April 30, 2014

Review: InstaNatural Phytoceramides

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Where To Buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IF72T2W

I am someone who believes in taking care of my skin now, rather than later. I am in my mid-20s and I am always looking for products that will help me keep my youthful skin as I age.

Right now at this point in my life, I thankfully don't have to worry about wrinkles. But I do suffer from dry skin, so finding a product that can hydrate my skin, and not break me out is tough. I have never turned to a pill product before for skincare, so this was a first time thing for me. I added 1 capsule into my daily morning routine with breakfast. Normal sized pill, easy to swallow. After a few days of taking this, I noticed that spots that used to be dry on my skin, were clearing up. My facial skin is looking much healthier, and I am really liking all of the changes with my skins appearance since using this!

I would recommend people of any age to try these, whether you are like me and wanting to prevent future skin issues, or are older and looking for something to help with any current skin issues.





I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

April 28, 2014

Review: InstaNatural 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Where To Buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H93NJLS/

How do I even begin to describe just how much I love this Argan Oil from InstaNatrual? I am a younger person in my mid-twenties that believes in taking care of my skin now rather than later. I am always looking for a product I can use now that just might help my skin in 20 years from now. I love using this oil on my face after my night mask, and sleeping with it on. I wake up to a beautiful hydrated soft glowy complexion. 

I don't stop there, I also use this Argan Oil on my hair as a oil treatment. I place some in my hand and brush it through my hair, leave it on overnight, and the next morning I feel like I have Cindy Crawford hair! Soft, manageable and shiny. But wait, I also use it on my nails and cuticles to help moisturize my nails after a polish change, stimulate nail growth and to keep my hands and fingers healthy. 

Not sure if this is just my bottle, or others, but I do have to be super careful with the dropper. I have to hold it upside down until I am ready to use it because basically the dropper just let's the oil come right out, instead of in drops. It can get a little messy if you are just trying to get a few drops out. Big deal? Not really. I can live!

Overall I am highly impressed with this Argan Oil. I now use this as apart of my nightly skincare / body routine!





I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

April 27, 2014

Review: Mira Digital Bathroom Scale

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Website: http://www.mirabrands.com/
Where To Buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QSI8A0

This is a good scale to have in your home, whether you are trying to lose a few pounds, or just want to check in on your weight every now and then. It weighs lighter than other scales that I have had in my home in the past. It is very easy to get your weight taken, simply step on and you will get your weight within seconds. I would suggest to first time users, or users who move their unit to store, to step on, let it read, then step off allowing it to turn off. Then again step on and get your weight from the 2nd number. This allows the scale to re-calibrate and give you a accurate number. If you leave your bathroom scale out and do not move it, you should only have to do this on the first use.

Scale readings were pretty accurate. I had a recent doctors office weigh in, and the difference from that to this scale was 4 ounces, which is reasonable weight change day to day, so its accuracy was spot on.

The look of the scale is nice and it easily fit with my bathroom decor. The black and silver color are very sleek and clean looking. Light up display screen was easy to read, and even those in my family who have vision problems could easily read the numbers.

Overall I was very pleased with this scale. It does its job without feeling like you are operating some piece of alien technology! Step on and step off! How easy is that? Plus it comes with 4 AAA batteries, which if they get used up, finding replacement batteries is widely available. I recommend giving this scale a try if you like the basic simple no frills scales.





I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

April 23, 2014

Review: Surpahs Digital Kitchen Scale



If you are a person who likes to cook or bake, then adding this Surpahs Digital Kitchen Scale to your kitchen is a must!

Using this kitchen scale is so simple. If you wish to measure something as is, simply turn it on, and place your item on the scale. Within seconds you will have the final weight. By pressing on the unit button, you will be able to change between measurement types (pounds, fluid ounces, grams, etc.). Also if you are looking to measure out items into a bowl or something, all you have to do is place your bowl onto the scale, and it will show the weight of the bowl. Press the tare button and it will bring the weight down to 0, so you can add in your ingredients and have a accurate weight reading without the weight of the bowl being added. It features a easy to read screen with clear numbers. It can also weigh up to 11 pounds with its 4 high precision sensors.

