Hey friends. I know I’ve been a bit absent here on the blog, but I have been trying to post via Podcast as much as possible. Listen to my recent Podcast as I share with you my thoughts on the Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils hair products.
I’ve been using teeth whitening products for many of my adult years. I’m always on the hunt for one that will not affect my already sensitive teeth. Recently I was introduced to the Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System and after trying it out, I’m excited to share it with all of you.
As you may know, I got a root canal done on one of teeth a few months ago and tooth sensitivity has been a common problem I’ve experienced. I wanted to whiten my teeth, without the issues that I would get from other store bought systems. Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System has come to my rescue. This system was developed by dentists and clinically proven to deliver results. I love that it’s a trusted brand with a professional-grade system that I can use at home. It’s quick, safe and convenient. But most of all, it’s comfortable to use.
How does it work?
The Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System takes teeth that are yellowed or stained due to years of exposure to coffee, tea, wine or any other acidic foods and beverages (or from intrinsic aging) from dull to dazzling. And, it does it in 30 minutes. This unit is a three step system that uses patented light-activated whitening technology and features the first at-home dental grade whitening light. It’s clinically proven to brighten smiles up to six shades in 30 minutes.
What’s included in the kit?
The Luster Premium White Pro Light Dental Whitening System includes:
- Patented Duo Power Xenon Whitening Light
- AcceleRinse to pre-treat teeth
- Deep Whitening Serum containing active dental peroxide
- 4 AAA batteries for your whitening light
- Shade Guide and instructions
- Bonus: Power White Pro Toothpaste (1 oz.)
With the Luster Premium White Kit you get a trusted winner of the Women’s Choice Award – ranked 9 out of 10 for their Customer Recommended Whitening Kits. But, what I love the most about this system is that there are no messy strips or trays (that don’t fit each person) but you get a Professional-Grade whitening system you can use at home. Even with my sensitive teeth, I found that I had zero sensitivity while using these products and they are enamel-safe and sulfate free. It also helps ease my mind that they were developed by dentists, making it something that I know I can feel comfortable trying. Did I mention how affordable the kit is? It’s just $43.99, making it easy to get professional results in the comfort of your own home.
I’m all about affordability and Luster Pro Whitening System is definitely an affordable option. But, they didn’t sacrifice on the quality. As you can see from the chart below, Luster Pro Light offers quality results without a hefty price tag compared to other whitening systems on the market.
How did Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System work for me?
I’ve been using the Luster system now for a few weeks. I love how easy the system is to use and the directions are easy to follow. Simply brush your teeth with the Power White Pro Toothpaste and then floss. Once that is done I rinse my mouth/teeth with the AcceleRinse to help pretreat my teeth. Then, I apply the Stain Lifting Serum to my teeth (it’s a brush so application is easy) and hold the light to my teeth for two minutes. It’s definitely simple and easy to use. Once that’s done, after just a few treatments, I noticed that my teeth had whitened a few shades. I was not only excited but so happy to see how it was working for me.
After using the Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System for several weeks, I found that my teeth had whitened several shades and I wasn’t the only one to notice. Friends and family members have commented on my teeth asking if they were professionally whitened. I send them right over to Luster Pro Light Dental System because I love that it is affordable and so easy to use. Teeth are important and most times the smile is the first thing people notice on you. Keeping your teeth white and looking healthy is essential for any first impression.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive teeth whitening system, I definitely suggest checking out the Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System. For under $50 you can get a teeth whitening system that is kind to sensitive teeth and easy to use.
Interested in learning more? Check out Luster Premium White products online at Lusterpremiumwhite.com
Thank you Luster Premium White for giving me the opportunity to try your products and for being so patient while I recover from my root canal.
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 posted throughout.
With a family of asthmatics, it’s important to have quality air in our home. Airfree Onix 3000 Air Purifier has been our saving grace the last several months. Today I’m finally sharing my thoughts with all of you on this product.
Interested in watching my review on YouTube? Click here or watch the embedded video below.
Airfree Purifiers to the rescue
Hawaii has been experiencing a series of earthquakes and volcano eruptions over the last several months. Many homes on the island of Hawai’i (otherwise known as the Big Island or Hawai’i Island) have been destroyed due to the volcano. Air quality issues throughout the island haven’t been ideal and the voggy conditions make for horrible breathing. While being outside sometimes can make breathing difficult, it doesn’t have to be when you are indoors. The Airfree Air Purifier systems sterilize your air without the use of a filter. These units allow air to flow in and out while killing airborne allergens. Things like pollen, dust mites, mold
How do Airfree Purifiers work?
