Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How You Care for Your Sponges and Loofahs Can Mean the Difference Between Good and Bad Skin!

In order to best protect our skin, we need to do more than simply shower and bathe. Remember those bath sponges and loofahs that you bathe with need just as much attention in keeping our skin healthy.

A good idea to stave off any potential infections from harboring bacteria in that moist environment is to soak those sponges and loofahs weekly in one part bleach to ten parts of water to sterile.  

Keep them immersed for a few minutes before rinsing with water. Allow those sponges and loofahs to air dry thoroughly and hang them somewhere other than your moist, hot bathroom.

A few minutes devoted to giving those sponges and loofahs some tender loving care can only help keep your skin as beautiful as possible! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Perlier’s Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream Review-- #PerlierOnHSN

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.

Beautiful, soft hands can never go out of style.  When you are shopping for a new hand cream because your current brand isn’t doing as much for you as it should, I think you would like Perlier’s Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream that I was sent to review from iFabbo.

This hand cream has 100% organic shea butter and white lily extracts.  The product comes out fairly thick with a lovely floral fragrance that perfumes as it treats the skin.  It does absorb easily enough into the hands and leaves skin silky, not greasy.

The formula is advertised to help improve the elasticity and firmness of hands.  Yet, I have seen skin sag skin elsewhere on a body but don’t recall witnessing that particular issue when it comes to hands.  All I can say is it did right by my hands for the way it relieved dry skin and made them velvety and pretty again.  

Buy #PerlierOnHSN.  In fact, watch Perlier on HSN on July 24 and 25 because for some special package deals featuring this hand cream that you don’t want to miss out on!

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

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Apple Cream Pie Is a Deliciously Different Treat That You Need to Try!

Today, I have a wonderful recipe that I want to share with you for my Apple Cream Pie. Unlike a traditional apple pie that is brimming with apples and spices, this tasty version has an unusual ingredient of sour cream added to the mix along with a pastry-like crumb topping instead of a normal top crust.

You’ll find that the sour cream gives those apples and spices a luscious texture and such delectable flavor that you’ll fail to understand why you never tried sour cream before with your fruit pies.

As always, I do hope that you will use my oil-pie crust for this recipe.  Honestly, it is foolproof despite the oily ball you will form. It is the easiest, flakiest, and simply the best pastry recipe that you will ever want for dessert crusts, pot pies, or even quiche.

My Apple Cream Pie

one 9" pie crust or one recipe of my oil-pie crust
1 cup of sour cream
2 tablespoons of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 large egg
3 cups of diced tart apples
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg


1/3 cup of flour
½ cup of firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of butter

Mix the sour cream, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt together first and then add the egg and vanilla and combine thoroughly.

Stir in the apples to the mixture next and mix through.

Pour the ingredients into the pie crust and bake in a 400-degree oven for about 25 minutes.

While the pie is baking, prepare the topping as you would a shortening type pastry by rolling the ingredients together with your hands to form large crumbs.  

When you take the pie out, sprinkle the topping mixture over it and return to the oven and continue baking for about 15 more minutes.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Beauty of Recording Over the Air Broadcasts With Mediasonic’s HomeWorX HW-150 PVR and HW-210AN Flat HDTV Antenna! (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.

Cutting the cord for cable TV can present problems. For me it was recording television shows I want to watch later. VCRs were great before HDTV and DVRs are fabulous. However, VCRs can’t record current TV signals because they have no tuners.  Another issue is that DVRs can record multiple channels at the same time only if you pay a service fee to companies like TiVo.  But I found a way to record TV inexpensively-- it’s a little PVR (personal video recorder) from Mediasonic.

I got the Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorX ATSC Digital TV Converter Box with Media Player and Recording PVR Function/HDMI Out (Black).  They sell this on Amazon.com for around $37.  
This converter box will output a 1080 HD signal via an HDMI cable to your HDTV or a standard definition signal through component cables or standard RCA cables.  You can watch a HD picture or a standard definition signal depending on the cord used and, of course, the TV.  

The set up of this unit was very easy.  All you need is to plug in a USB external hard drive or use a USB Flash Drive to record something.  TV programs in HD are big so I would recommend the hard drive.  

The cost for a bigger thumb drive makes the hard drive approach less expensive. Furthermore, you can save more programs.  

You can use the HW-150PVR to watch TV through the box or stick a USB compatible drive right into the port in the front. Recording is as simple as pressing the Record button or by setting it up to record something later just by hitting the Timer button just like a VCR would do. You can also use the built in program guide to select a program you want to record and by clicking on that program the unit schedules it just like a DVR.  All this will go to your USB drive.

By the way, this unit is actually made with metal too.  I have had a lot of electronics lately that came in plastic cases.   This looks like better quality.

