Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pink Parade


(Earrings from my glam shop)

With Valentine's day coming up, pink is everywhere in the stores.
You won't hear me complaining one bit! Just wanted to share a few
Pretty pics I've taken lately and some pretty pink! Xo -Taj

(Reading currently)



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beauty Supplements

My juice game is still an everyday must. I feel so much better when I juice and
 I notice I have more energy to get thru the day. My skin has really benefited
 from all the vitamins and nutrients too! I wanted to add a boost though to my
 inner beauty so to speak and so I have two products to share with you.
One is Neocell Beauty Infusion Refreshing Collagen Drink Mix. 


Beauty Fact: Collagen dwindles in the body as we age and causes us to lose elasticity!! Eeek! 
I don't know about you but I am going to be proactive and help my skin out in this department.  
I tried out the Tangerine Twist flavor that you simply add a scoop to a glass of water. 
 It's an ALL natural mix of nutrients that is supposed to strengthen hair, nails and skin and
 provide antioxidant power against  environmental damage.



One scoop packs a punch with:
*5000mg of Neocell Collagen - Type 1 & 3 (for firm smooth skin, strong nails & hair)
*50mg of Hyaluronic Acid (for skin hydration & renewal)
*3000mcg of Biotin (for support of strong hair & nail growth)
*Alpha Lipoic Acid & Vitamin C (for protection from free radical damage

 & enhancement of collagen formation)

Now, I'm pretty picky on taste and I won't hold back in saying that it doesn't taste bad at all! 
It's not gritty and doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste either.  So, it is pleasantly tasty! 
I'm definitely going to keep using this product and I hope you will give it a try if 
you are thinking about being proactive too! 

For more info on NeoCell check out their website here


My next find is Nature's Bounty Extra Strength Hair, Skin & Nails (Argan Oil Infused)
I'm sure you've seen this all over the stores right now. January is vitamin/supplement 
month for stores and I've seen some great deals on this at places like Costco.  

The formula contains Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant, Vitamin C, which is involved in collagen production and formation, Vitamin A assists skin health, Vitamin B, helps with energy 
metabolism and Biotin which helps hair and nail health.  
I like that these are soft gels and are easy to swallow. ( And a pretty color too!)
They have no sugar or artificial flavors.  Overall, I have mostly noticed my nails have had a major boost in growth and are much stronger now after 30 days use.  My hair already grows super fast, but it definitely feels fuller now too. So, it does deliver healthy nails and hair! I love this product so far and definitely recommend it.

I just want to mention that I think these sort of products are great for quarterly usage throughout the year. For example, I would use the one Neocell Collagen Drink product all up and then when done, move on to Hair, Skin & Nails and so on.  I say this because it is important not to intake too much of one nutrient. That is just my opinion, but find what is best for your skin/health.

For more information on Nature's Bounty check out their website here

I hope you will check these two products out and please let me know if you do! 

Xo,

Taj


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TruAge A.G.E. Therapy Gel : First Impressions

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% mine. 


 Today I am sharing first impressions for TruAge's new Skin AGE Therapy Gel by Morinda.  I'm really excited about this product because of the natural ingredients and because it's a gel. I find that gels are very hydrating without clogging pores. AGE Therapy Gel works to fight the signs of aging caused by glycation.  Glycation occurs in your body when excess sugars in the bloodstream bind with proteins in the skin, causing stiffness and inelasticity, while impairing the skin’s protective function.
 
The ingredients used to make the TruAGE Therapy Gel are:
  • Noni fruit juice, Comelian cherry fruit extract, Olive leaf extract, Blueberry fruit extract and Cranberry fruit extract- These ingredients protect against free radical damage and provides iridoids.
  • Oat kernal extract and Beta-glucan- softens the skin, reduces redness and irritation and helps strengthen the skin’s barrier function.
  • Carnosine- Protects against AGE damage, prevents age formation, reduces the signs of aging skin, promotes healthy collagen production to improve the appearance of firm skin, strengthens the skin’s antioxidant defenses and helps skin recover after a sunburn.
These natural ingredients work by penetrating into your skin where they dissolve the excess sugar molecules and remove them from your system. See pic below for the breakdown.

Excess sugars in the bloodstream bind with proteins in the skin causing stiffness and inelasticity; impairing the skin's protective function. 

image source: TruAge

What does TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel do?
    Protects, Soothes, Repairs:
    AGE Therapy Gel is more than just a lightweight gel. It fights AGEs while also soothing, protecting, and repairing your skin. 


    Protects: AGE Therapy Gel creates a protective barrier against AGE accelerators such as free radicals, environmental damage and moisture loss. 

