anti-aging, Beauty, Natural Ingredients, Skincare

Hydrate Skin With Kneipp Almond Blossom ‘Soft Skin’ Skincare Line

The air is getting cooler, which means my skin is getting drier! Good face care is more important than ever to keep my skin soft and comfortable.

I was send a selection of products from Kneipp, a natural skin and body care company. With Kneipp, I can cleans, prepare and hydrate my skin with their wide, moisturizing selection:

Kneipp Almond Blossom Cleansing Milk – “Soft Skin”

Kneipp Almond Blossom Cleansing Milk – “Soft Skin” ($15 USD) — gently cleanses and removes make-up without drying out the skin. It contains high-quality, nourishing almond oil and vitamin E.

What I think: First of all, the Almond Blossom scent is a bit powdery.  The scent does fade away after a while, if  that scent isn’t your favorite.

The cleanser is so easy to use.  I apply with a cotton pad, then use a moist cotton pad or towel to remove.  It cleans my skin well without drying it out.  I follow with the tonic (below).

Kneipp Almond Blossom Face Tonic – “Soft Skin”

Kneipp Almond Blossom Face Tonic – “Soft Skin” ($15 USD) — gently refreshes and cares for cleansed skin and removes any remaining cleansing milk. This face tonic with intensively nourishing pathenol does not contain alcohol.

What I think:  This actually helps remove the cleansing milk, but doesn’t dry out my face at all.  I love how clean it feels and that it doesn’t contain alcohol.

Kneipp Almond Blossom Light-Weight Face Lotion – “Soft Skin”

Kneipp Almond Blossom Light-Weight Face Lotion – “Soft Skin” ($25 USD) — with high-quality almond oil was developed especially for the needs of sensitive skin which it provides with lasting moisture. The gentle care protects and calms the skin and supports its natural regeneration. The light texture is rapidly absorbed and makes the skin feel velvety and nourished. The ideal care for every day. Also very suitable for use as a make-up base. The almond oil is very well tolerated by sensitive skin. The natural nourishing effect is enhanced by the combination of cell-protecting vitamin E and nourishing shea butter.

What I think: I think of this cream as a day cream.  It’s also great for hot and humid nights, when I don’t want to wear a heavy night cream!  It’s so light, but it’s also really hydrating.  And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin!

Kneipp Almond Blossom Face Cream – “Soft Skin”

Kneipp Almond Blossom Face Cream – “Soft Skin” ($25 USD) — contains high-quality almond oil which is also very well tolerated by sensitive skin. The natural nourishing effect is enhanced by the cell-protecting combination of vitamins A and E, rich shea butter as well as skin-soothing panthenol. Because of its lipid-replenishing character, the intensively nourishing face cream makes the skin noticeably more supple, provides it with lasting moisture and supports the skin’s own protection from photo-aging.

What I think: This natural face cream comes in a cute little jar! It’s a great night cream — it does contain shea butter which really hydrates but can be heavier.  By morning, my skin is so soft and glowy!  This cream also does not irritate my sensitive skin.

These natural products are very effective and affordable for what they do for my skin!  None of them irritate and they hydrate without making my skin greasy!

Check out these and more great products at www.kneipp.com

Have you tried Kneipp?  What’s your fave natural skincare?

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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

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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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Brand Review — Truly Organic

Truly Organic
Truly Organic

I was sent a package of wonderful organic beauty products for my honest review from Truly Organic. Truly Organic sends monthly bundles of the finest organic hair & body care personally curated & delivered to your door.

So how does it work?

4 items for $38.95 — Conveniently delivered right to your doorstep. Mix  and match monthly.

Make it Your Own – Choose your products and plan frequency. Update at any time.

Save up to 65% — Add up to 3 more items to your Bundle for only $7.95 each

I received a shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, black soap face bar, super face cream, a bath bomb, and a body lotion.  All of these products smell wonderful and have really natural scents.

One of my favorites is the body lotion.  The ingredients include raw coconut, acai, dragon fruit, lavender and African cucumber.  It’s so hydrating, but sinks right into my skin without feeling greasy. The bath bomb is fun to use before applying the lotion.

The shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free along with organic and natural.  That’s important for me, because I color my hair.  They also leave hair soft and silky, and smell amazing, too!

I love that you can customize your bundle each month.  That way you can try new products while continuing using your favorites.

Purchase at http://www.trulyorganic.com

Have you tried Truly Organic?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

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Brand Review: Trufora Organic Skincare

Trufora

I was recently sent the Trufora 7 Piece Complete Anti-Aging Skincare System ($380.00 value for $228) for my honest review.  The brand’s claim is that it’s dermatologist recommended & clinically proven skincare delivers a complete anti-aging regimen for visible results without irritation or harmful ingredients.

