Monday, September 18, 2017

Tools & Products to Renew Aging & Sun Damaged Skin as Seen on Afternoon Live

*Tools & Products to Renew Aging & Sun Damaged Skin as Seen on Afternoon Live

I am so excited to once again be joining Tra'Renee on the KATU Afternoon Live show! This time around I will be sharing some tools and products that I recommend to help rejuvenate aging and sun damaged skin.

First up are the tools that I recommend to help keep skin looking young and fresh. I have several beauty tools that I alternate into my skincare routine but the ones that I use on a regular basis are definitely my Derma Roller and my Dry Brush. I let my skin dictate which tool to use, however, when it comes to using a Derma Roller how often you use it also depends on what size the microneedles are. You can safely use a Derma Roller with 0.1mm needles 2-3 times a week. I like to use a Derma Roller with 0.5mm-1.0mm needles which means I can only use it 1-2 times per month. Dry Brushing can be done 1-2 times per week. I like to Dry Brush once a week and then skip a week and incorporate my Derma Roller. However, it's important to never combine these types of treatments so that your skin has time to heal.

 
Facial Focus Derma Roller

I love using a Derma Roller! I think it's the quickest and easiest way to rejuvenate your skin. If you have never heard of a Derma Roller it's basically a wheel covered in hundreds of surgical steel needles. These needles create tiny holes in the skin which makes your skin produce extra collagen and elastin to heal those tiny holes and speed up cell turnover. It will also allow your skincare products to reach deeper into the skin and really do what their made to do. The result is healthier, plumper and younger looking skin. Using a Derma Roller can help diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, pigmentation, scars and other common skin problems.

It's important to start with a clean face and a clean Derma Roller and to not use it on any open wounds. After I cleanse my skin I like to apply a thin layer of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, just enough to dampen the skin but you can also just use tap water. However, this wold also be a great time to apply your favorite hydrating serum. I don't recommend using any serums with Vitamin C Serums or anything with Retinol while you are using a Derma Roller since it can possibly over irritate the skin. To being Derma Rolling just roll the DermaRoller across the skin diagonally, horizontally, and then vertically. You don't need to apply a lot of pressure but I like to press as hard as I can without it being too painful. I tend to focus more on my problem areas where I have pigmentation, fine lines and scars and that works best for me. I also take it down my neck and into my decollete area as well. The most important step is to follow up your Derma Roller treatment with a hydrating oil or moisturizer that's suited for your skin type. I like to apply the Tulasāra Radiant Oleation Oil by Aveda and once that is absorbed into the skin I follow it up with Honey Drop Moisturizer by Farmacy. I tend to do this as part of my nightly skincare routine and when I wake up my skin is plump, glowing and more youthful looking!

Lately, I have been using the 1.0mm Facial Focus Derma Roller which retails for $27.00. However, I have also purchased many Derma Rollers on Amazon.com for a lot less that work just as good. The 0.25mm Derma Roller by ORA retails for $19.99 and is a great choice if your new to micorneedeling. Make sure to clean your Derma Roller after every use with rubbing alcohol and it should be replaced after about 15 uses.


Tulasāra Radiant Facial Dry Brush

Dry Brushing is a ancient Ayurveda technique that helps exfoliate dead skin cells from the skin surface to promote skin cell turnover. It helps prep the skin to more easily absorb oils and moisturizers resulting in softer, smoother younger looking and feeling skin. In just one minute you can reveal fresh, new skin.
I've used other Facial Dry Brushes but this Tulasāra Radiant Facial Dry Brush by Aveda is by far the best one I've ever used and totally worth the investment. The brush retails for $44.00 but it's made with super soft nylon bristles which are formed in rounded, massaging peaks which works perfectly to lift skin and brush away dead skin. Perfection.
Dry Brush 2-3 times a week and again, it's important to follow with nice hydrating oil or moisturizer that is suited for you skin type. I always follow my dry brushing session with the Tulasāra Radiant Oleation Oil by Aveda which go hand in hand and the combination gives you a radiant and glowing complexion.


 Tulasāra Radiant Oleation Oil by Aveda

This Tulasāra Radiant Oleation Oil by Aveda is the perfect follow up oil. Just a few drops is all you need to nourish, balance, hydrate and restore skin. However, this oil is not just for use with Derma Rolling or Dry Brushing this is a lightweight oil that is easily absorbed and can be used everyday. When not using with my Derma Roller or Dry Brush I like to use this as part of my nightly skincare routine. I gently press and then massage the oil into my face, neck and decolette. I always love how my skin looks in the morning. Soft, supple and glowing!
The Tulasāra Radiant Oleation Oil by Aveda retails for $49.00 for 1.7 oz.

