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Last Minute Gifts are a Breeze with Mary Kay

So Christmas will be here in FOUR short days.  If you haven’t finished shopping, you might be wondering if it’s worth it to fight the crowds, to have to drag your kids around the mall, or to take the chance with sometimes unreliable overnight shipping.

Today I would like to let you in on a gift shopping idea you might not be familiar with.  And chances are, you can shop right in your neighborhood.  Do you have a Mary Kay lady?

Here in central Louisiana, my friend Jennifer Dupont is a Mary Kay consultant, and she has opened my eyes to the new direction this company is taking!  Instead of tired old pink lipsticks and basic skin products, you should now think of Mary Kay as a hub for all your premium makeup and advanced skin care needs.  Parties are jovial and have a spa-like vibe.  Who doesn’t want a mini facial while hanging out with their friends?

In addition to such on trend items as charcoal masks, your consultant has tons of ideas for gifts and even pre-made bundles that will make your gift giving beyond easy.

 

 

The cool thing about giving Mary Kay for the holidays is that most of the time, you don’t have to wait.  Many consultants keep a large stock on hand and can deliver your purchase within a day or so.  

And if you’re absolutely at a loss for what to give, you can always get a gift certificate!  Mary Kay has a ton of items for $25 or under, so your gift certificate will go a long way.

If you don’t need to give a gift, but just want to freshen up your own look, your consultant can help you with that too.  Mary Kay has everything from brow gel to lip gloss to liquid and powder foundations, and your consultant would love to help you find the shade that’s perfect for you.

No matter what you need for your beauty and skin care needs, there’s a chance that Mary Kay has a product that can help you!  And there are also lines for the guys, body and skin care.

If you don’t have a consultant of your own, I would love to recommend Jennifer!  Although she might not be near to you, she can ship items.  Jennifer is friendly and loves to meet new people.  For all of your Mary Kay needs, check her out here.

**DISCLAIMER: I do not sell Mary Kay nor was I paid for this post! I am helping out my friend and I have found that Mary Kay makeup works for me!
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REVIEW: Zakia’s Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask


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In the summer, nearly everyone has an issue with their skin.  For me, no matter if I wash twice a day, my skin will quickly get oily and my pores clogged.  I am a huge fan of facial masks, no matter what the season, so I was excited to try out a mask you can DIY: Zakia’s Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask.

A weekly mask with natural and organic clay from deep inside the Ancient Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect skin treatment for cleaning, detoxifying, toning and rejuvenating. A facial mask treatment made from Ghassoul clay can be relaxing and give your skin a new healthy glow. Ghassoul clay’s most impressive properties in skin improvement are its capacity of absorption and adsorption due to its high level of ion exchange. Ghassoul is a mineral rich, light brown clay that blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin a smooth and delightful experience. Use on skin and hair – it even makes for a fabulous shampoo; mix a small amount of powder in your favorite shampoo – wash and rinse. Super cleansing!

What is so cool about this mask is not only can you mix it to your own specifications, you can use it in several different ways!

I first used the powder itself, mixed with water, to make a facial mask.

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The clay itself doesn’t have any scent to speak of, so that should appeal to those with more sensitive skin.

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The recommended instructions call for one part clay to be mixed with five parts water, but for my preference I found this to be way, way too thin.  The photo above shows one heaping tablespoon of Moroccan Ghassoul Clay combined with two tablespoons of water.  This made more than enough to completely cover my entire face.

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The mask, even when nearly dry, was really easy to wash off–I didn’t need the help of a washcloth at all! I could immediately feel the results of the clay working on my pores; my skin felt tighter, more radiant, and refreshingly clean.

I also had enough of the mask left to add to my regular shampoo and use to wash my hair.  My hair definitely felt squeaky clean, but I would use extra conditioner as the clay may strip your hair of its’ natural protective oils.

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I loved being in control of mixing my own beauty product.  I can’t wait to make an even larger batch of Zakia’s Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask to use on other parts of my body!

Zakia’s Morocco is offering my readers a special discount in their purchase!  Visit www.zakiasmorocco.com and enter code ZMBLOG-208 at checkout to save 20%.  Even better–the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask is on sale right now!

REVIEW: Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

If you regularly follow my blog, then you’ll know that I recently posted a review of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash. Today I’m going to introduce you to another Miracle Oil product: Dial Liquid Hand Soap with Marula Oil!

