Chella Water Resistant Mascara- Review


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

If I am in public without mascara, I legit look like that guy from the movie “Powder.” Bald in the eyelash department.

Ok, maybe it’s not that bad, but is certainly isn’t good! Wearing glasses doesn’t help, because my lashes are hidden behind those thick chunks of plastic that allow me to walk around without bumping into things…

Anyway, I am ALWAYS looking and using mascaras in the hopes that I have the longest, lushest and attention grabbing lashes EVER.

How did this mascara measure up?

From the website:


This black water resistant mascara has been formulated with Panthenol conditioners and cocoa butter to moisturize lashes, keeping them healthy and thick- application after application. We’ve kept an eye on creating a vegan, cruelty-free mascara that uses Certified Organic ingredients, is free from parabens and glutens and is non-cosmedogenic. When used with our Heated Lash Curler, expect to see lashes that keep a gorgeous curl all day long.


Water Resistant Black Mascara

      Key Ingredients:

      Hydrogenated Glycery Abietate: naturally derived (ECOCERT) from Pine Gum and Wood Rosin, provide water resistance, it is very stable at elevate temperatures and non-allergenic and non comedogenic.

      Saw Palmetto: also called Dwarf Palm or Serenoa repens, is an indigenous North American herb which has been historically used by Native Americans to promote thick healthy hair. This extract is made with Certified Organic Saw Palmetto.

      Aloe Vera: Contains a number of active ingredients, including substances known to increase blood flow which helps to growth of healthy hair. Some research even indicates that this extract has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. This extract is made with Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis leaf.

      Cocoa Butter: it is very rich and moisturizing, has a lovely scent and helps rejuvenate skin and lashes, it is a perfect conditioner for eyelashes that have been damaged by the use of harmful substances such a glue for false eyelashes. This product is Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade.

      Panthenol: enhanced moisturization effects and add thickness or body to the hair

      Vitamin E: protects from free radicals produced by the sun, stress, smoke and pollution. It stimulates collagen synthesis and increases elasticity and firmness.

      This formula is Gluten Free and Vegan.

      *before and after photos- you have been warned*IMG_3048The brush itself is pretty full, yet not crazy spiny or huge. It has a bit of an odd shape that is hard to capture in photos, but it grabbed my lashes really nicely.IMG_3050The formula had a bit of an odd odor, but nothing offensive or off-putting. The color was definitely black, but wasn’t as bold as I literally NEED for my lashes to stand out behind my glasses. I used a couple of coats, and got sweet, wispy long lashes, but not the dark color I need.


      You can see here, I have the mascara on the left eye, and none on the right. You can definitely see I am wearing mascara, but it needs a little more “oomph.”

      I’m going to stop here with the photos, because there is another product that I used that goes along with this, and I don’t want to give too much away.

      I will say though:

      This mascara has a very nice, smooth formula.

      No clumps ya’ll. None. That’s a BIG DEAL.

      The applicator is easy to handle and the brush is soft and grabs your lashes like nobodies business.

      Oh and it’s very waterproof. Like two days and a shower waterproof.

Stay tuned for part two… when the cool stuff really happens…



Theraplex Hydrolotion- Review

* this was provided to me for review. my opinion is my own.*

Theraplex is a brand that is new to me. I was introduced to it recently, and I am so excited to show you guys several products from them over the next few weeks.

First off, the Hydrolotion.


From the Theraplex website:


Theraplex HydroLotion is a light, non-greasy daily facial and body moisturizer which protects skin from the harsh, drying effects of the environment. HydroLotion refreshes and hydrates skin, leaving it noticeably softer and smoother.

  • Noncomedogenic (Won’t Clog Pores)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Not Tested on Animals

FullSizeRender (7)Light, yet extremely moisturizing, this lotion is awesome for all over the body. I  have been using it on my face, and I really like it!

I started using it a few weeks ago, before the Memphis humidity really kicked in. For the first bit of time, I was using it during the day, and having no issues with oiliness in on my combination skin. As the humidity and heat have set in, my t-zone has taken over and I have turned into a hard core oil-slick, like always.

