#Makeupby1D Review

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What do you get when you add One Direction with makeup together…?  The result is a one of a kind One Direction makeup kit.  The kit comes in a collectible package and the most coveted colors that anyone could ask for.

This could be the perfect holiday or birthday gift for your friends and family. Are you an aunt or uncle that wants to look cool? It would be the perfect gift for your niece.

The mascara kit includes three different shades that are designed for eyes and hair.  They come in bold and vibrant colors; perfect for a concert or a girls night out.  When you apply the mascara, you will notice the texture to be creamy and cakey.  It is extremely pigmented that it looks great adding a little color to your hair or your eyes.  As for the eyes, you might want to try one first and test it out.  Below is a picture of the mascara on my skin.

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My favorite were the lipglosses because it is in my opinion that you can never have enough of them and especially finding the right hue.  The cool feature about these lipglosses is that it changes color under UV light.  It’s great if you are going to a concert and it will help you get noticed! Unfortunately, I do not have UV light to test these products but if you do please share your pictures here.  Below is a sample of how the lip gloss looks against my skin.

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About the Product
ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA; Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours.
FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better! #lookscollection #markwins
AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.Why don’t we go there- Shock of blue
Does he know?- Pinkest hot pink
Story of my life- Amped canary yellow LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSSLiquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.
Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken – Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV lightROCK ME NAIL KITROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night.
Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter
Moments- UV neon pink
Diana- UV 3D holographicGlitter Toppings:
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star– UV holo glitterMakeup by One Direction will hit the follow stores November 15th!
Stage Stores
Beauty Brands
Lord & TaylorPlease visit them on their facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirectionDisclosure: I received the above mentioned products to conduct a review, no other compensation has been received.  Any opinions expressed are my own.  Powered by Brandbacker.

#ZZZQuil Scented Sleep Aid #Voxbox Review

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When I was young, I remember that I could sleep through anything.  It was a great feeling to be able to sleep without any interruptions.  After having my kids, that all went out the window. For several years, I have struggled with sleep.  I get interruptions every single night and I know that it is not going away any time soon.  It’s like I have a ticking clock that wakes me up every two hours.  By the time that 6am rolls around, both kids are up and I am exhausted.

I have taken sleeping pills and even cold medicine to make me fall asleep but it doesn’t really work on me for some reason.  At this point, I have given up on sleep and all I feel like doing is taking a nap all the time.  But the only problem with naps is that I don’t like them either.  This is why I was super excited to receive a  sleeping aide that would help me sleep better.  #ZZZQuil helps you create a relaxed environment so that you can sleep at ease.

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The lavender smell is not too strong but that is my own opinion.  If the smell bothers you then I suggest placing it within a close reach but not too close to you. For some people, smell can be a bit overwhelming.  You just have to find the right adjustment.

I have been using the sleep aid for a week and I have to say that it has helped me relax. And the best part of it is that I do not have to use a pill or drugs to assist me.  If you have issues with sleep, I highly recommend this product to help you.  Use #ZZZQuil to create that perfect relaxed environment to sleep.

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

#Kiss Instawave Curler Review

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As a busy mom, I am always looking for new products that would make my hair look like I just stepped out of the hair salon.  I have really curly hair but for some reason I prefer wavy hair more than curly.  I was excited to receive the Kiss Instawave for reviewing purposes.  Actually, I want to see if this product really produces the results that they claim.

At first when you read the directions, it looks pretty easy.  It was a bit challenging to get my hair to curl.  Eventually after a few attempts, it curled just a little bit.  My hair is really thin so I think this is the reason why it had a hard time curling it.  One of the benefits about this curler is that you hardly get burnt using it.  Most of the curlers I use end up burning at some point.  Besides not getting burnt, I also worried about my hair tangling up because my hair gets tangled over anything.  On the package it says that you can get different kinds of curls but I am still working on trying to create them.

I definitely recommend using it on the low setting because it tends to get pretty hot.  If not used wisely, I can see the hair getting severely damaged.  My tip when using this product is to make sure to use heat protectant! You do not want to damage your hair for some pretty curls.

