Friday, November 30, 2012

Aveda's Brilliant Spray-On Shine Review

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Aveda's Brilliant Spray-On Shine


I hate those days when my hair lacks its normal luster.  If you're like me, you want instant help to make yourself presentable and rely on instant conditioners, shine serums or sprays on those occasions when dreaded bad hair happens.  Today, I want to share my feelings about Aveda's Brilliant Spray-On Shine that I was provided to review.

This pleasant scented product is enriched with vitamin E and rice bran among other botanicals for shine and smoothness.  I found using Aveda's Brilliant Spray On-Shine on my finished style didn't weigh my hair down with any oily feel. 

I do have some natural curl and waves that are prone to frizz with humidity, but  this spray managed to control the frizz and any potential flyaway hair as well.   

As to shine, well, prepare to be dazzling!  This spray will definitely correct any dullness you may have as it imparts a brilliant shine all right.

A 3.4 oz. bottle has a retail price of $25 and is wonderful to have on hand when you need that quick hair beauty fix.  Do check it out and see for yourself. You may also have found hair salvation in a bottle with cruelty-free beauty brand, Aveda's Brilliant Spray On-Shine!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided to facilitate this review.*

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mally Beauty Citychick Smokey Eye Shadow Classic Colors Kit (Midtown Merlot) Review and Giveaway!--Ends December 17, 2012

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Mally Beauty Citychick Smokey Eye Shadow Kit  in Midtown Merlot


What is it about smokey eyes that never ceases to be exciting?  The way those darker colors seem to ring the eyes with an aura of mystery always seems to draw attention especially when you have beautiful, crease-proof colors to work with like Mally Beauty's Smokey Eye Shadow Classic Colors Kit in Midtown Merlot that I received for this review and giveaway.

This mirrored compact comes with the most gorgeous red plum color to be used on the lid, a deep bluish purple plum with a bit of a charcoal gray for contour, and a glistening pink beige highlight shade along with a cream to powder base to make those shadows last.  Each shadow and the base are 0.07 oz.  

Although like many other eye shadow compacts, there was no brush or applicator included.  Instead, you get a black  eyeliner pencil that swivels up and doesn't require sharpening.  This handy pencil helped me dramatically line my eyes with further smoldering intensity.  

Furthermore, they adhere wonderfully with a velvety texture to this powder that makes them glide on like silk.   The colors are basically more matte than shimmer while the highlight shade has the most striking pearly luster.

I loved how  versatile these shades were to use.  For a change, I tried that deep contour shade on the lid with only the highlight and it gave me a completely different look.  Another was using the contour shade on the lid, then dusting on some of  that red plum and blending as you go, finishing with the highlight shade.  

Regardless of eye color, I honestly think these stunning plum shades would suit any eye color.  Any that think the lid shade is too pink or red, I say blend, blend, and blend!  If you feel that way, you can easily deepen the lid color with a swipe of your eye shadow brush to tone it slightly down.  However, I thought that the red plum was a very flattering lid shade just as it is.

I swatched the shades in the photo below.  Unfortunately, the pretty highlight color didn't take the best picture on my arm.

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Swatches of Midtown Merlot shades

After my experience with this and my growing appreciation of the Mally Beauty products that I have tried so far, I know that I want to pick up another compact or two.   These Citychick Smokey Eye Shadow Kits sell for $40 and I think you can have a lot fun with these!  Do look into getting one or a few for yourself and dress up your eyes this holiday season.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided to facilitate this review.*

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Let Your Complexion Bloom! Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water Review

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Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water


I started my love affair with organic rose water while in college.   I discovered it gave my slightly oily complexion dewy freshness when I spritzed that really made a striking difference with or without a moisturizer or to set my makeup throughout a long day.   Though some years have passed and now my complexion is on the dry side, I never stopped using or believing in the beauty power behind rose water.  

