Monday, September 22, 2014

Birchblogger Marcelle Colour Cosmetic Review

I had the pleasure of receiving some *Marcelle Colour Cosmetics for review. Marcelle is a cosmetic company that is based in Canada and her products are made in Canada. She not only has color cosmetics, she also has skin care products. Her products are hypo-allergenic and perfume free. Here are some pictures of the items that I received.

I received the Marcelle Innovation BB Cream for all skin types, the Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara, the Marcelle Monochromatic Bronzer, and the Marcelle Lux Gloss Creme in the color (40) Angel. Let me just say that I loved each one of these products! At first, I was a little concerned about the BB Creme and Bronzer matching my skin tone because it is so hard to find these products for my particular skin tone but I did not have to worry at all! The first product that I am going to talk about is the Marcelle Innovation BB Creme.

Marcelle Innovation BB Cream Golden Glow

This BB Cream went on smooth with my flat foundation brush and I used a primer underneath. The coverage was smooth and it just seemed to melt into my skin! The product says that it is for all skin types, is hypo-allergenic, and offers 8 in 1 multiple benefits like:

1. Providing a healthy glow with the right illumination
2. Evens out skin tone
3. Offers immediate and long-term hydrating benefits
4.Protects from premature aging and environmental stresses
5. Promotes skin regeneration
6. Soothes and calms
7. Reduces the appearance of imperfection
8. Controls shine

 I am sold because it matched my skin tone perfectly! The product also says that it is a skin enhancer and can replace some products like a lightweight moisturizer, tinted corrector, and a make-up base. I chose to wear a face primer because it is just simple a habit of mine but it did not take away from the benefits of the product. I have combination skin and am oily in my T-zone and usually by the afternoon, I am looking like a grease ball! But when I checked on my face that afternoon, I did not have to use any of my oil blotting sheets! I was thankful for that! This will be a BB Cream that I will continue using. The next product I had the pleasure of trying is the Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara
I love big, long lashes! I do not like when I wear a mascara and by the end of the day I see flakes of my mascara underneath my eye! I like a mascara to lengthen my lashes to enhance the appearance of my eyes. I got this with this mascara! The brush was not too big and just the right size for me to get my small bottom eyelashes. It did not clump on my lashes and cover each lash nicely. This mascara made my eyes pop and I loved it! It didn't make my lashes feel too heavy but it did add more curl to my lashes which already have a natural curl. I will continue to use this mascara! The next item that I had the pleasure of evaluating is the Marcelle Monocromatic Bronzer.

Marcelle Monocromatic Bronzer
This bronzer complimented my skin tone perfectly! It has a matte finish and I used it all over my face to give it a natural radiance. This product says that it evens out skin tone and absorbs excess sebum (oil). Again, like the BB Creme, I did not notice a shine at all at the end of the day and my face just as well put on when I did it that morning. Last but certainly not least my last product that I had the pleasure of evaluating is the Marcelle Lux Lip Gloss Creme in the color Angel (40).

Marcelle Lux Gloss in the color Angel
I love lip gloss!All colors and all types of shine! It just puts the finishing touches to a nice make-up look! This gloss was not too bright but you did notice that it was there! The brush glided on my lips smoothly adding a touch of light pink shine that lasted pretty much all day! Even through drinking cups of water I did not reapply once and I still had shine! This would be a great everyday gloss or to use it to add shine to a matte pink color! Another product that I will continue using! Here is a photo of me with each of the products on with some added eyeshadow that is not a Marcelle product.

With evaluating all of these products, I was extremely satisfied with each item and loved each one so much that I will be purchasing more of Marcelle cosmetics in the future! Thank you Birchblogger and Marcelle Cosmetics for allowing me to evaluating some great products. If you would like to become a Birchblogger please sign up at Please also follow them at Birchbox on Facebook and Twitter. Also, please follow Marcelle on Twitter at @MarcelleTweets and visit her website at for more of her amazing products!

*Disclaimer:  I am a Birchblogger and I received these products for free to evaluate. All opinions are clearly my own!

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.