Monthly Archives: October 2015

MY SKIN STORY FEATURING L’OREAL REVITALIFT™ PRODUCTS

This post has been sponsored by L’Oreal via Conde Nast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting the brands that support A Little Glitter. #AskSkinExpert

L'Oreal Revitalift Products Review #AskSkinExpert

As you guys probably see from all of my beauty reviews, I can be quite the product junkie.  I get that from my Mom.  When I was growing up she was obsessed with makeup, hair and skin care.  Even now, she is in the hospital and super sick but she still has lipstick and mascara on.  Her nurses think she is hilarious. 

While I do enjoy spending time grooming like my Mom, I have never really loved washing and moisturizing my face.  At the end of the night I am TIRED.  I just want to lay on the couch and watch television and thought of putting water on my face seems awful.  I have relatively dry skin and in the past (even if I neglected my skincare a bit) I used to be okay.  Lately though, I have noticed some changes.  The hollows under my eyes are deeper and my skin seems to be losing fullness.  It is much drier than it used to be and if I don’t wash it and properly moisturize it gets flaky.   Obviously, that is not a good look, so when I was approached to try the new L’oreal Revitalift™ Anti Wrinkle + Firming line I was all over it!

Even though I have tried other L’Oreal products (from hair color to makeup), I have never used anything from their skincare line.  I began by visiting their website to get my personalized online skin consultation.

Loreal Quiz Screenshot After answering the questions, two products were recommended for me.  They were Revitalift™ Daily Volumizing Moisturizer and Revitalift™ Daily Volumizing Concentrated Serum.

Loreal Revitalift Volume Filler Review Immediately, I was impressed with the packaging.  These don’t look or feel like cheapie drug store products.  The moisturizer comes in a heavy, substantial glass bottle that feels like an expensive brand you would buy at a department store or spa. The instructions for the Revitalift™ Daily Volumizing Concentrated Serum were to use 15 minutes before sun exposure on the cheeks and eye area (which I did each morning for four weeks).  This smelled pleasant and I like the consistency.  I feel like my dry skin soaked it right up as soon as I applied it. Untitled The instructions for the Revitalift™ Daily Volumizing Moisturizer were to apply it to after cleansing in the morning and at night.  I also did this for four weeks and I have to say that I am very happy with the difference in my skin.  It is smoother and more moisturized.  It is much easier to put my makeup on and I have no flakiness (even around my nose where I had the driest skin). Untitled2 PicMonkey Collage Overall, I definitely noticed improvement in my skin.  I think they work really well and I love that they are accessible and affordable.  I don’t think I will be buying expensive face products again any time soon! 2015-10-10 13.49.14

#PutTheNailinIt

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Recently, I was invited to attend an event at Henri Bendel in NYC hosted by Safe Horizon.  They are the leading organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence.  While I was unable to attend, I did read the literature they sent to me about their #PutTheNailinIt campaign and I was totally blown away by the statistics.  

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 As a Mother I find those stats so frightening and I would like to do what I can to help.  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I figured I would pass along the information to you guys in case you want to participate in this worthy initiative also.

To take part in #PutTheNailinIt you complete three easy steps.  First, make a donation on the Safe Horizon website.  Next, you paint the ring finger on your left hand purple to show your support.  Finally, post your new #PutTheNailinIt mani on social media using the hashtag to encourage others to join the movement.

I hope you will participate!

Goosebumps Movie Review

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Goosebumps and R.L. Stine hold a special place in my heart.  Mr. Stine’s Fear Street series was one of my favorites as a young adult.  It was just the right amount of scary.  The books made me feel grown up and they were frightening but not the kind of terrifying that still scares me to this very day (like Pennywise from Stephen King’s It).  I actually met him a few years ago at Book Con and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

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Taylor is also a HUGE Goosebumps fan.  She loves the shows and the books.  I cant tell you how happy I am when I see her reading them.  Seeing your child enjoy something that you also loved as a kid is so special.  I suppose it must be similar to being a star quarterback in high school and then having a child that also plays and wears your jersey number.  (I would not know that from personal experience though because I am not at all athletically inclined.)

Anyway, I was SUPER excited last week when I received an invitation to attend a screening of the new Goosebumps movie!  T and I have been seeing the trailers on television and were dying to go check it out.

We brought along my bestie and her daughter and met up with Shaniqua from Brown Media Mama and her adorable son, DJ.

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Not long after we sat down I almost started choking on my Junior Mints because in walked Jack Black, R.L. Stein, Rob Letterman, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Ryan Lee!  (I got major cool points for this one, so thank you Sony!)  

They talked about making the movie and Jack Black was his usual hilarious self.  He gave advice to the kids and suggested that if they get scared they should remember to plug their ears.  He said that when most people are frightened just close their eyes but it is totally ineffective because they can still hear what is happening.  Thankfully, the kids didn’t have to have to do that during the screening.

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Here is a description of the plot taken from Wikipedia:

“After moving into a small town, a teenage boy named Zach (Dylan Minnette) meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), his new neighbor. Hannah’s father, R. L. Stine (Jack Black), writes the Goosebumps stories and keeps all theghosts and monsters in the series locked up in his manuscripts like Slappy the Living Dummy, the Abominable Snowman, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, the Giant Mantises, and the living lawn gnomes. Zach and his friend Champ (Ryan Lee) unintentionally open one of Stine’s books, leading to the release of every ghost and monster from the manuscripts. Now Zach, Hannah and Stine team up in order to put the monsters and Ghosts back where they came from before they overrun the town and harm people.”

The movie was perfect.  I was afraid that it would be a letdown that would tarnish the memory of my favorite childhood author but it was exactly what I had hoped for.  Afterwards we got to speak with him briefly and take a photo.  It was a great evening and I highly recommend the movie!  My daughter (age 10) and my friend’s daughter (age 8) both loved it and neither were overly scared or had nightmares. 

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Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend

Happy Friday Guys!  I just realized that I have not participated in a Friday Favorites link up in like a month!  I have so many fun things to share with you today!

I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della today.  Let’s jump right into it:

One.  This Verizon commercial just GETS me.  I feel like I experience at least one super annoying technology fail every single day of my life and I want to scream like that little girl in the Jeep.  

Two.  I just bought this sweatshirt on Etsy for Halloween!  Love the one shoulder!  

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Three. I have started to casually look for a new place – which is disheartening because most of the apartments I am seeing in my price range are closet-sized dumps.  I am trying to have faith that something amazing (and in my budget) will come up in the next few months though.  Fingers crossed!  Anyway, when I find a place and move in I am going to stencil a bedroom wall!  I love the way the tone on tone stencil in this picture looks!

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Four.  This wouldn’t be a proper Friday favorites post without me including a drool-worthy recipe!  These Aloha Teriyaki Shrimp Burgers from Skinnytaste look amazing!  I didn’t even know shrimp burgers were a thing.  I am so all over this one!

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Five.  I love these hairstyle hacks!  Look how awesome this ponytail is!   

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Alright my loves, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and stay safe from Hurricane Joaquin!