Taming Romeo Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I really enjoyed reading the Taming Romeo ebook (available on Amazon). It is a very sweet, yet steamy, romance novel. It has a believable story line and is an easy read. It was long enough to entertain me for a couple of days ( I only read late at night so don’t squeeze in a lot), but short enough I didn’t lose interest or have a hard time reading it all the way through. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading racy romance novels. If Racy or Steamy isn’t your taste, however, I don’t recommend it as it has some adult moments in there. Over all it was an enjoyable read.

I look forward to reading the sequels as they come out and see what happens to the main character’s sisters in them.

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Kiss Lashes-Before & After

A little over a week ago, I received my J’Adore VoxBox from Influenster in the mail. I honestly had a hard time containing my excitement, and still am having a hard time! Today I’m going to tell you a little about the KISS Look so Real Eye lashes I got in my voxbox, show you before and after pictures, and tell you exactly what I think of them.

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Here I am before make up or Kiss lashes. Something is missing, so I pull out the KISS lashes that came in my voxbox.

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Here they are in the original packaging.

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In the box you get one set of KISS Look So Real Lashes and KISS lash glue.

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A close up of before lashes. Before applying, I put on all my make up, except Mascara and Eye Liner. To put them on was a pretty easy experience. It was my first time ever using fake lashes, so that I could do it so easily was great. All you do is apply the KISS lash glue to the top strip of the lashes then apply them to your eyelid right at your lash line. Just be sure to hold them down long enough for the glue to set. It they are too long (test them before putting them on!), you can cut them to size.

*Application Tip: Allow the glue to rest on the lashes long enough to get a little gooey before applying lashes, it makes them easier to apply and it takes less time to set them that way.

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Once the lashes are set, you can then apply mascara to blend the fake lashes with your natural lashes and eye liner if you like.

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This is the final product after mascara and liner. And we are all ready for a mini photo shoot ūüėČ The look is much more put together and clean and the lashes are a great added touch for that extra bit of glamour. They made me feel like a rock star, I didn’t feel like hiding from the camera with these lashes on. They were an instant boost in confidence. ūüôā

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These lashes would be great for a date night or girl’s night out to offer a more full look , or to add that little bit of flirt to the night. I liked how easily they applied and how well they blended.To me they looked as natural as fake lashes could, especially for my first try and I loved the added volume.¬† The only issue I had is when I needed to take out my contacts, I ended up having to remove the lashes because they didn’t work comfortably with my glasses. Otherwise, they looked great, fit well, were comfortable, and were easy to use. I give KISS lashes five stars and two thumbs up. I can’t wait to wear these beauties on my next date with hubby, which I hope is very soon! ‚̧

That’s all I have for now, but I will be back soon! ūüėČ

God Bless!

Sarah

“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

The “H” Word

Now, I’m sure the title of this probably had your mind filled with all sorts of ideas. But this post is about the “H” word-HATE. My kids have heard (unfortunately) a multitude of words from me, but this is one word they have not (to my knowledge) and I hope will never hear come out of my mouth. I’m not saying I have never used it, or that there aren’t things out there that I truly do, in fact, hate. What I am saying is, I never want my kids to feel the weight of that word, either on the receiving, or giving, side and I definitely never want to be on the other end of that phrase.

I often hear parents talking about how their kids say it to them All the time-how could one deal with that? I understand a child not liking what a parent has to say or a punishment given and being unhappy with a parent for a short time-but where did this horrible “H” word come from? How can any parent allow that to stay in their child’s vocabulary, then tell others about it?

Other conversations, it’s only once in a while-the slip of the tongue per say, but still, it seers to the core. I want to revolutionize the way kids and parents interact in conflict. No more, “I hate you Mommy, you’re mean.”

What if, for once, WE as the parents stopped the “H” word in it’s tracks? What if we chose to refrain from using it? It’s not as easy as it sounds, but it would save so many parents from having to hear, “I Hate you” in any conversation.

I am proud to say, that even at my worst moments, and during my kids’ as well, we have never heard that from our children. I don’t know that they even know the word. And I don’t want them to!

