Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beauty Box 5 March 2017 Review

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This month is all about eyes with products valued at $72.75! 

Lash Bash is the theme Beauty Box 5 has for March with an assortment of products for dramatic eye beauty.

This beauty subscription usually will send five full and sample size items from makeup, skin and hair care, beauty tools, polishes and possibly fragrances for $12 a month along with free shipping.  However, this month’s eye box had all full size products!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Get More Plumping Power Out of Lip Plumping Products!

Before you buy your next lip plumping product, I hope you keep my tip in mind!

Lip plumping products are wonderful when you need to build up small or aging lips.  Though only a temporary effect, hyaluronic acid, cinnamon and menthol are just a few among other such ingredients to look for that can increase volume by mildly irritating the lips.  However, if you’re wondering why those lip plumpers aren’t always delivering better results, you could be wrongfully blaming products when it could be a simple mistake on your part.

There is a trick to keep in mind if you want to get the best results when using these products. What you need to remember is that your lips need to be clean and completely dry first if you want them to work.

Try this the next time you reach for that lip plumper and you’ll be happier with your lips!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Age-Proof Your Look--Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation SPF 15 (Light) Review + Swatches!

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In addition to skin care, you'll love the amount of coverage this Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation has!

The more you age, the more care that you’ll want to take with choosing the right foundation to suit your skin’s demanding needs.  If you intend to keep your complexion velvety smooth and flawless while protecting it from the elements, I found that a hard-working BB cream is a great way to go with all the benefits it offers, especially for older, dry complexions.

I always loved Mally Beauty’s foundations for their beautiful color matching and coverage, but never got around to trying their BB cream until the Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation SPF 15 (Light) arrived for this review.

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This is a swatch of the Light shade of the Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation.

Though I tried quite a few products of this type, the Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation was one of the best. Besides how lightweight it felt, this oil-free formula melted and blended into the skin to perfect my complexion’s look, this BB cream had impressive coverage for how it doubled almost as a concealer.  

My tool of choice was a flat-top foundation brush for applying.  All I needed was squeezing a small amount and then dabbed a few spots on my forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin before buffing in a circular motion.

I got to say that my skin had a slightly dewy radiance without any caking into my fine creases or laugh lines. Furthermore, this product had the ability to keep my face looking fresh without the need to touch up with any face powder throughout the hours that I wore it. 

If you’re aging and want to do it gracefully or just want a foundation-like skin care product, which can protect, treat, moisture and still deliver great coverage, I can’t be more pleased with Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($40).  Check it out because it is one of my favorites!  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How to Make Your Own DIY Shimmering Hair Styling Gel!

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Loose mineral bronzer or highlight powder like this face illuminizer works in this DIY shimmer for hair. 

When you want to give your hair some extra glam, I always found those shimmering hair sprays came in handy for adding a glimmer along with the shine.  Depending on how I style my hair, I don’t always rely on hair spray but other styling products. Therefore, I needed to find another way to make hair shimmer for those times like this DIY sparkling hair gel. 

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These tinted shimmering body powders also can add a sparkling glimmer to your hair.

All you need is your loose shimmering powder and hair gel.  A loose glimmering bronzing powder works for dark hair like mine or a loose gold highlighting powder.  Lighter hair would have more success with experimenting loose silver, gold toned or champagne tinged highlighting or similar sparkling body powders. Pink highlighting powders boost a unique radiance for brunettes and redheads also. 

What you do is to squeeze out your normal amount of hair gel in the palm of your hand and mix in a little of the loose shimmering powder while your hair is still damp. I usually use about 1/4 of a teaspoon for my hair, but you can add more or less after you see the effect for yourself.  

I hope you try my DIY shimmer for hair because it’s easy and provides a beautiful hold with glimmering finish that you’ll love!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to Boost the Look of Fine Hair!

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Changing your style can make a big difference.

