If there is one thing I absolutely love when it comes to brands and products, it’s when a brand I have used for years bring something new to the table. BioSilk is a brand I’ve used for over 20 years, first being introduced to them in 1996. The original Silk Therapy was recommended to me when I was in high school and needed to tame and moisturize my crazy curly hair. Now, years later, I was given the opportunity to try out the BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil. And, today – I am sharing all of my thoughts on these products with all of you.
BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil: Just like the BioSilk Silk Therapy, the Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil is a Leave-In treatment that can be used for both hair and skin. BioSilk says that this light-weight leave-in treatment offers superior moisture replenishment while fortifying weak strands. It helps to control frizz and flyaways while preventing split ends for smooth results with incredible shine. For the skin, it can be used as a light moisturizing oil to relieve dry skin leaving it soft and smooth with a subtle glow.
After using this product for several weeks, I have absolutely been loving it as much as I love the original. If you have ever tried the BioSilk Silk Therapy products, you will know exactly how they feel. They have slip like regular oils but they leave your hair feeling moisturized without the heavy oily feel. The Silk Therapy with organic coconut oil soaks into the skin and leaves it soft and definitely moisturized. My hair just drinks it up and I love it.
Retail: $26.80 (5.64 oz)
Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil 3-in-1: I am not one to gravitate to a 3-in-1 (shampoo, conditioner and bodywash), but I think they are definitely something perfect for travel or for those that don’t want all the product clutter. This versatile and gentle cleanser not only removes the impurities from the body and hair, but it adds essential moisture to the hair and skin. This 3-in-1 conditions while providing balanced care for the hair and skin and I love that it also helps to maintain and preserve your hair color. Hair and skin is left soft, smooth and nourished.
A 3-in-1 is definitely a time saver and so far I’ve been enjoying this product. It leaves my hair feeling soft and my body too.
Retail: $10.40 (5.64 oz)
As I mentioned before, I love when a brand re-invents or does something different to their products and it works. Adding organic coconut oil definitely added great benefits to their original products and I’ve been absolutely loving them. Honestly, these products can be a bit costly, but I think they offer such a great range of solutions for all hair types and it’s worth checking it out soon.
Have you had the chance to try out this new Organic Coconut Oil line from BioSilk? If not, have you tried the original Silk Therapy line and if you have, what do you think?
You can purchase these products at: https://biosilk.com
Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be listed through out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
Can you believe it’s already been a month since I’ve started using the PMD Personal Microderm Device again? I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by but I’m extremely excited to share my results with all of you. After using this device for a month (4 weeks), I am definitely looking forward to sharing with all of you how it’s worked for me.
Read all about my initial thoughts and first impressions of the PMD here.
The PMD Personal Microderm is an at-home device that allows you to bring the same type of results as that from a professional treatment, at the tip of your fingertips and comfort of your own home. PMD’s patented spinning discs are embedded with aluminum oxide crystals that exfoliate the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. The device basically gives you the benefits of a professional treatment, while helping to prep your skin to take in all the skin care that we love to treat ourselves with. After the process of treating your skin with the PMD, your skin is left feeling… well, great! Firmer, fresher and radiant!
I started off using the PMD with the gray disk (read all about the discs here) for the first few tries but then moved my way up to the blue disk (for sensitive skin) as my use progressed. Since I have naturally sensitive skin, I continued to use the blue discs and probably will stick with that when using this device. Using the PMD is easy and while it may take a little practice (especially in how you hold it and run it against your skin), once you get the hang of it, it will be an easy step in your beauty regimen. After using the PMD I applied the PMD Recovery Collagen Sheet Masks as apart of my treatment. These masks help to replenish and hydrate my skin while soothing it. It’s perfect as part of the process because my dry sensitive skin needs the extra moisture.
Now, let’s talk about results after a month of using the PMD. PMD encourages that you’ll see maximum results after 8-12 weeks of use and I’ve only been using it for 4 weeks, so please keep that in mind when reading. As you can see from my before photo, I had uneven skin tone throughout my face and discoloration in various areas.
In the photo below, I share with you my after results. Of course, as I always say – Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you can see where my skin is starting to really brighten and look much fresher than before. I also noticed that some of my fine lines are diminishing and not as prominent as they were prior to using the PMD Personal Microderm. My pores on my cheeks are also softer and not as defined and my sun spots (while still visible) are not as noticeable. Since I do not really use foundation, it’s important for my skin to look good.
