Yves Rocher Make Up Days Giveaway!

We recently completed our first review for Yzes Rocher and we just found out they they are hosting HUGE giveaways that we think you should know about!

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Check out their Facebook page here to enter! Just vote for your favorite look and enter your contact info to win 1 of 6 great beauty bags!!

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Not only that but they are having a seperate giveaway on Pinterest! Enter the Pinterest Contest here.

So what are you waiting for?! Go enter and be sure to let us know if you win!

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How Do You Stroll? New Daily Giveaway from Radio Flyer!

Enter to win today

The question remains, how do you stroll? Radio Flyer has many different alternatives to those boring old strollers that will keep your kids entertained while you walk with them! One of my personal favorites is there EZ Fold Stroll and Trike.

Now you can enter to win one of these great trikes! To enter, visit this link to register. You’ll only need to submit your name once and you’ll be automatically entered into the drawing every day from the day you enter, until the contest ends on September 15th, 2013.

Good Luck! Let us know if you win!

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Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Review

Recently, I have been using a lot of different moisturizers trying to find one that actually works for my skin, does not leave my skin oily all day, and that will fix the areas on my skin that are dry. I do have a decent oil problem in my T-Zone and it has become a problem. However the area that pretty much frames my face is always dry and itchy. Most moisturizers I have tried help the dryness to a point but not enough for me to keep using it with all the excess oil it creates everywhere else. This is why I was very excited to try something new from Yves Rocher!

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About Yves Rocher

It was 50 years ago, in the attic of his family’s home, in the heart of Bretagne, France,
that Yves Rocher created Botanical Beauty, based on the treasures of the botanical world and its infinite potential.
From the very beginning, he insisted on controlling every step of the production cycle in order to guarantee quality
and safety of all products for a respectful and accessible brand.

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What I Think

I love that Yves Rocher is made of natural products! Hyra Vegetal is no different! This line is made of sap from Canadian Maple Trees, Blue Agave plants from Mexico, and many other great natural ingredients. They have tons of great products to choose from and are not overly expensive like some other natural brands.

Hydrating Toner

First off I received the Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Toner. There are many reasons why I love this toner. For one it works really well without burning your skin. I don’t normally use toners because of my acne. I’m sure I should use it more, but sometimes it is just too painful. This toner is great because it doesn’t burn like the others yet I can still feel it working. Along with the ingredients I listed before this toner also contains Organic Witch Hazel Water. I have always been a fan of witch hazel!

Moisture Boost Concentrate

I also received a sample of their Moisture Boost Concentrate. When I first put this on I could tell it was a great product. It was a little more liquidy than I thought it was going to be, but my skin immediately soaked it right up! At first I thought that this product was going to make my skin oily because of the consistency, but it actually made my skin feel great!

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I try to use the Moisture Boost Concentrate at least once a week if not more than that just to keep my face feeling great. My skin absolutely loves it!

Hydrating Day Cream SPF25 - Normal to Combination Skin

My favorite of the products I was sent has to be the Hydrating Day Cream. Unlike the Moisture Boost this creme is pretty thick. I try to use this one everyday before I put on my makeup. It seems to even out my skin and keep my skin moisturized and surprisingly keeps the oil away.

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Not only do these products work great, but they smell great too! I hate how some natural products smell horrible and make you not want to ever use them again. So I was very happy when I smelled these products. Thanks to them I have had healthy glowing skin that I have not seen in a long time!

Feel free to check out the other products in this line, or check out their wide selection of beauty products on their website here.

**Disclaimer** I was in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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Cult Cosmetics Black Box Review

You may not know this, but I am not a huge fan of subscription boxes. Mainly because almost every box I have tried has had at least one item that I either didn’t like, or every so often I would just get a dud. I hate the idea of paying for a box of stuff every month that I will probably never use. Recently I came across a company that has completely changed my point of view on subscription boxes and I am very close to becoming a subscriber myself! I was lucky enough to receive the first edition Black Box from Cult Cosmetics!

