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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Madison Reed Hair Color Review

Happy National Puppy Day everyone! I hope you celebrated your precious pups today. Who am I kidding? We do that everyday!

My little girl Nikki

It's no secret that I change my hair color like I change my undies! I'm always up for something 'different'. But to be completely honest, I didn't always color my hair correctly.

Going to the salon is SOOO expensive! And it got even more expensive as the years passed by. So, I went to box color. I know... Stupid me! I used box color for years. I absolutely LOVED the color, but it was destroying my hair! My hair used to be full and beautiful. With all those years of using box color, my hair got flat and blehhh. It's just lifeless and lost all of its luster. It became so unhealthy, that it looked stringy and was full of split ends! And let me tell you, it takes FOREVER to get it healthy again!

So I'll tell you this right now.... DO NOT USE BOX COLOR FROM THE DRUG STORE! And if you do, STOP!

If you just can't fork up the cash for a professional at the salon to color your hair, there is another option. It's not as expensive as the salon, but not as cheap as drug store box colors.

Get Better Hair Color with Madison Reed

There is a way to color your hair safely, without the costly price tag. And that is Madison Reed.
They offer cost efficient, 100% gray coverage, healthy hair color. Ammonia, Resorcinol, and PPD-Free, Gluten-Free, with No Parabens added. It's even Cruelty-Free which is my number one thing to look for in a product!

(image from google image search)

Thanks to the fabulous Color Crew at Madison Reed, I was able to try one of their hair colors absolutely free! I took the questionnaire to create my Hair Profile. You answer a few simple questions, then they suggest the best colors for you! It's so easy!

I was so excited when my box came in!

They included everything you would need to color your own hair.


Everything from gloves to anti-stain creme and even shampoo and conditioner! 

I will say this, doing this on my own was kind of tricky. I suggest you get someone to help you so that you don't miss any spots of hair! 

The instructions that were included were very straight forward and easy to follow. I did change one thing though, and that was when to remove the stains of color on my skin. I removed mine after step 7 just because I was worried about the color not coming off 35-45 minutes later! Anyway, after I got the color on, of which they give you a good amount of product, I let it sit for about 40 minutes and I rinsed it out in luke warm water. I suggest rinsing over the side of your tub so that you don't paint your bathtub a different color with all of the splatter! I absolutely love the fact that the shampoo and conditioner they include comes in a mini sample tube with a cap that closes. Many companies only give you this packet that you have to rip open and if you don't use all of the product at once, you have to just hope it doesn't all spill out or harden. With the mini tubes, I can close the bottle, and have no worries! 

Are you ready for it??? Here is my transformation:

Please ignore the frizziness! The after picture was taken right after blow drying. But you can see the fluffyness of it!

Anyways! I absolutely LOVE the color! It's absolutely gorgeous! I ended up using the TRIESTE RED - 5NRM permanent hair color. It's a reddish mahogany brown. Not only is the color beautiful, but my hair feels light and soft! It actually felt natural and not weighed down by a bunch of unhealthy, unnecessary chemicals. Plus, the smell afterwards wasn't overpowering. It was very light, yet still smelled great!

Silly fly aways!
I am absolutely impressed with Madison Reed hair color! They are an amazing company that believes in giving women the best product for their hair.

I would only suggest adding a few more color tones to the collection.

If you are interested in becoming an affiliate with the Madison Reed company, please follow my link below:

Their program is designed to help you make the most of being their affiliate.

Madison Reed isn't just hair color though! They have an array of other great products that you can see here. Just click Shop at the top!

Thank you! I really hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! Now go and find YOUR perfect color!

*DISCLOSURE* I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. All statements are my own.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Secura Electric Wine Opener Review

This one is for all the wine lovers!

You know how we have those hand operated, gaudy, annoying, oddly shaped wine bottle openers? I just hate how some of them either destroy the cork because you went in crooked, or they take up so much space when you store it.

