Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Scarlet Raine Handmade Soaps and Candles Sponsor Spotlight Review

Oh, you are going to love this company once I tell you and show you some of the scrumptious things that she sent me to review. I haven't seen anything quite like it before and am so incredibly proud that I have such an awesome prize to give to one winner. I wish I could give out more of these!
Maybe sometime in the future we can find some little something and have a few winners but for now, we going to concentrate on the Mother's Day Giveaway that starts on May 1st and ends on May 18th. Are you ready to see what is in store for you?
The company's name is Scarlet Raine Homemade Soaps and Candles and boy, are you going to love these!
Do you see this awesome scrumptious looking candle? I bet you thought it was some sort of ice cream made in heave, didn't you? Oh, no, this is Black Raspberry and the Vanilla Soy Candle! I can tell you right now that I was just too awed by this one to even touch it. I knew my granddaughter would have a fit over it for Christmas this year so I am constraining myself to keep from lighting it up.
And believe me, you don't need to light it up to smell the Black Raspberry. I think it actually overtook all the other scents so I had to separate them because they all smell like that now but hoping it will slowly fade now that they are separated.
They have one other size you can choose from which is is about the same height, just a little fatter. They said that this particular scent was made with an enticing blend of blackberries and raspberries, with middle notes of white floral greenery, and bottom notes of musk and vanilla. Now, don't that just take the cake!
I would have never guessed musk and white floral greenery as the blackberry smell pretty much is the main event, just like my granddaughter likes it! She even has body sprays of this stuff and I have to roll the windows down if we are in a car because she goes super bananas over this scent.
Now, this is an 8 oz. Rustic Candle in the Candied Watermelon scent. Here is how she describes that scent:
Candied Watermelon - Top notes of watermelon, lime, lemon, and bergamot; followed by middle notes of marigold, sweet, juicy melon; with base notes of white musk and vanilla.

This will be the one I keep for my daughter for Christmas. Two reasons: I have to give them both something similar they fight like cats and dogs over who I love more so now I either get 2 of the same or something that is equally good but different. And she loves the scent of Watermelon and I would have never guessed that there was vanilla and white musk in there.

Of course, it did not smell like a regular watermelon which I am eternally grateful because I don't like Watermelons but this is more of a mellow scent. So, this goes in the Christmas box as well.
And this is the 16 oz. size in the Strawberries and Cream scent which is described as:
Strawberries 'n' Cream - Highly requested fragrance! The aroma of fresh, juicy strawberries with just the right amount of creamy sweetened whipped cream.

Now, this one I can take the best but will more than likely give this one away as well. I am not a fruit loving candle lover. I love the Lavenders, Vanilla Bean, Sage & Citrus, Red Hot Cinnamon, Pink Sugar or Fairy Skin (this one sounds like the one I would have liked best beside my Lavender). I am not into sweet smelling candles but thankfully, my girls are so this will make excellent Christmas gifts.

They are all 100% Soy and will burn according to these sizes:

8 oz. - Burns 60-70 hours
16 oz. - Burns 120-140 hours
32 oz. - Burns 240-280 hours

I expect the girls will definitely be happy campers this Christmas. I probably should have just come right out and said what I liked but I hate to tell sponsors what to send. I don't want to come off as being bossy and besides, I know if I don't care for something, either my kids will or my best friend will.

So, this will really help me more to have something I can give them that they like. Ever since I was forced to take Disability, their Christmas have been nothing like they used to be so every small prize I can hold for them warms my heart.

Now, let's switch gears and talk about Soaps! I have always had this thing for wonderful smelling soap and I love all the new ways that the soap artists have been able to make soap seem exotic and mesmerizing.

