The Best SPF’s for Summer and ALL Year-Round!

Now that summer is just around the corner and its beach and pool season, you’re going to want a STRONGER sunscreen to bring in your beach bag when you’re out in the sun! (Don’t forget to wear some SPF even in the off seasons it’s important!) Getting tan is my favorite part about summer, but don’t sacrifice your skin health for that summer glow! (I also highly recommend Spray tans or self tanners — which will be coming later this week on another post)

Here are some of my favorites:

Supergoop 

Supergoop is my absolute favorite. I’ve been using this one for 3 years and usually purchase it at Sephora. I love it because it’s not oily, there are no fragrances, and its water and sweat resistant! But make sure to reapply often if you’re going in the water.

Volition Beauty

It combines broad-spectrum SPF 50 with micro-fine pearlized powder and sodium hyaluronate resulting in a sophisticated, moisture-rich glow. Use daily with or without makeup for beautiful skin.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm 

Kiehl’s is definitely one of my go to brands. This lip balm is so hydrating and has been Kiehl’s staple product since 1969! You really cant go wrong with any of their products!

My favorite lip balms:

Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator

Another Kiehl’s product I love is the glow formula skin hydrator. There’s no spf in this one, so use an spf and then put this glow on over top. This gives your skin a shimmery look, perfect for that summer glow. It’s great for being out and about if you’re going back and forth from the beach or pool and has that natural looking no makeup look.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture 

Peter Thomas Roth is another one of my favorites. This one is perfect for travelling, and i always keep one of these in my car or suitcase. It’s spf 30 and the best part is that it’s not oily. I have naturally oily skin so its perfect for me!

Coppertone clearly sheer whipped sunscreen 50

I love coppertone, and if you’re looking for an affordable yet quality sunscreen, this one’s for you. It’s Not greasy and the consistency is like a thick mousse. It comes out white but blends into your skin tone and absorbs really fast. The best part is that it not only protects your skin from the sun, but leaves it feeling soft and smooth! You can find this one at any local drug store, so it’s easy to find if you can’t pack it with you while you’re traveling.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Are you #TeamSweet vs #TeamSassy?

I have partnered with Clarins today to review two amazing lip products and I’m excited to be able to share my thoughts with you below! The biggest choice you guys have…. Are you Team Sweet? OR Team Sassy? Let me help you decide! Challenge Page: http://bit.ly/sweetorsassy

Team Sweet: Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil OR Team Sassy: Water Lip Stain.

#TeamSweet is Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil!

Infused with 100% pure plant oils! Hazelnut and Organic Jojoba oils help protect your lips from dehydration, which no one ever wants. I personally need a lip product that will help give me the color I’m looking for and keep my lips looking smooth and healthy. There’s a light glossy finish which is my favorite.

You can view all 8 colors and more reviews here: http://bit.ly/team_sweet

#4 Candy is my go-to! I’m a lover of a soft pink. What would be your go to daily?

It’s also an easy color to transition into a night out look!

Maybe You’re #TeamSassy?

The Water Lip Stain is a color that is buildable depending if you want a minimal or dramatic look! Personally, I love the flexible choice you have with these.

If you’re looking for a Matte finish, you are on Team Sassy! It’s 77% water based which dries for the Matte look. Even though they are matte there are a few key items that help your lips still stay moisturized. Aloe Vera, Organic Raspberry Water and Clarins own Anti-Pollution Complex.

View all the color choices and other reviews here: http://bit.ly/team_sassy

Let me know if you’d be #TeamSassy OR #TeamSweet and I will pick a winner from each time and send you a lippie. Good Luck!!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Sephora inside JCPenney: New + Trending Makeup Look!

I partnered with Sephora inside JCPenney to share some of the latest and greatest pieces from Urban Decay, Milk Makeup and IGK. I had so much fun playing today with these products, below I will go into more detail on each as well as sharing my completed look.

All opinions and my love for these products are my own!! #SephoraInJCP  #ad

The Milk Makeup Blur Stick is INCREDIBLE. Not only does is smell delicious (don’t eat it, trust me it’s tempting but don’t, haha.) it helps minimize your pores, which HELLO, we all want that!

