Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara Product Review

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length MascaraI recently needed a new, waterproof brownish black mascara and happened upon a Maybelline sale at my local CVS. I saw the opportunity to try a new product when my usual brownish black mascara wasn’t available on the shelf, so I picked up a tube of Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara in Brownish Black. The product claims to offer up to 70% longer lashes with a shiny, patent finish. Here’s my personal review of this waterproof brownish black mascara.

First things first, my eyelashes are not as long and luxurious as I would like, so I really count on my mascara to do the job for me. I have to say, the first coat of this mascara left a lot to be desired in my humble opinion. Of course, I rarely if ever apply only one coat of mascara, so I can’t completely judge this product on its initial coverage. I applied three coats to reach my desired volume and length, and the finished result was acceptable to me.

The Grip & Extend brush is designed to grasp each lash and coat it from every angle for the best possible coverage, length, and shine. The instructions say to continue building lashes until you reach your desired look, and not to let the coats dry between application. I am not sure if I applied the mascara quickly enough, but I did eventually get the coverage I was looking for with this product.

Where I think Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara excels is the fact that it is very waterproof, great for long-term wear, and seems to be fully smudge-proof. I have found faults with other waterproof mascara before, so this is a huge plus for me, especially since I need to take a tube or two of waterproof mascara on vacation with me in a few days.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara removed fairly easily with my normal makeup remover wipes. This product is safe for contact lens wearers and has been ophthalmologist tested. I believe it retails for around $9 or so, but you may be able to find a coupon in your Sunday paper or at least watch for the deals at your favorite drugstore, mass market retailer, or online at


Review of Thinking of You® Eau de Parfum by Mary Kay

Mary Kay Thinking of You Eau de Parfum ReviewFor a light and refreshing perfume option that carries a fine blend of fragrances, consider Thinking of You by Mary Kay. This fragrance for women seems perfect for springtime and summertime, offering a soft and sexy twist in a light scent that lingers beautifully. I received a bottle of Mary Kay’s Thinking of You Eau de Parfum for the purpose of this review and I am pleased to say I believe I will be adding this scent into my regular rotation.

To give you some background, other perfumes and fragrances that I tend to wear (or have worn in the past) and like include “Very Sexy” by Victoria’s Secret (my current fragrance of choice), Curve, Dreams by Taboo, Butterfly by Mary Kay (from YEARS ago), and assorted fragrances by Bath and Body Works. I feel as though this fragrance fits nicely in the same vein as these other fragrances that I enjoy wearing or have worn in the past.

Product documentation for Thinking of You Eau de Parfum says, “The message in this bottle is all about relationships and celebrating them with a gift that turns a moment into a memory.” I have to agree that memories and special relationships do ring a bell for me with this fragrance. Something about it reminds me of earlier days, back when I was in college and around the time I met my husband. All great memories!

The notes in this fragrance are described as both fruity and “floriental,” a new word for me, but one that makes great sense when you take in the scent of Thinking of You. The perfume comes in a fancy box that leaves room for a handwritten note while the perfume’s bottle has a small heart charm adornment that can be affixed to a piece of jewelry if you like.

Mary Kay’s Thinking of You Eau de Parfum retails for $30 for a 1 oz. bottle. Contact your Mary Kay representative or order yours online at or



Boots Amazon Forest Mango & Babassu Body Butter Review

For a fun and tropical scent that leaves your skin feeling moist and hydrated, consider Amazon Forest Mango & Babassu Body Butter by Boots. This peach colored body cream is rich and emollient, carrying a delightful fragrance that lingers with tropical delight. I enjoyed testing this thick body lotion on my knees, elbows, legs, and hands.

On first impression, the potent fragrance captures your attention and makes a pleasant memory of unforgettable, exotic vacations come to life all over again. Boasting ingredients straight from the Amazon region, Boots Amazon Forest Mango & Babassu Body Butter contains mango butter to soften your skin’s texture and babassu oil to moisturize your skin over time. The body butter is rich and creamy – the perfect texture for moisturizing dry skin and smoothing out rough spots.

Product documentation says this product comes from the seeds of the mango plus oils from the babassu palm. For best results, apply and gently massage this body butter to your skin following a bath or shower. You may need to apply again after some time has passed for continued skin moisturization, but overall, I found the Mango & Babassu Body Butter to be a pleasant product for daily use.

