Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel Review

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you are doing well, and if not cheer up! I have faith that things will look up for you my dear. Today, we are talking about a company I have had the first time to have the pleasure of working with, Ageless Derma. We will be talking about their "Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel," as seen above. First, before we get to the nitty gritty of what the product is all about, let's talk about the company.

Who is Ageless Derma?

According to their site...

"At Ageless Derma, we believe we are making something special happen. Our line of physician grade skincare products incorporate an  important philosophy: promoting overall skin health by delivering the most advanced biotechnology and natural  ingredients to all of the skin's layers. An attitude that still resonates with our founder, Dr. Farid Mostamand, today nearly ten years after he began his journey to provide the best skincare options for people who want to have healthy and beautiful looking skin at any age.

In 2004, Dr. Mostamand opened  Focus Medical Spa in Orange County, California. Offering a wide array of non-invasive procedures

Only two years later, the Spa saw the launch of, an online skincare retail store with over 4,000 physician-grade products

Through many conversations with clients worldwide, and as a result of his own ongoing scientific research while writing his book, Ageless Skin Obsession,  he came to realize that many skin care products were either entirely ineffective or performing well below expectations.

As a result of his efforts, a new physician-grade brand entered  the skincare arena in 2010, our very own Ageless Derma."

If you wish to learn more about their story or their products you can go here to read more.
I love their story, and I like that all of their products in their in their Anti Aging Skincare line is made with high amount of peptides, vitamins, as well as antioxidants. Helping to combat all sorts of skin conditions. 
I look forward to checking out their makeup line as well, which as I was reading is really wonderful for the skin, made with Vitamin A&E along with green tea extracts!

The Product/My Thoughts

"Oil Free Purifying  Natural Facial Cleanser Gel is an energizing cleansing product that freshens and can be used every day to deeply cleanse skin and pores.  This advanced formula will remove impurities and toxins that make skin dull-looking and aged. Make-up, grime and surface oils will be wiped clean as skin is prepared for the application of advanced treatments with other Ageless Derma products. This oil free cleanser gives your complexion a clean slate without stripping skin of the precious moisture it needs to retain."

It not only gives you a deep down clean but has quality ingredients in it. It has Organic Aloe Vera as well as Chamomile Extracts. I love how it felt on my skin and the way it foamed up. I won't name the cleanser I currently use, but I have been using this cleanser religiously for month's. Nothing has even come close....until NOW.

I have found many products that clean my skin deep and make my skin flake. Then I have found other's that barely clean my skin, and I end up having to get out a makeup wipe for. However, with this it doesn't strip my skin, and it gets everything off. It also washes off easy and has a very light smell. I feel that cleanser's don't need to be overpowering, and this is not like that. I am going out of town soon, and be up in the air about which face products I want to pack without packing a lot. This will defiantly be the one I pack, and not have any worries rather it will get the job done.

If you wish to buy this product it is $25, and you can purchase it on their main site located here: Ageless Derma.

Overall Product Score: 4.7*

I want to know! What do you think about Ageless Derma? Have you ever tried their products? If not, which product do you think you would enjoy the most? I love hearing your questions and comments below. So, feel free to leave them below. Remember you are BEAUTIFUL!

*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set + GIVEAWAY

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you have had a good weekend. Today, I want to talk to you about a wonderful set of Soy Candle's from Old Factory Candles. They have a very unique set of scent's that is perfect for every occasion. 

There are 3 different candles in each set. I received the "Winter Wonderland" set which consists of: Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, & First Snow!

There are 12 different group of scent's that you can choose from: 
All of them were so tempting, I decided on Winter Wonderland though because here in the south we rarely have a "Winter Wonderland." I thought that it would be nice to bring that to my home. 

Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils.

The smells are truly intoxicating. I love the fact that these are soy candles, which means you will never have to worry about any soot building up on your walls, if you burn a lot of candles like I do.

For being a 3x2 oz candle these last an extremely long time. I also have found all the oils burn, meaning no excess candle left over. They also burn evenly so I do not have to dig for the wick, which was a big plus for me.

All of the candle's were dead on with their scents. None of them were over-powering and released in my opinion, the perfect amount of scent. My favorite one in the bunch was the scent, "First Snow". If snow had a scent this is what I imagine it being.

If you wish to purchase your own set of these candles, you can purchase them on Amazon located here: Old Factory Candles. They are $25 for each set. There is also the option of having them gift wrapped as well which I love. They make a great gift for any occasion or even if you feel like spoiling yourself, which I will totally be doing again soon. 

