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12 Jul

Love, Sleep and Play

As our kids get older, it is often hard to remember the memories that made an imprint on our hearts and in our minds of when they were babies. Some of the memories may not all be pretty- the sleepless nights, the unkempt hair, the stained sweat pants (that you’ve been wearing all week) but you can look back at each picture of your child whether it is Love, Sleep and Play, you remember it as if it were yesterday.

This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Although Chucky is getting older and isn’t a baby anymore, I can still remember bringing him home from the hospital, being so scared that I was alone with a tiny little life that I had to take care of all on my own and just hoped and prayed that in everything that I did that he would be a happy, healthy little boy.

Judging from some of these photos of our unique Love, Sleep and Play I think he is happy and healthy!

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As a brand that has cared for the well-being of babies and their families for more than 50 years, Pampers understands the pressures parents feel in caring for their babies. They know that there is no “right way” to care for your baby/babies and that is why they are showing their support for all of the unique ways that babies experience Love, Sleep and Play. Pampers is launching a global campaign that pays tribute to the many unique ways that babies uniquely experience Love, Sleep and Play.

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Love: Whether it’s sibling love, parental love or love from their favorite stuffy or blanket.
Sleep: From the planned nap, a night filled with sweet dreams and priceless smiles or the sudden slumber while eating their supper.
Play: It’s their favorite toy or the box that the most searched after gift came in.

In celebration of the global Love, Sleep and Play campaign, Pampers is calling on parents across North America to submit photos of their babies experiencing Love, Sleep and Play.

When you submit your photos they will be in the running to appear on the Pampers Facebook page, Twitter feed and in a special online gallery! *Plus they could be part of their huge surprise New York City celebration in August!!

You can submit your unique Love, Sleep and Play photos here until August 6th.

This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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11 Jun

Soaking in Mami & Me Time This Summer with Dole Fruit Squish’ems

School has been out for a little over two weeks here, while I love summer break, I don’t love hearing, “I’m bored” two days in! Chucky is getting older and won’t want to spend quality time with me anymore so I have to take advantage of that and what better way to do it then soaking in mami and me time this summer with Dole Fruit Squish’ems?

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dole Packaged Foods, LLC. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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The new Dole Fruit Squish’ems fruit pouches are not only a delish’ish and nutritious snack, but are great on the go too! And each pouch contains a full serving of all-natural fruit and is only 60 calories.

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New Dole Fruit Squish’ems are available in three yummy flavors, including:

  • Apple
  • Apple Mixed Berry
  • Apple Strawberry

Luckily Dole Fruit Squish’ems come in easy-to-use pouches and are an easy, great tasting, convenient snack that make our quality time mess free and full of memories!

Here are a few ways that we’ll be soaking in mami and me time this summer with Dole Fruit Squish’ems.

Dole Fruit Squish’ems are perfect for the pool! They are not only a quick and easy to grab-and-go snack, they are a better and nutritious choice for our kids and best of all, they also don’t take much clean up.

Road trip! Dole Fruit Squish’ems are going to be the perfect snack for our road trip this summer because you won’t have what is left of wilting fruit waiting to be thrown away at the next stop!

Quick snack while your out and about. I know this may sound crazy because Chucky is older, but I love that the Dole Fruit Squish’ems can be thrown in your bag and given while your out and about. There is nothing worse then hearing a tween whine that they are hungry (okay I take that back, I remember the toddler years very vividly)!

A slow down and enjoy the moment. Yep, it hasn’t been an uneventful week so far but it sure will make it great to sit out on the grass while soaking in mami and me time this summer with Dole Fruit Squish’ems!

You can find Dole Fruit Squish’ems in your local grocery store as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

 

How would you use Dole Fruit Squish’ems for mami and me time?

 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dole Packaged Foods, LLC. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

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07 May

My Mom, My Hero

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching (this weekend), I wanted to share with all of you why my mom is not just my mom; why she’s my mom, my hero.

I was not compensated for this post. The information was provided by Svetol®. For more information please see my Disclosure Policy.

Not only did my mother give birth to four kids in a short period of time but she raised each one of us while going to school, working, taking care of our dad, and taking care of a home full-time, and although it wasn’t easy, she has guided us into the people we have become today.

