August 31, 2014

Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum | Review + Giveaway





I am a huge believer in taking care of my skin, even though I am young, its never too early to give it some TLC! That's exactly what I get from using this Dr Song Vitamin C Serum.

I cannot comment about what it does for wrinkles, age spots, etc since I don't have those. I am using this as a bit of a supplement for my skin. I use this about 3-4 times a week before bed on a freshly cleansed face. A small amount goes a long way. I dot it in 5 places on my face (forehead, nose, chin, and both cheeks. I gently give myself a face massage, using the serum as my slip, and working it into my skin. I have somewhat sensitive skin, and I have never had any issues with this at all.

Personally I haven't noticed any life changing results while using this, except that my skin just seems to be more radiant and glowing. It has that healthy youthful appearance. I am happy with it thus far!


Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum contains 20% vitamin c, also with vitamin e, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera. 



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August 30, 2014

Beauty By Shea Raw Organic Unfiltered Shea Butter | Review + Giveaway




I love using shea butter, it has so many uses, and treats so many things! It is truly a universal product!

Shea Butter is an essential part of my daily routine. I use it in the shower, after the shower, at night on my hair, any place on my body that is dry, and I even add it in to my body scrubs and lip scrubs. Being that this is organic, raw, and unrefined, I find that the natural health benefits from it are by far better than any store bought product that may contain shea butter.

Some examples of how I use this.
-Lip Scrubs. When I am making a natural lip scrub I take sugar, honey, and shea butter. Leaves my lips exfoliate, clean, and super moisturized.
-Hair Mask. I take some of this, and mix it in with a little bit of olive oil, and place it on my hair. I let it sit there for at least a half hour, and sometimes I will even let it sit on overnight. Wash out in the morning, and hello gorgeous soft, shiny hair!
-After Shower. When I get out of the shower, I immediately grab this shea butter, and put it on all over my skin. Locks in the moisture, and leaves my skin so soft.





The amount you get is sure to last you quite a long time. Shea Butter doesn't really have an expiration date, and it remains in even better stature if you place it in the fridge after opening. Therefore the value of shea butter from Beauty By Shea is outstanding!

I love this shea butter, and use it quite often. 5 stars from me! 


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August 29, 2014

Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle | Review





I am in the process of beginning a weight loss journey, so drinking water is a HUGE part of my new routine. With this Hydracentials water bottle, I can put ice cold water in it, and have it remain cold for hours. I can carry it with me anywhere, and get the amount of water needed daily.

The design of the bottle is nice. Sleek, and simple. I like that it has a straw inside, so you can just flip down the spout, and drink. No need to tip the bottle up. The bottle fits in my car cup holder with no problem, but the water bottle is on the taller side, so for some people that might be a problem. However I manage with it just fine. As I mentioned above, it has a straw inside, and a flip down spout out the outside, which is fantastic. However I found that if the water bottle gets tipped upside down, your beverage will leak out of straw and out of the flip spout. So very important to keep it standing upright.

I have placed cold beverages in this container, and the outside doesn't too cold. Liquids stayed cold for at least 4 hours when I use it. Also, on the bottom of the bottle is a foam type of material to prevent the water bottle from slipping around on slick surfaces.

Overall this is a good water bottle. It serves its purpose, and it keeps your beverage at the proper temp. If you plan to use this for sports, or something along those lines where it stands a better chance at tipping over, then I wouldn't recommend it since it tends to spill. However if you are looking for an everyday water bottle, this one is fantastic!


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August 27, 2014

OPI AvoJuice Coconut Melon Hand & Body Lotion | Review



I tend to suffer from dry skin, therefore I am always searching for a great body lotion to use that works well. This OPI AvoJuice does just that! It truly is a skin quencher!

First, the smell of this, the Coconut Melon is simply wonderful. Very tropical beachy smelling. It starts off very coconut smelling, then kind of ends with notes of melon. Great combo, this is fantastic to use after showering.

The lotion itself is very hydrating. It is kind of on the thinner consistency side. It only takes less than a minute or so to soak into your skin. It doesn't leave a greasy or slick feeling. The scent tends to last on the skin for quite a while after.

I absolutely love using this throughout the day. The bottle is a bit too large to take in my everyday purse, however I put some in a smaller jar and I can easily take it with me. The packaging of the bottle is very nice, I love that it has a pump, so it is mess free, and much more sanitary. All around it is a great body lotion! My hands, elbows, and legs are super soft thanks to using the OPI AvoJuice!

