For hair that looks natural, but stays put, I use Be Yourself Mist Hair Spray Strong by Framesi

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Be Yourself Mist Hairdpray by FramesiAfter many years of competing in pageants, I certainly know my way around a can of hairspray! Back then, I went through a can a week (or more). Drying alcohol and chemicals took their toll and my hair began to take on a somewhat shellacked look… and it certainly never moved!

Of course, hairspray options have come a long way since then. Gone are the super stiff, helmet-hair styles which predominated and have thankfully been replaced with more natural looking hair.

Although I don’t use hairspray every single day anymore, there are always occasions when I reach for a can. And, a wonderful new hairspray I’ve just discovered is Be Yourself Mist Hair Spray by Framesi.

Be Yourself Mist Hair Spray is a fast-drying, finishing aerosol with an extra-firm hold. Up-dos stay up, recalcitrant bangs stay put, and your style looks more polished and finished. The styling options are limitless!

Although the Be Yourself Mist Hair Spray adds manageability and volume (flip head upside down and spray underneath hair), it won’t dry out your locks. Instead, this hairspray is actually good for your hair and contains anti-aging Vitamin E and light silicone. The result is beautiful, shiny hair that says 2014 – not 1994!

In fact, this hairspray is rich in amino acids, vitamins and pearl proteins, to not only keep hair looking healthy, but to protect from further damage due to coloring, use of thermal tools, and even UV rays!

It also has a fresh clean scent that says “salon” to me and will not build up or flake.

Be Yourself Mist Hair Spray available at Beauty Care Choices, a one-stop shop for hair care,  cosmetics, and nail care products from the top brands you know and trust. Retail $19.99

To learn more, or see the full line of high quality beauty must-haves, visit Beauty Care Choices.

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Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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A few drops of Leven Rose Jojoba Oil in the bath moisturizes and protects skin naturally!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Leven Rose Jojoba OilThe weather was so beautifully sunny and warm this weekend, that I could have worn shorts to the regatta in Princeton on Saturday. But, I refrained… After shaving, my legs were so dry and scaly looking, I was actually embarrassed to show them!

Lotions and creams help, but need to be reapplied (not an option at an all-day, outdoor event). And, since I certainly don’t want to wear jeans or pants all spring and summer, today I pulled out the serious stuff – Leven Rose Jojoba Oil!

For years, I’ve been buying products that boast jojoba oil as a key ingredient, without ever really knowing what it is. So I did a little research. What I discovered is that jojoba oil is harvested from a shrub common to the southwestern US and Mexico. Although Native Americans used the oil for centuries, it didn’t come into widespread commercial use until the 1970’s. The oil from this plant is highly prized for use in beauty products because it’s not only colorless and odorless, but also absorbs quickly in to skin, nails and hair.

I found that just a few drops of the Leven Rose Jojoba Oil in my bath made a world of difference. My skin is silky smooth, but not greasy. And, since it absorbed so quickly, I was on my way in no time. Plus, the effects have lasted all day, unlike many lotions and creams, whose effectiveness wanes as the day progresses!

One of the things I like most about Leven Rose Jojoba Oil is that it’s completely natural, with no preservatives, chemicals or artificial fragrances used. So, if you have sensitive skin, this is perfect solution. In fact, according to WebMD, “Jojoba is applied directly to the skin for acne, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin.”

And, since the jojoba oil worked so well on my body, I thought I’d try it on my face, as well. The oil is recommended as an organic makeup remover, and I think it’s a much better alternative than chemical-filled makeup wipes or even baby oil. It removes makeup easily and completely, and moisturizes the delicate skin around the eyes skin at the same time.

I highly recommend this product if you have dry skin, sensitive skin, or just want a natural and organic alternative to chemical laden moisturizing products. One word of caution, however. The Leven Rose Jojoba Oil comes packaged with an eye dropper delivery system for a reason — a little goes a long way!

Leven Rose Jojoba Oil is available on Amazon for only $13.97.

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New extreme low-cut foot covers from Kushyfoot offer protection with sides so low, they never show!

Kushyfoot Extreme Low Cut Foot CoversSpring is finally here! My heavy coats, wool scarves and boots are packed away for another year and I am anxious to slip into shoulder-baring floral sundresses, breezy printed cotton skirts, and sassy flats in every hue.

One of the best parts about springtime dressing, for me, is the ability to ditch the constricting tights, forever-run stockings, and thick socks.

Forgoing tights and stockings for bare-legged freedom isn’t without its difficulties, however. If there is any serious walking to be done, shoes without stockings can be downright painful!

