The BEST products for acne/oily prone skin! Morning and Night Routine!


I have struggled with acne/oily prone skin for as long as I can remember!  It’s the worst!  I had tried every product out there.  And just when I thought my skin was improving…bam…it would break out again.  Trying to cover it with makeup was just ridiculous.  Talk about making a bad situation worse.  Not only does makeup look horrid over zits, it also does nothing to heal the acne.  My self confidence was certainly in the toilet when my face wasn’t clear.

After spending tons of $$$ on products and treatments that just didn’t work, I decided to trash the products that weren’t giving me results, and pull the good products together in hopes of finding a cocktail that worked for me.  As I looked at my “good product” pile, it was interesting that some of the products were a little more expensive and some were not.  Some of my best results were coming from the drugstore….SCORE!!!  There was a definite theme to my success and that was to EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!




My night time routine is quite different from my morning routine.  At night is when I really go after the acne.  Tretinoin Cream .025 is one of my secret weapons.  It’s awesome for treating acne and a huge side bonus is that it’s one of the best products for anti-aging! DOUBLE SCORE!  Check out my night time routine below!



If anyone understands the frustration associated with acne…it’s me!  And that’s why I wanted to share the cocktail of products that have worked for me!  I hope you found this information useful and remember…keeping your face clear requires commitment and consistency.  But in the end, it’s a battle worth fighting!

If you have any specific questions about any of the products I discussed in this video, feel free to ask them in the comments section.

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Show Off Your Sunday Spirit Fingers With NFL Inspired Nail Art! – Broncos VS Colts!

It’s time for footballs fashionable Sunday showdown! Will Andrew Luck (#12) prevail again against Mile High Manning (#18) in this season’s big opening Sunday night game? Whether you’re a girl who leads her Fantasy Football team, or you’re a girl who only cares about throwing the baddest homegate party, I’ve got the step by step scoop on how to achieve the best NFL nails in the city! Not only will you be the envy of every girl at the party, your man will LOVE that you’re showing support for his favorite team!

Peyton Manning has always been my NFL crush! If you’re rooting for the Denver Broncos, follow my nail art tutorial to get your digits NFL ready!

If you’re an Indianapolis Colts fanatic and you’re gearing up to cheer Andrew Luck to victory, follow my Colts tutorial below!



I’m going to rate DIY NFL nails! I’m giving them 10 hoots because there’s no reason to waste your $$$ at a nail salon to get your nails football ready when you can unwaste your money on a new pair of Loubs!

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NFL Inspired Nail Art – Fashion Forward Nails For The Female Football Fan!

I am undeniably a girly girl, but when it comes to NFL Football, I can talk trash with the best of them! I don’t miss Sunday football, and I make no apologies for it!

Growing up in Indiana, I was always an Indianapolis Colts fan frequenting the games about as much as I frequented the Saks Fifth Avenue shoe department (and that’s a lot)! I AM the biggest Peyton Manning fan who proudly wore his #18 jersey to the games on Sunday’s in Indianapolis. There was, however, one problem with that jersey…how was I going to style a football jersey to suit a fashionista? The good new is…I figured it out! I will be posting on Football Fashion in the next few weeks, but today I’m going to show you how to “NAIL” Football Inspired Nail Art!

As you probably all know by now, nails have become an extension to your overall look! Nail Art has been seen on every runway, and this trend isn’t going anywhere!

For those of you who follow football, you know that my crush, Peyton Manning, was traded to the Denver Broncos. Needless to say, I am now a Broncos fan as well! The Denver Broncos colors are orange, blue, and they always throw in the some white.

Check out these step by step instructions on how to “NAIL” Denver Broncos nail art!

If you’re a Baltimore Ravens fan (2013 Superbowl Champions), you may want to try this look below!

Denver Broncos / Baltimore Ravens

Let me rate the NFL Inspired Nail Trend. I’m giving it 10 hoots! It’s the perfect way to show support for your favorite team in a very fashion forward manner! Throw on some boyfriend jeans, a white tee-shirt, some great broken in leather boots (think Fryes), and you’re ready for game day!

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Minimergency Kit – Everything A Girl Might Need In A Pinch – $15.00 –


As fabulous girls, we strive to look perfect at all times!  Soooo exhausting!  I try to carry everything I MIGHT need to maintain my fashion/beauty efforts. But just how are we expected to carry all the things we might need in an emergency???  Even with my Balenciaga Weekender Bag, I don’t have the room or the arm strength for a full size bottle of hair spray, a bottle of advil, a box of bandages, a bottle of nail polish remover etc……..etc………..etc……….ugh…..

I found the solution!  The MINIMERGENCY KIT!









The Minimergency Kit contains everything a girl might need in a pinch!  What a genius idea!  This little pouch contains 17 (you heard me right) essential items you may need in an emergency!

This set contains: - Adhesive bandage – Safety pin – Earring backs – Deodorant towelette - Nail polish remover pad – Stain remover pad – Clear elastics – Lip balm – Emery board – Tampon – Hair spray – Clear nail polish – Dental floss – Mending kit – Breath freshener – Double-sided tape – Pain reliever









Check out my WISE CHOICE QUICK TIP video for a closer look at the MINIMERGENCY KIT!


I think we’ve all found ourselves in situations where we wished we had a MINIMERGENCY KIT!

I’ve found myself, on many occasions, out shopping with some fabulous stiletto’s on when I felt that dreaded blister coming on and so wished I had a bandage.

I’ve often times been at a restaurant eating, gone to the restroom and noticed that my perfectly slicked back bun had suddenly developed fly aways and wished I had some hair spray!

To make matters worse, I take a closer look in the mirror and notice that I have food in my teeth, and desperately need dental floss.

