March 24, 2015

Mixcups Mix of the Month Subscription Box Review

Do you enjoy single cup coffees and teas but are bored of drinking the same old cup each and every day? Or do you find yourself running out of k-cups too soon and are making too many trips to the store? A Mixcups Mix of the Month subscription is just what you need! The subscriptions provide caffeine junkies with a way of discovering new favorites from a mix of hand picked selections that you can enjoy all month long.

I had a chance to try a Mixcups Mix of the Month subscription box which included 30 single cup teas (of course they offer coffees too). Mixcup will choose 10 selections to feature in each month's box. That mean you receive three cups per selection. What is awesome is that the selections rotate monthly! No more getting bored with the same old brews day after day!

I loved all of the variety I found in my subscription box of teas. I had never heard of some of the brands, but I ended up loving all of the flavors. My favorites were Peppermint Heights and Brooklyn Breakfast - both from a company called Prospect - which I would have never known I loved if it had not been for my box!

Mixcups was launched in 2012 by coffee fanatics who were tired of drinking the same cup of joe every morning and wished for a way to try something new without having to buy boxes and boxes of coffee that went stale before they ever got used. The idea of getting a variety of single cup coffees delivered to your door each month seemed so genius - yet nobody was offering it. That idea was turned into reality and Mixcups was born.

They say variety is the spice of life so Mixcups would like to think that they make people's lives a little happier by mixing up their daily grind! I love having my box of Mixcups to enjoy a variety of flavors of teas to start my day. I actually look forward to it, wondering what I will choose tomorrow. Learn more about how you can choose one of the coffee or tea Mix of the Month subscription boxes for under $1 a day!

March 22, 2015

Renew Your Skin for Spring

Spring is fiiiiinally here! Out with the old, it’s time to renew! Your skin took a beating this winter. With negative wind chills and uncontrollable snow storms, your beauty suffered from dehydrated skin, chapped lips, and cracked hands. Now that warmer weather is on its way, your hair and skin will be safe with these great products to renew your skin.

Renewal Refining Cleanser from the Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection
Help restore smoother, younger-looking skin with some of nature’s most powerful anti-aging ingredients. This refining cleanser, infused with Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex, is shown to improve skin’s texture and smoothness. The hydrating formula cleanses deeply without stripping moisture and gently exfoliates to reveal smoother skin. I found this cleanser to be gentle, yet effective.

Sheer Body Lotion from Burt's Bees
If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer with a light-weight scent - look no further. It’s formulated with Safflower Oil Oleosomes, which are clinically shown to instantly moisturize skin and leave it feeling silky and smooth. So spritz away and let your skin (and nose) feel fragrantly refreshed. The spray form makes it so simple to just spray and go! It's not too greasy, and I love the light scents! Choose from Violet & Mango, Cucumber & Aloe, or Clementine & Calla Lilly.

This rich hydrator absorbs instantly to restore parched, straggly cuticles to their prime. The advanced amino acid complex and biotin promotes healing. The sweet almond oil, mango & shea butter, and Vitamin E add moisture. The beeswax creates a water-resistant barrier for extra protection. It comes in a convenient click-pen applicator – perfect for dotting on throughout the day. 

A replenishing hand cream blended with white truffle extract and rose. It is an instantly absorbed daily treat for delectably soft and luxuriously moisturized hands with temptingly sweet aromas. Rhubarb extract keeps hands healthy, while rose extract helps keep them moisturized. I love the unique aromas of zesty yuzu, grapefruit and mandarin.

The original Beeswax Lip Balm you love is now squeezable - and still awesome. This version of the Burt’s Bees classic balm is softer and smoother with a slanted tip for precise application. The 100% natural formula contains moisturizing Beeswax and Vitamin E to keep lips soft and replenished. My favorite is the splash of Peppermint for that signature tingle.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Renewal Refining Cleanser for $9.99, the Sheer Body Lotion for $9.99, the Nail & Cuticle Balm for $30, the Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream for $15, and the Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm for $3.99.

