Life by Cynthia: February 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream Review

L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream - 4 Beautifying Actions in 1:  Hydrates, Primes, Perfects, Corrects.

I had the opportunity to try Magic BB Cream made by  L’Oréal Paris.  I received a full sized sample of the BB Cream in Medium 814. This was my first experience using a BB Cream and I was pleasantly surprised. By nature, I am a skeptic when it comes to product claims.  It's one of the reasons that makes product reviews fun for me.  I love when my skepticism is silenced.  This product works.  I like the effect.  The product dispenses as an ultra light lotion which is white in color and has barely visible "beatifying beads". After application the product adjusts to your coloration.

I like that the end result it is a light finish because for day to day use I prefer not to look (or feel) overly made up.  The bare skin finish is perfect.  If I could change anything about the product I would only request MORE hydrating properties.  Since I am  41 years old young, my skin now requires a touch more moisturization than what this product offered to me.

I will likely purchase this product in the future.  I did scope out 2 of my local retailers just to make sure that I can get more should the need arise.  I didn't stock up because I am on a self imposed spending hiatus until after Easter.

Do you use BB cream? I'd love to know what's in your makeup bag!

Found! Available at Walgreen's $11.49

Found! Available at Target $7.99

I'd like to share a few words from L’Oréal Paris about their product:

L'Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: This product gives the sheer coverage needed to create a natural bare skin finish, while delivering built-in skincare benefits. With four beautifying actions, this all-in-one innovation primes and smoothes, perfects to hide flaws, hydrates all-day, and corrects and evens skin. The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization.

To apply, simply dot on and blend with fingertips. Self-adjusting beads will instantly transform and blend to your skin tone.

L'Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream retails for $10.95 for 1 fl oz. It is available in four shades and is sold at mass food and drug retailers nationwide.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by L'Oréal Paris.  I received a complimentary full sized sample to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Whale Watching

Last month my family and I enjoyed a brunch cruise in San Diego to celebrate my mom's birthday.  It was so much fun and the kids LOVED it!  I think that we are ready for another adventure on the water!  This time: Whale Watching!  Have you ever been whale watching?

Newport Landing Whale Watching has served southern California for 30 years providing whale watching and dolphin cruises. Year around cruises view many varieties of whales including the giant blue whale which is over 80 feet in length (during the summer and fall months), finback whales, grey whales (winter and spring months), minke whales, humpback whales, several types of dolphin (including giant Rizzo dolphin over 14 feet in length), seals, and all sorts of other marine life.

Photo Courtesy of Newport Landing Whale Watching

Each cruise is a unique experience; you never know what you might encounter. Newport Landing is located in Newport Bay, Newport Beach and only minutes from most of Southern California. Whale watching in Dana Point and Long Beach. With a 96% success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin almost every trip has viewing opportunities for these mammals.

Whether for an individual or for a larger group looking to join one of the general admission whale watching cruises, Newport Landing Whale Watching takes great pride in sharing the magical experience of our whale and dolphin cruises.

Newport Landing Whale Watching - $15 Whale Watching cruise special: OFFER details.

Disclosure: I have partnered with USA Family Guide and Newport Landing Whale Watching to share details about Newport Whale Watching and their special offer.  I did not receive compensation but will receive a cruise in exchange for sharing this post.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Girl Scout Cookies in The 80's

Once upon a time I was a Girl Scout. I am sharing a picture as proof. Even though it was a lifetime ago, I still remember selling Girl Scout cookies.  My best customer = my parents.  We had boxes and boxes at our house long after the selling season!  In those days they were less than $2 a box.

I now have nieces who are Girl Scouts and have purchased a good share of cookies.  I must say that I just don't enjoy the taste of them as much as I did long ago.  My all time favorite Girl Scout cookies were the Kookaburra's.  They were made by Burry-Lu and they were THE BEST! EVER.  It's a good thing that flavor has been retired otherwise I'd be buying up the whole lot!  The Thin Mints aren't quite the same these days either. Perhaps it's just my imagination.  Maybe my palate was easier to please during my youth. 

If you remember Kookaburra's raise your hand! AND if you know where I can find a box (or 20) I'll buy them! If you have a daughter in that's a Scout - happy selling! How many boxes of Girl Scout cookies do you purchase?

Off topic: I miss my childhood home! Check out the upholstery on the sofa!  Look familiar? Have you seen the movie Napoleon Dynamite?

Friday, February 8, 2013

SunRype Fruit Snacks

Our family has recently been introduced to SunRype Fruit Snacks.  We received a nice assortment of products. I was excited to learn that SunRype offers selections that are all natural, free of artificial flavors or colors, and that my family enjoys them.

We are big fans of fresh fruits and vegetables and try to incorporate the proper servings in our meals as well as during snack time.  For the times when we are out and about we do like to have snacks that travel well.  These treats fit the bill. They are especially convenient when heading to work and short on time to have breakfast.  I keep a few in my drawer at work for my afternoon pick-me-up.

The varieties that we sampled were the SunRype Fruit Strips, Just Fruit and Grain, and Fruit Source 100% Fruit Bars in an assortment of flavors.  The family favorite was the SunRype Fruit Strips.

A Message From SunRype:

"We're dedicated to providing simple, nutritious products that make it easier for today's busy families to incorporate healthy eating into their active lives. We follow the highest quality and safety standards during all phases of the manufacturing of our products. We want to help you make good choices that offer both great taste and wholesome goodness."

To learn even MORE about SunRype and their products, please visit the SunRype facebook page. Don't forget to check out their current offer for a printable Buy 1, Get 1 Free coupon.

This post was sponsored by SunRype in partnership with SheSpeaks.  I received complimentary product samples. All opinions are my own.

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