When Tammy Fender's Bulgarian Rose Water unexpectedly arrived at my door, I was surprised but happy to have the chance to test this holistic skin care product out without any hesitation!  Although I have never tried any of the famed aesthetician's all natural line that started at her spa in Palm Beach with custom formulations to meet the needs of each skin type, I couldn't wait to get started.

The heavenly aroma of rose petals surrounds you even through the closed bottle.  And yet, this sweet scent is only just the beautiful beginning of what is ahead.  Now I could have just spritzed and refreshed my complexion on the spot, but I cleansed my face first and then sprayed some on a cotton ball before swiping over my still damp face.  Ah, the exquisite rose fragrance was aromatherapy in itself and left me with a blissful feeling while I dabbed to tone my skin.

Instantly, my complexion felt soothed and soft like velvet.  This extremely gentle product provided the perfect base once I applied my anti-aging serum and brought with it radiance and a bloom to my cheeks, which increased daily.  Whenever my skin felt extra dry or to refresh my makeup, I gave myself another fragrant treatment. 

If my face could talk, it would say I am happy--just look at me!  After all, you will be stealing the potent energy from a rose from what Tammy Fender's Bulgarian Rose Water will do for own face for keeping it moist, softer, and revitalized. 

Honestly, I have used countless bottles and brands of rose water.  In my opinion, this one is incredible.  You might call this face food to feed a hungry face that may be starving from dull, lackluster skin.   A 6.7 fl. oz. bottle retails for $65 and does go a long way.  

Try Tammy Fender's Bulgarian Rose Water for yourself or give one as a gift this holiday season and then you'll understand why I love it so!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided to facilitate this review.*

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Look Younger! Renee Taylor's face Love Tightening Serum Review


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Renee Taylor's face Love Tightening Serum


Those that make their living in front of a camera depend on maintaining their best appearance possible.  Ask any actress or model what their special trick is and you might discover certain cosmetics, makeup tips, diet, or skin care products are what keeps them looking  beautiful and practically defy aging.   Actress, Renee Taylor, best known for her role as Sylvia Fine on the hit television comedy,  "The Nanny," is one such master now sharing her secret with the world.

Working together with Renee's personal makeup artist, Cindy Carol, the pair developed a product to instantly tighten facial lines for a more youthful appearance.  This firming serum is called face Love and I was asked to review it.

I don't have lots of deep wrinkles, but I do have two bad boys on the sides of my cheeks near my mouth. Therefore, I was game to test  Renee Taylor's face Love all right!  

According to the directions, you can use a drop or two on a freshly washed face or over makeup for anywhere on the face, eye area or neck.  Be sure your face dries completely first before applying the product.  I only needed a drop to do my entire face.  What I noticed was the serum did seem to chip away years while toning your face from what I was staring at in my mirror. 

The two deeper wrinkles that plagued me did tighten and the finer creases around my eyes disappeared.  However, I must have over applied on those two bigger wrinkles trying to finish what I had left on my finger because I noticed there was white caking in the area. 

Less is better when using this product.  Therefore, the next time I tried using, I only added what I needed and not layering.  This gave a much better look to my face. 

In fact, I also wanted to see the difference of how this product would work when applied over my makeup.  I gained a more natural look and preferred this method.  

The driving force behind this revolutionary instant face lift is a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide called acetyl hexapeptide.  And I must admit, but Renee Taylor's face Love does help you look younger quickly.  I don't know how long this wonderful improvement will last, but I think it's fantastic way to  feel better about yourself and aging.  I think any woman that has some wrinkling issues, whether a few like mine or more, would love this serum. 

This serum came ready for gift-giving in a pink  bag, adorned with pink ribbon and also came with a bonus of a full-size tube of LipLove lipstick, a medium pink shade, for $55!  If you ask me, you can hardly buy one skin care product anymore for that price.

With the holiday season and all those parties on the horizon, you need to put your best face forward and Renee Taylor's face Love can definitely help you do that!  Pick some up for yourself or give as a gift to brighten someone else's life and witness a beautiful change. 

