Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Performance Peel AP25 by Exuviance


I'm probably a little biased when it comes to Exuviance products but it's really only because they actually work.  I love testing out their products because they tend to go above and beyond my expectations and this Performance Peel AP25 is no exception.
Just twice a week is all you need to even out skin tone, smooth texture and it also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  I've used a lot of different peels over the years and this one is very gentle and a great choice if your a new to the "peel" phenomenon.  
This peel contains a 25% blend of AHAs and PHAs including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone that helps exfoliate dead skin cells and speed up the process of cell renewal which results in healthier and younger looking skin.  However, it's gentle and there is no down time.  You may experience some flaking as the dull, dead skin begins to slough off but that is the only side effect I experienced.
If you struggle with uneven skin tone, breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles, dull and textured skin you will definitely benefit from this Performance Peel AP25.  I noticed a difference in my skin even after the first use, it just seemed to be a bit brighter.  Since I use acids on face on a semi regular basis I had the most significant results on mt decollete where I tend to have more Melasma.  Within just a few weeks my decollete has become more smooth, even toned, clearer and brighter. 

Here is some great examples of the results after 4 weeks of twice weekly use....

If your looking to really revitalize and rejuvenate your skin within just a couple of weeks then I highly recommend you combine this Performance Peel AP25 by Exuviance twice a week along with daily use of their Purifying Cleansing Gel and Evening Restorative Complex.  I like to call this the triple threat treatment!  Try it out and you will thank me later!!

You can find the Performance Peel AP25 by Exuviance on their website.  It retails for $77.00 and contains 12 peels which is a 6 week supply.


This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Monday, January 23, 2017

VivSlim Premium Weight Loss Capsule


I'm all for loosing weight the old-fashioned way, through diet and exercise but if I can take a supplement that will help ensure a more successful outcome then I am all about that too!
For the most part I usually have fairly good success with supplements that promise to help curb your appetite, boost energy and speed up metabolism.  So, for the past month I've been testing out this supplement, VivSlim Premium Weight Loss Capsule that promises to do just that and maybe even a little more.  
The VivSlim Premium Weight Loss Capsule has great reviews and seems to work for a lot of people however, for some reason it just didn't seem to do for me what it's done for others.  However, it did help me loose about 5 pounds over the last 4 weeks which I'm really happy about but it's not the 15-20 that I was hoping for.

This supplement is formulated with some potent ingredients like Lotus Leaf, Bitter Orange Fruit, Konjac Root, Cassia Seed which work together to help suppress the appetite, speed up metabolism and cleanse the bowels, among other things.  I definitely think that it does all of those things so in that regard it does work.  It just may be a little bit of a stretch so say you can loose up to 25 lbs in 4 weeks.  I think the only way that would be possible is if your bowels were seriously backed up and then you would just be looking at loosing waste weight, not actual fat loss.

If similar supplements like this VivSlim Premium Weight Loss Capsule seem to work for you too then this one is worth checking out.  Another thing that I liked about this supplement is that you can take it on an empty stomach.  I have a fairly sensitive stomach so I usually have to eat before I take any supplements but I was able to take this one first thing in the morning without it upsetting my stomach.  I think a lot of people have the same sensitivity issues when it comes to supplements like this so if that's you then that would be another reason to check this one out!
You can find VivSlim Premium Weight Loss Capsule on their website and it retails for $59.99 for a one month supply.

This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Retinol Cream by Joyal Beauty


I think everyone over the age of 25 should be using Retinol in their skincare routine.  The key is finding one that works for your skin type and that is gentle enough to use everyday.  Thankfully there a lot of great choices on the market these days and this one from Joyal Beauty is one of them!
This Retinol Cream by Joyal Beauty contains just the right amount of Retinol so that it can be used everyday without irritating your skin.  Plus, it also contains skin healing ingredients like Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Argan Oil and Organic Herbs to help soothe and soften skin.  It's basically the perfect Retinol Night Cream!
As a general rule Retinol products should only be used in the evening since it can make skin ultra sensitive to sunlight.  However, I use Retinol products on my decollete on a regular basis.  As long as I am wearing clothing that is covering the area and I don't plan on spending any time out in the sun.  Of course, I always use a sunscreen anytime I am using a Retinol product.  I want to make sure that I'm protecting my new rejuvenated skin!
Retinol can help with a multitude of skin issues from hyperpigmentation and acne to fine lines and wrinkles.  Depending on how damaged your skin is you could see results overnight or it may take a couple of weeks before you start to see the benefits.  Either way your skin will end up looking softer, smoother, even toned and even a little younger!
I get the best results when I use Retinol products like this Retinol Cream by Joyal Beauty on a regular basis for about 12 weeks and then take a break for a couple of weeks before I start up again.  My skin tends to become somewhat immune to the Retinol if I use it too much.  It just works best for my skin when I take breaks in between usage.

