30 December 2016

Michael Todd Sonic Eraser Pro Review

I received product for being a Michael Todd ambassador.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

My beauty arsenal is full of a range of products in all price ranges.  I have some splurges and some drugstore steals.  One thing I always splurge on though is my skin care.  As I'm in my 30s, I think it's important to use higher quality products for their anti-aging benefits.  When I'm applying my serums and creams, it kills me to think about how much is wasted by getting absorbed into my fingertips and not my face.  Enter the Michael Todd Sonic Eraser Pro.  This revolutionary device helps you apply your skin care products to your face for maximum absorption.  Keep reading for my Michael Todd Sonic Eraser Pro review.

Michael Todd Sonic Eraser Pro review.

Michael Todd Sonic Eraser Pro Review


The Sonic Eraser Pro uses Triplex InfusionTM, which is a 3-in-1 technology to get your favorite creams and serums deeper into your skin.  When you apply your products with your fingertips, they reach the outer layer of skin.  With this device, the creams break through the outer layers of skin to reach the deeper layers, which is where they need to be for the maximum benefit.  



The Sonic Eraser Pro can be used by all skin types.  The device is rechargeable, so you don't have to worry about replacing batteries.  It's easy to use: just pump your skin serum or cream on the device itself or on your fingertip to transfer to the device.


Then use the Sonic Eraser Pro to apply your product to your face.  The device automatically turns on when it touches your skin and turns off again when you move it away from your face.  This is a feature that I absolutely love because I don't have to mess with an on or off switch to use it.  

When you're using it, it oscillates and heats up to 107 degrees help the product absorb deeper.  This feels like a mini spa.  I seriously love using it because it feels so good!  The heat doesn't just feel good, it opens the pores so your product gets absorbed better.  It also creates a negative flow of electrons to push your serums and creams deeper into your skin where they can help your skin.  

In an independent study of 32 women, 75 percent of women reported that their skin felt more hydrated and 72 percent said they used less product for each application.  Personally, I love saving money, especially on expensive products.  

About Michael Todd Beauty


I'm really excited to be a Michael Todd Beauty ambassador this year.  They have a line of skin care made with botanicals and without harmful ingredients, hence their slogan "where science meets nature".  They also have state of the art skincare devices to help your skin look its best.

Click here to learn more about the Sonic Eraser Pro.


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28 December 2016

Introducing the GA-DE Fall Collection

Forgive me for being late with this collection, but I really wanted to share it because I loved it so much.  GA-DE (pronounced Jade) recently sent me their Fall Collection to try out.  I like classic, timeless makeup for my every day looks, and that perfectly describes the GA-DE fall collection.  GA-DE has products for all skin types, and their makeup is practical and timeless.  Their products help you put together an elegant yet effortless look.  

GA-DE fall 2016 collection.



19th Century Beauty Standards + A Diamond Giveaway



Do you ever stop to think about how thankful you were born when you were and not before that?  I'm going to be honest with you all.  I'd have never made it in the 1800s.  Not in America, not in London, not anywhere.  I really love the Internet, my iPhone, and my flat iron too much to have been happy in that time period.  

FX Networks has a new show, Taboo, that's set in London in the 19th century.  My husband and I can't wait to the show to start.  In honor of the show, I'm going to share with you why I wouldn't want to live in the 19th century, specifically because of their somewhat unconventionalif not dangerous!beauty ideas.


27 December 2016

$200 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back to real life.  Maybe you were hoping to find something under the tree but didn't get it.  Or maybe you have some things to buy for your resolutions for the new year.  No matter what you want to buy, I'm sure a $200 Target gift card will help!  I've teamed up with several bloggers to bring you this giveaway.  Good luck!

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26 December 2016

Best Beauty Products for 2017

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Remember last week when I posted my top 10 of 2016 and said I'd be taking a week off?  I spent the entire week in bed sick.  When I wanted some rest, that was not what I had in mind!  I didn't even get our of my pajamas on Christmas.  Thanks to Amazon Prime, my kids had plenty under the tree, and Santa came with the rest of the gifts.  On the bright side, it was a quiet holiday.  