The Miracle Oil Hand soap is made with the same Marula Oil as the body wash.  Marula Oil is added to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals.

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The soap is definitely moisturizing and you will feel a difference in your hands after the first wash.  My favorite thing about this soap is its’ scent, which is not too flowery and is perfect for my husband and son. A lot of times a hand soap may be overly perfumed and my guys deem it “too girly” to wash their hands with!

Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Soap is just what your hands need to recover from the harsh winter weather.  Treat your hands and your body with nourishing Marula Oil!

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For more info on Dial products, visit the Dial Website or Facebook page.

REVIEW: Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap

I’m so excited to present to you a new variety in Dial’s Deep Cleansing Soap line: Sugar Cane Husk Scrub!  With a creamy sweet scent inspired by fresh cut sugar cane, this premium formula with gentle micro scrubbers cleanses deeply while moisturizing and smoothing skin.

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You can see a close up of the tiny scrubbers here!  We love to use the Dial Deep Cleansing varieties to get strong smells off our our hands–usually from food preparation.  The soap lathers up very richly, and the scent is just enough–not overpowering, but enough to leave a light trace on your hands after they’ve been washed.

My husband used the Sugar Cane Husk soap after getting his hands all yucky peeling and deveining shrimp.  He washed his hands afterwards with a couple of pumps of this soap, and the fishy smell was gone!

Dial soap is a staple in our household, and we are definitely adding the Sugar Cane Husk Soap to our rotation.

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To find out more about this or other Dial products, visit their website or Facebook page.

REVIEW: Pura D’Or Argan Oil, Shampoo, and Conditioner


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In the past couple of years, argan oil has exploded in popularity, and with good reason–it has several amazing benefits in various beauty products.  I recently got the opportunity to try out argan oil products for the first time ever, from Pura D’Or.

Here’s a bit more about the company:

For more than four years, Pura d’or has been growing a culture planted on a natural set of values and beliefs. But when all is said and done it comes down to one unified mission—to create organic personal care solutions that naturally work.

All our ingredients are grown on trees, not in test tubes. Our products are artisanally handcrafted by a hybrid team of artists and scientists, not by machines. Some say that this is a step backward, but we believe that this is a step in the direction of how things should be.

Pura d’or creates better beauty products from ingredients that are not only naturally beneficial, but are also sustainably grown and raised with respect for the animals that eat them and the people who produce them.

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The Pure and Organic Argan Oil is great for skin! It’s 100% cold pressed. It helps create smoother skin, restores nutrients to cells and reduces scars.

A couple of drops definitely go a long way.  I was at first nervous to put oil on my face, which already gets pretty oily by the end of the day.  But rather than making my face slick or greasy, the argan oil absorbed right into my skin, making it super soft.  This is not something I would use in the summer, as I have a feeling it might be a bit too much for my face then, but in winter it’s perfect to keep my skin from drying out from too much indoor heat.

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The Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo is one of a kind. It contains 12 DHT Blockers, creates thicker hair and prevents from further hair loss.

I definitely noticed much less hair going down the drain after using this shampoo JUST ONCE.  As most shampoos made without chemicals, this one does not lather a ton, so if you’re used to more commercial shampoos, you may think your hair is not getting clean, and finding the right amount to use takes some getting used to. But you will be left with heavenly scented (you’d better like rosemary!), stronger hair immediately.

The Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner adds texture, shine and volume to hair. Pura D’or shampoos and conditioners are free from SLS, Parabens and Gluten!

I absolutely love the scent of this conditioner…lavender vanilla is one of my favorites and surprisingly hard to find in bath and body products.  Aside from that, the conditioner works well at controlling frizz and flyaways, which is very important to me with the spring and summer months coming up.  You only need about a nickel sized dollop for shoulder length hair, and this conditioner rinses away easily and never leaves hair feeling weighed down.

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Showing the textures: shampoo on the left, conditioner on the right.

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All of Pura D’Or’s products are made with only all natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals. They  are animal cruelty free, USDA biobase certified and doctor trusted.

Pura D’Or’s website shop is offering great deals right now, such as free shipping on most orders, and 20% for first time orders!

DISCLAIMER: This post powered by BrandBacker.  I received free product for review purposes, but no other compensation was given. My thoughts and photos contained herein are my own.

