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Review and Giveaway: 360 Deodorant Hotate Spray

More and more I am loving how nature friendly products are becoming. 
If you are anything like me who is always spraying, spritzing or misting something in the air to rid odors or eliminate ones from beginning you also know that we can end up enhancing the problem by just trying to cover them up in spring floral scents or laundry detergent infused products that really do not eliminate odors they just cover them up.

Recently I find myself looking for more all natural ways to deodorize instead of paying for those pricey, full of chemical spritz bottles of name brand deodorizers.
I was contacted by this company who specializes in making hotate spray. 

Now your asking what exactly is hotate spray and how does it work?
Hotate is derived from the Japanese word 帆立 which means "Scallop Shell". Scallop Shell has a strong deodorant effect. Hotate is extremely safe because it's a 100% natural. 

This spray is formulated with Aluminum Chlorohydrate, and is 100% effective for bad odors caused by sweat and bacteria.
It has absolutely no odor whatsoever so you will not be using a smelly, flowery spray.
Instead you will be using an all-natural, unscented, safe for pets and children alternative. This 360 spray can be used everywhere you need odor eliminating such as:

1.Shoes
2.Bathtub and Basin
3.Pet Beds
4.Litter boxes
5.Garbage areas
6.Toilet
7.Upholstery in Cars
8.Closets
9.Attics and Basements
10.Kitchen Areas

Put it this way, anywhere it smells!!
Within 5 minutes of use of this product the odors are GONE! not just covered up they cease to exist! I was really impressed and I am advocating that this product really does work and is so much better for the environment. I think you will find that once you try this you will never miss those spring flowers or detergent smelly sprays again!

Now here is your chance to win your own bottle 

360 Hotate All-Natural Deodorant Spray

I was sent this product for FREE in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review all opinions expressed here are my own

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Giveaway:Family 4 Pack to LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester

About a year ago my family and I were awarded with tickets to LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER in Westchester New York. A fun day for the whole family with play areas, a 4D movie theater, rides and lots of places where they can build and create.

They always have special events and you will be amazed at some of the wonderful displays like this one featured of NYC.

Sound good yet??


Good! because LegoLand Discovery Center in Westchester is giving away a Family 4 pack to their
Discovery Center for a great family day out you won't want to miss!!

*Giveaway is open to New York State residents or if you will be in the area of New York.Tickets are non-refundable and are only good for one year* Family 4 Pack to LegoLand Westchester

Movie Review: Antman Starring Paul Rudd

Now you are thinking to yourself what is a Beauty/Lifestyle Blogger doing reviewing a Comic book movie?? I would think the exact same thing seeing as I am not much of a SuperHero/Comic Book movie aficionado, I just don't do them. BUT every skeptic can be swayed I believe and that is what happened when I attended the NYC premiere of AntMan starring Paul Rudd. First of all a huge shout out to Marshall Weinbaum for making this all possible that us bloggers can enjoy a event like this, For me it was my first premiere and hopefully not the last. We also got to see the man himself, In the flesh and he gave us a background on how he came to the role which is as he put it:"Like adding cousin Oliver to the Brady's" Very fitting statement Paul, but you are a bit more skilled than that!


Now onto the movie... Before I begin my review I just want to give you a synopsis of the movie itself:The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

As mentioned before the movie stars Paul Rudd who we see at the beginning is just getting released from prison for a series of burglaries. He promises now that he is sworn off any crime from this day forward to go straight and get a real job so that he could take care of his young daughter who is adorable as can be, Hilariously you see his good intentions are not turning out quite the way he wanted them to. For one he has to room with his good buddy and former heist pal Michael Pena who plays Luis,who  is nothing short of the instigator to Scott's next big heist. He also has the help and friendship of Dave played by rapper T.I. Harris  and Kurt, played by David Dastmalchian. For me the combination of these 3 was the perfect comedic team backing the funny man himself who is no slouch with the one liners. "Why didn't you call the Avengers"?? "Sorry I'm late I was saving the world, you know how that is".


