Harvest Themed Products: The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa

Here’s yet another great harvest themed product worthy of sharing…

Pumpkin pro enzyme mask by The Dragontree - Product ReviewThe Dragontree Holistic Day Spa, out of Portland Oregon, is something to be desired as the products whisk you away to unforeseen territories of sanctuaries unknown. I deem this the perfect harvest themed product for those that crave their “spa time.”

From moisturizers to massage oils and therapy treatments to spa packages, you are sure to find something for that perfect someone this holiday season (or year around). The products may be a little pricy, but if you’ll take a moment to visit The Dragontree, you’ll see why.


Dragontree Day Spa pumpkin pro-enzyme face mask product reviewI received the Livia Pure Skin Care Pumpkin Pro Enzyme Masque… SOLD! My skin is still enjoying the effects and it’s been about seven days since my last application. Let me first say, I have never been one to use specific products when it came to cleaning my face; soap and water was always good enough, but now, well, let’s just say —  I’m spoiled and will not go back to the old soap and water bit again.

The scent is actually the first thing you’ll notice. It’s strong, yet pleasantly breathtaking. I actually had to tell myself to stop sniffing the bottle… I just couldn’t help it. The sweet smell of pumpkins lingered around my nose. Like a cartoon character, I was dragged to the bathroom, led by a string of fragrances pulling me at the nose. I was forced to try it.

Livia Pure Skin Care Pumpkin Pro Enzyme Masque has a retail price of $67.25 (plus applicable taxes and shipping). It has ingredients that will resurface even the most complex skin types and will nourish your skin down to the core; the deep layers of skin where the environment has plagued the vibrant textures that once were.

Pumpkin pro enzyme mask by The Dragontree - Product ReviewI did receive another product and, needless to say, I am thrilled to be recommending this to you. Using this masque has given me something that I hadn’t felt in a long time, long ago when I was younger… back when my skin was young; that vibrant, radiant looking skin I once had!

There are so many other products to choose from at The Dragontree that I can’t even begin to list them all. But the important thing to remember is that the products are well worth the look (and possible purchase).

For more information, visit The Dragontree online at http://thedragontree.com.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: I was gifted with a few product samples, FREE, via The Dragontree for the purpose of this review. My opinions will always be my own and, sometimes, may not be the same as others therefore I claim no responsibility if there are those that disagree. Thank you.

Non-Oily Makeup Remover: Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes Review

The day I found This is a product review of Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes.Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, I think I gave up on ever searching for another non-oily eye makeup remover product. I have when my eyes feel greasy after taking off makeup, as it’s not a pleasant feeling to my skin and it makes reapplying makeup bothersome. I am thrilled to report that Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are gentle on the skin, non-oily, and residue-free, not to mention they smell great!

I first started using Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes when I picked up a couple of packs on clearance at CVS back in the summer of 2007. That was one of my greatest product finds to date. I used Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes daily to remove eye makeup, foundation, whatever. They always effectively lift the makeup from your skin without leaving any unpleasantness. Skin remains soft, smooth, and hydrated.

This is a product review of Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes.I trusted Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes enough to use them on my wedding day and all throughout my honeymoon. The light and gentle fragrance still reminds me of those joyous occasions to this day when I use the makeup remover wipes even now, two and a half years later. The fragrance is delicate, clean, and pleasant, though I can’t quite put my finger on the ingredient responsible for the pleasant scent.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are ophthalmologist tested, dermatologist tested, allergy tested, and free from alcohol. The cloths are soft and gentle on your skin, making them suitable for everyday use. Perhaps best of all, the wipes even remove waterproof mascara flawlessly with a few swipes.

I bought a bunch of the refill packs and simply resealed the opening each day after use. Neutrogena does have a plastic case available with this product in some stores. Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes come in sets of 25 wipes, which could last you about a month in most cases. The wipes are very large, so if you are removing only eye makeup, you can easily cut them in half to extend your use. Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes run about $5 – $8 for a pack of 25 wipes. You can find them in your favorite drugstores and retailers like Target and Walmart, or order them online at Amazon.com.

Experience Luxury with Juara Skin Softening Series: Candlenut Body Polish

What a delightful, sensational experience! Juara’s Candlenut Body Polish is a creamy concoction offering a nutty scent that is pleasant to smell. You can find it on a variety of Web sites including Amazon.com.

Consider this product review of Candlenut Body Polish by Juara.I received a 6.75 ounce container for the purposes of reviewing it for lifelovebeauty.com. While you might not agree with my feelings about this product, I am being as honest here as I can. I honestly did not like the scent of this product as I opened it to receive my first whiff. However, something about using it in a warm, steamy shower changed all of that for me.

