Ready,Set,Pack!

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Are you traveling out of town or just a mini staycation for overnight.
It is so important to pack your summer beauty right! Don’t take everything but the kitchen sink.Keep it simple but take what you want and need.

Here are some of my packing secrets to a lighter beauty bag and without the stress.

First downsize your containers! Don’t take the large hair styling gel,the biggest hand cream or the largest face cream you have.Buy mini travel containers,fill them with your creams,scrubs,face wash etc.
Travel with only the product amount you need for the time you are going to be gone away.

Next put down that large perfume spray bottle or splash. Maybe it is time you tried sleek roll on perfume bottles or take those samples your fave cosmetic counter has given you. Not only will the airline take that bottle you adore.They will take it away FOREVER if you bring it in your carry on or purse…you really don’t need the big bottle.

Sample and mini me sizes work wonders.
They are such a breeze to use and travel with. Take any samples or mini sizes with you in a baggie and USE them! So much lighter and easier.

Scale down that toothpaste tube,shave cream and hairspray too!

Fill your vitamins or any other supplements in a mini vitamin envelope especially made for them. Or put them in a pill pack for on the go.

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Happy Travels,keep a travel journal/diary and TAKE TIME to smell the flowers along the way!

Eventually you gotta say goodybe to your beauty booty!

NB8J8503Now’s the time to take better care of you and your health too.The start of spring or a new year does not mean thinking about losing weight and eating right. Yes, they count however it is also a time to start fresh with your beauty products, makeup brushes and manscaping supplies. Like milk, fruits and other foods your beauty has a shelf life. Once opened, kept too long or stored in a steamy bathroom or car they need to be replaced.

Give yourself a few hours in the morning when you are fresh or a few in the afternoon. Spread out your things on a portable table and evaluate. How long ago did I buy this? When was the last time I used it? Did I ever use it? Does it smell funky or has it gone bad. Did you know once opened even if you have not used it much the air and sunlight affects your product and can change its effectiveness.
Once skin care products hit the light, they lose their super powers. That is why you see so many brands use amber, dark blue or opaque packaging.

Once you have got the old or used products lined up that you do not use anymore…I like to play a game called let’s throw it out. Have a garbage can ready.

Here is my professional guide on how long you should keep your products:
Skin care: A year or more.
Tooth Brush: Throw out every three months at least.
Hair Brush: Once a year.
Sonic Face Cleansing Brush or Toothbrush head: Throw out every three to six months.
Eye cream: A year or more.
Retin-A: Less than a year.
Foundation: Liquid lasts a year or more. Cream a year or two. Powder base lasts the longest.
Lipstick: Two years or more
Lip-gloss or lip balm: lasts approximately a year or two.
Blush: Powder blush lasts approximately 2 years or more & cream blush lasts a year or less.
Lip and eyeliners, brow liners: I find good quality pencils last longer than you think. They can last years.
Liquid or gel eyeliners: Liquid lasts years and gel will only last a year. Less IF you do not close the lid properly. Gel liners dry out fast!
Eye shadow: Powder lasts years unlike crams which last a year or less.
Mascara: A healthy rule is 3 months or more.
Loose powder: Can last years.
Shampoo: A couple of years.
Conditioner: A couple of years.
Nail Polish: A year or more if it does not come out right on the nail when you use it will need to be thrown out.
Perfume OR After-shave: Once opened or closed it does expire. A year or a bit more.
Makeup Brushes or makeup sponges; need your attention too. Replace your sponges often so germs do not build up. A sign they are getting old is when they fray and start to fall apart. If your makeup brushes start fall apart and hairs start to fall out in small or large clumps it is definitely time to think about replacing them. If the hairs separate from the silver ferrule this part and cut your face. throw it out.Not all your makeup brushes just the ones that are not working well when you apply and blend your makeup or falling apart.

When in doubt…if it smells strange, gets rancid or changes color and or doesn’t move and apply like it used to…throw it out.

Once Opened Beauty Expiration Kit is a cool kit that you can mark your products purchase date with a water-resistant label and pen. It comes in a cute kit that lets you know how long you had that product.

Use up what you have and LOVE, throw out what you are NOT using. Do not pass USED makeup on to your daughter, friends’ mom or family. You will spread bacteria and they may even give them a skin or eye infection. While I love saving money it is not worth handing down…just throw the products out.

Do not allow your products to clutter your bathroom or house and get in your way.Deleting and updating these will keep your skin, eyes, face, lips and body healthy.
Guys too this includes you too!

Start spring right and with fresh beauty and a good and healthy habit. It will make a world of difference!

How to get a Perfume custom-made just for HER for Valentine’s day.

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Want a ONE OF A KIND fragrance for yourself or that special someone? It is as easy as 1,2,3!

Here’s how mine happened:

I called 404-202-5503 or you can e-mail after viewing their website…info@blendparfumstudio.com
I told them I was interested in creating a custom all for me kinda fragrance!

They e-mailed me a questionnaire to answer.What are my fav’ colors,flowers,foods,desserts and a few more questions.

She asked me what I wanted to name the fragrance…I told her Naughty Kisses!

She got back with me in a couple of days and what arrived at my door?
This beautiful, sexy floral delight.

For $75.00 and up depending on the size you too can order your own sweet,floral,exotic, sexy sensation too!

Or you can visit their posh and pretty studio in Atlanta (HOTlanta) and play and watch them whip up your perfume delight.
Personalized,personable FUN! I smell delicious. Can you smell me?A touch of peach,musk and more. I love mine you will love one too!

Great UNIQUE GIFT IDEA!Brides,corporate,Girl’s Time Out and more!
What a great experience!!!

By the way, I was not paid to say these words.They are from my heart.

Also available for him!