Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: Terra Bella Beauty Subscription Box for February 2016 + Coupon Code!

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Here is  the Terra Bella Box for February 2016.


Unlike shopping in a store or online for a specific product, half the fun of ordering a subscription box is the anticipation of what could be inside as well as stumbling on some items that you probably might never have heard of before.  A good subscription box saves you hassle and time of bringing those companies to your attention like the Terra Bella Box that arrived.

Anyone that is trying to limit their exposure to chemicals would love the Terra Bella Box.  This is a well-coordinated box of natural, handmade beauty products from lotions, body and bath care, fragrances, cosmetics, soaps, etc. that takes the guesswork of trying to decipher and research all those chemical ingredients with healthier alternatives. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

New Beauty Subscription Box Alert--Heaven’s Honey Luxurious Natural Body Care Box Launching March 1

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Here are a first soaps that are planned for the first Heaven's Honey Box.

Beauty subscription box lovers, I got the inside track on some exciting news.  There will be a new natural solution body care box that will launch this March 1, 2016.  This luxurious beauty subscription box promises five to eight full size products from a large variety of artisans.  Each month Heaven's Honey Box will feature beauty products from one or two of those artisans for a cost of $49.95 per box with free United States shipping.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Recipe: My Scrumptious Mushroom Linguine Is a Dish the Family Will Demand Again and Again!

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How does a plate of my Scrumptious Mushroom Linguine sound?

The recipe that I want to share with you today is not only easy, but a deliciously different pasta dish that makes use of fresh mushrooms delicately seasoned to perfection with minced garlic in olive oil with just the right blend of savory herbs to coax out all that inner flavor before serving on a bed of fresh, waiting linguine and then sprinkling with grated Parmesan for a marvelous finish.  My Scrumptious Mushroom Linguine also doesn't take much time to whip up before you sit down to dinner.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Double Your Beauty With Rita Alarcon and Jewelry In Candles!



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What a fun way to beautify your home and lovely self with Rita Alarcon and Jewelry In Candles!


By now, you probably know that I love fragrance in whatever form that I find it.  Jewelry is another thing that I can’t seem to have enough of.  Those that are close to me know that they can surprise me with those types of gifts any time to see an immediate sparkle come through my eyes.  Ladies, you know what I’m talking about with that satisfied rush you get when you find something sensational that you really love.  Of course, you can relate to this feeling.  This is why I’m so thrilled about finding Rita Alarcon's Jewelry in Candles

Browsing at this shop can be addictive because it is such a fun way to buy jewelry and scented candles, warmer tarts to body butter because it is a unique experience.   

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review: Mantry Subscription Box for January 2016

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This is the Mantry Box for January 2016 in its wooden crate.

The element of surprise is one of the reasons that I so love diving into a well-curated subscription box because half the fun is never knowing what I may find.  I had a chance to review a new gourmet food subscription called Mantry that I think that you’re going to like. Though this box is geared to the modern man’s pantry, I can tell you now that women can love them too, if this assortment is a representation of what you can expect.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Helpful Advice for Counteracting Adult Acne Once It Flares Up



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Skin eruptions can be frustrating, but can improve with a little helpful insight.

Just when you thought the days of bad skin were finally behind you, the worst happens.  Your formerly clear complexion suddenly takes a drastic turn.  For some reason, your face keeps breaking out and you can’t understand why.  After all, you are vigilant about caring for your skin as well as eating a healthy diet. You even went as far to check all your product labels for comedogenic ingredients, but it didn’t help you figure out the cause. 

Of course, your hormones could be acting up or reacting to a new medication but your doctor assured you that everything is fine in that department.  Heredity can’t play a part because no family member that you’re aware of had adult acne.  Why now?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Advantages or NOT That Facial Toner Can Have for YOU!

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Are you sure that you really need a facial toner or are you just accustomed to using one out of habit?


For years we have been lead to believe that facial toner is a must for every skin type.  Yet, does this still hold as true as it once was?

Originally, a toner was formulated to deep clean the pores and restore the complexion after cleansing to its former natural pH level since the process of washing with a bar of soap can strip away the beneficial acid that is normally on the skin.  When the complexion is robbed of that slight acidity that it needs, the skin is left unbalanced and vulnerable to bacteria that can cause breakouts and moisture loss.  Too much alkaline on the skin’s surface also means that it is less protected from damaging sun and environmental substances that can enter the dermis and find their way into the epidermis to speed up aging. 

