Ridgedale’s Mamapalooza 2013: Spring Fashion and Beauty Event

Ridgedale Mamapalooza 2013 Spring FashionI am beyond excited to share this upcoming event with you guys, and I think you will all love it too!! On May 11th, the day before Mother’s Day, Ridgedale Mall is hosting an event called Mamapalooza! It’s going to be a day for women to enjoy fashion and beauty plus get pampered! This FREE event (yes, it costs you nothing!) will be so much fun!

Let me just tell you a little bit about all the featured activities that will be going that day:

  1. Enter to win giveaways and a free makeover sponsored by Aveda New Reflections
  2. Spring shoe fashion show
  3. Special performance by Stages Theater
  4. FREE mini-makeovers by Sephora
  5. FREE food and wine sampling by Macy’s
  6. Meet local stylists to get tips for your wardrobe
  7. Meet KOOL 108’s Lee Valsvik

Oh and a big PS – I will be one of those local stylists I mentioned in activity #6! I know! I’m pumped!!

AND – the BIG feature that I just have to mention is that Ridgedale Center is running a contest where you could win one of FOUR makeovers (a $500 value in hair, makeup and outfit!)

Want to enter to win? You can do so here: Facebook.com/ridgedalecenter

Oh and another big PS on that last bit, I am styling one of the winners of the contest!! That winner will definitely be going home as one beautiful, stylish woman! ๐Ÿ™‚ So excited!!!

Mamapalooza Spring Fashion Event Details

  • Where: Ridgedale Center (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
  • When: May 11th from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Cost: Free!!!
  • What: Weren’t you paying attention? Read the above, silly!

I hope you guys enter to win a makeover. How can you resist? It’s easy peasy to enter and that payoff is going to be awesome. If nothing else, will you at least stop by and say hi to me at this awesome event? You know where to find me ๐Ÿ™‚

Hearts,
Sarah

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April Birchbox Opening: New Samples!

Eeek ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I got my April Birchbox. I’m always so excited when I see our postman drive by with my pink box in his hand! I dashed out there with the pup to grab it, and eagerly opened it up to see what I’d find this month. Here’s what I found!

birchbox april samples

So what the heck is it all? Okay, let me give you the details:

Skin&Co Sicilian Body Gel – This soap is from Rome and smells DELICIOUS, plus it is packed with antioxidants.

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir – I’m not sure what Birchbox is trying to tell me with this whole antiaging business but I’ll take it. This shine-boosting serum helps dry hair and reduce age-related hair breakage.

StriVectin Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles – Again with the old jokes, Birchbox. Well this cream helps decrease fine lines on your face and also helps to rid puffy circles. When I used it, the pressure under my eyes seemed to subside. I’m going to continue to use it!

Weleda Body Lotion – Those three packets of body lotion will be wonderful. I got three different scents: Pomegranate, Sea Buckthorn and Wild Rose. Made in Switzerland from natural essential oils. So far, I’ve used the Pomegranate and it smelled very nice and was really moisturizing without staying sticky.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics – This anti-shine mattifier is made to go on beneath your makeup and should be applied to your T-zone to eliminate shine. I’ve used this quite a few times now and it really does exactly what they claim it will do. It mattified immediately after I used it and lasted all day long. Great product!

Hearts,
Sarah

How To: Look Put Together in Under 10 Minutes…New Mom Edition

I got the idea to do this post when I continued to get comments on how put together I always look so soon after having a baby! I love all the sweet comments and it makes me feel so much better, especially since I still have about 20 pounds of “baby weight” to lose! If only they knew how easy my routine is to get out the door!!! Here are my secrets to making it out the door looking put together in UNDER 10 MINUTES!

– Get a low-maintenance hair cut.ย My newborn does not like being put down so I have a very limited amount of time each day where I have 2 hands to work with. This pretty much means I can throw doing my hair out the window! With my low-maintenance haircut, all I need is a comb, at most!

– Brush your teeth right when you get up (even if it means baby has to cry for 2 minutes). Being in dentistry, I hate walking around (even at home) without having my teeth brushed. I do it right when I get up in the morning and I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day.

