Sunday, May 22, 2016

Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask (review)

Disclosure: I received the hydration mask at a very reduced price in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

I'm always trying new and different products to help with my beauty care regime. My skin has gone from dry to normal -to-dry, with an occasional oily spell.  I guess that's what happens when you're menopausal!  Anyhow, I want to talk with you about my experience with Valentia's Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask!  It's so easy to use, and I liked the results! After I washed my face, I towel-dried it, and put some of the mask on, avoiding the area around my eyes. It tingled a little, but according to the instructions on the jar, that is normal for it to do so. After about 20 minutes, I removed it with a damp washcloth and some water. I dried my face, and ohhhh, it felt smooth! Lovely!!

 The hydration mask is suitable for all skin types. Some of the ingredients in it are organic sea buckthorn oil (good for anti-aging), Japanese Green Tea (has antioxidants in it), aloe vera, and organic reship seed oil (the essential fatty acids work to lock in moisture!).  Anti-aging and moisturizing, whew, I need that! This mask had a very mild pleasant smell to it.  For more information, you can go to Valentia on Amazon . It comes in a 4 ounce jar.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Influenster Treat Voxbox (review---with pics!)

Disclosure: I was given free products via Influenster from other companies to review. The opinions expressed are my own and my family's.

 This is a picture of all of the items except for the coupon that I received from Influenster in the Treat Voxbox! I got Hills Bros Cappuccino in the packet form in the box, Hills Bros k-cups in 4 different flavors, Weleda hand cream sample, 2 tea bags from Yogi Teas, and a 4 pack of probiotics from Yum-V.   I will be including links for their social media information later in this post!

The hand cream sample from Weleda smelled lovely! I had received samples of their products in the past, but I couldn't remember much about them. I felt like I was trying this one for the first time!
My hands felt soft after using the Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream and it really didn't feel greasy at all. Very nice! I will probably end up buying more of their hand cream!  Welled products prices range from $8 to $45, and they contain organic and Biodynamic ingredients. You can use their products on delicate skin.  Thumbs up for Weleda!

The Yogi Tea... Their boxes of tea are $4.99 for a 16 count, and that is reasonable to me. Their collection of teas contain 60 varieties of herbal, green, and black teas. They also have labeling on their boxes for different things, like Skin Detox and Healthy Skin. I got the two mentioned in the previous sentence. The Skin Detox was a green tea with a blend of other ingredients including herbs, and it tasted decent. It wasn't my favorite one, though, of the two! I liked the Healthy Skin tea! The Healthy Skin tea had a Cinnamon Vanilla flavor that was quite interesting and extremely tasty!  If I was to drink those teas on a continual basis, I might be able to tell what the benefits were from the tea. But, when you only drink one tea bag of each, it's a bit hard to tell. I forgot to take pictures of the tea bag tags and the tea in one of my cups! Thumbs up, Yogi Tea!

Hills Bros. Cappuccino Single Serve Cups...  The boxes of 12 count of k-cups run from $5.99 to $7.99. I received 4 different flavors, and I tried two of them, and gave Steve and Steven 1 each. Steve tried the Double Mocha flavored one, and he really liked it! Steve had the English Toffee one, and he liked it, though I think that he would have preferred the one that his father had tried! I had the French Vanilla one in my Keurig iced coffee cup and it wasn't the same as having it hot! I had iced it, because I wanted to take it to work with me! It had a great taste. The Salted Caramel was my favorite! I had it hot, and in my Eeyore cup. I normally tend to drink my coffee black and iced, but the Hills Bros Cappuccino k-cups were a welcome change!  I also received Hills Bros. English Toffee individual packets in a box of 3. I'm not sure what their price in the stores runs.  I was the only one who's had them so far, and the one packet that I had was delicious! If you aren't worrying about sugar in your coffee, these are good! (I'm not diabetic, but am supposed to be watching carbs and sugars.)  Thumbs up for their cappuccino products!

Yum-V's... It's a probiotic with prebiotic fiber in it that can promote your child's health and helps with the immune system. They were white chocolate flavored. A comment about their product, though, it was sweet. Steven opted not to try the Yum-V's for me, he's 17 years old. I tried them, and I'm used to taking probiotics that aren't flavored like candy. They had a good taste, but I wasn't keen on the sweet part about them. Thumbs up that this product is providing probiotics to youth in a flavor that they will take! (I do believe in taking probiotics daily, though, and that's just my personal opinion!) They were priced at $12.99 for 40 count. They are gluten-free, preservative-free, nut-free, and GMO-free!

Last, but not least, I received a Country Crock coupon to go and get a tub of their product. I sent Steve to the store with it, and he came home with the 15 ounce tub of their Churn Style.  Country Crock costs $2.19 to $3.12 for 15 ounces to 45 ounces.  They use delicious oils, purified water, and a pinch of salt in their products. We used this product many years ago. However, we've been butter users for quite awhile, I'm not sure how long, but it's been YEARS! I opted to try margarine, but my guys didn't. I like the taste of it, and I was quite happy with the spreadability! Have I cooked with it or baked with it yet? No, but I have used it on cooked vegetables, cornbread, and waffles so far.  Thumbs up for Country Crock!

