Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies


Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

I have recently received a delicious Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookie  complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster.  Influenster is a wonderful sampling program that you should definitely check out at www.influenster.com.

The description of this cookie is:

Enjoy chewy, soft-baked cookies in a family-favorite flavor! With wholesome Quaker Oats and delicious raisins, you’ll never remember they came from our kitchen instead of yours.

-Made with Whole Grain Quaker Oats

-Individually packaged

-Provides a good source of fiber

-Contains 6 grams of total fat per serving

I really enjoyed this cookie.  It is very soft (I am a soft cookie lady) and is not too sweet.  This is a healthy sweet for kids and adults.  It will make a great after school snack for my kids and a perfect work snack for myself!

You can find Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies at most major retailers. Suggested retail price: $2.69 for a box of 6 cookies!




Tarte’s New Clean Slate Primers are Natural and Long-Wearing — Awesome!

Tarte Clean Slate Primers

A flawless makeup application starts with a clean slate. See what a clean slate can do for your skin with tarte’s primer trio– get poreless, flawless, creaseless and look your best naturally for up to 12 hours. Improve the texture, wear, and feel of your foundation or eyeshadow as you prep and prime skin with your choice of three deluxe size clean slate primers. All infused with naturally derived ingredients that will power through the day.

I have been testing these primers for a few weeks.  The collection includes:

clean slate poreless 12-hour perfecting primer ($30 USD) helps makeup stay in place longer while preventing creasing in fine lines and wrinkles for a healthy, seamless complexion. Prime the skin for an overall soft-focus effect as you extend the wear of your makeup and mask imperfections. Ideal for all skin types, but perfect for those with fine lines and pore problems, this waterproof primer contains natural fruit-and plant-derived extracts to deliver anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits to your skin.

clean slate flawless 12-hour brightening primer ($30 USD) helps makeup stay in place longer while brightening skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. Ideal for all skin types, this hydrating base not only helps keep your makeup in place for up to 12 hours of perfect wear time, it’s also a quick fix for tired or sallow skin–just one application makes the face look instantly brightened and healthy.

clean slate 360; creaseless 12-hour smoothing eye primer ($19 USD) truly locks eyeshadow in place while preventing fallout and migration for true shadow payoff. The universal shade glides on easily and powers through the day into the evening for 12 hours of perfect wear time. clean slate creaseless can be used as both a shadow primer and under eye base to smooth areas around the eye giving you a seamless application and all around 360 solutions.

What I think:  These are fantastic natural primers.  The poreless primer is the one I like to use, it has a silicon feel to it and gives skin a matte finish.  The brightening one has a creamy, pearly texture and would be perfect for dull, dry skin that needs some shine.  My skin has a little bit too much shine in the summer, but it would probably work for me in the winter when my skin is dry.

The eye primer works really well.  It mattifies lids and makes shadows last longer.  The only thing is that it dries a little white, so I suggest to use just a little and rub it in well.

You can purchase these at www.tartecosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.  Enjoy!


For Earth Day, Take Care Of Yourself And The Environment With Eco-Refills From L’Occitane

Earth Day is in a couple of days and as we are thinking about big and little things that we can do for the environment, L’Occitane has come up with a great idea for your favorite beauty products.

Their Eco-Refills are large sizes of some of L’Occitane’s best-selling products that can be used to refill your original containers.  Some of these products are:

Lavender Liquid Soap Eco-Refill ($12 USD) — Reduce, reuse and refill!  Both economical and ecological, the Lavender Liquid Soap Eco-Refill keeps hands clean, fresh and lightly scented.  With nourishing Shea Butter and soothing aloe-vera extract, this detergent-free cleanser is gentle enough for dry, sensitive or damaged skin. Refill is 13.5 fl. oz. while Liquid Soap is 16.9 fl. oz.

Immortelle Refill Brightening Cleansing Foam ($38 USD) — An economical and ecological Brightening Cleansing Foam refill for the beauty of your skin and the preservation of the environment. Lighten the complexion with this gentle face cleanser, enriched with organic Immortelle floral water and citrus fruit peel.

