Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten & Spackle Under Makeup Primer Review

Laura Geller is a renown makeup artist, and her makeup has graced the faces of countless celebrities as well as thousands of women around the world!
Two of her best-selling products are her Spackle Under Makeup Primer and her Baked collection. 
I was lucky enough to try the Spackle Under Makeup Primer as well as her Blush-n-Brighten Baked blush! I instantly fell in love with both of them!
  • Retexturizes the skin and creates a silky smooth surface for makeup application.
  • Locks in moisture so skin feels softer and looks smoother.
  • Foundation and blush apply easier and smoother, wear longer and look fresher.
  • Use during the day over foundation to refresh makeup.
  • Complex of botanical extracts provide protection and soothing anti-inflammatory benefits. 
  • Oil-free and ideal for all skin types.
I love how the Spackle feels on my face before applying my makeup. It fills in those fine lines so my foundation doesn't settle in the creases of my face. I also noticed a diminished appearance in my pores, which I really love!
The Baked Blush-n-Brighten in "Pink Grapefruit":
  • Dimethicone creates a barrier to lock in moisture and prevent water loss.
  • Titanium Dioxide is a physical sunscreen ingredient that provides broad spectrum protection.
  • Shade and formula work for everyone.
  • Plush tones of pink, berry, cream and gold are blended for the perfect shade of color.
  • Gives skin a smooth, even, natural glow.
  • Blends beautifully with either Balance-n-Brighten or Bronze-n-Brighten.
This extraordinary formula is developed in Italy, where the multi-color infused liquid is baked for 24 hours in a terracotta pan. No two are ever identically made. The result is a rich creamy powder that will instantly illuminate your face.
I LOVE this blush! It's so super-pigmented that you just need the tiniest bit on your brush to achieve a beautiful, youthful glow. I have a feeling I won't run out of this blush for a very long time!
I am so stink'n excited to be offering the Laura Geller's Spackle Under Makeup Primer and Blush-n-Brighten for a GIVEAWAY! Whoever wins these two ah-mazing products is going to be one happy girl!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Snowflake Ballerina Tutorial & Printable

I found this cute and fun tutorial on Pinterest and just knew my daughter would love making these snowflake ballerinas. 

The only thing we did differently is that we used coffee filters instead of plain paper for the skirts. I found it was easier making the skirts that way. 
I traced the ballerinas and Grace cut them out, and she also cut out all of the coffee filter snowflakes.

This is a great scissor exercise for your children.

Here is the link to the tutorial and also the free printable so you and your child can make them as well.

Toxic Sass Review & Giveaway!

Toxic Sass is such a cute little accessory shop! I recently was able to review some of their products and below is my YouTube review video...oh and a GIVEAWAY as well! :) 

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Datevitation Review & Giveaway!

Yes, I cannot believe I am making a kissy face! :) 

Datevitation is a fun website where you can create cute love coupon booklets for any occasion.
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With over 200 date ideas, you're sure to create the perfect book for your significant other.

Books start at just $20 so it makes for a thoughtful yet economical gift, and the perfect gift for Valentine's Day!  You can use the code ‘BUSYMOM’ for $5 off your purchase this month.

I recently created my own date booklet and here is what mine looks like:

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Get Ready With Me!

A little YouTube video about how I do my makeup and the products I use.
My daily full beauty routine (minus what I do to my hair).

Skincare: DDF serum, moisturizer and eye cream
Face Primer: Mirabella Prime
BB Cream: Sleek Makeup Be Beautiful Blemish Balm in "Light"
Concealer: Ever Pearl Salmon Concealer & Treatment in "Fair"
Highlight: Cover Girl Fresh Complexion in "classic ivory"
Beauty Blender (pink blending sponge)
Contour: Clinique Bronzer in "Sunkissed"
Translucent Powder: Chanel Translucent in "Natural"
Blush: Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in "Pink Grapefruit"
Brows: Urban Decay Naked Palette "Naked"
Eyes Shadow: Urban Decay (Naked Palette) "Virgin, Sidecar and Half Baked"
Mascara: Blinc
Eye Liner: Sleek Makeup (ink pot gel liner)
Highlight shadow: L'Oreal Infallible eye shadow in "iced latte"
Lip Gloss: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in "sweet heart"

Any questions, please feel free to comment below and I'll answer them for you!

Please comment, rate and subscribe! Thanks and God Bless!

Enjoy, and please, comment, rate and subscribe! :) 

Saturday, January 12, 2013 Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum Review & Giveaway!

I've wanted to try Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb for some time now. I've heard great things about this perfume since its debut in 2005, but honestly never made it to the perfume counter to try it on my skin.

Recently I was given the opportunity by to try out Flowerbomb for myself, and I must admit I think I squeaked a little when it arrived in the mail!
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 However, I was a little worried I wouldn't like it because I tend to hate anything with a floral scent. With its name being Flowerbomb, I was thinking "explosion of flowers"! Usually floral scents are too strong for me and end up giving me a headache. As much as I really wanted to love Flowerbomb, I was afraid I just wouldn't be able to stand wearing it.

Thankfully, I was wrong! While Flowerbomb is described as being floral with its freesia, jasmine, and rose orchid, it's also described as having hints of tea. This is what I think I picked up on the most. I've worn Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden for years and years and I love its light, fresh scent. This might be why I'm attracted to the scent of tea coming from Flowerbomb.