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  I received a free product to facilitate this review.*


Monday, November 26, 2012

L'Occitane En Provence's New LIMITED EDITION Marvellous Flowers Eau de Toilette, Body Cream and Hand Cream Review

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L'Occitane's Marvellous Flowers Eau de Toilette, Body Cream and Hand Cream


I love L'Occitane fragrance and have used their products before.  Therefore, when I had the opportunity to review some of their new  limited edition Marvellous Flowers scented products,  I was delighted.  Let me tell you what to expect.

Like a floral explosion, L'Occitane's Marvellous Flowers, bursts to life with countless acres of roses and peonies that compete with sparkling pink grapefruit and juicy red berries to give this enchanting fruity-floral a sense of pure romantic bliss.  

Blame the mischievous red fruit notes at play for the freshness tempting to lift and carry you off to their magical world in the fragrance's opening notes.  However, those magnificent peonies and roses are jealous by forcing every last bud in their ranks to bloom to break the fruit spell, perfuming the air with their unified sweetness in this heart.  

The dry down is soft and seductive with light woods and white musk for a lingering finish to bewitch those caught up in this fairy tale of a beautiful romantic fragrance.

The Marvellous Flowers Body Cream comes in a unique square 8.8 oz. jar that is abundantly enriched with skin pleasing moisturizing ingredients to soften while perfuming with floral beauty of rose and peony among the raspberries.  The formula is light, but rich for easy absorption.

The Marvellous Flowers Hand Cream is topnotch when it comes to hands.  You don't feel greasy with the L'Occitane formula that contains shea butter and natural floral extracts while it protects, repairs, and allows you yet another irresistible way to draw you into that dreamy, very feminine floral fragrance.

I was sent the Marvellous Flowers Eau de Toilette Spray in the 75ml size, which has a nice lasting power as well.  It also comes in a 10ml roll on. 

This fragrance is a limited edition for the holidays so you will want to get a jump on it and order, otherwise, you might miss one of the prettiest scents I have experienced from them so far!  Marvellous Flowers also comes in holiday gift sets like the Marvellous Flowers Star Gift Set  (an $80 value) for $68, which would please anylucky lady on your shopping list.  Honestly, I highly recommend visiting L'Occitane and stocking up on some while the scent is available.  Look for limited edition sets of new Magical Leaves and Shea Embrace gifts while you're at it.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  Free products were products to facilitate this review.*

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Harvey Prince Natural Perfumes BIG Holiday Perfumes & Soaps Review + ($254) Giveaway! (3 Winners!)--Ends December 12, 2012

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Scents of Purpose Gift Set and Flirt Soap


Harvey Prince Natural Perfumes knows how to make us, as women, feel truly irresistible and desired with their exhilarating line of sensational fragrances that are scents geared with specific purposes.  And as a big fan, I am pleased to be working with them again for this big holiday review and giveaway!

Those that still never tried any of their amazing fragrances would find a good place to start is with their six roll-on perfumes in the Scents of Purpose Gift Set.

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Eau de Lite fragrance and Flirt Soap
Eau Flirt, which I personally labeled the man magnet for the way this gorgeous scent works to drive men wild with tempting notes of floral, fruit, and spice like freesia, ylang ylang, jasmine, lavender, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon and warmth from amber.  Ladies, this is  the perfume that definitely will get you noticed by male eyes and I must confess my ultimate favorite.

Eau Fling, is the one that has proven science behind it for just the right mix to fire men up with arousing natural ingredients like lavender, jasmine, juicy raspberry, luscious plum, nutmeg, cinnamon, sexy musk, and rare woods.

For happily ever after, Coupling, is one up to the task.  This is so pretty with that heavenly aroma of gardenia, freesia, patchouli, cinnamon, nutmeg, cucumber, with a sexy dose of amber.

Eau de Creme is the one for adding a playful sizzle to any romance.  Can you imagine a more fun way to tempt your man than with delicious rum raisin, vanilla, passion fruit, chocolate, citrus, and patchouli?

Eau de Lite is known to help suppress appetites with a mix of green apple, rosemary, peppermint,  sandalwood, and fennel.  However, it does stir male appetites up in other ways--like for delicious YOU!

