Monday, April 24, 2017

Put Your Best Face Forward This Mother’s Day--Stemulation Luxury Skin Care Facial Serum and Daily Micro Derm Scrub Review

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Stem cells power up this Stemulation anti-aging formula.

I am fortunate to have great skin, but it wasn’t always the case.  I used to have trouble with an oily complexion and occasional breakouts like everyone else and then my skin began undergoing changes with dryness and fine lines. Today, I want to tell you about Stemulation, a luxury skin care line that uses stem cells from bone marrow (Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells) for their rejuvenating power to beautify an aging complexion.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fuego Box April 2017 Review

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I never was aware of so many different varieties of hot sauces existed until Fuego Box.

Happy days are here again with the arrival of my latest Fuego Box.  This month’s savory trio of spicy heat from the hot sauce subscription brought more unique ways to fire up the tongue with flavor.

If you also love your foods extra hot, then you need to check out Fuego Box because it has the best unusual, small-batch, artisan hot sauces that I have come across.  Trust me, you can’t easily find what this subscription box puts together in your typical grocery store because these come from all over the country. The cost is $29.95 per quarter with free shipping.  You also get an informational card about the sauces and recommended foods to go along with each sauce.  Furthermore, you can also buy one box at time for just $12.95 with a $5.00 shipping fee.

April brought Maple Oatmeal Stout Craft Beer Hot Sauce from the Butterfly Bakery of Vermont.  This is a medium heat  jalapeno pepper-based sauce that has oatmeal stout, maple syrup along with white vinegar and spices.  For someone that hates to drink beer, I wasn’t sure that I would care for this mildly sweet sauce. However, it was really delicious on my scrambled eggs.  Next, I plan trying some on a veggie burger later today.

Hoff Sauce is a tasty everyday jalapeno with habanerno pepper sauce that has nice nip to it.  This one is quite hot, but won’t burn the inside of your mouth so much that you’ll miss its fantastic flavor.  

Finally, I found a yellow colored one with turmeric called No. 23 from Corine’s Cuisine, which was quite different.  This one also has Scotch bonnet peppers, lots of garlic, shallots as well in its savory mix. I sampled this one for the first time on my cheese sandwich and it was quite good.

Honestly, if you love hot sauce, Fuego Box is wonderful with what you can experience.  In fact, this hot sauce subscription makes a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift if that special lady likes to turn up the heat of her food.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Recipe: My Choco-Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie Offers a Unique Marriage of Flavors That Is Out-of-This World Delicious!

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This pie is a one way to enjoy so many awesome flavors.

Did you ever have one of those days when you’re craving a few different things at the same time when you’re about to bake and couldn’t decide?  Well, I was in the mood for something chocolate.  Then, I thought a peanut butter goodie would be great until I looked over to my fruit bowl with bananas that were getting overly ripe.  Therefore, I thought why not invent something using all delicious ingredients into a cream pie? The result was today’s recipe.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush and Highlighter (Pretty Pink, Stardust) Review

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These Mally Beauty glow-getters can really help your look.

Blush and lipstick are two beauty essentials that I would be hard pressed to live without. I couldn’t go a day without them for the life that they can return to a pale face.  Unless you are fortunate to wake up with perfect coloring, you might not value the importance of those products in the same way as the rest of us that need to help our beauty along.  Now it’s easy to understand why I am so smitten with a new one from Mally Beauty with her Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush and Highlighter that PR sent me recently.

Pretty Pink is a cooler, deeper pink, a blend of mauve and magenta. Stardust is a shimmery champagne shade.   At first glance, I thought the color might overwhelm my fair coloring until I tried it with that double-ended brush I found inside.  

I used the black end that had slightly more hairs and would be less for the dark pigment to stain in comparison to the white end when working with this blush.  What I did was apply it sparingly and gradually built it up until this silky powder with a creamier feel than you might expect melded into my skin with enough of that dramatic color to look as it always has been a part of me.  Actually, the effect of this deep pink against my light skin and dark hair was more flattering than I expected.  

The small round with that Stardust highlighter was simply gorgeous once I dusted some on.  I used the white end of my brush for this highlighter. I hardly used much because this packs a lot of glow so keep that in mind, but it was nice for emphasizing cheekbones.

