Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lip Crayons Reviews and Favorites + an Easy Valentine DIY!

It's the month for kissing! I have a drawer full of lip crayons and thought
to myself, do I love any of these? It was time to clean out my hoarding stash and only
keep the ones that are amazing. So find out below which one's I love! 
I may do a part 2 since I have so many!
 Wet n' Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain
These are super moisturizing, hydrating and go on smooth.  
They are nicely pigmented, I would say they are a medium sheer coverage and 
they do leave a stain on the lips which is really a plus.  For staying power, they last a few hours at the most. 
For someone who drinks coffee and tea all day, you will have to reapply.  I love the packaging
and how easy they are to apply, you just twist up for more product. For the price, $3 these come in 6 shades and are a real steal!
These are one of my favorites out of the bunch! I love the shade Rico Mauve!
                           {swatches are from the bottom up in the above picture of stains}

Jane Iredale Play On Lip Crayon
Jane Iredale cosmetics are wonderful because they are made of a more healthy ingredient base which I am really into. These come is 7 different shades and have a smooth matte finish. They are super pigmented and have an average staying power. The packaging is nice, however you will need a large 
pencil sharpener for these as they do not twist. I think that for me is a pain. I would love these more if they were just a twist and go product.  Price is at about $18. Overall, a great lip color and easy application.
                                       {Jane Iredale swatches from bottom up}

NYC CityProof Intense Lip Color
These twistable crayons come in 6 shades  and are around $3. They are very smooth and the pigmentation is opaque.
They have a light fruity scent to them which I liked.  On the lip, they were not buildable, and they
sat on the lip which was not attractive. 
I only tried two shades and I didn't care for either one of them. 
I really like the packaging, they are exactly
the color you see which is nice! 
The product just twists up for easy use.  I just don't like the application and product. It didn't look
fabulous on the lip, I had to mess with it too much. I'll pass.

{NYC swatches}

Revlon Color Burst Lacquer Balm & Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

These go on sheer and glossy and are very smooth and moisturizing.
These have been around for a minute and there are a ton of shades that come out.  
They are around $7.  The packaging is pretty, it is similar to 
what the product will be.  They are twist up too but I find that they can get a bit
messy though and I wouldn't want to carry it in my purse.   
They do have a minty smell which I don't always love. I'm on the fence about it. 
The Color Burst has a little shimmer in it and Kissable doesn't.  Lasting power is a few hours.
Overall, I do like these, but the smell isn't my favorite.

                                                                 {Revlon Swatches}

Mally Lip Magnifier

This product goes on silky and has a nice sheen too it. ( It is the 3rd from left in the swatch: Flushed) The pigment stays put for hours!
I believe there are 14 shades that I saw on I only tried one shade and I just love it!
It lasts a long time and gives my lips a pretty sheen that I happen to like for everyday wear.
The only thing I don't like is that it has to be sharpened and is not twistable. It is moisturizing, but not super moisturizing and that may be from being in an actual pencil form. Price point is $20.

Burt"s Bees Lip Crayon

You know I love me some Burt's Bees! These come in 6 shades and are 100% natural yay!
They go on easily, very creamy and matte. They are super pigmented and last well, you will have to
re-apply after eating & drinking.  They are not very moisturizing at all. So this isn't something I would keep in my purse for that reason. If you love matte lips, this is your product. It is more like a lipstick than a balm{Swatch is 2nd from left in Napa Vineyard}. Packaging is okay, I don't love the brown! However, they are twistable which I love. 
Price point is $8.

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick

These are one of my favorites! They come in 8 shades and are super buttery and moisturizing. 
They go on creamy and are very opaque.  They do have an initial pretty scent upon application but goes away once on lips and I don't notice it afterwards.   They are twistable, which I love and the packaging is pretty in the color of the product{swatch is first on left}.  I prefer the lighter shades in these for everyday wear.  
They are not long wearing at all, but the
moisturizing aspect is what I love about these along with the instant pop of pretty color. Price point is $8.

Mary Kay At Play Lip Crayon

These come in only 3 shades and are $10.  It is like a lip liner and crayon in one.  
These have a buttery application but I don't find them very moisturizing.   Lasting power was average, needed to re-apply after eating and drinking. The finish is 
shimmery and pigmented {swatch is 4th from the left in Toasted}.  The packaging is okay, not very 
glamorous in my opinion, and it has to be sharpened and is not twistable. I like
the pretty shimmery look it gave my lips, but I do not like how quickly I had to sharpen it.


