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What's in Your Diaper Bag? #BabyMagic #Boudreaux's



What are some of the most used baby products in your diaper bag in the cold season? For me, it was always the diaper rash cream and baby lotion. Both of my girls had such dry skin it was horrible. I felt so bad. One of my favorites go-to's no matter what the product, Baby Magic was it.

From the Lavender to the original scent, they were all my favorite. The fast-absorbing lotion is instantly soothing without being greasy or sticky. And the scent.... Still, it's one of my favorites. It brings up so many memories just by smelling it.

I'm going to share one with you. When Abby was a baby she loved putting on lotion. When she was about 2 she wanted to help put it on. I would put a little dab on her tiny hands and she would rub it in and she felt like a big girl. I could always see the satisfaction on her face when her lotion was all rubbed in.

So this went on for quite some time. When she was 4, she still loved lotion. Around this time, I had noticed bottles of lotion coming up missing. I knew she was swiping them but I couldn't find them anywhere. After a few months of replacing bottles of lotion, I asked if she knew where it was for about the 100th time and she said "No Mama", for the 100th time. At least she was consistent.

After I went back to doing what I was doing, dishes, cleaning, watching tv, I don't remember anymore, I realized she had been quiet for several minutes. I went looking for her without calling because I had that mommy feeling that she was into the lotion, I wanted to catch her in the act, and boy did I.

I peeked around the doorway and I could hear her being quiet but making shuffling stuff around. I couldn't even see her from the doorway. Considering the size of the room, I should have been able to see her. I walked into the room and she didn't hear me. I walked further in and there I saw her toes. She was at the end of the bed, under the dust ruffle like it was a fort. It was her fort of solitude or lotion hoarding, maybe both.

This was the day that I am happy I waited it out instead of just calling for her. In those few minutes, she had stripped down to her underoos and was covered with a thick layer of lotion. I don't mean the kind of layer that soaks in but the layer that has to be towel rubbed off.

She had so many bottles of lotion. Travel sized, full sized, pump top, flip top, you name it, she had it. She still loves lotions to this day. What a little stinker. I am so happy that this awesome classic is still around for our kids to use with their kids.

My niece has a son, my only great nephew, and we use the baby magic lotions and soaps on him. There is nothing like the smell of a little clean lotioned baby! AWE!!!!

The other diaper bag favorite is the Boudreaux's Butt Paste. This is amazing for diaper rash. It comes in a stand-up tube which is easy to hang on to. It's changing table suitable ready for the stand up flip top lid.

It's a smooth paste that's a little thicker than cream but it rubs in easily so even on the most sensitive of situations everyone is happy. It's soothing on contact too.

This is just like a compound that I used to get at the pharmacy along time ago that was called Magic Butt Cream, seriously, that's what came on the label. That's what our doctor wrote on the prescription pad. That is a little bit of small-town life that I didn't get moving into the city. With Boudreaux's Butt Paste, it's like a little piece of home.

I love these products and think that you will too. You can find them by searching or with the links below.



Help Spread The Love With Sleep! #JumpForKids



You guys know how sentimental I get and when I find something inspiring, I must share. Awhile back I worked with a mattress company, Puffy. They have a great idea and I was more than happy to work with them.

Now, I am even more happy and actually proud to say I work with such an outstanding brand. For one their outstanding quality has already earned them a name in the mattress industry, they are donating beds to kids in need.

This is the time of year more and more people are feeling generous, I just can't believe how generous they are feeling. Their beds are not cheap. To give them away, WOW, that is a beautiful thing. Like I already said, it makes me proud to work with such an awesome brand.

How it works

They are getting the word out #JumpForKids is not just a hashtag, name, or some other generic thing. It means something. As I am sitting here tearing up, it means something beautiful. They are partnering with so many great organizations to provide beds for kids that don't have one. Just for a little insight on the increasing rates, 1 in 30 kids is homeless. That's over 2 million every year. If you are a parent like me, picture one of the kids in any of your kids' classes, is homeless.

Sleep is so important for kids during their development years. They need proper sleep for their brains and bodies to grow. It disrupts so many aspects of their lives. If a child doesn't get enough sleep, they will have a harder time learning, focusing, interacting socially, depression and more.

By helping provide a bed to a child, it's helping their overall well being and giving them a place to belong. Something they know they can come back to. Puffy is working with some great organizations to get these beds to the kids that need it most.

