I know Spring has hit Hawaii when I drive around the up country area where I live and notice purple blossoms from the Jacaranda trees that line our streets here. But, that is not the only thing that reminds me of spring – besides the trees and of course the weather, my skin texture and need for certain products definitely changes. I’ve been using Rodial products for about a year now and I find that my skin really soaks up all the benefits of the products during the cool spring months. It’s that time of the year when we are starting to transition from colder months to warmer here in Hawaii. Today, I’m going to share with you some products I’ve been using the last month from Rodial so let’s get to it, shall we?
Rodial is a UK based brand that recently made it’s way into the United States, offering a variety of skin care and cosmetic products. I have tried several products from their Dragon’s Blood, Stem Cell Super-Food and Snake lines and for the most part, I’ve been quite impressed with the products I’ve tried so far. Today I’m going to be sharing with you 5 products that are “new to me” and recently added to the Rodial line up.
The first products are makeup types and include the Baking Powder ($48.00) and The Baking Brush ($46.00).
The Baking Powder (New Product) is a loose setting powder (I got the color 01) that helps you to achieve the perfect flawless base for your makeup. This setting powder is silky and quite smooth which is ideal for “baking” your makeup – a technique that has been used for years in the drag communities and by makeup artists, and has recently (over the last year) become a popular step in the beauty community and YouTubers alike. Baking your makeup is all about flawlessly setting your makeup without creasing or caking.
While you can pretty much “bake your face” with any loose translucent powder – I prefer when doing this method of makeup that the powder be smooth and lightweight. I also prefer a powder that will add a bit of brightness to the face effortlessly, without leaving a white cast behind when sweeping the powder away. I must say – I was quite impressed with the Rodial Baking Powder. It’s smooth to the touch and feels great on the skin. Once you sweep the powder away – you are left with a flawless makeup application.
I will say however, that the amount of product you get – 4g / 0.14 oz Net. Wt. is not a lot considering the price tag. While a little goes a long way with the product, especially since it is such a finely milled powder, when using something like this specifically for baking, you will go through product quickly and I think at $48.00 – that’s quite a hefty cost to have to replenish the product when you need. The powder comes with a sifter which allows you to really get the right amount of product each time and hopefully eliminate an spill accident, but if you are someone who bakes your makeup often, you may need to buy a new one sooner.
If you are like me and rarely uses a technique like this, this product will last you a long time. It feels great on the skin, like silk and you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Ingredients: Ingredients: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Boron Nitride, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Aqua (Water), Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract May Contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)
Next is The Baking Brush (New Product). There’s not much to say about this brush except I really like it. This brush is perfect for removing powder or applying it to the under eye area because it is so so soft that it will not affect the under eyes with an pulling or tugging. This brush has been specifically designed with soft, dense hairs to allow for easy application of the loose powder as well as the perfect softness to remove the loose powder when your baking is done, leaving your skin looking flawless without “cake face”.
What I also love about this brush is that it is dense enough to pick up and apply any pressed powders and makes a wonderful bronzer brush for contouring or adding definition within the hollows of the cheek area and forehead. I found that I was able to get the perfect bronze with this brush because it blends the products effortlessly. The brush bristles are so soft. I’ve looked all over the website and couldn’t find information on the specific type of bristles the brush was made with, but have been advised by those that have used the brand that they are indeed synthetic brush hairs… which is awesome. It feels so good, you’ll definitely want to use this brush for everything and I have just about tried it on most of the my face products (with exception to foundation) and have enjoyed it. The ferule is very well made, tightly cinched in place and the handle, while it does have weight to it, is not overly heavy but balanced well in my hands. Yes, this brush is a bit costly, but considering the quality I’ve found it to have, I’m beyond impressed with it and I’ll definitely look into other brushes from the Rodial line.
Next in this line up I also tried a few more products from the Dragon’s Blood line. The Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper was definitely something I was excited to try when I seen it in the box. It’s an interesting product and I do enjoy a good lip plumper so I opened this product first before any of the others.
The Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper retails for $30.00 and you 3mL / 0.1 fl.oz. of product. Not that much product if you ask me, considering the price point. This lip plumper was designed to nourish your lips while boosting the lips volume instantly. They call it a “moisture-rich plumping miracle worker.” It’s suggested to apply this product twice daily generously to the lips or as often as needed to provide an instant boost of moisture and plumping action. The site also says that you may experience slight tingling sensation on your lips upon your initial application.
So here’s the deal. While I was very excited to see this product in my box when it arrived, after trying this particular one, it’s not my favorite in the bunch. First, getting the product out of the tube took quite a while. To dispense the product, you click the back of the pen like packaging till the product dispenses through the brush tip. Let’s just say that it took me well over 90 presses to get that darn thing to come out. By the time it was slowly making it’s way to the applicator, my fingers and hand was already uncomfortable and tired.
The brush made the product easy to apply, and I really liked that the actual lip product had a tint of color. It’s the perfect type of shade for a natural, everyday glossy look and the product, while just a bit sticky, applied pretty easily. I didn’t find any weird residue left on my lips through out the day and it wasn’t so sticky that I couldn’t purse my lips together after applied. I did find minimum stinging and tingling which was great (considering they use chilli extract as their ingredient for the plumping) and the smell was almost minty and kind of pleasant for me. I will say however, do not taste the stuff, it has an odd taste that really didn’t sit well for me… I’m not sure what it is, but I didn’t like it. It’s not chemical, but a weird mint and herb taste, if that makes any sense. The plumping was definitely instant after application but not abnormal. My lips seemed a fuller without looking weird and the effect was nice. This gloss like plumper does not last a long time, so you may need to reapply after it comes off for optimal effect.
