Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Demeter Fragrance’s Limited Edition 2015 Foolproof Blending Library Sampler Set Debuts Black Friday for $20!

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Demeter Fragrance’s Limited Edition 2015 Foolproof Blending Library Sampler Set

Fragrance is one beauty essential that I never skip wearing.  Finding the right one to suit your body chemistry can be the perfect finishing touch to help set you apart from the crowd.  If you are tired of blindly following the pack with the same scents that all your friends are wearing, then listen up because I have a suggestion that will solve that problem with what PR sent along with Demeter Fragrance’s Foolproof Blending Library.

Being a perfumista, I had a blast testing, blending with the strips provided in this set and layering the 10 different fragrances that are included in this first set of 3-ml spray vials that come in this Catalogue 1. Think of the beautiful combinations that will be at your fingertips with these 10 fragrances that include:
1. --  Baby Powder
2. --  Pure Soap
3. -- Sunshine 
4. -- Gin & Tonic
5. --  Laundromat
6. --  Clean Skin
7. --   Wet Garden
8. --  Salt Air
9. --  Lavender
10.-- Jasmine

Lavender, Sunshine and Baby Powder is a delightful blend.  Then again, Jasmine and Salt Air is a haunting combination, but introduce some Gin & Tonic gives it a sexy twist. I could go on and on with exciting new custom fragrances as I continue mixing and experimenting with this set.  

What I really liked was this set gives you the opportunity to sample 10 Demeter Fragrances to see what works the best with your body’s unique chemistry.

This Limited Edition Black Friday Foolproof Blending Library Sampler Set will be specially priced at $20 on November 27.  You can find all the fragrances in this set also at, Walgreen’s and the Look Boutique inside Duane Reade.

Also when you’re shopping for fragrance, you may want to take a look at Demeter’s Foolproof Blending Duos and Trios when making out your gift list.   With the Duos ($35), you get two colognes and an empty bottle to transfer your special blend or to just enjoy separately.  

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This is the funnel and tools that came inside the Foolproof Blending Duo for transferring your fragrance creation.

You might want to check out the limited edition selection of Christmas Tree and Sweet Orange available from November-January 2016 or the Clean Skin/Sunshine or Jasmine/Lavender Sets. 

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Demeter Fragrance’s Foolproof Blending Duos

The Foolproof Blending Trios ($45) is another great suggestion for any fragrance fanatic.  Each set has three separate one-oz. bottles of spray cologne like this delicious Vanilla assortment that has Hawaiian Vanilla, Angel Food and Gingerbread.

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Demeter Fragrance’s Foolproof Blending Trio

Yet, there are so many tempting sets to choose from in either the Duos or Trios that you may find it hard to decide.  Regardless, I say variety makes life fun so do pick some Demeter Fragrances or sets up because who wouldn't love crafting their own original fragrances

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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Meet some of the wild turkey that live in my yard.  Here are some as they enjoy their day.

Being Thanksgiving, I will be taking the day off to enjoy the holiday with my family and friends.  However, I just wanted to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving as well.

Before going, I thought you might get a chuckle when you see my wild turkeys that live in my yard. Here are some of the girls and a baby.

You probably will find this hard to believe, but I had one curious turkey last year that I was calling to actually follow me up my walk.  I could have had fresh turkey dinner because she was practically at my front door. Our next door neighbor was so amazed that he brought out his video camera and filmed my friendly feathered friend.  She truly looked ready to expect an invitation inside.

Unlike the commercial food variety, our wild turkeys have beautiful markings and a regal presence about them.  She just stood there looking at me inside my front door staring out at her.  It was the craziest thing ever.

All that I would have had to do would be to shoot her, but I couldn’t hurt anything if you want to know the truth.  So, I simply buy a prepared carcass of the ugly variety and a fowl that I do not personally know.

Take care and Happy Thanksgiving again!   Nuts 4 Stuff will be back to normal operation tomorrow with lots of interesting content to beauty you and your life.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: VMV Hypoallergenics Cosmetics for Holiday Beauty Without Any Surprises!

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VMV Hypoallergenics Cosmetics 

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VMV Hypoallergenics seal
Having allergies is no fun because you never know when something seemingly innocent as a product, food, environment or material can cause you problems.  A reaction to cosmetics that you have trusted and used for a long time can occur at any time with itching, swelling, redness, blotches or puffy eyes. However, your beauty stands a better chance when you have validated hypoallergenic cosmetics like VMV Hypoallergenics that passed vigorous trials of testing for common allergens.
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Ooh-La-Lash Volumizing Mascara

My eyes have always been extra sensitive and can water, itch and turn red at times with certain mascara formulas. Therefore, I looked forward to the testing the Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara ($23).  Made with a clay-like compound and iron oxide pigments, this variety I discovered was extremely gentle with tubules to coat the lash that later slips off when you wash the product away.  

I found the best method to build up the thickness was aiming to get as close to the lash line as possible before brushing upward and out. Two coats can take your lashes beyond amazing when going all out glam, but one coat was fine for every day for my needs.  It never clumped or left any black residue or rings around my eyes while I had it on either.

