Monday, September 1, 2014

Dermesse Vitamin C Serum 10% and Tropical Sunscreen SPF 55 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.

Dermesse is a line of skin care that not long ago you could only buy at a dermatologist’s or plastic surgeon’s office. Fortunately, the brand is now online and available to the public.  I had a chance to try two of their products: Vitamin C Serum 10% and Tropical Sunscreen SPF 55

The Dermesse Vitamin C Serum 10% is enriched with plenty of antioxidants chosen for how they counteract skin-damaging effects of free radicals on the complexion. With this higher strength of vitamin C, this serum helps build even more collagen for recapturing a younger appearance.

Some serums can leave your skin with more of a moist feeling.  The Dermesse Vitamin C Serum, on the other hand, dries completely into your skin.  It was not greasy or sticky, but smooth feeling when I touched the surface of my face. You will want to apply your day moisturizer and night cream for lubrication because this does not give you any.

I used two drops twice daily for quite some time now.  What I noticed after the initial first few weeks were my pores looked like they were shrinking and my complexion had a healthier overall peach glow.  A few more weeks into it, my pores practically disappeared from view with how very fine they became.  I must say if you want to see a prettier skin texture with a boost in radiance, you would like the Dermesse Vitamin C Serum 10% ($68).  

As to anti-aging effects, I did not notice too much in that area to chirp about.  The two deep wrinkles at the sides of my mouth looked about the same.  The only other place I have some creasing is near my eyes, which are a few fine lines. However, I only like to apply a product specifically designed for the eye there so I skipped the area.

The other Dermesse Tropical Sunscreen SPF 55 ($38) was also wonderful for how gentle the formula treated my skin. Even with my allergies, I didn’t experience any sensitivity. Those also with allergies know how sunscreens can irritate us.  This formula has aloe and green tea and is suitable for children six months and older to give you a clue as to how delicate it is.

Dermesse sells full skin care systems, acne treatments, anti-aging formulas, eye care, sun protection, moisturizers and cleansers in the same prescription and non-prescription strength products, only now you can buy these same products online instead of at your doctor’s office.  Do check the Dermesse website!
*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today's the Perfect Day to Treat Yourself to My Sinfully Delicious Pecan Pie Bars!

I was going through my recipe boxes when I remembered this recipe for my Sinfully Delicious Pecan Pie Bars that I wanted to share.  Imagine that scrumptious flavor of pecan pie only in bar form where you can better control your portion size compared to a slice of that pie.  

Trust me, but this recipe is so incredibly good that I keep it in the back on my box to resist the urge to make it too often!  

I do hope you give a try because I am confident that you will also love it.

Sinfully Delicious Pecan Pie Bars

For the base:

1-1/3 cups of flour
½ cup of firmly packaged brown sugar (light or dark)
1/3 cup of melted butter or margarine (not spread)

For the pecan filling:

1 cup of chopped pecans
3/4 cup of dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup of flour
2 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of salt

To make the base:

Mix the 1-1/3 cups of flour, ½ cup of brown sugar and melted butter in a bowl together to combine before pressing into a well greased 9 x 13-inch pan.

To make the filling:

In another mixing bowl, add the pecans, corn syrup, remaining flour and brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, molasses, and salt and beat until well combined.

Pour over your base and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick or slender knife comes out clean when tested.

Let cool in the pan for about five minutes before cutting into bars.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Memebox Superbox #41 My Cute Wishlist Review--HURRY Last Day for August Beauty & BACK to SCHOOL DEALS!

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

My latest Memebox shipment brought an adorable grouping of beauty products that will make you smile when go through this Superbox #41 My Cute Wishlist.  

With cupcake jars full of skin care to others in the form of hearts to hand cream in an egg-shaped container with a penguin face to a candy cane of lip gloss or a painted tin of Snow White with eyeliner pencils, you also would have gotten a charge out of this box–that is, if you had ordered it while it was still available at $23.00 plus $6.99 shipping.  Are you ready to see this sweet assortment?  

