December 13, 2016

NEOCELL BEAUTY BURSTS - SOFT CHEWS - CHOCOLATE MINT | REVIEW

Most of you who follow me regularly know that I am obsessed with anything skincare related. I like taking good care of my skin in hopes that it will pay off down the road. I was recently introduced to the NeoCell Beauty Bursts Soft Chews, and I have been adding them as apart of my daily supplement routine. 


If you are not familiar with the NeoCell Beauty Bursts Soft Chews, they are a dietary supplement that contains 2,000 mg of Collagen, as well as Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. These are suppose to help your skin, hair and even your nails!  These are gluten free, soy free and palm oil free.

I have been taking 2 chews a day for a month now, and the bag lasted me for exactly 30 days. The flavor that I tried is the Fresh Mint Chocolate. First I will say that the flavor is not the best. I actually really don't like it at all. To me the flavor is a bit overwhelming and too much. The chocolate flavor is nice, but it is over powered by the mint. The chew starts of very hard, then it slowly softens. 

Over the past month of using this supplement, I have noticed a few changes so far. I have noticed that my dry skin is no where near as dry as it used to be. It is coming into winter time where I live, and it wrecks havoc with my skin. However this supplement seems to be helping me combat the harsh cold and it's effects on my skin. I have also noticed the biggest difference with my nails. The growth I have experienced while using this has been, well, insane! They are also a lot stronger and not as brittle as they once were. I am very pleased with that!

Overall I am happy with these. I am beyond pleased with what it has done with my nails! Perhaps if I continued on with these for another month I might see more results with my skin.

September 05, 2016

Professional Makeup Brush Set by Kirei Cosmetics | Review



I am what you would call a makeup junkie, a lover of all things beauty related. I know that having quality tools to apply your products is the key to getting the best application and flawless results. For the past couple of weeks I have been using the Kirei Cosmetics Professional Makeup Brush Kit exclusively to apply my makeup. So let me share with you my thoughts.

I will start off by saying that in my current brush collection, I have a range of brands, from high end luxury to drug store to dollar store. The application that these gave me was right on par with my high end and drug store tools. For the face brushes, the stippling brush was by far my favorite. It made my liquid foundation apply on smoothly, and it let me stipple which gave a nice flawless airbrush effect. The blending brush for the eyes was also another favorite of mine. It blended out my eye shadows beautifully, and let me create a nice even gradient. The brushes are synthetic, however they are super soft. I do quite like that they are 100% vegan and also 100% cruelty free. This set includes 10 brushes: powder brush, foundation brush, concealer brush, angled contour / blush brush, eyebrow brush, eyeliner brush, smudger brush, stippling brush, blending brush, and a eye shadow brush.

Another thing that I like about this set is the holder that it comes in. It is very elegant and can turn into a 2 piece brush holder which is fantastic.

I have washed these brushes and only experienced minor shedding with the larger brushes, very minimal shedding with the smaller brushes. 

This is a great kit for someone starting off with makeup who needs a good brush set, makeup artists who can add this to their kits, or someone like me who is a makeup lover who has a brush obsession!

You can find this brush set here: Amazon.com!


August 05, 2016

MOONLIGHT PRIMER & MARINE SALVE | MAKE BEAUTY REVIEW



For the past week I have had the chance to try out some more goodies from Make Beauty. If you missed my last blog featuring this company, you can check it out by clicking here.

This time around I got to try out some of their skincare items which really excited me. Make Beauty kindly sent me their Marine Salve and the Moonlight Primer. Below I am going to be reviewing each of these products and giving you my first impression of them!


July 27, 2016

Moscow Mule Copper Mug | Review




I absolutely love Moscow Mule mugs! They are so great to have especially in the summer time. This mug is crafted into a beautiful shape and is quite pretty to look at. In my opinion mule mugs have a very rustic, vintage type of look to them. I always feel like I am back in the 1800's when I am drinking out of one!

The mug is used for cold beverages only. Do not attempt to use this with anything warm. The mug takes your drink and keeps it cool. I'm talking ice cold! It will keep your drink cold for hours which is of course why it is perfect for summer use. It is absolutely fantastic! I find that I don't need to add ice to my drinks to keep them cool. If I pull a drink out of the fridge that's cold, and I pour it into this mug, it will stay cool. No ice that will be watering it down.

