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Z Supply Fall Fashions

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Z Supply Fall Fashions

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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

#Sponsored #MC #SleevelessSummerSweeps

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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Super Excited to check out Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

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.

#Sponsored #MC and #SleevelessSummerSweeps

 

Super Excited to check out Dove Advanced Care Deodorant so I can feel confident going sleeveless this summer.    No more worries about my underarms.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture keeps me dry and odor free for a long lasting 48 hours.   Not only can I go sleeveless, but I don’t have to worry about irritation from shaving and my underarms will be smoother in just 3 days.  Mine will be here soon to try, and share with a friend.  Now, to pick the friend that will get to enjoy going sleeveless with me.

Dove is challenging women across the U.S. to ditch their sleeves for a chance to win a trip to New York City Fashion week and a  VIP styling session with A-List Hollywood stylist, Erin Walsh.    Enter Now ~ click here.

 

 

Summer Skincare Tips

Summer Skincare Tips

 

Warm, sunny days are upon us – this means family vacations filled with outdoor activities. With that in mind, it’s time to clock in long hours on the beach, playing in waterparks and going on hiking adventures. While you’re spending so much time outside, chances are you may be getting more than your recommended daily dose of Vitamin D.

The sun’s rays may cause us to look and feel good now, but the majority of damage to the skin is a result of too much exposure to the sun and its UV rays. The price you pay for that great look can be more dangerous than you know. The damages will manifest itself in several different forms on your skin. Furthermore, because soaking up the sun and getting that “healthy glow” may be one of your summer goals, you will want to take caution and read on.

 

Age Spots

 

Age spots are flat brown or gray patches of skin that are mistakenly thought to be the result of aging. However, while they appear more often as you age, they are actually caused by sun damage. These blemishes are not deadly, but can be hard to distinguish from Actinic Keratosis, which are precancerous lesions. Additionally, other conditions caused by UVA and UVB rays include sunburns, wrinkles, basal cell carcinoma and, the deadliest of all, melanoma.

The purpose here is not to make you paranoid, but simply aware so you can take proper precautions whether you are at home or on the road. The most effective way to protect your skin is to cover up with a hat or light-colored clothing. Moreover, for those long days at the beach, bring a beach umbrella. What qualifies as a beach friendly umbrella? Any covering that protects you from the rays from above. Be sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply throughout the day.

 

Exfoliation

 

Exfoliation is another way to smooth out the skin by removing dead surface cells that can produce a dull, blotchy, uneven appearance. For those ugly spots, you can purchase an over-the-counter product that will lighten these areas. One such skincare item is an at home microdermabrasion kit (like the one found here). Items like this will gently remove the top layer of skin to make the face look softer, brighter and give an overall younger appearance. To promote more collagen production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve acne, use a light-emitting diode. This is an electronic light source, and units can be bought for the home. The point you should take in is that many solutions can be had over the counter, ultimately saving you money as you forego those expensive professional facials.

 

Hydrate

Of course you want to protect yourself from the more serious effects of sun damage, but you also want your skin to look young and fresh. To rejuvenate the skin and maintain that youthful glow, hydration is key. Drink a gallon of water a day and of course don’t forget to moisturize. A moisturizer with hyaluronic acid can help plump up the skin around the eyes, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Moreover, continued use can help the skin to produce more collagen – the protein that helps give skin its texture and appearance.

 

Dermatologists

 

All of these issues are preventative and corrective measures that you can take on your own. However, for a more personal and diagnostic approach to your skin woes, seeing a professional is always your best bet. A dermatologist can also prescribe or steer you towards the most ideal solution for you.

 

Typically, dermatologists recommend using antioxidant-rich topical creams on a nightly basis. Antioxidants protect the skin’s DNA to prevent cancer, and also keep skin firm and prevent sagging. In addition to topical creams, a diet rich in antioxidants is essential—try to eat more blueberries, cranberries, pinto beans, artichokes and Russet potatoes.

 

Keep these tips in mind as you close out your summer in the sun to truly get the most out your fun.

 

 

Accessorize Your Feet with Sandals from #MarmiShoes

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Summer is in full swing and what that means for me and for many I know, is open toed shoes, pretty feet showing in cute sandals, going barefoot on the beach, and not opening the sock drawer for another month. Living in frigid Minnesota I take great pleasure in being able to wear cute shoes and sandals because about 9 months a year my feet are hiding in socks and slippers, or boots.   I also love shopping for cute sandals because as we all know, a girl can never have to many shoes, or sandals.    But, I recently wrote about how women have 5 shoe staples.   Every woman needs a boot, an athletic shoe, a sandal, an evening shoe and a work shoe.  I know that for most of us, we haev way more than 5 pairs of shoes.  (please tell me I am not the only one) ;)

Finding shoes that are comfortable seems to be the reason that I have way to many shoes.  I find cute ones, think they will do, buy them and then they sit int he back of my closet to collect dust with the other 20 pairs of shoes.  (might be more.. yikes).   I especially find it hard to find sandals that work for my feet.  Dealing with a bunion on one foot that I still need to have surgery on I have a hard time finding wide width sandals for women that are not only cute, but comfy.   It is great when I find a company like Marmi Shoes, that offers a huge selection of cute, and comfy sandals as well as many other styles.    Marmi Shoes takes great pride in the passion they have for consulting women on the best shoes for their lifestyle.   That is huge to me, because I for years bought cute shoes that were not practical for my lifestyle and they in turn led to many blisters, sore feet, tired legs and at the end of my day I just would want to cry and throw the shoes out the window.   Like I said, dealing with bunions on both feet for almost 20 years now and not being able to have any relief no matter what I tried I wish I had known about Marmi Shoes before.   I have had one foot fixed, but if you all know me, you know how active I am and taking 8 weeks off from my fitness was a killer (surgery wasn’t as bad as not being able to workout).   So, I just have to find a good time to do the other foot.   Soon.. I hope.

There are many times I find sandals I like but due to the bunions I need  wide women’s sandals and those are hard to find.   Why oh why don’t companies realize women have wide feet too.   My hubby always buys his shoes in wide and hardly ever has a hard time finding them in wide.  Me, I struggle.    I hope you will check out Marmi Shoes and take advantage of their awesome selection, their sales, and their $5 standard shipping.  Hurry… great savings and selections are to be had by all.

 

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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl was compensated to bring you this great information about Marmi Shoes.   All opinions and views are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.