March 21, 2015

Laura Mercier Cosmetics :: Basics for the Eyes

Laura Mercier empowers women to express and embrace their individual beauty. Every woman gains confidence to create her own Flawless Face. Her belief is that making skin look flawless is the first and most important thing that a woman can do to achieve a great look, every time.

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. So make sure they look fabulous! I tried a few Laura Mercier Cosmetics products that serve as basics to amazing eye looks! The first is creates the perfect canvas for the eyes and is actually called Eye Basics.

Eye Basics camouflages eye imperfections and enhances the durability of eye makeup. The skin friendly ingredients enhance the delicate skin on the eye lids, and botanicals soothe distressed lids. There is also Vitamins A, E & C which provide anti-oxidant protection, while Eye Bright offers anti-inflammatory and healing benefits. This sheer, creamy texture blends easily and smoothly leaving a long-lasting semi-matte finish. It is crease-proof and water-resistant, and leaves eyes primed are ready for color. This product is fantastic. It is the perfect eye primer for wearing under shadow. It can even be worn alone.

Now that your eyes are primed, you can apply shadow. My go-to shade is usually a brown or a plum. I thought that Coffee Ground looked perfect. The Matte Eye Colour will define eyes with extreme pureness and density of colour in one stroke. This stuff is full of pigment and I love it.

Eye Colour offers intense, pure color in one stroke that lasts all day. With superior payoff, this formula adheres to the eye lids with extreme comfort for a smooth finish imparting a soft, creamy feel. The non-dusting color is easily layered or sheered while remaining long-wearing and crease-resistant. It blends so easily and it really stays put. You don't need to keep on applying to get a bold color. I can't wait to try this is more shades!

Finally, don't forget about your brows! The Brow Grooming Brush was designed to maintain well-groomed brows throughout the day. This high quality synthetic fiber brush with stiff bristles in a "mascara spool" grooms even the curliest, most unruly brows. A good brush is hard to find. This one is high quality and brushes everything right into place.

Stay tuned for another Laura Mercier Cosmetics review coming soon!

Connect :: Visit to browse the full line of products that were created to empower women to express and embrace their individual beauty. You can also find Laura Mercier Cosmetics on Facebook and Twitter.

Special Offer :: Get 10% Off and Free Ground Shipping with $80 purchase! No offer code needed. While supplies last. Offer valid through 3/29.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Eye Basics for $26, the Matte Eye Colour for $24, and the Brow Grooming Brush for $10.

Cleanser and Exfoliator from Scalisi Skincare :: Review and Giveaway

How would you like a daily "mini facial" in a bottle? That is what you get with the Cleanser and Exfoliator from Scalisi Skincare. Now you can cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate skin with one advanced product. It combines the best of science and beauty while it thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping away moisture. I love using a cleanser and exfoliator in the morning. I feel like it gets my skin ready for lotions, potions, and my makeup application too.

This 2-in-1 daily cleanser and exfoliator features tiny micro-beads (you can see them above) to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, allowing new cells to surface. The paraben free formula contains jojoba, macadamia nut and sunflower oils to moisturize, while time released vitamins A, C and E nourish skin and help provide antioxidant protection. Scalisi Skincare’s Cleanser and Exfoliator is gentle enough to use daily on normal to oily skin.

Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber? Then you may have received a Cleanser and Exfoliator from Scalisi Skincare in your February box! To use: Massage onto wet skin using circular motions for one to two minutes. Rinse with warm water. I love using mine with my Clarisonic for extra exfoliation!

What I love about this product:
  • You can get antioxidant protection, hydration and exfoliation, all in one product. 
  • It helps revitalize, protect and maintain your skin. 
  • My skin feels so smooth and clean after using. 
  • My makeup goes on better and my skin feels fantastic.
Now you can reap all of the benefits as well! Scalisi Skincare is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win their own Cleanser and Exfoliator!

March 20, 2015

Current Drugstore Beauty Faves

I love finding affordable and effective beauty products from the drugstore. Everyone loves to indulge, but these finds won't break the bank! Proof that the drugstore has nearly everything you need for great skin, hair and makeup.

