Top @Sephora Beauty Gifts for Moms |#MothersDay Gift Guide by SobeSavvy.com

Disclaimer: I received complimentary product from Sephora for review, however the opinions are 100% my own. 

Mother’s Day is near and you may be wondering what to get for that special Mom in your life. Whether it’s your sister, friend, or your Mom, celebrate their beauty by giving them some top beauty gifts from Sephora. 

Sephora is my favorite place to shop for myself as well as others because it offers everything from makeup to skincare, fragrance and tools to provide solutions for anyone’s beauty needs. Plus, if you can not get to a store, you can conveniently shop online. Easy beauty is what Sephora specializes in and what every Mom can appreciate.

As a mom of a 5 year old, I have selected some of my favorites and must-try products and put together this list of ‘ Top Sephora Beauty Gifts for Moms’ . Check it out!

For the “Good with her Hands” MOM

Sephora Collection Hand Mask ($6) + Sephora Instant Nail & Cuticle Care

I love the instant nail & cuticle care so much that I keep it on my bedside table. This ensures that my nails get a treat before I go to sleep. No more dry cuticles. And because we moms use our hands alot, the hand masks hand gloves are essential to keeping our skin nourished and moisturized. 

For the “Gracefully Aging” MOM

Total Age Defy cream for eyes & lips and Total Age Defy cream SPF15 sunscreen

Since Ill be 44 this year, I started paying attention to products that minimize wrinkles. I am not anti-wrinkles, however I am pro radiant skin. This product works to support natural cell growth and boosts collagen. It absorbs quickly and has a nice moisturizing effect.

For the ” I See Everything” MOM

Mixology Eyeshadow Palette ($34) + Eyelash Curler ($16) + Sephora Collection Instant Eye makeup remover ($10)

Do you know a Mom with eyes in the back of her head? Well why not give her an eyeshadow palette to keep even her 3rd eye on fleek. LOL. Seriously, this is a fun gift for anyone who likes to create their own unique look. It has 18 colors: 9 matte, 9 shimmer that you can mix into endless combos. Add an eyelash curler and makeup remover and you have a eye-catching gift set! 

For the “Clean Freak” MOM

Clean Up Nice  ($15) + Color Switch Brush Cleaner ($18) + Sephora Collection makeup brushes

Sephora is known for their pro brushes and accessories. You can’t go wrong by gifting these because they are not only soft to the skin but effective in applying makeup. Pair these with proper cleaning products and your clean freak Mom will be pleased. Especially with the innovative Color Switch Brush cleaner which is a dry makeup removing sponge that allows you to switch colors without having to switch brushes! 

For the “Love the Skin Your In” Mom

Sephora Collection Gentle Melting Body Scrub ($18)

I love bath products that are nourishing to the skin. A good body scrub paired with a scented candle can turn your Mom’s next shower into a mini spa day. This gentle Melting Body Scrub from Sephora left my skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s not too abrasive and has a wonderful fresh scent. 

For the ‘Variety is the Spice of Life’ MOM

Sephora Collection Ready in 5 Face Brush Set ($25) + Sephora Collection Eyebrow Editor ($19) + Brow Highlighting Gel ( $12) + Wild Bunch Sponge set ($16)

Get a pretty box and gather up a variety of products that any Mom can use. Like the Ready in 5 Face brush set, perfect for Moms on the go and compact enough to fit in her purse. Speaking of compact, the Wild Bunch sponge set comes with 4 mini sponges that are perfect for blending concealer and foundation. And lastly, don’t forget the brow essentials like an eyebrow editor kit and highlighting gel. Both can be used to define brows and allows Mom to put her best face forward!

For the “Alicia Keys No Makeup” Mom

Sephora Collection Oil in Foam cleanser ($16) + Detoxifying foam cleanser ($16)

When Alicia Keys announced her no makeup beauty routine, many decided to follow suit and give their makeup the boot. Because Sephora offers more than just makeup, you can find skincare products suitable for everyone. You don’t have to wear makeup to shop Sephora. But if you do wear makeup,  you want to buy a cleanser that will clean your skin thoroughly and not leave it feeling dry. The Sephora Collection of cleansers gently removes makeup, impurites and is enriched with vitamins to nourish skin.

