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I love, love, love macadamia nuts! They are so delicious, I could eat them all day long. I never thought of the fact that they could be good for my hair, too!
Macadamia Professional™ hair care products contain an exclusive PRO OIL COMPLEX, a blend of therapeutic Macadamia and Argan oils, rich in Omega 7, 5, 3 and 9 fatty acids, which deeply yet weightlessly nourish and repair hair from the inside out, rather than just conditioning from the surface, to renew hair’s natural texture.
Here’s how it works:
Macadamia Oil contains the highest amount of Omega 7 than any other nut oil. Omega 7 most closely resembles human hair sebum and thus mimics scalp’s natural oil production to provide nourishment and moisturization with exceptional absorption and penetration from the inside out. Plus, Omega 7 is exceptionally lightweight and non-greasy with no buildup, which makes it ideal for ALL global textures, from the finest to the coarsest hair. Argan Oil is a rich oil filled with Omega 9, antioxidants and Vitamin E, which improves hair strength, renews damage and restores shine and softness to dry, brittle hair while reducing frizz and fly-aways.
When blended together…hair’s natural texture is transformed with renewed health, shine, bounce and manageability.
Macadamia Natural Oil…the signature oil for your signature texture
The Style Lock Strong Hold Hairspray is a quick drying, hairspray designed to keep long-wearing or hard-to-hold styles in place all day. Provides frizz-free, touchable control with no flaking. I love the firm hold it provides because my hair is very hard to hold.
The Nourishing Moisture Oil Spray nourishes, hydrates and protects my hair. I spray it in my hair after I wash and condition it. I rub it throughout my damp hair with my fingertips. I have definitely noticed that my hair is softer and shinier when it dries.
This moisturizing spray hydrates with:
• Macadamia Oil- rich in nourishing omega 7,5 and 3 fatty acids that promote healthy hair
• Argan Oil – rich in omega 9 fatty acid that helps to repair and strengthen hair
• Vitamin E – hydrates and provides intense nourishment.
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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Recipe Contest Pairs Culinary Creativity with a Bottle of Tarantas Spanish Organic Wine
for a Chance to Win a Trip to Spain!
REQUENA, Spain- Tarantas Wines announced today the launch of the Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest. Food and wine lovers across America are asked to uncork their creativity and submit an original recipe and wine pairing combination for a chance to win a Trip for Two to Spain! The company is searching the nation for recipes that bring out the very best in their organic wines.
Tarantas Wines is excited to launch this national recipe contest as a way to introduce American wine lovers to the concept of Tarantas Tiene Cuerpo y Alma ~ Wine with Body and Soul from the Heart of Spain.
Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest entries will be accepted in five categories: 1) Small Plates/Tapas, 2) Main Dish, 3) Side Dish, Soup or Salad, 4) Dessert, 5) Wine-Based Craft Cocktail.
All entrants are required to include a Tarantas wine pairing recommendation for their dish and the use of a Tarantas wine as an ingredient is required in the Wine-Based Craft Cocktail category. Entry form includes a list of the eligible Tarantas wines. Each entry must include a photograph submission of the prepared recipe with the selected wine.
Tarantas wines are available at Whole Foods Market nationwide and online at www.ecovinewine.com or www.organicwineexchange.com. Additional details about Tarantas Wines can be found at www.tarantaswines.com.
Recipe instructions and ingredients along with the photo should be submitted to www.tarantaswines.com/recipes no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2016. Creative cooks can find the complete contest rules on the website. Must be a U.S. citizen over 21 years of age to enter. All accepted entries will be featured on the Tarantas Wines website and select recipes will be featured across the company’s social media channels.
One Grand Prize winner receives a five-day, four-night trip for two to Spain, including air transportation from the U.S., 2 nights, double-occupancy room accommodations for two in the charming village of Requena, Spain, a private tour of the winery with lunch, gastro and historical tour of Valencia, two nights, double-occupancy room accommodations for two in Valencia, Spain and all ground transportation and transfers. Four First Prize winners receive a $100 Grocery Store Gift Card.