These are the two soaps that we were sent but wait until I take the wrapping off and you see will an amazing transformation! 
This is the Pear Berry - Cupcake Soap which has these amazing scents added to it:
A fruity fresh fragrance blend of ripened pear, raspberries, strawberries, and gooseberries, with slight musk undertones.
It actually does smell pretty good and I never would have thought that about Pears because I have smelled bottled Foam Pear Soaps and didn't like them at all but my best friend does. She is in love with Pears and so I will keep this for her for her birthday in August.
I do get her something for Mother's Day also since my Mom died, she has kind of taken over and she is older than me but not enough to be my mother but I still look out for her. I know this will please her to no end.  I also like what they have in their soaps so I know it will be good for her skin and she shouldn't have any problems:
All of our soaps are formulated to lather beautifully and are long lasting. They are made naturally by the Cold-Process Method and loaded with skin loving Oils of Olive, Coconut, and Shea Butter.
Here is the one I would have chosen for myself, the Lavender Cup Cake with the beautiful Rose Petals.  In its full glory, standing alone in this one, and dusted with pink rose petals. Don't worry, the rose petals wash away on first use. One of our absolute favorite botanicals at Scarlet Raine. Strong scent. But, it's okay because I have lots of Lavender Soap and this was more about getting something that I could give to the people I love.
Now, here is where art comes into play. This is a Plumeria Rose Cake Soap! And the scents in this one is a lightly scented sweet floral combination of jasmine, lilac, rose, and lily of the valley with light fruity notes of peach, lemon, lime, and tart green apple. Just so you know, I did not get these last two. I didn't want to confuse anyone.
This is the soap that I got that was sitting next to the Pear Cupcake Soap and this one is the Champagne - Creme Silk Soap and here is the description of this one:
Effervescent citrus notes and sweet vanilla combine in this festive fragrance! A sparkling aldehydic accent creates a fizzy effect for the citrus top notes of lime and orange to open this blend. Hints of green floral and rum liquor notes from the fragrant heart. Clear woody tones combine with earthy accents while a base of vanilla bean surrounds the fragrance. So incredibly unique and fun!

Now, this one I just might keep for myself. Or it might actually make a great gift to give to Mike for his birthday coming up on May 12th and mine is May 1st, so maybe we can share this one! 
I didn't get this one either but wanted to show you a soap she made for men called Teakwood & Cardamon and it is an exotic, masculine blend of teakwood surrounded by rich spices of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove; sitting on base notes of cedar, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli. Very strong! Probably wouldn't need an aftershave after using this.
Mmm, maybe we can get her to come back for Father's Day and do this one! What do you guys say? I bet this one smells heavenly. I have always loved men's fragrance and nothing smells better than a fresh cleaned up man!
And lastly, I wanted to show you one other item that I think would be awesome to have and that is her Single Scent Shot.  She says to use these several ways and I have some of my own ideas, like bathrooms, but here is what she says:
Scents your home for hours upon hours. Scent shot(s) are placed in a warmer and slowly warmed from a small tea light or electric heating source below. Melt one or melt a few to make your own unique scent!

Scent shots melt at cooler temperatures and allow the fragrance to diffuse more rapidly and evenly, rather than float straight to the ceiling with the heat of a flame. They scent your home with the perfect amount of fragrance.

Perfect for when you are craving scent in areas where open flames are not allowed - like a work desk or dorm room.
I would love the Lavender Flowers and the Fairy Skin and the Paris 1921 in these. I think the rooms would smell so darn awesome, don't you?
Here is the Special they have going on right now!
Enter 15OFF to receive 15% off your order - Now thru Mother's Day! Shipping is always a flat $5 or FREE on $75 orders(This special shipping price does not apply to wholesale orders). We Ship USPS Priority Mail (USPS site says they deliver to most in 2-3 business days)
I think I have shown you a little bit of everything that she has and I hope you take some time and just go over and see what other scents she has that you might like to experience.

