Mend your hair with White Sands Hair Care “The Cure 24/7″


White Sands Orchid Oil

Back in December of last year (2014) I was introduced to a brand called White Sands. They sent me a bottle of their White Sands Hair Care’s Orchids Hair Oil  (pictured above) to review. I fell in love with it. To this day I am still using the product. I have A LOT of it left. A little bit goes a long way. I use about 5 “squirts” of the product on my hair every other day after I was it.

If you would like to check out my review you can read it here – Get soft, smooth and beautiful smelling hair with Orchids Hair Oil.

White Sands reached out to me again to review another product called The Cure 24/7.

Here is some details about the product.

White Sands Hair Care presents the re-launch of The Cure 24/7 ($29.99), a leave in treatment that repairs split ends and mends the cuticle through a scientific process called Cellular Bridging. This innovative process stimulates hair cell renewal with micro-gels so tiny they instantly fill cuticle cracks, leaving each strand smooth and repaired up to 7 days. It also serves as a 2nd skin to moisturize internally while repelling humidity on the outside.

As a split end camouflage crème, The Cure 24/7 provides visible results in just minutes. The name says it all. Its a treatment that can be done day or night, wet or dry. Plus, The Cure requires NO HEAT to work.

With this Cellular Bridging Technology enhanced by a unique formula containg Orchid Flower Extract, The Cure effortlessly mends split ends, repairs damaged hair fibers, restores internal moisture, while making tresses stronger, smoother and shinier – creating healthy, frizz AND split end free hair.

Finally, a serum that delivers non-stop conditioning and superior results 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and lasts for up to 2-3 shampoos.

The Cure comes in a decent size bottle. Just like with the oil a little bit goes a long way. I have long, thick, course hair and I use just a few pumps of the product (around 3-4 pumps) for my hair. I just pump it into my hands, rub them together then apply the product to my hair, concentrating on the ends since that is where most of my problems are (split ends).


I mostly use it after I shower. You can also apply this to dry hair as needed.

The Cure 24/7 White Sands

You can comb through your hair after application to ensure it’s evenly distributed. The product is also safe to use every day. I tend to mostly use it every other day after I wash my hair.

So far, so good. I wouldn’t call it a “miracle” but the product does help to smooth out my hair and make it look less “puffy.” It does help to tame split ends.

You can style your hair as usual. I have naturally wavy hair and The Cure 24/7 helps to make my waves look “neater,” (for lack of a better description). When I blow dry my hair (using a big, round brush) I find that The Cure 24/7 makes my hair appear smoother and I think it helps my hair to stay smoother longer too.

I don’t know if it lasts through 2-3 shampoos. Like I said, I wash my hair every other day so it’s hard for me to judge if it really lasts that long.

Compared to similar products I think that The Cure 24/7 does live up to it’s name.

I still tend to favor the White Sands Orchids Hair Oil. I like the way the oil makes my hair feel compared to The Cure 24/7. Plus I love the scent of the Orchids Oil (The Cure 24/7 really doesn’t have a scent).

My daughter uses The Cure 24/7 and she would never us anything on her hair that she didn’t like. Her hair means everything to her, as it does with most teens.

If you would like to learn more about The Cure 24/7 please visit WhiteSandsProducts.com. Their products are available both online on their website and at fine salons.

The suggested retail price for The Cure 24/7 is $29.99 for a 1.7 oz bottle. That might not sound like a big enough bottle, but a little bit does go along way.

Have you ever tried White Sands products?

What issues do you have with your hair?



*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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Tips For Healthy Summertime Skin And Hair



Summer is just around the bend, which means it’s almost time for trips to the beach, lazy days reading in the park, and sunny afternoons sipping on wine at your fave rooftop lounge. Summer also means sun, sun, and more sun, so it’s important to take extra care of your skin and hair during these next few months. Jeanne Kissman, lifestyle expert and founder of PlumHill pure body essentials, shared tried and true tips below on ways to keep your skin and hair in tip top shape during the sunny summer season.

Already counting down the days ’til summer fun in the sun? Right now is the perfect time to start planning camping trips to the river and all the outdoor music festivals you want to attend, but it’s also important to prepare your summertime skin and hair regimen. If you’re wondering how to keep your hair and skin healthy all summer, not to worry! Lifestyle expert Jeanne Kissman, founder of PlumHill pure body essentials, shared fantastic tips below on ways to keep your skin and hair in tip top shape this summer.

