Tween Stars Live


 Hello Everyone, 
This past weekend my kids and I were able to attend Tween Stars Live at Patio Theater in Chicago. 
I was excited to actually go into the Patio theater since it's reopening and the kids were super excited to meet their Disney/Nickolodeon Stars.

The stars that came in were from the following shows:
• Dove Cameron “Liv & Maddie” – Liv & Maddie
• Ryan McCartan “Diggie” – Liv & Maddie
• Calum Worthy “Dez” – Austin & Ally
• Karan Brar “Ravi” – Jessie
• Spencer Boldman “Adam” – Lab Rats & “Jackson” – Zapped Movie
• Piper Curda “Jasmine” – I Didn’t Do It
• Noah Munck “Gibby” – iCarly

The actors we very interactive with the audience. 
Here you can see  Dove Cameron “Liv & Maddie” in the aisle I was in and asking a question to the other actors on stage. Most of the actors went down the aisles for Q&A time. 

There were three other times they went down the aisles and picked some kids to go on stage and help them with trivia questions and other on stage activities and dancing.

The actors also performed some duets. 
Here is  Piper Curda “Jasmine” performing her duet. 
Other duet were Dove Cameron & Ryan McCartan from “Liv & Maddie”.
 if you follow me on social media, 
you probably already seen the video of their duet. 


My kids wanted to meet and take pics with the actors so I purchased the VIP Tickets.
One of the kids favorite to  meet was Calum Worthy “Dez”  from Austin & Ally.
He took funny pics with the kids and was very friendly.

All in all the Tween Stars Live was great fun for the kids. 
The tickets ranged from $15-$35 General Admission
The VIP Autograph was $75/Child. 
I wish the Autograph session was per Family and not per Child, the reason I say this was because the kids we grabbed together for the pictures, since the actors seen they were bro/sis.
After the first two times this happened  I requested separate pictures.


Ariana's Collage
Damian's Collage

Urban Decay Spring 2015

Here is Urban Decays Spring 2015 Line. 

They came out with concealer, foundation, 4 Moondust Eyeshadows, a Mascara Reviver, 
and the Revolution Sheer Lipstick Line.
Read more below for more on the Spring 2015 Line.

Naked Skin Powder Foundation (MSRP $36)

 Urban Decay introduces Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. Their weightless formula gives you full coverage in an instant. A liquid concealer like no other, our high-tech formula melds like a second skin—to cover imperfections without making you look covered up. Get buildable, even coverage with an invisible Naked Skin feel and a demi-matte finish. For complete coverage, just keep building; no matter how much you apply, Naked Skin Concealer always blends beautifully and NEVER settles into fine lines. Comes in  eight meticulously calibrated shades that coordinate with our new Naked Skin Powder Foundation,


 Want a foundation that delivers amazing coverage, is long-lasting and works wet AND dry? Urban Decay introduces Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation. Their advanced formula lasts eight hours and provides weightless, buildable coverage with the luminous, demi-matte Naked finish you crave. What sets it apart? While traditional powder foundations can be dry and look dusty or cakey on the skin, Naked Skin ALWAYS blends beautifully and wears comfortably. This revolutionary formula even feels different: almost creamy to the touch. Like the rest of the Naked Skin lineup, our Powder Foundation diffuses light to blur fine lines and wrinkles to make you look professionally retouched. Comes in 14 meticulously calibrated shades.

Moondust Eyeshdaow (MSRP $20)
  Urban Decay introduces four stunning NEW shades of Moondust Eyeshadow you have to see to believe. From an iridescent metallic white to a shifty purple, these amazing new shades have even the shimmer-shy hooked. Microfine bits of iridescent sparkle collide with intense, dreamy hues and lush 3-D metallics—for a luxe, upscale vibe and a gorgeous, diamond-like effect.

ETHER – light purple with pink-blue 3-D sparkle and shift
SCORPIO – matte black with gold 3-D sparkle
SOLSTICE – metallic pink-red with green 3-D sparkle and shift
COSMIC – metallic white with iridescent 3-D sparkle and shift

Mascara Resurrection (MSRP $16)

The ultimate do-over, this clear refreshing serum brings your mascara back to life so you can keep piling it on. Like a killer lash comb in liquid form, our revolutionary formula combs through lashes to soften mascara and get your lashes ready for another coat. There’s NOTHING else like it! Mascara Resurrection instantly revives your mascara as it separates and defines each lash


The best of both worlds, Sheer Revolution Lipstick is everything you love about the original Revolution Lipstick—with a sheer, shiny finish. Every shade has a rich, creamy feel and a gorgeous, high-shine finish.  To set this sheer formula apart, they made the case light purple (instead of gunmetal like our traditional Revolution Lipstick case). The formula is laced with Maxi-Lip™ (which defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller), along with a nourishing blend of oils and antioxidants. Shea butter and jojoba, olive and babassu oils moisturize and condition, while vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants.

