Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sephora Collection Relaunched at JCPenney!

Exciting news, beauties!

Sephora relaunched Sephora Collection, which you can find at Sephora inside JCPenney! 

I've shopped at our local JCPenney for years, and they have always offered affordable and fashionable options for our family. Since opening Sephora Inside JCPenney in 2006, I've found myself shopping there even more! We live in a super small town, and I never dreamed that I'd be able to shop Sephora anywhere but online, so it's really the icing on the cake! 
Sephora Inside JCPenney offers a unique one stop shop environment that features Sephora's own private label, Sephora Collection.
As you all know, I'm a total beauty junkie so I love having plenty of options when it comes to makeup, and skincare. And what girl doesn't love a good deal? Sephora Collection, which will be relaunching this fall, offers makeup, tools and skincare at a great value; the collection starts at just $10!

Want a peek at an exciting new product available in Sephora Collection? 
Then check out this fun tutorial video showing you how to match the lip to the look with Sephora Collection's Cream Lip Stain in Always Red: 

Do you love shopping at #SephorainJCP as much as I do?! Leave a comment down below! 

ftc: This post is in collaboration with JCPenney.

Monday, March 28, 2016

My Skin Care Routine for Combination Skin using Paula's Choice!

disclosure: This post is in partnership with Pretty in my Pocket & Paulas Choice. However, all opinions are my own. We keep it real here at BentleyBlonde :) 

After having our first child in October, I started noticing more breakouts and fine lines than ever before, and decided it was time for a total skincare overhaul. When I was approached by Pretty in My Pocket and Paula's Choice to try out their skincare, I jumped at the opportunity! I've used a few of Paula's products in the past and have always been impressed.

My skin is the true definition of combination, oily in the t-zone and dry everywhere else. I also struggle with occasional acne breakouts, fine lines, and dark spots. Really the whole sha-bang wouldn't you say?! ;) 

I had a brief skincare consultation over the phone, and was recommended the Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Advanced Kit for Wrinkles & Breakouts, appropriate for normal to oily skin types. My consultant explained to me that the products in this AM/PM regimen work together to improve the appearance of multiple signs of aging, shrink enlarged pores and keep oil in check, leaving your skin with a youthful, breakout-free glow. Hallelujah! 

This kit includes the following products:

 1. Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser

2. Paula's Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner

 3. Paula's Choice Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA

4. Paula's Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

5. Paula's Choice Resist Youth Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 50 

6. Paula's Choice Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA

7. Paula's Choice Resist Anti- Aging Clear Skin Hydrator 

In addition to the basics, my consultant also recommended a couple of specialized treatments to add to my regimen:
  • Paulas Choice Resist Skin Firming Line Minimizer (all skin types): Diminishes crows feet and frown lines
  • Paula's Choice Resist Vitamin C Treatment (all skin types): Brightens skin tone and banishes brown spots.

How cool is it that the kit also includes AM/PM Step stickers to help keep everything in order?!

 The first step in my morning skincare regimen is the Resist Foaming Cleanser which leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, and I absolutely LOVE the creamy, foaming lather! Next I apply the Resist Toner all over my face and neck with a cotton pad. The toner works to refine enlarged pores and help diminish red marks from acne. Step 3 is the Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA, I also apply this little miracle worker with a cotton pad. This exfoliant unclogs pores, and reduces signs of aging. For Step 4, I apply the Concentrate Serum which also helps fight signs of aging. The final step in my skincare routine is to apply my AM moisturizer; the Daily Mattifying Fluid has a thin consistency and is very light on the face which will be great as the weather warms up, it's also SPF 50! :) 
In the evenings, I apply all of the same products as my AM regimen with the exception of the Daily Mattifying Fluid. Instead, I use the night moisturizer, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. I apply this to my face, neck and eye area. Once a week I will also apply the Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam Exfoliant with 4% BHA, this product contains salicylic acid and is a total game changer for those with unruly skin! Twice a week in the evenings, I apply my specialized treatments, the Skin Firming Line Minimizer and Vitamin C Treatment.

I've been using the regimen for about 4 weeks, and have honestly noticed a big difference in both the texture and appearance of my skin! My skin looks and feels softer, and I've experienced less breakouts. I will have to update you guys on my fine lines, as I don't feel that 4 weeks is substantial time to see big results in this area. However, I will say that my makeup has been applying much nicer, and my pores are less noticeable. 

