Monday, July 24, 2017

Dry Shampoo - Is It For You? A Review of My Favorite Brand

Everyone has a favorite beauty product.  Mine is Batiste Dry Shampoo.  I keep several cans on hand at all times.  I love the scents and love how easily it works. Just spray, massage and brush.

I don't like to wash my hair everyday and some days I just want to run out quick and just don't have the time.   On those days I like to use dry shampoo and Batiste is my favorite.  I have used it for many years. My favorite is the Blush scent. I love that one. I have also tried the Tropical and love taking that one with me when I am on vacation at the beach. 

Watch this quick video that shows you how to use Batiste dry shampoo

There is a Batiste dry shampoo scent to suit many different moods.  So if you're feeling a bit wild you can try the WILD scent.  If you want a relaxing scent, try Blush or Fresh.  If you want something perky try Tropical or their new Cherry scent!

Check out all of the scents available from Batiste!
    • Original
    • Blush
    • Fresh
    • Tropical
    • Cherry
    • Wild
    • Floral Essences
    • Bare
    • Neon
    • Sweetie

For more information about Batiste dry shampoo  you can visit  Batiste.

Here is a list of locations where you can purchase Batiste dry shampoo: tested over 50 dry shampoos over the course of 6 weeks!  Check out their results and favorites.  My favorite made the list!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Is Your Makeup Expired? #beauty #bblogger

We all have that makeup we love so much, we try to use every bit of it.  The problem is, makeup does have an expiration date.  Using makeup longer than you should could mean that you are at risk of infection, especially in your eye area.  Makeup that is expired tends to develop bacteria. This can cause rashes, red itchy skin, pink eye, swelling, etc.

Here is a list of cosmetics and their usual expiration periods:

Powder Eye Shadow: 2 years
Cream Eye Shadow: 6 months

Liquid Eye Liner: 3 months
Pencil Eye Liner: 2 years

Lip Stick, Gloss: 1-1/2 years

Mascara- 3 months

Mascara will actually begin to develop a foul odor as it ages.  Give yours a whiff and see if it is time to toss it.

Blush, Facial Products, Foundation: 6 month for liquid 
2 years for powder

You can probably look at some of your products and see that they are expired.  If your foundations or liquids are separating, they are probably expired.  If your, eye shadows or powders look oily or dirty,  it is probably time to replace them.

Any SPF product or cosmetic with an SPF should be replaced every 6 months.

Disclosure:  Please check expiration dates and check manufacturer for accurate expiration dates.  Some product expiration lengths can vary.

Monday, July 17, 2017


ZOYA never disappoints when it comes to their seasonal color collections.  Check out the fabulous Fall lineup.  I love one more than the next!

Meet the SOPHISTICATES, Zoya’s latest palette of smoldering nudes, wine reds and shadowy hues in pearl, metallic and cream nail polish finishes.

cid:image007.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0 Mckenna (ZP904): a refined pearl in soft almond.
cid:image009.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Beth (ZP905): a soft, sandy, rose gold metallic.
cid:image011.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Presley (ZP906): a smokey, mauve taupe cream.
cid:image013.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Joni (ZP907): a deep, dusty plum cream
cid:image015.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Hera (ZP908): a muted, red mauve cream.
cid:image017.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Padma (ZP909): a deep, vermillion red cream.
cid:image019.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Yvonne (ZP910): a rich, bordeaux red cream.
cid:image021.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Mona (ZP911): a deep, burgundy plum cream.
cid:image023.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Elaine (ZP912): a dark, umber brown cream.
cid:image025.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Hadley (ZP913): a smokey, midnight blue cream.
cid:image027.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Tabitha (ZP914): a refined pearl in a deep hunter green.
cid:image029.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Gal (ZP915): a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Sun Protection Tips

Hey guys and gals! Get out of the sun!  I can not even begin to tell you how often my mom use to scold me to put on sunblock and a hat when I was growing up.  Many times I didn't listen and now I wish I had.  My mom also didn't allow us to be out in the sun between the hours of 1 and 3 pm.  She always said this was the time that the sun was strongest.  I still try to avoid the sun during these hours.

Sun bathing is relaxing, but it can cause damage to your skin and make you age prematurely.  If you want to be out in the sun, here are some tips to help protect your skin.

Wear an SPF sunscreen whenever you are outside.   The sun's UV rays are strongest during summer months, so it is important to keep your skin covered.  Always look for an SPF of 15 or more to protect it.  Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every hour or so.

Buy a pretty hat.  There are so many fun and colorful summer hats.  Not only do they protect your face from sun damage, but they look super cute as well.

Get a sun umbrella.  If you don't want to purchase one, there are many beaches that have them for rent. They provide sun protection and relief from heat as well.  To be perfectly honest, when I get lost on the beach, I look for my umbrella.  Try to pick an unusual pattern that you or your family can easily find in a crowd of beach goers.

