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A real mom of 4 reviewing various products & services with honesty & integrity. From natural beauty products to household items to groceries - the truth - so you can save dollars, time & sanity. No flames, no games, just a real mom reviewing.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Eat Italian! Win FREE Italian Sausage, Coupons, Recipe Booklets

One of my favorite things to do is eat.
Especially Italian style foods.

Especially with my friends.

This past weekend I had the priviledge of cooking up a bunch of Italian favorites for my friends using Johnsonville Italian Sausage. I made Italian Sausage Lasagna, Italian Sausage Rigatoni, Italian Sausage Vodka & Cream Sauce on low carb shirataki noodles, Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, and for dessert, Low Carb Key Lime Pie. Plus we had plain ol' cooked sausage.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Taming of the Frizz (Does Organix Brazilian Keratin Treatment Work?)

~Important UPDATE!!! Check below!~
Spring has arrived!
 You will notice several changes in my upcoming photos due to some Spring Cleaning of the
fashion-type. Time to spruce things up, change foundations for the warmer weather & darker skin tones, lighten up the fragrances, up the SPF and go heavy on the moisturizing. Also, I'm changing my hair. It's time. I've started the process, but I'm not done.

1) First, I colored it slightly darker because it had gotten quite red and lighter than it naturally is due to sun-fade and because that stupid Garnier Gloss treatment lightened it (click here to read my review on that product).
2) Then, I wanted to try out a Brazilian keratin straightening treatment in preparation for the final step, which is...
3) A much shorter cut (a bob, actually).

So, this review is all about step #2, the Brazilian keratin treatment. I chose Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy 30 Day Smoothing Treatment because it got some good reviews on youtube.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

An Inexpensive Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Substitute?

It was love at first site.
The soft, muted hues...the powerful, warm darks...the shimmery, neutral metallics.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Easy Spring Color Trends I Love

I read a few weeks ago that the big color trends for Spring 2012 are:


You know what I love about this year's choice?
It's E-A-S-Y!
Easy to wear, easy to find, easy to incorporate inexpensively.
Let me elaborate.
1) Easy to wear - Let's face it, not everyone can pull off electric blue eyeshadow, or dark plum lipstick, nor can everyone work lime green or lemon yellow jewelry without looking ridiculous.
Pretty much every skin tone and every age can beautifully display a shade of coral lipstick or blush. Any lady can rock a pair of coral nails or even turquoise toe nails.
2) Easy to find - If you don't already have these colors, they are so classic that you won't have a hard time finding them at nearly ANY store.
For example, turquoise jewelry is just plain classic. Most people already have some. I had some lying in wait in my vanity drawers. Chances are you do too?
My "old" turquoise jewelry

Monday, March 5, 2012

Is High End Mascara Really Any Better? A Mascara Showdown!

So you know I've been all about the eyes lately. All kinds of eye product reviews going on around here. Well, I had heard so many wonderful things about Benefit's They're Real Mascara, that I was longing to give it a try and see if it would do amazing things for my lashes. Luckily for me, I scored a "mini" for only $8, instead of forking over the usual $22 for a full-size tube.