Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Marula Oil by John Paul Selects

I have a huge love for skincare oils. I've been using them since I was very young
and I would like to think they have made a significant difference in my skin looking
younger.  Marula Oil by John Paul Selects has fast become one of my
favorite must-have oils.

Marula oil is extracted from the kernels of the fruits of the Marula tree.
It is harvested in a Fair Trade partnership by East African women.
It is a cold pressed oil that has a 60% higher anti-oxidant level than Argan oil.
The oil provides intense hydration and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance
of fine lines and wrinkles.  It also contains a high content of
fatty acids, resulting in easy absorption.  

Any skin type can benefit from the oil, even acne prone!
It helps soothe redness and refresh dry skin.
It is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

Ingredients list: 99% Marula oil, 1% Essential Oil Fragrance blend (Limonene, Linalool)

I have combination skin, I get really oily around the t-zone and somewhat 
dry on the outer region and my neck.
Ever since I've had my kids, I have more wacky skin and I go thru phases of 
getting breakouts. (Whah!)
 I am always very cautious of the ingredients of any 
 new skincare products that I incorporate into 
my routine. This oil was all over my radar when I first read 
about it and it's benefits.  I love anything natural that has a
significant impact on my skin.  
I use it straight up and gently pat it into my skin. I don't rub it in.
I slather my neck and chest with it too! 
A little goes A LONG WAY! So for
the price, it will last a very long time. 

I can add it to my other moisturizers or even to my foundation for
a glow.
I love how pretty the bottle is, and it has an easy pop-up 
doppler for controlled application.

I notice a big difference in moisture in my skin and it
feels more supple.  I try to keep a close eye on fine lines
that try to creep up and I feel like this oil has helped
keep them at bay.

If you are not using Marula oil yet, you need to get some asap!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Thinking Pink

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing and I've got 
a few brands that I think you will love to support who are
supporting this important cause so dear to my heart.

This year my husband and I lost a dear family friend to cancer.
It seemed like it was out of nowhere, side-railing us all.
From one day to the next we were gathering our thoughts and 
prayers just to make sense of having to say goodbye so soon.

I remember the last time I saw her, she was wearing a wig to 
cover her distress. I hugged her and I could feel her frailness and
I saw the pain in her eyes. 
She smiled and chatted with me about the kids.
  I had no idea it was the last time I would see her.

I know many of us know someone who has cancer, 
who is battling for their life, or who has lost their
We've got to find the answers to these cancers. We've got
to get educated on toxic products that we use on a daily basis that
aren't helping any of us.
We have to support brands that are using healthy ingredients
and who are conscious of their customers' well being and not just
a profit margin.

I hope you will take the stand with me
and think pink on a daily basis. 
Let's clean out our skincare cabinets 
and beauty cabinets and replace everything 
with non-toxic, healthy ingredients.
It matters. Your dollar matters where you spend it.
Show them we want healthy products by
 voting with your money in the stores. 

Beterre Skin+care
Beterre was developed by a two-time breast cancer 
survivor Gina Maisano.
She worked alongside a botanical chemist to create a 
non-toxic beauty line that is suitable for 
even the most sensitive skin.
Made from garden grown ingredients, like lavender, marigold 
and chamomile to name a few.
During October, Beterre will donate 20% of their
 profits to cancer research.
There are many great products to choose from.  I have been
really loving the Clarifying Cooling Toner. It's refreshing and
leaves my skin glowing.
Take a look at the ingredients! 

From the Garden: Witch Hazel, Green Tea, Bilberry, 
Orange, Cucumber,
 Ylang Ylang, Sugarcane, Chamomile, 
Elemi, Sugar Maple,
 Orange, Bergamot, Grape Seed, Siberian Fir, Lemon, 
Parsley, Pomegranate, Coneflower, Raspberry, Ginseng, 
Elderflower, Lavender, Rosehips


Travalo is a leader in travel fragrance options and allows you to
pick whichever kind of healthy fragrance you desire!
Just add your fragrance into their beautiful containers and you have a 
a refreshing spritz wherever you are!
Travalo is donating 25% of all pink model sales (there are 3!)
to Bright Pink. It is the only non-profit organization focused on early detection
of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.


