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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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Exederm Skincare {Review}

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When my son was a baby, he had pretty bad eczema. We bathed him every day as part of his bedtime routine, but the water and bath soap were drying out his skin. We didn’t want to change up his routine for fear of throwing him off, so we bought lots of eczema creams and ointments to try and help his skin. They worked okay, but I sure wish we’d known about Exederm back then!

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Exederm is a skin care line made especially for people with sensitive skin, whether it be eczema, dermatitis, or just dry, sensitive skin. They avoid irritants and use the mildest ingredients possible to ensure that sensitive skin is kept healthy and happy. Their baby line includes a baby shampoo, baby oil, baby lotion, baby moisturizer and baby bath, and each has received a ‘Seal of Acceptance’ award from the National Eczema Association.

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Along with their baby line, Exederm has a full line for adults. The adult line is similar to the children’s line in that it has been designed to avoid fragrance, color or dyes, parabens, lanolin, formaldehyde and other known skin irritants. The adult products have also received the highest marks from the National Eczema Association. Along with a shampoo, body wash, body lotion, body oil and intensive moisture cream the adult line also includes a conditioner and a flare control cream.

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I was sent the flare control cream and the baby intensive moisturizer to review. I have a few dry, scaly patches on my legs so I have been using the cream for about two weeks now on those patches, and it works! They are not completely gone yet, but I can definitely tell a difference. I have only been using the cream once a day, and the instructions recommend three to four times a day, but even that once a day application has reduced the size of the patches and smoothed them out considerably. In fact, now it’s to the point that I’m having a hard time finding the patches to apply the cream because they’re so much softer and less noticeable! They never itched, but if they had the cream would have helped with that, too. The cream is thick, but not ridiculously so, goes on smooth and rubs out quickly. There are no weird smells or strange after-effects, other than healing my skin!

I gave my friend the baby moisturizer to use on her 5-month old baby. She said, “It’s perfect for sensitive cracked eczema skin. It’s perfect that it’s not scented as that causes tears. The feel of it is great. Not too thin and not too thick.”

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Exederm products can be purchased through their website with an amazing 20% off on orders of 3 items or more, plus free shipping for orders more than $50. They also offer a money back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase. Exederm can also be found at Amazon.com, Target, Drugstore.com, Buy Buy Baby and select drugstores nationwide.

 

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by monetary compensation.

Green Now Skin Care Mist {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Happy 4th of July! I hope you are enjoying your Independence Day with friends, family or loved ones, and that you are celebrating the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country of ours. Like Christmas, it’s easy to get caught up in the food, fireworks and fun on 4th of July and forget the real meaning of the holiday. I am grateful for our Founding Fathers who gave us freedom, and for the service men and women who  serve our country and provide the freedoms we enjoy today.  But while you’re all thinking about Red, White and Blue, I’m going to talk about another color: green.

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Green Nowâ„¢ Total Skin Care Mist is made by Nixallâ„¢, maker of other all-natural, eco-friendly products. Their products range from household cleansers and disinfectants, to products for animal wound care and grooming, to a “greener” solution for flowers and plants.  All of their products, including the Total Skin Care Mist, are made with Anolyte Water, which is electrolyzed salt water. Anolyte Water is powerful, killing 99.99% of germs and viruses, but is safe enough to use just like water on adults and children. That’s what makes the Green Now Total Skin Care Mist so effective as a refreshing mist.

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Total Skin Care Mist is kind of like a deodorant, body spray, lotion, aloe and a shower all rolled into one spray. It has a number of uses, such as a refresher after workouts, a skin soother for sun-burn and wind-burn relief, a spray to “set” your make-up to keep fresh all day, or in place of lotion to hydrate, soften and refresh your skin.  Total Skin Care Mist is eco-friendly and all-natural. There are no toxins or harsh chemicals in it and no alcohol, so it leaves no build up on your skin and it is safe for all members of your family, including children. It is the ultimate “green” product!

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I was sent the Travel size Total Skin Care Mist, and I used it during the musical I was just in, Anything Goes. Wearing lots of heavy costumes, tons of makeup and lots of hair product while dancing and singing under TONS of hot lights can make a person really sweaty (surprise!), so let’s just say that at the end of each show I was pretty ripe. If I had friends and family come to see the show, I’d need to freshen up before going out to see them so I didn’t make anyone pass out from my stench. I didn’t have time for a shower, however, so I’d spray a few mists on and off I’d go to meet my adoring fans 🙂  The spray is light and cool and leaves my skin feeling soft after a few spritzes. It has a light, clean scent and it dries very quickly, so I don’t feel wet for too long after a spray. I definitely felt refreshed and ready to leave the theater after applying Total Skin Care Mist, and I will make it a requisite in my theater makeup bag in the future!