– Have a good selection of cute, comfy clothes. One of the most important things about choosing clothes for the postpartum period, for me, is functionality. The last thing I want to worry about is being uncomfortable or feeling like I can’t move with 2 little ones in tow. But I’m not talking about sweatpants and sweatshirts (leave those for home)! Think *Leggings or jeggings *Black yoga pants *Cute cotton v-neck t-shirts *Cardigans *Cotton dresses (weather permitting). These are all cute and functional. Just be sure they are clean!!!

– Change into cute clothes right before leaving the house. This is a continuation on my last point of keeping your clothes clean! Leave the grungy sweats and tops for home where they can get covered in spit-up, pee, poop, and breast milk without having to stress. When you are about ready to leave the house, put on your clean, cute clothes!

– Complete your outfit with cute flats, sandals or heels. Nothing screams frumpy mom like going out in your white tennis shoes (sorry, but that’s not cute)! Trade in those tennis shoes for some comfy flats, or if it is just a quick trip, throw on some sassy heals!

– Add some fun accessories! Spruce up your outfit with some cute earings, a fun necklace or a pretty scarf. It only takes a couple seconds to throw on and it instantly looks like you spent a good amount of time getting ready to go. I have a couple staple pairs of earings and necklaces that I can throw on quickly. They are super cute and go with most outfits. A pretty scarf can also add instant pizzazz to your outfit.

– Keep a bag of go-to makeup.ย For me this is *concealer, *mascara and *foundation. Keep it in a small makeup bag and do your makeup in the car before you pull out of the driveway. This way, the kiddos are all loaded up and ready to go and you have 2 free hands to get it done in a flash! I also keep a *comb and *perfume in there that I can throw on!

There you have it! That is how I look “so put together” with a 2 year old and a newborn! My entire routine takes me UNDER 10 MINUTES! Do you have any awesome tips for how you get out the door looking fabulous?

Love, Macy

Sweetheart Voxbox 2013 Sampler

Recently, I joined Influenster to be able to try out some new products. It was so fun to open up the box and find a bunch of new products that I’ve never tried! And as we all know, I love trying new products! Especially beauty products! So here’s what this Voxbox had in store for me:

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant – Stress Response

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

Olay Shine Shine Go Away Cleanser

Olay Shine Shine Go Away Cleanser

The Secret Stress Response Deodorant smelled really good, and I already use Secret deodorant so that wasn’t a big change for me. However this one is supposed to react to your body’s stress. Did I mention it smells good too?

Next, Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. I put it on my damp hair and scrunched for a wavy hair effect. It was cute and made for soft waves. Nothing drastic, just a little texture. I liked it!

voxbox blog influensterLast, the Olay Shine, Shine Go Away with the Facial Brush. This cleanser was nice and creamy and went on smooth. The brush was my favorite though. It’s bristles are soft, and the gentle vibration helps work the dirt and makeup off your face. Rinse with warm water and you’ve got a very clean face!

Also in my box was a SkinnyGirl Daily bar but I have not tasted it yet! I’m on a strict fruit/veggie diet right now but I’m so excited to try it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoorah!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Fast & Easy Makeup – What’s in My Makeup Box!

Every day I spend maybe 5 to 10 minutes on my makeup. I have better things to do than fuss about my face, so I have streamlined my routine as much as I can. And as you know, I love to share beauty tips with you guys because it is so easy to spend money on products that don’t work. So here is what’s in my makeup box that I use everyday!

MASCARA

For me, I would say the most essential part of my routine is mascara. So if I could only choose one thing it would be that! Mascara that you see here is Maybelline Full ‘n Soft, which is the brand I’ve been using since high school. I love it because it’s waterproof and smudgeproof. Yet it comes off easy when I wash my face at night. I don’t like non-waterproof mascara because it runs so easy and it’s bound to give you raccoon eyes. This stuff runs about $8 on average, and if you scope out a coupon, you can get it even cheaper!

