Tuesday, November 21, 2017

AVON True Color Joyful Red Lip and Nail Surprise Review -- Putting a Festive Touch to Your Holiday Beauty

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This four-piece set also comes in a Plum or Nude version.

Make a dramatic entrance this holiday season through bolder lips and nails.  Wearing the right red shade never ceases to turn heads such as the four coordinated products inside Avon True Color Joyful Red Lip and Nail Surprise Gift Set.

Inside this joyful package, you find four festive makeup essentials that include Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Red Supreme (red with some plum and a trace of brown), a Glimmerstick Lip Liner in True Red, Prop + Nail Enamel in Royal Red (deep blood red) and a Glossy Tube Lip Gloss in Wine Shine.

The price for this set is $15.00 at Avon’s website.  However, if red is not your thing then you also have two other versions of this set in Plum or Nude to choose from.  Visit Avon’s website to check the True Color Joyful Red Lip and Nail Surprise out for you or those beauty lovers that you may be shopping for this holiday season.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Earth Therapeutics Pure fx Charcoal Cosmetics Brush Set Review-- Keeping Your Face Safer From Collecting Bacteria

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This charcoal-technology also helps keep your brushes cleaner longer.


I’ll be frank with you.  I never heard of makeup brushes infused with charcoal in their bristles until I was asked if I wanted to try them out with this Earth Therapeutics Charcoal Cosmetics Brush Set.  Being that they have #antimicrobial properties due to how the purifying medicinal charcoal is infused into the bristles, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on these.

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This really is an amazing value at $15.99. 


This set is five pieces that comes in a clear zippered case that has a contouring brush, stipple brush, blending brush, shadow brush, and an eyeliner brush.  The synthetic nylon bristles are extremely soft and laser cut for precision. Even sensitive complexions will welcome the feel of this bristle against the skin.  The brushes also pick up powders or liquids wonderfully for an effortless application.

Anyone really would love the benefits and quality of this $15.99 set because it truly is a bargain in my honest opinion. Those that suffer from acne or oily skin will especially appreciate #carbon pure technology in their makeup brushes for a fresher, cleaner application since the charcoal helps repel accompanying toxins and impurities from collecting that might transfer to your face.

Cleaning the brushes is a breeze as well.  Soap and water is all you need to care for them.

The assortment of brushes in this set are just as awesome.  The contouring brush is one of my favorites because it picks up the perfect amount over a current one that I have, but I love them all.   

Make it a point to pick up the Pure fx Cosmetic Brush Set with Charcoal Bristles for yourself and any beauty lover when making out your holiday gift list.  I guarantee it will be loved.  Check it out at Earth Therapeutics website.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Ritual of Hammam Bath and Body Care From Rituals Review – Aromatherapy Cleansing Makes Quality BathTime

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You'll spend more time in your tub to savor Rituals aromatherapy cleansing.



I am one of those people that take great pleasure in a long therapeutic bath.  Surrounded by my healing oils, salts, scrubs, gels, and soaps, I savor my private time to recover after a hard day to unwind and lose myself to aromatherapy as well as cleansing.  The other day I told you about my first experience with Rituals Ayurveda line of luxurious spa like healing products.  Today, I want to fill you in on their #Hammam products I was sent for bath and body care to bring on wellness.

I started with The Ritual of Hammam Ultra Hydrating Black Soap ($15.00).  The scent of its eucalyptus is so invigorating when you spend time with it.  This is a dark soap with pure olive that slides over the body, deeply moisturizing as it cleanses, delivering skin nutrients.  During the five minutes or so that I left it on before rinsing, I benefitted from its soothing #aromatherapy and found myself relaxing.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I should have started with the Black Soap or The Ritual of Hamman Body Mud ($17.00) first.  Therefore, I tried the mud next.  This product also has that fresh eucalyptus scent in its thick, black consistency from its purifying Rhassoul clay.  I rubbed my body with it and left it on for about two minutes to allow its minerals to soak in before washing it off.

