Staycation Ideas to De-Stress, and Recharge!

This post is sponsored by Jergens®

staycation time jergens

If you’re like me, sometimes you have to forego what I like to call a “real” vacation for a staycation. For me, a staycation means exploring what’s in my own backyard — whether it’s a scenic picnic spot, new walking trail, or reading a good book on my balcony, I can always find ways to keep myself busy for a few days. I can’t hop on a plane and go wherever I’d really like to be (Hawaii ALWAYS sounds good!), but we can save a lot of money and just chill out at home when we have to. Here’s a little bit of what I’m doing!

jergens instant sun trio

First, I have to prep! I’m extremely lucky to live in Southern California, and the sun shines here more often than not. That means I wear sunscreen consistently, and can stay tan safely, year-round with self-tanner. (You should opt for the sunless method too!) Jergens® recently introduced three products to easily make that happen; their Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub, Natural Glow® Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, and Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer. I’ve been able to use all three with great success!

tan before after

Left to right: With/Without

Since I’m so fair, I opted to go with the Light Bronze shade of Jergens® Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse (it’s also available in Dark Bronze). I did one application on two consecutive days to perfect my tone to something that was more believable and natural looking for me. But the product that really sealed the deal was the Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer. It smells incredible, keeps my skin hydrated with the help of cocoa butter, and maintained my self-tan for the week (with just a touch of self-tanner included) — without letting my self-tanner look patchy as the days went by.

Having a relaxing staycation can be pretty easy in these parts, so I didn’t have to look far. I promise I’m not bragging! I hope you can incorporate some of these ideas into your own staycation adventures.

For my successful staycation…

  • Reading material! What’s a staycation without your favorite magazines and a good book? I even borrowed Gone Girl so that I could finally read it. (I saw the movie first.)
  • Bright nail polishes so I can give myself a mani when I need some quiet time. Painting my nails is seriously my favorite activity when I just want to be calm and content.
  • Fresh veggies for grilling, and fruits for snacks. The pineapple and strawberries at our Farmers Market right now are delicious! Don’t underestimate a morning at your local Farmers Market (and grab yourself some flowers while you’re there).
  • Iced tea — my favorite staycation drink! You can do a tropical cocktail or two, but I wanted something super refreshing. I’ve got a freezer full of ice and several lemons on-hand at all times.
  • Google areas of interest in the area you’re unfamiliar with, and go there! Walking trails? Check. Museums? Check. Walk around and act like a tourist? Check!
  • Have a few friends over for a barbeque.
  • Read poolside (with my realistic faux-tan), fave sunglasses, and a good amount of sunscreen.

staycation activities

Wish you were here! What are your favorite things to do on a staycation?


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Nail Butter Review, Photos

nail butter

I’ve always been pretty fanatical about taking care of my hands and nails. My husband always makes fun of me — because some kind of cuticle oil, balm, or hand cream is never far out of reach for me — anywhere in our house. Exposing my nails and cuticles to acetone as much as I do with swatching polishes (and just the stuff you have to do around the house in general), causes them to look wrecked and dehydrated pretty fast. As much as I take care of the skin on my face, I want to take good care of my cuticles too. They definitely have a purpose!

Your cuticles aren’t a pointless part of your finger structure. They help shield new keratin cells from harm as they age and add length to your fingernails. The manner in which cuticles overlap your nail plate also helps seal the gap between your skin and nails. Without this seal, your fingers would be more susceptible to intrusion and subsequent infection by bacteria and viruses. — howstuffworks

And with that, I’ve been using Nail Butter pretty religiously for a little over two weeks. Let’s check it out!

nail butter 1

Nail Butter is a 100% natural formulation that’s over 30 years old, which was a family secret for decades. The benefits of their proprietary formula were first discovered by the CEO’s (Christina Cole) grandmother. She was a dental hygienist, her nails and cuticles were weak, split, and dry from having to wash her hands so much. After a lot of trial and error, Christina’s father was able to create a product for her that worked to stimulate circulation to the nail matrix, hydrate her cuticles, and restore moisture to the nail bed. Nail Butter was born, and now we get to partake in the benefits.  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 3/22/15

Too Faced I Want Candy

Question of the week: You’re leaving the house and must grab ONE lip color to wear for the entire week. Quick! What do you pick?

Answer: Easy! I would take along my Too Faced La Crème Lipstick in I Want Candy. It’s an awesome rosy raspberry color that I can wear with just about anything. It goes along with warm and cool makeup looks for me with no problem — and it doesn’t make my lips dry. I have several La Créme Lipsticks in my lippie collection, and I love them. What lipstick would you grab?

