Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

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The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale has officially begun!  This is undoubtedly the best sale of the season.  Many dresses which normally retail for well over $250 are only $59!  The sale runs from August 22-23.

When you head over to the website, you’re entered in an online queue where you wait your turn for entrance to the sale.  Be sure to shop quickly and often.  Shipping is FREE and items sell out very quickly.  Once you’ve completed checkout, you are entered at the bottom of the queue, so everyone gets a fair chance at the items that they love!

 

My personal experience: I set my alarm for 8:00 AM this morning, and I was among the very lucky few to only wait a few minutes for entry to the sale.  I nabbed a bunch of great dresses and tops, but the accessories went really fast.  My Lilly Pulitzer store opened at 9:00 AM, so I was also able to head over there.  Although there wasn’t as great of a selection, After Party sale items are returnable for 30 days when purchased at a retail store.  So, definitely swing by your store if you’re unable to score your size.

Good luck, Lilly Lovers! xx

Summer Skin with Million Dollar Tan

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One of my favorite things about the summer is basking in the warm sun.  I know, I know — it’s not the healthiest pastime, and someday it will catch up to me.  Now that I’m in my 30s, I’m definitely much more proactive about keeping my skin healthy.  That includes limiting my sunbathing, wearing stronger SPF, and donning a wide brim hat — a glamorous one, of course!  Who said being smart about skincare isn’t fun?

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So, when Million Dollar Tan sent over their Summer Sun Tanning Mouse, I was so excited to test out their formula.  Summer Sun has a higher percentage of organic DHA than any other sunless tanning product on the market.  It contains 14% DHA, which is a lot higher than the 5-8% than most sunless tanners on the market provide.  DHA is a colorless sugar that’s often derived from sugar beets or sugar cane.  When applied to the skin, it reacts with the amino acids in the skin’s top layer turning it brown.  The higher the percentage of DHA, the deeper the tan.

I’d like to point out a few helpful tips when applying your tanner.  First, I like to exfoliate my skin in the shower using a nubby washcloth.  Next, I apply moisturizer and finish with the application of the tanning mouse.  The Million Dollar Tan team sent over a large blending mitt to assist with evenly distributing the product over the body.  When I treat my face, I simply use my fingers to rub in the product.

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The photo above is sans makeup, so you can get a better idea of the results.  I’m so thrilled with my first attempt!  The color is a deep, red-brown based tan, which mimics the natural tanning process. Other self tanners I’ve tried left me with an icky orange hue.  While the smell is pleasant, there is a slight lingering aroma that I noticed on Day 2 and 3.  This is par for the course, though, and it will happen when the DHA starts reacting with your skin.  So far, my tan is still going strong on Day 3.

I’m really excited with my results and plan to use Summer Skin for the rest of the season.  Million Dollar Tan also has great gradual tanners, such as The Mermaid Mousse and Mermaid Mousse Extreme, which contain 8% and 10% DHA, respectively.  Their Summer Skin formula is sold only through the Million Dollar Tan website, but Nordstrom carries a great assortment of Million Dollar Tan products.

The company even offers Professional Spray Tanning, which I would love to test out next!

 

Disclosure:  Product was provided for review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Red Leather Jacket

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Red leather jacket  — runs small  //  Theory Branteen dress also available in cream — on sale!  //  Saint Laurent clutch  //  Celine sunglasses  //  Red strappy heels (last season) — available in silver here

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016: Early Access

Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 has officially begun!  If you’re a Nordstrom card member, you can shop before the crowds, from today, July 14th until July 21st.  The sale will available to the public on July 22nd.  Products tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to nab your favorites!  And as always, shipping and returns are free and zero hassle.

Check out some of my favorites from the sale above.  I stopped by my store today, and I’ll be sharing some top product picks and reviews soon.  The beauty exclusives and shoes are some of the best ways to save.

Happy shopping!

Summer Skin with Aveeno

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I don’t know about you, but when summer rolls around, my skin is feeling extra dry.  The sun, the sand, the sea — it all takes its toll.  It’s essential for me to find a good moisturizer that absorbs quickly, feels light, and doesn’t linger.  In the summer, the last thing I want to feel is sticky!

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While I’ve always been a huge fan of Aveeno products (their eczema cream is a lifesaver), I was really blown away by the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion.  This lotion made my dry skin feel powdery soft without the sticky feeling.  And let me just tell you about how fast this lotion absorbed!  Within a few minutes, it completely absorbed into my skin, and I could dress normally.  There is really nothing worse in the summertime than applying lotion and waiting for it to absorb.  Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration also moisturizes for a full 24 hours!

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The Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion with SPF 30 is another great product for the summer because it’s light, has a fresh scent, and completely absorbs into the skin quickly for advanced sun protection.  Normally, sunscreen stings my eyes, but this one was gentle enough around my delicate eye area.  I also like that this particular one is sweat and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, so you can have fun in the sun without having to worry!

 

Thank you to the AVEENO® team for sponsoring this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for supporting the partnerships that keep my blog up and running!