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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide Stocking Stuffers: Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Design Series Limited Edition #ArmandHammer #Spinbrush #HolidayGiftGuide

Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Design Series Limited Edition
10 Reasons the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Battery-Powered Toothbrush Makes A Great Stocking Stuffer This Year:
  1. Spinbrush™ battery-powered toothbrushes fit nice and snug inside most holiday stockings
  2. The holidays are all about family and friends, and there's a Spinbrush™ toothbrush for everyone.
  3. Spinbrush™ products come in a wide range of colors, the perfect opportunity to give your favorite people their favorite colors.
  4. Spinbrush™ Toothbrushes provide a superior clean versus a manual brush with 70% more plaque removal.†
  5. Starting the New Year with a bright and healthy smile is always the way to go
  6. Holiday desserts taste so good, but it's generally a good idea to brush your teeth after enjoying those sweet treats
  7. Kids' favorite superheroes, music and stickers make brushing fun! 
  8. Holiday shopping can leave your wallet feeling a little light. Give the gift of a great clean for under $10.*
  9. You won't need to make an extra stop because Spinbrush™ Battery-Powered Brushes can be found at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, and other stores! 
  10. Batteries Included. Nice! One less thing to worry about.
*Excludes Sonic Products and rechargeable toothbrushes.
† In hard-to-reach places vs. a manual brush. Data on file.

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis

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Holiday Gift Guide: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum #HolidayGiftGuide #Skinceuticals #CEFerulic

(product photo courtesy of www.skinceuticals.com)

1 fl.oz./30mL $165.00
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum is a daytime Vitamin C Serum that delivers advanced enviromnemntal protection and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and brightens the skin's complexion. It is for dry, normal and sensitive skins. Use when skin is dehydrated, sensitized, there are discolorations and skin is aging. This serum features a synergistic antioxidant combination of 15% pure Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid, 1% Vitamin E in the form of alpha tocopherol and 0.5% ferulic acid to enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals that can contribute to atmospheric aging. This vitamin C serum helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB rays, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3), which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging (photodamage). In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, C E Ferulic Serum improves signs of aging and photodamage, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and the loss of firmness, while brightening the skin's complexion. Once absorbed, this vitamin C serum remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours. Paraben-free and ideal for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types. Tested suitable for use post-laser, always consult with a physician for individual post-procedure care. This serum neutralizes free radicals on the upper layer of the skin to help prevent the impact of ozone damage to skin.

How To Use: In the morning after cleansing and toning, apply 4-5 drops to a dry face, neck, and chest before other anti-aging skincare products. Complete your regimen with a SkinCeuticals or any other sunscreen. Make it at least a SPF30. When used together, SkinCeuticals antioxidants and broad spectrum sunscreens provide protection against visible aging caused by environmental aggressors.

This serum is one of the best Vitamin C serums on the market. Skinceuticals is one of the better skincare companies out on the market today and they produce products that really work and work well. I have used this product in the past and believe it would make a great gift for someone who is looking to up their anti-aging game. If you know someone that is close to you who has photodamage or you do and you are looking to make a good purchase for anti-aging, this is the thing to get. It is a remarkable serum. It is unusual that it is used during the daytime but it is an anti-aging product and as long as the person uses a sunscreen then he/she should be fine. But rmember, use a SPF30! 

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum retails for $165.00 and can be purchased online at www.skinceuticals.comwww.skinstore.comwww.dermstore.comwww.bluemercury.comwww.skincarerx.com, and www.amazon.com as well as many physicians offices that specialize in SkinCeuticals and boutiques that carry the line too. Go to www.skinceuticals.com for more skincare information or ask myself at mariepapachatzis@gmail.com if you have questions about what skin type you fall into or have more info on skincare. I'd be happy to help. Like Skinceuticals on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SkinCeuticals; Follow Skinceuticals on Twitter:@SkinCeuticals; Follow Skinceuticals on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/skinceuticals/; Follow Skinceuticals on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/skinceuticals/; Follow Skinceuticals on Google+:https://plus.google.com/+skinceuticals and Subscribe to Skinceuticals on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/skinceuticals.

