Glitter & Garlands: Holiday Accessories

If you celebrate Christmas, maybe you add tinsel to your tree to mimic the way moonlight twinkles on the snow outside. It’s fun to add “tinsel” to yourself during the holiday season as well.
I am planning to wear a beaded mesh scarf (from Monroe & Main) to our Christmas Eve party.
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The glittering strands of silver beads add a hint of exotic sparkle to the woven macramé scarf.
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I don’t usually paint my fingernails in anything beyond a basic pink, but I might try nail art with some rhinestones this year.
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I also am impressed when women can pull off a punch of vivid color on their eyes. Cover Girl’s flashy Flamed Out eye shadow pots look fun!
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How do you add sparkle or glitter to your holiday look?

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin

The new, easy-to-use Beautiful Skin line from Boots USA is a two-step range of everyday skincare cleansers and moisturizers, tailored to your specific skin type.

Step 1 is to cleanse, and I tried the Cleansing Lotion.
Beautiful Skin cleansers quickly and gently remove all traces of dirt and impurities, leaving you with clean, healthy skin. I found that there is no need for a separate toner.
Step 2 is to moisturize, and I tried the Night Cream.
All the Boots day creams deliver SPF 15 and Broad Spectrum UV Protection, while the night creams work to promote optimum hydration while you sleep.

I definitely saw that my skin was hydrated and refreshed after using the night cream.
Beautiful Skin products are color-coded for your skin type: Normal/Oily (Pink), Normal/Dry (Green), and Dry/Very Dry (Lilac).

See all the products at http://www.shopbootsusa.com/

I learned about Boots because some Influensters received these products complimentary for the Beauty VoxBox (I did not).
I purchased the products on my own, and all opinions here are mine.

Kiss® Ever PRO Lashes Starter Kit

For my latest review, I tested the Kiss® Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit. Each kit includes one pair of eyelashes, one adhesive,and one PRO lash applicator. I had actually never tried applying eyelashes before, so I was a true novice. The directions on the package were simple to follow. You can also see a demo at www.kissusa.com if you want more tips for “flawless application.”
I wore the lashes to an evening party and felt especially glamorous! The lashes–made from 100% human hair–are a fun way to enhance your natural beauty.

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit retails for $4.99 and is available at Walgreens stores nationwide.
For more information and how-to videos, you can visit EverEZlashes.com

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster but opinions are my own.
See more reviews at: http://www.influenster.com/review/kiss-ever-pro-lash-starter-kit

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact

I recently tested the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact. This is an all-in-one compact with everything you need for a complete eye look. It includes primer, illuminator, applicator, and complementing shadows.

I received the one for brown eyes. It has four colors: one for all over lid; one highlighter; and two for crease/contour. You can experiment and create lots of beauty looks with the product.
It’s fun and easy to stash in your purse.
It costs less than $5, so you don’t have to make a big investment.
Visit the NYC New York Color website for more info:
http://newyorkcolor.com/
and follow them on Twitter: @nycnewyorkcolor
You can see the reviews at Influenster.com too:
http://www.influenster.com/review/nyc-new-york-color-individualeyes-custom-compact
Disclosure: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster but opinions are my own.

Hemp Hand Protector

Do you have extremely dry skin? I recently stumbled across Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop® and tried it out. Apparently hemp seed oil is high in essential fatty acids. This also has organic beeswax as a moisturizer. After one week, I have definitely noticed a difference in my hands. They feel softer and stay that way for longer than with ordinary lotions I’ve tried. I only need to massage a small amount into my hands.

I usually notice my skin getting drier in the fall…and it tends to crack a bit in the winter…so I need to address the problem as soon as possible.
Let me know what YOUR dry skin solution is!

imPRESS Press On Manicure

I love showing off painted nails (and toenails in the summertime), but applying nail polish (and re-applying, and re-applying…) can get old.
A press-on manicure is a great option–simply simply peel off from the package, press on, and you’re done.
I tried out the Velvet Rope (lovely purple) color of imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails.

They were easy to apply and looked great. I received many compliments at work and performed all my normal family activities–and they did last 7 days! I plan to try some of the other pretty designs as well. My daughter is dying to use press-on nails, but my rule on that is no makeup until she’s older. In the meantime, she can admire my imPRESSive manicure!

Have fun exploring the imPRESS website! www.impressmanicure.com

**I received this product complimentary to test from the Influenster program. Learn more at www.influenster.com

Colorful Helmets for National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month!

If the weather is nice where you live, start taking more bicycle rides–for health and fun–as often as possible.
Specific celebrations include:
Bike to School Day May 9, 2012
Bike to Work Week May 14-18
Bike to Work Day Friday, May 18


Safety should be your first priority when it comes to cycling. Some states have mandatory helmet laws for children, but if your kids are resistant to wearing helmets, try these fun options.

Tail-Wags sells fantastic helmet covers in over 40 designs at
http://www.tail-wags.com/index.php

Some of the stylish Sawako Furuno Cycling Helmets can be purchased from
http://www.bouf.com/shops/sawako/products/category/133/Bicycle_Accessories

If you don’t want to garner too many compliments, wear a plain helmet–just be sure it fits correctly and will protect your precious head.
Happy cycling!