Category: Product Reviews

Product Review: Caress Love Forever 12 Hours Scent Technology Body Wash & Simple Micellar Water

I recently received this product, the Caress Love Forever 12 Hour Scent Technology Body Wash, in a Vox Box from Influenster.com, along with a bottle of Simple Micellar Water, as a complimentary product for sample and review. Here is what I think of the products.

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This body wash is brand new in the Caress line of products, and has just now become available for purchase. It’s the first of it’s kind in that it provides 12 hour scent technology. The bottle claims that whenever you touch your skin for up to 12 hours, it will release a burst of scent. After using the product, I find the claims to be true. It’s impressive, to say the least.

The product smells like roses, peaches, and berry notes. It’s very feminine, and leaves you smelling gorgeous all day long. If you forget your perfume but have used this product for your morning shower – no worries, you will still smell great! I’ve received compliments and people have asked me what I am wearing. That’s how you know it’s good.

I will admit, the first time I used the product, it was overwhelming in scent because I used too much. It does state on the back of the bottle to use a small amount, but the first time I used it I went a bit overboard and used about a golf ball sized amount. Oops!

The second time I used it, I used about a quarter sized amount, and the scent wasn’t overpowering – it was just right. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth all at once. I love this product and I recommend it highly. I would buy it in the store.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

When I received this product, I was super excited to give it a try. Not only does it cleanse your face without the use of water, but it also hydrates and provides moisturization, and it also removed makeup. What?! Yes, you read right. A three in one product free of harsh dyes, chemicals, and additives. I really, really wanted this product to be great – and guess what? It is.

I used it to remove my foundation, blush and bronzer and it worked fantastic. Simply apply the product to a cotton pad, swipe it gently across your face – no harsh scrubbing, ladies – and voila! Its like magic. I was super impressed. The only problem I had was with the fact that it didn’t remove my waterproof eyeliner and mascara – but that was to be expected. I needed to use makeup wipes on that area.

The second time I used it, I made sure to use it on regular mascara and eyeliner, and I’m happy to report that the product worked well and removed all traces of the makeup. I even did a spot test after both uses to see if the product really removed all traces of makeup with a makeup removing wipe, and it did. Very happy girl here, and I will definitely add it to my skin care routine.

I encourage you ladies to give both products a try, because if your experience is anything like mine was, you will adore both of these products and be thoroughly happy with your purchase.

Have any of you tried these products out? What did you think about them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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These products were received complimentary/free from the Influenster.com  Vox Box program for sample/review purposes. This in no way reflects my honest opinion of the products I have reviewed in any way.

Awesome Website to Check Out – Elite Deal Club

I was invited by another Beauty Blogger friend of mine to join the Elite Deal Club. The club runs and operates on an invitation only basis, so for those of you who are interested in joining, I will be including a link to join at the bottom of this post. It is ABSOLUTELY FREE to join, and the perks are unreal.

The Elite Deal Club utilizes a partnership with Amazon, in that it provides you with product specific codes to get some of the top products on the market for up to 90% off retail. For example, I got a Derma Roller which normally retails for $17.99, was on sale on Amazon for $14.99, and with the code I got it for $1.00! With a Prime membership, I get free shipping on products – so I literally paid no more than $1 for a top product which is of amazing quality.

That’s just a small taste of the types of products they offer. I received an e-mail last night from the site telling me they will be unrolling tons of new items within the next few weeks, so to be on the lookout and to be excited. I’m sharing this with you ladies because I know it can be hard to find great products at affordable prices – and I want to help as many women as I can achieve having the things they want, at a small fraction of the cost.

Elite Deal Club nor Amazon is paying me anything for posting this. I don’t get commissions or monetary gain in any fashion by sharing this. I simply want to invite you all to join this awesome site so you too can get in on these amazing deals while they last.

When each product goes live for the taking, act quick. These products disappear fast. There are different products posted two times per day. They don’t all pertain to health and beauty – but you can choose your categories of interest to ensure you see products that pertain to your interests. Apparently, the website is fairly new and they are just getting started – so, naturally, there aren’t a whole slew of products available to bid on. But, if you want to get into product reviews – this is a great place to start. The only thing the website asks of you is to write a nice product review once you receive the product. Seems like a fair trade to me!

