Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: Adovia Exfoliating Body Scrub with Dead Sea Salt and Natural Oils

This review was made possible by BrandBacker and GoPureNaturals

Designed and created by Erin Keyan who is a Mother like myself, discovered that in most products, contain toxins and dangerous chemical ingredients.
She then formulated goPure Naturals with the goal of developing products that women such as myself could be proud of and based on that concept who could ask for more?
First when you receive this tub you instantly think of Summer. Warm beaches, crashing waves and that smell of sea salt in the air.
When I first opened this tub the smell was incredibly fragrant and feminine with the right amount of Summer incorporated into it.
This Dead Sea Salt Scrub is made from Fine Grain Dead Sea Salt and deep moisturizing oils that make your skin feel deeply soft and supple.
Does it ever! I applied this scrub to my knees, legs and elbows first as they are the roughest parts and instantly my whole shower was filled with fragrant Ocean Breeze which made me just bit the bullet and apply it all over. 
You massage this in and feel a slight tingle so you know those granules are doing the work, you then rinse and feel the smoothest skin I have ever felt from a scrub ever and without it being greasy.
I do warn you since this is filled with all natural oils make sure you turn your jar over before you use this as the oil can drip or leak from the jar.

Other than that I promise the experience you will have with the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub will be nothing short of a luxurious spa experience with the Summer beach flair!! Your body will feel pampered, fragrant and sexy!

I was sent this product for FREE by BrandBacker in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Review and Giveaway:Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask

What is Ghassoul Clay? How does it work?

A truly exquisite spa quality clay from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas Mountains in Morocco. This mineral rich clay blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin a smooth and delightful experience. This clay has been used for over 1400 years as a soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner, and the finest spas across the world currently utilize it for its therapeutic benefits.
This clay is quarry mined from deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco. It is sun dried and untreated. When first mined, Rhassoul clay appears as a polished brown, soap-like clay, which is chunky in appearance and resembling rocks. After further refinement and micronization, the end product is a smooth almost silken earth.

At first when I received this clay I really had no idea what I would be able to do with it. I was fortunate enough to be sent specific instructions on how this clay could be utilized.

1. As a Facial Mask: This is how I chose to use mine and it was relatively simple: Mix one tablespoon of the clay powder with 5 tablespoons of water, mix in a bowl until you get the consistency of cookie dough, then apply using your fingers or a spatula.

2. Deep cleansing Shampoo:Mix equal parts clay powder with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as normal and rinse.

3. Hair Mask: Mix ingredients as in the facial mask, rub gently into scalp and hair and leave in for 5-10 minutes. Shampoo with your favorite shampoo and rinse.

4. Full Body: Approximately 3/4 of the jar. 

This clay has absolutely no odor and I absolutely loved the texture and how it felt on my skin. ( you only need a very thin layer) It is also economical as the above recipe will get you a lot of product to use time and time again. I even added some Tea Tree Oil to help with acne.
You also do not need to leave this type of mask on till it hardens as it becomes harder to remove. Also be warned that skin may occasionally will be reddish for 15-30 minutes after use, but this is due to the Ghassoul having thoroughly detoxifying your skin.

Upon using this mask I have found my skin to become clear and feel pampered like I had been to a spa.

Basically this is a Spa treatment at home and a very enjoyable one.

Disclaimer: I was sent this mask for free through BrandBacker in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

REVIEW:Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum

I was given the opportunity to try out the new Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum Advanced Relief for free in exchange for my review the following is my experience with using this product for one full week.

First thing you notice about this lotion is it's consistency which is unlike a lotion and more like a creamy gel. It sinks easily into the skin but without greasiness or a film. Kind of like the serums you would use on your face. I noticed right away by touching my hand it felt softer and nourished but with almost a feel like you just applied a primer.

