Everything You Need to Prep for all of Your Holiday Parties

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.


There is nothing I like better than a good holiday party. I’ll snap up any opportunity to get all dolled up, and I feel like we’re all granted a little leeway to get ridiculously glittery and glamorous during the holidays. There’s nothing more festive than velvet heels, glitter eyeshadow, cat eyes, and a flute of champagne in hand. Thanks to BabbleBoxx, I’m sharing with you my favorite picks for getting party perfect in a pinch!


I’ve mentioned my super-dry lips before. Nothing ruins an expensive lipstick (of which I may have placed many on my wishlist), like dried out and flaky lips. Taking care of your lips should be right up there with the amount of time we spend worrying about the state of our eyebrows. The Chapstick Total Hydration Lip Scrub is effective at sloughing away any rough patches, and leaving your lips soft and perfectly kissable – cue the mistletoe! Another bonus? This scrub is perfectly affordable, which I love, and make for a perfect stocking stuffer.


Another Chapstick product I can’t live without this season? Their new Total Hydration Moisture & Tint Lip Balm. In three gorgeous shades – Merlot, Coral Blush, Rose Petal – these lip balms use ingredients that are naturally sourced like Rosehip Seed Oil and Argan Oil. The formulation is really gorgeous and doesn’t feel oily or sticky, and the colors themselves lend a really pretty tint to your lips.


Masks have ruled the beauty marketplace for a few years now and with good reason. There’s nothing like being able to apply a mask and forget it, letting them work their magic as you dance around your apartment to Carey, Buble, and Crosby. Or is that just me? The Dr. Brandt 3-D Filler Mask is a leave-on mask that works to counteract the effects of aging. It’s basically a gentle push-up for the lower half of your face. Among is benefits is the ability to visually add volume to plump the skin and visually smooth laugh lines. I’ve loved all the Dr. Brandt products that I’ve owned and this one is no exception. This mask is sure to get you feeling ready for a night on the town or that amazing New Year’s Eve party you’re planning on attending! Sore 20% off your mask by using the code BABBLE3D and going through this link.


If you’ve been around here before, you know I’m always on the hunt for the ‘perfect’ hairspray. I probably won’t be satisfied until they come out with a hairspray that reaches out and does my hair for me while serving me champagne and a giving me a manicure. A girl can dream. Until then I’ve got MarulaOil Rare Oil Protecting Hair Spray. It’s a flexible, layerable hairspray that works to replenish your hair while holding it. I know what you’re thinking, “layerable?!” While visions of helmet hair float through your head, let me assure you that this is not the case. This hairspray leaves your hair perfectly touchable and shiny, even after multiple applications. Definitely worth finishing off your party ‘do with. This Protecting Hair Spray retails at around $26, find out more here.


Katy Perry’s advice for applying perfume? “I never spritz on my skin. I always spritz and walk into it and I like to spray on my hair.” Take it from Katy, whose new Katy Perry Mad Love Fragrance is already social media famous. The fragrance itself is really fun with top notes of Lady Apple Sorbet, Mara Strawberry, and Pink Grapefruit, a heart of Peony Petals, Sun-kissed Jasmine, and Bleeding Heart flower, as well as a base of Sandalwood, Skin Mush, and Coconut Wood. The bottle itself features a trendy marble top, with pink glass and black labeling. I’m fairly certain this fragrance found its way on many a wishlist this year, and it would make a great scent to spritz before you head out  for your end of the year bash! To find more deets and purchase, click here!

So what parties do you have planned for the end of 2016?

Pixi by Petra’s Holiday Beauty Picks

It’s that time of year! I’m lucky enough to have gotten my mittens (have you broken yours out of storage yet? I sure have!) on Pixi’s newest holiday additions. Holiday collections are always so much fun in my opinion, as they always feature such creative designs. This year, Pixi’s holiday picks have this really beautiful holly and mistletoe design that feels like a lovely modern take on an old-school holiday motif. Honestly, I don’t know what it is about this year but I feel really nostalgic for old-school holidays – maybe I’ve watched Little Women too many times? Can one actually watch Little Women too many times? The answer to that is no. Anyways, enough about my Jo & Laurie obsession, here are Pixi’s prettiest under-the-tree treats and stocking stuffers:

If you’ve used Pixi before than you know that their Endless Silky Eye Pens are amazing. I used to say “they’re money!” in a very Guy Fieri-like manner, but then I was banned from using that term by my family when Guy Fieri became persona-non-grata after an over-enthused Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives binge-fest. It happens. Now I just say that these pens are amazing, and they are. Silky, ideal color payoff, warm blendability, and the color selection – which was great to start with – has now expanded to include this drool worthy rose gold color called OpalOvercoat. Stick it in your mother, daughter, co-worker, beauty addicted friend’s stocking. They will love it. You get a great rose-gold shade with this that is buildable and easy to work with.


