Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Save The Undies!!!

So, you may be wondering why their are a pair of purple panties staring you in the face right now. Well, its all part of the "Save the Undies" campaign by Kotex. Now, I'm not one to talk about tampons, but I think the cause is great! Who doesn't want to save more underwear, by having better tampons?

 I received the sample of product's you are about to see from Crowdtap! If you don't know what Crowdtap is, it's simple really! You give your opinion in exchange for points and at the end of the month those points add up. Those points can earn you giftcards and all sorts of prizes. I earned 6 giftcards just last month, and I wasn't nearly as active as some people are. Then there are also sampling events like the one seen today.

In this sampling, I had to take a survey to qualify. I got what you see above, for me and two friends! 

Each packet, came with two tampons and two pantyliner's. I love the fun bright colors of each product! It make's the time of the month a little bit more interesting...

It also came with a money saving coupon, as well as information about their products.

"Millions of undies are lost every month due to failed period protection. It's time to stop the madness! Let U by Kotex help Save the Undies by keeping you protected when it's that time of the month."

I know from now on, I will be "Saving the Undies" and keep myself prepared with U by Kotex!
What do you think about the "Save the Undies" campaign? Let me know below any questions/comments you may have! 

As I always say, Stay Beautiful by Staying You! 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ipsy - September 2014

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

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

The bag was so much prettier in person, than the pictures of it was. I didn't think from the pictures I would like it, but when I got it - beautiful! 

I received 5 items this month, I also received a bonus Ipsy bag with my referral points as well, that I got a few weeks ago. Even though I had the bag before, the items I got, was items I had never had. The bag was the June 2013 bag, however the items were somewhat different.

Alterna Haircare CAVIAR CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction - "A miracle leave-in product that delivers 10 benefits in 1 easy step, leaving hair perfectly polished. Provides complete: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. Can be used alone or as a foundation for the layering of other styling products." I've actually had this product before in a previous Glossybox, and still have some. I was still happy to see it, but will be passing it on to a friend, so she can get the enjoyment out of as I have. I think it works great to give your hair extra shine as well as moisture. The full size is expensive, so it was nice to get a decent size sample to be able to try it out.
Price: $25.00 (2.5oz) 

Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil - "These rich water-proof, buttery smooth eye pencils glide on smooth and deliver big color pay off with every stroke. Long-lasting natural formula, provides hours of wear and contains beneficial ingredients great for the sensitive eye area." So, I have mixed feelings about this product. I thought the formula was great and exactly as described. However, the pencil just straight out wasn't made well. I don't know if you can notice, but as soon as I opened the pencil it broke. I sharpened it again and it kept cracking and would not sharpen properly. Like I said, I love the formula but the overall pencil is just not for me. I won't give up though. I would like to try the black one instead of this one (which is grey) and see if I just got a bad pencil, but this one just wasn't it.
Price: $11 (for a full size)

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush - "This dual-ended brush offers the best of both worlds. The shadow brush is perfect for applying eye shadow or contouring the eye, while the crease brush is designed to be used dry for defining the eye, or wet for precision concealing. " This brush was somewhat difficult to take a picture of, that's why you see it on a table, instead of my usual background. However, it was my favorite product in the bag! I've never owned a double ended brush before, and this one works so well! I love how well made it is, and how I can use it with ease.
Price: $6.99 (FULL SIZE!)

Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet - "Amp up the color with Hikari’s richly colored lip stick. The high pigmented formula glides on smoothly with a matte finish. Layer this formula to build color for a perfectly enchanted pout." This color is a lot darker than it photographed. I was a little intimidated at first, but I think with the right look I can pull this off. I am interested to see what other colors they have as well. I think its a great formula, and goes on smooth.
Price: $13.00 (FULL SIZE!)

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser - "This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness. Cucumber hydrates and soothes. Watercress, rich in antioxidants, helps protect skin from free radical damage. Alcohol-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan." I love the smell of the cleanser (even though its fragrance free), and like how gentle it is on my face. It's also packed with a ton of nutrients and vitamins. 
Full Prize: $13.00 (for 6 FL OZ. this one is 1 FL OZ.)

So, what did you think of this month's "Street Style" Ipsy bag for September? 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!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vichy Idealia Life Serum

Hello Everyone! How is everyone today? I hope well! I know it's Saturday, so take a load off and relax. Today, I want to talk to you about a Crowdtap Sampling, I had the chance to try. If you don't know what Crowdtap is, it's simple really! You give your opinion in exchange for points and at the end of the month those points add up. Those points can earn you giftcards and all sorts of prizes. I earned 6 giftcards just last month, and I wasn't nearly as active as some people are. Also, from time to time they have sampling events like the product we are going to talk about today...

