If you’re looking out you window at six or more inches of snow, Spring is probably the last thing on your mind. But, take heart! Beauty trends aren’t dependent on the weather. While you’re stuck inside, Hard Candy has been hard at work on their Spring 2018 looks.
I’m thrilled to introduce the ‘Look Pro! Galactic Eyes Palette’!
Ten out-of-this-world colors in one pro palette. Each shade, aptly named in an astronomical theme, has glitter galore and is easily applied with the (included) two-sided brush.
For starters, I need to sing the praises of this little brush. First, it’s perfectly sized. Not too big ot too small. It wipes off easily when or if you want to play around with different shades. I did not miss the typical sponge applicator one bit. Don’t you hate when those sponge tips fall of mid-application and you’re left with this mini-spear that pierces your eyelid? Yeah, no fun. So, I am a huge fan of the brush applicators.
Let’s talk colors! When I get new make-up, I always get that rush of happiness like when we were all in elementary school & you open that new set of crayolas. It makes you enjoy being a girl for a while.
In this palette we have: ‘Supernova’- a purple shade, ‘Retrograde’- a glittery black, ‘Spaceship’- a charcoal gray, ‘Nebula’- an earthy brown, ‘Eclipse’- sort of a black/gray combo, ‘Meteor’- a deep pink, ‘Blue Moon’- obviosuly blue, ‘Alien’- a green, ‘Shooting Star’- a yellow, and ‘Constellation’- a flesh tone.
I played around with every shade. Personally, I opt for earth tones for daily use. In the eyelid crease, I vary depending on my mood but, usually, it’s a brown or green. So, I switch it up a bit here.
First, I tried them as stand-alones. Excluding ‘Blue Moon’, you are going to have to do some layering for maximum impact. Blue goes on pretty deep from the get-go. ‘Alien’ is pretty close with maybe a two or three swipe application. Otherwise, you’re going to need to apply a bit more than you would with a regular matte shadow.
Second, watch the glitter. If you have unsteady hands or don’t tap the brush a few times before applying, you will have yourself a glitter bonanza. Just keep a make-up remover wipe handy and you’ll be fine. My choice, due to the shimmer, would be to use these on top of a regular matte. I usually use an eye crayon which definitely intensified the look of the shimmer. I liked the look.
Utilizing a dark, regular shadow base, these colors really pop. As a highlighter or in the crease, they were phenomenal. They had exceptional lasting power, too. If you use a colored eye liner (other than basic black), you’re going to have a lot of fun pairing different colors together. Both ‘Shooting Star’ and ‘Constellation’ were awesome highlighters.
My year-round allergies often cause me to have to resort to wearing my glasses. After applying the palette, I noticed that the shimmer shows through even with eyewear.
Sometimes, eyes get ‘lost’ if you have specific types of frames. I was pleased to see a real difference when wearing my specs. If you do wear contacts, watch the glitter, nothing is more uncomfortable than when you get make-up on your contacts.
Looks and fun aside, make-up has to be affordable. Thankfully, Hard Cady gets it! Available exclusively at Wal-Mart, this palette is only $8 MSRP. That’s amazing. It’s difficult to find quality, single shadows for less than that nowadays. To get ten, fabulous shades, matched together for endless pairings for $8 is truly remarkable. In fact, I’d say it’s an out-of-this world deal (pun intended!). Have some fun getting ready for spring with Hard Candy!
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* I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are solely mine.
Many thanks to Hard Candy for NOT testing on animals (Buster thanks you, too!)
Every one of us has heard about the importance of dental health. From preschool through adulthood, we’re told how to brush, floss, etc. But, do we really pay attention to the type of brush we use? Now, I don’t mean manual versus power. But, the difference in the bristles.
Before trying Dr. Plotka’s brushes, we were guilty of complacency, too. Whatever brush was fine. We barely noticed if the pack said ‘soft’ or not and when it came right down to it, any dollar store brush would do. That all changed with Mouthwatchers.
We’ve noticed a significant difference in our dental care. Our youngest son’s last check-up was cavity-free. My husband no longer has pain along the gumline and with ‘problem tooth’ areas. As for me, I wear a partial, so I noticed the gentler feel on my actual gums. Plus, I know for sure that the Mouthwatchers brushes are doing a much better job removing debris and plaque. As a family, our teeth feel and look better.
I’m certainly no dental expert. I would never give any sort of dental/medical advice. Always use your own judgment and rely on your own dental experts’ opinions. However, I know what works for my family. I’m positive that these toothbrushes made a difference to us.