This three-piece Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush and Highlighter set that you can find at ULTA Beauty is a nice value at $35.  At Mally Beauty the Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush alone is $24. Check it out!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (Light) Review + Swatch

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You'll love the fresh coverage and weightless feel this foundation has.

Given the fact that I have a dry complexion, I was eager to try PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation. The idea of a serum enriched foundation to boost the skin’s radiance through an enriched encapsulated water complex formula intrigued me that I had to see for myself what this product could do.

What else is interesting is that HydraFluid ($39) has no oil, but PUR’s Ceratin Complex as well as that Swiss Alps-sourced mineral water for improving skin’s overall smoothness as it firms and lifts.  The formula also has aloe vera and free radical fighting, vitamin E for healing and soothing, but no actual sunscreen.

Something else that is different is the long clear slender tip that this foundation has compared to a wider mouth bottle or pump dispenser that releases more than a drop at a time.  This prevents any waste of pouring or pumping out too much foundation, which I thought was great.  However, impatient ladies may think the slow way this product comes out takes too long.

Light was the best color for me among the five shades in this line.  It has some warmth, but not overly peach as you will see from my swatch.

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Here is the Light shade that I swatched.

Once I sampled it, I was amazed at how lightweight HydraFluid felt on my skin.  Instead, it reminded me more of a BB cream that perfected and smoothed the look of my face.  The only difference was this foundation has a thinner consistency than BB cream or your typical liquid foundation.  Still, it certainly delivered with wonderful hydrating coverage that left me with a beautiful dewy finish that held up without settling into my laugh lines or disappointing me through the rest of my day.

If you need coverage, but hate how most foundations bog your skin down and are searching for a product capable of making you look fresh and natural, give PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation a shot, especially if have dry skin.  I'm betting that you will love it once you do!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How Not to Need So Many Different Shades of Foundation to Match Your Skin Each Season!

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This tip can save money and the health of your skin to keep it beautiful.

Who doesn’t have this problem of needing different shades of foundation just to match their current skin color?  Depending on the season, we can be palest in the winter when our skin isn’t exposed much to the elements.  The more the weather warms, the more our complexions start to pick up more color until reaching our darkest shade in the summer.  

However, there are ways to save money and accumulating too many foundations at one time that you might want to try.  Spending less is always great, but more importantly is how much healthier you can keep your skin since using old foundations could subject it to products compromised with bacteria.  Decluttering your makeup bag or vanity also makes your life run smoother with fewer unneeded products to root through.

What you might want to do is to take your normal shade foundation, a liquid highlighter and a shimmery liquid bronzer.  When your skin is the palest in the winter, adding a drop of the liquid highlighter can help give the foundation a healthier glow.  The same goes when your complexion darkens more as the weather heats up.  Just add a drop of the bronzer to change and warm up the foundation. Self-adjusting these products can get you by through the seasons once you see how easy it is alter that foundation shade.

Another suggestion that I found helpful is buying two bottles of liquid foundations (the typical light shade you would use and the foundation shade that you would normally wear when your skin darkens through summer).  All you need to do is to take a few drops of each in the palm of your hand.  By custom mixing the two foundations together, you can experiment with the number of drops needed to find that perfect shade. 

I hope you try this because it saves both on your beauty budget and the health of your complexion!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NEW One’n Only Argan Oil Facial Skin Care Line Review

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You might want to check out these affordable anti-aging products.

Maintaining a beautiful complexion can get pricey as we all know.  However, I recently became acquainted with a very affordable line from One’n Only Argan Oil with their new launch of facial skin care products that deserve your attention.

Their Argan Oil Cream Cleanser ($9.99) is gentle enough to remove stubborn makeup while lavishing the skin with creamy moisture from argan oil as well as a fruit derived AHA + Peptide Complex.  This cleanser is one that you tissue off before rinsing away and washing.  Those with dry skin such as mine would really like the way this product got rid of daily makeup grime and soothed the skin.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mally Beauty Glowing Goddess Luminizer and Stippling Brush Review–For Enviable Skin That You’ll Love!