By using heat to destroy airborne allergens and contaminated air, Airfree draws microbiological antigens and kills them. Airfree has won many awards for its efficiency. It is a patented technology that requires absolutely no maintenance. We have the Airfree Onix 3000 and it is a purifier recommended for rooms up to 650 square feet. The Thermodynamic TSS Technology destroys all the yucky stuff in our air
So what is the Airfree Onix 3000
Airfree’s exclusive technology is completely silent and we love that there is no expensive filters or maintenance required for the unit. It’s small and portable and makes it’s easy for us to use in our house, while still keeping it out of the way. The unit releases neither ozone nor ions and
How does the Airfree Purifier get rid of all the yuck in the air?
Airfree’s exclusive technology works by eliminating microorganisms and allergens, destroying them in a fraction of a second. Depending on the model you have, between 14,000 and 20,000 liters of air pass through the Airfree device every hour. (Can you even imagine how much air that is? It’s a lot!!) The Airfree can easily treat the air in a room in a very short amount of time. The process works similarly to sterilizing water by boiling it. Basically, when water is boiled, microorganisms within the water are eliminated. In the same way, Airfree continually draws in air from the room, heating it to over 400°F and instantly sterilizes it. The purified air is then cooled inside the device before it is released back into the room. The entire process is so silent that you don’t even know that it’s happening. The only thing I do notice is that our unit is warm to the touch, sometimes, it even feels hot, but never burns the skin.
Check out my video review on YouTube
What are my thoughts on Airfree?
After using the Airfree Onix 3000 in our home now since June, I have found such a huge difference in our air quality. There is less coughing in the middle of the night and our asthma has not been as bad in the last few months. Our Airfree Purifier is so easy to use, just plug in and let it go. These purifiers come with a hefty investment, but there is literally no maintenance or changing of filters. If you ask me, in just a few short months, the unit pays for itself. I don’t know what we would do without our Airfree. It has easily become one of our favorite products we’ve tested over the years. So much so, that we purchased a unit for a family member who suffers from asthma too and she loves it. I also love that the air in my home is so clean and cleaner air makes for less Eczema
Have you heard of the Airfree Air Purifier systems? There are a few different ones to choose from. They come in different price points as well. You can get all the details on these units by visiting the Airfree website.
Disclaimer: This product was provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
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.
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!Honey
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
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.
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
- 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.
The new skin care line is already available online at
Get more information or purchase from Ola Tropical Apothecary
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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“In a couple of weeks, you’ll have a beautifully “designed by you” piece of art that you can either display or give as a gift.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
As a busy wife and mommy, I honestly don’t get out very often and when I do, I feel like I never have the time to really dress up and get glam. It’s no one else’s fault but my own, honestly. I just have so much on my plate, that a great night out means a date with my pillow. When I do have the time to go out with my husband, I like to dress up and look super pretty so getting glam is important for me. Whether you are getting glam for Valentine’s Day or Gal-entine’s Day, a little va-va-voom will definitely take your look to the next level. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try a few mink lashes from Esqido. I have heard of the brand many many times, but have never tried anything from them. I have some of the shortest lashes so a great pair that is not only full, but lightweight is so important for me. I wanted to share with all of you two pairs that I’ve been loving lately. Let’s get down to lashes, shall we?
Esqido mink lashes retail at different price points – between $24 and $32. They offer a variety of upper and lower lashes and everyday styles to glam and dramatic ones. There are a lot of lashes to choose from, so I guarantee you’ll find a pair that you’ll love.
Esqido’s goal was to provide their customers with a collection of fine mink eyelashes that offered unparalleled quality and craftsmanship. The traditional synthetic false lashes were designed to be worn for a short period of time, and while a more affordable option, they didn’t offer the longevity and comfort as well as natural look of real mink fur that Esqido wanted to provide for their customers. Each pair of lashes is made of genuine mink and hold a natural curl. They have a soft cotton band that makes them lightweight and comfortable.
So, I had the opportunity to try out the lashes in Lash Named Desire and Unforgettable. Each of these gorgeous lashes is such a gorgeous set that I didn’t even want to take them out of their packaging. Oh, did I mention the packaging? Each pair of lashes comes in a beautifully made white and rose gold box with a magnetic closure. These boxes are perfect for storing your mink lashes till the next use. You also get a care guide that teaches you how to care for your lashes so they will last for several uses. My gosh, such a pretty addition to their whole collection. The packaging is definitely something I loved looking at.
Each pair of lashes that I tried were extremely comfortable to wear. Since I have very short and thin natural lashes, often times a thicker band on my lash line can be extremely irritating to my eyes. They can also be difficult to apply since they do not have natural lashes that they can sit on. I was beyond impressed by how easy these were to put on and how lightweight they were. I forgot that I had them on for hours.
