My Beauty Must-Have's

Once I hit my 30's I started looking for the miracle products to help prevent aging.  There are several items in my beauty routine as well as a hydra facial every two months.  I am fairly lucky in the skin department so I'm taking extra good care of my skin these days as a preventative measure.  There are some areas I'd love to improve but overall it is about prevention.  I wanted to round up some products for you that I use on my face and body.  Some are products I've used for quite awhile and others are new finds.
  

Morning routine:

Evening Routine:

2. Nion Beauty Opus Body
3. Opus Renew (Once a week)


I'm always looking for the next best skin care item so if you have any favorites please let me know!


Starting with a clean palette is my first tip.  Clean skin is a must!  I've switched from a Clarisonic to Nion Beauty's Opus Express; there is no comparison between the two.  Nion Beauty uses silicone with Tourmaline and silver which makes their products non-toxic, extremely durable, soft, and antibacterial.  Because they are so durable you won't ever need replacement heads; their products can last approximately 10 years.  The S-ion technology purifies the skin and boosts blood circulation which gives you a glow.  Most cleansing devices use friction which can be harmful whereas Nion Beauty uses a Kinetic Skin Cleansing system.  This system uses vibrations to loosen the dirt without stripping away naturally occurring oils.  It felt so good on my skin; it was light and gentle, like a mini tingling massage.


I think there is a huge focus on anti-aging for the face but the body is rarely mentioned.  Nion Beauty's Opus Body grants you glowing skin from head to toe.  Just like the Opus Express the Opus Body has a silicone body brush that features S-ion Technology and Kinetic Skin Cleansing design. The Opus Body not only cleans but also prevents skin's aging.  You recharge the Opus Body with a USB plug but it's shower and bathtub safe.



What mom doesn't need a little de-puffing around the eyes every morning?!?!  ImpishEyes contains caffeine, cucumber, CoQ10, peptides, and white tea to help us ladies with our dark circles and bags under our eyes.  This product I use every morning.


It's hard for me to find a good lotion.  I love a thick, creamy lotion and so many are thin and not very hydrating if you ask me.  Cheers, My Dears from Perfectly Posh does have a great consistency but the pomegranate scent wasn't my favorite.



About once a week I use Opus Renew for dark circles.  These are supercharged with negative ions and increase blood flow to treat dark circles and imperfections.  You can cut them to fit but I just figured covering more area couldn't hurt.  After use you gently wash with warm water and mild soap and store for multiple uses.  With my first use I felt like the skin tightened more than the darkness faded.


I wore lash extensions for a couple of years and was so tired of the upkeep let alone cost.  When I learned about Lash Boost from Rodan+Fields I knew I had to take the plunge and give it a try.  It was difficult to go naked but I sure don't miss the hours of application for the extensions.  I'm seeing results and as soon as I have full growth I will share the before and after photos.



I can't think of many superior ways to unwind after a long day than a bubble bath.  Like I mentioned, during my nightly routine I use the Nion Beauty Opus Express and Body both of which make me feel clean and relaxed. 




Products received in exchange for this post.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.


Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas



Ingredients:

Grilled Chicken (I bbq several chicken breasts for dinner one night and then use leftovers for this.)
Two Bell Peppers (Any colors)
1/4 White Onion
Tortillas
Shredded Mexican Cheese
Sour Cream
Garlic Salt
Pepper

Directions:

Chop onion and bell peppers and grill over medium heat.  Once almost done add in sliced grilled chicken and warm, sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Warm tortillas in foil in the oven.  Once tortillas are warm spread sour cream, top with chicken mixture and shredded cheese.




Date Night with a Twist

I like comfortable as much as the next girl but honestly dressing up is my favorite!  Now don't get me wrong this is not a dressy look but it's not an everyday look either.  This is girl's night out or hot date night with the hubby.  Find me anything lace and I'll probably love it so when I saw this flirty white lace crop top and I had to give it a try.  It's a little more bold than my typical wardrobe but the lace and off the shoulder had me sold.  The details and the cut are bold enough so simple skinnies and pumps with a bit of jewelry is all I added.  To complete the look I added a pop of wine lip.

See below for a super fun date night idea below along with more of this look...


















Speaking of date nights this last weekend we were lucky enough to get a rare one in.  I tried 7 babysitters but with school out I struck out 7 times.  Voa Voa to the rescue....she offered after hearing I was giving up.  We went to one of our favorite places, Flemings and it did not disappoint. Sometimes we challenge ourselves to not talk about work and kids while on a date.  Has anyone ever tried this.... because it's freakin' hard!  To lighten things up we brought CRATED with LOVE with us. It's a monthly date night subscription box which encourages finding at least one moment each month to fall in love all over again.  As parents who both work it can feel impossible to find special moments with just the two of you.  We spend plenty of time without the kids but its usually for an event so its not one on one quality time.  I love the idea of CRATED with LOVE because it forces you to schedule the time and give you something totally different to do in order to connect.  One thing that is great about it is that you don't have to find a babysitter to make it work. Put the kids to bed and it's all things you can do from home.  Each box will be different but it's not about the items inside but instead the activities that build your relationship all while combining love and laughter.

