Monday, September 30, 2013

Experience Skin-Healing Minerals--Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Renewing Scrub! (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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Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Renewing Scrub

Through the centuries, volcanic thermal water has been sought out by people seeking health benefits.  The mineral-rich water was used to treat medical problems from muscles, joints, sinus conditions to improving the skin itself.  I had never tried any product with volcanic thermal spa water until the iFabbo opportunity arose with this new product from Perlier.

Perlier's Volcanic Thermal Spa Renewing Scrub is an exciting gel for exfoliation that is loaded with natural minerals derived from the volcanic rocks that rejuvenates skin while gently smoothing with various size particles to safeguard from the risk of abrasion. 

The product has a light, fresh fragrance and is a pretty shade of ocean-blue.  To use it, I took it in the shower with me and applied it over my moistened skin, especially to the roughest areas like legs, feet, and bottom.  Then, I leisurely began massaging the scrub in and allowing some time for those beneficial micronutrients to penetrate before rinsing off.

This scrub did not leave me with any greasy feeling once I showered it away.  The only thing I was left with was petal-lsmooth skin and such prettier, soft feet that I now have another new addition my line up of bath products.

A 6.7 oz. jar retails for $25 on HSN.  Get $5.00 off your purchase on #PerlierOnHSN  of your Volcanic Thermal Spa Renewing Scrub when you use coupon code iFabbo5 on #PerlierOnHSN at checkout!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Recipe: Eating Healthier Made Easier With My Delicious Summer Harvest Vegetarian Pasta Dish!

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Summer Harvest Vegetarian Pasta Dish

The recipe that I want to share is a great light dish to experience a harvest of nature at its peak as  flavors of fresh vegetables beautifully combine in a simple olive oil sauce with lightly browned onions,  jalapeno peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes served on top of a bed of homemade pasta noodles or whatever form of spaghetti you like. 

Besides my Summer Harvest Vegetarian Pasta recipe, I will give you my recipe for homemade pasta dough, which truly compliments that natural goodness more than any box can.  Of course, you don't need to make your own pasta for this recipe to work.  My recipe tastes wonderful with prepackaged pastas as well. However, homemade pasta is so much tastier, more filling, and thriftier than buying off your grocer's shelf. 

Making homemade noodles is easier than you think.  I like to use my food processor to assemble the dough and then a hand-crank pasta machine.  Once you get the hang of making your dough a few times, you will be able to whip up a batch in about thirty minutes from start to boiling your water to cook them up.

Feel free to add whatever vegetables to your dish your family likes.  Slices of zucchini, green and red peppers, garlic, or squashes are fantastic alternatives and provide extra color. 

I hope you try both of my recipes because I think you will love them!

My Summer Harvest Vegetarian Pasta

1/3 cup of olive oil
1 medium onion (1 cup finely chopped)
1 cup of fresh basil leaves or 2 tablespoons of dried basil
3 to 5 Jalapeno peppers or 1 medium to large green pepper (chopped)
1 teaspoon of sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons of salt
12 oz. of fresh mushrooms (cleaned and sliced)
5 medium tomatoes (chopped in small piece)

Heat your olive oil and then lightly brown your finely chopped onion before adding your chopped peppers. 

Next, you add your sliced mushrooms to the ingredient mix and the basil.

Lastly, you throw in your chopped tomato pieces along the sugar and salt.  By doing so, you will not overcook them and preserve more of that fresh tomato taste and nicer texture.

Serve on top of your choice of my yummy homemade pasta noodles or store-bought. Either choice is delicious.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Make a Giant Difference to Your Health and Weight--Green Giant Valley Fresh and Seasoned Steamers Vegetables (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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Green Giant Steamers

Nothing can beat the flavor and nutrition of fresh vegetables, especially when you are trying to lose weight.  However, preparing them can take time when that is not an option.  Being the case, I have the perfect solution thanks to MyBlogSpark and the tasty selection of Green Giant frozen vegetables.