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This luminizer helps skin to appear naturally fresh and lit from within.
If you want a secret trick product that can help brighten to make your complexion look younger, it is highlighter to lift and wake up certain sections of the face.  One that I think is a great find is Mally Beauty’s Glowing Goddess Luminizer that I have been obsessed with lately for how naturally it can make light play off the skin.

This Glowing Goddess Luminizer ($29) is a lightweight powder complete with vitamins and antioxidants that gives the skin delicate sheen, not overloading it with obvious chunks of glitter. As a result, I thought my complexion looked fresh and alive like it sprang from within judging by that dewy finish this highlighter was capable of.  The color is universal, basically a nearly transparent ray of golden light that any skin tone can benefit from for working its magic.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!

Let me extend my best wishes to everyone that celebrates Easter to have a joyous holiday.  However, if you do not count yourself as one, I still hope that you have a fantastic day full of love and sunshine wherever you may be.  I say this because it comes from my heart with deep sincerity.

I will be taking off to enjoy this holiday with my family and friends, but Nuts 4 Stuff will return tomorrow with more helpful posts to keep you and your life as beautiful as possible.  

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Why You Might Want to Change the Way You Part Your Hair Occasionally!

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This beauty listened intently to safeguard her lovely hair.

We all tend to have a favorite way to part our hair.  Maybe you feel that when your hair divides in a certain place to part that it best compliments you.  While this may be true, there is something else that may cause you to suddenly want to try a new part.

According to one hair study, years of parting your hair in the same place can take a toll.  Continual abuse of running your comb through one section of the scalp can create enough stress to actually widen the area.  

I don’t know about you, but I would like to avoid extra scalp showing on my head.  Therefore, I plan on also changing my part every now and then!  

Friday, April 14, 2017

For a Beautiful Journey Into 17th Century France--Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Products Review–A Gift She Would Love This Mother’s Day!

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These products make you feel like you were returned to the past.

Our lives are so fast-paced that it can be hard to imagine a world without all our modern technology.  Though as wonderful as that can be, it also can be stressful.  Yet, what if I told you I sampled some plant-based beauty that made me feel like I fell through a portal in time.  Sampling the assortment of Le Couvent des Minimes took me back to another age when life was slower and far less complicated with the simple luxury their plant-based products provided.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ConairPRO Silk Tools 1" Curling Iron Review–Lasting Curls for Mother’s Day Beauty!

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This iron really locks in curls exceptionally well.

Are you looking to banish drooping curls from spoiling your look?  If so, I have a solution for you with my new curling iron that arrived.  The ConairPRO Silktools 1" Curling Iron that I tried can really lock in curls enough that you can sleep on them and forget about reinforcing those curls in the morning!  Now how often can you say, this happens?

What makes this particular spring-type curling iron special is its unique silk fabric complex on its barrel that has both silicone and Teflon for protecting hair while better directing the heat where you need it.  The end result is smoother, full-bodied one-inch curls that really last.

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This iron retails for $49.99.

The temperatures on this iron can go from the gentlest setting of 285F for fine hair to 430F for coarse, thick hair.  Furthermore, this iron does heat up quickly, which is another plus.  In addition, it has a long cord for easier maneuvering and a non-slip cool tip just in case you get too close.

As much as I loved the supreme curling power of this iron, I have to admit the spring to hold the hair in place could have been tighter.  My hair did have a tendency to slip out at times.  

Also, this iron does have a built-in stand to hold it up, but it is much shorter than I would like compared to my much higher, Hot Tools curling iron for trusting by itself on the wood of my vanity.     

Yet, you can’t help love the awesome curling power of this ConairPRO Silktools 1" Curling Iron. Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away. Now is the time to start thinking of a great gift for your mother or you and that perpetual problem of what you’re going to do with your hair.  The ConairPRO Silktools Curling Iron can help so be sure to find it at Sally Beauty!  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My DIY Cleansing Scrub Recipe Wonderfully Exfoliates!

Exfoliation is very important if you want to get fresh skin cells to surface whether to your face or body.  The recipe that I’m about to share with you can be used on your face, provided you don’t use too much pressure in scrubbing. Remember, you want to be gentle with rubbing because cornmeal does have irregular edges that can slough off skin, but also cut it if you work it too hard or often.  However, your skin can benefit from these kitchen cleansing grains if you use a light hand.

