Tsue ~ That's What She Said: September 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Orglamix ~ Pamper Yourself With Color ~ Review & Giveaway

Orglamix ~ Pure Mineral Makeup

Orglamix, cosmetics, Etsy

I crave color.

Adding splashes of my favorite vibrant hues
in my wardrobe, 
in my home,
and especially, 
on ME
makes me feel vivacious and alive!

In fact, the very first project, 
once we moved into our new home,
was painting our entrance door
Peacock Blue.

That being said, 
it's easy to understand
why I became enamored of
 Orglamix after discovering it this year!

Orglamix Pure Mineral Makeup is formulated free of any synthetic materials and
offers a full line of high quality mineral makeup at extremely reasonable prices.

What you WON'T find in Orglamix products:
parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals or phthalates!

What you WILL find from Orglamix products:
the highest quality ingredients, PETA friendly,100% pure and effective makeup
in the widest array of vivid colors!

eyeshadow, Orglamix, mineral makeup, cosmetics

I know...
the colors are so YUMMY you just want to dive in!

Although I'm naturally drawn to the Orglamix eyeshadow, you can find a full line of beauty products at the Orglamix Etsy Shop:  
Organic Foundation 
Organic Blush & Bronzer
as well as 
Kits, complete with Eco-brushes

Helping you get colorful looks you'll love ~

Most of us gals get "stuck" sometime in our 20's, maintaining (or not) the same fashions, hair and make-up styles.  Sound like you?  Let Orglamix guide you into a new look and pamper yourself with quality and color!

Not only is the Orglamix Etsy shop inspiring but you'll find fantastic information on the latest trends, 1 minute fixes and How-To's on the Orglamix blog, Haute Beauty.

You'll also not want to miss out on the exciting happenings for Orglamix facebook fans and Twitter followers!  Cheri, the creator of Orglamix, always has something interesting going on!

So whether you're in need of a new look or looking for quality, safe mineral makeup
Orglamix is a must have for celebrating YOU!

I was thrilled to have an opportunity to test the Orglamix eyeshadow first hand.  I found the products to be true to color, steadfast and luxurious. 

I was a bit nervous, having never used loose mineral makeup before.  Application was a breeze, especially with the tips I found from the Haute Beauty blog and the results superior.  I'm a complete convert!  The only challenge is in picking out your favorites hues, as each is more stunning than the last.

Fortunately, you can find incredible bargains in the Weekly Specials at the Orglamix Etsy shop, as well as collections that offer both value and coordination.

Orglamix is available for sale on Etsy and at upscale apothecaries,
specialty stores and boutiques as well as spas and resorts nationwide.

Cheri is graciously offering my readers a chance to try three products from the Orglamix line!  The winner of this giveaway will be able to select three colors from any of the following lines: Pure Organic Mineral Eye, Blush, Glow, Foundation or Color Corrector.

NOTE:  You must follow my blog via Google Friend Connect to enter this giveaway.
PLEASE:  Leave your email address in your comments so I can contact you if you are the winner.

For your mandatory entry, like Orglamix on Facebook and write on their wall, letting them know what you love about the Orglamix line and that Terri from That's What She Said sent you.  Leave me a comment letting me know you did so and please include your facebook name.

Leave a comment for each bonus entry, including links and applicable names

* Follow Orglamix on Twitter (Haute Beauty) for 3 entries

* Follow me on Twitter (tsue1136) for 3 entries

* "Heart" (favorite) the Orglamix shop on Etsy for 3 entries

* Subscribe to the Orglamix Blog (Haute Beauty) for 3 entries

* Follow the Orglamix Blog (Haute Beauty) on google friend connect for 3 entries

* Follow my blog via RSS Feed for 3 entries

* Subscribe to my blog via email for 3 entries

* Tweet about this contest and include @tsue1136  @hautebeauty and #orglamix in your tweet
   One tweet per hour.  Include tweet link in your comment. One entry per tweet.

*  Share this giveaway in another manner, whether it be by blogging, adding to a giveaway linky, technorati, 
    stumbling.  Easy share button at the bottom of this post.  3 entries per method.

* Enter any of my other active giveaways for 5 entries per giveaway.

* Put my button on your blog and leave a link so I can find it.  5 entries.

This giveaway will end on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at midnight, EST and is open to those 18+, world wide.  The winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries, using Random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before I move on to a runner-up.  The prize will be shipped by the sponsor.


I was priviledged to test Orglamix products for the purposes of creating this review.  Images and information taken from various Orglamix sites.  I ADORE ORGLAMIX!  The opinions above are honest and my own.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

CSN Giveaway! Time for some shopping!

We've finally finished painting on the first floor.  Whew!

