It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of FarmHouse Fresh and their awesome body and skin care products. I’ve featured the brand several times here on the site and boy oh boy am I loving these two particular products, especially for summer. Today I introduce you to the FarmHouse Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic and Three Milk Ageless Night Cream. If you are anything like me and have dry skin year round, I think you’ll definitely want to tune into this post and read all about these beauties.
The Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic is an Instant Pore-Refining Toner. Retailing for $36.00. The toner comes in a 3.5 oz glass bottle and it’s a product that I’ve been absolutely loving lately. 99% natural, vegan and gluten free, this product really leaves your skin feeling and looking flawless. I’ve been loving how my complexion is looking lately and love this product more because it is alcohol-free. This toner smooths the skin and helps to boost moisture. Let’s face it, with my sensitive and dry skin, I need all the moisture I can get.
This product provides vital nourishment from U.S. grown organic aronia berries which is said to be a miracle fruit with one of the highest antioxidant contents ever recorded. It has a natural filter effect to help make pores appear as if they were never there. It literally is a new favorite and I love how it makes my skin look and feel. Since I don’t use foundation, this product really has helped my skin blossom the last month.
This toner delivers pristine rose water and a touch of a polyhydroxy acid to provide a light and long-term exfoliation. The berry vitamins help to visibly reduce the look of fine lines and I love that it’s a product you can spritz for on-the-go hydration for instant refreshment whenever you need it.
I apply this product after my morning skin care routine. I apply a mist evenly to my face and neck and when I have a little extra time, I’ll apply to a cotton pad and smooth evenly over my skin. This product should not be rinsed. I apply it at night when I feel I need an extra boost of hydration or if my skin is looking dull. I also love using this to help refresh my skin and cool me down since summer has already begun here in Hawaii and it’s hot. I love the scent of this mist. It reminds me of a light berry scent, though my husband says that he doesn’t smell berry, he smells a light sweet fragrance. I think the smell is a great way to jump start your day.
Now let’s chat about the Three Milk Ageless Night Cream. Anything with the word “ageless” in its title has me absolutely amused and intrigued. This night cream comes in a 1.7 oz glass jar and in a decorative box. It retails for $45.00. It is known as FarmHouse Fresh’s #1 selling face cream and boy can I agree because I think it’s wonderful. This cream is said to literally transform your skin overnight and I’ve been loving it. This “wonder milk” is uniquely rich and definitely hydrating. It offers a time-release delivery system of pure form retinol. Because so many retinol products can cause redness, irritation and dryness (I know this first hand), this product is definitely in a whole different leaque. The slow-release system ensures it delivers softness, illumination and firmness as well as other awesome benefits, without the usual side effects that you would expect or may have experienced with pure form retinol.
I didn’t expect that this cream would not only be thick but definitely smooth. But, you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully it blends into the skin and how well it works overnight. In the mornings I find that my skin feels so smooth and looks bright. After spending some time in the sun, I found that it’s been so beneficial in healing my skin and helping with my sunburn as well. (Of course, I do not suggest putting it on any open wounds or sunburn)
This cream includes botanical milks and skin restoring peptides that is in FHF daily moisturizer plus the restorative retinol and proprietary blend of vitamin extracts, moisture boosting ingredients and a cool creamy texture. I definitely think after the first use you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin’s texture and brightness as well as how fresh your skin looks.
A thin layer at night is all that is needed when using this product. I apply it to my face, neck and near my crows feet (just a little) as my final step in my night-time skin care routine. I have found over the last few weeks that it definitely has helped to hydrate my dry skin and revive my dull skin tone. You may also notice a decrease in fine lines, wrinkles and a firmer complexion. This product does have a fragrance, but it is light and quite nice. I didn’t have any scent sensitivities while using this product.
If you’re interested in learning more about these products including their full list of ingredients, definitely head on over to FarmHouse Fresh’s Website. Also, don’t forget to take a look at some of their other awesome products. I have a bunch of my favorites listed here on my blog, so definitely do a search for FARMHOUSE FRESH and read my thoughts on some of these awesome fresh-baked goods.
Thank you FarmHouse Fresh for sharing these delights with me. I am absolutely loving them and I know my readers will enjoy them too.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
Because plastic surgery, in general, has become less stigmatized, I decided I wanted to learn more about it, so I did a little research on breast augmentation. What I found out is that breast augmentation is the top cosmetic procedure in the United States with over 300,000 surgeries performed in 2017 alone. From young 20-somethings to women in their 60s, and even 70s, breast enhancement is in high demand. I also found out that surgical techniques have advanced tremendously since early breast augmentations, so women can now enjoy better safety and better results.
Another important thing I discovered is that no 2 breast surgeries are alike. Which means, your surgery should be individualized to fit your needs. Before surgery, you’ll have a consultation with your surgeon, and the 2 of you will discuss your desired results, personal anatomy, and your lifestyle. These are all things the surgeon needs to know before the surgery and to help with deciding on what size implant to get. Once the surgeon knows all this important information, he or she will create a customized surgical plan based on your conversation.
Make sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has years of experience performing breast augmentations. Plastic surgery is not something to be taken lightly—you want the very best for your body.
I found out that choosing an implant is more than just picking a cup size; you must also consider shape, material, and profile. Implants can be either round or teardrop shaped. Round implants provide more cleavage and a “fuller” look, while teardrop implants more closely resemble the slope of natural breasts. Implants can be filled with a saline solution or silicone gel depending on your preference. The “gummy bear,” highly cohesive gel implants have become very popular because to many people they feel more like natural breast tissue. You need to also think about what profile you want. In this case, “profile” refers to how much your implants stick out from your chest. Different implants will give you a different profile.
Like so many things these days, you have a lot of options when it comes to what type of incision is used for placing the implants. Your surgeon will help you choose one that is right for you. Options include:
Transaxillary. In this procedure, the surgeon makes the incisions in the natural crease of the armpit, so no scar is visible on the breast. Also, breast and nipple sensation is preserved.
Inframammary. This option makes incisions in the fold under the breast. This type of incision is good for silicone implants but may have an impact on breastfeeding. If you plan on having children and breastfeeding in the future, be sure to tell your surgeon because that might affect what implant placement is best for you.
Periareolar. In this option, the incisions are made along the edge of the areola. The scar is less noticeable than inframammary incisions but may result in nipple numbness.
Perithelial. This is an approach that makes the incisions beside the nipple and within the areola. Like periareolar incisions, these incisions are less noticeable than inframammary incisions, but they can cause numbness in the nipples.
Once the incision is made, your surgeon will create a small pocket for the implant. This pocket can be made on top of or below the chest muscle. Doctors typically recommend below the muscle placement for women who have little existing breast tissue. This will provide more coverage, so the implants feel more natural.
The Keller Funnel is an innovative new tool to safely that precisely inserts your implants. Board-certified surgeon Dr. Shim Ching uses the Keller Funnel in his plastic surgery center in Honolulu. According to Dr. Ching, the Keller Funnel reduces the risk of infection, allows for a smaller incision, and is gentler than traditional insertion methods.
During the consultation, ask if your surgeon uses the Keller Funnel!
With any surgery, you want to know about how long it will take to recover. What I found out is that breast augmentation recovery has improved greatly over the years, and your surgeon can give you information on how much time you’ll need. But regardless of the recovery time, it is important to carefully follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions. Typically, they will provide a specific timeline and list of tips for your recovery period. Some of these tips include:
Clearing your schedule—give yourself time to relax in those first few days post-op
Asking a friend or family member to drive you home from surgery
Choosing button-up shirts that don’t require raising your arms
Keeping everything that you’ll need close by, so you won’t have to constantly stand up
If you are interested in breast enhancement, do some more research about it and book a few consultations to meet with reputable plastic surgeons. Don’t rush into anything—wait until you’re 100% ready! You should be doing this for you and NOBODY else.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. For more information regarding Plastic Surgery and Breast Augmentation, please visit: Dr. Shim Ching
About two months ago I was introduced to Emme Diane by a fellow beauty blogger named Jen (MyBeautyBunny). She raved about how great the Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 was and I knew that I just had to get my hands on the product and try it out for myself. Living in such a warm climate like Hawaii, I was immediately smitten over the Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40, so much so – that I had to share it with all of you.
The Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 retails for $46.00. First, I wanted to touch base on the packaging of the product itself. I’m all about that easy to dispense life and the product is easily dispensed through a pump that makes application a breeze. I just wanted to put that out there, because the “no fuss, no muss” life is for me.
Okay, now that I have gotten that out of the way – let’s talk product. The Emme Diane website states that this tinted mineral sunscreen has a cult following and boy, let me just say – I can see why. Living in Hawaii, I want to make sure to help protect our precious coral but I need the protection from the sun that we experience more than 90% of the year. Emme Diane offers this Physical sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to not only protect our skin but also our ocean wildlife. The sunscreen applies so effortlessly and I love that it glides onto my skin without any issues.
The product is soft and silky and applies easily with my fingertips or using a brush. I tend to put it on after applying my moisturizer each day and while it is tinted, it offers a soft tint to help even out skin tone which is perfect for me. Emme Diane suggests applying it every 80 minutes after swimming or sweating, but I love using it on its own when out running errands or during a normal day for that sun protection that my skin needs. It is also suggested to apply at least every 2 hours.
The Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 offers you a sheer, mattifying look to the skin while leaving your skin feeling silky smooth (so it’s perfect for applying before makeup). I love that because it is non-comedogenic I haven’t had any breakouts and I have had minimal white cast when using this product. It blends into my skin tone perfectly. I have been dealing with many sensitive skin issues the last few months due to some health complications, so I really wanted to try something that would be gentle on my skin and this has been it. I’m not lying when I say that I LOVE this sunscreen.
