Friday, July 22, 2016

Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative! @crowdtap

We eat a lot of yogurt in our house so I was super curious to try this new option from a brand I know and trust. Silk has a delicious dairy-free yogurt that is crafted from plant based ingredients. This is a perfect option for anyone, especially if you are trying to avoid dairy.  We eat dairy, but we also eat a lot of plant-based foods.  So you don't need to be vegetarian or vegan to enjoy Silk’s® seven smooth and creamy, plant-based yogurt alternatives. But if you are, this is a yummy new option ideal for you! 

Silk® created this delicious and creamy Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in a variety of scrumptious flavors too. It comes in a single serve and multi-serve container. Silk comes in seven yummy flavors...I found four varieties at my local Shop-Rite this week. It was hard to decide since they all looked great. Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative. 

I liked both the plain and the flavored Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative. The yogurt was creamy and tasted fresh. It had a light taste that was perfect in its own or blended in a power smoothie. I also used the Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative plain variety in my famous Banana Breakfast Protein Muffins. I substitute yogurt for the oil in my recipe and it saves calories and adds protein and calcium. Give Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative a try and let me know what you think. 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Beauty Box 5 July 2016 Road Trip is here! Lots of goodies too @beautybox5

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I love it....Beauty Box five has the fun beauty ideas for every day of the year whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter.  My little blue box from BB5 helps me manage to keep it all together at work and at home to freshen up my glam look no matter what the day holds for me.  BB5 shows you how you can squeeze in quality beauty time into even the days you gotta speed things along with a few little special products.  Check out all the trendiest of autumn fashions now that the long, hot days of summer are starting to fade! Don't forget to share your fave finds and share with friends too. Take a peek at a few beauty goodies to go along with your pretty fashions and maybe grab a few extra for friends. A BB5 subscription makes a great gift any friend would appreciate all year long.

Everyone loves getting the inside scoop. I like trying new beauty products from sunscreens to lipsticks and find that I often find new faves.  That is one of the great things about BB5.  You can try lots of new things and sub in new favorites without being stuck with a huge bottle of this or that. I happens to the best of us even with green intentions. Sometimes I look at a product in the store but I worry it might not be for me and I don't want to spend all that money if I don't know that I really like it.  Who needs something else to sit on the bathroom shelf or take up more room in a drawer? I would always feel guilty. Every once in a while you get lucky and the store has a sample or perhaps a beauty company sends you a sample and you get to try it first.  That is the premise behind BB5.

The ideal solution for all of us is brought to you by Beauty Box 5. They understand and created their great beauty sampling box program. Beauty Box 5 is an amazing subscription beauty box sampler that is delivered right to your doorstep (or mailbox) filled with a combination of 5 brand new cosmetic samples monthly, quarterly or annually. You can start out at just $12 a month or save more by getting a longer subscription. 

Signing up to receive Beauty Box 5 each month is a great new way for anyone from teens to moms to sample new cosmetic products and see what works for you.  Each month they include tips and tricks for the products on the back of this little card below to help you get the most out of your beauty samples each month.

Beauty Box 5 is always on the lookout for the latest new items to make the best matches for your own personal taste and lifestyle.  The prices are reasonable too. You can get a Beauty Box 5 monthly for $12, quarterly for $30 or annually for just $99.  Shipping is always free.  A fun way to check out lots  of the new beauty stuff out there without a whole lot of $$ investment. The great part is that if you like something, you can just up and buy the full size item, right?  Much better than buying a full size you-know-what-beauty-item and paying a fortune and then it sits in the makeup bag gathering dust because it doesn't work for you.

Beauty Box 5 mixes it up with their brands and keeps things adventurous. They source from a mix of niche, luxe, regular drugstore, vegan and eco-conscious brands.  One month you might get hair care, nail care, makeup, skin care, fragrances or even beauty accessories or a mix of any of the above.  I love the suspense!  You will get a carefully curated blend of travel, full-size and deluxe samples from their most current collection.

