Because cancer is a complete asshole

May 8, 2017

I really didn’t know how to start this post..without adding in too many swear words. The sad thing is, I’m sure almost every single one of you reading this has someone they love or know who has cancer…which I hate to even think about.  I feel like every other day I see on the news, in media posts, or in articles of someone being diagnosed with it and every single time my heart break and I literally cry (because I’m one of those people).  Well, last February cancer decided to rear its ugly head at my cousin, with an aggressive rare type of cervical cancer.

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The thing that breaks my heart more is knowing everything she as already gone through in life, relationships, and being a single mom.  But more recently she finally found the love of her life, got a new job, and was still being the badass mom that she is to her son Jaren…life was great.  But, then it happened and cancer decided to be an asshole and show up.

I want to welcome you to read more of HER STORY HERE and what they are now having to face with insurance, her new job, and their new home. And more than anything, please put her in your prayers…  Thank you for listening my friends.

 


Shopbop Surprise Sale and my favorites

May 4, 2017

Thought I would quickly share that ShopBop is having a surprise sale right now (up to 40% off) and wanted to quickly show you a few of the favorites I pulled from the list :)  And yeah, I couldn’t deny a floral phone case or some drop earrings!

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PHONE CASE    |    HEELS       |    CANDLE    |    LACE DRESS    |    EARRINGS    |    CLUTCH

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This or That :: What’s in your Moisturizer

May 4, 2017

Okay, so I’m starting a small series on a few BEAUTYCOUNTER I use and putting them up against some other brands to show you a comparison in the ingredients (and some are pretty terrible). So a question to you: Have you ever thought about what’s in your moisturizer ? I want to challenge you today to go grab one you use and search the ingredients within it, then go deeper and take a peek on www.ewg.org at some of those ingredients. Keep in mind when researching that your moisturizer is something that is literally soaking into your skin all day and night…

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Okay, so on the left side is the Beautycounter day cream moisturizer I use and on the right is one I previously used in the past, so take a look below on what I found..

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TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ::  strong evidence that it is a human skin toxicant, and in vitro tests cells showed positive mutation results, linking it to cancer. skin sensitizer to cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin

TRIETHANOLAMIN :: can cause allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. It has been shown to cause bladder and liver cancer.

PARABENS :: Parabens, used to extend the shelf life of their products, mimic estrogen, and linked to hormone disruption, DNA damage, increased skin aging, and even some cancers

RETYINYL PALMITATE :: A form of vitamin A, which increase cell turnover and exfoliation, leaving skin more susceptible to damage from UV rays.

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SAFFLOWER SEED OIL :: Ideal for improving the quality and texture of skin due to the abundance of linoleic acid. They combine with the sebum in human skin to unclog the pores and reduce rashes and acne. They also facilitate the regeneration of new skin cells

ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF :: Includes vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients that detox cells like amino acids and uronic acids, anti-inflammatory ingredients to help skin inflammation.

SORBITAN OLIVATE :: Emulsifier from Olive oil. It reduces skin water loss, has a high moisturizing effect, is hypoallergenic an faciltiates the retention of skin moisture.

ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN :: (glycerin) Used instead of controversial PARBENS, derived from grains and plants,  it has been found to be an irritant to the skin in two studies, causing allergic contact dermatitis.

 

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So, that is why I don’t go a day without using my Nourishing Day Cream, because I know what in it and even better I absolutely love how it feels on my skin..it’s not heavy at all, yet holds in moisture. Let me know if you want more info too!

TAKE A PEEK HERE

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Realtor Website Launch :: Kiley Mondloch

May 3, 2017

So happy to get to share the branding and website launch for my husband and his business, Kiley Mondloch Realtor! This isn’t a typical realtor website..I don’t think anyway, but one that is meant to be welcoming and relatable. I’m helping him quite a bit with the branding and social media in hopes to attract the type of clients that care about detail, relationships, and overall want to have a personalized experience. It’s all about quality over quantity and not trying to get every sale and every listing out there. So, take a peek at his design below and feel free to check out his website here! KILEYMONDLOCHREALTOR.COM

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Of course I had to create a brand board for him, simply because it helps the rest of the brand and design process way easier. I have to say, he has been the easiest ‘client’ I’ve ever had..not one change on anything ;)

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Of course we had to get some soft touch business cards from moo.com, which have been a huge hit!

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For his website I used Showit 5, which was my first time trying..and I’m digging it! There were a few things I really could not figure out to do, but overall only having to spend about a week off and on playing with it before launching, really isn’t bad!

– SEE IT HERE –

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And of course if you check out his FACEBOOK page or INSTAGRAM I’m trying to make it all branded ;)

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And last, but not least..a cute little client gift. P.S. I put those bottle labels in my shop HERE!

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Why I believe in BeautyCounter :: My Story

May 1, 2017

I wanted to share with you why I believe in Beautycounter, but first let’s quickly take it back to 2003 when I was just a youngin’ in High School. I had a part time job, was in a couple sports, and more than anything was lucky that I barely ever broke out (considering I was a teenager).  Then in college I took on a few part time jobs, maxed out my class credit load, and financially supported myself…which meant the blemishes started to appeared at least once a month (but again, not terrible). Now, fast forward to 2012 when I moved to North Carolina and started my business. Well, let’s just say my face took a turn for the worse….