Honey Drop Moisturizer by Farmacy

Help protect and your rejuvenated skin with this Honey Drop Moisturizer by Farmacy. This is a lightweight moisturizer which pairs perfectly with the Tulasāra Radiant Oleation Oil by Aveda. It also makes a great day to day moisturizer and gives skin a healthy, radiant glow. It also instantly hydrates and softens skin while improving firmness and elasticity.
The Honey Drop Moisturizer by Farmacy retails for $45.00 for 1.7oz.
 ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville

If your not into using a Derma Roller or a Dry Brush their are still plenty of options out there that will help shed dull, dead skin and give your skin a glowing, younger looking complexion. One of them is Exfolikate by Kate Somerville. Exfolikate is an exfoliating scrub the exfoliates away dead skin cells to reveal a more smooth, even toned complexion. Continued use also helps improve skin texture and helps diminish the appearance fine lines and wrinkles. Make sure to follow up with your favorite facial oil or moisturizer.
Exfolikate is a little pricey at $85.00 for 2 oz. but you only need to use a small amount 1-2 times a week so that 2 oz. will last quite a long time.

If a nice mask is more your speed then this exfoliating Charco Charcoal Mask by Essance is another great way to rejuvenate your skin. This mask contains natural and organic ingredients that help slough away dead skin and draw out impurities. After just one use you will have a soft, smooth and luminous complexion. Again, make sure you follow up with a facial oil or moisturizer of your choice.
The Charco Charcoal Clay Mask retails for $38.00 for 1oz. and even with using it 2-3 times a week it will last a good year or so.


Another great and less invasive option to renewing aging skin that specifically targets pigmentation like age spots, sun damage and old acne marks is this Skincorrect by Zenmed. Pigmentation can make you look years older than you really are so creating a even toned complexion is essential to looking more youthful. This is a potent serum full of antioxidants, Glycolic and citric acid which help fade pigmentation and even out skin tone.
This Skincorrect by Zenmed retails for $45.00 for 1oz.



Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex

If you have super sensitive skin or are just looking to gently improve the look and feel of your aging skin then this Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex is just what you need. This is not your average night cream. This potent moisturizer is full of anti-aging ingredients that will improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase elasticity and make your skin more soft and supple. This is also a great product to use in the evening after a Derma Rolling or Dry Brushing treatment.
The Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex retails for $48.00 for 1.75oz.


Anti-Aging Retinoid Face Oil by Geneva Naturals

If oil is more your thing then you will love this Anti-Aging Retinoid Face Oil by Geneva Naturals.  A lovely blend of nourishing and anti-aging oils this will give you a more even toned, youthful and glowy complexion.  This facial oil is gentle and can be used on a nightly basis.  The Anti-Aging Retinoid Face Oil by Geneva Naturals will help restore and repair your skin all while helping diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Anti-Aging Retinoid Face Oil by Geneva Naturals retails for $24.99 for 1oz. 


This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Seabuckthorn Skincare Favorites by SBT Seabuckthorn


I've been dying to get my hands on these SBT Seabuckthorn products.  For years I've been hearing all about the amazing things Seabuckthorn can do for the skin so I was super excited to finally get to test out some products with this mysterious Seabuckthorn.

While I really liked all the products I have to say the stand out product was probably the After Sun Crème.  That's only because I got a pretty bad sunburn this summer and the After Sun Crème was my saving grace!  It helped cool and soothe my irritated, red, sensitive skin while keeping it ultra hydrated.  Instead of ugly peeling skin I ended up with a nice even tan and I know it had everything to do with this After Sun Crème.  Great product!
Retails for $18.00 for 2 oz.

Now, if you ask my husband his favorite product would be the Eczema & Dermatitis Soothing Salve.  He gets some really angry dry, itchy patches of Eczema and the Salve immediately helps soothe and hydrate his skin and it definitely helps heal them a lot quicker than some of the other creams he uses.  Plus, since it's a salve, so it lasts a really long time and helps keep the spots protected from further infection and irritation.  I also like to use it on my knees, elbows and heels.  It really helps keep my skin nourished and well hydrated. (Tip: Before bed, put a nice thick layer on your feet, paying special attention to your heels then cover with socks and wake up to soft & smooth feet!)
Retails for $18.00 for 4 oz.


