Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Studio Gear Cosmetics - CC Cream Review

***Disclaimer:  As part of the BrandBacker community, I received a complimentary sample of Studio Gear Cosmetics CC Cream to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and do not reflect the views of BrandBacker or Studio Gear Cosmetics***


I remember the first time I tried Studio Gear cosmetics, I was on one of my many make-up shopping trips. I was tired of using the same line, I wanted to mix it up a little. I was glad the girl at the counter suggested this line to me, I've been hooked ever since and I buy it as often as I can.

"Studio Gear Cosmetics founded by industry veterans Steve Rohr and John Avolio, Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigious cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionalizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. Since 1996, Studio Gear has been on set at hundreds of professional photo shoots, in the beauty departments of Bloomingdales, Macy's, Dillard's, HSN and ULTA, and also in the everyday woman's makeup bag.  This is a line created tru to the concept that every woman deserves professional high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price."

If you're not familiar with CC creams, then you've probably been hiding under a rock, along with the craze of BB creams, this is a must have in any cosmetic bag! Shame on you for not knowing about CC cream, lucky for you I'm sweet on my readers, so I'll give you a quick run through!

What is CC cream?

Color Correcting or Color Control Cream.

What does that mean to you?

Well, if you have uneven skin tone, redness or sallowness this should be able to improve the overall look of your skin tone.

How is Studio Gear CC Cream Natural different from their Hydrating CC Cream?

CC Cream Natural uses your own natural pigment to develop color.  Genius, right?

Let's check it out.


Don't mind that horrendous picture, my natural skin tone is horrible.  I'm patchy, blotchy and have mild redness. It's so much fun, haha...kidding. 


That's the CC Cream Natural, it squeezes out almost a grayish white.  If you can tell, the ends of that dot I put on my hand, was already color matching my skin, if that's not awesome...really, I don't know what is!


I completely blended the CC Cream Natural and it's invisible, no signs of makeup. This is great, especially for people who want to look "put together" but in an effortless sort of way!


Here, well, I'm sure you all know what sort of shenanigans were going on. I went CC Cream Natural dot happy all over my face, how do I look? 


Now, if you look at the very first picture up top, it doesn't look like a dramatic difference, but you can still see that my skin tone has improved. I don't look uneven and it even covered those dark circles!


Here I am with a full face of makeup.  I had the CC Cream Natural ONLY, some blush, a tad of bronzer, some lip gloss and winged liner. Nothing fancy, but I look put together, besides, I combed my hair for everyone, too!

My final thoughts:

While I encourage those who enjoy a dewy and creamy complexion to run out and buy this, I don't recommend it as highly for someone such as myself, who unfortunately suffer from a severly oily complexion.  I loved it for when I was out shopping and I didn't want to look like the zombie apocalypse was coming towards people at the store.  But I had to use a tiny, itty bit of product so that I wouldn't wind up glowing by the end of the day.  

If you'd like to try out any of Studio Gear Cosmetics lines, or their brushes (which is what they're originally known for) then head on over and take a look on their site! They are reasonably and competitively priced with other high end brands.

Check out their site:  StudioGearCosmetics.com
Like them on Facebook:  Facebook.com/StudioGearCosmetics
Follow them on Twitter:  @SGearCosmetics
Follow them on Instagram: @studiogearcosmetics

Put them in your circle on Google+: Studiogearcosmetics

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening Review & International Giveaway **VIDEO**


***Disclaimer:  Smile Brilliant! provided me with a complimentary Smile Brilliant! Professional Teeth Whitening with LED Accelerator Light Kit to faciliate for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and may not be necessarily the views or opinions of Smile Brilliant!***

I thoroughly enjoy the products that are provided to me through my blog, there are products that I'm curious about but I know I probably wouldn't buy unless someone recommended it to me, and they would have to show some concrete proof for me to give it a shot.  There are certain things that I'm skeptical about. Teeth whitening is one of them. Why? Well, I always feel like a professional should do it. I just think, if a professional charges you over $500 to clean, polish and whiten your teeth, how can I possible do it at home for less than $100!?!?

But then, like it happens to all skeptics, something, or should I say someone changed my mind. A super awesome representative from Smile Brilliant! asked if I'd be interested in testing out their product and reviewing it on my blog, I was hesistant, but decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I did!

