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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fighting Blemishes and Aging at the Same Time

Teens aren’t the only ones who get acne and blemishes. Anyone can succumb to clogged pores, blackheads, and pimples. It’s not fun to be trying to fight wrinkles with anti-aging creams, but at the same time trying to get rid of a hideous little bump starting to grow on your face.  I recently found out that it is possible to get clear skin, try to combat wrinkles,  and get a youthful glow.
InstaNatural Age Defying Skin Clearing Serum

InstaNatural Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum

I love a serum for a clearer complexion that is intended for those also looking for anti-aging ingredients. Finally, there is one product to fight blemishes and fine lines. Through a promotion, I got a bottle of InstaNatural Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum. It has some powerful ingredients: vitamin C 20% with Retinol 2.5%, salicylic acid 2%, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, tea tree oil, and MSM. The serum addresses the following issues:
- Wrinkles & fine lines
- Blemishes & irritated skin
- Dry, dehydrated skin
- Uneven skin tone
- Hyperpigmentation
- Rough texture
- Dull complexion

At first, my skin felt a little tingly, but it was not unbearable. That feeling quickly went away, as my skin got used to the ingredients. Those with sensitive skin should be careful and just use a little to see how their skin reacts.  My skin is clearer, brighter, and tighter. I love the firmness that my skin feels after using it. This keeps my skin clear and the bumps that tend to collect on my nose away. The serum is not overly drying, as I would expect with salicylic acid.

bottle of InstaNatural Moroccan Rose Water Toner

Before using the serum, I applied InstaNatural Rose Water toner. The rosewater is gentle and leaves my skin refreshed. It tones my skin without harsh astringents that leave my skin dry.  Rosewater has natural calming and soothing properties. It is supposed to be good for helping sunburn and skin irritation.

InstaNatural Rose Water is made out of 100% Moroccan Rose Water. This toner can be used on the face and hair. It doesn’t contain any preservatives or artificial fragrances.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Both of the products can be purchased on

InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream Review

Stretch marks and scars plague many people. Some people wear stretch marks like a badge of honor, while most people are self-conscious of them, preferring to keep them covered with clothing. I’ve tried several oils and creams promising to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks and haven’t seen much in the way of results. I’ve been using InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream and was both curious and hopeful about the potential results.
InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream 5oz bottle

I’ve been skeptical that creams or oils can make scars or stretch marks disappear. I think some may help decrease their appearance. Using cream or oil may particularly help fresh scars or scars that are more toward the upper layer of skin, rather than ones that go to deeper layers. Pregnant women may find it helps to rub the cream on their growing belly to make their skin suppler to prevent stretch marks.

About InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream

InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream is supposed to diminish the appearance of scar and stretch marks. It is also supposed to prevent new ones from forming. It is made of 25% natural oils. The cream delivers nourishment and hydration to skin to improve elasticity.

This does seem to be a quality product with some great ingredients, like vitamin C, cocoa butter, rosehip oil, mango butter, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil. I’m in love with the scent, and have found that it moisturizes quite well. It is greasy feeling at first, but it does absorb well and the greasy feeling does not linger long.
InstaNatural stretch mark and scar cream

To use the cream: apply it to clean, dry skin and massage the cream in a circular motion. Apply it to targeted areas with stretch marks or scars or to areas that are prone to developing stretch marks. Massaging the area can increase circulation and using the cream can increase skin’s moisture and elasticity. For better results, exfoliate skin two to three times per week to help shed the old skin cells.

I’ve been using the cream for about four weeks. It is recommended by InstaNatural to use the product twice a day, consistently. I’ll admit that I have not necessarily applied it twice each day. As far as its performance for reducing the appearance of scars or stretch marks, I haven’t made any conclusions.  My skin is softer and smoother. The company does advise that it may take two months of regular use to see results. I’ll keep using the product and see what happens. It is important to note that regular and continued use of the product is recommended.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream Review

I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for a great face cream. One of my new favs is Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream. This facial moisturizer is rich and creamy. The best part, aside from the classy-looking glass jar and luxurious feel, is the fact that this cream provides excellent hydration and makes my skin feel firmer.
Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream

The cream is supposed to prevent the formation of new wrinkles and fine lines, as well as reduce existing wrinkles. It contains almond oil, Dead Sea minerals, seaweed, aloe vera, vitamin A, silicon, and other ingredients.
Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream

