Thursday, January 09, 2014

Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum

Meaningful Beauty's Creme de Serum is the newest product in Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty anti-aging skin product line.  I received the product free from Influenster, but all opinions are my own.

I was blessed with clear, youthful looking skin.  I'm 32 and people tell me that I look like a high school student.  When I received the VoxBox from Influenster, I did not think this Creme de Serum would do anything for my skin, since I do not have wrinkles or fine lines.  I was wrong.  My face has never been more hydrated or brighter!


Check out this video from Meaningful Beauty....

Monday, November 11, 2013

Conair's "Unlock Your Locks" Fan Giveaway

Conair is trying to reach 150,000 fans on facebook, and they are almost there!  The day after they reach 150,000 fans, they will be randomly selecting 150 winners!  149 winners will win a Conair Flirty Girl Cushion Bling Brush, and 1 lucky grand prize winner will receive the new Infiniti Pro by Conair Limited Edition Blow-Out Tool Set, the Conair True Glow Sonic Cleansing Brush, and a Conair Flirty Girl Cushion Bling Brush!

Head on over to Conair's Facebook page, "like" and share their post, and you could be one of the winners!





Disclaimer:  I did not receive any incentive for this post.

I'm Back!

I haven't blogged regularly in a very long time, but I'm back!  I've been married for a little over 3 years, and could not have asked for a better man to spend my life with.  He is truly heaven sent and I don't know what I would do without him.  We have not yet been blessed with children, but we pray that one day we will be able to have a family.  Right now, we are enjoying being 30-somethings living near NYC.

I am hoping to get back into doing product reviews and giveaways, but for now, I will just talk about my life, and the things I love.  I am a brand ambassador for JustFab.com, so you will see reviews of their shoes, handbags and denim from time to time.

I hope you are enjoying your Veteran's Day.  I am blessed to have married a veteran.  I live my life each day with a true hero.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spicy Subscriptions Review & Coupon Code

***This post contains mature content.***








Spicy Subscriptions is a monthly subscription service where you receive a box full of products designed to spice up your relationship right to your door in discreet packaging each month!  The boxes also contain items that can be used even if you're single, so that's great!

Spicy Subscriptions generously sent me their Deluxe Spice Box to review.  The deluxe box is $34.95 per month, and contains 1 Deluxe Item, 1-2 Full Sized Products, 1 Deluxe Accessory and 3-6 Trial Sized Products.  They also offer a Premium Spice Box for $24.95 per month, which contains 1 Flirty Item, 1-2 Full Sized Items and 3-6 Trial Sized Products.  They are also currently running a promotion for 4 and 8 month recurring subscriptions, which saves you money.


Once you open the envelope, you will see this box:


Pink is my favorite color, so I *LOVE* this box!

When you open the box, you will see a list of what is included, along with a description of each item.


Here's what was included in mine:

PipeDream Glow in the Dark Luv Touch G-Spot Vibe ~ Turn off the lights and turn on the fun with the Glow-In-The-Dark Mini G-Spot Vibe.  This powerful little massager is cleverly curved to hit the right spot every time.

Dona Sensual Chromotherapy-Mangosteen ~ Use the DONA Sensual Chromotherapy by JO to lustfully awaken your senses.  This will infuse aphrodisiac, scent and vibrantly color your bath water to enhance your mood.

Dona Body Polish-Acai ~ Apply this exquisite body polish to a loofah or sponge and gently scrub on skin for a radiant shine.  The minerals in the Dead Sea salt create absorption of the natural aphrodisiac.

Dona Sensual Massage Oil-Camu Camu ~ Luxuriate in the sensation of this aphrodisiac-infused massage oil.  The naturally derived formula is smooth and light and contains no harsh chemicals, or preservatives.

Sample Products ~ O My flavored lubricant, System JO lubricant and Gun Oil.

I looked up the products on Amazon, and the full-size products retail for a little over $35, making the box well worth the money.  The shipping is free, you get a variety of products you may never have known about AND you receive samples!

Want to give Spicy Subscriptions a try?  Use code messagesfrommissa to receive 5% off!

You can also check out Spicy Subscriptions on Facebook and Twitter!



Disclosure:  I received products in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced by receipt of a product.

Monday, February 25, 2013

L'Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream Review


I was recently given the opportunity to review L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream.  I have been using another brand's BB Cream for a few months, so I was excited to be able to compare the two brands.

