Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Mineral Fusion Natural Brands 3-in-1 Color Stick (Berry Glow)

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Mineral Fusion Natural Brands 3-in-1 Color Stick (Berry Glow)


When I am looking for a blush, I want something soft and natural.  Of course, there are quite a few that can do just that for your face.  But how many of them would you classify as having healthier ingredients?  A new one that I just tried is from Mineral Fusion Brands with their recently launched 3-in-1 Color Sticks.

This mineral blush saves you worrying about what else goes into your skin.  You can rest assured that this company did a great job with this line of gluten and paraben free blushes because the color looks like it is shining from underneath your skin instead of just on top of it.

Berry Glow is the rosy-plum color I received in this pretty stick blush.  The color is a sheer wash of vibrant pink  with a delicate shimmer that looks wonderful on a warm complexion. 

It didn't feel at all heavy, nor look greasy, and was effortless to blend.  Furthermore, it lasted a long time and I am very pleased with it.

The 3-in-1 Color Stick retails for $19.99 at Mineral Fusion Brands or any Whole Foods Markets.  Three other shades are also available. 

I suggest you try this new blush for yourself because you will love it!  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wearing the Right Lip Color Can Make Your Teeth Look Whiter

If you want your teeth to look whiter, you may need to rethink the choice of lipsticks and glosses that you wear.

For the best results, those with pinkish tones in their complexions should try berry, red, and mauve lip colors.  With this type of cool natural coloring, these particular shades will help the teeth appear whiter.

Those with warm olive complexions would have better luck with silver-frosted brown or burgundy lip colors to make theirs appear brighter.

Women that have lots of color to their lips naturally would benefit from shiny gloss.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo Nuts Style Is Just As Creamy and Delicious Without All the Extra Calories!

When I first found this recipe, I was almost reluctant to try it.  Let's be honest, a pasta sauce of rich cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese may be fattening but it is simply delicious and one of my favorite comfort dishes.  The thought of substituting plain Greek-style yogurt for the cream and butter with olive oil didn't sound especially appealing. 

However, I became intrigued over the possibility of switching out those heavier ingredients.  Then, I decided more can be done so I added to the seasonings along with including some flavorful protein from mushrooms with some tasty browned onions and garlic until I developed this incredible low calorie version of this beloved creamy white cheese sauce.

Of course, I understand if you still are uncertain about experimenting with this recipe.  It took me a few days before I was brave enough to make a sauce with plain Greek yogurt.  Once you do though, there is no turning back.  The bonus is that my sauce is easy to make and does stick to the pasta surprisingly well besides taste great.

What makes it even more decadent is serving such satisfying splendor on a bed of homemade pasta for a truly memorable dining experience.  Of course, you can substitute store-bought, but it does not even come close to my pasta recipe.  

Here's a wonderful tip.  Once you boil your pasta, do save  some of that water to later add to your finished product.  This will thicken and moisten your pasta in the process.

Fettuccine Alfredo Nuts Style

1 lb. of fettuccine or homemade pasta
1/4 cup of olive oil
12 oz. of fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced.
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1-1/2 cups of evaporated skim milk
1/2 cup of plain Greek-style yogurt
2/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel or 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

Brown your chopped onions and garlic in the olive oil until golden. 

Next, add the chopped mushrooms and continue browning.

Cook the pasta.

As the pasta cooks, prepare the white sauce.  Measure the milk, yogurt, basic, cheese, salt, pepper, and lemon peel and mix well before adding to the skillet with your browned vegetables.

Drain the pasta and add to the mixture, heating through just to warm.

Serve immediately.

ENJOY!

Friday, March 28, 2014

**2 WIN**NEW Roux Beauty's Anti-Aging Hair Care Collection Review + ($142) Giveaway + FREE OFFER!--Ends April 14, 2014

**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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Roux Beauty Anti-Aging Hair Collection


Aging is not kind to skin, but it also makes hair suffer as well.  The color fades and gray hairs multiply with every new birthday.  Unfortunately, thinning, breakage, and dryness also occur more frequently because of it.  Though as depressing as this all sounds, I have been testing some wonderful products from Roux Beauty with their new Anti-Aging Hair Care Collection that can help revitalize older hair again.

The collection includes ten products specifically created to combat those various aging hair problems. 

