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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ToiletTree's New Protective Case & Replacement Brush Heads Review

Disclosure: I received the Toilet Tree Professional Skin Care System Case & Replacement Brush Heads to facilitate this review.  As always all opinions are 100% my own.

Women deserve to be pampered, that's all there is to it.  If you can't afford to go out and get pampered, then by all means find ways to pamper yourself at home.

One way I pamper myself is to use my ToiletTree Professional Skin Care System.  You can read the review that I wrote earlier this year here.  This wasn't the first skin care brush I've had, but it absolutely was the best I've ever used.  The ToiletTree system, unlike the others, has several attachments.

There was only one thing that I though it lacked, and that was a carrying or storage case. Imagine how happy I was when the company contacted me and asked if I'd like to review their new Storage and Travel Case!

I love this convenient case with a spot for the Face and Body Brush System along with each attachment.  Now everything is together in one place.  That makes me happy!

But that's not all, you get more than just the storage case, you also get a set of 4 interchangeable replacement heads.
  • Body Brush
  • Face Brush - medium for normal skin types
  • Face Brush - soft for sensitive skin types
  • Pumice Stone
(Face and Body Brush System sold separately)

The ToiletTree Professional Skin Care System would make also make a great gift.  Perfect for someone heading off to college.  This Travel Case keeps everything neat and tidy.  It's easy to order one for yourself or someone special by visiting Amazon.com.  

You can learn more about ToiletTree and their other awesome products by visiting the sites below:
Hugs Y'all...

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous - how well I know it."
~ Psalm 139:13 -14

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mia Mariu's Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser Giveaway #MiaMariu

Disclosure: I received Mia Mariu's Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser through Tomoson.com to facilitate this review.  As always all opinions are 100% my own.

A good facial cleanser is just a must for any woman.  I haven't used soap on my face since I was 10.  The skin on our face is our biggest asset.  Am I right ladies?  It's the first thing people notice.  And we all know that the skin on our face is more delicate than anywhere else on our bodies.

You can use all the moisturizers you want, but if your skin's not clean, you're just trapping in the dirt. Good skin starts with clean skin.

What I look for in a cleanser

  • Gentle on Skin
  • Tough on Dirt
  • Non-Irritating
  • Oil-Free
  • Nice Smell

Product Description

Mia Mariu's Refreshing Foaming Cleanser - New and Improved anti-inflammatory formula with 8 natural botanicals! Aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce, plus nourishing essential oils: orange peel lemon, lime and grapefruit are at the heart of this soft pampering cleanser.  This improved formula has increased levels of Aloe along with the addition of anti-inflammatory Sea lettuce and essential oils making it an extra gentle cleanser.  Suitable for all skin types, non-irritating, paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free.

The Mia Mariu Philosophy 

makes the connection between beauty and health inside and out.  Mia Mariu's high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.  The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.  Mia offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!

More Than Skin Care

Mia Mariu's skin care line is just the beginning of the fabulous products they offer.  I could use a set of their Perfecting Brushes to help me achieve a flawless complextion.  And I'd love to get a whiff of their parfums and men's colognes.

I'm dreaming of full pouty lips with these luscious colors.

Maybe I'll go for the sultry eye look.

My Final Thoughts

The first thing I do when I drag myself out of bed each morning is meander into the bathroom and wash my face.  It's the only way to wake me up.  Mia Mariu's Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser has the most refreshing smell!  Hence the name.  This cleanser has the energizing citrus scent of lemon, but it's light and not overpowering at all.  The smell says clean, well if smell could talk that's what it would say.

With only a dime size amount of the gel cleanser, all the impurities are gone, leaving my skin silky clean and refreshed.  The natural cleansing agents are tough on dirt while the Sea Kelp & Aloe made it super gentle on my skin.  Mia Mariu's is suitable for all skin types. It's non-irritating, oil-free which makes it perfect for my combination skin.  It's definitely a cleanser I would use again.

Visit Mia Mariu's to see their full catalog here: http://www.miamariu.com/ 

Win It

You can enter to win a full sized bottle of Mia Mariu's Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser by entering with the giveaway form below.  Entrants must be in the U.S.  Giveaway ends 8/20 at 11:59 P.M. EST.

