1/16/2018

HUSKSWARE Women/Man Running Sport Shoes REVIEW


                I am not big on making new year's resolutions, but this year I want to go back to working out and staying fit. I did not work out much last year because I had too much going on in my life. And as you know, working out requires great walking or running shoes. I signed up for a campaign that required me to try and review these sneakers by Husksware. I was provided a discount code to purchase the sneakers at a low price. I thought they would be an alternative to these expensive sneakers that I have to wear because of my bad knees. These sneakers come in 3 different colors: pink and blue, black and white, and gray and black. I picked black and white just in case I had to give them to my son, because they are unisex.
               

Product description:
                 
Double Layers of Breathable Mesh Upper
Mesh upper provides for comfort and breathability, it keeps your feet cool for your sports
-Traditional Lace Closure with Back Pull Tap
Fashion-style tennis runner in mesh and shape TPU with traditional lace closure, give strong full protect for your feet, back pull-tab for easy wear and off
-Shock Absorption and Cushioned Insole
Dual-density EVA midsole give exceptional supportive fit and shock absorption
-Motion Control EVA/RB Non-marking Durable Rubber Outsole
Hydro-grip outsole provide excellent traction and stability for all surfaces and terrains, maximum traction is guaranteed. A sole perfect for running/walking/tennis, it offers great motion and performance

Price: $19.99
Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0716QRGR4


             The sneakers look very nice inside out. They feel very light when I pick them up, but they don't feel as light when I wear them. The design is very attractive both for men and women. I like that they have extra padding around the heels and ankles. I also like the hydro-grip outsole, which makes the shoes none-slippery and keeps me firm on the ground. The first time I wore the sneakers I had them on for 8 hours straight. I wore them to work, so I did a lot of walking up and down. These are not the most comfortable shoes for somebody with knee problems, but I can wear them for indoor activities like cardio. My son really loves them and told me they fit him perfectly. I will probably let him wear them to the park when spring comes, but I will keep them for now.

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1/15/2018

New L'Oreal Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer REVIEW



              I received this L'Oreal Revitalift Cicacream from influenster about a month ago. I started using it very late because of all the activities that I had going during the holidays. L'OrĂ©al Revitalift Cicacream is an intensive daily treatment that helps repair the skin's barrier to resist the signs of aging and fight wrinkles. This cream is formulated with Centella Asiatica. You are probably wondering what on earth is Centella Asiatica? It sounds like something from central Asia, right? Also known as Gotu Kola, Centella Asiatica is a herb used to treat skin damages. It is so powerful that it can speed the healing of damaged tissues and minimize scars. This herb is also known as tiger grass. According to L'oreal Paris, this cream is formulated to strengthen the skin's barrier. 

About the product:

Skin's moisture barrier weakens with age, resulting in greater moisture loss, more prominent wrinkles and loss of firmness. Lightweight, protective cream is formulated with Pro-Retinol, a powerful wrinkle-fighting ingredient and Centella Asiatica, an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine. Strengthens and repairs skin barrier to help resist visible lines, loss of firmness and other signs of aging that a weakened skin barrier can accentuate. See visible results immediately: skin feels healthier, softer, smoother and more supple. Skin feels noticeably more hydrated. Skin barrier is stronger, helping to resist signs of aging. In two weeks: fine lines appear visibly reduced. Firmness and elasticity look noticeably improved. In four weeks: wrinkles appear less visible. Clarity and tone improves, skin exudes luminosity. Skin continues to look and feel soft, smooth, healthy.


Ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: 917081 11 AQUA/WATER • GLYCERIN • C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE • SESAMUM INDICUM SEED OIL/SESAME SEED OIL • GLYCERYL STEARATE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER/SHEA BUTTER • PEG-100 S TEARATE • SORBITAN STEARATE • THEOBROMA CACAO SEED BUTTER/COCOA SEED BUTTER • CETEARYL ALCOHOL • PHENOXYETHANOL • METHYLDIHYDROJASMONATE • S T E AR I C AC I D • CARBOMER • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • PALMITIC ACID • CHLORPHENESIN • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • CETEARETH-20 • XANTHAN GUM • POLYSORBATE 20 • SODIUM HYDROXIDE • DIMETHICONE • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE • RETINYL PALMITATE • DI SODIUM EDTA • MADECASSOSIDE • MYRISTIC ACID • FAEX EXTRACT/YEAST EXTRACT/EXTRAIT DE LEVURE • DIMETHICONOL • CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT • ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN • TOCOPHEROL • BHT • CITRIC ACID• F.I.L. # D197637/1


Application:

Every morning and evening, smooth over the face until thoroughly absorbed. For best results, use in conjunction with other Revitalift products.