*Roux Anti-Aging Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (for strengthening weak hair with biotin, keratin amino acids, vitamins, UV filters, panthenol, and rosemary leaf extract)

*Roux Anti-Aging Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner (nutrient-rich formula to moisture and lock in color)

*Roux Anti-Aging Hair Serum (a leave-in treatment with keratin amino acids and biotin to end breakage, dullness, and build up volume)

*Roux Anti-Aging Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner (damaged fragile hair drinks this up to return it to a healthy state)

*Roux 619 Anti-Aging Extra Moisture Leave-in Treatment (intense conditioning with panthenol, vitamins and biotin)

*Roux 233 Anti-Aging Extra Repair Leave-in Treatment (a rejuvenating conditioner for color treated, bleached or double-processed hair with keratin and vitamins to strengthen and repair even split ends)

*Roux 07 Anti-Aging Extra Volume Leave-in Treatment (a bodybuilding conditioner with collagen and vitamins for thickening )

*Roux Anti-Aging Hair & Scalp Rehab Leave-in Treatment (a conditioner with biotin and vitamins  for to encourage the look of more hair and stimulating growth)

Since it was nearly time for me to color my hair again, I started with the Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.49).  This protein-building pair did soften my somewhat brittle hair and add more manageability.

Next, I went with the Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner ($10.99) to deeply condition before I colored my hair.   I can't pinpoint how much stronger it was, but it did chase away dullness and perk it up.

After I colored my hair, I soon tried the Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.49).  My hair was already shiny so I can't say how much better it looked or felt with this duo.  I did see about the same amount of color rinse out as I experience with other color-safe shampoos and conditioners. 

I followed with a few pumps to my towel-dried hair of the leave in Hair Serum ($11.99) to bolster strength and volume. 

For weekly maintenance, the four leave-in treatments ($9.29) are ideal to keep the hair healthy.  There is a formula to handle whatever your hair needs.  All required is shaking of one of the three ampoules before applying to activate its benefits.

Though you can't completely stop hair aging, this new line of Roux Beauty Anti-Aging Hair Care can at least make the damage look less obvious.  

These products are available at Sally Beauty.  Learn more about them at Roux Beauty.

In fact, I have a great deal to pass on, but you must HURRY.  Buy any of those products at Sally Beauty during March and receive one box  of three Roux Anti-Aging Leave-in Treatments in your choice of formula.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest  opinion.  Free products were provided solely to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Roux Beauty, two lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the continental United States wins one of the following:

1st Prize:

Roux Anti-Aging Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (10.1 oz. each), Hair Serum (4-fl. oz.), #619 Extra Moisture Leave-in Treatment, #233 Extra Repair Leave-In Treatment, 07 Extra Volume Leave-in Treatment, Hair & Scalp Rehab Leave-in Treatment plus 10 samples of Color Protect Shampoo/Conditioner that come with a $2.00 ($71.00 value)!

2nd Prize:

Roux Anti-Aging Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner (10.1 oz. each), Hair Serum (4-fl. oz.), #619 Extra Moisture Leave-in Treatment, #233 Extra Repair Leave-In Treatment, 07 Extra Volume Leave-in Treatment, Hair & Scalp Rehab Leave-in Treatment plus 10 samples of Keratin Repair Shampoo/Conditioner that come with a $2.00 ($71.00 value)!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Do You Know How to Test the Health of Your Hair?

In order to know the best way to handle your hair, you need to determine what its true condition by running a few simple tests.  Once you do, you will have an easier time of figuring out the right products or style to always keep it looking great.

Here is test number one.  This will require you to pull out a strand of your hair.  Now wrap that strand pretty firmly between your thumb on one hand and index finger on the other.  Then tug it a little further apart.  If that strand snaps right away, your hair may be overly dry.  However, if it stretches and seems to have some elasticity to it by bouncing back to its original shape when that tense hold is removed, you can feel fairly confident that your hair is healthy. Hair that stretches, but doesn’t spring back is a sign that it is a little damaged and somewhat on the dry side, requiring a conditioner.

Test number two requires a glass of water and another strand of hair that you will add to it.  If you see that hair sink to the bottom, your hair is parched and needs deep conditioning.  On the other hand, if that strand floats, this signals healthy, fully hydrated hair.  This happens because the drier the hair, the more it absorbs water.

