Friday, February 15, 2019

Customized Hair Care Formulas by Formulate PLUS GIVEAWAY!

Have you guys heard of customized hair care products designed specifically for your hair?  No, I'm not talking about shampoos or conditioners that you buy at a store for dry or color treated hair that is made for everyone.  I'm talking SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU!  

Well, recently I had the opportunity to try a customized shampoo and conditioner made for me...ME!  Formulate is a brand that customizes hair care formulas to solve the world's personal hair care problems. is the website for Formulate.  To get your own personalized shampoo and conditioner, that works JUST FOR YOUR HAIR, you will take a quiz regarding your hair type and condition.  The quiz will ask particular questions about your hair, such as; if your hair is color treated, dry, oily as well as how often do you wash your hair, what are your favorite scents, what are you looking for when it comes to your hair, etc.  

Once you answer the quiz, Formulate will display the ingredients that they find will work best with your hair.  You can then choose the best time to receive your hair products...immediately or sometime down the road.  Formulate's hair care products are Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, preservative free and Cruelty free.  If you're not used to using a Sulfate Free shampoo and conditioner, it may take an average of 3 tries for Formulate to create the perfect formula for you.  After your first wash, you may experience slightly oily hair, as I did, but that is totally normal and expected...Remember, your going Sulfate Free!  

               Photo BEFORE using Formulate

If your first formula is just not right and not working for you, Formulate will work with you to adjust your ingredients and ship you a new formula, free of charge.  Formulate is driven to provide the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair.  I've been using Formulate for approximately 3 weeks now and I can tell a BIG difference.  I have naturally curly, colored treated hair and my hair looks healthier, shinier and...MY CURLS ARE SO DEFINED AND BOUNCY!

                  Photo AFTER using Formulate!

It took me a while to get used to shampoo that did not produce a lot of foam or suds and found myself using quite a bit of Formulate, because I was looking for that sudsy result.  YOU DON'T NEED THAT FOAMING, SUDSY SHAMPOO!  Just because it contains no sulfate, doesn't mean it's not working.  My hair is proof of that and I can't thank Formulate enough, for reaching out to me to try their products.

I will be honest...I did not know if I would like a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner or, if it would even work for me, but it did!  I love Formulate allows you to choose your own fragrance from their list; how they REALLY go in depth and detail when quizzing you about our own hair and hair issues.  

If you guys have not tried, or even heard of Formulate, you must check them out and give these guys a chance to create your own hair care formula.  Your hair will thank you!

BEFORE YOU GO....I've partnered up with Formulate in a GIVEAWAY!!! Enter the giveaway here...


***I received a complimentary product, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  REGARDLESS...all opinions expresses are 100% my own and I only recommend products that I love and trust***

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Femme Luxe - Affordable, Fashionable and Hot!

I'm back!  And this time, Femme Luxe didn't disappoint me!  First of all, let me start by saying, that if I was the slim model type, I would be going all out and braving the hot, sexy items that Femme Luxe has!  Some of their pant suits are just SO cute, elegant and made for parties and evening I'm NOT that model, I've settled on some sweaters and leggings, as well as a pant suit, that are JUST as fashionable, comfortable and has me smiling ear from ear!

Take a look at the first sweater.  Look familiar?  This Neon Green Oversized Sweater is just like the Gray one I posted, not too long ago.  This is the size ML and is plenty big enough to be very roomy and comfortable and oh, did I's so soft and cuddly!  I think this is my favorite, so far.  I can pair it up with some nice black leggings and finish it off with some cute ankle boots. Available sizes are SM (4/6) and ML (8/10).  Go check out their collection for more color options.  They have a extreme pink color as well.

The next sweater is the Extreme Polo Neck Oversized Sweater in the camel color.  It does have a bit snugger turtle neck, but has these awesome extra wide sleeves that I'm in love with.  Any sweater, or blouse at that, that has loose, comfy and non-constricting sleeves, gets an A+ in my books.  This sweater is available in several colors (Camel, Khaki, Mustard & Pink)  Available sizes are SM (8/10) and ML (12/14).  Can you imagine pairing this up with not only some cute snug leggings and canvas type shoes, but with a fitted leather, knee length skirt?  How cool would that be! This type of sweater can be worn either casual, or dressy, depending on what you pair it up with.

