28 February 2015

..::Glitz 'n Glamour::.. Review + Giveaway-- Overall Beauty KMMS


Hello, everyone! I have an obsession with beautiful eye shadows. You should know that by now! Bold eyes are just my thing, but I love a good natural look every now-and-then. I was sent (7) eye shadows from KMMS on Etsy. YES! You know it, pure VEGAN mineral makeup.


When I received the products, I noticed that the packaging was so cute. I am a sucker for cute packaging. I was sent (7) mineral eye shadows, a business card, and (2) paper inserts. One is a reminder to be kind to 'Mother Earth' and 'recycle your empties'. The other insert said that 'they hope I enjoy my samples, and to check out their website'. That website is Overall Beauty.


The eye shadows are in little clear containers, which makes it easier to get the desired amount of product that you want. They were all sealed with a clear seal; I didn't even realize that they had a seal on them until I tried to open one. The seal was easy to get off, and took no time at all. 


The top of the eye shadow container has a label saying 'Overall Beauty Minerals', which is the name of the company. 


The bottom of the container has another label telling me the name of the eye shadow, company name, and ingredients. It's really nice to have the ingredients listed on your eye shadow container.


Now, the fun part! The colors!  I love really bold eyeshadow, but sometimes I just want a good natural look (you can have fun with natural colors, too!). I was sent (7) colors:  'Hope', which is a gold shimmer, 'Ivory Lace', which is an ivory color with shimmer.This color is a very light brown. 'Champagne', this color really reminds me of champagne (not kidding!) it’s like the exact same color of champagne, 'Coffee Latte', this is a medium brown. It isn't dark, and it’s more of a matte color than the others. 'Night Wisp', this color reminds me of an opal by how it changes colors when it hits the light (this is my favorite!). 'Look Ponies', this is like a dark chocolate to me. 'Copper Petal', this color looks like a darker gold color to me, and not so much copper. Regardless, it is still pretty.


I really love all of the colors that I was sent. They are all pretty. As I said before, 'Night Wisp' is my FAVORITE, because this color is just so DELICIOUS to me. The 'Copper Petal', (even though it's not what I would consider 'copper') is great if you don't like a bold copper look. For example, my sister-in-law, Melissa, has gorgeous blue eyes and blonde hair. She does not like to wear red tones on her eyes (most true-copper colors have some sort of red undertone to them). She says, “It makes me look dead.” Well, this 'Copper Petal' color would not make her “look dead”, as she would say. These colors all blend nicely, and go on smoothly. I even made some of them really bold, even though they are natural colors. They are definitely build-able.


Overall, I like these eye shadows. They are GREAT mineral eyeshadows. Please check out KMMS on Etsy.

Today may be your lucky day. Why? IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME, that’s why!
Enter for your chance to win (3) eye shadows of your choice! 
HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Open to continental US entrants 18+ only. 
$6.00 ARV
Giveaway will end 03-14-2015 at 2359. 
No purchase necessary. 
Winners will be announced 03-15-2015. 
The winner will be emailed and given 24 hours to respond. 
If no response, the next winner will be chosen.

xoxo
marah

DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

27 February 2015

..::Product Review::.. Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts


My Review of Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Dead Sea Salts are the Best Bath Salts on The Planet - Much Higher Mineral Concentration than Epsom Salt! with a High Concentration of Minerals which are Essential for Proper Skin Health and Beauty.  Adovia Dead Sea Salt is Fine Grain for Faster Dissolving - Packaged in a Resealable Zip Lock Bag.  Provides relief from Psoriasis, Eczema, and Arthritis symptoms.  Formulated with over 26 essential minerals the body needs for natural soothing and relaxation.  Find Relief from Aches and Pains by Soaking in a Bath full of these Salts. Rejuvenates, exfoliates, and softens while it soothes!  Contains absolutely zero additives, colors, or scents. Higher Level of Minerals and Relief than Epsom Salts."

