Delicious Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Let’s face it — Dad already has plenty of ties, grilling tools and golf gear.

This Father’s Day, give him something delicious. A happy belly is the key to any man’s heart!

Tuscanini Foods

Put together a special basket filled with gourmet Italian treats made by Tuscanini Foods. There are plenty of stellar options, including:

100% Durum Semolina pastas in a variety of shapes: Gigli (ruffle-edged cones), Pennoni (a somewhat more substantial version of Penne), Trottole (“spinning top”), tricolor Conchiglie (seashells), and tricolor Fusilli (corkscrews)

-Balsamic vinegar and glaze out of Modena

-Pasta sauces featuring 40 fresh tomatoes from the Parma region

Learn more: tuscaninifoods.com

Pig of the Month BBQ

Get Dad a subscription to the very best BBQ delivery service. Their slow-cooked meats are stored in the freezer and are ready to be reheated, whenever he’ll get a hankering for yummy BBQ.

Learn more: pigofthemonth.com

Goldbelly

This site offers plenty of comfort foods from all over the U.S. From pastrami sandwich kits to Philly cheesesteaks to stone crab claws to maple-glazed bacon donuts, they’ve literally got any craving covered!

Learn more: goldbelly.com

Crystal Mineral Deodorant Review

Crystal Mineral Deodorant Stick

*A sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

ABOUT CRYSTAL MINERAL DEODORANT STICK $6.99:

This powerful, one ingredient mineral stick eliminates and blocks odor before it starts without harmful or harsh chemicals, offering long-lasting, natural mineral protection for up to 24 hours. With daily suggested use, can last over a year.

– Contains one ingredient: Pure Mineral Salt.

– Prevents odor safely for up to 24 hours.

– No residue, no staining, no white marks.

– Made without Aluminum Chloride/Chlorohydrate/Zirconium, Parabens, Phthalates, and Artificial Fragrance.

– Dermatologist tested; unscented.

– Vegan and Cruelty Free.

MY REVIEW:

For a while now, I’ve been on the hunt to find an alternative to my anti-perspirant. I’ve always been let down with the products I’ve tried. That is, until CRYSTAL entered my life.

The idea of rubbing a wet stone on my armpits initially seemed wacky. I gave it a shot and was very pleasantly surprised with how effective it was. I’m now addicted and keep this product in my tub.

After I shower, I wet the stone, apply it generously to each armpit and voilà, I’m odor-free for at least 24 hours. As an added bonus, it doesn’t leave any white marks on my clothes. I consider that a major win!

But what about the potassium alum ingredient in the formula? It has a scary, chemical-sounding name but according to CRYSTAL, it is actually a naturally occurring mineral salt that creates a protective barrier against odor causing bacteria. It does not inhibit sweat gland function in any way.

There is plenty of contradictory advice online about the safety and effectiveness of mineral deodorants. I encourage you to do thorough research to decide if this is a product you’ll want to incorporate into your routine.

For more information, check out https://www.thecrystal.com/

Laneige Hydrating Trial Kit Review

Laneige hydrating trial kit

*A sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

ABOUT LANEIGE HYDRATING TRIAL KIT ($25):

Max out on moisture with this five-piece set, featuring hydration-boosting cleanser, toner, serum, cream and mask in a pouch.

The set includes:

– Moisturizing Foam Cleanser

– Essential Power Skin Toner for Normal to Dry Skin

– Water Bank Essence

– Water Bank Moisture Cream

– Water Sleeping Mask

MY REVIEW:

I was very excited to try this set. I’m a big fan of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask and use it religiously every night.

Since it’s winter, I was immediately drawn to the moisture cream and water sleeping mask.

Both products have a pleasant texture and an incredible scent. I’m such a sucker for good smelling products and can’t get enough of Laneige’s signature aroma.

The moisture cream immediately absorbed into my skin while the mask felt greasier and left a shiny film on the surface.

In the morning, I woke up with hydrated, soft, plump skin.

After about two weeks of use, I noticed that my pores were getting larger and appeared clogged. I have oily skin and sadly, these products are not conducive to my skin type.