Overall Product Score: 4.5*

I want to know! What do you think about the candles from Old Factory Candle? Have you ever tried their candles before? If not which scent would you love to try? I love hearing your questions and comments below. So, feel free to leave them below. 

Until next time... 

Want to win your own trio of candles in your scent of choice? Well, today is your lucky day! I have one set to giveaway!!! 

You must have an Amazon account to enter and you must live in the US. Please refer to terms and conditions on rafflecopter, and please NO cheating. Only 1 set of entries per IP address.

*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ipsy - October 2014

Greetings! I hope everyone is having a nice day. I just received my Ipsy bag for the month of October, and I am excited to share with you what I got. This month's theme was "Beauty Candy."

If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a beauty subscription bag designed just for you, (by taking the beauty quiz) that cost $10 a month. The $10 also includes shipping. Beauty Guru Michelle Phan curates the bags, and you generally receive 5 items. 

If you wish to sign up you can sign up through my personal referral link here: Ipsy Sign Up

Each month you receive a bag with your Ipsy items in them. I loved this month's bag, it was so much better in person than in pictures. It was a little lighter in color than in this picture, and was really well made. 

Let's see what I got this month...

ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair - "A first in haircare. Finally, an ultra-light, incredibly versatile, all-in-one multifunctional beauty balm that harnesses the moisturizing and protective power of the patented Acacia Collagen™ for ultimate repair, conditioning, manageability, smoothness, body and shine. Perfect for all hair types. Color safe. Paraben free. "

It seems like more and more products are being made from trees in Africa. This one comes from the Acacia Tree which I found really interesting. I didn't think I would really care for this product when I first received it, however it turned out to be one of my favorite products in the bag. It gave my hair a lot of volume and nutrients, and made styling my hair a lot easier. 
Price: $12 
(FULL SIZE PRODUCT! There is also a larger size for $30.)

Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure - "Starlooks Lip Glosses are created with a truly moisturizing, luxury, non-sticky formula. This neutral-rose, yet glamorous shade provides the perfect glisten for any lip look and complements any skin tone! Can be worn alone or in combination with other Starlooks lip products for a truly customizable finish."

I'm not sure if it's the way I put it on or what, but I love the way it makes my lips look fuller. I usually prefer a brighter pink color, however if you like more nudes, this would be a great color for you. I like how it's not a sticky formula, very smooth, and non-drying. I am interested to try the other colors, so hopefully I will be bringing that review to you soon.
Price: $12 

Figs & ROUGE Hand Cream - "Figs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin. Apply Figs & Rouge Hand Cream onto your hands and massage into skin throughout the day as needed. "

I really wanted the Rose Berry, but received the Mago Mandarin. The smell was so-so however, I loved the formula. It was very light and absorbed into my skin quickly so you can go about your day. I have tried a couple of products from Figs & ROUGE, and can't wait to be able to try others they are a very unique brand.
Price: $6.56 (FULL SIZE!)

Jesse's Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder in Graphite Frost - Get out-of-this-world eyes with Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Powder Eyeshadows. 

This was my favorite product in the bag! A very sparkly grey color. I loved it so much I did some research on it, and found/bought a 9-piece palette on Amazon for about the price of 2 of these. I love the way each one looks on my skin and how they blend. It allows me to bring out my creativity, and I have been able to do a lot of different looks with these.
Price: $3.99 (FULL SIZE)

Épicé International Purifying Exfoliant - "A unique exfoliant which removes excess dirt and dead skin cells all while activating collagen production and hydrating your skin. This moisture rich formula utilizes mild, non-irritating and anti-bacterial cleansers with micro-fine polyspheres which enhances skin texture and clarity for a clean, fresh appearance. The Épicé Purifying Exfoliant is also great to use on the entire body and after just a few uses, you will begin to see improvement in the look and feel of your skin."

It does a great job at exfolliating, I can feel the small little beads in it as it rubs across my skin. It says it hydrates but if you have really dry skin like I do, I would still recommend using a moisturizer. 
Price: $32

So, what did you think of this month's "Beauty Candy" Ipsy bag for October? Do you subscribe to Ipsy, and if not what's been keeping you from doing so? I would love to hear what you got in your bag this month, along with your questions and comments. Feel free to leave them below!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rejuveniqe by Monat

Hello Everyone! Today, I bring you a brand new product from the company Monat. The product we are talking about today is the one you see above called, Rejuveniqe. It has so many use's and benefits, they also making other amazing products for any type of hair situation. 

To check out more about the company as well as other products after this review, go to:

What is Monat All About?