Here is some information about Kiss Instawave:

  • Fully automatic, tangle free-curler
  • Innovative design lets you curl from any position using either hand
  • Curl dial makes it simple to switch between left and right curl directions
  • Ceramic Ionic Technology protects hair for healthy, shiny results
  • Two heat settings with maximum temperature of 420 degrees
  • Auto shutoff after 90 minutes for added safety

Here is my before picture:

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Here is my after picture:

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The Kiss Instawave is available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada at various retailers.  You can learn more about the curler here and you can watch a demonstration video.

I hope you have enjoyed this review and found “Charis by Design” to help you with your buying decision.  Don’t forget to check out their site:


Let me know how well this product worked for you.  Send pictures or just leave a comment.  Come back again soon!

Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned products to conduct a review, no other compensation has been received.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Honolulu Jewelry Turtle Necklace Review & Giveaway

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Any girl would tell you that they love jewelry and if they say otherwise then they are lying.   In my opinion, jewelry really shows off your personality.  It could be that you like simple pieces or something a little bit more bold.  Whatever the case, I think it’s a must-have for any wardrobe and it’s my favorite part of getting ready.

As soon as I received the turtle pendant, I fell in love with this piece of jewelry.  It’s so simple and beautiful that it can be worn on a daily basis or on a special day out.  There is something so beautiful about sea turtles that just mesmerizes me.

I love this necklace even more because my honeymoon was in Maui and just looking at this piece of jewelry reminds me of Hawaii.  Everything about Hawaii is absolutely gorgeous so in my opinion this also applies to the jewelry.

Why wait until a special occasion to get jewelry?  Don’t wait to give someone a special gift but if you do want to wait, then get it now and save it for Christmas.  I think it would be a perfect Christmas gift for your mom, sister, aunt or anyone in the family.

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Are your ready to own a turtle pendant? Feel free to visit their website. They carry earring, rings, bracelets and so much more.






If you would like to win a turtle necklace, please enter the giveaway for your chance to win your very own turtle pendant.

One lucky Charis by Design reader will win a Honolulu Jewelry Turtle Pendant Necklace!! This giveaway is open to US residents only.  18+ until 11:59PM EST November 12, 2014. No PO Boxes. Entering this giveaway means that you accept both my rules & disclosure. I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 24 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, twitter, or Pinterest in any way.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Are thrift stores your number one choice to buy clothes for your kids?

Do you like to shop at thrift stores for kids clothes? or do you prefer buying clothes from a department store? I would love to hear how you prefer to shop as a parent.  Does it even make a difference where you shop or do you always like to be on trend?

I wanted to do a poll to see how parents like to buy clothes for their kids.  Based on this poll, I would be interested to see what parents like to choose as their number one choice to shop.

How often do you purchase second hand clothes for your kids?
Once a week
Twice a week
Once a month
Twice a month
All of the above

Poll Maker


Would you find value in having an option for purchasing a complete outfit for your child in one spot?
Above average
Lowest average
None of the above

Poll Maker

How much do you spend on an outfit for your kids?
All of the above

Poll Maker

#Parenting for the #Digital #Age #Giveaway

Parenting For The Digital Age Giveaway


Hosted by Momma Lew and sponsored by Bill Ratner, Author of Parenting For the Digital Age

Parents today have a hard job of balancing and censoring how the media is affecting our children. Bill Ratner talks candidly about his decisions to unplug from and get back to what is important: human relationships.

It’s very easy to sit your kids down in front of the tv so you can get your things done around the house.  I know that I have been guilty of that but I also know that I don’t allow them to watch too much tv because I want to spend quality time with my kids.  They are only kids once and I want to enjoy every minute of it before they become teenagers and they want nothing to do with me.  As a mom, I am always reading new books on how to improve my parenting skills so I thought this would a great giveaway.

Momma Lew recently reviewed Parenting for the Digital Age and you can read the review here.


Bill Ratner wants to enlighten one lucky reader with a copy of his new book – Parenting For The Digital Age. One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book + a $25 Amazon Gift Card. This giveaway will end at midnight on 11/5 and is open to US Residents, 18+, one entry per household. To enter, follow the steps in the giveaway form. Good luck!

