Saturday, September 24, 2011

Big Lots Haul









The idea of saving money appeals to almost anyone. So, I find joy in clearance bins and at wholesale stores. It is fun to me to see how savvy I can be. And, the fact that at Big Lots has many items at wholesale and insanely low prices makes me happy !


I picked up so makeup (of course) and some house products.

First, I am thrilled with the face that I scored TWO Cover Girl Boundless color polishes for one Dollar. 50 cents each for nail polish !

Nivea- Touch of radiance body wash ,cream oil body wash. I used it tonight and it is just as gives you the same feeling as using dove body wash which I would normally pay $6.00 or more for.

Body Exfoliator - for in shower use. Kind of like a wash cloth that removes dead skin cells. ONE dollar.


Revlon Lipstick- Daring Pink . TWO dollars.


I needed a conditioner because for some reason I always run out of conditioner wayyy before I run out of the shampoo it goes with. I picked up Alagio professional hair care conditioner . It is a volumizing conditioner. And it lived up to its claims. I used it tonight and I am happy with the results. Wish they had the matching shampoo. But at $1.50 for good hair conditioner, that I am happy with. I will not complain that they did not have the matching shampoo.

House Goods



I had my eye on a chefs mat in Bed Bath and Beyond. But it was $85.00. When I went into Big Lots and saw an almost identical I threw it into my wagon. Come to the register and it was 18.00. Something, I was considering buying for $85.00 for $18.00 made my day. It is great because when I cook, I get tension in my legs and this relieves it.


I also picked up 1 bottle of Carpet Cleaner for when my dogs have their "accidents" on the spots where we have carpet. Purchased it for one dollar ! I usually buy carpet cleaner in Target for about $7.00. So, BIG SCORE

And picked up Kitchen Cleaner with bleach. I am big on cooking and I must bleach everything down after I do so. So, for one buck. I snagged two !



I am happy with my haul and I know everything will go to good use and it was all extremely CHEAP !


Hope, I inspired you to go out there and bargain hunt !


Friday, September 23, 2011

My Experience With The Envy Pillow



My experience with the Envy Pillow has been great. I have major back/neck problems. Proven medically, not just something I like to complain about. So, when I read about the fact that this pillow allows side sleepers to sleep on their side and still have your spine be in proper alignment intrigued me.


Aside from all of that , this pillow has proven to slow down the signs of aging. People sleeping on regular pillows sink into their pillows, creating lines on your face prematurely. This pillow is memory foam. But, it is not your average memory foam pillow.


Pic may be blah but ,the pillow sure isn't !

I always struggle to find pillows that suit me. I purchased a memory foam pillow not too long ago and I gave it to my brother because it was not doing anything for me and I knew he would enjoy it.


I have been sleeping on pillows that I have had for years, gross I know but I use pillow protectors, and wash them often.

But anyway, back to all of the amazing benefits and statistics of the Envy Pillow :

It has Chiropractic and Physiotherapist endorsed neck support, it is made of dust mite resistant , anti-microbial foam, it comes with a 100% bamboo pillow case.


It is also different in the way that it allows side sleepers the option to sleep on their side without putting any undue pressure on the delicate facial tissue.

It has been tested in sleep labs and was created by two registered nurses who were on the quest to create the perfect anti-aging pillow. It took them years to come to the final product and I must say it is great.


I am a pillow critic. This gets my vote for best pillow , and I have tried many pillows claiming to give proper neck support. They always fell short because I am a side sleeper. This made my world a better place !

P.S. it also comes with a travel bag, so you can take it with you on the go !



Curlformers


I present to you, Curlformers!

The idea behind curlformers is to create gorgeous curls without heat damage.

Here is how it works :

I washed my hair and then applied Garnier Fructis Volume Inject once my hair was about 50 percent dry. Then I picked up a curlformer and go to work.

