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Staying Fresh & Confident This Summer

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Seattle is in the middle of some warm weather right now and frankly, I just wish it was over. I like this cool and breezy, not hot and humid. When it is this hot out, I focus on staying fresh and confident in this weather. I teamed up with She Knows to share my tips for staying fresh this summer. Pay them a visit for some easy tips you can put to use now.

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How to Shop for a Pearl Bracelet

Bracelets are incredibly versatile pieces of jewelry that can be dressed up or down, depending on complementing pieces of jewelry and even a chosen outfit and cosmetics. Bracelets make excellent gifts or treats to indulge yourself with, and you can’t go wrong by selecting a pearl as your gem of choice. Pearls, which are found naturally all over the world and are also lab-created and refined, are a timeless classic that look beautiful no matter how they are worn. Pearls can be set into necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, and even hair clips. Bracelets are a popular choice due to their ease of wear and seamless blending with other jewelry.

When shopping for a pearl bracelet, consider first and foremost the length of the bracelet. A traditional length is seven inches, but smaller women may need a five or six inch bracelet, while larger-boned women may appreciate or even need an eight or nine inch bracelet. Next, think of the type of pearl bracelet you’d like to purchase and wear. A chain bracelet is most popular, but usually requires the presence of pearls strung back to back, which can be rather costly. Finally, there are bangles, which are made up of solid metal with one or two pearls placed strategically on either side; and charm bracelets, which allow pearls to dangle from metal rings.

If you’re looking for examples of pearl bracelets, consider the ones found at http://www.thepearlsource.com/pearl-bracelets.php. As you can see, there are many types of pearl bracelets available, but what they all have in common is the pearl that is present on all of them. Some pearl bracelets feature clusters of pearls, while others may offer just one or two pearls. Sometimes other gems, such as diamonds or rubies, may be placed around the pearl to help enhance the overall look. And the pearls themselves can vary in size, shape, color, and luster. Natural pearls are usually cream, opal, pink, or black in color; while cultured pearls may have certain hues enhanced for a more breathtaking finish. A pearl’s luster refers to its shine and the clarity of reflections on its surface, and this too can vary from one pearl to the next.

In the end, don’t limit yourself to a certain type of pearl or a certain grade of luster. Instead, browse around a website such as thepearlsource.com to find examples of the types of pearls and pearl jewelry that you really like, and make your selection based on that criteria.

My Skin Story with Lancome Dreamtone

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Lancôme has been on point with its skincare game lately, with its serums in particular. First the amazingness that is Visionnaire and now the new DreamTone, a customized skin tone correcting serum. When DreamTone was first launched, I was definitely curious about it but not for the right reasons. I thought it was a tinted-moisturizer/serum hybrid of sorts since it comes in Fair, Medium and Dark. DreamTone is not a tinted-moisturizer; let’s get that part straight so you don’t make the same assumption I did. I was unsure of which shade to choose because I didn’t understand the product enough. What DreamTone really is, is a powerful serum you can use to target those areas of concern with your skin.

It all starts with the three options offered in Fair, Medium and Dark. Each option targets dark spots and uneven skin tone but each one targets an additional concern. For Fair, DreamTone sets its sight on redness. For Medium, DreamTone combats sallowness. Finally, Dark fights acne and blemish marks. For best results, you should use DreamTone morning and night under your moisturizer of choice.

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LifeCell Anti Aging Skincare

It is never too early to start an anti-aging regime and there’s a new anti-aging skincare line named LifeCell about preventing, reducing and erasing those pesky signs of aging. The line is composed of four products: LifeCell Anti Aging Treatment ($189), LifeCell Under-Eye Treatment ($79), LifeCell PH Balanced Cleanser ($29) and Anti Aging Supplement ($59).

LifeCell Anti Aging Treatment started it all, is light reflective cream that blurs away imperfections as it treats the skin. For those of us with dark uder eyes or puffiness, the Under-Eye Treatment, the metal tip instantly helps depuff the area and glides along the skin. LifeCell’s PH Balanced Cleanser was created from the high demand for a cleanser to compliment the treatment. It’s gentle and is a great foundation for the treatment itself. Finally the supplements, help your skin from the inside out with a combination of hyaluronic acid, collagen and resveratrol.