For this last test, you will need to yank out another strand of hair as well as locate a sewing needle.  What you are going to do is try threading the bottom of that strand (not the tip from the root) through the eye of that needle.  If your hair manages to go through that needle, then your hair is in excellent shape.  But, if the strand is snagging in the process, your hair cuticle is damaged and frayed.  Then again, another possibility of its failure to go through is you could have split ends and benefit from a trim.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mirenesse Cosmetics iCurl TwinHeated Lash Curler + Secret Weapon iCurl 24Hr Mascara Opens Eyes Even With Short Lashes to New Extremes! (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.**

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Secret Weapon iCurl 24Hr Mascara



I have always believed in the benefits of using an eyelash curler.  Having shorter lashes, I found a crimp eyelash curler indispensable for opening up my eyes before applying mascara.  However, I had never tried a heated eyelash curler until Mirenesse Cosmetics included their award-winning iCurl TwinHeated Lash Curler and Secret Weapon iCurl 24Hr Mascara in a box of products to review.

You want to apply mascara after you use a heated eyelash curler.  If you tried applying mascara in the same way using a conventional crimp curler, the force of it would damage and pull out lashes.  On the other hand, the heated eyelash curler is designed to work harder using the warmth and mascara together as a curling catalyst.

The first thing I did was to reach for the Secret Weapon iCurl 24Hr Mascara.  This is a unique memory driven formula to work specifically with their lash curler for boosting the curl while lifting lashes up to 90% higher and locking curl for the most time.  This mascara has an excellent shaped brush patterned to fit like a dream between individual lashes and extend over the complete lid from end to end without any gaps.

I applied the mascara on my lashes first vertically and then horizontally from the base to the tip so everything was covered.  Finding that this formula  didn't clump or make the lashes still together while working was wonderful as well.  One coat of this deep black mascara was perfect for daytime.  Despite stubby, little lashes, this product did manage to open my eyes more than I ever expected.  Now, I was really getting excited because my lashes need coaxing with my crimp eyelash curler before they do that. 

Smiling at those results, the first thing I did was to insert two "AAA" batteries so I could operate the iCurl TwinHeated Lash Curler since it did not ship with batteries.  Before you begin, you need to allow it to heat first for about 10-15 seconds once you turn it on.  In order to tell if it is hot, I checked the color of the pad.  Instead of red, the pad turns clear when it is ready to use. 
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Mirenesse Cosmetics iCurl TwinHeated Lash Curler

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Secret Weapon iCurl 24Hr Mascara
After I got that sign, I slipped my lashes inside between the gap at the base.  When my lashes were properly positioned, I moved over the silver button, which controls the twin pads lifting and held steady for about 15 seconds or so.  Later, I slide the button down to free my lashes.

As I examined my work, my eyes looked so beautiful with a black, more upward curling fringe of lashes.   It was hard to believe how well the iCurl Lash Curler complimented the Secret Weapon iCurl 24Hr Mascara when it comes to transforming short lashes into more lush, curling ones that you can barely recognize. 
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 iCurl TwinHeated Lash Curler

After putting on my new mascara, I wiped the pad of all traces of black left behind with a damp cotton square before storing the iCurl Lash Curler away. 

The rest of the day, I just enjoyed looking more glamorous.  Even when I forgot that I had mascara on and rubbed my eyes, I didn't smudge, flake, or end up with black rings around my eyes.  The weird part is how  just rinsing away with warm water is sufficient enough to get such stubborn mascara gone in a flash.

Glamorizing this way does require extra effort.  You do need to wash the mascara brush after use in sterile saline or boiled and cooled water as well.  Nonetheless, when you see the difference using it, then you don't mind.  

My advice, ladies, is to head to Mirenesse and check both products out.  The Secret Weapon iCurl 24Hr Mascara retails for $35.96 and the iCurl TwinHeated Lash Curler goes for $44.96.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fresh and Chic--L'Occitane en Provence's Eau Spontanée Cologne (Review)

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L'Occitane's Eau Spontanée Cologne


Freshness never smelled so sweet as it does when L'Occitane en Provence's Eau Spontanée Cologne hits the air.  Now that Spring is here and Summer ahead, this limited edition fruity-floral from their Eaux de Provence Collection, is an ideal choice with its uplifting airy feel.

This lovely fragrance opens bright and energetically with sparkling citrus bursts of bergamot and nectarine along with a sweeter fruity note of the pomegranate.  As this happy scent develops and warms in the heart, the rose petals that lie just beneath juicy notes of currant awaken to beautiful life.  What is left is a powdery rose shower falling on the ripe fruit that is so feminine and romantic.  The effect is soft, but a dazzling elegance that beams with warm inner appeal. The base is intriguing.  As the fragrance dries down, it begins to slowly seduce with notes of cedar and sensual musk that captivates.  

