30 October 2014

..::Product Review::.. Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum



My Review of Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"As we age and expose ourselves to environmental damage, our skin is depleted of its natural moisture. Body Merry’s Hyaluronic Dew Serum is an intensive hydrating formula that seeps deep into your skin and nurtures it from the core.
This professional grade VEGAN hyaluronic acid serum not only moisturizes and nourishes your skin, but also provides superior anti-aging benefits by tackling wrinkles and fine lines head on.Your skin will respond with an almost instant glow (minus the oily ‘shine’). It is the perfect anti-aging moisture rich product – formulated for all skin types, free of any potential irritants."

Review…


I was a sent a 30 ml dropper bottle of the Hyaluronic Dew Serum from Body Merry to review.  
The price for this bottle is $14.99, and qualifies for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Packaging & Presentation of 
Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum

Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum did not arrive in a box of its own, but it did arrive safely wrapped in protective bubbles.  

The bottle is really pretty, I'm a sucker for blue glass.  This is definitely a bottle that I'd keep out.  

The front of the bottle has a blue label that outlines the main active ingredients.  


The back of the bottle is written really small, so it's kind of hard to read without being super close.  It describes the purpose of this serum, provides directions for use, explains any associated cautions, lists all of the ingredients, and gives distribution information.

Body Merry Hyaluronic Dew Serum is made in the USA, not tested on animals, and has a 12-month period-after-opening (PAO).


The bottle is sealed with a plastic fitted safety seal.  When opened, the lead unscrews to reveal a dropper.  You apply this serum using the dropping method.


The serum itself is clear and light.  It is scented, and it has a light flowery smell.  Almost like a soft rose petal.  The fragrance does not last, and only lingers for about 10 seconds. 


My Personal Experience with Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum

I just recently discovered the amazing hyaluronic acid, so I was beyond excited to try this!  It's used for your face, to intensely moisturize and give you that 'fresh sunkissed glow' without the dangers and potential irritants of other products.

Before I use anything on my face, I like to use it on my hand and make sure I'm not allergic, etc.  Therefore, the following pictures take place on the outer skin of my left hand.

First, I prepped my skin by washing it with a gentle exfoliation cream (like I would on my face).  Then I placed 3 drops of this serum on my hand.  I really dislike the dropper method in any product, not just this one.  It seems that not enough product can be dispersed.


Next, I rubbed it in using a clockwise motion.  This stuff is smooth.  It was like silk.  


It absorbed easily and fast.  My skin stayed soft for hours.  Like really soft.  It also had the fresh dewy look!  I was really impressed with this serum.


Pros of Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum
  • Really works.  Provides the ultimate moisture.
  • Contains Vitamin C and Green Tea to give it an added 'boost'.
  • Lasts for hours.
  • Made my skin beyond soft.
  • Completely affordable.

Cons of Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum
  • The dropper.  I would prefer a pump dispenser or even a roll-on.  Droppers are always inconvenient to me.
        Summary

        If you are going to buy a hyaluronic acid serum, buy this one.  It really works and not only does it provide deep moisture, it also holds anti-aging properties.  It's an all-in-one, and I give it my highest recommendation.


        Are you wanting to try Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

        CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



        For further information, please visit Body Merry on:

        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.

        ..::Product Review::.. Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum



        My Review of Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum
        What is it exactly?

             From the website. . .
        "Our eye serum is nothing like any other "eye cream" on the market.  Unlike ordinary eye creams, our eye serum has a silky and plush texture that absorbs quickly and seamlessly into the delicate area of our eyes.
        Our serum is unparalleled to traditional eye creams as it is loaded with PREMIUM top-of-the-line ingredients, and we mean LOADED.  Our eye serum is made with high quality ingredients filled with antioxidants and nutrients."

        Review…


        I was a sent a 15 ml pump bottle of the Revitalize Eye Serum from Petunia Skincare to review.  
        The price for this bottle is $24.97, and qualifies for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

        Packaging & Presentation of 
        Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum
          
        Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum arrived in a sturdy little flip-top white box with lime green accents.  

