Soufeel bracelets are absolutely beautiful and so well made. They are  made from high quality 925 Sterling Silver and I absolutely love the clasp they use. It is a barrel type clasp that firmly holds each end of the bracelet in place and it will not come off until you take it off. It locks very securely so there is no worry of it falling off of your wrist while you are doing your daily activities and it does not pull your arm hairs when you move. (Ugh! I hate that!) You can also tell that each bead was made with care. The details are gorgeous and they are made to last a lifetime. There are charms to suit any personality and charms for special occasions too. They add new arrivals fairly often so it’s easy to find the ones you, or a loved one, will just have to own. (These charms will also fit Pandora & Chamilia bracelet but with a much lower price.)


soufeel14This would make an amazing Christmas gift for any loved one.   You can choose from many Christmas themed ornaments or you can choose beads that have a special memory for your relationship.  I seriously had trouble choosing the beads I like best because they are all so beautiful.   I’m sure you can find the perfect beads for your special somebody.  Whether you choose a Christmas themed bracelet or one that they can wear all year, I know they will love the thought that you put into your gift and will cherish it forever.   These bracelets are nice enough to be handed down from generation to generation and since they are made from the best quality 925 silver they will last a lifetime.    They also come with a nice gift box and bag so they are ready to gift the minute you receive them.

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BRACELET9 I had never heard of Soufeel Jewelry  when I was asked to do this review so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I accepted.  I have to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised!   First off, it arrived beautifully boxed and they even included a gift bag.  Presentation is very important and right away I knew this was a high quality item. BRACELET10 I was not wrong!  This bracelet is absolutely beautiful and so well made.   It is made from high quality 925 Sterling Silver and I absolutely love the clasp that it has.  It is a barrel type clasp that firmly holds each end of the bracelet in place and it will not come off until you take it off.  It locks very securely so there is no worry of it falling off of your wrist while you are doing your daily activities and it does not pull your arm hairs when you move.   (Ugh! I hate that!)    You can also tell that each bead was made with care.   The details are gorgeous and they are made to last a lifetime.   There are charms to suit any personality and charms for special occasions too.   They add new arrivals fairly often so it’s easy to find the ones you, or a loved one,  will just have to own.  (These charms will also fit Pandora & Chamilia bracelet but with a much lower price.) BRACELET11 bracelet15 I am totally  in love with the bracelet and charms that I received.   It looks great whether you are dressed up or dressed casually  and will work with any outfit.  The stones really sparkle and the sterling silver shines like crazy.  It is a definite eye catcher for sure.   This bracelet is so nice that I would love to pass it on to my Granddaughter someday with the hope that she too would pass it down.   I can see somebody 100s of years from now saying that this bracelet I’m wearing  used to belong to my Great Great Grandma Brenda and that just makes me happy to think about. BRACELET2

Enter to win a 925 Sterling Silver Starter Bracelet from Soufeel and a 925 Sterling Silver Charm/Bead from Bella’s Blog.   Good luck! giveaaway2braceletwinner

The winner of the giveaway will receive one starter bracelet from the sponsor at Soufeel and since they didn’t include a bead to give away, I will personally give the winner their choice of one of the beads I was sent for this review. The Starter Bracelet is a $29.95 value and the charm/beads start at $15.95 so this prize is worth at least $45

Make sure to visit the Soufeel New Arrivals page so you can choose your 3 favorite beads and you will see on the Rafflecopter widget that you will get 5 bonus entries if you do this and leave a blog comment telling me your 3 faves.

Please keep it fair and do not enter using multiple entries.  I will disqualify if I see this as that is a form of cheating.  (Thankfully that has never happened on my page but I have to say it) Please share with your friends and good luck!

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Like just about every woman I know,  I am always looking for new anti-aging products.   Especially for the eyes.    If your eyes look tired and puffy it doesn’t matter how good the rest of you looks, you sill still look tired & puffy yourself.   I have horrible insomnia so puffiness is a huge problem for me.  I always look like I have bags under my eyes and I get told all the time that I look tired.   ( I am tired but that’s another story lol)  I feel like I am asking for a miracle to want my eyes to look normal again.   I’ve tried a bunch of different products and really hadn’t noticed much difference with any of them.  Some of them gave a temporary tightening of the skin that helped for a few minutes and then stopped and others didn’t seem to do anything at all.   When I was asked to review this Ultra Spa Pro Anti-Aging complex I was skeptical.  I didn’t really expect great results but I was hoping for something noticeable.