Next up, are the Black Ribbed Knit Leggings. many times have you heard (or seen) me mention leggings?  Seriously!  It's my all go-to item that I must have, ALWAYS have, in my closet.  Leggings are just an essential part of any wardrobe and when you can find a pair that gets off the beaten path of the plain solid colored leggings (yes, solid colored leggings are a necessity for those tops), then you have a winner.  These leggings have a ribbed looked down the legs.  They are soft, stretchy and very comfortable leggings and can be worn while lounging around or...on the weekends, with the gals, paired with some ankle boots, cute sandals or heels and topped with an oversized or long blouse.  Available sizes are: SM (8/10) and ML (12/14) and come in various colors.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Black Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Jumpsuit.  OMG!  How cute and sexy is this!  Although I have a bit of a stomach and it shows in this jumpsuit, I definitely love this outfit because it's so dressy and so chic!  It can be worn with some sliders, some cute blingy sandals or heels or even some solid colored canvas shoes.  This jumpsuit is available in several different colors as well as sizes.  Sizes available are: 6,8,10 & 12 with colors of: black, rust and camel.  I love how the shoulder is cut out on one side and the other has a long sleeve, with just part of the neckline separated from the cold shoulder part.  It's so neat and love the unique and different look and feel of this jumpsuit!

You must check out their collections!  There are SO many items that I could just choose for myself and get this...they are ALL very reasonable in price, not to mention, a way lot cheaper (not cheaper in quality) than if you would have purchased these from a well known department or boutique store.  That is why I love shopping online.  I can find very fashionable, trendy and hot clothing for a fraction of the price than if I walked into my local clothing store.  Femme Luxe has some very hot and cute items for your night time, lounging around or for that special party.  Go check them out!

***I have recieved complimentary items, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review. REGARDLESS...all opinions expressed are solely 100% my own and I only recommend products that I love.***

Friday, February 1, 2019


I love a simple, yet elegant piece of jewelry; a piece that goes well with whatever I choose to wear and one that is as stunning as this piece.  The necklace shown below is that of a sterling silver halo cubic zirconia necklace.  It shines and glistens under the lights and is a beautiful piece!

I was shocked at the beauty of this necklace, once I opened the small blue box, wrapped with gray ribbon.  The necklace just stood out and instantly caught my eye.  The chain is 16" with a 2" extender.  This is perfect for those v-neck shirts or even a t-shirt.  

Below is more info on the necklace:

Material : Sterling Silver
(100% Genuine Solid Sterling Silver Guarantee)
Weight : approx. 2.85 grams
Chain length : 16"+ 2" Extender
Pendant Size : Length : 16 mm, Width : 9 mm
Plating : Rhodium Plated + E-Coating
( Nickle Free, Allergy Free )
Setting : Prong Setting, Pave Settings
Stamp : S925

Stone Type
Stone Quality : AAAAA+ Cubic Zirconia
Stone Weight(quantity/) : approx. 1/0.80 Ct
Size : 5 mm
Stone Cut : Brilliant Cut (Hearts and Arrows)

Stone Quality : AAAAA+ Cubic Zirconia
Stone Weight(quantity/) : approx. 20/0.20 Ct*
Size :1 mm
Stone Cut : Round
*total weight - Jewelry Manufacturers

halo necklace

My understanding about the AAAAA+ cubic zirconia is that they are considered the very best. Rated based upon hardness, 5A cubic zirconia have a hardness of 8.5.  I don't think it gets any better than that!  I can't explain how gorgeous this necklace is in person.  It literally shines and sparkles and althought it's small, it still makes a statement!  I can see giving this as a Christmas, birthday or Valentine's gift!  The round cut is my favorite when it comes to a cut of the stone.

halon necklace

****I may have received a complimentary product, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  REGARDLESS...all opinions expressed are 100% my own.***

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Detox.Balance.Strengthen - Benedetta's Life Changing Seaweed Bath

You guys may have heard me talk about Benedetta and their farm sourced natural products.  Recently, I enjoyed using Benedetta's organic deodorant and today...I'm here to talk about their life changing seaweed bath.  What I mean about life changing, is that their seaweed bath is said to detox, balance and strengthen.  

last night was the first night that I enjoyed soaking in a warm tub filled with this amazing seaweed bath.  It consisted of a grounded seaweed powder and a small bottle of amazing smelling oil.  Combined together under running warm water, this instantly filled my tub and turned my bath water into a seaweed colored bath!

The oil is the first thing I smelled as it hit the running water and as I soaked in this seaweed bath, I found myself actually enjoying soaking in this seaweed colored water.  I will will need to rinse your tub out after using this, as it will leave behind a little of the seaweed color residue, but it easily, without any effort at all, rinsed away.