I expected them to be pricey. For the benefits we’ve received, I was willing to pay a little extra. I was floored when I saw that they are pretty much the same price as the other toothbrushes being sold. More benefits without more money? There’s something we don’t see much of nowadays. But, it’s true! As a mom and the primary shopper for the household, I’m thrilled. I don’t have to allot more to the dental care budget and I can feel good about the brushes my family uses.
Here is the need-to-know product
NATURALLY ANTIMICROBIAL* BRISTLES For Better Health – Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles between uses, this innovative tool is always clean and ready for the next use! Doctor Plotka’s™ helps achieve better overall health by not reintroducing harmful bacteria into your mouth and body.
Dentist Developed – Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice. Its technology has helped hundreds of his patients prevent cavities and achieve better oral health.
LONG LASTING POLYESTER BRISTLES – You’ll get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester bending and upgraded properties. (The ADA – American Dental Association- recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about 4!)
FLOSSING BRISTLES™ – Revolutionary, dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the outer bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss! Getting deep down the groves, this toothbrush cleans where 90% of cavities form! With thicker inner bristles, you’ll get a complete cleaning of the teeth and gums every time.
Toothbrushes come in Manual and Power, available in Adult, Youth and Travel sizes and range in price from $4.99 to $24.99 for the power pack.
Amazing bushes. Amazing price. Amazing company. Forgive the cliché, but that’s
something to smile about.
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Does your family love games? We do. In fact, we’re pretty competitive. When we were given the opportunity to try, WordSpiel, we jumped at the chance.
I imagine that the first thing that caught your attention is its original name. It’s a combination of two words- just like you’ll be doing during play! Learning to play is simple. We only had to go over the instructions once (which is rare!). The cards each have a letter on them.
Shuffle the deck. My husband got to show off his mad shuffling skills! Deal the cards. Make words based off the word your fellow play just made. Set the timer. Everyone gets 60 seconds to form their word. Easy, peasy.
Play five rounds. When a player runs out of hand-held cards, the round is over. Everyone else adds up the cards in their hands- one point per card. At the end of five rounds, whomever has the lowest score win! Although Buster insisted on playing, we had to decline his efforts. ‘Ruff, ruff’ didn’t translate.
Having 5 rounds makes the game last longer. Easy counting with one point for each card allows even those who aren’t math whizzes can keep score. Large print for the letters on the cards make sure that every card is read accurately and clearly seen from every angle around the table.
MY THOUGHTS: What I love about this word game is that, unlike other tile-based games, even elementary spellers can play. With little assistance, children who can articulate three-letter words can play. For example, an adult spells out ‘Houses’. A child can build on the ‘s’ and make ‘saw’. As a homeschooler, I love that it builds confidence in those who are struggle with Language Arts Skills.
It’s thought-provoking. Conversations are sparked when players inquire why some used a particular word. Younger children may ask for definitions and spelling affirmation. In fact, playing ‘WordSpiel’ may just count as a class for your homeschool.
Family-owned Set Games has absolutely done it again! They produce fabulous, family-centered games. Affordable and in a small package, ‘WordSpiel’ can be used as a stocking stuffer or as a stand alone gift. Personally, I’d use it as a gift to the family as a whole. With cold, wintry days ahead, you’ll love staying toasty playing ‘WordSpeil’! I highly recommend it. Full disclosure: I won at the end of 5 rounds. Yeah, me!!
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*We received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
Not all toothbrushes are the same. But, if you’ve ever stood in front of the rows of them in a dental care aisle, there are enough types to make your head spin! First, there are electric vs. manual. Then, there’s different bristle types. Asking your dentist doesn’t always help. SOmetimes you get differing opinions amongst the staff. Bottom line is: everyone wants a quality toothbrush that does a good job at leaving your mouth feeling clean.
Most consumers don’t want all those gimmicks and bells & whistles. Give me a straight answer on a good toothbrush. Finally, a company has done just that! Mouthwatchers delivers a simple promise- ‘A Better Toothbrush For Better Health’. They offer a full line of toothbrushes: power, manual, and a folding travel brush. Developed by Dr. Ronald Plotka, what sets these brushes a part from the rest is the ‘antimicrobial dual flossing bristles’.
