Friday, April 28, 2017

For a Mistake Proof Sun-Kissed Glow--PUR Marble Powder Bronze Review!

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If you've been making mistakes buying bronzers, PUR's Marble Powder Bronze is worth looking into.


Bronzers can be just as difficult as foundation for finding your ideal match.  Some shades may look suitable in the compact, but once you start applying they can fool you by being overly heavy on the orange, muddy looking or far too shimmery.  With the new one from PUR Minerals that I sampled lately, you can adjust the depth and color of bronze that you want with their Marble Powder Bronze for a mistake proof bronze look.

The interesting thing about PUR’s Mineral Powders is that each multidimensional compact can be slightly different as far as tone and color, which give you all that more control of  shade and the extent of the glow that you’re seeking.  Instead of one flat color, you can use this one compact to contour and brighten.

The Marble Powder Bronze I received was randomly speckled with browns and pink-beige pigments that once swirled really had a lovely effect.  I pulled out my PUR Blurring Powder Brush for this because it made it easier to target sections of that compact where I needed without overloading the brush for application.

I loved customizing the amount of sun-kissed radiance from this paraben and Bisphenol A (BPA) free bronzing powder.  To me, it saves you making a bad color choice because this one has various shades.  You just need to find the right spots for your perfect glow with a subtle gleam.

Anyone that keeps regretting buying one wrong bronzer after the next should try PUR’s Marble Powder Bronze ($23.50)  because it does make bronzing foolproof!  Check it out.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush Review--Upping Your Mother’s Day Beauty!

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It’s that time of year when you want to do something spectacular with your hair for a fresh look. Whatever style you’re going for, you want your hair frizz-free with as much shine and volume that you can possibly get. A product that can help with that task is John Frieda’s Salon Shape Hot Air Brush that PR sent for this review.


This brush isn’t meant to dry your hair like your hair dryer.  You could probably do that, but it is recommended for putting final touches to your hair after it is mostly dry (80%). With its ionic generator, this styling tool is great for creating smoothness to eliminate frizziness by how it flattens the hair cuticles.  It also has ceramic and titanium technology built in for giving hair extra shine and increased thermal protection. 

The barrel of this brush is 1-1/2 inches and it has 500 watts of power, two settings for heat, besides the cool setting for locking in the fullness.    I forgot to mention it also has a long cord that swivels for better access to electric outlets as well as maneuvering.

I have thick hair that has some layers cut in to take advantage of my natural curl.  I started on the high setting to turn my hair under initially before I changed to the lower heat just for a few minutes because it was at the right stage to finish with the cool button.  I am happy to report that once I partially dried my hair and experimented with the Salon Shape Hot Air Brush, I loved how the layers seemed to separate and puff out more than when blow drying with two different size ceramic brushes.

With how much extra volume that I noticed in my thick hair, I can only imagine how beneficial this tool could be for someone with thin or fine hair.  Honestly, if you thought your fine hair was doomed to hang flat and limp, then try this John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush because it will surprise you in a nice way for you to gift yourself with or that special lady for Mother’s Day.  Check it out!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ideal Makeup Colors That Will Best Flatter Redheads!


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This beauty knows how to make her coloring and hair work to her advantage.


There was a time when I totally changed my look.  I went from brunette to redhead.  I didn’t go to any extreme like bright ginger, but wanted something different that could work with my skin tone.  So I dared to step out of my comfort zone and had my hair colored a true auburn.  In order to rock that new version of me, I found that the makeup shades I was using as a brunette had to go if I intended to make most of it.

Therefore, I went shopping with my makeup artist friend, who steered me in the right direction.  Her first suggestion was switching out my bold black eyeliner and mascara for deep brown eyeliner and brown-black for the mascara.  Olive or plum shades for eyeshadow were another, which really worked some beautiful magic. For lips, she advised me to stay with pinks and berry shades and forget any colors that were too orange or had too much coral.  