REVIEW: Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil


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Many years ago, I used to go to a hairdresser who used an amazing shampoo when she washed my hair.  It made my scalp tingle, and smelled spectacular too! When I asked what she was using, I learned that it was a salon grade shampoo and conditioner containing tea tree oil! Ever since, I have been on lookout for products containing tea tree oil.  There aren’t a ton, but I am excited to say that thanks to Apothecary Extracts, I can now create my own beauty recipes!

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil comes in a huge 4 oz size.  I am so excited at the prospect of everything I will be able to make…and when you purchase the oil, Apothecary Extracts will send you an ebook containing over 50 uses for your new oil! You can use it for everything from facial scrub, to hand wash, to a cold remedy, or acne treatment.

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In the few weeks I have had my bottle, I have already found a lot I can do with tea tree oil.  I have put drops in the bath to make it soothing and muscle relaxing.  I have used it in my vaporizer next to my bed at night, to help relieve serious nasal congestion due to a sinus infection.  I have added a few drops to the floor of my shower (only in the corners!) to make it an aromatherapy experience.  I have rubbed a bit on my temples when I had a particularly bad headache.  Tea tree oil is one of nature’s most versatile gifts, and can be used in almost any way you can think of!

Apothecary Extracts 100% tea tree oil is very, very potent, and for most jobs, no more than 10 drops will do what you need it to.  That is definitely not much, so I am thinking this huge bottle will last me for a while yet! And when I run out, I will surely be getting more.

DISCLAIMER: This post powered by BrandBacker.  I received free product for review purposes, but no other compensation was given. My thoughts and photos contained herein are my own.

REVIEW: Dial Miracle Oil Marula Oil Infused Body Wash

 

I had never before heard of marula oil before trying Dial’s new Miracle Oil Body Wash, but I’m very happy that I’ve discovered it!

Marula Oil is meant to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals.  To have this skin protectant in a body wash form is awesome–you don’t even have to think about your skin needing it during the day.

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The miracle oil body wash has a light scent, somewhat floral, but I would think it’d be OK for both men and women to use.  The formula makes a very rich, creamy lather and rinses off easily.

For winter skin that’s trying to shed its’ dryness in preparation for spring and summer, Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash is just perfect.  Even though the wash is made with oil, it does not leave skin feeling greasy at all.  My elbows and knees still have a way to go before being shorts-season ready, so by pairing this body wash with a great body cream I think my skin will improve greatly!

Find out more about this and other Dial products on their Facebook page.

REVIEW: Dead Sea Mud Mask & Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer from InstaNatural

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We’ve known for a while that the waters of the Dead Sea have some sort of beneficial effect on skin.  The salty water and earth of the Sea have been used in tons of beauty products lately, such as scrubs, soaps, toners, and more.  I got the opportunity to try out a Dead Sea Mud Mask from InstaNatural, as well as an Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer!

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Manufacturer Information about the Dead Sea Mud Mask:

InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium. Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains. Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

 

This mud mask is a huge jar, and I can tell that it will last me a very long time!  Just from one use, this is all that was removed…and I could have gone with less, as I think I put it rather thicker than it should have been.

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The texture is not unlike that of chocolate pudding, to be honest, although there are some small bits that don’t offer much in the way of grittiness.

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There’s not really any scent to be noted.  Upon first putting the mask on, I noticed a cool tingling.  I liked it quite a bit.  My main issue was that as the mask went through the process of drying on my face, it began to itch.  This irritate me to the point where I definitely had to wash it off before the full 15 minutes was up, but I think my skin may be more on the sensitive side.

I did feel an immediate softness on my face after using the mud mask.  I think I will be most interested in using this mask on the rougher parts of my body, such as elbows and feet!

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I had heard of retinol before, but I was never really sure what its’ benefits were. That’s why I was excited to test this moisturizer.

Manufacturer Information about the Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer:

Harness the extraordinary power of retinol with InstaNatural’s Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer… perfect for night and day. InstaNatural’s restorative cream contains a robust formula of handpicked ingredients designed to improve your complexion. Retinol (Vitamin A) promotes healthier skin and helps to reverse the signs of aging, while Vitamin C & Green Tea strengthen skin to protect against external aggressors that cause damage. In addition, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil & Shea Butter deeply moisturize the skin to provide long-lasting hydration.

