banana republic jewels

I am not a fan of faux (jewelry that is). I am a firm believer in saving up for special pieces instead of just buying here and there - quality over quantity. My exception is Banana Republic's jewelry. A lot of it is meant to look "real" as you can see by the sparkly earrings in the pic above. The amazing thing about their stuff is that it DOES look real!

About a month ago they had a one day 40% off online-only sale. As people around me knocked each other over trying to buy staples such as khakis and jeans, I was buying up Banana's entire line of jewelry. The pieces above are my favorite from that little haul, but there were many a few other things...

The picture does not do the necklace justice; it is gorgeous. Prior to the discount it was $80, but I got it for around $49 (Free). The sparkly earrings are their Cubic Zirconia Vintage Studs (a customer fave). Normally $24, I got them during the sale for around $14 - I may have cried a little. I also purchase some standard gold hoops.

Next up? Well........

I have seen the Genevieve Earring on several people and they are gorge. At $35, these would be a great purchase for those nights when you want to wear that LBD without feeling dull.

My other "must have" for the summer is the Tribal Mystique Necklace. This looks like a $300 piece in person, but at $69.50 you will not feel guilty wearing it daily with white Cotton tanks and floral dresses.

Love! So come on Banana, have another sale already so I don't have to feel bad about my over spending..

caviahue thermal mud mask

The lovely people over at Acqua Essentials were kind enough to send over some samples of their fabulous products for me to try; I fell so in love with the Thermal Mud that I asked them to send me one! I am a huge fan of masks, and especially mud masks. This one is unlike any that I have tried in the past though. Clay and mud are known to be purifying, but sometimes that can leave your skin feeling tight. This thick and creamy mask made my skin so incredibly soft!

The soothing qualities of Caviahue mud and water come from the journey that they take on the Copahue volcano that fills them with trace elements and minerals. Please check out the website link above - the process by which these products are made is truly amazing.

The money shot! I really have been using this product for the last month twice a week. My pores are smaller and my skin feels drastically softer, smoother and more moisturized (from a mud mask??). The description on Acqua Essentials Thermal Mud product page uses the word "oxygenated" and that sums up how my skin feels after I use it.

I am feeling generous since the people at Acqua Essential have been so generous and decided to share one of the products they have sent my way. One lucky follower of my blog will win the Caviahue Eye Contour Cream, valued at over $50!

To be considered please:

1. Follow this blog

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. ReTweet my message "Product Review and Contest: Caviahue Thermal Mud and Eye Contour Cream Please RT!"

4. Leave a comment on this post stating that you are AMAZING and have done all of the above and leave me your twitter handle so that I can notify the winner quickly!

I will choose a winner with on June 18th.

    talika lash conditioning cream and other products my lashes love

    Not to long ago I was under a bit of stress from the usual suspects (graduation, money, new job..stress). It really took a toll on my skin and hair. This was not all that shocking to me because I tend to go go go for as long as possible and then basically fall over. What WAS shocking to me however was the number that stress did on my lashes!

    I have always had pretty nice lashes (the universe made up for my lack of height by giving me long lashes maybe?) so my routine was to just scrub of the loads of mascara I had applied throughout the day at night. Period. I had never used an eye-makeup remover or any of the new "lash lengthening" products. One of the reasons that I had not been in the habit of using products around my eyes is that they are sensitive and seemed to water for hours after I used eye creams or makeup removers.

    But desperate times call for action! I started noticing during the time period of full on stress at the beginning of the year that my lashes "hurt" (am I crazy, tell me you know what I mean by lashes hurting). Of course them hurting made me touch them more and eventually I was losing lashes left and right. My work is able to sell Latisse, and I know people who swear by it, but I was not sure that it was for me. I also was concerned because it was not what I considered to be very natural. I did some research and decided to take a different route, mainly because I also learned that you have to purchase Latisse every 3 months to continue to see results. At $120 a pop, that was not going to work for me unfortunately (for those of you who wonder if all the hype surrounding Latisse is just hype - it is not. It really works!).

    I started with something simple: eye-makeup remover. L'Bel Paris had sent me one after I entered a contest that they had. As I said normally these sting my eyes and seemed to do more harm then good, but not this one! Essential Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Lotion contains many moisturizing ingredients and even removes the globs of Diorshow that I like to drown my lashes in. I love this product! I now use it every night.

    The next product that I found while looking for a somewhat natural lengthening product that was affordable was Talika Lash Conditioning Cream. This cream was originally formulated as an anti-bacterial cream to heal eye injuries years ago. Ms Danielle Roches, a doctor during WWII, discovered that there were some truly amazing side effects from using the product. In 1947, Ms Danielle Roches introduced this magical cream to the cosmetic world, claiming visible growth and thickening of the eyelashes under the name TALIKA. The formula is still the same today! At around $30 it is also affordable.
    I have been using this product, along with the conditioning makeup remover for the last 2 months and I am happy to say that I have noticed a lot less "lash loss"! They have even seemed to fill back in around the outer edges where they were starting to look a bit sparse. I would recommend these products to anyone looking to improve the lashes they have or promote new growth!

    Lashes last week (8 weeks into treatment) with 2 coats of Diorshow. Shadow is Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Cordura.