I discovered a remedy to the problem a few years ago with Kushyfoot foot covers. Kushyfoot has actually been my go-to brand for fabulous, winter-weight tights for at least five years. But, foot covers are a trend that I only picked up recently. And, I am so glad I did!

If you’re not familiar with the term, foot covers are sort of like very heavyweight peds. They provide protection when wearing heels, flats, or sneakers, without showing. So, you get that bare-legged look, and none of the pain or inconvenience. Plus, Kushyfoot foot covers have a wonderful, padded foot cushion for the ball of the foot (a real lifesaver with heels) and a heel guard to prevent rubbing.

This spring, Kushyfoot has introduced a new category of foot covers called the “extreme low cut.” This style still provides all the comfort and protection of traditional Kushyfoot foot covers, with absolute minimum coverage.

The extreme low cut foot covers are available as a nude/black combo pack in regular and large sizes in the basic silhouette pictured (Retail $23.97 / 6 pairs), as well as a pretty lace version ($23.97 / 6 pairs).

The Kushyfoot Spring 2014 Collection contains 20 different kinds of foot covers, including brand new styles and trendy colors. To see the entire line of Kushyfoot products, from foot covers, to slippers, to socks, to tights, to much more, visit Kushyfoot.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Kushyfoot.

I received a sample of the new Kushyfoot extreme low cut foot covers mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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I’m on my way to a healthy, strong, and beautiful body with the Ozeri Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer

Ozeri Digital PedometerThis year I am resolved to get healthier. I’ve gotten into the habit of eating better, not eating at night, and even remembering to drink more water. But, one habit I haven’t been able to maintain is a regular exercise program. I get started, then fizzle out, only to begin again…

Tracking my progress, other than the obvious weight loss, has been a sticking point. With nothing to measure, my determination seems to flag. So, I got an Ozeri pedometer!

The Ozeri Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer records everything — steps, distance, speed, calories, and time. It counts up to 1 million steps with 7-day memory, and includes a built-in clock, calendar and sports timer.

This weekend, I had the perfect occasion for my first try with the pedometer. My daughter was rowing in the Baltimore Invitational and the venue is vast. From the boat trailers, to the boathouse, to the tents, to the finish line – it’s an all day hike back and forth for each race!

The pedometer was a real wake up call. After my husband programmed it for me (I am somewhat technologically impaired) I just popped it in my pocket and forgot about it. But, at the end of the day, I could see how many (or in my case, how surprisingly few) steps I had really taken.

Adding extra steps is a simple and easy way to help stay fit and healthy. Park a little further away at the grocery store. Take the stairs. Walk to the post office instead of driving. I am keeping my pedometer with my phone, so it’s always with me. And, I am working my way – albeit slowly – toward those 1 million steps!

The Ozeri Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer is available on Amazon. List Price is $18.95. But right now, you can get it On Sale for only $15.95. Plus, get free shipping on all Amazon orders over $35!

To see the entire line of Ozeri health and fitness products, as well as great products for the kitchen, bathroom, and all around the home, visit Ozeri.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Ozeri.

I received a sample of the Ozeri Pedometer mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Quotes, sayings, and art from Vinyl Craze add instant personality to any room!

Vinyl CrazeWhen my son was 5 years old, I redecorated his “baby room” and turned it into a “big boy room.” Gone were the sweet Peter Rabbit-themed lamps, border, and pastel crib sheets. In their place were posters adorned with planets and supernovas, a ceiling filled with glow-in-the-dark stars, and my own hand painted accents including phrases like “Reach for the stars!” and “Shoot for the moon!”

The phrases were a personal and very inspirational touch for the room. My execution, however, was somewhat shaky… I wish I had known then about Vinyl Craze!

Vinyl Craze offers high-quality vinyl wall quotes, wall sayings, and wall art. The vinyl pieces have a professional, painted-on look – and no wavy lines or blurred edges!

Although my son’s room has changed several times since then (he’s off to college this August) I still love motivational wall quotes. So, when I was offered the opportunity to test a product by Vinyl Craze, I was thrilled.

First, I had to choose a piece, which was easier said than done. There are so many wonderful sayings and beautiful art pieces!

eiffel-tower-t3Next, I needed to choose a color. Vinyl Craze has over 20 colors from which to choose, so you can create endless combinations for just the right look.

Finally, when my quote arrived, I simply followed the instructions in 5 simple steps. It was easy to install and it looks fantastic!

Vinyl Craze wall quotes and wall art are safe to use on walls and don’t leave behind any sticky residue. And, unlike my hand painted versions, you can simply peel the vinyl off when you are ready to move or if you just want to put up a new design.