Because of my sensitive skin, I used the PMD at its bare minimum required so that I would not have an eczema flare-up. But immediately after using the device for just a week, I noticed that my skin had already started to get brighter and felt much smoother. The discolored areas on my face had begun to lighten dramatically and my skin looks much more vibrant than the dull it had looked before. My nose had looked darker in comparison to other parts of my skin before using PMD because I got a lot of sun this summer, but the PMD helped in to even the skin tone in most of the places I had used it. I would have liked to really lighten my acne scars on and near my cheekbones but while it did not get rid of it completely, it did lighten how drastic they appeared on my face.
I’m excited to use the PMD on a long-term basis and compare my photographs to see the difference. I look forward to using the PMD Personal Microderm Device and can’t wait to see how it improves my skin overall. After using it just a month, I did notice a measurable difference in how my skin looks and feels. Since I’m creeping up on my 40s, I am excited to see how it will continue to help me.
You can check out the PMD Classic and other products pictured and discussed in this post by visiting the website. The PMD Classic retails for $159. But, you can get 20% off with the code: PRIMP20 This is the perfect opportunity for you to try out the PMD Personal Microderm for yourself or to give it as a gift.
Don’t forget to check out PMD Personal Microderm and share it with your friends. You can get the details of my “before” photos and more on the PMD here.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
My skin has not been my best friend lately and I have been working diligently to get it back on track. With the change in seasons, I find a good skin care regimen definitely helps the process. About a month ago, I start incorporating LaFlore Skincare into my daily regimen and today I share with you my thoughts and a little about each product and how it worked for me.
LaFlore‘s goal is to offer a skincare line that will awaken the power of your skin. The products target the skin’s Microbiome with the power of probiotics to provide skin wellness. LaFlore’s proprietary Probiotic Technology uses only active biomolecules at clinical strengths along with a synergistic blend of natural ingredients to achieve a state of skin equilibrium. Basically, this skincare line provides the skin with a probiotic defense while refreshing and soothing the skin throughout.
“I love learning about the science behind my skincare products, but honestly, I don’t often take into consideration all the formulations and terminology that come with it.”
By harnessing the power of probiotics, LaFlore works with your own flora (the microbes that live on the skin) and enhances the skin’s defense to protect it from a variety of environmental toxins and products that can harm the skin. Once the skin is stress-free, it can perform its functions and in turn have more energy to create collagen – to multiply and renew as needed. Your skin’s flora is basically restored to its healthy form.
I love learning about the science behind my skincare products, but honestly, I don’t often take into consideration all the formulations and terminology that come with it. Now that my skin has been suffering due to my PCOS, I find that I’m in need of finding products that will work better for me, instead of masking the problems. Unlike other skin care products, LaFlore gets to the root of the issue by targeting skin dysfunction at its core. Not only does LaFlore provide my skin with their patent-pending Probiotic Technology, it leaves my skin glowing. The probiotic is in a dormant “cry-like” state until it comes into contact with the skin, at which point it goes to work to enhance the good flora, leaving your skin looking healthy and glowy.
The main ingredient is Aloe, not water.
One important thing I found with LaFlore is that it features aloe, not water, as the main ingredient. Honestly, I was pretty impressed by that. As many know, Aloe has been clinically studied for its healing properties, anti-inflammatory actions and positive effects on the immune system and the skin. My dad always had an Aloe plant growing in our garden and we used it for the skin and for just about everything.
LaFlore Probiotic Cleanser is mild but infused with clinical strength ingredients like Perilla Seed Oil, Luteolin, Terpens and Phenols for natural exfoliation while still helping to keep the skin hydrated with proper circulation and cell renewal. I love that this cleanser can do double duty as a cleanser or mask (by leaving on the skin for one minute), or as an exfoliator with a washcloth. It should be applied to dry skin and rinse with warm water.
The LaFlore Probiotic Concentrated Serum also includes Aloe as well as Hemp seed oil, Sea Buckthorn fruit oil, St. John’s oil, Avocado, Squalane and Beta Carotene to bring back balance to the skin and to allow the skin to rest and heal while increasing cell communication. It helps to calm inflammation and boosts the immune system as well. The Probiotic Concentrated Serum can also be used as a spot treatment for blemishes or to help calm rosacea. I’ve enjoyed it as an all over serum, but LOVE it as a spot treatment since my blemishes have been freaking out a bit lately. Overall, this is probably one of my favorite products from the set, though I do love them all.
LaFlore Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer that works to strengthen the skin’s flora while increasing cellular metabolism and enhance collagen synthesis for a stronger skin barrier. This is all used to fight off stress from environmental aggressors, cosmetics, cleansers and soaps thanks to ingredients like Aloe, Pycnogenol, Bisabolol Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Vitamin D3, and Hyaluronic Acid. I especially have been enjoying using this moisturizer after the summer months. My family and I spent a good part of our summer in the sun and in the elements and I found that this moisturizer has been perfect for helping to rejuvenate, replenish and heal my skin from the elements.
