I Won a Giveaway!


Hi all!  Sorry for the dark photo above, but I wanted to share the amazing giveaway I won from YouTuber Allie Glines.  She has a really fun e-magazine called the Afterparty.  It’s $3.99 a month and you can check it out here.

Allie has a giveaway each month and all subscribers are entered.  And I won for September.  I just receive  my prize and thought I would share.

I received:

Influencer by Brittany Hennessy                                                                                           Capture Your Style by Aimee Song                                                                               Dermablend Original Loose Powder                                                                                     Thrive Causemetics Lashed in Kristy                                                                                         Olay Whip Active Moisturizer                                                                                                       Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Drop Dead Red                                         Lancome L’absolu Lacquer Lipstick in Smile and Shine                                                 Morphe X Jaclyn Hill The Vault Collection

I’m excited about all of these prizes, but especally the books and the Vault.  I have been wanting to read more books on social media and I have been thinking about picking up one of the palettes to test the formula, but couldn’t decide which one. Here’s a photo of all four palettes:



The palettes are (clockwise) Armed and Gorgeous, Dark Magic, Ring the Alarm and Bling Boss.  I have tried all of them once except for Dark Magic.  I like them okay, but they take some blending to get a nice look.  I am going to keep playing with them and then do a review.

Have you tried any of these palettes?  What do you think?

I am so excited about my prizes and want to thank Allie Glines for the fun giveaway!



Olay Fresh Effects {Shine, Shine Go Away!} Cleanser

lay Fresh Effects {Shine, Shine Go Away!}
Olay Fresh Effects {Shine, Shine Go Away!}

lay Fresh Effects {Shine, Shine Go Away!} ($6.99 USD) — lay Fresh Effects {Shine, Shine Go Away!} Shine Minimizing Cleanser delivers a deep, down-to-the-pores clean, to minimize shine – even after you leave the sink! Made for the 24/7 chica-on-the-go, this refreshingly fruity and floral scented rinse has all the purifying power of a mask with the fresh feel of a daily cleanser.

Olay Fresh Effects {Shine, Shine Go Away!} Shine Minimizing Cleanser refreshes skin and minimizes shine leaving it day and night ready! Add this cleanser to your morning regimen for a deep clean and a refreshing scent experience. Benefits include:

  • Removes 2x more dirt, oil and makeup vs. basic cleansing
  • Formulated with Kaolin Clay, this cleanser lifts away impurities and helps minimize shine
  • Deep cleansing action for a fresher feel

This does live up to its name as it makes my skin feel so fresh and it makes the shine go away!  I make sure I wet my skin before I apply and it gives a great lather that rinses away clean.  I like to use it day and night.  It removes my makeup and gets my skin ready for my serums and moisturizers.

I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster.  Influenster is a great site where you can receive new products to test and review.  Let me know if you would like to join in the comments with your email address and I will send you an invite!




Gillette Venus Embrace

Gillette® Venus® Embrace® and Venus & Olay™ Razors

I was lucky to receive a Venus Embrace razor and a Venus and Olay blade refill complimentary from Influenster to try and review.

Have you tried Venus and do you know that the heads are interchangable with the handles?  I didn’t!

Choose how you get Venus Goddess Skin by trying any Venus blade refill on your existing Venus handle. Mix-and-match and find your perfect shaving match without having to purchase a whole new Venus razor.

Any Venus blade refill fits any Venus handle so you can find your perfect shaving match without having to purchase a whole new razor.

o  Venus Embrace blade refills provide an ultra-close shave with five blades that hug curves to get virtually every hair. Available in 4- and 8- count packages.

o  Venus & Olay blade refills feature Olay Moisture Bars that contain skin conditioners to help lock in moisture and with every smoothing stroke, Venus’ five blades provide an ultra-close shave. Available in 3-count packages.

I tried both blades on my razor.  My favorite is the Embrace blade because it gives a very close shave.  The Olay refill is so moisturizing, so if you love a lot of moisture when you shave, it is perfect!

Learn more at www.gillettevenus.com.  Available at food, drug, convenience & mass merchandise stores throughout the US. Venus blade refills are as low as $3.50-$4.50 a month.

Review of CoverGirl and Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and CoverGirl and Olay Pressed Powder

I was sent the wonderful CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation ($13.99) and CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder ($11.99 USD) to review from www.bzzagent.com.  This is a community of reviewers who are sent wonderful products FREE to get the word out.  Sign up and you could be a BzzAgent like me!