Review…


I was sent a bag of 100% Dead Sea Bath Salts from Adovia to review.  
The price for this bag of bath salt is $11.95.  It ships free with Amazon Prime.

Packaging & Presentation of 
Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts
  
This bag of bath salt arrived in perfect condition.  There were no rips, tears, leaks, nor defects during shipment.  The bag is clear, so you can see through it directly to the bath salt.  The label is white, and it has teal and navy accents.  It measures 8.5" x 4.5"x 3.5" at its widest points.

The front of the package labels the product and brand.  It has a description, "Mineral Rich Bath Soak".  There is no further information.  The back of the bag is completely blank.


The bag has an 'easy-tear' pair of cut-ins, but they don't work so well.  I had to end up getting scissors anyway.


My Personal Experience with Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts

I really enjoy my stress-relief baths every now and then.  I have a little stockpile of bath items to make it more enjoyable-- bath salts (scented and Epsom), bubble baths, oils, etc.  I have used Epsom salt for years, because it really helps relieve my sore muscles.  This Adovia bag of bath salts is supposed to do that, and more.

When I first opened the bag, a small amount of 'salt dust' came out, and the fragrance was strong.  I had to turn my head, so don't look directly in the package when you open it!  It is fragrance-free without additives, but it smells like salt.  If you don't know what that smells like, you don't want to.  Trust me.


 The granules are really small.  They actually dissolve really fast.  Way faster than Epsom salt! I actually really enjoyed using these in the tub.  I wish they had a little bit of a fragrance, but if I mix it with a little lavender bath oil, it works perfectly.


Pros of Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts
  • I love the quality of this bath salt.  Adovia makes some outstanding products, and this one has not failed me.
  • The granules are tiny, so they dissolve really quickly.
  • It's made in Israel using actual minerals from the Dead Sea. How awesome is that!?
  • Has over 26 minerals formulated into it.

        Cons of Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts
        • I wish it had just a little fragrance.
        • The package is pretty boring. 
              Summary

              Would I buy this again?  Yes.  I really like it.  It is more enjoyable than the extra-large Epsom salt chunks in a bath.  It mixes well with other fragrances, and gives me incredibly soft skin.  This is great for aches and pains, or just a stress-relief bath.


              Are you wanting to try Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

              CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


              For further information, please visit Adovia on:


              DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

              26 February 2015

              ..::Glitz 'n Glamour::.. Lippy Dudu Review


              Hey, everyone! I am so excited about this review. I have had really dry lips lately (probably due to this awful weather!), but these products are sure to fix this problem for me. I was sent (1) 'Luxury Lip Butter Buffer' in the flavor 'Coffee Butter'. I was also sent (3) 'Lip Butters' (like Chapstick) in the flavors 'Strawberry Champagne', 'Summer Pudding', and 'Citrus Figgy'.


              The packaging was so nice! I loved the drawstring bag, and the little package that the 'Lip Butters' came in. Everything just looked so neat and tidy. 


              Once I opened the package with the 'Lip Butters', there was a little insert that I just found adorable. It had a little heart tied to it that says “made with love”. I just think that is too cute. Actually everything just looks cute! The 'Lip Butters' are all just bright and fun. They have cute labels wrapped around the tube with little sayings on them.


               The ingredients are listed on the back of the label. 'Best Mom Ever' is in the flavor 'Strawberry Champagne', 'Summer Lovin' is in the flavor 'Summer Pudding', and 'Lippy Dudu Don’t Give a Fig' is in the flavor 'Citrus Fig'. They all smell so yummy that I cant even pick my favorite one! I put these on immediately after opening them just to try them out. They are so creamy and moisturizing! I just love them. 

              'Luxury Lip Butter Buffer' came in the flavor 'Coffee Butter'. Again, the label is great.


               It has the ingredients listed on one side, and the directions on how to use it on the other side. 


