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{Giveaway} Win a $50 Gift Card to Minted!

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Minted.com is giving my readers the opportunity to win a $50 Gift Card to use anywhere on their website… Winner will be notified in 1 week.  Enter to win!!!

TIP: increase your changes to win by doing all the actions on the rafflecopter widget below — please note it might take a few seconds for it load.

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***Update****

I thought I should give you guys a little bit more details about this raffle.

PRIZE

You are entering to win a $50 gift card to minted.com, where you can find fully customize-able designer stationery for weddings, save the dates, birthdays, baptisms, holidays and events of any kind.

At minted you can also now also find unique artwork pieces to add a special touch to any room.

There’s no purchase required to enter the raffle.  There is no minimum purchase required to use the gift card.  The value of the card can be used on any products on minted.com and it expires on September 1, 2015.

HOW TO ENTER
  1. Log on to the rafflecopter widget above using your email or by connecting with your facebook or twitter account.
  2. Do any of the of the actions in the box.  Each action gives you 1 entry.  You get up to 5 entries and can increase your chances of winning by doing all the actions in the box.

WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

This raffle is done through the rafflecopter widget, which will randomly select a winner from all the entries.  Winner will be selected Monday 4/13  and notified no later than Tuesday 4/14 via the email provided or associated with the social media account used to sign up.  Winner most respond within 48 hours to receive gift card code or another random winner will be picked.

Important: I will verify that the winner has completed the action required for the winning entry .

Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Thanks for participating and I wish you the best of luck!!!

Xo,
Leslie

PS You can view my minted review here and  check ’em out on facebook and pinterest!

 


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Target Lovers, Don’t Miss This Amazing Offer!

If you love shopping at Target.com and love to save a pretty penny you definitely want to keep reading…

I just became a Target.com affiliate and a couple of days ago and I received an exciting email from Target letting me know about their REDcards  benefits and I think you’ll love the savings as much as me.

Before we get to the benefits and details of the REDcards, I want to mention that I absolutely love that we have the option to choose between a debit and  credit REDcards and still get the same benefits. That means that customers that prefer to pay cash or those who cannot get a credit line  are not left out of the amazing savings.

I personally like to keep as few credit cards open as possible, so the debit card is perfect for me. But if you prefer to pay your balance slowly or make larger purchases then the credit line might be a better fit for you.  There is no annual fee for either card but be sure to review the REDcard Credit for APR and late fees.  The REDcard debit is straight forward and works like a check like a check by drawing from your existing checking account.

Now the fun part —>The Benefits of  the REDcard debit/credit
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REDcards Benefit 1:  5% discount on ALL purchases

This may not sound like a lot but this is actually a pretty good deal.  It is specially in a store as irresistible as target, where you can get pretty much everything you need backed by a price match guarantee.  My credit card only offers 1% cash back on all purchases and in less than a year I’ve accumulated $225 in free cash.  Of course I don’t carry a balance so it’s not like I’m giving that money back to them in interest.  If you think of the 5% discount as cash back and throw the savings into your piggy bank and you’ll watch it add up.

REDcards Benefit 2: Free Shipping

We also get free shipping at Target.com with no minimum purchase, whaaaa???  Now they are speaking my language.  If I had any objections about how much sense it makes get the card, this eliminates all doubts. Say no more, I am sold!  That means that I can rack up savings by purchasing groceries and home stuff without worrying about shipping costs or minimums.

REDcards Benefit 3: Extended Returns

An extra 30 days to be exact. Perfect for the busy person or procrastinator.  I consider this a savings of it own because how often do we go past that return deadline and end up keeping things we don’t need.

REDcards Benefit 4: Give back

Target is highly committed education and will donate  up to 1% of purchases go to school of your choice.

The online application process for debit and credit has immediate approval (except for some debit applications that require a few days to confirm a bank account).  As a REDcard holder you can easily check your credit card account balance, make a payment, review past statements, check their debit card transaction history and manage their PIN. They also get to enjoy exclusive offers available only to REDcard holders.

Don’t miss out on this awesome deal- apply here!

Xoxo,

Leslie

Disclosure:The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.


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Beauty Week Ends in 2 Days! – Deep Discounts on Spa and Other Beauty Services

I just came across Groupon’s Beauty Week, a week long event offering a deal on top of deal on (already discounted) beauty services at quality spas and salons nationwide!

Beauty Week started on Monday and ends on Saturday, March 21st, so hurry up and check it out!  Watch out for today and tomorrow as Groupon will be highlighting even deeper discounts—up to an extra 30% off on a curated selection of deals!

Groupon says: you can expect deals on the freshest beauty and wellness services, including haircuts, spray tans, mani-pedis, spa days, and massages. ranging from deep-tissue to hot-stone to couples, or you can experiment with unusual or new-to-you services—like sensory-deprivation therapy, eyelash extensions, or the totally alien world of dentistry.