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I have been getting really obsessed with nail art and anything that has to do with it. Which is why you have been seeing so many nail posts lately! Now that my nails are no longer stubs I can review these products without being embarrassed or without making the products look bad. I fell in love with Cult Cosmetics as soon as I saw it.

Here is the box I received.

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The August Black Box came with 3 colors of polish and one nail tool as promised! The colors I received were China Glaze “Surfin’ For Boys”, Essie “First Timer” and last but not least Essie “Full Steam Ahead”. I love how bright all the colors are! Orange and green are not usually my colors of choice but altogether these colors look amazing! This box also came with M.A.S.H Stripping Tape, which was pretty exciting to me because I have never used actual stripping tape before! I was so excited about using these products and I could already feel the creative juices flowing.

I was VERY impressed with the way this box was packaged! I have heard and experienced nail polish explosions in boxes when they could have been easily prevented. Cult Cosmetics not only sent each polish individually wrapped, but they also sent the polish in it’s own bag that way if anything did happen to the polish it wouldn’t spread to the rest of the box. I loved this and was very happy when I opened it.

Then is was time to get to work! There are a lot of things you can do with stripping tape and I chose two of those ways for this review. First I chose to use the stripping tape as part of the design.

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This one didn’t turn out quite the way that I had planned. I was trying to re-do a design I had done before with gel polish, but quickly realized that this was NOT gel polish. The design I was going for was a heart cheetah print design, but it ended up looking just like a regular cheetah print with weird shapes. Oh well, I still thought it was cute! The polish itself was a little awkward for this one. The China Glaze was a little runny and both the Essie polishes were a little too thick. Luckily, I knew of a trick to try on the next design!

Next I decided to use the stripping tape to make the design. This one I think turned out a lot better, as I had let each bottle soak in warm water to get them to loosen up a bit. It worked like a charm! This time the only issue I had was that the purple seemed to be a little see through but I got it all figured out and it worked perfectly!

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I really loved this design and will probably do it again in the future. It was super easy to so with the stripping tape and the colors are great together! I think that Black Box is a wonderful subscription program as it gives everyone the tools they need to create beautiful nails at home!

In this particular box they also sent a small gift! They sent a little red and beige OPI bag with some more nail goodies inside. It really feels great to be an appreciated customer and this company knows how to make you feel great!

Right now as part of their launch Cult Cosmetics is offering your first Black Box at 50% off! You can find Cult and this great deal on their website here.

**Disclaimer** I was in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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777 Ecigs: Magnum Digital Essentials Kit Review

I am very excited about this next review! You guys know that I have reviewed electronic cigarettes before, but what you may not know is that I have been looking for the next step up from regular ecigs to ones with larger batteries and tanks instead of carts. I found a company called 777 eCigs and they are definitely a company that you should know about!
I received 777 eCigs Magnum Digital Essentials Kit to review. This kit includes a 650 mAh Digital LCD Battery, one refillable 1.5 ml Tank and coil, 5 replacement coils, and a smart wall charger.

So why was I so excited to review this kit? First off this batter will last a lot longer than the smaller batteries. This particular battery is super cool because it not only tells you how much battery life is left, but it also tells you how many puffs you have taken since the last time you charged it! This battery also has a 15 second cutoff safety feature that will shut off the battery after 15 seconds of use to prevent overexposure to nicotine. It will also lock if you press the button 5 times within 2 seconds so that you do not have to worry about it turning on in your pocket or purse!
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Gorgeous Eyes with NYC New York Color- Review