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)

Holiday Gift Guide: Bliss Some Body To Love Gift Set #HolidayGiftGuide #Bliss #SomeBodyToLove

(product photo courtesy of www.ulta.com)

$20.00 ($48.00 value)
This lovely gift set from Bliss is a perfect gift for the holiday season. This set includes Bliss' best selling essentials that will help take the bite out of winter for your skin.  Bliss is so well known for their face and body products. I have been using them for around 20 years. Included in this cute gift set are the following:
  • bliss lemon+sage soapy suds body wash bubbling bath 2 fl.oz./60mL
  • bliss lemon+sage body butter maximum moisture cream 1.7 fl.oz./50mL
  • bliss high intensity hand cream softening hand hydrator 1.7 fl.oz./50mL
I have used all of these products at one time or another and I can say with authority that they are great products. The lemon+sage soapy suds body wash is great in the shower. It really gets your body clean and leaves it smelling amazingly fresh and bright. The lemon+sage body butter is a great body cream that really helps to moisturize winter dry skin, of which I have every year. My skin is very, very dry and I love the body butter line to keep my skin in tip top shape. The high intensity hand cream is a great cream to keep the cracks out of your hands. If you suffer from dry hands in the winter or at any time, this is a great hand cream for you. These products are great for winter skin or skin that suffers from being dry at any time of the year. 

The Some Body to Love Gift Set is sold exclusively at www.ulta.com and ULTA stores. It retails for $20.00 but is valued at $48.00. On Black Friday this set will be 50% off!!!! That means it will be only $10.00!!!! So get your behind to ULTA stores or order online and get this set because it makes a great gift item for just about anyone on your list: mom, sister, best friend, Secret Santa, acquaintance, etc. For $10.00 you can buy a few of them. 

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Art Naturals Bluetooth Oil Diffuser Artisan Essential 8 Set #HolidayGiftGuide #ArtNaturals #OilDiffuser #EssentialOils

(product photos courtesy of www.artnaturals.com)

Hello! I received an essential oil diffuser to try out. This one is very nice because it is bluetooth activated and comes with an essential oil set of 8 very nice and 'essential' essential oils. These are the ones you really need the most. It also acts as a small cool mist humidifier, it has an alarm, it syncs to Bluetooth to your music. It also has beautiful lights that fill the air with a glow. The shades change so often as you want them. 

I love to use Lavender and Lemongrass in this. Lemongrass is good for having energy and making you feel energetic. Lavender is for relaxing and going to sleep. I also like Frankincense too.

Here is how the diffuser works and how it goes through a cycle. Read what the website recommends:

Bluetooth Diffuser: create a relaxing atmosphere with our state-of-the-art Electric Cool Mist Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser. It can easily be transported between the office, home, bedroom or the baby’s room. It has everything you could possibly need featuring Bluetooth technology for music play, speaker clock and alarm functions, and 7 color LED lights encased in a beautiful natural wood case. The Bluetooth Oil Diffuser is soundless until you begin your music play. Set a mood; soften skin, calm nerves, and sleep and breath better with this easy to use device. You can select the amount of time it’s on from a continuous mist or from 1, 3 and 6 hour periods  

