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With news articles and stories all over the internet, I’m sure you’ve heard the words:  “Sea Buckthorn berry” before, I know I have and over the last few months, it’s become quite popular.  Dr. Oz calls it the “Miracle Berry” and others rave about how it’s a power-packed super fruit that should be on everyone’s radar.  So – what is this berry and why is it becoming so popular?  Today, I’m going to share with you some sea buckthorn products from SeabuckWonders and hopefully I can share with you a little more on this product so you are armed with some information.

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The sea buckthorn berry has over 190 phytonutrients and fatty acids (ALL the omegas: 3, 6, 9 and the rae Omega-7) that help to protect against many diseases (including breast cancer), but it also provides soothing relief to many.  Many breast cancer patients use sea buckthorn products to reduce the negative effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments and there are a variety of different uses for this berry in general.  For those that are looking for an improvement in your skin – sea buckthorn if filled with antioxidants, vitamins A, E and beta-carotene.  With a treasure chest of nutrients, sea buckthorn has been a secret beauty aid in Eastern Asia for over a 1000 years to provide the lasting and necessary benefits for ever-lasting beauty.

Seabuck thorn berry oil is not only high in Omega-7 which helps to moisturize the cell membranes, but the anti-inflammatory properties can have a hugely positive effect on blood levels.  I was especially intrigued by this particular miracle berry because of the recent health issues I’ve been experiencing and sea buckthorn berry is known to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels while reducing  inflammation, dry-eye symptoms, vaginal dryness and dry skin conditions.  It can also assist in hydrating the digestive tract and internal organs and I love that it’s great for the skin and nails – which for me take a beating during the colder months.

So – now that I’ve given you a little information on this miracle berry – I’m going to share with you a brand and their products that I’ve been using over the course of the last few months.  I’m excited to share these with you because I love products that are affordable and easy to attain.

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SeabuckWonders is the first company that brought Sea Buckthorn products to the United States.  The sea buckthorn berries that they harvest are exclusively harvested from the prestine Tibetan region where high altitude and harsh environment have equipped the sea buckthorn with extraordinary biodefense mechanisms with numerous life-giving nutrients such as the rare Omega-7.  The SeabuckWonders 100% pure Sea Buckthorn oil contains up to 30-35% Omega-7, the highest concentration known in the natural world, that provides the best results possible.  All of SeabuckWonders products are made of 100% Pure, USDA Certified Organice Sea Buckthorn Oil, are Kosher Certified and are also Non-GMO Project Verfied and Gluten Free.

I tried four products from the line and have my eyes set on a few others that are on my wishlist to pick up.  The first I’m going to talk to you about is the Ultimate Hair, Skin and Nails Supplement ($34.97 – 60 vegan softgels / 500 mg each).  This supplement helps you to go below the hair, skin and nails to the root of any problems.  By combining biotin with the cell membrane nurturing properties of sea buckthorn oil, the blend offers the best support for strength and beauty.  As I mentioned previously, winter takes a toll on my body (especially my hair, skin and nails) and I make it a point to take a daily supplement to help with this.  The SeabuckWonders Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails supplement (with Omega-7 and Biotin) have helped to keep my hair stronger than usual while keeping my scalp moisturized so I don’t experience dry, itchy or flakiness.  I noticed after about 2 weeks of taking this supplement that my nails grew faster (my nails naturally are long and grow, but they are at their strongest during the summer months and tend to be brittle during winter).  They not only were growing faster but also stronger without treatment of my cuticles.  My skin is not as dry as it usually is during the winter which to me is probably the biggest plus to see.  Normally – my skin is so dry I am lathering layers of moisturizer to combat my Eczema.  This is the first winter in a long time since I’ve experienced an Eczema flare up thanks to my skin being so hydrated.

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  •  Cell membrane nurturing Omega-7
  •  5000 mcg of Biotin
  •  Vegan
  •  Gluten Free
  •  Available in 60 vegan softgels/500 mg each

This is the first winter in a long time since I’ve experienced an Eczema flare up thanks to my skin being so hydrated.

The SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser ($16.97 – 4 fl.oz / 120 mL) has also been a welcoming part of my skin care routine.  During the winter my skin is so dry that I often layer on different types of moisturizing products but it can also cause my skin to look and feel dull while also causing me to breakout.  This exfoliating facial cleanser has been awesome to use the last several months because it not only deep cleans my skin but boosts my skin’s vibrancy.  It’s gentle and doesn’t strip my skin of it’s natural oils (which I definitely need) but still exfoliates my skin, leaving it smooth and clearing up my complexion.  This is a facial cleanser that is ideal for all skin types because of it’s nutritional properties and leaves my skin feeling clean, balanced and just awesome.

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  • Enhances skin tone & texture
  • Gently exfoliates & detoxifies
  • Made with certified organic Sea Buckthorn
  • Vegan; Non-GMO
  • Paraben-free; Leaping Bunny Cruelty-free
  • Dairy-free, Wheat-free and Gluten-free
  • Naturally scented with essential orange oil
  • pH-balanced for all skin types

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Vegetable Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Coco Glucoside, Carrageenan, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Phenylethyl Alcohol, Sodium Phytate.

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The SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream ($19.97 – 1 fl.oz. / 30mL) has also been a great addition to my skin care regimen.  This product includes all the great ingredients that the others do like the Omegas (including Omega-7) and packs a lot of moisture for my dry skin while still keeping my skin in balance.  Absolutely lightweight and applies like a breeze, my skin drinks this facial cream up and stays moisturized and rejuvenated all day long.  This facial cream helps to minimize my fine lines while smoothing and softening my complexion.  I also enjoy the added benefit of it protecting my skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environmental pollutants.

  • Moisturizes and rejuvenates
  • Supports skin cell functions
  • Protects against visible signs of UV-induced stress
  • Enhances skin tone and texture
  • Made with certified organic Sea Buckthorn
  • Vegan & Non-GMO
  • Paraben free & Leaping Bunny Project Certified Cruelty-free
  • Dairy-free, Wheat-free & Gluten-free
  • Naturally scented with essential orange oil
  • For all skin types
  • 1 fl. oz. (30ml)

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Shea Butter, Essential Herbal Blend (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Cornflower Extract, Roman Chamomilla Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Essential Orange Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Pro-Vitamin B-5, Allantoin, Vitamin E, Ethylhexylglycerin.

SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion ($14.97 – 6 fl.oz. / 180 mL) was also a hit for me.  It was awarded the Delicious Living Beauty & Body Award in 2013 and I can definitely see why.  Filled with a potent infusion of Omega 3, 6, 9 and the powerful skin-healing Omega 7, SeabuckWonders Body Lotion provides nourishment with age-defying properties for soft and healthy skin.  I think this product will easily be a favorite of mine for years to come, especially during the winter.  It’s intensely moisturizing without feeling oily/greasy or sticky.  When applied to the skin, it soaks right in while leaving my skin and body feeling touchable soft.  With a high concentration of sea buckthorn oil, this lotion allows for superior moisture retention while protecting the skin from various signs of aging and effects of exposure to the sun.  My knees, elbows and feel LOVE this lotion and I love the light orange scent.  It’s amazing!

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  • Moisturizes and protects
  • Supports skin cell functions
  • Protects against visible signs of UV-induced stress
  • Made with certified organic Sea Buckthorn
  • Vegan; Non-GMO
  • Paraben-free; Leaping Bunny Cruelty-free
  • Dairy-free, Wheat-free and Gluten-free
  • Naturally scented with essential orange oil
  • For all skin types
  • 6 fl. oz. (180ml)

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Essential Herbal Blend (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Cornflower Extract, Roman Chamomilla Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Essential Orange Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Pro-Vitamin B-5, Ethylhexylglycerin, Vitamin E.

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I have my eyes set on a few other products to try from SeabuckWonders, especially the supplements.   As I mentioned previously, I have been dealing with a plethora of health ailments, so adding some new supplements to my regiment will surely help.  I’m beyond impressed with the products I’ve tried so far and I am definitely interested in picking up and ordering more that SeabuckWonders offers.

Like I mentioned previously, each product is reasonably priced – in fact, it’s quite affordable when you think of the benefits.  SeabuckWonders products were the first I’ve tried with Sea Buckthorn Oil and my experiencing has definitely been a positive one.  I know this was a lengthy review/feature, but I wanted to make sure you had as much information as possible to be able to make a decision on whether or not you wanted to try these.  As I say with anything I talk about here, my experience with one product may be different from those that you may have.  It’s important to make an informed decision before trying anything obviously, but I love sharing products I’ve been enjoying.

You can purchase these products or learn more about SeabuckWonders at: http://www.seabuckwonders.com/

So how about you?  Have you heard of Sea buckthorn oil or berries before and have you used it or products that include it?  What are your thoughts on this “supposed” miracle berry?

Signature Honey

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I know, I know… we are already in the second month of the new year, but it really is the perfect time to get started on a great skin care regimen (if you haven’t already started).  By this time, your skin is probably over the dry and cold winter weather and looking for a way to escape – I know mine is.  I find that this time of the year is the perfect time to get my skin in check and get it clear, healthy and ready to welcome Spring.  I also find that since I’ve been using minimal makeup lately, I really need to make sure that the products I choose will help bring my fresh and bright face forward.  I try a lot of skin care products and over the last month or so, I also included Derma E into that mix.  Let’s check it out, shall we?