The box Kevin and I received was all about the 80's.  I am a huge fan of the 80's, perhaps because I am a product of the 80's, so I was very excited upon opening it.  There were four challenges that kept the laughter rolling.  We quickly learned that our 80's knowledge was not as great as we thought.  We finished Challenge 1 at the restaurant and then headed home to complete the other tasks.  Laughter played a big role in the activities but there were also sentimental moments and challenges.  It was a great night out!  Thank you to Voa Voa for watching the girls and thanks to CRATED with LOVE for adding the fun to our night!





Product received in exchange for this post.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.


Floral Off the Shoulder & Bell Sleeves




Am I the only one who feels better in my own skin when that skin is tan?!?!  I wish I could keep the caramel tones all year round but in reality I only get it for a few short months.  Also during this time of year I love anything floral.  It's one of my favorite patterns this season along with some of the others that I've already shared with you.  This top is off the richter scale---OTS, floral, bell sleeves and super reasonable!  It was like finding a needle in a haystack at TJ Maxx.  It's paired perfectly with my go-to mules and white skinnies.  The typical jewelry as well as my clear mirrored sunnies complete the look and who could forget my mom bag.





I've been using LipSense and ShadowSense for a few months now and wanted to share my thoughts with you. I selected Pink Champagne LipSense and it's the perfect versatile shade.  It's a light shimmery pink that goes with almost anything.  I always pair it with Glossy Gloss for shiny kissable lips.  I was warned when I first started using LipSense that my lips would flake due to dead skin cells and wax buildup from other lipsticks.  This side effect has lasted for me for a long time.  It's not constant but even several months later I feel like my lips get dry and sometimes a little chapped. LipSense color stays true to its word and stays on your lips.  However, the gloss stays as long as any normal gloss would.  So you do have to reapply the gloss all the time.  Even with that said it is pretty amazing to have the color last most of the day.  Now if they could just figure out a way for the gloss to last as long.  If both the color and gloss lasted all day it would get an A+ but since that's not true I give it an A-; in comparison to most glosses that I would give a C.

I also chose Moca Java Shimmer ShadowSense that I use as a base eyeshadow.  Again this goes with EVERYTHING; I literally wear it every day.  Before using ShadowSense I used a cream eyeshadow as a base and ShadowSense is far superior.  It stays put without any creasing mid-day.  It also eliminates the need for two shadow colors.  Now I just use the Moca Java Shimmer and then a darker color in the crease.  It saves me just a minute in the morning and every minute saved is a win.  You can find LipSense and ShadowSense from Whitney McFarlin- X's and O's.








This is a sponsored post; all opinions expressed are always honest and true.


Supper Sunday-Lasagna

Crockpot Lasagna




Ingredients:


2 lbs. ground beef
29 oz. can tomato sauce
Dried Oregano
Dried Basil
Garlic Salt
Black Pepper
Lasagna Noodles
3.5 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup Grated or Shredded Parmesan Cheese
16 oz Cottage Cheese
1 egg

Directions: 


1. Spray the inside of the crock-pot with cooking spray or line crockpot with crockpot liner and then spray with cooking spray.                   
2. Brown the ground beef. Drain beef, then season with oregano, basil, garlic salt, and pepper to taste. Stir the tomato sauce in with the ground beef.  Simmer for 15-60 minutes for added flavor.
3. Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crock-pot.
4. Arrange uncooked noodles over the sauce (I usually break them up so they fit better).
5. Combine the cheeses and egg in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.
6. Repeat these layers twice.
7. Top with remaining sauce.
8. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
9. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese 10 minutes before serving.

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Black & White Gingham

You know luck is on your side when you put on your new favorite top to shoot for the blog and right outside your hotel room is a lounge area decorated with matching pillows! Score!  I've been sharing prints I love and another one for the summer is gingham.  Additionally, you can never go wrong with black and white anything.  I'm still utterly in love with off the shoulder so this top was a perfect find. Black skinnies are a staple in my closest especially because it helps with the curves and these suede wedges have also proven to be a staple.  This look hits a home run with comfortable, cute and versatile.  


No look is complete without the right glam.  I have a full review coming soon but let's just say that ShadowSense and LipSense are on repeat every single day!  I selected Pink Champagne LipSense and it's the perfect versatile shade.  It's a light shimmery pink that goes with almost anything.  It's always paired with Glossy Gloss for shiny kissable lips.  I also chose Moca Java Shimmer ShadowSense that I use as a base eyeshadow.  Again this goes with EVERYTHING; I literally wear it every day.  Stay tuned for more pics and thoughts.












Products received in exchange for this post.  As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own.