Vichy Idealia Life Serum.

I received one for myself, and then one for 5 of my friends.

Inside the cute little pink bag, was 8 days worth of serum.

Up Above as you can see is before I put the serum on, before I rubbed it in, and after I rubbed it in. Sorry, if the dimensions are a little large on the page, but I wanted each of you to be able to see the differences (click to see even a larger view). This was on my hand, but how it did on my face was a total different story! It was even better. After 8 days, I was able to not only achieve my #LifeProofSkin through Vichy's serum, but I did it with such ease. Usually, it takes weeks and weeks for most serum's to work, but with this the result's were fast.

My skin not only feel's great, but some of my family got to get the VIP experience as well...

 My lovely Mother.

My youthful mother-in-law.

The Vichy Idealia Life Serum is for all young, old, and in between! My only complaints? I wish I had more! I think this serum has something in it, that I believe everyone can benefit from. 

Overall Product Score: 4.6*

I want to know what do you think about the Vichy Idealia Life Serum? Have you got to try it yet? Feel free to leave any questions/comments below. I love to hear your feedback, and your opinion is always welcome.

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

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Alpha Hydrox - Body Care Kit

Hello Everyone! I don't know about where you live, but here in South Carolina it has been raining for two days straight now! It's nice to finally have the sun come out, and I figured this would be the perfect time to share a brand with you that makes me feel sunny inside and out. 

I fell in love with Alpha Hydrox Facial Cleanser awhile back. I don't usually talk up a product so much, but I have talked about it on just about every blog group I am apart of. I wanted to see how the other products in their line would compare,

Who Is Alpha Hydrox?

For those who don't know Neoteric Cosmetics Inc. are apart of several companies and Alpha Hydrox is one of them. In fact, I recently just did a review on Montagne Jeunesse which there are also apart of. 

"Alpha Hydrox® skin care products, manufactured in Denver, Colorado, have been featured on Oprah, Dr. Oz and numerous other national television programs because of their ability to actually improve your skin. The Glycolic AHAs in Alpha Hydrox products are natural exfoliants that gently & gradually “peel away” dead surface skin cells, allowing fresh, new cells to emerge." To read more about what AHAs are you can go here to read more: Alpha Hydrox AHA Anti-Aging Treatment Products

The Products/My Thoughts

Note: Before I start, I would like to let you know if you purchase the product's separately they will cost more. However, if you get the kit as I did it cost's $25.50 located here. The prices you see below will be retail for each item.

Silk Wrap Body Lotion - "The ultimate in skin-saving therapy, Alpha Hydrox Silk Wrap Body Lotion exfoliates, hydrates & renews while adding rich moisture to your skin.  Leaves skin feeling smooth & soft." I've never felt something quite so silky and light before. It looks like a very thick lotion, but once you put it on it truly lives up to the the name "Silk Wrap." I also like that it's fragrance free, gluten-free, and most importantly non-greasy.
Price: $12.49

Deep Therapy Foot Cream - "The exfoliating properties of the 12% glycolic alpha hydroxies work to loosen dead skin cells, allowing the penetrating moisturizers to soften the skin.  Ultra rich, deep-penetrating moisturizers soften, smooth and hydrate." I won't name any names, but I recently tried a foot cream that was so greasy and so thick! However, this was nothing like that. This was a lot like the body lotion but maybe a tad thicker. I have such tough skin and yes....calluses. While a PedEgg helps it doesn't always soften my feet like this lotion has done. For the price, you really can't beat it. 
Price: $6.49

Moisturizing Body Wash - "Indulge your skin with this rich, luxurious formula that cleanses, exfoliates, moisturizes, conditions, soothes and rejuvenates. Gentle, soap-free cleansing." One thing I like about all the products is that on each of the label's, they list the pH. This one has a pH of 4.5, which from what I am told is very good for body wash. I also know (yes, I know its random) that it is the ideal pH for uh, "down there." So, you can use this body wash all over! I can't really explain the smell, but it smells great! I defiantly can smell the aloe in it. and it reminds me of the fresh smell of rain. 
Price: $7.49

Overall Product Score: 4.5*

So, I would love to know. Have you ever tried any of these product's before? If not, what is your favorite product from the body care kit? Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below, your feedback is welcome. Also, if you wish to buy any of these products, you can buy them from their official website located here: Alpha Hydrox Products. Until next time, remember ALWAYS stay BEAUTIFUL by staying YOU! 

