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Valentine's Day is around the corner! This year, forget about the chocolates and flowers, and give your lady a lift with a beautiful Harper Wilde bra. (Okay, give her the chocolates AND the bra! AND the flowers, too!) What I am trying to say, is that from a woman's point of view, all of these things are just what we want for that special holiday.
What makes a Harper Wilde bra so wonderful? Personally, I love all things lingerie. If my husband buys me a bra, then it is a big deal.
I am especially fond of Harper Wilde because they make shopping for a bra simple.They take all of the hassle out of shopping for that perfect bra. Their bras are comfortable, stylish, affordable and simple.
It is so cool because you get to choose 3 bras that they send you to try on at home for free! Their simple options and size guide make the decision as easy as A, B, C, DD.
You have 7 days to try on your bras and find your fit. Just you, 3 bras, and your entire wardrobe.
Keep the bras you like, and return the ones you don’t. No printer? No problem. Your pre-paid return label is included.
How awesome is that?
I was given the chance to review one of Harper Wilde's bras about a month ago. I was so excited. I chose the Boost Bra, which is Harper Wilde's every day push up bra. I chose it because I needed a bit of a boost.
I love my Boost Bra. It is very comfortable. It makes me feel that I am wearing a sports bra, yet it gives he the lift that I need. I absolutely love that the adjustable straps are in the front rather than being in the back!
See? There's nothing too fancy here. Just comfort! #LiftUpTheLadies
So along WITH the chocolates and flowers this Valentine's Day, give your man a hint! He can't go wrong with a bra for his sweetheart from Harper Wilde!
Enter to win! One winner will receive one bra of their choosing from Harper Wilde. (Retail Value: $35.)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information on Harper Wilde, go to: https://harperwilde.com
*Sample received. All opinions are my own.
My first Degustabox for 2018 has arrived and it certainly did not disappoint! I always have so much fun unboxing it. Now that my two daughters are married and out of the house, I only have one unboxing helper, and that is my eleven year-old son, Braxton. Let's just say he doesn't enjoy it as much as my girls always did, but that's okay. More fun for me!
Here is what was in January's box:
These fruit snacks are a tasty, on-the-go USDA-certified organic fruit snack made with real fruit. An excellent source of Vitamins A, C and E, Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are GMO free and gluten free, have natural flavors and colors from natural sources. I truly enjoy them for a satisfying healthful snack while I am blogging, or when I need a quick pick-me-up.
Dole Fruit Bowls® in Slightly Sweetened Coconut Water combines the Dole fruit you love with a refreshing splash of Coconut Water. Available in three varieties - Pineapple & Mandarin Orange, Peach & Mango, and Pineapple, Peach & Mango`my favorite!
Deliciously spicy, tangy throughout, and juicy and tender like fall-off-the-bone ribs, Uncle Dougie's incredibly unique blend of peppers and spices turns wings into a culinary sensation! Uncle Dougie's Wicked Good Marinade let's you make awesome, spicy-as-you-want wings at home without the mess and added fat from frying. I haven't tried this sauce yet, but I need to learn how to make spicy chicken wings because Braxton loves hot wings!
Naan chips are vegan, kosher, non-gmo and have 0 trans fats and come in three delicious flavors - Rosemary, Sea Salt and Almost Everything. I tried eating these chips plain, and so I didn't really enjoy them. I definitely need to get me some hummus.
Explore Cuisine creates plant based organic ingredients of the highest quality. This selection of pasta and noodles from across the globe integrates beans, peas, lentil and rice to provide consumers with nourishing meals that are easy and quick. I have not tried this yet. I am kind of afraid to. I do know, however, that I would be the only one in my household to eat it!
Rosemary & Sea Salt Thins packs 9 grams of whole grains in just 70 calories per serving. Again, I have not eaten these yet. I want to save them for when I have some hummus to enjoy them with.
This chocolate is made of premium quality milk and the finest ingredients. Its creaminess, crispiness and delicious chocolate flavor are unequalled. I am not a fan of white chocolate, but this chocolate bar is kind of like a caucasian Kit Kat bar!