Though you can use old-fashioned or quick oats straight from the container, I prefer to take out the food processor or blender and give the oats a whirl.  This makes a finer powder than the chunkier oats for this recipe.

I hope you give this scrub recipe of mine your own home test and see how nicely it works to improve your skin as it has helped mine.  

My DIY Cleansing Scrub

2 tablespoons of cornmeal 
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of oatmeal
1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon of wheat germ oil

All I do is mix some together and it’s ready to use.  

Don’t try storing it because it won’t keep.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Take Scuff Marks Off Your Patent Leather Shoes to Restore Their Beauty!

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This post can help keep those gorgeous new shoes as beautiful as possible.

Don’t you hate when you get new patent leather shoes and suddenly scuff them?  Instead of living with the scuff mark, there are some ways to clean it off that work so well that you won’t ever know you had one.

Here’s what is working for me for effectively getting rid of scuffs.  You get some toothpaste (not the gel type but the white paste) and spread a dab of it on the mark.  Take a clean cloth and gently rub until it comes off. This even works for patent leather handbags.

You can try some petroleum jelly on your shoes.  This can also budge the scuff off.

My one neighbor swears how well nail polish remover can clean off a scuff.  She warns only to use very little and aim it directly over the problem.  I, however, have not tried this technique yet so I can’t vouch for how well it handled the problem personally.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Handy Jewelry Removal Trick for Dislodging a Ring That Gets Stuck on Your Finger!

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Warm weather can make hands swell.  Rings can become tighter quickly.  This tip is a good one to remember.

Have you ever tried on a ring and found that it refused to budge when you tried to get it off?  If so, you probably tried plenty of soap and water to help loosen it.  However, there is an easier solution for solving this annoying problem.

The next time this happens to you, you might want to try spraying your finger with Windex.  Believe it or not, the ingredients in that window cleaner help the ring slip off surprisingly well.

If you don’t want to try the Windex method, you can also turn to butter, which also helps free you of that ring.

Hopefully, you won’t have this problem.  Still, it is always good to be prepared with a little knowledge for just in case! 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Useful Skin Care Tips You Should Take to Heart If You Have an Oily Complexion!

My skin used to get quite oily, especially around the T-zone.  If you have an oily complexion, you know the story of how often you would be washing your face and scrubbing just to feel clean. However, I wasn’t helping the problem by what I was doing.  Therefore, I even went a step further and always followed up with a deep cleaning product.

Of course, I thought I needed more cleaning power to zap up that oil.  My belief was a strong cleaner with ingredients such as menthol or mint that you apply with a cotton ball could more thoroughly solve the problem after and in between washing my face.  

I assumed that slight tingling feeling that followed was because that cleaner was working deep into the pores, but it was a sign of irritation.  That tingling was my skin crying out in protest. Instead of improving my skin’s situation, I was overstimulating it enough to trigger more oil, not less with washing it too often and using deep cleaners that produced that refreshing sort of feeling. 

Learn by my example.  Don’t wash your face so often or trust the feel of those refreshing deep cleansers working for your skin’s benefit.  Ingredients to be wary of also are eucalyptus or any cleaner with SD or denatured alcohol.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Try My DIY Multi-Purpose Green Cleaning Spray and Save Yourself and the Planet At the Same Time!

Kitchen ingredients such as white vinegar and baking soda are effective natural cleaning agents that I use, depending on what I want to clean.  However, I mixed up an eco-friendly cleaning spray recipe that my cousin prompted me to try that is really wonderful for tackling practically any surface.  It worked so well that I thought you would love to try it too!

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You'll save money, the environment and yourself from those harsh ingredients that could risk your health.

This cleaner will do its job to disinfect since it acts as both germicide and fungicide due to its tea tree oil.   I hope that you give it a shot because it is great to have on hand, will save you some money over the commercial versions and keep the environment healthy.

My DIY Multi-Purpose Green Cleaning Spray

5 drops of tea tree oil
4 cups of water
2 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix the ingredients together and fill one of those plastic spritz bottles to store for spraying.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Some Valuable Makeup Shopping Advice to Avoid Wrong Color Choice Mistakes!

