I Tried Tilth Beauty And I Liked It


I was recently given a chance to try two products from Tilth Beauty, namely the Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream and their Flawless Serum.  Verdict?  “Go get some now!!”  The End.

LOL. Really though, I’m scoring both a 9 out of 10. Read on to find why, and how you can get yours. Because, trust me, you want some. Normally I would start by telling you what Tilth Beauty offers, but this time I’m going to start by telling you what they don’t.

Tilth Beauty does NOT have:
Petrolium based anything
Synthetic fragrance
Artifcial coloring
Animal Testing

They do offer safe and effective products, that blend natural ingredients with cutting edge technology. Their packaging is green, their products are animal-friendly, they’re made in America, and there are no questionable ingredients.

Their products include:

A Flawless Serum
Anti-aging Firming Moisture Cream

Intense Restoration Moisture Cream
Resurrect Eye Cream* really want to try!
Eye Wondrous Serum* really want to try!
Sea Origin Serum
Refresh Peptide Mist
Argan-Tangerine Deep Cleansing Lotion
Rose Protection Cleansing Gel
Anti-oxidant Foaming Cleanser
Gentle Poppy Seed Exfoliator
Berry Extract Toner* really want to try!

And many more. Like I said, I tried the Anti-Aging Firming  Moisture Cream and their Flawless Serum. 

From the site:

A Flawless Serum is the flawless blend of encapsulated Retinol, Myrtle Leaf Extract and Adaptonyl® that gives skin a flawless complexion. Adaptonyl® lifts and restructures the appearance of cell barrier function, resulting in healthy younger looking skin.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Retinol (Encapsulated) – Stable retinol to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore the look of UV damaged skin. Improves  the appearance of skin elasticity by 20% and the appearance of wrinkles is diminished by up to 17% after 12 weeks.

First, the serum. I am a huge fan of serums. I don’t have clue one as to how many I’ve tried, but it’s a big number.  This one is quite different, mostly in regard to how quickly I began to see results and in the feel/texture. I was initially bummed out when I put it on…where was that silky feeling? This serum has a “water-y” feel to it. It absorbs almost instantly, but it didn’t leave behind that silked up skin feeling I am used to when I think of serums. It doesn’t really have a scent either. Hmm. Well, since it’s a review,  I continued to use it, and within a few days, I was over my preconceptions about how a serum should be, and understanding more about what a serum could be. There is a noticeable difference- I am seeing results at just under 3 full weeks. I feel like my face feels more taut, with my jowl  area especially feeling firmer. Now I don’t give a flying fig about the scent, or the “silk” effect. I just love the serum and I’m excited to keep using it to see how I stand in 3 more weeks of use. And, since it absorbs so fast, I don’t need to wait before applying the Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream.

The cream (the site says it will help reduce the appearance of unwanted facial folds and lines) also had me unsure the first time I tried it, again, no real scent and although it is really rich- at this price point it’s shocking how luxe it is in terms of thickness, but still, after application, I wondered how can this moisturize? My skin didn’t feel dewy. Another Hmm. In fact, this cream has a “mattifying”  effect after you apply it.  As with the serum, I continued to use it, and also like with the serum, I quickly became a fan.  My skin is moisturized, it does look dewey, but not because I put something on my face that gives that appearance,  it feels like it’s coming from the inside out, now that I’ve used these a while. I am noticing so many great things between these two  products,  firmer skin,  smoother skin and an overall more taut look. I admit it took me a few days to get used the texture differences in these products compared to others, but I am converted. I have had no issues with breakouts, and it’s gentle enough for my super sensitive skin.Now,  here’s my cheapskate observation- The serum goes for $62.00, the cream for $55.00, but there is a LOT of product in the bottle and jar. A LOT. I do wish is was about $10-15.00 cheaper for each-but given the really generous size- I guess I’m okay with it- and that’s my ding. Both would be a perfect 10- if they were just a little less expensive.  I’m on a budget just like everyone else, and I would feel easier spending say… $40.00 for the cream and $50.00 for the serum. I do have a list of several other products from Tilth Beauty I’m dying to try! Mad money jar time, lol.

