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Skinnaturals Collection by Skinn Costmetics {Review}

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Have you noticed all the skincare reviews I’ve been doing lately?  I’m becoming particularly particular about what I’m putting on my face, how I’m moisturizing, and how I’m taking care of it in general.  You only get one face, ladies!  I’m starting to really be able to distinguish what is effective and what my face reacts to the best.  I’m pleased to tell you about a real winner, Skinnaturals, and what I love about it.

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This collection is a trio of ingenious products, each with remarkable components and qualities, and meant to be used in conjuction with eachother.  This first step is a Skinnatural Calming Cleanser.  This is a natural, sulfate-free, detergent-free cleanser that cleans without drying.  It doesn’t have a strong added scent to it, but I can detect the botanical extracts, like white tea and cucumber.  As you’d expect, it has a nice subtle earthy and plant-like scent, but nothing unnatural.  It can effectively remove my makeup without a lot of suds or even a lot of effort scrubbing and rinsing.  It is formulated to work well on sensitive skin, and I found it very mild and calming.  This is sold for $24.50 for 4 oz.

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Part 2 is the Skinnatural Soothing Serum.  You can read on the bottle how this is a concentrated solution that is “anti-redness & inflammation relief”.  It provides long term soothing and offers relief for redness and irritation.  I don’t know about you, but I’m experiencing a lot of redness and flaking skin lately.  This cold windy weather is getting the best of me.  This serum feels great on my face.  The green color is soothing and I like picturing it nourishing the surface of my skin and deeper.  This contains licorice root extract and white tea extract that helps reduce inflammation.  This serum retails for $36.50 for 1 oz.

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The last step is the Skinnatural Comforting Crème.  This is a powerful and gentle moisturizer with long term benefits.  Vitamin F, wood and plant extract and white tea extract help to offer anti-redness, anti-wrinkle, anti-aging and anti-damage benefits  while supporting healthy epidermal structure.  Now the directions say to squirt out a quarter size amount and apply to face, but I found this to be waaaay to much for me.  I felt pretty smothered and I had to really work it in for quite awhile to get it all absorbed.  I’ve since started using less than a dime-size amount, and this seems to work better for me and my face.  Even in small amounts, this creme is soothing, intense, and I’m loving it more every time I use it.  This retails for $34.50 for 1.7 oz.

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I’ve only been using these products for a couple of weeks, but I love how calming this system feels on my face!  My poor facial skin has been drinking it up and looking more healthy every day.  This trio really feels like it is doing much more than just getting makeup off.  If feels like my face is getting a nourishing bath, a soothing moisturizer that lasts all night, and that it is looking healthier and happier.  Just writing this up makes me want to go wash my face and use all these products asap.

The set of three products retails for $49.50, but the products are also available for purchase individually at www.skinn.com and via ShopNBC.

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

Mía Mariú Anti-Aging Pack {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Yes, I am fully aware that skin cancer is in the cards for me.  I was way too addicted to the tanning beds in high school when I needed to look Puerto Rican for a part in our school musical (see below).

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A little scary how dark I got, right?  I’m quite confident that my radical ways are going to come back and haunt me.  If not skin cancer, than I’m sure my skin will start aging away at an earlier age than I would wish, and I don’t at all find my late 20s too early to start taking care of it.  With the affects of aging skin on my mind, I jumped at the chance to review Mía Mariú‘s Rejuvenate Your Skin Anti-Aging Pack, especially because I have already had the opportunity to review Mía Mariú’s make-up.  The foundation, shadow, and liner that I got to review a few months ago are terrific, and I’ve been using them constantly since I got them.  Honest, I use the shadow exclusively.

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These anti-aging products are fabulous!  Included in the pack is a refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser, an Anti-Aging Brightening Serum, and an Anti-Aging Eye Treatment. IMG_3661

This anti-aging pack left an amazing first impression when I first tried out the foaming cleanser.  I’ve never experienced a cleanser quite like it, and I LOVE what it does!  It pours out a little thicker than water, but still clear and very thin, but a nickel-size amount rubbed in circular motions creates the most incredible lather.  It practically looked like shaving cream in a matter of seconds!  So thick, so soothing, and the smell is the best of the three products.  Mmm I love the super lather!  It is made with sea kelp and aloe, and great for all skin types.  Its really quite an experience to wash your face with this cleanser!