If you are interested in joining, click here and you will be directed to their website where you can sign up. It’s completely free to sign up. There are no membership fees or any of that jazz. It’s just a great website with awesome, cheap products.

I look forward to seeing your names on the leader board for product reviewers!

Have a great day!

Perfectly Posh Cosmetics – Posh & Pampered Sample Bag Review

Crista from Posh N’ Pampered, an independent consultant working with Perfectly Posh, recently contacted me about the Posh line – which I had heard of in the past, but had yet to try – and asked me if she could send some samples my way. After choosing the products I was interested in, I received a gorgeous little grab bag with six different products to test inside. I’ve got to say, the appearance of the bag, the products, and the presentation itself made me smile. It’s happiness in a bag!

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Adorable, right?!

Perfectly Posh is an all natural skin care and bath product line which prides itself on incorporating the best natural ingredients into all of their products. Based in Utah, Perfectly Posh imports the finest herbs, spices, and other fine ingredients from around the world to their labs in the States, where they are crafted into little pieces of heaven for women everywhere to enjoy. From bath products, to face masks and lotions, and everything in between, Perfectly Posh has gained increasing popularity due to their unique scents, textures and adorable packaging. Not only are all of their products all natural, they are also Paraban and Paraffin Free, Phthalate Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, and Sulfate Free. My favorite part? They are Cruelty Free as well! All of their products are under $25, and if you buy 5 items, you get the 6th item free! Awesome sauce!

The products I received to test and review are as follows:

1. ‘The Caffienator’ – Said to, ‘Shock tired eyes and face into place’. Contains caffeine and citrus ingredients to brighten and perk up the skin. $12

2. ‘Hey, Honey!’ Healing Hand Cream – One of their best selling products, this amazing hand cream is highly scented of raspberry and lemon. Almost like wearing raspberry lemonade on your hands. SO GOOD! $14

3. ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub – Contains minerals from the Dead Sea, said to rejuvenate and exfoliate the skin. Fantastic fragrance as well. $24

4. ‘Calm Down!’ Soothing Face Mask – A lovely face mask comprised of oatmeal, banana, avocado, and chamomile – perfect for sensitive skin. Sadly, this product is being discontinued. Get yours before supplies run out! $16

5. ‘Chin Up, Buttercup!’ Bubble Bar – Honey and Shea butter come together to provide your skin with a fabulous dose of moisture – while giving your bath some luxurious bubbles and an awesome scent! Think whipped cream scent. $12

6. ‘Sweet Dreams’ Night Creme – Provides deep hydration to the face and neck while you sleep. Anti-aging with wrinkle fighters that go to work immediately, providing you with a fresh look when you wake up in the morning. $19

After testing out each of the amazing products – which, I didn’t get to do as quickly as I would have liked since life has a way of getting in the way – I developed opinions of each of the products. Here is my 100% honest feedback.

Hey Honey Healing Hand Cream

As soon as I opened this sample pot and smelled the product, I knew it would be love at first use! The intense (yet, perfectly intense) fragrance of lemon and raspberry wafted out at me like a glass of freshly squeezed raspberry lemonade. I can’t even put into words how fabulous this product smells! It goes on smooth and silky, and left my hands (which, by the way, are very prone to exceptionally dry skin) feeling hydrated instantaneously. My skin drank it all in. It stung for a minute, most likely due to the fact that my knuckles had a lot of dry skin at the time and the product was beginning to absorb. After a couple of minutes, it stopped – and my hands were left highly hydrated, smelled fantabulous, and the skin appeared much more supple and beautiful. Overall, I will definitely purchase this product in the future. It was hard to pick a favorite product, but this one, I would have to say, is my favorite of them all.

