Naturally Fly Body Butters Are Perfection

A few months back I received 2 tubs of Naturally Fly’s body butters and I was all kinds of excited about it. I am a buttah girl. Yes, I know the buttahs are a new thing for a lot of y’all but for many brown girls, we grew up on the buttahs and oils. I’m not laughing at you for being late to the party. I’m just glad that that you’re here.

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Shea butter based products are glorious for those of us who suffer from chronic dry skin and eczema. If you don’t fall into either of these categories, you can still get some use out of shea butter thanks to its Vitamin A and Vitamin E properties. Naturally Fly is giving us an assortment of over 6 different body butters and I managed to get my hands on Midnight Mango and Honey Punch.

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Honey Punch is currently MIA because a certain toddler of mine has hid it and I’m sure it won’t show its face for about a year or so. The funny thing about both of these products is that they smelled exactly the same. To make sure my nose wasn’t off, I asked my Mom to sniff ‘em too and she agreed. I’m not mad at this because it is VERY difficult to cut the very nutty smell of shea butter. I was really looking forward to having a honey scented butter but its lack of a fragrance didn’t upset me because y’all know how I feel about fragrances…I could absolutely live without them.

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I’m thinking that I may have just gotten a wonky batch because reviews of these butters are saying that the fragrance is indeed there. But performance-wise…they rock! I mean, they really are wonderful. These butters are whipped to perfection and glide easily on the body. I didn’t find these to be very different from a traditional whipped shea butter and that’s a good thing. Sometimes it’s best to stick with what works! And this works in that it provides deep moisturization for the skin and leaves it with a non-sticky glow. So yes, y’all. I am a fan.

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It looks as if each butter contains another oil like olive oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil and a fragrance but if I were to purchase these again, I’d snag the ones without fragrance. Retailing for $14.99, I think the price point for these works as the jar is large enough to last you a good little while, especially since a little bit of shea butter goes a long way.

Check out the site here!

 

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Ideal Image Makes Hair Removal…ideal!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ideal Image for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

So girls…let’s talk about something I’ve mentioned a thousand times here on Clumps of Mascara. Hair removal! I’ve done the waxing, threading and tweezing but if you’ve found those methods to be time consuming and pointless (considering the hair grows back in like…days), laser hair removal may be for you. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal is located around the country and they have a few spots here in the Greater Orlando area. I am forever hearing the commercials on the radio and I’m like “Ugh. I wish I could go!” Their treatments and services sound some kind of amazing and they always have a special going on. Even during the summer! And speaking of summer, I’m a bit bummed out that it’s on its way out of the door. The kids are back to school and while the weather isn’t getting any cooler, I am often caught daydreaming about hangin’ out on one of South Florida’s beaches. Just me and about 3-4 girlfriends wake up to a rented condo on the beach and after sleeping a full 7-8 hours, we wake up to cook breakfast and toss on our swimsuits and head to the beach.

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We’ve got our books in tow, our reusable bottles of water, sunscreen and we are all set to lounge on the beach for hours at a time. Sounds glorious, right? Especially if you’ve already gone to Ideal Image to handle that hair “situation”. You wouldn’t have to worry about any last minute shaving on your trip and trust me when I say, every second counts.

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Laser hair removal just makes sense. Especially if you’re looking for a more convenient option that will give you confidence. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal  is a more permanent to getting rid of unwanted hair forever. For a limited time, Ideal Image is offering up to 70% off Laser Hair Removal services. Um, WOW! What an amazing deal. I’m a girl who doesn’t make much fuss over if she has a bit of stubble but I would looooove to rock a bod that is virtually free of hair under my arms and on that upper lip. Just sayin’.

My Mom and so many of my friends have done nothing but brag about the awesomeness that is laser hair removal so if it’s something you’ve thought about, scoot on over to Ideal Image, request more information, learn more about the treatments, and schedule your first visit! And you better tell me alllll about it.

