Your Bijoux Box- Review

*I received this in exchange for review. My opinion is my own.*

I am sitting here on this downright WARM February day in Memphis, and even though it is going to get cold again tomorrow, I am reminded of spring.

The change in trends of color in fashion jewelry is reminding me of spring too! The transition is being made from dark, sultry color to light, fresh pastel hues. This months Your Bijoux Box is the perfect example of this. Let’s check it out!4243Pavlova Statement Necklace-

Add soft pink hues to your wardobe this winter with our ballet slipper colored statement necklace. Style suggestion-camel pleated skirt, ivory fitted top and cognac heels. Beautiful with ivory, cognac, chocolate, khaki, army green and burgundy.37This necklace is actually pretty cool. At first when I saw the colors, I wasn’t so sure, after being inundated with all the dark colors in the fall and winter season. The pink opalescent stones and so pretty and the rose gold chain and accents go perfectly together. I am excited to add this to my spring jewelry wardrobe!

Anna Crystal Bracelet-

Blush, champagne and clear glass stone bracelet featuring floral- inspired pieces. Gorgeous with the Pavlova necklace or all on it’s own. Style suggestion-blush mock turtleneck sweater,with burgundy trouser and black booties.

36The vintage look of this piece really caught my eye. I love the style, and all the sparkle!I will definitely be making this one a staple piece. I LOVE it! (click on the photo to enlarge and see the detail. You will thank me later.)

39Pave Button Earrings-

Simple but stunning button earrings that will compliment any winter ensemble.40These little pave earrings are adorable. They are the perfect size too! They sparkle like crazy, which was hard for me to capture on camera. These earrings look really cute with the bracelet in the box, and just about anything else. Love them!

I really feel like Your Bijoux Box outdid themselves this time! All of these pieces are so pretty and versatile, and can be worn in so many ways. I love it!

Interested in Your Bijoux Box? Check out their website:

www.yourbijouxbox.com

Pet Gift Box- January

Welcome to another addition of “Pet Gift Box: a few weeks late”! LOL

This box was a Christmas theme, and full of lots of presents for my feline babies. Let’s see what the Pet Box Santa brought them!

Once again- such cute packing and wonderful personalization.

61Look at this adorable wrapping paper! They always make the themes of the boxes so cute and festive! (hint-the box for January is so cute I can’t even stand it….be patient.)
62636968Let’s unwrap the goods!

Winter Katz Kickers- MSRP $14.99

This fleece cuddler packed with 100% North American catnip is soft to the touch and the purr-fect holiday gift!65
You can see in the photo, that Hover-cat was very intrigued by this stuffed toy! He and Justin Kitty drag it all over the house! It is such a cute little toy and I love when I find it laying around the house, knowing how much fun they have with it.

Temptations Snacky Snowman Toy & Treats- MSRP $13.79

Naughty or nice, your feline friend will love the reward of getting  chicken flavored treat out of the Wobbling Snowman.67Honestly, my cats could have cared less about the snowman. They looked at it, sniffed it, and sat there waiting for me to take the snacks out. LAZY!!!! Its a cute little toy though!

Holidays Fur All Scented Candle- MSRP $3.49

Enjoy the classic holiday scents of fir needles, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg waiting in the air to freshen your pet loving home.

 64Don’t let the size of this candle fool you! It IS small, bit it smells good and it really neutralizes yucly pet smells. I wish it was bigger! I really liked this one!

Stocking Full of Joy- MSRP $9.99

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a Catnip Christmas Mouse. The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Plush St Nicholas soon would be there. The cats were all nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Pom Poms, Jingle Bells and a Mistletoe rope all danced in their heads…’66

Chock full of all the goodies mention in the clever take on “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” this is SO cute! My kids went crazy ripping all the goodies out for the cats and getting down on the floor and playing with them. That’s also one of the things I love about this box, my kids get SO excited when it comes!

What did you think of this months box? Is this something you would like to try? Use code “stella” for 25% off your first box!

