Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lugz Pronto Lo

Comfortable sneakers can be hard to find and finding a comfortable pair that also looks good is even harder. Thank goodness for Lugz and all of their stylish, comfortable shoes. On top of that, their shoes are also affordable and they offer shoes for the whole family! What's not to love?

My husband got the chance to try out the Pronto Lo in the color Black / White / Mars Red. The top part of the upper is a kind of shiny fabric and the bottom part is a smooth leather fabric. The cushioned insole is white on the outside and red on the inside. These shoes also have a padded tongue and collar so your special man's feet stay comfortable all day! The texture on the bottom also makes sure that even the clumsiest of men stay upright. 

My husband absolutely loves his Lugz and has been wearing them almost everyday. This is a big deal since his military boots have been his go-to shoes for almost 5 years. He said that they not only keep his feet feeling comfortable but are also breathable and keep his feet cool in the intense Georgia heat. I can see him enjoying these shoes for quite a while and I welcome the sight of something other than combat boots on his feet!

You can’t go wrong with the quality and selection you will find at Lugz. Browse around and I think you will easily find something not only for the special man in your life, but the whole family as well! Also make sure you connect with Lugz on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss a new style!

Lugz has kindly offered one of my readers the chance to win a pair of their own Pronto Los. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Open to US residents 18 and older. Winner has 48 hours to respond before another winner is drawn.

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Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. My Empty Nest is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Remember last month when I talked about Memebox? Well, I'm back to share another awesome box with you this month. As a refresher: Memebox (pronounced mi-mi) is a beauty box provider that brings the most loved and trusted Korean beauty products right to your door!

They offer three kinds of boxes: Memeboxes, Superboxes, and Luckyboxes. Memeboxes contain 4-8 full sized products and deluxe sized samples with no set theme. Super boxes contain the same amount and have themes to the products included that target a certain beauty concern. Luckyboxes contain products that were loved from previous boxes and are making a comeback! I love that you are able to pick and choose which boxes you want. There is even a store on their site where you can purchase individual products that you liked or want to try!

This month, I was sent the Milk Memebox ($23) which, as you can probably guess, was full of products with milk ingredients! The first products I tried were all about your lips and both from Choosy by Pure Smile. I got to try the Choosy Lip Scrub in Chamomile Milk ($11) and I love it! It isn't super abrasive but it leaves your lips smooth and super soft. Plus, a little goes quite a long way with this. The Choosy Lip Pack in Milk ($1) was too cool! It is a gel-like sheet mask, for your lips! It stayed in place easily for the 30 recommended minutes and left my lips so unbelievably soft! I will definitely be purchasing more of these!

Up next is the Enesti Rice & Milk Foaming Cleanser ($15). This cleanser is awesome. It leaves my skin feeling fully deep cleansed but also soft, smooth, and moisturized. It also doesn't irritate or break out my sensitive skin, so this has quickly become a favorite! The Pure Smile Milk Mask Pack ($1) is a sheet mask packed full of milk proteins that  hydrate your skin and smooth out any uneven skin tones. I am really starting to love sheet masks and this one is no exception! My skin was glowing afterwards! The Hello Everybody Bubble Bath Steam Milk ($4) was great as well. This stuff has a great vanilla scent and leaves your skin smelling just as good. I've never used a powdered bubble bath before, but after this, I might start. My skin was so soft!

Also from Hello Everybody was the Nature Holic Body Lotion in Milk ($25). This lotion is all natural and made from organic goat milk and also contains aloe vera, honey, lemon balm, and spearmint extracts. It absorbs into your skin fast and doesn't leave you greasy. It does leave you feeling soft, supple, and lightly scented though! The last product in this Memebox was the Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk & Argan Oil Multi Steam Cream ($34). This awesome cream contains no artificial coloring, fragrance, or chemical preservatives. It does contain 100% organic argan oil and donkey milk which is more nutritious than cow or goat milk and closest to mothers' breast milk. This stuff is great and a little goes a long way. Since it has a whipped texture, it absorbs fast and leaves no residue behind! 

Yet again, I love my Memebox and I am left wanting more! I never thought of milk being a beauty ingredient but these products show that it leaves your skin soft, smooth, and glowing! Be sure to follow Memebox on Facebook to never miss an upcoming box! Also, check out their website to get your Korean beauty fix! When you order your box now through the end of July, use the code 9KHILW to receive $5 off of your order!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

50 Fabulous Crochet Squares from Leisure Arts

Sometimes when I am searching for the perfect pattern and can’t find it, I wonder just how hard it would be to make my own. The answer can be easy if you have a few of the stitch books available at Leisure Arts. Over the next several weeks I will be talking about many of the great books that, if added to your library, will give you all the things you need in order to design your own beautiful patterns.