All recipes will be posted on the Tarantaswine.com website for public viewing. Viewers can vote one time for their favorite recipe in each category. The top five recipes receiving the most votes will automatically move on to the next level of judging along with five other entries selected by a panel of five culinary professional judges. The top ten recipes in each category will be judged by the panel of judges and assigned points based on the following criteria and point system: Creativity (1-50 points); Flavor profile (1-25 points); Appropriateness of wine pairing (1-25 points).
About Tarantas Wines
The Tarantas brand name and label was inspired by the free-flowing, open art form of Flamenco song and dance of the same name, celebrated in Southeast Spain. “Pure wines capturing the essence of Spain in every glass,” Tarantas Wines are made with 100% certified organic grapes. The wines are produced by Bodegas Iranzo, based in the old-world village of Requena, only a stone’s throw from the historic and metropolitan city of Valencia. The winery produces some of Spain’s Oldest Estate Bottled Wines, with the first recorded written evidence of the vineyard Cañada Honda Estate owned by the Iranzo Perez–Duque family dating back to 1335 as granted by King Pedro I of Castilla.
Complete contest rules and information can be found at www.tarantaswines.com/recipes. Good Luck!
Disclaimer: I received wine samples in exchange for this post.
I love discovering skin care brands that offer something new and innovative! I had never before experienced any products that contain silk. Have you? I was recently given the opportunity to try a new skin care line called Silkriller.
After more than a decade of research, Silkriller has launched their new luxury skin care product. Spun from 100% locally produced and manufactured Japanese silk, this one-of-a-kind, silk-based skin care line will revolutionize how consumers approach skin care. Silkriller's exclusive line offers a unique skin sensation and an exotic spa experience that is unmatched.
Founded on more than a decade of proprietary research, the secret of their silk-based product is their patented silk fibroin. Silk fibroin is an organic protein that naturally exists in silk fibers. The protein contains 18 amino acids that are essential to effectively nourish skin cells.
Four patented technologies extract the silk fibroin without damaging its nutritional value and molecular integrity. Through this unique combination of silk fibroin and additional beauty essences, Silkriller helps to remove wrinkles and reduce color spots, while facilitating skin cell regeneration. Each drop of Silkriller is made with a high concentration of silk fibroin that not only nourishes the skin long after use, but also restores oil/water balance, helps to achieve healthy skin and maintain a youthful glow. Silkriller can even help fight acne, assist in healing scars and reduce unwanted redness.
Lastly, Silkriller does not include any surfactant. Products containing surfactants have been proven to corrode the skin and cause lasting negative effects. Upon application, visible results are evident after 7 days, while significant improvement is apparent after 29 days of continual use.
This unique facial foam is the perfect solution to deep cleansing. Infused with natural honey, grapefruit and silk fibroin, our refreshing facial foam is a deep cleanser and moisturizer in one! Gently washing away make-up and oily residue, this facial foam cleanses as it hydrates.
I use this cleanser every night in the shower to wash off all of my makeup, even my eye makeup. It feels wonderful and refreshing and does not sting my eyes. It definitely removes all of the oils and dirt off of my skin and leaves it perfectly clean. It smells nice, too!
This next generation water-based beauty tonic provides a skin care solution for those suffering with sensitive, weakened or dry skin. This cream-free lotion helps rejuvenate your skin to its nature beauty and youthful radiance.
I was very surprised when I tried this lotion for the first time, because lotions are usually creamy, and this product reminds me of toner. It is almost like water. I apply it with a cotton ball and dab it all over my face after cleansing. It is so interesting that it is so hydrating! It leaves mt skin feeling very soft and supple.
3D Silver Pure Rich Gel
This anti-aging solution firms skin and removes wrinkles by keeping cells hydrated and energized. As the 3D gel deeply hydrates your skin, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and assists in skin cell regeneration.
I apply this amazing gel every night before I apply my moisturizer. It truly lifts and firms my skin. I really love the lightweight texture! This is such a unique product. I have never used a skin care product that contains silver, so along with silk, this is a new experience for my skin. It looks so young and radiant!
