Fellow Beauty Fanatics

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Instagram Giveaway...New Hard Candy Nail Polishes

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a recent post in which I displayed the brush defect with one of my recent Hard Candy purchases. Hard Candy's PR firm replaced my defective bottle, along with several other polish, but they also sent me the entire set of new polishes they added to the Hard Candy nail polish collection.  To show my appreciation for the Instagram followers, I've decided to give one lucky follower the entire set of 9 new  polishes.  

The prize includes one bottle of each of the following: Touch of Teal, Bite of Black, Crush on Hot Pink, Bridal Party, Emerald's Eve, Jaw Breaker, Sweet Tart, Pop Rocker, and Candy Coated

If you're interesting in participating, please head over to my Instagram account to find the rules.  CLICK HERE.

I can also be found online at Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* These products were provided by the representing PR firm. These however are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by this company.

Monday, September 16, 2013

REVIEW: Satya Jewelry - "Arm Yourself" with Arm Candy that Gives Back...

Several weeks ago I was introduced to a jewelry line and given the opportunity to review a piece.  Aside from the very unique yet gorgeous pieces, what really made this line stand out for me is that they give back. 

Please allow me to introduce to you the Sayta Jewelry line; particularly, the "Arm Yourself" bracelet. This striking bracelet...the "Arm Yourself" bracelet comes in six vibrant colors. It really took me a while to decide on a color.  I went with the mustard yellow, thinking that it would best complement my skin tone.

But first, more about the Sayta Jewelry line; the line was started by two longtime friends Satya and Beth.  The company's Mantra is:

Satya Jewelry is handcrafted with the modern, fearless woman in mind. Designed for the journey, each Satya piece empowers adventurers to inspire and be inspired by the world. Meaningful, radiant, symbolic and powerful, Satya designs incorporate semi-precious stones and sacred symbols into pieces destined to become heirlooms. Satya Jewelry strikes a subtle balance between tradition and ever-evolving style, honoring the infinite potential of all who wear it.
I really do like the gold-plate over brass finish.  And the bracelet fits nicely on my 7.25" wrist.  I'm also impressed with the lobster-claw closure.

Be armed with energy and imagination when you wear our latest Arm Yourself Bracelets. Featuring a serpent coiled around a smooth silk band, it adds instant color and playfulness to any outfit. 10% of proceeds will benefit Home of Hope in Africa, which creates an opportunity for sustained physical, educational and holistic well being for exploited girls in South Africa.
Serpent - energy, eternity, immortality
- Gold plated over brass with silk
- Bracelet diameter- 2.25"
- Pendant- 1.75" wide
$48

Of course I love to shop, but shopping that helps a cause is always more gratifying. 

I was also given the opportunity to pose a few questions to the Founders of Satya: 

Q1. I read that Satya and Beth are long time friends, but I'm curious, as children, were you also artistic? As children how were your artistic interests ignited? 
A1:  I always loved jewelry and grew up in a family of artists.  I could never draw but was very good working with my hands.  I started beading in High school moved to Aspen Colorado and sold my first collection to a small boutique.

Q2:  Both Satya and Beth seem to have done a great deal of international traveling. Do you see a vast difference in the artistic world of the US and other countries?  What can we, as influencers of children, help to develop their love of art?
A2:  I think you can find art in so many places I have twin boys who are 5 and I am always trying to encourage them to see the beauty in everything from old building in New York to the amazing Sky scrapers. Seeing the power of the ocean to the softness of dunes in Fire Island all add to a child’s interest to explore. Promoting a thought about all things sparks a creative interest.   

Q3: How are the proceeds from the "be armed" bracelets being used? 
A3:  It goes to the education of the young girls.

Q4: How do you select the charities you want to support? 
A4:  We try and work with grass root organizations so the money does not get diluted.  We love the charities we work with and have personal relationships with all of them.

Q5: Where can I find other pieces of Satya jewelry? 
A5:  We have 4 shops in New York, one in London and an amazing website. We also sell to about 350 retailers all over the world.

Just a few of the other Satya pieces I'm spying...
For more information on Satya, check them out on their social media venues:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/satyajewelry (@SatyaJewelry)

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* These products were provided by the Brand or by the representing PR firm for review consideration. These however are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by this company.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Barielle's Welcome Fall Sweepstakes Starts Tomorrow!!!

I couldn't let this opportunity pass without let you know about it. Due to the great success of their two Sweepstakes this Summer, tomorrow Barielle is kicking off the Welcome Fall Sweepstakes.  As I mentioned, it starts tomorrow, September 12 and runs through September 26. 

