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1. Sky Organics || Organic Bath Bombs Gift Set $40 (on sale now for $26)This gift box contains 6 super-sized bath bombs which were handcrafted in the USA. They contain organic essential oils and organic coconut oil. And guys… they smell AMAZING!! These bath bombs will leave your skin hydrated and moisturized as well as leave you feeling super relaxed.

2. Essie Polish || Bikini So Teeny $9 – My love for Essie polishes is never ending. This color right here though… it has become my all time favorite. It’s a beautiful shade of blue with a hint of shimmer and while it’s perfect for Spring + Summer… I plan to use it year round.

3. Soap & Glory || Heel Genius $10 – I think I have been living under a rock because can you believe this is the first Soap & glory product I purchased? A fellow beauty lover recommended it to me and I ran out to get it. You basically slather it on at night, put some socks on and when you wake up – your feet are transformed. This is a total game changer for me. Since having my son, my skin – especially my feet, have been super dry. I thought their was no hope for the dry skin on them except pedis on pedis but thanks to this product my feet are sandal ready!

4. Fresh || Sugar Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand $24 – If you have been following me for some time now then my love for Fresh beauty products is clear but this wand has become my new favorite! It gently buffs and nourishes the lips to smooth, soften, and bring out their natural color for an instant baby-soft glow. I love that I don’t have to wipe it off after buffing my lips and it keeps them soft with a hint of gloss.

5. Dermalogica || Hydrablur Primer $47 – OK. This primer has become my go to. It’s super light weight and goes on very silky. It also mattifies to keep you shine free and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. My absolute favorite part of this primer is that is blurs my pores unlike any other primer I have tried and this alone has left me obsessed. If you have enlarged pores – pick this up! You will not be disappointed.

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This post is sponsored by Maybelline. All opinions expressed are my own.
maybelline-new-york-logo-faMaybelline is one of the drug store brands that packs a big punch with the items they release. They provide genuinely good quality makeup products but at a much more affordable price point.

My current Maybelline obsession is with their new Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liners.

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They come in 14 incredible shades. What I love most is that you can actually coordinate your lip look with the matching Color Sensational lipsticks or you can go bold and create definition by lining your lips in a darker shade. 5

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The formula is excellent and not only is pigmented but goes on super creamy and is long lasting. They are perfect to use to prevent feathering and bleeding so that your lipstick stays in place. The tip of the liner is very thin, which I love, and it includes a built in sharpener on the bottom of the liner that is perfect for when you need to freshen up the tip.

Here is a look at a few of my favorite nude shades:

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1. Magnetic Mauve, 2. Nude Whisper, 3. Purely Nude, 4. Dusty Rose & 5. Totally Toffee

These will go perfectly with any of the nude lippies you already have at home or you can pair them perfectly with a matching Color Sensational Lipstick. While I love all of the shades, this is my favorite lip liner/lipstick combo.

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This is by far the BEST red combo I have own. Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in Brick Red and Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Rich Ruby.

At only $7.99 a piece, the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liners are a must for any beauty lover. They are at least half the price of more expensive brands but to me, the quality is far superior.

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 Spring has finally sprung here in NJ… Hallelujah! Seriously – I really thought we were going to have to live in long pants and sweaters for the month of May but everyday it warms up a bit more. Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your kids wardrobe for outdoor fun, playdates as well as those special occasion BBQs. Thanks to Oshkosh B’gosh, revamping Victor’s closet has been easy breezy.

Their Spring collection includes soft and light weight fabrics, tanks with fun prints and must have comfy shorts. What I love most is their pieces are super on trend for the season but at an affordable price point!

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 I absolutely loved this look on Victor! How stylish does he look but best of all – he was super comfortable! This ended up being his Easter outfit and he was able to run all over the yard and roll around with the dog while still looking dapper. He’s going to get a ton of use from these pants this Spring.

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This outfit was also a big hit. The button down makes him look really put together and I paired it with terry shorts so he’s ready for a fun day at the park.

Oshkosh B’gosh has pieces that you can mix and match as well as dress up or down and that is really important when shopping for your little ones. Here are a  few other outfits that would be perfect for your son or daughter this spring.

OG1 OG2 OG3 OG4Do you know where you local Oshkosh B’gosh is? Click HERE to locate it! They also have a coupon out right now for 25% off your purchase of $40+!

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And guess what guys?! Thanks to my friends at OshKosh B’gosh… ONE of my followers/readers is going to win a $50 giftcard to pick up some Spring goodies for the little one in their life.

Head over to my instagram (@pearls_and_paris) for the rules and to enter.

The honeymoon is suppose to be the relaxing part of getting married. It’s where you jet off somewhere to unwind and finally be able to kick your feet up after all those months of vigorous wedding planning. Unfortunately for some people, planning the honeymoon can just be added stress. Where do you go? What do you do? What is the best time to visit?

Ahhh, ok. I get it.

