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I don't know about you, but
I am really melting with this heat! I have no air conditioning in my home, lucky me. The one thing I dislike the most about this season, is that my face is always glistening with sweat and I get zits from clogged pores. Do you? My skin even gets more sensitive in the heat and I don't know why. Sometimes it gets really red and blotchy and my pores can get to looking huge. Thankfully, there are some amazing products that I have been able to try out that help me look my best when I have a summertime skin emergency.
PROBLEM: RED, BLOTCHY SKIN FROM OVERCLEANSING
SOLUTION: NOURISHING, GENTLE FOAMING CLEANSERS
Switch out heavy cream formulas for a light foaming cleanser with Vitamin C to brighten and hydrate skin, like the Refreshing Foaming Cleanser.
TIP: Wink Brow Bar owner and skin care guru Umbreen Sheikh says to, “Use a product that contains calendula and/or witch-hazel. The ingredients soothe the skin and help to avoid rashes and irritations. Use a salicylic acid product every day to prevent zits and clear out/exfoliate skin!”
I absolutely love this amazing Refreshing Foaming Cleanser. I use it every morning and night. It has an uplifting grapefruit scent, and deeply, yet gently cleans my entire face. It even removes my eye makeup without stinging my eyes!
PROBLEM: OILY AND/OR DRY SKIN
SOLUTION: SKIN-TYPE SPECIFIC MOISTURIZERS
Did you know? If your skin is excessively dry OR oily, this almost always signifies a lack of moisture in your routine. Just like skin NEEDS H2O, it also needs proper outer care and hydration. Reaching for a moisturizer specific and target for your particular skin type is a wise choice, like the Bright Now or Time Freeze collections for younger skin types or mature, respectively!
TIP: Umbreen says to “Remember to apply on the jawline and neck to keep wrinkles away!”
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
GET READY FOR SCHOOL
PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “ CAILLOU GOES BACK TO SCHOOL DVD + BOOK” on July 28, just in time for the new school year. This bundle features two items – the DVD “Caillou Goes Back to School,” which includes 12 stories, and an illustrated bonus book about riding the school bus. “ CAILLOU GOES BACK TO SCHOOL DVD + BOOK” offers two fun-filled ways to interact with Caillou and get kids into the back-to-school mindset. CAILLOU airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings) and is produced by DHX Media.
“ CAILLOU GOES BACK TO SCHOOL DVD + BOOK” will be available on July 28. The DVD run time is approximately 100 minutes. The SRP for this bundle is $12.99. The DVD contains special features including a game and printable coloring pages.
The stories included on the DVD are listed below.
“Caillou the Librarian”
Caillou is excited about showing Rosie the ropes when they visit the library. During storytime Caillou imagines he’s in the story, riding on a dolphin. Later he and Rosie argue over a book and accidentally tear it. He doesn’t want to tell the librarian, but finally musters up the courage to do so. The librarian turns out to be very nice and he helps her fix the book. And Rosie gets her very own library card!
“Caillou the Bookworm”
Returning home from the library Caillou is very eager to sit down and enjoy his pirate book. Unfortunately it’s a very busy day and he’s having trouble finding a quiet place to look at his book. Caillou finally finds the perfect place – in his closet! By the light of his flashlight he finally gets to enjoy his book and pretends he’s the pirate in the story digging up a buried treasure.
“Caillou the Storyteller”
It’s a rainy day at playschool and the children can’t go outside. Caillou makes up a funny story about a superhero who makes the rain stop – it’s Super Caillou! He tells the story to Jeffrey and Jason, and Miss Martin suggests he make his own storybook. She writes the story down and Caillou draws the pictures. By the time Mommy comes to pick him up, Caillou has his very own book to show her!
Caillou is playing with the fridge magnets and learns lots of things about them. About what they stick to and what they don’t stick to – such as Gilbert! He even imagines himself as a human magnet superhero. In the end Caillou is able to apply what he’s learned and uses a magnet to help Daddy retrieve a metal peg from behind the workbench.