The L'Oreal BB Cream is white, with small beads that blend into your skin.  I like how light it feels on my skin.  The cream easily blended into my skin, and I couldn't tell that I had anything on my face.  It did seem to even out my skin, but it did not cover blemishes.  I have dry skin, and this was not enough of a moisturizer for me.  I had to apply an additional moisturizer before using the product.  After reviewing this product for about 2 weeks, I found that I liked this one better than the brand I have been using.  It's lighter and seems to blend into my skin better.

Product Info:  This product gives the sheer coverage needed to create a natural bare skin finish, while delivering built-in skincare benefits. With four beautifying actions, this all-in-one innovation primes and smoothes, perfects to hide flaws, hydrates all-day, and corrects and evens skin. The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization.

To apply, simply dot on and blend with fingertips. Self-adjusting beads will instantly transform and blend to your skin tone.
L'Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream retails for $10.95 for 1 fl oz. It is available in four shades and is sold at mass food and drug retailers nationwide.


Disclaimer:  I was given a free product from SheSpeaks in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced by receipt of a free product.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Torani Cheers

I love coffee.  Sometimes I think I am addicted to it.  I once had to refrain from drinking coffee for 2 days because of a test I had to have at the neurologist's office, and it was torture!  The only appliance used more than my Keurig is my Ninja, and I even use that to make coffee drinks.  When I was given the opportunity to review Torani syrups, I was excited.  I love flavored coffee, but I don't always want the same flavor, so I'd rather buy flavored creamers than flavored coffee.

I had never tried any kind of syrup made for flavoring coffee before participating in this review.  I received the Sugar Free Gingerbread and Sugar Free Hazelnut varieties.   I tried a little of both of them, and they were tasty, however, I cannot use sugar substitutes because they give me migraines.  They definitely didn't go to waste, though, because my mother is diabetic & also loves coffee.  When my mom and brother were over for Thanksgiving, I asked them to try the Torani syrups.  My mom tried the gingerbread, and my brother tried the Hazelnut.  They loved them!  My mom took one home and one to work to share with her co-workers.

Check out Torani's website to see the WIDE variety of syrup flavors, and to find some delicious recipes!



Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani.  I received 2 bottles of syrup for an honest review.  Opinions are my own and were not influenced by receipt of a product.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kraft Fresh Take Review

We eat a lot of chicken in my house, so I'm always looking for new ways to make it.  I received a coupon for a free Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb mix, and couldn't wait to try it out.  I chose the Rosemary & Roasted Garlic, but they also have Southwest Three Cheese and Italian Parmesan.  It was so easy to use!  The breadcrumbs and cheese come in a ziplock type bag.  All you have to do is open the bag and shake to combine them.  Next, you can either wet your meat with a little water, or use a beaten egg, and throw the piece of meat in the bag and shake to coat.  It's like Shake & Bake, only so much better!  My chicken took about 35 minutes to cook in a 375 degree oven, and came out delicious!  I will buy this again!




**Disclosure--I received a coupon for a free product through Kraft's First Taste program.  I was not obligated to write a blog posting, and all opinions are my own.**

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fresh Produce Clothing Review

Are you looking for comfortable, affordable clothes that can easily be worn to work and then out to dinner with hubby or friends?  If your answer is yes, Fresh Produce is the place to shop!

I was given the opportunity to choose anything on the site to review.  It was hard to narrow it down to one item, with their wide variety of island clothing and caribbean clothes.  I finally decided on the Stroll Dress in Breezy Flower in the truffle color.  This is from their spring dress collection.  I was surprised at how soft the dress was!  It was the perfect length on me, which was also surprising because I'm only 5'1!  I normally wear a size small in tops and a size 6/8 in bottoms, so I ordered the small.  The dress was a little roomy, but that's great for hiding any imperfections!  It's also great for work.  I'm a middle school teacher, and can't wear anything too tight or revealing.
 
This is the dress I selected, from the website: 
 
 
And here it is on me...sorry about the mess of shoe boxes behind me!


Fresh Produce now ships to over 200 countries, so women outside the US can enjoy the colorful styles too.
Check out Fresh Produce on facebook and twitter!
 

**Disclosure:  I was sent a product in exchange for this review.  However, the opinions written here are my own, and were not influenced by receipt of the product.**

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A year later....