I still couldn’t see much difference after 3 days of use but by the 6th day I was starting to see a little less puffiness.   (I don’t really have dark circles so I’m not sure if it helped with that but as you can see I have bad issues with puffiness.)  By day 9 I could see more improvement and I was actually starting to get a little excited about this product!  I was already seeing better results than I have with any other eye serum I’ve tried.



I have now been using it for 2 weeks and I can definitely see a big difference.   My eyes are much less puffy and I actually feel like I look more awake now.   I even had someone tell me that I looked good the other day when I was out and that hadn’t happened it awhile.  Usually people just ask me if I’m OK and comment that I look tired so that was wonderful to hear.  There is hope for these tired eyes at last!

I am very pleased that there is no strong odor and no burning or stinging of any kind and it’s great for sensitive skin since it’s made from plant stem cell serum.  I love that it’s made from natural products and not full of chemicals.  It only takes a pea size amount for both eyes so this bottle will last for months and it absorbs really easily into the eye area and as you can see,  the results are real!    Trust me, if it can help get rid of my puffiness with the insomnia I have,  it can help anyone.

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I love reviewing styling products.   With my stubborn,  sort of wavy – sort of straight hair I really need something to help me get it in shape.  Not just any styling tool will work either.  My hair is pretty thick so it has to be one that will get hot enough to have an effect.   This Gurin Salon Model hair straightener can be adjusted all the way to 450 degrees which works perfect for hair like mine.  (It also has a low temp setting if you have fine or thin hair too.)  I am also a big fan of the super long,  swivel cord.   I couldn’t be happier that more and more companies are using the swivel cords.  It’s such a big help in keeping from getting all tangled up in the cord and definitely makes it less awkward to use.  As you can see from my before/after pics I got really good results with this hair straightener.  My hair turned out straight and smooth and looks so much better than if I would have just blow dried it.


My favorite thing about this hair straightener is it’s size.   The paddle is small enough that you can easily straighten your bangs without fear of burning your forehead but it’s still large enough that you can do fairly wide sections of hair on the rest of your hair.  It also works great for getting those stubborn “baby hairs” around your neck line.  I’ve tried some straighteners that the paddle was just to big to get a hold of those,  so that was a big plus for me!     It is built to last, works wonderfully and even comes with a pretty red silk carrying case.   If I were you, I would snag one at this awesome price before they realize they are selling them to cheap.


Enter to win a Gurin Salon Model Hair Straightener from Bella’s Blog.  One lucky winner will win this awesome styling tool.    Good luck!

Since I already have a hair straightener I have decided to give this one away.   Please keep in mind that the winner will receive the same hair straightener that I used for this review.  While it has been used a couple of times for review purposes it is still like brand new and will be packaged as I received it.   This prize will be coming from Bella’s Blog and NOT from Gurin.   (Gurin has nothing to do with this giveaway so please do not contact them if you have questions)  Please keep things fair and only use one email to enter.  I will not honor a win if I think there is cheating involved.  (Thankfully,  this has never happened on my page since I have such awesome fans,  but I had to say it just in case)   You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and I wish you luck!

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 Purex Insiders has been coming out with  many new products lately, from new body washes and hand soaps to amazing new laundry products.  I’m happy to say that they have now added products for babies and small children too.    The Dial body & hair wash for babies is super gentle for babies sensitive skin.   It won’t sting their  little eyes or cause irritation to their skin.  It has a very soft scent that is perfect for babies since they smell so good naturally you don’t really want to cover that up.  (Nothing could smell  better than a clean baby anyway, if you ask me) It’s mild enough to use every day and it won’t dry out your baby’s skin.



The Dial foaming hand wash for kids is great too.   Kids love the fun foaming action and the kid friendly scents they offer.   I was given the Watery Melon scent to try and it smells so good.  It only takes a pump or so to get quite a bit of foam and it really leaves your hands feeling super clean without drying them out at all.   Truly a fun way to get kids more interested in washing their hands when they need to and anything that makes cleanliness fun is on the top of every parent’s list.  This stuff smells so good you may have trouble getting them to stop.



Enter to win a coupon good for one free bottle of Dial body & hair wash for babies or a free bottle of Dial foaming kid’s hand soap from Bella’s Blog.  3 Winners!!  Good luck!

