Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sponsored Post: Earn loyalty points on products at Elements Beauty Shop

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a "sponsored post." The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." All photos property of In Your Element Commerce and Elements Beauty Shop, excluding my embedded social media posts. Links included in this post are not affiliate links.

You all may recall my previous post and social media posts related to Elements Beauty Shop. Some of you may wonder why I continue to share this store with you all so often (other than the sponsored post part). It is honestly because my money goes so much further with my Elements Beauty Shop purchases than many other beauty stores and websites. Unlike major department stores, there isn’t a price threshold one has to reach to get money back at Elements of Carytown. Unlike major big box beauty establishments, I don’t have to reach a tier to earn rewards, nor do I even have to make regular purchases to stay at that level – although loyalty points do expire 6 months after your last purchase at – however there are no brand exceptions!

Basically what I want to let you know is that this shop is really looking out for you, and these women have the education and experience to make the best recommendations for your skin type. I cannot recall a beauty website with all of the ingredients listed right on the page next to the Description and Review tabs. This store is about disclosure and that says so much about their position on unique, safe products that have no animal testing.

This store is about incentives and their loyalty points program shows it! They want their customers to want to return to Elements of Carytown. First, create an account on the website. (Click “Links” in the top right corner, then “Login“ and finally click “Create an Account” on the middle left of the page). Make sure you log in (using the Links -> Login) each time you are on the page to ensure you get your points! Points are earned for every online order, or phone order if you provide your username to the customer service representative placing your order. You can earn points by sharing a product to your Facebook page or writing a review on their website. When you login to your account and add items to your shopping cart, you will see the points you have being deducted from your cart’s total price.

For example, I currently have 659.70 points, which is $65.97 in loyalty points value. Some of that stems from my making the effort to leave reviews for products I’ve tried, and letting others know if I like them or not! When I'm shopping for refills, or see a neat product, I might share it on my Facebook page to point out to others (getting clarification from M on if I’m looking at the right Jack Black or Peter Thomas Roth product he needs reordered, for example). I find this loyalty program to be great, because remember, not only do you get points, you also get samples with your order and sometimes a brand has gift with purchase which equates to an even bigger (and more fun!) #ElementsBeautyHaul.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to share some great items the Moms in your life might love to have given to them – while also supporting a small, woman-owned business that is local! Some of these items are on my own wishlist, but others are ones that my own Mom (70 years young) loves and enjoys – so you’ll get a broad perspective with these suggestions:

Elements Beauty Shop Mother's Day 2015

  1. Somme Institute Neckline Neck Cream: While I've only tried this cream using several samples, I really like how it makes my neck and my bust feel. Since I had a mole removed on the top part of my bust, I've increasingly felt conscious of the need to protect the sensitive skin in this area. The vitamins & AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) in this cream helped my neck and decollete feel moisturized even on the most dry, cold winter days. I apply it after using my serum, twice a day.
  2. Somme Institute EYE Cream: A rich, Vitamin C-filled eye cream that I've only tried in several samples but am a big fan of! It helped with the light rosacia towards my nose, my dark undereye circles, and improved the texture around my eyes. I'm a big fan!
  3. Kneipp Arnica Joint & Muscle Mineral Bath Salt: I am obsessed. M is obsessed. This product is wonderful. We use these salts and/or the oils for baths frequently. I highly rec'd them for anyone with muscle or joint pains, arthritis, fibromyalgea, osteoporosis, and other ailments that cause body fatigue! Perfect to add to a basket of pampering treats for the women in your life.
  4. Malin + Goetz Vetiver Candle: While this candle is probably pricier than you'd usually go for, the 9oz lasts a really long time, and the scent is much more potent than cheaper candles. It will permeate your space with the delicious scent of fruity, grassy vetiver. Malin + Goetz candles are made from beeswax, vegetable and soy waxes, so better for the environment and your home!
  5. Lady Primrose Tryst Diamond Dusting Silk Shaker: This pretty gift is incredibly multifunctional! The Lady Primrose description of the Tryst scent is, "Tryst is opulent, mysterious and elusive. Abounding with intense green florals, jasmine and fleur d'orangery..." This dusting powder is made from Chamomile Flower, Calendula Flower, Comfrey Root, mica and other extracts. It is wonderful when applied directly to the skin, but also wonderful when dusted on sheets in the linen closet or on the bottom sheet while making a fresh bed.
  6. CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm: While I've only tried this product in samples so far, I've been so pleased by it's non-greasy formula. As described by Elements, "One-hundred percent natural, non-petrolatum, cure-all balm instantly softens severely dry and chapped skin. Perfect for eczema, scars, lips and cuticles." I take a diuretic medication, which often results in my hands, feet, lips being dry - this balm works for all of these issues! It has also helped quell much of the KP on my upper arms due to my Celiac disease. Perfect for those dry elbows and knees, too!
  7. Erno Laszlo Exclusive Starter Kit: This three-item kit is a wonderful introduction to the entire Erno Laszlo line. These products lets you start with Laszlo's famous "The Ritual" - a mixture of a cleansing oil, specialized cleansing bar for face, and a light controlling lotion (aka moisturizer). The steps and the way to execute this process is key to getting the skin you deserve. These beauty products have been used for over 50 years by Hollywood's elite. These products have helped my normal/combination skin control oil, minimize pores around my nose and cheeks by the nose, and improved overall skin texture.
  8. Tocca Eau de Parfum Florence: To lift from the review I left on the Elements website myself, "I adore wearing this fragrance. To me, it embodies classic vintage scents where a heady perfume was applied in the AM and lasted all day long. The entire presentation - box and bottle - is beautiful. The scent is a pure white floral, making me think of a southern U.S. city after a rainstorm in the summertime. Magnolias, gardenias, and jasmine mixed with a slight cut of citrus. It has become my signature scent, and people ask me what I'm wearing all the time! I wear it year round and it lasts all day without being overpowering."
  9. Archipelago Botanicals Boticario de Havana Personal Fragrance: A gorgeous unisex fragrance! One of my Mom's favorite product lines ever. Scent notes: tobacco flower, orange blossom, patchouli, honeysuckle, bergamot. Fragrance families: Citrus, warm & spicy.
  10. Elements Beauty Shop of Carytown gift card: Sold and available online in denominations of $25 - $100. A great, quick gift for someone who may enjoy choosing their own treat!

