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Avocados: Not Just For Guacamole!

 

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Are you a fan of that odd looking fruit Avocado? I know a lot of people are crazy for guacamole.

My daughter likes fresh avocado spread on toast or crackers. I’ll eat it sometimes but I’m still not totally on board the “avocado bandwagon”.

I want to like avocado because it’s really good for you. Avocados have a lot of health benefits, not only for your insides but also your skin.

Avocados has anti-acne benefits too. As a mom to teenagers we know all too well about acne, which always seems to appear at the worse times, like class photos.

Several weeks ago we were sent to review a product called TURO SKIN™ Anti-Acne Spot Treatment. TURO SKIN contains an ingredient called Avocutine, which is derived from avocados and aids in oil control and reduces dead skin cell accumulation. Additionally, the Spot Treatment minimizes breakouts while accelerating the healing process while reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation.

TURO SKIN Anti-Acne Spot Treatment is a potent, fast-acting treatment that can be applied as needed to targeted areas in order to minimize breakouts and clear acne-riddled skin. It accelerates the healing process while reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation. Key benefits include:

  • Potent and fast-acting

  • Reduces post-acne scarring

  • Non-oily, transparent, matte finish

As an adult I do get breakouts from time to time, but not as often as my teenagers do. I let both my son and daughter try the product out for me. Each gets average breakouts – nothing too severe.

The product comes in a small tube. Since this is a spot treatment you only need to apply it directly to the pimple. It’s clear and seems to dry quickly enough so you or your child can apply it and head out the door without having to wash it off or wait for it to dry. It’s good for both men and women too (both my teen son and teen daughter use it).

Neither of my children had any complaints about the product as far as any weird sensations like burning or itching. Once they applied it they didn’t give it anymore thought. I know from past experiences that there are products that burn, tingle and dry out your skin.

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I guess with any skin product there are a lot of factors in play that determine what will, or will not, work for each individual. Some products work great for some and not so great for others. That is the case with TURO SKIN and my kids. The product worked very well with my son. In fact his skin looks better then it has in a long time. He hasn’t had many outbreaks the past few weeks and when something does show up the TURO SKIN seems to take care of it quickly.

The product didn’t work as well with my daughter. Just recently she had to take her senior photos for school and broke that morning. She applied the product but the pimples were still big and red by the time we went for her pictures that afternoon. It’s NOT a “miracle” product and it does need time to work but in this case it didn’t help reduce the size or redness of the pimple. In fact those pimples took a couple of days before they finally started to dissipate.

The few times my daughter used the product it didn’t seem to work as well as it did with my son. I don’t know if hormones come into play or if it’s just that the results differ from each individual.

I would continue to get the product for my son since it worked well for him. For my daughter we’ll have to look for an alternative. It’s funny because my daughter is the one who likes avocados.

If you would like to learn more about the product visit www.TuroSkin.com. The product is available on the website ($22) and select physicians offices nationwide.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Rite Aid’s “Eye Extravaganza” July 27 – August 30, 2014. Win prizes & save money

 

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I am excited to share a new promotion with my readers.

Rite Aid is hosting a “Eye Extravaganza” where you can win prizes and save money on participating eye products.

Starting tomorrow (July 27, 2014), Rite Aid is asking consumers to post their best eye look on the various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and include the hashtage #RiteAidEyeLook. When you do so you’ll be entered to win daily prizes as well as  a special grand prize giveaway. You can even be featured on Eyes.RiteAid.com. The new site will feature a lot of beauty tips and tricks in an “Eye University”. You can even find exclusive beauty coupons on the site.

There are three “eye challenges” so you have plenty of opportunities to win great prizes.

July 27 – August 9: Special Events Eyes (weddings, parties, holidays)

August 19 – August 30: Eyes That Get Noticed

September 9 – September 20: Smokey Eyes

The prizes you can win include;

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

• $250 Rite Aid gift card

• Beauty bag packed with essentials

FIRST PRIZE WINNER

• $150 Rite Aid gift card

• Beauty bag packed with essentials

SECOND PRIZE WINNER

• $100 Rite Aid gift card

• Beauty bag packed with essentials

In addition to the fun contest Rite Aid is also offering a special money saving offer.

