Tips & Goodies to Keep You Healthy & Beautiful All Winter Long

Winter Health and Beauty

Oh the weather outside is frightful!!! Not quite as frightful as my singing yet, but it’s getting there! I think I actually saw a flurry the other day. A FLURRY! It’s barely the middle of November! With the temperatures dropping and the dry indoor heat rising, my skin is looking not so shiny-happy today. I’m also taking new medicine to prevent migraines. It has the unfortunate side effect of sucking all the moisture out of my body, so I’ve been blotchy lately. Over the last month or so (in some cases, more on the so), I’ve been trying out some […] Read more »

Protect Your Preemie from RSV #RSVAwareness

Jacob Preemie Awareness RSV

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. World Prematurity Day on November 17th is an important day to me.  on It’s no secret here on Pretty Opinionated that I have quite a bit of experience as a mom to a preemie. Jacob was born at 32 weeks due to my preeclampsia. He was a whopping 3lbs, 5oz. At one point, he dropped down to 2lbs, 9oz.  So itty bitty that I had to wait for […] Read more »

Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Routine on those Crazy Days + $1,000 Giveaway!


We all have those days where our regular morning beauty routine just isn’t going to happen. You know what I’m talking about, right? The days that the alarm clock somehow forgets to go off (certainly NOT because YOU forgot to set it!), your kids lose their shoes or you just have to be out the door earlier than expected. When days like that happen, primping and preening for an hour just isn’t in the cards. Here’s a secret: I can go from sleeping to out the door in about twenty minutes, and about half of that time is spent downing […] Read more »

Restore Your Hair’s Vitality with Hairfinity Hair Vitamins

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins for Thicker Hair

I’ve talked a lot about my hair over the years here at Pretty Opinionated. Mostly about how it’s crazy thick and out of control. In the comment section of those posts, many of you said you wished you had that problem; that you were dealing with the opposite issue: thin, brittle hair. I really wanted to share a solution for YOU. That’s why I took this opportunity to tell you about Hairfinity Hair Vitamins. Breathe Life into Fine, Thinning Hair with Hairfinity Hair Vitamins Thinning or brittle hair is often caused by a lack of vital nutrients. Like every other […] Read more »

Outbreak… Breakdown: A Forensic/Medical Author’s Take on Ebola & the CDC

Louisiana Fever

Welcome D.J Donaldson, author of Louisiana Fever. He’s sharing his views on Ebola and the CDC. I am super excited to have him as a guest here today. I’ll shush so you can get to reading. My book, Louisiana Fever, involves the spread of a bleeding disease known as Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever. This is a real disease that, like its close relative, Ebola, is caused by an infectious virus.  And having researched this thoroughly (and having come from a forensic/health background) I feel compelled to weigh in on the Ebola outbreak. When I was plotting Louisiana Fever, I figured I ought […] Read more »

Go Confidently in that Strapless Dress with Jolen Creme Bleach #GoConfidently

Jolene 1

Funny story, the other day I was at a new doctor, filling out the forms. They asked my nationality. I needed two lines! On my mom’s side, I’m Italian, German, French and Lithuanian. On my Dad’s: Irish and English. Why am I telling you this? It’s pertinent, don’t worry. See, I got my dad’s Irish skin. It borders on ghostly pale. When I was a goth chick in high school, I didn’t need much makeup to accomplish the vamp look! I also have my grandmother’s Italian hair. Dark, thick and wild. On top of my head, that’s great! On my […] Read more »

30 Days of Perfect Hair with Living Proof PhD


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.”   Last month, I told you about the Living Proof hair challenge. For 30 days, I used only Living proof PhD products. That meant clearing out the five or six other brands of hair care products (I like to mix things up!) from my shower and replacing it with just the Living proof PhD shampoo and conditioner. I also cleared off my bathroom sink of all the random styling treatments and […] Read more »

Get the Airbrushed Look at Home with Dinair!

Dinair Kit

Ever notice how celebrities look airbrushed, even in real life? Their makeup is always so perfect, it looks like it was applied with angel’s wings or something. Well, what would you say if I told you that you didn’t need to hunt down and pull the wings off an angel to get that look? That you could get a perfect, airbrushed makeup look right in your own bathroom? If you’re like me, you’d say “no way, really?” Flawless Airbrush Makeup Made Possible by Dinair Dinair is a super cool airbrush makeup kit that lets you get the celeb look in […] Read more »

Celebrate Morton Salt Girl’s 100th Birthday with a Spa Party!

Morton Bath Soak

Did you know that the Morton Salt Girl recently turned 100? She looks pretty fantastic for her age! A milestone like that deserves a party, don’t you think? Fortunately, Mommy Parties sent me a great kit to help make it happen. It was filled with Morton products, coupons, themed candies, an umbrella, coupons and plenty of ideas for an amazing party. Before this, I had no idea that Morton made Epsom Salt! Let me tell you, their Eucalyptus scent is so wonderful for when you have a cold! Have a Spa Day with Morton When you think of Morton Salt […] Read more »

We’re Stronger Together: Stand Against Breast Cancer with Estée Lauder #BCAstrength

Breast Cancer Awareness: Togetherness is Strength

As I’m sure you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While finding a cure for breast cancer should be on our minds year-round, having a month dedicated to raising awareness does help a lot. Estée Lauder is one of the biggest supporters of breast cancer research, and every year they have a different theme to help raise awareness. This year, the theme is:  “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together.” Throughout the month, they’re calling on you to hear their stories and share their own. Start by watching their very special, touching trailer:   We’re Stronger Together: How You Can Support Estée […] Read more »