Overall I'm very pleased with the results of this skincare line, and would definitely repurchase. I highly recommend the Paula's Choice Resist Line for those with stubborn, combination skin like myself! 
I’m happy to say that in partnership with Pretty In My Pocket, I’m able to give you all a 20% off discount +FREE shipping! Just CLICK HERE to shop Paula's Choice online (expires 5/31)

Have you ever tried Paula's Choice before? What are your favorite products from the line? Leave a comment below! :) 

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Whats in My Diaper Bag? JJ Cole Freeman Bag

I would liken my pre-baby handbag to a sack of magic tricks. You never knew what would come out of that thing next.. lipstick, hair ties, tums, a rubber chicken.
Ok, the chicken might be a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously I carried a ton of stuff! ;)
After having our son Colton, I took my magic trickery one step further. I started carrying TWO bags; a small diaper bag for him, and my regular handbag. Needless to say, this method didn't last longer than four months. Carrying two heavy bags and a baby was not only nearly impossible, but completely impractical. 

This momma needed to downsize and organize ASAP.
It was then that I discovered the JJ Cole Freeman in Black & Cream. A diaper bag that didnt just scream "Hey I'm a mom!" It was stylish enough to work as my everyday handbag and roomy enough to house all of baby and I's necessities.

 I love that the exterior style and color is versatile enough to go with almost any outfit. 
It has 10 total pockets inside & out, including insulated easy-access side bottle pockets. The front compartment is made to hold all of mommy's essentials; ID, cards, cell phone etc.
The bag has over the shoulder straps, and a removable cross-body strap. It also includes a coordinating wipeable changing pad and Grips stroller attachments (absolutely love these!)

After 4 months of outings with the little guy, I had a much better idea of what I really needed in my diaper bag and have been able to cut down substantially on what I lug around. Hallelujah!
My mom, best friend, Colton and I recently spent a beautiful day on Solomons Island, enjoying a seafood lunch on the dock and walking the boardwalk. So I decided it was the perfect time to show you all "What I Pack in my Diaper Bag" for a typical daily outing! 

First, the exterior pockets.
One one side, I have a matching JJ Cole Pacifier Pod (super convenient for quick access!) that holds Colton's paci and JJ Cole Pacifier Clip. 

The insulated side pocket holds a bottle. I usually fill the bottle with fresh water before leaving so that it's ready to go for a feeding.

The back of the bag has a large pocket with magnetic closure. I carry the coordinating changing pad, and a change of clothes for Colton in here. You never know when he might need an emergency outfit change!

The front pocket is zippered, and I use it to carry a few of my essentials, including, my cellphone, lipstick, gum and sunglasses. It also has convenient pockets for your ID and cards, but I prefer to carry a wallet.

The inside of the JJ Cole Freeman is very roomy, and has 4 pockets. You can see a picture of the interior of this bag empty earlier in this post.
I use the first mesh pocket to hold diapers, wipes, and scented bags. The other mesh pocket holds baby food, a Boon Serve Spoon (Colton LOVES these) and crackers for mommy.
The other two pockets hold burp cloths, teething toys, baby sunglasses, pacifier wipes and tissues.

In the main part of my bag, I typically carry my wallet, a water bottle and Colton's formula in a container.

My Diaper Bag Essentials: 

What do you pack in your diaper bag? I'd love to know how you stay organized with baby! :) 
Thanks so much for being here, and be sure to "subscribe by email" to my blog so you never miss a post!
& Colty says, "Bye!" too :) 

disclosure: Bag provided by JJ Cole for review consideration. This is not a sponsored review, all opinions are my own. Links are not affiliate links.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Whats In My Hospital Bag? Tips from an experienced mommy!

It's finally here..
The long awaited hospital bag post!
It just so happens that our little guy is finally here too, so I'm writing this post today as "an experienced mommy;" having dredged through the depths of the maternity ward and back ;) 

So without further ado, here's "What's in My Hospital Bag", and a few tips on what I learned while spending 3 long days in the hospital :) 

I literally agonized for weeks over what to pack in my hospital bag. I researched, I asked friends, I added things and took things out. In the end, I didn't use a lot of what I packed. So I've consolidated this post down to what I actually used while in the hospital :) 
 My absolute MUST HAVE clothing items included a soft and stylish birthing gown (This was so much more comfortable than the smock they give you in the hospital, and much cuter!) and comfy maternity/nursing pajamas for recovery. (I could live in these Bela Bum Bum pjs from Cloud Nine Pajamas! they are butter soft and so convenient for nursing)
I packed my toiletries and makeup in a separate pouch.. and can I just say how thankful I am that I packed my own shampoo/conditioner and soap?! It's the little things ;) 

  1. Bella Blu Maternity BG Birthing Gown in Blueberry Pie (One Size Fits Most)
  2. Cloud Nine Pajamas Bela Bum Bum Ikat Nursing Cami & Pant Set (Size M) 
  3. Medela Nursing Sleep BraAdore Me Nadya Contour Nursing Bra
  4. Regular Hanes/Fruit of the Loom Underwear (No thongs, or bikini style!) 
  5. Going Home Outfit: Maternity Leggings, Top and Cardigan from Ross 
  6. Slippers, Cozy Socks & Flip Flops

  1. Up & Up Overnight Absorbency Pads
  2. Deodorant
  3. Ban Refresh Cooling Body Cloths
  4. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
  5. Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  6. Dove Sensitive Skin Soap
  7. Travel Size Shampoo & Conditioner
  8. Altoids/Breath Mints
  9. Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  10. Hair Brush
  11. Body Spray
  12. Sock Bun, Hair Ties
NOT PICTURED -  Makeup: Foundation, concealer, powder, blush, mascara, highlighter, chapstick

I actually gave birth in full makeup haha (yes, I was that crazy pregnant lady running around applying foundation and lipstick while having contractions 3 min apart). My recovery was pretty rough though, and honestly, I didn't worry about applying makeup again for the next 3 days in the hospital. 

