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Celebrate the 12 Days of Beauty with an awesome giveaway (ends 12/12/16)

 

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Oh my! It’s December already. Where did the time go? My husband and I were just talking about sitting on our balcony watching the Fourth of July fireworks display at a local baseball park (we have a great view of their fireworks). Now it’s almost the end of the year. How did that happen?

We’re still shopping for the holiday season – for gifts and for stocking stuffers.

My kids are much older now (19 and 17). Long gone are the days when a new box of crayons and small toys would excite them when found in their stockings. As they have grown, the stocking stuffers have changed. These days I stuff them with gift cards to their favorite stores (small denominations – nothing crazy), beauty products (for our daughter), cologne for son and similar items.

Our daughter goes crazy over beauty products, as most young girls do. Facial care products, make up, perfume, hair care products… she loves them all. Our son… not so much. All he uses to wash his face is soap and water.

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Thankfully our son was blessed with good skin. He barely ever pimples, even when he was younger. Our daughter suffered from bad acne and had to see a Dermatologist on a regular basis for it.

Men’s skin is just like women’s skin. It’s no different. It’s made the same way. For that reason I don’t understand why men don’t use facial products like facial washes and lotions. It’s not “unmanly” to care for your skin. In fact, it’s the right thing to do.

Neutrogena has several products made especially for men. In fact, I was sent some to review by the brand. I gave some to my husband to try. The rest I’ll put in my son’s stocking (along with the usual goodies he gets). I figure if he saw his father using the products he’d be more likely to use them too.

I was sent the following products.

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Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion with sunscreen SPF 20

I think this was the biggest challenge to get my husband to try. He didn’t feel like he needed lotion. I reminded him that winter is coming and his skin does get a bit a bit chaffed when he’s out in the cold. He also wears sunscreen when he knows he’s going to be outside for a while. Sunscreen, even made for the face, can be heavy and clog pores. I told him that with this lotion he’s not only keeping his skin hydrated and mositurized, it also has a built in SPF whihc won’t leave his skin feeling heavy or greasy.

He tried it, and he likes it. He keeps forgetting to put it on, but once I remind him he applies some.

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Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash

I grew up washing my face with just regular soap and water. It does get the job done, but it also dries out your skin and doesn’t really have any benefits to it.

My husband uses this twice a day – once in the morning (unless he shower, then he still uses just soap) and agan at night. Again, I have to remind him sometimes because he’s not used to using product, but he doesn’t seem to mind

He admits that he likes this face wash compared to soap. He likes that his skin doesn’t feel as “tight” as it does with regular soap. He also said his face feels cleaner.

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Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Face Scrub

My husband didn’t know why this was necessary. I told him it’s because we need to rid our skin and pores of dried skin cells and “gunk” that gets trapped in our pores.

This product is also made to help with shaving. He hasn’t noticed a difference as of yet, but he has tried it twice so far and he said he likes how his skin feels afterwards (“super clean” to quote him).

My son is gradually warming up to the idea. I asked him if he would use the products. He said he would try them. That’s good to know because I’ll be putting them in his stocking this year.

For more information about these and other Neutrogena products visit Neutrogena.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

I am participating in a “12 Day of Beauty” with Neutrogena and other bloggers. Each day for 12 days another blogger will showcase other Neutogena products. The great news is that you can not only enter giveaways on all the blogger’s sites, but you can also win the products they showcase.

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The next blogger participation is Tammy over at A Mom in Red High Heels. Visit her blog tomorrow to see what items she’s showcasing, as well as for a chance to win those products. You can also check her out on Twitter (@AMominRed) and on Instagram (@AMominRed).

Speaking of winning – I have two giveaways for readers. One involves winning ALL Of the products showcased in the 12 Days of Beauty – and let me tell you, it’s A LOT of products!

Giveaway #1 – Comment on this post (see below) and use the Rafflecopter widget to win all of the men’s products showcased in this post. There will be TWO winners.

Giveaway #2 – Comment on any of my social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+ in regards to Neutrogena’s 12 Days of Beauty for your chance to win ALL of the products showcased during the promotion (it’s A LOT of products!). All of my social media accounts are linked (above). You can comment on one account or all four. Only one comment per social media page. That gives you four chances to win. Look for the post tagged with @Neutrogena and @CleanandClear.

