How to feel confident wearing sleeveless styles!

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

Now that summer is coming to an end, I’m in the process of transitioning my wardrobe to fall! Fall fashion is my favorite and one thing I love about it is how I can bring some of my favorite sleeveless styles into the fall with layering. Thanks to Dove, I feel confident wearing my favorite sleeveless styles.

When I was a teenager, my Mom first introduced me to Dove deodorant and I never looked back.

Dove is a product I’ve used my entire life, even before I was a blogger and did any collaborations! It provides 48-hours of odor and wetness protection, plus added skin care benefits for softer, smoother underarms which I can absolutely attest to! I always get so many compliments not only on the outfit I love, but on my underarms! I don’t have dark underarms and they’re always so smooth thanks to Dove Advanced Care

My favorite sleeveless style to wear is a halter or strapless dress or jumpsuit. They have been my go-to summer styles and with the right color combinations, can easily be worn during the early fall months as well.

Another favorite of mine are athleisure tank tops. I wear workout tanks on a regular basis around the house, running errands or working out. I always feel so confident knowing that when I’m running around getting things down, I won’t have embarrassing pit stains thanks to the 48-hour antiperspirant!

When I’m on the go, I like to use the Dove Dry Spray. It provides 48-hours of odor and wetness protection with all the care of Dove, while going on instantly dry, so I can apply on the go without waiting for it to dry so I can throw on a top and go!

Thanks Dove, for always being there for my underarms and keeping me confident in the styles that I love!

Follow along with Dove to learn more about their new products and how they can benefit your hygiene as much as they’ve benefitted mine!

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xx, Tonya Michelle

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Why I’ve chosen to use Clarins Double Serum for over a year!

This post is sponsored by Clarins, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve partnered with Clarins to bring you my results of using #MyDoubleSerum one year later and how amazing my skin is now!

One year ago, I wrote a blog post introducing you all to Clarins’ new double serum. Click HERE to read. I told you my shocking skincare results after only seven days. Now, I’m back to tell you what my skin is like after using this product one year later!

First, let me tell you all about Clarins Double Serum, the holy grail of skin care. At first, I was very skeptical about a product that promised results after only seven days. But I actually noticed a difference in my skin after only three days!

The best part about Clarins Double Serum is that its ingredients are all natural, plant-based ingredients that combine to improve skin texture, boost radiance, firm, tighten and even skin tone while fighting wrinkles for younger looking skin. The 21 skin nourishing plant extracts include turmeric, great for your body inside and out, to protect and restore skin.

Another plus is that Clarins has formulated their Double Serum to be a perfect match for any age and any skin type! You don’t need problem skin to see the benefits of this amazing product. It also fits right into your normal skin routine! Right after cleansing and before moisturizing, use Clarins Double Serum and not only will your skin thank you, but you will notice your other products working better as well.

One year later, Clarins Double Serum has changed the way I feel about my skin. I always try to remain transparent and honest when it comes to my skin, telling you all about my struggles with adult acne has made skincare a priority for me.

I’ve noticed a drastic difference in my skin over the past year. I feel more confident going makeup free and I’ve been getting so many compliments on my glowing skin, which used to be one of my biggest insecurities!

Having a consistent skincare routine has helped my skin tremendously improving the texture and overall appearance of my skin. Knowing that I’m using a plant-based serum gives me confidence knowing that I’m not using harsh chemicals on my skin.

So, what’re you waiting for? Give Clarins Double Serum a try! Your skin will thank you.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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How to find the perfect foundation at Sephora Inside JCPenney!

This blog post is sponsored by Sephora inside JCPenney. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

One of the most important parts of makeup application is finding a foundation shade that is right for you. There’s nothing worse than doing your makeup, leaving your house, only to have one of your friends point out that you didn’t blend your makeup well enough and you have a makeup line! That’s why Sephora inside JCPenney has made it SO easy with their Color IQ true shade foundation match technology!

I met Avril, one of Sephora inside JCPenney’s Education Managers, at the Sephora inside JCPenney at the Woodmoore Towne Center in Lanham, Maryland. We first talked about my skin and what kind of skin I have. If you don’t know what kind of skin you have and you feel like every product you try isn’t right for your face, go to Sephora inside JCPenney immediately and get your skin analyzed with their Moisture Meter! The Moisture Meter measures hydration levels in your skin and gives you a number from 1-100, 100 being hydrated, one being not at all. I have naturally oily skin, which was confirmed by my 99 rating! Based on my rating, Avril recommended Belif’s The True Cream–Aqua Bomb to keep my skin feeling hydrated all day long, and let me be the first to tell you that it is the best!