For social Media links:

Weleda: Weleda on Facebook
             @weleda on Twitter
             @Weleda_Usa on Instagram

Yogi Tea:  Yogi Tea
                @YogiProducts on Twitter
                 @YogiTea on Instagram

Hills Bros. Cappuccino:  Hills Bros Cappuccino
                            @HillsBrosCapp on Twitter
                            @HillsBrosCapp on Instagram

Yum-V's: Yum-V's

Country Crock:  Country Crock

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"The Eleventh" (review)

Disclosure: I received information and the opportunity to view episodes of the show, along with a year's subscription, in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

"The Eleventh", a new series on Feeln, has a very interesting cast! Many of you will recognize the names of some of them: Cloris Leachman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Malcolm in the Middle), Christopher Atkins (Blue Lagoon), Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roots, Up), Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch, Dancing with the Stars), to name a few.  It starts out with a young woman showing up at Margaret's (Cloris Leachman) door in the first episode. The young lady proceeds to tell her that she's from Goodwill and that a letter was found in a book for her. Margaret opens the envelope, and there's a letter and a key in it. The key's familiar to Margaret, and she knows what it goes to ----a box that she had given her daughter. Margaret knows that the young woman is lying, because the Goodwill had closed awhile back. Janey, the young woman who is her granddaughter, drops off the box at her grandmother's house. Margaret finds a letter in it for Janey, and she delivers it to her. Janey's mother was Margaret's daughter, and she had died recently. Margaret had not been invited to the funeral. Janey's father (Christopher Atkins)  wanted to have nothing to do with Margaret, and did not want Janey to be in contact with her. Janey was going to be heading off to college soon.  She decided to get in touch with her grandmother and spend some time with her.

In the second episode, we find out that the daughter who had died had wanted her daughter and her mother to get to know each other. The father was still very much against the grandmother been involved in the granddaughter's life, since Margaret had not been there for them in the past. I don't want to give everything away about the series, because I really hope that you will want to scope it out and watch more! From the PR information, I will share with you what it says about the show: "The Eleventh" follows a young girl's journey to fulfill her mother's last wish - to get to know and reconcile with her estranged grandmother. This is a deeply touching series starring television's best. "
You never know, you may want to reconnect with family you haven't talked to in years!

I really enjoyed the two clips that I saw, and I honestly want to see more of this series! I'm already hooked on it! I love shows like this! I'm enclosing more information for you to check out about "The Eleventh"!

The Eleventh trailer

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

True You Organic Vitamin C Facial Serum and True You Skin Firming Cellulite Treatment (review)

Disclosure: I received both products for free from True You via Buview  in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

I love to try products that will do something positive for my 50+ yea old skin! Years ago, all we had were night time creams that you put on before you went to bed, and lotions that you put on your face after you washed and dried your face! Serums are "the" item for your face, it seems. The first True You product that I tried was their Organic Vitamin C Facial Serum.  The thing that I liked about their bottle was that it had a pump dispenser on it, and that you'd get a little pea sized amount on your finger! I also liked that their products were organic and no animal testing was done!

True You's Organic Vitamin C Facial Serum is an anti-wrinkle serum. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps to reverse the effects of UV exposure, cigarette smoking (I don't smoke!), and pollutant exposure. Think of Vitamin C as a little fighter combating the villains that try to age and attack your the skin on your face! Per True You's site,  Vitamin C "is key to the production of collagen, a protein  that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives the skin its firmness and strength" (from Web MD).  I liked it and felt that it did some helpful effect on my face!

I also tried and reviewed their Skin Firming Cellulite Treatment. You needed to exfoliate the skin that you were going to use it on prior to application, so I did my thighs. This product contained Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Papaya, Dead Sea Concentrate and Minerals, along with a few other items. When I used the Cellulite treatment, I could feel the firmness of the skin on the back of my thighs after it dried. I also liked the scent! Would I purchase it on my own? My answer is, yes, and same with the Vitamin C facial serum!

For more information, you can stop by : True You Organics for more information and to check out more of their products!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Gwen Stefani : "This Is What The Truth Feels Like" (Album Review-sponsored)

Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided the album to review but all opinions are my own.

