Saturday, August 31, 2013

My Zucchini Double Chocolate Bars Are Delectable and Easy to Whip Up!


Before all the wildlife decided my garden was their feeding station, I used to make this recipe quite often when I had lots of homegrown zucchini.  These yummy chocolate bars are the perfect solution when you run out of ideas for what to do with all of those zucchini.  

You will find my zucchini bars moist and bursting with added chocolate awesomeness from chocolate chips.  What further compliments the flavor is the blend of spices and molasses, which does wonders to enhance the chocolate and add something extra to make it special.

Though I love to bake, I hate complicated recipes and prefer simple ones.  Trust me, but the hardest part of this recipe is rooting through your pantry and refrigerator to assemble your ingredients.  Of course, I am forgetting another step.  You will need to grate the zucchini.  Other than those steps, you basically just mix the ingredients together.

If you don't have any sour milk that you hate to waste, then add about a  tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to the cup of milk.  Stir and give it a few seconds before it will curdle for you.

I know you won't be disappointed if you do decide to make it!

My Zucchini Double Chocolate Bars

3 eggs
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of brown sugar (light or dark), firmly packed
1/2 cup of canola oil
2 tablespoons of molasses (light or dark)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3/4 cup of sour milk or buttermilk
2 cups of grated, drained and peeled zucchini
1 teaspoon of baking soda, leveled
1 teaspoon of baking powder, leveled
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
1 cup of chocolate chips

Beat the sugars, oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla with your electric mixer thoroughly. 

Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, spices together in a large mixing bowl.

Take your dry combined ingredients and add to the creamed mixture.

Next, stir in the grated zucchini and chocolate chips.  Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.

Pour your batter into a greased 9" x 13" pan.

Bake in a 325-degree oven for approximately 45 minutes.  Test with a toothpick, cake tester or a slender knife to see if anything sticks judging it is done. 

ENJOY!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Get Your Glow on!--Mineral Fusion Natural Brands Blush (Pale & Impact) Review--Photos + SWATCHES!

Disclaimer:  This post is based on free products 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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Mineral Fusion


Trying to find a blush to capture a realistic healthy glow that you are happy with can take some doing.  However, I received two from Mineral Fusion Natural Brands that you should take a look at for what they can do for a face.

Besides being a safer cosmetic, these mineral blushes are free of parabens, glutens, artificial colors, fragrance, and talc as well as infused with beneficial anti-aging pomegranates, white tea, red tea, sea kelp, vitamins C and E to promote healthy skin.  

Pale is the first one that I tried.  This is a soft pink-peach color that has a delicate shimmer.  I thought it gave my light skin a fresh and subtle glow that bloomed with gorgeous spring like color.  The color's perfect balance of the two tones is what make Pale so natural looking. 


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Mineral Fusion Natural Brands Blush (Pale)

Impact is the other shade sent.  This is a darker color with hints of red in its peachy-brown warmth that has a gentle gleam.  Since my complexion is light, I liked this  more as a bronzer than a blush.  The shade is sunny radiance and would probably compliment those with medium to darker complexions better.


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Mineral Fusion Natural Brands Blush (Impact)

The texture is perfect and silky for when your blush brush glides over it.  The product is neither too powdery with dust flying everywhere nor too condensed that repeated swiping is required before the powder lifts from the container with your brush. 

Furthermore, these blushes wore for hours without fading.  I put them on before breakfast and they held their own until late afternoon.


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The darkest shade on the right that is closest to my wrist is Impact with Pale on the left in this photo. 

I really liked these blushes and am eager to try more colors in the near future.  These are incredibly natural and long-wearing blushes that I was quite taken with.  

Have you tried Mineral Fusion Natural Brands blushes yet? Tell me your favorite shades.

They retail for $21.99 at Mineral Fusion Natural Brands website or Whole Food stores.  Do look into these and get your glow on!

