Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vinyl Disorder - Always Kiss Me Goodnight Room Decal


***Greetings everyone! So, as you may have noticed this is not your typical beauty review. I have decided to expand my horizons as well as the direction of the blog. Now, I am not saying I have completely done away with makeup or skincare products. They will always be my number 1 passion. However, I find beauty in everything and don't feel as if I need to limit myself to one set of reviews. So, from time to time you may find me writing about other things I am passionate about, or feel like I want to share with you. I also am hoping to have my own domain name within the next 6 months. I am still working out the name, but will make sure there is a redirect page, and I will give an advance notice. Feel free to comment below or contact me if you have any question's or comment's on the matter.***



That being said, today I want to talk to you about a wonderful company I recently had a chance to work with called Vinyl Disorder. Not only do they make everything from wall graphics to custom car decals, but they are the #1 Custom Vinyl Decal provider on the web. I have been looking to spruce up my room for awhile now, but didn't want to paint my room because my husband and I could never agree on a color. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity, and exactly what we needed.

Who is Vinyl Disorder?


I really like the fact that they make the decal right before they ship it. This way you know you are getting the best quality possible, before it arrives. I also think it's really cool that they don't cater to just one type of sticker, that they can basically make any type of sticker you can think of, rather it be for a wall or a boat. 

If you wish to look at or buy their products you can go to their official site located here:  http://www.vinyldisorder.com/

The Process/My Thoughts


As you can see above, this is the container I received the decal in. I really like how they ship their products. The decal was in a really hard unbendable cardboard tube. At first, I was worried about how it would arrive, but it arrived perfectly.


Inside the container, I received the decal of course, a piece of paper with vinyl application tips along with other information, and a hard card to help apply the decal with. Even though I have never applied one myself, I know how it's generally done. I was expecting to have to use a credit card on it, so I thought the provided hard card was a nice touch. The application tips were very helpful, and if you have any trouble they not only give you video's you can watch, but a phone number to a helpline you can call.

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Here is what the decal looked like, before I applied it to my bedroom wall. The paper was nice and thick, and looked well made.

I would recommend having someone help you with putting it on the wall if you order a large decal for your wall such as this one, which is 36". I found having someone to help me, made the process much faster. This was also, my first time applying one of these to my wall. I was really nervous about how it would turn out. However, I didn't have any problems applying it and thought it turned out quite well. 

Here is the finished product....

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I hope to one day be able to add some flowers around it as well. I find all of their prices for their decals totally reasonable as well as professional looking. For this decal you see above (which is huge by the way!) is $25.00. They have this same decal from 15" which runs $10.00 all the way up 72" which is $59, just to give you a general idea. If you wish to purchase the same decal you can go here (http://www.vinyldisorder.com/a006alwaysvii7.html#.VHKYdIvF_vE) to do so.

What do you think about Vinyl Disorder? Have you ever used wall or car decals before? If so what has been your experience with them? I love hearing your questions, comments, and just overall feedback! Feel free to leave it all below.

Stay Beautiful! 
XOXO,
Amy


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Tru Moroccan Shampoo & Conditioner


Greetings! Today, I want to talk with you about a recent Shampoo and Conditioner I have had the chance to try. It's brand new to the market, and it's not only wonderful for your hair but wonderful for your skin in general. 

The product's I am referring to are the Tru Moroccan Shampoo & Conditioner! 

What I love about their products right off the start...


I love how each of their product's are clearly labeled, each of their products are:

- Sulfate Free
- Paraben Free
- NO Animal Testing
- Vegan
- Made with CERTIFIED Moroccan Argan Oil
- Made In The USA (another wonderful reason to support them!)



From their site...

Tru Moroccan shampoo is an all natural, organic Argan oil shampoo formulated to repair dry, frizzy, and damaged hair. Our products combine the latest technology with the most natural, purest ingredients. 

Tru Moroccan Repair Shampoo contains reparative ingredients that will naturally moisturize the hair leaving it soft and supple. This is perfect for people who have dry, flaky, or itching scalp, and dandruff as well as damaged, weak hair. The main objective of this product is to hydrate, repair and restore shine.

