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conair round retractable bristle brush

Conair Retractable Bristle Brush Giveaway

conair round retractable bristle brush We recently got the chance to try the Conair Retractable Bristle Round Brush.  The brush is great for both long and short hair.  My hair is naturally wavy, and I love styling with a round brush to get that extra bit of body in my hair.  However, I’ve got long hair and I’m not completely skilled at styling.  And I’ve been a bit afraid of round brushes ever since I got one stuck in my hair years ago.  The Conair Retractable Bristle Brush is great for that, you can style with the round brush and if you get a tangle simply push the button to retract the bristles. This is awesome.  Then you simply twist the base by the bristles to get them out again.

The brush has a tourmaline surface to release IONS that helps increase shine and reduce frizziness by helping to flatten hair’s cuticle layer, which is great, but my favorite part is the retractable bristles.  Not only is it great for avoiding tangles, but it’s got a couple of other positive things about it too.  It makes is really easy to clean hair out of it.  You simply retract the bristles, and the hair comes right off into the trash.  it is also great for travel.  You can retract the bristles and it takes up less space and isn’t likely to get broken or bent.

I also like how fast and easy it is to retract the bristles and get them to come back out.  Overall, this is a great brush and the retractable bristle feature is awesome!  You can visit the Conair Website for more info.
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Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector

I’ve always spent a ton of time outside.  Unfortunately,  I didn’t always wear sunscreen.  Now, as I start to get a bit older, I’m noticing some dark spots beginning to show up on my face.
Recently, I got the chance to try Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector and am noticing a difference.  I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and the spots are less noticeable.  One of the other nice things is that it is supposed to keep new spots from forming and help create even skin tone.

According to Dr. Julie K. Karen, a board certified dermatologist from New York, here’s how it works:

Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector utilizes NeoGlucosamine™ Retinol and a stable form of Vitamin C to reduce the intensity of existing dark spots by promoting cell turnover to lightly exfoliate and break up pigment clusters. Proven botanical ingredients such as Turmeric and Alpine Plants help block the enzyme that triggers new melanin production, preventing new spots from forming.

It doesn’t have a strong smell to it at all.  I also really like the container that it’s in.   It’s a tube, but have a pump dispenser that helps you get just the right amount.

You can find out more on the NeoStrata website here

scünci® hot streaks Giveaway

scünci® hot streaks Giveaway

Having 2 daughters I get asked frequently “mom can I get streaks in my hair”? They are only 6 and 12 right now and for me getting it colored is something I have considered but have not done. I just do not want them to regret doing it or ruin their hair. But I have found a good compromise. scünci® hot streaks are clip on hair extensions that add a streak of color to your hair. I have seen these before but never tried them.

My daughter could not be more happy to wear them. They were super easy to put on and easy to take off. They are really affordable and a much better idea then committing to dye. I love that they can be trimmed to match your length of hair. My daughter got the purple streak and loves it. They also come in other trendy colors like pink, blue, orange, and green, and can be purchased for approximately $4.99. They are sold primarily at Kmart, and also available at some grocery outlets such as Giant Eagle and Big Y. You can find out more on their website and be sure to follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

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Certain Dri Antiperspirant Review

Certain Dri Antiperspirant Review

For me, the more physically fit that I am, the easier I seem to sweat (even NOT during workout).  I recently got the chance to try Certain Dri antiperspirant, and it’s great.

Do you know the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant.  A deodorant is a fragrance used to cover up an odor while an antiperspirant actually inhibits perspiration.  Fresh perspiration is pretty much odorless, but the sweat in a damp area then grows odor-producing bacteria – eww!

Certain Dri is an antiperspirant and works by shrinking or closing off the pores to actually stop excessive perspiration.  According to the company, it’s the strongest formula that is available without a prescription.

My biggest complain about anti-perspirants or deodorants is the marks they can leave on dark clothing.  This isn’t an issue with Certain-Dri becuase you are supposed to put it on at night. It works while you sleep to shrink the pores and stop excessive perspiration.

