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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Photo of the Day: Mukilteo Lighthouse {Wordless Wednesday}



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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wish, Hope, Dream - Then make it happen!

WISH
HOPE
DREAM
Then make it happen.

Have you ever seen a shooting star? Are you one of those who had wished upon seeing a shooting star? Wishing make us feel so delighted. We hope in our hearts that our wish may really come true. Then our minds start to wander, we start to imagine, to dream. These things inspire us more to live.

By wishing, you declare the desires of your heart. You declare to the universe the things that you want in your life. Dreaming uplifts our spirits. And by dreaming, we can escape from the harshness of reality. Our mind is free to imagine anything.

Dreaming knows no age but the desires of our heart change as we grow older. What do you want right now? Is it a new career, a new love, a happier family? Whatever you dreamed of, go for it. Give up fear and dare to wish, hope and make it happen.

However, we are sometimes very much occupied with worries that we forget to sit back and to imagine. This quote reminds us to never stop dreaming and fulfill our dream.


I had the opportunity to review wall decals from WiseDecor. Check out my review on my other blog at "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts":  WiseDecor Decorative Wall Lettering



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WiseDecor Decorative Wall Lettering {Review & Giveaway}


I was recently contacted by WiseDecor, a decorative lettering company to review their wall decals. WiseDecor has been around for ten years to serve those who love to inspire themselves and their families with beautiful phrases on their walls.

The walls in my rooms had been bare for quite some time.  I think I need a change. Then I thought about placing decals.  It's easy and mess-free. A simple wall decor can make a room come to life. I really love the idea of adding personalized quotes and decals on the walls as it definitely provides inspiration when I see it every day.  It's amazing how these simple quotes can provide a strong meaning behind it.

This wall decor, “Wish, hope, dream then make it happen” comes with a pair of swirl lettering art to complete the set. I chose this because I am a big dreamer and I am always looking for ways to reach my goals. For this design, I had the choice for lettering colors so I chose metallic silver for the first color and black for the second color.


This was perfect for my bedroom wall and I placed it beside the window and just above where the bed is. The decals had great quality and it was easy to apply. First, I placed my decal on the wall and pressed the corners. After it is aligned properly, I pressed the entire sheet on, using the provided squeegee to rub the backing paper surface. Don't worry, instruction sheet and tips are provided with your order.


Remember, you have within you the strength, patience, and passion to reach for the stars and make your dream a reality.

 

Now for the giveaway... One of my lucky readers will have a chance to win a $75 Gift Certificate from WiseDecor.


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Teleflora Mother's Day Giveaway

Celebrate Mothers Day with Springtime Fresh Floral Bouquets

She chauffeured you to all of your soccer practices and piano lessons; she whipped up 350 homemade chocolate cupcakes for every school bake sale; she patiently worked with you until the wee hours of the night to ensure that your papier-mâché volcano actually erupted for the science fair debut. Mom is the goddess of chaos management. She does it all with a smile on her face and love in her heart. Now it’s your turn to indulge mom with beautiful blooms and blissful relaxation. Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, today unveiled its new line of exquisite Mother’s Day floral bouquets and now is helping shoppers “Deliver Bliss” by combining these fresh artfully-designed bouquets with indulgent spa services for convenient one-stop Mother’s Day shopping.

Teleflora has partnered with Spafinder Wellness 365 to create the ultimate 3-in-1 floral gift bundles that will be available for purchase beginning on April 21st, 2014. The gift bundles feature stunning Mother’s Day bouquets in lovely collectible containers, plus the option of adding a Spafinder gift card in increments of $25, $50 or $100 so mom can choose from an array of spa services, beauty treatments or other premier wellness offerings available at any Spafinder partner location worldwide. As an added bonus, beginning April 21st through May 11th, online shoppers can enter the “Deliver Bliss” sweepstakes on Teleflora’s Facebook page to win a variety of fabulous prizes including a luxurious trip to Hawaii, Teleflora flowers for one year, Spafinder daily prize giveaways, and Teleflora gift cards.

So deliver some blissful luxury, complement mom’s style and remind her just how appreciated she is on her special day with Teleflora’s featured Mother’s Day 2014 floral bouquets.

New Featured Teleflora Mother’s Day 2014 Bouquets include:

The Everything Rosy Gift Set - Exclusively from Teleflora ($69.95)

A rose is but a rose. Give Mom the ultimate bouquet of luxury with a chic, vintage-style jardiniere filled with lush pink roses and a selection of spa delights, including deluxe body wash, moisturizing hand and body crème and candle, in a fresh citrus rose-scent.



