Eye bags got you down? Depuff with Exuviance.




I normally LOVE bags… handbags, bags of candy or chips, goodie bags, packing bags for a trip- but  no one ever liked eye bags. I feel like they are the single most aging aspect of your face. Your makeup can be flawless, your outfit just perfect, but puffy baggy eyes just  pull you down, make you look tired and drawn. Sigh. I know that festoon type eyebags can really only be helped with surgery but the bags you get from allergies or late nights can be diminished. I know because I’ve been using a new serum that has really helped with my eye puffiness. It’s called Exuviance DePuffing Eye Serum. If you are familiar with Exuviance or used any of their other serums, you know to expect great things from their products. Every single thing I’ve used from their line has been fantastic and this new DePuffing Serum is the same wonderful quality. I’m not gushing because they sent me one to try- I don’t have any obligation to write about a product, but I really love this. According to Exuviance: NeoGlucosamine helps build the supporting gel matrix that surrounds collagen and elastin to firm and tone both eyelid and undereye droopiness, while Eyeiss and Actiflow help strengthen fragile skin to target the sources of puffiness and bags. While I don’t  know what all may or may not be happening below the surface, what I am seeing is a firmer, slightly more taut appearance under my eyes. I feel like my concealer and foundation glide on more smoothly and seem not to “settle” or crease under my eyes as much. The rollerball(s) feel lovely when applying and there is a generous amount of product. I’m using 2x a day.  Overall, I feel I look a bit brighter and awake. I’m anxious to see where I’m at 4 weeks as 83% of folks responding saw increased firmness. I have to mention the price point is a bit high, but since each product I’ve tried lives up to its claims for me, it’s just one of those things… spend a bit more on something that works, or go cheaper and buy an item you don’t see results with? I’m recommending this one if you are fighting bags. I know you can pick it up at Ulta or  Neostrata.com. Right now you can save 20% at their Friends and Family sale and score free samples as well.Marie Disclosure


My lashes look great, do yours?



One of the crummy-type issues with getting older (besides a slower metabolism and the tendency for things to sag) is that for some people, our eyelashes seem to get shorter and sparser. No matter how fantastic your mascara,  if you have thin, stumpy lashes,  it ages your eyes.

There are prescription options to lengthen your lashes but I’ve never considered it because I try to limit meds to the minimum in my life. I’m not fond of the side effects that are often worse than what you are treating! I have tried three “natural” lash lengtheners. Two did nothing at all, and I’m glad they came as a freebie and one in a subbie box a year or two ago because I would have been kinda upset to have wasted my money. (Oh, I’ve tried a drugstore “growth” mascara, too- nada.) But as for the third one, called LashesMD after using it every day for two months ( my two month mark was on July 8th and yeah I probably missed a day or two here or there :-p ) I am THRILLED with the results!

At first I only noticed my lashes were softer but couldn’t really see much in the way of thickness or length. Then I hit about the one month mark and the difference was visible!! Even without mascara there was added volume and length! Whoot!

Here are my before and after pics- one  from before I started to use Lashes MD and one from yesterday. The mid-way pic looked okay on the camera but was hyper blurry when I uploaded it so you just get the two- but I think it’s pretty awesome anyway. In fact, since a pic is worth a thousand words I kinda toyed with the idea of just posting my photos, and giving you the name of the treatment- lol.


Anyway- on the first one look at the edge of the left eye- you can see I had sort of a “hollow” area- drove me nuts when doing my eye makeup. In the after you can see how it’s all filled in. My lashes are darker, thicker and longer. I love it!!! I have just started using it on my brows to help them fill in as well, so hopefully soon I’ll be swooning over them, too!

Here are some other great before/after photos:

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Some information about LashesMD.

