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Give yourself a flawless complexion with beauty products from Lumene

 

I enjoy doing beauty product reviews. I might not wear that much make up on a regular basis, but when I do, I do like to look my best.

When I go to work I tend to keep my make up simple. After all, I work with children. They don’t care if I have mega-long eyelashes or the “in” lipstick color of the season. None the less, I always try to look my best, even with minimal make up.

On those wonderful occasions where my husband and I get to go out on a date (movies, comedy club, dinner…) I look to look flawless. I love looking my very best for my loving husband.

I’m always on the look out for beauty products that will save me time, money, or greatly improve a product I am normally using. I’m also open to new products that I might not have tried yet.

I was sent to review some amazing products from the brand Lumene, specifically their Invisible Illumination line of products.

Instant Aluminize

I love! love! love! love! love this product! It’s amazing!

I use just a drop or two from the dropper on my fingers, rub my fingers together, and place this around my cheeks, forehead and anywhere else that I feel I want to add some brightness to.

This product WORKS! It really adds light and illumination to my drab and dull skin. It look healthier and “awake.” My skin looks so fresh and bright.

You can even apply this product to other areas of your face. I have used it on the area above my eyelids (but below my eyebrows) to add a pop of shine and iridescent color to my eyes for a night out with my husband.

Sometimes I am sent products that I love so much that I become a regular customer of the brand. This is one such product. I fully intend on purchasing more once my sample is used up. I NEED this product in my life. It’s amazing!

Instant Glow Beauty Serum 

This is a lovely product to use on a your face prior to applying your make up. I find that it makes my make up look BETTER after I apply everything on top of this product.

I have used this product “as is” on my face as well, with no other make up.

I have no problem running errands bare faced (with the exception of some mascara). Normally when I do that my skin looks worn, drab and dull. It look old and worn out. When I use this product on my face I think it makes me look like I have some “life” in my skin and it looks like I’m healthy. It looks like it helps to “hide” some of the things on my face I am not keen about (small wrinkles, spots, large pores…).

I don’t usually wear liquid make up, but this is the one product I will make the exception for. I don’t just see it as a make up. I see it as a beauty product I need to prime my face before the rest of the make up is applied.

Watercolor Blush

This product is really unique. It’s a liquid blush, just as you would expect with the word “watercolor” in the name.

This blush is very blendable. You can use as much, or as little, as you want.

I have to admit that it has taken me a while to figure out the best way to use this blush. I kept using too much of it and I wasn’t blending it in too well, so my cheeks looked like someone pinched them (but not in a good way). It has taken me some time, but I think I have finally got the hang of using this blush.

Watercolor Bronzer

I don’t use bronzers due to the fact that I am VERY fair skinned and pale looking. Bronzers don’t look right on me (trust me, I’ve tried a lot of them). For that reason I told the brand not to send me one of these products to review. Sorry about that.

I am very impressed with the Lumene products that I received to review. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the highlighter is my new favorite product. I am obsessed with it. I fully intend on purchasing that product over and over again once I run out of it. Thankfully, with all three products, a little bit goes a long way.

If you are interested in learning more about the brand and their products, visit Lumene.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Those links are found at the bottom of their website.

Products are available for purchase on their website, or you can check out Target, Amazon and other retailers.

Kimberly

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

Product Review – NanoSteamer: Nano Ionic Facial Steamer

 

I will admit that I am not necessarily a “girly-girl.” I’ve always been a bit of a “Tom Boy.” Don’t get me wrong, I do love girly-girly things, but for the most part, I rather wear sneakers than heels, I don’t like carrying a bit purse, and I can easily go out and about without wearing make up.

I don’t like to wear make up. It’s more so that I NEED to wear make up. If I don’t, I look awful. My skin is blotchy and wrinkly, and my eyes look horrible because I have very light, sparse eyelashes. I look like a zombie without make up!

The reason why I don’t like to wear make up is because I don’t like how it feels on my skin. I don’t like how I can feel something weighing down my skin (with the exception of eye make up). I would much rather keep the feeling of a freshly cleaned face all day long. That is why on the weekends if we have no plans I don’t wear anything on my face accept moisturizer.