For starters, I'm a coffee addict. I've mentioned this several times in the blog, and well, if you know me personally you know to steer clear of me until I've had my second cup, that's just a minimum ;] Now, while I love my coffee to death, it's done nothing for my smile or my teeth. Coffee stained teeth are no good! I mean, they're not smoker bad, but yes, they are yellow. I'm not proud of it and I sure as heck don't like to show of dingy teeth.  Smile Brilliant! seemed like the perfect solution.

Please enjoy the video:


You can find Smile Brilliant at - 

"Like" Smile Brilliant on Facebook - facebook.com/SmileBrilliant
"Follow" Smile Brilliant on Twitter - twitter.com/SBwhitening
"Follow" Smile Brilliant on Instagram - instagram.com/smilebrilliant

Also, be sure to subscribe to Smile Brilliant Promotions for opportunities to enter and host a giveaway or promotion with Smile Brilliant! Your Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening System will have instructions for usage, it's just 6 simple steps:
  1. Unlock Whitening Light Battery Cap
  2. Remove Plastic insert (placed in between the two batteries)
  3. Remove Pen Cap & Twist (from the Whitening Pen)
  4. Apply Whitening Gel (evenly onto surface of the upper/lower teeth)
  5. Insert Lip Guard & Led Light
  6. Kill about 20-120 minutes of your time, watch a movie, catch up on some DVR episodes you haven't watched.
The whitening pen comes with 7 applications. Depending on the state of your teeth, you might not need to do this 7 times, but if necessary, you can do 7-14 applications to be stain free.
Just the facts:
  • High Intensity LED Accelerator Light - Accelerates the teeth whitening process
  • Teeth Whitening Gel Pen - Convenient, 4ml whitening pen (brush-on applicator) with 22% professional strength whitening gel
  • Lip & Cheek Protector - Upper and lower protective tray (prevents gel mess)
  • Detailed Instructions - Guide to using your LED teeth whitening kit effectively
  • 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee
  • An Affordable Teeth Whitening Solution - Great Teeth Whitening Results on a Budget
As you can see from the last picture in my video, the results are quite good. I stood in the same spot, and used natural lighting, no flash. That was all good old sunshine. I didn't feel any burning, or numbness. There were no negative effects to my teeth, gums or lips. I did not experience any tooth sensitivites, which I thought I might. I only left the kit on my teeth for 25 minutes.  I decided to use it again next week and take pictures after each subsequent application. I found the kit to be easy to use, which in my world, means a lot! I'm always busy, on the go or running around. But if I can sit around, watch TV and get a whiter, brighter smile as a result, then I'm all for it!

Okay, this concludes my review....I kid, I kid. On to the good stuff! Smile Brilliant is gracious enough to allow me to host a giveaway on their behalf! I usually only have national giveaways, this will be my first International Giveaway! Now because of this, all entries will be verified. If you are not following as per the giveaway form, you will not be eligible and your entry will be disqualified. Please read all the rules before entering. Good Luck and Happy Whitening!

Purex Crystals Review and Giveaway

 ***Disclaimer:  The Purex® brand provided me with a sample of Purex® Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze in exchange for a product review.  However, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.***

  

There is just something about a fresh smelling load of laundry, wouldn't you agree?  I always make sure that when my clothes comes out of the dryer, people know that I've used good quality products.  I feel proud sending off the husband and kids to work and school smelling like fresh laundry. Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm a freak!  

As part of the Purex Insiders community, I get the opportunity to sample new products, from laundry detergent, to fabric softener and sheets, even stain removing bars.  This was no exception, Purex Crystals is brand new to the market and I'm one of the first to try it! But guess what, three of you lucky readers will get the chance to win a coupon for (1) 28 oz. bottle of Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze (More about that later, just keep reading!)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Green Mountain Creamery YoYummy Yogurt Review


I really enjoy being a part of the Green Moms Meet community. Besides getting to enjoy time with my favorite mommies, I get to sample new products, not only for ourselves but for our children!  I was asked to sample and review Green Mountain Creamery YoYummy All Natural Yogurt, and being that we are HUGE yogurt lovers, I jumped all over the opportunity!