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

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you are having a wonderful Sunday! Being it's Sunday, I figured this would be the perfect time to share with you some facemasks, I have had the chance to try. Not just any facemask however, the caviar of face masks - Montagne Jeunesse. 

Who is Montagne Jeunesse?

Let me first off start off by saying, Montagne Jeunesse is actually a company in Wales in the UK. However, Neoteric Cosmetics is the distributor for the US which is where these mask originally came from. If you wish to learn more about Neoteric Cosmetics you can view some of my previous blog post's where I talk about them, by typing their name in the search bar at the bottom of the page.

I love the story of Montagne Jeunesse and the timeline below is from their official site located here: 

1989 Montagne Jeunesse launch our ‘Save The Seal’ campaign.

1990 Our ‘Antarctica Appeal’ begins.

1994 The ‘Eco Factory’ is opened; the first of our world friendly ‘headquarters’.

2001 Our wind turbine ‘Windy’ goes live, helping reduce our carbon footprint.

2001 We’re walking the walk when it comes to the environment – we achieve our first ISO - 14001 followed by ISO 18001 in 2004. That basically means we’re doing lots of good stuff! “ISO ISO Baby!”

2005 We move into the Green Barn our new ‘super energy efficient’ headquarters.

2009 Our Green Team ‘ Green  Guardians’ embark upon their 5 year Site Management  Plan for the Green Barn, to encourage biodiversity within our beautiful grounds. They even plant kidney vetch to help nuture the rare Small Blue butterflies, now a priority species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

2010 On TV…In Canada and then in the UK in 2011! (Interestingly the best matched TV programmes for the Montagne Jeunesse brand are Hollyoaks and The Only Way is Essex – ‘shut urp!’)

2012 Our ever growing online community exceeds a whopping 60,000 fans

Did you know Montagne Jeunesse masques are full of the most delicious and natural ingredients under the sun? A complete range of top to toe beauty treats, good for your skin, your wallet and the earth!

I love that not only do they make amazing masks, but they do good for our environment as well! That's a win win company in my eyes.

The Products/The Review

Manuka Honey Peel Off - "Busy Bees have collected nectar from the Manuka Bushes of New Zealand creating Manuka Honey - a natural anti-bacterial cleanser. They source pollen & we add the flower power of fragrant Jasmine." I love that this mask contains honey which is a great natural cleanser for your face. It also peels off really easy, and it smell's amazing! Price: $1.99

Super Fruit Mud - "Goji berries and nutrient-rich Pomegranates help this masque pack a punch in enabling your skin to be protected against the drying effects of environmental stresses." I love how this mask has ton's of nutrient's for your face, such as Pomegranates. It's the best smelling and feeling mud mask I have ever encountered. 
Price: $1.99

Creamy Coconut - "The hydrating goodness of fresh Coconut water, Shea butter and lots of other moisturizing and hydrating ingredients." This was the perfect mask for my skin. If you have dry skin like me, you have to try this. The Shea butter combined with coconut water did some awesome damage control to my skin. 
Price: $1.99

Aloe Vera Face Spa - "Soothing & Cleansing Fabric Facial." This mask was a little different from the rest. This mask is one of their newer ones and is a fabric mask. I love how not only does it have Aloe Vera, but Green Tea in it as well. It left my skin soothed and cleansed.
Price: $2.49

Here is a picture of me with the "Aloe Vera Face Spa" mask on. I thought the design of the mask with the aloe vera leaves and the Montagne Jeunesse logo, was really an added bonus on top of the amazing benefits it gave my face.

If you wish to buy any of the mask's seen here you can buy them for the prices I listed above at Neoteric Cosmetics which is located here: Buy Montagne Jeunesse

So, I want to know! What do you think about the Montagne Juenesse Face Masks? Have you ever tried any of them before, and how do you think they compare to other mask's you have used? I would love to hear your comments/questions - feel free to leave them below!

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Skintimate - Madarin Burst

Hola! How is everyone today? I hope well! I know it's Saturday, so take a load off and relax. Today, I want to talk to you about a Crowdtap Sampling, I had the chance to try. If you don't know what Crowdtap is, it's simple really! You give your opinion in exchange for points and at the end of the month those points add up. Those points can earn you giftcards and all sorts of prizes. I earned 6 giftcards just this month, and I wasn't nearly as active as some people are. Also, from time to time they have sampling events like the product we are going to talk about today!

