March 26, 2017

Cirque du Soleil OVO is Coming to Northwest Ohio + Giveaway


Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. I am a huge fan and have seen many Cirque du Soleil shows all across the US.


Now Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest touring show, OVO, will be presented at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio from May 31 to June 4, 2017 for seven performances only. This stop is part of a global tour in arenas around North America.


Thrilling more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009 as a Big Top show, OVO will embark on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.


OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.


When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.


Tickets are available now at cirquedusoleil.com/ovo. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $25 for children. Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs are available. I am so excited to see OVO! Like all of the other Cirque du Soleil productions, OVO sounds incredible. You can experience the joy of OVO too! Cirque du Soleil has generously offered me four tickets to give away to one of my lucky readers!


Beauty Box 5 February 2017 Subscription Box Review


Beauty Box 5 delivers a box filled with at least five cosmetic samples every month. Subscribers receive a mixture of luxury, recognizable, niche, and even vegan brands that cater to every skin type. Every box includes a selection of makeup, hair care, skin care, nail care, fragrances, and beauty accessories.


As you can see, my February box was filled with everything pink and rosy for Valentine's Day. In fact, the theme was Put Your Best Kiss Forward! Very cute. Here is what I received in my February 2017 Beauty Box 5.


TINT | MYTHICAL DUO
I received a lip color and lip liner in the shade Fairytale. It is a pretty bubble gum pink shade. Swipe on this bright fuchsia to slay all day - dragon not included. It has a nice formula with staying power.


STYLE ESSENTIALS | LIP GLOW
With a lightly tinted shine, this balm glides on sheer with a moisturizing and comfortable finish- perfect for the days you want to take a break from bold, or to layer on top of a matte shade!


SO SUSAN | COLOUR HYBRID
Add a flirty flush or a powerful pop of color! This rich creamy mousse pigment looks great on every skin tone and adds fullness to your lips. Apply a small amount on the apples of your cheeks with a blush brush and gently blend. You can also apply to the center of your lips with a lip brush or the applicator and build the pigment.


JEAN PIERRE COSMETICS | PINK MOISTURIZING LIP MASK
Prep your pout and repair dryness with collagen, vitamins, and minerals. Place this mask on clean and dry lips, then smooth onto skin. Leave on for 15 minutes, remove, then rub in remaining liquid. It is a great way to remove that dead winter skin.


Subscribe :: You can subscribe to Beauty Box 5 for $12. Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription, so there are twelve boxes available per year.


March 25, 2017

Final Thoughts on the Conture Skin Toning System: Part 3

Thanks to Conture for partnering with me for this post!



I have completed my full review of the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System. It has become a part of my daily skincare routine and has made a huge difference in my skin. In part one of this three part series, I shared how you can Fight the Signs of Aging with the Three Speed Conture System.




In part two, I showed you How To Use the Three Speed Conture System. It is very easy to use and my second post will show you exactly how to use this innovative anti-aging device. In this post, part three, I wanted to share some of the results that you might achieve if you use the Conture for twice daily for 8 weeks. The next set of photos came from Conture, but I will also share my own results with you at the end of this post.


You can see a visible improvement in the appearance of sagging skin along the neck. I do not have any issues with my neck at this point in my life. However, if you do, the results can be amazing. 

You might also see dramatic, visible improvements in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, as well as improvement in skin tone. Those number 11 lines have almost completely faded away.


I thought this next set of results was pretty incredible. There can be a visual reduction in pore size and overall improvement in skin texture and radiance. This is one of the benefits that I am seeing in my own skin. My skin texture has definitely improved.

If fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are an issue, you can see a reduction in the appearance of crows feet. There is also an improvement in skin brightness and smoothness. Wow! The results here are so impressive. I wanted to share my own before and after photo as well. I have been using the Conture System daily for three months.


What do you think? I notice the biggest difference in my under eye area. It looks less puffy and the lines are reduced. I feel like my skin tone is also smoother as well. My husband says that I look younger and more vibrant. I love the Three Speed Conture System and I will definitely continue to use it.


Visit conture.com to learn more. You can also connect with Conture on Facebook and Twitter. Use the code alittleumbrella25 to receive 25% off your order!

March 19, 2017

The March Hair Edit


Do you have any current hair faves? Here are a few hair picks that I have been using and loving this month. Speaking of hair, did you see my review of the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer? I am so in love with it!