Ingredients
100% Organic Argan Oil, Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Vitamin B5, Organic Asparagus, Organic Cilantro, Organic Geranium, Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Rosemary, Jojoba, Olive Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

If you wish to purchase this product it is currently $18.95 and Amazon Prime Shipping Eligible. You can buy the product by going here: BUY Tru Moroccan Shampoo

My Thoughts

The first thing I noticed when I was opening the shampoo was the nice seal that was on it. May not be a big deal to some, but for me that was a big plus. The OCD girl in me appreciates knowing that they care enough to make sure each product was sealed after they produced it, so that I know the product hadn't been tampered with.

The next thing I noticed was the amazing Moroccan Argan Oil smell, it has a very unique smell unlike any other but I rather enjoyed it. 

Then I proceeded to wash my hair with it, which I actually used and rinsed twice just to make sure I was getting the full effect from it. However, I am sure one time is enough. After, I was amazed at how soft my hair was, and how clean it felt. This was before I even used the conditioner! I thought this was a huge plus in itself as well, because I usually have such dry and sometimes flaky hair. It also added a lot of moisture to my hair, which is something I don't always get with my regular brand.  

Another thing I often do is flat-iron my hair (since I have such wavy hair) and just this once decided not to put a whole bunch of protecting products in it, and noticed it did just as well as when I do put products in it. I love knowing that if I am out of a product, I can be comfortable with straightening my hair and not have to run out that minute to get something. 

I didn't really have any negatives with the Shampoo. I guess if I had anything to pick at it would be the price is a little on the high end. For the amount of product and the quality of the product, I believe it is well justified though. I would definitely recommend this product.

Overall Product Score: 4.6*





From their site...

Tru Moroccan Conditioner is an all natural, organic Argan oil conditioner formulated to repair dry, frizzy, and damaged hair. Our products combine the latest technology with the most natural, purest ingredients. 

Tru Moroccan Conditioner contains reparative ingredients that will naturally moisturize the hair leaving it soft and supple. This is perfect for people who have dry, flaky, or itching scalp, and dandruff as well as damaged, weak hair. The main objective of this product is to hydrate, repair and restore shine. Amount of usage will depend on volume and length of hair. This product is most effective when left on hair for a couple of minutes to penetrate the hair strands before rinsing. This product can be used daily.

Ingredients
100 % Organic Argan Oil, Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Sesame Seed Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Olive Fruit Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Linseed Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Starflower Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin (Plant Derived), Palm Oil, Oatmeal, Citric Acid (Naturally Derived).

If you wish to purchase this product it is currently $18.95 and Amazon Prime Shipping Eligible. You can buy the product by going here: BUY Tru Moroccan Conditioner

My Thoughts

The first thing I noticed when I was opening the conditioner was the nice seal that was on it just like with the shampoo. May not be a big deal to some, but for me that was a huge plus.

The next thing I noticed was the amazing Moroccan Argan Oil smell, it has a very unique just like in the shampoo yet a little bit creamier in the conditioner.

I proceeded to put it on my hair and left it on for about a minute or two, just so my hair could fully take in all it's nutrients. I love that this Conditioner has Oatmeal in it as well as Shea Butter, you can really tell. It made my hair so soft, but not greasy as a quality conditioner should. 

The only thing I didn't like about the conditioner is the fact that it was so thick. I mean it didn't bother me that it was thick, but the packaging it was in made it a little difficult for it to get out of the bottle because of it. Other than that though, I thought it worked really well. I would recommend this product as well, and think it is a great product to pair with the Tru Moroccan Shampoo.

Overall Product Score: 4.4*


What do you think about the Tru Moroccan Shampoo & Conditioner? Have you ever tried any shampoo or conditioner made from Moroccan Argan Oil, if so what was your experience with it? I love hearing your questions, comments, and just overall feedback. Feel free to leave it below!

Until next time, 
XOXO,
Amy



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

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Erase (Microdermabrasion Scrub) by Luxurience


Usually, microdermabrasion is only readily available in a spa or at a dermatologist. It is also very expensive, but with this brand new product coming to the market it can now be totally affordable! Erase by Luxurience (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N66XA9S/) uses top of the line component's that give the same amazing effects as those expensive spa treatment's. I am extremely excited to be able to share with you what this product is all about, and how you can live the life of lux for an amazingly affordable price!