One of my favorite things about being a Purex Insider is that they always give me coupons to share with my readers.   This time they gave me coupons that you can use to get your choice of a free Dial body & hair wash for babies or a free Dial for Kids foaming hand wash.   I have decided to pick 3 winners and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.   Please keep it fair and enter using only one email address.  I won’t honor a win if I see that you’ve entered using more than one anyway  ( I’m happy to say that hasn’t ever happened on my page but I’ve seen it on other pages so I had to say it).  Please share this giveaway with your friends too.  I’m sure many of them would love to try it.  Good luck!

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If you follow my page at all, you know how much  I enjoy being a Purex Insider.  They are constantly offering new products and new varieties of their existing products.   This time I was given Dial Miracle Oil hand soap to review and once again,  they did not let me down.  I had already reviewed the body wash and am a huge fan, so I was excited to get to try the complementing hand soap.  Like the body wash, it smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling so soft and silky smooth.  It doesn’t leave any kind of oily residue on your skin and really makes your hands feel moisturized.  My hands have gotten so dry this Winter that I love having a hand soap that doesn’t make that worse.  No need for lotion afterwards or anything.


Purex offers a lot of different hand soap varieties and they also sent me a coupon good for each one.   I received a coupon for a free Sugar Cane hand soap, a free foaming hand soap and one that is good for any variety.  This is always one of my favorite perks of being a Purex Insider since it gives me an opportunity to offer a few of my readers a chance to try it out too.  I have decided to give away all 3 of these coupons this time since I have already been lucky enough to try them all myself.  My personal favorites (so far) are the ones from the Boutique Collection.  I love the moisturizing beads and the way the smell, but the Miracle Oil comes in as a nice second choice for me since I love the way it makes my hands feel afterwards.



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I have been a  Purex Insider  for several years now and I still get just as excited to try their new products as I did the first time I got a campaign.  They are always coming up with great, new ideas or changing up their already popular items  so there are always new versions and new scents to try.   This time they sent me some items from their new Boutique Collection.   I was given a bottle of Sugar Cane hand soap and coupons to try their other hand soap varieties.


I am already a huge fan of this hand soap.  It has a great texture with little hydrating beads in it and a really thick,  rich consistency.   It leaves my hands feeling really soft and pampered instead of drying them out like a lot of other hand soaps do.  But best of all,  it smells amazing!  Seriously it almost smells good enough to taste. I didn’t go there but……just sayin!

I am looking forward to trying their other varieties too.  I already love their antibacterial line and I’ve been meaning to try the foaming versions so these coupons will come in handy.   And speaking of coupons……they gave me one to share too…..



Enter to win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Sugar Cane hand soap from Bella’s Blog.   Good luck!

Purex Insiders was also kind enough to give me a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Sugar Cane hand soap to share with one of my lucky readers.   You can enter using the Rafflecopter below.   I will pick the winner at Midnight (Eastern time) on April 2nd (Wednesday/Thursday) and I wish you luck!

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I usually straighten my hair while blow drying and since my hair is pretty thick it takes forever, so I was super excited to get this hair straightener from Xtava.   Wow! Is it a time saver!  It  heats up in less than 2 minutes and you can select the temperature that is right for your hair.  This was a great option for me because my hair is hard to curl or straighten with a regular iron.   They never seem to get hot enough to give me results that will last.  This one gets much hotter and straightened my hair so quickly I was shocked!  The whole process took less than 10 minutes and just drying it straight usually takes me at least 20 so I am impressed.  I’m excited that it uses infared heat too because that is much less damaging to your hair even on the highest heat settings.


My favorite thing is how shiny it left my hair.  I definitely do not get results like that from a blow dryer!   I don’t think my hair has ever looked shinier or healthier.   Smooth as glass and it feels great too,  so soft and silky that I can’t quit running my fingers through it and it stays that way until I shampoo again.  I have gotten SO many compliments lately and at my age (50) that is especially nice.  My hair had been showing signs of age and looking sort of rough and unruly,  not quite straight but not quite wavy and it looked bulky and heavy.  As you can see from my before & after pics that is not the case anymore.  It actually looks better now than when I was younger and you can’t get any better than that!  And in less than 10 minutes!


This straightener also has an 8 foot swiveling cord which is so nice.   No more getting tangled up in the cord while trying to style my hair.   It also has a large paddle so you can do pretty large sections and it doesn’t pull or tug your hair like some straighteners do.   I’m really not sure what else they could have done to make it any better and the price is wonderful too!  I’ve seen straighteners going for upwards of $150 that don’t have the features that this one has.   If you’re looking for a high quality hair straightener look no further.   So far I have tried this straightener and their rotating barrel curling iron and I have been very pleased with both.   You can read my review of the curling iron HERE if you’d like.