That’s a mouthful to say, pun intended, but it also means a lot when it comes to dental health. Unlike their competitors, the bristles on these brushes eliminates 99% of bacteria that accumulates between brushing. Honestly, the thought of bacteria developing on your brush may not have occurred to you. But, when it comes to dental health, it’s a big deal. Using Mouthwatcher allows you the freedom of knowing your brush is clean & ready for every use.
Now, as for the bristles, everyone has a preference. Usually, consumers chose between a firm or soft brush. What you may not have considered is the size of the bristles. I certainly didn’t. But, Mouthwatchers is 1 micrometer thin at the tip of the brush. This small size lets ut go super deep into the areas around your teeth. The result? More debris is removed, less plaque accumulates, and say goodbye to gingivitis. My youngest noticed a difference in the first use. He said he felt like he really brushed his teeth. Nice and clean were the adjectives he used.
For those who prefer a power toothbrush, the antimicrobial, flossing bristles are the same as with the manual. The only difference, obviously, is that the brush oscillates. This provides an even deeper cleaning. Most of the time, when a product is this good, it’s expensive. Not so with Mouthwatchers. With their MSRP of $4.99 for manuals to $24.99 for the power packs, dental care is completely affordable. I’ve paid more than this for lesser quality brushes.
I’ll completely sold on a product if I know it’s good for my family AND they’ll use it. Being that our son enjoyed it, I know he’ll implement it into his daily, dental routine. I can also feel good about the fact that his brush is antimicrobial and cleaning his teeth better than ever before. I highly recommend that you give Mouthwatchers a try.
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August is only here for a few more days before we are all consumed with school, work, and activities that come with Autumn. Our theme of ‘Globetrotting’ fits because that’s all we seem to do in September. Before the leaves change and the school buses roll, we get a shot at one more beauty box.
Straight from our favorite subscription service, we get 5 great beauty finds. If you haven’t tried BB5 yet, the first question is why haven’t you? Seriously, it’s a fantastic, monthly delivery of 5 new, new-to-you, or perhaps oldies but goodies. Each month USPS delivers the coveted green box directly to your mailbox. Apparently, we’ve had some shipping issues this month. I believe it to be on my carrier’s shoulders. But, for the most part, you’ll receive the box by the 20th of the month. Never boring, the subscriptions start at $12 a month. No doubt, there will always be at least one item you will love and you can’t beat the price! Many times, the box contains full-sized products. This month we have 3 full-sized items.
Let’s get on the move! First up, we all want our tresses to move beautifully. No one wants a helmet or potato chip hair! To help us achieve this, Luseta Beauty sends along its ‘Argan Oil Hair Masque’. Argan oil is a plant oil from the kernels of the argan tree usually found in Morocco. It also sports wheat protein. Shampoo hair as usually. Generously apply. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse. Easy, peasy. Unlike other, similar masques, it definitely rinsed out smoothly and easily. I’ve tried a few that either felt like a headful of oatmeal or just wouldn’t rinse out, leaving no choice but to re-shampoo. As soon as my hair dried, I noticed it to be much softer and smoother. I look forward to using it again. It’s a weekly product. I love every thing about it except its price. The MSRP is $29 and while it wasn’t supplied in the box full-sized, it’s a bit too rich for my blood at this time despite its size. If you can swing it, it’s a great product.
Our second item was from another, new-to-me company. Seraphine Botanicals generously provided its ‘Quince + Crimson Crayon’. Although it is plugged as a double-duty, cheek + lip crayon. Be advised. This product smears and stains like you wouldn’t believe. I skipped using it as a cheek product. I decided that it was never going to be flattering on my super-fair skin. However, I did use it for lips. Drinking water and giving the hubs a kiss didn’t budge the color. It ended up being a somewhat flattering lip shade for me. However, it definitely smudged and definitely smeared over the course of wearing it. Perhaps for a night out or special occasion. Take care when applying. One goof will cause you to redo most of your make-up. A second ouch comes from its $24 MSRP. It isn’t something I’d buy again. Manna Kadar Cosmetics has popped in frequently in our BB5 boxes. Their ‘Glo Illuminator’ is a highlighter to be used with foundation or to be dabbed wherever you’d like. Honestly, I could barely see it. I use a foundation that promises illuminating ingredients so perhaps that was the issue. I’m not sure, but, again no matter its actual size, a $29 MSRP is a bit much.
Nanacoco isn’t new to me or BB5. Each time they’ve sent along a full-sized polish, I’ve loved the color. Their ‘Rio II Nailpolish Collection’ is fabulous. I find it tp be long-lasting and always a bright, vibrant shade. With an MSRP of $3.95, I appreciate that we get a lot of bang for the buck!
