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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How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!


Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.


You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!




A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!


When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car.


Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase.


At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!



To Get Started Click on this link (ZAYCON FOODS)

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Penny Pincher Gazette – Save Time and Money



I’ve spoken in the past about how much money can be saved online or in store with the right coupons,but like many of you, I don’t always take advantage of the savings. Why? Well, it comes down to time and hassle factor. If I’m in a hurry, I just don’t take the time to search out a coupon for what I’m looking for.Then I get home and kick myself because I could have kept more of my money if I would have just looked around first. But sometimes I just can’t spend time going from site to site.  Luckily I just found Penny Pincher Gazette. A coupon aggregate site where I can search for high value coupons and print them on the spot. Plus, I can even download some coupons to my store loyalty cards! With six distribution partners, Coupons.com, Coupon Network, SmartSource, RedPlum, SavingStar and Cellfire you are bound to find what you need! Founded in 2006, they have over a million members now! Including me!

Nowadays there are more families than ever turning to coupons to stay on track budget wise and finding an easy streamlined place to get all your discount coupons (for free, no membership fees, btw!) is almost a must! Whether you bank your savings for a family trip, spend it on a little splurge or even use it to pay down debt- $10,$20 or $30 a month in savings can really add up!

For instance, I decided to see what I could have used on our last shopping trip…and I’m a little ticked off that didn’t take advantage!

I could have saved:

$1.00 on Garnier Shampoo

$1.00 on Curel

$4.00 on my NightGaurd

$3.00 on Covergirl

$ 9.00! And that’s just on the makeup and personal items I bought! I didn’t even go through the food I purchased. 

They have made it easy since I can search by category, like “breakfast”  or “household” as well as by brand name or even by store.

I’m making a very late resolution for 2013.  I vow not to go shopping- online or to town without first checking if there is a coupon for anything on my list!!

What about you? Do you check for coupons before you shop? Why or why not?

“This post was sponsored byPPGazette.com and Double Duty Divas. While I was compensated to write this post, all opinions are 100% mine.”

Sear's Holiday Blast Week 4 #HOLIDAY2012 # spons

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and that’s never more evident than during the holiday season. Eggnog, turkey, pies, cookies and gingerbread–the list of holiday treats goes on and on. You find yourself standing in front of your stove, peering into your fridge, and loading your dishwasher so much more than normal.


If you already have great appliances this is no problem, but if you’ve been putting off updating for a while, every batch of Christmas cookies that you pull out of the oven makes you want to pull out your hair, too. Whether you struggle with uneven cooking temps in your oven, motor going out in your fridge, or a grinding sound in your dishwasher that brings out the Grinch in you, you can bring some holiday cheer into your kitchen by heading over to Sears. Get 30% off your favorite appliance brands, with an extra 5% off when you use your Sears card! Hurry- ends 1/5/2012!



Sometimes, it’s nice to give a gift to yourself, and with a sale like this, playing Santa Claus has never been easier. Share the cheer with your friends, too, by tweeting the sale.

Give your Kitchen some much-needed love with up to 30% off Appliances +
extra 5% w/a @Sears Card thru 1/5: http://bit.ly/ZPtqlN #Holiday2012
Tweet this!

“This is a sponsored post with http://brandfluential.com, I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.”

Shop Online Safely with V.me



It seems like every time you turn around there is something in the news about a victim of identity theft.  The long term ramifications are awful. I read the other day about how over a hundred counterfeit websites were shut down. Yay (!) that they were caught, but imagine all the people that gave their credit card info to those crooks  Hell Boybefore the sites were shut down. With so many people shopping online nowadays and so much potential for cruddy, rotten, awful  people (I could go on, but you get my drift) to steal your account numbers, keeping your payment info secure is an absolute priority. 

A couple of interesting facts about Identity Theft.

1.  According to a study released by Javelin Strategy & Research,   identity fraud increased by 13 percent in 2011.  More than 11.6 million adults became a victim of identity fraud in the United States.

2. The same survey found that despite all the warnings that social networks are a great resource for fraudsters, crooks and bad guys, consumers are still sharing a lot of personal information, namely the info that is commonly used to authenticate a consumer’s identity.  68 percent of people with public social media profiles shared their birthday information (with 45 percent sharing month, date and year)-Oops. Guilty. 63 percent shared their high school name; 18 percent shared their phone number; and 12 percent shared their pet’s name (Oops, again!) and these all are prime examples of personal information a company would use to verify your identity via security questions for example, or common passwords.