Scarlet Raine is going to give the winner of my Mother's Day Giveaway that starts on May 1st and ends on the 18th a $50 GC to pick out what you would like to have. I thought that was pretty awesome! Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

Sindulge.com Products Sponsor Spotlight Review

I have several really awesome products to tell you about that Sindulge.com sent me for review. It was quite a mixture of all kinds of awesome things that I think you will enjoy.
Here is what I was sent:
**Pixi Champagne Glow Eyeshadow
**Pixi #11 NailPolish
**Senna Stardust Face & Body Bling Set
**Somme Institute Transform Your Skin with MDT5
I really loved this light sorta shiny dust on my eyes because it was not loud and unless you really looked closely, you did not know I had it on. It sorta blended in with my skin but made my eyes pop and look natural, which is what I go for these days. Those days of the hot colors and all are behind me. I am into natural and less is more now.
This color and some of the others that they have are silky, vitamin-infused eye shadow to brighten and lift eyes.There are only 11 colors and most are natural and the colors look like earth colors to me. Besides, this eyeshadow also has a double duty!  Really loved the Champagne Glow Eyeshadow!
Beneficial ingredients and what they do:
  • Shea butter nourishes the skin
  • Jojoba oil is an effective natural moisturizer
  • Vitamin E nourishes and protects delicate skin around the eye
  • Vitamin C is a naturally derived youth-enhancing and anti-aging ingredient
Now, on the box that had this nail polish it said No. 11 but when I looked on Sindulge and on Pixi's site, I couldn't find this color so this must either be a new color or one that they are discontinuing which is a shame if that is what is happening. I really like the light pink shade. Looks awesome on the fingernails and on the toes. It would make a really nice Summer color to show off while at the pool or beach or a night on the town.
It's got a super smooth application with a chip-resistant finish and built-in UV protection to prevent polish discoloration.  Looks like there is 17 colors all together. Let's hope this one gets to stay around. I really loved the natural sheen, especially on my toes and then I had the pro's put on a daisy on my big toes. Looks really cute for summer!
Now, this next set came in a kit called Stardust Face & Body Bling by Senna. I have to admit that I liked the colors, especially the lip gloss but was puzzled about what to do with the other 2 products so I did some digging.
Okay, the name of the lipgloss is Bling Bling and boy, does it have some nice ingredients to make you feel like you are worth some weight in gold!  BLING BLING Lip Lacquer gilds lips in delicious, 24 karat sparkling gold as it keeps them kissing smooth for hours with hydrating Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil. Now, what did I tell you?
The Kit is called Be Golden and that is because I think with all the highlights and stuff in this awesome kit, you come across as being golden with a sparkle of gold!  Here is what they said about the two other products in the kit:

Be Golden and create dramatic light catching effects with gold for an enchanted, angelic look. STARDUST Highlighting Powder Duo contains a loose mineral sparkling powder and pressed glowing powder in one sleek jar. Just wanted to make sure you saw that this is mineral makeup and not just plain ordinary makeup.

 It instantly gives your skin warm, youthful luminosity. Like snowflakes in the moonlight, the silken gold loose sparkling powder is ethereal on the face and body. Super radiant, the pressed beam of rose golden light creates spot brilliance on cheekbones, bow of lips, brow bone and décolleté.