1. Rite Aid Renewal Premium Cotton Rounds
I use these for everything! They are perfect for nail care, skin care, and more. These soft premium rounds are strong enough to use with your favorite toners, moisturizers, powders and nail polish removers. Oh by the way, also keep them handy for a multitude of home uses, like polishing shoes, applying paint, or stain touch-ups.

2. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
This rich cream is doing wonders for hands. It creates a non-greasy barrier that locks in moisture for soft and rejuvenated skin. Love it! Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream helps restore and maintain the skin's natural protective function. It provides all-day moisturization with a single application and is clinically proven to increase skin hydration. I use it on elbows, knees, heels, and hands, or anywhere that requires extra moisturization. I love how CeraVe Moisturizing Cream spreads easily and absorbs quickly too.

3. Burt's Bees Brightening Even Tone Moisturizing Cream and Brightening Dark Spot Corrector
Finally a brightening product that I don't mind using! The Brightening Dark Spot Corrector is light and absorbs easily. It also doesn't have an awful smell like most brightening products. Clinically proven to help visibly even out skin tone, it is infused with daisy extract, a natural skin brightening agent. The Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream feels great too. A little goes a long way and it delivers intense moisture. It is also clinically proven to even skin tone and help diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration.

4. Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil
This bottle of liquid gold is a spring beauty-must have! I love using it to moisturize dry skin, tame frizzy hair, and soften my cuticles. 100% Pure Argan Oil is known for its rich conditioning benefits. It can even improve skin's brightness, tone, texture and elasticity. This weightless multi-tasking miracle combines the benefits of a moisturizer, primer, brightener, protector, and treatment in one! 

5. RoC Smooth Perfexion Instant Line Corrector
A little RoC Instant Line Corrector goes a long way! I love the silky smooth consistency. It is go gentle on your skin. The Instant Line Corrector immediately smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With continued use, it also helps make skin look younger.

6. Garnier Ultra Lift Miracle Night Cream and Eye Cream
Ultra-Lift Miracle Night Cream combines the hydrating and recharging power of a mask with the light refreshing feel of a cream. The anti-aging formula reduces signs of dull, dry and tired looking skin. Ultra-Lift Miracle Eye Cream is an innovative gel-cream texture that combines the hydrating power of a cream with the light refreshing feel of a gel. It can visibly reduce signs of dark circles, bags, and tired looking eyes.

7. Essie Nail Lacquer in Minimalistic
I have always been a big fan of Essie. The polish glides on easily and stays put for at least a week. I am always impressed with their selection of shades as well. The wearable nail colors are the perfect shade for your toes or fingers.

8. L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge in Perpetual Peach and Ravishing Red and Infallible 24 hour Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke
The Infallible Le Rouge formula delivers bold, luscious color that lasts. I like the vivid, hi-definition color and shine. Vitamin E also keeps your lips moist and comfortable. Infallible 24 hour Eye Shadow is an ultra intense eye shadow. The formula fuses the ease of a powder with the velvety caress of a cream to create a unique hybrid that glides on effortlessly. I love the pure, magnified pigment. It is very intense, so if you are looking for a soft shadow, this is not it.

Let Your Natural Beauty Shine Through #LoveVJC

Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Victoria Jackson® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

When you look better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you can change your life. That is the spirit behind Victoria Jackson Cosmetics. Their purpose for 30 years has been to help women achieve inner confidence through outer beauty. What made me the most excited to work with them is this idea of a "No Make Up" Make Up Look.

So what does that mean exactly? Well Victoria Jackson® has learned that it doesn't take much. A dot of foundation here, a subtle pencil stroke there, the light dusting of blush. And you’re ready. Ready for the day. For life. For anything.

I was sent three products to try from Victoria Jackson®. Let's start with my favorite of the three - the Victoria Jackson Survival Kit. This is one smart and convenient kit! Need a lipstick? How about 5 choices. Eye shadow? It’s got 10 knock-out shades. The ultimate go to beauty arsenal, its little drawers and secret compartments reveal a treasure trove of makeup essentials, and then some.

