Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Guide for Her!



Less than 12 days until Christmas! 
I'm so excited this year because I love all the gifts I picked for
everyone! Some years you know how you don't find the perfect gifts?
Well this year, I gave myself plenty of time and I especially
love all of these stocking stuffers!
Take a peek and get inspired!
Everything listed here is still easy to find and pick up in 
time for Christmas and Hanukkah!
Get your cup of tea or coffee and see all of the goodies!
XOXO,
Taj

This Coffee and mascara mug is my favorite! I found it at Hobby Lobby!
I use this mug all the time and you can't go wrong with pink!
 
Fill her stocking with a variety of 7th Heaven Masks! They are made
by veggie herbalist and come in so many healthy varieties! She will love these!
Available at most drug stores & Ulta!

Every gal I know wants super lush and lengthy lashes! Fill her stocking with
all natural and healthy Divaderm Fiber II Lash Extender and Mascara! This will
wow her and it's available at Kohl's & Amazon! P.s. the mascara is one of my
favorites this year!

Sally Hansen has gift ideas taken care of! They have the cutest little mini 
polishes in gift boxes and the colors are on point for next year!
There is a yummy Peppermint Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil 
that is festive too! Available at most drugstores!


I always love a practical gift that I will use daily and these healthy 
non-toxic options are on my list!
Schmidt's deodorants are my absolute favorite! 
It's the only one we use in our home
and it works!
This Snow day smells fresh and soft and there is also a 
Christmas Tree Scent and a Spice one
available at Schmidt's.com
Cocofloss is another must-have! 
Healthy floss in the freshest flavors made with coconut oil!
Available at Sephora!


Time to de-stress after the holidays!
hard-working eyes!
As soon as you open the mask from package, they start to gently warm up and 
then it's time to sit back and relax! Available at drugstores!

 Josie Maran Whiped Again Oil in Gingerbread Vanilla and Vanilla Apricot.
The ingredients are healthy and non-toxic and they smell wonderful!
These are the perfect travel and purse size! At Sephora!

This cute little lash bag is from H&M and is less than $5!!

  Pretty Animalz Mask are so cute! If she is into Korean beauty she will 
just love these! With Vitamin E, Aloe, Lavender Flower and Mushroom Flower 
to name a few ingredients! You can't go wrong with masks!
 Available at Target.

 Le Couvent Des Minimes is a line that I really love and you can find it on Amazon.
I have featured this brand before on GG.  I love it's rich history
and wonderful ingredients from France! The Rose & Berries Moisturizing Body Gel-Cream
has a powdery rose smell and is so delicate! There is a Invigorating Verbena & Lemon Body
Splash and a Citrus Botanical Cologne of the Morning! Everything smells fresh and
awakens the senses! A unique and special gift!

This limited edition Candy Gumdrop by OGX smells just like a 
Christmas candy! The bottles are so fabulous too! This line is in collaboration
with beauty guru Candy Johnson who we all love! These are available at
Walgreen's and drugstores!

This gorgeous bottle is a perfume called Moonlight by Ariana Grande
and it smells light and sweet! This scent is perfect for everyday wear
and gals of any age will adore it!
Available at Ulta & department stores.


Nubian Heritage is one of my favorite brands, you can't go wrong
when choosing a gift! Made with healthy, non-toxic ingredients and everything
smells like a garden!
These Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs are heavenly and tropical. 
The Shea Butter & Aloe Body butter is is fragrance- free for those who are 
sensitive, but is oh- so moisturizing! Find at health food stores and many drugstores!


the packaging is sparkly gold! Is smells like a Bouquet of fresh flowers too!
I love having these in my purse!

This pretty headband by The Vintage Cosmetics Company is perfect for keeping the
 hair out of her face while she does her makeup or a facial! So fab! 
Check out their website for other super fabulous gifts and
shipping in time for Christmas!

I'm a tea lover so this organic tea sampler by Zhena's Gypsy Tea is a dream! 
These are so smart for this time of year! 
I found it at my local health food store, but they are available at many
places including my fav, Vitacost!
 
This sparkly phone power pack will add some glamour to
charging! I found this in the Target dollar spot for $5!!