If you've been wanting to incorporate a Retinol product into your skincare routine but weren't sure where to start then this Retinol Cream by Joyal Beauty would be a great choice!  It's contains quality ingredients, it works and it's also budget friendly at $24.95 for 1.7 ounces.  You can find this and other Joyal Beauty products over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Vitamin C Moisturizer by InstaNatural



I've been using InstaNatural products on and off for a couple of years now I love that they are growing and evolving and I especially love being able to test out their latest products.  InstaNatural quickly became a brand that I gravitated towards.  They use quality, natural ingredients and they make some amazing budget friendly skincare products!
The last couple of weeks I've been using their Vitamin C Moisturizer and I've really been liking how it makes my skin look and feel.  This is a great, everyday moisturizer that I would recommend for all skin types.  It's lightweight and it's quickly absorbed which makes it great for wearing under makeup.
This moisturizer is just easy, in the best way possible.  You can use it as your daily moisturizer or you could even use it as a night cream if you are wanting to simply your evening skincare routine.
The Vitamin C Moisturizer by InstaNatural does everything you want it to.  It's nourishing without being heavy and it makes your skin feel hydrated and soft.  Plus, it contains the power of Vitamin C along with Hyaluronic Acid, Sunflower Oil and Niacinamide which all help treat and prevent signs of aging while helping skin to look brighter and more radiant!



If your looking for a nice, light moisturizer for everyday use then this would be the prefect moisturizer for you!  You can find more detailed information on this and other InstaNatural products  on InstaNatural.com.  You can also find this and other awesome InstaNatural products over on Amazon.com... 

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Evening Restorative Complex by Exuviance


I am definitely biased when it comes to any product by Exuviance.  I can't help it.  Every Exuviance product that I have ever tried I've loved.  Just like this Evening Restorative Complex.  Over the past couple weeks it has quickly become a favorite and find myself reaching for night after night.  There is also definitely a reason why it's an Exuviance customer favorite!  After just the first use my skin looked renewed.  It really does help transform skin overnight!
As the product name would suggest this is a nighttime treatment that really restores skin while you sleep.  Created with potent anti-aging ingredients like Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA), Gluconolactone and Lactobionic Acid just to name a few.  It also has a wonderful blend of botanicals which all work together to help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth textured skin, plump, firm, lighten, brighten and give skin an overall rejuvenated look and feel.

Based on clinical results after using the Evening Restorative Complex by Exuviance for 4 weeks...
87% of users felt softer, more supple skin 
82% of users experienced increased elasticity
82% reported an improvement in fine lines

Even though I am 43 my skin still tends to be on the oilier side and some night treatments can be too thick and a bit much for my skin which can lead to breakouts.  However, this Evening Restorative Complex feels like a lightweight lotion, absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling hydrated and soft.  Plus, it's non-comedogenic, dermatologist and allergy tested and also Paba-Free so it's safe for all skin types!  If you have problematic skin and tend to avoid nighttime treatments because of similar issues then I would totally recommend you give this a try!  Make sure to apply to freshly washed skin and don't forget your neck and decollete.  I promise you won't be disappointed and I bet you will notice a difference in your skin after just one night!  Yes, it's that good!

For even more impressive results I recommend using this Evening Restorative Complex in combination with the Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel and the Performance Peel AP25.  Together, these products have helped my skin look more clear, even toned and my skin texture has vastly improved as well.
Look for the Evening Restorative Complex by Exuviance on their website .  It retails for $48.00 for 1.75 ounces.