Both of these product stack on top of each other and then click together for easy storage. You could even take it with you in your handbag for touch up's because it really is nice and round and small like a single eye shadow would be but it's very thick because each piece has quite a bit of pressed and loose powder in each separate part.
Now, this is a new Skincare Regime that the Somme Institute has come up with called MDT5 which means 5 steps, 5 vitamins and takes 5 minutes. I was sent 2 of these packets to try and I have to tell you that I love them! Plus I love that it is already pre-packaged for me and there was no guess work at all in figureing out what to do. Now, on the full size jars and bottles, they are all color coordinated so you will know what each one does and when you use it. 
Okay, so here is how it works: 
**Step 1 is the Blue Circle and that is your cleanser (far left)
**Step 2 is the Purple Circle and it's Exfoliation w/o abrasion
**Step 3 is the Orange Circle it's the Serum (amplifies collegan & helps brighten)
**Step 4 is the Green Circle and it's called the A-Bomb; it has all the vitamins that the skin needs
**Step 5 is the Coral Circle and it's the Double Defense for hydration and sun protection
Now, how simple does all that sound? It sure does make it all seem so much more sensible and simple that there is no way you could mess up.  Here is what Somme Institute says about MDT5:
Our Breakthrough Technology
Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5™) is a revolutionary vitamin/protein delivery system based on the results of Somme Institute®'s over 10 years of clinical trials. MDT5™ allows highly engineered vitamins (A, B3, B5, C and E) to penetrate deep within the skin to:
  • Significantly improve skin tone, texture, clarity and appearance
  • Repair years of sun damage
  • Visibly lighten discoloration
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Eliminate blemishes and prevent their occurrence
I wish I had had more than just the 2 packets so I could really have seen what it can do. I am really intrigued by this one and will be keeping my eyes and hears open on this and see where it goes. The only 2 things missing was the Neck Cream and the Warming Mask which enables the skin to better absorb steps 1 thru 5 so even if you don't get the Neck Cream, it sounds like the Mask is a key factor in all of this also.
And finally, here is a little bit about what Sindulge does:
Sindulge.com: Beautiful, Confident, Cruelty Free

Beautiful: Sindulge brings you beauty that fits your everyday needs, no matter what type of lifestyle you live. Whether you are a gal on the go, a stay at home parent, organic beauty aficionado or glamour gal, rest assured, we've got something for everyone!

Confident: Tap into your best self by learning about new techniques and products that suit you perfectly. The best part? Do it all with consultants that custom tailor your regimen, leaving you confident with the knowledge you need to make the best choices in your daily beauty regimen.

Cruelty Free: We're passionate about our furry friends and their rights. Simply put, we do not sell any form of cosmetic product that has been tested on animals. Through the product development to final stages, rest assured every product on Sindulge.com is safe and free of any animal testing.
Connect with Sindulge.com several ways:

Mailing Address:
2615 S. Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, CA 90058
Phone:  1-855-746-3854
Email:   support@sindulge.com

Sindulge.com has been gracious enough to offer the winner of my Mother's Day Giveaway that starts on May 1st and ends on the 18th, the same products that I just reviewed. Yes, all of them! It's a $60 value and you will love them. Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Polaroid Fotobar Sponsor Spotlight Review

This was a hard picture for me to take because everywhere I put it I still got feedback from the lights overhead shining on the picture and it was capturing me pointing the camera at the picture and half of them I had to throw out.
I finally went into our bedroom and propped it up on some pillows so that is why you see all those different colors in the background. And the picture is actually not that dark either but the only way I could keep myself and the camera out of the glare was to do it this way. I know it's not the best quality but that is my fault, not Polaroid Fotobar.
The people at Polaroid Fotobar did an amazing job with that small little picture I sent them and blowing this up to have a really nice picture of Charlie. He had just had a hair cut so he doesn't look like a Yorkie but he is. This was taken on our vacation last year and we were in a boat and he was hugging me for dear life!
After I sent them this picture, I found another one that would have been better but it was too late by then, but really, the quality of this picture is what is making this seem off.

