Bright And Healthy Stocking Stuffers


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At our home we love useful gifts during the holiday season and by that I mean, gifts that are good all year, stuff we can use everyday and of quality ideally. This is why the Oral-B Pro-Health 3000 is such a good buy and excellent stocking stuffer (a fancy one I’d say). The Oral-B Pro-Health 3000 at Target is the perfect gift to power holiday smiles, see my photo with my son? I am always trying to emphasize the importance of healthy, pearly teeth to him and he is also starting to understand this concept at 7 years old.

The Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush protects our gums plus it helps in preventing and reversing gingivitis (bad breath). This electric and rechargeable toothbrush comes with CrossAction bristles designed to get deep in-between teeth for a better clean all year. On the brush, there is an indicator to let you know when it’s time to change the brush head as bristle’s color fades away. The pressure sensor will work to let the user know if you are brushing too hard and stops pulsations for proper pressure. All these features are pretty good. The Oral-B Pro-Health 3000 available at Target is the perfect gift to power holiday smiles.

Also, I wanted to let you know about an amazing offer from Target.com, get $20 off your purchase of the Oral-B Pro-Health 3000 at Target.com. This an excellent offer if you are looking for the perfect gift to power holiday smiles at Target.

I’ve been using this brush for a few weeks now and totally LOVE it. My teeth are very sensitive and I like the fact that this has a sensor in case you brush too rough which happens to me sometimes. Also, it can be used for the whole family, all you have to do is use the color-identifier bands that come with refill toothbrushes in a pack of three. The charging time lasts up to two weeks, which is pretty awesome and it is all electric-powered.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Nudestix Magnetic Eyecolor Immortal Bronze Review

Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color ImmortalNudestix Smokey EyeNudestix Magnetic Eye Color Immortal SwatchIn the world of neutrals there are always new items, 24-hr pencils, waterproof products and palettes. I am someone who is all about the LESS is MORE mantra and Nudestix Magnetic Eyecolor pencils are definitely MORE for me. I was recommended this little gem from Canada by a very respected makeup artist friend a while ago. In November while it was my birthday month, I went for it and ordered a Nudestix to try with my hardly ever used Sephora VIB, and the love was instant. Suffice to say with neutrals like brown, beige and black being my favorite colors and ones I work with the most, discovering a cream + a pencil that blends smoothly like a velvet-y powder is the butter to my toast.

I chose Nudestix Magnetic Eyecolor Immortal, a rich brown with a slight gold pigment, perfect for a subtle and quick smokey eye makeup as well under eye color. Nudestix come in 8 shades neutral shades ranging from nude, gold, browns and black. What I like about these pencils, aside from the easy blending quality that sets them aside from most cream products which tend to dry quickly, is their wearability and matte colors that are perfect for day/ night looks. Another big plus, it works with other products seemingly well *Powder shadows or liquid eyeliners.

Nudestix Magnetic Eyecolor pencils don’t need eye primer or any base at all, in my opinion/ personal experience, unless you are in humidity or have excessively oily lids. My LOTD in that photo is using only Nudestix and mascara, I loved the soft smokey eye finish and felt it was just right. I am already into getting more and also trying the concealer pencils and more of the eyeliners/ eyeshadows – all for personal use.

Nudestix Magnetic Eyecolor pencils are available in Sephora and retail for $24, they come in a super cute case with a mirror and a sharpener for them.

Ingredients
Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG 19/19 Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon-12, C20-40 Alcohol, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, tocopherol [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Carmine (CI 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide].

****This was my own purchase and opinions/ views are my own

Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive Review

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It’s been windy and super freezing here in the northeast and the oils are getting used more and more in my daily skincare regimen. Today, I am reviewing Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive, a multi-tasking product that’s so good, it can be applied on the face, hair and body (even the nails for those suffering from winter dry skin in the cuticles). This is an oil that can be used on its own, perfect for night time or daytime. I’d loved using it when I get up and before bed, the texture and consistency is lovely with a soft citrusy scent. Oils, unlike regular moisturizers, are fast acting and deeply hydrating, this is why I love using them in winter time, they repair and do their job in a flash. Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive is what I’d consider a great blend of quality components that won’t leave you feeling greasy at all. The list of ingredients on this oil is quite impressive, some of these I’ve used before and definitely endorse as sources of deep, conditioning hydration for the most dry of skins.

