Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 Uses for Argan Oil + Giveaway!!! (Ends 8-11)

Argan Oil is the newest must have beauty product in the year 2014. I can happily say I have at least 4 bottles of pure argan oil in my bathroom, just in case for backup.  Argan Oil has become so popular because like coconut oil, it has many uses.   It has the name "Liquid Gold" for the following  reasons:

1.) Skin Moisturizer- Argan Oil contains Vitamin E which gives your skin a moisturizing boost.  I like to apply Argan Oil all over my skin and face at night because I have extremely dry skin. (As most of you know)  My skin is so dry it will flake at night, due to some sort of skin disorder I have or excema. Many skin moisturizers will irritate my skin, especially my face, but Argan Oil is so natural that it just leaves your skin feeling soft like a baby. A little goes a LONG way, if you use to much you don't want to look like a grease face, so just one little drop will last you the entire night.

2) Wrinkles-  Argan Oil has been known to reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and loss of skin firmness. It leaves your face feeling plump and restores elasticity to those vital spots that you need that extra "umph"

3) Pregnancy- Argan Oil works great for potential stretch marks. In order to keep stretch marks away, you have to keep that area around your belly really "greased up" Argan Oil, if used enough can help eliminate cellulite and stretch marks if used at least twice a day. I used it several times when I was pregnant, and I have not one stretch mark. Hooray!

(Photo courtesy of Amazon)

4) Hair Probably Argan Oil's BEST and most important use is how it helps your hair in every aspect. It keeps your scalp healthy and fresh. If you take the oil and spread it all over your scalp, leave overnight then rinse you are left with a moisturized perfect scalp.  It also helps fight the frizz. Apply a little bit of Argan Oil in the palm of your hand AFTER you blow dry, and you can tame your hair.   Works great for split ends too.

5) Nail Cuticles- This is my #1 Argan Oil must.  I take a little bit each night before I go to bed, and just apply it to my cuticles and inside, around my nails. It helps them grow stronger and easier, and gets rid of all hangnails. I have a habit of chewing my nails, and around them, so the argan oil repairs what I mess up. Using it on your toenails is also awesome too.

6) Healing-  If you have a bruise, scar or some type of skin issue, Argan Oil is great for repairing. Especially scars. Yes you could pay $20 for a bottle of Mederma, (which never worked for me) or you can use Argan Oil, and watch your scar fade.  If you have arthritis or joint pain, Argan Oil can be rubbed on to the area and  it is known to improve the look of the skin AND the pain.

7) Digestion - Argan Oil is "said" to help people with constant indigestion.  It contains flavanoids, an anti-oxidant which reduces the inflammation both internally and externally. Bet ya didn't know that!

8) Facial Acne-  The Vitamin E helps reduce the look and the actual growth of pimples in the skin. But you have to be careful, if you have greasy skin, too much oil can make a problem worse. So just a drop of Argan Oil in the trouble area can significantly decrease the look and feel of facial AND body acne.

9) Helps your skin "Glow"- This is a tip I read on a couple different website that I actually didn't know about. Take a drip of your favorite Argan Oil, mix it with your favorite facial cream, apply at night and the next day your skin will GLOW. I can't wait to try this. I will keep you updated and let you know if it works. Who doesn't want glowing skin?

10) Lowers Cholesterol-  Argan Oil contains plant sterols, something found in vegetable oil, (it gets a bit complex when talking about ingredients) but all you need to know  is just a LITTLE bit can help people with high cholesterol and get you in better shape. How cool is that?

So with so many brand of oil, which one do you choose? Pro-Naturals is one of my absolute favorites. Not only is it one of the more affordable choices, but you get  a nice large bottle of 100% pure Argan Oil.  A lot of times you will purchase something that is not completely natural, or mixed with other things, but Pro-Naturals has a great return policy, and quick and easy shipping.

Pro-Naturals is an Argan Oil that prides itself on being a "Hair Repair Treatment" 

Leave-in treatment gently smooths the cuticles and helps fortify hair that is prone to breaking and split ends.
 Helps strengthen the hair that's prone to breakage, splitting or snapping off.
 Gently smoothes the hair and form a protective mist on surface, against heat damage.
 Reduces friction from brushing and helps prevent further damage. 
Leaves hair healthy, shiny and resilient. 
Provides heat protection against electric hair tools.

So not only can you use the Pro-Naturals Oil for your hair, but I also gave 10 other great ways you can use this oil!. Pro-Naturals Argan Oil sells for $59.99 on their website. Trust me, one bottle will go a LONG way. If you use it right, one bottles will last months. Visit their website to read more.

Pro-Naturals is giving away a bottle of their famous Argan Oil to one reader; to enter fill out the form below, Good luck!! USA only.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Le Couvent des Minimes Leg Soothing Lotion for tired Legs

Le Couvent des Minimes Leg Lotion that is perfect for summer. The cooling formula has purifying mint and lemon to revive and refreshes tired and legs so you can bare your stems in confidence.