I have to say I also loved the Anti-Aging Skin Cream.  If you love simple but effective skin creams then this would be right up your alley.  It's a great cream that quickly absorbs into the skin leaving it feeling soft, silky and of course, hydrated.  It's also jam packed with 100% pure Seabuckthorn oils that helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  Simple perfection.  I especially love using it on my neck and decollete.  I also have to mention that I really appreciate the simple packaging.  Most of my other Anti-Aging creams are in jars which can be a real pain to travel with.  I love that this comes in a user friendly tube.  It's the little things.  Besides, it doesn't hurt that it's a really good Anti-Aging moisturizer too!
Retails for $18.00 for 2 oz.

The next up is the Hand Cream.  I'm a sucker for a good hand cream and this is a great hand cream.  I love how my hands feel after using it.  I have extremely dry hands and nails and just one dime size amount of this Hand Cream and my hands instantly feel better.  Intensely hydrating without being greasy and leaves my hands feeling super soft and nourished.  I also love that it helps heal all the small paper cuts and hang nails I tend to get because of my job.  Plus, it smells pretty great too thanks to the added May Chang Oil which has a light citrus smell.  Love!
Retails for $18.00 for 2 oz.


Finally, the Muscle & Joint Pain Soothing Salve is one that it took me a minute to decide if I liked or not.  I had to use it a handful of times before I really realized how well it worked.  I suffer from A LOT of neck and back pain and have tried pretty much everything under the sun to help alleviate the pain that comes with neck and back problems.  Most of the products that I use have that underlying Menthol or Camphor feel and smell to them and I am actually kind of partial to that feel and smell because it makes me think it's really working.  This Muscle & Joint Pain Soothing Salve doesn't have that so I wasn't sure if it was really working or not but I'm here to tell you that it really does work.  This has become my product of choice while I'm at work.  A little goes a long way and it doesn't have that overpowering Menthol smell.  It's perfect for those mid afternoon neck and shoulder aches and pains.  I just massage a little into my neck and shoulders and within minutes I feel it all melting away.  The secret is in the sauce!  It of course contains Seabuckthorn but it also has Plai, Sweet Birch (which is a natural Aspirin), Sweet Marjoram and Rosemary Oils which all help with inflammation and help to soothe sore and achy joints and muscles.  
Retails for $18.00 for 4 oz.


Somehow I just knew that I would love these products.  I love that they contain all natural and organic ingredients, I love that they work and work really well and that they are really affordable.  SBT Seabuckthorn has a wide range of products.  These 5 are just a small portion of what SBT Seabuckthorn has to offer so I am definitely going to be getting my hands on some others to test out!
Make sure you check out sbtseabuckthorn.com for more information on these or any of their other products!


This is not a sponsored post.  I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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, September 12, 2017

Liposomal Vitamin C Liquid Supplement by Natures True Health



That time of year is fast approaching us.  You know, that time of year when all those cold and flu germs come out to wreak havoc on our immune systems.  I've tried the flu shot road but I still end up getting sick every year.  This year I'm going to get and stay ahead of the game by keeping my immune system as healthy as possible.  That's where Vitamin C comes into the play.  Vitamin C is well known for it's immune system boosting properties.  However, as you already know all Vitamin C supplements are not created equal.  This Liposomal Vitamin C Liquid Supplement by Natures True Health takes Vitamin C to the next level.  Taking Vitamin C is this liquid form means that it is more easily absorbed into the cells which means you get a straight dose of powerful antioxidants.  The faster the necessary nutrients get into the system the faster they can start helping the body fight off unwanted intruders.
This Liposomal Vitamin C Liquid Supplement easily mixes in with water or juice and it tastes similar to a chewable Vitamin C tablet.  For me, it's the fool proof way to make sure I'm getting that much needed dose of Vitamin C, straight into my system!  Plus, it's Non GMO, Non Soy, Vegan and created with ultra purified water.
This season I have my secret weapon against those annoying cold and flu viruses and it's definitely this!


You can find this Liposomal Vitamin C Liquid Supplement by Natures True Health over on Amazon...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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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Monday, September 11, 2017

Ultra Pure Forskolin by Nature's Branch



If you are looking for something to help you curb your appetite then this Forskolin might be just what you are looking for!  I've been taking Forskolin off and on for years when I am trying to manage my weight and it has always helped me.  I've also heard that it can help burn fat and while I'm not sure about that I just like the fact that it helps me control my appetite.  Just by helping control my appetite means I can loose a few pounds or at least be able to maintain an already healthy weight.
All supplements are not the same and you should always do your research.  Look for a high quality Forskolin supplement like this Ultra Pure Forskolin by Nature's Branch.  This Forskolin by Nature's Branch contains the highest strength at 300 mg of forskolin coleus forskohlii root extract per capsule.  Plus, it's all natural, Non-GMO, does not contain any binders, fillers or artificial flavors and it's made in the USA in an FDA approved facility.
I've been taking this Ultra Pure Forskolin by Nature's Branch for the last several weeks and I have had great results.  If you've been wanting to try a supplement to help you loose or maintain your weight I think this would be a great place to start!