There’s still time to get to Sephora ASAP for that special gift for Mom or go to http://www.Sephora.com 

Happy Shopping!

Hey #Raleigh ~Order these delicious #CincodeMayo Cupcakes TODAY from @HCakesbyTanya 

All images taken by Darius Davis

On Tuesday, I shared ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo at home, which included some drink recipes to serve your guests. However, I forgot one important thing that makes every party, event, gathering memorable ~ DESSERT. Not just any dessert, but cupcakes. This Cinco de Mayo, consider treating yourself and your guests to 2 delicious tequila infused treats made by a baker here in Raleigh, NC!

Heavenly Cakes By Tanya – has released these two Cinco de Mayo inspired cupcakes:

  • Cinco de Mayo-Rita (vanilla flavored infused with lime & tequila, brushed with tequila, topped with lime & tequila buttercream frosting)

    • Tequila Sunrise (orange juice, grenadine & tequila flavored cupcake topped with an orange, cherry and tequila buttercream frosting)

    My husband and I both enjoyed these moist and delicious cupcakes. They were indeed heavenly! I could not believe how the cupcakr tasted so close to a margarita and a tequila sunrise, 2 of my favorite cocktails! I enjoyed the fresh ingredients she used to make the cupcakes as well as the clever ways she chose to decorate them. I can bot wait to have my guests try these at my Cinco de Mato party. These cupcakes are available $2.50 for a single and $28 for a dozen. Custom Cakes and Deserts are also her speciality and will cater for your event. Don’t delay, get your orders in today and let them know SobeSavvy.com sent you!

    Heavenly Cakes by Tanya 3101 Bellenden Pl                        Raleigh, N.C. 27604

    Tanya P Davis|Owner 919-607-4406 HCakesbyTanya@gmail.com

    Be sure to follow Heavenly Cakes by Tanya at : http://www.HCakesByTanya.com

    Social Media

    Instagram: @HCakesByTanya

    Twitter: @HCakesByTanya

    Facebook: @HCakesByTanya

    Pinterest: @HCakesByTanya

    Please share with family and friends in the Triangle and Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

    SobeSavvy Tip: If you’re going to the Raleigh Food + Wine Festival on Sunday May 21st, Heavenly Cakes By Tanya will be sampling treats!

    Join @GildenOnline #EspirtdeShe 5k/10K Race #CaryNC on 5/13 + #EDSCary Registration Discount Code

    Today’s #WellnessWednesday share is for ladies only. Ever wanted to participate in a 5K or 10K that celebrates all women? Well now’s your chance to register for the 5th annual Gildan Esprit de She Cary 5K/10K run happening May 13, 2017! 

    This race draws inspirational female runners–including a two-time heart attack survivor, a woman running with her twin sister to come back after pneumonia, an amputee, and many others. In fact, since it’s the day before Mother’s Day, many moms and daughters have participated, including one mom running with her 5-year-old, and three best friends running with their three 15–year–olds. Here are the details:

    Gildan Esprit De She – The Spirit of Her Race
    Series – returns to Cary, NC 
    for 5th annual 5K/10K run 

    Registration open
    for nation’s premiere fitness event series for women, 
    hosted at Koka
    Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 13

     Inside of every woman – no matter what
    age – lies the spirit of courage, determination, strength, fearlessness and
    power – you just have to let her out. As the nation’s premier designer event
    series for women, there is a race for every pace and passion. And, you’re
    invited to
    Gildan
    Esprit de She 5K/10K
    Cary presented by Burt’s Bees, happening May 13, 2017 from 7am-noon
    at the
    Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    just 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh.

    From fashionable freebies to the signature
    Bubbly Bar, treat yourself to a designer experience celebrating
    the spirit of her in the company of
    truly inspirational women.

    It’s a morning that includes a designer race
    experience, high value participant gear, Lifestyle Market including the post-race
    Bubbly Bar and more!
    Whether
    getting in shape, setting a good example for your kids, or challenging yourself
    to reach a new personal best–r
    unners,
    joggers and walkers, you won’t want to miss Gildan Esprit de She presented by Burt’s Bees Cary, NC.

