Happy Aloha Friday. I figured that I would stop in today and share with you some info on a product I’ve been using over the last month. I don’t use heat on my hair often, well – honestly, it’s a rare occasion. But, I have been showering late at night lately since my schedule has me out later in the day and to keep from going to bed with wet hair, I have been using a dryer to help a sistah out a bit. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you the Conair Infiniti Pro 584NP-6 Hair Dryer, so let’s get started, shall we?
The Infinity PRO by Conair comes with Conair’s lightest weight professional AC motor. Retailing for just $59.99, it is a 1875 Watt hair dryer that offers you 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings for the perfect control over styling your hair. Ceramic technology provides infrared heat to protect your hair from heat damage and a true cold shot button to provide you with a burst of cold when you need it. With concentrator and diffuser attachments and a removable filter so you have all the tools on hand for your favorite hair styles and to dry your hair.
The hair dryer is quite lightweight and has been comfortable for me to hold in my hands, even with my carpal tunnel syndrome. I also have very long hair and love that my hands, arms and wrists don’t feel like they just had a workout after using the dryer. With it’s Ionic Technology – you will get up to 75% less frizz (compared to hair dryers with natural ion generation) and I love that it dryers my hair quickly, without causing my hair to feel dry or brittle.
The Infinity PRO by Conair is definitely powerful considering the weight of the dryer. My hair is long (as I mentioned previously), but below my waist, so drying my curly hair can be a pain in my behind. With this dryer I find that I am able to dry my hair quickly which is wonderful. Besides the Ionic Technology, the Infinity PRO also has Ceramic Technology to provide infrared heat to help protect your hair from heat damage. Since I have curls, I want to be able to dry my hair without the added frizz and without the damage, especially since my hair is so long. This dryer has definitely been a great addition to my hair game.
So – now that I gave you a bunch of the details on what it does to my hair and how it works, let’s talk about the gorgeous look of this hair dryer. The beautiful champagne color with rose gold accents makes a great addition to any beauty lovers vanity. I am loving how this looks and I was beyond impressed with the packaging overall. It’s also very durable considering how lightweight the dryer is. I have dropped this on my tile flooring at least 5 different times and it’s held up extremely well without breaking. Of course, I don’t suggest you doing that.
“Lightweight yet powerful, perfect for precision styling.”
While I’m not big on using heat on my hair often, when I do, I always want to make sure I’m using something that will not add any additional stress to my hair. Living in Hawaii in general already takes a toll on my hair because of the humidity and warmth, not to mention the fact that my hair is curly and long – all things that contribute to my hair being so finicky. A good styling tool is always a great thing to have in my beauty arsenal. Considering the cost of this dryer and how it easy it is to use and how it works, I definitely would recommend it to anyone. This dryer is definitely a spring and summer beauty hack – leaving you with dry and styled hair in shorter drying time. I definitely suggest anyone checking it out.
You can purchase this product and learn more about here.
So what about you? Can you see adding this hair dryer to your hair routine?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased – as with anything you read about here on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
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.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see or read about on this site. Free products, press samples or sponsored posts do not warrant an automatic “positive review” at any time. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
I am so excited that it’s getting warmer here in Hawaii. Well, don’t get me wrong… Winter is still my favorite time of year, but summer in Hawaii is like spending the season at the beach, literally. Because of the beautiful weather most of the spring and summer season, my family and I tend to hit the sand and the waves quite often between April and August. But, being “beach ready” isn’t no easy task. While many stress that a beach body is essential, for me, I like to make sure I got everything I need to feel good while enjoying myself. The last thing I want while sun bathing on the sand is to have my body hair stealing the show from me. So, getting beach ready for me means getting rid of the hair. Have you ever shaved the day before stepping into the ocean? Ouch!! It’s painful and burns so usually I have to make sure that I shave days before hitting the sand. But, with Emjoi’s Epi Slim+ e18, I don’t have to worry about any of that.
I’ve been a huge fan of Emjoi epilators this year because they have made things so convenient for me. While I did have IPL hair removal on my legs several years ago, I still have strays and I still have underarm hair that grows. The use of an epilator allows me to quickly and effectively remove my hair from my body (or my face) with little to no discomfort. I love that Emjoi literally has an epilation model for each and every woman’s needs and expectations.
The Epi Slim+ e18 (retails for $34.95) is a perfect on-the-go device. It’s ultra portable and compact, which makes it easy for me to reach areas like my underarm and bikini line (my most sensitive spots). The results can last up to 6 weeks time, I find I’m using it every 3 weeks (but my hair grows fast) and I think it’s great that it can remove that unwanted hair as short as 0.3mm from the root. With 18 patented 3-disc tweezers that remove the hair quickly and efficiently – leaving me without the hair and skin irritation.