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The first thing I wanted to touch base on is the Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50 – Net. wt. 1.7 oz / 48g).  Now a similar mask from Derma E has been one of my favorites over the last year or so, but I love the new packaging design and overall look of their products and the new additives that this mask has.  This mask helps to deeply detoxify the skin of harmful micropollutants in two ways:  1)  The natural clays infused with Kimarine Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to congest pores as the mask dries; and 2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal while the Kaolin and Bentonite Clay absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion.

Now – let’s talk a bit technical for a moment and discuss how this all works – shall we?  The Kimarine Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect the skin against environmental pollutants like exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke and heavy metals.  Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.  The Activated Charcoal is known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, to purge the pores of deeply rooted toxins and the Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away the micropollutants.  All of these things working together create a mask that is ideal for oil, active or urban skin types, and is safe for reactive skin since it has minimal ingredients and is allergy tested.  Derma E suggests using this formula once or twice a week to see skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing.

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Now – I talked about how I have used the other mask in the past but there is a bit of a difference in this mask versus the other Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask I’ve used.  I can only use that mask once every 2 weeks or so to avoid and Eczema flare up, but this one I could use once a week.  This mask has small little Apricot Seeds inside to really help with exfoliating.  After using this mask my skin looks so bright, fresh and clean and it’s one of my favorites to use about 3-4 days before a big event or date night because my skin is literally glowing.  Using this mask in combination with my other skin care products (from different brands) has been great and I’m loving that I can get these products at my local stores, making it easy for me to consistently keep up with the regimen.

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Next on my list is the Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50 – Net. wt. 4 oz. / 113g).  This scrub is one of my favorites for my sensitive skin.  It’s gentle enough for daily use to help lift away micropollutants and impurities while still promoting oxgenation for a fresh, healthy radiant look.  This mask is Doctor developed and clinically tested.  It is a revitalizing formula that contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea.  With Kimarine Wakame (which I mentioned above and stated what it’s great benefits are) to Bladderwrack, Activated Charcoal, Apricot Seed Powder and Green Tea which delivers potent antioxidant defense.  This product is also ideal for oily skin and is safe for reactive skin since it also has minimal ingredients and is allergy-tested.  If you are looking for a formula that boosts skin purity for a refreshed, glowing complexion, you’ll really enjoy this one.

While you can use this scrub daily, I only use it every other day since again, my skin is quite sensitive.  I love how fresh and clean my skin feels after I’ve used this scrub and I think it will be one of those products that I enjoy from Derma E.  I love that this scrub is non-irritating and soothes my skin leaving it really soft after just one use.  I will a notation however, that this is not the traditional type of scrub you would expect to use, it’s thicker than usual (because of the clay) and the bits of Apricot Seed Powder is larger than I had expected.  It makes a great scrub for the body too – though I’ve been enjoying it on my face.

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This particular scrub is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil free, lanolin-free, gluten free and GMO-free.

Like I said before, while I do have a certain regimen I like to keep to and love trying new skin care products, it’s kind of cool to add new ones to my mix and I’ve been enjoying these from Derma E.  Have you tried anything from Derma E and if you have, what are your favorites or the ones you enjoy?  Have you tried these?  If so, what do you think about them.

You can purchase, get a full ingredient list and check out Derma E products at: http://dermae.com/

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Let’s talk a bit about how I’m loving Pixi Beauty skin care products lately.  I’ll be honest, over the last few years I’ve actually been using Pixi Beauty makeup and cosmetic products, not so much their skin care – so I had no idea how much I would absolutely enjoy the products I have been using over the last few months.  A few recent additions to my skin care regimen from Pixi are the Glowtion Day Dew, Glow Mist, Beauty Sleep Cream and 24K Eye Elixir and I thought, since we are in the midst of the winter… what better to talk about then some products that can give you that glow during the colder months.

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The Glowtion Day Dew ($22.00) is a radiance-boosting moisturizer for a lit-from-within glow.  This moisturizer is lightweight and soothes the skin while blurring imperfections & giving you the glow your skin tends to lack during the winter months.  It offers an advanced illuminating skin-perfector finish and nourishes while giving a boost to dull skin.  I love how hydrating this product is and since my skin is absolutely death dry, this product really helps to keep it moisturized through out the day.  My skin looks healthier and much more even.

With lavender oil to help calm the skin, kaolin to help purify and mica to add a luminous and brightening glow – this product has literally been my go-to over the last few weeks.  I use it in the morning and apply a really thin layer to my cleansed and toned skin.  To add a little extra glow, I simply dab a little extra onto the high points of my face for a luminous finish.  Since I don’t use foundation, I love to use this product on it’s own, but it works well under your foundation or BB Cream and makes a great base for your makeup.

Ingredients:  Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl, PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Chloride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tin Oxide, Silica, Kaolin, Silica Silylate. 35 ml/ 1.18 fl.oz.

The Glow Mist ($15.00) is a mist-on anytime type of mist that has 13 natural oils and propolis.  I LOVE this thing.  Again, since my skin is so dry during the winter months – this mist is the perfect travel companion.  I use it to help refresh or revive my makeup or to hydrate my skin while out and about or at home.  I have my eyes set on the Hydrating Milky Mist and plan to get my hands on that too (more on that in the future).  Anyway, back to the Glow Mist… this product gives your skin a glowing, luminous and smooth complexion.  With natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts to help hydrate, protect and nourish your skin.  It’s a multi-use mist and you can use it for setting your makeup or to add a dewy finish to your skin.  Looking to protect your skin, refresh your makeup or add some extra glow?  Well, this is the mist for you.  I especially love that it is suited for all skin types.

I literally spray this mist in the morning and night when needed.  It’s easy to use, just shake to mix it up, close your eyes and mist over your face & neck.  It is a light weight mist, smells refreshing and earthy and it’s not sticky at all.  With the additives of Tea tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil and so much more I get all the benefits of some of my favorite oils and hydrated skin when I need it.

Ingredients:  Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Propolis Extract, Niacinamide, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Rose Flower Oil, Tagetes Minuta Flower Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)

Beauty Sleep Cream ($24.00) is a great nutrient-rich nighttime essential to help protect and nourish your skin.  This is a great addition to any winter time routine, especially for those with dry skin – because it is not only nourishing but comforts and soothes your skin, prepping it for the next day.  Fast absorbing and rich in nutrients, this product is a great night-time essential to help hydrate your skin while you sleep.  Made with 100% natural mango butter, oils of lavender, lemon and bergamot and other great ingredients – this product is the perfect night time moisturizer.

I apply a thin layer to my clean and toned skin at night prior to bed and let it do it’s trick.  When I wake up in the morning, my skin is soft and supple and hydrated to start the day.

Ingredients: Water, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hexyl Laurate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glacier Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Squalane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine, Potassium Hydroxide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Allantoin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Butylene Glycol, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Octyldodecanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, BHT. 35 ml / 1.18 fl.oz.

Lastly out of the bunch is the Pixi 24K Eye Elixir ($22.00) has been a favorite for me the last month.  I use eye creams, gels and roller balls in various sorts under and around my eye area to keep it hydrated and help with any fine lines I have from allergies and I have found this product is a great one for all of that.  This elixir is an anti-fatigue peptide serum that massages away puffiness as it smooths and refreshes the eye area.  A multi-tasker of sorts that is infused with powerful age-defying ingredients to help refresh eyes and prevent the signs of fatigue.  With Collagen to help repair the delicate eye area, peptides to help plump fine lines and raspberry to tone the skin – you get a great all in one that’s perfect for everyday use.

I love putting this elixir in the fridge for a while to cool the product and the rollerball applicator to help awaken my senses and my eyes each morning.  The applicator is cool and soothes the eye while encouraging circulation.  You can use this in the morning or at night and it’s as easy as rolling the applicator under the eye from inner to outer corner approximately 2-3 times.  Since I don’t have any heavy wrinkles, I do notice a big difference in how hydrated and awake my under eyes look as well as the de-puffing in that area (though I do not have really bad puffy eyes).  This product is perfect for me to use on days when I woke up after a restless night or if my allergies are bothering me.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Arginine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Trideceth-10, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI 15985, CI 17200), Steareth-20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Gold, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. 10ml/ 0.34 fl.oz.

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I think, like with all skin care – it really is about the person’s individual tastes, skin type and what they want to do for their skin.  Pixi products are reasonably priced – a little higher in price point then your standard drugstore finds, but I have been loving their products thus far.  I’m very impressed with this particular products because winter is when my skin is most delicate, sensitive and finicky and when I can try a set of products without any issue – I consider that a win in my book.  Each of these products offer your skin some glow while keeping it hydrated and luminous and let’s face it – your skin is most dull in the winter months so anything that will give you luminosity, is a huge plus.  If I had to choose just one product out of the four that I can’t simply live without, I think the Glowtion Day Dew would probably be it and of course, the 24K Eye Elixir is a must-have in my book.  All of the products are wonderful regardless and if you’re near a Target or love to shop online, I highly suggest checking them out.

You can learn more about Pixi Beauty on their website at: https://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store.

Have you tried anything from Pixi Beauty?  Any of these products on your must-have list?  Looking for more information on other Pixi products?  If so, check out these links for other reviews and features I’ve done for Pixi in the past.

My Current Pixi Beauty Favorites featuring:  Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Glow Tonic, Rose Oil Blend & More

Lashes Layered to Perfection with Pixi Beauty

Pixi by Petra – Crayon Combo Pencils in Wide Awake, Super Natural and Softly Smoky

Have a fabulous rest of your day! xo

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When it comes to skin care and body care items, I’m always excited for the Holidays – because with Holidays, come awesome gift sets.  This Holiday Gift Guide offers you a selection of treats for anyone and any pocket book.  Whether you are shopping for yourself this holiday season or looking to treat someone you love, you’ll find a selection of Holiday goodies to treat yourself or someone else.  Some of these brands may be “new to you” selections while others are tried and true, but I wanted to incorporate a selection of products that I love highly recommend.