I receied the sample products with compliments from BeautyStat.com, but my review is my own, objective opinion.

Trind Moist & Shiny Nail Kit

My nails aren’t in the best of condition these days. They actually haven’t been a top priority in a while. Several years ago I used to get manicures quite often or at the very least I would do them myself. To be honest I hadn’t even buffed, filed or polished my nails in a while, until recently, when I received this Trind Nail kit and had an excuse to.

Trind Nails

The Trind Moist & Shiny nail kit includes:

>>Acetone Free Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover
>>Nail Repair
>>Nail Balsam

>>Magic Nails (nail buffer)

Trind Most Shiny nail kit

I love this nail polish remover, it is mild and extra gentle on the skin surrounding my nails but it does get the nail polish off my nails. The Magic Nails nail buffer not only smooth’s nails, using it stimulates the production of natural nail moisture for healthier nails.

nail repairnail balsam

The nail repair is a nail strengthener that works by encouraging the protein molecules in the nail to firmly link together. This product also helps maintain the natural nail moisture. The nail balsam is meant to be applied to the nails with the brush and given 1-2 minutes to soak in before massaging excess into the nails and the cuticles for added moisture and shine.


As I stated above my nails were in bad shape. This kit from Trind has helped put some moisture and shine back into them for a healthier look. For this kit and other items you can visit Trind.com


The Beauty Of Elure



As we age it’s normal to develop brown spots, called age spots, and to see the tone of our skin become uneven and hyper-pigmented. This darkening and unevenness tends to make you look older, because we associate clear looking skin with youth and vitality.  Trying to achieve an even looking complexion is why, according to the New York Times, 64% of women wear foundation!  Of course any make up artist will tell you that wearing too much foundation actually makes you look older. Great. When you need it the most, you are  supposed to wear less. Cindy Crawford recently said that she wears less makeup as she ages, to look younger and fresh. Of course if you look at Cindy’s incredibly beautiful face- her skin is even and clear and it doesn’t look as if she needs to wear anything anyway.

So what do you do? Just because it can be a normal part of aging,you don’t have to be stuck with spots and hyper-pigmentation  Even if you have sensitive skin, there is a way to even things out, fade those spots, and reclaim a glowing complexion. A product that delivers real results, and has been winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty Award for two consecutive years, Elure is an excellent choice as a solution to lighten and brighten your skin. The extra beauty benefit of Elure Advanced Skin Brightening  Technology is that it’s  all-natural and vegan, ideal for people with sensitive skin.  Elure does not contain hydroquinone, so you can feel good about applying it to your skin. Best of all, Elure does not make the skin more prone to sun damage like alternative products. In several clinical studies, Elure produced results for most subjects in just 28 days.

The Elure ADVANCED SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION is safe to use twice a day, and this would be my pick for the easiest, fastest results.

Elure also makes an ADVANCED SKIN LIGHTENING NIGHT CREAM, that you can use in conjunction with the lotion.

Both products are available at iDerma.com and can be found  here.

By fading sun damage spots, dark  areas and evening out the overall look and tone of your skin, you can skip the heavy make up and just let your natural beauty shine through.


Just Good Stuff 4 You And Your Family

I introduced you to JustGoodStuff in my mini- review of their Pet Shampoo bar, but now I want to go more in-depth and let you get to know Joy and Ginny, the creators, as well as tell you about the incredible products they shared with me.