This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Triple Firming Neck Cream by NeoStrata


At 43 it's definitely time for me to start worrying abut my neck and the wrinkles that are starting to make their presence known.  I also couldn't think of a better skincare brand than NeoStrata to lead me down the path of a younger looking neck!
I consider NeoStrata a clinical brand and by that I mean that their products have clinically proven ingredients and provide results similar or better than to doctor prescribed skincare.  Basically, I have tried enough Neostrata products to know that I will get the results that I am after.
This Triple Firming Neck Cream by NeoStrata is everything that you would want in a neck cream and then some.  Formulated with impressive clinical strength ingredients like NeoCitriate®, NeoGlucosamine®  and Pro-Amino Acid which work synergistically to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and enhance and encourage new collagen.  That means a newer, younger and brighter looking skin.  Skin looks and feels softer, smoother, even toned and more firm.  Say goodbye to hyperpigmentation and loose sagging skin!
Thankfully, I have taken pretty good care of my skin over the years so my neck still looks fairly good for my age but I am all about prevention and I am so happy to have this Triple Firming Neck Cream by NeoStrata in my skincare arsenal.  Plus, it's not just for your neck...in the words of Caroline Hirons...."take it to the tits!".  This stuff works like a dream on the decollete as well.  I have Melasma and it can get pretty bad in my decollete area and this cream has really helped lighten those annoying spots of pigmentation and my skin also looks and feels more firm.
I've only been using this Triple Firming Neck Cream for a few weeks and I'm really impressed with my results.  I can't wait to see if there is an even more dramatic improvement after using for another few weeks.  I am already in love.
Below are some impressive before and after pictures of customers that have consistently used the Triple Firming Neck Cream for 8 weeks and one for 12 weeks and there is a visible improvement in all of them!


Those results are pretty amazing if you ask me!  So, whether you are just starting to see those neck lines, hyperpigmentation and crepe skin or you already have all of the above this Triple Firming Neck Cream by NeoStrata is definitely something you need in your life.
You can find it on NeoStrata.com and it retails for $84.00 for 2.8 ounces.  A little of the cream goes a long way so you can expect the 2.8 ounces to last you a good while.

This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Yu-Be Skin Care from Japan



Even though Yu-Be products have been used by Japanese families for over 50 years they have been fairly hard to come by here in the states.  However, the products have gained a lot of popularity and it seems like they have popped up just about everywhere these days.  You can now find them anywhere from Sephora to even places like Nordstroms.  Founded by pharmacist Yoshikiyo Nowatari in 1957, Yu-Be is one of the most trusted skincare lines in Japan,  The Yu-Be skincare line is based on one simple concept: creating products for the whole body that meet the entire family's skincare needs. The products can be used for everything from dry, cracked heels to diaper rash and chapped lips to split cuticles.  Plus, they are formulated without Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Synthetic Dyes and Petro-Chemicals.
I've used Yu-Be skincare products in the past and really enjoyed them and I recently got sent a few other products from their line to try out so I thought I would let you know that they are worth checking out and that you should definitely be adding them to your skincare line up.



The most popular product seems to be their Moisturizing Skin Cream.  You can use the Moisturizing Skin Cream for just about anything and use it just about anywhere.  The best way to describe it is a cross between Vaseline and the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.  I have used the Moisturizing Skin Cream for my severely dry hands and nails, to help smooth out my split ends, for lip balm and to soothe Eczema spots.  It's non-greasy and it works like a dream.
It's a glycerin-based cream that is enriched with vitamin E, vitamin B2, and it even has some camphor.  It helps soothe, heal, soften and helps lock in moisture.  If I had to pick a favorite Yu-Be product this would be it, it's a multi-tasking product that really does just about everything and can be used just about anywhere.




Especially in the winter month this Moisturizing Body Lotion is a favorite of mine.  It's the perfect moisturizer to put on right when I get out of the shower and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated, soft and smooth well into the next day.
This vitamin-enriched, non-greasy formula is sure to soothe even the driest of skins.




This Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish is a year round must have!  It not only exfoliates and softens but it leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.  The fine grains of rice bran and bamboo lightly scrub away dead, rough skin and the gentle cleansing agents help cleanse and tone.  This Skin Polish and the Moisturizing Body Lotion make a power couple!