During October the brand is partnering with Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center to support cancer survivors.
Each purchase of the Berry Blossom Body Lotion 
eos will donate 100% of net profits to breast cancer research!
eos berry blossom lotion is 100% natural; formulated with shea butter,
avocado oil and vitamin E.
It smells amazing!
I've seen it at many drugstores and you can buy it here at Target!

Lastly, invisibobble the traceless hair ring
that won't leave any kinks or split ends!
Trade your ponytail holder
for a stylish invisibobble.
invisi bobble donated to 4 cancer charities
that their fans voted for.
You can wear your invisibobble as a bracelet too 
to show your support! #pinkheroes

xoxo -Taj

Friday, October 21, 2016

Home Remodel Update with Legrand adorne

We've been working on remodeling our home and
I am excited to finally have some progress to show you!
Picking out the lighting fixtures for each room has been a lot of fun.
But we wanted to update all of our lighting plates and outlets as well to
 give everything a modern and sleek look.

All of our new plates and outlets are from the Legrand adorne collection line. 
Their selection is totally amazing! Whatever style you fit into, they have
something to take your home to the next level!
We really focused on these upgrades for our older home to make it
feel more functional for our lifestyle, like adding sleek USB outlets for charging
our phones, ipads, etc. and a fun nightlight outlet for the kiddos room.

Every Legrand adorne piece is simple to install in minutes and instantly
upgrades the value and look of your home!
Check out my little video I made at the end of my post showing
some of my favorite adorne 
pieces and an easy install process!

 Our style is a modern California beach glam vibe. 
So we chose White Gloss Lacquer plates and Brushed Stainless Steel plates
 that are super glam and that feel both masculine and feminine.  
It was important to have pieces that will grow with
our home and not feel outdated in a few years.  
These fit the bill, and are exactly what I had in mind.
I love the quality of the pieces and the functionality.
Everything feels modern and chic.

This dual plug outlet is a modern Tamper-Resistant outlet with a Dimmer Paddle 

 (Mini pendant light over our bar area that is on the Dimmer Paddle Switch)

Whenever I've gone into high-end homes or luxury hotels, 
I always notice the modern outlets and fixtures, so we really wanted
to incorporate that feeling of luxe to our spaces.
It is an upgrade anyone can affordably do with Legrand adorne to add a 
real touch of customization and glamour.

This has to be one of my favorites!
So modern and functional!

(Hallway light on a Dimmer Paddle Switch)

(Dimmer Paddle Switch with Gloss White Plate)

(Pop-Out Outlet in White with Gloss White Plate) 

These Pop-Out Outlets are genius! Especially if you have kids,
you can just pop them back in the wall and they are hidden from little fingers.
I love that I can pop them in the wall an not have to see the plug holes either!

This is all you need to get started! Your adorne plate, the type of switch or outlet
and screwdrivers!

Check out the Legrand website for many options and styles of plates and
outlets for your home. You will really enjoy the modern chic feel they bring to
your home!
xoxo - Taj

Watch my video for an easy DIY install process!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


 If you are looking for a healthy face mask and
eye mask, then I have a great product for you by ToGoSpa.
Their masks are free of parabens and dyes that are in a lot of mask like these.
Each one is super easy to use for an at-home spa experience.
They are meant to moisturize, even skin tone, improve skin's elasticity and minimize
the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 I really love the eye masks! They come in Ice Water Eyes which is meant
 to soothe puffy eyes with Amino Acids, vitamin C & E.

There is a Pomegranate Eyes The Anti-Aging Powerhouse which has
pomegranate extract and Resveratrol to reveal younger eyes.

Green Tea Eyes The Energy Drink For Your Face AKA the Dark
Circle Warrior!

Coconut Eye The Tropical Staycation AKA The Plumper.

They all contain Collagen, Amino Acids & Vitamins.

 Each Eye Pack comes with 3 treatments.

The Green Tea Face Mask is infused with Collagen, Aloe, Vitamins C & E,
Amino Acids, Antioxidant rich Green Tea and Taurine to lift and brighten.
The Mask is activated by the body's temperature, and the nutrients are released to
rejuvenate your skin.  
With great ingredients, these are a must-have for refreshing 
the skin. Have a cup of tea and a mask and feel beautiful in minutes!

You can find them at www.togospa.com

xoxo -Taj

Monday, October 10, 2016

Grey & Fringe

This week was pretty amazing for me and my husband
because it marked ten whole years that we met it Hollywood!
It's a magical story, one that only God could have orchestrated.
I haven't ever shared it on here because it is so unreal and special,
 but I will say, that love at first sight does exist!