              The front of the label says the flavor and what the product is. The first thing that I noticed after opening this, is that it smells DELICIOUS! I smelled coffee and cream cheese frosting when I opened it. Now the bottle does say “with butter scotch”, so I may be smelling the butter scotch instead of the cream cheese frosting. That was my first thought after opening the jar.


               I put some on my lips,just like the directions say. When I wiped the buffer off, I noticed my lips were so soft! You can definitely feel the scrub like texture on your lips, but it is not too harsh. I felt like I was getting the right amount of scrub without it being harsh or too soft.  After using these products, I can say that I don’t feel like my lips are dry and cracked, and that is amazing!

              Okay, I honestly CANNOT get enough of these products! They are great. I will be using these all the time. When I run out, I'm buying more! The lip butters were so nice and creamy, much better than what you can buy in a supermarket. I have NEVER in my life tried a lip buffer as good as this one. Please check out Lippy Dudu on Etsy

              xoxo
              marah


              DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

              ..::Review + Giveaway::.. Zim's Max Freeze Gel


              My Review of Zim's Max-Freeze Gel

              What is it exactly?

                   From the website. . .
              "Zim's Max-Freeze  provides a cooling sensation and utilizes a topical analgesic formula to deliver temporary relief to aching muscles and joints. Zim’s Max-Freeze is formulated with naturally-based ingredients including aloe, arnica, Vitamin E and tea tree oil. Available in gel, roll-on and spray applications. "

              Review…

              I was sent a 4 oz tube of the Max-Freeze gel from Zim's to review.  

              The price for this  tube is $9.99.  Shipping varies by your zip code.


              Packaging & Presentation of Zim's Max-Freeze Gel

              This tube of pain relief gel arrived to my house in perfect condition.  There were no rips, tears, leaks, nor defects during shipment.  The tube is pretty cool, and it definitely grabs my attention.  It is white with blue and green accents.  The tube measures 6.75" x 2.5" at its widest points.  There is a lot of information on the tube, so read it carefully.

              The front of the tube labels the product and brand.  It explains what it is used for, and ingredients and features of the product.  There are NO parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, paraffins, DEA, petrolatum, or mineral oil in this product.  Also, they do not test on animals!



              The back of the tube is informative, too.  The drug facts, uses, warnings, directions, storage information, and inactive ingredients are listed here.  The company's contact information is printed towards the bottom.  This product is made in the USA.



              There is a lot number and an expiration date stamped into this tube.  The lot number is on the front, and the expiration date is on the back.




              The tube has a flip-top cap, and it has a larger (.40") opening for the gel to exit the tube.




              There is also a foil safety seal, so make sure you peel this off before use!


              My Personal Experience with Zim's Max-Freeze Gel

              I was so looking forward to this review!  I'm not old, but I do suffer from some pretty terrible back pain.  It's mostly upper-back (caused by stress), but sometimes my mid-back aches, too.  I've used a lot of things in the past-- Icy Hot, Bengay, Mineral Ice, etc.  They all work pretty good, but what I love about this Max-Freeze gel is that it is natural!


              First, I want to explain its consistency.  It's definitely a gel.  It is colorless, but has a strong menthol-like fragrance.  Luckily, this vanishes after awhile.  It's a very soft gel, and it spreads easily and coats well.

              Next, after I squeezed some out of the tube, I put it on my back.  It doesn't instantly burn, but it cools, and works its way up to a gentle relief.  I'm a person that doesn't mind the menthol fragrance, but if you are-- it goes away.  I love how it feels on my back.



              Pros of Zim's Max-Freeze Gel
              • Totally natural!
              • No animal testing.
              • The gel is very soft and spreads evenly and coats well.
              • The menthol fragrance vanishes.
              • Comes in (3) different application methods-- gel, spray, or roll-on.