Superbox #41 My Cute Wishlist:

1.  Pure Smile Neco Point Pad Hibiscus & Lemon Grass--FULL SIZE (17ml x 2ea)--$2.00

2.  a;t fox Moisturizing Gel Cream Gyoolpy Tea--FULL SIZE (10ml)--$6.00

3.  Beauty People Snow White Special Edition Season 2--FULL SIZE--(5 pencils)--$54.00

4.  Etude Missing U Hand Cream--FULL SIZE (30ml)--$5.00

5.  Pure Smile Muddy Girl--FULL SIZE (15g)--$1.00

6.  Etude Sweet Recipe Candy Stick--FULL SIZE (2g)--$5.00

7.  a;t fox Whitening Capsule Cream Jasoyup Herb Tea--FULL SIZE (10ml)--$6.00

8.  a;t fox Lifting Cream Black Tea--FULL SIZE (10ml)--$6.00

9.  Kocostar Split End Therapy--FULL SIZE (8ml)--$6.00

Total Value: $91.00

I got two packages of concentrated skin care for problem dry spots that looked like paws in Pure Smile's Point Pads in Hisbiscus & Lemon.  I suggest trying this on your elbows and feet because you'll really like how this stuff pampers them. My feet and elbows certainly look smoother.

The a;t fox Moisturizing Gel Cream Gyoolpy Tea came inside one of those cute little cupcakes as a gel-cream moisturizer with high concentrates of vitamin C for intense hydration.  I didn't try this yet because I testing another skin care product.  But I do know how well other vitamin C serums can boost moisture on the face so this should please my dry skin.

Beauty People Snow White Special Edition Season 2 is the sweetest painted tin with five eyeliner pencils.  These are colors with a glimmer (black, brown, bronze, gold, and beige) that last exceptionally long.  You might want to use a waterproof eye maker to take them because they can be stubborn to remove.

The Etude Missing U Hand Cream was housed in a Fairy Penguin body.  This product has organic olive oil and shea butter along with other moisture rich ingredients that help soothe dry hands.  It is fast absorbing and leaves you more velvety than sticky or greasy, which was good when you need to be at the computer.

Pure Smile Muddy Girl is a mud pack with clay, mud and charcoal.  This is to soothe, purify, and moisturize that I didn't sample yet.  My friend with oily skin uses a similar type of mask because how it draws out impurities so I might save it for her.

The Etude Sweet Recipe Candy Stick that I got was the yellow stick, 03 Sour Lemon Candy. This, ladies, is a lip tint that is a delicious way to shine and heal dry lips at the same time.

The a;t fox Whitening Capsule Cream Jasoyup Herb Tea is a brightening moisturizer to help whiten dark spots from sight. I didn't get around to experimenting with this product either as of yet.

The a;t fox Lifting Cream Black Tea is a firming eye cream that is fortified with black tea to help with wrinkles and sagging in that area. This sounds intriguing to test once I wrap my current skin care testing.

The Kocostar Split End Therapy is a hair mask that I am also looking forward to using.  This stuff has eight varieties of different amino acid complex to strength and repair damage. Honestly, Kocostar Foot Mask that I already reviewed works like a champ for how it peeled away hard, tough skin on feet and kept doing it with shedding more skin daily for close to a week until nothing but softer feet were left behind.  I loved that product so I have great hopes for this new Kocostar hair mask!

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Do check out the current Memeboxes or browse their other products, but  try some Korean beauty because you will be surprised at how truly amazing it is!

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion even though it contains affiliate links.*

Friday, August 29, 2014

IT Cosmetics Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow Trio (Pretty In Nudes) + “No-Tug” Heavenly Luxe Dual Eyeshadow Brush 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.

Smoky eyes for Fall 2014 will be softer with more muted tones of gray and beige to the brown to balance the stronger hue of deep, stained berry lips.  A wonderful way to start the season in style to achieve this look is with IT Cosmetics (Pretty in Nude) Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow Trio and their "No-Tug" Heavenly Luxe Dual Eyeshadow Brush for blending

The colors are a delicate beige-taupe, a pale peach, and a lighter pink that apply buttery-smooth due to IT Cosmetics revolutionary anti-aging formula with skin-loving ingredients that include vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen, green tea, and acai extracts that treat as well as provide gentle definition. 

There is a subtle gleam to the taupe and peach, but the pink only has a trace of this radiance that is very becoming in how this shadow can light up your eyes.

What else I love about IT Cosmetics shadows are they can wear for hours without creasing or fading.  In fact, I never felt the need to prime.

I do strongly encourage you to let IT Cosmetics help you shine this Fall with their Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow (Pretty in Nudes) Trio and No-Tug Heavenly Luxe Dual Eye Shadow Brush to pull it off.  Both retail for $24 each.  Find them online at IT Cosmetics, QVC, or Ulta. 
*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Thursday, August 28, 2014

One Drugstore Beauty BB Cream You Got to Try–New York Color’s Smooth Skin BB 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.

