Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

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Honey has amazing properties when it comes to skin.


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

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.


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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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


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


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.

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!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

**Win**ENJOY Hair Care Shaping Lotion, Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil and Hair Spray Review + ($66) Giveaway!–Ends May 13, 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.
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ENJOY Shaping Lotion



Warm weather is the time you might want more of a carefree hairstyle.  If so, you probably need to switch some hairstyling products along to suit the style as well as the conditioner for your hair. With ENJOY Hair Care’s Shaping Lotion, Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil, and Hair Spray that I have been using, I could have found your answer as well for summer hair maintenance.

As you know, I have some natural curl to my hair, which lets me go from curly styles to straighter ones just by adapting the products and using my diffuser. As one that never tried ENJOY’s Shaping Lotion ($23), I thought this product just might come in handy when you want the least amount of fuss for giving some soft control.  

By the time I finished drying my hair, I had more fuller curls through my layers that were soft and shiny without feeling tacky to the touch.  My curls had movement but they weren’t all over the place or frizzing out on me even though it was raining when I tried it.


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ENJOY Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil


Though it is not summer yet, the more time I like to spend outdoors to soak up the sun, which can dry and damage the hair.  To prepare in advance, I thought testing ENJOY’s Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil ($24.95) on my hair now was in order since it could use a bit of help. This product has natural oils, antioxidants and fortifying vitamins like sesame, avocado, coconut, macadamia, evening primrose, safflower, and grape seed oils to deeply moisturize and condition along with vitamins E, A, B, and D.

This leave-in conditioning spray did a great job restoring gloss and softer feel to my hair.  You can also use this oil on the face, which I didn’t try yet.  I will do that once I finish my current skin care testing.

I also tried ENJOY’s Hair Spray ($18).  This has a firm, but flexible hold that kept my hair in place without hardening it like I had on a hard hat.  It also dried fairly fast and went back to shape after taking my brush to it later. 


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ENJOY Hair Spray

With ENJOY Hair Care’s Shaping Lotion, Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil, and Hair Spray, I am prepared for some sun and fun.  If you’re not ready, then I suggest stopping at ENJOY Hair Care’s website and check these products out!

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

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Dates of entry: 04/26/15–05/12/15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Dentist Recommended Solution for Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth!



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This guy doesn't want that doggie toothpaste shoved in his mouth judging by his expression.  Why would he when he has a tastier option for cleaning? 


Yesterday it was time again to go to the dentist.  This time, however, it was nothing scary but a routine cleaning.  While I was there, I learned something from the dental hygienist that I thought you might be interested in learning.

The hygienist told me how my dentist regularly buys bagels for everyone at the office.  When there are leftover bagels, he takes them home and cuts them into small bite size pieces, wraps them up and freezes them for his dog.  Instead of giving his dog one of those commercial chew bones, he just reaches into the freezer and gives the animal a piece of frozen bagel.  This is what he says works better to clean his dog’s teeth than what he was buying for the same purpose.

The hygienist told me everyone at the practice that has a dog was supplied with bagels for their dog courtesy of my nice dentist.  In fact, she said those with dogs thought the frozen bagel method gave them cleaner looking teeth as well.

If you have a dog, I hope you try this sometime on your animal and let me know what you think.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

You’ll LOVE This Dermatologist Recommended Way to Gently Exfoliate But Deep Clean!


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Baking soda can make a beautiful difference in how you exfoliate.


Longwearing foundations and skin care products with silicone-based ingredients can take a toll on our complexion if not properly removed.  They can embed themselves so deeply into your pores even after cleansing.  Therefore, if you don’t want those ingredients to linger and eventually break down a bit of your own skin’s collagen, then you need to exfoliate weekly.    

In fact, you definitely need to try this simple fix.  Mix one half teaspoon of baking soda and one half teaspoon of a water-based cleanser as well as a little warm water together to clean your face with. 

Facial peels are also very helpful when used with care.  Just remember, it is important not to let yourself get carried away and overdo.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How You Prepare for a Facial to Get Better Complexion Results!


