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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NAUGHTON BRAUN Exquisite Fine Pearl Jewelry at Affordable Prices

My great grandmother, my grandma, my Mom, my Auntie, my sister & myself, we are all pearl loving gals!  We always have been, and always will be!  We don't store our pearl jewelry away for special occasions.  We believe everyday is special and you can dress up and dress down your pearls to make them compliment any and every outfit, even a pair of jeans and simple white blouse or teeshirt!

And with Mother's Day right around the corner, what an ideal time of year to surprise your Mom, or the Mom figure in your life with an exquisite new pearl necklace, pearl bracelet or dazzling pair of pearl earrings!  The gift of pearls is classic, ageless, timeless and believe me, will last them a lifetime!  I actually have a pair of pearl earrings that belonged to my grandmother, she wore them for decades and now I am enjoying them.  Pearls are classic heirloom jewelry pieces that you can be sure will be passed down from generation to generation.  They are the gift that you give now that will keep on giving for years, decades, centuries to come! 

To make it simple and easy for you to find the perfect gift this Mother's Day,  I am going to introduce you to one of the finest pearl jewelry companies I have discovered.  Not only is the quality of their pearl jewelry pieces exceptional, very fine quality pearl jewelry, but the prices are very affordable.  The wide range of pearl jewelry items will amaze you and the price points way below what you would expect to pay for pearl jewelry of this couture caliber.  NAUGHTON BRAUN is a must stop and shop online pearl jewelry company whose products stand out from the ordinary and offers pearl jewelry that is extraordinary.  Let me introduce them to you:

NOTE:  There is always FREE SHIPPING when you purchase from Naughton Braun!  Also, your precious pearl jewelry pieces will always arrive in a luxurious soft velvet storage pouch for safe keeping free of charge!  Wow!  

And, this is an amazing offer:  From now till Mother's Day use my special code LOVEtheSavings for 20% off store-wide!!  And after Mother's day you may use code  O2CN0FE0CPNP for 15% off store-wide!!  

Pearl Jewelry Luxury for Less

Naughton Braun is a freshwater pearl jewelry company that not only sells exquisite jewelry (design on a dime!) but also works for empower Women at every stage of the design, development, production, import, distribution, and marketing processes. We have a proprietary relationship with a pearl family where we are able to reliably obtain the finest in freshwater pearls, many of which are not typically available in the US market.

Examples of atypical pearls we offer include the extra-large Keshi pearls (Peachtree Street) or the exceptional biawas found in the Annapolis.

Since Naughton Braun handles all the steps typically associated in the jewelry industry with a myriad of middlemen, our prices are considerably lower and the quality considerably higher! In addition, we highly recommend that customers obtain an independent gemologist report for appraisal purposes. Every one of our customers who has done that has reported back that the appraisal values are 40-100% higher than what they paid for the piece. This is why we say that we offer "affordable luxury".

We also feature Edison pearls (like in the Captiva Earrings) which are a relative newcomer in the pearl realm and not widely available. Most of the ~20 or so US/Canadian based pearl companies primarily offer single or multi-strand freshwater or akoya pearls, while Naughton Braun has opted to pursue a different course, showcasing their real pearls with semi-precious gems and stones in trendsetting combinations: “reimagined classics”.  While we love and still occasionally wear our Grandmother’s pearls, we have opted to go beyond the classic high school photo pearls and offer Women understated elegance with styles that will themselves also become classics.

We currently only offer jewelry for Women but sell both retail (to you and me with free shipping and a complementary velvet storage pouch) as well as wholesale (to boutiques, bridal salons, shops). We offer two different brands; Naughton Braun and Naughton Braun Bespoke. The Naughton Braun Collection is sub-divided into three overlapping categories with jewelry selections suited for Every Day, Any Evening, or Beautifully Bridal. The Bespoke Collection is based on designs that were created for individuals and were slightly modified from the original design so that they could be offered to all.

