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REVIEW: Dead Sea Mud Mask & Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer from InstaNatural

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We’ve known for a while that the waters of the Dead Sea have some sort of beneficial effect on skin.  The salty water and earth of the Sea have been used in tons of beauty products lately, such as scrubs, soaps, toners, and more.  I got the opportunity to try out a Dead Sea Mud Mask from InstaNatural, as well as an Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer!

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Manufacturer Information about the Dead Sea Mud Mask:

InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium. Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains. Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

 

This mud mask is a huge jar, and I can tell that it will last me a very long time!  Just from one use, this is all that was removed…and I could have gone with less, as I think I put it rather thicker than it should have been.

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The texture is not unlike that of chocolate pudding, to be honest, although there are some small bits that don’t offer much in the way of grittiness.

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There’s not really any scent to be noted.  Upon first putting the mask on, I noticed a cool tingling.  I liked it quite a bit.  My main issue was that as the mask went through the process of drying on my face, it began to itch.  This irritate me to the point where I definitely had to wash it off before the full 15 minutes was up, but I think my skin may be more on the sensitive side.

I did feel an immediate softness on my face after using the mud mask.  I think I will be most interested in using this mask on the rougher parts of my body, such as elbows and feet!

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I had heard of retinol before, but I was never really sure what its’ benefits were. That’s why I was excited to test this moisturizer.

Manufacturer Information about the Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer:

Harness the extraordinary power of retinol with InstaNatural’s Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer… perfect for night and day. InstaNatural’s restorative cream contains a robust formula of handpicked ingredients designed to improve your complexion. Retinol (Vitamin A) promotes healthier skin and helps to reverse the signs of aging, while Vitamin C & Green Tea strengthen skin to protect against external aggressors that cause damage. In addition, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil & Shea Butter deeply moisturize the skin to provide long-lasting hydration.

Using InstaNatural’s moisturizing cream daily will help to transform older, damaged skin into a healthier and youthful appearance by: diminishing the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines; reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, such as sun spots, age spots and dark spots; helping control breakouts and reducing blemishes, restoring firmness and elasticity of skin, evening skin tone & texture; and delivering ultimate moisturize for soft, supple skin.

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I love that this moisturizer dispenses from a pump, and one pump dispenses just enough to cover my face.  The texture is perfect, not too thick but not too thin.  It glides easily on the face and take very little time to absorb.  I began to feel that my face was softer and more hydrated after only a couple of uses.  One important thing to mention about using a facial product with Retinol–being out in the sun can lead to more damage.  So, I will be using this as strictly a night time moisturizer.

I was very impressed with both products I received from InstaNatural.  I’m also happy to say both the Dead Sea Mud Mask and Retinol Moisturizer are made in the USA and animal cruelty free!

Best of all, InstaNatural offers a 100% money back guarantee for all its’ products.

**DISCLAIMER: I received free product from the company above to test for this post.  No other compensation was given, and my photos and opinions are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.

REVIEW: ScentBird.Com Perfume Subscription

 

If you’re anything like me, you love to smell great and get excited when new perfumes come out every season…but you don’t really want to drop $60 or more on a huge bottle you might never finish!

Luckily, Scentbird is here to help!  For only $14.95 a month, you can try a new perfume delivered to your door, without having to shell out for a big bottle.

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How does it work?

Answer a few quick questions to create a scent profile with a queue of fragrances to look forward to receiving in the coming months.
Every month, the scent of your choice will come to your doorstep. Price includes shipping and you can cancel anytime. It also makes a fabulous gift!

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The scent I chose to receive was just released a short time ago, but Scentbird had it int heir stock of over 350 fragrances.  I picked DKNY MyNY.

My chosen perfume took about a week to arrive, and it comes in a chic black mailer envelope that you will be happy to see every month.

For the first month, your scent comes with a velvety black storage bag and the outer case, which you will change out as you get new fragrances.

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The case is a bit larger than the size of a lipstick tube.  You simply twist up, and the spray pump is revealed for you to apply your perfume! No worrying about spilling in your purse.