You can find this Ultra Pure Forskolin by Nature's Branch on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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, August 29, 2017

Aveda Hair Must Haves for Healthy, Damage Free Hair


I was lucky enough to get an entire basket full of Aveda goodies a few months back and I've been busy testing out all of them...and loving every minute of it!    
I decided to break up the products into groups and do my reviews based on the those groupings and decided to start with the hair care products first.  I've been dying to do my reviews of all these amazing Aveda products but summer got the best of me and I have fallen drastically behind.  So, without further ado...

First up and probably my favorite of the bunch is the Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair.  This is the first product I reach for when I get out of shower.  I love putting this in my freshly washed hair.  It detangles and softens my hair while also making it smell amazing.  This is a leave-in hair repair treatment that instantly goes to work to repair damaged, dry hair.  It also helps to protect hair from further damage from heat styling.  My hair has definitely become stronger and healthier because of this one Aveda product.  It feels better, it looks better and it has even grown longer since I've been using this.  I will never be without my Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair!
Retails for $30.00 for 3.4 oz (which lasts FOREVER, a little goes a long way)

Another great Aveda product and one of their best sellers is the Shampure Dry Shampoo.  This quickly became one of my all time favorite dry shampoos.  Not only does it smell amazing but I love that it's a non-aerosol powder.  The fine powder easily absorbs excess oils and it gives hair great volume and texture.  Did I mention it smells amazing too?
Retails for $31.00 for 2 oz. (again, lasts FOREVER)
The other product that has played a huge role in making my hair stronger and healthier is the Damage Ready Split End Repair.  This stuff instantly makes split ends disappear.  A special oil, Nangai Oil, helps to draw the separated ends back together.  The unique formula smooths and seals the ends and also helps prevent any future split ends from forming.  Hair looks and feels soft and smooth.  Beautiful.
Retails for $32.00 for 1oz. (yep, lasts FOREVER and a little goes a long way)


I like to call this next product my Happy Ending (get your mind out of the gutter, lol).  The Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil is a miracle worker.  It instantly transforms dry, brittle and damaged hair to soft, glossy, nourished and manageable hair.  I like to apply a little of this after I've done all my styling but before I add any hairspray.  I work it through my ends and wherever I feel my hair needs a little extra love.  Then I apply my hairspray and finish off with a little more of this Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil to tame any flyaway's and to add just a little more shine.  Happy Ending!
Retails for $30.00 for 1 oz. (this one bottle while easily last a year...or more!)

I am a total Aveda product convert.  I have loved every product I've tried so far, can't wait to try more and I simply love what Aveda as a company is all about.  Besides having exceptional products and being a "green" company and everything that entails they take it a step further by leading by example and being on the forefront of environmental leadership.  Their inspiring Mission Statement says it all..

OUR MISSION AT AVEDA IS TO CARE FOR THE WORLD WE LIVE IN,
FROM THE PRODUCTS WE MAKE TO THE WAYS IN WHICH
WE GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY. AT AVEDA, WE STRIVE TO SET
AN EXAMPLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY,
NOT JUST IN THE WORLD OF BEAUTY, BUT AROUND THE WORLD.

-HORST RECHELBACHER, FOUNDER



This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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, August 25, 2017

Zoganic fruitZip Herbal Supplement Drink Mix



If your into Probiotics as much as I am then you will want to get your hands on some of this Zoganic FruitZip Herbal Supplement Drink Mix!  
I was only sent one sample of this so I can't really speak to any long term results but I can tell you it tastes amazing.  I just added mine to water and I was surprised at how yummy the pineapple flavor was!  This would be really good in a tropical smoothie!
This organic supplement is formulated with pure fruit, no chemical additives, dyes or preservatives.  It also contains enzymes, a probiotic blend, pineapple and papaya to help your digestive system break down and absorb proteins from the foods you eat as well as supports the GI microflora balance.



