Sunday, May 3, 2015

How to Tame Unruly Brows With Two Simple Beauty Fixes!

For unruly brows, you turn to brow gels.  However, you might want to try two simple fixes that can also do a wonderful job of taming wild brows.

Get a toothbrush or you save an old mascara wand that you thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before lightly spraying with hair spray.  Brush over your brows and you will regain control.  

Another great substitute for brow gels is applying a little hair gel to keep them in place.  Combing this through with your toothbrush or old mascara wand works nicely for more even distribution, but you also dab some hair gel on with finger and spread.  

I hope you try both of these tricks because they can save the day to keep your brows well groomed when you run out of brow gel!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

My Heavenly Date Nut Bread Makes for a Special Treat!

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My Heavenly Date Nut Bread

Quick breads are wonderful to have on hand or pull out of the freezer when you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth.  They are easy to make like this very delicious recipe that I have for you today.

My Date Nut Bread makes a moist spice loaf packed with dates and walnuts that is best just to eat plain.  Of course, you add a cream cheese topping, but it is not needed.  This sweet bread is rich-tasting enough that a topping is only extra calories!

I hope that you give my recipe a try sometime because it is very good.

My Heavenly Date Nut Bread 
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My Heavenly Date Nut Bread also freezes well!

2 cups of chopped, pitted dates
1-1/2 cups of boiling water
1-1/2 teaspoons of baking soda, leveled
1/3 cup of canola oil
1 cups of sugar
2 cups of sifted flour
1/4 cup of molasses (dark or light)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon if ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Chop your dates into small pieces first before you add the boiling water to pour over them along with the baking soda.  

Next, beat the oil with your sugar before adding the vanilla and eggs, one at a time and beating through to mix.  

Add a little at time of the sifted flour and spices next and combine until mixed through with the date and oil mixture.  

Stir in the chopped nuts last.

Grease a loaf pan (9-in. X 5-in. X 3-in.) and pour your batter in.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for about an hour.  This depends on how your oven is regulated because it may be up to five or ten minutes more or until a toothpick, cake tester, or a slender knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


Friday, May 1, 2015

**WIN**Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum ($80) Giveaway! (5 Winners!)–Ends May 19, 2015

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post for Kleem Organics.  

We start out born with beautiful, flawless skin. Unfortunately, life catches up with all of us to spoil that perfection through the environment, heredity, and time itself to make our faces age. Therefore, you need to prepare early to best save your complexion. A good start is with giving your skin the healthiest natural ingredients of only what it needs over synthetic chemicals like what I like to use with Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum to give my face real results.   

I test a lot of different anti-aging products and they are not created equally. I am not just saying this because Kleem Organics is a sponsor but because this is a potent anti-aging solution with 20% natural vitamin C with plant-based hyaluronic acid, arginine, aloe vera, vitamin E with other carefully selected organic ingredients that helps skin regain collagen and rediscover its natural splendor.

I have been using this serum for quite a while and like what I see when I look in a mirror at how this lightweight serum can firm and enable the complexion to reveal its natural radiance.  And the best part of seeing this gorgeous revival of your complexion is it is an affordable way to keep yourself looking this good at $23.99. 

You owe it to yourself to try Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum and incorporate it into your beauty regime on a regular basis.  Trust me, then prepare to receive compliments!

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post for Kleem Organics.  A free product was also provided.

Thanks to Kleem Organics, five lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States wins a full size bottle of Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum ($80 total value)!

Giveaway details and how to enter–

Prize: Five (5) winners will each receive a full size Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum ($80 value).

Dates of entry: 05/01/15–05/18/15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Monthly Complexion Revival Facial Mask Deep Cleans and Encourages Cell Renewal

This facial mask is one I use monthly for a thorough deep cleaning to unclog what still may remain trapped in my pores from makeup and products as well as providing a healthy renewal to the complexion with all the protein, a storehouse of B vitamins, and minerals from brewer’s yeast and plain yogurt. At the same time, it heals and gently moisturizes the skin in a beautiful way from honey.  It will not take your wrinkles away, but it does brighten and give the face somewhat of a lift.

As you know, I have shared my other homemade skin care recipes with you because I believe firmly in the power of natural ingredients when it comes to seeing complexion results.  This is another recipe that is simple but quite effective for improving the look of your skin.  I do hope you try it because it does not disappoint!

Look in my right sidebar in the labels section and scroll down to homemade skin care recipes.  There you will find other wonderful recipes that I have tried that have done nice things for my skin–and they will do the same for you, too.

My Monthly Complexion Revival Facial Mask

1-1/2 teaspoons of powdered brewer’s yeast
1 tablespoon of plain yogurt
½ teaspoon of honey

Mix the three ingredients together and apply to your clean face and neck.  

You will want to go stretch out and get comfortable on your bed because you want to keep this mask on for about 25-30 minutes.  After all, you deserve a break and some “me” time to energize.

When the time is up, rinse the mask off with tepid and then cool water before drying.

This mask will not only make your face bloom with new vitality but also make you smile because your skin will look amazing.                     

