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Ola Tropical Apothecary has added a new skin care collection to their offerings called:  Ola Hawaiian Skin Care.  Utilizing infusions of powerful tropical ingredients, Ola Hawaiian Skin Care offers a range of cleansers, toners, masks, serums and a moisturizer to the line.  Each of these products provides effective skincare solutions to keep skin looking young, radiant and nourished.  

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I was very excited to have the opportunity to try a product from Ola Tropical Apothecary.  Being a Hawaii Native, I enjoy trying products from companies that are locally based here in the islands.  I was sent the  Plumeria Sugar Polish.  If you know anything about me, it’s that Plumeria is one of my favorite scents, so I was eager to give it a try and share my thoughts with all of you.  

The Sugar Body Polish is gentle, even on my sensitive skin and offers natural exfoliating properties while combining pure Hawaiian Cane Sugar with Organic Hawaiian Honey to renew and condition the skin.  To these awesome combination of ingredients, Ola also adds an infusion of healing Hawaiian plant extracts with natural cleansers and tropical oils and butters to help cleans, soften and moisturize the skin.  If I had to describe this product in one word, it would be “Luxurious”.

If I had to describe this product in one word, it would be Luxurious!

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Using the Ola Tropical Apothecary Plumeria Sugar Polish is simple.  Simply apply and/or use the product in the shower or bath to cleanse and renew your skin.  Apply to damp skin and massage well, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin.  Rinse off with warm water.  You can use this sugar polish several times a week to help make your skin radiant and hydrated.  My favorite places to use the sugar polish is on my heels and feet as well as my hands, elbows, and knees.  This is especially a treat for me when I’m about to change out my nail polish or do a self-mani/pedi.  It’s the perfect way to leave my skin looking great.  

The ingredients in this particular product happen to be some of my favorites for skincare:  honey, aloe vera, noni fruit, taro root, coconut oil, cocoa seed butter and kukui nut oil – just to name a few.

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Ola offers a variety of products (as mentioned above) for use in their Hawaiian Skin Care daily ritual.  While I have only tried their sugar polish, I’m excited to try out other products from the line to include:  cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer. Masks are also available to add to your collection.  Collections include the following:

  • ʻĀina (land) – The ʻĀina group targets normal to dry skin conditions. Harnessing the natural anti-aging benefits of tropical fruit, medicinal plants, and elements, ʻĀina Hawaiian Skincare is revitalizing, nourishing, hydrating, moisturizing for the skin.
  • Kai (sea) – The Kai group targets acne-prone skin and blemishes. Focusing on powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal and repairing sea elements and seaside plants to exfoliate, remove impurities, heal and restore the skin.
  • Pua (flower) – The Pua group targets the complex issues of sensitive or irritated skin. Drawing on the soothing and repairing benefits of tropical flowers to rejuvenate, soothe and soften the skin.
  • Mana Moisturizer addresses the total health of your skin. By infusing new discoveries in natural anti-aging ingredients extracted from the land and the sea, with powerful essential oils, we have created a deeply hydrating and nourishing base to which you may add the Ola serum of your choice.
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About Ola, Tropical Apothecary is a natural-based bath and body spa collection centered on the Hawaiian concept of beauty and wellness.  Each of the Company’s hand-crafted bath and body products combines beneficial botanicals, oils, fruits, sea elements and flowers in the time-honored, traditional Hawaiian way.  By supporting Ola, you support local small farmers and business, as well as a Company that is responsible, transparent and sustainable.  Please, visit www.hawaiianbodyproducts.com for more information.

The new skin care line is already available online at Hawaiianbodyproducts.com.  Prices will range from $25 to $73 depending on each item.  Click on the link to view the entire line and read all about the Ola Tropical Apothecary collection.

The  ‘Aina Collection from Ola Tropical Apothecary

Get more information or purchase from Ola Tropical Apothecary at: www.hawaiianbodyproducts.com

Mahalo Ola Tropical Apothecary for sharing your awesome sugar polish with me.  I look forward to trying out more of your products in the future.


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About a month ago I received products from Hersday.  Since they are a new subscription box/service, I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you.  I’ve been using the night time and daytime pads, as well as panty liners and I am definitely impressed so sharing with all of you is a must.
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What is Hersday?  
Hersday is a cool subscription box that offers you pads that feel exactly the way we hope any pad does… non-existent.  Hersday Pads are specially designed, allowing you to customize them for your flow while being so comfortable, you’ll forget you are wearing them.
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What makes Hersday worth a look-see and test-drive?
Hersday pads are super absorbent, which is definitely important to me.  I don’t want to get into details, but I experience a heavy flow each month and have really enjoyed the protection and absorbency that you get with these pads. They are also comfortable against my skin (I have sensitive skin) and don’t bunch up or move around.  They are also leak-free and they dry pretty much immediately, which is a huge plus.

Hersday pads are customizable where you can select one of the following:  Light Flow, Medium Flow or Heavy Flow.