- Teen Challenge - 
- Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter - 
- St. Vincent de Paul - 
- The Mission of Hope - 
- Nashville Rescue Mission - 
- Pennylane Center - 


If it makes it easier to put a face on the problem at hand. For every 100 posts tagged with #JumpForKids, they are giving away a bed to a kid that needs one. Do you know how easy that really is?  Just make a post with #JumpForKids on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and a little one will get a bed. It really is that simple.

Let's do it. Let's make a difference. It's free, there is no cost to you, Puffy is taking care o all of that. Take a quick picture jumping into something. Jump into bed, jump in a puddle, jump on one foot, jump anywhere, share it with the hashtag #JumpForKids on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Every post counts.



My Mission

Making a difference in someone else's life. Making at least one person feel worth it. It's the little things in life we sometimes take for granted. I know I am guilty of complaining that I didn't sleep well for this reason or that, it's not because I don't have a bed to sleep in though.

Challenge your friends, family, coworkers, celebrities, and leaders to jump in on the cause and have important conversations about youth homelessness. Join us to jump start the movement. #jumpforkids

My website alone has over 2,000 subscribers, my Facebook has over 13,000 on one, 1,500 on the other, and I have over 800 friends. My twitter has over 52,000 followers, my Instagram has over 8,000 followers. As a total, that's over 75,000 subscribers, can we come together and get a little guy a bed? I am counting on you. They are counting on you.  I am counting on you. I don't want to pressure you at all but this is awesome and free. Can you help me achieve at least one bed to one child?

You can see all of the details and other information on Jump For Kids at the Puffy website and on their social media channels.


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Motion Sensor Light From Sansi Review



What do you use to light the outside of your home? We have so many options for lighting it's hard to pick just one. We love home security and the peace of mind that comes along with it. One thing that comes in handy is motion detection lighting. We had the opportunity to work with Sansi on a review of their Motion Sensor Security Lights.

It comes in handy when we get home late and need to see getting into the house. I have it wired in right next to the back door. Small movements, even opening the car door turns the light on. The light is sensitive to moving objects. Our kitty Carl sets it off. I think he knows he's setting it off too. He waits and walks across the sidewalk and the whole walkway.

I have a funny little story about the light. No one thought it would be bright enough. I stood firm and said, I wan the light up. It will be bright enough. So after a near fit to get the light installed, I was easily wired in and my stepdad came in complimenting me on the light saying that it was a lot brighter and even more sensitive than he thought.


This is a very nice light. The coverage is perfect for what we need. To be honest, it covers better than expected which a great feature on a light. The fully adjustable heads mean we can shine the light where we want instead of the stationary light we had to use in the past.

This light has auto on/off so it's not burning all of the time. Which is great for the dependability for us and the element of surprise for unwelcomed guests. Because it's auto on/off, it saves energy and isn't constantly running the electricity.

This is a dusk til dawn light so it's not burning al day while it's light outside.

I love this light and it would make a great gift for anyone. I received this product for free to facilitate this review. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us directly at [email protected] or [email protected]


Red Copper Skillet Cooking and Square Dance Pan Review #HGG



You guys know how much I love Red Copper Pans and BulbHead. Guess what, were working with them again on a review of the Red Copper Cook Book (YAY) and the Red Copper Square Dance pan. I am so happy about that.

You may remember the other products I have worked with them on:

5 minute Chef
Brownie Bonanza
Flipwich

We love cooking at home and when we can do it with great pans and recipes, it makes a meal so much better when it comes out of the pan whole and not stuck to it. I know I have been honest when I let you all know that I'm not the greatest off chef. It's our family raz that I cook with the phonebook not a cookbook.

Since I have been using the Red Copper pans, I'm not only more confident in my cooking ability and the family isn't picking on me as bad.  It makes for great meals all the way around. I know the pain of my youngest daughter crying because she can't eat the food that I made when I tried so hard to make it. We both cried, then we got pizza.

The 9.5 inch Square Dance Pan has some really great features.
Stainless Steel induction plate for no hot spots
cooks on the stove and in the oven
heat resistant up to 500°
Non Stick surface

These are all amazing features for a pan. I can cook literally anything in here. I can make fried eggs and Texas toast right after with no sticking. I can fry sausage and pancakes side by side, no sticking! I can make a pizza in here and NO Sticking, warping or burning. This is a phenomenal tool for the kitchen.

The Red Copper Skillet Cooking is so cool. The recipes are easy to follow and it covers all meals.



I'm not going to giveaway all of the secrets of the recipes but I do have a few favorites that I have to share with you guys. So, out of each category, I am going to give you my favorites.