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Although there are four of us, we each have our own special relationship with our mother. I know when I have anything going on in my life, she is the first person that I run too.

I may not have always made the best choices in my life, being an unwed mother, sneaking out and going to the party in high school when I was supposed to be grounded, going out with the guy who she said would break my heart, fighting with her over what I though were the most important things in my life, giving her grief about everything when she was just trying to teach me that these things weren’t good for me.

My mom was not only there for me throughout my whole pregnancy, but she held my hand when times got tough and when I thought I wouldn’t be bringing home a baby to put in the crib that we had just put together, together. She stayed with both of us in the hospital the entire time, she took time off of work to be there and support us in a way that nobody else did.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, she didn’t ask what she could do, she just did it. She gave me hope when I didn’t have any, she made me feel beautiful when I knew I looked like crap, she comforted me when I couldn’t find any. And she also helped me out with my son, when I wasn’t able.

And throughout it all, she never once judged me on how I decided to do things, she stood by me and supported me 100%, My Mom, My Hero!

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Right now, Svetol® is hosting a Healthy Moms Story and Photo Contest on their Facebook page, where you can share how your mom has encouraged you to live a healthy life and be entered to win 6 bottles of Svetol®. You better hurry though because the contest ends on Mother’s Day, May 12th!!

Is your mom your hero? What makes your mom the best mom in the world?

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02 May

Epicare® at Home Facial Hair Remover *CLOSED*

Being a busy single mom, I don’t always have time to go to a salon or spa to get services that I know I need. I have heard (and seen) a lot of horror stories about at home facial hair removers and definitely didn’t want to be one so when I found Epicare®  at home facial hair remover that is not only safe but inexpensive, I knew I had to give it a try!

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Epicare® is the brainchilld of Dr. Hamid and Deepthi Makhmalchi. They understood the frustrations that ladies faced with undesired facial hair and realized that there were probably millions of women who shared these concerns. Epicare® was conceptualized out of the need to help women, build their self esteem and confidence as well as provide a simple, effective and cost saving solution for the busy and multi-tasking women of today.

The innovative couple brainstormed and combined it with appropriate research until the Epicare® Threader was created in 1998 in Bangalore, India. A year of testing was necessary to ensure the effectiveness of Epicare® Threader before it was marketed.

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I have some really light blonde hairs on my upper lip and although it isn’t really noticeable to some, it is to me, especially in the sun and from my side profile. So I quickly wanted to give the Epicare® a try.

It was easier then I had imagined it would be, I thought the coils that your run against the hair would be a lot tougher to bend which would in turn make removing the hair hard. However they weren’t tough at all they were actually very easy to bend and remove the hair.

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The plastic caps are great especially for saving your fingers from getting pinched inside the coils. I love that they come in a variety of colors so you can get an Epicare® in your favorite color!

Since I am a visual person, I decided that I would make a quick video on how easy it is to use instead of just describing it.

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Once I was done, I cleaned the coils with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

You can find out more about Epicare® on their website as well as on Facebook, and Twitter.

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Thanks to Epicare®, 5 readers will win their own Epicare® Threader!

How to Enter:
Please read the rules so you don’t get disqualified!
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Giveaway will close on May 16, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. MST and is open to residents of the US & Canada 18 years and older. One entry per person, per household, per email address, per day. Winner will be chosen via PromoSimple, notified via email as well as in a winning post on Living in La La Land & have 48 hours to claim their prize or forever hold their peace. *Please note that prizes are often shipped by a third party and may take up to 4 weeks for delivery.

 

 

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24 Apr

Little Caesars New DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza *CLOSED*

Being a single mom, going to school and working two part-time jobs has me a little frazzled sometimes. Although I have a lot of things pre-planned as far as meal time goes, I am human and don’t feel like cooking sometimes. I love that Little Caesars offers a variety of options, like the Little Caesars New DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza!

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I was provided with the information and a gift card to facilitate this review on behalf of Little Caesars. However the opinions expressed are that of my own and others’ may differ.
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With the Little Caesars New DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza your not only getting the same great taste that you’ve come to know and love but a Detroit-style deep dish with more of the stuff we know and love. With its caramelized crispy corner crust, more cheese and pepperoni, how could you not skip the schedule and hit Little Caesars for a DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza?