During the month of August when you spend $30 on participating eye products you’ll get $10 in +UP Rewards.

UP Rewards is Rite Aid’s money saving program where you earn money saving discounts on future purchases. You’ll need a Wellness+ card in order to take advantage of this special savings option. The Wellness+ card is free to get and you can pick up one at your neighborhood Rite Aid store.

Do you like to play up your eyes with eye shadow, liner and/or false lashes? Do people compliment you on your smokey eyes? If making your eyes stand out is something you are good at I hope you’ll want to participate in the challenges.

For those of you like me who still need to learn a thing or two about eye make up be sure to stop by the Eye University to learn from the experts.

To find a Rite Aid near you visit www.RiteAid.com. You can also find the brand on the social media sites.

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Kimberly

*I am a Rite Aid brand ambassador. I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Aveda’s Stress-Fix™ Home Spa Experience Products

 

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Do you experience occasional stress? Do feel stressed out all the time?

It’s only natural to feel stressed. If you feel stress on a regular basis I would strongly encourage you to speak to a doctor because too much stress is not good for your overall health.

There are days where everything that could go wrong does, or you are being pulled in so many directions that you feel like you are about to explode.

I feel stress a lot. Not enough to warrant a trip to the doctor, but probably more so than average.

I recently went back to work. After being a stay at home/work from home mom for the past 17 years it’s been a bit daunting to get back into the “rat race”. So far it’s going well but there are things that I have to get used to like traffic (I have NOT missed that), working outside of the home, and balancing my time better. I only work part time so that I can continue to blog in the afternoon. I didn’t realize how quickly I could get blogged down (no pun intended) with my blog posts missing those few hours a day, Monday through Friday. I am catching up but it’s been stressful because I don’t want to get behind.

There are many ways you an decompress and relax to let go of what stresses you out. Personally I enjoy taking a leisurly stroll some place scenic, sitting down by the Hudson River, sitting on my balcony with a cup of tea or coffee or taking a bubble bath.

There are products that can help you de-stress and relax too. Aveda has a product line called Aveda’s Stress-Fix™. These products, especially when combined, can give you a home spa experience to help relax you and release some stress.

According to Aveda;

The proven stress-relieving Stress-Fix aroma blends calming organic French lavender with uplifting, blues-chasing organic clary sage (a Mediterranean herb) and relaxing, mood-enhancing organic lavindin (a hybrid of true and spike lavender) for an extra-aromatic experience.

The Stress-Fix product line includes;

  • Body Cream
  • Soaking Salts
  • Body Lotion
  • Concentrate (roll on essential oil) – great for on the go
  • Travel Set

I received to review three of the products – Body Lotion, Soaking Salts and Concentrate. Sadly I misplaced my Concentrate. It was in my purse but it disappeared. I don’t know if I took it out some place and forgot to put it back in my purse or it fell out. I only had a chance to use it a few times too. I’m so disappointed!

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The Concentrate is great because it’s a bottle with a roller which allows you to put Stress-Fix on your skin where ever you want without getting any on your hands. It’s perfect for keeping in your purse (as long as you don’t lose it) so you can apply it anytime you need it no matter where you are (work, school, appointment, running errands, stuck in traffic). I rolled it on my pulse points. When I wanted to get a big whiff of the scent I would just sniff my wrists. The scent is amazing! The only downside is that the scent disappears quickly. I wish it would last longer.

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I love the Body Lotion. I tend to have very dry skin and I find that this lotion helps to moisturize my skin and leaves it feeling very soft and silky smooth. It’s a light lotion (not a thick cream), applies easily to your skin (it’s not sticky or greasy) and absorbs quickly. I actually use it a lot on my hands since they tend to dry out the most. It’s an all over body lotion so you can apply it all over or only where you need it (it’s great on your legs after you shave).

The scent is subtle but enough where you can smell it. The scent seems to last a good amount of time. It doesn’t dissipate quickly but rather slowly disappears over time. When you first apply it you can really smell it. It smells like fresh lavender.

The lotion especially great for when you are ready to go to bed. Lavender is ideal for helping you de-stress and fall asleep.

The bottle is not that big so you could probably easily take it with you in a tote bag or gym bag.

