About Claudia Materdomini

I love writing about all things beauty and fitness related. Beauty and health related review are my thang. I'm a huge house head and obsessed with my little maltese Sam. You can find me busy on social media and soundcloud all the time. I work in Social Media and also write for the cruelty-free beauty blog My Beauty Bunny.

Mega Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Today I’ve joined up with 34 other beauty bloggers to do a Mega Beauty Blog Hop GIVEAWAY! If you are unfamiliar what a blog hop is, it’s pretty simple. Each lady in the hop is giving away something beauty related.  All of the prizes are from cruelty-free brands. You can click through from one blog to another, entering the giveaways as you go. I recommend that you keep track of your entries by paying attention to the numbered list. You do not need to enter all in a single sitting. Come back and complete all entries by October 31st.

You can enter 1, 10, 20 etc. or all of the individual giveaways that are linked below.  If you enter all 35 of these individual giveaways, then you’ll be eligible to enter to win the grand prize of $350 Paypal Cash.  Think of the things you could buy with that!

The Grand Prize entry form is on every one of the participating blogs, so you only need to enter once at the blog that you end on. All entries will be verified once the giveaway is over, so please give us a few days to announce the winners. Make sure you follow ALL the rules of each giveaway so you won’t be disqualified! This blog hop giveaway will run for 2 weeks, ending on October 31st at 11:59pm EST and is open to all.

In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in the beginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

Ready to start hopping? Well, first things first — you’ve gotta enter my giveaway! One lucky fan will win (from me) the Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette (value $45 US) or a $45 Sephora Gift Card should you reside outside the U.S. All you need to do is use the rafflecoptor widget below to enter! (Open to all, must be 18 y.o or have parent consent)

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  1. Makeup Obsessed Mom
  2. Notes from My Dressing Table
  3. Thefabzilla
  4. The Feminine Files
  5. Beauty and Fashion Tech
  6. Portrait of Mai
  7. Realizing Beauty
  8. Style, Decor & More
  9. NorahLovesMakeup
  10. I Like to Talk A Lot
  11. My Beauty Bunny
  12. Beauty Info Zone
  13. Collective Beauty
  14. Geniabeme
  15. Phyrra
  16. The Plastic Diaries
  17. Ahleessa 4 Realz
  18. HashtagFabLife
  19. My Highest Self
  20. Polarbelle
  21. Just Tiki
  22. Brighter, Darling
  23. Haus of Hounds
  24. XO, Noelle
  25. Kate Loves Makeup
  26. ColorSutraa
  27. The Daily Nail
  28. Glam and Uncensored
  29. Keely’s Nails
  30. From My Vanity
  31. Beaumiroir
  32. We Heart This
  33. Prime Beauty
  34. Chick Lit Plus
  35. PolishGalore

And now for the GRAND PRIZE entry!!  Do not enter until you have completed ALL 35 beauty blogger giveaways.  All entries will be verified.  Good Luck!

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Good luck everyone!!

Nourish Your Hair With BRÖÖ

review of broo by iliketotalkblogAs a beauty blogger, I am very lucky to come across tons of new products each day and try to test as many as I can — mostly out of my own curiosity, and sometimes because you guys will ask my opinion on something! When I was approached to try out BRÖÖ I was instantly intrigued as it had a very unique base to its product line — BEER! Say what? Yep. Beer. Well why on earth would I want to use beer on my hair or skin? Turns out it has some great components to it that can nourish and improve the hair and skin without the worry of questionable chemicals or ingredients that you can’t pronounce.

Who knew that malted barley and hops could be SO good for the hair with its B vitamins, proteins, minerals and antioxidants that cleanse, repair and strengthen your mane! In addition to that, BRÖÖ includes their natural alternative to silicones, BRÖÖluxe which further enhances the glossiness which I’m all about! Bring on that shine!

review of broo by iliketotalkblogBRÖÖ covers all showering bases with their hair care and grooming line and does it without including ingredients that make us run the other way! Not only is it vegan and cruelty free, but it forgoes the use of sulfates which can be extremely drying to the hair and skin, along with no parabens, phthalates, silicones or artificial fragrance or preservatives! As a mom, I’ve become even more vigilant in choosing which products end up in our bathroom since my toddler will be around them on a daily basis.

While BRÖÖ has a grooming line that can be used by both men and women, I choose to try out their hair products since I like to switch things up often. I have color treated hair that I try to baby as much as possible to stretch out those touch up appointments, and lucky for me ALL of their shampoos and conditioners are color-safe! Hallelujah! I initially had only planned to try their thickening line, but was sent all three of their options and decided I might as well try them all since I had them on hand!

BRÖÖ Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner If you love minty, cooling shampoos and conditioners then THIS is for you. Talk about a tingle! This is the set I reached for after a sweaty bootcamp session and it’s a real pick me up! I also had to STEAL these back from my husband because he’s all about that pepperminty coolness.

BRÖÖ Moisturizing Shampoo and ConditionerDefinitely a great choice for those of us that have dry or damaged hair since it has Shea Butter in it. It also has a great unisex scent that I loved and my husband wasn’t opposed to! My hair is a bit fine for this formula, but is great to put into rotation every once in awhile for a deep moisturizing treatment.

review of broo by iliketotalkblog

BRÖÖ Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner I had a feeling this would be my favorite and it was confirmed with first use! First off, the scent is my favorite — a mix of vanilla and orange, and second my ponytail did feel a big thicker and fuller after use! Somehow, barley protein pumps up that hair and gives it that extra oompf us fine hair people crave.

