Saturday, January 31, 2015

Revive Your Complexion With My Milk Exfoliant Recipe!

Something nice you can do for your face today is to try this homemade recipe for my milk exfoliant. It is so simple to make with only three ingredients, but it will do wonders for your freshly washed complexion and its texture.

The combination of milk, which is loaded with lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and lemon juice, another AHA, makes this beneficial exfoliant work harder to gently remove dead skin cells and encourage healthy new cells to emerge.  Try it yourself to see how beautifully your complexion will respond.

My Milk Exfoliant Recipe

1-1/2  tablespoons powdered milk
1-1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice (fresh is best)
3/4 teaspoon of warm water

Mix the ingredients together until you have a paste like consistency that is spreadable.

Apply to your face and start rubbing, but avoid the eye area.  

Keep the exfoliant on for about a minute before you should rinse it off with cool water.

Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Care for Leather Boots and Shoes After Walking Through Snow and Salt!

This winter weather can hurt our skin but also can extend to our leather boots and shoes.  If you were wondering how to clean those white spots left behind on your boots and shoes after walking through the snow and salt, then here’s how to quickly clean them.

Take a soft, clean cloth and wipe your boots or shoes with white vinegar.  Within seconds, the white residue will be gone without harming the leather.

Black scuff marks, on the other hand, call for a different solution.  My suggestion is dunking a soft cloth in water, then some baking soda or you can make a paste.  As gently as possible, you rub the mark and it should lift.  Clean your work with another clean, damp cloth and dry.

Another thing I want to pass on to help wet boots keep their shape is by stuffing the inside with rolled up newspaper while you let them dry.  This helps minimize the leather wrinkling, especially for those buttery soft leathers.

Also, make sure never to dry those wet boots or shoes near the radiator or heating duct.  This can have damaging effects like causing the leather to crack or you might shrink the skin.  

Further protect the leather with a waterproofing product.  Some of the commercial ones that I tried, I wasn’t thrilled with the results.  What I recommend that does a wonderful job and is safe for leather is a bit of floor wax to waterproof or some petroleum jelly, which also is a great leather conditioner to keep the grain from drying out.  

Winter is long and brutal, but these few tips can safeguard your leather investment! 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine’s Day Beauty Begins With Keune So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Hair Care Products (Review) + WIN ($92) Giveaway! (US & Canada)--Ends February 18, 2015

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.
Valentine’s Day is when you need your hair to be glorious.  If you demand for it to be shiny, manageable and yet invitingly soft looking to tempt a romantic caress, then you would like the Keune So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing hair care products that I have been using because these hair care essentials do all those things and more.

My hair is thick, dry and color-treated.  This is not the greatest combination especially in a winter environment, but you should see how my suffering hair responded.  The So Pure line is based on wholesome healing power from plant extracts and essential oils for both hair and mind with soothing aromatherapy qualities. 

To begin with, Keune’s So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Shampoo is a deeply penetrating formula that is free of sulfates and parabens.  It has extra certified argan and palmarosa oils as well as shea butter that brought new vitality to my rather dull hair.  In addition, you will love its delectable sweet, cherry-like aroma while lathering up.  
The Keune So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Conditioner further brought that beauty along with more certified argan oil, palmarosa oil and shea butter. You can use this on both wet and dry hair.  I added a little after my shampoo and kept it on for a few minutes before rinsing it out.  I was amazed at how well it untangled hair because my wide-toothed comb never glides as easily through my heavy, longer hair as it did with this stuff.

I added a few drops of Keune So Pure Natural Balance Moroccan Olive Oil treatment while my hair was still damp, concentrating more on the ends. This vitamin intensive oil repairs the hair but also shields it from damaging heat whether from UV rays or styling tools.  

Just after using those three new Keune products, my hair looked so much healthier with more gloss and softness once I styled it.  I really didn’t think it could get too much better.

Then the following week, I tried the Keune So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Treatment, which was a real beauty find. This hair mask is what you want when you hair is really hurting from the deep conditioning this one can do.  It  has micro proteins from Moringa seed extract that until personally trying it will you know how incredibly those specific ingredients work to hydrate and increase the amount of luster.  I can’t begin to explain the silky feel that it suddenly had again or how nicely behaved when styling.

After that intense conditioning, my hair was in great shape with just their shampoo and the moisturizing conditioner.  I didn’t need to give it any heavy treatment until about three weeks later.  At that time, I decided the Keune So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Overnight Repair might be a good bet.  The serum provided just enough conditioning without weighing my hair down with its micro proteins from wheat and Moringa seed along with restorative oils like ylang ylang, palmarosa and argan. You are meant to rinse it out in the morning, but my hair absorbed the amount I applied that I kept it in until later that night before shampooing it out.

I really loved these products because they seriously bolster the condition of dry, damaged hair and turn it around while making you feel like you’re in a spa with that wonderful, lingering aroma. 

Gift yourself with this system from Keune if your hair needs rescuing as well and then wait until you see your hair respond with new life!  

*Disclaimer: Free product was provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.* 

Thanks to Keune Hair Care, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins the above five full-size Keune So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Hair Care Products ($92 value)!

Giveaway details and how to enter–

Prize: One (1) winner will receive the set of five Keune hair care products–So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Shampoo (8.5 oz.), So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Conditioner (6.8 oz.), So Pure Natural Balance Moroccan Olive Oil treatment (1.5 oz.), So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Dry Hair Treatment (6.8 oz.), and So Pure Natural Balance Moisturizing Overnight Repair (5.1 oz.) for a ($92 value)!

