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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signature Honey

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I’ve been told time and time again that I have beautiful long hair and while my hair grows quickly and my hair is long, it sheds A LOT.  After having my twins almost 7 years ago, I found that my hair really took a beating from the rough pregnancy I experienced.  Over the years I have shed a lot of hair and while my hair grows well and grows quickly, it needed something that would really just give it a little extra love and sprinkle some magical fairy dust to get it back to what it used to be.  I take all kinds of supplements and over the years I have taken specific ones for hair strengthening that included Biotin.  I have enjoyed them all – but this one I’ll be talking about today, well – I can honestly say… it’s definitely my favorite tasting.  Today I introduce you to the NeoCell Biotin Bursts, a gourmet biotin soft chew that the perfect dietary supplement for those who are looking for a different way to get their daily Biotin.

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Now, let’s be honest here for a minute… I was immediately drawn to this product because of its packaging… hello – it’s purple.  But, honestly after having tried other products from NeoCell, I knew that I would enjoy these.  You can read about other reviews I posted on products from NeoCell here and here.  These Biotin Bursts are the perfect soft chew for a daily supplement of Biotin which is perfect for hair, skin and nail health and they taste absolutely delicious.

I am all about taking care of your skin and hair so it’s really nice to find a product that can help with both.  The NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delicious chews.  Since Biotin is an important B Vitamin that promotes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as energy support – you’ll get great benefit with this product.  The high potency formula supports the metabolism of proteins in the body creating natural energy, luxurious hair, resilient nails and vibrant skin.  The fact that this product has Acai Berry added for antioxidant support and protection from free radical damage is a huge plus.

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The Biotin Bursts are soy, wheat, lactose, palm oil, yeast and artificial flavor free.  It is Gluten Free!  You basically take one chew daily and let the product do the work.  I take so many different types of medicines due to different health ailments and I certainly am not a fan of taking an additional pill to help with the strength of my hair, so I love that I can have a chew that taste great.  I did mention that before, right?  It really does taste great.  My husband has been taking these with me and we have really enjoyed it.

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Each Biotin Burst is individually wrapped and like I mentioned before, you need only take one chew daily.  They taste like a berry chew and don’t have any chalky or weird after taste at all.  If you are a fan of Acai berry or strawberry and blueberry mix, I think you’ll enjoy the flavors of these because it reminds me of a combination of those flavors.  With 10,000 MCG of Biotin you get enough of that hair and nail supplement for daily intake.  I just love that it’s so easy to take without any funky flavor, pills to swallow or yuck!

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** Other ingredients:  dried cane syrup, rice syrup, maltodextrin, natural flavors, sunflower lecithin, sunflower oil, malic acid, citric acid, glycerin, fruit and vegetable juice for color, stevia.

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Over the last couple of months of taking this supplement, I have noticed that my hair is stronger and tangles a lot less.  There is less breakage and shedding which is something I notice immediately because my hair naturally sheds a lot.  In combination with some of my favorite hair products, I have noticed that my hair has really improved and over the last couple of months.  Summer takes a beating on my hair and leaves it dry and brittle and I noticed with the use of the Biotin Bursts along with my other hair care faves, my hair seems to handle the Hawaii heat nicely.

NeoCell’s Biotin Bursts can be found at a variety of retailers like Vitamin World, Whole Foods & GNC.  I love the convenience of shopping online, but I love that I can find products I enjoy in a store near me so I don’t have to worry about running out and waiting on a shipment.  So it’s convenient to pick up at my local stores like Whole Foods.  The retail for about $13 for a 30 day supply which is an awesome price!  You can learn more about the product or find a location and retailer near you on their website here: http://www.neocell.com

Have you tried anything from NeoCell before?  If so, what have you tried and what are your thoughts?  If not, is this something you think you would be interested in checking out?

