Brand Review — Reverie Farms & Soaps

I received samples for my honest review from the wonderful natural brand Reverie Farms & Soaps.

Reverie Farms is a small, local farm located in Argyle, Texas. They make natural beauty products because they found many soaps include unhealthy ingredients like parabens.

I received one bar soap (I chose Citrus Fusion) and a liquid hand soap (in Lemongrass):

Citrus Fusion Soap

Citrus Fusion Soap ($6 USD) — Citrus Fusion creates a new angle on citrus! The blood orange and bergamot essential oil fuse together to create a light citrus bar! It is a natural organic based bar soap and is biodegradable, vegan friendly, and made with organic oils.

This smells amazing.  Is is light and fresh and a great scent for the whole family because it isn’t too strong.  It cleans and leaves my skin very soft. I plan to try other scents in the future.

Natural Organic Foaming Hand Soap

Natural Organic Foaming Hand Soap ($6.50 USD) — The natural organic foaming hand soap is biodegradable, vegan friendly, and made with organic oils of sunflower and/or safflower, and coconut, vegetable glycerin, rosemary extract and essential oils. It is sold in an convenient 8 ounce foaming soap dispenser. Can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, shower, etc. Great for hands as well as body cleaning!  Formulated for people with sensitive skin and never tested on animals.

I have this in Lemongrass.  It’s very lemony and works well in my kitchen.  I like it, but it has a bit of a greasy feeling to it.  I need hot water to rinse it clean.  I do really like how moisturizing this is.  And it foams nicely!

These wonderful products are available at reveriefarms.com

Natural Beauty Products for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!  Are you going outside today to enjoy nature?  My severe seasonal allergies prevent me from being outside too much in the spring, but I might go outside for a little bit. I do need to plant some spring flowers!

Instead, I will celebrate Earth Day by enjoying natural beauty products.  Below are a selection on natural products that will help you look amazing:

jane iredale Bronzer Refill ($44 USD) –Four complementary shades can be swept across cheeks and lips to contour and highlight for a luxurious look that’s made in the shade! Pair with their sleek refillable compact

jane iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder ($44 USD) — A loose mineral foundation that gives a sheer to medium coverage. Available in cool (pink undertone), warm (yellow undertone) and neutral shades.

These and much more are available at janeiredale.com

Packed with pure essential oils, the Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant Collection ($14 USD) is free of aluminum and will last all day. Get superior odor protection with this award winning, 100 percent natural, freshly scented deodorant. Breakthrough natural technology fights odor effectively while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.

Smell Spring fresh with Lavanila’s Healthy Fragrance Collection. ($58 USD) Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time.

Moisturize the healthy way with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection, ($19 USD) which is a super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence. Layer with any LAVANILA Healthy Fragrance to enhance your scent experience.

Available at Lavanila.com

Ktchn Apothecary Facial Moisturizer Kit

Ktchn Apothecary Facial Moisturizer Kit ($45 USD) — This DIY kit contains everything so making your Facial Moisturizer is fun and easy as pour, heat, stir.  It includes:

  • Ktchn Apothecary signature, multi-benefit extracts: Pure Aloe to hydrate & renew; 7 Restorative Facial Oils to smooth & restore, Finely Ground Oats to balance & soothe; and Natural Beeswax to fortify & protect
  • All-natural, plant-based preservative so there’s no need to refrigerate
  • A reusable, heat-safe glass beaker and stainless steel whisk
  • No-fail instructions so making your moisturizer is as easy as pour, heat, stir
  • A beautiful cobalt blue glass jar to store your freshly made moisturizer

Purchase at shop.ktchnapothecary.com

ZSS 30-Day Systems

Conserve cash and celebrate Earth Month with ZSS-Skincare’s limited-time beauty special: During the month of April, enjoy 50% off ZSS 30-Day Systems with code April50. ZSS Skincare is leading the way in clean beauty with recent National Solutions Beauty with a Conscience Award. All products are naturally-derived, pure, concentrated, contaminant-free and sustainable. The systems are:

  • Radiant Skin System – $64.50 (regularly $129) – Nourish, Protect, and Renew with this “better together” skin care system that brings out natural skin radiance, locks in moisture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles while protecting from damaging environmental aggressors. Formulated with the exclusive skin antioxidant Zeaxanthin, the Radiant Skin System is designed to complement your current skincare routine, and includes a daily supplements and a topical Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a synergistic system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
  • Clear Skin System – $64.50 (regularly $129) — Calm, Clear, and Balance with this “better together” skin care system that helps detoxify and balance your skin while locking in moisture.  The Clear Skin System minimizes blemishes, evens skin tone and calms dry, sensitive skin. Gluten-Free, it provides Pre and Probiotics to rebalance intestinal microflora and support gut immune health (the root of our immune system). It also helps to encourage optimal bioavailability of nutrients from both diet and supplementation. In combination with antioxidants zeaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, green tea and pre/probiotics the Clear Skin System promotes optimal and balanced digestive health that encourages radiant clear skin. Designed to complement your current skincare routine, it includes a ZSS daily nutricosmetic dietary supplement packet and a topical ZSS Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.

