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Get back to beauty basics with Rite Aid this fall – plus enter to win a $525 Beauty Gift Box!

 

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As the temperatures soars, and our minds are dreaming about cooling off at the pool or beach, it’s hard to think ahead to the fall. Personally my mind has been on the fall since the start of summer. I am not a fan of summer. It’s my least favorite season (yes, I actually like winter more than summer).

We are already seeing back to school displays are local stores, much to the dismay of my kids.

Let’s face it, summer is almost half over. Soon enough we’ll have to start thinking about the fall.

With each season come new trends in beauty and fashion.

Rite Aid wants to help you get ready for the fall with their Back to Beauty Basics Beauty Extravaganza.

From now until August 31, 2016, you can learn about fall’s hottest beauty trends, tips, trick and money saving deals from Rite Aid.

Each week, Beauty Advisers in Rite Aid stores will be hosting weekly beauty demonstrations of this falls hottest products and looks. If you don’t have a Beauty Advisor at your neighborhood Rite Aid store you can also find all the information, as well as instructional videos, at RiteAid.com/Beauty.

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In addition, Rite Aid is hosting a sweepstakes where you could win a box full of beauty products retailing $525.00. WOW!!! All you have to do is follow the brand on Instagram and Twitter. More details can be found at RiteAid.com/Beauty.

Don’t forget about the great money saving deals you can also find on that page. Currently I see deals for Buy One Get One at 50% Off on Sally Hanson Nail Enamel, Revlon Face & Eye and L’Oreal Face products as well as deals on other popular brands like Banana Boat, Physicians Formula, Garnier and Almay, to name a few.

Visit RiteAid.com/Beauty for all the details.

To find a Rite Aid location near you visit RiteAid.com. You can also check out the brand on social media. All of the links are found on their website.

Be sure to check out the hashtag #RiteAidBeautySweeps on social media to see what others are saying.

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Kimberly

*I received free beauty products in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fresh summer scents from Soap & Paper Factory

 

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Are you the type of person who enjoys wearing a signature scent every day? Or are you the type of person who likes to mix things up a bit and wear a different scent every day, or change it up depending on the season?

I am some where in between. I do have a scent that I enjoy wearing often (Angel by Thierry Mugler), however I often wear different scents depending on my mood and the season. I even own a Pumpkin Spice perfume that I enjoy wearing in the Autumn.

I like perfumes and I am often adding to my nice collection. I tend to go for light, natural scents over more rich and complex ones.

Soap & Paper Factory has a lovely assortment of perfume oils that not only smell wonderful, but they are also ideal for summer traveling.

Soap & Paper Factory Perfume Oils are made from only the finest ingredients, the premium oils hydrate the skin while leaving it lightly fragranced.

The current available scents include:

  • Verbena
  • Green Tea
  • Jasmine
  • Gardenia
  • Lavender

These are some of my favorite scent.

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I was sent to review Lavender and Jasmine. I wanted Lavender because I find it soothing and ideal for rolling on my skin before retiring to bed to help me to relax so I can fall asleep a bit faster.

To me, Jasmine is a summery scent. It reminds me of a tropical paradise with it’s exotic allure. It reminds me of something you might smell while lounging on the beach in Hawaii (I’ve never been to Hawaii… I just imagine what it would be like). My husband thinks Jasmine smells a bit like suntan lotion, which is another reason why this is a wonderful scent for the summer.

I find that both scents are true to their REAL scents. I don’t smell anything added to them.

Soap & Paper Factory Perfume Oils come in small, shatter-proof bottles. They have a roller ball at the opening that you use to roll the scent on your skin. You can wear as little or as much as you want – but from personal experience a little bit goes a long way.

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You can apply the scent to your wrists, neck, décolletage or where ever you like to apply fragrance.

The scent seems to stick around for a decent amount of time, unlike other fragrances which seem to fade right away. I think a lot of the reason why the scent stays a bit longer is due to the oils they are made with.

The bottles are small in size (a wee bit taller than a standard lipstick). You can tuck one in your purse, luggage, gym bag, beach tote or even your pocket. Because the bottles are shatter proof you don’t have to worry about them breaking while traveling.

These would make a lovely gift too.

If you would like to learn more visit the Soap & Paper Factory website at SoapandPaperFactory.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Do you have a signature scent?

What types of scents do you enjoy wearing the most?

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Kimberly

*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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Summer Hair Care Tips

 

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It’s the unofficial start to summer. That means plenty of time at the beach, taking a dip in the pool to cool off and other activities that can actually damage your hair.

Ricky Pennisi, a leading stylist and founder of RI CI, wants to make sure that your hair doesn’t get dry and fried this summer season (and beyond). Many people don’t realize that their “fun in the sun”can cause damage and stress to your hair from the exposure to the sun, salt water and chlorine.