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August 26, 2014

Adovia Natural Facial Moisturizer | Review




I suffer from dry skin, especially around my eye brows, and corners of my nose. Therefore I must use a moisturizer daily to help my skin not only look amazing, but also feel amazing as well. I have been using this daily since I got it in the mail!

The moisturizer is on the thicker side when it comes to lotions and such, however it is no where near the thickness of a body butter or anything. It's the perfect consistency in my opinion. After washing my face, I apply 4 small dots of this all over my face, and quickly rub it in. I let it set for 5 minutes before I start doing my makeup or anything else. It absorbs quickly into my skin without leaving any greasy or slick feeling which I love. My skin looks fantastic once applied, and lately I find myself not wearing any foundation during the day, the moisturizer keeps my dry skin flake free.

If you are in the market for a moisturizer, and perhaps are like me and have dry skin, I give this my recommendation. I haven't had any problems with it at all, and it has not broken out my sensitive skin. Overall I am very pleased with this moisturizer!


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Natural Sleep X | Review




I sometimes get stuck in a strange sleep pattern that will last for days, or weeks. I will twist, turn, and wake up around the same time every night. On the weekends this is fine since I can sleep in. But during the work week, I need my rest. Since using these, my sleep pattern has greatly improved!

Once I have a night where I sleep bad, the next night I will take 1 or 2 of these Natural Sleep X pills, and I will sleep like a baby! My body tends to easily get fixed on a routine, so when I have a rough nights sleep, the rest of the week will be like that. Now since taking these, I will sleep well, and the routine of the bad sleep is broken. I sleep so comfortably after taking these, and I wake up feeling refreshed, and not groggy.

I have had to use these 3 times since they arrived so far, and each time they worked perfectly for me. I haven't had any side effects, or issues with them. I am very satisfied with these, and they are a lifesaver when I need to adjust my sleep pattern.


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August 24, 2014

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil | Review





I have used Tea Tree Oil for years, and love it!

I was very lucky to test out the Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil. In the past I have used it in many various ways. So to put this one to the test, I used it both on my skin, hair, and in the home.

Skin- During the summer I tend to get a heat rash in the area where my bra rests on my skin. It is just one of those things that happens. I had gotten a bit of a heat rash prior to getting this in the mail, and was having a heck of a time finding a product to clear it up. When this arrived, I gave it a shot. Using a cotton ball, I applied a tiny amount to the rash twice daily. Within 3 days my heat rash was cleared up. I have since used this on a few acne spots, and it dried my pimples up in about 24 hours.

Hair- I color my hair regularly, and this wrecks havoc on my scalp. To combat this, I placed some of the tea tree oil on my fingertips and massaged it into my scalp. I do this at night before I go to bed. Within a week my scalp is flake free, and it just feels very fresh, clean and fantastic! A few times a week I add a drop into my shampoo, and use it all over my hair. Just makes my hair feel tingly clean.

Home- This is great to use around the house to clean. I use this to clean my fridge, I add a few drops into the water I wash the floors with, and I use it to wash the counter tops, and table tops. Cleans and disinfects wonderfully without being a harsh dangerous chemical. It leaves a nice scent afterwards, kinda earthy, leafy, natural scent.

Tea Tree Oil is fantastic to keep around the house, so many uses it is well worth the money!


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August 23, 2014

TheraVita Paradise Pure Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil | Review





I am a HUGE lover of coconut oil, and have used many different kinds, by many different brands. This one by TheraVita has to be the worst.

I use coconut oil in cooking, baking, skincare, and etc. I know what to expect with it, and how to use it. I was very excited to try this one since I use coconut oil so much, it's nice to try out different brands that make it. The container came in a large white plastic canister. The canister was wrapped almost completely in sealed plastic. Worked for me. Once I took off the plastic I noticed a very strong plastic chemical type of scent, and figured it was just the outer plastic that smelled like that. I twisted off the lid, the safety seal inside was completely 100% unsealed. Then I held the open container up to my nose and all I could smell was that same plastic chemical scent. Being that I am a blogger and product tester, I did what is expected, and took a spoon and dug out a little bit of the coconut oil, and sampled it. The taste was exactly the same as the smell. Absolutely horrid.