I love the feeling my face has when I step out of the shower. I can’t get that same feeling from washing my face with my hands and/or washcloth. And I’m not about to hop back in the shower after work just to wash my face.

Have you ever tried a steam cleaner for your face? I had one many, many years ago (about 20+ years ago). I don’t really remember much about it to be honest with you.

I was sent to review a NanoSteamer – a Nano Ionic Facial Steamer from the company, Pure Daily Care. This is actually a 3-in-1 product, so it serves more than one purpose. Since we live in a tiny condo, we don’t have much room for products we use occasionally. I like that this product is more than just a face steamer.

Use #1 – Nano Ionic Facial Steamer

According to Pure Daily;

The Pure Daily Care Nano Steamer is a new type of steamer that generates nano-ionic steam. NanoSteamer does this by combining a conventional heating element with a new ultra sonic vaporizer to produce nano steam with negatively charged ionic particles. Nano steam combined with ionic water particles are up to 10x more effective in penetrating skin.

I don’t know much about “ionic water particles” or “negatively charged ionic particles.” As long as a product works, and works well, that is all that matters to me.

Benefits of Nano Steaming include up to 10x improved blood circulation, Improves cell vitality and oxygen absorption through skin for a healthier younger looking complexion, significantly improves absorption of your beauty creams for increased effectiveness and promotes drainage of sinuses and airways for overall improved well being.

The facial steamer I remember using decades ago was a lot different than this one. This one is more sleek and compact, but don’t let that fool you. This one works so much better. I feel that the size of the opening where the steam comes out allows you to direct the steam where you need it the most. It does cover your whole face, but if you want to direct it to a specific area (for example, your forehead if you are experiencing breakouts), you can.

The steam feels so nice. I’ve used this in the AM (before applying moisturizer and make up) and in the PM (after taking off my make up). I don’t use it every day, but I do find myself using it several times per week. I enjoy how it makes my skin feel. My skin feels so “clean,” so much so that I hate having to put make up on after using it.

I feel that using this at night after I wash my face helps to remove any make up that regular face washing missed. I also think it helps my nightly products (moisturizer, serum…) to absorb into my skin better.

This is so easy to use too. Simply take it out of the box, add water, plug it in and you are ready to go (just make sure the dial in on the face steamer option). There is no complicated set up at all, which means you can use this any time you want. It’s also compact enough where it doesn’t take up much room in the bathroom closet (or under the sink).

Use #2 – Room Humidifier 

This product is not just a facial steamer, it can also be used as room humidifier too.

Set up is the same way (add water). It can run for 30 minutes and the device is very quiet, so you don’t have to worry about it keeping a child awake.

I haven’t really had a need for a humidifier (my kids had one when they were little) so I haven’t used it as this option yet, but it’s good to know if I needed one that I don’t have to buy an extra product (and find space for it!). This product is all I need.

Use #3 – Towel Warmer

Oh yes! You heard that right. You can warm facial washcloths (small towels) in this. How luxurious!

My husband and son get warmed washcloths at the barber when they get their hair done. That always sounded so nice to me (my hairdresser doesn’t offer that). Now they can have the same experience at home – as can I – using this one device.

A nice, moisture, warm washcloth is just what I need after a stressful day at work. I find it very refreshing. It’s also nice to have when washing the make up off my face. I feel like the warmed washcloth helps to remove more dirt, make up and impurities from my face instead of using a wet washcloth from tap water.

This is certainly a great bonus feature of the NanoSteamer: Nano Ionic Facial Steamer.

The NanoSteamer: Nano Ionic Facial Steamer also comes with a five (5) piece, surgical grade stainless steel, facial instruments to help you to remove blackheads and blemishes.

I have one of these instruments that I’ve had since I was a teenager. I LOVE that this set comes with various sizes to help accommodate the various sized blackheads and blemishes.

As gross as these are to use, they work! That is why I have held on to the one I had for the past 40 years.

If you are interested in learning more about the NanoSteamer: Nano Ionic Facial Steamer, visit PureDailyCare.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Those links are found on the bottom left of their website.