Next, Avril brought out Sephora’s “Color IQ” reader. This is by far the coolest technology I’ve probably ever seen. Avril took pictures of my cheek, chin and forehead with the Color IQ reader and the machine automatically recommended foundations and shades customized just for me!

No more harsh makeup lines or trying a million different shades until you find the right one! It’s that easy.

I matched with the new BECCA Ultimate Coverage 24-Hour Foundation that went on so smoothly with the Sephora brushes Avril recommended: number 52 for concealer and number 88 for foundation. Additionally, the Color IQ technology also recommends a concealer that’s right for you. We used Make Up For Ever’s Full Cover concealer. It matched so perfectly, I couldn’t even tell it was on my face! Avril told me that’s how you know you’ve found your perfect shade, when you can’t see it!

Don’t settle for foundation that’s just “okay.” Go to your local Sephora inside JCPenney and receive a free mini makeover to find your match. You don’t even need to make an appointment!

 

Find your perfect foundation shade just like I did. You’ll even receive some free samples of other products to try. You’ll be so happy when you don’t notice those annoying makeup lines anymore!

Click HERE to watch my YouTube video on the entire process!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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New beauty weekly recap!

I’ve decided since I receive so many of the newest beauty products that I would start doing a weekly recap each week for you guys to let you know what just came out! So some of these below are NEW products on the market and also products I’m trying/seeing for the first time.

Nars, Fresh, It Cosmetics, Bite Beauty, Too Faced, Lancome, Urban Decay, Neutrogena, ColourPop, Bath & Body Works.

Urban Decay – NEW LO-FI Lip Mousse: Whipped to airy perfection, Lo-Fi Lip Mousse is a weightless, buildable, waterproof lip color. Lo-Fi provides high-impact color with a velvety soft finish that feels like you’re wearing nothing. I love that ultimately can use this as a blush and lipstick.

Nars 7 Deadly Sins – Coming soon! Hasn’t hit stores yet. It’s perfect for traveling when you might need options and don’t feel like bringing 7+ lipsticks with you!

It Cosmetics – I’ve been a huge fan of this brand for a few years. If you’re looking for a lightweight matte foundation – this is a must. I love how their products don’t CLOG your pores, I’ve had a lot of foundations in the past really end up hurting my skin.

Bath & Body Works –  Lovely Dreamer is one of their newest scents and I LOVE IT. Caroline was like “where is this from” and she couldn’t believe it! Right now it’s BUY 3 and get TWO free or BUY 2 and get 1 FREE. It’s a blend of fluffy musk, clean woods, white iris & fresh bergamot.

Fresh – Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence -fights pollution and signs of aging while increasing moisture and luminosity for a lustrous complexion.

Too Faced – When these first arrived I thought they would be too “metallic” to wear day to day, but after swatching them I was wrong and pleasantly surprised. These would easily work for any look. I would love some more color options!

ColourPop – 9 colors in this eye palette: New Digs: matte pastel peach, Anthem: metallic bright pinky copper, Dynamite: matte burnt orange, Hotel: metallic vivid copper, Motel: satin hot pinky coral, B+B: metallic pinky gold, Floaties: bright metallic orange, OOO: hot orange coral, Unwind: matte rich terracotta.

Neutrogena – I dove into this body gel this weekend – the smell is amazing! Left my skin feeling soft and not dry. I get super dry after showering, even in the summer. I hope to try their other scents after I finish this one. I’ve always been a huge fan of their makeup wipes so I’m glad they are expanding their body line.

Lacome- L’ABSOLU LACQUER GLOSS – These are the perfect buildable lipglosses – I personally love these because it depends on how much color you’d like you can apply more.

Bite Beauty – Lip crayons. This brand is one that I tried years ago and have been a fan of their formulas! I personally like the lip crayons better than regular lipsticks cause of travel and I like the sleekness of it.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Top 7 setting sprays you must have!

Summer weather means hot summer temps that are not very makeup friendly…unless you have a great setting spray! I love setting sprays because I can go about my fun summer activities without having to constantly reapply my makeup.

Here are some of my favorites:

Urban Decay “All Nighter” Setting Spray

Of course, Urban Decay’s “All Nighter” setting spray is a no-brainer. It’s light and the spray nozzle makes applying it easily. My makeup will literally last all night when I wear this setting spray and it’s always been my go to! Even better, they also have a travel size spray that can fit in your purse or luggage to freshen up on the go.

