Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Want Lips Dreams Are Made Of? Try Michael Todd Beauty Intensive Lip Cream On Your Pout

Who doesn't want the poutiest pout on their kisser?  It's what's in for lip shape!  Most people aren't able to choose injectibles to plump up our pout so we need to turn to good treatments that work without sacrificing comfort.  Michael Todd Beauty's Intensive Lip Cream, ($15 ml/$48), is a lip treatment I've been using for a couple of months to test if it safely and effectively brings me a softer fuller date night look.  This lip cream is a cruelty-free vegan product.

See the slanted applicator tip on the pretty purple squeeze tube?  It applies the cream directly to your lip area feeling cool and smooth the whole time.  It's a great tip for the application of the cream.  And all you need is the tiniest bit!!  In the next picture, the dot on my finger is easily twice as much as what you need per application.

 There is a cooling minty sensation when you apply the cream to your lips.  It's not the painful or annoying type of tingle, but just a cool mintyness you're bound to enjoy.  The product can be applied on the lips as well as the skin above and below and rubbed lightly in.  It absorbs quickly without any greasiness and leaves the lips looking soft and supple with a healthy glow.  It's not shiny, it's just a natural satin type of skin glow.

It has really helped to keep my lips soft, supple and has even helped promote fullness.  I notice a difference especially when I have lip color on.  I wish I had before and after pictures to show you, but  I had a hard time becoming regular in my use at first, applying in the morning and at night.   Things like lip balm weren't something I'd use a lot, so I wasn't in the habit of really taking care to keep my lips soft.  Growing up in the harsh climate of Alaska, I just got used to have dry lips now and then and would exfoliate when necessary.  There's just no reason not to treat your lips well when there are products like this on the market.

The Intensive Lip Cream really needs to come with a dislaimer:  Warning!!  You will become a babe magnet with regular use!!   Not even joking, I can look like I wrestled a cat all night, with my hair all crazy and bloodshot allergy eyes and if I go apply my Intensive Lip Cream, my husband says "you look really pretty" every single time.  There's something to this lip cream!!!!

I want you to see some items of interest about the ingredients from the Michael Todd website:

This anti-aging formula combines skin plumping, firming and smoothing actives in a soothing natural base to treat the visible signs of aging on and around the lip area while protecting from UV induced damaging enzymes.
Benefits & Key Ingredients 
Soluble Collagen 
  • Naturally occurring protein in the skin that is responsible for skin’s elasticity and firmness 
  • Infused collagen plumps and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles from the inside out 

Hyaluronic Acid 
  • Naturally occurring hydrating water binding molecule 
  • Attracts water to the skin’s surface to plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles from the from the inside out while delivering nourishing hydration to the skin’s outer layers 

Actimp™ (Peptide blend extracted from Parisian sustainably farmed Sweet white Lupine Flower) 
  • Sweet white Lupine was first recognized 2,400 years ago by Hippocrates for its’ nutritional and medicinal value 
  • Present day, extracted peptides from the Lupine flower are clinically validated to strengthen the dermal-epidermal junction restoring elasticity & firmness while healing & repairing through an increase in collagen & elastin production and a decrease in damaging enzymes 
  • Clinically validated to increase collagen production by 95% after 10 days 
  • Protects and preserves the skin’s firmness and elasticity by halting the production of destructive enzymes produced by the skin due to UV exposure by 93% in 10 days 

Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice 
  • Nature’s first aid kit is known for its’ soothing, healing and anti-inflammatory properties 

You should go look at the website for a great before and after picture!

The following is a list of ingredients for this vegan product:
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Fruit Oil, Organic Extracts of Lavandula x Intermedia (Organic Lavender) Flower, Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Flower,Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (Organic Blue Green Algae), Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Aqua [water] (and) Carbomer (and) Polysorbate-20 (and) Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 [Matrixyl 3000®],), Hydrolized Lupine Protein (Actimp®), Stearic Acid, Ubiquinone (CoQ10) , Tocopheryl Acetate Tocopherol, C12-15 AlkylBenzoate, Flavor, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Collagen, Oenothera Biennis (Organic Evening Primrose) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Glycerin (and) Water [Aqua] (and) Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin (and) PalmitoylTripeptide-38 [Matrixyl® Synthe6], Acetyl hexapeptide-3 [Argireline®], Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Xanthan Gum.

Please visit the website to learn more about Micheal Todd Beauty.   You can purchase the Intensive Lip Cream on their website.  Have fun following them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.  I've mentioned how much I love the Charcoal Detox Cleanser all over my social media channels as well as on my blog in this review.  It's an outstanding skin purifier, clarifier and cleanser.  You need it in your life.  Search my Instagram and Twitter for my massive raves. The Charcoal Detox Cleanser was my 2015 Product Of The Year.  Cuz it's great!!!

