22 October 2014

The Latest and Greatest Superfoods

"...Superfoods are super for a reason:  They're packed with nutrients and phytochemicals known to prevent disease and protect against cancer.  While many of nature's greatest foods have existed for centuries, we're just now tapping into the benefits of these healthy ingredients."

I absolutely love keeping up with the newest health information, and I was given this article from Fix.  It lists all the newest superfoods that have recently been studied.

Please head on over to the Fix Blog and read about them.  It can change your life.

..::Review + Giveaway::.. 24K Gold Collagen Mask

My Review of the 24K Gold Collagen Mask

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"The Nancy Reagan 24k Collagen face and neck mask combo is an innovative gold collagen mask formulated with bio-active ingredients including pure natural extracts and plant collagen. The one-way absorption and hydration of this mask is more than 98% which allows nutrients and moisture to penetrate deep into the skin and produce real results in just 10-20 minutes."


I was (3) 24K Gold Collagen Masks (Face and Neck Combo) from Mi Bella Reina to review.  

The price for a face and neck combination mask is $19.99.  

Packaging & Presentation of the 24K Gold Collagen Mask

First, I'd like to say that this is a very interesting package.  Unlike other masks that I've used in the past, this mask comes in a large foil packet.  It sits in a liquid, and you can see through the front and look directly at the golden mask.

The front slip cover labels the product and defines the main characteristics of the mask.  Since I received the face and chin combo mask, the chin part is packed separately.  At first, I was unsure what it was since it is not labeled. 

The back of the package is simple, too.  It lists the ingredients and directions for use.

Overall it is very attractive packaging and catches my eye.

My Personal Experience with the 24K Gold Collagen Mask

Luckily, I have a wonderful sister-in-law who was willing to help me review this mask.  I took the pictures as she modeled the process.

First things first-- exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.  We used a lathering exfoliation scrub.

After exfoliating your face and neck, it's time to work with the mask.  Tear open the mask at the pre-cut strips and let the liquid drip into a cup.  Make sure to save this liquid!  When you are finished pouring, rub the liquid onto your face and neck until moist.  It feels like water, so you really need to work with it.

After that, your skin is ready for the mask!  Starting with the full face mask, gently place it over your eyes first.  Centering from that point, lay it evenly across your face.  It's easier if you have somebody to help you with this step.  Do not forget to add the chin mask, too!

Keep the mask on for 20-30 minutes and then remove it.  Take some more of that liquid you saved from earlier and pat a little into your skin.  After that you have super smooth, beautiful skin!

Pros of the 24K Gold Collagen Mask
  • Made with Gold/pearl powder (how neat is that!?).
  • Really works.  I loved the feel of my skin after using it, as did Marah, my sister-in-law.
  • Relaxing.  At first, it felt strange.  Really strange.  But the longer it stayed on the more relaxing it became.
  • Affordable.  Skip the salon and buy some of these for an in-home spa experience.

          Cons of the 24K Gold Collagen Mask
          • You can't move or the mask will fall off.  You are confined to one position for 20-30 minutes (which isn't always a bad thing!).
          • The neck mask does not stay on well.  We had to readjust it every few minutes to keep it from sliding off.
          • The mask is easy to puncture, so be aware of that while trying to put it on.

          This mask couldn't have came at a better time.  It was wonderful being able to relax and forget about reality for awhile.  I'm not a huge spender when it comes to salon services, so being able to purchase a mask like this and do it on my own time is wonderful.

          Are you wanting to get your very own 24K Gold Collagen Mask?  Enter the GIVEAWAY! 
          a Rafflecopter giveaway Rules:
          Open to US entrants only. 
          $19.99 ARV
          Giveaway will end 02-11-2014 at 0000. 
          No purchase necessary. 
          Winners will be announced 03-11-2014. 
          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?

          For further information, please visit Mi Bella Reina on:

          Disclaimer:  I received a 24K Gold Facial Mask in order for me to review it and write about my experience.  All ideas and opinions are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way. 

          Arla Dofino Cheeses -- a Tasty, Versatile Treat without the Guilt!

          Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to sample the Jalapeno Havarti cheese from Arla Dofino.  Personally, I like it sliced up with a few crackers, but there are SO many other ways to enjoy it.  

          Since I do like a little spice in my food, I like to add gourmet cheeses to my simple macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches.

          But what about this-- I have a breakfast sandwich maker and more often than not, I find myself making an egg and cheese bagel in the mornings.  Why stick with sliced cheese when you can 'gourmet-it-up' and have a delicious sandwich with a spicy, yet equally nutty cheese.

          There are so many avenues that you can go with these versatile cheeses.  

          Something else interesting?  You can bake sweets with Havarti.  Let that sink it.  I just learned about it, and I'm going to do it!  I am going to make Havarti and Pear Pastries.

          Keep checking back to see how the recipe tastes!!

          Disclaimer:  I was sent a coupon for a complimentary block of Arla Dofino Cheese in exchange for an honest review through BzzAgent.  All opinions expressed are mine, and have not been influenced in any way.

          ..::Product Review::.. Adovia Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream

          My Review of Adovia Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream

          What is it exactly?

               From the website. . .
          "Reduce wrinkles and fine lines while quickly firming your skin with Adovia's unique anti wrinkle formula. Composed of deep-hydrating, natural Almond Oil and essential Dead Sea minerals, this fast acting cream will firm and tone your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping prevent the formation of future wrinkles. Also contains Silicon and Vitamin A, which increase the firmness and overall vitality of your skin."


          I was a sent 1.7 fl. oz jar of Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream from Adovia to review.  
          The price for the cream is $28.61, with free shipping!

          Packaging & Presentation of 
          Adovia Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream
          The Adovia cream jar comes in a square box, and the jar sits on a little cardboard pedestal inside, so the top of the jar is flush with the top of the box.  This reduces movement while shipping.

           The right side of the box describes a little bit about the product and how it works.

          The back of the box gives usage directions, and a little bit more information about the hydrating qualities of this cream.  It is also marked with an expiration date which is very important to be familiar with.  The bottom of the box gives contact information for Adovia as well as lists the ingredients.

          The jar is made of frosted glass, a screw top lid, and has a weighted feel to it.  This is one of those jars that is going to look good in the bathroom sitting with your other products.  The front of the jar is the label, and the back of the jar gives you easy directions as well as the contact information in case you threw away the box.

          Another feature I like about this cream is that there is a secondary product cover under the main lid.  This is awesome in case you forget to shut the top or do not screw it on properly.  It keeps the dust and air out, and your cream will be just fine until you fix it.

          My Personal Experience with Adovia Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream

          I know I am only 26, but I am a firm believer that it is never too early to take care of your skin and use products as preventatives.  When I was given the opportunity to review this cream, I was excited.  A good moisturizer is imperative to any beauty regimen.

          Of course the first thing I did was open the jar!  It is a thicker cream, and I also like that there is no additional liquid sitting on top that requires mixing.

          I wanted to put a little dab on my hand to test it out and check out the fragrance (I'm really big on the fragrance of products).  After rubbing it in, it has a very light, sweet smell.   Like really clean soap.  It's not strong enough where other people would be able to smell it on you, but it definitely is scented.

          I really enjoy using this cream, too.  It goes on a little thicker than other moisturizers and anti-wrinkle creams I've used, but it is not greasy. It absorbs easily, and leaves you with a refreshed feeling.  I like to use it underneath my BB powder, it makes a great base.  I just dot it around my face and rub it in. It's very simple to apply.

          Pros of Adovia Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream
          • I love the quality of this cream.  Adovia makes some outstanding products, and this one has not failed me.
          • I'd consider the fragrance a pro-- it's a sweet, clean smell. I really like it.
          • It's made in Israel using actual minerals from the Dead Sea. How awesome is that!?
          • The price is competitive (if not better) than other moisturizers/creams in its category.
          • The jar is good-looking. One I'd love to have on display with my other products.

