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Product Review: Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion

Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion 

Foxbrim’s Vitamin C Lotion is the lightweight, effective and natural solution for dry and under-nourished skin. Create eight-fold antioxidant protection while lightening sun spots and discoloration. Powerful antioxidants Vitamin C and Green Tea work in concert with Jojoba Oil + Shea Butter for natural moisture. Panthenol + MSM work to effectively restore and strengthen skin.

• Effectively lighten spots and discoloration
• Reduce wrinkle formation and existing wrinkles
• Refine and even skin texture 
• Promote skin cell turnoverKey Ingredients include:
+ Vitamin C (15%)
+ Aloe Vera
+ MSM
+ Shea Butter
+ Jojoba Oil
+ Green Tea
My Thoughts

This is the 4th Foxbrim product I’ve tried. I loved the first three. This one though? I’m actually not a fan.

I’ll be the first to admit that part of my lackluster review of the Vitamin C lotion might be because I genuinely LOVE the Ocean Mineral/Seaweed Complex Lotion (they changed the name recently). But the Vitamin C lotion just….didn’t do much for me.

Yes, it does moisturize my skin. I’ll give it that. But I get absolutely no brightening, no smoothing, and no noticeable lightening of dark spots. Now, maybe it doesn’t work on acne scars – maybe it only works on brown spots. If that’s the case, I’m the wrong person to review it, since I don’t have brown spots. As far as a moisturizer goes, though, this one is just so-so. I don’t think it’s as moisturizing as the Ocean Mineral Lotion, and it certainly doesn’t smell as good. The consistency is somewhat thin. If you don’t like thick moisturizers, you’ll probably be fine with it. Me, I like them thick and lotiony.

I don’t hate this product, but I don’t love it either. I’d go with the Ocean Mineral over the Vitamin C – both are roughly $15, and the Ocean Mineral lotion is a much better product, in my opinion.

I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.

Product Review: InstaNatural Essential Oils


InstaNatural Essential Oils

About Lemon Essential Oil:
Lemon Essential Oil is extracted from the rinds of lemon, which lends its fresh citrus fragrance. This cold-pressed oil has a strong bright scent that is both refreshing and uplifting. Its astringent and purifying properties also make it a great aid to help cleanse and tone the skin, while delivering a boost of Vitamin C antioxidant benefits.

Ingredient: 100% Pure Cold-Pressed Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus Limon)

About Peppermint Oil:
Peppermint Essential Oil is a multi-purpose oil that cools, energizes and refreshes the body and mind. This steam-distilled oil is extracted from dried or fresh leaves from the Mentha Piperita herb, giving it a sharp, menthol fragrance. Its pleasantly sweet and minty aroma makes it a premium choice for aromatherapy to improve the mind and lift the spirits.

Ingredient: 100% Pure Steam-Distilled Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita)

About Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender Essential Oil is a steam-distilled oil that relaxes and rejuvenates the body and mind with a fresh floral aroma. This essential oil is extracted from the oil glands of the Lavandula Officinalis plant, which gives the oil its sweet herbaceous fragrance. Our Lavender Essential Oil’s clean and serene aroma makes it a perfect companion for aromatherapy to help ease the mind.

Ingredient: 100% Pure Steam-Distilled Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Officinalis)

My Thoughts

I’m a little slow to get on the essential oils train. Not because I don’t think it’s a good idea, but mostly because I’ve been too lazy to do the research on them. And frankly, because essential oils tend to be expensive. (And we all know I’m cheap.)

As it happened, I didn’t actually get to try the lemon oil because it was sold out when InstaNatural ran the promotion. It’s now back in stock, and I’m thinking about picking it up to give it a try.

When I got the Lavender and Peppermint oils, to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with them. I knew I could use them for massages with the coconut oil I’d gotten. So I tried that first. A few drops of the oil mixed with the coconut oil was plenty. Of the two, Jimmie and I both preferred the peppermint, but the lavender was nice too.

