Monday, March 23, 2015

First Impressions: Purminerals Start Now 5 Piece Beauty-to-go Collection

This is a quick first impression on the Purminerals Starter kit. If you would like a more
 in-depth review, please let me know.
This collection comes with five pieces: Correcting Primer, 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup, Mineral Glow,
Chisel Brush, & mascara.

I tried the color Golden Medium, I believe it comes in 8 shades.
First I applied the Correcting primer, which is supposed to reduce pores and brighten skin over time.
The primer went on smooth and a little goes a long way. It worked great to fill in pores. 
I have oily/ combination skin and my issues are dark circles, so I usually prefer a full coverage makeup. I was very curious to see how much coverage the makeup would provide. 
Next, I applied the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup with the chisel brush. I did not like the brush at all.  There was way too much fallout everytime I applied product to my face. I ended up using one of my own better quality brushes. 
The makeup is supposed to be your foundation, powder, concealer and spf 15.  I applied it as directed in circular motions and buffed it into the skin. It feels very lightweight and doesn't feel like makeup at all. The coverage is buildable, but for me it gives more of a BB cream type coverage. Something that is nice for weekend wear, or running errands or gym, but it did't give the coverage I need for my dark circles. It definitely feels light and airy and the color was a perfect match.

The mineral glow is a bronzing powder with shea butter and antioxidants and gives a nice subtle gleam
to the overall look. I really like the bronzer, it's not shimmery or muddy. It gives such a pretty sun glow color.
The mascara was fine, but I have my favorites that I'll stick to!

Overall, it is a great starter kit minus the brush. I love that the makeup is made with minerals that 
benefit your skin. Coverage wise, I would definitely recommend it for someone who only needs light to medium coverage. After wearing all day, the foundation stayed in place and didn't migrate, but I did add my own concealer to feel like I didn't scare anyone! 

Have you tried mineral makeup?

Xo- Taj

Monday, March 16, 2015


The Director and I decided to do this HUM Cleanse to the Rescue together.  We've both been sick a lot  already this year so we wanted a fresh start. In addition to juicing daily we added these 21-daily packets.
Each packet contains 4 capsules that last one day.  2 with food and 2 between meals.  They contain organic chlorella and green algae that eliminate toxins and herbs that  help cleanse the liver, kidneys and blood for clear skin.  There's 18 digestive enzymes and ginger & peppermint which helps break down carbs and fats.

Within a week we both noticed clearer skin and the hubs felt more energized.  The pills are easy enough to take. So if you're looking for a healthy/easy cleanse system check this one out. I believe
it's available at Sephora exclusively. 
Have you tried any cleanses lately? You know I love your recommendations for healthy alternatives!


Friday, March 6, 2015

February Favorites

I am so glad March is here! February was a rough month for us, not to 
mention we were all sick! I'm just glad it's over and I'm looking forward to spring!! 
So I've rounded up some of my favorites for last month and even from January since I missed it!
So there are a lot of things this month and I'm excited to share them with you!

The weather has been all over the place here in L.A., rainy, windy, hot one day so 
my hair has needed a good hairspray and got2b 2 sexy body 10  Voluminous Hairspray 
has done a great job of keeping my hair looking good. I've been wearing my hair up 
a lot or curling soft waves and this gives lots of volume and stay power.
 I will say it isn't my favorite smell, but it is just fine. I got the studio size bottle so I 
can go to town spraying! 

I've got two BiorĂ© products here, the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips & BiorĂ© Charcoal 
Minimizer face wash. Love these! The scrub feels like it is getting a really deep clean on my face. It doesn't feel dry or scratchy either. It is supposed to draw out impurities and be used 2-3 times a week.  The Pore Strips are just cool for removing clogged pores. Love how clean these two products make my face feel.

The Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Balms in coconut & pear and wild cherry are so amazing!
The coconut pear is my favorite, it smells so yummy and I love that these are 100% natural. The ingredients just make me happy like: coconut oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, etc. Just moisturizing and good for you too!

