Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Glowing skin with Adovia Purifying Mud Mask

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Mud Masks are my favorite way of not only relaxing at home, but also getting my skin to glow!  It is important when using masks to use one with great ingredients so that your skin gets more than the regular benefits.  Adovia comes at you with their Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask...check it out!

Adovia's Purifying Mud Mask comes to you in a very generous squeeze tube containing 150 ml/5.1fl.oz of product.  This mask retails for $13.95 USD on Amazon.com.

Adovia Purifying Mud Mask
"Adovia's unique Purifying Mud Mask is formulated with Dead Sea Black Mud, Beeswax, and a deeply moisturizing combination of Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Olive Oil.  This mask boosts cell renewal and revitalizes your skin, while tightening your pores.  As the mask dries, it gently pulls out toxins and impurities known to clog pores and cause visible signs of aging.  The presence of Dead Sea mud infuses your skin with needed minerals while firming it and improving elasticity .  Aloe Vera and Chamomile extracts soothe and calm your skin while  Vitamins A and C leave it looking fresh and renewed." - Adovia Mineral Skin Care

"The Dead Sea Facial Mask by Adovia:
* Pulls out toxins and unclogs pores so your skin can breathe and rejuvenate naturally
* Pulls out excess oil while putting in much needed essential minerals from the Dead Sea
* 100% Natural, Paraben Free, No added fragrance or color
* Improves your complexion by reducing blackheads, acne blemishes, and the appearance of acne
* Supplies nutrients to maintain elasticity and a soft, even texture
* Helps with oily skin, acne treatment, blackheads, blemishes, Psoriasis, Eczema" - Adovia Mineral Skin Care

Prior to using the mask, I cleansed my face with a normal cream facial cleanser.  I have combo oily skin and the occasional breakout.  I have issues with tone, texture and oily tzone.

The mask itself looks like  a regular mud mask when it comes out of the tube.  Once applied to the skin, you notice how different it is from other masks.  Adovia's Purifying Mud Mask feels like a legitimate balm.  The texture is pretty unreal from all other masks I have used!!!  It spreads nicely on the face and since it is very much like a balm, you do not need much for this to work.  After you apply a thin layer, you let it dry.  Once dry, rinse off with lukewarm water.  Again, here is where this mask differs from others.  You will feel small particles in the mask...so when you rinse it off, you also get a mild exfoliation from it as well!  Purifying and exfoliating at the same time?  I am SOLD!

Here, after application and cleansing, skin is more even, refreshed and less oily.  I have been using this mask once a week for almost a month and a half and I am loving my skin.  The combination of purifying mask and exfoliator really do leave the skin glowing, plump and soft.  This has also been super beneficial at curbing minor breakouts and texture changes due to the warmer weather coming up.

To learn more about purchasing Adovia Purifying Mud Mask and to see how others are using this, go HERE.

*DISCLAIMER - Item sent by company for the purpose of testing/reviewing.  I am not affiliated with this company, nor am I being financially compensated for my review.  All words and opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Get to bed a little easier with Vita Sciences Maxasorb Melatonin

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I am a night owl.  For some reason my creative juices kick in at night...which equals out to long hours spent working, writing, reading at night, and this has caused my sleep schedule to become unstructured.  The body and its circadian rhythms (sleep cycle) are controlled by Melatonin, a hormone created by the Pineal Gland in your brain.  Melatonin is what regulates your day-night cycles and ensures that you are awake by day, asleep by night.  But when you have an erratic sleep schedule like I do, you offset the rhythm and then you have problems getting to sleep.

Vita Sciences has come up with an ingenious way of getting Melatonin to us to aid in getting to bed...

Maxasorb Melatonin is a lotion that delivers 3 milligrams of Melatonin per full pump.  The bottle is an airless dispenser made out of sturdy plastic.  The push mechanism is easy to press and also easy to control.  The tube itself comes with 50ml/1.7 fl.oz of cream, that is enough for 60 doses.  Maxasorb Melatonin retails for $29.95, but it is on sale right now for $19.95 USD.

"Each measured dose of Maxasorb Melatonin lotion from our airless dispenser delivers 3 milligrams of Melatonin with a full press of the pump.  Just before bedtime, rub the easily absorbed, odorless lotion on your arms or legs.  For travelers trying to ease the effects of jet lag, apply Maxasorb Melatonin lotion the day of travel close to the target bedtime at your destination.  This will aid in falling asleep faster, improves alertness during the day, and reduces daytime fatigue.  Use the product throughout the trip and for a week after return to help your body readjust its natural sleep cycle.  Natural ingredients assure this lotion is gentle to your skin".   - http://www.vitasciences.com/

Maxasorb Melatonin Tube
Maxasorb Melatonin - lotion texture
I use a pump of this about 30 minutes before I go to bed to aid in helping me fall asleep.  I usually start feeling a bit sleepy/drowsy and then boom!  I am out like a light.  I find that this, in addition to me regulating when I go to sleep, really does help in getting me to sleep.  The lotion is thick, but absorbs quickly and leaves the skin soft.  There is no scent to the lotion.  I have not experienced any reactions on my skin with this lotion on and it does not conflict with other body lotions I use.

When I focus on getting my sleep cycles back to normal, it is a joy to know that Maxasorb helps get me there fast and safe!  I am experiencing better and longer sleep and am waking up refreshed.  Now, let's just see if we can get those creative juices to flow earlier!

"These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease". - vita sciences

To learn more about Maxasorb Melatonin, Vita Sciences or any other of their products go HERE.

