September 28, 2016

Mmmm ... You Smell SCENTsational



Finding the perfect fragrance is well ... SCENTsational! If you are looking to change up your scent, or pull amazing scent from candles or body oils, I have some fabulous suggestions for you.


Ariana Grande has revealed her new seductively irresistible scent, Sweet Like Candy by Ariana Grande. The luscious burst of sugar-frosted blackberry and juicy Italian bergamot sparkles with sweet addiction capture the sexy wink of the popstar’s ever-evolving confidence and style. While creamy cashmere woods combine with a delicate touch of pink floralcy. The final wink is sure to delight with velvety layers of crème de cassis, fluffy marshmallow and sexy vanilla blended together to leave a head turning, alluring trail.


As you might guess from the name, this fragrance is sweet. It reminds of a lovely floral sweetened by sugar candies. The top notes include Blackberry, Italian Bergamot. and Pear. The heart of the fragrance includes Jasmine Sambac, Plummeria, and Dewy honeysuckle. Finally it is dried down with Crème de cassis, Marshmallow, Cashmere woods, and Sexy Vanilla.

The bottle design is adorable. The striking bottle is delectably dipped in a ballet pink, matte candy coating. Adorned with a fluffy almost whipped cotton candy pom pom, the jewel like bottle transforms into a feminine confectionary delight for the senses. It would make the perfect gift for a teen or young adult. The bottle alone looks fantastic on any vanity. I love that is also comes in a purse-friendly Eau de Parfum Rollerball!


My next pick has so many benefits, one of which are subtle scents. Keep your skin looking and feeling great with Korres Body Oils. They come in an assortment of scents that will leave your skin feeling it’s best. Moisturize with a spritz after showering for smoother looking skin. This lightweight body oil provides a soft glow and fresh scent. With an easy-to-apply spray, it's perfect for trouble spots and dries quickly so you can get going on your day.


I was able to try Water Lily Body Oil Spray as well as White Grape. I love using body oils to lightly fragrance after showering. The Water Lily oil has an exotic, feminine, soft, fresh scent. While the White Grape oil has an ocean air, crisp scent. Both not only smell great, but have benefits galore. They are rich in shea butter, almond and apricot oil to help optimize the look of skin's elasticity. The moisturizing and antioxidant properties help fight the appearance of premature skin-aging. They are also rich in in linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids!


From C.O. Bigelow, America’s oldest apothecary, comes a coveted collection of scented candles. The scent fills any room with lush fragrance. The brand’s dedicated chemists developed nine scented candles using a proprietary blend of waxes with lead-free wicks to ensure even melting. Each specially-crafted candle is infused with the highest quality fragrance oils at concentrated levels to fill your dwelling with timeless scents. Available in Freesia, Lemon, Amber, Lavender-Peppermint, Musk, Eucalyptus, Fig, Smoke and Neroli.


I tried the C.O. Bigelow Candle in Musk. The classic musk fragrance opens with Iced Bergamot and evolves to a core of Ylang Ylang, Muguet Petals, and Patchouli, before finishing with dry notes of Vanilla Bean, White Cedar, and Pearlized Musk. I found this scent very masculine. In fact, it was just perfect for my husband's man cave. This specially crafted candle is infused with the highest quality fragrance oils and burns for a whopping 60 hours!


Original Penguin's newest scent Premium Blend, is an icy, fresh aromatic fragrance that opens with a burst of crisp bergamot, fresh lime peel, and wild spearmint. The heart of the scent reveals a sea splash accord, Mediterranean rosemary, and violet leaves. The long-lasting trail of fresh musk, driftwood, and earthy vetiver polishes off this cool, refreshing scent – uniquely refined and undeniably addictive.


Upon receiving Penguin Premium Blend, I immediately called my husband in to experience this scent. This fresh, aromatic fragrance is the perfect blend of heritage, wit, and style. We both love it!! You can tell that it was inspired by a laid-back coastal road trip with the windows down amid the fresh sea breeze. It's fresh, yet masculine. Legendary “nose” Harry Frémont created a scent that is unique, long-lasting and wearable for any occasion – day or night, casual or formal.


Another winner in our house, Perry Ellis RED is more of a classic scent than Premium Blend Penguin. This is a scent of power, passion, and performance. Perry Ellis RED packs a punch with its contrasting essence of freshness, oriental, and long-lasting masculinity. This scent is definitely a date night fragrance that lingers and entices.


An initial burst of juniper berries and a kick of citrus evolve into deeper notes of red apple, sichuan pepper, red leather, and amber. The addictive trail of the fragrance infuses textured hints of sage, creamy oak moss, and sandalwood revealing a fearless confidence and a sexy sophistication. RED is one of those scents that will make you stop a man in his tracks to ask him what he is wearing.

