Friday Favorites: Breast Cancer Awareness

I know sometimes that October can be a little crazy with all of the Breast Cancer Awareness, but I am one person that doesn’t mind. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and she is my inspiration. She is the strongest person I know and I hope that I can be half as strong as she is if I ever have to face the disease. I thought I would share some of my favorite products supporting Breast Cancer Awareness this month and make it my personal goal this month to support research this month. I am going to go a little over five this week, but I think it will be worth it:

1. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection ($60)

This great set includes four pink glosses including Pretty Pink Sheer, Pink Tulle High Shimmer, Bright Lilac and Soiree Pink Shimmer. Bobbi Brown will donate $12 of every sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

bobbi brown lip gloss

2. Tory Burch York Small Buckle Tote ($245) and Tory Burch Kerrington Zip Continental Wallet ($185)

Tory Burch is donating 20% of these purchases to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation up to $35,000. I LOVE the wallet so much!

tory burch BCA

 3. La Mer Breast Cancer Awareness Hand Treatment ($45)

This is the most luxurious stuff out there and would make a wonderful gift. La Mer is donating a portion of each purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

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4. Stella & Dot Strength Bracelet ($39)

100% of the proceeds from this adorable elephant bracelet benefits the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for women’s cancer research and creating awareness of the importance of early detection.


5. Smashbox Limited Edition Breast Cancer Research Be Legendary Lip Gloss ($20) and BCA Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36)

$5 from the primer will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, it is unclear how much of the proceeds of the lip gloss are donated.


6. Gaiam Forever Pink Yoga Mat ($21.98)

I’ve previously mentioned my 100 Day Yoga Challenge and it would be fun to get this mat to use for October. $1 from every mat purchase is donated to breast cancer research.


7. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Breast Cancer Awareness Eau de Parfum Rollerball Duo ($45)

I’ve talked about how the Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant is one of my favorites and it is awesome that Donna Karan will donate 20% of the proceeds of this sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

DKNY cashmere mist

8. Coach Legacy Sport 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Watch ($298)

Coach is donating 10% of the purchase price of this beautiful watch to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


9. Eminence Sweet Red Rose Whip Moisturizer

I’m a big fan of Eminence and even more so now that $5 from each purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.


10. 2013 ONEHOPE California Chardonnay ($18.99)

Now you can have your wine and donate too! Half of the proceeds of the One Hope Chardonnay go to fight breast cancer.


11. Clinique Pink with a Purpose Long Last Lipstick ($16)

$3.00 from this purchase will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


12. Nine West Tatiana ($79)

I think I may have saved the best for last – at least we are changing up the color! Nine West partnered with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer to create a limited edition shoe, the Tatiana. With or without this particular shoe, Nine West will donate $10 to FTBC for every blue “shoefie” you post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #9WFTBC. I think the only blue shoes I have are my wedding shoes, so I will have to kick it off with that.



What are you doing to support Breast Cancer Awareness this month?

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It’s Clinique Bonus Time at Belk!

It’s Clinique bonus time at Belk, now until supplies run out. With a $27 purchase you will receive six samples with a summery makeup bag, including:


This time they published a guide on what to do with your samples and how to put your look together:

wk27_clinique_getthelook_080314_1To get to my $27 minimum purchase, I would get one of two combinations. Either the Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment ($27) or a combination of the Wave After Wave All About Eyeshadow Duo ($20) and the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10).

What Clinique products are your favorites?

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It’s Clinique Bonus Time at Nordstrom!

It’s Clinique bonus time at Nordstrom through June 8! With your $32 Clinique purchase you get a Tracy Reese bag packed with seven of your Clinique favorites including:

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My mom got a Clinique makeover a while back and I’ve been saving it for my next bonus post. They did an AMAZING job on her and we learned some great tips. My mom has hooded eyelids and we’ve always had a hard time figuring out eye makeup for her without making them look too dark. Our Clinique technician had some great tips and really brightened up my mom’s whole look.