Signature Honey

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Beauty trends are something that are constantly changing and evolving and sometimes – we even throwback to fun trends and ideas from our past that are timeless.  When it comes to trends, I absolutely love trying the new ones when they make their way to the spotlight and test them for myself to see what the hype is all about.  One that has made its way to different beauty outlets and brands is the “spray on nail polish” trend.  Using a polish in a spray can (similar to spray paint), the concept is to spray the nail polish onto your nails for a quick and easy manicure.  I was immediately taken by this concept – being a mother and knowing that waiting for a coat of polish to dry is literally like watching paint do the same, so I definitely thought it was cool.  There are several brands out there that offer similar products, so when Spray Perfect sent over a few for me to try, I was excited to give it a go.

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Spray Perfect retails for $19.99 (an additional shipping & processing fee of $4.95).  The website states they are having a special “Double Offer” which gives you a choice of 2 colors + 1 Base/Top Coat.  If you purchase outside of their “Double Offer” then they are regularly priced for $19.99 each.  Spray Perfect offers 7 shades – Racy Red, Sexy Silver, Naked Nude, Party Pink, Passion Purple, Whimsical White and Black Beauty.  I received Sexy Silver and Naked Nude as the colors to try out.

Note:  For my Hawaii readers – Spray Perfect’s website states they can only offer Continental US shipping only.  Since we are used to these types of situations, it’s probably because of the flammable shipping.  

Sleek packaging reminiscent of a spray can, the concept is simple and easy to grasp and use.  Using the product is also quite simple and I really like the ease of use.  It’s as easy as using a base coat to apply to the nails, then spraying your polish color of choice and topping with the top coat (which happens to be the base coat too).  Spray Perfect says they offer the world’s fastest manicure that dries in under a minute.  It’s new technology offers color that only adheres to nails and washes easily from your skin.  You get quick, complete coverage on your nails & only your nails.  With a little rubbing to remove the excess polish from your skin, you are going to save money and stop going to the salon for a mani that’s quick and easy.

So let’s chit chat a bit about the process.  The first time I used the products, doing so was really easy and the directions were easy to follow.  I painted my nails with the base coat / top coat and allowed them to dry.  It states on the bottle not to “blow on your nails” to help them dry but let them dry naturally.  That was easy to follow.  Once the base coat dries, spray your nails the desired color.

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Spraying my nails was quite easy.  The nozzle was easy to press and the bottle is small enough to still offer you good control using both your left and right hand regardless of whichever is the dominant one.  I was quite impressed with the overall feel with the product while I used it.  I opted to spray my nails with two coats to make sure the color was bold enough for me to see.  Immediately after spraying my left hand, I realized that the color really does stick well to the parts where I painted with base coat and it started to lightly flake off or rub off on the other parts of my fingers.  But, after one coat and then spraying the second coat, I could tell that the colors were not the same as the swatch on the bottles.  Each color – the Naked Nude & Sexy Silver were different in shade than the swatch portrayed on the bottle as well as the swatches on the website page.

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The silver really reminded me of a spray paint type of texture and applied unevenly – whether with one or two coats.  I tried it with three coats, but it didn’t seem to fix the issue so I assumed it was just the formulation of the color.  The nude one seemed to apply much more evenly, though, each one definitely had a rough or matte like (like spray paint) texture on the nails before I applied the Top Coat.  Once the Top coat was applied, it seemed to leave an even texture with a glossy finish.  You could still see any patchy places that the paint did not apply well, but it wasn’t bad.

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After spraying the two coats of each color, I let it dry a few minutes and then painted with the top coat.  I didn’t clean up my fingers from the over spray till after the top coat dried completely.  The total process from base coat, to two coats of color and the top coat took about 15 minutes.  But, I liked that each of the polishes and base/top coat dried fairly quickly.  Once it dried, about two minutes each layer, I moved onto the next layer and once the top coat dried – about 2 minutes after painting the last nail with the top coat, my nails seemed like they were dried well and I could be on my way if I wanted to.

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Washing off and removing the over spray on my fingers was really easy.  I simply washed my hands and with a little rubbing (literally), I was able to get off the over spray and my manicure was good to go.  Any place on my nails that did not have the base and top coat were left clean.  The entire process, while there were some extra steps than a traditional manicure, went by fairly easy.