Dates of entry: 01/29/15–2/17/15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Eligibility: Open to USA and Canada.  The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How Never to Get Lipstick on Your Teeth Again!

IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lip Stain Collection
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain Collection

As beautiful as lipstick can color our lips, it can sometimes end up on our teeth, embarrassing us to no end. I don’t know about you, but it seemed to happen to me at the worst times like a first date, job interview, or something else where you needed to make a wonderful impression.  However, I want to share a great trick that will stop that awful lipstick problem once and for all.

After you apply your lipstick, I want you to stick your index finger in your mouth and then purse your lips around that finger.   Now slowly pull your finger out.  Any excess lipstick lands on your finger instead of those pearly whites this way.

Try it and you'll see how well this tip works!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hello Mojito Mint Toothpaste, Mouthwash and Breath Spray 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.

Hello is a brand of ADA (American Dental Society) accepted dental products that you
may not be aware of yet.  They have several different interesting flavors of fluoride toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath sprays such as Pink Grapefruit Mint, Supermint, and the variety I received with Mojito Mint.

Hello Mojito Mint Toothpaste
Hello Mojito Mint Toothpaste for intense freshness!

Brushing with Hello Mojito Mint toothpaste blasts your mouth with intense cool, mint freshness while making your teeth feel exceptionally clean.  The wonderful taste of it will make you probably want to brush longer.  

Yet, it also has something I did not like about this product–the container.  The first thing you will notice is the toothpaste comes in a plastic bottle that stands instead of a conventional tube.  This makes getting the product out harder than squeezing from a tube.  Furthermore, it makes it nearly impossible to get the product out later with more use.

The Hello Mouthwash and Breath Spray in Moijto Mint were excellent picks for total breath freshness, especially great to have on hand for Valentine’s Day readiness for all that kissing you’re going to do.

Hello Mojito Mint Mouthwash
Hello Mojito Mint Mouthwash

Hello Mojito Mint Breath Spray
Hello Mojito Mint Breath Spray

Do visit the Hello website for more information and where to buy.

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

Extending the Life of Your Hair Color--A Few Changes That You Should Try Now!

After all the trouble we go through for coloring our hair, we want those beautiful results to last.  Yet, if you have been wondering why your hair color fades sooner than you would have liked, then I may be able to offer you some insight into why this is happening and suggest a few changes to your routine that definitely helps.

For the longest time, I was under the assumption that 24 to 48 hours was all the time needed before it was safe to shampoo my freshly colored hair. Perhaps, you also thought this was long enough to keep your hair color in tact.  However, the real truth is that it takes 72 hours for the cuticle layer to close completely after a hair coloring process.

Another mistake that shortens the life span of our hair coloring is too heavily rinsing the hair after shampooing and conditioning.  What you should do instead is not saturate your head with a strong downpour of water but tilt it back and rinse briefly.  

The temperature of the water that you use to shampoo and rinse matters as well.  Avoid extremely hot water and opt for lukewarm to cool water if you plan to keep that hair color.  The rule to remember is the hotter the temperature of that water, the more color you will find rinsing out.

Just as important, make it a practice to always follow up shampooing with a conditioner. Regardless of the one in your bathroom, your hair will need one that is meant for color-treated hair.  This is the only conditioner that will give it a protective barrier to best seal the color in.  

It’s also a good idea to use a weekly leave-in conditioner to keep the hair as healthy as possible.  Make sure to pay extra attention to depositing more of that conditioner toward the ends.

Shampooing less than every day also helps prolong hair coloring. For those with oily hair or a head loaded with styling products, you should think of using a dry shampoo or even some cornstarch or baby powder on your roots.  

Heat is not your hair’s friend, especially with hair color.  Make it a point to use a thermal spray for heat protection.  To best safeguard that fresh color, do avoid your styling tools for at least a week.  The worst offenders are curling and flat irons that make direct contact with your hair. 

Do take these tips to heart because they will help your hair better hold onto that gorgeous color longer!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

**WIN**$3,442 Valentine’s Day Beauty in the Forever Flawless Kissed in Bliss Sweepstakes!–Ends February 14, 2015

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. 

Forever Flawless Kissed in Bliss Sweepstakes
Forever Flawless Kissed in Bliss Sweepstakes

Rev up your beauty with this exciting Valentine’s Day giveaway that I want to share with you from Forever Flawless.  The company invites you to enter their Kissed in Bliss Sweepstakes where one lucky winner wins the ultimate Forever Flawless Skin & Body Bliss Pack.  In addition, there will be two fabulous first and second prizes up for grabs. Trust me, ladies, you cannot afford to miss this one!

Do check out the details of the prizes below:

One (1) Grand Prize: Forever Flawless Ultimate Bliss Pack: Includes 1 Black Diamond Collection ($2499), 1 White Diamond Collection ($399), 1 Forever Flawless Eau De Toilette ($325), One Body Care Set ($120), & 1 Nail Kit ($99)- Prize Package Retail Value: $3442

One (1) First Prize: Forever Flawless White Diamond Collection - Prize Retail Value: $399
One (1) Second Prize: Forever Flawless Body Care Set Retail Value: $120

Make sure to enter Forever Flawless Kissed in Bliss Valentine's Sweepstakes and take advantage of their wonderful skin care products.  Perhaps, YOU will be one of the lucky ones to win!  After all, I know what you love.  Am I right?

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