Looking For Some Great Lipsticks?

This is a good friend of mine and an amazing MUA, Stephanie Brick Creasy. She is extremely talented and never steers me wrong when I have questions or need advice.

She did my makeup a few months ago for this post. She did an amazing job this day, and I admire her immensely.


She is starting to do videos again, and I wanted to share this one with you. Enjoy!

Look for her on You Tube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFjM1w7gnUglGxdc5ZyrHhg

A Shameless Request for Your Help!

If you scroll down to the very bottom of my page, you will see lots of little graphics for different companies. If you click on them and order products through them, I get a small commission.

I do not write this blog to make money. I write this blog because I LOVE doing it and it is so much fun. However, it is very expensive and any money I do get goes towards new products to share with you.


So, next time you’re thinking of shopping online, hop on over here and click through my links. I would greatly appreciate it, and frankly so would my husband! thankyou_stickers_highdefinition_picture_168372

Julep’s Newest Summer Offering is Here!

Exclusive 5-Piece Nautical by Nature Welcome Box Free for New Maven Subscribers 
(Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.)

If you have been curious about the Julep Maven Beauty Box or have been waiting for just the right time to become a Maven, now is your opportunity! Right now, new Maven subscribers can get a Nautical inspired welcome box that includes 3 beautiful, bright nail colors plus two of our most loved products (a 5-piece set, valued at $80) for free when you sign up for Julep Maven.

Actual contents may vary.

The Julep Maven subscription box is the perfect way to treat yourself to new nail color and beauty products each month. Just a few of the perks you get as a Maven subscriber include:

  • A fully customizable box of limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations delivered to your door each month
  • $40+ of full-size products in every box for just $24.99 per month or save $15 by choosing the 3 month pre-paid option
  • Free shipping and 20% off on julep.com all day, everyday

These Nautical by Nature Welcome Boxes are here for a limited time and they are an exceptional value! Become a Maven today and don’t forget to use the code SHIPSHAPE to get your own Limited Edition Nautical by Nature Welcome Box  for FREE – just pay $2.99 for shipping.

The Dollar Shave Club- Review.

“Shave Time, Shave Money”

This is the motto of the Dollar Shave Club. A monthly subscription service geared towards our fella’s, they provide razors, shaving cream, after shave lotion and wipes every month for either $1,(for single blades) $6 (for 4 blades) and $9 (for six blades.) The shaving cream and other extras are available as add-ons for a small cost per item.

I was sent a box for my hubby to test and review. He received a great box full of goodies for his own personal pampering. (shhhhh, I used his shave gel without him knowing…)

Let’s see what this is all about!

Here is what he received in his box. The packaging is so clever.photo 1 (91) photo 2 (89)

As you can see he received shave butter, razor blades, the razor, wipes, after shave, a fun roll of stickers and some instructional cards. We will look at those in a sec. They’re funny.

One Wipe Charlies-photo 3 (81)

  • Buttwipes made for men.
  •  40 durable 5″x7″ sheets.
  • Flushable & biodegradable viscose rayon.
  •  Soothing, calming, and refreshing.
  •  Gentle peppermint scent.

(I SO wish I had been involved in the making of this concept. Whoever created it has a sense of humor right up my alley.)

Anyway, back to the wipes. They are pretty nice! (yes, I used one.) They smell of peppermint and are soft to the touch. They are wet, without being too wet. They do the job quite well.

Dr. Carvers Magnanimous Post Shave Moisturizer-


  • All Business

    Instantly calms and soothes before hydrating
    and locking in moisture for an all-day bounce.

  • No Sticky, No Greasy

    Works all day; you won’t even know it’s there.

  • A Mighty All in One

    Continues where others stop. Renewing
    actives work quietly to improve skin
    texture, while protective antioxidants
    fight the aging process.

This unscented after shave lotion is quite nice. Containing ingredients such as Golden Barley, Prickly Pear Cactus, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Leaf Juice, Oat Extract, Vitamins A, C, and E, it is very soothing. (again, I used his stuff, on my legs. NOT MY FACE.) It isn’t so thick that it feels heavy, but it soaks in and soothes the skin. 

