Enhance your glow with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends #NTGAdvocate

Have you tried Neutrogena healthy skin blends before? Well now they have a new formula, new packaging, & new shades!
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends are enriched with Vitamin C and botanical conditioners. You can blend shades together depending on the look you want.
I was so happy Crowdtap & Neutrogena sent me a palette in Pure to try out.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Blush

There are 3 shades to choose from:


Clean (Shade 10): Translucent powder designed to help control oil and shine


Pure (Shade 20): Blush designed to provide illuminating healthy color


Sunkissed (Shade 30): Bronzer designed to give a natural bronzing radiance

Find your shade by going here & you will also get a $2 coupon.

Neutrogena Before After

Here is a before & after. Pure is a very flattering shade, especially for my fair skin tone.

Its easy to apply , just use as any other blush.
Lightly sweep your brush over the entire palette. Tap to remove excess powder. Apply to cheekbone going upwards towards temples.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Blush Pure

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends

It goes on nicely and enhances your natural beauty. You can go as light or build up if you want a darker color. Pure has pretty pinks & peaches which I think would look great on many skintones. It gives you a nice healthy & happy glow. There is also a very subtle shimmer when the light hits your face, giving you a youthful appearance. The blush stayed on all day without having to apply which is always a great thing. Who wants to carry extra stuff around all day? Not me.
On the Neutrogena website it retails for $11.49 , I’m sure of you go to CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Target or anywhere it is sold it might be a little cheaper.

Would I buy this in the future? Yes
Do I recommend this product? Yes! I actually want to try the other shades.

Have you tried or seen Neutrogena healthy skin blends yet?

I’m a member of the Crowdtap NEUTROGENA® rewards program, and NEUTROGENA® sent me a sample of its NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Blends

Spice up your laptop

Last year I bought a Chromebook on Amazon. It was a great deal but the only downside was that only color I could get was white.
I received a Sinoguo Soft Neoprene Water Resistance Sleeve in a geometric print at a discounted price.
When I first opened the box I noticed the vivid bright print.

Laptop sleeve

I absolutely love it.

It is made with durable neoprene which will protect your laptop from dust, dirt, scratching, and accidental drips or splashes.

The sleeve is lightweight & slim so it won’t way you down while traveling but still thick enough to protect your laptop.

Not only do you have a fun print but it is reversible and you can change it to black,but why hide such a great print?

reversible laptop sleeve

It doesn’t have a zipper or velcro , just the flap as you can see in the photos above. It does keep your laptop in place & secure, so not to worry. I like it because it is very easy to slide your laptop in and out as needed. It also makes it easy to charge it while in the case as well. Since the material is so smooth, you are able to use the case as a mouse pad too!

You can find it on Amazon for $11.99 , this print is called Colorful Exotic Style Pattern

It comes in a few sizes 11in-11.6 , 13in-13.3 , & 15in-15.6

So now I can carry my ‘boring’ laptop and make it fun & stylish when carrying it in this sleeve.

laptop sleeve

I received a discount to buy this product in exchange for a review.

August 2015 Freebies, Deals, & Wins part 1

Another great 2 weeks of goodies in my mail box & deals that I’ve scored, & prizes won. I currently have about 40-50 things that I have written down that are coming. Almost every day checking the mail for me is a treat 🙂

PinchMe box
Gold Bond Healing lotion- this stuff is awesome!!
Scotch brite sponge + coupon
Act advanced care mouthwash + coupon
Gevalia Iced coffee single serve coupon for a FREE one
Bandaids waterblock plus
No7 protect & perfect serum
Dentek sample
Summer’s Eve cleansing cloth & wash sample


Target Beauty Box – I LOVE these boxes
This box was $7 but I got it free using a gift card I won
Clairol Hair Food- This makes your hair really soft ( costs about $11.99, so this alone makes up for the box)
Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara by Lashblast ($5.99)
Fekkai Pré-Soleil Hair Mist
3D white strip sample
Olay active botanicals moisturizing toner
Olay active botanicals day lotion


There was a deal that was going on to get a free mug on shutterfly. Of course the site was slammed so I ended up just putting pictures of flowers I took awhile ago. Came out nice. ( $16.99 value + got free shipping)

freebies victorias secret sephora

Victoria’s Secret ultimate moisture system samples ( .5ml of Shea scrub wash, cream wash, body lotion, and body oil) perfect for travel or purse. For trying on a bra in store. Make sure to sign up for their emails ( and follow my on instagram . I try to post as soon as I get spot deals like this)
-Make up for ever new high – shine artist plexi gloss sample at sephora inside jc Penney for being a beauty insider.

