Hello my gorgeous readers!  Today's product review is for a not so hush-hush brand of hair-care that is popular with millennial's, Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo + Conditioner. And here is a fun piece of brand trivia; while it's riding the wave of popularity among drug store brands by the generation Z crowd today, Finesse hit the market in the early 80's in a television commercial starring Sharon Stone. The product has been able to maintain a steady cult following over the years with it's signature creamy formula and fresh scent. If you're interested in learning more about this item or other Finesse hair care products after reading my personal thoughts below, then head on over to retail websites such as Walmart, Walgreen's or Rite-Aid --- to name a few --- and browse the various selections or shop in stores today. Hoping you have a amazing hair day! Stay Beautiful! XOXO

 Infused with active proteins, Finesse Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner help restore and strengthen hair that is dry, damaged, stubborn, or sometimes frizzy. The active silk and soy proteins penetrate deep into the hair shaft, leaving your hair more moisturized and manageable. Your hair will feel clean and silky soft, while being easier to detangle and easier to style.

Formula: Shampoo: Restore + Strengthen shampoo has a very creamy and fluid consistency so you will only need a bare amount of product to work into hair, even for the longest hair length such as my own. I usually pump out a lot of shampoo on my locks but I find it unnecessary with this formula. I found that because the shampoo is quite fluid and formulated to add super softness to hair strands, that is actually made my hair extra fluffy soft. Not that that's a bad thing but my hair was very feathery and airy! To counteract this I simply applied a texturing spray on my towel dried hair and scrunched it up so hair body was restored. Conditioner: With the same creamy formula as the shampoo, the conditioner made it easy for me to comb through tangles without pulling my hair out. It also added to the softness factor. Both products have this fresh, baby fresh scent that lingers on hair for hours. I thought it could be likened to a subtle bubblegum fragrance, but that's just me. Overall, the finished results created bouncy soft and vibrant looking curls. While it did add moisture in my hair, I wished it was slightly more hydrating on my ends because they are rather dry and damaged, however, if you're hair is much more healthier than mine you will probably find it provides better results for your hair type. Bottom line; the brand is affordable, easy to find at retail and just makes your locks smell fantastically fresh!

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*product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion* 
Availability: Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, $3.99


Hello gorgeous readers! Sorry for the delay in posting but my life is undergoing major changes right now. In any case, being a Chick Advisor for many years, the group finally started accepting campaigns for American bloggers and my first product to review is a batch of delicious cookies from Voortman Bakery (available in the States). The brand was started in the 50's baking fresh Dutch bread and honey cakes and has since grown to a trusted, established brand today. Also, Voortman made the move to eliminate all trans fats from their cookies, in addition to adding nutritious ingredients, such as,  flax seed, omega 3's and a line of no sugar added cookies. You can read my opinions below on the selection sent to me which consisted of; Vanilla Wafers, Strawberry Banana Wafers, Coconut Cookies and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

"Voortman Strawberry Banana Wafers brings back childhood memories of my grandma!". When I first removed the pack from the box my memories brought me back in time to when my grandmother would have old fashioned lemon wafers waiting for me after school. These scrumptious little wafers will have you hooked at the first bite. They are flaky, crispy and so light! This variety has two flavors combined; one layer of sweet strawberry cream filling and a second layer of fresh banana filling. The creamy layers are soft and non-greasy and have a true strawberry and banana taste to it. Next to coconut, strawberry and banana are two of my favorite fruit flavors so the little cookie monster that lives inside of me really loved dipping them into an ice cold glass of almond milk. I would definitely recommend Voortman strawberry/banana wafers to anyone looking for the perfect snack to satiate a sweet tooth. And if you're a mom, the nifty package is easy to travel with in a tote bag for weekend outings to the park or on family road trips. However, they're not just for the kiddies because adults will love them too as a morning, coffee break or after dinner treat. Also, finding them in stores is easy now that Walmart carries them and with a budget friendly price tag you'll be able to grab an entire stash in different flavors so that everyone in your family can have their own pack.