Ingredients: Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Olus Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Candelilla Cera, Parfum (Fragrance), Mica, Capsicum Annum Resin/Capsicum Frutescens Resin, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Trihydroxystearin, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Geraniol, Linalool, Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Limonene, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Glucomannan, Citric Acid, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7), CI 75470 (Carmine).
Cautions: Contains chilli extract. In case of discomfort, discontinue use. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse well with water.
The Dragon’s Blood Velvet Cream was another product I got to test out. Retailing at $85.00 for 50mL / 1.7 fl.oz. worth of product, you get a good size tub of product for the price point. While it is expensive, considering the brand and their products, it’s something you can definitely expect. There’s one thing for sure with Rodial, their product packaging always goes with the particular product line, which I like and the packaging is nice and definitely well made.
This cream is interesting. It’s a rich cream with a texture that kind of reminds me of a whipped body butter. It applies smoothly and evenly and I love how nicely it blends and rubs into the skin. Rodial says that this cream offers a multi-dimensional hydration that leaves the skin feeling deeply nourished and I can definitely agree with that. After apply to my face I felt like my skin got a boost of moisture and I really love the fact that it doesn’t feel heavy and my skin just drinks it in. If you have dry skin like I do, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this cream. I found that using it at night has been best for me my skin feels soft and smooth the next morning. You can definitely use it morning or night – but for me the night use is best, but I have enjoyed using it during the day as well. It doesn’t have a bad scent, but smells oddly like a weird herbal citrus, I can’t quite figure it out. This product is expensive however, so I say if you can splurge, great – you’re skin will surely enjoy it. I also really like the fact that ingredients like Squalane are included so I can eliminate a few other products in my routine when using this cream.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Isoamyl Laurate, Glycerin, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Seed Extract, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Farnesol, Citral, Citronelloe
The Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water is the last product that I got to try out this time around. Retailing for $36.00 the water includes 200 mL / 6.8 fl.oz. worth of product. The Cleansing Water was designed to remove all traces of makeup and give your skin a burst of freshness while hydrating and soothing your skin. This cleansing water can be used on both the face and the eyes and is formulated with rose water.
Honestly, I have been using cleansing and micellar waters on my eye area now for over a year. I know you shouldn’t but, I do and found that this particular one was quite gentle in that area. My eyes didn’t burn or feel irritated which I liked. Since this is a no-rinse formula, it was perfect to use for cleansing in the morning as well. With ingredients like rose water, vitamin B3 and the Dragon’s Blood – this product is said to soothe sensitive and stressed skin while illuminating and brightening the skin and evening out the skin tone. With some of my favorite ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3, I definitely am liking the results of this product. This particular product is perfect on days when it’s hot and my skin feels parched and I love that I can use it day or night and all over my face without any sensitivities or issues. It’s not a sticky liquid, but leaves my skin feeling hydrated so if I had to skip moisturizing for any reason, I know my skin will not be left overly dry after use.
Oh – did I mention how it removed my makeup? My waterproof mascara or brow pencils come off without any issue and I like that my eyes don’t burn at all, of course, if I got the product directly into my eye area – that may be a different story. This is a product I know I’ll for sure continue to buy and use – I could stock up on it because it truly is my favorite out of all the ones I wrote about in this post. I have very sensitive eyes and to find a product that doesn’t burn them, at all – well, yes… I must stock pile that like it’s the zombie apocalypse and I need them all.
Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/ Capric Glycerides, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Geraniol, Citronellol.
Cautions: Avoid getting product directly in the eyes. If direct contact occurs rinse well with water.
Of course, each person’s skin and skin care routine differ and what may work for you – may not necessarily work for me and vice versa. Ultimately, I enjoyed most of the products I tried that I discussed in this post. I have used several products from Rodial over the last year and have enjoyed “most” of them. I do think some of the products can be a bit overpriced, but considering the brand name, you often pay for the brand name and reputation. Many of the ingredients in these products are really nice for the skin. I’ve been using these products now for about a month and I haven’t noticed any sensitivities (I do have sensitive skin) and I can’t say that I’ve experienced any weird breakouts. If I had to suggest at least one product from the five I talked about here today, I definitely think trying the Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water would be a good one to start with.
So – while this post was a bit “long winded” I wanted to make sure to be able to provide you with as much information that I could so you could decide if this brand or these products would work for you. As I mentioned before, I do have other products that I’ve shared on social media but didn’t quite write about here, and I plan to over the next few weeks (so stay tuned). You can purchase these products at: http://www.rodial.co.uk/us/ – I love that they are available in the US now.
What about you? Have you tried any products from Rodial or any of them that I’ve discussed in this post? Are there any products that you tried that I must get my hands on? Let me know in the comments below.
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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.
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.
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.
- Cell membrane nurturing Omega-7
- 5000 mcg of Biotin
- 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.
- 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.
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!
- 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.
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?
Disclosure: Some of the products featured in this post were sent for editorial consideration for Honeygirlsworld.com. This post may contain affiliate or referral links. For more details, an outline of my product review disclosures and policies, affiliate links, etc. please visit myDisclosures page.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a fabulous rest of your day! xo
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out. #gotitfree
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?
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.
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
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
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).
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
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?
Disclaimer: These products have been sent to me for review and feature consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“It’s about women, it’s about beauty, it’s about time!”
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.
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.
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.
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/
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.