Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Eyelash Nail Art


I had a little fun with my nails and painted
some eyelashes on them!
They are not perfect, but I think
they came out pretty cute!
I just love these pretty Spring colors from 
Sally Hansen.

My daughter and I both painted our 
toenails the beautiful lilac color!



(Clear Top Coat, Rosy Quartz, What in Carnation, Pardon My Garden, Shea Dream)

Sally Hansen has a new Argan Oil Infused Formula, which are the 
Top Coat, The Rosy Quartz and the Shea Dream colors shown here.
It fuses intensive nourishment and moisture to the nail and provides
up to 10 days of fade-proof and chip-resistant wear! It
comes in 38 shades too!
I am really loving these beautiful shades for Spring and
can't wait to come up with some other fun combinations.
I'm thinking unicorn inspired nails for my daughter!

xoxo
Taj



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Loving: Healthy Serum


I've been using this vitamin serum for several weeks now
and I'm impressed. 
Frownies Immune Shield is specially formulated
for inflammation and dry skin.
I like that it can be used all over the body
not just on the face. 
It is great for fine lines, wrinkles, 
and especially around the eyes.
It can be used on and around the lips 
to reduce fine lines.
There are so many healing benefits of this serum
like use on scars and stretch marks,
use on acne and rosacea and psoriasis.

What I am most impressed with is the ingredients,
it is stacked! 
There are no parabens, fragrances, gmos, mineral oil,
animal testing and it is vegan and 100% plant based!


Some of the ingredients are hemp seed oil, oat oil e, sea
buckthorn oil, grapeseed oil, meadowfoam oil,
carrot seed oil, macadamia nut oil, vitamin e, radish oil!
Just to name a few!
It absorbs into the skin right away and isn't greasy.
I like to just pat it into areas that I need it most.
You can also apply it before sun exposure to protect skin from UV
damage (in addition to your sunscreen of course!) 

This is a great serum to add to your routine! It has
healthy ingredients that work together to
heal and protect your skin. I also love
their Rose Water Face spray, it is amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Taj

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

French Brand: Le Couvent Des Minimes


I recently discovered this French Brand Couvent Des Minimes!
They make natural skincare recipes that began in 1862
with the Sisters from the convent of the Minims in Mane France. 
They had a passion for aromatic plants and natural ingredients.
I just love French beauty so I am drawn to anything
that comes from the Provence region. These items are also available at Ulta!

The first item is a Nail and Cuticle Fortifying Salve.


It has Shea butter, Apricot kernel oil, Myrrh & Rosemary to name some
ingredients. 
I like to have this at my desk as it smells so invigorating!
My hands are always dry from busywork and this is so soothing!


The Loving Care Body Balm is an original recipe with Galen's wax which 
helps nourish and repair skin.  Calendula extract soothes and Mallow 
extract prevents dry skin. It smells very floral and is super hydrating.


My favorite is the Botanical Cologne of Serenity! It
smells like heavenly lavender, with notes of mandarin, bergomote and cedar.
It takes me to France, transports me to this wonderful feeling of freshness and
calmness!
Definitely try it! 

These little treats are all on sale at Ulta buy one get one half off so
now is a great time to try them out! 

xoxo,
Taj

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SoCozy Hush Collection



SoCozy has a new line of sensitive skin hair products for our
kiddos called Hush! 
This is great news, as I find more and more kids have sensitivities 
than ever before. There are four products in the Hush line that
I found at Target in the Baby section.

If you are new to SoCozy products, they are free of toxic ingredients and
anything else yucky that we don't want touching our precious kids!


There is a Sensitive Scalp Serum that helps
calm irritation and balance the scalp.
It is a non-greasy formula that soothes a dry, flaky scalp.
I'm super impressed with the thought that went
into creating such a helpful and healthy product for kids! 

The Sensitive Styling Foam also helps 
maintain a healthy pH balance.
Importantly, it does not cause product buildup, which I find
happens easily to my daughter so this is great.
The 2nd ingredient after water is Aloe!


I always love the SoCozy detanglers!
They save my daughter and I a lot of circus activity!
This Sensitive Detangler is a ultra-gentle leave-in.
It soothes and softens hair to remove tangles.

The Sensitive 2in1 Soothing Shampoo + Conditioner 
has a soft messaging brush on the end to help lift dirt, flakes and oil.
It helps to soothe and calm an irritated scalp while keeping it moisturized.
All the products have an ever so light, natural and fresh scent to them.

This whole SoCozy Hush line is available at Target and right now there
is a Cartwheel coupon for 25% off too!
So it's a great time to try it out on the little ones.
If you have yet to try out SoCozy I know you will love it,
they are tried and true in our house!

xoxo,
Taj


(This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy & BrandBacker.
All opinions are 100% Mine!)



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Makeup: Butter London


Hi! I've got some fabulous new makeup to share with you!
Everything I have here from butter London has been pretty great so 
far, so I wanted to let you guys in on it too if you are shopping for
new Spring makeup!


