Need A New All Natural Skincare Brand To Try? Get Some Just Natural In Your Life!

This is a sponsored post by Just Naturals and they have so graciously given me the opportunity to try some of their skincare products. This is perfect timing because I have been spending a lot of time in the sun and it has really taken a toll on my skin. Elle’s ezcema is also getting out of control (again) so we were both in need of some new skincare products that could really pamper the skin. Just Natural prides themselves on providing vegan and cruelty-free products that are handmade. And they have succeeded. All of their products feel as if they could have been made right at home.

Just Natural

Just Naturals sent me a ton of goodies and I spent a few weeks test driving everything.

Just Natural Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Let’s talk about the glory that is their Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub ($27). This earthy and sweet smelling scrub smells fantastic. Like many scrubs, the scent will not linger but when applying it, you will enjoy how nice it smells. I found this scrub to be perfect for me. However, those with sensitive skin may want to stay away as smoothing it on the skin may appear too abrasive for some.

Just Natural Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub in hands

Just Natural has dumped Kukui and Hazelnut oils in this scrub and so even after you wash it off, you are left with such soft skin. LOVE!

Just Natural Skin Calming and Healing Lotion

Their Skin Calming & Healing Lotion ($29.99) is what I was really excited to try because Elle has been in need of a  lightweight moisturizer. I usually use thicker creams on her but in the summer, her skin does okay with something light. The Healing lotion is not insanely moisturizing and almost fragrance-free.

Just Natural Skin Calming and Healing Lotion on skin

The scent of Sweet Orange Blossom Essential Oil is light and pleasant and I’m thinking this baby is great for summer and for those who don’t suffer from really dry skin.

Just Natural Skin Calming Body Wash

The Skin Calming Natural Body Wash ($13.99) has been a staple in my shower for weeks now. I have been on the hunt for skincare products that maintain a healthy pH balance. This soap-free body wash doesn’t lather or foam and is the one of the better body washes that I’ve tried in quite some time.

Just Natural Skin Calming Body Wash on hand

Instead of drying this skin out, this wash moisturizes as it cleanses. The aloe vera gel included is great for dry and inflamed skin and it is such a treat for those of us with eczema.

Just Natural Body Nutritive Serum spray

The Body Nutritive Serum ($25.99)  is by far my favorite product of the bunch. It has a really nice and woodsy scent and I find it to be more of an oil than a serum. It is the perfect summer oil as it dissipates quickly but keeps the skin feeling moisturized for hours. I can’t get enough of this stuff!

I’m a huge fan of Just Natural. I will be restocking up on their Body Wash and Serum when I run out. I find the prices to be reasonable for an all natural brand and more than anything, I like how the brand really takes pride in only providing nourishing oils and properties in their products.

I am just itching to try out some of their butters but it looks as if they are out of stock. That totally bums me out, but hey…I’m taking it as a good sign that they really make spectacular buttahs. For more information about Just Natural, visit their site.

Add Refresh Soothing Masque to Your Summer Skincare Regimen

Refresh Natural Skincare masque shot

I already know what you’re thinking. “Oh joy. Another blog post about a mask.” Surely if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong, my friend. Wrong. This blog post is being brought to you by the brand Refresh and I had the opportunity to test drive their mask. Er…masque.

Refresh Natural Skincare masque

Retailing for a smooth ‘an easy $29.95 this masque has been a much needed addition in my skincare routine. I’ve been cool with my cleansers, moisturizers and exfoliators but a soothing treatment like this masque is very much appreciated.

Perfect for those of us with all skin types, Refresh has formulated this natural mud masque to have several uses. In addition to moisturizing the skin, it helps exfoliates and contains 100% natural ingredients. Yes girls. This product even omits synthetic fragrance which you know I’m lovin’.

Refresh Natural Skincare

I really wanted to give my skin sometime to see how well she (my skin is a she…right?) liked the masque. I took a shower and applied this bad boy to clean and damp skin. Per the instructions, I let it sit for 10 minutes. Yours truly was very happy to see that it didn’t crack and become a crummy mess. Warm water assisted me in removing it and I was left with subtle skin that felt moisturizing and soft to the touch.

I find that many facial masks suck the moisture right out of my skin but thanks to the moisturizing properties of ingredients like shea butter and cucumber, I didn’t immediately have to dive into my moisturizer and this is always a good thing.

Refresh Natural Skincare whipped mask

Having used this several times over several weeks, I find myself reaching for it time and time again. And this, ladies and gentlemen, says a lot for skincare product junkie!