*Charis by Design did not receive any compensation for this giveaway. Momma Lew and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.



#Elph Band & $125 Target Gift Card #Giveaway


Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event!
Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this event, just in time for Halloween.

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media
Sponsored by: ELPH Band

The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you’re traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your child in the event he/she gets separated from you. It only takes one second for a child to disappear out of your site.

Every mom’s worst nightmare is to lose their kid.  In my opinion, this is a great tool to have to make sure that your kids find their way back home.  My family always love to go out and explore different places. We have had our share of being scared when someone ends up getting lost but thank God that nothing tragic has happened.  Honestly, nowadays you just don’t know what can happen anymore.  Times are changing and now we have to be extra cautious with our children.  This is where Elph band comes in the picture.


The ELPH band is a non-toxic, durable, silicone wristband. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification with clear instructions directly on the band. It’s easy to use with options to dial in or scan the QR code. ELPH Band does not put personal information, such as the child’s name or phone number where people can see it when it isn’t needed.

What does ELPH stand for? Easy Lookup to Phone Home

If your child get’s separated from you, all your child needs to do is show an adult his/her ELPH band. That adult can then call the 800# or scan the QR code to get in touch with you to reunite your child with you! It’s that simple!

Once the QR code is scanned on a smartphone, a screen similar to the one below will pop up for them to get in touch with you.


To set up your ELPH band you will register it on a computer, or by scanning the QR code yourself and setting it up via your smartphone. Just a few simple questions and you will be registered. Once completed, you will get a text and email alert letting you know the account profile is active, and to verify the information has been entered correctly.

ELPH Bands are available in 3 sizes: Toddler (up to 5.75 inches), Child (up to 6.5 inches), and Adult (up to 7.5 inches). They are also available in two colors, Navy or Pink.

Buy it: ELPH Bands are $19.99 each and they come with 1 year of service. You can purchase here. After 1 year of service, you can renew your service with ELPH Band.

Connect with ELPH Band
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Now for the Giveaway!
TWO Lucky Readers will win an ELPH band of their choice, as well as a $125 Target Gift Card.
Giveaway is open to US Residents, void where prohibited.
Must be 18+.
Only one entrant per household, per address.
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Giveaway ends October 31st, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Mom Powered Media, please email Darci@MomPoweredMedia.com

Reveal your glamorous look with #MiaMariu Cosmetics Giveaway

Welcome to Reveal Your Glamorous Look with Mia Mariu Cosmetics Giveaway!

Sponsored By: Mía Mariú

Hosted By: Desafío In The City


It’s time to start thinking about the holidays! this giveaway from Mía Mariú Cosmetics could take care of some present. The Mía Mariú philosophy makes the connection with Beauty and Health in Harmony. Mía Mariú’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.

Mía Mariú offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty.

Being a busy mom can often be overwhelming especially during the holidays.  Because in between holiday parties and getting presents, it can be a bit stressful.  New makeup can always bring some life to your outfit.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get this amazing deal.

Win a selection of makeup from Mía Mariú. One LUCKY Winner will receive.

  • 1 Hydrating Stick Gloss
  • 1 Mineral Blush
  • 2 Loose Mineral Shadow Liners
  • 1 Perfecting Finish Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara
  • 1 Intense Eyeliner and some sample products. All of the products in your own color choices!

This is approximately a $60 retail value!

Check out their catalog HERE

To win just enter the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a Mía Mariú giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from October 15 through October 30, 2014 at 12AM EST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding desafiointhecity (at) gmail (dot) com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Check out Letty’s review on Mía Mariú Cosmetics: Mia Mariu Review


Disclosure: CHARIS BY DESIGN was not compensated for this post. Desafío In The City is not responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Fulfillment of the prize is the responsibility of Mía Mariú and will be shipped by Mía Mariú. This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, or would like to see your product featured on Desafío In The City, in your next product review or giveaway, please contact Leticia Chen at desafiointhecity (at) gmail (dot) com.