I’ve been applying daily and its working great so far.  It also smells nice when you are putting it on – it smells exactly like baby powder.  Once you have been using it a while, you only have to apply it 2 to 3 times per week for it to be effective.

Another interesting thing on the box insert mentions that according to a US Army medical researcher using antiperspirant on your feet for five days before a major walk, run, or bike ride can reduce blisters by reducing the sweating that creates the friction that leads to blisters.  I haven’t tried this one yet (I’m a bit out of shape and my workouts aren’t long enough for this to be an issue), but if you have tried this please leave us a comment and let us know how it works.

You can find out more information at www.CertainDri.com or connect with them on facebook at: www.facebook.com/certaindri for special offers and giveaways.



Just For Men Autostop

Just For Men Autostop

Coloring  my own hair has been something I have always done and really enjoy. At 31 I mostly dye my hair to update the color for a fresh look. My husband on the other hand has been going crazy with his gray hair that has began to show. He is not the kind of guy that has ever dyed his hair but he has come to a point where he feels that he would like to go back to his natural pre-gray color. For that we tried Just for Men .He was a bit hesitant at first but after convincing him to wait and see the results I think he was kind of excited.

Just for Men Autostop comes in 5 shades making it easy for you to find the right color for the man in your life. My husband was closest to the Dark Brown. I have colored my friends hair in the past but coloring my husbands hair was totally something new for me. We had a lot of fun doing it and could not wait to wash it out and see the results. After fully reading all directions we were ready to start. The directions were easy to follow and I did help my husband but he would have had no problem doing it himself.  The results were pretty good. It colored most of the gray and was a great match to his normal color. I think it would have covered all the gray if he would have left it on a bit longer. He is excited to use it again in 6-8 weeks and with its affordable price there is no reason to not give it a try!

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Ivory Body Wash and Soap Bar

I love body washes and soaps. I use both bar and body washes everyday. One of my favorite bar soaps has always been Ivory. I had never tried their body washes and was so excited that I got to try three of them. I received original, aloe and lavender. I love lavender and just had to try that first. I love it. The smell is great and it leaves my skin feeling great as well. I had to try other two as well, and as much as I love lavender I have to say the aloe is the best. I really enjoy it and it is soon to be my favorite.

If you love Ivory as much as I do you have to check out Soap Dish on their Facebook page. The Soap Dish is a lighthearted community offering a pure and simple take on life. Emmy award-winner Melissa McCarthy will serve as the brand spokesperson and host of Soap Dish. You can read more about it below and become part of the community on their Facebook page.

The Ivory Moms Survey

In an effort to better understand today’s women and moms, the brand commissioned a national survey of 1,017 moms to uncover attitudes and insights surrounding the realities of her everyday life and role as wife, mother, daughter and more.

Not surprising, the results revealed quite a bit about today’s mom. For instance, 80 percent of moms surveyed feel that motherhood is more complicated today than it was for their own mothers 20 years ago. However, more than half (54 percent) say they’re balancing life as a mother better than their own mom did. Perhaps the secret to it all? 66 percent confessed to hiding in the bathroom for much needed “me” time.

The complete survey questions and results will be shared throughout the Soap Dish community, as Ivory encourages women to laugh, live and share their everyday issues with others.

To visit Ivory’s “Soap Dish” forum and dish with Melissa McCarthy and other moms on what complicates their lives, consumers can visit Ivory’s Face book fanpage at: www.facebook.com/ivory. To learn more about Ivory’s products and where they are available in your local area, visit Ivory on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ivory) or on Twitter (@Ivory) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ivory)

About Procter & Gamble

P&G touches and improves the lives of about 4.4 billion people around the world with its portfolio of trusted, quality brands. The Company’s leadership brands include Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, and Ambi Pur®. With operations in about 80 countries, P&G brands are available in more than 180 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

Picasso Hair Feathers Image showing Colors

Picasso Hair Feathers


Picasso hair feathers logoJust in case you haven’t already seen it, the new trend with hair accessories is hair feathers. My daughter came home from school a few weeks ago and said that “everybody is wearing them.” We recently got a chance to try some animal-friendly hair feathers from Picasso Hair Feathers and they are awesome.