However, skin care products have advanced significantly over the years.  As a result, our dependency on toners has also changed with these new developments in how we are made to care for our skin.  

According to some dermatologists, people with normal or dry complexions don’t really need a toner as long as they exfoliate regularly and use a non-stripping cleanser that won’t play with the skin’s pH levels.  They recommend that the skin's pH level stay between five and six to keep it healthy.  On the other hand, those with oily complexions and acne should use a toner.

This is not to say that your complexion can’t benefit from the ingredients in various types of suitable toners, it is just not as an essential step for the complexion’s health as it once was.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Review: Mineral Fusion Liquid Eyeliner (Ebony)

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Mineral Fusion Liquid Eyeliner (Ebony) 

My comfort zone for eyeliner is usually in pencil form.   This variety has been my top preference for the most part since I consider it more natural for daytime.  I feel that this form can give more of a thinner, controlled line.  I can smudge to tone it down when necessary compared to a heavier, often unpredictable liquid that can be more challenging to master. Nights, however, I do like to take my liquid liner and create a little eye drama with a bolder line for more sizzling impact.

I really love Mineral Fusion’s purer formulas of cosmetics and skin care that I have tried in the past. Since I had such wonderful experiences with other healthier cosmetics from this vegan brand, I was looking forward to trying their Liquid Eyeliner in Ebony ($14.99) to see how it would fare.

Their Liquid Eyeliner is free of gluten, paraben, artificial color, fragrance, talc, and phthalate.  Besides not incorporating a chemical soup of ingredients, I also like how their company formulates with caring ingredients from nature such as chamomile, rosemary, grapefruit, aloe along with vitamin E to benefit the skin around the eye area while it lays down rich color.

Even if you’re a klutz with liquid liner, I think Mineral Fusion’s applicator with its nicely fashioned tip made it easier than some others that I used in the past.  This product didn’t budge, irritate, or flake off during the course of wear.  

If you haven’t tried Mineral Fusion and are looking to get away from more toxic chemicals, the Liquid Eyeliner is a great way to get acquainted with their line. Find it at their website or Whole Foods stores.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Why You Really Need Breakfast If You Want to Keep Weight Off



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Eating breakfast energizes the body and mind but also helps with weight.

How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? After all, it is the fuel your body needs to get going as well as carry you through all you do until lunch. Yet, some of us may tend to skip it either for lack of appetite or just because of time.

If this sounds like you, then you aren’t doing your body or health a favor.  Research has shown those that skip breakfast usually eat more calories through the day than breakfast eaters.  In fact, close to half of those that don’t normally eat breakfast have a significant weight problem.  

Perhaps, you wake up and feel too full to even consider a bowl of oatmeal, cereal, eggs, yogurt, fruits, smoothie, or the like.  If so, the cause could be from eating too late at night whether your dinner or due to bad snacking habits.  

Hunger does kick in even if it is an hour or two later and when it does, we do satisfy it with foods that are available like visiting vending machines for empty nutritional calories from candy bars, chips, etc.  Instead, you might want to start retraining your eating habits to get yourself back on track.  How does this happen you might wonder?  

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Recipe: My Lemon-Lime Cream Pie Can Make Any Day That Much Better!

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Here is a piece of my yummy Lemon-Lime Cream Pie.

Today, I have a really scrumptious pie to tickle your palate.  My Lemon-Lime Cream Pie recipe is a beautiful marriage of a fruity lemon or lime meringue pie boosted to super flavor from its clear citrus filling made that much better in a creamy, velvety pudding like texture along with plenty of grated coconut flakes for extra delicious impact.   

This is another very simple recipe that involves prebaking your pie shell first before cooking up the pie filling. After that, you just wait for it to cool before storing in your refrigerator until it is thoroughly chilled.

I hope that by now you have decided to try my foolproof, oil pie crust recipe.  Another great thing about this recipe is that you can stretch it thin to get one larger pie or two smaller ones.  Of course, your edges won’t be as pretty as would be for one since you have less dough to work with, but you will eat less crust!  You could get one ten-inch pie shell or two smaller shells from just one recipe of my oil pie crust.  