I also did a little Valentine decor DIY with all these swatches!  
This would be super cute on a desk or to give to your main squeeze!
Just kiss and frame! I used a heavier paper stock to give it a richer look.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Organize Christmas Ornaments

         I finally decided to take down the Christmas tree this
     week.  I always feel so sad when I do! I just love the lights and
   pretty glow it gives the room! So I wanted to quickly share with you
             a great way to easily organize all your ornaments in one pretty box called
         the Ultimate Ornament Box. I fit all of my ornaments from this tree in it!!

                  It has two levels, which have adjustable compartments.  It is made with
                acid free heavy duty board to help preserve my precious ornaments!
               It also comes with tarnish inhibitor to help protect metal & silver finishes.

I used the top tray more for the round ornaments, but I also added cupcakes and birdies!

The bottom level is great because it has dividers to keep it all nice and organized.
It made putting everything away so much nicer than finding boxes and having them
take up much more space. 

So everything fit it this nice fabric covered box!! It also comes with a plastic zipper bag for storage.
I think I will invest in one more next year, because I still have more ornaments that I bought
for next year! eek! clearance gets me every time! I love this box as it saves space in my garage
and looks pretty too and I know just what it is!  If you want to organize your ornaments and keep
them safe this is a great piece to check out!
xoxo - Taj
Find out more about Ultimate Christmas Storage here: 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Stocking Stuffers Favorites

Merry Christmas week! 
Getting all of my stocking stuffers wrapped and ready for Santa's sleigh!
Here are a few of my favorite gifts I am giving this year to my favorite ladies!

               These Rebecca Minkoff pretty panties are a special gift within a gift!
                        20% of the purchase will go to help women out of poverty and into business through
                    Empowered By Rebecca Minkoff.  I love to give a gift that has meaning and helps
             someone else so these will go in all the girls' stockings.

For my sisters stockings I added some of my favorite skincare brands for 
pampering and feeling lovely!
Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm & Evenly Radiant 
Dark Circle Eye Cream (below). Both work wonders!!

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser which has Jojoba,
Green Tea, Macadamia Oil & Orchid Extract is heavenly!

Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Balm 
is perfect for this time of year!
It has Manuka honey, Japanese licorice root & Evening primrose oil.

Pura Naturals Soap Infused Sponge in Peppermint Volcano.
These are so fab for home or travel! They come in a 3 pack and
smell and feel amazing!

A luxe little perfume rollerball perfect purse size.
Fiori by Vince Camuto. Smells so rich and fabulous! 

 This Stocking is for my Mom!
Manuka Doctor Flawless Primer w/ Manuka honey and purified 
Bee Venom! It helps reduce the appearance of pores & wrinkles.

Arcona Eye Dew +Plus Helps smooth fine lines & wrinkles and leave
the eye area looking firm with Vitamin C & Liquid crystals.

Philip B. Anti -Frizz Formula 57 Smoothing Shine Drops
has Vitamin E, Lavender, Jojoba, Rice Bran & Soybean Oil. Wonderful for 
hair and works!

Juice Beauty Green Apple Nutrient Eye Cream
Firms & smoothes fine lines. It is vitamin rich with a blend of peptides,
CoQ10 and Black Tea. 

All the stockings will get the Feetreat Pedi by Look Beauty
It's a super Moisturizing foot mask with shea butter, apple extract & peppermint.
It comes with 2  pairs and are like a sock that you wear. Super soft feet in 30 minutes!

Mia Silkies hair ties.
They last a lot longer that others that I've tried so I just love them

e.l.f. Bronzed Beauty Blush & Bronzer Set

Of course I will throw a little chocolate treat in there too because
what stocking is complete without candy!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your families!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Luvs New Momoji Keyboard App & $100 Amex Prizepack Giveaway!

 This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Luvs. All opinions are 100% mine.

Texting is part of my day, I am always texting my husband about the kids and vice versa. 
So when I heard about the new Luvs Momoji keyboard app I was excited to try it out and
 make my life that much more easier with these cute Momojis! 
Other moms can relate to me, when your newborn is 
crying and your toddler is having a meltdown, you need to change a 
blow-out diaper and it's time to pump!
  I mean this is real life in action here! Instead of texting 
out all of that to my husband I can send him these momojis quick and 
know he feels my pain! 

{My conversation today!} 

Luvs New Momojis Keyboard + Win a $100 Amex Gift Card & Luvs Diapers

How cute are these Momojis!!
With this app you can also access great deals, promotions an diaper coupons with the @Luvs Promojis.  
This makes it super easy for us parents on the go to access and share!
Using the Momoji app means I could save up to $150 a year and get 
great diapers for my little one! With new larger stretch tabs for easy fastening, 
and the same ultra-leakage protection and money-back guarantee, Luvs
 with NightLock™ provides the high-quality features babies and
 parents need for less. We all need a diaper we can count on and Luvs delivers
for me and my little one!