Okay, guys, here is a coupon code (FBLTEA) to use to get 20% off of your order. It is for my readers only.
Here is another picture that they did for someone else that shows a much better quality. I really need to figure out a way to get a better camera but short of winning one, that will be impossible but wanted to show you a few other pieces of their work so that you know yours will come out far nicer than mine, especially if you have a clearer and more precise photo to send them. This one above is Framed Art and the one below is Awards:
So, as you can see, it does make a difference if you provide them with a really good quality photo to begin with. You can use pictures taken with any electronic device such as:
I don't have any of these except my Facebook but unfortunately, we did not load this picture of Charlie on Facebook. I am not so sure it would have turned out any different. As for Smart Phones, well, that is like the camera, no money to buy one of those either, so I will have to make do with what I got. So, for all you Techies out there, I bet you have some pretty amazing photo's that you would like to get framed and up on a wall somewhere in your home or office.
Don't you love it when a company actually has some Principles? And a Guarantee on top of that? What more could you want if you wanted to have an awesome picture turned into a beauty of art, capture Mom in a good pose or good light and then have Polaroid Foto do their work and give her a gift that all of you will treasure or take pictures of her children and give to her, either way I bet she would feel blessed.
I wasn't thinking clearly at the time, but you can also have your photo's made into magnets! Now, that is what I should have done with Charlie's cute little face, plaster him all over my fridge! Oh, Polaroid Fotobar has endless possibilities so you really need to go over there and just wander around for awhile before you make up your mind. I was in a time crunch and made a snap decision but I won't do that again. 
You all know my health hasn't been good lately and so I got behind and was rushing around like a chicken with it's head cut off and that is not a good time to be making serious decisions. So, think about it and decide what you think would look good in your home and then pick the perfect picture or choose one of theirs and make magic happen.
They have the ability to make your photo in wood, metal, lucite, acrylic and even bamboo. So, go take a gander and see what works for you. Oh, did I mention coasters? Yes, they can make coasters out of your photo's!
Connect with Polaroid Fotobar several ways: 
Mailing Address:
Att: Customer Service
Polaroid Fotobar
1040 Holland Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Call us toll-free: 1-800-953-0025
Fax us: 1-561-952-4248
Email:   contactus@polaroidfotobar.com

The awesome folks at Polaroid Fotobar will be offering the winner of my Mother's Day Giveaway Event that starts on May 1st and ends on the 18th a $50 GC to spend on their site. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Alpha Hydrox Skincare Products Sponsor Spotlight Review

I really have some really great skincare for you to try for your face and you will love it! If you use these the right way, you will have some seriously awesome looking nice skin on your face. The two products that I got to try where the Eye and Upper Lip Cream and the Retinol ResQ Anti Wrinkle Cream from Alpha Hydrox.
First, let's begin with the Retinol ResQ Face Cream:
Here is what you can expect to get from this little magic tube:
Anti-wrinkle, firming cream
Contains .15% Pure-Active Retinol (Vitamin A)
1.05 oz.
* For all skin types except sensitive
* Oil & Fragrance-Free, pH 4
* Delivers pure-active Vitamin A
* Contains Vitamins C&E
* Helps remove fine lines & wrinkles
* Tightens & firms skin
Please remember that you can only use this Retinol Cream at night only!
And guess what? What is the best thing right now? If you buy 2 products, you will get 1 free! Now, you can't get any better than that! The other best thing about this brand is that it won't break your bank.
Now, for the Eye & Upper Lip Cream
Here is what you can expect from this Eye & Lip Cream:
Anti-aging treatment for the delicate eye & lip area
.65 oz.
* For all skin types
* Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
* Non-greasy
* Absorbs quickly, won't run or melt
* Contains Lactic AHA, Vitamins E & B5, Soy, Chamomile, Cucumber extract & Almond Oil
If you want to have this one work the best for you, please use twice daily on clean skin for the best results. To get a good clean face, I like their NOURISHING CLEANSER.

Why do I like it? Well, here is why:

Contains Pro-vitamins, Antioxidants & Soy4.5 oz.
* For all skin types
* Fragrance-free, soap-free
* Non-drying
* Contains Glycolic AHA & vitamins
* Removes makeup, moisturizes
* Gently removes eye makeup
I like that it has vitamins and soy and it's soap free and non drying, which is something you do not want if you have dry skin like I do. So, this get's my nod as the best all around cleanser. Then use your Retinol ResQ and the Eyes and Upper Lip Cream.
A little bit about Alpha Hydrox:

Alpha Hydrox® skin care products are manufactured in Denver, Colorado...