BoomChickaPop contains just popcorn, sea salt and a little bit of sunflower oil. And at 35 calories a cup, it also contains a lot of guilt-free goodness. Perfect for my New Year's resolution of losing a few pounds!
An airy, crispy, crunchy, and tasty snack made solely from one ingredient: 100% true cheese! Made from Cello's deliciously sharp baked Cheddar cheese, Whisps are an excellent source of calcium and protein.
These are so addictive, and probably my favorite thing in this month's box. I could snack on them all day long! They are soooo cheesy!
Please visit https://www.degustabox.com to get your Degustabox subscription started today!
The countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympics is now less than a month away and it is time to start preparing to cheer on Team USA! We all cannot be in Pyeongchang to root for the red, white and blue to bring home the gold, but Lit Cosmetics can help you show your pride from here in the states!
Whether you are going for an all-American or medal-winning inspired look, Lit Cosmetics’ extensive color palette of glitter products will earn you a perfect score! “NO GLITTER NO GLORY.”
The Liquid Metals Lit Kit features a Liquid Eyeshadow/Liner, a bottle of Lit Cosmetics' Clearly Liquid glitter base, the Mini Application Brush and The Sparkle Wand.
The result is a gorgeous eye makeup look without any fall out, flaking, cracking, color transfer, or smudging.
$28, Available in 24 shades
Experience a formulation of highly pigmented eye color, consisting of metallic pearl/micas mixed with pure cosmetic Gold flakes. When applied with our Glitter Base, this product truly comes alive; gliding onto your eyelid with controlled perfection, showcasing true color tones spirited with flashes of Gold flake.
$19, Available in 24 different shades
A loose, high-sparkle cosmetic grade glitter, which casts maximum light reflection.
There are NO RULES when it comes to Lit! Add a little glitter over your shadow, liners, lipstick, eyebrows, blush, body lotions, hair spray, nail polish, love letter, whatever your little heart desires.
$16, Available in over 100 shades and 3 finishes(solid, holographic, shimmer)
Life is full of beautiful moments. Weddings, baby's first birthday, graduations, and other precious milestones. These are events that you want to share with those you love.
Whether you are looking for the perfect invitations, announcements or even personalized photo thank you cards, Basic Invite has all of your stationery needs.
Here are some of the offerings from Basic Invite that make this company unique:
Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.
Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.
Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.
Free Address Collection Service - Use our free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.
Thank You Cards - We carry over 1500 thank you card designs. Each one of them customizable to suit your style. We have a thank you note for every occasion~ from baby shower to birthday party thank you cards, and our designs vary from foil to photo and everything in between!
Follow Basic Invite on Social Media: @basicinvite
Taking care of your skin isn’t as simple as washing your face. This is especially true if you have oily or dry skin or are prone to pimple breakouts. In fact, if you don’t follow an appropriate regimen, you might even make the problems worse.
Here’s how to deal with the most common skin problems that both women and men experience.
Acne is a general term that refers to a host of skin problems caused by excess oil clogging the pores of the skin; this usually manifests in the form of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. And while it’s a common problem among teenagers, adult acne can last well up to your 30s or even 40s.
Use a mild face wash no more than twice a day to avoid drying up your skin. Choose products with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to keep breakouts at bay; however, these components may sometimes cause dryness, so you should also invest in a moisturizer that’s suited for your skin type. If you are fond of using makeup, make sure they are noncomedogenic as these products are less likely to clog your pores. Finally, as every dermatologist would advise, don’t pop or squeeze your pimples as this would irritate your skin even more.
The size of your pores is determined by your genes, so you really can’t make them smaller per se. However, if you want to know how to minimize pores, the answer is simple: keep your face clean. Dirt, dead skin cells, and leftover makeup can clog your pores and make them look bigger and more visible. Wash your face twice a day using a gentle, deep-action cleanser to remove these unwanted substances from your skin. For hard-to-remove makeup, use cleansing oils first before washing your face.
Exfoliating twice or thrice a week, depending on your skin type, is also recommended to keep your pores clean. Check the label for ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid, which helps remove dead skin cells more effectively, and beta hydroxy acid, which helps melt extra sebum.
