Say goodbye to tired eyes with Olay’s NEW Brightening Eye Cream.

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

There’s nothing worse than hearing, “you look tired!” Maybe you got a full eight hours of sleep and you’re not even tired, dark under eye circles just run in your family! Or you packed on your favorite concealer and not even that can hide the fact that you pulled an all-nighter for work.

 Introducing my new skincare holy grail for under eye circles: Olay’s NEW Brightening Eye Cream!
I have been exhausted from traveling so much lately, especially to different time zones which contributes to my lack of sleep and therefore, my dark under eye circles. Sometimes, my favorite concealer just doesn’t cut it, so I was thrilled to find a product that worked for me. In just a week, it’s really helped me look not so tired from being on the go so much!


The lightweight formula, with Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Vitamin B3, Pro-Vitamin B5, and Vitamin E anti-oxidant complex and Optic Brighteners hydrate your skin and smooth and illuminate it, so you can fool everyone else that you’re well rested, even if you’re not.

In addition to my lack of sleep on occasion, my olive skin tone can leave the areas under my eyes darker than usual. Olay’s new Brightening Eye Cream has really helped combat the darkness under my eyes, even if I’m not suffering from lack of sleep.


I put this cream on under my eyes in conjunction with my regular skincare routine. It fits into my normal routine so seamlessly that it was basically fool-proof to use. In the morning following my cleansing and moisturizing, I put a small dab of Olay’s Brightening Eye Cream under my eyes and gently massage it into my skin in little upwards motions. The difference is almost instant!

I then apply my makeup for the day if I’m going out and no one would ever guess I didn’t sleep well last night.

You can find the Olay Brightening Eye Cream at CVS or here!

Are you dealing with bad under eye circles? Let me know in the comments below!

This content is sponsored by Olay. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

xx, Tonya Michelle

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How to turn a bad hair day into a good one

The worst part about starting your day is realizing you’re having a bad hair day. Bad hair days can totally ruin your day…until now. I’m sharing my secrets on turning a bad hair day into a good one!

Dry Shampoo

The first thing I do when I wake up with a bad hair day is try some of my favorite dry shampoos. Eva NYC, Living Proof are my go-tos and Not Your Mother’s is Caroline’s favorite. They instantly transform a greasy hairdo into one that looks like you just washed it!

Anti-residue shampoo

If you’ve gone a few days without washing your hair or your shampoo and conditioner seems to not be working lately, try this amazing anti-residue shampoo from Neutrogena. It’s affordable and totally transforms my hair. Caroline swears by it and I can always notice a HUGE difference in her hair when she washes it at least once a week with this shampoo!

Invisibobble and bobby pins

Another hair-hack for a bad hair day is simply throwing it up in a bun or ponytail and calling it a day. Recently, I have been obsessed with Invisibobble. The clear or hair-colored coils keep your hair from kinking up, so you don’t need to commit to keeping your hair up all day because of all the kinks in your hair. Additionally, bobby pins can bring a somewhat boring hairstyle to the next level with these cute and fun ones I found on Ulta. They keep frizzy hair at bay and out of your face and look cute doing it, too!

Hairspray

There’s also nothing worse than styling your hair only for it to fall flat later. These hairsprays are my favorite for keeping my curls or blown out hair in check.

Also, I get so many questions on how I curl my hair and what tools I’m using. I currently use all curling wands, straighteners and blow dryer from ONE brand. Click HERE to shop them.

Have a favorite hair product that can transform your bad hair day? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sephora & Ulta Holiday Gift Guide! $15-$100! + gift card GIVEAWAY.

Tonya and I picked our FAVORITE items perfect for stocking stuffers and gifts during this Holiday season. Below you will find gifts from Sephora and Ulta ranging from all different price points, whether it’s for your sorority sister or mother-in law!

We also decided to give away a $100 gift card to either store if you comment below with your favorite item from the list. For an extra entry, post this blog post in your insta-stories and tag @tonyamichelle26 (so she sees it) and you’ll be entered with 5 extra entries. Contest will run from  11/6/18- 11/20/18 (winner will be announced on the blog post and in her insta-stories)

Sephora

$25 and Under Price Range

 

$50-100 Price Range

 

Ulta

$25 and Under Price Range

$50 + Price Range

 

We will have more fun gift guides coming soon – perfect for your significant other, friends, and the one friend who loves to be comfy at home.

xx, Tonya & Caroline

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When do you feel the most empowered as a woman?

This blog post is sponsored by Britney Spears Prerogative Fragrance. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

When do you feel the most empowered as a woman? For me, it’s putting together an amazing outfit and rocking it. My style changes daily, whether I wake up and rock yoga pants or if I’m decked out from head to toe in bright colors or sequins. I feel empowered by being able to express myself by my style! For others, it might be a goal or a dream accomplished.

That feeling of confidence is evoked as a sense of smell in Britney Spears new fragrance, “Prerogative.” The scent is fit for every budget so that all women AND men can enjoy the feeling of confidence and determination to be whoever you want to be. Yes, it’s UNIsex!


I have built my entire brand off of being unique and truly myself. When I heard of Britney’s new fragrance, I couldn’t wait to try it! Not only does it smell amazing, but it gives me the confidence to be myself in a way that all women should feel! With notes of Pink Pepper, Goji Berries and  Apricot Nectar, this fragrance is unique and confident, just like Britney and those who wear it. You can find the fragrance at Kohls – Priced perfectly between $32-42 depending on the size you’d like! I also think this is a great gift for the Holidays coming up! Shop HERE.

I often am asked how I built my own business and started from the ground up by just doing something I am so passionate about. Defying labels and expectations is what Britney Spears’ Prerogative fragrance is all about.

Be unique and be confident and you can do whatever you want to do in life. I love Britney’s message behind this perfume that resonated so deeply with me that I couldn’t wait to share it with you all.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Stay Fresh all Season long with Summer’s Eve.

This post is sponsored by Summer’s Eve®, but all opinions and/or content is my own.

The fall weather is my absolute favorite. However, the beginning of fall bringing cool mornings and hot afternoons wreaks havoc on my skin not to mention my body. It can be so hard to dress in the morning and by mid-afternoon I’m taking off all the layers I threw on in the morning because I’m sweating so much! That’s why I use Summer’s Eve®, so I can feel fresh all day and on the go!

One of the most important parts of my health is using pH-balanced products on my intimate area. Summer’s Eve is a perfect example of that. Many women do not know that everyday activities such as exercising or even being on your period can leave you feeling less than fresh. Summer’s Eve® is pH-balanced and designed to helpyour body feel fresh!

I’ve been using Summer’s Eve® products for as long as I can remember, so I was so excited when they released their new Simply Summer’s Eve® lavender + chamomile cleansing wash! It’s free from dyes, parabens and alcohol so you can feel comfortable about what you’re using on your body. Not to mention it smells amazing and leaves me feeling fresh for the rest of the day.

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram stories, you know how many traveling nightmares I’ve experienced this summer with being stranded in an airport for hours upon hours! I was always so thankful I packed my Summer’s Eve® coconut water cleansing cloths with me.

These individually wrapped cloths are perfect for on the go. When I got stuck in the airport and I couldn’t shower, I could at least feel clean in the areas that are important!

The cloths are also perfect for travel. When I’m at a hotel, I pack a ton of these wipes in my suitcase so I can freshen up when I don’t have time to shower, which is also so useful at the gym!

Make Summer’s Eve® a part of your hygiene routine. You’ll feel fresh all day and can take on your day-to-day without feeling self-conscious of odors that prevent you from feeling confident!

How does Summer’s Eve® make you feel fresh?

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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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