Be good to yourselves and good luck y'all...

She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
~ Proverbs 3:15

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, August 4, 2014

What Is Worry Worth?

I'm a worrier.  There I've said it.  Ahhhh....

Normally at this time of year I'm worrying that we won't get any fall and that these hot days will continue right up until Christmas.  Fall is my favorite time of year.

But this year is different.  This year we've had such a comfortable summer.  The weather has been the most comfortable I can remember in decades!  We've gotten an abundance of rain and everything looks gorgeous outside.  Okay, maybe I could use a few more sunny afternoons for beach time, but I'm not going to complain.

So now I have a new worry this year.  I'm concerned that the end of summer is coming too fast.  Even though we have warm days way past August, my mind tends to say that beach days are over in September.

September just says fall to me.  The magazines are touting cozy sweaters and muted colors.  It's a return-to-nature time of the year. Watch for wine, grays and camels this year.

The days of wearing your Lilly Pulitzer citrus explosions are coming to an end.  Truth is we can get away with wearing them a little longer here in Florida, still I can see the days creeping up when it will be time to take them from their honored place hanging in the closet and lay them to rest under my bed.

I remember having this same anxiety as a kid, as soon as the calendar would flip to August. School held no interest for me. I would feel sick to my stomach for weeks before school started.  Now here I am in my 50's with twinges of those same feelings.

I can't help but think of this bible verse: Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ~ Matthew 6:27

So why not.....

Trust in God & let your worries go...

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
~ John 14:27

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Getting Creative with the New Spellbinders Celebrations Collection

Being a Purex Insider you can usually expect me to show you the newest products to keep your clothes looking and smelling their best but today we're going in a whole new direction.

We're getting creative with PAPERCRAFTS!!

Today we're talking about the new Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection by Richard Garay.  Richards new collection makes it easy for anyone to look like a crafting superstar. His complete collection features dies, stamps, paper, inks & accessories all coordinated to work perfectly together. They're making it easy for you to impress your friends with one-of-a-kind cards, gifts, scrapbook layouts & more.

When you see how these little kits make it so easy to create something unique, you'll realize you can make a card in minutes.  No more running out to the store for a last minute card that frankly, is less than impressive.

I was sent these two "make and take" kits that gave me everything I needed to create two beautiful projects, including an instruction sheet.  I changed a few things to make it my own, but didn't veer too far from their directions so you could see just how quick and easy they are to make.

I couldn't wait to create the "Celebrate Party Hat Card".  You can see I stayed with the original theme while still putting my own spin on it.

The polka-dot paper was two sided so I chose not to go with the pink. I have some decorative edge scissors so I used them to trim the papers.  Every time I looked at the instructions, the photo looked more like a slice of cheese to me than a party hat.  That's why I chose to put the flower at the top. Now that's a party hat.  I added a few extra rhinestones I had too.

I wanted to add a sentiment to the inside of my card since they included a set of 15 fun stamps that are made of photopolymer and feature cling technology so they can effortlessly adhere to clear blocks.  I love this set.  I'm going to be able to use it on so many projects.

I had a block and ink on hand so I was all set.  So easy peasy!!  A totally unique & cotton pickin' cute card in less that 10 minutes. Yay!

Time to create the next craft, which is the "Best Day Ever Treat Bag".

This was even faster than the card.  I cut the top of the bag with my decorative edge scissors and used my ink pad to add a touch of turquoise.  Glued the little "Happy Day" phrase they included to the tags that I also cut with decorative edge scissors, and popped on a little rhinestone.  After filling the bag with some candy, I wrapped the top of the bag with the twine included, threaded the tags and a sequin onto the string, and tied the bow.  Boom, Bam, Done!!

Every day is the perfect day for a Celebration!

Creating paper crafts is a fun way to pass the time and have something wonderful when you finish.  It's also a wonderful way to spend time with your kids. You can make something as simple or elaborate as you like.  You're only limited by your imagination.

You can learn more about Spellbinders, including video tutorials by visiting their website at: https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/Home.aspx

Disclosure:  The Spellbinders brand provided me this sample of Spellbinders Celebrations in exchange for this product review.  As alway all opinions are 100% my own.