“Caillou the Dinosaur Hunter”
The whole family goes on a trip to the natural history museum to look at the dinosaurs. Caillou is really enjoying himself looking at the skeletons and learning about the different kinds of dinosaurs. When he momentarily loses the others he knows enough to stay put until Mommy comes back and finds him. And when he realizes he’s left Rexy somewhere he learns about the lost and found, and retraces his steps until he finds his dinosaur friend.
“Caillou the Astronaut”
Caillou wants to play with both his friends Clementine and Xavier in the playschool playground. Unfortunately Clementine wants to play bears and Xavier wants to play astronauts, and a little argument ensues. At story time Miss Martin tells them more about spaceships and astronauts and Caillou imagines he’s zooming around the galaxy exploring stars and planets. Back outside Caillou makes up a new astronaut and bear game so everyone can play together.
“Caillou Goes Shopping”
Caillou’s crayons are all worn down or broken, so Mommy suggests a trip to the store for some new ones. Caillou helps Mommy remember what she needs to buy – he remembers the list of items by making a little song out of them. When they’re done they run into Sarah, and Caillou helps her find all her back to school supplies.
“Caillou Goes Apple Picking”
Caillou’s playschool is on a special field trip to an apple orchard. The children really enjoy learning about apples and picking them too. Caillou imagines himself picking the biggest apple in the whole world. Afterwards they enjoy some fresh apple juice. By the time they get back on the bus to go home, Caillou and his friends are all ready for a little nap!
“Caillou’s Halloween Costume”
Halloween is coming and it’s time to pick out a costume to wear. Soon Rosie has three costumes she wants to wear, but Caillou still hasn’t decided on what he wants to be. And time is running out! Finally a piece of blue fake fur gives him a great idea – he’ll be a blue monster! His parents help him fashion an odd but effective monster costume out of bits and pieces they find around the house. When Leo and Clementine arrive they agree that Caillou is a very scary-looking monster indeed!
Mommy’s having a bad day – first she can’t find her car keys, then she and Caillou have to shovel the car out, and then the car won’t start! At playschool Caillou decides to make her a present to cheer her up. His first two attempts don’t turn out but he perseveres and makes her a picture of a sun – to melt all the snow!
“Caillou the Chef”
Jeffrey and Jason are coming over for dinner – it’s a make-your-own pizza party! Caillou feels he is an expert at this and starts to show them how to do it. When the twins both opt for less-than-traditional ingredients Caillou is upset that they’re doing it all wrong. In the end, however, their pizzas turn out just fine and Caillou learns that everyone has their own unique way of doing things.
“Caillou the Painter”
Caillou’s got a brand new painting shirt and decides to paint something for Grandma. He has a little trouble deciding what to paint. He wants to use all his colors and paint all his favorite shapes. Mommy tells him that paintings don’t have to be about something and he proceeds to make his own abstract painting! Meanwhile Rosie and Daddy are pressing a flower for Grandma. When Grandma arrives she is thrilled with her very artistic gifts.
CAILLOU GOES BACK TO SCHOOL DVD + BOOK
Street Date: July 28, 2015
DVD Run Time: Approximately 100 Minutes
Format: DVD and Book
My thoughts: Ah, the innocence of Caillou! My eight year-old son, Braxton has loved Caillou ever since he was a baby. In fact, I used to call Braxton "Caillou" because he was bald until he was almost three. He looked so cute. Anyway, Braxton loves to watch Caillou before bed at night when he is sttling down. I think that anything Caillou is perfect at bedtime because it is so slow-paced.
Caillou Goes Back to School is a great DVD to have, especially to get my child into the mind-set that school is just around the corner. The book is cute, too. It is perfect for Braxton to keep up his reading skills while he is waiting to go back to school.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this DVD to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Achieve Clear Beautiful Summer Skin from Benzac!
Are your breakouts ruining your potentially perfect summer skin? Well worry no longer! Benzac Complete Acne Solution Regimen is proven to clear up your skin and restore it to its natural beauty~ blemish free! You will see results in as little as two weeks!
- Visibly improves skin imperfections
- Rapidly clears and calms blemished, oily skin
- Contains 100 percent pure, pharmaceutical grade east indian sandalwood oil that has been reported to soothe and calm the appearance of red, irritated skin and help reduce inflammation
- Salicylic acid exfoliates and prevents clogged pores.