The Benefits of Using LashesMD:

  • Clinically Proven
  • Results in Just 21 Days
  • Proven Safe & Effective
  • No Drugs
  • No Parabens
  • Once Daily
  • Each Tube = 3 to 4 Months Supply

LashesMd is a clinically proven cosmetic that can benefit eyelashes and brows. Applied like an eyeliner once daily at night studies have shown an increase of greater than 60% in the appearance of lenghth and density in 42 days!

The serum contains moisturizing amino acids, peptides and vitamins no harmful prescription chemicals in this! A 0.26 oz tube retails for $70.00 which is about a 3-4 month supply. After you reach the stage where you are happy with your lashes you can switch over to an every other night application, so although a little pricey up front, it lasts a long time and even more so when you switch to the maintenance schedule.

Overall, I think this is a great value for a product that actually delivers on its promises. I will definitely order another one when this is gone because I want to keep my eyelashes looking this good!

You can find it at LashesMD.com


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Natural Bath and Body Products by Made From Earth

If you are a regular reader then you have likely already read my rave reviews of Made From Earth Products. If you haven’t here is a little info for you on Made from Earth. Made from Earth is a natural bath and body products company. The ingredients in their products never include chemicals like:
>>Petrochemicals and Phthalates
>>Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl)
>>Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate >>Diazolidinyl Urea
>>Mineral Oil
>>Cosmetic Fragrance

Natural bath and body

Made from Earth has a fantastic line of products, from hair to face and lip balm, they’re products are wonderful!

Made from Earth natural products

Tea + Protein Herbal Shampoo – $16.99 –  I love this shampoo, it has been an effective shampoo for everyone in the family with our various hair types and needs. It does not dry my daughter’s delicate curls out nor does it leave my hair feeling greasy. My mother tried it and love it too, and she needs a good cleansing/clarifying shampoo, this one does that without drying the hair out. Peppermint Herbal Conditioner – $14.99 – This is a nice conditioner, leaves the hair soft and shiny. It didn’t provide the detangling slip that I like in a conditioner for my daughters hair and her tough tangles, but it was great for my hair. Vitamin E + Citrus Shower Gel – $9.99 – I love citrus and this body wash is so fresh and invigorating, just a fabulous wash that doesn’t dry out the skin.

natural skin care

Grapefruit Glycolic Wash- This is a nice facial wash/scrub packed with nutrients for the skin and pairs perfectly with the pH Equilibrant Moisturizer, both for all skin types.

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Natural soap bars and body wash are all I use these days on myself and my family. The calming Lavender is perfect for the kids bedtime bath, I love the sweet scent of the blood orange bar and the man of the house digs the oatmeal spice. These moisturizing bars rinse clean and leave us feeling fresh and smelling good.

natural lip balms

I love these lip balms. My daughter is always wanting something fruity on her lips and I just can’t let her use the lip balms and glosses that are filled with chemicals, fragrances and preservatives. These are all natural and provide true lasting hydration for the lips. These are perfect for the whole family, too. Be sure and visit Made from Earth to see for yourself all the wonderful products they have available. They’re currently offering free shipping on orders over $75. I can’t recommend these products enough! Giveaway Time! Enter to win a a Lavender body lotion and bar soap set from Made from Earth. This giveaway will run from June 18- June 27, 2013. Enter to win using the rafflecopter form below: 

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Hoppin' for the Holidays Giveaway

Welcome to the Hoppin’ For The Holidays Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! Christmas is fast approaching and we’re all starting to think about holiday gifts, decorating, and snuggling up under the mistletoe. We’ve all gathered together to bring our readers some amazing prizes that would surely make fantastic holiday gifts this year, so start hopping down the linky below!  This event will run from December 13-29th, which means you will have plenty of time to enter all of our giveaways. Good Luck & Happy Holidays!

Our giveaway includes a Golden Sunflower Hair Clip by Flowers From Fatima and an Anasstasia Beverly Hills Lola Lip Gloss enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:

Discount: Get 10% OFF when you purchase from Flowers From Fatima during the dates of the giveaway (December 12-29, 2012), use coupon code: GardenOfEden.

