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With only a few days left, make the switch this October to an all-natural, aluminum-free deodorant in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. LAVANILA Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant Collection is rich in natural and organic ingredients, and is clinically proven to be effective, safe, and nourishing.
Get superior odor protection with this 100% natural, freshly scented deodorant. Soothing essential oils blend with beta-glucan technology fight odor effectively while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area.
It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results. PLUS, all LAVANILA deodorants are only $10 at lavanila.com this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
LAVANILA is free of: petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, sulfates, parabens, and aluminum. Plus they make me smell fresh and amazing all day long!
Feeling tired from your daily beauty routine? Give your look an instant wake-up call with Avon True Color Wide Awake Mascara and newly revamped Glimmersticks! Filled in a cute eyelash mug that’s perfect for gift giving, you’ll find mascara and a selection of new and classic eyeliner shades to give your eyes the jolt they need.
Avon True Color Wide Awake Mascara ($5.99) – Made with Avon’s Lift&Lock Technology, this new mascara provides intense color, length, and volume in just one swipe!
Avon True Color Glimmersticks ($7 each) – Loaded with pure-color pigment, these long-lasting eyeliners give your eyes a shot of sexy sparkle with ease and precision.
I love Avon. I am a lifelong fan. My grandmother used to sell it. My mom always bought it when I was growing up. I trust Avon because I know that their products are of the highest quality. Avon mascara was my first mascara. I have always loved it, and I will always use it. Who doesn't LOVE Avon?
NEW! FROM PÜR COSMETICS
TRANSFORMATION SCULPTING EYE SHADOW AND CHEEK PALETTE
Amp up your Halloween makeup routine!
Designed to offer versatility and ease during application, PÜR’s one-of-a-kind palette contains 7 putty-to-powder shades for expert cheek contouring and stunning eye color. Just in time for Halloween, the formula contains Moroccan Lava Clay, which ensures the shades will last through a night of PÜR transformation.
Use your finger to press and sculpt the shades directly onto the skin or use your favorite brush.
EYE SHADOW SHADES: Original, Alter, Re-Werk, Metamorphosis, Bleeding Edge
CHEEK SHADES: Tailor Made (Bronzer) and Brand New (Blush)
AVAILABLE: Ulta, UltaCosmetics.com, PurCosmetics.com
When it comes to holiday shopping for the ladies in your life, you cannot go wrong with beauty items! I know that my mom, my sisters, cousins, nieces and gal pals go absolutely crazy over beauty gifts.
Below, I have assembled a list of beauty product gift ideas that include a combination of beautiful, festive color cosmetics and the latest and greatest skincare that she is sure to LOVE! These beauty products (separated by price point) are perfect to give as a gift, include as a stocking stuffer, or to buy for yourself to use/wear for any holiday get-together!
Arbonne Glossed Over Lip Gloss in 'Cardinal': A red lip can make all the difference. With this plant extract and peptide infused shine, your lips will not only feel quenched and moisturized but will also appear more voluminous. The formula contains a sheer-to-medium coverage which is gorgeous worn alone, or as a top coat to deepen another red lipstick. The perfect red holiday lip! (Launches November 1st, 2016.$24, arbonne.com)
Arbonne It's All in the Eyes Eye Shadow Duo: Gorgeous high-performance shadows to create a party-ready smokey eye. Formulated with antioxidant-containing botanicals, these high-pigment, long-lasting shadows do more than just look pretty. Each shadow easily pops in and out of the magnetic quad or duo so you can refill favorites or change them with your mood. Refillable, interchangeable, beautiful! ($40, arbonne.com)
Arbonne SeaSource Detoxifying Rescue Wash: A perfect way to cleanse and detox after all of the holiday binging! This body wash includes sea algae extracts that will help improve your skin radiance while removing surface impurities and toxins. Its hydrating formula provides a moisture shield for soft, smoothed feeling skin. ($45, arbonne.com)
Arbonne Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil: Who wouldn't love opening a present with a new product to add to their daily skincare routine? This sheer, dry oil enhanced with ingredients containing omega fatty acids and antioxidants to help support luminous skin. Like a superfood for your skin, this illuminating oil provides the essential amount of hydration and moisture where it's needed most; while improving the look of skin texture to help create a more even-toned complexion. Need I say more? ($75, arbonne.com)
RE9 Advanced® for Men Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen: A great gift for the man in your life! This refreshing, lightweight moisturizing lotion improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, firmness and suppleness while protecting against UVB/UVA rays with broad spectrum 15. Not only does Anti-Aging Moisturizer improve skin's overall appearance and deliver lasting hydration (without the grease!), the sunscreen component helps to prevent sunburn and early signs of aging. ($52, arbonne.com)
Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra: A cutting edge ultrasound tool that makes skincare work smarter, faster and better by reaching into the ridges of skin that fingertips cannot. Through a warmed applicator, Genius Ultra emits 300,000 gentle ultrasound waves per second to apply products more directly and effectively, boosting the performance of skincare on eyes, face, lips and neck for lasting results. ($241.20, arbonne.com)
*Products received. All opinions are my own.
