Archives for November 2013

November 25, 2013

Don’t Miss Whitening Lightning Black Friday Deal



*2 SUPER BOOSTER TEETH WHITENING PENS (Retail Price $79.00 each / $158 for set of 2)
*2 COLOR YOUR SMILE LIGHTED LIP GLOSSES (Retail Price: $38.00 each / $76 for set of 2)
$633 value
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November 22, 2013

Victorian Secrets ~ What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself – by Sarah A. Chrisman

Victorian Secrets captured my interest the moment I started reading the book. Author Sarah A.Chrisman eloquently shares the true story of her complete transformation from being a “Victorian woman in her heart” to actually living in the twenty first century as a “real life” Victorian lady….corset and all!

Victorian Secrets  by Sarah Chrisman

Victorian Secrets
Sarah A.Chrisman

As a child, Sarah “longingly dreamed of the Victorian era” and her mother would
caution her that “if she would have lived back then she would had to have worn a corset!

After Sarah married, she told her husband Gabriel never to buy her a corset as “they were unhealthy, uncomfortable, and women would break their ribs to to fit into them.” However,on her twenty-ninth birthday when she opened her last present from Gabriel… It was a CORSET!

Sarah had been a bit disappointed and unsure of this garment with laces and a silk exterior with interior metal supports. A concerned Gabriel began reading her the instructions that came along with the corset, and with a kiss and an encouraging “I’ll help you” , how could Sarah be upset?…After all, she and Gabriel collected antique attire, and this “corset” truly was “the ONLY real way” to have the clothing fit as they were “supposed” to! Sarah put on the corset, and the adventure began!

I was on page five of Victorian Secrets at this point, and I honestly couldn’t put the book down! It’s not only an endearing story, but quite educational as well! It was a venture back to a time where women had different views about their physical image. Though things have changed since the Victorian era, I believe that throughout the ages, during each time period, the “focus on the image of a woman” would usually take precedence! In the Victorian era the cinched waist via a corset was definitely the “look” of the time.

Victorian Secrets is a wonderful book! I inspire you to give it a read and enjoy the amazing metamorphosis as Sarah’s relationship with the “corset” comes into being, and she deals with her encounters, challenges, and triumphs that were so fulfilling to Sarah… and are to the reader, as well!

With the upcoming holidays, this is a perfect gift!

Thank you for sharing your story, Sarah! Victorian Secrets receives a 5-Star rating!

To purchase your copy visit:

Born In Seattle, and a graduate form the University of Washington in 2002, Sarah and her husband Gabriel give presentations on nineteenth-century clothing, dress, and culture. They live in a nineteenth-century home in “charming” Port Townsend, Washington…. A home that they had “set their hearts on”, during earlier visits to Washington’s Victorian seaport.


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November 22, 2013

Balanced Guru is Certified Organic and Fabulous!

Balanced Guru is a certified organic, 100% natural, cruelty-free line of aromatherapy skin, hair, and body care. I am always in search for a holistic, healthier and natural alternatives to use on my body and hair. After trying Balanced Guru products, I was hooked. I started researching the brand, glimpsing through their website, which was so impressive as to how devoted they are to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. All this passion they have to promote well being for ourselves, to others, and to our planet really shines through in their products. They strive to guarantee and ensure that all of their raw ingredients are natural, certified organic and sustainably and responsibly harvested. You will never go back to using, just to name a few ingredients found in other products, parfum, propylene glycol, petrolatum, acrylate crosspolymer, or benzyl alcohol (what the heck are these). I can’t even pronounce them. They actually sound scarey. Balanced Guru manufactures Certified Organic products under two standards: USDA NOP and NSF ANSI 305. Here are three products of Balanced Guru I have tried and will not let out of my bathroom!