    This event begins with a timed 5K or 10K run and ends
    with a post-race lifestyle market of festive proportions. Participants salute
    their success with a drink at our signature Bubbly Bar and enjoy healthy eats
    and energetic live music while enjoying the popular Beauty Bar powered by
    LifeSpa and the many experiences brought to life by our event partners.

    Produced by LifeTime Fitness, Gildan Esprit
    de She presented by Burt’s Bees is teaming up with top national brands to give
    participants an unforgettable race experience. The generous support of title
    sponsor Gildan, presenting sponsor Burt’s Bees, and sponsors J. R. Watkins,
    Lorissa’s Kitchen, Experience Life!, Athlinks, LifeSpa and Gatorade Endurance
    make this event possible. In addition, charity partner, Girls on the Run of the
    Triangle, will be participating in the event and collecting donations.

    To
    register: 

    http://espritdeshe.com/cary-nc/register/

    Cost per registrant ranges from $25-$45
    per person depending on race

     About Gildan Esprit de She – The Spirit
    of Her Event Series: 
    Gildan Esprit
    de She – The Spirit of Her Event Series is the nation’s premier designer event
    series for women offering a race and fitness event for every pace and passion.
    Hosting events in 10 cities across the United States, Gildan Esprit de She
    hosts 5K/10K fitness-inspired “happy hour” runs, weekend runs, Triathlons
    Duathlons and in-club fitness lifestyle celebrations, all with the signature
    Gildan Esprit de She Lifestyle Market. Owned and operated by Life Time
    SM
    – Healthy Way of Life, the series was founded in 2013 and is currently in its
    fifth event season.

    Social Media:

    https://www.facebook.com/EspritdeShe/

    https://twitter.com/EspritdeShe

    https://www.instagram.com/espritdeshe/

    Snapchat UN:
    espritdeshe

    Hashtags:
    #EspritdeShe and #EDSCary

     

    SOBESAVVY TIP: For those of you who want to join in, I am providing my readers with a discount code to use. Register NOW and get $5 off  when you enter this code: SavvyCaryGEDS17 

    If I didn’t have a Mother’s Day weekend getaway planned, I would have enjoyed this. Please have fun and run for me ladies! I am there in spirit. 

    Thanks for reading and feel free to share the discount registration code!


    Celebrate #CincodeMayo with these Drink Recipes from #TequilaCorralejo @corralejo_mx

    ​Disclaimer: SobeSavvy.com received samples for editorial review, however the opinions are 100% my own. 

    Photo Credit: SobeSavvy.com

    Today may be Taco Tuesday, but in T minus 3 days the mother of all Mexican
    Holidays is upon us…Cinco De Mayo! My favorite way to celebrate is by hosting
    my own festive party at home. It’s simple, you just need: 

    • Mexican Food (set up a taco bar with a variety of
      tortillas, toppings and healthy proteins like chicken, shrimp, fish)  
    • Casual ,Colorful Decor (Colorful paper lanterns, fresh flowers, mexican
      blankets all create a laid-back and fun vibe)
    • Music (we stream our favorite party inspired playlist thru Spotify)
    •  Drinks (have a self serve bar with cold beer, and non-alcohoic
      options like juice and water but also WOW your guest with a featured
      cocktail or two)

    This year, I plan to serve tequila cocktails featuring
    Tequila Corralejo®, using their Blanco and Reposado expressions. If you never heard of this award-winning line of premium tequila, marketed by Infinium Spirits, it’s because it is one of the best-kept secrets in the tequila-industry. So I am so excited to share about this brand and offer you some drink recipes to make at your own Cinco De Mayo Party!

    Corralejo, which is already a top 10 Tequila in America was established in 1775 in the Mexican State of Guanajuato by Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle. They use the ultra traditional methods of fermentation and double distillation with clay ovens used to cook the agave plant {which resembles a weird pineapple!} They use huge copper pot stills for the distillation.