Once I got home and started experimenting with those new cosmetics, I saw at once where she was going with those recommendations.  My old makeup might have made me clash or been too overpowering for the softness needed to really compliment the red in my hair. 

You’re probably thinking why I went back to my original hair color if I thought this red shade was so great.  I wore it for a while, but after a time I wanted to reinvent myself yet again with a different hairstyle and color, which meant I went back to brunette again–-at least for now.  

Who knows when I will next feel the urge to totally revamp my look?  After all, the fun of beauty is being adventurous and trying out new looks with products and styles to help us do just that.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PUR Afterglow Illuminating Powder Review

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You'll love what Afterglow can do for your face!



The easiest way to create the illusion of a beautiful complexion is to direct light on the skin to imitate a natural glow as it streams over the face.  Since I believe your skin can never have enough inner radiance, I was glad to try PUR Minerals Afterglow Illuminating Powder that PR sent along.

This is an ivory-beige toned shimmery powder that has some warm, yellow undertones to the formula that includes shea butter and the company’s anti-aging Ceretin Complex among its ingredients. 

Furthermore, no animals were harmed through torturous testing to bring this product to market.  It also is free of parabens and Bisphenol A (BPA).

However, the product does have a lot of soft pearly glow to it, which is beautiful against the skin, but reminds more of a highlighting powder for emphasizing certain places on the face than an illuminator for blurring all over the face to minimize imperfections.  

You don’t need to worry about Afterglow disappearing on you through your day.  I had it on from early morning until I took it off before dinner and it still looked just as good as when I first put it on.

This PUR product is great and I do love it, but will be using it solely as a highlighting powder, which is perfect to me.  If you’re hunting for a new product to get that glow to your skin, check out Afterglow Illuminating Powder ($25) at the company’s website!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Put Your Best Face Forward This Mother’s Day--Stemulation Luxury Skin Care Facial Serum and Daily Micro Derm Scrub Review

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Stem cells power up this Stemulation anti-aging formula.


I am fortunate to have great skin, but it wasn’t always the case.  I used to have trouble with an oily complexion and occasional breakouts like everyone else and then my skin began undergoing changes with dryness and fine lines. Today, I want to tell you about Stemulation, a luxury skin care line that uses stem cells from bone marrow (Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells) for their rejuvenating power to beautify an aging complexion.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fuego Box April 2017 Review

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I never was aware of so many different varieties of hot sauces existed until Fuego Box.


Happy days are here again with the arrival of my latest Fuego Box.  This month’s savory trio of spicy heat from the hot sauce subscription brought more unique ways to fire up the tongue with flavor.

If you also love your foods extra hot, then you need to check out Fuego Box because it has the best unusual, small-batch, artisan hot sauces that I have come across.  Trust me, you can’t easily find what this subscription box puts together in your typical grocery store because these come from all over the country. The cost is $29.95 per quarter with free shipping.  You also get an informational card about the sauces and recommended foods to go along with each sauce.  Furthermore, you can also buy one box at time for just $12.95 with a $5.00 shipping fee.

April brought Maple Oatmeal Stout Craft Beer Hot Sauce from the Butterfly Bakery of Vermont.  This is a medium heat  jalapeno pepper-based sauce that has oatmeal stout, maple syrup along with white vinegar and spices.  For someone that hates to drink beer, I wasn’t sure that I would care for this mildly sweet sauce. However, it was really delicious on my scrambled eggs.  Next, I plan trying some on a veggie burger later today.

Hoff Sauce is a tasty everyday jalapeno with habanerno pepper sauce that has nice nip to it.  This one is quite hot, but won’t burn the inside of your mouth so much that you’ll miss its fantastic flavor.  

Finally, I found a yellow colored one with turmeric called No. 23 from Corine’s Cuisine, which was quite different.  This one also has Scotch bonnet peppers, lots of garlic, shallots as well in its savory mix. I sampled this one for the first time on my cheese sandwich and it was quite good.

