Tuesday, January 31, 2017

7 Charming Sisters

Have you come across 7 Charming Sisters yet? They are a fun new jewelry company with a personalized twist. They have "created a series of seven different lines of jewelry, each catering to different tastes and occasions. No matter who you are or where the day takes you, 7 Charming Sisters has something perfect for your unique style."

How did 7 Charming Sisters develop their unique looks? It is the brainchild of seven actual "work sisters" who've been colleagues for many years. The sisters are: Paula, the elegant Classy Chick, Kim, the vivacious Life of the Party, Jennifer, the dedicated Fashionista, Donalda, the flirtatious Social Butterfly, Jessica, the smart and Sexy Nerd,  Kimberly, the cute Girl Next Door and Melissa, the sporty Super Mom; 7 Charming Sisters has a deep commitment to helping those with disabilities find jobs and employs disabled people in their studio. Many of their handmade pieces are handcrafted by those with intellectual disabilities who earn commission. That's something that we can all get behind! I love their mission.

7 Charming Sisters allows you to take a quiz, which will match your style with a sister. Each sister has their own unique style, as detailed above. 
According to the quiz, I am most like Melissa-The Super Mom. Many of the pieces from the Melissa line appealed to me, but I also loved jewelry from the other lines at 7 Charming Sisters. I wonder if it is because of all the lives I've led? I'm pretty conservative, in college, I loved to go out and have a great time with my sorority sisters, I've been a school administrator, and of course, the most rewarding part of my life is being a wife and mom. I'm FAR from being super mom though-I'm a total domestic failure, but I'm trying to get there. Ask me in a year 💖

When it comes down to it, however, I think we all have a bit of each sister within!

I chose two pieces from 7 Charming Sisters to wear, show off and review. The Absolute Legend Earrings (Paula-The Executive) and The Unmatched Elegance Necklace from Melissa (Super Mom).

Absolute Legend Earrings
Simply stunning studs that ooze sophistication with slight edge. The Absolute Legend silver crystal drop earrings are the staple sparkles that will be your go-tos to pair with a dramatic statement necklace for a festive occasion or simply pop on for a quick Sunday morning errand where you still want to feel like a million bucks. Material: rhodium-plated zinc metal alloy, Swarovski crystal, Measurements: 7/16" drop, Closure: ear post.

Unmatched Elegance Necklace
Gold and pink stone station necklace features pink and clear crystals and turquoise station pieces set in gold. Can be worn either long or layered twice. Material: 10k gold plated zinc metal alloy, crystal, imitation stone, Measurements: 40" long, 2 1/2" extender, Closure: lobster clasp.

The pieces that I chose were lovely. I'm skittish about earrings being too big (you won't find me in much more than a stud or huggie), but the Absolute Legend Earrings are a great size, and really are perfect to wear with everyday outfits. They add just the right amount of sparkle.
The Unmatched Elegance Necklace is one of my favorite "go to" pieces for the past couple of weeks. It looks so good with turtlenecks and sweaters, and seriously brightens up neutral winter colors. I've received so many compliments!

I had so much fun looking through the 7 Charming Sisters website. I have a list of jewelry that I love, and that I think would really pull outfits together, or that would add a pop to what I'm wearing. I'm so happy to have found them!

If you're looking for fashion jewelry that is reasonably priced, with a huge variety of pieces, and no monthly commitment, definitely check out 7 Charming Sisters. You can follow any of the links in this post, or find them online and on their social media sites that I have listed below.
Instagram/Facebook: @7charmingsisters
Twitter/Pinterest: @7charmingsister

**I was sent the jewelry items listed for review purposes, but this review is 100% my own.**

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rachael Ray Nutrish Pets Savory Treats

I received the Rachael Ray Nutrish Pets Savory Treats Voxbox from Influenster. 

We have a golden retriever named Waffles, and she is such a love! Like most goldens, she will eat pretty much everything, but I'm always looking for yummy treats for her that are also healthy.

Influenster sent me two bags to review, Meatloaf and Savory Roasters.

Waffles absolutely loves both flavors! She knows when we go near the treat cabinet that she's getting a goodie. She may eat a large variety of stuff (whether we want her to, or not), but she goes crazy for these!

We will definitely be buying more of these when they're gone, and I cannot recommend a treat for your best buddy more highly!

I received these free for Waffles to try, but the opinions are all mine (and hers).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

La Lune Apothecary

I know I've written about this before, but one of my favorite things to do is try new product. My sister probably said it best when she said that calling it product meant that I had a problem. I suppose I should call it face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc. in order to not give my problem away. Regardless of what I call it, I absolutely love skincare. 
As I've gotten older, or perhaps it is being a mom, I try to use more natural products that are better for my body and for the environment.
I had seen La Lune Apothecary on Instagram, and I saw that their customers raved about their products. I went on their website to read about their products, and was impressed with what I saw. La Lune Apothecary was generous to send me their Botanical Facial Polish and Cellular Revival Anti-Aging Serum to test and review.
La Lune Apothecary uses only ingredients that are organic and that are preservative and chemical-free. They are also environmentally conscious. Their packaging is minimal, recyclable and made in the USA. Their blue glass bottles are specially made to keep their products safe from light pollution.

