Megan's Apothecary Spa Kit Giveaway

3.29.2015

Megan's Apothecary Spa Kit Giveaway
Instead of asking who loves going to spa, I might ask who doesn't? A weekly trip to the spa, however, is not always feasible with today's time or budget constraints! I have discovered a hidden gem in the natural skincare world from down in the bayou known as Megan's Apothecary. A small batch spot with big natural skincare results! If you are going on a trip, you must get their Mother's Day facial spa kit for your travels. It has everything you need for a week of home away from home natural skincare luxuries. Also, you can tell by the name of this spa kit that it is meant for all those hard working mamas out there! Treat your mama right and get her a Megan's Apothecary spa kit! You can tell by my green clay face that I am quite happy with mine. What is in the kit? Relaxing Facial Steam(packet makes 2 face steams), Green Clay Face Mask(packet makes approx. 6 face masks), Coconut Oil Lip Balm, Restorative Night Serum(.5 oz), All Natural Eye Makeup Remover(1 oz), Fountain of Youth Deep Moisturizing Face Cream(.25 oz).

Megan's Apothecary Spa Kit Giveaway
Fountain of Youth Face Cream has a nice ring to it don't you think? Oils of Coconut, Primrose, jojoba, and emu are combined with shea butter and aloe vera. Emu oil is something I have never come across. According to Web MD, it is taken from the fatty portion of an Emu(a flightless bird similar to an Ostrich). The properties of this oil resemble that of mineral oil. Interesting right? Well, the combination of these oils and butter leave a soothing, moisturizing, and inflammation-reducing experience. It only takes a finger tips worth to moisturize the entire face and neck. I am taking this teeny jar on my travels for sure! The essential oils of rose, chamomile, frankincense, and myrrh create a warm herbal-floral scent. Frankincense essential oil has anti-aging and toning properties. A power house of essential oils that calm, restore, lift, and have wonderful anti-aging properties.

My favorite Megan's Apothecary product(pictured above) is the all natural eye make up remover. So yummy smelling that you must resist trying to eat it! Made with almond, hemp, pure grapefruit, and Organic olive oils. Takes my makeup off gently and easily. Love it so much! Next, the coconut oil lip balm is simple and great when your lips need a zap of moisture. Made with coconut and almond oils, beeswax, and vitamin e. Lastly, is the restorative night serum with rose hips seed, pumpkin seed, hazelnut, grape seed, and vitamin e oils. Packed with myrrh, carrot seed, and chamomile essential oils. Vitamins and essential oils working their natural and seemingly magical powers over night!

My favorites! Facial steams and face masks that make you feel like you are in a 4-star spa! First, is the relaxing facial steam comprised of healing and soothing calendula, chamomile, and comfrey herbs. Next, is the green clay face mask! As you can see from the intro photo, I love this! Exfoliating and detoxifying...love green clay. Okay, you have waited long enough. Without further adieu, I bring you the Megan's Apothecary Spa Kit Giveaway(valued at $40)!!!!

livia Cucumber Spirulina Gel Masque Giveaway

3.27.2015

livia Cucumber Spirulina Gel Masque Giveaway
* This post is sponsored. All words and thoughts are mine.

Livia pure skin care is an Organic & wild crafted skincare company. The owner Stephanie uses the purest ingredients in their raw form, with no nasties, no parabens, and uses only natural methods for product preservation! Did I mention livia pure skin care is a system? Well, it is! I love this! What a lovely way to show your customers exactly how your products are supposed to be used. For instance, cleansers are Step 1. Makes sense to me. Incidentally, I am starting at Step 3 with the Cucumber Spirulina Gel Masque. This masque screams Summertime! Cooling cucumber, soothing Organic aloe vera, spirulina(a natural algae), and the gel consistency all align with warm weather vibes! This gel masque instantly transports me to a far off sunny beach. Since it is snowing outside, I could not be happier about this side effect.

The Cucumber Spirulina Gel Masque is packed with incredible nutrients for your skin. Vitamin A & E are included and work wonders. Vitamin A & E are full of skin-loving antioxidants and anti-aging properties. These vitamins are essential for beauty queen caliber skin! Want to hear something even more interesting? This product contains Chlorophyll. Did you know Chlorophyll has an incredible impact for our skin? Me neither. It has magnificent healing, cleansing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. You will also find Organic chamomile oil, Organic lavender oil, and tangerine oil inside this gel masque gem! All of these oils our fabulous cleansers and contain calming properties to enhance our skin's natural beauty. I am impressed with the quality and purposeful use of the ingredients in this livia gel masque. The best products are the ones that are not just thrown together willy nilly. Livia products have ingredients that all serve a purpose when it comes to our skin's nutrition.

livia Cucumber Spirulina Gel Masque Giveaway
The scent of the Cucumber Spirulina Gel Masque is just as scrumptious as the ingredients within! Livia pure skin care has captured the delectable fresh scent of cucumber in this unusual gel face masque. It is incredibly refreshing and relaxing. I have never used a "gel masque" before. I love the texture and feel of the Cucumber Spirulina Gel Masque on my face. This is a powerful face masque full of wonderful ingredients(as previously mentioned). So powerful, you only leave it on your face for 5 to 10 minutes. My skin feels very very soft and incredibly moisturized after one use. You can use this face masque daily! I will be placing this livia gel masque in the refrigerator for an extra refreshing experience!!!