Afterwards, I had The Ritual of Hammam Refreshing Foaming Shower Gel ($15.00).  This is a rich, but even more stimulating foam due to its eucalyptus and rosemary that lathered well for cleaning away any lingering mud effortlessly.  

Though it was hard to leave my tub, I didn’t want my skin to shrivel and finally emerged from my peaceful bath.  I remembered I still had The Ritual of Hammam Body Mist ($25.00) to try. This really helps prolong that #spa experience with how its rosemary and eucalyptus work with your senses, revitalizing you in a way that is hard to describe.

I really like the Rituals line of bath and body with both the Ayurveda and now this Hammam line in how they work on the body and senses for balancing the body, mind and spirit. If you want to experience something more than just a bath or shower, I recommend visiting Rituals and trying these products firsthand.  They also make wonderful, thoughtful gifts when making out your holiday gift list.  Check it out!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

PUR Cosmetics Quick Pro Holiday Portables Sculpt & Glow On-the-Go Contour and Highlight Palette Pair Review -- Makes a Great Stocking Stuffer

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This little set has everything you need to give your skin shimmering luminosity and reshape what you need.


Playing with light and shadow can alter a face in a becoming way to turn flaws into assets.  A wonderful way you might want to get started is with healthier formulated mineral makeup like PUR Cosmetics Quick Pro Holiday Portables Sculpt & Glow On-the-Go Contour and Highlight Palette Pair that I got the opportunity to test.
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This set is valued at $36.00 but is just $14.00 at PUR Cosmetics!



Just like all PUR products, this compact set is cruelty-free and made without talc, paraben, petroleum, mineral oil, gluten or sodium lauryl sulfate that could pose any risks to health.  It does come into two separate pieces. 

One slim piece consists of the three #light-reflecting, pressed powder #highlight shades with Slaycation (champagne), Goddess (rose-gold) and High Five (pale bronze).   

The second piece has the three #contour shades that are Silhouette (beige-brown), Go Figure (warm brown) and Bronze (shimmering bronze with copper).  

These smooth, silky powders can help add some beautiful definition and natural-looking radiance to any complexion.  They do have just a tad of fallout, but they cling wonderfully and last to make you or any beauty that might be shopping for this holiday season sparkle.  

Something else is the price that this set is selling for.   The Quick Pro On-the-Go Contour and Highlight Palettes have a $36.00 value, but you pick one or several up for just $14.00, which sounds like a jolly deal to me.  Visit PUR Cosmetics website and snag one up while they’re around!  
   

Friday, November 17, 2017

Rouge Bunny Rouge Allegria Eau de Parfum Review: A Joyous Escape to Summer

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Allegria EDP happens to be one of my new favorite floral perfumes!


What is it about Allegria Eau de Parfum from luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge, that is so joyful in how effortlessly this woody-floral captures the feeling but essence of spring evolving into summer?  Yet, the perfumer, Sonia Constant, mastered exactly the right notes for this green aromatic floral that can brighten your mood and make you forget cold, dreary weather. 

The fragrance opens with a sparkling energy from notes of bergamot, sour orange, grapefruit, and passion fruit.  The initial juicy freshness grabs your attention, being so luminous.

As it soon warms in the heart, this fragrance evolves from the marriage of its herbs notes of mint nanah, basil, buchu, eucalyptus to the floral mimosa absolute.  The former freshness undergoes a transformation and becomes cleaner and aromatic from the influence of green, which matures it with a sensual, but earthy feeling.  You feel a part of nature, but beyond somewhere indoors where elegance is the norm.

By the time Allegria dries in the base, it heats up from woody notes of cedarwood, hawthorn along with dry amber, enveloping it with a rich spicy sweetness that  takes on a fuzzy sort of coziness from the musk, moss and tonka bean that is very inviting as well as seductive.

If you are searching for a memorable aromatic floral that is not in the least shy to help you make a great impression for you or someone on your holiday gift list, Allegria fits the bill.  It has such feminine beauty supplemented by a confident inner strength that makes it demand attention.  