Lash Named Desire ($29.00) is a medium volume pair mink lash that features a gorgeous and sultry combination of crisscrossed fur that is winged-out at the ends. This is a great statement lash that offers a good amount of drama, but is still versatile and definitely seductive. The lashes are not only pretty, but they are very soft and while they offer the eyes a little drama, they are still very comfortable to wear. The band is thick, but not so thick that it will look too heavy on the eyes.
Length: 4-12mm Handcrafted cotton band and able to be used multiple times.
Unforgettable ($28.00) is my favorite everyday pair. It’s a very natural and elegant lash and features a gradient of increasing length and thickness across the lash band. The result is a subtle winged out effect that is perfect to use for that little extra flair. These lashes are so so lightweight which make them easy for me to use daily. They just feel different on the eyes than other mink lashes I have tried. Again, they are soft and comfortable.
Length: 5-10mm Handcrafted cotton band and able to be used multiple times.
I have Illumina on my list to pick up since I haven’t really found a gorgeous thick lash like that one that would fit me well. After trying out the two pairs that I have, I think I’ll enjoy it.
I don’t use false lashes as often as I once did before, but I love that if I want a little pick me up and a side order of glam, I have the option to throw on one of these beauties and spice up my look. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but look at it this way – you can reuse them. With proper care, you can totally get many uses out of your lashes. I am loving Esqido and I can’t wait to try more.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. Affiliate links may be posted through out. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
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?
Happy Aloha Friday!
We are smack dab in the middle of winter and boy oh boy is my body really taking a beating. I’m just thankful and lucky that I have a list of favorite products that are my go-to when we’re experiencing dry, cold weather. Lately, I’ve noticed a decrease in the plumpness of my lips, whether it be the cold or just the fact that I’m getting older. So, I’m glad that the PMD Kiss is to the rescue.
Over the last month and a half (maybe longer), I’ve been using the PMD Kiss device. The PMD Kiss is a smart anti-aging lip plumping treatment that uses pulsating vacuum technology to create a fuller appearance of lip volume. It also restores the youthfulness to your lips and with daily use, the PMD Kiss will boost collagen and create a long-lasting plumped result.
This week I’ll be turning 38 and I noticed that after having my children, my very plump lips (at one time) have shrunk a bit. Having worked for a plastic surgeon, I wasn’t too keen on lip injections or fillers and when I was given the opportunity to try another PMD product (a brand I know and love), I couldn’t have been more excited. As we age, our lips basically lose volume and color (I’ve definitely lost a lot of pigmentation in my lips) and we begin to see more lip lines and wrinkles. The PMD Kiss is to the rescue to help us get youthful, sexy lips.
“I love that my lips look plumper, have fewer wrinkles and lines and have more of its original color to them while still looking natural and sexy.”
The PMD Kiss safely plumps your lips in a matter of minutes and provides you with visible results that literally last for hours. With continued use (I use mine daily), the PMD Kiss helps to boosts your collagen in the lips which increases the look of fullness and fades the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. I especially love that it revitalizes my natural lip color that I’ve lost over the years.
After the first time using the PMD Kiss, I noticed immediately the change in my natural lip. My lips felt softer and looked much plumper than before but the process itself didn’t leave my lips bruised. Furthermore, it was basically pain-free to do. Simply apply the device to the six sections of your lip (a guideline/diagram is included in your package) and use daily or as needed. Just a minute or two of time each day and you will notice results that are definitely lasting.
How to use: Apply PMD Kiss Smart Lip Plumping Serum onto your clean, dry lips. Power on the PMD Kiss and place the plumping tip firmly and directly onto your lip making sure you are creating a tight seal for suction. Use the PMD in the 6 sections outlined in the diagram (you’ll hear and feel the device working). Allow PMD Kiss to pulse 15-20 times on each section of your lips.
In the package, you will receive the following products: The PMD Kiss and a Smart Lip Plumping Serum. A total retail value of $139.00 for both.
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After using this device and serum for more than a month, I am absolutely loving it and it has easily become one of my favorite skincare devices. I love that my lips look plumper, have fewer wrinkles and lines and have more of its original color to them while still looking natural and sexy. If there is anything I’m not a fan of, it’s overdone or fake lips and this product definitely gives me the right amount of lip love.
