My #SelfCareSaturday |Beauty & Body Care Product Review @NailahsShea #NailahsShea

Weekends are for ….

  • Longer than normal showers
  • Hot Bubble Baths
  • DIY manis/pedis
  • Washing & Deep Conditioning hair 
  • Detoxifying Face Masks 

Pretty much I am all into pampering me and enjoying some type of Self Care routine on Saturdays and Sundays. Well today is no different, as I plan to use some sample beauty products I received courtesy  of Nailah’s Shea. *Disclaimer: Although, I received product for review, the opinons are my own

I first heard of this brand last week at the Triad Womens Blogger Network meetup (see recap video here) in Greensboro, where all attendees received the Nailah’s Shea samples in our swag bags ! Here is what we received: 

I am a fan of shea butter because of its many benefits and my family personally uses it to help with 

  • Dry Skin 
  • Eczema
  • Preventing stretch marks &wrinkles
  • Minimizing Scars
  • Sunblock
  • Natural Shaving Balm
  • Insect Bites
  • Cuticle Repair

I was excited to try something new from this all natural Shea butter-based beauty and body care product line.My first impression was how wonderful it smelled! This Zanzibar Spice fragrance is a nice mix of citrus and spicy. It was truly love at first sniff !

I immediately reached out to Founder & Ceo, Camilia Majette to express my gratitude in receiving this swag and how much of a natural high I was on just from the smell of her product. I felt as if I were transported to somewhere exotic!  To my surprise, she offered to send the 2 Oz jar and matching soap too. Who doesn’t like surprises? How Sweet! 

Notice the Unscented Oatmeal Shea Butter Soap bar? I immediately thought my husband and/or daughter would love this too ! I was touched when the owner mentioned she thought of my family 🙂 We care to use natural products on our body, so it pleased me to learn that Naiilah’s Shea is a fair trade product and also…….

I showered this morning using the Citrus Manjano Shea Butter Soap. Talk about your morning pick me up! This soap infused with orange and lemongrass therapeutic-grade organic essential oils had me feeling like that OutKast song “so Fresh and so Clean, Clean”. Check out the packaging and how the soap is handcrafted:

This soap also smelled oh so good ! I appreciated the balance of fragrances and how it’s not a strong and overpowering scent.I loved how moisturized it made my skin feel. Now time to lock in and seal that moisture by using some of this Jasmine Asmini Whipped Shea Butter

But first, will it past my sniff test….YES!

I’ve had some shea butter products that were just too thick and seemed to take forever to absorb into my skin.  Not this one. Its texture was nice and I was able to glide it right onto my skin. You can tell she uses quality ingredients to make her hand-whipped shea butters. It did not leave me feeling too oily and I learned from the website that some of the ingredients used were high in anti-aging properties. Since I will be turning 44 this year, that was good info to know!
Although this business is based out of Greensboro, products are available to purchase online http://www.nailahsshea.com.

SobeSavvy Tip: You don’t have to wait to buy your products online. Tomorrow only, you can visit Nailah’s Shea this Sunday at West Elm in Durham from 12-5p at the Streets at Southpoint Mall! 

So far I am enjoying this journey to naturally glowing healthy skin. I look forward to continue using the products as part of my self care routine and plan on getting me some exfoliating sugar scrub from Nailah’s Shea. Be sure to follow FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

DO YOU HAVE A SELFCARE WEEKEND ROUTINE..DO YOU USE SHEA BUTTER PRODUCTS? Share below in the comments and thanks for reading ! 

#FashionFriday ‘Red & Black’ #Amiclubwear #ValentinesDay Look and SALE !

Disclaimer: Product from Ami Clubwear featured in this post was sent complimentary to facilitate this review. The opinion of SobeSavvy will always stay honest and true for our readers. 

Ladies, be prepared this Valentine’s Day with a dress that will make you feel flirty and fun! AMI Clubwear has a variety of dresses that will look great on you no matter what plans you have! This affordable and show stoppin’ line will get you excited to strut your stuff on Valentine’s Day! I’m attending a black and red affair this weekend and knew that a dress from AMI Clubwear would be the perfect place to shop online for a V-Day style. Here is what I ordered:

Sexy Red Black Glitter Mesh Paneled Short Sleeve Bodycon Party Dress Rock this eye catching dress for a date night out! Featuring; two tone, glitter, round neckline, short sleeve, mesh panels.

I love how comfortable and fun this dress is.The back is sheer so be prepared to strut your sexy when you turn to walk away. Whether you’re going out on the town with your sweetheart or having a girl’s night, AMI Clubwear’s got you covered and has something for every woman including plus sizes. Make sure to check out their selection of sexy shoes to add the finishing touch to your Valentine’s Day look, like these hot heels!