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How to Get Fuller Looking Eyebrows

How to Get Fuller Looking Eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly HIlls Brow Kit

I’ve always been a little self conscious about my eyebrows, they are thin, but still all over the place so I do wax and tweeze them. I’ve tried to color them in a lot of times using different brow pencils, eye liners, etc, but I’ve never been able to get a color that looks natural on me. After all but giving up on ever having fuller looking eyebrows, this Brow Kit, along with the Brow Whiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills sparked my interest. Could it be? Something that would actually give me naturally fuller looking eyebrows?

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The 5 element brow kit includes precision tweezers, brow powder duo, brow stencils for shaping (set of five shapes), mini duo brush #7 and Anastasia’s best-selling clear brow gel. The Brow Whiz is pencil made for filling in sparse brows with the ultimate natural look, its ultra-fine pencil tip mimics the appearance of tiny hairs. The dual-ended mechanical pencil and essential spooley brush make creating a fuller brow look super easy.

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Below you can see just how thin and sparse my eyebrows are. In the first photo they pretty much look nonexistent after the midway point. In the second photo I had used the brow whiz and contents of the brow kit to get the appearance of fuller eyebrows that don’t look fake.

Before:                                                    After:  eyebrows

How to get fuller eyebrows:

Step 1: I use the eyebrow brush to brush my brows upward

Step 2: Using the Brow Whiz I make short, outward strokes, then blend with the spooley brush

Step 3: I use the darkest of the 2 colors  in the brow powder duo to further fill in the thinnest area of my brows

Step 4: I dust the lighter color over my entire brow and blend again using the spooley brush

Step 6:  I brush the clear brow gel over my brows to set

This is all I do for now, as I get more experience and get a little braver I plan to use the stencils that came with the kit and hopefully have an arch on these (fuller) brows someday! Like I said, I’ve never been an expert at brows but these items have made it extremely easy for me to have natural fuller looking brows.

You can find the aforementioned items and many other beauty products on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website, you connect with them on Facebook , Twitter and YouTube for beauty tips and tricks. 

AND (I’m not through, yet), from now until December 7th, you can enter to win their “Kiss On My List 2012” Lip Gloss set of 6, CLICK HERE to be taken to the giveaway entry form.


Gifts for Women: Kisses On My List 2012 Giveaway

Anastasia Beverley Hills Lip Gloss

Anastasia Beverly Hills Kisses On My List 2012 lip gloss is a set of six high-shine glosses in matte and shimmer shades. This set include 3 softly sheer, opalescent glosses and three new hypercolor glosses that actually stain the lips. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip glosses are long lasting and hydrate the lips.

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Win the Anastasia Beverly Hills Kisses On My List 2012 lip gloss set, $30 value.

Open to US only, enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:

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The holiday Turkey Hunt is hosted by the awesome The WiC Project. The grand prize for this event is open to eligible US and Canada residents (excluding Quebec) and is a $135 Amazon GC. Enter the grand prize here

Unique Gift Ideas for the Hard to Buy For: Hog Wash and Toe Juice

Every year my dad insists that we NOT get him anything for Christmas, yet he always gets us something and we end up feeling bad if we don’t get him at least a little something. Of course he will never give me any hints or ideas and I don’t want to get him something he won’t use or doesn’t need just for the sake of getting him something. I’m sure we all feel this way and would love to find a useful unique gift for the hard to buy for people is our lives. Enter the Hog Wash and Toe Juice Combo Pack:

Unique Gift Ideasplant based skin care

Is this some sort of gag gift idea? Not exactly! These are skin care products made from DermaVine®, which is a blend of plant-based extracts that enhance the skin’s natural repairing ability. It contains willow bark, lemon peel, and Cinnamon extracts.

Toe Juice

The Toe Juice is a liquid that can be used for refreshing and soothing skin irritations caused by dryness, like psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot.

