Staycation Ideas to De-Stress, and Recharge!

This post is sponsored by Jergens®

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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!

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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!

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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.

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


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Win It! Crest Sensi-Stop Strips w/ $75 CVS Gift Card GIVEAWAY


I occasionally suffer from sensitive teeth, and this time of year makes them even more sensitive! My bottom teeth will inevitably go crazy as I sip spiced hot apple cider next week, when I bite into our delicious holiday pies, and while enjoying special dinners and chilly desserts. Even with my morning coffee, my teeth can send terrible twinges of pain to let me know just how unhappy the are with me. So to be able to use something over-the-counter that really helps and doesn’t create a mess or require several steps—is a blessing!

I’ve got a GREAT giveaway at the bottom of the post, where you can win all of the items pictured above—so keep reading!

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With just 10 minutes, and one strip, Crest Sensi-Stop Strips™ can provide up to a month of sensitivity relief. I can barely feel them on my gum line, they don’t hurt, or leave a bad, chemical taste in my mouth. And—I’ve noticed less tooth sensitivity on the bottom row when I reach for my morning cup of hot coffee this week!

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You’re All Set for a Flawless Face with Laura Mercier’s Foundation Wardrobe!

Laura Mercier Flawless Face

I think we all have that little black dress that we feel good in, and maybe you even have a little section of your closet that’s designated for the clothes that make you look and feel your best. (I know I do, even though it’s a very small section!) What I also have, is a foundation “wardrobe”. I have a drawer in my makeup area that is designated to hold just the foundations and primers that make my skin look and feel its best, depending on the occasion. I feel like in that department, Laura Mercier is the foundation expert.

I have a favorite designer that makes jeans and dresses that fit my body the way I like, and Laura Mercier is one of my favorite “designers” that creates complexion and makeup pieces that suit my skin perfectly—depending on my mood, desired look, and occasion. Let’s take a closer look at those complexion faves of mine!

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For me, it all first starts with a foundation primer. I love…

  • Foundation Primer Radiance — This adds the most gorgeous, flattering pearl glow to the skin without going overboard. As I age, I think the key to keeping my skin looking youthful, is to keep it looking radiant. This primer does the trick! It adds a pretty soft-focus glow to my skin, and I prefer to wear it with foundations that give full coverage, so that my skin doesn’t look dry or “flat”. It’s a neat little trick, especially if contouring and highlighting isn’t your thing! ($33)
  • Foundation Primer — Laura Mercier’s original Foundation Primer is an easy, no frills, lightweight gel that you apply prior to any foundation to keep the color of your foundation true, and to promote beautiful, long wear. I love this under her Tinted Moisturizer, because it doesn’t add any weight to my skin—especially because I reach for the Tinted Moisturizer when I’m looking for protection and lighter coverage. It feels and looks invisible, but keeps everything in place. ($33)

In the foundation/coverage department, I choose…

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer — When it comes to tinted moisturizer, I don’t think there are any better than Laura Mercier! I’ve been wearing it for decades! I prefer the original version—it has the perfect amount of hydration, SPF 20 protection, and color payoff on my skin. It offers light coverage, but is totally buildable. I love the natural, healthy dewy look it gives my skin, and makes my skin look polished in just seconds. My shade in the Tinted Moisturizer is Blush. ($43)

The key to a flawless face is applying foundation and coverage products only where you need them, to get the most natural look. Also, try working with your fingers since they often make the best tools! You don’t need any special applicators or brushes while applying these products.

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Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Blush, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Pink Pop Lip Glacé.

  • Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide — This is the newest innovation in the Laura Mercier complexion line, and it’s so beautiful! Naturally matte and oil-free, you’ll want to shake this dual-phase liquid for at least 10 seconds. Then, apply just a few drops on the back of your hand and apply with fingertips, blending from the middle of your face, out. A little of this product goes a LONG way to blur imperfections. It’s very pigmented and it doesn’t take a lot of it to get coverage. I love that nearly any skin type can wear this formula since it’s so forgiving. If I want full coverage, I apply it directly with my fingers. If I want to tone it down a little bit, I’ll moisten a sponge and softly blend it out to sheer it down just a touch. With 24 shades available, I just know you’ll find a match! My shade is Ivory. ($48)

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Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer/Radiance, Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Ivory, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Créme Coral.

