Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beauty Box 5 March 2017 Review

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**


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This month is all about eyes with products valued at $72.75! 


Lash Bash is the theme Beauty Box 5 has for March with an assortment of products for dramatic eye beauty.

This beauty subscription usually will send five full and sample size items from makeup, skin and hair care, beauty tools, polishes and possibly fragrances for $12 a month along with free shipping.  However, this month’s eye box had all full size products!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Get More Plumping Power Out of Lip Plumping Products!

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Before you buy your next lip plumping product, I hope you keep my tip in mind!


Lip plumping products are wonderful when you need to build up small or aging lips.  Though only a temporary effect, hyaluronic acid, cinnamon and menthol are just a few among other such ingredients to look for that can increase volume by mildly irritating the lips.  However, if you’re wondering why those lip plumpers aren’t always delivering better results, you could be wrongfully blaming products when it could be a simple mistake on your part.

There is a trick to keep in mind if you want to get the best results when using these products. What you need to remember is that your lips need to be clean and completely dry first if you want them to work.

Try this the next time you reach for that lip plumper and you’ll be happier with your lips!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Age-Proof Your Look--Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation SPF 15 (Light) Review + Swatches!

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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In addition to skin care, you'll love the amount of coverage this Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation has!


The more you age, the more care that you’ll want to take with choosing the right foundation to suit your skin’s demanding needs.  If you intend to keep your complexion velvety smooth and flawless while protecting it from the elements, I found that a hard-working BB cream is a great way to go with all the benefits it offers, especially for older, dry complexions.

I always loved Mally Beauty’s foundations for their beautiful color matching and coverage, but never got around to trying their BB cream until the Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation SPF 15 (Light) arrived for this review.

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This is a swatch of the Light shade of the Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation.


Though I tried quite a few products of this type, the Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation was one of the best. Besides how lightweight it felt, this oil-free formula melted and blended into the skin to perfect my complexion’s look, this BB cream had impressive coverage for how it doubled almost as a concealer.  

My tool of choice was a flat-top foundation brush for applying.  All I needed was squeezing a small amount and then dabbed a few spots on my forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin before buffing in a circular motion.

I got to say that my skin had a slightly dewy radiance without any caking into my fine creases or laugh lines. Furthermore, this product had the ability to keep my face looking fresh without the need to touch up with any face powder throughout the hours that I wore it. 

If you’re aging and want to do it gracefully or just want a foundation-like skin care product, which can protect, treat, moisture and still deliver great coverage, I can’t be more pleased with Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($40).  Check it out because it is one of my favorites!  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How to Make Your Own DIY Shimmering Hair Styling Gel!


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Loose mineral bronzer or highlight powder like this face illuminizer works in this DIY shimmer for hair. 


When you want to give your hair some extra glam, I always found those shimmering hair sprays came in handy for adding a glimmer along with the shine.  Depending on how I style my hair, I don’t always rely on hair spray but other styling products. Therefore, I needed to find another way to make hair shimmer for those times like this DIY sparkling hair gel. 

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These tinted shimmering body powders also can add a sparkling glimmer to your hair.

All you need is your loose shimmering powder and hair gel.  A loose glimmering bronzing powder works for dark hair like mine or a loose gold highlighting powder.  Lighter hair would have more success with experimenting loose silver, gold toned or champagne tinged highlighting or similar sparkling body powders. Pink highlighting powders boost a unique radiance for brunettes and redheads also. 

What you do is to squeeze out your normal amount of hair gel in the palm of your hand and mix in a little of the loose shimmering powder while your hair is still damp. I usually use about 1/4 of a teaspoon for my hair, but you can add more or less after you see the effect for yourself.  

I hope you try my DIY shimmer for hair because it’s easy and provides a beautiful hold with glimmering finish that you’ll love!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to Boost the Look of Fine Hair!

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Changing your style can make a big difference.


