GIVEAWAY: Beessential Natural Skincare Prize Pack

Right now my yard is still covered by several feet of snow, and we're expecting more snow tonight in spite of the arrival of Spring. But I'm thinking ahead to the days when I can start gardening. And for my garden to be successful, I need bees! I love bees and try to plant plants that they like. I'm hoping my new lavender plants survived the winter because bees love 'em!...more

Michael Todd Soniclear Antibacterial Cleansing System

Recently, I had the opportunity to try out the Michael Todd True Organics Soniclear Antibacterial Cleansing System.It consists of a sturdy plastic handle, a facial brush head, a body brush head, a charging cradle, and a power cord. It is very well-made....more

Giveaway: Makeup Goody Bag Stuffed with Makeup!

It's been a while since I've done a giveaway with makeup rather than skincare products, so in celebration of the Fourth of July, I'm giving away a makeup bag jam packed with makeup products and samples....more

GIVEAWAY: Cosmedica Skincare Vitamin C Face Serum 2 winners

I've been working hard trying to undo the sun damage I did years ago before I started wearing sunscreen. Lately I've been reading a lot about the scientific evidence and well as real life evidence that topical vitamin C can brighten skin, fade hyper pigmentation (dark spots), increase collagen production, and protect skin from free radicals and UVA/UVB damage. Well, sign me up for that....more

Pure Natural Diva Botanical: Natural & Organic Scents and Body Care

Recently, I had the opportunity to try perfume, whipped body lotion, and soap from Pure Natural Diva, a business started by entrepreneur Tania Reuben several years ago in an effort to help people live a more eco-savvy life that's freer from harmful chemicals. I was amazed to learn from Tania that 30% of the US population is allergic or sensitive to chemicals used in everyday products and scents....more

Travalo Refillable Travel Perfume Spray: A Must-Have for Perfume Loving Travelers

I travel quite a bit for my job as a focus group moderator, and I like to take perfume with me. Since it's not convenient to take my entire bottle with me, I like to take a sample. ...more

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick: Gorgeous Eco-friendly Packaging

Tarte is a cruelty-free brand that emphasizes natural ingredients. Along those lines, they are trying to come out with more earth-friendly packaging. The Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick line that launched in late winter has eco-friendly cardboard tubes with absolutely gorgeous floral patterns on them. I love the packaging, and haven't had any problem with it....more

Too Faced Lip Insurance: Make Your Lipstick Last

I recently bought a Too Faced eye palette from the Too Faced website, and they gave me some samples to try. I discovered two gems. One of them I'll cover today: Lip Insurance. I didn't have good luck with the Color Correcting Shadow Insurance: it migrated into my eyes and clouded my contact lenses. Boo. So I didn't expect much from Lip Insurance....more

My Birthday Giveaway: em Cosmetics Michelle Phan Shadow Play Palette, Tokyo Plums

Yesterday was my birthday, and for my birthday, I'm giving away a gift to one of you: an em Cosmetics Michelle Phan Shadow Play Palette in Tokyo Plums. Although it snowed on my birthday for the first time in my life (snow in mid-April??), this palette is perfect for spring, which it should be by now!...more

April 2014 Beauty Rocks Ipsy Bag: A Great Deal for 10 Bucks

This month, April 2014, I received my Beauty Rocks ipsy Glam Bag on my birthday! It was definitely like receiving another present, especially since I didn't get that many presents anyway, lol....more