Monday, September 15, 2014

Top 5 Fall Handbag Essentials with U by Kotex and Walmart - Plus Coupons

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5 Fall Handbag Essentials with U by Kotex & Walmart

Fall is in the air! Here in New England it's already dropped to the 50's and 60s, so we've had little time to prepare for the change of seasons. However, I always make sure to update my handbag and when I do, I pack my favorite seasonal essentials at the same time! Bye-bye summer handbag, hello leather and fall handbag musts! I've even got a fabulous coupon for you below to help you update your fall handbag essentials, so make sure to watch for that.

Walmart actually carries 5 of my top handbag essentials, which includes U by Kotex Click Tampons and the free Kleenex Slim Pack that comes with specially marked packages of Kotex tampons and pads!

Here are 5 of my top fall handbag essentials:

I always keep a few tampons in my purse because I'm always on the go--I don't have time for accidents! U by Kotex Click Tampons come in several absorbency ratings including regular, super and super plus. I tend to purchase the multi-packs so that I can keep a few of each in my purse just in case. These convenient little tampons have a super compact applicator that actually clicks to extend. No more super long tampons taking up space--more room for other handbag essentials! Check out this fantastic coupon U by Kotex and Walmart has been kind enough to offer my readers. Share it via twitter, facebook or pinterest and the more you share the higher the coupon value will be!

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Here's my must-have U by Kotex Click tampon multipack! On the top is my second fall handbag essential pick, which I'll talk about below.

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U by Kotex Click Tampons are so cute and convenient!


Cold and flu season is here so it's definitely time to keep those tissues handy! Thankfully, some specially marked U by Kotex tampon and pad boxes include complementary Kleenex Slim Packs--perfect! These handy little packets hold 10 nicely sized, reasonably thick tissues. Definitely look out for these!

Use this fabulous coupon from U by Kotex and Walmart to score an even better deal on certain U by Kotex pads and tampons when shopping at Walmart--look for the specially marked packages that include these perfect little Kleenex Slim Packs!

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The Kleenex Slim Packs are nice and small.

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They open up and feature 2 slim pockets!


3. Hershey Kisses
If you know me, you know I'm a serious choco-holic! I try to keep chocolate on me at all times and now that the weather is cooler, I can keep my favorite little Hershey Kisses in my bag without fear of melting ;) Grab these at walmart next time you're there. And hey, Halloween candy is coming out already ... just saying!

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4. Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Red Extreme
I'm so thankful Walmart carries a huge selection of Milani products (some of the only drugstore beauty products I tend to love). These amazing liquid lipsticks by Milani are as good as, if not better, than any other lip products I've tried. And this red? Killer for fall! 

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5. EOS Lip Balm
This is an essential for me year-round, but especially in the cooler months. EOS lip balm keeps my lips moisturized and dry skin-free all Fall long. This is also available at Walmart.

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U by Kotex and Walmart Coupon for My Fabulous Readers

As I mentioned above, U by Kotex and Walmart have provided you guys with a fantastic printable coupon that not only helps you save, but increase in value if shared via facebook, twitter and pinterest! The more you share, the more you and your friends can save.


What are your fall handbag essentials? 

Thank you to U by Kotex and Walmart for sponsoring this post!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Honey Maid Teddy Grahams - This Is Wholesome


Honey Maid: This is Wholesome

It's funny, Honey Maid is tied to so many childhood memories for me. My younger brother, with whom I was very close when we were little, absolutely adored chocolate Honey Maid Teddy Grahams. He could eat them by the box! My mom was incredibly picky about the foods we ate and these were one of the few treats she consistently bought. It was so nice to open our lunch boxes up at school and find these inside. I can even remember exactly how they tasted just sitting here writing about them! And who didn't grow up loving Honey Maid graham crackers? It was all we used for s'mores on our family trips to Vermont to ski each winter and the only thing my mom would make her famous cheesecake crust out of during the holidays.