"Voortman Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies will be your next cookie addiction!". Omg! these super crunchy chocolate chip cookies are like little buttery pieces of heaven, yet, without being overly greasy in taste. It's almost as if there are little nooks and crannies that run throughout the cookie where all the flavor is stashed and once you bite into them it's a flavor explosion in your mouth. I also love that they have that "just baked at home taste" -- except the work has already been done for you and there's no dirty kitchen or sticky mess to clean up. Also, I love oatmeal so it's a great addition to chocolate chip cookies. They just taste yummy and wholesome and you will not be able to stop nibbling at them. I recommend them as after school snacks for the kids in place of greasy potato chips so they at least absorb some of the healthy nutritional value found in oatmeal. And I will definitely be buying them again. It's great to have a pack or two stashed around for emergencies when the sweet tooth cravings hit or when friends come over for coffee.

"Voortman Coconut Cookies make my inner child sing!". I'm totally a coconut flavor girl. Always have been, always will be. It reminds me of the moments in my childhood that my father and I would share carving up fresh coconuts and making fun drinks with the milk inside. Voortman uses real toasted and shredded coconut in their recipe so there are no chemical substitutes, it's the real deal. You can actually taste the little coconut flakes when you bite into the cookie and they have a subtle tropical aroma and a crispy thin texture to them. They almost have a sophisticated pastry taste, so much so that you'll probably not want to share them with the kiddies. I think these would make a fantastic alternative to tea biscuits because of their light and airy quality, although you can have them with your coffee as well. I would definitely recommend buying a pack and even if you're not a coconut fan you should try them because the flavor might surprise you since it's so subtle and natural tasting. Another great cookie variety from Voortman bakery that I will be purchasing in the future.

"Voortman Vanilla Wafers has an old world taste with a sophisticated crunchy texture!" These fresh vanilla wafers are baked with genuine vanilla bean and contain no high-fructose corn syrup. They are delicately sweet and aromatic. I find that their old fashioned, traditional vanilla flavor makes for the perfect hostess snack. Just set out a big cookie platter of these babies and serve with your favorite coffee or tea. Also, if you're a teacher or work with children or just a cool mom who likes to buy the kiddies fun treats, you should always have a few packages lying around because the flavor is so universal that kids will happily gobble them up and you don't have to worry about what flavor you should buy to keep everyone satisfied. You'll find that the creamy filling melts in your mouth and is irresistibly addictive. I loved dipping them into my homemade green Chai tea because the subtle flavors didn't clash with each other. They are on my shopping list next to my other Voortman cookie favorites for sure.

#VoortmanBakery #gotitfree
*product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
Availability: Walmart, Voortman Bakery, $2.58 +


 awesome spring tote!

Hello gorgeous readers! NEW! For Spring 2017, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, NEO LIGHTS Sahara Bronzer, NEO LIMELIGHT Ibiza Highlighter and NEO Brush. Neo light acts as a bronzer to add a sultry golden glow to skin while Neo limelight works as a highlighter to impart radiant, soft glow to skin. Both products lets you glam up your look with a luminous effect. Also, the NEO Brush was specifically designed to work with the the powder set. I am completely floored and wow'ed by all three pieces -- not to mention the awesome make-up box (with full mirror) and stylish (and sturdy!) spring tote that was part of the gift set sent to me. Thank you Kevyn Aucoin! Read more about powdery magic collection below. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

makeup box has a full length mirror

 each powder compact has a velvety travel case

This highly pigmented, three-in-one highlighter creates a radiant, multi-dimensional strobed effect that lasts all day. Best-selling Candlelight, Starlight and Sunlight shades are featured together for the ultimate illuminating glow. 

 Top Shade: Sahara. Bottom Shade: Ibiza (lilac) Product glistens in person
Highlight, bronze or set makeup in a single stroke with this innovative, dual-fiber brush. The soft top layer gently and evenly distributes powder for sheer coverage, while the dense bottom layer picks up more product and allows for more intense payoff. The slanted-bristle design was created to easily hug contours of the face for even, precise application. The rounded shape and longer bristles flex with the skin for a beautiful, airbrushed finish.  

