Monday, February 23, 2015

Get $20 Off a Gramercy Bra at True&Co.

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From 02/20- 02/26 you can receive $20 off of a Gramercy bra from True&Co. with code GRAMERCY20.

This unapologetically seductive, lace balconette was specially designed to support with one-way stretch cups and gorgeous coverage. A flattering alternative to padded bras, the B├ęzier Gramercy bra features a peek-a-boo gore and flexible underwire that provides firm yet comfortable support from below with the slightest lift.

I have included my two favorite colors below, you can choose from black, scarlet, or nude. Happy Shopping!


Gramercy Bra in Scarlet


Gramercy Bra in Black


{US Only} Baby-BeeHaven See n' Store Giveaway


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Hosted by Stylish Momme
Sponsored by Baby-BeeHaven

Baby-BeeHaven began when founder, Heather, realized the products she needed as a parent were not available. So she set out to create her own product line, not only for herself, but for other parents too. Baby-BeeHaven creates products that make lives as parents easier and their babies happier!

Read Stylish Momme's review of the See n' Store here!


Now here's your chance to win your own by entering the giveaway via Giveaway Tools below. Good luck! :)

Giveaway Terms
  • This giveaway will run from February 23rd to March 9th at 11:59PM CST and is open to US residents 18+ only.
  • The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or forfeits the prize.
  • This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media.
  • All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • All entries are optional. Void where prohibited by law.

5 Facts About Allergic Reactions & Hair Product Ingredients

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If there's one thing that I should be thankful of my genes, that is I don't have any single allergy from anything. I could say that I'm lucky enough to eat the food that I love without worrying of having an allergic reaction. But did you know that allergic reactions don't just come from the foods we eat? You can react to just about any substance - including the ingredients in your hair products.

Dr. Jan and the team from Madison Reed offer some very helpful insight into allergic reactions and the ingredients in the hair products we use.

Allergies

1. What is an allergic reaction?

You could think of an allergic reaction as “too much of a good thing.” I say that because it’s a result of your body’s natural defenses working overtime. An allergic reaction is an inappropriate response to an otherwise harmless substance. When the body becomes sensitized to a substance, that substance becomes an allergen. Since this response depends on each body’s response, different people are allergic or sensitive to different things.

Minor allergic reactions are common. In fact, some reports claim that up to one third of Americans have allergies. Most allergic reactions are minor, but some allergic reactions can lead to a severe life threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.

The first time someone is exposed to an allergen, there is no reaction because the body hasn’t had time to develop antibodies meant to “fight off” the allergen. With each subsequent exposure, there is more of an immune response. This is why some people can, for example, eat shellfish or take penicillin or use hair dye their entire lives, and suddenly have an allergic reaction.

The takeaway is to trust your body’s reactions. If something feels wrong, stop what you’re doing, even if it’s something you’ve been able to eat, drink, or use in the past.


2. Why are some people allergic to hair color?

Allergens can get into our bodies in a multitude of ways, like eating peanut butter, breathing in pollen, through the blood when a bee stings, or topical like hair dye. It’s not well understood why some people react to certain substances while others do not.

Let’s talk about common ingredients in hair dye that can trigger sensitivities. Much of the hair dye made today is still based on formulas developed during the Industrial Revolution. The most common chemicals in hair dye linked to allergic reactions are PPD, ammonia, and resorcinol.

Knowing which ingredients pose a risk will help you make the best choices for yourself. Luckily, advances in science have led to healthier hair color formulas—like Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit —that give high performance without these common, potentially dangerous allergens.


3. Can I get hair color without these ingredients?

Yes! Madison Reed permanent color is free of PPD, ammonia, resorcinol, added parabens, and gluten. And Madison Reed products do not contain any of the 22 chemicals that are banned in the EU, which has stricter safety standards for hair color.

If you have high sensitivity to oxidative ingredients (which all permanent color requires to process hair), semi-permanent gloss is another option. This is a category of hair color that deposits pigments onto your hair without chemically opening the hair shaft. The tradeoff is that semi-permanent color cannot fully cover grays. Learn more about the difference between semi-permanent and permanent color on the Madison Reed blog so you can make a more informed decision!


4. How do I make sure a product is safe for me?

If you have had an allergic reaction of any kind and know what you are allergic to, avoid the allergen completely. Repeated exposure to an allergen can lead to a more serious reaction. Always check a product’s full list of ingredients to ensure your safety.

If you don’t know what you are allergic to, keep in mind you can be sensitive to any ingredient, not just the common allergens.

The other important thing to note is that each color has different ingredients. So if you’ve been using one shade of color and decide to change your look, read through the new shade’s ingredients carefully. Don’t assume that it will be the same formula.

If, and only if, you have not had a severe reaction in the past to hair color, you can perform a patch test on your skin before coloring your hair. Madison Reed offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can do this with their Radiant Color Kits with confidence. If you are going to a salon, call at least 2 days in advance to ask if they offer this service. If they do, make sure they perform the test with the exact shades that they plan to use on your hair.

If you have had a severe reaction in the past, please do not test on your own. It’s best in those cases to consult your personal physician, dermatologist, or allergist.