Today, my hair is incredibly thick.  Yet, not so many years ago, I had shoulder-length, fine hair.  Strangely enough, I got a short, layered haircut, which forever changed the texture of my hair. At the time, I hated the style and couldn’t wait for it to grow out, but now know it was one of the best hair decisions that I ever made.

Of course, you don’t have to chop of your hair and do what I did.  There are fewer drastic measures that also help to boost the look of fine hair.  

To ease into the idea of cutting your hair, you should try putting some gentle layering into your hair. Fine hair that is one-length can be flat and limp, but getting your stylist to add some face-framing layers is easier to work with a curling iron, hot rollers or even a ceramic round brush and styling products when blow drying to create the impression of more hair.

Something else that I learned that really helps is coloring your hair since it coats the hair shaft to marvelously build up the strands.  Your hair will benefit when you go to touch it.

On the subject of what hair coloring can do, I also discovered that asking for some lighter toned  highlights in the same color family as the one you decide to go with does work to fool the eyes that the hair is more lush than it really is.  

Take care and know that I was in your same shoes once–-until that memorable haircut!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

How to Get Better Drainage for More Beautiful Houseplants!


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Your indoor plants will thrive using this tip.

I had to give some of my houseplants away because I was running out of room.  Usually, when I would need to transplant them into other clay containers, I put some tiny rocks to help them drain.  Of course, you could buy some.  However, why bother when you can get the same results for free outside or using something else that you probably are throwing away after buying something online?  I’m talking about those annoying Styrofoam peanuts that always seem to pop out of the boxes and end up sticking to you and all over the floor as you try to take the item you ordered out.

What I like to do now is save some of those Styrofoam peanuts and pull them out when I am in the mood to replant.  Instead of the small rocks, I put some of those peanuts at the bottom of the planter before the plant and potting soil.  

As lightweight as those peanuts are, they hold up well when you water.  Furthermore, they are especially great to use when replanting those larger plants that need heavier containers and a lot more soil since they don’t add weight.  Besides making some of those big planters easier to lift, you’ll also appreciate how your plants will thrive because those peanuts are sturdy.

I hope you give it a try because your plants will love it!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Demure Mineral Cosmetics Review + Swatches

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**


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Demure Mineral Cosmetics 


When you’re trying to steer clear of chemicals, preservatives, talc, fillers, fragrance, oils, and dyes for fear of what they may do to your health or if your skin reacts to most other products, mineral makeup like the products that arrived from Deluvia may work out better for you.

I got to try their Demure mineral foundation, blush, finishing powder, concealer, lipstick and assorted brushes, which are made from 100% crushed minerals from the earth for a safer makeup alternative. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recipe: Today Is a Good Time to Bake My Easy Molasses Drop Cookies!

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Wouldn't you love to try one with a hot cup of coffee right about now?


Though spring is around the corner, winter is hanging in there with snow storms for most of the country.  On days like this, I like to bake something delicious to help put smiles on faces when my family walks through the door, cold and disgusted.  What I decide to make depends on how much I have left to do on my schedule so I search my recipe box for the easiest goodies that I didn’t make in awhile like the cookie recipe that I’m about to share with you.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

An Easy Solution for Keeping Track of Makeup Expiration Dates!


I used to know when it was time to replace my makeup and skin care by using a small notebook system.  As soon as I bought a new beauty product, I would jot down the date of purchase along with the name of the product.  This worked well enough, but you can occasionally forget to check it often enough or where you last kept that notebook.  However, I found an easier, no-fail way of knowing when it is time to toss and replace those products.
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If you value your beauty, you need to read  this post.

Now what I do to safeguard is to attach a waterproof label to each new product along with the purchase date and expected expiration date. Read my earlier post on when to throw out and restock your beauty products.

Be sure to use a waterproof marker like a fine point Sharpie permanent one or the type of waterproof label that you can print with that info on your laser printer.  Marking it this way is the best preventive measure for keeping that important information from smearing to become unreadable.