Keep Pink Bubbly On Hand ALWAYS #Cheers2HealthyLips // Giveaway!

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If ever I needed a stock supply of bubbly it would be this week. With the way the weekend is going it doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all so I’m trying to sooth myself in all ways possible. While most people probably steer clear of makeup and other beauty items while they’re stressed out over all things life I tend to gravitate towards them more. Making myself look presentable is helping to keep me level and happy which is numero uno for me in these times.

Always in my pocket is the latest (and IMO greatest) Vaseline Lip Therapy in Pink Bubbly. YAAASSSSS I said PINK BUBBLY, because apparently lip balm needs to be even more addicting! The rosé color is gorgeous and the taste is 5 star level satisfying (but maybe that’s the wine extract talking). This balm is clinically proven to help heal dry lips and keeps them healthy and soft for Summer.

You can grab yourself a couple of tins exclusively at Walgreens for a LIMITED TIME. Yes, it’s limited edition so when I said grab a couple of tins I wasn’t kidding!

Where would you pop a tin of Vaseline Pink Bubbly? Your pocket? Your handbag? Comment on this post letting me know how you’d do for a chance to win a $25 Walgreens gift card and a FREE Vaseline Pink Bubbly lip tin.

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What Scent Belongs to Your Favorite Memory?

*Post sponsored by Lunchbox but all opinions are my own.

Take a second to think about your favorite memory. Did the one that you thought of first involve scent? The one that just popped into my head was actually from this past weekend at The Makeup Show. A friend and I were walking around and smelled the most amazing fragrance. We were drawn to that particular booth because of the scent. I bought a brush from the booth I never would have noticed otherwise because of the scent.

Scents can draw you in, transport you, make you happy, comfort you… it really all depends on what memory is tied to that particular scent. This month, Walgreens wants you to “be your own beautiful” and think about what scents are tied to your favorite memories. Indulge yourself by exploring for and experiencing some of the skincare brands and products available at their store where a ton of the products have extra special offers just waiting for you to take advantage of them!

A few of my favorites are below:

The Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Lotion. I buy a big bottle of this one because my husband and son love it too. My husband in particular can really go through a lotion because his hands get very dry and this one is clinically proven to moisturize deeply to soothe dry skin with the first application and keep the skin healed for up to three weeks (proven after 4 weeks daily use in a clinical study). I love this one not only for the moisturizing benefits but because it absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy feeling. The scent is fresh and makes me think of Summer because I’m constantly applying aloe then!

Walgreens Special Offer. 5/15 See additional savings in most Sunday papers. Shop here.

It’s not easy to find a fruity scrub that’s not only oil-free but also free of parabens, sulfates and is also Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist tested and contains 100% Natural Exfoliants. St. Ives Apricot Scrub is all of those things and the scent totally makes me think of when I was younger and hanging out at my Aunt’s house. She always had a scent like this around!

Walgreens Special Offer. Week of 5/8 – Buy One Get One 50% Off. 5/15 See additional savings in most Sunday papers. Shop here.

I’ve spoken before about how much I love the scent of Caress® Mystique Forever™ Body Wash. It contains Fragrance Touch Technology so that you can catch a whiff of the scent for up to 12-hours. Perfect for reminiscing all day long!!

Walgreens Special Offer. 5/15 Offer – $2.99 on select 12oz body washes. 5/15 See additional savings in most Sunday papers. Shop here.

Since the 90’s I’ve had a major thing for the scent of cucumber so the Suave Cucumber Agave Smash is a top pick Summer body wash for me when I’m feeling beachy, going pool-side or wanting to remember all of the awesome vacations I’ve had throughout the years. The scent is lively and crisp with a formula infused with cucumber fruit extract and skin conditioning Vitamin E.

Walgreens Special Offer. Month long body wash deal – Get 50% more free with bonus packs! (18 oz at the 12 oz price, at select Walgreens stores). 5/15 See additional savings in most Sunday papers. Shop here.

What scent is attached to your favorite memory?

*Post sponsored by Lunchbox but all opinions are my own.

