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You MUST try these products from Waxing Kara

 

I love things that are scented. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s beauty products, household cleaners, candles, sprays, lotions… it’s all wonderful to me.

I am a firm believer that scent can alter your mood. If I smell something that brings me joy, such as a real Christmas tree, lilacs or even baby powder, it makes me happy. For that reason I make sure to surround myself with the scents that make me feel happy and relaxed.

I love seasonal scents too, like the above mentioned Christmas tree scent (REAL Christmas tree, not the fake stuff). I also love fall inspired scents like pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, apples and leaves. If you look in my drawers you’ll find a lot more fall scents then scents for any other time of the year. Fall scents are my most favorite.

It’s rare to come across a beauty product that is scented in one of the scents that bring me the most joy, most especially fall scented products, with the exception of candles, sprays and plug-ins. You can imagine how excited I was when I learned that the brand Waxing Kara had pumpkin spice scented beauty products. Needless to say I jumped on the opportunity to do a review.

Waxing Kara believes that nature holds the key to well-being. What you put into and onto your body directly affects how you feel and interact in your surroundings. Waxing Kara’s intention is to nourish the mind, body, and spirit by bringing nature into all aspects of everyday life, inspiring beauty from within.

The Waxing Kara brand has one foot rooted in the nostalgic past and the other moving toward an adventurous future. That’s why you can find our products, inspired by nature, across the US in specialty stores, spas, apothecaries and online as well.

Waxing Kara is passionate about saving bees. As you probably know, bees are in great danger. They are rapidly decreasing in numbers. I know some people might think this is OK (no more bee stings), but the truth of the matter is, without bees we are going to eliminate most of our food supplies. We NEED bees to pollinate things. Without them there would be no fruits, trees, plants, some vegetables… the list goes on. It’s a serious problem. Google it if need be.

Waxing Kara promotes a socially-conscious message about the importance of bees, not only through their personal health, but also for the health and sustainability of the planet.

The brand is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and one important way of doing this is finding ways to help save the honeybees.

Waxing Kara also believe in doing good. A portion of all profits made from Waxing Kara is donated to VisionWorkshops, a worldwide non-profit organization focused on teaching at-risk youth the art of photojournalism.

If you visit the Waxing Kara website, you will find a plethora of products. They even have the most beautiful catalog, which was sent to me along with some products to review. They sell food products, beauty products, gifts, candles and artwork.

I was sent to review products from their Harvest line of products.

Remember how I said earlier that fall scents were my all time favorite scents, and how finding beauty products scented with fall scents was not easy? Well Waxing Kara not only has fall scented beauty products, but they are amazing products too.

Waxing Kara Autumn Harvest Ritual Collection

I received to review their Autumn Harvest Ritual “tower.” The jars are stacked inside a plastic tube. Inside the tube I found the following products;

Harvest Pumpkin Butter: warm, rich, and soothing natural plant butter and essential oils to soothe skin.

I love! Love! Love this!

Body butter is great to use, especially this time of year when my skin tends to be the driest (fall and winter). I use body butter all over, but if I’m in a rush I’ll make sure to at least put it on my elbows and knees.

As a body butter, Harvest Pumpkin Butter is fantastic. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft. I love it so much that I’ve been using it as a hand lotion too. It does take a bit to completely soak into your skin (as it does with all body butters because they are thick), but it’s well worth the wait.

It does not leave your skin greasy either. It all absorbs into your skin.

The scent is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! It stays on your skin for a while too. I love to put my nose up to my skin I could get a subtle whiff of the Harvest scent.

The scent is not overpowering, and you won’t smell like a pumpkin pie all day. But while the scent does linger on your skin for a bit, and it’s scrumptious.

Harvest Mask: clays, oats, honey and pumpkin pulp purify the skin.

This is a nice, soothing facial mask. It goes on easily and washes off completely, leaving your face feeling so fresh and clean, you won’t want to put any make up on. For that reason, I recommend using this in the evening.

This one doesn’t have the same wonderful scent, which I was a wee bit disappointed about, but none the less, the product it’s self is wonderful.