The Epi Slim+ e18 is battery operated which makes using it very easy. I have an Emjoi that requires a plug in and this way – I can reach all my “hard to reach” areas without a cord tripping me up. With built-in Erase Glide Technology to glide your device back and forth or circular over your hair to leave you with smooth, hair free skin in a matter of just seconds.
The disc of the unit opens at an optimal 14mm and operates at 540 strokes per second so that these tweezers eliminate the majority of hair at the first pass and by lifting the hair and removing it quickly. It’s such a convenient little device because it allows me to remove my hair so easily. Honestly, I have never tried an epilator till this past year and I don’t know why it took me so long. My underarms would get so irritated from shaving and with the epilator, now I don’t have to worry about irritations because there are no razor cuts or burns.
Like I stated before, going into the ocean after shaving your legs can really burn your legs or leave them itchy. But I can use my Epi Slim+ e18 by Emjoi the day before or the day of and I won’t have any issues. My skin is smooth and hair removal is a breeze. I’m really enjoying this product and have already taken it on a short trip with me. It’s so convenient and worth every penny.
Emjoi was presented the Customer Choice Award from QVC, year after year.
You can learn more about the Epi Slim+ e18 and other Emjoi products at: www.emjoi.com
How about you? Have you tried an epilator before? Have you tried this one from Emjoi? What are your thoughts and how do you like it?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted through out.
Ugh… the cold and dry winter weather are still taking its toll on my skin, especially since Hawaii has consistently been experiencing “colder than usual” weather this year. I know, I know… with so many friends from around the World – 60 Degrees is not necessarily “cold” – but hey, when you get 90 degree weather year round… the body eventually starts to go on strike when it experiences 40 – 60 degrees over the course of 3 or more months. Nonetheless, I digress. I have my little arsenal of beauty products to help combat the cold while keeping my skin moisturized, but my feet and especially my heels tend to take the most beating. Dry and slightly callused heels, toes and the balls of my feet are absolutely NO BUENO, but thanks to Zim’s Max Crack Creme, the colder months have not been so brutal to my skin.
I featured Zim’s here on my site a few months back, talking about the Zim’s Max Freeze Patches which you can read about here. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you some information on the Zim’s Max Crack Creme and how it worked for me. Zim’s started over 60 years ago with teh creation of Zim’s Crack Creme by a pharmacist in Austintown, Ohio. Local cement workers frequently visited the pharmacy, complaining of dry, cracked skin; since the cement business took its toll on the workers’ hands and feet. The pharmacist saw the need at hand and began developing an all-natural, herbal-based liquid formula designed to help the cement workers. The formula later became what was called “Cement Workers’ Lotion.”
The lotion was sold locally after World War II, and it earned a strong and loyal following. After many years, the product was eventually renamed Zim’s Crack Creme and was introduced on a national level. This product is now one of many available from Zim’s and has become a household name for many.
The Original Zim’s Max Crack Cream Liquid Formula retails for about $6.99 at most retailers and comes in a 2 oz. bottle. It’s an all-natural multi-use liquid herbal formula that softens and moisturizes dry, cracked skin. It’s recommended to use for nighttime but can be used through out the day as well. I prefer to use it at night after getting out of the shower and before bed. You can use this product on hands, feet, elbows, cuticles and so much more. What makes this oil so great is some of the ingredients that it has – Arnica flower extract and Myrcia Oil. I have used Arnica capsules over the years to help with any swelling, bruising, aches and pains in the muscles and sprains as well as for sea sickness for loved ones. Seeing the Crack Cream have Arnica as an ingredient really excited me, because I had hopes that it would be a great treatment for my tired, achy and dry feet.
This liquid formula has been wonderful. Even though it’s been cold – the liquid keeps my skin feeling and looking soft and it’s perfect to use when giving or getting a foot massage. It’s soothing and immediately infuses moisture into the skin. This is not greasy or sticky – your skin will soak it up immediately so it’s fine to use at any time.
The Zim’s Max Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula retails for $6.99. It is an herbal formula just like the liquid, but has a lotion like consistency. This product softens and moisturizes dry, cracked skin and is a great compliment to the Original Liquid Formula. Just like the original liquid formula, you can use the Crack Creme Daytime Formula on your hands, feet, elbows, cuticles and so much more. This formula and product are ideal for dry split fingers that you hear are often associated with dry atmosphere weather in wintertime or southwestern climates and for people like my dad who has been a mechanic for years, this works well too.
