Friday, January 20, 2012

Guest Post - Skincare 101: Epsom Salt

Hey Girls! I have been researching about the natural benefits of Epsom salt and I was surprised to find that it is not only beneficial for our skin but also for our nervous system. Epsom salt is made of the mineral magnesium sulfate, which is known to be absorbed through the skin and draw toxins from the body. As well as sedating the nervous system, reducing swelling, and relaxing muscles. It is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.

 Muscle Tension or Dry Skin..
Add a cup of Epsom salt to warm water in the tub and soak in it for at least fifteen minutes. After you get out make sure to moisturize. This is called Talassotherapy, and it is proven to help psychological problems and help you sleep better.

 Get Rid of Those Toxins Girl!
 Living in the twenty-first century can take its toll on our body, not only are we exposed to chemicals in the air, we also have very tempting unhealthy food around us always. Epson salt works in marvelous ways to detox your body and take out all the bad stuff. Before you shower make a paste out of Epsom salt and water and rub it into your body, focusing on your thighs, midsection, and arms. In the shower massage it in and then wash it off, not only will this detox your body it will also exfoliate it.

Exfoliate!
As said before rubbing a salt paste can help not only detox but also to exfoliate. Make sure that the salt is not too coarse or grainy, you do not want to hurt your skin. Making a paste with the salt you can exfoliate your face once a week. You can also make a face cleanser, by mixing salt with almond or olive oil. Apply it all over your face and massage in upward strokes. Afterwards just rinse it off.

Acne?
Epsom salt has also been used to cure acne. Add one tablespoon of salt to a cup of water and then soak a cotton round in it, dab the solution onto your skin. You will see a gradual change in your skin. It can also cure eczema.

I hope that these simple home recipes help you solve any skin problems you have. Personally, I have found that exfoliation with salt has given a new glow to my skin. The Epsom salt baths have also helped me feel more relaxed and less tense.

Try it out and let me know :)

Marla xx

Spongeables Pedi Scrub Review & Giveaway

Spongeables® Pedi-Scrub™ is the best thing to happen to feet since Manolo. One side is soft and gentle, infused with soap and aromatic botanicals to leave feet clean, fresh and sweet smelling. But the other side is where the action is. It’s pure bliss.  Made to buff away dry, rough skin on heels and soles, shine up the toenails, and exfoliate dry skin, Pedi-Scrub’s scrubby-texture provides a stimulating massage that revives tired feet and leaves them tingling. The perfect antidote to stiletto pumps!

Two appealing fragrance choices -- aromatic Lavender & Tea Tree Oil (pink Pedi-Scrub™), or revitalizing Citron-Eucalyptus (green Pedi-Scrub™), provide a touch of aromatherapy rejuvenation, leaving a hint of clean, herbal freshness on the skin. Pedi-Scrubs™ are available at drug, discount and chain stores around the world (MSR $6.99) or visit the website at www.spongeables.com


The pedi scrub is an amazing product that will cleanse, exfoliate, massage, and moisturize your feet. The lavendar smell is not too powerful, but smells amazing nonetheless. I make sure to use it before I paint my toes. It does a really great job at cleansing and exfoliation. Pedi-Scrub gurantees at least 20 uses. 


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Win It: One lucky reader will win a Spongeable Pedi-Scrub of their very own! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends on January 27th, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST and is open to residents of the US only. Once a winner is drawn via Rafflecoper, I will contact the winner through email. They will then have 48 hours to respond. If there is no response, I will draw a new winner. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Which Would You Rather Wear? Wednesday

Zoe Saldana

 Ashley Greene




Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday Beauty Blog Hop 1/17






I just ask that you follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow this blog (I will follow you back! Just please leave a comment below letting me know that you are following me!)
  2. Try to follow as many people on the list as possible :)
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Friday, January 13, 2012

A New Year, New You with Alpha Hydrox Skin Care

Battling sun damaged, dry, wrinkled, aging skin and acne is easy and extremely affordable with Alpha Hydrox. Alpha Hydrox alpha hydroxy anti-wrinkle skin creams, lotions, oil-free formulas and body washes help to prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and creases. They also even skin's tone and unclog pores, helping to banish acne and problem-prone skin. At a fraction of the cost of discount and department store brands that aren't even close to being as effective, Alpha Hydrox will help your skin look & feel younger, fresher, smoother, softer, clearer, more radiant and healthier.

The Glycolic Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) used in Alpha Hydrox products are advanced natural exfoliants that gently and gradually “peel away” dead surface skin cells, allowing fresh, new cells to emerge. AHAs, particulary glycolic, are recommended by Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons throughout the world because they actually improve the skin.