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One of the most important things that I enjoy about Hersday is the fact that the box is completely discreet.  I had no idea what was included inside and neither will anyone else.  The packaging surrounding the pads is minimalistic and compact, so it’s great for travel or tossing into your bag without anyone noticing.
How much is the subscription and the details of your order?
Hersday subscription is available at a PRE-ORDER cost of $4.99 for the first month and just $12.99 subsequently.  Your subscription ships worldwide from the United States.  Subscriptions automatically renew each month, but you can cancel at any time.
Each month you receive the following products in your subscription depending on which selection you choose:
$4.99/month:
  • Light Flow:  Liners (10 pieces), Day Pads (12 pieces) and Night Pads (3 pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 4 times per day select this plan.
  • Medium Flow:   Liners (8 pieces), Day Pads (12 pieces), Night Pads (5 Pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 6 times per day select this plan.
  • Heavy Flow:  Liners (5 pieces), Day Pads (10 pieces), Night Pads (10 Pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 8 times per day select this plan.
$12.99/month:
  • Light Flow:  Liners (10 pieces), Day Pads (12 pieces) and Night Pads (3 pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 4 times per day select this plan.
  • Medium Flow:   Liners (8 pieces), Day Pads (12 pieces), Night Pads (5 Pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 6 times per day select this plan.
  • Heavy Flow:  Liners (5 pieces), Day Pads (10 pieces), Night Pads (10 Pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 8 times per day select this plan.
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Why do I like the Hersday Subscription?
First, let’s talk about convenience.  Heading to your local grocery market, big box store or pharmacy takes time and energy.  Not to mention, sometimes, it’s an uncomfortable situation to shop in public for feminine products.  I like that you can order from the comforts of your own home, and have your Hersday products delivered straight to your mailbox.
Second, Hersday products are made well.  They are so comfortable to wear that I forget that I have it on most of the time.  They don’t shift and stay still on my panty.  They absorb extremely fast (literally instantly) and leave me feeling dry and fresh.  I’m absolutely impressed with the absorbency and comfort of these pads.  Most pads I use require me to change every hour due to my heavy flow.  But, Hersday gives me peace of mind without worrying about overflow or leaking.
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For every sale they make, $0.20 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Organization.  
So, to sum it all up – I’d like to say that I’m very impressed overall with the Hersday subscription.  I highly suggest checking it out because it’s well worth a try.  You can cancel your subscription at any time and check it out for yourself.
Have you heard of Hersday before?  Head on over to their website and get all the details and/or sign up for a monthly subscription.
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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of FarmHouse Fresh and their awesome body and skin care products.  I’ve featured the brand several times here on the site and boy oh boy am I loving these two particular products, especially for summer.  Today I introduce you to the FarmHouse Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic and Three Milk Ageless Night Cream.  If you are anything like me and have dry skin year round, I think you’ll definitely want to tune into this post and read all about these beauties.

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The Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic is an Instant Pore-Refining Toner.  Retailing for $36.00.  The toner comes in a 3.5 oz glass bottle and it’s a product that I’ve been absolutely loving lately.  99% natural, vegan and gluten free, this product really leaves your skin feeling and looking flawless.  I’ve been loving how my complexion is looking lately and love this product more because it is alcohol-free.  This toner smooths the skin and helps to boost moisture.  Let’s face it, with my sensitive and dry skin, I need all the moisture I can get.

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This product provides vital nourishment from U.S. grown organic aronia berries which is said to be a miracle fruit with one of the highest antioxidant contents ever recorded.  It has a natural filter effect to help make pores appear as if they were never there.  It literally is a new favorite and I love how it makes my skin look and feel.  Since I don’t use foundation, this product really has helped my skin blossom the last month.

This toner delivers pristine rose water and a touch of a polyhydroxy acid to provide a light and long-term exfoliation.  The berry vitamins help to visibly reduce the look of fine lines and I love that it’s a product you can spritz for on-the-go hydration for instant refreshment whenever you need it.

I apply this product after my morning skin care routine.  I apply a mist evenly to my face and neck and when I have a little extra time, I’ll apply to a cotton pad and smooth evenly over my skin.  This product should not be rinsed.  I apply it at night when I feel I need an extra boost of hydration or if my skin is looking dull.  I also love using this to help refresh my skin and cool me down since summer has already begun here in Hawaii and it’s hot.  I love the scent of this mist.  It reminds me of a light berry scent, though my husband says that he doesn’t smell berry, he smells a light sweet fragrance.  I think the smell is a great way to jump start your day.

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Now let’s chat about the Three Milk Ageless Night Cream.  Anything with the word “ageless” in its title has me absolutely amused and intrigued.  This night cream comes in a 1.7 oz glass jar and in a decorative box.  It retails for $45.00.  It is known as FarmHouse Fresh’s #1 selling face cream and boy can I agree because I think it’s wonderful.  This cream is said to literally transform your skin overnight and I’ve been loving it.  This “wonder milk” is uniquely rich and definitely hydrating.  It offers a time-release delivery system of pure form retinol.  Because so many retinol products can cause redness, irritation and dryness (I know this first hand), this product is definitely in a whole different leaque.  The slow-release system ensures it delivers softness, illumination and firmness as well as other awesome benefits, without the usual side effects that you would expect or may have experienced with pure form retinol.

I didn’t expect that this cream would not only be thick but definitely smooth.  But, you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully it blends into the skin and how well it works overnight.  In the mornings I find that my skin feels so smooth and looks bright.  After spending some time in the sun, I found that it’s been so beneficial in healing my skin and helping with my sunburn as well.  (Of course, I do not suggest putting it on any open wounds or sunburn)

This cream includes botanical milks and skin restoring peptides that is in FHF daily moisturizer plus the restorative retinol and proprietary blend of vitamin extracts, moisture boosting ingredients and a cool creamy texture.  I definitely think after the first use you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin’s texture and brightness as well as how fresh your skin looks.

A thin layer at night is all that is needed when using this product.  I apply it to my face, neck and near my crows feet (just a little) as my final step in my night-time skin care routine.  I have found over the last few weeks that it definitely has helped to hydrate my dry skin and revive my dull skin tone.  You may also notice a decrease in fine lines, wrinkles and a firmer complexion.  This product does have a fragrance, but it is light and quite nice.  I didn’t have any scent sensitivities while using this product.

If you’re interested in learning more about these products including their full list of ingredients, definitely head on over to FarmHouse Fresh’s Website.  Also, don’t forget to take a look at some of their other awesome products.  I have a bunch of my favorites listed here on my blog, so definitely do a search for FARMHOUSE FRESH and read my thoughts on some of these awesome fresh-baked goods.

Thank you FarmHouse Fresh for sharing these delights with me.  I am absolutely loving them and I know my readers will enjoy them too.