I just received the July Road Trip Ready box this week.  The July theme is all all about looking naturally great on-the-go while protecting your skin. You can look gorgeous and sweep on color without baking in the sun these days. Beauty Box 5 always has all the tools and tricks to help you look pretty from your head to your toes.  Okay, but just how do you get your hair, lips, eyes and nails looking just so? Let BB5 help you out! The team at Beauty Box 5 wants to remember you are it is all about taking care of yourself.  They show you just how to style your hair and eliminate the frizzies. They give you the tools to freshen up your nails super fast and glam them up with hot winter colors. This month the focus is on the skin and face. Beauty Box 5 is here with a ton of special treats to help you along the way.  Here is the scoop on the amazing treats that were in this sweet sea blue July box:

As always, my box was filled with of lovely goodies that I could not wait to try. There were treats for my hands, face and body tucked in there this month.  There were several special items to keep me looking fresh and alluring wherever I go.  Even if it is far from home I will still be looking good with all my goodies stashed in my bag.

The first item in this box is Sweep Rose Gold Tweezers. They came with a most adorable matching mirror. I am pretty particular about doing my brows and touching them up frequently, so I like these a lot. I find it only takes a minute each day in the morning or in the evening before bed to make a big difference with tidy brows. I have friends that will do them on the go like when their car is parked. The light is great during the day so this is a good option too. Just remember, parked car only! Anyway, this little gem gets all the little strays too and looks elegant while you use it. Finish with either a brow pencil or powder or some combination of the two then set with gel and ta-da! Retail $14.00

After your eyebrows are tweeted you can use this Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil. It is a good neutral tone that works for me.  Everyone needs to use a good eyebrow pencil too. It is an essential like your basic black mascara! Combine this eyebrow pencil with the gold tweezers and you are good to go! Summer calls for a little less makeup so brows are uber important. It lasts the whole day too. Even when my days are long I can count on looking sophisticated and pretty!  Retail: $14

This one is a classic. Everyone needs Hikari Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Champagne. This is a neutral color that is a perfect addition to any outfit. It would truly carry you through any season too. This shadow is a great way to add a little swipe of color without looking overdone.   I like this shadow because I can add some natural looking color to my lids and  make my look complete. It has a nice texture and goes on smoothly. This is a great sized product too since it fits right in a purse or travel bag for evening touch ups. Retail $13

Beauty Box 5 was really thinking this one out when they put together this month's box because they included just the kind of brush that we all needed. Beauty Box 5 Round Blending Brush is the perfect companion to the makeup that was included in this box. You can use this great brush with any product that you like too but it is just a great fit . It is the perfect size to gently dust on shadow and apply it precisely where you want it. It is super comfortable in my hands and makes blending and shading a cinch. Retail $10.

Skinny Tan Mini Mitt  is exactly what you need to put on self tanner before the weekend away at the beach. You can take a few minutes and make sure all your areas are covered. It makes it easy. I like to read a book or catch up on my social posts while my self tanner dries precisely. Retail $4.95

So, are you ready to get in on the fun? The ladies from BB5 have put together another really amazing box full of beauty fun perfect to take you straight into spring and even summer. Don't forget to join Beauty Box 5 and get in on the goodies to keep you looking fab for all four seasons.

After you join, you can even spread your good fortune via Instagram and have an opportunity to win full-size versions of these products too! Don't forget to tag @beautybox5 and #bb5fave that way they know that it was you spreading the good tips and great products!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Hourglass Vanish Foundation is a miraculous new option that I love @influenster #vanishfoundation

I recently tried this Hourglass Vanish Foundation in Beige which came with the Hourglass branded Seamless Finish Foundation Brush. I loved the modern, sleek look of both the package and the foundation.  I started with a light touch since my skin is in good shape this week with only a small blemish or two.  I striped on the foundation in targeted areas like just below my eyes, my forehead my chin and lower cheeks. It glided on my skin smoothly. The light touch is definitely the way to start since it gave me a more natural finish when I blended it in with the brush. You can always add more later if you like a more finished look.

I liked the brush that I used with the Hourglass Vanish Foundation. The brush is also Hourglass branded and I do recommend it. This coordinating foundation brush made it super easy to blend in for a smooth, pretty finish.  I was impressed with the light, natural coverage. My two blemishes disappeared. Seriously. No cover-up needed.  It was easy to use the Vanish Foundation with the Hourglass Foundation Brush. The foundation feels gentle on my skin and the brush blends the product in just flawlessly. It is a big plus not needing to use concealer. It is one step saved for me which means another five minutes back in my life. By the way, my skin is a medium tone and the Beige is a perfect match for me.

