Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nubian Heritage: Patchouli & Burtii

I'm really excited about this clean beauty brand
I just recently discovered, Nubian Heritage!
They are a natural skincare line that uses traditional
African recipes  with organic and fair trade ingredients.
Everything smells out of this world good too and
is inspired by global ancient healing philosophies.
Their line of Patchouli & Buriti has the most amazing
exotic, fresh smell that is so unique!

Patchouli, which is an Asian beauty secret,
 relaxes and soothes. Buriti oil, made from the
fruit of the Buriti palm, known as the "tree of life" hydrates
and rejuvenates the skin. 
This particular line focuses on toning and uplifting which is 
a score for a mom like me! With Shea butter and rosehip seed oil,
this body wash and lotion are a perfect pair.

I really love this Body Souffle, it is light and fluffy!
It has organic shea butter, rosehip seed oil, Buriti oil, patchouli
and vitamin E.
I love to apply this to my legs all the way up to my tummy
which needs all the uplifting help it can get after two babies! 
The incredible smell just permeates my space like 
a heavenly aroma!

The Soap is a luxurious treat to add to a bath or
shower as it gently cleanses. My husband
will love this one!

I saved the best for last, the bath bombs!
You definitely need these! They smell so amazing and
all the fabulous ingredients leave your skin silky smooth. 
These are such a great gift too!
You can find them at Ulta.com  & buy 2 get one free!

Take a look at this line as they have amazing
pairings and you will definitely find 
a scent you cannot live without!
Vitacost has a great selectionof Nubian Heritage and it's on sale right now!
Cheers to healthy, clean beauty!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beauty Must Have: Bioderma

These Bioderma Miccellar waters are my obession!
They gently cleanse and remove makeup
for face and eyes without having to completely
wash your face with soap and water.

You soak a cotton pad and makeup gently wipes off!

There is a Sensitive Dehydrated Skin Solution,
a Purifying Cleansing Solution and 

They are paraben free, alcohol free, soap free and hypoallergenic.
Each formula is enriched with properties to soothe skin.
I have really been loving the Makeup Removing Solution for Sensitive Skin.
It is so delicate and refreshing! Whenever I use it, I always follow up with a warm
washcloth because that is what I have always done and it leaves my skin 
I definitely recommend adding one of these to your routine.
Many places have harsh chemicals in their water that may effect your 
skin in ways you didn't realize. Like traces of chlorine and fluoride.
These Bioderma solutions are so gentle and effective!
Give them a try, you can find them at www.beautylish.com

xoxo -Taj

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Keep Sumer Glowing w/ Mermaid Mousse from Million Dollar Tan!

If you're not ready for summer glowing skin to be over,
I'm not! Then, I've got a fabulous sunless tanning mouse
for you to try from Million Dollar Tan.
They have Mermaid Mouse Extreme for Face
that is a lovely dark tan that goes on tinted.
I love the packaging! Of course we all want
to be mermaids don't we?

The Extreme Face Mousse gives a deep, dark tan with Face Firm Age 
Defense Super Pack which is supposed to lift, firm and tone skin!
A tanner that multi-tasks! 
It defends against UV and infrared sun damage, prevents photo-aging,
and helps preserve skin firmness and elasticity.
It has Gogi Berry Extract to tighten, smooth and firm skin.
Grape Stem Cells protect skin stem cells against UV damage 
and fights photo-aging.
Botanimoist™ hydrates skin with a moisture complex
extracted from dried apples.
 There is a Dry Oil Shimmer called All That Shimmers 
that has a nice golden glow to it.
One pump goes a long way!
As you can see in the picture below it left a 
beautiful shimmer to my skin.
 The Shimmer comes with a convenient pump and ample bottle to
last a very long time! It applies very silky and oily as the first 
ingredient is mineral oil. As you know, I am not a fan of mineral oil
as it is not a clean beauty ingredient, so as much as I love some of the other ingredients
like sweet almond oil and safflower oil, I personally won't be using this product.
If they remove the mineral oil and replace with another healthy oil then I would
definitely recommend!
The Mermaid Mousse Extreme Dark Sunless Tanning Lotion 
gives a deep, dark natural looking tan. 
It comes out in a foam tinted tan color.
It applies with the hand mitt flawlessly.
The color payoff is great and is not orange, uneven or sticky.
I found it to dry quickly with a light coconut smell. It does smell like
sunless tanner though!
I love that the mousse is totally buildable for a tan that you are
most comfortable with. Even though it is called Extreme,
you won't end up looking unatural!