Then I did a little reading, and found out I could clean with the lavender, and that peppermint is good for congestion. And good for focusing. I decided to use the peppermint oil as I would perfume, and dabbed a little on my wrists before work. I couldn’t smell it, but I swear I got more done that day than the entire rest of the week. We also tried the peppermint in our humidifier. Again, we couldn’t smell it. Whether it worked or not, we’re not sure.

What I can tell you, though, is that peppermint absolutely works for congestion and coughing. Both Jimmie and I use it just about every night. We put a drop or two on either our sinuses or our chests (be careful and don’t get too much near your nose as it’s super strong) and within minutes we’re breathing easier. Both of us have horrible seasonal allergies, and while the oil doesn’t make them go away, it absolutely lessens the stuffiness. And I find the scent relaxing, oddly enough.

I need to find more uses for the lavender. Any suggestions?

Since this is my first experience with essential oils, I can’t tell you if InstaNatural’s are any better or worse than other brands. That said, the bottles are ENORMOUS. They’re 4 ounces, which is actually the same size as a tube of Alba sunscreen (odd comparison, I know, but I just bought some yesterday). And they’re $20. Considering a microscopic bottle at Earth Fare is between $11 and $15, I think this is a pretty freakin’ good deal. Right now the choices are Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon, but I’m hopeful they’ll come out with more soon!

I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.

Just for Fun – 40 Makeup Questions!

I never ever ever do these kinds of things. Which is not entirely true. I used to do them all the time on Facebook, Myspace, and things like that. Now, I just lurk and take all those quizzes everyone posts but I don’t actually share my answers. However, thanks to a recent Tarte purchase, I’ve rediscovered a passion for pretty stuff (more on that later)….so when Katie over at Plus+Beauty posted this tag, I kinda wanted to play along. Even though I’m not a beauty blogger.

And then I thought….why the hell not? It’ll be fun.

So here goes. This is totally superficial and fun and a great way to spend your Sunday. I should know. *Grin*

1. How many times do you wash your face daily?

Just once, when I shower. I’ve tried to get into the bedtime face routine, but I consider it a win that I take off my makeup most nights. And yes, I use disposable makeup wipes. Curse me, I know. I’m killing the environment. Allow me this one vice, mmkay? (I’ll work on it….maybe.)

2. What skin type do you have?

It’s kind of a mix between sensitive and oily, so let’s just go with combination.

3. What is your current face wash?

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleanser. It was a splurge last year, but I actually really love it. I really liked the Living Nature stuff I was using, but I can’t bring myself to spend the money on shipping from New Zealand. If I could get it here, I absolutely would.

ANTI-AGING CLEANSING GEL

4. Do you exfoliate?

Sometimes, but not as often as I should.

5. Which brand do you use?

I still have a little bit of the Vasanti exfoliant I got in Birchbox, and I really like that. I also have the Mary Kay Microdermabrasion that’s pretty awesome too.

6. What moisturizer do you use?

At the moment I’m using a Foxbrim moisturizer, since I’ve got to review it for them. Otherwise, I use Purpose.

7. Do you have freckles?

Yup.

8. Do you use eye cream?

Yeah, most days. I couldn’t tell you what brand – I’ve got a million samples (thanks again, Birchbox!) so I’m set on eye cream for the next decade, I think.

9. Do you or did you have acne prone skin?

So I thought I did, and I spent years trying various acne creams, which only made it worse. Then I gave up, and tried using different skin care regimens. Then last year around this time, my skin exploded. And never got better. I finally made an appointment with a dermatologist, who took one look at me and declared I have rosacea. She sent me home with a couple meds. So I’m trying that, and so far, it seems to be helping.

10. Did you ever had to use Pro-Activ?

No, but I considered it before going to the derm recently.