Alpha Hydrox makes battling sun damage, dryness, lines & wrinkles, age spots and acne easy and very affordable. Our alpha hydroxy treatment products help to prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and creases.

They also even skin's tone and unclog pores, helping to banish acne and problem-prone skin. At a fraction of the cost of discount and department store brands that aren't even close to being as effective, Alpha Hydrox will help your skin look & feel younger, fresher, smoother, softer, clearer, more radiant and healthier.

Connect with Alpha Hydrox several ways:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 39-S
4880 Havana St.
Denver, CO 80239-0019
Phone:  (800) 552-5742
Email:    consumerrelations@slginc.com
The awesome folks at Alpha Hydrox is gonna let the winner of my Mother's Day Giveaway Event that starts on May 1st and ends on the 18th, have the same set that I just reviewed minus the cleanser, I was just telling you what I liked. You will win the Retinol ResQ and the Eye & Upper Lip Cream.  Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Maggie Bags Campus Tote Sponsor Spotlight Review

You are gonna love this Campus Tote in Red from Maggie Bags! I know that I have really been getting the most out of mine! It is just big enough to put everything I need in there along with coupons for grocery shopping and all the ads that I cut out to make sure I go to the right place and get all the things that are on sale. You will find all kinds of ways to use this awesome Red Campus Tote!
These bags are made so well and they are very tough and can go thru quite alot more than regular handbags. The Campus Tote is also big enough to carry some of your electronics along with books if you are in either High School or College and this would make an excellent gift item for either a new High Schooler or College bound young adult lady. I even fit my laptop in mine, but I do have one of the smaller ones. So, that should give you an idea of how big these are. 
Here are some of the other colors I had to choose from but I knew before even looking that I wanted a red one. There is just something about the red ones that seem more vibrant and plus they remind me of Christmas and wow, will I have fun with this baby come Christmas! There are actually (9) different colors you can choose in the Campus Tote so I think you will be able to find the right color for you!
Maggie Bags Webbing Waterfall
Just look at all the colors of seatbelts that they have come up with to make all of these awesome bags and yes, you heard me right! These bags are made from leftover seatbelts out of cars and trucks.
Finding new applications for industrial materials has always been a goal of Maggie Bags™ and Adrian’s, Inc.  It can be a very difficult material to work with. We are using a material that is not originally designed to bend and move in the way we are using it. As a result not every bag will have perfect lines, perfect shapes or perfect construction. It is part of what makes our products so unique.
In case you weren't around last Christmas, I got to review a Tote of Many Colors and I chose this awesome pink and brown one because I love the colors but also because at the time, we needed something that could carry alot of stuff and this one is twice as big as the Campus Tote or it seems that way to me! 
This is what the inside of a Campus Tote Bag looks like and although it looks small, they have alot of room.  My camera couldn't get any good shots and this one from Maggie's site is a little on the small side but I hope you still get a sense of what kind of space is there. 
Here's a little history on how Maggie Bags got started:
The Maggie Bags™ legacy began with our parent company, Adrian’s, Inc., launching Tennessee Webbing Products in 1991. Tennessee Webbing has kept millions of yards of narrow fabrics out of landfills since they began operation.  
Here at Maggie Bags™, our mission has always been to do our part for the environment. Maggie Bags™ launched our first line of seat belt handbags in the spring of 2009 with a handful of retailers and a little online store.   
Today our fashionable and functional seat belt purses can be found in hundreds of retail locations across the United States, many online retail stores and in our own online store.  
Connect with Maggie's Bags several ways:
Mailing Address:
PO Box 6091
Knoxville, TN 37914
Telephone: 877-546-1828
Fax: 865 522-5824

Maggie Bags has been so kind as to offer the winner of my Mother's Day Giveaway that starts on May 1st and ends on the 18th, the same Maggie Bag that I just reviewed! You will love the color and it will match the SavvyCents Wallet in this giveaway also. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Mia Mariu Uniquely You Touch Up Kit Sponsor Spotlight Review