One Grand Prize winner will receive of a Cole Haan Silver Satchel, RSP of $175.00 and a Barielle kit including some great Barielle nail products:
  1. Two of the Fall Collections 5 Packs (Sophisticated Lady and Nude & Naughty) - $50
  2. One Nail Rebuilding Protein Base Coat - $17.50
  3. One No Chip Speed Dry Top Coat - $12.50
  4. One Nail Strengthener Cream - $17.00
The value of the total Grand Prize is more than $200.00
The Grand Prize will include the fashion accessory plus the Barielle Kit.

In addition, ten lucky winners will receive the Barielle kits includig the products listed above.

Sophisticated Lady
 L to R: Edgy, Tres Chic, London High Tea, Dinner At 8, In Good Taste

Nude & Naughty
   L to R: Very Bare, Pillow Talk, No Not Now. I Got A Headache, In Good Taste

Nail Care Products: Nail Rebuildng Protein, Nail Strengthener Cream,, No-Chip Speed Dry

To get more information regarding the Barielle Welcome Fall Sweepstakes, head on over to Barielle's Facebook Sweepstakes Page

Fingers crossed. I would love it if at least one of my followers were to win.

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

*Shades of Beauty, Inc is in no way affiliated with this Sweepstakes. I am just sharing the information.

9/11-We Still Stand Strong!

We Still Stand Strong!

In Loving Memory to the thousands of innocent Men, Women, and Children who died. And to those that took a stand against evil.  We Will Never Forget!


"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;"  
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (ESV)


Grace, Peace, and Blessings.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

REVIEW: Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Scrub

One of my favorite parts of the week are the days I designate my DIY Spa Nights. So as a lover of scrubs and exfoliants, I was excited when iFabbo presented me with the opportunity to try the Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Scrub. I have tried several different scrubs and through my tries, I have definitely developed a list of likes and dislikes in scrubs. I am not a fan of oil-based scrubs. But that is not the case with this Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Scrub.  It is unlike any other scrub I've ever tried.

Before I go into my experiences with Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Scrub, let me share with you the their claims:

"More than a scrub, it's a true beauty treatment for the skin!  Perlier has extracted, from volcanic rocks, micronutrients that are essential and vital to the cells in the skin. ...it delivers dual rejuvenating and smoothing action! ...The larger mineral particles work with the Thermal water to stimulate regeneration deep in the epidermis while the finer powders smooth the skin, removing dead cells and rough areas, leaving the skin soft and velvety like truly 'new skin'."

  • Complex of key ingredients contains water from the hot spring concession located in the municipality of Abana Terme (Padua)
  • Helps optimize skin's elasticity for a more youthful appearance
  • Helps combat visible signs of aging such as the appearance of dull-looking skin
  • Formulated with key ingredients that are rich in mineral salts
  • Contains minerals of different particle size for dual rejuvenating and smoothing beauty action
  • Finer powders smooth skin and rough areas  
  • Made in Italy
My experiences: 

As I mentioned, I have tried several different scrubs, but again, I must say that this Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Scrub is unlike any I've ever tried.  This is a gel-based scrub.  The instructions suggest that it is massaged onto moist skin, but as I do with all my scrubs, I start with a dry skin application.  After massaging is onto my body parts, I rinsed it off and proceeded with my shower.  The scrub left my skin velvety smooth and soft.  

Living in Florida, I can't really tell, but my calendar tells me that the cooler months are fast approaching.  And like clock work every year around September/October, my skin starts to really peel.  It's during this time that I start to use scrubs even more frequently. Unlike some scrubs I've used, these granules are not harsh so I feel fine using this product several times a week.  I also found it great to use prior to shaving my legs.  You can see the various sizes of granules in the pictures below. Also, the scent is a bit "perfumey", but its not offensive and doesn't linger.  One thing I found odd when using this Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Scrub. With other scrubs, I tend to be heavy-handed with the amount of product I use, but for a reason, which I can't explain, I don't seem to use or need as much to get the same great results. Money-saver, LOL!

This Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Scrub can be purchased on HSN.com. To find this product in particular go to HSM.COM-Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa ScrubAlso, a thanks to iFabbo, HSN and Perlier.  In order to share with you, my readers, they have provided a coupon code for $5.00 off your next Perlier purchase on HSN.com At checkout use: iFabbo5

For more information on Perlier, check them out on their social media venues:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/PerlierUSA (@PerlierUSA)

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* These products were provided by the Brand or by the representing PR firm for review consideration. These however are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by this company.
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