The Palette Rosette is an all-in-one colour kit featuring highlighters, eye shadows, and brow shadows, as well as glow, blush, and contour in some very pretty shades. The contour powder looks like a warmer, subtly glowing, version of their Natural Contour Powder. The shadows themselves are very useful basics (the ones you always run out of), great for travel, my sister asked for this in her wishlist – she’s not a big fan of having to root through her makeup bag in the morning and wants a palette like this to streamline her process. It is new to their collection, and I’m not entirely sure if it’s a holiday exclusive – so I would snap it up now just in case.


The real pièce de résistance is the new Fairy Dust Favorites. A tower of high pigmented loose shadows, Fairy Dust Favorites come in two varieties – Metallic Warmth and Matte Classics. I love, love, love that Pixi has Matte Classics – as you know glitter and shimmer is not always ideal, especially if you have more delicate eyelids, so Pixi including this collection of five matte loose eyeshadow pigments scores major points in my book. I was sent Metallic Warmth, which features these beauties:


As you can see, these colors are really rich and beautiful. They show up in tone and in person almost exactly as they look in this pic, with the added metallic dimension. I must admit, was a little apprehensive about the black pigment. I feel like if you buy even the most basic of palettes, you’ll get black eyeshadow. I have so many black eyeshadows that getting another one is not a thrill for me. BUT this pigment does not show up as pure black for me. It has more depth and comes out as this smoky gunmetal that actually makes this shade a completely new one for me. It’s really fun to play with, especially with the deep red and bronze pigments. Speaking of which, I spilled the red all over myself. I looked like the victim of some unfortunate accident and I was utterly devastated that I lost half of the eyeshadow in one go. Somehow I will pick myself up and find a way to soldier on.

If you only get one thing from Pixi from this post, get the Fairy Dust Favorites. I already plan on purchasing the Matte Classics and can see myself repurchasing the Metallic Warmth (especially after the spill!). If you’re buying for someone else, definitely give the palette a look – the value and quality is definitely worth it. And if you’re just looking for a guaranteed winner – that rose gold eyeliner is too cute to ignore.

Anything catch your eye?

PIXI Palette Rosette ($28) | Fairy Dust Favorites in Metallic Warmth ($12) | Endless Silky Eye Pen in OpalOvercoat ($12) | Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red ($12)

Master of Multitasking – PIXI’s Multibalm Collection

Multipurpose products are my favorite. Sometimes I don’t have the desire (or space) to carry extra product when I’m on the go, so multitaskers like Pixi’s Multibalms always have a special place in my makeup bag.


The collection, out since earlier this summer, features five shades – Wild Rose, Baby Petal, Soft Strawberry, Watermelon Veil, and Sheer Sculpt. They feature a multi-use stay-on crème-powder formula that is infused with aloe vera, shea butter, and rose hip oil.


Designed to be used on your cheeks and lips, the formula is really very amenable to both. I was initially worried that they might show up as dry, but actually the consistency is very light and buildable and not at all chalky – which is most likely due to that infusion of shea butter and rose hip oil.

My favorite of the five has been the Wild Rose and Soft Strawberry, the colors are all fairly safe and you can go deeper in tone with all of them with repeated application. I quite like the subtle look you can get with these and also that if you take them on-the-go you really can go from day to night with them very easily.


I think the most surprising of the five, for me, has been the Sheer Sculpt – I love using this for on the go contouring, and it is perfect if you’re new to or shy about contouring. It’s subtle, but works well enough on one application to have that contoured effect. If you’re going for a more sculpted look, the formulation is nice enough that going in for a heavier application of product will not leave your skin looking dried out and powder heavy.

Definitely another A+ product in the Pixi line-up, and at only $12, they definitely rank (especially the Sheer Sculpt) as one of my favorite Target beauty buys. Find out more, or purchase the Multibalms here!