Allegria Eau de Parfum is ($129.00) at Rouge Bunny Rouge.  Use #coupon code RBR-NUTS4STUFF20 and save 20% off in their Web Boutique.  Check it out!  Trust me, but you will love it.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rituals Ayurveda Shower Oil, Body Cream and Dry Oil Vata Review: Aromatherapy for Balancing Body, Mind and Spirit

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The Ayureda line helps soothe body, mind and soul through luxurious skin care.


Ayurveda originated in India more than 3,000 years and is considered one of the oldest medical systems in existence based on the perfect balance of mind, body and spirit to maintain health and wellness.  I recently sampled some Rituals bath and body products to experience the power of the Ayurveda ritual.

The products in this aromatic line originated as a result of accumulated knowledge and ancient traditions to restore that ideal balance for total well-being.   My comforting journey began with The Ritual of Ayurveda Nurturing Shower Oil.  This makes a soft fragrant foam releasing the beauty of its Indian rose once it comes in contact with wet skin. Your senses benefit from that pleasant aroma that luxuriously pampers with sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and sunflower oil just to name a few of its wonderful ingredients.  After I rinsed off, my body was amply treated to extra softness  and suppleness.

The Ritual of Ayurveda Dry Oil Vata is what I followed up with next.  This dry oil has more of a herbal scent than rose due to its basil and assorted herbs.  I found it fast absorbing into the skin and provided soothing calm while lubricating.  I even patted a little of this oil into my just washed hair for its therapeutic benefits as well.

Last of all, PR sent The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Cream, which is supreme skin indulgence with its Indian rose and Himalaya honey.  This divinely scented cream lavishes the skin with a moisture veil that is sheer decadence. 

Anyone that hasn’t tried Rituals Ayurveda line of bath and body products really should do so to feel its joy and power that it leaves you with.  Any of these products would be thoughtful to give those on your holiday gift list because they do help body and mind.  

The Ritual of Ayurveda Nurturing Shower Oil ($15.00), The Ritual of Ayurveda Dry Oil Vata ($29.00) and The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Cream ($33.00) are available at Rituals website as well as a few other products in this line.  Check it out!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Goodbeing Natural Beauty/Lifestyle Subscription Box November 2017 Review

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November 2017 was a great month with a $71.30 value.


The products that we use for beauty and our lives shouldn’t need to give us reason for concern.  Unfortunately, they sometimes do with formulas than may contain less than healthy ingredients.  However, Goodbeing Natural Beauty/Lifestyle Subscription can be the answer to help lead you to safer product choices.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Au Naturale Cosmetics Let It Snow Eyes That Twinkle Holiday Gift Set Review + Swatches!

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Let It Snow Eyes Gift Set has gray, silver, white and a complex taupe that can help eyes shine and sparkle.



Getting down to basics can be a beautiful thing.  If you are determined to find healthier alternatives to chemicals, then Au Naturale Cosmetics takes the guesswork out of what could be in your makeup with their purer mineral formulations like with the Let It Snow Eyes That Twinkle Holiday Eye Gift Set for some sensational holiday glamour.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Keune Care Derma Activate Thickening Spray, Absolute Volume Volume Mousse and Satin Oil Oil Milk Review: Taking Hair to New Heights

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This is serious professional hair help.

Keune Haircosmetics never ceases to amaze me with the level of quality I discover from using their professional salon products.  Earlier I told you about a few of their new additions to the Care line that I honestly think can help even the worst head of hair.  Because the line is formulated with their special Essential Mineral Complex of zinc, copper, silicum, iron, and magnesium, the hair and scalp are strengthened and nourished.  However, I didn’t get a chance to share the rest until now. 

The Care Satin Oil Oil Milk ($30.00) is a leave-in milky spray that deep conditions with maracuja, baobab and monoi oils for returning moisture and shine.  Using this product dry or on damp hair when it needs help will do the trick without making the hair look greasy, sticky or make your style droop from weight.  I’m torn, which one I love more, this or the Care Vital Nutrition Protein Spray that I reviewed first for serious hair help. 

