Vichy Idealia Life Serum 8-Day challenge

Crowdtap always keeps me busy . I was sent Vichy Idealia Life Serum samples for an 8 day challenge for me and a few friends.


I wish I took more photos but this week was a bit stressful. Plus this week I have a few hormonal break outs ahh so last thing on my mind was to take photos.

We all know lifestyle choices and environment factors can do a number on our skin.

4 enemies for ideal skin::

Stress & lack off sleep side effects: over stressed skin marked by sagging & lack of firmness

Environment We come in contact with 700,000 toxins every day. Gross! When toxin exposure combines with harsh & erratic weather changes , skin becomes worn down, dull, sensitive , & prematurely aged .
Side Effects : dull yellow completion

Unbalanced Diet
alcohol, low water intake , eating that extra slice of cake may be harming our skin . Preventing toxin elimination by making oilness , pore size , lines and wrinkles more noticeable.
Side effects : imbalanced skin , large pores, oilness , shine

UV Rays
95% of all premature aging is caused by UV light . Just 15 minutes can trigger wrinkles, dark spots, and damage. ( wear sunscreen!!)

Side effects: uneven skin tone , dark spots , fine lines , loss of firmness .

Yes those side effects suck but it doesn’t mean you can’t go lay out at the beach or pool with a cosmopolitan in hand . We all have vices that keeps our skin from looking its best.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum claims you will see a transformation :
•Even & illuminated skin
•Visibly refined pores
•Moisturized & refreshed skin
•Youthful-looking complexion

Technology / ingredients that help :
Idealia Life Serum helps reset the skin with an exclusive correcting complex that protects against behavioral aging factors ; LR2412+ LHA erases signs of past damage , repairs present skin, and protects for future wear and tear. These 2 molecules increases skin renewal and improves overall skin quality.

Enriched with golden and pink micro pearls that helps illuminate the skin.


Here is what my 8 days were like::

You can wear it alone or under your moisturizer if you have dry skin. Morning and/or night

Day 1 : received my package . Put 1 whole pack of the sample on at night time before bed.

Day 2: used half of sample in morning , half at night . Skin felt a little itchy

Day 3: 1 sample pack half day/half night , skin itchy not annoying itchy more tickle itchy

Day 4: Skin feels really soft , feel moisturized ,looks brighter only used half sample at night . Skin not so itchy


Day 5: half sample at night . Skin no longer itchy have noticed when it gets on eye brows it’s flaky and maybe it spots where I didn’t run it in well enough. So make sure you rub it in evenly and don’t get it on brows.

Day 6: used half morning / half at night
Can’t get over how soft my face is. Also brighter and ‘younger’ looking

Day 7: half morning/ half night

Day 8: I can’t get over how smooth and hydrated/moisturized my face feels.

*the itchiness I experienced was most likely due to a skincare product I was using previously before it started used Vichy.


• Kept skin very hydrated
• Skin was soft
•Skin felt smooth
• Nice floral scent
• Absorbs in minutes
• Brightens skin
•Not greasy
•Light weight
• Good for sensitive skin
•looked great under make up
•foundation and concealer went on top of serum nicely

• Expensive $44 for a bottle
•Didn’t notice any change to pores
•I felt like I did need to wear make up on top of it because the illuminating effect from the micro pearls
• a few times left a ‘film’ on skin in spots
•not sure if it’s this product or others I am using with it but experienced slight itchiness and one night my skin was a little red

Final thoughts
I enjoyed the 8-day challenge to get brighter , smooth, hydrated skin. Before this challenge my skin was pretty healthy and looked good but realize after using this serum my skin is more hydrated, soft, and smoother. I think this product would work well for someone with fine lines since it hydrates the skin very well. When skin is hydrated it plumps up the skin giving you smoother skin. I also think it’s great if you want brighter younger looking skin. The golden and pink micro pearls really make your skin brighter , which makes you look younger . My friend even complimented me on my bright skin.
With brighter and hydrated skin (making you also look rested & younger) you can wear less make up. Maybe you can use that extra time to sleep in or eat something better in the morning 🙂

I do wish it refined pores , it was only 8 days. Maybe I would see better results if I use it longer. My daily make up routine is fairly simple concealer, blush, mascara , lip gloss or lip balm . Last is the price , I would consider buying it of there was a good deal on it since it’s pricy but right now I will hold off. I have too many beauty product to use up before I buy new ones. I would consider buying in the future though.