        The front of the package labels the product and lets the customer know the main ingredients in the product.  The back of the box outlines the importance that such a serum holds in the aging process (or in this case, anti-aging).  The box lists the indications of the product as well as the directions for use.  The proper warnings are listed as is a list of the product's ingredients.  This product is cruelty-free!


        This box is filled with information, so be sure to save it.  The left side of the box holds the important benefits of hyaluronic acid and ferulic acid.  The barcode is also located on this side.  The right side of the box explains the issues that the Revitalize Eye Serum addresses and also outlines the benefits of the ingredient sea kelp.


        After opening the box, you are presented with a fancy bottle.  Again, the front of this bottle is labeled, and the back of the bottle houses a shorter version of the exterior box's information.


        This serum's cap easily pulls off to expose a pump dispenser.  One solid press expresses enough serum  for a full use.  I have not had any issues with the serum leaking out after use.




        Next, I'd like to discuss the serum itself.  It is tan/brown/murky in color.  It is a really nice consistency; it's not too thick, but it's also not watery-thin like other serums I've used.  The fragrance is minimal, but it doesn't smell that great.  It's not terrible by any means, but I could tell that it wasn't perfumed.  It smells natural. The application is wonderful.  It's applies easily and smoothly.  It doesn't clump.  It is hydrating, yet quickly absorbs into the areas that you apply it to.


        My Personal Experience with Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum

        Believe it or not, my husband loves when I use skin care products on him, too.  I'm pretty convinced that he has no idea what I'm doing to him, but he enjoys it, so it all works out.

        He was my model for the Revitalize Eye Serum.  Here he is in all of his glory:


        What a handsome guy!  He is showing signs of aging eyes, so I wanted to apply this serum to the area of concern.


        It really works good. It pulls the skin tight.  It also works on getting rid of those pesky dark circles and reduces puffiness from tired eyes.  That's what I like to use it for!

        Pros of Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum
        • Easy to use-- pump and apply.
        • This is very lightweight and it absorbs super easily.
        • No parabens, no sulfates, no gluten, no alcohol, no phthalates, and no animal testing.
        • The manufacturer offers a 100% risk-free guarantee.

        Cons of Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum
        • Personally, I like my products to be a little scented.  The Revitalize Eye Serum uses natural/organic ingredients so it is not perfumed.  This is definitely not a 'con' for everybody, but I wasn't expecting it.
              Summary

              It's always nice to review a good, solid product.  This eye serum is not fly-by-night.  I think it works great and it does exactly what the manufacturer intends.  

              Are you wanting to try Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

              CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



              For further information, please visit Petunia Skincare on:

              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.

              28 October 2014

              ..::Product Review::..Flicker Box ~ October 2014


              My Review of the October 2014 Flicker Box

              What is it exactly?

                   From the website. . .
              "Flicker Box is a monthly subscription service for candle lovers! Our foundation was inspired by a love and appreciation for handmade candles. We believe that people appreciate products produced by quality artisans made in the United States. We want to connect candle lovers with people who love to make candles."

              Review…

              Flicker Box recently sent me their newest October subscription box.  This box included the following:  Orange cinnamon votive, orange leaf floater, mulled cider wooden wick tin, autumn leaves jar candle, promo codes, a description card, a book of matches, and a special Halloween treat bag with candy.

              The Flicker Box is a little on the pricier side-- with a monthly subscription price of $34.00 (Your first month is discounted to $25.00).  They do offer other options, too.  You can prepay for 3, 6, or 12 months or you can even prepay for 12 months / bi-monthly.  Shipping is always included, and you can cancel at anytime.

              Packaging & Presentation

               The Flicker Box is pretty neat looking.  It is a natural looking, fold-top box stamped with 'Flicker Box' on the front.  Each box is tied decoratively with a string. The box is 9.5" l x 6.5" w x 4" h.

                
              The inside of this box looked pretty fancy.  I was curious as to how Flicker Box packed their candles so they do not break.  After I opened it up, I saw pretty much everything was nested inside brown crinkle shreds. It was packed nicely, nothing seemed broken or thrown about at first look.  The description card was seated directly on top of everything.