- Skin Balancing Foaming Cleanser 6.0 oz.
- Intensive Spot Treatment 0.5 oz.
- Blemish Clearing Hydrator 1.0 oz.
Safe for sensitive skin, Benzac is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and free of artificial fragrances and dyes. It is not tested on animals. Benzac cartons are 100% recyclable, and the key ingredient in the regimen, East Indian Sandalwood Oil, is sustainably sourced.
For more information go to: http://www.benzac.com/complete-acne-solution-regimen/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is August 4th? National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, of course, celebrates cookies, but it’s great to remind readers of a healthier option like the protein-packed Cookie Dough Balance Bars. In celebration of this chocolaty holiday, Balance Bar is giving away a box of their yummy Cookie Dough Balance Bars to one of my readers!
Chocolatey chips are speckled throughout this charmingly chewy, energy-packed bar. And while your taste buds delight in delicious cookie dough, your body gets a boost from the 40-30-30 nutrition plan and essential vitamins and minerals.
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Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product in compensation for this post.
Paper Jewelry: 55 Projects for Reusing Paper
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
In my house, there are so many of us with cell phones! My husband has one for work as well as his personal phone. Then there is my own cell phone, and my son my teenage girls each have one. We also have a couple of ipods and tablets. Sometimes there is a shortage of chargers around here. They mysteriously go missing, or everyone seems to need to charge their electronics at once, and then the family tends to fight over the few chargers we do have. Some of the rooms in our older home don't have electrical outlets, so that also adds to the frustration when we need to charge our phones.
I am so glad that I discovered the Coocheer 5-Port Desktop Wall USB Super Charger!
Here are the details:
- 5 USB port design: 2 x 2.4A (for iPad), 1 x 1 A (for Samsung tab), 1 x 1A (for iPhone), 1 x 1A (for Android), total max output of 5V/8A.
- Coocheer Super Charger/Travel Power Charger Adapter 40w 5v/8a Family-sized Desktop for Iphone 5s 5c 5 4s 4, Ipad Air Mini Retina, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 3 4, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Galaxy Note 3 2, Smartphones, Tablets, Ipods, Most Other 5v Usb-charged Devices
- Meticulous Ergonomic Design, All Arc Edge enhance sense of touch and minimize the accident harm to human, All usb ports line in the the longest side more easy plug of usb cords, and compact size also for using on the go
- Thorough Safe Guard with over-heated, over-current, over-charging protection
- Come with: hi-mobiler 40W smart desktop charger, 5ft/1.5m detachable power cord and user manual. hassle-free 2 Year Warranty Guarantee.
My family loves our Coocheer ! It has saved the day many times in my household. It is very high quality and reliable. I keep it in the kitchen so that everyone is able to access it. It is so nice to not have a million cords all over the place! The only complaint I have is that my husband likes to take the Coocheer to work when he goes out of town to use at his hotel. I think I need to order another one.
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Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
July 29th, was National Lipstick Day. It's not too late to celebrate! Pucker up and perfect your pout today with Mally Beauty’s Instant Impact Lipstick Duo.
Give yourself gorgois lips that look and feel moisturized with this formula that contains vitamin E, mango butter and almond oil. The creamy lipsticks boasts a high pigment and will make your lips look luscious and sleek. Give yourself a bright coral lip or opt for a neutral nude with the duo. The rich and luxurious color offer a shine and fullness that will give you an enviable pout every day.
These colors are so beautiful together! I love wearing them alone, or I will mix them together. The color stays beautifully all day and makes my lips feel nice and supple. Mally's formula keeps my lips from getting chapped and dried out, like some lipsticks do. I love it! (In the photo below, I am wearing the neutral nude shade.)
Disclaimer: I received samples of these lip colors to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Busy summers can leave us worn down, feeling tired and in need of a night of R&R. Take a night to treat yourself luxuriously with KORRES and Hästens for the combination to your best sleep (and skin) yet!
“Beauty Sleep” has a whole new meaning with KORRES Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil. This overnight beauty booster delivers firming, lifting, and anti-wrinkle action while replenishing essential skin moisture overnight. A blend of six oils—black pine, cold pressed jojoba, grape seed, organic cold pressed argan, apricot, and cold pressed sweet almond—help restore lipids naturally for skin that is incredibly nourished and noticeably softer.
