Monday, October 31, 2011

Elizabeth W Perfumes and Tea Rose Eau de Parfum Review + Giveaway!--Ends November 22, 2011

Elizabeth W is a small workshop perfumery, designing and handcrafting their own natural perfumes, bath and body care, hand care, and fragrances for the home based in San Francisco.  I had the opportunity to work with them for this review and giveaway.

Inspired by nature, the seven scents that I received are each a sophisticated blend based around a single note. 

Citrus Verbena is fresh with grapefruit, mandarian, and lemons balanced with green notes.

Lavender is a calming melody with herbs and woods. 

Leaves is an utterly breathtaking mixture of soft woods combined with amber and top notes of green leaves.

Magnolia is overflowing with magnolia petals, saffron and sandalwood with mimosa and gardenia to make it more irresistible. 

Vetiver is earthy with citrus and green from the bergamot.

Sweet Tea will tempt you with oriental black teas, lemons, and almond honey.

Lilac, Neroli Chamomile, and Tuberose are also in their collection, but I can not tell you more without experiencing them personally. 

Elizabeth W's version of Tea Rose, the last Purse Eau de Parfum in the lineup, takes the traditional tea rose perfume out of the garden and into the wilds of nature with moist green notes, wild roses, forest berries, and hawthorn.  This is a haunting melody of sweet rose that will bewitch you as you lose yourself to this captivating perfume.  Because I fell in love so deeply with this particular Elizabeth W, I chose Tea Rose as the Purse Eau de Parfum as my choice for the giveaway.

Truthfully, I thought these perfumes were exquisite.  Since I'm a huge floral fanatic, Tea Rose and Magnolia were the biggest hits with me, followed by Leaves.  

On the same note, any of these perfumes, from the floral I adore, to the more refreshing citrus and herbals blends would make great gifts when you're preparing your Christmas list or to suit your changing moods.   If Santa is listening, I would love to find Magnolia and Leaves under my tree! 

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Elizabeth W Perfumes, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins a 1/2  fl. oz. of Tea Rose Eau de Parfum Spray ($24 value)!


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Need to Puff Up Goose Down Pillows or Jackets?

The one thing I hate about goose down comforters, pillows, or jackets are how those feathers seem to eventually bunch up in one spot.  However, I found a great little trick that helps get those problem feathers back where they belong!

The next time you notice your goose down is landing in one spot, then throw that item in your washer and use cold water for that load. 

Now when it's time to take it to the dryer, you need to throw in three fresh tennis balls with that goose dump item.  These clean tennis balls will do the work of what all your pulling and pushing hands can't ever seem to accomplish getting those tricky feathers back in shape.

Trust me, but you will love how just a few new tennis balls will help fix that frustrating problem!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kō Denmark Organic Jasmine + Neroli Roll-On Perfume Review and Giveaway! (5 Winners)--Ends November 21, 2011

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**


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Kō Denmark Organic Jasmine + Neroli Roll-On Perfume
Imagine wearing a perfume so precious that centuries before only the aristocrats could afford the two highly coveted flower oils of jasmine and neroli, but Kō Denmark uses both in their pure Organic Jasmine + Neroli Roll-On Perfume that I recently was sent to review and giveaway.   

Once you open the cap, you will never be the same as you smell the intoxicating fresh floral beauty awakened by citrus that is  released from this small rollerball.  The scent is addictive and will spoil you as the jasmine, neroli, with hints of rose and ylang ylang takes over your senses.  You will feel more elegant, irresistibly privileged, and utterly confident like royalty as well wearing this perfume.

For this magic to happen, it takes nearly a ton of  jasmine and neroli flowers to produce one ounce of those rare flower oils, which are five times more expensive than silver at $95 an ounce! Yet, Henrietta Holst, the Danish born founder of Kō  Denmark cares about using the purest natural and fresh fragrant ingredients for this luxurious perfume.  

Uncomplicated, this perfume has organic grape alcohol, Indian jasmine grandiflorum absolute, and Tunisian neroli essential oil without any harsh artificial addictives, artificial colors, or animal ingredients to disturb its integrity.

After all, Holst spent two years researching essential oils before consulting an aromatherapist, then a chemist before designing the packaging and turning out her incredible organic products, which also include a skin nourishing body lotion and body wash.