3. One possible reason for  the fraud increase was the 67 percent increase in the number of Americans affected by data breaches compared to 2010. Javelin Strategy & Research found victims of data breaches are 9.5 times more likely to be a victim of identity fraud, compared to those that weren’t compromised.

**On a side note- I almost forgot to white out my info on one of  screenshots,below!!  I’m telling you all about how to keep yourself safe online and I almost posted my personal info right here. Terribly glad my son noticed. I have Sometimer’s you know. Sometimes I’m sharp…sometimes I’m scattered. 


I had a few more little items left to purchase to finish up my Christmas shopping (I’m done now, btw *takes bow*  thank you) and I used V.me by Visa to keep my information safe. If you haven’t heard of V.me, here is a quick introduction.

Basically V.me by Visa is an easy, safe payment system that hides your important account information behind multiple layers of security. When you are ready to check out, you just enter your email and V.me password and that’s it. Signup was quick and my first purchase at Buy.com (Opi nail polish for $1.99 (!) among other little stocking stuffers )using their service was a snap. 

Four Reasons You’ll Love V.me:

1. Speed through checkout by entering your email address and password.

2. Pay securely with any Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card.

3. They store your payment information with multiple layers of security.

4. Enjoy the same rewards you get with your credit or debit cards.

My reasons:

1. No hassle. 

2. Fast signup.

3. Onsite tools like budget and tracking.

4. Offers and savings emails relevant to my activity.



See how easy check out is?


After signing in, I am directed to a confirmation page and I’m done!!


 I feel really good using V.me. I like knowing I don’t need to be afraid to enter my account info and I really like how streamlined the process of online shopping is… and you guys all know how much I love to shop online. No crowds, I can easily compare prices and deals, I save gas money, and I can wear my fuzzy slippers and comfy pj pants and even lay in bed if I want.

 Well, I guess I could wear slippers and jammies and go out and shop, but I’d hate to see myself on People of Walmart…

Furthermore, with both kids and hub also using the internet to buy stuff they want or need, this makes it easier for me to track purchases and spending, too. Geez, I sound self- centered huh? I’m all “easier for me,” “safer for me,” “it’s all about me, me, me.” But it is called V.me, after all!

Do you do a lot of shopping online? Do you feel nervous about using your credit cards? If you answered yes, you can go sign up for V.me by Visa here, for free, and give it a try!



This post is brought to you by V.me by Visa. Online payment. Simple and secure.

HUGE Vitacost Cyber Sale From 11/24/2012 at 9:00AM EST Until 11/26/2012 11:59 PM EST- Don't Miss It!


Like shopping online? Like deals? Then you do NOT want to miss the  HUGE Vitacost Cyber Sale From 11/24/2012 at 9:00AM EST Until 11/26/2012 11:59 PM EST it’s  15% off EVERYTHING. New to Vitacost?

Vitacost offers over 2,000 of the top, most trusted natural brands. Diet foods and healthy living must haves, like  nutritional supplements, whole foods and sports nutrition-at discount prices, up to 50% off.  Beauty and home. Tons of Gluten-free options at up to 48% off! They have over 200 full size products that are buy one, get one half off. See how quickly the savings can add up?

The selection is amazing and prices are low. I love the Aria Protein shakes-and at Vitacost the 12 oz size is only $10.14!! Savings of over $7.00 from the price I normally pay. And looking through their supplements- I found mushroom caps up to 55% off! Why on earth should I spend more for something. somewhere else?

If I take advantage of the 15% off EVERYTHING sale starting Saturday, based on what I know I need to get and checking their prices…I’m already saving over $35.00!! Enough to go get a “free” mani-pedi! LOL. No, really, I will!

And they’ll deliver them right to your door for FREE if your order totals $49 or more. Otherwise, shipping is just a small, flat-rate fee of $4.99, no matter how big the box.

Make sure you head over to Vitacost between  11/24/2012 at 9:00AM EST Until 11/26/2012 11:59 PM EST so you can save some cash, too!


