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Supreme Perfecting Cream by Premiere Dead Sea {Review}

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I remember struggling through my adolescent years trying to find the right balance of cleansers and moisturizers that didn’t leave my face dry, red, and flaky.  Surely hormones had something to do with it, but it felt like most cleansers were leaving my face too dry and most moisturizers left my face too greasy.  I’d find a good balance or a great product, and the seasons would change and I’d have to start experimenting again to find something my face would get along with.

new_logo (Small)I can see now that most of my problems had to do with the low quality and store-brand products I was using.  You only get one face, and there are certainly crucial years to baby your skin as much as you can.  If I’d only had a tub of this SUPREME Perfecting Cream from Premiere Dead Sea.

 IMG_9632As you can tell, the packaging is gorgeous.  I imagine that this is the type of stuff celebrities use–only products that look like gold from the outside.  On the inside, this cream is just as wonderful.  It smells like a traditional high-quality cream–as in a pleasant, floral, familiar scent.  Nothing tropical or strong, just pleasant and something you’d associate with a facial cream.

IMG_9633This picture above makes the cream look a little chunky, but this is just the first look after peeling off the lid.  If you swirl it around a little with the stick or your finger, it looks and stays perfectly smooth.  The included mini-spatula is nice for scooping out just the right amount in case you don’t want to get smeared all up your hand when you’re getting to the bottom of the bowl.  2.04 oz might not sound like a lot, but this tub is huge.  I think I’ll be using this for months and months before I start getting worried about running out.

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I’ve been using this daily for probably two weeks now and I am really getting addicted to its effects.  It is an extremely powerful mousturizer.  My face has been remarkably dry and flaky lately, and a few swirls of this cream can leave my skin smooth, calmed, and fresh.  It is lightweight and breathable, so I never feel masked or weighed down from it.  I feels perfectly comfortable under makeup and I think its doing a great job of keeping wrinkled, tired skin looking as good as it can.  If you’re looking for a fantastic perfecting cream, this is a great choice.

You can purchase this cream at http://www.premierdeadsea-usa.com/, sold at $199.99 for 2.04 oz.

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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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Ageless Derma Stem Cell & Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream {Review}

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My mom was telling me about a class she went to recently on healthy living.  She explained a chart that keeps coming to mind.  Imagine our life as a line on a grid that starts at the top when we are born in all our youthful glory, and ends on the other side at the bottom when we die.  Basically you can spend your life not exercising, eating junk, and never taking care of you body and your line would look something like this red line.  A life that is mostly pretty miserable and only getting closer and closer to the end.
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Or you can really take care of yourself, eat right and exercise, and your graph could look like the blue line!  A life lived at practically peak performance, excellent health, and a short decline at the end.
No one is exempt from the effects of aging.  No matter who you are, you’re going to die someday, but there are SO many things you can do to minimize these effects and look and feel fabulous on the journey.  I think anti-wrinkle products are one of those things that keep us feeling like we’re at the top of our graph!
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Ageless Derma is a doctor formulated skin care company founded by Dr. Mostamand that specializes in anti-aging skin care products.  Their products’ effectiveness is the result of scientifically developed formulations of bio-peptides, stem cells, antioxidants and vitamins in high concentrations.  I was lucky to get to try their Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream.
09587759b706eedfef94b1ba4214b931775b1cf1First off, don’t let the words “stem cell” freak you out.  This product contains apple stem cell extract called PhytoCellTec.  This extract has demonstrated 100% effectiveness in reducing facial wrinkles and is used by numerous celebrities like Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Mirren.
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The most fantastic thing about this product is the genius container!  You simply press down on the white circle and the cream is dispensed from the middle in small amounts.  There are no lids to screw back on and you’re not fighting with the tube to get the goodness out.  You can’t accidentally squirt out a week’s worth of miracle cream because only a small, controlled amount comes out with a single press.  I’ve never seen a beauty product container like this!  Genius.
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I’ve been using this product morning and night for several weeks now, and while I can’t say that I see night and day difference (because it really hasn’t been very long), I can tell you how soothing this feels on a freshly washed face, and how I think I can tell the subtle differences of wrinkles becoming less pronounced.  I really believe that it is working and I’m hooked on it.  I’m certainly motivated to keep up this daily routine and I’m sure the results in several years will be quite noticeable.  It FEELS effective and I trust in its ability to really make a difference down the road.

