Candy Cane Dreams… and Masks

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Can you believe that it is the last Face Mask Friday of 2018?! This year flew by. And since it is technically still the holidays, I decided to try Ulta Beauty’s Sweet Candy Cane Mud Mask. With cooling peppermint oil and shea butter, this mask is supposed to be incredibly moisturizing.

I love the pink color of this face mask. It brightens up a gloomy day. And though I was skeptical of what the results would be, I can say that my skin felt moisturized and smoother after using this. The only downside? Since it is a Candy Cane face mask with peppermint oil, I expected it to have that refreshing peppermint smell (confession – I love peppermint!!!), but it was lacking that scent. That said, I would say this mask is still worth checking out.

You can purchase this face mask here: https://shopstyle.it/v/iOK

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The Love Of A Deal – Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale

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Christmas is over, so you know what that means? It’s time for some of the best sales to close out the year! This is a great time to stock up on clothes for those remaining winter months at a great price (the shirt I’m wearing above is only $7.60 with FREE SHIPPING at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale – you can buy it here https://shopstyle.it/v/iG3), or to gift yourself that item you were hoping you’d get, but didn’t. Find some of my fav Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale finds below:


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The Forgotten Skincare… A “Yeouth”-ful Neck!

The neck and décolletage areas are frequently ignored in a skincare routine (thus making them the first giveaways of age). Because of this, I was excited to try Yeouth Skincare’s Neck Firming Cream. With Green Tea, Argireline and Vitamin C, this neck cream not only moisturizes, it tightens sagging skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin elasticity. But how? Let’s take a closer look at these ingredients.

Green Tea – Green Tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities, which can slow down the signs of aging. It has also been known to reduce the effects of sun damage.

Argireline – Argireline is a peptide commonly referred to as “Botox in a Bottle.” It stimulates collagen production and can theoretically limit the ability of neurotransmitters to activate facial movement, therefore reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C is an antioxidant with anti-aging properties that brightens skin, improves hydration and can even out your skin tone.

All of these combined can make for a great neck cream. I’ve been using this product for almost two weeks now, and noticed a difference after the first use. It is incredibly moisturizing and definitely helps combat those neck wrinkles and sagging skin along the jawline. Now I can wrap all these Christmas gifts as the neck cream works its magic.

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Naughty… or Nice Face Mask

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Now, if this is the lump of coal Santa leaves, it may be ok to be a little naughty… Just kidding! Or am I???

So I tried this Lump Of Coal face mask from Bath and Body Works. It’s infused with purifying charcoal and claims to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin. I would say it did just that. My face felt cleansed and refreshed when I removed it. Perfect for a makeup free Friday!

Overall, much better than the other Bath and Body Works mask I tried. Since this one was successful, I plan to try out more of their masks in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned!

Trust Your Gut… And Advocate.

So this post is a bit different than my normal posts, partially because we’ve had an emotionally stressful and exhausting weekend when it comes to our fur baby, our first baby (she was even in our wedding!), our adorable pug. At 11-years-old, we know she is considered elderly, but it really hit home this weekend. 

Saturday started off like any normal day… until it wasn’t. When our pug went out for her normal potty break, she all of a sudden lost mobility in her back, right leg, and toppled over. We carried her inside, and she continued to have no control over her leg and refused to eat or drink. My husband thought she hurt her hip or knee somehow, but when I looked into her eyes, something wasn’t right. I told him I was worried something was wrong in her brain, possibly a stroke, and we needed to go now because the sooner you treat a neurological event, the better. 

Fast forward to the Veterinary ER hospital. I told them of her symptoms (though she had regained the majority of mobility in her leg, thank goodness!!!), and that I was worried the symptoms were caused by something neurological. They told me to sit in the waiting room, and I watched pet after pet come in after us, yet go back before us. They were treating our dog as a strictly orthopedic problem pup. She wasn’t the priority. At this point, I noticed her head had an abnormal tilt. And then we were finally called back. 

I told all the symptoms to the student in charge. Again, they focused on orthopedic and dismissed my concerns of a neurological problem. The student left the room to talk with the vet… for what seemed like hours. As I was waiting with my pup, I noticed her always hanging in the center tongue was coming out of the side of her mouth instead… for the FIRST TIME in over 11 years. That was it. I was my dog’s voice, her only voice, and I was going to make them listen one way or another. The student came back in, and I told her I didn’t think there was anything orthopedically wrong, and stressed the head tilt and now the abnormal tongue placement. She finally listened… and the response – “I hadn’t noticed that before, but her head is tilting” Excuse me? I pointed that part out before and have been talking about being worried something was wrong neurologically since I walked in the door! My fur baby is finally taken to the vet for observation. 

Fast forward an hour. The vet comes in and told me that I had a “great catch.” Nothing is wrong with her hips or knees, but she does have a head tilt, a side leaning tongue (because of my abnormal report) and her eyes aren’t behaving normally. What does this mean? Something is wrong in her brain. 

The official diagnosis is Vestibular Disease, but now they are trying to figure out why. They’ve been ruling out cancer, stroke, brain inflammation, benign tumors and more. We are still waiting on final results, but at least our pup is home and appears to be recovering. She is eating, drinking, walking more normally (with a few tumbles still) so I will take that as a win. 

The moral of this story is TRUST YOUR GUT. And after you trust your gut, ADVOCATE for it! If I hadn’t kept at it, they would have never even looked past an orthopedic problem. And it’s true in all aspects of life (especially with medical care). If you don’t feel something is right, it’s not. And make sure you are heard. Whether it be for yourself, your kids, your spouse, your pup, your friend, your siblings, your parents, whomever. I know I’m glad I did.

Trust your gut, and remember… YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST ADVOCATE. 

The Gift Of Beauty… Guide

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I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of year to stock up on all of those beauty goodies. Why? Because you either get the products you love at a lower price, or try that item you’ve been eyeing, but it was out of price range. And even better…. If you wait till closer to Christmas, you can get an even better deal! Like on this Kate Somerville Ageless Radiance set. It is a value of $173 if you bought each product individually,  and you could get all of this for $110 around Thanksgiving… but now it’s on sale for only $77! The DermalQuench alone is $98, so this gift set more than pays for itself. All of that said, whether you’re shopping for yourself or that person who loves all things beauty, I have rounded up some of the best beauty deals out there in the below Beauty Gift Guide. Enjoy!

  • And, if you’re able to splurge, this dryer is supposed to be amazing! Definite wishlist goals… Dyson Blown-A-OUAI Noir Set https://shopstyle.it/l/WZLE

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Charcoal And Gold… Mask

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Woohoo, it’s Friday! Who else is ready for the weekend? Anyway, this Face Mask Friday I was excited to try the Masque Bar 24k Black Gold Peel-Off Mask that was in my Influenster Let It Snow Vox Box. With charcoal and 24k gold, this mask is supposed to draw out impurities and brighten the skin.

Not going to lie, I was a little nervous to try this mask since the last charcoal peel-off mask I tried was so painful to remove. I am happy to report that this one peeled off really easily and my skin felt cleaner and looked brighter afterwards. 

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