Teleflora’s Pink Bliss Bouquet ($57.95)

So Pretty in Pink! Pamper her with a stunning floral arrangement that is delivered in a beautifully detailed hand-blown glass vase in the perfect shade of pink. Hand-cut details add a touch of luxury to any Mother’s Day bouquet.






Teleflora’s Butterfly Serenity Bouquet ($49.95)

Give her a reason to relax and pour on the charm this Mother’s Day with this sweet floral bouquet. Delicate roses and a variety of cushion and daisy spray chrysanthemums are freshly presented in a delightful ceramic mug featuring hand-painted details and an applied ceramic butterfly on the handle.





Teleflora’s Enchanted Garden Bouquet ($39.95)

Bring all the springtime magic of an enchanting English garden into the home with this charming, butterfly in bloom floral arrangement. Wrapped in a collage of vintage-inspired botanical artwork, this exclusive glass cube is a perfect complement to a Mother’s Day bouquet.





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HP 2000-2d62NR 15.6" Laptop Computer Giveaway

Welcome to the HP Laptop Giveaway!


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A notebook that's not complicated, that keeps you on point in your everyday tasks whether it's writing an email, browsing the web, listening to music, all while staying simply stylish with a unique-looking hyper graphic at a competitive price.

FEATURES:
  • Intel Core i3-3110M Processor 2.4GHz
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 750GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
  • Intel HD 4000 Graphics
  • SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • Multi-format Digital Media Reader
  • 10/100 Network
  • 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • 15.6" HD BrightView LED-backlit Display





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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Teleflora Flowers for Mother's Day


This year Teleflora has partnered with Spafinder Wellness 365 to create the ultimate 3-in-1 floral gift bundles that will be available for purchase beginning on April 21st, 2014. The gift bundles feature stunning Mother’s Day bouquets in lovely collectible containers, plus the option of adding a Spafinder gift card in increments of $25, $50 or $100 so mom can choose from an array of spa services, beauty treatments or other premier wellness offerings available at any Spafinder partner location worldwide. As an added bonus, beginning April 21st through May 11th, online shoppers can enter the “Deliver Bliss” sweepstakes on Teleflora’s Facebook page to win a variety of fabulous prizes including a luxurious trip to Hawaii, Teleflora flowers for one year, Spafinder daily prize giveaways, and Teleflora gift cards.

Would you like a chance to win a $75 gift card from Teleflora? I have teamed up with some wonderful bloggers to bring you this fantastic giveaway just in time for Mother's Day!

Teleflora.com $75 GC Mother's Day Giveaway

Sponsor: Teleflora.com

Younger kids can treat her to breakfast in bed, while her adult children may take her out for Sunday brunch to celebrate her special day. Be sure to also send her the best flowers for Mother's Day to make her feel appreciated and pampered - exactly how she should feel! For all she's done for you, a Teleflora bouquet will express your gratitude perfectly. So, sons and daughters, give your mom flowers and be sure to add a box of chocolates if she has a sweet tooth. Mother's Day is the perfect time to tell her just how much you appreciate her and to show your gratitude and love.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Blogger Opp: Chef Apron Father’s Day Giveaway Event


Blogger Opp: Father's Day Event

Attention bloggers:  This is a free/paid blogger event hosted by Crafty Spices. Link is free when you post about the giveaway on your blog and a thank-you for participating in the event.


PARTICIPATION DETAILS

* Prize: One lucky winner will be selected to receive two, Apron Style #700


* Event dates: May 6 - 20, 2014

* Eligibility: Contest is open to US only

* FREE link on entry form (Facebook or Twitter) with announcement post (or pay $2 waiver fee).

* Optional additional links are $2 each (up to 4 links)

* Co-host spots available for $5 each (includes 3 links for the giveaway event, and a back link to your blog on the giveaway page. It also gives you the privilege to purchase additional links for just $1 each.)

* Payments should be made as Gift via Paypal to cj [at] craftyspices [dot] com 

* Agree to post the giveaway HTML on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week

* Please feel free to mention Jennie from "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" referred you! Thanks much!

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Niagara Falls Illusionist

Niagara Falls is one of the premier destinations for travel and it's only an hour from Toronto and just minutes from the USA border! Frewin's show, coupled with the Niagara Falls makes for an ideal getaway. It's been a long time since I've traveled to the eastcoast. I remembered visiting Niagara Falls while visiting friends in Toronto, Ontario. It was spectacular! I would travel with my husband and son sometime as they haven't been there before.