Make sure to visit Zoganic.com for more detailed information and you can purchase the Zoganic FruitZip Herbal Supplement Drink Mix on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

C-ESTA Serum by Jan Marini Skin Research


As a blogger I've tried A LOT different Vitamin C Serums but this C-ESTA Serum by Jan Marini Skin Research is by far the best I've ever used.  It's also the most expensive I've ever used at price tag of $105.00.  However, I've found that when it comes to a good Vitamin C serum you get what you pay for.  Sure, you can buy much cheaper versions of Vitamin C Serum and have some pretty great results, I know I have.  But, if your looking for a serum that will help with smooth out uneven texture, diminish wrinkles and fine lines, firm and tighten skin and help lighten and brighten your complexion then you need this C-ESTA Serum in your life!  Plus, I started to see a difference in my skin texture and pigmentation after just a few days of continued morning and evening use!  It usually takes at least a week or more to notice even a slight difference with the other Vitamin C Serums that I've used.  Seeing such great results so quickly is just another reason that this C-ESTA Serum is worth the extra $.
The C-ESTA Serum by Jan Marini Skin Research is formulated with Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE and Vitamins (B5 & E) and other powerful ingredients.  Those exceptional ingredients make this serum a potent antioxidant, anti-aging rock star!  It's also perfect for all skin types from acne-prone to dry skin.  Everyone can benefit from this serum!  
The serum itself is very lightweight and thin and it's very important to shake the bottle really well before dispensing product.  Once applied to the skin the serum absorbs almost instantly and works really well with other skincare products like other serums, moisturizers and it even wears well under makeup!
Below is an example of what products I use on a regular basis and what I have been using with the C-ESTA Serum.  These particular products are what I use for my morning skincare routine.  I change it up a bit a night with oils and sometimes I use a different cleanser but I always use the Jan Marini Hyla 3D and the C-ESTA Serum.  They are both worth the investment.
I cannot recommend this C-ESTA Serum enough!  This serum delivers clinical results but at a much lower cost than you would pay for an office visit and a prescription!

You can purchase the C-ESTA Serum by Jan Marini Skin Research at janmarini.com and it retails for $105.00 for 8 oz.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Organic Castor Oil by Shiny Leaf


*Organic Castor Oil by Shiny Leaf

There is no need to spend a ton of money on those expensive Eye Lash/Eye Brow serums when you can just use this Organic Castor Oil and achieve the same results!
Actually Castor Oil has many uses beyond helping hair grow.  It also has many therapeutic uses like preventing the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds, reduces itching and swelling on the skin, healing fungal infections, can also help increase circulation as well, among other things.
However, Castor Oil really can work wonders on the hair!  Not only can it help hair grow faster but it can help it grow thicker, stronger and make it shinier as well.  I like to do a Castor Oil Hair Mask a couple times a week to keep my hair happy and healthy.  I massage Castor Oil into my roots and scalp and then work it through to the ends of my hair, cover it with a cap and then leave in on overnight.  If I don't feel like sleeping with the Castor Oil in my hair I will wait until I have a day at home and just put it on in the morning and wash it out before I go to bed.  I will also use this Organic Castor Oil on the ends of my hair to help tame flyaways and frizzies!
So, if you've been thinking about spending your hard earned cash on one of those pricey Eye Lash Serum then why not give this Organic Castor Oil a try first?  It even comes with a handy Eye Lash Wand to apply the Castor Oil to your lashes and eyebrows!
The Organic Castor Oil by Shiny Leaf retails for only $12.16 4oz.


You can find this Organic Castor Oil by Shiny Leaf over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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, July 7, 2017

What You Should Be Using For Healthy Hair - The Hair Dance Collection

I am so excited to be sharing this collection of amazing hair products with all of you!  I've been testing these out for a good 2 months now and I am beyond happy with my results.
The Hair Dance collection is all about natural and chemical free hair care products that helps you maintain not just healthy hair but a healthy scalp as well.
Since I've been using these products I've noticed a definite difference in my hair.  It not only looks healthier but feels healthier and stronger.  I have even noticed that my hair has grown faster than it normally does.  I have only been using these Hair Dance products and a few Aveda products sprinkled in so I know it's because of the products I'm using.
Since the products are formulated with natural and chemical free ingredients they smell and preform a bit different that your typical hair products, in a good way.  I will admit it took me awhile to get used to the Nature’s Treatment Shampoo because it doesn't lather...at all.  It doesn't lather because it doesn't contain any sulfates.  I use other shampoos that supposedly don't contain any sulfates but I still have some sort of lather but with this shampoo I don't have any and that took some getting used to.  If you live somewhere that has soft water you might be able to get some lather but where I live we have hard water which equals no lather.  Now that I'm used to it I actually like it and my hair just feels much cleaner than it did when I was using other chemical ridden shampoos.
All of the other products pretty much act the same as similar products but what they do for your hair is definitely unique!  I love that each product lives up to its claims and does exactly what it claims to do.  I will always test and review other hair care products just because that's what I do but I am officially a Hair Dance convert and will be using their products from now on!