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Yes, it was mostly due to working too much (stress) and eating terribly (I was broke and lived off daily PB&Js, pop-tarts, and sandwiches). I honestly didn’t know what the heck was going on with my face…so that is when I became a product junkie. I didn’t have much money, but I was willing to try anything to make my face better, from ProActive, various masks, Clarins, manuka honey, Clinique, Arbonne, you name it, I probably tried it. BUT, nothing ever really worked and my breakouts got worse and worse.

Overall my face would go in spells, depending on my work load and my eating. Then about 8 months ago I vowed to drink more water and workout about 5-6 days a week and I saw some changes with my skin (because duh, healthy food and water will always do your body good), but stress would still affect me.

Then I splurged and bought BeautyCounter when it was at Target and thought why the hell not, I’ve tried everything else. I started to realize something, my big blemishes (you know, the ones that felt dime size under your skin) were appearing less and less. Not only that, but for some miracle the face wash and lotions lasted me months…which is rare for a girl who sometimes has to wash her face 3 times a day.  Then I started learning more about it because I knew it was a more ‘organic and natural’ brand..but I didn’t quite realize how serious that was until I did way more research.

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I got pissed. No freaking wonder why my skin wasn’t getting better, just about everything I used was packed with ingredients that literally have research proving it can cause skin issues, effect the reproductive system, DNA damage, and even cancer. And you know what made me even more upset, is that my beautiful 4 year old niece and tiny 5 month old nephew could have that shit soaking into their skin. My sis is actually pretty good with using mostly Honest products…but there is so much out there that is not banned that we don’t even think of.

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With that being said, I decided to join Beautycounter..as a consultant. Never ever would I think I’d be a consultant for anything like this because I’ll be honest, I really do not have time for it as I have enough on my plate in terms of work and income. BUT, when something like this has not only made a difference for me and my skin, but more importantly it is creating a movement to fight for congress to regulate the beauty industry. Because…

The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.

And that my friends is messed up.

Since joining almost a month ago I was supposed to be doing tasks to help me reach my sales goals (which I’m definitely not used to) and because I’m pretty darn transparent with you, I felt a bit rushed and simply didn’t want to push it until I actually tried it! So, the past 3 weeks I’ve used about 10 of their products to make sure I really can stand behind it (and how it works for me) before sharing with you. I’ve been crazy stressed before our trip..and my face has been the smoothest and clearest it has ever been in the past 5 years.  And that is an even bigger reason why I believe in Beautycounter.

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With that being said I wanted to extend a little giveaway for the first 3 of you who want to give it a try! When you place an order I will send you a sample of the Essentials Nourishing Set (the one I use) and maybe another little surprise ;) – You can take a peek around the site here  www.BeautyCounter.com and ask me any questions you may have!

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Travel Suitcase :: Packing for Vegas

April 19, 2017

I thought I would share just a few travel items I’ll be packing in my suitcase for our upcoming trip to Vegas! I’ve literally have been waiting and waiting to get to wear most of these items, so that sunny and 85 is really going to make this lady happy ;) I’m trying to prep today and start packing, so take a peek at what I’ve done thus far!

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First things first, I’m organizing my bag as best I can..and that includes me rolling clothes and using my new (adorable) travel bags HERE. I actually have swimsuit that looks just like that one too ;)

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We will get to finally put our Carry-on Cocktail kit to use! I have a Moscow mule one and the hubby has the Old Fashioned..and we are excited to give them a try!

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Our first day we are going to keep it casual with my new crochet top (here) and check out the Strip..I’ll probably have to opt for flip flops during the day, but hopefully get to bust out THOSE HEELS for dinner!

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We are hoping to get in some pool time on Saturday morning/afternoon so I can wear my new Marysia Swim Bikini and my cute cover-up too! Guys, this bikini was expensive, but for someone who cannot stand wearing one (due to it being uncomfortable) this one is legit!  If you are debating it, at least get yourself the Antibes Scallop bottoms, I think because they are scalloped they don’t dig in as much on the sides (score)!  P.S. I typically wear a size 26 or 2 and I had to exchange the Small for a Medium..and I do not have a big booty, so size up!

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Bikini HERE and HERE (or all here)    |   Cover Up: HERETravelPackingOutfitsStyle-13

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Sunday we will probably check out Downtown a bit, so I’m packing my new romper and sandals just in case!

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Romper HERE   |   Sandals: HERETravelPackingOutfitsStyle-6

And let’s not forget about the necessities! I’ll be sharing more, but I’m a consultant for the amazing BeautyCounter and will get to put my travel size goodies to use. I’m also thinking about bringing my charcoal mask just because I know I’ll be enjoying the drinks and food while I’m there.  But for those who are not familiar with this company, stay tuned…it’s been a game changer for me :)

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