An old photo I took of Niagara Falls illuminated with colored lights.


If you're traveling in the area this summer, it is the perfect time. Greg Frewin, a world-renowned magician, will be performing live at the Greg Frewin Theatre.

World-Renowned Magician Gearing Up For Spectacular Summer

Greg Frewin has travelled the world and won every major award there is in the world of magic. The world renowned magician's signature LIVE "Imagine" Show, which has become a staple over the last nine years in Niagara Falls, Canada, is set to kick off its' ninth season.

"This year will mark our ninth consecutive year in the Honeymoon Capital, where Greg has performed over 2,000 shows in front of a live audience," said Robert Lalonde, General Manager of the Greg Frewin Theatre. "The signature Imagine Show is definitely a must see and do when you are in the Niagara area, and we encourage anyone who travels to Niagara to experience it and see what all the buzz is about."

The Greg Frewin Theatre offers 700 seats in a Las Vegas Style Show room, with tiered pricing to accommodate all seating preferences and budgets. The theatre also offers a dinner package, providing visitors with a buffet dinner prior to the start of the show. The VIP package offers a meet and greet with Greg and some of his crew members, as well as a unique backstage tour where visitors will see a live tiger up close.

"The VIP package is one of the more unique experiences, and offers people a peek behind the curtain that you can't get anywhere else. Just like the Falls, there really is nothing like seeing it in person. It's a must when visiting the Niagara area," added Lalonde.

“Imagine” starring Greg Frewin offers over 200 shows year-round, with a summer season schedule in the months of May through August. Tickets are available online at www.gregfrewintheatre.com or by calling the box office at (905) 356-0777.






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Coconut Oil Tips

Struggling to recover from the miserable winter? You’re not alone! Luckily, Josie Feria, Director of Operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach knows how to utilize the hottest new beauty product from head to toe- the best part is you don’t have to look further than your nearest grocery store or spend a lot of money on it. So pick up a jar of coconut oil and follow Josie’s 11 expert tips below and your body will be ready for spring in no time!

  1. Intensive treatment for dry hair: work into wet hair, cover with a shower cap and leave on for up to 30 minutes; rinse and shampoo as usual
  2. Stimulate hair growth: massage into scalp
  3. Fight frizz: use a small amount in your hair for instant control
  4. Face: use as makeup remover, including eyes
  5. Lips: use in place of lip balm
  6. Cuticles: massage into cuticles to eliminate dryness and stimulate nail growth
  7. Body moisturizer: use as you would a normal body lotion for overall treatment, focusing especially on dry elbows
  8. Body scrub: mix with sea or rock salt and exfoliate (mix with sugar for sensitive skin)
  9. Prevent stretch marks: apply to skin daily to avoid scarring during pregnancy
  10. Soothing balm: apply to skin irritated by poison ivy, oak or sumac
  11. Feet: rub on feet to hydrate and condition skin; fights athlete’s foot and low level fungus



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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Air Wick’s New National Park Collection for Spring

To celebrate National Park Week (April 19-27), Air Wick is continuing their partnership with the National Park Foundation to craft fragrances inspired by the natural elements found in our national parks. This spring’s National Park Collection will include four new scents including Channel Islands, Yosemite, Gulf Islands and Biscayne, along with returning favorites American Samoa, Hawai’i, Great Smoky Mountains and Virgin Islands.

Kick off National Park Week this year by filling your home with scents inspired by some of our Nation’s most precious National Parks from Yosemite to the Virgin Islands. These scents, reminiscent of fresh cotton grass, wild strawberries and tropical paradise can inspire outdoor recreation, education and family travel!

Not sure which scent fits you best? Visit Air Wick’s Facebook page and take their “Which National Park Are You?” quiz to find out: https://www.facebook.com/AirWickUS/app_622542851173392


The full range of products, available in stores now, retails from $0.97-$9.79 and includes freshmatic auto spray refills and scented oils, in eight fragrances that evoke the scent and rare essence of a famous national park:

New Channel Islands: Inspired by the pristine coastal waters and rare silver lotus blossom of the Channel Islands, Air Wick crafted a fresh clean fragrance, accented by soft touches of cedar wood, green moss and floral notes for a light, captivating scent.

New Yosemite: Inspired by the untouched beauty of the Yosemite waterfalls, notes of wild strawberries fused with soothing mists of mountain rain for a wonderfully sweet and unique scent.

