Hive With Heart Campaign Aims To Boost Self Esteem of Seniors

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I just found out about Burt’s Bees Hive with Heart Campaign to benefit Lipstick Angels, a nonprofit organization that provides hospital patients and seniors with individualized makeup services by skilled professionals in a supportive setting to uplift their spirits! Now really, isn’t that just an amazing cause?

When my grandmother had a severe stroke, it landed her in a wheelchair and paralyzed in over half of her body, including the whole right side. She was unable to do anything for herself anymore whereas before, she was the rock of our entire family and the second coming of Audrey Hepburn. Always dressed to the hilt and the hottest old lady I’ve ever met. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be a fashion blogger! So when she couldn’t even shower by herself anymore, it took a huge hit to her self esteem and she started getting depressed. Every opportunity I had, I would dress her up in her favorite clothes and I would do her hair and makeup. She loved it so much and appreciated more than anything else. Not only could I tell it really boosted her self confidence, but she expressed so much gratitude for my efforts. So this cause hits close to home for me because I know the benefit it can have on a person if they feel beautiful, even if it’s only for one day.

Founder & CEO of Lipstick Angels, Renata Helfman, strongly believes in the power of healing through beauty and wanted to spread her efforts nationally. She originally began her work at Cedars Sinai and recently launched at City of Hope in Los Angeles in March 2014. To kick off the Hive with Heart campaign, Burt’s Bees and Lipstick Angels partnered with award-winning actress Anna Kendrick on March 27th for a Day of Natural Beauty, hosting one-on-one beauty makeovers to City of Hope patients.

Hive with Heart will run through June 30th and during this campaign Burt’s Bees will donate two natural Lip Color products to Lipstick Angels each time a consumer purchases any two Burt’s Bees Lip Color products at www.burtsbees.com/hivewithheart to help the angels continue their mission to create a sense of hope through one-on-one attention that makes women feel good about themselves during the trying process of fighting illness or living with a chronic disease.

Visit www.burtsbees.com/hivewithheart to enter the Sunshine and Smooches Sweepstakes**, where you and a friend will experience the power of natural beauty first-hand. Winners will receive a 3-day trip to Los Angeles, a 2-hour make-up session with celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno, and a full line of Burt’s Bees lip color products.

What do you think about the Hive With Heart Campaign?

 

Peter Som Collection for Kohl’s On Sale NOW!

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World-renowned designer (and self-confessed beach bum) Peter Som has designed an amazing collection for Kohl’s DesigNation that is inspired by St. Barths. You’ll just soak up the colors, the culture and the bliss of island life.

Now I normally don’t get very excited about celebrity / designer collaborations, but I’m seriously stoked about this collection. For reals. Sure I’m 8 months pregnant and don’t even want to WEAR clothes right now because I’m so ungodly-uncomfortable, but this collection has me ooooing and aaaahing at the amazing pieces. I want to replace my entire wardrobe with one of everything from this awesome collection. It’s so fresh, breezy and summery! Just what i want to see after a long, hard cold winter in New England. Bring on the maxi dresses!

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The collection debuts in stores and online TODAY, April 10th, so click here for more info about the Peter Som collection and get ready to be amazed.

Get the Look: Radiant Orchid Hair Color

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Radiant Orchid is everywhere! Not only has it taken over the fashion and beauty scene, the hottest trending color is now a must-have for your hair! Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie, and even Lauren Conrad (even if it was just an April Fool’s joke) have now joined this unforgettable trend by rocking the vibrant color in their tresses.

Since you probably don’t want to run to your nearest salon and get a full head of radiant orchid like the lovely ladies above, consider a more temporary solution like Streekers!

You can get temporary real hair color with Streekers. They are the easiest temporary hair color to apply, they don’t contain harsh chemicals and wash out with shampoo.

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Click here to get Streekers in Purple and Ultra Violet on Ulta.com for $11.95 or visit your local Ulta Store.

Visit streekers.com for more info.

Be sure to follow the Pantone Color of The Year 2014 Pinterest Board for more color inspiration!

Enter To Win ANY Pair of Venettini Shoes worth $84!

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We teamed up with one of our favorite children’s footwear brands, VENETTINI, to offer you a chance to win ANY pair of Venettini Shoes ($84 value) from their website www.venettini.com!

Who is Venettini?

What are you looking for when it comes to ? You want new footwear options for your children; a breath of fresh air, a healthy dose of comfortable, a generous dash of stylish and pinch of extraordinary…Welcome to Venettini, where style, comfort and quality manifest in some of the most stylish kids’ shoes in the industry. Whether you’re in need of some fashion forward flair or traditional footwear, our styles will appeal to you, your kids, and all the other parents at the playground.