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Hi Friends.  I’m excited to share a new video with all of you.  Check out a few new things I found at the drugstore and some PR Goodies I received recently.  All information, as well as purchase links, can be found in the description of the video.  Have a wonderful day.

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I’m super excited to share with you a few products from a company that I’ve been loving lately.  Have you ever heard of Grace Eleyae?  If you’re a curly haired gal and you haven’t heard of this brand before, I definitely suggest checking it out.  I’ve used various hair bonnets and satin products over the years, but the ones I have tried from Grace Eleyae are now my favorites to protect my curly hair with.

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As I mentioned previously, I have used various satin lined or satin caps and other products to help protect my curly hair, but recently was introduced to Grace Eleyae.  Said to be the “Home of the original satin lined cap”, the Slap (Satin-Lined Cap) was created to help fight dry hair, bedhead and time-sucking/inefficient hair processes.

Grace’s goal is to provide women with confidence by offering these solutions for the busy multi-taskers who want to look and feel confident while investing in being their best, most beautiful selves.

Why satin?

Whether you have curly hair or straight hair, long or short, healthy hair needs adequate moisture.  Satin is a material that does not absorb moisture like cotton or other types of fabrics.  Satin allows your hair and skin do basically do what it was created to do – produce it’s own protective moisture to keep itself healthy and strong.

Using satin protects your hair from the moisture absorbing materials and also helps to protect against harsh weather and conditions – sunlight, snow, dry heat, freezing winds, hair dye, heat from straighteners and blow driers.  Basically, anything and everything that can dry your hair out.

Using satin can help to keep your hair moisturized (skin too) while limiting breakage and combating frizz.  I especially love that it helps to prolong my hair style (more time in between washes) and it preserves my curls so that my hair looks shinier, healthier and I have a lot less tangles.  Satin allows your hair to repair itself, so whatever oils or deep conditioning you use, your hair can truly fully absorb the healing properties to it’s fullest ability.

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I’ve been using the Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined cap, satin pillowcase and satin scrunchies for the last few months now.  Each of these products have been essential in keeping my hair looking fresh while also preserving all of my curls and eliminating frizz.  They are essential in my nightly sleep routine and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Because of Grace Eleyae products, my hair feels softer and I love that I have less tangles.  Since my hair is so long (passed my buttocks), I use the scrunchie to pull my hair up in a pineapple. Then I use the Slap to protect it.  Since I move around a lot in bed, I sleep on the satin pillowcase to help eliminate frizz.  My skin also loves the satin pillow and I love that it’s cool and comfy to sleep on as well.

“My hair feels and looks so healthy now that I’ve been using Grace Eleyae Satin products.  It’s definitely a game changer.” 

Satin-lined cap (slap) – retail:  $20.96

Satin pillowcase, Full/Queen size – retail:  $28.96

Satin scrunchie – retail: $5.59

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I highly suggest trying out Grace Eleyae products to protect your hair.  They offer fashionable pieces that you can use while out and about or during the night to protect your hair styles.  I’m loving them, and I think you’ll definitely enjoy them too.

Interested in checking them out for yourself?  Stop by their website and see their entire collection of satin products:  https://www.graceeleyae.com/


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About two months ago I was introduced to Emme Diane by a fellow beauty blogger named Jen (MyBeautyBunny).  She raved about how great the Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 was and I knew that I just had to get my hands on the product and try it out for myself.  Living in such a warm climate like Hawaii, I was immediately smitten over the Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40, so much so – that I had to share it with all of you.

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The Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 retails for $46.00.  First, I wanted to touch base on the packaging of the product itself.  I’m all about that easy to dispense life and the product is easily dispensed through a pump that makes application a breeze.  I just wanted to put that out there, because the “no fuss, no muss” life is for me.

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Okay, now that I have gotten that out of the way – let’s talk product.  The Emme Diane website states that this tinted mineral sunscreen has a cult following and boy, let me just say – I can see why.  Living in Hawaii, I want to make sure to help protect our precious coral but I need the protection from the sun that we experience more than 90% of the year.  Emme Diane offers this Physical sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to not only protect our skin but also our ocean wildlife.  The sunscreen applies so effortlessly and I love that it glides onto my skin without any issues.

The product is soft and silky and applies easily with my fingertips or using a brush.  I tend to put it on after applying my moisturizer each day and while it is tinted, it offers a soft tint to help even out skin tone which is perfect for me.  Emme Diane suggests applying it every 80 minutes after swimming or sweating, but I love using it on its own when out running errands or during a normal day for that sun protection that my skin needs.  It is also suggested to apply at least every 2 hours.

Using Emme Diane Tinted SPF 40

The Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 offers you a sheer, mattifying look to the skin while leaving your skin feeling silky smooth (so it’s perfect for applying before makeup).  I love that because it is non-comedogenic I haven’t had any breakouts and I have had minimal white cast when using this product.  It blends into my skin tone perfectly.  I have been dealing with many sensitive skin issues the last few months due to some health complications, so I really wanted to try something that would be gentle on my skin and this has been it.  I’m not lying when I say that I LOVE this sunscreen.

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I want to try out the Illuminating Tinted SPF next because with summer on its way, I’m all about that glow.

Have you tried anything from the Emme Diane line?  If so, comment below and let me know.  Emme Diane has been gracious enough to provide a discount for my readers and followers.

Use code:  Honeygirlk10 at https://www.emmediane.com/ for 10% off.  This code will expire in a year, so stock up on your faves now.

 

 

 


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If you’ve been following me on social media the last couple of months, then you know that I’ve been traveling between islands quite frequently for medical reasons.  I must say, that packing up everything you need for a week into one carry-on bag is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you’re a beauty and makeup lover.  But, thanks to the MYO Cosmetic Case, I was able to take my necessities with me without a hassle.  I’m all about the life of products that really make life a breeze so today I’m gonna introduce you to the MYO Cosmetic Case and hopefully it can help you out too.