Using collagen building proteins found in silk, this moisturizer increases skin cell regeneration, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and assists in anti-aging. This exclusive and luxurious moisturizer deeply hydrates your skin and does not contain any surfactants.
I love this richly hydrating moisturizer. I use it as my night cream. I have been using it for over two weeks now and my skin's moisture content is amazing. It doesn't leave my skin greasy and my skin has a new radiance that I love. It looks so firm and wrinkle-free.
I am very impressed with Silkriller skin care. My skin looks and feels younger than ever!
For more information go to: http://silkriller.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that National Fragrance Day is March 21st? It celebrates all wonderful smelling things in this world, especially perfumes. You can celebrate this day by buying cologne or perfume for you or as a gift for someone. I have found a wonderful fragrance line called Mémoire Liquide.
The intertwining nature of scent and memory is at the heart of Mémoire Liquide. It is a simple story: two sisters with a lifelong passion for fragrance search the world's finest fragrance materials and set out to compose truly original bespoke fragrances ultimately creating a devoted following. This process of scent exploration invariably triggers potent memories, and specific scents spark a flood of reminiscence; stories are told, tears are shed, secrets are shared. In the process there is the desire and inspiration to touch more people with beauty and so the story unfolds........................Mémoire Liquide Reserve Editions.........Remember......Be Remembered.
I received a full sized sample of their Reserve Edition Amour Liquide perfume along with several smaller samples. I also received a luxurious hand cream that smells wonderful and makes my hands feel like silk.
What I love about Mémoire fragrances is that they are soft, feminine and beautiful without any of that musky scent (that I will never understand.) I enjoy a girly fragrance that includes florals and sweet scents of all sorts, and I have found that with
I love Amour Liquid. It smells like sweet cupcake frosting. Quite a delicious fragrance, actually.
Amour Liquide: The memory of exhilarating, romantic love, at once soul soothing and breath taking Pure Madagascar Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Incense. Top Note: Black Orchid, Middle Note: Tonka Bean, Madagascar Vanilla, Base: Incense.
Right now Mémoire Liquide is offering a 20% discount to all of my readers using this code: Blog2016
To learn more or to place an order go to: https://memoireliquide.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Blue-Light Protection is one of the least known dangers of the sun. Long-term exposure to the blue and violet portion of the solar spectrum has been implicated as a risk factor for macular degeneration, especially for individuals that are “sun sensitive.”
Zoinx sunglasses are the perfect accessory for the adventurous: It allows individuals to have fun in the sun, in a responsible manner that does not put one at risk for long lasting health risks. No longer will you have to worry about losing your shades while having some fun in the sun. This company has developed the ideal pair of sunglasses that feature a patented clip, which allows you to keep better track of your shades. The product was designed to be more than just the shades you’ll never loose, they were specifically created with the active adventurer in mind. Not only can you clip them to your bag or belt, but each pair of sunglasses also comes with a sport strap, zipper pouch, flotation insert, and waterproof emergency info card.
The sport strap links into the temple clips and helps keep your shades in place when you're on the move. Clip in the optional Zipper Pouch with the included flotation insert and you won’t have to worry about your glasses ending up at the bottom of the lake. The waterproof emergency Info card is a great place to put your necessary contact information, in the unlikely case you lose your Zoinx. The zipper pouch can also be clipped around the wrist while you run or bike, keeping your emergency info, house key and some spare cash close at hand!
I received a pair of Zoinx sunglasses to review. My husband is an avid outdoors kind of guy, who snowboards all winter and boats all summer. He was excited to try out a pair of Zoinx, because he often loses his sunglasses in the mountains or in the lake. He loves them for their high quality and durability, and I love how he looks in them!
Zoinx sunglasses are equally customizable as they are functional. You can choose your frame style, frame finish, temple color, and zipper pouch/sport strap color for no additional costs. Zoinx is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and sells their sunglasses on the Zoinx website, as well as fine retailers all over the world.
