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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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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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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What’s In My Bag? Simply x Summer’s Eve!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Simply Summer’s Eve®

I don’t know about you guys, but when I’m traveling or working away from home, having a quick way to freshen up is KEY! Simply Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths are the perfect way to get the job done. I really love all of these products by Summer’s Eve because they fit discreetly into my purse, my gym bag, or a carry-on for when I’m traveling. Who doesn’t love being discreet yet staying fresh?!

There are so many reasons that Summer’s Eve products are leading in feminine hygiene. The cloths are balanced to your natural pH to help keep you fresh. They also gently wipe away any odor causing bacteria without irritating your skin and they are hypoallergenic AND alcohol free. HELLO! This is what we have been needing all along! But, I have to say, one of my favorite things about them are how good they smell! Seriously! They ALL smell good! It’s actually really hard to find products that smell great but are also super gentle on your skin.

Personally, I like keeping the Coconut Water Cleansing Cloths in the bathroom at home, just for a quick freshen up, any time of day. And I keep the Gentle Foaming Wash in the shower. DEFINITELY use this on your sensitive areas instead of any bar soap or body wash! Plus, how quick and easy is a foam applicator?

Simply Sensitive Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths smell AMAZING but they are also a MUST-HAVE in my purse because they’re gentle enough to use on a daily basis, not just when I’m traveling or out of the house.

There are THREE things I NEED to have with me for my daily needs. Yes, I said ‘NEED’!

  • My Phone (Hey, a girls gotta work!)
  • My lip balm
  • My Simply Sensitive Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths

If you’re looking to stay confident, refreshed and smelling great, then these are for you!

xx, Tonya Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte Tilbury – Holiday Limited Edition Sets.

Charlotte Tilbury is known for her incredible skincare, makeup, perfume and gorgeous limited edition Holiday gift items! Whether you’re looking for something of your friends, significant other or even yourself take a look at some of these special items that would be amazing to receive.

Below are four of my favorite Holiday Sets, descriptions and links!

Lip Set, Naughty And Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar,

Lip Set

– Click here for direct link –

Contains:

THE PERFECT ENGLISH BEAUTY LIP

Matte Revolution Lipstick in English Beauty is a pretty, naturally nude pink lipstick in best-selling matte formula.

Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk is the iconic lip liner shade in a barely-there nude pink to reshape your lips.

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Seduction is a gorgeous creamy nude lip gloss to add a high shine finish to your pout.

THE PERFECT AMERICAN SWEETHEART LIP

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in American Sweetheart is a naturally tawny pink shade in the classic moisturizing formula.

Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus is a warm peachy coral shade to help your lipstick last all night long.

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Portobello Girl is the perfect sheer pink shade to give your pout a 3-dimensional finish.

THE PERFECT SHANGHAI NIGHTS RED LIP

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Shanghai Nights is a beautiful lucky red shade that will turn heads wherever you go!

Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose is a warm rosy red lip liner so you can cheat a fuller looking pout before applying lipstick.

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Red Vixen is a luscious vibrant red lip gloss for amped up glamour to any lip look!

Naughty And Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar

-Click here for direct link-

Contains:

Colour Chameleon in Mesmerising Mink, a full-size purple-toned brown glitter eyeshadow pencil. Fill: 1.6g.

Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean, a full-size champagne pink eyeshadow cream. Fill: 7ml.

Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Unleash Me is a full-size deep plum shade with a high gloss lacquer finish. Fill: 3.5ml.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame, a gorgeous full-sized berry rose shade with a matte finish. Fill: 3.5g.

Mini Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black, your 5-in-1 smudge-proof mascara. Fill: 3.04g.

Mini Goddess Skin Clay Mask is a nourishing clay mask for dewy skin. Fill: 15ml.

Mini Magic Cream Moisturizer  is the ICONIC moisturizer with anti-aging ingredients. Fill: 15ml.

Mini Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Balm & Mask to deep cleanse your skin, leaving it baby-soft. Fill: 15ml.

Mini Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eyeliner in Amber Moon is a limited edition amber bronze kohl eyeliner. Fill: 0.8g.

Mini Supermodel Body is a soothing, slimming hydrating body shimmer to firm & sculpt. Fill: 15ml.

Mini Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover is an oil-based two-toned eye makeup remover. Fill: 30ml.

Mini Wonderglow Face Primer is a light-reflecting face primer with soft focus ceramic microspheres. Fill: 15ml.

The Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Kit

-Click here for direct link-

Contains:

Travel GODDESS SKIN CLAY MASK tube 15ml

Travel MAGIC CREAM pot 15ml

Travel WONDERGLOW tube 15ml

Mini Lipsticks Charms in Hot Lip Gift Set

-Click here for direct link-

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Must Have -The Essentials Eye Make-Up Palette by Clarins – Get The Perfect Holiday Look.

