Thursday, April 24, 2014

Guest: Balance Bar - Dark Chocolate Bars Giveaway 5/14 US

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Who doesn't love chocolate? I know we do but I also know that we are trying to live a healthier lifestyle so I had to cut out eating to much chocolate. Recently Balance contacted me to review their Dark Chocolate Crunch bars and I am so happy I agreed!
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If you love chocolate like I do then this is the bar for you. I know when your trying to eat healthier it can be hard to find snacks that are good for you and taste good at the same time. I have tried so many bars that just didn't taste right, like carboard is how I would say they tasted.   These bars were designed to follow the 40-30-30 ratio,(40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat), which is a proven formula developed by scientists. This formula was designed to help stabilize blood sugar, by doing this it helps one stay full longer, and helps us stay more energized.
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Balance Bar Dark bars are made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa. The Rainforest Alliance certification assures consumers that their cocoa beans are grown on sustainably managed farms that protect people and their surrounding ecosystems of water, soil and wildlife. This is a bar that is not only good for you but for the planet as well!   The Dark Chocolate Bar have the sweet and chocolate mixture to help with the sweet tooth and to keep my family going. The bars are a quick and easy energy snack for the whole family.   20140423_192123  
I certainly agree with you Kelly. I know I LOVE chocolates and it's one of my weaknesses. :) I'd love to try the Balance Bars as well and I'll be sure to grab one when we go to the grocery. :)

Head on over and check out what other yummy treats Balance Bar has. Connect with Balance Bar on Facebook and Twitter. I want to than Balance Bar for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway. 1 lucky winner will win a box of Dark Chocolate Bars. Enter below and good luck!    
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Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I've reviewed a couple of Vitamin C Serums already and what can I say? I'm in love with them. I've incorporated it on my daily routine and I'll continue using it for a LOOOOONG time. :)

Now, I am excited to do a review on another Vitamin C Serum brand because aside from the usual 20% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid ingredients of the other Vitamin C Serums I've reviewed, the Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum has 4 additional ingredients added to enhance and support the Vitamin C's effect on the skin.

20% Vitamin C helps in brightening your skin as well as improve the texture. Vitamin C is also critical to the production of collagen which helps maintain skin's elasticity and firmness. It is also scientifically proven to reduce oxidative stress protecting you from sun spots, redness, dulness and wrinkles. The Hylarunic Acid allows the skin to retain moisture while simultaneously increasing elasticity and firmness.

So what are the 4 additional key ingredients added to the Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum? Here are the 4 additional key ingredients added and their short description from Valentia.

1 & 2. Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil - These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend - Vitamin C

3. Resistem (Plant Stem Cells) - This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.


4. Green Tea Extact- The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.



The Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum has a thicker consistency compared to the other Vitamin C Serums I've tried. I like the orange color and the yummy orange scent. :) The natural ingredients in the bottle have a tendency to settle so inverting the bottle and shaking it very lightly for 1 to 2 seconds is a must. The bottle might be small but believe me, this would last a LONG time because you only need a few drops a day.

This is 5 drops of the Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum. It says to apply a small amount to face so I just dispensed the same amount I usually dispense in the past vitamin c serum I've used.

Since the Valentia Even Glow Serum is a bit thicker, my initial thoughts were it will be a bit heavy on my skin and it will not be absorbed as fast as the other brand I'm using. I was surprised that it was absorbed just as fast (about 15 seconds) and that it didn't leave any heavy residue/feeling on my skin. It also didn't cause any break-outs on my skin which is a plus for me. :)

After using the Valentia Even Glow Serum for a week every morning (my previous routine for my past vitamin c serum was every night but I changed it to every morning), my skin looked brighter and fresh. It made my skin glow and look radiant. It haven't actually vanquish my acne scars and dark spots but it did make them appear lighter on my 1st week of using it.

I love the Valentia Even Glow Serum and the additional ingredients because it is effective and I saw results quickly. The difference wasn't noticeable overnight but in a week, it made a difference already. That's quick enough for me. :)

You can learn more about the Valentia Even Glow Serum on Amazon. It is currently priced at $35 a bottle but it'll last for a long time. I am using it for a week now but I can barely see any difference on the volume.

DISCLAIMER: I am a member of Tomoson and I have received a complimentary free bottle of Valentia Even Glow Serum  to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.  

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.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

InstaNatural Phytoceramides Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I've read somewhere that beautiful and healthy skin comes from within. I agree with this quote therefore, I try my very best (although more often than not I fail thanks to iced lattes and soda) to eat healthy and exercise or workout as often as I can or should I say when I feel like working out. :)

When I heard about the InstaNatural Phytoceramides, I thought to myself, WHAT IS THAT?!?! LOL. Just kidding. :) The word is a bit familiar to me so I think maybe I've heard this when I was in college but didn't bother listening to my professor when he/she mentioned it. So now that the word phytoceramide got my attention, I did a bit of "googling" myself. :)

I learned that Phytoceramides is a plant-derived equivalent of ceramide (now this word is more familiar to me since we did study this) which is a form of lipid which keeps your skin hydrated and plump. As we get older, we start to produce less ceramides which causes our skin to look wrinkled and rough. Phytoceramides are taken orally to restore the natural outer layer of the skin.

