Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Swatches & Stuff - February 2016 + Giveaway

Hi friends,

These are the products I have tried during the month of February and thought deserved a mention.
I am also doing a giveaway - every other month - I hope you enjoy the products I have included in the February 2016 Giveaway!

Here is the full video:





Products mentioned:

1. It Hair Leave in conditioner I like this, it does not clump my hair or leave it in a greasy pile of mess I need to wash the following day. Nice scent, good bounce and a little goes a long way.

2. Alba Botanica Enzyme Even Advanced Scrub This is just as good as the Origins Enzyme scrub, matter of fact, I think I like it even better as it is thicker and therefore easier to apply. It really takes care of dull looking skin, I apply this scrub twice a week as part of my evening routine.

3. Weleda Rose Deodorant So, there are deodorants and there are antiperspirants. This is a deodorant meaning that if you sweat a lot or are very active, it may not be the best choice for you. I do not sweat, trust me on that one, so regardless of my activity level, this is just right for me. A few squirts under each armpit and I am ready for the day. It is entirely botanical, no chemicals there which is great on freshly shaven skin. This one is rose scented but there are others in the line.

4. Weleda Baby Calendula cream Technically, this is a baby body and face lotion. But it is so moisturizing that it turns to be a big go to hand cream in particular at bed time. I use it o both hands and feet and add a dab to my elbows. Getting ready for summer here with gorgeous - velvety soft feet!

5. Wet N Wild Perfect Gel Nail Polish in Stay Classy: This is a new line from Wet' Wild. Very inexpensive alternative to a gel manicure and guess what? The stuff actually stays on for a long time, Maybe not the 10 to 14 days they claim (unless of course you do absolutely nothing all day or wear gloves). The Stay Classy color is a beautiful mauve that is sure to enhance and lengthen your fingers.

6. Duri Nail Rejuvacote I stumbled upon this at Harmon's cosmetics the other day. It is a base, top and rejuvenating polish. You apply a new layer every day for 7 days then start over. I tell you, though it is not botanical or chemical free, this stuff is the best hardener I have tried. Bar none!

7. NYX Butt Naked Palette Shame on me for not spotting these before, I must live under a rock. This is a very good traveling palette, just add mascara ad lipstick and you are good to go. Nice selection of eye shadows, blushes and even contouring all for under $25.

8. Dr. Bronner's Hand Sanitizer A good alternative to the Pocket Bacs which leave my hands and cutilces very dry. Just spray and enjoy the wonderful scent of Lavender. It kills 99.9 % of bacteria.

9. Fox Mug by Tag The cutest mug EVER!

10. Cow Mug by Tag And its companion!


And now for the giveaway! Thank you all for your continued support of MGC  Youtube Channel and Blog. This month I have passed the 20k subscribers mark and it's kind of a big deal! Time to give back!



Here is what you could win (all products above were featured in my companion YouTube video)

Rules for the giveaway (just follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter Giveaway widget below):

1. You have to be a subscriber to my YouTube Chanel
2. Like my Facebook Page
3. Leave a comment on this blog - Just say HI or ask a question

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Thank you so much for reading my blog and watching my YouTube videos! Share the love!
Sophia, NJ


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

One Hour Cleaning - Master Bedroom (Timelapse Video)





The cleaning never ends I tell you. In this video, I set the timer to one full hour and went on full speed to clean my entire master bedroom. The result was actually quite rewarding!

Enjoy!




Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fitting a Plum Paper Planner in a Franklin Covey Classic

Hi friends,



If you are a planner nerd like I am you will love this. I have managed to trim down a Plum Paper Planner and fit it into my Franklin Covey classic. Proof that it can be done!

Enjoy!

Sophia, NJ
















Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Swatches & Stuff - December 2015 + Giveaway!

Hi friends,

This is the last Swatches & Stuff for the year so let's go out with a BANG!




Here is the companion video if you want a more in depth review of all the products mentioned in this blog:


Use the links (in blue) down below to check items for further info.

1. Nivea - In Shower Body Lotion - Very disappointed with this product. While it does what it says it does, the awkwardness of the bottle (resting on its narrow end) and the fact that you spend more time rinsing it off than it would take to put regular lotion on - make this a gimmick in my book - C+.