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MYO Cosmetic Cases give you the opportunity to travel with your most important cosmetics without the hassle of packing them in separate containers.  Everything you need is right where you need it.  They are similar to your standard magnetic makeup palette but offer so much more.  There’s no need for bulky liquid and cream containers in separate packaging or a brush roll to carry your necessary brushes to create your look.  You can fit just about anything into these palettes, thanks to its awesome design and addition of liquid/cream containers.

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Known as the “Cosmetic Clutch” the MYO Cases were the Winner of the 2017 Cosmoproof North America Trendsetter Award.  The cases are designed to support modern women and allow them to “go everywhere and experience everything”.

What makes the MYO Cosmetic Clutch so fun and cool for me is that you can fit everything in there.  Pencils (eyeliner, lip liner, brows, etc.) and your favorite eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and powder products that you can depot.  But the MYO Beauty Pods really take it to a whole new level.  Each MYO Cosmetic Clutch comes with 3 MYO Beauty Pods that are designed so that you can securely carry your lotions, creams, serums and loose powders with you on the go.  This was extremely helpful for me when I needed to go through TSA since it allowed me the right amount of product without going over travel regulations.

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Each Beauty Pod holds the standard amount of skincare products and are easy to use, wash and reuse.  They come in two sizes and they have an air and water resistant seal.  Made of medical grade material so that they are safe for your products.  They can hold everything from toothpaste to pills and eyelashes, small earrings.  The possibilities are endless.

You could fill your entire palette with depotted eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers or highlighters or decide to mix it up a bit with a variety of different products, not just powder products like a traditional magnetic palette.  And, if you love a little color or want your palette to match your style, you can choose between other colors besides black:  fuchsia, turquoise, and silver.

A MYO Cosmetic Clutch Kit comes complete with the following:

  • 3 MYO Beauty Pods (2×1.4g & 1×1.7g)
  • 2 MYO Style Sticks (to help organize and separate certain products as well as keep things like pencils and brushes in place)
  • 1 Double Ended Eye Shadow / Brow Brush (Cruelty-free/Pro Quality $12 USD Value)
  • 1 MYO Cosmetic Circlet – Choice of Color – Black, Silver, Fuchsia, or Turquoise.

Retail:  $45.00

MYO Cosmetic Cases also offers a variety of different accessories to use with your cosmetic clutch.  Additional Beauty Pods can be purchased in sets of 3 for $9.00 and Transparent Beauty Pods as an add-on to your order.  They are sold in a set of 4 for $9.00

MYO Cosmetic Cases are perfect for the jet-setter or person who wants to keep their favorite cosmetic necessities with them at all times.  It’s compact and lightweight and offers you the opportunity to have everything you need in one handy little case.

So what about you, have you heard of the MYO Cosmetic Case?  If so, what do you think about it?  If not, is this something you think you wouldn’t mind checking out.

You can purchase these products and learn more about them at:  https://myocosmeticcases.com/

 

 

 


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When it comes to beauty products, I think eye shadows and eye shadow palettes are definitely some of my favorite things.  I just love looking at all the pretty colors and I definitely think palettes are my weakness when it comes to purchases.  Recently I was introduced to Shop Hush (an app and website that sells Bad Habit Beauty products) and I just had to pick up this set up palettes to add to my collection.  Today I introduce you to the Solstice and Supernova eye shadow palettes.

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I picked up both the Bad Habit Solstice and Supernova palettes off of ShopHush for $24.00 (for both) about a month ago.  I definitely wanted to share these palettes with my readers and followers because for the price point, they are seriously – LEGIT!

Let’s talk about the Bad Habit Solstice Palette first.  The Solstice palette retails for $16.00 if purchased separately.  It has a mix of mattes, shimmers and glittery shades in warm hues.  It’s gorgeous and I love that it includes colors that I can wear on an everyday basis.  I was beyond impressed with each shadow and loved how buttery most of the shades were and how packed they were with pigment.

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Many say that the Solstice Palette from Bad Habit Beauty is a dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette which retails for $129.  I don’t own the Natasha Denona Sunset palette so I couldn’t tell you if it indeed is a dupe, but I can say that for a $16 palette, it definitely impressed me.

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Because the shades are definitely soft and buttery, you do get some kick up and some fall out, but it’s not difficult to work with and each shade builds up perfectly.  I am loving this as my everyday palette and I’m enjoying it tremendously.

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Next I am sharing with you the Supernova Palette.  Retailing for $16 on it’s own, this palette offers a combination of shades that are much cooler toned than the Solstice palette.  That’s one of the reasons why I ordered them as a pair, I thought it would be a great way to check out two different tones of shades for different looks.

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As with the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides a combination of matte, shimmer and glittery shades.  I find that while each shade is also buttery (like the Solstice), it is not as creamy as the Solstice palette.  To explain, the Solstice palette is so creamy that when dipping your brush into shades like Dawn, Rays and Twilight, your brush literally makes a big indention.  However, with Supernova, placing your brushes into this palette doesn’t leave it as messy but still picks up a lot of color and blendability is great.

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The Bad Habit Supernova palette is said to be a dupe for the Natasha Denona Lila Palette which retails for $129.  As I mentioned with the Solstice palette, I do not have the Lila palette so I personally cannot compare the two to see if they are indeed dupes, however – I can tell you that for $16 – it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Just like the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides you with a lot of texture and colors to be able to create a variety of looks. I’ve been loving the brown shades in this palette as accent colors to a smoky eye look.

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Overall, I am absolutely digging these two palettes from Bad Habit Beauty.  I’m impressed with how easy the shades from each palette blend as well as how gorgeous each color is.  The price point of each considering the quality and how good they are, well – that absolutely seals the deal for me.  I’ve already referred several friends to buy these and because of these, I’ve purchased several more palettes from Bad Habit Beauty and Shop Hush.