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 2016. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter the giveaway for the Men’s products, please comment on this post and tell me which product you think the man in your life would enjoy the most?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with the brands to bring you this information. I received free products to review as well as compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. The brand will be providing the prize packages. 

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Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40 (giveaway ends 12/12/16)

*This is a sponsored post.

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Do you suffer from dry skin? I do. I never used to. I don’t recall dealing with dry skin when I was younger. It seems like in the past 15 years (give or take) my skin has had issues being dry. It’s made even worse in during the winter months. I also wash my hands many times per day, which makes my hands really dry.

I use moisturizer. I keep it everywhere I am – my desk, the bathroom, in my car, in my husband’s car, at work… I apply it frequently throughout the day. I also make sure to apply moisturizer to my body in the AM after my shower and in the PM before I go to bed.

It’s not easy to keep my skin moisturized. I think age has a lot to do with it.

According to data from a 2015 national online survey of over one thousand U.S. women over the age of 18:

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. women report that the older they get, the more difficult it is to keep their skin moisturized.

U.S. women feel an average of six years older when their skin is dry and dull.

56% of women report being just as concerned about the signs of aging from the neck down as they are about the signs of aging on the face.

As you age your skin’s natural renewal cycle slows down. This causes dead skin cells to build up on your skin’s surface making your skin look dull and feel rough. Gross!

In addition, as you age, your oil glands also become less active, making it harder to retain moisture in the skin.

Dull, dry, rough skin can really zap your confidence too. Personally I am ashamed to have people see my hands and feet, which are really dry and horrible looking.

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Are you familiar with the brand AmLactin? AmLactin is the #1 moisturizer brand recommended by dermatologists for rough, dry skin.

What makes AmLactin different than other brands on the market is their unique combination of exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids and hydrating humectants. AmLactin moisturizers help to smooth away roughness and leave you with soft, smooth and healthy-looking skin.

AmLactin has several products that address some major issues that people over 40 deal with. I say “people” because AmLactin products work great for both women and men.

I was sent to review several AmLactin products. I have actually used a few of them in the past (and even currently used one of the products). I have always had positive experiences with the brand, which is why they are one of my “go-to” products.

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AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion Go beyond everyday lotions with our powerful alpha-hydroxy therapy. Clinically proven 12% lactic acid, pH-balanced for the skin, boosts the skin’s natural renewal process through gentle exfoliation and deeply moisturizes. Reveals softer, smoother skin.

I have been using this every day when I step out of the shower in the morning, and again at night. It’s really been a great help with my legs most especially. Shaving tends to dry the skin on my legs. Using this lotion after I shower, and most especially after I shave, has helped to keep my legs feeling and looking smooth and soft.

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AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream Say goodbye to those dry, pesky areas! Our patented ULTRAPLEX® formula gently exfoliates and is clinically proven to deeply hydrate. Helps smooth rough, dry, bumpy skin—including dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris (“KP”).

I keep this tube in my purse so I have it with me where ever I go. I have noticed that I do suffer from weird little bumps on my hands, most especially my wrists. I thought it was a rash or something. I never thought it had to do with extremely dry skin. I’ve even noticed a few spots on my legs.

I apply this cream many times throughout the day. It’s helped with really dry patches on my hands and body.

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AmLactin® Cerapeutic® Restoring Body Lotion Instantly transform your skin with this unique moisturizer. It’s the only formula to combine clinically proven, patented ULTRAPLEX® and three essential ceramides to relieve extreme dryness for 24 hours. Uncover visibly soft, silky, youthful-looking skin.

I use the Moisturizing Body Lotion on my body in the AM and PM. I use this lotion on my hands at night. As odd as it sounds it almost feels like this lotion puts a “glove” on your hands. You can feel that it’s leaving a subtle “layer” to your skin which I’m assuming is helping to lock moisture in your skin.

I keep this on our sink so the rest of my family can use it too. I know my husband and son have used it (not sure about my daughter).

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AmLactin® Foot Cream Kick dry skin for good with daily use of healing foot therapy. Our patented ULTRAPLEX® formula gently exfoliates and is clinically proven to intensely hydrate. Helps prevent splits and cracks while smoothing calluses. Experience touchable, soft feet from heel to toe.

