StriVectin’s Daytime Antiaging Treatment


Aging Beauty

I used to tell my family and friends that I was OK with the idea of getting older. I think I said that because the sands of time haven’t left their mark on my face at that time. Over the past couple of years I have noticed A LOT of changes in my skin. My once smooth skin is now showing my age. I have wrinkles in places I never noticed before.

When I see my face under fluorescent lighting I want to run and hide! That kind of lighting REALLY highlights all my facial flaws.

I’ve been overweight my entire life. I always thought as far as my face was concerned that was a good thing. I thought the extra “padding” in my face (fat) would help fight off the signs of aging. Nope! That is not the case. Reality finally caught up to me.

I’ve had deep lines around my mouth (laugh lines?) for a long time. I don’t hold out much hope in getting rid of those. I also have fine lines around my eyes that I am hopeful I can get rid of, at least for a few more years.

Now, more than every, I am aware of the product I use on my skin. I also have to make sure I use sunscreen at all times. I have fair skin and I have already been burned one too many times. I am trying to prevent that from happening again.

Retinol is an ingredient that I hear about a lot. It seems like many of the popular beauty products have Retinol in it. Retinol as very  effective anti-aging properties.

Some women can start using Retinol products in their 30′s. By the time you are in your 40′s its recommended that you add Retinol to your daily beauty routine. I’m going to be 46! Yikes! I best get started using a daily Retinol.

Retinol can be harsh on some skin types, especially those with sensitive skin, Eczema and Rosacea. You should also only use Retinol at night because the sun can cause Retinol to irritate your skin.

StriVectin has come up with a Retinol that you can use on your skin during the day without any negative side affects.

The new Advanced Retinol Day Treatment lotion helps fight the sings of aging – wrinkles, loss of elasticity/firmness and your skins texture. The lotion provides you with all the benefits of Retinol without irritating your skin.

This is how it works.

StriVectin’s award-winning formula includes powerful antiaging actives NIA-114 (a form of niacin) and retinol to battle the signs of aging and reveal renewed skin without causing irritation. NIA-114 activates and ramps up retinol’s effects while it also reduces retinol sensitivity. Because it doesn’t have retinol’s usual side effects (think: redness and irritation) and does have added UVA/UVB protection, this cream is great for fighting the signs of aging during daytime hours. The deeply nourishing formula plumps, smooths, and leaves complexions more radiant.

I have sensitive skin. I also get Eczema outbreaks on my face and neck – most especially around my eyes/eyelids. I always have to be careful with introducing any new beauty product to my regime. I don’t want to trigger an Eczema attack or irritate my skin.

I was happy to see that the Advanced Retinol Day Treatment lotion did not bother my face. It didn’t sting, burn or dry out my skin. If anything it left my skin feeling soft.

I started using the lotion a few weeks ago. I was surprised to see that those fine little lines around my eyes – the ones I just recently started to notice – were not as noticeable as they once were. They are still there, but they don’t “jump out” at me when I look at my face. I actually have to learn forward towards the mirror and get up close to my face to see them.

I’ve only been using the lotion for a few weeks. I would assume with continued use those fine little lines will disappear.

The lotion applies to your skin easily and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t leave any greasy residue or stickiness. After a minute or two I can’t even feel it on my skin. It completely absorbs.

The texture of my skin looks and feels better too. Its smoother and it looks like some of the pores on my checks (just below my eyes) seem to have disappeared. I attribute that to this lotion.

I think my skin looks brighter and a bit healthier too. I don’t look as haggard as I normally do. I look like I am well rested, even if my sleep really hasn’t changed much. I simply look healthier.

So far I am pleased with the results. I especially like that I can use a Retinol product during the day and not have to worry about the sun irritating my skin (you have to apply the product at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun).

My favorite feature about the new lotion – has SPF 30! Yeah!

I always make sure to wear sunscreen. I have to. I’d burn otherwise and I DON’T want to damage my skin any further. Some sunscreen facial product leave a residue on your skin or don’t fully absorb. That is not the case with the StriVectin Advanced Retinol Day Treatment. You would never know it has sunscreen in it.

If you are approaching your 30′s or 40′s and are looking for ways to protect your skin and fight off the tell tale signs of aging, check out StriVectin products. You can find them on the Birchbox website. You can also check out Birchbox on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with new products and promotions.