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JOHNSON’S Baby Has Some Incredible News

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One of world’s favorite baby brands has been doing some serious work. JOHNSON’s Baby has recently reformulated many of their products. And why you ask? Because the consumer asked them to. What sounds like a simple request is really heavily involved and detailed. Remember when I told you about my visit to the headquarters in February? It was there where I got a chance to meet with some of the chemists and marketing professionals behind the brand. They were so candid and honest with us bloggers as they talked about how challenging it was to reformulate some of their most popular products.

But they felt like they had to do it. Because the consumer asked them to.

And before you get all “What GOOD! How hard is it to remove an ingredient or two or 10?” on me, think about your favorite skincare product. You use it because you love it, right? You like the way it feels and the way it performs on your skin. You’ve been using it for a while because it is consistent and you can always depend on its efficacy. You would flip if the formula changed, wouldn’t you? Especially if the scent was different or if wasn’t as moisturizing. JOHNSON’s Baby had the daunting task of reformulating their products without changing the consumer’s experience. Wow. Far from easy. But they did it.


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Because the consumer asked them to. They reformulated the following products:

o JOHNSON’S® Baby HEAD-TO-TOE® Wash
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thick and Curly Hair
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thin and Straight Hair
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo with Calming Lavender
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Soothing Vapor Baby Bath

Exciting, right? It’s a big deal and I can’t wait to see what loyal JOHNSON’S Baby fans are thinking about the products and if they can detect a change. Having played around with them, I can guarantee you that I haven’t noticed anything different. Which is a good, thing, right?

In honor of the new changes, JOHNSON’S Baby put together a lovely video that acts as an open letter to moms showing scientists and their families coming together to build an origami stork mobile, symbolizing the delivery of our promise. So sweet.

Ya gotta love a brand that actually listens. Check out the video and let me know what you think!


So. About Sunscreen…do you wear it?

I can’t believe that I am just now getting around to reviewing these sunscreens from Kiss My Face. Summer is well underway and we just took our first family trip to the beach a few weeks ago. I wasn’t brave enough to take an infant to the beach last year but now that Elle is 1.5, I just knew it would be some kind of fun.

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And fun, it was. She had a blast digging through the sand with Daddy, running up on the waves and lounging with Mommy on the beach chair. We were sent these Kiss My Face sunscreens for review which we toted with us in our beach bags. I’m glad I remembered to bring them because while I am a big advocate about sun protection, I forget to wear sunscreen…a lot!

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There’s been a lot talk about spray sunscreens and if they are harmful or not so to be safe, I didn’t use that on Elle. I did however slather her in the Kiss My Face Kids Defense Mineral SPF 30 sunscreen. It provides UVA and UVB protection and they omit fragrances and sulfates. Mineral sunscreens, I’m guessing, are the new kids on the block ( don’t quote me on that as I don’t really keep up with sunscreen thangs) in the sunscreen world. I first heard about them from Food Babe. I’m not going to act like I’m a skin scientist and know every little thing about ingredients but I do what I can and I appreciate brands like Kiss My Face because they are always very clear on what their products include and don’t include.

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And I’m so grateful that this comes without fragrance. Sunscreens are already pretty funky in my book and I don’t need an extra layer of a citrus scent to help me smell…”beachy”. This stuff applies like all sunscreens.

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But alas those with darker skin will endure the ghost effect. Ain’t nothin’ we can do about that. And I deal with it because at the end of the day, protection is key. Our entire family uses this sunscreen so I love that I’m using a sunscreen that’s great for my baby and great for me!

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I really love this sunscreen and will stock up on it since we plan on taking a few more trips to the beach this summer. I’ll hold off on their Air Powered Spray for now until I get the verdict on it.

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What sunscreens are you using this summer?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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’.

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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.

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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…

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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!

 

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Why RoC rocks and #RoCWrinkleRanking!

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.