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Chucky and I were really excited to get the opportunity to try the Little Caesars DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza and to be honest, it was better then we expected. My favorite part is the crispy corner crusts that are on each piece. Of course, the extra cheese and pepperoni was a big hit with Chucky!

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Although we try not to eat out a lot, I love that we are able to get a delicious, affordable, quick HOT-N-READY meal from Little Caesars for only $8!

Want to try the Little Caesars New DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza? Click here to find a Little Caesars location near you. You read more about Little Caesars on their site as well as find Little Caesars on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thanks to Little Caesars, one Living in La La Land reader will win a Little Caesars gift card to try the Little Caesars New DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza for themselves!

How to Enter:
1.) Fill out the entry form below. *(Info is only used to send winner their prize.)  2,) Place required comments & links in the comments section of this post unless otherwise stated. 4.) Please do not Like, Follow, or Subscribe if you are going to UnLike, Un-Follow or Unsubscribe after the giveaway closes. It’s very rude and disrespectful to the generous sponsors who have donated prizes for your benefit. Thank you for your understanding. 5.) Please note the closing date, time, rules & other legalities!

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Good Luck!

Giveaway will close on May 8th, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. MST & is open to U.S. Residents 18+. One entry per person, per household, per email address, per day. Winner will be chosen via PromoSimple, notified by email as well as in a winning post on Living in La La Land; have 48 hours to claim their prize or forever hold their peace. Please note prizes are often shipped by a third party & may take up to 4 weeks for delivery.

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23 Apr

Driving Excitement with the Redesigned Nissan Sentra

I don’t know about you but having a car that is reliable, affordable, safe, and yet still eye catching is something that I look for when purchasing a car. I know that when Chucky gets his license we are going to be looking for the same things and what teen doesn’t want to be driving excitement with the redesigned Nissan Sentra?

Driving excitement with Nissan Sentra isn’t just about driving a car that is stylish but affordable, safe and cost effective for years to come. Nissan has redesigned the 2013 Nissan Sentra giving it not only a sleek sophisticated look but great MPG due to the more efficient CVT. The Nissan Sentra also contains a comfortable, roomy interior and a whole lot of premium features.

The redesigned Nissan Sentra offers exterior and interior styling that includes:

  • Wrap-around LED head-lamps and tail-lamps
  • Chrome accents
  • Spacious interior with class-leading rear seat legroom
  • High-quality touch and feel with upgrade of Softpad padding on instrument panel, door trim armrest and console armrest

As well as convenience features that include:

  • Carefully designed integrated driver’s area
  • Affordable navigation with back-up camera
  • I-key with keyless entry and push-button start
  • iPod and MP3 interface
  • Bluetooth, XM, and Pandora Link
  • Tire pressure monitor with audible fill alert
  • Dual-zone A/C

What parent wouldn’t want a smooth and quiet ride with a CVT shiftless transmission with no tach. bouncing as well as a new suspension design with high response shock absorbers for a smoother ride? The 2013 Nissan Sentra also has the best mpg combined in its class with 36 mpg.

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With the redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra, it’s a class above and Nissan wants to show you that with an awesome Facebook promotion, See Sentra!

Visit the Nissan Facebook page, like, share and invite your friends because with a certain number of fans, an action will be triggered which will  reveal the newly redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra and rewards!! How cool is that?!

The more people that participate in the #descubresentra promotion, the better the prizes! The rewards are going to be absolutely amazing and go hand-in-hand with their Facebook promotion.
An example of the rewards:
Comfort= A massage prize
Space= Trek Bicycle prize
Rear View Camera= Nikon Digital Camera
Fuel Efficiency= Gas Card

You can find out more about the redesigned Nissan Sentra in English or in Spanish. For the Nissan Espanol promotion, and to enter, visit their Facebook page.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Nissan. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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22 Apr

Manic Music Monday

Manic Music Monday is when I like to take a moment to share music that I am loving, just heard and can not wait to share it with you!

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I featured Daniel Robinson on Manic Music Monday back in November and am thrilled to see that he is back at it with a new EP, “Guesswork“.