So don't miss out on the deals and fun and try out this new app! Also, make sure to 
enter my fabulouss Luvs giveaway below for a great prize pack!!

The Luvs Momoji Keyboard can be downloaded for free here for iOS devices
 and here for android devices. 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hostess Gifts with L'Occitane

The party season is in full swing and we all need the perfect host and hostess gift ideas!  I've got a Christmas party this weekend to attend and the hostess is super hard to buy for! She doesn't drink so
wine is out and she has everything! Then I came across these beautifully packaged gift sets from
L'Occitane and had to share them with you!

The packaging is just gorg on these two boxes! Gold with confetti, almost too pretty to put in a bag!

This set has a great selection of hand creams, perfect to fit in a purse or laptop bag!

This set could go for a host or hostess! Isn't that box just the cutest!

I happen to really love L'Occitane soaps, they smell wonderful, leave your skin so soft and 
are a luxurious gift that someone
might never buy themselves! This set comes with a Lavender, Milk, and Verbena (my favorite!)

These are the perfect, thoughtful gift, no wrapping necessary!  Just pop it in a cute bag with tissue
and you are done! If you've got parties to attend, then definitely check out L'Occitane's selection of gifts!
xoxo -Taj

Sunday, December 6, 2015

L'AMOUR Holiday Dresses and a Giveaway!!
If you are looking for some sparkle and shine to wear 
for the upcoming holiday parties like I am, I think I've 
found some perfect little numbers for us from L'Amour!

This bronze long sleeve dress is sexy and fab without
showing off too much. 
I would love this with a faux fur jacket and some sexy heels! 
How fun and flirty is this sequin romper
This says New Years to me with some black leggings and 
some black sky-high heels! I would wear my hair up with
this little number and wear some sparkly eyeshadow.  It would
look really cute with a black blazer over it too! 
This gold dress with the diamond style backstraps is 
so gorgeous and a showstopper in my opinion. Just a Holiday
dinner date with the boyfriend is all this dress needs! 
This dress is so glamorous, you don't need jewelry, just a 
spritz of your favorite perfume! 
This sparkly black dress is on my wishlist! 
I love how elegant and sexy it is at the same time!
I would pair a statement necklace over this
and some silver or gold sparkly shoes for a
perfect party look. 
This last dress is one of my favorites in red! Nothing
says Christmas party to me like a beautiful red dress. The pretty
pleats and lace are just so feminine.  I would love
this with a red lip and hair in an tight updo.  For
jewelry I would wear a simple gold thin dainty necklace with a little 
sparkle in it and a pretty rhinestone tennis bracelet. Glamour!

I hope I have given you some inspiration for your Holiday looks this year!
You can find all these beautiful dresses now at L'Amour for all your holiday party needs. 
To give back to my readers, 
I have a special giveaway from L'Amour for 
a $100 certificate!
To enter just leave a comment below on which dress is your favorite!
I also have a promo code for 20% off with NBC20!
Happy Holidays!
xoxo -Taj 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Perfume Wishes

                    I've got two beautiful perfumes to share with you that I am sure you will
want to add to your Holiday wishlist or gift list! This is the perfect time to give someone
special a new scent to enjoy. I am always looking for a unique new fragrance and I think these
two are just gorgeous! 

Bella Eau de Parfum by Vince Camuto is in the most gorgeous bottle ever!
The name says it all too!  Bella has an ingredient list you will find heavenly: sweet top notes of Italian Bergamor, succulent Peach Nectar, Pear and cooling Lemon Ice combined with vibrant mid notes of Strawberry Flower, Nectarine Blossoms, and Jasmine Water and is rounded out by a woody base palette of Solar Musk, White Amber, Sandalwood, Blonde Woods and Caramelized Woods.
Wow! This scent is one of my favorites right now and is just gorgeous to display.

If you are a tropical lover like me, or you dream of
a little piece of everyday paradise, then St. Kitts Eau de Parfum by Tommy Bahama is the one!
This stunning fragrance opens with a tropical cocktail of juicy Pear, mouth-watering Mango and fresh Starfruit combined with a sweet bouquet of Frangipani, Plumeria and Freesia adding breezy floral notes. A dry, yet creamy Musk, salty Driftwood and a touch of Vanilla Bean envelop the fragrance providing a warmth reminiscent of the beach before sundown. Oh heavens!! This perfume just came
out in October and is in this beautiful metallic purple bottle. It smells so luxurious and rich, like a
tropical dream should! xoxo -Taj

Available exclusively at Tommy Bahama stores and
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