Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Amazon Halloween Giveaway

Happy Halloween!
My favorite holiday happens to be Halloween! I love everything about it. Every Halloween we go all out, we make Halloween cookies, we decorate and spend a ton of time picking out the perfect costumes for this year. 

I happen to love Halloween so much that I am in a giving mood today :) So all you Guys and Ghouls tell me what your favorite Halloween tradition is or what you like most about the holiday... or tell me a scary story and fill out the below form to enter to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card!
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Brown Sugar Shop Review and Giveaway

I got to work with Brown Sugar Shop this week. Brown Sugar Shop has great natural bath and body products. The Brown Sugar Shop is owned by Lisa. Lisa really knows what she is doing! She has clearly perfected her craft.

I have honestly never tried sugaring before and was a little hesitant, but Lisa did a great job explaining what to do and even supplied a PDF on how to do sugaring. 

Now Sugaring is a hair removal alternative to waxing. It is a thick paste like substance that requires no nasty waxing strips and is a lot less messy than waxing. I also noticed that it is less painful than waxing and you don't have to use as much sugaring paste as you do wax in order to get the same result. Going green? no problem with no waxing strips and with the sugaring paste coming in a reuseable jar, you have no waste! Yes you read correctly, no waste.

One of the benefits that I have found with sugaring over waxing is the fact that I don't have to use as much. I was able to use about a 1/4 teaspoon amount of Brown Sugar Shop's sugaring paste to wax both eyebrows. Who can say that about wax? 

Sugaring can be done on just about any body hair. Men's chest hair, eyebrows, upper lip, legs, under arms, bikini line ect. DO NOT use this on Men's facial hair. Lisa warns against that.

I received the grapefruit scented sugaring paste from Brown Sugar Shop to review. It is lightly scented like pink grapefruit... yum! Its difficult to not try and eat it. It smells that good! It is a very thick consistency, but that is something that you want, otherwise you won't have anything to hold on to in order to tear it off the skin. I noticed with sugaring I also had less redness left behind from removing the hair, and what redness there was, was gone within an hour of doing it. No more hiding in the house all day cause you look like something just took a weed wacker to your face!

Whats great about the Brown Sugar Shop's waxing paste, is the fact that if you get it on clothes or hair that you don't want it on... its water disolvable , so no worries about tearing out hair you shouldn't or ruining your favorite shirt!

The Brown Sugar Shop wanted a lucky winner to be able to try out their sugaring paste! Lisa offered up a very generous 8oz jar of sugaring paste to giveaway! Trust me once you use this sugaring paste, you will never go back to traditional messy waxing. 

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*** I was not compensated for this review, the review and opinions are my own***  
 ***All photos belong to Brown Sugaring Shop***

Piel Frama Review and Giveaway

Piel Frama was so nice that they sent me one of their iPad 2 cases to review this week. I received the Cowskin and Crocodile iPad 2 case in orange (because I love orange)

Piel Frama is a Spain based company. With that in mind I thought that I would be waiting forever for my iPad 2 case. Shockingly enough within the week that we set up the review, I had my iPad 2 case in hand. It was very nicely packaged for shipping.

Upon opening the package, I found a beautifully textured box with a cream colored base and a brown top, it had the Piel Frama logo on it gold lettering. It was perfect for gift giving! Opening the box I found something even better, my iPad to case was carefully wrapped in Peil Frama tissue paper and you could smell the delicate aroma of quality leather. I really felt as though I was receiving a luxury by opening my iPad case. Piel Frama obviously cares what their customers think of their packaging, and want you to feel like you and your purchase are well taken care of.

My lovely orange iPad 2 case has a great Crocodile scale detail on both the front and the back. Inside the case features a snug pocket to place your iPad 2 into and a flap with velcro to secure it into place. On the inside cover you will find a Piel Frama signature print in tan leather. Everything about this case screams elegant. It also comes in a variety of colors! So maybe orange isn't your thing... you don't have to be limited by color selection, they have so many great colors to choose from. 

What I also like about their cases is that my iPad 2 isn't constantly on draining my battery. My case featured the sleep function. When the case is closed my iPad goes into hibernation mode, so my battey has the same charge when I open the case as when I closed it.

Piel Frama was so generous, they decided that they would like one lucky winner to be able to expirience the luxury that is Piel Frama. One lucky winner will be able to receive an iPad 2 case of their choice from the Peil Frama website.

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*** I was not compensated for this review, the review and opinion are my own***
***All photos belong to Piel Frama*** 

Hippie Candle Garden Review and Giveaway!

I got to work with the great people over at Hippie Candle Garden this week. An Etsy store with great candles, fun owners and fabulous customer service to boot. It isn't often that you find all three things you look for in a store in one place and Hippie Candle Garden delivers and then some.

Paula and Bobby are the store owners, both are extremely friendly and professional. When speaking with them, I always had a response within 10-24 of sending my message, if not sooner. I love when you don't have wait until you are old and grey to get a response to your question! Paula and Bobby don't make you wait and is always more than eager to answer any questions you may have about their products.