You may believe washing your face first with a mild soap or a gentle cleanser is enough to get your skin ready for a facial, but it is just the first step. If you intend to harvest the most beauty power out of that treatment, you need to do a bit more first to prepare the skin. Afterwards, you will be surprised at the difference in your complexion in how your skin responds to those beneficial ingredients.

Just as important to that initial cleansing, you have to follow up with an astringent or your toner. This will additionally clean any remaining soap, cleansing residue, or dead skin that had lingered.

Now is the time that your skin is ready to receive the nourishment from your facial mask.  Depending on your complexion issues, there are a variety of wonderful facial masks among my homemade skin care recipes that you may want to try or select the commercial product of your choice.

After you apply the mask, you need to relax with it on for about a half hour.  This bit of “me time” can help smooth the lines caused by tense muscles and revive the face along with the wonders of the ingredients.  

The water temperature of how you rinse your facial mask off is also crucial.  Be sure to use tepid water only because you want to keep your pores open.  Hot water will strip the skin of too much of your remaining natural oil while cold will close the pores.  Keep this in mind.

At this stage, your clean face is ready to receive even deeper cleaning of your pores with steam.  You don’t need any fancy equipment.  All it takes for this home treatment is a pot with boiling water, a towel to tent over that pot, and the right herb to help what your complexion needs.  For example, rosemary is wonderful to steam a dry face with.  On the other hand, chamomile is better for those with normal skin.  Those with oily skin might find peppermint useful.

Other than seeking out the services of a professional, your pores are as clean as you can get them at home.  However, you need to close them the proper way.  Start by rinsing your face with warm water (not hot) and gradually change over to splashing with cold water.  

The final step is remembering to moisturize and allowing the product time to soak in. 

Afterwards, you will see a great complexion and feel better about your appearance than before.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Vitality Brightening Creme Disc and Airbrush Creme Brush

**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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IT Cosmetics CC+ Vitality Brightening Creme Disc 

I couldn’t imagine IT Cosmetics topping their Vitality Brightening Anti-Aging Face Disc when they developed a cream form with their CC+ Radiance Vitality Brightening Creme Disc, but I have to admit my new found obsession with this giant compact for delivering an even more natural, dewy look to my dry skin than you might expect from makeup.

Inside this compact that is enriched with anti-aging ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, acai, antioxidants, and green tea, to treat as well as color, is a gorgeous natural pink color correcting anti-aging creme blush, a creme matte bronzer in a light tan, and Hello Light Creme Illuminator.


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IT Cosmetics Airbrush Creme Brush has uniquely spaced hairs to its angled design that helps performance.

When you take the Airbrush Creme Brush to this compact, its design is made specifically to pick up not as much product than some of your other brushes so it can leave your face with more of an airbrushed finish.  I did have my foundation, concealer, mascara, shadow, and liner already on before I began.

What worked the best for me was starting with the creamy illuminator this time to keep the brush from building up too much color then following with the bronzer and blush. This saved me from getting any of the darker shades in areas that needed highlighting.  The effect was pure beaming light without any glitter or shimmer pouring onto the skin.

I followed Jamie Kern’s chart on the back of the box and applied in the middle of my forehead, the top of brows, the corners of eyes, under the eyes, the top of the cheekbones, the center of the nose, my cupid’s bow, and to the center of the chin. 

Usually I contour first when using my normal brushes, but I did my contouring next.  I do have a fair complexion with yellow undertones.  In the compact, this tan shade looked a bit dark but that brush caught just enough to warm up my skin not overpower it with too much of a tan color.  If you’re darker, you just may need to apply more but for my skin, I was happy with less than more.

As to the pink creme blush, it promises instant health with a shade of pink that is so flattering for practically all skin tones.  

The magic of this compact is how once everything is blended, it has the power to brighten and color the face with a realistic sort of healthy glow that is as close to natural beauty.  This product also can look fresh for many hours of wear without diminishing. Perhaps, those with oily complexions may have different results, but this is my experience as one with dry skin.

My advice is check IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Vitality Brightening Creme Disc and the Airbrush Creme Brush, especially if your skin is dry because this is something you got to try.  You can also find these products on Ulta and QVC.com. 