Size: It is approximately 7” wide x 6 ½” tall and holds 400ml of water. This size diffuser can infuse a large space with beautiful scent.
Air Flow: Your diffuser will not be as effective if used near open windows or doors.
Safety: When using essential oils around children, pets, or pregnant women, please make sure they are safe to use prior to diffusing.
Components: The Bluetooth Oil Diffuser comes with the diffuser device and a power cord.
10ml Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Country of Origin: India Extraction Method: Steam Distilled – Through the use of a still, steam is used to separate the oil from the plant. Plant Part Used: Leaves
10ml Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) Country of Origin: India Extraction Method: Steam Distilled – Through the use of a still, steam is used to separate the oil from the plant. Plant Part Used: Resin
10ml Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Country of Origin: Bulgaria Extraction Method: Steam Distilled – Through the use of a still, steam is used to separate the oil from the plant. Plant Part Used: Flowers
10ml Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Country of Origin: India Extraction Method: Steam Distilled – Through the use of a still, steam is used to separate the oil from the plant. Plant Part Used: Grass
10ml Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Country of Origin: Greece Extraction Method: Steam Distilled – Through the use of a still, steam is used to separate the oil from the plant. Plant Part Used: Leaves
10ml Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole) Country of Origin: Morocco Extraction Method: Steam Distilled – Through the use of a still, steam is used to separate the oil from the plant. Plant Part Used: Flowers, Leaves and Twigs
10ml Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Country of Origin: Brazil Extraction Method: Cold Pressed – Mechanically presses the rind to get the oil Plant Part Used: Fresh Fruit Rind
10ml Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Country of Origin: Australia Extraction Method: Steam Distilled – Through the use of a still, steam is used to separate the oil from the plant. Plant Part Used: leaves
How to Set Up Essential Oil Diffuser: Plug one end of the power cord into the bottom of the diffuser. Place on a flat surface and lift the lid of the diffuser device. Fill the diffuser with water up to the MAX line. Add 5-6 drops of the essential oils of your choice. Replace the lid, and plug the other end of the cord into an outlet. Press the MIST button to start.
How to Adjust the Electric Cool Mist Timer: By pressing the MIST button multiple times, you will see a light move from ON to 1H, 3H, and 6H. If you press the MIST button one more time after 6H, it will turn off.
How to Adjust the 7 Color LED Lights: Press the LIGHT button to turn on the 7 Color LED lights. If you press the LIGHT button a second time, it will stop the alternating 7 colors scheme, to the 1 fixed color that it is currently on.
How to play Music: Place your phone or other Bluetooth device within 3 feet of the diffuser. Search for available devices and select “ArtNaturals”. Have fun playing music from your playlist or other music stations. To adjust volume, hold the LIGHT button to lower, and the MIST button to increase.
How to set the Clock: Hold the CLOCK button down until 0:00 appears on the screen. Use the LIGHT and MIST buttons to adjust the hour. Press the CLOCK button to switch to minutes. Press the LIGHT and MIST buttons to adjust the minutes. Press CLOCK again and use LIGHT and MIST to select 12h or 24h. Press CLOCK again to finish setting.
How to Set the Alarm: Hold ALARM button until -:-- appears on the screen. Press LIGHT and MIST buttons to adjust the hour. Press ALARM to switch to minutes. Press LIGHT and MIST buttons to adjust minutes. Press ALARM again to finish setting.
How to Cancel the Alarm: Hold ALARM button down until the set time appears on the screen. Press CLOCK to clear the time. Press ALARM to finish canceling.
Using oils on the skin is possible. They have carrier oils and regular essentials oils that would be placed in the carrier oil. A carrier oil is something like Jojoba oil, grape seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, Argan Oil, Castor Oil and Tamanu Oil.

