Sunday, May 18, 2014

Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies Review

Having good, healthy hair is every women's dream. I know growing up, I always wanted long, flowing hair! So when I got old enough to put a relaxer in my hair, I jumped at the chance. I was 13 years old. I was so happy! My hair was long (shoulder length) and it felt so soft! Over the years, I had no idea how the effects of having my hair relaxed from every 8 weeks to every 4 weeks back to every 8 weeks and the constant daily use of heat (curling irons, flat irons, etc.) would take a toll on my hair strands.  My hair did grow to Arm Pit Length but would never grow past that.  Although I thought my hair was healthy at APL (Arm Pit length), I have always wondered why my hair would never grow past my arm pits. After my hair has been relaxed so long, I decided to make a decision to transition from relaxers for a while and get my hair healthy just to see if it will grow longer. That was on January 12, 2014. Never knew about hair vitamins and how it would help my hair become stronger so that it enables my hair to grow. With so many popular brands on the market, it was a hard decision for me to choose the right one for me and one that would fit my budget. I was so happy when I was given the opportunity to try out Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies. *I am a Smiley360 member and I was given a free sample of the product to try out for my review. Below is a picture of everything that was sent to me.

When I received the product, I was so anxious to get started taking them so that my hair would get stronger so that it would grow. Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies is a Skin & Hair nutrient with Biotin and Antioxidant Vitamins C & E. It is a dietary supplement. The product has NO Artificial Flavor, Milk, Lactose, Soy, Gluten, Wheat, Yeast, or Fish and it is Sodium Free! How Awesome! The Optimal Solutions line was designed for women by women offering a simple way to target the areas that mean the most to them. That is enough to for me to try this product. I received a full sized bottle with 80 gummies. It was strawberry flavored and you take 2 gummies per day with food. The gummies tasted great! I was pleasantly surprised! Also, with the product being gummies you always have a concern that it would get stuck in-between your teeth but not with this product! I didn't experience any adverse effects with taking this product. My nails were very brittle and would grow to a certain length and then break off. I noticed since taking Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies that my nails were stronger and shinier. My hair also feels softer and stronger and my skin looks brighter! I am well pleased with this product and I will not hesitate to purchase this product and continue to incorporate it into my daily routine to maintain my hair, skin, and nail health.

Trying Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies was a perfect choice for me to try. If you are in the market of looking for a vitamin that will help you in your journey for healthier hair, skin, & nails, then this is the perfect product for you. Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions is offering a 30 challenge just head to and sign up for the 30 day challenge to look and feel more beautiful. Also follow Nature's Bounty on twitter at or Facebook at  If you are interested in becoming a member of Smiley360, then here's my personal link and sign up! 

*Disclaimer:  I am a member of Smiley360 and I was given a sample of this product for free to try and review. All opinions are completely my own.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips Review

I love all types of make-up! Eyeshadow, foundations, lipsticks and lip glosses, and any type of moisturizer, etc. So when I was given the opportunity to try out this new lip product by Dr. Lipp, I was more than willing! Here is a little information about Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips.

"An ultra hydrating & hypoallergenic multipurpose balm. Helps heal burns, abrasions, minor incisions, cuticles, excema & any extreme dry skin patches."

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips is a 100% natural product that was originally developed as a nipple balm for breast feeding women but can be used on lips, feet, elbows, and knees. It is made from 100% ultra pure medical grade Lanolin. Lanolin lipids are so similar to your skin's natural oils that they easily penetrate & absorb deeply into your skin. This product accelerates the repair of the skin's natural barrier functions.

At first, I was a little bit skeptical of using a lip product that was meant to soothe the nipples of a breastfeeding mom! But all in the name of beauty and I was curious to see how it made my lips feel. I loved the design of the box! It was simple and not too much all over the place with too much color and graphics. The product was nice a small the way that I like a lip product so that it would be easy to carry in my purse or clutch. The net weight of the product is 0.507fl oz. I used it at night before I go to bed to moisturize my lips during the night after I have washed, exfoliated, and moisturized my face. The product is super thick like petroleum jelly but it glided on my lips fine and did not feel sticky. When I woke up the next morning, the product was still there. After doing my morning facial cleansing, showering, and dressing, I added Dr. Lipp's Original Nipple Balm for Lips on top of my lipstick as a gloss to make my lips shine. To be honest, I really love this product! I don't have to reapply during the day even after eating or drinking and it does not feather my lipstick or makes my lips crack. I am pleasantly surprised! You can wear it over lipstick or wear it alone and it still gives you a shine. I haven't used it on any other parts of my body like the product suggests because I am really satisfied with using it on my lips. I have found a new staple make-up item to add to my collection!