What are your favorite Pixi beauty purchases?

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*Disclaimer: Product samples were sent in order to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own. R&R: Giveaway ends October 4th, 2016. US only, 18 and over. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Interview: Katie Cassidy on NYFW #Hot2Adopt Feline Fashion Show & The Modern Cat Lady

This past week I was lucky enough to catch Katie Cassidy, star of CW’s Arrow and The Flash, between shows and speak to her about her NYFW Hot to Adopt Feline Fashion Show and Lounge with Fresh Step. In addition to a feline-inspired fashion show, complete with cats on the runway, the Hot to Adopt lounge also offered attendees an exclusive opportunity to adopt their very own feline right there!


More information about the exclusive Hot to Adopt tee (as seen on Katie) after the interview:

The NYC Talon: Can you tell me a little bit about your Hot to Adopt Feline Fashion Lounge with Fresh Step, what can we expect?

Katie Cassidy: Yes, so you can expect feline inspired looks which I think is fun. I’ll be hosting the Hot to Adopt Feline Fashion event and fashion show with Fresh Step and I think it’ll be fun, I think it’ll be interesting. Obviously it’s for a good cause and you can actually purchase this shirt [pictured above, more details below] at freshsteps.com and part of it will go toward helping cat shelters all over the country, which is such a great cause and I’m excited to do it. I’m excited to see what people will wear, and actually we’ll be having cats walking down the runway which will be fun, yeah it’ll be very cute.

TNT: So I saw your post on TKC [Katie’s blog, post seen here], are cat ears something we’re going to see on the runway?

KC: Yeah, I certainly think so, I probably will wear some. I know there’ll be cat accessories that are very feline inspired, and it’ll be fun to bring that sort of awareness to people and get rid of that sort of crazy cat lady stigma. So we’ll be taking fashion and felines and sort of turning that stigma around. I actually just bought this clutch will a little cat face, it’s very cute.

TNT: Yes – I just saw that Kate Spade’s fall accessories have this adorable cat icon!

KC: Yeah and I just got this jacket from Stella McCartney that has this cat print all over it!

TNT: That sounds awesome. So, I know you have a cat…

KC: I do

TNT: And I think you have a dog, I’ve seen tweets with Felicia –

KC: [Laughs] To be honest with you I just love animals, and Felicia is my dog that I actually co-own with our stylist we have on Arrow, our hairstylist. Because when I travel, it’s hard when you have a dog or a cat, but a cat, obviously they can take care of themselves – but not for too long! But you can’t really leave a dog at home. Yeah, she’s been really fun.

TNT: I know you mentioned earlier about the cat lady stigma, what would you define as the ‘modern cat lady’?

KC: Hmm, the modern cat woman. Well, that’s what I think is so cool about this kind of thing because it’s bringing fashion and felines together and you have these, like as we saw on the cover of Porter magazine recently that there is a cat on the cover and I think adopting cats is more than just on trend, and we’re seeing them more on like cute clutches and shoes and it’s a sign of strong independent women. It’s something that’s cool, and again I love cats – actually [laughs] I want to get another one!

TNT: I’m a massive fan of your blog, are we going to see some What Katie Wore posts for Fashion Week?

KC: Yes! You certainly will, I have a photoshoot happening at some point tomorrow, I don’t know what time but yes you will.

TNT: Cats are kind of classified as lounging animals, if you have one day to absolutely lounge about and devote to rest & relaxation, what would you do?

KC: Everybody loves the spa, I feel like. Probably…I don’t know if I would just like have a relaxation day… I would probably go get a facial, or go to the gym, or not talk on the phone, or go on social media. I would probably just want to be by myself, you know? And order lots of pizza.

TNT: A girl after my own heart!

KC: Yeah – girl, pizza is my jam!

And that concludes my interview with Katie! She was so sweet, and I was very excited to interview her. She was in a rush, which was lucky otherwise I very well might have bombarded her with my embarrassing Arrow/The Flash Black Canary/Black Siren questions.

To purchase Katie’s exclusive Hot to Adopt t-shirt, check out FreshStep.com here.