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I am a pen hoarder! Yup, I will collect pens because I find that I enjoy the way they write and sometimes I have a selection of pens that I refuse to touch because I know I can no longer replace them when they run out. But, when I have a great pen that works just as well as some of my holy grail ones, know that I will stop at nothing to keep it on me at all times. I recently had the opportunity to try out the BIC Gel-ocity Quick Dry Pens and boy oh boy was I impressed. I love BIC brand but tend to gravitate to their pencils more than anything else. I love a very fine tip – usually, 0.5mm if I can find them, so when I first saw that these were 0.7mm or medium tip, I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy them. Well, well… boy was I wrong. They are comfortable to use, comfortable to hold and I am loving how great the ink is. Let’s talk about it in some detail, shall we?
The BIC Gel-ocity Quick Dry Pens range in colors and price points. The ones I have here are retractable gel pens that dry up to 3x faster than ordinary ones. There is less smearing or smudging (all of which I agree – no smearing) and they write super smooth. I love that they are comfortable to hold in your hand and like I said before, the tip (while it is not my preferred) writes exactly as I would love it to write.
While out school shopping for my boys, I’ve been seeing these pens on the end caps of the displays. I haven’t stopped raving about them since I got my hands on them about a month ago. They are lightweight and easy to control. They leave a smooth line and I absolutely love the fact that they are retractable, which means that is less caps for me to lose.
I plan to pick up the entire collection of colors (not like I need more pens) but I find that these are perfect purse pens and so easy tote around if you need a pen on the go. I also like to do brush strokes and color in my lines with these and find that the ink flows out easily, making it simple to use these. I’ve been hunting for these in a finer point but haven’t found anything yet. If you are a huge fan of G2 pens, I think you’d enjoy these as well. They dry faster so it makes a great choice for doing homework or reports.
Also, if you’re a planner girl like me, you’ll love that these write anything you want in the color you choose while still drying so swiftly that you are not smearing your pages. I tell you, these are genius.
Have you tried these pens before? If so, what do you think about it? If not, do you think this will be on your next stationery list?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
About two months ago I received a fun package in the mail. In the package was the Sleep Styler in Large. Let’s just say I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try it out. She Sleep Styler was featured and backed by Lori Greiner from ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. Now, I watch Shark Tank so you can only imagine how gitty I was to try another product from Shark Tank once again. What made me more excited to try this out, is that I actually watched this episode of Shark Tank when The Sleep Styler was featured and I was definitely swooning over the product before it landed at my door step.
The Sleep Styler was invented by Tara Brown. As a mother who also worked, her goal was to be able to cut down the drying time and styling time for her hair so her routine wouldn’t be as lengthy. The Sleep Styler curls your hair while you sleep and helps to save an hour of styling time. You can achieve beautiful styles with effortless work and it’s perfect for heat free styling. Each roller is marshmallow soft with a memory-foam core that makes it comfortable to sleep in and each microfiber material holds 4-5 times its weight in water, drying the hair super fast.
If you’ve been reading my blog or stopping by now and then, you know that I have naturally curly hair. My curl pattern ranges between a 2c 3a and on a good day, 3a 3b if I have been caring for my hair properly. It’s taken me a while to get my hair back to where I want it and I’ve finally embraced my curls, but that also means that I try to use as little heat on my hair as possible. I really became excited about this product when I find out that it was a hair styling system that not only saves time and money, but it doesn’t cause any damage to the hair.
Using this product means that I truly need to take my time learning how to use it. The first time I used it, I tried to take my curls and make them straight. My hair at the time was past my buttocks in length and it was near to impossible to get all of my hair onto two of the rollers (stacked on each other). I had parts of my hair (my lengths) that looked straight, while other parts still had curl and frizz.
After trying that and knowing that I just couldn’t make it work with my long hair, I figured I would test out the curly method. Large barrel and voluminous curls are great for that glam and beachy look so I figured I would test it out and see how it worked for me.
It was interesting and you can see me put on the rollers in this video demo here.
Putting the Sleep Styler in my long hair was a challenge, but I love that the product itself is lightweight. The rollers are really soft and while I struggled to sleep with it the first time I used it to curl my hair, I tried it again and it worked well (so long as I didn’t use my CPAP mask). I also cut off about 7 inches from my hair last week and found it to be much easier than when I tried to curl my hair with it originally.
As you can see from the photo above, it left my curls quite smooth and larger in size from my smaller and tighter natural curls. I loved that it locked in the fragrance I had on my hair from shampoo and conditioner and my hair was left shiny and had a lot less frizz. The Sleep Styler’s 100% micro fiber materials absorbed the moisture in my hair while remaining dry to the touch and it is perfect for bombshell curls that are voluminous and full.
While the longer rollers are meant for long hair, I did notice that it still left the hair near the crown of my head a bit bare. I used one and a half packages of rollers on my hair but felt like I could have used it differently or used some of the small rollers on the top of my head for maximum coverage.
