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Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil Swatches

24 January 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you've been reading TfDiaries for a while you might already know that Burt’s Bees  is one of my all time beauty favorites, particularly when it comes to the lip colors. Just about every one of the bags in my closet has the Sedona Sands lip crayon in it. That's not an exhaggeration. It's easily my go to and I honestly can't live without it. So, when Burt's Bees introduced me to their new Tinted Lip Oil line, it goes without saying I'd be on board to swatch all the colors in hopes of finding a new lippie favorite. Turns out it's hard to choose just one, they're all pretty great especially if you're looking for a sheer lip color. The Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil collection offers six sheer-coverage, moisturizing shades of lip oils made from Coconut and Meadowfoam Seed Oils to nourish lips sans the sticky residue you usually get with a lip gloss. It goes on smooth and has reasonably long lasting wear. My lips stayed moisturized long after the color was gone, so there's no complaints here. Like all Burt's Bees products they're 100% natural and sans parabens, phthalates, sodium laureth sulfate, and petrolatum. They currently are Available at Target  and were on sale last week for about $7-something but I think the usual price is somewhere under $10, which is still on the reasonable side for a good makeup bag addition.

My only complaint is the twist pen brush applicator is a little tricky to use, but it could just be that I'm not used to using this kind of applicator (the oil clicks out the end of a long-ish brush). It takes a few clicks to get a more even amount of saturation on the brush for better distribution of color. Tip: It comes out a tiny bit goopy after the initial couple of clicks on the first application, so keep that in mind when gauging your love for the product. While the color goes on very sheer you can easily build up application to the desired coverage or add it to your favorite lipstick for a glossy tint. I will say the lip oil earned major bonus points for passing the wind and hair test! It surprisingly didn't get stuck to my lips after a few gusts of wind sent my hair straight across my face during shooting. Success! 

Meet all the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil colors:  

-Caramel Cloud -

   -Showering Sunset -

 -Whispering Orchid -
- Crimson Breeze -

-Misted Plum -

- Rustling Rose - 

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Velvet Slip Dress Layering

23 January 2017

For me adding fun and color textures to my wardrobe during the winter months is what gets me the through the bleak weather and need for piles of layers. We've actually had it pretty mild (knock on wood) this season but that doesn't mean I'm not layering up. I've actually become pretty enamored with adding super delicate pieces over heavier, more chunky pieces like this cashmere sweater. It's basically the perfect pairing for this velvet floral print slip dress from Zappos that somehow miraculously fits into my growing bump style. I've actually these two pieces together a few different ways but I can't help but lean more towards comfy booties and socks as the favorite. Who else is having a slip dress moment?

Sweater Banana Republic, Dress Brigitte Bailey via Zappos, Socks and Boots Marshalls, Bag H. Butler

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

19 January 2017

A new year calls for new recipes to try. Whether you're looking for healthier alternatives to add to your routine or looking to take a break from the typical cereal and milk regime, I have a feeling you might be down to give this super easy smoothie bowl recipe with goodnessknows snack bars a go. I gave it a try after goodnessknows challenged me to try something new this year. After all, they want to encourage and celebrate every attempt on the path to greatness – no matter how small or imperfect – because every try is a step to being your best.

First off, if you've already jumped on board with the smoothie bowl trend you might have noticed the super steep price tag when you're ordering out. I personally love the flavor, texture and idea but not so much the $12 price tag that usually goes along with it. So, I took a stab at making it at home for the first time. Sure, it's not as gorgeous as those beautifully crafted acai bowls with all the bells and whistles but I think it comes pretty darn close even without the extravagant flower and coconut toppers. 

Pro Tip: the key to keeping the consistency thick enough to hold the toppings perfectly in place on the top of the smoothie is blending banana into the yogurt. I figured that one out by trial and error- the first time around wasn't pretty, but nobody is perfect, right?