Have you tried this product? Have you tried any StriVectin product? I would love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment.



*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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Chloe Elyce Skin Care Travel Kit



Trying to pack when you are traveling is easier said then done. Personally I am always afraid that I am going to forget something and not be able to get what I need while I’m at the hotel. Some things you can usually find at the hotel’s shop or a near by drug store. Other thing are a bit harder to come by.

Looking good while I’m traveling is very important. Just because I’m on vacation doesn’t mean that I want to give up my beauty routine. I still want to wash my face and rid it of dirt and impurities and make sure my face is moisturized.

Prior to leaving on my trip to Los Angeles I received a wonderful travel kit from Chloe Elyce Skin Care. It was perfect for my traveling needs.

The kit came with the following products;

  • Mist Me? Botanical Hydrating Face Mist
  • Bisous Botanical Lip Cream
  • Gel Fraiche Cleanser
  • Crème Fraiche Moisturizer

Also included was a see-thru travel case (perfect for getting through the TSA check points at the airport) and a cotton washcloth. Since I knew the hotel would have washcloths I left the one in the kit at home. I didn’t want to have to worry about packing a wet and dirty washcloth. I rather use the hotels.

Each bottle adhered to the travel sizes as well. I didn’t have any issues when I went through the TSA check point.

Here is information about each product and my thoughts.

Mist Me Botanical Hydrating Face Mist

Mist Me? Botanical Hydrating Face Mist

Refreshing moisturizing toner/mist, which soothes and protects against dryness. Restores skin’s natural radiance while balancing and protecting against trans-epidermal water loss: ultra hydration, even over make up. The result: fresher, smoother and brighter skin.

Directions: Use after cleansing, over make up, or as toner to refresh and replenish skin and protect against dryness.

Ingredients: Distilled Spring Water, Vegetable Glycerin; Extracts of Witch Hazel, Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Organic Echinacea, Styrax Benzoin Gum; Organic Lavender; Argan Oil, Xanthan Gum; Essential Oils of Peru Balsam, Rose Absolute and Rosemary; Grapefruit Seed Extract.

My thoughts - I found this spray to be refreshing. I didn’t notice that my skin was smoother or brighter, but it did feel refreshed and it perked me up. I did find it soothing and I could tell that it was hydrating my skin. My skin seemed to drink it up.

I used the spray after I washed my face, both in the AM and in the PM. It was like the “cherry on top”. It was the final touch that I needed to feeling like my face was thoroughly cleaned and moistened.

I did spray it on a few times during the course of the day while I had make up on. It didn’t mess up my make up. If anything it just made my skin feel better.

Bisous Botanical Lip Cream

Bisous Botanical Lip Cream

Organic Lip Lovers Dream for silky soft, sparkly baby lips. Nourishing moisturizing Huckleberry and Pomegranate to soothe and protect lips. Ideal for travel protects lips from dryness, chapping and wrinkling. With all natural and organic Jojoba oil, coconut oil, Huckleberry and Pomegranate Oil to lessen the appearance of creases. Naturally plumps and smoothes lips.

Directions: Apply to lips throughout the day to prevent premature aging and lip lines, dryness and chapping.

Ingredients: Organic Coconut, Almond Oils, Montana Beeswax, Mica, Aloe Vera, Organic Jojoba Oil, Huckleberries, Tocopherol, Pectin, Cane Sugar, Alkanet Root.

My thoughts - I loved the lip cream! You apply it to your skin with your finger. Just a small dab it enough to cover both your upper and lower lips. I could feel my lips drinking in the moisture from the cream. I have a tendency to get dry lips, especially in the corners. This cream provided instant relief and it stayed on my lips for a long time. I only felt the need to re-apply a few times throughout the day and not non-stop like I do with other lip care products.

The lip cream is currently in my purse. I still use it daily.

Face. Crème Fraiche - Rejuvenating Botanical Facial Cream

Face. Crème Fraiche – Rejuvenating Botanical Facial Cream

Deeply nourishing, moisturizing, repairing and hydrating for all complexions. Gentle enough for delicate skin areas including around your eyes. Effective as day and night cream. Excellent for all skin types.

