Five Fabulous Travel Tips As Seen In My 3TV Segment

Just in time for your summer travel plans, I have put together my top five fabulous travel tips that I swear by plus a few amazing places I recommend for family travel, both local and far away. If you caught my segment on the KTVK 3TV morning show, Your Life Arizona, and want more information about the travel tips I shared, here is the information with the links to the different items and places I recommend.  And be sure to go to my blog’s search bar to look up your desired destination to see if we have covered it.

Travel Tip #1 – Packing/Planning Fail Safe Forget Nothing Tool 

Once I discovered the Pack This! Travel list pad by Knock Knock, I have never looked back when it comes to packing planning. I call it packing planning because when an item is left behind, it will usually cost time and money to either purchase what was forgotten or have it shipped, which can be costly.  The Knock Knock Pack This! Pad is my favorite travel tool ever.  It is a handy exhaustive one page at a glance packing list that includes everything one could ever think of to pack for a trip.  Items that I wouldn’t consider like an umbrella, binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen and more. Every time I use this list, I forget nothing and my packing is done faster and is more efficient.  I swear by this and I buy my pad (60 sheets 6 x 9 size) for $6.99 at knockknockstuff.com and at amazon for only $4.85.

Travel Tip #2 – Best Wrinkle Free Clothing Tip Ever!

I don’t remember where I first heard this tip years ago, but I have never arrived with a wrinkled garment since. Here’s hoping it works for you since it has been failsafe for me. Simply dry clean the garments that you want to arrive wrinkle free before you travel.  The trick is to keep the clothing covered in the dry-cleaning plastic wrap it came home in.  Gently fold dry cleaned clothes on hanger and still in dry cleaning wrap and place on the very top of your suitcase after all other items are packed.  Give it a try. I have been pleasantly surprised how this has worked for me every single time.

Travel Tip #3 – Suitcase Type

Be loud and bold with your suitcase design for several reasons.  If your suitcase is a unique and colorful design, you will find it fast when it is coming off the conveyer belt at baggage claim.  Plus, if it is lost in transit, it will be easy to describe to airport and airline personnel.  I also finally bought a larger roll away suitcase that fits all my items.  We women do pack a lot and that is because we have a larger variety of shoes for different outfits and occasions, we tend to pack some our kids’ things with ours as well, we have more accessories than men typically do, etc.  Buying a larger than average suitcase has made me a one suitcase gal now.  I didn’t think that was possible!  So, consider buying the larger rollaway version if you usually have two suitcases.

Travel Tip #4 – Research Airport

Chances are that you will spend a good deal of time at airports.  Arriving early or being delayed, I have learned to research the airport I am traveling to ahead of time.  Doing this has made the trip even more fun.  I know that airports don’t sound fun, but since you must spend some time there, why not get there early for less stress, get all checked in and then enjoy yourself a little.  Plus, some airport websites offer coupons redeemable at the different stores and restaurants.  For example, San Antonio International Airport has coupons for airport restaurants, stores and more, including a tasty wine themed eatery.  So, check your airport website to see what is available and if coupons are also offered.  Here are some of my favorite airport attractions, so if you are stuck there for a bit, try these unique spots…

*Vino Volo in San Antonio International Airport – This cool restaurant offers gourmet wines from around the world.  I ordered a flight of red, white and champagne when I was there.  It was very relaxing and enjoyable to get to sample wines with a nice salad before I boarded my flight. Plus, I could use the coupon I accessed from the airport website to purchase a bottle of wine sold there if I had decided to buy some Vino.

*Be Relax in LAX – The last time I was at LAX, I enjoyed a very well done 10-minute shoulder, head and neck massage at Be Relax in Terminal 1 at LAX.  It set me back $29 (and I added a tip), but it was worth it because it was really good and therapeutic.  Plus, it is nice to board feeling somewhat relaxed.

Those are just two examples.  I also like that our airport here in Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor has a ton of local favorite restaurants in the different terminals. So be sure to check the different airport websites to know where to go to eat, shop and relax while you wait.

Travel Tip #5 – Check my Blog!

