Sponsored: The Burt's Bees Beeswax Bounty Fruit Mix Kit was another item I received in my PR ULTA Beauty Holiday Exclusives Box. I have tried Burt's Bees Lip Crayon, Cleansing Cream & Peppermint Foot Lotion, but can you believe I've never tried ANY of their lip balms!?! I had to laugh to myself when I received this. So now is my chance! You guys, this is a really cute set, that's only available at ULTA. It's part of their holiday collection! It contains 4 Burt's Bees Lip Balms in Wild Cherry, Pink Grapefruit, Coconut & Pear and Mango. It also contains a maroon/burgundy gift box with snowflakes, in case you want to give this set as a gift. And of course you can use all 4 lip balms as stocking stuffers. Burt's Bees also includes a $2.00 off coupon inside for use on their face or body products. Each lip balm is scented accordingly to the name of fruit on the label! It's a very light scent, but true to the fruit. I wish they had a little more oomph in that department. There is NO COLOR and NO TASTE! My favorite out of the bunch is Pink Grapefruit! It really smells good and is the stand out of the bunch. I thought Wild Cherry would be, but it wasn't. These lip balms are VERY moisturizing! They made my lips feel really good and they stayed moisturized for hours. I was very impressed. Have you tried Burt's Bees lip balm or products? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.
Sponsored: The third makeup item PR sent me (see original post here) as part of ULTA's Beauty Holiday Exclusives was Maybelline's The Graffiti Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. I didn't realize, but this palette is exclusive to ULTA. ULTA has this palette and they also have Maybelline's Dare To Graffiti Holiday Kit, which includes a waterproof gel eye pencil (16 hours of wear). This eye shadow palette is an interesting combination of both color & nude shades. The swatches I found online (Twitter: Timmy Mua Shion @Zombie _Couture below) are very pretty. It's funny...when I wear neutral makeup shades, I stick with all neutrals. When I wear color makeup shades, I wear all color shades. Do you wear both color & neutrals (eye shadows)? I'm still an eye shadow novice. LOL What I like about this palette, is that it does give you options! You can go all neutral, all color, or mix them up. I can't vouch for the formula, since I didn't open this palette. But the swatches below look really good and I have tried Maybelline's The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette which was nice. I would like to thank both the PR company & ULTA Beauty for sending me this palette to share with my readers. That was really nice of them. Thank You! I'm giving this palette to a lucky reader of A Very Sweet Blog. It will make the perfect gift for you, a friend, coworker or family member. This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE (anywhere USPS ships)! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Read the fine details and GOOD LUCK everybody!
Sponsored: I am not going to lie! I was scared as heck to try Dr. Lip Bang's Lip Freak sent to me by PR, for ULTA's Beauty Holiday Exclusive. The outer package shows a sinister looking skeleton head! HaHaHa And with words like, "Beware Not For Crybabies...Consider Yourself Warned", "Within A Minute Your Lips Are Going To FREAK OUT", "Crazy Vibrating Buzz" and "Feels Electric" I was shaking as applied it! HaHaHa They sent me TWO! One kit contains Coco Loco Mint & Berry Sinister. The other kit contains Sin O Mint & Gingerbread Man (which is their Holiday Spice Lip Balm Kit). Both kits are only at ULTA. I tried the first kit (I had to before even THINKING about doing a giveaway with this) LOL Let's first talk packaging! The two lip balms come in a really cute black matte tin. The one I tried also had a pink mustache inside. You can attach the mustache to the top cap of the lip balm for decoration or use it as a finger puppet. I think it is so cute. You're also given three stickers! I "heart" lip freak and I am a lip freak sticker. I would put those on the tin. The tin can hold many lip balms, in case you want to collect these ;) So what about the lip balms!?!?!? They are SUPER moisturizing. Get to it Kim! How do they feel! When I first applied it, I said ... oh this is nothing! Then after a minute you guys, whoaaaa spicy hot peppers ... HaHaHa ... I felt THE BUZZ! It didn't hurt, but there was an intense tingle & literally a BUZZ! I've never felt anything like it. It's electric without the electricity! This sensation goes on for several minutes! But you're not running for water or crying to take it off. It's kind of cool. I wouldn't use this on children, chapped lips or if you have cuts or open sores. But hell, this would make a great Adult Halloween party favor (attached with a warning of course HaHaHa). My lips never turned red. They weren't sensitive afterwards. There was just a weird VIBRATION! The lips plump up a little, but nothing extraordinary. Put this on in the morning and YOU WILL WAKE UP! HaHaHa The lip balms are scented and do have a taste (for some reason it didn't effect my tongue). Coco Loco Mint has a hint of chocolate but it's more MINT. Berry Sinister has maybe a raspberry scent and very Menthol. They're really good! I am giving away the second (HOLIDAY kit), which contains Gingerbread Man & Sin O Mint (perfect for Halloween & Christmas). So who is DARING ENOUGH TO TRY THIS!?! LOL Enter my giveaway below! It's open WORLDWIDE! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! Read the disclaimer & fine details. Good Luck Everybody and Have A Great Weekend! Thank You PR & ULTA Beauty for letting me try this and giving me an extra to share with one of my readers. That was very kind. Thank You.