Dry, cracked heels and feet are THE WORSE! I hate it when that happens. This time of year it happens all the time.

Exfoliating the skin on your feet and heels (either with a pumice stone or a device like a Amoped), then applying a generous amount of this cream on your feet literally transforms your feet. You’ll see and feel a difference the very first time you do it. The key is to maintain it. Apply this moisturizer daily (I do it before bed so I now I’m not going to walk on my feet) and exfoliate once a week to keep your feet looking beautiful all year long.

My feet used to be an embarrassment to me – even when it comes to my husband. I didn’t want him to see gross, dry, cracked feet. I want him to see pretty and smooth feet.

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Having smooth, soft feet always means that I enjoy more foot massages from my hubby without the embarrassment of having him touch and feel the way my feet were before.

Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid.

To check out all of the AmLactin products, visit the brand’s Amazon page.

You can also check out the brand on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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How you would you like to win $100 in AmLactin skin care products?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter visit AmLactin’s website and look at each product (Amazon.com/AmLactin).Then comment on this post and tell me how your skin has changed over the years AND provide a link to the product you’d most like to try.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with AmLactin and Tap Influence to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. AmLactin Skin Care is providing the prize package and shipping.

Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin Skin Care. The opinions and text are all mine.

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7 Amazing ways how to apply Eco-friendly makeup products for New Year

 

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Are you interested in eco-friendly makeup products? Do you want to look your best on New Year’s Eve? If you have provided an affirmative answer to either one of these two questions, you should definitely keep on reading this article. In the paragraphs that follow, we will present amazing ways, in which you can apply eco-friendly makeup products and impress everyone with your appearance this New Year’s Eve.

#1 Resurfacing mask against dull skin

If you want to escape the dull skin aspect and look amazing on New Year’s Eve, you can go for a resurfacing mask. This product should be applied after a proper cleansing of the skin; moreover, you should let it be absorbed into the skin, for a couple of minutes, then apply the rest of the makeup. Keep in mind that a resurfacing mask can give your skin a naturally-looking, radiant glow, minimizing pores and guaranteeing a smooth texture. For the best results, wait for about five minutes, before applying other products on the skin.

#2 Eco-friendly eye cream against fine lines and wrinkles

From a certain age, it can be difficult to hide the common signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. If you are preparing for the New Year’s celebrations, it is recommended to use one of the top eye creams and minimize any sign of aging. For the best results, it is recommended to keep the eye cream in the fridge and apply it cold on the skin. This will constrict blood vessels in the eye area, eliminating the tired look as well. Moreover, it is advisable to apply the eye cream, using your ring finger.

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#3 Lip & cheek formula for a beautiful look

When it comes to the makeup for New Year’s Eve, it is only normal you are interested in looking your best. One of the most interesting eco-friendly products that you can use is the two-combo formula, designed to be used both as blush and as lipstick. You can apply this product, using your fingers or a makeup brush, enjoying the wide range of colors. If you are interested in obtaining a more intense color, repeat the application and use your fingers/the brush to blend it in.

#4 Lip mask for soft & sexy lips

During the cold winter season, it is common for the lips to become dehydrated and even suffer from peeling or minor cracks. For this reason, one of the must-have eco-friendly makeup products of the season is the lip mask. This product also has some of the best anti-aging properties, reducing the risk of wrinkles around the lips. It contains agave nectar and jojoba oil, having intensely hydrating properties. For the best results, it is recommended to apply at night, right before going to bed.

#5 Face exfoliant

A face exfoliant is one of the best products you can use during the winter and, especially to prepare yourself for New Year’s Eve. For the best results, go with a product that contains organic ingredients, such as: oats, black walnuts, chamomile and kelp. The face exfoliant should be applied on the entire face and you should perform a gentle massage, without being too aggressive on the skin. If the product seems too concentrated, you can mix it with a little of water and then apply it on the skin. You can also apply it to the neck area, then tone and hydrate your skin as well.

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#6 Clay mask to eliminate excess sebum from the skin

The clay mask can hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, preparing it for New Year’s Eve. It is especially recommended for oily and acne-prone skin, absorbing the excess sebum and reducing the size of the pores. It is recommended to apply the clay mask evenly on your face and wait until it becomes completely dry. You might experience a sensation of tightness but this is perfectly normal, so there is no need to be worried. The eco-friendly clay mask can restore the radiant glow of the skin, allowing you to look beautiful and elegant at the turn of the year.