 Strappy Open Toe Platforms: Strut your stuff in these classy pumps, featuring a bold strappy design, open toe and back zipper closure. Match it with your favorite little black dress and your date will be loving your look!

Savvy Tip: Today only, use code RED55 and take advantage of their RED HOT Friday sale! 

Go out and get your perfect Valentine’s Day outfit all from AMI Clubwear! With all their seductive heels, platforms and boots, you can match it with just about any outfit. Get ready to make everlasting memories with the one you care most for while looking more desirable than ever. To shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day vibe, visit https://www.amiclubwear.com.

~Here’s a special Valentine from me to you~

What plans do you have this Valentine’s Day weekend and what do you plan to wear? Please share below and thanks for stopping by! 

With Love, SobeSavvy.com 💋

#WineWednesday Tips for Making Mom’s #ValentinesDay Special From The Makers of @MomsTimeOutWine

Sometimes, it’s hard to find a romantic moment when you’re a parent or to feel appreciated by your significant other.  So this Valentine’s Day, the makers of Mommy’s Time Out™ and Dad’s Day Off™ Wines have a few suggestions:

Book Your Sitter Early!  Don’t wait for the last-minute to arrange a sitter if you’re planning a night out.  They’re in high demand on Valentine’s Day.  Having trouble sourcing a sitter? Set up a babysitting cooperative with other parents in your neighborhood.  Each couple/parent can volunteer one evening a month to watch the kiddies…this “no cost” option ensures you get at least one night a month to keep the romance alive!

Stay In & Include the Kids.  If you can’t manage a night without the kids, find ways to include them.  Have them help to set a pretty table, make a special treat and create their own cards.  This is a great time to show the kids how to express their love for each member of the family, as well as to set an example of how mom and dad love and appreciate one another.

Give Thoughtful Gifts. For busy parents, romance isn’t always about sex, so skip the negligee and give a gift they can really use! For Mom’s it might be a coupon for a foot rub or a relaxing day without the kids.  For Dad, it might be a certificate for a day on a fishing boat with friends or taking the kids out so he can watch a game without any interruptions.  Pair the gift with a bottle of Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Red or Dad’s Day Off Chianti!  I have tried their Garganega Pinot Grigio before and I love it. It is refreshing..not too sweet, not to dry~just right!  Put it in a basket along with some other favorite things and it will make the perfect personalized gift!

Focus on Love!  Valentine’s Day is all about love, so it’s a great time to teach your children about how love is important in their lives.  The ancient Greeks had different words for different kinds of love.  You may want to research and teach their meaning.  Each can provide a wonderful lesson on love, especially when a child can relate it to people they know.

About Our Wines:

Selective Wine Estates, Inc. imports Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Red and Dad’s Day Off Chianti.  The wines are made from select grapes from some of the finest vineyards in Italy. Each blend is fresh, crisp, and fruity, with a wonderful berry aroma. The structure and character of these great Italian wines makes them easy to drink with or without food. Both wines are fresh, fruity and well balanced. 

“The suggested retail price for both wines is around $10. Adults over the age of 21 should enjoy these wines responsibly.

For more information, please visit www.mommystimeoutwine.com

*Mommy’s Time Out is a registered trademark of Selective Wine Estates, Inc.

#outandaboutAva gets creative with her @American_Girl #GOTY2017 Gabriela McBride #AGdoll #Fun 

​Disclosure: We received the doll for review and the opinions are that of my own/DD

We were excited to hear the news of American Girl’s debut of its 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride, which became available January 1, 2017. Why were we excited ? As a mom, I love to see representation and diversity in dolls and it was another opportunity for my daughter to bond with a doll that as she would say “looks like me”. 

We learned that Gabriela is a true talent who uses her passion for the arts—specifically spoken word poetry—to overcome personal obstacles and create positive change for her community. Gabriela launched with a beautiful 18-inch doll, plus several performance-inspired outfits, accessories, and toys. We’re also happy to hear that, unlike past Girl of the Year characters, Gabriela will be available throughout 2017 and beyond!

After unboxing her, my daughter was most impressed with her outfit. She liked the layered top & jeans and commented that the shoes are easier to put on and take off in comparison to some other dolls. It also comes with a book that shares how Gabriela focuses on expressing her true feelings when speaking up gets scary. Gabriela is inspired to use her talents and be creative for a cause. 

The doll comes with clear rubber bands and a pink headband. My daughter squealed in delight over the brown curls and could not wait to style it ! (as seen in this YouTube video). 

