Friday, August 31, 2012

Take Me There - Island Vanilla Pacifica Review

Smelling like vanilla always relaxes me. With taking a full load of college classes and working almost full time I could use all the relaxing I could get. Pacifica perfume has sent me into a world of relaxation and vanilla bliss. I was able to try the Island Vanilla Take Me There Set ($18) and the body wash ($10). I love how this set includes a body butter, perfume roll-on, and a color quench natural moisture lip tint. I tried all these products in the scent Island Vanilla which mixes Tahitian vanilla with honey-jasmine.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jay Robb Review

Getting enough protein in my diet is hard. I recently had the opportunity to try Jay Robb. Jay Robb helps people reach their potential by providing high protein shakes and bars. I received three bars; fudge brownie, peanut butter, and cashew coconut.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Madison at Main Rug Review and Giveaway

We all use rugs, whether it be at an entry way, in our bathroom, or in our living room. Rugs give you the ability to show your personality without it being permanent. My family has been needing a new rug for our bathroom for a while now. I came across Madison at Main while searching the internet. Madison at Main has every type of rug pattern I can think of from childrens rugs, to gardening rugs, to monogram rugs. They have 26 pages of rugs! I recently had the opportunity to try a Jellybean rug. I had a hard time choosing just one rug, but in the end I picked the rug in Snow Leopard.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Domain!

Hi readers! Did you notice the new domain? It's now instead of! If you enter the old address don't worry you will be redirected to the new one. I also have a new email Although I can still be reached at! I just wanted to say thank you for helping get my own domain and I can't wait to get my stats back up!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Medusa's Make-Up Review

Hello ladies, this is a review aimed at what I know I'm obsessed with MAKEUP! I'm literally obsessed with it. My friends don't think I should own any more because my whole bathroom is filled with all types of makeup. I recently had the chance to try Medusa's Eye Dust in Rising Sun. It is this georgous pink gold color, more gold than pink but that's ok. It is a dust so you have to pat it on to apply or have a lot of fall out. It goes on pretty easy and stays on well with a primer. It did crease a little but that was expected. Overall I was really happy and even better it comes in so many colors and it's only $7.00.

Rising sun is the sparkly goldish color and I used brown shadow to blend. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

500 Fan Giveaway!

Casandra's Reviews and Giveaways knows just how much you love products and combined with my sponsors and fellow bloggers we have SEVEN awesome prizes! That means SEVEN of you will win! Some of the entries are daily like the Word of the Day so you can increase your chances of winning. This giveaway will be open from August 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM and ends on September 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM!

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ONE lucky winner will win a can of Batiste Dry Shampoo and a pair of eylure eyelashes!
 TWO lucky winners will win a perfume roll on from Auric Blends!
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 ONE lucky winner will receive the nuNAAT NAAT Brazilian Keratin line.
ONE lucky winner will receive TWO products from Laid Hair Care!
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Auric Blends Review and Giveaway

We all love smelling nice. Whether it be from our shampoo, body wash, lotion, or perfume. I recently had the chance to try some of Auric Blends roll on perfumes and solids. I hate how when using spray perfumes as soon as you change clothes you no longer smell wonderful. Auric Blends has created some perfume roll ons to solve this problem at a great price! Auric Blends perfume roll ons retail for $7.50 which is a steal! The bottle lasts for quite a while and you don't have to worry about spraying too much! It also doesn't leave your skin oily!

From Left to Right: Black Coconut, Water Goddess, Love, Desert Night, and Starr Jasmine.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ila Security Dusk and Pebble Review and Giveaway

As a college student I like going out at night, however unless I'm with a huge group of people I don't feel safe. I constantly have the fear that if something bad was to ever happen I would freeze up and not be able to scream. Although I am trained in self-defense I like any option to stay safer. I even had pepper spray, but I'm not allowed to carry it due to working in a jail. 

ila Security specializes in woman's safety devices. They have many types of personal security alarms. I had the opportunity to try their ila Dusk Personal Alarm and the ila Pebble Keyring Alarm. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bagblaze Review and Giveaway

Working in a jail, I can't bring a huge purse. I currently have a little clutch that I use all the time because it takes to much effort to keep changing. I recently had the chance to try a wallet from Bagblaze. I received the Sundae iPhone wallet in red. The Sundae iPhone wallet is perfect. It has a zippered wallet and on the outside it has a pocket that fits the iPhone. I love this wallet. It's small so it fits only the necessities. Even better is the price, you can't go wrong. You can get your own for only $14.95. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Brianna's Home Style Dressings Review

I recently had the chance to try four of Brianna's Home Style Dressings: Asiago Caesar, Chipotle Cheddar, Dijon Honey Mustard, and True Blue Cheese. 

I love baking with this Caesar dressing, I simply brush it on raw chicken and bake in the oven! It turns out delicious especially if you have a salad with it! I love Caesar dressing with lots of cheese and this one totally delivers! It makes my salads so amazing and I'm super picky when it comes to Caesar dressings! I highly recommend this dressing if you want a cheesy Caesar taste!

This Chipotle Cheddar dressing is delicious for dipping your steak into. It's not too spicy, it's a lot more cheesy. They blend the exotic flavor of smoked jalapeƱos with rich, robust cheddar cheese and zesty Southwestern spices. If you are tired of typical steak sauces I definitely think you should try this one out.

