Friday, July 31, 2015

100% Unrefined Africa Organic Shea Butter by BioFinest LLC.



I only recently discovered 100% Unrefined Africa Organic Shea Butter and it's amazing benefits for the skin.  100% Unrefined Africa Organic Shea Butter is rich in skin loving ingredients like Vitamins A, E & F and it can be used on any type of skin.  Even oily, blemish prone skin like mine since it non-comedogenic.
This 100% Unrefined Africa Organic Shea Butter by BioFinest LLC. is from Ghana, West Africa and is prepared by hand and then sent in bulk to the USA.  The texture is very thick and paste like and it has a nice nutty smell to it.  I love to use this as an all over body moisturizer.  Since it is in it's raw form I like to take some in my hands and melt it a little by rubbing it in between my hands and it quickly turns into a cream and then I apply it just as I would any other body cream.
The other way I like to use it is as an eye balm.  I usually only do this at night since it's so thick but I just take a small portion and warm it up in my hands and then apply all around my eyes and I wake up with really well hydrated skin and my fine lines also look more diminished.  It's amazing, especially since I can sometimes get really dry around my eyes so this stuff is a lifesaver.
This 100% Unrefined Africa Organic Shea Butter is very emollient and can make even the most rough, cracked heels super soft, it's pretty amazing stuff.  Plus, I like that it comes in the raw form so you can create your own customized lotions and creams by adding your own essential oils if you want to.


I love this Shea Butter and if you have ever wanted to try it out for your self now is your chance!  You can get more information or order some directly from Biofinest.com or you can also get it on Amazon.com...

 

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Organic Argan Oil by Jaowying Beauty



You already know how much I love my Argan Oil!  Well this Organic Argan Oil by Jaowying Beauty is pretty amazing.  In fact, it's so amazing I somehow managed to go through the entire 4 oz. bottle in less than a month!
I have been using this Organic Argan Oil for everything lately!  I was mainly using as an all over body moisturizer, which is probably why I went through it so fast but I just couldn't help myself.  I love the way this oil made my skin feel.  I would massage it into my skin after I got out of the shower and it made my dry and "had way too much sun" skin feel really hydrated, soft and silky.  Plus, that feeling would last throughout the entire next day too!  I also used it for for the ends of my hair to help with split ends and around my eyes to help minimize my fine lines.  Yep, it's a multi-tasking product for sure!
Needless to say, I loved this Organic Argan Oil by Jaowying Beauty!

You can pick up your own bottle of Organic Argan Oil by Jaowying Beauty on Amazon.com...

 

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20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid by CSCS



Here is another great serum I have been testing out!  This one is the 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid by CSCS.
This serum has the Vitamin C that I love and then they also added some Vitamin E!  It's a great, lightweight anti-aging serum that adds significant moisture to your skin with out leaving it feeling greasy.  All you get is soft, hydrated skin while the potent ingredients go to work on your fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet and the Vitamin C works to fade discoloration.
The 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid by CSCS is a great serum to use in the morning as your moisturizer since it wears well under makeup and you can also use it at night since it layers well with other serums and face creams!
You can pick up the 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid by CSCS on Amazon.com...

 

I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson. In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers. Press Sample. May Contain Affiliate Links. All Opinions Are My Own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Elderberry Extract by Norm's Farms



If you are an avid follower of my blog, GlamRiver then you already know that I am really big on supplements.  I despise prescriptions unless absolutely necessary and I think almost every condition can be treated and in some cases cured by what you consume.  Changing your diet and taking supplements is a much better and healthier way to go than taking a bunch of prescriptions!
For all the supplements I have tried I have never tried Elderberry Extract.  Elderberry Extract is full of antioxidants and is great for boosting your immune system and can even help with allergies (which I have)!  I don't know if all Elderberry Extract is tastes as good as this one from Norm's Farms but this stuff is delicious!  I just usually take it straight just because it's that good.  It has a soft sweet taste and it does not have any added alcohol, sugars or other artificial sweeteners.

However, I don't know if this defeats the purpose but I have to confess, I actually used this Elderberry Extract to make a super yummy Elderberry Martini!  I just wanted to share in case you wanted to enjoy one yourself! Your welcome!

You can find this Elderberry Extract at Normsfarms.com and of course you can also pick it up on Amazon.com...

 

 I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson. In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers. Press Sample. May Contain Affiliate Links. All Opinions Are My Own.

Yu-Be Skincare Products



I was lucky enough to be selected to test out these really amazing products from Yu-Be!  They are a line of skincare products that were invented by Japanese pharmacist Yoshikiyo Nowatari,  Yu-Be is a Glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor.  It’s the uniquely high Glycerin content (achieved through a special manufacturing process in Japan), which makes Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream so effective on serious dry skin and what makes it such a unique skincare line.