I received one of Hippie Candle Garden's Rainbow candles in delicious fall scents. The candle came in a delightful twist top jar, with a very beautiful charm on it. I actually liked the charm so much I placed it on a chain, and get compliments on it everywhere I go... I don't know if that is the intention of the charm, but it is a great extra! 

The candle is artfully layered to achieve a rainbow effect. The colors blend nicely going up the jar from red to purple. All Hippie Candle Garden's candles are hand poured and you can tell they take great pride in each candle. What's also great about hand poured candles, is that in buying them, you know you are getting a one of a kind item, no other candle is going to be quite like yours. Strangely I felt special receiving this candle, it was amazingly packed to ship, it came with a delightful charm, its beautiful. 

Bobby and Paula must have spent a great number of years perfecting the Rainbow candles. I can honestly say, I have never received or purchased a multiple scented candle, that when burning it even though you have a gradual change in scent, you can completely tell you just changed layers. That fact alone will keep me personally coming back to Hippie Candle Garden for years to come and keep me passing on their contact info to family, friends and co-workers.

Hippie Candle Garden has a ton of scents available to suit any taste. And Paula and Bobby don't mess around when it comes to their candles. You are guaranteed to get an original candle, that is strikingly beautiful and highly scented. So go ahead treat yourself... or maybe you want to stock up that gift closet for Christmas! Everyone wants a candle from Hippie Garden Candle, and your gift will be sure to leave a lasting imprecation.  

Paula and Bobby are so confident that you are going to love their candles too, that they wanted to give one lucky winner the chance to win a Rainbow candle, the same candle I got to review!

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***All photos belong to Hippie Candle Garden*** 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rehabulous Review and Giveaway!

I got the great pleasure of working with a fantastic Etsy store this week. I got to work with John from Rehabulous. They have a great selection of soy candles, some you can even get in alcohol scents! And shockingly enough they actually smell exactly like the scent chosen, which surprised me a little bit

Normally when you get a candle regradless of the scent, you end up with commercial, fake scent... yes you know what I'm talking about. They claim it smells like one thing, then BAM... nope you end up with a candle that you are completely disappointed in and it leaves its unwelcome scent in your house. You aren't going to get that with Rehabulous

I received two candles from Rehabulous. One was Chardonnay and one was Cabernet. Both candles came in green wine bottle bottoms. A beautiful display. No more trying to hunt up those candles jars... you know you placed under the sink but can't find there. Every candle comes in its own jar!
The Chardonnay had a delicious fruity scent and the Cabernet had a sweet grape scent. Both very delicious smelling, and exactly what I thought it should smell like. What I like even more is that these candles are highly scented. So even when they aren't lit you can still smell them, which I think is amazing. You don't even get that with one of the more mainstream companies that you end up spending a small fortune on buying your candle. 

All of Rehabulous' candles are soy and free of artifical coloring!  You can get them in a variety of alcohol related scents as well as some normal scents. And the store owner, John is always more than happy to help should you have any questions. 

I know many people that love candles, and needless to say, what adult wouldn't want something beautiful, unique and smells amazing this holiday season? I know I would... No more gift cards for me. I know some people on my Christmas list this year that will be getting some Rehablous candles!

John wanted to make sure that one lucky winner got the chance to try out his amazing candles. And has offered a very generous selection of 10 candles, available to one winner. It is worth a $150.00 value! Look at the scents below...YUM!

1 Beer scented candle in Corona Bottle
1 Cola scented candle in Coke Bottle
1 Cola scented candle in Coke Bottle Toppers
1 Warm Vanilla Sugar scented candle in Grey Goose Bottle
1 Pumpkin scented candle in green wine bottle
1 Cabernet Scented candle in green wine bottle
1 Root beer scented candle in Stewarts root beer bottle
1 Chardonnay scented candle in white wine bottle
1 Peppermint bark scented candle in green wine bottle
1 Amaretto scented candle in green wine bottle.
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*** I was not compensated for this review, the review and my opinion are my own***
***All photos belong to Rehabulous*** 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cake Face Soaping Review and Giveaway

Okay so this review is going to start out with my extremely boring back story... yes you have to read it... it will better help you understand the benefits of Cake Face Soaping

Growing up I had amazing skin, I had no issues with acne, scarring, random breakouts, blackheads ect. My Skin was delightfully smooth, with the perfect balanced skin tone type, no oiliness or drying. Well as you get older things change and the skin god decided to hand me a large screw you, in the skin department. When I was 23 I had my beautiful, lovely child... good bye nice skin. For the last few years I have struggled in finding the perfect fix. I get blackheads on my nose and chin and occasional breakouts. I have sensitive skin, so needless to say that cleanser and horribly harsh cleanser my skin would dry out or the breakouts would get so much worse.

