New Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15



I am so happy that the nicer weather is finally here. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a fan of the heat and humidity that comes with the summer months. I’m referring to the spring time weather where you can go outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine without having to sweat like crazy and wish you were back inside with the air conditioner on.

I am of Welsh, Irish, Scottish and Norwegian decent. People like me are not known for their glowing tans. That is because people of my decent are fair skinned. The sun and fair skinned people are not a good combination.

My husband is 100% Italian. He just has to look at the sun and suddenly he has beautiful, glowing skin. As for me, I just have to think about sunshine and I turn as red as a lobster. OK… not really, but you know what I mean.

Sun protection is very important for me. Growing up I never used sunscreen. I grew up in a time when it was OK to lie out in the sun soaked in baby oil. I regret that now – especially after having six “suspicious” moles removed from my back.

The sun also damaged my face. I totally regret not protecting my skin when I was younger.

This is why I make sure to wear sunscreen every day - OUCH!!!

This is why I make sure to wear sunscreen every day – OUCH!!!

These days I won’t venture out of my home unless I am wearing at least an SPF 15 on my face and skin (even during the winter). If I know I’m going to be out in the sun for a long time I wear a higher SPF and bring it along with me so I can re-apply every few hours.

The sun can be damaging to your skin any time of year – even in the winter months. That is why it’s essential to always wear some kind of an SPF on your face and body.

I always opt for facial products with an SPF in them, whether it’s a moiturizer, makeup or simply a facial sunscreen. I prefer a moisturizer over a regular sunscreen because they are not greasy and serve a dual purpose.

Garnier sent me one of their newest products to review – Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15. It’s the kind of product I enjoy – a facial moisturizer with an SPF “built in” to it.

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 works just like a regular facial moisturizer. It applies well. It’s not greasy and it feels good on the skin. Some products with SPF make my skin feel greasy, dry or just too heavy. I did not experience that at all with this moisturizer. It’s lightweight and feels good on your skin.

As an added benefit, Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 also brightens your skin leaving it looking more radiant and visibly brighter with use. Because it’s a moisturizer it helps to make dull, dry and rough skin look more soft, smooth and polished looking.

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15

I’ve mentioned before on my blog how I tend to wash my face as soon a I get home because I don’t like the heavy feel of make up. I’m also a minimalist and tend to keep my makeup more natural looking. I only get all done up when I am going out to dinner, a party or event.

There have been days I have only applied the Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 to my skin, some eyeliner and mascara – that’s it.

I have been using the product for about a month now and so far I am very pleased with it. It mositurizes my skin well and I like how my skin looks and feels when I am using the product. The SPF15 is a “bonus” as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve always been a fan of Garnier products. Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 is just another wonderful product the brand has to offer.

If you are interested in trying out Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 for yourself, you can find it at Rite Aid’s month long beauty event in May. You can find the product in your neighborhood Rite Aid store or online.

For more information about Rite Aid’s beauty event, please visit RiteAid.com/Beauty. There you can find great products, tips, tricks, videos, deals and more.

Have you tried the new Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 moisturizer yet? Are you a fan of the brand? What is your favorite Garnier product?



*I have partnered with Rite Aid and Garnier to bring you this information. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I also received a free product to review. 

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Celebrate Earth Day with Neutrogena Naturals


Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Do you have anything special planned for today, or this weekend, to celebrate our big, beautiful planet?

We were going to have the kid I work with in the morning clean up the playground (using gloves of course!), but we ended up running out of time.

I saw other students yesterday cleaning up the side of the road.

There are a lot of activities planned in communities across the globe to bring to light the importance of taking care of our planet. It’s the only planet we have and we need to treat it right.

There are plenty of things you can do year round to help our planet. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Recyle
  • Repurpose
  • Swap out disposable water bottles with reusable ones (BPA free too!)
  • Use your one travel cup at your local coffee stop instead of Styrofoam cups
  • Plant a tree (or two).
  • Use non-toxic products (they not only benefit our planet but also you and your family)
  • Conserve water
  • Turn off lights and unplug electric devices when not in use
  • Walk or ride a bike whenever possible instead of using your car

There are many more things you can do. These are just a few.

I’m all for using natural products. Not only are the better for our planet, they are also better for us.

Slowly I have been replacing cleaning products with more natural alternatives (vinegar, baking soda…). I also try and serve my family (and our pets) food that are made more naturally and not ones made with a lot of GMO ingredients or thing we can’t even pronounce.