For instance, their delicious microwaveable Valley Fresh Steamers Broccoli & Cheese Sauce, which has more fresh flavor intact than you can imagine.  The steaming process also helps preserve more vitamins as well.   When you eat your veggies steamed and topped with that creamy cheese sauce, you feel more satisfied enjoying such a comfort food due to that sauce. The best part is that all that food is only  45 calories per one half-prepared cup.
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Seasoned Steamers

Another excellent choice I sampled was their Seasoned Steamers Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli.  This one has the broccoli with Parmesan cheese and Tuscan inspired seasonings and is only 60 calories per one half-prepared cup!

Twenty-five varieties of Green Giant Frozen Vegetables are even endorsed by Weight Watchers to keep you on track.  Whether you crave something rich and creamy, you don't need to feel guilty that you're sabotaging your diet with sauced vegetable choices.  Then again, you have other  tasty seasoned alternatives from Green Giant to keep your dieting menu interesting so you don't get bored with what's on your plate.

Do look into Green Giant's wonderful selection of  frozen vegetable varieties and feel good about eating healthy and dieting again. 

Connect with Green Giant on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

In addition to free product coupons, I also received an insulated tote, a water bottle, a dieting journal, and an Amazon gift card. 

*Disclaimer:  Free products were provided from Green Giant® through General Mills and MyBlogSpark to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Friday, September 27, 2013

NEW From L'Oréal Paris--Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup (Nude Beige) 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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L'Oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup

When I was invited by SheSpeaks to try the new Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup from L'Oreal Paris and tell them what I thought, I was eager to see how I would like it.  I requested the product in Nude Beige #316 that has SPF 18 protection and am happy to report it was a great match for my light warm skin.

This foundation appears a bit thinner in consistency than some L'Oréal Paris foundations I have used in the past, but it glides on wonderfully.    However, the real test is what happens once this product goes on.  I found that you had to work fast to apply it because this one dries rather quickly.   I got lightweight coverage that did dry to a nice powder-like finish.  In fact, I liked how this foundation seemed to blend so well into my dry skin without weighing it down. 

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Swatch of L'Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting  Nude Beige Makeup

I didn't need to touch up with any sort of translucent powder from morning until nearly dinner.  On most occasions, I follow liquid foundations with a light sweep of loose translucent powder and then touch up later if needed with the pressed form to look fresh.

I just wish the bottle would had come with a pump dispenser to lessen the risk of contamination.  Instead of using your finger to get this foundation out, I recommend keeping a few cotton swabs handy to stick in the bottle to pick up the foundation.  Blend or press those dabs in quickly with your makeup sponge or fingers and you will keep the foundation better protected from bacteria.

I thought Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup was a good product at a reasonable price for someone that doesn't need heavy coverage.  Visit the L'Oréal Paris website for more information or find this product at your local drugstore.

*Disclaimer:  Free products were provided from SheSpeaks and L'Oréal Paris to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Thursday, September 26, 2013

How to Avoid Mistakes When Shopping for Bronzers!

Regardless of the season, I always wear a bronzer.  As summer fades, I use it to keep my summer glow.  In the colder months, I think it is a life savior for adding a bit more warmth to my pale face in addition to blush.  However, I have not always made the best color choices with my light coloring when it came to buying bronzers until I learned this helpful trick.

Look at the line of bronzers that you are interested in carefully.  I found it best to avoid coppery shades because they have the most orange color.  Instead, look at the choices and pick out the ones with more brown color to them.  You want to find either some pink to that brown or peach in the bronzer to be the safest bet.  Something else to consider is your own coloring and how dark those shades that you're comparing should be. 

On the other hand, bronzers that have a combination of gold, pink, and bronze are surefire bets to help you appear like you've been in the sun.

If you follow this simple advice, you can't go wrong in your purchase.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Mascara Beyond Your Wildest Dreams--Ellis Faas Cosmetics E401 Black Mascara! (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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Ellis Faas Cosmetics E401 Black Mascara

Some women are lucky to be born with incredibly long, thick lashes.  I wish that I was one of them, but I was born with short, stubby little things passing themselves off as lashes.  Therefore, I depend on a mascara to create that beautiful illusion for me.  One fantastic answer to my prayers arrived unexpectedly in a box of products from prestige brand, Ellis Faas Cosmetics with their E401 Black Mascara.