Have you tried anything from Michael Todd Beauty?  I have my eye on the Eraser, a device that helps infuse serums.  The website tells me this helps the product to absorb and work better and they haven't steered me wrong yet.    I'm thankful to have been exposed to this company.  Any items you see that are peeking your interest?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Matching My Diet Coke It's Mine Bottle With A Manicure & Nail Art Tutorial

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When I met my husband, I knew he was the one.  I just knew.  It was probably because he introduced me to Diet Coke.  It was love at first drink!  That cold fresh taste opened a world of wonder that I had never known before.  If you know me in real life, you probably think Diet Coke runs through my veins because you never see me without one, and you would be right!!!  It is my life's blood...the very reason I get out of bed in the morning.   When my eyes first open, I slam them shut and try for a few more minutes of slumber.   Then I think about the cold refreshing bubbly taste of a Diet Coke, and truly, that gets me out of bed.  It is unspeakable joy that courses over my tastebuds as I take the first sip of the familiar liquid every morning and again with each sip throughout the day .  Truly refreshing to my often dry throat.  You may or may not know that I am a lifelong artist, so to combine my favorite beverage with varied bright bottles in different patterns, to me is an absolute thrill.   Seriously.  Diet Coke It's Mine 12 oz. bottles were made for me!!


So we were out the other day and hubs suggested we pick up some of the Diet Coke It's Mine individualized bottles. (We have a Coca Cola collection that we started after he gave me that first bottle.) We dropped into Albertson's to check them out. Did you know that there is a Sweepstakes running only at Albertson's to win 1 of 10 VIP packages for two to go to Los Angeles and attend Primetime's Biggest Awards Show in May 2016?   The packages include hotel, travel gift card, a pre-party reception, exclusive gift bag and ticket to the awards show.  Now, I know you all want to go see if Jimmy or Jimmy wins, lol.  You can enter with a selfie of you and your personal Diet Coke It's Mine bottle.  Use the hashtag #ItsAllMineSweepstakes on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win.  Twitter and Instagram accounts must be public throughout the contest, which runs until April 26, 2016.

My ever funny hubby wanted a selfie of his bottle.  Imagine the conversation when I tell him he needs a selfie of him WITH his chosen bottle....he said my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle is the star and I want to show it in a selfie with Albertson's.  hmmm...okay....


Funny guy!!!  He picked out his bottle to go with a purple and red Coca Cola lamp that we have which sits on this cool Coca Cola baker's shelf that we found at an antique mall.  The manager at Albertson's was SO nice!!!  He offered to let us go into the back cooler, (we were rowdy, ha!), and pick through more bottles if we wanted, but we didn't want to be a bother, so we thanked him and declined....we shoulda done it!!!!!  Anyway, I picked up a couple of Diet Coke It's Mine bottles that I thought would accent both the lamp and the shelf itself.    Doesn't the bottle on the far right remind you of a desert sunset?  Umm hmm.  And look on the second shelf to see the Diet Coke It's Mine can in the 8 oz size.

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If you know me, you'll know any time I go to pick up another Diet Coke It's Mine unique bottle, I have a hard time choosing just one.  I pick til my arms are full and then load up the arms of whomever I'm with.  The 2 million bottles each have their own individual pattern and you know, I want one of every color scheme at least!!

Hubs and I both had our arms full when I spied the next bottle.  Kid you not, it zinged me in the heart!  Peering deep into it's color scheme and pattern, I was transported in my mind to my happy place....a tropical beach with a Diet Coke It's Mine bottle in hand!!!  Just look at this beauty!!!

I could feel the palms waving in the breeze while I watched the sea lapping in the background thru the tree's branches.  I marved as sea met sky and the varying colors of blue combined with the glory of a tropical sunset.  I squinted as the sun bounced off the ocean and I sipped my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle.  I was transported to the happiest most colorful imaginary place.  Hubby spoke me back into the moment and I said "I have to have this bottle.  This is truly MY Diet Coke It's Mine bottle, and I need this on my nails".

 I'm going to show you how to make your manicure match your Diet Coke It's Mine 12 oz bottle.  First, choose your weapon, er bottle.  I really really love these bottles.  I just get lost looking at them.  The one of the right made me think of the people playing at the beach because it had a fleshy color.

selfie, manicure, nail art, nail polish
I chose a light blue background to match my special bottle.  The polish has small white and holographic glitters.  I felt those mimicked the feel of movement in the trees and the wind that I imagine softly making the palm branches dance when I look at my bottle.

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I wanted to make sure what was in my head would translate to my nails because it doesn't always come out like my mind sees it.  I swatched different colors and patterns on my nail wheel that I used as a palette.  You can find palettes and nail wheels at most nail supply stores, but if you can't find one, use the plastic inserts that come in so many things, (like makeup).  They make excellent recyclable art palettes.  Have fun and reuse, too!!!

I chose the blue in the middle of the above picture to add to the implied movement on my nails.  It is a fairly sheer polish, so I just dabbed in spots and drew different shapes, much like the creation of the Diet Coke It's Mine bottles.  At this point, I took a picture to see if it was looking like what was in my mind.  Thankfully, it was coming along fine.

selfie, nail art, manicure, nail polish

I really like it like this and I think it matches the bottle well.  I wanted to add the pink sunset flare to my nails.  Sometimes less is more, so what I did was dab a bit of a sheerish pink into the middle of the palette.  Had I used the color straight from the bottle with the nail brush, I would have too much and it would flood my design.