various prices.various brands.various sizes.
oils such as: peppermint, lemon, lavender and jojoba all in a 4 fl.oz./188mL $4.99-$35.00
Top 8 Essential Oils: empower yourself, your friends and family with their Top 8 Essential Oil Set. This selective collection includes: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet Orange and Tea Tree. These oils have a multitude of therapeutic properties and uses that can enhance wellness, purify your home or office, and inspire positive emotions. Nature has endless abilities to heal and now Art Naturals has packaged the most useful oils for you to use at your leisure. Set the mood in your household or office space, kill germs, promote better sleep and breathe easier with these 100% pure essential oils. Aromatherapy produces immediate results that are safe and effective. Use in a Standard or Bluetooth Oil Diffuser or add a few drops to their Volcano Humidifier to instantly transform your home or office into a sacred space.
Aromatherapy and the medicinal use of plants have been recorded in history for more than 5,500 years but researchers and archeologist have documented plant remains in burial sites that date back to 10,500 years ago. It wasn’t until the development of the still and steam distillation process (approximately 980-1036AD) when the discovery and extraction of essential oils came to be. By the 13th century, the process was refined and essential oils gained popularity throughout Europe. Those that worked around oils, such as physicians, perfumers and glove makers, stayed healthy through the plagues and many diseases that were rampant during that time. Using what Mother Nature has to offer is nothing new, but it definitely is special.   
When you are ready to work with essential oils on the body you have to put them in carrier oils. Why: 1)So the sun does not scar your body. Look it up on Google, it happens. 2)So the mix is proper and does not damage the body: that includes internal organs. These can to harm to the kidneys, the liver, etc. 
Always dilute in a carrier oil prior to using or blending with other oils. Eucalyptus can be used to combat acne, boost immunity, and is a good addition to massage oils to tackle rheumatic conditions. Blend Frankincense with peppermint to help with pain or blend with eucalyptus to assist with chest congestion. Combine Lavender with Lemon and Peppermint to assist with allergies. Blend Lemongrass together with sweet orange for uplifting the mood. Reduce fevers with Peppermint, stay focused with Rosemary, and become refreshed and uplifted with Sweet Orange. Infections can be fought with Tea Tree as well as tackling household germs and mold. Use each oil alone or blend together in a standard or Bluetooth oil diffuser, or place 1-2 drops in the palm of your hand and inhale deeply.
Shelf Life: When stored in a dark cool environment, all 8 oils will have a shelf life of approximately 2 years upon opening.
Safety Information: Topical and aromatic use only. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to use. Older oxidized oil can increase the potential for skin irritation. Do not ingest orally and keep out of eyes, ears and nose. Excessive use of any oil can lead to sensitization. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Eucalyptus - People with Asthma should be cautious with Eucalyptus. Studies show Eucalyptus being helpful; however in certain cases, it may set off an asthma attack. Do not use on children under the age of 5. Use with caution for children between 5-10.
Frankincense - Non-toxic, generally non-irritating.
Lavender - Non-toxic, generally non-irritating.
Lemongrass - May irritate skin and mucous membranes. Use in low dilution rates of .7% (3-4 drops per 1oz carrier) when applying to the skin. Use with caution on children (.5% 2-3 drops per 1oz carrier) and do not use when pregnant. Oils containing Citral should be avoided with antidepressants (specifically Bupropion), which could potentially inhibit CYP2B6 enzyme.
Peppermint - May cause skin or mucous membrane irritation. Use a 1-2% dilution for topical use. Avoid using with children under 5 years of age. Peppermint can raise blood pressure. Contraindicated in case of cardiac fibrillation and for G6PD deficiency.
Rosemary - People with Epilepsy should avoid Rosemary. Do not use Rosemary if pregnant. Rosemary can increase blood pressure, if you have high blood pressure, use in low dilutions 1% (5-6 drops per 1oz carrier). Do not use on children under the age of 5. Use with caution for children between 5-10.
Sweet Orange - Non-toxic though it may cause skin irritation if not diluted properly. Use in low dilution rates 1-2% when applying to the skin.
Tea Tree - May cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin.

Isn't this just the best? It is definitely a great gift in the lower mid-price range. It is suitable for men or women. And it can be use often. I would say 16 to 98 years old could use this!

These items are available through www.artnaturals.com. Like Art Naturals on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Naturals/794111280668325?ref=hl; Follow Art Naturals on Twitter:@ArtNaturals; Follow Art Naturals on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artnaturals/; Follow Art Naturals on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/artnaturals/; Follow Art Naturals on Google+:https://plus.google.com/108675165094141489383   and Subscribe to Art Naturals on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18WB4YIil4oK_R_Z315Esg.

Here is a link to the Art Naturals Arabica Coffee Scrub I reviewed http://bit.ly/2cOcHeh. Check it out, it is  a very nice scrub for the face and body. And also makes a great holiday gift.

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)


Holiday Gift Guide: COOLA Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer SPF 30 #HolidayGiftGuide #COOLADawnPatrol #MakeupPrimerSPF30

(product photo courtesy of www.coolasuncare.com)

1 fl.oz./30mL $42.00
COOLA Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer SPF 30 is a great primer for skin because it has a SPF 30 in it. You can skip the sunscreen you normally use under your primer and just use the primer instead! For me that is great. Keep that fresh faced feeling of the crisp morning air and keep looking fresh all day with their latest innovation Dawn Patrol SPF 30 Makeup Primer.  This silky-smooth formula provides a multitasking base for radiant skin and flawless makeup application. A proprietary blend of Honeysuckle, White Lily and Iris Stem Cells instantly enhances overall skin quality, while their signature Plant Protection and broad spectrum SPF 30 shields and protects skin from damaging UV rays. Can be used alone or before foundation for flawless skin protection with the perfect photo finish! The SPF 30 comes from Avobenzone 1.9%, Octosalate 4% and Octocrylene 7%. These are chemical sunscreens, so if you are allergic to them you will not be able to use this product. Howevver, COOLA makes products with mineral sunscreens. The great thing about this primer is it works for all skin types and tones. It is weightless and layers seamlessly with other makeup and it binds to skin and makeup. This primer does not cake or flake. It is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. It is preservative and synthetic fragrance-free.