Intrigued by the sounds of childhood video games and matters of the heart, Daniel’s new EP, “Guesswork” which is coming out in June, has an amazing song on it that’s hitting the airwaves and making me love his music even more, “Running With The Wolves“.

It’s a song that has resonated with me in the fact that Daniel displays a strong independence and sense of self with “Running With The Wolves“.

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What fascinates me about Daniel is not only his amazing voice talents, but that fact that he is able to integrate electro-pop with his heart warming lyrics.

Daniel was the 2012 winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest winning the award in the “Electronic” music category.

His newest song, “Running With The Wolves” is not only club worthy but also mini van worthy. With the instrumental, futuristic synths and a steady beat it’s sure to grab your attention!

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You can pre-order Daniel’s album “Guess Work” here and stay up to date with him on his Official Site, as well as on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

I was not compensated for this post. I was provided with song downloads to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.

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15 Apr

Manic Music Monday

Manic Music Monday is when I like to take a moment to share music that I am loving or just heard and can not wait to share it with you!

I was not compensated for this post. I was provided with song downloads to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.

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Marc Dold and Judith Martin for the powerful electronica duo and showcase their amazing skills on the band’s latest single, “3 Little Birds”. It’s a modern take on Bob Marley’s classic.

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I love their take on 3 Little Birds, it is a song that everyone recognizes and sings along to.

Marc and Judith met as teenagers in a dusky basement rehearsal room of the local music scene in Switzerland. Judith went on to study jazz while Marc earned a degree in classical guitar from a Swiss conservatory. Soon after they left Europe for Boston where they furthered their studies at the Berklee College of Music.

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Marc and Judith formed Aurah after the release of their first album, “Judith Martin“.

Aurah’s music is heavily influenced by remixing electronic and dance music which in turn makes the perfect sound, especially for a song like, “3 Little Birds”.

You can purchase Aurah’s music on iTunes. And don’t forget you can stay up-to-date on everything Aurah on their official site, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

 

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11 Apr

Freshen Up Your Skincare Regimen with Olay Fresh Effects *CLOSED*

It’s that time of year again, the time of year to take your skin from drab to fab! To go from that dry winter skin to a fresh new face and with some products I am going to share with you today, you can freshen up your skincare regimen with Olay Fresh Effects!

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Olay just launched their Olay Fresh Effects line of products which can be purchased at Walmart. The new line will leave your skin beautiful and rejuvenated for the warmer months ahead. Who doesn’t love having that beautiful summer skin?

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There are 6 Olay Fresh Effects products:

  • Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid!
    Va-Va-Vivid! is a powered contour cleansing system that is designed to fit your facial contours. The powered brush deep cleans in and around the t-zone, hair line and nose for a full-face cleansing.
  • Olay Fresh Effects S’wipe Out!
    S’wipe Out! are refreshing make-up removal clothes that are gentle for everyday cleansing in a hurry. They contain vitamin E and soft cleansing pockets to lift away dirt, and make-up *(even waterproof mascara).
  • Olay Fresh Effects Satin Finish Lotion
    Satin Finish Lotion gives you the rich hydration of a lotion but with a lightweight feel of a gel. So your able to lose the shine and get satiny active moisturizers that keep your skin soft and smooth for up to 24 hours. It is also oil free and non-comedogenic, so it will not block your pores.
  • Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away!
    Shine, Shine Go Away! gives you a deep down to the pores clean with a shine minimizing cleanser, such as a purifying mask but lathers and rinses away like a daily cleanser to remove 2x more dirt, oil and make-up than a basic cleansing.
  • Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliator
    Bead Me Up! is an oil free, exfoliating cleanser that brings together foaming bubbles and exfoliating micro beads to give you the freshest wash you’ve ever had. Millions of bubbles gently purify and lift away dirt while exfoliating micro beads softly scrub your skin for a beautifully fresh, healthy look.
  • Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream
  • BB Cream also known as beauty balm, is a skin perfecting tinted moisturizer with 24-hour hydration and a splash of sheet color for a flawlessly radiant look. It contains six skin-perfecting benefits: refreshes, brightens, evens tone, hydrates, smooths and protects.

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I was thrilled to get the opportunity to try the Olay Fresh Effects products because I use and love Olay and their products daily. To my surprise I was sent this amazing vanity that contained each product. Is this not cute?! I wish I had a little girl so I could put this in her room!