Now it's time to decorate!  I was holding off getting all those things, big and small that finish off a room and tie everything together.  Right now, I'm looking for tables for the living room and a console for the foyer.

Where am I looking?  You guessed it, CSN!  I could browse CSN literally all day.  They have EVERYTHING.  Which coffee table should I get?

Tell me in a comment for your chance to win a $45 gift certificate to do your own shopping at CSN!

home decor, furniture, CSN, modern design table

This Sitcom Allison Coffee Table in Cosmo, on sale for $279?  Simple and clean lines and looks fantastic!

rustic coffee table, furniture, home decor, CSN

I also like this Butler Metalworks table with Stone Inset top.  The legs would nicely compliment my dining room chandelier which is visible from the living room.  This table is on sale, only $369.

coffee table, home decor, furniture, CSN

Of course, one can NEVER have enough storage space and I love the ability to have somewhere to stash all those things that invariably end up in the living room.  Especially when expecting company!  This Wildon Home Berkeley table in black, at the discounted price of $416 would be perfect for that purpose!

To enter for your chance to win a $45 gift certificate to CSN, tell me which of the tables above you think I should choose.  You also need to let me know how much I'll save by buying the table you recommend at CSN.  Just follow the link to CSN to find the savings.  You can also select a different table for me from their wide selection.  If you pick a different table, leave the link to it in your comment.  Please also leave me your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!

This giveaway will run until Saturday, October 23rd at midnight, EST.  The winner will be selected randomly from eligible entries and will be notified by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I move on to a runner up.  Open to residents of US and Canada, 18+.


* Follow me in a new fashion, whether by email or RSS subscription or via twitter.  3 entries per method.  If you already follow, you earn 3 entries for each.

*  Like CSN on facebook and write on their wall, letting them know what you love about their stores,  3 entries

* Follow CSN on twitter and tweet about this contest including @CSN and @tsue1136 in your tweet, leaving me a comment with link to your tweet and your twitter name, for 3 entries.  You can tweet unlimited times per day, with an hour in between tweets for an additional entry.

*  Share this giveaway in some fashion, whether it be by blogging, posting on a giveaway linky, technorati, stumble upon for 3 entries per method.  Leave the link and your applicable name in your entry comments.  Handy button at the bottom of this post for sharing.

*  Put my button on your blog and leave me the link so I can find it, for 3 entries.

* Tell me which room you can't wait to redecorate and why, for 3 entries.

* Enter any of my other active giveaways, leave a comment letting me know which you entered, for 5 bonus entries per contest.


The prize for this contest was provided by CSN.  Images sourced from CSN.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hearthsong ~ Review & Giveaway

backyard fun, pool, staycation, outdoor living


This year my family has been taking advantage of what we have right in our own backyard and saving a ton of money that we would normally spend on vacations.

Granted, we are fortunate to have an inground pool.
Of course, that is sometimes as much a challenge as it is a blessing.
lake, ocean, driftwood, shoreline

And, admittedly, it is not the same as getting away to the beach....
but it's pretty darn close!  Especially when you take into account how much money we're saving!

*No hassle or expense of boarding the pets and they "vacation" with us!
*No wasted time or fuel expense traveling!
*No junk food or eating out expenses beyond buying food for our own BBQ!
*No whining from the kids because they want their friends to come along (with the  pool, their friends are over all summer anyway)
While the weather has been favorable, we've designated most weekends to "vacation time".  The whole family pitches in to get housework and shopping out of the way at the end of the week and once "vacation time" begins, its time for family fun and relaxation.

The teens like to swim and lounge in the sun, volleyball and  taking advantage of the fire pit in the evenings.  My son's friends like to make more of an adventure, pitching a tent in the backyard.  My husband and I, when not on lifeguard duty, enjoy sitting on the screened porch, the hammock and all the quality time we've had with the kids.

outdoor toys, kid toys, backyard fun, summer fun, Hearthsong
Of course, no backyard vacation is complete without the proper equipment.  Various floaties galore for the pool, plenty of lounge chairs, and, most importantly, cool pool and outdoor toys!

I am always on the prowl for outdoor toys to help keep our backyard adventures fun and new.  I've been a big fan of online shopping for the last couple of years and usually find a much larger selection, and often better prices, online than in the local retail stores.

This year I discovered Hearthsong  and was fortunate to be given the opportunity to review some of their products!

Hearthsong offers a wide variety of toys, games as well as arts and crafts that are certain to be well received by your own children and that make fantastic gifts for others!  Hearthsong offers top rated toys, over 100 of which are exclusive offerings!  Shoppers can take advantage of Deals of the Week and find fantastic bargains, saving over 60% in the Clearance Center.

