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Manicure Party for the Girls #MiracleMani

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There are not many simple pleasures in life that rank higher than an afternoon with friends, laughter, food, drink and manicures.  I love to hang with my awesome friends and when you add all the right elements together it makes for a fun and memorable afternoon.   I was so excited to be a part of the Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ campaign and I knew exactly what I was going to do to have fun with this fun new product.    I gathered a few of my closest friends and family and hosted a mini girls afternoon with some chips and dip, pumpkin cake and margarita’s.  Sounds like a strange mix, but all went together perfect and everyone was having a blast.  Was nice to chat, catch up, laugh and share girl stories.  I had my Aunt Tammy, cousin Chrissy, her friend Amy, my sister Suzy and one of my BFF’s,  Julie.  Perfect day, perfect party and perfect nails thanks to Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™.

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Everyone showed up at noon and we spent the afternoon sipping margarita’s, jamming to good tunes, snacking and visiting.  I loved to see what colors each gal picked.   My Aunt and Amy even did their toes.   And, my sister wasn’t going to do her nails, because honestly she has no nails. Well, she does, but she chews her nails so they are just stubs. But, we talked her into painting them and she fell in love with this product.  Maybe she will stop chewing her nails now!  LOL!!

If you have not heard of Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ yet you have just got to check it out.  This is the ONLY TRUE 2 STEP GEL MANICURE that needs no light needed to cure it.  You have over 45 shades that are all so pretty and will wow you and anyone who see’s your nails.   Sally Hansen® is leading the revolution in gel technology.   Simple to use as well ~  Step 1 – Apply 2 coats of the Miracle Gel™ Color.    Step 2- Apply 1 coat of the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat.   Then, let natural light do the rest as your nails transform into a work of art.  Ok, well maybe not a work of art, but you get my drift!  :)  And, it is easily removed with regular fingernail polish remover.  And you get up to 14 days of beautiful color and shine.   Wanna get some for yourself?   Enter the  Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Sweepstakes that is now LIVE!!!

I let each of my party goers pick out their favorite color and a top coat, to take home for their very own.  Aren’t they all so cute, with their big smiles and pretty nails.

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This is my cousin Chrissy (right)  and her friend Amy (left).

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This is my friend Julie (left) and sister Suzy (right)

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This is my nails after I painted them, and then my final pick for color.

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No matter what your color choice is, you will just love this as much as I do.  I love having pretty nails, but hate the fact I have to redo them every couple days.  I always have my hands in water and am not a careful, girly girl, with my daily activities and am so impressed at how long this lasts.   The first time I tried it, I actually had it on about 3 weeks, and only took it off to change the color, not because I had too.   Love it!!

Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ At Last! Gel without the light!

Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

I know for me sunburn season is over, but for many who live down south, or are traveling, sunburn can still happen.

Hanging out at the pool with friends and family, playing at the park with the kids, or gardening in the back yard can all be a lot of fun.  However, if you
forget the sun screen they can all cause some pain.  Sunburns are no fun and when most people get a sun burn the first thing they think of is aloe.  Aloe is a
fantastic thing to use on sun burns but what if you don’t have any?  Check out these sunburn remedies and give one of them a try!

Tea –  This works best when done as soon as possible.  Brew black or green tea.  Allow the tea to cool for a hour or two. Take a soft clean washcloth and put it
in the cooled brewed tea.  Ring out the excess tea and use the washcloth like a cold compress to help alleviate the ache of the sunburn.

Cucumbers and potatoes – Both potatoes and cucumbers have cooling properties that can almost immediately soothe the irritated skin.  Just slice the potato or
cucumber and lightly and softly rub it on the sunburned skin.

Oatmeal – Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers that have been used by dermatologist and herbologists for a long time.  Just grind up a little
oatmeal and add it to cool bath water.

Vinegar – Vinegar can relieve the pain and irritation of sunburned skin just like the oatmeal.  All you need to do is add a few cups of apple cider vinegar to your
warm bath water.  Ease in slowly for instant relief.

