Erno Laszlo #ThePowerofTwo Cleansing Duo

As a product junkie I love trying out different skincare & beauty products.

This product arrived just in time because I was almost out of my current cleanser.

Erno Laszlo- Detoxifying Double Cleanser

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I was intrigued, 2 steps. A cleaning oil & bar. I’m not really a fan of bar soap but was willing to give it a try.

This duo is good for pretty much all skin types from oily, sensitive, to combination. The detoxifying duo helps with pores, acne, blemishes, & oiliness.

Cleansing Oil :

This lightweight detoxifying oil ( which isn’t oily at all by the way) deeply cleanses to dissolve surface impurities and makeup, even reducing the look of large pores—without leaving skin feeling tight or dry. Its unique blend fights toxins and promotes natural skin exfoliation, cell turnover, and circulation to create a visibly clearer, more balanced, and soothed complexion.

What it does:

dissolves trapped oils, impurities, and makeup on contact.

Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar:

The Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar boasts uniquely therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea mud, with a mineral-rich, miracle-like nature to deeply detoxify, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin. Perfect for blemished or stressed complexions, this circulation-boosting bar removes oil, dirt, and residue upon contact, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth, and radiant. Dead Sea mud is known for its 26 minerals and comes in a signature black color that transforms to white foam when applied and works to maintain skin’s natural mineral levels. The formula packs a powerful moisture magnet, glycerin, to attract and hold hydration for a hydrated, glowing complexion, plus rich palm and palm kernel oils to support skin’s natural oil regulation, cell turnover, and defense against environmental stressors.

What it does:

cleanses using Dead Sea mud and charcoal to draw out impurities and visibly reduce pore size for a smooth, radiant look.

How to use it:

First you apply the cleansing oil to you dry face. Massage in circular motions with your finger tips ( remember to wash your hands before washing your face) Leave this on.

Next wet the bar. I use this as my tool. I move the bar over my face in gentle circular motion allowing the oil & bar work together. The bar makes it easy to get under your eyes without getting it them & the sides of your nose.

Put the bar down , slightly wetting my hands  I use my fingers and massage over my face to create a lather.

Rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizer.

Some drips with come off the bar ( one of the reasons I don’t care for bar soap) . The black soap doesn’t stain and is easy to wipe up.

My thoughts:

I was really impressed with this power duo. It was gentle on my skin and my face felt & looked great. It didn’t dry out my skin , my skin looked and felt clean, soft, & had a nice healthy glow. I also liked the travel set because it came with a cute little box. It allowed me to put the soap in the box, so it was away from everything else. I am a bit of a germaphobe when it comes to stuff like this. So the box is great!  It also allowed the bar to dry evenly without making the bottom of the bar mushy ….even when closed. I’m not sure if I’m completely in love with it just because of the bar so don’t know if I would buy in the future. I will have to see once I am done using it all.

Where to buy:

You can find Erno Laszlo at Sephora.

Travel set is $28

Cleansing Oil $58

Cleansing Bar $38

There are also other formulas to try depending on what you are looking for: Hydra-therapy, Sensitive, & Firming.

I do suggest the travel set since it does some with the oil & bar and you can see if it is something you like. A little does go a long way .

If you do buy it remember to sign up for a beauty insider. Its free and you can earn points.

Also go through ebates to get a cashback . Search Sephora

 

Have you tried or heard about this cleansing duo ?

 

I received this product complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Bouchard Chocolate is at Target

 

The holidays are upon us. When I think of the holidays , I think about chocolate.

Bouchard Chocolate recently sent me a box of their Belgian chocolates to try.
They have been perfecting their Belgian chocolate for over 80 years with the art of chocolate making from the historical city of Ghent, Belgium since 1931.

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The chocolate is rich, creamy, and indulgent. The outer shell is a little thick but not so thick it is hard to bite into, it melts in your mouth. Once you bite into it you get into one of the creamy centers which is smooth, creamy, & delicious.

The chocolate I received in my box had a nice variety of flavors. 9 irresistible chocolates like coconut cream which was fresh coconut ganache covered in white chocolate & toasted coconut flakes.

I loved the heart detail on the raspberry ganache that was enrobed in dark chocolate. The perfect combo.

Creme brulee that was marbled white chocolate surrounding a cream vanilla & caramel brittle filling. Yum!

These boxes are great for hostess gifts, a co-worker , a chocolate lover, teacher, or just for yourself.