Refresh Natural Skincare masque ingredients

PROS

-The masque is incredibly moisturizing and will come in great use during the warm months and during the cooler months.
-The base of this clay is bentonite clay which is known for its fantastic detoxifying properties.
-Removal is quick and easy. Slather on and rinse off. DONE!
-I’ve found that this masque feels extra nice when used after spending hours in the sun.
-A little goes a long way.

Refresh Natural Skincare swatch

CONS

-If you aren’t familiar with the smell of bentonite clay (which uh…smells like clay), the scent may throw you off.
-If you don’t ensure that the lid is placed on correctly EVERY time, you may end up with a dry masque. Ask me how I know…

Refresh Natural Skincare masque on skin

I’m a fan! I haven’t boogied with a masque in forever and a day I think this one from REFRESH will be following me for a quite some time. You can purchase it here but if you use the code 9FIOVZKR, you’ll save $5 from now until the end of August. Happy shopping, lovelies!

 

Are you a mask lover?

Why RoC rocks and #RoCWrinkleRanking!

RoC antiaging products

This is a sponsored post through Beauty Stat and last week a pretty cool Twitter party went down. If you missed the memos that I posted all over social media and thus missed the party, girl…I feel for you. Guys and girls from all over tweeted using the hashtag #RoCWrinkleRanking. A mess load of prizes were given out and we all got the skinny on how wrinkles and zip codes are interrconnected. Who would have thought?

We counted down the top 50 wrinkle-prone cities. The research was done by RoC and  Sperling’s BestPlaces and I sat on the edge of my seat with anticipation to see where Orlando, Florida would fall. I knew we would make the list and sure enough, we were #10. The #1 city was Riverside, California and NYC was #2. While we all tweeted our shock, horror and thoughts over the cities mentioned, we also chatted some of RoC’s awesome products.

RoC Antiaging

My beauty blogger girls have been recommending that I try some thangs from RoC for years now. Honestly, I don’t know what has taken me so long. Their lineup is impressive and you know that I am all about that preventive care. Yes, I know I don’t have wrinkles at 29 but if I get in to the habit of using anti-aging products, I will still look 29 at 59, right? Haha. At least that’s the hope.

RoC Skincare

I can’t wait to really start testing these goodies out. I have already been using the Eye Cream nightly. And I have been searching for a good night cream for months now. I received the following products from RoC.

  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30
  • RETINOL CORREXION Eye Cream
  • RETINOL CORREXION Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System
  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Serum


RoC Skincare products

Only a true skincare fanatic would get so excited about getting the opportunity to try these. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, know that RoC Skincare has been around for 50 years and they pride themselves on producing anti-aging products that guarantee a visible difference. All of their products are reasonably priced, can be found at your local drugstore and more importantly…THEY WORK! I’ll keep you updated with my experience with RoC. In the meantime, check out that study and see where your favorite cities land.

Have you ever tried anything from the brand RoC?

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by BeautyStat and RoC. #bstat

RejuvadermMD: For Microdermabrasion On-The-Go

I am so here for beauty technology. Yes, I’m a hippie who enjoys making her own skincare products and (safely) laying in the sun to get my dose of Vitamin D, but I also love when beauty and technology play nicely. Such is the case with the RejuvadermMD Handheld Microdermabrasion System.

RejuvadermMD

Yes, girl. Quite the mouthful, I know but come on…hang with me. I think you’ll like this nifty device. I had the opportunity to review this a few months back and I’ve been diligently using it ever since. I’ve never given Microdermabrasion a thought as I thought my skin couldn’t really benefit from it, but I couldn’t be more wrong. While I don’t have any wrinkles (YET, honey…being a Mom of a toddler means they’ll be popping up any day, though), I am all about preventative care. I want to have a regimen in place that can keep lines and wrinkles away for longer and minimize them when they do come.

Most beauty lovers are aware of microdermabrasion treatments that you can have at a spa. And you may be aware of products that you can purchase that claim to give a similar effect. However, RejuvadermMD is allowing us to have the same spa experience at home time and time again. Which, of course is not only cost-effective, but it’s convenient, as well.

RejuvadermMD on

4 settings determine the strength.

And simple. The actual device is lightweight, easy to pack up and relatively simple to use. Retailing at $199, RejuvadermMD totes the following features and promises:

  • Powerfully exfoliates the top 3-5 layers of outer dermis
  • Is “100% Crystal Free”
  • Delivers results on par with clinical treatments over time
  • Reduces the fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and brown spots on the face and body
  • Smooths uneven skin

RejuvadermMD up close

With its medical grade diamond tip, at first glance, you’ll see that RejuvadermMD isn’t a toy. This is for the big leagues, ladies and gentlemen. If you are serious about evening out that skin and keeping those wrinkles minimized, this is the device that you’ll want to use.

