Get Your Nails Summer-Ready with Sinful Colors



Summer is the time of year where we see swimsuits, flip flops, and fabulous manicures everywhere we go.  This summer Sinful Colors is making it a little bit easier for you to get your best look yet on a budget that can’t be beat.  The even better news is that Sinful Colors is available at TONS of retailers nationwide so you can find them just about anywhere you shop.



I was super excited when I got the chance to try out some of the new Sinful Colors additions and create some fun manicures with them.  Aren’t they all just beautiful?  With 25 years of experience, Sinful Colors cosmetics brand has been the go-to for color enthusiasts, like myself, who rely on color as a means of self expression and this year will be no different.



For this look I used #1501 Rose Dust and #5164 Starfish to create a light look for fun floral outfits.  Rose Dust is a beautiful dusty rose color while Starfish is a delightful mauve-meets-pink shade.  The combination of both in one manicure is a beautiful finish that you’ll love wearing out on the town.



This is one of my favorite looks!  It pairs well with so many looks and offers a glittery eye-catching appeal.  Both #920 24/7 and #830 Pinky Glitter look fabulous together!


This is my absolute favorite look that I created with my new Sinful Colors collection!  The contrasting colors make for a look that you’ll just adore.  With Mint2BCool and #313 Pink Forever leading the way all you need is a little pop of #1103 Island Coral to make a big statement.


If you have dotting tools, this look is super easy to achieve in no time at all.  Lay down a base of #376 Glass Pink and add in various size dots of #152 Cream Pink and #952 Hazard.  Just a few simple steps to a manicure that you’re ready to go out and rock.

The colors and collections from Sinful Colors are virtually endless so go ahead and let your freak flag fly…create looks that are as bold and daring as you are this summer!


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Get Glowingly Beautiful Skin With All-Natural Skinny Tan



Summer is the time where we’re all looking for a golden complexion, but don’t want to sit in the hot sun and damage our skin to achieve it.  All of the self tanners that I’ve tried in the past (up until now) have absolutely let me down.  The color is always off, and almost always streaky, and they have just not been up to par for me so I’d almost given up.  I recently found Skinny Tan and was hopeful that their products would FINALLY be the ones that worked.


Skinny Tan got it’s start in Autstralia and took off like lightning.  Once it was introduced into the UK market it got even bigger and since then it has been sweeping the globe with it’s one of a kind formula.  Skinny Tan is the FIRST self-tanner that combines all-natural ingredients for a deep, rich tan with skin smoothing agents that help contour and reduce the appearance of cellulite.  If there’s anything better than a self-tanner that actually works and looks great, it’s one that improves your skin while you use it which is something that only Skinny Tan can do.  Firmer looking skin that has a never-orange, never-streaky finish?  Yes please!


The key to a great tan is a little preparation.  Skinny Tan offers a Pre-Tan Primer that will help you create a great base for the color to stick to.  The Pre-Tan Primer removes dry or dead skin cells with the power of crushed walnut shells.  Slough away the old and let the new shine through so the Skinny Tan products can work their magic.  Use the day before you tan for best results.


The 7 Day Tanner is Skinny Tan’s best seller and I couldn’t wait to try it!  This moisture-rich creme glides onto your skin, leaving it dewy and luscious for days after application. This light but effective creme provides a subtle bronze, guaranteed to complement every skin tone and leave you feeling fabulous.  If you want a deeper tone after your first application, simply re-apply…it doesn’t get any easier than that!


The Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner is a great way to slowly build up your color with a delicious smelling body-butter creme.  The lower levels of tanning agents allows you to layer it on each day until you’ve reached the perfect depth of tan for you.  The gradual tanning process looks natural and you can control the final color which is perfect for ladies like me who are quite pale to begin with and don’t want to look ridiculously dark.


Why hello there Skinny Tan Tanning Mousse!  This is another fabulous product that offers you up to TWO WEEKS of tan with just one application.  This whipped tanning foam is guaranteed to deliver your best tan in one single coat.  This mousse is dry to the touch in seconds making it great to use even if you’re pressed for time.  This mousse is good for body and face, featuring aloe vera to moisturize as you apply.