You can now buy these at Target:

Bouchard Small Wrapped Ballotin 125g – $5.49
Bouchard Medium Wrapped Ballotin 250g – $9.99

You will be looking for these boxes at Target :

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Have you tried Bouchard Chocolate before? Do you give chocolate as gifts during the holidays?

*I received this product complimentary from Bouchard Chocolate for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Save money while shopping online

About a week ago I went to Marshall’s for a TJX rewards access event.  P.S if you shop at Home Goods, TJ Maxx , or Marshalls, sign up it’s free.  Every time you shop you will be entered into a sweepstakes, opportunities for giveaways, & special events.

At this event there was coffee, donuts, a chance to win a gift card ( I won $20!) , & free holiday wrapping paper.

I ended up buying this great black jumpsuit. I just tried it on for fun and was surprised it was the right length as well as fit in the right places. Being tall anything one piece is usually a miss.

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I also found this Tommy Hilfiger coat which I really liked. It was warm, sleeves were long, coat was a great length, & the hood looked good and fit right. I feel like its going to be a very cold winter so I needed something to keep me warm.

I wanted to wait because I was very close on one of my survey sites to cash out , and one of the option was a Marshalls gift card. Well it didn’t go as planned and I didn’t want to wait. I went back & my size was gone!! Oh no. I was pretty bummed because I haven’t been this happy to find a coat in awhile.

I did take a photo of the tag when I was at the store the first time . I googled it and guess what? It was at Macy’s for the same price! YAY

My deal ended up being WAY better too.

Coat $79.99 ( $85.07 with tax)

  • Used 3 Macys gift cards ( from survey sites) about $64
  • $5 in plenti points
  • $16.xx on a egift card from a survey site

I paid $0 out of pocket.

Here is where it gets good.

 

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You can find the Tommy Hilfiger coat here

Macy’s had a deal if you spent a certain amount you would get back $10 in Macy’s Money

I used Ebates & received $9.60 back

There was also a deal on plenti if you spent $50 you would get back $10 plenti points

I ended up getting $29.68 back with different sites!

Ebates is great and I highly recommend adding the Ebates cash back button to your browser. That way you are reminded to use it. I would always forget, ever since I added the button I never forget.

If you use my link >> EBATES you will get back $10 on a qualifying purchase of $25 or more. Which can easily be done with holiday shopping.

I also suggest signing up for honey . If you want to save a little more money and/or you’re tired of looking for promo & coupon codes this site does it all for you.

 

 

What sites do you use to save?

Hydrate & Depuff with these eye patches – mini review

It’s been awhile since I posted. Sorry about that🙂 I am active on instagram if you want to see what I’m buying & using, making, ect.

I tried some eye masks recently and wanted to share what I thought.

Nugg eye masks

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I really like these Nugg eye masks. The results made me look more refreshed and awake. I highly recommend trying these.

They come with  gel & eye pads. I put the gel in the fridge while I was in the shower and when I got out it was nice and cool. I liked that they come separate.

Skyn Iceland hydro cool firming gels

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These are easy to use. Open the pack and just place them under your eyes. They were comfortable on for the 10 minutes. The results were ok , my under eye area did feel really soft & hydrated.

Han aka Hydrogel eye patch

These were my second favorite from the 3. These are clear jelly type patches. The felt really nice on; cooling, refreshing, & comfortable. My eyes weren’t really puffy but my under eye area was really soft, hydrated and I looked more refreshed. I’d try these out again.

Han aka eye patches

 

Do you have a favorite eye cream or eye patch for hydration or puffiness? 

When do you use them? I usually put them on after I get out of the shower and wait to 10-15 minutes while I’m getting ready or eating.

 

I made almost $10 at Walmart buying deodorant

I got home from a quick trip at Walmart which ended up being a GREAT trip!

I made $9.74 buying deodorant ( Degree, Dove, Axe)

If you aren’t signed up NOW is a perfect time to sign up for Ibotta . If you do this deal ( or any any deal) you will get $10 for submitting your first rebate within the first 2 weeks of signing up.

I was deciding if I should do this but I won a gift card so decided why not.

Also check the Axe in your clearance section🙂

 

After you signed up , login into your Ibotta app.