All these years later, Honey Maid still makes some of my long-time favorites. Aside from Teddy Grahams, I'm still a total s'mores girl and they never quite taste right unless they're made with Honey Maid honey graham crackers. It's so funny that I'm now able to share these delicious treats with my own family. My little guys love Chocolate Chip Teddy Grahams and graham cracker s'mores, of course. The holidays come rolling around and what do I use to make my cheesecake crust with? You guessed it, Honey Maid graham crackers. Funny how that works!

My little guys recently saw the Grahamfuls in a store, which I had never seen before, and have already grabbed those to try. They look delicious!

As a mom, I love that Honey Maid Teddy Grahams are low in calories (only 130 per serving for the Chocolate Chip ones) and in sodium. They're convenient to take in the car, where we spend a lot of our time, and ... they're adorable!

You can see Honey Maid's This is Wholesome campaign here.



The first time I saw Honey Maid's "This Is Wholesome" campaign I fell in love. Not only did I grow up in a family that was considered "different", but I'm now raising a family that is also, in many ways, unique. I'm biracial so my children are mixed. My husband was born in the US, but grew up overseas in Indonesia and will forever refer to it as home. Our household is a complete mix of cultures and ethnicities as you can imagine! Both of my children have different medical diagnoses and they work daily to overcome the challenges those present. As a result, we spend a lot of our time in and out of evaluations, therapies and for the last few years have home schooled my oldest. I'm a work-out-of-the-home mom to top it off. We are anything but the same as other families. But if you really think about it, no two families are the same in general. Sometimes those differences are simply more obvious.



Celebrating the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all family is so important. I want my children to recognize that every family is a family. I'm thankful Honey Maid is working to spread this message through their wholesome snacks! 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Honey Maid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Honey Maid, all opinions are my own.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery Review

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Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery

I've previously reviewed other Dermalogica products and had a great experience, so I was really interested to try their Dynamic Skin Recovery moisturizer--especially given how high its SPF rating is. For those of you that have followed me for a while, you know I have to really protect myself from the sun, so I'm a constant sunscreen user!


Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery Review

Product - SPF moisturizer
Scent - can't quite pinpoint it; almost menthol with something else
On the Skin - fairly thin lotion; absorbs quickly; hydrates well
Price - $65 (1.7 fl oz)
Where to Buy - Dermalogica.com 
My Thoughts - As a moisturizer this is fantastic! It's pretty lightweight and absorbs well, but hydrates beautifully. I'm not equipped to report on the SPF, but an SPF rating of 50 is probably the highest I've seen on a facial moisturizer, personally. The only thing that wasn't completely a home run for e with this was the scent. Now, I have a very picky, sensitive nose, but to me it has a very odd scent. It'a almost mentholated or eucalyptus-y and while it does mostly fade, I did find I could still detect it slightly. If you're less sensitive or a scent of this nature wouldn't bother you, then it may not be an issue, especially under foundation.

Overall, I think if I can get past the scent it'll be a great addition to my personal routine or even my kit ... but I'm still undecided as to whether or not I can look past the scent ;)

Have you tried this moisturizer from Dermalogica? Do you regularly use SPF in your skin care routine?

Note: This product was provided by iFabbo for review, however, all opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

August PopSugar Must Have Box Reveal & Review

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August PopSugar Must Have Box 

As some of you know (if you follow me via social media), I've been super sick, but I'm really excited to share with you my August PopSugar Must Have Box today! My box arrived a little late, but it was still a fabulous surprise to receive in the mail--especially while feeling crummy.

PopSugar's August box was inspired primarily by Summer and celebrations--PopSugar Must Have celebrated their 2nd birthday last month!

Price - PopSugar Must Have Box subscription is $39.95/month with free shipping
*You can do a monthly subscription, purchase 3 mos in advance (save $10 total), purchase 6 mos in advance (save $25 total) or purchase 12 mos in advance (save $50 total)

Where to Subscribe - If you're already chomping at the bit to get the next upcoming Must Have Box you can do so on PopSugar's site HERE.