Finally, we have our 3rd full-sized product. ‘Styli-Style’ is new-to-me. Their ‘Line & Seal Eye Liner’ came to me in a shade I like. It was a dark, black shade. Promising a gel type formula and smooth gliding, it failed to deliver. I experienced the direct opposite. When applying it without any additional eye make-up, I found it pulled and skipped. After applying eyeshadow, the result was somewhat similar and pulled- a lot. Perhaps I’m used to liquid liner or it was just me, I’m not so sure. I’ve been wearing make-up for well over 20 years, so I think I can honestly say it isn’t a smooth, glide. Although the price is a dandy $6.50, the product wasn’t a winner in my book.
Bottom line: The masque and polish are big winners. But, this is the fantastic thing about BB5. We get to try all these products in the comfort of our homes, having never left the house to shop. No lines, no hassles, no traffic. Just take it out of the mailbox and enjoy. Many months, you’ll love every single product. Regardless, the service offers us a wide range of products to try. This month alone, compared to buying each of these products individually, you save, $80.45! Holy cow! That’s a pretty close estimate considering 3 of the 5 are actually full-sized!
Start Fall off the right way. Sign-up for Beauty Box 5 today. You can find full product info and ordering info by visiting http://www.beautybox5.com . Until next month…………….
In all honesty, I never gave much thought to beard care. Shaving cream was about the only product that I’d really thought about. But, now they’re going to be spoiled. They’ve just discovered BeardGuyz Beard Care Products.
Being that my husband and youngest are the only two males (besides Buster) left still living at home, they got to experience all the benefits of BeardGuyz. Both tried all three products, the wash, deep conditioner, and beard scentz. Both had the same opinion- BeardGuyz Beard Care rocks!
Starting with the wash: they first thing you’ll notice is the scent. It is fabulous. If you think regular face wash or shampoo is good enough for beards, you’re sadly mistaken. This beard wash is a daily use product. Containing 35 natural and organic ingredients. That may seem like a lot, but it’s a winning number. The product description will tell you how it removes impurities and gently cleans. I can say with certainty that my husband, a contractor, ends up with sawdust, paint, and other chemicals, in his beard. After using the wash, he could see and feel a difference. I could, too. Being that he & our son have sensitive skin, they have to be careful with skin care products. Both of them were able to use it without issue.
Next up, we have the Deep Conditioner.
Each of my guys has coarse beard hair. My husband has touches of gray throughout( they drive him bananas). So we were excited to see that the conditioner is geared for both these issues. It contains 25 oils, butters, extracts, vitamins & conditioners. I most definitely noticed a difference, especially in my husband’s beard. His is much thicker than our son’s, but even the younger one’s beard looked more groomed and smooth.
My favorite of the products was the Beard Scentz. The fragrance is AMAZING! It’s perfectly sized for back-to-school, gym bags, or office drawers. It’s easy to use and convenient. Containing Tea Tree, Thyme and Manuka Oils for moisturizing, it’s an extra boost for keeping beard hair smooth. I think it’s cutting edge time-release technology is fabulous. Eliminating odors and bacteria will keep them fresh & smooth throughout their day.
If you’re creating a care package for a son who’s going to college or getting a high schooler ready for the new year, BeardGuyz has some phenomenal products. Surprise your husband or boyfriend with a complete grooming collection. Visit the BeardGuyz website for full details & product info.
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Stitching with Jane Foster includes 37 quick and easy cross-stitch sewing cards with punched holes for easy stitching, as well as a 36-page project book featuring instructions for designing your own unique stitching patterns and color combinations. Gather all the tools and materials you need to get started and learn stitching basics, including the straight stitch, cross-stitch, back stitch, and more. A project gallery then shows examples of how to use your adorable stitched cards: everything from bookmarks and journals to greeting cards and ornaments. The simple stitching patterns taught in this book promote growth and development, hand-eye coordination, and creativity and imagination. Includes 37 adorable punch-out templates to get you started! Color them, stitch them, press them out, and play with them; Stitching with Jane Foster will entertain and delight crafters of all ages and is sure to inspire a lifelong love of embroidery.
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Quarto Knows has tons of quality books that promote hobbies and ideas for children. No technology required! Get back to basics and give kids an opportunity to exercise hand-eye coordination.
We were provided with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.