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Beauty Bash

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With these last month…gahhh…of my 40’s, and 50 right around the corner, I thought I would share a few of my favorite beauty finds.  These are a few skincare and my two favorite hair styling products!

I am someone that has had awesome skincare from the time I was a teenager.  My Mom made sure of it, so I have used everything from Avon, Jafra (remember them??), Mary Kay, Clinque and even Pro-Active.  I personally do not think I have pretty skin, just being honest.  It just has never had what I think of as “pretty skin”, and now as I get older, my pores are definitely larger, so I am always looking for ways to improve what I’ve got!  I feel like now at this age I am finding products that I love and that are helping to maintain.  That’s not to say I wouldn’t be up for a little “cosmetic intervention” (wink wink)

A FEW FAVES

I needed a new cleanser a year ago, and heard great things about the Revision line.  So I ordered their Brightening Facial Wash, and I LOVE it!  It smells like oranges, the bottle is a great size and lasts a long time!  After the first bottle, I ran out and thought I would find something else, but I noticed immediately that my skin did not look as bright…so I re-ordered!  It’s a little pricier than drugstore, but worth it!

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Right around the time I was looking for face wash, Erin sent me some samples of Beautycounter.  I had wanted to give their products a try, so I was thrilled.  After using the full little tube of Rejuvenating Radiance Serum, I emailed her and order the full tube!  This is hands down my FAVORITE product!  I use it morning and night and my skin is softer and the skin tone is improved.  With Vitamin C, mixed fruit acids, algae and marine extract, this serum absorbs easily, and I can layer it under moisturizer and not feel greasy!  LOVE IT!!

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Another Beautycounter favorite is their Charcoal Mask!  I have tried a couple, but I love this one especially as it dries, you can actually see it pulling the oil out of your pores!  I do also love their Plumping and Brightening masks as well!

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NuFace.  I LOVE this device!  I’ll be honest, I have not been good at consistency, but when I do use it…I notice a difference!!!  You can see instant “lift” right after you use it, but I also notice if I use it at night, the next morning my face feels tighter.  Ok, I just reminded myself to use that baby every night!  50 I see you!

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Last up, my two favorite hair products!  I had heard the praises of dry texturizing spray, but honestly, I didn’t want to pay $30 for bottle.  I found the Kristen Ess Working Texture Spray, and decided for half the price I would give it a try!  Holy cow, game changer!!  It gives the right amount of lift and separation, and the smell is amazing!!

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My newest addition is the Kristen Ess Loose Styling Powder.  This is perfect to sprinkle on your roots around the crown of your head for just enough grip to give a little extra volume!  This with the Working Texture Spray are the perfect combo!  I have used several Kristen Ess products and love them all!

So those are a few of my favorite things!

And now I have a surprise!!!  To celebrate my 10,000 Follower milestone on Instagram I have a GIVEAWAY!!  My friend Erin has generously offered to send one of you a bottle of my FAVORITE Rejuvenating Radiance Serum ($66 value!) In addition, I am going to send the winner your very own can of Kristen Ess Working Texture Spray!

TO ENTER:

  • Leave a comment here
  • Head to my Instagram post and follow the rules there!
  • Giveaway ends April 22, 2018 9pm Pacific time

 

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Chinese New Year~Year of the Dog

Over the weekend we celebrated Chinese New year with family and friends.  For the past 10 years we have either hosted a party or head to our favorite Chinese restaurant.

This year, a friend and I decided to host our party for 80 friends!  We also decided to accept donations for the organization that cared for one of our friend’s daughter while she was in China, International China Concern.

Our party was held in a church gymnasium, so you will have to forgive the bad lighting.  It is extremely hard to get pretty pics in such a “hard” environment, but overall we were pleased with how it turned out.

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I was able to get so many fun Year of the Dog decorations from Oriental Trading…my go-to for party decor!

 

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I think one of my favorite elements were our simple and easy table centerpieces.  We took just a take out box, plopped in a primrose, and some chopsticks.  The fabric on the tables, are from a pair of curtains that we cut to make table toppers. Red envelopes were on every table for our guests to place their donation for ICC.

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Our highlight of the evening, were our Chinese Lion Dancers.  This is so fun, and everyone loves it!

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We will definitely call this party a success!  It is so important to out families that we celebrate our girls’ heritage and traditions, so they will always feel proud of their birth country, and it means so much to share it with family and friends.

Xian Nian Kuai Le!!

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Professional Teeth Whitening at Home….plus Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY LINK AT BOTTOM OF POST!!

I am one of those people who is obsessed with white teeth.  Maybe it’s because I LOVE coffee and red wine, or maybe it’s because as an 18-year-old I worked full-time to put braces on myself and then at 21 had major jaw surgery to correct a very serious underbite.  So, I think with all the work (and money 😉 that has gone into my mouth, I take it very seriously.  