Picasso hair feathers are totally adorable and are easy to apply.  I absolutely love their plastic loop that helps you apply them.  It makes it so easy to get them onto your hair.  Prior to these, we tried a brand from a local beauty supply store and they aren’t nearly as easy to apply.   I am also very pleased with the ring that you attach them with.  When applying them to my daughters hair, we had to reposition one three times (Hey, it’s got to be perfectly positioned right?) and it was very easy to remove and re-apply (make sure you keep the little plastic loop to help re-apply them if you decide to move them).  You can see more about how to apply them on the Piccasso website here.

It’s really neat that once you apply them, you can just wash and style like normal.  They are also heat resistant so you can use the straightening iron or curling iron too just like on your real hair.

Picasso Hair Feathers Image showing Colors The company has tons of great color combinations that you can see on their website.  We got the “breaking dawn” pack, and I was very pleased to see that the colors of the feathers are just as rich and beautiful as they are in the photo on the website.

These would make a great stocking stuffer or an awesome way to update your look.  I love that you can get a fresh and trendy look that you can put in and forget about, but still change up whenever you like.

Stop by the Picasso Hair Feather’s website yourself and have a look around or you can connect with them on facebook and twitter.

iDerma Giveaway

In the last few years I have really begun to think about how I take care of the appearance of my skin. As I am getting older I can see all the little wrinkles starting to show up more. I have realized that it is now that I start thinking about using some anti aging skin products. One place that I have that has a great selection of products is iDerma. They offer many products for whatever area you may want to target.

iDerma was founded by Dr. Gregory Nikolaidis of Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Austin, Texas as a means of making the professional grade skin care products he recommends to his own patients available to all consumers in a direct, convenient way – over the internet.

Not only do they carry great products for anti-aging but they also have makeup! Yay! Everything from brushes to concealers, mascara and more. I was lucky enough to get to try a few of their makeup products and I love them.
I love the glolash Thickener and Conditioner. This was perfect for me as I do not have full long lashes. I really love how much thicker and longer my lashes are while wearing it. And of course you have to top it with mascara. For that I used their glolash Lengthening Mascara in Black Brown. I love that as well. Combined together my lashes look great!

A few other things I really loved from them are their eye liners, and gloLiquid lip gloss. I got the gloPrecision Eye Pencil in black and love it. It is super smooth to put on and stays well. As for the gloss I love the way it feels on and the color choices available. I am really happy with their makeup line and am excited to try a few of their anti-aging products in the future. You can see all they have available on their website.

Conair Xtreme Heat Hot Rollers Giveaway

Conair Xtreme Heat Hot Rollers Giveaway

As a busy mom, I don’t have much time to curl my hair. Lucky for me, with the Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Multisized Hot Rollers, you don’t need much time. The rollers are heated and ready to use in 75 seconds.  Not kidding – just 75 seconds.

I was very pleased with how quickly the rollers heated and with how well the they work. The set includes 20 ceramic multi-sized rollers: 8 jumbo rollers, 6 large rollers, and 6 medium rollers and 20 lightweight heated clips. My favorite size is the jumbo roller to get a nice wave.

The base unit has space to put on three clips at a time to heat them up to make the curling even more effective. I’ve never been great at rolling my hair, but I found the clips very easy to use. The rollers have a nice flocked coating on them and the end rings stay cool to protect your fingers. They have tourmaline ceramic center to allow for better heat transfer and help your curls last longer. One roller has a color-changing “ready dot” to let you know when they are ready to use.

The rollers are great when you want a different look, but don’t have much time.
You can find out more about the Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Multisized Hot Rollers on their website or connect with them on facebook or twitter.