For more information, visit www.zoinxsunglasses.com or visit your local sunglass retailer.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own.
The time is limited in our busy days, so why not make the most of our beauty routine with these multi-functional products!
Korres Greek Yoghurt 3-in-1 Cleansing, Toning & Eye Make-Up Removing Emulsion is a multitasking, calming, and healing emulsion features euphrasia—also known as eyebright extract—which reduces redness, swelling, and irritation, along with antioxidant macadamia and sunflower oils to moisturize and protect skin. The result is a formula that cleanses, tones, and removes even the most stubborn makeup from face and eyes ($24; Sephora.com).
Put your Day Cream and SPF AND Infrared Ray Defense into 1 with Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is a multi-level anti-aging cream formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance ($69; Kohls.com).
Disclaimer: I received product samples in exchange for this post. Any opinions are my own.
Did you know that this Friday, February 19th, is National “Lash” Day? Well, now you know! In celebration of this, I wanted to let you know about the newest mascaras from NYC New York Color and Rimmel London—let’s all celebrate big bold lashes!
NEW NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL MASCARA
THINK: A mascara that visibly lifts and curls lashes up to 70°, lengthens lashes up to 65% and builds up to 2 times the volume
WHAT IT IS: NEW NYC New York Color Get It All Mascara contains candelilla wax known to enhance film formulation and stiffness, yielding better curl. It g lides on easily, won’t smudge and won’t irritate sensitive eyes and is i deal for contact-lens wearers
AVAILABLE SHADES: 001 Extreme Black
WHAT IS COSTS: $3.99
CREATE ULTRA-CURVACEOUS LASHES IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
WITH NEW 24 HOUR SUPERCURLER MASCARA FROM RIMMEL LONDON
THINK: It’s time to lose your lash curler.
WHAT IT IS: New 24 Hour Supercurler Mascara from Rimmel London is a revolutionary mascara and lash curler in one, giving you dramatic, even curl and volume that lasts all day and all night. No more pulling or tearing at your lashes—with its built-in curling power, the mascara gives lashes a “perm” effect. The patent-pending formula features a revolutionary polymer, a spherical micro-sponge, and a soft gel. When combined, the breakthrough formula curls, volumizes, and pushes lashes up to a phenomenal 90 degrees. Lashes are visibly transformed as soon as you apply, and set to a flawless curl in seconds.
With its curved-eye shape, the special brush fits perfectly into the contours of your eye, giving you flawless application every time. Its cleverly-designed fibers lift and curl lashes from the root to tip, separating each lash for defined, clump-free color. Use the mascara alone, or create an eye-opening look by layering it over your favorite Rimmel mascara.
Let your lashes defy the laws of gravity with breathtaking curve appeal.
AVAILABLE SHADES: Black, Extreme Black
WHAT IT COSTS: $6.49
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products in exchange for this post. Any opinions are my own.
There's nothing quite like having a gorgeous manicure with long wearing nail polish that stays on forever! I have recently discovered gel nail polish. I absolutely love it! I am even more thrilled that I have found the MelodySusie Pro60W Smart Lamp Gel Nail Dryer so that I can do my nails at home without having to visit the nail salon.
The MelodySusie Pro60W Smart Lamp Gel Nail Dryer cures my gel nail polish so that it lasts as long as possible. This is a miracle for me because my nail polish usually always comes off in a day or two since I am constantly doing dishes and washing my hands.
This lamp is very easy to use. You simply polish your nails with your favorite gel nail polish, set the timer, insert your hand in (the lamp lights up automatically when your hands are inserted) and wait for your polish to cure. This nail dryer has 4 kinds of pre-set time controls ( 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds and 60 seconds), you can choose which time you want, according to your needs. The lights automatically turn off when the time is up.
The MelodySusie Pro60W Smart Lamp Gel Nail Dryer can work with UV and LED GEL Nail Polish such as following brand nail polish:
UV: CND Shellac Color Coat, CND Shellac Top Coat, CND Shellac Base Coat etc.
