April Goals

Happy April!  I’ve found it easier to make monthly goals for a few reasons.  First (and most importantly) I think that setting goals each month helps keep me on track.  Obviously there are some goals that will require a lot more effort than only one month, so I keep my monthly goals practical so I’m more likely to keep them:) I thought I’d share my goals for the month with you.

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  1. Post to my Instagram account more consistently.  I’m not always the best at remembering to do that, but I would like to be better.  Sometimes I just don’t think about it or think that what I’m doing isn’t exactly “picture-worthy”, but sometimes it just nice to document or share something just because sooo I’m going to try to be better.  Speaking of Instagram…are you following me?  If not, please do!  instagram.com/bethsigala
  2. Read more.  I have a list of book recommendations in my phone, but I haven’t read anything in a few months.  I love that feeling I get when I’m so into what I’m reading that I can’t seem to put the book down!  Any book suggestions for me?
  3. Clean out my closet.  Now is the perfect time to go through my closet since the weather is changing and (fingers crossed!!!) the temps are not so bitterly cold.  It’s the perfect time to start packing up my winter clothes and to donate items that I didn’t wear or don’t want.  There is something about walking into a freshly cleaned and organized closet that I LOVE!

So there are my 3 goals for April.  I know none of them are life changing, but it makes me feel organized and accomplished…who knows I could complete all of them and add more if I wanted:)  I’ll be sure to update everyone to let you know how it went.  Do you set monthly goals?  If so I’d love to hear about them or maybe after reading this you’ll want to join me too!!!  If so let me know in the comments so we can hold each other accountable.

Have a great day!!!

Beth

TULA skincare review

A few months ago I started seeing a lot of advertising for TULA skin care. I was intrigued for a few reasons. Mainly because it’s a cleaner skincare brand that uses probiotics and superfoods and DOES NOT contain any parabens, toxins, mineral oil, sulfates or harmful preservatives. I started doing some research and decided to buy a few items to try out. For reference I’m 41 (eek), combination skin and I breakout easily. Here are my honest thoughts on the products I bought.

  1. Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm  I love how cooling this stick is when I apply it.  I still use an eye cream, but I apply this before I put on my primer.  It is in a stick form and gives my undereye area a slight illuminating look.  The directions say it can be applied over makeup too, but I found it made my under eye area looked cakey so I’ll stick to putting it on before makeup or even on no makeup days. (This keeps selling out on their website, but it has been getting restocked pretty fast so be sure to check back if it is.)
  2. Purifying Facial Cleanser  I’ve been using this in the morning and I like how gentle it feels and the smell is light and fresh (love it!).  My face feels clean, but not dry and a little goes a long way!
  3. Aqua Infusion Oil-Free Gel Cream  I have combo skin and I thought this would be great for my skin (lightweight, fast absorbing), but when I used this my skin felt like it need a little more moisture.  I think the cold temps we have continued to have here in the Midwest might have a lot to do with it so I’ll give it a try when the weather gets warmer.  My daughters found it in my bathroom and really like it though so I think I’ll have to go search in their bathroom when the temperature starts to rise so I can try it again:)
  4. Exfoliating Treatment Mask WOW-that’s the first word that comes to mind about this mask!  From the first time I used it I knew I’d love it.  My skin feels so soft and clean after I remove this mask, but not tight and dry.  I use it 2-3 times a week and seriously look forward to using it!
  5. Pro-Glycolic Resurfacing Gel I have mixed feelings about this toner.  I haven’t used a toner in years and I kept reading articles about how important toner is and all of the anti-aging benefits they provide, so I decided to give it a try… but every time I use this toner my face breaks out!  I think I’ll check their website to see if they have another toner option I can try.
  6. Hydrating Day and Night Cream  Well, the name pretty much sums this moisturizer up!  This is what I tried afer the Gel Cream (see above) didn’t seem to provide enough moisture for my skin.  It’s lightweight, but moisturizing and it just makes my skin look and feel good!  I use it in the morning and at night after I apply my retinol.