Consider this product review of Candlenut Body Polish by Juara.As you might already know, fragrances have three notes to them – top, heart, and base. While this product is not a fragrance per se, it did incorporate one into its chemistry. The first note is the one that assails the olfactory senses as it interacts with the human skin. I absolutely fell in love with this heady, nutty scent as I began to gently scrub my body with this Candlenut Body Polish.

This is a product review of Juara's Candlenut Body Polish.As the top note dissipated, the heart note began to garner my attention, making me absolutely fall in love with it. The base note remained on my skin throughout the day, creating a pleasant reminder of this spa-like experience.

The body polish feels a bit gritty as most do when I first apply it to the skin. However, as I gently rubbed it on using a circular motion, the grittiness became intertwined with a silky-soft feel.

One of the most pleasant aspects of Juara’s Candlenut Body Polish that I enjoyed is the feeling my skin enjoyed directly after continuing all through my day. My skin actually felt alive. Yes, I know this sounds silly, but my skin felt refreshed and invigorated.

The clean, nutty scent of the body polish clung to my skin, which felt soft and silky from the very first time that I used this product. Perhaps this is so because it is winter and my skin has been rather dry. Product provided free to writer for reviewHowever, I believe that I am so pleased with the results that I am going to continue using this delightful gift from the beauty goddesses. I feel like I am in beauty heaven!

Do Suave Professionals Hair Styling Products Work as Well as Sebastian Products?

For most of my adult life, This is a comparison of Suave Professional line and Sebastian products.I have been in search of a terrific hair styling product to hold my long, thick, curly, sometimes frizzy hair without leaving it sticky or stiff. I wanted a product that I could use that wouldn’t flake and that would smell better than paint thinner. I know that lots of women do not use hair spray, but having grown up in a home where my mother used hair spray every day of her life, I got used to the idea of using it to control my unruly locks — at least on those occasions when I was leaving my home temporarily.

Over the years, I relied on my mother’s tried-and-true hair spray product, Aqua Net, until I eventually started using whatever I had a coupon for. Therefore, when I got the chance to try and compare Sebastian with Suave Professionals, I jumped at it. Good thing for me that my one daughter is off at college, because when I happened to mention this assignment, I thought she was going to reach her hand through the phone and grab my Sebastian Super Shaper Hairspray. Apparently, the name meant something to her even though I had never heard of it before now.

This is a comparison of Suave Professional line and Sebastian products.Anxious to get started, I began to read the tiny words printed all over the six bottles of wonderful hair styling products that I had received. I read the advertisements claiming that I could get salon-proven performance with Suave Professionals. After my youngest daughter’s reaction, I rather doubted these claims. However, after using all five Suave products on separate occasions as well as the Sebastian product, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is not an empty claim.

I started with the Sebastian Super Shaper Hairspray, Shpritz Forte in the Power Hold mist 8.5 fluid ounce size. While it offered a powerful hold, I honestly did not notice a big difference between Suave products and the Sebastian product, which by the way, happens to be a discontinued product that is no longer available through the company. I did experience some initial trouble with the nozzle on the spray. Instead of spraying in a fine mist, the product came out in a stream. Maybe it is supposed to do this, I don’t really know. Unfortunately for me, even though I tried to distribute the Power Hold mist through my hair evenly, when it dried, it left white globules all over my hair. Despite this fact, Sebastian Shpritz Forte provided excellent hold in a big way.

Next, I tried the Suave Professionals Freeze Hold Aerosol Hair Spray (Shaping and Finishing Spray) in an 8.5 fluid ounce size. It provided hours of excellent control and a firm hold, helping to control the errant fly aways that are so common with curly hair. I thought that it worked just as well as Sebastian Super Shaper Hairspray. Despite the fact that this one is an aerosol and less environmentally friendly, I did like the way that this one smelled best out of all six products. Plus, it is easy to touch up any spots that I miss the first time around when I use this spray. It is important to apply this one to dry hair at least 10 to 12 inches from your hair and to spray it evenly.

I also liked the Suave Professionals Extra Hold Non-Aerosol (Shaping and Finishing Spray) in the 8.5 ounce size that provided excellent all-day hold for style and control. This one comes out in a fine mist with a strong yet pleasant smell, giving a firm hold without looking like I just glued my hair together.

The Suave Professionals Freeze Hold Non-Aerosol Hair Spray (Shaping and Finishing Spray) 8.5 fluid ounce is quite…


Recyclable Shopping Bags to Help You Go Green – its-laS-tik by what’Surbag (Great for Mardi Gras!)

Whether you need a stylish bag to tote around groceries or a cute bag for all those last-minute dashing-out-the-door things Consider the its-laS-tic bag by what'Surbag as an alternative to paper and plastic shopping bags.you need to bring, its-laS-tik pouches and shopping bags by what’Surbag offer the most eye-catching patterns, colors, and designs around. What’s better yet – these bags totally stretch and conform to hold just about anything you’d want to bring with you to work, the gym, the store, the mall, on an airplane, or just about anywhere.