11. What foundation do you use?

It varies, but I usually come back to a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. Wet and Wild has a great tinted moisturizer that I really like in summer, and I also stick to Loreal’s Magic BB Cream. When I want an actual foundation, it’s Revlon’s Colorstay.

12. What concealer do you use?

MAC Studio Finish. This stuff is amazeballs, and my last pot lasted me almost 2 years. It covers EVERYTHING.

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer<br>

13. Do you know your undertone color?

Yellowish. I tend towards beige, not pink.

14. What do you think of fake eyelashes?

Honestly, they terrify me.

15. Do you know that you’re supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

Who doesn’t know that? Better question….who actually throws mascara away that often? I sure as hell don’t.

16. What brand of mascara do you use?

So my good pal Linda bought me the Sephora mascara sampler for Christmas because I’m too cheap to buy decent mascara. (Love you!!) I’m working my way through that. Otherwise my standby is Maybelline’s Mega Plush gel mascara, or I have a 100% Pure mascara that I love.

17. Sephora or Mac?

That is totally not a fair question.

18. Do you have a Mac Pro-card?

No…..what is that? I want one, whatever it is.

19. What makeup tools do you use in make-up application?

I use a brush for everything except concealer, though I’m curious about those blender sponges.

20. Do you use a makeup base or primer for your eyes?

I usually just blend my foundation up there, honestly. I have eyeshadow primer somewhere though….

21. Do you use a makeup primer?

Not really. I’ve used it in the past, and some are better than others, but it’s one of those things I tend to forget about.

22. What is your favorite eyeshadow color?

I use my gold Mary Kay shadow nearly every day.

23. Do you use a pencil or a liquid eyeliner?

Pencil, definitely. Haven’t mastered liquid.

24. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

Never, thank you very much.

25. What do you think of pigment eye shadows?

Ummmm…..

26. Do you use mineral makeup?

Eyeshadow and blush.

27. What is your favorite lipstick?

So I don’t wear lipstick…..

28. How about lipgloss?

I’ve got a Sephora lip gloss that I adore, and I’m also really impressed with the NYX Butter glosses I bought.

29. What is your favorite blush to use?

This is one area I’m struggling in. I’m using a Be a Bombshell blush mostly, and while it’s ok, I’m not in love. I have a few others, but nothing that’s really doing it for me yet.

30. Do you buy makeup on ebay?

Only if it’s new.

31. Do you like drugstore makeup?

Some of it, yeah. Not all of it.

32. Do you go to CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlets)?

Never heard of it.

33. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Not usually….

34. Name a makeup crime you hate.

Oh geez. Lip liner. I don’t care if it’s done well or not. I can’t stand it.

35. Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick, blush, etc.) or neutral ones?

Yes!! Though as I’ve gotten older I’ve toned it down quite a bit. I still love my MAC peacock blue shadow though.

36. What celebrity always wears great makeup?

I always really like Katy Perry’s makeup in the Covergirl ads, even though I don’t really like Covergirl….

37. If you could leave the house using just one makeup item, what would you choose?

Easy. Concealer.

38. Could you leave the house without any makeup on?

Of course.

39. In your opinion, what is the best makeup line?

I think several lines do certain things really well. Most of my eyeshadows are Mary Kay. I love Sumita eyeliner. I’ve used several of Loreal’s foundations, and really liked them all. I’m newly in love with Tarte. MAC will always have my heart, if not my wallet.

40. What do you think of make up?

It’s fun!

So there you go….40 questions all about makeup. Hope you enjoyed!

Product Review: goPure Fractionated Coconut Oil


goPURE Fractionated Coconut Oil

The Fractionated Coconut Oil offered by GoPure is considered an all-natural type of carrier oil that is able to easily absorb into your skin, which makes it a go-to option for all types of topical therapies. It offers a feather-light emollient, providing a soothing barrier, without the risk of clogging your pores, and is ideal for dry or otherwise troubled skin. It provides the skin with a non-greasy, silky smooth feel, unlike the other vegetable carrier oils currently available. It is completely soluble with all types of essential oils and is odorless and colorless, which means it will not stain any fabric it comes in contact with. It also has a prolonged shelf life, which means it will not go rancid and is designed for topical use only.