Neutrogena Naturals Collection

When it comes to health and beauty, you should also consider switching to more natural products, for example, Neutrogena® Naturals. Neutrogena, the #1 dermatologist recommended brand.

If you are not familiar with them, Neutrogena® Naturals is a collection of products that pioneers a new approach to natural skincare.

After years of research sourcing naturally derived ingredients and developing advanced technology to harness high levels of bioavailability, Neutrogena developed efficacious, natural skincare products with wonderful aesthetics.  Neutrogena studied nature’s bounty and specifically selected natural ingredients containing Bionutrients that work with the skin’s natural function and provide skin benefits. From these discoveries, scientists then created a new infrastructure: a scaffolding of natural ingredients with artfully selected synthetics to support the integrity of the formula – allowing the heart of Neutrogena® Naturals to be naturally derived ingredients and Bionutrients.

Neutrogena tackled the toughest naturals products first and introduces Neutrogena® Naturals with a line of cleansers and a moisturizing and soothing lip balm. Building on the brand’s gentle and effective cleansing expertise, and identifying a great need for cleansers within the naturals space that are designed without additives like surfactants, Neutrogena® Naturals offers true clinical skin benefits, wonderful aesthetics and a sensory experience.

Neutrogena® Naturals is allergy tested and free from harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes and phthalates.

I have tried their products and I am very pleased with them. They are the same quality products you would expect from Neutrogena®.

My favorite Neutrogena® Naturals product are the facial wipes. I do wear make up but I prefer to have a clean face – free of make up. As soon as I get home from work the first thing I want to do is wash my face. Sometimes that is not always possible and I have to wait a while to fully clean my face and apply my nightly beauty products. To hold me over until I can wash my face the way I want, I use the wipes to remove the make up from my face. They work very well, even removing mascara (regular mascara – I have not tried them with waterproof mascara).

NEUTROGENA Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

When the weather starts getting hot and humid I find myself washing and refreshing my face often. The wipes will come in handy for those hot and sticky summer days when I need to refresh my face and remove not only make up, but also sweat.

The wipes could also be handy for removing sunscreen from your face.

Here are some other products available in the Neutrogena® Naturals line.

Neutrogena®  Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes 

  • Clinically proven to remove makeup including waterproof mascara, naturally
  • Totally clean, fresh skin in one simple step; No sink required
  • Formulated with unique emollients to help dissolve oil and makeup with ease
  • 97% naturally-derived cleansing ingredients without any harsh chemical sulfates phthalates, parabens or unnecessary additives
  • Suggested Retail Price: $7.49 (25 count), $3.24 (7 count)

NEUTROGENA Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser

  • Washes away impurities and detoxifies pores for fresh, clear skin
  • Contains willowbark Bionutrient salicylic acid to remove dirt, oil and makeup
  • Clinically proven to remove 99% of dirt, oil and impurities
  • Naturally derived ingredients include: coconut, corn, willow bark, guar bean
  • 90% naturally derived
  • Suggested Retail Price: $7.99

Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub

  • Washes away dull dead skin cells to detoxify pores
  • Suitable for acne prone skin
  • Contains Willowbark Bionutrient Salicylic Acide to remove dirt, oil and makeup
  • Naturally derived ingredients  include coconut, castor oil, willow bark, jojoba oil
  • 94% naturally derived
  • Suggested Retail Price:$7.99

Neutrogena® Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover 

  • Cleans skin and removes makeup in one-step without stripping skin’s natural moisture (developed for fragile skin around the eyes)
  • Contains Peruvian Tara Seed Bionutrients vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and complex sugars leave skin soft and rinses clean
  • Naturally derived ingredients include coconut, Peruvian tara seed and guar bean
  • 86% naturally derived
  • Suggested Retail Price: $7.99

Neutrogena® Naturals Face and Body Bar 

  • Avocado & olive oil Bionutrient omega fatty acids gently cleanse and condition skin
  • Suitable for daily use leaves the skin feeling fresh and smooth
  • 99% naturally derived
  • Suggested Retail Price: $4.99

Neutrogena® Naturals Lip Balm 

  • Moisturizes and soothes lips
  • Bionutrient omega fatty acid heals dry skin and keeps lips looking healthy
  • Naturally derived ingredients include  beehives, jojoba seed, sesame seed, sunflower seed, olive oil, shea tree, cocoa seed
  • Proven to reduces lip moisture loss by 40%
  • 100% naturally derived
  • Suggested Retail Price: $2.99

You can find Neutrogena® Naturals where most beauty products are sold at a retail locations across the country.