If you’ve ever noticed how celebrities skin glows and looks just plain amazing while they walk red carpet events and wondered how to get your skin to look so good…you’re not alone.  The creators of Skinny Tan noticed this too and the developed After Glow to give your skin the very same look.  Whether you have a tan or not, the After Glow is a great way to give your skin a softer appearance for that “red carpet look”.  Besides just making you look great, the After Glow helps prolong the life of your tan…how great is that?

Make sure you check out all of the products that Skinny Tan offers so you can find the ones that are perfect for you and look your very best this summer.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Stunning Summer Beauty Essentials From Models Own



I’ve recently found Models Own products, and I am absolutely in love with everything I have tried so far.  If you haven’t heard of them, Models Own is a fashion and trend color accessory brand with cosmetics and make-up for every part of you that you can think of.  You can pamper your eyes, lips, nails and face including eyeshadow, powder eyeshadow, eyeshadow brushes, kohl eyeliner pencils, shimmer eyeliner pencils, neon khol pencils, glitter liquid eyeliner, lipgloss, lip and cheek blush.  Also available are fabulous colors of nail polish, glitter nail polish, cream nail polish, pearl nail polish, nail polish sets, glitter nail polish sets, neon nail polish sets, pastel nail polish sets, French manicure nail polish sets, and nail files.


I was super excited to see these palettes in my shipment from Model’s Own.  They Vintage Rose is my absolute favorite!

The Sculpt & Glow Contour Palette helps you get your game face on.  This all-in-one contour palette that suits all skin tones. With blusher, highlighter and bronzer that can be blended for sculpting perfection, this is all you need to face the world.  Go out and be beautiful!

I really love this Sculpt & Glow Highlighting Palette!  Lighten up your look with this highlighter palette that totally lifts your look.  This mix of three shimmer colors smooths onto your skin for the girl who loves the limelight…and let’s be honest…what girl doesn’t?

Oh my goodness…isn’t the Vintage Rose Eyeshadow Palette just beautiful?  This rockstar eyeshadow palette is great for looking fabulous in no time at all.  With 10 beautiful shades to choose from you can customize your look over and over with one great product.


Every girl needs a few great beauty staples and Model’s Own has some great products that you just won’t be able to live without.

I love a great eyeliner and the I-Definer Felt Tip Ink Eyeliner is out of this world!  Get dramatic with this intense defining felt tip ink liner for eyes that truly make an impact. Slick across eyelids and finish with a flick.

A quality primer is key to getting a great finished look and the Face Base Mattifying Primer is sheer perfection in a tube.  It’s all about the base with this mattifying primer that works to reduce shine for oily skin.  Apply using your fingertips for a truly enhanced base and flawless makeup all day long.

Your eyeshadow needs a great base and Model’s Own has got you covered there too.  The Eye Base Eyeshadow Primer & Matte is the best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used.  It works flawlessly without feeling cakey and thick.  Create the perfect base for eye shadow with this smooth, long-lasting matte cream eye primer.  Apply with fingertips for a flawless, natural finish that’s all about the base.


Let’s not forget those lips to top off a great summer look.  Model’s Own has lots of great options for those of you that love a perfect pout.

The Jumbo Stick Matte Lipstick is a great summer essential to toss in your bag and go.  Turn up the volume with this matte jumbo stick.  Apply this highly-pigmented crayon directly to lips for a pout that truly shouts.

Isn’t the Luxestick just divine?  Get lippy with this luxe, creamy matte, high-color lipstick.  Apply with a precision lip brush for a pout that’s provocative perfection.  I’ve never used a matte formula so creamy and delightful…I think I’m in love!

Ooh la la…look at that Lip Gunk!  Power to the pout with this highly-pigmented gloss lip gunk.  Use the tray and brush to mix the lip gunk with your favorite lip products and slick on this bold paint for a look that’s fifty shades of play.

Lock in that luscious look with the Lip Finale Lip Sealer.  Don’t be afraid to hit the pool this summer…keep your lips sealed with this waterproof lip sealer. Perfect for making lip color kiss-proof for a pout that truly stands out.

Make sure you check out everything that Model’s Own has to offer so you can find your summer beauty essentials.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Get That Sun Kissed Glow This Summer With Hard Candy



This summer is the perfect time to keep your skin looking great at great prices.  Hard Candy has tons of great options available, but I’m totally in love with their glowing skincare items.  Whether you’re looking to illuminate or add a little bronze, Hard Candy has perfect options that won’t break the bank.