Here is just a small sampling of some of our favorite styles from their website…

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To view all their current styles, check out their website at www.Venettini.com and click on “Shop New Arrivals”! You can also check out their selection on Zappos.com

ENTER TO WIN!

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Get Prepared for Next Winter, Right NOW!

3 tips to make next winter a little easier

Spring has sprung, as they say, meaning that now is the perfect time to prepare for next winter.

Why? Well, just think about it. While you don’t want to be one of those irritants who crows about Christmas as soon as the last one is over, preparing for the cold snap now, when some stock is out of season and therefore cheaper, will save you cash and let you beat that winter rush.

You know the winter rush, right?

It’s that time when you’re walking through the town centre and people in shops look more like looters than customers. Panicked staffers on checkouts; clamorous customers pawing at the last iPads on store shelves– the winter is a nightmarish period of time to shop.

Which makes now the perfect time to get your winter preparations out of the way! You’ll meet calm people on shop checkouts, mingle with polite customers and, if you’re lucky, pick up some bargains.

 

1. Warm Your House Early

What is really irksome in the lead-up to winter is when the freezing cold kicks in. You’ve got ice cubes for feet, the big chill in your living room, and no heating to get you through it.

For a start, try getting new, preferably double-glazed, windows for your house. They’ll be easier to install in the springtime and will retain heat more cost-effectively than blasting a radiator on.

After which, make sure your home is adequately insulated and that your heating systems are top of the line. That way, you won’t have to suffer in the cold when winter comes.

We have new windows in our house, but that didn’t help when we ran out of wood pellets for our pellet stove in February! We will definitely be buying an extra ton of pellets this year because running around in the cold, looking for bags of wood pellets to buy was NOT FUN!

 

2. Pick Up a Christmas Bargain

It’s already been mentioned but, by crikey, shopping during Christmas time is stressful. Just walking down the high street makes you feel like a salmon trying to swim downstream when another thousand salmons are swimming up against you. And those salmons have Christmas shopping that they’re constantly bashing into you with, bloody hypothetical salmons.

So, the lesson is to get your Christmas shopping out of the way quickly, picking up bargains all through the year, to beat that festive stress.

 

3. Get Stocked Up

You see it like an annual event on the front of newspapers – “COLDEST WINTER IN A CENTURY”, exclaims the newsstand every winter.

Although they’re mainly setting out to scaremonger and sell papers, the tabloids are right that, as climate change causes fluctuations in weather, the temperature is becoming bitterer in those winter months.

To remedy this, you should stock up like it’s the coming apocalypse. Buy grit-loads of grit, keep provisions of tinned foodstuffs and maintain a backup generator in case the wild weather blows out your main power supply.

After which, you needn’t worry about the winter weather again…

Online Shopping: 7 Strategies for Big Savings

7 Tips for Shopping Online

Buying online is supposed to be about finding better shopping opportunities and better prices. You need to go about it the right way, though, to make sure that you really do see these benefits. Here are 7 shopping strategies to help you make the best of your time shopping online.

 

With some products, you can buy in large quantities to save

Many online stores offer steep discounts to those who order their products in bulk. If you choose to bulk-order a product that you use a lot of – diapers or other baby care items, for instance – you’ll save plenty both on product and delivery costs. We love shopping places like Costco.

Look Around For The Lowest Prices

It’s far easier to compare prices and shop around when it’s online rather than at physical stores. Yet, to many people, the extreme ease of comparison shopping that online shopping allows only encourages laziness. A surprising number of shoppers look at no more than two well-known stores when making purchases online. It’s important to resist the temptation to click that Buy button, the first chance that you get.

Shopping On Impulse

The reason it’s hard to be responsible and shop around when buying online is that having everything you need to buy at the tip of a mouse arrow encourages impulse spending. It’s easier to hit Buy than it is to take an item to checkout at a physical store, wait in line and ring through a purchase.

Online shopping comes with some of the same dangers that shopping with credit cards is known for – the buying process is so quick and effortless that you don’t quite realize what you’re doing. With both it’s easy to buy more than you need. It’s important to guard against impulse shopping when you go online then.

Keep an Eye on Shipping Costs

The shipping facilities at a store can be an important part of the shopping experience they offer. Some even offer guaranteed next-day delivery (NextDayDeliveryShops.co.uk has a great selection of such stores).

Shipping, though, can be expensive. Approximately half of all online shopping attempts are abandoned at the stage where the shipping costs are revealed. It makes sense that people would cut and run when they see the shipping costs involved – unless a shopper is signed up to a shipping program like Amazon Prime, shipping costs can be so expensive that any savings on attractively priced products are wiped out. Before you begin shopping online, you should set yourself a shipping budget for the month. It’s important to never exceed it.

You can get FREE 2 day shipping with memberships like Amazon Prime and ShopRunner.

Don’t Forget To Always Check For Coupon Codes!