What do you think about this amazing 3-in-1 product? Would you like to have one in your home?

Kimberly

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

5 Ways to Step Up Your Self-Care Game in the New Year

 

Are you ready to start the new year glamorous and beautiful? Well, you’ve already done that gorgeous! But maybe you still want to invest more time in yourself for the new year.

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to make new goals and set aside plenty of alone time for yourself. However, solo time looks different to everyone. If you don’t know where to start, here are 5 tips for upping your self-care game in 2020.

1. Korean Skincare

Skincare is the top way to ease into self-care. A lot of people worry about their skin without knowing how to solve their issues. That’s where Korean skincare comes in. No other country has as extensive an array of skin products as South Korea.

You can chose from:

  • Face masks
  • Emulsifiers
  • Toners
  • Lotions
  • Jelly cleansers
  • Foam cleansers

The list is endless.

There’s a 5-step, 7-step, and 10-step Korean skincare program depending on the type of skin you have. Regardless of how many steps you take nothing says self-love like a good skincare routine.

2. Essential Oils 

Imagine a concentrated oil of your favorite smell that you can use on your clothes, in your house, or wherever you’d like. That’s what essential oils are. They come in a plethora of scents and combinations. You can get orange peel, chamomile, and rose for more natural scents. There are also candy apple, beer, and cognac essential oils if you want something unique.

A huge part of self-care is taking baths, soaking your feet, and wearing hair masks. Nothing steps up your soak game like essential oils. You’ll smell like your favorite scent for the next few days after taking a bath.

3. Laser Hair Removal

Everyone has undesirable hair on their body somewhere. Whether it’s on your legs, face, or armpits: hair grows. But you don’t need to deal with it if you don’t like it. Stray hairs are one of the causes of self-esteem issues in many people.

Doing laser hair removal at home is a simple way to take time for yourself. If you want, you can make a whole self-care day out of it.

4. Spa Days at Home

Is there anything better than a luxurious spa trip? Try to plan at least two days a month for a self-care spa day. It might seem expensive, but you won’t regret it after each visit.

You could also plan two self-care days at home if you’re on a budget. Spend the day relaxing in the bath or soaking your feet. Watch your favorite movies, TV, or dramas. Eat plenty of snacks and stay hydrated. Make the day all about yourself.

5. Yoga | Pilates | Stretching

Getting in touch with your body is a crucial step towards loving yourself. We cannot thrive if we ignore our bodies. If we ignore our need to eat, drink, or sleep, we become irritated, desperate, and exhausted. If we ignore our body wanting to be active, we become vegetative. Our body starts to develop a stiffness from hours of stationary activity.

That’s why these treatments are blessings for the body, mind, and spirit:

  • Doing yoga combines a physical and mental concentration that connects your body and your mind.
  • If you’re looking for something more physically focused, Pilates is a good alternative.
  • If you want something simple but still effective, stretching daily makes a world of difference.

Self Care so You Can Give Back

Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish; make the new year about doing things for you, so that you can give back that energy to others in full force.

Get Yourself And Your Home Ready For Spring

 

Spring is definitely on its way, and although there are still grey clouds out there, heavy rain and the threat of ice and snow, we are now on the home stretch of winter and ready for brighter days, sun and gorgeous spring blooms. However, winter can make us quite lazy when it comes to how we look and present ourselves and also we can forget that certain aspects of our home may need checking. This time of the year is the ideal time to really spend some time on yourself and on your home. With that in mind, here are some of the things to focus on now. 

Your hair and skin may need some attention

In the winter, we can easily cover up bad hair days by simply accessorizing our outfits with a woolly hat of some kind. It is the ultimate winter fashion accessory but it just won’t cut it in the warmer months ahead. Of course, hats don’t need to be discarded entirely, but you may find that you want to give your hair some love and attention. Winter can actually dry out your hair and it can even cause you to have a dry scalp, so you may want to look into things like a decent shampoo for dry scalp or even a nourishing hair mask to bring those tresses back to life. You might also find that your skin is a little drier, due to you wearing more layers or being open to the elements of the harsher weather. Moisturizing and changing your skincare routine could be a wise option to start now. 