Supergoop Rosemary

As I mentioned in my last post on SPFs, I absolutely love the brand Supergoop. Their three-in-one setting spray with rosemary is by far my favorite. It gives you a matte finish, smells amazing and has SPF 50 in it so it’s perfect for the beach or pool!

Mac Prep + Prime Fix +

Mac products are always high quality. Caroline loves the Mac Prep + Prime Fix + setting spray. The nozzle is amazing and distributes the spray evenly on your face. It’s lightweight and keeps your makeup in place all day. What’s great about this product is that it comes in different scents and colors! They have romantic rose, creamy coconut and calming lavender in addition to their original soothing herbal. Their products tend to run more on the expensive side, but they make travel size bottles for most of their popular products so this one is perfect to try if you’re on the fence!

Sephora brand

If you’re looking for a quality setting spray that won’t break the bank, the Sephora brand beauty amplifier set and refresh spray is for you. I love Sephora brand makeup for this reason because it’s quality yet inexpensive makeup. This setting spray doesn’t dry out your skin yet keeps your skin’s moisture in. I have naturally oily skin and this setting spray doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily!

NYX

Another inexpensive yet quality option is the NYX matte finish makeup setting spray. I first tried this when it was in an Ipsy box I received and I loved how small it was. It’s a perfect travel size setting spray. This is a “fan fave” on Ulta’s website, so you can’t go wrong with trying this one out!

Wet and Wild

Wet and Wild is another great brand that won’t break the bank. Their “photofocus” setting spray goes on smoothly with a nice spray nozzle that sprays evenly over your face. Bonus, it’s cruelty-free AND under $5!

Elf

Last but not least, Elf is such a great makeup brand. Their products are affordable and great quality. Caroline has been using the Elf “matte magic mist and set” and loves how it keeps her makeup in place all day long. And for $4? You can’t beat that! You can even pick this up at your local drugstore if you’re traveling.

There are some that I haven’t tried yet and have been dying to! I will be doing a haul soon but these are a few that I’ve heard of and wanted to share:

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5 unexpected ways to bring fresh into your summer care routine + rebates!

 

Summer time brings outdoor activities that cause us to SWEAT. It’s important to find a deodorant that works with you instead of against you, that smells good and makes you feel fresh. That’s why I use Dove!

Dove’s new advanced care go fresh stick deodorant with aloe and dry spray deodorants are the perfect on-the-go summer care companions. I love the pear scent in particular, and the added aloe makes me feel fresh after a day in the sun.

I’ve partnered up with Dove’s new rejuvenate antiperspirants from Walmart to bring you five unexpected ways to bring fresh into your summer care routine!

1. Start your morning with a cup of green tea — Drinking green tea in the morning is the perfect way to start your day. Green tea boosts your metabolism and has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that leave you feeling fresh and ready to take on the day.

2. Eat your veggies!— Recently, I started to get my daily dose of veggies by eating at least one salad per day. I feel healthier and happier when I eat clean, and have had fun playing around with different salad recipes to find one I love, so it doesn’t feel like a chore to eat a salad every day!

3. Exercise — Let your body sweat! Recently, I joined Orange Theory to kick start my fitness and help me get motivated. Getting fresh starts from the inside as well as the outside, and Orange Theory helps me get my mind and body in sync so I feel more confident and healthier. When I hit the gym, I’m always carrying my Dove products with me in my gym bag. Their travel size body wash is perfect for freshening up after my workout, and of course I bring my Dove rejuvenate antiperspirants with me!

4. Keep trial size Dove products with you for a quick way to freshen up!— The great thing about Dove is how accessible they make all of their products. No matter your favorite, whether it be their lotions, body washes or deodorants, most of them come in a travel size. I like to keep these in my gym bag or my car and reapply if it’s especially hot out.

5. Take care of your skin!— The summer heat brings with it dry air that can dry out your skin fast, especially if you have a sunburn. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized to keep it from drying out and exfoliate when it does get dry. I use Dove’s deep moisture body lotion after I step out of the shower and try to exfoliate at least once a week using their gentle exfoliating body wash to get off dead skin and leave my skin feeling fresh!

Don’t forget a rebate! Can’t beat a discount right?!?

Dry Spray ($1.25 rebate on Checkout51): HERE
Stick Deodorant ($1.50 rebate on Checkout51): HERE

Changing deodorants is good for your body as it’s common to get used to the same one, making them less effective. If you’re looking for a new deodorant or need to switch, I highly recommend Dove’s advanced care antiperspirant with aloe and their dry spray in pear!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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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 or #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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