Since I have oily and blemish prone skin I usually don't use a product that I would use on my body on my face, for obvious reasons.  However, this is one product that I made an exception for!  The scrub is made with fine grains of rice bran combine with bamboo and gentle cleansing agents.  Once mixed with water it turns into an amazing foaming scrub that gently washes away dry and dead skin.  It also contains extracts of ginger root and ginseng which help tone and balance out the skin, while green tea, geranium oil and camphor that leave skin feeling soothed and refreshed.  Overall, skin looks and feels more clean and soft without stripping it of essential oils, which is why I felt it was the perfect product for me to try out on both my face and the rest of my body and I am so glad I did!  It's like getting a double duty product!

This Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream ended up being another double duty product!  I think this is their most popular product and I can see why.
This is a Glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor and those skin saving ingredients helps moisturize, condition, soothe and even protect skin.  You can use it to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to treat minor skin irritations.  It's comparable to the Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream but without the Petroleum!  I ended up using this on my face for a post-peel skin moisturizer and protectant and I really feel like it helped soothe my irritated skin AND helped it heal faster.  Plus, I used it to help soothe and heal a sunburn that I had.  This is a product that I will keep in my purse so I have it all times, it's that good!



I am a die hard Burt's Bees Original Lip Balm fan.  I probably have at least 5 on hand at all times and have them stashed everywhere.  I can never be without lip balm!  I have tried a million different kinds of lip balms but I always go back to my Burt's Bees.  This is the first lip balm that I have tried in a long time that just might make be switch.  I think I like it so much because it is similar to Burt's Bees but dare I say...maybe better?  This Yu-Be Lip Balm may actually be more moisturizing than the Burt's Bees.  I don't find myself applying it as often as I do the Burt's Bees Lip Balm so that must mean something!  It completely soothes and moisturizes dry and chapped lips using Vitamin E and Camphor.  Great product!


You can purchase these and other Yu-Be Skincare products directly from their website and you can also find them on Amazon.com...

        

 I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson. In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers. Press Sample. May Contain Affiliate Links. All Opinions Are My Own.

Good Mood Tea from Culinary Teas



I have a slight obsession with Tea.  I guess there are worse things to have, right?  That being said I am pretty picky about my Tea.  Nothing but the best for me!
This Good Mood Tea from Culinary Teas is super delish!  Like the name says, it really does seem to put you in a good mood.  Tea does all kinds of amazing things for your body and mind depending on what kind of blend you drink and of course it helps when that tea is comprised of quality ingredients.
I am not sure if it's the hint of dark chocolate from the organic cacao nibs that helps put you in a Good Mood but whatever it is, I love it!  It tastes great AND puts a smile on my face!

(Photo courtesy of Culinary Teas)

You can find this Good Mood Tea and other fine teas at CulinaryTeas.com...

I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson. In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers. Press Sample. May Contain Affiliate Links. All Opinions Are My Own.

Antioxidant Serum by Adeline



I have been so blessed that I have been able to test out so many great skincare products lately and I am happy to be sharing all of those products with my readers!!  
Here is a new product by Adeline...this is a Antioxidant Serum that contains two of my favorite anti-aging skincare ingredients, 20% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid!  
I have been using this serum primarily around my eyes, on my neck, decollete and shoulders and so far I am really impressed.  It has a fairly typical consistency for a serum and it melts into skin immediately upon application leaving it feeling nourished and soft and silky to the touch.
Plus, the Hyaluronic Acid smooths away those annoying fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet and the Vitamin C helps even out skin tone giving skin a more youthful look overall.  #KillTheCrow!


I love that Adeline doesn't use fragrance or harsh chemicals in their products, which means they do not use parabens and they are also a Cruelty Free company!
You can check out other products from Adeline at AdelineSkincare.com and you can also purchase them on Amazon.com...

 

I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson. In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers. Press Sample. May Contain Affiliate Links. All Opinions Are My Own.

Rock n Roller by Rocktape



I have been using Foam Rollers for a couple years now.  I'm actually not sure how I ever lived without one.  This Rock n Roller by Rocktape takes Foam Rolling to a whole new level because it's covered in these little bumps that help to massage your muscle as your roll it back and forth.  Most Foam Rollers are smooth and don't have this added feature.  Not only that but the end caps open for additional storage, it comes with a carrying strap and a Foam Rolling Movement Manifesto which contains helpful information to educate users about Foam Rolling.
This Rock n Roller helps palpitate muscle tissue instead of compressing it and it helps release tight fascia, helps relax muscles and it even improves blood flow.  For me Foam Rolling is one of those "hurts so good" kind of things.  It hurts but at the same time it's giving you relief so it also feels amazing all at the same time.
If you have not tried Foam Rolling I highly recommend it and I highly recommend this Rock n Roller by Rocktape!  This a very well constructed Foam Roller and is made from quality materials.

(Photo courtesy of Rocktape)

You can grab yourself a Rock n Roller by Rocktape on Amazon.com...

 

I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson. In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers. Press Sample. May Contain Affiliate Links. All Opinions Are My Own.