I want to try out the Illuminating Tinted SPF next because with summer on its way, I’m all about that glow.
Have you tried anything from the Emme Diane line? If so, comment below and let me know. Emme Diane has been gracious enough to provide a discount for my readers and followers.
Use code: Honeygirlk10 at https://www.emmediane.com/ for 10% off. This code will expire in a year, so stock up on your faves now.
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
Skincare is such an individual thing for most people. What might work for some, may not work for others and sometimes products that are expensive or affordable may offer different results for each person. I have tried so many different skincare products over the years, that I kind of know what may be a dud for me the first few times I use it and what may turn into my holy grail of products. Today I’m going to be sharing with all of you my thoughts on a few products I have tried from PCA Skin. Prior to being contacted by this company, I really didn’t know much about them. But, I’m finally able to share my thoughts with you on products I tried from my specific treatment plan.
Let me start off by saying that this post is very long overdue. I have been using these products for quite a few months now but as a beauty blogger, I get so many skin care products to test, that it can take me a while to see what works and how it works in combination with favorites I already have in my beauty routine. PCA Skin sent me 5 products to try that were specifically recommended for me since I have Eczema prone, dry skin. I also wanted something that would help cleanse my skin since I had been struggling with acne over the last few months. I’m going to discuss with you what products I got and how I used them all.
Let’s start with the treatment bars. The Dry Skin Relief Bar (net wt 3.2 oz / 90 g – $40) was probably one of my favorite products that I had the chance to try out. This bar is formulated to help soothe and improve dry skin concerns, including psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. The bar is formulated with 3% salicylic acid and antioxidants. My skin really takes on a ton of damage during the winter months and that is usually when my Eczema likes to flare up. I used this bar daily and loved that it had a light lather and left my skin feeling clean without stripping the moisture that my face needed to keep from drying out. This bar can be used all over the body and even on the scalp which is perfect for dry scalp issues. I also enjoyed the fact that it helped to calm the recurrence of itching, redness, flaking, and irritation I often get from dry skin during the winter months.
I think the packaging was a bit of a challenge to work with (even if it came with a sponge to use with it) and I would love to see this in an actual bar form so it would be easy to use, but overall, I enjoyed this product.
The Blemish Control Bar (net wt 3.2 oz / 90 g – $40) was also a favorite. Honestly, I think the bars from PCA Skin are definitely worth checking out. The Blemish Control Bar is a skin purifying and cleansing bar that is perfect for oily skin or those suffering/experiencing acne. It is formulated to clear pores of oil and to soften the skin, while reducing existing acne breakouts. It also prevents future acne breakouts with 2% salicylic acid. With purifying ingredients like eucalyptus oil, this bar is definitely something for anyone experiencing unruly skin may enjoy. I can’t use this bar daily, but find that it’s perfect for once a week for me and keeps my skin looking fresh while purging my skin of impurities that tend to make it’s way to the surface. I haven’t had many breakouts since using this so I’m pretty stoked at how well it has been working for me. If you have sensitive or dry skin, you may want to use a little of this at a time and don’t use daily. I found that when I first started testing out the product, my skin became extremely dry for several days. Once I figured out the best solution for using it, it has been great.
Again, like the other bar, I’d love to see the packaging switch up on these.
The Intensive Brightening Treatment was something I was a bit scared to use but I do enjoy a good retinol product. This product is expensive considering the size of the tube (net wt 1 oz / 29.5 g – $109) and I honestly would be deterred by the price having not tried the brand before. But, I’m so so glad that I had the opportunity to try this specific product because I immediately was hooked after the first try. In just three days I noticed a huge difference in my skin. The discoloration I had before had lightened so dramatically that my mom just had to get her hands on this product immediately.
This retinol night-time treatment is powerful and creates an even, bright and radiant complexion. With pure retinol, resveratrol, and niacinamide to help promote a healthy glow while also improving discoloration, I loved the results. The Intensive Brightening Treatment has potent, stable ingredients that are patented in an Omnisome delivery system to carry the ingredients deeper into the skin for superior results. I have used many brightening creams in the past and I think this may be my favorite. I’m super thankful that a little goes a long way with this thing because with that price point, I’ll be saving my coins for a while before I can replace it. But, I have to say, it’s definitely something I’m going to repurchase.
Now, let’s talk Purifying Mask. The PCA Purifying Mask (net wt 2.1 oz / 60 g – $58) is a mask that is developed and formulated for oily, normal and combination skin. I was a bit worried because I have dry skin and I had hoped that it wouldn’t cause me any issues. This purifying mask is an at-home clay-based treatment mask that exfoliates, detoxifies and removes impurities from the skin. It leaves the skin feeling smooth and looking clear and bright. It includes a well-balanced botanical blend of ingredients to promote clear complexion while also having the clay included to eliminate the build-up of impurities in the pores. It gently exfoliates the build-up of surface debris, leaving your face with a smooth and clear canvas.
I have used this product the last few months and have enjoyed it, but I have to use it sparingly. I can easily have a dry spell or dry spots on my face if I use too much of it or if I use it too often. But, when I do use it, my skin feels so soft after and even radiant. It is definitely a mask I enjoy, but I have to make sure I’m not overdoing it too much. I love the way my skin feels once I remove it and how vibrant it looks, but it definitely does purify, so I have to be sure not to strip my natural moisture so much that my Eczema flares up.
Lastly is the Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 (net wt 2.1 oz / 60 g – $44). I use SPF daily because I have such sensitive skin and I’m not getting any younger, so if I can help my skin out by protecting it, I’ll do it. I have tried many different kinds over the years and I do have my favorites, so I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this one, honestly. This Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is quick absorbing, which is a huge deal for me since I’m always on the go. It is lightweight and perfect to be worn under makeup. It provides the skin with antioxidant protection and protects against UV rays. I thought it was awesome that it was Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation as well.
I didn’t notice any white cast while using this SPF, which is always a plus for me. And, my skin absorbed it well. Here are a few of the ingredients in this SPF for those who are wondering: Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Silybin, and Caffeine.
This SPF applies easily and again, it is so lightweight, I forget that I have it on. I have been using this on my sons as well since I always have it on me and they forget they have sunscreen on at all. I especially enjoy that it doesn’t make my skin feel oily or greasy and I don’t feel the need to overly reapply like other sunscreens on the market. I’m not a huge fan of the fact that it has Octinoxate in the formulation, but so far, it’s working for me.
So, after months of trying out these products from PCA Skin, I finally have some information to share with all of you. Overall, I do really enjoy the products I’ve tried so far. There are a variety of pros and cons for each, but I’m just really thankful that it didn’t cause my skin to go to war with me. PCA Skin was founded in 1990 and for over 25 years they have continued to provide great products for their customers and beauty professionals worldwide.
PCA Skin does not perform or condone animal testing at any point during their formulary process and all ingredients used have decades of research proving their safety on human skin. I was quite excited to try these products and as I mentioned before, I do really like them. I will be saving up some money to continue using these products as a part of my skin care regimen and I look forward to trying others the brand has to offer.
Interested in learning more about PCA Skin and it’s wide range of products for all skin types? Check out their website: https://www.pcaskin.com/
What about you, have you tried anything from PCA Skin? Comment below and let me know if you have or if there is anything I mentioned that you may want to try.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
Today I’m excited to finally bring you my thoughts on a few skin care products from ZenMed. I have had these products in my possession now for about 2 months (or more) and I am happy to say that I can finally discuss my results with all of you.
As many of you know, I have started to really live my life differently. Daily workouts and exercise and cutting out things like rice and soda from my diet (eating healthier in general) have been a part of my norm the last two months. Because of this, trying out new skin care has been a huge challenge. As your body starts to really purge the junk stuff from your system, sometimes your skin can get really good quickly or completely freak out. For me, it freaked out and really went bonkers with some of my skin care products. So, it took longer to try out products that I would normally be able to experience results with within a month or so. That’s why it took me so long to get this post up – I wanted to make sure it was not the product that caused my eczema flare up.
With that being said – let’s talk about ZenMed. ZenMed offers a plethora of products that they call: Reconstructive Skincare. It’s basically a product line that offers support to your skin. They claim that you can get healthier skin when following their pH balanced cleansing and moisturizing regime. I had the opportunity to try four different products from the line and I’m going to share my thoughts on each of them with you.
The Gentle Cleansing Cream is a light cleansing cream that feels really nice on the skin when applying. You apply this product to your wet face using circular motions. Once done, rinse it off with warm water and pat your skin dry. This cleanser is gentle enough to be used on your skin twice a day – though I only use it once a day at night. This cleanser removes impurities from your skin and leaves your face feeling refreshed. No irritations or over-drying which is great for my sensitive skin. This product is vegetarian formulated so that it leaves your skin clean without stripping it of your vital oils. The formulation is pH balanced and preserves your natural pH so your skin is left feeling soothed and nourished. ZenMed states that this is a product that is ideal for Rosacea sufferers. I love how soft my skin feels but it is left hydrated and clean when I’m done cleansing with this product.
ZenMed’s Anti-Redness Mask is next on the list. This is a pretty cool product because ZenMed says that this is ideal for minimizing the after-effects of a sunburn since it contains Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel. The Anti-Redness mask has a very effective anti-inflammatory agent included called Willow Bark Extract. The ingredient has long been know to provide anti-irritant and anti-redness effects to sensitive skin. It’s soothing and non-comedogenic using Green Tea and Cucumber to offer a quick solution for getting redness out of the skin and fast. This product can even be used on sensitive areas like eyelids to help calm the skin.