I absolutely love travel blogging, so whenever I go anywhere, whether it be a staycation in Tucson, or all the way to marvelous Maui, I share my specific city recommendations in the travel section of my blog.  So, before you go, enter your destination city into my blog’s search bar to see if I have covered it. I also have team writers who have reviewed a Disney cruise and more. Here are some of our fun recommendations to some of my favorite travel destinations…

*Maui – my blog lists our top ten things not to miss in Maui and my family’s #1 favorite attraction is the Twin Falls hike that is beautiful and family friendly. We were especially impressed with the package that we booked called Hike Maui that included kayaking, snorkeling and the wonderful Twin Falls hike where we got to taste food right off the trees on our way to the waterfalls.  Once at the stunning waterfalls, we could jump off cliffs into the water and swim in freshwater pools.  We were also given Awapuhi plants, which contains the organic ingredients that Paul Mitchell uses in their Awapuhi shampoo.  My kids opened the plant and washed their hair under the waterfall.  It was such a cool day and purchasing the 7-hour activity package was the way to go. I have all the links to all of our Maui recommendations in my Maui article here.

 

*Washington DC – One of our favorite Smithsonian museums is the Newseum and a lot of tourists don’t consider this relatively new attraction.  It is like visiting an American history museum through the eyes of legendary and current journalists and it is very cool.  Exhibits like the original microphones used by FDR during the Fireside Chats, front pages from newspapers from around the world the day after the horrific 9/11 are displayed.  In addition, historic original newspaper pages from some of our country’s most famous events like when Marilyn Monroe was found dead, when the Hindenburg crashed, when wars ended and more.  There is another interesting section that shows a very cool and even emotional Pulitzer Prize photograph section and so much more.  I highly recommend this fascinating museum that also has an interactive area that lets visitors of all ages take home a flash drive of themselves being a reporter in a simulated news station.  So cool!  Check out my article with links about this here.

*Sedona – I cover a lot of local trips and staycations here in Arizona, too.  Check out my Sedona article to see where to stay, what to eat, what attractions to try like the Pink Jeep Tours and more.

It was very cool that our tour guide made stops along the tour so that we could get out and take pretty pictures as we learned about the history of lovely Sedona.

I have also reviewed most of the resorts here in the Phoenix area, as well as in Tucson and articles about Flagstaff, too.  My Sedona article is here.

*Amtrak train vacation – My son got to take an Amtrak train vacation with his grandparents so he wrote a comprehensive review for us on my blog.  He did a great job, so if you are considering a train vacation, be sure to see that article on my blog.  My son’s Amtrak train trip article can be found here.

Some of the other destinations we have reviewed on managedmoms.com is a Disney cruise, a California road trip that took us from southern California all the way up to San Francisco and more. 
So, before you go, check my blog and happy travels to you!

 

 

 

 

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who is today’s Freebie Friday winner??  What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Heather Cisek from Phoenix, AZ!!!

(winner drawn through random.org)

 

Congrats to Heather! She wins a prize for her son and for herself!  So cool!  Heather won the super cute and functional Crusty’s All Stars Sandwich Cutters so she can make fun shaped sandwiches for her cutie pie son. She also won the Tigi Bed Head Textrovert to make fun summery beachy waves in her hair.  Both great prizes!  I love giving fun stuff away in our the weekly Freebie Friday! 

 
She also wins a beautiful and stylish bling head warmer from Teresa’s Creative Gifts, my favorite online shopping boutique ever! 
She can choose from one of these colors. They are so lovely and stylish on, like our model in this pretty picture. 

Congrats to Heather for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

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Our 3-Day Getaway to LA: Cool Things To Do

As I promised, here is my short blog article about the fun things my girl and I enjoyed during our brief visit to the City of Angels.  We loved our hotel stay at the London and you can read our hotel review about that here. We found some cool things to do when we ventured out of our cozy hotel room. Here is what we recommend that we thoroughly enjoyed…

First of all, our main reason for going to LA was to tour UCLA and we had a great time doing that.  That blog post is coming soon, so stayed tuned for that.  That took up most of our first day in LA. After that we didn’t have much time to spare before we had to head back to Phoenix, but we found some pretty cool things to do that you will want to try!