Great skin begins with great cleansing. This non-drying formula gently cleanses away the toughest makeup, dirt and environmental pollutants while maintaining skin's moisture level. Does not strip skin but leaves it looking and feeling soft, smooth and fresh and prepared for the exfoliating action of Alpha Hydrox anti-wrinkle treatment products.

- For All Skin Types
- Contains Citric-AHA
- pH balanced
- Fragrance, alcohol-free, soap-free, oil free
- Will not dry or irritate skin
- Gentle enough for eye makeup removal
- Leaves no irritating residue 

This cleanser is great! It's perfect if you want a deep cleanse that won't dry out your skin. 



Proven to significantly reduce and delay the onset of fine lines, wrinkles, forehead creases, crows' feet, laugh lines and more. With 10% Glycolic AHA at an effective pH 4, Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion effectively and safely lifts dead cells from the skin's surface, revitalizing & helping restore younger, healthy, more radiant-looking skin. Renews moisture, refines texture, improves elasticity and skin tone.


- Contains 10% Glycolic AHA

- For Dry to Normal Skin

- Effective pH 4
- Fragrance Free
- Contains rich moisturizers & Vitamin E

This cleanser is not only great for getting rid of and preventing wrinkles, but it's also helps those that suffer from acne. This enhanced lotion prevents future breakouts by unclogging pores. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Guest Post: Favorite Beauty Products of 2011

2011 was filled with much joy, surprises, and some sadness... It went by so fast, just like every other year. In this post I will be sharing my favorite or most used beauty products of 2011.

SKINCARE
Philosophy Purity Cleanser: 
A non-foaming one step facial cleanser. It removes makeup, cleanses your face, and is also a toner. This cleanser was love at first use for me, I received it in my Birchbox and immediately went to Sephora to buy another bottle.





Clarisonic Mia: 
I received my Clarisonic Mia and immediately fell in love, I use it along with the Purity cleanser and I have never felt my skin so soft. The fast moving bristles help to clean your skin and wash away impurities.





Sweet Pea Body Spray: 
Bath and Body Works has released many new scents but Sweet Pea will always hold a special place in my heart. It is the first scent I think of when thinking of B&BW, this year I went all out and I bought the whole set (body spray, lotion, and body wash). Smelling like Sweet Pea makes me happy :)




DENTAL CARE
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste: 
This toothpaste is seriously AMAZING! Not only does it leave my mouth fresh and clean but it also has whitened my teeth. I will never go back to any other toothpaste...best $5 I have spent.




MAKEUP TOOLS
MAC 217 Brush: 
This brush is a must have in any person that wears makeup. You can use it to define your crease, blend your eyeshadow, or apply concealer...The uses are endless. I can do all of my eye makeup with this brush only!




Essence of Beauty Concealer & Foundation Brushes: 
These brushes are of amazing quality! You can find them at CVS Drugstores or online. I use them for applying foundation and have never gotten such great application. A must have in my collection!





MAKEUP
Benefit’s The PoreFessional Primer: 
I discovered this product towards the end of the year but immediately noticed a difference in the wear of my makeup but most of all in the way my skin looked. It looks flawless when I wear this primer.





Revlon ColorStay Foundation (150 Buff): 
This foundation means some serious business, it is a full coverage matte foundation and is one of the best I have tried. They offer a variety of colors and it lasts all day! I could not imagine myself without it!







Almay Smart Shade Concealer: 
This concealer adapts to your skin and gives you medium coverage, I love it for the days when I do not feel like wearing foundation. I use it just on blemishes and it stays on all day.




Jordana Blush in Rouge:
I love all the Jordana Blushes but the color Rouge has been my favorite, it is a bright pink that gives the perfect pop of color to my everyday makeup looks.
ELF Eyelid Primer:
For just one dollar this primer is an ASTOUNDING product, it not only gets rid of redness on my lid it also prevents my eyeshadow from creasing. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING.


Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara: 
I prefer to wear eyelashes when I do my makeup but for days when I want to wear mascara I reach for the Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara. It lengthens and separates my lashes making them look super long.


MAC Lipsticks in Amplified Finish: 
The amplified finish is intense color, and strangely all of my MAC lipsticks are in this finish. I have bold colors ranging from orange to purple and I love each one of them. I definitely recommend this type of finish to those girls that like bold lips and like to venture out of their comfort zones.

These are all my favorites for 2011, I hope this gave you some suggestions to what new products you want to try.

What were your favorite products?


