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OLD FACTORY manufactures soy candles that are hand poured in the US. Each of the 3 gourmet candles in the gift set are created with natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils. The candles are guaranteed to burn 20 hrs straight.

REVIEW
PACKAGING - Comes in a brown box with a sweet positive message inside.

- Candle packaging comes in durable glass container with label of the name of the candle on the bottom.
- Includes recommendations for everyday things like candles for best sleep, relaxation, energy, increased focus and more.



SCENTS - I chose the vacation package to review. It contained
SEA BREEZE - Very fresh linen smell. It reminds me of fresh vacation towels. (Is that weird?)
HAWAIIAN LEI  - Smell is exactly as described very heavily floral scent. 
AWAPUHI - Reminds me of a very sweet floral hibiscus-esque smell. 
Old Factory has a HUGE collection of options to try from - NEW BORN BABY | COFFEE SHOP | FALL HARVEST | FRESH & CLEAN | HAPPY HOLIDAYS | 50 SHADES | MAN CAVE | ROMANCE | SPA DAY | VACATION | WINTER WONDERLAND

TO ENTER THIS GIVE AWAY
COMMENT BELOW ON WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
TWEET ME (@LoveMavin)  OR TAG ME IN AN INSTAGRAM (@Love_Mavin) POST ON SOMETHING OR SOMEONE THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
//EDIT// CLOSES ON 03/23/15

*Be happy with where and who you are in your life right now*
- Be happy in your reality -


*This candle was scent to me to review from Brand Backer and Old Factory *
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It is often said that beauty is in the mind. However, living in this world, you will realize that people look at you more than your mind. So, here are some tips that will help you look good and give you the confidence to impress others around you.

Face Mask
Start by using a cleanser to remove the dirt. This should be followed by a mild scrub. Here, make sure that it contains exfoliates that are non-abrasive and round. After exfoliating, a facial mask should be applied that suits your skin.
Note: There are different face packs for different skin types. For example, if you have dry skin, you should prepare banana facial mask, papaya facial mask and so on. However, if you have oily skin, you should prepare apple facial mask, tomato facial mask and so on.

Facial Massage
Facial massages are often overlooked when it comes to looking fresh and rejuvenated. You can create your own at home, but it is better to let an expert take the trouble of applying it on your face so you can relax and day dream about that up coming spring break.

Hydrating at night
Getting ready to sleep? You should apply moisturizer and repair skin damage. Most of the night creams contain plant enzymes, vitamin C, olive oil and essential oils that can be perfect for a moisturizing session at night.

Planning to buy beauty and makeup products online? Nordstrom is a good source. Buy it from Nordstrom and get exclusive discounts on them. Apart from it, you can get additional discounts on applying Nordstrom coupon code.
Note: Promo codes are life savers, but you can make the most of it by matching promo codes to discounts and offers available on the online store.

*This is a guest post and the author wants to remain anonymous*

[Let me know if you enjoy guest posts and I'll be sure to feature more. xo]

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It is no secret that I'm slightly obsessed with skin care. I believe if you take care of your skin it will will be good to you. I've had the opportunity to review a few of Instanatural's products and I am pleased to say I've had such a great experience with all the products.
(Comment below if you'd be interested in a giveaway). 

Today's review is on Instanatural's Dead Sea Mud Mask and Retinol Moisturizer. 
You can watch the review and check out my other videos on my YOUTUBE as well. xo



The mud mask can be purchased on the
INSTANATURAL WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/1DfvQvz -or- AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1vt8Clx

-BRAND BACKER SENT ME THESE PRODUCTS ON BEHALF OF INSTANATURAL FOR A REVIEW- 

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I initially had a totally different outfit in mind but the record breaking temperatures in New York had other plans. I was also was going to edit out the heels in the corner of the photo but I thought they deserved a little bit a feature since I brought them out in the cold. 