Almond Shower Oil Eco-Refill ($36 USD) — The economical and ecological Almond Shower Oil Eco-Refill is perfect for both the beauty of your skin and the preservation of the environment.  When in contact with water, this shower oil transforms into a delicate foam that gently cleanses the body. Enriched with Almond oil, it respects the hydrolipidic film and leaves a subtle and mouthewatering scent of fresh Almond, for delightful skin!

Aromachologie Soothing Shampoo Eco-Refill ($25 USD) — Formulated with a natural origin vegetable complex of 5 essential oils and wheat proteins, the Aromachologie Soothing Shampoo helps soothe the sensitive or irritated scalp. It also adds a genuine softness to hair, delicately cleanses and purifies the scalp and immediately eases irritations and aggressions. The scalp returns to a healthy and comfortable state, for stronger, beautiful hair. Pair with the Aromachologie Soothing Conditioner.

These can be purchased at usa.loccitane.com.  Enjoy!

New Body Care Releases For Fall 2011 From H2O, Burt’s Bees and Little Green

As the air turns cooler, don’t forget to take care of your skin.  Cool air equals dry skin! I have recently tried two new bath and body collections from brands that I love — H2O Plus and Burt’s Bees — plus a new children’s bath and body care line called Little Green. Here are some of the products that I love:

H2O Plus, leaders in marine-based skincare, introduces the Sea Moss Collection, a compilation of three replenishing products to perfect and protect skin from head-to-toe! Bringing ground-breaking formulas to a higher level, the Sea Moss collection
incorporates micro-fine volcanic black sand, mineral-rich red and brown algae and Irish moss ingredients that further propel H2O Plus to the forefront of sea-derived skincare innovation.

Reveal remarkably smooth and invigorated skin with the Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub ($18.50 USD). This volcanic scrub is powered by micro-fine black sand derived from cooled lava to gently exfoliate and soften dry, rough skin. Rare Irish moss mixes with sea salt, aloe vera and provitamin B for flawless, healthy hydration.

What I think:  This black scrub is cool to use and leaves skin so soft afterwards — it’s baby smooth!  The scent is light and fresh.  The collection also includes a body wash and body lotion.  You can purchase these at www.h2oplus.com.

Burt’s Bees® Honey & Shea Collection wraps the body in the warm, sweet scent of Honey, Almond and Shea.  Indulge your skin and senses with these antioxidant‐rich products for total body conditioning. With nourishing ingredients that provide essential moisture, they’ll leave your skin feeling smooth and smelling great, naturally.

Honey & Shea Conditioning Bar ($5.00 USD) Happy, nourished skin is the result of every good thing it touches. And our conditioning, French-milled bar soap starts things off right. A blend of Honey and Shea Butter creates a rich lather that gently cleans away dirt and oil to leave your skin feeling soft and silky. The rest? Smooth sailing all the way.

What I think:  This collection has such a soothing, homey scent.  The conditioning bar lathers well and smells divine!  The collection includes a body butter and a sugar scrub.  Learn more at www.burtsbees.com.

Something new has sprouted! Little Green, the new safe, gentle and pure hair and skin care collection for babies and kids, is a truly hypoallergenic collection of products. The paraben, sulfate and allergen free formulas are each clinically and dermatologist tested. Geared to those with sensitive skin, or for those who simply want to treat their skin sensitively, Little Green will surely become a staple in your family’s skincare routine!

This collection includes two lines — Little Green Baby and Little Green Kids.  My kids have been loving the Shampoo & Body Wash. This refreshing tear-free hair and body wash gently cleans and nourishes all in one. Key ingredients including Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E cleanse hair and skin without over drying. (Retails for $15).

What I think:  The mild fragrance is perfect for kids, plus I feel great that the products are so natural and good for my daughters.  The line includes a face and body lotion and a detangler for kids and a shampoo & body wash and a lotion for babies.  Little Green is available online at www.littlegreencares.com or at a salon near you.  Enjoy!

As Summer Winds Down, Keep Your Skin Healthy With Natural Products From The Vitamin Shoppe

I love that you can use natural products, and get great results for your skin at the same time.  Win, win! Try one of the following products — you will love them!

Vitamin C W/Coq10 Facial Cleanser from Beauty Without Cruelty ($11.99 USD) — This wonderful softening facial cleanser contains Organic aloe vera gel, organic botanical infusion (chamomile, calendula, lavender), Co-enzyme Q10 and many other natural ingredients.  It does not contain parabens, animal ingredients and it is not tested on animals.