There are more coupons available for online shopping than there are for shopping at physical stores. Before you pick one product over another at an online store, it’s important that you consult a search engine for the products that you can find the best coupons for. To savvy online shoppers, coupon availability is always an important factor in the product they finally decide to buy.

My favorite happens to be RetailMeNot.

Make Purchases Through a Cashback Website

Doing your online shopping through a cashback service can be a great way to save money. This is how cashback services work. A business decides to sign up as an affiliate to a shopping website. As an affiliate, they get a commission for every sale that they make for the shopping site. They then advertise to shoppers that when they shop with them, they get a share of the affiliate commission that they make – in the form of a cashback deal. These websites usually work very well. As long as you choose a well-known site like TopCashback or EBATES, you should make a great bit of savings.

Shop Like a Pro with Mobile Apps

Mobile shopping apps bring you all kinds of money-saving tricks. You get to find where the best deals are, get special offer alerts and so on. You can even have them help you monitor how much you spend. New mobile apps come up all the time – you need to be on the lookout and grab a few. I happen to love using apps for stores like RueLaLa and Zulily as well as shopping apps like ShopStyle.

 

GUEST BLOGGER: Elise Brooks prides herself on living well on a tight budget. She greatly enjoys blogging about the strategies and resources for smart money management in today’s households.

5 Things You Need For A Cruelty Free Makeup Routine

Urban Decay Good Karma Brushes

urban decay makeup brushesTime to ditch those disgusting, old makeup brushes from the drugstore and replace them with high performance, artist-quality, cruelty free, vegan and eco-friendly makeup brushes from Urban Decay. With 12 different Good Karma Brushes in the collection, you are sure to find the perfect brushes to suit your needs.

Bonus number one – Each brush comes encased in a magnetic box fashioned out of recycled egg cartons. Super cute.

Bonus number two – The super-soft synthetic brush hair is made from recycled PET bottles, and the sleek gunmetal brush handles are recycled aluminum. (Synthetic hair on makeup brushes are actually a huge bonus because the fibers don’t hold on to stinky bacteria the way porous animal hair does so these brushes stay cleaner!)

Bonus number three – Their line of brushes have actual names that tell you which brush to use for what/where. No more guessing!

Price: $20 – $39 each

Buy It: Macy’s, ULTA, Beauty.com, and UrbanDecay.com


Alba Botanica Good & Healthy Tinted Perfector Moisturizer

alba tinted moisturizerTime to get some good and healthy, leafy green goodness into your makeup routine with Alba Botanica’s new Tinted Perfector Moisturizer. It’s perfect for combination skin, is oil-free and contains 100% vegetarian ingredients. No parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances. Just a touch of color to lightly cover imperfections and healthy ingredients like kale, spinach and swiss chard to make your skin happy. Um, yeah… I seriously just listed green garden goodies as some of the remarkable ingredients they packed into this multi-tasking product. It’s straight up nutrition for your skin.

Price: $9.99

Buy It: albabotanica.com


La Fresh Eco Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes

la fresh wipesEco-Beauty® line of wipes are perfect for anyone who is looking to swap out their chemical-filled convenience wipes for some eco-friendly ones. The La Fresh line of wipes include waterproof makeup remover wipes, facial cleanser wipes, body soother wipes, and nail polish remover acetone-free wipes. All are made with natural ingredients, are biodegradable, compostable, free of questionable ingredients, and cruelty-free.

I also love that they are USA-made and are packaged using clean, renewable solar energy.

Price: $9.99 for 24 wipes

Buy It: LaFreshGroup.com


true natural Lip Plump Treatment

true natural lip plumpWant to plump up your lips naturally without all the harsh chemicals found in drugstore lip plumpers? Check out this anti-aging lip plump treatment from true natural that plumps lips naturally, with cinnamon, vitamin B, and anti-aging super ingredient: hyaluronic acid.

Over time your lips will appear more plump full and smooth from using this product consistently. PLUMP is most effective worn on its own, or under lipstick. Apply throughout the day as needed. You will be happy to know that this product has been certified natural by the NPA (Natural Products Association) and it also vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free.

Price: $30

Buy It: TrueNatural.com


Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

mineral fusion nail polishAdd a pop of Spring color to your nails with Mineral Fusion nail polish. While there is no truly “natural” nail polish, this is about as close as you’ll ever fine! The long-wearing and chip-resistant formula is free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate and developed with the highest ingredient standards to ensure it’s a safe and effective product. Best of all it has an extra-thick brush for flawless application.

New spring colors include Treasure (golden yellow iridescent), Lagoon (teal), Blaze (burnt orange), Tiara (nude pink shimmer), Trinket (berry) and Bublbe (semi-sheer lavender).

Price: $7.99

Buy It: Whole Foods Market and online at Ulta.com, Amazon.com, MineralFusion.com