Monday, November 30, 2015

**Win**Monave Mineral Makeup Huge Holiday Beauty 2015 Review + ($134) Giveaway!–Ends December 17, 2015 (USA & Canada)

**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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Monave Vegan Rose Moisturizer is one of my top picks from this company.


Get ready for the holidays in style with a new look.  A wonderful and healthier way to do that beauty makeover is with mineral makeup like the endless choices available from one of my favorite brands, Monave Mineral Makeup.  With the gorgeous array of products sent for this review and giveaway, I will show you how to make yourself shimmer and shine to be the toast of any celebration.

Prep your complexion first with Monave’s Vegan Rose Moisture Cream, which provides a petal soft base of hydrating moisture to best accept your foundation.  My skin blooms with such radiance upon using this product.  

For the foundation, I chose the CLAIRE Loose Mineral Powder Concealer-Foundation to see how much it differed from their regular loose powder foundation.  I noticed it did cover somewhat more thoroughly with more of a matte coverage to it.  The regular formula seemed to give the complexion more luminosity. Regardless, both versions even out the complexion for a flawless look that does hold up very well through your day.

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Monave Caroline Concealer-Foundation and Soft Kabuki Brush

My first experience with Monave’s Loose Mineral Powder Foundation was using CAROLINE.  However, my coloring changed somewhat.  I don’t know how, but this powder was a bit too yellow that I needed to stop using it.  Therefore, I wanted to see how their Pink Luster Adjuster would work.  


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Monave's Luster Pink Adjuster and sifter container can help you limit foundation mistakes.


This pink powder was packaged in a plastic bag, but had a sifter jar sent along with it for transferring the remaining CAROLINE foundation.  This product made for a great save so I can now finish using the rest.

I have all kinds of makeup brushes but they can be too big and bulky if you want to take a foundation brush to work or when traveling.  Monave’s Soft Kabuki Brush is the perfect size, fitting in a small tin in my makeup bag.

When it came to the eyes, I had my work cut out for me trying to decide among the tempting colors of Versatile Powders.  The colors I chose are striking with all the flattering light that they can bring to your eyes. These are so interchangeable, blend nicely and last for hours on end.


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Starting at the top is #88 Antique Brick, 51m Semi-Matte Bronze (middle) and #42 Khaki at the bottom.

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From the top is #82 Pink Pearl, #3 Pink Shimmer (middle) with #76 Jinx at the end.


 #76 Jinx is a maroon shade of plum-brown
#3 Pink Shimmer is pale lilac 
#82 Pink Pearl is a warm soft pink
#61m Semi-Matte White 
#35 Crystallized Honey is a pale flax gold
#32 Copper is true to form orange-copper
#51m Semi-Matte Bronze is a gorgeous apricot shade of light bronze
#88 Antique Brick is a flattering rosy-beige-brown
#42 Khaki is a versatile olive shade 


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Starting at the top is #35 Crystallized Honey, then #32 Copper and ending with #61m Semi-Matte White.

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I swatched the nine Versatile Powders for you.  Going from left to right is #42 Khaki, #88 Antique Brick, #51m Semi-Matte Bronze, #32 Copper, #35 Crystallized Honey, #61m Semi-Matte White, #82 Pink Pearl, #3 Pink Shimmer with #76 Jinx on the right.

Monave recently developed pencil forms of these eye shadow powders with their Versatile Eye Pastels.  I played with four in #31 Gold, #180 Chiffon, #61 Semi-Matte White, and #112 Terra Dark for doing the crease.  An idea way to create a Sunset eye is trying Chiffon on your lid, layer a bit of the Gold toward the center before blending in with some of the dark-brown Tierra Dark in the crease, which you can also line your eyes with.   To finish, use just a tad of the Semi-matte White on the brow bone to pull this look together.  


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Monave's Versatile Eye Pastels #31 Gold, #112 Terra Dark, #61 Semi-White with #180 Chiffon at the top of my thumb.

With all the mistletoe around, I want my lips soft and inviting so I chose some Monave moisturizing lip glosses and lipsticks to keep them on track. 


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Starting on the left is Monave's #95 Buff Rose, #166 Tigerlilly, #36 Cali-Clay and ending with #84 Hibiscus.

The colors of the lipsticks are what I want to show you first with #95 Buff Rose, #166 Tigerlilly, #36 Cali-Clay, and #84 Hibiscus.  Not only do they compliment those eye shadows, but they are shades that can go with anything with how basic they are.  Buff Rose is the ideal choice if you love nudes but hate how they can sometimes wash you out.  This has just enough pink to liven a pale complexion or to make more of a darker one. Tigerlilly is an orange-red shade that is not too dark or too light, Cali-Clay is more of a burnt pale orange-brown and Hibiscus is a glorious, shimmering pink-brown.


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Here are swatches of those four lovely lipsticks.  Going from left to right is #84 Hibiscus, #36 Cali-Clay, #166 Tigerlilly and ending with #95 Buff Rose on the right.