Find Walmart under grocery. Then scroll to personal care and unlock the deodorant deals

  • Dove Men Care Dry Spray – $5.25 rebate
  • Dove Women’s Dry Spray – $5.25 rebate
  • Degree Women’s Dry Spray- $4.75 rebate
  • Degree Men’s Dry Spray – $4.75 rebate
  • Axe Dry Spray – $5.25 rebate
  • =  $25.25

If you have last weeks insert you can use the $2/1 Men’s Degree dry spray & $1.50 off Women’s degree dry spray

Rebates

  • You will get $25.25 back
  • Check your bonuses there is a pumpkin patch bonus when you buy a certain amount of items = $5
  • I also completed my team level bonus which is where the $.50 is from
  • Check for the Mid-level week bonus = $2
  • If you are new $10 bonus!

 

You can cash out for gift cards & pay at $20 on Ibotta. Don’t miss out

My referral code is : 7jkmq 

 

 

 

 

Chicken sausage, bean, tomato soup

The weather is getting cooler which mean soup season!

Soup is comforting, filling, healthy. This chicken sausage, bean, & tomato soup is rich in fiber & nutritious.  The best part its quick & easy to prepare & make. Perfect for those busy days.
I was sent Muir Glen organic fire roasted tomatoes to try and I knew I wanted to make a soup. It was delicious.

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You can take out the meat and make this vegetarian, which I was going to do originally but saw chicken sausage and was like hmmm maybe I should add that.

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion ,diced
  • 2-3 large carrots, diced
  • 2-3 celery stalks
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28oz Muir Glen organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • Chicken sausage
  • (2) 15oz  cans of white beans , drained
  • 32oz Chicken of vegetable broth
  • bay leaf
  • Italian Seasoning
  • salt & pepper

Directions

Add a little olive oil ( or oil of your choice) to a pan on medium heat.

Add garlic & onion, sautee until soft.

Add celery & carrot

Add a can of beans to blender, add a can of broth. Blend until almost smooth ( tip this is a great way to get fiber, thicken soups, & if you have kids or someone who is picky to hide something healthy from them haha)

Add blended beans to pot along with diced tomatoes, broth, seasonings, other can of (whole) beans.

Cook until veggies are soft, about 20 minutes.

Top with parmesan cheese.

+ Tip you can take out the extra can of whole beans and add pasta if you’d like. Feel free to add a little water or more broth if you want it thinner

chicken sausage bean tomato soup muir glen

I received this product for free , all opinions are my own.

 

Derma E: Same formula , new packaging

One of my favorite eco-ethical brands, DERMA E is changing something up. Don’t worry, they will still have their great formulas. It’s their packaging!

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A little about the brand:

Since 1984, Dermae has been committed to our health, wellness, & environmental sustainability.They have high ethical standards and never compromise on skin health and safety. Their 100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates,petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs.

Purchases also support global communities and the environment.

You can find out more about the brand & the products they carry on their website http://www.dermae.com

In September they started to launch their new design and will roll out until March 2017. So if you notice something different when you go to pick up your favorite Derma E skincare product  at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Ulta , ect… don’t be alarmed.

 

Derma E new & old packaging

 

The first product to be in the new pack will be their Hydrating, Anti Wrinkle and Firming collections along with our best-selling Microdermabrasion Scrub + Overnight Peel.

DERMA E will be getting a fresh new look overall. They want to update their look & brand in general. On social media, in stores, their website, & more. Based on their mission, values, & heritage that have not changed, their new look & feel will be 100% DERMA E.

I couldn’t agree more. When I opened the box and saw the new design next to the old one I think it fits with their image perfectly.  It looks fresh, simple, calming, & more upscale.

Hydrating Night Cream: (new packaging)

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Retails for $29.50

Apply on cleansed skin on face & neck at night in upward motions. This anti-aging cream is rich, hydrating, and leaves skin feeling really smooth. It absorbs nicely into the skin without leaving skin looking or feeling greasy.

It has vegan based hyaluronic acid which helps plump, soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, green tea, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment.

Hydrating Day Creme

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Retails for around $29.50

Apply in the morning to cleansed skin. This is a lightweight formula that absorbs without leaving skin feeling or looking  greasy. Make up goes on top with no problem & you dont have to worry about pilling.

This has hyaluronic acid which is nature’s moisture magnet to help replump the skin.  Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment. Ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs long-lasting moisture throughout the day, this crème delivers maximum hydration while helping diminish the signs of aging for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin.

How do you like the new packaging? 

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