I received a 6.6 oz. tub of Boots Amazon Forest Mango & Babassu Body Butter for the purpose of this review. I greatly enjoy the fragrance as well as the results and recommend this product to anyone looking for a tropical burst of fragrance that will also leave skin feeling soft, smooth, and moisturized. Mango & Babassu Body Butter retails for about $10 per tub and is available for sale on Amazon and at Target, among other retailers.


Vincent Longo Pulse Collection Trio Diamond Eye Shadow Review

vincent longo eye shadow reviewI am a sucker for nice eye shadow, so the chance to try Vincent Longo’s new Spring and Summer 2012 Pulse Collection really hit the spot. I received all three eye shadow trios in these pretty spring and summer eye makeup colors – Sweet Vivaldi, Champagne Lily, and Topaz Dream. I have to say, I’m beyond impressed with my first few uses of the eye shadow compacts and the results they provide. So far there’s been no need for reapplication or touchups throughout the day or night when I’m wearing them!

The color choices in each Vincent Longo trio make a great palette for just about any eye color. I’ve always been a fan of colors in the tan, pink, and purple family, simply because they are soft, pretty, and work well with my brown eyes. Each of these compacts contains a color I just love! Sweet Vivaldi matches up a charcoal shade with smoked silver and platinum pink. All are sparkly and gorgeous. I just haven’t gotten up the nerve to try the charcoal yet, but I will. I just need a good excuse, like girls night out or a fun evening event!

The Champagne Lily eye shadow trio brings together warmer hues of vibrant violet, frosted gold, and champagne rose. I totally love the champagne rose because it sets off my baby browns nicely, but all of the colors in this palette are fun and quite lovely.

The Topaz Dream compact includes a neutral pairing of gold, silver, and dark topaz – the perfect set for a sparkly look on any eye color. I tend toward the golden color myself, but also enjoy the silver. Again, I’ve still got to try the darker shade in the trio, but I myself normally wear softer shades on my eyes so it is by no fault of the color itself, just personal preference.

The Vincent Longo Pulse Collection Trio Diamond Eye Shadow compacts retail for $25 each and while that may seem a slight bit steep, I am in love with the results I get every time. These colors beautifully highlight your eyelids and the area just below your brow bone, delivering a look that lasts pretty much until you wash it off. I really enjoyed how the shadows give my makeup application a more sophisticated look with a sparkle that draws your gaze right to the eyes. The shadows go on softly and smoothly with your favorite applicator or my favorite, an EcoTOOLS eye shadow brush. I’m very pleased with this new discovery in eye shadow shades and I look forward to enjoying this brand for a long time to come. Highly recommended for anyone who loves makeup, sparkle, or eyes that look great all night long!


Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Feeling in the mood for love? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your romantic side to your loved one or a new beau. Play your cards right and you might even get a second date out of it!

The holiday isn’t all about cards, chocolate and roses though. Restaurants can be a nice change from a norm, but why not head back to your place rather than the bars for some themed cocktails. Play bartender for the night and impress your date with your skills. These aptly named cocktails will put you and your special someone in the holiday spirits.

Names for Valentine’s cocktails may sound girly and too cutesy for your guy. Rather than emasculate your dude, play around with the drink names.  If your guy wants a “manly drink,” simply give it a name to suit his ego rather than a lovey-dovey one, which many of these have. Some suggestions are Love Potion or The Casanova. Just make sure he doesn’t go ordering drinks by these names next time you’re out at the bar, or things might get confusing!

Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka

What better what to celebrate Valentine’s Day then to offer your loved ones a bottle of chocolate rather than a box! I received a bottle of Godiva® Chocolate Infused Vodka to try out chocolatey cocktail recipes. This product is a perfect solution for combining two guilty pleasures of mixed drinks and chocolate!

Use the Godiva spirit in cocktails or serve on the rocks. Godiva offers a variety of chocolate liqueurs and vodkas. You can find more drink recipes as well as other spirits at and Godiva Spirits on Facebook.

If you aren’t a bah-humbug about the holiday and don’t have a special someone to share the night with, chose one of the following drinks to cozy up on the couch with a romance novel or your favorite Rom-Com!

Lover’s Lane

Created by Lynn House, Mixologist, Chicago, IL


2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka

1/4 ounce orange liqueur

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Raspberries for garnish


Combine Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice into a martini glass and stir. Garnish with raspberries.