I really liked using this to help measure out serving sizes. It makes following a diet or counting calories MUCH easier. You can also use this to weigh other items such as letters, parcels, and etc. 

Finally I like that it is very thin and light weight. I easily found a place for it in my kitchen, and it took up very little storage room.

I really recommend that if you are shopping for a kitchen scale to give this Surpahs Digital Kitchen Scale a try! These also make great gifts for weddings, showers, or house warming! 

Be sure to browse my photos below for more looks at this scale.





Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

April 21, 2014

April Update!

Well hello everyone! I know it has been a while since I just took the time to write a regular update.

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Easter! Mine was very nice, spent the day with family, had a cook out, and enjoyed great conversation. It was nice to just be with everyone again. How about you? What did you do to celebrate the holiday?

I know lately I have been posting a lot of product testings, product reviews, and sponsored posts. If they aren't your thing, then I am sorry. I will be getting back into the fashion, beauty and food posts very soon. I have just been fortunate to be teaming up with some great companies and brands lately, and I have been pre-occupied with them. I will be branching out within the next month or so and posting video reviews, vlogs, and etc.

Next I just want to let everyone know that lately I have been running quite a few giveaways here on my blog, but also on Facebook. I update my giveaway section as soon as a giveaway goes live, so be sure to check it out frequently. Currently I have 2 giveaways running.

The first giveaway ends April 27th and is being sponsored by Belitae Organics. They are giving 1 lucky winner a bottle of their Fresh-C Vitamin C Serum. Only open to USA residents only!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!







And finally the second giveaway ends on May 31st. This is for my 100 Facebook Followers! I will be giving away a Wet N Wild Beauty Benefits Smokey Eye Shadow Palette. Open to USA residents only!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!


I hope you all get a chance to enter. Good luck! I think that wraps up this update. Thank you for your views, likes, comments and love! I truly appreciate each and every one of you!

xoxo,
Courtney


Review: BA Star Spicy Natural Eye Shadow Palette




As you all know I am a HUGE makeup fan. I love being creative and playing with all sorts of new colors, but I also like something simple for day time use. I'd like to introduce you to BA Star. This company offers a vast selection of makeup that is geared toward performers, dancers and cheerleaders. But really its perfect for the everyday woman who is on the go and wants her makeup to stay put all day.

Although I am not a performer, dancer or a cheerleader, I do have a job where I am constantly on my feet, moving around, getting sweaty, so my makeup really gets put to the test. So my next work day, I broke out this palette and gave it a shot. I applied my makeup as normal, and when I got to my eyes, I used the BA Star Body Shimmer Base Glue that BA Star was kind enough to send along. It was very easy to apply and place onto my eye lids and lower lash lines. Then I started applying the colors, using the copper and dark brown color on my lid and crease, the light tan color on my highlight, and the plum purple color on my lower lash line for a bit of color. Applying the color was so easy, very simple to blend, almost a creamy type of texture. The colors are very pigmented, so a little went a long way. I applied the eye shadow at 7 am, and at 6 pm when I went to take my shower, the colors had faded only slightly. My other facial makeup didn't look too good, but my eye shadow was still pretty good. I was very impressed. Taking the shadows off was fairly easy. Just used my normal eye makeup remover and after 2 swipes all residue was gone. 

I love the color selection not only with this palette, but also the other palettes that BA Star has available online. The eye shadow palette is also very affordable at only $8.75, which equals out to be $1.75 per shadow. The body shimmer base is also $8.75. Super value for some fantastic products. 

Overall I am very pleased with this eye shadow palette. I have been using it daily since I received it, and I am loving it! Be sure to check out BA Star's website for custom face charts and helpful videos using their cosmetics. 

Please scroll through the photos I have taken, at the bottom you will see some swatches I took of all the eye shadows both with and without the base. 







Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

April 19, 2014

Review: Ozeri Touch II Digital Kitchen Scale



If you like to cook or bake, having a kitchen scale in your home can really make preparing yummy dishes and treats so much easier. Today I'd like to introduce you to the Ozeri Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection

This scale is equipped with 2 touch sensitive buttons for easy operation, as well as 4 high precision sensors to weigh from 0.1 oz to 11 pounds / 1 g to 5 kg. It features a tare button that easily calculates the weight of the ingredients. It also has a large high contrast LCD display for easy reading. And finally it has Microban antimicrobial technology infused into the surface to keep your scale clean and help prevent the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. 

I bake a lot, and I enjoy recipes from all over the world. However some recipes from foreign countries use a different measuring system than we do in the United States. Grams, ounces, fluid ounces, or even pounds would be given versus the standard cups and spoons measurements we all are used to. Prior to now I had never used a kitchen scale before, but I found operating this to be so simple. I was easily able to learn how to use the tare function, as well as switch between pounds, fluid ounces, and the other measurements. The scale is light and thin, so storing it is very easy, hardly takes up any room. Cleaning it was a breeze, simply used my normal kitchen cleaner. 

I also used the scale to weigh out a parcel I was mailing out. Paying for shipping online can be cheaper than paying in office, so I was able to save a few dollars just by weighing it myself. I love that this is a multi-functional device. 

I have been using this all the time now when cooking or baking. This is great for those of us who are trying to follow portion control, this makes it so easy to weigh out the suggested serving sizes. 

I highly recommend checking out the Ozeri Touch II Professional Kitchen Scale, it makes a great addition into your kitchen, or even a lovely give to give the cook / baker in your life! 





Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

April 14, 2014

Teachers Change Lives


The other day I was cleaning out my closet, and I stumbled upon my old high school yearbook. Naturally I had to take it out, read all of the signatures that were inside, and browse through the pictures of long lost friends. Then towards the back, I started flipping through the pages of the faces of those who had taught me so much.

When you are young, you never really think much about your teachers and exactly what it is that they are doing for you. Mostly we just look at them as the people who grade our papers, help us find library books, and are standing outside in the morning when we get off the school bus. But once you leave those hallways, and enter into "the real world", it's easy to look back and really be thankful for all they did. It doesn't matter if they were your regular teacher, or your gym teacher, they all gave you a helping hand.

I am fortunate in that I come from a family that has had a few educators. I've had a great "behind the scenes" look at educators and I know how teaching effects them. My grandmother has spent 30 years working with elementary aged children, and a good majority of those years working in the elementary school library. I was lucky enough during my high school years to be able to job shadow her on a few occasions. A class would come in, and they would place the books they had previously taken out on a cart. Then they would run over to the carpet, and form a half circle shape around a chair. It was story time. She would pick a book, sometimes a classic, or sometimes a new off-the-press book. Either way, she was about to take them on some sort of adventure. Maybe they were goats on a farm trying to cross a bridge, or maybe they were astronauts taking a spaceship to the moon. She would captivate the kids by really getting into the story. Asking them what they thought might happen next, or standing up and acting out part of the story with them. The looks on the kids faces was always the same.... eyes focused on her, with mouths starting to drop open. She had them engrossed in the book. While she was reading, I would notice how she would glance up, look around, and get a smile on her face. I could see that this is what made her job rewarding. Taking these children who spend most of their days playing video games, or watching TV, and taking them to a whole new world with just words.

One sad thing I would notice is how much out of pocket spending she had to do to provide the environment that these children deserved. Pillows for the children to sit on, special bookmarks she hand made for each child in the school, right down to basic pencils and crayons. With school budgets shrinking, more teachers and educators are reaching into their own pockets to continue to provide our children with the best learning tools. Thankfully Office Depot is also seeing this growing issue, and is doing something to help with their Teachers Change Lives program.

Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom have partnered to raise awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students. Adopt-A-Classroom is a nonprofit organization that helps connect donors with teachers to enhance the learning environment for students. 

Just as an example, please watch the video below of a teacher who completely touched my heart. Virginia Hamilton is a teacher from Indialantic, Florida who teaches her students about giving back by volunteering at kill shelters. Her students help train the dogs so they are more adoptable.