7 Piece System Includes:
• Ultimate Facial Cleanser (120 ml / 4 fl. oz.)
• Triple Action Exfoliator (60 ml / 2 fl. oz.)
• Day Serum 85 (15 ml / .5 fl. oz.) – Patent Pending
• Titanium Day Cream SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (30 ml / 1 fl. oz.) – Patent Pending
• Night Serum 85 (15 ml / .5 fl. oz.) – Patent Pending
• Intensive Night Treatment (30 ml / 1 fl. oz.)
• Perfecting Eye Treatment (7.5 ml / .25 fl. oz.)

What I think:  I have been testing these products for a couple of weeks and am really enjoying them.  I love how it is a complete system that works so well together.  My skin is so hydrated and smooth. It has also evened out my skin tone and my fine lines are a lot less noticeable.

One of my favorite products is the Exfoliator.  It works in three ways: Chemical exfoliation from AHAs and BHAs is combined with physical exfoliation from Bamboo along with a deep, cleansing mask action from Kaolin clay.  I use is a few times a week and it has really cleansed my skin and leaves it so soft!  My pores look smaller, too!

I also love the Night Serum and Treatment.  The serum is creamy and instantly sinks into my skin when applied.  The treatment is a bit richer.  Both leave my skin feeling amazing, really soft.  And by the morning, my skin looks fresh and glowing.

The one product I’m still trying to figure out is the Titanium Day Cream.  It’s a dark pinky-brown, which kind of shocked me when I first used it!  My skin is very light and it darkened it a bit, and left it a little sparkly.  If I put foundation and powder over it, it looks better.  But, I don’t know if I will continue using it.

I will use all of the other products.  I love that they are natural and organic.  I feel like I’m feeding my skin great ingredients when I use them.  I would purchase most of these products in the future!

You can purchase this set or the items separately at http://www.trufora.com

anti-aging, Beauty, Natural Ingredients, Skincare

As The Weather Grows Cooler, Take Care Of Your Skin!

I can’t believe it’s Fall!  Yay!  I hope the weather becomes cooler soon.  I am all about the Fall fashions and makeup shades — but I really need to take care of my skin during this time of year.

I have been sent the following samples for my honest review.  The products below can moisturize, calm and really soothe skin during the colder weather:

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner ($99 1.7 oz) — New Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is a lightweight daily pore-minimizing lotion and anti aging moisturizer with Retinol that delivers both instant and long-term visible pore reduction. 96% of subjects had an immediate improvement in visible pore size after a single application. Patented NIA-114™ technology nourishes the moisture barrier to provide visible age fighting efficacy as it limits the sensitivity common to Retinol use. The powerfully effective blend purifies and refines both skin tone and texture, while delivering superior age fighting benefits.

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer ($112 1.7 oz) — New Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer delivers the proven anti-aging benefits of Retinol faster and stronger than ever before – without the irritating side effects. This anti-aging night cream supports the four essential building blocks of healthy skin appearance: proteins, micronutrients, water and lipids. Retinol helps improve cell turnover, visibly enhancing firmness and elasticity and diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles. Patented NIA-114™ technology nourishes the moisture barrier to provide visible age fighting efficacy and limit Retinol sensitivity. The supercharged face cream with Retinol and Copper Tripeptides is the ultimate solution for more radiant, revitalized and younger looking skin.

What I think: I have found that my fun aging issue right now is enlarged pores.  And if something irritates my skin, my pores get larger.  That’s why I am excited that these products exist!  They do not irritate my skin, which is essential!  I layer the night cream over the pore refiner at night and my skin is glowing and smooth in the morning!

Purchase at http://www.strivectin.com

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($24 1.7 oz) — A daily hydrating mist featuring the relaxing scent of rose that restores and hydrates the complexion and is ideal for normal/combination skin types.

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream ($44 1.4 fl. oz) — This creamy moisturizer with Rose Hip Oil helps improve skin moisture levels while providing essential protection against free radicals.

Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream  ($46 1.4 fl. oz) — This high performance soothing cream features our proprietary Comfort Complex including Calendula, to help comfort sensitivity, while essential fatty acids provide optimum hydration and skin barrier protection benefits with antioxidants to help protect against environmental aggressors. Skin feels restored, comforted and hydrated.

What I think: I have tried the balancing mist, so I was excited to receive this sample!  It is both refreshing and moisturizing.  It has a light rose scent that I love! The creams are new to me, but I will use the rose moisturizing cream when I need extra moisture (at night), and the calendula cream when my skin is red and sensitive.  I love that they are all natural.

Available at http://www.beauty.com

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturizer

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturizer ($37.99 1.35 fl. oz) — Rosaliac moisturizer helps neutralize visible redness on a daily basis to harmonize skin complexion. This weightless, light-green tinted formula contains Xanthine, a patent-pending ingredient, helps soothe skin.  It also contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water: rich in Selenium, a powerful, natural antioxidant, provides instant skin soothing.