Today, my hair is incredibly thick.  Yet, not so many years ago, I had shoulder-length, fine hair.  Strangely enough, I got a short, layered haircut, which forever changed the texture of my hair. At the time, I hated the style and couldn’t wait for it to grow out, but now know it was one of the best hair decisions that I ever made.

Of course, you don’t have to chop of your hair and do what I did.  There are fewer drastic measures that also help to boost the look of fine hair.  

To ease into the idea of cutting your hair, you should try putting some gentle layering into your hair. Fine hair that is one-length can be flat and limp, but getting your stylist to add some face-framing layers is easier to work with a curling iron, hot rollers or even a ceramic round brush and styling products when blow drying to create the impression of more hair.

Something else that I learned that really helps is coloring your hair since it coats the hair shaft to marvelously build up the strands.  Your hair will benefit when you go to touch it.

On the subject of what hair coloring can do, I also discovered that asking for some lighter toned  highlights in the same color family as the one you decide to go with does work to fool the eyes that the hair is more lush than it really is.  

Take care and know that I was in your same shoes once–-until that memorable haircut!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

How to Get Better Drainage for More Beautiful Houseplants!

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Your indoor plants will thrive using this tip.

I had to give some of my houseplants away because I was running out of room.  Usually, when I would need to transplant them into other clay containers, I put some tiny rocks to help them drain.  Of course, you could buy some.  However, why bother when you can get the same results for free outside or using something else that you probably are throwing away after buying something online?  I’m talking about those annoying Styrofoam peanuts that always seem to pop out of the boxes and end up sticking to you and all over the floor as you try to take the item you ordered out.

What I like to do now is save some of those Styrofoam peanuts and pull them out when I am in the mood to replant.  Instead of the small rocks, I put some of those peanuts at the bottom of the planter before the plant and potting soil.  

As lightweight as those peanuts are, they hold up well when you water.  Furthermore, they are especially great to use when replanting those larger plants that need heavier containers and a lot more soil since they don’t add weight.  Besides making some of those big planters easier to lift, you’ll also appreciate how your plants will thrive because those peanuts are sturdy.

I hope you give it a try because your plants will love it!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Demure Mineral Cosmetics Review + Swatches

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Demure Mineral Cosmetics 

When you’re trying to steer clear of chemicals, preservatives, talc, fillers, fragrance, oils, and dyes for fear of what they may do to your health or if your skin reacts to most other products, mineral makeup like the products that arrived from Deluvia may work out better for you.

I got to try their Demure mineral foundation, blush, finishing powder, concealer, lipstick and assorted brushes, which are made from 100% crushed minerals from the earth for a safer makeup alternative. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recipe: Today Is a Good Time to Bake My Easy Molasses Drop Cookies!

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Wouldn't you love to try one with a hot cup of coffee right about now?

Though spring is around the corner, winter is hanging in there with snow storms for most of the country.  On days like this, I like to bake something delicious to help put smiles on faces when my family walks through the door, cold and disgusted.  What I decide to make depends on how much I have left to do on my schedule so I search my recipe box for the easiest goodies that I didn’t make in awhile like the cookie recipe that I’m about to share with you.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

An Easy Solution for Keeping Track of Makeup Expiration Dates!

I used to know when it was time to replace my makeup and skin care by using a small notebook system.  As soon as I bought a new beauty product, I would jot down the date of purchase along with the name of the product.  This worked well enough, but you can occasionally forget to check it often enough or where you last kept that notebook.  However, I found an easier, no-fail way of knowing when it is time to toss and replace those products.
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If you value your beauty, you need to read  this post.

Now what I do to safeguard is to attach a waterproof label to each new product along with the purchase date and expected expiration date. Read my earlier post on when to throw out and restock your beauty products.

Be sure to use a waterproof marker like a fine point Sharpie permanent one or the type of waterproof label that you can print with that info on your laser printer.  Marking it this way is the best preventive measure for keeping that important information from smearing to become unreadable.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Your Quest for Soothing Lip Comforting Beauty May Be Solved--INGLOT High Gloss Lip Oils, Lipstick and Soft Precision Lipliner Review + Swatches!