I love Fresh Step’s commitment to encouraging and celebrating cat ownership, and this tee is honestly adorable. But there’s more! All through the month of October Fresh Step wants you to step out and declare your love of modern cat ladies (and gentlemen too!) by declaring “Feline Fashion Fridays” – cat owners cat show their love of cats by posting a picture of themselves with their cat to Fresh Step’s Instagram using the #freshstepcontest hashtag each Friday for a chance to win free Fresh Step litter, a $250 VISA Gift Card, and the limited edition #hot2adopt T-shirt!

Check out FreshStep.com for more info.

Why We’re Obsessed With This $6 Hair Oil

If you’re a beauty junkie like we are, then you know there are a ton of beautifying oils out there. Argan, Moringa, Marula, Coconut, Rose Hip, the list is never ending. And frankly it can get a bit overwhelming trying to find an oil that works for you. Not too long ago OGX sent us a few products to try throughout the summer. One of them sort of sat on our editorial shelves for a while, just waiting to be discovered. And discovered it was – all of our beauty girls loved this oil, and each of them has a different type of hair texture (ranging from very curly to wavy-straight and color-treated). Here’s what you need to know about the OGX healing + vitamin E Penetration Oil:

Penetrationg Oil

This oil is designed to help heal up dry, damaged, and brittle damaged hair via an infusion of Vitamin E. Vitamin E has it’s uses, from hair, to skin and nails, it’s a favorite among natural oil fans and with good reason. It’s a relatively inexpensive antioxidant and is meant to have conditioning and moisturizing properties. While you can use the oil solo, we observed that it is a little thicker than some other oil formulations out there, which can weigh down the hair shaft. We recommend mixing this beauty up with your favorite leave-in wash-out conditioner.

OGX Penetrating OilAffordable Vitamin E Hair Oil

Our favorite combo? A quarter-sized amount of this Penetration Oil along with Aussie’s classic 3-minute leave-in conditioner.

As for the ingredients, the formulation is quite simple, keeping in mind that yes the Tocopherol Acetate (E) is a form of vitamin E (in case you were looking specifically for that, like we were). The primary ingredient is a version of silicone (CPS) which works to make your mane feel and look, well, fabulous.

We’re wild about this oil because it’s not just another oil. Not only is it affordable, but it turned one of our lady’s color-treated hair from straw-like to soft and silky, and another’s heat-stressed tresses into shiny and manageable. At, $5-6 a bottle, it’s easy to see why we’re obsessed.

Vitamin E Oil

*Product sample was provided for editorial consideration. As usual, as people with a sensitive skin, we always suggest that you consult with your dermatologist & spot test your products before you use them.*

POPSUGAR Must Have June Box Review & Code!

I can’t even remember the last time that I did a proper unboxing type of post. I love watching and reading other bloggers and vloggers box reveals, and POPSUGAR’s Must Have Box is among my favorites. They always have the best boxes – and now they even have a mini box too! I love how they have this mix of lifestyle and beauty items, which brings me to POPSUGAR’s June Must Have Box.

POPSUGAR kindly sent me this Must Have Box to try, which is great because there is no kind of regret like the regret you feel when you’ve missed out on a great month for your favorite subscription box. And June was a great month. This box featured 7 items, here they are:


Neutral Diamonds Print Sarong from Hat Attack – this sarong/scarf has a really nice print on it. I’m all about adding sarongs/scarves to my collection, they’re really versatile and look great over a bathing suit or just worn as a scarf with some pretty sunglasses and a hat. ARV on this one is $58.

“Cheers” Gold Bottle Opener from Sisters of Los Angeles – I love this bottle opener, and not just because I needed a new one and this showed up in the nick of time. This is one sturdy bottle opener, and I love that it looks very Kate Spade but for a less shock-worthy price. Pick up this for your next party at sistersoflosangeles.com for only $12!

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Ridley’s Games Room “Who Am I?” Quiz from Wild and Wolf – I am a hardcore game lover. And I’ve made it my goal to find new games, because honestly, how many times must I beat my family members at Monopoly before they cast me off entirely. “Who Am I?” is a great easy-to-play game where you team up with other players to guess the celebrity. It’s a great ice breaker, we love it at my house. Find out more here, (ARV $12.95).

Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer by NCLA – This gorgeous nail polish is not only cruelty free and wonderfully patriotic, it also can be worn solo or under a base color. Suggested retail: $16, more info here.

Are You Ready (For Your Close-Up?) Compact by Knock Knock – this is the second mirror I have from Knock Knock and I love them. They’re cute, durable, and definitely useful. Average retail value, $10.