You will need to squeeze some fresh lemon and limes and zest.  I used one larger lemon and three smaller limes that once squeezed into juice produced two-thirds cups of liquid.  Be sure to strain because you don’t want that sour pulp in that luscious filling to spoil it.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Review + Swatches: Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liners (Blossom, Spice, Nude) for Some Lip Magic!

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Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Spice Lip Liner

As much as we love our lipsticks, glosses, stains, and lacquers for the part they play in beautifying our lips, makeup pros know it takes more than that to achieve perfect lips.  Any makeup artist will tell you how important adding lip liner is to shape, contour, prime, stain, and to prevent bleeding of whatever form of lip products that you’re using.  Of course, it always helps to have a great product to work with like Laura Geller’s Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liners that PR sent me to try out.


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Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Blossom Lip Liner

This formula is a long-lasting one with jojoba oil and vitamin E among its ingredients that is advertised to be feather-proof and transfer-resistant.  There are 14 Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liners ($18.00) available.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How to Reattach a Broken Lipstick Bullet and Make It Like New


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Accidents happen like breaking your lipstick at the most inconvenient times like when you're rushed or dressing for  a special occasion or date.  With this repair trick, your beauty won't need to suffer because of it.

Did you ever break a lipstick bullet as you attempt to swivel it up and debate whether you should toss it or simply attempt to scoop it out to use in small pot with a brush? Though it may not have happened to you yet, the chances are that it will eventually.  Instead of letting this needless problem frustrate or lead to any extra expense of what could be small investment for some of those higher end brands, I want to share a makeup trick to fix and reshape that broken lipstick bullet.

The only tool that you need to use is a lighter or a match.  To start the repair, you will want to heat one end of the lipstick so it begins to melt.  Then, you will be able to reattach the lipstick since it is now pliable enough to work with.  Once you reattached the broken lipstick, you need to hold it in place until it dries will be all it takes to get your lipstick back in shape.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review + Swatches: NYC New York Color Lovatics Collection

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NYC New York Color Lovatics by Demi Volume & Length mascara, Lip and Cheek Tints, and Eyebrow Liner

You can still look your best without spending a lot of money on cosmetics with quite a few drugstore brands. The secret is finding the right products that work for you like NYC New York Color Cosmetics that never seem to let me down.  Recently, the brand teamed up with their beauty ambassador, Demi Lovato, and released the NYC New York Color Lovatics Collection in Target and Walmart, which I had a chance to try. 

Currently, there is just one color of the NYC New York Color Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99) in 02 Natural.  Twelve great neutral shimmer and matte shades are divided into three sections of Discreet Nude, Glamour Nude, and Smokey Nude choices. It also comes with two, double-sided sponge applicators.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: Beauty Box 5 February 2016–An Exceptional Month!

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Beauty Box 5 February 2016


It’s always fun rooting through a new month of beauty goodies from a great subscription box like Beauty Box 5.  This month’s theme centers around birthday sweets with exciting cosmetics and skin care products to celebrate the company’s fourth anniversary. 

For those that still may be unaware of Beauty Box 5, let me get you up to speed because this is a wonderful way to get your beauty fix.  Every month, you will expect five full and sample size beauty items from cosmetics to skin and hair care products to fragrance and grooming tools for just $12 with free shipping. You can even spend less per month, depending on the plan that you commit to.

Some of the products may be familiar brands to you.  Others will be new and a perfect way to discover some great new beauty products like I have that you’ll want again and again. 
    
Yet, it is better to just show you what I’m talking about because February 2016 happens to be exceptionally great month.  Check out my latest beauty assortment below and see if you don’t agree.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Best Methods to Temporarily Cover a Tattoo

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There may be an occasion that you need to temporarily mask all that artwork.   These tips can help.

Though tattoos may be the rage right now, there might come a time when you may want to cover that tat for some reason.  If so, you will have your work cut out for you because normal foundations and concealers are usually too sheer to hide the ink.  Nonetheless, there are still ways to artfully handle the problem.

The first thing that you’ll want to try is a tattoo cover up makeup.  This type of product is much like a concealer, only a lot thicker and better suited for masking dark ink.  In fact, you might want to think about looking into a tattoo wheel of shades that are meant to handle various colors of tattoos in one product.

Another option is layering a full-coverage foundation before applying a setting powder. This may work, but the ink still may show through.  If this is the case, you could repeat layering the foundation again and setting it once or twice more with additional powder applications.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Some Valentine’s Day Inspiration to Bring Out Your Inner Cupid!

