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WebSites You Should Know About But Probably Don’t

In Beauty, Fashion, Hair, House & Yard, Life, Life @ Home, Make-up, Skincare, Urban Dweller on July 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

Here’s some websites that aren’t quite famous yet (ala Amazon and Ebay)  but I thought that it might interest you and if you shop online (like I do regularly i LOVE Amazon) you too will be happy to have extra sites to check out. I have found personally that some of my local stores don’t carry X brand and so I have to resort to online or that the cost even with shipping is sometimes cheaper. I also wanted to share this for another reason if you have ever known anybody homebound you know they will appreciate it regardless of their age (whether is a new mommy or an elderly grandparent – they will feel a level of independence by being able to shop at home for themselves) also there’s some great deals which I LOVE to share (who couldn’t use a great deal in this economy)

Casa – for all things home

Wag – lets be honest where would we be without our pets? I lost my pet of 14 years not too long ago and so I hope to get a pet again very soon)  – Free shipping on ALL orders over $49 and deliveries are very quickly (p.s. this place has stuff for a lot more than dogs)

Soap – Here’s everything you ever ran out of the house for and made that extra errand because you forgot. All products are delivered in 1-2 days for FREE!

Beauty Bar – For all of us who love to shop for skincare, make up, men, fragrances, & natural products. 3 FREE samples with every order!

YoYo – Just as the name implies this is a site all about Toys

Diapers – Yes for all you parents out there has everything to do with the babies in your life (I highly recommend this also for grand parents, aunts, uncles, etc. Huge variety and might I add its easy to go online to Babies R Us and compare prices to get the best deals) Free shipping on $49 or above

I really hope you enjoy this list the above websites are all part of Quidsi a Latin term for “What If” – these 6 wesbites allow you to checkout with 1 shopping cart and save money by shopping 2 sites or more and Spend $39  you earn Free Shipping.

Also If your a NEW customer to these sites there is a banner with a code to save 10% at Checkout!  Plus the fixed banner has other specials advertised (like today as I type this has 10% off purchases for 1st and 2nd time buyers just type in the appropriate code at checkout!)





Makeup and Skincare

In Beauty, Hair, Life, Make-up, Skincare, Uncategorized on April 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Announcement: I have launched a new website called Fiori Beauty, this blog’s sole purpose is dedicated to the beauty, cosmetic and skincare industry. I will be:

  • testing products
  • have product giveaways you can enter to win
  • product reviews, links to articles and so much more
  • I hope you will check out the site and follow me there too if this interests you go to

Not to worry I will still be writing my other blogs Truffles Magazine and Endless Baby for those of you that follow them and aren’t interested in the content of Fiori Beauty.

Face Cleansing Wipes

In Beauty, Make-up, Skincare on March 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

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Many people love to use face wipes in lieu of a wash cloth there are many uses for them but its hard to find ones that leave the skin clean, residue free and yet remove all traces of makeup, oil, and dirt. If your wondering which brand too use or maybe you’ve tried a few and are still looking for the one that best suits you – well look no further than the Simone France Disposable Cleansing Cloths, these babies remove everything and if your wondering there are many ways to use them. I personally recommend using them if you go to the gym or after any workout because you can remove all the oil and sweat preventing clogged pores and breakouts.

Another reason they’re great is they have no product on them so if you love the skincare your presently using you don’t have to give it up. Here are some easy uses for these to save you some time: wash face at night with these and a mild cleanser to remove all the day’s dirt/oil/makeup. Use these with eye makeup remover to swipe over the eyes and remove all eye makeup without tugging on the delicate skin. Looking for another use, go ahead and put some toner on the cloth and wipe all over your face you’ll be surprised what comes off (even on clean skin). I love that they are so easy to travel with the cloths are small enough to pack and don’t take up much space, but provide an amazing job when your on the go.

If you need to stretch your budget then here are some suggestions: I will tell you right now these cloths can be used more than once (for those of you wondering) after washing with the cloth just rinse it out under warm water. I can get 3-4 uses if I am not removing heavy eye makeup. Another solution I have heard is to cut it in half some people then get double the amount of cloths essentially.

Share with me do you use cleansing cloths?

