Year in Review // 2017’s Best in Skincare and Beauty

Year in Review // 2017’s Best in Skincare and Beauty

2017 was definitely the year I started using more beauty products and trying out different brands to find the best in skincare and beauty for my skin. Earlier this year, I was invited to experience a “facial skin reading” at Esthetica MD in Englewood, NJ and I was surprised to learn so much about my skin that I had not previously known.

2017 best skincare

2017 best skincare

As someone who always thought a breakout here and there meant I had oily skin, I was shocked to learn I actually had combo to dry skin, my skin damage was not severe but only topical (meaning it was reversible), and that the texture of my skin was at 95% out of 100% which I was happy to hear!

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The “face chart” created from the machine was able to show all the areas that needed attention the most. It was painless procedure (I just had to rest my chin on the machine), and I learned so much that lead me to find the best of beauty for the best of this year! 

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Some of my skincare staples has been the Calendula Toner from Kiehls  having used it for over 15 years now. But newer brands that I’ve fallen in love with for my combo/dry skin have been Too Cool for School, Tatcha, SKII, Boscia, Pixi and Caudalie! I’ve become a big believer in using face masks so I switch between Dr. Jart’s brightening mask and Too Cool For School’s egg mask (which is perfect for winter!). 

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I keep my makeup relatively simple, although my routine seems intense to some mostly because I really work on prepping my skin before I put on some concealer, setting powder, blush, eyebrow gel, mascara, lipgloss, setting mist (my favorites are from Pixi and NYX), and I’m out the door! But when I find a really good eyeshadow brand, I invest in it! Tarte and Natasha Denona have been two of my favorites to use this year because of their pigmented colors and easy blending, which makes this novice happy to use them! 

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2017 best skincare

2017 best skincare

As you think about entering the colder days of the early 2018 winter, consider how your routine is different from the summer months. With less moisture in the air, finding a balance of products that work for your skin during the various seasons will make a world of difference to how your skin cares for itself. You’ll be happy you did! 

What are some of your favorites skincare products? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to try out some new brands and products. Thank you so much for reading! I plan on sharing more about my skincare and beauty routines on Youtube! If that is something you’d love to see, subscribe here!

Featured // Top Row (L to R): Pink & Blue Co. Necklace | Natasha Denona Palatte | Farsali Face Oil | Dose of Colors Highlighter | Sugar Fix by BaubleBar Necklace & Earrings (all under $30) | Bottom Row (L to R): Caudalie Eye Cream | Tatcha Gold Lipbalm  | Ouai Rose Body Oil | Lano Lip ointment | Boscia Facial Tonic 

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GRWM // Ready to Sparkle for NYE

GRWM // Ready to Sparkle for NYE

I’m back with another giveaway as we begin to wrap up 2017! Who doesn’t love a little sparkle for NYE in their wardrobe? If you haven’t noticed already in reading past posts, I adore the Maggy London brand! They have dresses in all sizes and genuinely make beautiful pieces from great prints to stunning solids with great shapes to compliment any woman. Stay with me until the end to learn how you can win this gorgeous dress!

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I wanted to share a little GRWM (get ready with me!) as I prepared for a glam night out! This dress is undoubtedly perfect for any upcoming holiday party, especially New Year’s Eve! Getting ready for a night out is always fun especially when I get to put on the sparkle, some glow, and red lipstick! How do you plan are you spending your NYE this year?

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Winter can be brutal to exposed skin but I’m not a fan of wearing stockings, so I wear long coats and drench my legs in Ouai Rose Body Oil that hydrates and keeps my skin so soft.

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And if you are going to go glam, you might as well go all in and sparkle from head to toe. I literally have been wearing the Dose of Colors highlighter collaboration with Desi and Katy in Fuego almost everyday as well as Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink lip colors.  I decided to add extra shine with these earrings (only $13) from the Bauble Bar collaboration with Target called SugarFix.

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sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

This year has been filled with so many great moments and I look forward to sharing a wrap-up! One is that I’ve been able to do discover the direction of what I want my content to look like and you’ll see those changes soon. Another is adding a new family member – a furry one – to our home, for our son! It was important for him to have a companion.

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We also have spent time traveling to some great places including this beautiful home in the Pocono’s that will be featured in an upcoming post! It’s the perfect home for a family gathering and close to so many wonderful activities for the winter season!