           This Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer is a white, thick cream. The container holds 1.7 Fl. oz., about 50mls. The good thing is I did not have to use a lot to cover my face because the cream is very thick.  I wish I could say it goes on the skin smoothly, but it does not. It feels a little heavy on the skin during application. But once it's absorbed, the skin feels very nice. It was hard for me to notice a particular scent. I could barely smell anything, which I think is good. This product hydrates the skin without the oily feeling. My skin gets very dry during the winter and the product helps a lot. I started seeing firmer skin about two weeks of using the product. The results were very slow, but I did get great results.
            Overall, this is a great product.  It was very easy to incorporate it into my skincare regimen. I was able to apply my makeup right after using it. It is very gentle on the skin and it does not smell like it has any added fragrance. It also contains a lot of natural ingredients. I am very satisfied with the results so far. 

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1/09/2018

AncordWorks Bluetooth Water Resistant shower speaker REVIEW


            Two years ago, my son gave me a portable speaker for my cellphone as a Christmas gift. But somehow the speaker became his. He and his dad would not leave the house without the speaker. I loved the speaker so much that I wanted to get another one my own. So when I found out that I could get a Bluetooth speaker at a very low price on Amazon, I made the decision to get it right away. I was provided a discount code to buy the speaker, but the opinion expressed here is my own.


          AncordWorks Bluetooth Resistant shower speaker came nicely packaged. It also came with all the accessories needed to get it going. I plugged it in using the USB charger, turned it on, and waited for my iPhone's Bluetooth to find it. Once it was found by the iPhone, which took a few seconds, I was able to open Pandora and start listening  to music. The speaker itself is great. It is very LOUD and has a good bass for its size. I like the quality of the sound. It is very clear. It looks like the speaker is well made and durable. But it did smell like burnt tire when I took it out of the box. The kind of smell you get when your TV plug starts burning. It could be the materials used to make the product.


About the product:

This shower speaker is great for shower and outdoor. Made of metal and silicone, water resistance IPX5, shockproof, sand proof and dustproof. With clip Carabiner (included), easy to carry with on the go, camping, beach, hiking, biking.

  • Built-in MIC and hands-free features, you can conveniently pick up a phone call by this Portable Bluetooth speaker in car, bathroom, at home or office, anywhere during it is connected to your phone.
  • TF card play feature, you do not need to carry your smart phone to bathroom, just store your favorite tunes to this 8G TF memory card(included, can store about 1000songs) with the card reader(included), then insert it to the card slot.
  • All-in-one concept, We always think about what you needed, so we provide you this shower bluetooth speaker with all accessories you may need: suction cup/Clip Carabiner/USB Charger/ 8G TF memory Card/ TF card Reader/USB Charge cable.
  • Warranty: 100% Risk-free 12 months Manufacture Warranty. 
  • Price: $29.99
    How to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075DYBCWD

                
                The suction holder (sucker) held the speaker with no problem. It was also very easy to remove from my mirror, shower wall, and shower door. I have not used the SD card yet, so I don't have much to say about it. Battery life is incredible. I can go hours without having to recharge the speaker. I did not have the need to use the speaker in the shower. I cannot comment on it being waterproof. But one of the best features is HAND-FREE CALL! When I am listening to music in my car, all I have to do is press the green button and I am ready to talk.
                  This Bluetooth speaker exceeded my expectations so far. I still have more features to explore and accessories to connect. I am looking forward to connecting it to Xfinity Stream and start binge watching. I really like this Bluetooth speaker. Can you tell?  I stick it on the mirror in my bathroom most of the time. It gets the job done!

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    1/08/2018

    ETEREAUTY 12-Piece Set Matte Lipsticks Lip Colors REVIEW


               Matte Liquid lipsticks can be tricky. Some are very drying and turn flaky once you drink or eat something. My first experience with a matte liquid lipstick was not a pleasant one. But  despite my bad experience, I wanted to try these matte liquid Lipsticks from Etereauty because they were advertised as being matte lip glosses. I bought these lip colors on amazon at a discount (using a coupon code). Shipping was very fast and I really like the packaging. The box contains 12 numbered tubes in 12 different colors.