For me the this movie was much more than just your typical comic book movie where everyone in the world is doomed by an evil villain who wants to take a brilliant concept and turn it in to something chaotic ( As the character Darren Cross a.k.a Yellowjacket) who takes a concept created by Dr Hank Pym (played magnificently by the iconic Michael Douglas who once had Cross as his protege' but when he was exposed to the incredible technology and life that Hank was leading by being able to shrink into the Antman he became obsessed and wanted to pursue it when Hank was all too willing to leave it behind after losing his wife. Which leads into another story of the broken relationship between father and daughter (played by actress Evangeline Lily) which ties into a similar situation Paul Rudd would be facing with his young daughter had he not become the Antman at the behest of Hank who knew he found the right man for the job. Of course Lily is not at all impressed with Scott's being in the position she had so desperately wanted since her mother's demise, but the story deepens and really opens you up to the reality of what a Father's love truly means.



All in all this movie entertained me and kept me interested from start to finish, It was hilarious, heartwarming, at some points a bit predictable but that comes with the territory of any Superhero movie We know two things:
 1. Good always conquers evil 
 2. There WILL be a sequel.
 I can honestly say I will be there again rooting on the Antman.
My recommendation is take the family, everyone Mom, Dad, kids, Grandparents, Uncles etc.. They will all fall in love with the Antman as I have.

Spoiler alert: There are 2 credit rollings so make sure you stay for both!!

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 Disclosure: This giveaway is organized by Giveaway Booster.com. The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. If you are a blogger and would like to join in this giveaway event please check this post on Wednesdays to sign up to join. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Must be 18+ to enter. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.  My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.
If you have any questions about this giveaway please email Tina at branchpropromotions@gmail.com.

Review: Adovia Exfoliating Body Scrub with Dead Sea Salt and Natural Oils


This review was made possible by BrandBacker and GoPureNaturals

Designed and created by Erin Keyan who is a Mother like myself, discovered that in most products, contain toxins and dangerous chemical ingredients.
She then formulated goPure Naturals with the goal of developing products that women such as myself could be proud of and based on that concept who could ask for more?
First when you receive this tub you instantly think of Summer. Warm beaches, crashing waves and that smell of sea salt in the air.
When I first opened this tub the smell was incredibly fragrant and feminine with the right amount of Summer incorporated into it.
This Dead Sea Salt Scrub is made from Fine Grain Dead Sea Salt and deep moisturizing oils that make your skin feel deeply soft and supple.
Does it ever! I applied this scrub to my knees, legs and elbows first as they are the roughest parts and instantly my whole shower was filled with fragrant Ocean Breeze which made me just bit the bullet and apply it all over. 
You massage this in and feel a slight tingle so you know those granules are doing the work, you then rinse and feel the smoothest skin I have ever felt from a scrub ever and without it being greasy.
I do warn you since this is filled with all natural oils make sure you turn your jar over before you use this as the oil can drip or leak from the jar.

Other than that I promise the experience you will have with the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub will be nothing short of a luxurious spa experience with the Summer beach flair!! Your body will feel pampered, fragrant and sexy!




I was sent this product for FREE by BrandBacker in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review.

Review and Giveaway:Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask



What is Ghassoul Clay? How does it work?



A truly exquisite spa quality clay from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas Mountains in Morocco. This mineral rich clay blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin a smooth and delightful experience. This clay has been used for over 1400 years as a soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner, and the finest spas across the world currently utilize it for its therapeutic benefits.
This clay is quarry mined from deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco. It is sun dried and untreated. When first mined, Rhassoul clay appears as a polished brown, soap-like clay, which is chunky in appearance and resembling rocks. After further refinement and micronization, the end product is a smooth almost silken earth.

At first when I received this clay I really had no idea what I would be able to do with it. I was fortunate enough to be sent specific instructions on how this clay could be utilized.

1. As a Facial Mask: This is how I chose to use mine and it was relatively simple: Mix one tablespoon of the clay powder with 5 tablespoons of water, mix in a bowl until you get the consistency of cookie dough, then apply using your fingers or a spatula.