I encourage you to try this set and see if it works for your skin. To learn more, visit https://us.laneige.com/

Rembrandt 1 Week Whitening Kit Review

*A sample was provided in exchange for an honest review.*

Rembrandt, the iconic teeth whitening brand, has recently launched a 1 Week Whitening kit to brighten your smile with professional-level results in the comfort of home.

The kit retails for $24.99 and packs two weeks’ worth of powerful whitening into just seven days.

I was thrilled to try the kit out before my vacation. I didn’t have much time before my trip and the idea that I could improve my smile in just one week was very appealing.

Before trying the kit

The whitening strips were easy to apply and stayed put but I found them a bit thick and bulky. Compared to other strips I’ve tried, I noticed a difference with how they fit.

I have sensitive teeth and I was happy that the strips didn’t cause discomfort. I applied them daily for a week and noticed a brighter smile.

After one week of use

I recommend pairing the kit with Rembrandt’s whitening toothpaste to amplify the results.

If you are short on time, consider the 3 day REMBRANDT Whitening Boost Kit that retails for $6.99.

Rembrandt products are available in stores at Walmart and online at www.rembrandt.com

NEW Limited Edition Softsoap Body Wash Fragrances

*Products provided by Colgate-Palmolive for review. No compensation was received for this post.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. For me, sunny days go hand in hand with fruity and floral scents. So I was thrilled to check out two NEW Limited Edition body washes from Softsoap:

  • Blushing Bouquet
  • Eternal Bloom

Blushing Bouquet features the aroma of fresh May Blossoms. This heady fragrance is not for the faint of heart. All of your senses will pique as the intoxicating, sweet aroma takes command of the room.

The balance of fruity and floral scents in the Eternal Bloom body wash is  a refreshing counterpart to Blushing Bouquet. I enjoyed the crisp pairing of pear and apple blossom — a sweet and uplifting duo.

The best part for me is that both of these body washes feature moisture rich formulas to keep my skin hydrated.

Give them a try and let me know what you think. The limited edition scents are available now until September 2017 at Walmart.

For more information, please visit http://www.softsoap.com/ and follow Softsoap on Facebook

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Models Own Makeup Review

*Samples were provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Models Own is a bright and eye-catching brand of makeup. The electric neon packaging and bold shades are fun and visually appealing.

I was recently invited to review LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick and Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder.

LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick $7.99

  • Matte finish (my favorite!)
  • Comes in six shades. I had samples of Coral Fresh and Berry Cool. The colors were too daring for me, personally. I can’t conjure up a personal or work-related occasion where I could show up with a spunky, Coral Fresh lip. The Berry Cool shade reminded me of the brown lipstick I wore in Middle School (hello 90’s). Again, not a lip color I could see myself wearing at this point in my life.

Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder $11.99

  • Soft finishing powder
  • Comes in two shades. I had a sample of Golden Sand. The pigment is strong and the finish is very shimmery. With proper blending, I could use this highlighter for a night time look.

Models Own is available exclusively at Ulta

Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Review

*Samples were provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Whether you live on the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, Summer temperatures have been creeping in to remind us that Memorial Day is just around the corner. The unofficial kick off to Summer signals the start of outdoor living – pools, beaches, family barbecues, festivals and warm-weather vacations are now within our reach.

I don’t need to lecture anyone on the importance of protecting your skin from the sun but I do want to share products that will be a part of my beach bag this Summer.

Hawaiian Tropic recently launched Silk Hydration Weightless Face Lotion Sunscreen. This new breathable formula feels like I barely have anything on my face. With its broad spectrum SPF 30 and UVA & UVB protection, it’s an essential sunscreen to wear outside. It does leave a sheen on my face but the shine goes away after the sunscreen is fully absorbed in my skin.

Additional Hawaiian Tropic launches this year include:

  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless C-Spray (SPF 15 & 30): The same Silk Hydration Weightless formula now in an easy application format that leaves skin feeling soft, moisturized and indulgent. I simply love this spray! It absorbs quickly and smells amazing.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Spray SPF 50 and Lotion SPF 50: Designed to stand up to outdoor activities while making your skin look and feel beautiful, the Island Sport line is now available in SPF 50 for stronger protection. Certain sun and water sport outings require a strong SPF. This non-greasy formula is perfect for breaking a sweat and smells divine, much like the Weightless line. I like that this line is available in lotion and clear spray for either application preference.