Wearing Eau Spontanée lifted my spirits with its powerful bright energy.  As a result, I loved this cologne.  The only thing that I did not love was the 10.1 oz. bottle was in splash form instead of spray.  

Regardless, I continue to adore Eau Spontanée and suggest it as a fitting fragrance for the warm weather.  You can find the 10.1 oz. cologne ($52) and the 1.7 oz. ($30) on L'Occitane en Provence.  Do look for it!



Monday, March 24, 2014

John Frieda's Full Volume Hair Dryer Review

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John Frieda's Full Volume Hair Dryer


You might think picking out the perfect hair dryer for yourself is as easy as pulling out your credit card.  Yet, with all the models and price ranges are you sure that the one you have in mind has exactly the features you need or are you overpaying?  The next time you are in the market for a new hair dryer, you might be interested in John Frieda's Full Volume Hair Dryer that I was sent to review because this one may pleasantly surprise you for an inexpensive model.

This gun-shaped dryer has 1875 watts of power, a lightweight AC motor, high voltage advanced ionic generator, three heat settings, two speeds, and a cold-shot button. 

Using this dryer did make my drying time a snap while it also blew in enough bouncy volume and gloss due to its ionic and ceramic technology. As I worked my brushes drying, the cold shot button locked in my natural curl nicely without my need of further curling.  Due to the ionic technology, I noticed my hair had no static electricity problem with any weird flyaway hair.

I started with one of the two concentrator attachments it comes with, but used the diffuser the next day.  Wow, did my natural curl spring up through my layers once I did that.  

Its titanium and ceramic coating was specifically designed for gentler and more even heat distribution.  This is important if you ever dried your hair and remembered that smell of hair burning as you aimed heat at it.  

It also looks to be of studier construction than some of the plastic models that I have owned.  At the same time, it also feels a bit heavier than others I have used as well.

I did think the John Frieda's FullVolume Hair Dryer was a wonderful performer.  It dried quickly, added an extra shine and did seem to make even more of my natural curls, especially when I attached the diffuser.  Do check this product out because I think you would like it!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: Beauty Box 5 March 2014 Review

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Beauty Box 5 March 2014

The greatest thing about a monthly beauty subscription is that you always discover some amazing products that later become your newest obsessions.  One favorite that always manages to excite me happens to be Beauty Box 5 because you usually get five wonderful products from sample sizes to full sizes for just $12 a month.

This month's box was one of the best of the several that I reviewed from their company so far for the value and wonderful stash of products.  I just loved this assortment.  

Here is what I found inside my March 2014 box:

Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse 1.83 oz. (Full size 7.5 oz. retails for $15.99) =($3.90)

Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base= $18.99  FULL SIZE

Tree Hut Nourishing Hand Cream (Tropical Mango) 3 oz.=$5.29  FULL SIZE

Jane's Pick All Natural Soaps Handmade Bar Soap This is a sample size bar (Full size 5 oz. retails for $10.00) =$2.00 

Swissco Dual-Sided Facial Pad= $2.00  FULL SIZE

TOTAL VALUE = $32.18


I never would have known about Design Essentials and this terrific Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse otherwise.  This is more of a looser, flowing foam than a thicker consistency mousse, but this stuff brought out my natural curl nicely. 

The Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base was just ideal for my light coloring to use as a foundation.  This light beige ivory shade also makes a perfect concealer or illuminator.  I loved the portable size for packing in my handbag.

The yummy smell of tropical mango from Tree Hut's Nourishing Hand Cream made it so pleasant to apply while it lovingly cared for my dry hands.  The formula with Moroccan argan oil, organic shea butter, mango puree, and vitamins was non-greasy and did a fine job to restore the softness and heal the red from my hands in relatively quick time.

Jane's Pick All Natural Soap was a small handmade bar soap made with essential oils, olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and herbs among other beneficial ingredients for gently cleansing the skin.   I believe the sweet and somewhat woody scent was Patience.

Last in this box, I found the Swissco Dual-Sided Facial Pad.  The surface of this pad is a bit too abrasive for a face.  Instead, I plan to use it on the rough skin on elbows and feet, where it will come in handy.

I can't wait for next month now.  Have you found Beauty Box 5 yet? 

Do check BeautyBox 5's website and do some browsing.  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.  I think you will love their monthly beauty boxes as much as I do once you start experiencing what they have to offer.