It cleans well, just be sure to rinse and dry quickly after use. In my past experiences I have found that these mugs can stain easily if anything gets left in them for long periods of times. Overall this is a great mug!




July 18, 2016

Argan Oil, Tea Tree Oil & Coconut Oil Body Wash by Keeva | Review




WHERE TO FIND: AMAZON

I am pretty picky when it comes to my body washes. I like one that has good ingredients, and a great smell. When I saw the label for this saying Argan Oil, Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Oil, I knew it would be right up my alley. I love all 3 of those ingredients and they work well with my skin. I was excited to use this. When it arrived and I checked the ingredients label, I was shocked. Like so many other reviews, I don't see any of the above listed on the label. Some ingredients are very vague. Some of the ingredients I had never heard of before and had to look up. My suggestion to the company is to make the label a bit more descriptive and clearly put what is inside. What essences? What type of vegetable oils? Since it is so unclear, if you have easily irritated or sensitive skin I would stay away from this. The vague label makes it hard to use by anyone who may have allergies to certain things.

On the other hand, I will say that I do like the body wash. It smells fantastic, like a herbal scent. It lathers nicely and feels good on the skin. Doesn't dry my skin out.

I'm giving this a 4 out of 5 star rating. If the label was changed and I knew exactly what was in this I would easily bump this up to a 5 star rating. But because I have no clue what is inside this, I have to bump it down.

June 22, 2016

Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle | Review + Discount



The Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle is perfect for all of your favorite beverages for the following key reasons but are greatly preferred by Essential Oil and Alkaline Water drinkers due to the glass water bottle insert that contains their infused water products.  These users demand Glass!

Shatterproof: Designed with a glass insert on the inside of a durable plastic outer casing that helps protect from breakage while providing containment and shatter proofing even if the glass does break.  This provides piece of mind!  Our customers love the fact that we offer a free glass insert replacement for the first year of the product if the glass happened to be broken and the customer purchases directly at www.glassticwaterbottle.com.  Also, additional glass inserts are always available for just the cost of shipping.  This increases the longevity of the product and encourages reuse.  Competitors don’t provide this safety or guarantee!



June 06, 2016

Strand Maximizer - Conceal Thinning Hair | Giveaway

Last week my mother had the chance try out Strand Maximizer, a product to help conceal thinning hair. She, like myself, has baby fine hair to begin with. On top of that she has been noticing her hair thinning as she gets older and closer to the 50 mark. It happens to everyone and is a natural part of life. She gave it a test run and was very pleased with it. It helped her conceal thin spots and make her hair look fuller. It gives that little extra boost of confidence.


If you would like to see her full review, you can click here to go to the review I posted on her behalf on Amazon!


May 12, 2016

Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner | First Impression


I recently had the chance to try out the Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner. So first let's begin with my hair, and tell you a little about my hair. I have baby fine hair that I color on a regular basis. My hair tends to be oily and flat at the crown, and dry with frizz towards the end. My hair is basically a mess.


Before using this this shampoo, I tended to stay away from cleansing or purifying shampoos. They would always dry out my hair so much, and really strip it of every. My hair would feel so dry and brittle after using. So I will admit, I was skeptical about trying this. However I am so glad that I did. This shampoo and conditioner worked wonders for me! Check out my video to see my first impression of the Hask Shampoo and Conditioner



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May 10, 2016

Do Laundry With Me! - Featuring Purex plus Clorox 2 Detergent | First Impression & Giveaway


Recently I have had the chance to try out the Purex plus Clorox 2 Detergent. I work in a job where I am always getting dusty, dirty, and my clothes can get quite icky. For me I need a detergent that works hard to removing stuck on stains, but also one that is gentle on my clothes and doesn't fade them. I had high hopes for this detergent, and I put it to the test. Come and do laundry with me and see my first impression of the Purex plus Clorox 2




April 25, 2016

How To Dye Hair From Blonde To Burgundy


So, are you thinking about taking the plunge and dyeing your hair from blonde to burgundy? If so, I'm sure you're probably anxious about it since it is quite a drastic change. Before I get into this blog, let me just start off by stating that I am not a hair stylist or colorist. I am just a woman who has been dyeing her hair herself for 15 years.