*Lip Therapy

I'm a sucker for Lip Balms and I love a lip balm that you can feel working.  This one not only contains bees wax and Shea Butter among other skin loving ingredients but it also contains Camphor which helps heal and soothe my dry, chapped lips.  Love how this Lip Therapy Lip Balm feels on my lips!  I have a handful of these stashed in various places around the house, my car and of course my purse.


The entire Yu-Be skincare line is a wonderful vitamin-enriched and medicated skin care line that is safe and effective for the entire family.  I also love that they are all formulated without Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Synthetic Dyes and Petro-Chemicals!

You can also find the Yu-Be line of skincare products on Amazon...


          

 This is not a sponsored post.  I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.  I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also.  All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support.  If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb

Friday, January 6, 2017

Natural and Organic Skin Care Products by My Organic Zone

*Vitamin C Serum

My Organic Zone graciously sent me a few of their products to test out and review for them so over the past couple of months I have been doing just that!

First up is their Vitamin C Serum.
I am constantly using and recommending a good quality Vitamin C Serum to all my family and friends (blog readers, social media followers, etc!!) and this one by My Organic Zone quickly became one of those that I will continue to use and recommend.
This serum is made with high quality natural and organic ingredients, is lightweight and easily absorbed into skin.  After using for about a week (typical time frame for Vitamin C Serums) I noticed that the overall appearance of my skin seemed lighter and brighter, which is exactly what I look for in a good Vitamin C Serum.  With continued use my skin looks more even toned, fine lines have become less noticeable and skin looks and feels a little more tight and firm.
I like to use Vitamin C Serum after cleansing and toning in my morning and evening skincare routines.  I will usually follow with a good moisturizer or facial oil.  I especially like to use Vitamin C Serum with a Microneedle Derma Roller which helps take the Vitamin C Serum (or any other skincare product) benefits to the next level.

Microneedle Derma Roller
You can expect to see any or all of the following results from this Vitamin C Serum...
Reduced Sun Damage
Lighter and Brighter Skin Tone
Hydrate and Soften The Skin
More Tight & Firm Skin
Reduced Look of Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Helps Heal & Clear Acne
Helps Lighten Hyperpigmentation & Melasma

This Vitamin C Serum is free of Parabens, GMOs, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Fragrances & Artificial Colors.  I would recommend this Vitamin C Serum for all skin types.


Hyaluronic Acid Serum is another favorite skincare product of mine and one that I am also constantly recommending.  Hyaluronic Acid Serum is great for all skin types but is especially good for dry and dehydrated skin.  I even make my husband use it on his hands.  He is a tile setter so his fingertips become severely dry and cracked and Hyaluronic Acid Serum has been a lifesaver for him.  I also have him use it when his Eczema starts to act up.
This Hyaluronic Acid Serum is made with quality, natural ingredients is lightweight and absorbs instantly into the skin.  I like to use this serum in conjunction with the Vitamin C Serum, after cleansing and toning and before any other moisturizers or facial oils.  For me these two go hand in hand.  Your skin should immediately feel more soft and hydrated and with continued use you can expect your skin to look and feel more plump and youthful.  It will also diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles and give your skin a younger appearance overall.  As a bonus it can also help clear up blemishes and pigmentation issues!

This Hyaluronic Acid Serum is free of Parabens, GMOs, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Fragrances & Artificial Colors.  Recommend for all skin types.



Probably one of my favorite skincare products is a good mask!  I like them in all forms, Mud, Sheet and Gel, I'm not picky at all.  The great thing about a mask is the instant gratification factor.  Even though you may have to wait 20 minutes for the mask to work it's magic you will most likely see instant results in your skin.  It will become more clear, soft, smooth and feel revitalized.  Sometimes I  can even see an instant improvement in the overall texture of my skin.
I've tried quite a few Dead Sea Mud Masks over the years and this Dead Sea Mud Mask by My Organic Zone one is up there in my top five favorites.  It's made with all natural Dead Sea Mud and it does everything I would expect a Dead Sea Mud Mask to do!
For best results, apply to clean skin and I find I get even better results with just about any face mask when I apply the Origins Maskimizer before applying the mask.  Leave mask on for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse off to reveal a fresh face.  I also recommend using this as a spot treatment on face demons!