Every year we spend hundreds of pounds and dollars on products that enhance our beauty and it really is a good thing those products are out there! With so much pressure on us day after day, the stress of it is causing untold numbers of problems with the way that we look and our health in general that it’s a wonder some of us even survive the day to day routine that is packed morning to night with one stressful event after another. If you are being bombarded by stress and can’t see a way out, here are a few reasons why you should make every effort to change the way you live.
Major Issues with Your Appearance
It is no secret that stress causes those premature wrinkles on our once smooth and supple faces or that hair prematurely greys due to an inordinate amount of constant stress. Stress causes the body to stop producing melanin which in turn leads to greying hair, so adding grey hair to premature wrinkles what do you have? That’s right – a body that looks 20 years older than it really is.
Health Related Risks Directly Attributed to Stress
Then there are those health related risks that have definitely been attributed to stress. Consider the fact that just a generation ago women were less likely to suffer fatal heart attacks than men but since they have entered the professional workforce in increasing numbers year after year, women are now almost as likely as men to suffer from heart attacks and strokes. From poor digestion to impaired thinking, stress can have serious consequences on the state of our health, mental as well as physical.
When Stress Leads to Absentmindedness
Have you ever been so overwhelmed with the stress of getting out the door to work on time where you can’t even remember if you turned off the oven or the coffee pot? What about the windows. Did you forget to close them before leaving the house knowing it’s going to rain today? Actually, there’s an easy fix for that one! With the advanced technology of automated window actuators listed in the Teal Products catalogue, you can program your windows to shut themselves in the event of inclement weather. There are smart stoves as well. Talk about stress-reducing technology! These are ‘it’ if ever there was an it!
Reducing the Effects of Stress in Our Lives
On the whole, the only real ‘fix’ is to reduce the amount of stress in our lives. From taking time throughout the day to do a few deep breathing exercises to walking away from stressful situations, there is something you can do to reduce, if not eliminate, the amount of stress you are subjected to. In the end, the only thing that might work is to remind yourself that you can ease the amount of stress you subject yourself to. From automating functions in the home to walking away from stressful encounters, you hold the strings so make them work for you. Sometimes it’s all you can do.
You’ve spent the day working hard (or hardly working) and you’re ready to relax in the comfort of your bed! There are few things better than laying down at the end of a long day and getting all bundled up in your quilt, but the temperature is lowering and your bedroom is probably getting a bit too chilly for comfort already. How do you combat those chilly winter nights? Here are some tips I use for a warm and cozy sleep!
Chill-Proof the House
Before you invest in a heated blanket or put three pairs of socks on, make your house itself as well prepared for the colder seasons. Block the chill from creeping underneath doors by buying or making your own drought protectors, invest in heavier curtains to keep the heat from escaping through the windows (and consider replacing the windows with better insulated options for a more long-term budget benefit). If you don’t mind splurging a little bit, it might be a good idea to try one of the programmable thermostats that are really popular now. You can program it to be cooler during the night when you’re wrapped in blankets, and heat up 15-30 minutes before you wake up so getting out of bed isn’t such a shiver-inducing task.
Prepare for Bed
One of the best ways to stay warm at night is to start warming up before you even hit the pillow! Rather than doing your exercise routine in the afternoon, get it done right before bed so that your muscles will be all warm (and you’ll probably be quite tired afterwards too!) Likewise, take your hot shower or bath before bed instead of in the morning, so that your body can heat up a bit first. A nice hot bath is also a great way to prepare mentally for bed, so light some candles and grab a great book! Looking at your phone or computer right before we go to sleep is something we’re all guilty of doing, but it doesn’t help you when trying to snooze!
Last but not least, it’s time to make everything nice and toasty! Of course you’ll want a nice thick duvet, click here for some examples, but you’ll probably need more than just a cozy blanket to keep warm! Electric blankets are a great option and will stay on the whole night if you need them to, but they can be a bit restrictive on your budget as they’re both expensive and they really use up a lot of the heating budget. If you’d like a cheaper option, just put a hot water bottle or two under your covers 10 minutes before you get in. To double up on the warmth, throw your pajamas or blanket in the dryer before bed!
It can be difficult to stay warm during the autumn and winter months, especially when there’s a chilly breeze or even snow blanketing the ground, but with these tips you’ll be nice and cozy in bed in no time!