Balanced Guru

Balanced Guru Balm Me Up is a buttery body balm that enriches your skin with healthy butters and invigorating blends of essential oils. The scent of sweet orange essential oil, lime essential oil and mandarin essential oil wakes up your senses. The aromatic scent gives you a therapeutic benefit stimulating the brain for a healing effect. Balanced Guru Balm Me Up improves and moisturizes your skin without leaving it greasy or tacky. It does not clog your pores. I just cannot get enough of this product. I massaged it on my whole body, working it deep into my elbows, knees and feet. The results were astounding! I love how this buttery body balm feels on my skin making it soft, smooth and healthy looking. Now I am looking forward to the cold weather. I have Balanced Guru Balm Me Up to protect my skin from the wind, cold, and indoor heat which dries out and destroys your skin.


Balanced Guru Razzle Dazzle Oil is a hair and scalp oil which contains avocado oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, and argan oils. This oil softens each strand with silky, shiny results without the greasy, flat look. Spending my whole summer at the beach did a number on my hair…. I was actually afraid to go near a lit flame, that is how dry my mane was. Balanced Guru Razzle Dazzle Oil brought my hair back to life. It was magically. I generously coated each strand of my hair then finger combed it through. With the abusive of the salt, sun, and chlorine, Balanced Guru Razzle Dazzle Oil will transform your hair to look gorgeous and healthy! The oils moisturized my scalp and hair shaft without leaving an oily after feeling. No grease in sight and no flat hair heavy head! The aromatic blend of sweet orange oil and geranium essential oil adds a delicate scent that you will adore.


Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil contains a combination of light and luscious carrier oils which include sesame oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil , olive oil, and tamanu oil. I need all the help in the frizz department… if it is humid or damp weather my hair actually starts to grow. I am not talking down, I am talking out “WIDE AND BIG”. No, the 80’s are not back so this is one of the reason I need to find a product that is healthy and really works! Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil nourishes dry, frizzy hair without weighing it down with silicones and hazardous ingredients. Just what I was searching for: no more frizz and no more fly aways ~ just manageability and incredible shine! It works amazingly. Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil scent is a beautiful scent from organic sesame & lemongrass oil blending with organic eucalyptus for a calming feeling, plus a tad of rosemary oil. I will never have a bad hair day no matter what the weather is now! Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil works and is organic!

Balanced Guru won the “The 2013 Green Spa Network Sustainability Awards and was named Innovative New Green Product.” I am very impressed with all the ingredients they use. Their products are made with certified organic food-graded ingredients which means that all of their ingredients are safe enough to eat and extremely rich in nutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins. Purchasing and using the Balanced Guru certified organic products makes me feel content and fulfilled by knowing I am finding balance to nourish myself with healthy, safe products that really work and helping the environment through environmentally and socially responsible alternatives in manufacturing and packages. All their bottles and jars are made with post-consumer resin which means they are recycled and 100% recyclable. Their boxes, marketing and shipping materials are also 100% recyclable. Recycling is safe for our planet and is a great interest to me. Check it out yourself at

 You can purchase the products online. Stand up and take charge in your life by choosing the right ingredients for your hair and skin. Balanced Guru uses those ingredients for an healthier and safer life.


316582_1509945246407_1407569992_nLaurie Carcieri

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November 22, 2013

Make Sure You Try Butterfly Bakery Products Today!

The Butterfly Bakery started in 1998 when founder and CEO Brenda Isaac began experimenting with sugar- free recipes for her diabetic mother. Those recipes soon became the basis for The Butterfly Bakery, which now includes a complete garden of dietary restrictive baked goods. Whether you are looking for, sugar free, no sugar added, gluten free, low calorie and heart healthy, or 100 percent Whole Grain, Butterfly Bakery has something for everyone.

The Butterfly Bakery lovingly prepares some of the freshest tasting dietary restrictive goodies on the market today. You can find Butterfly bakery goods at supermarkets in your area.  Check out the entire line at



In my interview with  Brenda Isaac, she speaks about her transformational journey from concerned loving daughter to successful entrepreneur. Nutritional education, desire to promote healthier portion controlled treats, love and passion for creating a healthier choice for dietary restricted people has made Butter bakery the powerhouse it is today.