What do you say my little cucumbers? Are you ready for a Cucumber Spirulina Gel Masque Giveaway by livia pure skin care?!??!

How NOT to run your social media

3.24.2015

How to use social media
Warning: Raunchy and distasteful language is used during the course of this post. The content that follows is intended for mature adult viewing only.

This social media marketing and strategy post is really tailored to the small business owner, but baby bloggers also lend me your ear. You can easily avoid these social media killing activities and have your feed buzzing with real activity and interaction. Here are some things I have observed NOT to do over the years as a small business owner running your social media. Keep reading, because this could be your "A-ha" moment in waiting.

Do Not be a car salesman. Let's start with the almighty Facebook. I hate it and I do not describe myself as a Facebook expert in any way. I have, however, seen generally what does work and what does not. First, be genuine and caring. The car salesman technique does not work here. Screaming 20% off daily falls on deaf ears. If you post a flash sale occasionally, where you have an established audience and the sale is very specific, then that is fine and beneficial even. But everyday? Think about what you are really telling your audience? My brand is cheap and so is my product. Don't bother buying it. I am desperate for sales and no one else wants to buy my product. That's what a product that is "on sale" everyday looks like to your potential customers.

Do Not have a feed exclusively comprised of your content. It's like watching someone masturbate. Like, find yourself a room. Sharing is not just about you. No one business has enough sharable content all of the time. Keeping your customer engaged means occasionally sharing someone else's content. Their content should be pretty, eye-catching, and relate-able content to yours. That goes for most social media sites, especially Twitter. It takes time to compose your content and sometimes just having fresh content can be the most important thing for your feed. Also, sharing for others means they are more likely to share for you. That is helping you grow your audience. It is all about being social. Hence the term "social" media.

Do Not be a buzz kill. My biggest pet peeve as a blogger is when I compose a beautiful tweet complete with imagery and the business clicks the star. I have to be honest here, it can feel like a slap in the face. Are you kidding me?! RE-TWEET IT! Re-tweeting a well composed tweet that is speaking highly of your brand makes you look like a freaking rock star. It is exactly what YOU want....interaction! So interact and re-tweet it! It shows future and acquired customers why they should buy from you, because you are popular and others love your products and/or services.

Do Not forget the hashtags. Hashtags really do exist for a reason. Use them. Describe the #photo, get #creative, but always remember the people you want to #attract. The reason you use hashtags is so your people can find you. Putting no hashtags at the end of a Tweet or Instagram post is unacceptable. Why bother posting at all? Give yourself a fighting chance and use hashtags.

Do Not ignore bloggers. You don't want to work with bloggers? Fine, but we have genuine influence and some of us have a lot of it. Showing a smidgen of good will and respect with bloggers goes a long way. In fact, on Instagram some businesses create a viral feed by exclusively re-posting bloggers with their products. Why? Because those businesses are geniuses. It encourages the blogger to continue posting pictures with that said business and their products. It also encourages other bloggers to do the same. The business gets visibility and the blogger gets recognized. Are you starting to get it?

For goodness sake, Pixi Beauty with 20,000+ followers re-tweeted my tweet the other day! Do you know why? Because they are smart. They recognize that one tweet does not change the course of history, but it can secure a fan for life. Was that one tweet they gave me worth it? Absolutely! They have far more to gain from giving me a bit of their audience then trying to be stingy with it. We all work hard for our brand and audience. Bloggers want to help you. Let us and pay us. Moving on.

Do Not forget about cohesion. The biggest and hugest mistake I see small businesses making on social media is having a different handle for every social media site. Confusing much? Find ONE handle that works across the board. If you are confusing me, a social media expert, then you are damn well confusing your customer. Do you know what they are doing? Moving on. One picture, one handle, one brand. Cohesion.

I hope these social media no nos gave you some insight and will help you step-up your social media game. Have questions? I would be delighted to answer them. Please leave your questions in the comment section below. Social media is not something to be feared it is a fire that can set your business ablaze! Especially, in the tall dry grass.

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