It’s a garden party with the April 2018 Your Bijoux Box #YourBijouxBoxStyle

Your Bijoux Box April 2018

I love a party and the thought of a garden party is especially enticing after the brutal and particularly LONG winter we have had in Michigan this year.  Your Bijoux Box read my mind and sent a truly fabulous spring box full of baubles just blooming with light and lots of spirit. Each item is perfect for garden party or a bridal or baby shower and there is really every you need – an adjustable length statement necklace, a beautiful feminine watch, pearl jacket earrings, plus some super sassy bonus extras.

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Your Bijoux Box Garden Party Necklace

The April Collection from Your Bijoux Box is a coordinated set of three jewelry/accessory pieces that complement almost any outfit, dressed up or dressed down. Each monthly box has three items for women (this month there were three items plus one extra item). The boxes are curated by stylists so although these are customized, everyone gets the same jewelry each month. A monthly subscription is $39.99 and there are options for a three-month ($115) or six month ($230) subscription. They ship to the US (free!) and Canada.

This month the items are really adorable, super feminine and just so pretty – I can’t get over the necklace. I think it is my favorite Your Bijoux Box piece of all time. And the bonus item may be my favorite bonus, too…

Your Bijoux Box Pearl Jacket Earrings

Your Bijoux Box Pearl Jacket Earrings

I’ll start with the Pearl Jacket Earrings. I don’t usually wear earrings like this so they are out of my wheelhouse, which is why I think this type of subscription box is cool. I love the mix of classic pearls and the modern design.

Your Bijoux Box All About Rose Gold Watch

Your Bijoux Box All About Rose Gold Watch

Your Bijoux Box All About Rose Gold Watch

The All About Rose Gold Watch is, as Your Bijoux Box says, total arm candy. This watch is actually two toned and is girly and gorgeous. My current watch is silver so I was really excited to see this – what a perfect second watch!!

Your Bijoux Box Garden Party Necklace

Your Bijoux Box Garden Party Necklace

Your Bijoux Box Garden Party Necklace

Your Bijoux Box Garden Party Necklace

Your Bijoux Box Garden Party Necklace

My favorite piece in the April 2018 Your Bijoux Box is this stunner, the Garden Party Necklace. Such an amazing necklace! I adore the peach tassel accents and the length is adjustable which makes it extremely versatile. The flowers are even more beautiful in person. Put this together with the earrings and the watch and you have a complete set perfect for any party.

Your Bijoux Box Coasters by Anne Taintor

Your Bijoux Box Coasters by Anne Taintor

Your Bijoux Box Coasters by Anne Taintor

The bonus extra are these sassy Coasters by Anne Taintor. The set includes six coasters in three different patterns with vintage beauties throwing just a bit of shade. I have a similar set also from Anne Taintor that I picked up from a local boutique so I was thrilled to get this one! It all fits together, doesn’t it? A little retro, a little sassy, a little girly, and a lot of fun.

If you are new to Your Bijoux Box and want to sign up, use the coupon code WELCOME to get a bonus piece of jewelry with your first box!  – Lisa

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If you are seeking a face primer that has truly earned its holy grail status, then Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is worthy of your attention. Not only is the consistency perfection, and the finish flawless, but it plays well with all of the foundations and tinted moisturizers that Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has paired it with, and it really extends the wear-time of your makeup.

Prime Beauty is keeping her blonde tresses free of brassiness with the new AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toners! See her before and after pictures!

Have you heard that Makeup Geek will now be carried at Ulta? It’s exciting news for beauty lovers. Beauty Info Zone reviewed some MUG Showstopper Creme Stain lipsticks that would make a great start to your list.

It may be Spring in the Northern hemisphere, but it isn’t exactly feeling that way for many of us! If you haven’t been taking the best care of your skin and want to get your hands and other dry parts petal soft for Spring, Jen from The Jedi Wife has the perfect solution for you! She tested out Zoya’s Naked Manicure Hydrate & Heal System and was pleasantly surprised at just how well it worked from the very first use!

Every launch from Fenty Beauty seems surrounded by so much hype! If you’re considering the new Body Lava Luminizers or Fairy Bomb sparkling powder puff as part of your Sephora VIB sale purchases, you might want to see Polarbelle’s demonstration to help you decide.

It is time to start thinking about Teacher Gifts and Mother’s Day Gifts! Pammy Blogs Beauty has some great ideas from the Soap & Paper Factory’s NEW Block Party Collection.

The new Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer is perfect to tackle the humidity and sweat of the upcoming warmer months. Christa from Realizing Beauty shares a review and swatches of all 14 shades of this new lightweight, yet full coverage concealer formula.

Do you ever wonder what ingredients are best to look for in your skincare products. Makeup Obsessed Mom has a list for you based on your skin type.

BeautyJudy picked up six of the new Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Glosses worn and reviewed this week – which one do you like best?!

What is it about glitter polishes that make them so appealing? 15 Minute Beauty shares her favorite polishes that will catch your eye.

