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Monday, October 15, 2018

4 Steps for Planning an American Road Trip

It is a dream of almost everyone to one day participate in the great American road trip. Whether this is your home country or not, it cannot be denied that there are some impressive landmarks that must be explored at some point during your life!

Unfortunately, the glamorous depiction of road trips is not an accurate one. While there will be some unforgettable moments on your trip, it can also be a stressful experience if you don’t plan well before you set out. Armed with the right tips and some useful advice, you can depart knowing your trip will be one to remember.

1. Make sure your vehicle is safe

First and foremost, you must find out if your vehicle is safe to drive through diverse terrain and across long distances. If you have been experiencing trouble while driving recently, you cannot be sure that your car will last the journey. One of the worst outcomes of taking an unsuitable car with you is breaking down in an unsafe and unfamiliar location. It means you should make all the repairs necessary before you leave. However, some people choose to rent a car during this time, which gives them more space to store their belongings, and more safety when driving over rougher roads.

2. Plan your route
One of the most appealing aspects of a road trip is that you don’t know how long you will be staying in one place before moving onto the next. In some cases, you might not even know where your next stop is! This will seem like a romantic idea at the time, but you may find yourself lost if you don’t plan some of your route. For example, you can choose to plan a rough state-by-state plan, which allows you to decide the specific details as you move along. Luckily, there are a variety of apps which you can use to help you map out your route.

3. Make the most of nature

People from all around the world know about the beauty of the American wilderness, which is one of the main reasons why people set out on road trips. Often, key attractions are what defines the road trip, as there are many dotted around the country that draws people in. Among the most famous are the sparkling blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the rocky coastline of Maine, and the unique red rock structures Zion National Park. When visiting, you should book a hotel near Zion, where you can relax in luxurious surroundings in the heart of the wilderness.

4. Take enough food

Despite only setting out with a car, you will need to spend lots of money on eating as you go drive. It is an essential part of your trip because without the right food and drink, you may struggle to stay focused at the wheel. Though you should always aim to get at least one wholesome, hot meal a day from various locations, you should also make sure to pack lots of food to take with you. Some of this food you can make yourself to ensure the healthiest balance of nutrients, but having infinite amounts of water with you is the most important part.

Friday, October 12, 2018

nyl Skincare Review: Rosewater Face Wash, Velvet Transformative Serum, Organic Body Balm and Organic Shimmer Scrub

PR Sample: Hey Everybody! I was sent an assortment of products from nyl skincare to review. I've seen glimpses of the brand on social media, so I've been curious about their products for some time. nyl skincare products are Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and Gluten-Free. It's Plant-Based Skincare. I started hearing about plant-based skincare last year, but I've never tried any plant-based skincare products. I also want to mention that their products contain NO synthetics, man-made chemicals or parabens. You may be asking yourself, what does nyl mean? I was asking the same thing. nyl means NOTHING...NAUGHT...ZERO! Nothing artificial, irritating or drying. Nothing harmful to you, animals or the environment. Nothing toxic. All of this sounded really good to me! I have dry & sensitive skin. I've had a chance to try these products for about three weeks now and I'm ready to share my thoughts with you. Even though these products were given to me, I always give my 100% honest thoughts & opinions. I would like to thank nyl skincare for sending me these products and sharing my honest thoughts with my readers. Let's get started with the review!

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nyl Organic Rosewater Face Wash $29 - Sweet
The nyl Rosewater Face Wash is formulated for sensitive to normal skin, but can be used on all skin types. It's a light rose cleansing water. It's also a non-drying gentle wash that won't strip skin of natural oil. nyl skincare suggests to follow with a toner. A lot of my readers know how I feel about rose scents, but honestly this cleanser doesn't have a strong rose scent. It's a botanical scent (but more of a water flower scent), very soft & uplifting. This cleanser dispenses like water. It's very fluid! It applies like water, but quickly turns to a white foam (as you see on my hand below). It cleansed my skin really well. You will still need a makeup remover, because it did not remove my eyeliner & mascara. I really put this cleanser to the test and washed my face twice with it. This cleanser never dried out my skin. My skin felt soft. You will still need a moisturizer. It's gentle yet effective. Dry & Normal Skin Types should like this. nyl also makes a face wash for normal & oily skin types (Chamomile)!

nyl Organic Velvet Transformative Serum $68 - Sweet
The nyl Velvet Transformative Serum is a combination of high quality oils & botanical extracts. You can use it alone as a moisturizer or mix it into a creamy/lotion as a boost. This serum hydrates, clarifies, brightens and smooths fine lines. I used this serum immediately after cleansing. It's a medium weight serum. At first I thought I would only be able to use it at night. But if you give it a few minutes your skin will absorb it. This never felt sticky or greasy. My skin was left with a beautiful glow and it felt very soft. This serum is light green in color and has a plant-based scent.

