Bows with a Flare are a Girl’s Best Friend

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Diamonds, pearls, no  BOWS are a girl’s best friend!  Bows are timeless adding elegance, beauty, and a touch of class to any outfit.  It’s no wonder why all my Disney friends are wearing them….BOWS I mean.  Snow White was the first Disney Princess to wear a bow.  She sweetly tied off her red headband with a simple red bow accenting her red lips.   Since then Wendy, Alice, Minnie, Cinderella, Marie, Belle, and Ariel have been seen wearing bows in their hair and on their fabulous dresses.  Everyone is wearing them!  So if you  haven’t picked up on this classic trend, you really should!   One of my favorite hair bow boutiques is Anna and Red.  This bow shop offers an array of bows inspired by some of my favorite Disney characters.  Ada Marie Foley, the designer and owner of Anna and Red Hair Boutique  adorns the bows with lots of sparkle and shine with a variety of embellishments reflecting the essence of the character.

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Such Poor Unfortunate Souls! Bring out your inner villain with this Sea Witch Ursula inspired bow!

Bow is approximately 3 1/2-4 inches long with varying black and purple ribbons with a gold, glittering sea shell in the center! Bow comes on an alligator clip.

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Embark on an epic adventure across the ocean with a bow inspired by Moana from the movie Moana. Disney’s newest princess!

Bow is approximately 3 1/2-4 inches long with varying tan and coral ribbons with a pretty pink flower in the center!

Bow comes on an alligator clip.

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Fly off on a Magic Carpet with this Arabian Princess Jasmine inspired boutique bow.

Bow is approximately 3 1/2-4 inches long with varying teal and gold ribbons with a beautiful teal gemstone in the center!

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Dance once upon a dream with this beautiful Sleeping Beauty inspired bow!

Bow is approximately 3 1/2-4 inches long with varying pink and gold ribbons with her signature briar rose in the center!

Anna and Red’s fanciful hair bows are stunning and eloquently designed.  A perfectly princess accesorry that will transform your hair into a walking masterpiece. Magical and extremely fun to wear, Anna and Red’s hair bows eaily match up with anything!  Pefectly pair them with jeans and a tee, a fancy dress, or a set of wishy washy tentacles.  No matter what you choose to wear the BOW will  complete the look.

Stop by Anna and Red Hair Boutique to start a fantabulous collection of hair bows inspired by your Disney Favorites.  At just $5 for all this cuteness, you can’t go wrong!  And to help you get started Anna and Red is offering a special discount to my readers.  Use coupon code CUTECOUNTRYCHICKHH at checkout to save $5 off an order of $15 or more.  This coupon code will expire February 28, 2016.

 

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A little R&R for your skin

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New Year, New Me!  2017 is the year that I get back in shape and focus on my health.  This is the first year that I am setting this goal for myself.   So far I am off to a great start.  New Year’s Day we discovered that our county has opened Shingle Creek Pioneer Trail about .5 miles away from my neighborhood.  As a family we took our first hike for the year and I am 4 weeks into my 5K training.  This trail is peacful and picturesque with miles of God’s country. Running is not my thing.  I prefer to sit on the couch and eat pie; but my children have become avid runners and have inspired me to get up and go.  These amazing kids have already run 2 5K’s and 2 Mickey mile races.  I enjoy spectating, but after signing them up for their first RunDisney 5K I realized it would be awesome if we did this as a family.   I am calling it a family fun run due to the fact I will slow my kiddos down and their time will not be perfection.  My daughter reminds me all the time, that I am killing her time by making her stay with me for the race.  For me just crossing the finish line alive will be a major accomplishment.  Since, starting my training I have lost 3 inches from my waist line and I am pumped with energy.  Bye bye to feeling listless day in and day out.  But, now I am saying hello to damaged skin.   Rough patches on my heels and dryness are just two ailiments that my skin suffers from as I work hard to transform into a healthier me.