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The Soaking Salts are SO NICE! It has the same lavender scent that fills the air when you sprinkle the salts in a warm bath. Once you slip into the tub you are not going to want to leave. You’ll want to sit there for hours.

I think salts are helpful for soothing your little aches and pains too.

The salt is more of a finer grain then other bath salts I’ve tried. The salt doesn’t come in big chunks but rather smaller, finer pieces. It looks more like sugar than salt.

You’re whole bathroom will smell of lavender when you use these Soaking Salts. It’s wonderful!

These products would make a GREAT gift. Just purchase a cute basket or container and some other bath products like a loofah sponge, candles and maybe a CD of relaxing music and it would be the PERFECT gift for a stressed out mom, new mom, girl friend or anyone you feel could use a spa-like experience with Aveda’s Stress-Fix products.

To learn more visit the Aveda website, www.Aveda.com. Do a search for Stress-Fix to find all the Stress-Fix products.

Have you tried Aveda’s Stress-Fix products yet?

What ways do you like to de-stress?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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The Perfect Summer Scent – Cali Blue Parfum Oil

 

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When you think about the summer, what comes to mind? Barbecues? Lounging by the pool? Vacationing with your family?

When you think about the SCENTS of summer, what do you think of? Flowers? Salty ocean air? Sunscreen? Roasted marshmallows?

Isn’t it amazing how a certain scent can transport your mind to another place and time? Take for example Coppertone sunscreen. It could be the dead of winter and if I get one whiff of Coppertone I instantly think of the beach, even if it’s snowing outside. My husband is the same way. In fact my husband has been known to rub a little Coppertone on his wrist just so he can smell it from time to time. He loves how it reminds him of the beach and he finds the scent relaxing like a lazy summer day on the beach.

There is another scent that also makes me think of the beach. It’s called Cali Blue. It’s made by Aroma Earth.

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According to the Aroma Earth website;

Cali Blue has a citrus medley of natural lemon, orange, mandarin and bergamot in the top-note, a floral bouquet of lily, lavender, rose and a whisper of night blooming jasmine in the middle, and an ambery, vanilla, musky sage-like base-note. The combination is a clean, beachy fragrance, reminiscent of spending vacations at the shore…

Its sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?

Aroma Earth was kind enough to send me one of their Cali Blue Parfum Oil in an easy to use roll on bottle. I like the roll on dispenser. It’s small and easy enough to carry around in a purse or tote bag. You also don’t have to worry about any spilling out since the roller ball keeps the liquid in place.

When I initially put Cali Blue on it didn’t remind of of the beach, but it does have a pleasant scent. After about a minute the scent changes. When it changes it DOES remind me of the beach. I even asked my husband to smell it and let me know what he thought about it. Without knowing the scent he said it reminded him of the beach or like something you’d smell in the clothing store Hollister. It’s kind of funny that he mentioned that store specifically. If I’m not mistaken Hollister is supposed to be inspired by life in Southern California.

Don’t get me wrong – the scent does not smell like Hollister cologne – my husband simply implied that is smells like a scent you’d find in such a store.

The scent lasts a long time on your skin too. You can also smell it around you. Some scents you have to practically put your nose on it to smell it. Not Cali Blue. People around you can smell it with no problem.

In addition to Cali Blue I also received to review Aroma Earth’s scent Faithful and another scent called Summer Bliss.

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As per the Aroma Earth website in regards to the Faithful Essential Oil Perfume;

Our beautiful new perfume made with natural essential oils!  A lovely blend of lemon, bergamot, orange, ylang ylang, with a base of vanilla. Blended with sweet almond oil and vitamin e.

This scent was just OK. I wasn’t overwhelmed by it. It’s not a bad scent. It’s just an OK scent for me. I prefer Cali Blue much more than this scent.

Faithful reminds me of something but I have yet to pinpoint what the scent reminds me of. The scent also doesn’t seem to last as long as Cali Blue does.

Summer Bliss

I also received Summer Bliss to try out and review.

Our beautiful new perfume made with natural essential oils!  A lovely blend of lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, bergamot, with a base of vanilla. Blended with sweet almond oil and vitamin e. 