No exaggeration here when I tell you this little silver bullet tube containing this magical formula can seemingly do it all for your eyes as it separates and lengthens every last lash, regardless of how tiny.  

Pulling out the long, thin wand and watching how this rich black formula grabbed onto my lashes and built them up fairly quickly without clumping and irritation excited me.  Two coats are usually my limit unless I want to risk clown eyes that look like thick, dry prongs jutting out from your lids.  But I can take my lashes further with E401 and love the look of three coats.  

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Here is a swatch of Ellis Faas Cosmetics E401 Black Mascara

The next time I tried this mascara on, I curled my lashes first.  Oh, my goodness, my eyes looked stunning with even longer, thicker glossy lashes from the help of my eye lash curler.  

I even forgot I had mascara on and rubbed my eyes.  Guess what?  E401 Black Mascara did not smudge and give me black rings around my eyes.  Equally impressive was it lasted all day for me without flaking or bothering my delicate allergy eyes even in the midst of the ragweed season.

Highly acclaimed Dutch makeup artist, Ellis Faas, really solved the frustrating problem of sparse lashes with this fabulous mascara.  Ladies, try this E401 Black Mascara and you won't be disappointed.  A tube retails for $34 at the Ellis Faas website.

*Disclaimer:  Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Joyous Fragrance to Greet the Day!--L'Occitane en Provence's Lavande de Haute-Provence Eau de Cologne (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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L'Occitane en Provence's Lavande de Haute-Provence Eau de Cologne 

Discover how well lavender blooms among a fruit orchard is my first thought of how I would describe L'Occitane en Provence's  Lavande de Haute-Provence Eau de Cologne.   Unlike the original, the reformulated version of this unisex fragrance gained a light, appealing freshness and added femininity with the way the floral, fruits, and woody-musk notes play together.
With top notes of lavender, bergamot, and peach, Lavande opens like blossoms awakening to the sun.  You can almost smell the combined nectars of those ripe fruits and lavender in the air, naturally brightening the sweetness.  The effect is a new softness to the lavender, a delicate transparency that is serenely beautiful.
Once the freesia and marigold emerge in the heart, there is romance blooming as well in this updated blend.  
The fragrance is so inviting and comfortable.  At the same time, Lavande is also surprisingly sophisticated just as it is dreamy due to the woods and musk in the base notes.  This is an incredibly easy to wear fragrance that will lift your spirits with untold joy and happy expectations.
Honestly, I thought the original was a bit too masculine smelling and heavy on the lavender.  On the other hand, Lavande de Haute-Provence is what I consider an escape to a perfect and blissful summer day where you don't have a care in the world with how peaceful you feel wearing this lavender fragrance.  I simply adore it!
The Lavande de Haute-Provence Eau de Cologne retails for $52 for a huge 10.1 fl. oz. bottle.  Also available is an organic body care lotion, massage gel, hand cream, aromatic scented candle, and shower gel in the collection.  
Do check this product out on L'Occitane en Provence's website.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hard Candy Cosmetics Nine Product Review and Giveaway!--Ends October 10, 2013

Disclaimer:  This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own  opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.
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By my thumb is Hard Candy Cosmetics Shadow Dancer Gold Digger then Head toToe.

I always considered Hard Candy Cosmetics great to search for trendy cosmetics at a very inexpensive price.  Among their latest additions are some exciting new eye products that I was especially eager to check out plus one fabulous So Baked Bronzer to share with you for this review and giveaway.

One of my favorites of the nine products sent are the Hard Candy Shadow Dancers.  I received two tubes of these liquid shadows that have a different shimmering color at each end.  Gold Digger is pale gold and a gorgeous light golden-brown.  Head to Toe is a pale gleaming beige-pink and a light bronze with a hint of pink.   Both were beautiful choices and instantly light up my brown eyes.  

