Friday, July 24, 2015

June/July Favorites

Hi guys! I'm a little behind on my June favorites so I'm combining my July loves too!
This month has just flown by hasn't it? Trying to hold on to summer as long as I can!

I've found some great hair products to share, the Salon Grafix Healthy Hair
Nutrition Conditioning Cleanser is for dry or damaged hair. Since I color my hair
it can be dry and this is really moisturizing and smells so good! It is the moroccan macadamia
and let me tell you, it smells just heavenly! So it is a conditioning cleanser which means it knocks out
two steps with one. It doesn't lather which takes a little getting used to at first, and you leave it on
for 3-5 minutes and rinse. It leaves my hair so soft and shiny, I just love it! I use it 2-3 times a week.
It's sulfate & paraben free and color safe.

The next two are from Schwarzkopf, Styliste Ultime & Essence Ultime
which was developed with Claudia Schiffer.
The Diamond Color & Radiance Shine Boost Tonic w/diamond gloss serum &  UV 
filter is a finishing spray that leaves my hair shiny. It has a nice perfume smell to it that is really
light and pretty. The spray is super light and doesn't weigh my hair down or leave it greasy.
Super love!
The Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Spray w/Liquidized Crystals
offers 450 degree heat protection. So before I blow dry or use hot tools I
spray on my hair for protection. I love that this line works together in adding shine
at each level while doing something else specific like heat protection.

Last hair product is the Sun Bum Shine On, a hair oil treatment, with coconut oil, argan oil,
sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, & banana leaf. It has a UV filter to protect your hair from the sun,
while hydrating and strengthening it too. I can't get enough of this stuff! It smells tropical and
heavenly! It's paraben & alcohol free too. You guys will love it!

My next favorite is Whish Shave Cream in almond. Let me start by saying
I am loving this whole line, their stuff is paraben, petrochemical, sulfate, DEA &
TEA free! Yay!We love brands that think about our health! It has naturally sourced
& organic ingredients. This shave cream has organic shea butter, green tea,
coconut oil, jojoba seed oil and squalane( a natural omega 3) wow! All for my
shaving experience! The formula is like a silky lotion and smells so divine!
If you haven't tried Whish yet, don't miss out!

For skincare I have been obsessed with derma|e Evenly Radient Brightening 
Serum w/Vitamin C. This product targets discoloration and sun damage.
During the summer my freckles come out full force and this stuff has kept
my skin so clear and even! It started working right away. So if you have freckles,
sunspots, discoloration, sun damage, age or dark spots then you need this! It
has vitamin c, madonna lily plant stem cells, bearberry, licorice, vitamin b3, Alpha-
Arbutin & green tea. It's paraben, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, petrolatum &
mineral oil FREE! I use it every day and it works, so I hope you will try it too!

My scent this month has been the Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia 
It smells just like summer to me! Fresh and slightly sweet, but crisp.
It's not over-powering and can be worn by men or women which is
so fab. Love me some Jo Malone!

My last fav is MAC Soft & Gentle. It's such a gorgeous gold/champagne highlight
that has been my go to this summer. It gives a perfect summer glow and you get
a ton of product. If you like highlights you need this!

That's it for now! Please link your favorites so I can check them out too!
Xoxo- Taj

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Keep Calm and Lip Balm

How cute are these Rimmel London lippies! I love the cute little sayings of Keep Calm!
The tubes are so bright and cheerful and the balms are bright too, but they go on like
a sheer lip balm with a sweet scent.  Like little sweet candies in your purse! So fab! 

                                                {Rose Blush, Berry Blush, Violet Blush}

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Stayproof Makeup

My everyday summer makeup is lightweight and super quick for a glowy look that I love this
time of year.
I find that using a primer helps a lot with staying power and helps keep makeup from sliding off
my face from all the heat and humidity. I've been loving this one from Japonesque. Their Radiance Primer adds a soft pearly glow to the face that brightens up and adds a luminous light. It goes on  really lightweight and doesn't feel super slippery like some primers. Love!

Since I'm talking about priming I'll also mention the setting spray by Skindinavia.  The Makeup
Finishing Spray with oil control is what I use to set my makeup with a light mist.
It feels cooling and super light, not sticky at all. It is supposed to help your makeup
last for 16 hours and keep it from settling into pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
I love that it is also paraben free! If you don't have any of their sprays, you need to add
one to your list!

For makeup, I prefer CC creams since they pack a punch with moisturizer, spf and pigment.
The two CC creams I've had on rotation are the Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream with
SPF 30 & Dark Spot Corrector.  It gives a nice light coverage and covers any red or discoloration.
It doesn't feel greasy and is long-wearing.

The other CC cream is by Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting Cream with
SPF 20. I'm really loving this product this summer! It's so lightweight feeling and
gives me the perfect coverage for my freckles and red areas around the nose.
It has wild Artic lingonberry which is rich in fatty acids & antioxidants.
It had no parabens, mineral oil, or formaldehyde donors! Just really loving this
stuff. With both these creams I use a concealer. But I have a post coming
up with my favorite concealers. So I'll let you know what I've been using soon!