What you do is, thread the hook with the curlformer, put your hair in the hook end, and slide the curlformer onto you hair. Then, it snaps back into its coil shape. And, you hair is tightly wrapped in a coil. That is why you get bouncy curls with this !


It took me a few tries to make sure my hair did not get stuck in the curlformer. And it took me about an hour, the first time. I used every single curlformer.

This is what you look like while they are on :D


The colors are so cool. love that it has a tote bag to neatly hold all of them !






Overall, I am thrilled with the results. I have pretty straight hair and I like the fact that I can curl my hair without using heat. (major plus)

Pros
  • No heat, so less trauma to the hair.
  • Gives voluminous bouncy curls with no crunch
  • Comes in multiple sizes
  • Can blow dry them to have bouncy curls, fast !
  • Curls last a long time, especially, considering my hair doesn't hold curls easily

Cons

  • Pulls quite a bit of hair out during the process ( could be because I am a newbie)
  • A little time consuming, but I think that will get better with time & practice
  • Very hard to sleep on, so I recommend doing it during the day


Here are the results of what it looked like when I took the curlformers out. I sprayed them with a little Alterna Summer Hair RX Ocean Waves, to give the curls more texture.










I am extremely happy with the results and want to keep practicing so, I can achieve this look much faster !


Check them out HERE

Disclaimer - I was sent this product for review. That does not reflect my opinion on the product in any way. As you can tell by the pictures, my normally stick straight hair had volume and curls !






Friday Evening Outfit Simplicity





Cardigan- Missoni for Target
Jeans- Just USA brand
Shoes- Missoni for Target


Missoni for Target sure made getting ready easy for me ! Top and shoes look great together ! All I needed was my dark wash jeans !

This was right before it started pouring !!

Glad I got a few pics in !

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Clickr Regimen

Hot Face Mask
Stop Time Night Cream & Day Brilliant SPF 15
Pearl Wash, Vanishing Mist, Diamond Dust Polisher
All of the products collectively.


Pearl Wash - wash face with it 2-3x daily. Once in the morning and once at night. Also, when I exercise I use this as soon as I can.

It's a versatile, shimmering cleanser for tightening pores, evening skin tone, and increasing absorption of beneficial blemish (or any other) treatments. Make the most of skin that deserves to be at its best. Ever.

  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil – Settles moody skin with a touch of astringent and antiseptic mojo that sweeps away sun-damaged skin and impurities
  • Jojoba Oil – Penetrates deeply to unclog pores, increase moisture retention, balance natural PH, and brighten skin imperfections

For all skin types – even the sensitive ones

  • Firms – tightens pores while calming irritation and releasing impurities
  • Fortifies – improves moisture retention and balances PH
  • Fades – lightens uneven pigmentation in scars (or even stretch marks!), smoothes those faintly starting lines
(Above Taken from Clickr Website )


Vanishing Mist - 3 sprays over my entire face let it soak in, swipe with a cotton ball. That simple. 2 x daily

Kills blemishes and calms skin all in one simple step.



Diamond Dust polish - 2x daily

This lightweight mega lotion polishes skin, refines pores, and maintains moisture. Eliminates dullness and restores radiance with its ingredients, including diamond dust, to polish the surface and boost radiance


Day Brilliant SPF 15 - 1x Daily in the morning. If I am out for an extended period of time I reapply.

It's an innovation in skin intelligence, this oil-free daily moisturizer shields you from sun and environmental assault. This silky UVA & UVB protector doesn’t stop at blocking damage—it uses precious ingredients to create smoother, more energized, less blemish-prone skin.