If you are looking for a product that is 100% natural and keeps your lips moisturized and is multipurpose to use on the rest of your body, then Dr. Lipp's Original Nipple Balm for Lips is the product for you! Give them a try! If you want to learn more about Dr. Lipp's Original Nipple Balm for Lips or any of their other great products their website is www. and follow them on Twitter at

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Hello 2014!

Now that we are 6 days into the New Year, new things are always happening during this time. A new semester starts for college students which is considered their Spring semester, new exercise challenges, new goals are being set, and new diet trends start to arise. All of these are all good but we should all have a new mindset as well. We should all start to focus more on our personal growth. We all want to look and feel good but as each year passes, we should not still be in the same place in our minds that we were in the previous year. Growth should be taking place everyday, anger should be worked on, new friendships should be taking place, and you should be getting to really know who you are as a person. Some people are afraid of change and want to stay stuck with who they think they are but if they just make one change that would start the process of real growth. Be free and open to change and focus on the one person who matters:  YOU! Love yourself!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

HORMEL REV Wraps Review

We as parents are always looking for snacks that are healthy and satisfying. Especially for teens who have a huge appetite and sweet and salty snacks are just not fulfilling. Well I feel that HORMEL has answered that call! HORMEL has a new snack for teens call HORMEL REV Wraps that is made with real meat, real cheese, and provides your teen with real energy! This sounds real good to me!


I am a #BzzAgent and I was given the opportunity to try out this new wrap. I was mailed some coupons to purchase the wrap of my choice. Each wrap is in its own individual package and they are also numbered and colored for your convenience. These are the different wraps that HORMEL come in.

#1 Pepperoni Pizza 
#2 Ham and Cheese 
#3 Peppered Turkey
 #4 Meat Lovers Pizza 
#5 Italian Style Ham 
#6 Hot Pepper Ham 

I tried #3 Peppered Turkey and the wrap is quite a nice size. It is already wrapped for you in the package so you do not have to put it together and wrap it yourself. You can pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds to get it at a desired temperature that is comfortable for you or your teen. This HORMEL REV Wrap is 18g of protein which is a great way to get some protein into my teen who is always on the go. He enjoyed it! Now that is a plus for me because I have a very picky eater even at his age! This is a great snack for on the go and can be paired with your favorite beverage of choice. My teen has also used this wrap for breakfast when we are having a hectic morning and need to rush out the door!  HORMEL has hit a home-run with this great snack alternative for teens! Parents, you're gonna love this snack and so will your teen! Find HORMEL REV Wraps in your cold cuts isle at your local supermarket.

*Disclaimer:  I am a BzzAgent and I was given coupons for my teen and me try this product. Opinions are my own!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Coping with a loss

Haven't posted in a while but have been dealing with the anniversary of my husband's death. May 28, 2013 made a year since he has been gone and it is never easy for me when I think of how much he meant to me. Still trying to get my peace from it and it just isn't coming fast enough but maybe through more time, it will. Time does heal all wounds so I am grateful for the strength of my friends and family who continue to keep me encouraged. If you are dealing with a loss of a loved one I just want to encourage you that no matter what, you will get through it. In due time, the tears will stop flowing and you will remember them with smiles and laughter. I am still in the tears phase but also some smiles and laughter as well. Always remember the good times and please don't stop living because that is not what they would have wanted for you. Just wanted to encourage someone with these words. Be blessed!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

L'OREAL Paris Magic Skin Beautifer B.B. Cream Review

#MagicBBCream @LOrealParisUSA @SheSpeaksUp 
Hello fellow viewers! I have another review for you and this product is from L'OREAL Paris.  The product is called "Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream".  I was excited to be given this opportunity to try this product myself and provide my views on it.  As you all know, their are a lot of B.B. Creams on the market and it is hard to chose which one is right for your skintone.  Like, some of you, I was kind of skeptical about trying a B.B. Cream, but said to myself, "I gotta start somewhere"!  When the opportunity presented itself for me to try this product, I said, "Why not!"  I love trying new products and felt that L'OREAL would be the perfect product for me!  The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization.

