A Nude Giveaway at Beauty Maverick

Beauty Maverick is giving away a Nude Touch gift set.  It includes:

Cleansing Facial Oil
Age Defense Moisturiser
Miracle Mask
Replenishing Night Oil
Advanced Eye Complex

It is wrapped in a reclaimed seat belt bag.  Head on over to enter today!



Contest at A Little More Beautiful

Would you like to win a $50 gift card to Sephora?  Head on over to A Little More Beautiful and enter today! Contest ends April 23rd so you have time.


Foundation How To

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Spring Style 2010

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Spring Style Revamp
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Nick Chavez Beverly Hills - An Inspirational Story

Nick Chavez makes a mean hairspray.  He also makes an awesome product called Flocker.  You can read my past review here.

Nick Chavez

I recently read a great article on Nick Chavez.  It is really inspirational about how he started out working as a ranch hand when he was young to make money for his family.  He groomed horses and after he realized he had talent, moved on to cutting his family members' hair. Then he moved to California with only a pair of scissors in his hands and soon became a top stylist in Bevery Hills.  It is amazing what hard work and determination can do.  Now he owns one of the top salons in Beverly Hills and has his own line of hair products at Ulta and on QVC!  I was really excited to learn that he was from Arizona (like me). 

I always tell my sons that they can be anything they want to be, start their own business or invent a product someday.  It's nice to read a story such as this one and know that it really is true. 

Here is the link if you are interested in learning more about Nick Chavez:

This is where you can purchase Nick Chavez Beverly Hills products: www.beauty.com, www.dermstore.com, www.folica.com, www.qvc.com, and of course www.nickchavezbeverlyhills.com

The Uniform Project

Okay - This is an article you have to read. I found this on a blog about scarves. This woman wears the same dress everyday and changes it up a bit. She is doing it for charity. What a brilliant idea!

The Uniform Project

Skin Actives Dream Cream Contest

Remember my post about DREAM CREAM?  The awesome face and body cream from Skin Actives that looks and feels like frosting?  Well, now you have the chance to win your own jar. 

How do you Enter?

- Leave a Comment about why you should win (dry feet, hands, sob story) for one chance
- Follow this blog for another chance or Become a Facebook fan of Moody Maria for one chance
- Become a Facebook fan of Skin Actives (mention that in your comment) for one chance
- Blog about this contest to win 2 more chances.  Leave a link in your comment.

All MM Facebook fans and Followers are automatically entered!

There will be four winners of 1/2 ounce jars of Dream Cream.  One winner will be based on "the person who needs Dream Cream the most" and the other three winners will be randomly chosen.  The contest ends April 2nd at 11:59pm MST and the winners will be announced April 4th.  Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you.  US Residents only please.  Good Luck!

* This contest is brought to you by Skin Actives.  Visit their website at : www.skinactives.com/blog

Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizer Review

I have been looking for a good hand sanitizer that actually doesn't burn and moisturizes at the same time.  This is it!  Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer.  It can be found in the lotion section of any drugstore or convenience store.  I looked in the hand sanitizer section and was curious why it wasn't located there.  I think they should at least have a display in both areas but they didn't ask me!

I got mine at Target for $3.99 and I promise it was worth every penny.  They have it at CVS for $4.99 and at Walmart for $3.97.  No, I did not price check, I just shop a lot!  I am hoping CVS has a bonus bucks program soon for this brand so I can stock up.

They also have a large pump for $9.99 that would be a perfect gift for any teacher or new parent.  I am going to buy one for my son's classroom this week.

It dispenses easily, is not greasy, and smells great.  Moody Maria is giving this a thumbs up! 

Kills 99.99% of germs

7 Hydrating moisturizers plus 5 essential vitamins

Non-Drying/Alcohol Free/Fresh Clean Scent

Effective germ kill: kills 99.99% of common germs in as little as 15 seconds

Intensive moisturization: Unlike alcohol, which can strip the skin of essential misture, this alcohol-free formula actually replenishes with 7 hydrating moisturizers.
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Living Proof Thickening Cream Review

Have you heard of Living Proof?  It is a company the brought the world No Frizz - a revolutionary anti-frizz product that changed the beauty world.  Their products are based on technology from the research labs of Drs. Dan Anderson and Bob Langer at MIT.  Now their team of scientists have invented a new material - Poly Beta Amino Ester-1 used in their latest product, Full Thickening Cream.