I asked my husband to tell me the first thing that came to mind when he smelled Summer Bliss. The first words out of his mouth was “Creamsicle”. He said the perfume reminds him of that classic summer time treat – orange Creamsicles.

After my husband told me that I smelled the perfume again and sure enough, that is exactly what it smells like. Its probably because it’s made with orange and vanilla.

Summer Bliss is a fun scent. I think teens would like this scent just as much as adults. There is a “youthfulness” about it.

Aroma Earth sells the roll ons for $17.50. In terms of perfumes and fragrances this is a great price. Not only that the roll ons last a very long time because you only need a few rolls on your pulse points.

Aroma Earth sells other products including skin care, pet products, jewelry and bath & body products.

To learn more about these fragrances or other Aroma Earth products visit www.AromaEarth.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Give yourself a flawless look with Magic Minerals makeup

 

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When I was younger I would NEVER leave my home without being fully made up. I would be dressed nice, have on matching jewelry and my hair and make up would look perfect. I would spend well over an hour in the bathroom just to get ready for school. Looking back on it now I realize just how silly it all was. I honestly wasn’t vain – I just wanted to make sure that I looked good.

Fast forward 20+ years. I wear whatever is comfortable and nice looking. I don’t wear jewelry often. My hair is normally air dried and in a pony tail and my make up is as minimal as possible. Dare I even say that I will leave the house without make up on and go days without wearing any? Even though I think I look horrible without at least mascara and eye liner, my hubby things I look beautiful natural looking (no makeup).

When I was younger I used liquid foundation, concealer, powder, and blush on my face (not including eye makeup). I always hated how weighed down my skin felt and how gross it felt on a hot and humid day. I could not wait to wash it all off. It’s funny to think I’d spend an hour putting it on only to count down until I could take it all off.

I have not used foundation or concealer in many years. I prefer to use mineral makeup on my skin. It’s lightweight and doesn’t make me want to wash it off the moment I get home.

I have tried several mineral makeups over the years. Some are decent, others are not worth the money I paid for them.

The downside to mineral make is that it tends to get everywhere. Since it’s a lose powder when you put it on your face it gets all over your clothes and counter top. I make sure to put my makeup on before I get dressed just so I don’t mess up my clothes.

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I received to review a makeup product from legendary makeup artist Jerome Alexander. He developed a pressed ultra-fine mineral makeup powder that comes in a compact. It’s called Magic Minerals. The new Magic Minerals is now enhanced with nourishing antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin C in a proprietary formula.

Magic Minerals came with a brush and a small sponge for blending (if you chose to do so – I have yet to do that).

The product is the same size as most other makeup compacts and fits perfectly in a purse or your makeup bag.

The brush is really nice. I plan on keeping it after my Magic Minerals runs out. It would make a great blush brush.

The very first thing I noticed about the product is that it was speckled with different colors - pink, mint, lavender and yellow. At first I thought this was done just to make it look pretty. After reading the packaging I realized that the different colors help correct different skin conditions.

  • Pink – Gives your skin a healthy glow and brightness.
  • Mint – Helps to make redness disappear. Good for covering up a red pimple or Rosacea.
  • Lavender – Corrects yellow skin.
  • Yellow – Lightens dark mark like the dark circles under your eyes.

At first I wasn’t sure how to get the colors that I needed in the areas that I needed them most. Another words, how was I going to get the yellow bits on the brush to help correct the dark circles under my eyes without grabbing the other colors too. Then I realized the colorful bits are meant to go over your entire face, so you don’t need to worry about where to put them. The makeup does that all for you.

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In addition, Magic Minerals is hypoallergenic, adjusts to your skin color and can last for up to 12 hours. Magic Minerals is also free of fragrance and talc, doesn’t contain any irritants and has a natural SPF (I would still recommend using a sunscreen on your face just to be on the safe side).

To use Magic Minerals all I do is swirl the brush around on the powered compact and then apply it to my face in the same swirling motion. There may be other ways to apply it but that is how I do it.

The makeup goes on easily and does a wonderful job at covering up my “flaws”. It also doesn’t make a big mess like lose mineral makeup does.

I really like how this one step process makes my face look wonderful without having to worry about additional products to fix the flaws. It looks natural too. It doesn’t make me look like I caked on makeup. My skin looks closer to natural than overly made up.