Lettuce – Did you know that lettuce leaves have natural painkillers?  When your sore from a sunburn you definitely want anything to take away the pain.  Boil a few
leaves of lettuce in a pot of water.  You want to keep the water so carefully get the leaves out of the water.  Chill the water in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Finally soak a washcloth in the water and use it as a cool compress.

Milk – Have you heard of people taking milk baths?  They do this because it is a great moisturizer.  Well if you add a little powdered milk to some cool bath water
it will help take the “sting” out of the burn.  OR Take about a cup of milk out of the fridge and leave it for about 10 minutes.  Dip a washcloth into the cup and
place it on the burned area like a compress.

Baby Wipes – If you have baby wipes in the house they work well on sunburns.  They are very soothing on the skin and can give some relief to sunburns.

Aloe –  Aloe is the most popular thing to use on a sunburn.  You can get the gels and lotions at almost any store.  However the best thing to use is aloe from an
aloe vera plant.

Sunburns are no fun so be sure to take care of it and try to remember to put sun block on before going out. If you do forget the sun block then remember to try out
these sunburn remedies.

Are you suffering with sunburn from your recent vacation ?   I hope you enjoy these great remedies.   But, if you are not into home made remedies I highly recommend giving Block Island Organics a try.  A great company with perfectly organic and natural protection from the sun and help when you get to much sun.   You can take 20% off your order using the code  ” sheila ” at time of checkout.  Code expires 10/3/14.   You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General

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Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General

 

You don’t need to spend like a celebrity to look like one. Thanks to Tresemmé® and Dollar General, you can get all of the looks you want for less. Amp up your own unique style and beauty, while keeping within budget.  Look like a million bucks when you leave the house, knowing that you spent way less to look that good!   I love when others comment on my look when I am out for the evening, and they think I spent hours in front of a mirror or in a beauty chair.  Nope.. it’s simply me and my savvy way of saving money that makes me look and feel great!

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Z Supply Fall Fashions

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Z Supply Fall Fashions

Disclosure ~  I was sent product to facilitate a review.  All opinions about the products are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

 

Z Supply is a California-based clothing company that believes in mixing style with comfort. Their line of hoodies and t-shirts reflect a simply and stylish design. Using specialty dyes and treatments Z Supply creates basics for everyday wear in a wide range of colors.

I received a cute zip up hoodie and a couple t-shirts.  I love the hoodie!  It is soft, comfy, and fits me perfect.  The t-shirts fit great too, but since one is white and I hardly ever (like, ever) wear white that one will last me till I die!!  LOL!   And, I totally love the blackish one, but it has a strange discoloration right on my boob!  It looks like I spilled on myself so that one will be warn only at home, with my yoga pants.   But, I do love the feel and fit of the t-shirts.   See my hoodie.. isn’t is cute.

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You can find out where you buy their clothing or visit their (soon to be open) website at: http://www.zsupply.clothing 

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Love Your Skin with #MyScarAway and #CapriClear

Love Your Skin with #MyScarAway and #CapriClear

 

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.
All opinions expressed about the product are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