I always get compliments on my eyes. It is one area of my face that I am proud to flaunt! So when I get the opportunity to review things to make my eyes look even better I jump on it! I was lucky enough to receive some great eye products from NYC New York Color to review for you guys.
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I received some great products to let you know that you can create some great looks on a budget without losing quality! I received samples of NYC New York Color’s Show Time Glitter Pencils, Individualeyes Custom Compacts and Big Bold Curl Mascara.
I love eyeliner! I swear eye liner is one of my favorite make up products. However, it is also one of the products I am very picky about. I was very excited to receive the Show Time Glitter Pencils as I love anything that sparkles. I was impressed with how smooth this eye liner was and with how many sparkles it produced, but I was a little disappointed with the color quality. I prefer really dark bold colors and while these colors were pretty, they were not very bold.
Even though they were not as bold as I would like they were still pretty and would work great for someone looking for a more subtle look. They also lasted a lot longer than I thought they would which was a nice surprise.
Next up is the Individualeyes Custom Compacts. I was very excited to be able to try these as I have been wanting one for months! Each compact comes with 4 eye shadows, a primer, and a illuminator.

Here are some swatches of the two compacts I received. The top row is with the included primer and the bottom row is without.

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The shadows themselves are pretty pigmented at first, but do blend very well. The primer (as you can see above) does help hold the shadow which is great. I think my favorite part about these compacts is the illuminator. I love the way eyes look when they have a white based color on the inner corner and I love that one is included in this compact. I found that this compact had little to no creasing and the shadows themselves were of good quality.
I would have to say that my favorite of all these products would have to be the Big Bold Curl Mascara! I used to have what I would have considered perfect lashes. They used to be long, dark, and curled perfectly without any help. When I had my first daughter I lost all of my eye lashes. After some hard work and some of the products found on this site, my eye lashes have some what grown back. They are not as full and long as they used to be, but something is better than nothing. Since they have grown back I have a really hard time trying to get my lashes to curl.
This mascara does a wonderful job of curling my lashes without using any scary instruments or adding so many layers that it clumps. The brush itself is a little intimidating but I loved the results I got from it. This is definitely my new favorite mascara and I’m sure I will be buying more soon!

Of course as soon as I open the box with my new goodies, guess who comes running to help try them out? Yes, little H came to the rescue to prove to us that she really is a little princess.

Cute little princess aside, here is the look I created on myself:

I thoroughly enjoyed these products, especially the Big Bold Curl Mascara! You can find these and other NYC New York Color products on their website here.

**Disclaimer** I was in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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Beautiful Glass Nail Files from Mont Bleu: Review and Giveaway

I remember when Glass Nail Files first became popular. They were decently expensive, but after trying them out I was hooked. I still for some reason can’t wrap my pretty little head around how well they work and have become obsessed with some of the really pretty ones! As I’m sure you can imagine I was very excited when Mont Bleu told me they were sending some of their gorgeous files for me to review!
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I still remember my first glass nail file. Me and my mother bought files in our favorite color with our initials on them. They were pretty but the monograms were off center and crooked and while I loved it, I had always wished I could find something better. I kept that file for a couple years until one day it snapped in half in my purse. I was devastated! I was so upset about it breaking that I decided I wasn’t going to get another until I knew that I could take care of it better (I was about 16 at the time).
I recently found Mont Bleu’s website and instantly was reminded of why I love glass nail files! Their collection is amazing, and had just about every color combination I could think of! After talking with them I received 2 glass nail files, a pair of tweezers, and a pair of really cute earrings.
These nail files were even more gorgeous in person than I thought they would be! The crystals are extremely clear and cut so well that they look like gems! Of course I couldn’t wait to try these out so I immediately went to file my nails with them! I was very impressed! These nail files worked 100 times better than my old glass file, but were soft enough to not destroy my nails at the same time!