What is included in the kit?

-The RejuvadermMD device
Medium Coarseness Real Diamond Tip
-Pore Extraction Tip
-Infusion Tip
-50 pack Black Wool Filters
-Power Adapter
-User Manual

The First Run
I gave myself an entire month to test this device as I really wanted to experience how my skin felt after using it over many weeks. The suction on this devices reallllly sucks. And not a BAD suck, I mean an actual suck. There are 4 different levels and I found that the first 2 levels were perfect for me. Those with sensitive skin may struggle with the initial run because it may be painful. But hey, after seeing all of the gunk that came out of the tube, I was impressed at how powerful this device was.

RejuvadermMD on face

Who would most benefit from using the RejuvadermMD?
After consulting with their dermatologist, I bet those with cystic acne would really benefit from using this. Also, those looking to smooth our their skin and keep a nice and clear complexion would love it, too. I found that using it twice a week was perfect for me and it practically made my pores disappear. Okay, not REALLY disappear but they appear smaller when I am wearing makeup.

Can you purchase different tips?

You can! There’s the Pore Extraction Tip, Body Tip, Infusion Tip, Precision Tip and Diamond Tips for sensitive skin. The tips range from $25-$50 in price and are definitely needed for those who have specialized areas that they would like to target.

RejuvadermMD tips

And if you’re like me and suffer from acne from time to time, the Pore Extraction Tip is a total must have. Also, for an additional $39, I recommend getting a bottle of the Argan Stem Cell Serum.

RejuvadermMD Argan Serum

It not only helps to tighten the pores but overtime, the claims say that it will help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s like the whip cream on top of your sundae. The sundae is perfect alone but the whip cream can only make it better, right?

PRO’s

-Easy to use.
-Instruction manual is easy to understand.
-It pampers AND treats skin.
-You can purchase additional tips for various uses.

CON’s

-May be painful during first use.
-Users may see redness after use. This is normal and the redness usually goes away within an hour or so.

And if you’d rather see a video…

I have to hide this from Grandmama Clumps when she comes to visit because I know she’ll be trying to get her hands on this. For more information about the RejuvadermMD and purchase, visit here.

4 Skincare Brands That Are Doing It Right

I’ve been switching up the skincare game these days. I’m tossing out the same boring products that I’ve been using and trying some new stuff. Plus, I don’t know…there’s something about the change in seasons that makes you want to get a whole bunch of new skincare products and makeup goodies. I’ve been testing these goodies for months now and I finally feel ready to drop the skinny on them.

Tu'eL skincare products

Or is that just me? *shrugs* First things, first…have you heard of the brand Tu’eL? Girl. Ohmigoodness…I first purchased their products from my waxer lady and since then, their fabulous PR team has given me the opportunity to try other thangs.

Tu'eL products

While not widely popular, the brand Tu’eL and their products have changed my skin. And that’s not just dramatic blogger talk. Their Green Clean Invigorating Body Wash has worked wonders on my skin. I originally purchased the Body Polish Set (which contains pumice gloves) because my waxer promised that if I used that daily, I wouldn’t have any issues with itching or ingrown hairs. I was a skeptic, but she was absolutely right.

Tu'eL skincare

Tu’eL’s Green Clean Body Wash has a mineral oil-free formula with ingredients like pine and bladderwrack. The glycolic helps prevent bumps by really exfoilating the skin. It’s an experience, really and without the use of synthetic dyes and fragrances. I don’t think I’ll ever stop buying this product. The kit retails for $36 which is probably on the steeper end of post-wax and shave care, but whatever. It’s an investment that I will make time and time again to continue to not have to deal with ingrown hairs, dark underarms and the itchiness every time I shave.

Tu’eL also carries a Triple Splash 3-in-1 that is by far one of the coolest skincare products that I’ve come across in awhile.

Targeted to help hydrate the skin, Triple Splash is intended to be splashed on wet skin immediately after a bath or shower. Using Sodium Hyaluronate and a bit of Eucalyptus, this stuff promises to not only provide added hydration to the skin but it also firms and tones. It feels absolutely fantastic! Even in the summer, my skin is notoriously dry and even more so after I’ve been swimming.

Splash in hand

Triple Splash not only feels good after application but it’s a nice base before slathering on my moisturizer. I don’t know how I’ve managed to live without this stuff. Also pricey at $32, this hydrating body tonic is truly one of the best skincare products I’ve tried all year.

Ahava Active Moisture Gel Cream

Have you heard of the brand Ahava? I’ve tangoed with them before but it has been such a long time and I was very grateful to get a press sample of their Active Moisture Gel Cream. The whole concept of a moisturizer having a gel consistency is tough to deal with when you first plop a dollop in your hand.