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: L’Occitane en Provence’s Second L’OcciBox for Spring, 2015 Is Here!

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.

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L’Occitane en Provence got into the beauty sampling program back in December with a seasonal box. This Spring I received the second L’OcciBox, full of their best-selling products and one from a special partner.

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This is L'Occitane's Second L'OcciBox.  It does makes a beautiful gift.  

Besides an excellent way to test out some great beauty before you buy full-size products is the fact that you can buy by the box instead of being tied to an annual subscription.  The cost is $20, but the box has a $50 value. 

Just look at the contents of this second L’OcciBox for Spring, 2015.

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L'Occitane's Second L'OcciBox for Spring 2015

1.  Shea Whipped Hand Cream (30ml) – Another favorite hand cream of mine with 25% shea butter with a lighter texture.  

2.  Shea Butter Hand Cream (10ml) – This is an amazing, hardworking formula with 20% shea butter that I use all the time.  It doesn’t leave hands greasy, but soothes irritation quickly to leave softness behind.

3.  Jasmin & Bergamote Eau de Toilette (1.2ml) – This is a lovely fruity-floral where jasmine is the star set off with freshness from bergamot.  

4.  Immortelle Brightening Essence Sample (1ml) – This immortelle flower formula is for evening out complexion tone and brightening.

5.  Immortelle Precious Serum (7ml) – This anti-aging serum has the immortelle flower for its restorative powers in help with lines and wrinkles. 

6.  Bone Mere Rose Soap (3.5oz.) – This gentle formula with palm oil cleans without stripping skin’s natural oils as it scents with romantic rose.  

7.  1 cube of Sugarfina Champagne Bears (3.3oz.) – This luxury candy is inflused with classic Brut and Rose champagne! 

You can buy these limited boxes online or at L’Occitane’s boutiques, but you need to hurry if you want to take advantage of this deal.  Enter coupon code, SUGAR, at checkout to get that $20 price.

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Are You Properly Caring for the Skin of Your Eye Area Or Unknowingly Causing Damage?

The eye area is prone to premature aging so the earlier you to protect it, the younger you will look.

Since our eyes are one of the first places others gravitate to, we need to take extra precautions on delaying that advancement of time as much as we can.  Otherwise, we could be making the aging problem much worse unless making a few simple changes to properly care for that delicate area.  

Considering how thin the skin of the eye area is at approximately 1/32 inch in thickness, you need to remember how easily that skin can be stretched.  Therefore, you need to minimize the amount of accumulative damage that results every time you tug or rub that area from how you apply eye cosmetics to allergies. 
Instead, you might want to rethink your tube concealer and replace with a smoother liquid or cream.  Patting this product or any eye cream lightly in with your ringer finger will use less pressure than forcing a heavier formulation.  

Allergies can come from practically anything, but if you suddenly developed symptoms that coincide with any new shampoo, conditioner, face cream, or eye cream, then try putting it aside for a few days to see if your condition improves.  

Natural skin care creams and eye products may be missing complicated chemical ingredients but may use plant extracts that also may trigger allergies in sensitive individuals.  Keep this in mind.

Switching to a different product could be all you need to stop any eye irritation and keep your hands away. You can always try over the counter antihistamines to help with itching  and watery eyes from allergies as well.

Limiting that excess stretching of the skin is very important, but so is the type of eye cream you use.  Instead of a heavy, rich formula of eye gel or eye cream that you may think will work more effectively for anti-aging, you should look for a lightweight lotion that won’t end up trapped under the eye.  

Daily applications of these heavy eye creams are unable to break down and build up deposits.  Once set, those deposits can add to the look of bagging under the eyes. What you might not be aware of is that a majority of women wanting “eye lifts” or blepharoplasty operations result because of heavyweight eye creams over the years. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: NEW Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette, Body Milk, and Perfumed Soap From L’Occitane en Provence–Fresh Floral Extraordinaire!

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.

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, I am happy to tell you that L’Occitane en Provence added another fragrance for women to their La Collection de Grasse.  Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette is their new fresh fruity-floral offering that is a sensory experience of feminine beauty.

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Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Body Milk, Eau de Toilette, and Perfumed Soap from L'Occitane en Provence.

This fragrance opens with a sparkling spirit from juicy top notes of invigorating citruses and black currant. Though pronounced, this composition is carefully orchestrated because once those notes further warm in the floral heart with iris and ylang-ylang along with peach and fig milk, it loses that stronger crispness and mellows. The result is an intriguing mix of fresh verus powdery notes that embody its radiant personality. As it dries down, the base notes of cedar and white musk softly entice and seduce.

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Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc from L'Occitane en Provence, unboxed

The Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Perfumed Body Milk ($27) is a pampering way to compliment the Eau de Toilette ($78) with that lovely scent.  This pink lotion is just what you need to richly moisturize the skin and keep that fragrance going even longer. 

The Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Perfumed Soap ($7) is a joyous luxury as well.  The fragrance seems to linger after washing with this gentle soap.

You may want to look into L’Occitane en Provence’s Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc products this year for gift giving for both your mother and yourself because you both deserve this sweet combo of fruits and flowers!

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