When Smile Brilliant reached out to me, I was so excited!  I had personally been checking into their teeth whitening kit, and had been so impressed by others’ reviews and results, and had wanted to give then a try!  The Smile Brilliant team and I decided that since I already had been whitening on a regular basis, was there someone in my family that would love their turn?

It just so happened that my husband had recently chipped his front tooth (that is a horror story, in my opinion) but before he can have it repaired he was going to need to whiten his teeth.  Now my guy is a serious coffee drinker, and I  think it’s one of those situations that you don’t know how bad something is until you see a picture of yourself.   He was very excited to give Smile Brilliant a try!

 

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Smile Brilliant makes the process so easy.  Your box arrives with all the directions to make your trays at home.  They give you back-up supplies just in case you have a fail on the first try, which we did not!  My husband made his trays, put them in a postage paid envelope and off they went to the Smile Brilliant Lab.  Within a week, his custom fitted whitening trays were back and he was off  to a whiter brighter smile!

Smile Brilliant sends whitening gel along with de-sensitizing gel as well.  This was needed for my husband as he teeth became sensitive in the beginning because he was a little over zealous and left the whitening gel on for the full-time.  Lesson learned, he backed off and took it slow.  I love that Smile Brilliant’s gel is 22%, the perfect strength to get the results you are looking for.  I snuck some of the gel to use myself, and was so pleased!

So, below are Toby’s results!  Keep in mind he has NEVER whitened his teeth in (ahem) 54 years!  He will definitely do another round, get his tooth fixed and then will continue for maintenance.  He is thrilled with his results!

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Our experience with Smile Brilliant was fantastic, and I cannot recommend them enough.  We love the quality of the whitening experience so much more than using white strips, especially if you are starting your whitening journey from the very beginning like Toby!

GIVEAWAY!!!!  Click the link below to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks after the post is live. Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.

https://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/partytildawn

I have also got a coupon code for you: partytildawn for 10% off your order!


Home Teeth Whitening

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Shop my Evereve Sale Picks!

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Evereve is having an AMAZING Sale thru the 19th!!  I’ve rounded up some of my favorites and a few of them are on their way to me!

I am in need of upping my “dress up” game, so I snagged those two skirts.  I LOVE the pleated pink velvet and it’s on sale for $15.99!  The black lace skirt is so pretty and I think will be perfect to dress up, or pair with a denim jacket…it’s on sale for $27.99

I have been wanting to get in on the pajama top trend, and this cute floral top is $11.99 right now!

 

Head over to Evereve and take a peek!  There is so much from jewelry, denim to jackets…and so many of these pieces are perfect for Spring!

xoxo~Dawn

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A Thanksgiving to Remember

This is it friends…Thanksgiving is this week which means ready or not let the Holiday hustle begin!  I will say, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites so I make a big effort to give it its glory.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m itching to get my house decorated for Christmas, but that happens the day after!

I have partnered with Oriental Trading to create this simple, but beautiful tablescape.

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This year I will be hosting dinner for 15 which makes me giddy, the more the merrier!  I am however planning to make things a little more “no-fuss”, which means I miiiiiight be buying the premade mashed potatoes from Costco because they are amazing, and I have let my guests bring their signature dishes, which leaves less time in the kitchen for me!

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Another tip is paper plates.  I know…paper plates??  Honestly though, have you seen how beautiful some of them are??  I found these pretty floral plates and napkins from Oriental Trading and loved the colors and the touch of gold.  Paired with chargers and glassware, you almost forget you can throw them away at the end of the night!

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For an easy centerpiece, I gathered up things I had around my house, like the cake stand, votive holders, and inexpensive table runner…I went to my backyard and clipped cedar branches and sprigs of fresh rosemary…and done!

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I’m the first to admit, I LOVE a pretty table, and I  love creating a tablescape that will make my guests feels special.  I also know that being present and a wonderful hostess means not fussing over the dishes, letting others help, and just enjoying the day…so that is exactly what I plan to do!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I hope your day is filled with friends and family, and this is a Thanksgiving to remember!

 I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.   In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own

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Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target

It’s here!!!  The Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line is an exclusive home and lifestyle brand designed in partnership with everyone’s favorite couple Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

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I love the so much of the line is under $30!  Leave it to Target to make sure the masses can get their hands on some amazing pieces!!

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House Bud Vase, Green Vase, Glass w/brass wrap Vase

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Doormat, Foldable Storge BinHouse Log Holder

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Have you been to Target yet to check out the line??  I can’t wait to see it all in person!

xoxo ~ Dawn