Friday, April 18, 2014

How to Keep Your Makeup Brushes in the Best Shape Possible!

Cleaning your makeup brushes is important if you want those expensive tools to last and best enhance your beauty. Otherwise, makeup does accumulate on the soft, quality bristles that can affect their performance if not done regularly.

Your complexion can also suffer since neglected makeup brushes harbor bacteria, which can cause your perfect skin to break out. Therefore, you need to make it a point to schedule time once a week to washing them.

As I mentioned in an earlier post about caring for your makeup brushes, I like to use baby shampoo to wash mine in. Of course, you use a more expensive professional brush cleaner to give you the same results. However, the only advantage of going that route is this type of cleaner makes your brushes dry faster than with the cheaper baby shampoo.

What I recently found helpful was a trick I learned from a friend of mine who happens to be a makeup artist. She suggested that after washing my brushes that I should use a small amount of a light, leave in hair conditioner directly after and allow it to remain for about minute before rinsing out.

Once you finish rinsing the conditioner away, you gently squeeze to get rid extra moisture before reshaping the bristles with your hands. Lay your brushes on a clean towel and let them dry.

I was surprised at how much better my brushes with those bristles with natural hairs turned out. Do try this on your own high-end makeup brushes and prepare to be amazed at how new they will look again.
 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Make a Statement--Cate & Chloe Jewelry's VIP Membership Monthly Subscription and Layla “Beauty” Pendant Necklace Review

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.



All fashion forward ladies know if you want to make a statement then the right accessories can help you accomplish that goal. With eye-catching classics to fun pieces, Cate & Chloe Jewelry has what it takes to give you that extra chic edge that always promises second looks!

Their beautiful collection of jewelry ranges from $69 to $135 a piece. Whatever your personal style preference might be, this company has the perfect finishing touch for your outfits.

How about taking a peek at their Layla "Beauty" Pendant Necklace ($115) that I was sent with its dazzling CZ Stone and silver-plated embellishments and tell me that you don’t want more from their fabulous collection of jewelry?




Recently I told you how you can build on your jewelry wardrobe with their VIP Membership program. If you are not aware of this monthly jewelry subscription, you need to check it out because for just $39.99 a month you would receive two such standout pieces valued at more than $200.

Here is how the program works. Sign up and expect to receive your first box about the first of the month and the second around the fifteen of that month. One of your new treasures will be a pre-release piece that is only available to subscribers and the other will be from their current collection.

For $39.99 per month, there are no shipping charges even if you buy additional Cate & Chloe jewelry, which if you want to make those outfits rock like I do that you probably will. Membership also gives you 20% discount on additional pieces, including sale items.


R
est assure, fashionista, that if you don’t care for one of the selections that you can easily exchange it. All you have to do is contact their special phone or email support representative.

Cate & Chloe even gives subscribers a tracking email the date their boxes are sent out so you are prepared for its arrival.

I really love the Cate & Chloe Jewelry VIP Membership because it is a great way to get some notice-me pieces to build on your own jewelry collection. 


Now is the perfect time to check the VIP Membership out because the company will give Nuts 4 Stuff readers 20% off your first month's membership when you enter coupon code Nuts4Stuff20 at checkout. (This code will only be valid on the standard month-to-month sign up of $39.99 a month). 

*Disclaimer: This is my own honest opinion. A free product was provided solely to facilitate this review.*
 
 
 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IT Cosmetics NEW Liner Love Waterproof Creme Gel Eyeliners (Espresso, Rich Plum) Review

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.




Most of the time, I prefer eyeliner pencils for every day because of the control you have over the thick or thinness of the line. The fact you can smudge that line is something else that I like when trying to keep your look natural. Nights, however, I like to glam it up with more dramatic eyes and switch out pencils for eyeliner pens and liquid liners.

Though I am new to a creme gel form of eyeliner in a pot that you need to brush on, I needed to try IT Cosmetics new Liner Love Waterproof Creme Gel Eyeliners. After all, I rely on their No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner pencils ever since I reviewed them so I had to see how these would compare when you need to go all out gorgeous.



The company sent me Espresso (black-brown) and Rich Plum (intense purple bordering on black) and a Heavenly Luxe 10-in-1 Tightline Liner Brush to apply with. In the pots, these rich colors look lighter than when you start brushing.

 

Being a novice with this form, it took me a few bungled attempts with the brush before perfecting my line. Once I finally got the hang of this angled, two-sided brush, this eyeliner spread smoothly as I painted without tugging that fragile area.

 
At the same time, my eye area benefitted from IT Cosmetics anti-aging ingredients with its lash enhancing peptide, collagen, and vitamins for doing more than just beautifying them.

Both shades beautifully enhanced my dark brown eyes, but with the Espresso my eyes appear blacker while the Rich Plum made the brown color seem to show up. 

