Monthly Archives: June 2016

Katherine’s 12 Months of Beauty–May/June

Katherine’s back with her on-going series, testing out the top-rated beauty products for you:

Wow…I blinked and somehow missed my May beauty product review. Sorry about that peeps!

Let’s get right to business on the product review:

Garnier Ulta-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream is the product that uses essential oil, plant extracts, and Adenosine, to regenerate your skin’s surface layer while you sleep.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.14.08 AM

So what did I notice?

  • The scent is delightful- -lavender oil, and who doesn’t love that?
  • The cream was thick and lush, but absorbs quickly.
  • My skin did feel more smooth and hydrated.

Overall, I  liked the cream but felt it was a little heavy for my skin in the spring/summer. I think this is a better winter cream for my complexion. I was relieved that my easy-to-break-out skin didn’t react badly to this cream. When I did a little more research, I discovered that one of the key active ingredients is LHA, which is similar to a salicylic acid to fight bacteria and boost radiance. This is good news for anyone that has acne-prone skin.

Bonus: A few fine lines around the eyes didn’t stand out quite as much while using the cream.

I will buy it again and use it in the winter. Will you give it a try?

Coming up for July

Every weekend this summer I’ll be hanging out in the sun on the lacrosse field sidelines for 8-10 hours. My lips are already feeling very abused (so, so dry). I’m going to give the Best Lip Balm award, ChapStick Total Hydration 100% Natural, a shot.  Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 1.22.29 PM

Along with the ChapStick, I’m going to use the Best Face Wipes, Simple Skincare Micellar Make-up Remover Wipes while traveling to all these lacrosse tournaments. These wipes are a disposable towelette that “promises” to take off everything from foundation to mascara with just a few swipes (hoping it removes the sweat from standing out in the heat all day, too.)Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 1.23.47 PM

 

Look for the review of these two products at the end of July!

Have you tried any of the products that I’ve reviewed this year? Would love to hear from you if you have!

XO–Katherine

Summer Romance Giveaway: 11 Books to One Winner

CONTEST NOW CLOSED  ****  WINNER IS KATHY OSBORN ******

THANKS FOR PLAYING ALONG!

Q: What’s more fun to read in the summer than a romance novel?

A: How about ELEVEN romance novels?

Yes, I’m giving away 11 Kindle ebooks (one for every week) to one lucky winner. I’ve picked a wide variety, including a sweet romantic suspense, a few heartwarming options, and some very spicy books, too. All of these authors do a really nice job, so I’m convinced that, even with varied tastes, you will like at least a few of them. Maybe I’ll even introduce you to your next favorite author!

That begs the question–which books!?  Here you go:

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Marina Adair’s CHASING I DO

Tamra Baumann’s IT HAD TO BE FATE

Miranda Liaisson’s THIS LOVING FEELING

Shelly Alexander’s IT’S IN HIS SMILE

Gail Chianese’s FIANCE FOR KEEPS

Regina Kyle’s TRIPLE SCORE

Jamie Pope’s LOVE AND A LATTE

Erika Kelly’s TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

Katy Lee’s BLINDSIDED

Megan Ryder’s GOING ALL THE WAY

Jamie K. Schmidt’s LIFE’S A BEACH

Some of these will be pre-orders (they release in July), but they should show up on your Kindle on their respective release days.

For a chance to win all 11 books, make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter and then leave a comment below telling me what you love most about romance novels! I’ll choose a winner on Monday, June 20th.

PS  I FORGOT TO ADD A COZY MYSTERY TO THE MIX, SO I’M GOING TO THROW IN A SADIE HARTWELL BOOK, TOO! THAT MAKES A DOZEN BOOKS. YES, 12!!

Good luck!

XO – Jamie

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5 Ways to Usher in Summer Fun

WOO HOO, it’s June! Time to enjoy the good weather. Kids love summer because school is out and every day becomes a “play” day. Adults…not so much. We still have work to do, housework to deal with, and all those other responsibilities that kids don’t realize go hand-in-hand with the alleged “freedom” of being a grown-up.

But being a grown-up doesn’t mean we can’t also make the most out of the summer. We work hard, we deserve a little playtime. Here’s my shortlist of things that should be on everyone’s summer calendar:

  1. Theme Song. Yeah, this is kind of critical. Your summer theme song should be upbeat, catchy, and make you smile. This is the song you’ll crank in the car, or while at the pool or the beach. Your toes should tap of their own volition. It should make you smile. In fact, it should make you want to get up and dance. Mine? DNCE’s Cake by the Ocean. It may have come out last fall, but it is a summer song if I ever heard one.
  2. Farmer’s Market. Local grown fruits and veggies are everywhere, so it is easy to eat healthy. I love strolling through our local farmer’s market and picking out fresh tomatoes and flowers. Mine also has one group that makes the BEST pesto (which, if I pick up fresh mozzarella, basil, and Italian bread, makes one great sandwich). So look around your ‘hood and grab some stuff you can use for item #3.

  3. BBQ. Yep, time to kick off summer by inviting friends over for a casual BBQ. Few things say summer like a grill and eating al fresco. Whether that means burgers, dogs, and corn on the cob, or fancy steaks, is up to you. The key to a successful BBQ is actually the company. So ice down some beer (or white wine) and call your besties!
  4. Summer-Only Recreation. Take advantage of opportunities that can only come around at this time of year (well, at least for those of us who live in the Northeast). I’m talking about drive-in movies (yes, they still exist, although they are few and far between), outdoor summer concert series (we have great ones in Connecticut and New York), and swimming (whether you prefer a pool or a beach).

  5. Beach Books. This is the best time to pick up a few summer romances. Read those smarty-pants book club books some other time. It’s time for “summer lovin’!” Of course, I’d love for Secretly Hers to be on your summer romance reading list, but I’ll also recommend a bunch of other authors you can try:

Heartwarming: Kristan Higgins, Marina Adair, Gail Chianese, Liz Talley, Jeannie Moon, Tamra Baumann, Shelly Alexander, Miranda Liaisson *both Tamra and Jeannie are up for Booksellers Best Awards this year

Spicy: Regina Kyle, Jamie K. Schmidt, Erika Kelly, Megan Ryder *both Regina and Erika are up for Bookseller’s Best Awards this year.

Historical: Julie Anne Long, Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Hoyt *(I LOVED EH’s latest, Duke of Sin, and its amoral yet fascinating hero! Such fun). *Julie Anne Long is up for a RITA this year, with It Started with a Scandal…one of my all-time favorite books!

Hopefully this has given you a place to start your summer. I hope you have a great one! If you’ve got a tip or reading recommendation to share, please do!

XO-Jamie