#Spon: My Review of #swimsucoveup Womens Beach Cover Up

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from NEOSAN in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


I definitely don’t live at the beach, but I do take the kids to the lake during the summer. There’s sand, sun, and water, so it’s just like a beach, right? While I adore my bathing suit, I’ve been looking for some kind of cover up to wear while I’m not in the water. (Which is most of the time. Have you seen lake water? Ick!) So, when NEOSAN offered me the chance to review their Swim Suit Cover Up, I figured it was worth a try. They gave me a great deal on the cover up, and I went ahead and ordered it. Thanks to Amazon Prime, the cover up arrived in 2 days. Impressive!

It arrived in this really nice, thick plastic bag. With as small as it was folded, I totally expected the cover up to come out all wrinkled, but there wasn’t a single wrinkle in it! It was ready to wear right out of the bag! Isn’t it great to know that you can wad it up, throw it in your beach bag, and it still comes out looking fabulous?

The material is silky soft and so comfortable. Even Sawyer loves it and couldn’t stop rubbing the cover up when I had it on. So funny!

The v-neck is very low, but with my suit on, everything is still covered, and I don’t feel exposed at all. The length is also long enough that I still feel quite modest in it. I think that’s my favorite part!

It’s also cute enough to wear as a top over skinny jeans, leggings, or even shorts. I would pair it with a tank or cami, of course, but it would still be super cute… and really comfortable!

I am so impressed with this cover up, I’ll be ordering at least one or two more in other patterns. I had such a hard time picking just one for this review. Now, I’m ready to head back and order a few more to have on hand!

This cover up will quickly become your one summer must-have item. Of course, you may want to order one to keep in your car, one to keep in your beach bag, and one to have hanging in your closet just in case! The price is incredibly reasonable, even for the smallest budget!

I am impressed with the NEOSAN Beach Cover Up, and would highly recommend it to anyone who asked!

Get That Youthful Glow: 3 Anti-Aging Secrets Celebrities Use

Ageless beauty is highly sought-after by women of all ages and cultures. Preventative and regular skin care can slow the aging process, and many women swear by traditional methods of skin care, such as hydration, limited sun exposure and plenty of shut eye. However, some less common anti-aging techniques utilize modern medicine and technology.

Diane Lane, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock are celebrities who have all aged gracefully with the help of some unique anti-aging sciences. Here are some of the most surprising and effective anti-aging secrets used by these celebrities:

Acupuncture Face-lift
Diane Lane applies Eastern medicine to her beauty regimen in a modernized way. She treats herself to an acupuncture face-lift for nonsurgical rejuvenation. Acupuncture targets certain skin that is linked with internal organs for a whole-body treatment. The needles create pressure points that are pathways for the release of endorphins and other healing compounds.

Sagging skin can be caused by weakness in the spleen, and under-eye circles are often linked to liver or stomach weakness. The acupuncturist identifies the areas that need work and creates pressure points that will treat the underlying cause.

These treatments erase fine lines, lessen deep wrinkles and provide the face with a youthful glow. However, you will see results only if you have a series of six weekly treatments.

LED Light Therapy
Jennifer Aniston is an advocate of LED light therapy for the maintenance of her youthful glow. LED has been found to modulate various biological processes in cell culture and is now applied clinically for skin treatment. LED phototherapy has been used since the 1970s to expedite wound recovery.

A deeply penetrative application of LED spurs the production of collagen, your skin’s best friend. Collagen makes your skin soft, resilient and supple, and it enhances its ability to repair. An aesthetician uses a machine that emits four different types of LED lights: amber, red, blue and infrared. Each light affects the skin in its own way, such as building new collagen and elastin, reducing inflammation, promoting circulation, destroying acne-causing bacteria and accelerating skin recovery. The low levels of visible or infrared light increase your ATP cell generator, promoting healthy cell activity in your skin. This technology helps your skin absorb the light and triggers a genetic expression that rejuvenates your skin.

Artistry Crème L/X
Sandra Bullock maintains her timeless beauty with Artistry LuXury Crème, the anti-aging cream from Amway. It utilizes patent-pending CellEffect technology that helps you achieve a fresh and youthful look. The CellEffect technology is made of four ingredients: Cardiolipin, L-Carnosine, Roxisomes and Spinacia Oleracea.