To finish off I've been using the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-matte 16 hr Powder.
It does a great job of keeping my t-zone matte. There are a lot of shades to
choose from and it stays put if you have oil issues this time of year.
Then, like I said above, I set all my makeup with a quick spray of Skindinavia.

Please let me know of any great stay-put makeup or CC creams to try! I
love hearing from you!

Xoxo- Taj

Friday, July 3, 2015

My Pledge to Make Life #BetterForBaby with Pampers & Giveaway!

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration withDiMe Media and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Being a mom has definitely opened my heart to ways of love and care that I never even knew existed!
 I love children, and I have even more of a heart for them after knowing my little angel Alaia. 
I'm so excited to be a part of Pampers #BetterForBaby where we can all pledge a 
simple way to make life better for the babies in our lives.  
Pampers believes that babies bring out the best in all of us. 
 That's why there's nothing each of us wouldn't do to make life #BetterForBaby. 

My pledge is to maintain healthy eating habits for my family.  
It's so important to eat healthy food choices everyday not only to feel good, 
but to make sure baby girl is getting the best nutrition I can give her! 
I try to read ingredients on everything I buy and make wise choices for her so she can 
be healthy and strong! I really feel that it is a gift to give my daughter fresh fruits, 
veggies and as much organic choices as I can each day. Her little smile has made me 
want to put forth the effort to make this change! 

Pampers has unveiled a new video - The Pampers Better for Baby video- to celebrate the many ways babies bring out the best in all of us.  It is such a sweet video! Check it out here:

The video ends with a pledge: “together we can make life #betterforbaby.” Pampers hopes the video inspires people to share what they already do – and what they might begin doing – to make life better for the babies in their lives. Pampers is inviting people to share their pledges using hashtag #betterforbaby. We believe these small changes can add up to a big impact.

I have an amazing giveaway to host with Pampers that you won't want to miss!

Pampers Swaddlers and Wipes  
Grace & Lace Spring Floral Scarf (A portion of every sale goes towards building orphanages in India)- $20
Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System (Makes healthy, homemade baby food in minutes.) - $60
Thinkbaby THINKSTER Straw Bottle (All Thinkbaby products are recyclable,  convertible to the next stage of drinking, and free of BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, and PET.) - $10

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pregnancy Favorites

Happy July! I wanted to share some of my pregnancy favorites so far.
My first trimester was rough, I was terribly sick most of the time with 
nausea and fatigue. I wish I was one of those people who have an easy breezy 
pregnancy and everything is peaches! But, for me, I really was thankful for 
my ipad and being able to watch youtube, etc. since all I felt like doing was laying down! 
And with a 2 year old that is no easy feat!! I'm just glad that rough patch is over now 
and I'm feeling like myself again. So a few things that I have
been loving are here and I will probably do one every month. 
I'm 26 weeks and getting bigger every week! I'm super into nesting and I organize,
 decorate and declutter all the time! Anyway, let me get to the favs already!

First is my water bottle with diffuser to which I add fruit and mint, cucumbers, 
anything to make my water taste refreshing.
 I haven't been able to drink water on its own, it makes me sick
so this has helped a lot. 

Shea Moisture  Body Lotion w/Frankincense and Myrrh
This stuff smells amazing! I love this brand anyway, so when I was looking 
for a natural, organic product for my skin, I was really happy to find this. It's 
super moisturizing and it absorbs quickly. I slather on right before bed and the smell
is so relaxing!

Epsom Salt
I use this in my bath once or twice a week. Epsom salt has many 
benefits to your health and one of them, that is safe during pregnancy is 
that it detoxifies thru your skin, pulling any toxins out. 
It also reduces inflammation and helps with soothing swollen feet. 
Of course, talk to your own doctor if you are pregnant as every pregnancy is different! 

The next two products are from the line Belli which was formulated with
pregnant women in mind.  They are free of yuckies and safe for mom and baby.
They are actually ob/gyn recommended! I have tried several products,
 but my two favorites are the Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator.
It has vitamin c, grape seed and chamomile to name
a few ingredients. I use this every night along with 
the Belli Eye Brightening Cream which has 
vitamin k and is very moisturizing. 
I've been using both of these during 
my whole pregnancy and love them! 

I've also been using a Sonic Care toothbrush because my gums were
getting super tender and I was afraid of getting pregnancy gingivitis which
is very common. But this has helped keep my teeth and gums super healthy.
I can't imagine ever going back to a regular toothbrush! We got ours at
Costco, they have great deals on them if you are interested.