The formula is non-toxic (yay!) 
It has a natural formula with organic ingredients, even the DHA!
So it is safe to use as much as you want!
The key ingredients are Gogi Berry and Apple Extract for moisture and
collagen production. Sage extract, which helps lock in more moisture
and help prevent fading.
And Jojoba esters hydrate and smooth skin for a flawless finish.

I applied the mousse with the fabulous large Blend Friend Mitt and it
applied so easily and flawless.  I prefer mousse tanners as they 
seem to apply to the skin more evenly and absorb really well.
This mousse applied quickly and has a mild tan tint to it so you can
see where you are working it into the skin. 
Within 7 hours I had a perfect glowing dark tan!
It lasts up to 7-10 days.  Definitely love the application ease!

The Million Dollar Tan Blend Friend Mitt for the face and body 
are amazing! I've used many other mitts and these are the best
I've used so far.  They help the product glide on to the skin so effortlessly
and give a perfect application.
No streaky orange hands to deal with! 

Overall, I really recommend the Mermaid Mouse for the face and body.
The packaging is gorgeous and not messy with easy pump nozzles.
The mousse is natural and organic, it will definitely
give you a wonderful summer glow to last into the fall that looks
natural and beautiful. If you sign up for Million Dollar Tan emails
I believe you get $10 off any order right now and they are having a buy one, get one 
free sale!
Check out their Mermaid Mouse here 

xoxo, Taj

Thursday, August 11, 2016


My favorite haircare line for kids, So Cozy is now at Walgreens!
We are especially loving the new Swim line they launched this summer.  Since
Alaia started taking swim lessons this has been perfect for keeping her hair 
under control!

We stopped by Walgreens and picked up the 
Swim 3 in 1 Shampoo+Conditioner+Wash.
It smells so good! It cleanses and repairs damaged hair caused by chlorine.  
Activated charcoal removes green tones and vitamins 
restore moisture. It really does the job!

My lifesaver is the Swim Leave-In Treatment and Detangler.
We have a hard time with tangles and it can get 
overwhelming at times trying to comb out Alaia's long 
curly hair. She complains the entire time and I 
need a spa day afterwords! But when I use
the detangler it makes a world of a difference. 
You can also use it before going into the sun as it has extra protection.

Whenever we do braids or top buns we use the Behave Styling Mouse Medium Hold.
It smells like peaches! It keeps all of the flyaways in place and makes
the hairstyle look a lot more sleek.  It isn't sticky or crunchy either and it even
helps with keeping the curls more moisturized.
All of The SoCozy products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, 
formaldehyde, synthetic color, propylene glycol, gluten, wheat, and nuts!
I bet you never even thought about all the yuckies that are hiding in your
children's haircare! But this line is safe and you can trust their amazing ingredients!
I love how good everything smells and so do my kids!
Stop by Walgreens and check out their
 SoCozy selection!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SoCozy. 
The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Refresh Summer Skin with an at-Home Face Peel

Summer has been wonderful and a little sun on the face
has been good!
If you need a little skin refresh, I've got a new line of
skincare from Jouviance that you need to try!
Developed to combat the signs of photoaging,
these soothing soft peels are an intensive treatment
to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles up to 88%, diminish
hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne scars and pore size
for up to 90% improvement in skin tone and evenness!

This line was inspired by the latest in-office laser resurfacing treatments.
Jouviance incorporated clinical-grade AHAs, BHAs, and Glycolic Acid with a 
patented three-tier soothing complex to create a non-drying/irritating line that
will save us a trip to the dermatologist!

I have here the Glyco| Laser Soft Peel Night Cream 5% and 10%.
You apply a thin layer at night after cleansing every two nights.
You can start with the 5% and work your way up to the 10%. 
Jouviance clinically tested the formula to ensure 0% irritation.