  • The fractionated coconut carrier and massage oil by GoPure creates a barrier on your skin, but does not clog your pores. Provides a light-weight and non-greasy finish. It is composed of 100 percent natural Carrier Oil or pure base.
  • The shelf life, with proper storage conditions is indefinite. The product needs to be stored in a cool location, out of the direct sunlight.
  • Ideal product for massage therapy due to the ability for the oil to remain in liquid form provided by the fractionating process.
My Thoughts

I loooooooove coconut oil. That’s been a recent thing – I wasn’t really familiar with it until about a year ago. I’m still learning, but I’ve yet to find something I can’t use it for. I’d never even heard of fractionated coconut oil, though. Turns out, it’s coconut oil in liquid form.

I was a little disappointed when I first opened this – I wanted the coconut smell! This oil has zero fragrance. That’s nice if you’re using it as a carrier oil for essential oils, but kinda boring if you’re just using it straight from the bottle.

I first used this as a moisturizer, but wasn’t super impressed. It felt good, but didn’t do much for my skin. Then I used it as a massage oil, and was totally blown away. The oil is super smooth and silky, but never greasy. It warmed up nicely, and a little goes a long way. My skin felt moisturized for hours after the massage. It’s not as thick as other massage oils….because of that, I wasn’t expecting much. But what it lacks in thickness it definitely makes up for in longevity. I paired it with a couple of essential oils (more on those in my next post!). I didn’t “mix” them – I should have, but I didn’t have a spare bottle to pour it in. So I did drops of coconut oil, then drops of essential oil. Not perfect, but it worked.

My only complaint is that, like most oils, the bottle leaks. I don’t know that there’s any way to fix this, but it’s still annoying!

You can buy goPURE’s fractionated coconut oil on Amazon for about $16. The bottle is huge, and the price is much better than what you’ll pay for other massage oils. I can’t wait to find other uses for it (not that I mind the massages!!) Definitely give it a try!

I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.

Product Review: Foxbrim Seaweed Complex Lotion

 

Time for another Foxbrim review! If you remember my last Foxbrim post, you know I was really fond of their products. The trend continues!

Foxbrim Seaweed Complex Lotion 

Foxbrim’s Seaweed Complex Lotion takes your daily lotion to the next level. The life of the ocean is bottled for perfect and healthy beauty. Nature continues to hold the key to true beauty. Seaweed Complex Lotion utilizes phytochemicals, polysaccharides and 90+ minerals and micro minerals to bring the restorative and youthening elements of the ocean to you in a bioavailable format. This light and fresh lotion will create balanced and nourished skin. Rapidly restore firmness to tired and worn skin. Boost collagen production while filling in existing wrinkles. Amazingly, anti-radiation properties found in this complex protect from daily and long term sun damage and progressive aging of the skin. 

Key Ingredients Include:
+ Phytochemicals – Effectively prevents premature aging of the skin. 
+ Polysaccharides – Essential building block for skin repair and renewal. 
+ Organic Spirulina (Blue Green Algae) – Reduce skin inflammation while boosting antioxidants and defending against free radicals. 
+ Hyaluronic Acid – Unmatched natural moisturizer for plump and smooth skin.

My Thoughts

The first thing I have to say about this is that it smells like a man’s cologne! Seriously. The product was initially designed for men, but women started requesting it, so they rebranded it as a gender neutral product. But, it’s still got a manly scent! I love it though – the scent fades after about 15 seconds, so it’s honestly not an issue. And it makes me think of Jimmie.