Another new Care product I tested was their Absolute Volume Volume Mousse ($26.00), which not only increases volume and thickens with liquid keratin and provitamin B5, but also offers heat protection.  My hair did have a healthy gloss without any flatness of my curls for long-lasting style.  

The Keune Care Derma Thickening Spray ($30.00) is a leave-in product that is intended for fine hair that uses wheat proteins and provitamin B5 to strengthen as it pumps up volume.   You probably wonder why I would bother using a thickening spray when I have thick hair.  The answer is because I also have a layered style that could use a boost in places, especially on one side where I have less hair.  

When I specifically targeted that side where I sleep, I did notice the curl did appear thicker in that section.  I didn’t need to use this spray all over because the rest of my head has a lot of hair, but this product does seem to bulk up the hair where needed.  If you have fine hair especially or not too much hair, this is another Keune Care product that can help thicken and strengthen what is on your head.  

If you never tried professional salon hair care products from Keune Haircosmetics, then you can’t understand the difference of what their formulas can do to turn ordinary hair into salon beautiful hair.  Check the company’s website to learn more and where to buy.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Yasou Natural Skin Care Vegan Cellular Day Cream and Cell Renewal Night Cream Review–For a Complexion to Celebrate

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This is a thicker cream that you use very little of.


I truly believe in the difference that organic skin care can make to improve a complexion.  Why feed the skin of diet of man-made chemicals when you can deliver those beneficial ingredients in a healthier way?  Yasou Natural Skin Care uses Greek traditions and culture along with science and technology in their organic skin care formulations like their Vegan Cellular Day Cream and Cell Renewal Night Cream that I have been using over the past weeks.  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fuego Hot Sauce Subscription Box November 2017 Review

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Here's a tasty mix of spicy, heat!


Some people can’t understand my love of hot sauces that I use almost like they do with salt and pepper.  My feeling is the extra heat and spices intensify the flavor of foods while helping me burn more calories since it speeds up the metabolism.  The way I see it a hot sauce subscription like Fuego Box is a win-win for culinary enjoyment and the figure.

For instance, let me tell you about this November selection.  Hoff’s Southern Stinger is an award winning sauce that has a nice zip from Scorpion chiles with a sweet, bright edge from oranges and carrots.  This was delicious sauce on scrambled eggs.

Born to Hula Harvest creates a new sauce every year featuring a different brand.  This year the company focused on Carribean red peppers along with apple juice, pumpkin and spices of the fall season for a unique flavor twist.  This is a medium sweet hot burn that was very good with fish.

The last one this month was Honey Squash Hot Sauce from Butterfly Bakery of Vermont.  This is medium hot sauce with green jalapenos, butternut squash, honey, and vinegar.  This was delicious on a burger, but I believe would perk up practically any dish that you use hot sauce on. 

Fuego Box is great because they bring three artisan hot sauces to your door for just $29.95 per quarter with free USA shipping. You even get an informational card about each sauce and how best to enjoy them.

I dare you to find such unusual hot sauces in your local grocery store because you won’t.  This is the beauty of Fuego Box so check them out!  

Friday, November 10, 2017

Glossybox November 2017 Review

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Grateful is the theme for Glossybox November 2017.




With bright lights and festive decorations, the holidays are always magical and a time that you want your look to sparkle.  In the spirit of the season, this month’s assortment of beauty from Glossybox can help with that goal. 

What I find so appealing about their beauty subscription box is how thought out their boxes are for variety and appealing luxury brands.  Every Glossybox has at least five full and larger sample sizes of top brands of makeup, skin care, body and hair care, nail products, fragrances to tools for only $21.00 a month and free shipping within the USA.  Also, I love the big informational sheet with plenty of large photos to fully explain and demonstrate the product along with any special deals with a coupon code.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Au Naturale Cosmetics Lips That Shine Holiday Gift Set Review – Vibrant Lip Glam to Dress Up the Holidays

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This is one of those perfect reds with enough pink for most complexions to carry it off.