Now that 2017 is almost here, I'm excited for next year's new beauty products.  There are so many things on my list to try next year.  Here are the things I'm most excited to try.  If you've tried any of these, please let me know how you like them in the comments.

20 of the best beauty products for 2017

Best Beauty Products for 2017

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LORAC Unzipped Gold Shimmer and Matte Eye Shadow Palette

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum, Ultra Black, 0.016 Ounce

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation 120 = Y245 - Soft Sand

Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Compact Foundation - Feels Like a BB, Acts Like a Foundation 250 bisque

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Gel Mask and Scrub, 6-Ounce, 2 Count

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate - # 01 Intensity One 14g0.49oz

BECCA Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed - CHAMPAGNE POP

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover, 13.5 Fluid Ounce

Maybelline New York Eyestudio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, Soft Brown, 0.23 Fluid Ounce

Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera ~ 12 oz

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Trooper 0.55 ml0.019 oz

NYX Cosmetics Colored Felt Tip Liner Cobalt Blue

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara .3 oz FULL SIZE

MIZON All In One Snail Repair Cream, 75 Grams

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint In Oil - #04 I Rose You 6ml0.2oz

beautyblender Blotterazzi Pro

GLAMGLOW Super-MudTM Clearing Treatment 1.2 oz

Tarte Maracuja Oil - 1.7 Oz Full Size - New Formula

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel - 25ml0.84oz

Colourpop Sculpting Stix Adulting



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19 December 2016

2016 Top 10 Posts from Everything Pretty

Can you believe that 2016 is almost over?  I know it was a very odd year for many, many people, but it was a great year for me.  We are all healthy, happy, and doing well.  Sure, we've had some set backs this year, but for the most part, this was a great year.  This is the third year that I published my top 10 posts.  I like it because I can look back through the year and see what worked and what didn't work.  It also tells me what kind of posts you all like, so I can bring you relevant content in the future.  If you're new here, you may have missed these posts.  This is a great way to catch up on some posts for my readers too.

16 December 2016

How to Heal Dry, Cracked Hands

This is a sponsored post written for Neutrogena. I was compensated and provided complimentary products for this post. All opinions are my own.

Anyone who knows me knows that winter isn't my favorite season.  I love fall, summer, and spring, in that order.  Me and winter don't get along.  I think I was supposed to be born somewhere tropic, but instead I found myself in Ohio.  Although last year was a light winter, this winter is proving to be more brutal.  I don't like the shorter days, I don't like the cold, and I really don't like the dry skin.  In the winter, my skin gets so dry that it can start to crack and bleed if I'm not careful.  I have to use some seriously hydrating producing in the winter, so that's why I use Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream.  Keep reading to learn how to heal dry, cracked hands.


12 December 2016

30 of the Best Beauty Gift Sets

Whether you're looking for items for your wish list or looking for gifts, you can't go wrong with these best beauty gift sets.  Whether she likes makeup, nail polish, or makeup tools, you'll find what you need here.
30 of the best beauty gift sets.


08 December 2016

Strawberry Watermelon Yogurt Pops Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerryMeals #CollectiveBias

This year, we have quite a few holiday parties to get ready for.  The kids all have parties for the scout troops (that's three parties!), we have a party for karate, and we have a few family and friend parties.  All of these parties means that I'm very busy cooking side dishes for them and preparing for the ones we are having at our house.  Unfortunately, my every day life hasn't slowed down to make room for the extra festivities.  In fact, our schedules are even busier.  I don't have time to run from store to store looking for everything I need for my parties.  That's why I am so thankful for Giant Eagle because I can get everything I need from food to holiday plates to paper towels.  Last week, on our weekly Giant Eagle trip, I picked up what I needed for the scout party.  I know Christmas is a time for candy and chocolate, but I wanted something healthier that would taste great for the kids.  These strawberry watermelon yogurt pops are a healthier alternative, and the kids loved them.




07 December 2016

Fizzy, Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe

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I was diagnosed with migraines when I was a teenager.  I would get the type of migraines that left me in bed in a dark room for days at a time.  Those weren't fun as a high schooler and later a college student.  Thankfully, the migraines went away after I got pregnant with my first son and stayed away until after my youngest was born, but they came back with a vengeance a few years later.   