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Kind loving gestures can take all forms to touch a heart.  

Though you may not always say out loud what’s in your heart, today is the perfect time to show that love. Showering your special person with gifts like jewelry, perfumes, roses, chocolate, lingerie or even a simple card to express in words how you feel for you is always welcomed and appreciated. Yet, a loving action speaks volumes even more.  Therefore, be sure to do something thoughtful today for that person, not because it is expected of you like going out for a romantic dinner, but do it because you would be loss without that special someone in your life.

Sometimes, the little things that someone does for us are more remembered than a gift. Get out of your comfort zone, perhaps, and do something together that you don’t usually do because it’s not fun for you–-only do it because is important for your loved one.  

For instance, if you hate sports, you might want to cozy up on the sofa and watch it together and learn to share that passion.  Who knows you could also come to like it?    

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Recipe: My Yummy Lemon Pancakes With Mango Sauce Make a Delicious Weekend Breakfast!

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Here is a Lemon Pancake with Mango Sauce.


The weekends are when you want to spend more time together with the family and chat over a leisurely breakfast like serving my homemade lemon pancakes and mango sauce.  My pancakes are light, puffy and infused with lemon extract and a tad of cinnamon that nicely compliment the delicious homemade mango sauce with its incredible peach-like flavor that I like to make. 


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This is a pitcher of my Mango Pancake Sauce.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: L’Occitane en Provence’s Rebalancing Massage Cream to Revive Body and Mind!

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L';Occitane's Rebalancing Massage Cream

For those times when you're stressed but also extra tired from your grueling day, your regular body lotion or oil may not be enough to revive both the body and mind.  However, you may be interested in learning more of what I’ve just been using from L’Occitane with their Aromachologie Rebalancing Massage Cream because this natural formula used in spas may help change that for you as it did for me.

As with other Aromachologie products, the Rebalancing Massage Cream has rousing aromatherapy benefits in its light, but invigorating herbal scent delivered from its five essentials oils of cypress, juniper, lemon, thyme, and eucalyptus to rebalance the senses.  It also has horse chestnut tree extract, which helps stimulate microcirculation in the skin to bring it more oxygen among its other wonderful ingredients.

This aromatherapy-powered cream has a white, gel-like texture that is quick to absorb once it touches your skin.  The areas that I rubbed felt like velvet in how smooth my hand ran over it without excess greasiness only satisfying moisture.   

I can’t say that this cream dissolved every care and ache away, but it was a pleasant experience in how it smoothed and soothed me entirely.  I will keep using it without question because it is a nice way to get a lift after a hard day.  Try L’Occitane’s Rebalancing Massage Cream ($38) for yourself and you’ll understand what I’m talking about in how it can revive so you feel like yourself again.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Beauty Trick on How to Get the Most Out of Your Eyelash Curler for the Best Lashes Ever!

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Learn how to make your eyelash curler do more for those beautiful eyes of yours.


Curling lashes before applying mascara does make a difference in how this simple process can lift the lashes to make them look more prominent.  It also provides a better platform for your mascara wand to grab onto instead of allowing lashes to hide. However, there is even more that this little indispensable beauty tool can do for even better results.

Introducing some gentle heat to lashes as they curl definitely helps stretch the lashes to new heights.  Of course, you can buy a heated eyelash curler, but they can be pricier than the inexpensive ones with the rubber grip.  If you don’t want to spend the extra for a new tool, then this beauty tip is for you.  

What you do is get your hair dryer and gently heat the rubber strip inside the eyelash curler that grips onto the lashes for a minute or so first before using it on your eyes.  The gentle heat manages to stretch the lashes even further, closely replicating the effect of a more expensive, heated curler.

I hope that you try this beauty trick of mine because it is the next best thing to an actual heated eyelash curler and will help you get more phenomenal lashes! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

**WIN**Beyonce Heat Kissed Eau de Parfum Review + Giveaway!–Ends February 26, 2016

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Beyonce Heat Kissed Eau de Parfum 

If you want to entice or warm up the heart of that special woman this Valentine’s Day, you
might want to think about giving her something sweet and luscious like the new perfume that arrived for this review and giveaway.  I just sampled Beyonce’s Heat Kissed Eau de Parfum that was released and done in conjunction with Coty Beauty in July 2015. This latest addition to the Heat fragrance family is an exotic fruity-floral infused with vanilla and haunting wood notes that you may want to take a close look at.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review + Swatches: Five Winter 2016 Inspired Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks!