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Inside the inner case is your glass vial. This is labeled with the name of the scent. If I had one thing I’d change about Scentbird, I would like a way to find out what the scent is without having to pull it out of the bottle…maybe a small tag or something?

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I love this fragrance, even though it’s a bit spicier than I would have thought.  I’m quite pleased with my Scentbird experience overall!

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MORE INFO ABOUT SCENTBIRD:
Product size: 0.3oz/8ml (about the size of a rollerball- this is waaaay more than a sample) of the perfume of your choice.

Go to www.scentbird.com and answer a few quick questions. Scentbird gets to know your scent preferences in minutes.

 The recommender suggests a personalized list of scents to try.  Create your “perfume calendar” (think Netflix queue) and choose the scent you want each month. Change every month or keep a favorite. Manage your queue to edit the order or add new fragrances (New Designer and Niche scents are added monthly). Enjoy! Shipping is free and you can cancel anytime.

Scentbird would like to offer readers a 25% off code for their first order! Simply use code SCENT25 to get 25% off your first month.

REVIEW: ChapStick Dual Ended Hydration Lock: Moisturize & Renew

I have been a ChapStick user since I was a little girl, so I was very intrigued when I heard about the new Dual Ended varieties the company developed.  I was lucky enough to get to try the Moisturize & Renew through Smiley360.

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Here is more info about the product:

  • Dual-ended premium lip balm for clinically proven healthier looking lips
  • Moisturize formula smoothes and reduces the appearance of fine lines and contains CoQ10 and Hyaluronic spheres
  • Renew formula has natural butters like Shea and Mango to condition and instantly softens lips

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I really liked each end of the ChapStick, but I slightly preferred the moisturize side and I’m sure I’ll finish that one first.  I keep the balm on my nightstand and apply it right before bed and first thing in the morning.  My lips are super smooth and show no signs or cracking in the cold weather that’s soon to come!

New ChapStick Dual Ended Hydration Lock also comes in a Day & Night formula!

For more info and to see where the product is available for purchase, visit the ChapStick Website.

DISCLAIMER: I received this product free for review purposes through Smiley360.  I was not compensated in any other way, and my thoughts and photos contained here are my own.

REVIEW: Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash

With the scorching hot Louisiana summer we have had thus far, I was very much looking forward to trying a new body wash that seems perfect for cooling off. Luckily, new Dial Coconut Water body wash in Refreshing Mango scent seemed to be just the ticket.

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Here’s a bit of product information about the body wash.

 Treat your skin to twice the tropical refreshment with every shower. The rich lather of this body wash is infused with coconut water, known to be rich in hydrating antioxidants and electrolytes. While the scent of juicy, ripe mango leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and delectably fragrant.

The juicy mango scent is definitely the star of this show!  Even before you lather up, you can tell that the scent is strong.  It becomes even more so when you put it on your loofah–lathering up is a fantastic sensory experience.  The scent also stays on your skin well after you’re done drying off.

Dial body wash always lathers quite well and generously for me, and this new formula was no exception.  With just a quarter sized squirt, you will have tons of rich bubbles that rinse off easily.

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Dial Refreshing Mango is a great addition to the Coconut Water body wash line, and a perfect way to cool off and smell great after a super hot day.

Check out the Dial Facebook page for more info on their products, giveaways, and more!

REVIEW: Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash

I am definitely a bath and body product aficionado,  so I was really excited to try out the NEW Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash!


There are two varieties, Vitamin Boost B with Kiwi Extract, and Vitamin Boost C with Grapefruit Extract.  I received the Vitamin Boost B to try out.

Vitamin B is a natural humectant that gives dry tired skin the boost it needs.  New Dial Vitamin Boost Body wash is a new advanced formula that contains a moisturizing Vitamin Complex that helps draw vitamins and moisture directly to your skin.  This means healthier, softer skin.

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First of all, I really liked the kiwi scent.  It’s not something you find often in body products, and it gives a little hint of the tropics during this long, cold winter.