 LaVanilla Frangrances are 100% healthy and non-toxic.
 They smell delicious and there are an array of scents.
If you prefer a fresh scent or a sweeter more sophisticated
 one they have you covered! This Pure Vanilla 
is made with pure essential oils and is not sweet but subtle and luxe.
It has Goji Berry & Kakadu Plum and soothing Willowherb with
hydrating Olive leaf! Unexpected and glorious!
I found a great gift set at Jet.com for this scent! It's hard to find
this time of year as it's very popular!

So many good choices! Something in every price range and 
everything is fabulous!

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New in Natural Skincare: Vivo Per Lei


 There's a skincare line that I'm impressed with and it's called Vivo Per Lei.
With naturally sourced ingredients, organic extracts and vitamins to help
 skin look and feel amazing.
I come across a lot of products as a beauty blogger and this one has really
made an impression on me! 
Everything has a super luxe feel to it.
I tried out the Retinol Collection and it's a new favorite!
 There is a Retinol Anti-Aging Exfoliant that is a leave-on.
You apply to clean skin and gently message into your skin.  

With Seabuckthorn (a personal fav!) Coconut, Cucumber, Green Tea,
Marigold and of course Retinol to name a few ingredients.
This is a unique exfoliator that absorbs into the skin, why wash off all 
that goodness right!

A Retinol Wrinkle Solution Filler that helps diminish those pesky fine lines!
Coconut extract, Chamomile and Sodium Hyaluronate (a salt of hyaluronic acid)
are some ingredients in this filler that can be used for special ocasions or weekly to reduce
lines.

is one of my favorites from the line.
It feels super luxurious and spa-like.
You massage into skin with a warming effect and leave on for 10 minutes.
My skin felt very refreshed afterward and a little plumped.
You will need to moisturize afterward and the Retinol Wrinkle Serum comes
in perfectly for this. Which, you can use daily (pictured in 1st photo.)

 This line definitely feels like it is treating the skin.
As for smell, there are faint scents, nothing obvious though.
It all felt very gentle but effective.  The price point is around $38,
which I think is reasonable for such a high-end product with natural and organic ingredients. 
Which is what I am always looking for! 
If you are starting to see lines or if you have wrinkles, I think you will
benefit from this gentle everyday use line.  
I have normal to oily combo skin, and I just added
my normal moisturizer to keep from feeling dry this time of year.
I would be interested to see how the other collections
in the line perform, like the Dead Sea and also the Collagen and Vitamin C lines.
Definitely a line to keep an eye on and give a try for treatment of the skin
with real result in my opinion!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My new BFF: Boxed.com


The Holidays are upon us, which can mean stressful shopping
experiences! Especially for busy moms like me, the last place I want
to be is circling parking lots and bumping down busy aisles!
So, I've found the perfect place to shop for the necessities!
Boxed.com! It's like a Costco and Amazon but way faster!
There is no membership or subscription fees, just easy,
shopping from your home!
The blue box arrives in 1-2 days, wow that's fast!
I just placed an order for clean, non-toxic cleaning supplies,
paper towels and toilet paper. Now I can check that off my to-do-list!
So easy, affordable and stress free!
I've even got a $15 credit for you for your first shopping trip, yay!
$15 off your 1st order here! 
Check out what came in my first box below!
The kids were super excited to help me open the goodies! The all natural Fruitmojis were a 
big hit as where the Dark Chocolate Pretzel Crisps! 

Organic Coconut Oil and Organic Coffee at a great price!

I can't wait to soak in this lavender epsom salt! 

Check out Boxed.com and do some stress free shopping, check
off that to-do-list and have more time to do the important things!
We are all so busy this time of year and I hope
this helps lighten the load!
Get $15 off your 1st order here!
You can also sign up for a free shipping off your
first order at Boxed.com! Enjoy!

XOXO
Taj

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Don't Wear Dirty Makeup!


If you've ever used a beauty sponge to apply your
foundation, you know how much makeup it eats up and wastes!
Besides that, the sponge harbors bacteria that can cause
skin issues.  Rudela & Co. has a silicone-based line of
makeup applicators in three designs that are non-porous,
anti-microbial and 100% hypoallergenic.