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Beautiful Skin Care {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Last week, my family and I traveled to Utah for the BYU vs. Georgia Tech game, since my husband is an alum of both schools (but we were totally rooting for BYU!). Utah is a very beautiful place, but there are many reasons I could never live there. The biggest two are 1) the snow (I am a Southern Californian at heart and anything below 60 degrees is freezing) and 2) the dryness. I dry up like a raisin here in California, and it’s five times worse in the northern climate, and I hate having dry skin! I was so grateful to have the Beautiful Skin Care set with me on my trip!
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Beautiful Skin Care is made by Trusted Health Products, a company that makes a variety of health products from all-natural ingredients. A while back I reviewed OraMD, an all natural breath freshener, toothpaste and mouthwash in one, and I liked the feeling of using all natural ingredients to clean my mouth. Beautiful’s A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer are both made from natural botanical oils, and I liked the feeling of all natural ingredients on my face just as much! According to their website, “’Beautiful’ uses a rare combination of live fruit, nut and plant extracts to feed your skin cells and promote youthful, moist, beautiful glowing skin.”

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I was sent a bottle of Beautiful’s A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer to review. The bottles came with my name on them, which is kind of cheezy but a good daily reminder that I am beautiful! The thing I noticed when I used it for the first time was the smell–a delicious citrusy blend that was both refreshing in the morning and relaxing at night. It was strange to put straight oil on my face–the product is made from 100% pure and natural botanical oils, and that’s it!–but it felt good and surprisingly not too greasy. Here’s a photo of my face before and after applying the A.M. Moisturizer. You can see how in the “after” photo my face has a healthy glow 🙂

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Like the company warns, I did experience a slight break out for a few weeks after starting to use Beautiful, but I still have random break outs all the time, so it was hard to tell how much of that was really caused by the oil removing toxins from my skin or just my crazy, 28-year-old self still suffering from acne. After using the products for about a month I do feel that it has helped my skin to look and feel smoother and to have a healthy glow. I like that it is an all-in-one moisturizer, toner, firmer, protectant, repair cream and age-defying serum. Any product that has all those possibilities in it saves me time and money, which are two things that desperately need saving in my life lately!

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Beautiful Skin Care can be purchased online and ships within two business days! A 0.5 ounce bottle of either moisturizer separately is $19.97, but when purchased together it’s only $34.94. The same discount applies to the 1 ounce bottles; separately they’re $29.97 but purchased together they’re only $49.94. But wait! Everyone who “Likes” their Facebook page saves $5 on their first order! And if your hubby feels left out and wants to have younger, healthier skin, never fear! A men’s line of this skin care system – You’re the Man – is available as well. And if for some reason you’re not satisfied with your purchase, every Trusted Health Products product is backed with a 1 year, 100% Guarantee.

THREE Winners will get to try a bottle of Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer for FREE!

The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or You’re the Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer!  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports – The Poisons You Put On Your Face Everyday and Why Your Skin Care Products Have Never Worked: The Truth Revealed .”  That’s a total value of over $40.00. Click here to get your FREE Bottle and FREE reports now!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of October 29th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

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Astrida Naturals {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My little sister is in college, and that is so weird!!  Over the last month, I have really loved reading her facebook status’ and hearing about all the familiar misadventures of the freshman dorms, auditions and performances, that gosh-awful Nutrition class taught by the same professor I had, and all of the excitement that comes from living on your own and making huge decisions.  I wanted to get her something useful that she could use every day with a little boost of positive and encouragement!  I came across a make-your-own-lotion product from Astrida Naturals, and I knew this would be perfect!

untitled copyI’m really a fan of natural products lately.  They seem to react really well with my skin without any inflammation or break-outs, while still being just as effective.  Astrida Naturals is a store of indie skin care, body care, and fragrances, all made naturally using vegetable based oils, butters, essences, active botanical extracts, and other naturally derived ingredients.  Nothing is mass-produced.  Everything is made in small batches and crafted by hand.  Look at how appealing these are!