Since I now know what Phytoceramides do, I was really excited to try the InstaNatural Phytoceramides. For me, I do take vitamins and supplements I think is safe without consulting my doctor but this is not the case for everyone so if you're not sure if you can take a new supplement, I suggest you consult your doctor first. :)

The InstaNatural Phytoceramides contains Ceramide PCD, a registered trademark of Oryza®, which is proven as the most effective from phytoceramides. It is rice derived and gluten and wheat free. It also has Vitamin A, C, D and E. One bottle has 30 capsules which is enough for a month-supply since the directions say to take 1 capsule daily with food.

I've been taking the InstaNatural Phytoceramides for a couple of days now and I haven't noticed any visible changes yet. I do know that taking in supplements, vitamins or any other beauty products for that matter wouldn't be noticeable overnight so I will have to update you after a few weeks. :) I am happy though that it doesn't upset my stomach or whatsoever. It's in a V-Cap form and I find these types of pills easier to swallow although they're a bit bigger so that's a plus for me.

You can learn more about the InstaNatural Phytoceramides on their Amazon page. They also offer a 90-day 100% Guarantee so if you're not happy or satisfied, just send the product back and they'll refund your payment. :)

DISCLAIMER: I am a member of Tomoson and I have received a complimentary free InstaNatural Phytoceramides to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.  

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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Instanatural 100% Pure Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I've used Argan Oil before and all the while, I thought it's only used for the hair. I was surprised when I learned that it can be used not only on the hair but on almost every part of the body. Of course I got excited when I was sent an InstaNatural 100% Pure Organic Moroccan Argan Oil to try. :)


I learned that I can use it on my hair as a leave-in conditioner, frizz remover, moisturizer, lip exfoliator and softener, hair/scalp treatment, face mask and for nail care.


The InstaNatural 100% Pure Organic Moroccan Argan Oil came in a 4 oz. dark blue bottle. The bottle is bigger than other bottled serums/oils I've tried in the past which is nice. I also like the included dropper better compared to pumps or the squirt/pour bottles because I can control the amount of Argan Oil I want to dispense. It also has a very subtle nutty/green natural scent. The scent only stayed for a couple of minutes after I applied the Argan Oil. :)

The first thing I did when I received my InstaNatural Argan Oil was to put it on my hair. I've learned from the past to follow directions on beauty products. The first time I used Argan Oil years ago, I didn't quite believe what I read in the directions to put just a small amount on the hair. I took it to my own hands and pumped about 3 pumps of the oil to my hands and put it on my hair. After that, VOILA! I look like I didn't wash my hair for years. LOL. :) So believe me when I say the saying that "A Little Goes A Long Way" when using Argan Oil. :)

This time, I followed the directions properly and dispensed only 2 drops of the Argan Oil on my palms and massaged it into my hair. My hair looked shiny and a bit tamed than usual but not oily. :)

I was hesitant to try it on my face as a moisturizer because I already have oily skin to begin with and since this is oil-based, I felt like it would make my face look more oilier. I also tend to have a break-out and I was afraid this would clog my pores because as I've mentioned, it's oil-based. For the sake of trying it out, I tried it once in the morning after my usual morning routine. I only dispensed a drop of the InstaNatural Argan Oil and my skin absorbed it well. My face didn't look oily as I expected it to be. It actually felt very soft and refreshing. Plus, no break-outs here! So one happy momma here. :)

I also tried it on my elbows and knees since they are more coarse and drier than the skin on my arms and legs. It felt wonderful since my elbows and knees became softer and smoother.

Next, I tried it on my lips as a lip softener. My lips dry easily so when I tried the InstaNatural Argan Oil on my lips, they felt heavenly and smooth afterwards and it's non-greasy as well.

Lastly, I tried it on my nails. I rubbed it on my hands and was amazed that my nails and cuticles looked better as soon as I rubbed the Argan Oil in.

The InstaNatural 100% Pure Organic Moroccan Argan Oil exceeded my expectations. I didn't believe it would suit my skin and face as well but it did. I can't believe how many different purposes it has and how effective they are. I believe this bottle will last a long time since I only need 1 to 2 drops per application.

You can learn more about the InstaNatural 100% Pure Organic Moroccan Argan Oil on Amazon. This is priced at $21.89 at the moment and this is a great price since a bottle will last a long time. :)

DISCLAIMER: I am a member of Tomoson and I have received a complimentary free InstaNatural 100% Pure Organic Moroccan Argan Oil to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.  
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Guest: Mighty Leaf Tea Prize Pack Reiew + Giveaway 5/11 US

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We love trying new Teas and recently we were able to review Mighty Leaf Taste of the Tropics Gift Sampler and it is amazing! Ronnie and I are tea drinkers. We love to try new flavors and even go out of our way to find little tea shops.  We especially love to drink tea at night, when the house is quite and we are able to sit down, relax and enjoy each others company. I know it does help to relax us. Something we need at night, to help us relax from our busy daily schedules.  When my package arrived from Mighty Leaf I was really excited to try it. I received a Tea Top Brew Travel Mug and three tea flavors.    
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holiday-teatopbrewmugVanilla Bean : Vanilla Bean black tea, a deep blend of black tea leaves with Madagascar vanilla. This tea was so smooth. I loved the taste and it was not bitter at all. The amazing smell hit me as soon as I opened the packet and the taste was absolutely delicious.    