About The Product



From Their Site...

  • Our radiant, glowing skin is waiting to be revealed! Our proprietary rejuvenating microdermabrasion cream contains the same crystals as spa treatments at a fraction of the cost without machinery - in the comfort of your home!
  • Our rich, non-greasy emollient exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores, eliminates blackheads while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Renew your skin with a scrub that removes impurities, improves skin tone, texture and elasticity while stimulating new skin cell regeneration, giving you the smooth skin your friends will be jealous of!
  • Enjoy the healthy glow the sun gives you but hate the aging sun damage that comes with it? Our powerful yet safe and effective exfoliator with continual use will help reduce sun damage, acne scarring, lighten skin discoloration and age spots.
  • Reveal your skin's irresistible radiance with the rest of the Luxurience anti-aging products for sensational, healthy skin that will have your skin turning heads! 100% No Questions Asked Guarantee!

Our Premium Microdermabrasion Scrub can help you realize more vibrant, younger looking skin by: 

- Using the same microdermabrasion exfoliation process as salons without complicated machinery 

- Using twice weekly as an at-home facial routine followed by anti-aging moisturizer to diminish fine lines and wrinkles 

- Lightening skin discolorations, age spots and stimulate cellular regeneration 

- Minimizing pore size, removes blackheads, diminishes acne scarring and other imperfections 

- Utilizing natural fruit enzymes, vitamins, herbal extracts and micronized marine salts to assist in the microdermabrasion process 

- Using top of the line exfoliation technology that leave your skin velvety smooth with an irresistible glow 

You can buy this product from Amazon right now for $35.99 with free shipping, but with the code ERASE430 you can get 30% off, just for my readers! Go here to purchase it and use the code at checkoutErase By Luxurience Microdermabrasion Scrub.

Also, feel free to follow their new facebook page here for any updates & news on upcoming products! 

My Thoughts



When I first received this product, the first thing I immediately noticed was the packaging. I love the expensive top-of-the-line feel I get from it. The next thing I noticed is the blue color of the formula with the little dark blue microbeads. 

I then proceeded to wet my face with a wash cloth and then put the formula on. I used my finger's to gently massage in the formula, and could instantly feel almost like a breeze going over my skin as it cleaned it. 

I left it on my face for around 2 minutes (it say's 1-2 min.), because around the two minute mark I started feeling a warming feeling. It wasn't one of those feeling's you get if your allergic to something, but rather one of those warming feeling's like you get from a warming mask (a good example for me would be the biore mask). I however, had no redness at all, and once I started taking it off with the wash cloth I felt a nice cooling sensation.

You can really feel the mask work, and once you take it off you feel the effects even more. My skin was not only softer, but it felt hydrated. The closest thing I can compare the experience to, is this one time I had a mask done at the spa. It was up to that level of excellence. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought to myself, "Now, I can have that Microdermabrasion treatment without leaving my house, how cool!" haha. Might sound silly, but it's the truth. 

I've tried what companies call "Microdermabrasion Scrubs," but nothing with this strong or feeling as a real spa experience like this does. It will definitely be not only that go to experience for exfoliating my skin, (because this is what I need it for most) but my go to when I just want to relax. 


Overall Product Score: 4.8*



I also had the chance to try out a sample size of the Origins by Luxurience which I wanted to also quickly mention. It retails for $35.95 on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MHAOY2Q), and I think it is wonderful follow up product to go with the Erase Microdermabrasion Scrub, if your looking for a great anti-aging cream. I've had pretty good results with it so far. So, go check it out for yourself and for more information go here!  


I want to know! What do you think about Erase by Luxurience? Have you ever tried a Microdermabrasion Scrub? If not have you tried anything similar or gone to the spa? I love hearing your questions and comments. So, feel free to leave them below. 

Remember to Stay Beautiful, By Staying You! Until next time...

