Coupon Chief

I love online shopping!  I really didn't get into it until this last holiday season because I felt like I was spending too much on shipping and also spending more to get free shipping.  Then I found out about coupon websites with promo codes.  This has changed my world because I found out I could not only get free shipping but sometimes discounts on top of that. 

Coupon Chief is one of the websites I found as a great resource for online coupons.  They have literally thousands of stores to choose from and also allow you to upload your own coupons to help others.  They also have a great feature where you can sign up to get coupon alerts for your favorite stores.  I sure wish I knew about Coupon Chief years ago when I spent all that money on shipping.  Being a coupon clipper, I have found that every penny helps.  Also, with gas prices going up so much, I have to find ways to save money. 

Coupon Chief also has all my favorite stores including Lucy, Road Runner Sports, Sephora, and my husband's favorite, Camping World!  Don't ask me why, Camping World to him is like Sephora to me. 

One nice feature of Coupon Chief is that members comment, rate, and validate coupon codes.  It is so frustrating when checking out at on online shop and finding out that your coupon code is invalid.  Hopefully this feature will eliminate that frustration for you.

Not only does Coupon Chief have promo codes for online stores but they have deals for travel.  I noticed they have packages for Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas.  Hmm, my anniversary is coming up soon!  I think I will have to send hubby this link.  Camping World and Vegas deals- he will be in heaven.

Here is the link in case you are doing some online shopping or just want to browse:

Coupon Chief is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Vapour Organic Beauty Review

In 2009, I first discovered Vapour products when I reviewed their Stratus Instant Skin Perfector here.  I have long been a fan of this product and recently had the opportunity to try out a few new Vapour Organic Beauty products.  Here's what I tried and what I thought of each product:

Siren Lipstick
Siren comes in a sleek container and is perfect to tote along for a night out with a small clutch.  This long-wearing lipstick comes in sixteen shades.  I tried Incognito and it was perfect for my skin tone.  It is a great neutral tone to wear everyday.  Another plus side- it's CHEMICAL-FREE.  Yay for organic companies!

Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss
How could I not love a lip gloss named as People Style Watch's #1 Lip Gloss?  This stuff is awesome and hydrating.  It really does plump but not in a painful way, just a fuller lip way.  I sampled the color Honor - a sheer golden pink.  100% of Honor's proceeds go to breast cancer research.  This color was great because it added a little lustre to my Siren lipstick.  Again, chemical-free!

Aura Multi Use Blush
Aura is a great blush because it comes in a cream stick and gives a natural flush color.  I dabbed a little on my cheeks and used my fingers to blend it to my desired look.  I used Spark and it was the perfect amount of pink and yet looked good with my salmon blouse.  This blush received an Allure Best of Beauty award.

Stratus II Gold Soft Focus Skin Perfector
I left the best for last!  This is an updated or amped up version of the original Stratus Skin Perfector (that was in stick form).  This newer version comes in a pump and is much easier to apply.  It is like a moisturizer, primer, and no-color foundation in one.  It balances all skin types and can be worn with foundation or without.  I would never leave my house without foundation so this is the perfect base for my skin.  It glides on so smoothly and really feels luxurious on the skin.  I love it!  Did I mention it does not contain silicone or other chemicals?

As you can see, organic cosmetics are really stepping up to the cosmetics game and showing the world that you don't need chemicals to have beauty and feel good about your skin.  I am really impressed with Vapour Organic Beauty and look forward to sharing my tips with my family and friends.  After all, I don't want my loved ones using chemicals either.

To see the entire line check out Vapour's website:

*I received samples for review.

Self Tanners

What's worse than pale, pasty skin? A bad fake tan. See the 7 worst self-tanners here
7 Worst Self-Tanners
This is a body article
While we all love gorgeous, sun-kissed skin, risking melanoma just isn't worth it. Enter self-tanners. The best self-tanner can give you a natural-looking glow in just minutes. And an awful one will leave streaks and can even turn your skin into a shade of orange only Snooki would admire. Readers say these 7 self-tanners are the worst offenders. average reader rating: 7.1
"This is nasty. It reeks of chemicals, it has no accuracy whatsoever on the dial, and it takes MANY applications to work." average reader rating: 6.9
"This product resulted in a streaky mess in my hands. I don't know why this would be as I followed all the usual self-tanning guidelines (exfoliate, use on dry skin, etc.). I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed and still could not get it to look uniform." average reader rating: 6.9
"It took so long to dry and left my skin feeling sticky. The smell is horrible too. It gave my face nice color, but I couldn't get over the sticky feeling and bad smell to use it for more than a couple of days."

Per-fekt Brow Perfection Gel Review

One of the newest trends from the Golden Globe’s red carpet was bold, structured brows. Did you happen to notice Rooney Mara’s?  She is not only one of the hottest new stars but has such a delicate and polished look.  You too can get her eyebrow look with per-fékt beauty brow perfection gel.  It works like a brow pencil, powder, and sealant all-in-one. This unique mousse-like gel is enriched with rich antioxidants, honeysuckle and sage extract to condition brows while taming the unruliness. 