Living Proof really lives up to it's name.  I recently tried their Full Thickening Cream.  This new lighweight formula actually gives your hair a natural fullness, without leaving it brittle or stiff as most products do to your hair. 

This is how to use it: Wash and comb your hair.  Dispense a nickel-sized amount of Full and rub it through your hands.  Spread it evenly through your hair (avoiding the roots).  Make sure to work it down to the ends of your hair with your fingers or a comb.  If you hair is really long, use a little extra.  You may have to experiment a few times to get the right amount.

Blow-dry and style your hair as you normally would.  It is recommended that you use a round brush and dry your hair in sections.  (see their website for more instructions)

This product can also be used in conjunction with Living Proof's No Frizz.  You can learn more about how to use their products on the Facebook fan page too!  I enjoyed reading the posts and learning tips.

Your hair will feel soft and full but it is noted that as the day goes on, your hair will be softer and have a great feel.  After using Full, my hair lasted 2 days!  By the third day, my hair felt soft and full but I decided to wash it and start all over.  I used a little too much the second time, but practice makes perfect and now I know the right amount that works for me.

Here are the results of my hair: 

I followed the instructions and finished up by using velcro rollers for 5 minutes, flat ironing my ends, adding a very small amount of anti-frizz serum, and using a touch of hairspray.  The fullness in my hair lasted for 2.5 days!  I really didn't spend that much time on my hair and considering that I didn't have to style it the next day, I was thrilled.

I really look forward to trying out their other products.  You can view them all or buy them at Sephora, QVC, and Livingproof.com. 

* This review was made possible by a sample from a PR representative.

Oily Hair Run-Down

Part ways with your oily strands and start loving your hair again
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Skin Actives Dream Cream Review

The winter air can be dry, right?  Hands are itchy, legs are itchy and nothing seems to help.  Along comes Dream Cream from Skin Actives.  This stuff is amazing.

I read about this cream on the Skin Actives website.  The container is $30 so I was a little hesitant.  After my satisfaction with other products, my curiosity got the best of me and I purchased it.  I was so excited to use it. 

After I received it in the mail and opened it, it really did look like a jar of whipped frosting.  It is airy and light.  The scent is subtle and great for both men and women.  I used just a bit on my hands.  It was heavenly. I brought it to work the next day for my girlfriends to try it out.  I used a plastic spoon to prevent the spread of germs.  Everyone who used it loved it and wanted to know where they could buy some. 

I have even convinced my husband to dab a little on his hands each night.  A little goes a long way!  I have been using this cream for over a month and more than half the jar is still there.  The price is just about right considering how thick the cream is and how long it lasts. 

Did I mention that Skin Actives sells empty jars in 0.5 oz?   You can purchase the big jar and divide it up for friends.  What a great gift for a teacher, a grandmother, or a friend? 

According to the Skin Active's website:  This dream cream contains SAS antiOx booster with the best lycopene, lutein and more (see below), the antioxidant benefits of cumin (in tetrahydrocurcuminoids), complete nutrition provided by sea kelp bioferment and coconut endosperm, plus the emolliency of shea butter and the essential fatty acids of rosehip oil.

Buy yours today at: http://www.skinactives.com/product/detail.aspx?prodID=173  You will not regret it!

The name is so appropriate. 
It looks like frosting, doesn't it?

* Disclaimer:  I purchased this product myself.
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Studio DMM

Look at my new purse!  I got it from Studio DMM, a modern/vintage online boutique.  They are listed on Facebook or you can get on their exclusive mailing list by emailing studiodmm@sbcglobal.net

You can pay via Pay Pal and they will ship to almost anywhere in the US. 
Tell them Moody Maria sent you!

* Disclosure: I paid for this purse with my husband's money.  Let's keep it our little secret.


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