What I think: This is another great cream for red and sensitive skin. This one is nice to use in the daytime, as the green tint helps balance out the red in my skin.  It also feels really nice on.

Purchase at Target stores

 

Oil Essentials Omega 3,6,9 & Evening Primrose
Oil Essentials Omega 3,6,9 & Evening Primrose

Oil Essentials Omega 3,6,9 and Evening Primrose ($12.99 1.69 fl. oz.) — is a revitalizing, light formula that helps to nourish and heal dry skin as well as strengthen and moisturize hair and scalp. All Oil Essentials are natural, sustainable formulas that are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic colors. Conveniently, Oil Essentials can also be used as a “Beauty Booster” by adding a drop to your favorite skin and hair-care products.

What I  think: This smells amazing!  I love using it on my hands and cuticles.  It is also a great night skin treatment.  Apply it in the evening in place of night cream and skin is soft in the morning.

Available at Rite Aid stores.

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Feel Good About Your Beauty Routine With Natural Products

There are so many wonderful natural beauty products on the market these days include natural skincare and hair care. I find that not only are these products better for you, they are very effective.

Below are some of my current favorite natural hair care and skin care.  Leave a comment letting me know some of your favorites — I would love ideas for what to try next!

L'Occitane Peony Collection
L’Occitane Peony Collection

The peony, known as the “king of flowers” is valued for its unparalleled beauty and rarity. Embracing the absolute perfection of this elegant bloom, L’OCCITANE’s newest skincare collection helps to achieve a natural-looking complexion with their proprietary, Perfecting Peony Complex. Peony extract and mineral-based optical correctors help to visibly correct skin texture irregularities and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for stunningly beautiful, luminous skin.

What I think: I have been testing (and loving) this collection. The products left to right are the Peony Perfecting Essence, the Peony CC Skin Tone Perfecting Cream, the Peony Perfecting Cream and the Peony Perfecting Mist.  They all have a lovely light floral scent.  Used together, the skin care leaves my skin soft and glowing.  The CC cream starts out white and blends to my skin tone.  It gives a nice light coverage and my skin is smooth and even with use.

Learn more and purchase at usa.loccitane.com.

Eye Cream
Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99 USD) — From the dreaded crows feet to those tiring bags under the eyes, uniting the power of peptides & antioxidants, this product packs a punch. Contains a peptide formula that reduces dark circles under the eyes.  Works to strengthen capillaries & veins, while increasing lymphatic drainage & circulation.  Effectively increases firmness and elasticity of skin, while reducing swelling.

What I think: This is such a light cream that instantly absorbs into my skin.  It hydrates the skin under my eyes and helps make the fine lines less noticeable. I use it day and night (I’m never without an eye cream).  This one is affordable and works really well (and it’s natural)!

http://www.madhippie.com

 

Oil Essentials
Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials  ($12.99 USD): A collection of natural beauty oils that nourish and heal to deliver healthy, shiny hair and youthful hands and nails. Packed with powerful yet gentle extracts from Mother Nature’s most nourishing plants and fruits, these luxurious oils inspire the senses with essential oils while providing glowing beauty benefits. These oils are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic colors and are safe for sensitive skin. Oil Essentials is complete with six different oils to deliver outstanding results:

  • Argan & Wheat Germ – Aqua
  • Omega 3,6,9 & Evening Primrose
  • Neroli & Avocado
  • Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage
  • Sweet Almond & Macadamia
  • Lavender & Rose Hip

What I think:  I always like to have natural oils around for my hair, cuticles and elbows.  All of the above oils will moisturize and heal, but my favorite is the Sweet Almond & Macadamia because it prevents loss of moisture in hair and skin.  It smells amazing.  I love how it sinks into my skin and leaves it so soft!

Available at Walmart, HEB and Riteaid stores, as well as Riteaid.com. The company website is www.oilessentialsbeauty.com.

Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Cleansing Conditioner
Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition  Conditioning Cleanser

Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Collection ($7.99 USD): An alternative to harsh shampoos and conditioners. The multi-purpose sulfate and paraben-free cleansers are formulated to rebalance natural oils with pure ingredients, leaving hair clean, soft and full of body. The single step hair care regimen replaces shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner with these amazing sulfate-free Conditioning Cleansers.

What I think:  I have been testing the Conditioning Cleanser for Dry or Damaged Hair. It smell creamy and a little spicy — the scent is Moroccan Macadamia.  I use it in place of shampoo and conditioner, I just work it in my wet hair, leave it in for a few minutes and rinse.  My hair is soft and manageable afterwards and is not left dry by shampoo.

Available at http://www.walgreens.com, Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.