 This is a nice, lightweight moisturizer. It feels great going on, and keeps my skin hydrated all day. I haven’t noticed anything amazing in terms of reducing inflammation or renewing my skin, but that’s ok. I wish it had sunscreen, despite the claims that it protects against sun damage (call me a skeptic!). It’s gentle and hasn’t broken out my skin, so for that alone it’s a winner.

This is the third Foxbrim product I’ve tried, and I’ve been really pleased with all of them. It’s nice to see smaller skincare companies doing well, making quality products, and gaining a following. If you’re in the market for new skin care products, give them a try!!

I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.

Product Review: InstaNatural

InstaNatural

I recently had the opportunity to try not one, not two, but three products from InstaNatural, a beauty company based in Florida that prides themselves on using natural and organic ingredients. Everything is made in small batches, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. They don’t test on animals, and none of their products have alcohol, parabens, or sulfates. I was super excited to try them, and they were generous enough to send me their Argan Oil Hair Mask, Dead Sea Mud Mask, and Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Ready for the reviews?

InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients – such as Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil & Vitamin B5 – work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also serves to strengthen hair to defend against heat damage and other external aggressors.

  • Deeply conditions, strengthens and restores hair
  • Provides superior hydration and nourishment
  • Can be used daily as a standard conditioner
  • Turns hair from lifeless and damaged to luxurious and voluminous
  • Increases shine, softness and manageability

I LOVE this product. Love it. For one thing, it smells like….I don’t know. Like pudding. Or dessert. Or something decadent. It smells SO FREAKIN’ GOOD I WANT TO EAT IT. It’s super thick, super creamy, but doesn’t feel gross or goopy when you put it on your hair.

I should admit that the directions say to use this mask on damp clean hair. We all know I’m lazy. I use it on dry dirty hair, because I don’t want to wait around in the shower. That said, it still works. My hair is so much shinier, so much softer when I use this. It’s not voluminous, but that’s probably because I’m putting it all over my entire head – my fine hair doesn’t do well with conditioner of any kind on the roots. Regardless, this product has saved my hair this winter.

The tub is huge….no joke, I’m probably going to have this for a year. Knowing that, I’m easily going to tell you that the $18 price tag is worth it. (Even if it was a smaller tub, it’d still be worth it.)

InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium. Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains. Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

I’ve been a fan of mud masks since college, when I first experienced their tightening-yet-smoothing effect. Unfortunately, a lot of masks irritate my skin, which seems to be crankier than ever these days. I was hopeful, but realistic about this mask – I wasn’t expecting a miracle mask.

I’m telling you, InstaNatural doesn’t skimp on product. Like the argan mask, this tub is huge.

Can we pause right here and discuss how arbitrary skin mask instructions are? “Apply a thin layer” – well just what exactly is a thin layer??? Because I think it’s thin, but then I see pictures and those people definitely don’t have thin layers. So confusing.

Anyway, I just put enough on to cover my face.

I do really like this mask. It’s gentle, though after 15 minutes I’m definitely ready to wash it off. My skin feels smoother and looks brighter after using this. I still haven’t tried it more often than once every couple of weeks, so I don’t think I’m seeing quite as much benefit as I would otherwise. But, it’s a pretty good mud mask, and will last me a while. It’s $25, which might be a little high if the tub weren’t large enough to put a guinea pig in.

InstaNatural’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid along with a perfect blend of antioxidants such as Vitamin C + Jojoba Oil + Green Tea. With a capacity to sustain up to a 1,000 times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is a great natural hydrator by helping the skin to retain moisture.

  • Provides hydration to soothe dry and flaky skin
  • Does not contain alcohol or parabens
  • Enriched with Vitamin C, Green Tea and Aloe for a boost in antioxidants
  • Helps tackle signs of aging by increasing firmness and strength of skin

When InstaNatural asked if I wanted to try their Hyaluronic Acid Serum, I almost said no. I’d just tried that other one, that left my skin feeling abused and horrible. But when I looked at the ingredients, I decided to give it a try. I liked that it didn’t have alcohol (the other one did), plus I know my skin does well with green tea, aloe, and witch hazel, which are all in InstaNatural’s serum.