After using the cream for about a month, here is what I found:
  • Not oily or greasy
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Makes my skin feel firmer and smoother right away
  •  I saw less pronounced lines across my forehead.
 I’ve used it both in the morning and at night. I like it best as a night cream. I wake up with firmer, smoother skin that looks fresh and ready to start the day. When used in the morning I find that it’s thicker consistency makes it harder to blend my foundation in. After using the cream, primer, foundation, and concealer, there is a heavy feeling on my face and the makeup under my eyes gets clumpy. The Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream is great for days that I don’t wear makeup, but I do really like it for using just before bed.

Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream is available from

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

InstaNatural Vitamin C Toner Spray Review

I love facial mists and sprays because they are so refreshing. I recently became hooked on InstaNatural Vitamin C Toner Spray. I’ve reviewed other InstaNatural products, and I’ve been impressed with all of their products that I have used. InstaNatural uses quality ingredients and has excellent customer service.


The Vitamin C Facial Toner Spray renews, hydrates, and restores. It contains witch hazel as an astringent with vitamin C to tighten pores and refresh skin.  It also has aloe vera, MSM, along with other ingredients. It is supposed to penetrate pores and help skin better absorb serums and moisturizers. The toner comes in a bottle, which sprays a light mist.  It has a refreshing grapefruit-like scent.

I absolutely love the spray bottle that it comes in. It feels refreshing, and after using it my skin feels great. It has been a boost to my complexion and kept the oiliness away. The toner seems to be gentle and non-drying. I spray it three or four times, and it drys quickly. I like using it to tone my face after washing, and sometimes I  also like to use it after applying my make up for a more natural looking, dewy appearance.

InstaNatural Vitamin C Facial Toner spray is available from

Check out my review of InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Adovia Natural Sulfur Soap Review

My son has recently entered the awkward teenage stage and is getting oily, acne-prone skin. We’ve been at odds in our house over soap. He doesn’t like the soap my husband and I use, so it’s time for separate soap supplies. I can definitely say his skin has different needs from mine. When I had the opportunity to review Adovia’s Natural Sulfur Soap, through a Tomoson promotion, I was pretty happy.

box for Adovia Natural Sulfur Soap

The Natural Sulfur Soap can be used on both the face and body. This is great for people, like my son, who are not fond of separate products and taking extra steps. He likes to use the minimum amount of products and get finished in that shower as quickly as possible.


Adovia Natural Sulfur Soap is enriched with minerals and sulfur from the Dead Sea. It has a 3% sulfur content. Sulfur can be a good treatment for mild acne. Sulfur acts as a keratolytic, which helps the outer layer of skin to shed and helps unclog pores. Sulfur also has some antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.

This Natural Sulfur Soap also contains olive oil and aloe vera extract. It removes dirt and oil, unclogging pores. It is non-irritating, but it can make skin dry. This soap isn’t recommend for dry or sensitive skin, and is intended for oily and acne prone skin.

The Results

Before getting the soap, I thought the scent might be unpleasant. It turns out that there is only a subtle sulfur smell. The soap works quite well to control oiliness. The acne on my son’s face has decreased, and overall he is happy with the soap.
bar of Adovia Natural Sulfur Soap

Adovia recommends starting to use the sap slowly to allow your skin to adjust to the sulfur. Adovia Natural Sulfur Soap is available from


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Friday, September 26, 2014

eSalon Hair Color Review

I’ve used lots at-home hair color. My passion for using hair color started because I crave variety and love to try new and exciting looks. Then I evolved into to trying to hide my gray hairs, striving to retain my youth for as long as possible. The gray hair has brought a challenge to using hair color, though, because most that claim to provide gray coverage seem to only cover it for a short time, and then the color quickly fades away after shampooing.

I’d love to go to a salon each time I color, but my budget just doesn’t allow that. About a month ago, I had the opportunity to try eSalon hair color for free, through BzzAgent. I’d heard about eSalon, but wondered if it was really any better than the color that comes in the boxes at the drugstore. Most importantly, to me, would it give gray hair long-lasting color?

