Celebrate Moms: Even Glow Vitamin C Serum

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

In the last installment of the Celebrate Moms Gift Guide, we gave our faces a deep cleanse with a mud facial.  So, now that we are all squeaky clean, it's time for a nourishing serum. I love serums because they are light and absorb quickly – perfect for the heat and humidity that is quickly approaching.

Today we are looking at the Even Glow Vitamin C Serum by Valentia Skin Care.

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I'm a huge citrus fan, something about the smell just makes me happy. So, naturally, my favorite part of this serum is the lovely grapefruit smell.

Vitamin C serums are used to heal sun damage, even skin tone, and increase collagen production. I have only been using the Even Glow for five days, and it takes four weeks to see any skin changes. So, while I can't comment on it's effectiveness, I am impressed with the ingredients and enjoy the consistency. And for the price, I think this serum is a great skincare choice.

The Even Glow Vitamin C Serum can be purchased on Amazon.

Talk to me: Do you use any serums in your skincare routine?

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Celebrate Moms: Pampering with Adovia Mud Mask

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

MothersDay BannerBefore Ella:

I never went to bed with makeup on, I did my hair every morning, and never spent the day in pjs.

After Ella:

I sleep in makeup more often then not, my hair is in a permanent bun, and my daily outfit involves some sort of sweat pant more than I would like to admit.

I know this phase of babyhood is fleeting, and soon enough, I'll be back to my regular routines. Until then, there are special days to look forward to. Special days where a dose of pampering will be required. May 11th is one of those days; for Mother's Day this year why not start with a relaxing facial. Perhaps a mud mask?

Adovia Mud Mask

There is something inherently luxurious about a mud facial. It's also fun walking out of the bathroom with mud all over your face and scaring your husband and baby! This Adovia Mud Mask is a great option. After 20 minutes with this mask, my skin was so soft and it really helped clear away those pesky blackheads.

Bonus – The Adovia Mud Mask comes in a fairly large tube, so you will get many pampering sessions for your dollar.

The Adovia Mud Mask can be purchased on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Beautiful and Cheap Easter Basket Ideas

cheap easter basket ideasIn a few days, Ella will celebrate her first Easter. She is just starting to toddle around, so I am looking forward to hiding brightly colored eggs in the yard and doing all the fun things that happen on this special holiday. Of course, she is only 11 months old, so spending a lot of money is totally unnecessary.

Cheap Easter Basket Ideas

I love the Dollar Store for holiday decorations; this lovely Easter basket with all the trimmings was only $7!

cheap easter basket ideasPutting this basket together took maybe five minutes. A handful of Spanish Moss in a cute little tin bucket topped with silk flowers, chocolate and plastic eggs with little treats (her favorite yogurt drops) is all it took to create an adorable Easter surprise! I also found a precious pink headband to go with her outfit (see the middle photo above).

I think it turned out really cute, and I can't wait for her to wake up to this colorful basket on Easter morning!

 

Find more recipes, crafts and other Easter themed posts in the link up below!

 

I was not compensated for this post.

Outfit| The Wilma Leopard Print Dress

"Hey, there Wilma!" Every time I wear this dress it always draws this same comment from my darling husband. Yet I love it.  The leopard print and bright blue background always make me smile.

Last weekend was so beautiful here in Florida, and we took Ella to the pool for the first time this year. We had a wonderful time, and this outfit perfectly matched the fun, laid back feel of the last few days.

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A Target clearance find, these white crop pants seem to pop up in a lot of my outfits. I love white pants for Spring – so bright and fresh.

My sister actually thrifted these nude, strappy sandals, and I snuck them from her. Having a sister who wears the same size in clothing and shoes is amazing!

On my wrist – a turquoise wrap bracelet paired with a rose gold watch. I absolutely adore this color combo.

 

I was not compensated for this post.

Couture Gel Nail Polish Review: Gel Nails at Home

Couture Gel Nail Polish Giveaway

One winner will receive the Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit with everything needed for a beautiful at-home gel manicure!

 

I am generally a fairly low maintenance gal – not the type to frequent salons. Unfortunately, after receiving a gift card for a spa manicure, I fell in love with gel polish. It's unfortunate because my spa of choice charges $40 for this service. Gel polish is so appealing to me because, as a new mom, regular polish doesn't hold up more then a day. A gel mani stays shiny and chip-free for several weeks, and there is something about a great looking manicure that makes me feel "put together."

So what's a thrifty girl with a passion for gel manicures to do? Well, she finds an at-home gel polish kit. After some hunting, I came across Couture Gel Nail Polish. What intrigued me about this brand is the absence of compounds such as formaldehyde, toluene or phthalates. Meaning: it doesn't have the strong smell of traditional polish. I can finally paint my nails next to my husband and not be relegated to a far corner of the house!

Couture Gel Nail Polish Review

The Couture deluxe kit comes with absolutely everything you need: 3 Couture Gel Nail Polish colors, base coat, top coat, LED lamp, instructional DVD and brochure, cleanse and remove products, plus a bonus salon quality manicure tool kit and cosmetic case.

Doing gel nails at home is easy, although it does take some practice. It's basically like using any other nail polish except you cure your nails under an LED lamp after each coat.

Each kit comes with your choice of three polishes. I chose: In the Spotlight (red with subtle shimmer), Off the Shoulder (bright pink), and Million $ Tweet (lovely, light blue shade).

  • Your choice of 3 Couture Gel Nail Polish colors
  • Base Coat
  • Super Shine Top Coat
  • LED Espree Salon Lamp with 30 second dry time
  • Instructional DVD and brochure
  • Exclusive Cleanse and Remove Products
  • And a bonus salon quality manicure tool kit
  • Zippered Cosmetic Case
  • - See more at: http://www.couturegelnailpolish.com/products/deluxe-gel-nail-polish-kit.html#sthash.hE5dZJd8.dpuf
  • Your choice of 3 Couture Gel Nail Polish colors
  • Base Coat
  • Super Shine Top Coat
  • LED Espree Salon Lamp with 30 second dry time
  • Instructional DVD and brochure
  • Exclusive Cleanse and Remove Products
  • And a bonus salon quality manicure tool kit
  • Zippered Cosmetic Case
  • - See more at: http://www.couturegelnailpolish.com/products/deluxe-gel-nail-polish-kit.html#sthash.hE5dZJd8.dpuf

IntheSpotlight

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 I love the glossy finish of the Couture polish and the long-lasting wearability. Look at the photo below. This is my Million $ Tweet mani on day one and then on day seven. They are basically identical!Couture Gel Nail Review

Buy Couture

The Deluxe Gel Nail Polish Kit can be purchased for $129.00 at couturegelnailpolish.com.

Also check out the different colors and nail designs on their Facebook page.

 

I have a material connection because I received items that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this review. No monetary compensation was or will be received. All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts.