Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Beauty testtube QVC Special Limited Edition

QVC Test Tube

Outside of box:

The tube:
Magazine and brochure on all products inside tube:
Eight products inside tube:

3 of the items outside of their individual boxes:
Closer look at the rest of the products not in individual boxes:

This is my most favorite cosmetic subscription service out there and I've tried a lot of them!  This one I look forward to quarterly.  Each time I'm excited by the products I've received since they are high end cosmetics, not drugstore brands.  This is the best value out there!  In this box the following eight products were included:
  1. Algenist - Firming & Lifting Cream, 0.5 fl. oz, $23.50 value
  2. Laura Geller - Waterproof Eye Spackle Pen, $22 value (in future giveaway)
  3. Smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $18 value
  4. Mally - High Shine Liquid Lip Color, $20 value
  5. Philosophy - Love Sweet Love Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel, $1.37 value
  6. Bliss - Lemon + Sage Body Butter, $8.00 value
  7. Jose Maran - 100% Pure Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer, $4.80 value
  8. Ojon - Damage Reverse Restorative Conditioner, $10 value
You can order this as a one time shipment on QVC.com or on auto-delivery and you'll receive four shipments during the year.  This one sells out very quickly, so when it's time for them to offer it again, you'll need to order quickly.  You can currently order this one, it is item #A227284.  It's only $29.96, plus $6.97 for shipping.  My total after tax was $39.42.  That's makes each item only cost $4.92 each!  The retail value is $107.67!  The shipments are sent in January, April, August & October.  I was able to move up this shipment to receive it before August.  New Beauty also makes another test tube, but it includes drugstore brands, so it's not as good of a value and I've found they have lots of repeats.  You'll find that subscription on their website.  So there you have it, the August shipment of New Beauty's Testtube, QVC Special Limited Edition.  Did you order one, what do you think of the products you received?  Which cosmetic subscriptions are your favorite?  Please leave me a comment below.

Since I subscribe to so many cosmetic subscriptions, I have lots of products left over and placed some of them in a giveaway.  Enter the raffle for $127 worth of cosmetics here.  It ends August 9th, so hurry and enter.

Update - I forgot to mention, anytime you purchase anything from QVC, do not forget to use Mr. Rebates or Ebates for even more money back.  It makes this purchase even more of a bargain!  

Thanks for reading and Have a PEACEful Day!

Gradient Nails Tutorial Results

 Gradient Manicure:

 Polishes used:
OPI Fit For a Queensland, OPI Pirouette My Whistle, Julep Robin, Julep Rose

This is my first try at the Gradient Nails technique.  I used the tutorial located here.  So what do you think? Here's the steps I went through:
  1. Applied Orly's Manicure Keeper (rubberized base coat) two times to keep nails from chipping.
  2. Applied three coats of Fit For a Queensland.
  3. Applied OPI's Pirouette My Whistle (glitter), Julep Robin (blue) & Julep Rose (red) on a cosmetic sponge in three rows.
  4. Tapped the sponge on my nails about 3-4 times.
  5. Applied Seche Vite top coat & will reapply a couple times per week to keep nails from chipping.
Next time I will use some additional techniques featured here.  I think her idea of using a toothpick to mix the colors together to create softer border lines between the colors will be a better look.  I'm extremely picky and a perfectionist, so I think that look will be better for me.  I was originally going to use colors very similar to each other, but really wanted to use these new colors I recently bought.  Not sure if I like it, probably will do a new manicure in one week instead of two. While this tutorial is easy, finding colors that work well side by side and clean up are not so easy.  Have you tried this technique yet, any tips?  This Julep polish was purchased for only 1 cent, yep, you heard it correctly, one cent.  To read my post on this bargain purchase, click here.

Thanks for reading, feel free to leave me a comment.  Have a PEACEful Day!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

RJ Graziano Floral Charm Necklace in Shadow Box

On Display, On Display, On Display!

You don't have to wear your jewelry, you can display it!  For this creation, I purchased the RJ Graziano Large Floral Charm Necklace from Little Black Bag for only $18.30, it has a $75 retail value.  The shadow box I just found the other day at T. J. Maxx for under $13 with retail value of $25 (though I think that price is way underestimated). So the total cost for this decoration is only $31.30, with a retail value of $100.  The necklace is heavy and difficult to find an outfit plain enough to wear it with during the summer.  The new outfits I purchased for summer are mostly prints. So I decided instead of wearing it, I would put it on display.  It still can be taken out of the shadow box and worn. It's held in place with 9 pins that came with the box.  I placed the pins through the fabric into the styrofoam at an angle. The shadow box door has a magnetic closure to ensure it wont swing open.  So there you have it: a quick, easy and inexpensive way to display your jewelry when you're not wearing it!

If you would like to make your first purchase at Little Black Bag, they currently have a coupon for a free item for new customers.  So that would be 4 items in your bag instead of 3 for $50.  Use coupon code "LC1".  I explain how Little Black Bag works in a previous post, click here to read all about it.

Thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment.  Would love to hear what you place in your shadow boxes! Have a PEACEful Day!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

GLOSSYBOX - July 2012

Outside of pink GLOSSYBOX box with magazine:

 Inside of box:

Contents of box:
(click on photos to enlarge)

This is what was included in the GLOSSYBOX for July.  I just received it today.  This is a monthly subscription service that sends five cosmetics per month.  Included in this box:
  1. Alessandro International - Pedal Heel Rescue Balm
  2. Ofra Cosmetics - Universal Eyebrow Pencil
  3. Sebastian - Color Ignite Multi Tone Shampoo
  4. Sebastian - Color Ignite Multi Tone Conditioner
  5. Senna Cosmetics - Double Dose Lip Lacquer
  6. Caswell-Massey - Almond & Aloe Hand & Body Emulsion
My favorite product in this box is the lip gloss.  Not that I need another lip gloss, I must have over 20 of them! The coral color is really pretty with gold flecks in it and will match my new outfits.  I will enjoy using the Sebastian shampoo & conditioner since that is a line of hair products I have liked before.  I'm always on the hunt for a good foot cream, we shall see how good this one is from Germany.  The eyebrow pencil will be in a future giveaway, I don't use eyebrow pencils.  I haven't heard of the Caswell-Massey line before, anyone know which stores they are sold in?  Oh my, tried it tonight after my shower and it smells like an almond danish from Giant Food (grocery store) in Maryland!  Love it!  Now I need to get my hands on an almond danish!  Yum!  The pink box that it comes in is very sturdy and will be used for storage and not hitting the recycle bin!  If you would like your own GLOSSYBOX next month, sign up here.  It's $21 a month.  If you are already a subscriber, don't forget to review the products on their website to collect 20 GLOSSYDots per review which count towards a free box.  Did you receive a GLOSSYBOX this month?  If so, what did you think of the products included?  To view what I received last month, click here.  You can also enter to win a free GLOSSYBOX here.

Speaking of giveaways, I have one going on right now which will be ending on August 9th.  Since I have an addiction to cosmetic monthly subscriptions, I have lots of extra products to share and decided giveaways would be a fun way to share them!  To enter the raffle, click here.

Thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment!  Have a PEACEful Day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teddy's Tasty Treats - Dog Cookie Recipe

Teddy's Tasty Treats


2 1/2  Cups oat flour
2        Sweet potatoes
4        Tablespoons chicken broth
1/4     Cup dried parsley
1         Applesauce cup 3.9 oz


Preheat oven to 325° F.

Microwave sweet potatoes for 7-8 minutes.  Open microwave and squeeze sweet potatoes with a kitchen towel. They will be very soft and squishy when they are cooked long enough.  Let them cool till they are cool enough to touch.   Scoop out center of sweet potatoes with a spoon and place in mixing bowl.  Make sure no skin is included since sweet potato skin is bad for dogs.

Add all other ingredients to mixing bowl and mix with a fork until it has this consistency:

Tear off a sheet of parchment paper and place on counter top.  Sprinkle some oat flour on top.  Roll out the dough on the parchment paper with a rolling pin or by hand making sure they are 1/4 inch thick.  Using a cookie cutter, or in my case a measuring cup since I didn't have one on hand, cut out the cookies.  Roll out the remaining dough again and continue cutting out cookies until there is no dough remaining:

Place cookies on cookie baking sheets:

Place cookie sheet in oven for 40 minutes.  Turn off oven and leave cookies in oven for 1-2 hours.  Take cookies out of oven to cool:

Serve cookie samples to your dogs.  Place remaining cookies in airtight container or ziploc bag:

Thanks for reading about my latest dog cookie creation.  There are several dog cookie recipes on this blog and more to come.  Here are the links:

Let me know if you try it out and how your dogs liked them in a comment below, please. Kisses & hugs to your wuffies! Have a PEACEful Day!

Southern Harvey's Sweet Potato Delights - Dog Cookie Recipe

Southern Harvey's Sweet Potato Delights 


1     Cup oat flour
1     Large sweet potato
2/3 Cup Quaker Oats
3     Tablespoons chicken broth
1      Large egg


Preheat oven to 300° F.  

Starting with 1 large sweet potato:
 Wash with:
(click on photos to enlarge)

Microwave sweet potato for 7-8 minutes.  Open microwave and squeeze sweet potato with a kitchen towel.  It will be very soft and squishy indicating it has been cooked long enough.  Let cool till it's cool enough to touch.   Scoop out center of sweet potato with a  spoon and place in mixing bowl.  Make sure no skin is included (sweet potato skin is bad for dogs).  

