You Are Amazing Body Wash & Mist Review

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Okay, so I’ve been You Are Amazing body wash and body mist for a couple of weeks now and I have NOTHING but good things to say. Before I get into the details, I did want to say that all products are paraben and phthalate-free.

Let’s start with the body wash. I was given three different samples: Mango Papaya, Coconut Water, and Lemon Meringue. Right away, I could smell the Mango Papaya and smelt so good. And while all three scents are nice, my favorite is the Lemon Meringue. Seriously, every time I use I feel like I’m in a bake shop.

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Now, the body wash is a bit thin, so I’ve had to use a bit more than normal. However, the bottles are 16 fl oz and HUGE. I’ve been using it every day for over a month and I’ve barely made a dent in the bottle. I would easy go out and buy more of this once I’ve used up the bottle.

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The other product I was given to try out was the body mist. The three scent I was given were:  Blooming Bouquet, Eucalyptus Mint, & Vanilla Bean.  All three scents have a very nice smell, but I’m partial to the Blooming Bouquet.  I spray a little on each morning and it lasts for several hours. Each bottle is 6 fl oz, which again I’ve barely put a dent in.  (Side Note: I love the Lemon Meringue smell so much I will be going out and buying a bottle of the mist as well!)

Additional information:

Available scents: Blooming Bouquet, Eucalyptus Mint,  Juicy Grapefruit, Lavender Fields, Mango Papaya, Coconut Water, Lemon Meringue & Vanilla Bean.
Price: $3.99, available only @ Target

Other Products: Body Lotion & Body Scrub

Now, for my favorite part. I love, love, love companies that give back. You Are Amazing has partnered up with Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, to provide leadership development training to empower girls to change the world. I love that every purchase helps move this plan a little further. It’s an excellent cause and one that makes me love You Are Amazing products even more.

Final Verdict: Quality product at a good price. Bonus points for giving back!

Majestic Pure Argan Hair Oil Mask Review

Let’s start with the basics of Majestic Pure’s  Argan Hair Oil Mask. It’s a 8.5 oz container of hair mask, which is supposed to hydrate and help repair damaged hair. The directions say to towel dry hair and apply proper amount wait 5 minutes. The mask contains several ingredients, too many to list here, but you can check out the list via the picture.

So, does it work? I’m a bit on the fence about it. I’ve only used it twice, but the second time I really felt like it weighed down my hair. In fact, I had to throw my hair into a bun because it just didn’t look good down. However, my ends look way better and less frizzy.  Also, I’m not sure if the weighed down is my error. I’m not really sure what the “proper” amount is and it’s highly possible I’ve been using too much. I do like to put quite a bit on. It also doesn’t say how often one should use it. Once a week? More? Less? I’ve been doing it once a week, but maybe that’s the wrong way to go.

Also, with my hair being on the long (mid back) and thick side, each application does take a lot of product. I would say I’ll get 4, maybe 5 applications from the container. Of course, if I applied it a bit lighter, it would go further. Mileage will vary from person to person on that front.
I’m going to continue to use the rest of that mask until it’s gone. My hair looks tons healthier so I’m hoping the weighed down problem will work itself out as I figure out how much I should actually be using for my hair. I still think I like a coconut hair mask a bit more, but maybe with continued use my opinion will change.

Final Verdict: This may not be the right mask for me, but at $13 it’s worth a try!

Note: I did receive this product at a discount for an honest review

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum Review


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My experience with Valentia went so well last time that I was excited to try out more of their products. This time it’s their Lift Revitalizing Serum. The serum is supposed to renew texture & tone, deeply moisturize, minimize fine lines, increase elasticity & brighten & plumb fine lines.

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The key ingredients are

  • Wakame Bioferment (Seaweed): Increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defense.
  • Gotu Kola: Lessens the appearance of scars and increases skin firmness.
  • Lactic Acid: A natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.
  • Licorice: Lightens unwanted pigmentation and corrects skin discoloration.
  • Argan Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduced water loss and protects skin’s resiliency and elasticity.

So, what did I think of it?

First, I want to say that it does have a strong citrus smell.  I actually really like the smell, but I know that for some it could be a problem. As someone who is sensitive to scents/can get migraines I appreciate when this is pointed out.

Now that’s out of the way, the serum has a nice texture and goes on easily. I haven’t had any problems with greasiness either as the serum absorbs nicely into the skin. It says to use moisturizer after, but I haven’t been and my skin hasn’t felt dried out or anything (even in the midwest winter). In fact, I really feel like it moisturizes well on its own.

Does it work? Well, I’ve only been using it a little under 2 weeks, so I think that’s hard to say. Also, I’m in my mid-30’s and don’t have a lot of fine lines yet, so I assumed it would take longer for results to show up on me. I do plan to continue to use it though.

The only thing I don’t really like is the pump. If I try to pump it onto my finger, I always have a it that goes “flying”. I don’t know if that’s an issue with just my pump, but I’d suggest pumping the serum into your hand and not fingers. That way you won’t lose any product.

Final Verdict: Nice serum that moisturizes well.

 

Soap.Club Handcrafted Natural Soap Revoew


I know soap seems like a weird thing to review, but I’m always on the look out for great new products. I had picked up a bar of homemade soap in Greece and since it was getting low, I was looking for a replacement. Enter Soap.Club Handcrafted Soap

First, let’s start with a list of the ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Shea Butter, and Essentials Oil/Fragrance (All Soap.Club oils are non-GMO and use only natural colors)

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They have several scents to pick from, but the one I got was Lemon Coconut and it smells absolutely heavenly. If I could carry it around all day just to smell it I probably would.

