It’s no secret that I have a crush on FarmHouse Fresh products. If you haven’t been a follower of my site long or if this is the first you’re hearing about FarmHouse Fresh, then be sure to head on over to other posts about this company which you can find here. FarmHouse Fresh has been a brand that I’ve been using faithfully now for over 3 years and I’m always excited for the Holiday sets they release. Today I’m going to share with you a few holiday gift sets that you can get your favorite skincare or beauty junkie. Let’s read on, shall we?
Blackberry and Beach Lip Gift Basket Sets
The Blackberry and Beach Gift Sets are a sure hit for anyone on your holiday gifting list. Each basket set comes with two popular products from FarmHouse Fresh. They are definitely some of my favorite products from the site (though let’s face it, I love anything and everything from FHF). Each 2-piece gift set comes in a farm basket and is ready to be gifted as is, or add a pretty bow on top. Priced at $30, these sets are 96-99% natural and gluten-free. The sets include their yummy polish to scrub away and smooth your lips (perfect for winter weather) and their scrumptious lip balm, an absolute must-have for any lip balm lover.
Moon Dip Back To Youth Ageless Mousse for Hands – FarmHouse Fresh Products
Of course, you can’t forget a great hand cream for the winter months and I am a huge lover of hand creams and lotions for holiday gift giving. The Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Mousse for hands is perfect for travel or take on the go and just like my favorite Moon Dip in the glass jar, this hand cream is loaded and boosted with vitamin-rich emollient oils that lock in the hydration and suppleness. It feels like powder on the skin with a soft texture that is just like magic. Deep-winkle peptides help to visibly firm the look of your skin overtime, leaving your hands ready for gorgeous nail polish and showstopping photographs. Did I mention the scent? Light milk-oat scent is soft but fragrant. It’s a soft scent that is perfect for everyday use.
Whoopie! Deluxe Boxed Gift Set
I also highly suggest picking up one of the Whoopie Box Sets. I wrote about it before on the blog and I love that they still offer this option for their customers. If you are looking to try FHF products, this is a great way to test out some of my favorites. This collection is Vegan, 95% Natural and Gluten Free. For $54.00 you get a steal of a deal and it’s worth every single penny and more. You can see a similar set featured here on my blog.
Scrub Down & Silk Up – Soft & Fluffy Limited Edition Gift Sets
Last, but certainly not least, is the Soft & Fluffy Limited Edition Gift Set. I wrote about a similar set a few years back and it continues to be one of my favorite products to buy for my loved ones. Retailing for $34.00 – this Limited Edition Set is the perfect way to pamper. It includes a 3 step body transformation kit and a nourishing Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream. The 3-step sampler includes 3 ounce jars of Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub (an O-List Favorite), Whoopie! Cream Shea Butter (a Redbook MVP Beauty Award Winner and one of Honey’s Favorite Things) and Agave Nectar Body Oil (another Honey’s Favorite Things item). It also includes the Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream. I have featured a similar set on my blog here.
Why Does FHF make Honey’s Favorite Things each year?
I usually include products in a Holiday Gift Guide each year, but I decided I would change things up a bit. I wanted to be able to feature my favorite products and brands in their own posts. FarmHouse Fresh products continuously make my Holiday Gift Guides (Honey’s Favorite Things) each year because they are my favorites and I love them. I purchase gifts for family and friends from this brand each year because I know that they will always have the quality I want at prices that anyone can afford. Even if they were costly, their products are worth every single penny. If you haven’t tried anything from FHF before, trust me when I say, once you do, you’ll be addicted to their quality and scents.
Interested in picking up any of these gifts for the holidays? Or want to pick up something else from the delectable line up of FarmHouse Fresh treats? Click here and check out their website.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review and inclusion consideration. However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Anything featured on my site has been tried and tested by Honeygirl’s World. This is not a sponsored post.
Recently I shared with all of you my thoughts on a skincare line that is based here in Hawaii. I mentioned that they were soon to be releasing a new Natural, Reef-Safe Sunscreen. Today, I’m excited to give you the details on this new launch. Read the Press Release below.
A Sunscreen Formula Free of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate
Maui, Hawaiʻi – (September 18, 2018) – Kuleana®, a new skincare line created in Hawaiʻi, adds a natural sunscreen to its product offerings to protect consumers and coral reefs while supporting environmental nonprofits in Hawaiʻi. Kuleana® Sunscreen is made from plant-based oils, minerals, and other reef-safe natural ingredients and does not contain ecologically harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate – two chemicals known to be toxic to corals and other marine life and recently banned by Hawaiʻi’s new sunscreen law. In addition to its environmentally friendly formulation, Kuleana Sunscreen aims to support environmental organizations in the state through its membership in 1% for the Planet, a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving.