Went to an event in town- Rolaids was there and got 15 packs for free!
Bakery on Main nutty cranberry maple granola sample + coupon from FB promotion
Hershey’s Caramels from Splashscore
Alpine Valley organic bread scored 3 free loaves from a promo they had on facebook. Im officially a fan, its so tasty ( and good for you)


How pretty is this dandelion wall art by wall26? I received it for FREE to review on amazon. I absolutely love it.


Jet t-shirt . Jet is a site similar to amazon. use code : JETVIRAL for a free 6 month membership & use code TENBUCKSNOW for $10 off $35
Oberto all natural beef jerky from their beef jerky day promo on FB
Campbells $4 coupon
Victoria’s Secret $1 panty coupon
Zzzquil sample + coupon
Biossance serum sample
Cottonelle toilet paper- amazon deal = FREE
Amazing Cosmetics anti-aging face primer
Liquid moisturizer- to try & give feedback for survey company
5 Protein bars to try & give feedback for survey company
Equitance skin radiance supplement sample
Boost coupon that I redeemed
Mr.Tea Infuse Loose Tea Leaf Strainer Herbal Spice Filter Diffuser- amazon deal = free

Freebies VS cat treats tone body wash
My last freebie/deal post I shared that I won a coupon for Tone well at Shoprite it was $2.99 so I grabbed it since it would be free with the coupon, I also found Meow Mix irrestibles treats at Walmart and redeemed my coupon for a free pack, then headed to Victoria’s secret & used my $10 off $10 getting a coconut body lotion & verbena body oil for free. I also used my $1 coupon for a panty. I paid $1.06 ( for panty)

food deals
Had my mom & sister send me their bogo coupons from chipotle friend or faux.Piad $7.xx for 2 burritos & guacamole
Nutella was on sale at shoperite for $2.99 – had $1.50 digital coupon = $1.49
Boost 4pk nutritional protein drink & purina cat chow – used coupons = $.52
Starbucks frappuccino- had 15% off for using the cartwheel app

Found these at the Dollar Tree .Can’t beat $1 I haven’t tried either



Twitter parties can be confusing but sometimes I get lucky. I won this from Sears Style. I love both the bag & earrings.

This is a prize I won on Instagram. I sometimes enter and again got lucky with this one. The red wallet thing was the main reason I entered. Its for holding jewelry while traveling. Others I was happy with too is the metallic tattoos that Ive been wanting to try, the P.S you’re invited/ I made this DIY book ( I love that site) , & I tried the CND Solar Oil for your nails & cuticles that I love. It has a sweet almond scent and makes your nails & cuticles look healthy. I also can’t wait to try the supergoop CC cream.

What goodies have you received in your mail box or deals have you scored?

Coco Joy Coconut Oil review


Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.

I used to use olive oil all the time for cooking and I’ve pretty much switched to using coconut oil.I like it because unlike other oils, it has a high smoking point, so it can be used at higher temperatures. I also love it because its so versatile , it’s not just for cooking. It also has amazing benefits for inside & out.

Coconut oil also has some great benefits:
• A healthy alternative to cooking oils
• Curbs sugar cravings and energy slumps
• Anti-inflammatory
• Natural all-round beauty product

Coconut oil contains short-term medium-chain saturated fatty acids that stimulate the body’s metabolism, and increase the activity of the thyroid. Its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties help boost the immune system and the fatty acids have been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs.

I tried oil pulling with this oil. Oil pulling is when you swish a tablespoon oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. Its supposed to pull out the toxins & improve oral health. It works great as an organic mouthwash since it contains vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant & it has anti-bacterial & anti- fungal properties. It also claims to whiten teeth, prevent cavities & gingivitis , stronger teeth, & more. Don’t swish too hard since you will be doing it for 20 minutes. It was ok but hard since I am having trouble breathing out of one of my nostrils.