September 27, 2016

Jill Scalisi's New Skincare Serum Needs a Name


There is a new game changing serum in town. Scalisi Skincare brings you a new Hydrating Serum and it needs a name! To celebrate, Scalisi is offering you a chance to win a Scalisi Skincare Collection just by helping them choose a name.


This hydrating serum will be available via starting November 1. I had a chance to try it before it launches! This new game changing serum will improve radiance and even skin tone. It will also smooth, hydrate and reduce the appearance of pores. I am such a fan of using serums. Some moisturizers will clog my skin and break me out. I like the results of serum much better. This one is oil-free and paraben-free and feels wonderful on my skin!


The yet-to-be-named serum is available for pre-order here. It will diminish the appearance of fine lines and imperfections by using soft diffusers. Patented peptides work to visibly correct skin imperfections and works to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. More features of the serum include:
  • a Dermal Filler to help restore skin volume and smooth away facial wrinkles
  • Sodium Hyaluronate to provide deep hydration
  • Oligosaccharides to improve skin by minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Color Correctors to help neutralize sallow tones
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside (a natural form of vitamin C) to help promote collagen synthesis and inhibit melanin production for a skin brightening effect

So do you have an idea for a name? You have a few more days to enter to win a year’s supply of the entire range of Scalisi Skincare products worth a total of a whooping $1200! All you have to do is visit this link, enter your details and the name you would think would be perfect for the new hydrating serum. Good Luck!


Connect :: Visit scalisiskincare.com to learn more about this line of reparative and preventative anti-aging skincare. Connect with Scalisi Skincare via Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can pre-order the new serum launching November 1 via scalisiskincare.com.

It's Time to Raise the Steaks at Outback


The steaks have been raised - literally! Cruise in to Outback Steakhouse and try the two new amazing Bloomin' High Steak Towers - topped with Beer Battered Onion Rings or Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie! Is your mouth watering yet?


The Towering Beer-Battered Onion Ring Filet is a towering stack of crispy, beer-battered onion rings piled high on our perfectly seasoned and seared Victoria’s Filet Mignon, all perched atop a crispy hash brown cake. Crispy meets juicy meets flavor explosion. Yes please.


Would you rather have shrimp with your steak? The Towering Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie Filet features a towering skewer of perfectly grilled shrimp. It takes Outback's tender, seasoned and seared filet to a delicious new level. All placed atop a crispy hash brown cake.


For dessert? A massive slice of chocolate heaven. The Huge Chocolate Cake is a towering chocolate 6-layer cake served with raspberry sauce. Grab a few spoons and dig in!


Both new Raise the Steaks menu options are also available with the new Center-Cut Sirloin. Outback’s new over-the-top Raise the Steaks menu rises to any occasion, delivering dishes that boost great flavor to great new heights. These towering dishes start at $15.99 and are available for a limited time.


Don't forget that you can earn up to 50% off every fourth visit by joining Bloomin’ Brands’ Dine Rewards at dine-rewards.com. Not only is Dine Rewards a flexible program, it’s also as simple as Eat, Earn, Redeem. After just three visits to Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, or Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, guests can earn 50 percent off on their fourth visit. It's free to sign up, so be sure to check it out!

Connect :: Visit Outback Steakhouse to try the new hand-carved roasted sirloin! Connect with Outback Steakhouse on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

September 21, 2016

Saving Money Never Felt So Good

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Giving Assistant. All opinions are 100% my own.


Giving Assistant is a coupon marketplace that actually donates when you save! They make it simple to save when shopping online and easy to give some of that savings to charity. Win-win has never been more appropriate!


To get started, you will need a free Giving Assistant account. Once you are signed up, you will have access to cash back opportunities and featured deals. Shop at your favorite stores like Target, ULTA Beauty, Macy's and Cost Plus World Market, just to name a few. Once you are ready to shop, just click your link via the Giving Assistant page and shop as you normally would. Once your order is complete, you earn cash back with the opportunity to give some of your savings to a reputable charity. That's it!


For example, I placed an order at QVC which earned me $9.55 cash back. I also shopped a few other places and have earned $22.08 so far! Then I had the option to choose a charity give a percentage of my earnings to. You don't have to give anything to charity, or you could give it all. It is up to you! Remember, you can even combine cash back with coupons to save more and more dough!


Giving Assistant's mission is to transform everyday shopping into charitable actions, by being the best loyalty program for saving more and supporting charity, with ease. No more promo codes that don't work half the time. You just sign in and click! Giving Assistant is a free digital loyalty program with over 1,600 of the largest retailers to choose from! The average cash reward after each online purchase is a whopping 5%!