Have you tried Neutrogena® Naturals yet? Do you have a favorite from the product line? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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

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It’s the final week of Ulta Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty


21 Days of Beauty calendar

Oh no! We’re in the final week of Ulta Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty campaign.

If you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of some great beauty steals and deals, no worries! You still have all this week to snag some great beauty products at awesome prices.

Here are this week’s deals.

Sunday, March 27th


Monday, March 28th 


Tuesday, March 29th


Wednesday, March 30th


Thursday, March 31st


Friday, April 1st


Saturday, April 2nd


These are NOT the ONLY deals either. There are even more great deals happening on a daily basis, both in store and online.

To make sure you are not missing out on anything visit www.Ulta.com/21Days for the complete list.

In addition to great prices, many products come with a Freebie. Who doesn’t love freebies?

The above mentioned deals are for ONE DAY ONLY (their assigned day). You can purchase the products online or visit your local Ulta Beauty store.

I would recommend checking out the site daily and looking up your favorite brands. You never know what great surprises are in store for you. For example, I was looking up a lip gloss that I enjoy, Ulta Brilliant Color Lip Gloss. Currently if you buy two you get two free. How nice is that? They are regularly $8 each, but with this special you get FOUR for $16.

To find more deals like this visit the Ulta website and look for the text in red or the word “FREE GIFT” for the freebies.

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What are YOUR favorite beauty products? What product/products can you not live without? Feel free to leave a comment about them. I am always on the look out for new beauty products to try.

To find an Ulta Beauty store near you visit Ulta.com. You can also check out the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Are you a fan of Ulta Beauty? Do you take advantage of their 21 Days of Beauty events?

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*I have partnered with Ulta to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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NEW ChapStick Mystery Flavors!


Mystery box

Most people like surprises – especially good ones.

Even a simple surprise can make your day like finding a $10 bill in your coat pocket or receiving a free dessert coupon to your favorite restaurant in the mail.

Recently I wrote about a fun game called Bean Boozled by Jelly Belly. Jelly Belly created identical jelly beans to popular flavors, but instead of tasting like the real flavor it has a gross flavor like dog food, barf and boogers. THAT kind of surprise is not so fun.


ChapStick is a staple in my family. It doesn’t matter the time of year – 365 days out of the year my husband ALWAYS has Cherry ChapStick on hand. He uses it every day. I guess that is why his lips are so kissable.

My kids use ChapStick too. My daughter is a big fan of the fun flavors. My son likes that he can also enjoy most of the fun flavors without it looking like he’s using a “girly” lip balm.

I like ChapStick for the simple reason that it works. The flavor are just a “bonus” in my eyes. Candy Cane is my favorite.

ChapStick Mystery Flavor

ChapStick is now offering something fun and different – Mystery Flavors!

Certainly strawberry? Possibly peach? The new ChapStick Mystery Flavors bring excitement and mystery to your lips with unknown flavors. Not only will these new, secret flavors keep you guessing, they will also leave your lips smooth and moisturized.

ChapStick sent me some Mystery Flavor to try out for myself.

The tube are covered in plain, silver packaging with the ChapStick Myster Flavor written on the label.

One of my flavors is colored blue. It has a berry taste to it. Blueberry perhaps?

ChapStick Mystery Flavors

The other one is a dark red color. I’m leaning towards Strawberry.

Don’t worry – there are not gross flavors to concern yourself like in the Bean Boozled jelly bean game.

It’s fun to be surprised, especially when its a product you know and love like ChapStick.

In addition to the free samples to review ChapStick also sent me a puzzle box. My husband and I went crazy trying to figure it out not realizing we had the directions the entire time. LOL!


Inside the box was a puzzle. Fun!

The new ChapStick Mystery Flavors are now available exclusively at Walmart while supplies last.

For more information about these and other ChapStick products visit ChapStick.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of the link are found on their website.

Check out the hashtag #UnCaptheMystery to see what others are saying.

Are you a fan of ChapStick? What is your favorite flavor?

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

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3 DIY Honey Based Organic Spring Masks



Do you follow me on Pinterest? If not, you should check out my Beauty and DIY boards for some great DIY beauty products recipes.

I love the idea of making my own products. Not only is it cheaper, you also control the ingredients and know exactly what you are putting on your body.

My teenage daughter is especially into making her own beauty products. As a college student and part time employee, she has to be careful how she spends her money. Instead of purchasing expensive beauty treatments, she opts to make them herself using yogurt, honey and assorted things from our kitchen. I use them sometimes too. I also make my own hair treatments.

