03 March 2015

..::Product Review::.. Jeffen Anti-aging Facial Serum


My Review of the Jeffen Anti-aging Facial Serum

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"You're unique and beautiful, but is your skin not reflecting it? Let your skin become radiantly alive again and surprise your friends! 

The I AM RADIANT Facial Serum is better by design:

* Helps you naturally look as young as you feel with 3x Toning System.
* Compatible with all skin types. (sensitive skin included) 
* Instantly moisturizes and protects. 
* Lightweight, with no greasy residue. 
* Daily positive empowerment for your beautiful state of mind. 
* Luxury spa formula endorsed by herbalists and estheticians. 
* High standards in quality - safe, natural, organic, and vegan. 
* Amber glass bottle extends shelf life."

Review…

I was sent a 1.0 fl oz I am Radiant serum from Jeffen to review.  
The price for this serum is $29.99.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.

Packaging & Presentation of the Jeffen Anti-aging Facial Serum

I am happy to say that this product arrived in great condition.  It was bubble wrapped for safe delivery, and everything was intact.  There were no damages during shipment.  Both the bottle and the dropper are made of glass.  The bottle is amber with a brown label and black accents.  The bottle measures 4.0" x 1.25" at its widest points.


The front of the bottle is pretty cool.  It labels the product and brand, and lists a few of the main ingredients in the serum-- argan, hyaluronic acid, and 20% vitamin c.  There wasn't a safety seal on the cap, though.


The right side of the bottle lists all of the ingredients.  It is 98% natural, and 74% organic.  There are no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or artificial dyes.  It is made with certified organic ingredients.  The left side of the label provides a brief explanation of the serum, as well as the directions.  Jeffen's contact information is provided at the bottom. This serum isn't tested on animals, and has a 12-month PAO.


My Personal Experience with the Jeffen Anti-aging Facial Serum

I can't explain how excited I was to test this out.  Maybe it was just the bottle, I'm not sure.  To be honest, I think this is the only product that I've used that mixed these three main ingredients together-- argan, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin c.  I've used each of these separately, but never in a product together.

As I mentioned earlier, this serum uses a dropper as its method of application.  You guys should know by now that I'm definitely not crazy about droppers.  They are just messy to me, and I always end up applying way too much serum.  I wish it was in a pump bottle.




The serum itself is just great.  It's a little on the runny side, so you have to work pretty fast with it.  On the good side, it's easily absorbed, and it makes my skin so soft!  The fragrance is nice and refreshing, too!  



Pros of the Jeffen Anti-aging Facial Serum
  • I love the bottle.
  • The amber bottle allows the product to last longer.
  • The fragrance is nice and refreshing.
  • You can actually feel this serum working.
Cons of the Jeffen Anti-aging Facial Serum
  • I'm never crazy about the whole 'dropper' thing.
Summary

This is easily one of my most favorite serums that I own.  I like everything about it.  Mostly everything.  Not the dropper.  After only 2 days, my face is noticeably different.  It's smoother, it's radiant, and it's moisturized.  I usually only use a serum once per day, but I put this baby on twice.  I love it, and give it my highest recommendation.




For further information, please visit Jeffen on:


DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. 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.

..::Product Review::.. Radha Beauty Products

My Review of Radha Beauty Products

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Our Intensive Youth Eye Gel is one of amazon's top sellers for Eye treatments and it addresses every eye concern including dark circles, puffiness, eye bags, wrinkles and fine lines. Stimulates the production of collagen which makes your skin more vibrant, firm and youthful. The Vitamin C serum contains antioxidants that will greatly reduce skin damage caused by the sun, pollution and impurities in the air.  It enhances your skins rate of exfoliation for a smoother, brighter and more radiant complexion.  This concentrated serum is formulated with a 2.5% Retinol Complex that provides both immediate and long term release to promote radiant skin. It supports natural cell turnover to improve skin texture and tone. The appearance of lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores is softened, revealing new skin with a youthful glow."

Review…

I was sent a 0.5 fl oz of the Intensive Youth Eye Gel, 1.0 fl oz of Vitamin C serum, and 1.0 fl oz of Mircale Retinol Moisturizer from Radha Beauty to review.  
The price for the eye gel and retinol moisturizer is $27.89.  The Vitamin C serum is $22.89.  Shipping is free.

Packaging & Presentation of Radha Beauty Products

The retinol moisturizer and the Vitamin C serum arrived perfectly, but the eye gel's box was kind of crushed when I opened the main box.  The moisturizer and serum were packaged in sealed bags, but the gel was in an actual product box.


Beginning with the Vitamin C serum, the bottle itself is gray with orange, white, and chrome accents.  It measures 4.75" x 1.25".  It uses a pump dispenser as the method of application.


The right side of the label outlines the directions, contact information, and UPC.  The left side of the label explains a little bit about the product and lists the ingredients.  This product isn't tested on animals, is recyclable, and has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


The retinol moisturizer is in a gray bottle, but has an outer ring of plastic surrounding it.  It has black, white, and chrome accents.  It measures 5.5" x 1.5".  It has a button press method of application.