All of our designs are based on current jewelry trends or recent runway exhibitions and we take pride in the fact that we design every detail of the jewelry and that each piece is handcrafted by skilled Women artisans which then undergo two quality assurance checks before shipment. Most of our pieces feature hand-knotted silk in complementary or contrasting colors for additional visual impact. As mentioned previously, we utilize a network of Women and they take pride that they can empower Women artisans and that idea of empowering Women is an important part of their philosophy. They even work with Women owned non-profits occasionally and design pieces that support the non-profit! In addition, all of our jewelry is named after places. The inspiration comes from our travel pic board of places they have been, or from Instagram (@Naughton Braun) or from their Dreamin Places Pinterest board of places that they hope to visit one day. The Naughton Braun new beginnings Pinterest board showcases our pearl jewelry interspersed with the places that they were named after, so that you can capture for yourself the essence and inspiration behind the jewelry. When we name a piece of jewelry we share a memory or ethereal feeling through that name and description of every piece, thereby imparting a feeling; a connection.


Now that you have had a chance to learn all about Naughton Braun and what an outstanding company they are, let me delve right into my review!  Naughton Braun graciously sent me the unique and glamorous Andora Pearl and Stone Necklace for review.  This splendid necklace is so remarkable, a work of wearable art in my opinion.  While it is elegant and sophisticated, don't be fooled!  You can wear it with everything!  It can be worn to add a touch of distinction to the most simple of outfits, like a pair of jeans and a crisp white blouse, or it can worn as a finishing touch to your more dressier outfits, like a cute little black dress!  This necklace is so versatile you won't want to keep it stored away for very long.  It has fast become my favorite "go to" accessory to add that touch is pizzazz to  just about all my outfits!  And, you will never get tired of all the compliments you receive from wearing it, everyone notices it!  Friends and complete strangers have stopped to admire and compliment me on it!  What an easy way and fun way to build up my confidence!  Here are the details about the Andora Necklace:

Price:  $260
SKU:  #10001


Sport your sprezzatura as you languor on the sandy beaches of the warm and inviting Ligurian Sea in this triple strand silver and black freshwater pearl and semi-precious stone necklace. Riviera ready.


  • Triple strand silver and black colored round freshwater pearls 7-9mm, rice pearls 9-11mm, jade beads, amethyst beads, & gold glass accent beads
  • Hand-knotted on dark gray silk
  • Rare earth mixed metal magnetic clasp
  • 18” in length (princess length)

NOTE:  Perfect imperfections; blemishes, shadows and circl├ęs which appear on NB pearls are not to be considered flaws, but inherent properties which enhance their artistic allure. NB pearls are natural products so sizes and color may vary slightly.


What a first class, 5 Star first impression!  This is what receiving a special package from Naughton Braun looks like:

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

When I opened the box and saw what extra care they had taken to ensure the necklace arrived to me in perfect condition, it was a memorable moment.  I knew when I took apart the tissue and wrapping something extraordinary was inside.  The personalized attention was much more than I expected and made the entire experience so joyful!

When I opened everything up this is what was there:

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

To behold this divine Andora pearl necklace up front and close up is undescribable!  It is one of the most stunning, truly gorgeous pearl necklaces I have ever laid my eyes on!  The shimmer and shine of each breathtaking color of pearl and stones is fascinating and alluring!  You will be dazzled by the beauty of each pearl, of each stone and how together they form the most couture, splendid piece of exquisite jewelry imaginable!

With each piece of Naughton Braun jewelry you purchase or receive as a gift will arrive to you housed in a soft Naughton Braun branded jewelry pouch like this one:

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

I was so thrilled to see that Naughton Braun made sure that I would always be able to store my precious necklace somewhere safe and protected when not in use.  I know for sure that other pearl jewelry companies do not ship their jewelry in soft protective pouches, they offer them for sale, but do not include them.  Another excellent reason to shop with Naughton Braun for all your fine jewelry needs.

I also get a warm and friendly feeling from Naughton Braun because they went above and beyond to include a message to me thanking me for "purchasing" from them which tells me how important I am to them.  Please refer to the picture below:

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

Now that you have had a sneak peak at what you can expect when you purchase something from Naughton Braun, and hopefully you have concluded what I have, that they are a far superior pearl jewelry company than some others out in the marketplace, next I want to get into the specific of how state-of-the-art their jewelry really is!