Coconut oil is also great for hair ( frizz, hair mask)
Moisturizing the body, cuticle softener, lip balm, make a sugar scrub
Great for removing mascara
Massage oil
and soooooooo much more.

This oil is so versatile.

You can find this product on amazon.

Do you use coconut oil? What are your favorite ways to use it or favorite meals to cook with it?

I received this product complimentary from the company for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Get sleepy with Emergen-Zzzz

I’m sure we all have trouble sleeping at some point or maybe travel and the time difference messes with us. Well EmergenC now has a new product to help us get to sleep…Emergen-Zzzz.

Smiley 360 sent me some coupons & some Emergen-Zzzz in berry & peach to try.

For a $1 coupon & free sample go here


What it helps with:

Melatonin helps naturally promote sleep and relaxation which are important to overall health.

-Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland in the brain that is linked to sleep and wake cycles. Your body produces high levels of melatonin when it’s dark and low levels when it’s light. When we get older our bodies don’t produce as much melatonin.

Immune Support
Vitamin C plus other antioxidants, Zinc and Manganese, and Vitamin D help support your immune system.

Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and other key nutrients help replenish your body.

emergen zzzz

What I thought:
It is very easy to use. Just open a pack, pour in a cup, add water, mix. then drink.
I first tried the berry , the flavor was ok. At first I wasn’t sure because it was fizzing and a lot of those drinks just don’t sit well with me. I didn’t love it but didn’t hate it either. If Im having trouble sleeping I would use it again. I had a headache and just couldn’t get to bed. After tossing & turning trying to get to bed, I grabbed a pack of Emergen Zzzz and drank it, within 20 minutes I was relaxed and sleeping. I like that it has melatonin , something our body produces already so it won’t mess with my body. I woke up feeling good and not drowsy ( like some sleep aids). If you travel or have trouble sleeping , try Emergen-Zzzz.

Tips to getting to bed:
* Turn off lights.
* Try not having a tv in your room.
* Limit tv, computer, & yes even your cell phone before bed .(The artificial light suppresses the release of melatonin)
* Keep a journal near your bed in case you have any thoughts, things you forgot to do. Even do this before you go to bed so when you are about to go to bed you don’t have these thoughts which will keep you from getting to bed.
*Exercise. This always helps me get a good nights sleep.
*Stretch before bed

Do you have trouble sleeping? What are your tips to getting to bed when you just can’t sleep? Have you tried Emergen-Zzz yet?

I received a free product for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Norm’s Farms jam pack review + recipes

I recently had the opportunity to try Norm’s Farms Jam pack which included :


Elderberry Jam
Our Elderberry Jam is made with the whole fruit and no seeds. It is then lightly sweetened with pure cane sugar and a touch of lemon juice. Excellent stirred into plain yogurt or used to sweeten oatmeal. It is also great on fresh home made biscuits.

Blueberry Elderberry Preserves
Norm’s Farms found the tastiest North Carolina grown blueberries to feature in our new line of Preserves. Loaded with lots of whole blueberries and oh-so-good-for-you elderberries, these preserves are the perfect treat. And at only 8 grams of sugar per serving (the same as most fruit spreads), this is a treat you can afford!

Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam
Our Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam is loaded with chunks of pecans and candied ginger. Delicious with soft cheeses and crusty bread, this tasty and unique jam is a wonderful way to get your daily serving of elderberry.

You can buy it this pack on their website or on amazon for $16.99. It would be a nice gift for someone or yourself.

All-natural ingredients
Made with elderberries that are grown on family farms in the USA
High in antioxidants
Benefits of elderberries: lowers cholesterol, improves vision, boosts the immune system, improves heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis

Perfect for mixing in , baking with, & spreading. I enjoyed the flavor in each jam/ preserves.

The first thing I made that I’ve made and shared on my blog before was microwave flaxseed muffins.
1/4 cup flaxmeal
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2-1 teaspoon sugar
Mix in bowl
Drizzle a little oil
Put in microwave for 2 minutes.
( feel free to add raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, vanilla extract) I kept it plain since I was going to spread jam on top. Next time Im going to try add it to the middle or maybe swirl it in the mixture and see how it comes out.
Very tasty!