I find each line useful in my household! I like using all three while my husband gravitates toward the invigorating line. I may get him the grooming set which has a multi-use wash, a shave cream and lotion. Sometimes the hubby likes a surprise gift left in his shower to try out.

You can find BRÖÖ nationwide at Walmart stores, Walmart.com. And for a affordable price (under $8 which I consider a steal)!!! To find out more about BRÖÖ, you can visit their website or give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

P.S Beauties, I’ll be hosting a giveaway with BRÖÖ on my Instagram for a chance to win ALL THREE LINES – so make sure you are following me to get in on it!

 

Unlock Secrets About Your Skin with HomeDNA

HomeDNA Skincare review by iliketotalkblog

We are often told to look to our moms and grandmas to see how our skin will look as we age, which isn’t always helpful in all situations. But can that truly give you an idea?  Lifestyle and beauty products have changed immensely over the years. What would really help was a truly scientific way to analyze the skin which has been made possible by HomeDNA and their at home DNA testing kit for skincare evaluation.

HomeDNA makes it super simple to get an in depth view of how your skin in regards to seven common skincare concerns. The kit contains cheek swabs to get a sample to send to their lab, and their preaddressed envelope to send back. Within weeks you get a fully detailed report on which genetic markers stand out in relation to: Collagen Quality, Skin Elasticity, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Protection, Pigmentation, Skin Antioxidants and Skin Sensitivity. Based on what the findings are, recommendations are made for topical, supplemental and professional treatments and ingredients to add into your skincare routine to unlock your skins full potential.

I was super curious if what I have already been doing was helping my skin and if there were any areas I was lacking in. I’ve never seen a test like this before so I was really interested to see what it would show me.

When I got my results I was really happy to see that it gave a very easy to understand explanation of my results in each category. At the top of each section there was a grading scale bar to let you know how you compare to the global average and why we got the results we did. I was very happy to see I scored very well in others and a bit concerned with the less than stellar scores in some areas. I’m going to include some of my results for you guys to see what kind of info it gave me so you really see the benefit of it!

Let’s go through some of my results and how I plan to use this report!

Fine Lines & Wrinkles – Ok, guys….I don’t know how I got this score but I’m a bit proud that my score was off the charts..in a good direction! This category explains how your blood sugar can affect collagen breakdown. Because my gene showed a strong ability to fight this, it had no recommendations on products or treatments to try. Full disclosure: this does not mean I am wrinkle free by any means, but I’m guessing means that if I keep doing what I’m doing they aren’t going to show as much as most.

Sun Protection – I was mad at myself for having less than average skin in this category. My results said that my genes show some variation that can weaken my skin’s own sun protection abilities. While it wasn’t alarming, it kinda was because skin cancer happens and I wish I could undo my tanning oil and tanning bed ways of the past. For their recommendations they suggested some great ingredients I was already familiar with like Ferulic Acid (which I would totally choose SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, and Resveratrol B E treatment because their skincare is top notch in my opinion. For supplements, they suggested Vitamin C (One of my favorites already, and Niacinamide which helps with repair. For professional treatments, they mentioned looking into LED Light therapy which also helps with repair. Overall I am pleased with the suggestions here, and have starting making my wish list for a future order.

HomeDNA review by iliketotalkblog

Skin Sensitivity – I was not surprised to see this was my absolutely lowest score of all categories. Anytime I’ve seen a aesthetician they mention my ‘reactive” skin.

Not only was it low it had some red areas that sets of alarms in your head. After reading them it sounds like my body has an over response to cuts and bruises which can prematurely age the skin and cause bumps, rashes, or rosacea. Which sounds about right. They gave several suggestions to with like using Hyaluronic Acid (check), Resveratrol, and LED Light therapy.

Skin Elasticity – Above average rating! So they had no recommendations which tells me – keep doin’ what you’re doin’.

Pigmentation – this one confused me a bit because I was off the charts optimal, which would mean my pigmentation levels are not too high or low. But I have hyperpigmentation on my face. I wouldn’t say that’s optimal in my book. But since I had such a high rating there were no recommendations for me.

HomeDNA review by iliketotalkblog

Collagen Quality – turns out i’m just average in this category. I’ve got some good genes for collagen repair, but bad genes for making collagen in the first place. There are several recommendations ranging from Vitamin C again, Peptides, and Retinol Palmitate. It also suggested looking into glycolic peels (which I love, but don’t do on a professional level enough) and more LED light therapy. I use a peptide serum right now, but wanted to look for another. This sounds like a good time.

Skin Antioxidants – yay, me!! I scored optimal for my skin’s ability to maintain good antioxidants levels so there were no suggestions for me. I kinda wish they gave me suggestions anyways. I feel like Antioxidants are so important and always want to use or do the right things to keep a healthy level for my skin.

HomeDNA review by iliketotalkblog

I found this test to be absolutely fascinating and helped me build a shopping list for myself to help gives my skin the ability to look it’s best. It covered all areas I’d want to know about (and more), and gives really good recommendations for specific ingredients which really appealed to me. The entire kit will run you $99 and that really includes everything from beginning to end. This would even be a really fun gift idea to surprise a fellow beauty lover with! Some Dermatology offices offer a very similar test, but HomeDNA offers you a more affordable option that you can do yourself or gift to another.

To find out more about HomeDNA and the range of tests they offer, you can visit their website or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.