Here is the lowdown on the products:

Science and beauty Skincare and foundation. Indulgence and affordability. COVERGIRL and Olay. Isn’t it great when your favorite things come together to help you look your best? COVERGIRL and Olay have teamed up again, bringing you COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder, to provide coverage for ageless, radiant looking skin, just in time for the peak of summer.

Give your skin a second chance COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation is no ordinary make-up. Thanks to COVERGIRL & Olay, it smoothes the appearance of rough surfaces and gives your skin a radiant finish. COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation also contains known skin conditioning ingredients to hydrate your skin and help improve skin tone over time. Neat, huh?

Perfect your look You can’t turn back the clock on aging, but you can reduce the signs. Just one pump of new COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation helps instantly cover discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles. And finishing your look with a soft layer of COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder will help brighten your skin tone.

What I think:  I really enjoy both products!

The foundation is so moisturizing, but covers well, too!  I have read that it may be too heavy for some people, but my trick is to place a couple of pumps of the foundation on the back of my hand, then use a sponge or brush and apply a little bit at a time to my face.  That way I can add more if I need to.  Plus I can blend, blend, blend!  Which is always a trick when applying foundation. I also make sure to blend it down my neck so that I don’t get the “makeup mask”!
I usually use loose translucent powder, so it took me a little bit of practice applying the powder.  I started with a makeup brush, but I find that applying it with the enclosed applicator works best for my skin.  It helps lay the product down and gives great coverage.
After about a week of use, I have found that I really like this duo. My fine lines are less noticeable and the coverage is excellent!  I will probably purchase again.
Visit www.covergirl.com to learn more and you can purchase the items at mass market retailers near you.

CoverGirl and Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation

I love multitasking cosmetics — anything that does double duty in one step is okay in my book!

In the Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation ($15.99 USD), CoverGirl & Olay combine foundation and hydrating serum to cover fine lines and wrinkles and helps hydrate to improve skin tone over time.

The benefits of this creamy foundation are:

  • Instantly covers discolorations and age spots
  • Hydrates to improve skin tone over time
  • Foundation + Serum
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There are 14 shade available.  I use Buff Beige, which is gorgeous.  It is a little darker than I would usually get, but since it blends in so beautifully, it looks natural on my skin.

I highly recommend this foundation/serum!

CoverGirl products are available at a mass market retailer near you.  Enjoy!

Treat Someone To a Fab Bath And Body Gift Set

A beautiful body care gift is perfect for so many of the ladies in your life!  The sets below are all lovely.  The Pacifica or the Upper Canada set would be perfect for a teacher.  The Olay or the AHAVA collections would be a sweet gift for an aunt or grandmother.  Split up the L’Occitane hand creams and give to fellow office workers.  And your best friend would love the Bliss spa set.  It smells fantastic!

Olay Luscious Embrace Luxuries Gift Set ($9.99 USD $15 value) — Let fragrant moisture embrace you. Discover the lush, flourishing beauty of the Amazon – lushly exotic, merging the scent of crushed orchid extract with hints of papaya, blackberry and black currant. Feel it envelop your body like a botanical-infused steam treatment. With jojoba butter.


  • 10 fl oz moisturizing body wash
  • Puff
  • 8.4 fl oz hand & body lotion
  • 2 moisture bars, 4.25 oz each
  • Savings booklet

You can purchase this set and others from Olay at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Pacifica Island Vanilla Take Me There Set ($18 USD, $26 USD ) — Inspired by the unique magic of Tahitian vanilla, this sensual blend sets sweet and sultry vanilla absolute, with honey-jasmine notes and a touch of fruitiness, against a deep and beautiful base of tea. This set contains the purse-ready 2.5oz Body Butter, .33oz Perfume Roll-on and NEW Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint.  Visit www.pacificaperfume.com to learn more and purchase.

L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet ($60 USD on sale for $50 USD) — The delightful Hand Cream Bouquet is an arrangement of Mini Shea Butter Hand Creams (1 ounce each) in Cocoa Flower, Desert Rose, Hibiscus Flower, Pivoine Flora, Shea Butter and Vanilla.  This fantastic set comes wrapped in a festive pink holiday box with candy print, delightfully packaged in gold paper.  Purchase at usa.loccitane.com.