Listen to the lovely Brenda Isaac in this interview.

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November 21, 2013

Perfect Dresses for Your Office Holiday Party

Holiday dresses

The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start preparing for the much anticipated office holiday party. A celebration that often occurs during the week, chances are you’ll be heading over straight from work and while it’s important to look professional during the day, there are several styles you can choose to spice up your look when heading over to the party.

From dressing up a classic LBD, to festive holiday colors and patterns, below I’ve included dresses from top fashion brands eShakti and Muse Apparel, which can instantly transform your look from professional to chic at your office holiday party this year – for under $200!

eShakti dresses

muse dresses

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November 21, 2013

Vintage Victory Roll, Tinsel TopKnot: Festive Holiday Hair! (SalonCapr​i Boston)

In preparation for the holiday party mania that’s just around the corner, senior stylist Graziella Lembo of SalonCapri in Boston has created four festive hairstyles to rock at any holiday shindig- – from an office party to an A-list New Year’s Eve bash!

The Brigitte Bardot Bump
The Brigitte Bardot Bump

The Vintage Victory Roll
The Vintage Victory Roll

The Tinsel Top Knot
The Tinsel Top Knot

The Cinematic Curl
 The Cinematic Curl

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November 20, 2013 Offers Free Samples, makeovers and Contests


Check out for free makeovers, free samples and a chance to win beauty products in their monthly contest. Below are highlights of this month’s best events that are being featured on

Information is also available on their website where spas and retailers are offering promotions and special events.  To find out if an event will be near you, just enter your zip code in the upper right hand corner of their home page.

On their site you can enter your zip code to find out what makeover, gift with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events are happening near your home. Follow them on FacebookGoogle+,PinterestTumblr, and Twitter.   In addition to listing in-store makeovers, also features a blog on product reviews ( and a monthly contes t They also do a contest each week with a smaller prize on their blog.

For their latest contest, they will be giving away 5 prizes. Each prize will consist of L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream, Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15, and Seventh Generation Boosts Skin Serum – Hydrating. The Contest runs from 10/1/2013 to 12/31/2013, winners will be chosen on 1/1/2014 and notified by 1/1/2014. To enter, simply go to and supply your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip.

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November 19, 2013

OBAGI® CLENZIderm M.D.™ Systems will deeply penetrate and treat your acne where it starts !

OBAGI® is a well known and respected skin care line that now offers OBAGI® CLENZIderm M.D.™ systems for acne.

OBAGI® CLENZIderm M.D. SYSTEM  Normal to Oily Skin

Normal to Oily Skin

What I like about this “three-step” therapeutic system is that there are two options available:
1. CLENZIderm M.D. for Normal-to-Oily Skin with:
Daily Care foaming Cleanser (2% Salicylic acid)
Pore Therapy Toner (2% Saliclic acid)
Therapeutic Lotion (5% solubilized BPO)

2. CLENZIderm M.D. for Normal-to-Oily Skin with:
Daily Care Cream Cleanser
• Therapeutic Lotion (5% solubilized (BPO)
• Therapeutic Moisturizer (20% glycerin)

It’s a real plus for individuals with acne problems that OBAGI® has developed and made available systems for both skin types!

When I was younger I had some acne issues and a skin type that was normal-to-dry. My only options were to use what was available, and they would topically dry my skin. As a result, my skin would become more irritated.

OBAGI has not only developed CLENZIderm for both skin types, oily and dry, but quoting OBAGI®,” OBAGI® CLENZIderm M.D.™ are the only prescription-strength acne treatments that contain a patented, solubilized form of 5% benzoyl peroxide (BPO) to penetrate deep into the follicle and treat acne where it starts.”

OBAGI® offers wonderful advancements in treating acne prone skin!