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You'll want to read this if you want to save time and mistakes.

How many of us has the luxury of free time these days?  Usually, we end up cramming some shopping after work or during lunch breaks if we want to see the makeup we’re considering in person instead of trying to decide whether to trust images of the product online before pressing the button to order at a website.  If you’re the type that likes to see makeup and sample the shades first, then I have some helpful advice that can narrow down your chances of coming home with bad color choices.

Instead of buying a foundation or any cream or liquid cosmetics late in the day after work, try saving that chore for earlier in the day, if possible.  Mornings are usually the best time because the skin hasn’t accumulated with oil that could alter the way those cosmetics could look.  

If you can’t fit any morning makeup shopping into your schedule, you could always browse those cosmetics and brands that you’re interested in after work first, but delay the purchase until the next weekend morning when you have the opportunity to test the color on your clean, makeup-free face.  

Take a friend and before buying, wait until you get outside to see how the product looks on your face instead of inside the store.  Also, try waiting a few hours to see how this product will mesh with the oils of your skin for any color changes.  Shopping for those cosmetics this way will give you more accurate results!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Some Ideal Makeup Tips for Aging Eyes That Can Help Soften Their Look!

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We all age, but the wrong makeup choices and techniques can make it worse.

Depending on whether you have a problem with those fine creases that have deepened, bags under your eyes along with dark circles or puffiness, you want to be careful when using eye makeup so not to make the effects of aging so obvious.  Otherwise, your eyes might look too harsh at this stage in life unless you make a few simple changes to your makeup routine.

My advice is to forget the bold, dramatic glittery shades of eye shadows in favor of matte neutrals of a light flesh tone and a darker medium brown.  The matte colors won’t shout age like the attention-getting glittery shadows that will pull eyes right to the wrinkles.

Liquid eye liners are sensational, but if you have crepe-like skin of that area, they can become your enemy and make that aging area more noticeable.  Instead, eye liner pencils give you more control for smudging and thickness to give you a softer line.

The older you get, the fewer lashes you seem to have.  Therefore, you need to make most of what you got by curling them first before thinking of mascara.  This will help stretch and lift them upward.

Your concealer placement needs to change to keep up.  Try applying just a bit of it on the outer corners of your eyes and at the inner corners next to the nose instead of a thick coat spread directly underneath the eyes.  This technique will gently lift the eyes up and lighten darkness, only in a kinder way.   

A pair of well-groomed brows can help because aging can do unexpected things to the way they suddenly look and grow.  If you never tried a clear brow gel, you might want to pick a tube up.  This can help you shape those misbehaving brow hairs back in line.

You can’t stop aging, but you can still look attractive.  All required is a little extra effort!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Laura Geller Fifty Kisses Lip Locking Liquid Color (Beige Bite, Pink Pucker) Review

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Beige Bite is on the left with Pink Pucker on the right.

When you’re busy and hate needing to retouch your lipstick at the office after that first cup of coffee, you want a dependable lip color that won’t disappoint.  Well, I tried Laura Geller Fifty Kisses Lip Locking Liquid Lip Color and was amazed at how extra long this product can last without drying the lips out due to its special proprietary polymers complex.

This lip color does not have any parabens or mineral oils that you need to worry about.  This product has beneficial lip soothing sunflower extract, apricot butter, and almond oil. 

I received two from the eight shades in the line with Beige Bite (medium pink nude) and a bolder color with the Pink Pucker (vibrant red-pink).  These are more pigmented than you may expect and glide on to give the lips a creamy, satin-matte finish.

For a long-wearing lipstick, I was pleasantly shocked what a trooper Laura Geller’s Fifty Kisses Lip Locking Liquid Color was for how long it kept up with me and my day.  It didn’t feather, smear or seem to transfer despite my addiction for coffee.  I did add some clear lip balm later in the day just to lube my lips up a tad more.

Have you experienced Laura Geller’s Fifty Kisses Lip Locking Liquid Color ($21) yet?  You don’t know what you’re missing until you do!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Treatment Review

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I found the solution for perking up brunette hair and refresh my hair color.

Only last week did I discover the wonders of what John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner could do to intensify the depth of brown tones in my color-treated hair.  I was quite impressed that I couldn’t wait to sample the line’s Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Treatment next.