Treat your hair to some extra TLC by using Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Restorative Balm. Just apply this restorative hair balm to dry hair to nourish and heal. This balm will help improve hair elasticity while also protecting against breakage, dryness and other common forms of damage. It is perfect to use after a blow out. My favorite use has been to revive second day hair.

Split ends an issue? Then try Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Split Ends Recovery Concentrate. This powerful, split end serum reconstructs splits ends in one use and binds them back together - even after contact with water. Apply a few drops onto towel-dried or dry ends, and leave in. I love using this once a week on my ends before I blow dry. Great stuff!


NIUCOCO is an all-natural, cold-pressed coconut oil hair care brand. Their hydrating shampoo is a milky, natural formula created with cold pressed coconut oil (a natural source of Vitamin E). It helps produce glossy voluminous hair with movement and shine while enhancing your color. This reminded me of a coconut co-wash. You really need to shake it before you apply and scrub thoroughly or else your hair won't feel clean. Once you get it right, it is wonderful for my thick, wavy hair.

The smoothing conditioner can restore flexibility and prevent breakage. This velvety-rich weightless conditioner, also created with cold pressed coconut oil, was fortified to nourish thirsty strands. It can also help to improve manageability and end damage. Enhances softness while creating movement without weighing down the texture. I learned that you don't want to use too much. Both the shampoo and the conditioner are made with natural plant extracts to nourish and produce moisture without any sulfates, parabens or synthetics. They smell great too!

NIUCOCO's renewing hair serum adds texture and control as you renew, repair and boost your style. This nutrient-rich serum and styling oil does it all, including detangle ends, protect against heat styling, and adds high-octane shine. This multi-tasker is infused with extra virgin coconut oil, guava fruit extract, and sunflower seed oil. It is food for you hair that encourages smoothness, nourishment, while helping the hair look bouncy and luxurious. I love using this to reduce second day frizz!


L’ANZA Healing Haircare is a brand that believes that healing is the foundation for beautiful hair. They have a ton of really incredible high-quality formulas containing innovative ingredients such as gugo bark and cactus plant. Brilliant Texture is a hair styling balm that will produce shine and texture, with no greasy residue. It delivers dimension with all-day control and produces a reflective, lustrous, polished look. Use this pomade for a high-gloss and tenacious texture.

I love L’ANZA Foundation Mousse! This fabulous hair mousse provides robust foundation in the hair. It delivers full-bodied lift and support from base to ends, and seals out atmospheric moisture to prevent frizz. It use it in my damp hair before I blow dry. It gives me a nice hold without being too stiff.


Finally, the John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush makes it easy to get frizz-free, full-bodied curls and waves without wasting any time. This hot air brush offers advanced ionic conditioning and true a true ceramic heater, which gives up to 50 percent more ions. Plus, the brush is has a ceramic Titanium-coated barrel. It has two heat settings plus a cool setting and enhanced airflow to help you achieve the perfect style. The 1½-inch barrel is perfect for adding gorgeous volume and shine to styles. The large titanium ceramic barrel gives fullness and body as you style, while the soft bristles create ultimate shine and smoothness. If you want that smooth, yet voluminous curls look, this is for you. It even works on my long, thick hair. 

Mē Chic Permanent Hair Reduction Device



Sure it's only spring, but it's never too early to start prepping for summer. Get started now with mē. The mē chic is a permanent hair reduction device designed for smaller, targeted areas. Think face, underarms, and bikini area. These are all places we want to be as hair free as possible by summer.


The mē chic is compact. So it's small enough to take anywhere, but powerful enough to remove unwanted hair. It works by using unique, patented and amazingly effective, elōs technology. This combined with intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio Frequency (RF) work quickly and safely. Oh did I mention that it’s completely painless and FDA-cleared?


Just use the small and lightweight mē chic both at home and away to treat targeted areas in just minutes. You can achieve permanent results on all skin tones, and it is clinically proven to be effective on the widest range of hair colors, even on blonde, dark blonde and red hair.


The mē chic is perfect for smaller, contoured areas like the bikini, underarm and face, yet as effective on larger areas like legs. Powerful but safe, the chic is the only FDA-cleared technology for permanent results on all skin tones. Used in the privacy of your own home, unwanted hair becomes nothing but a memory.


How to Use the Mē Chic
  1. Prep your skin by removing hair in the desired treatment area by shaving or waxing. For fair hair, waxing or epilating is recommended.
  2. Turn on the chic device.
  3. Select your desired energy level: low, medium or high.
  4. Gently stamp the device on small, contoured areas such as the face, underarms, or bikini area.
  5. Slowly glide the device over larger areas such as the leg or arm.