She looks so beautiful in this “after” picture! I love all the colors they used and my mom, who never wore eye makeup, is now using it – and it looks awesome!

One of the tips our technician gave us was when you are applying eyeshadow in the crease of your eye, instead of sloping it down, bring your brush outward and up so it opens up your eyes. I had always down the windshield wiper technique myself so this was a great tip that I now use everyday!


Here are all the products that they used on her:

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Any of these would make great purchases for your minimum to get the bonus. I really loved how the Wave After Wave color looked and definitely want to get some for myself.

What are some beauty challenges you’ve overcome?

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It’s Clinique Bonus Time at Lord & Taylor!

Lord & Taylor is offering the newest Clinique bonus now through December 24 at participating stores with a $30 purchase. This is a great time for you last minute shoppers to get something for moms, sisters or friends.

Clinique continues to surprise me, one of the new items they have is the new bottom lash mascara ($10). What a great idea! I can’t believe nobody has come up with this before.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

It has a very tiny brush just for bottom lashes and is more smudge resistant. Check out the video below for more details:

The other item I need is the Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment ($27). This is great moisturization for winter lips!

Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment

Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment

With your bonus, you get:

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Also, if you spend $75, you’ll get a full size of one of the below:

What will you buy to get the bonus?

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5 on Friday: Merry & Bright Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.


1. Clinique Merry & Bright Event

Macy’s is hosting a special Clinique event: Merry & Bright to get a pretty and festive holiday look. You can make an appointment at your nearest Macy’s store through December 15th.

Just for attending you get a free Chubby Stick for Lips mini in your choice of shade Mightiest Maraschino or Broadest Berry.


2. 50 Shades of Grey Wine

You all know how much I love wine, so I thought this was something I should try. E.L. James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey has come out with the official 50 Shades of Grey Wine. There are two blends, White Satin and Red Silk. You can get the box set here.


3. Lily Pulitzer Tipsy Sweater

This is just too cute to pass up!


4. Kate Middleton Zara Necklace

Kate Middleton recently wore this $35 Zara Necklace to the Mandela premiere and it sold out instantly. But no worries, you can still find it on eBay!


5. The Bride’s Tree

I swear I am putting the tree up this weekend! But first, one of the things I have wanted to get since we were married was the Bride’s Tree ornaments. The Bride’s Tree is a German Christmas tradition. There are 12 ornaments that are supposed to bring good fortune to a newlywed couple. They include:

  • Flower basket (good wishes)
  • Rose (beauty)
  • Heart (true love)
  • Pine Cone (fruitfulness)
  • Fruit Basket (generosity)
  • Fish (Christ’s blessing)
  • Teapot (hospitality)
  • St. Nicholas (goodwill)
  • Angel (God’s guidance)
  • Bird (joy)
  • House (protection)
  • Rabbit (hope)


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Prime Time!

I love makeup. I like trying new colors and new brands and continually tweaking my look. Along the way, I have learned many tricks to get the most out of my makeup. One key thing to remember is to always use a good primer.

Now, if you’ve never used a primer you might think that it doesn’t do anything, but you are missing out. I use three different primers every day before applying my makeup to get a flawless look. 

The first primer I use is for your face. You put this primer on after your skincare regimen, but before your foundation. This serves the purpose of making your foundation last longer, cutting down on shine and helping your foundation to go on smoother. You can also wear primer by itself for a fresh look. I definitely notice the difference if I don’t use it.

To apply, you only need a pea-sized amount – a little bit goes a long way. There are many different primers, but my favorite are the Smashbox primers. Smashbox has 11 different primers to choose from depending on your skin. You can watch this video to learn more:

My personal favorite is the Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light ($36) because I have oily skin and this really helps to control shine all day long.

Photo Finish Light

The other nine choices include:

The great thing about these primers is that you can mix and match them depending on your specific skin needs.