I dipped the blunt end of a small paintbrush into the pink polish and just did small dots where I thought might work out.  If you want to use sheer polishes and you don't have them, you can use acrylic paint instead.  A lot of nail artists use acrylic paint, just sheer it with a bit of water.   Well, I really like how it turned out.

nail art, selfie, manicure, nail polish

When I went out today, people were all asking about my manicure.  I told them it matched my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle and they could do something similar.  This is SO FUN!!!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have questions or need more help, I'd be happy to help you.  Don't hesitate to ask.

You can have a lot of fun following Diet Coke and Albertson's on Twitter.  Follow Diet Coke with me on PinterestInstagram, and Facebook.  And Selfie a picture with your Diet Coke It's Mine bottle to enter the Sweepstakes with the hashtag #ItsAllMineSweepstakes.

Diet Coke It's Mine 12  oz bottles are only available for a limited time.  I'd love to buy the whole 2 million so that I had them all, but, ya know.  I will keep collecting as long as I can find them, but I'd also like to see yours!!!  I couldn't ever possibly see every bottle, so please show me yours.  I just love color, texture and patterns so much, that I'd love to see each bottle, every makeup and nail inspired look that you come up with.  Have you been inspired by a Diet Coke It's Mine bottle or can yet?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Osmosis Colour Melt Away Gelee Makeup Remover and Cleanser Review

Hi!!!  I hope you've had a chance to read my review of the Osmosis Watercolor Loose Pigments, because they're the best loose powder shadows I've ever had the pleasure to use.  I've had really good results with Osmosis Colour products so when they sent their Melt Away Gelee makeup remover, (.63 oz/$19), I was really interested to try it.   See the nice clean frosted jar with the brown lid?  That's the Melt Away Gelee pictured next to the Osmosis Curling Mascara.

skincare, skin, cleansing

The frosted plastic jar and brown lid give a very clean and somehow a soothing look to the product.  It honestly imparted some mellowness to my attitude....and then I looked inside.  I was all "what" and "duuuuuuuuude" and "huh?" as I took my first view of this melt off makeup remover.  I swear it looks like gelatin!

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The product is absolutely clear and see through in the jar!!  It is pristine in its environment.  And it is really easy to use.  All you need is a tiny little bit to rub on your face.  The following is after I'd used it for a couple of weeks by scooping out product with the back of my nail.

skincare, skin, cleansing

It works to melt off the makeup and then you just wipe it off your face with a cotton ball, washcloth or whatever kind of wipe you'd like to use.  I often use makeup wipes to clean my face and have been  frustrated that it takes more than one wipe.  Using this makeup remover, (with just a small amount and rubbed onto my face), all my makeup is then loose and ready to come off with just one wipe.  It's SO easy and really cleans away the makeup!!!

And it's so effective!  It truly takes it all off.  I've taken my eye makeup off many times with the gelee.  I haven't yet tried this with waterproof mascara so I can't attest to that.

This was my first experience with a gelee or melting type of product and it's been completely positive.  The gelee has made my life easier, and makeup removal faster.  AND I can do it laying in bed, surfing the net on my phone!!!  I do have other skincare I am testing and other cleansers and removers that I love, but I reach for the Melt Away Gelee at least five nights a week.  Remember, it just takes a very small amount; about the size of a pea.

I'm really happy to have been able to test this product.  I love it and I want you to try it!!!  It is gentle enough that my dermatologist said to use it to wash two biopsies she took of my face while they are healing.  Gentle yet effective!!  It doesn't dry out my skin and leaves it feeling silky and hydrated.  That's a tall order for this desert dry skin!!

Here are the ingredients:
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, 2-Octyldodecanol / Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide / Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Lycium Barbarium (Goji Berry Fruit) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Pheoxyethanol

You can purchase the Osmosis Skincare Melt Away Gelee makeup remover at this link.  Read more about Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare on their website and you can follow them on Facebook,  Twitter,  YouTube,  and Instagram.  I HIGHLY recommend reading their blog, which you can sign up to read via email or whatever subscription service you normally use.  It has just a ton of useful information and for my own life, it has really been helpful and has been able to teach this old dog some new tricks!!

If you love using loose pigments in your beauty routine, check out their Watercolors.  You will love them!!!

This was my first experience with a melt off makeup remover and I'm loving it!!!!  Have you tried any?  Do you have any favorites?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Two Winner Giveaway! Enter Now!

Have you had a chance to breath since our last giveaway? lol This one has a lot of room for entries on all types of social media platforms, so you'll probably find your favorite.  For a lot of the entries, you'll have to click on it to see who you're following...has something to do with how Gleam hosts giveaways.  Onto the show:

 I’ve teamed up with a group of awesome bloggers to bring you a FABULOUS giveaway! This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! It will have TWO winners, and the winner will get a $300 gift card to either Sephora or Target (Winner’s Choice). All you need to do is enter below for a chance to win!



Winner's Choice (2 Winners) $300 Sephora or Target Gift Card

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