WHAT: Sensible Portions Veggielicious, Snackalicious Sweepstakes
HOW TO ENTER : Post a photo or video of your family’s snackalicious smiles on Instagram using #SnackaliciousSweeps, or submit on Sensible Portions’ Facebook page .
WHEN: Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on October 17, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on November 11, 2016.
PRIZE: You’ll be entered to win a prize pack full of fun items for the whole family, including movie and visa giftcards, Trolls pillow pets, Trolls coloring books and more.
OFFICIAL RULES: http://www.sensibleportions.com/en/snackalicious-sweeps/
MORE ABOUT SENSIBLE PORTIONS: Sensible Portions® combines garden-grown potatoes and ripe vegetables to create a veggielicious, snackalicious treat your whole family will love. Not only are they tasty, they’re non-GMO and free of fillers, so you’ll feel good seeing those snackalicious smiles!
*Product received. Any opinions are my own.
Hurray! My Degustabox for October arrived! I get so excited whenever the mailman brings it, because I know that within moments I will be enjoying some fabulous goodies!
This month's box certainly did not disappoint! Below I have listed a description of the goodies I received as well as my opinion of each product.
This Numi's Mini Sampler is pocket-sized and contains 8 premium organic teas and herbal teas: Aged Earl Grey, Rooibos Chai, Breakfast Blend, Gunpowder Green, Jasmine Green, Orange Spice, Moroccan Mint, and Chamomile Lemon. At an affordable price, this miniature treasure is a great way to discover new favorites. My favorite so far is the lemon. It is soothing and delicious.
These delicious crispy bagel snacks are so satisfying and flavorful when you are craving a crunchy snack without heavy calories. They also have a cinnamon flavor that I love.
This product has no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, no hydrogenated or intersterified fats, no Mono and Diglycerides and no modified food starch. At just 4g net carbs, each tortilla is packed with 3g of protein, 24% of your recommended daily intake of fiber, and has only 45 calories. Made with unbleached wheat flour, these tortillas are simple, soft and tasty. Go forkless and wrap up your next meal. I made fajitas, and these tortillas made all of the difference. So good!
Palo White Cheddar Popcorn: Intense cheddar flavor with a touch of elegance! Fans of all ages love our All Natural White Cheddar popcorn for its great taste and smooth, creamy texture. Made with pure coconut oil, non-GMO seed, salt, and REAL cheddar cheese. It's amazing how so few ingredients can produce such a mouth-watering taste sensation! This popcorn is now my favorite popcorn on the earth!
I love Jones Soda! Jones Soda is known for its variety of flavors featuring cane sugar as well as its innovative labeling technique that incorporates always-changing photos sent in from its consumers. Jones product lines are available through traditional beverage retailers and non-traditional outlets. Pumpkin pie flavor is amazing!
Energems are the cleaner, healthier and tastier way to get the energy you want, when you want it. They are bite-sized chocolate energy supplements made with delicious dark chocolate and just the right amount of caffeine plus vitamins B and D. With no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. One serving, or three gems, is the caffeine-equivalent of a cup of coffee or an energy drink. It's energy that feels as great as it tastes.
These wafers taste like rich, dark chocolate candy. They taste like heaven! I love them! I take them when I need a boost of energy, and they really work.
Every Barilla sauce is made with only the highest quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, aromatic herbs, and extra virgin olive oil. These simple, real ingredients are slowly simmered together to develop the rich taste and thick texture the whole family is sure to love. Barilla Pasta Sauce is my family's favorite sauce. I made a delicious penne pasta dish (using the penne pasta shown below.) Here is the link to the recipe I used: https://www.barilla.com/en-us/recipes/proteinplus/...
Barilla(R) ProteinPLUS™ is a delicious, wholesome pasta with protein power to fuel the whole family!
-17g of protein (per 3.5oz portion) from all-natural vegetarian ingredients
-Good source of fiber and ALA Omega-3
-Delicious taste & texture
-Available in 7 varieties: Angel Hair, Elbows, Farfalle, Penne, Rotini, Spaghetti and Thin Spaghetti
Oven baked for a light, delicate crunch with sesame seeds throughout and a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Our Sesame & Sea Salt variety offers 7 grams whole grains and 80 calories per serving making this a no-brainer snacking option for a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy solo or with light toppings.
I love these delicious crackers with spinach dip or hummus. They remind me of those rye crisp crackers that I enjoyed when I was a child.