Underarm Deodorant Wipes from Pacifica – Summer heat causes the most beauty melt-downs (at least for me), these wipes keep odors at bay while on the go. More details here, (ARV $9).

Sriracha snacks from Pressels – I must admit I was not adventurous enough to try these, but my sister did and gave them a thumbs up. These handy snacks have got less fat and sodium than other popular chip options, sugg. retail is $1.29 – find out more about Pressels here.


The entire value of this box is $119.24 which makes this box definitely high value as POPSUGAR Must Have boxes are only $39.95 a month, and POPSUGAR Mini Boxes are $18.95. Visit this link to sign up and get your own POPSUGAR Must Have Box! Right now you can also use the code JUNE5 to get $5 off your first box – I’m not sure how long the code is good for, but be sure to follow them on twitter (or me) for updates!

Easy, Clear Skin with Oxy

There are a handful of products and brands that I keep buying over and over again. They are beauty and personal care products that just plain work, they’re dependable and frankly irreplaceable. Oxy is one of those brands, and I can honestly say I’ve been purchasing since I was in middle school. I don’t care how many products hit the market, whenever I have a last-minute acne emergency, I reach for Oxy.

The Oxy Maximum Action Rapid Treatment line is my favorite. Have you ever woken up with a monster zit? Or found yourself with a cluster of blemishes before a big event or interview? Yes, yes, and yes for me. They are the worst. The Oxy Maximum Action Spot Treatment is a cream that is oil-free, dermatologist tested, and my got-to for tackling sudden acne flare-ups. The Spot Treatment features maximum-strength 10% benzoyl peroxide and can visibly reduce redness in as little as 4 hours. It also boosts skin cell renewal for fresher, brighter skin. I know whenever I use this baby, my zits are zapped, usually overnight.

OXy Acne Medication

The line also features a Rapid Treatment Face Wash which is designed to kill acne bacteria while relying on a skin soothing formula. I was really prepared for this to leave my skin feeling dry and rough, but it actually left more of a clean feeling without all that scaling. Personally, I have more sensitive skin, so I only use this two to three times a week on an as-needed basis. Luckily, they’re also released a sensitive skin version of this wash – so keep an eye peeled for that one!

Oxy Product ReviewOXY 28 Day Challenge

Now my favorite out of the entire line is the Rapid Treatment 3-in-1 Pads. The pads include 2% of salicylic acid that instantly works to fight acne. Upon application, the pads start to unclog pores for clearer skin while also controling oil to prevent future breakouts. They also work to retexture skin for a smooth complexion and even keeps on working between uses. Each tub contains 90 pads, which will definitely last you awhile – unless you’re like me and have sisters and friends who frequently raid your cabinet and steal your Oxy. It’s definitely the most effective product in my skincare arsenal, honestly.

The 28 Day Challenge

Oxy Acne Treatment Spot Treatment

Right now you can take the 28 Day Challenge – first you download the app, then you can create a customized treatment plan. Once you’ve got your program, pick up the recommended OXY® products from your local store. Then use them on your acne for the next 28 days to get visibly clearer skin.

If you aren’t 100% satisfied with the results, OXY® will give you a complete refund – no questions asked. So what are you waiting for? Take the OXY® 28 Day Challenge and get clear skin. Guaranteed or your money back.

You can rely on Oxy, whether it’s for stress-related acne during finals week, or the pesky spot you spotted on your chin right before an important interview or presentation! Are you a fan of Oxy?

*This post is sponsored by Oxy. All opinions presented here are my own.*

Beauty Routine Essentials from The Vitamin Shoppe

Vitamins have always been a part of my routine. When I was a kid I used to take those cartoon pills, and now that I’m older I try to take fish oil and other supplements with my daily dose of allergy medicine. In the same way that my antihistamine tackles my aversion to pollen, vitamins have the potential to address some of my beauty hurdles. My most recent beauty routine shake-up has come by way of The Vitamin Shoppe, where you can find some of my favorite new beauty tools to keep me glowing from the inside out!