How heartwarming is that? I love how she is taking teaching to a whole new level. Teaching these children how to give back to not only people, but animals is simply amazing. This builds character and gives the children a chance to really change lives.

You can donate to Virginia Hamilton, or to any teacher in your community very easily. Or if you are a teacher, you can also register your classroom. Simple steps are below!



I hope that you feel inspired to get out in your own community and help the teachers and educators that are doing so much for our future generations. If you happen to be a educator reading this, I want to personally thank you for all that you do! 

Please feel free to share your own stories with me. I'd love to hear your story about your favorite teacher(s)!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

April 11, 2014

Belitae Fresh-C Vitamin C Serum- Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Website: http://www.belitae.com/
Where To Buy: http://www.belitae.com/fresh-c-vitamin-c-serum/

Today's review is on the Belitae Organics Fresh-C Vitamin C Serum. Most of you know by now that I am a really big fan of skincare products. I have a firm belief that starting a skincare routine when you are young is the key to healthy fresh looking skin as you get older.  Naturally I was very excited to give this serum a try. My skin type is dry, so finding products that work for me can sometimes be tricky.


To use this, I washed and cleansed my face, the added a few drops to my fingertips and massaged the serum into my skin. I took the product down onto my neck and as far up as my hairline. Once the serum was on, I allowed it to set and soak into my skin for 10 minutes before I put my moisturizer on top. I checked my skin about 5 hours later to see how things were looking. I have used a few vitamin C serums in the past, and while they were nice, I would always have dry flaky looking skin after using. So I wanted to see the results. I was happy to look in the mirror and see a flawless complexion, with no dry flakes.


I have been using this daily now, and I notice that my skin is a lot brighter and clearer looking. My skin feels supple and firm. It also feels very hydrated and soft. This Belitae Organics Fresh-C Vitamin C Serum has definitely earned a place in my daily skincare routine! I also love that this serum is 98% natural and 72% organic. Plus it is cruelty free, phthalate free, paraben free, and gluten free.


I would highly recommend anyone of all ages and skin types to try out this serum. If you do end up trying this out, comment below and let me know your skin type, and how it worked for you!

GIVEAWAY!!

Belitae is kind enough to let me host a giveaway to let one of my lucky readers try out the Belitae Fresh-C Vitamin C Serum for themselves!

Use the widget below to enter! Please note that this giveaway is ONLY open to USA residents!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Giveaway Winner- Mica Beauty Shimmer Powder

Thank you to everyone who entered my very first Facebook giveaway! I appreciate your views, your comments, and your likes!

Please remember that I do giveaways once a month on CWL. Some via Facebook, and some directly on my blog here.

So lets not keep you waiting any longer...... The randomly selected winner is.............

Jennifer LaCoste Holley

I have sent out a email to the winner. If there is no response from the winner within 7 days, a new winner will be randomly chosen!





April 08, 2014

Review: Natures Best Vitamin C Serum

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Website: http://www.mystelic.com/
Where To Buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFBWWWC

My review for this product is posted on Amazon! Please CLICK HERE to visit my review on the Mystelic Beauty Nature's Best Vitamin C Serum. Also be sure to check out my photos of this product below!





I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

April 05, 2014

Mint & Gold Haul

It's spring now in New England, so that has kinda had me in the mood to start looking at the new trends for the S/S 2014. I needed some accessories for a upcoming event, and I have really been loving the mint and gold tones that are really popular this season. So that is exactly what I went for. 

I am not the type of person who likes to spend a whole lot on costume jewelry. I just don't see the point. I went to my local Walmart and found everything I needed to add that mint and gold pop to my outfits. I am a firm believer that less is more, so I just picked up a few things to add to my collection.


-Walmart brand Mint Green & Gold Bib Necklace- $5
-Walmart brand 4 Piece Ring Set- $4.97
-Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail Varnish in Mint Sorbet- $2.48


April 04, 2014

Review: La Beauté Pure Organic Vitamin C Serum

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.



My review for this product is posted on Amazon! Please CLICK HERE to visit my review on the La Beauté Pure Organic Vitamin C Serum. Also be sure to check out my photos of this product below!




I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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