New from LACOSTE – Eau De Lacoste Sensuelle Perfume



With the holiday season upon us I know a lot of people are going to be spending a lot of time online and waiting on lines at the stores to purchase the “perfect gift”.

If someone on your holiday shopping list is into perfume I have a delightful suggestion you might want to consider – LACOSTE’s new fragrance, EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE.

Feminine and sensual, EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE accentuates an elegant but casual appearance, with a soft twist that is reminiscent of a joyful evening. Beginning with the refreshment given by an evening breeze, the fragrance opens with sparkling, vibrant pink pepper and contrasting tart blackcurrant.

The soft sensuality of nougatine blends with the rich comfort of amber to provide the perfect fragrance for to set the stage for the evening ahead.

I was sent a bottle to review.

I love the generous sized bottle. Sometimes perfume comes in itty bitty bottles and it doesn’t last very long – especially if you use it every day. EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE from LACOSTE comes in a nice size bottle that is sure to last a very long time.

I love the scent. It’s a very light, delicate scent. It’s very much an “every day” scent – one that works well at the office or waiting online at the grocery store.


I would consider this more of a Spring or Summer scent. It reminds me sunny summer day with blue skies and billowy clouds. It’s also a very feminine scent.

As with any perfume the scent tends to change as time goes on. After a while EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE comes across as more sensual and playful.

I am not a connoisseur of perfumes. I cannot tell you what the top notes, middle notes and bottom notes are. I just tell you what I smell and what it reminds me of.

EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE has an appealing scent like baby powder. It doesn’t smell like baby powder. What I mean is that it’s a delicate and enjoyable scent similar to baby powder.

I cannot place the scent specifically. Flowers is NOT the first thing that comes to mind. Dare I say I detect vanilla and perhaps a touch of rose? Its not a fruity or floral scent. It’s something else. Perhaps it reminds me more of fresh air. Have you ever been strolling along and you get a whiff of something really nice but you can’t quite place what it is that you are smelling? That is how I feel about this perfume.

EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE is a very nice perfume that would make a lovely gift for the woman in your life. This would even work for a teenager. I have a teenage daughter and she enjoys wearing this perfume to school. She likes that it’s not over powering and people don’t come right out and say “are you wearing perfume” but rather “you smell nice”.

You can purchase LACOSTE’s EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE at LACOTE boutiques or on the LACOSTE website, www.LACOSTE.com. You can also find links to LACOSTE on social media too. All their links are found at the bottom of their home page.

The eau de toilet (EDT) retails for $82 (90 ml bottle).

Are you a fan of LACOSTE perfumes? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.



*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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New Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée


Vaseline Lip Therapy

It’s that time of year again – the time where my lips start to dry up and crack. Ugh! There is nothing worse then when your lips crack – especially in the corners. It makes eating and drinking painful. Not to mention how unsightly it makes your lips look. I can’t expect my husband to be overly excited about planting a smooch on dry, cracked lips. He wants to kiss lips that are soft and smooth.

Last week I received an unexpected package from Vaseline. I’m a big fan of Vaseline products. I wasn’t sure what it could be. I was anticipating hand lotion since I go through a lot of lotion during the winter months (my sky gets really dry – especially my hands). I was pleasantly surprised to find two jars of Vaseline Lip Therapy® – one a regular jar and the other totally bedazzled with fine European crystals.

The Vaseline Lip Therapy® that I received were their new flavor – Crème Brûlée. To make it even “sweeter” the new Vaseline Lip Therapy® jars came with 25 teeny, tiny mini Crème Brûlée cupcakes from Baked by Melissa (BakedbyMelissa.com). These super cute cupcakes are the size of a quarter but they packed with amazing flavor.

The cupcakes were “to die for”. They didn’t last 24 hours in my home. My family inhaled them right away. It’s hard not to. They are tiny and they were by far THE MOST DELICIOUS cupcakes I have ever had.

Baked by Melissa


The cupcakes were Crème Brûlée flavored. I don’t see them available on the site so I’m assuming they were made especially for the new Crème Brûlée Lip Therapy products from Vaseline.

I whiff of the new Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée and you can tell it’s Crème Brûlée. Maybe not exactly but you can certainly smell the vanilla and what seems like a touch of caramel. If I didn’t know what flavor/scent this was and you blind folded me and had me smell it I would say vanilla or caramel. It smells so good!