“We are proud to offer consumers another natural product that aligns with our state’s environmental goals to protect and preserve fragile marine ecosystems, including coral reefs,” said Joy Galatro, marketing director at Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaiʻi’s pioneering renewable energy company and parent company of Kuleana. “Practicing sustainability and protecting the environment are central to our company’s mission. With this product, we’re able to offer an earth-friendly and effective sunscreen choice for consumers while giving back to local nonprofits that are doing important work for our environment. We believe this is our responsibility, our kuleana.”
Formulated, tested and produced in an FDA-compliant facility, Kuleana Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection, remains water resistant for 80 minutes, and works well with all skin types. It contains a sheer, non-whitening zinc oxide that rubs in clear, allowing for application with or without makeup and ideal for daily use with other Kuleana skincare products. The product contains an innovative “clear” zinc oxide which leaves no detectable nanoparticles in the final product. Because they are porous, the zinc clusters appear clear on the skin, eliminating the undesirable “whitening” appearance common with most non-nano zinc sunscreens.
Vegan, cruelty-free, and without synthetic fragrances or colors, Kuleana Sunscreen is formulated with macadamia nut oil and sunflower oil made from locally grown ingredients and produced by Pacific Biodiesel, which last year began farming sunflowers in Maui’s central valley. Other natural ingredients include aloe extract, jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and pineapple fruit extract – all skin-nourishing ingredients.
Through its new 1% for the Planet membership, Kuleana Sunscreen will support the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi beginning September 2018, in honor of the chapter’s 50th anniversary. The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi actively works throughout the islands to stop climate change, ensure climate justice for all, and protect Hawaiʻi’s unique natural resources. Additionally, when individuals volunteer with the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi in the next year, Kuleana will provide an exclusive 50% discount on its sunscreen product purchased from the company’s website at KuleanaSunscreen.com.
“The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi focuses on priorities that reflect our company’s cutting-edge values: clean energy, climate change, food and water security, and sustainability,” Galatro added. “Supporting their statewide efforts reinforces the importance of a “mauka to makai” focus in protecting Hawaiʻi’s reefs – because harmful waste and pollutants on the land can eventually flow down into the ocean and negatively affect our fragile marine ecosystems.”
“We are grateful and honored to have the support of Kuleana,” said Marti Townsend, Director for the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi. “Guided by a genuine commitment to our planet and fueled by cutting-edge science, Kuleana is making it easier for all of us to do what we love with less impact on the natural resources around us.”
Kuleana Sunscreen is available in 3-ounce tubes and retails for $18. In response to demand, the company is also offering the sunscreen in bulk sizes for its resort and tourism-related customers. The product will be available for purchase in retail locations beginning this month and is currently for sale on the company’s website. For more information, please visit kuleanabeauty.com.
Kuleana® is a new skincare line of beauty oils and facial cleansers handcrafted in Hawaiʻi. These natural beauty products feature locally sourced ingredients such as macadamia, kukui, coconut, avocado and green coffee. The products are GMO-free, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and contain no synthetic ingredients, fragrances or additives. The brand, inspired by the Hawaiian word “kuleana” that translates to “a personal sense of responsibility,” reflects the company’s dedication to practicing sustainability and contributing to a healthier world. Kuleana is manufactured and distributed by Maiden Hawaiʻi Naturals, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawaiʻi’s pioneering renewable energy company, Pacific Biodiesel. Kuleana beauty oils and cleansers are handcrafted and bottled at the company’s facility on Hawaiʻi Island. Kuleana Sunscreen is a member of 1% for the Planet. Connect with Kuleana on Facebook and Instagram. For more information, please visit kuleanabeauty.com.
About Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi
Formed in 1968, the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi has over 20,000 members and supporters working throughout the islands to help people better explore, enjoy, and protect the planet’s unique environment and wildlife. The Sierra Club is the largest, oldest environmental organization in the U.S. The Sierra Club relies on volunteers to support outdoor education programs, trail and native species restoration projects, and grassroots advocacy for sound environmental policies. For more information, visit sierraclubhawaii.org.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. Through business and individual membership, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations, and we amplify the impact of the network. Started in 2002, today 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,500 member businesses, a new and expanding core with hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Its members have given more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.