There is no way that I can cook, bake, or use this on my skin. I wouldn't want to. From what it seems, this container must be old, this is a batch gone bad or had some sort of malfunction during shipment. Something just isn't right.

I cannot recommend this at all unfortunately.


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TheraVita TheraRelief | Review





I tend to suffer from back pain, and on occasion, pain in my feet (I stand on concrete quite a bit at work). I most often have to use a pain relief cream at night just to get some comfort so I can have a good nights rest. I have tried this over and over, on different locations on my body, and sadly I didn't feel any worth while results.

I used this on my back, neck, shoulder and feet. I liked that the cream didn't have much of a scent, and was natural. The cream was on the thicker side, and wasn't greasy at all. It quickly absorbs into the skin, doesn't just sit there. I applied a normal amount to various locations mentioned above, and waited to feel the pain minimize. However I never experienced that. Perhaps it could be the batch that I have, or it just doesn't work for me and my body. Either way, I really can't give it much of a review.

Because it didn't work for me, I have to give it a low rating.


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August 21, 2014

Bella & Bear Hair She Goes Hair Removal Kit | Review



SAVE 25% OFF THIS KIT WITH COUPON CODE "Courtney". Valid thru Dec 31, 2014.

I absolutely love this hair removal kit by Bella and Bear! Plus it's pink, so that's even better!

When I first saw this kit, I was honestly intimidated. The wand itself I wasn't too sure about. It looked like it could either do some serious damage, or not work at all. Thankfully I gave it a shot. The wand is super easy to use. Simply bend, and twist the ends and move in an upward motion. The hairs are removed quickly. I won't say that it is painless, however it is no different than plucking. On a pain scale, 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, this would be a 2. Maybe a 3 if in a sensitive area. Really it is nothing.



The wand removes the hairs from the root, and unlike many other methods, this doesn't leave redness or bumps. Also included in the kit is a pair of really nice tweezers. These are great for any strays that the wand may have missed, or small areas where you cannot get the wand in. Both the wand and tweezers are made of great quality, and feel very sturdy and durable. No complaints at all!

Overall I am absolutely in love with this kit. This is a must have if you are looking for a easy way to remove unwanted hair!


Features
✓ Quick and Easy Hair Removal
✓ No Irritation from messy creams and waxes
✓ Comes complete with Tweezers for complete hair removal
✓ Suitable for use on upper lip hair, chin, cheeks and jawlines, the Hair She Goes has it all covered.
✓ Long lasting results, remain hair free for up to 5 weeks.


How To Use The Hair Remover Tool
✓ Holding the Hair Remover in each hand bend into U-shape and place on face
✓ Slowly rotate the rubber handles in both directions whilst gently moving the remover in an upwards motion
✓ Thats it, its really that simple. For removing the odd stray use the included Tweezers
✓ Great for travel, No mess No Fuss
Voila, Fuzz Free Face!
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Herbtheory Urinary Tract Herbal Supplement | Review




I tend to suffer from UTI’s quite often, as do many of the women in my family. Just one of those things. I am constantly trying to find ways to help prevent them, and I am so glad that I was introduced to these. Since taking these, I have not had a UTI, or had any of the pre-symptoms that I would get. The best part is its so easy. Instead of having to guzzle down cranberry juice, I can take this supplement, and know that I am taking care of my urinary tract. Vegan, Gluten-free, Wild-crafted herbs, Non-GMO Project Verified.


I am still using this product, and I will update if there are any changes. So far all seems to be working perfectly! I have recommended this to my family and friends, and I recommend it to any woman who like many of us suffers from these yucky urinary tract problems.

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August 18, 2014

BA STAR Tropical Eye Shadow Palette | Review + Swatches




Those of you who have been following my blog for a while might remember a review I did of BA Star Pro Makeup a few months ago. I was able to try their Spicy Natural Eye Shadow Palette, and loved it. So today I am back with another review of the Tropical Eye Shadow Palette! 

Unlike the natural palette, this tropical palette features bright and lively colors, perfect for dancers, cheerleaders, or the everyday girl who just likes a pop of color! Each of the shadows is highly pigmented, and glides on the skin beautifully. The finish of the shadows is on the frosty, velvety side. Featured in the top photo, you can also buy their primer which helps the colors stay on the skin longer and make the colors even more enhanced! 