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “but your kids are all under five-of course they don’t say it yet.” But over the years, I have seen three year olds, even a couple two year olds, say that to their parents. What makes them think it’s okay? Why is it parents seem so confused by their kids saying it in the first place? What situations have they put their kids in to learn that phrase? Those three, horrible words?

There is a different way, and there is hope. Kids don’t just say things randomly. Vocabulary is a very learned skill. If it weren’t, everyone would come out talking the same way-but we don’t! It’s okay to give your outlook an overhaul. I probably do it in one way or another every day…

 

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Tone Body Wash

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I recently received some Tone Body Wash from BzzAgent to try and share my experiences and thoughts on. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical that it would truly be moisturizing since I have tried a TON of other body washed that claim to be moisturizing from Dove to Caress and none have been able to pull through as promised.

I honestly believed this would be a body wash like all the others that cost big $$ without the Results. Boy was I WRONG!! Before ever trying it, I did my research. I got online and found out it only costs about $2.97 at most stores that carry it. (The most I found it at any given store was $3) Well, that was nice-once I was done with this bottle, if I liked it, I wouldn’t be breaking the bank to get more. Then I found out that Tone Body washes are made with spa-inspired ingredients like cocoa butter, white clay, and alpha-hydroxy fruit acids that help keep your skin moisturized and nourished each and every day. It was starting to grow on me-and being as picky as I am-I was a little surprised.

After two days of reading reviews, googling up anything and everything I could about Tone body wash, and reading the ingredients in the bottle, I finally tried it.¬†¬† I was impressed to say the least. It had such a rich lather. Other body washes claim to have rich lathers and I have yet to find a body wash that provides as rich a lather as Tone body wash did using as little body wash as I did. I was able to use about a quarter size amount on my luffa and it was enough to provide a rich, creamy, thick lather that covered my whole body. I never had to re-wet the luffa or add any wash in order to get the lather I wanted. It rinsed off with ease and left my skin feeling soft, smooth, and moisturized when I was done. I was impressed that I did not feel dry after my shower as with other “moisturizing” body washes-some being the big, expensive brands.

After using it for three days it had completely gotten rid of my dry elbows and knees, which really plague me this time of year. (and can be very painful when wearing pants/long sleeves) I did not use lotion during the first days of using Tone body wash in order to see if it was a moisturizing as it claimed and to see how it left my skin feeling without other products interfering. I have used extra strength, and prescription, lotions on my elbows this time of year to get rid of the dry and cracking, and none of them have worked, so when this did I was excited to share it! Even my DH has noticed how soft Tone has left me and has made any excuse possible to touch my arm or back etc just so he can feel my soft skin. (side note: it was fun at first, now it’s getting irritating, so if you don’t want to be touched every three seconds-this is NOT the body wash for you! ūüėČ )

As a note, I was specifically using¬† (well am using) Tone Petal Soft with Pink Peony and Rose Oil body wash. I really liked the smell as well as the results. It has a fresh flowery scent that smells nice as you are using it, but doesn’t leave a harsh or overbearing scent after your shower so you can still mix other scents and lotions later without smelling like a weird mix of scents. They all contain the same “spa ingredients” in them, so no matter what scent you get, you will get the same moisturizing affects as I have with Petal soft. I really recommend this wash, especially this time of year as it is cold and dry and those put together can really suck the moisture right out of your skin. If body wash isn’t for you they also offer bar soaps and they have matching hand soaps as well-so that is really awesome. ūüôā

Anyways, that is all I really had to tell you about Tone Body wash, if you want to know more about  it, feel free to ask me a question in the comments below or use my contact form and I will email you back shortly, or you can visit: http://www.Toneskincare.com or https://www.facebook.com/toneskincare.  I hope you enjoyed this review and I look forward to sharing with you in the future!

More Info:

Tone¬ģ moisturizing body washes are made with spa-inspired ingredients that transport you beyond your shower with invigorating scents, leaving you with irresistibly soft skin. You‚Äôll fall in love with the naturally smooth feel after the first wash, while you indulge in intoxicating aromas from the whole line:

  • New! Petal Soft with Pink Peony & Rose Oil
  • Mango Splash with Cocoa Butter
  • Daily Detox with White Clay & Pink Jasmine
  • Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter
  • Ocean Therapy with Deep Sea Extracts & Pearl Essence
  • Fruit Peel¬ģ with Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids

God bless!!