Here are Ricky’s top tips on how to prevent damage to your hair.

Tip 1:

Dry, frizzy hair won’t hold a curl or style, and can even take longer to dry. Prevent dry hair by using sulfate-free shampoo and conditions. Many shampoos that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which can strip the hair of its natural oils leaving it dry and frizzy. Just like your body, your hair craves moisture. Think of your hair as a sponge. It can only hold a certain amount of water in it. Products that are water-based hydrate your hair. If you fill your hair with hydrating products, you satisfy your hair’s thirst and prevent it from getting it outside.

Tip 2:

Invest in a great conditioner, like the RI CI Drench which can be used as a leave-in conditioner when added to a water in a spray bottle. This step seals your hair’s moisture. The bottle is also great to bring with you to the pool and beach to give your hair that extra bit of love.

Tip 3:

Eliminate the heat. Heat causes your hair cuticle to split open, which creates frizz. If you must blow dry or use a diffusor, set it to a medium setting. It might take a little longer, but it’s better for your hair.

Tip 4:

Always apply your styling products immediately after you wash your hair. Once hair starts to dry without products, frizz begins to set in. Dry hair is most fragile to frizz. Use a brush/comb only on wet hair and if you’re blowing out, limit to 2x week.

Tip 5:

It is important to touch your hair as little as possible while wet. Over manipulation of wet hair that’s curly or naturally wavy will lead to frizz. Once your hair is completely dry, feel free to manipulate your hair freely.

Tip 6: 

Your scalp and hair are two separate entities. Never put conditioner above your crown line. The oils in the conditioner are too heavy for your scalp and can leave you feeling greasy.

Do you have any additional hair care tips for the summer that you would like to add? Feel free to leave a comment and tell me more about them.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit if site readers. Any opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own. 

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Upgrade your Dryer this Summer with the Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q Hair Dryer

 

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Do you blow dry your hair?

I do, but I don’t rely only on a blow dryer. After I towel dry my hair I let it air dry for a bit and then I use a hair dryer to make sure my hair is fully dry, as well as to style it.

I have naturally wavy hair so I try and let my hair air dry enough to let my waves form. If I dry my hair with a hair dryer from start to finish my hair will be straight.

How long have you owned your current hair dryer? I usually don’t replace mine until it stops working. Of course getting caught with a broken hair dryer is not a good idea either. My dryers tend to die out on me when I need my hair to look it’s best (isn’t that always the case?).

If you are in the market for a new hair dyer you should check out the latest hair dryer from Conair. It’s called the Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q Hair Dryer.

This new dryer offers consumers lightning-fast drying at lower temperatures to which help protect hair from heat damage. Drying your hair with a hair dryer on a daily basis can cause a lot of damage, mostly because of the high heat. That is one of the reasons why I use a hair dryer sparingly. My hair is already dry and frizzy.

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I was sent the hair dryer to review.

The Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q Hair Dryer features a unique 3Q technology, named for its three essential features: quick, quiet and quality.

Quick: The dryer uses 70% more air pressure for ultra-fast drying with less heat and fewer heat spots, meaning less heat damage for your hair.

I did notice that this hair dryer seems to have a more powerful stream of air. It’s very powerful. I did find that my hair dried a bit faster with this hair dryer than the older one I had. This is a good thing because some days I want to dry my hair straight, but as you know, straightening your hair can be time consuming (I don’t use a straightener – only the hair dryer and a big, round brush). This dryer seemed to shave off a little time when doing my hair.

My daughter has super thick hair, and it’s long. She likes how the hair dryer dries her hair a bit quicker than the other dryer.

Quiet: Dry hair in half the time of a traditional styler, all without worrying about noise—thanks to patent-pending sound-reduction technology, the 3Q is up to 40% quieter than other models on the market.

This is a GREAT feature! We live in a tiny condo. Our only bathroom is right next to wear my kids sleep. I get up for work at 5:40 AM. The last thing I want to do is wake everyone up when I am blow drying and/or styling my hair.

I do find that this dryer is more quiet than other dryers I have used in the past. I found that interesting considering how powerful the air is coming from this dryer. You get a powerful blow of air, but it’s not very loud.

Quality: The professional design provides up to 5,000 hours of life, or ten times the span of a typical AC motor dryer. Plus, advanced ionic technology helps fight flyaways for 75% less frizz, so you’ll get perfectly smooth, silky styles every time.

I like that this dryer can outlast most other dryers on the market. That is good news. I have had dryers in the past that lasted only a little more than a year. When you in vest in a product, especially one you’ll use daily or a few times per week, you want to make sure you’ll have it for a long time.