“Silicone-free Blur Stick minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines to create a smooth, invisible matte finish on every skin tone. Use it as a primer for a smooth finish and makeup that doesn’t budge. The silicone-free and oil-free formula won’t clog pores.” – Sephora.com

I’ve been dying to get my hands on the new Backtalk Palette from Urban Decay!! Urban Decay based this palette on their number one selling lipstick called “Backtalk”. Taking that color and creating a palette that is easy to pack in your bag, use for multiple reasons and it also has a portable mirror you can pull out which is seen as a divider. You will see below!

See how the divider turns into a portable mirror? Genius! Whomever thought of that is amazing. It’s an easy way to dive into the palette and also be able to use the mirror as you please.

You can easily create a soft blush look, a pink smokey eye, blush, highlighters as well! It’s easy to create your office look or night out with your friends look. Each color feels velvety and blends so smoothly. You can pick this up at your local Sephora inside JCPenney for $46.

My girlfriend Brittany from @imbrilliantb– came over and we played around and I think we nailed this look. To achieve this soft blush smokey eye we used:

3 Sheets, Bare, Curve, Backtalk and 180

We then used the other side of the palette for my cheeks and cheekbones! We used:

Double Take as a blush

A mix of Low Key and Party Foul to achieve this glow/highlight

My hair is very thin at my roots and I wanted to try the IGK Beach Club Texture Spray, I found it gave me the volume I needed but not to the point where I couldn’t run my fingers through my hair. I’ve tried texture sprays before and they seemed to be too sticky. I was very pleased by the texture it left my hair in and also no residue.

IGK Beach Club Texture Spray is $29 at Sephora inside JCPenney.

I hope you got some summer glow inspiration with this post! Whether it’s a day look you create or fun glam look, stop by your local Sephora located inside JCPenney to find all of the newest and greatest products. They have everything you’ll need for your Spring and Summer looks.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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5 Minute Beauty Look with Kroger Beauty Event & an Instant Coupon!

Hey Everyone!

As we all know, some drugstores and the beauty isle in our grocery stores have really stepped their game up when it comes to beauty products, and Kroger is no exception! There is just something about being able to pick up groceries, household items, AND make-up and beauty products all in one place. Plus, there’s even a KILLER coupon below. It’s an INSTANT one!!

I’ve partnered up with Kroger to share this awesome event coming up on 3/7/18 – 3/20/18. The Kroger Beauty Event is going to have some killer deals like – Spend $15 on any Maybelline, L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Covergirl and Sally Hansen products and save $5 instantly! UH- YES PLEASE!

I’ve decided to create a quick video on a 5 Minute Beauty Look that I created with all of my beauty products I bought at Kroger. Spend $15 on any Maybelline, L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Covergirl and Sally Hansen products and save $5 instantly! products from Kroger!

Below you’ll find a BEFORE photo with me and AFTER, yep that’s right — NO makeup to my completed look. It’s a simple and easy look to achieve.

Also, I have linked the products for you directly from the Kroger website – take a look below for all of the products I used! I really hope you guys enjoy the video I posted on Instagram, you can check it out HERE and are able to take advantage of everything Kroger has to offer.

 

Beauty Products I used:

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Direct link HERE

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer- Direct link HERE

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss – Direct link HERE

Covergirl perfect Blend Basic Black Eye Pencil – Direct link HERE

Neutrogena Skinclearing Mineral Powder – Direct link HERE

Covergirl cheekers copper radiance bronzer – Direct link HERE

Covergirl cheekers blush – Direct link HERE

 

 

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Hair Food – Infused with Honey Apricot!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hair Food. The opinions and text are all mine.

I recently discovered Hair Food – I decided to end my evening last night with a good read and pampering myself and my new hair extensions to some extra love! I’m excited to share my review below and thank you Hair Food for partnering with me on this review.

Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Infused with Honey Apricot Fragrance is the set I decided try. My hair tends to need extra moisture with all the products and heat I have been using recently.

I’m such a product junkie so I’ve been super excited to give these a try. My hair was SO happy – always remember, we take care of our bodies and skin…don’t forget your hair! I also love how the Shampoo products are Sulfate, Silicone, Paraben and Mineral oil free! That is a huge check mark in my book and the way I take care of my hair and my extensions.