The Caffeinator

I made sure to use this on a day where I woke up from less sleep than usual. I had gotten about four hours’ worth of sleep the night before, and was exhausted when I had woken up. Dark circles plagued my eyes. I knew I was going to need something more than a strong cup of coffee or two to look alive. The Caffeinator came to my rescue as promised. It was super simple to apply, and when I looked in the mirror about 30 minutes later, I looked vibrant and my skin was much brighter and, for lack of a better word, happy. It looked as though I was well rested the night before. I was skeptical about this product, but that was the reason I chose it for my product sampler. I wanted to prove or disprove it’s ability to actually make your skin look brighter and healthier – more glowing and awake. Sure enough, it did what it was intended to do. I like the product a lot, but I don’t think I’d buy it in the future because generally, I get plenty of sleep and wouldn’t have much use for it. For those who run on fumes on the daily, you would definitely benefit from this awesome product.

Chin Up, Buttercup Bubble Bar

I was really looking forward to a nice bath this past week, as I’m usually rushing, rushing, rushing around and I’m lucky if I get 10 minutes in the shower. I took some ‘me’ time and decided I’d listen to Celtic Woman, light some candles, and relax in a steamy bubble bath. What could have made a relaxing bath with amazing Irish music and candles even more romantic and relaxing? This fantastic little piece of heaven known as the Chin Up, Buttercup bubble bar. It immediately went to work, infusing the water with bubbles and the scent was absolutely heavenly. I liken it to whipped cream or sweet cream that you would use in coffee. It was just incredible. The water felt as though it was immediately infused with moisture – and I’m the kind of girl who likes to fill my tub almost to the top. One bubble bar did the trick for a full bath. When I got out of the tub after about 45 minutes, my skin felt so soft and silky, just like I had moisturized with a good lotion. It was an invigorating experience, and I would definitely buy these in the future!

Drop Dead Gorgeous Dead Sea Salt Scrub

While I was in the tub, I used some of my Drop Dead Gorgeous Dead Sea Salt Scrub, and it did exactly as it intended. For me, any products from the Dead Sea are something extremely special – this relates to my Christian faith. Its the closest thing you can get to actually going to the Holy Land. I used this scrub on my legs, and felt a huge difference from one leg to the next when I was all done. You can see and feel the large granules of salt, and the scent is beautiful and reminds you of actually being at the beach, breathing in the salty, peaceful air. What makes it different from other scrubs is the size of the granules, the scent, and the overall feel of your skin once all of the dead, tired skin has been sloughed off. You don’t need to overwork your skin with this product – it works its magic on its own, and your skin doesn’t feel irritated afterwards. Overall, it was a wonderful product, and I am definitely buying some in the near future.

Calm Down! Face Mask

I tend to have sensitive skin when it comes to face masks, which was why I opted for this particular face mask. The combination of oatmeal, banana, avocado and chamomile made for an exceptional facial experience – and I fell in love with the product. I left it on for about 15 minutes, which was 5-10 minutes longer than recommended on the product spec sheet for good measure. When I rinsed the product away, I was so happy to find my skin no longer appeared dry, red, or irritated! Apparently, this product works wonders on sunburned and flaky skin as well – which, as most of you know, nobody wants to apply products to a sunburn because they hurt. This product actually relieves the redness, itching, and irritation, and provides moisture and calm. Upon falling in love with the product, I planned on being a repeat customer of this amazing stuff – and then, today, I found out the product has been discontinued. Needless to say, I was heartbroken. I am buying two containers of it to last me today. I might even opt for 3. I can’t imagine this product not being available anymore; I’m not sure why they discontinued it, but I plan to make an appeal to Perfectly Posh at some point today to please keep this product in inventory! You guys don’t even understand; I LOVE this stuff.

Sweet Dreams Night Creme

As mentioned earlier, I tend to have sensitive facial skin. Trying new night and moisture creams, for me, is generally a terrifying experience because I am prone to developing hives, breakouts, irritation and redness. I chose this product as I wanted to believe in it. I wanted to see if there was something natural that could work for my skin aside from using my Forever Flawless line, and natural oils like Olive Oil and Coconut Oil. I also use Grapeseed Oil sometimes as well.