What jobs can you do now in your home?

It isn’t just about preparing your body and your mind, it is also about thinking about your home and the changes and updates that may need to be made. Things that you may not have used over the winter months might need some attention, such an air conditioning unit. You may want to book in an emergency ac repair to ensure all is working as it should be. You might also want to think about other aspects of your home like your garden and exterior elements. Could you do anything now to improve them ready for summer?

It is time to really focus on the wardrobe

Your wardrobe might be full of jumpers and warmer things, but now would be a good time to get yourself a little more organised. While the cold weather hasn’t left us just yet, you probably don’t need all of the winter items you currently have stocked in your wardrobe. Give things a good clear out and leave yourself with a capsule wardrobe for the last few weeks of winter. Bring out your old summer clothes from storage or head to the high street as the latest seasonal trends will be in store. Now is the ideal time to mix the seasons ahead of the transition, but to be organised ready for the warmer days means you are just one step ahead. 

I hope that this helps you get yourself ready for spring. 

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to looking and feeling your best.

Rev-up your beauty routine with RevAir

 

 

My hair and it’s natural wave (it’s shoulder length now).

Do you have any resolutions for the new year? Eat better? Drink more water? Get more sleep?

Do you have any resolutions as far as your beauty routine is concerned?

I, personally, don’t take long to get ready. It takes me just a few minutes to put on my make-up. Letting my hair air dry takes the longest. I need to start getting ready a couple of hours before I need to leave if I want to let my hair dry naturally and have my natural wave come through. If I don’t mind not having my natural waves, I can just blow dry my hair.

My daughter takes FOREVER to get ready. Not only is she very particular about her make-up (she has to have the “perfect” eye), but her hair… oh my goodness her hair… that takes the longest. First she needs to take a shower and wash her hair. Then she needs to blow dry her hair. She has very thick hair, so that alone takes a very long time. After her hair is dry, she then has to use the straightener to straighten her hair.

If only there was a way she could dry and straighten her hair at the same time, but that would not be possible. Or would it?

Believe it or not, you CAN blow dry your hair AND straighten it at the same time. All you need is a revolutionary product called RevAir.

RevAir is the world’s first and only reverse air dryer. By reverse air, I mean instead of blowing hot air on your hair, RevAir “sucks” (for lack of a better description) the wetness from your hair. I liken it to a vaccuum cleaner… but for your hair.

Not only does RevAir dry your hair 3x faster than conventional hair dryers, it also straightens your hair too.

RevAir is good for all hair types, from fine to thick and from straight to kinky/curly. Anyone could use and enjoy RevAir.

I was sent a unit to review.

I was shocked when I received the package. The brand includes a lot with the unit (depending on the package you purchase). The one I received included a holder, clips and more goodies.

This is NOT your ordinary hair dryer. It literally looks like a mini-vacuum cleaner. The RevAir has a triangular shaped base, a thick hose and a strangely shaped wand at the end.

The wand creates a reverse-air tunnel that surrounds your hair from root to tip with heated air to naturally dry and straighten your hair. The high heat setting is half the wattage of a standard blow dryer. There is also a low heat setting and it can be used with no heat, as a cool shot of air. Reverse-air moves heat in the natural direction of cuticles helping to smooth hair. Consistent tension effectively straightens hair replacing the need for a brush’s damaging friction.

Check out this brief video to see the RevAir in action.

 

Due to a shoulder injury, I am unable to use the RevAir myself (using it was my initial “game plan” when offered a unit to review). My daughter was more than happy to use the RevAir and help me to facilitate my review.

My daughter has very thick hair. It’s normally wavy towards the ends of her hair (as seen in the photo below). It used to be thicker/wavier, but years of coloring and cutting it has taken away some of the thickness and wave to her hair.

My daughter’s hair is still wet/damp in the above photo. The top layer of her hair has already started to dry. You can use RevAir with wet hair (it just took me a bit to take the “before” photo, which is why it started to dry).

Small sections of you hair goes inside of the RevAir wand to “suck” the water out of it, while straightening it at the same time. If you would like to learn more about the process, you can read about it here – https://myrevair.com/pages/how-it-works.