Available at ZSS-Skincare.com

What are your favorite natural products?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Amazing Drugstore Skincare and Body Care Products!

Drugstore products can be so fun to try. With a small investment, I know I can find effective beauty products and new heroes!

I was sent the products below for my honest review.  Here’s what I think:

Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser

Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser ($6.49 USD) — A refreshing, daily liquid cleanser that achieves a deep, pore-clearing clean with without over-drying, stripping skin, or causing irritation. Natural charcoal absorbs oil, while salicylic acid treats existing pimples and prevents new ones from popping up.

What I think:  My teenage daughter has been loving this!  She has a bit of acne and usually treats it with a cleanser. This one has been working well.  It doesn’t irritate her skin and it  helps absorb oil and clear up acne.  Plus, it’s very affordable!

Available at Drugstores and Mass Retailers

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet Mask

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet Mask ($9.99 USD) is a fun, yet effective sheet mask that immediately turns into an oxygen-rich foam, revitalizing skin with oxygen as it deep cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes skin. They oxygen foam deeply penetrates into the skin to eliminate pore-clogging impurities to help prevent blackheads, and dead skin cells, while it helps brighten and uneven skin tones.

What I think: This is very different!  When I opened the packet, it was black cloth, which surprised me.  I applied it to clean skin, and it bubble up to a white foam.  I removed it after 15 minutes and rinsed it off (per directions).  My skin was a bit red in patches, but it did help with blackheads and pore size.  I think this is perfect for all but very sensitive skin types.

Purchase at Walgreens & Duane Reade

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — This revolution in wet skin technology doesn’t simply calm, smooth and soften, it also heals dry, flaky skin and restores your body’s ability to retain its own much-needed moisture. The water-activated properties penetrate deep into skin’s surface all happens in the shower – no rinsing required — so you can just dry off, dress and go!

What I think:  Wet skin moisturizers are such a cool idea, and this one really works!  The only thing is I usually forget to apply it right after my shower, before I dry off!  When I do, my skin is so hydrated, which I need after a shower because my skin can get so dry. This leaves my skin feeling silky.

Available at Drugstores and Mass Retailers

Ban Roll-On Deodorant

Ban Roll-On Deodorant  ($4.99 USD) — Traditional antiperspirant/deodorants merely mask odors and reduce odor-causing sweat in general, while Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness.

What I think:  I have this in Powder Fresh, and it smells nice, but this deodorant isn’t strong enough for me.  I need clinical strength.  But my daughter can use it and although she prefers stick deodorants, she likes this one.  It works well.

Purchase at Drug and Mass Retailers

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 3 – 9, 2017

It is warm and sunny today in Kansas City!  I’m happy that spring is here and that it isn’t raining for a minute!

My faves this week include a shimmery illuminator, a body was infused with beer, and hair products that give volume.

ybf dripping bling illuminating crème

ybf dripping bling illuminating crème ($24.50 USD) — Glisten up and illuminate your world, girlfriend! ybf puts the perfect amount of beautiful, balanced light right into the palms of your pretty little hands with this luminous sparkle compact filled with decadent, ultra-silky, illuminating crème! With a simple dab of your pretty little finger, you can apply your very best light reflecting,
silky crème to highlight your most fabYOUlous features!

What I think:  First of all, the compact is gorgeous! The jewels in the compact are really pretty. When it’s opened, the compact has a plastic cover to keep the cream protected.  The cream it’s gives a nice shimmer to the cheekbones, under the eyebrow, or wherever I need a glow.

Available at http://www.ybfbeauty.com

BRÖÖ Craft Beer Barber Hydrating Shower Session

BRÖÖ Craft Beer Barber Hydrating Shower Session ($5.97 at Walmart ) A wash that’s perfectly balanced to gently cleanse and nourish the hair, body, face, and beard? Yes! Work yourself into a lather with Broo Craft Beer Barber Shower Session Hydrating Wash. Infused with real craft beer, because actually, beer really does make you better looking! Crazy? For ages, people have rinsed with beer, as a home-brewed remedy for strong, shiny hair and healthy skin. The B vitamins and proteins in barley nourish, while antioxidants in hops flowers fortify.