To see the entire line – from artwork like the Eiffel Tower, to monograms, to sayings and quotes – visit Vinyl Craze. Prices start at just $15.

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Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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I received a sample of a vinyl saying mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Banish exercise-induced breakouts and get glowing, deep-clean skin with the Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud MaskRegular workouts are great for your body, but can be tough on your skin. Expert dermatologist Dr. Hilary Reich explains, “…when sweat from your workout mixes with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, that can overwhelm pores and lead to clogging.”

So, even if you haven’t suffered with a pimple since the Prom, if you adopt a new workout regimen this spring, it may have some unintended consequences…

Of course, the answer isn’t to stop working out. Instead, try the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask to combat those exercise-induced breakouts!

Created from a special formula of therapeutic Dead Sea mud, Vitamin C, and Aloe Vera, as this mask dries it literally pulls oil and other debris from the skin – leaving behind a glowing, healthy complexion. Toxins and impurities simply vanish!

The Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask is a fabulous product for emergency blemish “spot treatments” and blackhead removal. It can also be used as a regular, all-over facial treatment for those who suffer from adult acne.

But, what I like the most is that Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask not only takes out the things your skin doesn’t need (toxins, impurities, and grime) it also puts back in minerals and moisture with ingredients like Jojoba, Evening Primrose and Olive Oils. The result is that my skin is not only deep-clean, but looks firmer and younger looking, as well.

The Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask is recommended for use once a week. If you suffer from any dryness, as I do, I would suggest using it less often. Excessive dryness leads to flaking, which in turn leads to clogged pores, which in turn leads to more breakouts – a cycle you want to repeat! So, finding the right balance for you is crucial.

To use, clean face thoroughly. And, to maximize the effectiveness of the face mask, use after a long steamy shower or mini sauna over a steaming bowl of water.

Dry face, then apply a thick layer of the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask. Leave the mask on your face for approximately 20 to 30 minutes until it’s dry. (You may feel slightly uncomfortable as the mask dries and you can feel your face tighten – but resist the urge to wash it off before it’s completely dry, so that the mask can work its magic!)

Rinse gently with warm water and a washcloth. Finally, splash your face with cool water to completely close pores. Follow up with a lightweight moisturizer to leave your skin supple and soft. Beautiful!

The Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask is available on Amazon. Retail $30

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Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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The Glide Thru Detangling Brush by Crave Naturals stands up to thick, long, and even curly locks!

Crave Naturals Detangling BrushMy husband says that I am never allowed to cut my hair. While flattering, he clearly doesn’t realize how hard I have to wrangle daily with my thick, wavy locks. My hair is actually so unruly that I have even broken hair brushes!

Finding a hairbrush that is able to tame my mane has been an ongoing quest for as far back as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, the snarls became so unmanageable that my mother actually bought an electric detangler (in retrospect, a bad, bad idea).

So, when I was recently provided the opportunity to test a new Glide Thru Detangling Brush from Crave Naturals, I was cautiously optimistic.

The Glide Thru Detangling Brush was especially designed for hair just like mine. I’ve never seen a brush with this type of unique, ergonomic design which fits perfectly in my hand and provides many more bristles than a standard brush. The bristles are also flexible, but firm, so they won’t lose their shape. Plus, the bristles are various lengths to easily separate hair without pulling, making brushing pain-free. I wish I’d had this back when I was younger!

Not only are knots and tangles now a thing of the past, the Glide Thru Detangling Brush by Crave Naturals also has a scalp massager to increase circulation, which can help increase the growth of hair. And, it’s perfect to use in the shower to distribute conditioner on hair – so important when your hair is as long as mine.

The Glide Thru Detangling Brush had a trial by fire this weekend, when I spent eight hours outside in unrelenting wind at a regatta. When I finally got home, my hair was a completely tangled wreck. The brush worked even better than promised. This is, without question, the best hairbrush I have ever used!

And, now you can try it risk free! Crave Naturals offers an Iron Clad 3 Tier 100% Money Back Guarantee. 1. If you’re not 100% satisfied with the Glide Thru Detangling Brush, ship it back and you will get your money back. 2. If this brush does not work better than other brushes you’ve used, ship it back and you will get your money back. 3. If the brush breaks or becomes damaged, ship it back and you will receive a replacement. Retail $15.88 at Amazon.

To see the full line of beauty products by Crave Naturals, including the Whiplash Eyelash Curler and Mirage Argan Oil, visit Crave Naturals.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Crave Naturals.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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