12.06.17

Gift Giving Guide 2017

Christmas is upon us again! Can you believe it? Another year flew by and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. It’s true what they say, ‘The older you get the faster time goes’. YES and YES! Why…….. time please slow down for those of us desperately trying to savor every smile and laugh our babies give us. Back to the fun part that comes at the end of each year, GIFTS! I like giving gifts. It’s my primary love language so why wouldn’t I? If you guys are like my husband though, you’re horrible at the gift giving thing. You never know what to buy and it gives you hives just thinking about picking out the right gift. Lucky for my hubby I send him periodic e-mails letting him know what I have my eye on, just in case he needs a life line. But for the rest of the special people in your life, what in the world do you get them? I like to think of myself as a master gift giver. I love to give and shopping for the perfect gift is actually a fun task for me. Here are 10 items that would make great gifts this year.

1) Fit Bit 2
These Fit Bits have come a LONG way since I bought one for Tom for Christmas 5 years ago. This was actually something I got for Christmas, and since I couldn’t wait I’m already using mine. So far I love it. Not only does it track your activity like steps, heart rate, and sleep, it also connects to your phone so that every time you get a text or phone call it will show up on the watch. I love it! Yesterday I was around the house doing chores and every call or text I was getting made my watch vibrate. The texts even show up ON THE WATCH! I haven’t used this during a workout yet so I can’t say how I feel about the heart rate monitor. I know the first generation of this watch was not great for people circuit training because it had trouble keeping up with the HR changing so often. I hope they fixed that because I cannot exercise without a heart rate monitor. It also has a cool function that walks you through a 2 minute breathing session when things are getting too stressful throughout your day. PLUS it all connects to your phone so you can track your calories, customize your settings, and set activity alerts and goals for yourself. You can even buy different bands to customize your look! So in my book this gets an A+ because anything that can help us be a little healthier is a welcomed gift.

Pros:
Great for men, women, and kids
Easy to use
Connects to phone
Great easy app
Bands are changeable
2 sizes for different wrists

Cons:
$149 may be too much for some to spend, but it’s worth it for all it does!
Wish it came in yellow gold
Not waterproof

2) Rodan and Fields Lash Boost

Give the gift of great lashes (or brows)! This year I started my business with Rodan and Fields and I have been blown away by their products. As a blogger, I’m constantly trying out new products but these have beat them all. One product that shines bright is the Rodan and Fields Lash Boost Serum. This stuff is amazing. I’ve used so many lash growing serums in my time and this one has blown them all out of the water. I cannot be without it! Since starting my business my friends are now addicted to it as well! I’ve learned for some reason people avoid spending money on skincare products for themselves. That is why giving it as a gift becomes the gift that keeps on giving. Once people feel and see the difference they will see what a great gift it is.

Pros:
It works!
Lasts 3-4 months
No Side Effecs
Dermatologist created
Unique
Works on brows and lashes
60 Monday back guarantee!

Cons:
$150 PC Price But it’s only $135 if you are a PC Perks member!
Can take up to 12 weeks to see results (you WILL see results)

3) Rodan and Fields Redefine Regimen
For the same reasons I listed about the lash boost. Most people don’t like spending money on their skincare which is why gifting it is such a great option. This Redefine regimen is our anti-aging flag ship. It comes as a no fuss kit. Use 3 products in the morning and 3 at night. It comes with a day cream WITH SPF and a night cream. For the price you get 4 products that will last months! If this isn’t the right regimen for your receiver we have 4 others. Reverse lightening for skin discoloration (age spots, freckles), Reverse Brightening for a brighter complexion and dull skin, Unblemish for those with acne, Soothe for those with sensitive skin.

Pros:
Easy to use for those who are new to skincare
Results results results!
60 day money back guarantee

Cons:
Retail is $199 – But please don’t waste money paying retail price.
PC perks is only $179 + free shipping for 4 products

4) Convection Bowl
This may seem like a silly gift to some, but that’s just because you haven’t seen how awesome this thing is! We use this thing almost every day. This is essentially an updated toaster oven. A better toaster oven. It cooks faster, the food tasted better, it fits more, it’s easier to clean, it’s just all around better. You have so much variety on what you can use it for. Have you heard of those “air fryers”? These are essentially large air fryers. They cook the food exactly the same way. But with the convection bowl you can actually cook things. We primarily use it to re-heat leftovers (pizza is so good heated in here), chicken tenders, frozen foods, fried foods. I stumbled upon this thing while I doing research about air fryers and I am SO glad I did. It has changed our food/kitchen game. I barely use my oven which saves a ton of energy.

Pros:
Fast
Efficient
Can use for a ton of things
Inexpensive at around $50
Great gift for any adult or student

Cons:
The bowl gets very hot so make sure kids can’t reach it

5) Alterna Haircare Caviar Moisture Duo
These are SO SO GOOD! I went over a year with my hair out of whack when we first moved to Texas. The climate was just too different from Colorado. We went from no humidity to 50% minimum and that was hard for my hair. I tried many many products and everything left my hair dry or greasy. I saw this duo and I gasped at the price. I was intrigued because it had great reviews but it was so expensive. Though, there had to be a reason why people kept coming back and spending the money on it. I caved and bought it thinking that there was no way it was going to be worth the money. Well after the first use I was sold. It left my hair silky soft and perfect. I could go longer without washing my hair and it wouldn’t get greasy! It was some weird hair magic and I cannot explain how or why these products are so amazing. All I know is that they are!

