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It’s easy for your hair to become dry and dull looking, which is something no girl wants. I’ve done a little digging and found two responsibly-priced hair products that will give you all the shine and glam you want.

The first one is Not Your Mother’s Rise & Shine Silky Smooth Shine Mist, I know the name is a little long, but definitely something you will remember. This alcohol free (which is definitely something to look for in a product because the alcohol will continue to dry out your hair) salon formula will leave your hair healthy and shiny, getting you ready for any day or night. 

The second, which is my favorite of the two, is the Giovanni Organic Hair Care Shine of the Times Finishing Hair Mist. A silicone finishing mist that will give your hair a glossy smooth surface with extra healthy shine. Unlike other products that shouldn’t be used throughout the day because they may give your hair a greasy look, this product encourages continued use in order to keep your shine fresh and everlasting. Simply reapply, brush and style!


I am a really big fan of Bobbi Brown cosmetics. I think she nails her products and color palettes just right for the everyday woman. And, while she might introduce a bright berry color or deep red from time to time, her stuff is meant to be more contemporary and classic. Her brushes are some of the best in the industry and her Long Wear Gel Eyeliner is truly a beauty breakthrough in my opinion. But, when Bobbi Brown decided to team up with Katie Holmes on a new palette of colors, I was a tad skeptical … until I actually saw the palette. It’s such a versatile, perfectly coordinated combination of shadows and blushes that I immediately had to have it. With eight different eyeshadows, two different blushes and an eyeliner I was intrigued by the many look combinations this palette can achieve.

You can buy the Bobbi Brown Bobbi & Katie Palette for $68 on Right now Bobbi Brown is also offering a Travel Trio with any $50 order, plus free shipping, when you use offer code: FALLTRIO. And Gilt City National has an offer for a free $30 merchandise credit towards any purchase of $80 or more. So add in a lip color as a bonus, or  splurge and get a couple brushes.


Nail polish trends have gone a little wild since this past spring with textured nails and jewels, it’s no wonder the craziness is continuing. This fall, textured nails are still a thing, but they’ve become more subtle. Metallic nails are become increasingly popular, especially in the gunmetal grey colors, and purple and green are also trending. Whether it’s a lavender and hunter green or a vibrant purple and blue green shade, these two colors are being seen from all the major nail companies. 

My favorite collection for fall I’ve seen, though, is the Essie-Fall 2013 4 Piece Cube Collection ($17). It combines all of the above trends with their own edge and style but made to match perfectly. Even seeing these polishes separately you know they belong in the same collection. My advice when buying new polishes for this season, start with this one!

The first key to enhancing your outward beauty is getting the right amount of sleep — this will enhance your inward beauty, too. Getting the right amount of ZZZs can be difficult if you have problems falling asleep, and sometimes you need the help of a little somethin-somethin to push you along. When I can’t sleep, I turn to pillow mists. These fragrant sprays are packed with aromatherapy ingredients that will help soothe and relax you so that you are able to fall asleep and stay asleep. I have a couple that I turn to whenever I’m feeling insomnia try to settle in.


Bath and Body Works Pillow Mist ($10,

These come in three different formulas, one for stress relief specifically (Eucalyptus Spearmint) and two for sleep (Lavender Vanilla and Lavender Chamomile). Spritz a couple of short mists on your pillow before you go to sleep and you’ll find counting sheep will be a thing of the past. 

L’Occitane Lavender Pillow Mist ($22,

L’Occitane’s lavender pillow mist is made from a lavender essential oil from Haute-Provence. It smells divine and works wonders with just a couple sprays.

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist (at The Body Shop stores)

This amazing mist does double duty — you can spray it on your pillow or on yourself if you’re in need of some extra aromatherapy. The scent is perfectly tailored to relieve your stress and lull you into a sleep.

After the harsh sun exposure and dryness from the summer heat, your skin is going to need some refreshing hydration to have an amazing glow for fall. No matter how many times a day you apply face lotion, it never seems to completely solve the problem, so I was determined to find something that would — and the Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator ($73) is the answer. This 30 ml bottle will give you the same, if not better, results of a spa treatment. The serum works deep into your skin and pores to reinforce the barrier for healthier and more radiant skin. After application, it simultaneously exfoliates the skin to get rid of any excess dead skin and hydrates to make sure that your face won’t look dried out and tired. Also, the serum will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles while leaving the surface of your skin looking smoother and softer. 

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