If I did buy this product I would probably only use it at night.

Have you heard or used Vichy Idealia Life Serum ? What’s your skin care secret for busy days ?

I received samples of this product from Crowdtap for testing and review . The opinions are based on my experience and are my own.


What would you do for a Klondike bar? #IceCreamStockUp


Influenster sent me a coupon for free ice cream so I can try and review it . What’s not to love about that ?

I don’t eat ice cream too much because it upsets my stomach but do have it once in awhile. I was surprised of the variety of ice cream bars /sandwiches Klondike had to offer .
I ended up choosing Kandy Bars fudge krunch. I’m not sure if they were on sale but for 4 bars it was $3.33 with tax.


If you ever are craving something chocolatey , this is the ice cream bar for you .

The chocolate shell has the perfect thickness .
The ice cream is creamy and in each bite you get chocolate fudge and a nice surprise of crispies.

I liked them and my friend was a fan too.


Have you tried Klondike Kandy bars yet?

I scream, you scream . We all scream for ice cream ! (Especially when free)
I’ll definitely consider these next time I want a ice cream bar.


I was sent a coupon to redeem for a free box of Klondike bars from influenster for free to review. All opinions are my own .

U by Kotex – Save the Undies

I was picked to be part of the #SavetheUndies sampling from Crowdtap.


In each pack there is $1 coupon, 2 sleek tampons, and 2 curves panty liners


Have you seen Save the Undies campaign from U by Kotex?

Nothing is more frustrating than losing a pair of undies due to your period.
Either having them ruined by the surprise start date or having bad period protection.
Have no fear U by Kotex is here!

U by Kotex has fun packaging , I really like the colors with black designs. Makes them more stylish.

I received these just in time , according to my period tracker I was expecting mine any day .
Do you use a period tracker app? I started using one earlier this year , I love it because it’s pretty accurate.

U by Kotex sleek tampons
These are easy to insert with the plastic applicator and PerfectTouch Grip for easy placement.
You can barely tell it’s there.
Great protection and absorbency.
ubykotex sleek tampons

U by Kotex Curves liners
Soft, comfortable , barely there.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I think my period is over but surprise!!! It’s not, so I like wearing these liners for spotting and/ or extra protection when wearing tampons.
ubykotex curve liners

Besides protection from leaks and stylish packaging, U by Kotex is easy to carry. Whether it’s in your back pocket or smallest clutch. I also like that these products aren’t scented. I stay away from scented feminine products because I don’t think it’s good to use. ( can cause yeast infections, irritation, rash)

So throw away those dedicated period undies and wear those cute ones instead… As long as you’re wearing U by Kotex .


Tips for surviving your period

• Buy U by Kotex tampons , pads , or panty liners

•Up your iron ( spinach , tofu, eggs, broccoli, beef) I don’t eat much beef, but can always go for a juicy burger during my period Also vitamin B6 (turkey, chicken, nuts, bananas) , vitamin C, vitamin A , vitamin D

• drink plenty of water

• Eat plenty of fruits and veggies

• Exercise ! I know it’s the last thing is ladies want to do but you will feel better afterwards. I like doing blogilates .

•Get plenty of sleep

So toss those ‘period undies’ dedicated for that time of month and wear the ones the make you feel sexy, confident, cute , flirty or happy!