This night creme moisturized in a fantastic way, and didn’t irritate my skin. It allowed me to wake up with a well moisturized face that didn’t feel greasy or oily, and it didn’t dry out my skin, either. It was the perfect balance of normal skin. I was very pleased with this product. It also smells beautiful. The spec sheet states, ‘Moisturizes deep and intense while you sleep sweetly with natural butters to aid and improve elasticity, infuse with moisture, and preserve the overall look of face and neck’. I don’t know about anyone else’s experience with this product, but for me, it upheld its claims and worked like a charm.

After all of the products were tested, I would buy every one of them – except for the Caffeinator, as I said I generally get enough sleep and look well rested. If I ever came to the point where, for some reason, I wasn’t getting enough sleep and or looked tired for some reason, I would surely purchase the product.

Crista was fantastic to work with, and I can’t wait to make a purchase from her today! I want to say thank you to her for supplying me with my first Perfectly Posh package, introducing me to the product, and making me a believer.

To follow her on Twitter: @RockyMtnPosh

To follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/poshpamperedpretty

To order products (HIGHLY recommended!): https://www.perfectlyposh.com/poshNpampered/products

If you have any questions for Crista about any of the Perfectly Posh products, give her a call! 1 (970) 210-6869

Thanks for checking out my review. Have you ever used Perfectly Posh products? What were your thoughts on them? Was this the first time you’ve heard of the products? Would you buy them? Which? I’d love for you to sound off in some comments below – I will reply to all questions and comments in turn!

Have a great day everyone!

DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post. I received products from the company to review, and in turn provided my honest, truthful, unbiased opinion of all of products received. There is in no way any fabrication of any of my opinions on any of the products. I have been 100% up front and honest in this review.

Quaker Steel Cut 3 Min Oats in Cranberry & Blueberry – Review

Hey everyone!

This will be my first food review, and I’m excited to be sharing it with you all! As I mentioned in a previous post, I was going to begin implementing more nutrition based/themed articles into my blog, and why not start off with a post that incorporates nutrition at its finest?

Today’s review is going to be based around Quaker Steel Cut 3 Minute Oats in Cranberry and Blueberry.

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<style=”text-align: center;”>NOTE: This is a sponsored post, however, this does not reflect my views or opinions of the product.

I belong to a website, http://www.BzzAgent.com, a product review website in which I receive various products to sample and review a few times a month. When I was asked if I wanted to take part in this review, of course I couldn’t say no! How could I? I am an oatmeal lover, and when it comes to steel cut oats – I’m obsessed. Next to Irish Oatmeal, it’s my favorite. When I heard they were releasing a brand new version – a quicker version – which incorporates all of the nutrition of the regular 20 minute steel cut oats, I was super excited and thought to myself, “let’s do this!”

I got my package in the mail yesterday, and included was a few coupons for the oats, as well as the product itself. It came in an 8 pack, which was perfect as I wanted my children to try it as well, and also for me to have a few extra days’ worth of oatmeal for myself. This morning, I put this product to the test.

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What I noticed as soon as I heated the product up in the microwave was the amazing aroma that hit me in the face once I removed it from the microwave. It smelled sweet, hearty, and you could definitely smell the fruit. I was so excited to try my first bite!

Once I sat down with my bowl and took my first big bite, I analyzed the flavor, texture, and consistency, came up with the following findings.

I was instantly met with the hearty texture you would expect from a bowl of Quaker Steel Cut Oats, with the sweet, wholesome goodness of dried cranberries and blueberries. The instant the berries hit your tongue, you taste the tangy flavor they emit, followed by a burst of sweetness once you bite into them. The oats were remarkably similar to the longer cooking version, in a much faster time frame. Normally, steel cut oats require 20 minutes or so worth of cooking time in a pot on a stove. These oats cook up fast and furious in 3 minutes time, and provide all of the same nutritional qualities you would expect DSC04259from Quaker.

The sweetness was definitely there, but it wasn’t overpowering, which is important to me because I am constantly monitoring my sugar intake. I am predisposed to diabetes, as it runs prevalent within my family, and I want to make sure I keep up on good health and healthy eating habits (for many reasons).