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Starting from left to right is #505 Red Alert, #660 In Love With Ginger, #500 Diva Red, #240 Tower of Mauve and ending with #260 Berry Rose on the right..

A well-dressed mouth this season may be wearing dramatic blood to brick reds, deep purples, mauves, berries, to earthy orange-browns.  Here are five Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks that deserve a second look since they would make ideal choices for now without ruining your makeup budget.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: Prospurly Subscription Box (Organic, Artisan-Crafted Products) for January 2016

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Prospurly January 2016 Subscription Box

Those who are seeking to live a greener life and take a healthier approach through organic products whether for the body, mind, or the foods they eat would love Prospurly. This monthly subscription box is one that helps acquaint you with between six and eight quality organic, artisan-crafted products centered around a theme that can only make your life better.

A monthly subscription runs $49.95, but usually has at least an $80 value.  Every item is organic and made in small batches from gourmet foods to bath and body care products.  

If you’re curious about what a typical box would be like let me show you what you might expect from the January box that arrived for this review.  Giving a proper start to the New Year was the theme of that box entitled a New Adventure.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer With This DIY Beauty Tip!



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Smart beauties never get frustrated just because they run out of a favorite product. They adapt.  

Don’t you hate when you run out of your favorite tinted moisturizer?  Of course, you can run to the store or order online to immediately replace it.  However, this simple task can take time, which we always do not have.  Therefore, I want to show you how to simply make your own tinted moisturizer so your beauty never suffers until you can restock again.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Recipe: My Pineapple-Cream Pie Will Spoil You With Its Delicious Taste!

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Here is a piece of my Pineapple-Cream Pie.  


Anyone that loves pineapple is going to fall in love with this recipe that I have for you today.  Close your eyes and envision a creamy pudding like sweet base in which crushed pineapple and its natural juices rule along with just enough lemon juice and vanilla before it rests in a flaky, tender pie crust, crowned with meringue. My Pineapple-Cream Pie recipe makes a filling enough for not one, but two such delicious pies that taste better than I can possibly describe.  

You would think that making one pie sounds like a lot of work, but two seems even harder.  No way, readers, and I’ll tell you why.  First off, but you’re going to assemble all the ingredients and cook one filling.  The hardest part will be separating the eggs.  Secondly, you use my oil pie crust recipe because all you do is mix the ingredients and stretch with your fingers into those two pie pans.  There is no reason to roll.

I prefer making two of these pies at once because I use the entire 20-oz. can of pineapple.  If this sounds like too much pie for your needs, no problem, just cut my recipe in half.  Seriously though, I think once you taste this for yourself that you will also be making two 10-inch pies because you won’t want to deny yourself one extra luscious bite!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Are You Interested in An Easier Way to Correct Mascara Overload?

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This beauty is in the know when it comes to the look of her mascara.  


Don’t you hate when you have your makeup nearly done only to notice that you went too heavy on the mascara? Those extra coats or new formula just seemed to exaggerate your lashes, but not in the flattering way as you expected.  Instead, you are left staring in the mirror at your eyes with those brittle, wadded together lashes in disgust, thinking that you’re going to have to wipe the makeup off and start over again. Right?

I found a sensational way to solve that mascara problem that you really need to try. You will need to buy an extra toothbrush and cotton swabs when the need arises just for this purpose so make sure to have them on hand. 

What you do is pour some of your eye makeup remover over that fresh toothbrush until it moistened enough to use without dripping to gently go over your lashes with.  It’s a good idea to have a cotton swab or two dunked in some of that eye makeup remover as well in case you accidentally get a bit of that mascara on your lid to clean up the mishap.  

With this super trick, you get extra control of how much mascara you want to take off.  Do try this makeup tip for mascara overloads because it does work and can often save you from redoing!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

These Great Tips Can Keep Your Makeup and Skin Care Products More Hygienic and Deteriorating Less!


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Increase the shelf life of your cosmetics and keep your complexion thriving just with a few simple changes.