Along my path, I have met Nina, an amazing new friend from the Blue Mountains in Australia; where she manages an apiary.   Nina has  rescued wild swarms of bees and given them new, safe homes in the Blue Mountains. Allowing nature to take it’s place, Nina does not disturb the ordering of the Queens and the honey derived from her apiary reflects the changing of the seasons in the Blue Mountains of Australia.   Nina is very passionate about natural living and crafts all natural beeswax skin care products. ” I believe Mother nature offers us everything we need for our skin needs, so there’s no need for complicated chemicals to make our skin look radiant and healthy.” (Nina Tverskikh, 2017)   Her grandmother (babushka)  grew up in an orthodox family of Old Believers, living in the wilderness of the taiga in Far East Russia. All of her family had to rely on natural medicine in their every day life. All through her life babushka Sasha would collect and use herbs, make tinctures and salves to treat literally every ailment. Nina learnt the basics of living off the land from her babushka. Nina’s Bees skincare line is handcrafted using the honey and beeswax from Nina’s bee farm, essential oils, and a variety of organic oils that will nourish, rejuvenate, and restore your skin.  After a hard workout my skin is crying out for Nina’s Bees skincare products.

My after training beauty regiment consists of:

ninaNina’s Bees Revitalising Balm for Face & Neck with Beeswax and Honey is light and quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving your skin feeling toned and moisturized.

BENEFITS
Carefully chosen luxurious oils are blended with beeswax and honey to tone and moisturize the delicate neck and face skin with no greasy feel. Nina  infuses organic calendula flowers in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to add anti inflammatory properties to the balm, so that it can be safely used even on the most sensitive skin. Macadamia Nut Oil contains one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids, vital for delaying skin and premature ageing. Macadamia Nut Oil is also rich in oleic acid. It is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for a sensitive skin types. Honey is full of antioxidants, it is believed to create a glow.

nina2Nina’s Bees Heel & Elbow Lotion Bar is rich and will soften the rough skin, encouraging cracks healing.

BENEFITS
Carefully chosen natural oils and beeswax soften the rough skin, leaving it feeling nourished and moisturized. Natural beeswax forms a light breathable protective layer on your skin, while locking in the luscious oils.

nina3Nina’s Bees Lip Balm is a nourishing , glossy lip balm providing long lasting hydration and protection. It leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished.

BENEFITS
Castor oil penetrates deep into skin, softens and hydrates your lips. Honey is full of antioxidants and helps repair skin. Sweet Almond oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids aiding skin nourishment .
Natural mineral mica adds a little bit of shimmer.

ninas4Nina’s Bees Hand Balm provides long lasting nourishment and protection, leaving your skin feeling silky and moisturized.

BENEFITS
Carefully chosen natural oils give an instant relieve to dry and tired skin, making it visibly softer to the touch and leaving it feeling nourished and moisturized. Natural beeswax forms a light breathable protective layer on your skin, while locking in the luscious oils.

Visit Nina’s Bees Etsy boutique to learn more about each product and how to use them. Nina makes it easy to search for the right product as items are categorized by type of skin.

Nina’s Bees skincare products are a must for my after training beauty routine.  Try them and they will be a must for you too!

 

Pooh loves his honey and so will you!

 

 

 

The Colors of the Wind

poHonor the spirits of the forest with these naturistic ears by Lovely Llama Creations.  Inspired by the Colors of the Wind and the free spirit of Pocahontas these ears are adorned with a flower crown and a beautiful dream catcher woven onto a double Minnie ear.  The headband is thin, light,  and does not apply much pressure to the temples.  Dolly Llama uses a variety of flowers including roses and dogwood blossoms along the crown.  Such flowers grew abundantly along the forests  that Princess Pocahontas and her dear friend Meeko frolicked in.  According to Native American legends the wild rose was a symbol of life and protection.  The dogwood blossoms were used for healing.    Steady as a beating drum, Dolly displays the beauty and honor that is Pocahontas.