The first book I want to talk to you about is called 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares. The squares in this book can be used to make all sorts of patterns like purses, scarves, afghans and even smaller projects like headbands and hats. You are really only limited by your imagination and yarn stash.

All of the patterns have super easy to follow instructions and pictures so you can see exactly what you are making. Plus, once you have worked several of the squares you get a real feel for how you turn circular motifs into squares and then you can really have some serious fun. I just love playing with ideas and imagining how different squares might look together.

You can take one of the textured squares like Ruffle-Go-Round use just one color and make a blanket that has a truly spectacular vintage look. Or, there is a lovely holiday wreath square that you can use to make runners or even embellish a stocking.  My little heart gets so happy with the possibilities!

I really love that each square gives a measurement too so if you are not comfortable with increasing or decreasing the pattern on your own you can still figure out which ones are the same size to mix and match. What do you like to make with square motifs? My next square is a lovely blanket for my mother.

Please come back next week to see another awesome book that every creative crocheter needs in their stitch library. No matter what type of craft or pattern you are looking for, take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Swanky Baby Vintage

Sometimes when looking for clothes for your children, you find a brand that totally speaks to you. For me, that was the case with Swanky Baby Vintage. They offer adorable, timeless pieces in bright, fun colors and prints. Swanky Baby Vintage started when the founder decided to start sewing clothes for her own son. Soon, that flourished into business that now makes adorable clothes for all occasions and seasons!

The first dress I received was the Aubrie's Yoke Tank Dress in Mango Sky. The top of the dress is super soft, breathable and comfortable and a gorgeous coral color. The bottom and neckline have a flower print with a baby blue background that I think looks great with the coral. Playing off of the green in the flower print, the polka dot trim ties the dress together and adds a little playfulness. My daughter loves this dress and constantly asks to wear it. I love that it is made in the US and that it is both machine wash and dry. 

The other dress I received was the Lily's Love Dress in Tangerine Fruit Cocktail. Most of this dress is a very pretty orange floral print with accents of yellow, pink, blue, and green. The pink and white floral trim goes great with the pink in the orange fabric. This dress is just as flowy as the first dress and has great movement allowing my daughter to play freely and not be constricted by her clothes. This was also made in the US and can be machine washed and dried.

My daughter loves her dresses from Swanky Baby Vintage! And I love that they are so well made and easy to care for! I like that she can be playful and have fun while also looking adorable! Be sure to check out Swanky Baby Vintage's website and see all of the adorable clothes they offer! Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss any new collections or fun promotions!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Get Gorgeous with Vincent Longo #VLbbloggerhaul

You all know I am such a makeup lover! I don’t think I will ever grow out of it. In fact, the older I get the more I appreciate good quality makeup and what it can do to keep me looking fabulous. When I was asked if I would like to try some Vincent Longo cosmetics I was, of course, thrilled! And when my box arrived I was so very excited. I received enough to put together a full look and really get to know Vincent Longo. Let’s jump in and I will share with you just what is so exciting.

Dew Drop Radiant Blush ($30) comes in a round compact with a mirror, perfect for travel and touch-ups. The shade I tested is called Sandalwood which is a lovely lighter shade - perfect to blend with all of your looks. It has some speckles of golds, silvers and pearl throughout that give it some sparkle. It goes on so soft and smooth and did I mention the shimmer… I really love the glint when it catches the light. Plus I really didn’t have to reapply because it lasted all day.

Also for cheeks was the Lip & Cheek Gel Stain ($24) Now I have used, and love, lip stains but I had never tried a cheek stain before. First, I want to mention that is paraben and gluten free! It has the features I love in my stains, it is waterproof, kiss proof and doesn’t come off when I eat or drink. Even my coffee didn’t budge it! When you use this on your cheeks you get a natural looking flush that stays all day as well. I simply love it for both lips and cheeks!

Sticking with lips there was Silk Velour Lipstick ($23) which, as the name suggests, goes on like silk and is so smooth and soft. The shade I received is called Mulberry which is a deep cranberry type of shade. It has great coverage and some staying power as well. I love that it goes on with full coverage in one coat. It also has a bit of reflectiveness which adds some dimension. Plus, it has vitamins A, C, and E so you lips will feel as great as they look. I did mention that coverage… it has awesome pigment… just awesome.

Next, moving to the eyes, Starlette Gel Eye Stain ($24). I have never used an eye stain before so this a nice surprise. It has pearls that are suspended in gel. They have great pigment as you would expect in a stain. The best part is that it is easy to use, it glides on evenly and leaves you with water-resistant color and sparkle. It starts a transparent, sheer texture and glimmer and can be layered for a more dramatic, long-lasting look. The applicator is a doe foot, felt-tip pen, which really gives a mess-proof application. These are gluten, oil, and paraben-free. I received this in the lovely golden green shade called Chartreuse Veil, and really want all of the shades!