I’m so, so, SO glad I tried this.

The first time I used this I could immediately tell a difference. For one thing, my skin felt hydrated instead of chapped and stripped and dried. And my makeup went on smoother. The longer I’ve used it, the more of a difference I can see in my skin. It looks more hydrated and firm. This is a keeper for sure – and in case you’re wondering, I’ve used it in conjunction with both moisturizer and argan oil, and it does great with both.

Final Verdict: It’s safe to say InstaNatural has found another fan….products that work, have good ingredients, and are at a good price!

I received these products free in exchange for my honest review.

Product Review: Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Adovia’s Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a moisturizing anti-aging cream. It contains Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, and Seaweed, along with the brand’s trademark Dead Sea Minerals. Here’s what the website says:

Reduce wrinkles and fine lines while quickly firming your skin with Adovia’s unique anti wrinkle formula. Composed of deep-hydrating, natural Almond Oil and essential Dead Sea minerals, this fast acting cream will firm and tone your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping prevent the formation of future wrinkles.

This cream is a must have for any woman over 25, because it not only fights existing wrinkles – it helps prevent formation of new wrinkles and fine lines. Adovia’s specially formulated Anti Wrinkle Cream helps firm up your skin to get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, and other age indicators. With hydrating ingredients like natural Almond Oil and Aloe Vera, this cream will absorb into skin to moisturize and maintain texture and radiance.

With added Silicon and Vitamin A, it promotes skin health and enhances firmness and elasticity while helping to restore equilibrium to the skin’s moisture and pH balance systems. The Anti Wrinkle creams helps reduce existing wrinkles as well as preventing future lines and wrinkles from forming by keeping skin tight and toned.

This product sells for $25 on Amazon. Like the Day Cream, this cream is very hydrating. It has the same subtle scent. To be honest, I couldn’t tell much difference in the two. Both make my skin feel hydrated. Neither are heavy, and neither have sun protection. Both absorb well. That said, I don’t have many wrinkles, so it’s likely I’m not the best person to be testing this one!  I’ll keep it in the rotation (especially now that the weather is getting colder), but so far I haven’t noticed much of a difference.

I received the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.

Product Review: Foxbrim Argan Oil and Eye Cream



Recently, I was lucky enough to try a couple of products from Foxbrim! I’d never heard of them, but did a little digging on their website, and was intrigued. They use all-natural and organic ingredients, and to be honest, I love the little fox logo. They also offer a 90-day guarantee on all their products, no questions asked.

Foxbrim Youthful Radiance Eye Cream 

Our Youthful Radiance Eye Cream is stocked with all-natural ingredients to create a compounding effect, which will help illuminate dull and under-nourished skin in no time. With just a few small dabs you can dramatically reduce wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness and dark circles in just a matter of weeks. Our nutrient-rich advanced formula eye cream touts ingredients like vitamin c, vitamin e, aloe, green tea extract, jojoba oil – just to name a few. So soon you’ll be seeing brighter, more illuminated skin!

– You can wear it right under your makeup with NO makeup smudge.
– Since it’s made with only natural and organic ingredients it’s non-irritating for those with sensitive skin.
– And it’s made proudly in the USA.

Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Jojoba Esters, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Green Tea Leaf Extract, Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Wildcrafted Mahonia Aquifolium, Helichrysum Italicum, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Squalane, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl (Antioxidant), Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Sclerotium Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol.

My Thoughts

This product is $15 on Amazon, which I think is a pretty good price, especially for the size you get. It’s an airless pump, so it’s both sanitary and easy to dispense.

So, ok. I had to grow to love this product, I really did. The first time I used it, my exact thought was “meh.” It feels, looks, and smells like a moisturizer. In fact, the packaging even says you can use it as a light facial moisturizer. It didn’t do anything special for me. But, I kept using it, because I wanted to give it a fair shot. And it didn’t make my eyes burn, which was a nice bonus.