I have to say I spent some hours looking for a device to record over the air television.  I looked in my local stores and the sales reps in my local big box stores kept pushing TiVo. They had no DVRs on the shelf except for that one company. When I looked at all the VCRs none had digital tuners!  I’ve heard of DVD recorders with tuners and hard drives but none are being carried in stores around me.  

This Mediasonic HW-150PVR unit jumped out at me as solving a problem.  They make other units as well.  I have to try some of those too.  You should look at these also because they are all inexpensive and that’s what I wanted!   Best Buy and other big box stores better crack open some shelf space for Mediasonic.  Had I seen one of these six months ago I would have snapped them up sooner. For just a little more than $37, they also make great gifts. 

When you do finally decide that you had enough of those cable fees but still need a way to pick up a good signal for HDTV, then you should try the Mediasonic’s HW-210AN Flat HDTV antenna that I also got to review.  This product works like a champ!

The antenna is small, just a bit bigger than a wash cloth.  I liked the fact that it’s flat and can hide behind stuff and still get a great picture.  

They even designed it with a white side and a black side so you can flip it if you want to make it less visible by having the color blend in with the surroundings.  They do give you some hook & loop pads to help stick the antenna to something.  They even give you some pins and there are some holes in the antenna to pin it if you chose that route.  Mine is just propped up and in an unobtrusive spot.  

Mediasonic gives you a nice coaxial cable to attach your antenna.  Usually when you get cables with a device they are adequate but cheap.  Mediasonic’s cables are high quality with nice long firm connectors guaranteeing you a good connection and the signal you are looking for.  You don’t want to buy a great antenna only to lose the signal through a poor cable or a connection that isn’t complete. 

Nowadays HDTV signals are broadcast for free over the air in an uncompressed format. Cable TV can be compressed to squeeze more channels through the cable “pipe” so you are paying ever increasing amounts to the big cable providers. Why pay for something you can get for free?  And if all you want are the networks and some local stations go with a good antenna like Mediasonic’s HW-210AN and you’ll save a bundle. Even if you’re happy with cable, you better buy one before it goes out so you have something to watch while waiting for the cable repair guy.  

The HW-210AN is a simple and clean design. Face it antennas should be something you don’t notice and this one accomplishes that easily. What you want an antenna for is a clear picture and Mediasonic delivers that at a fair price.  

I can get all the programming I want over the air.  And for the cable shows I want...there’s always DVDs, streaming, and my local public library.  I don’t starve for quality TV.  I cut my cord and have more money in my pocket.

With my new Mediasonic HW-150PVR and HW-210AN antenna, I am not missing a thing that I want to watch.  Do yourself a favor and check out these products and save while beautifying your viewing experience!
*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Friday, July 18, 2014

SquareHue Nail Polish Beauty Box--July 2014 Passport Collection: Barcelona Review–SWATCHES!

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.

Now that I have stronger, prettier nails due to the biotin supplements that I have been taking, I can paint them again! In fact, I have been catching up on adorning them with beautiful colors and brands like what you can get monthly with a SquareHue nail polish subscription.

I had never tried this brand before, but I was sent the SquareHue July 2014 offering. For $14.99 plus shipping, you receive three of their customized polishes per month that revolve around a theme.  

Traveling the world is at your fingertips with the Passport Collection’s Barcelona Box that I received.  The colors are as vibrant as the foreign city of its inspiration.  Take a look at how magnificent these choices are for summer.

SquareHue Passport Collection for July 2014Barcelona:

1.  Passig de Gracia–A shimmering, bright true orange shade meant to dazzle against bronze skin.  

2.  Placa Catalunya–This is a lively, hot pink color with micro-shimmers.  

3.  Rambla de Raval–When you are set to impress, this glimmering, dark purple-plum with a black tone to it is dramatic and makes a statement. It also has micro-shimmers reflecting a bit of smoldering bronze within its depths in the bottle.

Here I'm modeling Passig de Gracia.

This is Placa Catalunya.

Let me show you Rambla de Raval.

I primed with a base coat and used one coat before applying a top coat. You may want to add an extra coat to punch up the intensity of the shades even more, especially in case of the thinner consistency of the orange color; however, I thought one suited me just right. 

Their formula is made in the United States, which is wonderful in itself.  Equally important, SquareHue polish is made without formaldehyde, toulene, DBP, camphor, or any formaldehyde resin that may pose a health risk. 
Furthermore, the polish wore well through my normal day at the computer or household chores without making me hurry to redo them.  

What more could any fashion forward beauty want then a SquareHue Nail Polish Beauty Box each month? I know that I couldn’t be more pleased. Check them out!

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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

**WIN**Lavanila’s Vanilla Lavender Healthy Fragrance Review + ($58) Giveaway!–Ends August 4, 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.

