The Fluff Report: 2016

November 1, 2016

Getting a Glow with HydroPeptide

Hi Guys! I can't believe it's been four months since I've written a blog post. With life being so crazy, I've really decided to only chat about things I'm super excited about. A couple of months back I was invited to try the skincare line, HydroPeptide. I had never heard of it even though it's been around since 2004. You can find it high end salons, spas and medical offices or on Nordstrom online.  *If you want to get right to my review-scroll to the bottom!

For those interested in the science, HydroPeptide uses a variety of peptides at a clinical levels with regular repetition for superior anti-aging results. What is a peptide you ask? Peptides are tiny protein fragments (or small chains of amino acids) that increase cellular communication within the skin. Various types of peptides exist with a multitude of functions. Peptides help promote natural elements of healthy skin including collagen production (which helps plump the skin), and neuropeptides helps relax repetitive facial muscle contractions (which softens wrinkles). HydroPeptide® uses 62 performance-based, medical-grade peptides within their products.

HydroPeptide has won over 30 beauty awards and has been featured on The Doctors. I like to support companies that give back. HydroPeptide will donate $3 from every Eye Authority sales to charity: water. 

Since educating myself on the effects of harmful toxins found in personal care products, I always study the ingredient lists of all my products and I'm happy to report that the HydroPeptide products are free of: 

 - Gluten 
 - Artificial Fragrance
 - Parabens
 - Phenoxyethanol
 - PEG’s
 - Phthalate
 - Sulfates

I was given the On The Go Glow Set which included the exfoliating cleanser, pre-treatment toner, purifying mask, eye authority and face lift moisturizer. I couldn't believe how long these travel sizes have lasted me. I received my samples in August and have used them everyday and have only begun to run out of the face lift moisturizer. I still have about half of the toner left. I absolutely love this line! The products smell clean with a slightly fruity smell. There was a small tingle feeling when applying but it wasn't bothersome. I actually love the toner, which I never really used before. It's so refreshing and I feel like it gets rid of any residual makeup or dirt. I've had multiple compliments on how my skin is glowing since using these products! With so many skincare options out there, I am always interested in trying new products but secretly searching for something I can dedicate my skin to. Hydropeptide has won me over. I intend on buying the full size toner, eye authority and face lift. 

If you are looking for a new skincare routine-I highly recommend trying Hydropeptide and you can get 20% off the On The Go Glow set with code BBACK20A on their website: click HYDROPEPTIDE. It's $78 with 20% off and FREE SHIPPING and samples with every order! I love some free ship! 

I'd love to hear what you think of it! 

June 2, 2016

Mustard + Coral = A perfect combo with Banana Republic!


I wore this outfit for a Mother's Day dinner with my Mom. We tried out a fantastic vegan restaurant. I admit, I was hesitant. Can vegan food be tasty and flavorful? Absolutely! Like our waitress told us, just because it's vegan, doesn't mean it's low calorie! We started with some tartines-open faced sandwiches that were unbelievably delish. Our favorite was the blue cheese and candied walnut. My Mom had risotto and I had a gnocchi. Our stomachs and hearts were full. It was nice to spend some time with my Mom on a beautiful night. We walked over to this gorgeous church afterwards so she could snap some pics for my collaboration with Banana Republic! (If you are local, be sure to check out Vive Bistro!) 

Mustard and coral are two colors I never think to put together. I honestly do not own one thing in my closet that is mustard. When Banana Republic sent me this tank and sweater to style, they mentioned the pieces do NOT have to be worn together but when I coupled them-I was pleasantly surprised! I actually loved how they complimented each other. The fit of this coral tank is very forgiving with the small peplum flared bottom. I like to have a selection of cardigans in my closet and I want one in every color of this lightweight merino wool version. It comes in 14 colors and is on sale right now! It's a perfect summer sweater for those chilly nights. 

*thank you to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. 

March 31, 2016

Springtime with Banana Republic!