The Cardiolipin is a lipin that energizes the skin. The L-Carnosine is a dipeptide that creates an environment for the skin that reduces the oxidative stress that the skin cells experience. Roxisomes is a botanical extract. Spinacia Oleracea is spinach leaf extract that is a powerful antioxidant that nourishes and protects. Its ingredients help increase skin elastin, reduce lines and wrinkles, create smoother skin, enhance the firmness and lift of your skin, and give you a youthful, radiant glow.

You use the cream twice daily, in the morning and evening, after washing and toning your face. Use a small, sanitized spoon for application, so the bacteria on your hands doesn’t contaminate the cream. Apply the cream gently to your face and neck in an upward motion.

Rhodium Plating — Adding More Strength and Shine to Your Wedding Band

Rhodium is a highly expensive precious metal that belongs to the Platinum group. However, unlike Platinum and Palladium that are used for making jewelry, Rhodium is not suitable for the same purpose. It is a hard metal that is not easily malleable. This makes it difficult to give the required shape, and mold designs from it. Its availability is also a problem. However, it has a close link to jewelry made from other metals like white gold, silver and platinum. So, how does Rhodium breathe new life into your wedding band? Let us discuss in detail.

Using Rhodium in jewelry
Metals that are used for making jewelry should be hard and durable. The hardness ensures that the surface does not get scratched easily, and even if it happens, it can be buffed to regain the prior smoothness. Durability ensures long life of the item. The metal should retain its luster and shine for long period. White gold, an alloy of 24 carat gold and silver that are used for making wedding bands, is a soft metal that gets scratched easily, and its shine also tarnishes soon. However, due to reasons of affordability, white gold is widely used for ring making. Rhodium is needed for jewelry plating purposes. Wedding bands are plated with Rhodium to make them scratch resistant. According to experts at Meteorite Wedding Bands, this type of plating gives wedding bands a white shine and also retains the polish and shiny appearance for long duration.

Rhodium plating on Platinum
Although Platinum is a hard metal that can resists scratches, it is also sometimes plated with Rhodium. Despite Platinum having a white and shiny appearance, those who want to make it shinier, use Rhodium plating on it. Unlike white gold and silver, for which use of Rhodium plating is almost mandatory, plating Platinum with Rhodium is an optional choice.

Why use Rhodium
The special characteristics of Rhodium make it the best choice for plating soft metals that are used for making jewelry. Plating means applying a very thin coating of the metal on jewelry like rings and other items. Its high resistance to scratches, corrosion and tarnishing together with high ability to reflect light and durability makes it the best choice to provide added strength to weaker metals.

The process of Rhodium plating
Rhodium plating is done through a process known as electro plating. In this process, the Rhodium strip is connected to a positively charged electrode known as the anode while the wedding band is placed on the cathode or negatively charged electrode. Both pieces are immersed in a bath containing an electrolyte, which is a solution that allows flow of electric current trough it. When electric current is passed through the anode, the atoms of Rhodium are dissolved in the electrolyte. The dissolved Rhodium ions are reduced at the cathode, and deposited on the jewelry.

Plating is temporary
Rhodium plating is a temporary process that enhances the physical properties of other metals for some time. In order to retain the benefits of plating, the process has to be repeated at intervals as the coating tends to give away with time. How long the coating can last will depend on two factors — the thickness of coating and the nature of use of the coated item.  The coating on a wedding ring might last for a year or two as it is exposed to the toughest conditions as a result of constant wear. On the other hand, a pair of Rhodium plated earrings can last for many more years. Thinner coatings last shorter periods of time. Rhodium plating of jewelry is a service that most jewelers offer. Whenever you need re-coating to be done, they can help you out.

Plating thickness
Rhodium is highly expensive and the cost of coating would depend on the thickness that is desired. Since wedding and engagement rings are exposed to the maximum wear and tear, coating or plating thickness of 0.75 microns to 1.50 microns have to be considered.  For items like earrings that are not worn daily, plating thickness of 0.10 to 0.50 microns would suffice. However, plating of thickness higher than 2.0 microns can become very brittle. For those, who might not understand the unit of micron, it needs to be explained that the thickness of human hair is 100 microns. Therefore, it can be well understood how strong Rhodium is in imparting the required strength to other metals even when used in minute quantities.