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So as I mentioned, Astrida Naturals has two really cool products where you get to create your own custom face mask or custom body lotion.  You get to choose from all sorts of options like “lightweight” or “very emolient”, and then add a rejuvenating, moisturizing, or soothing boost.  There are five scents to choose from, and you can even make a custom label from the front!

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Here’s what I created for Sister-Lister:

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And here’s what she had to say about it:

Having lived in humidity my whole life, I’m used to constant moisture in the air to keep my skin from cracking and scaling. However, college adventures bring me to a dry desert where lotion is much-needed.  As a child I had the bad habit of chewing my nails. To this day I pay for what I did to my fingers with hang-nails and dried nail beds.  I am constantly applying lotion to keep my skin from drying out.

That’s where Astrida Naturals lotion comes into play.  This lotion is a wonderful blend of all natural ingredients that soothes skin and brings it to a new, fresh feel.  I was able to create my very own creation.  I love summer strawberries, fresh pineapples, and sweet lemonade.  My body lotion was customized with rejuvenating flower extract boost and lemon verbena scent.  Any time I apply the lotion the wonderful lemon aroma graces my senses with the smell of a sweet lemon bar.  I’m a definite fan.

In order for this wonderful smooth feel and scent, only a little squirt is needed.  This 8 fluid ounce bottle will surely last me all throughout my time in college.  I can’t wait to use it up! What a great product!

closeI really got a kick out of the label I created for her :)  Wishing you all the success you deserve in college, Janae!

One of you lucky ducks is going to get to create their own custom lotion!  Customized to your preferences in texture, results, and scent!

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Oct 21st and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*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 are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

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Dr. Hauschka {Review}

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I think putting on makeup is so much like an enjoyable little art class!  With so many colors, materials, and tools at my fingertips, some peace and quiet, and a few minutes, the world is my oyster!  Like a true artist, I really feel like I can do my best work with high-quality tools.  Do you really think Da Vinci could have painted up the Mona Lisa with a 2″ wide foam brush on a stick?  To pretty up like a pro, you’ve got to have legitimate materials to work with!
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I know I can tell a difference when I come across the good stuff.  You know…eyeshadow that doesn’t crease, eyeliner that doesn’t melt down my face, mascara that doesn’t clump.  You know quality when you see it, and quality is the first word that comes to mind when I tell you about the beautiful decorative cosmetics and beauty products from Dr. Hauschka!
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I think I squealed out loud when these goodies arrived.  In my package was an eyeshadow trio, eyeliner, mascara, roll-on deodorant, and a makeup brush.  Let’s start from the top.  First of all, this eyeshadow trio is a perfect palette.  The three colors (beige, rose pink, and chocolate) make a beautiful set of highs and lows, and blended together with the eyeshadow blender brush (sold for $27.95) creates such a lovely look that would look great on practically any skin tone.  Pinks are always flattering, and the chocolate is fantastic for the eye creases.  This brush does a great job of blending.  I think it makes any amateur makeup job look expertly done by defining the eyes and creating a flawless gradient look.IMG_6135
There is nothing like a brand new eyeliner pencil.  This Eyeliner Black with Applicator (sold for $17.95) has mineral pigments fused with quince, jojoba and carnauba waxes that allow this black to go on effortlessly, and even after sweating my face off at a dance rehearsal, it didn’t smudge or smear down my face.  I usually have to use a new pencil for a few days/weeks before the point is a little more dull which allows for a more natural application, but this pencil has a smudge applicator on the other end for blending and softening.  The tip is nice and soft so it doesn’t irritate tender eye skin.
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This Volume Mascara Black is terrific!  It is sold for $29.95, and it really opens up my eyes.  It gives my lashes a slightly more subtle look than I’m used to–it is fairly thin (but it doesn’t clump!) and it expertly separates all the lashes to look evenly spaced and spread, and not grouped together.  I do like the look, and surely, multiple applications will create a thicker appearance.  It does curve the lashes well, and it is great for sensitive, delicate skin.  It contains a neem leaf extract that strengthens the lashes, and it is truly smudge-proof!
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Lastly, I was quite excited to try out this roll-on deodorant.  I’m really not a fan of the traditional stick.  I just can’t seem to avoid getting it smeared on my clothes and staining my whites with discolored pits.  The roll-on feature is terrific for applying just where you want to.  The surface area of the rolling ball is small, so it is easy to apply it in only the right places, and without having to turn the bottle upside down.  Holding it upright is fine because as you roll on, the ball turns and coats you in goodness.  The floral scent smells just like geraniums!  This is my favorite deodorant I’ve ever tried!  I could definitely tell a difference in feeling fresh and dry throughout a hot and crazy day of run-arounds.  Can’t wait to use it up.
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Here’s the look you can get with these Dr. Hauschka cosmetics:
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Dr. H sells even more dreamy products, specifically bath and body treats like Rhythmic Night Conditioner, Regenerating Serum, and Aromatherapy Baths.  Its really a wonderland of goodness over there and these high-end cosmetics are just the tip of the iceberg.  Check em out!