I always make my shower or bath experience all about pampering myself and taking time to relax – a good 20 mins of peace is always needed. I love how Hair Food is based around pampering and hydrating your hair!

Let’s dive into the Key Benefits of the Shampoo:

  • Uniquely infused with honey and apricot fragrance
  • Moisture Shampoo is designed for system use with the Moisture Conditioner. Use together for luxurious moisture and nourishment for healthy looking hair
  • Silicone Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Mineral Oil Free

Key benefits of the Conditioner:

  • Cleansing Conditioner Infused with Honey & Apricot Fragrance
  • Lightweight Cleanser that leaves hair smooth and soft
  • A conditioning recipe that gently smoothes the hair cuticle and helps protect hair against future damage
  • Paraben Free
  • Mineral Oil Free

The conditioner didn’t weigh my hair down — which I’m a fan of and personally NEED. I only use conditions half way down my hair to my ends. I don’t apply conditioner on my scalp, only shampoo!

For under $10 each, this is a great way to try a new product and give your hair the love it deserves. They also have some other great products in the line….a few I’m going to be trying in the future as well. Here are a few to keep your eye out for:

Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo Infused With Strawberry Ginger Fragrance

Hair Food Renew Shampoo Infused with Apple Berry Fragrance

Hair Food Volume Shampoo Infused With Kiwi Fragrance

Hair Food Gluten Free Color Care Shampoo Infused with Mandarin & Guava Fragrance

Hair Food Gluten Free Quench Shampoo Infused with Peach & Honey Fragrance

You can find Hair Food at your local CVS. Learn more here!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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My Favorite Products of 2017!

Favorite time of the year: Beauty Round Up!

I tried so many products in 2017 and I wanted to do a round of my favorites! Everything from my favorite makeup products, haircare and skincare. Below you will find a break down of each category and then linked items for you to easily purchase. If you have any questions feel free to reach out or send me a message on Instagram. I love being able to share my favorites with y’all!

MAKEUP:

 

Favorite Lip:

 

Favorite Concealers:

Favorite Eye Palettes:

 

Favorite Foundations:

Light to Medium Coverage

Full Coverage:

Favorite Bronzers:

Favorite Blushes:

AND Real Her Blush Palette (shown in photo above to the left) Direct link to their website is HERE.

HAIR PRODUCTS:

Hair Masks:

Shampoos:

Conditioners: 

Hair Sprays:

Heat Protectants: 

Dry Shampoos:

Also loving Amika dry shampoo but it’s currently sold out every where but EBay!!

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Olay Regenerist 3-step Trio Review

What if I told you that I have a way for you to RESET? It’s only three steps and once you’re done, you will feel amazing!! Trust me, your skin will thank you!

I feel like my skin has been really dry (especially these winters months are brutal) and dull and one of my goals  for 2018 is to have a better skincare routine. This 3-step process by Olay is going to help me stay on track with taking care of my skin! I hope you will give it a try too!

1. Olay Daily Facials: This is 5-in-1 cleansing cloth! These are amazing! You simply activate by running under water. These are great if you want to wash your face quickly, or if traveling. These wipes will take care of that and leave your face squeaky clean, moisturized and fresh!

2. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream: You want to moisturize your skin without being oily or sticky. Well then, you better not skip part two of your reset!! This sculpting cream is IN-CRE-DI-BLE! You will feel glowy and hydrated. You apply on your face and neck.

3. Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream: This awesome 3-in-1 product gets rid of dark circles, fine wrinkles and even some puffiness! Do we all need this or do we ALL need this?! So many of us forget how sensitive our eye areas are and how much we should be taking care of them. Now is the time!

 

So, before you try for yourself, I’ll let you know my personal experience!

Right away, with the wipes, I felt like my skin was really fresh without having the left over residue or stickiness some wipes leave behind. That is a big deal!

In 3 to 4 days, I noticed that I wasn’t dealing with my usual ultra dry skin when I woke up in the morning. It has been SO cold and windy here in DC and my skin takes a beating every year. This sculpting cream is LEGIT! It has long lasting moisturizing effects, but also doesn’t feel sticky or heavy.