Abyssinian The Key ingredient in Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive. From the crambe abyssinica plant native to central Africa, it’s a rare and unique combination of fatty acids prized for their ability to do everything from mimic the effects of silicon for unbeatable shine; lubricate the hair deep into the follicle; and protect and coat each strand.
BaobabThe renowned baobab trees have grown for centuries in the arid climates of India and Africa, and its exotic oil from the tree’s seeds are rich in antioxidant-rich palmitic acid and Vitamin F.
Buriti The fruit of Africa’s Moriche palm – known as the Tree of Life – is one of the world’s richest sources of beta-carotene, which moisturizes and nourishes.
Camelia Also known as tea-seed oil, it’s ultra-hydrating oil responsibly harvested from China that cleans the scalp and pampered dry stands thanks to its abundance of Vitamin E and polyphenols.
Carrot Seed Specially sourced from the mountains of Switzerland, it’s rich in Vitamin A to condition the scalp, plus Alpha Linolenic Acid for anti-inflammatory protection.
Monoi Selectively sourced from the warm tropics of Tahiti, it’s a restorative oil rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids to heal damage and promote growth from the root.
Meadowfoam This oil is sourced right from the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Named for its flowers’ resemblance to white foam on the ocean, meadowfoam oil is another outstanding source of Omega 9 fatty acids for shine and sheen.
Moringa Ancient Egyptians prized Moringa Oil for its nourishing properties, thanks to antioxidants and Vitamin E, which help combat skin fatigue, plus clean and purify the scalp.

Also very important and key to mention is the fact that Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive does not contain parabens, sulfate, phthalates, PEG, DEA/MEA (all linked to harmful diseases), any harsh salts or harmful colors/ fragrances. This is definitely an oil that was well received by both my face, neck and body, where I have the most trouble keeping hydrated these winter months. I am very sensitive and did not feel an itch or reaction at all from using the oil.

Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive retails for $99 for 1fl oz/30ml and is available online.

**Thanks to Ifabbo for the press sample and opportunity to review this product. All opinions and views are my own**

Bezel Box Review

Bezel Box JewelryBezel Box ContentsFor something totally unique in the world of subscription boxes, may I present you with Bezel Box. Upon arrival, my Bezel Box was stylish, on trend and a beautifully wrapped box. Subscribers can choose to sign up for a monthly box for as little as a 3 month period, 6, or as long as 12 months. Each Bezel box offers 4-5 coordinated pieces of boutique custom jewelry costing $35 and shipping for free in the continental US (it is also offered internationally, rates vary depending on the country). There is also a mini Bezel box option, offering two pieces of jewelry for $19.97, free shipping as well.

My box consisted of a green and red with gold accents necklace, earrings, ring and bracelet. It is hard to decide which I liked more but am definitely a fan of the necklace, followed by the ring. For me a mini Bezel box would be a more viable option, simply for the reason that I mostly wear minimal jewelry, usually a ring and or a necklace, sometimes both. During the winter time, I am mostly covered up and although that’s not an excuse to not feature jewelry, I am a minimalist when it comes to accent pieces and such.

Back to my two favorites, the necklace has some stunning elements perfect for a LBD and although the colors give me spring and summer vibes, I liked them. My other favorite was the ring and mostly because it is chunky and perfect for wearing in different fingers, as the band is adjustable. The earrings were also super cute, not too chunky and the colors very complimentary, although not necessarily my style as they are very Boho. The bracelet was super adorable but for me, this would be a summer kind of accent more than anything else.

Overall, I’d say for the fashionista and accessories fan or someone looking to build their arsenal on a small budget, Bezel box offers a great service delivered right at your door. Once you sign up to Bezel box there is a rewards program, for every month of subscription, you can earn points toward the purchase of accessories on their online store.