Promo Code - AUG14SELECT 
Save $10 on a 3-month subscription
Start Date: Today
End Date: 9/10/14 


August PopSugar Must Have Box Review

I have been a huge fan of PopSugar's Must Have Boxes for a long time! I love the variety they usually offer and so many of the past products I've seen in review posts have been ones I'd personally enjoy. This box was definitely an interesting mix of end-of-summer goodies, though I was a little disappointed to receive a couple products I couldn't try. More on that below!

Overall, I thought it was a fun box :)

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Here's a quick peak of all the things I got in my August Must Have Box

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Here's the 1st side of the list of products in my August box

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Heres's the second side of the list of products

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Here's the shot of all the products included in my box on the insert

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Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss - This shade was created exclusively for PopSugar, which is super fun! You guys know I love my pink lippies ;)
Retail - $22

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The Mason Jar Cookie Company "Celebrate!" cookie mix - I love the packaging on this mix! I'm a New Englander and I don't know if the rest of the country is as obsessed with Mason Jar mixes as people are up here (once the holidays come rolling around I swear they're EVERYWHERE), but I think this is a fun take on it!

The downside was, I'm allergic to wheat and avoid it whenever possible. My little guys made these with The Hugs, however, and loved them! If you have little guys I always suggest using apple sauce instead of eggs so it's more little-people friendly ;)

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Goodbyn Purple Meal & Dipper Set - We make 90% of the food we eat ourselves in our household during a typical week, so food storage is a MUST! I love that this comes with a cute little dipping container. The container seems sturdy and it's a great size for snacks and smaller meals. I wouldn't put anything with liquid or sauce in this (put the sauce in the little sauce container if you need it) as ours wasn't quite as airtight as other tupperware we have, but for solid/dry foods this works great.
Retail - $8 

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Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat's Eye - I know some others received earrings from what I saw, but I got this cute necklace (another blogger friend of mine received a necklace as well!). I like it, it's simple and definitely something that could work with a number of different looks. I'm not sure if I would have chosen it for myself, but isn't that why we subscribe to boxes like this? To broaden our lifestyle horizons and expose ourselves to things we wouldn't normally choose on our own? ;)

I tried to find this piece on the Kendra Scott site to determine the metal used and couldn't, but found 2 that were nearly identical, but with different stones. They were only slightly more expensive so I'm assuming that like those, this piece is also 14k gold plated over brass. The reason I was curious is because I react to most metals, but gold typically doesn't bother me. I haven't worn this yet, but fingers crossed my body doesn't get silly on me with it!
Retail - $50

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Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel - I am a huge fan of yummy smelling shower gels. I think if you tend to like more mature florals this could be right up your alley! For me, it was a tad heavier than what I normally use. I'd love to check out some of their other scents, however!

Unfortunately, this also arrived open in the box so some of the product was lost, but I think it was probably a total fluke and likely due to being so beat up in the mail--my box came a bit damaged.

Retail - $22

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Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle - I have to start by saying the name got me right away! The Hubs comes from a very Irish family and he's actually been to Ireland. His name is Patrick, so Paddy is a common nickname. Anytime I see anything with Paddy on it I usually try to grab it for him. The moment he saw this he got a total kick out of it! We all enjoy the scent as well.
Retail - $10

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thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar - This is a high protein bar that is thankfully gluten-free! On the downside, it contains maltitol as a sweetener, which I avoid. If this isn't a problem for you, the ingredients look fairly simple for the most part otherwise compared to some of the most ultra-chemically protein bars I've seen out there!
Retail - $22.90 for 10 bars from what I've seen online
This was a "special extra" 


My Thoughts

Overall, I like the variety of products in this box. I think it's fantastic that they included a mix of edibles, lifestyle items and even jewelry. The one downside is that one of the food items wouldn't work for anyone who's gluten-free or has an allergy like I do. I find this is a fairly common issue for those of us that need to be careful so I'm use to it. Perhaps in the future PopSugar will allow us to choose a gluten-free option!

The total value of my box was $124 (not including the thinkThin bar as it was an extra) and the cost to a subscriber would have been $39.95, which means a difference of $84.05! That's pretty darn good. 

I think it's clear the value of this box by far exceeds the cost assuming you like and use the majority of the products! 

