L’BRI Skin Care Products Giveaway — CLOSED

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It’s been a long time since I last hosted a giveaway, and it’s time to make it a regular habit again!  This month I’m giving away a tube of L’BRI aloe vera barbadensis jelly, a vitamin E stick, and a sample of their intense moisture cream.  The aloe vera jelly is awesome at speeding up the healing process and I’ve used it many times on myself and my children.  The vitamin E stick keeps lips moist and provides a bit of SPF, too.  If you’re not from Wisconsin, you have probably never heard of L’BRI products.  It’s a local company which uses aloe as the first ingredient in its skin care, beauty and home products.  If you want to learn more about the company, visit their site.

Enter by following the link below.  It’s open to participants within the 48 contiguous United States and will end on Feb. 28, 2017.  The winner will be announced on my blog and contacted through email.  Good luck!

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Pure & Essential Minerals™ Dead Sea Mud Mask Review


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It’s review time again!  Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the Dead Sea Mud Mask from Pure & Essential Minerals™.  They sent me this free sample so that I could review it.  I’ll be sharing my honest opinions.

Here’s a bit of information from the company about their product:

At Pure & Essential Minerals™, we believe the most powerful and effective ingredients for the care of your skin come directly from nature. Pure & Essential Minerals™ products are manufactured using only natural and organic ingredients direct from the source. All of our skin care products are created to help restore the natural vitality and radiance of your skin.

DEAD SEA MUD HAS BEEN RENOWNED FOR CENTURIES AS A NATURAL BEAUTY REMEDY! Here’s how it works: As this luxurious mud mask gently dries on your face, it draws out excess oils, impurities & grime from your skin. At the same time your skin is infused with ancient Dead Sea minerals and essential oils. This mask leaves your face clean, fresh and blemish free. Used weekly your complexion will gain a new clarity and all-day glow.

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First off, you get a pretty large jar, 6 oz. to be exact.  That will last you a long time because you don’t need very much for each application.

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And this is what the beautiful mud mixture looks like!  Appetizing, no?  It has a very smooth consistency, with only a little bit of grit in there for exfoliation.  As you would probably imagine, it does have a little bit of a mud scent to it.  It isn’t overpowering or offensive, though.

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Here’s my muddy face!  This is with a couple of layers on.  The first layer didn’t feel like it was quite enough, so I went ahead and smeared another one on.  I’m not sure I would do that again because my skin got very tight.

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Now I don’t want to gross you out, but look at the skin on my chin there.  I told you my skin got very tight!  After several minutes the mud started to dry and I could feel everything getting tighter.  It was difficult to talk or smile.  In addition to that, there were alternating feelings of coolness and warmth over my whole face.  It didn’t feel bad.  I don’t know if those feelings of coolness and warmth are normal for everyone.  Haha, look at my dinosaur skin again.  It’s so weird!

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This is what my skin looked like after using warm water and a washcloth to clean off the mud.  My face really did feel great.  It was like it had been lightly exfoliated and refreshed.  I will keep using the Dead Sea Mud Mask once a week.  If you’re looking for a product like this to give yourself a weekly beauty treatment, why not give it a try?

Have you tried this product?  What did you think?

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I just wanted to share that I joined Smiley360 recently and am waiting to receive my first product to review.  When you sign up, you agree to provide reviews for products which they will send you.  Which products you qualify for depends on the questionnaire that you fill out, which details information about your family, interests, etc.  Right away I qualified for a sample of children’s cold medicine, so I’m looking forward to trying that out.  It seems like my kids are always getting colds this time of year.  Anywho, if you’d like to check them out, just click on the link: Smiley 360

Dumpster Dive # 2

I went out diving again last night.  I can see how this could become addictive.  If you can believe it, this trip was even more fruitful than my first one.  Let’s get right to it.  Below you’ll see what I found.  I divided it into three photos so you can see it better.

IMG_4812The first thing I found was these two jackets behind a consignment store.  The black one was missing the zipper pull.  The white one, however, was very nice and fully functional.  The only problems I could see were a very light mark on one sleeve and another tiny one on the bottom hem in the back.  It’s a very nice jacket.  It won’t fit me, but I’ll take it to our local free clothing charity.  They are always in need of coats and jackets.

IMG_4816This stuff all came from various places.  I’ll outline them below.

  • The two baskets, plus the trimmings and ribbons in the one basket all came from a bridal store.  There was nothing wrong with any of it.
  • The white tape display sign came from the dollar store.  I was just thinking about how I was going to store my washi tape the other day, so when I spotted this, it was a no-brainer.  I’ll be covering the background to make it prettier.
  • On top of the tape sign is a little gingerbread man cookie cutter.  This was at a craft store.
  • The electronic device, wreath, and box of candles came from a variety store that was going out of business.  The candles are somewhat blotchy from age, but otherwise perfectly usable.  I’ll keep them in the basement for the next time the power goes out.  It seems like we’re always short of candles when we need them.  The wreath is also in fine shape.  I don’t know what the electronic device is, but brought it home so my hubby could tell me what it is and how it works.

IMG_4815My last stop produced this gang of ornamental scarecrows.  They had another comrade in the dumpster, but I couldn’t reach him.  They have a bamboo stake that you drive into the ground.  They are cheaply made, but are fine for the yard since people won’t be examining them up close.  They still have the tags on them.  I suppose because it’s Christmas they wanted to get rid of these large off-season goods.  I’ll be offering them to someone else, since I don’t do yard ornaments.

That’s all I have for you!  I did better record-keeping this time so that I don’t go back to places that are just a waste of time.  Hasta luego!