Pay the right price
Rhodium coating is not cheap. Always stay alert to avoid the lure of cheap white gold and silver jewelry that might have been plated with the thinnest possible layer of Rhodium. This can turn out to be quite dangerous if you are using an alloy jewelry made from copper and nickel. The plating vanishes in no time and the skin is exposed to nickel that can be very harmful for your health as it causes allergies. If the whiteness and shine is the prime requirement in jewelry, then rings made from stainless steel tungsten and titanium are better options. These come without Rhodium plating, and you are free from the worries as explained earlier.

Conclusion — Precautions to be taken during re-plating
Accepting the fact that Rhodium re-plating is a necessity no matter how well it might be done, there are some precautions to be taken before re-plating.  It is quite obvious that the piece of jewelry especially wedding band is likely to have been scratched when it is sent for re-plating.  The scratches have to be removed by buffing before re-plating, or else it will be visible even after re-plating has been done. Some gemstones that react with sulfuric acid like topaz, peridot and enhanced rubies can get damaged in the process of re-plating by Rhodium.

About the author – Tim Hathaway is a journalist and a fashion enthusiast who is obsessed about jewelry. He is engaged in serious research to satiate his passion about the subject. He helps in spreading awareness about various aspects of jewelry use.  He is an advisor to companies like Meteorite Wedding Bands. When not writing, he spends time at his sea side home with his family.

Tungsten Rings – Setting Men’s Fashion on Fire

In the last few decades, there has been a rapid awareness among men that they too need to look good and fashionable. Nowadays, it is the norm for a man to take care of his appearance in each and every way he can think of; clothes, accessories, and grooming are no longer just for women. Apart from apparel and grooming, men have also given a lot of importance to accessories. However, just an expensive watch, a snazzy tie, or even a pair of glam shades is not enough today; there is a lot of accent on personal jewelry. Among the most-favored jewelry items is the tungsten ring because of its unmatched ability to lend a touch of real class to wearers looking out to make unique style statements.

The Rising Popularity of Tungsten Rings with Men
Even people with the slightest interest in jewelry would not have failed to notice the rapid rise in popularity of tungsten rings, particularly among men who are no longer satisfied with conventional metals and styles. Apart from having an appearance that is quite distinctive, the reasons for men taking to tungsten rings are many.

With an increasing number of men becoming averse to spending a huge amount of money on something that is essentially a style accessory, rings made out of precious metals like gold and platinum have become passé. Even for the wedding ring that is prized by both the bride and the groom, men are opting for tungsten rings because they cost far less but at the same time elevate their fashion quotient substantially. Something that looks good but doesn’t cost a lot has a universal appeal to men all over the world.

No Polishing or Maintenance Necessary
One of the most common complaints among men is that their rings made out of traditional metals lose their attractiveness after some time because of scratches and dents that they accumulate due to the typical lifestyle of men, who are not as careful with their accessories as women tend to be. As a result, gold or platinum rings, for example, have to be periodically sent over to the jewelers to be polished or reshaped for the removal of marks, dents, or dings. On the other hand, tungsten rings come with a luster and finish that stay intact even with the roughest of use because of the very nature of tungsten carbide that has a very high hardness index. Consequently, these rings are virtually scratchproof and dent proof.

A mere wash in soapy water is good enough to clean them of any accumulated dirt, and they are back again sparkling like new on your finger. For men who are careful about money and not so careful about what their fingers do, tungsten rings are a big blessing as there is none of the trouble and expense associated with regular maintenance that can be quite substantial over the lifetime. On top of that, they are assured of a ring that retains its good looks all through.

No Sacrificing Reliability for Style
It is commonly seen that stylish accessories tend to be mere fads that are transient. One of the principal reasons why this is so is because the material often is very flimsy and thus does not prove to be reliable. In tungsten rings, you have a wonderful situation where not only is the material very affordable, but due to its physical properties, extremely tough, durable, and reliable. With the exception of diamonds, tungsten is the toughest material known to mankind so it is ideal as an accessory for tough men in tougher conditions. If you are one of those men who couldn’t be bothered about taking off his gold or platinum ring to keep it protected from the environment then tungsten is the way to go because it is more than capable of taking everything that life can throw at it and more.