This is the magnificent Andora pearl necklace that is accented with elegant fine quality stones:

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

Depending on your computer monitor and its color calibration, I am not sure you can see the contrast of all the delightful dazzling colors of this necklace, but I can assure you it is eye candy at its finest!  Every single attention to detail that you can imagine has been taken when they designed and created this masterpiece!  I cannot express enough how meticulously hand-crafted this necklace is!

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

Each pearl and stone has been arranged in such an order as to visually please and draw you in to the delightful design of the necklace.  No two pearls or stones are alike, so you will be mesmerized and enchanted with each one!  What I love most about this necklace, in its entirety, is that it is ageless and timeless, a woman of any age will appreciate it for the regal piece that it is, and they will treasure it always!  It has a contemporary vibe to it, but maintains that classic elegance that one thinks of when dreaming of a pearl necklace.  Also, this Andora Necklace will become a family heirloom, the quality is that fine!  It is a piece of jewelry that one will want to hand down from generation to generation, and with its exceptional craftsmanship, the necklace will hold up for years and years, decades and decades!

And, check out the expertly designed clasp!  Not only is it magnetized so you can easily put on and take off the necklace without any effort, but isn't the clasp super sleek!

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

I almost want to turn the necklace to show off this wonderfully constructed clasp!  And, of course I did just that!  A few times I have worn the necklace slightly turned so the clasp was visible.  And sure enough, it was noticed and I did receive several very positive comments about it and girlfriends wanted to know how it worked.  They are so enamored with this necklace.

I have commented about how irresistibly gorgeous the Andora Necklace is, and how expertly put together and durable it is, and how you can literally wear it everyday if you want with all your outfits, and last but not least I want to mention the value, the unbelievable value in terms of price this necklace is.  The Andora Necklace, as well as all the couture pieces at Naughton Braun are so affordable and priced way below what you would expect to pay for pearl jewelry of this caliber.  The price points will delight and amaze you!  This Mother's Day consider treating your Mom, or any Mom you know, to a piece of pearl jewelry that is sure to surprise and delight them beyond any words can express.

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

You can browse around the Naughton Braun website by CLICKING HERE to see the abundant selection of breathtaking and superior pearl jewelry!  Whether you are purchasing a piece as a gift or treating yourself to a new piece of jewelry, there is the perfect design waiting there just for you to discover!


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This concludes my review.

Disclosure: I received Andora Pearl Necklace outlined in this review from Naughton Braun for the purposes of this review. This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Naughton Braun in any manner.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LAVIDO SKIN CARE Age Away Hydrating Cream

I recently posted a wonderful review about LAVIDO Skin Care, products Inspired by Nature.  To read that review and refresh your memory about this most innovative brand of skin care, please CLICK HERE.

I am truly enamored by the science and techology behind LAVIDO Skin Care and highly recommend considering them for Mother's Day Gift Giving, or self purchase.  Not only are the products jammed packed full of natural ingredients that are sure to nourish and improve the quality of your skin, but with each product, you receive huge amounts of it, and need very little with each application to reap the benefits from it.  The price point and value versus quality and quantity just can't be beat!

So it is with great excitement that I share my review about another very fine Lavido skin care product.  The Evening Primrose, Sea Buckthorn & Pumpkin Seed Age Away Hydrating Cream.


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

In my last review I wrote about the LAVIDO Lavender, Tea Tree, Black Cumin Seed Thera-Intensive Body Cream and the Pomegranate Seed, Rose Hip, and Citrus with Hyaluronic Acid Alert Eye Cream HERE.  This review is about another equally sensational product, the Evening Primrose, Sea Buckthorn, & Pumpkin Seed Age Away Hydrating Cream.  Here are the details about it:

Evening Primrose, Sea Buckthorn, & Pumpkin Seed Age Away Hydrating Cream
PRICE: $55
Size: 1.69 fl. oz/50ml


Revitalize…Hydrate…Repair your skin. Formulated with Attar of Rose and organic, cold-pressed Evening Primrose Seed Oil, this deeply nourishing facial cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while balancing the skin's moisture levels. May be used on younger skin as night cream.