The block is a very nice size. I’ve been using it for a couple weeks and haven’t even put a dent into it yet. I can easily see it last several months.

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It’s been a while since I’ve used store bought soaps, so I can’t really do a comparison. This bar arrived just as I finished my homemade soap from Greece, which had very similar ingredients. That being said, my skin continues to feel silky smooth.

Final Verdict: Solid thumbs up and will most likely buy again (if I can get the same scent) once this one is gone.

*Note: I did receive this product at a discount for an honest review

Review: Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask & Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub

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I love trying out new skin products, which is why you’ll see a lot of them on this blog. Today, I have two different products to share with you.

20160120_223718The first is a Detoxifying Clay Mask. I do love me a good clay mask, especially one that’s organic. This one was a bit different from what I usually use, but still totally stacked up. The texture and smell was the most noticeable difference from others I’ve used in the past. It had more of jelly feel in the jar, but still went on smoothly. The smell, for me, was the best part. It smells so darn good! It has this light berry smell that is to die for.

The only downside for me is I notice my skin feels tight/dry after use. I don’t know if that’s due to the mask or that it’s winter in the midwest or even if my skin is sensitive to something in the mask. It’s not enough for me to stop using, especially since it does visibly reduce my pores after treatment.IMG_20160120_231504

Here’s a bit more information about the ingredients in the clay mask:

  • Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.
  • Plant Stem Cells: Naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.
  • Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.
  • CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.
  • Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.

Final Verdict: A great clay mask to add to your beauty routine. It is slightly pricey at $25 for a 4 oz, but if you can afford it it is worth the price.

20160120_223813The next product I’m going to talk about is the Exfoliating Scrub. I’ll admit I was pretty hesitant to try this out, especially when I first opened it. I am not a huge fan of the green tea smell and in the jar it’s a bit much for me. However, once on the skin, the smell was less overwhelming and became something I could handle.

Beyond the smell, I really enjoyed this scrub. I love the nice exfoliating feel jojoba beads give. If you’re someone who typically likes microbeads, this is a scrub you should check out. It’s a very gentle exfoliation and would feel comfortable using it every day, even with my sensitive skin.

Here’s a bit more information about the ingredients in the scrub:

  • Green and White Tea: Packed with polyphenols and potent antioxidants that provide anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-aging effects.
  • Aloe Vera: This nutrient rich botanical moisturizes the skin and fights aging by improving skin firmness.
  • Jojoba Beads: Gentle beads that work to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells without scratching the skin.
  • Olive, Avocado & Kukui Butter:This nutrient dense trio is rich in Vitamin A, B, D, and E helps nourish, hydrate, and repair the skin while combating pro-aging free radicals.

Final Verdict: This is a huge thumbs up for me. Again, it’s bit on the pricey side ($25 for 4 oz) but completely worth it if you can swing it.

Eyelash Curler by Mia Adora


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So, this is were I tell you I am by NO MEANS an expert at lash curlers. I’ve had a couple others in the past and I still never know if I’m using them right. Seriously, I YouTube this crap just to make sure I’m doing it right. This is one of my favs

Okay, enough about the how-to and on to the real question. What do I think about the Eyelash Curler by Mia Adora? I can’t say it’s the cream of the crop, but $12 who would? However, it does hold up easily to other curlers I own. In fact, I have noticed myself reaching for this one a bit more.

One of their selling points is how it is uniquely spring loaded for added precision. For me, the spring made it feel a little more flimsy than my other curlers. It just doesn’t have the heft/feel as sturdy, but that doesn’t hinder it from working at all.

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I do like the design a lot. I feel like it’s a tad bit smaller than my others, but that’s something I totally love. It fits so much nicer in my hands and against my eyes. In fact, I haven’t felt like I’m going to pinch myself at all. Mia Adora’s eyelash curler wins hands down in the comfort zone.

The one last thing I’ll mention, and this will seem silly, but I love that it’s a nice silver color. One I got in a sub box was black & while I like it, it’s SO hard to tell if all my lashes are through/properly placed. So, as simple as it seems color does matter!

Here is a picture of my lashes-no mascara, mascara, & then mascara + curler. It’s hard to see, thanks to crappy lighting, but the curler does turn them up a bit and gives them a nicer look.

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*Note: I did receive this product at a discount for an honest review.

Birchbox (April)

Here is what I go in my April Birchbox

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Beaver Professional Hyrdro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo
Size/Value: 60ml/$3.49

Beaver Professional Nutritive Repairing Conditioner
Size/Value: 40ml/$3,05

Jouer Tint: Petal
Size/Value: 0.03oz/$9.42

Manuka Bee Venom Mask
Size/Value1 pod/$7.50

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream: Blueberry
Size/Value: 22ml/$2.93

Total: $26.39

Thoughts: 
This box was just alright. The Manuka Bee Venom mask was AMAZING. If it wasn’t so expensive I’d buy it in a heartbeat. The shampoo/conditioner were fine, but I didn’t notice any different to my hair. I’ve had the shaving cream before; didn’t like it then and didn’t like it now.

For next month, I selected a curated box because there were two items I was interested. I’ve got my fingers crossed it’ll be good.