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Soniclear Elite Deluxe Giveaway

To celebrate summer, Michael Todd Beauty is giving away two Soniclear Elite Deluxes!  I've joined with some of your other favorite beauty bloggers for this giveaway to help you get your skin ready for summer.  You'll have 18 ways to enter this giveaway.  The more times you enter, the better your odds are!



NMEDA Increases Mobility, Independence

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've shared that my mother has been sick, but I haven't shared a lot of details here.  Just over a year ago, she suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Before this, she was in fairly good health.  She was living independently, working, and able to care for herself.  
Since the incident, she's has a lot of health problems, including limited mobility.  She walks with a cane now, and she recently got a walker to help her walk when she goes to the store.  She's not in a wheelchair, but I think she might be in the next few years.  I have a small SUV, so she doesn't have to step up or down to get it, but it's still hard on her when I take her to her appointments.  I have helped her from a wheelchair to my car, and she fell beside the car, even with a nurse helping us.  I do have real concerns about how I will be able to get her to her doctor's appointments if she ever moves to a wheelchair.  I've already started researching ways to make it easier, and NMEDA is a great resource.

Health & Beauty Essentials for a Fabulous Summer

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

I love summertime.  All of my commitments take a break, so it really is the lazy days of summer for our family.  We stay up late, sleep in each day, and have fun.  I love how the pace slows down after a crazy homeschool year, and we have time to play as a family.  Our summer just got started this week, so we only have two months of our lazy days, but I plan to make the most of every single day.  Babbleboxx recently sent me their summer health and beauty box, and I love it!  It has some great products for summer with some brands that were new to me and some that I've been using for years.  Keep reading to learn about each products and get some exclusive offers for my readers.

Health & Beauty Essentials for a Fabulous Summer

Top 10 Makeup Under $10

I love makeup, but I can't afford to buy all it from high end brands.  Fortunately, many drug store brands have great products available at very affordable prices.  If you're on a budget or just love having a vast collection of makeup to choose from like I do, here are my top 10 makeup products under $10.  


Aixallia Organic Skin Care Review

This post was sponsored by Aixallia as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I admit that my beauty cabinet isn't full of organic products, but I do prefer them.  Until three years ago, I didn't have any sensitivity or allergies to any topical ingredients.  Then I got a bad allergic reaction while doing yard work, and now I experience redness and irritation from certain ingredients.  For this reason and other reasons, I've been switching to organic skin care products.  Aixallia was a brand that was new to me until a few months ago, but I was really interested in learning more because it's organic.  Aixallia is a French skin care line, and French women are known for their amazing skin.  They must have some secrets that they aren't sharing, but now their secrets are out, and we have this amazing skin care line in America.


Aixallia Organic Skin Care Review

Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub Recipe

Summer's here, so it's the perfect time to sit outside and sip iced tea or lemonade.  I prefer pink lemonade, so that's what we usually have on hand.  Pink lemonade always reminds me of summer, and I always need a good hand scrub in the summer.  We plant a large garden--over an acre!--so my hands tend to get quite dirty.  I use a scrub to clean them after working in the dirt.  The clay in our soil is wonderful for our garden, but it's not so great for my hands.  This pink lemonade hand scrub will moisturize as it cleans for soft, smooth hands.  The added melt and pour soap also keeps your hands from getting excessively oily, and it also helps remove more dirt and grime.

Pink sugar scrub recipe

Foundation 101 Types of Foundations and How to Use Them

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is what type of foundation is best?  Powder, liquid, cream...which is best?  Well, that depends on your skin tone, the amount of coverage you want, and your skin.  If you have oily skin with large pores, you might use a different kind of foundation than your friend who has oily skin but doesn't have large pores.  Keep reading, and I'll explain the different kinds of foundations and their pros and cons.

Foundation 101:  Different types of foundations and how to use them.


Bioderma Micellular Water H2O Makeup Remover Review and Giveaway

Happy Monday!  I've got another great giveaway opportunity for you today.  Bioderma recently sent me their Micellular Water H2O makeup remover, and they are also offering a set for one of my lucky readers!  Keep reading to learn more about it and then enter to win one for yourself.

Bioderma


Since the 1970s, Bioderma has been creating skin care products based on biology.  They use science and knowledge about our skin to create products inspired by our own nature.  They create products that help balance our skin and let our bodies use its natural resources to recover.