nyl Organic Body Balm $30 - Sweet
The nyl Organic Body Balm is an all purpose balm that softens heels and keeps cuticles in condition. It protects skin from harsh winter climates. It also soothes and calms minor skin irritations such as eczema and itchy dry chapped skin. This is a hard balm, but when warmed with your hands melts into the skin. I only tried this on my hands and it really helped moisturize them and made them soft. Your skin will have a wonderful glow after using this balm.

nyl Organic Shimmer Scrub & Gentle Sugar Body Polish (Non-Shimmer Scrub) $36 - Sweet
The large jar you see below has SHIMMER. I know you're giving your screen a look. HaHaHa I know, I feel the same way. I've never been a big fan of shimmer in products. But this is NOT GLITTER. It's very small shimmer specks. I still wouldn't want to wear this everyday. But honestly, someone would have to get close to you to detect the shimmer. But I rated this on it's PERFORMANCE. It's an effective scrub. It will exfoliate your skin and it moisturizes your skin. So that it will do and do effectively. It doesn't feel oily or greasy. If you prefer NO SHIMMER, keep reading below.

If you prefer NO SHIMMER, nyl skincare was also kind enough to send me a deluxe sample of their GENTLE SUGAR BODY POLISH which is the same formula but without the shimmer. You get great exfoliation and also moisture. Overall, I was impressed with nyl skincare. They do offer sample sizes, which are great to try before committing.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

12 Items You Should Have in Your Fall and Winter Wardrobe

As the seasons change, so do fashion choices. Too many people put away their stylish summer wardrobe and slide into the warm, generic layers, assuming they don’t have any other options. However, nobody said you have to sacrifice your fashion sense while bundling up for the cold. Here are 12 essential items you need for fall and winter. We’ll focus on staples that are as cool as the weather while keeping you comfortable.

The Classic White Button-Down Shirt
A classic white button-down shirt is the foundation of so many clothing styles. You can combine it with denim jeans and flats for that European chic look. Or combine it with your skirt or suit for work. When things get cold, you can pull a lovely sweater over it or put on a wrap-around scarf.

A Plaid Button-Down Shirt
Plaid is possibly the most autumn print out, unless someone out there has an idea for making a pumpkin-spice shirt. Plaid button-down shirts come in an amazing array of color combinations and styles. You can pair them with jeans or work pants. And you could supplement it with a pull-over sweater or wrap-around scarf.

Skinny Jeans
Skinny jeans have a number of benefits when winter hits. Their streamlined silhouette lets you put several layers on top of them for warmth without becoming too bulky. You can wear them with flat heel boots or high heels, a leather jacket or silk drape top. You’ll look great if you wear a long coat or leg warmers over them.

Cashmere Sweaters
Cashmere crewneck sweaters are a chic item you can dress up or down depending on the occasion. This type of sweater readily pairs with a collared shirt underneath it. You could easily pair a wrap-around scarf with it. You really need one of these in addition to the chunky knit sweaters that keep you warm all season long.

Turtleneck Tops
Turtleneck tops are a good alternative to crew neck sweaters. A St-Laurent turtleneck will keep your neck nice and warm. The look can be paired with a sweater (even a crewneck one). You can wear them on their own with jeans or pair it with a sleeveless dress.

Knitted Jumper Dress
A knitted jumper dress is essentially a sweater so long that it counts as a dress, and it is one of the most versatile essentials in your closet regardless of which style you buy. You can find knit jumper dresses that end above the knee, below the knee and almost go down to the ground. Form-fitting and relaxed styles are available. You can wear them with tights or over-the-knee boots to keep your legs warm.

A Fleece Hoodie
Fleece hoodies aren’t for the gym anymore. Fleece hoodies have become a warm, fashionable outerwear. And if you want to take things up a notch, brands like Off-White offer a wide variety of hoodies and sweaters that you can choose from. And you could always layer your hoodie with a Saint Laurent T-shirt and jeans for that extra oomph.

A Statement Coat
A statement coat is the opposite of the classic black or white winter coat. They’re a great way to stand out when wearing a simple or layered outfit. If you don’t know where to start, SSENSE are home to some of the most luxurious designers and offer a variety of statement coats, whether you are looking for a classic wool coat, a designer ChloĆ© trench coat or an off the wall Balenciaga jacket, don’t be afraid to look around and see if you can find one that suits your personal style.

A Leather Jacket
A good leather jacket is a staple for any winter wardrobe. It makes any outfit seem edgy and hip. You can put it on over a T-shirt and jeans for a casual look. Or wear it over a sweater and pants to take your outfit to a new level. If a leather jacket is too much for you, consider getting a cargo jacket instead. These jackets with military style details turn T-shirts and jeans into a chic look.

Blanket Wrap Scarf
A blanket wrap scarf is far more than a standard scarf. These wrap-around scarves are bigger and better in every way. You can throw it over your shoulder or wrap it around your body multiple times. Once you’re inside or things warm up, you can take it off.

Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are a wardrobe staple. They’re versatile and timeless. Ankle boots are an ideal choice for footwear if you’re wearing a dress and a pair of tights. You can also wear them with jeans, and they won’t get in the way of layerable leggings. A side benefit of ankle boots is that they can give your outfit a pop of color even if they can’t see anything else under your long overcoat.