The uses after that were strictly on my legs as they tend to be the driest area of my body especially when the warmer months come, I experience a patchy area above my ankle that itches and becomes very flaky and raw. When I applied the Vaseline® Intensive CareTM Healing Serum  on my legs i could feel instantly a calming to that area in particular with no stinging or burning just a feel of enveloped moisturizing. As i continued use on my legs with nothing else I could see and feel the difference. My legs began to feel softer, smoother and more toned than I had seen them before. The area above my ankle became less and less irritating and more like my normal skin again.

Let's talk about the fragrance for a moment...I have spent so much money over the years buying the more expensive brands of lotions and potions at retail prices just to find a wonderfully feminine and floral (without being overbearing) scent in this tube which is only a fraction of the price of those more expensive "Body" lotions and has way more benefits.

All in all I really enjoyed using this product and noticing the difference in my skin as a result. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The DMA Experience Finding that right Summer activity for the Pre-Teen

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I think i would go with the latter.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Exposed: 60 Days to Clearer Skin/ Halfway Point

You know when you get to a certain age you feel like you should stop breaking out?? Yeah, me too.

I'm 44 and guess what?? It's still happening on occasion. 

But let's rewind about 20 yrs (oh if only), Well humor me for a bit......

So, I am about 24 and seem to allow all the daily stresses of life walk right across my face and that is when you try everything under the sun to get rid of pimples. Aside from the obvious lines that promise to do it all and end up exacerbating the problem i.e. Clearasil (cleared any trace of it looking like normal skin) Clean and Clear (I was not really "clear" on what it was cleaning but it smelled nice) Oxy (short for oxidizing your face). and countless others I tried and would just be a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

Oh, and how about the "quick" fixes???

"Dab a little toothpaste on your blemish, and it will clear it up"
The only thing that ever accomplished was making my face minty smelling and burning the outer layer of the skin where the blemish was but it was not taking care of it as the process worsened.  Flash now to my 30's and Proactiv came into the picture and it was good for a while but like anything else, my skin became immune to it and i wasn't so sure those granular cleansers were the answer either. (Haven't they always told you not to use scrubs when you had breakouts that it would only spread the problem??) It has been a lifetime and ever so frustrating to find that one system that will not only help clear up my blemishes and acne but take care of the skin underneath and prevent more from showing up or at least less frequently.

My answer, finally showed up in the form of a new system by a company called 
Exposed Skin Care. I found through Brandbacker. I was excited when i read the overview and saw this was a system that promised not only to target all four causes of acne by unclogging pores. killing acne bacteria, reducing redness and prevent those scars from marking up your face well I was sold on the idea.

 Developed by a collaborative effort of dermatologists, cosmetologists, naturopaths, and chemists, Exposed Skin Care is the only product line of its kind. This combination of skin care professionals working together for the first time resulted in a unique and revolutionary skin care approach that not only treats the acne, but also proactively prevents new acne from forming. With the synergy of clinical strength actives and calming spa quality natural ingredients, Exposed combines the acne eliminating strength of Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid, with the soothing properties of Green Tea, Licorice Root, and Passion Flower.

I gave this system a try for a little shy of 4 weeks now and I cannot believe the results from it. First you get a cleanser which is a simple gel and smells really fresh and clean, it lathers a little bit but does not dry out your face at all.
Second step is the tonic which you can use with the provided towel to wipe away any of the leftover residue the cleanser might not have picked up.

The last 2 steps are preventative and also used for when you have that blemish that does not go away as you will see demonstrated in my before pictures.
I would apply the Acne treatment to the blemish about twice a day and also use the skin clearing serum as an added protection. The results have been staggering! I do not like to photograph without makeup but you will see in my last picture I am completely without makeup and without blemishes!!
This is only the halfway point in the 60 day skincare program but I am looking forward to being completely blemish free at that point. This system is so good and so gentle I now have my 12 year old using it and it is working wonders on her newly hormonal skin. I will state that I think I finally found the right system for my adult acne.

                         AFTER (15 days)

                          One Week Later..

