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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The  ‘Aina Collection from Ola Tropical Apothecary

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

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


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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of FarmHouse Fresh and their awesome body and skin care products.  I’ve featured the brand several times here on the site and boy oh boy am I loving these two particular products, especially for summer.  Today I introduce you to the FarmHouse Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic and Three Milk Ageless Night Cream.  If you are anything like me and have dry skin year round, I think you’ll definitely want to tune into this post and read all about these beauties.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Using Emme Diane Tinted SPF 40

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This photo was taken today. I am not wearing any makeup and it was taken with my phone. There was no editing done to my complexion or my face, what you see is what you get.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Retail:  $22

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

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

Retail:  $29.95

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

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

Retail: $24.95

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

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

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

Retail:   $34

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

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

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

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lashes Layered to Perfection with Pixi Beauty

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

Have a fabulous rest of your day! xo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $199.00

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

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

Signature Honey

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

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

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

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About the Brand:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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