I have been enjoying all of the products I’ve tried, but the Anti-Redness Mask still intrigues me. When you use it, your skin feels immediately cooled and calm. I find that this is one of my favorites for soothing my dry skin from the colder months. I noticed that the redness around my nose and on my cheeks are not there as much as they normally would be.
Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 – Well, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like this product once I squeezed it out of the tube. Here’s the deal, when something says “lightweight and sheer formula”, I kind of expect it to be as such. But squeezing it out of the tube, it seemed to be a bit thick. But, I was relieved when it smoothed onto my skin quickly and felt like it was lightweight on. Looks can be deceiving (that’s for sure). This product is lightweight and sheer on the face. It’s oil-free with an SPF of 30 which is awesome, but it does leave your skin looking a bit dewy. But, that didn’t bother me one bit, since I really liked that it was gentle on my skin and super easy to apply. This cream absorbs quickly which I love so it’s also recommended for use under concealers or foundations (which I don’t really use). I love that I can use it on its own. I LOVE that it has sunscreen in it so it’s great for days like today when I need to run out of the house.
Like other products I’ve tried from ZenMed, this moisturizer has Green Tea and Certified Organic Aloe Vera which helps to calm the skin and moisturize.
For those interested in the type of sunscreen formulated into this product – here are the Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 1.5%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 5.5%., Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Green Tea Extract, Certified Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Methyl Gluceth-20, C15-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Phosphate, Vitamins A, B5, D, & E, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, TEA-Carbomer, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
The Organic Cream Exfoliator is free of parabens, abrasive particles, soap, oil and animal testing. This product was formulated and created to help oxygenate and revive the most sensitive skin types. This exfoliator utilizes rounded jojoba microspheres that work to help scrub and get rid of the surface of dead skin cell build-up while allowing for maximum penetration of your skin serums and moisturizers. It helps to visibly smooth and refine your skin’s texture.
I am very picky about the type of exfoliators I use and I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this one. The product is very creamy based but as you work it onto the skin, the jojoba microspheres massage and exfoliate the skin. This product can be used daily, though I only use it on my face once a week because while it’s gentle, I think it’s too much for me to use more than that. After the first use, I noticed my skin was definitely softer and smoother and I noticed a big difference in the texture of my skin after using it the last month.
Overall, I continue to use the ZenMed products I was sent to try as a part of my skincare regimen. I use it in combination with other products from other brands that I love and enjoy. The Skin Support products for Dry Skin have been a great addition to my skincare routine and while they aren’t particularly drugstore priced, they are reasonable in cost and fairly affordable in comparison to other products I’ve tried before.
I’m not quite sure yet if I will be continuing the use of these products once I run out of my current stash, but I definitely have some favorites. The Anti-Redness Mask and Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 have been some of my go-tos lately, so I may continue using them. I also hope to purchase the Support Serum and Nutrient Boost Spray to try out for myself, so if I do – I’ll be sure to share my thoughts with all of you.
Have you heard of ZenMed before? If so, comment below and tell me what you think. If not, are there any products I’ve tried that you may be interested in?
This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. As with anything on this site, all opinions are my own.
We are smack dab in the middle of winter and boy oh boy is my body really taking a beating. I’m just thankful and lucky that I have a list of favorite products that are my go-to when we’re experiencing dry, cold weather. Lately, I’ve noticed a decrease in the plumpness of my lips, whether it be the cold or just the fact that I’m getting older. So, I’m glad that the PMD Kiss is to the rescue.
Over the last month and a half (maybe longer), I’ve been using the PMD Kiss device. The PMD Kiss is a smart anti-aging lip plumping treatment that uses pulsating vacuum technology to create a fuller appearance of lip volume. It also restores the youthfulness to your lips and with daily use, the PMD Kiss will boost collagen and create a long-lasting plumped result.
This week I’ll be turning 38 and I noticed that after having my children, my very plump lips (at one time) have shrunk a bit. Having worked for a plastic surgeon, I wasn’t too keen on lip injections or fillers and when I was given the opportunity to try another PMD product (a brand I know and love), I couldn’t have been more excited. As we age, our lips basically lose volume and color (I’ve definitely lost a lot of pigmentation in my lips) and we begin to see more lip lines and wrinkles. The PMD Kiss is to the rescue to help us get youthful, sexy lips.
“I love that my lips look plumper, have fewer wrinkles and lines and have more of its original color to them while still looking natural and sexy.”
The PMD Kiss safely plumps your lips in a matter of minutes and provides you with visible results that literally last for hours. With continued use (I use mine daily), the PMD Kiss helps to boosts your collagen in the lips which increases the look of fullness and fades the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. I especially love that it revitalizes my natural lip color that I’ve lost over the years.
After the first time using the PMD Kiss, I noticed immediately the change in my natural lip. My lips felt softer and looked much plumper than before but the process itself didn’t leave my lips bruised. Furthermore, it was basically pain-free to do. Simply apply the device to the six sections of your lip (a guideline/diagram is included in your package) and use daily or as needed. Just a minute or two of time each day and you will notice results that are definitely lasting.
How to use: Apply PMD Kiss Smart Lip Plumping Serum onto your clean, dry lips. Power on the PMD Kiss and place the plumping tip firmly and directly onto your lip making sure you are creating a tight seal for suction. Use the PMD in the 6 sections outlined in the diagram (you’ll hear and feel the device working). Allow PMD Kiss to pulse 15-20 times on each section of your lips.
In the package, you will receive the following products: The PMD Kiss and a Smart Lip Plumping Serum. A total retail value of $139.00 for both.
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After using this device and serum for more than a month, I am absolutely loving it and it has easily become one of my favorite skincare devices. I love that my lips look plumper, have fewer wrinkles and lines and have more of its original color to them while still looking natural and sexy. If there is anything I’m not a fan of, it’s overdone or fake lips and this product definitely gives me the right amount of lip love.
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*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
Can you believe it’s already been a month since I’ve started using the PMD Personal Microderm Device again? I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by but I’m extremely excited to share my results with all of you. After using this device for a month (4 weeks), I am definitely looking forward to sharing with all of you how it’s worked for me.
Read all about my initial thoughts and first impressions of the PMD here.
The PMD Personal Microderm is an at-home device that allows you to bring the same type of results as that from a professional treatment, at the tip of your fingertips and comfort of your own home. PMD’s patented spinning discs are embedded with aluminum oxide crystals that exfoliate the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. The device basically gives you the benefits of a professional treatment, while helping to prep your skin to take in all the skin care that we love to treat ourselves with. After the process of treating your skin with the PMD, your skin is left feeling… well, great! Firmer, fresher and radiant!
I started off using the PMD with the gray disk (read all about the discs here) for the first few tries but then moved my way up to the blue disk (for sensitive skin) as my use progressed. Since I have naturally sensitive skin, I continued to use the blue discs and probably will stick with that when using this device. Using the PMD is easy and while it may take a little practice (especially in how you hold it and run it against your skin), once you get the hang of it, it will be an easy step in your beauty regimen. After using the PMD I applied the PMD Recovery Collagen Sheet Masks as apart of my treatment. These masks help to replenish and hydrate my skin while soothing it. It’s perfect as part of the process because my dry sensitive skin needs the extra moisture.
Now, let’s talk about results after a month of using the PMD. PMD encourages that you’ll see maximum results after 8-12 weeks of use and I’ve only been using it for 4 weeks, so please keep that in mind when reading. As you can see from my before photo, I had uneven skin tone throughout my face and discoloration in various areas.
In the photo below, I share with you my after results. Of course, as I always say – Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you can see where my skin is starting to really brighten and look much fresher than before. I also noticed that some of my fine lines are diminishing and not as prominent as they were prior to using the PMD Personal Microderm. My pores on my cheeks are also softer and not as defined and my sun spots (while still visible) are not as noticeable. Since I do not really use foundation, it’s important for my skin to look good.
Because of my sensitive skin, I used the PMD at its bare minimum required so that I would not have an eczema flare-up. But immediately after using the device for just a week, I noticed that my skin had already started to get brighter and felt much smoother. The discolored areas on my face had begun to lighten dramatically and my skin looks much more vibrant than the dull it had looked before. My nose had looked darker in comparison to other parts of my skin before using PMD because I got a lot of sun this summer, but the PMD helped in to even the skin tone in most of the places I had used it. I would have liked to really lighten my acne scars on and near my cheekbones but while it did not get rid of it completely, it did lighten how drastic they appeared on my face.
I’m excited to use the PMD on a long-term basis and compare my photographs to see the difference. I look forward to using the PMD Personal Microderm Device and can’t wait to see how it improves my skin overall. After using it just a month, I did notice a measurable difference in how my skin looks and feels. Since I’m creeping up on my 40s, I am excited to see how it will continue to help me.
You can check out the PMD Classic and other products pictured and discussed in this post by visiting the website. The PMD Classic retails for $159. But, you can get 20% off with the code: PRIMP20 This is the perfect opportunity for you to try out the PMD Personal Microderm for yourself or to give it as a gift.
Don’t forget to check out PMD Personal Microderm and share it with your friends. You can get the details of my “before” photos and more on the PMD here.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
This post is sponsored by PMD via the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to skincare products and gadgets, I’m always super duper excited to try them and share my thoughts with you. If you’ve been a long time follower of my original YouTube channel, you may have watched videos where I have raved about my first PMD device (about 8 to 10 years ago). Since it’s been a few years since I’ve used the PMD Personal Microderm, I was extremely excited to get the opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you once again. Microdermabrasion in the comforts of your own home? I say… YES! I was given the chance to try out the PMD and I can’t wait to share my results with all of you.
