PinkBlush Maternity Review + Giveaway

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Hello lovely friends,

I thought I’d do a fun little maternity fashion post for you from PinkBlush Maternity. So, in case you hadn’t heard the news on my Instagram, John and I are expecting a little girl! 🙂 When I heard the news, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I cried happy tears and had the biggest smile on my face. I’ve had recurring dreams since I was younger that I had a little girl so it’s honestly a dream come true.

This Friday, I will be 28 weeks pregnant and entering my third trimester! Crazy, I know. It’s been a crazy ride so far, but I’m loving every second of it. As far as most pregnancies go, I feel like I’ve had it easier than others.. at least compared to stories I’ve heard. The only things I’d really say I have any issues with are my achy body, feeling tired/lack of sleep, and finding maternity clothes that not only fit well but feel and look good.

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Ever since I’ve become pregnant I’ve been looking up shops through Instagram that carry cute maternity clothing. One shop that I’ve come back to over and over again is PinkBlush Maternity. They have trendy and beautiful clothing pieces that are perfect for women who want to feel and look cute throughout their pregnancy. I’ll admit that since I’ve become pregnant I don’t always feel very glamorous or cute. Having a changing body can do that to someone. Many days I wear yoga pants and large shirts so it’s nice to have a change up.

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PinkBlush Maternity allowed me to review one of their beautiful, chiffon maternity dresses and I couldn’t be more happy with it. What I love about this dress:  it’s made of quality material, has a gorgeous, floral pattern, it fits my curvy body, and it isn’t too short. I’m 5’8 so finding dresses that aren’t very short is somewhat hard for me. Something else I love about this dress is that everything is covered. You know when you buy a dress and the underlining is pretty much see-through or only comes halfway up the dress?! That drives me nuts. The lining of this dress comes all the way down to the bottom and is opaque so you don’t have to worry. You can wear this dress summer or fall because the sleeves are 3/4 length and the dress flows so it keeps you cool.

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PinkBlush Maternity has so many other clothing items if dresses aren’t your thing. They have hospital robes, active wear, tops, and bottoms. You can also find cute shoes, bags, hats, sunglasses and more in their shop.

I wanted to share PinkBlush Maternity with my friends, so we’ve teamed up to bring you a $75 gift card! It can be used on anything on the website. All you have to do is like/comment on my Instagram post about the giveaway. If you like both, then you get 2 entries. A bonus third entry if you share the post on Instagram and tag me and PinkBlush Maternity! 🙂 If you’ve previously won a PinkBlush Maternity giveaway in the past 3 months, you won’t be eligible to win. Good luck to you all! 🙂

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*Disclaimer: All products in this post were sent to me free of charge for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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VIIcode O2M OXYGEN EYE MASK *

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask  is a gel-like, over-night  treatment that  helps to firm, brighten, smooth and hydrate your under-eyes by using eco-friendly plant oxygen extracts. It provides continuous wear for up to 8 hours!

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Texture

Inside the VIIcode O2M Oxygen Mask is essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, peptides as well as botanicals. Here are some of the ingredients of the eye mask and their properties:

  • Allantoin – has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) – Stimulates cells that bring about collagen production,
    protects from UV damage, is anti-inflammatory, contains 75+ components including: several vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and minerals, has healing properties, and is anti-aging.
  • Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) – soothes dry skin and wounds.
  • Smart Q10 – promotes cell-regeneration.
  • Citric acid – revitalizes skin and helps absorption of minerals
  • Vitamin E – blocks free-radicals that cause skin aging, moisturizes skin.

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VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Packaging

You may apply the masks up to 3 times a week. Three boxes give the best results of treatment.

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Being Worn

So, what was my experience like with the eye masks?

Because of the mask’s ingredients like aloe, the  VIIcode O2M Oxygen eye masks are cool to the touch. What’s cool is they stay cool on your skin for hours. I have used the masks both during the day as well as at night and I found that they don’t really shift around at all. I move around a lot in my sleep and I haven’t had any problems.