The second primer I use is an eye primer. This is essential if you wear eye makeup. Not only does it keep your eye shadow in place all day and all night, it gets rid of crease lines and makes shadow stay put. This means that you don’t need to use as much shadow in your application. This is one of my must-have products, without it my eye shadow wouldn’t be the same.

The best eye primer out there is Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24). This is as close as you are going to get to a magic potion in life, this stuff is AWESOME. I apply a few dots on my eyelid and blend it from lashline to browline before applying shadow.


Last but not least, I also use an eyelash primer. I just started using this and really like it. It helps my mascara to go on smoother and it keeps it in place. So no smudging under the eye throughout the day. It also coats and protects the eyelash. You apply this to your lashes after you curl them and before you apply your mascara. I have been using the Clinique Lash Building Primer ($15) and really like it.


What primers do you love? Are there any I should try?

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5 on Friday: Corkswoon Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.


1. Celine Dion’s New Album – You Loved Me Back to Life 

The new album is here and it is awesome!! I can’t wait to jam out to Celine on a long drive I have this weekend. She has also announced more Las Vegas concert dates for the summer and I am looking forward to seeing her in concert again. I have seen Celine Dion three times live and she is amazing! Watching this video just makes me love her more, she is such a beautiful person.

2. Clinique Bonus at Nordstrom

Nordstrom’s Clinique bonus is still going through November 16th with a $30 purchase.


With your bonus you get:

· Tracy Reese for Clinique Cosmetics Bag
· Moisture Surge CC Cream (0.5 oz.) in Your Choice of Very Light, Light Medium or Medium Deep
· Eyeshadow/Blush Palette in Starlight, Starbright and Fig
· Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara in Black (0.07 oz.) and Long Last Glosswear in Bonfire (0.17 oz.)
· Long Last Lipstick in All Heart (0.14 oz.)
· Repairwear Laser Focus Eye Cream (0.17 oz.)
· Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator (0.5 oz.)
· A Different Nail Enamel in Happy (0.17 oz.)

3. Clinique Eye for Colour

Von Maur is hosting a special Clinique event: Eye for Colour to learn about their new eyeshadows. You can make an appointment at your nearest Von Maur store through November 17th.

Just for attending you get a 10-day supply of Clinique’s Happy Perfume Spray mini and your choice of Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream mini or All About Eyes mini.





4. Jimmy Choo Look for Less

Now, let’s pretend for a minute that my foot’s not broken and I’m not in a walking boot. The Jimmy Choo Leila shoes have been on my list for quite some time. They are pretty much the hottest shoes I have ever seen. Unfortunately, they are sold out. I have scoured eBay for them but they only have the brown ones. Fast forward to last night, when I was out at an event and saw a girl wearing them. Of course I went up to her and asked her if those were the Jimmy Choo shoes and where she found them. She told me that they weren’t Jimmy Choos and she got them on sale at DSW. I immediately went online to hunt these amazing look-a-likes down. They are the Caparros Dalton Sandal for $39.94. Just take a look – on the top we have the Jimmy Choos and on the bottom, the Caparros:

Jimmy Choos

5. Kate Middleton’s Stuart Weitzman Blue Suede Corkswoon Wedges

Big news! Zappos has just re-released Kate Middleton’s Stuart Weitzman blue suede Corkswoon wedges. You can read about them in my Kate Middleton style post here. Make sure to get them at Zappos while you can.


It’s Clinique Bonus Time at Saks Fifth Avenue AND Nordstrom!

It’s your lucky day! We have not only one, but TWO Clinique bonuses!