Bezel Box is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Bezelbox

**This box was sent to me as a press sample, all opinions are my own.

Five Favorite Winter Skin Habits and Products

Winter Skincare FavoritesI have a confession to make. Winter is my least favorite season, as it is really trying for my skin. During the coldest months, I dry up like crazy and have to pack on the moisture. Generally speaking, our skin takes a little bit of a beating during the colder months, extra bad if you live in a cold place where snow and below freezing point temperatures exists. Indoor heating, cold winds, less humidity in the air, all result in drier skin not just in the face but the hair scalp plus all over the body.

Today, I rounded up some products and WAYS to avoid the terrible perils of winter skin. Bottom line, my top advice is to first exfoliate more, use heavier moisturizers at night, embrace serums day and night even with your makeup on (unless your skin is super oily then use oil free moisturizers catered for oily types), load up on healthy fats (AND eat your water, remember?), and always take care of your feet at nighttime.
Exfoliate for Skincare WinterExfoliate Exfoliating during winter time is a must. I am loving Sahara’s Secrets Facial Exfoliant, it is an exfoliant that is gentle enough for dry/ sensitive skin like mine and light in texture, very liquid like I’d say. This Dead Sea water-based exfoliant formula is designed to gently remove the buildup of dead skin cells. The exfoliant ingredients are gentle Olive Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf extract and Echinacea extract. I am suggesting to do more exfoliation in the winter because we tend to get scaly, cracked and dry skin more during this season. Exfoliating takes care of dead skin cells and pretty much gives our whole body including lips a new start. Very important also, after exfoliating, rinse the skin and moisturize with a thick cream or an oil.
Skincare Swatches Serum Exfoliant Tatcha NeocellUse a heavier moisturizer I’ve switched my skincare since early November. Currently, I am using a combination of a heavy day cream, Clarins HydraQuench cream (dry skin formula) for my face and neck, it is of thick texture, fast absorbing and goes on smoothly. For the whole body, I am still using Tatcha Indigo Body Butter, a thicker very gentle formula made for people with sensitive skin. Why do I use heavier creams? Heavier cream formulations offer a higher oil-to-water ratio, thus more moisture and a chance for the skin to repair/ heal from the dry air and cold. I tend to do all this at night, right before bed, easier to remember and just like a night time skincare ritual. Also for my feet, I will put socks on to help the heavier moisturizer absorb into the skin nicely and without interruption while sleeping. Sometimes I’ll even do coconut oil, feels amazing next day in the cold morning.

Use serums day and night For the extra moisture and repair, I am also adding a serum on top of an extra thick face cream. It’s been a few weeks and I recommend Neo-Cell Hydra + AHA, a serum with Hyaluronic Acid, a key ingredient in replenishing hydration in our skin. By using a serum, I am fighting the good fight against indoor heating which makes my skin extra dry, (hence why I don’t love the cold so much). Neo-Cell Hydra + AHA is light, offers great ingredients and goes very well with any moisturizer or on its own.

Eat your water I can’t stress this enough. Oily fish like salmon, whole grains and aromatic veggies contain selenium, a compound that gives skin the elasticity it so badly needs during the cold season. Eat quinoa, onions, or avocados are your skin friends as well as juicy fruits like oranges, mandarins and strawberries. Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, and monounsaturated fats, all which help skin lock in moisture. Of course, water intake is very important for glowing skin. Orange and yellow veggies contain beta-carotene, with is notoriously great for skin too. In winter mandarins and oranges are in season. So eat your water :)

Give your feet some love Exfoliating and using heavy moisturizers are just as important for our feet. Scrub using a pumice stone in the shower once per week to slough off rough, dead skin aka exfoliate dead skin on our feet. I’d even recommend using some kitchen wrap and olive oil or virgin coconut oil, let this sit for as long as you can and voila, soft, smooth, loved feet skin will ensue.

Products mentioned
Sahara’s Secrets Facial Exfoliant retails $9.95
Tatcha Indigo Body Butter retails $48
Neo-Cell Hydra + AHA retails $21.57
Clarins HydraQuench cream (dry skin formula) retails $49.50

***Sahara’s Secrets, Tatcha and Neo-Cell were given to me as press samples while Clarins and those fabulous fruits were my own purchase, all opinions/ views are my own.