COAT || H & M ||
SHIRT || Express ||
PANTS || Marshalls ||



#nycchill #winter #toocold #ididitforfashion



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Valentine's Day is vastly approaching and for many, it is the most romantic day of the year where a loved one surprises you with flowers and chocolates and maybe a cute dinner date. 
*Hint Hint - Anyone at a loss for ideas reading this, 50 shades of Grey comes out this weekend and it was THE MOST TALKED ABOUT BOOK so imagine the movie .. *

I personally LOVE Valentine's Day because people genuinely go above and beyond to express their love and gratuity to their partners through romantic gestures and just the effort put into that overwhelms my heart with so much love! 
Also because some of my best romantic memories happened on Valentine's day or around the time. 

Here are a few looks I styled for your Valentine Weekend ranging from casual to a very dressy dinner / night out. 







I hope you enjoyed this mini look book. I really loved shooting this with my friend from Jalease Photography.  Check out her social media here and show her some love. xo

JALEASE PHOTOGRAPHY: FACEBOOK || INSTAGRAM


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Forever 21

I've been testing a variety of beauty products in hopes of creating the perfect beauty bundle for beginners. I received the two products below in my Frosty Voxbox. 
This Rimmel London Make Up Remover can be found at your local drug store, Ulta, even on Amazon. The price ranged from $4 - $8 based on where it is purchase. 

Prior to this I had only used one other make up remover and it was as good as washing my face with water. I really enjoyed using this to remove my makeup because not only did it leave my skin still moisturized, I only used one cotton pad to cleanly remove the make up off half my face.
I would definitely recommend this product for people with sensitive skin because it is very gentle and fragrance free. Affordability and ease of use also plays a huge role in my overall admiration for this make up remover. *5 out of 5 hearts!

My new favorite liner! 

Pros: Very pigmented, long lasting, it can be very precise if applied correctly. 
Cons: Needs to be sharpened frequently. The soft texture of the liner creates a blunt tip after every application. 
This was created just one swipe of the product. 

Price range is also between $4 and $8 and it can also be purchased at your local drug store, Ulta, Target, K Mart or Walgreens. 


xo
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*FTC* These products were sent to me from Influenster for a review. 





During the winter, we want to preserve and protect our skin from cold harsh weather. During the summer, beautiful glowing goddess skin is the most desirable for those spaghetti straps and bikini clad vacations. To care and prepare the skin, we sometimes take extreme measures of unheard beauty rituals in hopes of rendering nothing less that desirable results.  I came across these products rather late during the cold season. To simply put it this is skin and hair care simplified!


Brand Backer graciously provided this opportunity to bring you this amazing natural brand.
YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT THE REVIEW ON MY YOUTUBE.
 Instanatural products contain only natural and organic ingredients.  The small business was created in South Florida to provide a safe, effective and affordable skin care products without compromising the quality of the products.  They do not contain parabens, sulfates or alcohols and they DO NOT test on animals.

Instanatural also provides a customer satisfaction guarantee. At any point if you think this isn't something you want or if something doesn't work for you, in their words, they "will take care of you". How many skin care lines care enough to give you that guarantee?

INSTANATURAL - ARGAN OIL HAIR MASK
This is t h e  hair mask from hair heaven. I have only experimented with a variety of home made and store bought and neither one rendered the results I got from using Instanatural's hair mask. The directions require you to use this after washing your hair then leaving the mask in for 5 - 15 minutes before rinsing out.


MY EXPERIENCE : Without the proper constant care and attention, my hair is very dry and  highly prone to breakage. After using the Argan Oil hair mask on two separate occasions, my hair was not only soft moisturized but I retained amazing curl definition.  The lightweight consistency of the mask is quite similar to mousse making it very easy to apply to hair. It washed out very easily on the first wash without any residue or weighty feeling in my hair. OVERALL, I loved the soft and silky feeling was left with after application and washing out.

*This 08 oz jar retails for $17.95

INSTANATURAL ARGAN OIL - MULTIPURPOSE MOISTURIZER
 I can easily say that this has made its way into my winter skin care regime. This multipurpose moisturizer can be utilized as a hair, skin, nails and face moisturizer. I was initially hesitant to apply this to my face since I have rather oily skin. The Argan Oil immediately soaks into the skin leaving the skin feeling extremely moisturized. Not only was my skin  smooth and a very silky texture, I noticed my complexion over a month began to glow, and my acne marks began to fade.