For lip glosses, I thought a variety of reds were called for.  Therefore, I chose #182 Pinot (blue-red wine color), #167 Burnt Red (brick red), #171 Ruby Slippers (pink-red with copper), #168 Clay (brown-red), and #85 Sienna (orange-based red).  


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Going from left to right are Monave Liquid Glosses of #168 Clay, #182 Pinot, #85 Sienna, #167 Burnt Red, and ending with #171 Ruby Slippers on the right.

Still, I thought some pink tones would be appropriate with those shadows with Liquid Gloss #95 Buff Rose and #164 Petticoat (berry-pink) to give me some different options.  


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Monave Liquid Glosses of #95 Buff Rose on the left with #164 Petticoat on the right.


I have relied on Monave Mineral Makeup for several years now and really do love their quality of cosmetics and skin care as well as their array of sensational colors.  Whether you need to look fabulous for the holidays or for every day, this brand’s products can make that happen.  Do visit their website and discover what they have to offer.   I know that you will be glad that you did.

Thanks to Monave Mineral Makeup, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins a $134 prize package of cosmetics and skin care in the colors of their choice!


Giveaway Details and How to Enter–

Prize: One (1) winner will win the following Monave Mineral Makeup products in their choice of colors with Full Size of a Monave Loose Powder Foundation (Regular or Concealer-Foundation), two Versatile Powders, a Full-Size Vegan Rose Moisturizer, two Versatile Eye Pastels, a Soft Kabuki Brush, and two lip products of your choice ($134 total value)!

Dates of entry: 11/30/15–12/16/15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Eligibility:  Open to USA and Canada.  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 29, 2015

Review: L’Occitane en Provence’s Nourishing Shea Butter Gift Set

**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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 L’Occitane en Provence’s Nourishing Shea Butter Gift Set


Winter weather has a tendency to zap so much moisture from our skin that it can leave us wanting.  As a result, we have increased dryness and chapping to cope with.  However, I have a wonderful suggestion to end that miserable cycle of skin abuse with L’Occitane en Provence’s Nourishing Shea Butter Gift Box that PR sent me to try.

This grouping of five products is the ultimate dry skin repair kit to keep your body, hands, and feet happy.  

This $69 set that has a value of $103.50 contains:
- Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 7.8 fl.oz
- Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 2.5 fl.oz
- Shea Extra Gentle Milk Soap 3.5 oz.
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 2.6 oz.
- Shea Butter Foot Cream 2.6 oz.

Honestly, I don’t which of the L’Occitane Shea Butter products among these five is my favorite because I love them each in their own way.  Their award-winning Shea Butter Foot and Hand Creams are great for softening up rough feet or chapped hands before you know it.  Yet, I do also adore bathing with the Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream and Shea Extra Gentle Milk Soap for a pampering bit of luxurious body cleansing and completing my bathing ritual with smoothing on some of their luscious Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream.  

If you suffer with dry skin like I do, then Nourishing Shea Butter Gift Box is the perfect gift that you can give yourself or anyone that you buy holiday gifts for.  

Purchase a L’Occitane gift set this season and the company will donate $10 to Dress for Success to help prepare women for their job interviews.  Check it out because you will be glad that you did not only for yourself but by helping another in the true spirit of the holiday season!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

**WIN**Finn & Co.’s White Sand and Black Sand Luxury Fragrance Complete Line Gift Sets ($308) Review + Giveaway!–Ends December 15, 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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White and Black Sand Fragrance Line Gift Sets

The easiest way to brighten up a cold Winter day is to retreat to where there’s nothing but sun, sand and a gentle ocean breeze to rekindle your spirit.  However, escaping to paradise whether for the cost or time involved is not always a viable option.  Yet, you can still make the trip and recapture that perfect Summer’s day or night at the beach, only you’ll be traveling with Finn & Co. as their White Sand and Black Sand Luxury Fragrance products help you journey there.

Their White Sand fragrance is a fresh aquatic scent with green, jasmine and marine notes ideal for day. This feminine fragrance is delightful and will win your heart as it unfolds and warms against your skin.

Warm, sensual and mysteriously alluring with notes of sandalwood, vanilla and musk to those beachy marine and green notes is how I would describe their Black Sand fragrance.  This romantic scent may catch the wearer off guard because it deliberately entices those around it with its soft, haunting seduction.  Anyone in its vicinity is unable to escape the magnetic hold this fragrance has since it seems stemmed from a power of its own. 

Both of the White and Black Sand fragrances are sold as long-lasting fragrance oils ($42) that come in rollerball form, which are so convenient for carrying in your handbag or traveling.  

Their scented Luxury Body Creams in either White or Black Sand are exquisite ways to enjoy those fragrances while pampering your skin with ample moisture. With their rich formula of shea butter infused with Vitamins A, C, and E and aloe leaf extract, my skin was beautifully scented and felt silky smooth.

Their Salt Your Soul Rejuvenating Bath Salts is another product that you’ll want.  This product is made from Dead Sea mineral salts, organic coconut oil, and their fragrance, which makes for a soothing and therapeutic bath.   