Ildi Pekar is the facialist to some of the most gorgeous women in the world. She would like to share some quick and easy DIY beauty recipes using organic, earth friendly items you probably already have in your kitchen.

Spring Dehydration Mask – Great for super dehydrated skin and skin deficient with vitamins

  • Yogurt
  • Add Mashed Fruit to hydrate (Watermelon or Banana)
  • Add 100% natural raw Honey for extra moisture and love

*Use fresh, organic  ingredients to revitalize your skin

Leave on for 20 minutes



Spring Tiredness  (Energizing DIY Mask) – Great for a morning DIY Facial

  • 1 Medium Shredded Apple (Peel it prior, no skin)
  • 2 tablespoon of Honey

Leave on for 30 minutes


Wind Down (Relaxing Spring Facial)

  • Warm 2 teaspoons of honey to room temperature
  • Add 1 teaspoon of cottage cheese

20 minutes for a relaxing and simple DIY facial



“A favorite of mine is 100% raw honey. It has various benefits to the human body, especially in healing and maintaining healthy skin of all types which is why I incorporate it into all of my products. It has amazing soothing effects that hydrate the skin leaving you with a soft and radiant glow. It is also packed with anti oxidants to help slow the aging process and plump up your skin leaving you with a youthful appearance.” – Ildi Pekar

What do you think about these recipes? Do you think you might try them?

Do you have any DIY beauty recipes you’d like to share?

For more information about Ildi Peker visit IldiPeker.com.



*I was not compensated for this post. I shared this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Ulta Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty Week 2


21 Days of Beauty calendar

Last week I let readers aware that Ulta Beauty was hosting their 21 Days of Beauty event, which started on March 13 and runs through April 2, 2016.

We are entering into week #2 for this annual event.

Each day there is a new beauty “steal” (great pricing) as well as freebies and more. You can take advantage of the deals both online and at your local Ulta Beauty store.

Let’s take a look at this week’s deals.

March 20, 2016 Sunday


March 21, 2016 Monday


March 22, 2016 Tuesday


March 23, 2016 Wednesday


March 24, 2016 Thursday


March 25, 2016 Friday


March 26, 2016 Saturday


These are some great deals.

Both myself and my teens have used Mario Badescu acne products. I think they work very well. They help to dry up pimples quickly. The only thing you have to watch out for it over using the product because it can really dry out your skin. Use it sparingly and it works great (the pink liquid – I can’t remember off hand the exact name).

I LOVE Pur Minerals products. Even my daughter is a big fan of them. Every Christmas for the past three years I have gifted her one of their “kits” which usually lasts her for a long time, then I buy her another one for her birthday in May. Even though she expects them now she still appreciates them.

I love them because the products are light weight and I can barely feel them on my skin. I don’t like to feel weighed down with beauty products. I like the “less is more” approach.

I have a Tarte Double Duty Beauty 101 Discovery Kit that was sent to me to review by Ulta Beauty. The kit includes the same Lights, Camera, Mascara that is on sale on March 26th. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet because I recently opened up a new mascara and I don’t want it to go to waste.


The kit I have include a full size bronzer, lipstick & gloss, line & shadow combo and of course the mascara.

I am in love with the liner & shadow combo. I love that they go together so well. They are super easy to apply too. I hate it when eye liner and mascara grabs my skin and pulls on it (makeup that is too hard and not smooth). Both the eye liner and shadow glide across the skin.

The eye liner stays on for a long time too. It doesn’t smudge or fade like some liners do.

Because I have very fair skin I can’t really use a bronzer in the tradition way. I use bronzers like I would blush. Sometimes I use individual shades as eye shadow too.


The kit sells for $36 on the Ulta Beauty website and comes with a FREE gift – Limited Edition Makeup Bag and Hybrid Gel Foundation sample card with any $30 Tarte purchase. This offer valid 3/13/16-4/2/16 or while supplies last.

There are a lot of “FREE with purchase” specials on the Ulta Beauty website. I encourage you to check them out. Also, if you live near an Ulta Beauty store you should check out all the great stuff they have going on in the stores.

Check out  Ulta.com/21Days right now so you can see what is coming up for the rest of the event. If you visit that web page you’ll be able to learn about all the other great stuff Ulta is offering including even more great beauty steals.

Be sure to check out Ulta Beauty on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Are you a fan of Ulta Beauty? Do you take advantage of their 21 Days of Beauty events?

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*I have partnered with Ulta to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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