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The anti-aging brightening serum boosts clarity, and I also found it to be a great moisturizer.  You apply it to your face and neck morning and night.  It comes out white, moderately thin, and absorbs quickly.  The smell is fresh and clean, and it really boosts the way my face feels in the morning, even when I don’t want to cleanse beforehand.  It tightens, freshens, and targets sunspots and pigmentation.  I hope it lasts a long time because I could get used to the fresh and bright feeling it gives my face.  Among some other fancy ingredients, the aloe and Vitamin B Complex are what I’m loving most.

And lastly, the eye cream can be applied morning and night around the eye area.  It comes out a little thicker (less watery) than the brightening serum and smells a little stronger.  It still feels mild and safe enough to be applied so close to the eye, and the smell and texture doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.  The antioxidant ingredients are meant to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles.  Man oh man, am I the perfect applicant or what!?  I DO think I look more awake and less zombie after applying.

packBased on my positive review of these anti-aging products, I would love to try out the rest of the line, specifically the hydrating moisturizer and the microdermabrasion set.

One lucky winner is going to receive the 3-item Mía Mariú Anti-Aging Pack!  The retail value of this pack is $87!


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

L’uvalla Organic Skincare {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m excited to introduce you to my new favorite skincare line!  My eyes have been opened into world of luxury organic skincare.  The products I was able to review are really exceptional!  L’uvalla specializes in 100% certified natural, organic, and sustainable skin care.  Their products are fair trade, vegan, not tested on animals, and contain no synthetic ingredients.

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I first was able to try a sample of the Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  Let me tell ya, a little bit sure goes a long way.  It pours out clear and as thin as water, but you swirl it around in your palm until the mixture foams, and it becomes a lovely little cleanser.  I liked the small amount of foam it makes and the effective cleaning abilities.  This is a great cleanser that won’t irritate your eyes or dry out your skin.

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Another cleanser I got to try was the moisturizing milk cleanser.  I like the dairy-like smell to it, appropriate opaque white color, good consistency, and thorough cleaning ability.  After using it, my face really did feel moisturized and flaky skin was removed during washing, unlike some cleansers which leave my face only more dry and flaky.

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I was also sent a pretty bottle of the Eucalyptus Toner, which is alcohol free and removes water residue that dries our skin.  The only toner I’ve tried in the past has been a strong witch hazel, so this was a nice change.  It gives your face a nice subtle tingle underneath the balancing day/night cream.  It is very pure, and doesn’t feel like I am sponging on straight alcohol (because it is alcohol-free), which is sometimes the feeling I get with other toners.  However, that doesn’t reduce its effectiveness–it still contains powerful astringent properties.  It removes residue effectively, as seen on what is left on the cotton ball, and really refines pores.  I love the aromatherapy features!  Amazing eucalyptus and sage extracts!

This toner is meant to clear away congestion in your skin and aid in fighting acne.  Cheers to that.  I had a zit show up out of nowhere last week (really, I haven’t broken out for years), and after two days of this toner, long gone.
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And now, for the featured item, and my favorite in the bunch, the Balancing Day/Night Cream.

First of all, the scent is pleasantly not too overwhelming, and since it goes on all over your face, I think too much scent would almost cloud your senses.  It makes me think of green tea and celery seed–very natural-smelling!   The consistency is not too thick, and it melts into your skin easily.  Its not slimy, and it doesn’t leave a film on your fingers.  I’ve enjoyed leaving it on for a few minutes before rubbing it in all the way.balancing-cream-300x300
After trying it on its own, and then with the other L’uvalla products, I believe the best my face has felt is after using all three of these products in a morning facial routine–a cleanser, the eucalyptus toner, and the balancing day/night cream.   The day/night cream is effective on its own, and I’ve been using it over the last few weeks at any point in the day when my face needed moisturized, but the most effective facial reaction was when used in conjunction with the other L’uvalla products.  I also prefer to cleanse/tone/moisturize just in the morning (is that weird?), so I love that this is a DAY/night cream, and it feels fresh for the beginning of the day.  I just want the bottle to last forever.  My face is going to miss the morning deluxe treatment when I run out!

BUY IT: $48.99 at luvalla.com.

The L’uvalla Certified Organic Skincare Collection is also available at select Whole Foods Market, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Jimbo’s Naturally, Mother’s Market & Kitchen and independent natural store locations.

And one lucky winner will receive their own Balancing Day/Night Cream!  Your face is going to LUV it!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Thursday, March 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by L’uvalla Organic Skincare, but all opinions are strictly my own

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