Like the size of your pores, puffy and dark circles under your eyes can be caused by your genes. Stress and lack of sleep are also exacerbating factors. Other causes of dark under-eye circles are hyperpigmentation and lack of moisture.
If you have thin skin under your eyes, you should try products enriched with retinol to boost the production of collagen. For hyperpigmentation, eye creams with vitamin C and licorice extracts are good choices to lighten the area over time. Sunscreen is also essential to prevent the darkening of the skin in the first place.
Dark circles under your eyes may also be caused by harsh makeup removers. Use gentle cleansing oils to remove eye makeup, especially waterproof mascara and eyeliner. When you wipe off using a soft cloth or makeup wipes, don’t rub back and forth; instead, use gentle strokes following one direction so you don’t irritate or inflame the skin under your eyes.
Oily Skin or Dry Skin
When you have oily skin, you might be tempted to wash too often or scrub too hard to remove the excess oil. However, doing this will also remove the oils that protect your skin and give it a healthy, dewy glow. Wash your face twice a day using two cleansers: one with oil-absorbing ingredients like salicylic acid and one that’s a little more gentle.
For dry skin, the best facial cleansers are those with a creamy, milky formula. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid will also help your skin recover lost moisture by binding collagen and elastin. This makes your skin more more supple and has an added bonus of keeping your pores looking smaller, too.
Moisturizing is also important. For oily skin, opt for lightweight formulas that contain hyaluronic acid or natural ingredients like lemon peel extract (which absorb extra oil). For dry skin, ingredients like jojoba oil (and other natural oils), shea butter, and vitamin E are good options.
Uneven Skin Tone and Dark Spots
Age and sun exposure are the primary culprits behind uneven skin tone and dark spots on your skin. Skin care products with vitamins A, C, and E helps reduce pigmentation and smoothen the skin’s overall texture. Amino acids, on the other hand, work to slow down the production of melanin. Topical treatments like bleaching creams work best for darker, more stubborn spots. Just make sure to use these products according to to the prescribed instructions as some ingredients like hydroquinone may cause discoloration if used improperly.
If you're looking to find out more about how to treat hyperpigmentation check out this article on kojic acid soap.
Using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, meanwhile, stops the darkening of existing dark spots and prevents the formation of new ones. Steer clear of products with avobenzone or oxybenzone, which clog up your pores.
Another key to achieve better skin? Live a healthier lifestyle. Eating healthy food, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest will help your body get rid of toxins and make your skin more radiant from the inside!
This Valentine's Day, I want to help people FALL IN LOVE....with FISHING!
Forget the gaudy flower and candy displays and give your loved one the gift of fishing all year long with Lucky Tackle Box!
Lucky Tackle Box is the #1 fishing subscription box in America, where you can sign up and receive a monthly package full of the hottest lures, tackle and products in the sport fishing industry.
Here’s a little bit about what we do and why LTB is a PERFECT GIFT for your special someone:
- Lucky Tackle Box ships once a month, with each box packed full of some of the top fishing lures, tackle and accessories in the industry.
- LTB is all about education , so we create multiple, unique YouTube instructional videos and “how-to” articles each month to help subscribers learn about our products and become better fisherman.
- LTB has 9 different boxes for species ranging from Bass to Walleye, Trout to Fly Fishing.
- Fantastic gift for couples to get out into nature together or for the spouse that loves to fish or wants to improve their skills and try new products.
- Subscription plans are set up for 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month duration.
- Many top brands in the fishing industry launch their newest products in the LTB boxes each month and the retail value of the products ALWAYS exceed the cost of the subscription.
Check out at their website: www.luckytacklebox.com
Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe not, but quinoa is the superfood of the century. It’s a yummy, fulfilling, extremely healthy, and gluten free grain. However, one of its greatest traits is that, quinoa is an excellent hair protein for your lovely strands. Who knew you could use something that’s meant to be cooked, as a hair treatment? It’s not exactly like you can make a hair mask out of it, but the market is full of quinoa based hair products that provide amazing benefits for your hair.