Ageless is the one fragrance to keep you smelling young with a vibrant blend of fresh pink grapefruit, pomegranate, luscious mango, jasmine, tuberose, ylang ylang, and sandalwood.  Think of this as a sensory beauty lift to beat that age barrier!

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Ageless Soap and Coupling Eau de Toilette
Another way to savor those sensual fragrances are through Harvey Prince's beautiful and moisturizing scented soaps in Flirt and Ageless.  The Flirt bar has green tea leaves, essential oil of lavender, and mowrah shea butter  with exfoliation properties as well from pumpkin seeds.  The Ageless bar has time released collagen actives, soothing olive oil, vitamin E,  green tea, grapefruit, mowrah shea butter, and pumpkin and berry seeds built into that formula.  Trust me, these giant bars smell so gorgeous you'll want to stock up and hide extra to perfume your lingerie drawer.

I really do love everything this company makes that I tried so far and have no doubts that you will too once you experience some of their fragrant magic.  So give that special woman in your life a gift from Harvey Prince Natural Perfumes and watch how quickly you power up her smile to one with more wattage than any holiday lights! 

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  Free products were provided to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Harvey Prince Natural Perfumes, three lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States or Canada win from the following below:

1st Prize:  Scents of Purpose Gift Set + Flirt Soap ($88 value)

2nd Prize:  Coupling Eau de Toilette Spray (1.7 oz.) + Ageless Soap ($83 value)

3rd Prize:  Eau de Lite (1.7 oz) Eau de Toilette Spray + Flirt Soap ($83)


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Torani Coffeehouse Flavored Syrups Review + My All-Time Favorite Chocolate Cake With Hazelnut Cream Icing Recipe!

*Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani.  Nonetheless, this is my own honest opinion.*

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Torani
  

I was invited by SheSpeaks to take part in the Torani Syrups campaign.  The company makes more than 100 delicious flavors of these syrups to add to your coffee, drinks, sodas, teas, or lemonades in a formula with pure cane sugar or a sugar-free version.  However, I happen to love their products from prior experience and found not only are their syrups wonderful for heightening the taste of those hot or cold beverages to make them special, but also for baking and using in icing.

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Torani Coffeehouse Flavored Syrups

I requested both of my Torani Syrups of Hazelnut and Pumpkin Pie in the sugar variety to compare it to the sugar-free, which is also excellent.    In fact, you may also want to try the Caramel Syrup sugar-free version because it too is fabulous and also works beautifully with very easy chocolate cake for another delicious   caramel cream icing. 

A teaspoon or two added to your coffee can make it taste like it came out of an expensive coffeehouse instead of out of the grocery store.  The Pumpkin Pie Syrup had just the right spice and made my coffee more festive for the holidays.   And trust me, when you add a few tablespoons to my icing, you will find that hazelnut or caramel flavor multiplies with so much more intensity with that Torani Syrup than any extract. 

I dare you to try my recipes to boost up flavor of icing or in your baking and you will be a Torani Syrup convert too!

You can a 10% off code to buy Torani Syrups online at the company's website when you enter the code: SHESPEAKS at checkout.  However, you need to hurry because this deal expires on 11/30/12.

One important step that I must point out is that you need to sift all the dry ingredients for the cake batter together for superior results. 

*Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani.  Nonetheless, this is my own honest opinion.*

My All-Time Favorite Chocolate Cake

2 cups of sugar
1-3/4 cups of flour
3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
3/4 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of canola oil
2-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup of boiling water


My Hazelnut Cream (or Caramel Cream) Icing

3 cups of confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup of margarine (not spread)
1/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of Torani Hazelnut Flavoring Syrup or Torani Caramel Flavoring Syrup

Beat everything together with your electric mixer until creamy and spreadable. 

To Make the Cake Batter:

Sift the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla next and beat together with your electric mixer for a few minutes until well combined.

