Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review - Caldrea Green Tea Verbena Diffuser exclusively for Target


At The Caldrea Company, our team of earth-loving scientists, designers and passionate
home keepers use the finest plant-derived ingredients and essential oils to provide natural freshness, superior fragrances and cleaning potency. No harsh chemicals, no harsh fragrances; a simple, stylish and fresh approach to cleaning and to providing home
ambiance in a fragrance collection of your own choosing.

All our liquid products are biodegradable. Our products do not contain ammonia,
chlorine, phosphates, formaldehyde, parabens, DEA, phthalates, or petroleum distillates.

We do not test our products on animals. As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable
Palm Oil, we only source sustainable palm oil.

Caldrea Essential Collection, the essence of Caldrea distilled into a fresh, modern
approach. Available exclusively at Target.

I absolutely love earth friendly products for my skin.  Why not embrace them for your home as well?  Lets face it, times are changing and everyone is taking a shot at being green.  After all, this planet is where we live so lets take care of it.

Caldrea is offering a variety of products, all earth friendly and intended for the home as well as your skin.

I tried the Green Tea Verbena kitchen diffuser.  It is such a light, fresh scent.  Its not overpowering, you can cook and do all of your chores but still get a gentle reminder that its there.

The little ceramic bottle is absolutely adorable.  At the top of the bottle, there is a simple little green leaf that diffuses the oil. Its refillable and pretty sturdy so there is no limit of how many times you can use it.  This collection is made exclusively for Target and costs $19.99. 

I have used many different diffusers varying from $5-$40.  The $19.99 price is pretty average.  I can definitely see myself purchasing other Caldrea products in the future. 

One last plus, for all of you animal lovers out there: Caldrea does NOT test on animals! Love, love and love!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Review - Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

Our Moisturizing Facial Wash leaves your skin thoroughly cleansed and nourished, plus it's a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with added vitamins.

I am beginning to love Simple products! This facial wash is so gentle.  There is no burn or no sting.  As gentle as it is, it still manages to clean your face well. I've been using this with the toner and I am loving the results so far.  My face doesn't get dried out after I wash it.

I have extra senstivie skin and that makes me a perfect candidate for Simple.  There are just natural ingredients which make for a low risk of allergic reactions or breakouts. 

Simple products are easily found in your local pharmacy.  They have a complete line of skin care products, such as cleansing wipes, toner, eye rollers, day/night creams and moisturizers.

Review - Butter London Lippy in Primrose Hill Picnic

Introducing LIPPY by butter LONDON. LIPPY is a range of long-wearing, lacquer-like lip glosses in shades to match our famous nail lacquers. Like the butter LONDON nail lacquers, LIPPY colours are rich and heavily pigmented for a look that is deliberate, high fashion, and luxe. LIPPY does not contain parabens, phthalates, sulphates, or bismuth. If you’re being LIPPY, look the part.

I recently reviewed Butter London's 3 Free nail laquer in the matching color to this Lippy.  I have to say this color is bold!! What a statement.  I think this is one of those colors that can look good on just about any skin tone. 

In addition to packing a punch in color, it also lasts long.  It stayed on for about 4 hours -for a lipgloss that is GREAT! The price is about $17 but you will not be reapplying every hour so this will last a while.

I am also going to point out the fact that these Lippys were meant to match certain shades of the laquers which I think is a great idea.  You could have your nails, toes and lips all the same color!

Be sure to check out all the different color options.  You can also purchase them as a set.  (1) 3 Free Laquer & (1) Lippy in matching colors. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review- Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow

Our fab trios are all playfulness and color! Get rich, bold hues in just one swipe. Each includes 3 coordinated shadows-base shade, contour color and highlighter-so you'll never wonder which shades to wear together again. You'll even find application tips on the peel-back label.

• Super blendable, velvety formula
• Highly pigmented, even color
• Lasting wear

Smashbox, wow you really hit it this time! I've been on the longest search/hunt for an eyeshadow palette that could pretty much cover everything I needed and wanted on an everyday basis. This one fulfilled it. It is really rich in color and applies evenly. The soft and smooth texture makes it really easy to wear and blend, especially if you're always late or in a rush, like me! And the staying power - no doubt, it lasts throughout the day without budging or compromising. All of these factors contribute to my favorite kind of eyeshadow. There are so many color combos to pick from, I recommend choosing and coordinating the colors you like the most that best complements your eye color and skin tone. Because even though it's a little on the pricey side running about $28, this Smashbox Photo Op Trio makes up for it by being nicely pigmented and long-lasting throughout the day. To me, as a trio, it is very worth it, especially if you're picky about eyeshadows (the color, texture, and wear-ability), this is one that fully passed my test!

Saturday, August 4, 2012



"Gel-Like shine and up to 11 days of shatterproof color*.
*When worn with Colorstay™ base & top coats
Colorstay nail color formula is fortified with unique ingredients that provide high impact color and gel-like shine in fashion forward range of shades and finishes. This technology is based on a unique combination of resin and high molecular weight polymers designed to provide flexible, shatterproof color with excellent color retention and gloss."

Okay, I have to admit I was very skeptical about the claims of 11 day wear, but I'm now a firm believer!  I just removed my manicure after 10 days and it would have lasted even longer had I not gone to the beach yesterday.  Now, for a change, no one gave me this nail polish to review.  I spent my own cash on the base coat, top coat and colors of this polish that I own.  For me to rave about a product that I spent my own money on is really rare.  It has to be a super-performer, and this system definitely is.  Now I know that when you've seen it at the drugstore you've been reluctant to plop down $8.99 x 3 just to try this nail system (you really must have the base coat, the top coat and a color), but if you keep your eyes open, you'll find deals like I did such as the one at CVS two weeks ago, the entire line was buy one for $4.99 get $3 CVS bucks back (I'm unsure of the limit on the number of bottles on this sale).  So you can get away with owning this great system relatively cheap.  I currently own all of the colors I like and I brought two matching colors to get a manicure 10 days ago.  True, manicures seem to last longer when done by a professional, but come on!  10 days!  That's awesome.  And the best part, my nails are just as strong as when the polish went on, unlike when I get shellac mani's.  It comes of with ease to boot.  Search those Sunday circulars this week because I'll bet one of your local drug stores or chain stores will have a sale on these wonderful products.  P.S. Don't forget to apply two coats of each product, allowing drying time between coats or else it will not turn out correctly and it will bubble.