I am so excited to be able to bring you another awesome MiaMariu product called the Uniquely You Touch Up Kit for you to carry in your handbag or however else you wish to carry it. Maybe going on a weekend trip and just need the bare minimum so throw it in the overnight bag and one less thing to worry about!
It has some of the nicest colors and they are down to earth colors that I love and that anyone can wear. That is the beauty of this Touch Up Kit in that it can fit anywhere but still give you the colors to make yourself even more gorgeous than you already are. They are universal colors that will look good on anyone!
Here is what is in the Uniquely You Touch Up Kit:
This limited edition kit set features :Magic Satin Mineral Pressed Powder, ultra golden minerals that enable you to create dramatic special makeup effects. This powder can be used as a finishing powder over makeup for day and night looks. Blushing Blush - sheer mineral cheek color glides on smoothly and evenly giving cheeks a very natural radiant healthy glow. Luxe Eyeshadow Trio - Sexy, Flirty and Savvy - offer long wearing mineral eye shades to achieve smoky eyes or combine one or two shades to create your unique day or night look.

I love that they used the whole top part of this kit for the mirror instead of making it so small that you have to angle it every which way to get your whole face. Not with this one you won't have to. This mirror actually does capture your entire face all at once so you can double check to make sure your makeup is on correct and looks good!
One quick tip that would make this look even more awesome?  Use their Perfecting Finish Mineral Foundation Primer and it will blend in all your imperfections and make this makeup go on without any hitches and you will absolutely look awesome!
I am a firm believer in primers and they can make all the difference in the world.  Just apply after your moisturizer and before the foundation and that is it!
Here is what is inside this awesome little tube:
It's rich in antioxidants and botanicals, the Primer creates a smooth facial canvas allowing the foundation to glide on seamlessly, leaving a fresh natural look that lasts all day. Their Mineral Primer is power packed with antioxidants and will offer you the healthy benefits of Lycii Fruit, Aloe, Milk Thistle Extract, White Tea and Vitamin A and E.

You will love both of these products and they will make an awesome quick touch up team that will save you tons of time if you are pressed for it and only have time for a few things, these are the 2 things that I would choose for myself.
Connect with Mia Mariu several ways:
Mailing Address:
12200 Ford Road, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75234
Phone: 214.462.7870 or 800.600.1642
Email:   contactmia@miamariu.com

Mia Mariu is offering the winner of my Mother's Day Giveaway that starts on May 1st and ends on the 18th, the same Uniquely You Touch Up Kit that I just reviewed! You really will love this beautiful compact! Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

Baroni Designs Rice Pearl Necklace Sponsor Spotlight Review

I have some of my own pictures that I will show you in a minute but none of them really captured the beauty of this necklace and so I grabbed an image from Baroni Designs so that you could see how beautiful this Rice Pearl Necklace really is!
Baroni Designs describe it like this:
Petite rice pearls, interspersed with gold or silver accents, and finished with a coin pearl pendant, is perfect worn long or layered. Sterling silver.  And it is 32" Long,  PEARL, 3/4" L.
I wanted a necklace that was long because I really prefer necklaces that don't feel like they are choking me. Plus, I have my diamond journey necklace that my husband gave me a few years back and I never take it off and this way I can wear it and the longer necklace at the same time. 
Plus, I am always thinking ahead and know that in the winter while wearing thicker sweaters and such, you need a longer necklace that can be seen.  I think this is gonna be one of my favorite pieces for a long time to come. Once you see it for real, your eyes will pop just like mine did. All I can truly say to Baroni Designs is, "Thank You for one awesome birthday present!"