The Process

When ordering hair color from eSalon, first you must make a profile by answering some questions about your hair, color, and uploading a current photo. The hardest part, for me, was trying to choose what hair color I wanted to have from the options they gave.  The eSalon colorists customize each order for each client by reviewing the profile and photo. Each order comes with the custom blended hair color, developer, and personalized instructions. It also comes with packets of shampoo, conditioner, stain guard, stain remover, and disposable gloves.

eSalon package I got in mail

Coloring with eSalon

My package from eSalon arrived, and I opened it to find the goodies. I really like the way it comes packaged. The personalization, with my name on it, makes me feel special. In my kit from eSalon, I received two different bottles of color: one for applying to my roots and one for the ends of my hair. They each came with corresponding bottles of developer.

I was happy with the results. My hair turned out soft and shiny. The color was rich and even.
I will note that it does take time and patience applying the color. Follow the directions, sectioning the hair with clips, and make sure you take time to put color on all the hair. The two different colors, that I needed to use, made the process take longer than normal, but it was well worth it. Since the ends of my hair were lighter than my roots, the two applications helped the different colors of my hair blend better, for a more uniform color that looks great. The extra time spent is well worth it. If I were using boxed dye from the store, it is unlikely that I would ever think of buying two boxes of different shades. If I did, I would have no idea how to match two colors to get my hair to turn out even.
my hair after eSalon hair color

eSalon and gray coverage

After being disappointed several times with hair color seemingly to wash off the gray hair just days after coloring, long-lasting color is important to me. How did eSalon hold up? I have to say it’s the best color that I’ve used! As I write this, it has been about four weeks since I colored and the only gray showing is a bit of fresh growth peeping through. The color has lasted very well. This alone has me hooked.

Other eSalon products

eSalon carries a line of other products to keep hair color looking fresh and tools to get the coloring job done. They sell several items to make coloring easier: hair clips, mixing bowls, coloring brushes, and other tools. They also have shampoo, conditioner, and other treatments to help the color last longer.

The Heart Lock it Color Safe Shampoo gently cleans color-treated hair. It is sulfate-free and protects color treated hair. It leaves my hair soft, but my oily scalp doesn’t know what to make of it.

eSalon’s Love Unconditionally Color Safe Conditioner gives color treated hair moisture and shine. It, too, is sulfate-free. It nourishes hair and helps to prevent hair from getting damage or breaking from chemical treatments. It does a good job moisturizing my hair, giving it shine and silkiness. However, after using the eSalon’s color-safe shampoo, my hair doesn’t feel like it needs conditioning or anything on it that could weigh it down or cause it to feel oily.

The Tinted Love Color enhancing treatment has been great for keeping my hair color fresh and has given it an extra boost.

Overall, I’m pleased with the results that I got from eSalon.  The color is custom blended, and I think it turns out better than boxed hair color with a one-size-fits-all approach. So, check it out.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Red Rover Naturals Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil Review

There are many good reasons to have tea tree oil on hand in your home, since it has so many uses. It has been used for centuries for its medicinal, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. As far as skin and hair care is concerned, it’s great for dandruff control, scalp acne, and as a lice treatment. My latest discovery is Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil from Red Rover Naturals.
4 oz bottle of Red Rover Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the melaleuca alternifolia plant, which is native to Australia. It is an essential oil that can be used alone or as an ingredient in shampoos, soaps, and creams. 

About Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

This brand of tea tree oil is 100% pure Australian tea tree oil. It comes in a large, 4oz bottle, which I love because tea tree oil has so many uses and with the bigger size I don’t have to worry about running out so fast.

The company also provides a free guide, which comes as a downloadable e-book with recipes for using the oil. I love this because, although I’ve known that tea tree oil has lots of uses, this book is pretty handy.


Uses for tea tree oil are many. I’ve found that it makes a good scalp treatment to combat oiliness, acne, and dandruff on the scalp. Tea tree oil cleanses and disinfects the skin, helping to get rid of bacteria and keep pores clear. To use tea tree oil for dandruff or scalp acne you can apply it as a scalp treatment. Massage a few drops directly to the scalp, before shampooing. The oil can be used full strength or diluted with oil, like jojoba or coconut oil. Let it sit on you scalp for 10-15 minutes, then wash. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo or buy shampoo that contains tea tree oil.

It also can be used to treat acne on the face and to treat fungal infections, plus so many more uses that I have not tried, yet. I’ve read that it can be an effective lice treatment, as an alternative to chemical laden commercial lice shampoos.