Layerable Leggings
You can’t get through the winter comfortably without layerable leggings. These leggings can keep your legs warm under a skirt. They can be worn under jeans for an extra layer of insulation. Or combine them with a short skirt and sweater or sweater dress.

Fall and winter can be a fashion lover’s delight if you know how to combine your need to keep warm with your desire to look cool. Stock up on these essential items and you’ll be able to achieve the perfect look no matter the weather.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eye Shadow Palette and Gingerbread Man & Gingerbread Girl Melted Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches

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My final purchase from the Too Faced Christmas Collection was The Gingerbread Spice Eye Shadow Palette  $49 (Nordstrom, ULTA, JCPenney, Sephora, Macy's) and Gingerbread Girl Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick $21 (ULTA). Too Faced re-released the Gingerbread Man Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick $21 (review) from last year (I still have mine) and will include it in this review. You may also remember the mini Gingerbread Cookie palette that was included in Too Faced's Christmas In New York Grande Hotel Cafe in 2016. I really love the Gingerbread theme and glad Too Faced is continuing it each year. My wish is that they come out with a Gingerbread House! That would be dreamy & delicious!

I Still Have Some Gingerbread Man Christmas Cards from A Gingerbread Weekend

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Too Faced Gingerbread Man Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick - Supersweet
Too Faced Gingerbread Man was initially released last year (link & review above). It was so popular it SOLD OUT. There were a lot of broken hearts. I just looked at my review from last year and it was selling for $176 on eBay! You would be surprised what people will pay for a limited edition item. I wasn't using my MAC Cinderella items, recently sold them and made some nice change (swatched & all). Many makeup enthusiasts collect makeup! I'm happy to say Too Faced came out with Gingerbread Man AGAIN! This time there seems to be enough to go around. So that's good! You can read my original review, but it smells like gingerbread cake. The color is a deep pumpkin-brown orange. Last year, I compared it to Kylie's Pumpkin which was darker (more brown in it). I really love Gingerbread Man.

Too Faced Gingerbread Girl Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick - Supersweet
This year, Too Faced added Gingerbread Girl (link above) Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick to their popular Gingerbread Collection. I swatched Gingerbread Man & Gingerbread Girl for you below. It's a darker brown, but has just the right amount of orange in it. Perfect Fall color! Gingerbread Man has little gingerbread men on the cap. Gingerbread Girl has little gingerbread girls on the cap. To my nose, both have the same great scent. Both of these are full-size. Remember, The Sweet Smell of Christmas Melted Matte Lipsticks are only deluxe size. Personally, I feel these holiday lippies are so popular Too Faced should make them all full-size. They should continue with these holiday collection lipsticks. I'm collecting mine. I also feel they should re-release Candy Cane. Mine STILL smells good. Chocolate & Mint. It smells so delicious. The box for Gingerbread Girl has a beautiful pink scalloped design with peppermints. It's also decorated with snowflakes & hearts. I'm so glad I kept my Gingerbread Man box! I'm also keeping my Gingerbread girl box.

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eye Shadow Palette (Outer Box)
No one saw this coming, but when it was first featured the makeup community went NUTS! This palette initially SOLD OUT on Too Faced's website. They must've had a second batch and it SOLD OUT. But there are five other stores you can purchase this from (link above). How deliciously cute is this eyeshadow palette? Let's talk the outer box! Perfect gingerbread brown color. Iced swirls border the box. Cute little gingerbread man and hearts adorn the box. Even the sides of the box are "iced" :D On the back of the box, are the colors and names of the eyeshadows. There are 18. 

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eye Shadow Palette (Eye Shadow Palette) - Sweet
The eye shadow palette has the same design as the outer box. It's in tin form (just like all the chocolate and peach palettes). I prefer when Too Faced puts their eyeshadows in this packaging. I've never liked cardboard packaging. I hope they stick with this aesthetic. Others seem to prefer it as well. This palette has the same magnetic closure as the others. When you open it up, you're greeted with a cute little gingerbread man and the whiff of gingerbread cake! It's truly delightful. There's a lot going on with the color scheme to this palette. There's an assortment of frosty whites, purples, browns and oranges, pinks, golds and greens. The looks you can create with this are endless. All the colors really swatched beautifully. I'm truly excited to use this palette and create some Fall & Winter looks. I mention this in my video, but this palette can be challenging for beginners. All the shades are super-pigmented and come off strong. You really have to some blending skills. This could be frustrating for someone not experienced with eyeshadows. Also, these shadows create really powerful looks. Just watch my video and see how I had to layer and blend different colors.

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eye Shadow Palette Swatches (First Row)

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eye Shadow Palette Swatches (Second Row)

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eye Shadow Palette Swatches (Third Row)

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eye Shadow Palette (Glamour Guide) 
With all of their palettes, Too Faced always gives you a Glamour Guide to get you started. 

Below is a look I created using the Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette. 

If you would like to see these products in action, check out my YouTube video here or click below.
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