Ahava Active Moisture Gel Cream in hand

But after it sinks into your skin, you realize that it doesn’t leave behind a sticky feeling but instead sinks into your skin. It feels especially cooling after a shower. The warmth of the skin combined with the coolness from the gel is quite the treat. Ahava says that this Gel Cream not only locks in moisture but with continued use it also brings about softer and more invigorated skin. I’m not sure if my skin feels 100% renewed after using this but I will certainly keep using it after workouts because I do feel it glides effortlessly on my inflamed and hot from the sun skin. Really all of us girls should keep a tub of this $40 slice of heaven in our gym bags.

SebaMed

And then there’s the brand Sebamed. Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash is geared towards those of who are serious about maintaing our skin’s pH balance. It is formulated to a pH balance of exactly 5.5 which is a big deal because it helps maintain skin’s moisture.

This mild soap deeply cleanses but doesn’t give your skin that streaky clean feeling. I love how my skin feels after using it but the fragrance is far too strong for my liking. Still, if your skin is pretty picky and you find that you have to use products that aren’t too acidic or too alkaline, Sebamed is very cool.

And we all know about St. Ives, right? Did you know not too long ago they gave us some new formulas? Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub and Oatmeal Scrub + Mask are new on the scene.

St. Ives scrubs

I love how St. Ives is really specifying what each of their scrubs will do. Whether you need something to soften the skin, brighten or polish away imperfections, they’ve got it.

Recommended use is 3-4 times a week and that may be a bit much for some. However, I can certainly appreciate the less abrasive and almost cream-like feel to these. They feel so much nicer on the skin than the Apricot scrub. Which, by the way, is on sale at Drugstore.com.

St. Ives

Scent-wise, you’ll find the Pink Lemon to smell, well..citrusy and the Oatmeal scrub has a sweet and faint vanilla scent to it. Fans of St. Ives will love both and of course you grab them at drugstores and Target stores nationwide.

Have you been trying any fun new skincare products?

 

 

*Disclosure: These products were sent for consideration unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links are used within this post.

Look! Whish Has Made Shaving (Almost) Fun Again

Through Mom Central, I got the opportunity to test drive some Whish shaving products and for the first time in…forever, I’m not hating shaving! Ugh. I have a love/hate relationship with the whole concept. It’s crazy to think that in the 7th grade I begggggged my Mom to let me shave my legs. Now I’m all like “Ugh…I HAVE to shave.” And #1 reason why I love winter time? Because I don’t have to shave. Yes, girl. It is a serious matter.

Whish Body products Whish Body Products has a goal of providing an unparalleled treatment for the body. All of their products are without parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals. They use organic ingredients and I was surprised at how luxurious shaving products could be. Whish Shaving I’m a low maintenance girl when it comes to shaving and for years I’ve used whatever hair conditioner I had on hand as a shaving cream. Yes, feel free to judge me. I realized that it was high time for me to step my game up and use an actual shaving cream. Whish’s Shave Crave Shaving Cream really shouldn’t even be called a shaving cream. It’s more like a fluffy pillow of awesomeness. I mean, really. There’s shaving and then there’s shaving with Whish’s Shave Crave. After you attempt to say that 3 times fast, check out some of the specs of this cream…

  • It includes squalene and jojoba seed oil. Both which help hydrate the skin.
  • Organic shea butter is dumped in to help protect and heal the skin.
  • It smoothes the skin with organic coconut oil.
  • Flavors include the decadent yet subtle Lavender, Almond, Lemongrass and Pomegranate.
  • It was was created with the power of men’s shaving cream but without the yucky chemicals.

Housed in a see-through counter (this NEVER happens with shaving creams), Shave Crave comes with an easy-to-use pump. I found that half a pump distributed just enough product for one leg.

Whish Shave Crave pump

A little goes a long way and once the pillow of cream hits your hands, you know you’re dealing with a very different kind of shaving cream.

Whish Shave Crave

Once slathered all over the hands, I found the cream to feel like a moisturizing whipped butter. After rinsing, you aren’t left with that streaky clean feeling.

Whish Shave Crave bottle

Using it as an experience, really. An experience that will cost you $20. And as always after shaving or waxing experience, the upkeep is just as important as the original removal process. That’s where Whish’s Ingrow Hair Serum comes in…

Whish Shaving Serum

A clinically proven treatment intended to be used pre and post wax or shave, this lightweight serum contains willow bark, Mother Nature’s natural form of salicylic acid. Healing, refreshing and cool on the skin, this serum helps to reduce redness, irritation as well as delay hair growth. I can’t spoke on the latter as I haven’t been using it long enough to find the truth in that claim, but I like the idea of using a serum after shaving. Why didn’t I think of this?