This particular spot is one that not a lot of people know about when it comes to getting that prized Hollywood sign picture. We will share the secret in the fun trip video below…

Watch this short video to see our trip highlights and to find out how we got to the perfect photo spot for the Hollywood sign.  We watched countless other tourists go the long way that isn’t as well placed as this spot is for that great Hollywood sign photo op.  Plus here is what else we did in our quick 3-day getaway to LA in our fun and short video and be sure to make it full screen for best view…

Video travel blogging is so much fun.  Here is more info about what we showed in the video….

 

*The London Hotel

For London Hotel information, check out our blog review here.

Our balcony from our room at the very cool London Hotel.

Love the rooftoop pool and scenic panoramic views

*UCLA Tours
For more information and to schedule student tours, visit this UCLA link.  More thorough blog post about this coming soon!

*Glitterati LA Private Tours

Visit Glitterati’s website for more details and booking information.

The Grove Shopping, Restaurants & Farmers Market

Visit The Grove website here and be sure to taste one of those irresistible chocolate covered strawberries.  Best we have ever had!

Herringbone Restaurant in Santa Monica

Herringbone Restaurant menu, location and more can be found here.  Yummy!

California dreamin’ until next time. We plan to return this summer to tour USC.  Stay tuned for that as we will share more fun things to do on a quick trip to LA.  Happy travels!

Walk/Ride/Taste & Shop San Antonio Riverwalk

Last week, I traveled to San Antonio to be with family during a surgery.  I arrived a few hours before everyone else did, so I did one fun thing. I revisited a wonderful place that I had explored before several years ago.  The very cool San Antonio Riverwalk.  I made the most of my limited time before greeting my family traveling in for surgery and it was a nice afternoon to be on my own for a bit. 
I am happy to report that the surgery went well and that my few solitary hours in the Alamo City were well spent.
I love to travel blog, so for my fellow lovers of travel, when in San Antonio, do this….

 

 

The Riverwalk — Whether or not you have just heard about it or been here before, do the San Antonio Riverwalk.  You will love the exercise you get, the food you taste, the boat ride, the shopping and more.  Here are a few highlights in pictures of my afternoon on the beautiful and fun Riverwalk.

Walk it for sure to get enjoyable exercise and to experience fun people watching. Seeing the water and the ducks are an added bonus and a great way to get your steps in and to keep your body moving.

Take breaks and and read about the Riverwalk landmarks and history.  With signs along the way, one can learn more about the Alamo city.  I personally enjoy learning about the city that I visit. There is so much to see and experience on the San Antonio Riverwalk….

Music by the local and talented mariachis!

I had to wonder if this couple was having some sort of memorable and romantic moment as the Riverwalk mariachis played! We will never know, but I enjoyed capturing this shot from afar.

A welcoming bench provides a place for a reflective rest from the lovely walk.

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Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who is today’s winner??  What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Carole Folkert from Phoenix, AZ!!!

(winner drawn through random.org)

Congrats to Carole! She receives several awesome beauty products from Walgreens that I showed in my 3TV beauty segment last month.  Here is what Carole won!  My favorite lipstick, that is recommended by our 3TV morning show makeup artist, Karen Hall…Revlon’s Super Lusterious Lipstick, EOS compact hand lotion and the very nicely named Maui Moisture hair care products!  
 
She also wins a beautiful and stylish bling head warmer from Teresa’s Creative Gifts, my favorite online shopping boutique ever! 
She can choose from one of these colors. They are so lovely and stylish on, like our model in this pretty picture. 