Coming in March, American Girl is partnering with Scholastic to create and distribute Express Yourself, a program for classrooms that empowers students to use the arts as a tool for self-expression ,to connect students with Gabriela’s inspiring message and to bring awareness to spoken word poetry. The classroom resources will give teachers the tools to encourage students to find their creative voices, just in time for National Poetry Month in April.

Learn more about Gabriela here-and get ready to imagine, dream and create! After reading her inspiring story to my daughter, I told her “May her Dreams be as Big as her Smile~Always! “

Prepping for Game Day? Here are some #Recipes for your #SuperbowlParty snack spread !

Next week is Superbowl Sunday and althought my team (GO Baltimore Ravens) is not playing,  I still look forward to Game Day fun with family & friends and let’s not forget the snacks! 

I got the opportunity to sample Jarlsberg® Cheese®Moore’s Marinades and Sauces and Farm Rich easy -to-make snacks (#gotitfree, thanks to BzzAgent). As you know from prior posts, I love entertaining and hosting Happy Hour at home. So I put these products to the test last night to see if it would be game day worthy to serve to family and friends. Here are the tasty appetizers I served:

Cheese Nachos with Jarlsberg Cheese

Jarlsberg® Cheese®, the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese famous for its characteristic mild, sweet and nutty taste and its large round holes,  wants you to celebrate the Big Game with their array of cheeses that are perfect for any palate, and what better way to enjoy it than with winning recipes for your party like some delicious, mouthwatering cheese Nachos! I made some with Jarlsberg® Cheese , paprika, cilantro, black beans, sour cream and salsa. We enjoyed the unique, nutty mild flavor of the cheese and thought this cheese would go great in any nacho recipe. Enjoy this special Jarlsberg® Cheese Nacho recipe for your Big Game party, and let the games begin!

Jarlsberg® Cheese Nachos
Ingredients:

2 cups shredded Jarlsberg® Cheese

1 bag tortilla chips

1 Broccoli head, grated

2 green chilies, diced small

2 garlic cloves, diced small

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 limes – juiced

Fresh pepper to taste

Dash of coriander

How to Bake:

Spread tortilla chips on flat pan (use parchment paper to avoid clean up). Top with cheese, and baked for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. While chips are cooking, toss all other ingredients in bowl.  Remove from oven and top with all tossed ingredients.  

#MooreFlavor Wings

February 5th brings football, the best commercials and of course, WINGS! This year,  Moore’s Marinades and Sauces wants you to go easy on yourself and do the work for you. They have a ton of delicious flavors (and recipes!) to get those wings going. If you want seriously delicious wings on game day, Moore’s Sauces and Marinades offers the best tasting sauces to kick off Super Bowl Sunday like a champion. 

Based in Alabama, Moore’s is a family owned business that pours their heart into their marinades and sauces to give football fans a taste of true southern flavor. Whether you crave a sweet, sticky taste or a hot, tangy flavor, Moore’s has a stellar lineup of products for you to indulge in the best half-time wings you’ve ever had.

As seen on Instagram, I made some #MooreFlavor Wings by simply marinating the wings in their Creamy Ranch Buffalo sauce and baking it in my oven. It definitely is a winning game-day snack that is super easy to make and guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Once your finger lickin’ wings are beautifully glazed don’t forget to garnish your plate with celery, carrots, and EXTRA dipping sauce.

Be sure to follow Moore’s Marinades on:
Facebook

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

The company is continually expanding its line and has recently added Spicy Habanero Wing & Hot Sauce, and Zesty Garden Herb Marinade to their collection. Check out their website at www.mooresmarinade.com for tons of yummy recipes that only require 30 minutes or less !

Barbeque Chicken Bites/Loaded Potato Skins by Farm Rich

Need a simple football party snack or something quick to eat anytime? Then try Farm Rich’s line of easy to make appetizers. I first heard of this brand by participating in a campaign with BzzAgent and was impressed by their snack products. 

Yesterday,  I chose to combine two of my favorites from that line: Barbeque Chicken Bites and Loaded Potatoe Skins …and served as one amazing appetizer !

I recommend visiting their website to see other recipe hacks like putting a fried egg on top of the potato skin or serving the barbeque chicken bites on a toothpick with mini cornbread squares! 

I hope you are inspired to include  any or all of these quick, easy and tasty items on your Super Bowl Sunday snack spread or anytime you host your next gathering. Let me know what you have planned to eat/serve on Game Day ?! 

#TestimonialTuesday Makeover with @butterLondon & @_iknoGlam + #ValentinesDay Special!