Bioderma has product lines for different skin types.  They only use a few ingredients in each product, and they don't use questionable ingredients.  

Micellular Water H2O Makeup Remover


The makeup remover that I received is from the Sensibio line, which is for sensitive skin.  Although I don't classify my skin as sensitive, some ingredients to irritate me.  This was a great mild makeup remover, and it didn't irritate my skin at all.  

We really put this to the test last weekend after my daughter's play.  She wore stage makeup, so she had on quite a bit of makeup.  We used cotton balls and the Micellular Water H2O to quickly remove it.

It's safe for your face and eyes, which I like because then I don't need to buy two products.  That also helps me save room in my makeup cabinet--and we can also use more room there!

Want to try it for yourself?  Enter to win a 250 mL bottle and a 100 mL bottle for your travel bag.  18 and up with a US address only.  Good luck!
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How to Get Rid of Blackheads With Baking Soda

I've tried numerous products that promise to get rid of blackheads in the last 10 years.  Some worked better than others, but none completely removed the stubborn blemishes.  When I stumbled upon this easy blackhead removing mask, I didn't think it would work because it was too easy. I had a cabinet full of products and $100s of dollars invested, so how could such an inexpensive product like baking soda work to cure my blackheads?  I was surprised, and I'm sure you will be too!  You probably already have the baking soda in your cupboard, so what do you have to lose?

How to get rid of blackheads fast with baking soda.



Caramel Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe


Now that summer is here, it's time for me to get some color on my legs.  I don't want to risk sun damage, so I use a self tanner.  The golden rule, pardon my pun, for self tanning is to always exfoliate before using the tanner.  This not only helps your tan develop more evenly, but it also helps it last longer.  I made this caramel coffee sugar scrub recipe to exfoliate my legs because it smells amazing, and the caffeine is said to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Regardless, it smells amazing, and it is super easy to whip up.  

Caramel Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe


How to Save Money on Beauty and Makeup With PatPat

Today's conversation is sponsored by PatPat.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

Who doesn't love saving money?  I love to save money on things, especially the things that I want because they are fun.  I try to always use a coupon or shop during a sale for my makeup and beauty supplies.  I like to have a large variety of colors of makeup and tools to apply it, so it really helps my budget when I can save some money.  That's why I shop PatPat.  It's a website and app that has sales every day, so I don't have to wait for the item I want to go on sale.  And they have free shipping if you spend over $60, too.

How to Save Money on Beauty and Makeup With PatPat

Scarology Ultimate Scar System Giveaway $89.99 Value Ends June 21

It's summer, which means one thing for my family:  accidents.  It never fails that my kids can be fine in the fall, winter, and spring but as soon as summer comes around, they turn in to wild animals and get hurt.  When I was about 5, I got a nasty cut on my face.  I still have a scar, and I wish something like this would have been available then!



Are All-Natural Products Really Better?


All-natural products are the latest craze in hair and skin products. From natural dyes to natural shampoos and styling products, you may wonder if they are really worth the hype. You will pay more for natural versions of the same product, but are they really worth the high cost? That depends on why you want to use them.

Are All-Natural Products Really Better?

Restore Damaged Hair With Dove Regenerative Nourishment

Sponsored post by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

Friends, my hair takes some abuse!  I have dark brown hair, and I bleach highlights on the top every two months.  Then I fight my curly hair by straightening it two or three times a week.  As if that's not bad enough, my hair is dry because it's curly.  If I'm not careful, my hair can get dull, lifeless, and damaged, especially the bleached ends.  Thankfully, restoring my damaged hair is easy with Dove Regenerative Nourishment.  

Restore Damaged Hair With Dove Regenerative Nourishment

How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair

I am loving this warmer weather here in Ohio, but I am certainly not liking the humidity.  I feel like I'm wearing a helmet that traps the heat on my head!  I got my hair cut yesterday, and I feel so much better.  I have a chin length inverted bob, and even having shorter hair can mean a ton of frizz in the summer.  The humidity has been really bad for the last two weeks.  I can straighten my hair and then POOF I walk outside and have a hot mess on my head.  Learn how to get rid of frizzy hair fast with these natural remedies.

How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair

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