Wednesday, November 10, 2010

H2O+ Sea Pure Skincare Review & Coupon Code!!!



  Hi everyone, sorry I was not able to post this sooner but, I was sick for over a week and then I was really busy with school because I missed a few days.  Anyway, I have recently been using some new products from H2O+ that they were nice enough to send me.  I have been using the line for a little over a week and so far I love it! 

     First, let me tell you a little about H2O+.  They are a skincare company that features many different skincare products for any skin issue or type you might have like acne, aging, sensitive skin, oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, dark circles, or uneven skin tone.  H2O+ uses "the power of the sea" like marine botanicals rich in minerals and antioxidants, sea minerals, and plant extracts to hydrate, repair and recharge the skin.  Their products use almost all natural ingredients to keep your skin healthy.

     So, my opinion of the specific line I received, the Sea Pure Natural Anti-Aging Skincare line, is extremely positive.  First of all, when I first got these products, the first thing I noticed was the lovely packaging.  The line comes in light blue boxes that go with the whole sea theme.  The next thing I noticed about the line in general was that it all smells amazing!  It's a very clean citrus scent, not overpowering like lemon cleaner, but refreshing and invigorating, especially in the morning.  Now I'll tell you about each of the products I've been using.  First, there's the creamy Facial Cleanser, which I like to use in the morning.  It wakes you up with a refreshing scent and cleanses your skin.  Next, I use the Renewing Prep Tonic, which is a toner that enhances the skin and helps moisturizer work more effectively.  Then, there's the Deep Moisture Cream, a moisturizer that helps repair damaged skin and makes your skin feel soft and smooth.  The Perfecting Eye Cream is also great for under the eyes, to keep the area around your eyes fresh looking and smooth.  It's also good for those of use with dark circles/bags under the eyes.  Even though I'm not very old yet, it's never a bad idea to use anti-aging products a little sooner.  And if you are a little more advanced in years, this line will be great for you as well.  At night, I like to use the Gentle Refining Polish, which is an exfoliating scrub that gets rid of dead skin cells to make your skin new, fresh, and soft.  

(These 3 are samples sizes, the ones on the website are larger)

     I also tried a few other samples of products from other H2O+ lines.  The Sea Results Deep Sleep Recovery Cream was nice to put on before bed, so I'd wake up with soft, smooth, hydrated skin.  I also used the Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment that like the name suggests, hydrates your skin and is supposed to diminish the appearance of fine lines.  I can't say if it does the latter because I do not currently have any fine lines, but it did make my skin feel nice anyway.  The last product, the Sea Results Line Mender, is meant to diminish the look of lines and wrinkles.  But, since I luckily don't have any yet, I gave this to my mother to try.  She doesn't have many wrinkles either, but I’ll be sure to let you know what she thinks of it, if anyone's interested.  In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this line/company to women young and old because of its many benefits (Did I mention I love the amazing smell!?) and many different products available for all different skin types.

     To find more information about these products and to purchase them, you can visit www.h2oplus.com.  I believe it is also sold in certain stores which you can find out about on their website.  Finally, I have a special coupon code for my blog readers!  From now until November 20th, you can save $10 off of a purchase of $30 or more by using the code: 100275 at checkout.  :) Hope you enjoyed this review!  I hope to have time to post more on here soon, I've been really busy lately.  I have a lot of fashion, baking, and other random stuff I want to try to post soon, so check back.  Tell me in the comments if you've ever tried this line or anything from H2O+, or if you plan to get anything.  Or tell me your favorite skincare products.  :)  

-Xoxo Gabriella  <3   

FTC: These products were sent for review and all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dionis Bath and Beauty Product Review!

     I was recently given some new bath/body/beauty products to try from a company called Dionis.  One great thing about this company is that they use many natural ingredients, like goat's milk, essential oils, and vitamins, in their products, which is good for your skin.  Most of their products contain goat's milk which has many benefits for your skin like being nourishing, moisturizing, and good for people with sensitive skin.  They sell a variety of items such as lotions, hand creams, soaps, body butters, lip balms and glosses, sugar scrubs, bath salts, baby care items, and more.  Their products are available online at http://www.dionisbathandbody.com/ or in select stores as listed on the website.