Hog Wash

Hog Wash is a gel hand sanitizer. It dries quickly, doesn’t leave a stick or greasy feeling and is a must have for anyone, really, to protect against germs. The plant based ingredients make this one hand sanitizer that is actually good for the skin and won’t cause dryness.

Both products are:
Fast Drying
>>Non greasy
>>All natural
Plant based

Hog Wash and Toe Juice

Unique Gift Ideas

My dad is a goofy guy and appreciates a good gag gift, but the Hog Wash and Toe Juice are something he can benefit from as well. While they are useful products, you have to admit with names like Hog Wash and Toe Juice, they will likely create a chuckle.

The Hog Wash / Toe Juice Combo Pack contains the following:
>> (1) 8 fl oz hog wash
(1) 2 fl oz hog wash
(1) 4.6 fl oz Toe Juice
(1) 1 fl oz Toe Juice

Price: $25.00

Buy it: This combo pack and items in it can be purchased online at toejuice.com

Win in: We are giving away a Toe Juice/Hog Wash Combo Pack for the Happy Holidays Giveaway Hop, November 15- 29.


NewBeauty TestTube – The Ultimate Product Sampling Program- Fall 2012


Yay, yay! The Fall 2012 New Beauty Test Tube has arrived. Loaded with great products, I had a blast digging in. *Don’t know what the New Beauty Test Tube is? Pop over HERE to read my first review, where I tell you exactly how it works. I’ll wait… What do you think?Cool, huh?*

Now read on to find out about the goodies. Several full sized items, and terrific deluxe samples.

Olay Deep Wrinkle Treatment: Full size $40.00- $44.00

I’ve used this before and liked it. There are other Olay products I just don’t like but this one is good. This cream is light but rich, and absorbs quickly. Targeting the deeper wrinkles, this is drugstore option that actually works.  Will probably buy again since I have in the past. Great to get the full size.

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask:  Deluxe Sample Size

You know how everyone always loves the after color conditioners that come in drugstore hair color boxes? This super thick mask gives you that same oh-so-soft,  touch-my-hair feeling.  It’s totally fabulous. The sample is a great big deluxe size- enough for several treatments. The scent is beautiful, too. I’d buy it.

IT Cosmetics- Bye Bye Undereye: Sample

A truly incredible concealer. It covers even the darkest circles, even covers that little vein o the side of my nose (!!!) and you only need a dab. Blends, covers, lasts. I will buy. Definitely.

dr. brandt-dark circles away: Sample

This is a nice enough eye cream, and I know it gets rave reviews, but I don’t love it. Feels a little too watery, and my make up doesn’t really apply well over it.  Probably wouldn’t buy. So it’s great to get a chance to find that out, before you lay out the cash.

Philosophy-Hope in a Jar: Sample

This is actually a moisturizer I almost always have on hand. Since I try so many products that have anti-aging and exfoliating effects, I like to take a break every now and then with my skin care regime. I use this as a nice, light but very moisturizing stand in. Very nice to get the sample, since it’s a shade spendy.  Will buy again, since I’m a regular, if sporadic,  user.  


Yon-Ka- Masque N*1: Full size $58.00

Wowsa. This was my first time trying anything in this line, or even knowing about it for that matter. I decided to try it after an at home microdermabrasion session. All I can say is wow. Wow. My face felt so …supple. I am head over heels and now want to try the entire line. It goes on more like a lotion than a regular mask, and I left it on overnight. I adore. Adore! Will buy as soon as I have some mad money. It’s spendy. But… well, I’m Worth It. LOL.

CellCeuticals PhotoDefense Color Radiance SPF 55+:Full size $47.50

I love everything about this. I ran out of my SPF lotion the day before the tube arrived. I was happy, happy to see this full size item, and I remember thinking “oh, please be a good one!” It is. Super light, with just a touch of sheer color to lightly brighten your face. I am obsessed with SPF because of all those baby-oil and iodine years with tin-foiled cardboard splash screens. Oh yes I did!!! I held my breath for two days waiting to see if I would break out with this formula (I never did back when I was abusing my skin…go figure!) but, luckily no blemishes. For the price, not sure if I would buy again, but I do like it very much.