A few other Laura Mercier goodies to complement your flawless face…

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left to right: Bare Baby, Nectar, Pink Pop, Orchid

  • Laura Mercier Lip Glacé — These high-shine and nicely pigmented glosses aren’t sticky, and they feel great on my lips. They suit all skin tones and offer long-lasting color and shine. ($25)

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left to right: Rosegold, Amethyst, and Tuxedo

  • Caviar Stick Eye Colour — Eyeshadow does not get any easier than this! These creamy color sticks are available in 23 beautiful hues and glide along the eyelid smoothly for long-wearing color. Try sheering them out with a fingertip for a sheer wash of color, or you can even wear them under powdered shadows to anchor them to the skin. I especially love Rosegold—what a beautiful everyday shade! ($28) 

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left to right: Spiced Rose, Créme Coral, Red Amour

  • Créme Smooth Lip Colour — The ultimate in comfortable lipstick, this luxe formula gives me full coverage in a single swipe, without the pigment drying my lips after several hours of wear. Very creamy, and long-wearing!  ($27)

The finishing touch…

laura mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara

  • Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara — I can really build up the volume and length with this, without any clumping! It also holds a curl to my otherwise flat lashes all day, sans flaking. Available in black, I think it looks shiny and voluminous on my puny lashes! I’m wearing it in both full-face photos above. ($25)

Want to start your own flawless face foundation wardrobe with Laura Mercier? You’ll find her products at Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Nordstrom, and

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Show them your fresh face for a chance to win $1,000 of Laura Mercier products. Use the hashtag #LMFlawlessContest

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Laura Mercier through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Laura Mercier, all opinions are my own.

I Heart Bain de Terre, So Enjoy Exclusive Beauty Junkies Savings!

Bain de Terre Passion Flower

I spend a small fortune on my hair color, between the base color and the highlights, and as a result—I can be a little picky when it comes to my hair products. A few months ago, I was introduced to the Passion Flower Collection from Bain de Terre, and I fell in love!

At first, I couldn’t believe that this salon-only brand had such incredibly affordable price points. And then, the lovely fragrances in the products transported me to some place tropical in my mind. (Well hello there, coconut oil, gardenia extract, black currant, argan, and monoi oils!) While I’m a fan of the Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner (they’re both paraben-free), I also like the Passion Flower Color Brightening Finishing Spray. My hair stays in place all day, and the argan and monoi oils leave it super shiny without any dryness.

If you’re not familiar with Bain de Terre, they’ve been used in the best salons and trusted by salon professionals for ages! Bain de Terre offers hair-healthy, botanical-rich products and treatments for every hair type and for all of your styling needs. Check these collections out:

Ready to try Bain de Terre? You can save 25% off all of your Bain de Terre product purchases exclusively on with promo code BDTBJ25.

Leave a comment, let me know what you’ve tried, want to try, or what you’re picking up!

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Join the Neutrogena Sun Safety Tweet-a-Thon Today!

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I am SO incredibly honored to be able to share important sun safety facts today on such a large scale, because sun safety is potentially LIFE SAVING. Today, I hope you’ll join a group of Neutrogena Ambassadors (like myself) and celebrity spokespersons in a one-of-a-kind Tweet-a-Thon with Neutrogena that will take place from 9am EDT, to 9pm EDT today. We’ll make it worth your while—the prizes are INSANE.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking—who has time to be on a 12-hour Twitter party? Not to fear! We’ve broken it up for you so you can join in for as long or as short of a time as you want! Each hour will focus on a certain topic and will feature some celeb guests. Do names like Emma Roberts, Kristen Bell, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle UnionHayden Panettiere, Julie Bowen, and Bella Thorne ring a bell? I thought so!

Use #ChooseSkinHealth, and follow along all day today on Twitter when you can! We’d love to engage with you!

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Join Me for the Boots Beauty USA #ArchMadness Twitter Party!

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It’s time for #ArchMadness!

I hope you’ll join myself and Boots Beauty for a fun Twitter party on Thursday, March 27th at 7-8pm EST. We’ll be discussing eyebrows, beauty, and more! Just follow @beautyjunkies and @bootsbeautyusa, and use #ArchMadness. I’ll be giving away several prizes that you won’t want to miss!

