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Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Skinue Review + Giveaway :: Using the Power of Camel's Milk

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I never thought I'd be putting camel's milk on my skin, but that's exactly what the secret ingredient is behind a new skincare line called Skinue.  National Public Radio (NPR) actually ran a story on Skinue back in January during their Morning Edition show and that's when I first heard of the anti-inflammatory properties of camel's milk and how the whey protein actually works to help heal skin problems like eczema and acne.  All their products are free of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (read about the Cycle of Blemishes here) as well as parabens!

While I'm lucky to have relatively problem-free skin, I am always on the lookout for products that will help even out my skin and give it a better glow.  I don't have any acne issues, but I do have dry, sensitive skin that can get irritated pretty easily.  I received a small sampling of their product line a couple weeks ago and have been using it consistently.  I thought I'd share my thoughts on the products and let you guys have a chance to win some products to try for yourself!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Review: Obiqo Skincare ( + Coupon!)

My skin typically requires more moisturization in the colder winter months and I wanted to share my love for the Obiqo line that I newly discovered.  Obiqo (pronounced OH-BE-CO) is a New Zealand skin care line that uses natural marine extracts to repair and renew the skin.  Obiqo gathers nutrient-rich sea kelp straight from New Zealand's pristine waters whenever storms toss it ashore and combine it with anti-aging marine extracts from France.  (detailed ingredient info here)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Seventh Generation Skin Serum + Paraben-Free Makeup Look

Since having Dylan, I've slowly started choosing more natural eco-friendly options for my daily lifestyle as I want to minimize the amount of chemicals I expose to my family.  We do cloth diapers (my favorite is the Bum Genius 4.0 pocket diapers), all natural bath products (love the Shea Moisture baby line), and we even switched to using reusable paper towels (bought this cute chevron print roll).


I have yet to completely convert my entire beauty regimen to be all-natural, but I have made a few changes with my skincare.  One of the all-natural products that I'm really enjoying at the moment is the Seventh Generation Skin Serum.  I love the fact that the serum is plant-based and free of all harsh preservatives, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.  Notable also is that these serums contain no water or other fillers, using oils instead to treat the skin.  Initially I was a bit wary of applying oil onto my skin for fear of clogging my pores and breaking out (especially in the 100-degree Texas heat!), but instead I actually noticed that my skin felt softer, more supple, and had a glow from within.  After doing a bit of research, I then realized that most skin is over-stripped of moisture and the skin then goes into overdrive to try and compensate.  By providing this oil to the skin, the skin actually responds by producing less oil and naturally balances out.  I love that I'm treating my skin to something more natural and can't get over how much more luminous and healthy my skin is looking in return.

The Seventh Generation Skin Boost serum also comes in 6 different varieties.  Take this quiz to find one customized for you!

Meanwhile, I'm also happy to share my all-natural makeup look that is comprised entirely of paraben-free products, including Seventh Generation's Skin Boost serum.  I make a point to avoid parabens as they mimic estrogen and have been found as a possible trigger for breast cancer and early puberty (source).  This is my go-to look when I want something natural yet still want to look put together.  It's quick, easy, and perfect when you're on the go!  #AllNaturalStyleSecrets

Seventh Generation Skin Serumeclos primerFresh Faces First Kiss Mineral BlushPerricone MD No Foundation FoundationUrban Decay Naked paletteBenefit They're Real mascaraMAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyesfresh Sugar Lip TreatmentMAC Fix+
1.  Seventh Generation Skin Boost Serum -- I use the Hydrating formula.  One pump is all I need for my entire face.
2.  eclos daily hydraprimer spf 30 -- my new favorite primer!  Makes foundation glide on like butter.
3.  Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation -- so easy to apply with my fingers.
4.  Urban Decay Naked palette -- I used Sidecar (eyelid), Buck (crease), and Hustle (outer v, eyebrows).
5.  MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in Matte Black -- Soft, creamy, and lasts all day.
6.  Benefit They're Real mascara -- works for wimpy asian lashes!
7.  Fresh Faces Mineral Blush in First Kiss -- perfect for that natural, glowing flush.
8.  fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 --hydrates like no other.
9.  MAC Fix+ -- great way to refresh throughout the day.

paraben-free makeup look #AllNaturalStyleSecrets

paraben-free makeup look #AllNaturalStyleSecrets

paraben-free makeup look #AllNaturalStyleSecrets

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Disclosure:  I received a free sample of this product from Lucky and Seventh Generation for use in connection with this blog.


