Exuviance Illumination Duo

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Exuviance Illumination Duo combines the power of our nighttime transformer, Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, with the 100% pure active formulation of Exuviance Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster for a potent antiaging cocktail that combats the visible signs of aging.

Give your skin a beauty boost! Mix Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster with Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex before bed. The Vitamin C amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex for a potent antiaging cocktail that acts as an evening transformer for all skin types.

– Evening Restorative Complex is clinically proven to improve overall skin texture, tone, and appearance
– 90% saw smoother skin after 4 weeks of using Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex
– Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex, helping to fade the look of dark spots while improving firmness and smoothing wrinkles

The powerful Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone in Evening Restorative Complex decreases lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and improves roughness and texture. Lactobionic Acid – a potent antioxidant – inhibits wrinkles from forming, plumps and firms the skin, and enhances clarity. This bionic blend of PHAs, along with botanicals and Vitamins A, C and E, delivers full-strength anti-aging benefits without drying or irritation, even on the most sensitive skin types.

The 100% pure active formulation of Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster contains Vitamin C, an essential co-factor in collagen synthesis, known for its power to strengthen skin’s matrix, improve firmness and smooth wrinkles. Plus, we’ve added our patented super antioxidant, Aceta-C™, to enhance the natural antiaging effects of Vitamin C, amplifying its skin-protecting and pigment-evening effects. Together, they help fade the appearance of unwanted dark spots, and strengthen skin’s defenses against future discoloration and signs of aging.

I was so impressed with these products! They feel great on your skin and they leave my skin feel not greasy or slimy like some products can.

I especially loved the vitamin c booster. I can feel the vitamin c being soaked up and nourishing my skin. I am no doctor but I do know that vitamins are essential for healthy skin and a healthy body and a healthy lifestyle.

The price is a little steep from what my readers are probably used to spending. But if you are using over the counter products that don’t work, then  it is better to spend a bit more 0n  a product that makes you happy than the price is worth it.

The neostrata website looked really helpful for information on skincare as well.

http://www.neostrata.com/product/exuviance+illumination+duo.do

To follow them on Twitter go here: https://twitter.com/neostrataskin

https://www.facebook.com/NeoStrataCompany

Book Review-Fluent Forever

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I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I knew as soon as I saw “Fluent Forever” By Gabriel Wyner, I knew I had to have it.
The author uses humor and interesting imagery to get his point across.
The author was an opera singer. Now this may sound strange but as I can attest from my own experiences in formal music education, opera singers, choral directors and other vocal music experts are truly brilliant linguists who are well-versed and actively thinking and using verbal language skills. Most have to know at least a little English, German, French and Italian to be able to perform competently. So when I read that the author was a vocal musician, I was intrigued, and when I read a lot of the author’s resoning to the fluent forever process- the method to his madness- so to speak, I found that his methods corralate to my own personal experience and education.

Also, in order to learn to think in a different language, one must change their way of thinking. You won’t be able to read this book and then be fluent in any language within a week. It will take some effort, it will open your brain up in a new way. He also talked about different kinds of resources available for use at learning a language in our day in age.

There is absolutely tons of information in this book. There are lists, websites, pictures diagrams and more. I am really thrilled to be reviewing this book and can’t wait to learn as much as I can. There is also an amazing website to go with the book that I am excited to check out.http://fluent-forever.com/ -

Book Review-Middle School

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Remember middle school? Many parents would rather not. It’s often a rough ride, filled with insecurity, peer pressure, awkwardness, and world-rocking change. This book provides practical, hands-on advice for helping your child through this minefield—with information about what he or she is really going through, but isn’t likely to share.

Best-selling learning-styles expert Cynthia Tobias and veteran teacher Sue Acuña reveal what they’ve found by listening to kids when parents aren’t around—and give you insider tips on how to bless your middle-schooler with success in class, at home, and in relationships. Topics include advice for keeping communication lines open, predictable physical and social issues, and solutions for problems like self-centeredness and over-the-top emotions.