Cover up!  Get yourself a cute cover up to wear over your swimsuit.  This will help to protect your skin when you are not bathing.

Don't forget your pretty eyes!  Wear sunglasses that are UV protection certified

Look for skin care lotions and cosmetics that offer UV protection.  There are many brands that offer this now.  Do some research and try them.

Try not to use tanning beds.  Read about the dangers of tanning salons in this article from WebMd.

I hope you enjoyed these quick tips on staying protected from the sun.

Go out and enjoy your summer!  Stay safe beauties. 
Stay beautiful!

Photo source: pixabay

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

To Mask or Not To Mask? Just My Take On The Whole Mask Thing

Do you mask?  Do you peel? I'm curious to see how many people use face masks.  Lately there have been so many masks showing up on the market and talks about them popping up all over the internet.

I have read about painful masks that are said to hurt like heck and by some of the videos I have seen, I believe this may be true.  I am not gonna find out for myself.  I also see a lot of sheet masks that look pretty intriguing and refreshing to me. 

I have always loved to do the peel off masks, like the Helene Curtis grape seed mask that looks like a gel and after drying can be peeled off.  I think the fun of it is trying to peel off the mask without ripping it.  I am weird like that. 🤣(that is supposed to be a little laughing man) lol

Anyway,  I decided to do a little research on masks and see what the experts at WebMd were saying about them.  This is what I found:

According to this article, some masks and peels are actually pretty effective.  As a matter of fact, some of the recommended brands are as follows:

Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System
(at home peel good for sensitive skin)

philosophy the microdelivery peel
(gentle physical exfoliation combined with lactic acid. It works great for either sensitive or dry skin)

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque
(Good for hydrating.  It is infused with cucumber, papaya, and pineapple enzymes to calm and soften skin.)

Murad Acne Clarifying Mask
(This mask  contains sulfur to treat acne and clay to absorb excess oil.)

You may be wondering what the difference is between professional services and at home masks and peels.  The main difference is the amount of ingredient or strength of ingredients.  At home products aren't as strong as those found in professional offices.  That is because of the strict standards that are given by the FDA.  Anything over a certain amount can only be administered by a doctor.

So there you have it.  A short breakdown on masks and peels.  Before you go out and purchase products, check with your doctor or dermatologist and see what they recommend for you.  For more information, read the entire article about Masks and Peels at WebMd.  As for me,  I think I am going to give a few new masks a try.

Stay Beautiful!

Disclosure:  Opinions expressed are my own opinion.  I am not a doctor, so you should see yours if you have any questions concerning your skin or products you use on it.  Some information in this article was obtained from WebMd.

Photo from Pixabay.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

Do you ever wonder how often you should wash your hair?  Honestly, it really is a matter of preference.  But here are a few tips that I recently read on WebMd that can help you decide how much or little washing is right for you.  I personally only wash my hair every 3 days.  If I wash too often, my hair gets too dry and hard to style.  I usually like my hair better the day after I wash and condition it.

 I want to explain how shampoo works.  Shampoo helps to trap oils in your hair.  That is why washing your hair too often isn't good for your hair.  By washing too often you can dry out and damage your hair.  This can cause breakage.  Your hair produces an oil that is called sebum.  When you wash your hair you are taking away dirt, oils and residue.  

According to experts, the only people who should wash their hair daily are people who have very fine hair, exercise and sweat often, or those who live in very humid areas. Basically, if you have excess oil in your hair, wash it.

If you have thicker hair, you can get away with washing your hair less often.  This also applies to some people with curly or dry hair.

Most of us can go 2-3 days between washing our hair.  The longest you should ever go without washing your hair is 14 days.

If you feel a need to refresh your hair in between shampoos, there are dry shampoos out there to help get rid of excess oils.

If you want to learn more about washing your hair, please visit this link on

Stay Beautiful!

Disclosure:  Information in this post was from Webmd.  
Photo  from Pixaby

Thursday, April 6, 2017

How To Keep Your Face Looking It's Best - @MichaelToddBeauty #Soniclear Petite Review #clearskin

Certainly, anyone can wash their face with soap and water.   But, when I want to get my face deep down clean, I like to use a spin brush.  By using a spin brush, my face gets 6x cleaner than by using my hands alone.  I always give my face a good washing with a gentle facial cleanser before each spin brush use.  This is my own personal preference.  I also make sure to remove my makeup as well.

So, I guess you are wondering how to pick a spin brush that is best for you.

First, you want to choose a brush head that is perfect for you.  You don't want an abrasive brush that scratches or irritates your skin I like the Soniclear Petite by Michael Todd Beauty.  It has an antimicrobial spin brush head that really gives me a deep cleaning.  It is waterproof and is rechargeable, so I never have to worry about batteries.  An extra bonus is that the brush head lasts up to 6 months.  It is lightweight and comfortable to hold. It is also gentle on my skin.