Like the precious flowers of this perfume's formula, Kō  Denmark Organic Jasmine + Neroli Roll-On Perfume will set you apart from the masses.  I would love to get an entire collection for myself.  In my opinion, this fragrance speaks to your heart and soul and would make a truly thoughtful Christmas gift! 

You can buy online or find locations where to purchase here.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received was a free product to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Kō Denmark, five lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States and Canada win a 1/8 oz. bottle Kō  Denmark Organic Jasmine + Neroli Roll-On  Perfume ($45)!


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Headline Shirts Review and T-Shirt Giveaway!--Ends November 19, 2011

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This shirt was fitting for Nuts 4 Stuff.




I was approached by a San Francisco clothing company called Headline Shirts to do this review and giveaway.  You heard the statement life imitates art.  Since 2004, they have taken themes in the news and pop culture to turn out fun T-shirts that reflect the world we live in with humor and wild imagination. 

They have an awesome collection of T-shirts and hoodies for men and women to attract attention, bring out a chuckle, or poke fun at life. 

For this review and giveaway, I thought it would be appropriate since my blog is Nuts 4 Stuff to get my guy the Squirrels, Squirrels, Squirrels T-shirt.

The quality of that T-shirt was very nice in 100% cotton and even arrived in record speed with an extra surprise of a pair of sunglasses so he could look extra cool when sporting my favorite animal.  

I just couldn't resist ordering him that particular shirt in black and watching his face when he saw it hanging in the closet.  He laughed so hard, but loved his new comfortable T-shirt.

If you want something fun, perhaps, or you just want to make a statement, I think you need to visit Headline Shirts and check their site out. 

They have a deal to save you $5.00 on your order if you sign up for their newsletter.  

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Liz Zorn's Acousticjus Parfums Review and FLAMENCO Perfume Giveaway!--Ends November 18, 2011

*Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Flamenco Stellar Oil Perfume


The idea behind the Acousticjus collection was fun and whimsical scents when Liz Zorn, multi-talented artisan perfumer, originally created those six alcohol-free stellar oil perfumes.  The line was first available in early 2010, but underwent a make over with new packaging and relaunched this fall of 2011 with two new perfumes and in larger sizes as well. 

Piquant is a spicy floral gourmand with vanilla and sultry gardenias.  Shameless is a fruity gourmand tempting so sweetly.  Dominion is a rush of orange flowers, lavender, and vetiver to your senses.  I-C-U gives a sensual feeling of leather, woods, moss, tobacco and forbidden pleasure.   Circa 1969 is retro with earthy vanilla patchouli.  Last, is the one I loved most, Flamenco.

Flamenco starts out delicately sweet, softly romantic with red roses like a shy lover's gentle caress.   But beneath the surface, this perfume slowly smolders with untold promises from spicy carnations and teases with tempting tart raspberries, till consumed with passion by sexy amber and musk!  As Liz Zorn intended this is not your grandmother's heavy spicy perfume but a sassy version for the modern woman.

The relaunching of Acousticjus also added two new perfumes.  Pussyfoot is a soft  romantic floral  with lilacs, honeysuckle, and hyacinth.  Bellemia will make you as tempting as the ripe peaches, grapefruit, jasmine, vanilla and musk it contains.

According to Zorn, these scents are "mixed media" fragrances and contain both natural and man-made ingredients.  

A Discovery Set with all eight parfums in sample vials (each 0.75ml)  is available for $36. This is a great way to test drive these fabulous scents to figure out which is your favorite for yourself or for gift giving of the full size 8 ml bottle that sells for $42. 

Additional products for the holidays include Stellar Creme Parfums, Stellar Lippity Gloss, Stellar Beanie Body Butter, and Stellar Satin Mist.  

I am convinced that once you get a whiff of these haunting, long lasting Acousticjus perfumes, then you want one, two, or all eight  like I do for yourself or to pick out for those on your Christmas shopping list.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to facilitate this review.*

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Garden Botanika Winter Romance Heart Gift Collection Review and Giveaway!--Ends November 15, 2011

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Garden Botanika Winter Romance Heart Gift Collection
If you want to warm the heart of someone special this holiday season, then I have a marvelous way to do it.  You should check out the Winter Romance Heart Gift Collection from Garden Botanika that I was for this review and giveaway.