When the going gets tough I turn to Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements

 

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement

Over the years I’ve written about several hair growth products and I’ve enjoyed them all but when the going gets tough for me, I turn to VIVISCAL Extra Strength Dietary Supplement. While I was sent this one for review I’ve been buying and using Viviscal for over 4 years now. I even have it on auto-delivery from Amazon.

I’ve had issues in the past with hair loss due to illness and it’s back again. Rather than wait and see I’m being proactive and have been using Viviscal for the last months to help my hair stay strong.

Viviscal is a 100% drug-free formula that nourishes hair and promotes existing hair growth. I suspected I was anemic but I didn’t realize just how anemic I’d become until a recent set of blood work. My internist became alarmed and started me on iron supplements and further testing. When I mentioned that I’m taking Viviscal daily she agreed that this is a great addition to my diet.

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement stats

While I had cut back to 1 pill a day (they recommend two) I am now back on two pills per day to help stem my hair loss.

Here are the ingredients that you need to know about:

*Vitamin C (from Acerola Fruit Powder and as Ascorbic Acid)

*Niacin (as Niacinamide)

*Biotin

*Calcium

*Iron (from Ferrous Fumarate)

*Zinc (from Zinc Oxide)

*AminoMar® Marine Complex (Shark Cartilage, Oyster Extract Powder)

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement tablets

Why do I take these pills and recommend them to my readers? Mainly because your healthy head of hair begins from within even more than what we use on it. Diet that lacks specific nutrients, vitamins, minerals or protein can make a big difference in the condition of your hair. Health issues drain your body of these nutrients causing your hair to be less strong. The marine complex AminoMar® along with the other supplements in these tablets have been scientifically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote hair growth* (data can be found on viviscal.com)

You can find Viviscal in a variety of stores like CVS, Ulta, and Target. It’s also online at Amazon (the best price I’ve found and I get an extra 5-15% off by putting it on subscribe). While Viviscal is a cruelty-free product it does contain shark cartilage so it isn’t considered vegan or vegetarian. For heavy hair loss it can take 3 months to notice regrowth because hair grows during the anagen phase of the hair cycle. Viviscal helps prolong the anagen phase so that the regrowth has a longer growing time.

Viviscal

I’m glad I upped my dose and am using Viviscal for my hair so that I won’t end up with the hair loss I’ve lived through before. Be proactive yourself and see what Viviscal will do for you too.  —  Marcia

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Mehron Brazen Mascara – is it a winner?

Mehron Brazen Mascara

I think one of my favorite products to test is mascara.  It can be a big disappointment…nothing worse than major raccoon eyes by 10 a.m.  But oh, when it’s good, what a joy to have perfect thick lashes with no smudging or smearing even at 10 p.m at night!!  This is my experience with Mehron’s Brazen Mascara.

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Mehron Brazen Mascara

I don’t know if the Mehron Brazen Mascara ($12.95) is really brazen – it doesn’t give me full on drama, but it really separates, defines, and gives amazing lashes.  Mehron says, “the special nylon infused formula creates gorgeous volume by clinging to the finest of lashes allowing for maximum extension. From root to tip your lashes are coated in a beautiful jet black, water-resistant mascara that is feather light and extremely long wearing.

Mehron Brazen Mascara

The flexible bristle brush fans out each individual lash for a smooth, even, effortless application. Contains the nourishing properties of Vitamin E. Sold in a unique tube container, Brazen holds .32 oz. of product for extended use.”

Mehron Brazen Mascara

I say, it lasts all day and all night and only comes off when you want it to.  It makes lashes look long and lush, and the price is right.  Lashes are soft, not stiff or crunchy.  The brush is awesome – it really grabs every single eyelash and coats them all evenly.  I am only wearing one coat of mascara in the photo above, and application was so easy with no clumps and no fuss.  Mehron Brazen Mascara is a winner!  You can find Mehron Cosmetics online at Mehron.com and at Camera Ready Cosmetics.  – Lisa

Good things come in jars with RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme

Good things come in jars with RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme and Jars by Dani

There isn’t much that is as fun as having your cake and eating it too.  Recently RoC Skin Care sent me the best package with two different jars of goodness – the new RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme, which combines their powerful retinol formula with 24 hour hydration, plus another amazing jar of goodness…JARS by Dani cake jars full of layers of whipped cream, custard, vanilla chips, and lemon bar cookie. Treats for my skin and for my tummy!

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Good things come in jars with RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme and Jars by Dani

First let me tell you about dessert, because I firmly believe in digging into the sweet stuff right away.  These jars of fabulousness were a huge hit at my house.  The top was covered with a sweet treat with the RoC logo airbrushed on, and under that was layers and layers of goodness.

Jars by Dani

Jars by Dani

Mousse, cookie crumbs, white chocolate chips…every single bite was a new discovery of yummy goodness!!  You can find Jars by Dani online and they deliver nationally.  I shared my two jars with my family but I assure you it was only under duress…you may just want to keep your order top-secret.

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme

You may also want to keep your jar of RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme a secret too, as I have a problem with my mom trying to steal mine all the time.  This daytime moisturizer is especially good for normal to dry skin, and it leaves skin super soft and hydrated.  The key ingredients include retinol and vitamin C, which address fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.  The formula also provides protection from moisture loss, so it works for a full 24 hours.