Recommended use: Using circular upward motions, massage this deeply nourishing age-defying moisture cream into slightly damp, freshly-cleansed skin until absorbed. Formulated for daily use. Dermatologically Tested.

Clinically proven to show significant improvement in the categories of:

  • Skin Hydration (34%)
  • Skin Texture (15%)
  • Skin Firmness (14%)


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

Wow, what an emollient face cream!  It is rich and creamy and such a drink of water for my skin!  You really only need a teeny tiny amount of this highly effective cream to cover your entire face.  I used about a dime size amount and it was enough to cover my face and neck.  At first it felt a little greasy on my skin, but after about 5 minutes, it had all been absorbed into my skin and honestly, my skin felt like silk!!  Literally!  The next time I used the cream I used slightly less than a dime size amount and that was just perfect.  I need to comment that my skin is super sensitive.  Sometimes it can't tolerate rich face creams.  I am happy to say that my skin well received this product, tolerated it just fine with no issues, no redness, no burning, just terrific!

I can't really comment on any results from using this cream, since I just received it, but I am super impressed with how my entire face feels after only using it for 2 days.  I have applied it three times now and each time my face feels more hydrated, looks more dewy and radiant, and I think my skin is actually glowing!  I know my skin, and it is telling me it is healthy, it is nourished and it is healing.  That is my opinion, and I rarely have used those words in my reviews.  I am super impressed with how my sensitive skin is reacting to using this face cream.

The scent of the cream is very pleasant and appealing.  The scent is light, but you can smell the fragrance of all the natural ingredients, including the evening primrose and pumpkin seed!  I was not aware of this before, but pumpkin seed is a cold-pressed oil that is steeped in zinc and vitamin E, a super antioxidant, which combine to improve skin tone, rejuvenate the skin, and defy the aging process.  I suspect the long term results and benefits from using this superior face cream will be a noticeable improvement to the condition and appearance of my skin.  What I have experienced positive so far is enough to keep me wanting to use it everyday, twice a day!  I can't wait to see what it can do for my skin.

This concludes my review.


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Disclosure: I received the Lavido skin care product outlined in this review from Lavido for the purposes of this review. This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Lavido in any manner.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

LENOX Tuscany Classics® Lustre 4-piece Pastel Stemless Wine Glass Set

With Mother's Day and Father's Day right around the corner, why not surprise them with a gift that is unexpected and unique!  I am always searching for gifts for family and friends that will not only overjoy them, but present them with something they don't already have and didn't realize that they need!  And let me say, the Tuscany Classics Lustre 4-Piece Pastel Stemless Wine Glass Set by Lenox is a gift that once the recipient uses, they will never want to be without them again!

Here are the details about the Tuscany Classics Lustre 4-Piece Pastel Stemless Wine Glasses:


Softly glamorous That's what you get when you mix a distinctively elegant shape with an understated application of lustre color. Crafted of leadfree crystal in Europe, our everyday glam glasses come in 4 soft color tones.

  • Manufactured of fine European lead-free crystal
  • Hand wash recommended
  • Capacity: 12 oz.


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

Stemless wine glasses is one the hottest, latest trends in the wine world.  I have been noticing in movies and in magazines people drinking wine with stemless glasses and the thought was very alluring to me.  So it is with such excitement that I say I finally have some stemless wine glasses and they are sensational!

The Lenox Tuscany Classics Lustre Pastel Stemless Wine Glasses are the most outstanding, in terms of quality, wine glasses I have ever owned.  Not only are they visually gorgeous to look at and a breathtaking way to dress a table for Wine Hour, but they feel so comfortable in your hands.  The soft curves of the base of the wine glass fits perfectly in the palms of your hands.