Botanical Facial PolishThis crushed botanical blend sloughs off dead skin cells, removes impurities, treats acne, repairs tissue and is nourishing for all skin types. La Lune Apothecary's Botanical Facial Polish is effective yet gentle enough be used daily. It contains Organic Horse Chestnut, which is used as a toner for acne prone skin, as well as with anti-aging. It also contains Organic Aloe Vera powder, which acts as a moisturizer, soothes redness, and also firms and tones the skin. Organic Lavender buds are easy to see and to smell-it is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and has cell regenerating properties used for reducing wrinkles and scars. To use, the Botanical Facial Polish is mixed into a paste with water.

Cellular Revival Anti-Aging SerumCellular Revival Anti-Aging Serum is a regenerative anti-aging blend of exquisite oils: Cold-Presed Organic Oil from Baobab seeds are rich in vitamins A, E, & F, which moisturizes dry skin and improves the elasticity of skin. Cold-Pressed Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil, contains high levels of fatty acids and is exceptionally healing for damaged, dry, or prematurely aged skin. Organic Carrot Seed Oil is an excellent healing essential oil for sun-damaged, wrinkled skin. Cold-Pressed Organic Macadamia Nut oil closely resembles human sebum, which allows it to be quickly absorbed and is protective, healing, & soothing.

I was very excited to try La Lune Apothecary products, especially the Botanical Facial Polish. I do find the scent (which is natural, from the herbs themselves) to be pleasant, but quite strong. It was easy to use, and worked very well to exfoliate my skin. With my skin being so sensitive, I can only exfoliate 1-2 times per week. The Cellular Revival Anti-Aging Serum felt very silky when I applied it, and my skin drank it up. It did not feel overly oily at all, but quite soft. Unfortunately, because my skin is so sensitive, the products did irritate my skin a bit. My face, while exfoliated nicely and very soft, was itchy for several hours. It didn't get red and rashy, however, and once it calmed down, I was fine. The products are lovely, and I'm disappointed that I cannot use them regularly. I can use the face polish if I mix with extra water, and the serum mixed with my regular moisturizer. On the other hand, my husband uses both products regularly, and loves them. His face looks fantastic-it is fresher and brighter. His skin would be considered normal/combination. I'm so happy that he is able to use the products, because they are very high quality and work extremely well. Do not hesitate to try La Lune Apothecary. I react to even products for sensitive skin, so if you have normal skin, or even if you are slightly sensitive, their line will very likely be a fantastic fit for your skin.

If you're looking for La Lune Apothecary, you can follow any of the links in this post (they are not affiliate links). You can also find them at:

Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest: @laluneapothecary 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sirot Transformative Glass Technology

The new year is full of resolutions for all of us. Lose weight, exercise more, try to be less stressed out, shop less, be more domestic...well, perhaps the last few may be unique to me. 

Another one of mine is to take better care of my hands. It's known that hands are the first to show signs of age. It seems like it has happened overnight-my hands are starting to look less than awesome.

I had heard about Sirot Skincare, a line started by Ellen Sirot. Ellen Sirot is a famous (likely the most famous) hand model. She began Sirot when she began to see her hands age, and she is definitely an expert when it comes to keeping your hands gorgeous.

Sirot gives your skin the appearance of being "more glass-like and youthful looking with their breakthrough Transformative Glass Technology. It uses a special blend of selected silicates and silanes, molecules based on silicium (silicon), an essential mineral found in every organ of the human body. This mineral is essential to the production of elastin and plays a key role in collagen construction to keep our bodies, skin, hair and nails functioning at optimal levels." 

Transformative Glass Technology helps your skin appear plump, it softens the look of wrinkles, and it helps the skin appear brighter and more radiant.
Sirot Skincare was so gracious to send me their SPF 20 Daytime and Nighttime Hand Duo and Revitalizing Eye Serum to try and review.

Sirot SPF 20 Daytime Handcream is super rich and moisturizing. It has tons of anti aging ingredients to help make your hands look better, and SPF 20 to keep them looking great. I can definitely tell that my hands feel much more moisturized throughout the day, even after repeated hand washing. Although I rarely get much sun, they say that the amount of sun that our hands get on a daily basis is enough to cause damage. This is why using a handcream with SPF is so important. 

Sirot Nightly Hand Treatment revitalizes, nourishes, improves texture and tone, reduces the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving hands radiant, all while you sleep! Sirot handcream duo is effective and absolutely decadent!

I've been on what seems to be a never ending search for an eye cream that I love. I see signs of my age under my eyes, with some vertical lines and dark circles. There is such a huge variety of eye products out there-gels, oils, creams, serums, hybrids...it's so hard to find the perfect one. I like the feel of gels, but because of my age and dry skin, I don't get enough moisture with an eye gel. I was very happy to try Sirot Revitalizing Eye Serum. It reduces the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. It nourishes, brightens, tightens, helps with dark circles, helps under eyes reabsorb moisture, and it contains light reflecting particles. I've been using Sirot Eye Serum for several weeks, and I can definitely see that my undereyes have lightened, and they look more clear and fresh. I love that it comes in a pump, instead of a jar, although it seems like the pump does dispense a bit more than needed. It doesn't really seem like I'm wasting product though, so I could be wrong, as it definitely absorbs nicely.

If you're looking for a line to try for the new year, especially one that focuses on helping your hands look healthy, young and gorgeous-definitely check out Sirot.

You can find Sirot at Evine Live.
Facebook/Instagram: @sirotskin
Twitter: @ellensirot