Kiss My Face Face Factor Spf 30 For Face and Neck ($11.99 USD) — Kiss My Face combines Oat Protein and Oat Beta Glucan, a dynamic duo of patented ingredients that reduce irritation and inflammation and fight against damaging free radicals as they moisturize your skin. This contains UVA/UVB Protection, it is water-resistant and is 100% paraben free.

Vanilla Honey Spf 15 Lip Balm by Kiss My Face ($3.29 USD) — Smooth, soothe and protect chapped lips organically with this 72% organic treatment. It works quickly to return your lips to a happy state with SPF 15 and tasty vanilla honey flavor. This product contains no animal ingredients, artificial colors, or unnecessary  chemicals and was not tested on animals.

One With Nature’s Shea Body Wash ($8.49 USD) — With a sweet and soothing scent, this ultra moisturizing body wash provides a thick, rich lather to gently cleanse the skin.  Shea butter and natural minerals, muds and salt of the Dead Sea Basin moisturize your skin and leave it feeling clean, healthy and rejuvenated.

100% Pure Cosmetics Honey Almond Body Scrub ($22.99 USD)  Juicy and invigorating body scrub smoothes away bumps and flakes for incredibly silky soft skin.  Fruit oils deeply moisturize while anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants nourish.  Fruit acids brighten gently for a healthy glow.  No harsh detergents, no synthetic chemicals, no artificial fragrances or any other toxins that can strip, irritate or dehydrate your delicate skin.  Truly, 100% Pure.

All products are available for purchase at The Vitamin Shoppe or at http://www.vitaminshoppe.com.

Tarte’s Fabulous New Waterproof Eye Products

Is your eye makeup running off of your face in the heat, humidity and water sports of the summer?  I don’t wear tons of eye makeup in the summer, but a little shadow, liner and mascara really makes the look.  I usually swipe one neutral shadow over the lid and line my eyes with brown or plum in the daytime and black or navy at night.  Finish with a nice coat of waterproof mascara and the look is perfect for the season!

The following tarte products are beautiful for the summer.  Add a coat of Lights, Camera and Splashes! waterproof mascara for a swim-able eye look!

tarte emphasEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner ($22.00 with brush at tartecosmetics.com).  Infused with micronized clay and reinforced by a natural waterproofing  agent, these plush shadow/liners are a must for creating intense and  long-lasting high definition eyes. The high-performance natural™ Amazonian  clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient, lending deep color pigments while nourishing skin, reducing surface oil and improving overall texture for smooth  application.

The shades available are Brown, Black, Indigo, Plum, Bronze and Green. I have been enjoying the Bronze and Indigo.  The Bronze I use for everyday, even to the pool.  It does not budge in the water.  The Indigo is my going out shade.  It is so pretty paired with a soft shadow (like tarte’s Seashell Pink cream eye shadow).  I have heard that it dries out quickly, but I have been using it for a few weeks and it is fine.  I think the trick is to place the lid on very tightly so air does not get in.  The double ended brush that is included is fantastic, too.  The thinner end works will with lining the inner rims of the eyelids and the thicker end can smoke out the liner perfectly.

tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner ($18.00 for one and $28.00 for a duo of the same shade on QVC.com) — This one-of-a-kind eyeliner pencil glides on for a silky-smooth application, while Amazonian clay balances eyelids for long wear. Infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay, this liner glides on buttery smooth to create gorgeous, defined eyes that won’t budge. The retractable component makes this liner easy to apply. Just twist up the tip of the eyeliner pencil and glide along the lash line–no sharpening required. You can make the line as thin or as thick as you desire, depending on the look you want to create.

