Friday, September 11, 2015

Pregnancy Favorites

Hi guys!
I'm so excited I'm in my final stretch now of my pregnancy! Just to update you, I'm in my 8th month now, so we are on the countdown! I've been busy as a bee getting everything in order around the house and of course nesting!! It seems like I have this endless list of to-do's before the baby comes that keeps me up at night aside from the constant getting up to pee!
My feet have decided to swell up to the size of melons so that's not very glamorous! And walking is
not fun since the baby has decided to hang out on my bladder! Oh the joys! Hospital bag is all packed
and now I just want to try and relax, if that word exists with a 3 year old!
Anyway, here are some of my pregnancy favorites this trimester!

First up is Nature's Gate Natural Toothaste in Creme de Mint. It is super refreshing and of course
my favorite part is that it's natural and without any chemicals, which is super important to me.
We've just decided to use toothpaste without fluoride for some time now and our teeth have been just fine. Another ingredient worth mentioning is that it's carrageenan free. I try to avoid anything with that ingredient (most flavored coffee creamers have it, yikes!) You can google it and do your research on it, it's not good for us! I also love that Nature's Gate had several flavors of toothpaste so
we can rotate different kinds to keep it fresh!

Like I mentioned I've been into nesting, so that means constant cleaning and de-cluttering! One product I'm obsessed with is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Spray in Basil. It smells Ahmazz! With a toddler, I'm constantly wiping up messes and this is natural so I don't worry about chemicals. I love all of their products, they just smell so good!

I just recently did a review on this next product, Vita Liberata Sunnless Tanning Mousse. I'm in love with a California glow, but I try to stay out of too much sun. This tanner is made with organic botanicals, is rated clean by Think Dirty App and most important, is safe for pregnant women! Hooray! I love the glow it gives me and am so happy they make a safe, natural version that works well and doesn't smell or feel sticky! You can read my full review here.

One of my favorite things is perfume, I have a crazy collection and I love it! But
When I found out about some of the unhealthy ingredients, I was bummed out!
I really like to smell fab, so when I tried Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Coconut
Perfume, I was in heaven! It's a natural fragrance made with anti-oxidants. This one
has 30 essential vitamins and minerals and 19 amino acids that are good for you!
In addition to smelling gorgeous, this is one of my favorite new products! You must try
their line!

My skin has been all over the place this trimester, oily, dry, you name it. I started
using Boots Botanics Smoothing Facial Oil Triple Age Renewal w/purple orchid under my
night cream. I really like it! It is supposed to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. I don't have too many fine lines but I do notice a few trying to emerge so this stuff is really helping keeping my skin supple.
Pregnancy takes a lot out of you, and I feel like you have to really pamper yourself with lovely oils and this one works well!

Last beauty item is my favorite lip balms from Burt's Bees! I love them, I hoard them! They are in all my purses and in my desk drawers! 100% natural, smell amazing and never dry out my lips.  Must have!

Two food items I've been loving are the Snap Pea Crisps in Caesar! Omgee, I can eat a whole bag! They are perfect for sticking in your purse in case you get nausea or just need a bite. My daughter loves these too! I also love and can't live without my Arrowhead Sparkling Flavored waters. You
won't catch me without one! My favorite is the watermelon lime. It's super refreshing and is way better than just plain water in my opinion which gets old after all the ounces you have to drink
every day during pregnancy!

Last thing to share is the Baby Center website/App. You sign up with your due date and it tracks your
pregnancy for you, sending you weekly developments and advice on symptoms etc.  I've used this site for both my pregnancies and it has helped me a lot! So if you are trying to get pregnant or already are, check it out!

As always, these are all my own opinions and suggestions, I hope you will share any of your pregnancy favorites or recommendations with me!



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I heart Vita Liberata

Hello Sweets!

I've been so excited to share this Luxury tanning bronzer and mousse from
Vita Liberata I could hardly wait! I've been using it for about two months now
and it is just amazing!

First, let me say that I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of the line and she
is so fabulous and dedicated to her product that it really inspired me as a business woman
myself. I love meeting genuine, kind, intelligent business women who are making products
that change the beauty game for the better. This line is amazing because it is made with marine and certified organic botanical extracts. Most tanning products have ingredients that are not that healthy for you and this product is even safe for pregnant women like me! Yay!

I have the app Think Dirty on my phone and I run a check on all my beauty products to see
where they rate for unclean/clean ingredients. You should check it out, you will be amazed at the
toxic ingredients in some very cult classic beauty items. It is a easy and great way to be more
conscious about what you put onto your skin, which is just as important as what you put inside!
Anyway, Vita Liberata rates as a clean product which makes me happy because it works really well
and does not smell at all! Something to keep in mind, as tanning products just absorb straight into the
skin, so why not choose a healthy one!