Here is the product line up that I've been testing and LOVING along with their product descriptions...

Nature’s Treatment Shampoo: This botanical based formula gently cleanses the hair without any harsh or harmful chemicals. Very mild soap derived from coconut and milk is gentle even for dry, fine, damaged hair. It is pH balanced, enriched with herbal extracts, botanical oils and proteins.  Stimulates hair follicles with natural ingredients (Peppermint Oil, Sage, Nettle, Rosemary) to promote healthy hair growth. Offers great antioxidant protection for your scalp and hair. 
Improves the health of the scalp, and helps to balance the oil production by sebaceous gland. The formula contains many natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to help combat sensitive, dry and itchy scalp. (Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Apple Cider Vinegar). 
Contains no synthetic fragrances. The Shampoo has pleasant fresh smell. No Sulfates, Parabens, Silicones, Dyes, Sodium Chloride, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, DEA and/or TEA. Has not been tested on animals.



Moisture and Strength Conditioner: Green Tea based, enriched with a unique blend of Walnut seed Oil, Aloe Vera, Silk Protein, Vitamin B5, Lemongrass, Apple Fruit Powder, Chamomile, Sage, Nettle,Rosemary, and Vitamin E for soft, shiny, and healthy hair. The product does not contain silicones to prevent build up. This is also helpful to maintain the volume of your hair. It does not leave hair as sleek and shiny as silicone based conditioners but it adds moisture and strength to the hair, makes it easy to brush, does not weigh it down and does not leave a build up.



Hair and Root Stimulator: Inhibits DHT and Promotes healthy hair growth, boosts the scalp’s blood circulation and energizes hair follicle growth. Healthy circulation to the scalp is essential in order for vital nutrients to be absorbed into the roots of the hair, as well as to support hair follicle activity. Enriched with all-natural herbal ingredients, plant extracts, and antioxidants, including: Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Apple Cider Vinegar, L-Arginine, Caffeine, Menthol, Sage and Nettle Extracts, and Essential Oils from Thyme, Rosemary, Cedarwood Bark, and Lavender. Provides excellent antioxidant protection for the hair, scalp and follicles. Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is an extremely common biproduct of thinning hair, and can literally double the speed at which you lose hair. The non greasy formula allows the product to be used after shampooing. It can make hair get oily a little bit faster for some hair types, so if you do not shampoo daily, you can use this spray in the evening to wash it off in the morning. Contains No Sulfate, No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Fragrances, No Dyes, No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, No Propylene Glycol, No Sodium Chloride. This product is not tested on animals and is safe for all hair types.



Ultra-Light Instant Conditioning Spray: Conditions and detangles the hair with a powerful blend of ingredients derived from nature. Green tea, Aloe Vera, and Silk Protein work together to penetrate, strengthen, nourish, and moisturize the hair. Infused with Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen to add a little bit of volume. Vitamin B5 adds shine and protects the hair from breakage. It is very light formula that will not weigh down fine/thin hair. Does not contain parabens, alcohol, silicones, or fragrance and is non-greasy.



Rejuvenating Hair Oil: Rejuvenating hair oil is all natural, unique blend of Walnut, Argan, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Coconut, Grapeseed oils and Shea Butter formulated to promote strong and healthy hair. Penetrates the hair to soften, strengthen and adds elasticity. This prevents hair from breakage, split ends and dry hair, restores shine. Gives additional nutrition to the scalp and strengthens hair roots. Helps to keep hair moisturized. The benefits of using hair oils have been known to hair specialists for a very long time. Its strong nourishing and restoring effects are beneficial to everyone regardless of their hair type. External factors such as exposure to the sun, salt water, pollution, heat, and the excessive use of hair irons can cause split ends and lifeless looking hair.
Different plant oils have different benefits and act a little bit different depending on hair type. It is important to notice that not all natural oils penetrate the hair. This is why the blend of specific oils provides premium nourishment and protection for your hair. 
The build-up from retail hair products may prevent the oil from penetrating the shaft and improving its condition. It is important to use silicon free products when you are in a process of healing your hair.  Can be used as an overnight treatment for deep conditioning or apply small amount to damp hair after the shower to lock in moisture.

Silky Touch Dry Shampoo: Silky Touch Dry Shampoo is 100% natural and organic. It absorb excess of oil from hair instantly adding the volume and changing the look from dirty to clean. Leaves hair feeling soft and clean to the touch, not stiff or sticky. Blends in very well with any hair color, lasts a long time and only a very small amount of the product needed to achieve great results. It absorbs excess of oil without using chemicals, is gentle, adds instant volume and leaves hair clean and healthy.