SHEER LADYFLOWER – sheer rose-pink
SHEER STREAK – sheer coral-pink
SHEER F-BOMB – sheer red
SHEER LIAR – sheer pinky-brown nude
SHEER RAPTURE – sheer dusty rose
SHEER ANARCHY – sheer fuchsia
SHEER SHAME – sheer berry
SHEER SLOWBURN – sheer orange-red
SHEER OBSESSED – sheer baby pink
SHEER WALK OF SHAME – sheer pale nude-pink

XO, Gaby


YOUR KIDS FAVORITE AND BIGGEST STARS FROM DISNEY & NICKELODEON ALL TOGETHER LIVE!! SEE Dove Cameron "Liv & Maddie", Calum Worthy "Dez", Karan Brar "Ravi", Spencer Boldman "Adam", Piper Curda "Jasmine", Noah Munch "Gibby" and Ryan McCartan "Diggie"

This highly interactive family variety show extravaganza features 90 minutes of surprise filled pure family fun, wild and wacky entertainment, plus the opportunity for kids to interact with their favorite TV stars.This jam packed variety extravaganza features comedy, music, imp rovisations, fun and unpredictable in audience Q & A session, behind the scenes secrets (shhh) and totally tween trivia (better get the answer right!). Plus, a chance to act out scenes on stage with the actors. There's prizes, surprises and a whole lot more

The Patio Theater 6008 W Irving Park Rd Chicago, Illinois 60634
Saturday, January 24, 2015
3:00 pm Show 5:00 pm VIP Autograph & Photo Session

Star Plaza Theatre 8001 Delaware Pl Merrillville, IN 46410
Saturday, January 25, 2015
12:00 pm Show 2:00 pm VIP Autograph & Photo Session

My Readers get BOGO For The 'Tween Stars Live! - USE Promo Code: MYARTVAN Buy one admission get one FREE for the 'Tween Stars Live! show. See your favorite and biggest stars from Disney & Nickelodeon all together live!
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Paula Dorf - Passion Blush

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I have been loving Paula Dorf Cosmetics, and this blush in Passion is gorgeous. 
It is a nice flush of color, it reminds me of when I blush and get that hint of pinky red on my cheeks.
Passions color is a mix of pink, brown and mauve.
The blush blends easily and can definitely be put on lightly to be sheer
or you can build the color to have a more intense blush.
The blush is soft and buttery definitely not powdery.

Swatch of Passion
I think these blushes are a must try, I am sure with the shades that are in the line you can find one that is perfect for you. 

All shades have a soft translucent natural glow with extraordinary staying power. 
The blushes are $23 online Paula Dorf is offering my readers 20% off of any Cheek Color purchase. 
Just use code CHEEK at checkout
XO, Gaby

New Year, New Us: Couples

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.
All opinions are mine alone. #YoursandMine #CollectiveBias

My boyfriend and I have been together for a few years now and we have noticed that we both have put on some weight through out our relationship.
We love to eat out a lot and try new places and when we cook at home it's usually something that is fried. We have stuck in our eating ways and no exercise, although we have tried like 5 times to start, each time on our own or with friends.

Here are a couple of pics of us:
On our second date
This past weekend
We really want to start improving our relationship and our health this upcoming year. We have decided to start preparing healthy food together and starting to exercise, we believe this will bring us closeness. We are hoping that with this new venture it will enhance other areas as well, such as a better date night and intimacy towards each other.

On our recent trip to Walmart we stopped by the health and beauty section and spotted  YOURS+MINE by K-Y®.

Here is where we spotted the YOURS+MINE. 

With all the talk about doing new things for the new year we decided to go ahead and buy K-Y® YOURS+MINE, it's something new for us.
We hope to use it on a Date Night after a nice romantic dinner we will attempt to make ourselves, healthy choices of course. Relationships and closeness between two adults should be something you venture together and keeping things alive is one of the fun things you can do.
Here are some neat hiding spots when trying to be discreet on your romantic nights.