The Lovebirds

Created by Jonathan Pogash, Cocktail Guru


1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur

Champagne or sparkling wine for top

3/4 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice

Handful of mint leaves

Lemon peel for garnish

Orange peel for garnish


Combine Godiva Chocolate Vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, freshly squeezed orange juice, and mint leaves into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with orange and lemon peel wrapped around each other.

Baileys Irish Cream

Mixing with Baileys might not be everyone’s “thing,”  but if the drinker is a fan of sweet, creamy drinks, these are sure to please. Think of these recipes as indulgent alcoholic milkshakes. Since you are using ice cream in your drink, leave the ice cream out a bit to soften to allow for easier and smoother mixing.

I received Baileys Irish Cream for the purpose of this article. You can substitute regular Baileys in the recipes, rather than the flavored versions. If you only have Baileys Irish Cream, you can add a caramel ice cream topping to the drink for “the hint of caramel”. This will, however, add to the thickness of the drink. Since the drink tends to be thick, consider adding a straw to the mix.

The Baileys cocktails recipes are strong, so don’t expect to kick back a number of drinks. Simply pour yourself a cocktail as well as one for your date and enjoy the company of your significant other. Perhaps light a fire or some candles to set a romantic mood.

Chocolate Caramel Classic


2 ounces Baileys with a hint of Caramel

2 ounces Vanilla Ice Cream

1 ounce Chocolate Syrup

Whipped Cream

Chocolate Shavings


Blend Baileys with a hint of Caramel, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup in a blender until smooth. Serve chilled in a martini glass garnished with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake in Mint Condition


2 ounces Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate

1/2 ounce Smirnoff Black Cherry Flavored Vodka

2 teaspoons Cheesecake Pudding Mix

1 Black Cherry

Whipped Cream

Dark Chocolate Shavings

Mint Sprig


Shake together Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate, vodka and pudding mix in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with black cherry, whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings and mint sprig.

The POM Pink Angel


1 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

1 1/2 oz. kurant vodka

1 oz. triple sec liqueur

1/4 oz. fresh lime juice (or squeeze 2 lime wedges into the shaker and drop them in)

Orange peel for garnish



4 oz NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

1 1/2 oz Frangelico

*Serve in a Champagne flute

Midnight Pink


4 oz NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

1 1/2 oz Kahlua

*Serve in a Highball glass

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Just because you don’t have anyone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, doesn’t mean you have to spend it alone! If you are one of those individuals who abhor February 14th, then have we’ve got a list of drinks for you.

This time of year is tough for singles. Instead of crying by yourself on a couch eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s watching a sappy movie, spend some time with your girl friends who also have no one to call their own. Set up your place for the perfect girl’s night and create your very own bar complete with everything you need to forget about what everyone else is doing on this date.

The following cocktails are themed perfectly for those who have no interest in celebrating lovey-dovey things. These drinks are sure to set you and your gals in good moods, give you some girl power, and prepare you to have some quality fun with your best buds.

Fun & Fabulous

Created by Beate Kiser, Mixologist, New York City, NY


3/4 ounces Godiva Chocolate Vodka

1/4 ounce ginger liqueur

1/4 ounce sparkling wine

2 fresh mint sprigs



Combine Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka, ginger liqueur and a sprig of fresh mint into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain over ice into a champagne flute.Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Cupid’s Miss


5 oz. VOGA Sparkling

½ oz. Chambord

½ oz. Gran Marnier


Combine ingredients in a champagne flute, garnish with blackberries and an orange peel

Bitter and Bubbly


Cinnamon sugar

2 drops peach bitters

1 sugar cube

1 oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur

5 oz. VOGA Sparkling


Rim a champagne glass with cinnamon sugar. Add bitters directly to the sugar cube and drop the cube into the champagne flute. Pour the pomegranate liqueur and Grand Marnier on top of it. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling wine.

On the Rocks


VOGA Sparkling

0.25 oz Whiskey

0.5 TSP Sugar

Dash of Bitters


Mix whiskey, bitters and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Fill up the remainder of glass with VOGA sparkling wine.  Garnish with a cherry.

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter Review

Palmer's Chocolate Cherry Lip Butter ReviewIt’s no secret that I am a sucker for just about all things chocolate. From candy and desserts to a chocolate scented heat wrap and cocoa butter lotion, I’m always on the lookout for my next chocolate fix. When I heard about the new Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter, I couldn’t be more excited to try it. In addition to being completely enamored with chocolate, I am a total lip balm fanatic. It came as absolutely no surprise to me upon trying it for the very first time, that this Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter by Palmer’s is an absolute must-have product for anyone who loves chocolate and lip balms. I’m truly smitten.