If you are struggling with dry, damaged, stressed and over worked hair or if your just looking to make the switch to a more natural way of taking care of your hair then the Hair Dance products are the way to go!  I cannot recommend them enough!
You can find these and other Hair Dance products over on myhairdance.com.

This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Grip Trio Collection by Kenra Professional For All Day Hold & Style Without The Crunch!


If it's one thing that annoys the heck out of me it's hair that feels like it has a ton of product in it.  You know what I'm talking about.  It's like on those days when you think it's a good idea to use a leave-in conditioner, mousse, styling gel and hairspray.  It sound good in theory but all you end up with is heavy, crunchy hair!  Ugh!
This is where The new Grip Trio Collection from Kenra Professional come in!  I have seriously been loving all of these products.  They are lightweight, provide texture and volume AND they hold all day!
The Whip Grip Mousse retails for $17.00 for 8oz at Ulta.
The Whip Grip Mousse is lightweight and airy, creates a ton of volume all without making hair feel crunchy or stiff.
The Air Grip Spray retails for $17.00 for 8oz at Ulta.
The Air Grip Spray is lightweight, provides 50% more grip to hair and provides excellent definition and volume.
  The High Grip Spray retails for $19 for 8oz at Ulta.
The High Grip Spray provides 24 hour hold that's lightweight while maintaining style and definition.

To create my all day, flexible style all I need is a little dollop of the Whip Grip Mousse worked into my damp hair.  Next, I will let it air dry, but before it dries completely I use my blow dryer on low heat to finish drying the roots and voilà!  I have the volume that I need to create the perfect hairstyle.  Once I've added some curls with my flatiron or curling iron I use the Air Grip Spray to add some texture and definition and sometimes I just stop there.  However, if I really need my style to last I will use the High Grip Spray.  By using the High Grip Spray I know my hair isn't going anywhere but it will still have flexibility, which is absolutely amazing.

The Grip Trio Collection was created in collaboration with Steph Brinkerhoff @hairandmakeupbysteph who is a social media star and professional up-styling educator.  The bridal hairstyles she creates and is famous for are nothing short of awe inspiring.  Knowing Steph creates amazing bridal hairstyles it's easy to see why she wanted to use products that give lightweight volume and texture and that also provide all day hold.  This The Grip Trio Collection does all that and more! Well done Kenra and Steph, well done!




If you have a wedding coming up, whether your the bride, bridesmaid or even just a guest these are definitely the products you want to create a soft, flexible, beautiful all day style!  You can find these and other Kenra Professional products at Ulta and Ulta.com.

This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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, June 30, 2017

Instant Peel Exfoliant by Earthen Skincare


*Instant Peel Exfoliant by Earthen Skincare

I love a good peel.  I usually go for an acid peel but this particular peel uses proteins and enzymes to gently slough away dead skin cells.  I will admit that I was a bit skeptical but thankfully I was pleasantly surprised at how well this Peel worked!  The only negative I can say about this product is that it's kinda messy.  As long as you go into it knowing that things might get a bit messy then you should be good to go!
To use this special peel Earthen Skincare recommends that you steam your face for about 5 minutes before application to prepare the skin for ample exfoliation.  As a shortcut, I found it works the same if you just do it while your taking a shower, plus it's easier to clean up!
The actual product comes in convenient, individual packets which makes this peel a great one to travel with as well.  The peel solution itself reminds me a bit watered down paint.  You can either pour the product out into your hand and then massage into your face, neck and decollete all at once or you can do a little at a time and do it in sections.  I've tried both methods but I found it's less messy if you do it in sections.  Once the product is applied you simply massage it into the skin and as it dries it will begin to roll taking with it dead skin and debris.  When you feel like there is no more product left on the skin you can rise with warm water to reveal amazingly revitalized skin!  I was impressed how much more clear, vibrant and glowy my skin looked after just one use!  I'm a sucker for masks and peels and this one definitely made it onto my new favorites list!  
 I would recommend this for all skin types.  However, if you have super sensitive skin it would be a good idea to do a test patch first.
This Instant Peel Exfoliant by Earthen Skincare retails for $50.00 for 6 single use packets.  However, you can also find it on Amazon.com for $45.00 with your Prime Membership!

