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Beauty, Food & Drink, Fun Guides, Home Goods February 25, 2016

Celebrate National Strawberry Day with These Recipes, Flavors, Scents, & More | #Giveaway

Maybe you celebrate it every year or maybe this is your first time hearing about it. Strawberry Day is coming soon (February 27th, 2016) and the Two Blogs Fun Guides have created a roundup with some of our favorite strawberry-themed items. We hope that you enjoy this roundup. Use it as an excuse to fill your home with the YUM of strawberries! Each of these gifts are personally recommended by Women and Their Pretties and/or Mama Smith’s.

Beauty February 24, 2016

Stay Natural with Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Themed Products | #Beauty #Organic

I love beauty products – but I also love the environment. I am big on natural products so I am picky when it comes to the beauty products that I use. Good Earth Beauty is a unique beauty shop that carries only natural and organic beauty products that are NOT tested on animals. All products are chosen and personally tested by their staff. Product lines include Cosmetics, Bath & Body, Hair Care, items for Babies, Pets, and more. I am a huge fan of theirs because of their core values as a company. This Easter, give the gift of natural beauty products, but stick with the chocolate theme that everyone loves about Easter! These would be a great gift for a tween, young teen, or even your mom or best friend!

Beauty January 21, 2016

IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin Six-Piece Collection | #yourmostbeautiful2016

I am so excited to tell you all about the IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin! Six-Piece Collection! It gives you the power to reveal Your Most Beautiful You with products that get you compliments on your skin, not your makeup! This exclusive six-piece collection is the perfect way to start your new year, and lets your natural beauty shine through with anti-aging, skin-loving, game-changing products! You’ll discover the hydrating coverage of CC+ Veil Cushion Compact Foundation, super-sized for the first time with a bonus refill cartridge. Also included are Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick and CC+ Anti-Aging Crème Blush, your must-haves for the look of youthful vitality—now available in Je Ne Sais Quoi, your naturally pretty flush of pink.

Beauty, Fashion & Jewelry December 29, 2015

Ring in the New Year in Style with Yin Yang shoes by Sara Melissa Designs| #Giveaway #Fashion

I don’t know about you, but I view New Year’s Eve as the true start of a new year. I try to spend New Year’s Eve how I want to spend the year – happy, healthy, and having fun! I also like to make an impression when I go out and attend parties and get togethers. And that is something I plan to do this year with my Sara Melissa Designs pumps! Sara Melissa Designs offers Yin Yang unique handcrafted shoes – the pair includes shoes that are reversed in color. They have several different ones to choose from, but I instantly fell in love with the “Storm Sirena Waves” version – although, they are all gorgeous! These shoes, paired with the perfect accessories, are sure to be the talk of any New Years Eve party that you attend!

Beauty November 19, 2015

IT’s Your Top 5 Superstars #MakeUp Kit Available One Day Only | #Beauty #ITSuperstars

It’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More! This Six-Piece Collection is your opportunity to experience the game-changing products that have become truly lifechanging in the hands of real women like you! For the first time ever, the Top 5 IT Cosmetics Superstar Award Winning Products are together in a Today’s Special Value! Award-winning Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer truly helps cover everything! Celebration Foundation Illumination is your 30 seconds to flawless, giving your skin beautiful hydrating coverage and the youthful look of light! Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil is the #1 selling product in our entire line, creating the look of real hair even if you have none at all! Plus since its universal, it matches all any hair color! Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara treats your lashes while quadrupling the volume of your lashes. Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quo is the perfect pink for all ages and skin tones in a formula that will nourish your lips with color that lasts! This collection also includes the brand new Heavenly Luxe Master Brush that will give your skin the look of airbrushed perfection!

Beauty October 9, 2015

Bella Reina #Vegan Lipstick | #imarebel #bellareina #Makeup #Beauty

Disclosure: Mama Smith’s Review Blog received this item in exchange for her honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% hers.

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I love the environment and I also like makeup. So if I find something like vegan lipstick, well, I get really happy. Vegan lipstick is good for the environment, for animals, and free of any harsh ingredients. I have fallen in love with Bella Reina makeup and to hear that they have REAL vegan lipstick – made me really happy. Read on to understand what makes a lipstick healthy and good for you too!