Shawn saw them and wanted to try so he just spread it on some toast.

You know those fruit bars you buy at the store? I’m sure you have the ingredients in your home to make them yourself.

norms farms preserves

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
about 3/4 cups of cold unsalted butter
2 tablespoons of water
about 3/4 cups of jam or preserves I used Norm’s Farms Blueberry Elderberry Preserves

preheat oven to 350 degrees

mix dry ingredients, then add butter & water

mix until dough holds together

Dived dough in half, press half of the mixture in pan ( about 8×8) making sure it is even
Spread jam/preserves
What I did for the top was took pieces and flattened in my hand first then placed on top then attached pieces together so I didn’t press to hard down.

Place in oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool, then cut into squares.

Fruit Bars with preserves

How yummy do these look?

Stay tuned because I have a a couple other treats that I will be making with Norm’s Farms jam & preserves.

I received these products complimentary from the company for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Silk Dairy- free yogurt alternative review #lovemysilk

Silk is one of my go to brands for almond milk or cashew milk. Did you know they have a dairy free yogurt?
They are high in protein, low in fat, high in calcium & potassium, a little high in sugar ( from fruit).

•6 grams of plant-powered protein (soy)
•Free of cholesterol, dairy, lactose, gluten, carrageenan or casein
•No artificial colors, flavors or funny business
•Excellent source of Calcium and Vitamin D
•Low in saturated fat
•Enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program
•No high-fructose corn syrup

6 flavors to choose from: ( may vary at your store)
Peach Mango
Tropical Pineapple
Black cherry

BzzAgent hooked me up with a coupon for a free cup and I went to the store to pick my flavor. I knew where they were because I always get Silk Almondmilk & its in the same area.

I went for the tropical pineapple since its one of my favorites to get when I get my Greek yogurt.
5.3 oz – 140 calories


I opened it up and it was a light tan color. I stirred it and realized it was thin ( which is why I stopped eating yogurt long time ago until I found out about Greek yogurt) & there was barely any fruit chunks ( though I know they add more sugar to the yogurt).

I took a spoonful and put it in my mouth. It was creamy but I just didn’t like how thin it was. I prefer my yogurt to be thicker. It didn’t have much of a pineapple flavor like I was expecting and left an after taste of soy, which was weird. Perhaps it was the pineapple & soy combo that I didn’t like , I don’t know. I was expecting a little more from this yogurt.

Next I tried out blueberry 5.3 oz 140 calories

This one tasted a little bit better the soy & blueberry combo was good but still the weird aftertaste. I had a few more blueberry chunks which I liked. The color was more representative of the flavor a nice purple hue.

Final flavor Strawberry because who doesn’t like strawberry. 5.3 oz 130 calories

Strawberry Silk Yogurt

This one is definitely my favorite of the 3 flavors I tried. For me I could taste the soy in all of them but I feel like the strawberry & soy worked well together and wasn’t as noticeable. I would eat this flavor again. There were small bits of strawberries mixed in though I wish there was more or they were bigger.

Overall I think these are a good alternative if you already eat and/or drink soy products and are dairy free or just want a dairy free product. These are also a little pricier than my normal yogurt ($1.49) and don’t really see them on sale that much. I didn’t love them but didn’t hate them either.After trying the strawberry, I do want to try the cherry now. I don’t see me buying these in place of my regular yogurt but if I see a good deal on them I might consider it. Yogurt is great to have on hand, I like having it for breakfast, snack, even a treat/dessert. I would highly recommend the Strawberry & the blueberry a close second if you do choose to try them out.

There is a $.55 & $1 off 3 coupon here . Make sure to go to the left, click on Silk to get to them easily.

Which flavor(s) do you want to try? Have you spotted these in your store? Have you tried it?

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

New food finds

Graze Box

If you use my code you could unlock your 1st and 5th box free here

What was in my box :

Cinnamon Pretzel : cinnamon and honey almonds and poppyseed pretzels

Zesty Chili Lime Cashews : roasted cashew nuts with chili lime seasoning

Strawberries & Cream granola topper : oat and barley granola, yogurt coated strawberry pieces and freeze dried strawberry pieces

Cocoa & Vanilla protein flapjack : rustic rolled oat cocoa flapjack with mixed seeds


I wasn’t sure about the zesty lime chili cashews. Last time I got this box , I got peppered cashews or some snack with pepper and there was a lot. The cashews ended up being my favorite out of this box, was the perfect combo of seasonings. Going to have to find these or make them.