Here is my daughter’s hair after using RevAir (disregard her split ends – that is from content coloring her hair).

It’s amazing how quickly my daughter can get herself ready by combining two steps (drying her hair and straightening it). We both like how her hair looks afterwards. Using the flat iron makes her hair look stiff and too flat/straight. Using the RevAir her hair is straight, but in a more natural looking way.

Here are some tips to using RevAir;

Tension (Reverse Air Speed)

  • This is the dial on the Base Unit. Tension replaces the need for a brush or hot flat irons. Start at setting 2-3. Once you see what your individual hair can tolerate, you can go up one level at a time. If you have any tangles, go down a level. Do not turn it immediately to level 7, as it may not give you the best result – in fact, it can be the opposite. Coily, Type 4 hair usually works best around Level 5-7.

Heat

  • This is located on the Wand. The Temperature Settings are No, Low and High Heat.  Even the hottest heat of the Wand is LESS than the lowest heat on most Flat Irons.

No Pumping

  • There is no need to pump or bounce the want. In fact, when you do that, you are not allowing the roots to get dry. The reverse-air move constantly and consistently down the entire length of your hair, drying from root to end at once. Bouncing the wand may distrupt air flow and that can cause tangles.

Time to Dry

  • Each section will dry in 30-90 seconds, so long as Wand is kept to scalp. Thickness, texture and section size mean your time may vary. Experiment to find your ideal time.  Test by pulling Wand a few inches away from scalp and touching roots.  If they are dry, it is likely you are done.
  • Waist length hair is much less dense at the ends, watch your tension setting and perhaps use detangler on the ends. You may need to use a bit bigger section if tangles occur at low tension settings (1 or 2). Some may have to dry in 2 phases – Dry the roots first, then move about half way down on a lower setting to be sure each section of hair gets dry time in the wand chamber.

Want it straighter?

  • For those with Type 4 hair, you may find you want to finish your look with flat ironing.  Remember, getting hair to this point has just happened in less time with less heat, meaning less damage.

It took my daughter a few times to figure out what level works best for her. Now that she has the settings figured out to suit her hair type, it takes her even less time to do her hair. She’s a “pro” at using RevAir now.

Once my shoulder is better, I am going to start using the RevAir too. I do like how my hair looks with it’s natural wave, but those times where I want to change up my look, or I just need for my hair to dry faster (for example, when it’s freezing cold outside), I will defiantly use the RevAir. I have seen how nice my daughter’s hair looks using it, and I know what a time saver it is.

There are only a few “issues” some might have with RevAir. For one, it is costly (over $300+), so it is not “budget friendly.” If you would like to take into considering how much time it saves you on your beauty routine, then the price makes it well worth it. I would never be able to afford one myself, but owning one, I can appreciate the benefit to owning one.

The unit is large, and the hose is cumbersome. You would need room in your closet to fit it. My daughter keeps in on the floor by her dresser because we have no other place to house it. It does take up a lot more room than a typical hair dryer.

Initially it’s a little awkward to use, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not that bad (as per my daughter).

My daughter loves the RevAir, and she uses it all the time. She’s also very picky about her beauty products, so that says a lot about the RevAir.

If you are interested in learning more about RevAir, visit RevAir.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Check out their YouTube channel to see RevAir in action and some gorgeous before/after results.

Kimberly

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

Mox Mind + Body Care – Now launching at select CVS and Kohl’s stores

 

Have you jumped on the CBD bandwagon? Everywhere you look, there are more CBD products popping up, most especially in the health and wellness category. There are plenty of pet products featuring CBD as well.

I have noticed a lot more beauty products with CBD in them. In fact, I have tried several of them.

It seems like most CBD beauty products are only available online. I have not come across too many that you can purchase at your local drug store.

There is a new skincare line called Mox Mind + Body Care that is one of the few select CBD beauty brands to be part of a CBD beauty launch at select CVS and Kohl’s stores. Now you can buy skincare with CBD without having to worry about paying shipping and delivery fees.

