Friday, September 26, 2014

Guardian - It Beats Deet!

This summer has been a bad one for mosquitos!  In one night, I counted over 20 mosquito bites, and that was from just a short while outside.  You think I'd be skinnier with all the blood that was drained!

I was offered the opportunity to review Guardian Repellent and I was thrilled!  I would have jumped for joy but I was too weak from loss of blood! (Okay, not really... just being dramatic!)

So, first test was the smell test.  I can't stand the smell of most repellents.  This one wasn't bad.  I didn't mind it and after the initial application, I didn't really smell it.  That's a good thing.  Second test, I applied and  sat in my home.  (yes, the little buggers are in my home right now too... yuck!)  I was actually able to sit at my computer and work without being constantly bit!  Second test passed.

Now on to the ultimate test.... the outside test.  I sprayed on Guardian and with great trepidation, headed outside.  The mosquitos were thick and you could even hear those little suckers, but not one bite.... really!  Not One Bite! I know, right!  I was thrilled!  Test Three passed with flying colors!

Now, even more good news... it's Deet Free.  Guardian Repellent uses a nature-derived solution that is scientifically proven to match or exceed 15% DEET.  That's a big plus for me!

I'm a fan of Guardian!  I'd show you how much with a big leap of joy, but I'm still recovering from those initial bites.  (Okay, not really.... I'm just lazy!)

Disclosure:  I received this product for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Adovia, I Adore You

Do I have dry skin?  I live in Arizona.... need I say more?  The Arizona sun bakes my skin and makes it feel like there is not an ounce of moisture left in it.  Yet, when I use a moisturizer and then head outside, it melts whatever moisturizer I've put on my face. What to do, what to do?

Well, I had the chance to review Adovia Natural Moisturizing Day Cream with Dead Sea Minerals.  What is it you ask?  It is a Natural facial moisturizer that is infused with Dead Sea minerals and healing salts.  It is hypo-allergenic and dermatologist tested and approved.  It is supposed to help your skin regain it's natural moisture and then retain that moisture.  Sounds good, so I gave it a try.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the jar is how wonderful it smelled!  Love, love, love the smell!  I'd use it just for the lovely fragrance!  It is very creamy and thick, and very white.  Kind of pretty actually.  Though when I felt it, I thought it would leave my skin feeling very greasy.  Nope!  When I applied it, it went on somewhat heavy but immediately soaked into my skin leaving it feeling very soft and very moisturized!

Then I headed outside to give it the Arizona sun test.  It passed!  It didn't melt, it didn't feel sticky.  In fact it didn't feel like I had anything on, though I knew I did because my skin felt moisturized.  Round two to you, Adovia!

I have continued to use Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream on a daily basis and I'm very pleased with the results!  My skin feels wonderful, and I'm noticing that it's looking smoother!  I'm very pleased with Adovia and will continue to use it... it smells too good not to.  Oh yeah, and my face looks great too!  Thanks Adovia!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Zevia - Happy and Healthier!

It's time.... it's past time.  I've been wanting to eat healthier and feel healthier for a long time.  I kept thinking, "I'll start first thing... tomorrow."  Well, tomorrow is here!

I've been exercising and losing some unhealthy habits, like my need for sugar.  That being said, I still need my soda... all that bubbly carbonation!  Enter Zevia!  It is a Zero Calorie Soda that is sweetened naturally.  No calories, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, oh yeah!  Did I mention it's Kosher, Vegan, and Gluten-Free?  Well, it is.

Zevia comes in 15 different flavors, yes, you heard me... 15 flavors!  Black Cherry, Cola, Caffeine-Free Cola, Orange, Grape, Dr. Zevia, Ginger Ale, Grapefruit Citrus (personal favorite), Ginger Root Beer, Lime Cola, Strawberry, Cream Soda, Lemon-Lime, Mountain Zevia, and Cherry Cola!  Whew!

So, let's get to the important part... how does it taste?  Well, I'm a fan!  I think my favorite is Grapefruit Citrus, I'm drinking it right now as I write this. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I live on an acre of citrus trees including lots of grapefruit! Ü  I liked every flavor except, not a big fan of Ginger Root Beer, though my son loved it.

I did the ultimate taste test with my sweet hubby, who is a bit picky about his soda(love ya, hun!)  He can't stand any type of an after-taste that you get with a lot of diet or sugar free sodas.  Well, he liked almost all of it, he really liked the Black Cherry, but was not a fan of the Mountain Zevia (I guess he's a Mountain Dew purist).  I myself, liked it!

I also like that you can find it at your local grocers!  I can grab a six pack when I go shopping!

So, thanks to Zevia, I'm feeling happy (bubbly carbonation) and healthier (be gone, sugar)!

To add to the happy factor, Zevia is having a fun contest right now.  Just enjoy some Zevia, snap a selfie and post about you #zeviastyle . They are giving away $100 Target gift cards, and lots of other prizes.  Ceck it out here!

Speaking of contests, five of you lucky readers can each win a coupon for a free six-pack of Zevia!  You can enter below.  Enjoy!

Disclosure:  I received this product for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!  Thanks for this opportunity!

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Sheer Cover - Covers Beautifully!

I have never liked the feel of foundation on my face... or the look for that matter.  I don't want the real me covered, freckles and all.  That being said, I'm also not a big fan of wrinkles, blemishes and other little imperfections.  So I've always been on a quest for something that will cover what I want covered, and let the other stuff shine through.

I'm thrilled to say, that I've finally found my solution!  Let me tell you about Sheer Cover Studio Makeup System! It has all the products you need to achieve a lovely look!

So, after receiving these great products, I perused the step-by-step instruction booklet, (though, truth be told, it's pretty self-explanatory).  First I used the Base Perfector Primer.  Love this stuff!  My face felt so soft and smooth and the mineral foundation went on so easy and even.  I forgot to use the primer once and while the makeup still looked great, the primer really makes a difference.  It really helps the makeup glide on smoothly and minimizes those fine lines.

Next, I used the conceal and brighten trio.  It helped hide my dark under-eye circles from lack of sleep and accented my eyes.  Then, came the mineral foundation... ooh!  Felt so great, looked so great and covered those pesky little blemishes that they told us would go away once we were out of the teenage years (lies!), yet my freckles could peak through.  Though if you don't like freckles, if you applied it a bit heavier I'm sure it would cover those little sun-kisses.
Before:   (yes, I actually posted a pic with wet hair and no makeup!)
I finished off the look with the bronzer (three different shades in one compact so I could highlight and create depth where I needed to, and finally the lengthening mascara and lash extending fibers.  I was pleased with the result and hurried out to show my husband my stunning new look!  He gasped with amazement and swept me into his arms!  Okay, not really but he did say, "Looking good, babe."  Sold!  Love this stuff!
After - (had so much fun playing with the make-up, forgot to do my hair!)

Now, you know I love contests and giveaways.  There's a great one going on at for a year's supply of Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation!  You can enter here!

You can also check out Sheer Cover on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, or the Sheer Cover website if you want more info.  Hope you like it as much as I do!

Disclosure:  I received these products for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!