              My Personal Experience with Flicker Box

              I love, love, love candles.  I probably have an addiction small obsession.  I collect them, I burn them, I buy them as souvenirs when I go somewhere...  needless to say, I have a lot of candles. 


              When I found out about the Flicker Box, I just had to have it.  I'm pretty familiar with the large candle companies, but Flicker Box introduces you to artisanal candles that are not sold in big box stores.  What's better than finding the 'perfect' candle?  Flicker Box assists you on your journey to do so.  My first box is the Leaf Peeping box, which is awesome because I love the autumn fragrances.  I unpacked all of the components, and here is what it looks like:


              The first product candle that I was drawn to was the little orange votive in a glass holder.  This candle is made by Armadilla Wax Works, a company that handcrafts candles in Prescott, Arizona.  I pulled it out of its holder, and it has a rough feel to it.  This votive will burn for 15 hours.  The fragrance is remarkable, and the throw is strong-- you can smell it all around the house and it's just a tiny votive.  The scent is orange cinnamon, and it is described as, "Our Orange Cinnamon scented candles combine both the freshness of a ripe orange with the exotic, yet familiar, fragrance of spicy cinnamon."  This candle is also gorgeous when burning in a dimly lit room. You can check out the entire line of the orange cinnamon candles here.


               The next product is also crafted by Armadilla Wax Works.  It is a floating candle.  It is an unscented, orange colored, maple leaf.  The reason I like candles is for their fragrance, so I usually do not buy unscented candles no matter what they look like. This is my first experience using a floating candle.  This candle was actually pretty cool!  I loved the way it floated around in the water and created some different shadows on the wall due to its movement.  This candle burns for 7 hours, and makes a great addition to a center piece (especially for Thanksgiving!).  To my surprise, they are also inexpensive.  You can check out the floating maple leaf candles here.



              The third product that I sampled is a tin candle from a company called 2nd Star on the Right.  They are located in Chicago, and makes their candles from a renewable source-- 100% soybean oil.  This candle comes in a reusable tin, complete with a tight-fitting lid.  The fragrance is mulled cider, one of my favorite scents.  I also love the wooden wick, it adds to the experience of using the candle.  It creates crackling sounds and lets the flame dance a little wilder.  I received an 8 oz tin, and it is supposed to burn for 40 hours. This candle is also an attention-grabber while burning.  It is simply gorgeous.  I like everything about this candle, except that there is not a company label on the candle.  If you give it to somebody for a gift, they will not know where to reorder.  You can view the entire collection here.



              The last candle is from Midnight Owl Candle Company.  I received an 8 ounce jar of Autumn Leaves.  This company is situated in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.  They make clean burning candles that never contain any phosphates, toxins, or lead.  Each candle is highly scented, and hand poured.  Midnight Owl Candle Company describes this fragrance as, "Autumn leaves fragrance is a mix of carameled apples, pumpkins, pie spices in an envelope of turning leaves."  I love the look of the jar, too!  When I think of a fragrance called 'Autumn Leaves', I think of something outdoorsy and masculine.  This version is very sweet, feminine, and food-like.  It burns evenly, and lasts a good amount of time.  You can check out their other fragrances here.



              Lastly, I also wanted to make note of the included description card.  It really gives some good background information on the artisan companies that are featured, as well as some direct insight of the candles themselves.  It is a handy card to keep around so you can purchase more candles at a later date.
                

              Pros of Flicker Box
              • I love getting candles shipped to my door.  
              • Flicker Box takes the hassle out of finding artisinal candles.
              • I was introduced to a floating candle, something I'd never thought I'd be interested in.
              • Each candle was made with stunning quality.  There were not any 'filler' box items.