 

I also love that the colors seem to fade into the file area instead of just being cut off were the file ends. I think it adds a more delicate touch to these files. My last file was also rounded at the end, so I really enjoy that these have a pointed end to clean under my nails, or even push my cuticles back.
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It amazes me how many choices Mont Bleu offers for nail files! It would be extremely difficult to pick just one! You can find just about any design you want on their website! Some are even hand painted designs!
Next up for review are these amazing tweezers! I am pretty picky about tweezers, mainly because anything not girly in my house is stolen by either my husband or my brother-in-law. So I was very happy when I saw these included with the files. I love that these tweezers are higher quality than I expected! Some companies with similar products will “bedazzle” the cheapest pair of tweezers they can find. These tweezers are really nice! Not only are they designed really well to get the perfect grip, but they have a rubberized finish so they are easy to hold (and look super cool too)! My favorite color is also purple so I just plain love these things!
Lastly I was also sent these crystal earrings. I don’t typically wear earrings, but these are so gorgeous that I have been flaunting them with pride. I love that they change colors with different lights. As you know bold colors are a must have for me, so these are perfect! Not only do they make beautiful earrings like these, but they also make rings, necklaces, bracelets and just about anything else you can think of!
I absolutely loved all the products I received from Mont Bleu and I hope I can share more with you soon! You can find these and other great Mont Bleu products on their website here. Use code :”BLOG” for 20% off your purchase!Giveaway!
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SoundVape BEAT Xpress Giveaway!

I am very proud to share with your our first ever eCig giveaway! Sure we have done a few eCig reviews, but never a giveaway! The lovely people at SoundVape have graciously given us a kit to for you to win!You can check out our review of SoundVape here, or check out the awesome prize below!

Beat XPRESS Starter Kit

Not only will you win this great kit in the flavor of your choice, but you will also win one of their disposable ecigs!

About the BEAT Xpress Kit:

The creation of a great sound begins with a sound beat. Our Beat XPRESS starter kit will be a first step in your journey to a SOUNDMIND, a SOUNDBODY, a SOUNDVAPE. Beat includes (1) SoundVape carrying case, (1) one battery, (1) one USB charger, and (2) two cartomizers. Each cartomizer equals about 1 pack of cigarettes per refill. This beat is sick.If you win you will also receive a MINI Beat (Disposable eCig) of the flavor of your choice.

MINI Beat

Sound Vape has the following flavors to choose from:

Straight Up Light (Tobacco) 10ML
Straight Up Light (Tobacco)

Straight Up Menthol 10ML

Straight Up Menthol

RY42 (Caramel Tobacco) 10ML

RY42 (Camamel Tobacco)

Fresh Mint 10ML

Fresh Mint

Moondrop Elixir 10ML

And of course my favorite Moondrop Elixir!

You can find the MINI Beat and the BEAT Xpress along with many other great eCigs on SoundVape’s website here.

Giveaway!!

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Sally Hansen Gel Nail Starter Kit

Before becoming a blogger, I had some serious issues with my nails! My nails and cuticles were so dry that they would constantly split and crack. I didn’t feel like a real girl unless I had acrylics on, but now that I’m a full time mommy I don’t have the time or the money to invest in getting my nails professionally done. So to say blogging has changed my life in many ways would be an understatement. I have learned about so many products that not only make me feel more like a woman, but that also make me feel better about myself!
One of the products that have truly helped me have beautiful nails happens to be Gel Nail Polish. Not only does it protect my nails from breaking and cracking, but it also helped me stop the nasty habit of biting my nails (mainly because I couldn’t bite through the gel). After my nails started growing I decided that it was time to do some major research and make sure that my nails stay as healthy as possible. So today I am going to share with you a great Gel Nail Kit that can jump-start your way to healthy nails like it did for me!
I received Sally Hansen’s Gel Manicure Starter Kit in Shell We Dance, which is a light pink color. I was very excited to try another gel kit! This particular kit had me really excited because of everything that it contains!
This kit includes the LED light, base coat, color coat, top coat, cleansing wipes, remover, a cuticle stick and a nail file. One thing that I was really excited about was the LED light included in this kit. The last one I had seemed like a good design but because of its size and shape made it incredible awkward to cure my nails. This light while it may seem awkward at first, is actually is very comfortable and easy to hold. The only issue that I had with this LED light was that the bulbs did run a little hot, but not hot enough to burn and technically your not supposed to touch them anyway (sometimes I am a little too curious).
The other gel kits that I have tried have included a base/top coat as one bottle, so I was also a little curious about if there was an actual difference between the base coat and the top coat included in this kit. The main reason I was pondering about this was because this kit did not include a primer which seemed a little off to me. So my first idea was to look at the ingredients. Instantly I could tell that there was a BIG difference between the two.