Bella Beauty Tips on Vegan Lipstick

Looking for a cruelty-free lipstick that will be good for your lips and you, The following points are key to finding a healthy, good for you, vegan lipstick; one that does not have harmful ingredients.

  • Paraben-Free – Parabens are used in cosmetics as a preservative. Some research indicates that the parabens are found in tumors and that they advance the aging process. In addition, people who have dermatitis and rosacea may be more sensitized to a lipstick containing parabens. Therefore, it is best to have a lipstick that does not contain parabens. Don’t want your lips to age, nor do you want cancer from your lipstick.
  • Cruelty-Free – The thought of testing anything on an animal is really repulsive. Test it on a human, we are the ones wearing lipstick. Last time we looked at our dogs and cats, they were not wearing lipstick.
  • Petrolatum-Free – Petrolatum puts a total block (occlusive) on the skin or lips. This block causes the skin not to absorb moisture. So you are continuously re-applying a lipstick or lip balm with petrolatum. Why? Because your lips do not have oil glands. Lips need oils and waxes to keep them supple. In addition, petrolatum is not a renewable resource. For an even bigger reason, it is banned by the European Union as carcinogenic, unless the entire refining history is known.
  • Phthalate- Free – Phthalates are plastics and when used in cosmetics they act as a solvent. Again, this has been banned by the European Union to be used in cosmetics.
  • Bee-Free – Some vegans are okay with beeswax, but others take an aversion to it. Beeswax is a byproduct of honey bees. Beeswax can also be referred to as Cera Alba.
  • Gluten-Free – Gluten in lipsticks occurs when Tocopherol (Vitamin E) is not plant based. The Vitamin E in Bella Reina Vegan Lipsticks comes from a vegetable and not wheat germ. Wheat germ Vitamin E will give gluten sensitive and celiacs trouble. The worst part of being gluten sensitive is changing your diet completely, but still having symptoms and not knowing why. Could be your lipstick.

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Now for the really good part – what makes Bella Reina Vegan Lipstick superior to any lipstick on the market? Besides that it is free from all of the toxins and chemicals? Yummy waxes, organic oils, and botanical extracts (good enough to eat) will keep your lips moist, soft, supple and healthy. All of the ingredients are chosen carefully from years of experience with esthetic clients at Bella Reina Spa.

  • Carnauba Wax – Carnauba, the Queen of waxes (how fitting since we are Bella Reinas) comes from a Brazilian palm tree. It is by nature, hypoallergenic, soothing and softening.
  • Candelilla Wax – Candelilla comes from a plant common to southwest Texas and northern Mexico.
  • Organic Shea Butter – Shea butter comes from a nut off the African shea tree. Shea butter is used in our vegan lipstick because it helps the lips retain moisture. It also helps reduce rough, flaky skin on the lips. This is what keeps your lips soft and supple.
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil – A liquid from the jojoba plant, this powerhouse oil is superior for the skin and especially the lips. The ability of jojoba to glide into the skin without feeling oily or greasy makes it perfect for our vegan lipstick.
  • Organic Grape Seed Oil – A light, glossy oil, grape seed oil is perfect for giving you luscious, kissable lips.
  • Japanese Honeysuckle and Honeysuckle Flower Extracts – Potent antioxidants used in traditional Chinese medicine, they give a nice fragrance.
  • Gluten-Free Vitamin E – Vegetable based Vitamin E will help soften chapped lips in only 1 week.
  • Mineral Pigments – Pure mineral pigments are non-toxic to the lips and when mixed with mica or titanium dioxide, the colors explode.

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Shop Bella Reina here – and don’t forget to tell them Mama Smith sent you!