Yes, I am having a birthday on May 1st, the day that this giveaway starts, so instead of me getting a bunch of goodies, you guys are gonna reap the benefits and have an Awesome Mother's Day!              
See what I mean about my darn camera! Everything looks gold for some odd reason even the pearls which we all know is not gold. My camera takes white colored things and silver and makes them gold or else I am doing something wrong.  So, at least with the top picture you get a real sense of what the color truly is (which is white pearls with gold parts along the way) and with this picture, you see how nice and long the strand is and that it is 2 layers.
Baroni Designs has alot of different necklaces and other pieces that will take your breath away and I am not a big fan of huge eye bulging jewelry. I like the simple and beautiful pieces like these Rainwater Earrings:
They are simple and are almost like my necklace above but not quite the same but could pass if needed.  Oh, another thing about me, I really do prefer gold over silver and I gravitate more towards things that have gold in them, but I am starting to learn to like silver as it seems gold is getting harder and harder to come by. They have a huge selection of earrings, so go over and take a look around.

I also have to admit that I love the colors of green, even teal or turquoise because my birth month is May and I thought this collection was really awesome too! They call this collection Emerald Forest although it's not really emeralds but they are quite cute.
I actually found a set of bracelets that I really liked also and I bet once you get on this site, you will have a hard time deciding yourself what to pick! There are so many delicious items to choose from!
This is the Trinidad Bracelet Set and it certainly has my gold and there is also a faint white single strand in there too, so I figure it would match my necklace somewhat. This is how Baroni describes this bracelet:  Strands of rutilated quartz and Chinese turquoise, colors of sand and sea, are combined in a striking seven strand stretch bracelet set. 24k gold plate over sterling.
Lastly, for those of you who love charms or stones to put on your necklaces, I thought I would show you a few of Baroni's Charms. I actually believe it or not, like them all, even the silver ones. When stones look good in silver, it's too hard to resist.  Although the gold ones really sparkle, don't they?

To give you an even better idea of some of their other jewelry, here is a video that showcases some of their really awesome stuff:

Lastly, they have a really good Guarantee on their Jewelry:

All Baroni jewelry is hand crafted and each piece is guaranteed against defects in materials or workmanship. This warranty is void if the jewelry has been damaged by accident, negligence, unauthorized service or other factors not due to defects in materials or workmanship. Guarantee does not cover damage due to normal wear-and-tear or abuse as determined by Baroni.

If our jewelry does not conform to this guarantee, please return the jewelry to the store where you purchased it and Baroni shall repair or replace the defective products as long as the item or components are still available. If you bought your jewelry direct from Baroni via our website or catalog, contact us using the contact information above for our 60 day no questions return policy.
I found this under Company Info:
Artist and designer Sarah Baroni has always believed that jewelry and adornments are more than just external trappings. Since its inception in 1991, Baroni has made it their passion to create designs in jewelry that reflect who we are at our deepest level, pieces that are created not only as beautiful adornments but also as testaments to the spirit of the wearer: fearless, vulnerable, wild, free, serene, rebellious, kind, nurturing…and deeply, marvelously human.

Nestled in a small Northern California coastal town and filled with artists, academics, and free spirits, Baroni is a big part of the local community. Support of local non-profits is a priority, as is running a green business that helps sustain the community and the planet. Most of all, Baroni believes that success is meant to be shared, and challenges are to be faced together.

It is said that when even the slightest glimmer of gratitude infuses the heart, fear and darkness are banished. Sarah’s gratitude for her community—and for all of you—is poured into every piece she designs.

May these shining, wearable tokens of gratitude from the Baroni team serve to awaken that deep love in your heart as well. 
Connect with Baroni Designs several ways: 
Mailing Address:
1049 Samoa Boulevard
Arcata, California 95521800.550.8942 | Toll Free
707.822.8067 | International
707.822.7793 | Fax
Email:   sales@baronidesigns.com

Baroni Designs has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Mother's Day Giveaway that starts on May 1st and ends on the 18th, the same awesome rice pearl necklace with the gold pieces throughout the necklace that I just reviewed for you. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.