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Dark Spot Correction the Right Way: Cartouche Hydro Bright Gel

The ears of many a Sassy Dove Youtube channel viewer seem to have perked up upon the mention of dark spot correction and skin lightening in my video “Step Into the Light“. You wanna talk about it – so let’s talk about it.

The subject bears some interesting discussion due to skin lightening’s shadowy (har) history; the concept of all-over skin lightening is an outdated ritual with heavy ties to the whitewashing of cultural differences. Many of us still look into spot-treatment lightening for darker areas, freckles, sun spots, etc — but even localized treatments have long used skin bleaching and harsh ingredients like hydroquinone, forcing users to sacrifice safety, efficacy and attractiveness of results.

Fortunately, times have changed. (Hallelujah!) Watch my video and learn more about this product’s modern approach to dark spot correction (plus, watch me try to pronounce stuff): Continue reading “Dark Spot Correction the Right Way: Cartouche Hydro Bright Gel” »

Yes, You Do Have A “Because” Moment — Here’s Why.

This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. #BecauseMoment #ad #IC

Thanks to the help of the Internet and being able to research literally everything, us ladies are pretty talented at the tasks we take on these days. Just take a look at Pinterest and you’ll see droves of us simultaneously Burpeeing, no-sewing and baking sugar-skull themed fondant cakes all in French Country style with seeming ease.

But behind the simplicity of the selfie curtain, there are blood, sweat and tears that go into performing as the superwomen we’re expected to be in modern life. And whether or not we’d like to admit it, living up to such high standards adds pressure and stress that take a toll on our minds and bodies.

What most of us need is a regular break; a body tune-up to recharge every now and again and help fuel the next miracle we’re expected to perform in the kitchen, gym or office. That next miracle is your #BecauseMoment – the reason you need a minute to take care of yourself on a regular basis, so you can keep going for the rest of what life wants from you.

This is the reason I’ve shifted the way I think about massage; it’s not some indulgence available only to rich women or once a year on your birthday, but rather a necessity of living in the demanding world we currently inhabit. Studies have shown that massage can help with weight loss, anxiety, sleep regularity and more. Aren’t those areas we all could use a little help with on a regular basis?

Start integrating massage into your daily routine and discover how much it refreshes you for the rest of life’s activities. Visit Massage Envy for convenient, affordable massages available close to home so you can experience my favorite kind of therapy early and often.

Do you get regular massages? If not, what’s holding you back?

Why Are High-End Candles Like Diptyque & Jo Malone So Popular?

You can snag some pretty darn good smelling candles in the air freshener aisle at Walmart, so why do certain candles that approach or far surpass the $100 mark have such a frenzied following?

Diptyque and Jo Malone are the two most famous names in luxury candledom, and it’s not just because they hit some passing fragrant fad. Rather, these producers of quality-scented, hand-poured wax have a great tradition of adding beautiful smelling elements to their worlds: Diptyque has graced its home Paris with style and scent since the early 60s, while Jo Malone hails from England and has been handcrafting unique and natural fragrance combinations since childhood. Continue reading “Why Are High-End Candles Like Diptyque & Jo Malone So Popular?” »

Why Alpaca Hair Will Be Your Fall/Winter 2015 Bestie.

This post compensated by #SOLALPACA for my participation in the #FeelWarmer #ad campaign as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network

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Are you down with alpaca yet? Besides being incredibly pun-ready, this Andean animal is a cold-weather fashion designer’s best friend. If you don’t own an alpaca piece yet, here are a few insider reasons why you should be adding one on your holiday wish list: Continue reading “Why Alpaca Hair Will Be Your Fall/Winter 2015 Bestie.” »

Copy Blair Waldorf’s Exact Fashion Style from Gossip Girl

Our favorite TV shows no longer die; in the Netflix age, they simply go to Bingewatching Heaven. My latest guilty pleasure to binge is Gossip Girl, and it’s totes got me throwing back to the late ’00s.

Of course, Queen Bee Blair Waldorf rules the school, and her fashion choices in Gossip Girl border on iconic (though not so intensely as her Givenchy-gilded idol Holly Golightly). Here are some of her exact fashions you can copy right the eff now (fair warning – spoilers if you’re like five years behind on your DVR): Continue reading “Copy Blair Waldorf’s Exact Fashion Style from Gossip Girl” »