Oct 8, 2015

Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment

I've been working out like crazy lately which has me sweating profusely from every pore in my body. It feels amazing to have all that energy again and to see the progress but my hair isn't a fan of this at all. I don't have the type of hair that I should wash every day and I don't have the magic hands that Dominican hair stylists have so I've been taking care of it myself once a week-washing, rollers, blow dry, straightener. But, now that I'm working out so much I feel like it needs to be washed at least twice a week so that it doesn't smell like sweat. Double eek!

Add to that, I love dying my hair a medium brown color because I think it goes better with my skin tone than my super dark brown, so needless to say I've got a lot of issues with damage going on. Serums, sprays and leave-in conditioners have become my best friend but I like to change things up every once in a while. That's why I was happy to give Pureology's Colour Fanatic Leave-In Treatment a try. I received a small bottle to use so I was eager to give it a spin the next time I washed my hair.

After washing with my normal shampoo and conditioner I used this leave in conditioner and let my hair air dry. That's how I like to test out new products that claim to leave my hair super soft and silky. Since it's so warm out my hair dried pretty quick and thanks to this product it was super soft and smelled like heaven. My curls were soft, not tangled and I knew that if I wanted to use the straightener after my hair would be silky, and it was.

Overall it's a good product and the cost isn't steep. My hair looked shiny, my split ends weren't as noticeable and my hair had a put of volume when I put it up in a high ponytail.

So if you want to get your hands on one of these the company giving one away so leave a comment as to why you want one and you could be lucky one!

Oct 5, 2015

Enjoy an Adventure Filled Vacation in Florida This Fall

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Like I wrote a few weeks ago, my husband and I love going away. We especially like trips where we can do lots of activities. This past summer alone we spent 10 days in Maui and five in Maine visiting national parks, hiking, whale watching and always being on the go. Along with our two amazing summer trips we’ve spent weeks touring the Northwest, driving across the country and checking out the beautiful sights of Costa Rica. We’ve made it a habit to not just go away to beach vacations but to plan as many activities as possible. It’s important to use to see and do as much as we can while we’re away because we are total adventure seekers. 

We head down to Florida every year or so to visit relatives so when I saw the information on the Gulf County Adventure Guide it really piqued my interest. They have a lot of cool looking adventures to choose from that I think would be fun for us to do. I love animals so going on a turtle treasure hunt and checking out the dolphin parade is right up my alley. I’ve always wanted to see one but never had the chance to.

We’re also big kayakers and didn’t miss a chance to do that when we went to Alaska a few years ago and would love a chance to do it in a place where the temperatures aren’t so frigid. 

There are just so many thing to do in GCFL that will give us Northeasterners a break from the chill in the air during the fall season. Our extended family is always looking to travel together but with school starting in the fall it’s not always the easiest thing to do but now that we can have something that’s only a two hour flight away, it can easily become a fall tradition for us.

GCFL is hosting weekly contests where you can win a $50 gift card to enjoy on an adventure of your own. They’re picking 10 winners a week and it runs between 9/28-10/25 so enter now for your chance to snag one!

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Getting My Face Clean with Soniclear Petite

I've been using Michael Todd's Soniclear for over a year now and absolutely adore it. It leaves my skin and body feeling very clean and smooth after without the need to scrub it with something harsh..

As someone that travels a lot I'm always a bit paranoid of packing it along with the charger because I'm afraid of it getting crushed, leaving the charging adapter at home (or worse, vacation), or it turning on while at the airport and having the TSA need to search my bag!

On top of that, as a blogger, I have some essentials that I NEED to travel with even on short trips and can't afford to have my face not looking it's best. Face scrubs and cleansers are great but I got into the habit of using my Soniclear and really like the deep clean that it gives me. That's why I was super excited to give Michael Todd's Soniclear Petite a try.

The Soniclear Petite offers the same benefits as their full sized one, it just comes with one less accessory to carry around and doesn't have the larger body attachment. But for a travel sized facial cleanser, I can dig that. It charges via USB which means I can charge it any time, anywhere, so long as I have my laptop or my iPhone charging box. Plus it charges in a really cool way: if I don’t carry the charging cradle with me that’s okay because the charging port magnetically attaches directly to the device. 

I usually use it with my Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleanser because it doesn’t have any harsh or abrasive particles but they do say that it can be used with soft exfoliating scrubs. Because I tend to space out while I’m doing anything, especially getting my beauty routine on, I like that the soniclear beeps when it’s time to move on to a different section of my face, ensuring that I cover all areas and don’t linger too long on one spot. 

When I’m done using it I just rinse the brush head and handle with warm water and place it on the cradle so it can be ready for the next use. Since I do have the full sized one I won’t be using the petite much while I’m at home but I’ll make sure to always keep it charged so that it’s ready to use when I’m on the go.  