              Cons of Flicker Box
              • Sometimes a subscriber does not like certain scents.  It would be pretty neat if Flicker Box allowed you to create a profile highlighting some of your fragrance likes and dislikes.  
              • I'm really not sure about the price.  I can see around $20-$25 being a reasonable price per month for this service, but $34.00 seems high.  I'm not really sure if I feel I'm getting my money's worth with this box. 
              Summary

              I really like Flicker Box and what they were founded upon.  This month I was introduced to three brands of candles that I never knew existed.  They are different than the big box candles, but they also have a personal story behind each label.  I see myself ordering from these companies in the future.  Flicker Box really puts thought into their boxes, and you can tell that the company legitimately cares about presentation and the products they are sending.  

              Are you wanting to try Flicker Box, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

              CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


              For further information, please visit Flicker Box on:

              DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review purposes from Flicker Box. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

              27 October 2014

              ..::Product Review::.. Azara Organics Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap



              My Review of Azara Organics Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap
              What is it exactly?

                   From the website. . .
              "Our Seaweed Powder is Perfect for a Revitalizing, Age-Defying Facial Mask or Cellulite Reducing Body Wrap.
              A Seaweed Wrap or Facial Mask has been a Popular Treatment Available at Deluxe European Spas. Now You Can Enjoy 20+ Treatments from Just One Jar in the Comfort of Your Home!
               Our Organic Seaweed Powder is Wild Harvested Straight From the Coldest Parts of the North Atlantic and then Micronized into a Fine Powder for Maximum Absorption and Assimilation."

              Review…


              I was a sent an 8 oz jar of Organic Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap powder from Azara Organics to review.  
              The price for this jar is $17.95, and free shipping with Amazon Prime.

              Packaging & Presentation of 
              Azara Organics Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap
                
              The Azara Organics Seaweed powder comes in a nice, attractive plastic jar with a screw top lid.  It is very natural looking, and you can see through to the product.


              The first side of the label gives application methods, and facial mask directions.  The other side lists the ingredients.  There is only one ingredient, Certified USDA pure organic kelp powder harvested from the Atlantic Ocean.


              After opening the lid, you are presented with a safety seal for your protection.


              Opening the safety seal gives way to a light, soft olive green powder.  It doesn't have a super strong scent, but the manufacturer does not cover the fragrance.  If you do not like it, you can mask it by using essential oils.


              My Personal Experience with Azara Organics Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap

              I love a versatile product.  This is no exception.  It can be used as an anti-aging, revitalizing facial mask, or a cellulite-reducing body wrap.

              Of course my sister-in-law and I decided to go the cellulite reduction route. 

              It was so easy to make, and only took a few minutes to mix up.  For each wrap, we placed one teaspoon (1 tsp) of Organic Seaweed powder in a glass bowl.


              Then we added two teaspoons (2 tsp) of warm water.


              Essential oil?  Yes, please!  I didn't mind the smell of the seaweed powder solo, but a nice smelling oil is also great for mental relaxation.  We added a few drops of pure peppermint oil, and mixed it all up.


              We both used it on our stomachs, and I placed a small amount on my hand so I can show a close up.  The color is very natural.


              We used plastic wrap to help the seaweed work its magic.  After about 20 minutes, we took the plastic wrap off.  It dries very dark and cracks.


              The results?  We both noticed a firming in our skin.  It was very noticeable.  It is definitely a product that can be used weekly, and over time the results will become better and better.

              Pros of Azara Organics Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap
              • Completely organic, and only has one ingredient.
              • Versatile-- can be used as a facial mask or a wrap for any part of your body.
              • Easy to mix, and doesn't take a long time to settle.
              • One jar provides over 20 treatments.  It will last a long time.
              • The manufacturer offers a 100% risk-free guarantee.

              Cons of Azara Organics Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap
              • The seaweed mixture was very difficult to put on.  It dried rapidly, so you have to work fast in order to get full coverage.
              • It also took longer than expected to wash off, but left no residue after using warm water.     
                    Summary

                    We really enjoyed this wrap.  It was more of a 'personal' experience because we were able to customize the amount of fragrance and the areas we wanted to wrap.  Personally, I was impressed with the results.  I am going to use it once a week and see how it improves with consistent future use.


                    Are you wanting to try Azara Organics Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                    CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



                    For further information, please visit Azara Organics on:

                    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.