First, I shampooed with the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Shampoo, but opted for the Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Treatment instead of the following with the conditioner.

I poured out a healthy amount to saturate my head.  When I was sure I had applied enough to my wet hair, I began massaging the product in.  To make sure I didn’t miss spots, I combed the treatment through my hair from the roots to the tips.

According to the directions, you could wait with this treatment on for up to 10 minutes before rinsing out, then drying and styling as usual.  I wasn’t in a hurry so I decided to give it the maximum processing time, hoping for even more dramatic darkness. 

When I finally dried and styled my hair, my hair was definitely one full shade darker beyond using their Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Shampoo and Conditioner. It also had lots of gloss to it.

I don’t know how many shampoos this gorgeous chocolate color will last on my head since I just did this treatment last night, but it is a wonderful solution to perk up brown hair color that is on the verge of brassiness in between hair colorings.

If you are a brunette and want to freshen up your natural hair color or use hair color and want to keep your current hair coloring going for a while longer before needing a trip to the hair salon or drug store, then I suggest John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Treatment is in order. Check it out!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Rouge Bunny Rouge Muse Eau de Parfum Review–A Complicated, But Compelling Journey of the Senses!

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Behold the bewitching beauty of Muse Eau de Parfum!

If you want to be intrigued and yet slowly seduced, Muse Eau de Parfum from luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge might be compared to stepping through a portal between reality and dreams to enter a world of blissful light revolving around the outskirts of deeper beautiful shadows.  This fascinating woody floral perfume that the company released in 2014 as a part of their Fragrant Confection line was created by perfumer, Nathalie Lorson and is sure to leave its mark.

Muse is a complicated enigma of notes that opens brightly with a fruity bergamot against sweet floral notes of freesia and gardenia.  The feeling is sheer joy like strolling through a flower garden on a perfect summer morning.   The more you explore, the more the landscape seems to change beneath your feet and plunge you further than you ever expected to go, surrounding you with sudden darkness and earthy green dampness.   

As this fragrance warms in the heart, the more you detect the jasmine and moss but almost traces of amber from the note of labdanum setting you on the right path out of this haunting natural beauty that is cast in shadows. 

You want to revel in its sweetness, but the light finally pulls you out of this mesmerizing hold this fragrance has over your senses in the base.  As Muse dries down, you find it impossible not to gravitate toward the inviting warmth once its notes of  musk, ambergris, cedarwood, and oud emerge.

I really liked this perfume because it is such an intoxicating blend.  Those that are thinking about a special fragrance to gift their mother or wife with this Mother’s Day would love how special and sensuous this perfume is so check Muse Eau de Parfum ($129)  out at Rouge Bunny Rouge.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Beauty Stash You Should Keep at Your Workplace!

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Keeping on top of your game by never letting your look suffer can give you extra confidence.

Regardless of what you do, it’s important to keep your look fresh and polished whether for last minute staff meetings, client appointments, unexpected trips to the bosses’ office, dealing with the public to that big lunch that could move you further up the career ladder.  The few minutes that you take to touch up your makeup during your work day can make you feel better about your appearance and build your confidence so you make the best impression at all times.  Therefore, your desk or locker should contain some workplace beauty essentials that can help keep you on top of your game.

Inside a clear plastic container with a locking lid that fits into your desk drawer or locker, you might want to start with small bottle of hand sanitizer, a package of travel-size tissues, oil-blotting tissues, sample sizes of moisturizer, hand cream, and hair spray. You also might want to throw in  lip balm, a small bottle of rose water, and a handy comb and brush. 

Next, it’s good to add an extra lipstick that’s sexier than your usual day shade that you carry in your makeup bag to this container along with a more dramatic eye shadow, eye liner pencil,  and a perfume rollerball to use just in case you discover that you have dinner plans.  

Don’t forget about the tools you need.  Keep a zip-lock plastic bag to hold a few makeup brushes and a sharpener.  

With a little preparation, your beauty will never falter even through a stressful day at your workplace!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

An Unbelievable Way to Curb Your Appetite That I Swear by!