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day With L’Occitane en Provence’s Eco-Refills

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L'Occitane

L’Occitane en Provence is a company committed to the environment.  Every step of the production process is carefully thought out using natural and sustainable ingredients from the planting and harvesting to the distillation of the plants used in their formulas, this company takes their responsibility to the well-being of the earth just as much as the consumers it caters too. 


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L'Occitane's Aromachologie Repair Shampoo Eco-Refill is 16.9 oz.


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L'Occitane's Aromachologie Repair Shampoo



Earth Day (April 22) means uniting together in a common effort to keep the planet healthy.  This is why L’Occitane en Provence came out with Eco-Refills to their original containers to limit its plastic containers to help further the cause.  The company is featuring some of their best-selling products that you already buy to refill using these Eco-Refill pouches like the Almond Shower Oil, Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo, Conditioner, Immortelle Cleansing Foam, Shea Butter Liquid Soap, Citrus Verbena Daily Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel, Lavender Foaming Bath, Hand Wash, Verbena Shower Gel and Hand Wash.  

The normal prices of these pouches vary from $87.50 to $21.00.   However, there is a  special deal on the 500ml of the Almond Shower Oil and its refill pouch for just $62 instead of that $87.50 going on now until April 26, 2015.  The scent of their Almond products is so beautiful and lingering that you can’t help but love it next to your skin.


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L'Occitane's Almond Shower Gel and Almond Shower Gel Eco-Refill


If you haven’t tried their award-winning Aromachologie Repair Shampoo ($22) and Conditioner ($22) yet and have dry hair that could use a healthy boost, then I highly recommend this duo.  I love how silky and shiny it just made my hair.  I know that I will be getting more.  Trust me, but once you do, you will want to also buy those Aromachologie Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Eco-Refills  ($33) to keep your hair looking the same way among your Eco-Refill choices.  



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L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner 



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L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner Eco-Refill

Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: Beauty Box 5 April 2015

**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 is Beauty Box 5 April 2015.


The theme behind Beauty Box 5 this month is an assortment of products to help get your beauty of that winter rut so it can bloom with new vitality for Spring.

For those that are unfamiliar with this beauty subscription service, then let me tell you how it works. Beauty Box 5 releases a new box with four to five full and sample size beauty products from hair, skin, and makeup complete with a different theme. The cost of subscribing is $12 a month that includes free shipping, but you have other options like buying an annual subscription for $99 that will lower that cost to an amazing $8.25 a month.

Are you ready to see what the April 2015 box was like?  Let me show you the products and my thoughts on this month’s selection.




Beauty Box 5 April 2015


Lasting Smiles Passionfruit Mango Organic Lip Balm–Full Size (0.15 oz.)–$4.99 

Dancin’ Goat Hula Bliss Body Lotion–Sample Size (2 oz.)–$4.50

Incoco Nail Polish Applique Set– Full Size (one manicure Set) in Beauty Sleep–$8.99

Style Essentials TwinGloss–Full Size (0.3 fl. oz.)–$2.50

First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser–3 Sample Packets (2 ml each)–$0.70


Total Value: $21.68



The Lasting Smiles Lip Balm was great to discover.  Being USDA organic certified, Fair trade certified, and Leaping  Bunny certified  I consider it a much healthier way to heal dry, chapped lips.  The fruity taste was quite good as well.

Dancin’ Goat Body Lotion had a delightful fresh herbal fragrance with lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus. My skin felt extremely soft after using this light, all natural lotion with goats' milk, coconut oil, sunflower oil, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, antioxidant complex of gingko biloba, green tea, olive leaf extracts, potassium sorbate, vitamin E oil, grapefruit seed extract, and essential oil.

Incoco Nail Polish Applique Set that I received was in a pattern called Beauty Sleep (fuchsia with black lace).  This is a set of strips made from real nail polish.  Though it’s lovely, I prefer painting my nails than trying to neatly stick on strips.  Perhaps, this one will be different.  I did not try it yet.