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Cosmetique {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Cosmetique, your beauty boutique, has all of your beauty needs covered! With many exciting beauty brands for you to discover, you’ll love the fun of experimenting with the latest beauty trends. The skin care from Cosmetique will have your skin postively glowing, and we’ve got the classic makeup staples covered – with dependable favorites from eyeliners, to eyeshadows, to mascara; to flawless foundations, to lipsticks, to lip glosses. Who doesn’t love a good lip gloss? Or a great new fragrance or body lotion, which you’ll also find at Cosmetique.  Love your look, and have fun! You’ll discover some new brands and beauty tips, too… tested, tried and true.  We’re sharing the love of beauty… one click at a time.”

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While I’ve been using blush as one of my staple items since I started wearing make-up as a teenager, I’ve never taken the chance on a bronzer.  I was excited to receive the Madeleine Mono Duo-Colored Bronzer and have loved using it this summer!  I really love that there are two shades of bronzer that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect shade for your skin, which (in my case anyway) has been changing over the past few weeks to a darker tan as we spend more time outside.  There’s also a slight shimmer to the lighter side of this bronzer duo, which can be fun to play up for special occasions.

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For years, I didn’t use any lip color of any kind — I would never leave the house without a full face of make-up, but that Chapstick was my go-to “lipstick” of choice.  It sort of worked for a year or two when the light, nude-colored lipcolor was in style, but after trying different colors on my lips over the past few months, I can’t believe how unfinished I look without some sort of lip gloss or lip stick.  This Madeleine Mono Double Take Lipshine “softens, protects, and adds rich, luminous color” and I’ve liked having it in my purse to reapply throughout the day as mine inevitably wears off after eating or drinking water so much in the hot summer days.  The small mirror attached to this lipshine is extremely helpful for those on-the-go touch-ups.

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I was surprised to find this Madeleine Mono Viva Diva Eyeshadow Collection included in the package I received, as it seemed to be such a contrast to the light summer items I had received.  That being said, I’ve loved using new colors that I never would have chosen for myself and blending multiple colors to create the right hue.  I still basically stick to the neutral colors, but the bold purples and blues in this collection are fun to try and have for a night out.  I really love the darker colors that can create a smoky eye, and I like that these colors go on fairly light so that there’s plenty of room for experimenting and blending before it’s too set.

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Madeleine Mono Cosmetics is offering a HOT deal right now — everything you see pictured above in the 7-Piece Beauty Kit for only $24.95! 

Enter below to win your own set of the same items I received from Cosmetique:  Madeleine Mono Duo-Colored Bronzer, Double Take Lipshine, and Viva Diva Eyeshadow Collection!