Sarah

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So, I told you I would try out different product testing sites, paid surveys, sample sites etc and tell you about them once I know more. Well, while I am still working on it, I received an awesome package today I just couldn’t wait to share with you all.

On January 26, 2014 I joined Influenster. It is an online community where you share your opinions and experiences and they in turn match you up to products that match your interests. How it works is I work for “badges.” I fill out surveys, share my blog, review products, answer questions and they give me “points” based on how much I do and how active I am being.

A couple weeks after joining they sent me an invitation to take a screening survey to qualify to get the J’Adore VoxBox. A VoxBox is a box of samples and full sized products to test, use, evaluate, and experience. Once you have used the products, they send you a survey about your experiences with the products and they have a bunch of bonus activities you can do (blog, Facebook, tweet, share etc) and you earn points. The more points you have the better chance of receiving another VoxBox. (So, the harder you work, the more you produce. Seems fair to me!)

Anyways, today I got my first VoxBox. It is the J’Adore Voxbox and I could not be happier! For space reasons, I am not going to post a bunch of pictures here, but I have attached a link to my Pinterest account where you can see each product that came in the box. I will however, list everything with descriptions and let you know which ones I’ve tried-because trying them is the best part! ūüôā

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask: $9.39

Treat your skin to deep cleansing with this mineral -rich clay mask. Designed for use on normal skin, and unscented, hypo-allergenic formula absorbs excess oil and deeply cleanses skin. The oceanic clay exhibits a negative electrical charge, which helps to draw out impurities without overdrying, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother.

I had the pleasure of trying this product already. It is a light mask making it easy to apply and it didn’t take much product to cover my face and neck. However-be quick when applying or it will dry on your hands before it makes it to your face. It only takes 10 minutes to completely set and washes off with ease. You could feel it drawing out toxins, but it wasn’t harsh and didn’t leave my face feeling like it lacked moisture once it was washed off. As advertised, it leaves skin feeling softer and smoother-even five hours later I can feel the affects of using this mask. This is the perfect pick me up for your skin whether you are going for some deep, relaxing moments in the comfort of your own home, or just want a fast acting mask because you’re a woman on the go. (or, as I am, a busy mom of toddlers!)¬† This gets four stars out of five for me. (It would have been five had it given a little longer time span to get it applied before drying on my hands-but it is a spectacular product!)

#powerofplants     @bootsbeautyusa      Facebook.com/BootsBeautyUSA

Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates: $5.29 for 18.5 oz bag/$3.28 for 11oz bag

The right words don’t always come easily. And sometimes it’s impossible to say what you really mean. But give someone Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates and you’ll instantly say it all.

So-this is a pretty self explainatory product. OF COURSE I tried this product. ūüėČ As always Hershey’s Kisses are a delicious taste of Heaven. And they create a sweet gesture for those you love. (that is, if you share!) Perfect for a quick chocolate pick me up and make great Peanut butter blossom cookies. A long standing classic that continues to please.¬† Five Stars for Hershey’s Kisses

#LoveandKisses     @HersheysKisses      Facebook.com/HersheysKisses

Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray: $9.99 for 3.5 fl. oz.

Revolutionary heat-activated formula wraps each strand in long-lasting straightness for up to 3 days* without weighing hair down. Formula, infused with Keratin, protects against heat damage and blocks frizz making hair glossy, smooth, and swinging with beauty.     *or until your next shampoo if less than 3 days.

I have not had the pleasure of trying this product yet as it came after my morning routine and it must be used on wet or damp hair, but will be trying it out tomorrow and will let you know what I think once I’ve used it. I will be surpassing my usual routine to see if it stands up to it’s three day promise. Keep an eye out for Review.