In the fall of 2010 Joy and Ginny were inspired to create non-toxic and nourishing skin care items, because they just didn’t want to keep adding toxins to their bodies. There are a lot of products out there that feature really good ingredients, but then a few “bad” ones are mixed in, defeating the idea. Wanting something with “just good stuff” led them to spending untold hours researching ingredients and trying out their “recipes,” and after sharing their creations with friends and family, the response was overwhelming! They are now sharing the results of their journey with you! Joy and Ginny typically make their products 3 or 4 times a month on weekends, even some weeknights, to keep up with the demand as their products are discovered. Originally, they worked from Ginny’s home as they built their confidence and learned the best techniques, but now they each also mix and prepare their creations independently.  I have met both women in person and they are incredibly nice. Smiling, fun and knowledgeable about their business. Their love and passion for what they are building is evident and really moving to witness. I found myself grinning a lot when I was around them because their upbeat personalities just rub off on you. I left with an awesome goodie bag of products to try out, and I am sooo glad.

Not me- just a random happy lady.

As those of you who regularly read my reviews know, I often tell you about a new find that becomes a personal favorite, and I have switched to a reviewed brand several times because it impressed me so much. Well, after spending about two-plus weeks using a bunch of their products, I have 7 (!!) new products that I will be buying and using, either completely replacing my prior brand or product, or incorporating into my life.  Yeah, I am THAT blown away!

Read on, and I’ll describe each item I used and I’ll also let you know which ones are now MUST-HAVES! Just because of space, if you want to see a full ingredient list for an item, head over to their storefront  or their ingredients list and you can view it there.


Herbal Deodorant Stick:

MUST-HAVE!  This is actually kind of ironic, because when I was chatting with Ginny and Joy I told them I’d have hub or my son try this, since I like a beachy, cool or fresh type of scent for my deodorant. After I had used the lotion bar on my way home, tried the basic soap when washing up to start dinner, used the Mango/Avocado soap as a body wash in my shower that night and followed up with the Mango Body Butter, I stood in the bathroom and thought, “Okay, I GOTTA try this, too.” I used it, and then kept on using it – I can tell you that I am converted! I adore this deodorant stick. While not my normal scent like I said, I love how it barely leaves any scent at all- completely different from my old normal preference. It does have Essential Oils of Clary Sage, Lime and Lavender, and it does smell fresh and pretty, just very, very subtle. It works wonderfully. I tried it when stacking wood, and I always work up a sweat doing that, half from exertion and half ’cause it hurts my shoulder. I’ve worn it when on my treadmill, and during workout DVDs. Amazing protection! It feels wonderful, it’s clear, and best of all, every single thing in it is good stuff! No aluminum!  I seriously could never go back to any of my previous brands.  I just think it’s funny that the one thing I basically said I wouldn’t try turned out to be practically my favorite!




Secret use! This soap is like the others in that it leaves your skin feeling soft, but for makeup mavens, here’s a tip: having used a different makeup-brush cleaner with hemp and almond oil, I decided to give this a try as a brush cleaner. Whoa Nelly! It does work, and I love how soft and clean my brushes are! I just wet the bar and my brush(es), swipe them back and forth across the bar a few times to get the soap evenly on the brush, then proceed as normal. Awesome!

Basic Soap-

MUST-HAVE! This is the first thing I tried after the lotion bar. I knew right away it was special. With only 4 ingredients, yes, it’s basic, but it lathers so beautifully (a feature each of the soaps I/we tried all share) and leaves your skin soft, but clean. It smells pure and clean, too. And get this- my son actually asked if he could take the bar to the kids’ bathroom to use as their soap! When have you ever heard of a teenage boy, who spends his days in the woods getting dirtier than dirt, request to use a certain kind of soap? He said it really felt good on his dry, cracked skin and I said, “Take it!”

The Basic Soap.



MUST-HAVE! I tried this first as a body wash and I will also continue to buy this soap. As a body wash it’s amazing. I’ve griped to you before about how picky I am about body wash – I want to feel clean, but not dried out, and yet I don’t want to feel greasy either. This bar lathers like a dream, and leaves your skin so soft, you don’t actually need lotion- I use lotion anyway and always will, but the point is, the two times I tried going without after-shower lotion when using this bar, it was okay! My skin didn’t feel like it would crack, and it wasn’t tight; I just felt soft and, yes, supple! Kudos to Joy and Ginny on this recipe! Winner, winner! When I buy more this will also be my kitchen sink hand soap. I just totally love it.