XOXO,
Amy


*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 Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Trophy Skin - Argan Stem Cell Serum + GIVEAWAY


Hello Everyone! I hope all of you reading are having a fantastic day so far. Today, I want to talk to you about a company I recently had the pleasure of working with, called Trophy Skin. They have an amazing new product they wanted me to try, which I will be reviewing called, Argan Stem Cell Serum! 

Who Is Trophy Skin?

From Their Site...

"Trophy Skin was founded in 2009 with the idea that costly in-office skincare treatments such as light therapy and microdermabrasion should be available to a larger demographic of people. Through medical spa and dermatologist inspiration, Trophy Skin has created a range of devices that are safe, effective, and easy to use for the average consumer. Our customers use Trophy Skin products in the comfort of their own home, on their own schedule, and at a fraction of the cost of expensive, in-office treatments.

Since 2009, we have introduced an array of home skincare products such as acne treatment, microdermabrasion, anti-aging and exfoliation. Each device is highly effective for its intended usage, and the customer reviews across the web are a great testament to this. Keep checking our website often for the latest and greatest in at-home beauty devices."
I really like the fact that you can get all sort's of products from their site that you would find usually in a spa or at the dermatologist. I especially am interested in their microdermabrasion set. They have a lot of amazing items that as a studying Esthetician fascinates me, and as a beauty blogger makes me want to try them all! haha. Seriously though, they are totally affordable especially if your one of those people who spend a lot of time at the dermatologist.  
To read more about them and look at their other products, you can do so by going here to their official site: http://trophyskin.com/
The Product/My Thoughts

Age-Defying
Soothe and rejuvenate your skin to flawless, firm and youthful by using daily as part of your skin care regimen. The Argan Stem Cell Serum stimulates the skin's natural repair process. The anti-aging treatment nourishes, protects, soothes and moisturizes the skin. It is safe and effective. Use morning and night.
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, and skin laxity
  • Ultra-High concentration of active ingredients
  • For daily use, or after MicrodermMD, Rejuvaderm MD, and Rejuvalite MD treatments
  • Fast-absorbing, protects and nourishes the skin
  • Tightens and Refines Pores
Reverse the Aging Process
Argan Stem Cell Serum, with advanced Stem Cell Therapy using plant stem cells derived from Argan Oil, is currently the most popular cell activation function in the beauty market. This treatment targets a deeper skin layer and stimulates the skin's self-repairing natural processes. It moisturizes deeply, thanks to the presence of hyaluronic acid, and restores the skin's firmness.
  • Boosts collagen and elastin production
  • Repairs Damaged & Problematic Skin
  • Increases skin density and firmness

When, I first started using this product I wasn't sure at what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I love the feel of it when I put it on my skin. It felt very refreshing, and different from other serum's that I have used in the past. As a beauty blogger I have used plenty of serums, there is something I really like about this one though compared to others. I love how it absorbs very quickly into the skin, and it is not sticky. I find a lot of serum's to be sticky and takes forever to rub in. This product however, is nothing like that. It also doesn't have a weird smell to it like some serum's do, I can barely smell anything at all. What I can smell is almost that of a minty smell.
Since I have been using it, I can tell a huge difference in my skin. My skin has a really nice young glow to it, and I have also noticed less dark circles. I also can tell my skin is more hydrated as well as a little bit softer. This is a big plus for me, because my skin was so flaky it was starting to really become a problem. The moisturizer alone I was using just didn't fully take care of the problem, however with the serum it gave it that extra boost it needed.
I would definitely recommend this serum. I can't wait to see how my skin will adhere to the serum in the future. However, so far it has been an amazing experience. If you wish to purchase this serum you can do so by going here: Buy Argan Stem Cell Serum. It is currently $39, however I have 2 things just for MY READERS! If you want to buy it now use the code:  ARGAN20 for 20% off
...or you can WIN one BELOW!

Overall Product Score: 4.5*


I want to know! What do you think about Trophy Skin? Have you ever tried an Argan Stem Cell Serum before? If not, have you tried anything similar? I love hearing your questions and comments. So, feel free to leave them below. 