MY EXPERIENCE : I could easily sit here and rant about the greatness of this product but that can't be that beneficial to you. The Instanatural brand comes highly recommended by me for their use of natural and organic ingredients, affordability and ability to fully execute all their product claims.

*This 04fl oz jar retails for $17.95


- F I N A L  R E V I E W-
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this brand for everyone. I would recommend the mask for fine or fuller hair because of its light weight nature and I would definitely recommend the multipurpose moisturizer for anyone dry or oily skin.
5 out of 5 hearts for me!


The links embedded in this post are not affiliate links. I get nothing but pure joy knowing that you clicked it and are curious to try it. 

-BRAND BACKER SENT ME THESE PRODUCTS TO TEST OUT AND REVIEW AT MY OWN FREE WILL. (I wouldn't bother if I didn't love it. xo)

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Blog Goals for 2015 : Take OOTD photos outside



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From a young age, I had this idea that wearing glasses was the perfect finish to looking smart. My mom's lack of interest in entertaining my childish wants ( because everyone else had glasses at the time ) taught me that they weren't just a fashion trend but a corrective means for people with genuinely bad eyesight.

I was ecstatic when Firmoo reached out by offering me these glasses to try on and review. That little nerd girl in me had awaken in me. I knew this was my opportunity to try on the glasses I've always wanted. I searched the sight for frames I hoped would be flattering to my heart shaped face. They had a variety of color options, from which I chose black frames. Of course they also have an assortment in options for women, men and a classic series for the old souls.


When placing the order, Firmoo gives you the option to select or add your prescription to which ever glasses you chose! You can even personalize your sunglasses with your very own prescription.


I'm sure there are many sites where you can personalize your glasses with your prescription and just like you, I've browsed many of them but I have never come across one that is so affordable. This lead me to believe the glasses may be bad quality till I got them. Then I knew I was wrong. 




After flaunting them all day at work, hanging out with friends and family. I got "Oh, I didn't know you wore glasses, they look really nice on you." They are so well suited everyone assumed I've had them for a while which to me is a compliment.

- F I N A L  R E V I  E W - 
The glasses are not only flattering but comfortable on me. The shipping time was average but the ease of purchase and assistance is great. The best part of this is really how affordable they are! Check it out for yourself if you don't believe me. I will definitely recommend this brand for anyone looking to purchase glasses now or in the future. As a matter of fact I'm in the process of ordering a pair for a family member!
DEFINITELY a 5 out of 5 hearts experience from me!

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*FTC - I WAS SENT THESE GLASSES TO TRY OUT AND REVIEW AT MY OWN FREE WILL. 
For most girls and women, the sound of a vitamin that ensures a long and healthy hair growth makes our ears perk up and our interest peaked. Another hair vitamin company used this to their advantage when they sent samples to social media impressions and eventually to celebrities like Kim K. May I say, after trying one bottle, I was not at all fond of it because not only were the ingredients vague, it really did not cater to my hair AT ALL

The very kind folks over at Zenwise Lab sent me their hair growth vitamins to test out and talk about it if I liked it. Well I loved it so I'm raving about it. 

The vitamins contains a blend of 27 NATURAL ingredients including Biotin which typically targets healthy hair growth. I am currently taking Bioton 5000mcg by Natures Bounty so I easily substituted this for that. 


*Ingredients Listed by Zenwise: Biotin, MSM, Grapeseed Extract, Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin, Gotu Kola, Ginkgo Bilboa, Kelp, Citurs Bioflavanoids, Nettle, Catalase & Resveratrol.

For your reference; MSM is a chemical found in plants, animals and humans. It is typically used for chonic pain, osteoarthritis, joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle cramps, hair loss . . . the list is endless. [ a s  p e r - WebMD]


I'm sure you are tired of my rambling ... You probably want to see the results of the me taking the vitamins eh?   Here is a weekly update in photos of my hair when I started taking the vitamin. 

Before Zenwise...

Mid Way Through ....

I did not alter my diet or workout routine. I continued to use the same hair products during this time. The results you are getting are only based of what I experienced. 