The Body Shop has long been one of my favorite body care and skin care brands.  I’ve been using products from them since before I started blogging, back when we still had a shop here on island on Maui.  But, I am still a lover of their products and purchase from them online all the time.  Recently I received a package from the brand that was specifically personalized for me.  Now, it’s no secret I love The Body Shop’s Body Butters, so when I seen this – I fell in love.

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The Body Shop offers a variety of different gifts available for anyone in any size.  Just pick and choose their huge array of smell great and body loving products.  The sets vary in price and size so you will always be able to find something for someone to fit your budget.  And, want to personalize and name your own body butter like mine pictured?  Well – you can head on over to your local The Body Shop location and select one of four animals along with a name to add to cover.  Unfortunately you can’t order these online (shucks), but if you’re near a The Body Shop, these will make a great gift.  Other sets from TBS retail from $10 and up so definitely check it out.  Click here to see what they have available online.

Over the years LATHER has become one of my absolute favorite skin care and body care brands.  I’m mentioned it a number of times here on Honeygirlsworld.com and it’s a brand I continue to use.  Each year they release beautiful sets of treats for stocking stuffers and I’m so excited to share these with you.

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The Holiday Stocking Stuffers are the perfect gift sets for your loved ones.  The Vanilla Bath Fizz Combo retails for $18.00 and includes six bath bombs (vanilla & tonka bean and vanilla & citrus).  These are the perfect Winter treat and I love that you get two different aromas in each set.  With moisturizing botanicals including jojoba, coconut and sweet almond with kukui nut oils to condition and nourish the skin.

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The Sugar Plum Kisses Set ($15.00) is a duo of lip smoothing scrub and lip conditioning balm.  I absolutely love both of these products having used them before so having them in a set is absolutely fabulous.

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And of course, one of my all time favorite stocking stuffers (it was a huge hit for my family and friends last year) is the Soap & Candle Stocking Stuffer Sets.  These gorgeous sets are beautifully packaged (I love it) and retail for $18.00.  These are perfect for hanging on the Christmas Tree or you can give or wrap as you so fit.  Each set has a soap and candle and you can select from Lemongrass, Vanilla and Lavender.  Each duo is encased in a cute little box that resembles a present and I love how festive it all looks.  Each candle smells divine so anyone you gift these to will love them.

You can purchase any of these gorgeous sets for yourself or a loved one at: http://www.lather.com/holidaygiftideas.html

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Nourish Natural Bath Products is a new to me brand, but I’ve been absolutely loving the products since getting my hands on them.  Until now, you could only get Nourish products in one of the company’s stores (which is probably why I haven’t heard of it before), but now they are available online.  Nourish offers handmade bath, body and gift items, in beautiful and delectable scents and are perfect for people like me with sensitive skin.  Items from Nourish make great gifts for women, men and even babies.

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The Citrus Small Gift Set – $35.00 comes with 2 bars of handmade soap, a 3 oz. shea butter salt scrub, a travel tin soy candle, a shea butter bath fizzie and a nourish lip balm.  They all come delivered and packaged ready for gifting.

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The Georgia Peach Glycerin Soap – $6.00 makes the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone.  This soap is absolutely gorgeous and will leave your skin as rich and moist as a ripe, juicy peach with natural humectant glycerin and aloe.  The coconut oil base absorbs quickly, protecting skin against sun damage and smoothing out your complexion.  I love the sweet but subtle fragrance and you or anyone you buy this for will enjoy it.

Nourish has a variety of gift items available for your choosing – so I highly suggest you head on over and check it out.  Any of these make great stocking stuffers or gift selections for your holiday gift list.  http://nourishsavannah.com

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Salacia Salts is also a new to me brand but I’ve been loving it since trying it the last month or so.  It’s the perfect selection for the man or woman on your holiday wish list.  These unique bath, body and home items from Salacia are the perfect selection.  Salacia Salts is based in Savannah Georgia and all the items are made there.

You can purchase Salacia Salts here: https://salaciasalts.com/

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The Peach on Earth Set is $56.00 and includes the Georgia Peach Medium Salt Soak, Georgia Peach Bar Soap, Georgia Peach Body Butter and Peach on Earth Tea Towel.  This indulgent set is perfect for that Southern Belle in your life or anyone that loves a soft and sweet peach fragrance.  The fragrance is light so you don’t have to worry about smelling like over ripe peach too.  You can purchase this set here.

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FarmHouse Fresh is another brand that I’ve been really fancying lately.  While I can attest to loving all of the products I’ve tried from the brand, one that stands out to me as a great Holiday Gift is the Sweeping Softness 3 Step Body Sampler.  There are three different selections to choose from for the 3 Step Body Samplers, I’ve only tried the Sweeping Softness set.  I love that you can try three different body care sets for a great cost and decide for yourself if you want to get the full size.  FarmHouse Fresh Body Oils and Scrubs are some of my favorites, so ultimately – while you can’t go wrong with anything you get as a gift from FHF, these little sets are perfect selections as holiday presents.

AT FarmHouse Fresh you’ll find a plethora of skin care crafted around delicious food and drinks using 99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients.  All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.  You can purchase this set and so much more from FarmHouse Fresh at: http://farmhousefreshgoods.com/

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Marula Oil has been a favorite brand of mine for about 4 years now.  The first product I tried from the brand was the Pure Marula Facial Oil and it continues to be one of my favorites till this day.  I figured that since I love it so and this is all about my favorites, that I just had to share these with all of you.

The Pure Marula Facial Oil ($58 – $78) is a luxury item and comes with a hefty cost, but using it just once may definitely win you over.  Marula Facial Oil is light and hydrating – perfect for the winter months when our skin tends to be driest.  This oil absorbs quickly into the skin without a greasy feel or residue and you’ll immediately notice a boost in long lasting hydration and an improvement in your skin’s elasticity.  Pure Marula Facial Oil by Marula is the only doctor endorsed, scientifically validated facial oil, with 60% more antioxidants than the leading Argan Oil.  This oil and my coconut oil are my holy grail must haves to keeping my skin looking youthful.

A new to me product from Marula is the Foaming Cleansing Oil Towelettes.  My gosh do I love these.  Retailing for $10 for a pack of 10 (yes, a bit steep – but luxurious and wonderful), these wipes cleanse and exfoliate while offering you pure Marula Oil and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.  These are perfect for travel and help rinse away the dirt, grime and more to reveal a glowing, firmer, more radiant looking skin.  I love that they are sulfate-free and ideal for dry, oily or combo skin.

You can purchase these Marula Oil products at: https://marula.com/  (Be sure to check out my post on Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales to see if there are any discounts available).

There are so many different products available on the market today that would make absolutely awesome gifts for the holiday season.  If you have a skin care, body care or bath and body addict in your life, any of these gifts would make great selections.  There are a few brands that I love to include in Gift Guides each year that I haven’t included in this year’s like Tatcha, but please keep in mind that I still love these brands – I just wanted to offer some variety in selection this year and introduce you to brands you may have not heard of or products you may have not tried.

Looking for more ideas for your holiday shopping?  Be sure to check out the following links for my guides and inspiration: (this list will be updated periodically as new guides become available)

Holiday Gift Shopping – Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2016

Holiday Gift Guide – Hair Care {Honey’s Favorite Things}

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for the Skin Care Lover

So, what about you?  Are you hoping that Santa brings you any of these goodies this holiday season?  Have you tried anything from my list of Holiday treats?  Comment below and let me know what you think.

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I have been a huge fan of Exuviance skin care products for a few years now and I’m always excited to share with my readers something new that I’ve been trying.  Today, I’m going to be talking about the Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel and how it works for me.  I’ve been using this gel now for about a month and I think I’ve formed a good enough opinion of the product to offer up my thoughts on it.  Like with all skin care products, my testing and trial period can be lengthy because I not only use this product on it’s own, but in combination with my current skin care favorites in my regimen.  After trial and error, I think I have formed an opinion that I can share with all of you.

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The Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel retails for $34.00 and comes in a 7.2 oz tube.  I was immediately excited to use this product, because Exuviance’s site recommends using this cleansing gel with the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite for the perfect daily facial and skin care cleansing.  Naturally, since I own a few Soniclear Elite brushes, I was excited to give this product a whirl.  The Purifying Cleansing Gel is a soap free, foaming cleanser that gently washes away your makeup, surface oils, impurities and more without altering the skin’s natural moisture balance.  As something with naturally dry skin – I need a good cleanser that gets the job done, but that doesn’t overly dry out my skin causing my Eczema to flare up or my sensitivities to my skin.  This cleanser does just that – cleans my face and neck without leaving it harsh and dry.  Since the cleanser contains anti-aging properties of Alpha and Pholyhydroxy Acids (AHAs and PHAs) along with conditioners to help sooth and improve the skin texture, it is ideal for my dry and sensitive skin.  I especially love that it is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin like my own.  This product is non-drying and gentle and it’s dermatologist and allergy tested.  Not to mention, it’s Paba-Free.