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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

**WIN**ENJOY Professional Hair Care Styling Gel, Texture Cream, & Molding Paste Review + ($65) Giveaway!--Ends September 16, 2013

Disclaimer:  This post is based on free products 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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ENJOY


My hair is challenging to say the least.  For one, my hair is quite thick and forceful since it wants to grow down.  I also have waves and curl to it, which can call for different products before I can look presentable.  Therefore, I was eager to experiment with ENJOY Professional Hair Care's Styling Gel, Texture Cream, and Molding Paste that I selected for this review and giveaway and put them through the Mary B. test.

I started with the ENJOY Texture Cream.  After I shampooed and my hair was still damp, I squeezed out a small amount and rubbed it between my hands before running my fingers to work it through where needed.  This product built texture in the layers of my waves and curls without making my hair feel greasy or sticky.  I found it gave me a less-structured sort of curl with a gentle, flexible hold. 
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ENJOY Texture Cream

Controlling this stubborn side sweep of hair to allow only a wispy bang on my forehead was something I thought better suited for ENJOY Molding Paste.  Usually, I use wax or molding putty to manage it.  However, this product was very good for holding most of that forceful hair back so I will save it just for that purpose.  
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ENJOY Molding Paste

The ENJOY Styling Gel was also what I was curious about.  The next time I shampooed, still damp, and ready to style, I applied some of this lightly scented gel to the sides and back of my hair before I dried and took my ceramic brushes to it.  This product left me with a softer curl as well as increased shine.  What I appreciated was the fact it didn't feel like I had a lot of goo in my hair since it was so lightweight.
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ENJOY Styling Gel

I liked the ENJOY styling products that I tried here and do recommend looking into their line for these or products geared for your own hair needs.  Find where to buy here.

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


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

For Complexion Perfection–Try IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation and the Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush (Review)

Disclaimer:  This post is based on free products 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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IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation


When it comes to keeping me beautiful, I keep coming back to IT Cosmetics more and more.  Take their Celebration Foundation Full-Coverage Anti-Aging Foundation used with their Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush that showed up at my door to test.  This is the stuff that dreams are made of with what a perfect finish you can get.

Developed with plastic surgeons to best keep aging at bay, this innovative foundation that is made in the United States has hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, drops of light technology, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, rose, silk and aloe in its formula.  

The ingredients really do make a difference when you are no longer twenty some like yours truly.  For example, let me explain further about the Medium Beige shade I sampled.  I don't have lots of wrinkles, but I can tell you the two deeper ones at the sides of my cheeks did not have any of this foundation settling in them like some other varieties that can emphasize wrinkles.  

This mineral powder foundation adheres to your face with a silky veil of hydrating coverage that looks like you, only better--not artificial.  At the same time, it also helps mask pores and made my skin look practically flawless.  Along with their light-reflecting pigments, this foundation can accomplish amazing things for adding radiance to your face as well.  This may seem trivial, but a lightweight product that can give any aging face almost a boost to your complexion from the inside makes it special in my book. 


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IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation and the Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush 

Another thing to love is how easy and convenient using this form of foundation compared to liquids or creams.  I was ready to go with just a few brush strokes or using the enclosed sponge when out.  Normally, I would need to run to the sink to wash liquid foundation off my fingers.  If I can simplify my beauty routine without skimping results, I am one happy lady. 

The Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush is that luxurious, flat-top brush that is the perfect compliment when using this foundation for the way it can buff your skin for that flawless finish.  Consider it the cherry to a sundae for what it can add to enhance an already excellent product.

The only issue I had with this product was the color, which I could get away with for now with my tan, but it was slightly too orange and dark for my light skin.  I would like to try the Fair or Light shade for winter.

If you're tired of makeup settling into lines and want something better,  IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation ($35) and Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush ($48) is the way to go.   Buy these online at IT Cosmetics, Ulta Beauty, Ulta.com, QVC and QVC.com and The Shopping Channel.