This Hard Candy Sheer Glow All The Way is fabulous!  This pearly, luminizing highlighter brings radiance to all skin tones.  Apply the cream highlighter to your face and body for a luminous, pearlescent glow.  Every shade in the range is infused with real 24 karat gold, so your look will really sparkle.  The light, airy formula applies evenly to face and body without streaking, and dries onto skin so that it will not rub off on to clothes.  To use, simply apply a desired amount to the high points of your face: cheekbones, brow bone, and top of the nose.  On your body, apply as a highlighter to collarbone and shoulders; or apply as a bronzer to your entire body for a sun kissed glow no matter what season it is.  Glow All the Way is available in sheer, radiant, and tan shades. The Tropical Tan shade is formulated with a sunless self-tanner to gradually give you an all-over, lasting, bronzed glow.  I live in Arizona so during the summer my skin tone gets a few shades darker after spending so much time out at the pool.  I love the variety of shades offered in the Glow All The Way line…I can keep wearing my fave look all year long!


Glow All The Way is another fabulous line with great results you’ll love at a fraction of the department store prices.  Wear them the same way as the Sheer Glow All The Way for great looking skin all day long.  I really love the Doll Face (pink bottle), it highlights your skin tone with a hint of rosy color to create a beautiful, youthful skin tone.  As a tired, 30something year old mother of 3, I need all the help I can get and Hard Candy is my go-to fix for my tired skin.

Whether you’re looking for great skincare this summer or just plain fabulous eyes, lips, and nails, Hard Candy has everything you need to stay looking great all summer long.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Host An Explosively Good 4th Of July Party With


How do you have the most EPIC 4th of July (or any celebration for that matter) ever?!  Buy your fireworks online with …that’s how!  You’ll save TONS of money, can shop conveniently from home, and be able to put on a great show.  US Fireworks sent me the most amazing shipment EVER and I couldn’t wait to share all the goodies with you all.  This is just my unboxing post…I will do a full review after everything has been lit and the fun has been had so be sure to be on the lookout for that as well!


Don’t all of these look like a total blast?  We can’t wait to celebrate our 4th Of July in the most epic way ever thanks to US Fireworks!  There are a couple items here that we fell in love with last year but LOTS of new items we can’t wait to try out.


Small, crowd favorites are the best way to get your party started right.  There are lots of small novelty items available at US Fireworks that the will quickly become fan favorites.


Dirty Dog is a favorite with my kids so I’m so glad to see these in my shipment!  “This naughty dog is not house broken yet. What a mess!”  The crackling snake is a better mess to clean than a real dog!


These cute little Chicken Laying Egg novelties are sure to be a favorite among any age group.  “This kickin chicken lays a baloon egg right in front of your eyes!”


These ladybugs may be little, but they pack a HUGE amount of fun in their tiny package.  Ladybug sky flyers first entertain on the ground then take flight.  “Each ladybug screams as it spins on the ground. It then flies over 30 feet high”


Crazy Cracklers are another small but fun favorite.  “Small size but a super big performance. These are super long lasting and have a loud crackling and banging effect, and plenty of sparks. They are a Great Value!”


Pyro Cola is a fun new fountain shower firework that fits into your patriotic decor.  Fountain fun in red white and blue…what could be better?


5 Minute Smoke is another new item and proves to be a lot of fun.  With (almost) never-ending smoke the fun is out of this world!


This Lava Lamp firework made me so happy to see in my box of goodies!  I have three lava lamps in my house (hey…I really like them) and this firework with it’s classic color glob effect might just be my favorite mini item.


Mammoth Day Parachute is one that my kids can’t wait to set off.  Last year we had a similar firework where army men shot out in parachutes and they thought it was just the coolest thing ever.


How cute are these Fruit Wedge Fountains?  Fountain fireworks that just scream summer and fun.  These new additions to the US Fireworks site are crazy cute and promise to be crazy fun too.


The Dominator Bucket is a bucket of fun…literally.  From small novelties to sparklers and fountains, this one little bucket has it all.


Ready to kick the fun up a notch and get into some bigger items?  Oh yeah!


Now that things need to be lit more often, these Pro Punks will come in super handy!  Light your fireworks safely like the pros with these convenient little sticks.


The Fire Sabre is a favorite among kids (and adults too!).  “This item looks great and performs great! It is a giant held held fountain that spews colors, sparks in a long lasting display. Order two. After they are done burning, who can resist a sword fight!”