(Winner must pay shipping from North Carolina to your house)

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 3rd and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

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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.

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Thyme Maternity Skin Care Line {Review}

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Pregnancy does such a number to my skin!  I had horrible pregnancy acne just a couple of months ago (as in, the absolute worst acne I’ve ever had in my life!), and I have some marks from my previous pregnancies that haven’t completely faded.

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Thyme Maternity is a clothing line for pregnancy, post-partum, and nursing, but they also feature a great skin care line to help with these stages as well!

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream helps restore skin’s elasticity because of some key ingredients that make this cream so effective.  Seaweed extract helps circulation and helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks, vitamin E conditions and nourishes the skin, reducing scar tissue, and avocado oil provides moisture to skin.  This one is a great cream to use at night because it’s thick and feels like it’s a barrier or cover protecting skin — I’m not a huge fan of having thick cream on my hands (or stomach, I guess!) during the day, so I haven’t tried it in the morning yet.

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Leg Gel relieves and soothes tired legs through the use of grape extract (stimulates circulation and keeps legs smooth), argan extract (tones and helps cells regenerate) and ivy extract (helps reduce swelling).  I LOVE THIS ONE!  I notice the most pain on my legs and hips after a long day of running with the boys, and this helps me relax so much more.

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The blend of natural ingredients in Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Breast Cream helps promote firmness of delicate skin in the bust area.  It’s enriched with natural shea butter for nourishing moisture, passionfruit oil for hydrating, conditioning,  and nourishing the skin, and argan kernel oil for cell regeneration.

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Restructuring Gel is a specially formulated post-partum treatment that promotes skin recovery on stomach, hips and thighs. Quillaja and kigelia extract aid in cellular reactivation, aloe vera helps heal the effects of stretching, and lemon, orange, and grapefruit essential oils help skin renew tone and elasticity.

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Nipple Ointment is a 100% USP pure lanolin ointment that soothes and repairs cracked skin. It protects against dryness and relieves the discomfort associated with breastfeeding. Make sure to pack it in your hospital bag! Non-toxic and safe for mom and baby.

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**This post was sponsored by Thyme Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

Perfective Ceuticals Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

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“Little Brother” has this habit of getting up at 5am, consistently every morning for weeks on end now.  The rest of the house sleeps in while I’m up with this fireball at dawn, and it is killing me softly!  I am so tired lately, and I’m sure I’m starting to look it!  Puffy, tired eyes is the new look I’m showcasing, and I’m hoping this is just a phase, but a chance to review Perfective Ceuticals’ Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy could not have come at a better time.

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Perfective Ceuticals carries clinically proven skin care and specializes in anti-aging, brightening, and moisturizing products.  Renowned biochemists, medical specialists and doctors have collaborated to bring you specially designed formulas.  I was sent the Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy with growth factor, and I’ve been nothing but impressed, especially first by the slick and shiny packaging.  A lot of ingredients are unknown to me, but I was intrigued with the sound of this Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4), which helps reduce eye puffiness by strengthening the elasticity of the eye skin area.

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I may still be considered a ‘youngen’ at 26, but regardless of whether a product is considered ‘anti-aging’ or not, I am all over a product that fights the four signs of aging eyes: fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.  Sounds like the defining features of a mom with young kids to me!

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My opinion: I really like this product.  I first used it on a morning where I was awake very early (thank you, baby), and I was particularly congested with a head cold and an awful runny nose.  I really looked and felt like a mess, but this creamy mixture helped sooth my puffiness almost immediately.  It goes on silky smooth, and melts into my skin quickly and without leaving my hands or face looking greasy.  It comes out an opaque white, as seen below, and it is definitely gentle enough to use around the entire eye, especially with it being fragrance free.  One squirt was plenty, which makes me think that this bottle is going to last forever.  The bottle is only 15 ml, but it looks a lot bigger and heavier in person.

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I am very pleased with this product, and I’m glad to have it in my bathroom cupboard.  Here’s to a little more youth around here!

Buy it: $68 at www.perfectiveceuticals.com

Also available on Amazon.

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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