Monday, November 24, 2014

My Morning Beauty Routine With AmLactin

Hi lovelies! With winter knocking on our door, we all have to adjust our beauty routines to combat the dreaded dry skin that accompanies this time of year. Living in Denver, it's a year-round issue due to the dry climate we have so I'm always looking for amazing creams that work. When the opportunity to partner with AmLactin to talk about my beauty routines presented itself I jumped at the chance. And after trying its lotions, let me say that I am hooked. I've integrated them into my daily routines. While each lotion is amazing on its own, let me show you how to use them in different ways to really maximize the benefits for your skin!

First up is AmLactin's Moisturizing Body Lotion. With 12% lactic acid it balances skin's pH levels and gently exfoliates to encourage natural skin renewal. This is my go-to to keep my skin hydrated all day long! As soon as I step out of the shower, I pat dry and then apply this all over. Always apply lotion right out of the shower to really seal in the hydration! It does sting a bit on my legs after I shave, but this is completely normal and nothing to be afraid of.

AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream is amazing for my elbows, knees, and feet - basically any part of my body that is more susceptible to severe dryness. I apply this in addition to the regular body lotion, focusing on the really dry areas.

AmLactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion is the holy grail; it's super intense hydration turns the driest skin into soft, supple skin nearly immediately. It's absolutely magical and amazing. I use this if my skin is really dry to nix it right away. I also use it on the backs of my arms when I get that 'chicken skin' - those little bumps that appear from time to time. I've found that this is the best cure for that too!

After my skin is nice and soft, I follow up with sunscreen on any exposed skin and then do my facial routine of serums, lotions, and then makeup. My skin is so much softer since I started using AmLactin's products and they've earned a permanent spot in my daily routine.

Check out what other bloggers are saying about AmLactin moisturizers!

Want to win a bottle of AmLactin Cerapeutic aka the holy grail of skin moisturizers? Head over to its Facebook page, give them a 'like' and enter to win your own bottle!


People everywhere are talking about AmLactin alpha-hydroxy skin care. And for good reason – it does what it’s supposed to do. No overpromises or puffery. Their formulas with clinically proven alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliate and intensely hydrate dry skin to help it return to a healthy, natural state. For long-lasting moisture and serious relief. Get serious care for softer skin.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Shopping at Barnes & Noble's Discovery Weekend!

Hi lovelies!  The other night I was fortunate to attend a preview of Barnes & Noble's Discovery Weekend - happening Friday, November 21 - Sunday, November 23.  I got to meet up with a great group of local Denver area bloggers, hosted by my friend Emily, from ColoradoMoms.com.

We sampled new holiday pastries available in Barnes & Noble Cafe, including the to-die-for cookie dough cheesecake,  (Seriously, all I want for Christmas is cookie dough cheesecake.)

We were sent home with these enormous s'mores cookies (they're like 6" in diameter!) which will be on special this weekend during select times for only $1.  I'll be taking the kiddos there this weekend for more of these!

These cookies will only be available in the cafe for one hour during these select times:

  • Friday, November 21 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 22 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 23 2:30 pm
Not only is Barnes & Noble having these delicious treats, but they have some amazing gifts for everyone on your list.  The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will be on sale - the 7" screen for $50 off and the 10.1" screen for $100 off! And if you're a Barnes & Noble member you'll save an additional 10%!  Make sure to visit the Nook counter, and enter for a chance to win a shopping spree with Nick Jonas!

These Pop! figurines are so adorable, my faves of course were The Walking Dead ones, but they had characters from so many different movies/shows too!

These books are perfect for young boys!  My son is 9 and finding new books for him to enjoy can be difficult, but any of these are sure to be a hit! (Especially the Zombie Goldfish!)

These would be perfect gifts for your bestie!  I've got all three on my list :)

Tons of choices for young adult readers! 

Would you believe you can seriously get all the kiddo's gifts at Barnes & Noble?  I was so impressed with all the fun toy and game choices available!