Hugs Y'all...

But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
~ Isaiah 64:8

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's In My Beach Bag - #LivingtheSaltLife

It's just now occurring to me that I haven't even shown you what's in my beach tote this summer.  I mean, I have been spending more time with this bag than I have with my purse.

I have my usual Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion and Coppertone dry oil but this year I also added Neutrogena Sport Face lotion for even more protection.

Two beach towels and a camera are a must.

In this little mesh cosmetic bag I keep my hair supplies and chap stick.  I love the Burt's Bees Shimmer Stick. It adds a touch of sheer sparkling color.

You can't hit the beach without shades.  We can't leave the beach without picking up a few shells, so I made this little beach shell collecting bag earlier this year.  I even added a little pouch for sharks teeth.

I take a book to read and Neil usually brings a crossword book to pass the time.  Since the beach can make you ravenous, I always pack plenty of snacks, the non-melting kind, along with water and drinks.  Neil's drink of choice is Lipton Diet Sparkling Kiwi Green Tea, he loves it.  Mine is always coke, but I'm actually enjoying water more than soda these days.

I also have this cool little insulated beach cooler seat.  It folds up and is so easy to tote. It's the perfect size for the 2 of us.  It's got 2 zippered compartments, one can hold a whole 6 pack of drinks.  The other's perfect for keys, change, etc...

I almost forgot, a cover-up like this tee-shirt dress is a must.  No putting shorts on over my bathing suit for the ride home.  Yuck.

My Top Tips

Tip #1:  I hand wash my swimsuit out as soon as I get home for 2 simple reasons.  First it keeps my suit from fading and keeps it nice looking, secondly it's washed and ready for that next trip to the beach or pool.

Tip #2:  I wash my beach towels and repack my tote, so that I'm ready to go at a moments notice.  I NEVER turn down a trip to the beach.

This year I traded in my usual beach bag for this huge tote bag instead.  I'm loving how roomy it is.  It's so much easier to find things now. But I did need to glam it up, so I sewed on a cute shell charm to the front.  Every bag needs a little sparkle.

So that's a glimpse inside my beach tote.  My motto is keep it simple.  Of course I don't have any little ones to pack for.  Been there - done that.

Are you a beach, lake or pool type of girl or guy?  What's in your bag?

Sunshine Wishes...

Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters; They have seen the works of the Lord, and His wonders of the deep.
~ Psalms 107:23-24

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash Giveaway #GetNoticed

Disclosure:  I love trying new products and being able to share my opinions with you.  I received the Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash from the Dial brand to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% my own. 

Just when I think Dial can't come up with anything I'll like more, they do.  I'd like to introduce you to the NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash, the newest member of the Dial Coconut Water family.

Coconut Water
& Mango

Ultra Fresh Hydrating Body Wash
Summer 2014 seems to be the season of mango for me.  I fell in love with Mango tea and now I can bath in that same great mango scent!  Really, I wish I had smell vision for y'all.  I love the refreshing scent. Does summer have a scent?  I think so and Dial put it in a bottle for us to enjoy. Just a simple little something that makes me happy.

Healthier Skin.  Healthier You.

Coconut water is a leading trend known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration. Mango is known for being nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness.

Win It

Thanks to Dial 2 Cotton Pickin Cute readers will each win a coupon for a FREE Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash.  To enter the giveaway, use the Giveaway Tools form below.

This giveaway will August 6th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.  The winners will have 48 hours to respond once notified by email, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Best of luck...

He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
~ Acts 15:9

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Win a Years Supply of Purex Fels-Naptha "America's Stain Remover" #Giveaway

Who says older isn't better?  Not me, because the newest product on the block isn't always the best.  Take Purex's  Fel-Naptha laundry bar for instance.  Fels-Naptha has been removing stains for over 100 years.  

No kidding, since 1894 Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around- the-collar.  To celebrate they will be giving away a year's supply each day from July 14-23 at 6 PM .

There's no time to waste......
Enter HERE Now!!!

Best of luck y'all...

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
~ Psalm 51:7