Make a point to go green this year and you won’t be disappointed. Reusable grocery bags have come a very long way from solid colors, straw-like textures, and awkward handles. They are designed to take the stress of heavy items you carry off your shoulders and arms by bearing the brunt of the weight in a very elastic, flexible, and durable bag. In fact, the bags bounce with each step you take.


Consider the its-laS-tic bag by what'Surbag as an alternative to paper and plastic shopping bags.Made of stretchy, flexible nylon and lycra blend, its-laS-tik pouches and shopping bags by what’Surbag are washable and they compress into very small sizes so you can take them along with you in your purse or other bag when not in use. They spring right back into shape and size when you need to use them again.

No matter what your sense of style and personality, you will be hard pressed not to find one if not several its-laS-tik shopping bags and totes to love. These reusable shopping bags come in countless colors and styles, from camouflage to shiny metallic and everything in between. These also strike me as a great alternative to the bridesmaid tote bag.

I received a beautiful tie dye its-laS-tik bag from the folks at what’Surbag, and it couldn’t be more fitting to my personality and sense of style. The vibrant colors of hot pink and yellow with a touch of orange are just the most fun hues for me to enjoy sporting anywhere I go. I find no matter how much of my stuff I pack into my cute pink bag, I still have room for whatever else, from a full sports bottle to gloves, tissues, 10 ounce bottles of body lotion, lip balm, my lunch, and so much more.

I honestly wish I had known about its-laS-tik by what’Surbag last year when my husband and friends and I went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. If you’ve never been to Mardi Gras, you must first understand the importance of catching as many beads as you can from the floats passing by the parade route. We had bags to fill up with beads, but once the bags were full, that was it – you either had to stop catching them, wear them, or try to get a hold of another bag. Had we had a few of these its-laS-tik bags, I am sure our take-home amounts would have far exceeded the beads we got – although we did end up with hundreds of strands of beads by the time Mardi Gras concluded. Honestly – if you are going to Mardi Gras and want the best bag you can get to carry all your beads and throws, order yourself a couple of its-laS-tik pouches and shopping bags.

A really neat tie-in…. its-laS-tik and what’Surbag actually hail from New Orleans! Perhaps they used their knowledge of the Mardi Gras culture and customs to help come up with the design for their kickass bags. Who knows? What I can tell you is that they manufacture these stylish and reusable bags in a factory that was rebuilt after being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Not only that, but what’Surbag donates a percentage of sales to Hope House in New Orleans. So, you can own a stylish bag (or several!), go green for the planet, and contribute to a second great cause – alleviating suffering in the community via faith-based Hope House.

You can order its-laS-tik pouches and shopping bags at www.whatsurbag-usa.com/shopping. Product provided free to writer for reviewYou can choose from countless colors and patterns and a variety of sizes. Pouches are 5″x 9″ with a zipper and a wristlet ($11.99), medium bags are 12″ x 13″ ($14.99), and large bags are 15” x 16” ($24.99). You can also check out backpacks and other products by what’Surbag.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Sexy Lingerie from Shirley of Hollywood

Sexy lingerie is perhaps the most intimate style of clothing that a woman can wear. And why not wear it? The full-bodied You can't go wrong with black lingerie by Shirly of Hollywood.sensuality and delicate femininity of intimate apparel is undeniably appealing. There is no doubt about the fact that sexy lingerie tantalizes, tempts, empowers, and caresses all at the same time. Wearing sexy lingerie can make a woman feel gorgeous, desirable, beautiful, powerful, appealing, confident, sexy, and oh, so much more.

Whether a man is buying his Valentine a few seductive pieces of flimsily-designed, see-through, skimpy lingerie or the woman is boldly selective a few tempting pieces to express her inner vixen, beautiful, hot lingerie is the direction to go this Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry about the cost either, since the gift is definitely worth the price ten times over.

Whether seduction is in the picture or you simply want to feel beautiful, I highly recommend treating yourself to a delicately-designed balconette and thong ensemble in pastel pink or a sexy red outfit that leaves little to the imagination. If you are looking for something a bit less revealing, why not pick up a form-fitting, body-smoothing corset in your favorite color.

Consider sexy lingerie to spice up your love life.Even when no one can see my lingerie, just the simple fact that I feel the soft fabric caressing my body while it shapes and offers a smoothing effect is enough to enhance my mood for the day. Try it and discover the empowering effect of a bit of finery that has been designed to barely cover what the sun does not shine on.

While you can purchase sexy lingerie in almost any fine department store along with linger boutiques across the globe, I recently discovered the line of Shirley of Hollywood to be attractive and alluring. Offering exceptionally fine fabrics to daring styles, Shirley of Hollywood features a wide variety of collections that cater to an assortment of lingerie tastes.