Shea/Almond- This soap is also ultra-moisturizing. If I wasn’t so gaga over the Mango/Avocado, this would be my favorite. This is the one hub says he likes most.

Shaving Soap-

MUST-HAVE! I hardly have to shave at all, since using my *Remington iLight, but on the very few occasions I do – WOW! I couldn’t go back to a gel or shave cream after using this. It leaves your skin mega soft, and I felt like my razor was just gliding over my skin. Hub says it’s worth the extra second or two to lather up with this instead of cream from a can because he thinks the same as me- his shave just felt closer and smoother, and his razor seemed to glide. Total winner!




Facial Products:

Rhassoul Facial Bar-

MUST-HAVE!  A FANTASTIC detox facial bar! I have a daily glycolic cleanser I’m hard-core hooked on right now, but I like this so much I’m alternating with it. Deep, deep clean feeling, plus really clear-looking skin when you are done cleansing. Not just for your face, but I’m putting it here since that is how I’m using it. Tops!

I love the Rhassoul Facial Bar- I like to use it with my Pretika Facial Brush.

Detoxifying/Calming Facial Mask-

I really liked the mask. With Rhassoul, other clays, and chamomile tea, it really does do a great job of pulling impurities from your skin. You steep the tea bag in about a tablespoon or so of boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid from the tea bag, then take the liquid and mix it with the powdered clay. Apply to your face and neck, and relax until completely dried. Rinse. Ahh. Feels lovely, and is a  wonderful treat once a week.

Fabulous  Facial Moisturizer-

I’ve been using a few drops of this oil with my night cream and really like the moisturizing boost it gives. A combination of only two oils, it  won’t clog pores, but it really amps up the moisture on your face. I like to massage any excess into my hands each evening, too.

The Facial Moisturizer and the Night Time Eye Balm.

Night Time Eye Balm-

It says night time, but I have this sitting out on the kitchen counter in easy reach, next to lip balm #7, and I dab a little under my eyes throughout the day. It’s a handy little stick for quick and easy application and I really like how moisturizing it is and how good it feels.

Lip Balms by formula #


A nice all-around lip balm- not too shiny, not too matte.


If  #7  wasn’t available this would be my next choice. Very similar to 7, but just a little less gloss. Very nice.

#7 –

MUST-HAVE!! I love this! Super luxe feeling, glossy, and shiny, and my lips are so soft and pretty! Love this balm!!

#9 –

This is the only thing I tried that I didn’t fall for- I like my lip balms slick, and I like them to leave a gloss or shine on my lips. This is a drier feel. While it’s not for me, my hub really, really likes it- he called it a “man-balm,” lol. Since it is drier with no real sheen, it is nice for a guy who’s dealing with chapped lips but who doesn’t like the typical balms that feel filmy and leave shine.


Coconut Milk Shea Body Butter and Mango Body Butter

The Mango Butter and The Coconut Milk Shea  Butter are rich, whipped butters that leave your skin soft and subtly fragrant  in an earthy, fresh way. I have been using both of these after bathing. The only reason I’m not adding these as must-haves is because I have a different butter and daily lotion set that I adore and love, and that I was using before I started using these… and I have a back up set for when the first ones are gone ;-p  So I know I won’t re-purchase the mango or coconut butters for a while, but I might down the road.

Luxurious Lotion Bar- MUST-HAVE!

This is the first product I tried. While waiting at a red light in the car, I pulled this out and began rubbing it between my hands to help it liquefy from the warmth of my skin. I knew I loved it from the get go. Super silky feeling, and it really leaves your skin soft and conditioned- I took a tip from the creators and I always rub a bit into my cuticles. I will keep buying this to keep in my purse. I’m hooked on this little flower-shaped gem!