Vitamin Shoppe VitaBeauty

We all want gorgeous, glowing skin. And yes please, we’d like to have it without having to don piles of foundation. Makeup is my jam, but skincare is the bread base for all that jam – and the healthier my skin is, the better my makeup looks. Which is why I include biotin in my beauty routine. Biotin is actually a member of the B-complex family of essential vitamins, it’s essential for carbohydrate, fat and amino acid metabolism. But I take it to support healthy skin, hair, and nails – via it’s promotion of cellular energy production.

Natural Beauty at the Vitamin Shoppe

Another favorite is vitamin E which works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process. Now that we’ve tackled beauty from the inside, let’s talk about the outside. Coconut and avocado oil are essential for anyone’s routine. I love using coconut oil to remove stubborn eyelash glue, and glitter-heavy eyeliner and eyeshadow. It’s also excellent for face and hair masks. I love the Vitamin Shoppe’s avocado oil for two reasons. One, it’s a high quality oil, and two because the packaging reveals just how on point the Vitamin Shoppe is with their products. The dark glass bottle that the oil is packaged in aligns what I’ve learned about many beauty oils – dark packaging means that the oil inside is being protected from diminished quality by keeping the suns harmful UV rays at bay. This means a longer shelf life for natural beauty products like this. Love it!

Coconut Oil and Vitamins from the Vitamin Shoppe

Speaking of beauty lessons, one of my favorite new additions to my daily beauty routine is this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Hyaluronic Acid has been quite popular in the beauty industry for a while now. Due to it’s moisturizing and rejuvenative properties, a good HA product has been on my list for some time and now that I’ve finally gotten my hands on it I can see why people love it. The trick with hyaluronic acid (which is a moisture magnet) is to pair it up with a good moisturizer. It can benefit people differently based on their skin, but for me, it’s helped clear up some stubborn acne scars.

Speaking of creams, the Alpha Lipoic Acid Anti-Aging Crème is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for a solid anti-aging cream. I’m really partial to this one because it’s luxurious but doesn’t sit heavy on your skin. No one wants a cream that sits on the surface, because that means it’s probably not earning its due. This one gets soaked right up.

Vitamin Shoppe Beauty Solutions

You can find all of these products alongside a wide assortment of creams, serums, essential oils, carrier oils, biotin and collagen products, and vitamins from loads of well-known vendors at any of Vitamin Shoppe’s 800+ stores or online at www.vitaminshoppe.com. Until recently I never even knew that the Vitamin Shoppe was a beauty and skin care lovers paradise!

Are you ready to take your beauty routine to a whole other level? Right now Vitamin Shoppe is giving away this amazing bundle of great product! One random winner will receive: $100 in Vitamin Shoppe gift cards, as well as a gym bag and products. Total value is $250. To enter just fill out at least one of the entries on Rafflecopter form below! Good luck!

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Contest ends June 29, 2016 ET and is open to US only. Good luck! Winner will be chosen randomly by Vitamin Shoppe and be notified by email. The prize will be fulfilled by Vitamin Shoppe.
*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Vitamin Shoppe. All opinions are my own*

Keep Your Favorite Fashion Fresh & Protected with Downy

This is a sponsored post of SheSpeaks/P&G.

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Not too long ago I found the perfect dress. I’m talking about that perfect, classic but somehow still trendy, fits-like-a-dream dress. I tried it in store and promptly ordered it online. The day it came in the mail I was so excited, I tried it on immediately and twirled around my bedroom like some young singleton starring in her own romcom. I tried it on with all my shoes, as you do, and promptly wore it out to the next few events.

Downy April Fresh

Then in a true bonehead move I threw it in with the wash. Repeatedly, without any treatment, just plain ‘ol detergent. I know, rookie mistake. If I had been using Downy maybe I wouldn’t have ended up with a dress that began to fade and stretch before it’s time and I would still be wearing it today.

Downy Ultra Fabric Protect

See, Downy Fabric Conditioner is designed to actually protect your favorite clothes – and who am I kidding, all my clothes are my favorites, from my ratty old camp shirt from middle school to my brand new lace-overlay navy dress! Downy works to soften, condition, and strengthen fibers in clothes and dream-dresses.

How does it work? By coating each fiber, Downy Fabric Conditioner protects clothes from all that friction that occurs during the washing cycle. Friction and agitation that can cause colors to fade, and fabric to lose its shape, it also can cause piling, and fuzz. Basically all that’s detrimental to everything from a vintage piece (we’re talking classic jeans that you dug out from your mom’s collection) to your new replacement dream dress (because the original was no longer in stock). Thanks to Downy, my clothes will live to see another day.