For example, shop at The Honest Co. for 5% cash back, Charming Charlie for 3% cash back, or Coach at 6% cash back! It really is as simple as signing up for a free account, clicking and shopping! Giving Assistant is easy to understand and actually gives you real cash back. I love getting paid to shop (who doesn't) now you can give a little bit back to a charity as well. Happy Shopping!

September 16, 2016

Helen Ficalora Fall Giveaway


Helen Ficalora creates inspirational jewelry designs for every season and occasion. Though best known for her Alphabet Charms, the HF collection also includes Earrings, Rings, Bracelets, and more. This Fall Helen Ficalora features some beautiful pieces like the Big Feather Mini Charm.


A feather traditionally symbolizes strength, courage, leadership, and prestige. Feathers were worn by Native American Chiefs to symbolize their communication with Spirit, and to express their celestial wisdom. Whatever a feather means to you, it is a symbolic addition to your accessory wardrobe. The Big Feather Mini Charm is available in 14k Yellow Gold, White Gold, Pink Gold. or Sterling Silver.


To me, a feather is light, intricate, and delicate. I think of lightheartedness and a connection to nature. Pair it with the fine sterling silver chain for a delicate look. You can also combine it with your other charms for a layered look (as seen below).


I love the layered look that you can create with your Helen Ficalora Charms. Create the perfect combination for a look that is completely you. If you can't decide, check out these charm combinations for some inspiration. 


Helen Ficalora is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win their own Sterling Silver Feather Big Mini Charm, along with a Sterling Silver Fine 18" Chain! It is the perfect way to start your Helen Ficalora collection!


Connect :: Visit helenficalora.com to browse the full collection of signature jewelry designs. Connect with Helen Ficalora via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Sterling Silver Feather Big Mini Charm for $65 and the Sterling Silver Fine 18" Chain for $45.

Win It :: One lucky reader will win a Helen Ficalora Feather Big Mini Charm + Sterling Silver 18” Chain (RV $110)!

How To Enter :: Just use the simple form below to enter. Open to US only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on October 2, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. Good luck!

Back to School with ChapStick‏ Giveaway

The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.


It is the middle of September! How did that happen? We have traded the smell of sunblock with the smell of freshly sharpened pencils. As you swap the beach bag for backpacks, and stock up for back-to-school season, don’t forget essentials like ChapStick®, America’s favorite lip balm! 


I am a teacher and I am always stocked up on ChapStick at school. In fact, you can look for a special back to school ChapStick classic 3-pack with bonus stick at Walmart. That leaves you one for your backpack, one for your coat pocket, one for your desk, plus one extra! 


Parents, please send your child to school with some ChapStick! It is so sad when my students come to me with the complaint that their lips are dry. Sometimes, they are even bleeding! ChapStick is the skincare staple that helps keep lips smooth and silky for the school year. Perfect for students, teachers and parents alike, ChapStick is certainly a must-have! 


ChapStick is available in many varieties and now can also be purchased on the Chapstick online store! Did someone say Pumpkin Pie? Oh yes, there is a ChapStick for that. You’re never more than a click away from healthier looking lips. 


ChapStick is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to start off the new school year the right way! Someone will Win a ChapStick Prize Package that includes a ChapStick lunchbox tin filled with a variety of ChapStick to keep you stocked up for the school year!

September 15, 2016

Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines


Holman Ranch vintners have introduce two estate-grown wines from the 2015 growing season .5 Degrees Brix ($21 per bottle) and Rose of Pinot Noir ($22). Holman Ranch’s 21 acres of vineyards lie between 950 and 1150 feet in elevation, rich with the root stocks and soils that are most important in producing excellent fruit from the vineyards.


I had the chance to try the .5 Degrees Brix, which was awarded silver medals at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The .5 Degrees Brix features ripe stone fruit flavors and a hint of citrus. This slightly sweet Pinot Gris blend has lots of tropical fruit intensity and a beautifully pleasant citrus nose. It is soft and supple but rounded out with brilliant acidity. I loved the sweetness combined with the pop of citrus. It is smooth and perfect with fish or chicken. At just $21 a bottle, it is also affordable.


Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has proven to be an excellent growing location for vineyards.


The surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains play a crucial role in Carmel Valley viticulture, holding back the marine layer and broad breezes, which is beneficial to producing consistently good fruit. Sedimentary soils such as chock rock and Carmel stone also play a major role in wine producing methods by providing good soil drainage.


The historic Holman Ranch also provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. The property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. You can find Holman Ranch on Facebook and Instagram.


The fertile soils and ideal growing conditions of Carmel Valley, Calif., have spawned delectable new wines from Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines, two of Central California’s most-celebrated wineries. You can purchase Holman Ranch Wines, including the .5 Degrees Brix Pinot Gris, via holmanranch.com.



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