Now  stir in the boiling water, a little at a time, with a whisk.  Don't try to rush pouring that boiling water in all at once or you can cause the batter to form lumps and ruin your cake.  After the boiling water is added, the batter will be thin.

Pour your batter into two greased and flour or wax-paper lined 9-inch layer cake pans.  Bake this for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let your cake cool for about 10 minutes in the pans before attempting to remove them.  Trying to take them out too soon can cause your cake to fall apart.

Top with my Hazelnut Cream Icing or Caramel Cream Icing.
Serves 8-12.
ENJOY!

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Torani Coffeehouse Hazelnut Flavored Syrup

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My All-Time Favorite Chocolate Cake With Hazelnut Cream Icing
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Here's a piece of my All-Time Favorite Chocolate Cake with Hazelnut Cream Icing.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lisa Hoffman Beauty's Tunisian Neroli Eau de Parfum Spray and Variations Fine Fragrance Oils Review

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Lisa Hoffman Beauty's Tunisian Neroli Eau de Parfum Spray and Variations Fine Fragrance Oils


What a cozy way to stay warm than with Lisa Hoffman Beauty's beautifully intoxicating Tunisian Neroli Eau de Parfum as it wraps you with its rich fruit-floral and woods for a comforting feeling as soft and elegant as cashmere against your skin as it seduces.  And yet, there is an exotic opulence in the way this perfume touches you.

The opening notes are dreamlike with gardenia petals floating among watery accords for sweet breeziness.  You pleasantly drift until encountering the brisker undercurrent of blood orange that stirs up the mix for a refreshing splash of freshness.

Happily awake now, the compelling heart notes of ylang ylang, orange nectar, and neroli blossoms force you into plunging into that tempting pool of fresh sweetness.  Because it exerts such a powerful hold over your senses, you want to savor that exquisite aroma in that haunting water and the uninhibited sensation for as long as possible.  You could stay there forever if not for the warmth in the eyes of an awaiting admirer.

The romantic base is all about desire as you exchange knowing smiles.   You nearly stop his heart with a heady dose of floral from gardenia and ylang ylang burning with golden amber and vanilla for seduction in this dry down.

The matching set of four Variations Fine Fragrance Oils is another appealing way to experience the joy of wearing this scent.   What is so irresistible about this set is how Lisa Hoffman Beauty formulated the Tunisian Neroli perfume to best suit morning, daytime, evening, and bedtime.  

You can wear each roll-on perfume alone or layer them for a slightly different variation.  Regardless of the method you choose, you will be captivated by this exquisite fragrance.

Vial 01:  Morning--This is when the Tunisian Neroli fragrance sparkles the most with juicy citrus from blood orange infused with sweet gardenia and watery accords.

Vial 02:  Daytime--This is the formulation of the scent that shows its warm and romantic side with  ylang ylang, lemon, golden amber, musk, and Tunisian Neroli blossoms.  

Vial 03:  Evening--You'll find this oil the most seductive Tunisian Neroli variation.   With romantic floral, vanilla, and golden amber, this alluring version can play havoc with your senses.

Vial 04:  Bedtime--This vial is the most delicate way to experience the Tunisian Neroli fragrance.  All soft woods and deep musks are dominant over the notes to give it a dreamy romantic quality. 

If you want a truly sensuous floral that goes lightly with the woods and spice while also having an inner sparkling radiance, you will also love this Lisa Hoffman Beauty fragrance as much as I do.  

The Tunisian Neroli Eau de Parfum Spray retails for $65 and the Tunisian Neroli Variations Fine Fragrance Oils sell for $95.

Those looking to make a woman happy this holiday shopping season should definitely think of these for gifts!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  Free products were provided to facilitate this review.*

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!


In honor of the holiday, I will be taking the day off to enjoy with my family.  Let me wish those readers that also celebrate Thanksgiving a very happy one.  Just know, my thoughts are with all of you, regardless of what country you may live, and hope you have a happy day ahead also. 