The usual benzoyl peroxides are developed with “insoluable” crystals (unable to penetrate) that will remain on the skin’s surface. “Acne, originates below the skin’s surface, deep within the hair follicles and pores.”

How is OBAGI® CLENZIderm M.D.™ different?

1. CLENZIderm M.D.™ has a new form of benzoyl peroxide that is liquefied. It’s 1/10,000 the size of ANY other benzoyl peroxide that is available!

2. CLENZIderm M.D™ systems are clinically proven to penetrate much more effectively than prominent benzoyl peroxide products that are prescribed, resulting in CLENZIderm M.D.’s “Rx-strength treatment” penetrating the pores, at once, beginning to diminish acne below the surface of the skin.

In conclusion, with OBAGi® CLENZIderm M.D. you’ll be able to use a system that has been created to work synergistically to give you the results you’ve been looking for:
Better pore penetration
Rapid P.acnes bacteria reduction
Fast and visible acne reduction …in as early as 2 weeks!

This affordable OBAGI® CLENZIderm M.D.™ System is priced at $130.00, and sold by physicians.

Simply visit: to find a location near you, and be on your way to beautiful “acne free”skin with OBAGI® CLENZderm M.D™.!

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this feature was obtained by provided PR- Fact Sheets. Any personal commentary was my opinion from reviewing a provided OBAGI® CLENZIderm M.D.™ system.)

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November 19, 2013

THIS WEEKEND ~ November 22nd & 23rd Nordstrom invites you to a “Pretty Party” !

This weekend – November 22nd and 23rd – swing by your local Nordstrom for their Pretty Party!

Join Nordstrom Beauty for one-on-one time with their trend-savvy beauty experts and industry insiders. They will share the latest beauty tips and tricks while you’re pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultation. Afterwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it!

To RSVP or for special accommodations, simply call or stop by your favorite cosmetics counter, located within Nordstrom.

Join the fun this weekend at:

Nordstrom Freehold
3710 U.S. Highway 9
Freehold, NJ 07728

Nordstrom Park Meadows
8465 Park Meadows Center Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124

Nordstrom Pentagon City
1400 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Nordstrom South Bay
1835 Hawthorne Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Pamper yourself and enjoy the “Pretty Party” and your local Nordstrom
this weekend!

(Quoted or Paraphrased information from provided PR-Fact Sheet)

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November 19, 2013

Will you be finding SOMERSETS in your stocking this year?

Somersets Shaving Oils

Somersets Shaving Oils

I was recently introduced to Somersets Shaving Oils and although Somersets offers Shaving Oils for Women, my husband wanted to try the Shaving Oils for Men. I thought I would let him try Somersets first to see what he thought of these shave oils contained in the little bullet shaped containers. He was intrigued by the small size of the container and that each one offered up to 90 shaves. Somersets Shaving Oils is available in Original, Extra Sensitive and Tough Stubble and my husband opted for Extra Sensitive. He only needed to use 3 drops of the oil and he was quite impressed with the results.

As a lifetime traditional shaving cream user, my husband really liked the feel of the shave. What my husband liked amost about the Somersets Shaving Oil was the size of the container. They don’t take up much room in the shower caddy and they are perfect to travel with. Also, unlike shaving cream, Somersets Shaving Oils are clear, and as he shaved, he could actually see his face and see if he had missed anything. That was a big plus for him.

Somersets Shaving Oils for Men are designed to give  the closest shave without nicks, cuts or razor burns. They are 100% natural and do not contain any harmful chemicals that can harm the skin or the environment. As stated by Somersets, “The proprietary blend of organic essential oils will soften his scruff and protect his skin, allowing the razor to glide easily for a truly comfortable shave.”  

Somersets Shaving Oils was my first stocking stuffer purchase this year and I hope to find Somersets Womens Shaving Oils in my stocking this year!

Somersets can be found in select food and drug stores nationwide and at and



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