    Monday, October 11, 2010

    Japanese Skincare / Haircare Haul + Mini Review

    Recently a 99 Ranch Market Asian supermarket opened up here in Dallas and I went to go check it out cause a family friend had told me that they carry drugstore asian products.  I was super surprised to find all sorts of Japanese toiletries that I'd never seen or heard of before by brands like Juju Cosmetics, Mandom Beauty, and Lucido.  The only exception was Shiseido.  I took advantage of the opportunity and tried out a few items.  I've now used these products for a couple weeks now and have news to report!  See my review of each item below.  :)

    So many Japanese skin products I've never seen before!
    <3 99 Ranch.  :)

    The damage.

    • Mandom Beauty Barrier Repair Baby Moist Milk   (price: $12-$14)
    This is by far the all-star product out of all the items that I bought.  I apply this product after I finish washing my face and it does an amazing job of helping my skin retain moisture like I've never felt before.  Used on its own, you cannot tell a difference.  However, layered with additional products, this product is incredible.  It really helps the other products that are applied afterward really penetrate into your skin. My skin has never felt so moisturized and it almost does remind me of baby's skin! I have had no negative reactions to this product but have only noticed that my skin is smoother and has less fine lines.  Simply amazing and so affordable!

    Available online at webichi

    • Juju Cosmetics Aqua Moist Moisturizing Lotion   (cost: $15-18) 
    I had originally bought this product hoping that it would be similar to the Hado Lobo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion that I've read about.  I wanted the bounciness that I see in these videos!

    I did experience a slight bounciness, but the overall effects of the lotion weren't anything special.  The toner did help moisturize my skin a bit, but it wasn't anything like the Mandom Beauty Baby Moist Milk that I had tried previously.  I could see this toner as being a good option in the summer months when I don't want to layer anything heavy on my face.

    Available online at BeautyKat.

    • Juju Cosmetics Aqua Moist Moisture Washing Foam   (cost: $6-9)
     This product was another all-star!  I was skeptical at first when I used this product because the soap is a foam -- no graininess, no creaminess, just foamy.  I didn't feel like I was cleaning anything off of my face.  However, when I then used a cottonball to apply my toner after this product, I noticed that there was absolutely no makeup on cottonball!  I also recently invested in a Clarisonic Mia and use noticed that this product really seems to clean out my pores completely and leave me feeling super clean.  The best part is that my skin doesn't feel tight or dry afterward, which is no small feat considering I have some of the driest skin out of everyone I know.  The product does contain hyaluronic acid and provides a super saturated amount of moisturizing liquid to your face while cleansing.  I will definitely be swapping out my current cleanser for this one.

    Available online at eCrater and Sasa.
    (Note: I bought a smaller foam pump bottle but it's the same as the upside-down dispensing bottle)

    • Lucido Designing Aqua Hair Curl Lotion <Airy>   (cost: $9)
     I first learned of this product after watching xppinkx's YouTube describing this product.  I also have the hardest time curling my hair as the curls do not last past a couple hours at best.  I saw that this product claimed to hold your curls in place all day long and I figured that given the price, it wasn't a lot to invest to try it out.  After using it a couple times, I have to admit that the product really does work.  I have been able to keep my curls in place for the entire day.  I spray my hair very liberally with this product before curling and have noticed that I don't have to work as hard to get my hair to curl as stay curled.  This product was also very light and did not make my hair stiff or crunchy - a problem I've had with some hairsprays.  I also have very fine hair and am constantly worried about products weighing it down, but this product was light enough that my hair still kept its body and volume.  I have absolutely no complaints from this product and will definitely keep on purchasing!

    Available online from webichi

    • Shiseido Fitit Aquair Moist Hair Pack Naoshi Essence   (cost: $12)
     The last item that I purchased was this hair essence spray from Shiseido.  I actually had no idea that Shiseido even had a hair care line, but there was quite an extensive lineup at 99 Ranch.  This product claims to help "reset" your hair prior to styling.  My main motivation to try this product was that I wanted something to use to "reset" my hair between when I straighten it and when I curl it.  I've tried using this spray for that purpose, and I have to say that it didn't really do much.  I had straightened my hair the previous day and tried curling my hair the next and my hair just refused to curl.  The only thing I have noticed that this product does really well is that it removes the kinks in my hair from when I have it tied up in a ponytail.  I can let my hair down, spray this product liberally all around, and within about 20 minutes my hair is kink free!  I'll continue using this product and see if I can find any other good uses for it, but at the moment it's not good enough for me to repurchase.

    Available online at Amazon.

    Hope you guys found this helpful!  If you've tried these products or other Japanese skin/hair items, how did they work out for you?  Please share!!  ^_^

    Thanks for reading!


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