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Lipstick #295 and the #61 lipliner/crayon.

Making most of my lips is one of my top priorities. Besides color and finish, I also like a lubricating formula that keeps my lips comfortable and moisturized.  INGLOT Cosmetics High Gloss Lip Oils were certainly up to the task with plenty of oils such as jojoba, argan, apricot, cherry kernel, and alpine apple seed to shea butter and vitamin E to keep my lips happy for hours.

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These High Gloss Lip Oils deliver plenty of shine and hydration.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Stylist’s Tips to Guarantee a Great Haircut!

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These tips can help save you from disappointment with that new haircut.

Sometimes, you have your heart set on a certain new hairstyle.  Perhaps, you even bring in a photo taken from a magazine with exactly how you want your hair cut. However, there is more to think about before trying out a new cut to guarantee you’ll love your hair once you walk out of the salon.

Instead of just thinking about your head, you got to think about your entire body for portion and balance. According to my stylist, height and weight are important factors when considering length and volume. Otherwise, you could be in disappointment once those scissors get done with you.

For example, the taller and bigger-boned you are, the longer and larger the hair can be. Doing so keeps hair and proportions more equally distributed.  

On the other hand, those fuller-figured women with more curves should stick with long enough hair with plenty of volume to prevent the head from looking smaller than the rest of their body.

The slimmer that you are, the closer to your head the hair should be cut.  

Those that are on the short side need a cut that can help them look taller.  The easiest way to build up your silhouette is through a cut that involves layering height at the crown.

Understanding how to balance your silhouette with your hair is one thing, but your neck and the type of necklines of blouses, sweaters, dress to the jewelry you wear is another.  Anyone with a short neck would benefit from some simplicity and softness near the face, which means to avoid necklines with large collars or chunky, oversized jewelry and ask your stylist to gently layer the hair around the face. 

Of course, you could have a long, graceful neck.  Being the case, you don’t have to worry about layering around your face when pondering a new cut.  In fact, you have the freedom to play up your face without big, fancy collars or large, elaborate jewelry as well.

I hope you find this post helpful because it can save you from landing up with a haircut that you hate.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Recipe: My Creole Style Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Are Deliciously Different!

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This wonderful hot sandwich is a great way to use stale bread .

Today, I have a wonderful hot sandwich idea that is sure to become a family favorite.  My Creole Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich is one that involves dipping the bread into an egg-milk mixture that comes alive to give the cheese even more flavor due to Cajun seasoning.  

Besides how great it tastes, my recipe is also a fantastic way to use any bread that is getting stale.  

I do hope that you try making my recipe because it is incredible!

Creole Style Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

6 slices of stale bread
1/4 cup of milk
1 large egg
6 slices of American cheese
3 tablespoons of corn or canola oil
1 teaspoon of Pereg Cajun Seasoning

Mix the milk, egg and Cajun seasoning together.

Now assemble each sandwich with two slices of cheese.  Then dip both sides of the bread in the liquid. Heat the oil.  

Now place your sandwiches into the hot frying pan to cook.

Turn up the heat, but not high and cook until golden brown and the cheese melts.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Rouge Bunny Rouge Spring 2017 Face Products Review + Swatches–To Refresh and Rejuvenate Your Beauty!

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Spring 2017 face products 

If you want to give your beauty a boost this spring, you can always count on luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge, to help your face bloom through their skin-pleasing cosmetic formulas and mastery of colors. Today, I wanted to share my experience with a few of their face products with the Milk Aquarelle Liquid Foundation ($57), Cheeks in Bloom Blush Wand ($31), Loves Lights Highlighting Powder ($48), Diaphanous Impalpable Finishing Powder ($43), Powder Brush ($54), and Foundation Brush ($35).