I was completely satisfied after eating a bowl of these oats, and left feeling full – but a healthy full, not the kind of full you might feel after a bowl of sugary, unhealthy carb laden cereal.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to friends and family as a quick, healthy, delicious way to start the day – without a ton of sugar (only 12 grams). It’s perfect for busy moms on the go like me, who need a quick meal fix, but who want to give their family the best, healthiest foods possible. Breakfast doesn’t need to be boring anymore!

My 13 year old daughter tried it, and she also approves!

Mom tested, kid approved! Everybody wins.

Thanks to BzzAgent and Quaker Oats for making this fantastic taste test possible! I suggest everyone runs to the store and grabs a box or two for themselves and their family. This oatmeal also comes in Brown Sugar & Cinnamon!

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Product Review: Blue Blossom Shop Organic Bath Products

When I was approached by Nicole from Blue Blossom Shop, an all natural organic product company,  I was super excited to accept her offer to sample and review some of her products. As many of you know, I’m obsessed with all things organic and natural. For me, this was a great opportunity.

Blue Blossom Shop is owned by two sisters, Nicole Brandt and Sara Bennett, from Omaha, Nebraska. They developed their passion for organic products when researching the ingredients within the products they used to buy and use for themselves, such as deodorants, lotions and soaps. After the shocking revelation that the products they were applying to their own skin contained many toxic chemicals and components, it was then that they developed the theory that they wanted to change the world, one product at a time. They said goodbye to commercial products, ditched the nasty chemical laden products you see on store shelves, and opted for creating their own company and products that are good for you – and the rest is history.

The products in which I have received to review are:

Blue Blossom Get Naked Shower Melts in Citrus Blend

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Blue Blossom Get Naked Organic Body Wash in Lavender and Peppermint

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Product Review: Forever Flawless Skincare

I had the ultimate privilege this past week of receiving an amazing kit from one of the most luxurious companies known to the skin care industry – Forever Flawless Cosmetics. After speaking with them, they lightning shipped out an amazing product package to me via UPS and I got to try the products, and have been using them all week long. I must say – I have never been so impressed with a skin care company’s products as I have been with theirs – ever. Now, that’s saying something.

The products I received are as follows:

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Snake Venom (2)

 

 

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The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is the gorgeous packaging on each of the products. When I say gorgeous, that’s an understatement. The black and white pattern on the boxes looked artistic and classy, and was super pretty. I was very impressed by the boxes alone. It was when I opened each of the boxes that I literally had a jaw dropping, “Ooh,” and, “Ahh!” moment. With absolutely no exaggeration what-so-ever intended, I was so amazed by the beauty of the containers themselves, I had to show them off to everyone. They just looked so impressive and I knew I would put them on display for everyone to see!

 

I grabbed my camera and began snapping pictures immediately, because I just couldn’t wait to give these products a try and see if they worked as well as they were beautiful.

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Not to my surprise, they worked as well as I knew they would. If a company would spend as much on their packaging and design as Forever Flawless does, the products have got to speak volumes – and undoubtedly, they did.

 

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The Diamond Infused Cleansing Complex

This product left my skin feeling rejuvenated, clean, and well moisturized. It’s just the right amount creamy, just the right amount foamy, and gently exfoliates with the inclusion of the diamond dust to leave a smooth, polished, matte look that feels clean all day. I must admit, I used the product twice per day, and I generally I have dry skin during the winter months – even living in South Florida. This product didn’t dry my skin out, and didn’t affect my sensitive skin in any negative way. Overall, I rate this product a 10/10 – and I don’t think I have ever rated a product a perfect 10. I am definitely going to be replenishing this product when I run out. The best part, aside from the fact that I got to wash my face with actual diamonds, is the scent. I absolutely adore the fresh, clean scent of the product – and that makes me want to use it all the more.