2. Deep cleansing Shampoo:Mix equal parts clay powder with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as normal and rinse.

3. Hair Mask: Mix ingredients as in the facial mask, rub gently into scalp and hair and leave in for 5-10 minutes. Shampoo with your favorite shampoo and rinse.

4. Full Body: Approximately 3/4 of the jar. 

This clay has absolutely no odor and I absolutely loved the texture and how it felt on my skin. ( you only need a very thin layer) It is also economical as the above recipe will get you a lot of product to use time and time again. I even added some Tea Tree Oil to help with acne.
You also do not need to leave this type of mask on till it hardens as it becomes harder to remove. Also be warned that skin may occasionally will be reddish for 15-30 minutes after use, but this is due to the Ghassoul having thoroughly detoxifying your skin.

Upon using this mask I have found my skin to become clear and feel pampered like I had been to a spa.

Basically this is a Spa treatment at home and a very enjoyable one.

Disclaimer: I was sent this mask for free through BrandBacker in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review.


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REVIEW:Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum

I was given the opportunity to try out the new Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum Advanced Relief for free in exchange for my review the following is my experience with using this product for one full week.




First thing you notice about this lotion is it's consistency which is unlike a lotion and more like a creamy gel. It sinks easily into the skin but without greasiness or a film. Kind of like the serums you would use on your face. I noticed right away by touching my hand it felt softer and nourished but with almost a feel like you just applied a primer.

The uses after that were strictly on my legs as they tend to be the driest area of my body especially when the warmer months come, I experience a patchy area above my ankle that itches and becomes very flaky and raw. When I applied the Vaseline® Intensive CareTM Healing Serum  on my legs i could feel instantly a calming to that area in particular with no stinging or burning just a feel of enveloped moisturizing. As i continued use on my legs with nothing else I could see and feel the difference. My legs began to feel softer, smoother and more toned than I had seen them before. The area above my ankle became less and less irritating and more like my normal skin again.

Let's talk about the fragrance for a moment...I have spent so much money over the years buying the more expensive brands of lotions and potions at retail prices just to find a wonderfully feminine and floral (without being overbearing) scent in this tube which is only a fraction of the price of those more expensive "Body" lotions and has way more benefits.

All in all I really enjoyed using this product and noticing the difference in my skin as a result. 

The DMA Experience Finding that right Summer activity for the Pre-Teen



Do you have a son or daughter who is just as that awkward age where Summer Camp can either be too juvenile and boring or they are only attending as a counselor aide and really don't get to enjoy themselves or Do you want your son or daughter to learn something educational, broaden their horizons and have the time of their life while learning and improving their confidence?

I think i would go with the latter.



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Exposed: 60 Days to Clearer Skin/ Halfway Point





You know when you get to a certain age you feel like you should stop breaking out?? Yeah, me too.

I'm 44 and guess what?? It's still happening on occasion. 

But let's rewind about 20 yrs (oh if only), Well humor me for a bit......

 I'm  24 and visually all the daily stresses of life walk right across your face and that is when you try everything under the sun to get rid of pimples. Aside from the obvious lines that promise to do it all and end up exacerbating the problem i.e. Clearasil (cleared any trace of it looking like normal skin) Clean and Clear (I was not really "clear" on what it was cleaning but it smelled nice) Oxy (short for oxidizing your face). and countless others I tried and would just be a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

Oh, and how about the "quick" fixes???

"Dab a little toothpaste on your blemish, and it will clear it up"
The only thing that ever accomplished was making my face minty smelling and burning the outer layer of the skin where the blemish was but it was not taking care of it as the process worsened.  Flash now to my 30's and Proactiv came into the picture and it was good for a while but like anything else, my skin became immune to it and i wasn't so sure those granular cleansers were the answer either. (Haven't they always told you not to use scrubs when you had breakouts that it would only spread the problem??) It has been a lifetime and ever so frustrating to find that one system that will not only help clear up my blemishes and acne but take care of the skin underneath and prevent more from showing up or at least less frequently.