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Definitely download the ShopHush. app on your phone (android and iPhone) and get rewards for logging in each day as well as free shipping on your orders.  I can’t wait to share with you all of the other palettes I’ve purchased from the site, so stay tuned for that.

Have you tried any of the palettes on ShopHush?  Or, what about Bad Habit Beauty?  Let me know your thoughts, for sure.  Would you pick up a dupe to a highend palette at an affordable price?

 

 

 


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If there is one thing I absolutely love when it comes to brands and products, it’s when a brand I have used for years bring something new to the table.  BioSilk is a brand I’ve used for over 20 years, first being introduced to them in 1996.  The original Silk Therapy was recommended to me when I was in high school and needed to tame and moisturize my crazy curly hair.  Now, years later, I was given the opportunity to try out the BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil.   And, today – I am sharing all of my thoughts on these products with all of you.

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BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil:  Just like the BioSilk Silk Therapy, the Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil is a Leave-In treatment that can be used for both hair and skin.  BioSilk says that this light-weight leave-in treatment offers superior moisture replenishment while fortifying weak strands.  It helps to control frizz and flyaways while preventing split ends for smooth results with incredible  shine.  For the skin, it can be used as a light moisturizing oil to relieve dry skin leaving it soft and smooth with a subtle glow.

After using this product for several weeks, I have absolutely been loving it as much as I love the original.  If you have ever tried the BioSilk Silk Therapy products, you will know exactly how they feel.  They have slip like regular oils but they leave your hair feeling moisturized without the heavy oily feel.  The Silk Therapy with organic coconut oil soaks into the skin and leaves it soft and definitely moisturized.  My hair just drinks it up and I love it.

Retail:  $26.80 (5.64 oz)

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Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil 3-in-1:  I am not one to gravitate to a 3-in-1 (shampoo, conditioner and bodywash), but I think they are definitely something perfect for travel or for those that don’t want all the product clutter.  This versatile and gentle cleanser not only removes the impurities from the body and hair, but it adds essential moisture to the hair and skin.  This 3-in-1 conditions while providing balanced care for the hair and skin and I love that it also helps to maintain and preserve your hair color.  Hair and skin is left soft, smooth and nourished.

A 3-in-1 is definitely a time saver and so far I’ve been enjoying this product.  It leaves my hair feeling soft and my body too.

Retail:  $10.40 (5.64 oz)

As I mentioned before, I love when a brand re-invents or does something different to their products and it works.  Adding organic coconut oil definitely added great benefits to their original products and I’ve been absolutely loving them.  Honestly, these products can be a bit costly, but I think they offer such a great range of solutions for all hair types and it’s worth checking it out soon.

Have you had the chance to try out this new Organic Coconut Oil line from BioSilk?  If not, have you tried the original Silk Therapy line and if you have, what do you think?

You can purchase these products at:  https://biosilk.com

 

 

 

 


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Skincare is such an individual thing for most people.  What might work for some, may not work for others and sometimes products that are expensive or affordable may offer different results for each person.  I have tried so many different skincare products over the years, that I kind of know what may be a dud for me the first few times I use it and what may turn into my holy grail of products.  Today I’m going to be sharing with all of you my thoughts on a few products I have tried from PCA Skin.  Prior to being contacted by this company, I really didn’t know much about them.  But, I’m finally able to share my thoughts with you on products I tried from my specific treatment plan.

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Let me start off by saying that this post is very long overdue.  I have been using these products for quite a few months now but as a beauty blogger, I get so many skin care products to test, that it can take me a while to see what works and how it works in combination with favorites I already have in my beauty routine.  PCA Skin sent me 5 products to try that were specifically recommended for me since I have Eczema prone, dry skin.  I also wanted something that would help cleanse my skin since I had been struggling with acne over the last few months.  I’m going to discuss with you what products I got and how I used them all.

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Let’s start with the treatment bars.  The Dry Skin Relief Bar (net wt 3.2 oz / 90 g – $40) was probably one of my favorite products that I had the chance to try out.  This bar is formulated to help soothe and improve dry skin concerns, including psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.  The bar is formulated with 3% salicylic acid and antioxidants.  My skin really takes on a ton of damage during the winter months and that is usually when my Eczema likes to flare up.  I used this bar daily and loved that it had a light lather and left my skin feeling clean without stripping the moisture that my face needed to keep from drying out.  This bar can be used all over the body and even on the scalp which is perfect for dry scalp issues.  I also enjoyed the fact that it helped to calm the recurrence of itching, redness, flaking, and irritation I often get from dry skin during the winter months.

I think the packaging was a bit of a challenge to work with (even if it came with a sponge to use with it) and I would love to see this in an actual bar form so it would be easy to use, but overall, I enjoyed this product.

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The Blemish Control Bar (net wt 3.2 oz / 90 g – $40) was also a favorite.  Honestly, I think the bars from PCA Skin are definitely worth checking out.  The Blemish Control Bar is a skin purifying and cleansing bar that is perfect for oily skin or those suffering/experiencing acne.  It is formulated to clear pores of oil and to soften the skin, while reducing existing acne breakouts.  It also prevents future acne breakouts with 2% salicylic acid.  With purifying ingredients like eucalyptus oil, this bar is definitely something for anyone experiencing unruly skin may enjoy.  I can’t use this bar daily, but find that it’s perfect for once a week for me and keeps my skin looking fresh while purging my skin of impurities that tend to make it’s way to the surface.  I haven’t had many breakouts since using this so I’m pretty stoked at how well it has been working for me.  If you have sensitive or dry skin, you may want to use a little of this at a time and don’t use daily.  I found that when I first started testing out the product, my skin became extremely dry for several days.  Once I figured out the best solution for using it, it has been great.

Again, like the other bar, I’d love to see the packaging switch up on these.