Silly Sticks are silly great fun for everyone.  “Only the smiley face is silly the rest is all business as this is one serious sparkler!”


The Texas Pop Rocket is a bottle rocket that blasts off with fun.  12 bottle rockets for 12 times the fun!


Ring Rocket will make your party guests ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ with excitement.  “Forms a perfect ring of fire overhead with each rocket. These ring rockets are always a crowd pleaser!”


I can already tell that the Pro Ox Roman Candles will be a favorite of my sons.  These magnum candles have an extra kick with glittery comets that delight.


The Stampede Candle is another type of roman candle that party guests will love.  The multicolor pearls with comet tails offer a visual effect that becomes a quick crowd pleaser.


Now it’s time to check out some of the larger items that really get the party going.


Happy is a firework that will make you, well, happy!  “36 color shells bursting high in the air. The bright glossy label brings new shelf appeal.”


Another new item I’m happy to see is Nemesis.  16 shots of loud fun?  Yes please!  “This item features purple and white strobe,red, green, and blue peony, and a loud finale.”


Diamond Mine is sure to wow you crowd with 24 shots.  This tiny package can be deceiving, but there’s BIG fun to be had here!  “You will think you stuck diamonds with this item! The whole sky will flash with red, white, green and white strobe shells! And we did not forget the loud finale!”


Hell’s Gate has 15 shots of hellish-ly good fun that your crowd will go wild for.  Enjoy…if you’re daring enough.


Loud Cloud is definitely that…loud!  16 shots that keep the party going.  “Whistles to crackle flower breaks. Perfect for the finale.”


Rodeo is another of the 200 gram fireworks that you’ll be sure to order again and again.  “Spinning tourbillion tails to peonies and crackling flowers.”


The Haunted House is spooky good fun for the whole crowd.  Light the fuse and watch the fun explode from this creepy house.


The Kraken is a pretty powerful little guy for only 200 grams!  “This item features powerful mines the break high above into huge stars burst giving a double layer effect. Gold brocade and ruby red stars are featured. A beautiful effect. Highly recommended by the US Fireworks staff!”


And finally, last but not least, the big daddies.  The 500 gram whoppers that will end your fireworks show with a bang.


Machete will not only entertain but break the ice at any party as well.  “9 shots – You will cut up the competition with this item! Each burst is bigger and louder then the next with multiple colors, loud crackle and brilliant strobe ending in a loud finale!”


The T-Rex gets it’s name for a good reason…it’s monstrous!  “9 shots & 18 total breaks – This item features double breaking shells! A unique new effect with great performance creates twice the impact in the sky. You will see brocade, strobe, crackle and color peony bursts!”


Double Barrel is another 500 gram aerial that aims to please.  These premium breaking shells in the 9 shot formation offer a show that the whole crowd will love.


Pyro Fury comes close to one of the biggest legal fireworks I’ve seen.  “205 shots of extreme excitement. This item features fast zipper shots as well as huge fan shell bursts. This is a true finale in a box!”


The Bad Boy assortment earned it’s spot among these larger fireworks…wowza what an assortment!  “An all aerial assortment with multishot repeaters, and powerful single shots. If your looking for power, Bad Boy is the assortment for you.”


This beefy reloadable beauty is one of my favorites.  The Mad Ox 24 Shot Artillery Shells are high performance and highly pleasing as well.  Shot after shot, you’ll see why I like this one so much.


Finally.  The Pro Ox Finale Rack.  This big daddy will be the finale of all finales.  This big boy offers 6 shots of the largest load legally allowable and it. is. EPIC!


This is just a FRACTION of the selection available…be sure to check out the rest of the selection that US Fireworks offers…the best way to buy fireworks online for savings.

Summer Eats Your Pets Will Love From



I’m sure you all know by now how much my pets love getting goodies to try out from their friends at  This month we got a couple different kinds of food to try out and no surprise here…they were a huge hit with my furkids!



This month we chose a couple new things to try out; Taste Of The Wild Canned Dog Food Southwest Canyon flavor (very fitting for our Arizona region), and American Journey Chicken And Sweet Potato Grain-Free Dry Dog Food.