Congrats to Carole for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

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Impressive So Far: ASU Sports Journalism Program

Although only a freshman, that is my son in the yellow and blue tie co-anchoring an entertaining and informative sports program.  My son is about to wrap up his first year as a sports journalism major at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  He has already done play by play announcing for ASU hockey and for ASU lacrosse. And this week he got to anchor his first sports program called Cronkite Sports Live.  In the video above, you will see him anchor, interview, read teleprompter and even play a fun competition reporting game with his co-anchor, all in good fun.  I laughed out loud with his sign-off action, which you will see at the end of this 13 minute program.  He is having a good time and it shows!  This clip will also have you updated on ASU and college sports.  I am extremely pleased to see our tuition money being put to good use with the abundance of journalism activities and experience he has already accomplished.  He is also enjoying the Barrett Honors College and ASU in general.  Kudos to the Sun Devils for having a top notch journalism school that truly gives students hands-on experience.  My son is also working on two separate sport journalism scholarships as well.

We are especially pleased that he is on the Dean’s List with all As, as he balances it all.  So a shout-out to ASU and a check-in on my son’s college experience as his freshman year winds down.  That is…almost…a wrap! My pals told me that our kids’ college years would go as fast as high school did, maybe even faster. Yep, it is true!

 

 

The Unique & Chic London Hotel in LA: Our Review

In a little under three days time, my daughter and I made the most of our quick trip to LA a few weeks ago. We exeperienced Hollywood as well as a few other super cool LA activities. As her spring break wound down, we snuck over to Cali for a walking UCLA college tour (more on that coming in a future blog post) and a 3-day getaway.  Since we didn’t have a lot of time, we did some cool stuff that we recommend for your next visit to Los Angeles.  I will soon post that, but first where did we stay?  A place that we fell in love with called The London.  Located in West Hollywood, right off the famous Sunset Strip, this was the perfect property for us to accomplish our visit objectives and rest and lounge in style during our downtime.  Check it out with this short video and see pictures with more details below the video in this fun travel blog article.  I love travel blogging, so watch the quick video, read on and then start planning your Cali travel. 

Our balcony from our room at the very cool London Hotel.

Cool interior designed hallways by the hotel elevators.

This picture shows the view of both the hotel grounds below and apartments and celebrity luxury homes across the famous and iconic Sunset Blvd.

Our absolute favorite feature of the London Hotel is the hip pool area that is located on the rooftop.  We just love this feature and the pictures show that for sure.  Take a look…And the view from the panoramic rooftop gave us time to look, reflect and relax before we jumped into our busy day of activities in LA.  Hotel guests can also dine on the rooftop with full food service, too. 

Inside the hotel, we especially enjoyed The London’s signature restaurant, Boxwood.  Yummy juicing options. Delish and nutritious!  Breakfast is very good here.

Tasty Farmers Market Veggie Omelette for my girl and the irresistible Huevos Rancheros for me. Boxwood Restaurant at the London Hotel is very good.

The hotel food was scrumptious with lots of healthy menu options as well.  We wouldn’t expect anything less from California. We always love dining in the Southern California.  Fresh food galore!

We also loved our room.  All units at the London Hotel are suite style.  These pictures are not of our actual room (simply because I forgot to take pics!), but these shots from the hotel website look almost identical to the room we stayed in.  
And we really dug the spacious bathroom with a big tub and a nice shower with two shower heads….one of my daughter’s favorite features of our room. And the location of our hotel was right on to pack in the many things we wanted to do in our short 3 day trip.  This map, from the hotel website, aptly shows that The London is located in the heart of a lot of great landmarks to visit, along with some fabulous shopping opportunities, too. We highly recommend The London Hotel.  We booked using our American Express card Fine Hotels & Resort package.  With this benefit, we were able to receive complimentary breakfast for two each morning, a free room upgrade (based on availability), a late check-out of 4pm (perfect since we had a late evening flight home) and a $100 restaurant credit.

I also must give kudos to the hotel concierge, Sarah Dandashy, who knew exactly where to send us to dine, shop and tour.  I will share those recommendations and our experiences in my next blog post coming soon.  Sarah also has a hip and helpful website called Ask a Concierge.  Definitely check out her site for everything you want to know about LA.  Great resource and it is so cool that she has created an informative platform that extends her travel knowledge talents beyond the concierge desk.  But do visit her at the desk when you stay at The London.  She will have your trip organized with creative, fun and unforgettable things to see, do and taste in the LA. Although our trip was so short, my girl and I had the time of our lives!  We look forward to our next college tour trip in a few months to USC and we plan to return to the trendy, stylish and ultra cool London Hotel.