Directions: Apply AM and PM on cleansed face, neck and décolleté.

Ingredients: Rose and Lavender Hydrosols, Grapeseed, OG Sunflower, Safflower, Almond, Avocado, OG Jojoba, OG Evening Primrose Oils; Fresh Royal Jelly, Montana Beeswax, OG Shea Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E for product freshness); OG Chamomile, Grapefruit, OG Gotu Kola, OG Echinacea, OG Green Tea, OG Mallow, Witch Hazel Extracts; Xanthan Gum, Zinc Oxide, Seaweed; Essential Oils of Lavender, Orange, Palma Rosa and Rose Absolute.

My thoughts – I really didn’t like this product. It’s very thick and I found it hard to smooth it on to my face. It was hard to work with. I had to make sure my face was wet in order to get it to smooth over my skin. After a few days I stopped using it.

I can see how it would moisturize your skin but I felt it was too heavy and I could almost feel it on my skin throughout the day. I couldn’t wait to wash it off at the end of the day.

Cleanser Gel Fraiche   Mild Botanical Facial Cleansing Gel

Cleanser Gel Fraiche   Mild Botanical Facial Cleansing Gel

Gentle facial cleanser for all complexions including very sensitive skin. Fortified with pure botanical and herbal extracts and antioxidants. Perfect for travel; can be used also on hair and body.

Directions: Apply small amount on face/neck and mix with water, remove with washcloth. Ideal to remove make up.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Coconut Oil Olefin, Coconut Oil Betaine, Lemon Extract, Avocado Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C & E, Potassium Sorbate (food grade), Citric Acid. Essential Oils of Bergamot, Cypress, Lavender, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Neroli, Jasmine.

My thoughts - Great cleanser! I loved it. It went on nicely, rinsed off easily and didn’t leave any residue or anything else behind on my skin. It’s very gentle too. I have skin that can be sensitive at times and this didn’t bother my skin at all.

The cleanser removed all my make up, including eye make up. I used it both in the shower and with a wash cloth at the sink. My face felt completely clean after each use. It also didn’t dry out my skin or make it feel taut like some facial cleansers do.

A little bit goes a long way.

For a really refreshing feeling spritz on the mist after cleansing your face with the cleansing gel.

The products can also be purchased individually and in larger sizes (I reviewed the smaller, travel size versions of the products).

Here is the story behind Chloe Elyce Skin Care products.

Mother – Daughter duo Mary Anne Hawrylak and Chloe Johnston – the Philadelphia based co-founders of CJ Tours, introduce Chloe Elyce Skin Care. The travel product line grew naturally from both of their travels, and the difficulty it takes to have skin that looks and feel fresh when traveling. Working with Drs. Michael and Veruschka Torosian, a couple, both board certified in anti-aging medicine, Hawrylak and Johnston were able to experience the ultimate in beauty and science. The Torosians’ products inspired the duo to add products and tours that allow women to find a solution that compliments their quest in feeling and looking their best. Dr. Veruschka Torosian has formulated a most exquisite line of must have travel skin care products exclusively for CJ Tours under the name Chloe Elyce.

Their products are organic and cruelty free and made right here in the United States.

Over all I was very pleased by almost all of the products. I also liked the fact that my skin care needs were all taken care of in one small, convenient “kit”. There was no need for me to pour my facial products into smaller container or have to use sub-par products that I find in the pharmacy’s travel size product section (those selections are often very limited).

If you travel frequently you might want to give these products a try. They are also great for “at home” use. You can also toss the kit into your gym bag or overnight bag.

For more information visit the Chloe Elyce Website. You can also check out the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Chloe Elyce Skin Care Travel Kit


*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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New Grooming Service at PetSmart – Pet Expressions


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Espn before being groomed.

We have a dog named Espn (pronounced Es-pin). He’s named after the sports channel ESPN. Can you guess which family member named him? LOL! If I had my way his name would have been Obi, as in Obi Wan from Star Wars. We already have cats named Anakin and Padmé.

Espn was adopted from our local animal shelter. All of his brothers and sisters were brown with short hair. Espn was the only puppy who was white with longer hair and a pudgy belly. He looked like a Panda. We let our son pick out any puppy he wanted and he chose Espn.

I still remember the man at the shelter who told us NOT to adopt Espn because he would need to be groomed often and that could be expensive.