It’s always fun to play in makeup and get pampered, right ladies? And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, fellas may I suggest you give the gift every girl can enjoy : makeup from butter London and a makeover or shall I say “Glam-Over” by Neely Glam Studios!
I had the pleasure of experiencing both and wanted to share my Tuesday Testimonial with you. I received samples of butter LONDON, the official makeup sponsor of Project Runway Junior® Season 2, however the following opinions are my own. 

You only have one chance to make a first impression—and let’s just say, I was impressed with these 2 butter LONDON products. Both of them were featured in an episode of Project Runway Junior® Season 2 where contestants worked with celebrity makeup artist Scott Patric to create one-of-a-kind looks to complement their designs on the runway. The winning look featured an array of butter LONDON products, including the Plush Rush Lip Gloss in Fireworks and BlushClutch in Just Darling.

I loved the colors in the blush palatte. They were very complimentary to my skin tone and blended smoothly ..like butter..into my skin! It comes with a highlighter pen and in a gorgeous compact. The lip gloss glided on with ease but after application it had a tingling sensation that was uncomfortable. I wonder if that is why it was called Fireworks?!

I knew my favorite makeup artist in the Triangle would know the answer. So I called up Tanya Neely of Neely Glam Studios to schedule a Glam Tutorial One on One along with a Signature Glam Session. And guess what ladies and gents, she is running a Valentine’s Day Special!!!! See details below !

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Ms.Neely arrived to my home promptly for my appointment with all her tools of the trade. I was very impressed that she came with her own lighting and plenty of products to choose from. She informed me that the lip gloss had a plumping agent in it which was giving the tingly effect and because I have natural , full lips that she would not be using it. 

It’s not often that I wear a full face of makeup or get to bat my eyes with false lashes. I only do a ‘full beat’ for special occasions, so I let Ms.Neely choose a look for me. She decided on doing a look called “Safari Sunset”. I loved the hues of browns and golds used as well as her choice of lipstick: a reddish orange matte color called ‘Anna Nicole by Nyxx.I loved the final look especially my brows!

Before

After

Applying blush from the butterLondon BlushClutch

See more of the behind the scenes and finished look here: https://youtu.be/YhaVYNmG0mI

So there you have it my Tuesday Testimonial. Overall, I enjoyed my Glam-Over by Neely Studios using some makeup by butter London. Don’t forget, if you are in North Carolina : Raleigh/Durham/Greesnboro/Charlotte, to book your look and take advantage of the upcoming Valentine’s Day special! If you need a MUA for any occassion be sure to contact Neely Glam Studios!

Give a #ValentinesDayGift that Gives Back from #GlowforACause | #Beauty Review by #SobeSavvy

 

With Valentine’s Day approaching quickly, it’s time to make sure you have a great gift for everyone on your list! If you want a gift that’s empowering, luxurious, and sweet smelling then GLOW for a cause is the place to shop!

I recently learned about Glow for a cause  and their mission to not only create the most amazing beauty products, but they also give back to charities with every purchase! So I requested a sample because I love luxury beauty/skincare products. 

I received the “Wish” body butter to sample and it was love at first smell ! I also loved the consistency of the butter. Not too thick and absorbed into my skin. 

Here is how it is described on the website: 

A magical blend of sparkling light florals, white tea, and bergamot grounded by light musks.  

Our luxuriously rich body butter with nature’s best moisturizing oils of coconut, jojoba, sunflower and vitamin E, hydrates and protects the skin while leaving behind a sexy and lasting scent.

Paraben Free.  Phthalate Free.  Cruelty Free.  Gluten Free.  Made in the USA.

INGREDIENTS

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Beeswax, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate , Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Sunflower (Helianthus Annus) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Carbomer, Sodium Citrate, Caramel, Fragrance Oil

GLOW for a cause â€śWish” Scented Products Include:

  • Body Butter
  • Perfume
  • Facial Creams
  • Facial Clay Masks
  • Facial Clay Scrubs
  • Lip Balm
  • Makeup Bag

 
I appreciate that GLOW for a cause is a company that creates a variety of beauty products made with high quality ingredients to not only make you feel amazing on the outside, but to also help empower you on the inside! With a variety of decadent scents and products available, you’ll be wanting to also gift yourself something! Every time you buy a GLOW for a cause product, you are not only pampering yourself, you are giving back 5% to our partner non-profit organizations. Now that’s beauty that GLOWS on the inside and out.

Charities GLOW for a cause Gives Back to Includes:

  • Cowgirls vs. Cancer
  • Boston Firefighter’s Burn Foundation
  • The Red Sox Foundation
  • MaxFund Animal Adoption Center
  • The Gathering Place
  • Berni’s Journey

 
 If you would like to learn more information about GLOW for a cause visit http://www.glowforacause.com/.