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

These wine glasses have been expertly crafted, they are truly state-of-the-art.  They are by far superior to any wine glasses we have in our home.  What an elegant way to drink your favorite wines!   The soft pastel colors are so lovely with the hint of lustre and luminosity that make them dazzling to drink wine from!   These have fast become our "go to" wineglasses, I only wish we had about a dozen more so when we entertain all our guests can sip from them.  So hint, hint, these will be at the top of my wish lists for my Birthday and Christmas!

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

A set of 4 of these splendid wineglasses were originally priced at $72 but right now they are 30% and you can purchase them for $49.95 right HERE!  What a terrific deal!  So now is the time to stock up for Mother's Day & Father's Day, the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life, or just spoil yourself and treat yourself to these sleek glasses.

{Photo by Joanna Smith}

On a final note, I was so impressed with how impeccably well packaged Lenox made sure to pack the wine glasses.  I met the UPS driver at the door when he was delivered them and I said to him, I hope these wine glasses didn't break, I shook the box to see if I heard shattered glass, and I heard nothing.  The box was solid, not a single sound jiggled.  And when I opened the box I found layers and layers of bubble wrap covering every nook and cranny of the box and I was so relieved Lenox did such an excellent job of ensuring they arrived to me safely and in perfect condition, Bravo Lenox!!  So you can feel rest assured that when you order these, or anything else from Lenox for that matter, they do everything they can to make sure it gets from Point A to Point B without damage.  Of course if something happened, out of their control, you have 15 days to let them know so they can correct the problem.  What a class act company!

This concludes my review.


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Disclosure: I received the set of wine glasses discussed here from Lenox as part of an online promotion.  This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Lenox in any manner.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LAVIDO Skin Care Inspired by Nature

With every new season I like to change things up with my daily and nightly skin care routine.  I don't know about you, but with me at the end of each season, my skin just looks dull, lack luster and in need of some refreshing!  So, it is with great excitement that I introduce Lavido skin care to you.  I can't think of a finer line of skin care that is inspired by nature to begin the warm weather seasons with.  And, with Mother's Day around the corner, why not treat Mom or one of your favorite Mom friends with the gift of healthy skin!  The folks over at Lavido have put together a luxurious anthology of plant-based skin and body care products infused with the ancient healing powers of the Sea of Galilee that I think will make the ideal gift of beautiful skin for anyone, of any age!  It is their Inspired by Nature Head to Toe Collection!   In my opinion, it is one the finest Mother's Day Gift a person can receive!  My Mom is especially hard to buy gifts for, she has everything!  But she does not have any skin care products like these, that can measure up to the unique quality of benefits that these products will provide.  Let me briefly introduce Lavido to you:

{Adapted from the Lavido Website}

Our Story


Welcome to Lavido, a natural face and body care company based on organic oils. Each of our products is made with the best raw, plant-based ingredients combined with purified mineral-rich waters from the Sea of Galilee. The results are balanced, effective and luxurious blends for the face and body. Lavido was established in 2003 by herbalist Ido Magal, is based in the Galilee Valley and has grown to hundreds of retail partners, a chain of signature stores and global distributorships today. Lavido continues to source only the highest quality natural and organic herb, fruit, vegetable and nut oils, as well as, utilize top-notch traditional and cutting-edge production technologies.

The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee has a reputation of mythic proportions. After all, Jesus is said to have walked on water from its northern shore and turned just two fish and five loaves into plenty. Since time immemorial, the Sea of Galilee has provided sustenance, fresh water, and a living for all the peoples that have settled in the area.

Many are aware of its history, but far fewer know that the Sea of Galilee’s “sweet” waters and thermal hot springs, all fed by the Jordan and Yarmouk rivers, have been used since Roman times for their healing and recuperative powers. . The source of these powers derives from hot volcanic springs, created by melting mineral and nutrient-dense snow from Mt. Hermon, that flow into the Sea at different points, especially near Capernaum. Here, lush farmland straddles the remains of Roman aqueducts and baths at Herod’s Golden Palace – testaments to the rich heritage, utility and healing properties of the springs and sea up to the present day.

Lavido is based in the heart of the Galilee. Our products are made with the best raw ingredients sourced from around the world, and purified waters from the Sea of Galilee.