I think this book is crucial for parents and teachers to own. It is full of information that is useful for understanding your kids during this very difficult time in their development. They are still so very childlike, yet want so badly to be treated like smaller adults.
I found it very fascinating.
It made me remember 2 conversations I have had with educators.
The first was with a middle school teacher who described middle school children as “Tender.”
The second was with another middle school teacher who described middle school children as “Devils.”
I believe that both of these teachers were right, middle school is a difficult time for both the teen and the parent and teacher involved in their lives.
When reading this book, you will feel a little overwhelmed, which is how I imagine teens and parents of teens feel all the time!
I recommend this book without hesitation.
-Senna
(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)

VitaJuwel

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Vitajuwel is a company which offers gorgeous glass decanters and gem vials for the sake of creating gem water.

I have heard about gemwater but I wasn’t sure about how to go about trying it out. To be honest i was a little afraid to try it out, I couldn’t find the right information on making gem water.

I found the solution through Vitajuwels and I was ecstatic to receive a free product in exchange for an honest review.

Here is a little bit of information about gemwater:
The use of gems to vitalize water is a traditional art which was already known to the ancient Greek and wise men and women during medieval times. Recently, this old tradition has been rediscovered. Gemstones have the ability to store energy. That effect makes quartz watches work, for example. Each type of gem, by nature, has its unique kind of energetic information.

To learn more about gem water go here: http://www.vitajuwel.us/en/shop/mediathek/wassersteine-detail

Many water drinkers can taste a difference in water, to me, water tastes different from different faucets and different temperatures. I can tell the difference in a blind taste what water comes from what faucet in my home. Crazy right? But I swear by it. Different water tastes different!
Vitajuwel offers 12 different mineral combinations.

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I got to test the Wellness vial, which is comprised of three of my favorate gems, Amethyst, rose quarztz and rock crystal (if you are terribly interested, my favorite is amethyst.)

The gem wands are handmade by master glassblowers in a patented, artisanal method. They use exclusively fairly-traded gems and lead-free Bohemian glass. I was so blown away but what a beautiful piece the Wellness wand is. The vial is truly a work of art. It is gorgeous and impeccably crafted.

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The decanter is beautifully crafted as well.  I would also highly recommend the retainer chain which holds the vial in place.

I love these pieces so much, I think they are wonderful and since I have had them, I have used them every single day. I am drinking more water than I ever have had in my life. The water tastes great and the set are so beautiful.

This basic, well-balanced composition is used to vitalize water for hundreds of years. Crystal experts claim that amethyst strengthens awareness and rose quartz fosters tranquility. Either way, having this original vial and a decanter by VitaJuwel on your dining table or office desk will remind you to drink more water. Most customers find gemwater made with this blend to taste smooth and mild. If you’re unsure, with which blend to start your VitaJuwel collection with, choose this one!

You can order a vial here: http://www.vitajuwel.us/en/shop/vitajuwel-wellness-grundmischung-detail
This would make a great gift for any new age enthusiast, wine drinkers, water drinkers. The sleek and modern feel of the decanter balances well with the gems which are, of course, very old.

This would be a nice house warming gift, especially for a couple whose styles sometimes clash ( if you watch HGTV you know they exist!)

I am not a doctor, nor a health expert or gemologist or anything that can back up that having your water charged with crystals can have a positive impact on your overall health.

I do know that this water tastes better to me than straight from the fauct, and I do know that having a decanter full of good tasting water sitting around has helped me include more water into my regular diet. One of the first things any heath, beauty or lifestyle expert will tell you is to drink water. I know that VitaJuwels is helping me to live a healthier lifestyle.

Also, Vitajuwels is a member of fair trade minerals and gems, which is a cause very near and dear to my heart. I love minerals and gems but I try to buy products that are fair trade.

You can check out their website here: http://www.vitajuwel.us/en/

Follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/VitaJuwel

I highly recommend Vitajuwel!