My dad has been gone a year, and it has been a rough one.  My grandpa passed away in December, one day away from being exactly 8 months to the day of my dad's passing.  Our family had to endure going to the same funeral home, the same church and the same cemetery once again.  My grandparents bought 2 plots when they bought their own so many years ago..."just in case" someone in the family needed it, so my dad and grandpa are buried next to each other. I think that was the hardest part of my grandpa's funeral...going back to the cemetery and seeing my dad's grave too.  We all met back at the cemetery on April 7th, my dad's one year anniversary.  We brought some things to decorate the grave, including a blue egg because he loved to decorate Easter eggs, and a chick because he was one of the few people who loved Peeps.  We are still saving to get him a headstone.  It's going to cost over $2,000, and since he had no life insurance and was diagnosed with cancer & passed away in just 8 months, we didn't have enough money to buy one.  We went to a diner to eat after the cemetery.  My grandma is such a strong woman.  It was hard enough to lose my dad and grandpa, but I can't imagine losing a child and husband.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

iPod Touch Giveaway from The Penny Hoarder

I just joined the iPod world a few months ago with a tiny iPod Nano, but I let my students use it when I take them to the fitness room twice a week, so I keep only middle school appropriate music on there.  I'd love to win an iPod Touch for myself!  You can have a chance to win too, by stopping by The Penny Hoarder's blog and entering!  It's a simple Rafflecopter giveaway, which I love!  Enter here:  http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/2012/01/the-penny-hoarders-ipod-touch-giveaway

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pinterest

Are you on Pinterest?  I had been hearing about it for a while, but had NO CLUE how addicting putting a bunch of pictures in different categories could be!  If you're on there, follow me :-)  I'd love some more friends on there!



Friday, January 27, 2012

gelcolor by Opi


I just opened an e-mail from the day spa by my house and saw an advertisement for this new gelcolor by Opi nail polish..  I had the Light Concept Nails done there for my wedding, and kept them on for a little while after, but at $50 every two weeks to maintain them, it was too expensive.  I love having polished nails, but for some reason, regular polish NEVER stays on my nails!  Any time I've had nail polish put directly on my real nails, it's smudged before I leave the nail salon.  I have been hesitant about getting the shellac because I heard it can damage your nails, so this seems like a great alternative!  The price is awesome too!  Only $25!  Have you tried it yet?
 
**Disclosure--I didn't receive anything for this post.  I am just curious to know if anyone has used gelcolor by Opi.**




It's been a while....

I haven't been here since the summer, and a lot has changed.  You all know my dad passed away in April, and that was rough.  It still is.  He was one of my best friends, and I still find myself wanting to pick up the phone to call him.  In September, I started teaching middle school, all subjects.  For the past five years, I've taught high school English, so it's been a huge change for me.  I love my students, and teaching is something I don't think I'll ever get tired of.  In December, almost 8 months to the day after losing my dad, my grandfather passed away.  It was just awful going back to the same funeral home, the same church, and burying him right next to my dad.  It was like losing my dad all over again.  I think I'm finally ready to come back to blogging, and hope to be updating regularly again from now on.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Rest in Peace, Daddy

I haven't been here in months.  As my last update said, my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2010.  We were told he would be ok, but really, he had Stage IV cancer and was not going to survive.  After losing faith in his original doctors and a month in a horrible hospital, we were able to bring him to one of the best hospitals in NYC.  Unfortunately, by then it was too late.  He lived another month in that hospital, and the staff there was absolutely amazing.  They allowed one family member to sleep there, so daddy could have a family member with him 24 hours a day....and for that month, me, my mom, two of my aunts and one uncle took turns spending every spare moment at the hospital with him.  It was heart breaking to hear the doctors ask, "What do you know about what's going on right now" and to watch him fight back tears and say, "I'm going to die."  He fought so hard, but six months after he was diagnosed, this world lost an amazing man.  I am still devastated.  We all are.  No matter how much pain he was in, he would make jokes with the nurses and tell them he understood if they couldn't bring his pain meds right away because they were busy.  He was such a sweet and loving person.  I don't know why God chose him to go through such a horrible disease or why he had to leave us after only 57 years on earth, but I know he'll be at the gates of heaven waiting for me when it's my time.

Rest in Peace, Daddy
12-12-53 ~ 04-07-11

Thursday, February 03, 2011

My "baby" brother, the blogger!

My "baby" brother, who is now almost 20 and all grown up, has just started his own blog!  He's a HUGE sports fan, mostly basketball, so that's what his blog will be about.

Check out the FReSH BLoG now!






Sunday, January 09, 2011

Win a VTech LS6325-3 3 Handset Cordless Phone at Little Yaya's!

My parents are probably the only people on the planet who still have corded phones in their house.  When I saw this review and giveaway for the VTech LS6325-3 three handset cordless phone over at Little Yaya's, I knew I had to try to win it for them!  Not only is it cordless, comes with 3 handsets AND a digital answering machine, it also has a push to talk intercom feature that would be perfect for the times my parents need my brother to help them.  This giveaway ends on January 14th, so click here now to enter!
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