Not one to give up, I decided to switch this to my night time moisturizer, and I am so glad I did! I have been using after cleansing at night, and waking up in the morning with baby-soft skin, with no oiliness at all! It is such a nice change from the gross greasy feeling I would have from my other nighttime products.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has normal to dry, and/or sensitive skin! I had no issues with breakouts or irritation. The issues I had in the t-zone made it necessary for me to use it at night, but it wouldn’t stop me from recommending it to someone with combination skin, since everyone is different.

This product is VERY reasonably priced on the Theraplex website. For a 8 fl oz bottle, it is only $16.50. To make it even sweeter, Theraplex is offering my readers a 10% discount through 12/31/16 using the code “makeuprshutup.”

Interested? Check out the website and see what you think!

I will be reviewing other Theraplex products in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout!

Check out the link here:



Pet Gift Box- Review

I’m sure by this time you guys have figured out how much I love getting this box every month for my kitties. This month was no exception.

With a theme of “Kitty Kandy,” this one was another winner. Let’s give it a look.

Just like every month before, the box was addressed to Stella and her kittens. I love this, it makes the box very personal and endearing.



Look at this adorable paper! Once again they killed it with the theme!




PetCandy Candy Stix Catnip Toy/ Petcandy Nips-

Fluffy will go nuts for this catnip-filled candy stix! Just place in front of your feline friend and step back for hours of enjoyment.

Satisfy your feline’s sweet tooth with this brightly wrapped candy toy filled with farm-fresh catnip. Guaranteed to deliver quite the sugar rush!

IMG_2312I don’t know what kind of catnip they use in these toys, but I have never seen my cats go crazy over catnip toys like they do these. All of them will just hang out in my room, and play with them for what seems like forever. Sometimes they will just grab them in their paws and go to sleep with them. It is crazy how much they love these things!

Ice Cream Cone Refillable Catnip Toy-

A sweet treat for any pussycat! This toy comes with a bag of certified organic USA-grown catnip.



This toy is super cute, but I had trouble with the catnip getting all over the place, because the velcro closure didn’t secure it inside. I wound up just letting the cats play with it without the catnip inside, and they enjoyed batting it around just fine!


Roll it, chase it, eat it! Your kitty will go bonkers for this fresh USA grown edible catnip toy!IMG_2313I have gotten these in past boxes and frankly, they are hilarious. Cats can’t resist balls in general, and when combined with catnip, my kitties were entertained for a long time. The only bad thing is, they get stuck under furniture where kitties paws can’t reach sometimes. Other than that, get ready for some serious entertainment if you get these for your kitty!

Dental Treats-


Chewing these USA made wholesome and delicious treats helps to reduce your cats plaque and tartar buildup. Grain and gluten free with a great taste that cats cannot resist.IMG_2314My cats normally could care less about treats, but they LOVE these! We eventually wound up sharing the rest of the bag with a friend who took one of Stella’s kittens to her forever home. They’re enjoying them as much as we did!


As usual, Pet Gift Box rocked it with this selection of toys and treats! They are again offering 50% off your next box with the code “STELLA,” to give you a chance to try it out.

Interested? Check them out here!

StriVectin Hair Color Care Products- Review

*these were sent to me for review. My opinion is my own*

I was recently given the opportunity to try the Strivectin line of hair care products for colored hair. It was actually perfect timing because I had just gotten my hair colored a darker red, my ends bleached and then an orange gloss put over top of it. It is AWESOME! at_263_12190990_477091145803751_7197545280118911667_n

How did this line of haircare products treat my hair? Let’s check it out!

I received four products.

Color Care Shampoo.

Protective shampoo for color treated hair gently cleanses while forming a shield around the hair cuticle to defend against color fade. Formulated with NIA-114™ and Chromalast Protein Complex™, it offers UV protection to lock in color and reduces damage due to coloring treatments. Removes dulling buildup and boosts vibrancy to reveal shine and softness. Fragranced with a vibrant fruity floral.
Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes. Safe for color or chemically treated hair.


Color Care Conditioner:

A protective conditioner for color-treated hair that deposits proteins to fortify over-processed strands while defending against color fade.