Green Tea Tropical: Green Tea Tropical green tea boasts smooth green tea leaves that harmoniously blend with sweet tropical fruits to create a sensation as uplifting as a breeze off a tropical Island. This was a really nice blend of tea. Really nice taste.   Organic African Nectar: Made with naturally caffeine free Organic African rooibos tea, also known as red tea, this Mighty Leaf signature rooibos blend teems with tropical fruit and blossoms. It promotes calm and relaxation. This is the tea Ronnie loved! He has a hard time at night relaxing and he drinks this right before bedtime and it seems to help im relax. He loves the fruity flavor and the smoothness of the tea.   2014-04-12 16.55.14   

 I really love how the tea bag looks and feels. So many times I have had a tea bad break on me and the tea goes inside my cup. Mighty Leaf Tea uses handcrafted silken pouches to pack their artisan whole tea leaves into. This is a real plus for us!    
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Head on over and check out Mighty Leaf Tea, they have so many wonderful products to choose from. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.    

Wow these look great. I've recently found out that the benefits of drinking tea are amazing so I would love to try these as well. :) Thanks Kelly for a wonderful review! :)

Check out the Mighty Leaf Spa Week Sweepstakes

From now until April 30th, you can enter the Mighty Leaf Spa Week Sweepstakes for a chance to win the ultimate artisan tea and taste experience. One grand prize winner will win an amazing prize when you enter.   -One year of Mighty Leaf Tea -Alessi Michael Graves tea kettle -Two nights of luxury accommodations in a deluxe king guest room with city views at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco -Chef’s tasting menu experience for two at Americano, the hotel’s restaurant -Two rejuvenating bathing rituals on the Rooftop Bamboo Garden of Spa Vitale with Mighty Leaf herbal Tea experience Five runner-ups that will receive $100 to spend on MightyLeafTea.com.    

Thank you to Mighty Leaf Tea for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway. One winner will receive the Taste of the Tropics Sampler and Tea Top Commuter Brew Mug. Enter below and good luck!    
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Purex: Try Your Luck & WIN $500 Sweepstakes 5/9 US

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Are you feeling lucky this St. Patrick’s day? Give your clothes a kick of freshness with Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets. Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets give your clothes 30 days of long-lasting freshness! Enter for your chance to WIN $500 and a year’s supply of Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets!
In addition to the grand prize winner, fifty (50) will WIN a FREE box of Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets.
I know St. Patrick's Day has passed already but I'll still try my luck to win the $500 from Purex:Try Your Luck & Win $500 Sweepstakes! :) Or I'll be okay with the Free Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets as well. :) Hurry and enter below. Daily entries until May 9, 2014 only. :)
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DISCLAIMER: I am a Purex Insider and I am entered into a separate prize drawing for sharing the Purex: Start Summer Early and Win a Family vacation Sweepstakes. No other form of compensation was received.

Friday, April 18, 2014

$15 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway 5/9 US

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze

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I love the smell of spring. The scent of flowers blooming and a clean fresh scent when your able to open your windows. Who doesn't? This is the time of year when I open my windows and start to Spring clean. Now I have a little help to make my house smell fresh, the new Febreze Spring Collection.  
I received a package with some goodies in it the other day. Below is what I received.
  2014-04-12 16.16.34 I received: Febreze Set & Refresh, Febreze vent clip, Febreze Noticeables with Sweet Pea and Pink Petals scent.   I placed the Febreze Noticeables with Sweet Pea and Pink Petals scent in between my dining room and Kitchen. I love the scent! When I start to walk down my stairs the first thing I smell is the freshness of the Febreze Noticeable.   2014-04-12 16.19.43 The Febreze Set & Refresh, I placed this in my downstairs bathroom. When I have company over and they walk into the bathroom, it feels good to know that it will smell nice and fresh.   2014-04-12 16.21.37 The last product that I love is the Febreze vent clip. I always have those little tress hanging from my rear-view mirror, you know the tree that is suppose to last 30 days but in truth lasts maybe 2 days. Well with this vent clip I can control how much of a scent I want to come out and the smell is so nice. Amanda who is very sensitive to certain smells, loved this one and it didn't make her sick.   2014-04-12 16.23.05 I loved all my goodies from the new Spring Collection. Head on over to Walmart and pick up your favorite Spring scent from Febreze.    

I love the designs and the spring scents and I'd love to try these as well. Kelly is so lucky to have tried these! :) I would definitely pick up my own scents when we go to Walmart. :) 

To learn more about Febreze and their new Spring Collection go HERE and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.   What are some of the things that remind you of Spring?   One lucky reader will win a $15 Walmart gift card so you can try out the Febreze Spring Scents for yourself. Enter below and Good luck!  
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