The Lotion Bar- I used their pic because not a single one of mine turned out. Aren’t the bars cute?!

Whew! I really got going, huh? All in all, I am loving the products- I’m going to buy quite a few of them myself to keep using, and I hope you will try them, too! Visit them on  FacebookTwitter and Pinterest to stay up to date on specials and new products!

Ginny and Joy want to give a Howard House Reader the chance to win a goody bag of their own, so hop over HERE to enter, Good Luck!!

Mia Mariu Mineral Cosmetics Review & Giveaway

Mia Mariu Mineral Cosmetics Review

Beauty and Health in Harmony

It’s been a while since I have worn liquid foundation and when I say a while I mean a couple of years. There are several reason as to why I haven’t worn it in so long, mainly because of the ingredients in most foundations cause me to breakouts and I’ve tried a lot of brands. Also because I can never find a good shade for me. A lot of the foundations I’ve tried from the drug stores either have a pink or yellow tone and just do not look right on me. I took a chance with Mia Mariu Cosmetics and tried their Perfecting Finish Mineral Foundation. I used the shade finder on their website and went with Trigo. It turned out to be perfect, no pink or yellow tones and no breakouts. The coverage is great, it doesn’t make my skin look totally flawless, but still very good. I am super pleased with this foundation and so glad to have found one that works for me.

liquid mineral foundation

I also decided to try their mineral primer and to get a new lip shade for the upcoming fall season.

Mia Mariu Mineral Cosmetics Review

The primer is moisturizing and preps the skin for a smooth application and lasting wear of the foundation.

face primer

I love my new lip shade as well, I wanted something a little darker and bolder than I normally go for for the upcoming fall season. It provides shine with just a hint of sparkle, not too much though.

fall lip shade

I’m happy with everything I received from Mia Mariu Cosmetics. This entire selection was under $60.

Mia Mariu Mineral Cosmetics Review


What I got:mia mariu natural make up review
PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Prime – $20.00
PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Liquid Foundation Trigo – $25.00
Luminous Lip Gloss Tentación – $13.00

Buy it: Purchase these and other mineral cosmetics items from the Mia Mariu website

Win it: Win the 3 items I reviewed above! The giveaway is open to US residents and will run through , enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:

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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.

SalonHive.com – For The Beauty Junky



junk·ie also junk·y  (jngk)

n. pl. junk·ies Slang   1. One who has an insatiable interest or devotion: a *BEAUTY junkie.

Last year, I was browsing around the beauty blogosphere and I came across a post that left me with my mouth just hanging open.  A beauty blogger was showing her hoard of make up and beauty tools. The  woman had shelves lining an entire wall, each one stuffed with various bins, baskets and other organizers –  all TOTALLY FULL.  Hundreds upon hundreds of lipsticks, liners, mascaras, shadows, powders, foundations and concealers…every type or style of make up known to man. **She easily had two hundred various brushes and on another wall she had half shelves filled with samples and make up that “she didn’t use that often.”  Whoa. She had more make up than some boutiques I’ve been in! And it was all organized so beautifully. Everything in it’s place, like with like, etc. I think I remember her stating that she could find anything, and knew each item she owned.  My “collection”  is beyond puny when compared to hers (as most people’s would be, I imagine) but I do like to keep my things tidy.
You might recall that when I posted about my make up mirror, I told you about the little vanity area I finally made. I redid a cute table and was so happy with my make up spot! Not too long after that the table  top split- so now my printer is on it, since it doesn’t matter for the printer (I’m out of ink anyway, lol) but it was darned inconvenient for doing up your face. That meant my make up went back into the bathroom…and as neat as you try to be, it’s just clutter-y, especially when it sits right in the middle of the sinks.  (Our drawers don’t function –  a new bathroom vanity is next on our “fix our house”  list.) I thinned out my make up, tossing all my out dated or expired items, and everything I hadn’t used recently enough to remember. That helped a lot, but I still wasn’t happy. Then I found a great little desk that I re-did and I  wanted to start using it as my make-up table, but only the bottom two drawers are the right size, way too much bending and stooping, no thanks! So I put all my stuff back in the bathroom!
Enter SalonHive.com. An absolute TREASURE trove for beauty obsessed people. Or anyone who wants a one stop shopping site for all things beauty and skin care. They carry everything! Looking for a new blow dryer, eye shadow or concealer? Check Salon Hive. Need  body lotion, oils or scrubs? Shampoo, conditioner or looking for a new lipstick?  Scissors, combs or salon related needs. Yep. They have it. AND… they have an enormous selection of make up, cosmetic and beauty train cases. You know where I’m going with this now, don’t you? I found their Pink Crocodile Cosmetic Case and knew it was exactly what I needed to organize my make-up. And it’s ♥Pink ♥Crocodile♥ ….I said that right??
I started with this: 