From Their Site...
"MONAT offers exclusive science formulas infused with our exclusive Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive, delivering incredible moisture, renewing life to the hair and eliminating brittle texture. After just a few uses, you’ll see thicker, longer, stronger, healthy and youthful-looking hair … and the more you use MONAT, the more your hair benefits to sustain the beautiful appearance of healthy-looking hair by providing it with beneficial hydration, necessary cleansing and moisturization, nutrition for regrowth, plus the added benefit of UV protection to preserve hair’s radiance and help pause the signs of aging."

MONAT Products Are Naturally Pure
"All MONAT products are naturally based, with pure active botanical blends combined with powerful new technology, such Red Clover Extract (Capixyl), and Pea Extract (Procataline), and Crodasorb. These amazing ingredients protect the hair against UV and free-radical damage, and infuse each strand with vitamins and minerals that combat oxidative stress while proactive amino acids repair and replace intercellular function."

"MONAT is one of the few products that will see you – and your entire family – through years of use. How can that be? Simply put, MONAT focuses on the health of the hair, so it addresses hair concerns that span the generations." [See more here on each age group:Introducing Monat]

I love that each of their products are all natural. I find the ingredients really interesting as well as intriguing. I also like that they don't make just one product for one type of age group. I feel like as we get older, our skin and hair needs are constantly changing. I am glad to have found a company that agree's with that.

The Product/Review

Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive is so pure and versatile, that it can be used in multiple ways to improve skin and hair. 

You can use it as a hair treatment or a skin treatment. For hair you can use it as a pre-shampoo treatment, a deep conditioning treatment, or as an after shampoo and conditioning treatment.

I tried a couple of ways, but my favorite way was the pre-shampoo treatment. I felt like it gave my shampoo and conditioner an extra added boost, and made my hair more moisturized and hydrated than usual. It was silky and non-greasy. I have also noticed since using it on my hair, that it replinishes my hair's natural oils faster thus making it not as dry. Another thing I would recommend doing if you try it is, mixing a little bit with a hair masque. This is another great way to add moisture and shine to your hair.

I love the design of the bottle itself, as you can see in this picture there is a button. Instead of having to squeeze it like you do with most dropper's; you press this button and it instantly fill's it up with the product.

You can also use this product for not only your hair, but your skin as well. You can use it as a facial moisturizer, dryness for cuticles, nails, elbows, knees, and heels.

The possibilities with this product is truly endless. As far as skin goes, my favorite place to put this on is my heels. I have such rough skin on my feet, and lotion simply doesn't soften it. However, with the oil it does the job.

Clinical Study Information:

  • 88% noticed an increase to hair manageability
    55% reported reduced breakage to hair
    100% experienced an increase to hair’s natural shine

Overall Product Score: 4.6*

If you wish to purchase this product you can go to, and the price of the product is $99 for a 30ml 1 fl oz. bottle. They also have a 90 day guarentee, so you will have nothing to loose if your wanting to purchase the product.

I want to know! What do you think about Rejuveniqe by Monat? Have you ever tried multi-purpose oil before? I love hearing your questions and comments below. So, feel free to leave them below. 

Until next time... 

*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Azara Organics - Organic Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you have a wonderful day so far. Today, I want to talk to you about a one-of-a-kind unique product, I recently had the chance to try. The Azara Organics - Organic Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap. 

Azara Organics is a brand new company, and this is their first product that they are debuting. So, I am to bring to you the first look!

Product Description

The Ancient Secret to Silky Smooth Skin

"For centuries Northern European and Asian cultures have used the rejuvenating power of seaweed to achieve soft and supple skin, reduce inflammation, and detoxify the body."

The Magic of Seaweed

"The first time you try our Seaweed Powder in a facial mask or body wrap you will be transported to the sea. Marvel at the feeling of calm that comes over you as the nutrient loaded seaweed satisfies and cleanses your malnourished skin. Experience an overall sense of well being as the unique mineral properties flush out the toxins leaving your skin smooth and youthful."

A Chemical-Free Solution to Healthy Skin

"The skin-care business can be a frustrating industry to work in. Millions of dollars are spent creating and advertising miracle cures that only leave our skin in worse shape and are even harmful to our health."

"Here at Azara Organics we have a simple rule for any product we create or use. If we don't feel safe and comfortable ingesting it into our body then it does not belong on our skin."

The Finest Quality Seaweed Money Can Buy

"Our Organic Seaweed Powder(Ascophyllum Nodosum) is wild harvested from the clean cold ocean water of the North Atlantic. We constantly test it to insure its quality and consistency. We are happy to share the lab results for those who are interested."

My Review

Here is what the inside looks like. Just your simple powder. The magic is when you add water to it and what ever other ingredients your heart desires. You can either do a full body mask or a facial mask. 