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sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

And to start 2018 right, I’ve partnered with Maggy London to give away one of these pretty dresses to one lucky reader! Enter below via Rafflecopter for many chances to win or visit me on Instagram for one chance to enter!

How to Enter and Rules

1) You’ll enter via the Rafflecopter image box below. Found it? Good! You’ll have to login using your email address or Facebook account.

2) This giveaway will run from December 28th at 3:30pm and end by December 29th 11:59pm. Yes, more time means more chances!

3) The one winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours about their win and their name will appear in the Rafflecopter below! 

4) The one winner will get receive this dress directly from Maggy London upon replying to an email requesting information for delivery. 

5) If for any reason the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 5 days, an alternate prize winner will be chosen at random.

6) The giveaway is open to US entrants only. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

7) This Season’s Gold is hosting this giveaway sponsored by Maggy London who will be delivering the dress to our winner. 

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Thank you so much for reading and to Maggy London for a wonderful year & partnering on this post!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! // Giveaway – Day 1

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! // Giveaway – Day 1

It’s here! Last year, our weeklong giveaway of gifts was a big hit, so we decided to do it again! I couldn’t be happier to share these giveaways with you as I intentionally planned which brands I wanted to work with and some products that I am thrilled to give away on my own! Are you ready? Some of the giveaways will last 24 hours and some will last 48 hours! If you want a friendly and fashionable reminder sign up for This Season’ Gold newsletter, and you’ll be the first to know what giveaway is coming up next plus some extra special insights in the months to come!

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For Day 1, I have partnered with CStudio Home, a subsidiary of The Company Store, to giveaway a $300 gift card to use on their site for one winner!  I have had the honor of enjoying their luxurious bedding this past year, and I undoubtedly wanted them to be the first big giveaway to kick off the most wonderful time of the year!

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They have the softest bedding around! I am the first to say that if I could just lay in bed all day and do my work from there, I would. However, I always fall asleep under these cozy covers! I can’t wait to hear how much you love their bedding too! Good luck! 

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How to Enter and Rules

1) You’ll enter via the Rafflecopter image box below. Found it? Good! You’ll have to login using your email address or Facebook account.

2) This giveaway will run from December 18th at 12:30pm and end by December 19th 11:59pm. Yes, more time means more chances!

3) The one winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours about their win and their name will appear in the Rafflecopter below! 

4) The one winner will get receive a gift card worth $300 to use online at cstudiohome.com.

5) If for any reason the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 5 days, an alternate prize winner will be chosen at random.

6) The giveaway is open to US entrants only. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

7) This Season’s Gold is hosting this giveaway sponsored by CStudio Home who will be delivering the gift card to our winner. 

8) Prize will be mailed to winner upon receipt of delivery name and address.

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This Season’s Gold // 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This Season’s Gold // 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays everyone! I am excited to return with my second annual Holiday Gift Guide for this season! I have literally spent this entire year learning about so many new products and brands that  I could not wait to share with you, and I know they will make the perfect gift for that special someone in your life (even if it’s just for you!). I am big believer in gifting experiences to be honest, but there’s always something to find for that special someone who you know would appreciate a very special thing! So as I did last year, I’ve specialized my gift guide to get you direct access to the best of the season for those you love!

Enjoy shopping! 

Click below to visit each uniquely curated list! Happy Shopping!

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Thank you for reading! And starting this week, a special announcement plus the return of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Giveaways! See here to learn more!

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Things I Learned // What Busy Moms Don’t Talk About

Things I Learned // What Busy Moms Don’t Talk About

Women are busy these days. Sometimes too busy for their own good, particularly when you’re a Mom. I am one of those women. It seems that because we are so busy, we forget or ignore or just simply avoid taking the time to talk about some of the real issues we are faced with. Most importantly, I wanted to shed some light on what I believe all woman should feel comfortable sharing for the betterment of others.

We can’t do it all.