I heard that Walmart will be carrying a Special Date Night Deal of K-Y® YOURS+MINE in Jan 2015. A $50 value includes 1 free meal for two people from PEACHDISH.com delivered to your door for an intimate night of cooking together, a $5 VUDU movie credit for you to stream right at home and the pleasure of K-Y Yours+Mine Couples Lubricants. For more great ways to improve your relationship in the New Year, visit K-Y.com

I've shared my New Years Resolutions with you; I'd love to hear about yours!
 Leave a comment sharing something you are working to improve with your partner this year.

XO, Gaby

Key West Aloe


Today I am talking about Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser.
I have never heard of this brand at all but I am always on the hunt for something that will clean my face and remove my makeup. I used this a few times and I liked it, I wanted more suds but I guess with it being more natural ingredients less suds is common. It had a nice refreshing scent and it cleaned my face pretty good.
I still want more suds from it hahaha but it's ok I can live without the suds.
The one thing I was very unhappy about is that the bottom of the bottle broke, not sure if I was squeezing to hard or what but yep broke and therefore I couldn't use it any longer. 
I would love to try the rest of the line soon. 

More Details about the Aloe Cleanser from Key West
Joining an impressive line of skin-nourishing serums and moisturizers, the Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser cleans, tones and removes all face and eye makeup residue without drying out skin or burning eyes. Its clean, fresh citrus scent is specially formulated to lightly foam with a 30% aloe formula for all skin types, and is designed to be a one-step, pH balanced facial cleanser.

Along with aloe vera to help preserve elasticity and rebalance moisture levels with vitamins A, C, E, B and amino acids, the facial cleanser contains a group of essential oils that won’t clog pores. Skin begins to look brighter with basil oil; babassu oil helps rebalance moisture levels and lemon peel oil tightens skin for exceptional toning effects. Bergamot fruit extract naturally cools and refreshes skin while soothing inflamed, stressed skin with its antiseptic properties. Any inflammation or redness is pacified with rejuvenating sandalwood oil for even toned skin.


About the Company:
Founded in 1971, Key West Aloe was the first company to use aloe vera as the foundation of all its products. From skincare to haircare, all of Key West Aloe’s products use a high quality source of non-diluted 100% lab-certified aloe with the highest polysaccharide concentration available in the world. The higher the level of polysaccharides, the greater the quality and effectiveness of the aloe. Key West Aloe’s 5 in 1 Aloe Foundation is superfood for the skin and naturally contains antioxidants, vital minerals, immunity boosters, amino acids and DNA and cell builders like vitamins B12 and folic acid.

Want to try The Key West Aloe Cleanser? go the website and take a look at all the other items they offer.  Thanks to BeautyStat for the opportunity to try this cleanser.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below

XO, Gaby

Mrs.Cavanaughs Chocolates

I was excited to try these as I have seen them before and have heard great things about these chocolates. These are pretty fantastic, my kids and I enjoyed these for the holidays and had fun trying to figure out what was inside of each one.
The chocolate is delicious and the nuts and fillings in each tasted very fresh.
All the pieces were soft and the caramel was very smooth as well.
Box of Chocolates
The Chocolate bars were perfect as stocking stuffer, my kids were very excited to see that they had a whole bar to themselves. I can honestly say I am a fan of Mrs.Cavanaughs Chocolates and I am a new customer. If you love chocolate give these a try, my favorites were the caramel, the pecan, the rice, and the white chocolate.

To those seeking the best chocolates, check out Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies. 
My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily2014  at Mrs.Cavanaughs Website

Stainless Steel Cuticle Pusher and Nail Cleaner Tool Review

I recently recieved this 2 Majestic Bombay - Professional Stainless Steel Cuticle and Nail Cleaner to review. At first I thought this was pretty heavy duty and it is. I would say to be careful with this tool, the cuticle pusher can act as a cuticle remover if you are careful enough. the cleaner itself is a bit harsh, I feel like it scratches the nail, but it does take all the gunk out from under the nails. This total overall does a great job but I think it is a bit too harsh especially if you are not careful with what you are doing. I would say get this if you are always doing your own nails  if you are not I would say this is probably not the tool for you.
Professionals will probably love this tool as they are a bit more experienced with tools like this one. 

Get your own cuticle pusher/nail cleaner on Amazon #MBCuticlePusher

Review on the evian Facial Spray

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I used the facial spray as part of my skincare, It felt like a mist of water on my face.
It took a few minutes for my skin to absorb it all, especially the bigger drops on my face.
My face just felt really refreshed after using this, especially with the crazy cold temperatures we have in Chicago.

This is also great to use with makeup to give a nice dewy look.
I would use it to wet my brush and then picking up the eyeshadow to get a more intense color.
You can also create a neat wet/dry look using the facial spray

If you travel a lot this is great as a refresher. They sell these travel size bottles called travel companions. The packaging on these is great so no need to worry about spillage.