This time, I was a little more prepared for dealing with a migraine.  My doctor recommended that I take Excedrin® Migraine at the first sign of a migraine because that's the key to preventing a full blown episode.  Luckily, I get an aura before one is about to start, so I can start treatment right away.  I've learned that the medication works better if I relax for a while after taking it.  As most moms know, relaxing with children is next to impossible.  My kids are old enough to be alone while I escape for an hour.  I like to relax in a warm bath with my fizzy relaxing bath salts recipe while I wait for the medicine to work.  Keep reading for the recipe so you can make them for yourself.

fizzy bath salts recipe

06 December 2016

Gift Guide for Makeup Lovers

Sometimes, I don't always know what to ask for for Christmas because I have so much makeup and a large collection of hair products.  My husband wanted a list so he doesn't get me things I already have, so I thought I'd share it with all of you too.  This list has some of my favorite products on it, too.  Ladies, show this to your guys so they can get you an amazing gift this year.  Guys, I'll let you in on a secret: All of these are from Amazon, which means they ship in 2 days with Prime.  You're welcome.

the best gifts for makeup lovers



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Gift Guide for Makeup Lovers


Bareminerals Take a Peek 3-piece Eyecolor Collection

Urban Decay_Alice Through The Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette 1 unit new in box

Smith & Cult Nail Collection Deluxe

Ikee Design Acrylic Jewelry & Cosmetic Storage Display Boxes Two Pieces Set.

One N Only Argan Oil Treatment 8oz 3 Pack

Benefit Cosmetics Bigger & Bolder Brows Kit Color 03 Medium - light to medium brown, redheads neutral-warm

Katy Perry Mad Love 3 Piece Gift Set

Clinique Skin Care Makeup 7 Pc Gift Set 2015 Winter Smart Custom-Repair Serum & More Autumn Nights

Josie Maran Nourishing Argan Oil Skincare Collection Set Holiday 2016

Nails inc Candy Cane Gift Set



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05 December 2016

My Favorite Products for Holiday Parties

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

'Tis the season for parties.  This year, we have Christmas parties almost every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!  I'll be honest with you.  This holiday season has been brutal for me with work and the kids' activities.  I was not looking forward to these parties because I haven't had much time to pamper myself this winter.  Thanks to BabbleBoxx, I now have everything that I need for some serious winter pampering to get ready to my parties.  With help from Chapstick, Katy Perry, Paul Mitchel, and Dr. Brandt, I'll be looking my best for the parties.


ChapStick


My lips get seriously dry in the winter because we have propane heat and wood heat.  Both suck the moisture right out of the air.  Even with a humidfier on the furnace, my lips get dry and cracked.  When they get dry, the only thing that helps is using a lip scrub and keeping them hydrated a few times a day.  ChapStick has been my go to brand for years, and I love them even more for their Total Hydration line because it uses argan oil and omega acids to hydrate lips.  


To start, I use the ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub to gently exfoliate for smoother lips.  It also has coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E, and maracuja for some serious hydration and peppermint for a wonderful smell.

Once I have a clean slate, so to speak, I use ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint to keep my lips soft.  I love it because now I don't have to choose between soft lips and some color.  The tint is perfect for an every day look or a party look, too.  It's made from 100 percent naturally sourced ingredients like rosehip seed oil, so I can serious moisture + tint naturally.  


Katy Perry's Mad Love Fragrance



This is one of the best fragrances I've used in a long, long time.  It is both playful and sexy, so I can wear it to the kids' martial arts party and the adults only office party.  It has top notes of apple sorbet, strawberry, and pink grapefruit with middle notes of peony, jasmine, and bleeding heart.  It's rounded off with coconut wood, musk, and sandalwood.  Just like Katy Perry, I don't spritz it on myself.  I spray the air and walk in to it, but I do spray it on my hair sometimes.  Ladies, this is a seriously whimsical and fun fragrance, perfect for your holiday parties.  