    Product Features:

    - Brand: ETEREAUTY.
    - Color: As shown.
    - Material: Isododecane.
    - Size: About 9.4 x 2.05 x 2.05cm/3.7 x 0.8 x 0.8inch (LxWxH).
    - Made of premium material, the liquid lipstick won't stick on the cup and long lasting.
    - It goes on as a highly pigmented liquid and dries to a smooth velvet matte finish.
    - 12 colors ensure you different make-up with varied feelings.
    - The color rendering index of our lipstick is much higher than normal lipstick with great moisturizing.
    - The vibrant colors of lip gloss is suitable for all kinds of make-up to create fresh style, super-sister style and dark series. Create pretty complexion with just one coat lip gloss.
    - Note: After applying the lip gloss to your lips, please wait a few minutes for it to dry. During this time, you can’t press your lips or they will stick together.


    1. Bright red, 2. Wine red,  3. Rose Red,  4. Magenta, 5. Sweetened bean paste pink
    6. Strawberry pink, 7. Dark purple, 8. Light purple, 9. Black, 10. Macaroons blue
    11. Olive Yellow, 12. Apricot orange



     
              I personally like the convenience of each tube. The product itself is easy to carry and apply. I love most of the colors. I don't think I will be wearing the blue or the black anytime soon. I will probably give them away or use them on my daughter for Halloween.
              This liquid lipstick is more like a tinted, none-sticky lip gloss. The pigmentation is not as intense as I expected, but the staying power is incredible. I put it on my lips at around 2 PM, I was shocked to see the stain on my lips the next day. It's worth mentioning that it applies evenly. The lipstick did look shiny when I first applied it, but it dried down to a nice semi-matte finish. My lips felt super moisturized while using the product, even after eating and drinking. My only problem is that this lipstick can be a little runny. It's better to apply a little bit, wait a few seconds for it to dry, then reapply it. Applying too much at the same time will make the lipstick end up all over. Other than that, this is not a bad product at all.

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    1/02/2018

    Year 2017 In REVIEW | #HappyNewYear2018

                 
             Happy new year 2018!!
    We've made it another year, guys! Thanks to God and  your support, 2017 was a great year. Like everybody else, we did have some bumps on the roads. But overall, we had a great year. It's still hard to get used to my father-in-law being gone, but we are slowly getting back on track. We had white flowers and butterfly ornaments on the Christmas tree in his memory. One of the best things that happened in 2017 was quitting my job. Now I mostly work from home doing freelance work for different online magazines. I feel much better physically and happier. I am sure hubby is happy too, because I am not as cranky :-) Check out 2017 in review below!!

    1. Mom moved to Georgia


             I have been asking mom to move to Georgia since I moved out of state in 2005, but she kept saying no because she still had my younger sister and brother in New York. She finally moved here in July and we got to celebrate her 67th birthday at my house.

    2. Mom and some of my siblings were at my house for Thanksgiving


                   I think my sister-in-law did a phenomenal job with this picture. Can you spot yours truly? From left to right, Mom, the four brothers and sisters + my newest nephew, the sister in pink's husband and mine, my baby brother and my dad. From left to right again, my son, my baby brother's other son, the sister in pink's son, the sister in gray's daughter, and my sweet Cianna Marie.
    I was overjoyed to see my two brothers. Believe it or not, I have 3 more: one in Florida, one in New York, and another one in Canada. I have 3 more sisters, too: one in New Jersey and two in Haiti.

    3. 10, 000 Instagram followers and brand opportunities


                     My Instagram followers grew beyond my expectations. I am still not sure what happened. All I did was using a few hashtags and liking other people's posts in my spare time. Because of my loving and loyal followers, I was able to get opportunities from different brands. Their PR people contacted me directly and I was able to work with some new and very popular brands.

    4. The big snowfall in Georgia


                   Being from New York, hubby and I are no strangers to big snowfalls. But we were shocked at the amount of snow that we experienced in Georgia in 2017. I am not sure how much snow we got, but the kids were happy. The funny thing is that even the weather man did not know how much snow we were getting.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! And thanks for ALL your love and support! 2018 can only be great if you make it. So let's make things happen!