“When the skin is functioning at optimal levels, collagen and elastin synthesis occur and skin renewal and barrier functions are also improved as is one’s complexion.”
Using these products is simple, but a bit different from what we or you may be accustomed to with other skincare. While most women tend to wash their face twice daily, LaFlore encourages to only wash at night. The reasoning behind this method is to allow for the soothing and refreshing ingredients of the Probiotic Cleanser to wash the day away and cleanse the skin for the serum to be applied. The Serum works overnight to replenish the good flora so you don’t want to wash it away the following day (in the morning). In the morning, you want to splash your face with warm water and apply the Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer, which will help to lock in hydration for your skin while offering protection throughout the day.
This line of products is really different from other skin care brands. It is free of petrolatum, silicones, and dimethicones. These ingredients can give a false impression that the skin is hydrated by trapping moisture at the surface when it really is suffocating the skin and sending it into a state of dormancy. LaFlore’s ingredients allow the skin to breathe again by increasing the cellular oxygenation. When the skin is functioning at optimal levels, collagen and elastin synthesis occur and skin renewal and barrier functions are also improved as is one’s complexion.
As a blogger, I’m constantly trying new products and there are so many on the market that have such outlandish claims. But, I’m always interested in the little details and I’m absolutely amazed at how much my skin has improved since using these products.
All LaFlore products are plant-based, organic and ECOCERT (plant friendly). They are also cruelty-free and free of Soy & Gluten, Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol/Butylene Glycol, Petrochemicals and Phthalate, Parabens, DEA, Sulfates, Irritants & Bleach and Diazolidinyl Urea Formaldehyde. The skin care line has two natural brighteners: The probiotic Moisturizer has pearls added to give an instant gratification effect and soon, the moisturizer begins to even the skin tone. The Probiotic Serum also has a brightening effect that happens on the cellular level by reducing the melanin and
The skin care line has two natural brighteners: The probiotic Moisturizer has pearls added to give an instant gratification effect and soon, the moisturizer begins to even the skin tone. The Probiotic Serum also has a brightening effect that happens on the cellular level by reducing the melanin and creates even skin tone as well.
Over the last month or so, I have found that I’m really enjoying this skincare line. It launched on September 16th and I have been loving it since the first day I started to incorporate it into my skincare regimen. For a 3-step system, it can be quite costly, but these products are not only concentrated, I’ve found that it’s offered wonderful results since I started using it. I’m a wholehearted believer that your skin is one of your biggest investments and I would definitely invest in LaFlore because I love the results I’ve received.
If you want to try LaFlore for yourself – get a 20% off discount with code: PRIMP20 at laflore.com
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review. This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
In December of last year, I shared with all of you about the HiMirror and what it has done for me. I would never have imagined that something like this would make its way to the market while I was still alive. And, I have loved using this unique tool now over the last 10 months or so and it’s become a part of my everyday skin care regimen. While I’m always amazed at the fun and interesting technology finds that make its way into the beauty community I’m also excited to see how they improve our beauty routines. While the first HiMirror has wowed me tremendously, I was so excited to share the newest from the brand. Today I introduce you to the HiMirror Plus. Are you ready to get the lowdown on this beauty?
While the HiMirror Plus is a smart mirror just like it’s sister the original HiMirror, there have been a plethora of upgrades that make this new mirror fun and definitely change up your beauty routine as you know it. A Smarter Beauty technology that takes your skin care game to new levels, offering innovative technology with the ease of an at-home beauty consultant.
Installation of this bad gal was easy and very quick. I decided that instead of mounting the mirror to my door as I did with the first HiMirror, that I wanted to have it on my little makeup table so it was available for me each day. A simple little frame, which I purchased on my own, made a great accompaniment.
The set up for the HiMirror Plus was quite easy to do and the instructions along with a handy YouTube video to follow made it a breeze. You do need to have your mirror near a plug so that you can plug it in and of course, you must have a WiFi connection to connect to the mirror. The app to help with analyzing and set up is available on iPhone or Android (I have Android) and it’s as easy as answering a few skin care questions. The setup process takes about 5 minutes and while it takes a little getting used to the actual use of the product, it’s fairly easy once you get started.
Once set up – you can start using your HiMirror Plus. Each scan of your face will analyze the following things:
HiMirror Plus can track your skin’s progress each day and record your skin’s current condition while comparing it to those from previous months. This Personal Beauty System provides you with a comparison so you can see which products are really working for you and which are not.