I decided to go with the facial mask idea they provided on their main site. If you wish to go to their main site it is located here: You can also go here to get idea's on how to do their body mask.

Here is what the directions said for the mask I chose to make:

"Dump the seaweed powder into a small bowl, and add 1 tablespoon lukewarm water. Mix with a fork, adding up to another tablespoon of lukewarm water, as needed, to achieve a thick, paste-like consistency.
Add 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera gel, 1 teaspoon honey — or both — to the paste. Stir until well mixed. Add more water, if needed, to achieve the desired texture. You can also skip these ingredients entirely if you so desire, although the aloe helps heal any skin irritation you may have and the honey adds to the moisturizing effect of the mask and acts as a preservative."
"Apply the seaweed mask to your face, leave in place for up to 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry. Use this mask up to twice a week as part of your regular beauty routine."
There are so many different ingredients you can add to make it your own, they even suggest essential oils. The sky is truly the limit. I decided to put in Aloe Vera gel & honey. I will admit, I despised the smell. However, once I added the honey and Aloe Vera gel it smelled amazing. 

It may look a little funny, but after it hardened and I took it off my face felt really soft! It also felt so cool from adding the Aloe Vera. I really like the fact that there is no GMO's or Paraben's in this product, which is a must for me. It's nice to know what I am putting on my face is not only feeling good, but is good for it as well. 
If your looking for a facial mask with amazing benefits, unlike no other than this is the mask to go with. Next on my list is to try the body mask, I am really interested to see how it will do all over my body since it worked quite well on my face. It say's it is great for cellulite, and is often used as a cellulite treatment. Also, you get a ton of product! I imagine you could make a mask everyday of the month if you wanted too. I've been told it makes 48 masks, give or take.
If you wish to purchase this product it is currently on Amazon for $14.99. You can purchase this product by going here.

Overall Product Score: 4.1*

I want to know! What do you think about the new Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap from Azara Organics? Have you ever tried a Seaweed Mask before? I love hearing your questions and comments below. So, feel free to leave them below. Remember you are BEAUTIFUL!

*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Beauty Care Choices - Framesi BY Masque Review + GIVEAWAY

Hello Everyone! I hope everyone has had a good day so far. Today, I want to talk to you about a wonderful new hair masque. Not just any masque, but a hair masque for color-treated hair! Even if you don't have color-treated hair, it's a masque that you can still use. The masque we are talking about today is from Framesi. All types of hair will be able to benefit from using this unique mask called the BY Masque (as seen above).

Who Is Beauty Care Choices?

While Framesi is the company who makes the product (Framesi Company Info), the actual supplier of the product I received, was from Beauty Care Choices. Framesi is a company based in Italy, so naturally to provide the products at a great price and plenty variety is where Beauty Care Choices come in. 

They always provide top notch products, and even carry other items such as skincare, cosmetics, nail care, and many other specialty items for all your beauty needs. 

According to their site: "For over 10 years Beauty Care Choices has taken pride in helping shoppers locate products that they once found in a salon and now can't locate the item because the salon moved or they moved or the salon is no longer carrying the products or numerous other reasons. All products sold at Beauty Care Choices are purchased directly from the manufacturers and/or their distributors. We always have the latest freshest products available. We keep all packaging current and do not sell old or discontinued items."

To find out more about Beauty Care Choices or to purchase any of their other products, you can go here to locate them:

I really can appreciate the fact that they have strict standards, and never carry products that are old or expired. I also like that they have some of my favorite brands of hair care products such as Schwarzkopf and BC Bonacure. I look forward to exploring their other items as well, such as their cosmetics and nail care.

The Product/Results

BY Masque by Framesi - "A unique formulation of rich proteins and vitamins restructure and rebuild damaged hair. Instantly repairs hair, leaving it with body, strength and shine. Thermal and UV protectants help in maintaining color, leaving the hair rich and vibrant. Weightless, will not build up. (8.4oz seen above)"
Price: $16.39 for a 8.4 oz or $32.77 for a 33.8 oz

This masque did a great job at re hydrating my hair. It also made it less stringy and more manageable. The difference was like night and day. I also like the fact that this masque is for color-treated hair. However, even if you don't have color-treated hair it is still a product that you can use. I really enjoy the fact that this product is only $16 and some change, making it totally manageable for any budget. 

The only thing I didn't like about the hair masque was the smell of it when it was wet. It smelled great in the bottle as well as when it was dry, just something about it when I was in the shower I didn't care for. However, this may not be the case for you, and like I said it smelled wonderful once dry. So to me it was well worth it. My hair is also frizz free, which was my favorite part. Take a look below at some pictures I took of before and after.

Overall Product Score: 4.0*

I want to know! What do you think about Beauty Care Choices and Framesi? Have you ever tried their products? If not, have you ever used a hair masque and if so which one? I love hearing your questions and comments below. So, feel free to leave them below. Remember you are BEAUTIFUL!


Well, I have one to give away, ENTER BELOW...

*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Gabriel Cosmetics - Zuzu Luxe Peep Show Palette

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you are doing well today. I haven't done a whole lot of palette reviews in the past, so when I was offered to try out this palette I was thrilled! The ZuZu Luxe Peep Show Palette from Gabriel Cosmetics has so much to offer. From it's translucent powder, blush, and 4 shadow colors. There is a little bit of everything rolled up into this one palette, so let's get to it shall we?

Who Is Gabriel Cosmetics?

"Founded by Gabriel De Santino in 1992, Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. originated as a botanical skincare company drawing on Gabriel’s personal influences and childhood experiences of homeopathic skincare and cosmetics. Today, the brand has vastly grown into a beauty empire with the addition of Gabriel Color, Zuzu Luxe by Gabriel Cosmetics, and Clean Kids Naturally, making up a diverse collection of cosmetics and children’s skincare products to join the existing Gabriel Organics Skincare." 
"Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. started with a vision of natural beauty and has evolved with the philosophy of sustainable individual natural beauty while continuing to advocate healthy living. This philosophy is translated through their organic skincare and vegan and gluten free cosmetics, both collections created to bring out a woman’s natural existing beauty." [Note: This is from their official page, to learn more about Gabriel Cosmetic's more in depth or to see the original context go here for more.]
I love not only do they have cosmetics and beauty products for adults, but that they have children's skincare products as well. They also have a beautiful nail collection, and I was just recently drooling over some of the colors. So, give their products a look, because there is a little something for everyone! You can go here to look at all of their items. 
The Palette/My Thoughts

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ZuZu Luxe Peep Show Palette - "Peep Show is an exhibition of color; sultry nudes, sizzling gold and a burst of color for your cheeks, the translucent powder leaves your skin flawless. Packaged in a luxurious platinum compact you’ll want to put on display."
Price: $45.00
There is literally so much that you can do with this palette! The option's and imagination behind it are truly endless! As you can see you have your 4 eyeshadows: Amber, Toasted, Velvet, & Nude. Let's go into what the bigger two are for, because I wasn't sure at first either.

This color is the Translucent. It is a sheer setting powder that leaves your skin with a flawless finish. Now for those who do not know what a "setting powder" is, it is a loose or compact sheer-to-medium coverage powder that “sets” your foundation or other base makeup so that it lasts longer throughout the day. It adheres to any damp and/or sticky part of the foundation and creates somewhat of a seal. 

It's something I actually haven't used a lot in the past. However, since I have been using this translucent powder, I have noticed my makeup has lasted a LOT longer! It's funny as a beauty blogger/soon to be Esthetician you would think I have tried it all. This was new to me though, and I loved it! Defiantly, a new staple in my makeup wardrobe.

This color is called "Bitten." It is a Neutral red to achieve perfectly flushed cheeks. 

I was worried that being how light my complexion was that it may be too dark for me, but it was actually very pretty! 

Then of course you are familiar with shadows, which is what these are up above. I love that they give you a variety of options, and there is something for every skin tone. 

You can use these with a primer for maximum intensity, which I would totally recommend!! The reason being is not only does the color look better, but you won't have problems with it creasing either by doing this. The primer I am currently using that is easy for any budget is, 
Wet N Wild - "Day Shadow Primer." You can pick this up at most of your local drugstores. 

Overall, I am really impressed with this palette! I think that is well worth the money. It gives you a lot of product, and has a lot to offer. No matter what skin tone or complexion, there is something for everyone in this. I have found way's to incorporate all of these into my makeup looks. 

Just play around with it, have some imagination, and most of all have fun!

Overall Product Score: 4.7*

Here is one of the many looks I created with the Palette. Everything you see on my face minus the eyeliner and pink gloss is the palette. I have a very light brown on my eyelids, the bitten blush, the setting powder, and the nude to highlight my brow bone (which is another thing it is great for, highlighting!):

I want to know! What do you think about Gabriel Cosmetics & ZuZu Luxe? Have you ever tried their products? If not, which color do you think would be your favorite in the palette? I love hearing your questions and comments below. So, feel free to leave them below. Remember you are BEAUTIFUL!

*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

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