When it’s on your lips you can taste the vanilla, as well as a touch a caramel. It’s very nice and different than other flavored lip products I have used in the past. It’s a unique flavor/scent.

Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée is made with Vaseline jelly to help lock in moisture so your lips look beautiful, moisturized and kissable.

The regular Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée can be found at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.29. That might seem like a lot for a tiny jar but keep in mind you need only a little dab of the product to cover your lips and it lasts a long time. A little bit goes a long way. I’ve had the same size jars last me for a couple of months.

Creme Brulee

If you want to “glam it up” or gift a unique gift to someone special you can pick up the bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée. It’s the same tiny jar but it’s adorned with fine gold and blue European crystals. It’s super cute and perfect for the holiday season. It adds a bit of sparkle to your day.

These special jars are sold at Kitson and online at ShopKitson.com for $45.00. It’s only available while supplies last. This would be a fun gift for the lady (or girl) in your life who likes “bling”.

For more information about Vaseline Lip Therapy® products please visit www.Vaseline.US (please note that it’s .US not .com). You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

You can also see what others are saying about this new flavor/scent using the hashtag #CremeBruleeKiss.

Are you are fan of Vaseline products and/or Vaseline Lip Therapy®? Have you ever tried the product before?

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*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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Pamper your skin with La Bella products


La Bella Golden Shimmer Body Lotion 1

I love beauty, bath and body products. It’s a “weakness” of mine just like holiday and season decorations and scents. My bathroom closet is filled with wonderful products. Some I was sent to review but most I purchased on my own. I’m at the drug store on a weekly basis (I pick up syringes for our Diabetic cat). Whenever I see a new product or a new brand on the shelves I get excited and I have to try it out.

I recently received a product to review from a line I have never heard of until now. The brand is called La Bella.

Recognized as the #1 Hispanic brand in styling and beauty products, La Bella® has provided superior performance products that are made specifically for you with unique ingredients for over 30 years.

Originally cherished for their ability to strengthen hair and provide a beautiful glowing luster, La Bella® products quickly became a favorite in the Hispanic community. We are now proud to offer a full line of styling, skin, hair and body care solutions, that:

  • Enhances the Latina woman’s beauty
  • Are tailored to her unique hair and skin care needs
  • Are affordable and perfect for the whole family

I’m not Hispanic. Non-Hispanic women can enjoy these products too.

I was sent to review La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion. The reasons why I wanted to review this product is because my skin is always dry this time of year (the cold weather months) and I LOVE products that make my skin shimmer and shine.

La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion is made with Shea butter, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Oats and Honey.

I misunderstood a bit what the product was like when I read that it was a “shimmer” body lotion. I have purchased other “shimmer” products before that have a fine, glitter like ingredient in them. The glitter-like material goes on your skin when you spread on the product and leaves your skin shiny and shimmering (a great effect for holiday parties!). I was thinking this shimmering product was similar. It’s not. There is no glitter like material in the lotion, however this is some teeny, tiny flecks of a gold like material in the lotion. You don’t necessarily see it unless you look at the lotion up close. The shimmer effect it gives is more subtle.

You see the golden flecks when the lotion is on your skin. Unlike other products I have used which are most noticeable, this shimmer is more subtle making it more appropriate to wear out and about, to the office and running errands.

I have been wearing this lotion on my arms, legs and chest area (just below the neck) just about every day when I go to work. A few people have made comments about how nice my skin looks (they can notice the golden flecks). My other “shimmer” products are not as subtle and I would never wear them to work. They are more for parties.

As far as a lotion is concerned, La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion goes on smoothly and absorbs fairly quickly. It adds moisture to your skin and it feels nice when it’s applied (not sticky or slimy).

The golden flecks stay on all day. They come off when you take a shower or bath.

There is a slight fragrance to the lotion, but it’s so light that you’ll barely notice it.

If you are in the market for a new body lotion and you like the idea of adding a nice “glow” to your skin, you should check out La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion.

You can learn more about this and other La Bella products at LaBellaBeauty.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook.

La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion is found at many drug stores across the country for a retail price of $3.99. You can also purchase it on the La Bella website.