Want more information on LifeCell products Sign up for a 30-day trial offer.

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post.

Save $1 on Any U by Kotex Product

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Right now you can save $1 on any U by Kotex product when you use Pinteresst to pin your favorite U by Kotex survival kits. Whether you’re on a weekend getaway, going to work, having a girl’s night out or just going to the gym, Kotex has a product for your scenario to prevent any beauty mishaps from occurring.

Take the Day to Girl’s Night Out survival kit for example:

  • The new U by Kotex Thong Liners (exclusive to Walmart!) to for a dry, clean feel.
  • Dryer sheets to tame dance-floor frizz.
  • A soft-frame clutch gives you more wiggle room.
  • Hairspray can save snagged tights.
  • Blush mixed with a little water doubles as lip gloss.
  • False eyelashes give you instant star appeal.

And all of that can fit in a clutch! Pin your favorite survival kit to Pinterest and you will immediately receive a $1 coupon for U by Kotex products.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kotex.

Combat "Allergy Face" with Zyrtec

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zyrtec for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I use to think I was immune to allergies but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to face the cold, hard facts that I really am not immune to it anymore. My eyes get watery and red then my nose gets runny and suddenly I have Allergy Face. I learned I’m not alone, a whopping 96% of women suffer from allergies. Here are a few other interesting facts I wanted to share:

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Valentine's Day Hair Inspiration?

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Need some ideas for your hair for tomorrow night? There’s no quicker way to add lustre to an outfit than with a main of glossy locks, Argos have come up with the eight on-trend ideas below to get your ‘do looking fabulous fast. If you try something you like, why not give a present to yourself and invest in your tresses? Argos has a hotter-than-hot range of Babyliss hair stylers and handy hair straighteners to help you get the look you love for the whole of 2013. After all, good hair is not just for date night!

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Our Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy 7-Day Challenge

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Last week we invited you to join us for the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy challenge. The challenge was to use their Damage & Color Repair line for seven days and share the results with you. Did you sign up and win samples of the line? How did it go?

Kayla and I both took the challenge and we both loved our results. Keep reading for before and after shots and the results of our seven day challenge.

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Join the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy 7-Day Challenge

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So much attention is focused on the ends of our hair but really, a healthy scalp is the foundation for beautiful, strong, healthy hair. This is much like skincare, if you don’t take care of your skin, all the makeup in the world doesn’t matter. So let’s change that!

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy is issuing us a challenge. Give them 7 days and they will give you stronger, more beautiful hair.They’re betting you’ll be amazed by the results! Just head over to the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Facebook page and enter for a chance to win samples of their products. I’m excited to try the Damage & Repair line. After several years of constant coloring (and lately bleaching), my hair needs some rehabing.

So who’s with me? I’ll be taking the challenge and showing you my hair’s before and after shots at the end of my 7-days. Want to join me? Just post your shots on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #pgclearchallenge and we’ll find them!

Note: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are our own.

Balance Oily Skin with the Avene Cleanance Line

As I have gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate my oily skin. After all, that excess oil will help my skin looking younger than my dry skinned counterparts. I’m always trying new skincare, I like to say it’s part of my job but it also makes it hard to stick with a routine consistently. Recently I have incorporated a few products from the Avene Cleanance line help me balance my oily skin.

The first is Avene’s Cleanance Emulsion Lotion. This has been my go-to moisturizer for the better part of this year. I picked it up for the first time during a trip to New York in January and I’m now on my third tube. This is a cream-gel that quickly sinks into skin and disappears without a trace. It does a good job of hydrating my skin even now in drier weather and is rich enough for me to use as a night cream. I’ve yet to find a product that keeps me shine free all day long but this lotion gives me just enough hydration and helps keep my skin matte well into the afternoon. Oh, and it’s a 1/3 of the cost of the moisturizer I was previously obsessed with!

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