Tips For Healthy Summertime Skin And Hair

Protect your lips.  The summer sun can dry out and cause damage to delicate lip tissue, so use an all natural lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher.

– Take a cold shower.  After a hot day in the sun, a hot shower will enhance the effects of dry skin.  Take a cold shower to lower the temperature in your skin and reduce acne breakouts.

– Drink some red wine.  Treat yourself to a glass of red wine before spending time in the sun. Studies suggest that the flavonoids found in the skin of red grapes may reduce the sun’s ability to destroy skin cells.  Not only does wine taste yummy, but it also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

– Use mineral makeup.  Sunscreen is your skin’s first line of defense against harmful UVA rays, but also use all natural mineral makeup for light coverage and an SPF protection of 30-50.

– Wear a wide-brimmed hat.  Protect your skin and hair from the sun’s damaging rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.  The hat will also protect your scalp and prevent sunburn.

– Exfoliate away the dry skin.  Everyone wants to have soft, supple skin in the summer, so use a sugar or salt scrub to rub away unwanted dry skin.  Homemade scrubs are inexpensive and can be made from sugar or salt, olive oil, lemon juice, and your favorite essential oils.  Pay close attention to the knees and elbows.

– Dine on melons.  Beautiful summer skin comes from within.  Eat a lot of cantaloupe and watermelon, as they are filled with antioxidants and will help hydrate the skin.  Enjoy radiant summer skin by eating a healthy diet.

– Even out your skin tone.  Use fresh strawberries to freshen up your skin tone.  Cut large strawberries in half, squeeze them to release the juices, and rub them in circular motions over your face. Leave on your face for 2 – 3 minutes, then rinse.  Consistent use will brighten sun and age spots to give you a more even skin tone.

– Protect your hair before swimming.  Wet hair will absorb fewer chemicals like chlorine than dry hair.  Also keep hair braided or pinned up to prevent unruly tangles.  Avoid a tight bun, as wet hair is susceptible to breakage when it is pulled.

It’s time to gear up for exciting outdoor summer excursions, but it is also important to prepare your hair and skin for all of the extra sun exposure. In addition to taking measures to protect against the sun, freshen up your skin and celebrate the season with sweet and tropical scented body essentials from PlumHill! PlumHill is an all-natural skin care line that’ll take your skin from dry and chapped to fresh, glowing, and silky smooth! From bath and body products to gift sets and lip balms, PlumHill is the perfect choice for those wanting to bring a natural, paraben-free line of products into their skincare regimen.


About Jeanne Kissman
Jeanne Kissman is a skin care expert and the founder of Plum Hill Pure Body Essentials.  Plum Hill Body Essentials features all natural body care products that are good for your skin and good for the planet. Created to combat the effects of dry skin, you’ll find that Plum Hill nourishes your skin with very special ingredients such as sweet almond oil, shea butter, kukui nut oil, and pure cane sugar that are all natural, paraben-free, and never tested on animals.  Available in 5 captivating scents at www.plumhill.net

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Fine products from Crabtree & Evelyn (giveaway ends 5/24/15)



Are you familiar with the brand Crabtree & Evelyn?

Long before the ‘natural’ and ‘wellness’ movements became popular, Crabtree & Evelyn was producing ranges featuring fruit, flower and plant essences.

Crabtree & Evelyn was founded in 1972 by Cyrus Harvey. The name Crabtree & Evelyn was inspired by John Evelyn, a 17th century botanist, and the English Crabapple tree, known for its beauty and use in home apothecary.

The company offers a wide variety of products including fragrances, hand creams, body lotions and much more. They intentionally seek out ingredients inspired by nature to create the very best products. Think of them as “A blend of the very best of nature and science coupled with tradition and innovation.”

I’ve reviewed some of their products back in 2012. You can find that review here – Celebrate the holidays with Crabtree & Evelyn.

I LOVE bath and body products. I especially love things that leave behind a lovely scent.

I wash my hands dozens of times per day. I work in a childcare setting and there are plenty of little ones coughing and sneezing on the toys (which I have to clean and sanitize), plus plenty of diapers to change. I wash my hands constantly at work. At home it’s no different. Between cooking, cleaning, walking the dog and cleaning the litter box, I find the need to wash my hands at home a lot too.

When you wash your hands as often as I do you are bound to get dry skin. For that reason I ALWAYS have hand cream or lotion on me at all times. I have to. My skin would be beyond repair if I didn’t.

I have found that some lotions and creams are far more superior than others.