My 13 year old rescue pup needs some TLC and a much softer diet than my younger dog.  Hermes prefers the taste and texture of wet food and this Taste Of The Wild Southwest Canyon quickly became one of his favorite things.  Sometimes his appetite is lacking due to his canine dysfunction (aka doggy alzheimers) and it can be a chore to get him to eat.  The Taste Of The Wild food seems to keep him interested and satisfied so I’m a huge fan of this food now as well.  Some other great benefits of Taste Of The Wild:

  • Grain-free complete and balanced formula can also be fed as your pet’s sole diet
  • Beef is the first ingredient along with sweet potatoes and peas, providing great sources of highly digestible energy
  • Supplemented with vegetables and fruits, this formula delivers antioxidants to help give your furry friend a healthy lifestyle
  • Formula provides an optimal amino acid profile
  • Made right here in the USA!


I figured that the American Journey Chicken And Sweet Potato was going to be something my dog Venus liked, but I had no idea how much!  She enjoys the taste of this dry food so much that you can use it like treats and she will just gobble it up.  Whether it’s in her bowl or in  your hand, she’ll do whatever it takes to get a taste of that sweet, sweet American Journey (haha!).  Despite a great flavor dogs will love, there are lots of other great benefits of American Journey dry food:

  • Grain-free dog food that’s also free of corn, wheat and soy to help food sensitive pets avoid fillers that might upset their stomach.
  • Nutritious fruits and vegetables like blueberries, carrots and dried kelp provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants for immune system support, and phytonutrients.
  • High-protein dog food with real, deboned chicken is not only delicious for your pup but full of amino acids that help maintain lean muscle mass.
  • Salmon oil and flaxseed provide omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, including long-chain DHA, which helps support your dog’s skin and coat health and brain and eye development.
  • Includes fiber-rich chickpeas and sweet potatoes for energy that lasts throughout every adventure.

No matter what your pets’ personality and appetite, there are lots of great items available at…make sure you check out all they have to offer and reap the benefits of quality pet products delivered straight to your door at unbeatable prices.



***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Make Your 4th Of July Party Epic With Oriental Trading



If you’re looking to throw the best 4th Of July party ever, Oriental Trading is your one stop shop for all of your patriotic party needs.  From patriotic tablecloths to party supplies for guests of all ages, Oriental Trading has a little something special for everyone.



I picked out a variety of party supplies that will fit our 4th Of July party perfectly this year.  We’ll have a mix of adult and child party guests, so I got a wide variety of items so that nobody gets left out.


Having a patriotic party scene to throw a great 4th Of July party is a must.  Thanks to Oriental Trading I was able to completely deck out my table and keep everything in the traditional red, white, and blue.  The Stars and Stripes Plastic Tablecloth really helps set the patriotic mood while everything else compliments it so well.  (The tablecloth is actually a lot bigger than pictured here, I have it folded over in half.)  I love the ‘rustic’ look and I was pleasantly surprised to find some rustic patriotic tableware as well.  The Rustic 4th Square Paper Dinner Plates, Rustic 4th Square Dessert Plates, and Rustic 4th Luncheon Napkins all pair so perfectly together!  Throw in the Patriotic Tableware Caddy and Patriotic Paper Straws and you’ve got the cutest 4th of July table ever!


What better way to offer some fun for the kiddos than a patriotic themed pinata?!  I thought the Baseball Pinata would be perfect for our party, it is a classic American icon after all.  I was surprised by how vast the patriotic candy selection is at Oriental Trading!  There were so many great options that I couldn’t help but pick a few.  The kids will have fun bursting this pinata open and finding the patriotic lollipops, USA Flag Tootsie Rolls, Red White And Blue Taffy, Patriotic Bubblegum, and USA Candy Bracelets!


With all of that candy up for grabs, kids will love these Patriotic Goody Bags!  Throw in some Stars & Stripes Folding Hand Fans and Patriotic Glow In The Dark Bracelets and your little party guests will mark this down in their book as the best. party. ever.


If you’re throwing a pool party this 4th Of July (like we are) you HAVE to have one of these Inflatable American Flag Coolers!  Don’t underestimate the size of this thing…it is HUGE!  I’m 5′ 3″ and this inflatable cooler comes up to my hip, so keep in mind the size to make sure you can accommodate it.  Despite the patriotic theme, this is something that we will be using often as residents of Arizona.  On our next river trip we’ll be bringing this cooler and staying hydrated and cool all day long.

Make your 4th Of July Party the most epic party on the block with Oriental Trading.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***