I am a natural blonde, more on the "dirty blonde" spectrum. Since I was a little girl  I have most often colored it a lighter shade of blonde. But I have also done black, and brunette shades. For the past 5 years I have kept it at a light blonde, and to be quite frank, I was just getting sick of it. First, having blonde hair is work. Whether you have natural blonde or dyed blonde, it requires upkeep. I was always having to spend money buying toning shampoos to keep my blonde bright and the right tone. I had to keep up with regular coloring so my roots wouldn't show and look icky. All of this got to be not only time consuming, expensive, but it was damaging my hair. 

I had done some research online, and many people said that once they stopped dyeing their hair blonde, and stuck with a darker shade, their hair improved quite a bit. So I knew going darker was in the cards for me. I wanted to find a color that would work well with my fair skin tone, compliment my facial features, and also be a color that was a bit different than what I have ever had before. I took to Pinterest and found some hair inspo boards. That's when it happened... I came across a lady with gorgeous burgundy hair. I was in love! After more research I found that this process was going to be just that, a process. In order to go from blonde to burgundy, I had to go from blonde to brunette first. So I am going to be sharing with you how and what I did to go from light blonde to burgundy hair!


April 07, 2016

MAKE Beauty - #MAKEYourself | First Impression



If you have been a long time follower of mine, you will already be fully aware that I love makeup. It is something I have a passion for. So naturally when I have the chance to try out cosmetics from a company I have yet to experience, I jump at it! So today I am going to be sharing with you my first impression review of MAKE Beauty. They were gracious enough to send me 2 makeup samples, a eye shadow and a lipstick.

To give you a little information about MAKE Beauty, they are a company located in (and the product is made in) New York City. Their pieces are hypoallergenic, made without parabens and never tested on animals. In their own words, "MAKE believes there are no beauty rules. That each individual is driven by an artistic approach to their own personal reality. That it's beautiful to be inspired by your own imagination. To embrace a whimsical approach to life. To be outspoken, intelligent, confident and un-self conscious. The spirit of collaboration illuminates our social mission. 10% of every MAKE sale supports women-led, worker-owned businesses in at-need communities through our non-profit partner, We See Beauty Foundation".


April 04, 2016

CWL Is Going To Get A Face Lift!

That's right loves, I'm getting a face lift! No no no, I don't mean myself personally, however my blog is!

After a long consideration, I am going to be making some content changes to Courtney, With Love. I started this blog many years ago as a form to share product reviews. And for the longest time, I loved doing that. But Courtney, With Love ended up taking a turn down a path that I just wasn't liking anymore. I have become bored with using my blog mainly for reviews. I instead would like to start creating my own content that isn't related to products and reviews. I'd like to get back into writing blogs that inspire me and hopefully others.

If you like my reviews, you don't need to worry, I still will be regularly posting reviews on Amazon as always! I love doing Amazon reviews and I don't think I will ever stop doing them. And on occasion you will see a review here and there on the blog. But you will soon be seeing more content from me. I hope you continue to follow along with me during this transition! I appreciate each and every one of you!

In the month of April I will be doing the change over. So you may notice a few new things when you visit my blog over the month! I will also be working on updating my social media accounts to reflect this change, and just give them a new face lift as well!

xo,
Courtney

March 22, 2016

Rose Cup - Menstrual Cup By Intimate Rose | Review




I have been dealing with periods since I was 8 years old. I have mostly stuck to using pads because I never liked tampons. I always heard about TSS and it just frightened me too much to even risk it. A few years ago when I started seeing menstrual cups on the market, I was very eager to try them. So I did. I have found that they can either be wins or fails. Every vagina is different, shaped different, and different sized. I have used just about every name brand menstrual cup you can find on store shelves, and have found only 1 to work really well for me. So going into this review, I will say that I am not new to menstrual cups, I am quite seasoned.

I ordered this menstrual cup in the small size, I am 27 years old, and I have never given birth. In all the brands of menstrual cups I am always the smallest size. When this arrived, it was slightly larger than my other menstrual cups, but not by too much. About a week after this arrived in the mail, so did my period. I was excited to try this out and see how it would compare to my favorite cup. It is a flexible cup, and does fold easily. Upon first use, I washed it with feminine wash, and then inserted it. It took me a few minutes to get this cup inside. I tried putting the cup in by pushing down on one side and creating what I call a rose bud shape, then I tried making the C shape. Both ways I could not get the cup to release from these positions once inside. I tried inserting in every position I could think of, but still no luck. My personal thought is that this cup is just too big for me. If it was a little smaller perhaps it would fit a bit better and more securely. To make sure that it wasn't just me having a difficult day, I grabbed 3 of my other menstrual cups and inserted them. I didn't have any issues at all. So I gave it a rest for the day. Next day I figured I'd try again. No go. I would get the cup in, but it just wouldn't unfold from its insertion position. I have never had this problem with any of my other cups, so I took to Google to see if there are others having this problem with menstrual cups. Apparently it is a issue for many women, especially those who are smaller down below. Basically from what I read, some cups will work with you, and other cups just won't.

