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Purminerals Can Be Your Skins New BFF


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


Purminerals Can Be Your Skins New BFF

If you have been following me for a while you know I have this love/hate thing with mineral makeup.  I have done a review once before comparing two top companies makeups and my favor was not toward the other company.   Well, this time my favor is about equal.  While I love loose mineral powders I am really liking the 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup this time around.  Loose minerals are hard to use, are messy and don’t travel well. But, pressed powders are universal and I like I can use a brush to get full coverage.    I am actually surprised at how many hits I get to my blog for that one post I did.  I guess there are many that had the same questions as me, as to which is a better choice.

Check out the items I was sent for review, and my thoughts.

Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup gives you a flawless, breathable coverage using pure, pressed mineral pigments. It helps your skin to be smooth and firm. Extracts brighten discolored areas giving you a more even skin tone. It’s vegan friendly, paraben-free and gluten-free.  I use a big face brush for this as I don’t like a heavy cover on my face.  This is great, light and lasts all day.   I don’t feel like I have cake face and that is top priority for me when it comes to make up.


Pür Intensity Gel Eyeliner glides on smooth for a flawless look. It’s silky, water-proof, andsmudge-proof so it can last all day. Tested to be safe for your eyes, including sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, and free of tar fibers, and paraben. Now this one I really wanted to try, and did so with huge reservation.  Why? Well because I used to use eye pencil, stopped using it because it just didn’t last all day and I didn’t get a dark enough and wide enough line like I wanted.  So, changed to a liquid liner pen, and love it.  But, I sometimes want to just change things up a bit so really was excited to try this.  Well I totally love it!!  I have the perfect liner brush and this can be a skinny line, wide line, or even used lightly on my brows if I want them to pop.  I am so glad I got this,.. Love it!


4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer combines moisturizer, primer, foundation and sun protection all in one. Pur Mineral’s formula includes a Ceretin Complex to renew skin without causing irritation. Plus it’s vegan friendly and paraben-free. And as with all Pur Mineral’s products it’s not tested on animals.  Ever since I found mineral makeup, I have given up on any liquid types.  I don’t like how they look so cakey and not natural.  I know some people love them, but I didn’t like them even when I used them in high school.   This is a great product, but again, not for me.  It covers to cakey looking/feeling for my taste.  But, my sister loves it!  She always likes a thicker coverage due to having bad acne scaring and this works perfect for her.  And, she is totally excited because she has been looking for a less expensive alternative to what she was using and now she has one.

Purminerals carries more than just makeup.  Check out their makeup, skincare, brushes and kits.  What kind of makeup do you use?  Have you tried Purminerals ?

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Create a Spa Day at Home with Suave


Spa Day at Home with Suave®

#SuaveSpaSecrets  @SuaveBeauty

Life is so busy, and there are days when I just sit and think.. man I could sure use a spa day!   Sometimes, getting out of my house and letting someone pamper me is just the perfect treat.   But, I can’t always afford to head to the local spa, so I make my bathroom into my spa.

Here is how I pamper myself at home ~

I brew up a pot of herbal tea, and get my favorite cup and head to bathroom with tea in hand, close and lock my door ;)
First thing I do is lean over my tub and wash my hair, then apply a heavy amount of conditioner, and wrap my head up in a towel.
Fill my tub with hot water, light some candles and turn down or off the lights.
Add some of my NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash to my bathwater, with some epsom salts mixed in.
I wash my face and apply my favorite face mask to my face.
Remove all my polish off my toe nails and finger nails so my soak in the tub can soften my cuticles.
Sink down into my tub, and let my body just soak up the goodness of the bath and scents around me.
I like to soak for at least 30 minutes or until the water is chilly.  Then I rinse my conditioner from my hair and wash my mask from my face.
Climb out, dry off, and apply my Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray.
Then I sit at my lighted mirror and pluck my brows, since my skin has opened up and softened the hair follicles to make plucking easier.
I give myself a nice manicure and reapply my favorite polish.
And while my polish dries, I lay on my bathroom floor on a towel and meditate a bit ;)   That is ME time!


I love my at home spa time, and love that I can use my Suave® products to make me feel and look like a relaxed me should.


Have you tried any of the new products from Suave® ?   Here are a few of my favorities ~


NEW Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Wash is made with Moroccan argan oil. This oil is lightweight and contains antioxidants and nutrients that help make skin silky.

NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash is named for its ingredient, Awapuhi Ginger. It is a prized Hawaiian plant known for its ability to moisturize. Honeysuckle is added to help make your skin wonderfully soft.

Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion helps skin stay silky soft and glowing with non-greasy, continuous moisture. The light weight Moroccan argan oil keeps this rich lotion light to help it be absorbed quickly.

Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray is created to be absorbed quickly into skin for moisturization that lasts but isn’t greasy. Skin becomes soft, radiant and fragrant by the Moroccan argan oil.


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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received product as compensation to post about Suave® .  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.


Shop for a Cause you Care About

fashionprojectboot Shop for a Cause you Care About and if the boot fits, wear it!

Do you love to shop?  I know I do!  I guess that was just a silly question, as most women I know love to shop, especially when they can find the stuff they want, at great prices.  Well, how about shopping for what you want, at great prices and also being able to support a cause you care about?  That is just a win win in my book!  And with the weather turning colder I am again on the hunt for fashionable fall/winter clothing.  I love their selections and prices and causes.  J.Crew, and Free People to Tory Burch and Prada and 55% of the net proceeds from the sale of every item goes back to support a charity. Each item in their store is donated by another do-gooder looking to make an impact in the world. I know for me, I love to donate my clothes rather than take the time to list them on local groups for sale.

Even though I work from home, and spend many a day in my PJ’s, that doesn’t mean I don’t like fashion.  When I head to town for a day of errands, or even a night out on the town with hubby or the girls, I want to look my best. And with the colder temps here I am on the hunt for clothing and outerwear that will look great and serve the purpose of keeping me warm. Fashion Project has just what I need and want.



I like this Calvin Klein coat.  It would be perfect for those chilly days, and still look nice and not like I just crawled out of the woods (which is what I usually look like.. haha).  And this coat supports Dress for Success.


fashionprojectsweater Now for a day to day wear I like some cozy sweaters and this one from Joie. This cozy sweater supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc.


And of course, I want some jeans to go with it, so these Marc Jacob’s pants would be perfect and the purchase supports the Dress for Success Triangle.

This is a few of my picks.  What are yours ?

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Manicure Party for the Girls #MiracleMani

Disclosure ~ Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of Living Smart Girl and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®.
#PerfectPairSweeps  #MiracleMani


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™.


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.


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


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


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


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.


Do you want to go on vacation ?  Check out our sister site ~ That Traveling Chick ~


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

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


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!

Check out this style gallery for amped up beauty inspiration:   Click Here

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Tweet with me and share your beauty tips using #DGStyleTips.

*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

Z Supply Fall Fashions


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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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.


 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!!

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

CompleteCare-US Reach® Complete Care Toothbrushes
#REACHProducts  @REACHProducts

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

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.