*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided solely to facilitate this review.*


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Recipe: This Fabulous Marbled Pound Cake of Mine Is Hard to Resist!


Those of you that are regular readers might have noticed my passion for pound cakes.   I think what I love most about them is how well they keep compared to other cakes for staying moist and delectable without any frosting.

Today, I wanted to share another excellent one with you.  My Fabulous Marbled Pound Cake combines a fine textured yellow batter with an awesome chocolate one swirled through that produces a real taste sensation.

Unlike the other four recipes that I already told you about with my Marshmallow-Filled Pound Cake, Walnut-Coconut Pound Cake, Simply Marvelous Saturday Pound Cake (a brown sugar and pecan version that is sheer delight) and My Favorite Christmas Pound Cake (a celebration of flavors), this one is uniquely different but just as wonderful.

The next time that you are in the mood to bake, I do hope you will want to try this recipe because I think you'll love it. 

My Fabulous Marbled Pound Cake

1-1/4 cups of soft butter or margarine (not spread)
5 large eggs
2-1/2 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2-1/2 cups of sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons of baking powder, leveled
1 cup of milk
2-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa

Cream the butter with the sugar with your electric mixture, gradually adding as you thoroughly mix the two.

Beat one egg in at a time until well combined.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.

Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk and vanilla to the creamed mixture.

Remove two cups of the batter.  Then add the unsweetened cocoa and stir through.

Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

Start pouring some light batter in the prepared tube pan, then the chocolate batter, then yellow batter until everything is combined.

Bake in a 325-degree oven for about one hour and ten minutes, depending on how your oven is regulated.  Check with a slender knife or cake tester to see if anything sticks. 

Allow this pound cake to remain in the pan for about ten minutes before attempting to remove it.  If you try to take it out of the pan too soon, you risk the cake breaking apart.   Waiting this short amount of time guarantees a better chance of baking success.

ENJOY!

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 2014 Blush Mystery Beauty Box Is for Complexion Perfection! (Review)

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March 2014 Blush Mystery Beauty Box


Don't you wish that you could try every product that beauty editors obsess over?  A monthly beauty subscription may be the solution without dropping your entire salary in the process. One that I happen to think is fabulous for trying the latest skin care, makeup, hair products and fragrances from upper end brands is Blush Mystery Beauty Box.  Each monthly selection is valued at $100 or more of full to travel products are hand picked by the company's panel of astute beauty experts for just that reason.  

The March 2014 Blush Mystery Beauty Box is all about skin care with the exception of one item, a makeup primer.  Take a look at what I received in this assortment:

* DCL Dermatologic Cosmetics Laboratories Ultra Light Hydrator (full size 3.5 fl. oz.) at the Dermstore = $27.60 

* Strivectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles (0.75 fl. oz.) on Amazon the same amount =$22.50

* Talika Eye Therapy Patches (1 pair/3 uses).  The full size box with 6 goes for $58 at the Dermstore = $9.67

* Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (1 oz.).  The full size is 4 oz. retails at the Dermstore for $23.00 = $5.75

* Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-Up Primer (0.50 oz.).  The full 2 oz. size retails for $30.00 at the Dermstore = $7.50

* SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (deluxe sample size with no specified size).  The full 1 oz. retails for $74 at the Dermstore  

* Suki 100% Organic Cotton Wash Cloth.  This retails for $10.95 on Suki's website = $10.95

* Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Microderm (0.5 fl. oz.). The full size 3.3  fl. oz. retails at Dermstore  for $24.00 = $7.28

In addition, my box came with two bonus samples of SkinMedica's Redness Relief Calm Plus (.13 oz.) and Amlactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion by Usher Smith (0.11 oz.)

If you want wonderful skin care to do it all from cleansing, exfoliating, refining, revitalizing, firming, hydrating and even priming your face, this collection gives you a terrific variety of products from topnotch brands. What's nice is that you will be able to test out how your complexion will react to a product before plunking down your money on a formula that may be wrong for you.  

Regardless of buying the $24.95 monthly subscription or ordering a one-time box at $34.95, you don't pay any shipping fee.  I highly recommend this March 2014 Blush Mystery Beauty Box! Do check it and this beauty subscription service out, especially if you want to stay on top of all things beauty!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided solely to facilitate this review.*

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Start the New Season With Gorgeous Hair--Pro Naturals Hair Repair System (Review)

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Pro Naturals Hair Repair System


All shampoos and conditioners can clean and improve the look of your hair to some extent.  Since each of us have different needs and hair textures how products perform vary from one individual to the next.  