*I DID NOT NOTICE ANY EXCESSIVE SHEDDING OR THINNING AS I HAVE IN THE PAST AS I HAVE EXPERIENCED WITH HAIR GROWTH VITAMINS. I ALSO NOTICED THE COIL PATTERN OF MY HAIR GREW IN FULLER AND THICKER

- F I N A L  R E V I E W-
Overall, I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to grow healthy, full and longer hair. I have kinky 4c natural hair for reference.
5 out of 5 hearts for me!
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Here is a last minute shopping list for the holiday season. This is those who waited till the last minute or unfortunately forgot someone on the list. Here are my top 10 suggestions;

10. ACCESSORIES
*Forever 21 boasts accessories for both ladies and gents. As does H & M, 80 purple and 

09. CLOTHNG
For the gentlemen; a white T / underwear (shirt) 
For the lady - a nice white shirt, a little black dress, 
Both parties: winter hat, scarves and gloves.


08. SKIN CARE
For the gentlemen : Shaving / manscaping equipment. The art of shaving is the perfect place to shop for these items.
For the lady : A spa session or a simple massage, sephora gift card

07. TECHNOLOGY
Best places to purchase this; Amazon, Best Buy, Target.
Headphones, laptop, iPad, extra charger, phone case, tablet, camera, memory card etc

06. LIFESTYLE / HOBBY 
For the dude : Favorite team memorabilia, sports equipment, extra goodies from where they purchase their sports equipment. i.e Gi Soap
For the Dudette : Camera, Vinyls, Gift card, 

05. SNACKS 
a. Gift Basket full of snacks 
b. Gift basket full of their favorite travel size goodies
c. Gift basket and basic beauty items. 

04. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
*For the newly independent, the just got married and especially, the frequent party host. 
- A conversation piece is always welcomed in those homes.

03. PETS
*Local Pet or grocery stores for pet snacks 
- For the pups // Poop bag, leash, chew toy, a jacket etc

02. GIFT CARD
** No fight, no fuss.  This is the ultimate gift for a person you can never figure out or the person you forgot on your list.

01. ASK THEM EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT
It never hurts to ask for a wish list or exactly what the person wants for christmas. 

* Please bear in mind that the holiday season isn't only about giving people presents but its about your presence in someone's life. Letting them you know you are there and that you care should be the primary idea and focus. Remember to always be on the giving end and do it with no expectations (of getting back). Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 

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Forever 21
As a blogger it is important to have a network you can turn to for inspiration and support. I luckily have a few of those networks and one of my favorites is Influenster.  Influenster is an invitation only network where anyone can review, test out and talk about their favorite products.  


Brands send Influenster their products and the amazing people are Influenster disperses the items to a variation of beauties from bloggers to the everyday girl!! Luckily I was chosen to review this box and now I'll cut the chatter and get to the goodies!


FOR THE BEAUTIES
1. Rimmel London Waterproof Make Up Remover
♢ Gently on the skin can be used very closely to the eyes. No oily residue and it leaves the skin moisturized.

2. Ecotools smoother hair brush
♢ Glides through my kinky and very coarse natural hair leaving it smoother and softer and ready for styling. 

3. Boots No 7 Advanced Serum

4. Rimmel London Khol Eyeliner
♢ Glides on smoothly, lasts for at least 6 hours. Color pay off is amazing!

5. NYC Lipstick
♢ Three words: Pretty In Pink

FOR THE FOODIES
1. Red Vines - Fruit Vines Bites
♢ I was missing out on my "twizzler"-esque life till I tried this one.  Its not too sweet and not too tough.  I guess Goldilocks found her sweet match after all (see what I did there).

2. McCormick All Natural Thyme
♢ I couldn't imagine the flavor of food being dramatically different because of a seasoning. Till I tasted this. The perfect mix of a very subtle spice yet savory.

3. Celestial Green Tea - Candy Cane Lane
♢ (if you saw my youtube video,) Opening this is comparable to opening a sachet of Christmas.


I've been a part of Influester for sometime now and I can honestly say this has been one of the best boxes I've received. 

I have A TON of invitations so leave me a love note if you are interested in joining. Getting an invitation reduces your wait time to get approved for membership! 

*FTC - The complimentary items mentioned above were received from Influenster for strictly testing and review purposes.