Some of my fave eyebrow/lash products we’ll discuss…

  • No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum — Fuller, thicker and darker lashes after just eight weeks with No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum. The unique blend of ingredients helps improve the quality of the growth of eyelashes. When used daily, 82% of women saw an overall noticeable improvement in their lashes.
  • No7 Lash & Brow Perfector — No7 Lash & Brow Perfector provides defined lashes and brows all day long. The gel-like conditioning formula gives natural definition, without color, to the lashes while also taming and setting eyebrows. A specially designed brush with long bristles on one end for lashes and shorter bristles on the other hand for brows disperses the lightweight gel for perfectly defined eyes.
  • No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil — (available in Brown, Blonde, and Black) This defining eye pencil helps ‘fill in’ brows. It has its own brush which helps to tame and groom the brows.
  • Botanics Eyebrow Pencil — (available in Medium Brown) The Power of Plants! This Soft Eyebrow Pencil Contains Skin-Conditioning Jojoba Oil. It’s armed with a brush, helping to define the perfect brows to frame your face.

I look forward to chatting with you on Thursday night! Bring your eyebrow and beauty questions!

Taking the Taboo Out of Women’s Hair Loss

hair lossWhen I was a teenager, I was sick for an entire summer with an illness. By the time I was well enough to go to school, I had lost a LOT of hair. It took a long time for things to go back to normal, and I remember being so embarrassed by some of the small patches I had on my scalp.

It turns out that feeling insecure because of your hair (or lack thereof it) happens more than we think.

In a recent study, 91% of the 1,000 women surveyed indicated that their hair was part of their identity. When asked to rank the stress caused by aspects of their physical appearance—more women attributed a higher level of stress to hair loss than cellulite, weight gain, or the appearance of their skin. That’s really telling!

Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women

Since about 45% of women will end up with hair loss in their lifetime, and 60% of women agree that women losing their hair will never be socially acceptable—what can we do about it?

Pantene has an answer for us! The new Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil is FDA-approved, and clinically proven to help regrow hair for those experiencing hereditary hair loss. When applied to the scalp twice a day as recommended, Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women invigorates shrunken hair follicles, which increases their size and helps to regrow thicker hair over time. Depending on the degree of hair loss, women should see moderate hair regrowth after 4 months of continued use.

Most hair regrowth treatments out there are expensive, and they have a terrible medicinal scent to them. With this, we don’t have to be embarrassed—because it’s unscented and affordable. We finally have something that’s just for us, taking the taboo out of women’s hair loss. With Pantene’s Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women, those suffering from heredity hair loss can see results, while maintaining their normal styling routine, making it easier than ever to grow the hair you were meant to have.

Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil can be found at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Learn more at

Miraculous Multi-Taskers: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Sprays

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A few years ago, I was getting a haircut at a super swanky Beverly Hills salon. You know the kind, the one where a haircut costs more than your monthly car payment? (Shhh! I was treating myself, and it was a GREAT haircut.) Anyway, this salon had their own exclusive line of products, so imagine my surprise when my stylist quickly grabbed a cobalt bottle out of his drawer, sprayed it generously on my hair, then discreetly tucked the bottle back in his station as fast as he possibly could.

You know my curiosity was totally piqued and I asked him what it was. He confided in me that it was none other than It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In, and that it’s the best leave-in product he’s ever used in all of his years of experience. (And then he begged me not to say anything to anyone inside.) He loves it so much, that he’s willing to be caught using it at his elite salon! I knew I had to have it after that, and purchased a bottle the very next day. I’ve sincerely loved it ever since.

What I didn’t know, is that there’s an It’s a 10 leave-in for every need/hair type. While I think all of them are great after trying them—here’s the product break down so that you can find the one that’s best for you. It really is a simple beauty solution with five unique formulas!

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Original

The products are called It’s a 10, because they have the ability to do 10 things, and that they do! With panthenol, sunflower seed extract, green tea extract, silk amino acids, and Vitamin C this is a real hair treat. I use this on wet hair before combing and before my styling products. Surprisingly—I don’t find that it weighs my hair down at all. Plus, it’s smells great!