How To Keep Your Skin Moisturized in the Winter

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Personally, I’m not one for Winter weather. I even bought a shirt this year that says “If it’s snowing I’m not going”. I refuse to go anywhere when it’s snowy, particularly if the roads are covered. Since the weather has actually been nice (here in PA we’re seeing highs in the 60s!) I’ve been taking the opportunity to prep my skin, in particular my hands, for the frigid temperatures.

It’s really no secret that my one of the favorite lotions to use in this house (particularly by my hubs and his thirsty man hands) is the Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair Lotion. This lotion uses healing micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly making it fantastical for healing dry skin and also keeping your skin deeply moisturized so it never gets that way again. We’ve had it on hand ever since the first try and we have been stocking it up double-time in anticipation of the cold weather. I may hate to be outside in the snow, but my kids love it. It’s like children don’t actually feel weather. In the Summer it’s never hot – they can run around all crazy-like, sweat, stink… they’re never miserable. In the Winter they can bury themselves in snow playing games, building things, having battles… they never get cold. Mama gets cold.

Since we’re so stocked up on the Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion I can be sure to coat my hands before I put my gloves on to really lock in the moisture so that my hands don’t hurt or feel tight when I do come in from the out-of-doors. These retro Freezy Freakies gloves (below) are puffy to keep my hands warm while I play outside with the kids and are soft so that the lotion can really work it’s magic. I’m basically a parental multi-tasker when I do this.

Also… these gloves make me feel like I’m also a kid again and they feel so good on the inside… I totally use them at night when I do my manis. Inside the house.

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion($4.99 SRP) is clinically proven to heal very dry skin in 5 days 4. Get more info at www.vaseline.us and purchase your own at your local food, drug and mass retail stores.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vaseline. The opinions and text are all mine.

REDBOOK Red Box for Fall // Beauty Edition

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There are a lot of amazing beauty boxes out there. Some are not so amazing. We roll the dice when we subscribe. What I love about REDBOOK creating the Beauty Edition Red Box for Fall is that they do their research and know what the consumer likes. Take the likes, partner with the brands… voila… a beauty box full of essentials that perform.

I feel like when they decided what the contents of this box would be they consulted hidden cameras that they must have hidden in my bedroom at some point. These are seriously all things I already use and love. HG’s, if you will. (HG = Holy Grail product… because I know my mom is reading this and has no idea what I’m talking about).

Let’s check out what’s inside the REDBOOK Red Box Beauty Edition!

From Secret, Clinical Strength Deodorant. I’ve been using Secret Deodorant for years, this particular one for about about a year itself. It’s fabulous for keeping sweat in check when you’re submersed in heat, activity and stress. It’s available in Invisible Solid (goes on dry/stays dry) and a Clear Gel (goes on clear).

From Sally Hansen, Complete Salon Manicure. Who doesn’t love them some Sally Hansen? The Complete Salon Manicure features 7 benefits in 1 bottle – base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, top coat, chip-resistant and gel shine. Basically it’s a time saver because you just have to apply from ONE bottle and you’ve done all your mani things. The two shades shown are Poofi Be-Gonia and In Full Blue-m. For extra shine the 3D Gel Shine Top Coat is the perfect addition because it transforms regular polishes into a gel-like shine without using a UV light.

From Paula’s Choice, Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. If you pay attention you’ve seen me review and love this product before! Recently I reviewed a rather large line of skincare from Paula’s Choice which was mostly their Skin Balancing line but also included this exfoliant. It’s perfect for all skin types and is clinically proven to hydrate, brighten and reduce fine lines. In addition it improves skin texture, tone and unclogs pores. I love that this product exfoliates well but isn’t abrasive in the slightest. The texture is watery but after you use it you can absolutely tell it did what it said it would. No rinsing required!

From Vaseline, Serum Advanced Relief. This moisturizer has a forever home in my house. It’s intended to heal and calm severely dry skin but gently. It even works on my husbands dry, cracked man hands. The scent is amazing (a blend of rose, amber and a refined vanilla aroma) and gives me all the relaxed feels.

Love it? Enter to win it!CLICK HERE to enter to win a beauty box of your own! Five winners will be selected. Good luck!