(Silc/Blender, Silc/Conceal, Silc/Blender)

Rudela & Co.'s line applies foundation, tinted moisturizer, concealer, and 
cream based makeup. 
The overall look of the product is very glam and sparkly!
It's very easy to hold and apply makeup to the face and neck.
If you use sponge blenders, it will take a little getting used to though!
 The way the silicone moves the makeup around is very different than
the sponge types. 
I did find that it took a bit longer to get the finish I wanted with my foundation.
 Apply several dots of foundation onto 
your face and then buff out. 
For concealer, also just dot on and buff as usual. 
I'm definitely a fan of the fact you use all of your makeup
that you pour out!
After use you just rinse off and it's ready again for
application!


Overall, it's a great way to keep your skin free of bacteria
 and not waste so much liquid foundation/concealer.
The first time use may catch you off guard if you are
used to other applications.
Definitely give it a chance, it really melts the makeup into your skin
and gives a natural, flawless, matte finish.
The Silc Blender retails for $12 and the Silc/Conceal retails for $10.
Check them out here!
Thanks for stopping by!
XOXO
Taj

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pur Cosmetics My Little Pony Collection!

 
When I was a little girl, My little Pony was one of my
favorites! I'm sure most girls feel the same!
Now, with my own daughter, I know all
the pony names and we watched the new movie in the theater!
So when Pur Cosmetics came out with this gorgeous
My Little Pony The Movie collection I was super excited.
It is just gorgeous in person, the sparkle is real!

 (image via Pur Cosmetics)

 
 The Glitter Lip Gloss Toppers are out of this galaxy sparkly!
If you saw my Instagram Stories you saw the unboxing of these
and how sparkly they really look. So they are named after all the ponies.
From top there is Fluttershy,
Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle,
Applejack, and Rarity.
These are High Shine Glittery Glosses.
 
The makeup brush case has a rainbow foil effect and is a dream!

The set has 6 brushes.
Powder, Blush, Concealer, Crease, Eyeshadow
and Liner.
They are super soft a perfect gift idea!


There is also an eyeshadow palette in the collection which I did not get.
You can find the whole collection on the Pur site here.
We love Pur Cosmetics as they are cruelty free, talc and paraben free, gluten free,
petroleum free, mineral oil free, sls free and vegan! So check out
their other products too!

XOXO
TAJ
 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nyakio: Hardworking Woman in the Sunshine



Nyakio pronounced Ney-kay-oh,
spent summers in Africa with her Grandmother
who was a Kenyan coffee farmer.
Thru her, she learned many skincare secrets like
finely crushing the antioxidant rich coffee beans 
and sugarcane onto her skin to reveal softer, smoother skin!

I love brands that have real family history and natural 
ingredients that they have passed down from generations.
Here, I have a few of Nyakio products that I think you
would like to try too!


Red Ginseng Line Smoothing
 Eye & Lip Cream.
Red Ginseng is highly regarded in China 
as one of the most potent and efficacious herbs.
With ingredients like prickly pear, cucumber, green tea,
aloe leaf juice, and coffee see extract.
It has a rich creamy feel, but it goes on very lightweight.
It hasn't any fragrant smell either, so if you are 
sensitive, you will like it!

Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm
This rich balm-to-oil cleanser melts away
makeup leaving the skin super soft!
This is one of my favorite products. 
I like to massage the almond oil 
into my face and feel stresses drop away!


I really love the inside packaging of the products.
They are full of information and details.
Lots of thought was put into the product!
Each product is free of sulfates, phthalates,
parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde and 
butylene glycol.
They are cruelty free, certified organic ingredients
and fair trade ingredients.

The Kenyan Coffee Face Polish
is so luxe and feels amazing!
It exfoliates and moisturizes at the same
time. I have always been a big fan of exfoliators
and have used them since my teenage years.
This one is a definite must-have!


Chamomile Soothing Sleep Mask
An overnight facial mask that nourishes skin
and hydrates.  It calms and rejuvenate tired looking
skin with calendula, aloe vera and of course chamomile.
Massage into skin like a moisturizer and rinse off in the a.m.
This will leave your skin very hydrated and soft. 