Don’t forget if you haven’t placed an order with before, use my special promo code (see below) and get 10% off your first purchase (no exclusions):

Remember with your own purchases you can enter to win the #ElementsBeautyHaul contest on social media, as well as the Favorite Products Pin to Win promotion.

If you are a local reader, I hope you will try to attend our Skin is In event on May the 7th. The event will feature the newer brands recently added to Elements Beauty Shop, particularly Peter Thomas Roth.

Several of the #ElementsBeautyBloggers will be in attendance, and I’d love to meet you in person! From 5:30 – 7:30pm, Jenna Bingham will discuss, giveaway, and educate shoppers on Peter Thomas Roth, BeautyBlender, Talika MYLash & Brow Growth, and Coola Organic Suncare. Some of these may be brands you have read about in magazines but never tried in person, so now is your chance to check them out. This event will be a great opportunity to pick up fresh, new products for your Spring skincare routine (yes, your skin needs change when the weather changes), and stock up on quality suncare items for your summer travels! The Elements of Carytown team will have refreshments and giveaways, so join us for a fun night exploring the shop in person.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

February 2015 visit to Sanderling Resort

In mid-February, M and I enjoyed a lovely stay at Sanderling Resort on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We had previously stayed there six years ago during the same time of year... right before closing on our house, actually! The Sanderling was purchased by two companies in May 2012 from the resort's only previous owner. Since I had celebrated many holidays there as a kid, I definitely wanted to see the changes that had occurred thanks to the multi-million dollar renovations!

Good news: everything is still gorgeous. Even when it snows. Especially a Spa day overlooking the frozen-over Currituck Sound.

Bad news: too cold and windy for any beach walks, but nothing about the hotel for our stay was a problem.

First impressions from our stay: the logo of the Sanderling has been slightly altered and the resort utilizes the colors orange and white which definitely makes a cheerful statement! The resort is much more family-friendly now, with fire pits (nightly s'mores fixings left at your room each day), multiple outdoor pools on the ocean side, five dining establishments (some open only seasonally, varying from snack bar to formal dining), and fully renovated rooms. The spa is still a destination in itself, with luxurious spa suites, relaxation rooms, and a serene atmosphere. We had a great spa day there.

When we checked in we learned that two of the three buildings were closed for renovations, which was fine because there actually were only about 16 guests staying while we were there. We were upgraded (due to the availability being in the off-season), and happily went to check out the digs. Our room was gorgeous. It was spacious, with high-ceilings and modern touches while still feeling incredibly "homey." We had a balcony that overlooked the ocean above the dunes and the grounds below. In comparison to previous visits, I think the main issue for me was lighting. Our room this visit was brighter due to the color palette and light fixtures. Previously, rooms were a bit darker even though they were attractive and comfortable. We enjoyed being able to spend time in the room as well as the common areas (i.e. South Wing still has the fireplace downstairs and the gorgeous framed Hermes scarves).