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Beauty August 25, 2015

To contour, or not to contour…IT has the answer | #ITCosmetics #Beauty #Makeup

With the buzz about contouring reaching a fever pitch, it’s no wonder the anti-contour trend is also on the rise. I only recently started getting back in to wearing makeup after about 10 years of taking a break. Because of this I have felt alone in knowing what to do. I am so glad that I have IT Cosmetics on my side. They showed me that whether your goal is to look like a contour queen or if you prefer the more subtle look of strobing, IT has you covered! The brand is home to the industry’s original contour kit, My Sculpted Face, which launched in 2009 and was most recently spotted on Khloe Kardashian’s vanity. The universal shades within the portable palette are all you need to draw attention to your favorite features, or downplay those that aren’t. To apply the product – I have to recommend IT’s Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush. I LOVE this brush. If I could marry a makeup brush, this would be the one. It is so soft and does it’s job! This brush was also most recently used by makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic during July’s Master Class with the contour queen herself, Kim Kardashian.

Beauty, Disney, Entertainment, Movies, Music August 24, 2015

Disney’s The Legacy Collection & H2O+ #ShareYourLegacy Sweepstakes | #D23Expo

Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, celebrates the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations. Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including “Pinocchio” (75th), “Fantasia” (75th), “Cinderella” (65th), “Lady and the Tramp” (60th), “Sleeping Beauty” (55th), “Mary Poppins” (50th), “The Lion King” (20th) and “Toy Story” (20th), among others. Boy oh boy, do those numbers make me feel old. I remember growing up with these classics. I still cannot believe Toy Story was 20 years ago – I am showing my age with that one as I saw it in theaters at age 11!

Beauty August 23, 2015

Stand Out with Bella Reina | #Vegan #Makeup #bellareina

Disclosure: Mama Smith’s Review Blog received this item in exchange for her honest review. Some links contained in this post are affiliate links. This means that if you click and/or make a purchase through certain links on this site or any related social media platforms, Mama Smith’s may make a commission from that click and/or purchase. All opinions expressed are 100% hers.

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I have an addiction to mascara and eye liner. I wear eye makeup almost every day. Even if I am in a rush, I try to throw on some mascara. I have an addiction to it, haha, and am always looking for new companies to try out. I was really excited to discover Bella Reina – and I immediately heard awesome things about them as I asked around. I love that they are mostly vegan makeup! The day I received my package, I took off my eye makeup and put theirs on – and was ridiculously impressed.

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The Bella Reina Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner pen is amazing. It goes on smooth and looks great. It is long lasting and is truly waterproof (use soap and water to remove it). You can apply it with thick or thin lines, whatever your preference. The felt tip deposits just the right amount of color on the lids, guaranteeing an even line in just one simple stroke. The High Definition Mascara is just as amazing. It is is clump free and will make lashes appear longer with only one coat. I usually have to put on at least two or three coats – but not with this mascara. I love the look – and even got some compliments the first time I wore it! I wear contacts so it is important that my mascara is gentle – and it is!

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**Bella Beauty Tip: Just because a cosmetic is hypoallergenic does not mean that you will never have a reaction. The meaning of hypoallergenic is that the ingredients are designed to be gentle on the lashes and to not cause any allergic reactions. When using hypoallergenic mascara be sure to replace your mascara every 3 months.

Shop Bella Reina here – and don’t forget to tell them Mama Smith sent you!

Connect with Bella Reina on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mybellareina
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mi_Bella_Reina
Instagram: http://instagram.com/mibellareina
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You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRWNLajJl8-CquGTKa2Zxxw
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Beauty August 20, 2015

Love Your Brushes with Brush Love from IT Cosmetics | #Beauty #Makeup #ITCosmetics

I have been wearing makeup nearly every day lately which means that I use a lot of brushes. I have different ones for my eye liner, eye shadow, foundation, blush, and more. I know that if you do not take care of your makeup brushes, you will have to throw them out fairly quickly. I have been washing them with just water and a little but of soap but now that I have discovered Brush Love from IT Cosmetics, I will never go back! This stuff works great and doesn’t smell as badly as I would assume, knowing it is a cleaner. My brushes are loving me for using it! They work better than ever. Brush Love is so easy to use – just spray, wipe, and dry. It is that simple. I highly recommend this stuff – if you wear makeup, than you need it. I promise, you will not regret trying it out.