Getting outfits ready for the Holiday season is just one step of getting your look complete! I will be completing my glam look with the NEW Essentials Eye Makeup Palette by Clarins. I have to be honest, when I first saw this palette I was a little intimidated by the colors. I’m the woman who used to always play is safe with the colors I would use on my eyes. BUT I can now say that I am so glad to have switched it up because they have opened my eyes (pun intended) to how amazing the array of blues and silvers and how they look beautiful when on. I want to rock this look daily!!!

CLARINS never fails when it comes to any of their new releases. These 10 colors can get you through the entire Fall and Winter seasons by creating soft or bold looks! It comes with 5 sparkling shades, 1 icy diamond shade, 3 satin shades and 1 matte shade. They also include a dual-brush eyeshadow applicator which helps guide you to have expert results — something we all want!

Below you can see the palette comes with a clear guide to help you learn where to apply each color. Which is such a brilliant idea! A guide is always helpful. 

Also, if you go to their website and click “product details” it will help show you how to also create three different looks easily; Natural Eyes using colors #2 & #3, Party Eyes using colors #5, #9 & #10 and also Smokey Eyes using #3, #7 and #8. Click HERE for a link to how to create these looks.

I had so much fun playing with this palette that I called my makeup guru friend Brittany from @brilliantb_makeup to come over and play with it as well! She dived right in wanting to create this soft hue of blue and silver to go with my holiday dress. A light smokey eye that would be perfect for day or night.

We used #2 the matte Taupe Gray as a base for my lids. Mixed #3 satiny Pale Blue and #4 Light Sparkling Silver to the inner and outer corners of my eyes and also my lower lid as well. Then added a small hint of #8 satiny Sapphire Blue just above the upper lid for a soft smokey finish.

We could of easily went into a dark smokey look by adding more of #9 and #10 to the crease of my lids. I love how simple it can be to achieve a night time look by only adding one color.

Clarins has also made sure they are doing their responsibility to help make this product eco friendly. You can easily reuse this palette when you’re finished. How? Simply pull the tab up and the insert will remove itself. You can then use as a holder for some of your makeup brushes or even pencils and pens. Whatever you use it as, it’s a great way to keep using the packaging after you’re finished.

They are also partnering with PUR Projet – Since 2013 they have planted 33,801 trees!

I can truly say how I love their products and how they also care about our environment. Every little step towards a cleaner planet helps us all. Make sure to fill out the form on the bottom of their page after purchasing and receiving you palette. In the top right hand corner you will see “CODE: —-” once you enter that code, your email and full name it will plant a tree! You will also receive a confirmation and certificate via your email. — Amazing right? I think so!

In collaboration with Clarins, all opinions are my own.

Tonya Michelle

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ULTA Holiday Gift Guide

Hey Beauties! I went shopping this weekend at ULTA and also received a fun PR package including some of their Holiday must haves. I will be linking each item below for you to shop as well as sharing the items I picked up for my GF’s stockings. Can’t ever start early enough when it comes to Holiday shopping, right? Right!

Let’s start with the item’s I purchased first!!!

I purchased TWO Lip Glossary they are under $20!! Aren’t they SO cute!!! I will be giving these away next week so stay tuned to my Instagram account. Direct link to purchase is HERE.

I also purchased in store – their 5 for $5 compact mirrors and lip glosses. They have TONS of cute little items to choose from. You have to visit your local Ulta to find them!

Not holiday gift themed but I picked up some more of my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer,  FORMULA 10.0.6 Down To the Pores strips and I wanted to try the new Tarte Dream Big Eyeshadow Palette. Direct links below, click on the item to shop!

Ok, Now for this amazing PR package and all of my favorites!

I would 100% be asking Santa for these. Yep, Santa.

LORAC Mega PRO Palette 4 : $224 VALUE for $59!!! Direct link to purchase click HERE.

Fizz & Bubble Holiday Bath Truffles : Amazing for a relaxing evening at home. Direct link to purchase click HERE.

ULTA Merry Mistletoe Ornament Hand Soap – Only $8!! A great way to spice up the bathroom areas in your home! Festive soap, a easy fix! You could easily save these for next year and fill them up again! Direct link to purchase click HERE.

HOT TOOLS – Rainbow Gold Salon Curling Iron/Wand – Extended Barrel: Fast heat-up and instant heat recovery. Under $70!! Direct link to purchase click HERE.

