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How to Be a Real & True Friend

Written: Thursday, October 20th, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

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A few nights ago I spent hours on the phone with a friend I haven’t’ spoken to in months. We used to be quite close in earlier years, hanging out and socializing a couple times per week. After University, life began to unfold for both of us and we ended up in separate parts of the country. As time went on we communicated less and less, not intentionally, but just due to circumstance I guess. The conversation was wonderful as we shared stories, gave each other updates on our current situations, talked about the kids and reminisced over our past adventures, which seems so long ago. As we spoke I began to realize that I missed her – dearly. Why had we drifted so far apart when we live in the age of instant connections and advanced communications? How hard was it to just call and catch up? I realized that we can be great friends again, despite the distance, if we choose to make the effort. Geography doesn’t make a difference on how we are able to share pieces of our lives with one another, whenever we so choose.

I then began thinking about close neighbours and even family members who I’ve lost touch with, needlessly. How hard is it to find a few moments to connect with someone who brings you much joy and enriches your life in some way? Are we losing touch on how to truly connect with one another? Or are we just too busy to find the time to make for these nurturing encounters? Perhaps we have become too distracted with all the technology and consumed by selfish fulfilment rather than reaching out to maintain and nurture truly, meaningful connections.

Everyone needs meaningful connections with others. That is a basic human necessity. So I’ve complied some ways on how YOU can be a real and true friend for those you truly value in your life:

Real Friendship Qualities

  • Always be there, even in silence.
  • A true friend is someone who always listens, no matter how busy they are.
  • Have their back, and tell them that – often.
  • Support their decisions, actions, thoughts and achievements as if it were your own.
  • Don’t hold grudges over petty disagreements.
  • Don’t let your own stuff get in the way.
  • Be loyal and forgive.
  • Share your heartfelt feeling and truths with them.
  • Love them.
  • Be fun and light.
  • LAUGH together.
  • Cry together.
  • Stand together.
  • Try to understand their situation, even if you are having a hard time with it.
  • Go the extra mile when they ask for help.
  • Don’t give up on them during their darkest hours.
  • Make them feel wanted.
  • Make sure they are okay the moment you sense something is wrong.
  • Be a giver, not a taker.
  • Appreciate and embrace their differences.
  • Be you, and let them be them.

If you read over this list and found most qualities in your current friendships/relationship than you are an amazing friend! Many people do not have the blessings of someone in their life who is truly good for them. If you are a good friend – kudos to you! Here is a fun suggestion for you and your friends to try:

At Home Beauty (Mis)Treatment

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Get a bottle of wine (or three), some good food, a funny movie and make an evening together. Set the date so you don’t get caught up in something else. Spend the evening like the good old days painting nails, styling your hair, cooking, going for a dip in the pool, applying face masks and chatting with one another. You could try a fantastic up-do you’ve been dying to experiment with or a new hair color. Anything is possible but try and keep it unique and different from your usual routines.

Try these fantastic ‘twisted’ hairstyle tutorials on each other. Have someEquate Extra Firm Hairspray, $2.74 at, on hand and a good shampoo/conditioner in case the hairstyles don’t work out – ha! We love CVS Keratin Straightening Shampoo & Conditioner available on for $5.99 to help tame the wild ones.

You could also try a new makeup technique like this Easy Cat Eye Tutorial. I don’t know about you but my attempts at cat eyes never goes well. I’m sure at the end of your evening together you’ll be a perfect Frankenstein-like mess of underwhelming curls and exaggerated Angelina Jolie lips! So keep Equate Beauty Mild Liquid Facial Soap ($7.96 on on hand in every bathroom of your house to erase any proof of the evening.

Hopefully this has inspired you to reach out to an old friend or even a new one, to keep that flame alive. If they are worth the effort, make it! For more beauty tips & tricks visit The Savvy Beauty

Summer to Winter Routine || The Savvy Beauty

Written: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties!

Here’s how to transition from your warm weather beauty routine to a cold weather one. Enjoy!

Products mentioned:

CVS Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Conditioner

CVS Pharmacy Coconut Milk Moisturizing Conditioner

RITE AID Renewal Bright Skin Daily Face Scrub

Rite Aid Renewal Daily Moisturizer, Sensitive Skin, with SPF 50

-Rite Aid Renewal Advanced Healing Body Lotion

DG Body Apricot Scrub

– Family Dollar Baby Oil Gel

DIY: All Things Halloween

Written: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 @ 2:46 am

This is one of the best holidays all year. Not only can you indulge in all your favorite treats but you can make yourself into anything you want to be! Anything goes from cute & sassy, to scary or downright frightening. This is the time of year to truly let loose and have fun with awesome costume, decoration, food and makeup ideas. Some people take this very seriously and turn their home into a walk-through haunted house. There is always that one neighbor where ALL the kids go to get a truly fantastic Halloween experience before the ghostly night is over. We were never that house BUT we always drove past it in the days leading up to the big night to see just what they were planning. It was truly a work of art. Here are some fantastic Halloween ideas you can add to your holiday this year to make is a little spookier.