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Unisex Solid Perfumes That Pleasantly Surprise the Senses--Soap & Paper Factory's Patch NYC Solid Perfumes (Whale, Ship, Pipe, and Bear) Review

Disclaimer:  This post is based on free products 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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Soap & Paper Factory's Patch NYC Solid Perfume (Pipe)


When Patch NYC and Soap & Paper Factory pooled their talents together on a line of solid perfumes, the result of the collaboration was what I consider quite pleasing to the senses with twelve unique unisex choices.  The four I got to sample were Whale, Pipe, Bear, and Ship.

Pipe is comforting, softly floral that exudes warmth with a relaxed sensuality through its velvety aroma.  Once its notes of vanilla, bourbon, cognac, and tobacco emerge against the patchouli, the combination mellows and grants this fragrance an irresistibly sexy, but cozy feeling.

If you prefer a fragrance with more of an exhilarating rush, then Whale is for you.  With notes of l'orange, patchouli, basil, and jasmine, this energizing scent is sheer, fresh, and offers promising adventure.


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Soap & Paper Factory's Patch NYC Solid Perfume (Whale)

Then again, you could be attracted more to creamy, sweet scents like Bear, a gourmand that you will crave once you pick up that mix of a tasty aroma from honey against sweet floral notes and creamy woods.  This is subtle and yet enticing with sweet jasmine, violet, cedar, amber wood along with honey to pleasantly feed your senses with its delicious beauty.

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Soap & Paper Factory's Patch NYC Solid Perfume


Ship is a more mysterious and complex blend.  Cedar wood, vetiver, and geranium are the notes that turn it deep and seductive as it develops.  This intoxicating, woody fragrance is heady and adventurous.  Wearing this fearless, but alluring mix is not for everyone and is best meant for those daring and confident enough to handle the challenge.


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Soap & Paper Factory's Patch NYC Solid Perfume (Ship)

Though I enjoyed them all, Pipe was my favorite of the group followed by Bear and Whale.  To me, Pipe possessed a contagious sort of sheer warmth that invited romance.   Ship, on the other hand, felt a bit more manly to me.

Now that I had a taste of these four from the set, I am more curious than ever to experience some others in the line.  Do visit Soap & Paper Factory and check the Patch NYC line of solid perfumes because they can take you places you may never have expected to go with their fragrant beauty!


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

Monday, August 26, 2013

Are You Breaking Out and Can't Understand Why?


If you’re breaking out on your cheeks and chin, there is one reason you may not have thought of. You might want to blame your cell phone!  

After all, your fingers pick up a lot of bacteria and it can be transferred to your skin. Therefore, you need to be extra careful when it comes to your keeping that phone clean.

The best thing to do is clean your cell phone as often as you can with a disinfectant or antibacterial wipes. Daily is preferable, but weekly is the longest you want to go without allowing those germs to accumulate. 

Trust me, but with this extra effort, your skin stands a fighting chance of clearing up. 



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Try My Softer Feet Exfoliating Scrub Recipe and Walk Easier!

I have been experimenting with more homemade skin care treatments to beautify my feet.  This particular recipe does a nice job for smoothing out some of that tough skin on the bottom and heels of our feet. 

Another bonus of this type of scrub is the added advantage of stimulating blood flow to tired feet.  Furthermore, eucalyptus essential oil in this recipe is an anti-inflammatory agent, which helps keep the skin healthy.

Massaging this grainy paste against the balls of your feet, especially seems to restore energy while shedding dead skin.  Babying your feet weekly will make sure foot creams have the best chance of working on the area.  Feet will become softer and revitalized.

You will not use the whole recipe.  However, don't worry about the excess because this keeps for several weeks.  Divide it up for at least three or four times. 

You can soak your feet first to start the softening process or simply take some of your mix with you when you are about to shower.  This can be messy, but you are in the shower anyway so no big deal.  All that is left is working this scrub into your feet and give those puppies that tender loving care they deserve.

Don't be overzealous with this or any scrub.  Otherwise, you risk irritating them.

I hope you try my recipe because it is an amazing homemade fix.