I tried the tanning mousse in medium and I used the glove which I recommend because it is very
pigmented and will stain your hands. It goes on easily and lasts me over a good week + with exfoliating.
I really love that it isn't sticky or smelly which turns me off with most tanners. So yes, I love, love this tanner and it is now one of my holy grail items! The only thing I would say is that I wish it came with two mitts, that does need some improving to last thru the whole bottle well.  Also, I don't always tan my whole body every week. Sometimes I just do legs, arms, face to décolletage and that works for me and my lifestyle.  I'm not a hardcore tanner from head to toe on the weekly, like some reviewers might be. I live in California so I like a natural glow tan look, not necessarily a Dancing with the Stars tan look if that helps you gauge your needs! Just keeping it real!

Next is the bronzer! It's called Trystal Minerals and comes with a fab kabuki
brush for application. I love this little brush! It's super soft and you dip it into the
minerals and then tap it and then swirl it into the lid and apply to your face, neck, hands anywhere. It gives such a beautiful glow that I'm obsessed! It is a tanning bronzer, so it will give your complexion
a pretty glow wherever you apply it. I usually use this last thing after I've applied all of my makeup and it just brings it to another level of glow!
You need both of these, go get them now! I know they have a great deal on them at QVC so try there first! Let me know if you try it and what you think! I know you will love it!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Love & Glamour OOTD with Zazzle

Hello Dolls!

The weather here in Los Angeles has been super hot, like 100's hot! So the thought of fall and dressing for cooler weather sounds amazing to me right about now...but until then I wanted to share
an exciting opportunity I had to design a tank top with Zazzle!

The whole process of designing a top was super fun and easy thru their website and I really enjoyed
the creative part of it, but also how easy it was to create something fab and cute to wear! Here is my OOTD with my design!

I really love it! The shirt quality is so soft!
If you want to create a design for yourself just follow this link:

Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Japonesque Beauty Haul

Hi Beauties!

I've got a mini makeup haul from Japonesque today! I've already tried all the products too and am
super happy with everything so far. 
First up is the Color Correcting Pencil in yellow which I chose because it corrects and brightens dark
shadows. Since I'm 7 months pregnant now, I get little sleep and I have been paying for it with under eye dark circles! This pencil is just marvelous for erasing my drab eyes and brightening up the area. It's creamy and slides on without pulling. I can't get enough!
I also love the Pro Foundation Brush. I sometimes use it for cream contouring or for applying concealer. It's got soft dense bristles and is a great addition to any brush collection.

I've featured this Radiance Primer before in my favorites, and it is still in my makeup bag!
It adds such a pretty light-reflecting glow for everyday makeup. I'm all about the glow right now,
so anything that helps my skin look more radiant is a must. It's light and silky on application and perfect if you want a more youthful, glowing look. It helps keep my makeup smooth and look flawless.

Next is the Liquid Light Highlighter in shade 02. Sometimes I'll add a pump to my moisturizer and
pop on concealer and powder and that's all I'll wear for makeup. Or I'll add a pump to my foundation for a pretty bronze all over look. You can use it to contour but I like it as an overall product to my face.

Lastly, and my favorite are the lipsticks! The packaging for all the products is sleek and gorgeous, but the lipsticks are just beautiful! You can see the shade on the bottom which is nice. I really love
how creamy and moisturizing the lipsticks are. It's very pigmented and long-wearing. My favorite is shade 01 which is a pretty soft nude. I've been wearing it non-stop with a bronzy smoked out eye.  Love!

                                         (Shade 12, 01, 11)

That's all for now! If you haven't tried out Japonesque before, definitely give them a try, they are available at Ulta stores.

Xoxo -Taj

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Nerium

I've just recently been introduced to this new skincare line Nerium International and their products are jammed packed with amazing ingredients!

There is an Age-Defying Day Cream & Night Cream with Nerium AD Formula.
The Day Cream addresses the signs of aging and the causes. It boosts the cell renewal process to reveal fresher looking skin. Some of the great ingredients it contains are NAE-8 a patented proprietary extract and antioxidant derived from oleander. aloe vera, aloe barbadensis leaf juice,
CoQ10, Jojoba esters, green tea, vitamin E & C! Wow! It is supposed to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin texture, large pores and sagging skin.

The Night Cream adheres to your skin like a mask and seals in all the ingredients while you sleep.
It is made from an aloe vera base and not just a water base like most creams. It contains NAE-8, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, castor seed oil, hydrolyzed quinoa, rice bran oil, olus oil, vitamin E & a peptide matrix of collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans. Both the day & night cream are paraben & gluten free.