The information in this post was provided for press release purposes. Honeygirl’s World has not tried this product and cannot provide a review or thoughts on it at this time. This is for informational purposes only. Mahalo
As a Hawaii girl, born & raised, I’m always excited to hear about new Hawaii made products. Recently, I was introduced to Kuleana Beauty Skincare, beauty products made right here in the islands and I’m really stoked to share it with all of you.
What is Kuleana Beauty?
Kuleana is a clean, simple skincare system that features moisturizing Hawaiian beauty oils and facial cleansers made with natural ingredients grown and handcrafted right in Hawaii by pioneering renewable energy company, Pacific Biodiesel. (Pacific Biodiesel is also the company behind the Maui Sunflower Farm that you see in my picture below)
Kuleana beauty products are manufactured by Maiden Hawaii Naturals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies. Founded in 1995 on Maui, Pacific Biodiesel is Hawaii’s only commercial producer of liquid bio fuels. It demonstrates a sustainable, community-based, zero-waste “agriculture and renewable energy” model that is helping Hawaii fight climate change and achieve a clean energy future.
I had the opportunity to try two products from the Kuleana Beauty line Soothe and I’m going to share my thoughts on each product for all of you.
Soothe Beauty Cleanser
The cleanser is gentle on the skin and made with macadamia nut oil, Hawaiian sea salt and Hawaiian rainwater that is collected and purified from the rainy Hilo area of Hawaii island. The cleanser rinses very easily from the skin without tugging or rubbing but leaves my skin feeling clean and renewed. If you’re looking for a cleanser that has a lot of lather, this one may not be it… but it doesn’t leave me feeling dirty after a cleansing. My skin feels clean (without the dryness), fresh and I love that the cleanser is lightweight but still offers so much moisture for my dry skin.
Ingredients: Aqua (filtered rainwater) Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide*, Sodium Chloride (Hawaiian Sea Salt). * used only to saponify oils into soap. None remains in final product.
Soothe Beauty Oil
Made with pure Hawaiian macadamia nut oil, which is a light oil that absorbs rapidly to nourish the skin. This oil is perfect to moisturize all skin types. The Beauty Oil is also a favorite of mine because I can use it day or night as a light moisturizer or to really hydrate my skin if needed. It hasn’t clogged my pores or caused my sensitive skin any issues.
Ingredients: Macadamia nut oil
I’ve been using each of these products quite religiously as a part of my daily skincare routine over the last 2 months or so. My skin looks radiant after using both of these products and I love how soft and smooth my face feels each day. Whether I use both products together or separately, I know that my skin will look radiant and glowing but also plump and youthful. I’m definitely a fan of these products and I just love how my skin drinks each of them up and looks and feels so hydrated.
3 Skincare lines to choose from:
Kuleana offers three distinct skincare products:
Soothe – made with Hawaiian pure macadamia nut oil, is rich in antioxidants and possessing anti-inflammatory properties. It is excellent for all skin types.
Nourish – ideal for moisturizing, is made with macadamia oil, kukui nut oil and coconut oil.
Rejuve – meant for maturing skin, is made with macadamia oil, avocado oil and green coffee oil.
All Kuleana products are GMO-free, contain no synthetic fragrances or colors, vegan, cruelty-free and biodegradable. Kuleana Beauty is now being carried at the spas of luxury hotels in Hawaii such as Andaz Maui, Montage Kapalua Bay, Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona (Big Island).
Coming soon to Kuleana
Coming soon, Kuleana will also be releasing a reef-safe sunscreen, that includes their natural plant-based oils and is free of oxybenzon and octinoxate, both of which are soon-to-be-banned in Hawaii as of Jan. 1, 2021 (common sunscreen ingredients that are now known to cause damage to our reefs.) You can pre-order your sunscreen now as shipments will begin in September 2018.
I’m proud to say that Kuleana Products are a part of Hawaii and as a Hawaiian Native, I love the mission behind the brand. It’s import to remember that our Earth is simply on loan and we need to take care of it while it’s in our possession.
In Hawaiian, “kuleana” means a personal sense of responsibility.
Pono – To Make Right!
If you’ve been reading my posts here on Honeygirl’s World for a while, you may know that I review and test out many skin care products. But, Kuleana has a special place in my heart. The “Kuleana” or responsibility of our Hawaiian people is to perpetuate our Hawaiian culture, language and land. Kuleana Beauty takes that value and uses it to inspire their company to not only practice sustainability and support local farming but also to help create a cleaner, kinder and healthier world for all of us. In Hawaiian, we would call that “Pono”, which is defined as: righteousness or to make right.
Please be sure to head on over to the Kuleana website to get the full mission and background on how this company came about. I’m sure you will enjoy their story and love what they stand for as much as I do.