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For now, I plan to store it in my purse for a quick refresher on hot summer days. You can purchase a 2 oz. Travel size for $7.95, and an 8 oz. size for Home or Office for $26.99 online or in select stores. Connect with Green Now on Facebook and Twitter and enter below to try out a Total Skin Care Mist for yourself!

Enter to win a Travel Size (2 oz.) bottle of Total Skin Care Mist!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 15th, 2013 and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Green Now, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Noodle & Boo {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Goodness gracious, babies can get messy!  This little eater of mine refuses to wear a bib (still looking for another option…maybe a smock?), and can wiggle his way out of any configuration of the straps on his high chair.  Thus if I turn my back for an instant, the kid is bib-less and crawling in his food, and he’s getting a thorough scrub down in the tub after every meal.  That’s a lot of bath products on tender little skin.  I’m trying to make sure that whatever I use on him is extremely safe, healthy, and appropriate for tender sensitive skin.  Noodle & Boo (cute name, right?) carries some dreamy world class products that are safe and effective for baby!

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Noodle & Boo’s products are made in the USA and are all FDA-approved.  Their line of products offer complete care for newborns, babies and children with eczema and sensitive skin, and everything is ‘certified organic’.  Noodle & Boo sent us the Essential Care Kit, and it is just what I had in mind when I was looking for baby products for my son.  It has everything we need–extra gentle shampoo, soothing body wash, and super soft lotion, and everything smells like what I imagine a baby nursery in heaven smells like.

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Each product was a delight to use.  The body wash is clear and lathers up nicely with a clean scent.  The shampoo is a pale white and a tiny drop was enough to lather up the baby’s whole head.  When I rinsed it out, it was clear that nothing was irritating his eyes, and he smelled so wonderful.  The super soft baby lotion is my favorite!  I was expecting the tradition baby powder smell, so I was pleasantly surprised to experience a slightly different, an almost tropical smell.  It goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave excess oil on his skin or my hands.  Hours later, I could still smell all the different and glorious scents from the Essential Care Kit all over the baby!  Mmm, I love that!

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Each exclusive formula is developed to nourish, replenish and protect especially delicate and sensitive skin, so I have complete trust that these products are exactly what I should be using on my baby.  Each product is mild enough to use on the baby every day, so I don’t mind if I do!IMG_3017

Plus, the small bottles are so ideal for traveling!  2 oz. is a lot more than you think, especially when you only use less than a dime-size amount with each bath.  And hey, Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Celine Dion use Noodle & Boo products on their kids 😉 and they’ve been featured in dozens of magazines.  This stuff is dreamy, I tell you!  Here are some other great products from Noodle & Boo:

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One lucky winner is going to receive a Noodle & Boo Baby Love Gift Set!

This includes the Essential Care Kit I received, plus Ultimate Cleansing Cloths, and 3 Ultimate Ointment samples.

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Because I was sent the winner’s prize along with my review item, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Noodle & Boo, but all opinions are strictly my own