My feeling is beauty is even better if you don’t have to worry about the safety of the makeup that you put on your face.  Au Naturale Cosmetics meets the bill with no synthetic preservatives, nano particles, parabens, fillers, dyes, gluten, or animal bi-products in their healthier, toxic-free organic makeup.  

Earlier on, I reviewed their cream foundations, cream blushes and cream bronzers, which I really liked for performance and convenience to simplify doing your makeup when rushed.  However, I never sampled any of their lips products until this Lips That Shine Holiday Gift Set arrived.

The set includes Eternity Lipstick in VIP ($25), a statement making red-pink and High Luster Lip Gloss ($18.00) in Opulence to finish the lips with an opal luster that is luminous.   

This lipstick feels smooth  and cushions the lips in moisturizing comfort for a few hours until I needed to reapply after eating.  It is creamy, but does have a slight waxiness to it.


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This gloss can work magic over top any lipstick with its magic.


A gorgeous effect was using the High Luster Lip Gloss that I applied over top that lipstick.  It was like coating my lips with liquid reflective pearls.  It is not too heavy, sticky or greasy, but wonderfully in between.

Starting on November 15, 2017, Au Naturale’s Holiday Gift Sets like this Lips That Shine will be available at Whole Foods, Amazon or at Au Naturale’s website.  Check it out because it makes an ideal way to glam up for holiday parties or give as a gift.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rituals Voyage en Inde Oriental Essence Eau de Parfum Review -- Your New Spicy Winter Fragrance

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This is a powdery spice fragranc, not a cloying one.


Winter is the ideal time to wear richer, spicy fragrances to cozy up with.  One attention-getting oriental floral I tried lately is Rituals Voyage en Inde Eau de Parfum.  This enchanting fragrance from perfumer, Elise Benat, was created in 2016. 

With powdery woods, exotic spices tempered by fresh floral notes of jasmine absolute and patchouli, this is a revamped take of a traditional spicy, amber fragrance.  What you have is sophisticated, seductive and yet warm as well as surprisingly soft in the scent’s intriguing allure.  

Sensual and full of luxurious opulence, I fell in love with Voyage en Inde and the unforgettable combination of its enticing foreign notes.  You can’t help feel as if this fragrance carried you to another time and faraway place that is unfamiliar, but captivating in its uniqueness.

If you’re searching for a different kind of spicy fragrance that has a clean, sweetness and longevity for you or those on your holiday gift list, then I highly recommend Rituals Voyage en Inde Eau de Parfum ($75) when it is available.  Look for it and other fine perfumes at Rituals website.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

PUR Cosmetics Quick Pro Fully Charged Mascara & Lash Primer Kit Review: Making Extraordinary Lashes Possible

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This kit is valued at $44, but retails for just $18.00.


I don’t know what happened to my lashes.  They used to be thicker and somewhat longer, but now they are shorter and thinner than a few years ago.  My solution to make dramatic improvement in this department is my trusted heated eyelash curler and great mascara and lash primer.  However, I now can skip the eyelash curler thanks to PUR Cosmetics Quick Pro Fully Charged Mascara & Lash Primer Kit.

What intrigued in this kit is its magnetic technology.  The Fully Charged Mascara’s unique, anti-aging formula has a magnetic polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around the lash.  This results in automatic lifting as the lash stretches and flawless separation instead of problematic clumping.  It also has provitamin B5 and biotinoyl tripeptide-1 for nourishing and strengthening lashes.  

Before I sampled it, I applied the High Voltage Primer first.  After it dried, I brushed on a coat of this mascara.  Believe it or not, the formula even made my stubby lashes stand out after that one application and without the use of my eyelash curler.  My lashes weren’t sticking together or appearing fake, but even and naturally enhanced.  I was so thrilled that I went ahead and applied a second coat.  This time I saw a remarkable difference in more volume and length that I just gasped at what I saw in the mirror.

I also got to say my lashes didn’t feel brittle, but softer than my usual mascara.  If you ask me, this kit can be your lashes best friend.  After all, if it worked such magic on my practically nonexistent lashes without even curling them, I imagine it will do the same or even better for you. 