All the beauty products that we come to rely on so heavily can amount to a considerable investment when you tally everything up.  If you want to keep those cosmetics and skin care products lasting longer and healthier to use, there are some simple precautions that you can take that helps keep the formulas more sterile.  

For instance, when you buy a new skin care cream, compact of blusher, finishing powder, eye shadow palette, you might want to hold on to the inner plastic disc or sheet that comes inside instead of tossing it. You may think that inner plastic just is there to keep the product intact through shipment, but it also serves another purpose.  That thin plastic sheet or disc  can help cut down on the amount of the airborne bacteria present every time that you open the jar, compact, etc., provided you put it back.

Our fingers can be wonderful makeup tools, especially for liquid foundations, concealers, moisturizers, serums, creams, etc., but they also bring in bacteria.  Over time, the liquid, cream, lotions, and serums can build up and become dangerous for the health of your complexion.  A wiser choice would be to depend more on clean makeup brushes and sponges and wash them after each use.  Cotton squares can work as a temporary, disposable powder puff that you can throw away each time. 

With just a few little changes to your beauty, these great tips can keep you from contamination to preserve that lovely complexion and keep you looking fabulous. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: Lavanila’s NEW Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil - What Your Skin and Senses Long for!

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Natural brand, Lavanila, has come out with another amazing scented vanilla-based beauty product to entice us with.  This time the temptation is in the form of their recently released Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil that arrived for this review.
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Lavanila’s NEW Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil

The formula has a pampering blend of Madagascar vanilla bean, argan, and coconut oils suspended in a luxurious body care emulsion.  

You might be curious how much moisturizing you can get out of its 3.4 oz. bottle, which is small.  I asked myself the same question at first until finding out that you can lubricate yourself with just a few, non-greasy drops compared to the amount needed of oils, lotions, and creams that you may be using now.

Besides providing a healthier skin care option, what also endears Lavanila to my heart, is how long-lasting their scents can be.  This Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil keeps up with that fine standard for many of hours wear while keeping your senses happy by its alluring vanilla aroma that beautifully radiates from your soft, treated skin.

If you love the scent of vanilla and are looking for a natural brand body oil, I do recommend visiting Lavanila and trying the Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil ($39) because it may be the dry skin body care product that you have been longing for.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An Easy Hair Trick When You Overdo the Hair Spray


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The unexpected solution to a hair spray overload may be one that you overlooked until now.


Who hasn’t gone overboard with hair spray at one time or another?  Instead of panicking over what you have just done because you’re now stuck with a head full of hard, unmovable hair, you might want to try this helpful hair tip because it can get you out of a bind, especially if you’re running late or out of dry shampoo.

The next time this happens, I suggest taking your hair dryer out and put some heat to your ruined hair.  In fact, you might start to see the hair begin to smoke soon afterwards, but it is nothing to get upset about. Your hair isn’t burning up from what you’re seeing from that initial puff or two as you gaze at yourself in the mirror–-only that unwanted hair spray leaving your hair!

I do hope you that you do try this beauty tip because it does work well to save your style!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review + Swatches: Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Sticks (Rose, Purple Violet) for Soothing Winter Lips

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Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Rose

Winter can be especially unkind with extra dryness and chapping that it has for our lips.  I don’t know about you, but I am always reaching for my lip balm to comfort them.  In my quest to help deal with this frustrating cycle, I want to tell you about my experience using Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Sticks once I put them to the test for this review because they may be just what you are looking for.

With Mandarin oil, shea butter, sunflower wax, and vitamin E, this delectable scented lip butter stick glides on easily, lubricating the lips without silicones, parabens, propylene glycol, or phthalates of any kind.  The silky feel is instant soothing relief, which made my hurting lips extremely pleased.   I also noticed another benefit was the sheer wash of rosy and healthy plum color this duo possessed to beautify the lips.  


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Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Purple/Violet

Besides Rose and Purple/Violet, the Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Sticks also have two other shades with color to choose from, one being Pink and Peach as another, in addition to a colorless version.

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Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Sticks  swatches with Rose on the left and Purple/Violet on the right.

 I really liked these natural lip balms even more than the Korres potted lip butter.  For one, this form is more convenient.  You don’t need to put your finger in or a lip brush to put them on.  Also, these aren’t as glossy compared to the ones in the pot form.   

Do check Korres and see for yourself how much beautiful relief is packed in each Mandarin Lip Butter Stick ($16.50).  The proof will be on your own lips, readers.