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 ScarAway® uses an advanced silicone technology which creates a barrier for healthy skin while hydrating scar tissue. It’s drug-free and latex-free. This hydration processes softens the scar tissue helping it to shrink, flatten and fade away. When used after surgery or injury, ScarAway helps prevent abnormal scar formation. It also reduces itchiness during healing.  The ScarAway® Scar Repair Gel is self-drying transparent silicone gel forming a flexible, waterproof covering over the scar, but is breathable. It basically acts like a new layer of skin while it helps the scar to flatten and reduce coloration. Results for new scars may take 60-90 days and 90 days or more for older scars.  You can even apply sunscreen and makeup over it after application. I received a full product and am still using it on a scar on my foot from my last bunion surgery. I am not yet seeing the scar lighten up, but I do understand it won’t happen overnight.  I do have an old, very old scar, on my nose that I am going to start using this on. Generally nobody notices my scar, but I do so maybe this will help it be less noticeable by me.
Learn more about ScarAway® patented technology and products on their site.
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CapriClear® is 100% Coconut Oil Spray designed to give skin natural moisture. Using 100% fractionated coconut with no scent, color, preservatives, or staining it helps dry and sensitive skin, stretchmarks and scars. Dr. Betty Bellman, with over 20 years of medical and cosmetic dermatology experience, formulated CapriClear® as a safe, chemical-free treatment for patients suffering from dry, itchy, irritated skin. It comes in a spray to make it easier and less messy to apply. This patented skin treatment is made in the USA and has the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™.  I absolutely love this spray.  I am a big fan of coconut oil and this spray is perfect for so many uses.  I actually have a couple of them.  I have on that I have put a mix of my favorite essential oils in, and it is my daily body spray for legs, arms, tummy, etc.  Then I have one that I put a mix of more essential oils in, that I use as a pain spray for my neck and shoulders as I have Fibro and carry alot of tension and pain there.  And then, one that is just oil, for rubbing wherever and whenever.   I love this stuff!!
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Both of these products are a must for anyone and should be in everyone’s hall closet, bathroom closet or medicine cabinet.  I will never be caught without the CapriClear, that’s for sure!

7 Popular Skin Conditions and Treatments

7 Popular Skin Conditions and Treatments

Many of us strive to have smooth, soft skin. While you may not realize it, there are affordable cosmetic procedures to lessen or fix common skin imperfections. Always consult with a dermatologist or health care professional before embarking on your skin enhancing journey.

Read on for common skin treatments.

  • Laser Hair Removal. Who doesn’t hate shaving every other day? Some people have shied away from this procedure due to fear of pain, but there have been advancements in laser hair removal technology that have improved upon this. Many people describe this experience as a slight discomfort or a rubber band snapping on their skin. You can use topical anesthetics to help minimize discomfort if it is a concern.
  • Laser Vein Therapy. Have unsightly spider veins, broken blood vessels or varicose veins? Laser vein therapy uses a form of therapeutic heat that goes deep into skin tissue.  There have been technological advances regarding these lasers as well. The Yag Laser at Your Laser Skin Care uses a patented Dynamic Cooling Device ™ (DCD ™) that protects outer layers of skin with a cool burst of cryogen.
  • Botox. Botox is used both medically and cosmetically. Botox injections are popular treatments for wrinkles between the eyes and across the forehead. It can also reduce crow’s feet and frown lines. Botox works by paralyzing the muscle so it is unable to contract.
  • Dermal Fillers. Dermal fillers have a few different uses. You can plump up thin lips, smooth wrinkles and fill in depressed areas (such as the corner of your mouth). Treatments can last six months or more.
  • IPL PhotoFacial. Suffer from sun spots, broken facial veins, rosacea, wrinkles, pigment spots, hemangiomas, melisma, bags or dyschromia?  IPL PhotoFacial may be for you. Whatever the blemish, IPL PhotoFacial uses an intense pulsed laser to target the blemish. Age spots will form a crust and fall off. Spider veins coagulate under the heat. Normal skin will not be affected by the laser. It also helps promote new collagen and connective tissue growth, enhancing the appearance of young-looking skin.
  • Latisse. If you are pining for longer eyelashes, then consider Latisse. The FDA approved Latisse for use in darkening and lengthening eyelashes in 2008. It was discovered during clinical trials for a glaucoma drug. It is thought to lengthen the growth phase of eyelashes.
  • Skin Tightening. Laser skin tightening is an alternative treatment option for wrinkles and acne scars. There is little discomfort and can be done over your lunch! Skin tightening works but using a laser that tightens collagen fibers deep within your skin. It improves facial contours and promotes healthier collagen.

No matter what skin condition you suffer from, there is an enhancement available for you. If you’re hesitant to undergo laser treatments or injections, look into products to try first. Rest assured, however, that cosmetic treatments are minimally painful and often will save you money in the long run. For example, you may be hesitant to spend money on laser hair removal, but you will spend more over your lifetime on shaving or other hair removal products.