    Their Blanco is bottled directly from these copper stills. I love love the shape of the bottle. Slender and elegant. It fits Corralejo’s brand messaging: “Those With Pride Stand Tall”. All of Corralejo’s bottles are produced at a glass factory also owned by Moreno, a few miles away from the distillery. In fact, the brand is one of a handful of tequila companies granted the right to produce tequila outside of Jalisco.

    Hubby played bartender and I played customer {perfect right ?} He always says when trying a new tequila you should always stick to a simple classic the first time to truly taste it. He made a classic top shelf Margarita: Corralejo Blanco, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and if you like simple syrup. Shake and pour in a highball glass. This allowed their blanco to truly shine.

    Next up was what he called a cucumber margarita.Follow above recipe but substitute Cointreau with Grand Marnier and add cucumbers to top it off. The cucumber infuse a fresh taste throughout the cocktail {and also look super cute in the drink}.Rim with sugar or salt.

    Their Reposado is aged 4 mos in 3 different types of oak barrels and is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks. This allows you to taste it’s complexity in it’s full glory. This splendid reposado was a double Gold Medal in 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

    For more information on this spectacular Tequila, please visit http://tequilacorralejo.mx/

    Beauty|Enjoy some #SelfCare for your Hair from @MacadamiaHair @ColorProofHair ! #SelfCareSaturday

    With the recent news of Shea Moisture’s controversial ad, many of the brand’s customers have ditched their products for new options for their hair. I personally stopped using them prior to their campaign because it no longer worked for my daughter or my hair texture. In my quest to try something new, I wanted to share 2 brands for your hair as my #SelfCareSaturday review.
    In my past posts, I have shared why weekends are my time for self-care. As a mom and wife, its something of a balancing act to make sure I take care of me while taking care of the household. Saturdays are the perfect moment to put on a fave facial mask, do my nails, meditate, and treat my hair and scalp to some additional care.

    Recently I learned of 2 amazing brands for hair care: ​ColorProof a vegan line of styling and care products, and Macadamia Professional, a professional line of styling and care products that are infused with a Pro Oil Complex, a unique blend of Macadamia and Argan Oils. Here are the deets:

    Macadamia Professional Ultra Moisture Shampoo + Conditioner ($22.00/each; Ulta/Ulta.com): Ideal for coarser hair textures, the Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo provides intense hydration to the hair and scalp. It contains the exclusive Pro Oil Complex of Macadamia and Argan Oils to help strengthen and repair, while richer Mongongo Oil provides superior hydration, frizz control and helps to support the natural curl pattern and/or texture of the hair.

    Ultra-Rich Moisture Conditioner is a luxe formula ideal for coarser to coiled hair textures. It contains the exclusive Pro Oil Complex of Macadamia and Argan Oils to help strengthen and repair, while richer Mongongo Oil provides superior hydration, frizz control and helps to support the natural curl pattern and/or texture of the hair. Silk Amino Acids plus a blend of Vitamins A, C and E strengthen and improve elasticity.

    Macadamia Professional Ultra Riche Moisture Masque ($36.00; Ulta/Ulta.com): Infuse coarse or coiled textured hair with an instant moisture boost. This hair masque provides nourishment to dry, damaged hair and strengthens the individual hair strands to help repair and defend against future damage. Hydration is locked in and hair is left healthy, shiny and restored.

    *I wanted to show you the consistency of the hair masque. It has a nice feel and smell to it. And like the label says, my hair felt “Ultra Rich” after using it along with the shampoo and conditioner.

    ColorProof PureRelease® Instant Detangle ($27, ColorProof.com): Instantly detangle, repair, nourish and reduce breakage like never before possible. This high performance, 100% vegan, leave-in spray keeps hair manageable and tangle-free while breakthrough technology extends the life of your color and protects hair from heat damage. It’s like wearing a sunhat for your hair.

    Superplump® Blow Dry Thickening Spray ($28, ColorProof.com) : Vamp up fine hair with this heat-activated, miracle body builder that weightlessly plumps each strand to expand volume and density while smoothing for touchably soft, noticeably thicker hair with maximum color and heat protection. Thicker. Fuller. Stronger.