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Dolly Llama is a wire master! She can manipulate wire  to take on any shape or form.  You can view her portfolio just around the river bend on Instagram or DM her for a custom.  She enjoys crafting flower crowns and Minnie ears and would love to help you stand out from the crowd on your next visit to the happiest place on earth!

Check out my faves from Lovely Llama Creations:

I love the Villain series!!!  Maleficent and Ursula are my girls…the ultimate Queens of Darkness.  Processing time does depend on how intricate your design request is.  So where do you go from here?  Listen to the spirit within and place an order today!

42 Bees Slant Tip Tweezers

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42 Bees Slant Tip Tweezers aren’t like ordinary tweezers.  They have a perfect point that removes unwanted hair flawlessly and painlessly!  One side of the tweezing tool is a built in comb to help get the perfect shape.  I received a complimentary tweezers from 42 Bees in exchange for my honest opinion.  Below is a product description as provided by the manufacturer.

Tweezers are a truly essential tool for personal grooming and first aid, and the quality of their design truly matters.

Ordinary tweezers are often too dull and thick to grip slender hairs, splinters and other items with ease, or they are pointed tweezers that are so sharp they can easily damage the skin or cause whatever you’re pulling to break. Fortunately, there is a solution available to help you complete any task with the utmost of ease– 42 Bees Pointed Tweezers are the answer!42 Bees Pointed Tweezers are professional black tweezers with an innovative extra.

The uniquely designed end doubles as a wide-toothed comb that is perfect for shaping the brows. This way, you can get the absolute best results from our eyebrow tweezers without having to reach for another tool as you pluck. The heads of our tweezers slant at the ideal angle to get close to the skin as you work, and they are sharpened to .4mm in thickness for control that no other eyebrow tweezers on the market today can offer.

Not just for shaping and sculpting the brows!

42 Bees Pointed Tweezers are the perfect precision tweezers for all types of tasks. Their extra sharp points make them easy-to-use ingrown hair tweezers that will allow you to whisk away hairs without damaging already irritated skin. Use them as first aid tweezers for removing ticks and splinters. With their revolutionary design and durable stainless steel construction, the tweezers are even ideal for hair removal from difficult-to-treat areas like nose hair, ear hair and hair along the bikini line. They even come in a PVC tube for sanitary safekeeping between uses.

Everyone wants perfect eyebrows, and we want to help make that easier for your with our unique, perfectly balanced slant tip tweezers!

Get yours here!

Radha Beauty Serum

Radha-Vitamin-C-Face-Serum-25-per-centRadha Beauty Vitamin C Serum contains lots of fabulous  ingredients that will leave your skin looking and feeling young and healthy.  Those fine lines and wrinkles that plague your skin will start to fade and age spots and scarring from acne will minimize greatly.  The beauty serum will leave your skin plump and hydrated.  The result is a younger and more radiant appearance to your skin.

Very easy to use…after cleansing your face with your favorite cleanser you will gently massage a small amount of the serum on your skin.  Follow with a moisturizer.  There is no smell and it is not thick.  After using the serum my face has looked a lot younger.  I am satisfied that this Radha Beauty product does not cause my face to break out.

Product description:

This exquisite Vitamin C Serum is guaranteed to leave your skin radiant and more youthful looking by neutralizing free radicals & is proven to stimulate collagen & reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Infused with 20% ACTIVE VITAMIN C – Clinical strength 20% vitamin c serum for your face + vegan hyaluronic acid is the absolute highest quality vitamin c serum available.

USE WITH MOISTURIZER FOR BEST RESULTS – Use this powerful Vitamin C Serum with a high quality moisturizer like Radha Beauty Retinol Moisturizer. This cruelty free and organic Vitamin c serum does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates and is safe for all skin types.

1 oz bottle

Purchase on Amazon

I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.

