Monday, January 16, 2017

Heeling the Sole: My Sole Patches Review

Sole Patches are American-made removable adhesive pads to alleviate shoe discomfort. They come in package of 6 which will last you a long while. They are a nice, discreet nude color that blends in well with the linings of most shoes. Each has a distinct flower-like shape that helps absorb impact with each step and help enhance comfort.

Each pad has a very strong "medical-grade" adhesive that keeps it in place on the shoe. I have used other products like these in the past and my biggest gripe is that they tend to move around in the shoe after applied. That actually causes me even more discomfort than wearing my shoes without them, because the root of the pain and soreness is usually the foot sliding forward. However, Soul Patches really do stay put!

One thing that makes Sole Patches relatively unique is that they are not just intended to be applied to the ball or heel of your sole. They can actually be directly applied to the skin on the bottom of your feet! They are moisture-repelling, odor-repelling, antimicrobial, and shock-absorbing. They are designed to stay on your foot for up to 24 hours of wear, which allows you to wear multiple pairs of shoes with the pads during that period.

I found the pads I used in my high heels for New Years Eve to be pretty effective. I would say the ball of my foot usually hurts a bit in these shoes after about 3 hours of wear, but one pad in each made them comfortable for about 5-6 hours. I still have to test them out with double-padding - applying a pair of pads directly to the bottom of my feet too. I think that would do the trick for a whole day of wear! If you're interested in learning more about this product and purchasing some for your own use ($9.95 for a pack of 6), please visit:

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This product was provided to me for free for review purposes by Sole Patches via Brandbacker.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel Review

Winter weather can be tough on your skin, but dermatologist developed Exuviance has some great products to help you beat the winter blues and look absolutely radiant at all of the events on your holiday calendar. The Exuviance brand was created by Dr. Eugene Van Scott and Dr. Ruey Yu, leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They were the doctors who discovered the anti-aging benefits of Glycolic Acid and patented the first glycolic peel. 

The Purifying Cleansing Gel is intended for normal/combination skin and is formulated with AHA/PHA (Alpha and Polyhydroxy Acids) to exfoliate and clarify your skin. It is a gentle, soap-free cleanser, safe product for sensitive skin, that washes away make-up, surface oils, and impurities without altering skin's natural moisture balance. 

What I first noticed about this product when I opened the tube and applied it to my skin was the great texture. It feels very rich and luxurious, like a premium face mask. It doesn't seep into your skin to quickly, which I consider a big plus because it's easy to tell where you've already applied it on your face and where you haven't yet. 

It's very easy to apply. Simple massage it on to wet skin, after you've given your face a quick rinse. As you massage it, it lathers up really nicely. Once you've lathered up your whole face, it's ready to rinse off - no need to let it sit! The gel has a very nice cooling effectm which is really soothing on irritated skin. Since my skin often suffers from a little redness, I really appreciate this component of the product. It definitely makes it feel safe to use twice daily.

The product has a really nice, refreshing clean scent. It makes me think of sweet summer peaches and fresh laundry! The fragrance does initially stay on your skin after you wash off the cleanser; however, it isn't as strong as it is when first applied. 

Not only does this gel help keep your skin looking and feeling healthy, but it is also very effective at removing make-up. I've tested it with some of my toughest make-up including waterproof mascara and gel eyeliner. While I would normally hesitate to use a product like this anywhere around my eyes, this one was very gentle and didn't make my eyes tear up or sting. 

My skin felt as deeply cleansed as it does when I use an exfoliator. Since I find most exfoliators to be a bit too harsh for my skin, I was very pleased to find an alternative. It was a real bonus as well that this left my skin feeling cleansed but not dry, as a lot of comparable products dry out your skin a bit. 

Interested in trying this product yourself? The Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel ($34), as well as Exuviance's other fine products, are all available at:

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This product was provided to me for free for review purposes by Exuviance via Brandbacker.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cyber Monday: The Extended Cut

Here's a list of the 10 best extended Cyber Monday deals - hurry, most expire at Midnight ET tonight!

Lots of preppy clothes, home decor, and jewelry bargains still to be found -

  • May Designs - 40% off notebooks & stationery 
  • Julep - 50% off everything w/ code "CYBERWIN"
  • Furbish Studio - 20% off everything w/ code "HOLIDAY20" 
  • Draper James - 15% off  under $200, 20% off $200+, 25% off $300+, 30% off $400+ 
  •  Jack Rogers - Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% off w/ code "CYBER2016" 
  • Marley Lilly - Up to 50% off select items and 2 pairs of free earrings (tassels with $50+, studs with code "ML3925")
  • GILT City - 20% off w/ code "CYBER"
  • Country Club Prep - 20% off sitewide + free shipping w/ code "CYBER20"
  • Tuckernuck - 20% off everything w/ code "GIVE20", 25% off $500+ w/ code "GIVE25", 30% off $1000+ w/ code "GIVE30"
  •  Jack Wills - 30% off everything
  • One King's Lane - extra 20% off everything, prices as marked