Lavido's Technology

Lavido’s commitment to progressive technologies through innovation and research is exemplified by our use of ingredients such as plant-based hyaluronic acid, while the extraction methods we use ensure a highly effective product. Lavido oils are diffused, infused, or cold-pressed using the most natural extraction processes including mechanical extraction, a non-chemical water-based distillation process that separates the vital oils from liquids. Mechanical extraction best retains the active essentials of the plant, nut, or seed being used. It is also a traditional form of distillation going back millennia. Lavido is equally committed to cutting-edge technologies, provided they meet strict natural guidelines, such as CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction is an eco-friendly chemical process that retains the active qualities of the plant and also allows for selective essences to be extracted.


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

Lavido's Inspired by Nature Head to Toe Collection is sensational!  If you want to experience full body royal treatment, then look no further, it is all right HERE!  I have not tried out all the products in this collection, however, I was given the opportunity to experience a few of Lavido's Best Selling Products included in the collection.  I am so enamored with them.  Here are the details:

Lavender, Tea Tree, Black Cumin Seed Thera-Intensive Body Cream
Size:  8.45 fl. oz/250ml
Price:  $45


Calm…Restore…Hydrate your skin. A luxurious blend of aromatherapeutic and organic oils of distilled Tea Tree and Lavender, and cold-pressed Black Cumin Seed oils. This highly nourishing body moisturizer gently relieves dry and irritated skin, protects against environmental factors such as sun and after swimming, and restores the skin's natural moisture balance. Recommended use: Apply generously onto towel dried skin. Allow to absorb, leaves skin soft, supple, and glowing. Clinically tested to relieve redness. Dermatologically Tested.

This cold pressed oil is characterized by a high concentration of omega 6 and oleic acids, which your skin needs but does not produce naturally.  Helps the skin maintain a vibrant, youthful appearance.


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

What a fresh, clean smelling body cream!  Oh my goodness, I have used it twice and I have instantly fallen in love with it.  It is rich and creamy, but lightweight.  You only need to use a small amount on each area of your body, and my skin immediately absorbs it up!  It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth, and the aroma lifts my spirits and makes me feel energized and invigorated!  My skin loses any visible signs of dryness, no more flaky skin, my skin looks healthier and more youthful that is for sure.  I highly recommend this Thera-Intensive Body Cream for women and men who want to keep their skin nourished, hydrated and rejuvenated!  It is a cream that someone of any age can benefit from.  The huge, I mean gigantic tub of cream will last you several months and the entire family can use it!  The soft scents of lavender, tea tree and black cumin seed are subtle, but enough that you love the fragrance your body exudes!

Pomegranate Seed, Rose Hip, and Citrus with Hyaluronic Acid Alert Eye Cream
Size: Size: 1.01 fl. oz/30ml
Price: $49


Revive…hydrate…protect your eye area.. Brighten, moisturize and relieve puffiness around the eye area with this lightweight hydrosol water-based cream. Formulated with plant-based hyaluronic acid, cold-pressed avocado oil, organic Pomegranate Seed oil and Citrus Extracts. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Recommended use: Apply to fingertips and gently pat into the skin around the eye, including the eyelid. Allow to absorb before applying makeup. Avoid contact with the inner eye. Dermatologically Tested. Ophthalmologically Tested.

Clinically proven to show significant improvement in the categories of:

  • Skin Hydration (50%)
  • Skin Elasticity (9%)
  • Skin Texture (15%)
  • Skin Firmness (17%)


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

I have only been using the eye cream for a few days now so I cannot comment about any results, but I can say so far I am really liking it!  To me it is not really texture like an eye cream, but more like an eye lotion.  That is a good and positive thing!  The lotion is lightweight, and glides on wet and smooth against the delicate skin surround my eyes.  My skin immediately absorbs the product up, like an instant hydrating boost to the skin!  The product leaves absolutely no film or residue on my skin.  It just leaves it feeling moist and soft.  I pushed just one pump of product onto the palms of my hand, and amount similar to the size of a quarter was dispensed out.  This was actually a little too much for what I needed, so I used the extra remaining product on my neck area.  I hate wasting product.  My point is, you need very VERY little of the eye cream to allow it to do its job.  I know the container of eye cream is going to last me months!