How could I leave out their Warm Glow Scented Candles?  Regardless of your choice of White or Black Sand fragrance, I love how these slowly burn to release that scent as it circulates in a room when you want to create a romantic mood.

You got to admire the fact  Finn & Co. manufacture here in the United States and are free of paraben, sulfate, formaldehyde, phthalate, propylene glycol, or phosphate in their fragrance oils and other scented products, which makes another reason that I love what they produce.

If you haven’t tried any of Finn & Co.’s beach-inspired fragrance line, then you are missing a beautiful way to indulge your senses for yourself or any the women that you shop for this holiday season.  Do visit their website and check their products out because you will be captivated as well.


Thanks to Finn & Co., two lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States win either the 
1st Prize - White Sand Fragrance Complete Line Gift Set ($154) or the 2nd Prize - Black Sand Fragrance Complete Line Gift Set ($154)!


Giveaway Details and How to Enter–

Prize: Two (2) winners will receive either the 1st Prize - White Sand Fragrance Complete Line Gift Set of White Sand Fragrance Oil (10 ml), White Sand Body Cream (6.7 oz.), and Salt Your Soul Rejuvenating Bath Salts (16 oz.), and Warm Glow Scented Candle ($46) for a ($154 total value) or the 2nd Prize -  Black Sand Complete Line Gift Set of Black Sand Fragrance Oil (10 ml), Black Sand Body Cream (6.7 oz.), Salt Your Soul Rejuvenating Bath Salts, and a Warm Glow Scented Candle ($46) for a ($154 total value)!

Dates of entry: 11/28/15–12/14/15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Eligibility:  Open to USA addresses.  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.  

How to Enter:  Please use the Rafflecopter widget. You can also enter by clicking this link or try to enter using another browser. You can return daily and log in again with your email to tweet or to vote daily for Nuts 4 Stuff on Picket Fence Blogs.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

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

**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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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 ww.demeterfragrance.com, 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!

**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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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!

**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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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

**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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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.  

How to Enter:  Please use the Rafflecopter widget if it works.  You can also enter by clicking this link or try to enter using another browser. You can return daily and log in again with your email to tweet or to vote daily for Nuts 4 Stuff on Picket Fence Blogs.


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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 Amazon.com.

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.

ENJOY!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Alon Labs Rewind Skin Rejuvenation Formula for Repairing Inflammation and Reversing Skin Damage

*Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.


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Alon Labs Rewind Skin Rejuvenation Formula

Years ago, skin care was basically limited to moisturizers that temporarily hydrated skin instead of protecting if from free radicals or with the ability to stimulate collagen growth.  Thankfully, a lot of scientific advances have made just keeping our complexions comfortable to reversing damage.   Real changes like eliminating fine lines, more even pigmentation and clearer skin is now at our fingertips–-that is, if we know how to choose those formulas properly.

Developed by a plastic surgeon to help his wife’s years of hyperpigmentation and his own rosacea, Alon Labs is a specialty health company that emerged in 2013 to address those needs.  In the process, this innovative brand developed their cutting edge, all natural Rewind Skin Rejuvenation Formula line that can take your complexion in a new direction to combat the visible signs of aging in an exciting way.

The Rewind Skin Rejuvenation Formula combines winning research as well as beneficial cell-repairing ingredients such as vitamin C, niacinamide, melatonin, amino acids, arnica, caffeine, and calendula among its ingredients.  


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To keep the product at maximum power, you mix the two jars of Alon Labs Rewind Skin Rejuvenation Formula together.

As you know, melatonin along with its amino acids (peptides) has been proven very effective in eliminating free radical damage in cellular function.  It also is extremely helpful into forcing the vitamin C into the skin for repairing inflammation. Niacinamide also has shown to help improve the look of wrinkles from various studies.  Calendula has anti-inflammatory abilities like arnica and caffeine, but also antibacterial properties that can only aid in reversing skin damage.

Though the formula is impressive, this product’s unique delivery system is what make the anti-aging product work differently.  Instead of a factory-mixed product, Alon Labs packages this one that is meant to be viable for 30-days with a separate liquid and a powder in order to keep the formula as potent as possible.  

You simply mix the two together when ready to use.  Before you’re ready to apply to clean skin, you give the bottle a brisk shaking and then squeeze out about a half load from the dropper to the palm of your hands. All I did was to rub that emulsion together and gently patted it into my skin.  I even had enough to treat my neck.

I just started using this product since it arrived, both mornings and nights.  However, I can’t tell you that I noticed overnight revitalization since it has only been going on a week.  Yet, I will say that this nourishing cream is already making my skin feel remarkably softer and somewhat brighter.

Obviously, significant changes require more time.  Therefore, I will just have to be patient and wait to see what my complexion will be like.  Here’s hoping that it will help me get rid of that remaining little scar from an acid peel that I have been longing to make disappear.

To learn more or buy their Rewind Skin Rejuvenation Formula ($74.85) or other products, which would make a wonderful holiday gift for yourself or another, do visit Alon Labs!