Capri Clear 100% Natural Coconut Oil Spray 
You can use this oil spray for so many things; moisturizing skin, cuticles, hair, stretchmarks and on and on. 
It's suitable for sensitive skin, as it doesn't smell at all. I love the coconut scent so I wouldn't mind if it
did smell,  but this formula has none, and is made of pure oil. I think I've sprayed this everywhere, it's not greasy or shiny just pure moisturizing.

PanOxyl Advanced Acne Treatment
I get the occasional blemish and this stuff works wonders to dry them up rapidly. A little
dab at night and by morning drastic changes have occurred!

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
I'm so in love. This stuff is just incredible for oily/combination skin types. It has great buildable
coverage and keeps oil at bay all day. I also use the powder and like it too. You must try!

Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit
This little kit is so fab! I love that it gives you 3 colors to work with. It even comes with little travel tweezers so it's perfect size for traveling. It has a brow highlight and two brow shades. It lasts all day
and is easy to apply and blend.

Another brow product I'm loving is It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift
It's an illuminating pencil with hydrolyzed collagen and vitamins A,C & E. Besides the great
ingredients, it just gives a beautiful glow and precision to the brows. It really gives a face-lift to the eyes in my opinion and helps make the eye area impeccable!

Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner in jet black has been in constant use for me. 
I love how creamy and easy it is to apply. Once it sets it stays put and lasts.
I have a few great brushes I use to create different looks, from a thicker line to
a very thin one, and they all turn out beautiful.

Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Quad in Spellbound
This quad is so beautiful, I love purples for any time of the year! 
These are great for an everyday look, as they have a light shimmer and are nicely pigmented. 

Aviva Advanced Hair Nutrition Hydracreme Shampoo is great because it is
Paraben, sulfate and sodium chloride free! It's safe for color treated hair and is packed with
11 botanical extracts!! It helps remove buildup and leaves my hair soft. I use it a few times a week and I really love it's clean citrus smell. Definitely recommend!

Patchology Patch Treatment
These patches deliver a micro current technology straight to the eye area great for de-puffing with soothing cucumber extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, skin smoothing peptides and Vitamin C to brighten eyes in just 20 minutes! One pair can be reused up to four times which is nice. I love how refreshed my eyes look after using them! These patches are available at Neiman Marcus.

As you may know I'm really into healthy, natural ingredients this year. I just want to find products 
that work and that are good for us. So when I tried Hello Mouthwash in pink grapefruit mint, 
I was really excited about it. They have no alcohol, dyes or sweeteners and
it is naturally made. I love the smell, taste and packaging! 
My mouth feels fresh after use and I definitely recommend! 

Hope you give some of these a try! Please link up your favorites too! Xo -Taj

Monday, March 2, 2015

Daylight Savings Is Coming! Plus Prize Pack Giveaway! #PampersSleepChat

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

It's finally time to Spring forward! Yes! I am so excited to have more daylight this coming weekend (March 8). With that being said, it will be interesting to see how Alaia transitions in her sleep schedule. I'm really hoping that we won't be up before the chickens! I've got a few tricks up my sleeve though!

Through Pampers‘ extensive research on sleep, they’ve learned that babies are more vulnerable to waking up when they’re wet. And a dry night means baby is more likely to be more rested, less fussy and more content the next day.  Pampers diapers provide up to 12 hours of wetness control to help your baby sleep through the night. Now that is something a mom can rely on!  I don't want my chicky waking up because of a wet diaper!

The time transition of “springing forward” is so top-of-mind for parents that a recent survey conducted by Pampers found that 77% are concerned with Daylight Saving Time affecting their child’s sleep pattern. More than half of parents surveyed dread the anticipated disruption to their child’s sleep schedule more than tax season!

I'm hoping that by moving the bath time up, and getting into bed earlier we can have a smooth transition.   A dry diaper with Pampers and soothing sounds from her music/light player will help
keep things restful! 

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 Please join @Pampers on March 3rd from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with renowned sleep expert, “The Sleep Lady,” Kim West! Kim will be sharing her tips for helping little ones through the Daylight Saving Time sleep transition and will also be answering your questions regarding baby sleep!