Now – let’s talk about the longevity of the manicure.  I wash dishes several times a day and I’m pretty brutal on my hands.  I actually liked the fact that they didn’t chip in the first 24 hours like many nail polishes can do, depending on the top coat.  But, it did chip on me by the end of the 2nd day – not dramatically, but I noticed it.  I don’t think anyone would have really noticed it unless I showed them, but I noticed it when it did chip.

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Besides washing off the excess polish and over spray, I didn’t really need to do much clean up.  I didn’t go through and clean up any edges of the polish so you could see how much of it was covered and how much was removed.  Taking off the nail polish to change colors was easy!  It removed with my basic nail polish remover without any issues.  Acetone remover or non-acetone, it didn’t matter, both removed them easily and without any issues.

Oh – one note I forgot to add… it smells like a nail polish and spray paint blend, so this is something you definitely want to do in a well ventilated area.  I also suggest protecting your furnishings because the over spray can definitely stain other things.

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Overall – I think the concept is definitely fun.  It’s convenient and while the process is lengthy, I really loved the drying time on the top coat and the polish.  Right after putting the top coat on and it drying, I was able to wash dishes and fold clothes without any smudging – it was completely dry.  Because of this, I think this would be a nice option for a night out or something where you could devote 15 minutes to a nice manicure but have it ready to go for a night out.  It’s costly however, if you don’t get the deal – then you are looking at spending $20 for a spray on polish which requires the base/top coat to get the job done.  Like with all things, I think it really is up to the user and it could be something fun and useful for anyone that likes this kind of stuff.  The concept is cool and definitely interesting.  Would I buy it or purchase another color?  Hmmm… I think I would if it shipped to Hawaii or if I was able to get the Double deal.  It’s definitely something fun for a sleepover or a night out where you need a nice manicure that sets in a short amount of time.  I think that it’s fun to check out, but I would only do so with a good deal, otherwise, it’s something I would pass on.  It’s a bit pricey for just one bottle on its own.

You can check out Spray Perfect for yourself and see if it’s something you may want to check out.  Head on over to their website here: http://www.buysprayperfect.com/

Have you heard of Spray Perfect before?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If not, have you seen this spray on nail polish trend?

Signature Honey

Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  This is not a sponsored post.  Affiliate links are posted through out.


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Let’s face it… as a mom I’m constantly on the go and have such a busy schedule that some of my favorite beauty routines are always put on hold.  While I love to paint my nails or get pretty manicures, sometimes I find I just don’t have the time.  For a few years now, I have found some products that I enjoy using on those days I want pretty nails but just don’t have the time.   A fast and easy manicure is just minutes away with imPRESS Press-On Manicure.  They include everything from soft hues to bold glitter tips and on-trend accent nails that have an ultra-gel shine that doesn’t fade and offering you a manicure for any occasion, moment or mood.  Who has time for a salon anyway?  I haven’t stepped foot in one in years and find that I can always get a great nail design easily and in minutes.

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Now – my natural nails are quite long and for the most part, they are kept that way, so I found that the two sets that I was sent from imPRESS for a bit too small for me.  But, that doesn’t mean they don’t work.  These press ons require no dry time and have an UltraHold technology that helps to keep the nails on until you are ready to remove.  “That’s the claim from imPRESS.”  I find that after using this brand for a few years that they can definitely last a few days with washing dishes if you lightly buff your nail bed or wipe your nails down with alcohol so that the adhesive sticks for a longer period than by applying it straight to your nail without prepping.

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The nails are easy – they simply peel off with no damage to your natural nails, which is a huge plus for me.  Each nail has a backing that you simply remove and then press the nail directly onto your real nails.  Each set retails for about $7.99 and you can find them at your local Walgreens or imPRESSmanicure.com.

Application:  After selecting the correct size for your nail/finger, you will remove the backing of each nail and press firmly onto your nail bed.  Remember to cleanse your nail well prior to applying.  For the first 1/2 an hour you want to repeat pressing on your nails.  This is key because I have found that if you don’t do this – the nails can start to lift within the first day and by pressing down on the nail for the first 1/2 hour you get a longer wear time.  Wait at least one hour before cutting or filing your nails as well as exposing your nails to water.