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Using this gel is easy.  The tube it comes in makes dispersing the product for use easy to do.  I can use this cleanser twice a day both in the morning and night or once a day in the evening if I find that I really only need a deep clean at night.  To apply – I moisten my hands and face and apply the product directly to my fingertips.  I massage the product onto my face and neck using an upward circular motion.  For a deep clean, I use my Soniclear Elite to work the product into my skin while removing dirt and impurities.  Once done, I rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat my skin dry.

The Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel includes key ingredients:  Gluconolactone and Glycolic Acid.

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Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Gluconolactone, Polyquaternium-10, Benzophenone-4, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 19140 (Yellow 5).

I love a great clean and love to feel that my face is clean without the dry and harsh feeling that some cleansers can offer.  The Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel foams up nicely when applied and cleaning which I love, but it doesn’t strip my skin of it’s natural moisture.  It doesn’t leave my skin feeling like a desert and it’s perfect for me to use during the colder months since it still leaves moisture left on my skin.  Used in combination with my other skin care products, I find that this cleansing gel works well and does a great job in what it promises to do.  Furthermore, I absolutely love that this is a soap free formula, it cleans without the harsh feeling and residue that soap can leave behind.  Considering the price point – I highly suggest checking this out.  You get a lot of product for a reasonable cost for sure.

You can purchase this product and more at: https://www.neostrata.com/product/exuviance+purifying+cleansing+gel.do

Have you tried anything from Exuviance before?  This is one of a few products I’ve tried and enjoy from the brand and I definitely recommend it.

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When it comes to makeup – I have an overall love relationship with most of the things I’ve tried.  I pride myself in the fact that I have favorites from both the drugstore and high end, luxury items.  There’s no doubt, I’m a makeup lover with an extreme cosmetic addition… hehe!  Don’t judge me, lol!  I have been using Pixi Beauty products for a few years now, but today I’m sharing with you a few of my current Pixi Beauty favorites.  Recently I received a little green box of treats and I have been loving them all so much that I just had to share it with you.  Let’s chit chat about each one shall we?

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All of the products I got in my little sweet green box were “new to me” treats so I was very excited to dive in and check it out.  The Nourishing Cleansing Balm is something that I’ve had my eyes on since seeing it on the website a few weeks ago.  This deep cleansing balm-to-oil cleanser immediately caught my attention because I cleanse and moisturize with oil daily, so it was something I really wanted to give a try.  The balm melts aware makeup and impurities to leave you with clear, glowing skin.

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Retailing for $22.00 (90 mL/3.04 fl.oz.), this nourishing balm has sweet almond oil and cocoa butter and leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturized after each use.  I love that it includes skin loving ingredients and is not harmful to my sensitive skin.  If I had to choose one of my absolute FAVORITE products from Pixi that I’ve tried, this balm right here, would be at the top of my list.  I LOVE IT!  It’s very rich in texture, but smooths onto the skin so nicely and cleanses so quickly.  It nourishes my skin with sweet almond oil, shea butter and vitamin E to leave my skin feeling plum and nourished.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Behenate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Cocoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance.

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To follow the Nourishing Cleansing Balm, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic (100mL / $15.00).  Now – they call this a cult favorite and I’ve been hearing my blogger friends swoon and rave about this product for a while, so I just couldn’t wait to try it out.  This toner is an exfoliating toner that helps give you brighter, more radiant skin.  I have a secret to share… I can’t use Toner often and hardly use it because it causes my skin to get irritated.  I was afraid to try this, even if I had only heard great things about it.  This miracle in a bottle toner helps to bright the complexion while resulting in a healthy glow.  It’s formulated with 5% glycolic acid and helps to exfoliate, brighten and smooth your skin.  With Aloe Vera, ginseng and botanical extracts working together, you are nourishing and treating your skin while revealing an improved complexion.  I also LOVE that this is alcohol-free.  I use this after cleansing and apply with one of my favorite reusable rounds from Facekins.  I don’t notice any burning or irritation while using this product and my skin looks brighter after using it for a few weeks.  While I’m not the toning kind of gal, I think this will be one I’ll continue to use.

Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (and) Fructose (and) Glucose (and) Sucrose (and) Urea (and) Dextrin (and) Alanine (and) Glutamic Acid (and) Aspartic Acid (and) Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20.

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The Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend ($24 – 30 mL/1.01 fl.oz.) is also a product I have not tried before.  It includes a botanical blend infused with powerful complex of youth-preserving oils to help improve skin’s elasticity and glow.  Formulated with sweet almond, rose hip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils to help nourish the complexion, leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated… but most importantly – soft to the touch.  If you’ve been following me a while, then you know I’m an oil moisturizer gal – I use coconut oil to moisturize each night with my regular skin care routine, so I’m always excited to try out new oils.  I love this one.  I love the packaging – but the oil applies and soaks into my skin so quickly and easily.  I love mixing this with my standard skin care regimen for moisture that lasts all day and night and my skin feels so incredibly soft.  The oil soaks into my skin quickly, it doesn’t sit on the surface like others can do.  It doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily at all – but moisturized and half a dropper full is more than enough to cover my entire face, neck and decollete area.  If I want to have that dewy/glowing skin look, I will blend the Rose Oil Blend with my regular moisturizer and apply to my face.  It leaves my skin looking and feeling like I just stepped out from under a waterfall – fresh and glowing.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.

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Ah, of course – I can’t leave out a gorgeous highlight, because we all know that Honey loves to glow.  The Beauty Blush Duo & Kabuki in Peach Honey ($18 – 10.21 g/0.35 oz.) is GORGEOUS.  I love a great highlight but I have a skin tone that is not quite dark but not light at all – an in between.  So because of this, a daily highlighter and blush with shimmer is hard to find… well, until now.  This gorgeous blush and highlighter duo is perfect for that lit-from-within look for fuss free beauty in just a few seconds.  Simple swirl the kabuki brush (which is included – woohoo), into the compact and pick up the color to apply to your cheeks for a great and gorgeous glow.  Both powders are super silky and provide your cheeks with a flawless and fresh finish.  I LOVE these for everyday use because it provides me with the glow I want in an everyday product, without looking like I just came out of the disco era… but still enough color to be show stopping.

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The natural mineral formula of these powders is infused with vitamin E and mica, so it treats your skin as you wear it.  You get hydration and long wear with light diffusing capabilities.  The Kabuki brush that is included is also a steal.  It’s soft and applies the product nicely to the skin.  Definitely a great duo to have for every day use or those days you are feeling you want a little more glam.  I love golden hued highlighters so this takes the cake for me and the peachy toned blush is perfect for my everyday look.  The blush is a tad bit too light for my skin tone, but that excites me more because it makes for a great everyday flush of color without looking like I just plopped rose colored paint on my face.  I love both shades – both pigmented and gorgeous.

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)].

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It seems as if I have covered everything except for lips.  I want to introduce you to the Pixi Beauty Liplift Max ($14 – 2.7 g / 0.09oz).  A volume-maximizing lip treatment with peptides to hydrate and plump the lips… YAAAASSSSS… sign me up!  This volume-maximizing lip treatment has a cooling sensation with a glossy finish.  It is formulated with peptides to hydrate, firm and plump the lips.  You also get an added benefit of aloe to  heal, jojoba to moisturize and chamomile to soothe.  With a fresh mint flavor, you simply can’t go wrong.  I have the Liplift Max in Honey Sheen – a gorgeous nude shade.  All of the three shades (including Honey Sheen) are sheer, but they make perfect toppers to your favorite lipsticks or liners and wear nicely.  I’m not a huge gloss fan but I do tend to wear glosses in the winter months and this one is perfect for such.  It helps to hydrate my lips while leaving them looking plump and full.  I am a huge fan of Buxom lip glosses so I had used those to compare to this one.  It seems like this one offers the plumping without the sting and I like the minty flavor.

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I think the LipLift Max is perfect for topping off your matte lippies and while it is a bit sticky, it’s not that bad and still wearable in my book.  I’ve been getting lots of use out of this product for a daily lip gloss and I find that it works as I would expect.  It’s a little thick, but still workable and leaves a gorgeous sheen on the lips.  If you are a fan of glosses, you may like this one.

Ingredients: Dilinoleic Acid/Propanediol Copolymer, Triisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate, Diisostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Octyldodecanol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Fragrance, Menthol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P-Cresol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Isostearate, Linoleic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tetrabutyl Ethylidenebisphenol, Mica (CI 77019), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Linolenic Acid, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sucrose Cocoate, Carmine (CI 75470), Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38.

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I love when I have the chance to try out new products from a brand I already love.  It’s especially fun when these new products work well with my sensitive skin.  I’ve always been a fan of Pixi Beauty and have talked about many of their products in the past.  I’m loving trying out some things that are new to me.  I’m sure there will be more products in the future that I’ll try and love because Pixi is one of those brands that offer good quality.  Pixi products are a little more costly than your average drugstore finds, but I am so excited to have Target near me now that I can browse through and pick up my favorites.  If you haven’t tried Pixi before, I highly suggest checking them out.  If I had to choose just one item from all of these I featured, I highly suggest the Nourishing Cleansing Balm – seriously, it’s a favorite for sure.

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You can purchase any of these products and more at: http://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store.

Have you tried any of these products from Pixi?  If you have, what are your thoughts on them?  If you haven’t, do you see any in this post that may make your list of must-try products?

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I have talked about the Soniclear from Michael Todd time and time again.  The Soniclear and Foreo Luna have become some of my holy grail products that I’ve been loving over the last couple of years and I use them faithfully each week as a part of my skin care regimen.  What can I say – I love a clean face that doesn’t cause my Eczema to flare up or my sensitive skin to go wonky.  While I own several different variations of the Michael Todd Soniclear, I was recently introduced to some attachments and brush heads for the Soniclear Elite that I’ve been eyeing myself for the last several months.  Today – let’s talk about the Soniclear Elite Deluxe.