Let's go on a tour of the Victoria Jackson Survival Kit now shall we?
  1. The kit closes up all nice and compact making it easy to take anywhere!
  2. You just take off the lid.
  3. You pull out your Mascara in Midnight Black.
  4. You can also pull out your 2 Liners: 1 lip liner in Dark Nude, 1 eye liner in Deep Black.
  5. Open it to reveal a mirror and 5 Lipsticks in Clear Gloss, Rose Pink, Berry Mauve, Fiery Red, and Deep Pink.
  6. Slide out to compartments which contain 10 Eye Shadows in Ice White, Rose Pink, Neutral Brown, Warm Dark Brown, Iridescent Olive, Gold Flecked Warm Brown, Silver Gray, Gray Blue, Gold Flecked Cool Brown and Steel Gray.
  7. Another flap down and you get your 2 Blushes in Mauvey Pink and Copper Berry.
  8. Slide open the compartment above the mirror and you will find 3 Applicators: a blush brush, a liner brush, and a shadow brush.
  9. There you have all of the extras pulled out and ready to use.
How cool is this kit? I have been toting it around with me and I love how it has absolutely everything I need for a complete look! The shades are fantastic too. Check out the swatches below.

Victoria Jackson® is always developing more ways to look good and feel good about yourself. Innovate products like the Survival Kit make looking your best simpler and more convenient than ever. I would say it one of the most convenient beauty kits I have ever seen.

Next up is the product which was created from the essence of Victoria’s “No Make Up” Make Up®. This sheer, light and oil free duo will conceal, correct and camouflage without caking or clogging your pores. I love how buildable it is! Whether you need light or full coverage, creating a beautiful canvas couldn't be easier with two skin perfecting shades that can be used alone or blended to perfectly match your complexion. This stuff is fantastic and it covered all of my problem spots.

I found the Foundation Duo to last throughout even the roughest of days. Nothing looked caked on. It blended in very nicely. The two shades really let you get the perfect match.

Finally, when you are ready to take it all off, use this gentle makeup remover. Just as important to beautiful skin as the make up you put on, is the way you take it off. This Gentle Eye & Face Make Up Remover makes it easy and refreshing. I love that it is never oily or greasy, it feels just like pure water, but works much faster, and is a lot gentler on your skin. It took off all of my makeup with ease, but it felt like nothing but water.

I was really impressed with the Victoria Jackson® products I tried. I would recommend these to anyone. I love their natural beauty philosophy too. When you look better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you can change your life. 

March 15, 2015

Organic Dandelion Root Tea with Hibiscus & Cinnamon :: Review

It may sound strange, but Organic Dandelion Root Tea is a specialized organic caffeine-free blend of Dandelion root tea with hibiscus and cinnamon that supports healthy digestion and aids in liver and kidney detoxification. Perhaps you didn't know that raw dandelion root is rich in vitamins A, C, D, B-complex, iron, potassium, and zinc. Hibiscus and cinnamon add a hint of flowery sweetness to every cup.

I happen to love tea, so I was looking forward to trying a tea with so many benefits!

Organic Dandelion Root Tea ...
  • SUPPORTS HEALTHY DIGESTION, KIDNEY HEALTH & LIVER FUNCTION :: Detox the liver and kidneys from toxins that can build up over time. Healthy digestion helps the body to absorb more nutrients and improve physical and cognitive functions.
  • IS RAW & ORGANIC :: Raw Dandelion Root is extremely nutrient rich and provides more vital minerals and vitamins to your body when compared to roasted Dandelion Root.
  • IS VITAMIN RICH :: Raw Dandelion root is rich in Vitamins A, C, D and B-complex plus Iron, Potassium and Zinc. A diet rich in these nutrients can help treat mood disorders, liver disorders and boost a weakened immune system.
  • CONTAINS HIBISCUS & CINNAMON :: While enhancing the earthy flavor, and adding a hint of flowery sweetness to every cup; Hibiscus has been shown to help regulate blood pressure and Cinnamon has been shown to regulate blood sugar and reduce bad cholesterol.