    • Hydrolyzed Corn Starch grips to hair fibers to plump each strand while expanding volume and density
    • Hydrolyzed Jojoba and Pea Proteins strengthen and heal from within while smoothing and protecting against breakage
    • AquaFlex™ Polymer thickens and adds volume with long-lasting soft hold and style memory
    • Proprietary FlexShield Technology shrink wraps hair for ultimate protection against heat damage up to 450°
    • Advanced ColorLast System™ provides unsurpassed color and heat protection

    *I am most impressed that this product is 100 percent vegan.  I am currently not putting any heat on my hair but my neighbor who is currently wearing a blow out style said she is excited to try these and impressed with the ingredients.

    If you know anyone who is looking to add some self-care to their hair care routine, feel free to share this post! Thanks for reading. 

    What self-care hair care routine do you do and what products do you use? Let me know in the comments below.

    #outandaboutAva Celebrates National Poetry Month + April News from @American_Girl #NPM17 #Poetry

    Hey American Girl Doll fans….

    • Roses are Red,                                  
    • Violets are Blue,                 
    • SobeSavvy.com                                 
    • has exciting news for YOU! 

    April is National Poetry Month, and to help celebrate American Girl is debuting a series of Gabriela-inspired videos, featuring real girls who use their passion of spoken word to let their voices be heard, while encouraging girls how to get started if they’ve never created spoken word poetry before.

    In February, I shared a fun blog feature about #outandaboutAva and her new doll, the 2017 Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride

     In case you missed it, here is a quick update on Gabriela:

    ·        Gabriela expresses herself through spoken word poetry. To help celebrate National Poetry Month (April), 

    ·         To connect boys and girls with Gabriela’s inspiring message and bring awareness of the strength in poetry, American Girl has partnered with Scholastic to create and distribute Express Yourself , a custom curriculum program that teaches 3rd-5th grade students how to use poetry as a tool for self-expression. The program features a poetry contest for students that will run throughout the month of April.

    After watching the videos, my daughter was inspired to get out a pencil and paper to write her very own poem called “Math” because she loves numbers.  I guess her and Gabriela will be doing a little spoken word performance after dinner!

    One plus Two…..I Love You

    I have more exciting news for American Girl fans. American Girl will be launching Z Yang on April 27!

    “Z” (short for Suzie) is Korean American and the latest character to join this series of contemporary characters, representing more diverse backgrounds, creative interests, and experiences for girls today.  As part of “More Characters To Love,” Z Yang will join Gabriela McBride, Tenney Grant and Logan Everett as AG newest doll in 2017. 

    To celebrate Z’s launch, AG is hosting Z debut events at its retail locations nationwide the weekend of April 28. And on May 6, American Girl’s stores in NYC, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, and DC will host meet-up events to introduce fans to real girls who, like Z, have gained popularity and a strong online following based on their creative passion for photography and stop motion videos. They are:

     

    o   NYC: Basilmentos https://www.youtube.com/user/basilmentos

    o   Chicago: AGSmiless https://www.youtube.com/user/AGsmiless

    o   Seattle: FiveHensandaCockatiel https://www.instagram.com/5hensandacockatiel/

    o   Dallas: Mixie Pixie https://www.youtube.com/user/mixiepixie7

    o   DC: FiveDollStars https://www.youtube.com/user/FiveDollStars

     

     

    For more information, go to www.AmericanGirl.com

    Remember Create, Dream BIG, and Celebrate your Inner Star!

    In honor of National Poetry Month, feel free to drop a poem below in the comments. You never know who you might Inspire! 

    #Raleigh, Plan your Mothers Day Brunch NOW @Seasons52 @shopcrabtree #Seasons52 #SundayBrunch 


    This past Sunday, although rainy outside, my family and I found sunshine and the flavors of Spring inside Seasons 52. Located at Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall, SobeSavvy.com was invited to review their Sunday Brunch menu. Disclaimer: My husband and daughter joined me for this complimentary dine, however the opinions are our own.