Breakfast & Brunch

My favorite recipe is Strawberry Banana French Toast. The name alone makes my mouth water. Yum yum yum yum yum! Fresh fruit on a grilled/toasty thick bread. topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream. DELICIOUS!

OK, I lied, 2 favorites. Baked Apple Pancake. Do you know what I would do with this if no one was home? Leave no evidence of the event, that's what. I would eat it ALL. The delicious flavor of an apple pie but baked with the caky texture of a pancake. Holy Mackerel.

Appetizers & Snacks

Spicy BBQ Party Franks

This is a great recipe for any party. We made this one for out football party last week. What makes it so awesome is it is easily adjustable. if you want a little more heat or a little more sweet, just do it!!


Dinner Time Favorites. 

Bacon Crusted Hawaiian Pizza

Does that even need an explanation? Our girls love Hawaiian pizza and this one is so simple to make. They LOVE bacon so, having it all around the crust is a bonus for sure.

Sizzling Side Dishes

Asparagus with no cook Creamy Mustard Sauce

I love this section. I could probably live off the side dishes in this book. My favorite is the Asparagus with no cook creamy mustard sauce. It's easy to make and has such a little time for prep. It's awesome to have a great side dish is a short amount of time.

Delicious Desserts

This whole section, yes, the whole thing is amazing. Sauteed Apples Supreme is the first one in the book  and the first one I am going to make. I haven't made it yet but, it's going to happen. I love apples and this just looks absolutely deliciously amazing.

 


These are all amazing gift ideas for the food lover. I was going to say a great mom gift but, everyone that cooks will want one. I love BulbHead and the Red Copper Pan products. They're amazing. Everything is family friendly and easy.

I received this for free to facilitate this review. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us directly at [email protected] or [email protected]

Huicocy Car Stereo Review #Hgg2017




What do you do when your tiny precious baby turns into a DRIVER? Well, I know what I am doing, I am freaking out. We have decided to let her drive our car until she is comfortable driving and when we feel like she's ready, she will get her own. So, for now, we are making little modifications to make her feel more comfortable driving.

The factory stereo in the car is a great stereo but, it doesn't offer the features she wants. She needs an auxiliary port and Bluetooth so she can listen to the music she wants to hear. I totally understand that. I listen to music when I drive. The difference from when I was a new driver is all stereos had cassette players, that alone makes me feel like I am giving up my age. 

I remember the big switch to CD players, I had a portable cd player and the adapter that was a cassette tape with a cord that connected to my portable cd player. The whole passenger seat was covered in cd's and cd cases and packs of batteries. Ahhh the good old days. 

Nowadays, everything is digital. It has its perks for sure. So, I just got her a stereo from Huicocy. It's the Huicocy In-Dash Single Din Car Radio Receiver with Remote. It has some great features. It offers everything she wants and at a very affordable price. The list price is $35.99 and is on sale right now for $25.95. 

The features include: 
Built-in Bluetooth
Remote Control
Aux/TF/USB/Aux Slot
FM Radio
Max Output Power

The built-in Bluetooth allows for hands-free music and phone calls. She will be able to use the music on her phone and play it through the stereo. She has Spotify and listens to it all of the time. I know that's her number one but, my number one is the hands-free phone calls. I can be comfortable knowing that if I need to get a hold of her or if she needs to call out, she won't be trying to use her phone. I love that feature. 

The Aux/TF/USB/Aux Slot works with Apple and Android devices. In addition to that, it has an SD slot so she can use an SD card. The difference in what we use now is our current stereo plays CDs. That's only 8-14 songs or tracks with a sd card, that's hours of music or audio books or whatever it is that we want to listen to. 

The FM Radio is always great to have. Digital is great but, hearing the weather forecast, traffic jams, and just awesome music. I do love talk radio and top 40 stations :)

The full function remote is a compact and easy to use style. 



I love this stereo. I received this product for a reduced price to facilitate this review. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us directly at [email protected] or [email protected] We love hearing from you. 

Keeping Track Of My Projects Made Simple With OfficeTime




Working from home is an amazing thing. I have so many more advantages in my financial and personal life that I had never experienced before. It's more fulfilling than any other job I have ever had. Even though It is very awesome, it does have its drawbacks.

I have realized that my time management is BAD.  I think I can get to things and complete projects way faster than I actually can. I always think that I can write things down to keep track but guess what, I lose my notes. Not anywhere understandable like it blew out the window or the dog ran off with it but on m desk. I'll take down such bad notes, I won't be able to decipher it.