New Gulf Islands: Bask in the fragrant scents that take you to the Gulf Islands, rich in white sand beaches and seashores that evoke sun-drenched sweet notes of a summertime paradise.

New Biscayne: The tropical scents of Florida’s Biscayne inspired a warm, refreshing fragrance with notes of juicy, sun-kissed citrus paired with wild orchids blossom to create a bright, smooth scent.

Great Smoky Mountains: Inspired by the view of a spectacular fall sunset, warm spice and twilight captures notes of amber, clove, and anise to transport you to the majestic ridges of the Smoky Mountains.

Virgin Islands: Find yourself in the idyllic paradise of Virgin Islands National Park and uncover the delightful notes of tropical plumeria and sweet honeysuckle.

American Samoa: Explore the lush paradise of American Samoa National Park to experience the sweet refreshing notes of native coconut and island palms.

Hawaii: Escape to a tropical island sunset at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and savor the unspoiled notes of exotic papaya and hibiscus flower.



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Beauty Tips: Mastering the Perfect Brow by Joey Healy via "Veria Living Live"

Earlier last week on Veria Living Live (on the Veria Living TV Network) - a triple threat in the beauty industry, Joey Healy made a special guest appearance to teach viewers how to master the art of the eyebrow in a special "Ask the Expert" segment. Lucky for you, we snagged his expert tips for you to share with your readers.

Joey Healy is a prominent eyebrow stylist, professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician. With a unique approach to creating the perfect brow, Joey's methods are second to none. Utilizing his talents, Joey has become a favorite among celebrities and companies including Kyra Sedgwick, Aviva Drescher and Carole Radziwill of The Real Housewives of New York, Andy Cohen of Watch What Happens Live, Sean Young of Blade Runner, the New York City Ballet, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bravo!, Neiman Marcus, Dress for Success, MTV and many more.

Veria Living Live “Ask the Expert” with Joey Healy:

3 SECRETS TO THE BEST BROW


#1: FIND YOUR BROW BONE!
Many women have flat eyebrows, which shorten their face. The goal is to elongate the face.

To do this, use your brow brush to hold against the bridge of your nose – this is where your eyebrow should start (also where you should start enhancing your brow with brow powder). Put your brow pencil diagonal towards your outer eye – this is the bare minimum of where your eyebrow should end. You should create an arch 2/3 of the way out.


#2: COLOR & TWEEZE!
You can use a brow powder or brow pencil for fixing gaps in the eyebrow.

TIP: Use a light hand, not a heavy hand, and color IN vs. OUT

TIP: NEVER WAX! Tweezing gives you better detail and less room for error


#3: INSTANT EYE-LIFT!
Joey's "high rise" spotlight highlighter will take 10 years off your face. To use: Highlight the brow bone to give you a youthful radiance. Apply just below the arch of your brow for an instant eye-lift.

TIP: highlighter can also be used under the eyes to camouflage dark shadows.





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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Five Beauty Habits to Break for Summer


Skipping a few hours of sleep, forgetting to wash your face before bed, not apply sunscreen everyday all seem so innocent right? But odds are, at least one of these habits in your daily routine are the cause of those dreadful breakouts, crow’s feet and flakey or discolored skin. Fortunately, the fixes are simple! By nixing these everyday habits you can take years off your complexion, and leave skin protected, balanced and refreshed:

  • Mistake #1: Forgetting Sunscreen. We know, we know – you hear this a million times but 90% of premature skin aging and discoloration is caused by exposure to sunlight! Applying sunscreen daily is the easiest way to prevent sun damage, protect your skin, and not to mention - look younger. Try using products that offer Broad-Spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, an SPF of 30 or greater, and are water resistant.
  • Mistake #2: Applying Makeup with Dirty Brushes. This may seem innocent, but applying makeup with the same brush month after month causes dirt and bacteria to buildup which can lead to breakouts. It’s important you wash brushes every two to three weeks. An easy DIY quick fix is to mix a couple of drops of gentle facial cleanser or shampoo with lukewarm water in a cup. Then swish your brushes around, rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and lay flat on a clean towel to air dry.
  • Mistake #3: Skimping on Sleep. Your skin and body go into repair mode when asleep. This is why sticking to a regular sleeping routine will not only keep you well rested, but will help to renew and regenerate new skin cells. For an extra boost, try incorporating just a glass a day of soy milk into your daily routine as this can help improve the structure and firmness of your skin, as well as soften those crow’s feet.
  •  Mistake #4: Not Cleansing Daily. Going to bed without washing your face is one of the biggest skin care no-no’s. Leaving makeup and dirt on skin doesn’t just clog pores and cause breakouts, it can also lead to excessive dryness and even skin dandruff. To clear out the gunk without drying out skin, opt for a soap-free cleanser like Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam and start cleansing on a daily basis! The cleanser is soap and alkali-free wash that gently cleanses pores to eliminate pimples and blackheads, with a coconut oil-based antibacterial active ingredient that removes bacteria to prevent the formation of new pimples. ($19.95 at SebamedUSA.com).
  • Mistake #5: Waiting To Moisturize. Most creams and lotions have key ingredients that create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture to maintain a healthy pH balance of 5.5. For optimum moisture, slather on Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream immediately after cleansing or a hot shower, before the skin cools and your pores begin to close ($19.95 at SebamedUSA.com).