My hair dried naturally - it's frizzy and wavy.

My hair dried naturally – it’s frizzy and wavy.

I’m still dealing with flyaway and frizz, but that is mostly due to the fact that I am in dire need of a hair cut to get rid of my split ends, and when it’s hot and humid, like it has been, my hair frizzes up no matter what I do to it.

I should add that this dryer is not heavy. It’s rather lightweight. Or at least lighter than our other dryer. It also comes with attachments to help you style your hair.

You can find the Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q Hair Dryer at Ulta Beauty stores and mass retailers across the country. The dryer retails for $100.

For more information about Conair products visit Conair.com. You can also check out the brand on social media.

 

Kimberly

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

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CHI Tea Tree Oil Collection for silky, soft, luscious hair

 

My hair a few years ago - it was so nice! What happened to it?

My hair a few years ago – it was so nice! What happened to it?

My hair used to be my crowing glory. I had such thick, lush, beautiful hair when I was younger. In fact, my hair dresser referred to it as a “lion’s mane.” I was known for my hair.

Sadly, age, time, perms, hair products and hair coloring have all taken a toll on my hair. It has thinned out considerably. It’s not as thick as it used to be and it seems to always look dry and frizzy.

I am always on the look out for products that will help my hair to look health again. I know it will never look as good as it did 20+ years ago, but if I can make any kind of an improvement I’d be happy.

Are you familiar with the hair care product line called CHI?

CHI recently introduced a new product line that is enriched with both tea tree oil and peppermint oil for ultimate hair and scalp rejuvenation.

I love hair care (and body care) products made with peppermint. I find them to be so invigorating, especially first thing in the morning.

Tea Tree Oil has been shown to have many great uses when applied topically to your skin including clearing up acne, sooth sores, eliminate toenail fungus (gross!), relieve psoriasis and more. I can see how Tea Tree Oil could benefit your scalp, especially if you have dandruff.

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I was sent to review several products from the new CHI product line.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Shampoo – I love this shampoo. It makes my scalp feel like it’s “alive.” Its very refreshing and my hair/scalp feel super clean.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Conditioner – Just like the shampoo, I love the conditioner. It goes on smoothly and rinses out with no problem. I feel like it also helps to eliminate knots. It also feels very soothing on your scalp.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Blow Dry Primer Lotion – This lotion is great to apply to your hair BEFORE using products like a hair dryer, curler or straightener. It gives your hair some added protection. A little bit goes a long way.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Serum – This product is a “work in progress,” for lack of a better description. The first few times I used it I used to much of the product and it left my hair looking and feeling greasy. It has to be used very sparingly. I have long, thick, course hair so I have been putting a drop or two on my hand, rubbing my hands together, then applying it to mostly the ends of my hair where I need it the most. It’s just a matter of coming up with the right amount so that it doesn’t make my hair greasy.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Soothing Scalp Spray – I didn’t think I would have a need for a product like this, until I tried it. Now it’s a “must have” in my arsenal for wonderful hair. I often suffer from Eczema, and it does form on my scalp and the base of my neck. I can’t stand that dry feeling some shampoos leave on your scalp. I liken it to a soap residue. It makes your scalp itchy and your skin dry. This spray soothes your scalp and leaves it feel refreshed. It has a “calming” effect.

CHI Tea Tree Oil Revitalizing Masque – This product not only helps to remove product build up on your hair/scalp, but it also helps to moisturize it. I’ve only used this a few times thus far, but I really enjoy it. You need to leave it in your hair for about 5 minutes and sometimes I don’t have the time to do that, otherwise I’d use it more often.

I found that my hair looks and feels much cleaner since using these products. I know it hasn’t changed the density of my hair, but when I run my hands through my hair it feels a bit thicker and more “full.” I also love how soft my hair feels and it has been looking really good lately. I’ve even found that I have been letting my hair dry naturally a lot more as of late because the nature wave to my hair doesn’t come across as looking too frizzy. I think these products have helped to smooth my hair out and control the frizz allowing me to embrace my natural wave instead of blow drying and running the curler through my hair to make it straighter and smoother looking.

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As an added bonus I was also sent a CHI Kabloom Brush. This adorable little power packed brush that is not only brightly colored with squiggle shaped nylon bristles but also adds fun to every stroke. It is a great beauty accessory that fits easily in your purse, gym bag or brief case. As an added bonus, the reverse side of the brush has a mirror to check out your great style.

I think this is super cute and it work well with my thick, course hair. I keep it in my purse so I can fix my hair “on the go.” I love that it comes with a built in mirror too. I use the mirror to check both my hair and make up.

The CHI products mentioned above retail from $16 – $30 and the brush retails for $9.96.