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The Soniclear Elite Deluxe from Michael Todd is similar to that of the Soniclear Elite which I currently own, but includes a variety of attachments for you to use with your unit.  The Deluxe features the Soniclear Unit in your selection of style – I have Hippie Chic.  You also get different attachments to help and assist with your cleaning.

With the Deluxe you will receive the Antimcirobial PEDI treatment head for smoothing foot care, the Extension Handle for those hard to reach places on your back and legs and a convenient Shower Organizer and Hard Shell Travel Case.  I also have several other attachments that I mix and match with my unit for ease of use.

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I have written about Soniclear Elite here on this site many times, but let’s talk a little about it again shall we?  The Soniclear Elite is cordless and rechargeable.  It provides up to an hour of continuous use on a single charge.  It’s waterproof so you can use the unit in the shower or bath which is where I prefer to use it, especially since I use the body brush as part of my shower routine.

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The Power Control Handle produces up to 300 sonic movements per second for 6x better cleansing than with hands alone and you get an Antimicrobial Daily Cleanse brush that is gentle, effective and the brush bristles are sized and uniquely rounded at the tip for gentle cleansing.  The Antimicrobial brush is perfect for stains and odor causing bacteria protection.  You also get the Antimicrobial body brush (which I love) for exfoliating the body to give you a smoother and softer feeling skin.

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The unit comes with Multiple Speeds with C-Boost Technology.  6 sonic speeds provide customizable cleansing experience for your specific skin type and skin concerns.  C-Boost provides a pulsating massage designed to rev-up your skincare regimen.  A Cleansing Time is built in to keep automatic time and beeps to remind you to move to the next cleansing area.

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With a comfort grip that is soft and will help to provide increased comfort to prevent slipping – you have a complete unit that is ready to go and use when you are.  I love that the Soniclear Elite gets the job done while helping to make my job easier since the unit is so easy to use.  As I mentioned before, I have more than one unit and keep one in the shower for my body scrubbing and one in the bathroom for facial cleansing.  I also love that the units offer great cleaning but now have so many other fine attachments.

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One of my absolute favorite accessories is the Lush Cashmere Face Brush ($30.00).  This antimicrobial brush is a gentle cleansing brush that is perfect for every day use on my sensitive skin.  Since I cannot use my soniclear on my face daily with the standard face brush, I love that I have the option with a different brush head.  This brush head is soft and feels wonderful.  It looks like it’s rubber, but is soft bristles similar to those on a makeup brush – soft to the touch and my face loves it.  This brush is gentle enough for me to use daily (as I mentioned) but I love that the bristles are long enough to get in places easily like my nose and doesn’t irritate my skin at all while still offering a great clean.

The cashmere brush is a plush facial brush that has longer and extra soft cashmere-like bristles to provide gentle yet thorough facial cleansing.  It’s ideal for boosting hydration while gently cleansing pores, fine lines and wrinkles.  This brush micro massages away makeup, dirt, oil and perspiration to reveal a complexion that feels softer, cleaner and better hydrated.  This is especially suitable for all skin types, including mature and sensitive, easily irritated skin.  This brush head is compatible with all devices except the Soniclear Classic.

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The Sonic Infuser Head for the face ($35.00) is also a great tool to have.  This infuser head allows you to harness the power of sonic movements to apply your serums and creams onto the skin for maximum efficiency.  Since most skin care products you apply with your fingers are usually absorbed by your fingertips and evaporate before working, the sonic infuser head helps you to apply these products differently.  The sonic delivery system disperses the product thoroughly and more evenly so that it can work for you.  With sonic movements at hundreds of times per second to help put that serum and cream in the epidermis instead of settling on the surface of the skin.

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Did I mention I’m absolutely loving the extension handle ($25.00).  I use one of my Soniclear brushes in the shower and let’s just say getting to my back with my short arms requires me to call my husband for assistance.   Having the extension handle has been a lifesaver and keeps my device secure and in place so that it doesn’t fall.  With daily use it has held up without any issues which I love.

If you are interested in checking out the Soniclear Elite and the accessories for yourself – you can check them out here: http://www.michaeltoddbeauty.com/soniclear-elite-deluxe/

Cost: $199.00

I am a huge fan of this device.  I own 4 myself and have purchased three for family members over the years.  It’s a device I use and love and I absolutely enjoy the fact that these attachments that you can get make the unit so versatile for the whole body in any beauty routine.  Family members have loved when I have purchased these for them and they use them consistently as well.  I have written about Soniclear so many times on HGW that it’s becoming a name that is familiar here.  Like with anything you see on this site, if I don’t like it – you’ll know about it.  This is definitely something I like and I love sharing it with all of you.  The way I see it, your skin is something you have to live with your entire life, so you might as well invest in it the best you can.

Have you tried the Soniclear Elite from Michael Todd?  If so, what do you think about it?  If not, is this something you may have on your Holiday wishlist this year?

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I know you hear it time and time again, but when it comes to skin care, I  truly enjoy trying out new products and giving them a test.  I tend to however, have so many skin care on hand at any given moment, that testing them out and ensuring they work with the current skin care products I use can be a lengthy process.  Sometimes I’ll go months trying out a product before it actually gets mentioned here for a full review.  This is the case with TriDerma and the products I have tried from this line.  I have had these babies in my possession now for months and I’m finally getting around to talking about them.  It’s a skin care brand I thought would be worth mentioning and one I’m really enjoying… furthermore, it’s affordable.  Let’s get chatting about it, shall we?

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Prior to getting TriDerma to try, I had not heard of the brand before so I was excited to give it a try.  I received three products from TriDerma to test out – Pore Reducing Anti-Aging Serum, Spot & Wrinkle Erasing Cream and the Light and Delicate Sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF.  Let’s chit chat about each one and what they offer and then I’ll share with you my thoughts on each product.

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TriDerma Pore Reducing Anti-Age Serum ($24.99 – 1 oz.) is not only an affordable skin care product, it’s medical strength.  This creamy serum is unique and also works as a skin primer, but it does more than just “fill in” pores – it helps reduce the appearance of pores to give you a more confident complexion.  If you are someone with oily skin, you may really enjoy this because it helps to control excess oil throughout the day to leave your skin looking and feeling silky soft.

There are no harsh chemicals, peels or procedures required to get results from this product.  The TriDerma exclusive RefinaPore helps to change the look of pores and offers a dual action formula to help hide imperfections and continues to improve the appearance of large pores.  Better yet, it provides the results I was looking for without causing my skin to be irritated, my Eczema to flare up and I enjoyed this product a lot.

This product features AP4 (Aloe Vera Complex) which is a proprietary botanical complex that naturally contains more than 200 healing properties to help reduce swelling, fight bacteria and soothe pain.  RefinaPore helps to smooth and reduce the appearance of pores.  It’s non-greasy, fragrance free, cortisone free and paraben free.  It helps to soften and refine the texture of skin while visibly reducing the appearance of pores and helping to absorb and control oil without drying out my already sensitive and dry skin.

INGREDIENTS:  aloe barbadensis (AP4® genuine virgin organic aloe vera) leaf extract, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone crosspolymer, botansil, silica, ejitsu rose (rosa multiflora fruit extract), refinapore™, lysophosphatidic acid, lecithin, lysolecithin, dimethicone, isoprene glycol, phenoxyethanol

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TriDerma Spot & Wrinkle Erasing Cream ($24.99 – 1 oz.) is a medical strength anti-aging complex that provides results like those from a dermatologist without the cost.  Unlike Hydroquinone, Retin A or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, this fast-acting formula helps to erase the look of brown posts, age spots, and acne scars while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It offers more lightening power.  No Hydroquinone makes this safe to use morning and night and is ideal for the face, neck, hands and decollete.

This product has a light weight, non-greasy formula and applies easily.  I love that it contains the AP4 Aloe Vera Complex as well and is rich in anti-oxidants, anti-irritants and five specialized brightening ingredients to help work to resurface skin naturally.  Cell turnover is encouraged without harsh chemicals, peels or procedures, leaving my skin feeling smoother and brighter as well as more refined.  This product       seems to work after using it as long as I have and while it doesn’t have irritants in the formulation, I still have to be careful with how much I use it, since my sensitive skin hates me.  Regardless though, I’ve been able to include it consistently in my skin care routine and taper as I see fit to make it work.  If you are looking for a non-sticky formula that soaks into the skin quickly, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

INGREDIENTS:  aloe barbadensis (AP4® genuine virgin organic aloe vera) leaf extract, aleurites moluccana seed oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, dimethicone, linoleic acid, glycine soja (soybean), phospholipids, cetearyl methicone, glycereth-26, isopentyidiol, algae extract, mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) extract, urea, glucosamine hcl, saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, bv-osc (ascorbate), behenyl alcohol, pelvetia canaliculata extract, albatin, ergothioneine, ascophyllum nodosum extract, ethylhexyl palmitate, lecithin, netwax age/bca, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, xanthan gum, fragrance

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TriDerma Light & Delicate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 PA +++ ($19.00 – 1.7 oz) is a maximum protection sunscreen with a wonderful light weight formula.  This Sunscreen has a Broad Spectrum SPF 15 PA +++ that offers maximum UVA/UVB protection with essential antioxidants.  It helps to protect against unwanted signs of aging due to harmful sun exposure and can be used daily as a moisturizer for face and body to keep skin looking healthy.