The Soniclear Petite by Michael Todd Beauty has 3 speeds to address different skin types or issues.  It even has a built-in timer that lets you know when to move on to the next area of your face.  This ensures that I am truly getting a deep cleaning.  No more guessing.  The Soniclear Petite is one smart spin brush.

When you first start using a spin brush to wash your face, you may notice some dry flakes of skin. That is perfectly normal.  That is your face's dead skin cells that are being removed so that new ones can produce.  Also, if you break out, wait a few days to a week and then start again.  Many times, when you introduce something new to your skin, it takes time to adjust, but in the long run, it is worth it.

I like to use my cleansing brush at night before bed or after a long day so that I can get all the dirt and pollution out of my skin. Plus, I like to get any deep down dirt and makeup out as well.

Most spin brushes say you shouldn’t use your skin brush more than once a day because it really isn't good for the skin.  It can cause it to become stressed out and react by giving you an uneven skin tone.  However, Soniclear Petite is so gentle, it can be used up to twice a day.

Lastly, keep your skin brush clean by using a gentle alcohol based cleanser.

If you would like more information on the Soniclear Petite by Michael Todd Beauty, please visit their website.

If you want to learn about the antimicrobial care of Soniclear, please watch this video:


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for FREE I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dirty Knees Soap Company Uses Modest Ingredients With Great Results #ad

Did you ever find a scent that was so addictive you couldn't stop smelling it?  That is how I feel about Dirty Knees Minnesota Wood scent.  

I received some products from Heidi at to try and of course the first thing I did it smell all of the great soaps, hand lotions and body washes.  I tried some of the Minnesota Wood  hand and body lotion, and was immediately addicted to the scent.  I kid you not, this scent is amazing.  I really can not stop smelling my hands.  I let my husband try it and he feels the same way.  It is one of those scents that are so good, I can not get enough of it.  It is a light lotion that isn't greasy or sticky.  It absorbs nicely, leaving my skin soft.

There is a great assortment of Face, Hand and Body Lotions available.

As a matter of fact, all of the Dirty Knees products smell amazing.  They are made using modest ingredients and minimalist packaging.  You can see the love that is put into their products.  The handcrafted bar soaps are beautifully crafted and hand cut.  They look like works of art.  They lather wonderfully and rinse clean easily.  They leave my skin feeling soft and clean and smelling fantastic.

The soaps are available in several scents, including:

Bare Naked

Java Scrub

Minnesota Wood

Rustic Country 

White Ginger

Dirty Knees body washes are dye free and available in two scents that smell so good.  They make me want to roll around in the mud so I can hop in the shower!  Ladies, fair warning...  If your sweeties use these scents, they will smell irresistible!  In my opinion, they smell that good!  Don't say I didn't warn you! 

Body Wash Scents Available: 

Minnesota Wood

White Ginger

Save 15% on any Dirty Knees Soap Company order!

Dirty Knees Soap Company has partnered with My Stuff Bags Foundation.  For every 16oz. bottle of body wash that is purchased, they will donate a 2 oz. bottle.  Isn't that awesome?!

Check out this statement from their website:

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with My Stuff Bags Foundation, an organization addressing the needs of children who are rescued from abuse, neglect, or other volatile situations. Sadly, the children often flee with nothing but the clothes on their back. My Stuff Bags gives them something to hold onto - something of their own. Toys, books, school supplies, clothing, personal toiletries, a stuffed animal and blanket are some of the items they receive in a bright blue duffel bag. For every 16oz bottle of body wash sold we will be donating one 2oz bottle to My Stuff Bags, specially made and labeled for kids - "My Stuff Suds".

I love supporting companies that care about others and give back to the community.  

You can learn more about Dirty Knees Soap Company by visiting their Website

Or Following them on Social Media

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for FREE I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

All opinions are my own personal opinions and based on my own personal usage.  Your opinion may differ.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

$2 Color Changing Nail Polishes and Get a Free DelSol Color Changing Nail Polish With Purchases

I am a huge fan or Del Sol color changing products.  Did you know that they are found in major resorts and cruise lines? 

Del Sol Color Changing Nail polish is the coolest nail polish I have ever used.  It actually changes color when exposed to the sun.

With the above shown polish, indoors your nails will be the pink color and when exposed to the sun your nails turn a pretty purple.  There are other colors to choose from as well.  There are even glitter polishes that are fun to wear!  These polish are great conversation starters and sure to get attention!


How does the polish change colors?  Its magic!  Not really, but it is the magic of Del Sol's proprietary Spectrachrome® Technology.   What is Spectrachrome?  It is crystals that reveal their hidden colors when exposed to sunlight.  It was actually invented by NASA for their space program.  Del Sol enhanced it for everyone under the sun!