These shadows are so creamy and blend beautifully without drying until you finish, depositing a sheer coat of illuminating color.  Though you can build on these shadows since you have enough time before they set, however, I think it would be too intense and spoil that angelic gleam.  As far as how long they lasted, I tested them without primer and got a good part of the day out them until noticing some gradual fading--and yet no creasing.  I can't wait to pick up a few more shades the next time I go shopping!

The All Lids Up are the next new eye shadows I want to tell you about.  These are cream shadows with multicolored pearls to jazz up the pigment.  I got two shades.  Feeling Rosey is a unique drugstore find with the way this metallic rusty-rose color can change to pick up tinges of pink, beige and even coral with it when you look at your lids from different angles.  Quick Sand is a striking metallic bronze-taupe kicking with an added boost of a tempered gold with traces of green.  

The All Lids Up shadows on the left show Quick Sand next to Feeling Rosey.  The Poppin Pigments Golden Pancakes in on the right.
The textures of these are somewhat drier than you may expect.  Instead of trying to apply with a brush, I advise warming a bit of the shadow up first in your fingers to get a better spreading consistency.  This will make the shadows easier to apply to allow as much as I needed.  Otherwise, you may find them too dry and hard to use.  Expect these All Lids Up shadows to hold up all day without creasing, smudging, or fading until you take them off.

Wait until you hear about Hard Candy's Poppin Pigments, those cute little shaker duos with loose shimmering pigment powder.  Golden Pancakes has vials of a warm light-brown and a golden-apricot.  The powders are finely milled so the effect is color with sheer radiance, more of a graceful shimmer instead of a wash of color with chunky glitter pieces.
The only drawback to Poppin Pigments is getting the product out of that shaker since there is a small spout with a sifter that needs conquering before the shadow comes out.  Other than the container, I loved how pretty they were once I brushed on.  Furthermore, these wear for several hours without a primer.  Therefore, I recommend wearing one for extended all day wear.

Shadowholics 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayons are the next ones I experimented with.   Each comes with their own sharpener so you don't need to worry if the sharpener you have will fit the size of the crayon.  Camel Back is a gleaming beige-sand color.  After Hours is a vibrant red-plum shade.  You can line or just spread these creamy crayons on as shadows.  They will wear fairly well without a primer for a few hours but I suggest adding one to guarantee all day wear.
On the left is Shadowholic Camel Back and After Hours on the right.

I never tried any of the Eye Def Metallic Eye Shadows until this review.  These are liquid shadows in a tube that you paint on with its applicator wand.  Golden Earth was a stunning light bronze-brown that stayed true and lasted without creasing, budging, or smudging for hours on end without a primer. 

This is Eye Def Metallic Golden Earth shadow.   

The last product sent out was their So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula.  This is simply beautiful bronze color with a slight shimmer that looked wonderful with my light complexion without any muddiness or excess orange to the shade.  You get a nice glow that resembles the look of a high-end product only with a low-end price.

So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula is a nice way to glow!

Do try these Hard Candy Cosmetics because you can get some amazing looks at a very affordable price!  

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

Thanks to Hard Candy Cosmetics, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins the same nine Hard Candy Cosmetics: So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula, Shadow Dancers Eye Shadows in Gold Digger and Head to Toe, All Lids Up Shadows in Feeling Rosey and Quick Sand, Poppin Pigments Shadows in Golden Pancakes and two Shadowholics Eye Crayons in Camel Back and After Hours ($52 value)!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

How to Grow Fresh Basil Easily to Enjoy in the Winter!

Having limited space, I love to save some room for herbs in my garden.  The local wildlife usually left herbs I planted alone.  However, this year the beasts included most of my herbs along with the rest of my vegetables as their salad bar.  For some reason, however, our deer, ground hogs, rabbits, and whatever else that dines in my yard didn't care for the basil I had planted.  Then again, maybe they were just full before they were able to find it.  Nonetheless, I did get to harvest a lot of fresh basil.

I didn't realize how much fresh basil I had picked until washing the large assortment that I had cut.  Having too much, I put a few pieces in a jar of water on my kitchen window sill. 
To my amazement, my basil took to the water before I knew it and was rooting like crazy. 

Believe it or not, I could pick basil from this jar if I had wanted to.  However, I am going to plant it and keep it inside for fresh basil in the winter.