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The Intensive Brightening Treatment was something I was a bit scared to use but I do enjoy a good retinol product.  This product is expensive considering the size of the tube (net wt 1 oz / 29.5 g – $109) and I honestly would be deterred by the price having not tried the brand before.  But, I’m so so glad that I had the opportunity to try this specific product because I immediately was hooked after the first try.  In just three days I noticed a huge difference in my skin.  The discoloration I had before had lightened so dramatically that my mom just had to get her hands on this product immediately.

This retinol night-time treatment is powerful and creates an even, bright and radiant complexion.  With pure retinol, resveratrol, and niacinamide to help promote a healthy glow while also improving discoloration, I loved the results.  The Intensive Brightening Treatment has potent, stable ingredients that are patented in an Omnisome delivery system to carry the ingredients deeper into the skin for superior results.  I have used many brightening creams in the past and I think this may be my favorite.  I’m super thankful that a little goes a long way with this thing because with that price point, I’ll be saving my coins for a while before I can replace it.  But, I have to say, it’s definitely something I’m going to repurchase.

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Now, let’s talk Purifying Mask.  The PCA Purifying Mask (net wt 2.1 oz / 60 g – $58) is a mask that is developed and formulated for oily, normal and combination skin.  I was a bit worried because I have dry skin and I had hoped that it wouldn’t cause me any issues.  This purifying mask is an at-home clay-based treatment mask that exfoliates, detoxifies and removes impurities from the skin.  It leaves the skin feeling smooth and looking clear and bright.  It includes a well-balanced botanical blend of ingredients to promote clear complexion while also having the clay included to eliminate the build-up of impurities in the pores.  It gently exfoliates the build-up of surface debris, leaving your face with a smooth and clear canvas.

I have used this product the last few months and have enjoyed it, but I have to use it sparingly.  I can easily have a dry spell or dry spots on my face if I use too much of it or if I use it too often.  But, when I do use it, my skin feels so soft after and even radiant.  It is definitely a mask I enjoy, but I have to make sure I’m not overdoing it too much.  I love the way my skin feels once I remove it and how vibrant it looks, but it definitely does purify, so I have to be sure not to strip my natural moisture so much that my Eczema flares up.

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Lastly is the Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 (net wt 2.1 oz / 60 g – $44).  I use SPF daily because I have such sensitive skin and I’m not getting any younger, so if I can help my skin out by protecting it, I’ll do it.  I have tried many different kinds over the years and I do have my favorites, so I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this one, honestly.  This Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is quick absorbing, which is a huge deal for me since I’m always on the go.  It is lightweight and perfect to be worn under makeup.  It provides the skin with antioxidant protection and protects against UV rays.  I thought it was awesome that it was Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation as well.

I didn’t notice any white cast while using this SPF, which is always a plus for me.  And, my skin absorbed it well.  Here are a few of the ingredients in this SPF for those who are wondering:  Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Silybin, and Caffeine.

This SPF applies easily and again, it is so lightweight, I forget that I have it on.  I have been using this on my sons as well since I always have it on me and they forget they have sunscreen on at all.  I especially enjoy that it doesn’t make my skin feel oily or greasy and I don’t feel the need to overly reapply like other sunscreens on the market.  I’m not a huge fan of the fact that it has Octinoxate in the formulation, but so far, it’s working for me.

So, after months of trying out these products from PCA Skin, I finally have some information to share with all of you.  Overall, I do really enjoy the products I’ve tried so far.  There are a variety of pros and cons for each, but I’m just really thankful that it didn’t cause my skin to go to war with me.  PCA Skin was founded in 1990 and for over 25 years they have continued to provide great products for their customers and beauty professionals worldwide.

PCA Skin does not perform or condone animal testing at any point during their formulary process and all ingredients used have decades of research proving their safety on human skin.  I was quite excited to try these products and as I mentioned before, I do really like them.  I will be saving up some money to continue using these products as a part of my skin care regimen and I look forward to trying others the brand has to offer.

Interested in learning more about PCA Skin and it’s wide range of products for all skin types?  Check out their website:  https://www.pcaskin.com/

What about you, have you tried anything from PCA Skin?  Comment below and let me know if you have or if there is anything I mentioned that you may want to try.

 

 

 

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As a busy wife and mommy, I honestly don’t get out very often and when I do, I feel like I never have the time to really dress up and get glam.  It’s no one else’s fault but my own, honestly.  I just have so much on my plate, that a great night out means a date with my pillow.  When I do have the time to go out with my husband, I like to dress up and look super pretty so getting glam is important for me.  Whether you are getting glam for Valentine’s Day or Gal-entine’s Day, a little va-va-voom will definitely take your look to the next level.  Recently, I was given the opportunity to try a few mink lashes from Esqido.  I have heard of the brand many many times, but have never tried anything from them.  I have some of the shortest lashes so a great pair that is not only full, but lightweight is so important for me.  I wanted to share with all of you two pairs that I’ve been loving lately.  Let’s get down to lashes, shall we?

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Esqido mink lashes retail at different price points – between $24 and $32.  They offer a variety of upper and lower lashes and everyday styles to glam and dramatic ones.  There are a lot of lashes to choose from, so I guarantee you’ll find a pair that you’ll love.

Esqido’s goal was to provide their customers with a collection of fine mink eyelashes that offered unparalleled quality and craftsmanship.  The traditional synthetic false lashes were designed to be worn for a short period of time, and while a more affordable option, they didn’t offer the longevity and comfort as well as natural look of real mink fur that Esqido wanted to provide for their customers.  Each pair of lashes is made of genuine mink and hold a natural curl.  They have a soft cotton band that makes them lightweight and comfortable.