I have started a list of other TULA products I’d like to try, but so far I’ve loved 5/6 of the items I’ve used.  Have you tried any of their products?  I’d love to know what you tried and your thoughts- let me know!

Until next time-

Beth

 

 

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Stella & Dot favorites ~March Edition ~

All the new arrivals from Stella & Dot are here and I wanted to share my top choices with you.  I’m sharing my top favorites, but go to my website stelladot.com/bethsigala for all of the new arrivals!

  1.  Navy Semi Circle Beaded Clutch I LOVE this clutch!  The beautiful embellishments and the amazing detail make this clutch stand out.  It also has a gold zipper and a tassel zipper pull.  Warning-this clutch is limited edition so don’t wait if your intrested in adding this beauty to your collection!
  2. Filigree Earrings-Botanical These pretty earrings are gold-plated in a shiny warm finish and will look great with everything.  Best part is that they are featherweight so you won’t feel like your ear is being pulled down!
  3. Addy Versatile Poncho Not only is this poncho one of our top-selling tops, it also comes in other colors (black, blush, charcoal and light heather grey) It has a flattering exaggerated, oversized fit that works good with all body types.
  4.  Engravable Gateway Bag This bag is perfect an overnight or weekend trip and it is engravable too!!! It has an expanding zipper, interior zip pocket, a detachable shoulder strap AND comes in a cute striped pattern also.

Be sure to check out the other new items on my website and be sure to sign up to receive emails from me so you’re the first to know when new items come out!  I hope you have a great day.

 

Beth

 

 

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Weekly Favorites!!

I know I’ve been absent lately and I’m trying to get back to a better schedule for posts, but I wanted to share my weekly favorites with you because this week they are really good😊

Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer This is by far one of my favorite purchase in quite some time! It dries and smooth my hair at the same time and unless I’m wanting a super stick straight hair style this is all I have used…no separate straight iron needed and my hair is drying faster too!

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate This Fall/Winter I have been dealing with drier skin-which is weird because I have always had oily/combo skin. It could be because this winter has been brutally cold or maybe the fact that I just turned 41 (eek!!!) and my skin is changing. Regardless of whatever it may be I started using this oil at night after my retinol and I’ve woken up with softer, smoother, flake-free skin AND I haven’t broken out from it either! It takes such a small amount to cover my face and neck that I think it’s totally worth the price.

Laura Mercier Ambre Vanilla Soufflé Body Cream OMG I wish you could all smell this thru the screen!!!! It smells heavenly and moisturizes my skin so well. I apply it after my shower and the wonderful smell lingers on me all day long.

Tree Hut Body Scrub I love to use a body scrub numerous times a week and have tried many from this brand and they all work really well to exfoliate my body. I saw this one and just had to try it…coffee and mint scented AND firming all in one!!!! My only complaint is that the coffee granules are a title messy in the shower and it takes a little extra effort to get down the drain, but the wonderful coffee scent makes it worth it.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk This leave in conditioning spray is a nice lightweight spray that adds a little extra conditioning to my hair and doesn’t weigh down my hair either.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Beth

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My Stella & Dot Holiday Picks

One of the reason I starting selling Stella & Dot was because I fell in love with one of their holiday collections about 2 years ago.  I remember seeing a pair of earrings online and instantly thought of an outfit that would be perfect for them to wear to a Christmas party that I was going to.  Fast forward to now and once again I can’t help but look at all of the outfit possibilities that I could create with different pieces Stella & Dot has to offer and they make great gifts too!!!

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Whiplash Gift Set

This set is something new for Stella & Dot.  It includes a mascara from the brand EVER (our sister brand)  and is perfect for the girl on the go. It includes an essential rose gold eyelash pouch for makeup necessities, WHIPLASHmascara for elevating the everyday look and smokey sparkle studs for a little extra something!

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Shine On Gift Set

This set offers a lip gloss from our sister brand (EVER) in an exclusive holiday color FLASH that visibly plumps lips while simultaneously delivering hydrating and softening benefits. As well as silver sparkle studs and the Leopard Pouf.