Style Essentials TwinGloss is usual gloss with one clear side and another that was brown.  I couldn’t find the company online only as part of subscription boxes.  Therefore, I don’t know it is still being manufactured. Anyway, it is made in China.  This just was a very pale, shiny nude that mimics bare lips.   

The First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser is a new brand to me as well.  I did like how gentle and quickly this water rinsing cleanser was to dissolve makeup.  It has no parabens, harsh chemicals or colorants and did leave my face soft afterwards.  Now I am curious about this company’s other products.

If you ask me, April 2015 was a good month for Beauty Box 5.  This beauty subscription service is fun and wonderful inexpensive way to get acquainted with brands.  Check it out!


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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Most Flattering Nail Look for Aging Hands

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This is my attempt at the "squoval" shape.

No one likes to think about aging, but it does happen to all of us sooner or later.  Not only do we have different facial concerns, but also the condition of our nails can change.  They may tend toward weakness, peeling, gain ridges, and discolor to require a strengthening treatment.

If this describes you, then you might be better off trying to work around the issue to best suit your needs instead of trying to follow the pack.  The outcome may pleasantly surprise you with how much younger your hands may look.

Instead of the square-shaped nail, I suggest altering it into a “squoval” shape.  By this, I mean that shape is not entirely square or purely oval but in between.  The look is more classic and chic.

Another recommendation is rethinking the length of your nails.  You may have kept them long just a few years earlier, but you should consider adapting to a shorter length beyond your fingertips.  This will further help protect them from breaking but also give your nails a timeless, graceful look.

Just as important to aging hands is the color you paint your nails.  Though wild, shocking colors of nail polish can be fun, you might want to save those shades for your toes and switch to pale, sheerer shades such as light pink or beige.  The reason is light colors seem to lengthen the look of the nail compared to bright shades that can make the nails appear shorter.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Recipe: Try My Sloppy People Sandwiches for a Lazy Weekend Dinner!

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My Sloppy People Sandwich on a homemade bun!


For those times that you want something fast that requires minimum effort, I like to make my take on Sloppy Joe sandwiches.  At our house, we renamed them Sloppy People Sandwiches because though delicious with ground turkey, vegetables swimming in a seasoned tomato sauce, they are messy to eat.  Still, they are so tasty and save time when you want to free up your day.

Sloppy People Sandwiches

1 medium onion, chopped fine
½ cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons of canola oil or olive oil
1 lb. of ground turkey or ground beef
1 cup of catsup
1 tablespoon of vinegar
½ teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of mustard

Brown the onion and other vegetables to cook till tender before adding the ground turkey or beef.  Drain off the fat if necessary.

Stir in the remaining ingredients to the meat and vegetable mixture with the catsup, vinegar, Worcestershire, sugar, salt, pepper, and  mustard and cook through.

Serve on big buns. 


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My Sloppy People Sandwich

ENJOY!

Friday, April 17, 2015

**WIN**1 of 3 Forever Flawless White Diamond Skin Care Collections ($399) in the Forever Flawless Mother’s Day Contest!–Ends May 10, 2015 (Worldwide)

**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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You don't want to miss this!

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show that dear woman that took care of you a little extra love and hopefully some luxuriously pampering in the process.  All you need to do is pour out your heart to her in the Forever Flawless Mother’s Day Contest and share that message online for a chance to win one of three Forever Flawless White Diamond Collections!

Even if you’re not one of the lucky three winners, you still come out ahead because every person that enters will receive a $25 promo code that can be used toward any Forever Flawless purchase from May 10 through June 9, 2015.


How to Enter:

1. LIKE Forever Flawless on Facebook
2. Follow @FFCosmetics on Twitter
3. Take a Photo of a Message to Your Mom
4. Upload on Twitter and hashtag #MyForeverFlawlessMom 

So what are you waiting for?  It is time to put on your thinking cap and show your mother that love.  After all, what can be better than making a woman feel good about her appearance?


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


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review + SWATCHES: Rimmel London Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Color (Heart Breaker, Kiss Fatal, and Playing With Fire)

**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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From left to right is Rimmel Provocalips Playing With Fire, Kiss Fatal, and ending with Heart Breaker.