The holidays are when you really want to look your best so check this kit out for yourself or any beauty lover on your gift list.   You can find Quick Pro Fully Charged Mascara & Lash Primer Kit ($18.00) at the PUR Cosmetics.  Just do yourself a favor and try it because you'll thank me.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Maple Holistics Winter Blend Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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Here is the winter hair care help that can make a difference when temperatures drop.


Extreme cold weather is hard on skin but just as damaging for hair especially when you go from the heated indoors to the outdoors.  Often hair becomes frizzy and drier than we like, especially worse for people with dry or chemically-treated hair.  One quick fix that you might want to try is Maple Holistics Winter Blend Shampoo and Conditioner that I had the chance to use on my own hair.

Both this natural shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free, cruelty free and safe if you color your hair.  Each retails for $13.95 for an eight-ounce bottle or $19.95 for the set.

The shampoo is formulated with a refreshing blend revolving around different mints from spearmint, peppermint, wild mint, eucalyptus mint, bergamot mint along with jojoba oil and botanical keratin.  This is a moisturizing mix of ingredients that nourish the hair, but also care for an extra dry scalp to avoid any flaking.

The formula of the matching conditioner is a combination of eighteen silk amino acids and conditioning agents to repair damage and provide luster for the hair.

Besides the pleasant scent, I found this shampoo lathered well for the small amount I used.  It felt invigorating when I rinsed. 

After using the conditioner, my scalp felt cleaner as well.  My thick hair seemed healthier overall.  Once I finished styling,  it did seem to have more gloss and softness.  Have you tried these products yet?

If not and you’re looking for some tender loving care for your hair, I suggest visiting Maple Holistics and giving the Winter Blend Shampoo and Conditioner a try.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Simple Beauty Fix to Get a Tired, Morning Complexion Off to a Glowing Start

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This beauty can't decide where to start first.



I don’t know how beautiful you look the first thing in the morning, but I need a cup of coffee before facing a mirror since I am far from glamorous when I wake up.  Due to my allergies, my eyes often are puffy or I have under eye darkness that is worse on some days than others to paler skin.  Now that you know my ugly secret, then I’ll share what I’ve been doing lately to help revive puffiness and less than glowing skin.

After I cleanse my face, I rinse with cold water and pat delicately to dry.  If my eyes are exceptionally puffy, I head to the kitchen for cucumber or potato slices to place over my eyes. Sometimes, I wet and substitute a tea bag. All these methods help reduce swelling. 

 Before I think about makeup, I apply my moisturizer and gently massage it in using small, circular strokes.   I keep this light pressure up for about four or five minutes is enough to stimulation circulation and more blood flow to the face.  Afterwards, I carefully tap the moisturizer into my skin to best deliver it.

A few extra minutes devoted to lightly massaging your face helps relax the muscles and get the complexion off to a glowing start.  When those facial muscles are less tense, there is more softness to the face and in the appearance of lines.  Try what I suggest here and you’ll notice a pleasing difference!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

California North Four Fragrance Sampler Review – An Ideal Stocking Stuffer

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A sampler set is a great way to find the right fragrance.


Trying to pick a new fragrance is simplified when you start with a sampler set.  It gives you a way to live with each scent for a time to compare before committing to a larger size to find that perfect one.  If you’re thinking of fragrance this holiday season for your guy, then California North Four Fragrance Sampler is a wonderful gifting option for taking in the spirit of northern California. There is even one fragrance just for you!

This Four Fragrance Sampler includes travel sizes of O2xygen EDT for Men, O2xygen EDT for Women, California North EDY for Men, and Richardson Bay Body Spray for Men.

O2xygen Eau de Toilette for Men  is sunny, fresh and aquatic, but undeniably masculine with a sexy vibe to it.  This fragrance is modern, sophisticated, but perfect for those men that like to experience the power of the ocean or compete against it.

O2xygen Eau de Toilette for Women is a feel-good fruity-floral fragrance with natural botanicals and jasmine against fresh aquatic notes.  It is a soft and compelling fragrance that shimmers with beauty.