When I first catch sight of the bottle I'm drawn to the old fashioned lettering and the black and white  pictures that seem forever ago. Reminds me of some sort of vintage portrait, so to me, that's a clever packaging idea. I'm sure many of you can't see the fine print on this lotion bottle, but it actually says, "Hiker's Leg Healer".  So although fragrance reminds me of just a luxury lotion for your arms, legs and hands, it's really meant for people that have tired aching legs, and/or feet.

Le Couvent des Minimes Leg Soothing Lotion: Revive and refresh tired and dry legs with this comforting formula. Grapeseed Oil and Shea Butter deeply hydrates and repairs skin, while Ivy, Red Vine, Cypress, and Spearmint help to reactivate microcirculation. Purifying Alpine Mint, Lemon, and Listea Cubeba provide a delicate fresh scent.

The key scents here are Lemon and Mint and when I say Lemon and Mint, I mean WHOA. Lemon and Mint to a total extreme. So if you hate either smell I would say no way is this for you.  It smells exactly like the mint leaves you would put in a cup of tea. So once you apply this all over your legs and feet, you get a bit of a tingly sensation and then a relaxing feeling takes over, just like I'm at the spa. I would recommend this specific lotion to anyone who is on their feet all day, maybe standing or walking. Someone that runs or jogs a lot or does  heavy leg workouts will also love this lotion.  If you know someone that has leg issues, or joint pain, this would be the perfect gift, even for Christmas. (Yes it's not too early to think about christmas gifts!)

Thanks to its Original Recipe combining nine plants carefully selected for their known beneficial properties:

Leg Soothing Lotion
Reactivates the micro-circulation 
Revives and refreshes tired legs
 Leaves a fresh scent on the skin 

I plan on running a marathon at one point in my life, and when I finally get there, I will want the Le Couvent  des Minimes soothing lotion right afterwards.  Another fabulous idea is applying this all over your body before bedtime. The mint smell relaxes you and helps you sleep. My husband loved the smell! The Leg Soothing Lotion sells for $25.00 for a 4.8 bottle. Where to find: usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My new Favorite Eye Liner: Gorgeous Cosmetics

Excited to tell you guys about a company that is new to me, although I've seen their name at my local Nordstrom before, this is my first experience with them.  I first want to give ,Gorgeous Cosmetics a huge thank you for being so friendly and easy to work with. Seriously, probably one of the nicest PR reps ever. I tried a ton of their stuff, including foundation, eye products, eyelashes, etc and each thing is better then the next.  I can only compare it to MAC, which to me has the nicest shadows and pencils to work with.  Professional makeup artist worthy. Gorgeous Cosmetics is the real deal.

Starting today, once a week I will be focusing on this fabulous brand, and be posting some sort of review of something from their lineup.Very exciting! Why the heck am I so excited? It's rare, few and far between I discover a new company that I'm so in love with right away. I've tried each thing at least once already and maybe it's just the colors I checked out but for my skin, perfection.  And I even have a lipstick called "Cotton Candy" which is a deep nude with a hint of pink. I call this fate!

So this week it's eyeliner. I'm very pick about the pencil eyeliners I use, especially around my eyes. So many crappy pencil liners out there that I'm always extra careful before I try a new one. And honestly the only ones I use and trust  are MAC and Urban Decay. I'm a big eye liner person and I wear a lot of it. By lots I mean THICK lines around the top and sometimes even the bottom., so I don't want it to slosh everywhere on top of my eyelids or give me a black eye look UNDER my eyes. I want it to STAY where I put it. If you've ever worn a cheap crap makeup pencil, you KNOW the difference between a quality pencil and a bad one.  The bad one will smear, be hard to apply, and will be hard and less creamy. Gorgeous Cosmetics sells a pretty basic makeup eyeliner, it's just entitled, "Eye Pencil"

I go for the blackest black black BLACK there is.  For $22, (worth the price)  you receive a creamy, rich, smooth and easy to apply. I went about my day after using this on the top and bottom of my eyelids, and I was extremely happy with it's longevity and it did NOT smear or budge.  I hate to compare but the only other eyeliner that I've ever experienced was THIS creamy is the Urban Decay Glide on Pencils which are fabulous as well.  So next time you're in Nordstrom, make sure you pick up one of these babies. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. at the results.

I thought standing next to the mirror was the best way to show a side and front view of my liner.

And I'm also wearing my new favorite eyeshadow palette from Gorgeous Cosmetics, swatches coming straight at you  next week:

Are you in love with this palette like I am?  Check back in next week for the swatches more pictures. I'm wearing the last color on the top right  in the above picture, but it's very fair and the color payoff with these go a long way. One swipe of the color and I had such a bright shadow. I don't want to give away too much, but I can say that Gorgeous Cosmetics lives up to it's name.

Gorgeous Cosmetics is available at Nordstrom and also on line. The Pencil Eyeliners are available for $22 and the Palette sells for $59 here.

