Friday, August 1, 2014

NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash for #GetNoticed Skin! (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.





Your water bill might go up once you shower with the new product that I have been using lately due to its enticing fruity fragrance. My guess is that Dial’s Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash might make you want to linger just to keep enjoying that delicious aroma.

As delightful as this scent sounds, there is more to appreciate about this product and what it can do to boost skin’s hydration with its antioxidants, electrolytes, and moisturizing nutrients. 

I loved showering with this body wash because it smelled as inviting as if I brought the tropics to my bathroom. It foamed into rich lather when I worked it over my body and gave. Later, it gave me smooth, yummy smelling skin that is always nice to have.

If you haven’t tried this new addition to Dial’s Coconut Water Body Wash family, then I suggest you try a bottle of this new Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash. Click here for more information on this product because it makes a fine family body wash.

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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

**WIN**NEW IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation, CC+ Ombre Radiance Bronzer and CC+ Lip Serums (Laugh, Love) Review + ($120) #ItsGotYouCovered Giveaway!--Ends August 18, 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.



If you want the look of immaculate, glowing skin but never knew how to get it, listen up because with the latest batch of IT Cosmetics that dream can be your new reality.  I’m talking about their new CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation, CC+ Ombre Radiance Bronzer and polishing that perfection off with their CC+ Lip Serums.

The CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50 ($38) is aptly referred to as a cushion makeup, a cream foundation in compact form whereas the sponge stays “cushioned” deeper into the product so each time you press and use it, the foundation keeps flowing to saturate the sponge with anti-aging serum with ingredients like peptides, niacin, algae, vitamins A, C, B, E, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed collagen to benefit skin as it works.



The foundation has a thinner type of consistency than what you normally find in a compact. At first, I thought the product might be messy with how fluid it is, but it adhered quickly to my skin like a glove.   The coverage was sheerer than the heavier Unlike Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+, but evened out my dry complexion and perfected it nicely without the look of any pores. Furthermore, this lightweight foundation was so super-natural looking, giving my complexion an inner glow at the same time that looked genuine–not like I was even wearing makeup.  

You can never go wrong with Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream either, especially when you need more coverage.

I do want to point out that the shade will look darker than normal so do not be alarmed that you made a bad choice.  I went with Fair, but it lightened up once it went on my face.

Next, I sampled the CC+ Ombre Radiance Bronzer ($34) that arrived.  This tweaked that awesome looking complexion with some glistening, healthy warmth in its nourishing, anti-aging formula that also is waterproof.  It didn’t look powdery in the least only more like I got a bit of sun.  If you prefer a matte finish over a shimmer one, you can concentrate on the section with that finish instead of the part with more glistening power.



For my lips, I received two tubes of CC+ Lip Serum ($24) to complete my new summer transformation.  This is a very moisturizing gloss with nine butters and oils, collagen, peptides, and hyaluronic acid for anti-aging benefits for feeling so good while being lightweight to color lips with a pretty shine that lacks stickiness.  Laugh is an ideal pink nude while Love is a delightful rosy shade with some berry to it.

This is Laugh.


Here is Love.

I really do love IT Cosmetics even more now that they invented the CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation for making flawless skin an everyday reality.  Throw in the CC+ Ombre Radiance Bronzer and CC+ Lip Serums to subtly polish your look off and you won’t believe the difference in your beauty. 

Do try these products and you’ll understand why I’m so enthralled with them–and IT Cosmetics!  Buy them at IT Cosmetics, Ulta, and Ulta.com.

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


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

L’Occitane en Provence’s NEW Roses et Reines Fragrance Line Is a Joy to Behold! (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.

One of the sexiest new floral scents of summer happens to come from L’Occitane en Provence’s tribute to roses this year with Roses et Reines. The new take on their traditional line is a beautiful rendition by perfumer, Karine Dubreuil with a fresher rose fragrance that is moderately sweet and yet bright and velvety, making it chic and lavishly feminine.

Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette ($50) opens with attention-getting notes of sparkling bergamot and currant leaves. Soon rose surfaces through those initial luminous notes from pairings of Turkish, Bulgarian, Moroccan, and Grasse roses, adding a dewy floral sweetness that is delicate and unmistakably romantic in the heart.  



When paired with the notes of raspberry and blackberry that essence of rose becomes velvety and permeates through the layers, giving the fragrance even more of a warm appeal that is captivating and lusciously ripe from those berry juices dripping over the roses.

As the fragrance dries down, the notes in the base invite seduction with white cedar, heliotrope and musk.  Wearing it will make you feel lavishly feminine and irresistible!

The collection includes Roses et Reines Roll-On Eau de Toilette Intense ($22) and the solid perfume ($12), which I highly recommend to take with you in your handbag because you will never want to be without these long-lasting forms of this enticing scent.   




Beautifying Body Milk ($25) helps prolong that bewitching rose scent while drenching your skin in pampering moisture.  I loved how silky it left my skin just like a rose petal itself.

The Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream ($12) that I also got to try was soothing and a delightful way to nourish dry skin and nails.  This was the 30ml size that is also perfect for packing in your handbag or suitcase when traveling.

Other products in the Roses et Reines line includes a bath & shower gel ($20), perfumed bath soap ($8), gentle bath salt ($24), fresh body & face mist ($14), pearlescent body gel ($25), pearlescent shampoo and conditioner ($20 each), and shower scrub ($20).

Anyone that appreciates that intoxicating beauty of rose should check out L’Occitane en Provence’s Roses et Reines.  It launched today, July 30, 2014 so take note.  Trust me, regardless of the form you choose wearing this scent will make you feel as lovely and precious as that flower itself!
*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream 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.

