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Belli Skincare – Only the Best for Expecting Mom’s (Don’t Miss Out!!!)

A PROMOTION EXPECTING MOMS DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON!
May brings Mother’s Day and Pregnancy Awareness (something I’m well aware of!) Month, a month full of joy for Moms and Moms-to-Be!
 
Belli Skincare (www.BelliSkincare.com) is on top of their game for these two special occasions, kicking off the month of May with a HUGE PROMOTION that includes giveaways and discounts (20%) on their website. Love that!
Then, there will be a grand prize package that they have valued over $1,200. You know I’m getting in on that one!
This is my absolute favorite! The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and the Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator – they both smell like Heaven, with a citrus-y fragrance that makes hubby like to snuggle. 🙂 The hydrator is amazing. I’ve found that even oily skin needs to be hydrated, and this product makes my face feel smooth and soft…and smell amazing all day. There is no oily residue, just a natural shine. LOVE IT!
So, get over to their Facebook page and Follow on Twitter to find out how to get in on the giveaways! Good Luck and Happy Mother’s Day!
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EdenFantasys Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil – Review

If there’s anything in the world that I love almost as much as my children, it’s a massage from my husband. (If you’re not getting them, you’re not buying the right products!)

I bet the chances are that you’ll get one with my favorite massage oils from EdenFantasys. I’ve had the opportunity to try out some of the best massage oils in the past few years while working with EdenFantasys, and I’ve used every single one of them as an excuse to get a massage. (Of course, if having the product in hand and asking nicely doesn’t work, I recommend giving the massage first…give and you might receive.)

This time, I got to check out Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil, the Fresh Lily & Musk one.

For me, it’s the scent, the consistency, how it glides, and how it feels on my skin. Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil passed most of my tests with flying colors. The consistency and glide factor are perfect, much like most of my other favorite massage oils in the EdenFantasys shop. On the skin, it stays slick enough for a long lasting massage, but doesn’t leave your skin greasy. It actually moisturizes very well.

The scent, a light flowers in the meadow kind of smell that comes from the fresh lily mixed with a light musk, didn’t impress me much. I love, love, LOVE this massage oil that smells like bananas and another one that has a cinnamon spice smell – that’s what I like to smell when I’m getting those melt-your-body-down-to-a-gel-form massages that my husband so amazingly delivers. 🙂 But, this lily and musk didn’t really hit the spot for me.

I will say that, in all fairness to a product that is perfect in every other way, I ran the smell past my husband and he seemed to like it, because it was light and flowery, almost a powdery light scent, in his opinion. He’s the one that said it smelled like lightly scented flowers in the meadow, maybe with a little fresh air.

With a price tag of $38.99 for a 4 oz. bottle, you would think that it was made with gold! Right? Funny thing is, the packaging boasts “exquisite oils with 24-Karat gold flakes to lend an eye-catching shimmer”. We first used Lelo at night, so it was difficult to see the shimmer, even with the help of lighting from my hubby’s iPhone.

But, in the morning, I tried it out again. And, sure enough, there were teeny tiny gold flakes in the oil. This was actually one of the characteristics that changed my mind about the Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil, the 24-karat gold flakes. That makes a product worth its weight in gold! There isn’t an obvious shimmer on the skin once it’s rubbed in unless you use a whole lot of the product, but between the gold flakes and the way that this oil it made to absorb into the skin without leaving a greasy residue…it doesn’t leave you desiring much more.

My most favorite thing about the massage oils that I have reviewed from EdenFantasys is the fact that most are made with only natural ingredients (at least the ones that are on my “favorites” list are). That’s what I want on my skin! So, yes, the bottles are a bit on the expensive side, but it’s not like you’re paying for a bunch of liquid from who knows where. For example, the Lelo Flickering Touch oil is made of apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, perfume, and gold powder (mica, iron oxide, gold).

On a five star scale, I would give the Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil in Fresh Lily and Musk scent a 4 1/2 stars, and the loss of half a star is only because I’m still trying to get used to the scent. I would categorize it in the high-end category for massage oils.

Have you tried any good massage oils lately? Which ones are your favorites?

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Bonding Over Beauty – Book Review

Things have changed since we were teenagers. That’s no surprise, because every generation of moms and daughters experiences the same thing – change. Somehow, as moms of tween and teen girls, we have to figure out how to finagle past these changes and create lasting bonds so that our girls trust us and come to us, rather than their friends, for girl-talk and advice.
That’s where Bonding Over Beauty by Erika Katz comes in. And, she doesn’t just give moms a list of different activities that they can do with their daughters to bond with them, she has every sensitive topic and evrey beauty question covered in her book. From hair washing and trimming to shaving, dilapidating, waxing and tweezing to talking about menstrual cycles and that scary 3-letter S-word. These are just a few of the topics that Erika Katz has covered in her over 200 page book.
Additionally, you will find intricate details that help the not-so-beauty-inclined moms better understand how to do pedicures, make-up, hair, and skincare and help their daughters learn how to handle beauty issues in the most appropriate ways.
Then, of course, as promised, Erika Katz has included hundreds of beauty and other activities that we can use to create a lasting bond with our daughters. One example is to treat your daughter to an at-home spa experience.
What I also liked about Bonding Over Beauty were the pages with charts or definition boxes. They break up the reading and are great additions to the book. For example, one page has “Need To Know” definitions of the following words: Aromatherapy, Aromatic essence, Absolute essence, Aromatic oil, Diffuser, Spritz bottles, Wicker baskets. Another page has a chart with the headings “Not Great” and “Ideal”. In the “Not Great” column, there are examples of food and drinks that are…well, not great for you and your daughter’s skin, such as soda, juice drinks, chocolate milk, sports drinks. Then, in the “Ideal” column, seltzer, water, fresh juices, whole milk, rice milk, and almond milk are listed as the ideal alternatives for healthy skin.
You can tell that a lot of thought was put into this book over a long period of time. The thing that I like the most about Bonding Over Beauty is that although it is written in a voice that is addressing you, the mom, it’s not written in a way that makes you feel like you can’t sit down and share it with your daughter.
Although things have changed since we were tweens and teens, there are things that never change, like our daughters’ needs for mom-daughter bonding time and age-old beauty routines that will never be outdated, as long as moms and daughters exist. Bonding Over Beauty reminds us of the many different ways we can build and accentuate that bond that lasts a lifetime between mom and daughter.