Buy Red Rover Naturals Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil from  They even have a 110% money back guarantee, if you aren’t satisfied.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Adovia Facial Moisturizing Day Cream Review

I use facial moisturizer each morning and night as part of my daily skincare routine. Lately I’ve been using a rich and creamy facial moisturizer made by Adovia Mineral Skin Care.  Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream is infused with Dead Sea minerals, aloe vera, and natural oils to moisturize skin and help it retain natural moisture. It is dermatologist tested and approved, and is not supposed to clog pores.

Adovia facial moisturizer

Although Adovia facial moisturizer is thick and rich, it isn’t greasy and my skin seems to soak it in quickly. I really like its firming action and long-lasting moisture. My skin feels firmer and softer after using it. Since it is so thick, my makeup had a harder time going on smooth and evenly, if I used the moisturizer right before putting on makeup. I learned to wait a while before trying to put makeup on.
1oz jar of Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream

I did get complimented on how good my complexion looked, while using this moisturizer, which felt great to know that apparently others noticed. Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream is available through It comes in a glass jar, giving it a luxurious look and feel.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Adovia Cleopatra's Choice Brand Shea Butter Review

I love natural skincare products with simple ingredients. Unrefined Shea Butter is one natural moisturizer that I really like. I’ve tried several skincare products from Adovia and recently used their Shea Butter. This Cleopatra’s Choice brand Shea butter from Adovia is pure, raw, and unrefined. It is good used by itself or it can be mixed into recipes for DIY skincare. Some people even use it as a hair conditioner.
1 ounce tub of Adovia Cleopatra's Choice Shea Butter pure unrefined

It comes in a handy tub, which keeps it fresh. I got the one pound tub of Shea butter, and it is great!   The one pound tub is perfect for me and will last me a while. This pure raw Shea Butter is unrefined and uses the highest quality Shea nuts. It’s 100% organic. Shea butter contains many nutrients, like vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin F, and essential fatty acids. It has many uses, including uses on skin and hair. Relieves dry skin, psoriasis dryness, eczema, and helps to lessen the appearance of stretch marks.

Before trying this product, I had never used straight Shea butter, although I’ve used many lotions and body butters that include it as an ingredient. I’ve really come to appreciate Shea butter after this experience. It’s wonderful! I love it because it provides deep, long-lasting moisturizing. I used it on my body, my dry especially loved it. It is gentle and many skin types can benefit. I can’t wait to use it this winter, when my skin suffers from the cold temperatures.

To use the pure Shea butter as a body cream: get a small amount in your hand and rub it back and forth to soften it. You don’t need much. After it heats up in your hands it is easy to massage in wherever you want to apply it. At first it feels somewhat oily, but it absorbs in a few minutes and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Cleopatra’s Choice brand Pure Shea Butter from Adovia Mineral Skin Care is available at

Check out these recipes for Shea Butter from Little House Living.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream Review

Since I have battled darkness and puffiness around my eyes for most of my life, I appreciate anything that helps my eye area look its best. I recently had the opportunity to review an eye cream by Body Merry, so for the past few weeks I’ve been putting it to the test.

Body Merry eye cream

 About Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream

Body Merry  uses natural ingredients and avoids harsh chemicals. So, their eye cream does not contain any parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. It is also cruelty-free.
The eye cream claims to be a comprehensive solution for dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness, fine lines, crow’s feet, and dryness. It is gentle, having been designed with the delicate eye area in mind.

It is full of beneficial ingredients, which include: vitamins C and E, vitamin B5, peptide complex, amino acid emulsification, hyaluronic acid, retinol, aloe, cucumber, green tea, lavender, calendula, chamomile, witch hazel, glycolic acid, MSM, cocoa butter, bearberry, blueberry, Oregon grape, eyebright, coenzyme Q10, lemon grass, apple, sugarcane, and several plant-based oils.

My Thoughts

The first thing that I noticed about Body Merry eye cream is that it smells great. I fell in love with the sweet scent, which I really can’t describe exactly what it smells like, but it reminds me of something from my childhood.

To use the product, you are supposed to dab a small amount gently around the eyes. Inevitably I keep being a bit heavy handed when I use the pump, and I end up getting a generous amount, which is more than enough for my eye area so I usually end up applying it to my whole face because I have extra.