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The Olay Fresh Effects Swipe Out! makeup remover wipes were great after a long day of school, 2 part-time jobs and mom duties. Who likes wash their face after a long day? Not this girl but we know we have to wash it in order to have great looking skin so the Swipe Out! wipes are perfect for days like this.

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It’s hard to tell from the picture but the S’wipe Out! wipes contain small pockets that make them soft on your face for daily washing.

I must say that I was really surprised by the Olay Effects Satin Finish Lotion. It was so light and satiny feeling that my skin felt that way all day long. When you first squeeze it out of the bottle you’ll notice an opalescent finish to it which I think makes it feel very expensive. And it goes on like butta!

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The Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream is so light that it isn’t going to make your face feel as though you’re wearing anything at all. It also covers really well for such a light feel.

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I don’t know how well you can see it from the pictures, but the Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! exfoliater has a lot of fine little beads in it to make sure that your scrubbing all of the dead skin cells and dirt off of your face easily without being to harsh or abrasive; leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and fresh for longer then a few days.

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The Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away! Really was excellent at keeping the shine away! I tend to get really shiny throughout the day and the Shine, Shine Go Away! totally eliminated that.

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Last but certainly not least, the Va-Va-Vivid! was absolutely relaxing and refreshing to use. I thought the rubberish bristles would be a little rough on my face, but they aren’t at all and actually felt really good. The Va-Va-Vivid! felt as thought I got a thorough clean especially in the places that are hard to reach, like the corners of your nose, the t-zone and the hairline.

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Each of these products smells absolutely divine as well. I was like, “Oh, what’s that smell?” And then I remembered it was me(;

You can purchase any of the Olay Fresh Effects products at Walmart.com. Right now you can get an Olay Fresh Effects Bundle which will include the Va-Va-Vivid! as well as a bonus item: Satin Finish Lotion, Shine, Shine Go Away or the Bead Me Up! Exfoliator.

Have you tried the Olay Fresh Effects products? Which is your favorite?

Giveaway

Thanks to Olay one Living in La La Land reader will win a $25 gift card to Walmart to try Olay Fresh Effects for themselves!

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Thank you to Olay for providing the Olay Fresh Effects products, information and gift card to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ.

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10 Apr

Perfect Summer Skin with Carmex *CLOSED*

It is creeping up on us, although it may not seem like it with the varying spring weather patterns, but summer is upon us. Are you ready? You have to get your pedicure, start hair removal and ah yes, the perfect summer skin with Carmex.

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Carmex not only offers products for you lips, but for your skin as well. What I love about Carmex skincare products is that they are not only just as good as their lip care line but nice and thick yet not greasy!

Carmex has increased their levels of lanolin, which makes their Healing Cream mimic your skins natural lipid layer to maximize healing while pertolatum and allantoin soften rough skin and aid in moisturization. They have also loaded the Hydrating Lotion with vitamin E and ultra-concentrated aloe vera to soothe skin and deliver serious hydration, without the greasiness.

I was sent the Hydrating Lotion and the Healing Cream which came at the perfect time because we are right in the middle of the cold yet sometimes warm weather which can put my skin on a total freak-out!

  • Carmex Hydrating Lotion: Infused with aloe and Vitamin E to moisturize, heal and protect my skin from dryness. It’s great for daily use, with a light scent.
  •  Carmex Healing Cream:  Thicker, more concentrated formula that penetrates deep into the skin to help repair extremely dry, cracked skin. Is concentrated with 9 healing and moisturizing ingredients. Used for hands, feet, elbows and knees. The Healing Cream is for intensive healing of your driest, roughest skin.

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I use both of them depending on my skin that day. I notice when I do a lot of hand washing that I go for the Carmex Healing Cream and in-between the Carmex Hydrating Lotion.

I love that they both absorb into the skin making it easier to do tasks right after application. Which also begins to start the healing, moisturizing process. They also contain a nice clean scent which I love because I suffer from migraines.

Giveaway

Thanks to Carmex, one Living in La La Land reader will win Carmex Hydrating Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream!

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I was provided with products to facilitate this review from the makers of Carmex. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ.

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