This has the ability to:

  • repair dry, damaged hair
  • add shine
  • smooth & control frizz
  • protect hair color
  • detangle
  • prevent split ends
  • help stop breakage
  • create silkiness
  • enhance natural body
  • flat iron spray & thermal protector

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In For Blondes

As a former hairstylist myself, I can tell you that blonde hair strands lack some of the integrity that darker hair tones do, they’re much more sensitized—especially if you’re blonde with a little help from your colorist. As a blonde, you need a little extra help to protect your strands, and this is a great choice. Within its 10 benefits, I especially love that this acts as a UV protectant, seals the cuticle to protect porosity, reduces fading, and helps tone a little bit of the brassiness you might get—because it has a little bit of a pale purple tint which can neutralize brassy tones. Not totally blonde? That’s okay, because if you have any highlights, this will still be a good choice for protecting your delicate, lightened hair.

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Just like color-treated hair, hair that’s been chemically straightened needs special love, too! This will help maintain those pricey keratin treatments, bring out hair luster, and helps fill in some of that missing protein. As a great multi-tasker, you can use this on wet hair before styling, or a little bit on dry hair as a styling creme. It contains silk amino acids, hydrolyzed keratin, sunflower seed extract, and panthenol to help provide nutrition to your chemically straightened hair.

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite

Very fine hair also needs nourishment, and if you’re concerned that any of the above may be too heavy on your hair—you should look into Miracle Leave-In Lite. It provides all of the benefits; enhances body, weightlessly detangles, adds silkiness, adds shine, blocks humidity, protects color, prevents split ends, eliminates frizz, acts as a thermal protector, and offers environmental protection. It does all of this pretty weightlessly, which is amazing, given its light texture.

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It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Leave-In

One of the newest additions to the line, Silk Express combines the powerful benefits of the original leave-in spray with all of the nurturing benefits of silk. With hydrolyzed silk, panthenol, and coumarin, this is the ultimate treat for sensitized hair, or for those with healthy hair that want to keep it that way! Get extra shine, smoothness, eliminate dryness, and score additional conditioning benefits without any of the build up or weight.

Which It’s a 10 Leave-In Spray sounds perfect for you?

It’s a 10 Haircare products provide exceptional results designed to deliver a combination of 10 benefits – all in one bottle. Now, through our exclusive professional salon formulas, you can enjoy shine, moisture balance and healthy movement with just one product. We call it “strength in simplicity” and it will undoubtedly change the way you think about hair care.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by It’s a 10 via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of It’s a 10.


Holiday Gifting: Perfect Stocking Stuffers

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This is the final countdown to get that last minute Christmas shopping in, how’s yours going? The one thing I always forget is stocking stuffers, and by the time I go back—it’s all picked over and not what I would have liked to give. So do yourself a favor. Get thee to Target and pick up two of the best (and most useful) products that I found. (I even bought a few to stash away, because it’s NIVEA—and you can never go wrong.) Check these out!

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NIVEA Limited Edition Kiss Me Keepsake Tin

I’ve been singing the praises of the Lip Butter tins for over a year now. First, they taste and smell delicious enough to eat (but please don’t), and they keep my lips feeling soft and comfy, despite wearing the most drying of matte lipsticks. With the heater on this time of year, my lips look scaly and cracked sometimes when I wake up in the morning. NIVEA Lip Butters put an end to that madness. While this tin I picked up on has the Raspberry Rosé Kiss flavor, there are some other delicious flavors available for individual purchase. Also try Caramel Cream Kiss, Smooth Kiss (great for guys), and Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss. Also, tuck that Kiss of Shimmer balm in your handbag for effortless lippie touch-ups on-the-go with plenty of moisture. $4.99, Target (Comes with 2 Lip Butters, and one Kiss of Shimmer Lip Balm Stick.)

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NIVEA Creme Travel Size Tin 1 oz.

NIVEA Creme is an icon! This mini 1 oz. size is perfect for travel or handbags, and is the ultimate multi-tasker for dry skin. It’s nice and rich without feeling too heavy or greasy, and works fantastically on elbows, arms, legs, feet, hands, you name it! Kiss cracked, dry skin goodbye with NIVEA Creme. While you’re at it, pick one up for the guys—it’s great for them too! Get a load of this—it’s a whopping .97 at Target! When you fall in love with it (and you probably will), there are larger sizes available to buy year-round.

This post is in partnership with NIVEA, however all opinions remain the author’s alone, and do not reflect those of the brand.