Centered around their best-selling Heart fragrance, this five-piece collection will entice her with this beautifully romantic scent that captures the perfect delicate combination of floral, citrus, and cedar, melding with warm sexy musk. 

She will feel so pampered lathering  in spa-like luxury with the 8 fl. oz. Body Wash in the exquisite  fragrance of Heart that contains hydrating panthenol, yucca, comfrey, and calendula.

Afterwards, your special someone can moisturize with nourishing botanicals to scent and soften in style in a rich, silky cover of Heart with the 8 fl. oz. Body Lotion.

For those times she wants a sheer version of the scent, that lucky lady has a 6 fl. oz. Heart Body Mist to layer over the lotion or wear by itself. 

Then again, she might decide the 3.38 fl. oz. Heart Eau de Parfum Spray is more what she wants to use to make her feel her absolute best. 

Finally, she has the strongest form of the fragrance she chooses to wear with the new 0.5 Heart  Solid Stick Perfume.  She will love the lasting power in this one.

The lucky recipient will delight in this gift from the snowflake adorned container to the treasures inside.  She will feel like a princess in a soft, yet sexy scent with everything she needs to keep that happiness going long after the holidays!

As you can guess, I really loved this collection because it was so feminine, very functional, and a healthier choice to apply coming from the natural skin care and cosmetics experts at Garden Botanika.  Any woman on your holiday shopping list would be thrilled to find this set under her Christmas tree!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Garden Botanika, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins the same fabulous set  I received below!

Winter Romance Heart Gift Collection ($55 value):
8 fl. oz. Body Wash
8 fl. oz. Body Lotion
6 fl. oz. Body Mist
3.38 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum Spray
0.5 fl. oz. Solid Perfume Stick    
                  
                     
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How to Avoid Being Stung by Banking Fees!

Are you being nibbled away with small fees from the banks?  These are charges you didn't even notice you were paying in some cases often overlooked in your monthly statement. 

Oh the poor banks!   They take our money and pay us very little interest, depending on how much you have in your account.  For a checking account or a savings account the banks want US to pay them!  I started noticing my bank charging me $3.00 a month. 

I have had a checking and  savings accounts with this bank for years.  So I stopped and asked the manager about it.  She smiled and said, "All the banks are doing this."  Then she explained how I could "avoid the fees."  I could just link my accounts together to end the even bigger fees that were coming. 

Then I start wondering if all the banks are REALLY do this. 

So I started calling around.  Credit unions have been more Fee Friendly and still offer free checking.  And my bank wants me to change the way I bank online by going online.  One bank actually wants me to use E Statements, or statements I download to my computer.  But if my bank wants to use online banking, then why bank locally? 

We live in a big country.  I found a site called Bankrate, which is one of many sites out there that you can use to search for better deals.  I can do business with a bank in Montana as easily as one in Pennsylvania  to avoid fees. 

For example, some online banks will actually PAY YOU money just to open an account! 

Keep an eye on your statements too.  You should check regularly just in case they try and sneak new fees on you.  In that case,  just can move your money to a new bank.

Perhaps, if the banks start seeing their depositors yanking their money out, they'll start thinking more about customer service.

And when the bank manager asks WHY you're pulling your money out of their bank, just smile and tell her,  "ALL the customers are doing this!"

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wonderful Pistachios Review and Giveaway!--Ends November 10, 2011

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Wonderful Pistachios product assortment


Snacking and choosing wisely can often be tricky.  However, pistachios are a healthy alternative and a rich source of energy with plenty of nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins.    So I  was pleased when Wonderful Pistachios sent me four different varieties of their nuts for this yummy review and giveaway!

My family and I got to try the Garlic & Onion, Chili & Lime, Salt & Pepper and the Roasted & Salted varieties.  Though they all tasted delicious, I preferred the simply Roasted & Salted while my guy claimed the Garlic & Onion,  the rest of my troop munched happily away on Salt & Pepper and Chili & Lime.

I liked how eager the family took to eating flavored pistachios over less than perfect snack alternatives such as greasy chips or a high-fat content sugary treat.  Choosing these more filling nuts with their rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid can even help you lower your bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol levels unlike empty calorie snacks.

Furthermore, you'll feel good knowing what a rich source of Vitamin E, B-complex, carotenes, and minerals such as copper and iron that you're serving.  Your family will simply think they are eating anything other than a health food. 