-Senna

Book Review- Down South

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I love southern cooking and was excited to get my hands on this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was a little disappointed, by it unfortunately.
I feel like the weakest aspect of this book were the photographs. The first photograph in the book was a rather unappetizing photograph of a dead pig. I understand that a photo like that is intended to capture the feeling of the south, but the purpose of a cookbook is to share reciepes, and the purpose of photos in a cookbook is to get me to make those receipes and make me hungry!
The photos get better though, some of them are the quality that I expect in a publication.
There are a lot of pork-centered and pork heavy dishes in this book so depending on if you don’t eat pork for religious reasons or if you just don’t like it, or weither you live for bacon, will probably create your opinion of this book.
Some of the receipes are awesome. Turkey noodle soup being a standout. There are some really great staple reciepes like simple syrup and even a few deserts and drinks that look great.
If you really love pork and home cooking, you will like this book. If not, I wouldn’t recommend it to you.

Book Review-My Happy Pumpkin

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I recived a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is a review of the children’s book “My Happy Pumpkin God’s Love Shining Though Me” by Crystal Bowman. This book was so sweet and made for a delightful little story.
This is a great book for those who want to take part in the wonderful fall activities, but still want to keep their Christian values strong. I loved the metaphore of a child’s life like the life of a pumpkin and then igniting the light of God inside you. That may be a little weird or cheesy to some, but I loved it.
I would recommend this sweet little book to anyone with small children.

Makeup by ONE DIRECTION

I was so excited to be able to review Makeup by ONE DIRECTION in exchange for a free product.
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A little about Makeup by ONE DIRECTION:
A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.“The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this collection, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I really liked the pretty eye10583953_580317059158_6606027981162819470_n-shadows.

The mascara is age appropriate for preteen and teenage girls. It is a nice little bit of pop, not too over the top like some mascaras can be.

The nail polish is fun. It dried quickly, but it did need two coats to build the color. I liked the color a lot!
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I like the metal container the makeup came in, it is really spacious and would provide great storage.

I liked the gloss a lot! I really liked wearing this on top of other colors for an extra pop. It went on smooth and wasn’t sticky at all! I loved the smell of it!

The lipstick was a little neon for my personal taste but it went on smoothly and evenly.

Check out Makeup by One Direction on their Facebook page here:http://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

This makeup will be available in the United States in the following dates and locations:

Macy’s – August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor – August 25th

This is a fun collection and I recommend it!

Senna


(Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an honest review.)

Giveaway!

I always love working with my friend Ruby, blogger over at Life of a Mad Typer. She does tons of nail polish and makeup reviews and giveaways, and today is a giveaway from DIY nails for 3 gel polishes!

DIY hard nails gel polish #giveaway
Our friends over at DIY hard nails is sponsoring this awesome
giveaway.It will include a base coat, top coat, and 1 color of choice.
These do require a UV lamp to cure and are not regular polish.

If you would like to see our swatches and review check it out here.

Gel nails are a at home revolution that allows you to do your own
nails at home at the fraction of the price of going to a salon. We are
proud to be able to offer you the chance to expand your collection.

18 + only. USA only Entries will be verified Winner will have 48 hours
to verify or another winner will be chosen. This blog is not
responsible for shipping or lost prizes.

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Book Review- Urban Watercolor Sketching

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I am so impressed by it. It is absolutely jam-packed with information and facts about colors and different techniques of watercolors.
I really felt like I learned a great deal about watercolor painting. I will be able to refer back to this book time and time again for when I have questions.
I learned a great deal about colors and pigments in paint, and the history of paint and the different mediums that artists have used over the centuries. I took a year of art history in college, and there were things I had never even heard of about how difficult it was to procure different pigments.
In our world today it is easy to just pop online and try to learn an art technique from an infographic or a video.
This is the kind of guide book that really proves that the print medium isn’t dead.
I would recommend this book to artists, both professional and amateur, advanced and beginner, as well as art teachers and students.

Giveaway!

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Once you have ended a great day at the beach or pool, everyone will be tired and hungry (and probably cranky too) so finish off your perfect day with a perfect dinner, using Kings Hawaiians line of buns and rolls that the whole family will love!  Check out one of my favorite summer recipes Here
 
 
 
 

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