Delicious Jello Worms

This is so cool! The kids will love it and just about everyone at your party. It is simple to make and looks terribly disgusting among the many other horror-d’oeuvres you have lined up.


  • 2 packs (3 oz) Raspberry jello
  • 1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 15 drops green food coloring
  • 100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
  • Tall container (1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk)

How To Make It:

  1. Combine gelatin in bowl and add boiling water.
  2. Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food coloring.
  3. Gather your straws (don’t forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It’s important that the straws have a tight fit so the jello stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 liter carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container.
  4. Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm.
  5. There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

There you have it! Icky jello worms ready for the party!

Floating Witch Hats

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Materials Required:

  • Inexpensive witch hats (dollar store)
  • Fishing Line
  • Long Needle
  • LED Light Sticks or Battery Powered Tea Lights
  • Large Safety Pins
  • Outdoor Command Hooks for Lights

How to Make It:

  1. Figure out where you would like to hang the witch hats. Porch, walkway, Eaves trough? Attach one command hook to the ceiling in each spot. Let the hooks set for 15-30 minutes.
  2. String about 3 feet of fishing line into the needle. Feed the needle through the OUTSIDE point of the witch hat, bringing the line INTO the hat. Do not pull on the line, leave it on the outside of the hat.
  3. Remove the needle (on the inside of the hat) and tie the fishing line around a safety pin.
  4. Use the safety pin to attach the light stick. It should have some type of rope or tether, if not, tie the line tightly around the light stick or the battery tea light wick. Ensure the light is lightweight when you buy it.
  5. Now tie a loop at the end of the fishing line (at whatever predetermined height you want the hat to be) and attach to your command hook. That’s it!


Witches Potion or Brew

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Materials Required:

  • Root Beer
  • Dry Ice
  • Large Cauldron (or large black pot)
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Gloves

How to Make It:

  • Serve root-beer floats from a “steaming” cauldron (or large black pot) made magical with the smoke of dry ice.
  • NOTE: You’ll need a large cauldron (or large black pot) and a chilled bowl that fits inside it (dry ice can cause glass to crack, so use bowls made of metal) and dry ice (available in grocery stores).
  • Wearing gloves, use an ice pick to break up the dry ice (never touch it with your bare hands).
  • Place a few pieces in the cauldron. Cover the ice with water, pushing the ice under with a long wooden spoon if necessary, and place the chilled bowl, filled with root beer in the cauldron. The smoke will fill the cauldron and your guests can serve themselves a delicious Witch’s Brew right from the spooky source.

Pretty Scull Make Up Look

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This look is stunning. You can create most of this with makeup you already have at home. At minimum you may need to pick up some stuff for specific coloring or glitter additions. You could wear this with a white or black dress, elbow length gloves and some accessories to truly capture the nature of your costume idea. It would help to practice this makeup prior to Halloween so you can test drive the timing, required essentials and practice your technique.

Some suggestions would be to use eyeliner for your cheeks, eyes and mouth.  The shading on your cheeks can be done using eye shadow.  To add a little glitter, make a lovely design on your forehead as the photo above and you will be Halloween ready.

Essential Face Cleansing Products!

Equate Beauty Wipe Away The Day is an incredible make up remover. Not only that but it is only $12.83 on You’ll need a good stock pile of this if you are going to be face painting yourself and the family! Don’t get caught short when you’re ready to take off your ‘work-of-art’ after a long evening of trick-or-treating or dancing.

Kroger Daily Facial Pore Cleanser which can be picked up in-store at a Kroger near you. The great thing about this cleanser is that it is oil-free and gives a deep cleanse to remove all the dirt from deep within your pores. This will give your skin the refreshing cleanse it will be dying for after Halloween!

Equate Clarifying Toner for $8.96 on This toner gently exfoliates skin and helps to stop blemishes from forming. It will also ensure ALL your festive Halloween makeup is wiped off and cleaned from your face.

I hope you enjoyed our compilation of easy Halloween ideas for the upcoming fright night. Take some time over the weekend to prepare yourself, the kids, and your home for a fun filled spook-tacular holiday this year! Stay safe and take it easy on the treats – or not.

For more beauty tips & tricks visit The Savvy Beauty

5 Beauty Myths Debunked || The Savvy Beauty

Written: Friday, October 14th, 2016 @ 4:31 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties! Here are 5 beauty myths that simply aren’t true! Enjoy!