All it takes a day for these amazing health benefits and even to keep your skin soft and supple is to eat a mere handful of pistachios!   

I really enjoyed these pistachios and found them satisfying and very good!  So the next time, you want to change their less than perfect snacking habit, I suggest trying some of these Wonderful Pistachios.

Thanks to Wonderful Pistachios, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins the same four bags that I received:  Garlic & Onion (7 oz.), Chili & Lime (7 oz.), Salt & Pepper (7 oz.), and Roasted & Salted (8 oz.).


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Redken 5th Avenue All Soft Argan-6 Oil Review

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**


I have tried a lot of amazing hair care miracles from Redken, but I recently was sent a bottle of their new All Soft Argan-6 Oil to review, which is one of the greatest hair repair products that I ever put on my head.  

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Redken 5th Avenue All Soft Argan-6 Oil
This omega-6 enriched oil was truly magnificent in restoring shine, softness, and manageability longer than any typical deep conditioning treatment in my experience.  It turned dry, damaged hair into beautiful hair once again by penetrating the hair shaft itself thoroughly to the cortex to dramatically improve the texture and health of every brittle, lifeless strand.

There are six different ways you can use this product on wet or dry hair.  To protect your hair before blow drying, add a few drops to your styling product to boost shine and keep your hold. 

You can also treat your hair with a few drops before shampooing. 

On dry hair, you can work in a few drops to help control frizzy hair and dryness after blow drying.  You can even apply some at night to your dry hair before bedtime without worrying it will transfer to your pillow. 

However, my favorite way is to apply a few drops after shampooing as a leave-in conditioning treatment.  I happened to use the Argan-6 without supplementing any other conditioner, but you can also combine it to your favorite conditioner or hair mask as a treatment booster to intensify the benefits even more.

What I really noticed was that I treated my hair once and it still is just as shiny and silky soft even a week later without doing it again!  If only computer technology was somehow more advanced to feel how incredibly soft my hair feels right now, I would grant you access to my head for a feel because it has an unbelievable softness and the prettiest luster ever!

With all seriousness, you owe it to yourself to try Redken's All Soft Argan-6 Oil.  Trust me, you will just love touching your hair or better yet, your guy will!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received was a free product to facilitate this review.*

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Coupon Chief Review

*Disclaimer:  This review was sponsored by Coupon Chief.  Despite compensation for time and research, the opinion expressed was my own honest one.*

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Coupon Chief


Who doesn't like to save money especially in this sluggish economy?  Those hard-earned dollars need to go further with prices constantly rising.  However, I discovered a site to help stretch your budget on the purchases you need so you have more bang for your buck!

When I was contacted by one of the fastest growing online coupon sites, Coupon Chief, I was curious about how this company worked.  So I visited their site and discovered one of the largest coupon databases for online coupons and store discounts on the web. 

To navigate their site, they even have an online video to show you how it works

With a tremendous selection of more than 50,000 discount codes for some 150,000 stores, you can find deals for apparel, home, sports, shoes, jewelry, electronics, travels, entertainment, food, toys, and so much more.  You can search any of those tags by typing in what you're looking for in the search box located at the top of the page to see what discount codes are available for that item. 

Another way to hunt is by typing in a store name in the search box and see if there is a discount code to use for what you might need.  You can also check out the alphabetical list of stores first and then narrowing your choices down.

For added savings, Coupon Chief has a program called Pay-2-Share, which can benefit you also when you add and upload coupons to their website.  Once you enroll, the company will pay you 2% of the purchase price if someone uses the coupon you contribute.

Something else that Coupon Chief  has worth noting is their Coupons-4-Causes program, where up to 20% of your online purchases can go to your favorite charity. 

Besides their website,  Coupon Chief has a blog and is also on Facebook, Twitter, and subscribe to their RSS feed or sign up for their email newspaper on the right side of their homepage. 

Shop wisely and check out this fantastic site.  I really think Coupon Chief can help save you some money.  I know I will  be visiting them! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Need Help Improving Your Sleeping Habits?

Sometimes, falling asleep can be difficult.  Some of us experience sleepless nights on a frequent basis, which can affect our health, mood, and relationships.  However, there are methods to improve your chances for more nights of restful sleep.