Since the colors are a bit bright for me to wear on my full eyelid, I used these as a accent color on my lower lid. These were perfect for adding a splash of color into a boring everyday neutral look. On the next use, on a day when I was off from work, I decided to play around with this palette and just create a editorial high fashion type of look, with wild crazy makeup. This palette was perfect for this. As I said above, dancers, cheerleaders, actors/actresses I could see really benefiting from this Tropical Eye Shadow Palette. 


Below are the swatches from this palette, and I will disclose that I am not using any sort of base or primer. This is the raw look of how these shadows look on bare skin.


I really am a huge fan of BA Star and their eye shadow palettes. Quality products at amazing prices. I cannot recommend this palette enough!

Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream | Review



I am 25 years old, and although I don't have wrinkles (yet!), I do suffer from dry skin, especially around my eye brow / upper eye area. Normally trying to find a product to use for my dry skin that is safe to use around the eyes is very hard to find. However this eye cream is just that, made to be used around the eyes. So I feel a lot better using it on my dry patches around my eyes.

To use, I simply take a pea size amount, and place it on the spots where I suffer dryness. I do this on freshly washed and cleansed skin. The pea sized amount is enough to use on both of my eye areas where I get the dry flaky patches. I let it set for 5 minutes, then I can proceed with the rest of my skincare routine. Since using this, I have noticed that the dry spots aren't near as flaky, or red. I don't have that itchy feeling either anymore.


From The Company: "We've packed in cutting edge peptides like Matrixyl-3000 and Tripeptide-5 with an ocean based Retinol and botanical Hyaluronic Acid. We know that's not enough – so we've added lots of antioxidants, organic vitamins and minerals, pure plant oils and botanical actives – Aloe, Witch Hazel, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin C, Cucumber, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Tamanu Oil, Green Tea, Licorice, Eyebright, Avocado Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Lemon, Lemongrass, Vitamin B5, Lavender and Chamomile (to name just a few!)."

I use this about 3-4 times a week now, and I still have plenty of product left in the tube to use. The only reason why this isn't getting a full 5 stars is simply due to the price. While it is currently on sale as I write this review, it is still a bit more expensive than what I would like to pay for it. I have used other products in the past that have helped me out equally to this one, but were a good $8-$10 cheaper with the same amount of product. If the price was a bit more competitive to others that I have seen and used on the market, this rating would go up to 5 stars!





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August 16, 2014

Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets And Modern Solutions | Review + Giveaway
























Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets And Modern Solutions is a must read for anyone who loves all things beauty. This book not only gives you a taste of history, and backgrounds on how prior cultures and civilizations regarded beauty, and their techniques. Rachelle Weisberger, the author of this book, shows you how to bring those traditional methods into your beauty routine and make them modern. The book also shares tips with inner beauty, including recipes to beautify your insides!

As most of you know I love makeup, skincare, and food. This book touched on each of those, and really opened my eyes to some amazing new tricks to try to improve my natural beauty. Timeless methods women have used, many of which I had never even heard of. Rachelle writes the book in a way that not only gives you the "scientific" reasoning behind certain methods, but she also shares the beauty secrets that perhaps mothers pass along to daughters and etc. The book includes so many tips and tricks for your makeup, skincare, hair, aging, jewelry, motherhood, and all things feminine related. I have found many new tips that have helped me so much. For example, I have dry skin, and I never knew what sort of moisturizer would give me the best results. Rachelle answered my question in this, and gave me many ingredients I should be looking for in the products I am using to really help my dry skin. I also learned how to control my sometimes frizzy hair, what could be causing it, and what to look for in hair products I'm using that could be hurting my hair.

I also like that this book, while it does have some biblical references in it, isn't all just about the bible or religion. I am an Atheist, and I read this book with no problem. I didn't feel like this book was pushing religion, or any sort of thing like that. There are references as I said, but for the most part, the book is about beauty.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and soaking up all it had to offer. Rachelle did a wonderful job at combining ancient beauty practices with modern tricks. If you or someone you know is into beauty, this book is a must read!

Rachelle Weisberger
Author, Speaker, Beauty Expert & Lifestyle Coach 







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August 15, 2014

#Cartwheel Coupon Deal! | Save On Purex!


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This coupon is valid until August 30, 2014.

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