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen eye masks have a really soft, gel-like texture and I thought that made them extremely comfortable for me to wear. It’s definitely rejuvenating wearing these. After several hours, the gel dries up and I like that while the gel  is not dry, it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your skin when you take the masks off.

After wearing these masks, I have noticed my under eyes feel soft, the puffiness has gone, and very fine lines seem to disappear.

These masks retail for $55 a box.

VIIcode has given me a Black Friday code for their Oxygen Eye Masks on Amazon (<—Link here). 🙂

Use code RQLQ-QPAB5X-89C82H for $5 off. This code expires 11/30/15.

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Five Ways to Bring More Positivity into Your Life

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I guess you could say I’ve been on a journey to finding not only myself, but true and lasting happiness and a positive life. I really think happiness and positivity go hand in hand.

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If you ask people who know me, they’ll tell you I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky person. I love having conversations with people about their lives; the really deep parts of their lives that make them who they are. I am usually laughing about something. I love hearing a good joke or lounging around doing nothing but enjoying the presence of others..

Still, I have been working on something that I do struggle with on a daily basis.. and that is POSITIVITY. In my head, it’s so much easier to point out every little thing that goes wrong.. everything that makes me feel like I don’t measure up to others. I know it’s not right, but I do it. I think we all have this struggle at times.

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These last few weeks, I’ve been truly trying to be a more positive person. The reason being is that I haven’t felt as happy as I know I should be. I have a great life, an amazing husband and family, and a sweet and loving dog. I think what really opened my eyes was I had been watching different videos and streams of people who were living their dreams and their main focus was self-love, positivity, and drive! Even if no-one else thought they could fulfill their dreams, they thought they could and they did! This set me out to find different ways to add positivity to my life.

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Now, this is a journey, and I know it will be a continual one but I am feeling more optimistic already so I have wanted to share these tips with you all.

Here are 5 ways you can be more positive! :

Focus on the good.

When you focus on the positive things in your life, you’re likely to have an over-all feeling of gratitude, thankfulness, and happiness. A good way to keep yourself accountable is to write your thoughts down. I like an app on my phone called “Happier”. (I wrote about it on this post.) It helps me make sure to post positive thoughts and to read positive thoughts from others. A journal is also another good way to focus on positivity in your life.

Surround yourself with positivity.

Talk to positive people, read inspirational books or watch movies about what you’re passionate about — whether that be about fulfilling your dreams,  leading a healthy lifestyle, creating crafts, or starting a business.

Meditate.

Close your eyes, breathe in and out slowly and deeply and give yourself positive affirmations throughout the day. Tell yourself “I will have a great day.”, or “I can achieve my dreams.”. You can even be more specific by saying things like “I will make 5 sales today.” or “I can be a great sales leader!”. Meditate on those good thoughts.

Stop comparing yourself.

Everyone has a different journey. I’ve heard this a dozen times now but it’s probably one of my favorite quotes — “Comparison is the stealer of happiness”. Realize that by comparing yourself to others, you’re not boosting your confidence or helping yourself fulfill your dreams, you’re putting a weight on your shoulders. Be confident in what you can do and be your biggest cheerleader! 🙂 You’ll find that life is much easier that way.

Do things you love.

Travel, rearrange your bedroom, go for a walk, or create something beautiful! 🙂 One of my favorite things to do is to go for a long walk with my dog. I love that I can get out of the house, breathe in the fresh air and see the beautiful, colorful landscapes. It’s pretty impossible to not have a positive outlook when you’re doing things you’re passionate about.

The world is your canvas! Color it! 🙂

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Luminess Air : Airbrush Makeup System

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Using an airbrush makeup system is one of the best ways to get both an even and sanitary makeup application. Both professional makeup artists and professional photographers have been known to use airbrushed makeup on their clients.