If you have a garden, I just wanted to let you know that you can pick some and put in a jar and watch it grow for fresh homegrown basil in the winter. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

New Purex UltraPacks Plus Oxi Review + Find the Red Football Jersey & Win Sweepstakes! (10 Winners!)

**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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Purex UltraPacks Plus Oxi

When I learned that Purex had another new laundry detergent on the market, I looked forward to seeing how their Purex Ultra Packs plus Oxi compared to their other laundry detergents.  Therefore, I signed up to review the product to test drive on our laundry.

Purex Ultra Packs plus Oxi are so convenient and mess free.  Each pack is already measured with liquid laundry detergent so you can spend less time measuring out detergent.  In fact, you will less spend time in your laundry room in general once you throw one of those packs into your machine because this is powerful stain fighting action at work with their concentrated DirtLift action formula.

This product is formulated for all machines, including high-efficiency models.  Each pack does one full load and dissolves almost instantly, releasing a pleasant fragrance.  This nice scent came in handy especially with the load of offensive workout clothes that I tossed in the sudsy bubbles.  

To tell the truth, I couldn't believe how well these detergent capsules worked when I examined those clothes later.  Despite that these weren't new pieces, this ultrapack seemed to give the clothes some new life as well as brighten.  The items also were infused with that clean, fresh fragrance I noticed when putting them away.  

You really should try this Purex UltraPacks Plus Oxi the next time you run out of your regular brand.  Visit their site for more information about this detergent.  What do you have to lose--except dirt and stains?

To accompany this product's launch, Purex is hosting another exciting sweepstakes where ten winners will win $50 in the Find the Red Jersey and Win Sweepstakes.  Once you click that link and please use mine, you will be redirected to Purex's website where you will hunt for a red football jersey for your chance to win.  Here's a hint:  Just toss and go!  Now go get some money!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  Purex provided a sample of this product to facilitate this review.*

Friday, September 20, 2013

Discover Sweden's Xlash Eyelash Enhancer for Growing Fabulous Lashes!

*This is a sponsored, compensated post written by me on the behalf on Xlash.  However, all thoughts expressed are strictly my own.*

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What woman doesn't want the longest lashes possible?  Of course, you can try lengthening mascaras or false lashes to achieve that goal.  However, despite how satisfied you may be with those choices there is one drawback.  They are temporary methods and once removed takes you back to your original look.  On the other hand, there is Xlash Eyelash Enhancer, a permanent solution so you keep those longer, dreamy lashes on always regardless of a bare face.  If a natural ophthalmic solution could simplify the process of wearing heavy eye makeup and pasting on clumsy fake lashes, wouldn't you want to try it and save yourself that hassle?  

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Xlash Eyelash Enhancer

Let me you tell more about this Swedish wonder that already has taken that country and Europe by storm with 110,000 satisfied customers.  This is a dermatologist-tested product that you apply only at bedtime to your freshly washed face to line the root of your upper lashes.  The average woman most often will see a beautiful transformation within four to six weeks of regular use.  I am happy to share this exciting product with safe active ingredients from herbs and extracts known as Xlash Eyelash Enhancer is now finally sold in the United States!

This synthetic-free, natural product works by reprogramming your lashes, extending how long it takes to replace them in their normal three month growing cycle.  Simultaneously, it also will help spur the growth of individual hairs. 

Check out some real results with these before and after shots using Xlash Eyelash Enhancer.   A remarkable difference, wouldn't you say?

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Models wearing Xlash Eyelash Enhancer

While you are growing your lashes, you can still wear eye makeup.  The choice is up to you whether you will want to bother with other products once you get the results you are after.  

Your results could be dramatic like some customers who were able to reduce their daily applications to twice or three times weekly.  

If used once a day as directed, the 3ml tube of Xlash Eyelash Enhancer will last about two to three months before you would want to order another.  Otherwise, your lashes will revert back to their former, slower growing cycle when discontinuing use.  

The best part is that you don't even need a prescription. Still, if you have any eye condition or severe problems with allergies like I do you might want to consult your doctor first.  

