#HowTo Heal Dry Skin

November 19, 2014

We won’t be concocting crazy home remedies. I won’t be suggested you sit far away from your toasty fireplace, change your diet, exfoliate with food or smear honey on your face. Uh, no thanks. I will, however, suggest you spend $4.58 on this bottle of magic to heal your dry skin.

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It’s water based, which means it’s not thick or heavy. It’s unscented, meaning it won’t compete with your perfume. It’s available at your drugstore. Hello convenient and inexpensive. And it’s DS approved. Stock up. Stock up now.

My skin is super dry. Who’s isn’t? I swam for 20 years and I only moisturized when my skin felt dry. Palm to face. Cut to me at 27 with wrinkles and exceptionally dry skins. That’s not cute on anyone. So when I heard my forever-favorite, Vaseline, launched a new lotion I knocked 5 bottles into my CVS basket and called it a day. Real life, I couldn’t even wait for IZEA to send this Vaseline kit to review the product. That’s how much of a Vaseline freak I am. I have this little guy in my purse, this tub on my desk at work, this can in my car, this bottle in my bathroom, and this bottle on my nightstand.

So what makes this particular lotion different? Well, quite frankly it’s magic. It’s clinically proven to heal dry skin in 5 days and your skin feels quenched immediately. Now, I know everyone is different and people prefer different types of lotions but if you prefer a light, water-based, unscented lotion like this girl, then this is the bottle for you.

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You know that feeling you get when you find a really great roduct that actually does what it says it’s going to do and it’s not like… $100? That feeling is victory, my friends. And how does a victor celebrate? By hoarding.

Vaseline has been healing scaly legs and soothing cracked heels since the dawn of time. Alright, maybe not the dawn of time but it’s been around since I was putting it on my shoulders to keep my racing suit from rubbing. Meet suits were always smaller than practice suits. Genius? No. Effective? Yes. Painful? Holy hell. I digress. Vaseline has. been. around. and while I’m sure effective marketing can be attributed to their success, they’re still around because their product is effective. And perhaps most importantly, can be found at any drugstore.

I’ve had the Vaseline petroleum jelly in my swim bag since I was 10. I flew like lightning to Giant that summer I heard rumors on the pool deck about that aloe lotion that had just hit the shelves. And now I’ve got this stashed in every bucket, basket, and tote bag in my apartment. I was charged with the 5-day challenge and knew my skin would be transformed in those 5 days.

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The best part? I feel better. My skin is quenched and I don’t feel inconvenienced by spending those extra 30 minutes moisturizing. And honestly, if I can get all that out of one product? I’m in.

 

This post is brought to you by Vaseline via IZEA. All opinions are my own.

 

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#HowTo Curl Your Hair with a Straightener

November 18, 2014

This long overdue tutorial is brought to you by my super short ‘do that I’m still trying to figure out and my constant need for beachy waves. It might be November but it’s always a great time to perfect an easy new look.

Let’s get started, shall we?

What you’ll need:

(hair clips / straightener / curling wand to cheat with / blow dryer / heat protectant / thickening spray / root lifter / sea salt spray link can be found below)

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pre-order my favorite John Frieda Beach Blonde Beach Waves sea salt spray here

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The main difference between using a straightener for curls instead of a curling iron or wand? That unkempt look. It’s the difference between this (straightener) and this (curling wand) or this (curling wand, day 2).

After we snapped these shots, I realized this might be easier taught via a video tutorial. That magical moment will be headed your way shortly. Questions? Comments? Concerns? My eyes were not damaged in the making of this tutorial. OK, well maybe a little…

 

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How To Shop A Sample Sale

November 14, 2014

This post should really be entitled, “How To Survive A Sample Sale” as that’s a more accurate representation of what’s going to go down.

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Preparation for taking on a sample sale is almost as important as the sale itself. With a few little tips I’ve found helpful at past sales, you can make the most of your time on the floor to secure the best purchases for your closet!

+ Minimize. Bring a thin, small crossbody or belt bag. You can try items on over the bag and won’t have to hassle with setting it down or it getting in the way.

+ Dress appropriately. My go-to sale look is a pair of thin pants, flat boots, a tank, a long duster cardigan, and a leather jacket. Whip that cardi/jacket combo off and you’ve got the perfect blank canvas to try anything on.

+ Bring a friend. Swap sizes and preferences before you go. Two fashionistas on a mission are better than one. Thanks, Jessica!

Do your research. The second you walk in you’re going to spot a Vince coat that’s on sale from $800 to $300, think it’s the greatest deal of the century, and snap it up in less than 24 seconds. High five, you. These impulse purchases will happen. It’s the nature of the beast. And there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s no way to plan what kind of items will be at these kind of sales. HOWEVER. That doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. This is a great opportunity to fill in those gaps in your closet – within reason. DON’T necessarily stock up on blouses for work. DO look into a pair of leather boots you’ve been lusting after for the colder months ahead.

+ Go easy on the makeup. No one wants to purchase an item that has your Chanel Ivory liquid foundatin smeared across every part of it. Take it down a notch. Reader tip from Maggie.

+ Hit the big ticket items first. Go after what’s on the forefront of your mind and what you think will be most expensive. Most of the time these items are shoes and outerwear. Reader tip from Katherine and Rachel.

+ Fill the holes and find the bargains. Know what you’re in need of and hunt it down. A bargain isn’t a bargain if it wasn’t something you wanted anyways! Reader tip from Carey.

+ The most popular reader tip was to hit the accessories first. Stock up on shoes, purses, and the jewelry table. Stock up to get the most bang for your buck! Thanks, Mia, Ashlyn, Ivana, and Sarah!

 

Have another tip? Include it in the comments below! Happy sample sale shopping :)

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