 

Reach® Complete Care Toothbrushes

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Did you know the nylon toothbrush was available in 1938? Reach®, owned by the California based company Dr. Fresh, also has a history of innovation which continues in their newest line: Complete Care. This new line includes the Triple Angle Pro Toothbrush which has a 13° angled neck, triple angled bristles with a bi-level design that include whitening bristles. The handle is lightweight with a soft thumb rest. Another new brush in the Complete Care line is the Triple Angle Floss. This brush features floss-like bristles made to fight plaque build-up between teeth and the gumline. Like the Triple Angle Pro, the Triple Angle Floss also has a 13° angled neck and lightweight handle with a soft thumb rest. Both styles also have a tongue cleaner on the back side of the head and are available in soft, medium and firm style bristles. Learn more about the Complete Care line at ReachToothbrush.com

When I first got the Reach Complete Care toothbrushes and started to use one I was not impressed.  The handle was to short, the head was too big and it felt uncomfortable.   I gave my son and husband each one and they said the same thing.  Well, I decided to continue to try and use mine and after a couple weeks I am still using it.   I am starting to get used to it, and can say my teeth feel nice and clean and fresh.

Check out one of the Complete Care toothbrushes for yourself and let me know your thoughts.

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions regarding product are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Simple Skin Care with Gita Bass

Simple Beauty Tips from Gita Bass

Visiting with Gita Bass was quick, but very fun and gave me a great insight into some tips for simple beauty that we all can benefit from.

I asked Gita how to simplify and look the best and she shared her tips with me.   I am happy to say, that many of the tips she shared are ones I do currently do.  I make sure to wash my face every night, and I also exfoliate 2 (at least) times a week.

I am a huge mineral makeup user but Gita said depending on your skin type to make sure to choose what works for you.  I love my mineral/powder foundation as liquids tend to make me feel sticky, but then I have oily skin so the powder helps with that.

Never leave your house without sunscreen… that is tip number 1.   A person doesn’t realize how evil the sun can be and when we are outside on a daily basis it can take it’s toll on our beautiful skin.   Either choose a moisturizer with SPF in it, or apply an SPF lotion under your moisturizer, just don’t go without.

I was interested to know her take on what is the “in” look for makeup.  Gladly, I am in the “in” crowd :)  I use a lot of nude/warm colors on my face because I don’t want a heavy look.  She said it is a beautiful look.

Check out the line of product she talks about ~ Simple Skincare

Check out the tips Gita and I talked about by watching the video below.

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My Underarms Love Me Again Thanks to Dove Advanced Care

Disclosure ~ I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant.
I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.”

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My Underarms Love Me Again Thanks to Dove Advanced Care

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Even though I am in Minnesota, I love to dress like I am in Florida when summer is here.   I might not always get the chance too, but I try.  What I am talking about, is going sleeveless.   For me, going sleeveless is always a challenge.  Some days a challenge because I am always cold and here in Minnesota we don’t always have days that cooperate.  But, mostly it’s because my underarms are ugly!!  I have bumps from shaving, hairs I can never get and am always worried if I lift my arms they will be all full of rash, dried blood and clumps of deodorant.   I have always had ugly underarms and because I am a woman and am sorta against letting my underarm hair grow (LOL), I have to shave every other day or every third day to avoid a bad underarm rash.  It’s not fun!  And, many times when I do shave I then apply my deodorant and WOW.. sting and burn.  That is not good either.   So, what I am saying is that my underarms are challenging to deal with.

I was excited to give Dove Advanced Care Deodorant a try since I have been a slave to one kind for years and just never tried others.  I am sure glad I did!  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is great!!    Not only does Dove Advanced Care Deodorant keep me dry and odor-free for a full long-lasting 48 hours, but it also is clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provides softer, smoother skin in just 3 days.
Now, this is no joke!!    Like I said, I have been a slave to one kind and one kind only so I have never tried Dove.