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

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Phyto-C by PhytoCeuticals Skin Care



I love reviewing beauty products. It’s a fabulous way to learn about, and try out, products I might not otherwise know about or have a chance to try.

Now that I am getting older I have the same worries as many women – wrinkles, fine lines and keeping my skin looking fresh and youthful.

I can’t stop the hands of time, but I can do my best to keep my appearance looking as good as I can. I am not one for plastic surgery or injections so I need to find other ways to ward off the inevitable signs of aging.

I always thought that being overweight would help me when it came to wrinkles and fine lines. Since I have a lot of fat in my face it used to keep my face plump and wrinkle free. Sadly that is not the case anymore. As time goes by I see more and more lines that were not there before.

I don’t have wrinkles, per say, but I do have some seriously deep lines around my mouth that bother me.

I also have issues with skin elasticity. The area under my neck is not as firm as it used to be. It’s saggy and that really bothers me.

I was recently sent two interesting products from a company called Phyto-C. I have never heard of the brand until now.

I received to review the following;

Phyto-C B5 Gel

Phyto-C B5 Gel

Moisturizing Restorative 

Features & Benefits:

  • Suiteable for all skin types
  • Provides intensive hyrdation by binding water to plump skin tissue
  • Restores and hydrates skin
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Nourishes skin and enhances skin elasticity
  • Smoothes and softens skin

Active Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B5
  • Sodium Hyaluronate



Phyto-C Velvet Gel

Nutritive Cell Repair 

Features & Benefits:

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Gives skin glowing appearance
  • Improves the combination of rebounding cells and collagens
  • Provides extraordinary nutrition for skin cell repair
  • Catalyzes enzymes metabolism and maintains skin health
  • Dilates the blood capillaries under the skin and increases microcirculation
  • Regulates skin cell separation and renewal processes
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Nourishes, hydrates and softens skin

Active Ingredients:

  • Pentapeptide
  • N-Acetyl Carnitine
  • Lysine
  • Glysine
  • Glutamine
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B3
  • Coenzyme Q10

With the Phyto-C B5 Gel I received tiny little vials (trial size) instead of a bottle. With the Velvet Gel I received the bottle like the one picutred.

The products can be used together.

A little bit goes a long way with both products. They have an oil-like consistency. I just put a few drops on my fingers and gently rubbed it into my skin.

In hindsight I should have tried each product individually for a week or so, that way I could see how each product really is. I used both products together so I’m not sure which one worked the best, or they both worked just as well combined.

I have a hard time with before/after skin pictures. My camera doesn’t do close up photos (I don’t have a micro lens for my Nikon). So the only option I have is my phone. The phone is “OK” but its hard to get a clear enough close up picture.

Here is a photo taken earlier this year and one taken recently.



Neither picture was “touched up” (if it was I wouldn’t have those wrinkles around my mouth -I’d smooth those out). I also don’t wear much make up (mostly just face powder, eye liner and mascara).

In the picture taken earlier this year I appear to be “washed out” looking. I look like I haven’t slept in days. LOL!

In the most recent picture my skin looks a lot better. I still have those darn wrinkles near my mouth but the rest of my skin looks to be more subtle and youthful in appearance, don’t you think? Dare I say my skin even glows a bit in the more recent picture?

I know that my skin feels soft – velvety soft. I also don’t have any dry patches which is something that has plagued me for years. I tend to get dry spots on my cheeks and near my eyes. I haven’t experienced that since using the Phyto-C products. Even my husband says that my cheeks feel soft.

So far I am very pleased with the results. As I said earlier, I don’t know if the combination of both products are to thank, or if one product works a bit better than the other. All I know is that I am happy with how I look these days.

Now if only I could get rid of the gray in my hair. :-)

Phyto-C B5 retails for $35 and the Velvet Gel retails for $65. Since you need very little one bottle should last a very long time.

For more information visit www.MyPhyto-C.us (please note that it’s .us, not .com).

You can also find the brand on Facebook and Pinterest.

Have you tried any of the products from Phyto-C? If so, which one/ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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*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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Tired of Split Ends? Try VO5’s Split Ends Anti-Breakage Shampoo+Conditioner



I used to have a gorgeous head of hair. My hair was so thick and full that my hairdresser used to refer to it as a “lion’s mane”.