Real Techniques – Ultimate Sponge Set: $71 value for $49.99!!! 12 sponges for all your makeup needs. Keep some, give some OR keep them all! Direct link to purchase click HERE.

CLARISONIC Confidence Boost Holiday Gift Set: Mia 2 and IT Cosmetics – A $207 value for $169! Not only do I swear by Clarisonic, It Cosmetics is one of my favorite beauty brands. This is a must have. Add to your list! Ask Santa. Direct link to purchase click HERE.

NUME- Lustrous Set: Currently sold out but I am sure they will restock. Direct link to purchase click HERE.

ARIANA GRANDE MOONLIGHT – Eau de Parfum Rollerball:  A great item for stocking stuffers – will fit perfectly in a clutch or bag! Only $20!! Direct link to purchase click HERE.

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Makeup Look Of The Week.

Makeup Look Of The Week

Primer:

Smashbox – 24 Hour Photo Finish Primer – Click here.

Benefit Cosmetics  – The Porefessional – Click here.

Face:

MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Concealer – In R30 – Click here

MAKE UP FOR EVER – Pro Sculpting Brow Palette – Brown to Black – Click here.

PÜR – Afterglow Illuminating Powder – Click here.

KKW Beauty – CRÈME CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT KIT MEDIUM – Click here.

NEUTROGENA Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 in Medium Beige – Click here.

URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer – Click here.

Eyes:

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner – Click here.

MAYBELLINE – The City Mini Palette Chill Brunch Neutrals – Click here.

Lips:

BUXOM Full-On™ Lip Cream – Click here.

Makeup look: @brilliantb_makeup (local to northern VA)

 

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CLARINS – NEW Double Serum! Must Have Product!

I’ve partnered today with Clarins to bring you the newest, latest and greatest product release! I’m thrilled to be able to get my hands on their Double Serum. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, they took the number one seller + cult-favorite Double Serum and gave it a face lift. If you know anything about me, you know I’m a skin-care junkie! I have tested this product for 7 days so far and my results are below, yes results after 7 days. I couldn’t believe it either, but believe it!

It’s very important to know what ingredients are in the products you want to use. Below I’ll be breaking down what ingredients are in the Double Serum and what the benefit is for your skin. These things together provide 5 key functions that will help change your skin for the better.

  1. Regeneration
  2. Oxygenation
  3. Nutrition
  4. Hydration
  5. Protection

Regeneration: Red Jania, Green banana, Avocado, Myrothamnus: helps promotes skin firmness, visibly minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.

Oxygenation: Teasel, Organic Goji Berries, Beautyberry (sounds like I need to have a bush of these haha) Horse Chestnut: Boosts radiance, visibly tones and energizes.

Nutrition: Kiwi, Mary’s Thistle: Enhances cellular nutrition and promotes absorption of nutrients for healthy-looking skin.

Hydration: Leaf of Life, Quinoa, Marsh Samphire, Cocoa Tree: Powers the skin’s natural hydration and supports the skin’s natural barrier function.

Protection: Mango Tree, Hyang Qi, Ginger Lily, Edelweiss: Helps protect cells from oxidative stress and fights free radicals.

I know thats a lot of information to read, but if you’re putting something on your skin daily, you need to know how it’s helping your skin, why and which ingredients are involved.

My thoughts on the product after trying for one week is below! Yes, this is what you’ve been waiting for!

I use the Double Serum for 7 days straight, night and day as my second step in my skincare routine. I have seen some great results. I do have issues with my pores, breakouts and un-even skin tone. I have seen a major change in the texture of my skin and pores.  By day 3 and 4 my skin felt smoother!! By day 7 I am seeing a slight improvement in my skin tone, which will probably take using the product a little more but seeing any sort of change has really made me excited to see the results after a month. Like anything else, some will see results quicker than others. So with that being said, I will continue to add Double Serum into my routine.

One of my favorite hidden features about this product that I truly think is such an amazing feature; they gave it double chamber packaging! You might be thinking, “What is that?” Well! Let me tell you! Depending on what type of day your skin is having or even what season of the year it is, you can do a tiny drop or a power shot of serum.

Tiny Drop: Combination to oily skin, warm, humid climate (Summer time).

Power Shot: Normal, dry or sensitive skin, cold/dry climates (Winter time).

See the photo above from their website and the one below from mine.

The two indents on top, you can see two different sized drops.

One of my favorite aspects of the Double Serum is that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily, I’ve tried plenty that have. It felt as though my skin was feeding on the serum, drank it right up and left my skin looking refreshed and radiant. I will continue with this serum and give you all an update later on my Instagram page.

Clarins has me hooked and now a believer. All opinions are my own!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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