Sparkles and Sunshine: June 2017

BeautyCounter Review

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hey everyone!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week so far. :) Today I am sharing a new beauty product line called BeautyCounter that my coworker, Jenn introduced to me. Growing up, I've never really been into make-up, or anything of that sort. I do, however, like to spend money on hair, lip care and facial products.

Something I didn't know, is that there are actually a TON of ingredients in beauty products that you should never be putting on your skin! And I mean NEVER! You should never have to look at the label of something that should be safe for you. Below is a two minute video on who BeautyCounter is. I highly recommend everyone watch it! 

Now, I want you to find your favorite beauty product that you use every single day. Look at the label. What do you see? A list of ingredients that you don't recognize perhaps? The link below is a database by the Environmental Working Group that tests all of the products that are on the market and rates them based on their ingredients and potential hazards. It even takes an extra step by dividing everything into categories for Cancer, Allergies, Fertility Issues and other concerns.

BeautyCounter has created a "Never List" that is on the back of every consultant's business card. This list contains the top chemicals that you should NEVER have in any of your products. 

I was able to test out their Nourishing Line which is exactly what I would have chosen from their products. I have always suffered from dry skin on my hands and I have a bad habit of biting my lip. If I had to name my top products from the line (even though they all are absolutely amazing), I would recommend their Enrich Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa and their Lip Conditioner in Peppermint

Let's start with the body butter! When I try lotions or body butters, I like to have them on for a little while and then wash my hands to see if everything completely disappears. I put this body butter on in the evening, washed my hands a few times, and my hands were still so soft and supple the entire next day. I couldn't believe it! If you have dry skin like me, I highly recommend trying this. You will be amazed by the results!

Now, for the lip conditioner! I have tried so many lip balms in my life, and yes, a few have worked out well. However, BeautyCounter's Lip Conditioner surpassed all of them! My lips felt so smooth and soft after just one use! If you're a (regretful) lip biter like myself, haha, or if your lips crack and get dried out from the weather, this lip conditioner is for you! The container may look small, but it doesn't take much to make a huge impact. In other words, this should last a decent amount of time! 

I hope you try out the entire Nourishing Line and find what you love. 

Now, for the most exciting part! My coworker Jenn is offering a free gift to everyone with a $75 purchase! Place your order here To claim this offer, please email myself at Jenn at to confirm your order, and she will send you your free gift! Make sure to mention my blog in your email! This offer does expire June 30th!!!

Beach Wedding Dress

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

When I first started planning this post, all I could think about was the movie bride wars. Since the theme of this post is summer weddings, I kept hearing Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway’s voices saying: “June. Weddings. AT THE PLAZA!!!!!” If you haven’t seen this movie yet, please do. It’ll give you a good laugh and teach you what NOT to do when planning your wedding. :P 

Any who, I’ve always thought that beach weddings were absolutely beautiful.  With so many beautiful destinations to pick from, you really can’t go wrong! I also love that beach weddings can be as casual or formal as you want. I’ve seen a variation of dress styles for a beach wedding. Short and flowy, long and formal, etc. 

I found this beautiful lace midi dress from Morning Lavender and instantly thought it would be the perfect beach wedding dress. Also, if you are going the more formal route, you could always use this as a reception dress! With it’s price of $59.99, it’s probably the cheapest thing at your wedding! :) 

Photography by: Chantell Cruz Photography

Entire Dress Collection: Morning Lavender Dresses

Monday Blues

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Monday!

I hope you all did something fun this weekend! :) Chandler and I spent our weekend relaxing, hanging out with Diesel and friends and of course working on the blog! :) What did you do? I'd love to know in the comments below!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite maxi dresses for the summer! This floral blue maxi dress from Lulus is such a happy dress, filled with color. I've always loved anything that is bright and colorful because it puts me in the best mood for the day.  

Dress: Lulus

Entire Dress Collection: Lulus

My Favorite Dog Training Treats

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Thursday everyone!

Last night at Diesel's advanced training class at Petsmart he learned how to stand and stay, back up and how to deal with loud noises. Of course he did really well! :) After class I had to get some more training treats since we were running low and I am excited to share my favorite ones with all of you.

Both of these treats can be found at your local Petsmart. The first treats (on the left) are True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts. True Chews comes in a variety of flavors. The two that Diesel has tried and liked are the duck flavor and chicken flavor. These treats are 100% natural, made in the USA and do not contain wheat, soy, animal by-products, artificial flavors & preservatives. You do have to use these treats up within 30 days after opening or else they will go bad. However, if you're doing a ton of training like us, you're good to go!

The second treats (on the right) are Blue Buffalo's Blue Bits Soft-Moist Training Treats . Diesel absolutely LOVES the chicken flavor! Similar to True Chews treats, these treats contain no chicken or poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors & flavors. 

These treats also contain Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin, DHA for cognitive development and of course the best quality chicken! 

Diesel does have other treats at home, however we ONLY use these training treats at Petsmart and when we are practicing at home. By doing this, he knows that he only gets those specific treats when he's learning. 

As you can tell, he loves them!

I'd love to hear if your dog likes these treats in the comments below! Also, if you are curious about any other good training treats or regular dog treats in general, I'd love to share Diesel's favorites. :) 

I hope all of you enjoy the rest of your day/week! 

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