My answer, finally showed up in the form of a new system by a company called 
Exposed Skin Care. I found through Brandbacker. I was excited when i read the overview and saw this was a system that promised not only to target all four causes of acne by unclogging pores. killing acne bacteria, reducing redness and prevent those scars from marking up your face well I was sold on the idea.

 Developed by a collaborative effort of dermatologists, cosmetologists, naturopaths, and chemists, Exposed Skin Care is the only product line of its kind. This combination of skin care professionals working together for the first time resulted in a unique and revolutionary skin care approach that not only treats the acne, but also proactively prevents new acne from forming. With the synergy of clinical strength actives and calming spa quality natural ingredients, Exposed combines the acne eliminating strength of Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid, with the soothing properties of Green Tea, Licorice Root, and Passion Flower.

I gave this system a try for a little shy of 4 weeks now and I cannot believe the results from it. First you get a cleanser which is a simple gel and smells really fresh and clean, it lathers a little bit but does not dry out your face at all.
Second step is the tonic which you can use with the provided towel to wipe away any of the leftover residue the cleanser might not have picked up.

The last 2 steps are preventative and also used for when you have that blemish that does not go away as you will see demonstrated in my before pictures.
I would apply the Acne treatment to the blemish about twice a day and also use the skin clearing serum as an added protection. The results have been staggering! I do not like to photograph without makeup but you will see in my last picture I am completely without makeup and without blemishes!!
This is only the halfway point in the 60 day skincare program but I am looking forward to being completely blemish free at that point. This system is so good and so gentle I now have my 12 year old using it and it is working wonders on her newly hormonal skin. I will state that I think I finally found the right system for my adult acne.

                                 BEFORE
                         AFTER (15 days)

                          One Week Later..

If you are interested in seeing if the EXPOSED 60 day skin care program can work for you
visit them at http://www.exposedskincare.com/

** This product was obtained for reviewing purposes through BrandBacker****

Truly's: A "Truly" Great Deodorant and Giveaway

In recent times we all have become very familiar with coconut in one shape or form. I know for myself I use coconut in it's virgin state or fractionated on a daily basis for many other beauty related reasons, but if you were to tell me that it would also be the main ingredient in my deodorant these days I would probably scratch my head as to how it would work.


Until now..............

As i researched on deodorants and the many scares that they cause these days I wondered how in comparison with a coconut based deodorant could they be as effective as a anti-perspirant but without the harmful chemicals that are claimed to endanger our health as women? Well here is what I found out so far about regular deodorants and anti-perspirants:



From Web MD: "Most antiperspirant worries center on the active ingredient -- an aluminum-based compound that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring.
Typically, antiperspirants are coupled with a deodorant, which contains the pleasant scent that stops you from stinking. They may also contain a number of inactive ingredients."
It goes on to explain that many studies that were conducted were flawed, and even though a few detected chemicals from anti-perspirants in breast tissue, it was not proven that they had anything to do with the risk of breast cancer and that there was no evidence that it was even a leading causing factor. Although there are no published reports of this it still remains a concern and therefore newer and more natural "alternatives" are turning up. The main ingredient is surprisingly COCONUT The main reason is coconut  kills bacteria, fungi and yeast and because there is no aluminum it will not clog your pores or cause any funky odor throughout the day and trust me in testing this product for as long as I have I made sure I was active.

Why Truly's? For one Trulys is all natural and only contains food safe ingredients, a great choice for kids and people with sensitive skin. Trulys is paraben-free, aluminum free, and fragrance free (with the exception of smelling like a yummy creamsicle or coconut cream pie). The best part is Trulys will not irritate your skin after shaving which is something that happens to me often after I shave, I will notice little red bumps and the skin becomes so irritated putting anything on at that point just makes it worse. I have not found that with this deodorant at all.

The Bottom Line: Trulys is just a great product, I have them in both flavors regular (sent to me for review) and another I acquired in a swap in Creamsicle and I can tell you I have not wanted to go back to a regular deodorant since.



Enter my Giveaway for (1) Truly's Deodorant of your choice!!