And then I looked down, only to realize I had a small food stain on my shirt and wished I had a dab of stain remover!

Oh…and in a rush to get to the restaurant on time, I messed up my nail polish and need some nail polish remover.

And the icing on cake….my date is really getting on my last nerve and I need some pain reliever!

Okay…the headache is gone, and maaayyyybe this guy isn’t too bad after all…hmmmm….I wish I had some breath freshener : )

Yep…we’ve all been there!  If only I had the MINIMERGENCY KIT…













What else you need to know: This TSA-compliant pouch is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, but promises big-time usage: the lip balm has over 100 uses, the breath freshener contains 120 drops, the hair spray has 75 sprays, and the clear polish can mend 200 nails.

Let me rate this product!  I’m giving the MINIMERGENCY KIT 8 hoots!  I think this makes a perfect gift!  I have given the Minimergency Kit as gifts to two friends, and they loved it!




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Turquoise For Summer!


I’ve always been a girl who gravitated to the color black.  Black tee shirts, black blazers, black jeans, black boots, and black nail polish!  While I LOVE me some black, I decided to step out of the box and really try to experience all the great spring/summer colors!  My favorite you may ask????  TURQUOISE!


Now…I didn’t dive into the color trend head first.  No, no…I stepped into it slowly…LOL!  I started with this fabulous nail color by one of my favorite brands, Ciate in the color PEPPERMINTY 104.  This color screams spring/summer, and looks amazing with a bit of a tan!













I loved my nail color so much, I decided to look for an accessory in the same turquoise/peppermint family.  I found this stellar cross-body bag by Rebecca Minkoff at Bloomingdales and fell in love!  It’s the perfect size (not too big, not too small).  Because it’s a cross-body,  my hands are free to continue to shop!  This bag looks super cool with boyfriend jeans, a white tee shirt, gladiator sandals, and lots of multi-colored friendship bracelets!  Ohh…hair in a top knot and gold hoops (think J.Lo on a casual day)!













I figure as the days get warmer, I’ll continue to play with color.  I’m looking forward to getting into hot pinks, coral, and yellows!













I’m giving this summer’s color trend 10 hoots!  The bags, clothing, and polish colors look great against a tan!  Happy summer shopping everyone!

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Beauty Blender – Celeb Secret To Flawless Foundation – $19.95 –


Girls, I’m about to tell you the celeb secret to flawless foundation…it’s the Beauty Blender!













When I got my first beauty blender, I wasn’t sure how to use it, and was leery about its effectiveness. Honestly, it sat on my bathroom counter top for a couple months! It wasn’t until a makeup artist friend of mine swore up and down about how amazing they were, that I decided to give it a try! Well…I LOVED IT! For everyone out there wondering how the heck you use this thing, check out the video below for tips!



WISE CHOICE TIP!!! Beauty Blender sells a cleanser called the Blender Cleanser. While you need to cleanse your beauty blender after each use, you do NOT need to buy the Blender Cleanser. I found a product called Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (100% organic) at my local drugstore. It’s great for cleaning your beauty blender. It comes in a large 16 oz. bottle and only costs $9.49. With a 16 oz. bottle of cleanser, it should last you a year or two!











The beauty blender is most definitely a weapon among the celeb arsenal of tricks of the trade. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kim Kardashian are just a couple celeb fans. Remember ladies, celebs are people just like us. They just happen to have the money that allows them access to the best of the best. The beauty blender is fab because it’s an industry trick that’s affordable for all of us! Your foundation will look like butter!

Now let me rate this product! As if you even had to guess…I’m giving it 10 hoots!

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Custom Statement Jewelry That’s Affordable And Fashion Forward –

If you ♥ over-sized, bold, statement jewelry, you MUST check out LA based designer Melody Ehsani.  This independent thinking girl has designed for Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and the list goes on and on!  And did I mention…it’s super affordable!  SQUEEEEE…. I recently ordered these Custom Earrings emblazoned with my last name for ONLY $48.



Melody’s design philosophy is all about self-expression.  Customers get the opportunity to do just that by designing their own earrings, rings, and necklaces in the “Custom Designer” section on her website,



Not only does Melody Ehsani sell jewelry, she also offers super fly wax print nail wraps ($16), shoes, and lots of other fab jewelry.


Queen Of The Jungle Necklace – $69 / Queen Of The Jungle Doorknocker Earrings – $48










Love Me Or Leave Me Alone ID Necklace – $65

Ratings…ratings….ratings….I’m going to give Melody Ehsani 9 Hoots.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything.  If I had just one thing I would change about some of her pieces, it would be that some of them tend to be a bit heavy (weight of the earrings).  Other than that, if you love to push the envelope, you’ll love this line!  

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I’ve been on an accessory kick lately and wanted to show you two of my favorite HOT ACCESSORY TRENDS.  My rabbit fur Infinity Scarf by Adrienne Landau and my gold Pyramid Earrings by Alexis Bittar.



Infinity scarfs are great not only because they keep you warm during the winter months but also because they can dress up any outfit or be worn casually.  I love wearing my Infinity Scarf with jeans and a white tee shirt.  I let the scarf be the focal point of my look.

Pyramid Earrings are a SUPER HOT trend that I’m loving as well!  While my Pyramid Earrings were made by Alexis Bittar (my fav jewelry designer) and cost $95.00, you can get less expensive ones at Nordstroms, Forever 21, H&M, etc…

When it comes to Infinity Scarfs and the understated yet edgy Pyramid Earrings, I’m giving these two accessory trends 10 HOOTS!  You can go high end if you’re not on a budget, or you can steal these items on a budget!


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