I’m not a fan of regular pretzels but having in a small batch & mixed with the cinnamon & honey almonds was a great afternoon snack.

I ate the strawberries & cream granola by itself. I liked the sweetness of the strawberries and the nice flavor of the yogurt pieces.

I didn’t think there was anything that special about the flapjacks but they were good.

Campbells Organic

I spotted this at Target. I saw it was on sale and needed something for lunch the next day so grabbed it since I haven’t seen Campbell’s organic soups before. I love making lentil soup so having something I can just open & heat instead of chopping & waiting to cook is good in my book. While I love lentil soup I just wasn’t a fan of the seasoning in this. It was a little too spicy for me & not as flavorful as I thought it would be. I liked that its USDA organic, no preservatives, has lots of veggies but just didn’t care for it.

Morningstar farms

Spotted this at Target- Mediterranean Chickpea burgers. LOVED these, full over flavor. I had it by itself with a side of veggies for lunch and also added it to my pasta and tomato sauce for dinner. Definitely recommend these.


Another find at Target. I wanted something for dinner but wasn’t that hungry. I was looking at the lean cuisines and this popped out. The packaging stood out to me and the food looked good. Chicken with almonds over rice with green beans, broccoli, & carrots.Was pretty tasty, flavorful, good portion of everything. I even bought this one again.

Pasta Chips

I got these from Klout. I never heard of them before but they sure are delicious. I almost did’t get a photo. I had them by themselves & with hummus. They have other great flavors that I want to try like marinara & spinach broccoli kale.

Have you found/ tried any new food products ?

I’ve Been Carded Black Soap Facial Wash review


I had the opportunity to try out Desired Diva I’ve been carded! black soap facial wash.

I’ve noticed black soap has become popular lately.
Last year I used black soap bar for my body, I didn’t even think about using it on your face as well.

A little more about I’ve been carded black soap:

* What it does: Rewind the clock with this youth-renewing black soap facial treatment. Made with powerful African ingredients, this natural treatment deeply nourishes each pore, leaving you soft, toned, and fresh.

* Ingredients: African black soap, shea butter, African coffee, fragrance.

* Shelf life is 5 years.

* bursting with antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage, which is the main cause of premature skin aging, wrinkles and facial lines.

* helps to even out and fade age spots and discoloration.

*rich in Vitamins A and E. Vitamin A helps promote collagen production which makes your skin softer and more youthful, filling in lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E helps to heal tissue structure and improves the texture and tone of the skin.

*Shea butter works to soften and smooth skin while firming up skin that has gotten looser with age. It also works to heal scarring.

*African coffee exfoliates your skin while the antioxidants in coffee help to cleanse and nourish. The caffeine in coffee is also known to tone and tighten the skin while increasing circulation.

I did some more research since I wanted to know more about it. The soap is made from the ashes of plantain skin, cocoa pod and palm leaves, and palm oil from leaves or kernels.

I found this website helpful to tell you the benefits of black soap & the ingredients 8 Top Skin Care Benefits of Black African Soap

I've been carded black soap

What I thought:

When I was reading about this soap it said your skin will feel different almost immediately after you use it.This soap is very gentle on the skin and a little soap goes a long way. It is a thicker consistency , I usually make sure my face is damp and also wet my finger a little before getting soap out so it is easier. It is very good at taking off make up & suds up nicely. You can feel the coffee grinds exfoliating your skin but it is very gentle. It does have an distinct smell to it but when washing you can’t smell it ( sort of earthy, & only when smelling it out of the jar). As you start rinsing you can really feel the difference in your skin…even on your first wash. My skin felt so soft & smooth. The shea butter in it not only moisturizes but also doesn’t clog up your pores , which is a great combo to have in a face wash. I was shocked how it really did feel different immediately. It tightens & cleans out your pores, giving you nice clean & radiant skin. If you haven’t tried a black soap product yet, I would definitely recommend Desired Diva I’ve Been Carded black facial wash. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this product complimentary from the company for an honest review, all opinions are my own.