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Sibu Beauty - Daytime Facial Cream

Sibu Beauty – Daytime Facial Cream

Sibu Beauty makes a whole line of products using the sea buckthorn berry.   My first thought was “why the sea buckthorn berry?”  Well, according to Sibu,  the sea bukthorn berry lives in the harsh conditions of the high altitudes of the Himalayas in Tibet and “fortifies itself with lots protective nutrients including “omegas 3, 6,7, 9 carotenoids, falconoid, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.“  Omega 7 occurs naturally in healthy skin and helps with the production of collagen which helps with skin your body has less of as you age.  It is found only in  two different plants – macadamia nuts and the sea buckthorn berry.

Sibu Beauty offers a line of sea buckthorn products including suppliments,  face cream, body cream, eye cream, cleanse & detox facial bar, a facial cleanser,  a hydrating serum,  an oil, and a night cream.

I got the chance to try the  Repair and Protect Daytime Facial Cream.  I have fairly sensitive skin that doesn’t react well to a lot of lotions, but I have no trouble with  this one.  It is not at all greasy and seems to absorb into my skin quickly.  It moisturizes well and makes my skin feel soft.   The scent is unique and hard to describe.  It’s a fresh citrus smell, but with an undertone of something else that is difficult to find something to compare it too (I’m guessing it’s the sea buckthorn scent?)- and it’s not “perfumey” at all like some creams.

So far, I’m very pleased with the Repair and Protect Daytime Facial Cream and am looking forward to trying more from Sibu Beauty’s line of sea buckthorn products.

You can find more information on their website or connect with them on facebook and twitter.

It’s The NuMe Couture Flat Iron Giveaway

It’s The NuMe Couture Flat Iron Giveaway

One of the things that I do everyday is style my hair. My hair has some natural curl to it but they are not defined curls. If I don’t style it then I will be left with a fluffy , frizzy mess. Most often then not I straighten my hair. My flat iron is totally my best defense against those bad hair days. I have used curling irons and straighteners for years and they have become my go to item when getting ready for the day.

One of my newest favorites is the 3Sum from NuMe. It comes with all the tools you need to style your hair in multiple ways. The 3 Sum comes with the Vintage Ceramic Iron, Curling Wand, and The Mini. Right away I was excited to use the Flat Iron. I love it! It heats up within 6 to 10 seconds and also features temperature control. The swivel power cord is also a really great feature. I was a bit intimidated by the curling wand as I have mostly used traditional irons. However I found it to be really easy to use and is now my favorite way to curl my hair. The Mini is about the most adorable styling tool I have ever seen. It is perfect for on the go, traveling. It really is the perfect size to take just about anywhere. One other thing I really love about this set is that it is not only super functional but comes in the Limited Edition Purple Zebra and Hot Pink colors. I have the Purple Zebra and love the fun design of it. You can read more about them below and find more of their amazing products on their website!

NuMe offers a Nu Style, a Nu Change and a Brand Nu You! After working closely with stylists in the industry for over a decade, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned to deliver the highest quality products for the most incredible results. We’ve created products that will revolutionize your everyday look. We understand how frizzy and unruly hair can change the way our customers feel. Hair is truly transformational and the good news is, unlike the other features we’re born with, it can actually be transformed into the silkiest, most gorgeous styles. NuMe is all about giving you the power to create quick, beautiful, long-lasting style!

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Weight Watchers by Conair Scale Giveaway

Weight Watchers by Conair Scale Giveaway

I have been slowly trying to get into a weight loss routine at home. Eating better, more exercise. I even went out and bought a new treadmill. I love it and am totally noticing a difference. But with my 5 year old weight scale it just not does provide me with some of the features I would like to have. Being able to measure weight, body fat, body water, bone mass, and BMI all on one scale would be fabulous. The new Weight Watchers by Conair Glass Body Analysis Scale does that and more. I had no idea on any of these numbers with my old scale and now that I have this one I feel more in power of my weight loss goals.

