Product Review: Clairvoyant Beauty Cooling Cucumber Mask

Clairvoyant Beauty

I’ve never tried the whole cucumber slices on the eyes thing, but have heard that it helps with soothing and puffiness. Why haven’t I tried it sooner? I think it’s because I usually eat the cucumbers before I can. ;) I was eager to try Clairvoyant Beauty Cooling Cucumber Mask because of that fact.

Description:

A blend of cooling Cucumbers and antioxidant-rich Cranberry Seed Oil helps soothe skin and reduce puffiness.

The Clairvoyant Beauty Cooling Cucumber Mask definitely smells like a cucumber, which I honestly don’t mind. It’s a light, refreshing scent.  In addition, you can wear it as a moisturizer or like a mask. I tried it as a moisturizer and noticed it felt like my skin was sticky, but when I touched it, it was soft. I didn’t have any puffiness that I was aware of, but I did need some soothing. I also noticed that it had a cooling effect.

All in all I was pleased. It left my skin feeling soft and soothed. And, since a little goes a long way, the jar will last me awhile.

A 2fl oz jar will cost you $30, but if you use the code SUMMER20 you can save 20%!

Have you ever tried Clairvoyant Beauty products?

Disclosure: I was provided a Cooling Cucumber Mask from Clairvoyant Beauty, but all reviews and opinions are my own. 

Cheap Reads: Today’s Cheap ‘n Free Kindle & Nook eBooks

Cheap Reads: Cheap and Free Nook & Kindle ebooks

 

Free Kindle Books:

Henry Wood Edge of Understanding Summer Sanctuary

Henry Wood: Edge of Understanding by Brian D. Meeks –  1955 has been a good year for Henry, now, someone wants to ruin it for him. A recent series of murders all appear to have connections to Henry, and it’s more than just a coincidence. Is there a new serial killer in the Big Apple? Is someone trying to set Henry up? Henry doesn’t have time to worry about them, though, he’s on another case. Or so he thought when he agreed to look into Mrs. Palmeroy’s fears her husband may be planning a murder…his own. Invited to spend the weekend at the Palmeroy’s Henry soon learns that his client has brought him there under false pretenses. Lies become truths in this tangled web of a mystery. 

Summer Sanctuary by Laurie Gray - Matthew knows that this summer is going to be the worst ever. His best friend Kyle is gone, his younger brother Mark has surpassed him in size and athletic ability, and his mother is pregnant for the fifth time. The eldest home-schooled son of a preacher, Matthew plans to bury himself in books about the speed of light and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to see if he can prove his own theory about the dilation of time. Instead, he befriends Dinah, a homeless teenager seeking refuge at the library. Although from very different backgrounds, Matthew and Dinah come to realize that they have a great deal in common–their love for music and for cans of olives and potato chips found in a supermarket dumpster that are just past the sell-by date… and maybe even for each other. Matthew struggles with his feelings for his own family as he helps Dinah avoid Child Welfare. And in the process, Dinah helps him discover that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a very big difference.

Cheap Kindle Books:

To Sir, With Love The Bloodletter's Daughter

To Sir, With Love by E.R. Braithwaite ($1.99) –  With opportunities for black men limited in post–World War II London, Rick Braithwaite, a former Royal Air Force pilot and Cambridge-educated engineer, accepts a teaching position that puts him in charge of a class of angry, unmotivated, bigoted white teenagers whom the system has mostly abandoned. When his efforts to reach these troubled students are met with threats, suspicion, and derision, Braithwaite takes a radical new approach. He will treat his students as people poised to enter the adult world. He will teach them to respect themselves and to call him “Sir.” He will open up vistas before them that they never knew existed. And over the course of a remarkable year, he will touch the lives of his students in extraordinary ways, even as they in turn, unexpectedly and profoundly, touch his.

The Bloodletter’s Daughter by Linda Lafferty ($4.99) – In 1606, the city of Prague shines as a golden mecca of art and culture carefully cultivated by Emperor Rudolf II. But the emperor hides an ugly secret: His bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the young prince to unspeakable depravity. Desperate to stem his son’s growing number of scandals, the emperor exiles Don Julius to a remote corner of Bohemia where the young man is placed in the care of a bloodletter named Pichler. The bloodletter’s task: cure Don Julius of his madness by purging the vicious humors coursing through his veins. When Pichler brings his daughter Marketa to assist him, she becomes the object of Don Julius’s frenzied—and dangerous—obsession. To him, she is the embodiment of the women pictured in the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was the mad prince’s only link to sanity. As the prince descends further into the darkness of his mind, his acts become ever more desperate, as Marketa, both frightened and fascinated, can’t stay away.

