Dec 19, 2014

Tarte Sweet Dreams Chic To Cheek Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set Review, Swatches & Giveaway

Have you tried Tarte cosmetics? This was my first purchase. Tarte caught my eye when they came out with their Sweet Dreams Collection. I needed some blushes, so I decided to purchase their Chic to Cheek 4-Piece Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set (which was part of the Sweet Dreams Collection). This set was so popular, it sold out (from what I can see) everywhere! This blush set is selling on eBay right now for $60! I purchased two of these (when they cost $35 + 20% off for being a new email subscriber to Tarte + Ebates Yep, I work those discounts baby! LOL). So if you win this giveaway, you can either keep them and have limited edition blushes or sell them and have an extra $60 in your pocket ;) Hmmm? LOL. Beauty is BIG money and business. Back to topic! I'm really impressed with this Tarte blush set. The blushes are about the size of a macaron. The packaging is light as a feather. The colors look natural. You get amour (rosy pink), classic (candy pink), prim (soft apricot pink), and daydream (plum nude). Tarte is cruelty free, formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, gluten and is dermatologist tested. I think I'm going to try their lipsticks next. Have you seen the packaging for them? So pretty! A sales lady at Ulta (when I was in Cincinnati) was wearing Tarte foundation. Her complexion looked flawless awesome! But then somebody said Tarte foundation wasn't for DRY SKIN, so I'll have to look into that. LOL So do share if you've tried anything from Tarte! Would love to hear your suggestions and thoughts. Giveaway is open Worldwide. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below. Winner will be announced Christmas Day! Good Luck!

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  Tarte's Sweet Dreams Blush Set is Sweet

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Dec 17, 2014

Lancome Paris Grandiose Mascara Review

I'm always raving about Lancome mascaras, but I really don't like this one. Let me start off with the good. The packaging is very pretty. It feels good when you hold it in your hands and there's a beautiful faux flower encased inside the ombre cap. This mascara will lift and lengthen your lashes to infinity and beyond. I also didn't experience any smudging while wearing this mascara. Now, the bad. When you unscrew the cap you will have a little struggle getting the goose swan neck brush completely out (annoying). I kept fighting with the shape of the wand during application. When applying the mascara, if not careful you can get mascara on your skin (near the side of your eye). I found this mascara to be thick, heavy and it clumped my eyelashes together in 2's and 3's. I read other reviews, and bloggers recommend using a lash comb (so eyelashes won't clump together). The problem is this mascara dries super fast, so you better be quick if using a lash comb (or risk plucking your eyelashes out). Volume? No. To me, it gives off a spider-look effect (which I hate). There's also some fall out, once it dries. As you can tell, I'm really disappointed with this product. It costs way too much ($32) to have these kind of problems. I was going to do a giveaway with this, but I feel so strongly that it's NOT good, I've decided against it. There are much better mascaras out there. One coat of mascara is on my eyes below. Don't even think about two! LOL

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  Lancome Grandiose is NotSweet

Dec 15, 2014

Kohler Moxie Single Function Showerhead With Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Review

I've been singing ALL weekend! Wanna know why? I was sent a Kohler Moxie Single-Function Showerhead with Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (K-9245) to review (ladies, click on the link! ya gotta see this fine man's butt in the shower in the video). At first, I was kind of scared to accept this, because ummmm ... I'm not very tech savvy. Anything with a lot of pieces or requires a lot of putting together, makes my eyes cross. LOL I'm happy to say, this was EASY peasy! If you love music or know someone that does, THIS will be the perfect gift for them. Let me show you how simple it is and wait until you hear the sound on this baby!

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  The Kohler Moxie is Supersweet

Open The Box! Kudos to Kohler for keeping packaging to a minimum. Woo Hoo! Take the shower head, Moxie (speaker) and USB charging cable out the box. Just THREE pieces! There are directions, but you have moi!

Let's Charge This Baby UP! Plug one end of the USB charger cable to the Moxie (it's on the back of the speaker) and the other end to ANY USB outlet/port. I used my laptop. If the red light blinks, that means it's charging. When charging is complete, the light will stay red. I told my mom, "You can play music in the shower!" She replied, "Will that thing electrocute me?" LOL SMH You don't have to worry about it falling in the water or any other type of mishaps etc. Both the Shower Head & Moxie are heavily MAGNETIZED and bind together. Look at me shaking it vigorously below! :) Nothing fell apart! Kohler is QUALITY, plus it meets ALL COMPLIANCE!

Time To Play Music! Press The Moxie Power Button (it's on the front of the speaker). The light will blink blue. Turn on your Bluetooth device (I used my iPhone). The word "Moxie" will appear. Click on it. Both the Moxie and your Bluetooth device will connect. When they connect, the light will STAY blue!  Start your favorite song playlist! Adjust volume! Start singing! That's it! Well, you do screw this to your shower head pipe thing :)

Listen To The Awesome Sound! Sing Mariah Sing!
Turn your Kohler Moxie on while cleaning your bathroom. Turn it on while giving yourself a pedicure.
Turn it on while styling your hair. Turn it on while shaving. Turn it on while giving your dog a bath.
Turn it on while bathing the baby. There are so many great uses for it! You don't have to be in the shower!

PLUS, this shower head meets EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) WaterSense Criteria!

The winner's of last week's 4 giveaways: Kizzy of The Dainty Dolls House [United Kingdom] (Sara Happ), Jennifer A. [USA] (Benefit), Nicole M. [USA] ($25 PayPal) and Rowena of Rolala Loves [USA] (The Balm) More giveaways this week! So stay tuned! Have A Sing In The Shower Kind Of Week!