#7 Eco-friendly mascara for luscious lashes

Unfortunately, not all of us are born with long or thick eyelashes. In deciding what products to wear on New Year’s Eve, do not hesitate to take eco-friendly mascara into consideration. First of all, apply one coat of mascara, making sure that the eyelashes do not stick to one another. Then, before the second coat, apply a little bit of powder, in order for the mascara to stick better.

In conclusion, these are some of the best eco-friendly makeup products, which can be applied on New Year’s Eve. Once you follow our recommendations, it is guaranteed you will look beautiful and impress others with your appearance.

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Author Bio:

Meighan Sembrano is an enthusiast and passionate writer. She is a contributor to Consumer Health Digest. She is expertise in Beauty and skin care articles. Also, have contributed in the health and fitness field. Her work gives an enthusiast twist to the readers.  She resonates the readers with her simple and thoughtful words. You can follow Meighan on Twitter and Facebook.

*This is a guest post. The post and photos are that of the author. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect my own. 

References:

https://www.dr.hauschka.com/en_US/natural-skin-care/

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/skin-care

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/22/organic-beauty-products-earth-day_n_5184712.html

http://www.minq.com/beauty/2911/14-ecofriendly-crueltyfree-makeup-brands

https://www.babble.com/home/20-green-beauty-favorites/

http://www.seventeen.com/beauty/advice/g1043/eco-beauty-products/

 

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Looking for a “sweet”gift for that someone special? Check out the Sweet Pumpkin Spice Collection from Happee Body

 

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When summer transitions into fall, and people replace shorts with pants and sandals with sneakers, you know it’s the fall season.

I love everything about the fall – the beautiful leaves, the smell, wearing sweaters on a chilly night… I love it all.

I also love that it’s the kick off to the holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve).

For some people fall represents something else – Pumpkin! People go crazy for everything and anything pumpkin related during the fall season.

I admit that I jump on the “pumpkin bandwagon” too, but I’m not as crazy as some people are. I just happen to enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Pop Tarts that come out this time of year, and spiced pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Yum!

If you know someone who is obsessed with pumpkin, I have a delightful gift idea you might want to consider for them (or maybe even yourself). It’s from a company called Happee Body.

Happee Body has a cute little gift set that is all about pumpkins.

The Limited Edition Sweet Pumpkin Spice Collection is filled with all your pumpkin essentials in this lovely sweater weather.

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The set includes:

  • 2 pcs. of Sweet Pumpkin Spice Facial Soap
  • 2 oz. jar of Sweet Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub
  • 0.5 oz. tin of Sweet Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

I was sent a set to review.

I LOVE the facial soap! It smells exactly like pumpkin spice. I love the scent so much that I was reluctant to use the soap – I would rather keep smelling it.

I did end up using the soap. It’s a lovely soap. It washes and rinses off very well.

The lip scrub might not sound like it comes in a big jar – but it does. A little lip scrub goes a long way. I can see that jar lasting me the entire year.

If you have never used a lip scrub before it’s something that exfoliates dead skin cells off your lips and leaves them feeling soft and smooth. A lip scrub, in my opinion, is a must have – most especially during the winter months. Having dry lips is not only uncomfortable, it’s also not very nice to look at.

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I use a lip scrub about once a week (give or take). That is all you need for up keep on kissable lips. If your lips are dry you can do it 2 times a week.

It’s important to keep your lips moisturized too. The pumpkin spice lip balm from Happee Body goes along perfectly with the pumpkin spice lip scrub. And just like with the scrub, a little lip balm goes a long way. You don’t need to slather it on your lips. Just add a coating of the lip balm.

I like that it comes in a small tin. It fits easily in a pocket or purse so you can have something to moisturize your lips on-the-go.

This cute set is available for $18.97 at www.HappeeBody.com. All products are also available individually on their website.

They carry other nice products too. All of their products would make for great stocking stuffers and/or hostess gifts too.

Happee Body is also on social media. All of their links are found on their website.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Soap that grows on trees? Learn more about Tree to Tub

 

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When it comes to my family, the quality of products that I use, and the foods that I have available for them, is very important to me. I try my best to use only the healthiest, most natural products whenever possible.