2. Avon Power Serum - This is actually pretty good but a bit pricey for AVON  ($40) in my opinion. A good serum that is fluid without running all over the place (hence not wasteful like some other serums). It provides a good canvas on which to put your treatment cream. This one particularly targets aging signs such as dark spots, fine line, loss of elasticity and loss of hydration. I apply it morning and night (mostly night though) after cleansing with my Clarisonic brush. Other serums do similar jobs though.B.

3. Avon Anew Platinum - Day Cream - A very good and affordable (under $20) day cream with an Spf of 25. It targets firmness, sagginess, fine lines and wrinkles as well as creepiness on your neck and decollete. I mix it with my Lancome Foundation for an even coverage. It does not clog my pores but does leave a bit of dewiness on my skin by end of day. I like it a lot. A-

4. Avon Anew Platinum - Night Cream - This is an excellent night cream. It is not greasy, no tacky feeling or oiliness in the morning. It is more gel like than a cream which makes the application not only easy and fast absorbing, it is also cooling to the touch. So far I have noticed my skin, in particular my jaw line, looking firmer. A great buy for under $20. A +

5. Avon Anew Platinum - Eye Cream -  All I can say is wow! This reminds me a lot of L'Oreal Revitalift Eye Cream which used to be my favorite one in my mid 30s. It offers everything you can ask for from an eye cream - it is thick, penetrates well, super emolient and best of all - fine lines almost disappear within a week! You use a small metal ball applicator  (provided with the cream) to de-puff your eyes as you apply the cream. Truly excellent. A+.

6. Avon Anew Platinum Cleanser -   A creamy cleanser that takes off makeup and dirt without drying your skin. I find it leaves my skin moisturized without leaving an oily residue. It does not work well with my Clarisonic because this is a non foaming cleanser though. B.

7. Avon Eye Shadow Primer - This is an excellent alternative to other brand name primers. I like this one in particular because it is not waxy, but rather fluid. In fact, it feels more like a souffle type cream than a primer. I use it all over my lids as well as my under eye area to even out skin tone. Feels like velvet and does not melt on my skin unlike the waxy types. Eye shadow stays on all day with this. A+.

8. Avon Eye Shadow Duo in Crushed Orchid  First, let me tell you about the price: this is under $5. What? YES! Under $5, you can't even find a $5 eye shadow duo at the drugstore. Second, this stays on ALL DAY, it will not move (especially if you use the primer). I honestly had no idea that Avon products were that good! No fall out, great application, high pigment....just great! A+

9. Avon Luminous Blush in Warm Flush -  Just the right amount of shimmer to make it equally beautiful for daytime and nighttime wear. Again, no fallout. Great quality. A+

10. Avon Color Indulgence Lipstick in Peach Petunia - This is not a full coverage lipstick, more like a sheer, yet, it is very pigmented and has amazing stay on. It is not drying, does not feel tacky either. I am definitely checking out additional colors within this line. A.


So this was my first time trying Avon products and I dare say I am pretty impressed. So much so that my December Giveaway is all about Avon!

Here is the Giveaway:






Contains:

Avon Shadow Duo in Crushed Orchid
Avon Luminous Blush
Avon Light Beige Eye Primer
Avon Lipstick in Peach Petunia
MicaCosmetics Bronze Eyeshadow (not featured).

Giveaway rules:

You must be 18 or older
You must be a subscriber to my YouTube Channel 
You must like my Facebook Page
and write a comment in the comment section of this blog.

All instructions are in the Rafflecopter giveaway gizmo down below (if it does not load, try again later).

Giveaway is open internationally and until January 14, 2016.

Good luck!

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Thank you so much for reading my blog and watching my YouTube videos! Share the love!
Sophia, NJ


Connect with me:









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PO Box 402
519 Pompton Avenue
CEDAR GROVE, NJ 07009-9998




This blog contains affiliate advertising, this is how I support my blog and YouTube Channel.  I was not solicited to advertise for the products mentioned above, all opinions are my own and products were purchased with my own funds. I am affiliated with  all brands listed below.


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Box - Cozy and Giveaway!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Master Bathroom Makeover - Part I - Hard Water Deposit with some caulking

Here is part one of my bathroom makeover in which I tackle the hard water deposit AKA crustiness at the bottom of my shower door and redo some caulking!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Master Bathroom Makeover - Before Tour



WOO Hoo! I am back with another big step by step project! I am now moving on to my Master Bathroom so here is the before tour!


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