   

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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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Best BCAA by Natrogix



If you like to work out and and you want to get the most out of it then you should be using a BCAA supplement. There are actually many reasons why I think you should be taking a Branched Chain Amino Acids supplement.  First of all BCAA's are vital for helping to improve exercise performance and reducing muscle breakdown.  However, did you know that BCAA's are also often used to treat a variety of diseases?  Primarily, Lou Gehrig's disease, but they are also used to treat certain brain conditions due to liver disease, cancer patients, people who are confined to bed rest and also the elderly.  Plus, it also helps with muscle soreness post work out!
This Best BCAA by Natrogix contains 3 grams of Creatine which will help with muscle growth and endurance.  It also contains other potent ingredients like L Leucine, L Glutamine, L Isoleucine and L Valine.  This combination works synergistically to help you get the most out of your workouts!  As an added bonus it tastes pretty amazing too, kind of fruity but leaning more towards a peach flavor.  In fact, I was thinking about making some BCAA popsicle's out of it!


You can find this Best BCAA by Natrogix over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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, June 23, 2017

Oval Brush Set by Nora's Brushes


*Oval Brush Set by Nora's Brushes


It's always nice to get new brushes.  Especially when they are brushes that you've been wanting for a long time!  I have been dying to get my hands on these Oval Brushes forever but since I already have a ton of makeup brushes I really couldn't justify spending the money.  So, you can imagine my excitement when I was sent some to review!!
This Oval Brush Set by Nora's Brushes isn't the original, super expensive Oval Brush Set.  But, it's a great alternative and super affordable at only $23.95 and I think that's a great bargain for some seriously great brushes!
The brushes seem to be great quality and are made with hygienic, super soft, synthetic hairs which means they are also cruelty free!  I've been testing them out for a few weeks now and I have not had any issues with any shedding which is usually an indication of a poor quality brush and no shedding here!
The brushes blend liquid and powder foundation beautifully and I really like that they do not absorb a bunch of the product like some brushes can.  I haven't mastered the eye brushes just yet.  I think those may take a little more practice but I am a definitely a fan of the bigger face brushes! 
I highly recommend checking these brushes out for yourself or getting them as a gift for someone.

Here is a pic of my brushes and you can see some product on the brushes but barely any at all.  That's a good thing, that means less product is being used which saves money!



You can find this Oval Brush Set by Nora's Brushes over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary 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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Age-Defying Eye Serum by Nerium International ~ Giveaway


I've taken the last couple of months to really test out a variety of Nerium products.  I wanted to see if they could live up to all the hype and so far so good!  I most recently tested and reviewed the ever popular Age-Defying Night Cream and I can say I am definitely a fan of it and would recommend it if it fits into your budget.
Next up is the Age-Defying Eye Serum and another great Nerium product!  This Eye Serum is one that you will be able see instant benefits and results and well as in the long term benefits.  If you have puffy eyes this will rapidly de-puff them and you can say goodbye to dark circles!  It will also make fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.  The Age-Defying Eye Serum will immediately hydrate, tighten, lighten and brighten the entire eye area.  However, due to the tightening effect of this serum it may not feel as hydrating as other eye creams and serums.  
I've seen some really amazing results with this Eye Serum.  Some lucky peeps have even reported that they no longer need to use concealer when they use this Eye Serum!  Unfortunately, I'm not one of those lucky peeps but it has really helped with my puffy eyes, fine lines and at least made dark circles less noticeable!
The other thing is this Eye Serum is a little more labor intensive than a normal serum or cream.  There is a little trick to using this Eye Serum and to get the best results.  All you need is one pump for both eyes (they recommend using one pump for each eye but I found you can get away with one or one and a half for both).  Take a few seconds to gently smooth the serum around the eye area and make sure to pay close attention to those fine lines and wrinkles.  Once the Eye Serum is evenly spread you will need to stop smoothing and stay expressionless for 30 seconds as the product dries.  Voilà, a new, younger looking YOU!  
If you still feel you need to use concealer just make sure the Eye Serum is completely dry before applying any makeup, otherwise the Eye Serum can possibly ball up under the makeup (I know because I have had this happen to me and trust me it's not a good look!).

Here are a few un-retouched before and after pics that are pretty incredible...






The Age-Defying Eye Serum by Nerium International has been dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and is ideal for use on all skin types.  For ingredients and more detailed information you can go to Nerium.com.
The Age-Defying Eye Serum retails for $80.00 or you can get it for $60.00 it you sign up for auto-delivery.  If you would like to purchase the Nerium Eye Serum you can contact Nerium Brand Partner, Jennifer @ 541-815-1119 or visit her Nerium website!
You can also enter the Giveaway below and win a FREE Age-Defying Eye Serum!

The giveaway starts 06/22/17 at 9 a.m. PT and will run through 07/14/17 until 9 a.m. PT.
The winner will be announced by 07/17/17 and will be notified via email.



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!