This product also features the AP4 Aloe Vera Complex of proprietary botanical complex that naturally contains more than 200 healing properties to help reduce swelling, fight bacteria and soothe pain.  It also includes Vitamins B & E to help sooth and heal irritated skin.  It’s a non-greasy formula that is fragrance free and it literally is becoming one of my favorites.

I love Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, it’s one of my favorites and holy grail products, but after a while, I can only afford it when I save my pennies.  This sunscreen from TriDerma has become my dupe and replacement for the one from Tatcha.  It feels wonderful on the skin, unlike most facial sunscreens and blends into my skin easily and quickly.  I love that I can enjoy some extra moisture while still protecting my skin from the harmful sun rays.  At the price point, this product is reasonable and I love that I can use it daily without any worry of flash back or funky white cast in my photos (I haven’t seen any yet).

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:

Avobenzone………..3.00%

Benzophenone-3….5.00%

Homosalate…………5.00%

Octinoxate…………..7.49%

Octisalate……………5.00%

Octocrylene…………2.70%

Purpose: Sunscreen

INGREDIENTS:  aloe barbandensis (aloe) leaf juice, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, glycerin, diisopropyl sebacate, glyceryl stearate, potassium cetyl phosphate, cetyl alcohol, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, populus tremuloides bark extract, alaria esculenta extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, panthenol (vitamin B5), sodium hyaluronate, gluconolactone, caprylic/capric triglyceride, tocopherol (vitamin E), betaine, sodium phytate, potassium sorbate, behenyl alcohol, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, ethyhexyglycerin

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TriDerma products are Cruelty Free and made with Certified Organic Aloe.  Since I suffer from various skin irritations, including sensitive skin, Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis, I’m always leery and worried about different skin care products.  Many of TriDerma skin care products are specifically formulated for sensitive skin making it an ideal brand for me to use.  TriDerma products do not contain damaging chemicals like Parabens, cortisones, steroids, fragrances and dyes.  I love that TriDerma has been in business for more than 24 years and founded and owned by a woman.  I’m loving the skin care line or shall I say the products I’ve been using and I look forward to trying more.  I especially enjoy the fact that they are available at a variety of stores including KMart, Walmart, Target and select CVS stores.  You can also purchase online at: http://www.triderma.com

I’m impressed with each product I have tried and I especially love the sunscreen.  I think it’s worth checking out for sure.  This is a line I’m looking forward to checking out more of and I’m looking forward to trying more products from the line to share with all of you.  When you have sensitive skin, it’s hard to find anything that not only works, but offers quality for a great price.  Have you heard about TriDerma before and if so, have you tried any of the products or have any on your sites that you want to check out?

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I talk a lot about skin care here on my blog and I love sharing new products I haven’t heard of before with all of you.  So, today – like any day is especially “special” because I’m sharing a product line that is new to me but something that offers multi-purpose skin care for anyone.  BOOM! By Cindy Joseph is the first pro-age cosmetic line designed for women of every generation.  This line is built on the principle of celebrating all ages as beautiful and her products don’t intend to “fix” or “cover-up” – but instead, enhance the color, glow and natural radiance of every woman.

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Whether you are looking for a minimal and simplistic approach to makeup for that fresh faced look or want to use cosmetics that are made simply and healthy with non-toxic ingredients, or you want to get your skin ready to handle the harsh elements that Fall and Winter can have – this skin care line is definitely worth checking out.  Beauty is about natural color, glow, moisture and happiness (joy) so why not try something that can be absolutely fabulous for your skin.

“You don’t have to ‘put on’ your face anymore.  You already have one.” – Cindy Joseph

BOOM! By Cindy Joseph is a line that includes a number of multi-purpose beauty products that can be used on cheeks, eyes, lips and elsewhere on the body for a  natural look that works for both day and evening, at work or play or something that will quickly become essential to your beauty routine.  Her products are perfect and proven to compliment every skin tone, race and generation which helps to dramatically pare down your overstuffed cosmetics bag.

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Since I don’t really use foundation unless it’s a special event or I’m looking to really dress up some, I thought this line would fit perfectly in my “natural makeup” look that I’ve been sporting lately.  I also love these products because Cindy Joseph worked with friends in Hawaii to create her products.  Let me share with you the details of the products I was able to try out and you can decide if it’s something you want to check out for yourself.

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BOOM Silk (left), BOOM Cotton (right)

BOOMSILK (2 oz. – $21.00 / 4 oz. – $36.00 / 8 oz. – $58.00) is a moisturizer that you can use for your entire face and body.  This moisturizer can be applied to delicate skin around your eyes, to your lips, your face and your neck and can also be smoothed over your entire body.  When using this product, you are applying only the most protective, safe and healing ingredients to your skin.

Ingredients: BOOMSILK contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen, raw Pupekea wildflower honey, and d-alpha Vit E (no soy).

BOOMSilk feels great on the skin.  At first, I thought it was a bit oilier than I would have liked, but once it smooths into the skin, it soaks up into the skin so quickly, it disappears leaving your face and body hydrated and smooth.  I truly enjoy using this product and have found that I’m using it often – much more than I had expected.  If I had to make a note with regard to ingredients, since I’m a coconut lover myself, I would have loved to see coconut oil used in place of the organic extra virgin olive oil, since it works so well with my skin already.

BOOM Cotton (2 oz – $32.00 / 4 oz – $54.00) is a unique non-oily moisturizer.  Your skin will absolutely drink this product up, yet leave no trace of oil or shine on the skin.  Your skin will be left with a gorgeous healthy glow and feel quenched and moisturized.  But, this non-oily moisturizer can also be used on your entire body.  And, like the BOOM Silk and the rest of the products from BOOM, it is handmade in small batches by bee keepers in Hawaii.  Boom Cotton is organic and pure. There are no emulsifiers, binders, parabens, phthalates, colors or perfumes in the formulation.  Boom Cotton is also cruelty free and gluten free.

Ingredients:  BOOM COTTON contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Organic Witch Hazel Extract, Organic Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Wilelaiki (Christmas Berry) Honey, Vitamin E Oil (Tocobial Liquid)

This moisturizer is probably my favorite out of all the products I’ve tried, and I do enjoy them all – but there is something about this one.  The texture of this product is quite odd, but interesting.  When applied to the skin, it feels light and almost cooling.  This product will be perfect for year round to help sooth dry skin or great to apply during the summer when it’s hot, because it just feels so cool and calming on the skin.  I love this and if you can only try one product from the line, I highly suggest this one.

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BOOM Touch (2 oz. – $28.00) is something for those sensual beings.  Women of every age can now enjoy using a safe product that enhances sensual pleasure while providing extra lubrication.  This product naturally enhances sensation, is safe to use internally and to ingest and it doesn’t include any additional scent of flavor.  It offers long lasting lubrication.  The benefit of this cream vs other products for vaginal lubrication is that it is natural and therapeutic.  The olive oil is a great natural lubricant and the bee propolis contains the anti-bacterial effects that normal vaginal fluid provides prior to menopause.  With repeated use, BOOM Touch decreases vaginal irritation and inflammation while providing lubrication.  Gynecologists recommend BOOM Touch, so I highly suggest checking with yours to see if he/she has heard of it.

This product includes the same pure ingredients as BOOM Silk, with less honey!  It will eliminate any concern for those prone to vaginal yeast infections and it’s safe for women of every age.

Ingredients:   Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen.  No extra packaging. No animal testing. No parabens or phthalates.

I know it’s a lot of information to soak up here and some of this stuff may be a bit TMI for your liking.  But, we all know I like to keep it 100 here – so I wanted to share this with all of you too.  This product is not sticky and provides long lasting lubrication.  I do not like to use it often, but when I need to have a little more lubrication down (well, you know where), this product works for me.

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BOOM Mask (2 oz. – $42.00 / 4 oz. – $56.00) is a deep penetrating facial mask that will nourish and heal your skin while naturally and gently pulling impurities from your pores.  This mask is a rejuvenating, cleansing, and nurturing facial mask made from all natural and organic ingredients.  There are no man made chemicals, fillers, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, parabens, pthalates or fragrances.  BOOM Mask is handmade by the bee keepers on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.  They use raw Hawaiian wildflower honey, organic diatomaceous earth, French pink clay, Hawaiian blue green algae, royal jelly and propolis.

Ingredients:  Propolis:­ A natural antiseptic which eliminates unhealthy bacteria. It’s nutritive value also feeds and nourishes your skin leaving it beautiful, radiant, and healthy.  Honey: ­A natural antibiotic which also hydrates the skin.  Diatomaceous Earth­: Gently exfoliates, removing dead skin cells which smooths and tones your skin.  French Pink Clay: Detoxifies and cleanses the skin.  Hawaiian Blue Green Algae: Enhances skin elasticity.  Royal Jelly: Nourishes your skin with vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

I honestly wasn’t sure that I would like the mask when I first tried it.  But, I love a mask that I can apply a light layer onto my skin and it does the job.  I didn’t have any sensitivities or flare ups and my skin felt smooth, looked bright and felt clean but moisturized.  I definitely think this mask is nice and worth checking out.  The color is a tad bit off-putting, I’m used to green, gray or black masks, but it’s still fun – I think of it as chocolate for the face.