I do think Liner Love Waterproof Creme Gel Eyeliners ($24) are wonderful for when you want to look extra special, especially for nighttime. They do require little more work and developing a knack with the Heavenly Luxe 10-in-1 Tightline Liner Brush ($24) but the results are worth it.

Do check these out at IT Cosmetics, QVC.com, Ulta Beauty, and the Shopping Channel!
*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

**WIN**Kushyfoot Spring 2014 Foot Covers Review + ($50) Giveaway!–Ends May 1, 2014

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.



This is the time of year to think about trading in the winter boots and shoes for sandals, athletic shoes, and maybe new pumps. Before you wedge your feet inside, you might be interested in Kushyfoot’s Spring 2014 line to make your transition more comfortable.



I received a variety from this new collection that features more than twenty styles to fit your needs.

The two pairs of Sport Foot Covers I found for athletic shoes are more like a thin, low-cut sock that can keep your feet cooler with a ventilated mesh top.

Another helpful choice is their Extreme Low-Cut Foot Covers (Super Low Cut, Extreme Low Cut, Ultra Low) so they never show on the sides if you want to skip the stockings and wear heels or pumps. I got four pairs from thin lacy to a mesh to non mesh with a dot and plain pattern.

They also sent along a Sheer Anklet for adding a stylish edge when wearing with sandals or pumps.

Lastly, I got two pairs of Toe Covers. These are nylon-like with padded soles and ideal for lounging.

The line ranges from $3.99 for one pair to $7.99 for a two-pair package.  Do check out Kushyfoot products.

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Award-Winning Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme Review

Disclaimer:  This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own  opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.


The skin on my hands is on the delicate side. As a result, I am constantly slathering on hand lotions and creams to keep them well moisturized and presentable. Otherwise, my sensitive hands would be perpetually rough, chapped, and scary-looking.

I have tried my share of products in various forms to relieve this condition. Some of those have worked better than others. Though I have used other Burt’s Bees products, I never got around to using their hand lotions or creams. Therefore, I thought it was about time that I put their 2013 award-winning Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme ($9.00) to the test.

First of all, I want to point out this natural product is heavy-duty lubrication with sweet almond oil and vitamin E to coax ailing skin back from the brink. This yummy, nutty-smelling product also has beneficial beeswax as an ingredient to seal in needed moisture and condition.

As to its performance, I found this cream definitely helped a severe dry skin problem like mine. At the same time, I want to caution that this product can also leave hands a bit greasy so use sparingly.

For daytime, I prefer less the formula to absorb more and be less slippery to the touch. I felt this hand creme was better suited for nighttime, which is exactly how I have been using it after initially sampling it. 

 
Give your severe dry hands an ample coat of Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème before bed and find them recovered by morning–at least, this is what this stuff did for me. Do try this because you’ll like it!


*Disclaimer: This is my own honest opinion. A free product was provided solely to facilitate this review.*
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

**WIN**1,000 + Year of Detergent!**NEW Purex No Sort for Colors Laundry Detergent Review + Purex Sweepstakes (101 Prizes)!

Disclaimer:  This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own  opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.

 
 
If you have any clothes that have white and darker colors together like red or blue, then you are just going to love this new No Sort Detergent for Colors laundry detergent that Purex sent me to review.



I have some striped tops that I washed with this detergent. The red turned out brighter and the white even whiter in one of those tops. Another was a green striped top that magically perked up with a fortified green and brighter white. Now I don’t have to worry.

Furthermore, the smell of this detergent is so fresh and delicately fragrant that it can’t help but put you in a happy mood. At least, it achieved that when I was folding those pieces and putting them away.

Regardless of how wonderful this detergent with its new anti-color transfer technology is, please use caution when washing new colored pieces, especially jeans. The company recommends washing those at least five times before using this detergent on them.

To celebrate this new launch, the company has an exciting giveaway in motion. One lucky person wins $1,000 and a year’s worth of this new detergent. Purex will also be awarding 100 others free product coupons to try No Sort Detergent for Colors. Please enter here–and good luck to you and to me!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided solely to facilitate this review.*

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Cheesy-Salmon Loaf is Simple and Tasty!

My family eats a lot of fish, especially during Lent. One of our favorite varieties of fish happens to be salmon. The recipe that I have for you today is my delicious Cheesy-Salmon Loaf that is very economical and so simple to make.

You can serve this loaf plain or top it with a white or cheese sauce. I like to alternate. But either way you do it is just as tasty.

I do hope you give my recipe a chance and try it sometime because it is yummy!


My Cheesy-Salmon Loaf

1 can of salmon

1-1/4 cups of grated sharp Cheddar cheese

1 large egg, beaten

½ cup of evaporated milk

½ teaspoon of salt

1 cup of coarse, dry bread crumbs

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

½ cup of finely chopped onion

I always like to take out the bones and skin from the salmon before I combine all the other ingredients together in my mixing bowl. This is just my own preference.

Pack the fish mixture into a greased one-quart loaf pan.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 35 to 45 minutes, depending on how your oven is regulated.

ENJOY!