Winter/Spring Must Have Sleepwear 2018| Marks and Spencer

Valentines Day is around the corner so it’s time to stock up on stylish lingerie/sleepwear for your wardrobe. No need to wait for your loved ones to gift you the piece that you desire. Order that bra, underwear, robe, or pajama set that you’ve been eying for a special gift to yourself. You’ve worked really hard, and deserve to treat your self! I partnered with Marks and Spencer to share this season’s sleepwear must-haves. These selections are also transitional pieces for springtime.

The Cozy Robe

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I love to cozy up with my husband and newborn by the fireplace. This soft hooded robe, that’s made from 100% polyester, keeps me warm during these chilly nights, and family snuggles sessions.

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Benefits of moisturizing your lips during and after pregnancy | prevent dry chapped lips

“This is a sponsored post in paid partnership with Carmex”

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I want to talk about our lips. To my new mamas out there, I know how hard it can be to keep your skin – including your lips – hydrated during and after baby.

The women body endures so many changes throughout pregnancy. Our hormone levels increase, causing the chemistry of our body to alter. Those who never experienced acne now has a face full of pimples, and women with luscious lips pre-pregnancy are running to the internet to find ways to prevent dry/chapped lips during pregnancy. I’ve teamed up with Carmex to share the benefits of moisturizing your lips and shared a few of my own tips for having moisturized lips during and after pregnancy.

I’ve used Carmex lip balms since the early 90s (can you believe they’ve been established for over 80 years). As a child, I enjoyed playing dress up with my sister and completing my look with the classic lip balm in a tube. Today, I use Carmex as a part of my skincare routine to moisturize my lips post pregnancy. Like many women, my body changed during and after pregnancy. I’m currently finding ways to reverse the dry skin that I’ve been experiencing and the other postpartum bodily changes due to pregnancy.

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My body released the fluids that I retained throughout my pregnancy within the early weeks of my son’s life. I noticed that my face wasn’t as vibrant and my lips were chapped. Unfortunately, I did not focus on skincare throughout my pregnancy. I did not moisturize my lips routinely and was reaping the repercussions. I hope to help prevent someone from experiencing what I did.

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Benefits of moisturizing lips:

  1. Our bodies retain liquid to support our babies’ development in utero, leaving the upper layers of our skin dehydrated. Moisturizing your lips supplements the moisture the lip would have received if it was hydrated.
  2. Moisturizing your lips protects it from the elements. During pregnancy, our body may respond differently to climate changes. Perhaps cool windy weather or dry climates are leaving your lips chapped. Adding Carmex lip balm to your lips will create a long-lasting moisture barrier that helps to soothe and protect your lips from the aforementioned climate conditions that can dry your lip during or after pregnancy.
  3. SPF protection from harsh sun rays – keeping another surface on your body safe from sunburn and long-term effects of exposure to the sun.

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Which lip balms should I use to prevent lips from chapping?

Carmex Classic Lip Balm in a Jar: provides pain relief to sooth and moisturize severely dry lips

Carmex Classic Lip Balm in a Tube: Glides on for a thin, yet effective “lip feel” layer to soothe and moisturize. Mineral oil helps to hydrate lips (with SPF).

Carmex Classic Lip Balm Stick: contains pure, refined white petrolatum to provide a moisturizing barrier from the external environment (with SPF).

Carmex Daily Care Moisturizing Lip Balms: Provides long-lasting moisture and hydration, also a yummy flavor that makes your daily skincare routine even more enjoyable (with SPF).

These affordable and effective Carmex lip balms will have your lips ready for that special kiss on Valentines Day! After all, every day should be Valentines Day.

Are Convertible Cribs Worth It?

Ever wondered are convertible cribs worth it? Babies grow really fast, and some require gadgets and different types of furniture throughout childhood (mostly to give moms and dads a peace of mind). You find yourself purchasing a baby rocker, bouncer, playpen, swing, play mat, changing table, high-chair and the list goes on. Hopes of becoming a minimalist goes out the door as your home fills with baby items.

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Are Maternity Clothes Necessary?

Are maternity clothes necessary,” I wondered during the beginning of my pregnancy. I have a closet overflowing with clothes and was hoping to become a minimalist. I donate to our local thrift stores but always seem to fill the empty hangers. So far my minimalism aspirations are on hold, but I’ll try again in the future. Okay, back to whether maternity clothes are necessary.

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MAKEUP ACADEMY PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTER, MATTIFYING PRIMER, & OMBRE BRUSH MAKEUP REVIEW

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(Applying Makeup Academy Professional gold-tone highlighter to my tear ducts, using a MUA Pro shadow brush.)

         I’m excited to partner with CVS Pharmacy to try the MakeUp Academy Pro line that recently launched exclusively in CVS Pharmacy. The MUA line offers makeup artist must-haves in bold colors, and pro-performance designs. I had a positive experience with the MUA lipstick collection, so I could not wait to try their new face collection and share my thoughts about MUA Pro’s highlighter, mattifying primer and ombre brush makeup collection.Read More »

How to easily transition your clothes from winter to spring | Marks and Spencer (M&S) Spring Must Haves 2017

Spring is around the corner! I bet you are getting ready to revamp your wardrobe with bright colors, bold prints, flowy skirts, maxi dresses, and other trendy amazing pieces that will make a statement. Don’t pack away your entire winter wardrobe because you can transition your clothes from winter to spring easier than you thought.

I plan on wearing these Marks and Spencer styles, from the Earth Trend collection, while its still cold outside (you can still see snow on the ground in these photos) — and when it gets warmer. The trick is to stock up on clothes with sleeves. They keep you warm in the winter, and jacket free during spring.

Keep reading for Marks and Spencer styles that will be a staple during my transition from winter to spring.

How to easily transition your clothes from winter to spring (look 1) :

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Clarins Makeup (pen + primer + mascara + concealer) Swatch and Review

Tired of using your same ole makeup and want to give other brands a try? Did Clarins come to mind, but you wondered how good is Clarins’ makeup? Wonder no more, because I’m about to share my thoughts and first impressions on Clarins’ makeup products including: Instant Light Brush-On Perfector, Supra Volume Mascara, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Concealer and the 4-Colour All-in-One Pen.

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