The right side of the label outlines the directions, contact information, and UPC.  The left side of the label explains a little bit about the product and lists the ingredients.  This product isn't tested on animals, is recyclable, and has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


Lastly, the eye gel. This box was a little crushed, and the box has the same information as the bottle, so it isn't necessary to save it anyway.


It is a smaller bottle, measuring only 3.0" x 1.25".  It is a plastic and white.  The label is black with white and gold accents.  It uses a pump dispenser as its method of application.


The right side of the label outlines the directions, cautions, and website.  The left side of the label explains a little bit about the product.  This product isn't tested on animals, is recyclable, and has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


My Personal Experience with Radha Beauty Products

I love using skin care products, especially when I get to use an entire line of the same brand.  That way I begin to see results within the same time frame.  I've never heard of Radha Beauty before this review, so hopefully it makes a good name for itself!


The Vitamin C serum was interesting, because I'm used to using a Vitamin C lotion, so I wasn't used to this to begin with.  It's really easy to use, and it absorbs really quickly.  There isn't a fragrance, and it's a very runny serum.



The miracle retinol moisturizer was my favorite!  Completely opposite as above, I'm used to using a retinol serum, so having it in a lotion form was pretty cool.  I really like the bottle, too.  Retinol is sensitive to light, so having it in a bottle like this is perfect, since it's light proof.  The moisturizer is easy to use, but I only use it a few days per week because it is super strong.  It is also unscented.



Lastly, the eye gel.  What I like about this is the fragrance.  It smells really clean and fresh.  I also like that it pulls my skin tight around my eyes.  What I don't like is that sometimes when I apply it, it clumps up a little bit and seizes.  Not all of the time, but sometimes, and it's kind of aggravating when this happens.



Pros of Radha Beauty Products
  • This complete line works hand in hand to give the ultimate results.
  • You get a lot of product for your money.
  • These products are not tested on animals.
  • I really like the packaging.
Cons of Radha Beauty Products
  • The Intensive Youth Eye Gel's box arrived in poor condition.
  • The eye gel sometimes seizes up when I apply it.
Summary

After a few uses, I can say that I really like the retinol moisturizer, and the vitamin C serum.  Although the eye gel smells good, I can't really count on it.  Sometimes it works, and other times it seizes up, and that isn't reliable to me.  I mean, it works good when it decides to work. 




For further information, please visit Radha Beauty on:


DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. 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.

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..::Recipe::.. Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
by Maryanne Cabrera of The Chic Table

"Potatoes can do no wrong in my eyes.  Be it fried, baked, or mashed- potatoes are always welcome on my plate.
This slow cooker recipe takes all the components of a loaded baked potato and whips it up into a delicious and hearty soup.  Unlike traditional baked potato soups that are heavy on the cream, this version is rather light.  Instead of loading up on cream to thicken the soup, I take out a couple cups of the cooked potato and mash them up.  The mashed potatoes provide a nice richness to the soup.

This soup can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth and omitting the bacon.  Believe it or not, I kept to a vegetarian diet for a year and this soup was a main staple.
I am so happy soup season is upon us.  There is nothing quite as comforting on chilly nights as a giant bowl of loaded baked potato soup."


Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup, serves 4-6

Ingredients:
5 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme, or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
green onions, for serving
sour cream, for serving
additional sharp cheddar cheese, shredded for serving

Instructions:
1.  In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Transfer cooked bacon to paper towel-lined plate and set aside.  Keep 3 tbsp of bacon fat and discard rest.  You’ll want to keep all that burnt little bits in the pan.  They will provide the onions with a lot of flavor.

2.  Heat skillet with 3 Tbsp of bacon fat over medium heat.  Add minced garlic and cook for 15-20 seconds until fragrant.  Add onions and thyme.  Cook until onions have softened.
*note: For vegetarian option, cook the garlic and onions in vegetable oil or olive oil.

3.  Add flour and stir to combine.  Cook for about one minute and then slowly add 1 cup of chicken broth.  Stir to combine.  Transfer onion mixture (including all the browned bacon bits from pan) into slow cooker pot.

4. Add cut potatoes into slow pot, followed by remaining 4 cups of chicken broth.  Cover slow cooker with lid and set to cook for 4-5 hours on low.
*note: For vegetarian option, use vegetable broth. 

5.  Keep slow cooker on “keep warm” setting.  Once potatoes are soft and tender, scoop out 3 cups of potato from slow cooker.  Place in a large bowl and mash using a fork (spoon or muddler work too).  Add milk and cream.  Stir to combine.  Return mixture to slow cooker.

6.  Add shredded cheese to slow cooker and stir to distribute.  Cover slow cooker and let sit for 5 minutes until cheese has melted.  Season with 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Sample and season more according to taste.  Serve with green onions, crumbled bacon, additional cheddar cheese, sour cream and other toppings you enjoy with baked potato.

"I like to top my baked potato soup with a heavy sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese, some crumbled bacon bits, a dash of chopped green onions, and of course, a dollop of sour cream.  Feel free to experiment and add additional toppings or vegetables to the soup.
If you try out the recipe, be sure to share a photo with us on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TheChic."

02 March 2015

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