Removal:  Removing is easy – simply peel off the sides or apply polish remover around the edges.  If you decide to apply polish remover, wait a minute and then peel off.

Perfect Nails for the Busy Mom - imPRESS Press-On Manicure

Above is a photo of a different imPRESS manicure design I had that fits me perfectly.  Each design or set of nails you get comes with 24-30 nails in different sizes so you can fit them to your natural nails.  There are a plethora of designs and shapes so you will have a nail design for any need.
Like I mentioned previously, I have used these for a couple of years now and I love that they come in so many different options for you to use.  They are super easy to apply and while they may not last a long time, they surely are great solutions for a last minute manicure or something fast for that night out on the town.  They are affordable and easy to use and I love that there are so many fun designs.  These are not only perfect for busy moms, but great for weddings, prom or that special occasion where a gorgeous mani is needed.

Have you tried any of these before?   What are your thoughts if you have?

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Disclaimer:  The product(s) mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this product and affiliate links are posted throughout.


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Argan Oil is such an important part of my skin care regimen.  Used with my coconut oil, Argan Oil helps to keep my skin hydrated and soft.  I have used many types of Argan Oil products in the past and continue to have my favorite brands but I’m always excited and happy to try new brands and Jaowying Beauty is no exception.  Recently I have been using the Jaowying Beauty Organic Argan Oil in my beauty routine.  This product is multi-purpose in that it can be used for the hair, face, skin and nails.  I have been using this product daily to help moisturize my face and my cuticles and have been enjoying it quite a bit.

Jaowying Beauty Organic Argan Oil for Hair, Face, Skin & Nails

Jaowying Beauty Argan Oil comes in a 4 fl.oz bottle with a dropper which makes it easy to use and dispense.  Retailing for just $19.95 you receive a lot of product for the price point and I love that this Argan Oil is not diluted as it is 100% pure and organic.  Bottled in the United States, Jaowying Beauty Argan Oil is cruelty free and certified organic using virgin cold-pressed argan oil (Argania Spinosa).

This oil is colored the same as other oils I have used.  It looks amber in color and has the normal argan oil scent.  It is free of artificial fragrances and while I’m not a fan of the scent of argan oil, I find that this one is not strong which makes it tolerable for me to use.  Since I have sensitive and dry skin, I use this oil to hydrate and moisturize my skin and love how my skin feels the next day.  My face is left soft, glowing and moisturized.  I have used this product in my hair and on my scalp and it also moisturizes well like other argan oils I have tried before.

I’m impressed with the size of the bottle for the price.  You can’t beat the price with this particular product because a 4 oz bottle will literally last me a few months, versus a month with the standard argan oil size you can purchase.  My husband also uses this product after he shaves and while we don’t use it to massage often, we do pull it out when we want to get a nice deep tissue massage.  One of my favorite treatments of argan oil is pimples or acne treatment.  I don’t get breakouts often but when I do they can definitely take charge of my face and argan oil along side my coconut oil help to treat the acne, heal and moisturize the areas so that those pesky pimples are not around for long.

This particular brand of oil absorbs very quickly, which I love.  I don’t have to worry about waiting for it to soak into my skin during the day if I decide I want to moisturize with oil.  While they say it is fragrance free, I can still smell the argan scent, but I’m sensitive to smell.  I’m really enjoying this product and I definitely think I’ll continue to use it in my skin care routine.

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From four leaf clovers to large pots of gold… Saint Patrick’s Day has been filled with fun for all – not just the Irish.  While I believe that a persons’ luck comes from hard work, I also believe in good luck as well… and you can still find me searching for a four leaf clover or wondering if there really is a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow.   In years past I have celebrated with fun makeup looks and bold bright greens but this year, I wanted it to be something anyone could wear… a look that was simple to recreate but still offers a statement.  Today I bring to you my St. Patrick’s Day makeup and nails, in collaboration with the beauties from The Beauty Blogger Collab.  Be sure to stop by and check out all the pretty looks these ladies have created and show them some love too.