Typical side effects include itching and redness of the eye.  The area around the eye could discolor over time, but it reverses itself once you discontinue use.  Though less common, a chance of permanent iris change from light eyes to brown exists.  

Now is the perfect time to try Xlash Eyelash Enhancer, ladies, because its normal $79 price for the 3ml tube has been slashed to $49 with free shipping worldwide.  This deal sounds great, but you can take $10 more off that sale price now until October 1, 2013 when you include the coupon code, XLASH250 at checkout to sweeten the offer more. 
In fact, the company is so confident you're going to love the product that they offer a 100% money-back guarantee.  So what are you waiting for when huge, tempting lashes await?

Connect with Xlash on their website and Facebook

*Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored, compensated post written by me on the behalf of Xlash.  However, all thoughts expressed are strictly my own.*

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Play Up Your Lips in Style!--NEW Rimmel London's Show Off Lip Lacquers (Review)--Photos--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.**
Going from left to right is 600 Nude Eclipse, then 101 Celestial, 500 Luna, 200 Comet, 501 Stellar, and ending with 701 Stargazer on the far right.

Rimmel London recently introduced a new lipstick line to the United States market with their Show Off Lip Lacquer.  This product originally launched over the pond as Apocalips.  These lippies have the intense color of a liquid lipstick but with the feel of gloss for getting cozy in style while making a statement.

I got to test out six of the fourteen shades to share with you with this review.  These include such appealing colors as 200 Comet (a pink-brown nude); 500 Luna (a ripe peach-pink dripping with appeal); 101 Celestial (a gentile medium rose-pink laced with a trace of plum); 701 Stargazer (a shimmering beige-bronze); 600 Nude Eclipse (a pale beige nude), and 501 Stellar (bright and almost neon pink-red that is ready to rock).

Once that sponge tip applicator touches your lips, the pigmentation is not some sheer color with all the slick shine of a typical gloss, but a full blast lipstick coverage.  

Furthermore, these lacquers keep very moist on your lips and will stay that way for hours until you eat some off.  I skipped lip liner to see if they would spread, but they passed the test and didn't feather.

I modeled all six shades for you next.  

What do you think of 500 Luna?
This is 600 Nude Eclipse.  The color was way too pale for me.  
Take a look at 701 Stargazer.
How do you like me in 501 Stellar?
Take a check of 101 Celestial.

Here I am modeling 200 Comet.
My favorite shade was 101 Celestial, a dependable everyday pink you always need.  On the other hand, my least favorite was 600 Nude Eclipse because it looked ghostly on me.  Though unflattering on yours truly, I am sure that others with different coloring would find it attractive.  However, I didn't care for my resemblance to the undead.

The next time you go cosmetic shopping make sure to check the Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquers since I'm sure you'll like them! 

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I'm Hooked on IT Cosmetics!--Their Phenomenal Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stains! (Pretty in Peony, Magical in Mauve, Radiant in Rose) (Review)--Photos + SWATCHES!

Disclaimer:  This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own  opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.
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IT Cosmetics

A blush should do more than just add color pigment to your cheeks.  A great one does it in a fashion that the color seems to radiant from within you as you brush it on your face.  The look is a sheer healthy stain that is so natural and beaming with life that it becomes hard to determine whether it originates from you or a product.  Therefore, if you are like me and expect more from your blush, then you owe it to yourself to try QVC Customer Choice Beauty Award nominated, Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stains from IT Cosmetics because these will exceed your expectations for a gorgeous glow!

I got to try Magical in Mauve (a medium rosy-plum shade), Pretty in Peony (a brighter, soft peach-pink) and Radiant in Rose (a rich rose-berry color).  

Above you find Magical in Mauve.  This really worked great to counteract the yellow in my complexion.

All three have a delicate gleam to them and were stunning on my light skin with yellow undertones.  My particular favorite was a tie between Magical in Mauve and Pretty in Peony

Here is Pretty in Peony.  This will give you a sexy, aroused type of glow.

The Radiant in Rose was very pretty as well when I used it sparingly.  Since these blushes are so well-pigmented, you don't need to use very much to get glowing.  

