Four Beauty Tips to Remember as your Prepare for Your Holiday Event

I shared these tips with you as part of a sponsored with Social Stars and RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. #WomenWhoROC

One of the best parts about the holidays are all the amazing parties and events. In this post, I’m giving you four beauty tips to remember that will help you get holiday ready for that upcoming event.

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Tip 1: Red  will always be my go-to lipstick color for any winter holiday event. I love the color red because when wearing it you can give off so many emotions. You could be sultry and dangerous, powerful, or festive and fun. I’ve already received invites to winter parties and so I’m testing out my red lipsticks to figure out which one I like the best. I’m torn between a deep red matte or a sparkly red with gold accents. The number one tip I always give to those wearing red lipstick for the first time is to make sure you prep your lips before wear. Start by exfoliating your lips with a sugar scrub to get all the dead skin off. Trust me red lipstick can be unforgiving in that it will show any peeling skin on the lips. Next you’ll want to use a lip balm to add moisture back to your lips. This is especially important being that lips don’t have pores or glands to replenish oil. Last, line your lips with a color slightly deeper than your lipstick and then apply your color of choice. 

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Tip 2: Besides choosing what to wear and finding the best red lipstick, I’m also trying out highlighters and bronzers. You want a bronzer that will pair well with the lipstick. For the holidays, I tend to lean more towards highlighters and bronzers that have a golden hue as I want to bring more color to my skin now that were lacking in the Sun department. 

Tip 3: Next, I go on the hunt for the perfect fragrance. As most holiday parties are in the evening I tend to lean towards fragrances that have more sultry spicy notes. Trying out different fragrances before an event will give you a better idea of what notes present as the fragrance dries down as well as how long the fragrance last. The last thing you want to do is wear a new scent only to find that it’s overpowering or that you can’t smell it at all.

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Add ROC Skincare to your Holiday Regimen || #WomenWhoROC

Tip 4: The one thing that really helps me bring my holiday event look together is my skincare. I firmly believe that a great skincare regimen creates the best foundation for putting your best foot forward, so you’ll want to really make sure to focus on your skincare at least 4 weeks before the event. Since I’m a bit older I need to do more than just wash my face, because of this I have a skincare routine for both day and night. Even though I have oily skin one of the most important parts of my skincare routine is my moisturizer. A good moisturizer does more than put back moisture it also preps your skin for everything else you’re about to put on it. Right now my moisturizer of choice is the  Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer.  As I mentioned before my skin is maturing and so I love that this moisturizer has Retinol, an ingredient that can improve the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles. This product actually has a combination of Retinol and sunscreen which blocks UVB and UVA rays with an SPF 30 protection.  I love how I’m getting so much in just one product! 

If you keep these beauty tips in mind I know you’ll be an absolute show stopper at your next party!

Dove Wants to Know, Is your Skin Ready for Winter? Plus Giveaway!

Did you know that November is National Skin Month? As we transition to the colder month, it’s important to start thinking how the colder weather will affect your skin. The lightweight lotions you used in the summer and spring won’t cut it against winter’s dry air and cold win.  This is why many are switching over to Dove Beauty Bars and Body washes as Dove is the #1 Dermatologist recommended brand!

Dove Beauty Bar and Body Washes are a great way to transition your skin into the colder weather. || @beingmelody

Dove’s Beauty Bars and Body Washes feature a range of product types that are great for all skin types. If you suffer from Dry Skin, the Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash and White Beauty Bar would be the perfect fit as they help to minimize pores and smooth flaky, dry, or, red patches. For Oily Skin Dove recommends their Exfoliating Body Wash and Body Bar. There is even a line for Sensitive Skin! The Dove Beauty Bar contains Dove signature ¼ moisturizing cream combined with DEFI technology, a unique blend of mild cleansers and moisturizers, to effectively cleanse and nourish skin.