    Since we arrived after 12pm, we thought we’d start off trying their “Brunch Sips” Seasons 52 is well known to be a top notch spot for creative craft cocktails, so we were not surprised by how refresing their Sangria is..(yes it is as good as it looks)

    …and how unique their Bellinis are. He ordered the white peach and I tried the rasberry Bellini for the first time. It was really good. Cheers!

    Our daughter had her own kid’s brunch menu to review. Take a look at all these tasty choices for children under 12!

    I am glad she chose the Brick Oven Brioche French Toast because that meant we could taste as well. She opted to have the pecans on the side and even ordered extra as those brown sugar pecans were so good, so addictive!

    Before our brunch entrees came out, the Chef sent out an amuse bouche of their housemade orange marmalade, greek yogurt mousse with granola. It’s available also a mini starter and a great way to get your tastebuds ready for more amazing flavors.

    On the Sunday Brunch Menu, there’s an array of creative entrees suited for anyone. Whether you choose sweet or savory, breakfast fare or lunch, Seasons 52 has one of the best gourmet menus that is very health conscious. I like how they actually list the calorie content of their dishes. Its good to know that the dishes we had not only taste good, but were good for us too! Here’s what we ate at Seasons 52 during their Sunday Brunch.

    STARTERS

    Hi my name is Leslie and I love Shrimp & Grits. So when I saw this listed on the menu, I knew I had to order it. I was not disappointed. The combination of cheesy grits, chorizo sausage and large shrimp were amazing! Warning it is not a shareable if you really love shrimp and grits. You are gonna want it all to yourself!

    If you are looking for a shareable try the Meditteranean Hummus …Duck Lollipops (my least fave of the 3 only because it is a bit too gamey for me)

    …or one of their flatbreads.  Lox on bagel lovers should definitely order the Smoked Salmon Flatbread. Our server Amy advised that it was one of her favorites and I really enjoyed Seasons 52 remix of this classic dish.


    ENTREES

    Even though Sunday Brunch starts at 10 am and ends at 1pm, dishes from the regular menu are available to order. My foodie family loves variety and Seasons 52 definitely serves up an array of “whats good now” emphasizing on fresh, seasonal ingredients. We tried two of their recommended egg based dishes. First up was their S52 Eggs Benedict. They put a new twist on this classic dish by replacing the traditional ham/canadian bacon with..wait for it..poached lobster ! Yup, it tasted BETTER than it sounds!!

    Next we tried a beautiful dish served in a  ceramic dish called ShakShuka . This is a arabic middle eastern breakfast recipe of  of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, spiced with cumin. They added chorizo and feta cheese. It was so flavorful and just such a pretty dish to look at {prior to eating it !}

    Seafood lovers must try the seabass. Mine was cooked to perfection. It’s served on “Forbidden Rice”  which I had for the first time. I don’t forbid you in trying this sticky black rice at all. It went well with snap peas and other asian flavors used to prepare this entree. Absolutely loved it!

    Another fave dish that all of us enjoyed is the Lamb Chops. You get a nice sized rack of lamb that my daughter called the rack of love because she loved the lamb chops. We all agreed that it was tender, well seasoned and simply delicious. Just check out the pic below that I shared along w/others via InstaStories on my IG @SobeSavvy

    DESSERT

    We were full but still had room for dessert. They serve dessert in shot glass sized portions. Little glasses of heaven. Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, Red Velvet Cake..got your attention yet. Pick your favorite. All made in house daily. Incredible ending to an incredible brunch experience.

    SobeSavvy Tip: At some of their locations, they have a secret cocktail that is not advertised, nor is it on any menu but can be made upon request. But here in Raleigh, it is listed and goes by the name “Botanical Buzz”. We tried it and I will say its for the bold and not the faint of heart. After enjoying it, join the fun by sharing your reaction on Twitter and Instagram using #BotanicalBuzz

    Still looking for a unique place to take mom on Mothers Day then look no more. Seasons 52 is the kind of place any mom would love to spend time at on her special day. Make reservations now to reserve your spot.

    Seasons 52
    4325 Glenwood Avenue
    Crabtree Valley Mall
    Raleigh, NC 27612