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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

EYES on Kristen Stewart

The Secret Underneath Kristen Stewart's Smoky Eyes for Balenciaga's Rosabotanica Ad


“I prepped Kristen’s skin with a rose water toner and Darphin moisturizer, and used de-puffing eye treatment pads, Green Tea Eyes by ToGoSpa, before makeup," said Makeup Artist Diane Kendal.


Kendal is a Brooklyn-based makeup artist who works for and with the best in beauty. Kendal's resume includes working with Calvin Klein to create a full makeup line for the brand, as well as collaborations with major brands like MAC and NARS. She has also worked with Vogue for covers featuring stars like Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.

EYES by ToGoSpa is sold in two packs for a total of six treatments retailing for $25. Available for purchase at www.togospa.com.



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East of Eli: Release Debut EP "Nothing Ordinary"


The actor/producer/musician, Nathan West, has released his debut EP, Nothing Ordinary, under his musical project East of Eli on March 30th, 2014. With each track on Nothing Ordinary, you can feel West's passion and devotion to the musical world. Tracks such as "Nothing Ordinary", "The Silent Kind", and "Farewell" speak to the listener, leaving them yearning for a full-length album.

The band has recently been featured on the likes of American Songwriter, Zimbio, PopDust.com, just to name a few. Nothing Ordinary was written in anticipation of West's upcoming production of the independent feature entitled, Into The Mystic. When West was not captivating audiences, in roles such as, Jan in Bring It On, he was growing his musical skills as an instrumentalist and singer/song-writer. A lover of many genres, West draws his musical inspiration from the likes of such greats as Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Otis Redding.

Track Listing:

1. Nothing Ordinary
2. The Silent Kind
3. Farewell
4. Riptide
5. Start Again

WHERE TO BUY: Album is available for purchase on iTunes here

Watch below to see the performance they just did for Balcony TV in LA

Tour Dates: April 25th, Soho House NY - House Session (New York, NY)




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5 Ways to Green Up Your Spring Cleaning


Happy Earth Day! We all want to be better patrons to our planet, and Earth Day is a great reminder to be more conscious in our day-to-day activities. Since it falls in the midst of spring cleaning, the event represents a great time to green up our storage, organization and decorating practices. If you'd like to reduce your impact on the environment as you spruce your space for the season, try any of these ecofriendly strategies.

1. Storing
Open up your pantry door and you'll likely find a ton of plastic containers. While convenient for storing dry goods, the process of making plastic is extremely harmful to the environment. Consider switching to glass and reusing jam and pasta jars to store rice, nuts, popcorn and the like. Not only is this a cost-effective solution, it's also an aesthetic one; your pantry will never look prettier!

2. Decorating
Did you hear? Tin cans are the new mason jars when it comes to home decor trends. Instead of tossing that empty can of whole tomatoes or green beans into the recycling bin, repurpose it into a vase with a little spray paint. Check out this article from Apartment Therapy for recommendations on low-VOC and eco-friendly paint that will help keep things green.

3. Cleaning
If only spring cleaning was truly limited to a single season! The process of keeping things neat and tidy is surprisingly wasteful. Americans use 13 billion pounds of paper towels every year, which requires 60 million gallons of water and over 50,000 trees to produce. Reduce your paper towel usage by substituting rags and microfiber towels when cleaning up. Simply toss these rags in the laundry and reuse!