What Are Your Hair “Do’s” and “Don’ts” ?

I was recently asked what I feel my biggest hair do’s and dont’s would be. I decided to ask my friends on social media to give me their thoughts. I got so many great ideas, and some really funny ones too. Here are some of them!

 
Andrew Glacken

Don’t man bun! Ever!

 Don’t bowl cut. It’s not the late 80s/90s anymore! Lloyd Christmas!
 NEVER rat tail!
Jason Sims

Dont be a man over 40. Its the worst thing you can do for your hair.

 
Alissa Bailey

Men. Please don’t cover your Grey

 
Debbie McAlester

Don’t get lice, still my favorite

D. Allen Halbrook

I found out that washing your hair everynight with shampoo is the worst thing you can do…shampoo like every 3 days if you can let it go only once a week is what my hairdresser told me…the rest of the time is use the best conditioner you can buy…i suggest paul mitchell tea tree and peppermint leave in…i also use an argon oil deep conditioner once a week as well

 
 
Chris Shelly

There are none… it’s hair. it grows back

Renee Lynette

Do NOT ignore the back of your head…use a hand held mirror, folks! I can’t stand when people straighten their hair and then forget the back. It distracts me in church

 Ericka Blythe
Don’t wear bows. I have seen this lately on grown women. No not cute.
 Debbie McAlester
Do what makes you happy! You want purple hair? Do it!
 
Lindsey Chauvin
Things I had to tell someone this week:
Don’t use a highlight kit to dye your dyed black hair blonde.

Michelle McKay Warren

Air dry if you have straight hair. I never blow dry it keeps my ends much healthier.

Julie Hanna
I NEVER blow dry. I actually shower at night so I have air dried hair in the morning. Comes out much smoother and no frizz, and I have curly hair. So whatever your hair type avoid blow drying if you can.
Allison Levine 

If bleaching your hair, pretreat with coconut oil the night before. Don’t rinse it, bleach over the coconut oil. This adds a protective barrier to your hair and lessens the strong damage that can occur from the lifting process. It does work. I bleach my hair all the time with this method and I can tell a difference from when I forget to apply the oil and when I actually remember haha.

Nicole Mitchell
Wrap your hair in a bun at the top of your head. Or as much of your hair as you can (mine looks more like a mullet). Secure with Bobby pins, keeps your hair secure and gives it TONS of volume in AM!
 
 I absolutely LOVED reading everyone’s suggestions. Most of these were ones I would have made! One thing I do for myself, is limit brushing. I know this sounds crazy, but I rarely brush my hair, maybe once every two weeks. It helps with frizz, prevents split ends, and my hair just has been so much healthier since. I also only wash my hair once a week. I used a gentle shampoo and conditioner, but only on the ends. I don’t wash until it starts looking dirty, and usually that isn’t until day 5-6. Ponytails help stretch that out.
Doing that is hard for some people, and it was for me at first. My hair adapted quickly and it has never been healthier, even though it is color treated.
Madison Reed has some suggestions for my readers… click to enlarge.
MR_hairdo_dont_2x_v5I let you in on a couple of my hair “do’s” above. This is my hair “don’t.” Don’t ever, EVER, do this:12064493_467703523409180_962822470_n
(yes, thats me. I have no shame.)
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Exuviance Pigment Lifting Mask- Review

*Powered by Brandbacker and Exuviance Skincare.*

 

Seems like sheet face masks are all the rage. I hadn’t tried one yet, when this opportunity came along. Rot5dGERQHmMpnZQprUm_F20112X

 

The summer heat has gone away but you might be noticing lingering signs of summer sun damage. Exuviance has developed a paper masque formulated with concentrated brighteners to diminish the look of those dark spots left behind from long days at the beach and help prevent the formation of new spots. Skin is left luminous and cushioned with moisture for a radiant complexion.