Color Care conditioner is formulated with NIA-114™ and Chromalast Protein Complex™ to offer UV protection, prevent color fade, and dramatically reduce damage due to coloring treatments. The formula seals in moisture to resist future damage from coloring and environmental stressors.


Color Care UV Protective Spray:

This lightweight hair protective spray shields hair root and fiber from oxidizing UV rays and environmental stressors to resist color fade. Formulated with NIA-114™ and Multi-Shield Antioxidant Complex™, it protects hair from harmful UV rays, free radicals and oxidative stress while helping preserve keratin for stronger hair strands. Soothes and hydrates scalp while improving overall hair health.
Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes. Safe for color or chemically treated hair.

color_care_uv_protective_sprayColor Care Instant Vibrancy Booster:

This nourishing treatment enlivens colored tones while infusing hair and scalp with moisture. Formulated with patented NIA-114™ and Revitaglaze Complex™, it targets signs of damage and smoothes the hair shaft while hydrating and strengthening strands for improved condition and luster. Smoothes and seals for reflective shine and enhanced color quality. Fragranced with a vibrant fruity floral.
Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes. Safe for color or chemically treated hair.


This may seem like a lot of products, but bear with me here.

I used all of them, and my hair color lasted me much longer than it normally would. The first thing I noticed was when I used the shampoo… there was no color run-off at all when I rinsed. You get a nice lather with the shampoo and your hair feels nice and clean, but the no run off meant my color wasn’t being washed away!

The conditioner left my hair super soft and shiny. This in combination with the UV protectant spray. The spray didn’t help with frizz, (for me anyway) but it wasn’t really intended for that purpose, so it didn’t bother me.

The Vibrancy Booster helped my curls look smoother and definitely gave my hair a nice sheen.

The prices on this line are very competitive with salon brands. Ranging from $23 to $29, these are definitely products worth repurchasing and are affordable, especially if you already purchase salon priced hair care products.

Interested in purchasing? Check out the link here!

Derma e Psoriasis Care Products- Review

 *Powered by Brand Backer and Derma e. My opinion is my own*KnBnvvVTSDO1qSjCRe4c_psorzema_haircare
About the Product

If you’re living with eczema or psoriasis, you know how painful, frustrating, and even embarrassing it can be. Recurring patches of dry, red, itchy, flaky, irritated skin can make you want to hide.

You may have turned to prescription treatments or over-the-counter products only to be dissatisfied with the results, or the fact that they contain ingredients like steroids, coal tars or pine tars. The good news is that we’ve formulated something incredibly effective, and so safe that the entire family could use it.

derma e Psorzema® Crème
is made with a safe and effective blend of herbal extracts and skin vitamins such as Neem, Burdock, Bearberry, Vitamins A and E to help soften and soothe dry, irritated, scaling skin. It’s natural blend of ingredients help reduce redness and encourage healthy looking skin without the use of steroids, coal tar or pine tar. qtTs0lLNTwySZbfqObzL_8700_insert_Page_2

The results
Aside from experiencing eczema and psoriasis symptom relief, participants were pleased with the overall feel and look of their skin.
• 96% felt very moisturizing
• 92% felt soothing upon application
• 88% helped skin look healthier
• 72% helped relieve itching

I was drawn to try this product because it promised relief for dandruff prone and itchy scalp. Embarrassingly enough, I do have this, and my hubby has some issues with rosacea on his face.
I used the shampoo and the conditioner on my hair, and the difference in the discomfort and itch was remarkable! I also noticed less flaking. What a blessing since I wear ALOT of black clothing.
My husband noticed a slight decrease in the redness on his face. He has pretty sensitive skin and it didn’t irritate him at all.
If it worked this well for my itchy scalp issues and his rosacea, I can only imagine the magic it would work on psoriasis and eczema issues!
Want give it a try? Check out this link!
Family owned and operated for over 30 years, derma e® has pioneered the development of vitamin-rich, high-performance antioxidant skincare solutions. The award-winning line features doctor-developed, consumer-tested and clinically-tested face care, body care and treatment products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum. Every formula is cruelty-free, gluten-free and 100 percent vegan. Manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power. derma e® can be found in over 16,500 retail outlets across the U.S. such as Whole Foods Markets, ULTA Beauty, CVS and more!

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