February 25, 2013

@LOrealParisUSA #MagicBBCream Something New Under the Sun! @SheSpeaksUp


There's nothing new under the sun.

I stopped being excited about makeup back when all products seemed the same and it was just too darn expensive trying each new product, hoping against hope to find something that was perfectly right for me and my complexion.

I'm very fair, you see...always have been. I envy women with olive skin tones that look so flawless. Mine never does. I'll have patches of pink or red here and there, pores the size of moon craters, and "heavy" makeup just looks like... well... heavy makeup.

I will admit I did get a little excited a few years ago when mineral cosmetics were first introduced. Finally! Something that looked natural but provided good coverage to even out my skin tone, but didn't look and feel like you'd just spread pancake batter on your face and let it dry.

But that excitement quickly wore off too when I realized that mineral cosmetics, while looking terrific for a few hours, just don't last the whole day long. And I didn't like the idea of filling my pores with tiny "dust" particles.

So...like I said...there's nothing new under the sun.


Well, surprise! Rrecently I got the chance to try a brand new product from L'Oreal Paris called Magic BB Cream.

"Magic" is the operative word.

This product is phenomenal. It looks just like any other face cream, white in color when you put it on, but then something "magic" happens... L'Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream has these Beautifying Beads, which are encapsulated pigments containing ultra-light lotion with antioxidants Vitamins C&E.

The "white" cream you just put on your face like a normal moisturizer has suddenly -- like magic! -- released these pigments and created color to give you beautiful coverage. This multi-tasking skin beautifier delivers 4 beautifying actions in 1: hydrates, corrects, evens and perfects.

I watched, transfixed, as the white cream gradually turned to foundation color, giving me what felt like the results of using several cosmetic products instead of just one. My skin was moisturized, primed, and had flawless coverage. No other cosmetic products required. Well, except maybe for a slash of lip gloss and a touch of blush!

So stop wasting money on cosmetics that don't do what they claim. L'Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream is the all-in-one beauty solution that does it all - prime, perfect, hydrate, and correct skin.

Finally, there IS something new under the sun!

{Disclaimer: SheSpeaks and L'Oreal provided a product to facilitate this review. However, no monetary consideration was involved and my opinions are my own.}

February 1, 2013

Purex Sweepstakes! and catching up with an old favorite

Purex is running a couple of sweepstakes and you can enter to win fabulous prizes! Just click these links to get your entry in!

Enter the Welcome to the World Sweepstakes

One lucky grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and 250 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for a free bottle of Purex Crystals for Baby!

Enter the Borax - Fresh Year, Fresher Laundry Facebook Sweepstakes!

Enter to win the $1,500 Grand Prize, or one of 171 coupons for FREE BORAX! Why 171 coupons you ask? The TOTAL prize value is $2013! which is very appropriate for the new year. ;-) Sign up once a day until February 22nd, 2013.

So there you have two great new sweepstakes from Purex to enter! Good luck!

And now, catching up with an old favorite...

I'm a baby boomer, so I can (vaguely, I admit) remember watching "Death Valley Days" on TV (remember black and white TV?) and seeing that commercial from the sponsor, 20 Mule Team Borax. That graphic of ten teams of mules pulling heavily loaded wagons was seared into my memory banks for good. It didn't hurt that I (and my whole family, especially my dad) was a fan of Western shows on TV, plus I have a romantic streak a mile wide and love history, so that image was special to me in so many ways.
But time moves on...and I forgot about "borax" as an all-natural laundry booster. I mean, come on, we're daily bombarded with ads for laundry detergent, every newfangled idea under the sun, right? But recently nostalgia for "the good old days" kicked in again when Purex Insiders sent me a box of Borax to try at home.

I feel like an idiot now. WHY haven't I been using this product all along?! Why purchase fancy laundry products with harmful chemicals and additives when you can still purchase 20 Mule Team Borax to do the job of boosting your laundry naturally!

That's right. Naturally. 20 Mule Team Borax is 100% natural mineral from the earth. Once removed from the ground, it is washed, dried, and boxed for consumers. "Borax" is the common name for sodium tetraborate: a naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes. Absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, no chlorine, no additive chemicals.
20 Mule Team Borax naturally softens hard water. Why is this important? Because when you add detergent to hard water, some of the compounds attach to calcium and magnesium granules that settle on the bottom of your washing machine, eventually retreating down the drain without actually cleaning your clothes. What a waste! That's one reason why even though you've just washed something, stains may linger, or even be redeposited. Yikes! I've been doing it all wrong all these years...

But no more. After trying 20 Mule Team Borax for myself, I'm convinced that this is the only laundry booster I'll ever need. It naturally softens hard water, which allows detergent to maximize its cleaning power. And since over 85% of homes have what most people call "hard water", doesn't it make sense to do everything you can to maximize your laundry chores, save money, and save the environment at the same time?

Just a half cup of Borax in your washload boosts your detergent's cleaning power, and without harmful chemicals. That's an economic and enviromentally friendly win-win situation.

And let's face it...who really enjoys doing laundry?? It's just another household chore that simply must be done. But we don't have to use harmful stuff to do it when there are natural products like Borax easily available.

So next time you're perusing the shelves in the laundry section of your favorite store, pick up a box of 20 Mule Team Borax. It's very affordable since it's all-natural, with no expensive chemicals added.

Maybe laundry day won't be such a "chore" in your house anymore. It certainly isn't in mine now! Yay for Borax!

{Disclosure: Borax provided a free sample of their product to facilitate this review. No monetary consideration was involved and my opinions are my own.}