We took our two kiddos to the place we met and
told them the story.  Crazy how fast ten years
has gone by for us in this city! It really is a city 
of dreams if you make them!

xoxo -Taj

(Dress: H&M, Shoes: Jessica Simpson: Sunnies: YSL)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Red Violet Color Story at Sally Beauty

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sally Beauty
All opinions are 100% mine.

Fall is my favorite season and one of my favorite things is
 the Fall makeup looks that are darker and
sultry! So I am loving the Sally Beauty Red Violet Color Story!
The deeper, darker shades of reds and plums are so delicious
and beautiful this time of year!

I picked up these gorgeous Matte Lipstick Crayons from Bitzy.
The packaging is so pretty!
These are perfect size to stick in my purse too.
The shades I chose were Perfect Pout and Love Spell.
The colors are very creamy and pigmented.

For sultry nails I chose China Glaze in Seduce Me.
It is the perfect shade for Fall! I want to wear it all the time, especially 
on my toes!

in Ultra Violet.  I've always loved a purple smokey eye, there is something so 
fresh about it!  I also love to wear purple liner over a warmer shade
like a bronze chocolate, add some mascara and gorgeous in minutes!

The last thing I picked up from the Red Violet look was something fun! 
Makeup should always be fun, so every season I try
to incorporate colors that are a little more bold
and vibrant.  If you ever feel like your are in a makeup 
rut or are just bored with your look,
try stepping outside your routine 
and incorporate some new colors.
You will be pleasantly surprised how 
fun and fresh it looks!
Take a peek at these, which are all a part of the Fall Color Sale Under $10 
and a lot more fun beauty items
at Sally Beauty and at SallyBeauty.com
You can also find them on Sally Beauty Instagram
xoxo -Taj
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Spotlight: Good Karma 7 Lux Four in One Face Cream

This week is flying by! I'm stuck in wanting it to be Fallish weather
here in L.A. but it's never been hotter, with 100 degrees for the past few days!
So that means staying indoors and out of the heat.  
I've fallen for a new face cream by Good Karma Skincare.
It's a Day and Night cream, Refining Serum & Eye Cream all in one!

First, let me start by saying that their products are all natural and have 
healthy ingredients. They don't test on animals and 
it's all organic! 

The packaging is unique in that it has a pump from the top that 
is very easy to use. It smells a little fruity and clean. 
It is very moisturizing and leaves my skin supple.

It is supposed to stimulate collagen production and cell regeneration.
Visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Improve elasticity and firmness.
Diminish pore size. 
Lighten dark circles and swelling under eyes.
Improve skin texture and clarity.

The ingredient list is pretty impressive with green tea, shea butter,
watermelon fruit extract, vitamin e, aloe, mango seed oil, sea fennel
and grape seed oil just to name a few! There is a lot more!

I like the idea of not having to use 5 products to get results and 
just have one powerhouse. I have been using this for a month and
I notice my skin texture has improved and my skin feels
very soft and almost nourished! 
I really like what it has done for my neck, it just looks 
refreshed and softer.  A new favorite!

Check out their line of organic, healthy products here.
I know you will love them!
xoxo -Taj

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nail Art with Sally Hansen

 As soon as I got these new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes
and the I heart Nail Art Studs Kit I had to create a look!
I really love their gel polishes, they last much longer than regular polish.

So, with the 1st day of Fall this week, these colors are perfect 
for a Fallish look!
I really like alternating colors
on the fingers instead of just one straight color.
I think it's really fresh and modern.

From L to R:  I have #829 Rock On, it is a pretty silver with 
tiny black sparkles in it! 
#839 Stilettos & Studs is a metallic grey color.  
Then the #101 is the gel topcoat and is clear.

Inside the I heart Nail Art Studs Kit
there is 3 vials of studs.
There is gold, silver and black.
There is also an applicator, but I didn't like it much.
I would suggest using a tweezer instead.