You can get a sample too just head over to U by Kotex


I received the sample packs for free from Crowdtap to test and review


Pinch me box

Best pinchme box ever

Sinful colors nail polish aquamarine
Renew You Sleep Spa
Studio INK greeting card
beyond meat coupon
Weight watchers ice cream
Wet nap antibacterial hand wipes
Paper mate mates mechanical pencil
Barbara’s puffins cereal

•Barbara’s puffin cereal was delicious as a cereal or snack. Yummy !!


Love this aquamarine color. Definitely a fun color I needed to add to my nail polish collection . SinfulColors has a variety of colors, costs $1.99, goes on smooth , stays on pretty long.


RenewYou fruit enzymes sleep spa bamboo face mask.

I turned on some ocean wave sounds , and relaxed for 10 minutes.
It has pineapple and papaya extracts in the bamboo fiber mask. It smells amazing .
The papaya helps speed up elimination of old & dead skin cells, leaving skin looking revitalized and supple.
The pineapple helps break down dead, dry surface skin cells for smoother and softer skin.

It was a cold putting it on but was refreshing . After the 10 minutes is up , you don’t wash your face . Just massage excess product into the skin.
Use weekly . Sold at Ulta $9.99 for a 4pack


SOBO Skincare – Anti-aging cream review

sobo skincare

SOBO Skin Care cares what goes into their products. They are fair trade , free of fragrance & dyes , non-GMO , paraben-free, and made using natural ingredients. (Like :Vitamin E, strawberry oil, seaweed extract, orange flower extract,co-enzyme Q10)

I was sent SOBO Ultra age repairing cream with resveratrol sample to try


Price : $64
Use: day and/or night
What it does: works to noticeably reduce the appearance , volume, and depth of wrinkles . Visibly minimizes the effects of aging to soften the texture of skin for a younger , healthier look.

After first applying this cream to my face (night time) , it left my skin feeling really soft and smooth. I liked that it didn’t have fragrance, went on smoothly, absorbed quickly, and wasn’t sticky.

When I woke up my face was really soft and felt hydrated.
It didn’t make my concealer clump up.

Overall I loved how the repairing cream made my face hydrated, smooth, and soft. I don’t have wrinkles yet but it’s a great to start a little early so you can keep skin looking smooth and healthy.
It left my skin feeling and looking great .I will definitely consider buying this product in the future .

I also love their philosophy for using natural ingredients and being environmentally conscious . Its something I look for when deciding between products .

If you’re in the market for an anti aging cream I would recommend checking this one out.

Check out some of their other products below and there is something special for you at the bottom if you are interested in purchasing these products.

Ultra Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol
— This anti-aging cream is an exceptionally pure multi-peptide complex with organic moisturizers. Light but intense serum formula delivers a powerful wrinkle-fighting cocktail that includes resveratrol, squalene, and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Soothing, all-natural jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil work together to moisturize and smooth for a healthy, youthful glow and drastically improved overall appearance.

Age Smoothing Eye Serum
— Moisture is the key to the youngest-looking, most velvety skin under the sun and this innovative under-eye serum really delivers and then some. Light, comfortable silicone-based moisturizing complex protects the skin around the eyes from puffiness, dryness and harmful elements that contribute to a tired appearance. A collection of essential lipids accelerates healing, promotes the production of healthy skin cells, and provides stellar protection after procedures like microdermabrasion and laser therapy. Gentle, hypoallergenic formula is perfect for all skin types.

ULTRA HGF Youth Serum
— This innovative youth formula leverages the power of proven acetyl tetrapeptide-2 to help restore your skin to its former glory and help prevent signs of future aging. Skin’s critical immune functions are also boosted while the production of healthy, youthful skin cells is uniquely supported and accelerated. Light but potent formula also moisturizes dry skin and smooths for a glowing, velvety appearance.