March 15, 2016

Handmade Greeting Card - Thank You Set by Envite Designs | Review

One thing that I absolutely love is the "old fashioned" way of communication, sending written cards. I love taking the time and writing to someone, whether it be a simple birthday greeting, a quick hello, or a thoughtful thank you note. I feel that taking the time to write down your thoughts and sending it to that special someone really adds a personal touch to things that has become somewhat lost in this digital age.

I was kindly sent a set of handmade thank you cards from Envite Designs. The moment they arrived, I knew I was in for a treat. They were packaged very simply yet so sweetly in a brown paper lunch bag that had scalloped trimmed edges. A piece of string wrapped around the bag, and it just felt so retro... I absolutely loved it! Inside the bag was a very cute business card full of the business information, and social media connections. And finally I pulled out the thank you cards. There are 5 cards in this set, that come individually wrapped along with a pairing envelope. I appreciate that these are separated and kept in individual plastic wrap, it makes storing cards much easier, and helps protect against any damage.

March 10, 2016

Renuzit Sensitive Scents | Social Insiders Review + Giveaway



Tell me this, who doesn't love to have their home smelling fantastic? I know I do. I like to make my home as inviting as possible. There are so many ways you can give your home a fresh smell, however sometimes these products can be a bit much. Many people have sensitive noses, and sometimes being in a area with a overpowering scent is almost just as bad as being in a area that stinks. Renuzit has answered the call to this problem, and has released their new Renuzit Sensitive Scents collection. 



Through the Social Insiders, I was able to get my hands on 3 different products from the new line. Below I will be sharing my thoughts with you about each product, and my experience with them so far. 

March 01, 2016

Easter Gift Idea | Candy with a Twist - Chocolate Easter Bunny S'more Kit

Easter is coming right around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about what you are going to give that someone special. You could go with the stereotypical candy eggs, or chocolate bunny rabbits. But why not spice things up this year and give a super fun yet festive gift? The Chocolate Easter Bunny S'more Kit is the perfect gift for anyone young and old!

Candy with a Twist was kind enough to send me one of their S'more Kits so I could give it a review and sample it for myself!





Most of us are familiar with what a S'more is, however if you happen to live under a rock, a S'more is a piece of chocolate and a marshmallow sandwiched between 2 graham crackers. They are very popular with American kids, especially during the summer months when you can roast the marshmallows over a camp fire and create a yummy snack. However as I said, not just kids enjoy these treats, they are delicious no matter how old you are!

The kit arrived in the mail perfectly safe. No broken pieces at all which really surprised me. We all know how rough a packaged can be tossed around in the post. It came in a cute box, with a pink bow. Inside I could see the graham crackers, a chocolate bar and a HUGE marshmallow with a bunny printed on it. Talk about adorable! I opened the box, and set everything out on the kitchen table. Inside there were 4 graham crackers, a large piece of chocolate and of course the marshmallow. I initially thought that this kit would only make 1 S'more, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they give you enough to make 2!

I took the graham crackers out and laid them on a plate. I took the chocolate bar, which had 6 equal portions, and split it in half, 3 pieces for each S'more. I then took the marshmallow and cut it in half, and put that on top of the chocolate. Next I put them in the microwave for about 15 seconds. The marshmallow had melted quite a bit, and began to heat up the chocolate as well. I immediately dug in. Oh. My. Goodness. Talk about childhood in a treat! This was so delicious! By far a perfect S'more! It did get a little messy, but that usually happens when you eat one of these babies! Finger licking good!





This definitely would make a perfect Easter gift! It tastes fantastic and is a perfect treat! It's the perfect size to put in a Easter basket, or just give it as it is!

If you are interested in this kit, you can view it by clicking here!


February 22, 2016

Thyroid Rite by 100 Naturals | Review




A FEW DETAILS...