Does it help my eyes appear less dark or puffy? I’ve been using the product for a month, hoping to see some results after accumulated use. Honestly, I haven’t seen any difference in the dark circles under my eyes. This is a good moisturizer and does help keep my skin hydrated. It does feel good on my skin, making it smoother and giving it a little more firmness. It did help to subtly minimize some puffiness.

Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream is available through Amazon and comes with a 90 day guarantee.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum Review

It’s been a busy summer in my household with kids out of school, travel, home improvement projects, and enjoying the good weather outside. Throughout the busyness, skin shouldn’t get neglected. Vitamin C serum is one great way to boost skin that may have felt the effects of the elements and to protect skin from the premature aging caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Azure Naturals produces a quality vitamin C serum.
Azure Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum increases cellular renewal by increasing collagen and elastin production. It contains antioxidants to combat the damaging effects of free radicals. This Ultimate Vitamin C serum is professional strength and is supposed to fade skin discolorations and reduce lines and wrinkles. The serum is 98% natural and 72% organic. It does not contain any alcohol, parabens, or GMOs. It is also cruelty free and gluten free.  Among its ingredients, are 20% vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, ferulic acid, aloe, and jojoba oil.

Over the past few weeks that I’ve been using vitamin C serum, I’ve noticed a clearer complexion, and I feel like my skin has a radiance that it did not have before. The serum does make skin softer and improve the texture.It also absorbs quickly and doesn't feel greasy.

For optimum results the serum should be used daily. It can be used twice a day, but if someone wants to only use it once a day, the experts at Azure Naturals advise to use it in the morning. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t notice immediate results with the serum because it can take about a month of consistent use to see results.

Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum is available from It comes backed by a 365 day money back guarantee.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

I’m always on the lookout for new beauty products, especially ones that will help my skin look better and ones that contain anti-aging ingredients.  This year I started using facial serums, and recently got to use Foxbrim’s Vitamin C serum. Shortly after using the vitamin C serum, I was given Foxbrim’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum to try.
Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Hyaluronic acid helps skin retain moisture, keeping it plumper and more supple. This can help decrease the appearance of fine lines and improve skin texture.  I first became acquainted with hyaluronic acid a couple of years ago when it was a main ingredient in some night cream that I bought.

The serum is good if you’re battling dull, dry skin because it moisturizes, softens, and brightens skin.

My Opinion

This hyaluronic acid serum from Foxbrim is lightweight and gentle. My skin feels smoother and I like how my complexion looks. My skin feels refreshed and firmer, after using the serum daily for the past three weeks.

It has a gel-like consistency, making it easy to apply. There are no drips, and the serum absorbs quickly. There’s nothing oily or greasy feeling about it, after it dries there’s nothing of it lingering on the skin, allowing it to go well under makeup.

About Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The serum contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, MSM, jojoba oil and green tea. There are no parabens and it is not tested on animals.

To use the serum apply it to freshly washed skin that has been patted dry.  Apply a small amount to your entire face, neck and décolleté. Allow to dry, which doesn’t take long. 

Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid serum is available from Foxbrim also has a “risk free money back guarantee.”

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts Review

Regular exfoliating is an integral part of my skincare routine. The best exfoliator for the face is one that removes dead skin and helps keep pores clear, without being too abrasive and drying for your skin.  One of my new favorite exfoliators is Dead Sea salt scrub. I love trying new products, so I was trilled to have the opportunity to use Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts, which was given to me through a promotion. Adovia has many quality beauty products.
jar of Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts

Salt scrubs can often be abrasive and drying, but Adovia’s facial salts are not like any regular salt. Their Exfoliating Facial Salts are unique because the exfoliating crystals contain Dead Sea salt. Salt from the Dead Sea has a high mineral content and these minerals good for skin.  The scrub has a fine grain and is fine-grained. My skin didn’t feel any irritation.

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, preventing skin from getting clogged. The scrub also stimulates circulation. After using the scrub skin feels refreshed and has a nice, healthy-looking glow.  I’ve seen a smoother and softer complexion, since using this exfoliator.  It isn’t drying or irritating, as one would think salt would be.
Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts

To use the scrub moisten your face and fingers and get some of the scrub on your fingertips and massage your face gently with the scrub, then rinse off. I also tried using the scrub by squirting a bit of face wash gel in my hand and mixing in some of the scrub in. This mixture worked pretty well, and I didn’t have salt crystals falling off my face while I was scrubbing. Don’t use the scrub if you have any cuts or open wounds.