I received two adorable baby doll sets from their H.O.T. Collection. Designed as a one-size-fits-all ensemble, both baby dell sets were crafted in sheer fabric, trimmed in ribbon, and adorned with sequins. The straps are adjustable, a nice feature; and the panties feature that ever-popular style of a G-string. Currently, Shirley of Hollywood is featuring a lacey, fringe baby doll with a halter neck. It is only available in white or black, but it is quite fetching. They have lots of other styles and colors as well.

The packaging for the H.O.T. baby dolls states that the one-size-fits-all style will fit women between the height of 5 feet and 5 feet, 10 inches. The suggested weight range is 90 to 155 pounds.

Sexy lingerie can ignite the spark in your marriage.Don’t be discouraged if this isn’t your sizing because Shirley of Hollywood’s “Intimate Attitude Collection” is perfect for the full-figured woman with a taste for sexy intimate apparel. They also offer pamper-perfect luxuries such as soft robes and spa products.

I also received a strapless, black corset featuring a hook & eye side closure, waist-slimming lace-up back, ruffled front, ribbon trim, body-controlling boning, and G-string panties. Talk about creating a sizzle! Even if you haven’t indulged in sexy lingerie before now, it is an experience that every woman should try.

From charming see-through baby dolls to lacey corsets to fishnet stockings to camisoles to bras to panties to bustiers and more, Shirley of Hollywood’s lingerie collections have something to offer everyone in a delightful array of colors and styles. Create the whole package and purchase an expensive bottle of perfume to go along with the lingerie.

Products provided free to writer for reviewFor a look at some of the latest lingerie styles, visit Shirley of Hollywood Collections.

Valentine Gift Ideas for Girls (Daughters, Nieces, etc.)

Little girls, much like their mommies, can be very easy to shop for… Sometimes all we need, as parents, is a little nudge in the right direction.

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are a safe and delicious Valentine gift option.If your girls are anything like mine, they love frilly bows and hair ties; they love dolls and pets and tea parties, clothes and perfumes and nail polish. Girls love just about anything, as long as it’s pink and pretty. If that’s the case for the beautiful girls in your life, we’ve got you covered.

Life Love Beauty has teamed up with some wonderfully willing companies, to provide a gift guide, with suggestions, that can help make shopping for your little Valentine a synch – HAVE a WONDERFUL VALENTINES DAY!

Gifts under $30.00

Try a Hello Kitty yoga mat and Wii Fit carrying case as an exciting Valentine's gift for your daughter.Hello Kitty Yoga Mat and Carry Case for Wii Fit is an awesome find. It’s perfect for any girl who is fascinated with Hello Kitty and has a Wii fit. It’s really cute and the mat has a huge picture of Hello Kitty on it. It’s all pink and totally worthy of gifting it as an add-on to their Wii collection.

Though we don’t own a Wii right now, I do work out daily and my kids enjoy working out with me. I recently purchased a yoga mat for my daily exercising regimen, but it isn’t half as pretty and cutesy as this Hello Kitty one. I’m kinda jealous. Over all, it’s a really cute gift that would delight any girl.

ARP: $24.96
Available at: www.walmart.com and Amazon.com

Gifts under $20.00

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are a safe and delicious Valentine gift option.Vermont Nut Free Chocolates – now what child wouldn’t want chocolates – especially if its luscious milk & dark chocolate shaped like little bite sized hearts (wrapped in beautifully decorated foil)? It makes for a great gift for any man, woman, or child. You’ll find more than your heart can handle at Vermont Chocolates. There’s butter crunch, cookies, truffles, and more.

I received an assortment of chocolates (and a bag of Jelly beans) to try. The girls were more than thrilled to sink their teeth into the heart shaped chocolate-pops. After those were demolished, it was onto the bite sized heart candies. The jelly beans (in our home, we call them jelly bellies) were a huge hit for the whole family. We sat together at the table and munched away, chatting about all the flavors and trading for favorites.

ARP: Prices vary depending on the quantity
Available at: http://www.vermontnutfree.com

Demeter Fragrances are a unique Valentine gift option for kids.Demeter Fragrances will change the way you think about perfumes, body sprays, and home sprays. From ice cream cones to chocolate covered cherries and Sweethearts to Hershey’s, kids (and grown-ups alike) will have a hard time deciding just what fragrance they’d like to call their very own.

Getting hooked on fragrances from Demeter is not hard to do. The prices are very affordable and the products make for a very unique and desired gift to those mad about sweets. Even if candy’s not your thing, they offer such a broad variety of smells that it’s virtually impossible to resist the temptations of purchasing a collection, or two. If a unique gift is what you’re looking for, Demeter has just what you need.