First, you remove the cap on the generous tube of lip butter to unleash a tantalizing aroma that reminds you of the most decadent chocolate desserts and sugary concoctions. (We also once tried a chocolate-cherry wine that also hit similar chords of pure bliss.) The scent alone makes this product one you won’t leave home without. As you smooth the creamy lip butter onto your lips, the texture is so soothing and delightful that you can’t imagine you’ve lived without this lip product until now. Chapped, dry, and even wind-burnt lips gain instant relief from this incredible product.

Of course, what you really want to know is all about the chocolate and cherry flavors. Paired together, this is an unbeatable combination that brings memories of holiday cherry cordials and Valentine’s heart boxes with only the best chocolates inside. I swear I could even taste a bit of the tantalizing chocolate and cherry flavor on the first application. The sweet scent lingers as long as you wear the lip butter, and I’m glad to say that reapplication is needed much less frequently than typical lip products. Oh, and the lip butter is a clear and creamy gel with a petrolatum base that adds a touch of glossy shine to your lips – you can wear it under or over your regular lip color products.

The scent and texture alone make this product a complete steal for the unbelievably low $2 or $3 that you’ll pay for a .35 oz tube, but you’re going to love all the other benefits that come along with it. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter contains Vitamin E and real Cocoa Butter to soothe your lips while softening, adding moisture, and warding off dryness and that chapped appearance that is so common for so many of us this time of year. The cherry and Vitamin E ingredients bring the power of antioxidants while the Cocoa Butter adds protection and healing properties each time you apply. And in case you didn’t know, the addition of dark chocolate triggers the endorphins for a blissful state of mind.

In full disclosure, I received one tube of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter for the purpose of this review. The fact that I got this lip goodie for free plays no part in my review – I would have gladly paid double the MSRP for this product based on how it’s performed and how much I like it so far. (But don’t tell Palmer’s that!) Even using this product just three times since receiving it, I can’t be happier with the results. The emollient lip butter keeps my lips soft, smooth, and hydrated, which is so important to me, especially in the wintertime.

Lastly, whether you are attached or single, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter is truly a feel-good product that you should pick up for yourself in time for Valentine’s Day. Even if you are planning to celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day, you really can’t blame the chocolate. The flavor and fragrance make this one of my honest-to-goodness, must-have products – seriously, if you love chocolate and lip gloss products, trust me on this one. For a meager $2.25 retail price per tube, you will not be disappointed. In fact, you might just retire some of your other go-to lip products.


Two Great Products from Smashbox

I received the Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Original and the Photo OP Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot for the purpose of this review. The products come in sleek packaging made using Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified paper and soy inks. Like all Smashbox cosmetics, these products are cruelty free, paraben free, and made with good-for-your-skin ingredients.

The colorless Photo Finish Foundation Primer glides onto skin smoothly, feeling neither like a powder nor a liquid. The light weight oil-free formula can be used alone or under foundation. The combination of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract, and green tea acts as an ideal base for your look.

The formula moisturizes your skin while perfecting the image of your skin by filling in lines and reducing the appearance of pores. Only a small dab is needed to make your foundation really last the day. Photo Finish Foundation Primer will not only give you totally photographable skin, but also skin that’s soft to the touch!

The Photo OP Eye Shadow Trio in Covershoot come in three natural color shades for your eyes. These coordinating hues are easy to use to make your eyes really pop! The trio provides you with a mistake-proof base, contour, and highlight color than you can play around with or use the tip on the back of the palette as a guide. (Many Smashbox palettes feature step-by-step instructions for application to create the perfect look.)

The trio features three subtle shades: Flirt, Dusk, and Haze. Flirt is a glittery cream hue to highlight your eyes, ideal for application from the lashline to the brow. Dusk is a great base for the trio and comes in a shimmery light brown. Use Haze as the matte brown contour in the crease of the eye. These easy to blend colors are sure to give you a low-key look for the office or a weekend outing.


Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF20 Product Review

Now that winter is in full effect where long sleeves or cardigans are a necessity, going tanning can seem pointless if you are just going to cover up your body the majority of this cold season. Why spend time and money on the tanning process when you can simply pamper yourself with a natural lotion that gives you so much more than just a tan? Miracle Skin Transformer BODY SPF 20 is the perfect solution to look absolutely flawless when you choose to dress up in your strappy little black dress and expose some skin.