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who is today’s winner??  What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Kelly Born!!!

Congrats to Kelly!  Kelly wins some very nice items from the high quality Mary Kay line compliments of Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Mitzi Dunham!  Look at what she gets….

The Mary Kay beautiful Satin Hands set that includes Satin Hands Fragrance Free Hand Lotion, Satin Hands Hand Softener and Satin Hands Hand Scrub so her hands will be pampered!  

She also gets the Mary Kay Timewise Repair kit that includes a fabulous foaming cleanser, lifting serum, day cream and more!

Congrats to Kelly for winning and thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.  We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered into the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

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Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who is today’s winner??  What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Hannah Combs from Phoenix, AZ!!!

Congrats to Hannah! She receives several awesome beauty products that I showed in my 3TV beauty segment this week. Here is what Hannah won!  Brand new from Toe Juice, Dermavine gives us this very nice Head To Toe Scrub in a lovely Pink Coconut scent.  Perfect for gently exfoliating the body. 
Plus she wins Rimmel ScandelEyes Waterproof mascara and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Oil Free Cleansing Towelettes.  And that’s not all! She also wins two nail polish spring shades from the Sally Hansen Color Therapy collection!

Congrats to Hannah Combs for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

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Thank you to DermaVine for providing the wonderful Head to Toe Scrub! All other products were purchased by managedmoms.com 

From My 3TV Segment: Spring Beauty Product Trends

Although it may not feel like it in some parts of the country, spring has almost officially sprung…and it does feel like it here in Arizona.  So with that, I decided to feature what’s trending in spring beauty products on my 3TV morning show, Your Life Arizona (new name, same great show) today.  A big thanks to my blog beauty expert, Bianca, professional beauty expert for Walgreens, for working with me to feature some terrific beauty must haves, that are also affordable.  Take a look!

Spring Clean Your Face

Just like you do your home, give your pretty face some attention, too.  Here is what we like for facial care this spring…

*L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask, Purify & Mattify and Exfoliate/Refine Pores Pure Clay Mask– ($12.99 each at Walgreens) – This will spring clean your face.  Plus, this line reminds us of the more expensive Glamglow mask that sells for over $50 at Sephora. Instead try this, L’oreal variety that is sold at Walgreens.  The pure clay mask can be layered and left on face for 15 minutes and then rinsed off.  It is great to use the Purify & Mattify twice a week and the Exfoliate & Refine Pores variety once a week to exfoliate.  This is definitely spring cleaning for the face that has perhaps just endured a harsh winter, hectic holiday season, cold and flu season and more.  Your face will feel and look refreshed.

*Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – ($9.49 at Walgreens)  — Brand new from Garnier, for oily skin types and for sensitive skin, try this cleansing water to remove makeup and cleanse and purify pores all in one.  This is used as a rinse with no harsh rubbing required on the delicate facial skin. The mattifying formula makes this oil-free and fragrance free cleanser ideal and gentle for spring cleaning the skin.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel Cooling Effect – ($31 at Walgreens) — This allergy tested facial gel works for sensitive skin and provides a cooling effect, a nice touch for the many women who experience hot flashes.  This hydrates for 48 hours and can be worn day or night, but do note that there is no SPF in this formula.  It is also oil free.

*La Roche Posay Acne Innovation – ($29.99 at Walgreens – a $48 value!) — I have not personally tested this as I have been lucky to have not had acne (although I am told it could be coming with menopause!).  My blog beauty expert, Bianca, professional Walgreens beauty expert, says that this worked for numerous customers who used this 2-month supply, 3-step regimen to clear their acne.  The value is also good and Bianca tells me that many dermatologists provide coupons for this product, so if acne is an issue for your family, ask your dermatologist about this line and if they have coupons to give you. This set comes with a medicated gel cleanser, a clarifying solution and a dual action acne treatment product.  Also, clears up blackheads and whiteheads, too.