 Neo brush has lucite handle with a burgundy shading underneath and is substantial in weight. The photo 
does not do the product justice since the glare from the lucite makes it hard to photograph.

 Thank you Kevyn Aucoin XOXO

Formula: The powders are micro-fine and lightweight with subtle luminosity and shimmer. Sahara has a soft golden glow with varying tonal colors (see above swatch) and Ibiza is compromised of varying tones of lilac. If you have been following my blog forever, then you know I am a complete 1. HIGHLIGHTER FREAKAZOID and 2. PURPLE IS LIFE. But I digress... Don't bother worrying yourself about the color's practicality factor because they are suitable for daytime wear as well as for in the evening. You can turn up the glam for the times you want to create dramatic looks or when you simply want a subtle daytime dusting -- and the shades should blend in seamlessly on all skin tones. I love the luminous sheen it imparts on my cheeks and even though the Sahara appeared to be too dark for my vampire skin, it was actually flattering. Also, it even works amazing as a decollete highlighter! I love the Ibiza shade the most because lilac powders help to counteract the yellow in my skin tone. The product can also be applied to the sides of the eye area and eye lids. NEO Brush: The brush is too gorgeous for words. The clear lucite handle has a rich inner burgundy base. It's not a thrifty type of plastic but rather hefty and well built. The bristles are super soft and synthetic so it's antibacterial and cruelty-free. The NEO Collection would make a fantastic addition to your spring/summer make-up arsenal. Shop Kevyn Aucoin Beauty today.

*product was sent to me as a gift*
#NeoLights #NeoHighlighter #NeoLimelight #KevynAucoin 
Availability: Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Highlighter Blush, $58 21 grams, Brush, $60


Skin Detox Alert! It's a brand new year so throw out those old skin products that are taking up space on your bathroom counter and swap them out with some awesome Eco-friendly goodies. Derma-e has recently launched seriously fresh new skincare items designed to help you detox skin -- whether from post holiday indulgences or associated stress factors. After all, a new year deserves a new glowing you! Bad skin is so yesterday so read to discover more about the items featured in this review. Derma-e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and Daily Detox Scrub are two secret weapons that will jump start your way into blemish free skin. And while you may notice that Derma-e has brand new packaging, be assured that the brand still remains cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, lanolin free and non-GMO! Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask: Utilizes natural clays and 
activated charcoal to lift away dirt and bacteria
 for a decongestant pore effect. Apricot seed powder 
exfoliates dead skin and Kaolin absorbs 
extra facial oil and impurities. Seaweed 
protects skin from harmful pollutants 
found in the environment. 

 Daily Detox Scrub: Wakame potassium rich seaweed from 
the sea naturally fights off skin toxins and 
protects against environmental pollutants. Charcoal 
removes dead skin and Apricot See Powder 
acts as a exfoliator. Green Tea offers
 antioxidants. Skin is refreshed and glowing,

Formula: Purifying Mask: This charcoal colored mask works in two way; by applying on the face and leaving it on for about five minutes, after which you gently circulate the product in order to activate the exfoliating process. I found this to be gentle on my sensitive skin, however, try not to scrub so hard because the little particles will cause some slight redness, otherwise it's not an issue. The scrub leaves my skin free of any oil or residue and imparts a nice, dewy glow. Also, it does not cause any irritations so that's always a plus for sensitive skin sufferers --- plus it's devoid of any noxious perfumes as it smells like a fresh clay in a pleasant way. It's loaded with so many beneficial skin ingredients, such as, rich seaweed from the ocean, kaolin and activated charcoal -- all of which keep your skin protected from environmental pollutants and  just squeaky clean fresh! Daily Detox Mask: This mask is also charcoal colored with a fresh and contains similar ingredients to the purifying mask. The delicate apricot grains are gentle enough to use daily without causing any breakouts. I loved the way my face felt after washing it with daily scrub detox -- so clean and purified. Also, I feel secure knowing that there are no added chemicals that I have to worry about and the products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free! If you're looking for a new skincare regime that will transform your skin, Derma-e Mask and Scrub is a must try. They are natural weapons that fight off pollutants, clear skin of blemishes and give your face a radiant healthy glow. Take a look on the brand's website -- linked below -- to purchase today and while you're at it have a look around to discover all the great new additions to the Derma-e line. #Dermae