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BOOM Glo (left), BOOM Glimmer (middle), BOOM Color (right)

The BOOMStick Trio (Glo, Glimmer and Color – $76.00, 8 grams each tube) is a fun little collection of cream treats for your skin.  These three creams are all you need to give your skin that dewy, radiant, colorful look of joy.  It’s literally a whole cosmetic bag in just three easy to use sticks.  Use these for lipstick, eye shadow, skin  luster, highlighter and moisturizer for the eyes, face, lips, cuticles and more.  These colors are formulated to blend perfectly with every skin tone.  This set is a great value and makes a great gift. If purchased separately – you will pay $81.00 vs the cost of $76.00 for the trio.

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These sticks are little multi-taskers for the cosmetic bag.  I love the BOOM Glo for use as a cuticle moisturizer or used on the lips.  The BOOM Glimmer makes a really pretty soft and natural highlight and BOOM Color blends out gorgeously to add a natural flush of color on your skin.  Each product leaves your skin looking naturally flushed and pretty and it’s the perfect trio for busy women who want a little color and pretty without putting on a lot of makeup.  These can be used all over the body, including your lips and eyes, so I make sure to use a makeup brush when applying to different areas or clean fingers so that I’m not contaminating the tube.

Also, don’t let the BOOM Color fool you.  While it does have a rich burgundy look to it, it blends out to create the perfect shadow look and flushed color for any skin tone.  Apply as much or as little as you need to create the look you desire.

BOOMSTICK GLIMMER Ingredients: This product is paraben and phthalate free.  This is a lipstick formula. In plain words, it is deemed by the FDA as safe to ingest.  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lanolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lanolin Oil, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ozokerite, Ceresin, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT. Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 774499).

BOOMSTICK GLO Ingredients: Moisturizer in a stick.  BOOMSTICK GLO contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen, raw Pupekea wildflower honey, d-alpha Vitamin E.

Cindy Joseph worked as a professional make up artist for over 27 years and she has learned the skin on our bodies is the same from the top of our head to the tip of our toes. To protect, nourish, and moisturize your whole body, all you need is one product, as long as it’s safe and does the job.

BOOMSTICK COLOR Ingredients:  This product is paraben and phthalate free.  This is a lipstick formula. In plain words, it is deemed by the FDA as safe to ingest.  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Canola Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Tridecyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Neopentyl Glycol/Dicaprylate Dicaprate, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 30 (CI 73360), Blue 1(CI 42090), Red 40 (CI 16035)

I love cosmetics, I love makeup and all the colors they offer and every single thing in between… but I’m a believer that while I do enjoy the pretty and sparkly things – I love natural beauty on me as well.  Society dictates beauty on many levels and many times it’s superficial.  With teenage girls dealing with their own personal issues of self esteem and women in society struggling to find their groove, I love that a cosmetic and product line offer products like these to enhance what is already gorgeous and natural beauty.

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This line initially was designed for the Baby Boomers (ages over 45), but I think it would be a wonderful line for anyone who loves great and simple skin care or products.  I love how easy each product is to use and the price point is reasonable.  When you think about your cosmetic or makeup routine, skin care routine or just your every day life, could you use a little simplistic approach to things.  Like I said before, I love the pretty things that the makeup industry offers, but as we get older, less is more sometimes and since I’m 36, I’m always looking for preventative products as well as great ones to help me on my journey.  I love looking natural and these are definitely products I think I’ll enjoy for years to come.  I love BOOM! products so much I’m picking up a few sets for my loved ones, my mom and mother in law will surely enjoy them and so will other friends and family members.  These will make great gifts for sure.

Have you heard of or tried anything from BOOM! by Cindy Joseph?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If not, is this something you will check out.

To learn more about the product line and the founder Cindy Joseph, head on over to the website:  http://www.boombycindyjoseph.com/

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When it comes to skin care, I try a lot of different products and I do have my favorites from different brands.  With sensitive skin, I always find that there are a lot of brands that cause my skin to flare up, so I’m very particular with what I use.  One of the brands I do enjoy is Derma E.  Today I’m going to share with you some exciting news and a little info as well as my thoughts on their Derma E Hydrating Day and Night Creams.

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Derma E’s new packaging launched in September 2016 and I must say, I’m quite excited and loving the new design.  The products still offer the great quality we can expect from Derma E, with a sleek packaging quite different from what we are accustomed to.  With a new packaging design being rolled out through March 2017, you can expect to see this branding popping up in your favorite retailsers like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Ulta Beauty and many others.  There will be no compromising their great formulas – as you’ll still be getting their eco-ethical, non compromising formulas in a new packaging that is a stunner.  I honestly enjoy the fresh look of these, they look chic and branding is definitely on point.

To appeal 100% to their consumers, Derma E decided it was time to update their look and feel of the brand.  Their social sites, website, store displays and more will be changing (if they haven’t already) and you’ll notice the new branding through out.

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About the Brand:

Ethical Beauty – Since 1984, our passion for health, wellness and environmental sustainability has grown strong.  We have high ethical standards and never compromise on skin health and safety.  Our 100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMO’s.  Now that’s honest-to-goodness skin care.  Purchases support global communities and the environment.  

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In the photo below, you can see how the old packaging (Derma E Hydrating Day Creme) compares to the new packaging (Derma E Hydrating Night Cream).  While the logos are similar, they still offer a very different feel than before.  I like how the new packaging really encompasses the lotus and offers branding that really is on par with the brand and their products.

I have used various products from Derma E in the past, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to try the Hydrating Day and Night Creams.  I wanted to share my thoughts with you on these products and chit chat about how they have been working with my sensitive skin.

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The Derma E Hydrating Day Creme with Hyaluronic Acid offers my very dry skin Intensive rehydrating treatment in one use.  For just $29.50 you get 2 oz / 56 g worth of product that is perfect for dry to normal skin.  I love how thick this cream is.  It smooths onto the face nicely and offers my face the much needed moisture to keep from flare ups and irritations.  It is perfect to be used under your makeup and works well with other skin care products in my regimen.  The hydrating day cream helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by replumping the skin with moisture.  With Hyaluronic Acid to deliver powerful hydration to help keep skin soft, smooth and youthful looking.  It also includes Vitamins A, C & E plus an antioxidant Green Tea to help protect the skin from environmental damage.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth 20, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-Ester), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (.1%), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* (.1%), Titanium Dioxide, Allantoin, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Plumeria Blossom Fragrance. 

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The Derma E Hydrating Night Cream is especially great for my dry skin.  Retailing for $29.50 (2 oz / 56 g) you get a lot of product to help keep up with your skin care regimen.  The Hydrating Night Cream has Hyaluronic Acid and other beneficial ingredients (just like the day cream) to help keep your skin supple and moisturized.  Like the Hydrating Day Creme, the Night Cream is extra-rich and thick.  It offers intense hydration to help replenish all of the anti-aging moisture to your skin while you sleep.  The Vegan based Hyaluronic Acid replumps the skin to help reduce the appearance of dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.  And, the antioxidant rich Green Tea and enriching Vitamins A, C and E help to soften and smooth the look of dehydrated skin.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-Ester), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Allantoin, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (.1%), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (Aristoflex®), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Plumeria Blossom Fragrance. 

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I’ve been using these two products now for about 3 1/2 weeks and combine them with other Derma E products I love.  With colder weather on its way to Hawaii, my skin tends to get drier and I am always in need of good moisturizers and creams to help keep my skin / face looking youthful.  Since I haven’t used these products before, I was not only intrigued to give them a whirl, but also impressed with how well they do work.

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I love moisturizing products that provide my skin with the much needed hydration they need, but that do not clog my pores or cause me to have any funky reactions.  That’s why I love Derma E products so much.  Used with other skin care that I love, I know that I’ll get the moisture I need, without sacrificing the quality I’ve come to expect.  Both creams smooth into my skin nicely and absorb quickly – but you must make sure that you do not use too much.  Since each of these creams are fairly thick, a light, thin layer is all you need.  If you naturally have oily skin, I think these creams may be a bit too thick for you, but for someone with dry skin like myself, they seem to work very well.  In my honest opinion though, I’m not too fond of the fragrance for both of these products, so I’m glad that once it soaks into my skin, I can’t smell it as much.  Living in Hawaii, Plumeria is something you smell often here, but since I now have sensitivities to fragrances, I find that it is a bit too strong for me.  Thankfully, it fades after a few minutes, but that also means I can’t use these products on days when my allergies are at its worst, because those few minutes – can seem like an eternity when I’m already sneezing like a mad woman.

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I enjoy the texture of both products and my skin loves them – it’s perfect for my dry Eczema prone skin.  Derma E products are fairly affordable and I love that I can walk into my local Whole Foods and pick up a few products when I need them.  There hasn’t really been a product I haven’t enjoyed from Derma E and any of them that I struggle with, I have learned to adapt according to my skin care and needs.  I’m loving the new packaging as well – while I’m a fan of purple and loved how they really were bold and bright, I think the new packaging offers a serenity to the brand and I enjoy it.

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So what about you?  Are you liking the new packaging / branding for Derma E?  Have you tried Derma E products before, and if so – what are your favorite products?

You can purchase Derma E products or learn more about their product line at: http://dermae.com/

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It’s no secret that Valentia is one of my favorite skin care brands.  Their Vitamin C Serum and Clay Mask are two of my favorites that I continue to purchase time and time again. With all the hype around expensive skincare products, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you my thoughts on this product that I’ve been using from Valentia.  The Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum has been a pivotal part in my skin care routine over the last month or so and today I will talk to you more about it and share my thoughts on this product.