The Dijon Honey Mustard dressing is my absolute favorite! I love dipping my fried chicken strips into it! They have managed to balance the mustard and the honey just right, it's not too sweet or too bitter. If you love Honey Mustard sauce you will definitely love this one!

My mom's favorite! She loves dipping her carrots into it! Not only that but it's the best Blue Cheese dressing for your salad! If you are a veggie addict and love finding new traditional sauces to dip it in you need to try this one!

I love how on every bottle it states whether it's Gluten Free, Nut Free, Lactose Free, Egg Free, Vegan, or Vegetarian! No more guessing! Even better these products are approximately $3.99 at Walmart which is a great price!

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**Disclaimer: This product was given to me for free for purposes of reviewing. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for the positive review.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

nuNAAT Review and Giveaway

My hair is one of the things I've always been self conscious about. In middle school my hair never did what I wanted. It refused to go curly or straight. It was always poufy and not shiny. Since then I've been on the hunt to find hair care that leaves my hair soft, shiny, and healthy. Recently I had the opportunity to test out four nuNAAT products from their NAAT Brazilian Keratin Line. I received the NAAT Daily Care Shampoo, NAAT Daily Care Conditioner, NAAT Liquid Keratin Leave-In Reconstructor, and NAAT Intensive Hair Mask.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Eylure False Eyelashes and Batiste Dry Shampoo Review and Giveaway

My number one requirement for leaving the house is having amazingly long and defined eyelashes and my hair has to look decent. Depending on where I'm going mascara may not cut it. I recently had the chance to try Eylure's false eyelashes. I've worn eyelashes before so applying them was easy. The packages even included glue which was perfect because I always forget to buy some. They are simple to apply. Make sure you apply your eye makeup first otherwise it's impossible to get it to look good. Eyelure's eyelashes come in many different looks so you can go from natural looking to more defined. I even like these more than the other brand I currently use. They have something for every look you are trying to achieve.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid Review and Giveaway

So for those of you who don't know, I am in my early 20's. I don't suffer from wrinkles and the aging process yet, but my mother and grandma do. They are always on the hunt for products that make them more youthful with minimal effort. They recently had the chance to try the DMAE Firming Fluid from Reviva Labs

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Giveaway!

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Laid Brand Hair Care Review and Giveaway

I love shampoo and conditioner. It leaves your hair soft, shiny, and smelling great. Recently I had the chance to try some of Laid Brand's female line, Shady Girl Color Treated System. I always dye my hair and straighten it so having something made for protecting my hair color was a must.

Laid Brand is a completely different kind of product. Lets discuss the shampoo and conditioner first. They still clean your hair amazingly well, but Laid has incorporated what they call Pherottraction which uses human pheromones! At first I was weirded out thinking it was going to smell like nasty body odor! Boy was I wrong, the shampoo smelled like coconuts and the conditioner smelled like menthol. At first I wasn't fond of the scent. After I got out of the shower; however I loved it. I kept smelling my hair! It mixed into this amazingly yummy smelling product. The shampoo cleans well, I only wish it lathered a little more. The conditioner is very moisturizing! Overall I would definately buy it again.

I also received the Mo' Rockin' Oil. If LAID BRAND made this oil any lighter, the bottles would float away. Mo Rockin’ Oil conditions, controls frizz, and creates immediate shine while repairing damaged hair. I found the Mo' Rockin' Oil to be too oily for my hair. I don't normally use any oil in my hair. My friend who has thick crazy hair loves it though. It keeps her hair shiny and less frizzy. Depending on your hair type you should check it out!

Lastly I received Straight Kinky Multi-Purpose Spray. Straight Kinky Spray is a leave-in conditioner that detangles, adds shine, smoothes, seals and protects hair color, controls frizz, and protects against flat iron breakage. I really liked using this spray. I just sprayed a little in my hair and it felt even softer and even had more shine without looking oily. After flat ironing my hair didn't look dead like before. This is an item that all hair types would benefit from.

Flat Iron Experts Review

 I don't know about you but I always straighten my hair. I'm obsessed with it. I previously had a flat iron that was alright I never realized that by using using a cheap hair straightener I was wasting so much time and damaging my hair. I recently had a chance to try the Avanti Nano-Titnium Cermamic Silver Digital Flat Iron (1-3/8" inch). Let's just say that I will not be able to go back to my old cheap one ever again. The Avanti heats up to 450°F in 30 seconds. You can literally watch as the thermometer goes up. You can also switch the temperature gauge to Celsius. This flat iron is made to protect your hair and leave it soft and shiny! It eliminates frizz and causes less damage to hair by using nano titanium/ceramic. It also helps destroy some bacteria, viruses, algae, and fungi! This flat iron has greatly reduced the time I straighten my hair from 45 minutes to 15 minutes. It's great not having to wait for the iron to heat up and the iron is so easy to use. The only complaint I have is the handle and the weight. It has little bumps where your fingers go to help it not slip, but I find it hurts my fingers and is uncomfortable. It also is a little heavy. It is one pound which is too much for my holder. The flat iron is on the pricey side, it is currently on sale for $159.99 regularly $249.99. Even without changing the handle or the weight I still would recommend this flat iron to anyone who cares about the condition of their hair and who is limited on time to get ready.
Avanti Nano-Titanium Ceramic Silver Digital Flat Iron (1-3/8" inch)

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