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So, I had the opportunity to try out the lashes in Lash Named Desire and Unforgettable.  Each of these gorgeous lashes is such a gorgeous set that I didn’t even want to take them out of their packaging.  Oh, did I mention the packaging?  Each pair of lashes comes in a beautifully made white and rose gold box with a magnetic closure.  These boxes are perfect for storing your mink lashes till the next use.  You also get a care guide that teaches you how to care for your lashes so they will last for several uses.  My gosh, such a pretty addition to their whole collection.  The packaging is definitely something I loved looking at.

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Each pair of lashes that I tried were extremely comfortable to wear.  Since I have very short and thin natural lashes, often times a thicker band on my lash line can be extremely irritating to my eyes.  They can also be difficult to apply since they do not have natural lashes that they can sit on.  I was beyond impressed by how easy these were to put on and how lightweight they were.  I forgot that I had them on for hours.

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Lash Named Desire ($29.00) is a medium volume pair mink lash that features a gorgeous and sultry combination of crisscrossed fur that is winged-out at the ends.  This is a great statement lash that offers a good amount of drama, but is still versatile and definitely seductive.  The lashes are not only pretty, but they are very soft and while they offer the eyes a little drama, they are still very comfortable to wear.  The band is thick, but not so thick that it will look too heavy on the eyes.

Length:  4-12mm  Handcrafted cotton band and able to be used multiple times.

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Unforgettable ($28.00) is my favorite everyday pair.  It’s a very natural and elegant lash and features a gradient of increasing length and thickness across the lash band.  The result is a subtle winged out effect that is perfect to use for that little extra flair.  These lashes are so so lightweight which make them easy for me to use daily.  They just feel different on the eyes than other mink lashes I have tried.  Again, they are soft and comfortable.

Length:  5-10mm  Handcrafted cotton band and able to be used multiple times.

I have Illumina on my list to pick up since I haven’t really found a gorgeous thick lash like that one that would fit me well.  After trying out the two pairs that I have, I think I’ll enjoy it.

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I don’t use false lashes as often as I once did before, but I love that if I want a little pick me up and a side order of glam, I have the option to throw on one of these beauties and spice up my look.  Yes, they are a bit pricey, but look at it this way – you can reuse them.  With proper care, you can totally get many uses out of your lashes.  I am loving Esqido and I can’t wait to try more.

Want to try out a pair for yourself?  Check out Esqido Mink Lashes to see what’s available and take the Lash Quiz.  Also – don’t forget to pick up their Companion Lash Glue for the perfect lash look.


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Today I’m excited to finally bring you my thoughts on a few skin care products from ZenMed.  I have had these products in my possession now for about 2 months (or more) and I am happy to say that I can finally discuss my results with all of you.

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As many of you know, I have started to really live my life differently.  Daily workouts and exercise and cutting out things like rice and soda from my diet (eating healthier in general) have been a part of my norm the last two months.  Because of this, trying out new skin care has been a huge challenge.  As your body starts to really purge the junk stuff from your system, sometimes your skin can get really good quickly or completely freak out.  For me, it freaked out and really went bonkers with some of my skin care products.  So, it took longer to try out products that I would normally be able to experience results with within a month or so.  That’s why it took me so long to get this post up – I wanted to make sure it was not the product that caused my eczema flare up.

With that being said – let’s talk about ZenMed.  ZenMed offers a plethora of products that they call:  Reconstructive Skincare.  It’s basically a product line that offers support to your skin.  They claim that you can get healthier skin when following their pH balanced cleansing and moisturizing regime.  I had the opportunity to try four different products from the line and I’m going to share my thoughts on each of them with you.

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The Gentle Cleansing Cream is a light cleansing cream that feels really nice on the skin when applying.  You apply this product to your wet face using circular motions.  Once done, rinse it off with warm water and pat your skin dry.  This cleanser is gentle enough to be used on your skin twice a day – though I only use it once a day at night.  This cleanser removes impurities from your skin and leaves your face feeling refreshed.  No irritations or over-drying which is great for my sensitive skin.  This product is vegetarian formulated so that it leaves your skin clean without stripping it of your vital oils.  The formulation is pH balanced and preserves your natural pH so your skin is left feeling soothed and nourished.  ZenMed states that this is a product that is ideal for Rosacea sufferers.  I love how soft my skin feels but it is left hydrated and clean when I’m done cleansing with this product.

Retail:  $22

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ZenMed’s Anti-Redness Mask is next on the list.  This is a pretty cool product because ZenMed says that this is ideal for minimizing the after-effects of a sunburn since it contains Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel.  The Anti-Redness mask has a very effective anti-inflammatory agent included called Willow Bark Extract.  The ingredient has long been know to provide anti-irritant and anti-redness effects to sensitive skin.  It’s soothing and non-comedogenic using Green Tea and Cucumber to offer a quick solution for getting redness out of the skin and fast.  This product can even be used on sensitive areas like eyelids to help calm the skin.

I have been enjoying all of the products I’ve tried, but the Anti-Redness Mask still intrigues me.  When you use it, your skin feels immediately cooled and calm.  I find that this is one of my favorites for soothing my dry skin from the colder months.  I noticed that the redness around my nose and on my cheeks are not there as much as they normally would be.

Retail:  $29.95

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Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 – Well, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like this product once I squeezed it out of the tube.  Here’s the deal, when something says “lightweight and sheer formula”, I kind of expect it to be as such.  But squeezing it out of the tube, it seemed to be a bit thick.  But, I was relieved when it smoothed onto my skin quickly and felt like it was lightweight on.  Looks can be deceiving (that’s for sure).  This product is lightweight and sheer on the face.  It’s oil-free with an SPF of 30 which is awesome, but it does leave your skin looking a bit dewy.  But, that didn’t bother me one bit, since I really liked that it was gentle on my skin and super easy to apply.  This cream absorbs quickly which I love so it’s also recommended for use under concealers or foundations (which I don’t really use).  I love that I can use it on its own.  I LOVE that it has sunscreen in it so it’s great for days like today when I need to run out of the house.