There's tons of in-store action happening this weekend at Barnes & Noble's Discovery Weekend!  Events taking place at Barnes & Noble’s more than 650 locations across the country include:

Friday, November 21:

  • 7 p.m.: Linkee® Trivia Tournament: 

Saturday, November 22:
  • 10 a.m.: Create With ArtFolds
  • 11 a.m.: Learn to Draw Like Mo Willems – Storytime & Activity
  • 1 p.m.: Puppet Making & Holiday Sing-Along
  • 7 p.m.: Holiday Fluxx® Game Night: 

Sunday, November 23:

  • 1 p.m.: Snowmen at Night – Storytime, Crafts & Activities
Make sure to call your local store to ensure its participation in Discovery Weekend.  Hope you all have fun getting a jump start on your holiday shopping this weekend at Barnes & Noble!


Disclosure: I received compensation for attending the event and posting about it on my blog.  As always, all opinions are mine alone.  Thanks for supporting the brands that make SnS possible!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Birchbox vs. Glossybox vs. Ipsy Glam Bag ~ October 2014 Edition

Hi lovelies!  It's that time again, to see how the three big beauty subscription boxes stack up to each other.  Which one was the best value?  Which box had the best products for me?   Without further ado, I bring you October's edition of Birchbox vs.Glossybox vs. Ipsy Glam Bag! {Click to see how they stack up!}

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DIY ~ Chain Fringe Earrings

Hi lovelies!  These earrings are a new favorite of mine (I cannot stop wearing them!) and once you see how easy they are to make, you'll certainly be wearing yours nonstop too.  Inspired by these Sultry Chain Hoop Earrings I pinned from Urban Outfitters a while back (no longer available), I made these using a bunch of random chain pieces from my stash.  {Click for the how-to!}

Monday, November 3, 2014

My October Glossybox ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  Today I'm sharing my October Glossybox - and it was a wicked good one!  If you're still not familiar, sign up for GlossyBox here, and get some amazing goodies delivered to your door for only $21 every month too! They promise 5-6 luxury deluxe sized samples, with a total box value of at least twice of its cost! {Click to see what I got!}

Friday, October 31, 2014

My October Ipsy Glam Bag ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  This month's Ipsy Glam Bag is here and it's a fun one.  If you haven't heard of Ipsy, it's similar to the other beauty subscription boxes, it costs only $10 a month, and you get a makeup bag too! {Click to see what was inside!}

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Using Technology to #ShareAwesome ~ and Win Big Too!

Hi lovelies!  Today I want to talk to you about something that we didn't have to worry about as kids, but our kids nowadays have to.  It's technology, and more specifically, social media.  It's so easy to get drawn into all the negative out there. But more important than that, it can be a very dangerous place for kids.  My kids use technology at school and at home, for researching things for school, checking their grades, submitting their assignments, etc.  But they also use it for gaming, socializing, and sharing everyday moments.

Now don't get me wrong, I think it's awesome.  And a huge part of me wishes that I had that growing up!  But what's important to think about is talking to your kids about what they post and portray online.  Thankfully,  the national PTA has partnered with LifeLock to share awesome ways families can create an open, evolving conversation about positive, safe decisions when using digital tools. It’s all part of having a happy, healthy lifestyle.

I encourage my 13 year old especially to share the things that make her happy, the moments that make her smile.  Whether it's a pic of our cat, or a fun pic from soccer practice or her orchestra performance.  

The #ShareAwesome campaign seeks to build an understanding among parents and students that no matter the device, the app or the networking site – the skills we need to be safe and positive online are similar to what you need offline.  The #ShareAwesome contest invites social media users to share a smart and safe decision, uplifting accomplishment, or positive action for the good of others using hashtag #ShareAwesome on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Students who enter a photo between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will be eligible to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship! Visit ShareAwesomeNow.org to learn more.

Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!  Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!

xo ~ Lia

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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