Kneipp Eucalyptus Herbal Bath 

This is for a relaxing bath or a clearing bath when you feel sniffles coming on. I have actually been adding a drop or two to the water on our wood stove! It seems refreshing and invigorating combined with a few drops of lemon juice, just simmering away throuh out the day. I’ll certainly try it the next time I have a bath, too. I’d buy it.

All in all, another INCREDIBLE value- over $150.00 worth of products, for less than $30.00…plus the New Beauty magazine. Fun, fun, fun!! This would make such a great gift, folks. Christmas is almost here….

As always, you can go HERE to read what other users have to say, and you can find New Beauty on Facebook and Twitter, so you don’t miss a thing!


Sibu Beauty Holiday Gift Sets

Health and beauty go hand in hand. In order to look and feel your best it is important to be healthy on the inside and out. With Sibu Beauty you can achieve both health and beauty. Sibu Beauty is a natural health supplement and beauty product line that I’ve used for about a year now and just love. You can read our past reviews here and here.

For the holidays Sibu Beauty has launched 3 new gift sets! One specifically for men, the Men’s Shaving Kit ($45), as well as the Inside & Out Duo and the Holiday Total Beauty Gift Set.

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>>Sibu Beauty Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps
>>Sibu Beauty Repair & Protect Nourishing Daytime Facial Cream

Price: $35.00

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>>Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps
>>Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream
>>Cleanse & Detox Bar
>>Nourishing Body Cream
>>USDA Organic 100% Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Price: $60.00

About the Products

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Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps – These are soft gel supplement that nourish and protect the body and promote healthy hair, and skin from the inside out.
Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream -This is a light facial cream that can be used daily, there’s no greasy feel to it, making it perfect to apply under make-up. It helps boost collagen production and creates the perfect barrier to moisturize, rejuvenate, repair and protect.
Cleanse & Detox Bar – I’ve use this facial soap bar for the past year and simply love it. I have dry skin to begin with and this is one face soap that does not further dry my skin out.
Nourishing Body Cream – This luxurious cream doesn’t just hydrate thirsty skin, studies have proven it to aid in the preservation of youthful texture, protection against sun damage, and even improvement of symptoms from eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and burns and wounds.
100% Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil –This is use for treatment of eczema, acne, rosacea, burns, and wounds AND as a traditional beauty treatment preserves youthful skin tone and texture.

Scent: These products all have a light, natural, citrus sent to them, making them refreshing and not overpowering.

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Thick Creamy Texture of the Sibu Nourishing Body Cream

Buy It: Sibu Beauty Products and Gift Sets can be purchased from their website. You can connect with Sibu on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on sales and special announcements.

Win It: Enter to win 3 of the most popular Sibu Beauty Products for the “You Look Marhvelous” Beauty Giveaway Hop (November 5-25). 

>>Click here to be taken to the giveaway entry form<< 




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Sibu Beauty Trio Giveaway

Welcome to the You Look Mahvelous Beauty Hop hosted by How Was Your Day?  This is a beauty themed hop, and each blog has something to make you feel pretty. Skincare, makeup, haircare, perfume, cosmetic bags – it’s all here.

Sibu Beauty Trio:
>>Cleanse & Detox Bar
>>Repair & Protect Facial Cream
>>Hydrating Serum

Total value of $67.85

Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below:
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Each blog has put together a package that’s worth at least $25, with many being much more.  In addition, we also have a fantastic grand prize.  PMD Personal Microderm has generously sponsored a grand prize of a PMD Personal Microderm Machine!

You can read Greta @ How Was Your Day’s review here.

Enter to win the PMD Microderm machine here.


This hop will run through November 25, to allow you plenty of time to enter each giveaway.

Ready to look mahvelous?  Start hopping!