I really enjoyed trying out these products and 
I know you will love them too!
Start with the Kenyan Coffee Face polish you 
will thank me later!

You can find Nyakio at Ulta or at Nyakio.com
XOXO
Taj

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Decorating Cookies with Dad!

This past weekend we took the kids to a fun event with Sugarcraft L.A. and Daddy's Home 2
to decorate Christmas cookies.
Special dad time with the kids is a must!  
I got to sit back and let papi get creative with the decorating!
He did a pretty good job with the kids I must admit.
  
Eating cookies while you decorate is a must!
  
Sugarcraft had some pretty cool sprinkles, the cookies were 
kid tested and approved delicious!


 Daddy's Home 2 opens in Theaters this Friday November 10 and
stars Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell (Fav!) 
This comedy is rated PG-13  and will have you howling with laughter!
I love that it is Christmasy too! 
Check it out with the family!

 Big thanks to L.A Mamacitas for hosting the event!
We are ready for more Holiday fun to come!
Thanks for stopping by!
XOXO
Taj


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Healthy Kids Line: Cantu



I've been loving a new haircare line for kids called Cantu
and it's super healthy!
The other day I was in Target and I saw this line and 
I knew I had to share it with you!
It's super affordable, and most importantly, it's free of sulfates, parabens,
gluten, silicones, phthalates and mineral oil.
It smells so juicy and good!

There is a Tear Free Shampoo and Conditioner with 
shea butter and coconut oil.
A Curling Cream to tame fussy frizz, a Styling Custard to hold 
hair in place and my favorite, a Leave-in Conditioner.
I just love leave-ins for my daughter's hair. She has curly hair and
I need all the help I can get with it! This smells so good and 
leaves her hair super silky soft!

Definitely check out this new line for your kiddos here and at Target!
Here is a pic of my little lion cub from Halloween last night!
XOXO
Taj 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Laguna Beach & Life Update



This past weekend we took a staycation in Laguna Beach
and the weather was so gorgeous and hot!
We had sun, salty air and pink champagne!
It was a celebration for my birthday, 
and it was the perfect location.

This year has been one of lots of changes for my health,
just waking up and taking charge of everything I put
into my body. Everything my family eats.
I kept getting sick so much last year and 
when I had a couple scares with my health,
I decided it was time for a change.
Everything I have learned this past year about
health, I really want to start sharing here and I hope
I can figure out a way to keep it simple and encouraging!
More on that journey to come, I promise! 




Beauty Share! I took this Golden Door Travel Kit with me to Laguna
and I loved it!
It has travel size Bamboo Face Scrub, Hydrating Cleansing Milk 
& a Golden Peel A-Way Masque.
Filled with botanical extracts and is free of sulfates, phthalates
and parabens!  I love the beautiful artwork inside the travel bag too!
100% of the profits for this travel kit go to end child abuse and to
transform the lives of children.  Check out their luxurious line


My focus on this blog has always been beauty, fashion and lifestyle as I've
grown over the past 9 years! Wow right! I've been blogging almost 10 years!
I really want to start talking about healthy lifestyle more on here. If you follow
my Instagram/Snapchat, you know that I do share that a lot. Most of the
beauty products that I recommend on here are 100% healthy ingredients.
I really want to stay on that path and keep going! I always tell myself as long as
I'm in that 90% range, I can give myself that other 10% grace to do my best with
everything else: eating clean, daily exercise, organics, etc. 
No one is perfect, and we do our best! 
We do have to be awake to cosmetic ingredients, skincare, and especially
what we eat.  I've learned so much this year, done so much research,  
experienced lots of healing, connected with many 
talented people on the same wave length
who also want to spread the truth about health and the 
findings on why so many people are getting sick with cancers and 
auto-immune diseases. It's real and we have to wake up and 
make changes! I've had lots of 
healthy improvements, from diet and natural supplements to 
holistic remedies and also so many 
great healthy recipies to share!  I'm on a good journey. 
I'm excited to share and connect even more with you 
guys! 
Good vibes attract your tribe right!
So, I hope you come a long for the next part of my journey!

XOXO
TAJ
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