Bain de Terre #TwitterParty 8/7/14 at 1pm EST

  Join me on Thursday, August 7th at 1pm EST for a #BaindeTerre Twitter Party. We’ll be tweeting about preserving your hair color, and giving more details about this naturally indulgent, paraben-free, color-safe hair care line that is infused with argan and monoi oil. Here’s the prizes you can look forward to: Bain de Terre Passion Flower Read more

LAQA&Co Fat Lip Pencil

I love products with a story behind them, which is why I am positively crazy in love with LAQA&Co. Fat Lip Pencils. The Fat Lip Pencil is a glossy jumbo lip pencil that does not need a sharpener, which I think is absolutely brilliant because there is nothing worse than Read more

Karin Herzog Choco2 Face Cream Review

I've always considered myself lucky when it comes to my skin.  Sure I've had the occasional pimple or was inconvenienced by random dry skin or oily skin a times, but it was never out of control or got to the point where it was a stressor for me. I wish I would Read more

La Fresh hello Eco-Beauty Lip Treat Review

In the summer, the last thing I want to do is to apply any sort of sticky or gooey product to my lips.  I am a lip gloss fanatic, but even the lightest gloss is too much product for me when it's sweltering.  I will usually just opt for Read more

Sabon Loofah Soap

// // Exfoliating my body is one of those acts of beauty that I try to perform about twice a week. I love how soft, smooth and radiant my skin feels and look after exfoliating.However, as much as I love freshly exfoliated skin, sometimes I am just too lazy Read more

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How Do You Organize Your Beauty Products?



I honestly admit that I have an organization problem. Way too many beauty products and not enough counter space.

I also find that the more makeup bags I have, the more products they accumulate, many times well past their expiration date. So let me share with you what my upstairs bathroom looked like before I was sent Caboodles Gilded Pleasure Nail Valet and their Cosmetic Counter Tray.

Beauty Product Organizing (before and after!) feat @caboodles Read more

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Lulah Citron Body Mist Review

Lulah Citron

I’m a huge Thymes fan and couldn’t wait to breathe in the scents of their new “fashion-fragrance brand” bath and body collection, Lulah. This line is aimed towards a younger shopper with fun, fresh, and flirty scents . . . but that didn’t stop me from falling head over heels in love with the super fresh Citron!

The Lulah line includes body wash, body lotion, body mist and hand cream, available in 5 scents: Citron, Peony, Magnolia Fig, Vanilla Orchid, and Tamarind Ginger. I sampled all of them, but adored Citron. I’m a huge fan of lemon-vanilla scents, but Lulah’s Citron body mist ($11) stood out from all the rest. It seems brighter, lighter, and sweeter than other citrus scents. It’s enchanting and to put it simply: it’s ME. This scent has ME written all over it. Citron by Lulah features pink grapefruit, lemon, basil and tea leaf. Read more

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Quick Ways to Subside Caregiver Role Strain



Tips for Caring for the CaregiverSome of you reading this post may be wondering what in the world caregiver role strain is, while others know all to well what it is and may be wondering what, if anything, they can do about it.

First and foremost a caregiver is simply someone who provides care for another person, such as a mom for her child with special needs, a nurse, a grown child caring for their chronically ill parent, etc.… The University of Wisconsin describes caregiver role strain as follows, “when caregivers find it hard to perform their roles or feel stressed by situations such as: financial burden, increased responsibility, change in family life, role change” (www.uwhealth.org, 2013).

Now one might be saying, “Courtney, don’t almost all of us fit into that category?!” Read more

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Sally Hansen #IHeartMyNailArt Manicure Party

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Sally Hansen beach colors

The beach. Water, sand and sunlight have always been my inspiration. I grew up in Rhode Island and spent most of my time at the beach. Now I live in the Poconos, but instead of the ocean, I have the lake here as my refuge. It seems that surf and sand were never meant to be a long distance relationship for me. It’s the sparkle of the sunlight, the shimmering water, the texture of the sand and the bright, cheery colors that you see at the beach that were the inspiration behind my #IHeartMyNailArt Sally Hansen + Walgreens party for me. Read more

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Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask Review


Even in my late 30′s I get acne. Sometimes nothing for months at all, sometimes repeatedly for months on end. Does this happen to you?

I learned a long time ago that charcoal (sulfur) is really effective at banishing blemishes, so I was immediately smitten with MAC Cosmetics Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. But not everyone (i.e. Me) can afford a $28 tube all of the time, so I was thrilled when Freeman came out with their Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask ($4). I can tell you in complete honesty, that this is a fantastic MAC dupe. Read more

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Summer Makeup Must-Haves: Primer and Waterproof Mascara

Summer #Makeup Must-Haves

Summer is a lovely time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature, but it can be a tough time for a well-made face. Makeup enthusiasts are forced to adapt in order to keep looking their best. In spite of hot weather, humidity and sweat, there’s one thing that can really help makeup keep from sliding off while it simultaneously protects and moisturizes, and that’s primer.

Think of your face as a canvas; making your canvas as uniform as possible will only help the application process. Not just for waterproofing, they’re used to control shine, minimize pores or scars, and provide a base for your foundation. Luckily, primers have become increasingly popular of late, so you can find one for virtually every part of your face. The best place to start is a general face primer. Choose one that fits your individual skin type, or look for one that is suitable for all skin types. The best face primers provide moisturization, anti-oxidants and vitamins in addition to smoothing your face canvas and helping makeup layers from sweating off or streaking. If you like, pick one that has an SPF, for extra protection from the elements. Read more

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Wedding Makeup for the Bride


Bridal Makeup

Aside from the gown, wedding makeup was a priority for my big day. I know I’d have to combat with heat and humidity, my combination skin, as well as a lot of crying (I was marrying my best friend after all!) The beauty products chosen for my bridal makeup were carefully selected, as there was no way I was leaving anything to chance!

(Oh by the way…I got married!)  Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, blush, bronzer, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, lip stain, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Nail Polish, Primer 3 Comments

Dove Blue Fig Giveaway!

Dove Blue Fig Collection

Dove Blue Fig Collection

Dove sent a collection of the new Blue Fig scent my way, and – WOW! I love this refreshing citrus, especially during the heat wave we are having. I love it so much I want help everyone experience it! With Dove’s help, I am able to get the new soap, body wash and deodorant into three pairs of hands anyway. It’s pretty simple:

1) Go to my Instagram : Solessence and LIKE the Dove giveaway photo: http://instagram.com/p/b75DhTyO17/
2) You can option to follow my feed there, as well as Dove for extra counts.

That’s it. I’ll select three names at random next week to enjoy this bevy of summertime beauty. Head on over now!

US only, no product or cash substitutes.

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Got2b Beach Trippin’ Salt-Infusion Waving Spray Review


A Girl's Gotta Spa! Got2b Beach Trippin #review

During the hot and humid summer months, one of the best ways to style your hair without actually doing much to it is by using a sea salt texturizing spray. Personally, I’m a big fan of the “I just went to the beach” look. I’ve been trying out Got2b Beach Trippin’ Salt-Infusion Waving Spray (also known as beach spray) for the past couple of weeks because my hair just can’t handle the humidity and I’m obsessed with beaches waves. Read more

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Top 10 Cream Cosmetics


 

Are you a fan of cream cosmetics? I’ve had my love-hate relationship with them, but as I get older and those wrinkles become more defined, cream makeup tends to be more forgiving and better for my skin.

Below in the Top 10 Cream Cosmetics are some of my favorites mixed with some I am dying to try. Are any of your favorites on this list? Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, blush, brows, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, lip stain, lipstick, Makeup, Primer 8 Comments