This past month, I was able to try the Luminess Air : Legend Airbrush System and it was much different from my typical makeup routine!

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How Does the Luminess Air Work?

The Luminess Air uses a constant air flow from a compressor. The air travels up a tube, through a needle inside the stylus and then comes out the end of the stylus. Foundation is squeezed into the stylus from a cup up top. (It doesn’t spray out unless you pull the trigger.) You use your finger to pull back the trigger on the stylus and the foundation is sprayed out evenly from its tip. Depending on how far back you pull the trigger, you get different amounts of product sprayed out.

How to Use the Luminess Air

  1. Shake up your foundation bottle.
  2. Hold the stylus like a pencil.
  3. Turn the compressor on.
  4. Squeeze 8 or more drops of foundation into the cup on top of the stylus.
  5. When you’re ready to use the airbrush, pull back the trigger and move your wrist in circular motions around your face.
  6. For more coverage, allow each coat of the foundation to dry and apply more.

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How to Clean the Luminess Air

Here’s a video from Luminess Air explaining in-depth how to clean the airbrush system.

 

My Thoughts on the Luminess Air

I think the Luminess Air is fairly easy to use. It has decent coverage, but I wouldn’t say it has amazing coverage for acne prone skin. In my opinion, it would be best to use a concealer underneath if you tend to have spots. It does take a bit of practice to use but as long as your finger and wrist are loose, you won’t need to worry too much about using too much product at once. The main thing is to work in circular motions and not linger in one spot  for too long so you don’t have caked makeup.

Because you’re able to control the amount of product that comes out of the machine, you don’t need to worry about getting your hair and eyes covered in foundation. You’re not going to be blasted with product like you would with hairspray or something similar. It’s a nice even mist of product.

I like that the system uses water-based makeup so my skin doesn’t feel gross and oily. I really hate that feeling when putting on makeup. I think that’s why I like a lot of matte formula products that use either clay or water based makeup.

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What My Luminess Air Kit Included

Luminess Air Foundations

Luminess Air Matte foundation shades 1-4.

I chose to have the Matte airbrush foundations because I don’t really like having a shiny face. I received shades 1-4. Shade 1 seems to be great for my olive-toned skin – especially now that I’m slightly pale during the fall. I sometimes mix shades 1 and 2 together to create a different shade.

Primer, Brightening Glow, and Blush

Luminess Airbrush Moisturizer/Primer, which contains Vitamin E and olive extracts , Luminess Skin Brightening Glow, and Luminess Air Airbrush Blush : Tulip 3N

Luminess Air Cleaning Bottle and Charger

Luminess Air Airbrush Cleaning Bottle and Charger

There are several different Luminess Air systems to choose from which range in price from $169-$399. You can find their systems in different places like Amazon as well as their website. Luminess Air has everything from skin products to eyeliners, as well as lipsticks and lip glosses.

Luminess Air Legend Airbrush System

Because Luminess Air is so kind, they’ve allowed me to be able to give my readers a code to save 20% off their purchase. 🙂

Here’s the code! : 161450506

You can find Luminess Air here:

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All Natural Products By inVitamin

inVitamin All Natural Products

Not long ago, I found a company through Instagram called inVitamin who makes all-natural products such as deodorant, tooth and gum powder, as well as face wash, and  a wide variety of other products. When I showed an interest in their all-natural deodorant, an incredibly kind gentleman by the name of Dan messaged me and sent some products over for me to try. I have been trying these products every day for over a month, so I’ve been able to use them quite often.

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I’d been wanting to try an all-natural deodorant for years because solid, aluminum deodorants seem to clog my pores, ruin my clothes and cause more harm than good.  I was able to try inVitamin‘s Natural Deodorant Cream which only contains 5 ingredients : Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Sugar, Vitamin E, and Beeswax.  When initially opening the package, it was melted and a bit messy because it had been in the heat. After letting the deodorant sit in my bathroom over night it was able to set up and clump together — creating a consistency that was perfect for spreading.