     Now, let's get to the products I have tried out.  First, my favorite things I got were from a holiday themed collection called Ginger Mint.  As you can see above, I got the sugar scrub, hand cream, lip balm, and lip shine which, as the name suggests, all smell like a combination of gingerbread and mint, which I love!  The sugar scrub in particular smells really sweet, exfoliates your skin, and leaves you smooth and still smelling good after you bathe.  I've never really used hand cream much before, but this one smells great, as I said,  and leaves your hands smooth...so I'll have to start using it more often now. :)  The lip shine smells the same and looks very red in the tube but applies a pretty sheer pinky red with tiny sparkles. (picture below)  Also, I love the packaging for these, the cute little gingerbread men are adorable. :)           

Next, I tried the Sole Soother Heel Repair Stick in Pink Peppermint, which is used to soften and smooth your heels, elbows, and knees.  I used it on my heels before I put on socks at night and it made my feet noticeably smoother the next day.  I like this product because I always forget to moisturize my feet so it was helpful.

The next things I got are some lip balms in Vanilla Bean, Peppermint Twist, and Chocolate Caramel Macchiato Coffee.  They all smell pretty much like what they're called and are moisturizing.  My favorite is the Chocolate Caramel Macchiato one, it smells delicious, like something you would get at Starbucks! Yum! ;)


 Lastly, I tried out the lip glimmers in Red Berry Mint, Pink Blush Mint, and Iridescent Opal Mint.  They all smell minty and are sheer, sparkly, and moisturizing.  I tried to take a picture of them on my hand (below) but my camera wouldn't focus very well...I tried lol!  





That's it for my review!  Thanks for reading!  Check out their website(http://www.dionisbathandbody.com/) for information or to buy products.  They also have a facebook: Here!  Comment below and tell me if you have ever tried anything from this brand or if you plan to now.  What are your favorite items on the site?  

                                                                                                                   Xoxo Gabriella  :)

FTC: products were given for review 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is It Fall Yet?!

     While today is officially the first day of fall according to the calendar, the weather is certainly not cooperating where I live.  It is still rather hot, but I'm dying to wear all my Fall/Winter clothes! :(  Here's a few cute outfits I've worn lately that are a little Fall inspired, but not too much since it still feels like summer.



I love this ruffled, pink, rosey colored skirt (Alloy.com), worn with a cream tank top, grey shirt (Target) and black May Janes. 
I can't wait to wear this skirt with grey or black tights when it's colder.


I wore neutral brown and pink makeup to compliment this outfit.
Here's the jewelry I wore with the outfit (all from Forever21):
    I love this pretty pink   jeweled necklace! :)

 Flower ring!
I love this flower printed dress (Target) with my cute new cowboy boots (Avenue) and tan belt (Torrid)!


Here, I'm wearing a floral skirt (Torrid), green tank top, white shirt thing, and another pair of brown boots (Avenue).

                                                                         Makeup:

Ruffly pink blouse (Torrid), Grey vest (Forever 21), black skirt (alloy.com), ivory tights (welovecolors.com), and pink flats (Payless)
Same outfit with different shoes: black booties (Lane Bryant)
Same outfit without vest and tights...Which do you think looks better?

Sorry, the last 3 picture are a little fuzzy and strange...I couldn't get them to look right.