First up is Saks Fifth Avenue offering an online only Clinique bonus now through November 10 with a $65 purchase. To get the bonus, you have to use the code CLINIQ22 at checkout. To meet my minimum I plan on getting the Quick Blush in Pronto Pink ($23.50), which I’ve wanted to try for a while. I think this would be a great addition to the touch up makeup bag in my purse. I would also get the Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder in Stay Buff ($22). My current compact has crumbled to pretty much nothing. To complete my order I am going to get a few things from my Meet the Experts post, Long Last Lipstick in Twilight Nude ($15) and Quickliner for Lips in Plummy ($15):

With your bonus you get:


For our second gift with purchase, Nordstrom is offering its Clinique bonus now through November 16 at participating stores with a $30 purchase. Since I missed the last online bonus I am still planning to get the Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel ($17) and the Sugar Cane All About Shadow ($15) to meet my minimum:

With your bonus you get:

· Tracy Reese for Clinique Cosmetics Bag
· Moisture Surge CC Cream (0.5 oz.) in Your Choice of Very Light, Light Medium or Medium Deep
· Eyeshadow/Blush Palette in Starlight, Starbright and Fig
· Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara in Black (0.07 oz.) and Long Last Glosswear in Bonfire (0.17 oz.)
· Long Last Lipstick in All Heart (0.14 oz.)
· Repairwear Laser Focus Eye Cream (0.17 oz.)
· Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator (0.5 oz.)
· A Different Nail Enamel in Happy (0.17 oz.)


What will you buy to get the bonus?

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Clinique Online Bonus – 3 Days Only

If you missed the recent Clinique bonus at Macy’s never fear – there is a three-day only bonus gift happening online at for a minimum $25 purchase. For my $25 minimum I plan to get the Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel ($17) and the Sugar Cane All About Shadow ($15):

With your bonus, you get:

If you make a $50 purchase you will also receive a Quickliner for Eyes Intense mini in Intense Charcoal.


What will you buy to get the bonus?

Click here to read about more of my Clinique favorites and don’t forget to make an appointment at your nearest Lord & Taylor for the Eye for Colour event through November 3rd.

5 on Friday: Crutch Free Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG1. Guns + Butter

I recently wrote about my experience with Guns + Butter during Detroit Restaurant Week – you can read more about it here. Well guess what? I got an email around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night offering more seatings for Guns + Butter. They are hosting dinners on October 25, 26, 30 and November 1 and 2. Chef Craig Lieckfelt is opening up his personal test kitchen for these special seatings. If you are interested in getting on the waiting list, you can email

I am treating my husband to one of these special dinners as a thank you for taking care of me with my broken foot for the past month.

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I got good news at my doctor’s appointment on Wednesday. My foot is healing nicely and I don’t have to use crutches anymore!! I do have to continue wearing my walking boot for another two weeks, but I can put weight on it and start walking around normally. Thank goodness! The timing is funny because I was just about to decorate my crutches with colored tape. I did discover CastCoverZ and last week my special crutch pads arrived. These were great because the pads were starting to wear down on my crutches and hurt my hands. I wish I would have discovered this site before, because you can order colored crutches and all sorts of accessories.

I got the black trellis pads (I didn’t get the bag just the pads) and I love them. They are so easy to put on and take off which is great if you want to wash them. I decided to go with something a little more professional since I had to take them to work and to teach.


3. Kate Spade Toast Flats

I saw these the other day and thought they would be perfect for holiday parties if I can’t get back in heels yet.

canvas4. Clinique Eye for Colour

Lord & Taylor is hosting a special Clinique event: Eye for Colour to learn about their new eyeshadows. You can make an appointment at your nearest Lord & Taylor store through November 3rd.

Just for attending you get a 10-day supply of Clinique’s Happy Perfume Spray mini and your choice of Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream mini or All About Eyes mini. Also, don’t forget that the Clinique bonus at Macy’s is still running through October 27th.

1023lord_20131021_lordtaylor_gwv_031023lord_20131021_lordtaylor_gwv_041023lord_20131021_lordtaylor_gwv_055. Cashmere Pig Sweater

Forget the fox! I am all about pigs over here! I love, love, love piggies and I decided I had to have this sweater when I stumbled across it earlier this week on Bluefly. What’s not to love? It’s cashmere and adorable!


Do you have anything that you are loving this week and want to share?

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