This has been my go-to for daytime use and in the morning when I get up. My skin can by dry, especially with the cold winter we’re experiencing here and this product has done wonders. It has a minty fresh like scent – definitely not overpowering at all – in fact, you may need to really smell it well to pick up the hint of fragrance.
This particular cream is much like the liquid form in that once you rub it in, it soaks into the skin quickly. You don’t have to worry about your hands being slippery once it has really soaked into your skin and I like this, because it allows me to get back to work or even drive without any issues like traditional hand creams. There is no sticky, slippery or greasy feeling which is a HUGE plus for me.
I love when a product works and works well, but an important thing for me when it comes to products is availability. Zim’s is not only affordable but easy to order off of their website. But, I have been seeing it at my local Walmart which is great because I’m able to stock up or replenish this product once it runs out. I shared these particular products with my dad as well and he thinks they’re awesome, my husband does too. When you get the seal of approval from a man or men that work with their hands… I think you definitely have a winner.
Have you tried anything from Zim’s before? What about the Max Crack Creme or Liquid, do you think you could get some use out of these products during the winter or year long?
These products and many more can be found on their website at: http://www.zimsusa.com/
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you find here on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
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
The boys and I have reviewed toys here in the past and today is no exception. With the holidays just a few short weeks away, I wanted to make sure to share a fun toy concept with all of our readers. Today – we introduce you to Max and Landry, the Buddy Balls.
Buddy Balls was created by a little guy named Max. One day, he came home with a school project and had to create the “best toy ever”. He decided to combine two of his favorite toys – his love for sports and his beloved plush sleep buddy. With a little help from his parents, Buddy Balls were born. MaxLand Toys was inspired by Max’s creation with a goal of producing a high-quality plush toy that would become a childhood favorite. And, in our household – it certainly has.
The original collection of Buddy Balls includes four stuffed friends – Max, Landry, Sam and Eva and MaxLand Toys has since added four more additional buddies in the Sports Collection. With a few twists and flips and a push and pull – Max and Landry transform into a bright colored plush ball.
The twins absolutely love their new furry friends. Each of the buddies are so plush and soft and they use their friends’ zipper area as storage for their favorite toys – cars, legos, etc. The bears come in four different colors and the pattern on their paws show what color the ball is.
“Zip it, Flip it, Love it!”
The twins have found a new cuddly buddy and love sleeping with Max and Landry because their fur is so soft and smooth. Each bear we received is very plush and would make the perfect gift for any child or child at heart. And, did I mention that Buddy Balls offers accessories for their buddies? Sports uniforms & jerseys are available for purchase to give your buddies clothes and extra love and care.
Buddy Balls are Award Winning and have been honored with a Parent’s Choice Foundation Award. Buddy Balls also helps to support Child Life Services Hospitals and chronically ill children. Do you have someone in your life that would love a Buddy Ball? This would make a great gift for anyone.
You can learn more about Max, Landry and MaxLand Toys as well as purchase your own Buddy Ball as a gift or for yourself here: http://www.buddyballs.com/
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Happy Tuesday loves. Today I’m coming to you with a review on another Michael Todd Beauty product. If you’ve been here on my blog for a while now, you know that I have an absolute crush on the Soniclear Cleansing Brush so I am excited to share with you my thoughts on the SonicBLEND Antimicrobial Makeup Brush.
Retailing for $99.00, the Michael Todd SonicBLEND is the first of its kind makeup brush that applies your makeup at sonic speeds up to 200 times per second. It also has built in protection against microbial contamination so that your brush stays cleaner, fresher longer. This brush is intended for comfort and control with an ergonomic design. SonicBLEND uses gentle sonic movements to help easily sweep on foundation without leaving lines or streaks. This brush is ideal for applying foundation, blush, contour, highlight, setting powder and bronzer. It is said to effortlessly blend your favorite liquid or powder makeup in extra fine layers for natural looking airbrushed-like results each time you use the brush.
Intuitive patent based technology that uses sonic movements to prevent clumping by dispersing individual granules of makeup into wrinkles, enlarged pores & fine lines for a 3D flawless makeup application
SonicBLEND is also designed to provide you with better coverage so you use less makeup. And, with it’s antimicrobial brush head, SonicBLEND can help you improve the overall healthy look of your complexion by minimizing the possibility of clogging pores as well as irritation from rubbing, stretching the skin and other things that can occur with traditional makeup application.
