Beauty Blogazons Roundup 12/28

AutoNation Christmas at Broward Nursing Home

Last week I was visiting Mom at the nursing home, like I do so often. She is doing very well most days despite the stroke in April. Broward Nursing & Rehab is a caring facility that I feel comfortable having her live at. We were just leaving for our usual stroll around the neighborhood when Nicole, the activities director stopped us. She said we couldn’t leave! “WHAT?!?!?! Is this a new rule, I can’t take my mom out for walks, even though I’m her POA?! And she’s MY Mom?!” Yes, I get defensive about my family! “No No” she assured me. We are having a surprise this afternoon and you have to be there. Ok, feathers back down! LOL

So we were in the east dining room by 2:00 as told, and WOW, can I just say – WHAT A NICE SURPRISE IT WAS! The company AutoNation, has very generous employees! They chose Mom’s facility to “adopt” a resident and surprise them with holiday gifts! Many of the residents have no one, so this is the sweetest thing. I hope they realize how wonderful they really are doing this! I can’t thank them enough on my Mom’s behalf. She was gifted a sweater, fragrance sprays and a cuddly dog with a massager built in. She has that sweet little guy close to her all the time. And she’s named him Cuddles! How appropriate. Thank you Tamyra for doing such a great job with my Mom’s gift! XO

I have a video that is about 23 minutes long of the day the AutoNation employees passed out gifts and some of the residents opening them. I hope you’ll take a few minutes out of your day to watch how happy they are with their gifts and just for being thought of at this time of year. And to you and your own family’s, Joe and I wish you a very Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to you all!

🙂

Jody

Share Your Best Holiday Memories in this SoFlaJo Giveaway

These last several days I’ve been having giveaways on my FACEBOOK page and Twitter. The winners receive a full size polish from my SoFlaJo Party Time collection.

This is our oldest granddaughter’s first time with Santa! Tell me YOUR funniest Holiday memory. The one with the most likes will win a full size bottle of SoFlaJo Ballroom Nail Polish. Open domestic and international. You have till 6pm est Monday Christmas Eve!

THE ONLY COMMENTS THAT WILL COUNT IN THIS GIVEAWAY – MUST BE ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE. And the stories are amazing, heartwarming, and funny!

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Jody

Oh My! December GlossyBox Review! (And it’s a GOOD one Mr. Grinch!)

This month I have TWO GlossyBoxes to review! This beauty box subscription service doesn’t put a limit on how many boxes you can purchase and I think that’s fabulous. Even though I only have one subscription, they offered a code for a discounted box this month so I bought a second one because I am so happy with the previous boxes I’ve received. Oh boy, I can tell you this month was NO exception, and I am really glad I sprang for a few extra bucks and got the second box!

So here is what I got in the boxes! They were wrapped in lovely tissue paper with a bow as the box normally is. Candy Canes, Gingerbread Figures, and other holiday designs adorned it and tied with a red ribbon. Four full size products, two sample size, and a lovely piece of jewelry were included. Both boxes contained a necklace but I’ve talked to others that have received other jewelry like stack rings.

The first full size item is an after-bath and shower moisturizer in a blend of essential and all-natural oils – Madurai Jasmine & Mogra by Forest Essentials Luxurious Ayurveda. As you know, I live in South Florida, and the scent of Jasmine wafts in our air several times a year. I absolutely love that fragrance. This blend is reminiscent of it and it’s fabulous. I use a lot of lotion and moisturizer on my face and body already, so this will be put to good use, and since I got TWO of them in my multiple boxes – ooooooo yeah!

 

I got a “full size” (5.5 oz, enough for one use) Heartland Fragrance Co. bath salts. White Ginger in one box, White Tea in the other. These are made with 100% natural epsom salts with fragrance added (so even though they advertise they are a healing aromatherapy salt, I would have preferred to see them use natural or essential oils as well, instead of fragrance).

Pleats Please is a sample size Eau de Toilette by Issey Miyake. This is a USA Online Exclusive Launch. Yay! It really smells wonderful and I like that it’s in a little spray bottle. The other sample size is Wella Velvet Amplifier. Known for their hair care products, I’m excited to try this. It is a concentrated serum which is supposed to improve manageability and control for responsive styling.

The other full size is a Lipstick Luxe in m.powerment petal by mark. It’s a limited edition creamy rose lipstick that is luminous and hydrating according to their information. Although it was “developed to raise awareness for a powerful women’s cause”, I’m gonna have to look online to find which one, and it’s not really my color.

OK now we’re down to the last two items in the boxes! The ZOYA nail polish, and the jewelry! I got two different Zoya’s, and two different necklaces! That’s exciting because I’ve ordered duplicate boxes from other companies previously and they were identical. Uhhhh boring! When a buyer purchases more than one don’t you think they want a variety since they know you are sending more than one mix?!

So I got Storm in one box and Electra in the other. I haven’t purchased any Zoya in awhile and I didn’t have either of these. OMG can I just say I am thrilled with BOTH of them?! The necklaces are by Jewelmint and “inspired by the runway, vintage jewelry and on-trend celebrity style”. I am very happy with the two pieces I got. One is a silver and goldtone double chain with beads and decorative “plates”. The other is actually a necklace with a pinback that can be worn two different ways. The heart is adorned with red stones with two hummingbirds atop it. I really like both of the pieces a lot! Ok but STOP right there. The above link to Jewelmint will take you to their FAQ page. Yes, they are a monthly membership service that you will have to reply to if you want to skip your monthly item. I am NOT a member and that is NOT a referral link!

OK now you see why I was so pleased with both of my boxes this month. If you’d like to get in on the action, just click on my referral link in the sidebar or here to GlossyBox if you’d like. They have One Month or more subscriptions, and of course the longer you subscribe for, the more the price is reduced. I hope you will like the service as much as I do if you do decide to purchase it.