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme

The RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme comes in a jar, and typically I don’t recommend retinol products in that type of packaging.  However, RoC®uses a proprietary technology to ensure that the hydrating retinol formula doesn’t lose its effectiveness in the jar. Just don’t go sticking your fingers into the moisturizer – be sure to use a spatula to scoop out your product, ok?  Remember, when you use any retinol products you need to also wear sunscreen since the retinol will make your skin more sensitive to UVA/UVB rays.  RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme does have a fragrance so keep that in mind as well.

My skin loves retinol products and it seems to tolerate the RoC retinol products better than most, but definitely only use this every other when you first start just in case.  I think you will be happy with your results, and as always don’t forget your neck and decolletage!

Great things come in jars, both for your face and for your tummy.  For sure check out Jars by Dani for some incredible sweet treats.  You can find RoC Skin Care at drug stores like CVS and Walgreens nationally, and you can find RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme at Walmart and Amazon for $24.99. – Lisa

Cannabliss Organic and Earth Day

Officially Earth Day is April 22nd but in reality it should be from January 1st through December 31st. We have but one earth and the purpose of Earth Day is to support our environment. We can do this through our actions and through products that we buy and use that are healthy for us and the earth. Earth Day was created in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970.

I have a particular fondness for Earth Day since my husband was a smoker. Our younger son was bothered by it immensely and would constantly ask him to quit. So together they discussed a plan that he’d stop smoking on Earth Day. It’s been over 25 years and I will never forgot this particular “holiday”. My husband is healthier and the earth is too from the lack of pollution that was caused by his habit. OK, off my soapbox and onto the review.

New to my life is a set of products from CANNABLISS ORGANIC. I’m going to start off with some information about them before I tell you about my experience with the sample set I received.

From the Cannabliss website: “We believe in a holistic approach to life. Our natural, organic products nurture your body and soul so you can be your best, true self. We are committed to eco-friendly practices and giving back to the community and environment.”

Cannabliss Organic Sampler Starter Kit

The Cannabliss Organic Sampler Starter Kit is a terrific way to start with this company, especially if you have any fears or phobias (like my fragrance one). For $25 you get three products that will help you determine the direction you want to go with this company. This set contains Cannabliss Organic’s hottest sellers: 5ml Revitalizing Serum, 5ml Age Defying Moisturizing Lotion, and 5ml Hemp Salve.

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Cannabliss Revitalizing Face Serum

Revitalizing Serum is a vegan serum containing a blend of anti-aging Korean herbs infused with full spectrum Hemp oil and essential oils. The serum was created to hydrate and firm skin, promote cell regeneration, brighten and even skin complexion.  It isn’t the least bit sticky and doesn’t interfere with any other products. I’m duly impressed with this serum.

Cannabliss Moisturizing Lotion

After applying the serum it’s recommended to apply the Moisturizing Face Lotion. Not only is this a vegan lightweight lotion but there isn’t a fragrance that I notice. Contains full spectrum hemp oil and Korean herbs such as schisandra, goji berry, and peony which contain anti-aging properties and help restore skin’s youthful glow, prevent signs of aging, provides intense hydration and protects against environmental stress and damage.” This is lovely for day time but I’m still needing more of a cream at night with this crazy weather.

Cannabliss Hemp Salve

And the star of the set for me is the Hemp Salve. This does just about everything. It’s the fix-it product of the line. It’s a fantastic lip balm that is tingly at first but moisturizes my lips beautifully. A tiny bit is needed for any job. So far I’ve applied it to the blister on my foot that I developed on my trip and it’s softened it considerably. I’ve also used it on my index finger where my skin is rougher than elsewhere on my hand and that too is softened and I may be able to ease away the callus that seems to want to form. Hemp Salve is recommended where you have dry or chapped skin.

Cannabliss Hemp Salve

This all purpose healing salve works with full spectrum hemp oil and healing herbs, such as mulberry, goji berry, and ginseng, to sooth and ease irritated skin, eases muscle and joint aches, gentle enough for all skin types.” It really does melt into skin without leaving a greasy finish behind. When I use it on my lips I don’t smell anything but like I said it does tingle.

Cannabliss Organic Sampler Starter Kit products

Cannablis Organic products are free of parabens, silicones, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances and dyes. Many products are vegan and all are organic. The website is interesting with a variety of items including candles, clothing, jewelry, and of course skincare. And if all this isn’t enough you need to know that this is a charitable company that  has partnered with 1% for the planet a nonprofit organization that connects eco-conscious businesses with environmental groups. You can feel good about using Cannabliss knowing that they proudly donate 1% of their sales to groups that are working to preserve our oceans and wildlife.

Join Cannabliss Organic in celebrating a healthy earth and healthy skin.  —  Marcia

Fashion Flash is a blast this week

Thanks to Sheila of Painted Ladies we have a great Fashion Flash this week. I love reading the many articles on beauty, health, and lifestyle and I’m sure you will too. Take some time out of your day to visit Fashion Flash.  —  Marcia