If you are interested in seeing if the EXPOSED 60 day skin care program can work for you
visit them at http://www.exposedskincare.com/

** This product was obtained for reviewing purposes through BrandBacker****

Truly's: A "Truly" Great Deodorant and Giveaway

In recent times we all have become very familiar with coconut in one shape or form. I know for myself I use coconut in it's virgin state or fractionated on a daily basis for many other beauty related reasons, but if you were to tell me that it would also be the main ingredient in my deodorant these days I would probably scratch my head as to how it would work.

Until now..............

As i researched on deodorants and the many scares that they cause these days I wondered how in comparison with a coconut based deodorant could they be as effective as a anti-perspirant but without the harmful chemicals that are claimed to endanger our health as women? Well here is what I found out so far about regular deodorants and anti-perspirants:

From Web MD: "Most antiperspirant worries center on the active ingredient -- an aluminum-based compound that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring.
Typically, antiperspirants are coupled with a deodorant, which contains the pleasant scent that stops you from stinking. They may also contain a number of inactive ingredients."
It goes on to explain that many studies that were conducted were flawed, and even though a few detected chemicals from anti-perspirants in breast tissue, it was not proven that they had anything to do with the risk of breast cancer and that there was no evidence that it was even a leading causing factor. Although there are no published reports of this it still remains a concern and therefore newer and more natural "alternatives" are turning up. The main ingredient is surprisingly COCONUT The main reason is coconut  kills bacteria, fungi and yeast and because there is no aluminum it will not clog your pores or cause any funky odor throughout the day and trust me in testing this product for as long as I have I made sure I was active.

Why Truly's? For one Trulys is all natural and only contains food safe ingredients, a great choice for kids and people with sensitive skin. Trulys is paraben-free, aluminum free, and fragrance free (with the exception of smelling like a yummy creamsicle or coconut cream pie). The best part is Trulys will not irritate your skin after shaving which is something that happens to me often after I shave, I will notice little red bumps and the skin becomes so irritated putting anything on at that point just makes it worse. I have not found that with this deodorant at all.

The Bottom Line: Trulys is just a great product, I have them in both flavors regular (sent to me for review) and another I acquired in a swap in Creamsicle and I can tell you I have not wanted to go back to a regular deodorant since.

Enter my Giveaway for (1) Truly's Deodorant of your choice!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: More Wonderful Radha Products Argan Oil/Fractionated Coconut oil

My experience with RADHA BEAUTY in the past few months that I have been so fortunate enough to be chosen to review their products through Brandbacker has been a whole new experience in skin care and now with the new additions of their Argan Oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil i can honestly say not only has my face been pampered but now the rest of me is too.

What  can I do with Fractionated Coconut Oil?  Benefits also include treating skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, diaper rash, chapped lips and dry skin. Benefits also include helping to prevent acne and soothe skin inflammation. Fractionated coconut oil benefits are usually obtained by using it topically or by combining it with other ingredients to make beneficial soaps, and hair and skin care products.  This oil is versatile to use for scrubs, masks, toothpaste, hair conditioners, makeup removal and so much more!!

It can also be used for cooking as I have learned is healthy, tasteless and less messy than standard oils I really enjoyed frying chicken tenders and tossing this in salads and stir-fries.

Let's talk about their Argan Oil a minute which by the way is 100% ARGAN oil and nothing else!!
This product is also versatile and great for your skin, hair and nails. I have noticed an improvement in my cuticles and hands since using this at night before I go to bed, I also will put a drop of this on the ends of my hair to keep it sealed and protected from heat damage.

But all in all what I appreciate more about their products is the care and consideration that goes into making them by someone who grew up using essential oils herself and knows all the benefits that come with continued use.

I was sent these products for free through BrandBacker in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased opinion no other compensation was provided other than the free products and I can honestly say that I stand behind this company and its products.