Last beauty item is the Organic Skincare Doctor Virgin Olive Oil 
Face Scrub. I use this in the bath at night a few times a week. It has all
natural ingredients and leaves my skin really soft and moisturized. 
This isn't a scrub for removing makeup, it's more of a clean face, then
scrub treatment. I feel like my skin has gotten a little oilier
with this pregnancy and this helps leave it deep clean but still
really soft and moisturized. It has so many amazing ingredients in it
and I have been really impressed with their products I've tried.
These KIND Maple Pumpkin Seeds with sea salt bars have
been so good when I'm on the go and need something to help
with my stomach or give me some energy. They taste delish and 
have 18g of whole grains per bar. 

Lastly are these silver Sam and Libby birkenstock style shoes
from Target. I said never in a million years! Would you catch me 
in those style of shoes! But, they are super comfy during pregnancy
and I love the silver which glams them up! They actually look
cute with shorts! Never say never!! 

That's it for now, hope if you are pregnant you will share your 
favorites with me!
Xo -Taj

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ombre Nails with New Sally Hansen Collection

I'm always drawn to sparkles and this new Sally Hansen collection of
sparkly Insta-Ombre nail polish is too fab to pass up!
I did two different looks that take only minutes for insta-glam nails!
 I was really impressed with the quality of glitter that applies with each stroke.
Many brands have glitter in them but you have to apply so much product that it gets
goopy and thick. Not this polish, even if you don't do an ombre look these
are great for the sparkly nail lover!

{Layer on Lilac, Copper Cap, Grey-diant, Gold Grade}

{I used Gold Grade for both looks. I just painted an exaggerated
tip for the first one and added a clear top coat}
{For the ombre look I did a light coat over the entire nail & then
applied several coats near the tip}

I also tried out the new Pearl Crush Collection which is a pretty pastel sheer polish.
This collection doesn't give as much sparkly coverage as I
would have liked with the confetti that is inside.
But it is still a pretty array of light pastel shades for a pretty pearly nail look.
{Lady Crab, Oy-ster it up!, Silver Scallop, Rainbow Fish}

XO- Taj

Saturday, June 20, 2015

DIY Ombre Baskets

I was looking for some summery baskets and I couldn't find any that I loved that were reasonably
priced.  So I rounded up some baskets I had around the house and decided to make my
own ombre baskets. It's so easy and fun you will get addicted!

I used acrylic paints and a sponge brush and just mixed my colors with white paint and water
to get my variations.

I started with the darkest color on bottom and just worked my way around the basket.

So easy and it updates any baskets! Hope you will give it a try with your favorite colors! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Dear Dad, we love you! A great Dad is a great gift in itself, so I have a few great
items to share that won't break the bank and will keep Dad smelling great!

James Bond 007 Ocean Royal eau de toilette-
A sea breeze, lime and aniseed opening note and cedar, sandalwood and Jamaican coffee round
out the base!  Smells fresh and sexy!

James Bond 007 Signature eau de toilette-
Opens with lavendar mixed with moss, coumarin and crisp apple, then sandalwood emerges as
 a full-bodied base. Smells rich and expensive!
Available at 

Jack Black Travel Essentials
This set comes with a great mix of necessities: Daily Facial Cleanser with aloe and sage leaf,
Double Header Shampoo & Conditioner with coconut oil and kelp extract,
Face Moisturizer W/Spf 20 and blue algae extract
Hair gel with grapefruit and ginger- all amazing ingredients for men!
Available at

L'Occitane Cedrat eau de toilette
This collection just launched on June 8! It has a light citrus scent that is perfect for summer and
feeling refreshed.

L'Occitane Cedrat Pure Cleanser
Formulated with organic Corsican Cedrat, it helps with shine and leaves skin lightly exfoliated.
Available at

Father's Day Gifts

This Father's Day my husband is super excited since we will soon have a new addition to our family
and he wants a boy real bad! One thing that I always love to give my husband is a special scent. Every scent takes us back to moments and spaces in time as soon as we smell them. So with this being such a special time for us, I want to give him a special scent to remember! Here are a few delicious scents I can recommend!

Invictus by Paco Rabanne
First of all this bottle is gorgeous! It's like giving a trophy to your man!
It has grapefruit, sea notes, mandarin orange, bay leaf and jasmine.  It smells
like a million bucks, and super delicious!

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani
This will always be my all time favorite! It's classic, cool, sexy! Every Dad
needs this in his collection.
It has citrus notes, rosemary spiciness, jasmine and woodiness. Divine!

Prada Luna Rossa Extreme
This is a unique scent for the fragrance lover, with bergamot, black pepper, juniper
berries, lavender and labdanum. It has a leathery, earthy, and citrus smell. Very manly!

You can find all of these scrumptious scents and more at and they
are 20% off with free shipping! Be sure to hook Dad up with a special scent!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

We're Expecting!!

We're expecting! I wanted to share with you this special time in my life!
 I am five months pregnant and due in October! I am so excited to welcome a 
sibling to my little angel Alaia. 
Being a mother has been one of my greatest joys in life. 
So I am just enjoying being pregnant and preparing for our new
little angel! It is such a blessing to feel those little flutters in my 
belly and I can hardly wait to see that face!  -Hugs -Taj
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