While most grains are considered low in protein, quinoa has it all. It’s a great source of calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, and best of all, 9 essential amino acids. Since quinoa contains nearly 15% of amino acids, it makes a great ingredient and hair protein. The new trend in the hair care industry is to provide products that contain the hydrolyzed quinoa proteins. Its benefits range from great moisture, to seal the split ends. Aside from that, it has the ability to repair, condition and protect your hair.
Introducing Quinoaplex by ONC, made of the new miracle grain “quinoa”, that transforms hair when hydrolyzed and molecules are then small enough to get through the cuticles of the hair to penetrate into the hair shaft. Quinoaplex by ONC is therefore beneficial because hair is made of 85% Protein which also is called Keratin. Washing hair, color/bleach and/or its exposure to sun, causes loss of protein, thinning of hair (men & women), hair loss and hair breakage.
Quinoaplex by ONC provides:
- lasting shine
- manageability without the need of any gels or hairspray.
- shorter time of hair drying
- decreases hair loss, thinning and breakage
- increases the the lasting of hair color
- soothing irritated scalp
- it allows the hair to be colored and bleached with much less damage more often as the protein that the hair loses, is given back with the hydrolyzed quinoa protein.
Other great benefits of quinoa hair protein are:
- It promotes growth
- Helps the pigmentation of your hair color
- Its minerals are natural hair strengtheners
- Protect your hair from environmental damaging agents like air pollution.
This winter, I have been so frustrated with my hair. My hair is bleached, and so it is dry. The weather doesn't help it either, because cold air definitely dries it out. I received a sample of and it is truly the miracle product that my hair has needed.
I followed the directions on the bottle, and washed and then towel dried my hair before I applied the QUINOAPLEX Rapid Hair Renewal Formula.I sprayed it all over my damp hair until I had enough product in my hair to create a lather. I lathered the product throughout my hair and set my timer for 15 minutes. I actually got out of the shower with a towel on my head and used the time to apply a beauty facial treatment. After the time was up, I stepped back into the shower to rinse the product from my hair and condition it as usual.
You can also spray 4 pumps ( 0.17 fl. oz.) into any chemical box color right before coloring at home. Take it to your salon and ask or insist the colorist to spray 4 pumps ( 0.17 fl. oz.) into your chemical color or bleach solution. It does not interfere with ratios, developer
or formula time. You can see its effects after one application. But never use immediately after hair coloring. Wait 3-4 days.
After I allowed my hair to air dry (which I usually always do) I was amazed at the softness and silky feeling of my hair. It has been three days now, since I used the QUINOAPLEX R₃, and my hair still feels so healthy and alive. My split ends are undetectable. My hair looks so shiny and beautiful, kind of like virgin hair. It is amazing! I highly recommend it!
For more information, go to: https://quinoaplex.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Weddings are beautiful and memorable events, but they are also quite expensive when formally organized. Some couples opt to just go down to city hall and get married in their jeans, but there is something about the pop and circumstance of more formal affairs that makes many brides-to-be willing to go into debt. One good compromise is a backyard wedding that offers the familiarity of a home setting, but with all of the bells and whistles of one hosted in a church.
Walmart bakery wedding cakes are affordable and customizable, so you can have a centerpiece that is beautiful as well as economical. With a backyard wedding, you can get decorations from the dollar store, opt for rented speakers instead of a live DJ, and keep your costs down by avoiding renting a venue. If you are truly interested in having a wonderful wedding without a high price tag, here are some backyard wedding options you for.
Planning For The Time of Year
One drawback of hosting a wedding outdoors is that you have to be aware of weather conditions. If it rains, you are going to need tents to keep everyone dry and comfortable. Weddings that take place during late fall or in the dead of winter can be difficult to arrange outdoors as well. Firepits can add warmth and character if it is going to be chilly when your backyard wedding is being hosted. Likewise, backyard pools also work great for weddings held during the summer months. Use the time of year help you to pick a theme and mood for your outdoor wedding and make it more stylish.
Seating and Arrangements
Weddings ceremonies take time to perform, so there has to be somewhere for your guests to sit. You might want to rent benches or even padded folding chairs so that your guests are patient throughout your nuptials. How you arrange your wedding seating will also have an effect on the way everything looks. Should you decide to opt for tables for your reception, you will need lots of help moving everything around.