She Wore Only White The Shopping Swap

She Wore Only White by Dorthe Binkert ($4.99) –  At the turn of the twentieth century, five thousand people a day arrived at New York’s Ellis Island, their journeys to America signifying a new beginning. But the ocean crossing also has a deeper symbolic meaning: there comes a time for us all when we find ourselves afloat, between phases of our lives, where we say goodbye to our past and move on to new horizons. For Valentina Meyer, harboring a deep secret of tremendous guilt and pain drives her to board a trans-Atlantic voyage as a stowaway, searching desperately for a new life on a distant shore. Accompanying her is a varied cast of eccentric and unique individuals, each in search of a new and better life. Finding solace—even love—in the companionship of their fellow guests, their arrival in America puts an abrupt end to their camaraderie as Valentina’s future is immediately put in jeopardy.

The Shopping Swap by Erin Brady ($1.49) - Maggie Andrew has a problem. She needs to convince Richard, her attorney boyfriend of five years, that he’s finally ready for a commitment. How? By planning an unforgettable night starting with a romantic dinner for two and ending in the bedroom. And to help things along, Maggie has spent half of her salary on sexy black lingerie from Crandall’s Department Store that Richard won’t be able to resist. Except, once home, Maggie realizes she has someone else’s shopping bag and instead of her very expensive lingerie, she’s stuck with a housecoat that wouldn’t turn anyone’s head, least of all Richards. When Maggie goes back to the scene of the swap, she runs into Benjamin Saunders, a tall, dark and handsome stranger, who not only has what she wants but may also turn out to have what she needs. Suddenly what Maggie thinks she has with Richard is called into question and she’s not sure of anything. 

 

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You don’t need a Kindle to download and read Kindle books (although I love my Kindle Paperwhite!). Download the free Kindle Reading App to use on your computer, tablet, or smart phone!

If you’re in need of Kindle books, Amazon recently introduced Kindle Unlimited where you can get an unlimited number of Kindle books for $9.99 per month, and there’s also the Kindle First program where Amazon Prime members can get one free pre-release Kindle book each month. You can also check out this Amazon page for free Kindle books, or you can sign up for the BookBub Newsletter and they’ll send you a list of free Kindle books each day.

I also recently shared 8 ways to get free Kindle books for U.S. News’ The Frugal Shopper blog.

 

Get Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer for $21 (a 50% Discount)

Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer

Peter Thomas Roth is back today with another of their crazy deals! With this offer, you can get Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer for just $21 (normally $42)!

Description:

For all skin types, especially normal to oily and acne prone skin. A unique ultra-light oil-free gel-lotion moisturizer that leaves no stickiness or oily residue. Helps to soothe with azulene and aloe vera. Rich with anti-oxidant vitamins A & E. Also recommended for normal to shiny skin which requires added moisture. Excellent relief for temporary dryness that accompanies acne treatment programs.

I’m a huge fan of Peter Thomas Roth products. They always seem to work really well with my skin and I’m thinking that I need to give this moisturizer a try.

Peter Thomas Roth Coupon: Use code “ULTRADEAL2014″ to receive 50% off the Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer and get it for $21! This coupon only applies to this one product.

Get a Year of O, The Oprah Magazine for $6.99

The Oprah Magazine

Head on over to DiscountMags.com where you can pick up a one year subscription to O, The Oprah Magazine for just $6.99. This is one of the lowest prices I’ve ever seen for this magazine!

Use code “SHOPDAILY” at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

This particular magazine deal is valid through 11:59 p.m. ET today, August 20, 2014.

Click here to subscribe to O, The Oprah Magazine!

Today’s Sample Sales & Limited-Time-Only Steals

Sample Sales and More: Today's Best steals

 

Something Cute

 

Ribbed Hoodie Maxi Cardigan

Jane: Despite the fact that summer has finally arrived in Chicago (who says late August is too late?), I find myself needing this Ribbed Hoodie Maxi Cardigan in my life! I am all about the comfort, and at $21.99 it’s a steal.

 

 

Daily Deals

 

NYT

Gilt City: With this deal from Gilt City you can get 8 weeks of NYT Now for free! And then I suppose you’ll need to read about all of the terrible happening in the world while sitting on a rock while overlooking some water. At least it looks peaceful!

 

Sample Sales

 

Beyond the Rack: NYDJ, AVANI Dead Sea Skin Care, Hush Puppies, Wrapper, Left Bank Style, Ellen Tracy Dresses

Gilt: Wardrobe Remix featuring Dolce Vita, Tucker, Always Elegant: Designer Dresses & More, Wacoal & B.Tempt’d, Jewelry by Elizabeth Cole and Suzanna Dai, FACE Stockholm, The Ladylike Look, Belpearl Fine Jewelry, Best Shoe Basics from $15, Instant Polish: Sunglasses in Classic Shapes, Downtown Cool, Charmed Life: Jewelry with Meaning, Shoe Trends to Try Now

HauteLook: French Connection, Threads For Thought, Perricone MD, Trina Turk Active, paperwhite Collections, Rocker Chic: Dr. Martens Women, Rocker Chic: Rock The Look, Rocker Chic: Handbags, Rocker Chic: Edgy Jewelry, Rocker Chic: Moto Jackets