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Sparkle Gift Set

This set includes our Dutches studs. As well as our favorite wishing bracelet dressed up in pavé sparkle and a sliding knot closure for adjustable length. It’s all tied together in our new Pouf in Grey Metallic Neoprene!

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Navy Multi Metallic Clutch

This clutch!!!! I feel in love with it as soon as a saw it. This is one of the pieces that will elevated ANY outfit you pair it with. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on outfits for the holidays, this is perfect for you…and under $70.00!!!

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Thea Lace Cuff

This beautiful vintage silver cuff makes a lavish statement for any occasion. This cuff fits a variety of wrist too which makes it a great gift!

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The Renegade Top

This top features a sequin front with beautifully hand sewn sequins with a super soft knit backing. Featuring the same beautiful double V neckline in front and back, pair this style with your favorite black skinny jeans and you will be set for a night on the town!

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Gala Top

The Gala top is fabricated in a luxurious stretch satin with a v neckline and raglan sleeve. An elongated shirt tail allows for more coverage and can easily be tucked in. This deep rich navy color pairs beautifully with the clutch I talked about above or a pair of statement earrings.

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Thea Lace Chandeliers

These beautiful vintage silver chandeliers make a lavish statement for any occasion. The heritage lace pattern on these has such great detail.

 

Okay, if you like any of these of would like to see more please visit my Stella & Dot site https://www.stelladot.com/sites/bethsigala

I also love how Stella & Dot has expanded into clothing.  They have so many great options to choose from and the quality is great!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my top picks for the holidays and I’d love to know which it your favorite!

Have a great day.

Beth

My Sephora picks

Since Sephora is offering 15% off (code: BIBONUS ends 11/19) I thought it would be fun to share a few items that I’ve been looking at.  The sale ends on 11/19 so be sure to shop before then to save yourself a little money!

 

616d7126bfb18e06ab6e8f5d98a6c69d_bestLaura Mercier – Shadows & Brights Metallic Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection   I’ve wanted to try these cream shadows and I think the pretty metallic finish they have will be perfect for upcoming holiday parties.

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Philosopy Purity Cleanser   This cleanser is my favorite!  I use this (actually my hubby & two daughters do too!)  It gently enough for my daughters sensitive skin, but also removes my makeup at the end of the day!

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Charlotte Tilbury’s Party Girl Kit   I think this kit is a great way to try a few different things from Charlotte Tilbury.  I’ve heard so many people say how great her makeup is and this is a great way to try it out!

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Bumble and bumble – Happy Hairdays Volume + Texture Trio  I decided to give this a try after noticing my hair was starting to look thin and flat and I’m very happy with it.  The shampoo has a nice clean sent and make my hair feel thicker.  The texture spray is a nice way to finish off my hair and helps give it a nice extra lift! This is a great way to try out these products and would be nice for travel.

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Dyson – Supersonic Hair Dryer  I have heard so many wonderful things about this hairdryer from Dyson!  It claims to dry hair faster and cause less damage to hair…oh and it helps promote smooth, shiny hair.

 

Okay so there are a few things I found online.  Some are products that I’ve used and there are a few new things in there too!  What are you getting from the Sephora sale?

Have a great weekend!

Beth

 

 

 

 

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Cold weather skincare favorites!

Happy Friday!  Here in the Midwest we have started getting some cooler temps and my skin has a tendency to get dry in the winter so I wanted to share with you what I use to help prevent that from happening.  What I’m sharing with you today are products that I have used for a few years and really have helped my skin stay hydrated during the cooler months.

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  1.  Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter  This is the most hydrating body butter I have ever used!  It moisturizes my skin, but doesn’t feel greasy and absorbs into my skin really fast.  It comes in unscented (which is truly unscented!) and a few other scent too.
  2. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil  I have oily/combo skin which breaks out very easily and my face loves this stuff!  It sinks in right away and leaves no oily residue at all.  A little bit goes a long way so this bottle will last awhile.  I also use it on my the ends of my hair, my cuticles and I have even used it on my dogs coats and let me tell you, they both have beautiful fur:)
  3. Aquaphor Lip Repair  I have spent a lot of money on lip balms in a ton of different price ranges and I ALWAYS come back to this one!  I reach for it everyday and it keeps my lips from getting dry.  It moisturizes and keeps my lips looking hydrated and the price tag of under $5.00 is pretty amazing too!
  4. Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Foot Cream  I have a slight obsession with making sure my feet are well moisturized before I go to bed and this cream does the job.  Sometimes I’ll even layer it on a little thick, throw a pair of socks on and climb in bed.  In the morning my feet feel sooooo soft!

