Channel Lucious and Cookie Lyon with the Empire Fragrance Line

March is here! It will not be long before Empire returns on Wednesday, March 22nd. In the meantime, gear up for the return of everyone's favorite show by channeling your inner Lucious and Cookie Lyon with the Empire Fragrance line.



Lyon's Truth ($59.50) is the perfect balance of sumptuous femininity, unwavering confidence, unapologetic sophistication. This floriental fruity fragrance is beautifully composed of top notes of juicy blackberry and velvet plum; middle notes of Bulgarian rose, vanilla orchid, and violet blossom; and base notes of creamy sandalwood, rich vanilla, and softtonka. I love that Lyon's Truth is refreshingly light and delightfully intoxicating at the same moment. I also love how the fragrance lingers on throughout the day without pulling a Houdini.



The bottle is just as beautiful as the fragrance, featuring an Empire “E” pendant.



Lyon's Legacy ($56.50) is a vigorous and sophisticated fragrance that is a harmonious blend of bergamot and lemon water with an atomic heart of lavender buds, crisp geranium, and clary sage. The dry down is enriched with dark mysterious notes of warm amber, vanilla suede, and tobacco leaf. I’m not keen on strong fragrances, but this one is masculine and powerful without taking one’s breath away. My husband normally doesn’t wear much cologne, yet he loves this fragrance!



You can find the Empire Fragrance line at HSN, Kohl's, Macy's, and Bon-Ton.

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How to Get a Pixi Glow This Winter

Nothing takes away a beautiful and dewy complexion more than the cooler seasons since our skin is more susceptible to dryness. The cooler seasons can also cause quite a stir with other skin ailments like itchiness, dry, patchy skin; breakouts, and irritation. Pixi Skintreats has a wide range of products that are formulated with ingredients that will revive and reset the skin. It is an affordable luxury at its finest!



A facial oil like the Rose Oil Blend ($24) is the perfect candidate for dry skin when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy glow. The Rose Oil Blend has a botanical blend that is infused with a powerful complex of youth-preserving oils to help improve skin's texture and elasticity. It wields the power of a facial cream, yet has the capability to penetrate deeper into the skin since it's lightweight.



I usually prefer not to use night creams because of the possible breakouts that can occur, but the Beauty Sleep Cream ($24) is perfect for sensitive like mine! This remarkable fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich nighttime essential helps to protect, nourish, and hydrate skin while you sleep. It's made with 100% natural mango butter, oils of lavender, lemon and bergamot and other ingredients that are nourishing for the skin!



A facial mist like the Glow Mist ($15) is perfect for any season! It can be used as a toner or makeup primer, but I primarily use it as a mid-day refresher. 13 natural oils as well as propolis, aloe vera, and fruit extracts aid in giving my skin warm, healthy glow. In addition, it gives my skin the hydration that it craves for without making it shiny in the process. It always makes my face feel refreshed in-between cleansing and moisturizing!



The Glowtion Day Dew ($22) is a refreshingly lightweight and quick-absorbent moisturizer that soothes while blurring imperfections and giving a lit-from-within glow. It is also ideal for my unpredictable and sensitive skin. The key ingredients are lavender oil, kaolin, and mica that are beneficial in giving dull skin a boost while imparting a natural-looking radiance.

Lastly, I received the 24k Eye Elixir ($22). I experience puffiness underneath my right eye every now and then since that's the side I mostly sleep on, thus an eye elixir like the 24k Eye Elixir is a must-have. While, sadly, it doesn't help puffiness pull a Houdini, it does help minimize the appearance! It's made with age-defying ingredients to refresh eyes and battle the signs of fatigue. Collagen helps to repair the delicate eye area, peptides plump fine lines, and raspberry tones skin. The cooling rollerball applicator soothes and encourages circulation around the eye.

About Pixi Beauty



Pixi was started in a small London boutique 12 years ago by Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand. Her main mission was to simplify beauty for busy working moms like herself. Creating problem-solving, multi-tasking, flaw-fixing, and youth-enhancing products for women with little time to spare is her passion. Passionate about skincare, Petra creates innovative formulations that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients so that skin is treated while you wear it. You can find Pixi Beauty online and at Target.

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Ditch the Itch This Winter

Old Man Winter has arrived! 'Tis the season when our skin becomes dry, itchy, wind-burnt, irritated, and almost unmanageable. My sensitive skin has always been unpredictable, but it is seemingly worse during the cooler seasons. That's why I strive at keeping Old Man Winter in his place by switching out skin care for products that will help keep my skin looking its best.



While I don't have eczema, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted when Aveeno sent me their Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm ($16.99) and Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm ($17.99) out of the blue!

The Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm and Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm may be intended for baby's skin, but they have been giving my skin the relief that it needs during this time when my skin is usually is at its worst. They're specially formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat, which soothes dry, itchy skin without leaving a greasy feeling behind. They also help strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and prevent recurrence of dry, itchy skin from skin ailments like eczema. Additionally, they're paraben-free, steroid-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic. Aveeno couldn't have picked a better time to send me these products!



Aveeno also sent me a few more surprises that included the personalized Restoration Hardware Luxe Bamboo Bed Throw ($99) that no one else can claim as well as a Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Petite Nursery Star Stroller Blanket ($39) and an Indica Design Gemma Dream Catcher ($40), which is hanging beautifully in my bedroom.

Connect with Aveeno via Facebook and Instagram to get the latest deets. Also, be sure to join their Healthy Essentials program to save up to $40 off Aveeno products.