And then, after about 3 weeks of using it, I forgot to put it on one morning. I got to work, looked in my rearview mirror, and HOLY BATMAN WHAT THE HELL. I looked like I hadn’t slept in a week. My eyes looked tired, and crinkly, and gross. I spent the rest of the day hiding so nobody would ask if I was tired.

Needless to say, I’m a firm believer in this eye cream. Of all the creams I’ve tried, this is the only one that I’ve actually been able to tell a difference. The skin under my eyes (you know, that really thin skin?) no longer looks “crepe-y,” my dark circles are diminished, and *gasp* those little fine lines are smoothing out. SOLD. And it’s not a whole lot more than what I’d pay at a drugstore, so you can bet this one will go in my lineup for sure.

 

Foxbrim Organic Argan Oil

Our 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil is an exceptional moisturizer rich with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. We absolutely love this natural oil. A few drops is enough to revitalize your skin, face, hair and nails. Lightweight and fast absorbing, find out for yourself why this natural oil is “liquid gold”.

Ingredients: Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil) Kernel Oil

My Thoughts

This one is also $15 on Amazon. Argan oil is fairly versatile. You can use it on your hair – either an an overnight treatment or as a finishing oil. It also works as a facial moisturizer and cuticle treatment.

I’m not super experienced with Argan Oil – I’ve only tried a few different ones. The first thing I noticed about this one was the smell. It smells….supposedly “nutty” but I just thought it smelled weird. The other oils I’ve tried haven’t had a scent. You can’t smell it once you’ve put it on though. And, after a little research, I found that pure Argan Oil is actually SUPPOSED to smell. So that’s a good thing. (Another hint – it should always come in a dark bottle, because light affects it.)

I’ve used the Foxbrim oil on my skin, lips, cuticles, and hair. My favorite way to use it is actually as a moisturizer. I know, oil on your face? Am I nuts? (Probably.) Seriously though, my skin is doing so much better. My breakouts are reduced, and my skin looks firmer. It also feels really good when you put it on. I’ve also used it in my hair. I can’t put it on my roots, but otherwise, I love how shiny it makes my hair. I use it both after blow-drying and when I go wavy (in other words, when I’m lazy and let it air dry), and it works equally well for both.  I think my lips are just a hopeless case, not the oil’s fault.

Bottom Line

I’m really impressed with both of these products, and would absolutely buy them again. They’re simple, they work, the price is right, and I love the little fox.

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.

October Birchbox

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am now a member of Birchbox’s Aces Program. Woohoo!!!

AcesActually, it’s not all that exciting. I didn’t do anything to get there…just kept my subscription. Apparently now I get free shipping though, which is the biggest perk that I can tell. Still, though. That’s pretty good. (To get to be a supercool Birchbox Ace all you have to do is rack up 500 points in a calendar year. Not hard.) And since I’m close to 300 points, I feel an order coming on just in time for Christmas. Decisions, decisions.

But more on that later.

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box full of all sorts of goodies. Typically, it’s beauty products, but every once in a while you get something lifestyle or home-inspired. For $10 a month you get between 4-6 samples. I’ve had it for over a year now, and I keep it because it’s fun, and because it lets me try a lot of brands I wouldn’t normally try (either because they’re expensive or hard to find). You get points for things like reviewing samples, referring friends, and making purchases, and then you can redeem those points for full-size products in the Birchbox shop. There’s a Birchbox Man option too, but I haven’t been able to convince Jimmie to try it yet.

I’ve decided that from now on, my Birchbox reviews are going to be a little later…like, a month later. So, you know, I can actually TRY the products before I review them. Seems fair.

I was Spectacular Casey last month. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read this post.) October’s theme was Fanfare. Erm?