When looking for an exceptional BB cream you may think only the high-end brands can suffice to blur out flaws, hydrate and brighten your complexion.  However, I say give NYC New York Color's Smooth Skin BB Creme a shot because this product is definitely worth trying.

Since I heard that the Light (01) shade was practically white-beige, I wanted to sample both choices to see which was more appropriate for my fair to light beige complexion. Light (01) was an ideal match.  The Medium (02) is a slightly darker beige and closer to a light-medium than a true medium.

Medium (02) is on the left with Light (01) on the right.

Some might assume a $3.99 price for this product could hardly make it capable of delivering the kind of glowing, dewy coverage that you need.  Yet, this BB Cream may surprise you in how well its thicker formula masks little imperfections with medium coverage as it evens out and brightens your complexion in the process.

My face looked fresher as well without appearing like I had on makeup.  In fact, this great natural coverage didn't settle in lines to amplify them during the hours I wore it, which also impressed me.  Furthermore, when I took this product off, my face felt somewhat softer to the touch as well.

The only fault that I can find regarding this product is that unlike the more expensive formulations that it does not possess any SPF protection.  Still, you can remedy that problem easily enough by adding your sunscreen separately or through your SPF daily moisturizer.

If you're looking to experiment with a new and very reasonable BB Cream that delivers, I highly recommend trying NYC New York Color's Smooth Skin BB Creme!  

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Hair LOVES Maple Holistics Argan Special Formula Shampoo! (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.

I'll be honest with you.  I never heard of Maple Holistics until a rep from this company reached out to see if I would be interested in trying any of their products.  Being curious, I went to their website and did some research before settling on their Argan Special Formula Shampoo to review.

Their 100% natural, homeopathic solution for dry, damaged hair uses Moroccan argan oil, jojoba, peach kernel, almond, camellia seed, and avocado plus botanical keratin to drive it into one of the BEST shampoos that I have ever used for the incredible amount of blinding shine and softness with unbelievable manageability that later followed. 

Another reason to love it is this delectable honey-scented shampoo has almost a creamy, lotion-like consistency instead of pouring out a thin liquid. Still, there is more to appreciate such as how only a little of this thick shampoo worked to produce rich, foaming lather. 

I recommend squeezing out a small amount in one palm before rubbing your hands together to apply to your wet head.  Trust me, you also will save money and still have beautiful hair since an eight-oz. bottle will definitely last you longer than most.

You can buy Maple Holistics Argan Special Formula Shampoo on  The price originally was $29.99, but it is on SALE for $10.77!  You might guess who is going to get some.  If I were you, I would hurry over before the company depletes their supply.

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Are You Ready to Look Younger? COUI Skincare Super C Serum (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.

Finding anti-aging products that work for you can be a feat. However, I have been using a wonderful new serum formulated by renowned biochemist, Dr. Hanna Siva for COUI Skincare called Super C Serum that just may be what you're looking for to do your complexion justice.

Harnessing the power, Siva uses epidermal growth factor to help take aging skin to the next level along with vitamin C, marine kelp, collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid to repair and hydrate. 

I kept Super C Serum refrigerated as recommended for prolonging its shelf life.  Keeping the product does make the serum cloudy and thick, more like a lotion consistency when dispersed from its dropper, but it does not affect the performance.  

After using this serum twice a day for several weeks now, I am pleased to report that using two drops of this gentle formula that has slight citrus-like scent provided enough coverage for my entire face. This is not an oily serum, but one that after a minute or two on your skin and it absorbs in. I did follow with a moisturizer.  

The change I noticed to my complexion was a bit more brightening with velvety softness, improvement to my fine lines, and a more refined skin texture and clarity, which was lovely to discover.  My two deeper wrinkles at the sides of my cheeks near the mouth still are here with me, though they also seem to be gradually filling as time goes on.

This product is advertised to be beneficial also for those with damaged skin such as acne, rosacea, sun damages, and age spots due to its healing properties.  Since I do not personally suffer from those conditions, I am hardly fit to attest to the accuracy of that claim. 

COUI Skincare is also confident that you will love their Super C Serum that they giving Nuts 4 Stuff readers 30% off on the purchase price now until 9/30/2014 when you enter coupon code 8UWV5UGK at checkout! 

What I can tell you that is I thought it was a wonderful anti-aging product that does multitask to rejuvenate your skin.  Do try COUI Skincare's Super C Serum for yourself and see if this is the formula that also works for you!

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