4. Pest Control
Nothing stops you in your tracks faster than rodent droppings in cupboards or spiders in window corners. Instead of loading up on harsh chemicals and pesticides, spray baseboards and window sills with a water-peppermint oil mix to deter spiders and rodents naturally. Check out this video from AOL DailyFinance for more information on this combination, and drop harmful chemicals for good.

5. Filing
Transition your storage habits from paper to digital by scanning important documents and saving them "in the cloud" using free services like Dropbox. If you must print, look for ink cartridges through sites like InkjetWilly.com, where you can find compatible and remanufactured brands that work with your printer. By using remanufactured toner, Americans can save 38,000 tons of plastic and metal from being dumped in landfills.

Much thanks to Kendal for these wonderful tips!

Kendal Perez is a frugal blogger who helps fellow shopaholics find hassle-free ways to save money. As the Marketing Manager for Kinoli Inc., site manager for a family of money-saving websites, Kendal has the resources to be an extreme couponer but prefers a less complicated approach to staying in-budget. Kendal has been quoted in such media outlets as Woman's Day, People StyleWatch, FOX, TIME Business & Money and Kiplinger's Personal Finance. For savings tips and more information, visit HassleFreeSavings.com or follow Kendal on Twitter @HassleFreeSaver.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Earth-Friendly Beauty Brands


Celebrate Earth Day 2014 by getting behind these earth-friendly beauty brands. These all natural beauty treats nix the harmful chemicals, without sacrificing effectiveness.

The Scientific Organics collection from emerginC is paraben-free, petro-chemical free and synthetic fragrance-free, with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients in every item. Products come with a packet of USDA organic seeds, so that consumers can start their own vegetable gardens and for every product sold, emerginC will plant a tree through the non-profit foundation Plant-It 2020.


In Lips We Trust Super Antioxidant Lip Balm nourishes, soothes and protects with 100% natural plant oils, butters, waxes, Vitamin E and super antioxidant astaxanthin. Perfect for after-sun exposure and nighttime use this balm protects from free radical damage while softening lips.

Grape Stem Cell, White Tea + Seaweed Body Butter nourishes and softens the skin to combat roughness, even skin tone and fight the appearance of aging skin. Contains grape stem cells, spirulina, algae, green and white teas, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, vitamins A, C and E, palmaria palmate and pine bark extract. Available at leading spas and online via www.emerginc.com.

ZERO White by Whitening Lightning fights yellowing without the dangerous chemicals, messy trays, unpleasant taste or sensitivity. Its key ingredients include baking soda and pomegranate extract. The brand is completely gluten-free, cruelty-free and never tested on animals.


ZERO WhiteTM Teeth Whitening System

The chemical-free ZERO WhiteTM product line contains a botanical based solution specially formulated in Whitening Lightning’s private lab. The whitening system contains no peroxide and will not cause sensitivity. The completely painless system restores teeth, crowns, veneers and caps to a natural white using all-natural botanical whiteners. See results of seven to ten shades lighter in 14 days. Available via www.whiteninglightning.com.

Yu-Be Lip Therapy is formulated WITHOUT parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals and phthalates. Based on the formula for the #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skincare cream in Japan today, Yu-Be is safe and effective for the entire family.


Yu-Be Lip Therapy

Yu-Be Lip Therapy is an all-natural lip balm used to protect and treat normal, dry, or severely chapped lips. The ingredients are based on the original, 50-year old Japanese Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream formula which includes glycerin, vitamin E, and camphor. It soothes, moisturizes, and protects dry, painful, chapped lips and replenishes lost moisture from exposure to heat, cold, and wind. Available at Sephora stores nationwide and online via www.sephora.com.


Sublime Beauty has a number of products that are developed with and from certified organic ingredients – free of sulfates, parabens and GMOs. Skin is assaulted by various weather climates and interior temperatures throughout the year. The pure ingredients in the new Daily Body Oil are a superior way to hydrate and nourish the skin without feeling greasy.


Daily Body Oil

"We designed the Daily Body Oil after researching qualities of hundreds of oils," says Kathy Heshelow, founder of Sublime Beauty. "The oils have various complimentary qualities and help the skin look and feels its best. We used no chemicals, additives or fragrances."


Included are sweet almond, aloe, argan, jojoba and sesame oil plus Vitamin E. Oil possess a wealth of vitamins and minerals that are helpful for good skin health. Several can help skin produce more collagen. The oils included also contain anti-inflammatory properties, anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties, moisturizing and hydrating qualities. Available via www.amazon.com.


Disclosure:  I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. I was provided info and photos to share. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.




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