage for travel-friendly use, and a 360° tangle-free professional swivel cord.
So what’s my other beauty tip and code to share?! A makeup brush set perfect for all levels.
Great brushes can really make or break a makeup look. This brush set has everything you need. I’m talking everything! If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I have been traveling/moving 1500 miles away via road trip. This Palette Professional Makeup Brush Set is the ONLY thing I brought to apply my makeup. That says something, people!
My collection is huge and for me to bring this set as my only brushes is a testament to my love for them.
Each brush has a specific function to help you create the look you want!
Say goodbye to mixed up, dirty brushes and disorganized, unsanitary brush bags. Palette ensures you have the beauty tools you need to look your best, and it keeps them tucked away in a clean, convenient rollout pouch.
A huge plus is the brushes are cruelty free. They are made with Premium Synthetic Bristles, the brushes have a silky soft feel. This particular material is not highly absorbent, so it’s great for applying dry, cream and liquid-based products, as it allows for precise, smooth, and streak-free application.
Want some easy tips for the brushes? The fan brush is perfect for highlighter, the angled brush doubles for eyebrows or liner, and the crease brush brings so much definition to your eyes.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss this steal of a deal!
Get your own Professional Makeup Brush Set for 70% OFF using the code Andrea70!
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Like a typical girl, I constantly want to change my hair. I’ve made the mistake of cutting my security blanket (aka my long locks) so I tend to change it up with color. You may or may not know that I have cut and colored my hair myself for the past few years. It’s not as scary as it sounds. I promise! I have been ready to get my natural dark chocolate color back!
My hair was just getting way too brassy at the ends and I wanted to add some vibrancy. I decided to use Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Deep Brunettes Hair Coloring Kit, 3.8 Velvet Brown. After looking at the what my hair will look like on the back of the box I knew this was my perfect match.
As I mentioned before, at home solutions are my jam. I don’t have a sitter so heading to the salon just isn’t a luxury I can take when the hubs is busy with work. The packaging of the Schwarzkopf Color Ultime line caught my eye. There was also an anti-aging keratin formula for grays but I’ve been lucky in the anti-aging department.
Hopefully I didn’t just jinx it.
I prefer to dye my hair using a salon cape so I don’t ruin any of my clothes. Been there, done that. I use two boxes for my hair to ensure every strand gets the proper distribution of dye. I poured the color into the activator and shook vigorously. After applying the color formula to root to ends I set a timer for 30 minutes. Once the timer beeped, I hopped in the shower, rinsed out the dye, and followed up with the intensive color care elixir.
I decided the best thing was to add some easy beachy waves for some flirty fun.
I like to tie up or clip the center of my hair. I generally gauge this by going from one arch of my eyebrows to the other. I part roughly one inch sections, and wrap it around the barrel with some ends sticking out. I always wrap away from my face! I usually curl the hair for about 10 seconds. When it’s time to release, I let the curl fall into my hair and hold it there for another 10 seconds. This helps hold the curl longer.
Repeat all around your head. Take down the top section, part your hair as you usually do, and continue to create curls away from your face.
Set with some texturizing or flexible hair spray if you wish.
I told you it was so easy!
I picked up my Schwarzkopf Color Ultime at my local Walmart in the hair color section. It’s so convenient to pick up while grocery and household shopping.
This post is brought to you by Simple Sugars and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
There’s one thing I don’t have a lot of and that’s time. No matter what I always feel like I’m rushing. That’s a mom thing, right? It’s no secret I am a skincare junkie. I have very dry skin and usually have a regime of several products. Well, I discovered Simple Sugars and decided to challenge their claim of 1 product + 2 minutes = great skin. While at first glance you may think these are just another sugar scrub, they are actually a skincare line.
You guys..I’m amazed!
I first discovered Simple Sugars from one of my favorite shows, Shark Tank. I remember the founder, Lani, was so well-spoken and intelligent. At the end of her pitch, I was surprised to find out she was only 18. Not to mention she partnered up with the one-and-only Mark Cuban. Boss babe alert! Lani had never been able to use a commercially produced product without experiencing skin irritation or a major rash. So she decided to make an all-natural product that would be safe for very sensitive skin, fun to use, and smell great too.
Simple Sugars is an all-natural skincare line, specially formulated for people with sensitive skin. This very convenient, super-effective skincare solution is made with nothing but the finest, purest, natural ingredients. Their facial scrubs (I love green tea), body scrubs and foot scrubs cleanse, gently exfoliate and thoroughly moisturize in one easy step so you never need lotion.
Okay, back to my skin.
So having time to get my skincare routine has been hard. Sometimes there is just no time. I decided to take Simple Sugars claim to task. I decided to resist using face wash, toners, oils, moisturizers, serums, body wash, and lotion. NO LOTION in this dry winter for my alligator skin. I used only the Simple Sugars handmade, all natural scrubs.
You can go NO-LO! Simple Sugars are intended for daily use and will replace lotions or moisturizers
To start, I wet my face. Then, I stirred my Green Tea Facial Scrub with Emu Oil so the oils mixed with the sugar. After applying a spoonful to my face in circular motions I wet my hands with warm water until all the sugar was melted. Finally, I rinsed and patted dry my face. My face was gently and perfectly exfoliated and hydrated.
My skin is brighter, smoother, and I feel more confident. My makeup applies smoother because of the gentle exfoliation.
You guys, I don’t know if I could ever not have these products in my life. I never apply lotion out of the shower now and my alligator skin is gone! I like to enjoy my scrub while I’m conditioning my hair. Like I said, I’m all about saving time right now.
Even the hubs is loving it. Simple Sugars has a Smooth For Men Line that is fabulous. Ladies, these products are still perfect for you but with scents more appealing to the guys. Pat’s were avocado and lime – yum!
The hubs is not into skincare routines that takes more than one product. Dead serious. So the Smooth For Men line is beyond perfect for him. He loved that he didn’t have to remember what order I told him to use products. He just needed two minutes with one product.
Are you ready to try Simple Sugars for yourself? Join founder Lani Lazzari for a special Facebook Live event at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 16.
You can get your own Simple Sugars product online or in 700 retail locations. I’m purchasing the vanilla and chocolate body scrubs next! Be sure to use my code GLAMHMSS to get a discount. Simple Sugars rarely gives discounts so this is a huge!
Simple Sugars cannot and does not make any claims about the benefits or potential benefits their scrubs may have for those with a medical condition like eczema or psoriasis since their products have not been studied in randomized clinical trials for the treatment of these conditions. They do not, in any way, guarantee results.
You guys! I’m wearing something other than neutrals. I know it’s shocking right? What’s really funny is I used to always wear colors, but I think I get in so much of a routine at times. I teamed up with my beautiful girlfriend, Jasmine Maria, for a makeup collab. We showing you two beautifully different looks with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette. One of my biggest requests is more makeup tutorials – especially colors. I hope you guys love this green goddess makeup tutorial!
While the palette is sold out, you can still purchase some of the eyeshadow shades. Yay!