It is recommended that you use the chic on each treatment area once a week, for 7 treatments. If you do the math, you will want to start now, so you are ready for summer! Periodic touch-up treatments are suggested on an as-needed basis. I have done a few weeks of treatments and I am already seeing less hair growth on treatment areas.


The mē chic long-term hair removal system includes enough pulses to last 5-10 years, eliminating the need to buy replacement cartridges. I don't know about you, but I would be thrilled to say goodbye to razors forever, and waxing is so painful! Put the power of painless, permanent hair reduction in the palm of your hand with the mē chic.


Connect :: Visit mepower.com to check out all of their revolutionary beauty devices. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase the mē chic via Amazon for $199.

The Benefits of Using an Oral Irrigator



First of all, what is an oral irrigator? An oral irrigator takes flossing to another level. This device sits on your bathroom counter top and allows you to thoroughly clean your mouth via oral irrigation. You know when the dentist spays your mouth with that steady stream of water to rinse? That is oral irrigation. So why should we use that at home?


Using an oral irrigator is the easiest way to floss. It is less abrasive than traditional string floss. Plus, oral irrigation will flush out bacteria from deep pockets along the gum line, reaching places brushing simply cannot.

You can adjust the irrigation pressure to a setting that is comfortable for you. There are ten settings in the Poseidon Oral Irrigator ranging from 0 to 90 PSI with 1,400 pulses per minute to meet varying oral care needs.

To makes things really simple, the Poseidon Countertop Oral Irrigator also features built in timers. Featuring 30-second intervals, the timers remind you to move to the next area of your mouth. The two minute auto shut-off timer reminds you when cleaning is finished.


More benefits include:
  1. It comes with a high capacity 600 ml water tank, enough for multiple users.
  2. Use the knob to adjust water pressure to 10 different settings from 0 to 90 PSI at 1,400 pulses per minute.
  3. Four color-coded and interchangeable tips allow multiple family members to use the same device. They can be stored inside the lid, out of sight, but convenient when needed.
  4. The multi-functional handle magnetically attaches to unit and rotates 360 degrees. 

The Poseidon Countertop Oral Irrigator does take up some real estate on your counter top. It won't fit on the very small pedestal sink in my bathroom. But if you have larger counter top space, it should not be a problem. Besides the space issue, we love the clean feeling we get after using our oral irrigator.

Take flossing to another level with a pulsed stream of water to clean your gums and between your teeth. Using an oral irrigator is gentle and won't slice into your gums like traditional floss. These at-home devices are very similar to what your dental hygienist uses during your teeth cleanings. Fight plaque, gingivitis and bad breath every day with the Poseidon Professional Countertop Oral Irrigator.

Connect :: Visit toilettreeproducts.com to check out all of their innovative products for home and bath. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Poseidon Countertop Oral Irrigator via Amazon for $49.95.

March 12, 2017

Spring Essentials from Pixi Beauty


Pixi Beauty is definitely becoming one of my favorite beauty brands. I appreciate the simplicity of the problem-solving, multi-tasking, flaw-fixing, and youth-enhancing products for women with little time to spare. Not to mention that is also affordable and easy to find (look for it at Target). I am so lucky to receive new products from Pixi to try. Here are my picks for spring!


The Hello Rose Set will get you looking rosy in no time. It includes the Beauty Blush Duo, LipLift Max gloss, and Glow Booster lotion (which is an exclusive to this kit)! The Glow Booster in Pink Pearl is stunning. This radiance enhancing lotion primes perfectly in a sheer pearly pink. Next, add a sheer pink sheen white gold highlight to your cheeks with the Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold. The sheer mineral-infused powder tops off any look, turning dullness into lush radiance. Your lips will look rosy in the bestselling lip plumping gloss, LipLift Max, in Sheer Rose.


How To Apply
  1. Apply Glow Booster to the skin or add it to your base to create a beautiful sheen.
  2. Use blush to add color to the apples of cheeks and the highlight to achieve a glowing finish from the Beauty Blush Duo.
  3. Wear the lip plumping gloss alone or over your favorite lip color.

The next group of products were featured in this set. Pixi recently launched an exciting collaboration with four leading beauty and lifestyle gurus! With Petra’s guidance, each of the four taste-makers created their “dream” beauty products that not only represent their individual points of view but parallel Pixi’s philosophy of fuss-free in a few minutes. So cool, right? Let's start with Judy! Judy created the ItsEyeTime and ItsLipTime palettes shown above.