"Benedetta's Seaweed Bath combines three therapies for a truly indulgent, cleansing experience.  Their bath combines bathing in water hot enough to be therapeutic, therapy from the sea and aromatherapy.  Seaweeds are known thyroid tonics and aid the natural processes of the body. We use a micronized blend of combined seaweed powders with a therapeutic dose of our essential oil blend. This powerful, luxurious treatment will leave your skin feeling silky smooth, and your body relaxed and rejuvenated. This life-changing bath can help detoxify, balance, and strengthen your entire system when used regularly."

How can Benedetta's Seaweed Bath benefit you?  I've listed several benefits, down below.

     *Shorten the duration of the cold/flu
     *Helps to relieve cramps and pains during menstrual cycle
     *Anti-viral essential oil blend helps support overall health
     *Aids in releasing toxins in the body
     *Helps support thyroid function & regulate metabolism

Now...I can't really explain what it was after I stepped from Seaweed Bath, but I can honestly say...I felt so much better and relaxed.  AND...I know this may be TMI (too much info) but the next day, I had more bowel movements during the day, than I normally have (and let me tell ya...I usually only go first thing in the morning!) I told ya...TMI, but it's true!  I don't know if this was from the seaweed bath, but I'll take it!

I can only imagine all the benefits that this seaweed bath is capable of, if used on a daily or weekly basis.  Want to experience your own life changing bath?  Well...I have partnered up with Benedetta on an awesome giveaway on Instagram and Facebook!  Just CLICK the link below and enter the giveaway for your chance to win Benedetta's Life Changing Seaweed Bath.

***I may have received a complimentary product, in exchange, for my 
honest and unbiased review.  REGARDLESS...all opinions expressed are
100% my own.***

Monday, January 21, 2019

Grand Box - The Box That Every Grandparent Would Love!

We have those special occasions where birthdays come up, Mother's Day & Father's Day and even Christmas and Valentine's Day...but what about those one on one gifts for grandparents?  Grandparents plays a very important roll in our lives and they are like a second parent to our grandchildren.  They are there anytime we call on them and sometimes, they even help raise our children.

That is why I am so proud to be a part of a collaboration with Grandbox and US Family Guide.  The Grandbox is a special box, that is put together, with all the favorite essentials that a lot of grandparents enjoy.  Whether it be crossword puzzles, sipping cocoa on a cold Winter-y day or enjoying some of their favorite treats, Grandbox can be customized to what they love or enjoy doing.

Grandbox is a monthly subscription box that is made for grandma and grandpa.  You can choose from a monthly, 3 or 6 month recurring plan, add a few photos via email and Grandbox will take care of the rest.  The Grandbox includes at least 5 items and reflects a monthly theme.

Now...I will admit...I had good intentions and was going to create a Grandbox for my mom (which I kinda did) but once I received the box, I ended up keeping it for myself!  Well...I had to, because I ate the chocolate covered biscuit cookies! mom WILL be getting the crossword puzzle book (she LOVES her crossowords!)

The box I received was amazing!  I loved the big SMILE across the front of the box and inside consisted of: holiday napkins, Snowflakes Menthol Eucalyptus Candy Mints, Spiced Mug Mat (place your warm or hot coffee mug on the mat to release aromatic spice scent), a LARGE crossword puzzle book, chocolate covered caramel flavored stirring stick (use to stir in milk for a chocolately caramel flavor drink) and chocolate covered biscuit cookies (these were to die for!)  

I was really impressed by the way each item was packaged and the quality of each item.  I loved how Grandbox took close attention to details and chose the perfect items, not only for my mom...but for me, as well!  This is a great subscription box that I know EVERY grandparent would love.  It doesn't have to be Christmas or Valentine's day...just a box to say "Thank You" for everything you do bring a smile to their faces.

Go checkout their subscription boxes and put a smile on YOUR grandparent's face!

***I received a complimentary product, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  REGARDLESS...all opinions expressed are 100% my own.***

Fashionable Clothes at Reasonable Prices - Femme Luxe

Hey y'all!  I can't tell you how excited I am to stumble across some awesome clothes that actually fit!  I'm not talking about going into a department store, trying on clothes and they end up not fitting.  I'm talking about actually ordering something, online and not knowing if the size is YOUR size and worrying if it will fit when it arrives.  We've all been there...seeing something that you are totally in love with, online...your order finally arrives,  only to find that it just doesn't meet up to your expectations. I know...I've been there myself...MANY TIMES!