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The Valencia Night Revive Retinol Serum ($35.00 – 1.8 fl.oz. / 35 mL) is a transformative Retinol Serum that fights wrinkles and provides hydration for visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin.  This serum helps to diminish wrinkles, stimulate collagen, improve skin tone, manage breakouts and helps to condition the skin.  Using this product is very simple as with any other products from the Valentia line and they all work well together if used as a set.  Since the natural ingredients can separate in the bottle, you want to make sure to lightly shake your bottle prior to using it.  I apply this serum nightly to my face and decollete area before I apply moisturizer.  Since this does include retinol in it you want to make sure that you also use with an SPF to help protect the skin while you’re out in the sun or if you’re going to get any sun exposure.

This serum has a white look to it and is very liquidy in texture.  This product is lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly.  It has a light fragrance that I can’t quite pin point what it smells like, but it’s not off-putting at all and it doesn’t affect my sensitive nose.  The serum is milky-like but is not sticky at all and smooths onto the skin with ease, soaking into your face and neck area quickly.  I love that it is not sticky so that I can use with my favorite moisturizer without feeling like I have layers of product on my face.

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The Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum contains a unique blend of Retinol, with essential Vitamins C & E that work beautifully together as the perfect night-time cream.  The Retinol works at a cellular level to remodel your skin by increasing the collagen production and diminishing even the deepest of wrinkles.  The Vitamin C provides superior protection while  helping the Retinol penetrate deeper into the skin and the Vitamin E and Shea Butter help to nourish and hydrate the skin, counteracting the drying effects of Retinol and maximizing anti-aging benefits.  This serum has easily become one of my favorites from Valentia and I love how it makes my skin look and feel after using it.

This serum helps to reduce acne breakouts while conditioning and nourishing dry skin.  I have dry skin natural and have Atopic Dermatitis along with severe Eczema.  Many products that contain Retinol can be difficult for me to use on my skin because it is too drying and harsh, leaving my skin with a flare up or sensitivity.  Because of this, I’m very specific with the brands I use and don’t often stray from that part in my skin care routine.  I have found that this serum is gentle on my face.  It may be because of the Vitamins C & E and Shea Butter, but my skin feels softer, smoother in complexion and I haven’t had any problems with skin sensitivity.  In the long term I can expect to see my skin tone and discoloration even out and my fine lines diminish as they would with long term use of Retinol products.  An increase of collagen production is another long term result I can also expect from this product.

Ingredients: Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil Squalene, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (sunflower based Vitamin E), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid,  Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

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Valentia offers products that are crafted using only the best natural and effective ingredients and offer a satisfaction money back guarantee, so if you don’t love it or are unsatisfied for any reason, they will provide you with a full refund.  I especially love that they are so proud of their products and as a long time Valentia user (the last 3 – 4 years), I am a firm believer that their products work and work well.  I love that Valentia is affordable.  I have many serums that are quite expensive and I know that I can always repurchase Valentia products without worrying that it will break my bank.  What makes this so great is that the 2.0 fl.oz. bottle should give you a minimum of 3 months worth of use, so you are getting your monies worth and a great deal.

Do you use Retinol as a part of your skin care routine?  If you do, have you tried the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum?  If you haven’t, is this something you think you’d be interested in checking out.

You can check out Valentia and the products they offer at the following sites:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H54PU4Y

http://valentia.com

https://www.instagram.com/valentianatural/

http://www.facebook.com/valentiabeauty

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Who isn’t on the search for the fountain of youth?  It seems as years pass, we are constantly on the hunt to find our younger selves.  I’ll be honest, I hated my teenage years so I’m not about reliving that all over again… I am however, about caring for myself to prevent aging to the best of my ability.  Having worked for a plastic surgeon years ago, I know that the cost for surgical procedures to provide a more youthful look is outrageous and there are many side effects and problems that can occur.  I’m all about finding a better solution and preventative measures to keep me from turning to the “needle” or “knife” while still keeping my appearance looking youthful.  Today I share with you my little miracle in a syringe.  No, it’s not an injection, but a product encased in fun packaging to look like a syringe.  Today, I introduce you to the Dynamic Sonic Instant Eye Lift by Dynamic Innovation Labs.  Let’s explore some, shall we?

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The Dynamic Instant Eye Lift (0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL) costs a whopping $395.00.  Now, that’s crazy talk so you know I had to put this product to the test to see if it’s worth such a hefty price tag.  Let’s start off with the packaging… like I mentioned, it’s a Syringe that has the product “the instant eye lift gel” encased within.  Packaging is fun and definitely unique in that it literally resembles what you would expect if you were going in to get a procedure like Botox or Collagen.  The Dynamic Innovation Labs Dynamic Instant Eye Lift claims that it will reduce wrinkles and fine lines, smooths and lifts out under eye bags and aesthetically enhances the complexion.  You get instant results and you can watch and feel it tighten and form within 90 seconds.  Hmmmm… to good to be true you say?  Well, read on… it gets juicier.

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After receiving the product to try, I immediately pulled it out to put it to the test.  You can decide if you want to use it daily, but I honestly use it when my eyes are tired or my allergies are bad so my eyes are puffier than normal.  With such a big price point, I highly suggest using this for special occasions, rather than daily – so that you can save on product and make your dime stretch.

I apply the gel like serum to my face when it is clean (usually in the morning prior to using my other moisturizers and serums).  Using my ring finger, I depress the syringe to get a little product out on my finger and gently smooth and tap a thin layer over the areas I want to treat.  Usually, I apply it to my facial lines (my smile lines), corners of my eyes (I get those fine lines because of constant rubbing of my eyes due to allergies) and under my eyes where I tend to get slightly puffy – especially after not getting a good nights rest or my allergies flaring up on me.  After applying, I keep my face expressionless (no smiling, winking, frowning or facial movements) until the product dries.  If I have some white residue visible, it’s usually because I put too much product down, but it’s an easy fix as I smooth over the area with a damp finger (ring finger is a must) or moisturizer and smooth it out.

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The whole process from beginning to end is painless and quick.  And, don’t you blink because those 90 seconds will go by quickly.  I like to watch my face in the mirror while the product works.  I literally can see the areas I treated smooth out and tighten right before my eyes… it’s pretty cool and amazing to say the least.  Not interested in looking at yourself for 90 seconds straight… lol?  Well, don’t worry – you’ll feel a slight tingle and a cool sensation (all of which are light, so you don’t have to worry about feeling irritated or any pain) and when you look back at your face, you’ll notice a difference immediately.

  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines 
  • Smooths and lifts out under eye bags 
  • Aesthetically enhances complexion 
  • Instant results – watch and feel it tighten and firm within 90 seconds

I have tried a plethora of products like the Instant Eye Lift, but I feel like this one really works quickly in tightening my pores, firming my skin and giving me a youthful appearance.  The full effect is completely visible within 90 seconds and you’ll notice your skin looks  younger and firmer.  The first few times I tried the product, I did notice results but not dramatically.  It took the 3rd time when I used the product to see that the results had definitely increased.  Incremental results can be subtle but the overall result offers you a more youthful appearance and it’s definitely astounding.  The eye area is the usual telltale signs of age and low vitality, so instantly lifting and firming those areas really make a big difference in what you look like and of course, how you feel.

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In the photos above, I show you my before and after using the Dynamic Instant Eye Lift.  My photos have not been retouched, as you can see both photos show my pores, fine lines, etc.  I applied the Dynamic Instant Eye Lift to the outer corners of my eyes where I have visible fine lines in the “before” photo.  I also applied the Dynamic Instant Eye Lift below my eyes and on my cheeks near my nose.  The gel-like product provides a blurred like effect while tightening and firming areas of my face that were not there before.  The corners of my eyes look smooth and my fine lines have practically disappeared.  Please note that these images were taken about 90 – 100 seconds apart.  What I love and enjoy is that blurred effect doesn’t wash off like a primer would, so over time while using the product – you’ll notice a difference in your appearance.

Having worked in the plastic surgery field over the years, I know how invasive surgery can be and how a severe change can really make it obvious that someone has had work done.  It’s worst when your results are uncertain and that healing can take such a long time while varying from person to person.  Applying Instant Eye Lift before your makeup (or on its own) can make a huge difference in how youthful you look through out the day and night and it’s painless and effortless.

Ingredients

Purified Water (Aqua), Sodium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, CI 77489 (Iron Oxide), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

So, what do you think?  A fountain of youth product at its finest?  The product does come with a hefty price tag, I’ll be the first to admit it and the last.  It’s much too expensive for me to order and keep up with on a monthly basis, which is why I said this would be a great product to use for special occasions and events.  But, keep in mind that with consistent use, you’ll see results over time as well.  Not only does it show you something immediately, but you will also notice a difference after using the product over a period of time.  It’s costly, but considering how much a cosmetic procedure costs, you’ll be getting a bargain without the needle or knife touching you.  If I had the money to keep up with the product routine, I would do it in a heartbeat, because I love a product that not only shows you what it can do – but over time you continue to notice results.

Yes, this post is quite lengthy, but I wanted to ensure you got as much information as you could so you could decide for yourself.  I love the results I receive with this product and while I can’t keep up with the cost, I understand the reasoning behind the price.  I’m 36 (almost 37) years old and while I do my best to keep my skin looking good… a little help in that department never harms anyone.

What do you think of the results of the Instant Eye Lift?  Do you think this is something you would like to check out if you could afford it?  Comment below and let me know.

You can purchase this product and get more details at: http://www.dynamicsonic.com/collections/shop-by-eye/products/instant-face-lift-acivator

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