Planning in general isn’t for everyone. For me though – planning vacations is MY THING. I love researching places, activities to do, must see sites etc. BUT every once in awhile I stumble across a website or book that just helps me tremendously and that is exactly why I wanted to share The Honeymoon Handbook with you guys.

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First of all – reading through this book gave me major wanderlust. After making a mental list of all the places that need to go on my bucketlist I started to take in all the super useful information.

Here are 2 of my favorite tips from the book:

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Planning tips will help you cover off the basics and bypass the stress, with advice on:

– When to go, how long to go for, and how to factor in seasons and climates

– How to build a multi-stop honeymoon

– How to pick hotels

– Working out a realistic budget, and sticking to it

– How to compromise with your other half

– The benefit of mini-moons, and how to plan the best one possible

– Getting married abroad, including logistics and legalities

– A host of top-rated destinations, listed by type of trip

– The best destinations for same sex couples

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While this book technically is for helping you book a honeymoon, the tips and information you find in it can be applied for any vacation you need help planning. Click HERE to find + purchase the book (ps it’s ON SALE!)

Iceland has been the ultimate hot spot the last few years with tourism up by 40% from 2015 to 2016. I’ve dreamt about visiting a destination where I might have the opportunity of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights for as long as I can remember. Literally on a whim, I found myself booking a trip to Reykjavik for the beginning of February 2017. What lead me to taking the plunge was finding a really awesome deal with WOW Airlines. Here’s a glimpse at where we stayed, what we did and some of my recommendations for while visiting.

While I love hotels because of the amenities, there’s nothing like a rental property when away – especially now that I travel with my toddler. I found the perfect rental in Reykjavik via VRBO.com and booked instantly. This apt had 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 separate living room areas, washer/dryer, full kitchen + dining room and had enough space for us (a group of 5 adults/1 child) and for Victor to run around after a long day out in the city. The location was also perfect and that is KEY!

Click HERE to view our rental.

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Since we were visiting in the heart of the winter season, I decided to book tours vs. rent a car and go on our own. While I have heard great things about exploring on your own, I was little nervous about Iceland’s frequently changing weather while traveling with a 16 month old. We booked all of our tours and transfers through BusTravel Iceland. Click HERE to check out some of their top tours! They were so helpful in assisting me book everything as well as super accommodating that we were traveling with a child and even offered a car seat for each tour.

Day 1:

Blue Lagoon + Northern Lights Tour 

A lot of people will go on and on about how the Blue Lagoon is “touristy” and you know what – it is, but in the BEST way possible. While there are a ton of natural lagoons all over Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a must when visiting. I could have spent hours here! It was so beautiful, relaxing and exactly what we needed after that overnight flight and time change.

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Chasing the Northern Lights will always be a hit or miss but I was still super excited to do so. I’m so happy to say that we totally lucked out and were able to see them during our tour even though the activity wasn’t super strong.

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Day 2:

Golden Circle 

For Day 2, we went with the Afternoon Golden Circle Tour. This worked out perfectly because it allowed us to get a good nights rest since we weren’t picked up until about 10am. With this tour we were able to visit and explore the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir National Park and Kerið volcanic crater. All of these locations were simply breathtaking! It started to snow these huge flakes while we were at Kerið for about 5 minutes and then a beautiful rainbow came out and it was sunny. This was the perfect example of the Icelandic saying “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes.”

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Day 3:

Southern Iceland

This was our last full day in Iceland and we spent it exploring Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skógafoss Waterfall, Sólheimajökull Glacier and Black Sand Beach. The Southern part of Iceland was amazing and I feel like it is a must see when visiting. I look forward to spending more time there when I return.

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Our flight home the following day wasn’t until the late afternoon so we spent the morning walking around Reykjavik and checking out a few landmarks. We came across some really awesome shops, cafes, street art and hot dog carts (which are super popular in Iceland!)

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A few tips I would give anyone planning a visit to Iceland would be the following:

Book early! Because of the booming tourism, hotels + apartment rentals sell out quickly.

Plan ahead! Regardless if you plan to explore on your own or book tours, there’s nothing like being prepared before arriving and having a list of what you want to do and see. This is key if you have a short visit.

It’s all about the layers! Seriously, I was so surprised how not cold Iceland was. OK… I take that back. The night we chased the Northern Lights it was FREEZING but during the day, I was actually hot in my down coat. The weather is unpredictable so make sure to check the weather forecast before heading out there and remember to pack layers (long sleeves, leggings, snow pants etc.) These items will be easy to put on + take off  depending on how the weather turns out.

Budget wisely! I always try to save a little more than what I originally budget for spending money while away  because… well, you just never know. Iceland is expensive!! I’m talking like $20 for a burger and $15 for a mixed drink expensive. And gas…. it’s $7.50 a gallon!

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To say that I am in love with Iceland would be an understatement. Visually – it is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to. The people were so friendly and helpful and I felt safe the entire time. Waterfalls are everywhere and the scenery will leave you breathless. I plan to visit again…. and hopefully soon.

If you have any questions about Iceland – don’t hesitate to reach out!