- Cordless, rechargeable sonic brush handle
- Antimicrobial makeup brush head
- USB Charging Cable
- User guide
- 1 year warranty
Sonic bristle movements oscillate thousands of times per minute to ensure an airbrush-like finish
The SonicBLEND system or base unit I shall say is available in three different colors/designs – black, pink (which I have) and a cool leopard design. There are two types of brush heads available for purchase separately as well – the Natural Round Top Universal Brush Head No. 4 and Flat Top Replacement Universal Brush Head No. 8. The SonicBLEND unit comes with the standard makeup brush head.
So let’s chit chat about all the details of this product, my thoughts and what I think about the product overall. First of all, I absolutely love the fact that this unit does not require any batteries… it comes with a USB cord to charge your brush and you can plug it into your computer or it’s perfect for on the go. It’s an interesting product and something I think I’ve been kind of enjoying for contouring lately. The brush is so soft… so so soft. Using the brush is really easy – simply apply the product you want to use with it and turn the unit on. I have been enjoying this brush for my contour and bronzing most of all. I have tried this brush with a number of different products – BB Cream, CC Cream, Foundation, Highlighter, Blush and Bronzer. I found that out of all the products, it worked best for me when using with a bronzer (both powder and cream work fairly well).
Since I don’t often use foundation, I wanted to test and see how this product worked with those types of products. The brush really likes cream and liquid products it seems. While it worked to apply the foundations and creams to my face, I found that it moved the product around a lot. I’ve been trying this brush now for about 3 weeks consistently and found that the weight of the handle may be making it a challenge for me to apply. Nonetheless, I continue to apply and test this out to see how it works. The brush doesn’t spin so you don’t have to worry about foundation splashing or splattering anywhere. The sonic vibrations help to get the product (liquid or cream foundation) into the lines and pores for even and better coverage – but I just found that it was a lot of work and the product did move around more than I would like. After talking with a few friends that own this brush – I think it may have been due to my use and the fact that I haven’t been able to get the hang out of using it for foundation type products.
When it comes to contouring and bronzing, I really enjoy how this lays down the product and then going back with the brush it blends it out effortlessly. I honestly think it may be my use of the brush that is making it a challenge. I love that this brush doesn’t soak up product so you definitely use less of it. One big positive for me is how my foundation looked on the skin once I was able to actually apply the product the way it was needed to be. There was no creasing, the look of airbrushed makeup was definitely achieved. But, since I’m impatient, the learning curve in applying product can be a hassle for me. Oh – did I mention that I didn’t get any shedding… I have washed this brush three times since using it and haven’t had any shedding that I could see with my own eyes. I thought that was definitely a good thing, especially with a brush you use to apply foundation.
Ideal for applying foundation as well as applying blush, contour, highlight, setting powder & bronzers for a seamless, perfectly blended makeup application that mirrors results of what professional makeup artists can achieve
I think SonicBLEND and Michael Todd could benefit from a brush that is less compact and dense. This brush makes for a great kabuki style, but I just felt that it was a bit uncomfortable with applying. A brush head that has longer bristles and is less compact would make a big difference in applying foundation. I’m looking forward to Michael Todd releasing more brushes for different and various uses. I would love to see a brush head specifically for chiseled contours, a fluffy blush brush, a fluffy powder brush and a flat top kabuki style brush that is compact, but less dense as the current one that offers longer bristles for a great application.
Each replacement brush head retails between $26 – $30. I love that the brush heads are antimicrobial… this makes it perfect for my sensitive skin so that I don’t have to worry about irritations and I did notice that the irritations and breakouts I get from regular brushes (even if clean) was not occurring with the SonicBLEND. This brush however, is an investment. I think it’s great that you can get more brush heads and reuse it. I think it would be great for travel – take a few brush heads and the unit and you’re good to go. But, the price point is a bit hefty. I have expensive makeup brushes in my collection that could easily be replaced with this brush if there were a few changes made. I’d love to see a collection of brush heads in the set and a small brush handle would make it easy for me to use with my carpel tunnel. It’s a neat invention and definitely something I think worth checking out if you have the opportunity.
I think new tools for beauty are always a great find and at $99.00 this is a pretty hefty cost, but something to check out and see if it works for you. I have several friends that own the unit themselves and swear by it… while I’m still on the fence of whether or not I think it’s something I would NEED. I look forward to seeing what else Michael Todd will come out with to compliment this fun brush for sure.
What about you, have you heard of the SonicBLEND? Have you tried it before or is this something you think you’d enjoy? Comment below and let me know.
Check out the SonicBLEND for yourself here.
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.