Classic vanilla scents have met their match when it comes to Lavanila’s Vanilla Lavender Healthy Fragrance.  Clean and fresh with a splash of warm vanilla, this fragrance is sure to capture your heart with its irresistible cozy feeling.

The scent opens with enchanting freshness from notes of Spanish lavender competing with Madagascar vanilla. The way the vanilla tempered the herbal lavender gives it less of a typical sweet vanilla influence.  Instead it adds a delicate herbal freshness that is beautiful to behold.  

Once combined with the notes of rose absolute and violet leaf, this gentle floral possesses lovely light sweetness the more it warms as those buds seem to blossom in the heart.  

As it dries down, the vanilla turns powdery and effortlessly graceful giving the fragrance a comforting embrace where you want to linger.

As with all of Lavanila’s fragrances, you never need to worry about the health hazards of petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, sulfates, and parabens.  Only essential oils and nurturing botanicals go into their formulas, which is something else that I love about this company.

If you’re passionate about vanilla fragrances, this one from Lavanila deserves your attention because it is an alluring sheer floral layered with a surprisingly soft measure of warm vanilla instead of a heavier dose of gourmand-like vanilla. 

The 1.7 fl. oz. Lavanila Healthy Vanilla Lavender Fragrance retails for $58.  Do check it out because I know that you would love it as much as this perfumista does!

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

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Korean Secret to Beautiful Skin--Memebox Special #7 Milk Box (Review) + July Discount Code!

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.

Whether you’re at the beach, by the pool, lounging in your backyard or strapped to your desk at work, you need smooth, soft skin to be the confident beauty that you are. With the latest arrival of Korean beauty, the Memebox Special #7 Milk Box comes equipped with seven milk-based beauty products that help keep you looking your best.

The Memebox Special #7 Milk Box retailed for $23 plus $6.99 shipping.  Unfortunately, it sold out quickly.  Of course, I am not surprised considering what an amazing stash of products I found inside that perky pink box.  Hold on to your seats because you will find some unique beauty items with ingredients that you don’t see every day in the states.  

Memebox Special #7 Milk Box

1.  Hello Everybody Bubble Bath Steam Milk–25g--Full Size ($4)

2.  Hello Everybody Nature Holic Body Lotion Milk–300ml–Full Size ($25)

3.  Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub–25g–Full Size ($11)

4.  Pure Smile Milk Mask Pack–23ml–Full Size ($1)

5. Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk & Argan Oil Multi Steam Cream–100g–Full Size ($34)

6. Enesti Rice & Milk Foaming Cleanser–120ml–Full Size ($15)

7. Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Milk–Full Size ($1)

Total Value:  $91

I did not try the Hello Everybody Bubble Bath Steam Milk yet.  However, I plan to take advantage and pamper myself in a creamy bubble bath with softening milk protein and other skin pleasing ingredients like almond oil, chamomile and rosemary leaf extract on the first cool day.   

The Hello Everybody Nature Holic Body Lotion Milk is a rich, scented lotion made out of goat’s milk, aloe vera, honey, lemon balm, and spearmint extract that your skin will love.  It delivers intensive moisture and is fast absorbing.  

Keeping lips kissable at all times is my number one priority. The Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub in Camomile Milk was a gentle way to exfoliate the lips with choice natural ingredients like sugar, peach, milk protein, chamomile extracts, and bees wax to make sure those kisses continue rolling in. 

I must confess that I do have a weakness for facial masks whether I make them in my kitchen or take them out of a package like the Pure Smile Milk Mask Pack because they do boost radiance and help skin creams, serums, and lotions work harder.  All I had to do was apply the mask sheet over my clean face and relax with it on for about 20 minutes.  I cheated and took a half hour break and allowed those milk proteins extra time to beautify me before I removed.  It does make the complexion feel velvety.

I hinted around before about an unusual product.  I was talking about the Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk & Argan Oil Multi Steam Cream.  This is a luxurious, rich face cream that I lavished over my clean face to hydrate and smooth my complexion.  

The Enesti Rice & Milk Foaming Cleanser is a foaming cleanser more like a nourishing natural soap, not intended to remove makeup–only gently to wash and revive the complexion with its moisturizing ingredients.  My dry skin felt nice and not tight.

The Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Milk was fun also for inviting kisses.  This is a lip patch that is full of milk proteins for repairing dryness.  You wear in over your lips for about thirty minutes and then pat in the ingredients before discarding.  Be ready to pucker up again after this with the lip renewal it brings.

If you thought milk was only for drinking, think again!  Milk beauty products can work wonders for smoother texture and hydration when it comes to your skin.  Though you may have lost your chance at snagging this Memebox Special #7 Milk Box, the company will take $5 off any order now through July 31 when you enter discount code SJNCTE18HN at checkout. This discount is limited to one time per customer. 

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