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts are available from Each 12.3 oz. jar is supposed to contain a two month supply, but I think it will last me longer.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Foxbrim Vitamin C Serum Review

I am a fan of vitamin C serum because it makes my skin feel and look good. For the past month I’ve been using Foxbrim Vitamin C serum. Through a promotion I got the opportunity to try this serum from Foxbrim for free.
bottle of Foxbrim vitamin C serum

I like to use Vitamin C because it has been shown to combat the visible signs of photoaging and boost collagen production. According to one study, "…vitamin C results in clinically visible and statistically significant improvement in wrinkling when used topically for 12 weeks. This clinical improvement correlates with biopsy evidence of new collagen formation.”

About Foxbrim Vitamin C

Foxbrim Vitamin C Serum with Amino Complex + Hyaluronic Acid is supposed to work to reduce and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It also soothes and hydrates under-nourished skin, and claims to help you achieve a “youthful glow.” It is not oily and feels light on the skin, absorbing and drying quickly. There is no stickiness or residue left on skin.
Dropper of Foxbrim vitamin C serum

Although there is no secret fountain of youth that will prevent the visible signs of aging, I am happy with how my skin looks after using vitamin C serum for a few weeks. My skin is clearer and feels good. It helps to resolve a dull-looking complexion and gives my skin a nice pick-me-up. There is a slightly firmer feel to my skin, and the creases in my forehead are a little bit less noticeable. I must say, though, that results are not necessarily instantaneous. It does take regular use over a period of several weeks to see results. Foxbrim serums are available on

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fulcrum Gallery Art Review

What does artwork have to do with looking good or feeling good?  A person’s surroundings have an impact on emotions, productivity, and creativity. Art can set moods, evoke emotions, inspire, and motivate.  Feeling good and being happy are essential to looking good. To quote Christian Dior, “Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.”
Monet Garden III by Bob Pettes

Clutter, noise, and chaos all can contribute to stress. By contrast, creating an environment that is simple and relaxing can help take stress away.  Stress not only weigh’s heavily on relationships, health, and emotions, but stress can show itself in your appearance. Your face can display creases, other signs of premature aging, and a poor complexion. Your hair can even suffer from stress, with thinning and possible hair loss.

It feels good to create an environment to decrease stress and that helps create a happy atmosphere. Artwork can help to create the preferred environment. Choosing appropriate artwork for your home can really help to create a comforting environment.

Last year I painted my living room, and since then I have been lax about putting any pictures back on the wall. I ordered an art print from The Fulcrum Gallery, who (in the interest of disclosure) offered me a free piece of art in return for my review.  The Fulcrum Gallery has a huge selection of art prints and posters to suit many tastes and purposes. All of their "Fine-art" prints are printed on archival acid free paper, using either the lithographic or serigraphic process.
picture on my wall Monet Garden III by Bob Pettes

The hardest part of making a selection was finding a picture my husband and I agreed on. I really like the serene landscapes that appear in Impressionist Art. After a lengthy discussion with my family, I chose a beautiful piece called "Monet Garden III" by Bob Pettes. This 19 x 15 print features a pond laden with lily pads and a bridge, in the style of Claude Monet. It has a beautiful yellowish-orange sky that compliments my butter-yellow wall.  I ordered it with an attractive frame.  The frame is lightweight, and turned out to not be as heavy as I thought it would be.
Corner Frame View of Monet Garden III from Fulcrum Gallery
A close-up view of the frame. 

I’ve found The Fulcrum Gallery to have great service. On their website, they even say “if you need help picking out a frame, feel free to call us!” The price of artwork can run quite high. I compared Fulcrum Gallery’s prices to other online stores with similar art prints, and they are reasonably priced. Plus Fulcrum Gallery has frequent sales.