              Cons of Zim's Max-Freeze Gel
              • I have found no cons of this gel.
              Summary

              I was absolutely impressed with the turnout.  It's a very comfortable cream that relieves the pain, but it doesn't burn your skin off while it works.  It's a decent sized tube-- definitely competitive in relation to the other tubes on the market.  I love the fragrance, but I think next time I might get the roll-on.  I prefer this brand over any that I have used in the past.

              Are you wanting to get your very own Zim's Max-Freeze Gel?  Enter the GIVEAWAY! 

              a Rafflecopter giveaway

              Open to US entrants only. 
              $9.99 ARV
              Giveaway will end 03-04-2015 at 2359. 
              No purchase necessary. 
              Winners will be announced 03-05-2015. 
              The winner will be emailed and given 24 hours to respond. 
              If no response, the next winner will be chosen.

              Don't want to enter the giveaway?

              CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



              For further information, please visit Zim's on:


              DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

              25 February 2015

              ..::Product Review::.. Influenster Refresh VoxBox


              My Review of the Influenster Refresh VoxBox

              Today I wanted to look closely at the contents of Influenster's Refresh VoxBox and share them with you.

              love beauty products and anything to do with fashion, wellness, etc.  That's why when I received this box, I tried everything almost immediately.

              As a general overview, the box included the following:

              + Beanitos Chips
              + COVERGIRL UltraSmooth Foundation
              + L'OCCITANE Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream
              + Orgain Certified Organic Nutritional Shakes
              + Montagne Jeunesse Face Masques
              + Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars
              + Listerine Pocketpaks
              + DenTek Comfort Clean Floss Picks / Fun Flossers

              Please continue reading for a review of each product in the Refresh VoxBox.

              The first product is from Beanitos.  They are really delicious, and incredibly nutritious.  The are full of fiber and protein.  The are free of preservatives, and completely non-GMO and gluten-free.  They cost $3.49 per bag.


              Next, we have the COVERGIRL UltraSmooth Foundation.  The color is absolutely perfect.  I received #842 (medium beige).  It goes on smoothly, and feels light.  However, it provides great coverage!  It has Olay serum in it, and comes with an applicator.  It costs $12.99 - $16.99.


              The next product is the L'OCCITANE Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream.  It is formulated with 5% shea butter, and is part of a committment to a fair-trade partnership with the women of Burkina Faso, West Africa, who make the shea butter.  This works great, and it's very moisturizing.  It doesn't smell the greatest, but the fragrance dissipates after a few minutes.  This costs $5 (8ml) / $28 (50ml).


              The fourth product is the Orgain Certified Organic Nutritional Shake.  These were created by Dr. Andrew Abraham for people in need of great-tasting, wholesome nourishment on-the-go.   I received a coupon to get the shake, but the problem is that no stores around me sell it.  But it looks good, right?  They are $3 - $4 each. 


              The fifth product is my most favorite.  It is the Montagne Jeunesse Face Masques.  It cleanses your pores naturally, and is a peel-off masque.  These are very affordable, and work great!  They cost $1.49.


              Next, we have the Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar.  They offer all of the health benefits without comprising the taste.  I must admit, these are DELICIOUS!  I received the Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate flavor.  I would definitely buy these again.  They are 5 bars for $5.00.


              Further, we have the Listerine Pocketpaks.  These dissolve instantly, and they freshen breath as they kill 99% of bad-breath germs.  These are great for on-the-go, but they kind of burn!  They cost $1.40.


              Lastly, for the bonus item, I was sent two packs of DenTek Flossers.  The first pack is for adults, and they are the Comfort Clean Floss Picks.  They are very silky, yet effective.  I was also sent a small sample of the DenTek Fun Flossers for kids.  They are colorful and cute!  The adult-version costs $1.39, and the kid's flossers cost $2.19 - $3.39.


              Disclaimer:  I received the aforementioned products complimentary from Influenster in my Refresh VoxBox for testing and review purposes only.