Bliss + Kohl’s=A Very Happy Erin

This post is sponsored by Bliss / Kohl’s

Kohl’s is one of my favorite department stores. Seriously, I get everything there–clothes, shoes, accessories, kitchenware, bed linen, beauty items–you name it. In recent years, they’ve revamped their beauty section. They now offer brands like Lorac, Essie, and bliss. Yes, the lovable skin and body care brand is available and ready to be purchased with my Kohl’s Cash and coupons.

Let me give you a background on my experience. My mother and I both got into Bliss when we found them in our hotel bathroom during trips to NYC. We’d use teeny amounts at a time, trying to ration them out so we could take them back home. From then on, we knew Bliss was the real deal.

Bliss Available at Kohl's

I really am a big fan of warm, inviting bathroom time. I don’t like to skimp out on my body wash, because I don’t feel clean. I purchased two Bliss body wash/bubble bath scents, blood orange + white pepper and grapefruit + aloe. The scent is euphoric. They’re so amazing, in fact, that my husband uses them too. The scents are definitely higher quality, so they stay on you longer than the other body washes I’ve owned. I didn’t think my husband would want to smell like blood orange or grapefruit, but it never fails, he walks into the bedroom smelling like it every day (even though he has his own manly man shower stuff sitting right beside mine).

Bliss Available at Kohl's

The product I should have purchased last year was the ingrown eliminating pads. Do you remember my post about the bikini wax from hell? The shock of the hair being ripped out of my skin was pretty horrible, but the aftermath was WAY worse. Bumps. Itchy skin. Tenderness. The lady that worked at the spa recommended a pricey product (can’t remember the name) that didn’t have great reviews. But my friend Niki said, “Oh girl! You should get the Bliss wipes. They’re amazing!” So I remembered that tidbit, and picked up a jar. Even though I’m getting to the point where I can’t see down there due to a growing belly, I still want to keep it tidy!

Bliss Available at Kohl's

So in the event that you’re looking for new skincare, hair removal items, etc., check out Bliss at Kohl’s!

My Healthy Hair Journey! Relaxers, Weaves, Wigs and Locs

This post is sponsored by Beautiful Textures.

Today I’ve teamed up with Beautiful Textures to share my ten year healthy hair journey. In the video, I’m sharing the ups and downs that I’ve faced with basically every hair phase that I’ve had. The video starts in 2005, where I show you my scraggly relaxed hair, and it ends with the locs I have today. Check out the video and let me know what you think!

Also, be sure to share your healthy hair journey with Beautiful Textures on their website! Click here to share your story.

My Favorite Concealer Brushes

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Concealer is used to cover what foundation can’t–darkness, spots, etc. So when I’m using concealer, I’m making sure I use a brush that’s really going to get in there and get the job done. I probably have seven or eight brushes in my makeup stash that I use for concealing, so I had to think about which brushes I use the most. My three favorites are listed below.

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Media Kit Crash Course: Your Brand’s Look

media kit

Wow, what a crazy week! I just came back from speaking at Blogher15 in NYC, teaching about the contents and importance of media kits. Even though there were some technical difficulties and many brain farts (ugh!), I think it went pretty well! I hope I’ll get to go back next year and teach with a monitor and mic!

Anywho, back to media kits!

When I’m looking at media kit inspiration and examples on Pinterest, I am always attracted to the media kits that have a distinct look. They’ve got polished pictures, a color scheme, and I can tell what info is the most important by bolding and highlighting.

Does your blog:

  • Have a color scheme already incorporated?
  • Have a logo (or do you have headshots)?
  • Have a post with incredible pictures that tell what your blog is all about?

Also, let your blog’s personality shine through! Is your blog:

  • Professional
  • Quirky
  • Bubbly
  • Chic

If you have a bubbly blog, don’t be afraid to use color and show how fun you are! If it’s more chic, maybe choose a color or two, and maintain that chic, sophisticated look within the document. Start to gather ideas about what you want your look to really be.

Smashbox Primer Water Mini-Review

Smashbox Primer Water Review

I walked past the Smashbox section at Ulta probably 5 or 6 times in the last month, and every time, Smashbox Primer Water (1.6 oz./ $16, 3.9 oz. / $32) caught my eye. I’m almost positive it was the catchy name or the cool packaging. You know, I’ve been using MAC’s Fix + (3.4 oz/ $22)for well over eight years, but I just had to see how different they were. And then one day, I saw Donna from Hauling with Niya coming out of Ulta. After about an hour of chatting, she told me she had an extra primer water, and she sent it to me! Look at God!

So upon arrival, I’ve been using this spray left and right. After my moisturizer (but before my primer), right before I apply foundation, after I apply powder and through the day. S0 I partially wonder, how different is my (much cheaper) Fix + to this Primer Water? I feel like Primer Water has a tackier, slightly sticker feel after you use it. Fix + doesn’t give me that feeling. Maybe that’s the trick to longer lasting makeup? It contains no oil, alcohol or silicone.

The jury is still out on this one, folks. I’ll probably need to use the entire bottle before I make my decision. Your thoughts are appreciated! Do you have a favorite?