We wouldn’t trade Espn for any other dog in this world. We love him dearly – but – the man wasn’t kidding about the grooming issue. Espn needs to be groomed every other month.

We were told Espn was part Maltese, part Rat Terrier. We jokingly refer to him as the “hairy rat dog”. LOL!

Espn has been going to PetSmart to get groomed since he was a few months old and had his first puppy grooming. Since then he’s being faithfully going to PetSmart to be groomed every other month (in the winter months we extend it a bit longer). We used to get him trimmed. Now we get him shaved because he looks better and it lasts longer.

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Espn before going to PetSmart today to be groomed

I love taking Espn to PetSmart to get groomed because they offer so many services including brushing your dog’s teeth, clipping their nails (or filing them down), wash, trim, shave… anything you need to get your pup looking their best. Not only that the people who work in the grooming salon have always been wonderful to work with and they take great care of Epsn, even if he’s not happy to be there.

Another thing I love about taking Espn to PetSmart to get groomed is that they are open early and have weekend hours. Today for example I was able to drop him off at 7:30 AM. They opened at 7:00 AM. They are open from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Sundays (check your local store for their hours). That means I can get Espn groomed whenever it’s convenient for me.

Grooming time ranges from 2-3 hours usually.

PetSmart has added a new grooming service to their menu – one that is sure to be a hit with many customers. It’s called Pet Expressions.


The new Pet Expressions service includes chalking, stenciling and feathering – a safe, creative way to show off dogs’ personalities with temporary fur color accents and accessories.

The three core services of Pet Expressions build on the popularity of human-inspired trends. Everyone from celebrities to kids’ classmates has been spotted with decorative feathers or streaks of color in his or her hair.

  • Chalking: This colorful, non-toxic product has a composition similar to sidewalk chalk that can be easily washed out of a dog’s fur. Available in a variety of hues, a typical application will last from one to six days and is best for dogs with longer fur. Prices range from $2 for a streak and $6-15 for custom ears, tails or other areas.
  • Stenciling: This pet-safe, temporary color is sprayed onto shorter fur in fun shapes such as stars, hearts and paw prints that will change with seasonal trends. They are easily removed with soap and water. Prices are $4 for one stencil, $6 for two and $8 for three.
  • Feathers: Similar to a human’s hair extension, these ethically sourced feathers are handmade into designs in the U.S. and affixed into dogs’ fur to withstand brushing or bathing. Prices are $10 for one feather and $18 for two.

Pet Expressions will be available at almost all grooming salons in PetSmart stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Trained PetSmart groomers can help select the style, colors and placement of chalk, stencils or feathers that will show up best on dogs’ fur. All dogs must be 12 weeks or older, and is currently only available for dogs. Pet parents can share their pets’ experience with Pet Expressions with hashtag #petexpressions.

I took Espn in earlier today for a much needed grooming. We held off getting him groomed because we normally get him shaved and we didn’t want to shave him with the bitterly cold winter we were having.

Espn was washed and conditioned, had his nails trimmed and he was shaved (yeah!). He looks like an entirely new dog. I prefer him this way.

I also had Espn try out the new Pet Expressions service. We had him “tattooed” as our groomer called it. He was chalked using stencils that I selected from a book. I opted for a football because my husband is a huge football fan and a star. I was hoping the football would have been done in brown and I requested the star to be done in blue, but she might not have heard me because it was a bit chaotic because Espn was fighting me (he didn’t want to get groomed). It’s OK. The football is blue (my hubby is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan) and the stars are a neon orange (I’m surprised they could get the orange so bright like that).


Bright, neon orange stars


Espn’s football stencil

I asked if the chalk would come off on the furniture. I was told it shouldn’t but if it did just wipe it off with a little water.

A smidgen of chalk came off on my son on the ride home from the groomer. He simply dusted it off his jacket like he would regular chalk dust. It didn’t leave a mark or a stain.

I’m not sure how long the chalk will last. I’m assuming a few days as long as he doesn’t get wet.

Some people might question why you would want to add color or stencil images on your dog. It’s the same reason why people like to dress their pet up. It’s just something fun to do. Plus it’s only temporary and it’s not harmful and it’s non-toxic.