I will admit that I wasn't very familiar with Gwen Stefani's music prior to reviewing "This Is What The Truth Feels Like"! I had to do some research on Gwen Stefani prior to writing this review. I kept thinking that I had not heard of the band, No Doubt, and of her connection to them. However, when I started to listen to a "Don't Speak" YouTube video, I recognized her as the lead singer for that band. I know of her being on the show, " The Voice", and of her dating Blake Shelton. I did not know that she was a songwriter, and that she's been writing music since childhood. Her first two solo albums were multi-platinum sellers; "Love.Angel.Music.Baby" and "The Sweet Escape". Her third solo album is called "This Is What The Truth Feels Like", and to me, it sounds like another multi-platinum


 I downloaded the album onto my iPod Nano, and took it with me on a day trip  to Orlando during son's Spring Break. My husband was driving, and he usually doesn't want to listen to my music. The ear buds went into my ears, and I turned the iPod on.  "Misery" is the first song on the new album, and I loved it! It started off the album with such a catchy tune, along with a catchy beat!  I had several favorites on this album; "Misery", "Make Me Like You", "Send Me A Picture", "Red Flag", "Asking 4 It", "Naughty", and "Rare"! (It was hard not to dance in my passenger seat in the car when Steve was driving! Both hubby and son would have been embarrassed!) At home, I danced around the house with my ear buds in listening to this new album! My favorite song of the 12 to dance to was "Naughty"!!  I love the album, seriously, and definitely recommend it, regardless of the fact that I got a copy of the digital download in order to facilitate my review! Though I am not one for understanding the themes very often for some music, Gwen's current album speaks of love and of loss.

Here's a list of the tracks to "This Is What The Truth Feels Like", and there are 4 extra tracks that are Target Exclusives only.

Track Listing

1. Misery
2. You're My Favorite
3. Where Would I Be
4. Make Me Like You
5. Truth
6. Used To Love You
7. Send Me A Picture
8. Red Flag
9. Asking For It
10. Naughty
11. Me Without You
12. Rare
13. Rocket Ship (Target Exclusive)
14. Getting Warmer (Target Exclusive)
15. Obsessed (Target Exclusive)
16. Splash (Target Exclusive)

You can order Gwen's album from iTunes  and from Target .

For more ways to connect with Gwen Stefani, stop by:

Official Gwen Stefani Website : Gwen's site
Twitter: Gwen on Twitter
Facebook: Ms. Gwen on Facebook
YouTube: Gwen on YouTube
Instagram: Ms. Stefani on Instagram

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Kate And Mim-Mim: Review of "Mim-Mim's Eggcellent Easter" !!

Disclosure: I was given free product (a Kat and Mim-Mim character) and the opportunity to review the show in advance, The opinions expressed are my own.

I haven't had watched any of the Disney Junior shows , unless I caught them when channel flicking or when we were visiting at WDW 3 years or more back! Since I love all things Disney, I opted to review the Kate And Mim-Mim Easter special! It was really cute, and I could see how the children really like it. Kate's got the bunny friend named Mim-Mim, and he has this ability to locate items with his ears. The ears act almost like antenna, and they are able to zero in on something that Mim-Mim's looking for. The Easter Eggs are missing, and Kate and the other little animals can't seem to find them! Boomer and the Tee-Hee Rexes have taken them. That left the Mimiloo without any Easter Eggs! All is not lost, and they are able to find them.
I'm not going to tell you how they find them, You will need to watch the show with your children or grandchildren! I really liked the show!

For more ways of finding out information on Kat and Mim-Mim, you can follow or like them on Facebook  and YouTube . The character of Kate is based on Scott and Julie Stewart's real-life daughter ( no relation to my family!).  A cool fact to know is that their real-life 8 year old daughter lends her voice to the Easter Bunny in the show!

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Christopher Brothers "Dog Daze" album (review)

Disclosure: I was given information and download from Big Pictures Media in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own!

The Christopher Brothers are a band composed of three brothers; Cameron, 19; Charles, 17; and Ethan, 14. They are teen pop/rock band from Los Angeles, CA, and they all write, play, and produce all of their music. (That is awesome!) Cameron does vocals and the drums, Charles does vocals and guitar, and Ethan does vocals and bass. The brothers have already got a fan base and have been touring across the USA. They've played at malls, Six Flags, schools, clubs, fairs, and the like. Some of the venues include Whiskey A Go Go, LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA, and The Roxy. They've opened for Spyro Gyra, Al Jarreau, and War at the Vancouver Wind and Jazz Festival.  (Very accomplished for their ages!) The part that I was impressed about from the news release about the guys was that they made it into the Top 20 of the group category on X Factor, and received praises from Simon Cowell! 

I got the chance to review the album which was released February 12th, and it's called "Dog Daze". 
I will admit that it is a really cool album, and yes, you read "really cool" from this mom! The album's got 9 songs on it. I'm wondering where they got the name for the album! 

Track List:
1) The Girl Next Door
2) Let Me Out
3) OCD
4) Somebody Just Like You
5) Windmill
6) When You Turn Around
7) Into You
8) Ariana
9) No Rain

My favorites were "Somebody Just Like You", "The Girl Next Door" , "No Rain", and "Into You".  All of their songs have a beat that almost reminded me of The Beatles in their younger years, but I don't know how to explain why! They definitely have a great beat to three songs, regardless! 

Their next scheduled tour date is in Austin, TX at the San Jac on March 19th. 

For their social media links, go to :