You can see how it was taking up all the available counter space in my bathroom. I admit to cleaning up before I took the picture. I threw away all the used Q-tips and make-up sponges, put all the brushes together as they were scattered about and  generally tidied. My mom visits my blog!! LOL. Even tidy and neat though, this was just not a good system. Hub was forever grousing about all my stuff! I, of course, simply point to the toilet seat in the up position…

Take a look at how awesome everything looks now:

 I had a blast putting all my stuff in here. Arrange, rearrange, re-rearrange. It’s perfect now. Inside, under the slide out trays, the depth means you can fit in  A LOT of taller items, bulky palettes, kits or what have you.

Not only is all my make up organized and in easy reach, the actual interior is totally adjustable so you can customize each area size wise.  I can access everything at once, including the deeper inside compartments, or just pull out a few trays. Since the top drops down on either side you can put your most used products on just one side if you want. Or like me- use the entire top, LOL. It is amazing how roomy this case is,and I love how solid and well made it is! Thankfully, you can clean it with a hot soapy rag if your stuff spills. Another super great feature is that I can use it two ways when traveling- either carried or…ta da da da…as a rolling carrier. It has  (again very sturdy, well made) a removable set of wheels and adjustable handle. Sigh. I so love this! ♥Pink ♥Crocodile♥ You can see where you can attach the wheels to the back of the case. It’s a one click deal. Easy.
My son and one of my dogs photo-bombed this pic- cropped out my son, left Baby Huey in.
The wheel/handle is very compact- but pulls out really tall for rolling your case.
Basically it’s totally perfect in every way. Color (♥) texture, space, size, durability and I forgot to say, it locks.  This is something that everyone needs! I know it! Christmas is coming…maybe you, your daughter or a college bound someone is on your list and you couldn’t think of anything. Go look at the page after page…after page of make up and cosmetic cases SalonHive has. All sizes, shapes and colors. Of course I searched via the color filter- pink and purple, but there are so many styles! I love having all my make up organized and accessible in such a darling case. If you need a huge one or a small one, soft sided or hard… I bet you can find the one that is perfect for you, too!
 **If any of you remember or know the blog, blogger or post- send me the link. I don’t remember who it was, but I’d like to read it again. Thanks.

Gift Ideas for Men: Norelco BodyGroom Pro Review and Giveaway

We’ve all heard the saying “when you look good, you feel good”. This goes for the men too. Guys like to stay trimmed and well groomed and they want a device that will allow them to do this comfortably. The Norelco Bodygroom Pro is the all in one tool for providing close and comfortable shaves and trims.