Product snapshot:
• Patented NeoGlucosamine® exfoliates skin to help break up existing dark spots, creating more even pigment
• Vitamin C amps up the brightening process by helping diminish the look of existing dark spots and preventing the formation of new spots
• Lightly hydrating serum leaves skin luminous, cushioned with moisture
• Masque is designed to adjust to fit any face so it adheres and locks in the active-rich formula

The benefits:
Treat yourself to a pampering, intensive skin-transforming experience with this unique masque. The concentrated formula is packed with powerful ingredients selected to deliver specific brightening benefits, diminishing the look of dark spots and uneven pigmentation, so skin looks younger.

Specifically designed to adjust to fit any face, simply press the masque on your skin to adhere and lock in the active-rich formula, letting your skin absorb all the benefits of the brightening ingredients. Our patented NeoGlucosamine® gently exfoliates, helping to break up existing dark spots and creating more even pigment and youthful tone. Vitamin C takes the brightening process one step further, helping to diminish the look of existing dark spots and prevent the formation of new spots. The lightly hydrating serum leaves skin luminous and cushioned with moisture. Experience beautiful results when you lift off this special masque. Reveal a younger looking, brighter complexion with more even tone.

How to use: Masques are single use. After cleansing, place the masque over the entire face, gently smoothing the fabric onto skin. Leave the masque on for 10 minutes allowing skin to absorb the potent brighteners. After 10 minutes, remove and discard the masque, massaging excess solution into the skin. Follow with a moisturizer. For best results, use with Exuviance® OptiLight products.

Recommended for: Those with hyperpigmentation and summer sun damage

I was really excited to try this mask. I have an age spot or two on my face and some stubborn red acne spots that won’t go away. 12552820_498433063669559_3824732796760775728_n

I didn’t have a good experience with it. The mask was so huge that it wouldn’t lay flat on my face. I was constantly having to fold edges over and press it down, and it still wouldn’t stay flat. When I took the mask off, there was little to no product on my face, and you are supposed to rub in the excess to help enhance the treatment.

I will say though, my skin was glowing after I removed it, so it must have been doing something! I didn’t experience any dryness or irritation either, which is a plus.

I have done two of these masks, with the same result. I will will finish the pack and see if my little red spots fade.

I wouldn’t say that I don’t recommend these, but for me, they didn’t fit well, which probably decreased the way they’re supposed to work.

https://www.neostrata.com/product/exuviance+pigment+lifting+masque.do

 

Eclipse Pomegranate and Acai Face & Body Cream

*This product was sent to me for review. My opinion is my own.*

I love any lotions or creams that smell yummy. I’m all girl when it comes to those things. On the same note, I also like for things to be effective. Did I get the best of both worlds with this one? Let’s find out!

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LOOK YOUR BEST -Smooth, Supple Skin Lets You Look Your Best and Gives You Confidence
RAPIDLY ABSORBED – Your skin quickly absorbs the cream, Leaving no greasy residue
NATURAL & ORGANIC – Combines Shea Butter, Aloe, Pomegranate, Avocado to excite your senses
LOVELY FRAGRANCE – Our Customer’s rave about the amazing aroma created by the Pomegranate
This Face & Body Cream is produced to FDA standards in our FDA accredited facility right here in the USA!

Shea butter as a organic facial moisturizer! Eclipse will provide you with a reliable solution to frustrating dry skin to allow your first impression to be a lasting positive one! At Global Care Essentials we believe, thats when you look and feel your best!! 

 Ingredients: Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sweet Almond (Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Pomegranate (Punica Gradatum) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, to deeply hydrate your skin as only moisturizing body cream can.

 

The first thing I noticed when I opened this was the amazing fruity scent. It’s just delightful.

I use this cream for an after-shower and after-shave moisturizer. It works wonderfully to seal in moisture and keep the skin smooth.

I do not use it on my face, because my skin is sensitive to strong fragrance, and I don’t want to cause a breakout.

 

If you are looking for an awesome body cream that smells fantastic, this one is for you. I cannot give an opinion on it as a face cream since I did not try it that way.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015BF5L1Q

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