ARP: prices vary according to single and/or collection sets
Available at: http://www.demeterfragrance.com and Amazon.com

Gifts under $10.00

Consider the Core Headphones Organizer as a great gift option for music lovers.Cable Organizer is the place to go online for ear phones, cables, connectors and other such accessories. Cable Organizer specializes in helping make those unsightly cords, cables, and connectors not so unsightly. Organization, after all, is the key to a happy place.

Pink cable earphones are also a lovely Valentine gift.I received a beautiful pink set of ear phones by iLuv along with The CORE headphone cord manager by Handstands. I would have never thought that a cord manager could make such a difference in someone’s mobility (on the move). After seeing the two gifts together, combining the cord manager with this cute pink pair of ear phones could get you a few unexpected kisses from your little music lover. My cheeks are still being rewarded.

Each is priced at: ARP $4.99
Available at: www.cableorganizer.com or by visiting the brand’s official Web site

Popular Hello Kitty is a great theme for your Valentine's gifts, especially with this cute Hello Kitty heart speaker.Hello Kitty Mini Heart Speakers are an amazingly cute Valentine gift idea for girls. This mini speaker fits into anything that plays sound or has an earphone connection. The sound that comes from this single speaker is amazing. It’s not muffled nor is the sound distorted in any way. It’s a gift that can be not only useful for them, but cute too.

My girls loved it, but, they couldn’t help it. They love, love, love Hello Kitty and boy, how they love their music. It has definitely been used more times than I can count. What’s funny is, I’ve even bought single speakers similar to this in the past, but they never got the same use or reaction that the Hello Kitty Mini Heart speaker got. In saying this, I can pretty much bet that it’ll be a big hit in your home, too.

ARP: $9.99
Available at: www.toysrus.com

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Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and, from all of us here at Life Love Beauty, thanks for stopping by! I’m sure you’ll find the perfect gift, so don’t stress too much.

Products provided free to writer for review

Disclosure: Each company listed above provided product(s) as a sample of what they have to offer. With these products; I was able to form an opinion based on my use. I claim no liability for anyone who feels differently. Results may vary. Please go to sponsors’ official website for more information on the products of interest. Thank you.

Greener Living: The Green Garmento

The Green Garmento is a multi-purpose dry cleaning bag.Whether you are a newcomer to the world of greener living or an established fan, discovering new strategies that use an eco-friendly manner is one of the facets of your life now. If you haven’t already been introduced to an eco-practical strategy for your dry cleaning routine, you should be pleasantly surprised to learn about “The Green Garmento,” a wonderful, environmentally-friendly solution to doing away with all of those thin plastic bags that Americans accumulate from trips to the dry cleaners.

The creators of The Green Garmento have thought of everything that would make this bag perfect to use. They like to refer to it as an eco-friendly 3-in-1 reusable garment bag for the environmentally conscious. It can be used as a hamper that you can toss your dirty laundry in. It turns into a duffle bag so you can carry your items to the dry-cleaning store. Plus, it can be used to carry your dry cleaning home.

Why use it?

Try Green Garmento to keep your dry cleaning organized and neatly pressed.Dry cleaning bags are so thin that your garments are not protected from much of anything except maybe dust and light rain. The Green Garmento is crafted from recyclable, non-woven polypropylene, protecting your freshly dry-cleaned clothes from just about everything. The bag is sufficiently thick to prevent dirt of any kind from getting onto your clothing. Plus, it is water resistant, protecting your freshly dry-cleaned clothing from more than just a light trickle of rain.

Another of the many benefits of this bag is the simple fact that it is breathable. I don’t know if you have ever heard that keeping your clothes in a plastic bag in a hot car can shrink or damage them, but I have been told this several times by the owners of fancy boutiques or high-end clothing shops. This bag allows air to flow in and out of the bag, keeping your clothes safe from shrinkage.

The wide gussets prevent my freshly-pressed clothes from becoming wrinkled since there is plenty of room inside the bag for several articles of clothing. I can even store rarely-worn items of clothing for several months at a time without worrying about them.

The side zipper gives me an easy way to hang my clothes in the bag without the usual hassle of sliding a bag over the clothes while holding onto the hangers. Plus, I really like the drawstring closure at the bottom so there isn’t any worry over my hemlines getting dirty accidentally.

Try Green Garmento to keep your dry cleaning organized and neatly pressed.The Green Garmento has a sturdy loop near the top so I can hang the bag on a hook while using it for a hamper for my dry cleaning items. It offers a durable shoulder strap should I decide to use it as a duffle bag (that is if I can steal it back from my husband who has already figured this out.)

While The Green Garmento is designed to reduce the number of single-use plastic dry-cleaning bags in the world, it offers a stylish bag that can be used to help simplify your life as well. No more rushing around to locate your dry cleaning items at the last minute. No more looking for a bag large enough to hold your dinner dress or your husband’s suit to protect them while transporting them to the dry-cleaning store. And no more sorting your dry cleaning items from your laundry after you arrive home from a trip or vacation.