Anyhow, I decided to embrace the new blueberry, almond, dark chocolate snack squares  from  goodnessknows and create a Blueberry, Banana and Chia bowl. It's way more delicious than it looks and with the additional crunch from the squares it makes it feel like more of an indulgence than a healthy alternative. Plus it's gluten, artificial color, flavor and sweetener free. For the bowl, all you need is a blender, some yogurt and fresh fruit and voila! A smoothie bowl in the comfort of your home.

Blueberry, Banana and Chia Smoothie Bowl (Serves 2)
2 Bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 Cup Plain or Vanilla Yogurt
1 Tsp. Chia Seeds
1 package goodnessknows blueberry, almond, dark chocolate (150 Calories per package)

In the blender combine 1 banana, 3/4 cup blueberries and yogurt until smooth.

Pour into bowl (or two if you're sharing) and top with chia seeds, the remaining blueberries, sliced bananas, and goodnessknows  snack squares. I chose to chop my squares into smaller pieces but you can leave them whole if you please.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of goodnessknows. The opinions and text are all mine.

Denim and Stripes

18 January 2017

This jacket guys, THIS jacket! I've been waiting to wear this personalized denim goodness since I got it at the Silver Jeans Co. dinner a couple of months back. Honestly, I was convinced I needed the perfect pairing for it and finally found it when I spotted this sporty midi dress. Truth: I never knew I needed a jacket with my name on it until this baby made it's way into my life and it couldn't be more amazing with the addition of the stripes and colors of this Chicwish dress. Win and Win. Keeping things on the sporty (and practical pregnancy) side with white sneakers and a cute leather crossbody from Gigi New York for last week's amazing 55˚ weather. Come spring, I'll be wearing this on repeat, hopefully it still fits. 

Gold and Green Eye Makeup

17 January 2017

In an effort to keep things colorful in the beauty department, I raided my beauty closet in hopes of finding some multihued alternatives for my usual neutral shade choices. After a little digging I found Aveda's new Petal Essence™Eye Color in Balsam and was immediately inspired to go green. Nothing quite makes green pop like sparkling pop of gold courtesy of Make Up Forever's Diamond Powder. Together they're chromatic and just a little moody. I wanted to let newly sultry eye makeup steal the spotlight so I kept it super simple and neutral with my lips and face makeup. Tutorial below.

1. Prep your face with a primer.  I used ThisWorks "In Transit Camera Close-up" (It's a moisturizer, primer and mask in one - OBSESSED). 

2. Next, with my Real Techniques Beauty Sponge (dampened) I applied my Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

3. A little contouring and highlighting with Maybelline Master Contour in 010 Light & Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in Medium Nude Glow

4. On the apples of my cheeks I kept it simple with Stila Sunrise Splendor Convertible Color

5. With Bareminerals Gen nude in Borderline I lined and blended my lips.

6. For the eyes, I started by applying a light layer of the gold, Makeup Forever Diamond Powder in Rue La Boetie. Next, I added Aveda Petal Essence™Eye Color in Balsam on the creases of my eye and blended inward. For an extra pop of green I finished additional color to the crease with Buxom's Penthouse from the Look All You Want Palette. 

Paisley Swing Dress

16 January 2017

If there's one silhouette that never fails me it most definitely would have to be of the swing variety. There's something about the movement and flow of a swing dress that makes it an essential in my closet, pregnant or not. When it comes to colors and prints, the more the merrier. This particular dress immediately caught my eye with the colorful, winter friendly paisley print and above the knee hemline. It flows effortlessly over my bump and makes getting dressed that much easier, especially on those dreaded "I have nothing to wear" days. Which seem to happen more and more as the months progress. Eck. 

Since layering is key at this stage of winter (though it was 50-something degrees when we shot these at the end of last week) I had to add this suedette coat to my lineup. Draped front, oversized pockets and the luxe finish? Yes please, AND for under $100? SOLD. Plus it layers over my dress flawlessly, making for a perfect pairing. 

Dress Show Me Your Mumu via Zappos, Jacket Brigitte Bailey via Zappos, Boots Report