To help prepare you for the time change, Pampers is offering one reader a prize pack to help you get through the month!  To enter for your chance to win, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:
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Friday, February 13, 2015


Love is in the air and I'm a big romantic at heart! I love little love notes left
In unexpected places and the intoxicating smell of beautiful flowers. 

Sweet bites ...

Pretty scents and a girly makeup bag

Lovely Emi Jay hair ties in the cutest hearts and red stripes!
Red lips!

Donut coffee cups!
Happy Hearts Day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine Nails

Pretty pink nails for the start of February! 
I painted my nails Lingerie Pink and then decided to add some
pretty designs for Valentine's Day.
I used nail art pens by Hot Designs to add some polka dots, flowers and hearts.
These pens have a polish on one side and a fine tip pen on the other which is pretty fun to make 
designs with. I'm thinking this would be cute on my toes too! 
This has gotten me in the mood to decorate for Love day as well. 
I think I will pull out the pink heart lights today. Xo-taj

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Baby Favorites

Here are a few things we've been loving this month and I wanted to share them!
First is the Highlights Hello monthly book.

Alaia gets so excited every month that she gets a piece of mail with her name on it and it's a book!
Her auntie got the subscription for her and it really has been one of her favorite things. It's just a little book with easy little short stories and "look and find" pages.  Hello is for ages 0-2, but I know they have other age groups as well. Here is their website if you want to check it out!

I love the smell of lavender, I have it growing all over my backyard! So I was excited 
about this calming scent for bath time before bed.  The formula is all natural ingredients with organic
and botanical ingredients. It's free of parabens, sulfates and synthetics. Yay!  You guys know I'm big on using more health conscious body products and I'm very happy how easy this is to find. My CVS drugstore carries it.  Check out their website for other eco-friendly products like toxic free dish soap! (I love that too!)

Last thing is Barbara's Snackimals Animal Cookies in Snickerdoodle.

These are so good! I like them too! They are perfect little pouches to throw in your purse and
have on hand for a snack when you're on the go and the little one is hungry or fussy. The animal shapes are cute and something fun for them. They are made with organic grain and no artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils or preservatives.  Give them a try!

If you're a mom I would love to hear your favorites!  Let me know if you try any of these! 
Xo- Taj

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pink Parade

(Earrings from my glam shop)

With Valentine's day coming up, pink is everywhere in the stores.
You won't hear me complaining one bit! Just wanted to share a few
Pretty pics I've taken lately and some pretty pink! Xo -Taj

(Reading currently)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beauty Supplements

My juice game is still an everyday must. I feel so much better when I juice and
 I notice I have more energy to get thru the day. My skin has really benefited
 from all the vitamins and nutrients too! I wanted to add a boost though to my
 inner beauty so to speak and so I have two products to share with you.
One is Neocell Beauty Infusion Refreshing Collagen Drink Mix. 

Beauty Fact: Collagen dwindles in the body as we age and causes us to lose elasticity!! Eeek! 
I don't know about you but I am going to be proactive and help my skin out in this department.  
I tried out the Tangerine Twist flavor that you simply add a scoop to a glass of water. 
 It's an ALL natural mix of nutrients that is supposed to strengthen hair, nails and skin and
 provide antioxidant power against  environmental damage.

One scoop packs a punch with:
*5000mg of Neocell Collagen - Type 1 & 3 (for firm smooth skin, strong nails & hair)
*50mg of Hyaluronic Acid (for skin hydration & renewal)
*3000mcg of Biotin (for support of strong hair & nail growth)
*Alpha Lipoic Acid & Vitamin C (for protection from free radical damage

 & enhancement of collagen formation)

Now, I'm pretty picky on taste and I won't hold back in saying that it doesn't taste bad at all! 
It's not gritty and doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste either.  So, it is pleasantly tasty! 
I'm definitely going to keep using this product and I hope you will give it a try if 
you are thinking about being proactive too! 

For more info on NeoCell check out their website here

My next find is Nature's Bounty Extra Strength Hair, Skin & Nails (Argan Oil Infused)
I'm sure you've seen this all over the stores right now. January is vitamin/supplement 
month for stores and I've seen some great deals on this at places like Costco.  