I think stenciling or chalking your dog would be fun to do for the holidays (red, and blue on a white dog for the 4th of July, green and red for Christmas, a heart for Valentines Day, a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day…). It would be fun to have your dog where your favorite teams colors (they have sports balls stencils). Or maybe chalk your dog to match your wedding colors if you are having your pet be a part of your special day.

The services are not expensive. Chalking stars at $2.00 and the stencils start at $4.00. Feathering is a bit more ($10) because it’s more involved. With five cats I don’t think putting feathers on my dog is a good idea. LOL!

Espn #PetExpressions

The flash from the camera washed out the stars a bit. He looks so much better after he’s been groomed.

You can see a lot of examples of Pet Expressions on PetSmart’s Pinterest page.

Please remember that regular grooming leads to a happier and healthier pet, plus happier pet owners. You local PetSmart groomers can evaluate your dog and help address issues like matted fur, problem nails, bad breath, skin problems and shedding.

For more information about salon services, or find a PetSmart groomer near you, visit pets.petsmart.com/services/grooming.

You can also visit www.PetSmart.com. Look for PetSmart on the various social media sites and don’t forget to check out the hashtag #PetExpressions to see other people’s pets.

Espn is much happier now that he's groomed.

Espn is much happier now that he’s groomed.


*I received a free salon service 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 York Streets Hair Repair Review


Hair Styles

My hair used to be my crowning glory. I had a massive head of hair when I was younger. My hairdresser compared it to a lion’s mane. It was so super thick that it was almost impossible to comb without encountering plenty of knots and snags.

Fast forward 30+ years. Years of coloring, perming, styling products, hair dryers, hair curlers, the environment and getting older has really done a number on my hair. It’s probably 1/3rd as thick as it used to be. It’s still thick, but not that much. I’m also noticing spots where my hair has really thinned out (as if I am balding!). Ugh!!!!

Now that I’m older I don’t “torture” my hair like I used to. I rarely use styling products. I never use the hair curler (except on special occasions), I can’t remember the last time I had a perm and I usually let my hair air dry rather (I use the dryer to get the dampness out). The only thing I continue to do is color my hair because I refer to look older than I actually am – or feel. If I didn’t color my hair I’d look like Paula Deen in a matter of a year or two. That just doesn’t work for a forty-something year old person.

I don’t use styling products (mousse, hair spray, hair gel…) but I do use leave-in conditioners and products to help take the frizz out. When it’s humid my hair poofs up really bad. I also tend to get a lot of split ends. That is probably because I go months before getting a trim.

I was asked if I wanted to try a product called New York Streets Hair Repair. I have never heard of the brand New York Streets before. Since I’m from New York I thought it would be cool to try it out.


I was sent a bottle of the New York Streets Hair Repair.

Leave-in hair strengthener repairs and protects without leaving hair limp. Great for fine, weak hair. Wheat and Soy Proteins add strength and elasticity. Leaves hair shiny and smooth with great body and helps to reduce static.

I am always cautious about using leave-in products on my hair. If you use too much it leaves your hair looking greasy and dirty. I always start with the least amount and work my way up until I find the right amount for my hair.

I like that this is a spray-in product. I can spray it exactly where I need it (on my ends).

The product is easy to use. Simply towel try your hair and comb it to make sure there are no knots. Then spray New York Streets Hair Repair all over or just on you ends (where ever you feel like you need it) then comb through your hair again then style as usual. I usually let my hair air dry then use a hair dryer to take the dampness out and style it a bit.

The conditioner is very light and you don’t even know it’s there. It doesn’t weigh your hair down or give it a greasy, dirty look. It also helps to make your hair easier to comb. I have to wash my hair every other day due to the thickness. I almost always have knots. This conditioner helps to eliminate the knots that I get on the second day. There might be a knot from time to time but it’s not as bad as it usually is.

I feel like this product makes my hair softer too. I like running my fingers through my hair (and my hubby does too).

It also washes out completely. I don’t notice any kind of a residue on my hair when I go to wash it.

My teenage daughter has the hair that I used to have (she has very thick, long hair). She uses this spray-in condition her and I notice that her hair looks smoother and I don’t notice her split ends as much as I used to.