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CONCEALER

I don’t always use concealer but if it’s been a long day (or week, or month…) then I might add some concealer below my eyes and to the inside of my eyes as well. The concealer that I use is Mary Kay in Beige 1 (which is fairly light, to compensate for the darkness). This goes on before the foundation, naturally. This stuff works very well and a single tube will run you $10 but lasts for months. I’ve had mine for about 6 months now and it’s still half full.

FOUNDATION

My skin tends to be a little splotchy sometimes, and I’ve tried a good selection of foundations over the years. What I recently bought at Sephora has turned out to be my newest favorite. It’s the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation. It also has a SPF of 15 to protect your skin as well. What I love about this foundation is that it covers so well but it’s not heavy, it’s super lightweight which is what I specifically asked the clerk for when I went into Sephora. I’ve had this bottle for about 2 months now and I’ve still got a ton of it left so this will last me a while! And it should, for $38! But I’d say it’s worth the money. You can also purchase a Tarte foundation brush to go with this but I apply it with my fingers and it works just fine.

EYELINER

This is my second must-have right behind mascara. It makes your eyes pop and seem larger, so it’s no wonder why I couldn’t live without it. Now like I’ve said before, I absolutely adore Eyeko liquid eyeliner – it’s amazing! But in this photo, I wanted to highlight another eyeliner that I use. That is the Sephora angled brush along with the Make Up For Ever Professional eye shadow in black. It stays so well, and it makes a very smooth line. I use this when I’m in a hurry and need something drastic fast.

As always, I would love to hear what you guys think and/or use! Leave a comment with your two cents ๐Ÿ™‚

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

The Best Self-Tanning Lotions and Sprays

Hello, Minnesota winter. Goodbye golden glowing skin. Yes, I know that all took place a few long months ago, but I’m still combating with the pale skin blues.

I’m not one where my skin looks beautiful in a light tone. Some people can pull that off so wonderfully. I cannot. So, over the course of the last year or so, I’ve tried enough self-tanning products that I’ve got a good idea of what’s out there and how well they work so I wanted to share what I have learned!

Here’s my reviews of the following products and at the end I will share which is my favorite.

self tanner comparison

1. Jergens Natural Glow Tanning Lotion ($8.64) This is the stuff that first came out when I was in college. I thought it was wonderful back then. I had it down to a science. I’d shower, dry off and then use the lotion while my pores were still open. Then I’d use the wet towel to wipe between my fingers and on the base of my palm, as these are the spots I found that the lotion would build up and look a little orange. It always made for a flawless application. No streaks, spots, or blotches. It takes a little while to show up, at least a few applications before you notice a big difference. The unfortunate part was that the lotion made my face break out. Then they started making the face lotion but I never ended up trying that, I’m sure it’s gotten more advanced. (Note: The image doesn’t reflect this lotion, I’m all out! But I did find this other Jergens shimmer tan stuff, but I’ve never used it before. It must have come free with one of the other bottles.)

2. Fake Bake Original Self-Tan Lotion ($14.15) I found this lotion on Amazon and thought that since I’d had luck with lotion in the past, I’d like this as well. Although I did like the instant glow of this lotion, I didn’t like how long of a process it seemed to take me. It comes with rubber/plastic gloves with which you apply the lotion which makes it kind of awkward to apply. Plus, my hands are left white and pasty, with kind of an odd line around the palm base. The end result was nice though, and the tan seemed to last.

3. SUN Self-Tanning Lotion Ultra Dark ($18.99) This was a popular option on Amazon as well. I had searched through the top reviewed and fan favorites to see what everyone else was liking, and this product is what they lead me to. Ironically enough, this was probably my least favorite. The result was good, but again the process was too long for my short attention span.

4. Neutrogena Micro Mist ($9.82) This item is extremely easy to use. You spray your body and the mist evenly applies. This was my first sort of attempt at tanning sprays so I was hesitant to try it, but when I did, I loved it. There are no splotches and the color doesn’t look orange. It gives an awesome glow, but it does take an hour or two to start to develop. This one is great for the quick spot treatment when you’re on the run. Wearing a lower cut shirt? Or maybe you put on the shorts or capris and realized you needed a little color. This is perfect and so quick to use at these times!

5. Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid ($14.49) This item was actually recommended to me by a friend. It’s a spray but you spray the tanner on a mitt and then apply to your skin. I used this for quite some time (and went through a couple bottles actually) but again, it’s time consuming and I just don’t have the patience to mitt up my whole body. However, this is probably the best of the five at giving an instant color, and it lasts quite a while as well.

SELF TANNING COMPARISON RESULTS

Longest Lasting – It’s a toss up between: Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid, Fake Bake Lotion and the SUN Lotion.

Best Bang For Your Buck – The Fake Bake Flawless Liquid

Easiest Application – Neutrogena Micro Mist

Best Color – This is also a toss up between the Neutrogena Micro Mist and the Fake Bake Flawless Liquid.

Overall Favorite – Neutrogena Micro Mist

Did you see that overall favorite coming? I tried to make it suspenseful as we traveled along those reviews there.

If there is a certain self-tanner that you love, leave a comment and share!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

Simple Steps Towards Becoming Acne Free

The following article is a guest post from an author via MyBlogGuest.

Acne – be it pimples, whiteheads or blackheads – can plague men and women at any age, and it’s one of the most common skin conditions.

According to various dermatologist estimates, almost 85% of the world’s population experiences an outbreak of acne some time in their lives.

Each year, consumers spend millions of dollars on topical and oral products to slow or eliminate acne outbreaks. In the quest for a clear complexion, becoming acne free is only half the battle. Once the blemishes are gone, the discoloration and indentations may be left behind, and these become more difficult to get rid of than the acne itself. Those marks and spots don’t fade away overnight, let alone in a few weeks. Depending on how severe your acne breakouts have become, there are solutions to start achieving smoother-looking skin.

In-Office Solutions

There are a variety of treatments that address acne at the source, and each solution is directed at the factors that lead to the inflammation.

Deep Acne Scars

To remove scars that create pockets in the skin a surgical acne treatment is the best course of action. There isn’t a magic cure for these types of scars. Often, a dermatologist can use filler for the pockmarks, but generally, out-patient surgery is required. The layer of skin containing the scarred tissue is removed. It can leave residual marks, but overall the skin ends up looking much better.

Smaller Superficial Acne Scars

A combination of treatments such as skin micro-dermabrasion, lasers and fillers can often correct smaller pitted marks to help smooth the texture of the skin.

Non-invasive treatments

Prescription-strength acne-fighters like Retin-A and Tazorac exfoliate the top layer of the skin, reducing the appearance of scars over time. Other treatments include a variety of peels like alphahydroxy, glycolic or salicylic acids that treat persistent acne.

Dermatologists also suggest a series of pain-free laser or light treatments that diminish oil and bacteria. The LED lasers emit blue and/or red light that kill acne-causing bacteria and in turn decrease inflammation. Patients using laser treatments have reported benefits that last up to six months.

At-home remedies

To fight acne at home, use products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic or glycolic acids. These unclog pores and prevent the growth of bacteria. Topical products containing retinol also aid in cell turnover while encouraging collagen production, so any acne scars become less noticeable. Also, look for products that contain zinc oxide, which helps soothe and protect the skin’s surface while healing.

Complexion and Texture

Tackle those red, brown and purple discolorations left behind with Vitamin C gel that aids the healing process by promoting collagen syntheses. Skin brighteners like natural alphahydroxy acids, matic, and kojic acid target hyperpigmentation, scars and spots by exfoliating dead skin cells and creating a much smoother texture.

Most acne treatments need to be continual and prolonged, as they control the causes of acne. While we all wish we could snap our fingers and become acne-free overnight, improvements typically require 60 to 90 days.

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Author Bio:

Wayne Hemrick is familiar with information about how to improve the look of your skin. Wayne searches online for Ulmer Dermatology for further information on this topic.