First, I love the pretty packaging all the products come in. 
These Wink Eye Pencils come in these gorgeous black boxes
with pretty floral vines on them. (You can see them in top pic)
These eye pencils go on so smooth and they set in 30 seconds for all day wear.

I have Union Jack Black here which is a true black and a shimmery Earl Grey.
I've been using the Earl Grey non-stop lately, it's something different and fresh.


 This Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara in Brilliant
Black is a great addition to my mascara rotation!
I love how the wand has a plumper tip to really
get into the lashes and separate them and plump them up.

I've been using the Tailored Brow Tint in Dark Brown
as a final step on the brows.  It has a natural look for 
quick application and keeps brows in place.
With wand brow gels I always wish though that they also had
a precision tip on the other end to get that perfect brow.

This eyeshadow duo in up all night was a surprise.
I really love the champagne color for inner corner highlight
and also as a cheek highlight! It is so pretty you can use it many ways.


Loving these two Plush Rush Lip Glosses, the wand is nice and fat
and they go on nice and creamy, moisturizing and minty
for a little plumping! They have a sheer finish and the
texture is a little tacky, but a good tacky! It doesn't feel 
like it's slipping off your lips right away, but staying put.

Birthday Suit is a really pretty Nude.

(L:In Love, R: Birthday Suit)


The Bronzer Clutch is so amazing! It has three shades, Sun Kissed, Sun Baked
and Sun Shadow. It comes with a golden Glow Pen.
This kit is perfect to amp up your dull winter skin!
The first two have a bronze goddess shimmer effect while the last shade 
is great for contouring with no shimmer.
The gold highlight pen is so gorgeous
and can be used so many ways.
As a eyeshadow, a inner eye highlight or a
cheek highlight.


The packaging is so glam!

Saved the best for last! This Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil in Dusty Mauve.
It is such a pretty pink for spring. I love how moisturizing it feels.
I love the packaging and the soft tip applicator. This is my go-to right now!



That's what I'm loving from butter London right now for a pretty Spring 
update! Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo 
Taj

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Switch to Non-Toxic Candles : Loving Bright Endeavors



Happy Love week! 
Romance is in the air and so is my Lavender Sprig
soy candle from Bright Endeavors!
If you haven't made the switch to non-toxic candles
what are you waiting for! 

I always have a candle going from about September to 
August...umm always!
I used to always stock up on a very popular candle brand
that would have 2/$20 sales. I'm sure you know who!
Until I realized they were giving me headaches.
My favorite scent was always the Evergreen Balsam,
as it reminded me of the fresh scent back home.
But not for long. Usually, I would get a little annoying 
headache.

All those unhealthy, toxic ingredients found in most candles,
were creating a polluted environment in my own 
home!


Candles made with s bees wax and (non gmo) soy wax with
 natural scents are best for you.
They are an aromatherapy for your home and senses.

Many, many candles are made with paraffin and
some sort of filler oil (vegetable for example.)
 Paraffin releases carcinogenic 
chemicals into your home. 
The fumes can be similar to a 
diesel engine! Yuck!

Tips:  Don't buy $ Store candles or cheap
candles from brands like glade etc.
No candles with artificial scents,
gel candles, imported candles.
Lastly, that have a metal core wick. (These 
have been banned in U.S. but many
still make their way from overseas and are
not banned in other countries: Hi Canada!)

Anytime you burn a candle, do it in a wide
open space in your home. Not a small
bathroom or room with no ventilation.
If you do burn non- bees wax or non- soy candles,
try to limit it to once a week or less!

What I love in particular about this brand Bright Endeavors,
is that the candles are made by young moms in need.
All the profits go towards their paychecks!

This Lavender Sprig 8 oz. candle has
 30 hours of burning time! 
It's made in the USA and 100% of the proceeds
support the young moms who make them.

If you haven't made the switch to healthy candles,
please do so for happiness and good health!
There are so many great natural candles out there
a great way to give back too!
xoxo
(Image via Bright Endeavors)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sweetheart Nails


Valentine's Day is almost here and I
was inspired to paint my nails a soft pink with
metallic and peachy hues!
Something different and fresh!
I used the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line.
I love the finish I get, it's super shiny and luxe.

 I really love the look of mixing polish colors on one
hand, I think it is easy to do at home and then I
don't have to spend a fortune on nails at the salon
for artwork or fake nails. 
It is modern and unique and you can switch it up without
any major commitment!
 I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in:
World is My Oyster, Mauvin' On Up (pink perfection!!) and Freedom of Peach.

I love the thicker brush the polish has so it is super quick to apply and dries 
fast. 
Are you doing any special nails for V-day?  
Smooches!
xoxo

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sweet & Spicy Green Tea & Why You Should Drink Organic Tea


Hello Friends!
Talking tea today! I drink about 4 cups of tea a day or more
and I absolutely love it.
I came across a great organic green tea by Good Earth.
Sweet & Spicy Green Tea with sweet fruit notes, cinnamon and lemongrass.
Green tea can get a little boring sometimes and this really warms it up and
makes it exciting!