Whish Shaving Serum on skin

I can appreciate the the very light, almost fragrance free formula, too. The serum is an alcohol- free gel that feels fantastically cooling on the skin. As with the shaving cream, a little goes a long way and I reckon with regular use, this stuff will keep those pesky ingrown hairs at bay. It goes for $22.50.

Available at Nordstrom.com, I am allll over Whish and I wish I would have known about this luxurious brand years ago. I’ve noticed such a difference in the overall smoothness of my legs. Yay for whishes coming true!! Haha, see what I did there?

My Beauty Bunny’s Cruelty Free Facial Moisturizer

I am incredibly excited to post about this moisturizer. Developed by my girl Jen of My Beauty Bunny, this Cruelty-Free All Natural Moisturizer has been my staple and go to moisturizer for some weeks now. I received a sample of it some time ago and for the past 3 weeks I’ve been telling everyone I know about how great this moisturizer is.

My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free Moisturizer

…and I’m not just saying that because I love Jen and respect her mission to spread the gospel about cruelty-free makeup and skincare products. She’s a pioneer in the game and this moisturizer speaks to her awesomeness.

My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural Moisturizer

I use about 3 different moisturizers each day. I’ve got an SPF moisturizer that I use for when I’m running outside, one for bed and then there’s my Beauty Bunny moisturizer. Complete with 5% alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a soothing blend of aloe, toning witch hazel, moisturizing squalane and extracts, I find this moisturizer to be perfect under makeup and when worn alone. It’s not only cooling on my face after I’ve endured just a bit too much sun from my runs, but I find that it really sinks in my normal/dry skin. Those with oily skin, no need to be worry…this moisturizer is incredibly lightweight and fitting for those of all skin types.

My Beauty Bunny moisturizer ingredients

And of course, it would only include the good stuff and omit the bad stuff. And don’t even get me started on the subtlety of the fragrance. When applied, you get just a very small whiff of refreshing grapefruit that quickly dissipates. With just a very small pump, a little goes a long way. I often found myself pumping too much.

My Beauty Bunny moisturizer

I couldn’t be more proud to know someone who has launched such an incredible skincare product. While originally launched at $39, you can score this moisturizer for a steal at $15.90.

Who Would Love the My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural Moisturizer?

  • Those of various skin types.
  • My guys and girls with sensitive skin.
  • Those looking to add a lightweight (yet powerful) moisturizer to their routine.
  • Folks who like to keep it simple in the ingredients department.
  • Fans and supporters of My Beauty Bunny because…well, just because!

I’d hurry and get your hands on this holy grail of a moisturizer as  bottles are limited. Snag yours at FutureDerm.com.

Reviva Labs’ Seaweed Soap. But you can’t eat it.

I have this thing about seaweed. You could really swap “thing” for obsession. I love the stuff. It is beyond tasty and I’ll never forget the roommate of mine that introduced me to the joys of eating seaweed. Roomie Joy and I both did a service term in AmeriCorps in Los Angeles. We lived in a convent. ‘Twas the best of times and the worse of times. But anyway…this soap reminds me of those times.

Reviva Labs Soap

And anytime a product brings back memories from way back when, you kinda have to keep and it repurchase it. It’s the law. Reviva Labs provided me with a sample of this and while many of my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida girls have raved about it, I have never actually tried it. Lame B, I am. I’m a bar soap lover but I can’t use them too often as they tend to dry my skin out. But with the extra time I’ve been doing in the sun these days due to the warmer weather, I figured I could switch over to bar soaps without my skin acting up. And I was right!


Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap

For $4, you can cop yourself  a refreshing bar of soap with a base of palm and coconut oils. The built-in bits of seaweed help to gently exfoliate the skin. Sweet stuff, right?

Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap bar

My only drawback regarding this soap is the added dose of Fragrance. Totally unnecessary, in my book. Or I would have loved the use of sandalwood essential oil. That stuff is pretty expensive so even a touch of cedar (or some kind of essential oil with a woody note) would do the trick. The added Fragrance, I think takes away from the organic and natural feel of the bar. And said fragrance is either something you will love or hate. Can’t say I’m an enormous fan of it as it smells obviously synthetic and a bit pine-y in my book.

Reviva Labs All Natural Seaweed Soap

But whatever. It feels great on the skin and cleanses to perfection. Which is what a bar of soap is supposed to do, right? Go and scoop up a bar. It’s only $4. Definitely not wallet breakin’, ya know?