5. How do I perform a patch test?

Susan Roberts-Cooper, award-winning international colorist and director of research and development for Madison Reed, recommends these step-by-step instructions for a sensitivity skin patch test:

1. Mix a small amount of permanent color and a small amount of developer in a small non-metal bowl. You will be testing a very small patch of skin, so about 1” of color from the tube with a dime-sized dot of activator should be enough.
2. Clean small patch of skin (we recommend the inside of your arm, wrist, or behind your ear) thoroughly. Use rubbing alcohol if you are not sensitive to it.
3. Use a cotton swab to apply the color mixture to your skin.
4. Allow color mixture to dry. Then apply a small bandage to cover.
5. Leave on skin for 48 hours to test for sensitivities to the ingredients. If you sense any discomfort or sensitivity, remove and clean immediately.


Important:
Patch test must be done 48 hours (2 full days) before you plan to color your hair. Skin should not get wet during the 48 hours. For this reason, behind the ear is usually the best spot.

A visible change in the skin (redness or bumpiness) could signal sensitivity even if you do not feel physical discomfort. If you test on skin that is hard to see (like behind your ear), ask a friend to check at the end of 48 hours.

Learn more about Madison Reed and their line of hair color products that are healthier for your hair! With more than 30 shades of permanent hair color, semi-permanent gloss and root touch up, there is a color for you! Find your perfect hair color now!

{US Only} BalBoaBaby Simply Soft Blanket Giveaway

BalboaBaby Simply Soft Blanket Giveaway

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Sponsored by Balboa Baby

BalboaBaby creates fashionable and fuctional products to make life more simple for parents and better for babies. BalboaBaby's Simply Soft Blanket comes in three different colors/patterns: Pink Camellia, Black Camellia, and Diamond. They are super soft and made from ultra-soft fabric that is sure to keep your baby comfortable. The Simple Soft Blanket is also machine washable, has a lovely printed border and measures 30" x 40 ".

Read Stylish Momme's Review!


Now here's your chance to have your own BalboaBaby's Simply Soft Blanket. All you have to do is to enter the giveaway via Giveaway Tools below. Good luck! :)

Giveaway Terms
  • This giveaway will run from February 23rd 12:00AM CST to March 9th at 11:59PM CST and is open to US residents 18+ only.
  • The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or forfeits the prize.
  • This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media.
  • All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • All entries are optional. Void where prohibited by law.

Tea Collection's School Days Program Announcement

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Tea’s Spring School Days program is launching in March! You can help your school just by shopping for your favorite globally-inspired kids clothes from Tea Collection. Tea's School Days was created to expand their charitable efforts and give back to schools in a big way. The 2015 Spring School Days program will run from March 9th through March 15th. 

How does it work? When you participate in School Days, Tea will provide your school with a unique promo code that you can share with your school community, friends and family. Shoppers will have seven days to enter the promo code at checkout. They'll get Free Shipping (6-10 Business Days) AND Tea will donate 20% of the order total to your school! The more people shop, the more Tea donates! And there's no limit. It's that simple. 
Tea’s School Days program is from March 9th through March 15th.

The deadline to sign up is March 1st. 

Sign up for Tea Collection's School Days Fundraiser today!

Cents of Style #StyleSteals: Colored & Pattern Tights + Free Shipping

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Today's #StyleSteals is the Colored & Pattern Tights in 3 styles!
Colorful Style: Opaque footed tights in 10 fun colors,
2-Pack Style: Two pack of translucent tights. One is solid black and one is a very subtle pattern in black or gray, and
Diamond Style: Color opaque tights with small diamond cutout patterned throughout.
You can get these colored and pattern tights for $3.99 with FREE shipping by using the coupon code "TIGHTS" at checkout.

Please note that #StyleSteals will be first come, first serve and it will not normally be something that will be restocked.

Get today's steal here:
Style Steals - 2/23/15 - Colored & Pattern Tights - $3.99 & FREE SHIPPING ** Use code TIGHTS**



Sunday, February 22, 2015

{US Only} Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 35+ Giveaway


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Co-hosted by Michigan Savings and More
Sponsored by Ageless Derma

Ageless Derma’s Daily Moisturizer SPF+ is made from Safflower Oleosomes to deliver broad-spectrum protection. Oleosomes also allow the Daily Moisturizer to be time-released and it also enables the moisturizer to absorb deeply into the skin, maximizing protection. By using oleosomes the Daily Moisturizer is able to use less emulsifying chemical agents that are a necessary formulaic ingredient that could potentially interfere with the sunscreen’s activation process. That being said, it is not intended for use on children and pregnant women. 

Get your own Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 35+ by entering this giveaway via Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!

Giveaway Terms
  • This giveaway will run from February 21st to March 7th at 11:59PM CST and is open to US residents 18+ only.
  • The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or forfeits the prize.
  • This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media.
  • All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • All entries are optional. Void where prohibited by law.

What to do When Your Device Gets Wet

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Nooooo!!! It has happened to most of us, and usually happens in s-l-o-w motion when it does: your phone takes the deep plunge, goes for a swim, dives into the deep end. Any way you say it, when your phone splashes into water, your heart stops for a half second and you immediately pray that somehow, someway, your phone will survive it's liquid vacation.

There are some great tips to help increase your phone's survival rate, but if you find yourself unable to resuscitate your beloved device, have no fear - Gazelle is here! Gazelle has you covered with 'like new' devices at an affordable price that are all put through an industry-leading 30-point inspection to make sure that all features are fully functional and offers you the peace of mind of a 30-day risk-free return period, all with no contracts or strings attached. So if your device decides to take a bath, make sure to check out Gazelle for your replacement!