If you're like me and enjoy subscription boxes, this is basically the godfather of subs in my opinion. I've tried A LOT over the years and this gives some of the best variety and highest quality items I've personally seen. If it's within your budget, check it out for a month and see what you think!

Have you ever subscribed to PopSugar's Must Have Box? What did you think?

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Desert Essence Island Mango Hand & Body Lotion Review

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Desert Essence Island Mango Hand & Body Lotion

I've seen Desert Essence products while grocery shopping (Whole Foods), but never grabbed anything. When given the opportunity to try their Island Mango Hand and Body lotion recently I jumped at the chance! I 100% prefer products I absorb into my body such as lotions are void of certain ingredients and Desert Essence is very careful when it comes to the ingredients they use.


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Dessert Essence Island Mango Hand & Body Lotion Review

Product Type - hand & body lotion
Scent - mango (very real, not chemical)
On the Body - absorbs nicely; very hydrating; smells amazing
Price - $8.99 (retail) currently on sale as of the time of this post for $6.74 on Desert Essence's site
Where to Buy - desertessence.com and other retailers listed on the site
My Thoughts - I'm super, super picky about my skin care and give the facts I have dry skin, live in New England and have hard water my moisturizers have to be up for the challenge. This is amazing! It smells good enough to eat, hydrates my skin super well and doesn't contain a lot of ingredients I avoid in my personal skincare products. I often find lotions describe thinner products, but this is a nice, thick cream that absorbs beautifully and doesn't leave a super greasy film behind. This is absolutely a must in my book. And the price point is fantastic to boot! I completely recommend everyone give this a try because it is so phenomenal. Our entire family has been using it the last couple weeks and everyone has had an amazing experience--even the little guys!



Desert Essence offers a wide variety of products and scents so while I can't recommend any other than this one in particular as I haven't tried others yet, I do suggest checking out what else is available!

Would you give this body and hand lotion a try? 


Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Unknown Pleasures Review & Swatches - Partial Collection

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OCC Uknown Pleasures Fall/Winter 2014

OCC, one of my long-time favorite cosmetic companies, have recently released their Fall/Winter 2014 collection, which includes 6 lip tars, 2 cosmetic colour pencils and 6 nail polishes. I have 4 of the lip tars and both cosmetic colour pencils to share with you!


OCC Unknown Pleasures Fall/Winter 2014 Swatches - Partial Collection

I've changed the lighting and camera settings to best capture the color of each shade, which tends to result in odd discoloration in my skin in the shots, but the lips are at least more color accurate. I prefer not to edit color much after taking shots as I find that's never as accurate for me. 

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OCC Covet Lip Tar

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OCC Lament Lip Tar

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OCC Manhunter Lip Tar

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OCC Vain Lip Tar

occ lydica and sebastian cosmetic colour pencil swatches
L to R - OCC Lydia Cosmetic Colour Pencil, OCC Sebastian Cosmetic Colour Pencil


OCC Unknown Pleasures Review - Partial Collection


OCC Covet Lip Tar Review

Product Type - liquid lipstick
Scent - light peppermint
Shade - "camel" beige brown
Finish - matte
On the Lips - amazing pigmentation; smooth application
Price - $18 retail
Where to Buy - OCCMakeup.com  Sephora.com
My Thoughts - I'm a huge fan of OCC, but I was incredibly impressed by the pigmentation and coverage of this particular shade given it's lighter tone. The shade itself is a really lovely "camel" light brown. I look forward to mixing it with some pinks to create lovely nudes! Great shade.


OCC Lament Lip Tar Review

Product Type - liquid lipstick
Scent - light peppermint
Shade - light-medium slightly pink peach 
Finish - matte
On the Lips - great pigmentation; vibrant color; smooth finish on lips
Price - $18 retail
Where to Buy - OCCMakeup.com  Sephora.com
My Thoughts - This is a color I've seen a few versions of this summer, but I have to say, this is one of the loveliest! I think this shade works very well for a variety of complexions, especially medium girls. As it's a lip tar, it's easy enough to adjust if you prefer it a tad pinker or a tad more peach. Just a fabulous shade all around!


