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How do you indulge?

After a long hard day I have my own special way to relax. Rushing around to get the kids in bed, and finish up my chores is a little easier knowing I have something special waiting for me. I am hooked on Kraft’s PHILADELPHIA INDULGENCE SPREAD, a new chocolate spread, truly the perfect way to end my day.

PHILADELPHIA INDULGENCE SPREAD comes in white, dark and milk chocolate but my favorite has to be the dark.  Beyond just eating it with a spoon I love to spread it on a graham cracker and top with fresh berries. A great weekend snack my kids love to use PHILADELPHIA INDULGENCE SPREAD on mini cupcakes as frosting. A must have treat to keep on hand anytime I want to INDULGE!

Kraft Philadelphia Indulgence is an amazing blend of rich cream cheese and decadent chocolate, creating a delicious spread to have with your favorite fruit, salty bite, or even by itself! With so many options to pair it with, you can be sure to indulge in all of your favorite snacks!

Philadelphia Indulgence, is available in 8-ounce tubs or cartons with 1.25oz tubs and, is available in grocery stores nationwide.

Real Chocolate blended with rich, creamy PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread.

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Kraft via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kraft.”

Simply your life!

Parenting three young children is one of  the greatest joys of my life, but it can, at times, also been the greatest challenge. You learn on the fly in parenting and one of the most important things is how to simplify your daily routine. Here are a few of my stress relieving tips that help me make it through the week.

Prep The Night Before:  I set up the kids outfits, breakfast, and vitamins the night before so getting out the door is a snap. When I am cleaning up after dinner I throw together my daughters school lunch.

Chore Chart: We have a chore chart on the fridge with the kids daily tasks so they can see what they need to do and check it off as they go. Chores can be age appropriate, something as simple as a preschooler picking up their toys and going to bed on time.

Ask For Help: Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and loved ones for help when you need it. Whether it be advice or just a chance to grocery shop without your whole crew in tow. Trading babysitting and small favors between friends can really lessen the load.

Family Calendar: You can’t remember everything. Make lists and use your calendar! It helps keep both parents in the loop and will reduce over-scheduling.

Find Your Happy Place: Even with planning life can still feel overwhelming at times. Find that place that makes you happy  and find ways to schedule in regular visits. My happy place? The beach. I can go just look out at the ocean and the daily stress of life seems worlds away. My kids love the coast too, and its become a special place for my whole family.

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“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sprint via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sprint.”

Are you sabotaging your skin?

Is your daily routine taking its toll on your skin? A couple missteps can actually make you look older! Are you buying into old wives tales – that actually don’t actually work? What are the most common skin myths out there? Make Her Up is going to try and weed through some of the junk – and debunk some of those skincare myths!

As you get older, make sure you’re using the appropriate moisturizer!

Moisturizing your face is an important part of a healthy skincare routine. But using the same product you did in your 20s won’t cut it in your 40s and beyond. As you age, your skin dries out and your body secretes less oil. To keep your skin looking radiant, upgrade to a hydrating cream with antioxidants and an SPF of at least 15. Antioxidants will help reduce wrinkles at night and SPF will guard against the sun’s rays.

Don’t re-use your washcloth or loofa! 

Bacteria can build up and cause breakouts and other skin issues!

Never use bar soap on your face!

It can overdry delicate facial skin with detergent soaps, toners, and over exfoliation.

Watch the expiration dates on your beauty products!

Beauty and skincare products do go bad. Efficacy of products can decrease, especially with SPF. As soon as you open a product, some ingredients will start to oxidize and degrade. And every time you touch a product you transfer germs!

Buy the right products for YOUR skin! 

Dry Skin: Look for products that add moisture and contain hydrating ingredients (i.e. milky or cream cleansers as opposed to foaming ones; hydrating toners, and moisture-boosting lotion/creams – possibly thicker or richer ones. Ingredients like Q-10, ascorbic acid, hylauronic acid, retinol…) Exfoliating and using a moisturizing mask is also important!

Oily Skin: Look for products that help remove excess oil and calm the over production of sebum (i.e. foaming cleansers; pH balancing toners with a gentle astringent, and mattifying/skin evening lighter lotions. Ingredients like thermal water, tea tree oil, xinc oxide, oil free cosmetics and skincare. Clarifying masks are great for oily skin (esp ones containing clay)! Don’t over dry skin though with overwashing or harshly drying chemicals – many people with oily skin make that mistake.