That is until I found my skin Goddess... Kelsey. Kelsey owns Cake Face Soaping, and has perfected natural skin care. I contacted Kelsey in the hopes that she might know what was going on with my skin... and she did... hormones... oh yes...hormones. When you have a child your hormone balance changes, she said. But she had the perfect cure. She sent me a sample pack of a few different masks and scrubs and told me that she was sure this would fix my issue.. I'm not going to lie, I had the "yeah right" moment, but what did I have to lose?... She was right.

I used 3 masks, 3 different days. 

Day One: Detox

Everyone needs a Detox right? Well think about all the things your skin goes through just by stepping outside... all the dirt and dust and harsh weather... not to mention I am one of those people that is constantly touching my face! I was old no no no don't do that by Kelsey, aapparently it's incredibly bad for it. This mask reaches into your pores and takes all the nasty out. It cleans out the dirt and tightens your pores to keep the bad out and keep the good stuff in.

Day Two: Wonder Mask
The Wonder Mask is made from Kelp! Yup that green stuff sound in oceans. It also helped majorly with all of the redness my skins was experiencing from the breakouts and me picking at my face cause I couldn't leave those pesky blackheads alone.

Day 3: Caffeine Mask

The Caffeine Mask is meant to rejuvenate your skin and helps your skin with new cell growth. It also makes your skin smoother and softer than you will ever experience! 

After each mask I also followed a tip from Kelsey to apply her Facial Moisturizer while my face was still damp, immediately following using each mask.

The Facial Moisturizer is made up of a couple essential oils, and smells amazing. Kelsy can also adjust the moisturizer to your skin type, just let her know if your skin is a little on the oily side. After applying this to my face, I worked it in for a few minutes and then patted away the access with a dry towel.

After the three days of doing this I have noticed unbelievable results. My skin is less red, I have barely any blackheads left, and I have actually had family and friends comment on how my skin has that "healthy glow" and asked how I did it. 

Your skin will thank you after you try some of Kelsey's masks. But here is the thing... Cake Face Soaping doesn't only sell Masks, they also sell soap, toners, moisturizer and more, all at a reasonable price. 

I know that after my week with Cake Face Soaping products, I am noticing a huge positive change, my friends and family are asking for my secret (which I'm more than happy to share) and I will never go back to those harsh chemicals that destroyed my skin. I will be sticking with Kelsey and Cake Face Soaping from now on.

Kelsey was so awesome and is incredibly friendly. She offered one lucky winner the chance to win a full sized mask! an 18.00 value!. If you wonder which one to get... check with Kelsey I am sure she will know exactly what you need for your skin type. *whispers* A tip from me? Get the moisturizer too! Its amazing!

***I was not compensated for this review, the review and opinions are my own***
***All photos belong to Cake Face Soaping***

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review/Giveaway - Shirtmandude Tshirt

I have had the pleasure of working with Jay at Shirtmandude

He sent me this Tshirt, which I absolutely loved when i saw it on his website.

Extremely quick shipping, Fantastic customer support and response with him. It showed up within a few days from him shipping in perfect shape.

Soft Tee and comfortable what more can you want in a tee right?

They have some amazing tees on the site, covering a variety of humorous, movie related, vintage, spots, music... you really have some for everyone on your shopping list.

He is so generously offering to giveaway two (2) of his Book Nerd Tee's to you our awesome followers.  Here are the rules.

US/Canada Only! 
Please head over to Shirtmandude's website and let us know your favorite tee shirt. 
Fill Out Rafflecopter and cross your fingers that you get picked. Good Luck!!!

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Review - Undeadly By Michele Vail

Undeadly by Michele Vail

The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...
Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper-and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.
Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with. To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.
My Review:
I received an advanced copy of this book to read through NetGalley, The book is definitely YA and the language and sarcasm is geared towards it, I have to say very annoying for those that don't talk that way but understandable to set the tone. 
Besides the language my only other complaint would be the slow start, it bombards you with information which sets you off a bit as being bored, however, dont give up.. Once your past that it is a fun, quick and enjoyable read with awesome characters.
 This book is enjoyable having some twists, romance, and action. I have passed the recommendation on to the Young Adult Librarian in our town, I know the teens are going to love this book, and I recommend it to you too. A well written book with a great plot and characters. I personally can't wait to read the next in this series.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Review and Giveaway- Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing The Limits - Katie McGarry

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again
My Review:
This is a certainly one of the best contemporary/YA novels I have read in quite awhile. I was hooked from the very first page.
The storyline is absolutely fabuous and  the characters are even better.
Echo & Noah's relationship from the start is captivating. Echo is a very shy, timid girl who has distanced herself from life due to trama she has faced. Noah is a a good boy gone bad, but for reason the book explains.So obviously as they spend time together they connect.
You will be facing an emotional rollercoaster through this book from happy moments to ones that keep the tears coming..
I would recommend this book to all contemporary and YA fans of any age.
Now for the fun part..... The Giveaway, I have an extra copy of this amazing book, for you awesome readers.

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