Meet Radiant in Rose.

I found the powder silky and yet hydrating without giving you that artificial powdery finish.  Furthermore, this blush refuses to fade or disappear.  IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stains last for hours on end until you take them off.

Jamie Kern and those anti-aging beauty innovators at  IT Cosmetics really developed a product that hit it out of the ball park with what these blush stains can do for your face.   Infused with skin benefits such as plum oil, hyaluronic acid, seaweed extract, grape seed, cherry oil, aloe, jojoba, antioxidants, acai, green tea and white tea, I loved how this product multitasked as both a beautiful cosmetic and nourishing treatment.  When you're more than twenty something that extra bit of help makes a difference when it comes to showing your best face and hiding those slight flaws. 

The first shade on my arm on the right is Radiant in Rose, Pretty in Peony (middle), and Magical in Mauve by my wrist on the right.

I really am a huge fan of this blush and urge you to try it for yourself.  If you're already a fan,  you still have time until September 20, 2013 to show  IT Cosmetics some love by voting for Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stain in the QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards!

Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stains retail for $24 on IT Cosmetics website.  You can also find these at QVC and, Ulta Beauty, and the Shopping Channel and

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Look Effortlessly Polished--Check Out Mineral Fusion Natural Brands Pressed Powder Foundations (Review)

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Starting from left to right is Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundations: Cool 1, Cool 2, Neutral 1, Neutral 2, Warm 1 and ending with Warm 2 on the right.

If you are trying to get away from toxic ingredients that may be in some cosmetics, then Mineral Fusion Natural Brands is one company you should seek out.  A great introduction might be with one of their excellent pressed powder foundations that I have been using lately.

You will find no parabens, talc, artificial colors, fragrance, or gluten in these silky powders.  These lightweight powders have only natural age defying and skin smoothing ingredients such as pomegranate, white tea, red tea, sea kelp, licorice root, aloe vera, cucumber, and vitamins C and E.   Yet, they also have natural UV sun protection in this mineral formula.

The line has a beautiful range of thirteen shades to suit both warm, cool, and neutral complexions.  

My perfect match with my light with warm undertones was  Olive 1, which I will show you in the next photo.  

Olive 1 is on the left followed by Olive 2 and ending with deeper Olive 3 on the right.

After I brushed some on and looked at my reflection in the attached mirror of the compact, I loved how this powder instantly sealed up my pores and smoothed my skin in a few quick sweeps.  The shade itself couldn't have been closer to my own natural coloring.  Olive 1 was undetectable when compared to the color of my neck and looked natural, not powdery.  

Here are the three Warm shades with Warm 1 on the left, Warm 2 in the middle and Warm 3 on the right.  Warm 1 was also fine for my coloring.  The Warms would be work for anyone with yellow tones in their skin.
I was also impressed by how many hours you can wear this powder foundation and still look good.  It didn't cake, fade, or leave you hunting in your cosmetic bag to constantly retouch.  Good work, Mineral Fusion Natural Brands!
Those with darker complexions might like Deep 1 on the left and Deep 2 on the right.
These pressed powder foundations retail for $29.99.  Find them at Mineral Fusion Natural Brands or Whole Foods.

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

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jurlique's Purely Bright Radiance Serum Delivers a Remarkable Brighter Change Before Your Eyes! (Review)

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Jurlique's Purely Bright Radiance Serum

I really do have very nice skin except for a mark left from a pimple in addition to some fine creases and two deeper wrinkles.  When I reviewed Jurlique's Purely Bright Cleanser, I really thought that product was excellent for helping with another mark I believed was caused from the sun.  I was very impressed with that product; however, I fell head over heels in love with what their Purely Bright Radiance Serum did for my skin next!

This is a potent serum that when used daily moisturizes while it brilliantly helps fade dark marks before your eyes.  With ingredients like hyaluronic acid, turmeric extract, calendula extract, and Jurlique's exclusive VitaBrightKX formula of kakadu plum extract, citrus unshiu peel extract, African Birch extract, and vitamin C, this is a safer alternative without hydroquinine for lightening.  Trust me, this will amaze you how it will even out your complexion and renew skin radiance.