My order arrived well packed and in a timely manner.  It even came with a hanger, so there was no need for me to go out to buy a picture hanger. I like the picture that hangs on my wall. It is peaceful and lends an air of sophistication to the room.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Day By Day Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

During the day I try to avoid anything that will add oil to my skin, especially in the hotter summer weather. So products that hydrate and moisturize my skin without oiliness are awesome. At night I use creams or beauty oils for their anti aging benefits. As I've gotten older, I've really grown to value products that have ingredients with  anti-aging properties. So, when I had the opportunity to apply for a hyaluronic acid serum promotion with Tomoson , I jumped at the chance. I’m grateful to have been able to try Day By Day Beauty’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum because this great serum is a wonderful addition to my beauty routine.

About Day By Day Hyaluronic Acid Serum

This great serum from Day by Day Beauty contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. It moisturizes skin and is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also supposed to increase collagen production. Its ingredients are 98% natural and 72% organic, and it doesn’t contain any alcohol or parabens.  It is also cruelty-free. It is made in the USA and is FDA approved.

bottle of day by day beauty hyaluronic acid serumThe bottle comes with a pump, that despenses a generous amount - plenty to apply to the face, neck and décolletage. The hyaluronic acid comes out with a gel-like consistency which is easy to apply.

What Do I Think?

I’ve been using it for about a month, and so far am pleased with the results. My skin feels good and smooth, with a nice glow. The light gel feels refreshing after I put it on. I do like how it feels on my skin. My skin feels tighter and firmer. My complexion has really benefitted. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated without any heavy, oily feeling.

There has been a slight reduction in the appearance of fine lines. I suspect that results appear over time and are dependent on consistent use.

I experienced great customer service form Day by Day. They’ve sent follow up emails with instructions for using the product and after I’d had the product a couple of weeks to make sure I was enjoying the product.  I even got a card enclosed with information to download a complimentary e-book with information about vitamin C serum and hyaluronic acid serum usage, instructions, information about acne, and healthy skin habits to achieve beautiful skin.

The serum is available on It comes with the “Pamela’s Promise” guarantee: try it risk-free because “Results or your money back.”
Find out more by watching this video from Day by Day Beauty:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

UNi Argan Oil Review

I’ve tried many oils for skincare and hair care, and I think I like argan oil the best, with coconut oil coming in second. I like argan oil because it is light and absorbs quickly. Heavy oils feel greasy and give skin and hair an oil slick. There’s nothing worse than having clean hair and trying hair oil that only makes you go around with the appearance of having not washed your hair for over a week. 
bottle of UNi Argan Oil

Organic Argan Oil

Through Tomoson, I was given UNi Argan Oil to try and review.

UNi Argan Oil is 100% pure organic argan oil, which is cold pressed and never roasted. It is USDA and ECOCERT certified, confirming its high purity and authenticity.

I like products that are organic because I can feel assured there are no added ingredients that could have potentially negative effects. I like to avoid phthalates, parabens, and other undesirable or irritating ingredients.
UNi Argan Oil dropper

Uses for Argan Oil

Argan oil is a jack-of-all trades when it comes to beauty uses. Use it to hydrate dry, damaged hair and tame fizziness. Use it to moisturize skin and cuticles.  Argan oil has a wealth of essential fatty acids, like Omega 3, 6, and 9, and is full of antioxidants, including vitamin E to nourish skin, hair and nails. It is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin.

I’ve tried this oil for just about everything: all over body moisturizing, softening my feet, on my hair, o my face for nighttime moisturizing, and on my nails and cuticles. If you’ve never used argan oil, start with a tiny bit and then add more as needed.  I only tried a couple of drops and it was enough to tame my frizzy, split-ends and give my hair healthy shine. 

About Uni

Uni Argan Oil has no detectable odor, at least that I could tell. It comes with a great dropper that helps you get the right amount.

Each bottle comes with the manufacture date on the bottle and has a shelf-life of 36 months. UNi Argan Oil is available from

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Adovia Eye Cream Review

They say eyes are a window to the soul. If that’s true, what would my eyes say? Tired? Weary? Dark, puffy eyes aren’t necessarily good attributes. Adovia Mineral Skin Care’s answer to get rid of puffy eyes is Dead Sea minerals.
Adovia Mineral Eye Gel, Adovia Eye Cream

Adovia eye cream is unique because it infuses Dead Sea minerals with antioxidants and vitamins into a gel made for the delicate eye area. This luxurious gel is specially designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles, as well as decrease the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes. It contains Dead Sea salt and minerals with vitamin C and vitamin A retinol.

When used in the morning it refreshes eyes and helps them look ready for the day. At night it keeps skin hydrated, and its ingredients nourish skin.