This is available in three shades in the singles; Black, Brown and Plum and includes two more in the Duos; Navy and Turquoise.  I’ve been using the Black and it is very, very black. It would be great as an inner rim liner.  I use it on my top lash and the Brown or Plum on the bottom.  This is a more subtle look that is fun to try.  The pencil itself is very soft and breaks easily, so don’t push too hard. It did seem to last a long time, although I find the liner in the pot is longer-lasting.

tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow Pot w/Brush ($42.00 reg. price, on sale for $22.80 on QVC.com) — A richly pigmented cream shadow that is a must for creating long-lasting, high-definition eyes.  Micronized Amazonian clay intensifies color pigments while working to nourish skin, reduce surface oil, and improve overall texture for smooth application. Thanks to a botanical blend of natural plant waxes, the shadow glides on smooth and forms an impermeable layer that protects against sweat, tears, and creasing for hours of wear time. Not only is it super long-wearing, it works to infuse delicate eyelids with Amazonian clay, aloe leaf extract, beeswax, and vitamins A and E.  Use the custom designed cream eye shadow brush to sweep shadow on lids and blend it into the crease for softly defined, beautiful eyes.

Currently you can purchase this in 5 shades and if you get it at QVC it comes with a very nice brush (you can always use your fingers, too).  The shades are: Moss, Beach Bronze, Slate, Shimmering Plum and Seashell Pink.  All of the colors are gorgeous; Slate may be a bit misleading because it is not gray at all.  It is more of a taupe.  I love these shadows because the shades are buildable so that you can wear them as sheer or opaque as you wish.  Once you apply them, they are on for the day.  I have even swam in the Seashell pink and it is still on when I am done.

I highly recommend all of these fab tarte products.  If you haven’t yet, this line is one to dive into! Enjoy!

In Honor Of Earth Day, Try A Natural Beauty Product

These days there are so many fantastic natural products for face, hair and body these days. In honor of Earth Day 2011, here are some suggestions for great ones to try:

Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation ($20.00 USD) — This hydrating foundation blends easily and hides imperfections, creating a porcelain-smooth canvas. Free-radical fighting argan oil, organic blossom butter and vitamins A, C and E protect, rejuvenate and nourish skin. This product is vegan. www.lavera.com

EOS Everyday Hand Lotion ($3.99 USD, drugstores near you, www.evolusionofsmooth.com) — Leave your skin feeling touchably soft for hours with this natural, fast-absorbing hand lotion. Designed to fit in your purse, your pocket, or on your desk, eos looks as good as it feels on your skin. Infused with moisturizing shea butter, oat extract, and a generous helping of antioxidants and vitamins C and E, eos hand lotion will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and radiantly healthy long after you apply it. This 97% natural formula is paraben-free, phthalate-free, lanolin-free, dye-free, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.

Ultra Rich Lip Balm ($19 at www.clarksbotanicals.com) – As if natural moisturizers like Shea Butter, Aloe Leaf Extract, Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oil were not enough, this lip balm also features Marine Collagen Microspheres that act like miniature water reservoirs. Together, these ingredients deliver intense, long-lasting hydration. Vanilla Planifolia and Jasmine Extracts add a delectable flavor that will have you re-applying—even when you don’t need to. It’s also a great lipstick primer, preventing feathering.

All of the products in Clark’s Botanicals (www.clarksbotanicals.com) feature Jasmine Absolute, a precious essential oil derived from nocturnally blooming flowers. Naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulating, this extract works to calm, balance and heal a broad spectrum of skin types, from young to mature, oily to dry, and normal to sensitive.  “Clark’s Botanicals is an organic part of me and my recovery,” says founder Francesco Clark, “everything about this line has a purpose and reason for being, from the ingredients to the packaging to the contribution to medical research, it’s an expression of who I am in its purest form.”

Genuinely natural from head to toe, the Davines Authentic Collection ($26-46 at www.davines.com for salon locations) contains the first and only hair care products designed not only for hair, but also face and body. Gentle enough for even the most delicate skin and effective enough to thoroughly cleanse and condition hair, the breakthrough Authentic collection features 98% to 100% naturally-derived ingredients. The four-product collection trades in synthetics like SLS, SLES, sulfates, parabens, artificial colors, silicons, mineral oils, PEG and etoxilates for sustainable formulations including biodegradable surfactants and organically cultivated actives like shea butter and sesame, jojoba, sunflower and carthame oils.

Other great brands to check out are Josie Maran, tarte and Korres for makeup, Jurlique for skin, Phyto for hair and Pacifica for fragrance — all available at Sephora. And of course ecoTOOLS for makeup brushes and bags. Enjoy shopping green!