My Softer Feet Exfoliating Scrub

1-1/2 cups of sea salt
1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until it resembles a grainy paste.  Then rub this scrub all over those feet, concentrating your attention on the roughest skin on the bottom before finally showering this treatment away.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Next Time You Need a Treat, Why Not Try My Favorite Sour Cream Cookies!

If you are hungry for a simple, but sensational tasting cookie, then let me share my favorite sour cream cookies with you.  This is a rolled cookie that has a fine texture and just a touch of spice that you will really adore.

What else is wonderful about my recipe besides being just delicious are how many cookies this makes.  Of course, the number will vary depending on how thick of a cookie you like to eat.  However, it does provide you with a hearty batch of these delicious things without costing a lot to prepare.

I hope you will want to try this recipe sometime.  After all, good things are meant to be shared--not hoarded away!

My Favorite Sour Cream Cookies


1/4 cup of shortening
1/4 cup of a margarine, not spread
1 large egg
1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder, leveled
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, leveled
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of sour cream

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) together in a mixing bowl.

Cream the shortening, margarine, and sugars thoroughly with your electric mixture until adding your egg and vanilla and further combining.

Blend the flour mixture with the creamed ingredients, alternating with the sour cream until the ingredients mixed thoroughly.  You will need to use your wooden spoon to combine.

Divide the dough and roll out on a floured surface.  Aim for about one-fourth inch thickness. (If your dough is too sticky to roll out, then place it in the refrigerator in a covered glass casserole for about an hour or two will do the trick for better rolling. )

Cut with a two-inch cookie cutter or the size and shape you love the most. 

Place your cookies on a greased baking sheet.

Sprinkle with sugar, if desired or leave plain.

Bake in a 425-degree oven for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.

ENJOY!



Friday, August 23, 2013

Calling All Beauty Bloggers Wanting to Link Up


Beauty bloggers wanting to link up weekly in a new group, I invite you to email me with your name, blog name and URL. 

I thought it would be great for my readers and other blog owners' readers to share links to reviews, sweepstakes, and other useful articles across other beauty blogs. 

I had found a few of these groups already and I even joined one called Beauty Blog Coalition on Facebook.  But that group seemed rather odd.  I asked two questions, then I got a ranting email from one of the bloggers, and then I got booted.  Now I could understand if I asked a controversial question but trust me they were quite innocent questions. 

Ask yourself this, if asking a question has the power to make some people so angry, does that not indicate something about your influence? 

But I want bloggers I can work together with so we can help promote each others blog.  By banding together we benefit from our collective experience and by cross promotions. 

I'm not asking about sharing contacts.  Everyone works really hard cultivating those.  

I feel we could help each other a great deal.  If you are interested, I hope to hear from you.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New for Fall, 2013--Rimmel London's Dazzling Duchess Moisture Renew Lipsticks Review--Photos + 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.
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Rimmel London


Have you gotten around to checking out Rimmel London's new Fall, 2013 Dazzling Duchess Moisture Renew Lipstick collection yet?  There are some tempting choices in berries, nudes, and pinks to catch your fancy.  I was fortunate to be sent five of the six available to share with you.

For pinks, you might want to explore #375 Piccadilly Pink (a perky, cool medium pink with a hint of plum) or #380 Vintage Pink (a pink-mauve). 

When it comes to nudes, you should pay special attention to #644 Let's Get Naked (a pinky nude) and #340 To Nude or Not to Nude! (a gleaming pink-brown and my favorite of the two).  

Looking for berry shades, you will like #130 Coral Garden (a luscious deeper berry-pink that appears more coral color against the pink once on the lips. 
Starting on the left is Vintage Pink, then Coral Splash, To Nude or Not to Nude!, Let's Get Naked, and ending with Piccadilly Pink on the right.

The pigmentation is rich and beautiful when applied.  Furthermore, these new lippies have a creamy texture with a wonderful lightweight feel against your lips.  As far as wear, you can expect about three or four hours until you will need to reapply. 

Here is Vintage Pink.