I love a good exfoliation and not just for my face.  I use a good exfoliating scrub on a regular basis, at least 3-4 times a week.  I'm not too picky when it comes to a scrub as long as it exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.  However, lately the new thing seems to be Coffee Scrubs and that is just fine by me!  I LOVE the smell of coffee.  Unfortunately, I have an allergy to coffee when I drink it, my eyes swell shut among other things but I have been able to use it on my skin just fine without any adverse reaction, thank goodness.
This Arabica Coffee Scrub by My Organic Zone is similar to some other coffee scrubs that I've tried.  It's mixed with Dead Sea Salt which also helps slough off dead, dry and rough skin so the salt mixed with the coffee makes for a powerful scrub.
  I like to use in my morning shower and just gently massage the scrub into my skin, paying close attention to any rough areas like my elbows and feet and then rinse off leaving my skin feeling super soft and invigorated.  Of course, I always make sure to apply a nice thick moisturizer to help my fresh, new skin stay soft and hydrated.


Overall, I am super impressed with the My Organic Zone products and will continue to include them in my everyday skincare routines!  Make sure to check out visit their website for more detailed product information and you can also find their products over on Amazon...

         

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First Cleanse Favorites


All throughout the month of January I will be sharing my favorite and most used products of the moment.  So, it seemed only fitting to start off with cleansers, more specifically cleansers that I use for my first cleanse.  If I'm not wearing makeup then I will normally just use a regular cleanser or cleansing balm.


First up is my go-to first cleanser which is the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water.  It's gentle, removes makeup without having to scrub and best of all it's extremely affordable.  I can pick this up at my local Walmart or on Amazon for a little over $6.00 for 13.5 ounces and will last me several months.  Dermatologist tested for safety.  It's Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested and it's non-comedogenic so it won't clog pores.
Love this stuff!


This Pure Bliss Micellar Cleansing Water is also a really great choice for a Micellar Cleansing Water that I like to use.  It's a great quality Micellar Water and it's formulated without Sulfates, Parabens and Phthalates among other harsh chemicals and is perfect for all skin types.  It dissolves makeup and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean.  This one is a little more on the expensive side at $14.95 for 8 ounces and can be purchased on Amazon.


Probably my favorite Cleansing Water is this Super Facialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water by Una Brennan.  I love the formula of this one and it easily removes all traces of makeup, dirt and oil without altering the skin’s natural barrier.  It contains a Probiotic complex that helps balance and 
condition skin.  I would buy this one on a regular basis but since it's a UK brand it can be difficult to find.  I was lucky enough to find a couple bottles at our local TJ Maxx for only $6.99 for a 6.7 ounces.  I have also been able to find it on Amazon for $14.95 although it's not always in stock.



As cleansing oils go this is probably the original and easily a favorite of mine.  This DHC Deep Cleansing Oil instantly dissolves all makeup even waterproof mascara and eyeliner and removes all traces of dirt and oil.  Just by adding water it emulsifies into a milky consistency and easily rinses away.  It leaves skin feeling clean and soft and hydrated.  Rich in vitamins and antioxidants
it not only cleans but nourishes skin.  Another great thing about this cleansing oil is that it's pretty easy to find.  I typically get mine from Dermstore and is $28.00 for a 6.7 ounce bottle.  Since a little goes a long way it lasts forever!




Here is another great cleansing oil that I love.  It's the Mineral Fusion Makeup Removing Oil Cleanser that can remove even some of the most stubborn makeup while leaving skin soft and supple.  Made with Organic oils it's cleans, hydrates and soothes skin making this a great option for all skin types!  At $18.99 for 1.9 ounces it's not cheap but it's sooo good for the skin.  Plus, you can find it at most health food stores like Whole Foods or sometimes you can even find it on Amazon for a lot less.

So, there are some of my First Cleanse Favorites!  Do you double cleanse?  If so, what kind of products do you use?  I would to hear what you like to use so let me know in the comments below...


This is not a sponsored post.  I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!