Shave + Trim


My husband appreciates the skin friendly features of the Bodygroom Pro, it’s pivotal head provides optimal comfort for a close but smooth shave. He says the rounded tips and hypo-allergenic foil shaver keep his skin from becoming irritated. He likes that there are 5 different length settings to choose from. This device is water proof, it can be used in the shower and easily cleaned. It has a rubber grip for control and a comfortable hold. The Bodygroom Pro has a convenient 1 hour quick charge and 50 minutes cordless use.

shaver trimmer in onegift ideas for men

>>Easy to use
>>5 length settings
Hypo-allergenic foil shaver
>>Rounded tips for smooth contact with skin
>>Quick Charge
>>Ergonomic rubber grip for maximum control

Price: $69.99

Norelco Bodygroom Pro Norelco Bodygroom Pro


 Buy it: The Norelco Bodygroom pro would make a great gift for any man on your holidy list. Visit the website for more information or to purchase.

Win it: We are giving away a Bodygroom Pro! The giveaway will run from 9/26- 10/15. This giveaway is open to residents of US only, 18 and up. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:




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Howard House Reviews

My Eyelashes Look Incredible! Blinc Mascara Is Fantastic!


I complain about my pitiful eyelashes all the time. To myself, when I’m looking in the mirror and getting irritated because  they just look sad, even after 16 coats of mascara. Okay, they aren’t that bad, objectively speaking, but until I had my second baby I had lush, super thick, dark eyelashes. People actually thought I ran around with fakes on. I’d be at the grocery store and women would tell me how awesome my eyelashes were, then kinda look around like we were spies, lean in and say, “You can tell me, are they real or falsies?” Flattered much? That does NOT happen anymore!

I was so excited to try blinc Mascara Amplified! You know what I mean, that happy little hum you do when you are getting ready to try a new lipstick, or eye-shadow or whatever.  I fell in love from the get-go.  I love how I can really build up the volume by quickly applying a second, or even a third coat. I also found out I can tap the brush on the tips of my lashes and add extra length. If you wait till your lashes dry though, you are out of luck. That is the only drawback actually, you can’t use a lash comb to separate your lashes after they dry- you need to practice a little to get them right, because that’s the way they stay.  Once they’re set, they’re set- which is also good, though. You can go all day and your lashes look as good as first thing after doing your make-up!

The blinc Mascara Amplified is a new version of their famous tube mascara. Tube mascara has so many advantages over regular mascara.


1. Lasts all day with no need to re-apply. Since you are actually encasing your lashes in little tubes, it stays put until you remove it!

2. It doesn’t clump, run, smudge or flake off.

3. You can build up your lashes (before t dries) by applying more and tapping the ends of your eyelashes for even more length.

4. It sets your lashes. If you use an eyelash curler, then use blinc’s Mascara Amplified (or their original) and the tubes that form will support the curl!

5. Non-irritating for wearers of contact lenses.

6. Gluten-free.

7. No residue left over.

8. Removal is super easy. You just need water! No special eye makeup remover needed! A little warm water and very gentle pressure and the tubes “slide” off! And yet it’s still waterproof! Magic.

9. It’s really fun to remove – the tubes come off like little hairy strings.

Seriously, it looks like little bugs’ legs and I have to admit I quickly checked in the mirror the first time I washed it off, to make sure I still had eyelashes!

!!!! Those are the little tubes that came off when my daughter washed her blinc Mascara Amplified off, just using warm water.

Overall, I love it! The inability to comb through after your lashes are set is not huge once you get the hang of working the brush – so I am thrilled with my bigger, longer, lusher looking eyelashes.  blinc has some great videos on their site, that “walk” you through application, if you want to take a peek.


Have you tried tube mascara? What do you think?

National Skin Care Awareness Month Is Ending – Eucerin Review


September is National Skin Care Awareness Month!


Being a skin care junkie, I am always interested in tips and tricks for keeping your skin in the best possible condition. In honor of National Skin Care Awareness Month, I want to share a few of my favorite tips.

