August 12, 2014

Tuesday Pretties

I am SO very excited to be co-hosting today's Tuesday Pretties with Niki from Glossy Blonde. So far in this blogging adventure I have had the pleasure of meeting several amazing and friendly people and Niki is one of them. If you are ever looking for an attentive, helpful and successful blogger to sponsor I highly recommend the Glossy Blonde.

On to today's pretties. I have to admit I am a bit disappointed I didn't get to take my pictures earlier, because yesterday it rained all afternoon which led me to improvise.
In comes an iPhone with HDR camera and a tall mirror to the rescue!

I decided to feature a look and talk about my pretties in every area of the outfit including products.
I apoologize in advance for the not so great quality, but I did my best for what Mother Nature decided to hand me.

New hair products have made a huge difference to my hair lately.

1. Versa Spa SunlessPro Tanning Bronzer is my best friend at the worst of times. When I don't feel like going for a regular spray tan at the salon I can bust out this trusty little can and spray before bed and at least give my face and neck a nice bronzed look. It works great and I have tried a few from Sephora and other similar places.

2. Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Shampoo gives such a great clean.  I received a sample with a Sephora order and was so impressed with the result that I immediately placed an order for a full size. This is a new line to Bumble and Bumble and is meant to soften and silken and is made up of 6 lightweight oils. I didn't love the conditioner enough to buy the full size, but I do already use Bumble and Bumble Mending Conditioner that works well for me.

3. Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil is seriously liquid gold. No wonder this line is named Gold Lust because the stuff is seriously a gem. I purchased it a little over a week ago and no joke, after just one use could tell the difference. The owner & artistic director at the Salon I work at sells this to everyone so I had to give it a try. I was so thrilled with the results I now recommend it to everyone. It is very concentrated so you don't need to use much, which is great because it is expensive. It is SO worth every penny. It brings life back to your hair and makes it silky smooth.

4. Chi Air Compact Mini Flat Iron is not only adorable and super handy, but also the best I've used. I have used the Chi for years and about every four have to buy new. I think $25 a year for an amazing product is well worth it. The last time mine died (a few months ago) I was literally in the middle of straigtening my hair and had to run to Target. I got an amazing deal! I purchased the pink 1" Chi and it came with the Mini size in addition to that all for under $100 with my 5% Target RedCard discount. AMAZING! I can definitely tell the difference between the Chi and ChiAir. My hair feels healthier now than ever before within weeks of using it (about 6 days a week). 

5. Younique Lucrative LipGloss in Luxe is a great neutral lip color. I have previously mentioned that I am a presenter for Younique and can't speak highly enough about our great quality products. The lip gloss is always a favorite and I already own over 7 colors. They all work great, but the Luxe is surely a good subtle color.

My lovely new turquoise ring was a sweet gift from the owner of Frou Frou & Frill. Frou Frou & Frill is home to amazing accessories in the form of weekly flash sales with FREE shipping. I have already purchased several unique pieces that I don't see replecas of in stores, which is a nice bonus. One of the sweet owners, Jocelin, who I have had the pleasure of knowing for several years sent this piece to me for my birthday and for being a loyal shopper. You can't ask for better customer service. 

You can purchase pieces from Frou Frou & Frill at ANY time on their Facebook or Instagram pages at great affordable prices. As mentioned in yesterday's post, I seriously LOVE supporting entrepreneurs. Jocelin is another great example of a hard-working woman who's handling it all: work, a new baby, and now this business. Go check out the pretties from Frou Frou & Frill and tell her I sent you!

Another great Kate Spade clutch that I snatched up from another awesome Surprise Sale. Kate and her sales get the best of me, but I never regret it! Eat Cake For Breakfast: perfect motto to live by if you ask me. 
PSSSST: There's a Surprise Sale going on now!

Also rocking my new NexGen manicure. I have never tried this, but had heard about it being available in bigger cities. I pampered myself on my Saturday off and took a trip in to work for a manicure. I chose this subtle pink sparkle and am so far loving it. NexGen is basically acrylics and shellac/gel having a baby. NexGen does not damage your nails, but it is powder based. No UV lights are used, but it does dry rather quickly. NexGen is made up of Vitamins C & E and is supposed to last 3-4 weeks. I have seen several clients come in after 3 weeks to get a polish change, but their nails still look excellent.

Black Strapless Maxi dress from Forever21 in store (similar found here).
Cocoon sweater (SO comfy) and light too from Tilly's in store.

Welcome to Tuesday Pretties with Glossy Blonde!
Tuesday Pretties is a weekly link up where you can link up your Tuesday blog post containing pretty fashion, beauty, DIY, home design... really anything pretty!!


1. Follow your host and co-host! HOST: Niki @ Glossy Blonde CO-HOST: Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the Shoes
2. Link up your pretties! (Be sure to link up to an actual post, not your blog's main page.)
3. Grab a button or link back! This helps others find the linkup, and the more linking up, the more new blog friends we can make!
4. Visit a few of the entries! It's a great chance for you to get to know other bloggers!
5. Spread the word via social media if you'd like! The more the merrier! Be sure to tag me (@nikmariec) and use the hashtag #TuesdayPretties!
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Interested in co-hosting? Shoot me an email at for more info!

Thank you SO much for reading and a huge cyber hug to Niki for allowing me to co-host and share my pretties this Tuesday!

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  1. LOVE the clutch and double love this blog name! You're adorbs! XO -

    1. You are TOO sweet..thanks so much girl! I am fond of this clutch and equally love your name as much. HUGE SATC fan...Happy Weekend pretty! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Becca...the Frou Frou and Frill ladies have excellent style for picking pieces!

  3. Ahh, that Kate Spade clutch is too cute! And fab ring as well!

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

    1. Kate knows how to make me smile...she's pretty clever with her accessories! Thank you for the kind words and for reading Lauren! Check out Frou Frou Frill and their amazing pieces! Happy weekend :)

  4. Your hair looks sooo good! I love Oribe products and I didn't realize B&B made a Hairdressers Oil shampoo!!! Ahhh I want to try it!

    1. Thank you so much Niki! With this nice work discount I have experimented with some new products and loved them. The Gold Lust line is AMAZING! That B&B shampoo is new and you need to check it out! Thank you for letting me co-host...I had a blast :)