So, this will be a two-part sponsored post. For today, I’ll be sharing my first impressions (well sort of, since I’ve used this before) and the details on the product itself. I’ll also be sharing my before photo. In the second post, you’ll get my experience after using the product for a month.
I’ve used this particular device twice already (prior to writing this for you) so I’m excited to share my results with you in about 30 days or so.
Let’s talk about what Microdermabrasion. What is Microdermabrasion? Basically, Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells. Once the process is done, you reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. The PMD Personal Microderm is an at-home skincare tool that provides the same brilliant results as a professional, in-office treatment, but without the price tag. The PMD combines a Patented Spinning Disc technology with Perfectly Calibrated Vacuum Suction to leave the skin looking fresh and radiant. The claim is that you can see results after your 1st session and maximum results will be seen after 8-12 weekly sessions.
PMD’s patented spinning discs are embedded with aluminum oxide crystals that exfoliate the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. The calibrated vacuum suction works by increasing circulation and triggering the skin’s natural healing process, which helps to boost collagen and elastin. After the entire process of treating your skin with PMD, your skin is left feeling firmer, looking fresh and radiant and basically glowing.
Want to try PMD for yourself? Use code: PRIMP20 and get 20% off. (Excludes subscriptions and sale items) The PMD retails for $159 and the replacement heads are $20.
The Classic PMD utilizes one speed and comes with classic caps for the face and body. The treatment takes just 3 minutes to do and one treatment each week is all that is needed. I definitely recommend watching the video tutorial on how to use the device prior to using it for the first time.
Cleanse and dry your skin thoroughly
Start with the training disc (white disc). Practice on your leg or arm before using it on your face
Pull the skin tight to help the device to glide smoothly over the skin
Do not apply any pressure and do not stop or remain in one area. Move the device quickly across the skin in an upward motion.
Make sure you only do one pass per area
Following treatment, apply toner and moisturizer
Wash the cap and filter after each use.
There are different levels of discs and colors for each level so you know the intensity you are applying to your skin.
White Disc – Ultra Sensitive (training disc)
Grey Disc – Very Sensitive
Blue Disc – Sensitive
Green Disc – Moderate
Each disc will last 3-4 uses and most treatments last about three to five minutes. Everyone’s skin is different and some sensitive skin types may never need to increase their exfoliation level by moving to a different disc color. Some may have more coarse skin and may need to move to a higher disc level. Ultimately, the disc color used depends on your treatment goals and skin sensitivity overall. There are other discs available on the PMD website that can be used for Body, etc. You can check those out here.
It’s been a few years since I’ve used a PMD on my face. I stopped using it because my original device went missing. But, I’ve already started using this cute pink one now and have had two treatments. I’ve included my “before” photo below. This photo was taken prior to any treatments using this PMD unit.
As you can see from the photo above, I have uneven skin tone, discoloration in certain areas and a bit of scarring from old acne breakouts. I’m 37 years old and while I don’t have many wrinkles, my PCOS has contributed to taken a toll on my skin the last year. I’m excited to share with all of you my after photos in mid-November.
Definitely, check out PMD’s FAQs and get a look at some of the before and after photos on their website. I have been a huge fan of PMD over the years and it’s great to see that this company has continued to help many people with their skin issues. I’m excited to share my results with all of you!
Can’t wait to see my results? Want to try PMD for yourself and join in on this journey with me?
This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
My skin has not been my best friend lately and I have been working diligently to get it back on track. With the change in seasons, I find a good skin care regimen definitely helps the process. About a month ago, I start incorporating LaFlore Skincare into my daily regimen and today I share with you my thoughts and a little about each product and how it worked for me.
LaFlore‘s goal is to offer a skincare line that will awaken the power of your skin. The products target the skin’s Microbiome with the power of probiotics to provide skin wellness. LaFlore’s proprietary Probiotic Technology uses only active biomolecules at clinical strengths along with a synergistic blend of natural ingredients to achieve a state of skin equilibrium. Basically, this skincare line provides the skin with a probiotic defense while refreshing and soothing the skin throughout.
“I love learning about the science behind my skincare products, but honestly, I don’t often take into consideration all the formulations and terminology that come with it.”
By harnessing the power of probiotics, LaFlore works with your own flora (the microbes that live on the skin) and enhances the skin’s defense to protect it from a variety of environmental toxins and products that can harm the skin. Once the skin is stress-free, it can perform its functions and in turn have more energy to create collagen – to multiply and renew as needed. Your skin’s flora is basically restored to its healthy form.
I love learning about the science behind my skincare products, but honestly, I don’t often take into consideration all the formulations and terminology that come with it. Now that my skin has been suffering due to my PCOS, I find that I’m in need of finding products that will work better for me, instead of masking the problems. Unlike other skin care products, LaFlore gets to the root of the issue by targeting skin dysfunction at its core. Not only does LaFlore provide my skin with their patent-pending Probiotic Technology, it leaves my skin glowing. The probiotic is in a dormant “cry-like” state until it comes into contact with the skin, at which point it goes to work to enhance the good flora, leaving your skin looking healthy and glowy.
The main ingredient is Aloe, not water.
One important thing I found with LaFlore is that it features aloe, not water, as the main ingredient. Honestly, I was pretty impressed by that. As many know, Aloe has been clinically studied for its healing properties, anti-inflammatory actions and positive effects on the immune system and the skin. My dad always had an Aloe plant growing in our garden and we used it for the skin and for just about everything.
LaFlore Probiotic Cleanser is mild but infused with clinical strength ingredients like Perilla Seed Oil, Luteolin, Terpens and Phenols for natural exfoliation while still helping to keep the skin hydrated with proper circulation and cell renewal. I love that this cleanser can do double duty as a cleanser or mask (by leaving on the skin for one minute), or as an exfoliator with a washcloth. It should be applied to dry skin and rinse with warm water.
The LaFlore Probiotic Concentrated Serum also includes Aloe as well as Hemp seed oil, Sea Buckthorn fruit oil, St. John’s oil, Avocado, Squalane and Beta Carotene to bring back balance to the skin and to allow the skin to rest and heal while increasing cell communication. It helps to calm inflammation and boosts the immune system as well. The Probiotic Concentrated Serum can also be used as a spot treatment for blemishes or to help calm rosacea. I’ve enjoyed it as an all over serum, but LOVE it as a spot treatment since my blemishes have been freaking out a bit lately. Overall, this is probably one of my favorite products from the set, though I do love them all.
LaFlore Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer that works to strengthen the skin’s flora while increasing cellular metabolism and enhance collagen synthesis for a stronger skin barrier. This is all used to fight off stress from environmental aggressors, cosmetics, cleansers and soaps thanks to ingredients like Aloe, Pycnogenol, Bisabolol Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Vitamin D3, and Hyaluronic Acid. I especially have been enjoying using this moisturizer after the summer months. My family and I spent a good part of our summer in the sun and in the elements and I found that this moisturizer has been perfect for helping to rejuvenate, replenish and heal my skin from the elements.
“When the skin is functioning at optimal levels, collagen and elastin synthesis occur and skin renewal and barrier functions are also improved as is one’s complexion.”
Using these products is simple, but a bit different from what we or you may be accustomed to with other skincare. While most women tend to wash their face twice daily, LaFlore encourages to only wash at night. The reasoning behind this method is to allow for the soothing and refreshing ingredients of the Probiotic Cleanser to wash the day away and cleanse the skin for the serum to be applied. The Serum works overnight to replenish the good flora so you don’t want to wash it away the following day (in the morning). In the morning, you want to splash your face with warm water and apply the Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer, which will help to lock in hydration for your skin while offering protection throughout the day.
This line of products is really different from other skin care brands. It is free of petrolatum, silicones, and dimethicones. These ingredients can give a false impression that the skin is hydrated by trapping moisture at the surface when it really is suffocating the skin and sending it into a state of dormancy. LaFlore’s ingredients allow the skin to breathe again by increasing the cellular oxygenation. When the skin is functioning at optimal levels, collagen and elastin synthesis occur and skin renewal and barrier functions are also improved as is one’s complexion.
As a blogger, I’m constantly trying new products and there are so many on the market that have such outlandish claims. But, I’m always interested in the little details and I’m absolutely amazed at how much my skin has improved since using these products.
All LaFlore products are plant-based, organic and ECOCERT (plant friendly). They are also cruelty-free and free of Soy & Gluten, Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol/Butylene Glycol, Petrochemicals and Phthalate, Parabens, DEA, Sulfates, Irritants & Bleach and Diazolidinyl Urea Formaldehyde. The skin care line has two natural brighteners: The probiotic Moisturizer has pearls added to give an instant gratification effect and soon, the moisturizer begins to even the skin tone. The Probiotic Serum also has a brightening effect that happens on the cellular level by reducing the melanin and
The skin care line has two natural brighteners: The probiotic Moisturizer has pearls added to give an instant gratification effect and soon, the moisturizer begins to even the skin tone. The Probiotic Serum also has a brightening effect that happens on the cellular level by reducing the melanin and creates even skin tone as well.
Over the last month or so, I have found that I’m really enjoying this skincare line. It launched on September 16th and I have been loving it since the first day I started to incorporate it into my skincare regimen. For a 3-step system, it can be quite costly, but these products are not only concentrated, I’ve found that it’s offered wonderful results since I started using it. I’m a wholehearted believer that your skin is one of your biggest investments and I would definitely invest in LaFlore because I love the results I’ve received.