Like other products I’ve tried from ZenMed, this moisturizer has Green Tea and Certified Organic Aloe Vera which helps to calm the skin and moisturize.

Retail: $24.95

For those interested in the type of sunscreen formulated into this product – here are the Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 1.5%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 5.5%., Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Green Tea Extract, Certified Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Methyl Gluceth-20, C15-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Phosphate, Vitamins A, B5, D, & E, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, TEA-Carbomer, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

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The Organic Cream Exfoliator is free of parabens, abrasive particles, soap, oil and animal testing.  This product was formulated and created to help oxygenate and revive the most sensitive skin types.  This exfoliator utilizes rounded jojoba microspheres that work to help scrub and get rid of the surface of dead skin cell build-up while allowing for maximum penetration of your skin serums and moisturizers.  It helps to visibly smooth and refine your skin’s texture.

I am very picky about the type of exfoliators I use and I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this one.  The product is very creamy based but as you work it onto the skin, the jojoba microspheres massage and exfoliate the skin.  This product can be used daily, though I only use it on my face once a week because while it’s gentle, I think it’s too much for me to use more than that.  After the first use, I noticed my skin was definitely softer and smoother and I noticed a big difference in the texture of my skin after using it the last month.

Retail:   $34

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Overall, I continue to use the  ZenMed products I was sent to try as a part of my skincare regimen.  I use it in combination with other products from other brands that I love and enjoy.  The Skin Support products for Dry Skin have been a great addition to my skincare routine and while they aren’t particularly drugstore priced, they are reasonable in cost and fairly affordable in comparison to other products I’ve tried before.

I’m not quite sure yet if I will be continuing the use of these products once I run out of my current stash, but I definitely have some favorites.  The Anti-Redness Mask and Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 have been some of my go-tos lately, so I may continue using them.  I also hope to purchase the Support Serum and Nutrient Boost Spray to try out for myself, so if I do – I’ll be sure to share my thoughts with all of you.

Have you heard of ZenMed before?  If so, comment below and tell me what you think.  If not, are there any products I’ve tried that you may be interested in?

Happy Aloha Friday!

 

We are smack dab in the middle of winter and boy oh boy is my body really taking a beating.  I’m just thankful and lucky that I have a list of favorite products that are my go-to when we’re experiencing dry, cold weather.  Lately, I’ve noticed a decrease in the plumpness of my lips, whether it be the cold or just the fact that I’m getting older.  So, I’m glad that the PMD Kiss is to the rescue.

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Over the last month and a half (maybe longer), I’ve been using the PMD Kiss device.  The PMD Kiss is a smart anti-aging lip plumping treatment that uses pulsating vacuum technology to create a fuller appearance of lip volume.  It also restores the youthfulness to your lips and with daily use, the PMD Kiss will boost collagen and create a long-lasting plumped result.

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This week I’ll be turning 38 and I noticed that after having my children, my very plump lips (at one time) have shrunk a bit.  Having worked for a plastic surgeon, I wasn’t too keen on lip injections or fillers and when I was given the opportunity to try another PMD product (a brand I know and love), I couldn’t have been more excited.  As we age, our lips basically lose volume and color  (I’ve definitely lost a lot of pigmentation in my lips) and we begin to see more lip lines and wrinkles.  The PMD Kiss is to the rescue to help us get youthful, sexy lips.

“I love that my lips look plumper, have fewer wrinkles and lines and have more of its original color to them while still looking natural and sexy.”

The PMD Kiss safely plumps your lips in a matter of minutes and provides you with visible results that literally last for hours.  With continued use (I use mine daily), the PMD Kiss helps to boosts your collagen in the lips which increases the look of fullness and fades the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles.  I especially love that it revitalizes my natural lip color that I’ve lost over the years.

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First time using the PMD. The white cast on my lips in the “after” photo is from the lip serum. As you can see in my after photos, my lips look softer and have fewer lines than my before photo. My lips also have a subtle but very noticeable difference in how full they became after using PMD KISS.

After the first time using the PMD Kiss, I noticed immediately the change in my natural lip.  My lips felt softer and looked much plumper than before but the process itself didn’t leave my lips bruised.  Furthermore, it was basically pain-free to do.  Simply apply the device to the six sections of your lip (a guideline/diagram is included in your package) and use daily or as needed.  Just a minute or two of time each day and you will notice results that are definitely lasting.

How to use:  Apply PMD Kiss Smart Lip Plumping Serum onto your clean, dry lips.  Power on the PMD Kiss and place the plumping tip firmly and directly onto your lip making sure you are creating a tight seal for suction.  Use the PMD in the 6 sections outlined in the diagram (you’ll hear and feel the device working).  Allow PMD Kiss to pulse 15-20 times on each section of your lips.

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The photo above was taken on New Year’s Day. This is my look without makeup (no edit) and after using the PMD Kiss every day for over a month. As you can see, my lips look soft and plump.

In the package, you will receive the following products:  The PMD Kiss and a Smart Lip Plumping Serum.  A total retail value of $139.00 for both.

Use Code PRIMP20 and get 20% off your order (excluding subscriptions and sale items).

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After using this device and serum for more than a month, I am absolutely loving it and it has easily become one of my favorite skincare devices.  I love that my lips look plumper, have fewer wrinkles and lines and have more of its original color to them while still looking natural and sexy.  If there is anything I’m not a fan of, it’s overdone or fake lips and this product definitely gives me the right amount of lip love.

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Have you tried a lip plumping device before?  Is the PMD Kiss a product you would be interested in trying out for yourself?  Don’t forget to check out the details below and get a 20% off discount on your own device.

Purchase your own PMD Kiss here.  Use code:  PRIMP20 and get 20% off your order!

Check out what some of my beauty blogger friends have to say about also using the PMD Kiss:

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Disclaimer:  The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration and feature.  This IS a sponsored post.