I was so excited to try this electric wine bottle opener! This stainless steel one by Secura is beautifully designed. It not only looks really nice and expensive, it actually matches my stainless steel appliances in my kitchen so it doesn't look odd on my counters.

It's so easy to use that I almost feel lazy using it! You just put it charging on the charging stand for at least 8 hours before the first use, then just set it on the top of your bottle and press the down button. The needle descends and takes the cork with it! Press the up button to release the cork. It's that simple.

I absolutely love being able to watch it all happen through the clear bottom portion. It even lights up and looks all fancy. It is definitely one of my favorite wine bottle openers. Even the little foil cutter that is included works exceptionally well. The design is beautiful and looks great when I take it out when we have company over.

There are a couple of things I think that can be improved on though:
  • For one, the stand for the foil cutter does not allow the cutter to stay sturdy onto it.
  • Also, the slot where the opener goes is a bit wobbly. It does not feel secured when moving the whole dock from place to place. It makes me feel like if I make the wrong move, it will fall and break.
  • Lastly, when using with the really dry like corks, it breaks them apart pretty easily when trying to extract the cork from the bottle. Luckily, nothing got into my bottle.

Overall, this is a great product that I believe any wine lover would enjoy in their wine tool collection. I even think the price is just right for this product.

Where to purchase:
Secura Stainless Steel Wine Opener

Price: $29.99 Amazon Prime

They also offer an electric wine opener with a built in thermometer. It reads the temperature of the wine with just a push of a button! This particular one comes in at $43.99 Amazon Prime.

**I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I am in no way affiliated with this company and was not compensated.**

Monday, March 21, 2016

Julep Springtime Offer

Spring is finally upon us! If you can’t get away for a proper week in the sun this spring, lighten up with a pop of bright pastels! You’ll get this Free 3-Piece Polish Gift when you join Julep Beauty Box and pay for your first month ($24.99). When you join Julep, you'll get a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, nail, or skincare products delivered to your door every month. Julep offers the only full-size and fully-customizable beauty box out there, so you get what you want every month! To redeem your Free 3-Piece Polish Gift, add the gift to cart and use code TAKEOFF at checkout.

Your gift includes:
  • One pink grapefruit sheer iridescent polish
  • One hyacinth crème polish
  • One tart lemon crème polish

I am totally in love with these colors! I always look forward to my next monthly Julep box. Their polishes go on so well without all the clumping and aggravation that some of those cheap, drug store brands have. Not only do I love their polish, I am obsessed with their makeup and skincare products! Try it out for yourself today! This offer only lasts until 3/31/16!

Here are some reasons why you’ll love Julep:

  • Julep is affordable. Every month you get more than $40 of full-size products for just $24.99 per month (tip - prepay for three months at a time and only pay $19.99 a month).
  • Julep is the only customizable subscription beauty box that makes all of their own (full-size!) products . That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don't like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don't want.
  • Julep subscribers get 20% off all single product purchases, free shipping, early access to secret sales. If you are passionate about your polish, that adds up to some amazing savings!
  • Satisfaction guaranteed - just call to cancel anytime.

Get your Free 3-Piece Polish Gift today! Use promo code TAKEOFF to get your free gift when you pay for your first month of Julep ($24.99).

Monday, March 14, 2016

Julep Pi Day Special


Get in on this deal from Julep before it's gone! I am loving these colors they've put together. I've used Julep so many times to get their beautiful polishes. Each time they would come in the mail, it was like a mini spaz attack! Haha!

3 Polish Gift for $14

We take inspiration from all over the place for the oodles of nail looks we create. Today, our big influence is delicious pie…mmm. That’s because 3/14 is Pi Day. What is Pi, you ask? Pi is the numerical value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter which is approximately 3.14159. I know, we’re mixing our metaphors a little here, but it’s all for a good cause—cute nails! 