If you want to try LaFlore for yourself – get a 20% off discount with code: PRIMP20 at laflore.com
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review. This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
In December of last year, I shared with all of you about the HiMirror and what it has done for me. I would never have imagined that something like this would make its way to the market while I was still alive. And, I have loved using this unique tool now over the last 10 months or so and it’s become a part of my everyday skin care regimen. While I’m always amazed at the fun and interesting technology finds that make its way into the beauty community I’m also excited to see how they improve our beauty routines. While the first HiMirror has wowed me tremendously, I was so excited to share the newest from the brand. Today I introduce you to the HiMirror Plus. Are you ready to get the lowdown on this beauty?
While the HiMirror Plus is a smart mirror just like it’s sister the original HiMirror, there have been a plethora of upgrades that make this new mirror fun and definitely change up your beauty routine as you know it. A Smarter Beauty technology that takes your skin care game to new levels, offering innovative technology with the ease of an at-home beauty consultant.
Installation of this bad gal was easy and very quick. I decided that instead of mounting the mirror to my door as I did with the first HiMirror, that I wanted to have it on my little makeup table so it was available for me each day. A simple little frame, which I purchased on my own, made a great accompaniment.
The set up for the HiMirror Plus was quite easy to do and the instructions along with a handy YouTube video to follow made it a breeze. You do need to have your mirror near a plug so that you can plug it in and of course, you must have a WiFi connection to connect to the mirror. The app to help with analyzing and set up is available on iPhone or Android (I have Android) and it’s as easy as answering a few skin care questions. The setup process takes about 5 minutes and while it takes a little getting used to the actual use of the product, it’s fairly easy once you get started.
Once set up – you can start using your HiMirror Plus. Each scan of your face will analyze the following things:
HiMirror Plus can track your skin’s progress each day and record your skin’s current condition while comparing it to those from previous months. This Personal Beauty System provides you with a comparison so you can see which products are really working for you and which are not.
The HiMirror Plus also understands your skin care and personal needs. It will pinpoint areas on the face where you have individual areas that may need treatment, like:
These areas will be marked by the level of intensity compared to your overall complexion. This information is very useful in keeping up with the proper skin care regimen and products.
The HiMirror Plus has an HD camera that works to analyze your skin but also provides you with face recognition each time you turn on your camera. You can close and open the shutter to keep your privacy but this very awesome camera will detect your dark spots, redness, pores, fine lines, texture and so much more on your skin. Each time you take a photo with this camera, it will track your skins progress over time and give you tips on how you can improve your skin’s overall condition. It’s definitely a high-tech skin care loving friend that I think every girl needs.
What’s great about the HiMirror Plus is that it also offers voice recognition. This handy tool has been making it a little easier for me to operate the mirror when I’m not feeling the hand gestures that day.
The HiMirror Plus offers a variety of new upgrades as I stated before and that includes updates to the software. You can keep on top of your local weather, news and even listen to music without leaving the mirrors side. All of the mirror’s options give you a variety of selections for you to choose from. The HiMirror is powered by Big Data but all of your personal information is kept completely private and monitoring your skin care is easy with the mirror or smartphone app which is free to download.
The HiMirror Plus also has an additional tool to help with your skincare regimen. The HiSkin is a cool little device that you can purchase separately and connect to your HiMirror or phone via Bluetooth. You can use this handy tool to get accurate readings of your skin in the particular areas for a better analysis.
“This isn’t a cure-all or electronic technological fountain of youth, but more like an assistant to keep you on track.”
The HiMirror Plus is more than a Beauty Consultant, it offers you a variety of tools at your fingertips. You can magnify your beauty with HiMirror’s specialized lens and magnifying feature. There are two new zoom options now available offering you actual photo size, 2x and 3x zoom.
Like with all products I’ve tried, there are many benefits in my opinion – or pros, as well as cons. I think while the pros surely out-weight the cons, I did want to make a notation of some of the things that could use some adjustments to.
Hand gestures: Using the hand gestures is still something I need to get used to. My arm gets tired after trying many times to select an option. I know that it’s a matter of how the mirror is mounted and how fast you move your hand, but I’d love to see a touchscreen version to provide more ease. The voice recognition is definitely helpful, but my arms are tired.
Scanning products using the bar code to add to your Beauty Box: This is actually a very easy thing to use, however, I don’t ever keep my boxes for products so that means that if I want to add it to my beauty box, I have to scan the product before throwing the box out. It may seem like no big deal to do, but it can be cumbersome at times and that extra step can be a pain.
The dreaded cord: This one is probably the hardest for me to get over. The cord is not very long, so while it may seem like it’s not that big of a deal, for me, it can be. I don’t have an open plug near my makeup area so I have to plug in an extension and drag it into the corner to use it. A cordless version would be great, especially since I’m a clutz and have already knocked it down twice because I tripped on the cord.
Overall, I have to say that I’ve become accustomed to using the HiMirror Plus (and prior to that the HiMirror) so it’s easily a favorite tool in my beauty routine. Since I suffer from sensitive skin, this has been a tool that has totally made a difference in how I treat and care for my skin. I’m optimistic that HiMirror will continue to make additional improvements to make the device much more user-friendly. But, I do believe that with the options currently available, this product is genius and worth every penny. If you are someone who loves new inventions and looking for smarter beauty options, you will love this at-home beauty consultant. Of course, I try to keep it as real as I possibly can here, no frills or pretty pictures to entice you, just my thoughts on the product itself. I found that after using the original HiMirror over the last year (just about), that I was able to make it work for me and figured out what I needed to improve on when it comes to my skin. This isn’t a cure-all or electronic technological fountain of youth, but more like an assistant to keep you on track.
A few updates on HiMirror…
HiMirror recently launched their remote control on August 18th. Woohoo! So, both HiMirror and HiMirror Plus bundles are available that include the remote control as an option. Prices for each bundle are:
HiMirror + Remote Control: $149 + Free Shipping
HiMirror Plus + Remote Control: $229 + Free Shipping
There is currently a promo code valid for accessories for the HiMirror/HiMirror Plus which include — Stand, HiSkin, Smart Body Scale. Use Code: BCLA17 at the HiMirror Website.
I definitely suggest checking out this Personal Beauty System that will offer you skin analysis, skincare tips and so much more. Head on over to the HiMirror Plus Website and get all the details and see if this is the tool you need to up your skincare game.
Be sure to head on over to a few of my blogger friends and see what they have to say about the HiMirror Plus too:
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the PRIMP Network in collaboration with HiMirror Plus. The product featured was also provided for review and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see or read about on this site. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
As a child growing up in the 80s and 90s, Suzanne Somers was kind of a household name. A popular figure in infomercials and television shows, we knew the name and the face all too well. I still remember the first time my mom bought her first Thigh Master and it was a product she enjoyed tremendously. Till this day, my mom has purchased several and still has one in her possession. Between a fruitful career and various skill levels, she’s definitely an icon. This gorgeous being (who happens to be 70 years old and looks incredible) started her own cosmetics line called Suzanne Organics. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and beat it, but that also gave her the inspiration to create this gorgeous line of All Natural Makeup and Skin Care called Suzanne Organics.
I had the opportunity to try several products from the line and if I had to sum up my thoughts on all of them in one word, I would use – Awesome! As many of you know, my PCOS has been flaring up tremendously, so I’ve been trying to find products that not only work well with my skin issues but also don’t cause me to break out more. I’ve been impressed so far with everything I’ve tried. Let’s chit chat about each one I’ve used.
I wanted to make sure I selected a wide range of products and a skin care item I think is absolutely essential to me is body lotion. I have extremely dry skin that is also Eczema prone so I really wanted to give the Suzanne Organics Nourishing Body Lotion a try. The lotion comes sealed with a cap but it came with a pump which I was excited for. This lotion has become a favorite, leaving my skin silky smooth without the greasy feeling you can get from other products. It left my skin feeling soft the entire day and I’ve been using it daily since first getting my hands on it. As the first product I tried, I definitely was impressed right from the get-go.
Suzanne Organics has a great selection of anti-aging and skin care products. I also picked out the Suzanne Organics Anti-Aging Eye Cream because a great eye cream is something I can’t get enough of. This eye cream is their Top-Rated, organic and all natural anti-aging cream that is packed with some of the most rare, expensive and targeted ingredients like Swiss apple stem cells and sea algae extracts. The first time I used this product I was quite amazed. I don’t think I have a lot of problems with my under eye area but lately, I’ve been looking tired and this product helped to reduce my dark under-eye circles while also brightening the under eye area. My minor crows feet wrinkles seemed less prominent and overall my eye area appeared more youthful with use.
Suzanne Organics Liquid Oxygen Therapy Facial Serum is an elixir that soothes the facial skin and helps reverse the signs of aging. This product is basically like an expensive Oxygen Facial Treatment in a bottle. It hydrates the skin while revitalizing and rejuvenating. This serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and combats free radicals from environmental stress. All of this while promoting clear, smooth, healthy-looking skin and soothing my irritated and sensitive skin. They key ingredient is suspended oxygen (Perfluorordecalin) which bathes oxygen on the skin and helps to promote clear skin. I’m really enjoying this product. It’s completely lightweight which I love and soaks into the skin, without a sticky icky residue left behind and leaves my skin feeling moisturized all day long and soothes my dry skin.
Suzanne Organics Sheer Flawless Foundation was a product I just had to try. I got it in the color Medium Honey. Since I have been dealing with a vast amount of breakouts the last few months due to my PCOS, I thought giving this product a whirl would be great to put to the test. While most foundations coat the skin with a variety of dyes and fragrances, this tint uses nourishing actives and rich minerals with superior blending capabilities to color-match a range of skin tones. Made without PEGs, parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. This product uses no plastic or petroleum fillers and is gluten free. I was amazed to find out that it is made with organic botanical actives like soothing Aloe Leaf Juice, Tea Tree, Jojoba and Grape Seed Oils for a flawless skin with a smooth, velvet touch. Filled with antioxidant-rich super juice blend of pomegranate, goji, acai, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and more.