I love long-wearing lip colors as much as the next woman, but you have to admit they can be a bit drying. However, Rimmel London came out this Spring 2015 with their Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Color and I needed to see if this new line lived up to its claims.  I was sent several to review in 750 Heart Breaker (brick red), 550 Playing With Fire (true neutral red), and 230 Kiss Fatal (mauve-plum).  

This is a two-step lip product with one clear gloss side and the other with the lip color.  When I first pulled out the lip color with its doe-foot applicator, it was a bit thinner consistency that reminded me of a liquid lipstick.  


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Rimmel London Provocalips Lip Color in Heart Breaker

The product went on smoothly and dried fairly quickly.  You do need to give it a minute to set before turning that tube upside down and using that clear coat of gloss.  This is what kept my lips feeling comfortable and moist instead of dry as this type of stain product can be. 


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Rimmel London Provocalips the clear side of Playing With Fire

Provocalips did last exceptionally longer than you might expect through eating and drinking without transferring to my coffee cup to kissing.  Some of the color does disappear to become more of a stain.  I had enough color after a meal without touching up.  All I did was add the clear end for more of a shine. In fact, the same thing happened after dinner because there was sufficient color still left.


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Rimmel London Provocalips Lip Color in Kiss Fatal

I really loved this product because it does live up to its promises.  Although I didn’t clock it to the minute, this lippie won’t budge unless you take an oil-based remover to it.  If you don’t, you will see still have traces of it the next day.


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Rimmel London Provocalips Playing With Fire


Do look for Rimmel London's Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Color  because it is something want to have in your beauty stash.

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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

IT Cosmetics Semi-Annual Friends + Family Event SALE–Save 25%!

**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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Mark your calendar!

IT Cosmetics really is one of my favorite brands.  I use their cosmetics every day because I know that I can trust their innovative anti-aging technology to really do more than just color but help minimize aging in how they look and care for my complexion at the same time.  How many of your current cosmetics give you that kind of result when you look in the mirror?  

Therefore, you can guess my excitement hearing IT Cosmetics Semi-Annual Friends + Family Event Sale is live and will run through Friday, April 17 at midnight EST where you can save 25% off any order of $30 or more (with free shipping) when you enter Coupon Code Friends2015 at checkout! 

This is the perfect time to stock up on some your favorites and look into some of their new products for you or to give as a Mother’s Day Gift.  Hurry, hurry, before I beat you to all the good stuff!   

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish (Mad Women, Spice Age, Too Haute) & Top Coat + 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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This is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 560 Spice Age.

A great way to give your image a boost is with a gorgeous shade of new lipstick or nail polish.  With Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Nail Polishes that I received, you are sure to find the colors to do just that among the tempting 47 polishes.  I got 520 Too Haute (violet-pink), 560 Spice Age (ginger-brown), 500 Mad Women (pink-fuchsia), and 100 Top Coat.  

These new polishes do have a nice size brush that made application fairly easy.

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 500 Mad Women

For this review, I started by using one coat to paint my nails.   However, I do recommend two coats because the color can show through.  Nonetheless, I like to see how heavy the coverage when I first try new polish.  

I did follow the first coat with the 100 Top Coat.  It did not last nearly a week so I started again.  This time I gave myself two coats before adding the Top Coat.  What a difference that made in extending the wear of this polish.  I got 12 days of beautiful looking nails!

I do think 500 Mad Women or 520 Too Haute were my favorites to compliment my skin tone.  
I really liked not worrying about chipping with that extra time that I got.  If you are tired of painting your nails every other day, then do check these polishes out because this will solve that for you.

Have you tried any of Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel Nail Polishes yet?  Any favorite colors you recommend please share here.  
  
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On the left is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat with 520 Too Haute on the right.

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Here I'm modeling Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 520 Too Haute.  This looks so striking even with jeans.  The color appears quite violet in the jar but once on the hands transforms into this unbelievable deep pink-violet.
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Here I have on Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 560 Spice Age, a dramatic brown.

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I thought Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 500 Mad Women was a flattering shade as well.  What do you think?
Disclaimer:  Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*