My mommy group and I only meet once every couple of months, so I decided to have an impromptu meeting with the mommies most local to my home, and their kids. I received 3 boxes of YoYummy yogurt, a few stickers and coupons.

Let's get on with the yumminess shall we? 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Win $1,000 Shopping Spree from Purex - Get a Clean Start!


Purex is all about helping you feel your very best, that's why it's super awesome of them to offer one lucky winner the chance to go crazy with a $1,000 shopping spree and a year's supply of Purex Detergent!

It's simple to enter! Just click this super safe link (promise) put in your info and presto! You're in the drawing! Good luck and I hope one of my readers wins, send me a scarf or something, yeah? Hahaha TOTALLY KIDDING *shaking head no*



***Disclaimer:  As part of the Purex Insiders "Get a Clean Start" campaign, I am eligible to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card to sharing this promotion with my readers.  Sweepstakes only open to US residents. Terms and conditions can be found here.***

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hershey's Spread Review - Spread the Possibilites


As part of the CrowdTap community, I often get chosen to participate in sample and share programs. When they asked me if I wanted to try out Hershey's Chocolate Spreads, all I could think was, Chocolate? Where do I sign up!?

Here is my unbiased opinion, I loved it and I want more! The only thing I wish was sent along with my sample, was coupons! I'd go out and buy a whole bunch of it, and eat it by the spoonfuls, haha.  Yes. I am aware I have a problem.  But all joking aside, I enjoyed the spread for the following reasons:


  • It's a nice treat to have on hand.
  • It's very versatile in it's many uses.
  • It tastes great
  • It's not overly sweet
  • It comes in a nice resealable package, that does not require me to refrigerate, melt or otherwise manipulate it in any way to enjoy it.
Let me show you some of the ways I incorporated it into some VERY simple treats for my boys!

Friday, January 10, 2014

ZonePerfect Blog Forward Challenge #1 - Dear, Me: A Poignant Letter Written to Myself

***Disclosure:  I am participating in the ZonePerfect Blog Forward Program. As a participant, I am provided with complimentary products and ZonePerfect promotional items.  All opinions expressed in my blog posts about ZonePerfect Blog Forward are 100% my own, as I am free to comment about ZonePerfect in a positive, neutral or negative fashion.


So. What got you? It was that poignant letter part, huh? Mmm, hmmm...just as I suspected.  If you're an avid reader of my blog, you know that I'm anything but poignant, sarcastic and a bit dorky, but yeah, I'm not exactly the Sidney Poitier of blogging. But if that was the line that hooked you, well yay me!

But enough about how I lured you all in my web, I mean, err, blog...as much as I'd love to be able to say that I'm quite the athlete, I'm far from it. More like, I'm probably the only person on the face of this earth to get an F in P.E., yeah, seriously, who does that? Apparently, I do. I have the high school transcripts to prove it. Now, having said all that, while I'm not going to win any Athlete of the Year awards I'm VERY competitive.  So much so, that I've disowned my kids once or twice during a cutthroat game of UNO.  I DON'T mess around!!

Time to Celebrate - Blogiversary


I hate that cliche, "Time Flies" but it most certainly appear to happen that way doesn't it?  It doesn't seem like an entire year has come and gone, but apparently "Word of Mouth...Lend Me Your Ear" has officially turned "1". When I first started my blog, it was really out of sheer and abundant amounts of boredom.  I needed an outlet, I needed some creativity in my life.  Instead I got a fulfilling and rewarding experience.  I have each and every reader to thank, from those who just passed by during a google search, to those who I truly engaged and have kept as loyal readers.

I don't know where the future is going to take my blog.  I've been contemplating branching out and taking the plunge to buy a site with my name on it.  I have so many ideas, I want to revamp the blog, I want to start a new blog, something different.  I love Word of Mouth, it's what I do, I love talking about products that I enjoy, that I'm passionate about and that perhaps by reading just ONE of my reviews I've helped someone make a decision about a purchase!

Among a sea of thousands of blogs, I'm happy to be chosen as one to read, follow and enjoy.

Thank you for making this entire blogging year, the best experience! I'd like to also extend a thank you to all the brands, programs and sites that have trusted in me with their products and services.  If it weren't for you there'd be no blog!

XOXO -- E