What's Special About Skintimate?

Skintimate Signature Scents Mandarin Burst Moisturizing Shave Gel features a refreshing fragrance of fresh mandarin, lemon, and lime, with 6 moisturizers including vitamin E and olive butter to help replenish skin's natural moisture and provide unbeatable razor protection for a close, comfortable shave and healthy feeling, smooth skin.

My Experience With Skintimate

The lather Skintimate gave me was beyond compare! I loved being able to see what I was doing and it made shaving so much quicker. Oh yeah, did I mention the smell? The citrus smell of "Mandarin Burst" was intoxicating.

By having more moisture while shaving, I was also able to get closer to the skin without having any nicks or cuts. I would have to say, overall it was a huge success. I think Skintimate not only came out with a wonderful product, but a wonderful smelling product as well!

If you wish to buy this product, I have seen it at Walmart for $2.97, which I think is a very reasonable price. There are also many other places you can find Skintimate such as your local drugstore. 

What do you think of Skintimate's new scent? If you haven't tried it yet, what is your favorite one from them so far? I love hearing your questions and comments so feel free to leave them below! Until next time, Remember to STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Adovia - Natural Sulfur Soap

Hello Everyone! It's Friday!!! Before the weekend starts though, I want to talk to you about a company I have had the chance to review before. Adovia Mineral Skin Care makes many products, I have tried their Exfoliating Dead Facial Sea Salts, Mineral Eye Gel, as well as their Moisturizing Day Cream. All of them were wonderful products, my favorite being the Moisturizing Day Cream. This time I am reviewing another product by them called Natural Sulfur Soap.

Who Is Adovia?

"The first skin care line to combine Minerals with Herbal extracts to create a nutritious cocktail for your skin that keeps it healthy and beautiful from the inside out."
"Adovia is a unique skin care line, combining natural ingredients with modern science to formulate an effective blend of minerals and the finest herbal ingredients nature has to offer. The vital nutrients, anti-oxidants and minerals present in Adovia products are responsibly gathered at the place closest to the soul of Mother Earth - The Dead Sea."
What I also like about this company is that they use only the highest quality ingredients, and minerals from the Dead Sea as well as herbs and oils from all over the world. I was really impressed with all of the great reviews they have received on their products.

The Product/My Thoughts

(a picture of the soap has Adovia imprinted in the soap for those who can't see it)

  • - Adovia sulfur soap, is highly enriched with minerals and sulfur from the Dead Sea.
  • - Your skin's natural moisture levels are balanced and optimized with Olive Oil, Dead Sea minerals and Aloe Vera extract.
  • - Sulfur has Antiseptic, Anti-Fungal and Antibacterial properties
  • - This soap thoroughly cleanses your face and body and leaves your skin gentle and smooth.
  • - Our sulfur soap has a 3% sulfur content
I have never in my life heard of "Sulfer Soap" so this was a new concept for me. I am willing to try anything that is good for my skin and may help it though. Immediately, when I took the soap out of the box the first thing I did was sniff it. I know this may seem strange, but I had wondered since I first ordered it rather or not it would smell like Sulfur. However, it smelled nothing like Sulfer and had a really nice fresh soapy scent instead. 

I tried it on my face as well as my body, both worked really well. However, I was most impressed with how it has worked for my face! 

I have been using it for a few days now, and have been really happy with the results so far. Let me first say how much I love the tingling I get all over my face, after washing with the soap. I am by no means a soap person, but found this product to be different, because it works so well with all parts of the body. I don't have a lot of problems with regular acne, but I do with blackheads. I significantly have noticed less of them, when I use this soap.

It is for all skin types, even with a dry skin type such as mine. While it doesn't dry out my face I would recommend to still continue to use a moisturizer if your skin is drying, because this will not help with that problem. I have to say for a bar of soap my expectations weren't high, but after using this soap I expect so much more from soaps now and was blown away!

Overall Product Score: 4.0*

There are products for everyone in this skin care line, if you haven't tried any of Adovia Mineral Skin Care Products you should give it a try! If you have tried their products before, let me know below what products you have tried. I love hearing your questions/comments so feel free to chat away! Until next time, remember to STAY BEAUTIFUL by always STAYING YOU. :)

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

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.