The Firming Body Contour Cream is one that I am really interested in after I have the baby
to see if it helps me bounce back! Very soon baby will be here!! It is supposed to help smooth and tighten skin, while deeply hydrating & moisturizing it. It contains caffeine, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, forskohlii root oil, shea & cocoa butters, white willow bark, peptide matrix, green tea and NAE-8. Sounds amazing right! It's free of parabens, gluten, propylene glycol, sulfates, DEA, synthetic colors & phthalates. You just massage a little bit into targeted areas and let it do the magic! 
These are all available at if you want to try them out for yourself!

 You guys know I am always on the lookout for products with meaningful ingredients that are healthy for us, innovative and free of yuckies! I always do my best to research any products I share with you and recommend, as I know you trust my advice and I appreciate your support!

Thanks for stopping by!
Xoxo -Taj

Monday, August 17, 2015

The French Beauty Solution

I've been reading a super fabulous book that I had to share with you! It's The French Beauty Solution. Time - Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside Out by Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas. She shares her secrets to French beauty and how to live a happy healthy life.  There is even a 3-day grape detox! I was super excited to get this book as I love all things French! There is just something so chic and fabulous about French beauty and lifestyle that I have always admired. This book is packed with great realistic advice that we can all try for a refreshing change!

Caudalie shares natural and easy beauty and lifestyle tips she learned while growing up in France.  Like a super hydrating honey mask her grandmother would make out of fresh honey from their beehive right in their own backyard! Mathilde has 20 years of scientific skincare expertise and insights that has helped her turn Caudalie into a top beauty brand.  So inspiring! I absolutely love the line and have used many products myself over the years, which uses antioxidant powers of the grape and grapevine.

There is a great chapter on eating like the french for a gorgeous glow and a guide on skincare ingredients. So many different fabulous recipes to try!
It is all thoughtfully written with a happy, healthy, beautiful life in mind. This book is a real gem and I am excited to host a giveaway of one copy of the book to a Gorgeous Glam reader!  All you
have to do is leave a comment below and tell me why you love French beauty! Extra entry for tweeting! Contest ends 8/25. You will love this book!

Xoxo - Taj

 "French Beauty Secret:  For an anytime scrub, simply mix one tablespoon of baking soda with water until you have a paste. Rub it gently on, then rinse with warm water.  This is an instant way to get rid of dead skin cella and give your skin that special glow."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

José Eber Beauté Cheveux

I've been trying out José Eber's new Beauté Cheveux line of hair care products which
 are so different from anything I've used in a long while!
 The shampoo and conditioner both come in a foaming formula that is so unique. 
At first, I wasn't too sure about the foam texture because it felt so unusual as a shampoo.
 It reminds me of a conditioning cleanser in that it isn't super soapy and sudsy
like a normal shampoo. But it is very foamy and once you get used to the
initial difference, it's very nice, kind of like a whipped cream!

The shampoo and conditioner contain French marine botanicals and minerals that are 
supposed to protect your hair from styling and environmental factors.
It's color safe and is super moisturizing. I color my hair and I noticed that it leaves my hair
really soft and helps with detangling. 

The Dry Texturizing Spray is a unique hybrid of dry shampoo and texturizer that absorbs oil and
helps keep long lasting volume. It's not heavy or clumpy and goes on
clear. It's great for easy touch-ups mid day to give a new fresh look to 
your style. Overall, so far I've been using the new line for two weeks and
have enjoyed how soft and shiny my hair has been. Out of all three products 
I would recommend trying the shampoo & conditioner. The texturizing spray
is hit or miss for me. The smell isn't my favorite and it didn't seem to add as much 
lift as some of my other favorite products. But, the shampoo & conditioner is definitely
a great new product that leaves my hair so soft and moisturized!

Xo- Taj

Friday, July 24, 2015

June/July Favorites

Hi guys! I'm a little behind on my June favorites so I'm combining my July loves too!
This month has just flown by hasn't it? Trying to hold on to summer as long as I can!

I've found some great hair products to share, the Salon Grafix Healthy Hair
Nutrition Conditioning Cleanser is for dry or damaged hair. Since I color my hair
it can be dry and this is really moisturizing and smells so good! It is the moroccan macadamia
and let me tell you, it smells just heavenly! So it is a conditioning cleanser which means it knocks out
two steps with one. It doesn't lather which takes a little getting used to at first, and you leave it on
for 3-5 minutes and rinse. It leaves my hair so soft and shiny, I just love it! I use it 2-3 times a week.
It's sulfate & paraben free and color safe.