Here is my look! 
So fun creating designs!  
I can't wait to do more! Give these a try 
for a fun look for your Fall nails!
xoxo -Taj

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Loving: Estee Lauder Sensous Nude

Sensous Nude by Estee Lauder smells like fall to me
and I have been loving it!
 The notes include grapefruit, lavender, sandalwood, orange, cedar and sage.
It's not fussy or over-powering, it's just a perfect everyday perfume
to make you feel fabulous!
You can find it for a great price at www.fragrance.com 
Check this scent out if you are looking for a new
fall perfume!
xoxo, Taj  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Drugstore Haul & First Impressions: NYC, Rimmel, L'Oreal, Physicians Formula

Trying out some drugstore makeup and my first impressions with most of these!
I really wanted to try out the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow and I am happy I did!
See my thoughts on everything below.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow
So it was sold out everywhere for what seemed like weeks on end.  
At least that's what the beauty community was saying! 
I waltzed into Walgreens a few weeks ago and I hit the jackpot. So
I picked up two shades to mix, per the usual.  
This isn't a review or comparison to my beloved Pro-Matte, 
however, I do really love it too!
I have combination skin and I can get really oily in the summer.
With that being said, this is so glowy and fabulous, I did not feel like a
 cheeseburger at all! It has great medium to full coverage and it lasts all day. 

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer
This works great, the color is a nice dark rich chocolate and not a weird ashy
color. A good one to have.

 I have this thing with Rimmel, I have loved the brand for a long time.
The Stay Matte Powder is my Ride or Die!
So I tried a few face products and I only really liked the
Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation and the BB Cream
9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Makeup in Radiance.
The Stay matte is awesome if you have oily skin.
I mix mine in with my BB cream and love it.
It leaves my skin matte and has great coverage.
The BB cream in Radiance is a primer, smoother, concealer,
pore minimize, natural coverage, moisturizes, brightens & wakes skin up and
gives a radiant finish. I like this for everyday errands makeup, for beachy makeup 
and for mixing into other makeup for a glow.

So, the Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter,
I was super excited about this product.  But it was a major left down,
and it left crepes under my eyes. 
Straight to the garbage can it will go. It was bad.

The Lasting Finish 25HR w/Comfort Serum, SPF 20
is a Skin Perfecting Full Coverage Foundation.
It was just way too light in the shade I got. 
I may try again and let you know how it goes. 

NYC Get It All Lip Color
These seem very sheer, but are actually very pigmented on the lips. They smell
a little fruity and are moisturizing. I think #102 in MochaAmazing is perfect
for fall. 
(Swatch L to R: 301 WondeRedful, 102 MOCHAmazing, 201 FUCHSIAtastic)

 Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Gold Nude
Gorgeous! Go get it! I didn't have time to swatch these (I swatched on Snapchat!) but they are 
super pigmented and metallic heavenliness!

Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer
Another love. So pretty, they just nail bronzers everytime!

 Wet n Wild Megaglow Illuminating Palette 
I'm so spoiled with amazing highlighters, that I was 
not in love with this. As you can see in the swatch,
from left to right the pigmentation just disappears!
The first two are okay. If you swirl it, it's okay.
It can be a little chalky. But for $3, it will give you a nice glow.
I love how big it is too!

NYC City Proof 24hr Waterproof Eyeshadow 
You guys know I love pencil eyeshadow sticks and these are cool.
In the swatch below from the bottom up  is 640 Central Park Tulips, 
630 Empire State Building and 635 New York at Night.
Love all the cute NYC names! Really pretty fall colors.
I like the purple and the silver, but I may have gotten a bad black as it was
really dry and not silky like the other two. But overall, I like them.

Rimmel Magnifeyes 
Kohl Kajal Eye liner and Eyeshadow Sticks in the swatch below from 
top to bottom: Queens of the Bronzed Age, Dark Side of Blue and
Back to Blacks. These are super pigmented eyeshadows and I think they are great colors for fall
as well. Perfect to have in purse or for travel.

 NYC Show Time Kohl Kajal Liners in 
Deep Brown, True Black and Purple Glam.
Super pigmented, no tug, very creamy, love.

NYC Big Bold & Precis Liquid Liner in Extra Black.
In the swatch above, it is the two top lines.
It has a felt angled tip so the bottom swatch is on the angle.
Which, was not as pigmented as the the full angle side. 
But the black is very black and not grey. Love that too.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick Crayon
I have been using these non-stop since I got them. I want more!
They are waterproof and the Goal Digger, everybody needs! You can
just swipe it on and be done with your eye.  The Paranoid Purple is
really gorgeous too. So creamy, so pigmented, love! 

That's my drugstore haul, hope you found some new items to try!
xoxo -Taj
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