Tomorrow, I will be back bringing you another fun, informative edition of Nuts 4 Stuff

And keep your eyes posted because you don't want to miss the Nuts 4 Stuff Holiday Giveaway Train as it continues to roll down the tracks.  Check the Giveaway page for all the current giveaways and be sure to enter.

Toot!  Toot!  The train is still loaded with great prizes.  Trust me, Nutsters, you don't want to miss a single stop that is yet ahead! 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monave Mineral Makeup BIG Holiday Gift Assortment Review and Giveaway ($104)!--Ends December 10, 2012

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Monave Mineral Makeup
  

I have used many  wonderful cosmetics and skin care items from award-winning, Monave Mineral Makeup  with gorgeous results.  Now I'm pleased to share more of my beautiful discoveries with you from the products I selected for this holiday review and huge giveaway. 

The first product I sampled was the Rose Daily Moisture Cream (vegan).  Besides having a lovely scent, this moisturizer had a great consistency and didn't make me greasy.  It felt very nice and was a wonderful base before foundation.

One of the kindest things you can do for your skin is to treat it to mineral makeup. Though, it can be difficult to find the right shades online to match your skin tone.   However, Monave makes it easier with their sample stack of foundation with four containers of related shades.  I chose the Light Mineral Foundation Sample Pack (sample 01) with Claire, Kerrie, Paula, and Ashlie.

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In the photo above, Ashlie is on the left, Kerrie, then Claire, and Paula on the right.


Without even trying it on, I knew Ashlie was entirely too pale for me.   Kerrie was light when I dusted some on with the Flat Top Brush I also got, and found this color was pinker than my normal shades.  Paula was not too bad as far as beige went only a tad bit light.  However, Claire was slightly darker in beige than Paula with some pink and was the best match for me.  

Before my new Flat Top Brush, I had a kabuki brush for sweeping on mineral foundation.  Yet, I really think the broader flat surface of the brush top is much better for grabbing onto the foundation than the smaller kabuki. 

Another thing I loved was how Monave's brushes come in a plastic envelope type of case for easy storage in your cosmetics case or handbag.


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Monave makeup brushes

I chose a bronzer in Rum #302.  This delivered a healthy dose of tan, but I had to be careful since this was a medium shade of bronzer.  Therefore, I applied sparingly to avoid having too much of an orange glow.  Of course to make application a breeze, I tried my new Monave Blush Brush, which worked like a dream for a smooth, flawless application of just enough warm sunny color.

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Vegan Rose Daily Moisturizer, Illuminizer and Bronzer

Over the tops of my cheekbones, I dusted on Illuminizer Glisten #401.  This product was like applying soft pink light to better define the facial structure of your cheeks.  This looked especially nice when I wore it with a mauve or plum blush.

Eyes were the next place I concentrated on.  I chose three shades of matte eye shadows  in Ultra Matte Tierra Medium #111, (golden brown on the right ), Ultra Matte Tierra Dark #112, (cocoa-brown in the middle below)  and Ultra Matte Medium Moss #114 (on the left in the below photo).  These shadows are sheerer than they appear in the pots and worked beautifully to create an interesting smoky eye.  

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Monave matte eye shadows

I used the Medium Moss #114 on the lids, Tierra Dark #112 in the crease, and then applied the Tierra Medium #111 as the highlight shade.  After you feather those colors together and smoke it out, your eyes have a subdued aura of mystery.  

If you want to change that look a bit, I found switching the Tierra Dark as the lid color and then dusted some Tierra Medium and blended from the crease to the brow bone also looked great.

I also selected one of their shimmering eye shadows with Versatile Eye Shadow Khaki #42.  This is a very striking shade of a toned down olive that I thought was so attractive.

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In the next photo, starting closest to my wrist and working down my arm is Medium Tierra #111, Dark Tierra #112, Medium Moss #114 ending with Versatile Khaki #42.

As to lips, I went with a tube of Monave's Glossy Lipstick, but it was a hard choice deciding among all of their excellent lipsticks and glosses that I adore with a passion.  Nonetheless, I finally settled on Kasha #221 this timeThis color looked fairly brown in the tube when it arrived but turned into a sheerer peach-brown shade once applied for a becoming natural look. 