Dec 12, 2014

The Balm Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner Review

Every time I use this eyeliner, I break out in song! "It don't mean a thing (If it ain't got that Swing Schwing)" ~ Duke Ellington (covered by many great musical artists). Well, let's talk baseball & liquid eyeliner! Batter Up! It's The Balm's Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner ($17). First Base. Super cute packaging, with a baseball theme and ladies' looking at a baseball player's butt! I hate baseball, but the players DO have nice bodies. Oh I digress. Second Base. Schwing has a fabulous felt tip! You can make the thinnest of the thinnest lines, the thickest of the thickest lines OR anything in between. Third Base. It takes less than a minute to dry and RUB RUB RUB your eyes until you can't rub them any more (see my gift), this eyeliner will NOT COME OFF! Homerun? Unfortunately there's one Strike Out! Let's change songs here. "You better not pout. You better not CRY!" Good ole Kimmy is about to tell you WHY! If water hits this eyeliner in ANY kind of way, you will look BAD! Like UGLY CRY bad! I put this eyeliner on my hand, then put my hand under the faucet and black stuff went down the drain. It didn't stain my hand. It rolled off, so it's easily wipeable. So you can't cry if you use this stuff. Don't wear this in high humidity. Don't run a marathon with it. If you're PMS'ing, skip it (LOL). Don't wear it to funerals or weddings. What did I miss? LOL You get the point! I have an extra one. If you would like it, just enter via Rafflecopter below. Not responsible for any adverse health, skin or mental conditions while using this product ;) I was REALLY conflicted when grading this eyeliner! It's excellent. It's just not, nor claims to be waterproof! Because it doesn't claim it, I'll go with SWEET. There's just that one issue. Have a HOMERUN weekend everybody! I'll announce all winners for this week Monday.
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  The Balm Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner is Sweet

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Dec 11, 2014

AVEENO #WinterSkin Skin Relief Lotion and Ointment Review + PayPal Giveaway + Thank You AVEENO

Brrr...winter skin. Cold weather, heaters and such can do a doozy on your skin! It's even extra hard if you already have DRY SKIN (like me). I was VERY happy when AVEENO sent me pretty much a Winter Skin Survival Kit! I was unaware that they had an entire SKIN RELIEF COLLECTION! Well, it's maybe that's the reason why! LOL They sent me their Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion and Skin Relief Healing Ointment. They also included Lubriderm's Men's Body, Face & Post Shave Lotion (I'm gifting it to a neighbor). My reviews on each are below. If you would like to know more about #WinterSkin, log onto Twitter (today) December 11th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST @Crowdtappers Dr. Jacob will be talking about #WinterSkin and sharing some tips like the one's below.

I'm hosting my own personal giveaway in helping YOU combat #WinterSkin. A $25 Giveaway via PayPal to purchase whatever AVEENO products to keep your skin moisturized. Aveeno has been kind to me (check my instagram page! they sent me a clutch, products and a $100 American Express gift card) and I believe in passing that onto others. I would like to THANK the entire AVEENO Team for selecting me to be an AVEENO Ambassador for 2014. I got the chance to try products that worked for my skin type and incorporate healthy lifestyle changes (both inside and out) into my life. I look better. I feel better. Beauty truly is both INSIDE and OUTSIDE. Thank You AVEENO for this opportunity, for both me and my readers.
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Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion

This is NEW! It's a triple oat formula, with shea butter extract that relieves itchy, extra dry skin and moisturizes for 24 hours. It's also fragrance free and dermatologist recommended.

What I like about this lotion is that it's creamy, moisturizing, non-sticky, non-greasy, non-oily, has Aveeno's signature scent (fragrance free and won't compete with your fragrance). It felt really good and nourishing to my skin. I disagree with the 24 hour part. I did have to reapply a couple of times within that time frame, but I didn't mind. I rather re-apply, than be greasy/oily, because it's too heavy.

I really liked this lotion and encourage everyone to try it.

Aveeno Skin Relief Healing Ointment
This is also NEW! It's a petrolatum skin protectant for irritated, cracked dry skin. It soothes skin with 24 hour moisture. It's lanolin, fragrance and dye free. It's also dermatologist recommended.

This is like petroleum jelly. Remember, a skin protectant acts like a second skin or shield for your skin. It's to be placed on minor cuts, scrapes, burns, chapped skin and lips. Individuals that work outside, who participate in outside "cold" sports and activities would love this. I tried this on the heels of my feet (put on socks), before buffering them and my heels are so smooth! I had a small scissor cut on my finger (opening too many packages LOL) and I put this on the cut before washing dishes. It did great. I didn't like it on my lips (petroleum feel), but it worked. I prefer my Fresh lip balm. For BODY, I love it. Also keep in mind, this is not first-aid cream or antibacterial like Neosporin.

Lubriderm Men's Body, Face & Post Shave Lotion
This is for men, so I couldn't test it. I've tried Lubriderm Lotion for women and it's very good. I'll just give you the description for this lotion. This triple action formula moisturizes, improves and soothes skin. It's aloe enriched formula helps soothe skin after shaving. It has a light, fast absorbing formula. This is specifically formulated for a man's skin and dermatologist tested. It was designed to improve the skin's moisture barrier for healthy looking skin. It's aloe-enriched formula also helps soothe skin after shaving. Fast absorbing. Non-greasy.

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