Baby's bag should be small and simple, as the hospital will provide the majority of necessities for him/her. For Colton I packed a going home outfit, swaddle blanket, cozy fleece blanket, burp cloths, and Boppy pillow for nursing. Don't bother lugging diapers, wipes, multiple outfits, pacifiers or bottles for your little one, the hospital will provide you with these items.

  1. Boppy Nursing Pillow
  2. Blanket
  3. Going Home Outfit (newborn size onesie, hat) 
  4. Burp Cloths
  5. Swaddle Blanket

The most important miscellaneous items that I packed were SNACKS! Every hospital is different, but our hospital has to win honors for absolute worst food ever... no seriously. So I was very thankful for little snacks like granola bars, crackers and candy.

  • Crackers, granola bars, sugar free hard candy, any other snacks
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera w/ battery and extra memory card
  • Pillow & Blanket from home 

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments

Happy Holidays Beauties.

I'm sharing a festive & easy DIY over on my Youtube channel today.
How adorable are these DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments?! 
I had so much fun making these over the weekend, and absolutely love that I was able to use Colton's newborn Christmas photos :)

Want to make your own?
See the full tutorial HERE.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday Brunch Ideas | Christmas Table, Hot Cocoa Bar & Home Decor!

Happy Holidays, friends.

My favorite time of the year is finally upon us..
Tis' the season for family, friends and festivity!
We threw a Holiday Brunch at our home this past weekend, and invited family over for tasty treats, and lots of laughs :) 

I was so excited to decorate our dining room with Christmas cheer, and set up a gorgeous holiday tablescape using affordable decor from Walmart!
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Walmart.com Home had a ton of beautiful dinnerware to choose from! (um have you seen the new Pioneer Woman line?! give. me. EVERYTHING.) 

I chose The Pioneer Woman Paige Crackle Glaze Plate Set & Better Homes and Gardens Snowflake Plates for my place settings. I loved the farmhouse simplicity of the Pioneer Woman dinnerware coupled with the festive metallic accent of the snowflakes.. holiday perfection.

To decorate I decided to go with a mixture of glitzy metallic decor and of course, natural burlap accents (you just cant take the farmhouse out of the girl). I trimmed our table with burlap ribbon runners, gold jingle bells, small silver ornaments and fresh greenery. 
For an easy and affordable centerpiece, I filled a glass apothecary jar with faux glitter snowballs and gold bells.

Now on to the important business of FOOD.

For our holiday brunch, I made coffee cake muffins in snowflake liners from Walmart's holiday baking section, ham & cheese quiche (find the easy recipe here) powdered doughnut snowmen and fruit skewers. 
These Better Homes and Gardens Rectangular Platters were perfect to display my delicious treats. I also made a pitcher of cranberry apple cider, and set up a hot cocoa bar. 

The hot cocoa bar was probably my favorite addition to our holiday brunch; I think it turned out so cute! 
I decided to set everything up on a rustic Wire Tray from Better Homes and Gardens on our buffet in the dining room so that our guests would have easy access to everything they needed. I filled mason jars with cocoa and marshmallows, and put out candy canes and crushed peppermint bits for toppings.
 On a tiered tray, I added mugs with striped paper straws, small pine trees, and an Anchor Hocking Mini Trifle Bowl filled with Bob's soft peppermint sticks. I also adorned the hot cocoa bar with a festive Die-Cut Snowflake Banner.

And who could decorate for a Holiday Brunch without adding a Christmas tree?! Not this girl.I found this perfect Holiday Time Greenwood Pine for only $30 at Walmart! Can you believe that?! Now I'm wishing I had picked up two.. or ten.

I added clear lights, burlap ribbon and rustic ornaments to complete the look. At the base of the tree, I placed an X-Large Wood Crate from Walmart, which I stained to match our decor; and added grain sack pillows for a farmhouse feel.

Will you be throwing a festive holiday brunch or other holiday gathering this year?  We had so much fun with ours that I think we might make this an annual event! :)

Be sure to check out Walmart.com Home for all of your holiday party shopping, and tag #AffordableStyle on social media to show off your fabulous finds! 

This post is in partnership with Walmart.com. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make BentleyBlonde possible!