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Kasha #221 Glossy Lipstick


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Here I'm modeling Kasha #221 Glossy Lipstick.


With Monave Mineral Makeup, you get cosmetics and skin care that you can feel good about putting on your face since they are free of preservatives, dyes, and tons of chemicals.  Look around at their website and get yourself a new holiday look because you'll love their products as much as I do!

Thanks to Monave, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the continental United States wins their choice and color of an Illuminizer, Bronzer, Sample Stack of Foundation, Lip Color Product, three Matte or Versatile Eye Shadows, Flat Top Brush, Blush Brush, and a sample size Rose Daily Moisturizer ($104 value)! 


Both Are Mandatory to Enter:

1. You must follow me on Google Friends Connect before any of your entries will count.  If you already follow, then INCLUDE your ***EMAIL*** with name in a comment!

2.  Go to Monave Mineral Makeup and tell me what your prize choices with shades would be if you were the lucky winner from their website in another comment.

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Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Be sure you include your email address inside your comment so I can contact you if you win.   This giveaway is only open to residents of the continental United States.  No PO boxes--just USA based street addresses.

***Any entries that contain a link or website address for redirecting readers to your site to sell your products will be deleted when found.  I am giving you a chance to win, not advertise for free.*** Do follow the rules because I check entries.   Be alert that if you attempt to enter using multiple identities will be grounds for disqualification. 

This giveaway ends December 10, 2012 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Auric Blends Love Perfume Spray and Egyptian Goddess Perfume Oil Review + Giveaway! (2 Winners!)--Ends December 6, 2012

**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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Egyptian Goddess Perfume Oil

Auric Blends is a company that seems to infuse intoxicating beauty into every one of their natural perfumes, candles, incense, soaps, and perfume oils that I have tried.  For effortless seduction, let me acquaint you with two of my favorites, their best-selling Egyptian Goddess Fine Perfume Oil and Love Perfume Spray that were sent to me for this review and giveaway

The essence of Egyptian Goddess is so subtle and yet mysterious as it softly weaves its seductive spell of soft florals, light powder and musk to command attention.   Whenever I wear this bewitching perfume, I feel more beautiful and so empowered because I can feel male eyes on me.

Egyptian Goddess Fine Perfume Oil is a more potent mix of sensual creamy musk and soft powdery floral that comes in a dab on form.  Unlike the perfume spray, this version of the fragrance is a concentrated form and will last even longer to make him burn with desire for you. 
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Love Perfume Spray

Love Perfume Spray takes that same mind-boggling Egyptian Goddess formula and gives it a breezy clean lightness to round out the warmth of seductive musk, white amber, woods, and those soft floral notes.  This one is just as irresistible, only it has more of a powdery quality to the spiciness that is enchanting. 

How can I explain how much both of these perfumes can make a woman feel at her sexy best?  Egyptian Goddess is sizzling with hidden sensuality only a bit stronger in the perfume oil form  compared to the spray version that I reviewed last year.  Whereas, Love Perfume Spray  has a bit more spice compared to the softer scent of Egyptian Goddess Perfume Spray, but is just as enticing when it comes to encompassing sexiness only in a different way.   

I honestly love them  and do highly recommend both Egyptian Goddess and Love Perfume of any form.  Either or both of these captivating perfumes would make a wonderful holiday gift for any woman so she may cast her own seductive spell.  So, guys, do pick Egyptian Goddess or Love Perfume or both for your own goddess and show her that she rules your heart!

Thanks to Auric Blends, two lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States or Canada win either:

1st Prize--Love Perfume Spray (1.7 fl. oz)--$29.99
2nd Prize--Egyptian Goddess Fine Perfume Oil (1.87 fl. oz)--$24.99


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Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Be sure you include your email address inside your comment so I can contact you if you win.   This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States and Canada.  