Hand Lotion Gift Set

Crabtree & Evelyn was kind enough to send me some of their hand lotions to review. They sent me their BEAUTIFUL Hand Therapy Paint Tin set. This set contains a dozen tubes of their very popular hand lotions.

The tubes resemble acrylic paints, which is probably why they refer to this set as the Hand Therapy Paint Tin.

This set arrives is a beautiful tin featuring colorful plants and flowers. I look as this as two gifts in one because you can re-purpose the tin when you are done with it. I plan on using mine to house large photos that we have that don’t fit in our photo albums. It’s a very nice tin. I’m sure it can serve other purposes too.

Inside the tin you’ll find a dozen hand lotions. Considering I apply hand lotion several times a day I liked having so many to choose from. I also keep one on my desk, one in my purse, one in my car, one if my husband’s car and one at work.


The Hand Therapy Paint Tin comes with the following hand lotions;

  • Rosewater
  • Evelyn Rose
  • Lily
  • Avocado, Olive & Basil
  • Somerset Meadow
  • Wisteria
  • Toracco Orange, Eucalyptus & Safe
  • Pomegranate, Argon & Grapeseed
  • Gardner’s
  • La Source
  • Citron, Honey & Corriander

The hardest part was trying to decide which one to try first.

As soon as I opened the package I had to smell each and every one of them. They each have their own unique fragrance. Honestly I like them all. I think my favorites so far are Lily, Somerset Meadow, Rosewater and Wisteria.

The lotions are thick, rich and creamy. A little goes a long way. The ones I have tired thus far have absorbed into my skin quickly enough. Once absorbed your skin appears a bit shiny, as if they are greasy, but they are not. They don’t feel that way. It’s as if the lotion leaves a “sheen” on your skin, which is fine with me.

Crabtree and Evelyn

They smell amazing! Their fragrances are not strong or over powering. They are light scents. The scent stays around for a good amount of time too. I hate it when scents dissipate quickly once applied to your skin. That is not the case with these lotions. The scent sticks around for a good amount of time.

My hands feel so soft, smooth and moisturized after applying the lotion. Even after I wash my hands you can feel that there is lotion still on my skin and you can still pick up the fragrance.

Not only are these great hand lotions to enjoy for yourself, they would also make a wonderful gift. These are high quality, luxury lotions. They are not your drug store variety. The beautiful fragrances along tell you that they are very well made products.

Crabtree & Evelyn has a similar tin gift set featuring a dozen of their popular soaps. I also have that set.

Unlike the hand lotions I haven’t tried all of the soaps in the set yet. I don’t have room to store several opened bars of soap in my home.


So far I have tried (and are currently using) Vetiver & Juniperberry Triple Milled Soap. It has both shea and cocoa butters, so it’s perfect for dry skin. With this being short and capris weather I want to make sure my arms and legs are moiturized. This soap adds moisture to your skin, and rinses off without leaving behind any residue.

Even the soaps smell just as wonderful as the hand lotions.

Both of these sets would make great gifts. You can also split them up and use them as individual gifts.

If you would like to learn more about Crabtree & Evelyn products, or the beautiful hand lotions and soaps, visit www.Crabtree-Evelyn.com. They also have several retail locations. There is a store finder on their site.

In addition you can find the brand on the various social media sites. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

Best Sellers Hand Therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn has generously offered to give a lucky reader their Best Sellers Hand Therapy Sampler ($35 value) featuring six of their popular hand lotions and scents. Thank you Crabtree & Evelyn.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email. The winner has three days to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this gift set?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you MUST complete the initial entry requirement or the extra entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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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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What’s New from Alberto VO5 – Plus a special “Walk of Fame” campaign



When it comes to beauty products I do have several brands that I tend to go to the most because I know their products work well for me and my family.

My hair used to be one of my best features. Time, age and decades of coloring, perming and hair products have made my not as lovely as it used to be. That is why I am careful about the products I use and I’ll only use products I know will make my hair look and feel better

A couple of months ago I had reviewed a product which wasn’t yet on the market. It’s Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Beauty Oil. I am happy to report that the product is now available at fine retailers nationwide.

In case you missed my original review, here are my thoughts about the product.

NEW Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil is a light, natural oil blend for both hair and body. Infused with VO5’s signature 5 essential vitamins, this ultra-hydrating, fast-absorbing oil helps replenish dry hair and skin to feel soft, silky and look more radiant. Free of mineral oils, paraben and dyes.

I was sent a bottle of the new Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil to try out. It comes in a spray bottle to make it easy to apply to your hair.