Mahalo (thank you) Kuleana Beauty for giving me the opportunity to try your products. You have a life long customer and fan and I look forward to trying all of the other skincare products you offer as well as sharing your brand and products with everyone I know.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. This is not a paid or sponsored post, however, affiliate links may be posted throughout. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
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!
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.
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.
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 atHawaiianbodyproducts.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
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.
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 is sponsored by PMD via the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to skincare products and gadgets, I’m always super duper excited to try them and share my thoughts with you. If you’ve been a long time follower of my original YouTube channel, you may have watched videos where I have raved about my first PMD device (about 8 to 10 years ago). Since it’s been a few years since I’ve used the PMD Personal Microderm, I was extremely excited to get the opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you once again. Microdermabrasion in the comforts of your own home? I say… YES! I was given the chance to try out the PMD and I can’t wait to share my results with all of you.
So, this will be a two-part sponsored post. For today, I’ll be sharing my first impressions (well sort of, since I’ve used this before) and the details on the product itself. I’ll also be sharing my before photo. In the second post, you’ll get my experience after using the product for a month.
I’ve used this particular device twice already (prior to writing this for you) so I’m excited to share my results with you in about 30 days or so.
Let’s talk about what Microdermabrasion. What is Microdermabrasion? Basically, Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells. Once the process is done, you reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. The PMD Personal Microderm is an at-home skincare tool that provides the same brilliant results as a professional, in-office treatment, but without the price tag. The PMD combines a Patented Spinning Disc technology with Perfectly Calibrated Vacuum Suction to leave the skin looking fresh and radiant. The claim is that you can see results after your 1st session and maximum results will be seen after 8-12 weekly sessions.
PMD’s patented spinning discs are embedded with aluminum oxide crystals that exfoliate the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. The calibrated vacuum suction works by increasing circulation and triggering the skin’s natural healing process, which helps to boost collagen and elastin. After the entire process of treating your skin with PMD, your skin is left feeling firmer, looking fresh and radiant and basically glowing.
Want to try PMD for yourself? Use code: PRIMP20 and get 20% off. (Excludes subscriptions and sale items) The PMD retails for $159 and the replacement heads are $20.
The Classic PMD utilizes one speed and comes with classic caps for the face and body. The treatment takes just 3 minutes to do and one treatment each week is all that is needed. I definitely recommend watching the video tutorial on how to use the device prior to using it for the first time.
Cleanse and dry your skin thoroughly
Start with the training disc (white disc). Practice on your leg or arm before using it on your face
Pull the skin tight to help the device to glide smoothly over the skin
Do not apply any pressure and do not stop or remain in one area. Move the device quickly across the skin in an upward motion.
Make sure you only do one pass per area
Following treatment, apply toner and moisturizer
Wash the cap and filter after each use.
There are different levels of discs and colors for each level so you know the intensity you are applying to your skin.
White Disc – Ultra Sensitive (training disc)
Grey Disc – Very Sensitive
Blue Disc – Sensitive
Green Disc – Moderate
Each disc will last 3-4 uses and most treatments last about three to five minutes. Everyone’s skin is different and some sensitive skin types may never need to increase their exfoliation level by moving to a different disc color. Some may have more coarse skin and may need to move to a higher disc level. Ultimately, the disc color used depends on your treatment goals and skin sensitivity overall. There are other discs available on the PMD website that can be used for Body, etc. You can check those out here.
It’s been a few years since I’ve used a PMD on my face. I stopped using it because my original device went missing. But, I’ve already started using this cute pink one now and have had two treatments. I’ve included my “before” photo below. This photo was taken prior to any treatments using this PMD unit.
As you can see from the photo above, I have uneven skin tone, discoloration in certain areas and a bit of scarring from old acne breakouts. I’m 37 years old and while I don’t have many wrinkles, my PCOS has contributed to taken a toll on my skin the last year. I’m excited to share with all of you my after photos in mid-November.
Definitely, check out PMD’s FAQs and get a look at some of the before and after photos on their website. I have been a huge fan of PMD over the years and it’s great to see that this company has continued to help many people with their skin issues. I’m excited to share my results with all of you!
Can’t wait to see my results? Want to try PMD for yourself and join in on this journey with me?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cell membrane nurturing Omega-7
5000 mcg of Biotin
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.
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
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!