Despite using this product for a month now, I saw a gorgeous change quite soon.  With just a few times that I applied Purely Bright Radiance Serum my mark was hardly visible.  I couldn't imagine how glowing my complexion began to look.  Every time I gave myself another dose brought me closer to skin perfection until I gained a prettier texture and beautiful clarity.

I highly recommend Jurlique's Purely Bright Radiance Serum and the Cleanser because these don't disappoint.  Both of these skin care products are now permanent beauty staples of mine.  

If you want to witness your own transformation, get these products.  The 1-fl. oz serum retails for $58 and the 3.3 fl. oz. cleanser goes for $25.    

*Disclaimer:  Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Some Helpful Strategies to Fight Cellulite and Increase Circulation!

Despite being slim, a woman can still suffer from cellulite.  In fact, 90% of women have it somewhere on their body.  Our unique female hormones, especially estrogen plays a large role in why we are especially cursed with this problem.  Of course, other factors can cause cellulite such as diet, inactivity, metabolism, dehydration, and heredity, which can also contribute to those trapped toxins under our skin.

There are two types of cellulite to deal with.  The first is the softer variety of fluid fats, which is easier to get rid of.  However, the second type is more of a challenge to solve.  This is the firmer, more condensed cellulite that builds up beneath the skin to give those budges and dimpled skin when squeezed.

Though as hopeless as it may sound, there are things we can do to help fight cellulite and increase our circulation.  Making a habit to use these tips on a daily basis may not completely help you eliminate every trace of cellulite, but it will definitely improve your appearance.  Equally important, these suggestions will give you a better chance of preventing new cellulite from forming.

For starters, you should invest in a body brush and start dry brushing your legs, thighs, and backside daily before bathing.   Another is thoroughly massaging those specific areas to help with the circulation.  Pretend you are kneading bread dough when you are grabbing and working that skin to get that blood moving.  A rolling pin is another thought to help you do the job.  Always use upward movements in the direction of your heart when brushing, rolling or working your hands.

Following that intense stimulation to those areas, a good idea is to give the legs, thighs, and your bottom a treatment with a scrub to further dislodge those trapped fats.  After all, you already started the process of exfoliating and moving the cellulite. 

Sitting too long doesn't help either.  Try to get up about once an hour or every so often and just walk around the room or office for as little as five minutes can help.  

Crossing your legs is bad news.  You are stopping circulation and contributing to the formation of cellulite by doing so.  Remembering to avoid that position will help.

Caffeine and carbonated beverages are no friends of the cellulite prone.  These drinks have the ability to restrict blood flow so those toxins stay put in your system instead of circulating.  Water and beverages like herbal teas and fruit juices are safer bets.

Getting more exercise is important.  In fact, the harder your workout, the more help you have to banish that harder, compact cellulite.  Strenuous activity will speed up your metabolism and boost your circulation effectively.  Perfect to speed up your heart rate and tone you at the same time are activities like brisk walking and running.  Dancing is another enjoyable way to get that exercise.  Whatever your preference the important thing to remember is not to overdo unless you want to risk injury.

Niacin (vitamin B3) helps with circulation.  Though it is a water-soluble vitamin and will not be stored in your body, you still need to be careful not to overdose.   Nonetheless, you could be lacking this important vitamin to help flush those toxins out. The recommended daily amount for a woman is 16 mg.  Do not exceed 50 mg. or you can harm your organs.  The wisest course is to check with your doctor about a possible deficiency and an appropriate safe dosage.  

Look for vitamins that have an industry standard for some form of self regulation such as having the USP (United States Pharmaceutical) seal to best protect yourself.  You may think the government regulates the vitamin industry, but just because you see brands sold on store shelves where you shop doesn't mean they are as safe as you believe.  Be a cautious consumer and read the label.  Otherwise, you have no idea what sort of can of worms that you could open if you choose badly.

I wish that I could say I am cellulite free, but I am working on it and am seeing progress.  What I have shared here are ways that have helped me battle cellulite--and I hope also will help you as well.