Now a little bit about this new B.B. Cream from L'OREAL Paris.  It has four (4) beautifying actions in this one cream which (1) Primes, (2) Perfects (3) Hydrates, and (4) Corrects.  That's a lot of benefits for me to put to the test! I have combination skin which my T-Zones are oily and I have large pores on my cheeks and nose.  So this B.B. Cream would really have to live up to it's name of being a "Magic Skin Beautifier".  It is not a large bottle which is good for me because I don't like bottles that take up a lot of room on my bathroom shelf.  You simply dot on and blend with fingertips. The self-adjusting beads will instantly transform and blend to your skin tone.  Pretty straight forward and to the point right? Well, it delivered everything that it states and I was really amazed.  Check out my before and after photos in the SheSpeaks photo gallery for this product. It blended very well with my skintone and left my skin looking beautiful to where as you did not even see the oil in my T-Zones at all all day! How is that for 24-hour moisturization!  Now that is a product that I will use for life!  The product comes out literally looking white on your fingertips but once it is blended on your facial it absorbs to match the tone of your skin. Now that's Magic! So have I convinced you to go out and buy L'OREAL Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B.Cream? I sure hope so because you won't be sorry if you did. You can purchase at mass food and drug retailers nationwide and it is available in four shades. L'OrĂ©al Paris Magic BB Cream retails for $10.95 for 1 fl oz.  Go on, check it out!

Disclaimer:  I was given a sample of L'OREAL Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in Medium tone through SheSpeaks Blogger Society Program strictly for my review.  This review is strictly my own opinion.

Friday, December 7, 2012

My Torani Recipe Update

Good Morning everybody! I just wanted to update on my Torani Syrup expreience.  A little background first.  I am a member of SheSpeaks Blogger Society and this is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani Syrup.  All opinions are totally mine.  I was given the opportunity to try Torani syrup and tell you all about my experience with it.  As I stated in my last post, I was given 2 free bottles of Torani flavored syrup (Gingerbread and Sugar free Salted Caramel) and some $1.00 Torani flavored syrup coupons for future purchases.

At first, I wasn't too sure about the flavors that I was given (Gingerbread and Sugar free Salted Caramel) and what recipe I was going to use because the recipe on their website for these flavors are limited. (  But to my surprise, I came up with one.  Gingerbread pancakes.  That's right! They have all other flavors of pancakes (sweet potato, red velvet, etc.) why not Gingerbread! I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but to my surprise, they were very delicious.  Here is the recipe that I used.

Gingerbread Pancakes

1 cup of Self-rising flour
1 large egg
2-3 tbsp of sugar
2/3 cup milk
4-5 tbsp of Torani Gingerbread flavored syrup

Mix all ingredients  except the Torani Gingerbread flavored syrup in a medium sized bowl making sure that you stir any lumps out of the batter.  You can add more milk depending on how thick you want the batter.  After you get your batter to your desired consistency, add the Torani Gingerbread flavored syrup and stir.  Warm up your skillet and grease it with whatever you choose to (Pam, oil, or butter).  I like to use butter. (That is just my preference) Pour the desired amount of batter in the middle of the pan and let cook until you see little tiny bubbles come up on the top of the pancake.  Then flip the pancake so that it can cook on the other side.  You can pair your pancakes with whatever meat you choose and some eggs, juice, and coffee.  This mix will make about 6-7 pancakes.  I have a small family so this batter is enough for my family but if you have a large family measure accordingly.  If you are time saving family, you can substitute all of the ingredients and use a ready mixed pancake batter (I often buy Krusteaz from Sam's Club) and add water or milk (depending on the instructions on the package) and add your Torani flavored Gingerbread syrup to the mix. Here is a picture of the finished product!

These pancakes were a hit in my household and I will be making them again.  I hope that these will be a hit in your family as well.  Enjoy them I know we did!

I hope that you all will enjoy the recipe that I posted and I hope that you all go out and try the many different other flavors of Torani syrup.  I know that I am going to have fun experimenting with them. 

About Torani:
Since 1925, 3rd generation family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in Regular and Sugar Free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The Sugar Free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.