Products mentioned:

Rite Aid Renewal Daily Moisturizer, Sensitive Skin, with SPF 50

CVS Pharmacy Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Conditioner

Equate Extra Firm Hold Hairspray

Equate Daily Radiance Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15

RITE AID Renewal Bright Skin Daily Face Scrub

Products mentioned on The Savvy Beauty channel have been purchased for review. These are all opinions that are my own and not scripted.

Glowing Skin is No Myth

Written: Friday, October 14th, 2016 @ 12:20 am

As the weather gets colder, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Not because you aren’t putting in the effort, but weather conditions and food availability can limit your options for a health-friendly routine. We all pay more for those exotic fruits (which don’t taste quite as good) during the winter months and getting to the gym seems like a distant destination on another planet. You’re not alone. Exercise and balanced eating habits tend to slip during the dark side of the year so be prepared to maintain that gorgeous, radiant skin.

Proper Skin Care Routine

This is the easiest way to maintain healthy skin throughout the winter months and is very important. While in the shower or bath, cleanse your skin well with a bath puff and something like CVS Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, available from for $7.99. This body wash contains natural oatmeal blended with rich moisturizers for long-lasting hydration. Take care of yourself, head to toe with this silky formulation.

Purchase a facial cleanser which is going to encourage glowing skin such asCVS Illuminating Facial Cleanser for $6.49 from This will definitely get you refreshed and energized for the day. I compliment this cleanser by using a round exfoliating brush in the morning (and at night) by gently brushing my skin in circular motions. This allows your pores to open up and wash all the dead skin cells, dirt and toxins own the drain. The best part is that this cleanser removes all makeup, dirt & oil while leaving your skin fresh and clean. It is also gentle for those who may have sensitive skin and is soap & oil free!

It is important that you use a cream specifically designed for your face and skin type. I use Equate Beauty Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion which can be bought at Walmart for $9.96 (on sale from $12.87). We love this moisturizer because it is not harsh on sensitive skin and leaves a clean, smooth sensation. It enhances the skins moisture barrier while providing an all-day moisture boost! Definitely necessary in the cold as the air becomes dry and unforgiving.

A Balanced Diet

Include as many fruits and vegetables as possible into your diet! Brightly coloured vegetables are best in a wide variety as well as fruits. These play a huge role in your health and more specifically, the appearance of your skin.


These blue bombs pack a powerful punch. They are one of the highest anti-oxidant containing foods you can eat. Anti-oxidants are good because they protect you from premature aging and fight off free radicals. Add some to your breakfast, smoothie or pancakes every day.


Tis’ the season for our old friend kiwi! These little green monsters are amazing to snack on by the dozen. They are loaded with vitamin C and anti-oxidants which will keep your skin nice and firm. Don’t skimp on enjoying one every day – especially while they are in season – your body will thank you.


Spinach is a wonderful food to incorporate into your diet. Not only will you increase your leafy-greens intake but it is also high in nutrients and anti-oxidants. Spinach can be sautéed into almost any meal. Depending how you slice it up, you can add it to soups, wraps, pasta, sauces, rice, or just replace your usual salad with it. Spinach is high in calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids to name a few.


Who doesn’t love tomato sauce? I personally pop cherry tomatoes like candy in the summer when they are fresh from my garden. The great thing about tomatoes is that they contain lycopene which is the anti-aging anti-oxidant. Stock up on your Italian and Mediterranean cook books for tomato rich recipes!


Exercise does the body good! Sweat is your friend. Make some time in the day to get about 30 minutes of sweet, sweaty exercise. This will help your body eliminate accumulated toxins through your skin! Add a nice bonus for yourself by exercising in the morning to boost your metabolism for the day. You can be sitting at your desk, behind the wheel of your car, or in line at the grocery store burning calories! It also plays a major role in clear skin if accompanied with a proper skin care routine. Try your hardest to get to the gym or opt for an at-home Zumba class with the kids to make it enjoyable.


Water is one of the greatest gifts on earth. It is not only one of our life sources, it also benefits our body, mind and spirit. It is recommended that we consume up to 8 glasses of H2O a day. This is not a tall order, and you will notice the following benefits almost immediately:

  1. Healthy scalp
  2. Strong hair and nails
  3. Clear, Bright eyes
  4. Weight loss
  5. Smooth, wrinkle-free skin – Drinking water improves the elasticity of the skin and prevents wrinkles in the process

These are a few suggestions you can immediately implement into your life to get that ‘glowing skin’ everyone’s been talking about. Oh, and laugh! Laugh as much as you can. Life is too short to be stressed out and serious – make time for that hilarious post online or a friend that always has something smart to say. Laughing can actually elevate your mood and improve blood circulation through the body – giving you that desirable Glow! Stay beautiful ladies!

For more beauty tips & tricks visit The Savvy Beauty

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Clarifying Toner

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Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum

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