This is Piccadilly Pink.

I'm wearing Coral Garden here.


Take a look at To Nude or Not to Nude!

I'm modeling Let's Get Naked.

Do visit your drug store and look for Rimmel London's Dazzling Duchess Moisture Renew Lipstick display and pick some up.


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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

**WIN**My Hair's New Best Friend! ArganEsque Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment Review and Giveaway!--Ends September 6, 2013

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.  Monetary compensation was received for hosting the giveaway.



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 ArganEsque Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment
When your hair is dry, dull, and brittle, those living strands are crying out for help.  Nourishing them with a rich, deep conditioner like a Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment can help reverse that damage and infuse hair with a brilliant shine, softness, and manageability.  An excellent one that I have been using lately comes from ArganEsque that I received for this review and giveaway.

This is an indispensable premium conditioner that can be used on damp hair after shampooing or dry hair to add luster and control.  I tried the ArganEsque Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment on my dry hair the first it arrived.  After I applied two pumps of this product into my palm, I rubbed my hands together to distribute this oil evenly before it touched my head.  

You may need more or less depending on the length and thickness of your hair.  With my medium-length, thick hair, this was sufficient once I worked this conditioning oil from the roots to the tips, depositing more from the middle down.  My hair immediately fell more in line with what I wanted it to do.  That stubborn long sweep of bang stayed back better while my misbehaving waves and curls stopped frizzing out on me.

Furthermore, I was smitten with this oil's dual benefit for skin.  Instead of leaving your hands feeling greasy, this lightweight oil beautifully moisturizes and disappears into your skin.  My hands felt incredibly soft and were not oily in the least.  This is the difference that a premium argan oil can make when you put it to the test.

Over the weekend, I spent some time in the sun, which always does a number on my color-treated hair.  Therefore, I followed up after shampooing and applied the same amount to my damp hair before styling products.  I loved how easily it detangled as well as the amazing things to take my hair from feeling like straw to restoring softness and glossiness once I finished styling it.  

What I didn't know was how adding some of this oil before dying your hair can help the color absorb better.  You can even add a tiny bit of this oil to the hair color mixture before you apply to give it more brilliance, which I intend to try when it is time for me to recolor my hair.

ArganEsque Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment has earned a place on my vanity because I found I can trust it for keeping my hair in superior condition.  You deserve star treatment for your own hair as well so do try this hair wonder for yourself. You can buy on Amazon where it is currently on sale for $29.99.  Only then will you see and feel how gorgeous hair is possible every day!

*Disclaimer:  A free product was provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion, regardless of monetary compensation for hosting the giveaway.*

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Go Beyond Thick Lashes for Dreamier Eyes!--IT Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Line & Length Black Mascara Primer (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.

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IT Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Line & Length Black Mascara Primer

I usually keep my eye makeup on the simple side for daytime with pencil liners, neutral shadows, and mascara.  Nights, however, I do like to glamorize and change out those cosmetics for my waterproof gel liner, gleaming shadows, and additional coats of mascara to play them up.  
Nothing emphasized my eyes more than when I learned how to tightline them, taking my gel liner and carefully brushing to the roots of my lashes to make as thin a line as possible.   Though this takes a bit of practice as well as a quality thin brush, the results are dramatic and well worth the trouble.  However, those beauty experts at IT Cosmetics have come up with an easier solution for doing the same things with their Tightline Full Lash Line & Length Black Mascara Primer that I was sent.
This new eye makeup primer is amazing and can do several things for your eyes.  Tightline Full Lash Line & Length Black Mascara Primer has an extremely thin wand that lets you get close enough to the roots of your lashes so you can fill them due to its very skinny brush for working and creating a beautiful black line.  I found I could get even closer using this new primer than I had ever imagined while it also built up lash length and the volume just by a little maneuvering.  If this doesn't sound exciting enough, this product also has conditioning power to keep lashes healthy with peptides, collagen, proteins, biotin, nettle extract, green tea, jojoba, and vitamins.
I love what this multi-tasking product can do for helping make eyes wow.  Anyone searching for a way to create riveting eyes, I highly recommend picking up a tube of IT Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Line & Length Black Mascara  Primer.  Once you experiment with this, you will be glad you took my advice when you see the difference this primer can make.
This primer retails for $24 at QVC and QVC.com, and the Shopping Channel.  Take it from this IT Cosmetics girl, but Tightline Full Lash Line & Length Black Mascara Primer is a must! 
*Disclaimer:  A free product was provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Monday, August 19, 2013