California North Eau de Toilette for Men has an outdoor freshness that is quite appealing due to notes of bergamot, lavender and violet leaf. 

Richardson Bay Body Spray is more rugged, back to nature like a trek through the woods toward a campfire.  This earthly fragrance is for the bold, adventure-seeking man that can handle whatever challenges come his way.

California North’s Four Fragrance Sampler ($19.00) would make the perfect stocking stuffer.  Therefore, I have a great deal to share with you.  Right now, you can save 30% off of your California North purchase at checkout using coupon code THANKSMARY.  This offer is valid now until November 20 so do hurry to take advantage of this deal for a gift like this one while you can.  This coupon code is not valid in the sale section or product samples.  Furthermore, it cannot be combined with other coupon codes. Check it out!

Friday, November 3, 2017

California North Travel Shower Bundle Review: A Gift Any Man Would Love for Traveling in Style

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This Travel Shower Bundle is handy, practical and full of quality products.


Shopping for holiday gifts for your guy can be difficult.  You want your choice to be special as well as one that he doesn’t already have.  If he often travels on business, then I have a suggestion with California North’s Travel Shower Bundle that was sent to me for this review.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Rimmel #Insta Conceal & Contour (Light and Medium) Review + Swatches

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These palettes run around $6.99 each.



The other day I shared my review of Rimmel #Instant Conceal & Correct that does a  fantastic job for hiding under eye darkness.  Today, I want to give you my thoughts on their #Insta Conceal & Contour Palette. This palette comes in three shades and is meant to conceal, highlight and contour in one product.  

I found the formula creamy and easy to blend.  The colors appear darker in the pans, but lighten up when used.  Overall though, I found some problems with this palette.

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On the left are the three shades of the Medium followed by the three Light shades.


The conceal shade  I tried in the Light palette is the right color for my fair to light complexion. However, it does not provide the depth of heavy duty coverage for disguising under eye darkness like the #Insta Conceal & Contour Palette.   The contour shade is deep enough to contour, but has some orange color to it.  This makes it look more like a bronzer than a natural contour.  The highlight shade is light with a soft gleam to it that worked nicely.

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Here is the Light palette.

The conceal in the Medium palette is too dark.  The contour shade is more brown, which is a good thing for light complexions like mine for tackling this.  The highlight is only a tad darker than the Light palette, but provides a believable glow to the skin.


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These are the shades of the Medium palette.

This formula really adheres to the skin in how deeply these colors stain.  I used two different makeup removers before I could dislodge it.  

While I loved the #Insta Conceal & Correct Palette, I cannot say that I feel the same degree of adoration for this product.  Of course, you may feel differently.  Have you tried Rimmel London #Insta Conceal & Contour Palettes yet? 

Visit Rimmel London to learn more or find the #Insta Conceal & Contour Palettes at your local drugstore.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How to Finally Get Rid of Those Tiniest Blackheads on the Sides of Your Nose When All Else Fails

Those pesky dot-like blackheads on the sides of your nose might finally be a thing of the past.


If you ever suffered from those tiny blackheads that appear like dots on the sides of your nose, then you know how frustrating they are to deal with.  Sometimes, you can do everything in your power to get rid of them with different cleansers and exfoliators and still have no success.  

However, the problem also can be caused from something else entirely that you may never have thought of. The reason those black dots could be still there may have nothing to do with trapped grime, but more to do with tiny hairs growing from the pores.

The best way to tackle these dark follicles is using pore strips to pull them out.  Try it and I bet you’ll finally witness a remarkable improvement.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Eau de Toilette Review -- Soft-Spoken Floral Beauty to Love

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This is a fragrance that pulls you in with its happiness.


Have you ever noticed how certain fragrances make you feel?  Some have the power to make you feel more confident, playful, adventurous, beautiful, romantic, sexy, glamorous, sophisticated to bringing out your wild streak or a mix of those things. Molton Brown’s Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Eau de Toilette is a fruity-floral that has a graceful elegance that can shower you in its comforting warmth and romantic beauty.  If you’re searching for a wonderful fragrance for holiday gift buying, this floral can definitely brighten the spirit, even on the coldest day.