Dove Beauty Bar and Body Washes are a great way to transition your skin into the colder weather. || @beingmelody

Dove Beauty Bar and Body Washes are a great way to transition your skin into the colder weather. || @beingmelody

The upgraded Dove Body Wash formula features the brand’s mildest formula to date. The formula has broken the body wash paradigm, allowing women and men to enjoy the rich lather they love and the mildness their skin needs. Dove Body Washes take a dual approach to the healthy looking skin by repairing and maintaining its protective layer during cleansing, leading to smoother, softer skin after one shower.

Since the Dove Body Wash is so loved, you can find the Deep Moisture and Sensitive Skin in a 34oz pump! This large size is great as it will last you moist of the winter. My husband loves to use Dove, and I love the way his skin smells after a shower

Dove Beauty Bar and Body Washes are a great way to transition your skin into the colder weather. || @beingmelody

This year I want everyone’s skin to be Winter-ready, and so I’m teaming up with Dove to give away a Dove Beauty Pack like the one featured above. Entry is simple as there are only two rules!

1.All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me some on your skin concerns for the winter. Please leave the word (entry) in your comments, so I know you’re entering the giveaway.

2. Sign up for the Being Melody Newsletter. You must confirm your subscription for the entry to count.

Giveaway ends November 30th 2015 at 11:59pm and is only open in the United States.

Eight Luxe Holiday Gift Ideas for that Glamorous Friend and Shopbop Sale!

Okay yall, so my favorite shopping site Shopbop is having another sale! This is one of my favorite sales as it gives you a percentage off based on how much you spent.  The more you spend the more you save. There will be some exclusions, but I’m not sure exactly what they will be. If they repeat what they did last year I believe they won’t be as restrictive as the last sale. So here’s the breakdown of the sale.

November 24-November 30th

Code: GoBig15

15% off of $250+

20% off of $500+

25% off of $1000+

With the sale coming up, I decided to pull some of my fave items for Luxe gifting from the site. Can we talk about how cute that French Bull Dog Bank is or how I definitely need that “Hot Stuff” Mug? The items featured below are great items that you can gift to that glamorous friend, you know the one we all have, or keep for yourself.  


Eight Luxe Gift Ideas for the Glamorous Friend found at Shopbop || @beingmelody

French Bull Dog Bank

Gift Boutique Tickle and Glass Set

Balloon Elephant Bank

Johnathan Adler Zebra Dish

Hot Stuff Stackable Mug

Kate Spade Calander 

Aurora Serving Platter and Bowl

Aurora Stripe Mug and Dessert Plate

Protecting my Skin in the Fall to Winter Transition

I wrote this article through a sponsorship with SocialStars. My opinions are my own but my need for the Curel Itch Defense Line is real.


Curel Itch Defense is a great line for fighting dry itchy skin during the winter months.

My morning routine is made up of the usual choirs like showering along with hair and makeup, but now that the weather’s changed and were transitioning from fall to winter I’ve had to add in a some new steps to make sure I’m ready for the day. With the weather becoming colder, my skin is a lot more susceptible to becoming dry and itchy. It’s not enough that I just put on any kind of lotion. The lotion I use has to be able to protect and keep my skin moisturized. This is why I’m using Curel Itch Defense line.  


Curel Itch Defense is a great line for fighting dry itchy skin during the winter months.

It’s very important to change your body wash when the season change. During the colder months, you want a body wash that is going to get you clean, but at the same time put back essential oils. This is why I start off with the Curel Itch Defense Body wash. It’s clinically proven to stop itch before it starts. It also contains moisturizing oils like Jojoba and Olive oil. 

Curel Itch Defense is a great line for fighting dry itchy skin during the winter months.

After my shower, I then make sure to apply lotion while I’m my skin is still damp. By doing this, I’m making sure that I’ve locked in the moisture. The great thing about the Curel Itch Defense lotion is that it rebalances ph levels and moisture in the skin. I use the lotion in combination with the Curel Itch Defense Moisturizing Spray. It’s my favorite thing to use for getting those hard to reach places. Both are scentless so no matter how much I use I don’t have to worry about overpowering smells and they both soothe skin irritation caused by eczema. 