Soy bean and wild yam complex strengthens skin while activating lipid production for increased skin elasticity, smoothness, and hydration. Facial contour is visibly improved, density is restored, and skin is instantly visibly lifted with spilanthes acmella, a natural plant extract. Apple seed extract supports natural collagen synthesis while alaria esculenta extract improves skin elasticity. Black pine polyphenols help restore skin suppleness, volume, and contour for noticeable results by morning ($62; Sephora.com).
Drift off dressed in the most comfortable pajama set you’ll ever know with Hästens Blue Check Pajamas. Featuring the chic Hästens blue check pattern, this set includes a long sleeved top and matching pants, both made of supple, soft cotton ($190; Hästens Stores nationwide; for more information, please visit: www.hastens.com).
My thoughts: I received a sample of the KORRES Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil to review. I have been using it for about one week now. I apply it after cleansing my face at night. I add a few drops to the palm of my hand, and then I apply the oil to my damp face, neck and chest.
I have definitely noticed that the moisture content in my skin has greatly increased. My skin looks extremely healthy and supple. It has a wonderful glow to it. I love this amazing hydrating oil! My skin is never greasy when I use it, and my facial skin also looks much firmer.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Christopher & Banks is one of my favorite clothing stores to find fashionable and affordable clothing.
Christopher & Banks offers updated classic styling in quality products at a great value. They provide a fresh and colorful mix of clothing and accessories for every season, creating looks that work for your lifestyle.
Right now, Christopher & Banks Summer Collection is up to 60% off! I was so excited to go shopping. I found the cutest shirt that I fell in love with. It is the Wrinkle Resist Stripe Shirt.
You'll always look your best in the sharp structure of this button-front shirt. It's crafted using wrinkle-resistant fabric, cut with flattering seams and designed with an always-classic striped pattern.
I love the lightweight fabric, which is nice for warmer days. I paired my shirt with a denim skirt for church, and with my capris for an every day casual, yet put together look. I feel like it slims me and makes me look fabulous!
Hurry! Right now Christopher & Banks is having a giveaway that ends August 2nd! (Click the box below to enter!)
For more information go to: http://www.christopherandbanks.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this garment to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. Aimed at introducing women to new cosmetic products and educating them on best practices, Beauty Box 5 scours the market to find the best products for your lifestyle.
How it Works: You simply select the subscription plan that works best for you. Every month you'll be sent a mixture of carefully selected travel, deluxe and full-size samples.
My daughters and I love Beauty Box 5. It is so much fun! It is like Christmas every time the box arrives. I hate to admit it, but my daughters always fight over who gets what in my Beauty Box 5. (Forget mom, right?) For the most part we share.
Each box comes with a small card which gives a description of each product in the box. On the other side of the card is the beauty related theme of the month. This month's theme is Summer Night Out. This box of goodies contains beauty essentials that keep you looking cool when it is hot!
Here is a description of each product I received in this month's Beauty Box 5 and my thoughts regarding each one:
Ofra Lip Gloss and Lipliner
The Ofra lip gloss and lip liner were full-size products! ($13 each.) The lip gloss is a soft creamy formula for an ultra sheer finish enriched with anti-oxidants. It contains natural sun filters and may be used alone or over a lipstick to add brilliant shine.
The Ofra lip liner gives me a smooth, long lasting application that looks gorgeous topped off with my Ofra lip gloss!
Nanacoco Nail Polish
Look at this gorgeous deep pink shade! It is perfect for summer! This long wearing formula is deeply pigmented, so it only takes one coat to look fabulous!
Love Life Skin Care (packets)
This skin care line looks great. It's just that I don't bother with tiny sample packets because there is just not enough of the product inside for me to really get a feel of what the product is like.
Pur-Lisse Flash Tattoos
These tattoos are so cute! They are a lot of fun. I don't really like wearing jewelry because of the way it feels, but sporting these tattoos is a different story. I can't feel them at all! They don't last long, but they are fun to wear on a night out.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this box to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.