I also liked that the body wash gave a nice lather, thick, and washed off my body easily.

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The formula itself is creamy and flows out of the bottle easily.

I found Dial Vitamin Boost Body wash to be really hydrating!  I can see myself using this year round, because it gives enough moisture without leaving skin greasy.  I will for sure be grabbing a bottle of the Vitamin C Boost variety to try out when I am done with this one!

The really awesome part is, Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg!  You can get them for under $3 each at stores such as Wal-Mart.

Be sure to visit the Dial Facebook page for promotions and to learn about new products!

**DISCLAIMER: I received this product at no cost for testing purposes from Purex Insiders.  My opinions and content are my own.

Violet VoxBox from Influenster!

I am a member of Influenster, a program that allows socially savvy ladies to try out different companies’ products and give their honest feedback.

My most recent Influenster shipment was the Violet Voxbox!

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The Violet VoxBox contained 5 cool items.  I’ll tell you my thoughts about each below.

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Goody Athletique Headband

This is a black, stretchy, thick headband that secures with velcro.  I have hair that’s on the fine side, so I had a lot of trouble getting this band to stay put in my hair.  It definitely didn’t work when my hair was pulled back into a ponytail, but maybe it will be better if I wear it while my hair is down.

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Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

If you didn’t know, dry shampoo is an aerosol spray that allows you to go one more day without having to wash your hair–it contains alcohol and powders that absorb oil and give your hair a clean look.  Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo works great and quickly–I liked that it didn’t make my hair feel stiff like some other dry shampoos have.

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Montagne Jeunesse Red Earth Clay Spa Facial Mask

This is a really awesome one time use facial mask.  The red clay mixture is soaked into a paper mask, and you let it sit on your face while you relax for 15 minutes.  I have used these masks in the past and loved them–and the red clay version was no exception.  My face felt smooth and soft without tightness.

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Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Play Koi

I am a total polish addict, though orange is not one of my favorite colors.  Nevertheless, I didn’t mind the way this looked once it was on.  The shine was definitely there, but the polish didn’t last long at all for me–it was chipping and peeling after only 3 days.  I think this would be better to wear in summer, maybe.

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Cranberry SoyJoy Bar

I did not like the taste of these at all.  I found them to be rather dry, but I appreciated that they contained real fruit.  maybe someone looking to get away from traditional nutrition bars would appreciate these–they contain less sugar than the usually chocolatey protein bars.

**DISCLAIMER: I received these products free to try from Influenster.  My thoughts, words, and pictures are my own.

REVIEW: Ivory 2 in 1 Hair & Body Wash

If you’re like me, your shower looks a lot like this:

 

I am a major bath and body addict, and my showers are filled with at least 4 or five different types of body wash, not to mention face washes, shampoo and conditioners, and my husband’s stuff too!

That’s why I was very happy to try out Ivory 2 in 1 Hair &  Body Wash, thanks to Influenster.  Not only does it save shower space, it offers all these benefits:

 –Cleans head to toe with dual action formula

–Washes away dirt and odor

–Leaves hair clean and conditioned

–Free of dyes & heavy perfumes

– 50% MORE than other 2-IN-1 brands

–Made in the USA

I first used it as a body wash, and I have to say I was quite impressed with the amount of lather it made–this is very important to be in a body cleanser!  It cleaned nicely and washed away easily, leaving a light, clean scent on my skin.  As a shampoo, it was just OK for me…I needed my shampoo to bee just a little less heavy.  My husband loved Ivory 2 in 1 for both his hair and body though!  I can see us having so many uses for this product this summer: beach days, overnight trips, pool time.  And we’ll only need to pack one bottle for the whole family.

You can find Ivory 2 in 1 Hair & Body Wash at Target, Walmart, and drugstores.

Be sure to check out Ivory’s Facebook page.

*DISCLAIMER: I received this product free of charge from Influenster in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way other than the free product.