This fragrance opens briefly with a bubbly and fresh radiance from its citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin.  You can’t help but take notice of its bright spirit.

As this fragrance soon warms, the initial brightness sheers  when it comes in contact with the floral notes of honeysuckle, white tea and jasmine in the heart.  It is a delicate feeling of romantic bliss that surfaces like you’re privileged to share.

By the time this scent dries down, the base notes of sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla temper it for a sensual, inviting warmth that lingers.

Anyone on your gift list that loves soft-spoken floral fragrances would adore Molton Brown’s Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Eau de Toilette ($65.00).  I know that I do.  Find this fragrance and other great holiday gift options at the company’s website

Monday, October 30, 2017

Rimmel #Insta Conceal & Correct Review--Keeping Flaws Secret

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This product has amazing coverage for being so lightweight.


Rimmel London launched a few new #Insta products.  Today, I want to tell you about #Insta Conceal & Correct for hiding flaws such as darkness under the eyes, problems with redness to any places on your face that could use a boost of brightness. 

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The colors appear darker until you use them.


This palette consists of three cream shades and comes in one option, 001 Universal for all skin tones.  In the compact, the shades appear deeper than they actually are until swatched when they lighten up.  The first color is peach, but changes into a pale beige once you use it.  This is the shade that is intended to cover dark circles.

The second color is sort of a sea foam green color.  This shade is for help with redness.

The last shade is a lavender color. It is meant for dealing with dull spots on your face that could benefit with some brightness.

I was really surprised how creamy and wonderfully this product blended, especially for under the eyes without feeling too thick. I do have a problem with darkness toward the outer sides of my eyes, but this product amazingly did the trick.  For feeling so lightweight, it managed to hide the darkness quite well without the black surfacing or the need of several layers of coverage.  

I also loved the convenience of having one palette instead of reaching for another product to help brighten up that area at the same time.

For a product that retails for about $6.99 at drugstores, the Rimmel #Insta Conceal & Correct Palette did more for my under eye darkness than I ever expected.  If also have some problems that you need to hide, you need to try this one for yourself.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Christmas Gift Collection Review: A Fragrance Gift to Savor!

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This gift has 10 fragrant reasons why you'll want to spend more time in the tub.


When you intend to pamper that special someone, you want to do it right.  One gift that can never fail is a set of luxurious fragrant body washes in a glorious array of scents to match her or his moods from bright, spicy to captivating floral from Molton Brown.  A tempting bath and body set choice is their Stocking Fillers Christmas Gift Collection that I received for this review.  

This is a beautiful set in a lovely, festive red box that came complete with a bow.  Inside, there are 10 different bottles, each 1.7 fl. oz.  

The fragrances include:

Coco & Sandalwood Bath & Shower Gel – This is a gently seductive spicy blend.
Rosa Absolute Bath & Shower Gel – I feel this is an ideal floral tribute to the rose.
Orange & Bergamot Body Wash – Here is a bright citrus. 
Eucalyptus Body Wash – This one is uplifting and refreshing.
Bushukan Body Wash – Here is a scent that is woody and yet fresh.
Ylang-Ylang Body Wash – I consider this yellow floral a delight of notes.
Gingerlily Body Wash – This is an oriental floral.
Black Peppercorn Body Wash – Here is warm and spicy.
Pink Pepperpod Body Wash – This one is energetic and spicy.
Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel – This is a blend of spicy woods with a touch of sweetness.

What I appreciate about Molton Brown is that they craft their fragrances from traveling the world to bring those faraway notes to the consumer to enjoy in each bewitching composition.

If you’re shopping for a perfume lover, then you can’t go wrong with a fragrant collection of 10 outstanding bath and body products to satisfy their fragrance addiction.  Visit Molton Brown to find this Stocking Fillers Christmas Gift Collection ($50) or other great holiday gift options!