What I think:

Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com

Oscar Blandi

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Texture & Volume Spray ($25 for 4 oz. and $11 for 1.5 oz.) — Build lasting body and texture with a dry weightless formula that provides flexible hold and keratin protein strength. Each strand is provided with extra grip needed for full volume styling.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder ($11.00 for 1.0 oz travel size / $21.00 for 2.5 oz.) — Natural rice, oat and tapioca starches absorb excess oil and aid styling without weighing hair down. Perfect for increasing volume at the roots and correcting style when you overdose on styling product.

Oscar Blandi Dry Teasing Dust ($23 for 0.38 oz.) — Achieve instant volume without damaging hair cuticles from traditional teasing. Silica controls oiliness while giving your hair that second day look with an instant root boost and matte finish.

What I think: A great way to get volume, tilt hair away from head and spray the Pronto spray from roots to ends. The Pronto powder works well on separated sections of hair, lightly squeeze onto the root of each section and massage into scalp for mega volume at roots. The Teasing Dust can be sprinkled directly onto roots in wide section of hair from the front of the head. For added texture, work product through hands, then rake through hair. These are lots of ways to created lots of volume in flat hair!

Learn more and purchase at /blandiproducts.com

 

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 27- April 2, 2017

It has been a rainy spring week in Kansas City.  We had a really dry winter, so I guess this is okay. But, I am looking forward to warm, sunny days!

This week I have been loving skin care that protects from the elements and amazing scented spring body care products:

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum ($65 USD) — Fast-acting treatment featuring Hydroquinone fades dark spots, age spots, and freckles. Our skin-lightening serum also evens out skin tone to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion while helping prevent future pigment formation.

Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer ($70 USD) — Detoxify and revitalize skin overnight. This breakthrough formula, with super-charged antioxidants from Marrubium Plant Stem Cells, neutralizes pollutants and strengthens skin’s barrier while you sleep. Next Generation Vitamin C helps brighten and even tone, while nourishing botanicals plump skin to help visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Wake up to radiant, healthy-looking skin.

Murad Essential-C Night Moisture ($65 USD) — Antioxidant-enriched hydrator featuring a patented technology designed to improve skin while you sleep. Vitamins A, C and E encourage cell turnover to improve skin firmness.

What I think:  these products brighten, lighten and hydrate skin, getting it ready for the warmer days ahead.  I like how even my skin tone looks after use and my skin is firmer.

Available at http://www.murad.com

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey

 

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey: Delectable. Nectarous. Blithe. This fragrance opens with crunchy green leave accords, refreshed by subtle hints of bergamot and layered with light petals and gardenia. The heart reveals a juicy pear embellished by jasmine and lily of the valley before evolving into a gourmand base of mouth-watering honey caramel and biscuit. Available in the Fine Liquid Hand Wash ($28), Hand Lotion ($34) and Hand Cream ($15)

Molton Brown Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower: Whimsical. Nostalgic. Ambrosial. This sumptuous powdery fragrance opens on fresh violet leaf and dewy freesia tonalities. The violet is magnified in heart by a rich bouquet of rose lingering into a sensuous base where swirls of vanilla take the lead on a bed of Tonka and musk. Available in the Bath & Shower Gel ($30) and Body Lotion ($42) Single Wick Candle ($49)

What I think: Both of these collections smell amazing, but I think the Comice Pear & Wild Honey is my favorite, I use the hand lotion every day.  Both of these fragrances are so original!

Purchase at http://www.moltonbrown.com

Zoella Creamy Madly Dreamy body lotion

Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion ($8.95 USD 5.4 oz) —  Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Deeply Body Cream is an irresistable indulgence for super smooth and silky skin. Refreshing and floral, Creamy Madly Deeply will pamper your skin like a gorgeously scented creamy cuddle. Creamy Madly Deeply is enriched with Vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter to condition the body – because your skin needs a bit of love too!

What I think: This is a luxe lotion at an affordable price! It has a creamy floral scent which is perfect for this time of year, plus it is so hydrating.  LOVE!

Purchase at Target Stores

Have you tried any of these great products?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 20-26, 2017

How is your spring going so far?  Last week was spring break for my kids (and me, I took a week off) and now it’s back to the grind!

My favorites this week are new probiotic skincare, calming bubble bath, bed and body mist, and a night time face mask.  All of these products sooth and calm me as I go back to work:

TULA Hand & Nail Therapy ($22 USD) — Combat daily wear and tear with this weightless glove of hydration that melts onto the hands. This 18% premium Shea butter formula provides non-greasy, fast-absorbing moisture relief.