ItsEyeTime is a palette of super silky shadows that are easy to wear. They seamlessly transition from day to night. Just swish on these gorgeous shades to define and enhance your look whatever time it is. I like the silky formula. As Judy suggests, these colors are pigmented, so you can use your finger to pack on the shadow directly onto lids. I like to blend them out with a brush. The colors are perfect for any season.


ItsLipTime is a collection of lip crèmes in a range of wearable, super-flattering colors mixed by Judy. Playing with lip colors in a palette is always fun because you can mix and match your own shades. The formula is hydrating and easy to apply using just your finger. Using your finger is great for this formula because it warms them up a bit and makes them easier to blend.


Next up is Aspyn Ovard who created the Eye Accents set. Use these two products to define the eye area and finish off your eye look. The Lower Lash Mascara is a water resistant formula with added vitamin E and panthenol that stays on all day, even on sensitive and runny eyes. It comes with a precision detail brush to effortlessly coat every hard to get lash. The Brow Tamer is a clear brow gel that sets, shapes, and holds unruly brows in place all day!


Aspyn also created these stunning Glow-y Powder highlighters! Truly a must-have for spring, these velvety soft highlighters add a hint of glow, creating a luminous effect. The natural mineral powder hydrates and reflects light to brighten complexion. Use the pink shade for a silky soft blush that adds sheer color for a perfectly rosy cheek.


How To Apply
  1. Highlighters: Apply onto tops of cheekbones, brow bones and inner corner of the eye. 
  2. Blush: Apply onto apples of the cheek on top of your favorite base. Blend in circular movements, up and out.

Maryam Maquillage worked with Pixi to create Strobe & Bronze, Strobe & Sculpt, and the Strobe & Sculpt Brush. Strobe & Bronze palette (above left) brings a soft natural glow and sheer sunkissed warmth to the skin. The highlighters give a soft glowing luminosity while the bronze shades help create natural definition. This useful palette contains three highlight shades and three bronzing shades. The highlight shades give a glowing luminosity to amplify and reflect light, while the bronze shades help add warmth and create natural definition.

The Strobe & Sculpt palette (above right) includes highly blendable mineral powders in three highlight and three contour shades help achieve refined lighting and defined shading for a seamless luminous finish. Maryam suggests applying the matte highlighter in “Baby Chick” to the center of the face to lock in foundation and brighten. Then adding “Minx” bronzer to the outer contour of the face to add warmth and a bronzed glow. Contour under cheekbones, the sides of the nose and forehead using darker contour shades. Finally, apply highlighter to tops of cheekbones, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow to light up features.


Use the Strobe & Sculpt Brush as an indispensible tool in strobing and sculpting features. This dual ended synthetic fiber brush applies and blends contour, bronzing and highlighting shades seamlessly. One end is a tapered brush ideal for applying highlighters and the other end with a flat edge is designed for buffing and blending, amazing for bronzers and contour shades. I love the tapered end for applying highlighters. So simple and effective! Then use the flat edge to buff and blend!


Eventually you need to wash it all away. That is where Caroline Hirons comes in. She created the Double Cleanse. This unique 2-in-1 cleanse contains a solid cleansing oil on one side and a luxe cleansing cream for the ultimate PM cleansing on the other side. At first I was hesitant about using a cleansing oil, but wow. The skin-loving ingredients in the solid cleansing oil really just melt everything away. Then the cream cleanses the skin and leaves it perfectly washed. This stuff is a game changer!


How To Apply
  1. Apply a coin size amount of cleansing oil onto dry skin.
  2. Massage into skin.
  3. Remove oil with a moist facecloth.
  4. Now follow by applying a coin size amount of cleansing cream onto skin, massage thoroughly, remove with moist facecloth.

I was swatching on my hand and you can see how well the Double Cleanse works. The photo on the left shows after I rubbed in the cleansing oil. The photo on the right shows after I applied and removed the cleansing creme. Wow. Love this stuff!

Connect :: Visit pixibeauty.com to learn more about looking flawless in a few fuss-free moments. Connect with Pixi by Petra via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase these spring essentials via pixibeauty.com or at a Target store near you!
  1. Hello Rose Kit $22
  2. ItsEyeTime Palette $24
  3. ItsLipTime Palette $24
  4. Eye Accents Kit $16
  5. Glow-y Powder $16
  6. Strobe & Bronze Palette $20
  7. Strobe & Sculpt Palette $20
  8. Strobe & Sculpt Brush $14
  9. Double Cleanse $24


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