1. Cleansing. This is the foundation of any skin care regime. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on lotions or creams if you don’t cleanse properly.  Choose a cleanser suited to your skin type. If you have oily skin, choose one specifically made to deal with that. Mature skin? Choose a moisturizing wash.  Cleanse daily. I always wash my face thoroughly at night, even if I just stayed home and didn’t wear make up. Don’t skip it because you are tired. Our skin heals as we sleep and you want to give it the optimal environment- so clean your face! I often just use a rose water toner in the mornings, unless i used a heavy duty night cream. 

2. Exfoliate. Get those nasty dead skin cells off your face! Exfoliating encourages new cell turnover and your skin looks glow-y and prettier when you exfoliate. It also helps your skin absorb nutrients and the active ingredients in your skin care treatments. Don’t forget  to exfoliate your body when you bathe. Elbows, knees and feet. Those areas tend to get discolored and thicker skinned with age. Help your body look good!

3. SPF. Wear it every day.You have to. Period. Don’t forget to apply to your arms, legs, neck…those are exposed to the sun, too.Not just your face.

4. Hydrate. Drink your water. Your skin needs to stay hydrated to look it’s best. You need to stay hydrated to feel your best. If you want- dress up your beverages with sliced citrus or frozen blueberries. Just drink up!


5. Moisturize. Use a quality face cream or lotion and don’t forget body lotion to keep the moisture in your skin. It’s just as important in the cooler weather as in the summer. In fact, as the weather turns colder our skin dries out faster due to the heaters running and the air getting so dry. 


For me, and my family, I like Eucerin lotions. Although I adore boutique brands, I always have bottles of Eucerin on hand. It’s my favorite mass market brand. In fact they have been around over 100 years! Dermatologist recommended and they have formulations that meet every need. For a light weight, every day lotion, meaning it’s one I apply every AM, is Eucerin’s Daily Replenishing Lotion. Fragrance free and light, it’s a perfect protective shield for my skin. It absorbs fast and doesn’t ever feel greasy. I keep a bottle by the kitchen sink, too. Even hub uses this lotion. Since there is no scent, he doesn’t balk, lol.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body…take care of it!


If you visit the Eucerin Facebook Page, you can Pledge for a Free Sample of Eucerin lotion.

And, if you’d like to win a bottle of Daily Replenshing Lotion- you can click HERE. Good Luck!


Hair Removal At Home With The Remington iLight! Second Treatment


It was hard waiting the 2 weeks till my second treatment with the Remington iLight!  I just can’t imagine any other cirumstance where I would be all happy to jump in the shower to shave, lol. So I did my legs and bikini area on a level 1 for my first IPL  treatment. Did I notice any difference? Well, yes and no. On my legs I can see that the hair is little bit finer and there are a few areas where it grew back sparser. Which means that the dreaded black dots aren’t as noticeable after I shave! YES!  My bikini area hasn’t changed as far as I can tell, then again, it’s a lot easier to examine your legs than… well you know.

Not me. Just a random pic of someone shaving. With a bad razor.

So like I told you in my first Remington iLight post, I prepared by shaving the areas I plan to treat, making sure my skin was clean and dry…and I had an assistant this time. More on that in a minute.  I also decided to do my underarm area this go round. I’m not sure why I skipped it before? Not thinking I guess. I decided to go for level two today. It felt the same, until I finished my legs. I felt it a little more in the bikini area, since that is more sensitive. I went back down to level 1 for my underarms. It was the first time I zapped there so I started at the lowest level.  I again followed with an aloe-based lotion. Time-wise it still took me about 20 or so minutes, even adding another treatment zone. I am just as impressed this week at how easy the whole process is. The thought of dramatically reducing body or having permanent results is just too wonderful. I am already looking forward to the 3rd time with the Remimgton iLight as I should certainly be seeing some real results by then! There are several ways that the iLight is different than other home use machines… get the facts HERE.

Oh, and I forgot to say that I got a pair of tanning goggles after my first time. The light is bright when it flashes and my sunglasses were fine but with the goggles, the strap keeps them in place when bending. Just an FYI.

See you in two weeks! Smoother….