Mineral Hygienics {Review}

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Hi, I do not have flawless skin.  Far from it.  I look at my baby’s soft, clear, and perfect baby skin and envy how spotless and pure it is!  Over the years, I’ve tried many different types and brands of foundations and concealers, and I’ve found that nothing compares to the exquisite look, feel, and coverage of mineral makeup.  It looks so natural!  I jumped at the chance to review some heavenly products from Mineral Hygienics, and I can’t wait to tell you about them!
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Mineral Hygienics creates their products from crushed minerals extracted from the earth to create an award winning formula made of only four ingredients!  This makes their products specifically designed for sensitive skin, super lightweight, anti-inflammatory, and healthier for your skin.
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I received several of Mineral Hygienics’ foundations–one in light, medium light, and medium.  They carry 14 different shades, so you’re bound to find a perfect match.  The three I received all looked like they could match my skin, with just slight differences, so I tried a blend of all three when I applied them.  I actually really liked the result, and will probably keep using a combination of all three when I apply my make up in the future.  Now, I have been known to leave the house in a rush and still have that terrible foundation line along my jaw caused from inadequate blending from liquid foundations.  How embarrassing!  The fabulous thing about mineral powder foundation applied with a brush is that there are no lines, only beautifully blended coverage with a velvet finish.  Speaking of coverage, it is astonishing to me how the mineral powder can fill in the imperfections of your skin!  A few brush strokes, and my skin looks practically Photoshopped-perfect!
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Mineral Hygienics also sent me the Full Coverage Kabuki Brush, and basically feels like velvet on my skin.  It doesn’t feel at all like a hundred tiny bristles, but rather like a soft buttery fabric gliding across my face.  It is rounded and tapered to float effortlessly across your face, and is a big help for first-time users like me.  $28 is totally a steal.  If you don’t have a quality make-up brush, and you want to get into mineral makeup, you really should check out these fabulous brushes.
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The finishing touches on my flawless look were the Cool Kiss Bronzer/Enhancer, and the Silk Translucent Finishing Powder.  The bronzer came looking a little darker than I thought it looked online, and I was hesitant to apply it all over in fear of looking too ‘painted’, but it turned out to be just exactly right.  With a little in your brush, it creates just a touch of a sun-kissed glow, and this Cool Kiss shade is specifically designed for fair to light complexions.  The finishing powder fills in the last cracks, lines, and pores to create that last silky smooth layer, and helps the minerals to stay put throughout the day.  Even with the baby grabbing at my face and a day of daily errands, I still had the perfect complexion I saw hours before.  It is sweat and water resistant and I don’t worry at all about it rubbing off on anything.
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This mineral makeup is SO lightweight that I forgot I was wearing anything at all the moment I stepped out of the bathroom.  I had huge doubts about whether a powder could provide the kind of coverage I’m looking for, but after trying Mineral Hygienics, I’m a believer.  The results are pretty magical:
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Goodbye redness, goodbye tired skin, goodbye patchy unevenness, hello smooth, glowing, healthy natural-looking complexion!
I am clearly a novice to the perfect application of mineral makeup, and forgot that the minerals warm to your face, so I probably shouldn’t have applied so much, and just checked back in 5 minutes to see how effective it already was.  The ‘swirl, tap & set, blend & buff’ directions included with your purchase are a big help.  I’ll get it down!  And wear nothing but this until its gone!
Dandy readers, you have my 100% honest opinion that this makeup from Mineral Hygienics is dreamy, effective, high-quality, and I LOVE the results!
Here is an exclusive coupon code for you to use on your own mineral makeup!  “DANDY” will be a 10% off coupon that is good for the next 3 months.

*This posting was sponsored by Mineral Hygienics, but all opinions are strictly my own

Truly’s All Natural Deodorant {Review}

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As stated in my bio, I am a thrift-store shopaholic.  I love the hunt for fabric, buttons, trim, lace, etc.  I’ve been known to attack the frumpiest of dresses for the fabric, rip out the zipper, and sew up something totally new.  I’m not afraid to get personal with any pre-loved outfit, except for one that has pit stains or deodorant remains.  Nasty.  I HATE DEODORANT STAINS!  I hate touching them, seeing them, and especially washing them out of my favorite clothes.

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When I had the opportunity to review Truly’s All Natural Deodorant, I thought, “All-natural: yesssssss” (said in a dramatic sigh as I throw my head back).

When I opened the container and before I read the ingredient list, I thought, ‘This reminds me a lot of coconut oil, actually, like a really thick Crisco’.  Go figure, the ingredients are: Organic Coconut Oil, Powdered Sugar (sugar, cornstarch), Baking soda, Beeswax.  That’s it!
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Yes, that’s exactly what I thought too!  Now don’t be afraid of deodorant in a round container instead of a stick.  You use it like a cream, and though you do have to touch it to put it on, I really love being able to control exactly how much I use and place it where I want it.  I seem to always smear the deo on my clothes as I’m trying to reach my armpit, or fit a sweater over my head.  And again, I HATE WHITE DEODORANT STAINS!  Yuck!  So this set-up is great.
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This stuff is great for sensitive skin, and you don’t have to worry about odd skin reactions to harsh ingredients.  And yes, if you’re wondering, it smells just like coconut oil!  Fairly tropical, pleasant, and effective smelling.  I also am a huge fan of this product being strictly a deodorant without the anti-persperant, because I’ve found it is the harsh chemicals and the acidity of the antiperspirant that makes clothes change color–you know, the yellowing in the armpits of your favorite white sweater.  This is exactly how I like it.
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So does it work?  Truly!  Haha.  I put it on at the beginning of a crazy busy day, and I felt clean and fresh all day.  I didn’t notice any grossness after hoisting kids, hauling groceries, housework, or even after an intense phone call that would usually get my pits working hard.  Is this post becoming a bit too personal?  I feel like this deodorant is 100% effective, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it is packaged in cream-like tub with a vintage label.  I will be using nothing but this until I’ve scraped out every ounce.
Everything comes from a home-based business in Delaware and this is their first year selling their products in an online shop!  I would love to see this product go huge!  Tell your friends about it the next time a ‘sweaty’ conversation comes up, and go purchase some for yourself!  One container for $7.99 is going to go far!
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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.

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