I’m impressed. I like this conditioner. I would buy it if it was available local to me. I checked the online store locator and there are no stores in my area. I could order online but I don’t like to pay shipping charges for something of this size and weight.

If you would like to learn more about this or other New York Streets products, or to find if the product is available near you, visit www.NewYork-Streets.com. This product retails for $21.00.

New York Streets Products


*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 Brand vs. Other Brand Names (giveaway ends 4/5/14)


Rite Aid Renewal Beauty Products

I have to admit that there was a time in my life where I would ONLY purchase brand name products. I was under the assumption that a brand name (and higher price tag) equaled a better quality product. It’s easy to think that way when your parents are footing the bill. Once I was a teenager and had my own job making my own money I had to start paying for things. In order to stick to a budget I tried using store brand products. I soon learned that often the store brand products are just as good – if not better – than their more expensive brand name cousins.

When my husband and I got married 17+ years ago he had the same views about store brand products that I used to have. He thought you had to buy expensive brand name products because store brands are “inferior”. It took me a few years to convince him otherwise.

Once my husband started to do a huge chunk of the weekly food shopping he started to dabble in store brand products to save money. From that point on he has been open to trying more and more store brands versus more expensive options.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of brand name products that I would never stray from – even if it costs a little more. I am loyal to several brand and their products. Other products I am happy to use store brands.

I am a brand ambassador for Rite Aid. Earlier this month they sent me a box full of goodies. I think I actually squealed with delight when I opened the box. It was filled with brand name and Rite Aid brand beauty products.

I received several products from Rite Aid’s own beauty line known as Renewal. Have you tried any of their products yet?

I received…

Rite Aid Renewal Towelettes

Rite Aid Renewal Calming Make up Remover Towelettes – My teenager daughter LOVES these towelettes. She likes to keep them in her bag for school so she can freshen up during the day, especially after gym. There are times she doesn’t have a chance to shower after gym class and her make up is a mess. She uses these wipes to clean off her face and quickly re-apply her make up. She tells me these are a “must have”.

Rite Aid Renewal Razor for Women

Rite Aid Renewal Women’s 5 Blade Razor – I have a love/hate thing going on with razors. I love how my legs look and feel when I shave BUT I can’t stand paying big bucks for razors that only last a couple of times before you have to replace them. I won’t mention the specific brands I have used I the past but it irks me that no sooner do I open the package that I have to replace it. A disposable razor shouldn’t cost a lot of money either. It’s disposable! You are not going to keep it. If it was a razor I could use for the next several years (replacing the razor part it’s self of course) then I have no problem spending a lot of money on it. But that is not the case. These are razors you use and toss out after a few uses.

I have no issues with the Rite Aid Renewal Women’s 5 Blade Razor. It gave me a nice, clean, smooth shave with no nicks or burns. My previous “go-to” razor gave me the same results BUT it costs considerably more than the Renewal razor. In this situation opting for the Rite Aid brand is the obvious choice. This is a “no brainer”.

Rite Aid Renewal Razor for Men

Rite Aid Renewal Men’s 5 Blade Razor with Trimmer – I have to admit that my husband did not try this razor. He is loyal to his razor. He has tried many razors over the years and always had issues with them. He finally found one that works well for him. He refuses to budge. I told him that the women’s razor is just as good as it’s pricier counterpart but he refuses to give in. So… looks like I’ll have another razor when I am done with my Renewal razor. I have no problems using one designed for men. It works just as well as women’s razors.

Rite Aid Renewal BB Cream

Rite Aid Renewal BB Cream – I have never used a BB Cream before. To be honest I don’t even know what BB Cream is or what it’s supposed to do. I do know that it’s $$$ because my daughter borrowed money from me to buy some for herself.

The Renewal BB Cream is suppose to moisturize your skin and protect it with SPF 15. It is also suppose to brighten it and help even out your skin tone.

I received the Renewal BB Cream in the color “medium”. If you have ever seen me in person you know that I am super pale. I have no color. I think Casper the Ghost is darker than me (ha ha). None the less I gave it a try. I just made sure to blend it into my skin so that there were not darker patches on my face.

I don’t usually use make up like this. I just use mineral powder on my face instead of creams or liquids. I don’t like how heavy creams and liquids feel on my face.