If you would like to learn more about these products visit LoxaBeauty.com.

Are you a fan of CHI products?

Which product would you like to try?

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Kimberly

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

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Get Your Skin Vacation-Ready with the Hair Removal Systems from mē

 

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Now that it’s unofficially the start of summer, many people are counting down the days until they go on their summer vacation.

Summer time means shorts, tank tops and bathing suits for most people. It’s time to shed our winter clothing – and more – to look good for our summer wear. And by “more” I mean hair.

I think many ladies can relate to hating to shave. Men too. We can get away without shaving our legs during the cold winter months because our legs are covered up in pants, jeans and sweats. Once the weather gets warmer we have to ditch the pants for more revealing shorts and capris. The months of not shaving are over.

It’s not just our legs, we have to think about other parts too like under our arms (I won’t discuss other areas women might like to shave).

I am fortunate that my leg hair is so light that it’s clear. You can’t tell if I don’t share my legs – visually. However you can feel it if my legs are not shaved.

Shaving your legs and under your arms is time consuming. But what if there was a way to slow down the growth of your hair so you can shave less often? There is a way. It’s called mē smooth.

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According to the manufacturer;

This device is a permanent hair removal system that is safe and effective to use on all skin tones. It’s gentle, so it won’t leave nicks, stinging or snapping. The device uses the unique combination of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio Frequency (RF) to address the limitations and hassles of older hair removal technologies and is clinically proven to deliver unprecedented speed and effectiveness for all skin tones and the widest range of hair colors.

I thought about laser hair removal, but it’s simply not a budget friendly option. I also don’t have time to make multiple trips to an office to get the procedure done.

I was thrilled when I was sent a mē smooth to review. I couldn’t wait to get started.

Mē smooth can be used all over your body, including your face.

This is rather embarrassing to talk about, but I get hair on my face. It know it’s a part of growing older, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give in without a fight.

For years I have had to tweeze and even shave the random hairs that show up on your face. It’s embarrassing! No matter what I do it just comes back again the next day.

PHOTO SOURCE: me Power - Before/After photos of a female's under arm after using me Smooth for a few weeks.

PHOTO SOURCE: me Power – Before/After photos of a female’s under arm after using me Smooth for a few weeks.

I don’t normally have a lot of time after I take a shower, so I have held off using the mē smooth on my legs. Instead, I’ve been using it on my face and under my arms. During the summer when I have more time I’ll use it on my legs.

The mē smooth is a small device that you need to plug in. Once plugged in you need to choose what setting you want (low, medium or high). I started out on low but have since moved up to high.

Once the device is on and you have selected your setting you need to turn on the hand held part of the device.

On one side of the hand held part of the device you’ll see a clear piece with two metal strips on either side. That is the part you put on your skin.

When the metal strips come in contact with your skin it lets off a bright pulse of light. It’s that light that is suppose to kill off the hair so that it doesn’t grow back (like a laser).

Using the hand held piece slowly glide across your skin on the areas you want to remove the hair. The time it takes all depends on the area you are focusing on. For my face and under my arm it takes me about 5 minutes, give or take.

Initially I was afraid to use this. I was concerned that it would hurt or I’d get an electric shock whenever the light flashed. That is not the case at all.

The hand held part does get a bit hot, so it can burn you. The heat is not unbareable. If you happen to hit a cut or some other kind of wound by accident it will hurt. It is also recommended that you not stay on one spot because you could end up burning yourself.

The light it gives off is VERY bright. You might want to wear sunglasses or keep your eyes closed when it in use.

Here is a brief video that tells you how to use the device.

 

I’ve been using mē smooth for almost two months now.

I won’t say that the product has completely rid my body of hair (on the areas I focused on) but I do believe it has gotten rid of some of the hair. If I stop using the device I do find that some hair does return, but it’s no where close to what it used to be like. What hair that does grow back comes back slowly, so I can go days without having to take care of it.

There are some spots on my face where I have noticed that the hair is gone. There are still other spots where the hair comes back, it just takes a few more days whereas it used to come back the next day. I call that progress.

I have had better luck with it under my arms. The under arm hair seems to be less (meaning there is not as much as their used to be) and I don’t need to shave it as often either.

Even if the device didn’t completely rid my body of unwanted hair, it still helped to slow down the growth so that I can go days without shaving instead of having to do it daily.

Overall I am pleased with the results and I will continue to use the mē smooth, including starting on my legs the end of June when I have more time.

I also like that it comes in a sturdy box to keep the unit in when not in use.

If you are interested in learning more visit mePower.com. You can also check out the brand on social media. Their links are on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about mē smooth?

Have you had laser hair removal done?

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Kimberly

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

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