Marla
Marla
Marla is just another girl in love with makeup & she wants to share it with the world. With her blog she has been able to share looks, life lessons, and most of all love.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Which Would You Rather Wear? Wednesday

Lauren Conrad

Jessica Alba




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Beauty Blog Hop 1/10




I just ask that you follow these simple rules:
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  2. Try to follow as many people on the list as possible :)
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Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year, New Reads Giveaway

New Year New Reads Giveaway Event!

Welcome to the New Year, New Reads Grand Prize Giveaway!

Sponsored by HowardComputers.com

Hosted by Formula Mom, Tales From the Nursery, & ShePromotes

How to enter:
  • You must fill out the Rafflecopter form to be entered to win. You must complete the referring blog (who told you to come?) entry but the rest are optional extras for liking, following, and entering the giveaways of the participating bloggers, and tweeting.
  • Only one set of entries will be valid.
  • All participating blogs are using the same Rafflecopter form, so you only need to enter once on one blog.
  • Only 1 winner per household.
  • Open to US and Canada, 18+.
*Please note that only the three hosts are ineligible to enter. Bloggers cannot self-refer.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Guest Post: E.L.F Essentials Lipstick Review


“This moisture rich formula hydrates conditions and softens on contact for silky smooth lips. Instantly beautiful, healthy-looking lips designed, formulated and tested by our professional team of makeup artists.” 

The description E.L.F provides is pretty much dead on! I am in love with the formulation of this lipsticks. They glide on smoothly and feel like butter on my lips, and at only $1 they are a definite steal. 

E.L.F offers a variety of 12 colors, 6 of which are new. I own two: Gypsy & Classy. Gypsy is a beautiful berry colored pink, while classy is more of a cool toned natural pink. I have bought Classy two times because I love it so much, it is one of those colors that looks like my natural lip color...BUT BETTER :)



You receive a total of 3.5 g of product and it comes in your average lipstick twist-up tube. The container is made of plastic but I have found that it is resistant and does not break easily. The color pay off is great and these lipsticks have just enough pigmentation. I would say the finish is comparable to MAC’s satin or creamsheen finishes.Throughout the day the formulation hydrates my lips and does not dry them, but I find that the product is not SUPER long lasting, although it does leave my lips stained with a bit of color. 

Overall, I am definitely impressed with the E.L.F lipsticks. :)
PACKAGING: 5 out of 5
FORMULATION: 4.5 out of 5
FINAL THOUGHT: 4 out of 5 

My final thought is based on the fact that the lipstick does not last a long time and because not all colors are readily available at Target, only online. 

Would I repurchase and do I recommend? Definitely!

GYPSY IS ON THE LEFT, CLASSY IS ON THE RIGHT :) 

Have you tried the E.L.F Lipsticks? What are your thoughts? 

MarlaMarla
Marla is just another girl in love with makeup & she wants to share it with the world. With her blog she has been able to share looks, life lessons, and most of all love.



Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bloggers Wanted for the Valentine's Day Week Giveaway




Are you looking for a great way to quickly gain some blog exposure? Then please join Opal Stevens and 100 other bloggers from 12:01am EST February 12 until 11:59pm EST February 18th as we give away major beauty related prizes during Valentine's Day Week!
Current Grand Prizes:
What you can expect:
  • The event will be promoted to the fullest.
  • You'll gain new Facebook, Twitter, and G+/GFC followers!
  • A Facebook group to allow you to communicate and connect with other participating bloggers before and during the event.
  • Questions answered and detailed instructions.
  • A linky that will contain all participating blogs in the event.
What we expect:
  • A giveaway post specifically for this event.
  • A small paragraph (2-3 sentences) about the main blog sponsor (will  be announced soon!)
  • The event button and linky in your giveaway post and it's suggested that you put the button in a prominent place on your blog to help promote this event to the fullest
  • Giveaway entries should be quick and simple.
  • A valid email address to contact you with updates.
  • We hope that you will actively promote and participate to give as much exposure  as possible to the event. 
  • Communication. If we contact you, please contact us back at your earliest convenience
  • The event button either in your sidebar and/or events page of your blog 
What You Need To Do:
  • Please send $5.00 payment via Paypal to opalstevensblog@gmail.com. This fee is to ensure participation, help cover some of the costs to promote the event, and is non-refundable. Two participating bloggers will get a chance to win a nice sum of cash after the giveaway event!!! :D
  • Fill out the Google form below.
  • Add yourself to the linky after you have sent the payment. 
  • Ask to join the event's Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/308222169208189/
  • Your blog will be approved and added to the linky in the order payment is received. 
  • During the week of the giveaway all you have to do is write up a post that includes the giveaway button, 2 or 3 sentences about the main sponsor, and the Rafflecopter code which will be given out in the Facebook group and through email. 




 
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