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    12/31/2017

    Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Look | #HolidayHealthySkin


                 I partnered with @Neutrogena to bring you my #HolidayHealthySkin look for my last date with hubby in 2017. This is an Instagram only campaign, but I wanted to share it with you here because some of you don't bother with that Instagram business.  I still can't believe I am working with Neutrogena! At first, I felt like I had to work overtime for this campaign because I wanted it to be perfect. Then I said to myself, you don't have to be perfect, you just have to be you. Let the products speak for themselves. So, that's what I did!
                All the products used to achieve this look are from Neutrogena, but most of these products are from their Healthy Skin line. I used the Healthy Skin Liquid makeup right after applying my primer. This liquid makeup provides a medium coverage, but it is buildable. You can add more to get a full coverage. It contains SPF 20 and antioxidants. I like how smoothly it goes on the skin and the level of moisture. My friends on Instagram tell me that it makes my face glow.


    Other products used:
    • Healthy skin primer with sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 15 and antioxidant blend
    • Nourishing long wear eye shadow + built-in primer
    • Healthy skin blush
    • Hydro Boost hydrating concealer with Hyaluronic Acid
    • Healthy skin brightening eye perfector with titanium dioxide sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 25
    • Nourishing eye liner
    • Healthy volume mascara
    • MoisturizingSmooth color stick
    The MoisturisingSmooth clolor stick smells so good and it is so moisturizing. I like the intense color and packaging.


    What do you think of my #HolidayHealthySkin Look? You can check out this link for more inspiring holiday looks: http://bit.ly/2Dp8ed8
    Also, if you visit Neutrogena.com before Januaray  1st, you can use discount code
    HEALTHYSKIN25 to save 25% on any makeup purchase.

    Neutrogena and I wish you a glowing new year 2018

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    12/25/2017

    NeoStrada Foaming Glycolic Face Wash REVIEW

              
     *This product was sent to me to facilitate my review, but the views expressed here are 100% my own*
            Not all face cleansers are created equal. What works for someone with dry skin may not work for someone with oily skin. NeoStrada Foaming Glycolic Wash is an extra strength cleanser that is formulated to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores that have been enlarged due to dirt and oil, and leave the skin feeling smooth and ready for daily regimen. I signed up to try this product because I combination skin and enlarged pores. I also have dark spots and blemishes that seem to get worse during the cold season.Winter can be very brutal on my skin. I now see lines on my forehead and dark spots around my nose that were not there during the summer. I moved to the South to avoid the cold weather, but it seems like I brought the New York climate here with me.

    Ingredients:
    Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, PEG-8, Alcohol Denat., Arginine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Lactobionic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin.


    As a DIY MIXtress who loves to read ingredient labels, I was happy to see Glycolic Acid as the second ingredient on the list. Glycolic Acid is a small amount of A- hydroxy acid, or AHA. It is able to penetrate the skin easily and it is used in a lot of  beauty products to improve the skin's appearance and texture. Glycolic Acid can also reduce wrinkles, scars due to acne, and hyperpigmentation.  I have been using products with AHA for over 20 years and they have been my holy grail. NeoStrada Foaming Glycolic wash has a yellow-ish/gold kind of color, but you have to open the bottle to see that. The consistency is medium, not too watery, nor too thick. The foam itself comes out looking white when the product is pumped from the bottle. The bottle is convenient and reusable.


    Directions:
    Pump a moderate amount of foam into hands. Apply to wet skin and cover entire area. Rinse with water. Use twice daily or as directed by a physician.

    I am glad the direction says to pump a moderate amount because I had to pump at least 4 times to get the desired amount. The first two pumps did not get the face clean enough. I don't know about you, but I like it when my face feels super clean. I then rinsed and patted dry my face before applying my regular moisturizer. I used the product twice a day (as recommended) for one full week. As you can see, the instructions are very clear. The packaging is perfect. I like the pump bottle. I also think that 100 ml/3.4 fluid Oz. is a decent amount for the price. The product lathers well and I like love the citrus scent. I normally use a wash cloth to clean my face, but that was not necessary with this product. My face felt really clean after each use.

    My opinion:
    The softness that I felt after using this foaming cleanser was incredible. It is gentle on the skin and does not burn my eyes. Some products have fragrances that make my eyes watery sometimes, but I did not have that problem with this product. I have not been using the product long enough to see a major change, but the product works great as an exfoliating cleanser. My face feels radiantly clean when I use it. I will keep you updated and provide before and after pictures when I start seeing a major transformation.

    Click here for more information about the product.  
     

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