The line is free of parabens, sulphates, phthalates, mineral oils, colorants and 
is not tested on animals. (hooray!)

 The soothing complex includes: Slow Release Gentle Action Glycolic Acid
molecules + Amino Acid and Arginine to penetrate the deep basal layer
of the epidermis.
QV3 Soothing Complex: Calmosensine, Allantoin and naturally sourced Bisabolol which have
potent anti-inflammatory and calming properties.

Five Moisturizers for Hydrolipidic Balance:  Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Seed Oil, 
Aloe, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter to plump skin.

Here I have the Laser Soft Peel Mask 5, which is my favorite for instant brightness.
Also, the  Laser Soft Peel Lotion 10, which I find great for the neck, chest and
backs of hands.
This line launched at CVS in May and is super affordable at around $35. 
The entire line contains either 5 or 10% Glycolic Acid for a safe, effective at-home
exfoliating treatment.

I've been using this line for two weeks and I am impressed with 
the overall brightness
and even skin tone I've gotten so far.
If you are new to Glycolic Acid, I would start out with the mask which
is at 5%.  I have semi-sensitive skin and I haven't had any issues with any
of the line.  I use the night cream twice a week at 5% and will work up to 10%
eventually.   I have used the Lotion at 10% on my chest and hands
and it has been great. 
Just to mention, there is no actual peeling! In case you are worried!
I didn't wake up with bright red skin or dry skin. 
It is very moisturizing and gentle.  In my opinion,
it is more like a gradual peel that you don't even notice except
for the results!
I will definitely keep using it over time and see how the long-term results are!
Find Jouviance at CVS here!

xoxo, Taj

Friday, July 29, 2016

Fancy Jewelry and the Fair

As we enjoy the final days of July I am looking forward 
to going to the fair and taking the kids on 
the kiddie rides and eating cotton candy!

I've got some eye candy here for you from Avon,
who has great jewelry and these two pieces are
just gorgeous! I think the top piece, Avon Shining Stars Set
will be perfect to wear to the fair with a cute
t-shirt and fancy shorts!

This beautiful Avon Blue Atlantic turquoise statement
piece would look
great with a white flowy dress and some nude
Check out more great pieces at Avon.com, they 
are having a great sale too!
What are your plans for the last days of June? Can't
believe how the summer is flying by and we
are going into August already!

xoxo -Taj

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bath Time with Johnson's® Head-to-Toe™ #littlewonders

This is a compensated post in collaboration with Johnson's® Baby and 
Latina Bloggers Connect, however all opinions are 100% mine.

 Bath time is one of my absolute favorite times with my little ones!
Today I am partnering with Johnson's® Baby to share their new HEAD-TO-TOE™line.
I am super excited about this new line because they have
changed their formula and it is now free of parabens, dyes, phthalates, it is
hypoallergenic and not tested on animals! 
That is so important to us parents!
Bath time is not just a routine in our house,
it is fun time! We load up on bubbles and laughter!

Johnson's® HEAD-TO-TOE™ Extra Moisturizing line is good for babies
with sensitive skin and it is super moisturizing.
The Extra Moisturizing Baby Wash hydrates and enriches baby's skin
in the tub with 10 times more moisturizers than HEAD-TO-TOE™ Wash.

Johnson's® HEAD-TO-TOE™ line is perfectly pH balanced and is infused with 
vitamin E and baby oil for baby's tender skin.
These products help prevent baby's skin from drying out no matter the

Johnson's® HEAD-TO-TOE™ Extra Moisturizing Baby Cream leaves 
skin moisturized for up to 24 hours!
After bath, we always have a little massage and
the HEAD-TO-TOE™ Lotion and Cream are perfect for relaxing baby. 
It has been shown that massage for baby helps improve skin health
and overall development. 
What a great way to spend a little extra 
lovey-dovey time, as we call it with baby!
Baby needs your touch and this is a
wonderful way to show how much you love them!