Product Description

NEW INFRARED HIGHLY EFFICIENT HEAT TECHNOLOGY seals the hair’s natural moisture, adds silkiness and shine that will last all day. Regular heating affects the surface causing more damage and frizzy hair; the far infrared waves penetrate the inner layer of the hair strand, heating it from the inside out, protecting the cuticle which is the most fragile part of the hair shaft. Ceramic tourmaline generates Ionic technology that reduces the hair’s surface tension, leaving locks shiny and frizz-free.

DOUBLE THE SIZE, DOUBLE THE SPEED The InfraRed flat iron combines an upper Dual-Plate technology, that maintains even heat across the plates at all times, and an extra wide 2” bottom Floating plate for optimal coverage. Fast straightening in minimum strokes for the perfect silky straight hair.

MAXIMUM HAIR PROTECTION The InfraRed flat iron features a temperature regulation function to ensure damage free straightening. Its advanced microprocessor controller allows you to regulate the heat setting using 10 temperature steps between 265F-445F according to your individual needs. The superior quality ceramic heater enables the flat iron to reach maximum temperature within 90 seconds and allows for quick heat up recovery.

360 SWIVEL 8 FT. CORD You will not need any extension cord or a nearby outlet thanks to its 8 ft. long power cord. Avoid getting your cable entangled while styling your hair, with the integrated 360 degree swivel system that will simply rotate as you work.

SHUT-OFF FUNCTION Incorporates a convenient auto-shutoff function that will turn off the device when left unattended – never worry again after rushing out.





Whoever designed this curling iron did a fantastic job.   They thought of everything.  For one, it has a super long cord (8 feet!), which I love, and it swivels!  This is so important since I usually end up tangled up in the cords when I try to style my hair.  It always feels like the cords are just in the way.  Maybe someday someone will come up with a cordless option, but for now, this is the next best thing.  It also has temperature selection so you can use the right temp for your hair type.  My hair is course and most curling irons don’t get hot enough to curl very well and the curls fall out in a matter of minutes anyway.  I was able to turn up the temp on this one and ended up with perfect curls that lasted all day.  If you have fine or thin hair there is a lower temp option you can use to keep your hair from getting singed.  (Just make sure hair is fully dry before using any heated appliance on it since that will surely singe your hair)  It only takes about 2 minutes to heat up even on the hottest setting so you can get started in no time.


I had never used an auto-rotating barrel curling iron before.   I had never even heard of such a thing actually, so I was intrigued  and just a little intimidated.  I have pretty long hair and I was worried about it getting tangled in the barrel among other things.  That didn’t happen but I did have a few other  issues when I first started.   It took me a few minutes to get used to hitting the “right” or “left” buttons to get it to rotate.  You can’t see the buttons while you’re doing it, so you have to remember which is which and where they are located on the iron.  That was pretty easy to get used to but then I had a few issues with accidentally hitting the buttons while I was just trying to get the ends in and ready to curl.  (They are positioned where my palm kept bumping them.)  I have to admit it felt really awkward when I first started.  A couple of times I ended up hitting the rotate button when I didn’t mean to, and it ended up too close to my scalp because of this and could have led to burns.  You do have to be careful not to let that happen.  Now most of this is probably because I am a total klutz and the fact that I don’t style my hair very often anyway BUT once I got the hang of it,  it was a breeze!


It took me about 5 minutes to get a feel for it and after that I was able to curl my hair faster than I ever have before.   The barrel is large enough that I could do pretty big sections of hair and with the high temp I still got great results.  Normally I have to do small sections and since my hair is thick that took way too much time.  I hardly ever curled my hair because it took so long so I am loving how fast I can do it now.  I absolutely would recommend this curling iron.   Like I said, it takes a few minutes to get the feel of it, but once you do it is amazing how effective it is.  This is a professional quality curling iron and yet it is priced much better than most professional models.   I saw a few that were selling for over $200 that did not have the features this one has.

Product Description
AUTO ROTATING CERAMIC TOURMALINE BARREL The Xtava auto-rotating curling iron features an innovative automated bi-directional rotating control for maximum ease and comfort. Simply clip the hair on the barrel and let xtava do the rest with the touch of button, the ceramic tourmaline barrel generates constant and even heat creating long lasting perfect curls.

HEAT CONTROL The Xtava auto-rotating curling iron features accurate heat control with 11 temperature stages between 210F-430F allowing styling versatility for all hair types. For fine hair, use low temperature for best results. Thick and wavy hair will require a higher temperature. The LCD display will ensure simple, accurate and convenient operation.