Unlike traditional drug store brands, Mox replaces water with nutrition and ingredients that support healthy skin. Products contain pharmacist-designed formulas that are “power couples” of proven vitamins, minerals and organic CBD. No water, fillers or preservatives are used.

Here is some additional details about the launch of Mox Mind + Body Care at CVS and Kohls.

CVS has been the retail innovator in CBD and was one of the first retailers to feature pain relief products in this category. The drug store chain is now expanding its CBD assortment to include new beauty brands and Mox was one of five selected. The initial launch includes 12 CVS stores in California, but will expand to 14 other states by early next year. Look for Mox’s Multivitamin Serum, Peppermint Salicylic Cleanser, Eye Bright, Triple Action Toner and Mineral Hydrating Mist on an end cap near you.

Kohls is building out its beauty business and Mox is honored to be part of its CBD beauty launch where it was one of four brands selected. Look for Mox’s Multivitamin Serum, Muscle Roller and Peppermint Salicylic Cleanser in 238 stores in the US.

Here is some additional information about Mox Mind + Body Care products.

Peppermint Salicylic Cleanser – Put an end to tired skin. Illuminate, awaken and cleanse skin with this organic hemp-derived CBD and Peppermint formula combined with Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate and improve clarity.

Multivitamin Serum – You wouldn’t think twice about taking your vitamins for your overall health. Give your skin the same benefits with this serum loaded full of vitamins C, A, E, D, and K in addition to organic hemp-derived CBD, Chamomile, Licorice and Natural Lipids.

Muscle Roller – When you’re traveling or on-the-go, get on-the-spot relief from muscle soreness that’s like your very own tiny ice bath in a tube.  Along with eucalyptus to cool the skin and wintergreen to help calm muscles, you’re getting premium vitamins, plants and minerals to naturally soothe your body. Try it for headaches and migraines too!

Eye Bright – Ever wish your eye cream did more? CBD could be the ingredient you’re missing. Mox launches this new hydrater, plumper, and tightener combining CBD oil with hyaluronic acid and polyelectrolytes leaving the eye area smooth, soft, bright and nourished.

Triple Action Toner – Remove those pore-clogging impurities and dead skin cells with powerful ingredient combinations made with glycolic multi-fruit acids. Exfoliate, soften and smooth skin and reduce blemishes.

Mineral Hydrating Mist – Give your skin a hydrating boost with a combination of Polyelectrolytes, Hyaluronic Acid and organic hemp-derived CBD.

I was sent some Mox products to try out for myself. I received the facial cleaner and the facial serum.

I was a little concerned about using a product with Salicylic Acid in it. I’ve always associated Salicylic Acid with acne. I don’t have acne (at least not for the past 40+ years). I didn’t think it was an ingredient that I would need. So I Googled it. I found this;

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent). Salicylic acid causes shedding of the outer layer of skin.

Since dead skin cells can cause your skin to look dull and drab, I can see a benefit to having this ingredient in a beauty product such as a facial cleaner.

I love this cleaner. I love how it smells (peppermint!). It’s invigorating and wakes me up. I feels very refreshing as well.

Some people might find the scent a bit strong. Initially I did, but after using it a few times, I welcomed the lovely peppermint scent.

You only need a little bit of this cleanser. A little bit goes a long way.

I love how my skin looks and feels after using this cleanser. It’s really nice.

I can’t say that my skin looks illuminated, but it does wake me up and it’s a nice cleanser.

I also received to review the facial serum.

I was hoping that it smelled like licorice (I love licorice) or chamomile. It doesn’t really have a scent at all.

This serum is more of an oil then other serums I have used. That is OK. Just know you only need very little to cover your entire face. I would say just a couple of drops on damp skin is more than enough. You also need to gentle rub it in to help with absorption.

The product doesn’t take too long to absorb. I don’t care much for the feeling at first, but once it’s absorbed, I don’t really notice that I have anything on my skin.

I don’t think I have been using this product long enough to notice a huge difference, but knowing I am providing my skin with healthy vitamins, I’m happy with that. Most products I use don’t provide those vitamins (or any vitamins) for my skin.

If you are interested in learning more about these and other Mox Mind + Body products, visit MoxMindBody.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

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