The next two are from Schwarzkopf, Styliste Ultime & Essence Ultime
which was developed with Claudia Schiffer.
The Diamond Color & Radiance Shine Boost Tonic w/diamond gloss serum &  UV 
filter is a finishing spray that leaves my hair shiny. It has a nice perfume smell to it that is really
light and pretty. The spray is super light and doesn't weigh my hair down or leave it greasy.
Super love!
The Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Spray w/Liquidized Crystals
offers 450 degree heat protection. So before I blow dry or use hot tools I
spray on my hair for protection. I love that this line works together in adding shine
at each level while doing something else specific like heat protection.

Last hair product is the Sun Bum Shine On, a hair oil treatment, with coconut oil, argan oil,
sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, & banana leaf. It has a UV filter to protect your hair from the sun,
while hydrating and strengthening it too. I can't get enough of this stuff! It smells tropical and
heavenly! It's paraben & alcohol free too. You guys will love it!

My next favorite is Whish Shave Cream in almond. Let me start by saying
I am loving this whole line, their stuff is paraben, petrochemical, sulfate, DEA &
TEA free! Yay!We love brands that think about our health! It has naturally sourced
& organic ingredients. This shave cream has organic shea butter, green tea,
coconut oil, jojoba seed oil and squalane( a natural omega 3) wow! All for my
shaving experience! The formula is like a silky lotion and smells so divine!
If you haven't tried Whish yet, don't miss out!

For skincare I have been obsessed with derma|e Evenly Radient Brightening 
Serum w/Vitamin C. This product targets discoloration and sun damage.
During the summer my freckles come out full force and this stuff has kept
my skin so clear and even! It started working right away. So if you have freckles,
sunspots, discoloration, sun damage, age or dark spots then you need this! It
has vitamin c, madonna lily plant stem cells, bearberry, licorice, vitamin b3, Alpha-
Arbutin & green tea. It's paraben, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, petrolatum &
mineral oil FREE! I use it every day and it works, so I hope you will try it too!

My scent this month has been the Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia 
It smells just like summer to me! Fresh and slightly sweet, but crisp.
It's not over-powering and can be worn by men or women which is
so fab. Love me some Jo Malone!

My last fav is MAC Soft & Gentle. It's such a gorgeous gold/champagne highlight
that has been my go to this summer. It gives a perfect summer glow and you get
a ton of product. If you like highlights you need this!

That's it for now! Please link your favorites so I can check them out too!
Xoxo- Taj

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Keep Calm and Lip Balm

How cute are these Rimmel London lippies! I love the cute little sayings of Keep Calm!
The tubes are so bright and cheerful and the balms are bright too, but they go on like
a sheer lip balm with a sweet scent.  Like little sweet candies in your purse! So fab! 

                                                {Rose Blush, Berry Blush, Violet Blush}

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Stayproof Makeup

My everyday summer makeup is lightweight and super quick for a glowy look that I love this
time of year.
I find that using a primer helps a lot with staying power and helps keep makeup from sliding off
my face from all the heat and humidity. I've been loving this one from Japonesque. Their Radiance Primer adds a soft pearly glow to the face that brightens up and adds a luminous light. It goes on  really lightweight and doesn't feel super slippery like some primers. Love!

Since I'm talking about priming I'll also mention the setting spray by Skindinavia.  The Makeup
Finishing Spray with oil control is what I use to set my makeup with a light mist.
It feels cooling and super light, not sticky at all. It is supposed to help your makeup
last for 16 hours and keep it from settling into pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
I love that it is also paraben free! If you don't have any of their sprays, you need to add
one to your list!

For makeup, I prefer CC creams since they pack a punch with moisturizer, spf and pigment.
The two CC creams I've had on rotation are the Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream with
SPF 30 & Dark Spot Corrector.  It gives a nice light coverage and covers any red or discoloration.
It doesn't feel greasy and is long-wearing.

The other CC cream is by Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting Cream with
SPF 20. I'm really loving this product this summer! It's so lightweight feeling and
gives me the perfect coverage for my freckles and red areas around the nose.
It has wild Artic lingonberry which is rich in fatty acids & antioxidants.
It had no parabens, mineral oil, or formaldehyde donors! Just really loving this
stuff. With both these creams I use a concealer. But I have a post coming
up with my favorite concealers. So I'll let you know what I've been using soon!

To finish off I've been using the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-matte 16 hr Powder.
It does a great job of keeping my t-zone matte. There are a lot of shades to
choose from and it stays put if you have oil issues this time of year.
Then, like I said above, I set all my makeup with a quick spray of Skindinavia.

Please let me know of any great stay-put makeup or CC creams to try! I
love hearing from you!

Xoxo- Taj
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