Spring Beauty – Lighten Up Beauty Products

*Maybelline Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation On-The-Go – ($15.49 at Walgreens)  — With warmer temps and lots of sun, it is nice to go lighter with makeup in the spring and summer season.  This foundation achieves that.  Do note that this base does NOT contain an SPF, so be sure to use your daily moisturizer that includes SPF sun protection.

L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Blush – ($12.99 at Walgreens) — Pretty light floral shades for your blush to complement your bright pastels summer shades of makeup and clothing.

*Maybelline Illuminator Corrector Cremeux – ($7.99 at Walgreens)  — With lighter foundation in the spring and summer months, it is also nice to use a lighter concealer.  This one accomplishes that with a nice corrector stick that also illuminates skin so your face looks rested and bright.

Body Fun in the Sun Spring Stuff

*Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer – ($10.99 at Walgreens)  — Apply this moisturizer/subtle self-tanner in the shower on wet skin…hence the name, wet skin.  Our testers say this did not streak and lasted for a few days.  So, this is a lotion and self-tanner all in one.  No harsh odor either like so many self-tanners have.

*Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion – ($11.99 at Walgreens)  — With an SPF UVA/UVB protection of 50+, you get coverage and sunburn protection, plus this unique formula is a matte finish.  Runners love this because it goes on like a matte, not oily or greasy and dries almost instantly.  This one is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  This just arrived hot on the shelves and the matte finish makes this a unique and protective sunscreen.

*DermaVine Head to Toe Scrub Pink Coconut Head to Toe Scrub – ($9 at toejuice.com) – Dermavine has introduced several new products to the line that gave us one of my favorites…and funny-named products…Toe Juice!  Meet DermaVine’s Head to Toe Scrub Pink Coconut made of plant based extracts. This scrub perfectly hydrates, refreshes and repairs dry skin while also exfoliating, which is important to do.  This is especially true for our heels that get rough when exposed to the air with flip flop season in full swing.   

Still Trending:  Lush Lashes

*La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes – ($9.99 at Walgreens)  — For gals with eyelash extensions (and a lot of women are wearing them now), this is the right makeup remover to use because it is oil free.  The oil in typical makeup remover products may loosen the glue on the lashes and shorten the lifespan of those lush long lashes.  So, use this product for removing makeup and to cleanse away oil and pore-clogging impurities.

*Rimmel ScandelEyes Waterproof Mascara – ($7.49 at Walgreens) — For those of us who aren’t doing the extensions or fakes, this is our top pick for a good spring/summer waterproof mascara that also won’t break the beauty budget.  Rimmel, the original inventor of mascara, does it right again with a wand that doesn’t clump and a formula for lovely lashes, even when swimming or doing water sports.  Ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes, plus it contains collagen, so this mascara does it all.

Hair Flair

*HASK Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo – ($8.49 at Walgreens)  — Bianca tells me that this dry shampoo is flying off the drugstore shelves.  There are several varieties, so I decided to try the Chia Seed one.  The long lasting dry shampoo is free of sulfates and parabens, another reason why we like it and with our warm temps just around the corner, you are sure to sweat, so this dry shampoo will buy you a few extra days in between shampooing.

*HASK Greek Yogurt Hydrating Deep Conditioner – ($3.29 at Walgreens) – And when you do return to shampooing your mane, don’t forget to take a little extra time to deep condition, especially with pool season here.  The dual conditioner formula combines Greek yogurt with fig and honey…so springy and good for your hair. Greek yogurt contains protein and calcium to help nourish and moisturize hair.  Vitamin rich fig and honey fight dryness and give hair a glossy shine, which is very nice for your spring nights out on the town.

Mani/Pedi Spring Shade Trends

*Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish – ($8.99 at Walgreens) — Sally Hansen has a bunch of pretty springy shades with the barely there color trend offered as well.  Light, natural and pastel shades like Sheer Nirvana and Re-Nude are right on for spring weddings, graduations, Easter and all the other celebrations that accompany this time of the year.

Did I miss any spring shades or trends that you love?  Share in the comments section and be sure to check out my blog at www.managedmoms.com for more beauty news and spring trends.  Happy Spring!