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Au Naturale Cosmetics Creme Foundation, Creme Blushes and Creme Bronzers Review + Swatches–For a Healthy, Beautiful Face!

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Honey is the left, then Grapefruit, Adrenaline, Latte, and ending with Caramel bronzer on the right.

What I love about organic makeup is how my complexion responds to pampering organic oils and pure pigments without clogging up pores with synthetic preservatives or toxins. However, I had never heard of Au Naturale Cosmetics until recently and was intrigued with their idea of creme foundation, blushes and bronzers in convenient tube for ease of application.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sensitive Skin? Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel Review

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If want to exfoliate but never had luck with acid peels, Exuviance's Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel is worth trying.

The quickest way to defy aging is by starting with exfoliation.  It is the key to get rid of old, dulling skin cells so that fresh ones can surface. However, I had never tried a non-acid peel before or the Exuviance brand until PR sent their Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel, which is geared to sensitive complexions like mine can be at times.

Unlike the individual peel pads that I had used, this peel is different that it is gentle enough to be used every day due to the non-acid ingredients of Exuviance’s patented non-acid NeoGlucosamine and aminofil.  I had been using my peel pads no more than once or twice a week to keep from overworking my skin.

The product is also delivered uniquely as well.  Once you pull off the cap, the product is dispensed by pressing downward over the top.  Doing so, brings the gel like substance to the surface.

I tried this peel for the first time the other day.  What I did was to spread a thin layer to my clean face and allowed it to remain on my skin for the recommended 10 minutes.  It did not burn or tingle, but my face felt slightly warm.  

When I rinsed the product off, my complexion felt smoother with a hint of pink color.  At the same time, I didn’t notice that much change in texture.  Still, I am hopeful since this peel just may longer due to this special less irritating formulation. 

I used this peel twice now since then.  Being a gentler peel, I found it just takes more time to see a more noticeable change.  Therefore, if you never could use a facial peel before because of sensitivity issues, then Euxviance’s Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel is worth looking into!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Rimmel Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette Line Review + Swatches!

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Spring 2017 Rimmel brought three new 12-pan Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palettes to the United States to entice us with.  The shades are nude-based from more natural takes with gold tones, rose shades to a smoky palette with shimmering and matte colors.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Rouge Bunny Rouge Surprise Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette-- Limited Edition ‘Phanes’ Review + Swatches!

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The two highlight shades are sensational and work so well with this palette.

If there is one eye shadow palette that you want to think about treating yourself to this season, then it has to be Rouge Bunny Rouge’s new Surprise Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette in Limited Edition ‘Phanes’ for the beauty that you can create from its five stunning shade choices.  

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Starting on the left is Alabaster Starling, Trumpeter Koel, Umber Firefinch, Unforgettable Oriole and ending with Delicate Hummingbird on the right.

This is a well-thought out palette with wonderfully pigmented colors that give you so many options for changing eye looks.  Imagine the possibilities with two striking metallic highlight shades, one a white-silver overcast with a touch of gleaming pink-beige (Alabaster Starling) and another illuminating white gold (Unforgettable Oriole).  The other bewitching colors run the gamut from a deep plum with hints of brown, silver and pink (Delicate Hummingbird) to a haunting dark grayish-blue gleaming(Trumpeter Koel) to a dark, earthy brown (Umber Firefinch).

This mirrored palette arrives with five separate refillable shades that you insert into each pan, which is held securely with a magnet.  However, it does not come with a brush.

Furthermore, I can’t tell you how pleased I was for how long-lasting these silky shadows stayed on even without a primer.  

As you can guess, I am smitten with this latest addition to luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge’s, Raw Garden Eye Shadows with the Surprise ‘Phanes’ palette even more than the original Chronos, especially with two amazing highlight shades.  