    Soothes: Oat kernel extract and beta-glucan provide a soothing effect on skin, reduce redness and irritation, and help to strengthen the skin’s barrier function. 

    Repairs: Carnosine has been shown to block AGE damage, protect minor cuts, scrapes and burns, and relieve dry, chapped skin. It also protects and relieves chafed and irritated skin. 

    First Impressions:
     I found the TruAge AGE Therapy Gel to have a very light fragrance that disappears almost instantly. Since I use it under my moisturizer, a lack of fragrance is a plus. A drop of gel is all I need to cover my entire face and neck. It has a very smooth, light-weight feeling and easily glides all over the skin. It is not sticky or tacky feeling whatsoever.  It takes just seconds to absorb into the skin so there is no wait time for applying moisturizer and makeup.
    I used the gel for four weeks and it has made a difference in my skin in a small amount of time. It looks hydrated, healthy and refreshed. I've noticed a beautiful glow at all times! I use the gel on my face, neck, upper chest, back of hands and ears.  These are really the areas that show signs of aging and that should be concentrated on.  
    Overall, I love my AGE Therapy Gel and would recommend it to others. A 5 fl oz bottle of the TruAge AGE Therapy Gel costs $42 which is a great price considering how little product you have to use to get results! You can learn more on Morinda.com
    Please share your thoughts!
    xo,

    Taj

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

    Golden Life

    (Dior J'adore, Milani, Gerard Cosmetics, Gucci)

    Happy New Year! 2014 sure flew by didn't it? Christmas felt like it went by in a week to me!
    I'm looking forward to this year, I've got lots of new projects lined up and a great trip.  But I'm most excited about focusing on the simple things this year.  Spending less, saving more.  Instant gratification seems to be all over social media these days, and as much as I love seeing all the great deals and beautiful finds from Target and other great spots, I need a break from that "gotta have it" mentality that is so contagious in the blog and Instagram world.
    One thing I want to focus on is my organic garden in the back yard. I'm super excited to get that going once spring hits. I'm still juicing strong since last January and I'm very proud of myself for that! So I'll be continuing the healthy eating journey and sharing new healthy products like cosmetics and body products that are more natural based.  I've got a big makeup collection, so letting go of any of it scares me, but it's time to face the facts on parabens and chemicals in everyday cosmetics.
    Most important, I want to enjoy my family time and just being a mom to my little glam doll.  I've learned that every day I need a full cup of grace to be the best mom to her.  It's the most important job I've ever had! I know I don't usually share too much on here of my personal life, this year I want to open up a little more and write a little more...I actually really enjoy it!
    What are your goals this year? Saving money? Eating healthy? More family time and less social media? Whatever it is I want to support you! Looking forward to a super fabulous golden year ahead dolls! I've got some great posts coming up, getting a reboot; detox/cleanse is first up! xoxo

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Stocking Stuffer Guide for Him

    One of my favorite parts about buying Christmas gifts is the stockings!
     I love finding small but sweet treasures to wrap.  Useful things are always on my list, 
    like socks or a toothbrush, but so are sweets like chocolates and candy. 
    But I love including a wow gift that is unexpected and sure to surprise my guy. 
    These are a few of my favorite things for him this year.  Are you done with your 
    Christmas stocking gifts yet? What are some of your go to gifts for the guy in your life? 
    Stocking Stuffer Guide for Him

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Stocking Stuffer Guide For Her

     Pretty baubles, luscious lotions and lipsticks are always a good idea for stocking stuffers for her!
    I have to admit my husband does a pretty good job of filling my stocking with great gifts for me every
    year. He always puts very thoughtful things that he knows I will enjoy.  Or should I say, Santa always
    fills my stocking! Here are some things on my wish list this year Santa!!
    Stocking Stuffer Guide for Her

    Friday, December 5, 2014

    Loving: Infusium 23

    My hair has been amazing lately and I had to share the reason with you!
    I color my hair and it really damages it. I've tried oils and cremes and leave-in products and
    they all work within reason, but they never really make it as soft and healthy as I would like. When I found the Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Avocado and Olive Oil Conditioner and Miracle Therapy Conditioner with Moringa Oil I was amazed at how soft and healthy my hair became right away! It smells amazing and for the price, I feel like you get a lot of product.




    If you've got really dry, damaged, and tangle prone hair you will love this stuff!
    I hope you will give it a try and let me know of any products that work for you! I love
    trying the products you suggest!

    Xo,

    Taj

    *This is not a sponsored post

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    DIY Memory Album Cover & #RegaloDeAmorPampers Giveaway!

    Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers 
    and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

    One of my favorite things to do for my daughter is to create keepsakes for her.
    Our babies experience our love in many different ways. And those precious moments 
    we share with our little ones make every day special and worth remembering. 
    For her first birthday, we did a photo shoot that captured her in some precious moments. 
    Digging into her first bite of cake and getting that frosting everywhere is priceless! 
    For the birthday party invitations we used that very picture and I decided I wanted to
     capture that special time in a memory book that we could all enjoy over the years. 
    One that was personalized and unique, and I decided to design my own cover with
     a crafty diy approach using that invitation as the focal point.

    I gathered all my crafting supplies and the memory album that I found at 
    Michael's in a gorgeous minty pastel color!


    Then, I set the party invitation right in the middle of the front cover. 
    I decided to use the picture on the back of the invitation because
     it was just her and her cake.


    I played around with the different embellishments and came up with a layout 
    before making any commitments with glue.


    I used pretty feather adornments with pearls and lace to anchor the cover. 
    Then I added her name in a pretty arrangement of decals.  I found these precious
     Martha Stewart tissue pom decals that added texture and dimension. 
    I also used a felt pink number one to signify what the album was celebrating.
    This whole part of arranging and adding the embellishments was my favorite part!

    After I had my favorite layout setup, I started in with the glue gun and 
    applied a small amount on each of the backs of all the items to ensure lasting power!  
    That's it! Fun and simple!

    #RegaloDeAmorPampers is giving parents a chance to receive a gift basket to help capture
     those special moments of love with baby. The gifts include Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Wipes,  
    The Crafty ChicaCollection Book, and a Michael’s gift card to create a DIY loving keepsake!

    Pampers Swaddlers are the No.1 choice at local hospitals in Los Angeles and across the country.
     And now Pampers Swaddlers is available through size 6 to comfort and protect babies
     through many more moments of love! 



    Giveaway includes:






    • $25 Michael's Gift Card
    • The Crafty Chica Collection Book
    • Pampers Wipes
    • Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Giveaway guidelines: 
    Must be 18 and live in U.S.

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    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Burgundy


    (Skirt: Target; Blouse: F21; Necklace: Glameratti; Sunglasses: YSL; Shoes: Charlotte Russe)

    It's been so hot here in L.A. that wearing my fall pieces
    has been impossible.  So I've been pinning for
    the weather to cool down at least a little bit and in the
    meantime, incorporating fall colors into the mix.
    This burgundy blouse is sheer and cool, but gives
    that pop of fall color that I'm craving.


    Peekaboo- I see a little munchie in my backdrop! 


    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Holiday Hair with Johnson's ® No More Tangles


    *Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with 
    JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® and Latina Bloggers Connect. 
    As always, all opinions are my own. I only work with 
    companies/brands I truly support and love.


    Now that we are approaching the Holidays, it's time for dressing fancy! 
    For me that includes my little one and her hairstyles of course!
    First up is Thanksgiving, one of my favorite family gatherings! We
    always like to take special pictures of the little kids during the holidays in
    addition to the family pics. They are just so adorable all dressed up and
    their hair done!
    We want to capture all of that cuteness for sure! With all of the cooking
    and prepping for guests I need a look that is going to last and be realistic for
    my schedule.
    So choosing a hairstyle that is fast, simple and adorable is on my wish list. 
    Using Johnson's ® No More Tangles 3- step regimen ensures that
     I can achieve that perfect glam look without all the fuss! 
    First, we cleanse with the Johnson's ® No More Tangles 2 in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner
    for curly hair. This is free of parabens, phthalates and triclosans. It is gentle to the
    eyes just like water!

    After bath-time we, use the Johnson's ® No More Tangles Leave -In -Conditioner
     and start brushing out her hair. This part helps control the frizz  and leaves her
    hair really soft and smooth.

    I always encounter tangles in my daughter's hair so the next step is a must: Detangling Spray! 
    Johnson's ® No More Tangles Detangling Spray is awesome and I love this stuff
    and use it everyday on her!

    For this hairstyle, I simply combed out her hair, divided it down the middle,
    and then into two separate sections where I could easily start twisting the sections.

    Once I started twisting the first section, I just let it guide into the 
    direction it wants to go into and then pin it back with a bobby pin.


    After I've twist the other side of the parted hair, I pin it too, and then I just
    add a pretty bow or clip to cover up the pins. That's it!! So simple 
    but so cute! 

    Let me know how you keep your little one's hair manageable and 
    I would love to see your Holiday hairstyles too!

    For more fun and easy hairstyles visit the JOHNSON'S Baby You Tube Page.

    Follow the conversation in social media by using the hashtag #NOMORETANGLES


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