I also noticed sweet notes in the perfume; almost like candy. I've read this in other customer reviews as well. Some describe it as cotton candy, some say vanilla. I think I would have to agree with both. It really is a unique scent!

Viktor&Rolf's description includes Patchouli, which is an herb belonging to the mint family. Patchouli is a musty, sweet, spicy, heavy scent. It is relaxing, uplifting, soothing, and is believed to be an aphrodisiac. I'm thinking this just might be why I LOVE this scent! ;) is the only place I trust to buy my fragrances online. They always have great prices and they also carry skincare, haircare, aromatherapy and candles!
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Friday, January 11, 2013

DDF Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Skincare & Revolve 400x Micro-polishing System Review

About 2 months ago I was able to review a couple of skincare products from the DDF (Doctor's Dermatologic Formula) line and I am so happy with the results.
Not only does my skin feel so much smoother than it used to, but it also looks brighter and well hydrated. I've also noticed a huge change in the look and size of my pores. 

Below is my review video of the products I use from the DDF line. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sheswai Review & Giveaway!

Sheswai Lacquer offers fun, bold, 3-free nail polish in Eco-friendly bottles.
I recently was able to review three of their color choices and I must say, I love them all! 
Great nail polish that doesn't seem to chip like the other 3 and 4-free polishes I've come across.

Below is my YouTube review of Sheswai, and I'm also offering a GIVEAWAY, so make sure you watch the video.

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The Flex Belt Review and Promo

When I was offered to review The Flex Belt I literally squealed! After the birth of my twin boys, I had to have umbilical hernia repair and since then, I haven't been able to tone and strengthen my abdominal muscles with traditional ab exercises. I also have quite a bit of Diastasis recti, which means there is a substantial separation in my abdominal wall. (Thank you pregnancy!) If I lay down, I can stick 2-3 fingers through my abdominal wall (Ewe I know!). 

Usually the only fix is surgery, but since the surgery isn't "medically necessary," my insurance didn't cover it. My insurance did, however, cover my hernia repair. I am cleared to do ab strengthening exercises again, however when I lay down to do crunches, I can feel pain where my hernia was repaired. This is why The Flex Belt has me so excited! 

With The Flex Belt, I am able to strengthen and tone my abdominal muscles, while sitting, or folding the laundry, applying my makeup, or while I am doing now :) 

The Flex Belt, which is FDA cleared for toning, strengthening and firming abdominal muscles, works by stimulating the nerves that make your muscles contract and relax. 

Your Flex Belt comes with the belt, a wall charger to charge the unit, 3 medical grade gel pads, a belt extension for those with a waist over 44 inches, instruction manual and carrying case. I must say the unit itself and the packaging is really well made. The gel pads also last a very long time. I still have mine after almost 2 months and they still work fine. 

You attach the gel pads to the belt, put the belt around your waist, turn the unit on, and slowly start increasing the intensity of the stimulation. You can also control the intensity for the right and left sides of your abdominal muscles. I really liked this feature since I was able to have a higher intensity for my right side over my left. You can increase the intensity from 1-150. There are also 10 different program settings you can choose from for each workout. I found as time went on, I was able to increase intensity and also choose harder and longer programs. This is a great feature to combat plateauing. 

I used The Flex Belt almost every day for 30 days and here are my results. Please forgive my terrible lighting as I am certainly not a professional photographer! :) I didn't diet or do any other exercising. I just went about my normal routine and used The Flex Belt and this is what happened:
 So as you can see, The Flex Belt definitely toned my abs. I also noticed that they were a lot stronger. An added bonus was a decrease in the separation in my abdominal wall. I was super excited about that! The company states that you will see results in a matter of 4-8 weeks. If after 60 days of use, you are not satisfied, you can take advantage of their 60-day money back guarantee. I honestly can't imagine that after 60 days of use that you wouldn't notice any change. 

So if you're a Mommy like me who is tired of looking like she's still preggers, then I would definitely try The Flex Belt for sure! You're gonna LOVE it!  

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

NatureBox Subscription Review and Giveaway!

Did you know that the average American eats 25% of their calories from snacking? Think of the snacks you choose for yourself and your family. Most of the time they are highly processed snacks filled with high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and are filled with artificial ingredients. This is where NatureBox comes in to "save your snacks!"

NatureBox snacks are nutritionist-approved snacks that are delivered to your door every month for $19.95. You can pause or cancel your delivery at any time and they offer 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
One of my favorite things about NatureBox, besides the yummy, healthy snacks, is that NatureBox donates one meal for every box to help feed the over 14 million children in America who go hungry! 

Want to find out more? Check out my YouTube video reviewing NatureBox below:
(If you'd like to sign up for Nature Box, click HERE

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Julep Maven Subscription Review, Promo Code and GIVEAWAY!

So you all probably know by now that I LOVE Julep!
Julep is a monthly subscription box filled with lovely nail polishes and other fun beauty products.
What's great about Julep is that you can skip monthly boxes if you don't want to receive them, and you can cancel the subscription any time. They also offer Satisfaction Guaranteed, so you really can't go wrong with this subscription. 

Check out my YouTube video below to find out how you can get your 1st box for just a penny, and also how you could WIN a Julep box filled with items from your Style Profile.
Please click HERE for the link to get your 1st box for a penny. (Watch the video for the promo code)

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