Oct 4, 2015

Keeping My Herbs Fresh With an Herb Keeper

I've been growing my own herbs for the last couple of months now and it's getting to the point where I have more than I can handle. There are only so many Italian nights that I can use my basil on and so much cilantro that I care to use at once. But still, my herbs are my babies and I want them to last as long as possible after I pick them. Unfortunately organic produce doesn't last long due to the lack of pesticides so using an herb keeper is the way to go.

What I really like about the Herb Keeper by Gourmet2Day is that it's slim and easy to use. You just have to fill the jaw with water, put your herbs in and place it in the fridge. It's size is great because it's not too tall or wide so it doesn't take up too much space in my refrigerator.

I also like that I don't have to remove the entire cup in order to get the amount of herbs I'm looking to get thanks to the ladder hooks.

Gourmet2day says that this will keep herbs for at least two weeks and I'm really hoping that that's the case. If that's the case I'm going to get another one just for my basil because those grow like crazy!

Sep 30, 2015

Finally a Bluetooth Speaker with Some Features!

Ever since I upgraded to an iPhone 5 my iHome became pretty pointless if I wanted to use it to stream music. I keep my iHome in my bathroom so I can listen to some tunes while I shower or get ready for work/going out or to enjoy some peace after a super long day on my balcony and I've had to resort to using my super old iPod from 2004. And let me pause for a second to reflect on the fact that I have an 11 year old working iPod.

Okay, now that's that over, let's go back to my situation now. While I can put 20gb worth of music in it sometimes I like to listen to Pandora or Spotify while I'm getting ready so I've been searching for a really good bluetooth speaker and I think I found one that's nearly perfect.

The DBPower Mini Wireless Speaker was a pretty decent buy. Thanks to my Amazon Prime I was able to get it the same day for $36.98, it came fully charged and was easy to set up. I set the time, got my bluetooth ready and was ready to test it out. There isn't any volume control on the speaker so it all has to be controlled by the device busting out the tunes but you can pause, rewind and fast forward on it which is a great feature. Come to think about it, most bluetooth speakers that I've seen don't have a volume control or the ability to do anything but listen to the music so I'm glad this has that.

It's a really sleek design and the size lends to letting you have a loud, crisp sound but it's doesn't have the best range. It seemed to not like my body because the sound got a bit staticky when I was near it but aside from that I totally dig it.

If you wanna try it out here's a 20% discount code that makes this bluetooth speaker an even sweeter deal: 5YVUUAKT

Sep 28, 2015

Fall 2015 Blog Goals

Me and my goals! I have a knack for making a ton of them but only achieving a few which is a bit of a bummer but I don't beat myself up over it.

I'm trying to write more and get things streamlined so they're a nice flow to this. I also have some great posts coming up with lovely photos that Jennifer and I shot while I was in NYC. Turns out she is absolutely amazing at photo styling so I'm hoping to have her do more of that for the blog. Seriously, she blew me away.

With 3 months left in 2015 here is what I plan on accomplishing:

1. Increase Revenue- I want to increase my blog revenue by at least 25% each month until 2016.

2. Write More- This is always a goal because I want to keep consistency.

3. Create a Media Kit-I wanted to do this over the summer but slacked on it. This time I won't. I want to enter 2016 with a super amazing start

4. Get My Dream Template- I have an idea of exactly what I want but I haven't found anything remotely close to it that works with blogger, so I may have leave them for an awesome re-launch in 2016.

There you have it! I have 3 months to work on these goals and I think I'm off to a pretty good start on at least two of them. I didn't realize how much work it is to turn a blog into a business these days (or ever actually). I feel like I do more work on this than I do at my 9-5 job because I always have a deadline looming but it's something I love so I'm willing to give it my all until I can start blogging from Paris. Oui oui!

Sep 27, 2015

It's All About the Scents!

Lavender and roses. Strawberries and pumpkin. These are a few of my (new) favorite things. Ever since experiencing the intensity of pheromones I started associating scents with happy things again. The smell of freshly cut grass never fails to take me back to the time I lived in Florida as a kid and curry always reminds me of an amazing restaurant I went to in Brighton, UK so the scent association thing isn't too far fetched for me.

I spent the summer obsessing over lavender and smelling like roses and now that a new season has begun I've added a couple of new ones. I've also been reading up on the benefits of certain scents and was surprised to know that lavender and roses are really great for mood elevation and are really soothing. I'm at a place where I've got some really great momentum so surrounding myself with feel good scents is what I want to do. 

And who doesn't want a body scrub that smells like strawberries? While I hardly eat the fruit, or any fruit for that matter, it's fun to sometimes switch out my coffee scrub with this. Or to have my face smell like pumpkins because isn't that what this season is all about?

This week, I'm going go over my favorite scented products and what it is that has me drawn to them. Trust me, you're gonna wanna pay close attention!