BODY SPF 20 is not a self-tanner. This product contains color minerals that act as a tinted treatment for your body that will make your skin glow and look radiant. BODY SPF 20 can give you that perfect, tanned look plus more in just minutes and with only one application.The lotion is easy to apply and there’s no problem to creating a streak-free look. The lotion dries quickly so there is no need to wait long to get dressed after application. Even if the body treatment gets on your clothes, it will wash out easily.

In addition to adding some great color to your skin tone, BODY SPF20 moisturizes your skin at the same time, giving your body a smoother, firmer look. The skin treatment contains Soy Amino Acids, Wheat Proteins, Hyaluronic Acid, Glutamine Peptides, and Jojoba oil, all which help hydrate rough skin and eliminate the ever-dreaded flaky, dry skin. Apply the lotion to arms, legs, back, and décolleté to experience instant hydration.

As the name suggests, BODY SPF 20 will protect skin from the sun. This product of course contains SPF, but that is not the only way the lotion provides care for your skin in the sun. Skin will be soothed by Aloe Vera, Cucumber Extract, Vitamin E, and Chamomile Extract. Organic Narcissus Tazetta bulb extract aids in correcting skin damage as well as preventing signs of aging.

BODY SPF 20 is available in three fabulous shades. Glow Enhancer is ideal for a light to medium skin tint. This shade works great with pale skin and looks completely natural. (I received BODY SPF in Glow for the purpose of this review.) Bronze Enhancer will create a medium to dark skin tint. The lotion is a super sheer formula and will work with both light and dark skintones. BODY SPF 20 is also available in Sheer Enhancer, which brings all the great benefits of the skin treatment without giving the skin any color.


Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt Product Review

Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt Product ReviewPregnancy is such an exciting part of life. Knowing your child is growing and developing in the womb is an amazing concept, and parents always want to do what’s best for the baby, especially as he or she is on the way. The Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt is one way the mom-to-be – and even the dad-to-be – can bond with the baby through sweet music. The Lullabelly allows parents to play music to baby in the womb, directly from an iPod, MP3 player, music phone app, or even your computer.

I received a Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt product for the purpose of this review and I am truly excited to have the opportunity to test this device. Lullabelly is made with an ultra soft fabric that has enough elastic to make the belt just about one-size-fits-all. The amount of elastic sewn into the music belt allows it to comfortably grow with your growing belly so you can listen to and play music for your baby as long as you are comfortable, definitely well into your third trimester. You can also play audio books, voice recordings, and lullabies. The sound level is purposely designed to be safe for baby, using a special technology to ensure this safety.

The paperwork included with the Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt explains that a developing fetus can hear and respond to pulses of sound as early as 16 to 20 weeks. According to this information, active listening commences around 24 weeks for the developing baby. As a word of caution, check with your doctor to see how much listening time you should use the prenatal music belt. The Lullabelly documentation suggests one hour or less at a time, only two or three times per day.

Remember also that the amniotic fluid can be a good conductor of sound, so you needn’t play the music too loud. Ask your partner to help you adjust the sound to a reasonable level. Also, make sure the belt is fastened with the correct side inward. There is a little tag that indicates which side should face towards your belly. Also, the music belt has a zippered pocket that houses your earphones and splitter. When in use, you can also tuck your iPod or MP3 player inside this pocket for ease of use and convenience. Don’t forget to make a playlist just for this wonderful bonding experience!

I really enjoyed testing out this product – especially because I have a good reason. My husband and I are expecting our first child and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve delayed my review of this product a little bit because I wanted to ensure our baby could hear – not that I will even know, but it is a good feeling to know you are bonding and both listening to the same music at the same time. Also, I thought it would be nice to announce to our readers that I am actually pregnant and so my review of this product includes my true and honest perspective as an expectant mother.

While I was fumbling with my iPod looking for soft and melodic songs to play for the baby, he brilliantly suggested putting on Pandora and making a channel for Mozart. (In case you didn’t know, they say babies in the womb have shown positive responses to Mozart, but not so much for Beethoven.) I am on my fourth or fifth song and really enjoying the overall experience. The Lullabelly packaging suggests playing the same songs you play during your pregnancy after your baby is born to help with sleeping. Packaging also suggests that music encourages language and memory skills – wouldn’t you want that for your developing baby?

The Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt comes with a sound splitter and earphones so mommy or daddy can listen while the music plays for baby. I found the earphones a little big for my ears but after some twisting I was able to find a comfortable and stable placement. I thought about trading them for my usual earbuds, but I really like the ability to change the volume independently on my earphones with the set that came with the device. I have another splitter upstairs and I may eventually try to add that to the mix so I can see if my husband and I can listen together. It might be especially nice if we go away on a little trip before our baby is born. We both like to sleep on the plane.

The Lullabelly belt is washable and the speaker comes out easily so you can pop it in the washing machine as needed. By the way, if your speaker is damaged or lost, the company will replace it free of charge, at only the low cost of $2.95 for shipping and handling. At the same shipping charge, moms can get an additional 18 inches of extended belt in the same color and style as her Lullabelly – free of charge other than the ridiculously low shipping charge!

Listening to music in general can help to reduce stress, so it seems listening during pregnancy is a great way to keep your mental and emotional outlook upbeat. Also, the Lullabelly product is so comfortable – at 18 weeks along, I felt like I wasn’t even wearing it. Even now at almost 24 weeks it feels cozy and comfy – not tight or awkward at all. This product also seems much more fashionable than wearing big headphones on my belly!

Lullabelly is available in five colors – Apple Green (it is lovely – this is the one I received… green with white polka dots), Sky Blue, Princess Pink, Sunshine Yellow, and Chocolate Brown/Mint.

Lullabelly is available at Baby Depot at Burlington Coat Factory, at Amazon, and online at Lullabelly retails for $55. If you are interested in ordering your own Lullabelly, you can score free shipping by using a special code – LLB – during checkout at For more information, please visit Lullabelly at


Bath & Body Works’ Charmed Life Review

Bath & Body Works’ Charmed Life ReviewIf you are looking for a scent that everyone loves, look no further. Earlier this fall I received a full size of shower gel and body lotion of one of Bath & Body Works’ newest scents, Charmed Life. As a lifelong fan of Bath & Body Works, I was beyond excited to try these products out! This new scent is a truly amazing as a fusion guava, apple, pear, and red berries as top notes. Floral scents of peony petals, jasmine, lily of the valley, as well as coconut milk are used as mid notes. To finish off this mesmerizing smell, apricot, vanilla, praline, sandalwood, and musk are used as the dry notes.


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V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies Review

V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies ReviewSometimes it can seem almost impossible to get the right serving of fruits and vegetables every day. Whether it’s a case of being too busy or simply not having a big enough appetite, some days we just can’t seem to satisfy the recommended daily amounts of these important nutrients. Thankfully, V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies come to the rescue, offering a variety of tasty beverages to help you get your daily fruits and vegetables in liquid form.

One of the greatest things about V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies is that you can help to satisfy your nutritional needs quickly and easily, drinking up a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables any time of day, even before you rush out the door to work or school each morning. V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies also make a delicious snack partway through the day or even as a quick refresher after a workout.

I received three flavors of V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies to try for the purpose of this review – Wild Berry, Strawberry Banana, and Mango. These tasty concoctions contain a full serving of fruit plus a full serving of vegetables in every glass. Because of this extreme fruit and veggie content, the smoothie juice is true to its name, coming in quite a bit thicker than your usual juice. My brother recommended finding vanilla sherbet to blend up with these drinks for a more authentic smoothie experience. Plus, how can you go wrong turning it into even more of a dessert type treat?

V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies contain a purposeful blend of fruits and vegetables in such proportions that the taste remains light and sweet. Just an eight-ounce glass has ½ cup of fruit and ½ cup of vegetables to help satisfy your recommended daily allowance. Also, V8 V-Fusion contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

I enjoyed the taste of the Wild Berry and Strawberry Banana fruit smoothies the best, purely based on my own fruit preferences. The Mango flavor was tasty as well. I like having these in my fridge so I don’t feel as guilty if I can’t sit down for a real breakfast and instead have to grab a glass of juice and a breakfast bar on the go. If you find you and your family have a tough time getting your recommended daily fruits and vegetables, consider trying the V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies as a convenient and tasty alternative.

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Also, stay tuned for our special giveaway featuring a V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies gift set with a juice bottle for enjoying them on the go and a colorful Vera Bradley tote!