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Here were my thoughts on the deodorant:

  1. Easy to spread under my arms.
  2. Great scent. Even after wearing the deodorant for several hours, the smell of coconut and the freshness of the baking soda kept me smelling great.
  3. My underarms stayed dry, which is especially great in the summer when it’s so hot.
  4.  Compact container that you can easily take with you wherever — though, I’d recommend keeping it in a cool, dry place.

Over-all, I’d say it’s a very decent deodorant. It smells wonderful and it’s easy to use as well as effective!

Price : $6 (3oz) — A little goes a long way, so this is a great deal in my opinion.

All Natural Activated Charcoal Spearmint Flavor Tooth and Gum Powder

The next product I tried was the All Natural Activated Charcoal Spearmint Flavor Tooth and Gum Powder.  This is my absolute favorite product of the 3 products I was able to try. You use it like a toothpaste and it’s super simple to use. I like to wet my tooth brush and pour a little powder into my hand and then swirl my tooth brush in the powder. I believe now they’ve got little holes on the container that you can now pour the powder onto your toothbrush which makes it much easier to pour the product directly onto your toothbrush.

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inVitamin has 3 flavors for their tooth and gum powder which are: Cinnamint, Orange, and Spearmint. I really have been liking the spearmint because I’m a mint toothpaste type of girl. The taste took a little bit to get used to but after a little while was fine. You can taste the spearmint as well as the hibiscus flower petal powder but you can also taste a slight bitterness of the charcoal powder which isn’t too overwhelming.

The tooth and gum powder contains : Bentonite clay – activated bamboo – Charcoal powder – myrrh gum powder – organic stevia leaf powderr – organic hibiscus flower petal powder – organic orris root powder – organic spearmint extract

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Here are my thoughts on the tooth and gum powder:

  1. I noticed my teeth seem more white — even after a few uses, which is really awesome.
  2. The small pieces of charcoal really “exfoliate” my teeth and clean them so much more thoroughly than a toothpaste alone. My teeth have never felt more clean! Honestly, I wish I had found this product years ago.
  3. The taste is not bad — takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s definitely tolerable.

Over-all, I love this product. I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s thinking of trying an all-natural type of tooth powder.

Price: $9 (2.75 oz) : You don’t need to use a lot of this product at a time so I think $9 is very reasonable. I haven’t gotten down to a third of my container yet and I’ve been using this powder for over 2 months.

inVitamin All Natural Bug Gel

The last item I was able to try is the Natural Moisturizing Bug Gel which helps keep pesky mosquitoes and gnats away from your skin. It feels like a lotion and is very effective.

The ingredients for inVitamin‘s Natural Moisturizing Bug Gel are: Organic Castor Seed Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Jojoba Oil, Guar Gum, pure essential oils of Rose Geranium, Virginia Cedarwood, Cinnamon Leaf and Clove Bud, Natural Vitamin E, Leucidal (a 100% plant based preservative).

Thoughts on the product:

  1. It’s effective. I found it easy to keep annoying bugs away from me by slathering on this gel.
  2. Because of the clove, I wasn’t extremely fond of the scent of the product, but if you like the smell of clove, you will like the scent just fine.
  3. My skin didn’t feel irritated while using this. The jojoba oil and aloe vera gel kept my skin feeling hydrated and soft.

Over-all, this gel is effective, and is perfectly safe for children! A great alternative to sprays that is a much safer option.

Price: $7

 

One thing I love about inVitamin‘s products is that not only are they all-natural, but they aim to make their products safe for not only adults, but for the whole family.  Their products are homemade in small batches, which I love! Every product they make, they use in their own homes and they stand by each product.

If you’ve not heard of inVitamin, I would highly recommend their products! Please support them by checking out their site and trying a few of their products. You won’t be disappointed.

*Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge for my honest review. All thoughts in this post are my own.

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