I applied the foundation using a damp beauty sponge. The application was easy and while the foundation looked a little on the pink side prior to application, I was impressed in how well it blended with my skin tone. This foundation is very lightweight and definitely sheer as it’s name suggests, but I found it to be build-able, which is perfect for me. Since I haven’t really used foundation in a few years, I truly enjoyed that I could decide whether I would go light or build up on my coverage when I wanted to. I didn’t experience any oxidation while using this foundation which great and on average I found it lasted for most of my day through the hot Hawaii weather. I set this foundation with the Suzanne Organics Sheer Pressed Powder in Medium/Dark and it helped to add additional coverage while keeping my makeup in place all day. I find that this pressed powder is great for setting but a tad bit too light for all over coverage and for me to use in place of the liquid foundation, but it is nice and I enjoy using it.
I set this foundation with the Suzanne Organics Sheer Pressed Powder in Medium/Dark and it helped to add additional coverage while keeping my makeup in place all day. I find that this pressed powder is great for setting but a tad bit too light for all over coverage and for me to use in place of the liquid foundation, but it is nice and I enjoy using it. It’s lightweight, smooth to the touch and silky, but I like that it applies easily without the extra work.
For additional coverage, I use the Suzanne Organics Perfect Finish Concealer. It’s a creamy concealer in a mini compact (with a mirror) and is perfect for spot concealing and even brightening up the areas to even out the coverage of the foundation. I love how lightweight this product is and tapping with the tip of my finger to apply or using a small synthetic brush makes application a breeze. While this concealer is a creamy type product, it sets like powder and I like that I can use it beneath my foundation or above for added coverage without worrying about moving. All day wear is another benefit I like and I find that I can use this on its own when needed too.
I got to try some gorgeous eye shadows as well. The Suzanne Organics Eyeshadow Essential Neutrals Quad offers four gorgeous shades to create an everyday or glamourous look. This quad features the colors Ivory, Flesh, Cocoa and Charcoal. Using organic ingredients and no artificial dyes, plastic or petroleum fillers, you rest assured you have pigmented eye shadows for any show stopping look.
I found that the texture of these shadows is quite different than I’m used to. While they are all very pigmented, they have a drier feel than the buttery shadows I’m accustomed to from other brands. Does this mean this is bad? No of course not. The drier texture and feel of these actually mean they have better longevity and performance on my eyelids and I find that the apply and blend quite easily. Over a primer, these shadows last all day. You can use them to apply a quick wash of color on the lids or build up the shades for an intense and dramatic look. I also find that since the formula of these shadows are drier than I’m used to, the darker shades apply wonderfully as a liner to the lids and lower lash line.
I also tried the Suzanne Organics Lengthening Mascara. This organic mascara has a pointed style tip to allow me to define each lash. I love the brush on this mascara because it allows me to apply the product to each of my little lashes. This mascara has held up on my lashes without much or any smudging, but I do notice that when my eyes tear up – it will run. It is a gorgeous black and really helps to define and somewhat lengthen each of my lashes for a pretty look. Like all of the products from Suzanne Organics, this is without all the funky things you can get in other cosmetic products.
Lastly, the Suzanne Organics Multiple Stick in Sunrise has been such a treat. I wanted to make sure I had a blush or lip color from the brand but found that if I picked up the All-In-One Makeup Stick, I’d have a plethora of options. This product can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips and adds a perfect highlight and color to the areas you need it.
In my easy makeup look above, I’ve utilized all of the Suzanne Organics Cosmetic products to create what you see. From foundation and concealer, setting powder and eye shadow, everything I used was from the Suzanne line. This line is perfect for day or night and simplistic to create. I also used the black color in the eye shadow quad as liner for the look and finished it all off with the multi-stick on my lips for a little color and my cheeks for some highlight.
Overall – I am loving this line. I’m not a fan of foundations but found that I’m really enjoying this one. I also love the performance of the products overall. As mentioned previously, Suzanne Organics products are free of all dangerous toxins that other cosmetics use. You get only healthy ingredients that your skin can absorb and the products are manufactured with certified organic ingredients. No plastic or petroleum fillers and the formulations are made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. The products are completely Gluten Free and of course, no animal testing is done.
Makeup and skin care are just a small part of what Suzanne Organics offers. You can get facial oils and deodorants as well as a variety of things listed on the site.
I know I’ve been featuring Pixi Beauty on the blog quite often lately, but in all honesty, I have a serious crush on the products I’ve been trying from the brand. Between the influencer collaborations to products they’ve been releasing consistently, I have definitely been crushing on the Pixi by Petra. Today we’re going to chat about some of their Skin Teats – like literally, that’s what tab they are labeled under on the website (and with good reason, because they totally are). These beauty mists have been my lazy girl best friends lately and I am excited to share them with all of you.
Everyone knows that a great makeup or skincare mist for the face is definitely essential but in some cases, it’s a luxury that many can’t afford. However, over the last year or so – brands have been coming out with affordable versions and Pixi is definitely killing it in the game. At just $15.00 each, you can’t help but want to give these babies a whirl and see how they work. I have been using these skin treats mists now for at least 2 months and boy oh boy, I’m in love.
The Hydrating Milky Mist is one I had on my mind for a few months and I was so excited to get it in my recent box to try. This deeply hydrating mist provides and invisible layer of skin-soothers and is the ultimate remedy for dry skin like mine. It’s feather light and offers your skin a surge of hydration with hyaluronic acid to help plump the skin. It’s perfect for all skin types and provides a blend of black oat, provitamin A, and linoleic acid to rejuvenate the skin and provide a perfect first layer of moisture before you apply serums and makeup. I shake my bottle and spray onto my skin in the morning or night (or anytime I feel my face needs a little hydration). It’s easy to apply and one of my favorites.
Before I go further, I also wanted to add that the spray nozzle on these bottles is great. You get the perfect amount each time you use it. I love it.
The Makeup Fixing Mist with Rose Water and Green Tea has also become one of my favorite products. Like most makeup setting sprays – this one prolongs makeup wear and keeps it from moving, melting and settling into fine lines and pores. With the rose water and green tea infused formula, this spray helps to comfort, protect and balance the skin for a fresh face. I love how it leaves my skin looking hydrated and really helps to give my skin a fresh look, regardless of how much makeup I have on. I don’t have to worry about looking cake-face with this product. This spray has replaced two of my favorites because it’s affordable and I love the smell. If you’re looking for a spray that will set your makeup while adding a soft-focus finish, you’ll surely enjoy this one.
*I use this spray after makeup or spray directly onto my makeup brush before applying eye shadow for a foiled, more intense look.
The Glow Mist is a product I’ve been using for quite a few months now and it’s one of my favorites. Since I don’t use makeup daily and I’m always on the hunt for a glowy, dewy look, I think this product is one that gets the job done when I need it to. The Glow Mist gives my face a luminous and glowing look while still leaving me with a smooth complexion. It’s enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts. It hydrates my skin while nourishing and also acts as a makeup setting spray while leaving my skin looking glowy and fresh. I use it in the morning or evening when I need it and I even spray some on my shoulders when I am wearing something that exposes them some. I love this product and I absolutely enjoy how it gives me that beachy (just get out of the water from a dip) look without being on the sand or getting wet.
Last but not least, let’s talk the Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist. First of all, I’m a morning person, so I love a product that just wakes up my skin so that I look like I feel – excited and ready to start my day. This mist offers a boost to my skin while revitalizing it and giving my complexion an awakened effect. The orange blossom water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavender, and arginine. This mist helps to strengthen and tone while adding hydration and a protective veil to the skin. It cools, refreshes and wakes up your skin to start your day. You can use this in the AM or PM and it works wonders for those days when you feel like you needed to snooze your alarm a few more times.
I am always excited to share Pixi products with all of you – especially when they are products that I’ve been loving lately. These are definitely some of my favorites and I’ll be stocking up on them as I run out.
I wanted to mention that Pixi is having a Friends & Family Sales Event – Save 20% OFF your order from May 16th to 23rd at http://pixibeauty.com (online orders only) This discount excludes Pixi Pretties Collection. Use CODE: pixifriends17 to get your discount.
So what about you, have you tried any of these awesome finds? If so, definitely let me know what you think of them. If not, is there anything you have your sites on?
Have a wonderful day and week.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. As with anything you see or read about here on my blog, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
We are literally just a few short days away from celebrating Mother’s Day. As a mother, I look forward to spending this day with my husband and sons because they are the ones that make me a mom, but this year, my eldest son will be off island for a band concert and I’m certainly going to miss him. If you’re wondering why it has taken me so long to share with you a little gift guide as I tend to do each year, well – that’s the reason! I’ve been able to spend this day with all of my boys since they were born so I have been in my own little pity party the last few days knowing that he wouldn’t be home. A few days ago, I realized that I needed to get over myself and be thankful that my husband and sons treat me like Mother’s Day is every day and no special day on the calendar is ever required. So – while I am a bit late at sharing my gift lift with all of you – I figured that I would make this post because any day is a great day to get a treat – right?