Sadly, time, age, hair coloring, perming (I permed my hair as a teen), and the elements have sucked the life out of my once glorious hair. Now it’s thinned out (A LOT) and it’s not as lush and full like it used to be. In fact I have some balding spots! That REALLY upsets me.

My hair tends to get dry, especially in the winter months (along with my skin). Dry, brittle hair tends to break and split giving it a straw-like appearance.

When my hair looks like it belongs on a scarecrow, not the top of my head, I tend to hide it in ponytails.

I’ve used a lot of different hair care products (shampoo, conditioners, deep conditioning…) over the years. As a blogger I am often sent wonderful hair care products to review. Some are out of this world wonderful, others not so much.

Sometimes tried and true products are the best, and often you don’t even have to spend a fortune.

My family has been using VO5 products for as long as I can remember. Every week my husband picks up a new bottle of shampoo (and conditioner when needed). My husband usually does food shopping at 7:00 AM on Saturday as soon as the doors open.

VO5 shampoos and conditioners are very budget friendly, often costing under $2 each (we can find them on sale often too).

My husband always picks up VO5’s Kiwi Lime Squeeze shampoo. I think that is is favorite. Occasionally he’ll pick up Freesia just for something different. :-)

Did you know that VO5 also makes a split end, anti-breakage shampoo and conditioner? This duo is perfect for this time of the year when our hair tends to dry out and get frizzy.


I was sent both products (shampoo and conditioner) to review.

Split ends require special treatment. This vitamin-infused formula with Panthenol will help rescue your hair and help color-treated hair maintain its vibrancy and color even longer.

I’ve been using both products along with my family for a couple of weeks. It might be too soon to tell (since it’s not really the cold weather months yet) if the product works to keep my hair soft and smooth during the time of the year when it tends to be more straw-like.

So far I enjoy the product. My hair looks good and feels good. As of this moment in time I don’t see any breakage issues. Just a lot of gray hairs! LOL!

I will continue to use this particular product from VO5 throughout the cold weather month and see how well it helps keep my hair from looking like it belongs on top of a scarecrow.

You can help product your hair from damaging split ends by getting regular haircuts, using a leave-in condition, deep condition from time to time and use daily protecting products such as VO5’s  Split Ends Anti-Breakage Shampoo+Conditioner.

For more information on these or other VO5 products visit www.VO5Haircare.com. You can also find a money saving coupon on their site.

Have you tried VO5 products before? What do you think about them? Do you have a favorite?

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*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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Holiday decor and more at Rite Aid


Halloween nails

I LOVE the holiday season. I love everything about the holidays – the food, decor, music, spending time with family and friends. It’s my favorite time of year (Halloween through New Years).

I have a weakness when it comes to holiday things. I tend to buy new decoration or accessories every year. My husband doesn’t mind, per say, but we live in a teeny tiny condo and we don’t have room for a lot of “stuff”.  My husband jokes that he has a rule for me – every time I buy something new I have to get rid of three things. LOL! Never! I could never give up my holiday stuff.

I was recently in Rite Aid looking for some fall/Thanksgiving decor. I love going to Rite Aid for holiday things because they always have a nice assortment of goodies and things I can’t find anywhere else.

For Halloween Rite Aid was selling a fun nail polish collection (pictured above) that contained not one but two nail polishes that glowed in the dark.  It’s called “Nail-O-Ween” and it’s from Bonita Cosmetics.

You can find A LOT of beautiful Bonita Cosmetics nail polishes at Rite Aid. My daughter and boss are especially crazy about them.


Sadly the photo doesn’t do these colors justice.

My teenage daughter went crazy for the nail polishes. I wish I had a picture of her nails after she did them in the glow in the dark colors (she used both – painting every other nail a different color).


Another fun holiday goodie found at Rite Aid is the Halloween Barbie. She is so pretty! I love her two toned hair. I put her on my desk. She watched over me as I blogged (she has since been packed up with the rest of the Halloween things).

We live on a tight budget so I have to be careful what I spend money on. I can’t afford expensive things. Thankfully the selection at Rite Aid is budget friendly and when they have sales they have really nice sales.