I filmed a tutorial for my eye look which you can find here, or check out the video embedded below.  The steps are easy and I’m using a mixture of drugstore and high end product to create it.

St. Patrick's Day makeup

A full list of products is posted below!  Remember to use the products you have on hand that are similar in shade or adapt the look and taper it for you specifically.

  • Brows – Jordana FabuBrow Eye Brow Pencil in 05 Soft Brown and set with NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel
  • Face – Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
  • Eye Shadow Primer – Milani Eye Shadow Primer
  • Eye Shadows – Milani Bella Eyes Bella Caffe (transition), Milani Bella Eyes Bella Taupe (crease shade), L’Oreal Infalliable Shadow Amber Rush (lid shade), Colour Pop Shameless (lower lash line and outer v / outer crease), Milani Bella Eyes Bella Emerald (outer v / outer crease)
  • Eye liner – Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal (waterline/tightline), Kat Von D Tattoo Eye liner in Trooper (winged liner), Smashbox 3D Always Sharp liner in Billionaire (upper lash line used above the black winged liner for a pop of color)
  • Lashes – Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara (upper and lower lashes), Ardell Demi Whispies 120, KISS Aloe Black Glue
  • Blush – Milani Rose Petal Blush in Warm Petals (limited edition)
  • Highlight – Mirabella Mineral Highlighting Powder in Swirling Pearl (applied on the cheeks, forehead, cupids bow, etc.)
  • Lips – Jordana Rock n Rose Easy Liner lip liner and Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick in Matte Bare 01

St. Patrick's Day Makeup

Now,  wasn’t about to leave out my nail loving friends.  We all know I’m a bit nail art challenged, so I went with what I know.  To create this simple nail look, I used China Glaze Rare & Radiant which is a Color Shift / duo chrome type of polish that goes between green and gold with a slight blue hue.  I topped that polish off with ILNP’s Supernova flakies polish to add to the crazy green and gold effect.  If you are a bit nail art challenged as I am, I think something simple like that will work.  It kind of reminds me of Mardi Gras. lol

St. Patrick's Day inspired nails

I hope you guys enjoyed my inspired makeup and nail look for St. Patty’s Day.  I wanted both to be easy to create for anyone and you can’t go wrong with something that takes a few minutes to complete.  Don’t forget to stop by my video and check out the tutorial for the makeup look if you haven’t already – you can find that here.  Stop by my Instagram and keep up with me there for new photos, posted daily and be sure to say hi on Twitter and Facebook too.

beauty blogger collab

For more inspired makeup and nails – be sure to check out the links to the lovely ladies below and see what kind of awesome they have waiting for you too.

 


NOTHING TO DISCLOSE

 

I am a flakie nail polish addict and I absolutely love the effect they give any and all nail polishes.  I had been swooning and drooling over some from ILNP, and finally took the plunge and picked two up that I knew I would love.  After playing with them for a few days over different nail polish colors and sandwiching them between other shades, I finally found a mani look that has been absolutely fabulous.  It looks like Confetti on my nails… I love it.  So here are my nails of the week… so sparkly!

ILNP Supernova and Metropolis
taken in natural light

ILNP Supernova and Metropolis are layered and topped with KB Shimmers Prism Break for an extra cool effect of holo goodness.  These polishes work so well on their own offering a cool chrome flakie look but with the added holo topper, they look pretty darn awesome.

ILNP Supernova and Metropolis
taken in natural light

I hope I can provide swatches of each polish separately in the coming weeks because ILNP now has these polishes back in stock and I definitely suggest scooping some up.  If you love flakies and enjoy the look of crushed colors on your nails, I think anything from the Ultra Chrome Flakie line will make a great addition to your nail polish collection.  If you are looking to add a little holographic goodness to your favorite nail polish that doesn’t have that, then definitely check out the KB Shimmer Top Coat in Prism Break.