Yes, I love working from home but I do need help.


I just had the opportunity o work with OfficeTime. It's really cool. It helps me keep up with the time sent on projects and organize my calendar, and so much more. One thing that I love about it is I can really keep track of how much time I spend per project. That gives me a way to track how much I make per hour.

I want to show my favorite features of the OfficeTime. This is an awesome tool in my success and I think it can help you too. Ultimately, this is my time, I want to manage it the way I want to.

Time Management




I love this for the main reason for tracking my time spent and seeing what it is I spend my time on. It helps me prioritize my tasks and shows me in a real view of what I need to hurry up on and what I can take more time doing. Have you ever said- Where did the time go, I have nothing to show for it? OfficeTime has the answer and it's right there in black and white- unless you custom color like I do. :)

Money Management


Since I have been my own boss, I don't punch a time clock. I get paid per project that I do. Sometimes I can get a project done in a few hours and sometimes I have to work on it for several days. That makes a huge difference in what my hourly earnings are. It also changes my expectations for future jobs, I can see a more realistic way to estimate.

I can also create invoices right from the app. That makes income and expenses so easy to manage. I can sync contacts to again, make it more efficient for myself.

Break Times


I get lost in the moment sometimes. I will be on a roll and keep going and going without realizing how much time has passed. I have sat at my desk for 14+ hours without doing anything else. That's not good health-wise. This time of year with so much going on in my blogging world, it's pretty easy to do.

I can make sure I am working productively and taking breaks when I need to. While its recommended to have 5-10 minutes of breaks per computer work hour. What that means is, 10 minutes every hour I am working. I can break it up for 5 minutes every 30 minutes or just go for the whole 10 minutes.

Convenience


This is a great convenience. It's available for desktop use as well as iOS. The download is simple and step by step. I didn't have to do anything, it does it all on it's own. OfficeTime offers expense and productivity tracking, reports, invoicing and mobile solutions as well. We offer versions for Mac/PC/iPhone/iPad and Apple Watch

You can get it from iTunes or as a direct download for PC or Mac. I love the options because I can have it on several devices, I work from more than one device and on the go sometimes so it would only make sense to have it on all of them.

Stop and Go Help


The OfficeTime timer lets you start and stop any timer at any time. I can even run multiple timers. The rounding feature is great because it rounds after the task has been stopped and if I need to restart any project, I just restart the timer and the previous rounding automatically goes away until I stop it again. The icon is always in view so I can click it to open and click away to put it behind my other windows, anytime I want.

If I leave my device and forget to stop or pause the task, it does it for me. I love that. For me, I will either wander away to tend to the kids or take a break and forget to pause it, it calculates that for me. On the other hand, I am a product reviewer. I have to be away from my desk to evaluate products but, it's still part of my project.

When I come back, OfficeTime gives me the option to leave the time away in the tracker or take it off. I can even have it show in the report my time away so I can keep track of all of my time spent on a project on or away from my computer.

Daily Tips


The Daily Tips comes in handy, I learn something new on here every day. Billing is the one that I like to learn more about and it never fails, the tips are there to help me along. The awesome part of the Daily Tips is I can go back or just click next when I'm done or if one that doesn't apply to me. It really is awesome to have.



What do you think? Do you need help managing your time and money? Can you use an app like this? Let me know what you think. I reviewed this app with a free 21 day trial from OfficeTime. Check out your free trial HERE.


If you have any questions please feel free to email me directly at [email protected] or [email protected]

I love hearing from you!!

Starpath Dolls Morning Star 18.5 inch Doll Review



This year has flown by so fast for us. It seems like there has been on adventure after another and keeping up is the hard part. I can't believe my niece, my little tiny 4 lb 7 oz ity bity is growing up so fast. All of my nieces and nephews are amazing and special but, this one shares a birthday with me. That's right, April 14th, that's our day!!

She is in school and reading and making up so many adventures every single day. This little one is definitely a thinker!!

We had the opportunity to work with an amazing company, Starpath Dolls, a few months ago. We got to review Shining Star for our daughter Cassidy. When we had the opportunity to do it again, Kaya was the first little girl I could think of.

The cost for one of these dolls is $79 and there are other accessories like clothes and plush animals to add to her. These are a great gift idea for any girl 5-9 years old.


For Kaya, we got the Morning Star Doll. Both girls have blonde hair and blue eyes. Morning Star is 18.5 inches tall and comes with an outfit. Her outfit is a cotton shirt and skirt that are both easy to dress. She has a sweater and white sandals and a little purse to accent it all. She is such a cutie!