The HiMirror Plus also understands your skin care and personal needs. It will pinpoint areas on the face where you have individual areas that may need treatment, like:
These areas will be marked by the level of intensity compared to your overall complexion. This information is very useful in keeping up with the proper skin care regimen and products.
The HiMirror Plus has an HD camera that works to analyze your skin but also provides you with face recognition each time you turn on your camera. You can close and open the shutter to keep your privacy but this very awesome camera will detect your dark spots, redness, pores, fine lines, texture and so much more on your skin. Each time you take a photo with this camera, it will track your skins progress over time and give you tips on how you can improve your skin’s overall condition. It’s definitely a high-tech skin care loving friend that I think every girl needs.
What’s great about the HiMirror Plus is that it also offers voice recognition. This handy tool has been making it a little easier for me to operate the mirror when I’m not feeling the hand gestures that day.
The HiMirror Plus offers a variety of new upgrades as I stated before and that includes updates to the software. You can keep on top of your local weather, news and even listen to music without leaving the mirrors side. All of the mirror’s options give you a variety of selections for you to choose from. The HiMirror is powered by Big Data but all of your personal information is kept completely private and monitoring your skin care is easy with the mirror or smartphone app which is free to download.
The HiMirror Plus also has an additional tool to help with your skincare regimen. The HiSkin is a cool little device that you can purchase separately and connect to your HiMirror or phone via Bluetooth. You can use this handy tool to get accurate readings of your skin in the particular areas for a better analysis.
“This isn’t a cure-all or electronic technological fountain of youth, but more like an assistant to keep you on track.”
The HiMirror Plus is more than a Beauty Consultant, it offers you a variety of tools at your fingertips. You can magnify your beauty with HiMirror’s specialized lens and magnifying feature. There are two new zoom options now available offering you actual photo size, 2x and 3x zoom.
Like with all products I’ve tried, there are many benefits in my opinion – or pros, as well as cons. I think while the pros surely out-weight the cons, I did want to make a notation of some of the things that could use some adjustments to.
Hand gestures: Using the hand gestures is still something I need to get used to. My arm gets tired after trying many times to select an option. I know that it’s a matter of how the mirror is mounted and how fast you move your hand, but I’d love to see a touchscreen version to provide more ease. The voice recognition is definitely helpful, but my arms are tired.
Scanning products using the bar code to add to your Beauty Box: This is actually a very easy thing to use, however, I don’t ever keep my boxes for products so that means that if I want to add it to my beauty box, I have to scan the product before throwing the box out. It may seem like no big deal to do, but it can be cumbersome at times and that extra step can be a pain.
The dreaded cord: This one is probably the hardest for me to get over. The cord is not very long, so while it may seem like it’s not that big of a deal, for me, it can be. I don’t have an open plug near my makeup area so I have to plug in an extension and drag it into the corner to use it. A cordless version would be great, especially since I’m a clutz and have already knocked it down twice because I tripped on the cord.
Overall, I have to say that I’ve become accustomed to using the HiMirror Plus (and prior to that the HiMirror) so it’s easily a favorite tool in my beauty routine. Since I suffer from sensitive skin, this has been a tool that has totally made a difference in how I treat and care for my skin. I’m optimistic that HiMirror will continue to make additional improvements to make the device much more user-friendly. But, I do believe that with the options currently available, this product is genius and worth every penny. If you are someone who loves new inventions and looking for smarter beauty options, you will love this at-home beauty consultant. Of course, I try to keep it as real as I possibly can here, no frills or pretty pictures to entice you, just my thoughts on the product itself. I found that after using the original HiMirror over the last year (just about), that I was able to make it work for me and figured out what I needed to improve on when it comes to my skin. This isn’t a cure-all or electronic technological fountain of youth, but more like an assistant to keep you on track.
A few updates on HiMirror…
HiMirror recently launched their remote control on August 18th. Woohoo! So, both HiMirror and HiMirror Plus bundles are available that include the remote control as an option. Prices for each bundle are:
HiMirror + Remote Control: $149 + Free Shipping
HiMirror Plus + Remote Control: $229 + Free Shipping
There is currently a promo code valid for accessories for the HiMirror/HiMirror Plus which include — Stand, HiSkin, Smart Body Scale. Use Code: BCLA17 at the HiMirror Website.
I definitely suggest checking out this Personal Beauty System that will offer you skin analysis, skincare tips and so much more. Head on over to the HiMirror Plus Website and get all the details and see if this is the tool you need to up your skincare game.
Be sure to head on over to a few of my blogger friends and see what they have to say about the HiMirror Plus too:
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the PRIMP Network in collaboration with HiMirror Plus. The product featured was also provided for review and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see or read about on this site. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.