ILNP Supernova and Metropolis
taken in direct sunlight

Like I said before, I’ll have more coming your way to share soon.  I am just diggin’ on these nails – they remind me of cellophane and confetti all wrapped up on my nails.  Talk about nail porn! 😀

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“Because Sparkle is NEVER Optional!”™ – Honey

I am addicted to glitter and sparkle.  Don’t get me wrong, I am the biggest tomboy you would have ever encountered, but there is something about a sprinkle of glitter that makes you feel like you can conquer the World.  I know you agree, lol.  Glitter flows through my veins and you can find it in a variety of things through out my beauty arsenal – including my nail polish stash.  Today I bring to you gorgeous nail polishes by Alter Ego Nail Polish, an Indie brand.

Alter Ego Nail Polishes

Alter Ego offers glittery and sparkly nail polishes for any taste.  Ranging in shades and affordable for your pocket book, these gorgeous goodies are favorites of celebrity manicurists and nail junkies because they only require one coat for complete coverage and dry to a semi-matte finish.  These polishes are long lasting and I love that they give my nails a stronger feel.  The shades are formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free, Vegan and never tested on animals.  This cruelty free brand has certainly stolen my nail polish lovin’ heart.

Alter Ego Plumber
Alter Ego Plumber, two coats – no top coat
Alter Ego Plumber
Alter Ego Plumber with Top Coat. Accent Nail is Alter Ego Vintner

Plumber is a gorgeous blue hued lavender with fuchsia and purple glitter.  Vintner is a gorgeous glitter with a blend of hex and circle glitters.  Colors include purple, green, pink and a soft purple hued mixture.

Alter Ego - Rows Her Boat
Alter Ego – Rows Her Boat with 2 coats, no top coat.
Alter Ego - Rows Her Boat
Alter Ego’s Row Her Boat in two coats with top coat

Row Her Boat is probably my favorite out of the four.  We all know I love Purple and Teal and this one has gold in it… hello, major crush.  This gorgeous shade has little gold sparkle in it that gives it a really nice effect whether with or without top coat.

Alter Ego Well Read
Alter Ego Well Read, two coats – no top coat.
Alter Ego Well Read
Alter Ego Well Read, two coats with top coat

Well Read is a pink toned red with micro silver shimmer.  While this is not a shade I would gravitate to on my own, I really enjoyed using this shade and thought it was gorgeous.  I definitely think this shade looks better with a top coat, but to each his own.

These gorgeous polishes can be found on Gloss48 and are sold in duos for $14.00 (currently on sale – retail $17.00).  Pick the colors you want and have some fun with the finish of each one or add your top coat to give it that polished off look.  I will admit that I never used a polish with this type of finish or texture before, but I really like how strong my nails felt with the lacquer on.  My nails felt like I had a layer of gel coat and they were quite strong.  I have my eyes on a few more shades and can’t wait to order them.

Have you tried or heard of Alter Ego Nail Enamels before?  What is your favorite Indie Nail polish brand?

Signature Honey

Products mentioned in this post were sent to me for consideration and review.  I was not paid to provide this post and all opinions are my own.

It’s absolutely no secret that I have a crush on Flakey top coats and glitters and if there is one thing I love about flakies, it’s that I can use different base coats to create various looks.  Today I decided I would go with a black base and use different flake toppers to create a “fall leaves” inspired nail look.  Here is the result for my nails of the day.

Autumn inspired nails

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To create this nail look I used Sinful Color’s Black on Black as the base shade.  Then I took turns topping each nail with the three flakey polishes I had… starting with Zoya’s Opal, then ELF’s Fairy and lastly Maybelline Color Show’s Diamond in the Rough.  To complete the look I topped my nails off with Ciate’s Speed Dry Top Coat.

autumn nail polish

Autumn Inspired Nails

What are your favorite flakey polishes?  Are there any brands or specific colors that you like and are interested in?  Let me know in the comments below, I would love to check them out.

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It’s been quite a few months now since I first started using Eu Natural’s Biotin Supplement.  Check out my initial thoughts on the product here.  Most know that while my hair never has difficulty growing (it grows much faster than most peoples’ do), because I can color my hair often and after having three children (all of which were challenging pregnancies), my hair is not as strong as it used to be and shedding is a daily occurrence.  I already take a daily vitamin supplement for my body but I never mind trying products that could result beneficial for my hair.