If you're interested, the room is called a South Inn Oceanview King. We had a top level one on the corner.

Final thoughts? If you have Celiac disease, you'll be in heaven with the thoughtful touches and details... multiple dining choices on-property! Imagine someone bringing you a gluten-free roll without requesting it at the Lifesaving Station, or room service substituting said rolls in your eggs benedict order the remaining mornings of your stay. These gestures count! Celiacs know how hard that is so having ample options in one place is wonderful.

Families who live in Virginia? Make the drive to the Sanderling if you haven't been before. It's definitely an up-and-comer in the resort scene and well worth the trip with many fun sites and activities for little ones (even more so from Easter through Christmas).

Condé Nast Traveler rated Sanderling Resort #38 of the Top 50 Mainland US Hotels in their Readers' Choice Awards as well as placing the Resort on their Gold List. Travel + Leisure named it as one of the 500 Best Hotels in the World.

We certainly look forward to returning again soon!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sponsored Post: Elements Beauty Shop review and Pinterest contest

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a "sponsored post." The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." All photos property of In Your Element Commerce and Elements Beauty Shop, excluding my embedded social media posts.

Hello to all of you! I'm so sorry I haven't posted much so far in 2015 (technically once, ouch). My life has been a comedy of errors lately. From my laptop dying to getting my first Mac ever (still trying to get the hang of it), from my neck going out twice to M getting the flu for 10+ days, the General Assembly session starting (and ending as of 10-ish last night), and mercifully a long trip to the OBX to try and get ourselves back into fighting shape... as you can see, the past six weeks really have been a chaotic mess! I'm very tech-aware but seriously the figuring out how to do certain blog-essential items on the Mac has been hilariously slow. Example 1: screen shots. Wow. That took about 30 minutes and 5 tries.

Back in early January, I was contacted by Elements Beauty Shop of Carytown RVA, to do a sponsored post. I was so excited and pleased to hear from them. First of all, let me point out that while they do have a physical location every item in store is available on their website, so those of you out-of-towner readers need to check them out!

I am a major advocate for the Shop Small, Shop Local movements. I have happily added Elements Beauty Shop to that list of businesses. The owners, Sherry and Jeanie, are eco-aware and sell items with no animal testing. Many of their products are also without parabens, phthalates, or sulfates. This niche market means they sell boutique-style or unique products that you may have never heard of or only read about in magazines. They also offer world-renowned luxury, organic, and beauty award winning products - so they have items for every price point. It's delightful to know that these brands are both sold in Richmond and available online from a woman-owned business!

Here are the lovely samples I picked up at their store in January:

As you can see in the still photo below, quite the #ElementsBeautyHaul to try out - which honestly took me to this week to finish up. I wanted to use them all up so I could really let you know what I think (reviews of each in another post, otherwise this one would never end!):

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My new favorites from this sample haul are:

For y'all, Elements Beauty Shop has a few excellent incentives - first, a Pinterest contest:

Check out my Pinterest Elements Beauty Shop wish list for the Pinterest contest here!

Secondly, a promo code! Go to and create an account here.

Once you set up your account and add to your cart, during the checkout process enter code: WorthyStyle and you will get 10% off your first online order. Plus they offer PayPal as an option (which I love). Unlike big box stores, you get free standard shipping for any order over $79 (some very limited exclusions), free samples with every order, GWP for every order over $75, AND you earn loyalty points for every logged-in online purchase! Those loyalty points give you a cash discount on your next order, as long as you place your orders while logged into your account!

Here is what I got from my first online order - which arrived on Thursday night. I cannot endorse this store more passionately! Everything was carefully packaged and glass items were carefully wrapped. Of course, having a 10% off promo code is wonderful and showing off my second #ElementsBeautyHaul to you all is fun as well. If you place an order and make a social media post #ElementsBeauty, #ElementsBeautyHaul, Elements Beauty Shop will make a drawing every month to award a person who posted that hashtag a $50 gift card. Just another incentive for those of you placing orders!:

I look forward to continuing to share more about this store with you all in future posts. If you are in the RVA area, please consider coming to our event at the Elements Beauty Shop in Carytown on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Most importantly, thank you to Christina of Tiramisu for Breakfast for introducing me to Elements Beauty Shop! If you all haven't checked her blog out before, please do!