Essential Moisturizing Cream
— This rich and effective cream combines everything your skin needs to look and feel its absolute best in one convenient product. Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories work together to fight aging and relieve the effects of stress on skin. Rich emollients work to return dehydrated skin to the peak of smoothness and glory. A suite of vitamins, nutrients, and essential oils work together with replenishing hyaluronic acid and retinol to promote a healthful, vibrant appearance.

Check out all their products here:
Just for reading my post get 25% off your first purchase using code TRYSOBO

I received samples to test and review but opinions are 100% my own.
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Skintimate mandarin burst shave gel review

Happy to be part of another sampling from Crowdtap.
This time they sent me a can Skintimate for free to test and review .

I love Skintimate , not only do they have awesome scents but it leaves your legs soft and silky smooth.

Mandarin Burst is one of their newer scents. It will definitely wake up your senses with the fresh scent of mandarin, lemon , & lime. It doesn’t have an overwhelming citrus scent, it’s light and refreshing .


Skintimate contains 6 moisturizers including vitamin E and olive butter to replenish your skins natural moisture.
Which will leave your skin smooth and soft.

The cap has ridges , so no stumbling trying to get the cap off when your hands are wet.

Once you start rubbing the gel it foams quickly and spreads nicely.
The gel provides unbeatable razor protection for a close shave without nicks . Leaving you with happy , soft , & smooth legs. I kept rubbing my legs together and touching them because they were so smooth.


So if you’re
• getting in those last beach days
• Going out on a date
• or just want to show off your (silky smooth) legs

I highly recommend Skintimate Mandarin Burst shave gel




Go grab some Skintimate and show of your legs!


Have you tried mandarin burst yet .. if you haven’t, what’s your favorite Skintimate scent?

I received this product for free from Crowdtap to test and review. The opinions are my own , based on my experience .

Khols beauty bag makeover winner

I was excited when I checked my mail because my prize from the Khols sweepstakes arrived that I entered in July.

New beauty bag filled with goodies

(1) new beauty bag consisting of; one (1) LORAC Cobra Mascara; one (1) Jane Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Inner Light; one (1) Eylure Naturalites 100 Super Full False Eyelashes; one (1) theBalm Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush in Swiss Dot; one (1) ELLE Cosmetics Lip Gloss in 09; one (1) sugar Line-A-Licious Felt Tip Liquid Eye Liner in Stiletto; one (1) Pur Minerals Big Look Mascara; one (1) essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny and one (1) Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Eau De Parfum. ARV $85.00


Harvest Snaps – Snapea Crisps Caesar review


I won a coupon for a free bag of Harvest Snaps from a game they had in the winter on facebook. I would always look for them but no look.
I finally found them, but not a place where I would think to look by raisins, dates, dried fruit at Shoprite .
Anyway, they had black pepper and Caesar. I chose Caesar.
They were $1.99 for a 3.3 oz bag.

When I got them home , I opened them immediately. I do wish they were resealable .
They were delicious!! Crispy, tasty , not a strong Caesar flavor , satisfying .

From their website:
•Made from 60% pea
•gluten free
•more fiber
•less fat and sodium than potato chips

So do yourself a favor and go try these . You will love them and not feel guilty after eating.
I almost ate the whole bag within minutes .

Chobani watermelon review

I recently saw Chobani has a watermelon flavor.

I love Chobani and love watermelon but together , not something I would think of.

I headed to Shoprite and they happened to be on sale 10/$10. I bought one of the watermelon to try out.

It’s watermelon blended , so no fruit on the bottom .



It’s made with watermelon juice along with other fruit and veggie concentrates for color.

If I did a blind taste test I wouldn’t really think of watermelon. It has a mild fruity taste but not exactly sure what the flavor is. It does have a refreshing taste after each bite , which other flavors don’t have.

So go out and try this before it’s off the shelves since it’s a limited batch.

Would I have it again .. Yes but not because it’s watermelon . It would be a good mid day snack.

Have you tried this flavor from Chobani yet ? What’s your favorite ?

I really like peach , pineapple, and passion fruit .