Love for Lacquer: Spring cleaning is upon us. Jess shows us some of her favorite makeup organizers! You’re going to want to see these (And bookmark a few sites!)

My Beauty Bunny: Less is more this spring! We’ve got the basics, our cruelty free picks, and a quick tutorial for the ‘it’ style of the season — Makeup Trend: Barefaced and Beautiful.

My Newest Addiction: Laura shows us the new Too Faced Selfie Palette! You MUST SEE the swatches!

Nouveau Cheap: Target has added lots of beauty brands to the makeup department lately, but this new addition was a total surprise to me.

Prime Beauty has a special connection to Cinderella. Does the MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Collection live up to her expectations? Find out!

Phyrra shows you ways to wear the 2015 beauty trends with a 5 product face!

Vampy Varnish: Ready for a sugar overload? Check out the new Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Collection for Summer 2015!

we heart this: Want to get a sneak peek at the press box of new products sent out for The Makeup Show LA 2015? Here’s a hint, you do!

Beautygeeks: In this contour-crazy time, we’ve fallen for one fabulous kit, and we want to share. We’ve got a Kat Von D Shade + Light palette plus brush for a US reader and one for a Canadian! Also, new word: “tragus.”

Beauty Junkies Unite: Amber went to the Natural Products Expo a few weeks ago, and came away with some new favorite beauty products. See why Waxelene — a natural alternative to petroleum-based products made the cut (and all it can do with a single tube)!

Clumps of Mascara is so in love with Milani’s matte lipsticks. A non-drying matte lipstick? How is this even possible?!

Gouldylox Reviews: Super pale and looking for a contour palette that won’t make you orange? This one is the only one that is working for me and my Irish face.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Clinique Wear Everywhere Greens All About Shadow 8-Pan Shadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Clinique All About Shadow Wear Everywhere Greens Palette

We’ve all been on a nakeds and neutrals kick for quite a bit, so I wanted to take things up a notch with bringing some color back into the equation. But don’t worry! These are colors you can feel comfortable wearing anywhere, everyday — with the Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Greens — you’re all set. Let’s face it, we’re not going to give up those nude shadows anytime soon, but these will be awesome as standalone shades — or even to pair with your more matte, nude-hued eyeshadows.

Clinique Wear Everywhere Greens

The All About Shadow 8-pan Palettes are available in a few different varieties; nudes, blues, pinks, and greys — but I’m pretty hooked on the greens. It’s a great range of softer and golden greens with very buttery, silky textures. I’m almost embarrassed to say this, but I think it’s been over a decade since I’ve owned a Clinique eyeshadow. For some reason, I don’t remember the pigmentation being this rich in their shadows. As a result, I’m jumping back on the Clinique eyeshadow train! I wasn’t disappointed with these at all.  [Read more…]

One of My New Product Crushes: Waxelene — An Amazing Petroleum Jelly Alternative


A few weeks ago, I went to the Natural Products Expo, and it was like the massive yearly Consumer Electronics Show, only it was for natural/eco-friendly products and food. I spent a fair amount of time in the beauty area, and found some new (to me) products I just love, and this is one of them!

Waxelene is a natural alternative to petroleum-based products like Vaseline. While I personally do not object to Vaseline, I know there are a lot of people who do — so I wanted to share it with you. Plus, I’m kinda hooked on this myself! Waxelene contains just four simple ingredients: organic soy oil, beeswax, Vitamin E oil, and rosemary oil. That’s it!  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 3/15/15

complexion rescue

Question of the week: Do you ever leave the house without applying makeup?

Answer: I sure do! Most of the time, I try to put a little effort into it — but I’m definitely not afraid to leave the house with a completely bare face. I always make sure my face is protected with sunscreen, but I really love the ease of bareMinerals’ new Complexion Rescue. It can act as my moisturizer, SPF, and a little bit of coverage. I’ve been wearing it a lot lately with a little mascara and lip balm when I leave the house. Completely fuss free — I love it!

Gouldylox Reviews: I know it’s pricey, but this mirror changes everything. EVERYTHING.

Love for Lacquer: The Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks will change your life. Check out 11 different shades now!

Nouveau Cheap: Is there actually a way to remove stubborn glitter polish without ANY rubbing? I put the new Nail-Aid NO-RUB Power Gel Acetone Remover to the test, and here’s my verdict.