Add 1 cup of Oat Flour to bowl:
+ 2/3 cup of Quaker Oats:
+ 3 tablespoons chicken broth:
(my dogs also get this broth sprinkled on their Solid Gold dry food each night)
+ 1 large egg:

Mix with fork:

Roll into 15 or 30 balls depending on size preference and place on cookie sheet. Photo below shows larger sized balls.  You may press down on them with a spoon if you want a flatter cookie instead of round.  Cook at 300° F for 45 minutes.

Finished cookies:

Let cookies cool and give out samples to your dogs.  Place rest of cookies in a ziploc bag and place in the refrigerator for future consumption.  Taste tested with lip smacking approval by Leo, Teddy, Harvey & Issy on July 22nd 2012.  Cookies named after our 9 year old Shih Tzu named Harvey who was born & lives in North Carolina.  He's the ultimate southern gentleman!

Cookie Taste Tester Harvey:

Thanks for reading about my latest dog cookie creation.  There are several dog cookie recipes on this blog and more to come.  Here are the links:

Let me know if you try it out and how your dogs liked them in a comment below, please. Kisses & hugs to your wuffies! Have a PEACEful Day!

BarkBox July 2012

Harvey says "what's in that box, it smells good!"
 Opened box:
 Leo checking out the contents:
 Harvey & Leo checking out the contents of the box:
 Harvey smelling everything:
 The excitement continues:
 and continues:
 Contents of box:
 Leo presents BarkBox July 2012:
 Head tilting because of squeaking sound of toy:
 Harvey chewing on YumZies:
 and chewing:

This is the BarkBox for July 2012, it's a monthly subscription service catering to dogs. Each month a box of dog treats, toys, etc. are mailed to subscribers and their dogs enjoy their own mail!  Do you get lots of goodies through the mail?  Well your dog wants a box of goodies too!  It's only $17 a month, so click here to join today!  Use discount code WEWEB05 for $5 off your 1st box!  In this box the following were included:
  1. Pet Qwerks IncrediBubbles - blow bubbles for your pup and let them chase them.
  2. Nootie YumZies - all natural, no grain treats made in the USA
  3. Petprojekt - t-bone steak squeaky toy
  4. Metro Paws - Poopy Packs, stylish bags to clean up after your dog
  5. Precision Pet - Spinz bone, fully edible chew toy, gluten-free bone promotes healthy teeth and fresh breath.
  6. PetFlow - coupon for $10 off $40 order of dog food.  Code BRBX34FG7X
The Precision Pet Spinz bone was a hit with Harvey!  He's not the best chewer, he tends to be lazy and it takes a really good product to get him to chew!  So I'm very impressed.  He loved it, it's all gone now!  He chose it right away when I took it out of the packaging.  The second hit was the t-bone steak toy.  They all love that squeaking sound.  If you have one, just be careful and supervise this toy.  It has a little plastic hole at the bottom for the squeaking sound to come out of, but this can come off with aggressive use and the dog may swallow it.  I don't chose toys that have that. The best kind are those that have the hole molded into the toy, using the same material, so it can't come off.  The Nootie YumZies were rejected by all four dogs.  My dogs are very picky since I make homemade cookies for them every week.  Check out my recipes on this blog.  The bubbles didn't pop for the longest time, never seen anything like it before.  They do leave little white marks, so you may want to stick to outside use with this one.  So there you have it, July's BarkBox.  To see what my dogs received last month, click here.

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment!  Did you receive a BarkBox lately or are you thinking of purchasing one?  What did you think?  Have a PEACEful Day!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Cookie Recipe

Peanut Butter & Banana Cookies 


1    Banana, Peeled
1    Cup Oat Flour
2/3 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Dried Parsley
3     Tablespoons Peanut Butter
1     Egg, Beaten


Preheat over to 300 degrees F.  Put banana in large bowl and use fork to mash thoroughly.  Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter and egg and still well to combine.  Set aside for 5 minutes.

Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon of dough for each cookie.  Transfer to a large parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40-45 minutes.  Set aside to cool completely.  

Notes - You can use 1/2 the parsley, though this makes their breath smell so good.  No need to set dough aside for 5 minutes.  I found it made 16 cookies not 24.  Mine took the full 45 minutes of cooking time.  Oat flour is expensive and hard to find, you can make yourself with rolled oats, place in food processor till it looks like flour, sift.  Rolled oats are different than oatmeal.  Found on Amazon.com at a better price. Purchase the parsley in bulk at BJ's or Costco.  Used chunky organic peanut butter from Whole Foods.  This cookie is especially good for dogs with stomach issues who are sensitive to flour which is in most cookies available in stores. There are several dog cookie recipes on this blog and more to come.  Here are the links:

Taste tested by Leo, Teddy, Harvey & Issy on October 8th 2011.  They approve with lick smacking.  Not their favorite cookie though, since they aren't peanut butter fans like a lot of dogs.  If you give this recipe a try, I'd love to hear how your wuffies liked it!  If you have any dog cookie recipes, please share!  I find it so difficult to find healthy dog cookie recipes that don't use flour or sugar. Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading and Have a PEACEful Day!