Monday, December 16, 2013

GIVEAWAY -- Hobby Polish Bloggers' Winter Giveaway! $200 Grand Prize, Two $100 Runners Up!


Happy Monday, everyone! Well, if your Monday isn't happy yet, it's about to be! I'm back with another multi-blogger cash giveaway for you! This one is brought to you by the Hobby Polish Bloggers! And it will have THREE winners!

Grand prize is $200, and there are two Runner Up prizes for $100 each! That's so awesome! I wish I could win!

To enter, please allow the Rafflecopter widget to load below. All Terms and Conditions may also be found in the widget. Please visit the following Hobby Polish Bloggers members who are bringing this to you! You may enter using Rafflecopter from any of the below blogs but your entry will only count one time. You may, however, tweet about the giveaway (the last option) once a day for the duration of the giveaway.


Hobby Polish Bloggers

A far from perfect mom
Be Happy and Buy Polish
FashionFooting
I Feel Polished
Imperfectly Painted
Jen Likes Polish (and some other things)
KellieGonzo.com
Love. Varnish, chocolate and more...
Lucy's Stash
Lustrous Lacquer
MandysSecrets
manicure addict
Pamper with Polish
Polarbelle
polish insomniac
Polish Obsession
Polished and Glittered
PolishGalore
PolishNV
pretty tough nails
Refined & Polished
The Dalai Lama's Nails
The Mercurial Magpie
The Sparkling Hoard
TrailerHood Chic

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

REVIEW -- #F030 Frames from Firmoo.com + A GIVEAWAY!!!


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Good morning, everyone! Today I wanted to share these super cute free eyeglasses that I received from Firmoo.com!

I had so much fun browsing through the site and looking at all the awesome frames that they have to choose from, and selecting your perfect pair is incredibly easy once you upload a picture of yourself to your Firmoo profile.. it automatically "tries on" all the pairs for you!

I instantly fell in love with Frame #F030 in Brown,Red. It's a trendy Wayfarer style frame, made out of clear pink "jelly" acetate on the top and a swirled (alomost tortoise shell) brown and clear acetate on the bottom half. They are super fun and I've gotten so many compliments on them every time I wear them!


The frames retail for $39 (what a steal!) and come free with standard 1.50 single vision lenses. You can upgrade to thinner lenses for lighter glasses, or add on additional protective coatings as well. My glasses shipped very quickly and arrived securely packaged with a hard case, a soft case, and a pale pink lens cloth for cleaning. I love that Firmoo includes both hard and soft cases for your glasses! You never know when you will need both!

Even better, if you're a first time buyer from Firmoo.com, you can get your first pair of glasses FREE!

I'm loving my new glasses! They're fun, and comfortable to wear. The only complaint I have is that they do get a little heavy after 10-12 hours of continuous wear, but that's because I have the standard 1.50 lenses instead of getting an upgrade to a thinner set of lenses like the website suggested that I do.

I love that Firmoo gives you a pair for free, and their regular prices are pretty amazing, too! If you wear glasses and like to change up your style frequently, you could totally get 3-4 pairs of really awesome glasses for the price of one pair at your optometrist! Plus, it's super easy to input your prescription, and they also have sunglasses, safety glasses (goggles), transition lenses and bifocals.

Firmoo.com and the #F030 frames get a 5 out of 5 star rating from me! No complaints here!


RATING: 5.0 out of 5 STARS

BUT WAIT.. THERE'S MORE!

Firmoo.com has graciously given me a $30 off promo code for one lucky MandysSecrets reader! It can be applied to their Classic Series frames.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
  • Prize is for one (1) promo code for $30 off one pair of glasses from the Classic Series collection on Firmoo.com.
  • Prize will be fulfilled by Firmoo.com. Mandy McCullough is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years of age, or have a parent or guardian's permission before entering.
  • Entries will be collected through the Rafflecopter widget below. Any entries that cannot be validated by Mandy McCullough will be deleted without warning or notification.
  • Giveaway will run from 12/15/2013 - 12/29/13.
  • Winner will be notified by the contact email they provide in their Rafflecopter entry. They will have 48 hours from the notification email being sent to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours, it will be forfeited and another winner will be selected.