Johnson's® HEAD-TO-TOE™ Extra Moisturizing line is mild and was developed for babies with 
sensitive skin, and the beloved HEAD-TO-TOE™ line is trusted to be gentle enough
for newborns! There is also the quick and easy HEAD-TO-TO-TOE™ Baby Cleansing Cloths
that I love for gentle all-over mini-bath. You don't need to rinse, just wipe and baby
is clean again for outings and trips! This sure makes life easy for parents!
Check out the line for your little ones! 

xoxo -Taj

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JOHNSON’S® Baby. 
 The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer is in full swing here in California and that means lots of outdoor activities.
We usually go to the beach at least 1-2 times a week because I just can't get enough
of the sand and sun!
With being in the sun more, there a some essentials to keep
my skin looking and feeling healthy and glowing.
Here are some new sun care items as well as some favorites!
Nios Shield Leave -In- Conditioner SPF 15
I started using this last year and I really like it.
It has Argan Oil, Vitamin E & B5 to help protect your hair and keep 
the frizz at bay.  It is free of chemicals & smells just like summer!

OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray
I love this for sexy beach hair!
It is infused with Sea Salt, Sea Kelp, Argan Oil and 
the smell is addicting! I have been reaching for this non-stop
to give shine and soft waves to my hair. 

Aqua Carpatica Natural Sparkling Mineral Water
I am super in to Sparkling Mineral waters and this one tastes
great. It is sodium and nitrate free and it
 has minerals magnesium and calcium.
Summer skin needs lots of hydration, so make sure
you always have a bottle of water at hand wherever you go!

Ola After Sun Healing Bath
This bath soak is 100% natural and is so soothing
and good for you!
It has 20 active ingredients like Coconut Milk, Hawaiian Seaweeds, Passion 
Flower, Kukui Leaf, Noni Fruit, Aloe, just to name a few!
One of my favorite new skincare finds lately!

Follow up with Ola After Sun Healing Remedy
This line is made in Hawaii, my favorite place!
They use organic tropical plant
based ingredients.  So of course, 
everything smells out of this world! 
This lotion is soothing after a long day in the sun.

 LAVANILA The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 Face Cream
This has been my go to face sunscreen this summer. 
It has no chemicals and is lightweight, doesn't leave a white residue,
and is moisturizing. It is infused with antioxidants, botanicals & amino acids.
100% natural =Yes please! Love it!

Malin +Goetz spf 30 Face Moisturizer
This is a new brand of sunscreen I am trying out, 
it has vitamins E, A, C, D & B to protect against free radicals. 
White Green Tea antioxidants
and aloe to soothe.
It is great for when you will be in the water a lot as 
it is water-resistant.
It dries to a clear finish and absorbs really well. 

For Legs!
DS Laboratories Cellulite Reducing Gel
After two kids, a little help goes a long way!
With this gel, you apply a generous layer to the areas 
you feel need a little boost and just rub in! 
Sometimes I use my Clarisonic body brush and just gently massage 
it in for a little extra something and I like how it gives me a little firmer,
smoother appearance.

Svelta Luxe Coffe & Raw Sugar Body Scrub
This smells like heaven! It's 100% natural
and it leaves skin silky soft.  If you want your legs and feet
to look gorgeous you need to scrub weekly and this is one of my favorites!
Especially with sunless tanning, a scrub is a must to keep skin polished and refreshed.
 This infuses, sugar, coffee, olive oil & cardemom.

Sun Bum Natural Browning Lotion
A deep, dark tanning lotion with organic Coconut and Argan oil, Kukui Nut oil, 
Kona Coffee Plant extract & Aloe vera. I use this on my arms, chest and legs for 
a deep tan.  Make sure to exfoliate before applying to legs. 
This smells so good and not like a tanner at all! I love that it is free
of chemicals and is vegan.  

Sally Hansen Water Resistant Airbrush Legs in Medium Glow
I love this for going to events or parties to make legs look fabulous!
A simple spray and you've got instant tan legs for the day or night!
It doesn't rub off or transfer.  It covers veins and imperfections
for a flawless look.

 Bare Republic Milk & Honey Daily Recovery Serum
This serum is for after the sun to help the skin recover.
It has natural ingredients like Manuka honey and
 Oat Milk.  It has Tumeric, Carrot oil, Meadowfoam,
 Hemp seed oil, and Melon extract for antioxidants.
It really refreshes and soaks into skin like a drink
 of much needed water!