                Cons of Adovia Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream
                • The cream was a little on the heavier side.  It's non-greasy, self-absorbent, but it's a thick application.  

                      This is one cream that I'm going to add to my list of beauty needs.  I really, really like it.  It's unlike any other that I've used before.  I've purchased mainly anti-wrinkle moisturizers that come in squeeze tubes, and have never been more impressed than I am with this Adovia cream. 

                      Are you wanting to try Adovia Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                      CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

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                      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.

                      21 October 2014

                      ..::Review + Giveaway::.. Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up Subscription Box

                      My Review of the Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up

                      What is it exactly?

                           From the website. . .
                      "Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box."


                      I was sent the September box from Stampin' Up to review.  

                      The price for a 1-month subscription is $19.95.  A neat quality about Paper Pumpkin is that you can increase the number of kits per month.  If you are having a crafting party, you can order one kit per attendee in the same master order.

                      Packaging & Presentation of the Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up

                      I was pretty excited to come home and see a little red Paper Pumpkin box sitting in the mailbox!  The exterior box is red and baby blue, and it is small enough to fit into a standard mailbox.  The side of the box says, "You're moments away from your escape..." and the bottom of the box is labeled 'Stampin' Up'.

                      When I opened the box, I was introduced to a tissue paper wrapped box of goodies (sealed with a cute Paper Pumpkin sticker!) with a subscription introduction pamphlet.  The inside of the box also completed the statement from the exterior with, "...Run away with me."

                      The first layer of unwrapping revealed an Acrylic '"D" Block (to attach your stamps to), this month's September stamp set (in this case Halloween), and a Classic Stampin' Spot in Tangelo Twist.

                      The final layer housed the actual September kit, 'Boo-tiful Treat Bags'.

                      The main title sheet provides a quick run-down of what you need to do, and it also opens up for a few more detailed instructions.  What I like about Paper Pumpkin is that they also provide YouTube video demonstrations on how to create the months' craft.  It is a helpful assistant, one in which I used! 

                      My Personal Experience with the Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up

                      After unpacking everything, I was certainly ready to start creating!  First, before anything, I unpacked the actual kit and sat down and watched the YouTube video so I got an idea of what I was supposed to do (I'm a visual learner).

                      First things first-- I set up the stamp on my acrylic block.  Then I padded the ink on it and pressed it on my choice of tag.

                      ...then I added a skull & crossbones sticker.  My favorite!!  The little pieces were kind of hard to remove, but a toothpick helped out immensely.

                      Next I added stickies to the background and placed the tag on top to make it stick out.

                      Now it's time to work on the actual bag.  I filled up the bag with candy.

                      I wrapped the bag 3 times with the included black string.

                      Next, I measured and cut 12 inches of orange sequin string and bent it in half.

                      Lastly, I attached everything together using an alligator clip, and I was finished!

                      Pros of the Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up
                      • Everything is included.  There is no need to run to the craft store for anything that you may have forgot.
                      • Each month brings a new craft, right to your door.
                      • The crafts have detailed instructions including video instructions.
                      • Great family crafts.

                            Cons of the Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up
                            • I really liked everything about the kit.  The only thing I did notice was that this particular kit made 6 treat bags.  If I wanted to make these for my son's class, I would have had to buy 3 kits, which can be pretty expensive in the end.

                            This was a really fun box.  I really did not know what to expect.  I also like that the directions are recommended, and you can completely go your own way with these crafts.  I spent some time on Pinterest and was impressed with a lot of the creative avenues Paper Pumpkin subscribers went with this month's box.  I really recommend this box; it's fun, practical, and comes right to your door.

                            Are you wanting to get your very own Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up?  Enter the GIVEAWAY! 

                            a Rafflecopter giveaway 
                            Open to US entrants only. 
                            $19.95 ARV
                            Giveaway will end 31-10-2014 at 0000. 
                            No purchase necessary. 
                            Winners will be announced 01-11-2014. 
                            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 Paper Pumpkin on:

                            Disclaimer:  I received a Paper Pumpkin box in order for me to review it and write about my experience.  All ideas and opinions are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.