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Spring has come but for many of us, the effects of winter still haven’t subsided. You've probably been suffering from sore, dry, cracked skin and chapped lips. Not to worry though, you’re not alone! Your hands and face seem to be the last of the extremities to recover from winter’s harsh wrath. Well, we have something for you, and they’re fun!

Chap Stick! Tried and true. You've all heard of it, you've all tried it, and maybe it’s just a lip balm that you already enjoy, or maybe you prefer something else. Have you seen all the new flavors that Chap Stick has come out with? I didn't! I was able to test out a couple of them in Pomegranate Gumdrop and Citrus Jelly Bean. Let me tell you just how awesome these are. I've tried many of the flavors they have had out like, Original, Cherry, Strawberry, and even Peppermint, which by the way, burned like crazy! I love peppermint everything… I may actually have a problem.

Chapstick CitrusJellyBean and Pomegranate

Now, I don’t know if Chap Stick has reformulated or added some new ingredients but it seemed as though they were better than the originals. They didn’t have that waxy, sticky, texture or that waxy taste and smell. I still find that there is a funny smell to the Cherry Chap Stick, which is now my former favorite… or tolerable I should say. So Heck Yes! Way to go Chap Stick! I started out with the Pomegranate Gumdrop and instantly felt a difference. Obviously you’re going to feel something when putting it on your lips, but I felt as if it actually moisturized my lips, and not just acted as a protective coating. I felt hydrated and I didn't have to apply as much through out the day. I had a co-pilot working with me on this testing because she suffers from extreme sensitivity on her skin and gets badly chapped lips. She felt a difference right away. We made sure to test opposite flavors, however I did try both. The Citrus Jelly Bean is like a creamsicle. Orangey, creamy, and delicious, it’s hands down my new fave. However, I keep the Pomegranate Gumdrop with me at all times as well. Overall, how well did this product work? If you give it 3 days, which my co-pilot swears by, your lips will feel like new. I will be sure to search the shelves for these when I run out. They rock. You’ll love them!

Next up, I checked out a body lotion by GOA called 5AM WALKOUT. This is a body lotion made with Shea and Green Tea to help perk up those skin cells, it claims to be from 100% of natural ingredients. There is a note on the bottle that warns for a nut allergy. So if you are allergic to nuts you’ll want to steer clear of this little baby. Upon getting a good sniff of the stuff, I noticed more of the lemongrass smell. I love lemongrass. It smelled great and it reminded me of summer and something I’d wear to the beach! It makes for a fantastic body fragrance! It sticks with you all day and night. It’s faint by the next day but it’s still there. We all like to smell great, just look out for that nut allergy!

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Buying gifts can be tricky business. When you don't know what to get someone, or perhaps your involved in a yankee swap, a gift set can be good go-to option. They're pretty, and usully not full size products to allow your gifted to try a few things out. So here's a couple of gifting ideas for this holiday season:

Crabtree & Evelyn Mini Duo Gift 

Crabtree and Evelyn Noel Small Fragranced Candle

Part of the Crabtree & Evelyn 2013 Secret Garden Holiday Collection, this mini gift set looks beautiful and is sure to make those on your Holiday list smile. It comes in a little flower garden decorated box, with gold trim and the image of a key on the front. It opens up to the Lavender Ultra-Mousturizing Hand Therapy (25g) & Hydrating Body Lotion (50ml). These are the perfect size to take on the go, or to try out the products before you buy full size. I carry the hand lotion in my purse all the time now and I love it! The lavender is very relaxing and soothing especially on a cold winter day. With beautiful packaging and lovely products, this is sure to make a great gift! If you want to add something additional to your gift set, or perhaps looking for something smaller to gift on it's own, Crabtree & Evelyn offer small fragrance candles to fill the room with a Holiday scents. The Noël®Fragranced Candle (small) is in a little red frosted jar with a Poinsettia design that will fit in perfectly with the rest of your Holiday decorations! It's festive fragrance will quickly fill the room and the soft candlelight will tap into your holiday cheer. This candle will make a great addition to any cozy holiday atmosphere!

Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender Mini Duo

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Sila Countless Color Pigments in Groupie 10.1.13 Certified FabulousWhen fall comes around, I really love using my richer, darker, earth toned makeup. There are so many textures and colors to experiment with, but I always make sure I have my basic natural browns as a base for my eye shadow. I recently came across one shadow item that has all the richness and the softness in the browns that I look for - Stila Countless Color Pigments in Groupie. With this shadow, you can create various shades of brown. The browns will blend perfectly with one another since the shadow has them blended into one another. Simply glide your brush across the shadow and you'll have numerous shades of browns for an easy multi-dimensional look. Some of the lighter browns have a gorgeous copper tone that really warms up the look. Stila Countless Pigments in Groupie is available at QVC.com - you can view more stila products available at QVC.com by clicking HERE.