*Sponsored Post on behalf of REDBOOK. All opinions are my own.

3 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her // Under $50

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Who doesn’t like presents? Don’t even bother trying to think of someone who doesn’t. Every one likes to be gifted. Things from the heart definitely mean the most, but sometimes material items hold special meaning too. Valentine’s Day can be the worst to shop for when it comes to women. We want meaningful but cutesy doesn’t hurt either. With that in mind here are my Top 3 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her… all under $50!

(1) Not sure what her fave fragrance is? Grab a sampler from Sephora for $24.00! This kit usually includes sample sizes of 5 different fragrances but even better it also includes a gift certificate for a free full size rollerball of her choice. So basically you’re giving an awesome gift and also giving the go-ahead to SHOP. Which I feel is even more important in a relationship.

(2) Every one likes shiny things. Even if you’re all manly and you’re like “nope” I’m over here nodding my head going “yup”. You know darn well your head turns when you see the bling. It’s a reaction. Everyone is compelled to know what that bling is! This next gift is a win-win. Vaseline Bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lip Jar ($45.00 // Kitson & shopkitson.com). Stay with me. Vaseline® Lip Therapy® Rosy Lips deeply moisturizes for soft, rose-tinted lips so not only can you grab this special edition at Kitson and shower your lady some bling (of the not engagement variety) but you can guarantee that her lips will be primed perfectly for kisses! These limited-edition jars are adorned with fine European crystals and a heart on the lid plus the fragrance is soft and feminine with a rose/vanilla/red berry scent. You can also pick up the un-bejeweled version of the Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips at for $2.29 at food, drug, and mass retailers, nationwide.

Plant it inside some chocolates and you may just rock her world.

(3) No matter your age stuffed animals are everything. I remember 12 years ago my boyfriend and I made each other stuffed animals for Valentine’s Day. Inexpensive for sure, maybe a little cheesy… anyway, fast forward to years later when we were married and passed them down to our kids. Because you ALL KNOW that this year’s Valentine is obviously THE ONE. This cuteness overload will run you anywhere from $5 and up – depending on your budget and where you go.

Oh and if you’re wondering why that little bunny is in some of the photos I have two reasons. One is because he’s cute (obv) and two is because his little bunny ears are a ring holder. Hint hint 😉

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion Fragrance Free 5-Day Challenge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline. All opinions are 100% mine.

Those of us with dry, itchy skin know that the colder months just make it worse. When the cold air hits my skin it feels like it dries out almost immediately – feeling tight and itchy. Eventually the exposed skin gets that white look to it, sometimes cracking and, in the worst cases, bleeds. Unfortunately, I’ve been there. Double unfortunately I need to be very cautious of the products that I use on my skin because of a sensitivity to fragrances. Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion Fragrance Free is said to go even further than basic moisturizing as far as healing dry skin by using a special blend of humectants and healing micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly. The Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion is clinically proven to heal dry skin in 5 days and keep skin healed for 3 weeks. I’m accepting that challenge.

In the evenings I like to kick back and relax. That time is usually when I do the most for my skin in terms of moisturizing. Relaxing starts by grabbing a shower after the kids have gone to bed. When I get out I slather on a lotion all over my body and then stick on gloves and socks (my hands and feet are always the worst), pop on a show and sip my hot cocoa. I leave the gloves on just for about an hour and then the socks through the night (my feet freeze!). Even after the first night I noticed an improvement in the way my skin looked, even through the next day. By evening moisturizing definitely needed to happen again, but I didn’t feel like I needed to do it throughout the day. After each night the time span that my skin felt moisturized grew longer.

After the 5 days ended I was impressed that I didn’t feel like I needed to continue moisturizing because my skin felt so good and actually looked so healthy and supple. Obviously I don’t want to go back to dry skin in any way, so I am continuing with the evening moisturizing process.

How do you moisturize your skin in the Winter?

Vaseline Intensive Care is available at mass retail outlets with an SRP from $2.99-$8.49’. For the 10oz bottle, the SRP is $4.99.