 

 

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The Diamond Infused Facial Peeling Gel

This facial peel was unlike any other facial peel I’ve ever used in the past. It spread on smooth, peeled easily without the need to use a washcloth to remove remaining product, and leaves your skin feeling supple, moisturized, and the pores feeling much cleaner than before the actual application. I believe this is attributed to the fine diamond powder within the gel itself that helps bond to the particles within the skin and helps lift them, as well as oil and debris from makeup. It leaves your skin looking like a fresh, new canvas and I can guarantee your skin has never felt so clear. I had two blemishes at the time I used the product. Typically, it takes days to get them to go away. After using this product, they were gone the next morning. Unbelievable! I would recommend this product to those with all skin types. Again, it didn’t affect my combination/dry skin in any sort of negative way, and worked perfectly as it was supposed to. I give this product a 10/10.

 

 

 

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Diamond Infused HYDRA-AM Night Cream

This cream is without a doubt the best face cream I have ever had the privilege of using. I can’t tell you enough how fabulous it made my skin feel. The dryness I experience around the sides of my nose and between my eyebrows was instantly alleviated – and my entire face and neck just felt like it was drinking up the fabulous moisture this product provided. I was over the moon excited that I now have a product I can use that doesn’t make the oily parts of my face feel any  more oily, but that actually somehow makes it feel more even and toned down. It was like, a miracle in a jar. Without any stretch of the truth, any woman of any age would benefit from this product and I would have to say this is my favorite product from the three piece set because I am never able to find a good moisturizer cream that a.)doesn’t make my skin feel more oily or greasy than it does in certain areas, and b.)actually works to alleviate the dry skin I experience, and keep it gone as if it were healed. It smells beautiful, feels so creamy and silky, and is truly unlike any other cream I have ever experienced before. Any woman would be doing herself a disservice if she didn’t try this product and experience the luxury of the product for herself.

 

I have to admit, this next one sounded a bit intimidating at first, but once I actually read into a bit more and did some research on their website, as well as read the product insert, I felt a lot more at ease about using the product.

 

 

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Forever Flawless Diamond Infused Snake Venom Correcting Cream

Perhaps, now you can see my initial apprehension when hearing the name. When I read the product insert, it explained that the complex which is in this phenomenal product is actually a peptide that mimics the Polypeptide in the venom of the Temple Viper, allowing the facial muscles to relax instead of contract, therefore ridding the skin of fine lines and wrinkles as well as preventing any from forming. Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s a bit of a concern to me at 31 years of age. Although I’m still young and barely have any skin damage (other than the lovely freckles I inherited from my mother) or signs of aging showing as of yet, I do have some fine lines near my left eye and a couple really small ones on my forehead, and with just one simple application of the product, it was as if the lines diminished. I couldn’t believe the transformation. It was as if I never had them to begin with! My overall face took on a much more youthful appearance from this product alone. You only need a very small amount of product to smooth out and nearly remove all fine lines and wrinkles, and it can be used once per week.

 

Before the Snake Venom Correcting Cream:

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After the Snake Venom Correcting Cream:

 

Under eye area after one application of Snake Venom Correcting Cream
Under eye area after one application of Snake Venom Correcting Cream
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After Forever Flawless

 

Forehead after Snake Venom Correcting Cream
Forehead after Snake Venom Correcting Cream

Overall, these products made me look about 3-4 years younger. As it is, I get compliments all the time from random women on my skin, and they are shocked when I tell them my real age. They tell me I look anywhere from 21-23 years old. So to look about 3 years younger than that really makes me happy! Truly, I couldn’t be happier with these products and I would highly recommend and praise them up and down to anyone I could express it to who would take the time listen. For now, I suppose this review can suffice!

 

If you would like to get your hands on Forever Flawless products for yourself, feel free to visit their website or follow them on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ForeverFlawlessCosmetics

Twitter: @FFcosmetics

Instagram: @ForeverFlawlessSkincare

Pinterest:  Forever Flawless ( www.pinterest.com/foreverflawless )

 

I saved the best for last!!!

 

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Stay tuned today for a contest I am posting so that one of you can WIN your very own set of Forever Flawless products – the same exact products I reviewed here in my blog – courtesy of Forever Flawless!

 

 

*This post is sponsored by Forever Flawless. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, and are in no way influenced by the company. My opinions of the products are honest reviews based upon how I feel about the products received. I will never knowingly deceive any of my readers and uphold myself to always tell the truth.