Combination Skin: Look for products that add adequate moisture (especially during dry seasons) and also are non-greasy or overly rich (i.e. gel cleansers, gentle toner, and moisturizer tailored to the season (i.e. lighter for summer, richer for winter).
Sensitive Skin: Be very careful with this skin type, look for products that contain natural ingredients.  Also note, sensitive skin may also be oily, combination or dry, so know your type!

Don’t rely on your makeup for SPF protection!

Think you’re safe from the sun’s rays because your powder or liquid base has an SPF? Think again. For the SPF in a foundation to be effective, you’d have to slather it on as much as you would a normal sunscreen. Instead, use a face cream with sunscreen underneath your makeup. Let sit a good five minutes and then apply your concealer or foundation. No need to break the bank for sunscreen either.

While we’re talking about sun, another important element in skin care is limiting your exposure to the sun and harmful UV rays. “Eighty percent of premature aging is due to sun damage,” says skin care expert Rand Rusher.

Clean those makeup brushes!

Admit it: You’ve probably been applying your makeup with brushes that haven’t been cleaned in a while. Maybe you powder your nose and then place the puff back directly on to your pressed powder. Look out! Over time, you may be building up harmful bacteria that can lead to acne or eye infections. Be diligent about cleaning your brushes and using fresh applicators. Replace that mascara about every two to three months. (Go here for a great video to show you how to clean your brushes!)

Your cell phone wipes bacteria all over your face!

What does your cell phone have to do with your skin? More than you would think. “We put them everywhere, then pick them up and touch our face,” says  Rusher. He recommends washing your hands frequently and wiping down your phone with wipes to keep what goes near your face as clean as possible.

BONUS: Want a natural face mask recipe?

*Use a sponge towel and cut out holes for your eyes, nose and mouth*

PURE VITAMIN E GEL (1/4 Cup)
Olive Oil (1 tablespoon)
Lemon Juice (1 teaspoon)
Turmeric Powder (1 tablespoon)

*FOR BETTER RESULTS USE A WARM FACE CLOTH ON YOUR SKIN FIRST TO OPEN PORES

Mix ingredients together in a bowl, and use a foundation brush or a paint brush to BRUSH the mixture onto the SPONGE TOWEL, place the SPONGE TOWEL on your face for 20 minutes.  DO this every 2 weeks for glowing radiant skin!


Natural Makeup Look With the Help of COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm!

I (Jocelyn) am not a huge fan of heavy makeup. Very rarely will I put a lot of eye makeup on. If I do – I’m going out with the girls, or out on the town with my husband. Other than that, I opt for a more natural look. One thing I’m NEVER a huge fan of, is lipstick. For me, I just don’t like the feel of it on my lips. I know Erin likes lipstick, but she has much better lips than I do! (Time to try lip injections? I kid, I kid.)

When we were asked to go out and purchase a COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm to review, I knew I was the one for the job. I picked two shades. First I grabbed “Grenache, Grenache”, #235. I love it! It’s a shimmery – mauve color. Slightly darker than my lips. Second, I picked “Clay Argile”, #260, which is pictured below. I am in LOVE with this color. It’s a beautiful pinkish/pearly color that looks very natural. My husband took this picture of me (above) wearing it. It’s natural and beautiful, and I love it! It completes my natural makeup look beautifully.

What I did for my makeup here, was started with a shadow primer. Then I topped it with a baby pink eyeshadow – all over my eyelid. Then, using a eyeliner brush I applied rose colored eyeshadow along my lashes – as an eyeliner. I lightly blended the two colors in, and finished it off with a coat of black mascara. I then chose COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in the shade “Clay Argile” or #260 (see below). I think it all goes together really well!  I think it’s a really beautiful way to wear your makeup this spring!

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Get the sheer color and shine of a gloss with the soft, lightweight feel of SPF 15 balm. Fortified with mango and shea butter, this feel-good formula leaves your lips feeling decadent and delicious. I love that this balm feels so smooth on my lips. It’s so nice feeling, I’m going to have to pick up more colors!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of COVERGIRL.