Pros:
Amazing!
Left hair silky soft
Hair didn’t get greasy for several days after washing

Cons:
Expensive for shampoo and conditioner
May not be worth it for men with short hair

I hope these ideas are somewhat ‘out of the box’ from the typical (boring) bath set you can find at any store. The main thing I focus on when gift giving is making sure I’m buying something that will be USEFUL! If it doesn’t get used then it becomes a waste of money for both me and my receivers. I don’t ever want to give a gift that becomes “It’s the thought that counts”. Some of these items are available at Nordstrom which is where I HIGHLY recommend you buy they from. They offer free shipping and free return shipping. The also have the best return policy in the biz. The Rodan and Fields stuff you can get through me or my RF site. Feel free to email me at sarahmarie55@gmail.com.

11.03.17

Fall Get Ready With Me!

Hey Ya’ll today I filmed a quick GWRM. Here are all the products I’ve been using on my face this month. Most are new! I have to change my routine when the weather gets cooler here in Texas. In the hotter months I don’t really use liquid foundation just concealer and powder. It seems to hold up better throughout the day. Now that it’s cooler….THANK GOODNESS! I can start using my Estee Lauder Double Wear.

Skincare – Rodan and Fields Reverse Brightening
Sunblock – Rodan and Fields Essentials Body Sunblock
Face Sunblock – Rodan and Fields Reverse SPF 50
Lash Growing Serum – Rodan and Fields Lash Boost!

Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
Concealer – Sheseido Color 11
Setting Powder – Too Faced Born This Way
Eyeshadow Palette – Anastasia Modern Renaissance
Cream Eyeshadow Stick – Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks In Moonlight
Inner Corner Highlight Eyes – Loreal 24 hour infallible shadows in Vanilla Latte
Bronzer & Blush – NARS Laguna NARS Orgasm
Lipstick – MAC Bosom Buddies
Lip Liner – NYX Natural
Mascara – Too Faced Better Than Sex
Eyelash Curler – Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler 

What are the products you guys are loving for Fall? Please share! It sounds weird to say I’m passionate about skincare and beauty, but I am. I LOVE cosmetics and learning about new products. You can watch my GRWM video below! Enjoy!

10.03.17

My New Balayage!

Hellooooo world! I just decided to freshen up my look for Fall. I have what they lovingly call “virgin hair”. It means that my hair has not been dyed. Basically it’s pure as snow haha. I have dyed my hair once or twice in the past but it’s more than grown out since then. The last time I colored my hair was after Audrey was born. I had my sister put in some low lights. Now after Elliot I’m getting the bug again. I think I get so impatient to get my body back that I just think up new ways to change. I do get frustrated that it takes me so long to get my body back postpartum. I see women that pop their babies out and are back into their skinny jeans 1 month postpartum. I hate them……not really but I am severely jealous. If any of you have ever struggled to get your pre-baby body back you know what I’m talking about. While I’m working to get my body back I like to play with the parts of me that I CAN control. Hair and makeup basically. I love The Sweetest Thing Blog and her hair was my inspiration basically. However I did not go as light with my balayage. I put in some blonde and mostly caramel color in. I figured that I could always go lighter later.

Here is my before hair. I also got it cut at the same visit because I was in desperate need of a trim!

Here are my after photos! You can see the chunks of caramel brushed in. I love how the Balayage looks. Balayage is the technique they use to get this look. They brush the dye onto the hair a certain way. I’m happy with it. I want to keep the caramel for a bit to see how I like it. Maybe I’ll consider going lighter later but right now I’m enjoying my new style.

09.05.17

Rodan and Fields Lash Boost IS BACK!

GUESS WHAT GUYS IT’S BACK! Lash Boost has taken the lash world by storm these last 10 months. It’s an amazing product and our loyal users know that. You guys know I’ve been a lash addict for years. I’ve tried numerous serums, most recently NueLash that I THOUGHT was good. Now in comparison to Lash Boost it was nothing! I love LOVE LOVE my Lash Boost! I have never used a Serum that has given me both length and thickness. My lashes have never looked better. I also got extensions for years and years but I got tired of the expense, time, and maintenance. I hated the way they looked and felt. My lids always felt heavier than they should be and I could never clean my eye area very well. If you’ve had extensions you know what I’m talking about. Even with the Mink extensions I had to fill them constantly and be careful when washing my face. It was like I had to choose between makeup or lashes because I couldn’t wear both.

The results down below are my own. I started seeing MAJOR results by 5 weeks. Now 12 weeks out my lashes are longer and much thicker. I am so happy. I’ve already gotten a bunch of new clients because they have seen my results.


If you are interested please send me an email – sarahmarie55@gmail.com. Ask about any discounts or new promotions I’m running for my business. I run promotions regularly for new and current PC customers so ask me about them!