Ideel: Tory Burch Sunglasses and Optical Frames, Marc New York, Kiyonna, Vintage Chanel, Shapewear Under $30, Calvin Klein Shoes, Completely Classic Dresses, Gucci Footwear, Butter by Nadia, Get Gorgeous: Skincare and Beauty

Joss & Main: Furniture Under $300, Bedding in Blues, Greens & Whites, Designer Styles at Incredible Prices, Wall Art featuring Museum Reproductions, Luxe Indulgence, Storage & Organization to Spruce Up Your Office

MyHabit: C’est Magnifiaue: French Beauty, Nic+Zoe, Fall Preview: Cashmere Sweaters, Archive: Chanel & Rolex, Handbags featuring Joelle Hawkens, The Riding Boot, The Bucket Bag, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent Shoes & Jewelry, New Markdowns: Ballet Flats, Hudson Jeans, True Religion Jeans, Lucky Brand Denim

One Kings Lane: Barclay Butera Furniture & Decor, Arm Party, Animal Jewelry, Summer Steals: Lowest Prices on Glassware, Preppy & Contemporary Furnishings, Wine-Country Charm, Classic Prints to Collect

Rue La La: Lafayette 148 New York, Cinzia Rocca, Born, The Luxe Shirt & Tie: Versace, Valentino, & More, Save Face: With Products by Guerlain & More, Chanel & More: The Best of the Beauty Counter, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, SHAE Preppy Sweaters, The Grab-Everything Sale: Guilt-Free Style Steals, Denim & Tees You’ll Wear All Weekend, FENDI. Now (even more) on sale., Sign Here: Writing Instruments by Chopard & More, Welcome Guests Inside: The Inviting Entryway, Set a Formal Table: Fine Linens, Crystal, & More, Ready the Bed for Fall: Cozy Flannel, Down, & More, Cornerstone Cellars Wine, Soybu Active & Casual Clothing, Find Your Fit: Men’s Straight-Leg Denim & More, Under $50: Every-Style Decor & Gifts, Gracie by Soybu, The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains, Rods, & More, The Nab-It-Now Sale. Steals to snap up quick. – 3PM ET, The Luxe Lounge: RED Valentino & More – 3PM ET

The RealReal: Forever Favorites, Just In: Accessories, Burberry + Loro Piana, The Art of Living, Louis Vuitton Handbags & Accessories, Get Her Look: Amy Adams, Boho Beat, Missoni + Marni

Zulily: Close to Nature Women’s Apparel, Zaggora, Crisp & Cool: Fall Layers, Speedo Footwear, Latico Leather, Lashem, Camille Beckman

 

 

Take 25% Off Select Styles at TOMS

Live Your Dreams Women's Classics

TOMS is having a HUGE back-to-school sale and they have slashed the prices on quite a few items by 25%! There are shoes, sandals, sunglasses, jewelry, and even a hammock or two included in the sale! (Seriously – this sale is HUGE and includes a bunch of items from the TOMS Marketplace.)

No coupon is needed to save as all prices have been marked to reflect the 25% discount.

The TOMS Live Your Dreams Classics above originally cost $54, but they’re now on sale for $40.50.

Click here to check out the TOMS 25% Off Sale!

Beauty Reviewed: Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist

Hair-before-and-after

Let it never be said that I’m afraid to embarrass myself by posting unflattering photos of myself on the internet. Welcome to mornings at my house… and not even bad mornings. My hair looks like the photo on the left above maybe 1/10 of the time. Normally my hair is a completely unruly mess and there are very few days in my life that I have ever left the house without washing my hair. I just haven’t ever found a product that would allow me to wear my hair curly two days in a row while redefining some of the curl and cutting down on enormous amounts of frizz.

Well, until now.

Philip B PH RESTORATIVE DETANGLING TONING MISTI received Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist in my July Glossybox and was excited to give it a try because it cuts down on frizz, detangles, and can be used on wet or dry hair.

I have been on a life-long search for a product that *actually* cuts down on frizz enough that I can go curly for two days in a row and this may actually be the product that makes its way into my arsenal of curly hair beauty products.

I have been using Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist for a couple of weeks now and love how it works on my curls. Does my hair look as good on day 2 as it does on day 1? No, but my curls look better than they do with any other product I’ve ever tried.

While this product can be used on wet or dry hair, I prefer using it on dry hair. I don’t need a detangler when my hair is wet, and I don’t notice any difference to my curls otherwise when used wet. On dry hair, however, the results have always been fantastic. This mist adds definition to my curls and quickly tames frizz. It really holds throughout the day, too.

I only have one con to this product and that’s the smell. It truly smells terrible, almost as if you are putting pure vinegar on your hair. Thankfully the smell fades almost immediately but it can really be a turn-off. I don’t know if it’s the natural scent of the product and I’m just used to companies masking such scents with artificial scents, but it is pretty bad. Clearly not bad enough that I have stopped using the product but bad enough that I’m shocked every time I apply this product!

Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist costs $24 for a 4.23 fl. oz. bottle at Beauty.com.

 

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