Retinol Cream by Amara Organics



If you haven't started using Retinol in your skincare routine yet then you should start now!  Retinol is probably one of the best anti-aging products on the market and for a good reason.  There are so many benefits from using Retinol because it basically speeds up cell turnover and that means you are constantly revealing new skin.  This process helps fade hyperpigmentation issues and acne scars and it helps smooth out skin texture as well, including fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet.  It also helps unplug clogged pores which translates to fewer breakouts!
I use the Retinol Cream by Amara Organics as part of my nighttime skincare routine only.  I don't use it in my morning skincare routine because it's revealing new skin and I don't want to subject that to any sun damage.  This Retinol Cream by Amara Organics is great for all skin types, even my oily, blemish-prone skin.  In addition to the Retinol it also contains skin loving ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter to help soothe, hydrate and nourish skin.
This is a lightweight cream that can easily be layered with other skincare products!  Great product that delivers great results!

I am a HUGE fan of Amara Organics products and I think by now I have tried just about all of them and they ALL deliver great results!  I highly recommend any of their products.  Amara Organics only uses only the best, natural plant-based ingredients available, with no parabens, no alcohol, and no animal testing!
Go to AmaraOrganics.com to purchase or if you would like more information.  You can also purchase their products on Amazon...

 

I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson.  In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers.  Press Sample.  May Contain Affiliate Links.  All Opinions Are My Own.

Creatine by Natura Formulas



I only recently discovered the awesome benefits of taking a Creatine Monohydrate supplement thanks to Natura Formulas.  Creatine helps promote muscle growth, increases fat burning, enhances endurance, decreases fatigue and can even help decrease muscle soreness.  This Creatine by Natura Formulas is a great quality supplement that comes in a white powder form.  I really feel like it has really helped me through out my workout process and it will be something that I continue to take from now on.
It's pretty much tasteless so you can mix it with water but I like to add a scoop to my morning smoothie and then I will just add it to the water than I drink throughout the day.

The recommended dosage is as follows:

As a dietary supplement, begin use with the loading phase. Take one (1) scoop three times a day, morning, afternoon and evening, with meals. Take one (1) additional scoop before going to bed. Continue loading three times a day and before bed for five (5) consecutive days for enhanced results.

After loading phase, continue with a maintenance phase. Take one (1) scoop with a meal or immediately after workout, with post-workout shake. It is recommended to drink 2L of water daily for optimal results.
I also highly recommend their Branch-Chain Amino Acids!  Go to NaturaFormulas.com for more information and you can purchase it on Amazon.com...

 
 I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson.  In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers.  Press Sample.  May Contain Affiliate Links.  All Opinions Are My Own.

MagiCream Neck & Face Wrinkle Cream by Asana



At 42 years old a big concern of mine is aging so I LOVE to test out anti-aging products.  I just recently started to really use cream specifically for my neck (oh how I wish I would have started years ago!  I mean. I have always used my general moisturizer on my neck and decollete but being that I have oily skin the moisturizers that I use are pretty lightweight.
I have loved testing out this MagiCream Neck & Face Wrinkle Cream by Asana!  It's a fairly thick cream, which is exactly what I look for in a neck cream.  Even though the cream is on the thicker side it still absorbs really well and leaves skin feeling soft and silky.  I have been applying this cream twice a day to my neck, decollete and my arms and have really noticed a difference in the texture and appearance of my skin!  Two thumbs up!!


I have become of pretty big fan of Asana Beauty products since I have now been able to try out several of them and I have had great results with all of them.  Go to Asanabeauty.com for more information or to purchase the MagiCream Neck & Face Wrinkle Cream by Asana or any of the other Asana Beauty products I have reviewed!  You can also purchase it on Amazon.com...

 

 I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson.  In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers.  Press Sample.  May Contain Affiliate Links.  All Opinions Are My Own.

Eyelash Growth Serum by Asana



Have you tried an Eyelash Growth product yet? I will admit I was skeptical about those types of products but now that I have tried a few and I super happy to report that they work!
Most recently, I have been testing out this Eyelash Growth Serum by Asana and I am really impressed with my results. Not only are my lashes longer but they are thicker as well. Plus. it seems like I have more eyelashes as well. I am not sure if that's possible but my lashes just look & feel so much more healthy and full.
The key to serums like this Eyelash Growth Serum by Asana is that you have to stick with it and be patient. Sometimes it can take several weeks before you really notice a difference. However, it is worth the wait! For best results I recommend using twice a day. My next test is going to be on my eyebrows.  I have naturally thin eyebrows and I would love to have thicker brows and this serum is supposed to work for brows too so I am hoping it works as well as it did on my lashes!

Go to Asanabeauty.com to purchase or for more information and you can also find it on Amazon.com...

 

 I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review using Tomoson.  In some cases, I may have received a small fee to review a product.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I believe will be good for my readers.  Press Sample.  May Contain Affiliate Links.  All Opinions Are My Own.