Dr Carver’s Easy Shave Butter-

photo 1 (92)Containing ingredients such as Golden Barley, Organic Prickly Pear Cactus, Pacific Sea Algae, Black Willow Bark, Vitamins A, C, E, and Oat Extract, I love this shave butter for my legs. Unfortunately, my hubby’s face didn’t react well to it. He has uber sensitive skin, and just about anything fragranced breaks him out. It isn’t heavily scented, but there is an aroma there. Personally, I love the smell, but you can’t argue with your hubby’s handsome mug.

Anyhow, my legs were pretty darn soft after I used it, so that is a good thing, right?

The razor handle is pretty heavy duty. He was also sent a pack of four “four blade” cartridges. The blades are super sharp and work well. photo 2 (90) photo 4 (64)That saying on the packaging cracks me up. That’s one of the things I love most about this service. Whomever works for them is brilliant. Here are a couple of the inserts that came with it.photo 5 (52) photo 4 (65)And here are a couple of videos from their website. (one of them has some censored language)

Amazing advertising, excellent products. I love this company!

Check out their website- you won’t be sorry.



*I was sent this box to test and review, free of charge. My opinions are entirely my own.*


Olivia Garden Nano-Thermic Contour Brush- Review

I had poker straight hair all my life. When I had kid #2, I got a little bit of wave, and it was so goofy looking that I flat ironed everyday to make it look “normal.”  About 5 years ago, I got the super bright idea to cut my hair super short.

It was a bad idea, folks. Bad idea. The only good thing that came out of it, was my hair grew back curly. Not super tight afro curly, just nice  curls that are actually flattering. The unfortunate thing? When I brush my hair, I wind up looking like this:rosannadannaI also have alot of trouble finding brushes that go through my hair without ripping it to shreds. I have been using a wet brush, and those are pretty good, but my kids are constantly stealing them, and for $8 a pop, that’s pretty darn annoying. You can go buy cheaper ones at Dollar Tree, but, they’re cheaper ones from Dollar Tree.


When I was approached to test and review the Olivia Garden brush, I was uber excited. I love trying new brushes, and I hadn’t done so since the wet brush entered my life. Let’s check it out!

From the website:photo 2 (88)

What’s so great about this brush?

Latest Ceramic Technology

Ceramic coated barrel
Heats up faster & retains heat longer
Superior & long-lasting hairstyles

Unique Curved Vented Barrel

Scalp-hugging barrel & bristles
Brush gets much closer to the scalp
Creates longer lasting natural results
Extra large vents – Greater airflow
Reduces drying time
Shapes hair faster

Tourmaline Ion Technology

Hydrates the cuticle
Adds more shine to the hair
Eliminates frizz & flyaways

Special Blend of Ionic Bristles
& 100% Boar Bristles

Create curls, add volume or straighten hair
Smooth shiny finish
Comfortable ball point tips

Nano-Silver Technology

Provides anti-bacterial protection
Hair is healthier & easier to style

Unique Handle Design

Retractable sectioning pick
Snag-free ring
Easy-grip ergonomic handle
Lightweight for effortless styling

This little brush is a beauty, and boy does it ever WORK! It goes straight through my curls like BUTTER. No pulling or tugging.oliviagardenSee those little gold tips on the bristles?photo 1 (90) They make your scalp tingle and sing. Your scalp would literally sing an opera if it had a mouth and vocal cords. It feels so good, I just don’t know how many ways to say it. My daughter used the brush on my hair the first time, (because let’s face it, I’m about as inept at hair styling as my friend’s two year old is) and I wanted her to just stand and brush my hair for an hour. Of course I only got about 15 minutes out of her because, boys.

But I digress.

I have very thick hair, and it takes forever to dry with the blow dryer. I very rarely use the dryer for that reason. Oh and:rosannadannaBut anyway, this brush cut so much off of the drying time, I found it took me about 10 minutes to dry my hair versus the usual 15-20 minutes. That is a huge help for me.

The brush shape isn’t awkward at all. I used to use paddle brushes all the time and I felt like I had two left hands to dry my hair. Awkward.

The brush does get hot when used with the hair dryer. I use it in combination with my ionic dryer. It’s a beautiful relationship. I will say though, I have to be careful not to leave it in one spot too long, or it burns.

I would definitely recommend this brush to anyone, even you have wavy/curly hair! If you blow dry your hair often, this will be a huge time saver and your hair will suffer less damage.  If you like a brush with awesome massaging bristles, this one is for you too!

There wasn’t really anything about this brush that I didn’t like!

How can you contact Olivia Garden?







*This brush was provided to me free, for review. My opinion is my own.”


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