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Update: Apple Cider Vinegar Toner – Bentonite Activated Charcoal Clay ACV Mask //Kim

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After reading tons of positive feedback on the perks of incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar into a skincare routine, I felt it was time to give it a whirl. As I wrote in my prior skincare post, I was using 1 part ACV to 2 or 3ish parts filtered water as a night time toner.

My skin felt really great after a couple evenings of using, I’d wake to a flushed glow and I was no longer waking up to new patches of breakouts. Oh, and the smell did not linger for very long after applying, which I was heavily concerned about being able to stomach, and it did not stink up my pillowcases! Unfortunately, within a week I began to notice patchy red skin on my neck, so I did actually decide to discontinue use of this product fairly quickly. As I’ve mentioned many times before, a majority of my skincare is prescription from a dermatologist, so I do believe the ACV was just too much in addition to those products. I, also, do believe people using skincare on the more gentle side could absolutely love using this and I would definitely say it is worth a try.

After seeing the perfect glow left to my skin from using the ACV the first few days, I felt determined to find another use for it in my skincare arsenal.

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From my nails to yours//Tiffany

 

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My real life nail situation. I know it is a mess, but I am a girl on the go.  I wanted to show you what my real life is.  Busy, hectic, and filled with beauty.  I am not 100% sure on actual nail polish bottle count, but its over 250.

 

 

So, just in case you did not know, I am OBSESSED with nail polish.  It is one of the things that Kim and I first bonded over.  We would talk about colors and collections for hours and obsess over what we needed and what we really needed. What colors would complete our souls and if the half shade difference between two colors really made it that different. The answer is yes, always yes.

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Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Review

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Where to begin, where to begin? I am obsessed with the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter.  The Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is super hydrating, long lasting, and delicate in scent.  There, I said it.  Let’s move on to how I learned to love this product.

I have always been a fan of the QVC.  Who isn’t?? Beauty, kitchen tools, clothes, and other random things you never knew you needed all in one place.

Let me just remind you that I am a  lover of all things beauty. That being said QVC is one of my favorite channels to put on when I am: bored, in between programs, or just in need of a beauty fix; it is a go to for me.  I already own wayyyyy to many things from here, and I am not ashamed to admit it.

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I tried to touch-up my own roots

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So, let me start off with saying that I am incredibly lucky to be able to call some extremely talented Hair Designers, my good friends; and I apologize for any offense you take with what I did.

One of my very best friends has done my hair for years now.  I trust her completely and she has the patience of a Saint to deal with my fussy, controlling self.  She has not been feeling well ( Love ya, Cailin!) so in a desperate moment, I took my grey roots into my own hands.

I don’t know if I am overly grey for my age or if you just really notice the little buggers growing in because my hair is pretty dark.  Either way… THEY DRIVE ME NUTS.  I hate them, I hate the upkeep that comes with them, and I hate when people pretend to not notice them when we are talking.  I see you seeing them, just so you know.

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SkinCeuticals Regimen Experience //Kim

As of early August I had switched up my prescription day & night creams. I found my skin more temperamental than ever, but chalked it up to an adjustment period. After weeks and weeks of waiting for this awful situation to run its course and clear up, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I hopped online and ordered a few highly rated/highly recommended Skinceuticals products for acne prone skin.

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SkinCeuticals Regimen

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How To: Survive A Full Day With A Full Face // Kim

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How To: Survive A Full Day With A Full Face

Anyone that has ever attended a wedding, prom, or special event of any kind, knows the stresses of needing a full face that wont melt off or start oxidizing at the last hour when photos are STILL happening. So here are my go-to’s that keep everything living where it should until I choose to remove it!

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My Love of the Paul Mitchell Awaphui Ginger Spray

I write this while traveling south bound  on highway 65, heading out of Kentucky , going towards Tennessee( obviously my hubs is driving). I just needed to take a moment to let you know my thoughts on the Paul Mitchell Awaphui Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray.

I am obsessed !! I’m pretty convinced this is made out of magical unicorn tears and rainbows.  Here’s how I came to this decision.

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Welcome to my Hobby-Tiffany

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Over Labor Day weekend, whilst gathering with some of my favorite gal pals, we had a chat  about online dating and what people list as their hobbies.   So of course, now we as a group are having a discussion about what hobbies we have versus what other people put out on their  social media profiles.  There are endless lists of people who run marathons, go mountain climbing, and are just overall adrenaline junkies.  While there is nothing wrong with all those fun filled activities, we are certainly not those people.

We are a group of gals with various likes such as reading, going to the beach, having a great girls night that has lots of wine, and obviously, makeup. Our friendships were born within the cosmetics industry, so all of us obsess over various different cosmetics related things.  Then there was some discussion back and forth about does Makeup really count as a hobby? I am in the group that says: Yes it does!

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Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Review

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The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer is FANTASTIC! I give it 2 thumbs up, 5 stars, 10 wahoos.

That is where I will  being with my love of Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer! It is silky, gives coverage with out weight , and helps to highlight!  What is there not to love??

Me and Concealer have a love/hate relationship.  In theory, I love it….in reality, it hates me. I have forever dry under eyes and a nice set of fine lines making themselves at home. I am prone to darkness under the eye from lack of sleep and an array of seasonal allergies.  I am in a constant state of applying too much, not applying enough, cracking, smearing, and other concealer nightmare related things.

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The Microdelivery Peel by Philosophy //Kim

So, by now, we all get that I’m terribly acne-prone. I recently (2 weeks ago) switched my evening topical prescription to a higher retinol, so I’m currently in the awkward skin phase of fun new break outs turning into extremely dry almost scab like impossible to cover patches within a day. At this stage of the game, I’ve gotten pretty good at combating dryness with acne-prone skin, but sometimes, when I get super extra crazy flakey, I have to pull out the big guns. Which, for about 6 years now, has always been this 2 step Microdelivery Peel by Philosophy.

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