Prime Beauty needs some oomph in her hair. Enter to win your own set of Tressmerize hair extensions and pump up the volume in your hair!

Vampy Varnish: There is a new Eyeshadow Primer Potion from Urban Decay in town called Enigma and 100% of the purchase price goes towards a great cause for women called The Violet Underground!

we heart this: Remember that time we played Cinderella with Lauren Conrad? No? Oh, then read about it!

Beautygeeks: If there were a starter kit for developing “Cat Deeley charisma,” I’d buy two of them. The vibrant host of So You Think You Can Dance is full of easy warmth and self-effacing humour in person, and happy to talk about that time she set her gorgeous hair on fire.

Beauty Junkies Unite: Amber (and Redken Certified Colorist, Andi Scarbrough) spill some very real, no B.S. truths about going blonde. We don’t want to discourage you, but we do want to share some harsh realities that both you (and your hair) will face. This is a must read!

EauMG is relocating to the East Coast and is sooo busy! Victoria did get around to posting her favorite things from February ‘15.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: Take a trip down memory lane with these China Glaze Kaleidoscope swatches.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox Reviews: Julia Coney was one of the first “big bloggers” I ever got to meet and she’s just as awesome today as she was then. I especially love her post about being beautiful in your own way and not ascribing to the Instragram mode of beauty. Please read it!

What’s New: Color Wow Brass Banned Correct & Perfect Mousse / Dark Hair & Blonde Hair Formulas

Color Wow brass banned mousses

Perfect timing! Especially since we were just talking about the cons of going blonde—you’ll definitely need a product to help with the undesirable brassy tones that start to manifest themselves once the elements and water start hitting your hair. Color Wow recently released two formulas of color-toning mousse that utilize basic color theory to temporarily help neutralize brassy hues in blonde and dark hair, Brass Banned Correct & Perfect Mousse.

Brass Banned for Blonde Hair dispenses as a lavender-hued styling mousse, which should help camouflage brassy tones for blondes, while Brass Banned for Dark Hair should do the same for brunettes with its vibrant teal hue. If your hair is color-treated, the chances are the color shifts over time; due to oxidation, and exposure to the minerals in water and everyday elements like the sun.

color wow back

In most cases, just the tap water you wash your hair with is the offending party, causing your expensive dye job to change colors, often shifting orange. Especially for platinum blondes, this is the worst! You’ll need some kind of violet-tinted hair product to help tame those brassy tones. With Brass Banned, you can combine the styling benefits of a medium-hold mousse with a temporary violet-based toner.  [Read more…]

The Truth About Going (Very) Blonde

kim kardashian blonde hair

Yesterday, you more than likely witnessed the debut of some MAJOR hair color changes on two closely-watched celebrities. I know it’s no big secret that people go blonde every day. At one time (albeit, a long time ago), I made a living off of it. But it’s a proven fact that the minute someone high profile debuts a creative hairstyle or color change that’s outside of their usual look, trend “forecasts” get turned on their heads.

Here we go again!

jared leto blonde hair

What scares me about this level of high-lift blonde trend, is that many people flock to the nearest consumer-accessible beauty supply; loading up on plastic gloves, 40 volume developer, and whatever the best, most powerful powdered “bleach” is that the employee promises will get the job done at home. While I’m not here to discourage your wildest, blondest dreams—I am here to help you realize your expectations, and save you pain, potential scalp injury, heartache, time, and money. Here are some real, no BS truths about going very blonde.

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It’s Time For the Big Savings Event on Shopbop, So You Know I Shopped ’til I Bopped!


Wanna know a secret? Aside from being a beauty product addict, I love handbags and shoes even MORE. I haven’t told many people that, but I guess now the secret is out! While I may not have a flashy closet to show for it, I do enjoy shopping online at Shopbop for my accessory staples. But they offer so much more! Like: the most current trends in clothing, designer goods, tech accessories, jewelry, every style and brand of handbag and shoe you could imagine, designer denim, sunglasses, hair accessories, leather goods…and did I mention—THE SHOES?


Whether you’ve got champagne taste on a beer budget (sadly, which is what I suffer from), or you have champagne taste with a champagne budget (a problem that I wish I had), I think you’re covered at Shopbop. And if it’s men’s items you’re after, you’re in luck. Their partner site for men’s goods, East Dane is also participating in The Big Event, with the same promo code: BIGEVENT15  [Read more…]