Take my own hair for example, it happens to be thick, dry, and color-treated with abuse from blow-drying and styling tools.  With all I put my hair through, I have accumulated my share of products to restore softness, damage, and shine while making it  more manageable.  However, I have come across an exciting system that uses 100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil from Pro Naturals that deserves your attention after the beautiful change in my own hair.  

There are four steps in this four-product Pro Naturals Hair Repair System that I have been using together since they arrived for this review.   

Step one is the Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Shampoo, a luxurious sulfate-free formula that is color-safe and lathers wonderfully.  
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Inside Pro Naturals Hair Repair System 

Step two is the rich Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Conditioner that followed after shampooing for about three minutes before rinsing as it began my hair restoration.   

Step three consists of the moisture intensive Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Mask that I left on for about 30 minutes, which is heavier duty conditioning.  

Step four is the Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment that in just three drops is the final answer to your prayers for powering the system up.

These products built upon each other exceptionally well in my opinion to repair and bring back hair to its virgin state.  My hair not only looked glossier and felt softer with more bounce to it, but I also noticed the strands seemed stronger and healthier when styling with less breakage, which was incredible considering how many hairs I shed.

If you own hair sounds like mine and could use a beauty boost, then I hope you give the Pro Naturals Hair Treatment System a try because this set may be your own hair miracle in the making!

Pro Naturals Hair Repair System includes retails for $189.99 and includes the following:

* 9.6 fl. oz. Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Shampoo
* 9.6 fl. oz. Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Conditioner
* 8.4 fl. oz. Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Mask
* 1.7 fl. oz. Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

**WIN**March, 2014 Pijon Box Student Care Package Review and Giveaway!--Ends April 4, 2014

**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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Pijon Box Student Care Package for March 2014


Until I was contacted by Pijon Box, I was unaware of the company.  Therefore, I did some checking on what they were about and loved their idea of a subscription service geared for college students where parents, family or friends can send a monthly care package of products with such useful items as food, beauty, etc. to their student.  

Who wouldn't love a monthly surprise especially when a student may be away for the first time sent from someone back home?  

A subscription can start as low as $23 a month with at least a $30 to $50 value or up to $29 a month, depending on the plan you select.  You choose the type of selection you wish to send with a male, female or gender neutral box.  

The company's shipments go out eight times a year using FedEx SmartPost or FedEx Ground, stopping in the summer and January.

I can't think of a more thoughtful gesture to constantly share with a loved one that is away from home than with a box like the one I received for this review and giveaway.

Here is what I got in the March 2014 female assortment:

TOCCS Panorama Earbuds ($29)

Energems Mint Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Candies ( $2.99 each)

Revolution Tea Sample Pack  ($2.99)

Plump for Joy Thickening Hair Lifter from Not Your Mother ($6.99 from Pijon Box's store)

Pan De Oro Organic Tortilla Chips ($3.99)

The TOCCA Earbuds were wonderful to find since I somehow misplaced mine.  These will make my morning runs tolerable again!

I never tired the Energems Energy Candies before but liked them.  They satisfied my chocolate craving while being just the thing I needed to give my tired brain a jumpstart.  I will get more of these.

Though I'm a big coffee drinker, I  considered the Revolution Tea was a welcome treat since I am trying to cut down.  I got to try Peach Mango Green Tea, (my favorite) Blackberry Jasmine Oolong Tea and Raspberry Black Tea.  

Also, in this box I found a full-size bottle of Plump for Joy Thickening Hair Lifter from Not Your Mother.  This is a new brand to me, but a woman can never have enough good hair styling products, especially one for building a bit more volume.  I can't wait to see how this product will perform on my head.

I thought the Pan De Oro Organic Tortilla Chips were fresh and delicious.  My guilty pleasure is eating these with some melted cheese that I can dunk them in with jalapeno peppers.
  
Pijon Box also has an online store where your student can buy any favorites from those boxes, which can come in handy.  Trust me, but I am confident there will be items that a student will love like me and want again--and very soon.   Being able to order from the convenience of a dorm room simplifies life.

It is always fun to get mail away at school.  But it is even more fun when you get packages of goodies when you come to pick up your mail. I wish that Pijon Box was around when I was in college because it would have been fun and so welcome!

To learn more visit Pijon Box.  Subscribe and get $5.00 off your first month.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  A free product was provided solely to facilitate this review.*

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