* product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
Availability: Derma-e,  Mask, $19.50, Scrub, $15.50


Hello gorgeous readers! I'm excited to bring you a review for Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon, courtesy of an Influenster campaign. The two shades sent to me were 41 (Earth)quake and 59 Pink of me. These new gel eyeliners are formulated to be matte with extreme pigmentation, precise application and a long 12-Hour wear. Read more about my thoughts and see a swatch for the featured shades below. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

 swatch for: left: 41 (earth)quake and 59 pink of me

A gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide in shimmer and matte finishes. Experience the luxury of gel eyeliner with the ease of a pencil. Make a bold statement with this extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner that glides on effortlessly to deliver instant color payoff. Exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty, the super-malleable formula offers versatility of application. Apply Highliner for flawless, precise lines, or smudge immediately after lining for an instant smoky eye. 

Formula: I was skeptical about the gel liners claim on having long wear power since gel formulas tend to glide off real easy, however, to my surprise the formula did not budge and stayed put all day and all night. The product applied on smooth and the pencil glided silkily across the lid without any tugging on the water line. As for the gel being matte, while there is no shimmer in the gel, the pigmentation is rich and intense. I also liked the fact that I was able to control the pencil movements with absolute precision so it catered to the design I was going for. Creating subtle or intense cat eyes is super easy with MJ Highliners. Also, the formula is water proof so if you have eye allergies like me, runny eyes will not smudge your eye look. The pencil is dispensed by a little push up mechanism on the other side of the tube and it appears that you can use a pencil sharpener to trim it down. I have to mention that while the formula is a dream the gel wastes down rather quickly because it's creamy and soft, although it will not erase off of your lids. Bottom line, the product is easy to use, non-irritating and will last well into the night so I give it a thumbs up!

@Influenster @MarcBeauty #Highliner #contest
*product was sent to me as part of an Influenster campaign, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
Availability: Sephora, Marc Jacobs High liner, $25


Hello gorgeous readers! It's been awhile since I have reviewed an item from one of my favorite brands, OZ Naturals, so today I'm introducing to you their brand NEW! Vitamin C + AHA Facial Serum. This new serum combines powerful antioxidant rich Vitamin C with plant based AHA in the form of glycolic acid. The ingredients are created with an advanced proprietary formula that does not include chemicals or other harsh fillers found in your average skin care products. And as always, OZ Naturals is cruelty-free, vegan and 98% natural. You will not find a more potent form of Vitamin C in a serum for the quality and price offered by OZ Naturals. Also, the cold-process manufacturing allows the ingredients to remain at its optimum potent level. Discover more below. Happy Friday! Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Vitamin C Serum: 20% concentration, addresses aging skin issues of uneven skin tone, hyper pigmentation, and protects against harmful free radicals. AHA (glycolic acid form 10%) improves wrinkle appearance, smooths and brightens skin.

Formula: The serum has a liquid consistency, yet, it's rich and thick without being too runny. Also, it's not harsh on sensitive skin so it will not sting. After using it a few times I noticed that my skin felt softer, appeared smoother and brighter. Another benefit is that the dry flaky patches of skin started to slough off with use and I was able to apply my other skin care products on top without any interference, such as pilling. The bottle has an eye drop applicator that is mess free and hygienic. I love that this new serum offers me double protection of both potent and pure Vitamin C alongside of glycolic acid so that with continued use my skin will look and feel more youthful. It's definitely one of my new favorites serums and I highly recommend it. And you cannot ignore the fact that it's 98% natural and insanely affordable as we know that decent Vitamin C serums sell for around $45 plus on the high end spectrum so not only is OZ Naturals a better value but it's healthier for your skin. It's now available for purchase at Amazon, just click the link in text below and purchase yours today.

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Twitter: @OzNaturals
Instagram: OzNaturals
*product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*
Availability: Amazon, Oz Naturals Vitamin C + AHA Serum, $19.95
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