At home Face Mask

In Beauty, Skincare on March 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

So, today I am sharing with you ways to customize your at home beauty facials – go ahead and read this post this is one of my favorite clay masks and then read how to change it up by adding different ingredients to give you a different desired result.

Best Products for Acne

In Beauty, Skincare on February 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

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As promised today I am discussing the acne products I feel are best overall. I hope this list of products will inspire you to try some and make changes to your routine I also feel I recommend products that are in a variety of price points and will work well for any age acne sufferer. I strive in this list to have multiple best products in each category to ensure that everyone can find something in their budget or store near them.


  • In the evening I believe the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) can be a great way to wash away the day’s makeup and prepare skin for your nightly regimen  – please don’t freak out and remember certain OILS are GOOD for your SKIN. This cleansing method is relatively inexpensive and you can custom tailor it but here is my suggestion for brands: Only use organic oils it will make a difference – my favorites is Organic Castor Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs – an because your buying and mixing together it is really a cheap organic cleanser.
  • I also like this soap here (please don’t freak out I know I used the two words acne sufferers hate OIL and SOAP) now your thinking I am CRAZY!  $9.00 for the 5 oz bar.

Toners / Astringents

People seem to have 2 opinions on this and either love using a toner or hate it I am not telling you which is right, but I will tell you this don’t waste $ on store bought toners you can make yours at home for a few cents and only need 2 ingredients: water and apple cider vinegar (ACV) use a 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of of ACV add to bottle shake and apply with a cotton ball. Only do this in the evening – you don’t have to do this step everyday but if you feel your overly oil during the day then it can help to swipe your face in the evening. The ACV is $3.49 for 16 oz and will last you a very long time.


Okay so this is tricky because some people have combination skin, others have dry, while some have completely oil skin of course you can have acne with any skin type. Here are several suggestions:

Argan Oil – this is great for all skin types and you can apply a few drops to moisturize your whole face a little goes a long way. Its priced at $17.00 for 4 oz I have this jar in my bathroom right now and let me tell you it lasts quite awhile. I have used other pricier brands before and I am stating this for clarification you are usually paying for their ads and marketing campaigns MRH is all organic and wonderfully priced.

Jojoba Oil – yes another oil this oil is very close to ones own sebum so don’t worry it won’t clog pores. It also is organic and one of the best priced Jojoba oils on the market.  Its is $14.75 for 8 oz which means this bottle is going to last a really long time (at least 6-12 months)

For those of you with really dry skin but still suffer from acne or maybe you don’t enjoy using an oil this is a good option. Also, some people use natural oils in lieu of store bought serums and this is very effective because serums are able to penetrate the skin at a much deeper level than creams or lotions. With that said I completely understand some people want a traditional moisturizer and with that said these are my favorites. I have included different ones for different price points so please realize I don’t know your personal finances but as someone who has bought every brand of convenience, department, luxury, and spa brand out there I am recommending these.

Moisturizer 1 $69.00 for 1.7 ounces

Moisturizer for Evening $36.95 for 1.7 ounces

a more affordable option is of course using the oils above as they are large bottles and you will be using them sparingly on your skin.

Other Items

Check out this mask which I discussed in an earlier review this is great for acne prone skin – use it 1x per week

This is also a simple mask with common ingredients that you can make yourself

Tea Tree Oil is used as a good spot treatment because of its antibacterial properties – its very drying so you should avoid putting this all over your face or you will start to develop dry skin, however you could just put a drop on the zit itself before bed you can get Tea Tree Oil here

Consider these Pure Skin Supplements from Dr. Murad they help reduce acne by 55% in 6 weeks – if these aren’t in the budget consider buying some zinc, vitamin A, and Omegas to take daily – obviously supplements address internal problems associated with acne so the benefit is that your skin will also clear up where you have body acne as well

Getting Rid of Acne

In Beauty, Skincare on February 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

Acne is so frustrating and it affects not just teens but also millions of adults. I have compiled a list of the things to do in order to get rid of acne, I am not saying this is a cure I am saying this will help and truly minimize any acne you do have. My intention is to offer some advice and hope to the many self conscious acne sufferers. Please share this article with anyone you know who suffers from acne.