  • Avobenzone, Octislate, Octinoxate – Protects skin from UV-damage
  • Diamond Powder – Polishes skin gently to unveil its natural glow
  • Alteromonas Ferment & Chrysanthellum Indicum Extracts – Provides 90% pollution protection
  • Hexapeptide-3 – Tones, energizes and smoothes
  • Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyalluronate – Increases moisture saturation and retention
  • Mother of Pearl – Deflects foreign face invaders
  • Silver – Zaps bacteria and minimizes facial lines
  • Gold – Delivers oxygen into the skin to promote radiance

For All skin types – even the sensitive ones
  • Shields – denies access to UVA & UVB rays and environmental pollutants
  • Saturates – improves moisture balance and retention
  • Stimulates – infuses skin with oxygen to energize blood flow

(Above taken from Clickr website )

Stop Time Night Cream -

1 x at night , spread over entire face in an upward motion

It's a night cream you smooth on, crash, and awaken looking refreshed, radiant and beautiful—no matter what time your head hits the pillow. Like the do-over you always wanted, only every day.

  • Ceramide-2 & Palmitoyl Oligopeptide – Repairs damage from sun and pollution
  • Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Extract – Extends cell longevity and vitality for better tone and smoothness
  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline – Tones, rejuvenates, and quenches the skin with moisture
  • Sunflower Extract – Smoothes and nourishes skin
  • Mother of Pearl – Deflects foreign face invaders
  • Silver – Zaps bacteria and minimizes facial lines
  • Gold – Delivers oxygen directly into the skin to promote radiance
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – Maximizes cellular moisture retention

For all skin types – even the sensitive ones
  • Efficient – tones and smoothes, disinfects and moisturizes
  • Effective – nourishes, energizes and revitalizes skin cells
  • Easy – repairs damage and reveals radiance overnight

Use it to Sleep well (after using this)

(Above taken from the Clickr website)
    Hot Face Mask - 3x a week. Less or more as needed. Listen to your skin !


    It's an in-home spa treatment that transforms your skin from hot mess into healthy, bright, and brilliant.
    • Kaolin – Restores vitality to sun-scorched skin
    • Sunflower Seed Oil – Smoothes and nourishes without clogging pores
    • Pomegranate Extract – Deploys multi-antioxidant power to prevent cellular damage by scavenging free radicals
    • Arnica Montana Flower Extract – Heals and calms inflammation by gently flushing capillaries of irritants

    For skin that craves a firm, yet gentle, time out

    • Releases – exfoliates dulling debris and reduces inflammation
    • Repairs – strengthens skin cells and reboots capillary function
    • Refreshes – feeds pores and enriches skin with non-greasy nutrients and power-packed antioxidants

    Use it to spread the love 2-3 times weekly or as required

    • Squeeze a quarter-sized drop in your palm
    • Smooth over entire face
    • Let dry for 10 minutes
    • Rinse thoroughly and follow with moisturizer

    Naturally pure. Always vegan. No animal testing whatsoever.


    (Above taken from the Clickr website)


    This is what I have been living by and it has been serving me very well !


    The products used in conjunction with one another seem to work best.

    As always, Clickr's products are all natural and vegan and never tested on animals !



    Clickr's Dedicating This Week To Natural Beauty !





    The longer you use a product, the more likely you are to get good results from it. I am a firm believer in sticking to a regimen. I have been on board with Clickr for a very long time. The more I stand by it the happier I am. And, my skin too.

    They have started dedicated this week to honoring your natural beauty. I am actually going to join them. I have to admit I can not go without lipgloss. So, I must wear some type of lipgloss (that contains SPF ! ). I of course, am not going to skip the SPF. But I will update this post with no makeup pics for the entire week !

    Here I am about to leave my house, pretty much live ! Figured I would join this campaign.

    Day 1


    Clickr has given me the confidence to go without foundation. I mean this isn't something I would do every week because I am addicted to blush lol . But, I was never confident with my skin, thanks to Clickr ,I am. So, I am joining them in this campaign !



    Day 2


    Day 3

    Day 4


    Day 5



    This week has been liberating ! No makeup is a challenge. But, it is a good challenge. I think Clickr , as a company is amazing for promoting people to embrace their natural beauty. Women are always looking for ways to "improve" their looks. And, I am all for that ( I mean HELLO I write a beauty blog !). It was definitely fun ! And a lot easier to get ready too !