There. I said it. We really try to do it all. Partly because it feels good when we’ve accomplished something, we try our best to do just about everything. It’s not for not wanting to say ‘no’ as much as it is that our plates are full – home, kids, work, projects, meetings, after school activities, family gatherings, time with friends, planning for time away, actual time away, the unpacking and cleaning after coming back from being away – the cycle continues. I believe it’s time we feel okay with saying to someone – “We can’t do it all”, and we are still good mother’s! One way to manage what we to want to do is creating a time and task calendar. I use the Uncalendar for organizing my teaching schedule, and now also use one for my personal life! It is a true game changer! So even though we can’t do it all, we can at least have a place to manage all that we can do and want to do.

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We eat the burnt toast. (Sometime’s literally!)

That’s right, the burnt toast! How many of you make sure everything is great for everyone else before it’s great for yourself? We know we deserve better, but we seldom do it or too busy to do it. We let the coffee get cold, are too busy to indulge in the fancy and shiny things for ourselves, or don’t do date night as much as we would like (and probably need!) to. I am guilty of that more than I’d like to admit. We know we want the nice things, the good things, things that make us feel great. Moms also don’t talk about the changes in their bodies that keep them from feeling great. Not everyone tells a Mom that with a new baby also comes some things not as wonderful or precious – like bladder leaks! Exactly! I recently was invited to an event by the Always brand to discover one of their new products that help women feel their best. It had me thinking about what it meant for women who suffer from issues that they are too embarrassed to talk about, and how they let it go on without speaking to anyone about it. They feel forced to settle for the “burnt toast”.  I don’t personally suffer from incontinence, but as one of the most natural experiences a woman can have after childbirth or at an older age, no women should have to settle for uncomfortable and ugly underwear that denies her feeling good about herself.  

Did you know 1 in 3 women experience bladder leaks1? I had no idea. It’s not at all uncommon – so why aren’t more moms and women talking about it? The Always Discreet brand let us know that a common complaint from women who experience bladder leaks is there are no stylish options to help protect them. In fact, 2 in 3 women that have tried bladder leak underwear avoid wearing them all together, even when they know they need them2 (settling for that burnt toast!).  At the event, I learned that the Always Discreet brand decided to address the issue for women dealing with incontinence by creating the Always Discreet Boutique underwear, to restore their confidence and make sure woman are putting themselves first and not settling for the burnt toast when it comes to our health.  It’s time Mom’s put themselves first, feel good about doing it, and continue to do the things they love without fear of leaks!  To be able to wear pretty underwear that not only looks good, but solves all of those little problems some women never want to discuss. It’s time you put yourself first, feel feel good about doing it, and go out on date night without any worry! Hint, hint!

 This innovative new product was created after the Alway brand spoke to, and learned from, thousands of real women who experience bladder leaks and feel there shouldn’t have to be a tradeoff between maximum protection and a product that makes them feel beautiful. I also recently learned that 77% of women say the idea of wearing bladder leak underwear makes them feel older than they would like to feel. One of the Always Discreet Boutique scientist actually emptied an entire beaker’s worth of water onto the core of the product. While the core looks and felt very thin, it was able to hold to entire amount of liquid AND feel dry to the touch in seconds. The leading competitors on the market didn’t hold nearly as much liquid and certainly weren’t as dry. Check out the Always Discreet Boutique to see what I mean.

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We deal with anxiety.

Recently, I have started to see an increase in Instagram posts from women that I admire and follow about their struggle with anxiety. I appreciate their candor, because if more of us share stories of what causes our anxiety, we’ll know there is a larger support system out there from women we admire. There are varying degrees of anxiety. And while I am no psychologist, I do know that anxiety can be triggered by stress, past experiences or other factors. For me, anxiety is something I only started to experience more after losing my daughter, just 3 years ago tomorrow. It creeps up when I am overwhelmed by too much to do and need a moment to stop myself. It’s those brief bursts of panic that many women deal with, and we don’t do enough of talking about it. We need to recognize it happens and that we are not alone. One way to deal with moments of overwhelmingness has been the Breathe app. I found it only after receiving the new Apple Watch 3 for my birthday. I love using it to help feel centered and to take a moment for myself without the rush of the day or the regret of taking a moment to pause the chaos around me!

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Thank you so much for reading! And thank you to Always Discreet for partnering on this post!

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1Fem Care AI analysis – “Nielsen Homescan Panel ending March 2012 looking at Fem Care purchases in HH 50+ that have no teenagers at home.” 2The Always Discreet Boutique Online Study was conducted by MSLGROUP Research.