XOXO,
Amy



Giveaway Disclosure: This giveaway begins on 11/19/2014 and ends on 12/03/2014.  You will win 1 bottle of the Argan Stem Cell Serum. Please US Only. Only 2 sets of entries per IP address. Allure By Amy - A Beautiful You is not responsible for the item being given away in the giveaway, Allure By Amy - A Beautiful You is only responsible for providing the information of the winner to Trophy Skin. (However, if you have any problems please contact me, and I will do my best to come to a solution).











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

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bullet Acne Aid GIVEAWAY


Remember when I told you about how wonderful the Bullet Acne Aid was? Well, they were so impressed with my post along with your feedback, that they have offered to throw a giveaway for us!! How awesome is that? 

They have so many different sizes. However, my favorite and the one I am giving away, is the 5 ML because it is the easiest one to not only carry, but carry in your pocket! I promise if you have ANY breakout's, you will absolutely love this.

To read my review on the Bullet Acne Aid, you can go here for a refresher: Bullet Acne Aid Review.


This giveaway begins on 11/18/2014 and ends on 12/02/2014.  You will win 1 5ml Bullet Acne Aid. Please US Only. Only 2 sets of entries per IP address. 

GOODLUCK!!!





Monday, November 17, 2014

Skin Ritual - Unrefined Organic Shea Butter


Greetings! Today, I want to talk to you about a wonderful new product, I recently had the chance to try from Skin Ritual. I have tried a lot of Shea Butter's in the past, but nothing to the degree and quality that Skin Ritual makes it. So, let's get started - shall we?

About The Product


From their website...

"Our all-natural unrefined Shea butter is nature's solution to skin problems. Obtained from the exotic Shea nut from West Africa, this butter is organically certified to the strictest standards of the Oregon Tilth (the world's most respected standard for organic quality). Filtered through a warm melting process removing any impurities, while maintaining all essential vitamins and healing benefits.

Use it for health, beauty, anti-aging, during pregnancy, on newborns - you name it! The "endless" list of skin problems that can be helped by our unrefined Shea butter is too long to include here. Let's just say if you have a skin condition, chances are organic Shea butter will help.

You can even use this unrefined Shea butter to protect against sun damage and prevent wrinkles as well as many other aging symptoms."

This organic Shea butter also works well for:
• Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
• Reactivating collagen synthesis
• Increasing skin elasticity and tone
• Eliminating a dull, grayish complexion
• Smoothing rough spots, including your heels!

I love that their product treat's all sorts of things from fine lines to even smoothing out rough spots. I also can appreciate the fact that it is certified by Oregon Tilth. I like knowing that the product I am using is not only good for my skin, but safe for my skin as well!

My Thoughts


When, I first received this item in the mail and took it out the box, the first thing I noticed was the packaging. The container it is in is a very well made container, and I thought the label's looked very professional. 

I have used unrefined Shea Butter's in the past, so I was expecting it to be sort of hard. However, Skin Ritual's Shea Butter was nothing like that. It was very creamy and soft. The first place I tried it out was my arms. The Shea Butter rubbed in very nicely and absorbed into my skin unlike other's I have tried. I was really impressed by this. Not only that, but it gave my skin a nice glow. Shea butter usually has such a greasy feel to it in my opinion. However, once I rubbed it in, it didn't feel that way at all.

I have been using it for awhile now, and I notice my skin is not only glowing, but so much softer! If you have tried all sort's of lotions and moisturizers for dry skin, then you have to try this product. I guarantee it will make your skin softer, because it certainly did mine. Another bonus, is that it doesn't clog your pores so you can pretty much use it anywhere!

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I took a picture of my skin after, I had been using it for a few days. I was starting to get really hard knuckles. but as you see here my skin is really soft. 

Skin Ritual's Shea Butter is priced at $19.95. Now, this may seem like a lot for just some body butter. However, you get a LOT of product. It is 16 fl oz container, and for me just one small spoon full covered my whole body! If you wish to purchase this product you can buy it through Amazon right now by going here: Buy Skin Ritual Shea Butter.


Overall Product Score: 4.0*


I want to know! What do you think about Skin Ritual Unrefined Organic Shea Butter? Have you ever tried Shea Butter before? If not why haven't you? I love hearing your questions and comments below. So, feel free to leave them below. 

Until next time... 
REMEMBER to stay BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU!
XOXO. 

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

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