*DISCLAIMER - Item sent by company for the purpose of testing/reviewing. I am not affiliated with this company, nor am I being financially compensated for this review. All words and opinions are my own.*

Zoya: New summer offer - Get Any 3 polishes for the price of shipping!!!

Do you love Zoya nail polishes as much as I do?  They have an amazing offer going on right now!

Right now on Zoya's website, you can choose any 3 polishes for the price of shipping!!!  Shipping is $15, so that works out to $5 a bottle, which is an amazing deal!  Use code KICK at check out!  This offer expires 6/14/2015.

Head to zoya.com for color choices and details!  Happy Shopping :)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum - heavyweight hydration! (review)

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As my quest for better looking skin continues, I had the opportunity to try a serum that is natural, organic and packs a huge punch of moisturization...

Amara Organics are a small, family owned business that brings to you skincare containing carefully chosen natural and organic ingredients.  Their line has 5 products, for skin and eye areas, with ingredients ranging from vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid, fruit stem cells, peptides and more.  What I have for you today is the Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum with vitamins C and E.

Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a clear, semi viscous liquid contained in a clear glass bottle.  You get 1 fl. oz/30ml. of liquid product.  This serum retails for $17.95 USD.

"This serum is a concentrated delivery system for the highest quality botanically derived hyaluronic acid, with powerful antioxidants Vitamin C & E, for beautiful skin".   - Amara Organics
Hyaluronic Acid is known to be a powerful hydrator in products.  In this serum, coupled with vitamins C and E and other essentials, it becomes a super boost of hydration for plumper, moisturized skin.

 - plumps and hydrates skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles
 - locks in moisture, giving skin a dewy, supple glow
 - boosts collagen production, restoring skin's natural elasticity
 - softens and smooths for a more even skin tone
 - leaves skin looking radiant and youthful
(source - Amara Organics)

This lightweight serum quickly absorbed into my skin, leaving it soft, cool and super plump!  I did not experience any stickiness afterwards which made for other skincare and makeup applications issue free.  There is a slight herbal scent to the serum that quickly dissipates after application.  I have been using this for about a month and I wake up to softer skin, a more clearer complexion, and a hydrated look.  I have only recently brought it down to my neck, followed by my neck cream to see if I can improve the area there.  A post with photos of before and afters will come soon.  What I really love about this serum is just how much light hydration is has brought into my skin.  I am a habitual skin treatment user, everything from masks to peels to scrubs, and this serum has allowed for those treatments to go to work, but not dry me out as others have done in the past.  Perfect summer hydration for those looking for moisture but not the added heavy feel of a cream.

This serum is natural, vegan and cruelty free as well :)

You can learn more about Amara Organics, the Hyaluronic Acid Serum and purchase this and other products HERE.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bring the spa home with Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask

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Home spa nights...one of my most treasured at home treats to indulge in.  Lighting candles, mani-pedi's, a warm bath and facials bring to mind the peace and quiet we all need during our busy weeks.  Being a fan of face masks, I was excited at the chance to try Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask and see how I could incorporate it into my skincare routine!

Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask is mineral rich mud mask known for its healing properties.  Within the sturdy plastic jar, you get 6oz of product.  This can last you up to 30+ applications!  The price of the mask is $24.77, but when you visit Pure and Essential Minerals website, you can get $10 off of your order on Amazon.com!

Pure&Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask
 "The Dead Sea, situated between Israel and Jordan, is 1400 feet below sea level, and the lowers point on the earth's surface.  The healing properties of its mineral-rich mud have been revered for centuries.  This facial mask draws out impurities, toxins, and excess oils leaving your skin feeling soft and clean.  Dead Sea minerals nourish and restore the skin's vitality, stimulate and improve blood circulation, resulting in a wonderful glow.  Used weekly, your skin will look and feel its best." - Pure & Essential Minerals

#deadseafacial product texture
The mud itself is extremely lightweight on the skin.  It feels like a wet, whipped consistency.  There is a rather pungent scent here, but it does dissipate rather quickly upon application.

Dead Sea Mud Mask - mid application
The lovely aspect of this mask is that you do not need to glob on tons of it in order to get results. Here is a thin layer, drying, almost at the point of washing off.  The mask does feel "tight" when it is all dry, but never uncomfortable and when you move, it  "cracks", making facial movements a bit easier.  When you go to rinse the mask, you lightly wet it a bit and then work the mask into the skin.  There are a few bits in there that exfoliate your skin.  So this is like two treatments in one!  A subtle exfoliation along with the impurity clearing mud mask aspect!!!

After Mud Mask Treatment - deadseafacial
This mask has made my skin so much more even that it has been before.  Even in texture and tone.  I do this mask twice a week.  I should note that I am combination-oily, and that is mostly through the t-zone.  Dead Sea Mud Mask has also softened my face.  After treatment, I have experienced a softening layer on my skin that does not irritate, and seeps into my skin soon after.  I love feeling how smooth my skin is!

Those who are looking to add a touch of spa to their routine should look to this mask.  Gentle, effective and easy to use. The mud has worked wonders on my breakouts, especially the cystic acne I am prone to on my chin.  It also leaves you with a fantastic glow...this mud mask is great for circulation.  I am loving my results and cannot wait to see where my texture, tone and pores are in the next few months!

To purchase Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask, check it out on Amazon.com HERE.  You will also get a free E-Book The Natural Skincare Guide!

To learn more about Pure & Essential Minerals, go HERE.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Beauty Blogazon Weekly Roundup 4/5/2015