I recently created a tablescape for another post I was doing. I went to Rite Aid to look for accent pieces for my holiday table. I found so many wonderful things!


The turkey figurine, candle holder, artificial leaves and towel are from Rite Aid.


The bucket (Harvest), artificial flowers and owl figurine are from Rite Aid too.

While I was there I also took advantage of the great sale they had on Halloween candy (I needed some for the trick-or-treaters). Because I have a Rite Aid Wellness+ card I received a very nice discount on several candy varieties.

I made sure to take advantage of the FANTASTIC sales are Rite Aid too.

Sale 1

My candle holders came from this area.

Sale 2

You can see the artificial flower bundle I purchased in the middle.

Now that Halloween is over most stores (Rite Aid included) have moved on to Christmas and winter things.

I was at the store recently and I was like a kid in a candy shop! I wanted to buy everything.


I always pick up the Danish cookies in the blue metal tin. They are great for dipping in tea or as a snack.


I LOVE the adorable plush elf. I also wanted to get the snowman (or Santa) on top because they help you count down to Christmas.


I would LOVE to put this Santa outside our door to greet people. Sadly our condo board won’t let us put things outside our door.

I tend to go to Rite Aid often. Honestly, sometimes I go just to check out the holiday/seasonal things. It’s also a great way to stock up on some holiday gifts.

If you are looking for a gift for the man in your life you should check out British Sterling colognes. They are so nice! They both have a nice, light scent. To be honest a women might be able to wear them too. They don’t necessarily smell like a man’s cologne.

My teenage son wears this to school. He wouldn’t if it was too strong. It just gives him a nice, light, pleasant scent. My husband enjoys the cologne too.

Initially I thought they smelled identical to each other but after a minute or two you can clearly smell that they are different. Private Stock is a bit lighter and Reserve has a really nice scent (Reserve is my favorite of the two).


I did make sure to get my flu shot on one of my visits. I know that not everyone has an interest in the flu shot, but my family and I have had the flu shot (or mist) for several years and so far, so good. We haven’t had the flu. Prior to that someone in our family picked up the flu virus at least every year. It’s a horrible thing. It’s even worse when you are a parent and you are sick with the flu and unable to take care of your child who is also sick with the flu. One year all four of us had it at the same time and my mother in law had to take care of us. I hope we never experience that ever again.

Flu Shot

Sadly the flu shot doesn’t help you against colds. I always make sure to stock up on cold remedies. Now that I work outside the home – and with little children – I have no doubt that I’ll be experiencing several cases of the sniffles too.

I have been under the weather lately (daily sinus headaches, groggy, I sound like I have a “frog” in my throat…). I have been taking Rite Aid Maximum Strength Daytime Severe Cold & Flu Relief – not for the flu but because it helps with my congestion, occasional sore throat (I must be sleeping with my mouth open at night because I’ve been stuffy) and sinus headaches.

This works just as well as more expensive big name brand products.


Enough about colds and the flu. Blah! I can’t wait for the cold/flu season to be over.

You can find so many other things at your local Rite Aid. It’s your “one stop shop” for beauty products, over the counter medications, prescriptions, holiday and seasonal things, grocery items and more.

For more information or to find a Rite Aid near you visit www.RiteAid.com. You can also find the brand on the various social networking sites.

Don’t forget to sign up for Rite Aid’s Wellness+ program for great savings and rewards. I always save money every time I shop at Rite Aid with my card.

The wellness+ program comes with several great benefits, including members-only savings, 24/7 access to a pharmacist via online chat, and a simple way to manage and redeem coupons with Load2Card. Plus, when you use your wellnesscard you’ll earn points toward store discounts and wellness rewards, such as gym memberships, magazine subscriptions, and health screenings. You can even earn money for college with the Upromise-wellness_FAQs-savings-upromise program.

When you reach Bronze (250 points), you’ll also get 10% off Rite Aid Brand products for a year and a one-time-use 10% off shopping pass.

At Silver (500 points), enjoy 10% off the entire store for a year and a free wellness reward, such as a gym membership, magazine subscription, or health screening.

Made it to Gold (1,000 points)? We’ll give you 20% off the entire store for a year.

Do you shop at Rite Aid? If so, what are your favorite things to purchase there?



*As a Rite Aid brand ambassador 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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