Maggie snapped this sefie right before joining us for the last part of my segment. In addition to being a frequent model for me on TCL, she's also the show's food producer AND a blogger in her own right. Check out Happy Shoe Day if you want to put a smile on your face and to see some great shoe porn.
I've received so many questions and compliments (thank you!) on the top I wore on the show. Ashley Stewart sent this belted wrap cardigan to me (thank you!) and although I couldn't find it on their website any longer, I gotta say: I am so impressed. The quality is top notch while the prices are affordable; far better than many other plus size retailers whose clothes are in my closet. I like the way Ashley Stewart clothes are designed to wrap, hug and flatter curves in a way that's wearable and comfortable. And their styles aren't the same old/same old stuff those of us who are size 16+ are seeing everywhere else. This wrap top has been a go-to in my wardrobe since it arrived right before Christmas, and I know I'll enjoy wearing it throughout the winter. I'm so glad you guys like it!
Hot Beauty Ingredients in 2015
- I've long used and loved Mario Badescu's Orange Tonic Mask. I hope more people discover this gem now that orange extract is so hot. I use this mask to rejuvenate my dull, winter-deadened skin. The mask relies on Orange Extract's alpha hydroxy acid to unclog pores, without irritating sensitive skin.
- Beautycounter's Hydrate body lotion has already appeared on The Pretty Intellectual - so you know I mean business when I say I like it.
- Rubbing orange peel on your cuticles is an incredibly affordable way (what are you going to do with the peel while you're eating the orange, anyway?) to get some nourishing moisture into your nails. And dang if your hands won't smell terrific afterward!
- Alba Botanicals Cocoa Butter Real Repair Shampoo/Conditioner is a terrific double whammy for anyone whose hair is brittle and super dry. Mine has been a little crispy lately thanks to the extreme cold up here in Minnesota, and this shampoo/conditioner has whipped it back into shape. My strands are shiny, smooth and smell delicious.
- Juice Beauty Lash Defining Mascara contains both cocoa and avocado butters, which helps the product glide on to lashes smoothly and keep them feeling soft. Have you ever dealt with brittle lashes? No good!
- Cocoa naturally contains caffeine, an ingredient used in face masks to help tighten skin and pores. Make your own by combining equal parts (I go with 1 Tbsp each) of cocoa powder, yogurt and honey. Slather all over your face (avoiding the eyes, of course) and let set for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water, then moisturize.
- When I brought home a bottle of Shea Moisture's Olive and Green Tea Body Wash, my husband took one sniff and called dibs. This made my heart happy because that guy has some dry skin but hates to use lotion after a shower. This body wash is packed full of avocado and olive oils which are super moisturizing. Plus, it smells really fresh and clean.
- I try to be careful about the ingredients in lip products, since it's so easy to ingest lip gloss/balm/stick throughout the course of the day. I like the natural ingredients found in 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze - Raspberry is my favorite shade. The color payoff is light and makes my lips look hydrated and as though I've been sucking on a cherry popsicle (which is a good look, in my book).
- Coconut oil was a big deal in 2014 (Cook with it, then wash your face/hair/mouth/body with it!) and, while I don't expect fanatics to suddenly drop their jars of oil and run toward the next big thing, I'm excited for something new. I love to eat avocados and am thrilled that I also love to wipe avocado oil all over myself. I've been using it to remove my face and eye makeup every night prior to washing my face. Works like a charm, and doesn't sting my eyes the way coconut oil does.