Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beauty and Health Tips on A Budget

Just wanted to share with you some easy tips that you could try that will help you stay fabulous on a budget ! 

1) Emergen-c is not just great for you to drink. Use it on your face as a mask (make it into a paste, mix a small amount of water with the powder until a pasty consistency is formed. The vitamin C in the mixture helps your skin cells produce more collagen, therefore you will look more radiant.

2) Use milk as an exfoliant. Use fat free milk on your face. Dip cotton ball in small amount of milk and it will exfoliate your skin due to the lactic acid in the milk. Lots of high end exfoliants contain lactic acid.

3) Coconut Oil - You can use this as a body moisturizer, hair mask, makeup remover. It has so many uses and keeps skin looking amazing. I have been applying coconut oil one hour before I shower to my body and hair. My skin & hair have never looked better. I am hooked.

4) Bananas & Lemon - Great for oily skin. Mash one banana and add a few drops of lemon juice let sit for about 15 mins then rinse well and you can even exfoliate it off with a washcloth.

5) Egg Yolk, Honey and Olive Oil - Great for dry skin. Mix one egg yolk with one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of olive oil. Leave on your face for 30 mins. Remove with cool water. Your skin should be smooth. Repeat this ritual once a week if your skin is really dry.

6) Get rid of the inflammation of your pimple with Asprin. Take one aspirin in your hand and add a few drops of water (very few, until it forms a thick paste). Apply to your stubborn pimple(s) and let it sit for about 30 mins. Wash off with cool water. Asprin is a natural anti- inflammatory and it will bring down your pimple. Don't do this more then 5 days in a row as it can dry out your skin.

7) For unruly chapped lips - Dip a baby toothbrush into vaseline and gently exfoliate the dead skin off of your lips. Now, your lipstick or gloss won't look cake on your lips !

8) Vegetable oil - Can be used as a makeup remover or for the softest feet ever apply it on your feet at night. Put on cotton socks and sleep all night with it on your feet. Instant pedi.

9) Add Epsom Salt and Baking Soda to your bath water and it will draw out your toxins.

10) Baking Soda - Add it to your shampoo when you feel like you have a buildup of styling products and oils in your hair. It will remove all the residue and allow your hair to shine ! 

Hope these tips helped ! A little goes a long way with these tips :)

Thanks for stopping by !

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Envy Pillow Giveaway !

If you follow me on twitter or read my blog, you may know that I have been using the Envy Pillow. It is an anti-aging and wellness pillow. It has changed my sleep for the better. I tried many different memory foam pillows, that left me unhappy.

The envy pillow cradles my head. Like a soft, perfect place to lay your head down at night. Or, during the day ! LOL (warning, this may make you want to sleep ! ). Typing about it makes me want to go lay on my envy pillow, RIGHT NOW !

They don't call it the Envy Pillow for nothing. My husband got jealous. I let him use it for two nights and he said it was amazing. I removed the pillow from his side of the bed that night, so I could get back to my beauty sleep. But, his birthday is coming up and I am getting him one as part of his gift. ( SHHH, don't tell. And babe if you're reading, you're welcome).

Enough rambling this pillow has so many amazing qualities :

The enVy® pillow was designed by two nurses with an interest in Anti-aging medicine. The unique patented design allows the user to sleep on their side or back in perfect alignment without putting any pressure on their face. Sleep lines, which are formed by forceful pressure of the tissue against the S.M.A.S. over time become permanent and unsightly. Filling them is only a temporary solution as over time they will return. Long term side sleeping will also cause an increase in cheek decent as well as flatness on the preferred sleeping side.


enVy® is also the perfect post procedure tool that can be offered after facial surgery. The pillow’s patented design provides invaluable comfort to the client that their sleeping position will not negatively impact the surgical area with unwanted contact with the pillow.

enVy® allows the client to receive the much needed restorative sleep on their back OR on their side with their face slightly tilted.

enVy® is also suitable for preventative anti-aging measures. If you are not ready or not comfortable with the idea of injections or surgery, enVy™ is a terrific way to assist in avoiding developing sleep lines or asymmetries by keeping you off your delicate facial tissue while you sleep. enVy® also allows you to apply your nighttime skin care products without worrying about them ending up on your pillow case!!

Lastly, enVy® is a perfect solution for acne sufferers. enVy® gives you the comfort of knowing that your facial skin is not being suffocated into a standard pillow and that your nighttime skin care treatment is staying where it belongs……on your face.

- Above taken from

I have a very bad neck pain and have scoliosis. So, to call the Envy Pillow a miracle is not being crazy. It's being truthful. When I lay on a regular pillow I can actually feel how out of whack my neck is. When I lay on the envy pillow, I actually feel the difference. It almost feels like that is how my neck is "supposed to be".