I'm sure you are aware of all of the benefits of green tea, it's loaded with antioxidants
that can help reduce risks for cancer and many other incredible things.
But what I really want to touch on is  he importance of drinking organic tea.
Coffee and tea are some of the most heavily pesticided/chemical fertilized, herbicized
 foods we consume.
 The pesticides are a dangerous health hazard for those who pick the leaves
and those who consume them!
New organic tea agriculture practices sustain the health of soil and the ecosystems.
Then we can reap the healthy, life changing benefits.
 
 By purchasing only organic teas you vote with your dollar to
improve your health and to better care for our earth.
Organic teas are not much more costly than regular teas. Hooray!
So please do make the switch today! Get rid of all of your toxic non-organic teas
and get yourself some delicious organic tea. I just 
bought some wonderful teas at Sprout's for less than $4 on sale and I stocked up!
Cheers to brewing a healthy cup of tea!

xoxo-Taj
 


Thursday, January 26, 2017

SoCozy for Kids and a Vacation!


Hello!

The kids and I love taking baths! They take after their mama
for sure! We always have colored bath bombs for them and 
fun toys for playing make believe of course!
If you are a long-time follower here, then you will know how
much we love SoCozy products.

SoCozy is safe, free of chemicals and completely non-toxic.
Max has curly hair so he tried out the line for curls. 
We love the way everything smells, a little fruity and 
super clean.

 The shampoo and conditioner did not sting his eyes at all!
We love the fun bottles too!  The leave-in conditioner is a life-saver
for my daughter's hair which is a tangle garden! This really
helped with the brushing time and she likes the way it smells.
She is very opinionated about what smells she likes these days!

If you have kids, you will love this line too as much as I do.
No worries about synthetics or parabens and all that gunk
 that other brands sneak in.  It's gluten free too!

 Now thru February 13th, you can
purchase SoCozy products and enter to win an all-expense 5 days, 4 night
deluxe family vacation to Florida!
It includes airfare, an oceanfront room for five in Hollywood Florida,
 a pool cabana, massages, breakfast and dinner certificates!
Sounds amazing!
You can purchase SoCozy at Target, Walgreens and CVS.
Save your receipt and go to http://socozy.com/sweepstakes to enter!

Find out more at  http://socozy.com/

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo
Taj

 (This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy & BrandBacker.
All opinions are 100% Mine!)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Year, New Outlook


Happy New Near!
We are back from a month of being sick!
As a mom, being super sick with the flu and then having
both your kids get sick on top of it is a trying experience!
I am just thankful that storm has passed and we are back on to good 
health.  
Health has really been my main priority this month.  
Feeling so helpless and weak, just 
plain miserable to be honest! I have decided to make
some huge changes in the way we eat. My husband 
and I both agreed to start a plant-based diet. We are
not vegetarian or vegan, as I find that to be different. 
We are choosing to eat non-gmo foods and as much organic, 
natural whole foods as possible. 
We have been moving towards a healthy path for several years and
many of you who follow me on instagram (@gorgeousglam1
have seen my juicing 
and smoothies, etc. But, I really need to go deeper. 

I've been doing my own research, reading, gathering facts etc. as we all
should about how meat effects our health and it is finally time
to move towards a plant-based lifestyle. 
 I want to share this journey with you all, as we can learn from each other
and live healthy together! 
I'm not judgmental about meat/fish either! 
I just want to save it for holidays or for a 
celebration should we choose that. I haven't crossed that path yet.
I'm just going to let it evolve with prayer. 
I believe God provides us with beautiful food and we have
to be wise in how we grow it, cook it, and consume it, that's all.


So in moving forward, I am excited to learn more,
change and share it all too and I hope you
will support us!
It's a big taking-on to say no to fast-food, processed food when 
you have kids and are in a rush!
But I am figuring it all out as I go!
I'm sure many of you do the same!
There are so many outlets now and I feel
blessed to be part of a community
where we share what works and what doesn't.

 (Sweater Dress, Faux Fur Stole: H&M, Booties: Steve Madden)

I've been writing a lot more this year and it feels good. 
Focusing on hope. Everyone seems so full of 
fear about the future lately and I just can't go there.
When you have children, you must be full of light and hope.
So we are moving towards that. 
Surround yourself with what makes you happy is my motto!
I hope all of you are well and in a positive space!
I'm always hear for you and I appreciate you taking
the time to come hear and visit! 

So be sure to look out for more as I share my plant-based
lifestyle! I have a ton of great books to share that I've
been reading so I will try to get that up soon for you and
of course my beauty and fashion posts will resume! 
Please leave my any suggestions for reading that you are loving
this month!

xoxo -Taj
 

 ( a stolen moment in the forest with these two!)

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