The beginning of Spring can be dreary in Rochester. It's probably my least favorite season so I find having something to look forward to can ease the pain of the rainy, chilly weather. My three besties and I planned a girls' weekend in Hollywood Beach, Florida for the beginning of May. I won't tell you what we'll be celebrating but it involves a milestone birthday: one that might signify we are "over the hill".  None of us ladies have been to Hollywood Beach before so I would love to hear some suggestions on where to eat, drink and play! 

I was so excited when Banana Republic asked to team up to show off some new Spring arrivals! I can tell ya when this lilac peplum lace top arrived on my doorstep , I knew right away it would be traveling to Florida with me. It literally can be paired with just about anything in my closet.  Skinny jeans, pencil skirt, high waisted shorts, or the chambray Ryan pants from BR,  his top has so much versatility. I'm in love with the beautiful lace detailing and fluttery, scalloped sleeveless edges. 

Pink and grey are two of my most loved color combinations. This fringe grey cardi has a boxy, cropped look with a great weight to it which I think is perfect as a transition piece into Spring. Fringe can be a scary trend for some but this has literally just the right amount. Such a cute detail that really takes a classic look up a notch. 

My seven year old tells me has visions. Like when we took him to a Cleveland Cavaliers game the other night, he told me he had a vision that Cleveland would have 100 points at the end of the game. Whadda ya know...Cleveland ended the game with 100 points. I too have visions. Like when I saw this choker knot necklace, I immediately envisioned it with a peplum top and you can guess where this is going....a peplum top landed in my lap. I haven't bought a choker type necklace since the 90's but I've found it can be extremely flattering for your neck, which I never knew was a thing but now that I'm headed over "that hill", I need to find things that flatter any part of my body. 

What are you searching for as a new Spring addition to your wardrobe? Pop into Banana Republic because you will definitely find a ton of cute stuff! 

“Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.”

January 11, 2016

One Word for 2016!

We've survived the first week of the New Year and getting back to work, school and the busy lives we all lead. Did you make resolutions for 2016? Have you abandoned them already? Over the years I've gone from written lists, to mental agendas to boycotting resolutions all together. Do people succeed in committing to their yearly goals? Out of curiosity, I had to Google the top 10 resolutions for 2015: 

RankTop 10 New Years resolutions for 2015
Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family

Fall in Love? Really?! Can you put that on a list  and just make it happen? It wasn't a surprise when I found out that only 8% of people actually stick to their resolutions. Back in December I was enjoying a relaxing visit to The Woodhouse Spa and as I was waiting for my treatment (which was amazing btw), I spotted a cute little book on the table. "One Word That Will Change Your Life" Catchy title. I couldn't wait to find out what that one word was. The premise was to focus on one word that can become your mantra for the year. Rather than making a list of action items that most often get forgotten by January 15th, choose a word to represent what you will concentrate on in the upcoming year. I LOVED this idea. It's incredibly tangible. Plus I thought it would be an easy concept for the boys to grasp and participate in. Each family member picked their personal word to own in 2016. After much thought, the word I chose for myself was FOCUS. When I started this blog, often times people asked how I could keep up with work, kids, family life and have time for blogging! It was a valid question and one I didn't have a good answer for other than "I have a lot of energy!" But since starting the blog, I've gone from blogging, to dreaming of opening an organic/natural skincare store, to wanting to get a degree in nutrition, to thinking of becoming a beauty supplement rep and the list goes on and on....Have a business you want to start? Talk to me about it and then I'll try and join you! My husband, bless his heart, just rolls his eyes and tries to bring me back to reality! While it's good to be a dreamer, I'm also realistic in thinking that my thoughts and dreams are just a little too all over the place. I have a great career, wonderful husband and family and tons of friends. Why not focus on the wonderful aspects of my life that I already have? This awareness led me to hunker down with my word and get busy! I plan on picking a task and actually sticking to it. As from beginning to end. What a concept! 

First up-studying for my American board of Optometry board exam on January 28th. And you know what? When I found myself looking up the new arrivals on Athleta's website, I re-envisioned my word, closed the laptop and went back to reading about contact lenses. So it's working. Want to give it a try? Find the book HERE on Amazon.  


If you decide to do this-share your word with me. I'd love to hear it!