Since it’s an oil I like to know that I am not applying too much (which can leave your hair looking greasy) so I prefer to spray some in my hand, rub my hands together, then apply it to my hair. You can spray it on your hair directly if you prefer.

I like to keep the oil on the end of my hair where I need it most. That is another reason why I find it easier to spray it in my hand and apply to my hair. It gives me control as to where I want to apply the product.

The first time I used it I did spray it on my hair but accidentally sprayed too much which made my hair look very greasy and somewhat stiff. I had to wash my hair and apply it again. The next time I knew to apply it sparingly. A little bit goes a long way. You do not need a lot of this product to reap it’s benefits.

If you would like to read more about this review, including reviewing other VO5 products you can find the original post here – What’s New from Alberto VO5.

I still use the the Shine, Glow ad Go Beauty Oil from time to time. As I mentioned in my original review, I am careful when it comes to using oil products on my hair. I mostly put it on my ends. With the heat and humidity on the rise I know I’ll be using the oil more often to help tame the “puffiness” my hair gets when it’s too humid. I’m already seeing that happen and it’s not even the summer yet.

Speaking of summer, have you tried VO5’s Moisturizing Island Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner? They are the perfect summer time hair care products.


We use Alberto VO5 shampoo and conditioners often because they work well (wash and rinse out with no problem) and they are “budget friendly” compared to other shampoos and conditioners on the market.

I love the coconut scent. Every time I wash and condition my hair with the products I feel like it’s summer time – even when it’s not. The tropical, coconut scent whisks me away to a tropical beach (I wish!). LOL!

My husband is not a fan of coconut. He doesn’t like the taste or the smell but he doesn’t mind using this shampoo (he doesn’t use conditioner). He actually likes the scent.

You can find the Island Coconut shampoo and conditioner where ever VO5 products are sold.

Have you heard about the petition Alberto VO5 has going on right now to get VO5’s creator Alberto a star on Hollywood Boulevard in honor of the brand’s 60th anniversary?

Here is more information about the campaign.

Alberto VO5, the iconic hair care line, is celebrating 60 years of innovation from their original Hot Oil treatment to the new Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil. To help celebrate, the brand announced its petition to get the brand a star on Hollywood Boulevard. In 1955 Culver City, Alberto VO5 hair conditioning treatment was created to keep Hollywood starlets’ hair looking healthy and beautiful under the bright Hollywood lights, as depicted here in this vintage TV commercial.

In order to get Alberto VO5 the much deserved star on Hollywood Boulevard, VO5 is calling fans to sign a virtual petition on its Facebook page. All signatures via the drive will be compiled throughout 2015 and will be presented to the Walk of Fame organizers. We encourage beauty fans everywhere to show their support and spread the word about the drive by using #VO5is60.

Having a star on the Walk of Fame would be the PERFECT way to celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary.

If you are a lifelong fan of the brand I hope you will consider helping to turn this into a reality.

Are  you a fan of the brand? Do you have a favorite VO5 product? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*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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Enter Rite Aid’s Beauty Extravaganza for your chance to win great prizes



Attention all beauty products lovers. Earlier this week Rite Aid kicked off their newest Beauty Extravaganza Sweepstakes. Each week there will be one winner (four weeks – four winners – one per week). The winner will win a beauty box worth $250!

Entering is super easy. Simply upload a picture or video based on the weekly theme using the designated hashtag #RiteAidBeautySweeps to Twitter, Instagram or Vine. That’s it! That is all you need to do for our chance to win.

Here are the weekly themes. The sweepstakes is currently in week one.

Week 1

  • Ready, set, go! Show us your beauty look, routine or go-to products for when you’re short on time.

Week 2

  • Don’t sweat it. Show us your secret to a long-lasting makeup or hair look.

Week 3

  • Glow baby, glow! Snap a pic of a skincare product that keeps your skin health & glowing.

Week 4

  • We celebrate beauty at every age! Post a picture of yourself and tell us why you feel beautiful.

In addition to this sweepstakes you should check out Beauty.Info.RiteAid.com for more information about the sweeps as well as exclusive offers, beauty tips, beauty advice and more.

To find a Rite Aid location near you visit www.RiteAid.com. You can also find Rite Aid on the various social media channels.

Be on the look out for more exciting news from Rite Aid and how you can earn rewards points for awesome rewards simply by purchasing the products you love from Rite Aid.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers as well as being a Rite Aid brand ambassador. 