The Skin-The Bluff Concealer ($20) that arrived was in the line’s lightest shade of N1.  This is a pot of creamy pigment with a fantastic texture that has plenty of virgin coconut oil hydration.  The formula is not overly heavy but thicker than some similar under eye concealers.  It smooths without tugging on that delicate skin of the under eye area and does an excellent job covering even dark allergic shiners for as long as I had it on through the day.  The color looks darker in the container until you apply and start blending it. 

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Skin-the-Bluff Concealer ( N1 )

Bringing out my brown eyes was done with a compact of their Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo ($40) in Morning After.  This compact comes in a zippered, suede-like carrying case to store it and equipped with three brushes.  The shades in this matte powder are a dark cool brown and the other is deep plum-gray with a silky smooth consistency for easy blending when doing a smoky eye.  

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Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Morning After

For my cheeks, I got to sample a Skin Bloom Blush ($40) in Georgia (bright medium matte hot pink) that also has its own zippered suede-like pouch and small brush. The color was more sheer than heavily pigmented to leave a healthy, believable flush.

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Skin Bloom Blush in Georgia  looks a peach color in this photo, but is is more of a vivid, bright pink.

Last of all, there was another Skin Bloom Blush among the products with their Luminous (dye-free) white highlight powder with some gleaming radiance for cheekbones, brow bone or wherever you want to redirect some becoming light.  This also came with the same sort of case, but no brush was inside.  

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Going from left to right are the two Skin Bloom Blushes, first Luminous then Georgia with the Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo shades in Morning After on the right.

To sum it up, if you are on the sensitive side why take unnecessary risks when there is a safer alternative with validated hypoallergenics products  like VMV Hypoallergenics to keep you beautiful?  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Color Essentials Set for Upping Your Holiday Beauty!

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Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Color Essentials 

The holidays are the perfect time for you to shine.  If you want your face to genuinely glow with a natural unmade look, then argan oil inspired cosmetics like the ones that PR sent with Josie Maran's Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Color Essentials Set is the way to go.

You got to love the nourishing and protective skin benefits each product in this kit has for bolstering your beauty.  After all, cosmetics can add color but you can’t always say all provide such a rich source of antioxidants and squalene from argan oil to treat your complexion at the same time.

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Five products in Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Color Essentials Set

Inside this $34 kit with a value of $72, you get five sample-size versions of Josie Maran products.  These include the following: 
- 0.5 oz. 100% Pure Argan Oil Light 
- 0.16 oz. Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Beach Sand 
- 0.095 oz. Coconut Watercolor Cheek GelĂ©e 
- 0.17 oz. Argan Black Oil Mascara 
- 0.23 oz. Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer 

I never tried her original formula of Argan Oil to compare the Pure Argan Oil Light with. However, I liked how this product absorbed without any greasy feel left on my complexion.  This one was nice as a moisturizer or to prime before makeup.

The Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelees are wonderful for giving your complexion a fresh, hydrated sort of flush due to the abundance of coconut water in the formula. With my light warm complexion, I thought Pink Escape gave my cheeks just enough of a sheer wash of healthy pink color.

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Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape

To draw more attention to my cheekbones, I had the Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer to do the trick.  This gently gives the skin a champagne gleam to it wherever you apply.

For some reason, I never got around to picking up any of the Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadows until now.  I got a small bottle of the color Beach Sand, a liquid shadow complete with a doe-foot applicator that you need to vigorously shake to blend the pigment with the argan oil before using.  I would describe the color as a metallic beige-copper that is so neutral for about any coloring or outfit.  It went on smoothly and looked lovely without the same problems associated with dry eye shadow that can occasionally get into your eye from its flying powder.

Another first for me was experimenting with the Argan Black Oil Mascara.  This formula left my lashes emphasized beautifully with more length and volume.  They felt softer and not hard.  Furthermore, my sensitive eyes did not experience any irritation, clumping or fallout.  

The great thing about buying this Whimsical Wonder Argan Color Essential collection for yourself or those ladies on your holiday gift list is that you can try a variety of Josie Maran products in one box to find exactly the shades and products that you like the best before buying full-size.  

 You can find this kit at Sephora.  Do look for it!

Monday, November 23, 2015

**WIN**Aquareveal Water Peel Products for Face and Body Review + ($191) Giveaway! (4 Winners)–Ends December 11, 2015

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Aquareveal Water Peel Products for Face and Body

This is the time of year that our skin can lose moisture more easily to the point of dehydration.  When this happens, our complexion can suffer once those dull skin cells accumulate. The only way to solve this problem is to clear away the old cells through regular exfoliation to usher in smoother, new skin.

Though there are many methods of exfoliation, Korean brand, Aquareveal has a trio of water-based exfoliation products that are far gentler than any chemical peels, exfoliating scrubs with granules that often can scratch and dig into your skin with their uneven grains if worked too vigorously.  This line tackles getting rid of dead skin in the kindest fashion without parabens, sulfates, phthalates or synthetic fragrances. The line that PR sent for this review and giveaway consists of Satin Bright Soft Water Peel for Face, Smooth Talker Water Peel for Lips and Gentle Action Water Peel for Body.

Aquareveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel for Face ($49) is infused with hyaluronic acid and botanicals in a thin, gel-like consistency.  My skin can be sensitive, but this product did not cause any irritation after applying some to my nearly dry, washed face.  Even after I gently massaged the product further into my skin, I didn’t experience excess redness.  In fact, I was starting to wonder how well this peel would work when I noticed some residue on my fingertips.  Once I rinsed, my skin was incredibly soft with a glow to it. The best part was that it didn’t feel like I did anything other than washing my face.

The Smooth Talker Water Peel for Lips ($26) is a product all women should have on hand, especially with those upcoming holiday parties and mistletoe that you might find yourself under.  This lip pen is what you need to keep those lips invitingly smooth and kissable.  All I did was to rub some on and massage, then rinse it off.  My lips felt so much softer.  My lipstick even looked nicer.

Aquareveal Gentle Action Water Peel for Body ($38) works basically in the same way.  I showed first and then after drying partially, I spread some over my backside and legs. Be sure to shave because this stuff will tug once you begin massaging.  After I was satisfied with my efforts, I stepped back into the shower and rinsed off.  Everything I touched after I dried felt so much softer.

What I really liked about all three Aquareveal products was they exfoliated without causing needless redness or irritation to improve my skin. My skin felt and looked softer and smoother from head to toe.  

If you are tired of risking your skin to your standard exfoliation products like those chemical peels and rough grains, then you need to try Aquareveal.  Find these products at Birchbox or SpaceNK!

Thanks to Aquareveal, one winner will receive the grand prize of Aquareveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel for Face, Smooth Talker Water Peel for Lips, and Gentle Action Water Peel for Body ($113 value).  In addition, three other winners will win a Smooth Talker Water Peel for Lips ($78 total value)!

Giveaway details and how to enter–

Prize: Four (4) winners will win Aquareveal products.  There will be one grand prize winner from the USA who will win Aquareveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel for Face, Smooth Talker Water Peel for Lips, and Gentle Action Water Peel for Body ($113 value).  Three additional winners will each receive Aquareveal Smooth Talker Water Peel for Lips ($78 total value)!

Dates of entry: 11/23/15–12/10/15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Eligibility: Open to USA.  No PO Boxes.  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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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beauty Coupon Deal: Try Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum for Just $1.00!

*Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.*

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Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum

Those of you that have been reading my posts for the last several years know what a fan I am of quality organic skin care.  One anti-aging serum that I always return to in between my other product testing is Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum.

Though Kleem Organics may be my sponsors, I have been using their serum for going on two years now not because I have to, but because I really do like their product.   

Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum is gentle and temporarily will firm up lines while making daily improvements in your complexion’s texture.  I know that I can count on this serum to smooth and add a nice healthy glow to my skin.  This is why I keep a bottle on my vanity to this day.

If you have been trying one anti-aging serum over the next without much luck, then I am excited to share a way for you to try Kleem Organics amazing serum for just $1.00!  You’re probably scratching your head and wondering what the catch is.  All the company asks if that once you have a chance to test this serum that you follow up with an honest review of the product on

Why would you want to wait on beautiful skin when you can follow this link and take advantage of Kleem Organics generous offer while it lasts?  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Recipe: My Giant Pumpkin Puff Cookies Are Spectacular!

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Giant Pumpkin Puff Cookie

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This is the size Ice Cream Scoop that I use.
The recipe that I have for you today is delicious and truly easy to make. Imagine a soft, cake-like pumpkin cookie with just some ginger and cinnamon for spices to go along with fresh or canned pumpkin that is accompanied by plump raisins to pump up the flavor in each moist bite.   

You won’t need to waste your time creaming butter or shortening for this since my recipe uses only four tablespoons of canola oil. 

The most difficult step is just assembling the ingredients and then dropping this wet batter with an ice cream scoop to your greased cookie sheets. Actually, the hardest part is waiting for your oven’s timer bell to ring so that you can finally taste these fragrant puffs that smell so good while baking.

My Giant Pumpkin Puff Cookies

3 cups of flour
2/3 cup of sugar
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Plate of Giant Pumpkin Puff Cookies
1 tablespoon of baking powder, leveled
1 teaspoon of baking soda, leveled
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons of canola or corn oil
1 cup of canned or cooked, fresh mashed pumpkin
3/4 cup of buttermilk or sour milk
1 large egg
3/4 cup of raisins

Sift all your dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Add the oil and mix through until it gets somewhat crumbly.

In another mixing bowl, you combine the pumpkin, egg, and milk.

Now mix the moist ingredients with the dry and blend together.  This will be a wet batter.

Stir in your raisins last.

Use an ice cream scoop to drop the batter onto your greased cookie sheets, leaving room for them to spread.

Bake at 400-degrees for about 15 minutes, depending on how your oven is regulated.  Insert a toothpick to see if anything sticks testing if done.