Take advantage of the Discounts:

20% off all Local and Goods health and beauty deals if you use promo code SPA20 (ended!)

March 17 and 18: $10 off facial and massage deals if you use promo code SOOTHE10 (ended!)

March 19 and 20: clearance sales for up to an extra 30% off selected deals

March 21: an extra 20% off med-spa deals if you use promo code MEDSPA20

Each of these codes can be applied up to three times on its associated days.

You can check them out here.

Enjoy!

 


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Morrocco Method Week 4: Pine Shale Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner (w/ Promo Code)

Hey lovies,  I can’t believe I’m on my fourth week of my 5-week review of the Morrocco Method (MM) rotation for natural (relaxer-free) hair and all I can say is that I’m truly in love with this product.  From the ingredients to the performance it is perfection in a bottle.  I feel so good and confident recommending it and showing my results.

This week I used the Pine Shale Shampoo*, with pine shale oil which calms irritation and it’s good for dandruff/flakes, itchiness and dryness + I used the Floating Lotus Conditioner* which is my absolute favorite conditioner ever made.  I received my conditioner travel set last week and I loved the sapphire volumizer conditioner* which I used as a leave in conditioner and then followed steps 4-7 from week one.  Please be sure to read my previous posts for proper use of the product.

Don’t forget new customers can get 15% total order until 3/4.  Use promo code: LUCKY710.

Please remember that these products will not foam but  you don’t have to worry that your hair will not be clean.  If you see my hair it doesn’t look dirty or clogged up (because it isn’t).  My scalp looks incredibly healthy and my hair has this beautiful natural sheen which I enhanced with a few drops of the Euro Natural Oil Conditioner and Moisturizer*.

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I also noticed my hair is growing a little, unevenly but non the less it is growing a little faster than usual.  My hair has been growing so slowly since I went natural and I feel so impatient about it.

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Clearly I need a trim but I’m waiting for a full moon and/or the spring equinox as recommended by the MM  lunar calendar for maximum growth.  Let’s see if that works.

What do you guys think? Are you ready to toss hair products with toxic ingredients and exchange it for all natural, raw food for your hair?

If you started using Morrocco Method products after reading my review I would love to hear about your experience with it, please a comment below.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Morrocco Method Week 3: Heavenly Essence Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner (W/ PROMO CODE)

It’s not a secret that I am beyond thrilled with Morrocco Method hair products for the awesome results I’m getting on my natural (non-relaxed) hair.  I mean, what is not to love when there isn’t a single toxic ingredient in any of their products.  It is raw, natural, wild-crafted vegan food goodness to feed your hair.

For the third week I used the Heavenly Shampoo and Floating Lotus Conditioner  combination from the sample packs which delivered shiny, full and healthy hair.  You can use promo code LUCKY710 for 15% off your order. 

This was the teaser last Sunday and it looks like you guys liked it too:

My Week 3 MM Routine

  1. Started with a homemade aloe vera mask – removed the gel straight from the leaf and put it on a blender until it became a foamy liquid.  I then applied the mask on my hair and left it on 15-20 minutes. I do this every time but it is not a necessary step.  Most the MM shampoo and conditioners already have aloe vera in it.
  2. Used the Heavenly Essence Shampoo diluted with equal parts water as recommended.  It’s hard to describe the scent beyond just earthy but it smells very good and a little different than the other shampoos.  The texture is the same as the others, a thick brown texture.  After the wash my hair wasn’t soft but softer than my normal texture.  Although these shampoos do not foam my hair felt clean.
  3. Used the Floating Lotus Moisturizer,  and as I mentioned on week one, I loved this one. My hair looked moisturized and shiny instantly.
  4. Followed steps 4-7 from week one.

These were my results: Morrocco Method Review - Promo Code - Lucky710 - healthy hair - natural hair - vegan hair - paleo hair - dominican hair

 

One thing you might notice right away is that I need to clip those ends (like, yesterday).  My hair is finally growing and you can see that it looks very uneven.  So why haven’t I cut it?  MM has lunar calendar with the best dates to get a haircut for lengthening. The next one is from March 17th -19th during the Spring Equinox so I will be waiting almost A MONTH so that I can give this a try, sigh.  The good thing is that you will be able to see if it actually works by coming back to check my blog.

So what do you think?  If you want to see what happens during this 5-week try out, you can check my instagram on Sundays for a sneak peak and then come back to the blog on Thursday  a week later for the full details.  Each week I will be rotating shampoos and posting results of my shampoo/conditioner combination.  I have 2 more weeks to go.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Paula Dorf’s 3-in-1 Perfect Color Ecstasy- for eyes, lips and cheeks

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I received a complimentary stick of Paula Dorf’s Perfect Color in the Ecstasy shade through BrandBacker to review.

First, let me start by saying that I have made the move to a completely natural/organic skincare regime, as well as hair care but I’m still looking to find natural makeup that performs well.  In the meantime, I have no problem trying out different things and most of my makeup at the moment is not natural.  I appreciate recommendations for natural make in the comments.