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And honestly, who doesn’t love how amazing Downy makes your clothes smell? There really is nothing like grabbing a warm Downy-scented towel fresh out of the laundry, or slipping into your favorite soft leggings right out of the dryer. It’s like the promise of naps and Netflix bingeing – irresistible.

I pick up my Downy Fabric Conditioner at Walmart, it’s always convenient since I do a lot of shopping there anyways. Plus, the price is always on point. Available at Walmart and Walmart.com, learn more and shop for it here.

New Summer & Fall Beauty Launches at Target!

A few weeks ago I was invited to preview the latest and greatest heading to the Target beauty aisles. You all know me, I’m obsessed with Target, I would live there if I could. Luckily for Target & beauty junkies like me, they have a plethora of exciting new launches heading our way this Summer and Fall! Here’s a quick rundown:

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Sonia Kashuk, who has been creating beauty for Target since 1999 is releasing the full fall limited edition collection, new core collection items and cosmetic bags on August 21st. New products being added to the core collection include a six pan eye palette, eye shadow quad, new Instant Smoke Sticks (pictured below) in Gunsmoke and Brown Blaze, a line of Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation, new nail colors, and an Air-Brushed Skin Five-Piece Brush Set. The limited edition collection features an Exotic Artisan 12-pc brush set, Earth 6-pc brush set, Exotic Artisan Vanity Cup, and a new Completely Organized Bag.

Sonia Kashuk Fall PaletteSonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation

I got to play a little with the new Instant Smoke Sticks, and they are absolutely gorgeous. The colors are staples, but the formulation is really rich and perfect for taking on the go, or even just simplifying your routine. Sonia Kashuk cosmetic bags are my all-time favorite cosmetic bags, the quality and designs available are always on point and their new releases are no exception. They’ll be releasing three new designs, Artwork, Purple Floral, and Blue Floral in most cosmetic case styles.

Sonia Kashuk Instant Smoke Sticks

PIXI by Petra, if you’ve been around here long enough you know that PIXI is a brand that I hold dear to my heart. I consistently hit the bottom of the pan/tube/bottle with PIXI products – they just are so good that I use them extremely often and always consistently. Available this month, on June 26th, the PIXI fall collection includes: Best of Bright Kit, Endless Silky Eye Pen in Graphic Griege and Opal Overcoat, their iconic Glow Tonic – now in easy to use pads as Glow Tonic To-Go, Lash Line Ink in Velvet Cocoa, Lash Nourish Makeup Remover Pads, Lower Lash Mascara, LipLift Mas in Sheer Rose and Honey Sheen, and new Multibalm!

Pixi by PetraPIXI by Petra Target Beauty Launch

PIXI’s very own Petra Strand (the makeup artist and creator behind the brand) was there as well, I got to share with her how obsessed I am with PIXI products and how excited I am to see that they now have Glow Tonic in facial pads. She was seriously the most lovely person, she even helped me adjust the products for my photos!

Defy and Inspire Nail Lacquer

I also had my nails done with Target’s exclusive defy & INSPIRE long-wearing nail lacquer. New shades hit stores this past May and include colors Carnival Daisy, Main Stage, Rave Red-y, Electro-chic, Ultra Teal, and Plur-ple. My polish lasted well over two weeks without any chipping at all. I have never been so impressed with a polish before, and at $7.49 a bottle I cannot wait to pick up the rest of the collection next time I’m in Target.

Beauty Counter for Target

And last but not least, perhaps one of the more exciting beauty industry news, Beautycounter for Target. Founded in 2013 by Gregg Renfrew, Beautycounter is a beauty and personal care brand known for using safer, cleaner ingredients. Mark your calendars for September 12th! The new limited-edition Beautycounter for Target collection will feature a curated assortment of the brand’s most popular cosmetics and skincare products in special sizes and exclusive sets as well as one entirely new item – the Nourishing Oil.

Beauty Counter Lip Gloss & Cream BlushBeauty Counter for Target Collection

I am so ridiculously excited about this collection. Beautycounter is a brand that, to me at least, does beauty right and I’m thrilled to see that they’ll be available in Target this fall. The collection will range in price from $12 to $39 and feature 12 products, and 5 different sets.

So what are you excited to pick up at Target this summer/fall?