No Need to Break Out In a Rash for Fashion
Among the numerous good qualities of tungsten, one that can prove particularly useful to men with sensitive skin is that the material is hypoallergenic. This means that, however, sensitive your skin may be, you can wear a tungsten ring without any fear of having an allergy even with protracted use. This, therefore, means that you can continue to look your best all the time without having to worry about allergic reactions and skin rashes. There are some who worry that due to the extra toughness of the material these rings may be difficult to remove in case of an accident; however, this is not the real truth as tungsten rings can be very easily cut open without any hazard to the wearer. This makes these rings ideal even for those who are engaged in heavy manual work but want to look fashionable nevertheless.

Boost Your Style Quotient with Tungsten Rings
Tungsten rings look stunning even as a lone accessory but can add a whole lot of glamour when paired with conventional fashion accessories such as designer wristwatches or even a bracelet. If you prefer an understated look, you could even consider including a tie-pin or cufflinks. For the man who really cares how he looks, tungsten rings are the perfect accessory that can elevate his style quotient like nothing else. If you do not have much idea of the versatility of tungsten rings, you will be surprised to see them in a wide variety of stunning options. For the macho, apart from a minimalist band, there is a choice of a wide range of surface finishes and inlay work in exotic materials like meteorite and caribou antler, or if you so prefer, fine-grained wood, among others.

It can be a very hard choice deciding what tungsten ring to buy; there is a bewildering choice of avant-garde designs that go very well with fashionable outfits. You can get the best effect if you consider the visual weight of the ring so that it complements your physical appearance as well as your personality.

For the man who is truly fashionable and has a liberal attitude to life, there can be nothing better than a tungsten ring to discreetly flaunt his personality and contemporary outlook on life. Because of its toughness, it can be worn on all occasions and its innate minimalist appearance whispers your personality like perhaps nothing else.

Author bio: Jessica Simpson is the fashion correspondent of a leading lifestyle magazine. Jessica has been following the rapid rise of tungsten carbide rings as a fashion accessory for discerning men and women. An avid rock climber, Jessica has firsthand experience of how well-suited tungsten rings can be for the outdoor life.

Achieving That Comfort-to-Style Balance

It’s important to dress the part, especially when at work. A study published in 2012 showed just how important dressing is for success. The study showed that the way we dress affects our level of confidence and our ability to accomplish various tasks. Many of us agree with the findings of this study and do our best to dress well regularly, regardless of our respective workplaces’ dress code.

However, when you get home, kick off those heels and take off that jacket, all you want to do is let your hair down and slip into those comfy pajamas. If dressing up for office work helps to keep you focused and confident, then wearing pajamas is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day or on weekends in. You feel comfortable and relaxed in loungewear. There’s no better way to set the mood.

That is, until the doorbell rings or you have to go out to pick up something at your local store. What then? Do you dress up?

Good news for pajama lovers
There’s great news for those who love to be comfortable at home. While it was once considered taboo to walk outside in your loungewear, trends are changing. According to stylist, Clinton Kelley, there has been a shift in society’s concept of what is appropriate and what’s not appropriate in clothing over the past 10 years. More people are now taking braver steps towards not seeking permission as what you ought to wear. Thus, trends in clothing are changing.

How to wear loungewear and still look chic
Dressing comfortable is now in. Hoodies, onesies and joggers for women are now not to be confined to the inside of the four walls of your house. Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé are wearing them and so can you. Here’s a foolproof way to wear loungewear and still look chic so that you won’t have to change when you go out to pick the mail from the mailbox.


  • Think in proportions

Baggy can be cute. In fact, it is now trendy to wear baggy clothes. However, this should be done in proportion. If you’re wearing a baggy top for example, then your jogging or pajama bottom ought to be fitting. The opposite is true. Dressing in proportion will ensure that you avoid looking frumpy and give you that chic look you’re after.

  • Some bling won’t hurt

You can brighten up your outfit and make it look less casual by dressing it up with some jewelry. Some earrings, a bag or any other stylish adornments will go a long way to make you look glamorous even while wearing loungewear.