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Deal Round-up

Here are my 10 favorite deals this Black Friday week (so far!):
  1. Draper James - extra 30% off all sale items & free shipping 
  2. Design Darling - 20% off everything w/ code "HOLIDAY" (through Monday)
  3. The Organic Pharmacy - 20% off everything (Friday-Monday)
  4. Peach & Lily - 30% off everything w/ code "GiveThanks30" (ends 11:59pm ET on Monday)
  5. One King's Lane - extra 20% off select merchandise
  6. Bath & Unwind - 20% off $37.50+ & free shipping w/ code "BLACK20" (through Monday)
  7. GUMP's - 25% off $100+ & free shipping w/ code "FRIENDS25" (ends Tuesday), plus an extra deal you can load to your card if you have American Express for $15 off $75
  8. GILT City - extra 25% off all deals, plus a $10 gift card to Postmates for orders placed 1-4pm on Friday
  9. Charlotte Tilbury - buy one Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotize Set for $39, get one free
  10. - extra 15% off everything & free shipping
Honorable Mentions:
  • Kendra Scott - extra 20% off everything including sale w/ code "SALE20" (ends Midnight on Monday)
  • May Designs - 40% off notebooks and stationery
  • Furbish Studio - 20% off all orders w/ code "HOLIDAY20"
  • Joules - 25% off everything w/ code "FRIYAY" (ends Midnight on Monday)
  • Boden - 30% off everything & free shipping $49+ (ends Monday)
  • Jack Wills - 30% off everything (ends Monday)

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Monday, November 14, 2016

L'REVE 24K "60 Second Instant Facial Lift" Review

The impending winter weather can often add to your skincare woes.  So, I'm excited to share with you today a great product I received from Miami-based L'Reve Cosmetics. Old or young, nobody wants to get wrinkles. The "60 Second Instant Face Lift Serum" by L'Reve helps address fine lines, expression lines, and early signs of wrinkles by tightening and firming skin almost instantly.

The product is really easy to apply. Simply use the pump bottle to put a small amount of product on your finger, tap - don't rub - the product in target areas, and wait for it to dry for about 60 seconds.
Check out my tutorial video here:

The results last 6-8 hours and I was absolutely amazed with how quickly it worked! I applied the product around my eyes, both to hide any signs of crow's feet at the corners and to hide signs of fatigue or puffiness underneath. I also applied a little bit on the skin around my lips, since I know it's common to develop fine lines in that area. I was really impressed with the results around my eyes especially. I felt like the product really reduced the dark circles and made my face look more energized.

The serum is Made in the USA and includes ingredients like seaweed, purified water, and hyaluronic acid. Interested in trying it for yourself? You can learn more and purchase the product here.

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This product was provided to me for free for review purposes by
L'REVE Cosmetics via Brandbacker.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Perfection with Tobi

Happy Halloween, guys and ghouls! I hope right now you're admiring some finely carved jack-o-lanterns while binging on some of that leftover candy. 

One of my favorite things about Halloween is visiting a local farm. It's so much fun to shop for fresh autumn fruits and vegetables like acorn squash, apples, and of course...pumpkins! My go-to place the last couple of years has been Stults Farm in Cranbury, NJ near Princeton. One thing that always makes it extra special is that you can actually walk out into the pumpkin patch, find your perfect Halloween pumpkin (or two), and carve it right off of the vine.

This year I found a beautiful pumpkin on the vine and also made sure to pick up some smaller decorative sugar pumpkins to display on my mantle. I love the white sugar pumpkins because they match with any interior decor. They're also super easy to decorate, especially if you like to paint your pumpkins rather than carve them.

I was definitely in the holiday spirit when I went to the farm this year. I decided to get decked out in black and white in anticipation of Halloween - everything from my sweatshirt and skinny jeans to my statement earrings, scarf, and embroidered suede cowboy boots.

As you'll have seen from my previous post, TOBI has become one of my favorite new online shopping destinations. Their clothes are so on-trend and very affordable. Since the weather was still relatively warm last week - with just a slight breeze - I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to wear my new Georgia Cold Shoulder Fleece Sweater from TOBI. I paired it with some Madewell skinny jeans, Jack Rogers boots, vintage Tacori earrings, and a Snoozer Loser scarf (originally from one of my favorite sites, MadeClose, now available on Etsy).
Top: c/o TOBI / Jeans: Madewell / Scarf: Snoozer Loser / Boots: Jack Rogers

I wasn't sure how a shoulder-less style top was going to look on me, but I've noticed that a lot of brands are including this new trend in their lines this season. It actually made the outfit really comfortable and provided some good ventilation in the heavy fleece sweatshirt. This sweatshirt has a sort of high collar (kind of like a double-sided halter neck) that could definitely hide some bra straps. However, I decided to take the safe route and wear it with a strapless bra.

It's an extremely comfortable sweater that is definitely very versatile. You can dress it up or down. I wouldn't recommend it for a night of dancing because it is a heavyweight fleece sweatshirt, but it is perfect for autumn/winter activities like ice skating, football games, or brunch. I'll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of this over the next few months! The Georgia Sweater is just $58 and comes in Black, White, and Heather Grey.

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The Georgia Cold Shoulder Fleece Sweater was provided to me by TOBI.

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