Curel Itch Defense is a great line for fighting dry itchy skin during the winter months.

By using the products in the Curel Itch Defense Line, I no longer have to worry about whether or not my skin is protected against the dry and cold air.  What are you doing to protect your skin from the cold weather?

Give Custom gifts from This Holiday Season features amazing gifts for home decor.

When we first purchased our home I went a little crazy when it came to the home decor. I was constantly picking up magazines to see what was on trend and I found myself bookmarking a slew of home decor blogs because in my head I wanted my home to have a certain look. What I didn’t realize was that I should have just let my ideas marinate so that I could stay true to myself because my indecisions resulted in my husband and I painting our living room and kitchen more than once. Now that we have neutral colors throughout our entire home I’m completely focused on wall accents and other decor pieces that bring life to our walls. 

When it comes to home decor you don’t want your home to be a cookie cutter image of what’s seen in the magazine. This is why I turn to online sites liked to purchase amazing custom pieces of art made by independent artist from over 40 different countries. If you’re ordering wall art there are several sizes to choose from. You can also choose a frame that fits the style of your home or you can just order the print and fame it yourself. features amazing gifts for home decor.

When I saw this “Unique Fishy” print on I knew I had to have it. With Social media pushing certain looks and styles we often times lose focus of what it means to be ourselves. The “Be Unique” message printed with real gold foil on the print really spoke to me, as a blogger and entrepreneur it’s important to remember that the only way to really succeed is to be your authentic self.  I decided to display this photo on our entry way buffet top as the gold foil ties in with our gold holiday decor. features amazing gifts for home decor.

 If wall art isn’t your thing also features stationary and items other items for around the home like pillows, curtains and lamp shades. is also a great place to shop for unique gift ideas. This way you never have to worry about showing up with the same gift as someone else. 

Great Tips for Keeping the Home Clean When you Have Pets this Holiday Season

I love to decorate our home and have people over. The one thing I don’t like is the big clean up that goes on right before you have guest over.  We’re not those people whose house is always immaculate whenever you go to visit. Let me tell ya, our house and every single room within it is very much lived in. We do a really good clean once a week and since we have pets our clean up is a lot more intense. Dog hair seems to get everywhere, and while my husband and I are used to it our guest aren’t. We steam mop, dust, and use lint rollers to try to get up as much dog hair as possible. There is nothing worse than having a guest point out dog hair on a cushion. We’ve had that happen and while the guest could have easily looked the other way (which I’m still kinda in my feelings about) they didn’t and had my husband scrambling to get it off. So how do you pet proof your house and keep it guest friendly for the holidays?

  1. Cover chairs with blankets. A week before your expecting company go through and give your house a thorough cleaning and then put covers, blankets, or throws over all the chairs and couches. This way the day the guest are due to arrive you can pop them in the washing machine to wash off any hair that’s been picked up and then do a quick once-over with a lint roller. 
  2. Keep pets out of rooms that the guest will be in. This may be harder than normal since our pets are basically our family members and love to be anywhere we are. On the day of your gathering try to keep the pets confined to other rooms. By them a special toy or treat so  that they won’t feel like they’re being shut out.
  3. Declutter. Remove pet beds and toys from the rooms on the day of your event or gathering. Since pet beds hold hair this can cut back on any strays (no pun intended) that may make there way to unintended areas.
  4. Clean your area rugs and carpets. Vacuuming doesn’t always get out the dirt out and it does nothing for smells. Using a carpet cleaner is a great way to make sure your carpets are clean and smell fresh.  

One of the things on our list of chores is to shampoo our carpets. We actually do this monthly since our carpets get a lot of traffic and our dogs have yet to learn how to wipe their feet off after coming into the room. I usually rent a carpet cleaner from the local Home Depot, but those days are over thanks to this amazing gift from Bissell! The gift I’m speaking of is the Bissell ProHeat 2x Revolution ($199.80) which takes the hassle out of deep cleaning.