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

REVIEW -- Surya Brasil Sapien Women Collection



Good morning, everyone! Today I have a review of Surya Brasil's new Sapien Women bath collection. If you remember, I did a review of their lip balms back in January and loved them! Here are my thoughts on these new products...
After describing the scent which all of the products share, I'm just going to take the products one by one and tell you about them individually. I think that will be easiest!

The scent is a very light, pleasant orange creamsicle scent. If you're familiar with an Orange Julius, the products smell almost identical to that!

SHOWER GEL
  • Eco-friendly and Vegan.
  • Natural and rich in Amazonian ingredients like:
    • Pracaxi Oil
    • Aloe Vera juice
    • Cocount & Mango Essential Oils
    • Amaranth Protein, and
    • Vitamin E
  • Free of BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, and Synthetic Fragrances.
  • 98.8% of the total ingredients are of natural origin and 12.09% are from organic farming.
  • 10.14 fl oz / 300ml, retails for $21.50.
I found the Shower Gel to have a nice lather, and it left my skin feeling clean and soft. I also used it for bubble bath and it gave a decent amount of light bubbles, but they didn't last very long.

BODY SCRUB
  • Made with organic Amazonian ingredients:
    • Coconut bark and Organic Buriti are 100% natural exfoliants.
    • Amazonian White Clay enhances the exfoliation power.
    • A high concentration of organic Aloe Vera juice provides intense hydration.
    • Also contains Coconut & Mango Essential Oils.
  • Free of BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, and Synthetic Fragrances.
  • 98.80% of the total ingredients are from natural origins, and 23.27% are from organic farming.
  • 10.14 fl oz / 300 ml, retails for $28.50.
The body scrub is very gentle, and I tend to like a grittier scrub. It still left my skin feeling smooth and polished, but I wish it was a little coarser. 

SHAVE GEL

  • Eco-friendly and Vegan.
  • Contains exotic organic Amazonian ingredients like:
    • Cupuaçu Butter
    • Pracaxi Oil
    • Macadamia Oil
    • Vitamin E
    • Coconut & Mango Essential Oils
    • Organic Aloe Vera juice, and
    • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Free from BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, and Synthetic Fragrances.
  • 98.80% of the total ingredients are of natural origins, and 13.62% are from organic farming.
  • 6.76 fl oz / 200 ml, retails for $17.
The Shave Gel was the absolute standout of this collection for me! It gives the closest shave EVER and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth! It's similar to using conditioner to shave with, except this rinses out of my razor cleanly and doesn't gunk up in it or leave buildup or a weird residue behind.

BODY MOISTURIZER
  • Eco-friendly and Vegan.
  • Contains Organic Amazonian ingredients:
    • Cupuaçu and Murumuru Butters
    • Pracaxi and Açai Oils
    • Amaranth Protein
    • Vitamin E
    • Aloe Vera juice, and
    • Coconut & Mango Essential Oils
  • Free from BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, and Synthetic Fragrances.
  • 98.88% of the total ingredients are from natural origins, and 18.88% are from organic farming.
  • 6.76 fl oz / 200 ml, retails for $23.50.
The Body Moisturizer provides a light, non-greasy layer of moisture that absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. 

FACIAL SCRUB
  • Made with Organic Amazonian ingredients:
    • Coconut Bark and Organic Buriti are 100% natural exfoliants which remove dead skin cells and impurities.
    • Coconut & Mango Essential Oils.
  • No Ethyl Alcohol, Sulfates, or Silicone.
  • Free from BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, and Synthetic Fragrances.
  • 98.88% of the total ingredients are of natural origins, and 13.34% are from organic farming.
  • 3.38 fl oz / 100 ml, retails for $16.99.
The Facial Scrub has a very similar consistency to the Body Scrub. It's very gentle, and I wanted it to be a bit more coarse. However, if you have very sensitive or delicate skin, I think the gentleness of this scrub would be a perfect match for you. I did notice that it made my face extremely oily the morning after each use, but I did not have an increase in breakouts while testing it.
I think the Surya Brasil Sapien Women Collection is a great line if you're interested in using natural, vegan, and eco-friendly products. The quality is good, but there were some I enjoyed more than others. The Sapien Women line is available for purchase at the Surya Brasil website. Overall, I'm giving the collection 3.5 out of 5 stars!


RATING: 3.5 out of 5 STARS