This is the first clay mask I’ve ever encountered that is in a powdered form. There are directions on what you should mix it with, depending on your skin type. I have “mature” skin, so it recommends mixing the powdered clay with carrot juice. I didn’t have any handy, so I used warm green tea, which was another option (good for all skin types).

I love the idea of mixing the mask fresh when you are ready to use it. I rather do that then use one that has been sitting around on a shelf for months, or even years. With this mask, you mix it fresh when you are ready to use it.

This is really nice, and I am looking forward to using it many more times (the jar could probably make a few masks, depending on how much you use).

Products found in Waxing Kara’s Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Collection

Peace Soak: a combination of Epsom and dead sea salts and fresh-picked lavender buds from our farm ease sore muscles.

I couldn’t tell you the last time I took a bath. I simply don’t have the time. I used to take them all the time, but that was many years ago. Now I just take quick showers.

I was curious to try out this product, so I made it a point to take a bath so I could soak in it. Normally when I took baths I would just take a bath. The only time I ever soaked is when I was achy and needed to soak in Epsom salt. This product has Epsom salt (and dead sea salts) in it.

My muscles weren’t hurting, but I did find this soak extremely relaxing.

Sadly, I ended up using the whole jar. It’s a small jar, but knowing how lovely it is, I would definitely purchase a larger jar in the future.

I could small the lavender, but it was a bit faint. Every now and then I would get a whiff of it. That’s OK. I still found the soak to be very relaxing, no matter what scent it had.

I can tell you that I was more than ready to slip into my snugly pajamas and get to bed when I got out of the tub from soaking in this. It was really a nice experience. I have never been to a spa before, but I would guess this bath soak experience would be a lot like how a spa soak would be.

Waxing Kara body butter (L) and body scrub (R)

Harvest Pumpkin Scrub: organic honey crystals, organic sugar pumpkin pulp and ground walnut shells cleanse and renew dry skin, leaving it fresh and new.

I’m not a big fan of scrubs that use walnuts shells. I rather use salt or sugars scrubs because they dissolve completely and I don’t have to rinse out the bathtub/shower after I use them. Walnut based scrubs tend to leave bits of walnut around the tub/shower, which I have to rinse off.

This Harvest Pumpkin Scrub did not leave those itty bitty bits of walnuts pieces in my tub, so there was no need to clean out the tub/shower after my shower (yeah!).

As a scrub, this is lovely. It left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. I think the honey in this also played a part in that. I have never used a scrub with honey in it before.

The same lovely scent is also in the scrub. Using this product in a warm shower was a fabulous experience. The scent was all around me in the shower. Ahhh… it was heavenly!

Harvest Candle: a warm blend of pumpkin, spice, and walnut to warm your heart and your home.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you have probably seen me write about how much I love candles. I an a professed “candle-o-holic.” I LOVE candles! I burn candles almost on a daily basis. Not only do I find watching the flames relaxing, but I also love how they fill the room with wonderful scents.

As you could probably guess, this candle goes along perfectly with all of the other Harvest Pumpkin products. It’s the same exact delightful scent, but in a candle form that I can enjoy any time of the day.

I only wish that I had a larger version of this candle, because I want it to last until after Thanksgiving. I’m burning it so much that I worry I’m going to wear it down. I want to see this make it to our Thanksgiving table if possible. It is a soy candle, so hopefully it will last until then.

In addition to the Autumn Harvest Ritual set I was sent to review, I also received a bottle of their Botanical Water, specifically their Lavender Flower Water.

Flower Water is a facial and body mist that elegantly tones, refreshes and hydrates skin and hair. Lavender, in particular, aids to reduce skin inflammation and irritants. The scent is light, calming, clean and grassy, nostalgic of fresh air on a spring day.

PHOTO SOURCE: Waxing Kara

I have been spritzing this on my face to refresh it. It also perks me up a bit. It’s very refreshing.

I have not yet used this product on my hair, only because I use a leave in conditioner, and adding something on my hair might make it look greasy or get sticky. I’d use this on my hair only if my hair didn’t have the leave in condition on it.