Enter To Win A $250 Sephora Giveaway!

sephoragiftcardgiveawayThe Beauty Blogazons and I have teamed up to give one lucky reader a $250 Sephora Gift Card! To enter, use the graphic below and follow the Instagram accounts listed, that’s your chance to enter plus there are other options too. If you are in Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, and United States PLEASE ENTER, this giveaway is valid in those countries. The Blogazons giveaway is live and ends December 15, 2014.

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Comfortable At Home With Hanes Fleece #HanesFleece

Hanes East Coast NY Full Zip Hoodie
We’ve been experiencing a major cold front here in NJ. And the perfect way to be comfortable at home is layering our clothes both indoors and outdoors. Hanes Fleece is tag-free for itch-free comfort and wardrobe staples for the entire family. I love the fact that Hanes Fleece comes in solid colors with no patterns for the grown ups. The sizes are true standard and fit everyone perfectly. For the kids, Hanes Fleece also offers lightweight, versatile garments AND they wash nicely, colors do not fade at all.
Hanes Fleece Live Love ColorUsually, I am the one who takes my dog out for a walk. Since it is very chilly out, I make sure I am wearing a thermal or a big sweater to layer my Hanes Live Love Fleece Zip Hoodie. During the cooler months here in NJ, I wear hoodies while at home or doing my errands like shopping, picking up my son from school or walking my dog Henry, it is my every day garment. Hanes Live Love Fleece Zip Hoodie is perfect also while in the car and does not feel bulky at all.
Hanes Comfortblend Eco Smart Pullover HoodieMy husband wore his Hanes Comfortblend Ecosmart Pullover Hoodie sweatshirt while doing chores at home, he liked that his garment was fitted and allowed him to carry stuff and do things around the house in comfort. The pockets in the front are also a big bonus.
Hanes East Coast NY Full Zip ActionLast but not least is my son, he loves to play soccer outdoors and since this is just his second ever winter, he is still getting used to the cold temperatures. I have to make sure when he is outside he is wearing at least a second layer sweatshirt, ideally a hoodie. He really loves the Hanes Boys East Coast Full Zip Hoodie with the NY letters. After school he changes his school uniform and will wear his zip hoodie pretty much every day both indoors and outdoors.

Hanes Fleece is available online and at mass retailers nationwide. Most Hanes Fleece garments range from $11 on up to $23, they are super affordable.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

How To Stick To a Responsible Budget


Capital One 360 Black Friday Sale
As I write this post, there is a mad rush to the stores on a day like today, Black Friday Sales. The furore over spending and deals in retail and online stores is overwhelming and so tempting to go beyond our means. Staying on budget is something I’ve learned to master over the years, trust me I learned the hard way. How do I stay within my means? I budget my earnings. I set a limit in the amount of cash I am going to spend on either my own overhead costs and for the family I have our bills set up on a schedule too. Today, I am going to give you some ideas on how to stick to a responsible budget with your makeup expenditures and beyond – this all applies within the grand scheme of things, money is money.

Understand Your Income in Numbers If you have accurate figures of how much money you have a month, you’ll know how to spend it. This is a simple formula. For example, I work freelance doing makeup and have some earnings from blogging. Every month, I budget my earnings to pay for childcare as well as my own wardrobe, makeup kit, and extras. My husband and I divide our expenses and we are both accountable for specific costs every month. This helps us budget the money we earn.

Have a list of all expenses Having a list of your outgoings really makes a difference on how you spend your money. I started doing this, thanks to my husband and I have to thank him for making me aware of how money my money was being spent.

Save money I can’t stress this enough. My husband and I bought our first home last year after years of saving and being very savvy with our expenditures. If you have extra income, set aside a savings account, it will buy your future.

Don’t be late on your credit card payments Your credit score is reflected on not just on paying your debt BUT also on whether you pay your card debt on time. I used to have multiple cards and now only have one. Typically, I carry a low balance, it averages between $300 to zero a month. I wasn’t this good years ago. Now I love that I am debt free and responsible for my budget, if I can’t spend it, I won’t buy it.