I have always been cautious about the things I use around my family. It wasn’t until our cat devloped severe asthma did I realize just how every single product can have an adverse effect including candles, air fresheners and cleaning products.

These days I always make sure to read the lable befor purchasing a new product. I am also concientious about purchasing “better for you” products for our home.

Here is an interesting thought… soap growing on trees?

I thought that sounded odd too, that is until I learned more about a product called “soapberry.”  Soapberry is an exotic fruit that when rubbed, produces a gentle, nourishing lather. Soapberry is an ancient fruit that hails from India and Taiwan.

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For centuries, the berry has been hidden in Ayurvedic herbal tradition as a nourishing remedial for an
assortment of skin and hair conditions. Since then, its benefits have been scientifically validated.

A new natural beauty brand debuted this month world wide. The brand is called Tree to Tub.

Founded in San Francisco, California in 2015, Tree To Tub is an organic body care company focused on
providing the most gentle body care solutions found through nature’s most nourishing botanicals. The brand
works directly with farming communities and eco-reserves in rural Taiwan to sustainably harvest the wild
soapberries that form the base of their ultra-gentle cleansing products. Free of harmful chemicals, Tree To
Tub’s products are organic, cruelty free, vegan, fair trade, and eco-friendly.

Tree to Tub offers consumers ultra-gentle, organic body care products featuring the brand’s unique ingredient, the
soapberry.

As you probably know, millions of tons of surfactants are produced annually; most are synthetic, many are known
toxins. These man-made substancesends up in a lot of products that we all use daily like body wash and shampoo.

This makes me wonder… back in the day (late 1800’s, early 1900’s), did they use products that were made with a lot of man-made ingredients and chemicals? Chances are they weren’t. So why did we have to resort to such things in our modern world, especially knowing how harmful such ingredients are?

Tree To Tub is turning the body care industry on its head by replacing these chemicals with the gentle, nourishing lather of the soapberry.

“The soapberry’s natural antibacterial property makes it the ideal alternative to synthetic soap,” says
Jessica Rubino, Personal Care Director at NewHope Media, “It’s the most revolutionary idea that I’ve
heard in years!”

Check out the comparison between products made with soapberries (to form lather) compared to traditional hair cleansing products.

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The brand launch is taking place on Indiegogo, the global platform for entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to
life. The brand was personally scouted by Sandy Diao, Director at Indiegogo, who believes the young beauty
brand can bring about revolutionary change in the encumbered body care industry.

“Tree to Tub is introducing the most advanced beauty ingredient from nature. The soapberry cleans
my skin and scalp without drying or irritating it,” says Sandy, “I’m glad it’s starting here on Indiegogo.”
Skinny Ms. is proud of offer an exclusive 50%-off pre-sale discount for this brand new collection including:

  • Soapberry Facial Cleanser: a one-step wonder, this ultra-gentle cleanser wipes away grime and
    makeup while repairing dry and irritated skin with organic acai, aloe vera and chamomile.
  • Soapberry Body Wash: a cleansing massage for even the most delicate skin, this body wash locks in
    moisture for flawlessly health skin, powered by organic shea butter, cucumber and aloe vera.
  • Soapberry Shampoo: this color-safe, ultra-gentle shampoo restores hair to a magnificent shine and
    luster with a nourishing combination of organic olive leaf, gotu kola leaf, and chamomile.
  • Argan Oil Conditioner: an intensively hydrating conditioner that restores vibrant life to damaged
    hair and soothes dry, itchy scalps with organic pomegranate, shea butter, and coconut oil.
  • Shea Butter Body Lotion: this deeply moisturizing oasis repairs dry, damaged skin with a quickabsorb,
    non-greasy formula combining organic cocoa butter, aloe vera, and colloidal oatmeal.

If you would like to check out these products for yourself, visit Skinny Ms.’s unique campaign link or visit the brand’s official website, TreetoTub.com.

I was sent a few products to try out for myself – Soapberry for Body (bodywash) and Soapberry for Lather (shampoo).

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I love the shampoo! It’s scented with peppermint which really wakes you up when you breath in the alluring scent.