I had never used a foundation brush before so I was quite impressed with the finish it provided. I used the blending brush also from Hourglass Vanish Foundation and the results were unparalleled. I was amazed at how quickly the foundation blended into my skin....seamlessly. The brush feels soft and gentle on my skin and it works really well with the branded foundation. It covered minor (but visible) blemishes that in the past were even challenging to cover with concealer. I have to say that no concealer is needed when I used this brush along with their stick foundation. I would definitely buy both products again but I think if I take good care of the brush I might not need to do that for a while.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Find Your Signature Fragrance with Fragrance Outlet: The Widest Selection of Designer Perfumes and Fragrances, Anywhere @brandbacker

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I first truly fell in love with fragrance when I traveled abroad and lived in Italy as a college student. There were just tons of amazing scents that you just could not get back in the USA. Things have changed and companies like The Fragrance Outlet make it easy to enjoy a variety of designer fragrances from all over the world with online shopping. The newly launched online site is very easy to shop, search and find all kinds of fragrances.  The best part is that your selections are shipped quickly and arrive beautifully wrapped and ready to gift or enjoy for yourself! The prices are reasonable too. Founded in 1990, The Fragrance Outlet, Inc. owns and operates over 100 Fragrance Outlet and Designer Fragrances stores. The very first store, Fragrance Outlet, made its debut in November 1990 in Potomac Mills Mall, just outside of Washington, D.C. Things just got bigger and better from there and now you can shop anytime at all with their vast website.

I adore the concept for Fragrance Outlet which made sense from the beginning. It was simple, just to truly offer the widest selection of genuine designer fragrances, sold by knowledgeable, friendly staff at affordable prices. It was a new idea back then, but it was a home run and the concept was successful. Who wouldn't want to get your favorite scent discounted when shopping conveniently at your favorite luxury outlet stores.  Throughout the next few years, Fragrance Outlet expanded its presence in the fragrance market, opening stores in the luxury Outlet Centers across the country and even in Guam. Fragrance Outlet, Inc. is planning on opening 100 more stores over the next several years. Perhaps a location will open near you. When you see the selection, either online or in store, you will know why customers return and share their secret with friends. The great part is that you can choose how you shop and when you shop with Fragrance Outlet now--online or in store, anytime you want.

Not everyone has access to those fantastic Outlet Centers on a regular basis. I know my days are busy with work and family so I often turn to online shopping. It was relaxing and fun to shop online at the Fragrance Outlet. I was impressed with the vast selection of fragrances from all my favorite designers. I like that I can purchase all my fave designer fragrances at affordable prices – without ever leaving the comfort of home.   Fragrance Outlet shopping experience is at your fingertips 24/7 with online convenience. I like that I can shop online late at night at home when I finally have a few minutes to myself or on the go when I get a break during the day or on the weekend. It is easy to shop their site and I liked that I can search by categories like Bestsellers or Gift-sets. Don't forget to check out their sales too...I saw some great items in their Summer Sale selection. They even have Exclusives as well like the Bamboo by Franck Olivier. I really like this scent with the blend of blackcurrant, ivy and freesia. It also has base notes of cedar and vetiver. It is a beautiful, fresh scent perfect for summer. Their entire selection rivaled what I see at the luxury department stores, but at a huge discount. I loved how my selection arrived so quickly, beautifully gift-wrapped and protected with padding. They even included several bonus fragrance samples.

Fragrance Outlet is one of the nation’s largest retailers of genuine designer fragrances and related accessories. They even have great travel accessories like packable and refillable atomizers. You can get all your designer perfume and fragrances at super affordable prices. You can find it all since they carry the most popular names in fragrance including Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Escada, Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Michael Kors, Thierry Mugler, DKNY, Coach, Davidoff, Vera Wang, and many other in-demand designer fragrances.  Fragrances can be so costly when you go to those luxury department stores, but not with Fragrance Outlet. They substantially mark down their fragrances so you get more for your money.

You can find out more by visiting the Fragrance Outlet and by following them on social including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Get all the scoop on the latest fragrances, accessories, seasonal sales and more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.