She fits in 18-inch doll clothes so accessorizing her is really easy from any supplier. The Starpath website also offers PJs and a plush to go with these dolls. The P.J.s and the plush doll fit into the story books.


The Starpath dolls go along with the personalized storybooks on their site. Right now they are offered in ebook and paperback copies. I filled out the book and the questions are so personal! The book asks for things like hair color, eye color, favorite color, sister and brothers name, very personal stuff that will make this a definite one of a kind book.

Even from the very beginning, it says For Kaya. I love it.

The adventures that come into play with the personalized book is so detailed. It makes reading really take you to a whole new world. Introducing that to a small child is a great way to interest them in reading and spark that wonder. My kids love personalized books and it makes a huge difference in their comprehension when they can really relate to it.

The pictures in the book give a setting for the imagination to grab onto. These are such cute dolls and books for kids.

I love the variety of ethnicity that Starpath offers its customers. They have different skin tones and hair and eye color, that makes getting personal with them so much easier. My niece Kaya has an imaginary friend named Airy that gets into all kinds of funny situations. Her doll is named Airy, there is nothing more personal than turning an imaginary friend, Real.

My sister made me laugh so hard when she told me - I can't wait to hear Kaya say Airy ate the candy so I can say no, she's been on the couch. Let's see what else cute little blonde haired blue eyed girls can get into.


I received this for free to facilitate this review. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us directly at [email protected] or [email protected]ws.com We love hearing from you!!

The Top 3 Benefits to Using Grass Fed Whey Protein Powder



Protein is one of the most important nutrients that one needs to consume to replenish constantly. It plays a major role in our body regulation, healthy organ function and muscle growth and repair. We need protein to function well every single day which is why we have to make sure that we are only getting it from the best and most healthy foods around.
Grass fed whey protein is a great source of protein that has a full amino acid profile good for making antibodies. The grass fed whey protein powder concentrate accelerates the growth of new muscle cells and ensures muscle tissue recovery from a workout. Here are the top three benefits of using grass fed whey protein powder.
1.   Optimal Post-Workout Recovery
Grass fed whey protein is best to consume after an extensive workout. Nutrient timing means that you should know what to eat and when to eat them for optimal muscle tissue recovery. It contains more omega 4 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory benefits. On the other hand, a regular whey protein powder has higher omega 6 fatty acids and have been known to be linked with chronic and degenerative diseases like cardiovascular diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. Grass fed whey protein powder in a smoothie after a workout helps replenish the nutrients that were used up. It keeps you full at least until the next time to eat a full meal. It helps relax your muscle and minimize and damages and soreness. You will sleep better and wake up ready another workout. It is recommended to consume the whey protein 30 minutes after your last workout.
2.   Weight Loss
When you gain more muscle, your metabolism increases and you can get rid of toxins and reduce fats faster. A grass fed whey protein helps this process by providing healthy amounts of amino and fatty acid compared to other commercial whey products. The protein powder is very filling and will discourage you from binging and suppress unnecessary cravings. By incorporating whey protein to your diet as well as regular exercise, you will be assured that your weight loss journey will be more healthy and sustainable.
3.   Healthy Immune System
A grass fed whey protein powder is relatively healthier and more nutritious than commercial products. The quality of the food and the environment where the cows are raised has an impact on the content of its milk or meat. In contrast, a commercially raised cow is fed grains to quickly fatten them up and the living conditions are not always favorable. The grass fed concentrate may be more expensive but you also get all its health benefits. If you live an active lifestyle, there is also a higher chance of being exposed to germs, bacteria and other elements in nature that could trample your immune system. You need your body to keep producing antibodies that will combat diseases. A grass fed whey protein powder has the ability to preserve protein fractions necessary for the production of antibodies than any other commercial whey protein products around.

GrandePRIMER and GrandeMASCARA Available at Sephora.com




What are your beauty hacks? Do you have favorite brand or regimen that makes you feel like you look your best? Find GrandePRIMER & GrandeMASCARA at Sephora.com for great looking and feeling cosmetics that you can really count on. I love looking as good as I feel and I'm going to show you how I do it. This post is sponsored by Grande Cosmetics and brought to you through ShopShare Network. All opinions are my own.

For me, I notice peoples eyes first. That being said, I try to make mine as noticeable as I can. Eye contact is a must for me. I have noticed over the past few years that my lashes aren't as full as they used to be so I have been wanting help with that. Grande Cosmetics has exactly what I was needing.