#3DaysStraightLove    @JohnFriedaUS       Facebook.com/JohnFriedaUS

KISS Looks so Natural Lashes: $3.99

Kiss Looks so Natural Lashes are made with Tapered End Technology so lash strips blend seamlessly with your own lashes, inconspicuously highlighting your eyes-they’re so luxuriously light and comfortable, you’ll forget you’re wearing them! Available at Walgreens & CVS Stores Nationwide.

This is yet another product I haven’t had the chance to try out yet. I have not ever used fake lashes to date, so this is going to be a fun adventure for me. I don’t have a set plan on when I will be trying them, but once I do I will give you the down low on these sweet looking lashes.

#KISSlashes      @KissProducts     Facebook.com/KISSNails

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas: $4.49 for carton of 20 tea bags

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas deliver rich decadent flavors in a premium black tea blend. Enjoy this indulgence in a cup, with none of the calories and none of the guilt.

I had the joy of trying the Creme Caramel flavor and absolutely loved it. It was the perfect moment away from a crazy morning with the kids. It was the perfect blend of tea and caramel flavors and almost couldn’t tell it was tea at all. So it’s perfect for those who love tea, or those who aren’t huge fans of strong flavored tea. I also tried it with milk due to suggestion on the tea package and it was creamy and smooth. I give it five stars out of five-plan to go out and buy a box soon. (coming from a coffee girl-this is HUGE!)

#SimplyIndulge    @ShareRedRose     Facebook.com/redrosetea

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion: $7.99 for 6.5 oz can

New Vaseline Men Spray Lotion is a continuous spray lotion that moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds to tackle dryness fast and leave skin feeling great. After application, skin feels instantly moisturized-not sticky or greasy. Vaseline Men Spray Lotion is available in two formulas: Fast Absorbing and Fast Cooling.

Okay-So, based on name, I would hope it’s obvious that I DID NOT personally try this product. BUT, my brave, sweet husband did. I am going to give his honest opinion on it, then tell you the results I also observed from an objective point of view. DH did not like it at all. He received the Fast Absorbing formula. He used it after spending the morning outside shoveling and plowing, so was feeling the affects of the dry cold air by the time he used the lotion. He did not feel that the lotion absorbed fast enough, to him it felt sticky a little too long after rubbing it in. He also was not a fan of the scent. It smells very similar to Axe body spray and he’s more of a Michael Jordan/Old spice kind of guy. From my observation, it was in fact a little slow to absorb at first, but I can’t say if it’s because of the product itself or because more was used than needed as I noticed it didn’t take much to cover a larger area. As far as scent-it is great for anyone that likes the smell of axe. I found it to be a nice smelling lotion, it didn’t smell like a typical lotion, and it was definitely not girly which is something I know also sways DH from using it. I am going to encourage him to try it again, but use less in order to get a better read on how quickly it absorbs. For now, it’s two and a half stars out of five. I will update that once he has given it a second shot.

#MenSpray       @VaselineBrand      Facebook.com/Vaseline

That about sums up this VoxBox. Keep an eye out for further reviews and updates on the products in this box. And remember-I got these products free just to test them from Influenster.¬† If you would like to know how you can try products free from Influenster, comment below and I will send you your own Influenster invitation.¬† To see all the products that came in this voxbox, follow the link below. ūüôā

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God Bless!

Sarah

“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

 

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Just For Men¬ģ Touch of Gray¬ģ Mustache & Beard

I received a FREE sample from Smiley 360 and it works great. (not on me LOL) It leaves just enough gray to look natural but covers enough to create a younger look. Grab a $2 off coupon for your next purchase of @JustForMen #TouchofGray Mustache & Beard http://on.fb.me/15XIRWT #FreeSample

 

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Free Stuff and Fun times

I just wanted to check in and let everyone know I am working on a list of safe, easy to use sites for getting free samples, product testing, paid surveys, and product parties. In order to offer you the most accurate, usable information, I am in the process of testing several sites and services. I will be creating a list of sites I love, like, or dislike and promise to be as detailed and thorough as possible. So far I have a few favorites and a few in the review process-But I promise it will be worth your time! I appreciate your patience with me, and I look forward to sharing my findings with you!!

God Bless!

Sarah

 

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