Livad Vitamin A & C Cream
This line offers Biodentical vitamins and essential oils for 
after sun and anti aging. 
It has a blend of Vitamins A, D & E to smooth fine lines
and limit free radicals.  
It has three essential oils distilled from sunflowers, 
cucumbers and soybeans to bring out the
skins glow. You can use this
on your face or all over your body!
If you are going to be in the sun or have been in the sun,
you definitely need some repair and this is a must try!
So far I have been impressed with how rejuvenated
it leaves my skin.  

Sun Bum Cool Down
As you can see I am really big into after sun treatments!
Whether you sun for ten minutes or for a day at the beach,
you can use any of these treatments that contain excellent
ingredients for your skin care.
This lotion contains Aloe, Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter.
It helps moisturize and also keep your tan longer. 
This lotion will really soothe dry skin and a hot sunburn!
Of course Sun Bum is a natural line and one of my favorite sun care lines!

Hope you will give some of these a try this summer!
xoxo -

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Loving:Bella B Natural Body Care

Calling all mamas and moms-to-be!
I recently discovered a healthy line of skincare products
for baby and mom by Bella B.

Bella B is a natural and organic company from 
Orange County California.
They are free of harmful chemicals and ingredients,
which you know I am a huge supporter of natural, healthy 
beauty and skincare.

This line is packaged so cute with a mama bee and her little baby bees!
Everything I have tried smells amazing!
The Silk and Honey Body Cream is made with organic shea, cocoa, mango,
 silk, honey, jojoba oil and wheat germ oil. 
It's hypoallergenic, paraben, petroleum and lanolin free 
and has a mild fresh scent.
It is very silky and moisturizing.  
Love this especially for my legs
as when I was pregnant my legs would get
super itchy and this really soothes.

helps minimize oily skin and 
blemishes with pharmaceutical grade tea-tre oil.
It's free of cleansers not recommended during pregnancy,
benzoil peroxide and alpha hydroxy
and salycitic acid.
As moms our hormones are all over the place
and that can mean blemishes! 
This gentle cleanser works great for keeping
skin looking clear and fresh.

It contains pomegranate, green tea, acai berry, 
cucumber, aloe vera and honey to name a few!

The Mama Soak is my favorite!
A Refreshing Sitz Bath Powder with antioxidants.
It has matcha green tea, acai, sesame, avocado, and jojoba.
I love baths, it gives me some me-time!
But a soak does the mama body good and this is soothing and smells
super good!

Lastly, is the Tummy Honey Butter
A stretch mark prevention, itch soothing butter made with cocoa, 
shea and aloe vera.
This is super moisturizing and doesn't leave skin greasy.
Of course it smells out of this world and a little goes a long way!

You can find Bella B here and also at Albertsons, Vons and

These products are fabulous and I definitely recommend
for any mom. These are great for a shower gift too
as the packaging is just adorable!

xoxo -Taj 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Favorite Sunless Tan and How I keep My Sheets White!

 It's the weekend! Time to get my glow on!
I've been using a new tanner and you have to give it a try too!
It's Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter. She is known for giving the Kardashians 
their famous glow.  
This stuff smells amazing, and it is foamy so it applies super easily.
It has bronzer in it so as soon as you apply, you will look instantly tan.
In one hour you will have a glorious golden deep tan that is not orange.

So far, this has given me the deepest, darkest tan in the
shortest amount of time! It isn't sticky or greasy and
doesn't rub all over my clothes. 

 I found out about this line from Samantha Scheurman, she tries
out lots of tanners and highly recommended it. Love her too, check out her
Youtube channel!

As with most tanners, they leave a little trace on your 
sheets leaving them not so crisp and white!
I wanted to share that I've been using this 
Clorox Stain Remover & Color Booster to keep my 
sheets super white. It's been doing the job perfectly!

I usually pre-treat the fabric with a small dose of the detergent
and gentle rub it together in the stain area, leave it for 10 minutes, and then
pop in the washer. 
This is a must if you self tan to keep your sheets looking brand new
and it works fabulously!

 Hope your summer is going well and you have a wonderful
healthy faux glow! Definitely try out these two products and let
me know if you try them or if you have any suggestions!
xoxo -Taj

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