This is my usual lash look. This is just regular mascara with no primer or anything extra. I have been doing this for years, just wait to see the difference in what the Grande Cosmetics products can do. In just about a minute my whole regimen has changed.

I had the opportunity to work with them on a review of  GrandePRIMER and GrandeMASCARA. I was so excited from the beginning to get it here and start using it.

When the package arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging. It came in a pretty sheer pink drawstring bag. It may sound silly but the presentation is a huge part of the unveiling. The simple but pretty bag was a nice touch.

Onward to the prize inside. GrandePRIMER and GrandeMASCARA  (YAY) Both containers are easy to hold and use. They aren't bulky at all.

Just so we are clear, I had no idea there was such thing as eyelash primer prior to this campaign. I thought primer was just something for skin, I was so wrong, this is amazing!!

Applying Grande Cosmetics  GrandePRIMER and GrandeMASCARA

Starting with clean lashes it's time to get ready.


Using the GrandePRIMER is super simple. All I had to do is apply it like regular mascara. It's white and goes on very smooth. The bristles don't get gunked up either. It's a small tube that's easy to hold and manage. Because of the white color, I can make sure that all of the lashes are coated and I don't have any uncovered spots. Instantly, I can see length on my lashes that I couldn't see before. This is like magic.


Right after applying the GrandePRIMER, the GrandeMASCARA goes right over it. Again with the color, I know if I have applied the mascara evenly because the white will be covered. I love the fact that the primer is a different color than the mascara. It goes over the primer easily and really makes my lashes look longer and thicker. It's amazing how well and fast this works. This is just one application.


GrandePRIMER and GrandeMASCARA have instant gratification. As soon as it's on there is a definite improvement on my lashes. I have longer blacker lashes that really I feel like I have a prettier lash line all the way around. This is the closest I have come to look like I am wearing lash extensions and they are my real lashes!! I love the confidence it gives me. That old phrase about smiling eyes, I get that now!!

Grande Mascara lets you get the faux lash look with your own natural lashes. This exclusive, rich-black mascara not only provides extreme length and volume, but it’s infused with a lash-loving blend of peptides, panthenols, and natural waxes to condition lashes while you coat and promote healthier-looking, longer lashes over time. This mascara is water based, water resistant, and easily removable to prevent lash breakage. Its buildable formula resists lumps and clumps while keeping the lashes flexible and supple. The applicator brush is made with an ideal combination of long and short fibers to reach every lash, giving extreme volume without sacrificing length. 



I'm not the only one that thinks so either. Aside from Aron telling me he can't believe how nice it looks and how fast it works, there were some surveys/studies done with these products and the results are in.

In a consumer perception study:
-97% reported dramatic lash length
-94% reported dramatic lash volume
-94% reported healthier looking lashes
-94% reported the formula to be clump-free

I'm so happy to let you know that the GrandeMASCARA is cruelty-free and made without parabens. It's also ophthalmologist approved. It's safe to use with contacts and eyelash extensions. It's water based and water resistant and still easy to remove.

That is great and nothing like the first mascara I ever used. It's smooth and evenly textured with no wadding. I don't need a pin, lash brush or anything!! When I was a youngster, mascara and lip gloss/colored chapstick were a right of passage. We had to be responsible enough to wear makeup.

My first tube was actually clear mascara. It didn't make my lashes any thicker or defined. It turned my little lashes into tiny little harpoons that clumped together so bad, it looked like spikes.

 I was NOT going to admit to my mom or my older- all knowing sister, they were right but the first time that I got one nicely coated harpoon in my eye, I knew for sure, my eye was going to fall out. Me, being a woman now (so I thought I had the mascara to prove it) it was something I was going to have to cry silently over. I was 10 years old holding my one eye with two hands and running in place.

That was an agony I had never felt to that point in my life. My eyes watered and burned, my nose ran, and I couldn't open my eye to try to get the lash out. Finally, I bent my arm around my head to pull my eyelid up from the top so I could see without my arm blocking my view. I was able to fan and rub as my eye watered enough to get that stiff, sharp, little lash out.

By the time I was done with that 2 minute eternity, I looked like I had been punched in the face with cinder blocks. Although that was quite exciting, it didn't slow me down. I still love makeup and it's come a long way.

You can find GrandePRIMER and GrandeMASCARA by Grande Cosmetics on Sephora.com. Check them out today.

I received these products for free to facilitate this review. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions at [email protected] or [email protected] We love hearing from you!!