The Lovely Candy Company makes delicious, consciously crafted candies for health-minded consumers looking for indulgent treats that offer the best ingredients available. Our candies were made to address the growing number of consumers who have food sensitivities, allergies or are conscientious about what they eat. Enjoying candy is like riding a bike – everyone should be able to do it. All of our lovely candies are all natural, certified gluten free, non-GMO, certified kosher and contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients.
I love chewy fruit candies and these are my new favorite! A very satisfying candy indeed.
Crown Nut products are 100% all natural, vegan and locally grown and sourced. They are flavored with non-GMO oil and natural ingredients. Love them!
Be sure to check out Degustabox on their website and social media channels:
US Site: https://www.degustabox.com/us/
Germany and Spain Instagram accounts:
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
From long car rides with squirming toddlers to airport delays, keeping kids entertained and safe while traveling this holiday season, isn’t always so easy.
And you know what else is not so easy? Thinking of the perfect gift for all those busy parents on your list, as there is always so much they could use. Luckily, the latest from The Moodsters and Diono make shopping a breeze with products perfectly designed for any on-the-go family!
Diono Travel Dreamliner Bassinet is designed with your child's security and safety as top priorities. Whether at home or away, baby is kept comfortable and secure with a well-padded mattress, adjustable hood for directional shade and integral insect net. The cozy sleep space is well ventilated with mesh side panels and the removable mattress cover makes cleaning a breeze. Dreamliner can be folded in seconds and comes with a carry bag for easy portability. (Amazon.com; $49.99)
Diono Travel Pal is designed to keep books and toys neat and organized. It has a deep cargo bin for toys and lots of pockets for smaller things, too. It also has insulated drink holders and the entire cargo area is waterproof – just in case. Travel Pal fits between two child car seats and it’s big enough to hold everything for both children. (Amazon.com; $15.99)
The Moodsters Feelings Notebook is a new creative tool to help kids express what they are feeling. Including five jumbo feelings crayons, (one representing each emotion) and a 50-sheet Feelings Notebook, this gift is perfect for kids to draw and color their feelings during travel. (Toys R Us; $11.99)
The Moodsters Plush Characters and Sticker Activity Books are the perfect solution to keeping the little ones entertained during long car rides. Five different characters each personify an emotion that all children experience daily and comes with a fun activity book. (Toys R US 16.99)
Happy Travels! For more information on The Moodsters go to: http://themoodsters.com/
For more information on Diono go to: https://us.diono.com/home/
*Product sent. All opinions are my own.
The weekend will be upon us before we know it. (Not soon enough, actually.) Sunday is the perfect time to relax as much as possible and get yourself focused for the week ahead. Face masks and hair treatments are just a few of the much needed pampering sessions that are perfect for this special day.
Below, I’ve listed some of my very favorite, head-to-toe beauty rituals (perfect for lazy Sundays!) that you can do right from the comfort of your couch or bed! Sounds blissful, doesn't it?
1. Green Tea & Carrot Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment: If your hair is in need of some extra TLC, after the hot tools and extreme weather conditions of the week, try this mask treatment from the Mane Choice! Enriched with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil, this product will immediately begin to repair and restore dry and damaged strands. Formulated to penetrate the hair shaft and infuse your hair with high-quality vitamins and nutrients. After shampooing, apply a generous amount from root to end. Massage gently into hair, especially the ends and distribute evenly. Leave on for 15min or an hour! $17.99, themanechoice.com, Target, Sally Beauty Supply, Rite Aid.
Incorporate deep conditioning and leave-in conditioners into your regimen every 7 to 14 days to ensure that your strands stay hydrated, longer. Always rinse out your conditioner with cool water. It helps lock in moisture, close the cuticle, and boosts shine!
– Ebony Bomani, Master Cosmetologist & Educator of The Mane Choice Hair Solution
2. fango ESSENZIALI Mud Mask Treatment for Face + Body: Get an at home spa experience with this mineral-rich mud mask designed to calm and soothe problematic, irritated and tight feeling skin. Providing a revitalizing surge of skin soothing ingredients, the CALM mud mask transforms skin from tight and dull to luminous and healthy in as little as five minutes. $32.50 (7 oz. jar) at Macy’s and Macys.com.
- Mineral-Rich Mud: Derived from the earth, this powerful ingredient is infused with minerals that work to purify pores, exfoliate and clarify the skin without drying it out.
- Lavender Extract: Eases the appearance of fine lines while reduces tightness, calming the skin and soothing the senses.
- Lemon Seed Extract: Helps fight against pollutants on the skin with powerful antioxidants.
3. neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum and neuBROW Brow Enhancing Serum: Treat the sometimes forgotten hair on your face with these serums formulated to enhance and moisturize brows and lashes.
neuLash This nutrient-rich formula delivers benefits beyond conditioning. neuLASH is fortified with Active Eyelash Technology® to dramatically improve the weak appearance of eyelashes in just 30 days. Pumpkin seed extract nourishes the lashes and helps lashes look more luxurious than ever. $150, skinresearchlabs.com or Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s
neuBROW This potent serum is formulated with an exclusive Dual-Weight Protein Complex™ that restores the appearance of youthful brows, promoting suppleness and shine. It delivers beautiful, more defined eyebrows in just 60 days. Sweet almond protein creates a protective layer, bringing softness and brilliance to the brow line. $150,skinresearchlabs.com or Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s.
4. Arbonne Intelligence® Lip Treatment: Give your lips some love with this targeted formula that features the proprietary ingredient Phytinol™, which helps soften the appearance of fine lines on the lips and contours, and supports the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Lips feel replenished, hydrated and moisturized. Also enhances the appearance of lip volume and multitasks as a primer for lipstick or gloss. $38, purchase here.
*Product received. Any opinions are my own
Fall is here and the weather has been insane! This past weekend we have seen intense storms with massive rain, scary wind gusts and power outages. When the weather gets crazy, my ten year-old son gets very anxious. I am thankful to have discovered Moodsters plush toys and activities that help children to understand and deal with their feelings and emotions. During the frightening storms, my son enjoys sitting down with his Moodsters Feelings Notebook.
The Moodsters Feelings Notebook & Feelings Crayon Set is a new tool to help children express what they are feeling through creative play. The Set consists of five jumbo Feelings Crayons, each representing a different emotion (happy, sad, loving, angry, and afraid), and an accompanying 50-page Feelings Notebook in which kids can draw and color their feelings. The Notebook also offers a unique Moodster strategy for handling each key emotion.
Since my son still gets scared at night, I got him the Moodsters When I Feel Afraid Sticker Activity Book with Talking Plush (Quigly.)
Talking Plush and Activity Book~
The new Moodsters Talking Plush Characters represent the five Moodsters detectives, who personify the emotions that all children experience in their everyday lives: happiness (Coz), love (Lolly), fear (Quigly), anger (Razzy), and sadness (Snorf). Each plush character articulates sayings and suggestions specific to the emotions they represent, and each comes with a 32-page activity book that helps kids learn about emotions while they’re having fun.
This Quigly plush creature is so adorable! He helps to show you that it is okay to be afraid and that you can overcome your fears. "Even when I'm scared, I still have courage inside!" says Quigly.
The Moodsters are a team of five little detectives who help kids solve the mystery of feelings. Soft and huggable, Quigly can find things to be scared of everywhere he turns until he remembers to think "Brave"!
The Moodsters When I Feel Afraid Sticker Activity Book with Talking Plush - Quigly Features:
- Build emotional intelligence (EQ) skills with the Moodsters
- Soft and huggable plush
- 7 phrases help kids explore the emotion of fear and learn strategies to discover the courage within themselves
- Comes with Sticker Activity Book for more fun and learning
For more information go to: http://themoodsters.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The memories are vivid. I can still feel the dampness of the fog as it settled all around me. I shivered while waiting for the bus in the dark. My knees trembled from cold, my lips getting severely chapped by the howling October wind. I despised school anyway, and mornings like this just made it worse. Licking my lips left them cracked and bleeding. The only thing that could make my morning better was tucked away in my purse: my trusty tube of Carmex® Lip Balm.
Of course, this unpleasant memory that is seared into my mind is of the two things I hated most in life, school and chapped lips.Thankfully, Carmex saved my lips and made them kissably soft in no time. (That was a very good thing because I liked to kiss boys a lot back then.)
Many moons later, I still trust Carmex to protect my lips. I keep a tube (or twelve) on my nightstand. I religiously apply it before bed. I keep a tube in my purse, in my makeup bag and in all of my coat pockets. You will never find me without my Carmex.
Guess what's in my purse?
My favorite Carmex product is their new Carmex Comfort Care™ Lip Balm
Comfort Care is made from a natural blend of soothing colloidal oatmeal, fruit seed oil and delightful flavors that help restore moisture for smoother, healthier, naturally beautiful lips. It comes in watermelon, mixed berry, and sugarplum. These balms really hydrate my lips and the flavors are great.
I have always enjoyed the Classic Lip Balms as well. There is nothing quite as soothing as Carmex's medicated, cooling formulas that work deep down to protect and heal dry, chapped lips. These classic balms come in tubes, jars and sticks.
Another one of Carmex's products that I cannot go without is their Fast-Acting Cold Sore Treatment. I make sure I always have it on hand for myself and my family because cold sores are nasty, painful and can happen any time, especially as the weather gets colder. It is very soothing and helps the sores to heal quickly.
For more information go to: https://www.mycarmex.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.