Regardless of my love of baking on the weekends, I do try to behave myself and control my eating most of the time for those other five days.  Trying to cut back on those calories is never easy and can be a daily struggle, but I  found a way to help curb eating that honestly does work.  

You won't believe how beneficial a carrot can be until you read this post.

What I have been doing is eating fresh carrots one hour before dinner.  Believe it or not, I peel a fat carrot or several small carrots and then slit lengthwise into thinner strips.  I like to prepare them that way because it takes longer to eat.  

Timing my carrot break one hour before dinner allows me to eat a lot less.  Seriously, I’ve tried those nutrition bars and shakes that are meant to curb appetite, but nothing ever really helped as much as turning to carrots in their value to lose weight.  

I can almost hear you snickering through the computer as you read these words, but as you fill up on all that fiber, beta-carotene that converts into skin beneficial vitamin A and other antioxidants like vitamin E, C, and copper, you're also beautifying your skin along with improving the look of your body.  Carrots are also a great source of biotin (B7) for nail and hair health and other skin friendly B vitamins like pyridoxine and pyridoxamine (B6), riboflavin (B2), pantothenic acid (B5), and folate (B9) to keep it thriving.

Before you chalk this off, I hope that you try what I am suggesting here.  If so, I know that you will be amazed at the power of what the mere carrot can do to fill you up and improve your overall appearance. The only way that I can make a believer out of you is for you to try my method.  Trust me, but you will eat less and notice your weight drop once you step on your scale!

Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Make a Secret DIY Home Safe!

Do you have some small treasures, but don’t want to invest in a safe?  Here is an inexpensive solution that can help.

Find yourself a thick hardcover book that you don’t want to read anymore.  What you want to do is go to about the middle of the book and then cut a square out to accommodate your little item.  After you place your treasure inside, tape the pages of that section so when you close the book and place it on your book shelve, you’ll have your DIY safe in view. 

Be sure to remember, which book has your treasure.  Keep a note of the title of the  book you used for this purpose, just in case you forget which one it was.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mary's Hair Has Found Two New Friends: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Shampoo and Conditioner Review

**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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Meet my new best friends, John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Shampoo and Conditioner.

I love when my hair is freshly colored, but color-safe shampoos and conditioners meant to keep the color intact can only do so much.  Therefore, I wanted to see how much of a difference that John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Shampoo and Conditioner would make to tone down the beginning of brassiness.

Though you don’t have to use this duo just for hair that has been colored, heads that have  highlights or lowlights put in can also use it.  These products have cocoa and evening primrose oil to deposit deep brown color and can work on virgin hair as well.

Both the shampoo and conditioner have a fabulous, noticeable fragrance, which I adored being a perfumista. However, if you’re sensitive to strong scents, then these products may bother you.

As to my results, I was impressed because that slight red cast was gone and replaced with darker brown. Even near the roots, the color looked more intense than before I tried these two products.  My hair also felt softer and had some extra shine with some varying degrees of chestnut to walnut-brown through my hair.

I went into this review skeptical of how much of a difference this duo could make to restore some depth to gradual fading of my hair color.  Now that I finally tested them, I definitely will keep using them and more from this line.  

Brunettes, if you haven’t tried these John Frieda Brilliant Brunette products, by all means check them out!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Laura Geller Beach Matte Baked Hydrating Bronzer (Sunrise Fair) and Baked Body Frosting (Tahitian Glow) Bronzer Review + Swatches!

**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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Sunrise Fair is ideal for fair to light skin.
Let’s face it, but this is the time of year when our complexions look the palest after being cooped indoors during winter.  A simple way to warm up your complexion and get that sun-kissed kind of glow is through the help of bronzers.  Laura Geller PR sent me two different varieties with their Beach Matte and Baked Body Frosting for me to test.             

The Beach Matte Baked Hydrating Bronzer ($33) I sampled was their lightest shade in Sunrise Fair.  This was subtle, neutral cool beige-brown that has hydrating extracts and antioxidants. The result is a very smooth textured powder that clings wonderfully to the skin to deliver a great natural glow. What else I liked was that I could use this product to contour my face also.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fuego Box March 2017 Review: Where Tropical Fire Reigns This Month!

**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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Sweet tropical hotness dominates this current box.