Okay, that wraps up my top items to keep me from getting scaly!

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Beth

 

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Apple Cake

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Isn’t this just the cutest little apple:)

Hello:)  Today I want to share one of my favorite desserts that I make after we go apple picking.  This cake is so yummy and has been one of my favorite desserts ever since my mom would make it when I was a little girl.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  It’s pretty easy to make (the most time is spent cutting up the apples) and your house will smell SOOOOO good while it’s baking so it’s worth it!

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Okay so here’s what you’ll need…

Apple Cake

2 c. sugar

1 c. oil (I used Canola)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. salt

3 c. flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

3 c. apples (peeled & chopped)

1-2 tsp. powdered sugar (optional for top)

Combine sugar, oil, vanilla, eggs and salt in mixing bowl.  Beat until combined.  Mix flour, baking soda and cinnamon in separate bowl and then combine with first mixture.  Stir in apples.  Scoop mixture into a greased tube or bundt pan (it will be thick).

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Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 1/2 hrs. or until cake tester comes out clean.

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And here is the finished product.  This cake is yummy served alone or with a light dusting of powdered sugar on top too!  Enjoy.

Until next time!

Beth

 

My top jean picks

I admit I really love jeans. I think they are a great closet staple that can be worn year round. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite jeans from some of my favorite brands and a few new brands I’m giving a try too! For reference I’m 5’5 and sometimes jeans run long on me. I sometimes refer to the brands measurements and occasionally choose the “short” length instead of the “regular” length.

Kut from the Kloth. This has quickly become a brand that I lean towards when I’m purchasing jeans. (I actually just recently realized they carry really cute jackets & tops too!). Their jeans come in a variety of styles.  They are a good quality jeans, wash well and are very reasonably priced.

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Catherine Ripped Boyfriend Jean    Small rips and well-placed fading give trend-right edge to curve-flattering boyfriend jeans designed to wear rolled to show off the ankle.

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Diana Stretch Skinny Jeans   A saturated indigo wash aged with subtle fading and whiskering enhances the lean and leggy look of skinny jeans cut from stretch denim. These are one of my top favorite jeans that I own.  The fit really nice to my curves.  I have these in both regular and short length.

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Connie Frayed Ankle Skinny   Frayed, angled hems highlight your footwear in wardrobe-staple skinnies cut from stretch denim in a sophisticated indigo wash.  These are great for a edgie look, but with a great comfortable fit too!

 

STS Blue.  This brand is a newer one for me.  I was looking for a pair of lighter colored frayed hem jeans, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the.  I found exactly what I was looking for.  These jeans are comfortable,  fit true to size and are at a really good price point.

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Emma Ankle Skinny   Frayed hems and a faded wash enhance the easygoing vibe of skinny jeans that’ll make their way into everyday rotation.

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Ellie High Rise Skinny Jeans    Classic black skinnies in a flattering high-waist silhouette are woven with stretch for a slim, comfortable fit.  Great high waist and perfect for date night!

 

Universal Thread   Target did it again with this brand!  I have been happy with just about all of my clothing purchases from this brand and the price is perfect! The fit is sometimes a little off so be sure to try them on just to be safe!

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High-Rise Skinny Jeans   These dark rinse-wash skinny jeans have been engineered with the perfect fabric weight to smooth and sculpt your figure for an ultra-flattering look. These ran long to me so I purchased them in the short length.

I’m wanting to try another brand soon to see how they compare to the brands I already have.  I like to stay under $100 for my denim because I like to try different brands and styles.  All that I’ve shared are perfect if your the same way too.  Let me know if you have a brand that you love!

Have a great day!

Beth