Upper Canada Naturally Tin Box Set ($20 USD) — On their own, Upper Canada Soap’s BodyWash and Lotion keep skin soft and supple, but together they are the ultimate power couple in moisturizing and smoothing skin!  Available in Wild Mint Lime, Warm Honey Nectar, Pressed Olive and Avocado, and Sweet Vanilla Fig. Visit www.uppercanadasoap.com to learn more.

bliss happy ‘spa’lidays in lemon + sage ($29 USD, $46 value) — a ‘scent’-sational set of best-selling bath blends
This lemon scented, spa-inspired sudsing and softening set is your ‘zest’ bet for a livelier lather and post-shower slathering. Merry ‘citrus’ to all! Includes full sizes of lemon+sage soapy suds and body butter, plus a Bliss blue shower pouf.
• Lemon+Sage Soapy Suds (16 oz): whips up a luxe lather and doubles as bath bubbles • Lemon+Sage Body Butter (6.7 oz): delivers mega-moisture in Bliss’ signature scent.  You may purchase at www.blissworld.com or www.sephora.com.

Shoshanna for AHAVA Gift Set ($35 USD value $60 USD)  — This limited edition holiday gift set will spark skincare addicts and fashion lovers alike as it brings the best of two worlds together: skincare and fashion. The collaboration between AHAVA and Shoshanna was inspired by their ability to make women feel and look their best, at any age. Combining the best in mineral skincare with the best in design, AHAVA and Shoshanna created this bright, bold, sensible travel case to compliment the chic, sophisticated traveler. The set contains AHAVA’s famed products: Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream, and Dermud Enriched Foot Cream. Available at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and www.AHAVAUS.com.   Enjoy!

New Anti-Aging Powerhouses From L’Oreal, Olay and MyChelle

Looking for a new anti-aging skincare regimen or an addition to the one that you are using now?  L’Oreal, Olay and MyChelle have some great option that hopefully will minimize your wrinkles and make your skin look smoother!

Revitalift Clinical Repair Laser Corrector Day Treatment Moisturizer SPF 20 ($24.95 USD) L’Oreal’s Revitalift Clinical Repair Laser Corrector Day Treatment Moisturizer SPF 20 is scientifically-designed skincare that fights the 10 clinical signs of aging. This specialized treatment penetrates deep into skin’s surface to reduce the size and depth of deep wrinkles on forehead, brow and frown while resurfacing skin’s overall texture. Revitalift Clinical Repair 10:

  • Minimizes fine lines + wrinkles
  • Firms sagging skin
  • Tightens facial contours
  • Restores elasticity
  • Hydrates dryness
  • Smoothes skin surface
  • Softens rough texture
  • Brightens dullness
  • Strengthens skin’s density
  • Fades discolorations

What I think: I have been using this mornings before I apply my makeup.  It takes a few minutes for it to sink in, but it is a great day cream.  I like the SPF 20 — morning sunscreen is so important.  I haven’t been using it long enough to have noticed the 10 benefits, but I do know that my skin is quite moisturized and smooth.  To learn more, visit www.lorealparisusa.com.

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex ($23.99 USD) See results in an instant. Watch as advanced micro-fillers and light-diffusing particles smooth the look of fine lines right before your eyes. This wrinkle treatment’s formula also hydrates to reduce the appearance of deep lines in just 14 days. For best results, use twice a day, every day.

Smooth over cleansed face and neck twice a day, focusing on areas of wrinkles. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse
thoroughly with water.

What I think:  This is a lovely, thick moisturizer, almost like a balm. Perfect for evening.  I find that it really smooths my skin and gives a lovely glow — and my fine lines do seem smaller!  I don’t have deep wrinkles yet (knock on wood), but my skin looks terrific!  Learn more at www.olay.com.

MyChelle Sensitive – Daily Basics ($75.99 USD) — This collection includes: Honeydew Cleanser Unscented, Capillary Calming
Serum and Deep Repair Cream. The collection includes:

Honeydew Cleanser Unscented:  Brings refreshing, nutrient-rich moisture and hydration to the skin with each cleansing. Melon Fruit floods the skin with collagen supporting Vitamin C, while Chlorophyll (L) and Blue Green Algae purify pores, remineralize throughout the skin’s layers, and bring balance to hydration. Gentle, scent-free formula leaves skin deeply clean, soft and moisturized.Capillary Calming Serum: Advanced formula blends cutting-edge plant stem cell science with skin calming botanicals to diminish visible redness and irritation. Gotu Kola Stem Cells promote strengthening of connective tissues while inhibiting the inflammatory response. Mineral-rich Montmorillonite Clay and soothing Blue-Green Algae detoxify and calm delicate skin.Deep Repair Cream Unscented: Unscented formula with nourishing Shea Butter and cutting-edge skin nutrients restores moisture while improving skin’s texture and youthfulness. In clinical studies, Kombuchka™ Black Tea Ferment improved skin smoothness by 6.2% in just 29 days. EGF Peptides increase cellular regeneration while Algae-derived Venuceane™, an antioxidant proven more powerful than Vitamin E, protects collagen and prevents moisture loss.