Using InstaNatural’s moisturizing cream daily will help to transform older, damaged skin into a healthier and youthful appearance by: diminishing the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines; reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, such as sun spots, age spots and dark spots; helping control breakouts and reducing blemishes, restoring firmness and elasticity of skin, evening skin tone & texture; and delivering ultimate moisturize for soft, supple skin.

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I love that this moisturizer dispenses from a pump, and one pump dispenses just enough to cover my face.  The texture is perfect, not too thick but not too thin.  It glides easily on the face and take very little time to absorb.  I began to feel that my face was softer and more hydrated after only a couple of uses.  One important thing to mention about using a facial product with Retinol–being out in the sun can lead to more damage.  So, I will be using this as strictly a night time moisturizer.

I was very impressed with both products I received from InstaNatural.  I’m also happy to say both the Dead Sea Mud Mask and Retinol Moisturizer are made in the USA and animal cruelty free!

Best of all, InstaNatural offers a 100% money back guarantee for all its’ products.

**DISCLAIMER: I received free product from the company above to test for this post.  No other compensation was given, and my photos and opinions are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.

REVIEW: ScentBird.Com Perfume Subscription

 

If you’re anything like me, you love to smell great and get excited when new perfumes come out every season…but you don’t really want to drop $60 or more on a huge bottle you might never finish!

Luckily, Scentbird is here to help!  For only $14.95 a month, you can try a new perfume delivered to your door, without having to shell out for a big bottle.

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How does it work?

Answer a few quick questions to create a scent profile with a queue of fragrances to look forward to receiving in the coming months.
Every month, the scent of your choice will come to your doorstep. Price includes shipping and you can cancel anytime. It also makes a fabulous gift!

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The scent I chose to receive was just released a short time ago, but Scentbird had it int heir stock of over 350 fragrances.  I picked DKNY MyNY.

My chosen perfume took about a week to arrive, and it comes in a chic black mailer envelope that you will be happy to see every month.

For the first month, your scent comes with a velvety black storage bag and the outer case, which you will change out as you get new fragrances.

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The case is a bit larger than the size of a lipstick tube.  You simply twist up, and the spray pump is revealed for you to apply your perfume! No worrying about spilling in your purse.

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Inside the inner case is your glass vial. This is labeled with the name of the scent. If I had one thing I’d change about Scentbird, I would like a way to find out what the scent is without having to pull it out of the bottle…maybe a small tag or something?

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I love this fragrance, even though it’s a bit spicier than I would have thought.  I’m quite pleased with my Scentbird experience overall!

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MORE INFO ABOUT SCENTBIRD:
Product size: 0.3oz/8ml (about the size of a rollerball- this is waaaay more than a sample) of the perfume of your choice.

Go to www.scentbird.com and answer a few quick questions. Scentbird gets to know your scent preferences in minutes.

 The recommender suggests a personalized list of scents to try.  Create your “perfume calendar” (think Netflix queue) and choose the scent you want each month. Change every month or keep a favorite. Manage your queue to edit the order or add new fragrances (New Designer and Niche scents are added monthly). Enjoy! Shipping is free and you can cancel anytime.

Scentbird would like to offer readers a 25% off code for their first order! Simply use code SCENT25 to get 25% off your first month.

REVIEW: ChapStick Dual Ended Hydration Lock: Moisturize & Renew

I have been a ChapStick user since I was a little girl, so I was very intrigued when I heard about the new Dual Ended varieties the company developed.  I was lucky enough to get to try the Moisturize & Renew through Smiley360.

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Here is more info about the product:

  • Dual-ended premium lip balm for clinically proven healthier looking lips
  • Moisturize formula smoothes and reduces the appearance of fine lines and contains CoQ10 and Hyaluronic spheres
  • Renew formula has natural butters like Shea and Mango to condition and instantly softens lips

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I really liked each end of the ChapStick, but I slightly preferred the moisturize side and I’m sure I’ll finish that one first.  I keep the balm on my nightstand and apply it right before bed and first thing in the morning.  My lips are super smooth and show no signs or cracking in the cold weather that’s soon to come!

New ChapStick Dual Ended Hydration Lock also comes in a Day & Night formula!

For more info and to see where the product is available for purchase, visit the ChapStick Website.

DISCLAIMER: I received this product free for review purposes through Smiley360.  I was not compensated in any other way, and my thoughts and photos contained here are my own.