During the holidays to help consumers to stay on track with their finances, Capital One 360 is decking the halls with deals you can bank on, including new account bonuses, referral bonuses and closing cost credits. I encourage you to add Capital One 360’s Black Friday Sale to your shopping list. Visit http://clvr.li/cap1bfs to give yourself the lasting gift of financial peace of mind by taking advantage of Capital One 360’s deals on banking, brokerage and mortgage products. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay within your financial goals. All of Capital One 360’s Black Friday Sale deals are designed to encourage consumers to keep their finances in check.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Blackfriday + Cyber Monday Makeup and Skincare Sales

Happy delightful shopper - eve xmas sales concept. FantasyBeware my beauty and makeup shopping addicts, this is it, the most wonderful time of the year is here. It is time to shop, shop, shop for your loved ones and you. I’ve compiled some great deals and sales, so here they are.

BIRCHBOX is offering 60 extra points when you spend $60 or more using the code BBTHANKS through 11/27.

DR HAUSCHKA SKINCARE Customers spending over $50 will receive a cleansing cream for free.

CAUDALIE Try a limited-edition Winter Duo Honey Set of lip balm and hand cream for $10.

EVE PEARL Beauty Brands Products up to 60% off (while supplies last), Enter Code BP2014. For online purchases only, no phone or e-mail orders. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

LAURA GELLER 25% off with code FRIDAY25 and 30% off purchases over $100 with code FRIDAY30.

OBSSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS is offering 20% off site-wide on occmakeup.com from 11/28 to 12/1, plus the return of the Black Box Set.

PAULA’S CHOICE 15% off everything and free shipping.

SENNA COSMETICS 20% off on all online Senna Cosmetics products through December 1st plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

SKINDINAVIA is offering a FREE Makeup Primer Spray + FREE Shipping + 20% off with code 20off. This deal is valid on Black Friday + Cyber Monday (November 28th through December 1st).

SUSAN POSNICK COSMETICS is offering a free Mascara $24.00 with any purchase. COLORCOATED Mascara is the newest addition to Susan Posnick Cosmetics. This mascara is gluten, paraben and cruelty-free. 20% off all orders. Free Shipping & Limited Holiday Gift Pack Thru Dec or while supplies last.

TOO FACED When you buy “Better Than Sex” mascara, you will receive 50% off another product.

True Nature Botanicals will be offering a Cyber Monday deal 20% off everything site wide.

URBAN DECAY Free shipping plus a special pair of the brand’s Ammo and Smoked shadow palettes plus a sample of Perversion mascara for $30.

The Makeup Show Holiday Pop Up Shop December 6th and 7th 2014

The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop New YorkThe Makeup Show POPUP New YorkAttention northeast makeup and skincare lovers, the Makeup Show Holiday Pop Up Show is returning once again! The Makeup Show Holiday Pop Up Shop will be taking place in New York City on December 6th and 7, 2014. This is an event for consumers and pro makeup artists in which beauty products are offered at excellent discounts. There will be brands offering discounts exclusively at The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop.

The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop will feature over 40 top beauty brands, each selling products at discounts ranging from 20 – 40% off. Participating brands include Kevyn Aucoin, Stila Cosmetics, Crown Brush, Static Nails, Armour Beauty, INGLOT Cosmetics, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Temptu, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Mario Badescu. Other brands include
Alcone Co.
Armour Beauty
Ashunta Sheriff Beauty
Bdellium Tools
Beauty Butler
Beauty So Clean
Billion Dollar Brows
Breakups To Makeup
Crown Brush
Ellis Faas
Eye Kandy Cosmetics
Glamcor
Gleam by Melanie Mills
I Make You Beautiful
Kett Cosmetics
Naked Cosmetics
Nurturing Force
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Pur Minerals
Smashbox Cosmetics
Static Nails
Tei Spa
The Powder Group

The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop is held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 11am to 6pm and on Sunday December 7, 2014 from 10am to 5pm at Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor, NYC 10011. Tickets are $25 each day, and can be purchased online here.