Personally, one of the reasons that my husband and I like the idea of The Green Garmento is that it is perfect to take on business trips or vacations. Instead of needing to sort our laundry when we arrive home from our trip, we can place any clothing that requires dry cleaning directly into the Green Garmento that we have brought along with us on our trip.

While I received a free 40-inch Garmento Bag for the purposes of reviewing this product for the public, I do think it is worth the small price tag of $9.99 to buy one. As the mother of four children, all of whom have needed to transport important clothing to and from the dry cleaners (dress suits, prom dresses, wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, and more,) I would have loved to have had a sturdy bag like the Green Garmento to protect them instead of the easily-torn, thin plastic bags that one gets at the dry cleaners. Even the department stores provide nicer bags to transport fine clothing home in.

The Green Garmento is so affordable that the company recommends purchasing two per family. This way, when you have one in use when you drop off your clothes at the dry cleaners, you still have a Green Garmento bag at home that you can use to store more clothes destined for the dry cleaners.

The Green Garmento is machine washable on the short or delicate cycle and line dry, which it does quickly. It even offers a handy see-through pocket where you can stick your customer identification. It comes in different sizes from 40, 48, 54, to 72-inch sizes and in three colors: black night, blue water, and green grass. I received the 40-inch size, but personally I advise purchasing at least one 72-inch size if you have long dresses or gowns. Color wise, I also suggest getting green grass as it seems more appropriate to its name, the Green Garmento. It is your choice though and my suggestions are simply that!

Product provided free to writer for reviewVisit www.thegreengarmento.com to make your purchase.

Product Review: Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel and Lotion

Try citrusy, orangey Skinsational Citrus Shower Gel.California Citrus Shower Gel and California Citrus Lotion by Skinsational both offer a truly invigorating experience for your senses. The fresh and juicy citrus fragrance makes both of these potions for your body refreshing and revitalizing. The lingering fragrance of these beauty products is enough of a reason to give them a shot.

Skinsational logo of citrus productsThe fragrance of the Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel is as potent as you’d hope, and it lingers nicely in your bathroom after your shower. This beauty product is worth the higher price tag for the scent alone, as my husband instantly noticed it after getting home from work. He liked the orangey fragrance a lot and thought I had been burning a candle or recently used a fragrant bath bomb like those offered by LUSH. To his surprise, it was very simply the lingering effects of my shower gel!


Try citrusy, orangey Skinsational Citrus Shower Gel.It did not take me long to use up an entire 8 oz bottle of the Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel. I tried to savor it and stretch out its use, but it was just too nice a scent for the spring, summer, and fall. The truth is you will also enjoy this refreshing citrus scent in the winter as a way to bring you back to warmer days. It’s just lovely. The shower gel produces a great lather that does not disappoint.

Try citrusy, orangey Skinsational Citrus Shower Gel.As for the 8 oz bottle of Skinsational California Citrus Lotion I received, I am still enjoying the effects day by day. The rich lotion is pure white with a slightly thick and emollient texture. The lotion rubs into your skin easily and delivers a beautiful lingering citrusy fragrance. After using the California Citrus Lotion twice within just a few minutes, my hands did feel somewhat greasy, but that goes away in time. I do feel the need to reapply here and there, but part of that could be due to my overly dry winter skin.

Both products feature a pump style dispenser and enough shower gel or lotion to last you a few months, in most cases. The fragrance is highly desirable and both these beauty products include botanical extracts and vitamins. All in all, I am very happy with both Skinsational California Citrus products and I would recommend them.

Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel and California Citrus Lotion are available at Skinsational Day Spa in Carlsbad, California or online at http://skinsationalspa.com/store. Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel retails for $17.00 and California Citrus Lotion retails for $16.50.

Product provided free to writer for reviewFor more information about the California Citrus Shower Gel and Lotion products or Skinsational Day Spa, please visit www.skinsationalspa.com.

Valentine Gifts for Mom

Jer's Gourmet Chocolates make a tasty Valentine's Day gift for mom or anyone at all!Brought to you by a number of different and very willing companies, we have put together a Valentine’s Day gift guide that is sure to help ease the stress of finding that “perfect” gift for Mom (Grandmother, Aunt, wife, etc.). All gifts would be perfect as a standalone or as fillers with other small gifts (presented in a beautiful wicker gift basket).

Valentine Gifts for Mom under $40.00:
Pretty Snapfish photo necklaces are great keepsake gifts for special women in your life.Snapfish photo necklaces are perfect gifts for practically any occasion. They’re totally customizable and have been a sought after gift for many years. Mothers and grandmothers alike enjoy gifts that not only come from the heart, but make it easy to share their treasured memories with others. Gifts that include pictures are always a hit!

