Monday, September 15, 2014

Baby Mantra Detangling Conditioner 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.

Allergies run rampant in our family.  Therefore, I was more than curious how Baby Mantra’s Detangling Conditioner, being a NPA (Natural Certified Product) by the Natural Products Association, would be tolerated on a squirmy little girl with long hair that is constantly tangled and prone to knots.

For someone that never sits still when trying to get a comb through her thick jungle of curls, she didn't fight when I followed her shampoo with this gentle formulation with coconut and lavender oil that is allergy-tested as well as toxin and dye-free.  

Baby Mantra Detangling Conditioner ($11.95) seemed to please the both of us.  Check it out!

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Original Scent Skin Care Cream & Scrub 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.

InfiniteAloe Skin Care products use herbal and plant essences to formulate their line with aloe vera as the primary ingredient.  Recently I was approached by this company about my willingness to try a few of their products and share my experiences with you, my readers. 

The InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Original Scent Skin Care Cream has a wonderful rich consistency.  What you notice immediately is how nicely it absorbs into your skin without leaving any slick feeling behind.  However, I must be honest with you this cream is heavily perfumed to the point that it becomes a suffocating aroma so close to your nostrils that made me keep coughing.  

Being the trooper that I am, I tried to use this product on several different occasions to see if I would react the same way.  Nonetheless, the end result was always the same.  I needed to wash my face fairly quickly because it kept choking me.

I do not recommend InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Original Scent Skin Care Cream for anyone prone to allergies like myself or someone with breathing problems in all sincerity.  I have never experienced this amount of distress from a face cream before.  You, on the other hand, may feel differently once you try it.  

InfiniteAloe’s Scrub is a completely other story.  This is finer grain herbal-like scrub with a somewhat medicinal smell that did a nice job without being harsh on the nostrils or the skin.  It did leave my face moist and soft.

To learn more about InfiniteAloe Skin Care products, visit the company’s website.

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

If You Love Oatmeal Cookies, You Got to Try My Incredible Oatmeal Cookie Mix!

Those of you that appreciate that hearty goodness that only oatmeal cookies can supply will really go wild over the recipe that I have for you today.  My Incredible Oatmeal Cookie Mix is a convenient one to have on hand whenever the urge for something sweet and chewy strikes like it does so often at our house.

Besides being so handy and simple to whip up, what else is fantastic about this delicious recipe is you can add ingredients such as nuts, raisins, coconut, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds to fragrant spices for a slightly different variety of oatmeal cookie.

One quick tip I would like to pass on concerns using baking soda.  Be sure to level it and sift with your flour to prevent those nasty tasting sour spots that can occur when just adding the soda by itself.

Good things are meant to be shared so I honestly hope you try my recipe because I know that you’ll love it! 

My Incredible Oatmeal Cookie Mix

1-1/2 cups of sugar
1-1/2 cups of brown sugar (light or dark)
1-1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 cups of shortening
6 cups of rolled oats
3 cups of flour

Sift the sugars, salt, flour, soda, and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl.

Cut in the shortening to resemble coarse crumbs.

Add the rolled oats next and mix through to combine.

Store the prepared mix in a cool place or your refrigerator.

To Bake a Batch:

4 cups of this oatmeal cookie mix
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons of vanilla

All you do is to mix those ingredients together. 

Drop using a teaspoon or a small ice cream scoop onto your greased cookie sheet. 

Flatten with a fork and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 12 minutes (depending on how your oven is regulated) or until lightly browned.  

Test with a toothpick to see if anything sticks.


Chopped nuts (about ½ cup)
Raisins (about ½ cup)
Flaked coconut (about ½ cup)
Chocolate Chips (about ½ cup)
Sunflower Seeds (about ½ cup)
For a spice version add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves


Friday, September 12, 2014

Here's a Quick Trick to Make Wrinkles Less Noticeable!

If you have a problem with makeup settling into the wrinkles around your eyes, then I have a great suggestion to help improve that situation.  Try mixing a dab of concealer with some of your eye cream before applying.  Once you do, you will like the difference.

For those other lines on your face, you might try mixing a bit of foundation with moisturizer just on those areas with those bothersome wrinkles.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Your Tight, Dry Skin Will Love My Banana-Avocado Moisture Intense Mask!

Many of us have a problem with dry or extra dry skin.  If you’re like me and find that you’re constantly slathering on rich creams and lotions in addition to your anti-aging products to feel comfortable, then you really need to try this kitchen fix of mine.

My homemade skin recipe is a wonderful way to drench your complexion with intense moisture and nourish it with vitamins’ B, C, and E as well as minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants to help your skin regain its radiance.  

Banana-Avocado Moisture Intense Mask 

½ ripe avocado, mashed
1½ teaspoons honey
½ ripe banana, mashed
1 teaspoon of olive oil

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.

Apply to your clean face with your fingers or a spatula.

Let it remain on your face for about 15-20 minutes for maximum benefits.

Rinse with lukewarm water.

Then look in the mirror and admire your beautiful glow!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A More Exact Way to Buy the Lipstick Color You Want!

What woman doesn’t have her share of lipstick blunders?  

Even before I started beauty blogging, I had accumulated quite a collection of tubes just trying to find just the right flattering pink hue to compliment a dress for an important event. However, I learned something along the way of how to increase your chances of coming home with that perfect lipstick color you are after.

Just find that certain lipstick color that you admired from all those others that you think will work and buy it.  The secret of getting that exact color in the tube on your lips is to prime them with just a little of your foundation first.  That tad of makeup will neutralize your underlying natural lip color and provide the plain backdrop you need to paint the true color as seen in that lipstick.

Try my suggestion and you will save yourself time, trouble, and money buying lipsticks that you aren’t happy with!  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

L’Occitane en Provence’s Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub & Relaxing Massage Body Oil 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.

After an immediate family member was rushed suddenly to the hospital, I was stressed and exhausted, especially more so once that loved one’s condition suffered further complications from the medications once admitted.  

I was going back and forth to the hospital.  Trying to care for the rest of the family and hold myself together wasn’t exactly easy when the doctors don’t have answers and your loved one’s condition only gets worse instead of improving. I wasn’t sleeping all that well or thinking about the blog, if the truth is known, but when I was preparing for my bath one of those nights, I saw those L’Occitane en Provence's Aromachologie products I set aside. 

I grabbed the Aromachologie Revitalizating Body Scrub and ran my bath.  This sugar scrub has a delicate lavender herbal scent with an uplifting note of rosemary that keeps the fragrance sweet but more therapeutic for the way it affects your senses with its essential oils as you exfoliate.

Though unwinding in a leisurely bath with this scrub soothed as it smoothed, I loved the Relaxing Massage Body Oil even more with its with sweet almond oil, rosemary and lavender essential oils because it somehow did more. Once I finished rubbing a bit of this satiny feeling oil into my skin and spraying some of this calming lavender fragrance on my pillow, I felt tired and ready to close my eyes instead of lying there preoccupied with my worrisome thoughts as I had been.   

This review for L’Occitane en Provence’s two Aromacologie skin care products couldn’t have arrived at a more opportune time for yours truly to test them.  Though I hope you won’t need to use them for the same reason that I did, I do recommend the Aromachologie Revitalizating Body Scrub ($34) and Relaxing Massage Body Oil ($34) for helping put you more at ease.  
*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*