Hot sauce fanatics will be excited to hear that the new Fuego Box is out and heading your way if you subscribe to this sizzling hot sauce subscription box.  Let me tell you that March 2017 will burn into your memory as well with the three sauces that I couldn’t want to sample.

Fuego Box works by sending you three small-batch, artisan hot sauces in each box.  The cost is $29.95 per quarter with free shipping that comes with an informational card about the sauces and recommended foods to go along with each.  However, you can also buy one box at time for just $12.95 with a $5.00 shipping fee.

The best part is the hot sauces that arrive aren’t typical of what is available in local grocery stores.  These are unique and will wow your taste buds like the trio of fiery flavor in this current box.  

The first one is Tears of the Sun by High River Hot Sauce.  How would you like habaneros peppers mixed with tropical fruit?  The result is a spicy sweet blend of liquid fire that I first enjoyed on fish last night.  This would also spike up the flavor of chicken, pork among other dishes like your dips.

Hotter Than El Ghost Sauce is an experience in itself with unbelieveable degrees of hotness from ghost peppers to their spices that I didn’t think could be bottled. It is good, but be careful because I sprinkled too much on my scrambled eggs.  I recommend to use this one sparingly if you value your tongue.    

The final sauce I tried was their Lazy Soul Hot Sauce.  This is a moderate sweet hot with a tropical beat from a mix of mango, mustard, spices, and haberno peppers.  This was awesome on chicken, but is one of those great ones that can shake up the goodness of practically anything from fish, pork, eggs, etc.

I won’t deny it.  I am addicted to hot sauces and Fuego Box.  If you share my passion, I honestly think you’ll love this hot sauce subscription.  Check Fuego Box out!

Monday, March 27, 2017

PUR Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks (Fever, Passion) Review--Are These the Perfect Mattes for you?

**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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On the left is Passion with the Fever shade on the right.

Lipstick has always been a beauty staple for me as it is for most of us.  I think that it is a quick way to add some instant glam to your look.  PUR Cosmetics sent me two tubes of their Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks from their line of 10 shades with Passion and Fever.

These cruelty-free lipsticks retail for $18 a piece and come with a doe-foot applicator. They are totally vegan as well as manufactured completely free of parabens, which makes you feel even better when buying that no animals were harmed for the sake of beauty.

The colors also are extremely pigmented and do seem to glide on almost like butter instead of liquid lipstick with no detectable scent.  

Fever is a deep red brown shade, almost bordering on an vampy, oxblood color.  The problem that I found with this shade was that it accentuated the smallest bit of lip dryness.  This color also seems harder to spread, clinging to concentrate more on certain parts of the lip than others. 

The next time that I tried that deep red shade, I made it a point to exfoliate my lips first.  Still, I experienced about the same amount of the problem.  

On the other hand, I had a stunning victory with Passion.  This shade is a medium pink with some purple to it that is simply lovely.  It spread much better without any clinging to any lip dryness like the dark red and felt comfortable while leaving my lips with a great creamy matte finish that wore well through my day.

Have you tried any of these PUR Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks yet?  If not, check them out and tell me which ones that you tried!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Three Essential Lipsticks That You Should Own to Change Up Your Look!

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This post can help you organize and save money without sacrificing your beauty!

I love discovering all the latest makeup displays, comparing favorite shades and brands at cosmetic counters.  Lip products can be especially hard to resist when you see fresh testers almost calling to you once you spot them.  For some unexplainable reason, a new perfect shade of lipstick can magically do wonders for a woman’s spirit to make her feel prettier, more confident and even sexier.  As a result, we all probably end up with lots more lipsticks and glosses than we really need just because that shopping high was so much fun.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Recipe: My Delectable Chocolate-Pepper Cookies Have a Great Spicy Nip to Boost Your Eating Pleasure!

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You can pretty these yummy cookies up with a glaze, but chances are they will disappear before your eyes!

I was in the mood to bake so I began rooting through my recipe boxes.  Yes, I have tons of recipes that I transferred to three by five-inch cards from my massive cookbook collection.  I did this because I kept forgetting which cookbook had the recipe that I was hunting for.  This way, I just put a date and star by the card and put in the appropriate box so I can find it more easily.