I joined this campaign for two reasons, the first was Paula’s amazing bio on the website and second because I love makeup products that are quick and on the go.  This 3 in 1 concept is perfect for my style.   You can use the stick on your cheeks, lips and eye lids and voilà.

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This is what the color Ecstasy looks likes (sorry for the poor lighting)

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To show you the color I used it as all three in one look : an eye shadow, a blush and a lipstick and actually got a nice and simple romantic look.  The cream didn’t blend very well into my lips so I used lip balm to smooth it out but once I did it was fine. I use a bit of brown eyeshadow on my creases, a black eye liner and a little bit of bronzer to finish the look.  The pictures below have no filters, I just play a bit with the lighting.

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And some “artistic” close-ups with a filter:

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The packaging design was very nice, a slick black tube with the words “Become your own makeup artist” engraved in script with Paula’s name and logo on it.  But be very careful with it,  the quality is not very good.  This one rolled off my bed and broke.  I was surprised to see how fragile it is since it looks like is good quality on the outside.

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There are four other colors available on her website.  For a limited time you will receive a free gift with any purchase with promo code: ECSTASY.

Hope you enjoyed this review.   Please let me know your thoughts in the comment.

Xo, Leslie


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Morrocco Method Week 2: Sea Essence Shampoo + Pearl Essence Conditioner (w/ promo code)

Hi there, so this my second week of my 5-week review of the Morrocco Method (MM)* rotation for natural (relaxer-free) hair and I am so excited to share this one for so many reasons which you will find out below.

My Morroco Method routine this week

I started with a homemade aloe vera mask for 20 minutes, then washed and conditioned at home.  I then walked over to my local Dominican hair salon for magnetic rollers (rolos) and 40 minutes under a professional hard hat bonnet hair dryer (this is not necessary step, I’ll explain on the results below) and since my hair lady was out sick I blow dried it myself, for the first time in a long time.  Here was my instagram teaser:

Shampoo used: Sea Essence Shampoo*

This shampoo has a mild earthy/herbal scent.  It has a thick toothpaste texture and must be mixed with equal parts water.  It will not foam, and if need that to feel that your hair is clean MM shampoos will take some getting used to. MM Recommends two washes, the first wash gets rid of dirt and the second wash is to stimulate the scalp and nourish the hair follicle.  I can tell you that my hair felt cleaner on the second wash and I thought it was a necessary step.

My hair was not super soft after I washed it but it was not coarse either. Most of the drugstore/salon shampoos I used in the past would make my hair feel hard/coarse, with MM it was softer. I noticed hair strands looked moisturized and my curls were defined.

Conditioner used: Pearl Essence Conditioner*

This conditioner is a white toothpaste texture cream with a mild coconut scent.  My hair looked moisturized and it was very manageable. Again, not super soft while wet because my natural hair is not soft, none the less not hard either. I would say it was softer than my natural texture. This one seems to have stretch out the curls that I got from the shampoo.

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At the salon they used a wide teeth comb to detangle, grabbing small strands of hair at a time and it was very easy to get the job done. No knots or hair pulling.

The Results

I LOVE the results although the pictures unfairly tell a different story because it’s not a perfect blow dry.  But let me explain why  I’m so happy, I never-ever-ever blow dry my own hair anymore because the few times that I have tried it took me a very long time to finish and my hair would end up looking dry and bumpy and just not nice at all.  Unimpressed with the awful results I gave up on doing it myself.  On the picture below, it took my 15 miraculous minutes to get rid of the curls from the rollers, it was so easy to do and my hair was not dry at all – that’s groundbreaking for me.  That means that I can potentially do my own hair and skip the salon every other week.

Side note: New York is full of Dominican salons where you can get a blow out for $20-$40 + tip depending on the length of your hair. Most people fall between the $20-$30 price-range. So I opt to do my own nails, skip the spas and other beauty services and I go to the hair salon weekly (I also get my brows threaded/waxed bi-weekly).

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I drew a white line the picture above so that you can see what it would look like if I had more than 15 minutes to actually finish the job but unfortunately I had a date with a friend and I was running a little late. I spent most of my time on the bangs.

Here is the full view:

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A couple of side notes my hair journey

  • I have very thin, cottony and dry hair. It tangles very easily when wet, it is very manageable when blow dried.
  • I want a full head of healthy, nourished, manageable long hair that I can wear straight or curly/wavy.
  • I’m open minded and ok with non-conventional ways to care for my hair.
  • I’ve been playing with homemade products for almost 3 years.
  • I’m looking for all natural hair care routine that delivers performance.
  • I want Morrocco Method’s natural, raw, organic way of treating my hair to work because everything is great about it.

Do you find it difficult or spend too much time blow drying your own hair?   Do you have any questions about my use/experience with this product?  Drop me a note in the comments below.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.***

 

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  and Amazon affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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