Radha Beauty has a 100% pure & natural oils line and a natural skincare line. We combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients and partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use Eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pura'Dor Hair Care Giveaway

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Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Scalp & Dandruff Shampoo:

Helps Control Flaking, Scaling and Itching
Soothes Scalp
Moisturizes Hair 
Paraben, Sulfate and Gluten Free
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Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner- Lavender Vanilla:
99% Vegetable Base Ingredients
Manages Frizz
Enhances Shine
Argan Oil Based
Paraben, Sulfate and Gluten Free

Pure And Organic Argan Oil:
Diminishes Wrinkles
Stimulates Skin Cells
Reduces Appearance of Scaring and Stretch Marks
Creates Softer Smoother Skin
Reliefs for Eczema and Psoriasis
Restores Nutrient Content to Skin Cells
Helps Repair Damaged Hair

Friday, March 6, 2015

Review: Radha Skin Care Products

I was given the opportunity to review the Eye-Gel,Retinol Moisturizer and Vitamin C Serum made by Radha Products through BrandBacker for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review

Radha Beauty has a 100% pure & natural oils line and a natural skincare line. We combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients and partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use Eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world. Radha Beauty embellishes beauty with the earth’s most natural oils and our natural skin care line.

I first was introduced to RADHA with the Retinol Moisturizer Miracle this definitely is a miracle product~~This cream is made with natural ingredients that pamper, nourish and rejuvenate the skin by using retinol, aloe, green tea and jojoba oil.
I used this once a day in conjunction with their 20% organic and hyaluronic acid serum and my face never felt more hydrated, brightened and refreshed looking these products work so well together!

Now let's get to the Eye Gel!!
The gel is 99% all-natural  also includes hyaluronic acid, cucumber, jojoba and aloe, The formula is so effective than any other eye gel I have ever tried in a very short amount of time, this clear and coollng fluid is so smooth and delicate, and instantly sinks into your fine lines and puffiness and leaves behind a smooth, diminished lines and much more youthful appearance. 

This products can be found on their website and Amazon check out my reviews here:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Insta-Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask from a Pirate point of view

Want to be tellin' ye 'bout 'tis deep sea mud mask

Ahoy all me beauties!! I was more than willing to accept yet another wonderful product from one of my newly favorite skin care line InstaNatural. I was sent this wonderful product through BrandBacker for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review.

InstaNatural in Davy Jones' secret treasure chest Sea Mud Mask is an all natural purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. Gar! which contains many minerals and beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bronine, potassium and calcium.

You apply a thin layer of this mask to your face and within about 10-15 minutes you will feel it tightening and hardening and what I love about this mask is the tightening is not uncomfortable at all and there is no unpleasant odor. I had this mask on for about that time and when I went to rinse it off "Me face felt like a baby bottom".

As with all other InstaNatural products they make very high quality products with allorganic ingredients and the value of this mask is surely to last you for many facials at 160z. 

I would highly recommend this product as I would all of their other products.
Ye gunna not be disappointed I tell ya!!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Asperger Syndrome The Oasis Guide Third Edition

I was sent this book for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review no other compensation was given other than the book.

Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide by Patricia Romanowski Bashe

To start off with I have a 12 yr old Daughter who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when she was 7. I remember not knowing a thing about this and wanting to read more about it and the 1st Oasis guide was actually given to my by my daughter's school teacher and I thought it was a lifesaver. Very easy to read and full of very practical advice. It was like a new friend helping you along the way so when the opportunity came to review the 3rd edition I was in. I have to say that this is not the kind of book you read straight through I tend to read the chapters I want to know more about or have as a support guide, I found the tone to be somewhat different this time and a bit less tolerable when it comes to behaviors with AS. 
The upside is the books have tons of resources and supportive guides for you if you want to join a support group, dealing with your occupational therapist and the right questions to ask, dealing with day to day parent stress etc.. I like how it breaks down every facet of AS and makes it easier to comprehend rather than going the scientific or medical route. I would highly recommend this guide for anyone wanting a more comprehensive, broken down approach to AS and how to get support. This book has also inspired me to do more vlogging in regards to my parenting experience with my daughter by choosing several aspects and topics in the book I'd like to cover and elaborate on in our life.