I love how lightweight this makeup feels too. I don’t want to race home to wash my face. There have been a few times I almost forgot to wash my face before bed.

Magic Minerals does a much better – and neater – job at making my face look good after it’s applied (my other makeup gets all over the place).

The makeup came with a mascara. I haven’t tried the mascara yet because I recently opened a brand new mascara and I don’t want to waste it. I am holding on to the one that came with Magic Minerals to use after the current one needs to be tossed out.

To learn more about Magic Minerals visit www.MagicMinerals.com. It retails for $19.99 (plus S/H).

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Alluring new scents from bodycology

 

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I have to start this post by saying that I LOVE bodycology products (the brand is spelled with a lower case “b”). I have several bodycology products in my bathroom as I type this. I love the beautiful scents and lotions. I also love that they are very “budget friendly” allowing you to pickup several fragrances for the price of just one of their competitors products.

I was sent a few of the new scents to try out.

Sheer Innocence

bodycology Sheer Innocence Collection ($3.99 each, Walmart)

The fresh scent of citrus mingled with peony petals and vanilla crème delights your senses. This light fragrance will give you feelings of heavenly desire. Top notes of Pink Grapefruit, Dewy Greens, and Honey leading into mid tones of Tender Rose, Jasmine, and Peony Petal, ending with dry notes of Sheer Musk, White Amber, and Vanilla. Sheer Innocence is available in Frangrance Mist and Moisturizing Body Cream.

Sweet Seduction

bodycology Sweet Seduction Collection ($3.99 each, Walmart)

Sweet Seduction is an enticing scent with a succulent blend of fresh petals and apple. With both floral and fruity undertones this fragrance will captivate your senses. Top notes of Juicy Orange, Crisp Apple, Melon Water, and Red Plum open this intriguing scent, leading with mid notes of Red Currant, Muguet Petals, Rose, and Sweet Freesia, ending with dry notes of Creamy Sandalwood, and Sheer Musk. Sweet Seduction is available in Frangrance Mist and Moisturizing Body Cream.

Instant Attraction

bodycology Instant Attraction Collection ($3.99 each, Walmart)

Instant Attraction will electrify your senses with its hints of dark orchid and sparkling pear. Starting off with top notes of Fresh Ozone, Watery Pear, and Pink Peppercorn leading into the heart notes of Romantic Rose, and Sensual Ylang, and ending with the overall base notes of White Amber, Blonde Woods, and Addictive Musk. This fragrance is known to captivate your senses leaving you with an everlasting scent of intriguing floral. Instant Attraction is available in Frangrance Mist and Moisturizing Body Cream.

Playful Romance

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Turn heads with Playful Romance’s sweet blend of juicy berries and amber crème.  With undertones of oriental floral this fragrance will entice anyone who lets it hit their senses. Top notes of Apple Blossom, Peach, and Blackberry give a fruity base, leading into mid notes of  Frosted Freesia, Jasmine, and Orris Butter, ending with dry notes of Whipped Amber Crème, Sandalwood, and Vanilla Musk, resulting in a scent that will be forever be desirable.

I enjoy all four scents but if I had to pick my top favorite it would be the Sheer Innocence body spray.

I like the body sprays over the lotions because they are great to “grab and spray” when you are rushing out the door where as the lotion needs to be applied and you need to wash your hands afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the lotions too! It’s just that I prefer the convenience of the spray.

Each scent is distinctly different. Some are a bit lighter than others. Some seem more like perfumes then body sprays which is great considering how much a bottle of quality perfume would cost you. For $3.99 (Walmart’s price) you can’t go wrong with any of these sprays or lotions.

I enjoy using a different scent each day. I received some compliments on the scents too. I’m sorry that I can’t recall the specific scents that people commented on. Some days I forget what I put on until I get home.

My teen daughter loves these too. She’s uses them frequently too.

Both the lotions and the sprays make great gifts too. Keep these in mind for stocking stuffers and gift basket fillers.

If you would like to learn more about these and other bodycology products please visit www.bodycology.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Have you ever tried a bodycology product before? If so, do you have a favorite product or scent? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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