OCC Vain Lip Tar Review

Product Type - liquid lipstick
Scent - light peppermint
Shade - deep blue with slight green tone
Finish - matte
On the Lips - amazing pigmentation; smooth application
Price - $18 retail
Where to Buy - OCCMakeup.com  Sephora.com
My Thoughts - This is a very unique shade. It's definitely a fairly deep blue, but there's something slightly green about it from different angles. While it isn't a shade I'd wear on an average day, the pigmentation is absolutely fantastic and it applies like a dream, so it could certainly be worn on its own or mixed with other lip tars. This shade does stain, so keep that in mind.


OCC Manhunter Lip Tar Review

Product Type - liquid lipstick
Scent - light peppermint
Shade - brilliant nearly primary red with gold flecks
Finish - metallic
On the Lips - amazing shade with great application and coverage; stunning in person; flecks are subtle but add dimension; metallic finish is soft and not overwhelming
Price - $18 retail
Where to Buy - OCCMakeup.com  Sephora.com
My Thoughts - Where to begin? This shade is so absolutely stunning, my jaw literally dropped after applying it! If Dorothy's ruby slippers had a baby with OCC this lip tar would pop out--amazing. The base itself is almost a primary red (slightly orange-toned from some angles) with gorgeous, subtle gold flecks that provide dimension, but aren't overwhelming. The finish is actually extremely smooth and the metallic quality is super lovely and soft. OCC has done other metallic finish reds in the past and I always enjoy them, but there's something so special about this one! Fantastic. If you can only buy 1 thing from this collection it needs to be this. 


OCC Lydia Cosmetic Colour Pencil Review

Product Type - cosmetic pencil (not meant for eye area)
Shade - mauve plum
Finish - matte
On the Lips - great pigmentation; smooth texture
Price - $16 retail
Where to Buy - OCCMakeup.com  Sephora.com
My Thoughts - I really like OCC's cosmetic colour pencils and own almost all of them. This color is one I look forward to getting a lot of use out of this fall! I was originally going to swatch it on my lips, but being a total bum I didn't realize how much Vain would stain my lips (I never swatch lippies with anything underneath them so they're as true to color as possible) and wasn't able to swatch the pencils at the time. I've since used it and it is really great on lips. This is not recommended for use near the eyes.


OCC Sebastian Cosmetic Colour Pencil Review

Product Type - cosmetic pencil (multipurpose)
Shade - slightly taupe medium brown
Finish - matte
On the Lips - great pigmentation; smooth texture
Price - $16 retail
Where to Buy - OCCMakeup.com  Sephora.com
My Thoughts - I love this shade! It screams fall smoky eyes to me and I tend to prefer cool and neutral browns over warm browns in most cases. I think this is a great eye shade and one those who prefer to avoid black or who simply want some nice smoky brown eyes may turn to this fall. 


What do you think of OCC's Fall/Winter 2014 shades? Which are your favorites?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old Spice Successful Combination with the Mandroid!



I have found that combos make everything better!

Peanutbutter and Jelly, Steak and Cheese--combos!

Lately I've been interviewing a lot, which got me thinking. My favorite combo when headed into an interview would have to be a fresh hair cut combined with a well-pressed, sharp outfit. The only way to make this better would be to add a second combo--Old Spice 2+1 shampoo and conditioner along with Old Spice body wash. Top it off with Old Spice Antiperspirant and Deodorant and you'd be good to go!




With a combo like that you are sure to stand out in the crowd for all the right reasons.

Obviously I am not the only one that feels this way. Old Spice did a survey of men between the ages of 18-35 and this is what they learned:

  • 49% of men over the age of 21 that were surveyed said pizza was there favorite combo with beer
  • 35% of men surveyed said they would have bacon and eggs combo if stuck on an island
  • 40% of men surveyed said the hammer and nails combo would be what they used to fix almost anything


Ready to get your combo on? Click here for a coupon to save some cash on Old Spice products. This coupon expires September 30th, so make sure you jump on it!

Check out my favorite Old Spice commercial--hilarious stuff!

 


Want to learn more about guys and combos? Check out what Old Spice learned!


This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.