Disclosure: Press samples were sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How To Get Mila Kunis Hair

Mila Kunis is the master of sultry, effortless style, and these disheveled, tight waves are no exception. Paired with a smoky eye and bronzed skin, the lived-in hair look is our favorite go-to for a night out on the town. Keratin Complex International Educator Niki Galanomatis provides tips on how to easily recreate the look at home..


1.       To achieve Mila's tight wave, start by distributing Vita Volume Boosting Foam ($25, KeratinComplex.com) throughout cleansed hair.
2.       Blow dry with fingers.

3.       Using the 5 in Curling + Refining System (KeratinComplex.com) with a smaller sized barrel, curl small horizontal sections, bringing the hair close to the scalp for added volume.

4.       Finish off style with Bold Hold Maximum Finishing Hairspray ($25, KeratinComplex.com) for intense hold.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jane Cosmetics Lip Gloss

A great lip gloss is hard to come by, you don’t want one that’s too shiny, goopy or sticky. Jane Cosmetics’ Lip Gloss will have you saying “been there, kissed that” to your lip-tuation, with a pleasantly sweet scent to boot. Kiss and makeup with one of Jane’s glosses – choose from sheer, shimmery or an intensely pigmented hue. Since one kiss is almost never enough, the high-performance, moisturizing formula comes in array of gorgeous shades that can be used alone or layered for beautiful color and kissable shine.

(Jane Cosmetics Gloss in "Graceful")

Jane Cosmetics glosses are sold for $7 (yes $7!!) at Ulta and JaneCosmetics.com 

Disclosure: Press samples were sent for consideration from PR for the puprose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Must have healthy deodorant for Summer

I first saw Lavanilla's Healthy Deodorant on another blog and read about  how amazing it smells and how much better it is for you.  The blogger made an interesting point.  Girls spend so much time putting on good smelling lotion and perfumes, and then you end up putting on a stinky deodorant stick. Think about it. All the deodorants that we use are pretty gross. Even the ones meant for girls don't smell too great. It's all baby powder or heavy cologne.

I knew I needed to try this, since I have a rollerball of Lavanilla's Vanilla Grapefuit and I get tons of compliments on it.  Not many perfume companies come out with deodorant so this was a must have right away.  The deodorants we use on a daily basis are full of all kinds of ingredients that are harmful, and possibly cause cancer.  I learned this a long time ago, and I've tried several attempts at buying "all natural" deodorant. Something called Toms I think? Yes it smelled good and yes it was healthy but it didn't work. A couple hours after I applied it I had horrible body odor.  So embarassing. So I switched back over to Dove,  always thinking in the back of my mind there has to be something else. 

LaVanila's Healthy Deodorant comes in 6 different scents and claims to be "100 percent natural" It's made up of soothing essential oils that condition and nourish the sensitive skin under your arms.  You won't get any stains or chunks of white which is another downfall of the store brand. It has no parabens which I guess is a big deal.  

I put it to the test and went to work and then the gym, with only one application of the Lavanila in Vanilla Grapefruit. It also comes in Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Summer, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Lavendar and Vanilla Lemon.  Next on my list is the Lemon because I'm lemon OBSESSED.

As you can tell from the picture this has the look of a deodorant but to me it feels more like a perfume rollerball you are putting directly on your pits. The scent is only slightly there so no it won't make your armpits smell like heavy perfume, it just keeps you dry and scent free throughout the day. If you're a HEAVY sweater I'm not sure this will work for you, you might need something stronger.  Maybe applying this twice a day would be suffiencent enough.  But for me? I love it and I think it's worth a try, especially if you're worried about the harmful ingredients in drugstore deodorant.  

You can purchase Lavanila's Healthy Deodorant for $14 at Lavanila's site or a Sephora near you. 

Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Burt's Bees Summer Essentials

1. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Oil: Perfect for glowing, moisturized ski .
 2. Burt’s Bees Honey  and  Shea Sugar Scrub: Ideal for scrubbing away dead skin for smooth, soft skin. . 
      3. Burt’s Bees Aloe and Linden Flower After Sun Soother: This intensely hydrating, quick-absorbing face and body lotion is packed with natural aloe vera and linden extract to soothe sun exposed skin. 
4. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm: Give your lips both moisture and color, all in one!

And as a Summer side note, right now my favorite Burt's Bees product that I'm absolutely loving is their Eye Brightening Treatment. For $19.99 Burt's Bees offers you a fabulous eye brightener that helps for a more youthful appearance.  This is a product that helps get rid of dark under eye problems along with fine lines and wrinkles. In a test, 94 percent of women saw a brightening under their eye area.  I've been using this for approximatly 2 weeks and I've seen a big difference in my eyes, I don't look as tired as I usually do, and my skin around the eye is more moisturized.  

(Available for $19.99 at your local drugstore)

Stay tuned to my blog for more Summer Essentials from Burt's Bees, which is a post I will be writing every couple weeks. Burt's Bees is a company that most people can not only afford, but easily access because most drugstores do carry it in their skincare aisle. My local Walgreens  has a huge area dedicated to the company.  So if you're new or unfamiliar with the brand, I highly suggest this Eye Treatment; for anyone looking for a bit of extra brightness this Summer!

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