#Anavitawrinklecream Review

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Over the years, I have been absolutely horrible at taking care of my skin.  I know exactly what I am supposed to do but I just never really get around to doing it. The routine of washing your face and moisturizing and exfoliating was just not very consistent in my household.   It was only a matter of time before I can see the damage that I caused on myself.  When I saw the opportunity to try out #Anavitawrinklecream, I just had to give this a try and hope for the best.

First, let me share with you some product information that will give you a little more detail about this product and how it works:

Say Goodbye To Wrinkled, Sagging, Dry Skin In Just A Few Short Weeks!

You can have more beautiful, smoother skin in just 2 to 4 weeks and see continuing improvement for 12 weeks (sometimes even sooner).

You will quickly reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles, firming and replenishing your skin to look noticeably younger, without needing expensive procedures like Botox or dermal fillers.

Simply massage on Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream after washing your skin in the morning and again at night.

Will It Work On My Skin Type?

Anavita’s non-irritating cream is well-suited for all skin types with a tested history of safe and gentle action by a long list of satisfied users. It is recommended for normal, dry, oily, and sensitive skin.

Your Single-Bottle Solution To Combat The Signs Of Aging

You no longer have to buy a collection of products to fight the signs of aging since Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream serves as a moisturizer, day cream, night cream, and makeup base.

Our unique formula stimulates collagen production and rebuilds the cellular matrix of the skin using three clinically proven ingredients – a super-absorbent form of hyaluronic acid, Argireline (5%), and Matrixyl – a combination that makes this anti-wrinkle cream for face and neck extraordinarily effective.

Your skin will benefit and look years younger from our high quality ingredients that are paraben free and not tested on animals. You will have smooth, toned, attractive skin again.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Our top priority is to provide you with 100% satisfaction, and nothing is more important for our company than giving you a positive experience. We welcome any questions you may have about our products.

As a company based in Tennessee, USA, we take great pride in our skin cream. The Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is manufactured for us in Canada under strict Canadian cosmetic manufacturing guidelines.

You want to look your best, and we want to help you achieve that with a great product for smoother, younger-looking skin.

My Results:

The consistency of the cream was very thick and I have to admit that I was concerned because I personally do not like products that leave my skin oily.  I was amazed  to find out that after applying the product it left my skin feeling soft and not oily.

There is also like a citrus kind of smell to the cream so it’s great when you apply it.  The best part about the cream is that it’s multi-functional as a day-cream, night-cream, wrinkle cream and makeup base.  I have been using this for two weeks now and already I can see my skin starting to smooth out so I can’t wait to see if there will be more improvement. #Anavitawrinklecream can work differently for everyone but if you don’t give it a try, then you will never find out.  Go ahead…give it a try!

Here is my before picture:









Disclosure: For the above picture, the only makeup I have is lipstick.  I don’t think anyone wants to see me without lipstick. lol.





After picture:









Disclosure: For the above picture, I did use makeup for this picture and I have the cream underneath the makeup.

How to purchase:

Are you interested in purchasing the cream? Visit this link or just go directly to Amazon.
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Check out their facebook page:


Let me know your thoughts on this product or if you have used it before by leaving a comment below.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Charis by Design is not responsible for fulfilling the prize.

Fall makeup tips for 2014

lipstickNot all women like to experiment with eye shadows and get comfortable in wearing the same eye shadows.  When you think of Fall, what colors pop up in your head? I think of orange, red and yellow but my favorite color for this Fall is purple for some reason.  A bold and vibrant purple with a little bit of shimmer is perfect for a purple smoky eye.  But if you don’t feel comfortable with too much eye shadow and want something a little bit more simple.  You can just add a little bit of purple lipstick to your lips and it will still add a little bit of dimension to your makeup.

This color can be dramatic but subtle at the same time.  I also think it can work during the day or night depending on the occasion.


Tip: When using purple lipstick, try to keep the rest of the makeup simple and neutral.  You definitely don’t want colors to clash.




Have you used purple lipstick recently?  Do you like to trend or do you prefer simplicity?  Let me know on the comments below.

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