I like that this cream felt light on my face. It didn’t seem to weigh it down. I also didn’t break out from it (which was a concern of mine). It went on smoothly and washed off easily.

I suppose if you enjoy using a cream foundation on your face you would love the Renewal BB Cream. It’s also a lot less expensive than other BB creams I have seen on the market. If you use BB creams you might want to give this cream a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Rite Aid Renewal Miracle Illusion

Rite Aid Renewal Miracle Illusion – I didn’t know what to make of this at first. It’s suppose to help minimize the look of lines, pores and wrinkles. It’s a lotion with an SPF 30. I like it for the mere reason that it has SPF in it. As a super pale person I need all the sun protection I can get.

I do have wrinkles around my mouth. I don’t think any cosmetic would fix that. I’d probably need plastic surgery for those. Thankfully I don’t have any other wrinkles except them, but I do have some fine lines which will probably end up being wrinkles in the near future.

My pores are not an issue either.

I used this cream on my face. I have to say that my skin appeared a bit brighter and a tad bit smoother. I think my face looks better when I use this. After I apply it to my clean face and it soaks in I use my mineral powder on top.

I especially love this because of the SPF. I hate putting actual sunscreen on my face so I like to use products with SPF already built in.

I will definitely be purchasing more of this product from Rite Aid when I run out.

I have found that Rite Aid brand products are just as good as many brand name products – and they are considerably less money too. Rite Aid also offers a 100% guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied you can return it (you’ll need the receipt).

From my experiences with Renewal products I am going to make them my first choice when purchasing beauty products. I’m all for saving money without compromising quality.

Of course Rite Aid carries plenty of name brand products like Jergens, Cover Girl, Nivea, Olay and Nature Made, to name a few.

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

Beauty Products from Rite Aid

Rite Aid would love to give a lucky reader a ONE YEAR SUPPLY of your favorite Rite Aid brand beauty product. Thank you Rite Aid.

This giveaway is open to Continental U.S. residents only and will end on April 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Rite Aid brand beauty product is – OR – which one of the reviewed products do you like the most?

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*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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Spring Into A New You By Adding Some Length To Your Locks



It’s the age old question for most women “How do I get my hair to grow faster?” Maybe you decided to break out of your comfort zone this winter and go with a shorter look that you now regret. Have no fear – spring is here and the Vanity Vixen, Erica Sanchez, owner of Vanity Salon in Boca Raton, Fla., (www.vanitysalonboca.com), has tips to help bring back your long locks. 

The average person’s hair grows a quarter of an inch per month. And while there is no exact science or miracle pill, Erica says there are several steps you can take to help speed up the process. She says these salon secrets will help your hair grow faster:

1. Trim “dust” your hair every 6-8 weeks

You want your hair to be long and healthy, not just long. Having your ends dusted, i.e. a short trim, every 6-8 weeks will take care of your split ends and hair breakage, allowing your hair to grow faster.

2. Stay away from silicone based products

Silicone-based products might leave the illusion of healthier, shinier hair, but they start to build up on the hair shaft, creating a seal that blocks moisture from penetrating the hair, clogging up your hair follicles and making your hair brittle and weak, which will prevent it from growing.

3. Weekly conditioning treatments

If you want healthy hair, you have to have a healthy scalp to maintain your healthy hair.  A deep conditioning treatment every week helps. I personally love “It’s a 10” Miracle Deep Conditioning Mask Plus Keratin which will have your hair feeling like silk afterwards.

4. Protect your hair

Protecting your hair from the sun rays, especially when summer arrives, is essential not only for your hair growth but also for your hair color.

5. Drink plenty of water for long healthy hair

Water not only makes your body feel better but will hydrate your hair, and hydrated hair is strong hair. Drinking about 8 glasses of water a day is a quick, easy, and natural method to make you hair grow faster.

Hair Care

About the Vanity Vixen

After making a name for herself in the South Florida salon scene, Erica Sanchez decided to break out on her own and open Vanity Salon in Boca Raton, Fla.  Whether it’s making brides look flawless on their big day, helping teens look perfect for prom, or doing a complete makeover, Erica prides herself on giving her clients the Vanity signature look. Fortunately, the Vanity Vixen is all beauty AND brains. Erica graduated from the Beauty Institute in West Palm Beach and has a degree in business management from South University.


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