After two weeks, I was still continuing with my 3-step process and I really started to see a difference from the Ultimate Eye Cream. As a full time blogger, I am often on my computer for hours. Editing, typing, proof reading, etc. So, some days I can really see it and feel it in my eyes. They look more tired and puffy. But this eye cream helped so much with my under eye circles and the puffiness! I think as I continue, it will get even better, which is SUPER exciting! I hope you all try it out and let me know how it works for you!

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AURA MUGLER + GIVEAWAY

Out of all the fragrances that MUGLER carries, AURA has to be my personal favorite. This scent makes me think of the rain forest and earthiness, but still feminine and powerful! Right now, you get a matching body lotion with the purchase of AURA MUGLER! I love having a lotion that matches my current perfume! I was at New York Fashion Week and I got SO many compliments on this scent! A couple people even asked “Who smells so good?” ME! That’s who!

I have partnered up with Angel by Mugler to help spread the word on their newest fragrance! This post is sponsored but all opinions are mine.

I had 13 hour days during my trip to New York Fashion Week and all I needed was a spray on my wrist and neck. The rest of the day – I was set! Smelling incredible and I loved how it lasted!

 

AURA MUGLER, the latest MUGLER fragrance, invites you to reconnect with your inner nature and to unleash all your femininity and your aura. The AURA MUGLER Eau de Parfum comes to life in an iconic bottle shaped like a universal symbol — the heart, the very source of life and the realm of the emotions. This MUGLER creation is adorned with the brand’s metallic M.

AURA MUGLER EAU DE PARFUM

This fragrance also comes in shower milk and body lotion! This would be a great gift for Valentine’s Day, a friends birthday, or even an addition to a beauty gift basket!

AURA MUGLER SHOWER MILK

AURA MUGLER BODY LOTION

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of this fragrance and I have a fun giveaway I am hosting with Mugler! Make sure you head over to my Instagram post to enter to win! The winner will be announced on 2/20! Good Luck. Direct link is HERE.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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How I go from Frizzy to Straight, Silk Hair with Sexy Hair!

**This is a sponsored post with Sexy Hair**

Sexy Hair has just launched a new line – it’s improved! HEALTHY SEXY HAIR!!  I have partnered up with them again and I am excited to show you how I take my frizzy hair to straight, silky hair with these products. It’s for focusing on Hydration & Hair health, it contains Mimosa Flower Extract & Moonstones!!

Hope you find one of these new products to incorporate into your daily or weekly routine. Who’s ready for another hair tutorial?!? Me!!

This line is packed with 10 fabulous products for you to try. Below I have picked out 3 to show you how easy it is to accomplish the look of silky healthy hair. Below are the 10 items in the line, click each item to learn more about it and what benefits it brings to your hair routine!

  1. Love Oil Moisturizing Oil
  2. So Touchable Weightless Hairspray
  3. Styling Paste Texture Paste
  4. Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner
  5. Fresh Hair Air Dry Styling Mousse
  6. Hair Laundry Dry Shampoo Spray
  7. Moisturizing Conditioner
  8. So You Want It All Leave-In Treatment
  9. Surfrider Dry Texture Spray
  10. Moisturizing Shampoo

I’ll be using the Love Oil Moisturizing Oil, Hair Laundry Dry Shampoo Spray and the Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner. 

I used the Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner in the shower — I only use the conditioner on my ends. After I shower, I take a towel and dry my hair so it’s a little damp and then apply the Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner. I apply the Tri-Wheat from the middle of my hair down, brush through then blow dry!

My rest of the steps you can view on my Youtube Video below:

Make sure you subscribe to their YouTube channel, there are tons of videos to help show you tips and tricks for using their products. Direct link is HERE!

I can appreciate when a hair care line makes products for everyone. Below you can see the full range of not only this collection but each collection they have. Join me in making your hair SEXY! 

Big Sexy HairBIG SEXY HAIR

Healthy Sexy HairHEALTHY SEXY HAIRStyle Sexy HairSTYLE SEXY HAIR

Smooth Sexy Hair

SMOOTH SEXY HAIR

Blonde Sexy HairBLONDE SEXY HAIR

Curly Sexy HairCURLY SEXY HAIR

 Vibrant Sexy HairVIBRANT SEXY HAIR

Strong Sexy HairSTRONG SEXY HAIR

Long Sexy HairLONG SEXY HAIRSexy Hair ToolsSEXY HAIR TOOLS

Hot Sexy HairHOT SEXY HAIR

xx, Tonya Michelle

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How to pair Fenty Beauty and JCPenney Fashion x Sephora inside JCPenney

Exciting things happening! Many of you have tried some of the products from Fenty Beauty, but have you SEEN the new products yet?! I am SO pumped! In collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney I will be showing you how I styled three different outfits from JCPenney with three different colors from Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle Lip Collection which I got at Sephora inside JCPenney too!