Honestly, if you love hot sauce, Fuego Box is wonderful with what you can experience.  In fact, this hot sauce subscription makes a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift if that special lady likes to turn up the heat of her food.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Recipe: My Choco-Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie Offers a Unique Marriage of Flavors That Is Out-of-This World Delicious!


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This pie is a one way to enjoy so many awesome flavors.


Did you ever have one of those days when you’re craving a few different things at the same time when you’re about to bake and couldn’t decide?  Well, I was in the mood for something chocolate.  Then, I thought a peanut butter goodie would be great until I looked over to my fruit bowl with bananas that were getting overly ripe.  Therefore, I thought why not invent something using all delicious ingredients into a cream pie? The result was today’s recipe.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush and Highlighter (Pretty Pink, Stardust) Review

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These Mally Beauty glow-getters can really help your look.


Blush and lipstick are two beauty essentials that I would be hard pressed to live without. I couldn’t go a day without them for the life that they can return to a pale face.  Unless you are fortunate to wake up with perfect coloring, you might not value the importance of those products in the same way as the rest of us that need to help our beauty along.  Now it’s easy to understand why I am so smitten with a new one from Mally Beauty with her Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush and Highlighter that PR sent me recently.

Pretty Pink is a cooler, deeper pink, a blend of mauve and magenta. Stardust is a shimmery champagne shade.   At first glance, I thought the color might overwhelm my fair coloring until I tried it with that double-ended brush I found inside.  

I used the black end that had slightly more hairs and would be less for the dark pigment to stain in comparison to the white end when working with this blush.  What I did was apply it sparingly and gradually built it up until this silky powder with a creamier feel than you might expect melded into my skin with enough of that dramatic color to look as it always has been a part of me.  Actually, the effect of this deep pink against my light skin and dark hair was more flattering than I expected.  

The small round with that Stardust highlighter was simply gorgeous once I dusted some on.  I used the white end of my brush for this highlighter. I hardly used much because this packs a lot of glow so keep that in mind, but it was nice for emphasizing cheekbones.

This three-piece Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush and Highlighter set that you can find at ULTA Beauty is a nice value at $35.  At Mally Beauty the Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush alone is $24. Check it out!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (Light) Review + Swatch

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You'll love the fresh coverage and weightless feel this foundation has.


Given the fact that I have a dry complexion, I was eager to try PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation. The idea of a serum enriched foundation to boost the skin’s radiance through an enriched encapsulated water complex formula intrigued me that I had to see for myself what this product could do.

What else is interesting is that HydraFluid ($39) has no oil, but PUR’s Ceratin Complex as well as that Swiss Alps-sourced mineral water for improving skin’s overall smoothness as it firms and lifts.  The formula also has aloe vera and free radical fighting, vitamin E for healing and soothing, but no actual sunscreen.

Something else that is different is the long clear slender tip that this foundation has compared to a wider mouth bottle or pump dispenser that releases more than a drop at a time.  This prevents any waste of pouring or pumping out too much foundation, which I thought was great.  However, impatient ladies may think the slow way this product comes out takes too long.

Light was the best color for me among the five shades in this line.  It has some warmth, but not overly peach as you will see from my swatch.

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Here is the Light shade that I swatched.


Once I sampled it, I was amazed at how lightweight HydraFluid felt on my skin.  Instead, it reminded me more of a BB cream that perfected and smoothed the look of my face.  The only difference was this foundation has a thinner consistency than BB cream or your typical liquid foundation.  Still, it certainly delivered with wonderful hydrating coverage that left me with a beautiful dewy finish that held up without settling into my laugh lines or disappointing me through the rest of my day.

If you need coverage, but hate how most foundations bog your skin down and are searching for a product capable of making you look fresh and natural, give PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation a shot, especially if have dry skin.  I'm betting that you will love it once you do!