The great thing about the BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet  is that it offers multiple cleaning modes so it’s great for those days you just want to spot clean. The lightweight design and profile make it easy for maneuvering around and under furniture so there’s no excuse for missing a spot.  It also comes with BISSELL Deep Clean + Antibacterial formula, which deep cleans and controls odor-causing bacteria in carpet*, providing peace of mind and convenience.

Bissell Proheat 2x Revolution is great for keeping your carpet clean when you have pets.

If you don’t have carpets in you home you can definitely still use the Bissell Proheat on other surfaces. I would suggest using the Express Clean Mode as it will allow for the surfaces to dry easily. This is great for us since we have mostly hardwood with area rugs spread about.

Bissell Proheat 2x Revolution (2 of 3)

Bissell Proheat 2x Revolution (3 of 3)

For every purchase of the  Pet, BISSELL will donate $10 to the BISSELL Pet Foundation to help America’s homeless pets. Now that I’ve shared with you some of my house cleaning tips it’s time you shared yours.  So tell me in the comments. How do you get your house guest-ready when dealing with pets?

Five Ways to Stay out of Debt this Holiday Season.


How to Stay out of debt this holiday season. || Broke on Purpose| @BeingMelody

You know it’s that time of the year, when the air grows crisp and the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg rides upon the night’s breeze. When your inner child longs for the comfort of your family and friends and when stores bombard you with every sale known to man.Yes! Ladies and Gentlemen, I am talking about that time of the year that brings out the joy and peace to the young and old at heart, but if not carefully managed, it can bring out the dreaded anxiety and misery for those who have not prepared. If you’ve made a vow to stay out of debt this holiday season you may be feeling the pressure from all the commercials, mailers, and emails to get out there and shop until you drop. Many stores hope that the adrenaline rush shoppers receive as they scramble to try and snatch up items that are available in only limited quantities on Black Friday will cause them to continue to shop for items that may not have been on their original list. This type of in the moment shopping will lead them to spend more which in turn leads to opening up new credit cards in hopes of getting an add’l percentage off or the promise of no interest until a certain date. If you don’t want to fall victim to overspending here are some tips that will show you how to stay out of debt this holiday season.

  1. Instead of buying gifts for everyone participate in Secret Santa’s. With Secret Santa, you only have to purchase a gift for one person, and there is almost always a price limit. If you’re one of the organizers, you can easily negotiate how to much the limit is. This saves everyone in the group the anxiety of having to buy for everyone.
  2. Only shop with Cash! Going holiday shopping with a credit card is basically asking to overspend. When you swipe a credit card, you have no mental or emotional attachment to the money. Therefore, you spend more and don’t think about it until the bill comes. This holiday season try doing all your shopping with cash. When you shop knowing you only have the cash in your wallet to spend your entire thought process changes. Your desire to impulse shop will become nonexsist as you become more mentally aware of the finite amount of money you’re carrying.
  3. Don’t guilt shop! Many of us are guilty of guilt shopping. We feel that just because someone purchased a gift for us then we must reciprocate. Don’t let the generosity of others shame you into having to go outside your budget to purchase gifts for them. Many people give gifts because they want to and not because they are expecting something in return.
  4. If you’re working your debt snowball and working hard to pay off debt, don’t let the Holiday Season slow you down. Instead of spending money on gifts go the extra mile to make the holiday special by volunteering to help family members with household errands, gathering in the kitchen to cook as a family, or other simple acts of kindness. Remember, the holidays is about spending time with family and not how much you can impress with gifts.
  5. Start planning for Christmas in January. Christmas falls on the same date each and every single year yet it always amazes me how many people are unprepared for the holiday. If you’re someone who likes to be able to buy gifts each year start planning out your Christmas budget early. Saving as little as $50 a month will give you $600 to shop with come the holidays. Depending on what types of gift you’re planning to give this is more than enough money to purchase quality gifts for several recipients