REVIEW: L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

I love trying out the newest products in makeup and beauty, and since I detest putting on makeup every day, BB Cream is right up my alley.  I was thrilled to be able to try out the new L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, thanks to SheSpeaks!

About L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: This product gives the sheer coverage needed to create a natural bare skin finish, while delivering built-in skincare benefits. With four beautifying actions, this all-in-one innovation primes and smoothes, perfects to hide flaws, hydrates all-day, and corrects and evens skin. The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization.

To apply, simply dot on and blend with fingertips. Self-adjusting beads will instantly transform and blend to your skin tone.

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Every woman wants to look their best, but let’s face it: who wants to put on a full face of makeup when just running out to do a few errands?  That’s where this BB cream comes in.

Here’s me before applying (sorry about my face…):

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Oh God, do you know how hard it was to put up a pic of myself without makeup? Ugh.

Anyway, you can see I have some uneven patches on my cheek, and some darkness around the eyes.

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And here’s me after applying the BB cream!  I dotted a tiny bit around my face, just putting a little extra around my eyes.  My even skin tone is smoothed out, and the darkness around my eyes is significantly lightened!  It’s not a ton of makeup, just enough to make my face look fresh.  I’m in love with this stuff!

L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream retails for $10.95 for 1 fl oz. It is available in four shades and is sold at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. Click here to find out more.

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*DISCLAIMER: I was sent this product by SheSpeaks to test and give my honest opinion.  I was not compensated in any other way, besides the free product.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque


I am definitely a face masque junkie.  I was so excited to get to try the Antioxidant Berry Masque made by Lady Soma, a manufacturer of natural beauty products for women.

The Antioxidant Berry Masque is loaded with antioxidant berries and Vitamins A, C, andE. The masque allows for a detox facial treatment using the antioxidant power of blueberries and cranberries, which enhance cellular renewal and collagen production.  The glycolic and alpha lipoic acids create a microdermabrasion-like effect that eliminates dead skin cells to reveal a fresh new layer.

The first thing I noticed about this masque was that it smells SOOOO delicious!  It is made with REAL blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate, and it definitely smells like fresh fruit…which makes for a very pleasant experience.  The masque is thick and creamy, with little exfoliating seeds throughout.

I loved that I could really feel this product working.  When it was on my face, I felt a cooling tingle, which felt nice and rejuvenating.  After 8 minutes, I rinsed the masque off, and I could immediately tell that my face felt so much softer.  After using this product for 3 weeks, I can tell that my skin is brighter and so smooth.

Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque is a phenomenal product that I would recommend to ladies of any age!

Visit Lady Soma to learn more about all their natural health and beauty products.

 

Boogie Wipes Giveaway!

I, like, every mom, cannot stand it when my child has a cold.  Wipe a kid’s nose enough and eventually he will run screaming from you when you even come near him with a tissue because his nose is red and raw.  Happily, I’ve discovered an awesome product that will put an end to those red, irritated noses!

Boogie Wipes are super soft and made with natural saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments.  You can get them in nice scents such as Fresh or Grape, or even Unscented for more sensitive little noses.  Boogie Wipes are alcohol free and made with aloe and vitamin E.  They are even pediatrician recommended!

Naturally, these are great for the allergy season we have going on right now in Louisiana–there is pollen everywhere.  My 3 year old loves the grape scented wipes, and when he needs to wipe his nose he demands them!

And for grown ups who’d love less nasal irritation, don’t worry–you haven’t been left out!

Saline Soothers are from the makers of Boogie Wipes but come in scents like Menthol for adults.  I have personally used them, and let me tell you that having a scented wipe really helps a lot!  Breathing in the vapors is great for congestion.  And just like Boogie Wipes, Saline Soothers are hypoallergenic and alcohol free, and are made with aloe and vitamin E.

Would you like a chance to win your own Boogie Wipes and Saline Soothers?

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

My little man showing some Boogie Love <3

*DISCLAIMER: I am a Saline Ambassador for the makers of Boogie Wipes and Saline Soothers.  I received products to sample but I was not compensated in any way.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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