Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stella and Dot review and giveaway

Blair Critch with Stella and Dot sent me this AMAZING moon dance stretch bracelet. It is
Shiny white bronze and hematite plated zinc beads that are set off by a duo of Czech stone black diamond pave orbs. It is 2" inner diameter stretches to fit. Lead & nickel safe.

The bracelet has a nice weight to it without being overly heavy. It is great for day or night. I am quite pleased with the quality of this bracelet. This would be a great piece to layer a few of their bangles or wrap bracelets with. Stella and Dot products are very fun and affordable to make you look amazing! Just another example that fashion can fit anyone's budget.

Check out all of the products available. Did you know Stella and Dot had purses? Oh yeah!!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Banana Nuwi Drink review and giveaway

Nuwi sent me their newest flavor to review.. Banana! :) YUM!
I previously did a review of other quinoa drink flavors.

The banana was good and thick like the previous flavor I tried. It is gluten free and organic. Again the drink seemed a bit high in sugar but Mr. Crazy Life added chocolate protein to it after a workout. It was pretty tasty that way. The bottle is one serving at 160 calories, no GMO, soy or added sugar. Here is the informational page on the banana flavor. It makes a really good chocolate banana protein shake! :) This would probably be good in a smoothie as well.

It does have an organic agave nectar which I am not fond of. It has a different glycemic index than honey, but personally I think if they cut down the amount of agave it would taste better. I don't eat sweets though so perhaps that's why.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kiss My Face Sunscreen review and Giveaway

Kiss My Face sent me a few sunscreens to review with my honest opinion.

I love that Kiss my faces sunscreens are Biodegradable, Gluten free, Paraben free, Phthalate free, SLS free, Vegan friendly, No animal Testing, No artificial fragrances.

These all rate very well on Environmental working groups (EWG sunscreen guide) which is another bonus.

Sun Spray Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30
"This formula is a remarkably effective sunscreen easily dispensed from a unique trigger spray. The creamy lotion offers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection that is water resistant. Best of all, our trigger has a locking mechanism to avoid unwanted S.I.T.s (squirts in transport)."
This is amazing. Mineral based and no chemicals. I don't have to rub it in to apply and can let me daughter do a bit of the work. BONUS for mom!! ;)
Kiss My Face Sun Care Oat Protein Sun Screen SPF 18
"The first non-chemical sun block utilizing patented ingredients derived from oats, oat protein complex, oat beta glucan with Titanium Dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral) and Aloe Vera gel. pH Balanced. 100% Biodegradable. Naturally waterproof, naturally scented"
This left a slight residue, but better than a sunburn.

Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
"Face Factor is the ultimate in natural sun protection for your face. "
This left no residue on my face and soaked in well with no greasy feeling. It works great under my makeup and makes me feel better knowing I don't use a chemical sunscreen on my families faces.
Our skin is the biggest organ on our body. Since we take such care on what our family eats, it just makes sense to be careful with what we put on our skin also.
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tangled Tantrum Detangler Review and Giveaway

Tangled Tantrum sent me a bottle of their product for my honest review. Check out their story here.

My daughters hair is long so we have tried several brushes made for tangles and to create ease of brushing them out. The brushes work, but need a little help. Normally I take a natural conditioner and water and blend it up in a spray bottle.

First off I love the label of Tangled Tantrum and that there are no parabens or alcohol. The smell is nice and not overpowering. They even have a section dedicated to the dangers of parabens! :) LOVE! I wish more people would know this information and spread the word.

Tangled Tantrum comes in a convenient spritz bottle and I have even used it for my hair to tame some of the fly aways.

Overall for someone struggling with a tangled mess of hair in the morning this is a great option. It lessens the pain of brushing out knots, but personally I wish it was a bit more natural. The main ingredient I do not like is propylene glycol. There are a few others as well as the colorant. That is a personal choice and no reflection on the product performance.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Red Apple Lipstick review and giveaway

Red Apple Lipstick sent me 2 tubes of their lipstick. 

 I will start with a description of Red Apple lipstick and the company itself. “We help women, especially those with gluten intolerance and other sensitive allergies, feel great, look great, get compliments and enjoy makeup again!.... Our philosophy is that you, and your body are important. High quality makeup with no nasty chemicals is great for your body, and your life.”
All Red Apple Lipstick products are certified gluten free, paraben free, soy free, dairy free and allergen free. They are also vegan, natural and cruelty free. Check out the lipstick ingredients here, register for free with their VIP club, and find how-to’s and articles on their blog.

First of all the customer service was AWESOME! I originally contacted them trying to match a color that has been discontinued by a natural lip shimmer maker. She took the time to go back and forth with me until we found the colors that were the closest.
Second of all the quality and vibrancy of these lipsticks are amazing. I put on one swipe and let it set. It lasted HOURS and felt weightless. Even while drinking my tea it barely came off on the lid of my cup.

 On the left is Drama and on the right is Paris. Paris has a nice smell to it! It even It’s a bit brighter than I thought it would be, but mixed with the drama it will be good for date night. Drama is the closest to the color I was trying to match. It goes on smooth and has a wonderful color to it. I AM HOOKED!

I would love to see a card mailed with all the colors printed on a sheet or at least those in that color family of the purchased lipstick. I think sometimes its hard to tell by looking at the stick of color. 

 The sticks and glosses are lab tested and are Gluten free, paraben, toxin and soy free! AMAZING! They are enriched with a gluten free source of Vitamin E, mineral based and made in the USA!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Monkey Balm review and Giveaway


Balmers naturals send me a stick of Monkey balm.

 Co-founder and product developer Meagan McMullin explained “I am the mother of 3 boys and nothing on the market would provide the results we needed to treat and heal their eczema. We literally spent months of trial and error before coming up with a natural product with no additives or preservatives that was gentle enough for a baby’s skin and delivered soothing results”

The main ingredient is Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoide.s) which has been used in eastern civilizations for centuries.

I completely believe that natural products should be tried before any other alternative, especially in children. Our skin in the largest organ we have and everything we put on it goes into our bodies.

I love how easily Monkey Balm goes on with an over sized stick. I have two dry patches on my face and these were gone after applying the very first time. Mr Crazy Life has feet that have been in army boots for decades (I will spare you the pictures) and this made a HUGE difference in his feet!

Normally you would have to put your hands in many of the natural creams and rub them on, but I absolutely love the monkey balm oversized stick. I don’t have to touch the actual prodct to apply it! I just grab the stick and apply! Easy Peasy! Even little Miss Crazy Life can do it.
The ingredients in the product are amazing. I use coconut oil a lot in my house, but the fact that this stick has coconut oil, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, cocoa butter, vitmain E, beeswax, seabuckthorn berry, seed and fruit oils and plant sourced Squalene make me extremely happy. Not one single chemical or fake scent!!  AMAZING! Where has monkey balm been all my life? All of these ingredients are moisturising and healthy for your skin….inside and out!

This will definitely become a weapon in my arsenal! I have read claims that this works on eczema, diaper rash, rough feet, dry patches of skin, and MUCH, MUCH more!! I wish I would have had this product when little B was a baby! I bet it would have done wonders for her dry scalp! Nothing but natural for this little girl!

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