Our nail look below is inspired by Cherry Almond Pie. We used scotch tape and three Julep polishes to create this look. Today through 3/16, you can get this 3-Piece Polish Gift for just $14! Normally, each polish is $14 each, so this is truly a sweet steal.

3 Polish Gift for $!4
Here’s what you’ll get in your 3-Piece Polish Gift

  • Meghan (Classic with a Twist): Flaming red crème polish
  • Cassandra (Bombshell): Deep cabernet crème polish
  • Oxygen Performance Top Coat: Adds shine and stamina to your nail polish

Get 3-Piece Polish Gift today, because the offer only lasts through 3/16.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cents of Style Dolman Offer

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These oversized scoop neck tees have a slight dolman sleeve for a perfectly cool look. Pair one with your favorite skinny jeans or cute shorts and just grab a cardigan for those chilly, Spring days.
For Style Steals Monday, March 7th, our Women's Dolman Graphic Tees & FREE SHIPPING w/code DOLMAN16.

Follow the link below to check out all the great stuff they have!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hair Brush Straightener by Goldmine Natural Beauty Review

Normally, I either don't use a straightener or I just make a quick pass with my Chi iron. It's what I have always used. That, and the generic version of Chi (GVP- Great Value Product) and I love both. The problem is, the older I get, the more unhealthy, brittle, and damaged my hair gets. I'm really tired of using a ceramic hot iron to flatten or curl my hair. All of that pulling and pressing gives my hair some serious damaging effects. The last time I went to my hair stylist, she was in shock at how see through and broken my ends were. I had to cut off at least 2 inches and if you knew me, you'd know I NEVER like to cut my hair at all!

I began using a product that you spray in your hair to help the drying process speed up so that you don't have to use a blow dryer for a shorter period of time, if at all. I still don't feel like that is enough. So, I have made the switch to hair brush straighteners.

I really enjoyed using this hair brush straightener by Goldmine Natural Beauty. Not only is it my favorite color, but it works perfectly for me. It's so easy to use and it's effective but not overly damaging for my fine hair. Simply turn it on, set your desired temperature, and you are good to go! Take your time, Do not be rough with your hair or the brush.

Please take the time to watch my video to see how well the brush works. I was a little nervous so excuse that! I hate just coming up with what to say on camera! HA!

Product link:

Price: $39.99 Amazon Prime

I enjoyed testing out this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All statements are mine and the video is actually me. I am in no way affiliated with Goldmine Natural Beauty.

Beautilee Makeup Sponge Blenders and Brush Review

I'm just starting to use sponge blenders for my liquid foundations. I love my buffing brush, but it's not good for contouring. These sponge blenders by Beautilee are great for contouring with creams and liquids. They are super soft, feels great on the skin, and absorbs the foundations well. If you wet it first, then squeeze out the excess water, it will be easier to apply and also clean the sponges afterwards. It also comes with a retractable kabuki brush. It's nice to have a brush I can take where ever I want without messing up the bristles. The only thing is that you have to be careful not to push down the retractable part of the brush too far. It can get stuck and it's not easy to get it back up. This part could use a little change because what's a retractable brush if you can't retract it? It opens up beautifully, closing it is where it can get tricky.

Here is a helpful list of my pros and cons on this product.

- Soft sponges
- Sponges are easy on the skin
- Sponges and brush are easy to clean
- Compact and easy for on the go
- Latex-free
- Antibacterial
- Cruelty-free

- Bristles are a bit rough on the skin
- Retractable part of brush gets stuck
- Packaging could use some reinforcement

I think it's absolutely great that a portion of each purchase goes to support "Women for Women International". A program that allows you to 'Sponsor a Sister' in countries affected by conflict and war. The program helps women learn the skills necessary to support their families and provide better lives for them.

Product link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017Y9LEVS?ref_=cm_rdp_product_imgPrice: $13.97 Amazon Prime

*DISCLAIMER* I received this product at a discount or free in exchange for my honest review. I am in no way affiliated with this company and was not compensated.
None of the links mentioned are affiliations.