Benefits of using Vitamin C Serum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVitamin C has become a very popular additive to most beauty products today. It is one of the safest and most effective natural ingredient used in skin care.  The antioxidant has the power to protect the skin from sun damage and is also anti aging.  It also has the power to reduce skin discoloration and blemish marks.  Keeping your skin nourished and healthy.  It has become my favorite go to skincare line and I have been using Vitamin C skin care products for years now.  One of my favorite Vitamin C Serum’s has just launched and is available through Elleda on Amazoneleda2

This serum contains 72% organic and 98% natural ingredients, with antioxidant vitamin-rich botanicals.

  • Vitamin C ~ antioxidant protection from damaging free radicals, lightens hyper-pigmentation, firmer skin by encouraging collagen production.  Stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Vitamin E ~ The antioxidants of all antioxidants ~ prevents free radical formation, protects the upper skin layer from initial harmful UV radiation and prevents the deterioration of fats in your cell membranes.  Nourishes your skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky
  • Hyaluronic AcidHydrates skin cells to freshen your complexion.  It attracts and retains more than thousand times their weight in water
  • Arginine ~ an essential amino acid, an antioxidant that aids in building collagen
  • Ferulic Acid~ made from rice brain oil, this is a very potent antioxidant and helps aid other antioxidant ingredients, stabilizes Vitamin C from oxidation
  • Organic Jojoba Oil ~ a natural emollient that has a similar structure to your own sebum allows this oil to absorb easily into your skin.  Mimics your body’s natural oils and absorbs deeply and quickly to moisturize all skin types
  • Witch Hazel ~ an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial (soothes and heals the skin), astringent (due to the large quantity of tannins), and locks in moisture to your skin.  Helps aid a variety of skin conditions, including acne and eczema. 
  • Aloe ~ an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, promotes restoration of skin (collagen), reducing the aging of fine lines and wrinkles.  Protects and revives your skin with natural healing properties

There is no alcohol or parabens in Elleda Vitamin C serum.  This serum is made in the USA and is not tested on animals.

Ingredients: organic herbal infusion, organic aloe barbadensis leaf (aloe) extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), methysulfonymethane (MSM), cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), hamamelis vigriniana (witch hazel), d-alpha tocopherl acetate (vitamin E), carbomer, (2s)-2-amino-5-guanidinopentanoic acid (Arginine), ferulic acid,  kosher vegetable glycerin, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), phenoxyethanol, ethy hexyl glycerin  cosDNA.com analysis  

Elleda Organic Vitamin C 20% Serum retails at amazon.com for $21.57 for a 1 oz bottle. 

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Nose waxing…

noseOk girls, we are all friends here right?  What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t share the low down on nose waxing???  I have had my nose hairs waxed a couple times now.   I really like how pristine it makes my appearance.  Nose waxing provides a clean, finish touch that comes off very sleek and sexy.  I mean really who likes to see all that nose hair coming through your nostrils?!  Nose waxing does not hurt, it is so much easier than waxing your legs or underarms.  I do not recommend doing it yourself.  The wax technician will stick a small ball of wax on the tip of a stick that resembles a q tip without the cotton swab up your nose and jiggle it a bit.  When it cools, the tech will pull out very quickly and voila…hairless nose.  It is as simple as 1..2..3..!  So what are the benefits???  Honestly there are no health benefits to waxing your nostrils.  In fact you leave the window open for dust, dirt and other critters to find their way into your body. Nose hairs, although long and ugly protect you from germs and all those other yuckies.  I never really thought about it much, til my daughter put in her two cents and mentioned that the nose hairs protect my nose.  She is such a smartie!  I do like having a hairless nose because it does look nicer and I can breathe deeper.  Let’s face it we are getting older…and women are getting hairier.  It is a known fact.  Our lives are more stressful, and stress makes us produce male hormones such as testosterone, which fuels hair growth.  You will have to make a judgement call and decide for yourself.  Should you wax the olfactory or not?