Sephora Deal: 3 Bliss Body Butters for $30

I ain’t gonna lie: I am a bit of a Sephora junkie. I can’t tell you the number of times I have said, “I am just running into Sephora to pick up one thing,” only to leave the store with a bag full of gorgeous goodies. But hey, what’s a girl to do?

Yesterday I received an email from Sephora that included an amazing offer: Beauty Insider members can buy 3 Bliss body butters for only $30. A trio of this magnitude would normally cost $87, so this is an amazing deal!

I have used this body butter for years and have loved the rich texture and refreshing scents. My ultimate favorite is the Lemon + Sage scent, but Bliss also offers Naked (fragrance free), Blood Orange+White Pepper, Grapefruit+Aloe, and Vanilla+Bergamot scents. You can buy 3 of the same scent or mix it up. This product is a great item for Mother’s Day, Easter, or graduation gifts. The Naked “scent” is a good option if you are uncertain which scent one may like.

This online-only deal is only available to Beauty Insider members who use the promo code BLISSLOVE at or thru Sephora’s mobile app (which is also very handy by the way!). The promo ends March 3 at 11:59 PST. Click here to go to and place your order.

Happy Shopping!




The Only Time You Should Ever Look Back…


Sometimes it is hard to let go of the old chapters of your life. But when you do, make sure it’s not to keep reading your history. If it is not going to help you grow, stop revisiting your past mistakes. Instead take a look at how far you have come. 



Tap Project App Challenges You to Put Your Phone Down For Clean Water

10 minutes doesn’t seem like a long period of time. I mean really, what can you do in only 10 minutes?

How about give clean water to a child in need?

In honor of World Water Month UNICEF has created a mobile app that encourages people to put their phones down for this cause. Leave your phone alone for 10 minutes and their sponsor will donate a day’s worth of clean water to a child in need. So one hour equals six days of water. Six days.

The motivation of the app is to encourage people to cut off access to something they deem necessary in order to raise awareness and funds for something that is truly vital for human survival. The simple act of doing nothing with your phone will result is something big for a great cause.

You can click here to learn more about this app and the movement. I’ve already put my phone down. How about you?



How to Decorate Like a Parisian from Apartment Therapy

I have been a bit of a Francophile since my childhood. Well, to be more specific, I’ve had a crush on all things Parisian since my childhood. Years ago I finally lived my dream of visiting Paris and it was even more amazing than I imagined! The amazing cuisine, the sights, the sounds. Don’t get me started on the fashion and the macaroons! I bought a dozen macaroons from the famed shop Laduree and still have the box top as a momento!

So while I can’t live in Paris, I do like to inject some Parisian influences in my life. But one area I have yet to do that is in my home. This article from Apartment Therapy offers some great tips on bringing Parisian style into your maison. In the picture above I just love the detailing in the ceiling and wall molding. Just so delicious to look at, adding that perfect je ne sais quoi!

The article offers some great and practical tips for decorating with a Parisian flair without breaking the bank. I’m definitely inspired to try some of these ideas this weekend!



Limited Edition Birchbox Finds Box Now Available


Birchbox has developed a reputation as being a trailblazer in the subscription box genre, helping members discover their next favorite everything! Recent Birchboxes have included new products from mass market brands like Chapstick and Burt’s Bees alongside high-end goods. Today Birchbox has released a limited edition box called Birchbox Finds that focuses solely on these mass market goods.

This box includes 7 products that will help you achieve that movie star look without breaking the bank! The box includes:

  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara by LashBlast
  • Rimmel London Stay Glossy 3D Lipgloss
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixer
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast
  • NIVEA Kiss of Care & Color
  • Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

The Birchbox Finds box costs $18 and contains $55 worth of product.

So what do you think? Are you going to get the box? I do wonder if this box has enough of that “ooh la la” feeling to make ladies want to take the plunge. But then again, for those who are more practical this could be a great box to get. Plus this box is still a good way to discover new products, proving that a girl can find glam in the grocery aisles!

Click here to order your own Limited Edition Birchbox Finds box!



Enter to win a DIY Box from Darby Smart!

One of my goals this year is to be a bit more crafty by trying more DIY projects. Granted my DIY history is a bit all over the place. Some projects were successful while some projects started off with good intentions but I got bored or frustrated or lost my vision halfway through.

And then there are those projects that look like a sugar-addicted four year old badly in need of a nap tried to make “something”. Like I said, all over the place.

So I am very curious about Darby Smart, a subscription service that delivers different fashion and home DIY kits each month for $19. Some recent projects include coasters, tote bags, pendant necklaces, and bracelets. After checking out Darby Smart’s website, I am really interested in giving one of these kits a go!

Darby Smart is giving away one of their To DIY For boxes to a lucky winner. But you have to enter by February 17. Click here to enter for your chance to win!



Review: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray


I have long heard about how dry shampoo can give your hair a boost but have never tried one until recently. I received the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray in the POPSUGAR Neiman Marcus Must Have Box and while I was excited to try it, I was also nervous. Let me explain.

I have chemically relaxed and colored hair. As a black female I have had some great and less than great (okay, horrible) experiences with hair products. The act of trying new shampoos and conditioners is always something I approach with extreme caution. A new product can strip my relaxer or color or make it frizzy and incredibly coarse and dry. So I often only try stuff recommended by my stylist or one that I am confident can work on African-American hair.

So dry shampoos have both fascinated and scared me. It’s an odd balance, I’ll admit. But who wants to risk having weeks of constant bad hair days all because I just had to try that shampoo/conditioner/gel/etc. Not this girl, nuh-uh!

The Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is described on Oribe’s site as an “invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights).” Sounds great, right? Okay, so I gave it a try one week after a recent relaxer and one day before I was planning to wash my hair. I figured any craziness that happened to my hair should only last a day.

I applied the product to the roots of my hair, as stated by the instructions. And Wham!– instant volume. What the what?!?! I was taken back. While I was aware of product being in my hair, it didn’t have a weird, icky, sticky texture.

Verdict: This is not a product I will be using daily or even weekly. But it is something I would use during the first week of my relaxer when my hair is at its thinnest and I feel that I need a boost of volume. I gotta say, this stuff really works!

The Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is available in 2.2 ounces for $21.50 or 8.5 ounces for $42. Visit the Oribe website to learn more about this texturizing spray and discover more of the Oribe product line.