360 SWIVEL 8 FT. CORD With the Xtava Silk edition you will not need any extension cord or a nearby outlet thanks to its 8 ft. long power cord. Avoid getting your cable entangled while styling your hair, with the integrated 360 degree swivel system that will simply rotate as you work.

SHUT-OFF FUNCTION Incorporates a convenient auto-shutoff function that will turn off the device when left unattended – never worry again after rushing out.

TRAVEL FRIENDLY Universal dual Voltage that can adapt to your travel schedule and ensure you look just as perfect on the road as at home.




Smile Brilliant is an at home teeth whitening system that uses custom made dental trays to assure the best fit which will lead to better whitening results.    Since the trays are molded to fit your teeth they fit more snugly and keep the gel where it’s most needed, allowing it to get in between teeth a little better to tackle the tougher stains.  Over time this gel will restore your teeth to their original color.

How does teeth whitening work?

The tooth is composed of 2 outer layers that surround the pulp which is the chamber that inhabits the nerves. The outer most layer is called the enamel which is a clear and hard coating that protects the tooth from extreme temperatures and impact. The enamel is porous which means substances can seep through and stain the inner second layer known as the dentin. The dentin is a soft bone like tissue that rest on top of the pulp. Everyone’s dentin has a slightly different shade of white, off white, or in rare cases yellow. The color of our dentin cannot be altered from teeth whitening. When some consumers report that a teeth whitening product had no effect on the color of their teeth it’s usually because that person has an off white or yellowish colored dentin. As long as the bleaching agent was either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide it will remove all stains over time.


Here’s how the process works:

~Order the impression kit + gel (receive the kit in 2 business days)
~Take your impressions and mail them back using the prepaid/pre-addressed return envelope
~Teeth Whitening Trays will be created and shipped within 2-5 days
~Begin whitening with trays

This is literally the same thing sold by dentists for $500 + however at Smile Brilliant they start at less than $100.

smile The whole process was fairly easy.  They give you enough stuff to make 3 molds.  (You only need 2 but they give an extra just in case you make a mistake)  You simply combine the 2 ingredients and knead them until they are a uniform blue color.  Make sure not to knead too long or it will get less pliable.  For me, 45 seconds to a minute was perfect to get it blended well.   After blending them you simply lay the mix into the mold as evenly as possible and then place it into your mouth to get the impression.  (I will say that the mold for this was very big and I did have some trouble getting it into my mouth.  It even made my jaws hurt a little from having to open them so wide.)  You want to make sure you get a good enough impression too.  You should be able to see a little of the gum as well as all of the teeth.  Also make sure you only do one mold at a time since the product will stiffen as it sets.  After you create the molds you just rinse them under cold water for a few seconds and place them in the pre-paid envelope to mail them out.   You will receive your customized trays within 2 to 5 days of them receiving your molds.


When your mold are finished they will mail them back to you and you can get started with the whitening process.   Simply put a line of the whitening gel along the inside of the molds.   Make sure that it is sort of low in the mold so that when you put them on your teeth (which will cause the gel to spread) it will spread all over the teeth.  If you place the line of gel too far up on the mold it will cause more to end up on your gums and could cause some irritation.   You can leave the gel on for as little as 15 minutes or as long as 3 hours, the choice is yours.  I started off doing it for 30 minutes because I was worried about sensitivity and by the 4th  application I was up to an hour and a half.   It is suggested that you can leave them in for up to 3 hours for best results.  I haven’t done it for that long yet, but I am noticing results so I am satisfied with leaving it in for an hour or so myself.  I guess it really depends on how quickly you want to see the results and how much time you actually have to do it.

I used these for 4 applications and I did notice that the stains from smoking were less visible.  Especially the ones between my teeth.  I am not one of the lucky ones that ended up with super white teeth though.   Unfortunately, mine are sort of off-white naturally and there isn’t anything that can help that other than extensive dental work or veneers.  I am however still happy that the visible stains are gone and that they are a little whiter than when I started.   Others may have remarkable improvement in the whiteness of their teeth, it all really depends on what your natural color is.


Enter to win a Smile Brilliant Custom Teeth Whitening System from Bella’s Blog & Smile Brilliant!  (Value $149.85)  Good luck!

The Sponsors were kind enough to let me hold a giveaway so that one of my lucky readers can try the Smile Brilliant custom whitening system for themselves. (Winner will receive the same kit that I received. Value $149.85)   You can enter using the Rafflecopter below and I wish you luck!

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