For more information, visit http://www.hawaiiantropic.com/ and follow Hawaiian Tropic on Facebook.

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Giveaway: Win a copy of SIMPLY GLAMOROUS

Simply Glamorous book

*A sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Yasss queens! The beauty bible of 2015 has arrived. SIMPLY GLAMOROUS from celebrity makeup artist Gary Cockerill (St. Martin’s Press; October 2015) boasts an impressive number of practical make-up tutorials for women of every age, shape and color.

Gary is one of the UK’s most successful celebrity make-up artists with a repertoire of work spanning stage and screen, editorial, events and advertising. Much sought after for his super-sexy, glamorous make-up style, Gary has an extensive client list that includes Eva Longoria, Isla Fisher and David Beckham, to name a few. His philosophy—“external beauty promotes inner confidence”—means that he strives to make every client look and feel amazing.

With his friendly, down-to-earth approach, Gary demystifies make-up and reveals the best products and application techniques to make anyone red-carpet ready. By applying four different looks to one face, he shows how the same “blank canvas” can be natural, sophisticated, glamorous and dramatic.

The book is filled with large, high-definition photographs, step-by-step instructions and insider make-up techniques that only a professional of Gary’s caliber could provide. The quality of information packed into SIMPLY GLAMOROUS stands out in a world of incessant YouTube beauty tutorials. I’m happy I was able to preview a copy of this amazing book.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive a copy of SIMPLY GLAMOROUS

Open to Continental USA residents only.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Share your favorite source for make-up tutorials. Leave your answer in the comments below.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter or Facebook and tag My Beauty Source and Gary Cockerill

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CONTEST ENDS November 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

A winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

 

 

 

John Frieda Curling Iron Review

John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron

John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron

Guest review by Lori S. A sample was received in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron

30 second heat makes fashion-forward curls quick and easy to achieve. Featuring Advanced Ionic Conditioning and True Ceramic Technology, this premium curling iron offers 11 digital heat settings offering high heat up to 400°F/205°C for professional results. Simply select your temperature of choice and create shiny, frizz-free curls that last all day.

Price: $29.99

Where to find it: Ulta, CVS, Best Buy and Target

MY REVIEW:

I have medium length, wavy hair that I often curl for work so I was very excited to try out the John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron. I was happy to find out that it heats up fast and curls very well. I used the curling iron to create beautiful, bouncy curls and loved the result.

The curling iron has great grip. However, I had a little difficulty holding on to the end without burning my fingers the first time I used it. After working with it for a while, I figured out how to maneuver my hand and curl my hair without having to hold on to the end.

Also, because of the way it’s designed, I accidentally precessed the on/off switch and temperature control a few times while doing my hair. It didn’t affect the temperature much because I realized it pretty quickly but it was a bit frustrating.

Overall, the John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron is a great product that I will recommend it to friends and family!

 

REVIEW: @LavanilaLabs Pure Vanilla Roller-Ball

Pure Vanilla

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

The Healthy Fragrance Roller-Ball ($19): Travel friendly. Purse friendly. Skin friendly. Blended with exotic essential oils and skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin.

PRODUCT PROS:

  • Great bottle size that’s portable and travel-friendly.
  • Like all Lavanila products, this perfume is chemical-free and made from all natural and organic ingredients.
  • Yummy scent is warm and sweet, just like a cookie.
  • The pure vanilla base can be layered over another perfume to create a signature scent of your own.

PRODUCT CONS:

  • My only complaint is that the scent is too overwhelming to wear in the summer. I enjoy light-scented fragrances when the weather is hot and the vanilla aroma of this roller ball is too musky for the warmer months.

BOTTOM LINE:

I recommend this product to anyone looking for a pure vanilla fragrance. The natural ingredients and $19 price tag, make it even more appealing.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Website:

http://www.lavanila.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/lavanilalabs

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/lavanilalabs/

DISCLAIMER:

I received a sample in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.