Dollar General & Vaseline want you to have Soft Skin for Any Season + GIVEAWAY

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Vaseline is made to keep your skin healed, but just how powerful is it? We’ve put it to the test in the driest regions of the U.S. to prove no matter where you go; you can still enjoy healed skin during the transition from fall to winter. And now you can find it for an affordable price you’ll love at Dollar General. Get a $1.00 off coupon good on any Vaseline Lotion and stay healed with Vaseline.

I was given a Vaseline Intensive care pack, to review for this fall season & to use for protecting my skin against the unpredictable weather.

I took the challenge and my skin has gone from rough to smooth and silky. I want to see you do the same! See how Vaseline can soften your skin in any season. Use your $1.00 off Vaseline lotion coupon at Dollar General and then tweet using #DGSoftSkin telling me how Vaseline has helped your skin survive this drier season for a chance to win a $25 Dollar General gift card.

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Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Therapy Review & Giveaway

Vaseline Lip Therapy has been around for awhile, but the Rosy Lips version is semi-new. Normally I’m not a huge fan of product in a pot/jar, but for this particular lip therapy, I’ll make an exception!

Rosy Lips features a very slight rose scent & is a lovely just pinched pink color. This appears sheer on the lips, but is highly moisturizing.

This jar is small, but you need very little to coat your lips and keep them hydrated for awhile. On cold days like we’ve been having around here for 2 months, products like this are what I need to keep on hand so my lips don’t peel or hurt.

Want to win your own? Keep reading! 😉

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Onto the giveaway!!!

Please read all of the info below before entering this giveaway. Your entry (entries) in the giveaway state that you understand all of the terms and conditions.

This giveaway is open to entrants within the 48 US continental states only and will end at 12:01am EST on February 16, 2014.

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To enter, please wait for the Rafflecopter Widget to load. If it doesn’t, try to refresh. If you still have issues (sometimes if you’re using Google Chrome it can be a pain) please contact me via the comments or email. Additional terms and conditions are listed on the widget. Please contact me with any questions!

The prize? Your own Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Therapy and a box of chocolates

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Slick Up! Vaseline® Spray & Go Moisturizer Review & $1,000 SpaFinder Gift Card Sweepstakes!

Am I alone in hating the fact that your clothes actually stick to your body when you dress with lotion still hovering on the skin? It’s the grossest feeling. Because of this, I generally skip out on body moisturizer (bad, bad, beauty blogger!) because I simply don’t have the time to apply it, wait for it to soak in/dry, get ready to chase my kids around and get work done. Even though I’m at home, my day is hectic and every single moment counts.

Vaseline® Spray & Go Moisturizer is the latest and greatest way to save time and get yourself out the door. I got the opportunity to try out Vaseline Spray & Go Total Moisture®, and love that it isn’t sticky or greasy. It’s also not heavy or thick, but still moisturizes deeply because it contains a multi-layer moisture complex.

Basically, what this all means is no gross feelings of clothes sticking to the skin, and also no goopy hands from over-pumping your lotion onto your hands.

Above all of that, my favorite thing is the breakthrough continuous spray that gets all of those hard to reach areas and absorbs in seconds. It’s fabulous not having to try to be an acrobat at six in the morning while trying to moisturize. 

With the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer I am able to step out of the shower, towel off, spray on and immediately get dressed. There is a convenient 360° spray which dispenses lotion quickly and evenly for all over body coverage, absorbing in less than 10 seconds or less. My skin feels much better throughout the day and I can definitely feel the difference between the tight and dry skin versus the moisturized and healthy skin that I have after I am able to spray on this moisturizer.

There are three variants of the moisturizer: 

  • Total Moisture (this is the one I used!), which contains pure oat extract and leaves skin feeling healthy and soft 
  • Aloe Fresh, which contains pure aloe and leaves skin feeling healthy and fresh
  • Cocoa Radiant™, which contains pure cocoa butter and leaves skin feeling healthy and glowing 

Head over to their Facebook page to learn more!

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Sweepstakes Time!!! How would Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer maximize your morning? Leave your answer in the comments below! Each comment will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 SpaFinder gift card. Entries will be pooled from participating blogs and one winner chosen.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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This sweepstakes runs from 7/1/13 – 7/31/13.

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