  • Accessorize with cute shoes

One area that you can’t afford to get too comfortable in is with your feet. While you can afford to go barefoot in the confines of your home for comfort, you can’t relax too much on the shoes if you want to remain stylish in your loungewear outside the home. Whether you’re running out for a later midnight snack or just taking a stroll in the neighborhood, ensure that you’re not accessorizing your loungewear with Uggs or other such comfort wear. Your shoes are a statement. You can wear stylish strappy sandals, pumps, cute flats or even ankle-strap flat sandals to add an elegant touch to your loungewear.

  • Play with prints

You don’t have to get the same print for your top and bottoms. You can wear your pajama bottoms with a neutral gray tank. Wearing the same print from head to toe can be intimidating. It’s the rare celebrity that is able to pull this look off.

You no longer have to wear uncomfortable fashion just to impress that weekend guest or handsome neighbor when you pick up your mail. You can dress up your loungewear and still turn some heads.

#Sponsored: Looking for Prom Dresses? Check Out JJ’sHouse

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March is finally here, and before we know it, Prom will be here as well. The girls at my daughter’s school are already looking for their prom dresses and trying to find that one perfect dress to make their prom even more special.

I was recently introduced to JJsHouse and I am quite impressed with their selection of prom dresses. They have so many unique options available, and so many color choices!

The thing that stands out to me most, though, is the selection of modest prom dresses they have available. (Click here: http://www.jjshouse.com/Prom-Dresses-c18/) There are just so many gorgeous dresses available that I would actually love to see my daughter wearing… whether she wears it to Prom, or to some other special event.

Their prices for their prom dresses are also quite reasonable. With special occasion dresses, one expects to pay top dollar. JJ’sHouse offers their dresses at a fair price, far below the suggested retail price of the dresses, and they also offer excellent discounts on shipping prices.

If you are looking for a Prom dress, either for yourself or for your daughter, I hope you’ll take a moment to stop by JJ’sHouse and check out their selection of special occasion dresses. You’re sure to find that one dress that meets all your expectations and more!

Paparazzi Jewelry – Fun Fashion at an Affordable Price {Review}

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I have a teenage daughter that absolutely loves jewelry. If you could see her bedroom, you would see necklaces, earrings, and bracelets hanging from everywhere possible. So, for Christmas this year, we decided we would get several sets of jewelry for her from a local retail store.

And then, just recently, a dear friend introduced me to Paparazzi Jewelry.  Every item they offer is $5 or less! And the quality is every bit as good as – if not better than – the sets I paid $15 – $20 for at a retail store.

paparazzi accessoriesFor this review, Tina (my fabulous Paparazzi consultant and friend), gave me several items to sample.

First, I had to hide them all from my daughter. 🙂 She sees jewelry, and she goes crazy. She loved each of the pieces Tina gave me, and the first words out of her mouth were, “Oh! I have the perfect outfit for that! I’m wearing it tomorrow.”

Second, I LOVE the fun styles, colors, and choices available from Paparazzi. Every piece Tina had in stock was something I loved and could definitely wear.

Third, and my favorite part, I LOVE the prices! I can actually afford this jewelry. I can buy several pieces – coordinating or not – and it won’t break the bank. With everything priced at $5 or less, I can afford to buy more than just one item at a time. And, just because the price is so reasonable, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. The jewelry is well made, and it holds up to my 22 month old pulling on it. (It holds up better than much of the jewelry I have purchased from other places.)

Whether you are looking for jewelry to wear with any outfit, or if you are looking for a career that can really take you places, I highly recommend you check out Paparazzi. My personal consultant is Tina Gray, and she can give you all the details about starting up your own business or let you know how to purchase or host a party. Get in touch with her today, and have her start answering all your questions.

Overall, I am super impressed with Paparazzi Jewelry, and I will certainly be purchasing many more items in the near future… as will my daughter!

I want to close out this post by showing you a few more of my favorite pieces of Paparazzi Jewelry:

What are you waiting for? Check out Paparazzi and get in touch with Tina today!


Disclaimer: I received several pieces of Paparazzi jewelry in order to facilitate my honest review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. No other compensation was received.