  • Wash your face morning and evening (always remove all make-up before bed, I don’t care how late it is the 5 minutes it takes will make such a difference on your skin)
  • Avoid any products with fragrance, perfume or dyes
  • Avoid any products with SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate),DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethnanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine) and Triclosan
  • I suggest buying some pillow cases (7 is ideal) either at a garage sale/estate sale or clearance sale and then change them before bed every night and wash once per week to keep them fresh and to prevent your face from sitting in bacteria night after night
  • Using things 1 time really improves acne, so buy enough washcloths to use a fresh one every morning and evening (this would be 2 a day x 7 days = 14 washcloths for someone with acne – doing laundry once per week)
  • Use a fragrance free laundry detergent (this is especially important if your have body acne)
  • You must moisturize your skin – people with acne have a terrible fear of moisturizer like using it will make their pores clogged and the truth is if you go without moisturizer your skin won’t be properly balanced
  • Make sure to avoid drinks high in sugar and with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – aim to drink 1/2 your body’s weight in ounces daily of water (120 lbs = 60 ounces of water)
  • Because acne is not just external make sure you are taking a multi vitamin and also check to make sure your getting enough Omega and Zinc in your diet if not make sure to add these supplements
  • Always wear sunscreen when outdoors

I am going to write another article about best products for acne and how/why to use them


Cheap Beauty Tips part 2

In Beauty, Skincare on February 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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Okay, so today I am discussing more cheap beauty tips to help you look your best and not break the bank. Also, these beauty tips I share can be done at home so they not only cost less but they’re convenient because you don’t can pamper yourself on your own schedule.

  • To tackle puffy eyes & dark circles: sleep with your pillow elevated (if your used to sleeping flat this will take some adjustment so keep propping up your pillow a few more inches each night until you get more comfortable) – this trick helps because it alleviates nasal congestion and swelling
  • Go ahead and buy an all silk Pillow Case – this is so gentle on the skin and it helps prevent face wrinkles, eye wrinkles and crows’ feet (you can check them out here I recommend you finding one online in case your concerned about matching your decor
  • Sleep on your back to prevent developing facial wrinkles
  • Give yourself a foot scrub and then slather on lotion and loose socks to seal in the moisture & soften your feet

If your looking for more inexpensive beauty tips check out my other cheap beauty tips

Dr. Weil for Origins Product Review

In Beauty, Skincare on February 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

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Today, I am bringing you my reviews of 2 Dr. Weil for Origins products. I figured after using these products for twice a day, for 3 months, and the bottles are empty I would share my reviews.

Mega Mushroom Relief: Soothing Face Lotion- This does absorb well, however it requires using more than the beauty consultant at Origins advised. She advised 1 pump for the entire face and neck, but it doesn’t spread enough so you will need more of it. It does leave you softer feeling to the touch. This doesn’t produce long term results to minimize redness (some days it’s less red than others but this does not work as promised). Retail Price is $61.00

Mega Mushroom Relief: Soothing Face Cream – This cream does not absorb well into the skin, and can leave you sticky when combined with products like the serum and topped with an SPF for daytime. Even at night with no SPF it doesn’t absorb well, kinda a sticky feeling.  On a positive note neither the cream nor the lotion/serum have a strong odor which I like, nothing too perfumery.

Retail price is $61.00

I would not buy either one of these products again, although they did not cause any bad reactions there was little to no positive results and I feel you’d be wasting your money if I didn’t give my review.

Origins: Starting Over Eye cream Review

In Beauty, Skincare on February 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

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Today, I am bringing you my product review for Origins Starting Over Eye Cream, I had seen several advertisements for this product, read about its reviews and wanted to share my experience with you.

First of all this eye cream is not bad, but it does not really leave any changes to darkness under the eyes, lines, or deep wrinkles. its pros: are it does not have any overpowering fragrance and it does moisturize the eye area well.

This has a retail price of $35.00

In effect, I would not buy this eye cream again there are better options out there for your money.

15 Uses for Jojoba Oil

In Green Scene, Hair, Skincare on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

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Jojoba oil is an amazingly moisturizing oil very similar to ones own sebum. The skin easily absorbs this oil and it lends itself to many uses for hair and skin, and the bonus is a little goes a long way and will last you a very long time for very little money.

Here is 15 Uses for Jojoba Oil

now that you read the many uses for Jojoba oil buy yours here