    I'd like to thank Clickr ! And , I would also like to thank the founder of the company Florence Sender for the amazing brand that she created.


    Thanks to the whole Clickr team for the campaign also !

    Nail of the week. Incoco nail polish strips !!


    I have spoken about my love for Incoco nail polish strips on my blog before. So, I was thrilled when they showed up in my September Birchbox.

    They are super easy to apply. No dry time and last a very long time.

    This is the color I was sent in my Birchbox. I am not sure what the color is called because it is not on the packaging and not on the site. But, whatever it is called, it is amazing ! It is a blue glitter color.

    Here are pics :




    I would recommend these nail polish strips to any girl on the go, or anyone who likes to change up the look of their nails ! Very fun patterns and designs ! And they last until your nails start growing ! What more could you ask for ?

    Check them out HERE

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    September Birchbox Review


    " Birchbox delivers the best products and the best insider secrets, without any fuss. Every month Birchbox members will receive a curated box of luxe beauty samples. Each box will span beauty categories and deliver exciting products that fit into both your day-to-day routine, and into those days when you want to turn up the drama a notch.

    Co-founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp met at Harvard Business School. They created Birchbox to help women cut through the clutter of the beauty world to find products that really work for them."

    (Above taken from Birchbox website)



    As with most beauty related products. Birchbox has a lot of bad and good reviews swirling around it. I decided I would give it a shot for 3 months, if I don't like it I will just opt out,



    I will admit. I am not that impressed, as far as the September birchbox goes. I am not dissatisfied , just fell below my expectations.


    Here are the products and the extra in my September Birchbox :



    Liv Grn (earth) : A company that makes natural fragrance and products from sustainable, earth friendly ingredients. The scent that I received was earth. It is very comparable to DKNY "Be Delicious" . That is what I immediately thought upon opening it. It is very strong in my opinion. But with wear I will say it smells very good. I even received a few compliments on it. ( I threw it in my bag, not thinking I would use it. But it came in handy.) Overall, very happy with the fragrance selection. I love earth friendly products.

    Incoco Nail Appliques - I have blogged about incoco before. It is absolutely, hands down 10 times better than Sally Hansen Nail Effects. Incoco will last me an entire week. With Sally Hansen Nail Effects I experience chipping within 2 days. So, I am happy that they included this as well.

    Pangea Organics Facial Cream - I will state that this is just my experience. I am very sensitive to products with fragrance in them. Mainly, every single thing that goes on my face is fragrance free. This product is heavily fragranced. Not with synthetic ingredients but with essential oils. Which for some is fine. My skin cannot tolerate it. I applied it to my hand knowing I needed to "spot test" first and it made me itchy in about 10 minutes.




    I like the Blue Glitter Incoco Nail polish strips !!!

    The Pink friendship bracelet blends nicely with my collection of evil eye and Hamsa bracelets. It does fit in quite nicely.


    Cute bracelet !! Nice added touch !




    (Not pictured Jouer lip enhancer, I am pretty stoked about this item also. It is very nourishing and is something I would actually consider purchasing (especially considering the colder months are approaching.)

    I am not thrilled. But I am not unhappy. I pretty much, like everything aside from the face lotion.

    Let's hope next month is a little better :)






    Missoni For Target

    With all of the chaos surrounding "Missoni for Target" I went to Target at 7:30 A.M. sharp. And to my surprise I had a line of girls in front of me. I did manage to snag everything I wanted. Thankfully. Just wanted to show you some of the items I purchased. I love them all !! Here are some pics from the fitting room ! (haha) I have not had a chance to wear any of it yet because I have been all over the place. But here is a sneak peek .



























    Hope you got your hands on some items if you were longing after them !!!

    Thanks for reading :)