Start preparing for bed at least twenty minutes ahead of time with a scheduled nightly ritual.  Get a warm bath to soothe away your tensions and relax tired muscles or retreat somewhere quiet for a bit of reading for a pleasant distraction from reality.

Consider what you need to do the next day by making a list before crawling into bed.  Keeping track of important tasks will help stop you from lying awake worrying about what errands you can't forget.

Before you actually are about to slip into bed, you should close the blinds or drapes to keep out  the light.  Next, turn down the heat because sleeping in a dark room between 68 and 72  degrees are the best temperatures for sleeping!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Which is More Sanitary--Hot Air Dryers Verses Paper Towels in Public Restrooms?

This is the time of year when we are more susceptible to illness and need to be extra cautious.  Washing our hands and soaping thoroughly for at least twenty seconds is extremely important to help protect us against germs.  Yet, no matter how you take precautions there are times you need to visit a public restroom, but do you know which is the safer choice when it comes to drying your hands?

You may avoid touching the hot air dryer with an elbow bump or some other unique method to prevent direct contact.  Since your freshly washed hands did not land on the button to power up, you may think this is the cleaner choice over the paper towel option.  However, I hate to tell you this but according to one study there are significantly more germs using the hot air dryer over those paper towels.

According to the researchers, the hot air dryers can blow out bacteria that accumulate inside the machines over time and stick to  moist hands up to a whooping 435 percent compared to 57 percent for paper towels.  This is not hot air only the disgusting truth. 

So the next time you need to use that public restroom, you may want to use paper towels instead to dry your washed hands. 

To further protect yourself, you should use a paper towel to turn off the water and also to open the restroom door when leaving.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess Perfume Spray Review and Giveaway!--Ends November 9, 2011

*Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Egyptian Goddess Perfume Spray 


I first discovered Auric Blends and their wonderful selection of natural perfumes, candles, incense, soaps, and perfume oils last year with a review and giveaway.  Among the products I received was a small bottle of their simply irresistible and best-selling Egyptian Goddess perfume, which now is being sold in a generous 1.87 fl. oz. spray bottle.  Luckily,  I was sent one to share with you for this review and giveaway!

This perfume has grown in popularity around the world ever since it came on the market 14 years ago.  It also comes in 1/3 fl. oz. perfume, 1/5 oz. perfume solid, the 1.87 fl. oz. dab on perfume,  3.6 glycerin soap, and the 3.5 x 3-inch Goddess Pillar candle.

Egyptian Goddess is one of those haunting perfumes that can seduce and break hearts on the spot in a trail of soft florals, light powder and musk.  As mysterious as it is subtle, this perfume will slowly wrap you in a cloak of burning desire. 

This perfume would make an ideal Christmas gift.  Imagine, giving a fragrance that would empower the wearer to feel like a proud Egyptian Goddess, casting her sensual spell to leave males breathless.  I say let her reign and she will grant your every wish and desire!

Honestly, I think this is a beautiful romantic perfume that you need to experience yourself to totally understand the magic it possesses!

Thanks to Auric Blends, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins a 1.87 fl. oz. spray bottle of Egyptian Goddess perfume (a $29 value)!


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This giveaway ends November 9, 2011 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Want to Keep Your Pants Hem From Falling?

How many times have you pulled one dangling thread from your hemline to have the entire hem fall down?  This frustrating and embarrassing ordeal can be a thing of the past with what I am about to share with you with this simple trick.

I found a great way to keep your hemline protected from one thread unraveling is just by changing your hemming technique.  

The next time you're working on a hem, about every couple of inches, knot the thread before proceeding  to work.  This will strengthen the stitching much better and safeguard the integrity of your hemline.  And if anything breaks, you will be saved the hassle of losing your entire hem since only a small section at a time would be affected.

This is one tip that I'm nuts about--and I hope you will be too!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monavé Mineral Makeup Review and Giveaway!--Ends November 7, 2011

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**


Ever since discovering Monavé Mineral Makeup with my first review and giveaway, I have fallen in love with this Baltimore, Maryland- based company and their fantastic products.  Each new one that I try seems to exceed my happiest expectations for gorgeous color, purity, and performance.  I can't wait to tell you about my latest discoveries in this review and giveaway!
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Monave lips products

If you're searching for some absolute striking lip glosses and glazes, then you'll flip for Monavé.  I wanted to try a Liquid Natural Lip Gloss #163 Pinkberry with the sponge applicator.  This was the perfect rosy way to light up your lips with decadent berry luster while nourishing them with creamy moisture.  