Here are some tips from evian on how to use the spray:

Skincare Routine:
With each misting, evian® Brumisateur® (Brew-meez-ah-tour) Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray helps hydrate, tone, and soothe all skin types including sensitive skin leaving the skin looking healthy.

Makeup Routine:
In addition to skin care, Evian Facial Spray is also an asset to any makeup routine. After applying makeup, hold the canister 9-12 inches from the face, and lightly mist in a circular motion right over makeup. This helps makeup blend with the skin to give it a more natural look while bringing out more color. This can be done several times during the day to refresh makeup and hydrate the skin without messing up makeup. A favorite trick among makeup artists, our product can be used to lightly moisten makeup brushes for more precise application and blending. It can also be used to dilute makeup.

About the Product:
Evian Facial Spray contains a pure, soft, natural mineral water with a totally unique mineral balance, and a neutral 7.2pH. These properties are why the spray is extremely compatible with the human body. Evian Facial Spray is suited to all skin types, even the most sensitive. Read More

Check out their video for more information on the benefits of using Evian Facial Spray

Have you used Evian before? Have you ever tried a facial spray? Let me know your thoughts below

XO, Gaby

Holiday Gift Guide-Every Man Jack


Every Man Jack is definitely for the Men on your list. 
This line is geared toward men and it is completely for men.
You can find anything he needs in this line. 
The products can be sold individually or in kits. 
The kits themselves are perfect for the holidays and the individual items are perfect for fillers or stocking stuffer.
I was able to get my boyfriend the sandlewood body wash, he liked it.
The smell was very manly, it reminded me of the a fire pit.

Here are some great kits for you to look out for:

This is the Body Kit, it comes with a hydrating body wash, aluminum free deodorant and soothing face lotion all with a refreshing Cedarwood fragrance, plus a lip balm complete with SPF 15.
 Neatly packed in a unique, reusable pail.

This is the Shave Kit, it comes with pre-shave face scrub, shave cream and face lotion to get you as close to shaving perfection as possible. Fit for all skin types and neatly packed in a unique, reusable pail with a bonus SPF 15 fragrance-free lip balm.

This is the Grooming Kit, it comes with Hydrating Body Wash, 2-in-1 Daily Shampoo + Conditioner and soothing face lotion with a refreshing Cedarwood fragrance, and a fragrance free lip balm complete with SPF 15. All neatly packed in a unique, reusable pail.

You can buy Every Man Jack in Whole Foods, Target, or Online.
The kits are $16.99 and the single items range from $2 - $16.
I'm sure you will find something for him at Every Man Jack.

XO, Gaby

"Get More for a Dollar” Challenge with NIVEA Creme

I was challenged to find as many ways to use NIVEA Creme in as many ways I could.
This small tin is $1 so I was skeptical on finding ways I could use a creme that costs $1.
Well I took the challenge and put the tin in my purse ready to be used.

Keep reading to see the ways I found a dollar can take you when it comes to your skincare routine.

First I used NIVEA Creme as a hand cream and cuticle cream.
This is usually routine for me when I get to work, my coworker said it smelled like peppermint.
Well my hands felt soft the creme was not greasy and I was able to get back to typing away.

Second I used the NIVEA Creme as a face cream. 
My face felt a bit dry, especially with the cold weather here in Chicago.
Well my face instantly felt refreshed, I experienced the same cooling sensation I did when I used it on my hands. I did like feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and the creme was not oily so that was great too especially since I have oily t zones.

Third use I had for the NIVEA Creme was as a makeup remover. 
Now this I was shecked because I could use the same creme as a face cream and a makeup remover. 
Well it worked. I use this to remove my eye makeup. 
It is soft and pretty much picks up all the makeup.
I used a paper towel to remove the creme and the makeup.

The one thing I noticed in all uses is that the creme gives a cooling sensation. It really does make you feel awake and refreshed.

More on Nivea:
NIVEA Creme has been trusted for over 100 years since its creation in 1911 to hydrate your family’s skin via a clinically proven formula of Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Eucerit -- a unique moisturizing ingredient that helps your skin stay soft and supple all day long. We invite you to experience this drugstore classic and all of its many benefits in the “Get More for a Dollar Challenge” with NIVEA Creme!

Have you tried NIVEA creme? What are some ways you use it?
Haven't tried it? Well you can find NIVEA in your local drugstores for about $1. 
I will continue to discover new ways to "Get More for a Dollar”

XO, Gaby