LED: Harmony Gelish Soak Off Series, OPI Gelcolor Nail Polish, Orly Gel FX, Red Carpet Led Gel Polish, Gelicious GEL Nail Polish, Any LED GEL Polish etc.
You can even do your toenails!
After curing my polish with this Smart Lamp Gel Nail Dryer, my manicure lasts for about two weeks! This can really be a lifesaver. For instance, if you are going on vacation, you can do your nails ahead of time and not have to worry about touching up your nails while you are away. This will certainly come in handy for when I go to Hawaii in July for my oldest son's wedding.
The photo below is of my daughter's nails after using the MelodySusie Pro60W Smart Lamp Gel Nail Dryer. This is how her nails looked nine days after she used the lamp! Wow!
Buy MelodySusie Pro60W Smart Lamp Gel Nail Dryer on Amazon!
For additional information go to: http://www.melodysusie.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample unit for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Achieving the perfect arch doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, with the right products it can be rather easy to do! Below, I have listed my very favorite brow products that can be used for a long-wear day time look, nighttime glam OR during a workout.
I have also included some brow fabulous tips from Umbreen Sheikh, founder and CEO of Wink Brow Bar.
1. For a nighttime glam: Try subtle color and a multi-dimensional, shimmery finish with Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick (smashbox.com, $21)
“The Gloss Stick gives you that youthful sheen and depth that shows up perfectly at night.”
-Lori Taylor-Davis, Smashbox Pro Lead Makeup Artist
2. For a long-wear day time brow: Try the ultra-long wearing Permafix formula from Westmore Beauty Lasting Effects Brow Gel.
3. For a sweat-proof brow at the gym: Try TouchBack BrowMarker for a patented formula that bonds to brows and skin and won't rub off.
BROW EXPERT: UMBREEN SHEIKH of WINK BROW BAR
“I highly recommend starting your brow story by visiting a brow professional first to figure out what your personal problems are (or aren’t!) and work on those at home after a consultation. Brows are so important. You cannot afford to make mistakes!”
Speaking of perfect brows, look at my daughter, Kendallyn (below.) Her brows are always so glamorous! Isn't she beautiful?
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Prep your skin now to avoid aging later by giving your skin the hydration it deserves.
Hydration is key to maintaining healthy, plump skin. Think about it this way – a desert is an area that lacks hydration which causes the land to become dry and eventually crack. Think of your skin as a piece of land. If there is no source of hydration your skin will eventually dry under harsh conditions such as weather change. When this happens your skin will begin to dry and form wrinkles. Here’s how you can feel the hydration!
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Mask: Infused with Clary Sage, Burt’s Bees® Intense Hydration Treatment Mask instantly quenches parched skin. Clary Sage not only survives, but thrives in its harsh environment because of its fierce will and exceptional ability to trap and retain moisture. The mask is also Enhanced with Probiotic Technology and formulated with moisturizing Mafura and Tacuma Butters, leaving your skin feeling soft, totally revitalized and healthy-looking.
Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter: Infuses exotic ingredients for an ultra hydrating lip conditioner that is clinically proven to provide long‐lasting moisturization. Ultra soft natural waxes, butters and oils combine to make this formula just melt on your lips. Kokum Butter, rich in essential fatty acids, helps deliver moisture, while antioxidant‐rich Marula Oil absorbs quickly, leaving lips feeling hydrated and super soft, naturally.
Throughout this winter, my daughter, Myelie was suffering from extremely dry skin which included rough, scaly patches on her face and neck. She also had chapped lips that just would not heal, no matter what she used. I received samples of Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Mask as well as the Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm to review.
These ultra moisturizing products could not have come at a better time! Myelie uses the hydrating mask twice per week and the lip balm daily. She noticed a difference immediately in the moisture content of her skin. She no longer has flaky patches on her face and neck, and her lips are completely healed. Nothing has worked better for Myelie than good old Burt's Bees!
Here is Myelie. Isn't she beautiful?
For more information go to: http://www.burtsbees.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Any opinions are my own.