I also received a pot of #163 Pinkberry Shimmer Lip Gloss.  Though the name may be the same, this version appears to be a soft brick red at first glance.  However, this is a deeply complex color with vivid magenta intertwined with gleaming pink to cut through the red to give it a rock star edge that will excite you.  This is the one for instant glamour.

Next, I tried a pot of #12 Light Plum Shimmer Lip Gloss.  Again, I had another winner.  This gloss made my lips feel good while delivering such a magnificent rich shade, great for day or night and perfect for fall.  Wearing this gloss, my light plum lips looked juicy and tempting enough to make my guy want to snack on them. 

 I chose a Monavé Lip Glaze in #88 Antique Brick.  This is a simply beautiful neutral color that comes with a wand applicator that  would probably work for everyone.  It has hints of a burnished brick red, pink, brown and some glints of copper for one incredible tube.  Whether you want to wear this to work, play, or the like, this color can go from night to day.  Check out the middle tube in my photo.

Sometimes, I do like to wear a sheer color and found Monavé  #506 Sheer Lip Glaze in Honey Glaze worked magic.  The shade is really a brown-pink and will give your lips such inviting luster in a lasting wash of moisture and intense shine.  Look at the last tube in my hand to see how pretty it is.

I also sampled #12 Vegan Glossy Lipstick in Light Plum.  Unlike the #12 Light Plum pot of Lip Gloss, this version had slightly more purplish overtones.  Nonetheless, I loved how my lips glimmered with pink and plum tones.

I picked a Sultry Blush #70 (Gold Salmon).  This is a gleaming  light peach-apricot with glints of a pink for blush that gives you an amazing boost of gleaming radiance.  This is the closest one to my thumb in the photo.

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Monave Mineral Makeup blushes

The Matte Blush in Adobe Sunset  #206 brushed my cheek with a delicate veil of pale sunny apricot and left the purest, natural look of health.  This is the last container the furtherest from my thumb.

I had fun experimenting with the Pearlescent Blush next in Neutral Pink #201.  I adored this shade that warmed my face up with pink and gold.  I believe this color (middle container in the photo) would suit most complexions for a gorgeous natural rosy glow of the perfect sunlit pink.

I hated to neglect my eyes so I opted for several of the Monavé Versatile Powders.  The look of  metallic eyes and glossy lips speaks volumes and is perfect for the holidays so I went with Hypnotic #78, Light Gold #62, and Light Plum #12.  

The picture on the website hardly does justice for Hypnotic #78 since it looks darker with some brown.  This shade dresses up eyes with dark silver sophistication and pared with one of Monavé fabulous glosses gets you glamorous without much effort.  

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Monave Kabuki brush and Versatile powders

Light Plum #12  turns normal eyes into gemstones with delectable luster and was fantastic for day or night.  The Light Plum and Hynotic worn together lit up my dark eyes incredibly.  

Light Gold #62 gave my eyes a soft gold gleam.  I used it as highlighter and with Light Plum, it really opened up my eyes nicely.

What's extra fun about Monavé Versatile Powders are all the extra things you can do with  from turning them into nail polish just by dabbing some powder into clear polish to mixing up your own customized lip gloss by adding some lip balm.  You can get so many great looks and keep reinventing yourself without breaking the bank when you invest in these Versatile Powders.

Last of all, I wanted to test one of the Monavé new vegan brushes.  I was sent a Baby Kabuki brush.  This little brush had enough fluff power to make powder application easier.  I found a former Sucrets box was the perfect size to house it and have it handy whether to throw in your handbag or store at home.

I am being sincere when I tell you how fantastic Monavé Mineral Makeup is and how the more I experiment, the more passionate I become about their beautiful collection of long-lasting and pure products.  However, I do wish that the tops of their containers for their powders had larger holes or more holes so more powder could come out at once.  Other than that, I am thrilled with the exquisite care and formulation of this award-winning line that has captured my heart.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Monavé Mineral Makeup, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins a Liquid Lip Gloss and two Versatile Powders in the colors of their choice!


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