It is moisturizing and decreases fine lines and is pretty efficient at reducing puffiness. I have quite a lot of purple under-eye discoloration, and I did get some improvement for the darkness. This light gel absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. It also seems to have no scent.

Although it priced higher than I would normally pay for a small jar of skin care product, a little goes a long way. You only need to dab a tiny dot on your eye area. So the jar does last a while. I’ve been using it for about a month, and I haven’t even used up half of the jar. Adovia eye cream is sold in multiple online stores, including

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Lotion Review

I learned about Coppertone Clearly Sheer sunscreens from BzzAgent. BzzAgent sent me some of this new sunscreen from Coppertone, and I was thrilled.
Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Lotion put to the test on my arm

Sunscreen should be a skincare staple, especially during the summer. It protects skin from UV rays and protects skin from photo-aging or premature aging from sun damage. Sunscreen should be used every day, particularly during the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., because sun damage can occur when you are least expecting it, even while driving or casually walking around.

Apply it 15 minutes before going outside. Many people don’t use enough sunscreen — use a shot-glass size amount for your body and a full teaspoon for your face. Reapply every two hours.  Also avoid using expired sunscreen.

Clearly Sheer sunscreen is lightweight, goes on smoothly and dries matte. It doesn’t take long for it to absorb, and I don’t even know it’s there. I hate oily feeling sunscreen. It’s really annoying to be at the beach and have sand grains stick to my sunscreen slicked skin. Clearly Sheer is also not supposed to clog pores or cause breakouts. It even has a nice, fresh scent.

I put Clearly Sheer to the test by attending a baseball game. I attended a baseball game at the same time last year, sitting out in the afternoon sun for about three hours. Last year I got terribly sunburned. The redness on my shoulders and arms lasted several weeks.

This year I used Coppertone Clearly Sheer  For Sunny Days lotion in SPF 30. This year I went to the same team’s game at the same time as last year.  The weather conditions were pretty similar to last year with the sun shining. No burn! I’m sold — the product protects my skin, and it feels light and dry after applying.  Not only did I not get burned, but my hometown team won this time.

Coppertone Clearly Sheer is available in a lotion form and spray-on. There is also an SPF 50 water resistant formula. They even have Clearly Sheer formulas for faces.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel Review

I’ve battled dark circles and puffy eyes for a long time. So when I found out that one of my favorite skincare companies had an eye gel I was pretty happy. I’ve been using InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel for about four weeks and am pleased.
InstaNatural Eye Gel

I’ve spent much of my adult like working shift work, plus I’m a busy mother and freelancer. I have struggled through many days without having gotten much sleep. My eyes certainly show it with dark circles and puffiness, for which I’ve sought a solution for years. I’ve tried many eye products that promise to reduce puffy eyes and have tried several home remedies. Some have worked, but lots of the solutions that I’ve tried have led to disappointment.

When I got this under eye treatment gel for dark circles and puffy eyes to try, I wondered if it would perform. I’ve tried several InstaNatural products, and I’ve not been disappointed, yet, because they make some great quality products.

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel Product Information
•    Comes in 1.7 oz. size
•    It is made with plant stem cells, hyaluronic acid, Matrixyl 3000, cucumber, peptide complex, aloe, MSM, and more. This eye cream for dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and bags is 100% natural and 75% organic. It contains no parabens, no sulfates, and no alcohol.
•     It is supposed to: Increase elasticity, firm and plump the skin around the eyes, as well as improve tone and texture. It also is supposed to hydrate the delicate eye area to prevent premature aging. Last but not least, one of its primary goals is to diminish the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and saggy eyes
InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel
 The eye gel feels cool and refreshing, as it goes on. It makes my skin feel tighter, not uncomfortably tight but just enough that I can feel it’s working. It absorbs quickly, plus it has a fresh cucumber scent. I look refreshed and less tired. I don’t only use it around my eyes, but also on my forehead and my jowls, where a little sag is starting.

Allow it to absorb and dry several minutes, then you can put makeup on over it. Makeup goes easily on top of the gel, as long as you give it sufficient time to absorb. If I don’t wait long enough, I have noticed makeup around my eyes turns out blotchy and I have a hard time blending it in.

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel is sold on, with a 100-day hassle-free money back guarantee.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.