When I read that you spend 2920 hours a year sleeping, I couldn't believe it ! That is a lot of time !

With this pillow every second counts !

And ONE of my lucky readers will win the Envy Pillow !

The giveaway is being sponsored by Envy Pillow. I cannot begin to thank them enough for providing one of my followers with better sleep !

Here are the rules :

1) Must be following me on twitter HERE
2) Must be following my blog via Google Friend Connect
3) Must be following Envy Pillow on twitter HERE
4) Leave a comment on this post about why you should win !

Extra Entries :


1) Tweet about the giveaway ( provide link in comments below)
2) Tell your Facebook readers about the giveaway (provide link in comments below)
3) Put the giveaway on the sidebar of your blog for the duration of the giveaway (again, provide me with the link)
4) Publish a blog post telling your readers about the giveaway

The winner will be selected via Random.Org

Contest ends December 1, 2011

(Perfect timing for the holiday season )

Thank you guys for reading !!


Open to United States & Canadian residents.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Nuance By Salma Hayek

I was lucky enough to have won 5 products from Milly over at BeautyLogicBlog
Check her out HERE
Her blog is super informative and she is one of the sweetest, most positive women on twitter ! Follow her on twitter HERE

(And no, that is not a shameless plug. She really is a great person and her beauty blog is fantastic.)

Here is what I won :

Nuance By Salma Hayek

Nuance Beautiful Blends Eye Quad - in Neutral

These colors are extremely pigmented. Have very little to no fallout. Minor creasing but, I fixed that with eyeshadow primer. Definitely, comparable to high end eyeshadow brands and it is priced at $10.00 for 4 eyeshadows ! The packaging is a bit odd. Not something you could throw in you makeup bag. But at the price I don't think anyone would mind.

From Left to right - Shimmering Bronze , Champagne Gold, Frosted Blush, Toasted Almond

Nuance Full Effect Ultra Volumizing Mascara - does make lashes look longer. I would say it is an average mascara.

Nuance Exfoliating Facial Gel - (wild lime) This gel is applied and left on for 5 mins. ( I left it on for 10 , bc my skin is used to peels) It gave a very light tingling sensation. But, I was happy with how my skin looked afterward. Don't expect dramatic results but for glowing skin (temporary) this is a great product.

Nuance Intensive Hydration Hair Mask - This products is PHENOMENAL. My hair felt amazing after using it. This product is so amazing. I would spend big bucks on it for the results it offered. My hair was soft, shiny and silky. And, I had been in the sun and salt water in the previous weeks, so my hair needed it.

Nuance Lipstick In Paprika - The lipstick seems very hydrating which is important to me. The color is perfect for Fall and I plan on doing a FOTD using it.

Overall, from what I tried I love the products. I could not be happier to have won them and to have been given the opportunity to try them.

I definitely recommend checking her products out next time you are in CVS. They are at a great price point, for pretty great quality products !

October Birchbox

This is a little late. But I have been insanely busy. So pardon my tardiness.

I am SUPER happy with this Birchbox for October. It had mascara. That is all I needed to make me happy. But, aside from that the products that I tried are pretty great !

1) Befine- Lip exfoliator- this worked great for me. My lips were definitely starting to feel the damage of the wind. I used it just yesterday (twice) and I already see a difference. So, hopefully if I keep it up, my lips will stay smooth through the entire winter (for once !! )

2) Blinc- Mascara- I have not tried this yet. But its claims sound pretty amazing. It says it will not smudge or smear. (it actually puts "tubes" around your lashes) . I can't comment on it since I haven't tried it yet. But, I am psyched to give it a shot. I had a party to go to last night and didn't want to try a new mascara for the first time. Because, I am obsessed with eyelashes.

3) Pangea Organics- Facial Scrub- I have not tried this either but judging by my first experience with Pangea Organics (not good, re- September Birchbox) I don't know if I will even use this product at all. Smells kind of strong to me.

4) Redken- Shine Flash- Has camellia oil and vitamin B5 to give you shiny strands. I used this last night on my hair and I curled my hair and the shine was great !! It also kind of worked as a hairspray as well. It provided shine and hold. Couldn't be happier with it.

The Extra - Tea Forté - Minteas - The mints taste great. The fast actually reminds me of a "spa day" (weird, I know) but be warned it has yerba mate which is energizing. I had about 5 mints and felt jittery. So, have one at a time.

I rate this months birchbox an 8. I am pretty happy about it !

Check Birchbox out HERE