I found it to be one of the best primers I have ever used. It blends into the skin quite easily and lets makeup sit right into the skin where it goes. I have tried all kinds of primers. Rarely if ever do they contain SPF. I like that this does because it means that I don't have to wear sunscreen under my makeup or under my primer, which means less to make my skin oily looking by the end of the day.  This is great! I am very happy. So far, so good and I happen to love their sunscreens too. Very good suncare. This primer does not have any silicone in it that allows it to have some slip on the skin, instead it relies on an oil to give it that slip. The oil is a very light oil, sunflower seed oil. I love the way it glides on the skin and sinks right in to it. It moisturizes the skin as it primes it. It is very nice.

COOLA Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer SPF 30 is available online at www.coolasuncare.com. It is $42.00 and would make the perfect gift for any makeup junkie or any woman for that matter. Anyone who uses primer (which should be any woman) would love this as a gift. Also, all women should be using at least an SPF30 daily to avoid photodamage. Like COOLA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/COOLAsuncare; Follow COOLA on Twitter: @coola_suncare; Follow COOLA on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/coola/; Follow COOLA on Instagram: https://instagram.com/coola_suncare/ and Follow COOLA on Google+: https://plus.google.com/113201530784511859797.

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)

Holiday Gift Guide: L'Occitane Fragrant Lavender Collection #HolidayGiftGuide #LavenderGiftSet #loccitane #loveloccitane

(product photo courtesy of www.usa.loccitane.com)

$74.00 (value $100.50)
Transport a loved one to the relaxing and aromatic fields of fine lavender from Haute Provence with this adored collection. If you are stressed out at the end of a work day, or need to relax because your work makes you a little wonky or the kids have increased your blood pressure, then run a bath with these products and take yourself to another place with these products. You will love the way they relax you and make you smell so divine. The Lavender Collection was born with this in mind. It contains all the items to make sure you relax and some to give you that small little sensation daily with liquid soap and a lavender sachet to put in your clothing drawers. 

What is in the collection? A lot! This set contains the following:

Lavender Foaming Bath 16.9 fl.oz/500mL

- Lavender Perfumed Sachet Net Wt. 1.2 fl.oz/35g

- Lavender Hand Cream Net Wt. 0.3 oz./10mL

- Bonne Mere Soap - Lavender Net Wt. 3.5 oz./100g

- Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash 10.1 fl.oz/300mL

- Lavender Body Lotion 2.5 oz./75mL

The hand cream and the body lotion are the only things that are not full sized but everything else is full sized. The hand cream is a deluxe size and the body lotion is a deluxe size that would go in a gift set. 

I love lavender. I used to not like it when I was younger, I do believe that it is a fragrance that you get to love as you get older.  This set would make a great gift for a mother, sister, aunt, dear friend, grandmother, etc. 

The L'Occitane Fragrant Lavender Collection retails for $74.00 (a $100.50 value) and can be purchased online at www.usa.loccitane.com or in L’Occitane boutiques. Like L’Occitane on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loccitane.usa; Follow L’Occitane on Twitter: @LOCCITANE; Follow L’Occitane on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/loccitane/; Subscribe to L’Occitane on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/loccitaneenprovence/featured; Follow L’Occitane on Instagram:https://instagram.com/loccitane/ and Follow L’Occitane on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+loccitaneusa/posts.

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was sent for consideration)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide Stocking Stuffers: Holiday Band-Aids #HolidayGiftGuide #StockingStuffer #HolidayBandAids

Holiday Band-Aids
20 assorted band-aids $3.99

I have another great stocking stuffer here. Holiday themed band aids from Band-Aid brand. Inside a box of 20 are five different assorted holiday themed band-aids with four of each kind to amount to 20 total. What is nice is that there are assorted sizes and these are not made with natural rubber latex, so if you have a latex allergy you can use these. 

There are two sizes: you get 10 3/4 x 3 inch and 10 5/8 x 2 1/4 inch. On the side of the box it shows you the actual size of the bandage. They are sterile unless damaged and opened. I think these would make a cute little stocking stuffer in your kids stockings, especially if your kids are into band-aids like some kids are.

These are available whereever Band-Aids are sold. 

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

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