I totally love that it keeps memory for up to four people. It has a really modern design, making it not only functional but really pretty as well. It has a blue backlight on the 1.9” LCD screen and has impact-resistant tempered safety glass platform with stainless steel. My kids and husband also love using it and are more aware what all the numbers mean. I think it is a great tool for losing weight. I actually look forward to stepping on the scale and celebrating my successes.  This scale would be great for anyone trying to lose weight or even just maintaining your weight. You can see the entire selection on their website.

Weight Watchers® Digital Painted Glass Scale

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{Soap Hope}

Soap Hope has all natural high quality products including soap, cosmetics, bath and body products, household and laundry items and more.
We got to sample several different products and were happy with everything we tried.  We especially loved the Indigo Wild Zum Bar Soap in Eucalyptus and the Pangea Organics Balancing Oil.
Soap Hope describes themselves as “a for-profit company with a non-profit mission.”  They operate on the “good returns” business model, in which all of their profits go to a nonprofit institution that uses the money to help end poverty and to empower women at home and around the world.  After a year, the profits are then returned to the company.


I also love their “ugly boxes” The sticker on the box says that they make their boxes from cardboard scrap to keep costs down and reduce the impact on the environment.  An environmentally conscious company with a humanitarian mission. Yay!

If you would like to check of all of Soap Hopes all-natural products, you can see them on their website.  You can also find them on facebook and twitter

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{Emjoi® Micro-Pedi}

Every year I get so excited for summer. Flip-flop weather is something I excitedly wait for every year. But every year my feet get so dry from the non stop wearing of flip-flops. It can really make summer not that much fun for me. I have tried many products including buffers, lotions, you name it I have tried it. I have spent lots of money on products that claim to work. Some products seem to smooth but generally I will end up with dry scratchy feet only days later. My husband also has really dry feet and gets really annoyed by it and often looks to me to find what works and what doesn’t.

This year we are using the Emjoi® Micro-Pedi. It is a really convenient way to smooth out your feet and is battery operated. I love the design of it making it really easy to use and clean . The best part is that it comes with two different rollers for coarse to extra coarse. Within just a few minutes I had really smooth feet that I have never had with other products. I could not wait to try this out on my husband. I used the more coarse roller with him and that was really easy to change out. He really liked his results and his feet are much smoother and softer. The Emjoi® Micro-Pedi is easy to use, safe and really convenient. I would definitely recommend this product and it can be found for just $40.

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{bareMinerals Naturally Luminous skincare}

I recently got the opportunity to try a couple products from Bare Escentuals new bareMinerals Naturally Luminous skincare line. The bareMinerals skincare line contains “RareMinerals Active Soil Complex” which is designed to increase cell turnover, reduce pore size, and help develop softer smoother skin. They say that their formulas “combine the very best of nature with science and modern technology so you can experience extraordinary results.”

I have been using the products for a couple of weeks now and am very happy with the results. The Skin Renewing Trio Try Me Kit that I have contains purifying facial cleanser, firming eye treatment, and purely nourishing facial moisturizer.
I have combination skin that tends to be very oily in spots and dry in others. The cleanser removes the oil well without drying my skin. It does a very good job removing makeup as well. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.
The moisturizer is very light and absorbs easily. It is not at all greasy, but seems to moisturize very well. It has a pleasant, but very subtle smell. I have the type for combination skin and it works very well for me.  I’ve noticed that on days when I use it, it keeps my skin from getting oily later that day.  I also love the tube that this is in.  The way it comes out makes it easy to get exactly the right amount.
Firming Eye Treatment
I also really love the firming eye treatment. It has a nice creamy feeling and absorbs well. I tend to get puffy eyes and dark underneath when I don’t get enough sleep (I’m a mom, not getting enough sleep is a way of life, lol) and this eye cream seems to help with that.
Overall, I am very pleased with the bareMinerals Naturally Luminous Skincare products that I have tried and am looking forward to trying more from this line.  You can find bareMinerals on their website or connect with them on facebook and twitter.
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