The first thing on my list is this gorgeous necklace from The Vintage Pearl which you can find on The Grommet. The Grommet has to be one of my go-to websites for finding unique gifts for my loved ones. This Messy Nest Necklace is a cute treasured keepsake and I absolutely love it. Whether you are getting it for your moms or grandmothers, I’m sure it will be a hit. The necklace starts at $42.00 and is handcrafted in the United States of antiqued silver wire. Each nest is handcrafted and filled with freshwater pearls – one for each child in the wearer’s heart. It’s set on a sterling silver ball chain and can be customized to match the number of children in the family. The creator of The Vintage Pearl is a mom herself and started creating from her kitchen table in hopes to be able to be a stay at home and work from home mom. This is probably one of my favorite pieces to share with you because it’s certainly a sentimental piece. I hope that The Vintage Pearl will offer this in gold one day.
Get a Messy Nest Necklace from The Vintage Pearl here.
Next is another gorgeous piece that can also be found on The Grommet. The Family Tree Necklace by Vintage Stamp Jewels is a great piece that can be worn every day. The delicate family tree charm represents the life connections that matter to each of us. You can choose the color and number of Swarovski crystal charms that accompany your tree. The bezel-set crystals can represent any important moments or people from birthstones of children or grandchildren, milestones and anniversaries or any special date or time that is close to your heart.
You can learn more about this gorgeous piece and get one for yourself or a loved one here.
Now, when I think of Mother’s Day – I always associate a really great face mask as a gift. Here’s the deal, I LOVE an awesome face mask and some of my favorites come from Miss Spa. If you’ve been a long time follower of my blog, then you know I’ve raved and talked about this brand a lot over the years. What I love about Miss Spa is their wide range of masks available for a variety of skin types and textures. You literally can find one to fit your needs or someone you love.
Did I mention that these masks are so affordable? Depending on the type you select, they start at about $4.00 each and go up in price from there and you can easily find a mask that suits you. I definitely love a great face mask for Mother’s Day because I don’t have time for an at Spa pampering so I love doing it at home.
You can learn more about Miss Spa products, purchase your own or get it as a gift here or at your local Ulta or Drugstore.
Bath Bombs are a favorite gift to receive and to give on Mother’s Day. For years my sons and I made creations of our favorite scents and dried flowers to give as gifts, a tradition that my sisters and I did when we were teenagers. One of my long time favorite handcrafted websites for great bath, body and essential oils is Sky Organics. I’ve been using their essential oils for a few years now and I just had to include them in this guide. All moms deserve a little pampering and bath bombs are those little fizzy wonders that just help any mom relax. Sky Organics offers their Organic Bath Bombs Gift Set for just $25.99 (one of my favorites besides my own handmade ones) and it includes 6 beautiful bath bombs in an assortment of scents – Caribbean Coconut (my favorite), Lavender Lemon Muffin, Love Potion, Mermaid Kiss, Strawberry Milkshake and Sugar Rose. These beauties are made in the USA and each bath bomb has a net weight of 5 oz. It’s a total steal for sure.
If bath bombs aren’t your thing, then be sure to check out their wide range of essential oils. They offer a set with all of their oils for just $50. Did I mention they also provide FREE SHIPPING. Head on over to their website here for more information.
LATHER is another company I recommend to anyone and they offer gift sets that are perfect for Mother’s Day or any day of the year. Their Dream On set ($58.00) includes their blue chamomile foaming bath treatment, lavender aromatherapy candle, Art of Tea sleep tea handcrafted loose leaf tea (organic), tea infuser, quiet night relaxing balm, eye mask, and a reusable gift box. All of these essentials are perfect for treating mom to a night of a little peace, quiet and relaxation. With my sleepless nights and insomnia, this kid would be the absolute perfect way for me to just settle down and relax.
Learn more about LATHER’S gift sets and products here.
I’ve been swooning over IT Cosmetics the last few months now and I knew I just had to include some of these beauties. Honestly, I’ve been totally stalking IT Cosmetic’s website now making a VERY LARGE wish list of items I want to try. I have literally only tried their Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment and Bye Bye Under Eye, so I find that this portion of my post has an ulterior motive for me… hehehe! Maybe my friends and family who see this will snatch something from IT for me for Mother’s Day. Hey, one can hope, right. j/k! This year IT Cosmetics is offering a bunch of IT girl essentials that will literally have your Mom feeling her most beautiful on this special day and always.
The Your BeautifulBasics Airbrush 101 5-Piece Face and Eye Getting Started Brush Set $58 is the perfect set for any makeup loving addict. Every woman needs a great basic brush set in her makeup bash and the Airbrush 101 is how you get started with it all. Blend, blur, buff and perfect for a flawless airbrushed finish with a brand of brushes that are known to be super soft and luxurious.
Now – of course, makeup brushes are definitely my thang so I had to share with you the Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5-Piece Face and Eye Travel Brush Set. This set retails for $30 and it wold be a great hit for Mom. An awesome powder, eye shadow brushes and liner brush can help you get ready in a flash. Four brushes are included to line, define, smoke out and blend. Plus, you get an all-over complexion brush for all the basics from foundation to blush and illuminizer. This is a great kit that includes the tools to get that fab look.
The Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment ( I just mentioned about how this is one of the products I have tried from IT) is also a great gift selection. But, this NEW Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment is now available in Rose. It contains the essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants for your softest and smoothest looking pout while it flushes your lip to the perfect rosy pink. The original is my go-to when I’m in a rush or not feeling makeup but want a little color to my lips. It’s definitely something I’d buy for my mom and something I’d love to receive as a gift. It retails for $24.00
Lastly from IT Cosmetics, I wanted to share with you the Bye Bye Pores Blush (retail $24). This award-winning Bye Bye Pores formula is infused with optical-blurring pigments which instantly diffuse the look of pores and discoloration. It’s filled with skin-loving ingredients like anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants, and peptides which will give any Mom (any body) a youthful flush. I definitely think this is perfect for me or my mom because we love a great blush and anything that is infused with ingredients we love, well – it’s definitely a must have.
You can purchase any of these products on IT Cosmetics website here.
Who says hair products and tools don’t make great gifts? Not me! I would love to get a fab hair tool for Mother’s Day so I figured I would include something that would help mom eliminate the “hair tool storage” and get a 3 in 1 that can do the trick. The CHI Ellipse 3-in-1 Styling Iron is a great tool to make convenience mom’s game. You can create a multitude of looks using this very versatile styler that includes 3 styling options in one tool. With Teflon and Titanium plates to create smooth and sleep styles on a non-stick surface. You can great smooth hair, curls and waves with just one tool. The styler has adjustable temperature settings that heat up to 410 °F / 210 °C. It has a ceramic heater for consistent temperature and an LED touch sensitive temperature control and display. You also get a temperature lock feature (oooh… fancy) and a 1 hour shut-off. I also love that it comes with it’s own glove, so you have everything you need for the perfect hair style. The CHI Ellipse 3-in-1 Styling Iron retails for $110 but the price is reasonable considering the quality of the product and the fact that you can use it for more than one style.
You can learn more about this tool or grab one for yourself or your mom here.
This next gift idea is untraditional, but definitely something worth mentioning. The Revolar Instinct (I’ll have a full review on this product in the next week or so) has been a very important part of my everyday. Retailing for $80, this little device can be the perfect gift in a big way. The Revolar is a product that is brand new (the Indiegogo campaign has just completed) but a tool that I think is very worth the while. It’s a quarter sized connect button that with 1-3 clicks, the Instinct can send different custom alerts to friends and family to let them know where the user is and what level of help they need. Unfortunately, sexual assault is on a rise here in the United States and violence against women is at an all-time high. You can send help to your location with a few clicks of this wearable device. It not only empowers you to be proactive about your safety, but this little Instinct will help ou stay in touch with loved ones as well. Did I mention it also tracks your steps? There are no chords, and easy to use device and you can replace a battery in about a year so you don’t have to worry about charging it. Last year my mom was sitting in a parking lot when someone tried to attack her. Luckily she was in her car and was able to escape. When I was 4 years old, a man attempted to kidnap me, I was in his car and he was about to drive away when my dad stopped him in his tracks. Devices like this are easy to use and definitely worth it. I wish I had one for each person in my family. I had to share this with you because it’s a gift I think that would be invaluable to any mom and anyone. Like I said, a full review will be coming soon – so stay tuned.
Learn more about the Revolar Instinct and find out how to get one for yourself here.
I’ll be honest, as a mother, I can honestly say that any type of gift is such a wonderful sentiment, but I never expect it. I think that Mother’s Day is every day of the year for me and I’m so lucky to call myself a mom. I love creating handmade gifts for my mom and my mother in law from all of us because I think it’s special and I’m quite good with a glue gun. Little flowers or hairpins decorated in fabric or paper always seem to make our loved ones happy. At the end of the day – a gift should come from the heart, whether purchased or made. My sons make me handmade cards each year and I cherish them with all my heart.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
I want to remind you that Mother’s Day is every single day of the year. If you’ve been following me a while then you know that I believe this to be so with Valentine’s Day too. Hmmm… I wish Christmas and birthdays were every day of the year also, hahaha! Anyway – no matter the gift or sentiment you give to the moms in your life, make it special. This last minute gift guide was not intended to be late, but I’m reminded that a present for mom doesn’t have to be given only one day a year so even if you miss picking up one of these for that special lady in your life – feel free to use this as a guide to put together a special treat for her at anytime.
I want to take this time to wish all of the mommies out there (whether you have human children or fur babies) a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday. May your day be filled with lots of love and hugs and a whole lot of warmth and happiness.
“To the world you are a Mother, but to your family you are the World.”
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were sent for review consideration, while others were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see on this site. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
I know Spring has hit Hawaii when I drive around the up country area where I live and notice purple blossoms from the Jacaranda trees that line our streets here. But, that is not the only thing that reminds me of spring – besides the trees and of course the weather, my skin texture and need for certain products definitely changes. I’ve been using Rodial products for about a year now and I find that my skin really soaks up all the benefits of the products during the cool spring months. It’s that time of the year when we are starting to transition from colder months to warmer here in Hawaii. Today, I’m going to share with you some products I’ve been using the last month from Rodial so let’s get to it, shall we?