Washing your hands is necessary, but doing it frequently does affect the condition of your nails and cuticles. When you can’t thoroughly lubricate with a cuticle oil because you are working on the computer, perhaps, and want to avoid excess greasiness, then I know you would be interested to learn more about Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream that I’ve been using. 



This 2013 Latina Beauty Award winning product comes in a small tin that hardly takes any room in your handbag or a desk drawer. I found it had a great texture and fresh lemony scent.  However, what I loved the most was how this formula moisturizes dry cuticles and brittle nails exceptionally well with sweet almond, sunflower, and lemon oils, cocoa seed butter, and vitamin E so you can still work on the computer without leaving a greasy trail.

At around $6 a pop, you can afford to keep several on hand at different locations.  Do check out Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream because it does help with those dry cuticles and brittle nail problems without destroying your budget!

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Marika Magic Slimming Capri Legging 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.


When you want to work out, you need active wear that will help you look great and still be comfortable.  If you have one and not the other, you will hardly feel comfortable enough for showing yourself in public in whatever strenuous activity you have planned.

Fortunately, Marika has been providing the solution since 1982 for active women in their line of workout clothes. I got a pair of their new Magic Slimming Capri Legging to try out for myself.

The item fit me well and gently held in my bad spots without any constricting hold so I could bend and stretch while appearing skinnier at the same time.  With contour seaming and a sculpting power mesh lining along the thigh area, this design helped slim the look of my thighs.  

Another plus is that this slimming capri comes in slenderizing shade of black in S-M-L-XL for $55.  It also features a 19-inch inseam, 4 inch flat waistband and a Coolmax gusset with a body construction of 89% cotton and 11% spandex.

If you’re looking for new pair, then this is the perfect opportunity to try Marika’s product. The company will give you 30% off the entire purchase of the product from now until August 31, 2014 when you enter coupon code MM30 at checkout on their website.  

Do check Marika out!  You can also find them at department and sporting good stores.

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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Is Not Complete Without My Delectable Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies!

Those that planted a garden should be harvesting their zucchini–that is, if your local wildlife has not thought of yours as their own private salad bar.  I, however, was forced to buy zucchini at the store this year for my delectable zucchini brownies since those greedy beasts didn’t even wait for anything to form and made a meal of the plants themselves!

My Delectable Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies are moist and bursting with intense extra chocolate, nuts and raisins.  Sharing space with the trio and zucchini is just enough spice to bring out that dark richness of the chocolate to perfection.  

As I mention constantly, I like good food but hate to work at it.  I hate those complicated recipes that have a million steps to turn out one dish.  The most difficult part of this recipe will be assembling your ingredients that you’ll need to prepare this and grating your zucchini.  

I do hope you try my recipe because it is so delicious and a great way to use your zucchini.


My Delectable Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

1/3 cup of canola oil
1/4 cup of raisins
2-1/2 cups of flour
1-3/4 cups of sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa 
1 teaspoon of baking soda, leveled
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon of salt
2 cups of grated zucchini
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts


All you do is peel and grate your zucchini before adding it to your large mixing bowl that also has the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat with a whisk or your electric mixer to combine the ingredients thoroughly.

Next, sift the flour with the leveled spoon of baking soda. Add to that mixing bowl along with the cinnamon, cocoa, and salt before stirring in the zucchini, raisins, chips, and nuts.

Grease two 9 x 13-inch baking pans and pour in the batter.

Bake in a 325-degree oven for about 40 minutes or until when nothing sticks when tested with a slender knife, cake tester, or toothpick.

Cool before cutting into squares to keep it from breaking into pieces.

ENJOY!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Secrets of Beer Beauty 101!


You probably heard beer is great to put in your hair while you lounge in the sun to bring out your hair’s natural highlights. However, there is so much more beer can do to help you beautify.

Take your feet.  If you’ve been standing or running around all day and are in need some soothing relief, beer can come to your rescue.  Get a basin, large bucket, or foot bath if you have one that can accommodate the size of your feet and pour in a few cold bottles.  I suggest parking in front of your television if possible while you are immersing those tired feet because you will want to linger.  

Before you know what’s happening, those bubbles from the beer’s carbonation process will kick in and provide stimulating relief.  Since beer also has yeast in its composition, the skin of your feet will benefit and soften a bit because of that ingredient.

You can also use beer to condition and style your hair.  If you have oily hair, beer can help cut down on your oil production when used a final rinse after your shampoo.

Beer makes a nice setting lotion directly after washing your hair. Your hair will hold a set better.  

Did you know that beer also adds protein to your hair? Therefore, it makes a fine volumizing conditioner.  You don’t have to use fresh.  If you have any stale beer on hand, pour some to your freshly washed hair as a final rinse.  Work it into the scalp thoroughly for about a minute before rinsing with cold water.  This little trick builds body and glossy luster.

Clear mascara is the standby to control wild eyebrows. Another area where beer can help you out is to tame eyebrows because it has just enough sticking power to hold those misbehaving hairs in line.

Milk baths are so pampering and fantastic ways to soften the skin.  Then again, have you ever tried lounging in a tub that you just added two bottles of beer?  You might be surprised at how smooth your skin will feel when treated to such an indulgence.  The darker variety is my preference since it has the more yeast for extra softening capability. 

Finally, there is one last beautifier that I want to share with you.  This one, however, is for shining up your gold jewelry, only the pieces without stones.  Beer can also make wonderful jewelry polish when used with a soft cloth to wipe a stoneless gold piece to care for it.