Take the HealthIQ quiz to see if you know what dangers are lurking in your cosmetics.

As you all know I have done several articles about the dangers lurking in your cosmetics and how important it is for you to educate yourself so that you can make informed decisions about the products and brands you purchase.  Health IQ has developed this quiz to test your knowledge about these dangerous additives.  See how well you know what is lurking in your every day products.


About Health IQ:

HealthIQ’s mission is to improve the health of the world. In pursuit of this mission, they’ve created over 1,000 health-related quizzes and worked with innovative insurance companies to create financial rewards for health conscious people. To date, Health IQ has helped over ten thousand triathletes, vegans, runners, and other health conscious people secure billions in life insurance coverage, and they hope to expand to other financial rewards in the near future.

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About Health IQ’s Learn About Life Campaign:

Learn About Life is a health-education campaign, with the goal of driving more people to learn something new about their health. To accomplish this goal, Health IQ has partnered with a select group of nonprofits and bloggers to produce and promote thousands of health related quizzes. If you’re a nonprofit or blogger and want to learn about how you can support this campaign, email cleo.kirkland@healthiq.com with subject line “Learn About Life…I’m In”

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SmartBrow Eyebrow Filler Review

When I was a child, I lost part of my left eyebrow (the tail) from a cut. When the cut healed, it left scar tissue and the hair never grew back. For years, I had no choice but to pencil it in so that I didn’t look like a freak.

When I was 38 years old, I got up the nerve to have permanent makeup applied (tattooing) on my brow and that lasted me 17 years. After 17 years, it had pretty much faded away. So last year I decided to have it done again by an establishment (who shall remain anonymous) here in Southern New Jersey. The woman who did the process came highly recommended and is supposed to be world renowned. It cost me hundreds of dollars to have it done and the process lasted about a year before it started to fade. I was furious. I was told it would last up to 5 years.

Obviously they use different dyes today than they used 17 years ago, which is evidenced by the fact that the latest procedure only lasted a year. I didn’t want to go through the expense and agony of having it done again, so I started looking for a product (besides the traditional eyebrow pencil) that I could use. I tried a few powders and other kits. Not only were they too difficult to use, I was not able to achieve a “natural” looking brow. I needed something that was fast and would stay on all day long and I found it – SmartBrow!

For the price of permanent makeup application, I could buy 30 – yes 30 – packages of SmartBrow. And no painful application to endure.

Now, you may find some negative comments around the web about this product, but here’s my take on that: Every product works differently for each person. I always try to give the product a try myself so I can form my own opinion about it. That’s exactly what I did with SmartBrow and I’m so glad I did.

It took a little practice and I have some tips for making it work better below, but I love this product. It stays on all day (or days if you wish…it’s semi-permanent!) and it is natural looking on me. SmartBrow comes in three colors: Black/Brown, Brunette and Blonde. It has a dual applicator – one side has a brush like a mascara wand and the other side has a thin brush for more precise application (as seen in the photo). It also comes with a “remover” included in the package that will remove the SmartBrow product from your eyebrow.


Tips for getting the most from SmartBrow:

1) Wipe off some of the excess product that comes out of the tube. It’s way too much and you will not be happy with the result. I have forwarded my suggestion to the company rep to see if they can improve on this applicator and cut down on the amount of product that is released from the tube.
2) Practice, practice, practice! That’s the key to making a natural looking brow. Believe me, I am still trying to master the technique, but I’m getting better each time I apply it. Keep in mind, I do not wear makeup every day; most days are spent in my home, working on my blog and social media accounts, so there’s no need.
3) Have adequate lighting when applying the product.  Light is important for any makeup application, but you want to be able to see exactly how much product you are putting on your brow.

Here’s a great application demonstration:

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Disclosure: I received a sample (as described above) to conduct my review for this blog post.  All opinions stated in this post are truthful and mine alone.  Receiving sample(s) of this product in no way affected my opinion in this review.

Create an Amazon Baby Registry and get a free Welcome Baby Box

Create a baby registry on Amazon and you will be able to take advantage of discounts on things like diapers, apparel for mom and baby, maternity items and much more.

Enjoy 90-day free returns and free shipping (if you do not have Prime) on an order of $49 or more.

Prime members get up to a 15% Completion Discount on eligible items, compliments of Amazon Family. Plus, Prime members with a baby registry are eligible for other rotating limited time offers such as a Welcome Box, free parenting eBook, discounts from Tiny Prints, maternity savings, and much more! See all of the great discounts and rewards on the Benefits Page.


However you do not have to be a PRIME member to take advantage of this fabulous offer.  You can still enjoy the discounts and savings available to anyone who creates a Baby Registry.

Click the banner below to sign up and create a Baby Registry.  You don’t have to be any expectant mom or existing mom according to Amazon’s instructions you can be a caregiver as well.


MICHAEL for Michael Kors Jet Set Logo Jacquard Wrap Scarf $14.33 ($60)

Wow what a deal if you are a Michael Kors’ fan or know someone who is.  Grab a few for holiday gifts especially at this price you can’t go wrong.

Michael Kors’ Wrap

Available in three color choices.

  • Wrap measures approximately 48 inches by 80 inches
  • Eyelash fringe measures approximately 1 inch
  • Acrylic
  • Hand wash
  • Imported