What I think:  This is an amazing system for people who are interested in anti-aging skincare but have very sensitive skin.  The products are gentle, but so effective.  The cleanser is super hydrating, but doesn’t irritate my skin.  The serum helps calm red skin and the deep repair cream is a great night cream.  I love using products that do not turn my face redder than it is and that actually make my skin softer!  Visit www.mychelle.com to learn more.

Olay Luscious Embrace Body Collection

I love Olay’s skincare, but sometimes I forget that they make fabulous body care, too!

I really like their Luscious Embrace body care collection. The scent is a gorgeous floral that contains crushed Orchid extract. The collection includes:

Olay Bath 4-bar Luscious Embrace, ($3.99 for 2) — The bars are massage bars which means it has massaging bumps on it to sooth tired muscles while cleansing and leaving a fantastic scent!  It also contains Jojoba butter for extra moisturizing!

Olay Luscious Embrace Moisturizing Body Wash ($5.99  USD)– I love this amazingly creamy body wash. It has a nice lather and leaves skin so smooth. It also works well as a shaving cream.

Olay Luscious Embrace Moisturizing Body Lotion ($5.99 USD) — The lotion is great for after a bath — especially nice on legs after shaving.
These products are very affordable and are a nice change from your usual body wash and lotion. Visit www.olay.com to learn more and they are available for purchase at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Resurface Your Skin At Home With New Products From Olay

Always on the look out for ways to make my 40 something skin look fabulous, I have been using this one-two punch from Olay at night for a few weeks. The products are the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System and the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Moisturize Night Resurfacing Elixir. They are from two different Olay lines, but they work together to help aging skin look younger and glowy. The products are:

 Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System ($29.99 USD) — This includes a battery-powered brush with bristles that rotate to cleanse the skin deeply plus Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser.  Designed by a team of dermatologists along with Olay, the Advanced Cleansing System claims to be as effective as a system sold by skin professionals for nearly $200.

I have not tried the higher end systems (like the Clarisonic), but I really do like this one. I have used it with the Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser and with other cleansers as well. To use, dampen facial skin and brush head lightly with water. Dispense cleanser in your hand and massage over face. Turn on cleansing brush and gently move around the face for approximately 60 seconds. Avoid the eye area. Rinse face and brush head with water. After cleansing, skin is soft and so clean!

After cleansing, I apply Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Moisturize Night Resurfacing Elixir. What does it do?

  • When applied each night, the non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula with glycolic acid works over a normal sleep cycle to give you uninterrupted exfoliation while antioxidants and moisturizers continuously provide soothing hydration to tighten skin’s surface
  • Light glycolic peel resurfaces skin nightly for tighter, smoother skin

This treatment is a great daily exfoliater and is easy because it does its work while you are sleeping! I have noticed that my skin is tighter and my skin tone is more even. I have very sensitive skin and it makes my skin a little red, but doesn’t irritate. When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks brighter and smoother.

The combo of a good cleansing and nighttime treatment has really started to improve my skin. Olay is always introducing technologically advance products at really affordable prices. So go ahead and try these. Visit www.olay.com to learn more and you can purchase at drugstores and mass market retailers near you. Enjoy!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum

Ladies (and gents), if you are over 30, it’s time to try a serum? Don’t want to add an extra step? I understand, but I think a good anti-aging serum is such and important step in skincare. The reason is that you can find one that will greatly help your aging skin improve. There are serums that help lift the skin, reduce the appearance of pore size and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Plus many serums include vitamins and antioxidants that will make your skin healthier.   

A leader in anti-aging skincare, Olay, has recently introduced a new serum — the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum ($29.99 USD). This serum claims to lift and firm the skin and contains a super-concentrated amino-peptide + B3 complex. It also complains that it provides specially designed hydration to give you significantly firmer skin and regenerate skin’s appearance. This exclusive formula is dermatologically tested and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).    

What I think — I have been using this for a few weeks. I like that this serum is not greasy and absorbs fairly quickly into the skin, so I can apply my moisturizer over it.  The first benefit to my skin that I noticed was that it looks brighter and smoother. After another week or two, I noticed that my skin seemed lifted around the chin and cheeks.  I am going to keep using it as I do look younger and more rested, which is awesome!  

Visit www.olay.com to learn more and you can purchase this at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you! Enjoy!