This tea tastes comforting and warm. It is perfect for relaxing at night, as it is caffeine-free. The benefits of this tea are the real winner. Some of my favorites include:
  • helping to regulate blood pressure, regulate blood sugar and reduce bad cholesterol
  • detox the liver and kidneys from toxins that can build up over time
  • rich in Vitamins A, C, D and B-complex plus Iron, Potassium and Zinc

Buy It :: You can purchase Organic Dandelion Root Tea with Hibiscus & Cinnamon from Amazon for $19.70. That will get you (5) 20-ct boxes.

March 2015 NewBeauty TestTube Review

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

As you may have noticed, I love to experiment with beauty. NewBeauty TestTube is a beauty sampling program enabling members the opportunity to try a variety of the latest breakthrough beauty products before investing in them. Six times a year, for just $29.95 (plus shipping and handling), subscribers receive a TestTube filled with deluxe and full-size products from the hottest beauty brands. Members will also receive a subscription to NewBeauty magazine, delivered quarterly. Unlike other beauty subscriptions I have tried, TestTube subscribers receive video emails, demonstrating how to achieve optimal results with the products. With 25,000 subscribers, TestTube has built an unprecedented community of beauty enthusiasts and informed women who sample and share their product favorites. See the bottom of this post for a very cool special offer!

Opening a new tube of goodies is so exciting! I have to say that NewBeauty TestTube's packaging is definitely eye-catching. I love the bold colors and the pack that it comes in a tube makes you feel like a beauty scientist! The tube is filled to the brim with beauty products! In the March 2015 NewBeauty TestTube, I found the following.

TanTowel Classic Self-Tan Towelettes Half Body Application For Face & Body :: Foolproof application is a cinch with these unique towelettes that help deliver the perfect sun-kissed glow each and every time. This is actually a product that I have been wanting to try! That is what I love about the TestTubes. You can try all of the products that you hear so much about!

Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser :: Tone and soften all skin types while removing face and eye make-up with pH-balanced Gentle Facial Cleanser, made with 30% Aloe Vera and perfect for sensitive skin. This is a great cleanser. It cleanses and tones with a fresh, citrus scent. Yet is also revives dull skin by stimulating blood flow and circulation. It is awesome.

ybf Mechanical Eye Pencil in Charming Champagne :: Whether you're in the office or out on the town, this buildable eye pencil will become a must-have for dressing up your look. Plus, it doubles as a highlighter! This natural color is a big light for me on its own, but layered over my other shadow, I get an updated look for night. I love that you can also use it to highlight your cheeks or brow bone! It has a velvety texture.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment :: This goes perfectly with the other Luxurious Volume products that I reviewed here. You can transform fine hair for up to seven days with this thickening treatment! It has the power to last through multiple washes. It provides a base for volumized styling by infusing hair with keratin and protein.

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream SPF 15 :: This fresh moisturizing day cream is packed with antioxidants for brighter, even skin, protected from damaging external elements. Protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun's rays and enhance its energy and radiance at the same time. This is one of my favorites from this TestTube.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth :: This trio works from the inside out of the hair shaft, leaving strands smooth. The primer is the perfect foundation for frizz-free styles. It provides smoother hair with continued use for easier styling. The shampoo provides immediate frizz resistance in the shower. The conditioner is a non-silicone formulas, with pure coconut oil and frizz immunity complex that work from the inside-out. It penetrates the hair fiber for a smoother hair appearance, gradually building the hair's natural defense against frizz, even in high humidity.

Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier Lip Color in Punch :: Plump your pout with this high-shine, ultra-smooth lip color that combines the best of a lipstick and a gloss. Mally's Lip Magnifier combines luminous color with a creamy, ultra-fierce lip gloss. Its refreshing formula smooths and hydrates, leaving lips feeling silky and ultra soft. This full sized sample is valued at $20. It is my fave item in the tube! I love the color and the punch it gives to your lips.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar :: Finding the solution for your dull, dry skin may feel hopeless. But with a little faith in this high-performance daily moisturizer, you can achieve the healthy-looking, beautiful skin you've always hoped for. Dry skin look out. This stuff delivers as the ultimate moisturizer.

Buy It :: Start a NewBeauty TestTube subscription for just $29.95. There are six shipments per year. Plus you get a magazine covering all the latest breakthroughs in beauty, product innovations, celebrity beauty secrets and more.

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