Snapfish launched in April of 2000 and then acquired by HP on April 15, 2005. They’ve been helping people preserve, enjoy, and share their most valuable memories with their ability to offer home video services, wireless imaging services, along with their more than 100 uniquely customizable, high-quality personal publishing products. With Snapfish, you’re sure to find what you want for that special someone, anytime.

ARP: $39.99
Available at: www.snapfish.com

Warm your home atmosphere with a unique home fragrance product by Scentsy.Scentsy is a brilliant way to not only make any room in your home feel warm and inviting, but it’s also perfectly safe and wick-free. You see, Scentsy candles don’t have a wick nor do they use a flame. Scentsy offers an array of beautiful warmers along with over 80 “Scentsy Bars” of wax that simply work together to make your home smell lovely. Using just a 15, 20 or 25 watt light bulb, the fragranced wax is melted softly (never burned) to fill your home with delightfully inviting smells.

Thanks to Scentsy and their wonderful products, I have enjoyed my home a little more these days. Quite honestly, I don’t think a traditional candle has ever made me feel this nice. After visiting their Web site, I also learned that they offer more than wickless candles for the home; they have car candles, travel tins, and room sprays galore. I received a beautiful Valentine themed warmer along with three beautiful fragrances (ARP: $40.00).

ARP: range from $3.00 to $100.00+
** based on single or multi-pack orders. Enjoy FREE shipping with any order over $150.00.
Available at: www.scentsy.com

Enjoy Scharffen Berger chocolates as a great Valentine's Day gift for mom or daughter.SCHARFFEN BERGER: America’s Finest Dark Chocolate has got to be one of the most sought-after chocolates around. One sniff of the box and you’ll find yourself in heaven. The aroma of this artesian chocolate, when baking, is remarkable — no other chocolate has made me want to eat my baked goods while their still in the oven. With these, I plead the fifth.

If you’re looking to impress your mother, mother-in-law, or daughter, these are the chocolates to get. I was thoroughly impressed and, well, I’d give my right arm for another batch of Scharffen Berger chocolates — YUMMY! I was sent a few sets of baking chocolates, a wonderful cookbook (The Essence of Chocolate), a bag of baking chunks, cocoa powder, and a gift box of Folio chocolates; every type of chocolate needed to make a few awesome recipes from the cookbook. Oh, and the taste — the taste was divine.

ARP: Range from $7.00 to $200.00+, depending on quantity
Available at: www.scharffenberger.com and Amazon.com

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Food Ideas for a Super Football Bash or Super Bowl® Party

Gathering a few friends together for an afternoon or evening of watching football can be a lot of fun, especially if you prepare a few delectable treats ahead of time. From dips and chips to quesadillas and flavorful chicken nuggets, Consider these great tips for a football party, Super Bowl party, or sports get-together.your fans will have plenty to satisfy their appetites while filling their eyes with football maneuvers on the field. Make sure that you take a look at the dessert ideas that will allow your guys to make a few football maneuvers of their own.

Start by setting up a clever football theme for your tasty treats with easy decorating ideas, a few football-themed tablecloths or paper products, and some yummy appetizers, desserts, and entrees. Not only can you use these suggestions for a Superbowl or football party on game day, but these ideas are terrific if you are planning a birthday party for any of the special guys in your life. For a flavorful alternative to getting takeout, try the following products for any of your football parties or tailgates. In fact, try them for your next Super Bowl® party and create a smash hit with your guests for using your pigskin theme.


Football Finger-food Appetizers
Score your own touchdown with Tyson’s appetizers. One good reason to try Tyson products besides the fact that they taste good is that you can use just a portion of the bag and save the rest for later. Plus, if you have kids, you do not need to use all of the sauce packet if you have finicky eaters.

For a tangy bit of zip, Tyson’s Sweet and Sour Chicken Nuggets give you just what you are looking for in a snack or meal. If you like spiciness, you should prepare Tyson’s General Tso’s chicken nuggets; not only are they easy-to-make, but they are easy-to-eat offering a strong full flavor.

Try Tyson Anytizers chicken bites for a football party or appetizer snack anytime.

If wings are your thing instead of nuggets, why not try Tyson’s General Tso’s chicken Wings or Tyson’s Crispy Breaded Wings with Citrus Fire Sauce. Both of these are flavorful and easy to prepare. Just be sure to put out plenty of napkins even though these are finger-licking good. For a traditional serving method set out forks or football toothpicks to keep up with your pigskin theme.

Try quesadillas made with Swanson chicken as a delicious football party snack or entree.For delicious quesadillas, use Swanson’s canned chicken, your favorite shredded cheese, sliced mushrooms, onions, sweet peppers, and whatever else your heart desires, or should I say stomach desires. Quesadillas are one of the popular dishes you can serve because they are easy to prepare and can be cut into small pieces and eaten easily as finger foods. For a bit of added zest, you can add in a tablespoon of salsa or a few pieces of Hormel pepperoni. This is a great way to use canned meat!