I have long, thick, course hair. I was worried that the product wouldn’t clean my hair as well as traditional shampoos – but it does. Not only does it was well it is also easy enough to rinse out completely.

The body wash is scented with Lavender (another favorite fragrance of mine). It feels nice on the skin. It washes on and rinses off easily and leave your skin feeling refreshed and clean.

I was also sent some actual soapberries, which can be used in your washing machine. I haven’t used them yet, only because we share the washers and dryers with 9 other units in our condo building. We want to make sure that it’s not going to mess anything up. I was thinking of trying them out when hand washing delicate items first and see how it goes. I’ll update this post when I have had the opportunity to try them out.

So far I am enjoying the products I was sent to review. I also like that they are a “better for you” option, free from toxins, chemicals and man-made ingredients.

Check out their Indigogo page for more information. The brand also set up a special discount page for She Scribes readers. CLICK HERE for your special discount page. The discount is $10 off their five piece collection.

Tree to Tub can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What do you think about Tree to Tub? Do you like the idea of using a natural ingredient compared to man-made ones? Do you think you’ll check out the brand and maybe try out the products? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Tree to Tub to bring you this information. I have also received free products to review. Although compensated the opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Cosmetic Procedures: Which To Do, Which To Skip

 

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Every single one of us, though flawless, has at some point taken a look in the mirror and found at least one thing we’d like to change. Some of us learn to love the quirks in our looks and some of us think about getting a little fix. From the non-invasive to the surgical, cosmetic procedures are on the rise and there are a hundred ways to nip, tuck, lift and smooth just about any area of our bodies. Not all of it is vain and superficial. Some procedures have amazingly high satisfaction ratings; patients report not just looking better but feeling way more confident. According to the experts, these are the nips and tucks that are worth it and the ones you should skip:

Worth it: Breast Reduction

“By far, breast reductions produce the happiest post-op patients,” says New Bern, North Carolina board certified plastic surgeon and best selling author Dr. John Zannis, “The women (and sometimes men) that come to me for this procedure have usually been uncomfortable with the size of their breasts for years, in many cases since early puberty. You can really see an immediate boost to their confidence.” Overly large breasts have uncomfortable physical effects like chronic back pain and bad posture, but they can also become a huge self-esteem complex, especially for girls. Breast reduction surgeries report an extremely high satisfaction rate of almost 90% according to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Magazine.

Skip: Lip Fillers

Lip fillers can work wonders but they’re tricky. They don’t look the same on everyone; your end result could be Kylie Jenner’s lipstick-empire-building pout or Donatella Versace’s trout mouth. They’re more of a toss up and depend on too many variables, from the natural curve of your lips to the skill of your doctor to the type of filler used.

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Worth it: Non-Invasive Face Lifts

“Off the top of my head some of my happiest clients are non-invasive face lift patients,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a board certified dermatologist who specializes in surgical and medical skin procedures at her New York office. “The skin on the neck and chin get a substantial lift and smooth with no cutting or general anesthetics, patients report not only looking younger but constantly say they feel better about themselves. Which is the key word I look for when gauging post-recovery satisfaction!”

Worth it: Rhinoplasty

“A rhinoplasty from a skilled plastic surgeon can completely change a face,” says Zannis. He adds, “The nose is the most protruding facial feature and sits right in the center; any sort of change alters how you look from different angles, how light and shadows hit you and can make the face look more symmetrical.” To become a full believer in the power of rhinoplasty just search “Bella Hadid before and after nose job” on Google. Literally a different person.

Skip: Cheek Implants

Cheeks have a very prominent position in your face. Like tweaking your nose, tweaking the shape and size of your cheeks changes your whole look, but like any other facial implant or filler; they are not one size fits all. In older individuals cheek implants are just as likely to drag your skin down as smooth it. Good results depend on implant type, technique, original face shape, and considering the natural effects of aging in the future.   

Worth it: Body Contouring

“Body contouring is easily one of my top three highest patient satisfaction procedures” says Dr. Papantoniou who provides the procedure at her practice. “These are non-invasive fat loss techniques and they give truly amazing results after about 3 months of treatments. There is no downtime, no pain. Some patients come in for them during long lunch breaks! Patients lose whole inches. Again, the most telling sign is how they stress feeling good after the procedure.”

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Author: Dr. John Zannis. Reposted with permissiong. 

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