Backyard Wedding Entertainment
The entertainment portion of weddings is usually referred to as the reception. Some married couples have their wedding ceremonies in one location and then host the reception elsewhere, but if you are keeping your costs down you can do everything in the same place. What you can do to separate the wedding event from the reception is make sure that the entertainment is extremely lively. Move the tables and chairs out of the way to make room for the dancefloor and turn the speakers up to get the guests moving. If the reception is going to take place at night, you can use lighting to really set the mood. Fog and bubble machines can help you to create more dramatic wedding pictures, and they’re also delightful to wedding guests.
All that is needed to arrange a backyard wedding is space, time, decorations, and of course, lots of guests. Go with what you know and plan something out that makes you feel happy. Remember that you and your spouse are going to be the ones who are footing the bill.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner—have you planned your date night hairstyle yet? If not, this simple, yet gorgeous blowout is a perfect candidate! With just a few tools, like our copper round brush and 3-in-1 Mist, you can achieve this elegant hairstyle. Need an even sweeter incentive? All of our Copper Round Brushes are 25% off for the entire month of February! So check out our easy tutorial and don’t forget to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day!
Step 1 – Spray Heat Protector on Wet Hair
This step is vital whenever you’re heat styling your hair. Skip it, and you’ll end up with dry, brittle hair that breaks off and thins. We recommend using our versatile 3-in-1 Mist since it serves as a heat protector, UV damage protector, and detangler.
Step 2 – Use a Serum on the Ends
Using a serum helps prevent frizz and static while adding shine. Our Ostia Collection Smoothing Serum does all of this while helping to hydrate your hair. Plus it’s light enough to use on fine hair without weighing it down or making it oily. It’s important to keep your hair hydrated so it doesn’t dry out during heat styling.
Step 3 – Apply Mousse from Roots to Mid-Shaft
In order to really get the boost and volume a blowout promises, mousse is key. It adds texture and volume before you even touch the blow dryer. For this tutorial, we used our Ostia Collection Volumizing Mousse because it’s light and fluffy without being sticky or difficult to manage.
Step 4 – Rough Dry Hair
Your hair should be 80% dry before you even pick up your round brush. The focus should be on styling it, not drying it from soaking wet. You’ll get much more effective results!
Step 5 – Section Hair & Use Boar Bristle Strip
Using clips, section off your hair into manageable pieces, depending on the hair’s thickness. Then start blow drying it piece by piece, using the Copper Round Brush’s boar bristle strip as tension to smooth out the hair.
Step 6 – Leave in the Brush Periodically
As you dry the hair, leave in the brush for about 15-30 seconds on each section while it cools. This will help your hair hold the shape better and longer.
Be sure to save the top section of hair for last. It comes into play in the next step.
Step 7 – Over-Direct the Top Section
Pull the top section toward your face and apply your round brush at the roots, moving it up from there and towards your face. Over-directing adds an extra pump of volume to the top of your head to give you the boost that blowouts are known for.
Step 8 – Enjoy Your Date!
This easy blowout gives you a look of effortless elegance, perfect for your Valentine’s Day date night! So take advantage of our Copper Round Brush sale and impress your significant other with your gorgeous hair on Valentine’s Day!
The frigid cold winter weather can really take its toll on your skin, leaving it dried out and lifeless. Whether it is being chapped by the merciless wind or reddened by the bitter frost, your skin needs a miracle product to protect it in these cooler months. Mirakle Cream, made by The Better Skin Company, is the perfect solution to revitalize, nourish and protect your skin.
I am aleady a huge fan of The Better Skin Co.'s Mirakle Cream because of the way it transforms my skin, so I thought it was interesting to show Orange is the New Black Star Jessica Pimentel using her Mirakle Cream as she gets red carpet ready.
I was just excited to share this as well as the fact that RIGHT NOW with any Mirakle Cream purchase, you will receive the new Epik C for only $21 (a 50% savings). *when you place the Mirakle Cream in your cart a pop up with the offer will occur. Offer ends 01/29/18. Shop now!
For more information go to: https://thebetterskinco.com