Not only do these clothes fit, but they are also very fashionable pieces and clothes that I would actually wear.  The brand is Femme Luxe.  Femme Luxe is UK based and offers various styles of clothes from casual to formal wear.  They have lounge wear, dresses, knit sweaters, shoes and accessories. Femme Luxe is a classy and current online fashion brand that is going forward with their thinking when creating trendy clothes.  They are posting different styles, every week, so go check out their site to keep updated on what they have coming out.  I ended up with four items, which you will see below. Each outfit I chose was in the size ML (12/14).

The first and second items are the Knit Block Color Jumper Dress Sweater.  It comes in Pink/White, Black/White and Gray/White. The sweater dress can be worn as either a dress or a sweater with leggings and jeans.  It's available in sizes SM (8/10) & ML (12/14).  I ended up going with size ML (12/14) and so happy I did.  It fits perfectly! I absolutely love the sleeves on this sweater dress!  The sleeves are large and drapey and the whole sweater is so soft and comfy...perfect for Fall and Winter! I'm so happy I got this in two different colors!  You can check these jumper sweaters out at:

The third item is an oversized gray knitted polo neck sweater.  I can see many ways to wear this sweater, other than with jeans!  Pair this up with cotton or leather leggings or dress it up with a long skirt.  Being that I'm not much of a dress or skirt wearer, I decided to pair this up with my favorite leggings.  Not only would this look good with your basic black leggings, but gray seems to go well with white, olive green or even your matching gray leggings.  This is the perfect sweater for those cold months, especially if you tend to have long cold winters.  As like the other sweaters, this is ultra comfy, soft and love how it fits.  Sizes available are SM (8/10) and ML (12/14).  Currently, at the time of this post, they are sold out.  They do have other colors available, such as the Neon Lime, Fuchsia and Pink Extreme.  Although this sweater is thick and warm, I found that it does not stretch out of shape, when worn for long periods of time.  I absolutely love the sleeves because of the cuffed wrists, which is ultra comfortable and just like the sweater itself, does not seem to stretch out of shape.  I think this may be my favorite, so far...but is sure is a close tie with the Black/White Knit Block Color Jumper Sweater!

Last, but definitely not least, is the Black with White Stripe Off the Shoulder Lounge Wear Set.  This is a two piece set that is super cute and perfect for just lounging around in or maybe as a workout outfit.  The pants have a comfortable stretch cuff bottom, white stripe down the side of the pants and a drawstring waist. The top is a cropped top and has the same white stripe down the sleeve, to match the drawstring pants.  It's not just for lounging around in.  Why not wear it out layered with a bomber jacket and heels?  You now have an outfit that you can wear out on the town...while at the same time, being comfortable! I, unfortunately, was a little bigger than this suit, so the photo you see below is the one the model is wearing. The pants DID fit me, but the sleeves of the crop top was tighter than I like and being a gal that has a little more weight to her, the crop top did not do me any justice.  I did love the whole outfit, as it is super cute, but I think I will be just wearing the pants...until I can lose a little more weight. Available sizes are: SM (8/10) and ML (12/14).  As with the previous items above, I chose the size ML (12/14).

***I may have received complimentary item(s), in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  REGARDLESS...all opinions expressed are solely 100% my own***

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


It's no secret that I LOVE jewelry, especially jewelry with my name and/or initial.  There's just something about wearing a piece of jewelry that is personalized to you.  I have a couple necklaces that contain my initial, "J", but nothing that compares to this CHARMSUN large initial pendant necklace!

The initial necklace shown here is by CHARMSUN and is an 18K Gold/Platinum/Rose Gold Large Initial Necklace that features a 29.5" snake chain with 2" extender.  It is nickel free, lead free alloy that will not rust and is suitable for sensitive worries about an allergic reaction!

I am in love with the hammered textured look of the pendant!  It is shiny, glistens and captures the light due to the textured finish.  Although the initial is large, the chain really captured my attention with how smooth and detailed it was.  This would make the perfect gift for those who love personalized jewelry, either for birthdays or a Christmas gift or...just because.

Another good thing about the initial someone doesn't remember your name right off the bat, when they see you wearing this initial necklace, it will trigger their memory when they see you wearing your first name initial...okay...not such a bad idea, hu?

Right now, you can get 20% off your own initial necklace, in your choice of Gold, Platinum or Rose Gold when you use my code: UKZHPXBY during checkout at:

***I may have received a complimentary product, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  REGARDLESS...all opinions expressed are 100% my own***