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  I got my 3 full size Dove Advanced Care Deodorant samples and started to use it that day.  (Mailman came before I dressed for the day, yeah)!  I had showered the day before, so I washed my underarms with my shower gel and dried them well, and applied my Dove.  I then used my Dove for the next 3 days, but without thinking about what I was using I shaved my arms on the 2nd day of using Dove and my underarms felt smooth.  I didn’t have all the little bumps like I normally would when I shave.  And, applying my Dove after my shower/shave didn’t hurt like my other stuff did.    That is so huge to me!  I love not having tiny bumps, itchy rash and underarms that hate me.  Yesterday was day 5 of using my new deodorant and my underarms now love me!

I was asked to share one of my Dove Advanced Care Deodorant samples with a friend or family member.  Well, on Sunday I visited my sister and shared one with her.  She too has been a slave to one kind for years and years.   She had seen commercials for Dove, seen it in stores and in magazines but never bought it.   She was tickled pink to get one to try.  Her underarms hate her like mine hate me.

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Now that my underarms love me again, and I know within a week my sisters will love her again too, I can say we are going to be 2 happy girls sporting the sleeveless tops the rest of what Minnesota summer has to offer us.   And, when I vacation this winter to warm places, I will be all set to go sleeveless no matter where I go.

Erin Walsh has some great style tips.  Here are a couple of my favorites from her ~

  • My summer essentials include: sunscreen, Dove Advanced Care Deodorant (I like the Nourished Beauty fragrance), and lip balm with an SPF.
  • Dual-purpose items are perfect for the summertime. I love boxy sleeveless shirts that hit around the hip bone. They are a throwback to the ‘60s, and are great to wear with a cute pair of cropped jeans or perfect to throw over a bathing suit at the beach. I am also a big fan of sleeveless shirt dresses and halter tops because they look great on everyone and can be dressed up or dressed down!
  • It can be nice to wear your hair up when you are wearing sleeveless – to show off your shoulders and arms. Whether you have your hair up or down though, it goes back to personal style and how you feel most comfortable. They key is to project confidence.

 

Disclosure ~ I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.”

Look Your Age with L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation #VLBlurfection

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Look Your Age with L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation #VLBlurfection
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I am sure if you are like me, you feel young at heart and might even act younger than you are.  So, why not look how you act or feel?   Being almost 43 (on Sept 9th), I am just taken back every time I look in the mirror.  I see more and more of my Mom in me.  That part I am fine with.  But, the fine lines and wrinkles that stare back at me.. those I am not.  Yes, I know it’s all part of aging but who says I have have to like it!   And for years I have been trying many products to help me minimize, fight, and cover up those tiny lines and wrinkles.  But, it doesn’t seem to matter what a girl tries, they are there when you take off the makeup.  Yes, I want to look my best when I leave my house, as we all do.  So, that is where L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation comes into play.

This lightweight, anti-aging foundation instantly erases the look of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture. L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation is L’Oreal Paris’ first makeup with exclusive blur technology.   This technology is formulated to instantly blur lines and wrinkles, and signs of aging disappear as the foundation hides dark spots, large pores and it even smooths uneven texture so you get a flawless finish that you can see and feel.  Your face is also protected from the sun as it contains SPF 18, and it is available in 12 shades.   A perfect product to give you that perfect face and it retails for approximately $14.99 for a 1.4 fl oz and is available at mass food and drug retailers nationwide as of July 2014.

L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation is easy to use.  Apply foundation with a brush or fingertips, blending in an outward motion as needed.  Perfect used alone, every day for a beautiful and flawless look.

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So now I can look as young as I feel, which most days is about 29 ;)   I am sure you girls know what I mean.   Yeah, other days I feel 80, but even when I feel 80 I wanna look my best.  Now, I know I can!   Check out the beautiful clematis behind me… so who is prettier.. me or the flower ;)   Wait.. don’t answer that ;)

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