The Hearthsong website is easy to navigate and it's a breeze finding the perfect addition to your backyard collection or gift, with their shop by interest and shop by age searches.  Looking for fun for the whole family, be certain to visit their collection of items, just right for Family Fun!

toys for kids, water fun, summer fun, camping toys, Heathsong

We had the chance to review some items that fit right in with our "backyard vacations".  My son's favorite were the Water Stix!
We tested two large stix and they were a huge hit with all the kids!
In fact, they are a "must get" for my nephews for the holidays who admired them on a recent visit.

True to description, the Water Stix are easy to use, by putting the squirting end into any source of water - pool, lake, bucket - you load them by pulling out the inner tube of the stix.  By pushing the inner tube back into the main tube, an impressive blast of water shoots out.  Hearthsong cites a possible 50' blast.  We didn't actually measure, but it was significant!
The Water Stix are only $9.98 for medium length and $10.98 for the longer length.  I found them very sturdy and a much better quality, not to mention better price, than anything I've found locally!

water toys, in ground swimming pool, pool toys, kid toys, Heatthsong
Being big fans of splashing, we also tested the Geyser Gusher Water Cannon.   The Geyser Gusher was amazing.  Such a simple design yet the source of many competitions in the pool to see who could make the tallest geyser, the most horizontal geyser.  All accomplished by grabbing the handles at the base and pulling it down into the water!  In no time at all, my 3 year old nephew was a pro!  Per the hubby, goggles are recommended as he found many geysers were released in his direction!  Colorful and fun, the Geyser Gusher is only $9.98!

water balloon toys, water toys, backyard fun, summer fun, water toys
The teens had a blast with the Splashy Catch. A new twist on the old favorite game of water balloon toss.  Put a water balloon inside the Splashy Catch and the fun begins.  Toss it around your group while the internal timer is ticking away.  When the timer goes off, the lucky player holding the Splashy Catch gets...pretty wet!  If you remember that familiar jolt from the Perfection Game, just imagine it plus lots of water.  I was pleased that the Splashy Catch came with a generous supply of water balloons as the kids couldn't put it down.  Get your own for only $12.98!

The items I reviewed represent only a small selection of Hearthsong's Water and Beach Toy collection and certainly don't even put a dent into their full selection of offerings.  I strongly recommend that you visit the Hearthsong website and put them on your list of first stops for all of your gift shopping for kids of all ages.

Impressed with Hearthsong?  Find even more at Magic Cabin, another site in the Hearthsong family with great ideas for gift giving and putting a smile on their faces.

Looking for a great site for your outdoor decorating needs?  Visit Hearthsong's sister site, Plow and Hearth!  An impressive assortment of offerings, including eco-friendly products!

Toys for adults?  Wind and Weather has just what you need when looking for gifts for the one who has everything.

Hearthsong is sponsoring a special monthly giveaway on their site!  Each month, a winner will be selected to win a $200 gift certificate!

Hearthsong has generously offered my readers a chance to win their own set of  two Water Stix!
To enter, you must follow my blog in some fashion and visit Hearthsong's website.

This giveaway will end on Saturday, Oct 9th at midnight EST and is open to all residents of US and Canada, 18+.  The winner will be selected randomly from eligible entries and notified by email, so please be certain to leave your email address in your comment.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond before I'll need to move on to a runner up.


For your mandatory entry, please leave me a comment letting me know how you follow That's What She Said and your favorite item from Hearthsong.

* Visit the Hearthsong blog and tell me in a comment something interesting you learned there, 5 entries.

* Like Hearthsong on facebook and write on their wall, letting them know that Terri from That's What She Said sent you.  Leave a comment with your facebook name, letting me know you did so, 5 entries.
* Spread the word about this contest using twitter, facebook, stumble, technorati, blog post with a direct link back here.  Handy button at bottom of post for sharing. Leave a comment for each method with your applicable name, 5 entries each.  Feel free to tweet daily for an additional 5 entries per day.

*  Follow my blog in a new fashion, whether it be via Google Friend Connect, email, RSS feed, twitter and leave me a comment letting me know how you're following,  5 entries for each method.

* Enter any other current giveaway and leave a comment, letting me know which one, 5 entries per giveaway

* Put my button on your blog and leave me a comment with a link so I can find it, 5 entries.

* Visit Magic Cabin, Plow and Hearth or Wind and Weather and let me know what you like about each site or a favorite product in a comment, 5 entries for each site.
HINT: Be certain to keep your eyes open for sweepstakes opportunities at each of those websites, similar or identical to the giveaway hosted at Hearthsong! 


I was provided with a set of Water Stix, a Geyser Gusher and a Splashy Catch for the purposes of creating this review.  Some information and the product specific images were taken from the Hearthsong website.  The opinions expressed above are honest and my own.

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