Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Target Beauty Essentials

Danna (our consultant on all things beauty) is back!
Follow her on IG @mymakeupvice

As I approach my late 30’s, I needed to up the ante on my skincare routine - but it seemed overwhelming on where to start. Lordy, I’m in my late 30’s still rocking the Clinique 3-step routine from my teens. I have spent the better part of this decade pregnant or breastfeeding, so I was nervous about switching to stronger products. After countless trips to the dermatologist and hours of reading online blogs, I decided that everyone had a different opinion on how to best combat the signs of aging. I was worried about spending a lot of money on products that may or may not work, so I kept it simple.

 Differin Acne Treatment is not just your high schooler's acne treatment. Differin is the first and only FDA-approved full prescription retinoid available without a prescription. I added Differin gel into my nightly skin care routine and have been pleasantly surprised. It is safe to use while pregnant and breastfeeding, although you should still check with your doctor. Even though, it’s advertised as an acne treatment, it is a retinoid that I use on my entire face and neck after cleansing and toning. Finish it off by using a moisturizer on top and DON’T forget sunscreen. Totally worth the investment of $25, it has helped me with fine lines, texture and pigmentation issues.

Differin Acne Treatment

Up and Up Scent Escapes Shaving Cream in Coconut Orchid - I just had my third child in four years. Instagram and Facebook have me envying everyone’s summer vacations. Beach side shots of people’s feet in the sand, friends sun kissed faces in exotic locations have me dying to get away. Alas, the three kids have my jet setter legs grounded. So, in between dress up and playing family (which I don’t understand why we need to “play” family. I live “family” everyday) I find some time to take a shower and occasionally shave my legs. When I open up this shaving gel and smell the sweet island scent of coconut, I am transported to a faraway place where I can almost hear the sounds of waves crashing and music playing. If you hate shaving, but love pina coladas, check this out. 

Up and Up Scent Escapes Shaving Cream in Coconut Orchid

Pixi makes a stellar Glow Tonic which is a glycolic acid that exfoliates while leaving the skin glowing. Worth a shot, it sells for $15 and its list of ingredients rival that of other high end acids sold in Sephora for triple the price.
Pixi Glow Tonic
Need a sun kissed glow without the expensive beach vacay? Try Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso. Some would suggest this is a dupe for Nars famous Orgasm blush, but I think it stands alone. This blush will leave your cheeks flushed and youthful. It is neutral enough to compliment warm and cool tones and it is good in quality and color.
Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso


Have you heard about the original Beauty Blender and the airbrush look it gives to your foundation?  If you don’t want to splurge, try the Real Techniques sponge. While I prefer the original, no doubt this sponge is a close second. Especially with the $6 price tag.
Real Techniques sponge
The next time you are in Target, look to add these beauties to your cart!  Don't forget if you are a Red card holder you get 5% off any purchase and free shipping!


Happy Target Shopping!
Danna
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Embrace the Shake at Studio Novo

Holy abs!  This class is not your average barre/pilates class.  Talk about challenging!  I have to say its become one of my new faves.  You are engaging your muscles for the entire class, and there is hardly ever a break.  It's definitely one of the more challenging abdominal workouts that I have ever done.  I love how this workout creates a long lean muscle look for your body.  You know I am all about music, and they play a great playlist to keep you motivated and moving during class.

I love to mix this workout in with some of my other favorites like Barry's Bootcamp and Core Power Yoga's Yoga Sculpt class.  The Megaformer machine brings a new intense level to my workout that I haven't had before. The instructors are great, and super helpful with making sure you are using the correct form.  Don't worry if they come over to adjust you during class, I get corrected all the time.  There are so many different exercises to learn and master, its a fun learning and burning experience.



Owner Ana Tefel explains a little more about Studio Novo:

Studio Novo offers the Lagree Fitness Method, which is a workout performed on a machine called the Megaformer. The Megaformer's unique design allows for a workout that incorporates strength, cardio, endurance, balance, core strength and flexibility.   Studio Novo offers 50 minute, full-body workout classes.  The Megaformer allows for a workout that is low-impact on the joints, while being intense on the muscles.  There are 10 Megaformers in each studio, so a maximum of 10 people per class, which allows for a personal training feel, with the motivational benefits of a group class setting.  The Lagree Fitness Method is great for both men and women of all ages and fitness levels. 





The body shake effect you get is no joke so you will know for sure it is working!  I truly think that if you incorporate this in your workout routine you will see a change in your body and muscles quickly.  Be sure to sign up ahead of time because classes fill up quickly.

They have two locations:

Cool Springs:
9040 Carothers Pkwy #103
Franklin, TN 37067

Nashville:
99 White Bridge Rd. #202
Nashville, TN 37205

Embrace the shake,
Crystal
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Monday, October 2, 2017

ShopBop Faves

Levi's 721 High Rise Jeans + Vanessa Mooney Tassel Earrings + Rebecca Minkoff Satchel
The legendary Shopbop sale is going on with only 1 day left!  The amazing thing about this sale is that full-price and sale items are included!  Shopbop also offers Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping + free returns.

-Get 20% off orders under $500

or

-Get 25% off orders of $500 or more

Use the code:  EOTS17

This is a great time to stock up on basics or those trendy sale pieces that you don't want to pay much for.  I linked some of my fave closet staples and wished I had gotten them on sale!

These Levi's are easily my fave denim in my closet!  They never stretch out and the distressed look isn't going out of style anytime soon
These Vanessa Mooney beauties are the perfect pop to any outfit and come in several colors!

This Rebecca Minkoff satchel is the perfect size and is easily adaptable with a removable strap.  This light blue color is sold out but I'm obsessed with the olive color- which is perfect for fall!

Check out some other items you need to scoop up before the sale is over!


Happy Shopping!
Amanda

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