Paul and Joe Eye Set Fall Beauty 10.1.13 Certified FabulousNow that I have my basic browns, I can build with rich plums, or perhaps dark eyeliner & thick mascara, or just the base a light coat of mascara for a more natural look - there are so many options to work with depending on the type of day and your mood. But if I'm looking for a more festive eye makeup look, one with just the right amount of sparkle, I turn to the Paul & Joe Eye Color Set. This set comes with three eye colors; cream eye color in a lovely lavender, grey eye color, and an eye color powder in a luminous white. This color set can create a soft smoky eye with a layer of shimmer to really stand out. The powder really catches the light and is a great addition to any eye makeup that needs an extra festive pop! This set would also make a great gift; the packaging & presentation is just so sweet and lovely! 

Crest 3D White Luxe Sensitivity 10.1.13 Certified FabulousWith our basic and festive eyes now taken care of, we want to make sure we have the bright smile to go with it! These next two products are definite basics that you'll want to use everyday. The first - Crest 3D White Luxe Sensitivity toothpaste. I tend to have sensitive teeth. And when you're teeth hurt, it's no fun. So when I saw Crest offered a sensitivity toothpaste, I knew I had to try it. With enamel safe whitening, this toothpaste helps polish and lift away surfaces stain while also building protection from ChapStickHydrationLock Vanilla Creme Fall Beautysensitive tooth pain. I like to use a whitening toothpaste to take care of the day's surface stains, and the sensitivity aspect did help with minor tooth sensitivity, especially near my gums. This toothpaste also
helps prevent cavities when used regularly. A whiter smile is only part of a bright smile, you also need to take care of your lips in order for your bright smile to be complete! ChapStick Hydration Lock gives your lips a rich, soothing, moisturizer that will last 8 hours. It also helps give lips a smoother and fuller appearance, great to use before applying other lipstick. Another aspect I love about ChapStick products in general, is that the product doesn't turn liquid-y when you apply it. Some balms that I have used, seem to thin out and turn liquid-y on my lips, which doesn't last very long, and makes a mess if I try to apply lipstick on top. But the ChapStick Hydration has a rich, fulfilling layer of moisture. So with the cooler weather, this is a fall must have basic! I keep it in my purse at all times!

Botanics All Bright Day Cream Fall BeautyFor Fall Basic skincare, I turned to Boots Botanics. After cleansing my face in the morning, I apply the Botanics Hydrating Day Cream All Bright Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 15. This day cream brightens and protects your skin while keeping it hydrated for 24 hours. This cream absorbed really well into my skin, and I didn't not have to wait long before applying primer/makeup. It has a nice perfumed scent that is great to get me started in the morning. I'm sometimes hesitant to use a cream in the morning, because I don't want a heavy weighed down, greasy feeling, but this cream was just the right about of richness; not greasy, and feels really light on my skin. Since this cream has SPF, it's a the perfect light cream to apply before heading out into the great outdoors; it will protect and keep your skin hydrated for your activities! Some key ingredients; hyaluronic acid that will help instantly boost your skin moisture levels, and Hibiscus to mildly exfoliate your skin for a smoother and brighter appearance. 

Boots Botanics Mineral Blusher Closed Fall BeautyTo add some warmth to my cheeks, I've been using the Botanics Mineral Blusher in both Coral and Lotus Pink. This superfine mineral powder blusher goes on silky smooth and blends really well into my skin. The smooth, light texture allows you to start with a thin natural-looking blush and build up from there with more color if desired. The active plant extract in this mineral blushes is Ginseng, which helps to revitalize your skin and reduce signs of skin fatigue - added bonus for a blush!

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Happy Valentine's Day FABULOUS Readers!


For this special day of LOVE we are giving away our final prize pack!

Perfect you smile with Crest 3D Whitestrips:

* Professional Effects Level 4 (30 minute daily for 20 days) Dental Whitening Kit

* CHAPSTICK®: Limited Edition Cupcake Creations set of Cake Batter and Velvet Cake

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If you’ve read my profile, you know that I love ChapStick. It has been my go to essential since I was a little girl. My favorite of course is Cherry but I love trying other flavors and the Limited Edition Cupcake Creations flavors are like dessert for your lips only without the added calories.

If I could eat a velvet cupcake every day, I would. Especially red velvet with cream cheese frosting! Yum! Well Velvet Cupcake by ChapStick allows me to do just that and I can have as much as I want. The combination of cocoa and vanilla are so close to the real thing, it’s hard to keep it on my lips since I’m constantly licking it off!

02102013 certified fabulous red velvet cake chapstick
Another flavor that will keep you licking your lips is Cake Batter.   It reminds me of when my children were young begging for the mixing spoons while I made their birthday cake. It just smells exactly like vanilla cake batter.

Now let’s not forget that as yummy as these ChapStick flavors are, they still soothe, protect and help heal chapped lips which is why I love them in the first place.

So indulge in some calorie-free dessert for your lips, but more importantly, take care of yourself.

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