October Birchbox - Fanfare

October 2014 BirchboxClariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant: The first thing I want to say about this….it’s HUGE. I mean, looking at it I knew it was a good-sized sample, but then I used it and realized just how far this thing is going to go. I’d be surprised if a year from now I don’t still have some left. So if you buy the full-size, know that you’re getting a ton. I really like this exfoliant. It’s super gentle, but it made my skin feel so clean and soft. Not dried and assaulted, like a lot of exfoliants do. I’d buy it, except the sample is so enormous I think I’m set for a while.

Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm: I actually wasn’t expecting anything special from this. Lotion is kind of one of those things that I’m constantly disappointed by. Not so here. First of all, the scent is so relaxing. Second, it’s thick and creamy and does an excellent job moisturizing. And not just immediately, but all day. The first time I used this was the first day in weeks I hadn’t had to reapply lotion throughout the day. Definitely makes my wish list.

Lord & Berry Paillettes Eye Pencil: I was really skeptical about this. I love the idea of glitter eyeliner, but the reality tends to be pretty…. tweenish. Not this one. The glitter is super subtle, and didn’t make me feel like Miley Cyrus. It’s great for going out, but like most things glitter, it’s a pain to take off.

Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo: I love love love Number 4’s Protectant Spray, so I was stoked to see this. It smells amazing…sort of herbally clean. It’s paraben and sulfate free, so it doesn’t lather like normal. The more of these shampoos I use, the more I adjust to it. This one is a lighter consistency than some of the others I’ve tried…it almost looks like an oil. But my hair felt amazing, both while I was washing it and after I’d dried it. Moisturized without weighed down. It’s $32, so it’s expensive…but I’d probably buy it. Or at least use Birchbox points on it. One thing I’m starting to realize….shampoo is one of those things that you really do get what you pay for. My hair just does not do as well with drugstore shampoo. To compensate, I’m washing it less, so my shampoo is lasting longer…and actually, my hair is doing a whole lot better too.

Number 4 Reconstructing Masque: I have to be honest here. I haven’t tried this. It’s a small packet, and I’m saving it for a special occasion. Sorry folks.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: Oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF? Is it my lucky day? This is my first Jouer product, and I really like it. It feels a little bit thick though, compared to what I was expecting. It doesn’t look thick, but I’m used to pretty runny tinted moisturizers. The color is a little off for me, but that’s not surprising. This covers well and seems to keep the shine at bay a little longer than my normal stuff….but it’s also 3.5 times as expensive. I like it, but I don’t $38 like it.

What did you get in your Birchbox? 

Product Review: Morea Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Age Delay Serum

From the Brand: This serum is great for busy women who want to pack a powerful punch of ingredients into one product. Also great for organic minded women. Hyaluronic acid is known for its proven ability to reverse the signs of aging. This silky smooth formula is loaded with antioxidants Vitamin C and Green Tea to promote collagen production and protect your skin from UV damage. What makes this serum better than all the others? • Instantly plump fine lines while reducing the appearance of wrinkles gradually • Add intense moisture to dry skin • Instant glowing complexion • Improve appearance of dark under eye circles • Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin Our unique formula is so safe and effective it passed the rigorous standards to be sold at Whole Foods. • Paraben Free • 72% Organic • Cruelty Free • Airless Pump Bottle Keeps Ingredients Potent Our serum is handcrafted in the U.S.A. in small quantities for maximum quality.

Thoughts: I’d never tried a Hyaluronic acid before, and really wasn’t that familiar with them and what they do. After reading up on them, I was expecting firmer, healthier, plumper looking skin. What I got was incredible tightness, and the next day, horrible breakouts. We’ve established that my skin is cranky, and apparently this is one of those products that I just can’t do. I ended up giving it to my mom, though, and she loves it. She says it makes her skin look younger and smoother, and if she skips it she can tell. So, this product definitely works!!

Find it on Amazon here. It retails for $20, which is kind of a steal in the beauty product realm!

I received the product mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.