Stop by Rouge Bunny Rouge’s European website and check this Raw Garden Eye Shadow Surprise ‘Phanes’ palette out while it’s still available.  Unfortunately, this particular palette won’t be sold on their USA website, but you can buy the eye shadows individually.  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

How to Save Time and Work by Planning Your Weekly Dinner Menu Ahead!

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Let me show you how to spend less time in the kitchen, save money and enjoy healthier meals.

You may think that popping a frozen entree in your microwave is your only option when you’re too busy or tired to cook.  Yet, what if I told you that you will eat healthier meals, save money and even time once you plan out your dinners for the entire week? With a little forethought and organization, I’ll show you how to simplify your life without denying you and your family delicious, home cooked meals.

First, think of your family’s favorite meals. You’ll need seven recipes with one dish that will freeze well. Then head to the pantry and refrigerator to see what ingredients you have or will be needing to shop for. 

Scan the newspaper for food sales and go from there is my method. If chicken breasts are a good deal, one meal is something with chicken from stuffed breasts, stir fry, etc.  I can easily get another meal if any meat is leftover by chopping and turning it into a pot pie, casserole, creamed chicken, etc. 

Say carrots are one of the featured vegetables that have a lower price that week, I buy a few bags and serve as a side vegetable or for my other recipes for that week.

Take a piece of paper and assign a recipe to each day of that week along with vegetable, bread, etc. to complete that dinner meal. Now that you inventoried, you know the food staples that you have on hand. Write down those ingredients that you need to pull that meal off.  

What I’m suggesting really does help ease dinner meal preparation.  I only hope that you take these words to heart and give it a try because your dinners will be so much tastier, healthier and you’ll have more money in your pocket.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pereg Natural Foods Pure Spices and Spice Blends Review + My Cheddar-Rosemary Scones Recipe!

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My Cheddar-Rosemary Scones smell as good as they taste!

When you can’t have fresh herbs and spices for your recipes, you want the next best thing.  I had thought all dried spices were about the same until discovering the difference that Pereg Natural Foods makes for the quality and nutritional value of what you cook or bake with extra phyto-nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to keep healthier.

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Pereg spices are bigger than you expect at 5.3 oz.., a value if you ask me.

Friday, March 3, 2017

NYFW Inspired Beauty Smoldered: INGLOT Debuted Black Amethyst Makeup for Michael Costello Fall/Winter ‘17/’18

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Haunting smoky eyes, dramatic red lips and lots of hair is in store for fall 2017.

Vamp up your beauty look for Fall/Winter 2017/18 taking the clue from designer, Michael Costello’s inspired Black Amethyst, created using INGLOT Cosmetics.  His vision for a woman has an edgy, dynamic presence that knows no boundaries to flaunt her sexiness. Whether strutting her stuff on the runway to her daily trek to the office, the Black Amethyst woman is bold and ready to take on the world, exerting her power with effortless cool sophistication and a stage-worthy sparkle.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

How to Shop for the Best Fitting Jeans to Make Less of a Tummy Or Heavy Thighs!

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When you have figure flaws, these jean buying tips can help before hitting the dressing room.

How many of us can say we have the perfect figure?  I wish that I could say I was one of them, but I have my problems areas just like a lot of other women.  Therefore, you need to find some ways to minimize body flaws and play up your best parts.  Here’s my downsizing strategy when jean shopping to bringing home the best fitting pair that will hide ample thighs or a tummy.  

To compress the tummy, you need to try on a pair with a strong, easy to zip fly that will smooth over any bulge when you close it.  A weaker-closing zipper fly can tug material and emphasize the tummy that you’re trying to hide.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

An Easy Fix for Dresser Drawers That Are Hard to Open!

Nothing irritates me more than a dresser drawer that is hard to budge.  Instead of wasting time trying to yank it every time you need to get in there, I have a great hint that solves that sticking drawer problem once and for all.  

All you need is to get a bar of any soap.  What you do is start rubbing it on the runners of that drawer.  Later when you try that formerly stuck drawer again, it will glide easily!