Makeup:

                
              
This is my favorite headband, its so pretty, classy and girly! :)

Here's a more casual outfit I wore to college (with pants! lol, I've noticed that based on my blog so far, you would think I never wear pants...which is funny because I own possibly around 100 pairs of jeans! lol).
I love my white hair bow(Forever21)


I love this Bird necklace (Forever 21).
Glasses!  I straightened my hair for the first time in a while too. :)

That's all for now.  Hopefully it will start to feel like fall soon so I can wear things like leather jackets, more tights, sweaters, etc.  What are some of your favorite fall trends or things you like to wear in the fall?  Thanks for reading, comment below and subscribe for updates. (Also, below are some accessories from Amazon similar to the ones I wore in the above pictures)   :)
                                                                                                                 -xoxo Gabriella  <3


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Biscotti!

      As an Italian girl who loves to bake, it was inevitable that I make biscotti eventually.  A few weeks ago, I tried out two biscotti recipes, Chocolate and Orange Almond.  The recipes can be found here and here.  The Orange Almond ones turned out really great, they were flavorful and crunchy...great with coffee/tea (I prefer espresso!).  The Chocolate ones however, were alright, but the recipe was missing something...maybe more cocoa powder or sugar.  I definitely recommend the orange almond biscotti recipe, but I would try and find a better chocolate biscotti recipe if you want to make these yourself. 


Here are some pictures of my baking fun:


Orange Zest!


Almonds! 

Before I cut them and baked them again...

Done!





 Thanks for reading, let me know if you make these or if you have any good biscotti recipes! :) Please comment and follow my blog!
                                                                                                                           Xoxo Gabriella :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Goodbye Summer: My Favorite Summer Outfits of 2010

   
     It's September 1st and I'm officially over summer: summer weather, summer clothes, all of it!  I can't wait for fall so I can wear pretty colored tights, blazers, cute jackets, dresses with cardigans, etc...and the pretty leaves and cooler weather will be great too! :)  So, to commemorate the end of summer (it's over as far as I'm concerned) I'm going to show you my all of my favorite summer outfits from this year. 


I love this summery bright colored dress (Dots) paired with a white shrug (Lane Bryant), black capri leggings (LB), and cute silver sandals (Target).
This huge statement necklace (Lane Bryant) is so much fun!
I didn't like the rest of this outfit, but my hair in a little side bun, accessories, and makeup turned out cute! :)
I love this blue/white summery dress (Ross) paired with a cute tan belt (Torrid).  It reminds me of Little House on the Prairie. ;)

Makeup to go with the outfit!
I adore this outfit! This skirt (Dots) was a little long and big, so I belted (Torrid) it and wore it as a high-waisted skirt with a cute pink top (Easy Pickins).

This flowered pink and gold necklace (Forever 21) is one of my favorites! :)
I wore this to my little brother's 8th grade graduation: green tanktop, necklace, shoes, and skirt (Lane Bryant), and yellow shrug (Kohl's).

I love this red/white corset top and ruffly black skirt (DEB). 

I wore this to my brother's graduation party: tanktop (Lane Bryant), shrug (Torrid), floral skirt (Fashion Bug).
I love this shiny teal jacket (Dots) worn with a white tank top and denim skirt.
This is my Fourth of July outfit: dress (Walmart).
White/blue eyeshadow! :)

This skirt (Lane Bryant) is so summery and cute!


A fun floral maxi-dress! (Ross)

I love this Nyx lipgloss!

Hippie headband! (Forever21)

Cute blue floral dress (Ross) with a white vest (Lane Bryant)

Green/pink eyeshadow!

I adore this dress from Forever21! :)

Here' s the outfit I wore to New York!
Orange/white dress (Ross) with cute black Mary Jane heels (KMart!)

         
                                                               Forever21 jewelery!


Blue dress (Ross) and same white vest again :)


Really fun printed dress (Dots) with black flats (KMart) :)

Well, that's all for now.  In the beginning of the summer I was so excited to wear all my summery dresses and accessories...and now I'm tired of them and can't wait for Fall/Winter!  I love the cold weather and the clothes that go with it!  In the comments, tell me what your favorite summer trends or pieces you wore a lot were.  Also, what are you most excited to wear this fall/winter?  Thanks for reading! Please comment and follow.  :)
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                            Xoxo Gabriella