Overall, I think the product is genius. I have been using it on nights when I just don’t have the time to let my hair sit and dry naturally. It’s been awesome just for drying my hair, but it also works really nicely to help smooth out my hair length so it’s not as frizzy. When I want an easy style without the fuss, I will use this to help with a no mess, no heat look. I’ve been using this product now for about two months (the video demo was filmed about 3 weeks ago) and have found what works and what doesn’t. Of course, I can’t use my CPAP mask on nights I have the Sleep Styler in, but I find that I can still get lots of use out of this product and I’ve been enjoying it so far. I think my nieces would love this as well as my sisters and it’s perfect for those who are always on the go.
Head on over to my demo here or check out the video embedded for a look at how I put on this product to create curls for the first time. Plus, I get real with all of you as we chit chat about how it worked for me.
You can check out all the details on this product and purchase your own at https://www.thesleepstyler.com
Have you checked out or tried the Sleep Styler before? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, do you think this may be something you’ll sneak a peak at?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I honestly think that I’ve been neglecting many of the brands that I have in my makeup collection and supplementing them for my Pixi Beauty favorites. Since Summer time is the time where I use minimal makeup, I’ve found that these gorgeous beauties have been my go to for lips and cheeks. Today I introduce to you some products that have been my absolute summer favorites and they all hail from Pixi. Let’s chit chat about them, shall we?
The Pixi Beauty GelTint and SilkGlosses have become one of my staples for summer looks this season. With gorgeous shades that offer me the perfect look for the warmer months and longevity that I need without the fuss of a liquid lipstick. If you are looking for that sunkissed and beachy vibe, I think you’ll absolutely love these as much as I do. There are three shades available in this collection and each one retails for $12.00. These beauties are dual-ended and come with a Gel lip tint (that leaves your lips with a wearable but gorgeous stain) and a gloss to top the look off. You can use either product on its own or together to complete your look.
My favorite combination of lippies has been to layer BerryTint and PinkTint to create a gorgeous pink lip and finish the look off with Sweet Gloss.
Swatches from Left to Right – BeachTint & FreshGloss, BerryTint & SweetGloss, PinkTint and PrettyGloss
These GelTints & SilkGlosses make a great combination and feel absolutely wonderful on the lips. I love that they are lightweight but offer great color, even if my lips are dark. They give you a long-lasting lip tint that has a great stained effect and I love that my lips still hold their moisture and do not dry out. Each product is hydrating and none of them are sticky at all. If you’re someone who enjoys a minimal makeup look, I think you’ll love these.
Just a quick note, while they are long lasting, they do fade through out the day and with eating or drinking, you may need to reapply. These lippies do, however, reapply easily without little effort and without issues of weird casts or dry patches which make it wonderful to take on the go with you. Toss these in your beach bag for an all day look and you’re good to go.
The Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gels are another hit in my book. Retailing for $14.00, these Sheer Cheek Gels are available in three gorgeous and universally flattering shades. I love a great blush but since Hawaii tends to be hot and often humid during the summer, my cheeks don’t get as much love as they do in the winter time. These sheer gel blushes create a gorgeous but natural looking flush of color to your cheeks to brighten and beautify your complexion in an instant. They are long lasting and perfect for those days you want a little color to your cheekies without the heavy powder or cream products that you would normally wear. They have been my absolute go-to this summer.
Swatches from left to right – Flushed, Natural, Rosy
These gels are translucent (as you can see from the swatches) and sheer so they offer you the perfect touch of color to your cheeks leaving you with a youthful look. I apply these directly to my cheeks with my fingers and they can even be used on the lips, so it’s a perfect two-in-one. My cheeks are left fresh and bright all day and I never find the need to touch up. These products are oil free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic and they leave my skin hydrated and moisturized too. I simply apply the product to my finger tips and tap onto the skin area or lips where I want the product to be. I blend onto the apples of my cheeks and my look is complete.
I’ve had these products in my possession now for the last couple of months. Since I’ve had them, I’ve gotten a lot of use out of them. As a busy mom, I want something that allows me to do what I need to do without fussing over my makeup. But, I also want to have products that help me look put together so I still look decent. These are definitely my summer time go-to products and I haven’t been able to get enough out of them.
When and if I remember to take photos of me using these products (I’m sorry as my mind has not been in the right state lately), I’ll be sure to update this post with images. I definitely suggest checking these beauties out. I’ve was an instant fan of them and love that they are so affordable but offer great quality. If you are someone who loves to just run out the door with a little color, I think these are definitely worth looking into.
You can purchase Pixi Beauty products at your local Target (if available) as well as Pixibeauty.com
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.