***Any entries that contain a link or website address for redirecting readers to your site to sell your products will be deleted when found.  I am giving you a chance to win, not advertise for free.*** Do follow the rules because I check entries.   Be alert that if you attempt to enter using multiple identities will be grounds for disqualification. 

This giveaway ends December 6, 2012 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Garden Botanika's Warm Thoughts Almond Cream Gift Collection Review and Giveaway!--Ends December 5, 2012

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Garden Botanika's Warm Thoughts Almond Cream Gift Collection


The moment I began unpacking the box that contained Garden Botanika's Warm Thoughts Almond Cream Gift Collection for this review and giveaway, I found a delectable sweetness wafting toward me as I pulled out that decorated container.  The Almond Cream aroma was so delicious and inviting, it reminded me of a particular Christmas cookie my grandmother used to make and that made me smile because I always associate the scent of almond with her.   

Loosing myself in this Almond Cream fragrance soon became apparent the longer I examined this beautiful holiday gift set, which included two huge 16.9 fl. oz. sizes of that comforting scented  Almond Cream Body Cleanser and Body Lotion, a generous 6 fl. oz. Almond Cream Body Mist, and a hefty 3.5 oz. bar of Almond Cream Gentle Exfoliating Soap that came housed in and holiday prepped with festive packaging tied with a pink ribbon ready for gift giving.  

Since I couldn't wait to play with those delectable smelling products, I grabbed everything and hurried to lock myself away in the bathroom.  I was in my element once I poured some of that yummy smelling Almond Cream Body Cleanser onto my sponge and began washing with that rich foam.  My tub had that delicious aroma of a bakery.  

Then I looked at the Almond Cream Gentle Exfoliating Soap bar that I also had rested on the ledge of my tub.  I thought it would be an awesome way to stimulate circulation on the backside, legs, and feet so I rinsed my sponge and soaped up for the task.   You won't find any coarse feeling with this bar as you wash only a delicate brush against your skin with that same cookie like smell.

Before my skin would shrivel up from staying in that fragrant water too long, I forced myself up and dried.  Nonetheless, I could still keep that pleasing scent with me with some of the Almond Cream Body Lotion.  Smelling like a delicious human cookie, I increased my new irresistible appeal with a spritz of Almond Cream Body Mist that I had also on the vanity.  Now, I was smiling and looking forward to my guy's reaction once I finally emerged from my ritual.

Just as I suspected, he asked if I baked something today.  I shook my head and walked by him close enough that he might get a better whiff of sweet me.  He began laughing and teased whether I was product testing again before grabbing me around the waist so he could get a better sample for research purposes, of course.

Garden Botanika has such an amazing variety of fragrances and natural skin care that I thought were beautiful, including this tempting  Warm Thoughts Almond Cream Gift Collection, which I also cherished.   Guys, this is a great gift choice at $45 to give your lady this holiday season.   If sold separately, these products would sell for $63. Think of it as a treat to yourself with her wearing that Almond Cream scent of yummy almond cookie for you to enjoy!


Thanks to Garden Botanika, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins a Warm Thoughts Almond Cream Gift Collection (16.9 fl. oz. Almond Cream Body Cleanser, 16.9 fl. oz. Almond Cream Body Lotion, 6 fl. oz. Almond Cream Body Mist, and the 3.5 Almond Cream Gentle Exfoliating Bar ($63 value)!


Both Are Mandatory to Enter:

1. You must follow me on Google Friends Connect before any of your entries will count.  If you already follow, then INCLUDE your ***EMAIL*** with name in a comment!

2. Go to Garden Botanika and tell me what other product that you would also love to try or something else you learned from their website in another comment.


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Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Be sure you include your email address inside your comment so I can contact you if you win.   This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States and Canada.  

***Any entries that contain a link or website address for redirecting readers to your site to sell your products will be deleted when found.  I am giving you a chance to win, not advertise for free.*** Do follow the rules because I check entries.   Be alert that if you attempt to enter using multiple identities will be grounds for disqualification. 

This giveaway ends December 5, 2012 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.