I love all of shades of color changing nail polishes from DelSol.  I think that it is perfect for painting my toes and hands for the beach.  These polishes are perfect for a nail party or even as a party favor.  Girls night in can be so much fun with Del Sol.

Check out some of the great color variations available! Many are on sale for $2.  Check out all of the promotional offers daily!

(Save 35% off your order by using my link)

Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate link.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Proper Makeup Brush Care


Don't you just love all of the different makeup brushes that are available on the market?  There is probably a brush for any look you are desiring.  There are lip, cheek, face, eyes, contouring and more.

Makeup brushes can be pretty expensive, depending on the types of hairs they have.  So why not take proper care of them?

Have you ever thought about all of the germs that are sitting on your brushes?  Think about it.  You probably use them over and over and aren't even thinking about all of the natural oils, dust, skin cells and dirt that are collecting on them. There is a lot of bacteria in those brushes and those bacteria can cause acne, blemishes and other skin problems.

Have no fear.  I am here to give you some tips on keeping your brushes clean.  Of course, you should monitor your brushes depending on use.

By keeping your brushes clean, they will last longer and your skin will be happy.

There are cleaners on the market that you can spray onto your brushes after use.  The spray kills bacteria.  You should use a daily cleaner after each use.  Many are alcohol free so they won't dry out your brushes.  To use them, you simply spray them on your brushes and wipe them clean on a paper towel or soft cloth.  Check your favorite beauty retailers for a brand that works for you. They run about $10.

Once a week, you should deep clean your brushes.  You should purchase a gentle brush cleanser and wash them with warm water,   You don't want to get the brushes soaked, so please read the directions on your product for proper instructions and always reshape the bristles before letting them air dry.  I like to dry my brushes by hanging them upside down so they keep their shape.

Always store your brushes in the case they came in and try not to let them touch each other.  If you keep your brushes in a glass jar or upright container, try to line the bottom with coffee beans or glass beads so you can place them in there and they stay in place.

I hope these tips were helpful beauties!

Have a beauty filled day!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream with Prickly Pear and Moringa Review #bbloggers

I was recently given the opportunity to review AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream with Prickly Pear and Moringa.

I really like this hand cream. I saw immediate results when I applied it to my dry scaly hands. The looked so shiny and moisturized and felt so soft.  The cream has a very nice texture that isn't thin like some hand creams.  It is a bit thicker and stays where you apply it.  I work it into my skin and get a good penetration of nourishment.

The cream smells really pretty with a light energetic scent that is invigorating.  The prickly pear and moringa scent combination is very pretty and somewhat tropical.

Active ingredients in this product:

  • Allantoin heals dry cracked skin and blemishes
  •  Witch Hazel extracts sanitizes and smoothes skin, providing a refreshing, revitalizing effect

This hand cream is available at:

Disclosure:  This post is powered by BeautyStat.  I received this product to review for my honest opinion.

Friday, March 10, 2017

ENTER TO WIN! World's Best Lip Balm Dispenser - Balmshot #madeinusa


BALMSHOT is a wonderful lip balm product that is made right here is the USA.

Each beeswax lip balm has SPF 15 and is designed to protect your lips from sunburn.  It has natural oils to help keep your lips soft.

The unique shotgun shell dispenser is designed to keep BALMSHOT from causing a gooey mess in your pockets or purse.  The dispenser has an advantage over its competitors because of its dispenser.  They do not unintentionally twist or rotate.  Unlike standard lip balms that have knurled disk base that turns and rotates easily, allowing them to rotate and twist in your pocket, pants, jackets, purse and more,creating a sticky mess, BALMSHOT  will not do this.   It has a tighter fitting cap and firmer turning base that will only advance and retract if you want it to.

I love that I can control the lipbalm and not have to worry about it rolling up in my pocket and leaking.  The cap fit nice and tight.   

The balm itself feel nice and cool on my lips and glides on nicely.  I like having the SPF 15 protection too!

BALMSHOT varieties include:







Did you know that BALMSHOT makes quarterly donations from the proceeds of every purchase of Pure Pink and Pink Camo lip balms to the Mountain States Tumor Institute to help women pay for mammograms, biopsies and breast cancer treatments?  I think this is a wonderful gesture and will help to save lives from early detection.

Check out this message from the company founder:

You can purchase BALMSHOT at the following retailers:

or click

to purchase on Amazon

Enter for your chance to win a 6 pack and peg bag. (2 winners)

Proudly Made in the USA

Disclosure:  I received product to review for my honest personal opinion.  Your opinion may differ.  Although this is posted on both of my blogs www.savvysweeperstidbits and here, there will only be 2 winners in total chosen.