The eye cream seems to be very gentle and soothing.  I have very sensitive skin and my skin was able to tolerate this product with no issues.  It can be used on all skin types, on people of all ages, and both women and men can benefit from using it.  The scent is very light, barely discernible.  It has pomegranate, rose hip and citrus in it, that what makes up the pleasant, light aroma.  Very nice!  I highly recommend this eye cream and the price is a bargain for the generous amount you receive!

I will be reviewing the Lavido Ultra Daily Facial Moisturing Cream with Evening Primrose See, Calendula & Frankincense soon.  I am just awaiting the product to arrive.  But, if it is anything like the two products from Lavido that I just discussed, I am going to be thrilled to use it daily!!

This concludes my review.


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Disclosure: I received the Lavido skin care products outlined in this review from Lavido for the purposes of this review. This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Lavido in any manner.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017 Mother's Day & Father's Day Gift Guide

Easter is almost here, and then in a snap it will be over with.  The next holiday and day to celebrate is right around the corner, Mother's Day!  And then following that, Father's Day!  And so many are just like me, they rack their brain's trying to come up with something unique, new and different to give Mom and Dad.  This is definitely on all of our minds!

So Companies and Brands, now is the time to put yourself in the Spotlight!  Allow me to introduce your latest and greatest products to my readers and followers, and get them thinking about your products for Mother's Day and Father's Day!

Brands and Products are now being accepted on both of my blogs:  EPICNOMENAL and THE BEST OF EVERYTHING FOR YOU.

I will post your brand & product(s) on both blogs and I will need to receive the product(s) you want reviewed so I can provide my readers with an honest and thorough review.

Products Accepted for the 2017 Mother's Day & Father's Day Gift Guides are:

- Gifts for Mom, or the special woman role model in your life

- Gift for Dad, or the special male role model in your life

Products that I am looking to review are:

- Fashion:  clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, bags, etc.

- Beauty products:  skincare, cosmetics, bath and body, hair care.

- Health related products

- Fitness related products

- Electronics/Tech products

- Entertainment related products

- Food and Kitchen related products

- Gifts for the Home

- Outdoor Activity related products

To submit your brand and products, please email me at:  epicnomenal@gmail.com

Thank you!  I look forward to promoting your products to my hundreds of thousands of readers and subscribers on both blogs and across the social networks!

Monday, April 10, 2017

CARDEA LUXE Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy Cream

I am constantly on the hunt for the best possible skin care products to use on my face and body.  But it can be a daunting task because it seems like month after month, more and more skin care companies are emerging.  This makes it more difficult for me to choose the finest products because I get so overwhelmed.  With so many choices out there, it can get very confusing!

So in order to narrow it down, I do look for companies that boast "natural", "organic", "cruelty-free" and so on because it narrows down the choices and I know these products are going to be healthier for my skin, safer for me to use on my skin, at least that is my belief.

With having said all this, I am thrilled to be able to tell you about a wonderful new eye cream I recently received.  It is one of the best eye creams I have discovered in a very long time!  It is from a company called Cardea Luxe and the product is their Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy Cream.  Besides being a super luxurious eye cream, and I have had noticeable improvement in the condition of my skin around my eye area in just a short time, the price is going to surprise you!  It is $29.99 and right now you can purchase it at 50% off!  Wow!!  I can honestly say for an eye cream of this fine quality you would expect to pay double, if not triple the price.  Let me briefly introduce Cardea Luxe to you and then I will share my experience with the Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy Cream with you.

{Adapted from the Cardea Luxe Website}


Cardea Luxe ® Skin Care specializes in cosmetics for the face and body.


We are honored to be a #1 Amazon Best Seller with soaring positive reviews. We make a positive difference in each and everyone of our your lives by helping you feel and look better as you age. Our highly acclaimed cruelty-free skin care line truly fights the sign of aging to leave you looking years younger, which is a difference you can feel!