The formula contains Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant, Vitamin C, which is involved in collagen production and formation, Vitamin A assists skin health, Vitamin B, helps with energy 
metabolism and Biotin which helps hair and nail health.  
I like that these are soft gels and are easy to swallow. ( And a pretty color too!)
They have no sugar or artificial flavors.  Overall, I have mostly noticed my nails have had a major boost in growth and are much stronger now after 30 days use.  My hair already grows super fast, but it definitely feels fuller now too. So, it does deliver healthy nails and hair! I love this product so far and definitely recommend it.

I just want to mention that I think these sort of products are great for quarterly usage throughout the year. For example, I would use the one Neocell Collagen Drink product all up and then when done, move on to Hair, Skin & Nails and so on.  I say this because it is important not to intake too much of one nutrient. That is just my opinion, but find what is best for your skin/health.

For more information on Nature's Bounty check out their website here

I hope you will check these two products out and please let me know if you do! 



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TruAge A.G.E. Therapy Gel : First Impressions

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% mine. 

 Today I am sharing first impressions for TruAge's new Skin AGE Therapy Gel by Morinda.  I'm really excited about this product because of the natural ingredients and because it's a gel. I find that gels are very hydrating without clogging pores. AGE Therapy Gel works to fight the signs of aging caused by glycation.  Glycation occurs in your body when excess sugars in the bloodstream bind with proteins in the skin, causing stiffness and inelasticity, while impairing the skin’s protective function.
The ingredients used to make the TruAGE Therapy Gel are:
  • Noni fruit juice, Comelian cherry fruit extract, Olive leaf extract, Blueberry fruit extract and Cranberry fruit extract- These ingredients protect against free radical damage and provides iridoids.
  • Oat kernal extract and Beta-glucan- softens the skin, reduces redness and irritation and helps strengthen the skin’s barrier function.
  • Carnosine- Protects against AGE damage, prevents age formation, reduces the signs of aging skin, promotes healthy collagen production to improve the appearance of firm skin, strengthens the skin’s antioxidant defenses and helps skin recover after a sunburn.
These natural ingredients work by penetrating into your skin where they dissolve the excess sugar molecules and remove them from your system. See pic below for the breakdown.

Excess sugars in the bloodstream bind with proteins in the skin causing stiffness and inelasticity; impairing the skin's protective function. 

image source: TruAge

What does TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel do?
    Protects, Soothes, Repairs:
    AGE Therapy Gel is more than just a lightweight gel. It fights AGEs while also soothing, protecting, and repairing your skin. 

    Protects: AGE Therapy Gel creates a protective barrier against AGE accelerators such as free radicals, environmental damage and moisture loss. 

    Soothes: Oat kernel extract and beta-glucan provide a soothing effect on skin, reduce redness and irritation, and help to strengthen the skin’s barrier function. 

    Repairs: Carnosine has been shown to block AGE damage, protect minor cuts, scrapes and burns, and relieve dry, chapped skin. It also protects and relieves chafed and irritated skin. 

    First Impressions:
     I found the TruAge AGE Therapy Gel to have a very light fragrance that disappears almost instantly. Since I use it under my moisturizer, a lack of fragrance is a plus. A drop of gel is all I need to cover my entire face and neck. It has a very smooth, light-weight feeling and easily glides all over the skin. It is not sticky or tacky feeling whatsoever.  It takes just seconds to absorb into the skin so there is no wait time for applying moisturizer and makeup.
    I used the gel for four weeks and it has made a difference in my skin in a small amount of time. It looks hydrated, healthy and refreshed. I've noticed a beautiful glow at all times! I use the gel on my face, neck, upper chest, back of hands and ears.  These are really the areas that show signs of aging and that should be concentrated on.  
    Overall, I love my AGE Therapy Gel and would recommend it to others. A 5 fl oz bottle of the TruAge AGE Therapy Gel costs $42 which is a great price considering how little product you have to use to get results! You can learn more on
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