TULA Purifying Cleanser ($28 USD) — An all-in-one gel cleansing emulsion designed to remove makeup, cleanse pores, and condition skin.

TULA Hydrating Day & Night Cream ($52 USD) –A multivitamin for your skin, this innovative moisture cream deeply hydrates to maintain a healthy complexion day to night.

What I think:  The hand and nail therapy is so thick and creamy, but not greasy at all.  It’s perfect for work, since it’s fragrance free it can be used anywhere without having to worry about people who are sensitive to fragrance.  The cleanser is so gentle on my skin, and the day and night cream is the perfect multi-tasker.  Take it on trips, because its perfect for any time of the day hydrating.

Purchase at http://www.tula.com

 

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar sleeping Mask with Lavender

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar sleeping Mask with Lavender ($19.99 USD) — This overnight sleeping mask, enriched with Lavender Extract, Aloe, Witch Hazel and Plant derived ingredients, will help relieve dry, irritated skin and leave it feeling brighter and moisturized.

What I think: This is kind of a rescue mask for when skin is dry and irritated.  My skin is always irritated during allergy season, and luckily this mask works well with my sensitive skin.  The next morning, my skin is glowing and feels really soft.

Purchase at Walgreens Stores

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Spring Product Launches From Philosophy!

Philosophy is an amazing brand that gives us skin care, fragrance and more.  Some of my favorite products have come from Philosophy and I am always excited when they launch new products!

I was sent a selection of new Philosophy products for my honest review:

Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint ($39 USD) –blurring the lines between makeup and skin care with new skin tint. powered by nature – H2O and Wu Zhu Yu fruit extract, this whipped water-gel formula offers the all-day hydration and glow benefits of the breakthrough renewed hope formula, plus buildable coverage of a foundation. It comes in 5 shades for a perfect match to your skin tone.  I like how it’s so hydrating and covers well.

Renewed Hope in a Jar Glow Drops ($35 USD) –boost your natural radiance. This liquid illuminator brings a healthy, lit-from-within glow to skin, instantly blurring the appearance of imperfections as it highlights. skin is left with a subtle sheen that appears fresh and youthful (never harsh or made-up). formulated for ultimate versatility, glow drops can be used to highlight bare skin, blended with moisturizer or foundation, or layered as a finishing touch. I like to use it on top of my foundation as a highlighter.  It blends well, because it has a light texture.  And it gives a pretty glow!

Time in a Bottle Serum ($76 USD 1.3 oz) –breakthrough serum that helps repair skin damage, activate skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms and protect against environmental aggressors. this serum works through the 3 dimensions of time—past, present and future—to reveal stronger, younger-looking skin. take control of the way your skin ages with our breakthrough serum that activates skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms and protects against environmental aggressors. reveal stronger, younger-looking skin.

Time in a Bottle Eye Serum ($65 USD) –breakthrough eye serum that helps repair skin damage, activate skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms, protect against environmental aggressors and achieve a more rested appearance. our high-potency eye serum simultaneously acts on all dimensions of time to impact your skin’s past, present and future.

Both of these products sink into the skin quickly and leave my skin soft and smooth.  I like how they work to help with environmental agers.  I hope to see a bigger change in my skin the more that I use them!

Pure Grace Summer Surf Spray Fragrance

Pure Grace Summer Surf Spray Fragrance ($48 USD for 2 oz) –inspired by sunny summer memories and the salty ocean air, our newest, limited-edition fragrance has a refreshing, subtle beach scent. soak in the salty ocean air and pure warm sunshine. imagine your toes deep in the sand as blue-green waves roll in to wash your worries away. these moments of pure freedom and joy fill the heart with warmth.

This smells amazing!  Clean like Pure Grace, but it really smells like you’re at the beach.  Since I moved from Oregon to the mid-west years ago, I don’t get to the beach as often, but this smells like I’m there!

Pure Grace Dry Shampoo

Pure Grace Dry Shampoo ($24 USD) –haircare just got more graceful–thanks to the newest member of the pure grace family. now, crisp and infinitely clean florals meet the style-extending power of the salon to instantly cleanse, volumize and texturize – leaving hair touchably soft.  The fragrance of this spray is very floral, almost tropical.  It’s strong, but fades quickly. I like that this doesn’t leave a powdery residue and give my hair volume.

What is your favorite Philosophy products?  Have you tried any of the new ones?  Leave a comment and let me know.