Moisturizes and protects
Supports skin cell functions
Protects against visible signs of UV-induced stress
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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Over the last few years, I’ve really taken a huge look at my skin care and tried to adjust my routine and regimen to really help with the overall appearance of my skin but also to help with any preventative measures. Everyone’s skin is different and finding the right skin care to help with my needs – well, that’s always the task at hand. I have a few fine lines that I’d like to diminish and using products that target those areas is ideal. Recently I started using Bebe & Bella’s Probiotic Skin Care Line. This innovative skin care line is cutting edge, offering you overall wellness and vitality for your skin and body.
About Bebe & Bella Probiotic Skin Care
Bebe & Bella is a company created by women, for women. Bebe & Bella was started by three women, all of which happen to be family, a mother and her daughters. All three ladies brought their background in pharmaceuticals together to create Bebe & Bella and in 2013, these beautiful ladies became business partners, creating a groundbreaking probiotic skin care company.
“keep the laughter, not the lines.” – Bebe & Bella Motto
The Bebe & Bella skin care line incorporates the Japanese method of layering products for maximum results. By using this method, each topical product is applied one over the other in order to maximize all of the active ingredients within.
To achieve maximum results you want to make sure you complete your regimen in the following order: Facial Cleanser, Toner, Facial Essence and then followed by the Eye Cream and finishing with the Hydrating Night Cream. When using these products together in the order that is suggested, you can reduce your inflammation, soften your fine lines and even out skin tone while fading your age spots.
I’ve been using Bebe & Bella products over the last few weeks and immediately noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. Winter time is when my skin shows most of its problems, so when I noticed so quickly a change in how my skin was starting to look, I definitely was excited to see how it would all work together and see the changes begin to happen.
“Be balanced. Be bold. Be beautiful.”
The skin care products feel really luxurious and I love that I feel so pampered when using them. The Bebe & Bella team worked hard to develop a proprietary formula that combines innovative products and ingredients to provide maximum affects to help with anti-aging. I have noticed how quickly my skin has healed with breakouts since using these products and I’m impressed with the luminosity of my skin overall.
As I mentioned previously, BeBella incorporates Probiotic supplements to aid in your skin care. I love this concept – since I know that to get great skin, it all starts within the body, from eating healthy to drinking lots of water. With the aid of Bebella probiotic supplements, you help to boost your body’s ability to regenerate the healthy cells and help to minimize inflammation which can hinder your skins overall look and appearance. the BeBella BeClara Skin Lightening Supplements and BeBella Collagen Pro work with your topical skin care products to promote luminous skin.
Since Winter takes a beating on my skin and leaves it very dry – I LOVE that Bebe & Bella offer a Facial Essence Stick which I use through out the day and on the go to help boost hydration, while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. This is a light-weight moisturizing product that delivers ingredients like ferment filtrates and hyaluronic acid. This still feels wonderful on the skin and the perfect size to throw into my purse to use while I’m out and about. Since this product is water based, they call it an essence, not a serum.
Since I stopped using foundation a few years ago, it’s important that I keep up with my skin care to keep a youthful appearance. Looking good on the outside and feeling great on the inside are all apart of looking young and beautiful and my goal is to keep up with that. Bebe & Bella Probiotic skin care really helps to make my skin look and feel wonderful and I’m loving it. As a busy wife and mom I find myself looking tired and run down from time to time and using these products have really helped my skin look bright and luminous even if I’m a bit tired.
Bebe & Bella’s skin care secret can be found in its two patented, innovative and cutting edge anti-aging ingredients: Probiotic and Yeast Propagate Technology. While everyone’s results differs when trying products for the skin and body, this skin care helps to encourage faster cell turnover by enhancing the skin’s protective moisture barrier. By utilizing the skin-friendly yeast complex, you also fight off free radicals.
So, I know you are asking me… “Do I really like the product and does it really work?” Obviously, if I’m talking about it here, I must enjoy it and I really do like the product. As far as it working, I think I still need to use it a bit longer to give you a definitive “yes” – but, I do believe it is working its magic and I definitely have started to see a difference as I mentioned before. With continued use of these products, I am sure I’ll see results I am more than proud to share. I have used tons of different skin care products over the years both affordable and luxury, and I’m very impressed with Bebe & Bella. I love a skin care product or line that really offers you a luxurious treatment and the products from BeBella feel so nice against my skin. If you are looking for skin care that can provide you treatment from the inside out, then I think you’ll truly enjoy this luxe line. Did I mention the packaging? My gosh – I love it… perfect for display on a vanity – but definitely dainty and feminine making it pretty to look at too.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disclosure: The products featured in this post were sent for editorial consideration for Honeygirlsworld.com. This post may contain affiliate or referral links. For more details, an outline of my product review disclosures and policies, affiliate links, etc. please visit myDisclosures page.