**WIN**Red Apple Lipstick (Coral Splash, Sweet Pea, Audrey, Berried Treasure, Nude R-evolution Liner) Review + ($62) Giveaway!--SWATCHES!--Ends September 5, 2013

Disclaimer:  This post is based on free products 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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Red Apple Lipstick



When you shop for lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip liners, the first thing you notice is beautiful color.  Without much thought, we get so excited about finding that perfect shade that we automatically just buy it.  However, do we honestly know what else we're buying when we put that new lippie on our lips with all those countless chemical names that come printed very small on the tube as well?  

Consumers are at the mercy of cosmetic companies and hopefully these products will not cause us any harm. Nontheless, keep in mind that most products are manufactured in foreign countries.  On the other hand, Red Apple Lipstick takes the guesswork out of that equation with nontoxic ingredients made here at home in the United States.  

Being a certified vegan company, Red Apple Lipstick products are also free of gluten, parabens, soy, and animal parts to best safeguard against allergies.  Now that I had the opportunity to try several of their lipsticks, lip gloss, and a liner for this review/giveaway, I was quite impressed with them.


Starting on the left is Berried Treasure Lip Gloss, Audrey, Coral Splash, Sweet Pea Lipsticks with the R-evolution Liner on the right.)
The three mineral lipsticks I sampled were Audrey (a flattering pink-nude) and Coral Splash (a brighter pink-orange ), and Sweet Pea (a nude with some orange tones).  The feel of this vitamin E enriched lipstick is creamy and comfortable when wearing.  They stay put for about three or four hours when I put them on in the morning until I had lunch.  After that time, my lips were left with a nice stain before I reapplied. 

I modeled the gorgeous shades for you below.  I also wore the R-evolution Nude Lip Liner with each for you as well.


Here I am wearing Sweet Pea.


How do you like me in Coral Splash?

Audrey is pretty, don't you agree?

The Nude Lip Liner did an excellent job of keeping both the lipsticks and gloss intact.  This is a twistable pencil that you move to release the color instead sharpening.  It is a slightly drier formula than some that I have used and has a bit more brown than others as well, but it was a great aid for enhancing lips.


On the left is Nude E-volution Liner  followed by Sweet Pea, Coral Splash with Audrey Lipstick on the right.
The lip gloss that I selected was Berried Treasure.  This was ideal for daytime wear when you need a reliable neutral pink-brown gloss that you can wear with anything.  It felt so moisturizing, was void of stickiness, and doesn't land up on your teeth.  I really liked this gloss for color, shine, feel, and it lasted until I ate.


Let me show you Berried Treasure.

As to price, the three lipsticks I selected retail for $23.50 but can sell as low as $17.50.  The Lip Gloss ranges from $17.50 to $19.50.  R-evolution Lip Liners run $19.90. 

If you're afraid to commit, Red Apple Lipstick allows you to order samples for $3.50 each to first test drive before buying a regular tube. 

You can also save 20% off your purchase if you enroll in their Red Apple VIP Club, where you'll get monthly email with another 20% off with an online coupon. 

The company so believes in helping you discover safer lip products that they offer a wonderful trade-in program.  Simply send them your old tube plus $5.00 shipping and handling for that new Red Apple one. 

Do check the company's website because it is full of helpful information, excellent photos of their products and what the color on several models may be.  I hope that I have wet your appetite for some Red Apple because you too will get a craving for Red Apple well once you try their products!

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

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