We believe in being the best in skin care by utilizing up to date with research to bring you the most innovative products. We are Leaping Bunny Certified and proud to offer cruelty-free skincare product that deliver proven visible results.


We put great care into the smallest details to ensure that clients immediately receive response to any inquiries and assistance relating to our products and the care of their skin.


Day by day we operate at a high level of efficiency that delivers optimal effectiveness in all the work that we do with our team and clients.


Our team operates harmoniously as we provide above average service to all clients and third-party service providers to ensure company growth is achieved by all involved.


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

The Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy Cream is sensational!  I always use eye creams that multi-task, and this eye cream does it all!  It addresses every concern a person can have relative to the delicate skin around the eye.  Here is what Cardea Luxe has to say about it:


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

Get the Luxe Glow with our Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy. Our ageless eye cream helps renew dark circles, eliminate wrinkles and decrease puffiness under eyes while combating dry dry skin. Our proprietary blend of cruelty-free ingredients acts as a moisturizer to all treated areas on the face and neck. Our Radiance Eye Renewal Therapy cream offers up a simple, effective and affordable way to turn back the years and obtain youthful looking skin. It can also be used as a restorative to help fight early signs of aging. Our ingredients are safe and effective on both male & female skin types.


{Photo by Joanna Smith}

My eyes definitely tell a story.  And when people look into my eyes and through to my soul, I want them to see a healthy, positive, energetic individual.  So I am particularly picky about the eye cream that I use and won't incorporate any skin care product into my daily routine that I feel is not safe or good for my skin.  So when I discovered the Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy Cream I knew I had stumbled upon a gem!

This product is fast acting, you will notice a measurable difference in the texture and condition of the skin around your eyes within a few days.  I know that after continued used of this product the benefits will be long lasting.

I get great peace of mind knowing that this cruelty-free skin care product naturally nourishes and enhances my skin's renewal process enabling me to see incredible age-defying results.

The Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy Cream has active ingredients to help boost collagen, increase firmness and reach deep cellular rejuvenation levels for ultimate age-defying results.

I like that it has a very light consistency that quickly absorbs into my skin and I can apply makeup immediately after use. It does not leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky!  My skin must be loving it because it drinks it up right away and leaves my skin feeling so soft and luminous!  You only need to use a small amount in order to reap the benefits!  A gentle push of the applicator dispensing an amount about the size of a pencil eraser is all you need!  The jar of Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy Cream is so large, gigantic really, this product is going to last me at least 2-3 months.  At $29.99 this is the deal of the century!  And, as I mentioned before, you can purchase it at 50% off for a limited time!!  Also, I am impressed with the push dispenser.  No more squeezing a tube and having half of the cream coming out all over your hands and wasting precious product unnecessarily!

This gentle eye cream can be used twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.  Since it does not contain parabens, alcohol or sulfates, you can be rest assured it is safe to use on even the most sensitive skin types.  I have extremely sensitive skin, prone to rosacea flare ups and I encountered absolutely no issues using this product two times a day.  The area around my eyes has never been smoother or more youthful looking!  I am thrilled with this product.

As I was doing my research about this product I discovered many people use it on not only the delicate area around their eyes, but also on their face and neck.  There is such a generous amount of product in the jar, and you need to use so little for each application, there is for surely enough product to apply to your entire face and neck area.  So I have begun doing this as well.  My skin looks renewed and youthful right away after the initial full face application.  So there you have it, one product that can transform the condition and quality of your skin safely, effectively, and address all your skin care concerns in one easy step!

SURPRISE!!  If you want to renew your skin's youth and reduce inflammatory effects and oxidative stress Cardea Luxe offers a 100% Money Back Guarantee and Worldwide Customer Service!  So what have you got to lose by trying this multi-purpose, multi-tasking product out??!!


This concludes my review.

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Disclosure: I received the Radiance Eye Renewal 2-n-1 Therapy Cream outlined in this review from Cardea Luxe as part of an online promotion. This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Cardea Luxe in any manner.

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