🙂
Jody

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 12/21

Nails for Newtown

I am so saddened and sickened by the events which took place Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. My heart goes out to all the families and all their friends. I hope that someday they can put their lives back together.

White manis in honor of Peace, Non-Violence and Remembrance of the Innocent



Holly Jolly Holiday Advent Giveaway – reveal day 11

I’m really excited to be participating in a fun Holly Jolly Holiday Advent Giveaway with other bloggers and friends. It started December 5th! You can win some really great gifts and follow some really great blogs and facebook pages by signing up! So here goes…

Today’s reveal is *drum roll please* Ta Da –

All 7 polishes from the SoFlaJo Party Time Collection. These include the scattered holographic Hidden Gem. Holographic glittered Ice Dancer. Three mattes – Red Carpet, Blue-Ray, and Last to Leave. And the holiday glitter Yule Tidings.

You can also follow the calendar if you can’t wait to see who will reveal the next treat on the calendar!

OK so now you’ve seen today’s prize, and the sneaky peeky of the calendar so that you know who’s next, you probably want to know how to play, right? OK, here it is. You are eligible to win any of the prizes by following the sign-up process below. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. And here is the sign-up –

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 12/7

Tweezerman & Cynthia Rowley

I’ve been seeing nail polishes and nail treatments by Cynthia Rowley in many of the better department stores lately. And now she’s joined forces with brand icon Tweezerman, with the Cynthia Rowley Limited Edition Designer Series collection, exclusively at Sephora.

Tweezerman was kind enough to send me two of the new items and I’m really excited to be able to share them with you. I know you’ve seen me post about Tweezerman before and their fine line of eye beauty products. They also have a manicure line which you may not be aware of. So I’m going to talk to you not only about the new slant tweezer I was sent, but also about the double-sided file (Filemate), both from the new Cynthia Rowley line.

I love the feel of this tweezer and I’m one of those that keeps things like scissors, files, AND tweezers, in all rooms of the house. I have used them for stray hairs, removing splinters, tweezing my brow, (and maybe one you don’t want to admit to – the occasional picking of a flea or tick off my kitty, or maybe your dog). This slant design is easy to use and the colors are beautiful, so this one may be kept in my bathroom cabinet! 🙂 I received the cobalt blue and I love the design mixed with the green, white and black. It is also available in a light blue.

The double-sided Filemate comes in a similar pattern to the file I received, but in multiple shades of pinks, white and cobalt blue. The small size snuggles in it’s own slim case to keep it clean and protected, and fits comfortably in a pocket or purse.

These are really fun and functional products Tweezerman and Cynthia Rowley have come up with. I would recommend picking them up for yourself, or as stocking stuffers. Yeah, I think I know what my girls might be getting this year. And I’ve got a nice little Sephora gift card just burning a hole in my pocket!

🙂

These products were sent to my by Tweezerman for my honest and impartial review.

November GlossyBox Reveal

I have been so very happy with the subscription box service GlossyBox! I joined them in August when a friend posted a 3-month discount link to them. I was a little on the fence because I’ve seen the contents of some of the other subscription boxes people get from other sources. But I figured 3-months was worth a shot.

WOW – am I ever glad I joined. I just ordered another 3-months with them and this is the box I received this week!

First off they send a mini magazine every month with the products that are included as well as many other trending cosmetic and beauty products. Everything that I’ve gotten has been either full-size or a VERY generous sample size (not little packets, but samples that you can get many uses out of).

This month was a full size Illamasqua Make-up Pencil. The color is Spell and it’s a beautiful pink/coral/red that can be used on the lips or eyes. I’m really big on wearing pink on my eyelids and have several pink eyeliners already, so this is one more to add to that arsenal! It glides on smoothly and really makes a pop on the eyes which for me is a fun way to wear it to work with the next item. I like it! This product is made in the UK.

Kryolan for Glossybox blusher in Glossy Rosewood is also a multi-purpose cosmetic that can be worn on eyes, lips, and cheeks. Again it’s another pink shade, so this one too, will go on my lids. I’ve worn pink and charcoal on my eyes for years. It’s flattering and fun! I like that its matte. I used this with The Balm Matt Batali eye shadow I got in my Ipsy/MyGlam bag a couple months ago. These two are a great combo for me for work. This product is made in Germany.

The last full size item is Incoco Nail Polish Appliques. These real nail polish strips contain, basecoat, color coat, and topcoat in one strip. What a time saver! And they are 3-free – no dbp, toluene, or formaldehyde! The color is Sinderella and another perfect reddish shade I will wear. I’ve never worn nail strips, so I’m pretty excited to try these. They look like they are full enough for anybody’s nail, and since mine are wide and long I think these will work perfectly. 16 double-ended strips are included in each package. This product is also made in Germany.

The Nu-Me Arganics Argan Oil is 10ml and comes in a dark colored bottle with a dropper. I’m already a user of Argan oil so I’m looking forward to trying this brand. This product is made in the USA.

The last item is a “sample” size Skin & Co. Truffle Serum in a .5oz tube. This Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum is non-greasy and soaks rapidly into my face. I like the feel of this one and I like the fragrance which is light coconut (which is one of the extract ingredients). I don’t always like the way serums look or feel on my face but having used it once, I can say that I do like its texture. This product is made in Italy.

Also included are generous discount certificates for Nu-Me and Skin & Co.

If you’re on the fence about this box, you can also try just a one-month subscription. Or if you really want to save, go for the 12-months! That’s what I will be doing when this one expires! There is a link over there —–>; that will take you directly to the site, or you can click here.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. Or if you already subscribe, please let me know how you like the service!