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Special Mother’s Day box from GLOSSYBOX



Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Have you found the perfect gift for that special lady in your life (mom, grandmother, aunt, wife…)?

My kids keep asking me what I want for Mother’s Day this year. I’m easy. I just want my car cleaned. I’m hoping my kids can clean out the inside of my car and then my husband can take it to the car wash to clean off the outside of my car.

I wouldn’t mind being able to sleep in that day and maybe out out to dinner.

Did you know that 41.8% of American women will give cosmetics to their mom for Mother’s Day? I used to give my mom perfume, and occasionally her favorite lipstick, but I would never really think to have given her other cosmetics. I guess in a way it makes sense. I know my daughter loves cosmetics and she is happy to receive them for her birthday and Christmas.

In France a whopping 66.4% of those polled give their mom cosmetics for Mother’s Day.

Check out these other interesting facts obtained by GLOSSYBOX.


Are you planning on giving your mom (or that special lady in your life) cosmetics for Mother’s Day?

Most men wouldn’t know what kind of beauty products to get their mom for Mother’s Day. That is why Glossybox has created a special Mother’s Day box that your mom is sure to love.

If you are not familiar with GLOSSYBOX, here is  little more information about this monthly subscription service.

GLOSSYBOX is an online subscription service that has fast become a favorite of beauty addicts worldwide. Take the hassle out of choosing between brands and new makeup products with GLOSSYBOX. With a GLOSSYBOX subscription you’ll also receive samples of the best hair products and the best skin care products for women. Order your beauty products online and receive five travel size beauty products conveniently delivered to your door. Your GLOSSYBOX will contain only the top beauty products from well known luxury brands and up-and-coming niche brands.

GLOSSYBOX has created a very special box for Mother’s Day. This special box contains six FULL SIZE products including 24K Bionic Complex Thermal Mask which retails for $298!

I have used Orogold products in the past and I LOVE them. Love! Love! Love them. Sadly they are out of my budget. When I heard the Mother’s Day GLOSSYBOX contained an Orogold product I was thrilled!

Orogold Product












Lip Fusion

Fusion Lip


Laura Geller

GLOSSYBOX sent me their Mother’s Day box to try out for myself.

First and foremost the packaging is beautiful. They put a lot of thought and care into their boxes.

The box it’s self is a keepsake box. The lucky recipient can keep the box to hold mementos, photos, jewelry or other cosmetics in. It’s a lovely box.


I LOVE the Orogold 24K Bionic Complex Thermal Mask. I’ve only had the chance to use it twice thus far, but so far I am loving it. As I mentioned earlier I love Orogold products.

I really like the Laura Geller Gel Eyeliner Pencil. I have never used a gel eyeliner pencil before. It glides on smoothly across your skin. It also lasts all day long. It doesn’t fade away like other eyeliners. It also doesn’t smudge and has held up to my watery eyes (thanks to seasonal allergies).

I’ve only started using the Vichy Proeven Daily Dark Spot Corrector. I haven’t been using it long enough to notice any difference in the dark spots on my face. I am using it daily. I’ll come back and update this post when I can give you a better review on the product.

Mother Day Box

Lip product missing from this photo


I haven’t tried out the Fusion Beauty Lipfusion lip coloring yet. I tend to only use lip products when I am going out, not for when I am hanging around at home or going to work. The same applies to the Bodyography Cream Shadow. I haven’t worn it yet but I do like the color. It glides on smoothly and it has a nice shimmer to it without it looking like something you would wear to a disco. LOL!

My daughter and I have both been enjoying the Vince Camuto Bella perfume. It’s a lovely scent. It’s light and airy, perfect for Spring time. It’s a nice scent that is great for work or a night on the town. It’s a very feminine scent. My teen daughter wears it to school (high school). It’s not overpowering at all. I wish I could tell you what the scent reminds me of.

The contents of this special Mother’s Day box retail for $430, however GLOSSYBOX is offering it at a staggering $40. That’s right – ONLY $40 for over $400+ worth of products! Talk about a steal!

If you are still on the fence about what to get that special lady in your life I would recommend getting her the Mother’s Day box from GLOSSYBOX. But hurry! Mother’s Day is around the corner and the boxes might not be available if you wait too long.

For more information please visit GLOSSYBOX at www.GLOSSYBOX.com. You can also find GLOSSYBOX on all the social media sites (all the links are found at the bottom of their website).

Have you heard of GLOSSYBOX before? Have you tried their services? What do you think about this amazing Mother’s Day box?



*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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