GEL BASE COAT INGREDIENTS:

ETHYL ACETATE, ALCOHOL DENAT., DI-HEMA TRIMETHYLHEXYL DICARBAMATE, BUTYL ACETATE, HEPTANE, NITROCELLULOSE, TOSYLAMIDE/EPOXY RESIN, HEMA, HYDROXYPROPYL METHACRYLATE, ISOBORNYL METHACRYLATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL,TRIMETHYLPENTANYL DIISOBUTYRATE, POLYVINYL BUTYRAL, CAMPHOR, TRIMETHYLBENZOYL DIPHENYLPHOSPHINE OXIDE, HYDROXYCYCLOHEXYLPHENYL KETONE, BENZOPHENONE-1, DIMETHICONE, D&C VIOLET NO. 2 (CI 60725), D&C RED NO. 33 (CI 17200). -
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GEL TOP COAT INGREDIENTS:
DI-HEMA TRIMETHYLHEXYL DICARBAMATE, HEMA, HYDROXYPROPYL METHACRYLATE, TRIMETHYLBENZOYL DIPHENYLPHOSPHINE OXIDE, HYDROXYCYCLOHEXYL PHENYL KETONE, POLYSILICONE-13, D&C VIOLET NO. 2 (CI60725).

My first thought was that the base coat must have ingredients that help adhere the polish to your nails and keep it there for longer. When I put the base coat on it even looked different than the traditional base/top coat. I could tell that it was almost trying to fuse with my nails instead of just trying to cover them up. Which I thought was pretty awesome.
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I was very happy with how my nails turned out! This kit seemed to make my nails more smooth than some of the other systems I have tried. Not only that, but they actually stayed on with no chipping and no discoloration! While some other gel companies stayed on some start to fade or peel on the ends. While the light pink is not my favorite I did love the kit and the color was beautiful! Even the color was a light color, it only required two coats unlike other light gels I have tried.

I definitely think that everyone should have a gel nail kit! You can find Sally Hansen’s Gel Nail Starter Kit on their website here, or at a retailer near you.

What do you think about gel nails? Let us know in the comments below!

**Disclaimer** I was in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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Zoya Pixie Dust Swatches and Review

I LOVE nail polish! Lately, because my nails are no longer stubs, I have been super obsessed with all the nail polish that is out there! I recently stole some Zoya polish from a friend to bring you review of their latest Pixie Dust line!
Recently I have become a big fan of some of the textured polish that has been coming out. The Zoya Pixie Dust is actually my favorite of all of them so far! Not just because of the name, but also because it is not overly textured. Even though you can feel the texture it is not one that you will pick at because it is too much for you to handle.
Ladies please meet Tomoko. This is one of my favorites of the fall collection! It’s light but it truly stunning. I love that it is bright without being too much for fall.

Here is Chita. I do not normally like green but this Pixie Dust seems to enchant me, so I do not mind this color at all!

Next is Sunshine. I am not really sure if I agree with the name of this color, but I do love it so oh well.

While I believe that Carter is gorgeous, the formula on this one was a little runny. I’m not sure if it was just my bottle, or if it is the color itself. But it was a true shame, although it did turn out pretty.

This next one is one of my favorite of the bunch and I wish it was mine for keepsies, Arabella.

Dhara truly surprised me as orange is one of the few colors that I generally HATE, but I LOVE this one!

Of course with having all of these colors at my disposal I wasn’t going to leave you with just swatches! So this is one of the designs I came up with after drooling over all the colors!

Pixie Dust is one of my new favorite polishes! You can find these and other great Zoya Polishes on their website here, or at a retailer near you!
**Disclaimer** I was in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.
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