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.

Give The Gift Of Healthier Water With Alkamate






Water. It covers three quarters of our planet but we don’t really think about it that much. It’s just there…until you are in a drought or you live somewhere where your tap water tastes like  chlorinated mud.  The water we drink today has been cleaned and has had so many chemicals added to it that the minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium are often absent. And instead of the good things our bodies need- water often has things like chlorine, rust, manure, nitrates, bacteria, heavy metals and many other unsafe and even toxic substances in it!

Of course, you might be fine because you buy bottled water right? Well, here’s the kicker, depending on the brand- your bottled water might just be from the municipal water supply from some other town, and not really that artesian well water you thought you were buying!  Even supposing you are getting “good” water every day…are you really drinking the best water for your body?

Are you drinking alkaline water?

There is a difference between clean water and clean alkaline water. What is alkaline water? Well, the ideal pH balance of the human body is between 7.3 to 7.4 and the only way to maintain or attain it in the first place is to follow an alkaline diet and by drinking alkaline water. Alkaline water has a pH of approximately 8 (depending on the brand or the equipment used to alkalize the water) and normal water has a neutral pH, which is 7 on the scale. Water can also  be slightly acidic.

There are said to be many benefits to alkaline water, and on the other side of the fence there are those that say it doesn’t matter. After reading as much as I could find, and drinking it myself,  I am one of those that do believe that alkaline water is valid, healthy and that it  DOES convey benefits to your body. So many diseases and health issues are acidic related. Neutralizing acids in the body, through diet and drinking alkaline water may:

1. Boost your immune system.

2. Increase your blood oxygen levels

May help prevent:

3. Arthritis or joint pain (this I know about as I personally experienced a lessening of my oft talked about joint pain)

4. Gout

5. Candida

6. Psoriasis

7. Water retention

8. May help prevent weight gain/accelerate weight loss

9. Help with increased energy

10. Help with improved sleep

11. Keep your body hydrated and give energy, naturally- no stimulants

And there are many, many other issues it addresses.

Great! But you’ve seen the prices on bottled alkaline water. You just looked around to see what filters for your house cost…how can you and your family drink alkaline water and do so affordably?


You can use the portable HL4Y AlkaMate like I am!  Made to be sturdy (you will be surprised at the weight- I expected a typical water filter type construction and was amazed at how solid this was)  the AlkaMate neutralizes the the acid in your water.


Made of 304 food grade stainless steel, and available in a variety off colors, it has two filters made of tourmaline and a mineral called maifanite. It also has 13 minerals and this combination is what will alkalize your water.

I am using my AlkaMate every day and I love it! Like I said, I personally experienced the lessening of the joint pain I deal with- not morphine relief – but enough that I could say “hey- I can tell it’s helping”  I also noticed, as did hubs, that it absolutely helps with fatigue and energy levels, but without that caffeine effect. This might not make sense but I’m going to call it gentle energy. You feel up, but not skittery.

 It’s easy to use- basically you pour your water in, shake for 10 or 15 seconds, wait 15 minutes the drink up! It only needs cleaning 1x per month by adding one spoon full of white vinegar and water to your AlkaMate- and then you let it sit for an hour. Wash with hot water and that’s it! They send a really well made carry pouch with the bottle so you can take your healthy water with you everywhere. I think this is an excellent gift idea this holiday season. The colors are very pretty and the size and shape are just right. 

If you are interested in a well priced counter top or under sink system you can go to the HL4Y site and browse their other products. Make sure to take a peek at the FIT Detox Foot Bath while you are there! They are on Twitter and Facebook also.


My New Business Cards Came!

I recently had the chance to work with EliteFlyers.com to get my new business cards…and since they have arrived, I wanted to share how wonderfully they turned out! Look:



I Know the picture quality is awful, but it’s good enough to for you to get the general idea, right?  In person they are matched to my blog button colors, feel super soft because they are silk laminated and have spot UV detail, front and back, which totally doesn’t show in the pic.  Spot UV is a high gloss highlight that pops details in relief on the cards. The order process went really well. I made changes like 20 times, but the guys were great! Amazing customer service. If you are looking to get some new business cards…or anything from custom apparel to postcards to pens, from balloons to flash drives, check out EliteFlyers.com!