Rodial is a UK based brand that recently made it’s way into the United States, offering a variety of skin care and cosmetic products. I have tried several products from their Dragon’s Blood, Stem Cell Super-Food and Snake lines and for the most part, I’ve been quite impressed with the products I’ve tried so far. Today I’m going to be sharing with you 5 products that are “new to me” and recently added to the Rodial line up.
The first products are makeup types and include the Baking Powder ($48.00) and The Baking Brush ($46.00).
The Baking Powder (New Product) is a loose setting powder (I got the color 01) that helps you to achieve the perfect flawless base for your makeup. This setting powder is silky and quite smooth which is ideal for “baking” your makeup – a technique that has been used for years in the drag communities and by makeup artists, and has recently (over the last year) become a popular step in the beauty community and YouTubers alike. Baking your makeup is all about flawlessly setting your makeup without creasing or caking.
While you can pretty much “bake your face” with any loose translucent powder – I prefer when doing this method of makeup that the powder be smooth and lightweight. I also prefer a powder that will add a bit of brightness to the face effortlessly, without leaving a white cast behind when sweeping the powder away. I must say – I was quite impressed with the Rodial Baking Powder. It’s smooth to the touch and feels great on the skin. Once you sweep the powder away – you are left with a flawless makeup application.
I will say however, that the amount of product you get – 4g / 0.14 oz Net. Wt. is not a lot considering the price tag. While a little goes a long way with the product, especially since it is such a finely milled powder, when using something like this specifically for baking, you will go through product quickly and I think at $48.00 – that’s quite a hefty cost to have to replenish the product when you need. The powder comes with a sifter which allows you to really get the right amount of product each time and hopefully eliminate an spill accident, but if you are someone who bakes your makeup often, you may need to buy a new one sooner.
If you are like me and rarely uses a technique like this, this product will last you a long time. It feels great on the skin, like silk and you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Ingredients: Ingredients: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Boron Nitride, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Aqua (Water), Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract May Contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)
Next is The Baking Brush (New Product). There’s not much to say about this brush except I really like it. This brush is perfect for removing powder or applying it to the under eye area because it is so so soft that it will not affect the under eyes with an pulling or tugging. This brush has been specifically designed with soft, dense hairs to allow for easy application of the loose powder as well as the perfect softness to remove the loose powder when your baking is done, leaving your skin looking flawless without “cake face”.
What I also love about this brush is that it is dense enough to pick up and apply any pressed powders and makes a wonderful bronzer brush for contouring or adding definition within the hollows of the cheek area and forehead. I found that I was able to get the perfect bronze with this brush because it blends the products effortlessly. The brush bristles are so soft. I’ve looked all over the website and couldn’t find information on the specific type of bristles the brush was made with, but have been advised by those that have used the brand that they are indeed synthetic brush hairs… which is awesome. It feels so good, you’ll definitely want to use this brush for everything and I have just about tried it on most of the my face products (with exception to foundation) and have enjoyed it. The ferule is very well made, tightly cinched in place and the handle, while it does have weight to it, is not overly heavy but balanced well in my hands. Yes, this brush is a bit costly, but considering the quality I’ve found it to have, I’m beyond impressed with it and I’ll definitely look into other brushes from the Rodial line.
Next in this line up I also tried a few more products from the Dragon’s Blood line. The Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper was definitely something I was excited to try when I seen it in the box. It’s an interesting product and I do enjoy a good lip plumper so I opened this product first before any of the others.
The Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper retails for $30.00 and you 3mL / 0.1 fl.oz. of product. Not that much product if you ask me, considering the price point. This lip plumper was designed to nourish your lips while boosting the lips volume instantly. They call it a “moisture-rich plumping miracle worker.” It’s suggested to apply this product twice daily generously to the lips or as often as needed to provide an instant boost of moisture and plumping action. The site also says that you may experience slight tingling sensation on your lips upon your initial application.
So here’s the deal. While I was very excited to see this product in my box when it arrived, after trying this particular one, it’s not my favorite in the bunch. First, getting the product out of the tube took quite a while. To dispense the product, you click the back of the pen like packaging till the product dispenses through the brush tip. Let’s just say that it took me well over 90 presses to get that darn thing to come out. By the time it was slowly making it’s way to the applicator, my fingers and hand was already uncomfortable and tired.
The brush made the product easy to apply, and I really liked that the actual lip product had a tint of color. It’s the perfect type of shade for a natural, everyday glossy look and the product, while just a bit sticky, applied pretty easily. I didn’t find any weird residue left on my lips through out the day and it wasn’t so sticky that I couldn’t purse my lips together after applied. I did find minimum stinging and tingling which was great (considering they use chilli extract as their ingredient for the plumping) and the smell was almost minty and kind of pleasant for me. I will say however, do not taste the stuff, it has an odd taste that really didn’t sit well for me… I’m not sure what it is, but I didn’t like it. It’s not chemical, but a weird mint and herb taste, if that makes any sense. The plumping was definitely instant after application but not abnormal. My lips seemed a fuller without looking weird and the effect was nice. This gloss like plumper does not last a long time, so you may need to reapply after it comes off for optimal effect.
Cautions: Contains chilli extract. In case of discomfort, discontinue use. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse well with water.
The Dragon’s Blood Velvet Cream was another product I got to test out. Retailing at $85.00 for 50mL / 1.7 fl.oz. worth of product, you get a good size tub of product for the price point. While it is expensive, considering the brand and their products, it’s something you can definitely expect. There’s one thing for sure with Rodial, their product packaging always goes with the particular product line, which I like and the packaging is nice and definitely well made.
This cream is interesting. It’s a rich cream with a texture that kind of reminds me of a whipped body butter. It applies smoothly and evenly and I love how nicely it blends and rubs into the skin. Rodial says that this cream offers a multi-dimensional hydration that leaves the skin feeling deeply nourished and I can definitely agree with that. After apply to my face I felt like my skin got a boost of moisture and I really love the fact that it doesn’t feel heavy and my skin just drinks it in. If you have dry skin like I do, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this cream. I found that using it at night has been best for me my skin feels soft and smooth the next morning. You can definitely use it morning or night – but for me the night use is best, but I have enjoyed using it during the day as well. It doesn’t have a bad scent, but smells oddly like a weird herbal citrus, I can’t quite figure it out. This product is expensive however, so I say if you can splurge, great – you’re skin will surely enjoy it. I also really like the fact that ingredients like Squalane are included so I can eliminate a few other products in my routine when using this cream.
The Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water is the last product that I got to try out this time around. Retailing for $36.00 the water includes 200 mL / 6.8 fl.oz. worth of product. The Cleansing Water was designed to remove all traces of makeup and give your skin a burst of freshness while hydrating and soothing your skin. This cleansing water can be used on both the face and the eyes and is formulated with rose water.
Honestly, I have been using cleansing and micellar waters on my eye area now for over a year. I know you shouldn’t but, I do and found that this particular one was quite gentle in that area. My eyes didn’t burn or feel irritated which I liked. Since this is a no-rinse formula, it was perfect to use for cleansing in the morning as well. With ingredients like rose water, vitamin B3 and the Dragon’s Blood – this product is said to soothe sensitive and stressed skin while illuminating and brightening the skin and evening out the skin tone. With some of my favorite ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3, I definitely am liking the results of this product. This particular product is perfect on days when it’s hot and my skin feels parched and I love that I can use it day or night and all over my face without any sensitivities or issues. It’s not a sticky liquid, but leaves my skin feeling hydrated so if I had to skip moisturizing for any reason, I know my skin will not be left overly dry after use.
Oh – did I mention how it removed my makeup? My waterproof mascara or brow pencils come off without any issue and I like that my eyes don’t burn at all, of course, if I got the product directly into my eye area – that may be a different story. This is a product I know I’ll for sure continue to buy and use – I could stock up on it because it truly is my favorite out of all the ones I wrote about in this post. I have very sensitive eyes and to find a product that doesn’t burn them, at all – well, yes… I must stock pile that like it’s the zombie apocalypse and I need them all.
Cautions: Avoid getting product directly in the eyes. If direct contact occurs rinse well with water.
Of course, each person’s skin and skin care routine differ and what may work for you – may not necessarily work for me and vice versa. Ultimately, I enjoyed most of the products I tried that I discussed in this post. I have used several products from Rodial over the last year and have enjoyed “most” of them. I do think some of the products can be a bit overpriced, but considering the brand name, you often pay for the brand name and reputation. Many of the ingredients in these products are really nice for the skin. I’ve been using these products now for about a month and I haven’t noticed any sensitivities (I do have sensitive skin) and I can’t say that I’ve experienced any weird breakouts. If I had to suggest at least one product from the five I talked about here today, I definitely think trying the Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water would be a good one to start with.
So – while this post was a bit “long winded” I wanted to make sure to be able to provide you with as much information that I could so you could decide if this brand or these products would work for you. As I mentioned before, I do have other products that I’ve shared on social media but didn’t quite write about here, and I plan to over the next few weeks (so stay tuned). You can purchase these products at: http://www.rodial.co.uk/us/ – I love that they are available in the US now.
What about you? Have you tried any products from Rodial or any of them that I’ve discussed in this post? Are there any products that you tried that I must get my hands on? Let me know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see or read about on this site. Free products, press samples or sponsored posts do not warrant an automatic “positive review” at any time. Affiliate links are posted throughout.