Eu Natural Biotin 5000 MCG

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Eu Natural offers a Biotin Supplement that is 5000 MCG.  This supplement can be used for hair, skin and nails – which is always a benefit since I’m all about glowing skin.  This product provides pure, pharmaceutical grade Biotin that helps to support the cellular energy production.  Retailing for $24.99 (120 day supply) and currently on sale for $19.95 you receive a great deal for an affordable price tag.  What I love the most is that these capsules are not big at all and very easy to swallow.  There are no funky scents or tastes when you swallow the pill and I didn’t notice any upset stomach.  What I love the best is that this is a product that is great for your skin, nails and your hair, not just specifically your hair which is a huge plus.

Eu Natural Biotin 5000 MCGI have been taking this supplement now for several months and while my hair hasn’t experienced major growth, I do notice that my hair shaft seems stronger and my fall out/shedding is not nearly as bad as before.  One of the biggest positives is that my skin loves it and my nails have been much stronger because of it.

biotin for hair

A little note… I cut my hair and my nails pretty often.  To keep my hair from split ends I try to cut my hair every two to three months and usually 2 to 4 inches at a time.  My hair grows pretty fast, it always has so I didn’t notice additional growth.  My nails however, while they have always grown out pretty quickly and have been pretty strong for the most part, I notice that they seem much stronger and ripping and tearing of my nails hasn’t occurred as often.  I also noticed the ridges I would have in my nail bed are not as prominent as before.  While I can attest that to a change in my nail care… I think it also has to do with the supplement.

Biotin-Label

Like with any supplement, I always suggest that you check with your physician first to see if you can take such.  I have always been a bit worried about Biotin supplements in the past because I took one once that cause me to grow hair “everywhere” and it was not pretty.  It also caused my skin to freak out and break out.  I was surprised that nothing like that happened and after taking this along with other supplements, my skin loves it.  Overall, it is something I will continue to use (I already purchased my 3rd bottle) and I enjoy the benefits it has given me.

Have you tried a Biotin supplement before?  What were your results from taking it?  Did you benefit from taking the supplement?

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Oh my gosh… I can’t believe it’s Friday already.  Today I have a short post for all of you… my nails for the weekend.  I have been eyeing my Wet n Wild Disturbia now for a few weeks and wanted to create something with Sally Hansen’s Gilty Party.  I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to incorporate the two.  After seeing some of my blogger girlies post their nail stamping I thought it was finally time for me to blow the dust off my stamping kit and have some fun.  So, here are my nails of the week.

nail design

For this nail look I am using Wet n Wild’s Disturbia as my base.  Gilty Party from Sally Hansen was used as the stamping shade.  And I’m using my Konad m63 plate to create the stamping design.  For my top coat I am using Ciate’s Speed Dry Top Coat.  As you can see I’m a bit out of practice as it has been probably a year or two since I pulled out my plates and kit, but I’m glad I did because I forgot how fun it really is.

Hope you are all having a fabulous Friday and sending you lots of hugs for a wonderful weekend.

Signature Honey

Fall is upon us and Halloween just a few short weeks away.  While Halloween is not my #1 absolute favorite holiday, (it’s top 5) it is definitely exciting for me because it means dressing up, fun costumes and that the Holiday Season is soon approaching.  With the spooktacular day on its way I look forward to doing Halloween inspired makeup and while I’m not skilled in nail art – I do enjoy decorating my nails with fun colors and glitter for the season.  In combination with a few of my girlies from The Beauty Council, I bring to you my Halloween Nail Art inspired by Pumpkins, Fall leaves and Halloween.

The Beauty Council

I love simplicity and since I am not blessed with artistic drawing skills on a small canvas (i.e. my nails), I decided I would go with what I knew.  I pulled out my favorite colors for the season, a black striping nail polish and a nail art fimo (which I originally spelled “femo” and my spell check kept saying it was wrong. lol) pumpkin that I had in my collection and worked on my nail design.  Overall, I loved the colors and I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.