A complete nutritional supplement for the support of normal thyroid function. This product has combined Iodine (from Kelp) and Tyrosine, the two integral constituents of thyroid hormone, with the minerals Selenium, Zinc and Copper, Magnesium, Manganese (amino acid chelate), Molybdenum (amino acid chelate) to assist in its production. In addition, this product contains Schizandra , Ashwagandha Root , an Ayurvedic herb known for its ability to support a healthy metabolism.
You may benefit from this product, if you have any of the following
*Get tired easily;
*Have cold hands and feet;
*Struggle to control weight due to a sluggish metabolism;
*Feel forgetful, lethargic or Fatigue?

Why choose us?
(a) Best Value for the Highest Strength Thyroid Supplement: This product is the highest strength natural thyroid booster available on the market.
(b) Best Formula: this product contains 14 handpicked natural vitamins, herbal extracts, and minerals. This product not only supports healthy thyroid function, but also supports general well-being*.
(c) Natural and Safe: Contains powerful natural extract Kelp, Schizandra , Ashwagandha Root , Bladderwrack , Cayenne Pepper to support optimal metabolism, energy and mood.
(d) Contains Five Essential Minerals: Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese and Molybdenum.
(e) Proudly make in USA by an FDA registered cGMP certified facility with 100% natural ingredients.



MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

For many years I have struggled with my weight. Dieting and exercising work for me, but not to the same degree as it does for others. I often suspected that perhaps there might me something going on with my thyroid. When I had the chance to try these, I figured why not. In addition to the struggle with weight loss, I also felt very sluggish, tired quite often, and just wasn't performing at my best. So for the past 3 weeks or so I have been taking 2 capsules in the morning with my breakfast. Over this time I have noticed a huge change. The sluggish feeling is pretty much gone, and I don't have the feeling of being tired all the time. I am noticing weight loss as well, my clothes are fitting a bit loose. I haven't weighed in yet (I do my weigh ins monthly). So far though, I am very impressed at how well these are working.

The capsules are easy to swallow, and you don't taste any flavors at all after taking them. No burps either. Overall, they are pretty good!



February 08, 2016

Did Anorexia Make Me Overweight? | Vlog!

Hi everyone! Okay so I finally am taking the plunge and made my first ever vlog! I know, I'm a little behind on the bandwagon, but better late than never!

Today I am talking about my weight loss journey, and one question I am asking myself. Did Anorexia Make Me Overweight?

February 02, 2016

First Impression: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream - #JingleVoxBox

In my Influentster Jingle VoxBox I was given a sample size of the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. Being that I live in Maine, the winters can be pretty rough on skin. Although this year hasn't been extremely cold (thanks El Nino!) it has been dry. My skin gets very flaky, and even with regular exfoliation, I still have dry patches.


I always use a moisturizer daily, so for the past month I have been strictly just using the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. I apply it to a fresh clean face, and let it sit for about 5 minutes before applying my makeup. Over the past month, I have to say that I am quite pleased with how well it works. It has no scent, and nothing that irritates my skin. It is a thick formula, yet it melts into my skin nicely. It keeps my skin hydrated and soft all day long, and I really have noticed quite a difference.

I was in a mass retailer the other day looking to purchase this in a full size since I am so happy with it, but I honestly was floored at the price. It was about $15 full size. For someone like myself who is on a budget, that is just a bit too steep for me. I think this is something I will purchase only in the winter time when weather is rough on my skin, but during the rest of the year, I'll probably stick to something a bit more affordable since I use moisturizer daily.



January 29, 2016

First Impression: Topaz Unisex Dress Watch


Hi lovies! Today I wanted to share with you another new First Impression! Today I am trying out... well rather, trying on the Topaz Unisex Dress Watch!



MY FIRST IMPRESSION:

This watch is very classic looking, and it is truly a unisex piece. On a man I feel this would have that timeless classic clean look, and would work well for casual and formal wear. On a woman, it adds a bit of sophisticated chic to your look. I personally like to wear watches as more of an accessory rather than a actual time piece. This one goes with so many of my outfits, and just adds a little bit of something extra to my look, I really enjoy it. It is easy to set the time, no hassle at all!

The quality is nice, although I am not one who knows much about watches and what sets their quality apart. But so far this one seems pretty nice. I do wish that it came packaged better. It came to me in a piece of plastic. I would have like to see it in a box at least. The way it comes packaged makes it very easy for it to be damaged during shipment, and it doesn't provide much of a first impression.


Overall, its a beautiful watch, and truly a nice unisex piece. 



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