Thank you to the AVEENO® team for sponsoring this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

TOCCA x Anthropologie

Named after the Italian word for touch, fashion and fragrance house TOCCA’s exquisite scents evoke Old World romance and familiar places infused with the unexpected, fresh and new. Feminine through and through, their perfumes, scrubs, and lotions are captured in charming vials and vessels that pretty up your dressing table along with your mystique.

TOCCA’s Hair Fragrance Collection is the perfect reason to stop spritzing your locks with standard drying perfume! This Anthropologie exclusive consists of five hair fragrances that boast their signature fragrances. Each fragrance is crafted with a delicate blend of moisturizing oils that will not dry out your tresses in the process. Instead, these moisturizing oils provide a veil of fragrance and subtle shine. The hair-friendly formulas bring a touch of luxury to any daily hair ritual!



Scents like the Florence is a floral blend that will conjure the sophistication of old-world Paris. It’s the perfect balance of easy elegance and timeless sophistication. This floral blend is harmoniously composed of top notes of Italian bergamot and crushed violet petals. Additional notes include grapefruit leaves, green pear, apple, ivory gardenia, jasmine, tuberose, blue iris, blonde wood, and white musk. It has a light fragrance that is beautifully captivating. Each fragrance comes housed in an elegant glass bottle that’s adorned with TOCCA’s signature hand-finished golden cap.



TOCCA x Anthropologie Scents



Florence: an alluring combination of bergamot, crushed violet petals, and blond wood

Cleopatra: rich amber patchouli blends royally with vanilla musk and hints of tuberose and grapefruit

Colette: a lush mix of bergamot, citrus, juniper and pink peppercorn mingle with florals, musk, and woods

Liliana: neroli, gardenia and faint peach

Stella: a flirtatious combination of sheer musk, white freesia, blood orange and spicy lily



TOCCA x Anthropologie Hair Fragrance Collection sells for $36 each exclusively at Anthropologie.com and stores nationwide.

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Gorgeously Green Skincare at Derma E

One of the most important things to do at my age is taking good care of my skin in order to look and feel good about my age. I don’t have any qualms about my age, but do want to age gracefully. When I think of aging gracefully, I think of people such as Salma Hayek, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston, and Molly Sims, to name a few.

Some of the surefire ways to obtain this is to work out regularly or at least stay active, even it’s just going for long, brisk walks; drink plenty of water, avoid unhealthy beverages much as you can (it’s taxing on the skin), get enough sleep, and healthy eating. It’s been said and said for years, but it truly helps!

Another good way to ensure the quality of your skin is to adhere to a strict skincare regimen. One of all my all-time favorite skincare brands is Derma E. This luxuriously affordable skincare line is wondrously crafted with the finest organic ingredients! That's why I was thrilled when Derma E's very own National Educator, Jaime Cane; curated a special box specifically for me!



Jaime's Top Picks + Pro Tips



Makeup Remover



Pro Tip: To remove long-wear makeup more easily, hold the pad over the eye area for 15-30 seconds before wiping away! Derma E's Makeup Remover can also be used as a pre-cleanse, full face make-up remover prior to washing your face with your facial cleanser.

Microdermabrasion Scrub



Pro Tip: For sensitive skin, mix in a pump of cleanser to help buffer the strength of the professional level exfoliant. For dryer skin, apply a beauty oil first to nourish the skin. Their Microdermabrasion Scrub can also be used on rough knees, elbows, ankles, and feet to help smooth skin.

My Thoughts: The Microdermabrasion Scrub has always been one of my all-time favorite Derma E products! It's a simple, effective, and inexpensive way to quickly improve the appearance of the skin. It’s practically a facial in a jar, but at the fraction of the price! It’s truly the best facial scrub I have ever used.

This scrub has a thick, white, and grainy texture that’s reminiscent of toothpaste. The granules are sand-like and not abrasive at all with sensitive skin like mine. The light citrus scent is pleasant and uplifting. It has an exclusive crystal blend that includes Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand, which is deeply rich in Silica, to buff away dull surface cells, help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, and absorb excess skin oils. It’s made with natural astringents (Lime and Lemon Peel). It also boasts antioxidants, such as Grapeseed and Vitamin E, to help redefine the skin. This results in touchable, soft, smooth, and younger looking skin!

Overnight Peel



Pro Tip: This is the perfect makeup prep the night before a special event or glam makeup application; use the Overnight Peel for dewy, radiant, and naturally glowing skin.

Purifying Gel Cleanser



Pro Tip: The Purifying Gel Cleanser is the perfect cleanser to use with a cleansing tool like a Clairsonic or oscillating brush. This cleanser is also a great post-workout cleanser, especially since it helps remove the bacteria, toxins, and impurities you've just sweat out The tube make it easy to throw in a gym bag

Firming DMAE Eye Lift



Pro Tip: To help reduce puffiness, apply Firming DMAE Eye Lift in one direction by moving form the inner corner to the outer corner on both the upper and lower eyelids.

My Thoughts: An eye cream, such as Firming DMAE Eye Lift, is always part of my skin care arsenal. This eye creme has been proven to reduce wrinkle volume, area and depth. It also firms, tones, deeply hydrates, and diminishes the appearance of crow’s feet. I can’t comment on the effectiveness of its anti-aging properties since I’m not experiencing that yet, but I can attest that I have been looking well-rested lately!

Purifying Youth Serum



Pro Tip: This silky, emollient serum makes a great primer for liquid or powder foundations.



Your Healthy Skin Tips Checklist



☑ Exfoliate! Your skin will absorb and perform better.
☑ Drink lots of water. Dry skin can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.
☑ Love your greens! Get healthy skin from the inside out.
☑ Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to breakouts, puffiness, and premature signs of aging.

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