I have always had pretty thick eyebrows but like everyone else they can become messy and look out of place if not controlled with a brown pencil or brush.  I once tried a comb and hairspray but that just produced flakes.  Not pretty!

I recently tested the per-fékt brow perfection gel and it was amazing.  Once you try this all-in-one product you won't want to have anything else.  The gel is so easy to use as it comes in a small tube like mascara and has a brush that perfectly forms your brows.  The reason it works so well is because you control how much you put on and the look of your brows.  If you are running errands then lightly apply it for a clean look.  If you are going out for a night on the town, layer it a little thicker for a more dramatic look. 

I was so pleased with my look that I have been using per-fékt daily.  Luckily, it can be found at your local Sephora and if you don't have one in town, visit the websites below to pick out your color today.  You can have per-fékt eyebrows too! 

per-fékt comes in four shades:  Nude (clear), Champagne (for light blonde to medium blonde hair), Caramel (for medium blonde to medium brown hair), and Espresso (for dark brown to black hair).

Grab yours today for $22 at or Sephora stores/

* I received a sample for review.

Glittered Nails? Sure, why not?

Can nail art look classy on women in their 30s? We find out
Non-Cheesy Nail Art for the Over 30 Set
This is a nails article
As we get older, there are certain things we must say goodbye to. Glitter eyeshadow, pink hairstreaks, and cheesy Hello Kitty nail decals are a few. But we wondered: Is there a way to wear nail art after 30 without getting one-eyebrow-raised looks from your family, friends, and co-workers? Check out these grown-up nail art looks and decide for yourself.

Miss Tina Clothing Line Review

Walmart gets a bad rap.  I am sure it has to do with that great website that displays all the trashy photos of shoppers.  I have found that my local Walmart has some of those customers as well but only on certain days and at certain times.  I am a master shopper when it comes to timing.  Like the time when I walked into Walmart and they were reducing all their Halloween costumes to $1.00?   That was one of those adrenaline pumping shopping moments.  I think I bought about 10 and my kids still haven't grown into all of them. 

So what about their clothes?  Would you shop at Walmart for clothes?  What about for work clothes for important business meetings?

I am not ashamed to say it, I get some of my clothes at Walmart.  Sure, I didn't go to Walmart to look for clothes at first.  I went there to look for beauty deals, Real Steel action figures, and DVDs.  Oh the list goes on when you are a mother of two boys and a shopaholic.  As a side note, they have great kid's clothing too! My son has some of his favorite sports shirts and pjs from Walmart.
This review is the Miss Tina by Tina Knowles fashion line.  I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the quality and fit. 

How about these adorable and trendy ankle pants?  Yes, I said I would never sport this look but after seeing it on a few moms "sort of" close to my age, why not?  $18.00 and they come in tan and army green.

Smocked Peasant Blouse?  This is a great shirt with jeans for days off with the kiddos or at a work meeting dressed up with a fitted jacket.  $16.00 on the Walmart website.  I got it in an aqua/brown color as well.  Now I just need some shoes with a bright yellow flower or stripe to match.

This belted convertible dress was so fun and comfortable! It was only $19.00.  I tried it on in an aqua print and loved it.  I would most likely use my own belt for a different look.   

So in a nutshell, I love the Miss Tina line and I will be back to Walmart to shop for clothing among other things!
Sugar substitutes can cut out the calories, but are they killing you? Find out which ones to sweeten your tea with here
7 Best and Worst Sugar Substitutes
This is a weight loss diets article
The promise of a shot of sweetness without the calories makes it hard to pass up a pack of Equal or Splenda. But researchers have found that these go-to sugar substitutes can not only make you hungrier, but even cause cancer. Avoid the carcinogenic culprits and stick to the healthful ones with this roundup.

Closet Challenge

I am so excited to be a part of the Closet Challenge over at well to do, you. My challenge was to choose one item and wear it three different ways.  I chose a blouse from Old Navy.  I purchased it on clearance recently and also bought it in cream and white.  Obviously, I like polka dots!  Here is the cream version from their website but it is sold out.  I will be modeling the navy blue blouse. 

Casual work outfit.
Pants: Target, Sweater by C&C California, Booties by IMPO from DSW.

Casual shopping day outfit.
Scarf and Shoes: Target, zippered vest from LL Bean, Jeans by Miss Me from Dillards. Purse: Tommy Hilfiger from TJ Maxx.
Movie Night/Date Night
Scarf from Target, Purse from TJ Maxx, leggings by Daisy Fuentes for Kohl's, Boots are Ralph Lauren from DSW.

Hope you enjoyed my Closet Challenge.  Trust me, it's harder than you think to pose in your backyard and not feel silly! My son was kind enough to take these pictures for me. 

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