JCPenney opened Sephora inside JCPenney at their stores in 2006 and they are doing big things! High quality clothes AND high end beauty products in one place?? YES PLEASE. It’s a great way to get everything you need to shop for in one place.

Sephora inside JCPenney also offers free mini-makeovers at their locations! Guess who got to go in-store and try the new Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle line? YES, ME! This line has 14 amazing, matte lipstick shades that will seriously leave you speechless! I decided to do 3 different outfits with my #FentyFace and match 3 fun colors from the Mattemoiselle Collection.

Click HERE to check out all the colors!

Below, I have on this Project Runway Knot Waist Sweatshirt Dress (perfect for chilly days). I love the details in the middle of this dress because it accentuates my waist and my curves. Sometimes, in the winter, we end up of losing our shape with all of the thick clothes and layers we have to wear to stay warm!

Direct link to shop is HERE.

Comes in 2 colors: Purple & Grey. I’m wearing a size small.

Currently on sale for under $30!

I decided to pair this outfit with the Mattemoiselle lipstick in the shade “Griselda”. I think this lip shade ties the outfit together nicely and isn’t “too girly”. 

Link to shop is HERE.

Also wearing these awesome suede, knee high boots from Liz Claiborne! I am obsessed with these boots. I always have a hard time finding a pair of boots that don’t slouch down while walking, these stay in place!

Link to shop is HERE. Currently 80% off!! No joke, $20!

If you have heard anything about Fenty Beauty at this point, you know that Rihanna is killin’ it when it comes to quality! And above all- she actually made products for ALL skin types and shades. No, seriously…all of them. A lot of brands claim to be all-inclusive, but end up falling short. Not this line! The colors are SO rich and yet still light and wearable! And the shades go from light to dark, and everything in between!

Click HERE to shop the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r foundations.

The second outfit I put together has more contrast. I LOVE contrast in my outfits, and these Mattemoiselle shades will have plenty of options for that! SO, can we talk about these bell sleeves?! This blouse is from T.D.C Funnel – The sleeves are the perfect length so I still feel comfortable going out to eat and not getting food all over! Yeah, I’m clumsy! So what?! Haha.

Click HERE to shop!

They currently have black in stock. I’m wearing a size small!

I paired this top with black pants from BELLE + SKY and, yep, those suede knee high boots, again! I told you I love them!

The Mattemoiselle lipstick Plush Matte lipstick shade I went with for this outfit is “Shawty”. I swear, the names of these lip colors are almost just as awesome as the line itself! I chose this shade because it’s a much darker color and it looks awesome against a white top. Plus, it made my outfit just a bit more edgy.

Click HERE for the lipstick!

My third outfit was honestly my favorite and kind of out of my comfort zone — which is why I’m releasing how much I loved it. I was challenged to pick an outfit I usually wouldn’t wear and pair it with a color lip I haven’t done before either. Challenge taken and I’m in love!!

I rocked this killer floral track suit with my feminist t-shirt underneath.

Don’t you just love this? I now wanna wear this jacket all the time.

Project Runway Floral Bomber Jacket – it’s currently on sale – under $20!!

Click HERE to shop the jacket.

Project Runway Floral Track Pants – also on sale – under $35!!

Click HERE to shop the pants.

My feminist t-shirt is also from the Project Runway Line! It’s currently under $10.

Click HERE to shop this graphic t-shirt!

For this look I wanted to pair it with a FUN & in-your-face color! I picked “One Of The Boyz” — it’s a gorgeous lilac color. I’m glad I tried something I normally wouldn’t. It made me want to explore more when it comes to colors in my makeup routine!

Click HERE to shop this lipstick!

Don’t forget to enter the fun giveaway that is on my Instagram. Below is a direct link to enter to win a $100 giftcard to Sephora inside JCPenney!!!!

Enter HERE!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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