Staying with the eyes there was also a Pearl X Eyeshadow ($25) This awesome eyeshadow is so multi-dimensional! It has cool to warm tones mixed throughout that allow you to create shades of matte and shine that blend and shift like magic. This is an eyeshadow that speaks to your artistic creativity and the possibilities of the looks you can create are only limited by the time you have to spend playing with it!  I received the shade called Etherea which as you might guess is neutral earthy tones and just looks awesome on!

The last product I want to talk about won the 2014 editors pick from for best eyeliner: The Crème Gel Eyeliner ($25). This eyeliner has a richly pigmented formula which is enhanced with a subtle pearl finish that gives added depth and dimension. Ranging from rich, vibrant blues to opulent earth tones, the delicate pearls give multi-dimension to the liners so they never look dull or flat. It is also easily blendable, making it ideal to also use as a long-wearing eyeshadow.  I found that it lasted all day with no loss of color and no flaking either! If nothing else you will want this eyeliner.. In every shade. I have the Felis Brown.. For now.

Now that you have seen the awesome things in my #Vlbbloggerhaul I know you will want to shop for your own and when your cart is filled with these spectacular products make sure you use the code BSB8SUX to get 10% off of your order! You can also connect with Vincent Longo on Facebook so you never miss a beautiful thing.

Disclosure: Products received via #bstat I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I Dream of Jeannie Seasons 1 & 2 from Mill Creek Entertainment

I think I may have mentioned a time or two that I watch a lot of television.  I especially love the older shows. They remind me of a simpler time and they are just good clean fun. Mill Creek Entertainment has an awesome selection of older television shows to pick from. All of my old favorites!

I was so happy to see when they released I Dream of Jeannie: Seasons 1 & 2! I loved this show so much as a kid and I just knew it was going to be an awesome trip down memory lane to watch it again.  I am sure you know it stars the lovely Barbara Eden and charmingly hilarious Larry Hagman.

The collection has a running time of over 25 hours - that is a lot of laughs.  I Dream of Jeannie aired from 1965 to 1970 and had 139 total episodes during its five season run. The series centered on Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson, an astronaut, who stumbles upon a unique bottle when his one-man capsule lands in the South Pacific. When he opens the bottle and a 2,000-year-old genie, Jeannie pops out. For most of the amusing episodes Major Nelson, along with his pal Major Healey, spend a lot of time covering up what trouble Jeannie has gotten herself into, in fear that NASA would learn that she is a genie.

At awesome Mill Creek prices, there is no reason not to take this fun trip down memory lane with Jeannie and Tony! Make sure you head over to browse the full selection of titles from Mill Creek Entertainment on their website. You will find everything from family and classics, to horror and sci-fi! Make sure you stay connected with them on Facebook and Twitter too so that you never miss a new release.

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Coolway Autosense Styler

You might remember Coolway from past my past posts about their True Smooth System and Knotty Girl Brush. This go around I got to try something awesome: their Autosense Styler. This styler detects the amount of moisture in your hair and sets itself to the perfect temperature for your hair that day. The temperature is always under 299 degrees Fahrenheit which allows you to straighten your hair without needing thermal protectors or other products. The AutoSense Styler is clinically proven to leave your hair 4x stronger and have 75% less breakage than traditional flat irons. Your style can also last up to 4 days and it is safe for all hair types, including hair extensions.

With your styler, you also receive a 1 oz Super Boost Treatment and 6.7 oz True Smooth Spray. I'm sure you remember how much I loved these products from my previous postWhen you turn on your styler, it will flash 'Wait' and few times. Once you hear a single beep and the screen says 'Auto Sense', you run the styler over a small section of your hair until you hear two beeps. Once you hear those beeps, your temperature will come up and the styler will heat up and it is ready to use!

This styler works awesomely; far better than any flat iron I have owned in the past. I also love that I don't have to use extra products on my hair to protect it. The locking switch makes storage and travel with it a breeze as well! My hair has never felt as soft and healthy after straightening as it does now. I do not have to choose between healthy or straight hair anymore. Honestly, my hair feels better after straightening than before now! 

Anyone that straightens their hair on a regular basis, knows how damaging it can be! You should really try out the Autosense Styler to save your hair from further damage! Check out Coolway's website and see all of the great products they offer. I know you won't be disappointed. I have loved everything I have tried from them! Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss a new product or fun promotion! Also, you can use the code mycoolway53 to save 20% on your entire purchase on Coolway's site!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.