Dr. Brandt 3-D Filler Mask


I'm not getting any younger, but I've never looked my age.  The 3-D Filler Mask is a seriously hydrating mask designed to counteracts the effects of gravity.  It also plumps your skin to smooth out laugh lines.  

To use, "paint" the mask on your face with the included brush.  Brush the mask from your chin to cheek bones and pat the 3-D fillers in to fine lines.  Use daily for best results.  

This is the first volumizing facial mask that you leave on to plump your skin, fill out fine lines, and reshape your natural face contour.  

I have a special offer for my readers from Dr. Brandt.  You can save 20% off the 3-D filler with code BABBLE3D

Paul Mitchell MarulaOil Rare Oil Perfecting Hairspray


Christmastime in Ohio can be tricky.  It can be 60 degrees with a light rain, a snow storm, or bitter cold.  It can make planning a hair style difficult because I don't know what the moisture in the air will be.  With MarulaOil Rare Oil Perfecting Hairspray, humidity isn't a concern.  The spray locks out humidity to control frizz while it holds your hair in place.  I like a natural looking hair spray, and this is it.  Bonus: the marula oil also tames hair and makes it softer.  

How are you getting ready for your holiday parties?


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02 December 2016

Cute, Fun Christmas Party Outfits for Women

Whether you are dressing for a school party, work party, or other type of Christmas party this season, you'll need a cute Christmas party outfit.  Here are 20 pieces that I found on Amazon that will make you the hit of any holiday party.  They can be paired together or with something from your closet for a fun, cute outfit.  And best of all, they are all affordable so you can buy one without cutting in to your gift budget.

cute Christmas party outfits for women



30 November 2016

Cinnamon Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

It's that time of year: time for dry, itchy skin.  My skin gets terribly dry in the winter, so I use scrubs twice a week to keep my skin fresh.  I really like this cinnamon coffee sugar scrub because the oils moisturize my skin while the sugar and coffee slough off dead skin cells to keep my skin feeling and looking better.  Coffee is said to help tighten skin, and it makes an excellent exfoliator.  The cinnamon smells great with the coffee, and it's invigorating when you use this in the morning.  This body scrub recipe also makes a great gift.  You can easily double or triple the recipe to give as gifts.

cinnamon coffee sugar scrub recipe

28 November 2016

Making Smarter Choices With SMARTMADE™


Life is full of choices, and I've been trying to make better ones.  I'm in the midst of a journey to better health, so I've been making better food choices, such as: cutting out excess sugar, grilling foods, eating more vegetables, and only eating foods with ingredients that I can pronounce.  Two weeks ago, things got really busy.  My daughter was in the play, so we had practice four nights a week.  I did try to plan our dinners, but there were days that I would leave at noon and not get home until dinnertime.  That makes it very difficult to eat right, so I stocked up on SMARTMADE ™ by SmartOnes (R) meals.

Making Smarter Choices With SmartMade™

23 November 2016

Autism Wandering Protection with Road ID

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Road ID but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #roadid #RoadIDItsWhoIAm  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

When my sons were diagnosed with autism, our entire world changed.  I knew we were headed towards a new way of life with therapies and strict routines, but nothing prepared me for the wandering.  My oldest son has never wandered, but my younger son, Caleb, is a wanderer.  When he was a toddler, he got outside alone.  After that, we installed alarms on every exterior door.  I felt safer at home, but venturing out in to the real world was a challenge.  When we were in public, I watched my daughter, my husband watched my older son, and we both watched Caleb.  Even with two sets of eyes on him, I was still terrified.  He's 10-years-old now, and the last time that he wandered was just a few months ago.  After that, I wanted to be proactive and get him an ID bracelet from Road ID.

16 November 2016

8 of the Best Products for Brittle Nails

Winter hasn't officially started, but I've broken two nails this week.  It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't break really far back to where I can't even trim them off or break on a sharp angle to where I'm afraid I'll scratch my eye off when I push the hair from my face.  My nails definitely need some of these products for brittle nails!  I don't wear polish often, so that's not even why my nails are brittle.  No matter what's causing it, the dry air definitely isn't helping it at all.  

products for brittle nails