Halloween Gradient Nails

I started with a base shade, using China Glaze’s Cruisin as my base color.  Then I took OPI’s I Knead Sour-Dough on a sponge and dabbed the shade onto the ends/tips of my nails.  I take my time in doing this and then once I apply the brown shade, I add the orange (Cruisin) to my sponge and apply together to blend the colors.

My Accent Nail: For the nail art I used Kiss Brush On Nail Art in black to create my tree, Kiss Brush On Nail Art in Neon Green to add a few Green leaves on the tree and then dabbed Sinful Colors Splatter Spell glitters on parts of the branches.

To finish up the look I added Sinful Colors Splatter Spell Glitters over each of the other nails concentrating the glitter towards the tips of my nails and finished with my Ciate Speed Dry Top Coat.  Easy and peezy – pudding and pumpkin pie. lol

Halloween Gradient Nails

I hope you enjoy this simple design and if you recreate it, I would love to see it.  Since I’m kind of nail art challenged, I think this is easy to create, festive and definitely cute.  Don’t forget to check out the other lovelies in the Beauty Council and their creations – links below 😀

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Phytoceramides Skin & Hair Renewal Formula

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I’m always looking for products that will help strengthen my hair and hydrate my skin and if it is something that requires little to no work and great results, I’m all for it.  In the last month I have been taking the Phytoceramides Skin & Hair Renewal Formula as a part of my vitamin and supplement regimen.  This product offers 30 capsules (a 30 day supply) for about $20 on sale ($36.00 retail price).  One tablet a day as a part of your natural dietary supplement and it claims to erase fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate and restore your skin and strengthen your hair and nails.  This is a veggie capsule that is easy to swallow and works best when you take it 20-30 minutes before a meal with an 8 ounce glass o water.  Now, I’m no doctor but offer the information on this product per my use so I do suggest you consult with a physician prior to use.

Phytoceramides Skin & Hair Renewal Formula

These capsules are not as big as some on the market, and I am impressed with how easy they are to swallow.  They are said to be a “Face lift in a bottle” and while I certainly do not look like I had a face lift, I do notice that my skin is soft and smooth and feels much more hydrated then when I used my regular moisturizer on its own.  I do suggest your water intake increase when taking these capsules because I often felt like I was constantly thirsty, though I do take in quite a bit of water during the day (more than the suggested amount) and I’m constantly hydrating my body.  I’m not sure if it is the ingredients in the product itself, but be sure to stay hydrated.

Ingredients
Vitamin A 5000 IU, Vitamin C 60 mg, Vitamin D 400 IU, Vitamin E 30 IU, Phytoceramides (From Rice) 40 mg. Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose (Veggie Cap), Purified Water, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Silicon Dioxide.

Phytoceramides Skin & Hair Renewal Formula

While I don’t think I’ve been taking these supplements long enough to see a large difference in my skin and hair I did notice a few things that stood out to me.  My hair hasn’t had as much breakage as it used to – though there are many factors that I know can contribute to that and one of them is that it is starting to cool off where I live and therefore, my hair doesn’t shed or break as often.  I can say that I did notice that my hair doesn’t seem as weak.  I also noticed that my nails are not chipping on the ends like they often do.  As many know, I take a daily vitamin supplement as well as Biotin from time to time and my chipping nails has always been a problem, but I noticed that it hasn’t been chipping as much.  While my skin may not have necessarily changed dramatically, I definitely notice that if I have a small pimple or a little break out, it healed within a day without me treating it as I normally did and I also noticed that some of my fine lines and wrinkles under my eyes look small and less defined.  While I can also contribute these to the use of great skincare items, I think that working together, they can all accomplish these things for me.

There is virtually no scent and no after taste – which I love and considering the cost, these capsules are a pretty reasonable addition to any skincare and hair care regimen.  Remember, I’m not a doctor or a professional in this matter, so be sure to check with your physician before taking any supplements or vitamins. 🙂

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.