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

Monday, October 16, 2017

One Tribe Apparel


One Tribe Apparel has some amazing
boho style clothing. I really love
these harem pants or yoga pants.
They are super comfortable and soft!
The pants are hand stitched and come
in over 50 beautiful prints!


I love this print, it just makes me happy
to look at it! Of course I love pink and purples
and the beautiful confetti-like design.
There are so many to choose from though!
I promise you will love these the moment 
you put them on, they are just fabulous!


I like to do yoga in mine and also, they are great for 
lounging, travel and a glam switch to sweats!

I am loving these blue and copper peacock ones
I think they are on my list next!

One Tribe Apparel also donates 1.00 for every 
 purchase to the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. 
Check out their site here.

XOXO


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Facial Cleansing Update for Fall


Dew Puff has some amazing plant fiber sponges
and I love adding them in to my face wash routine!
The Dew Puff sponges are made from the root of the konjac,
 a plant native to Asia.  It is a plant regarded for it's health and medicinal 
properties. 
They are purely plant, so no chemicals!
There is a Bamboo Charcoal for blemish-prone skin,
the Original which is gentle enough to bathe your babe in,
and my favorite, the Asian Clay.
The Asian Clay helps remove impurities and gives a healthy 
glow.


Just add water and and your favorite cleanser. I am loving 
the Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash with Lactic Acid, Green Tea and Cucumber.
Belli is another amazing brand that has zero junk in it, no dyes, fragrances, 
or preservatives. 


I add this to my night time routine 3 times a week. I like
that it feels like it's softly exfoliating, and the Asian clay is absorbing
any impurities below the pore level. Like a quick facial!
 After use, just rinse, squeeze out and let air dry. These will last about 3 months!


As we are going into the colder seasons, it's nice to
change up your facial routine and 
add some healthy new products to your skin!

Check out both products below!



XOXO, Taj

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Obsession: Facial Sprays


 If there is one thing in skincare that I am 
crazy about, it is facial sprays!
These are a game changer in my opinion. It's hard for
me to pass one up.  I haven't met too many I 
don't like.

So, I've rounded up some favorites and it is hard to choose the best!
They all have their pluses and benefits. 
If you are not on the facial spray boat yet, jump aboard!
You will thank me later! 

To keep this post short, I will just briefly go over my picks,
but I do recommend all of these lovelies that I've listed!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Made in France out of grape technologies, this is a makeup artist 
favorite and packed with  super nutrients. One of my first sprays I ever tried!
Tula Urban Defense Hydrating Mist
With Probiotic Complex to protect skin and Rose and Coconut water to soothe. 
This is a new favorite of mine, it's so full of amazing ingredients, just astonishing!

PIXI Hydrating Milky Mist
With Hyaluronic Acid and Black Oat, this is a super hydrating,
plumping mist. It smells heavenly! Plus, you can find it at Target!
I love, love Pixi products!
Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love 
A hydration spray that I have been using all summer!
I'm obsessed with it's refreshing scent and vibrant feeling in the morning!
I love to spray my makeup brushes with this before I apply makeup too.


Tumerica Facial Soothing Toner
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and super good for you!
This is a toner but I like to use it like a facial spray.
With organic turmeric extract and rose water it's super soothing.

Evanhealy
Rose Geranium Facial Tonic Hydrosoul
This helps balance oily/dry skin and is very refreshing.
It has a geranium smell it that is very unique.

Skindinavia
Post-Makeup Recovery Spray
It gently clears pores and helps prevent breakouts.
It's Zinc-infused, with purified Witch Hazel and full of nutrients.

Frownies 
Rose Water Hydrator
An Aroma Therapy style spray with Organic Aloe and Rose.
It's full of vitamins and Herbal extracts and smells so amazing!
I really love the ingredients in this one and I go thru these bottles for 
fast pick-me-ups! Perfect for my purse!

I love the way facial sprays are packed with so many amazing ingredients .
They refresh and invigorate the senses instantly!
Give them a try and your skin will be glowing!

XOXO
TAJ


Monday, September 18, 2017

Givaway! New Baby Dove Line



I have an exciting giveaway for you guys from the new line
of Baby Dove!
Baby Dove was developed for babies with normal to dry skin and is super
mild and moisturizing.
For that precious baby, all products are hypoallergenic, tear free and the
sensitive line is fragrance free!
Fall is here this week, which means cooler temps and colder mornings (yikes!)
This line will deliver all the moisture your little one needs
that is lost after each bath.

I'm so happy to partner with Baby Dove to offer their brand new collection
for one of you!


Their new line offers a Rich Moisture line and a Sensitive Moisture line.
Each line includes a lotion, a shampoo, tip to toe wash and wipes.

I am really loving the Sensitive Moisture line Wipes and Tip To Toe Wash for
my little ones! It's so convenient to have wipes on hand for sticky fingers,
diaper accidents and after playtime!

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below!
Winner will be chosen next Sunday.
Don't forget to share with all the parents you know!

XO,
Taj
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