Hormel offers great snack foods like pepperoni and other treats.Hormel’s pre-sliced pepperoni is so easy to serve that it is a definite must have for any culinary quest or football party. Whether you want to serve a meat/cheese/cracker tray or toss a bit of flavor into a salad, quesadilla, dip, or Stromboli, Hormel’s pepperoni brings full flavor to the table just as the football players bring full force to the football field. Serve it at your Super Bowl or football party and please all of the fans at your home as well.

Veggie Patch products are perfect for those vegetarian sports fans in your life. This company offers a lot of tasty temptations so you have your pick of yummy spinach bites, broccoli bites, corn bites, portabella bites, broccoli and real cheddar cheese bites, spinach and three cheese bites, spinach and artichoke bites, and sweet corn and real mozzarella cheese bites.

Products provided free to writer for reviewFinger-food Snacks…


Winter Skin Remedy – Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion Product Review

Try Skin MD Natural lotion on dry winter skin for refreshing hydration to your skin.Dry winter skin plagues most of us from time to time. When the weather gets colder, our skin may become scaly, chapped, rough, or even chalky looking. A good lotion or skin cream should be able to repair dry and dehydrated skin, but usually the toughest part is finding a suitable lotion or cream to do the job. Thankfully, Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion manages to hydrate winter skin with a combination of healing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Chamomile.

I tend to get pretty noticeable dry winter skin in the coldest months of each year. I hate the rough feeling of the skin on my hands and I especially dislike the general winter skin feeling. I was delighted to receive a sample of Skin MD Natural to try this winter. My hands are the worst offenders in the realm of dry winter skin. Lucky for me Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion deeply hydrates skin and works to soothe and heal dry winter skin.

One of the first things I noticed about Skin MD Natural besides its convenient bottle shape and size and the subtle and pleasant fragrance of the lotion happened to be how quickly it absorbed into my skin. When dispensing and first applying, the lotion felt very much water-based (it does contain purified water as the first ingredient!), so I was not sure how long the effects would last. To my surprise and delight, I noticed I was applying the lotion less frequently than the fragrant Bath & Body Works counterparts.

While I probably applied Skin MD Natural about three or four times the very first day, I’ve noticed less of a need to apply frequently after a few weeks of use. In fact, I may have even gone a day without needing to apply the skin cream at all. Sometimes I apply it more simply because I like it and I appreciate how effective it is, but not necessarily because my hands still need it.

Skin MD Natural works to combat dry winter skin with natural ingredients.I would say of all the skin creams I’ve tried, Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion and the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream have been the most effective. Both quickly get to the root of the problem with dry winter skin. What I like better about Skin MD Natural, though, is that it does not leave your hands feeling greasy like the Norwegian Formula does. Way to go, Skin MD Natural!

“Most lotions just add moisture to the top of the skin using either lanolin or petroleum,” explains Carlo Verde, a representative for Skin MD Natural and the company 21st Century Formulations in Beverly Hills. “These are fine in the short run but they easily become ineffective after they have dried. Over time, the body can become dependent on artificial moisturizers, leaving the skin less able to handle stress and cracking. I remember many years ago when I first tried Chapstick. It was great. But since then I’ve always carried a lip balm with me. My lips had become so accustomed to the artificial moisture that they stopped producing their own natural oils.

“Our solution is simple,” Verde says. “Protect the outer layer of the skin so that moisture is retained and irritants are blocked out. This way the skin is able to keep its natural oils. Our lotion forms a breathable barrier over the stratum corneum, giving it the protection it needs to shield against pollutants and irritants in the environment.”

As far as I am concerned, Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion is a must-have for combating winter skin and hydrating your hands, face, and body. The product absorbs quickly, it leaves skin soft and smooth for a long time, and it produces results quickly and effortlessly. The lotion is also used and prescribed by dermatologists.

Perhaps most importantly of all, Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion does not test on animals or contain any animal products. It is free from fragrances, colorants, and parabens, and the product is also hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested.

Skin MD Natural retails for $18 online or $25 for the version of the product containing SPF 15. For more information, see www.skinMDnatural.com.

Skin MD Natural is hosting a Valentine’s Day giveaway
Deadline to enter is Monday Feb 8th

Winner will have 24 hours to contact us with their mailing information after notification.

For contest entry your visit the link below and enter your name and email address: http://www.skinmdnatural.com/forms/valentines-giveaway.php.

The gift basket is valued at $100 and contains the following items:

– Bottle of Skin MD Natural shielding lotion
– Bottle of Skin MD Natural + SPF 15 shielding lotion
– One pound of See’s dark assorted chocolates
– Pack of Starbucks VIA Ready brew coffee pouches
– Kiss Me coffee mug
– A Cuddly teddy bear
– Lollipop Bouquet