I haven’t noticed much as far as hydration or reducing inflammation, only because my skin is not irritated/inflamed, and I haven’t checked for hydration. All I know is that it feels good on my skin and I like using it.

The scent is very nice too. It’s very subtle, but nice.

These are just a few of the products carried by Waxing Kara. If their other scented products are anything like the Harvest Pumpkin scented products, they must be amazing too.

If you are like me and you love fall scented products, you will want to pick up any or all products in this collection, before they sell out or they are gone for the season. If you do miss out, or pumpkin is not your favorite scent, check out the other products available on Waxing Kara.

To check out what Waxing Kara has available, visit WaxingKara.com. The brand can also be found on social media. 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. 

5 Surprising Beauty Hacks That Actually Work

 

In a world of “get-pretty quick” schemes, it’s difficult to know which beauty hacks are actually effective. There are countless videos of “beauty hacks” that look like ideal solutions, but are actually the result of movie magic – good lighting and editing.

Don’t waste your time and money on off-the-wall solutions to common beauty problems. Here are five surprising beauty hacks that will actually work.

1. Use Bananas to Whiten Teeth

While this may seem like one of those off-the-wall beauty hacks just mentioned, it actually works!

Rub the inside of the banana peel across your teeth and let the paste sit on your teeth for ten minutes before brushing. Many people have shown whiter teeth within weeks due to the high levels of potassium and magnesium going into your enamel.

So, if you have any extra banana peels laying around, you may want to think about whitening before composting.

2. Use a Body Shaper to Look Thinner

Many people are skeptical of body shapers, as they are sometimes just seen as corsets in disguise. In fact, many women are conditioned to believe that they should feel ashamed to be wearing a body shaper.

However, body shapers are used by plenty of confident women who simply want to feel a little better in their clothing, so don’t let society tell you that you shouldn’t wear a shaper because it’s “cheating.”

In the end, if you feel confident and beautiful in your favorite dress thanks to your body shaper, then this beauty hack works for you. Check these body shapers out if you’re in the market for a more confident you.

3. Use Baby Powder to Create Thick Eyelashes

We’ve all been there: you apply coats and coats of mascara, hoping to create thick and long eyelashes, but all you end up with is a smeared black mess.

If you want gorgeous lashes, you don’t have to spend a fortune on lash extensions. There are a lot of effective eyelash hacks, like baby powder, to increase volume.

If you want to avoid the accidental dramatic makeup look, try using baby powder to thicken your lashes:

  • Curl your lashes and then apply mascara as usual.
  • Then, take baby powder on a Q-Tip and apply it on top.
  • Finish it off with another coat of mascara, and you’ll have fuller and longer lashes in no time.

4. Pepto-Bismol to Treat Acne

Nausea, heartburn, indigestion… and acne?

It turns out, the popular medicine that cures stomach aches can also work wonders on your skin. The main ingredient in Pepto-Bismol is bismuth subsalicylate, which dries the oil out of your skin and reduces inflammation.

This medicine can leave your skin feeling fresh and clear without having to spend a fortune on facial cleansers.

Make sure that you apply it using a makeup brush to prevent mess, and also ensure that you have a sink and a towel on hand.

5. Use Blush to Make a Lip Stain

Create the perfect lip stain with blush and Chapstick or foundation powder.

Mix your blush with your Chapstick until the mixture has the perfect color for your desired lip tone. Lip stains are the perfect way to have luxurious lips without the expensive price tag.

Bottom Line

These hacks will keep your skin, lips, teeth, and body looking better than you could have ever imagined. You can save money and time with these interesting and surprising hacks for skin and beauty care today, just by using items you most likely already have in your house. Try a few today and see how they work for you.

Love Potion – a new fragrance line launching now, Fall 2019

 

Do you wear perfume? If so, do you wear it daily? On special occasions? Only when you go out?

I wear perfume. I wear it all week long, as well as on the weekends, depending on what my family and I are doing. Wearing perfume to clean our home or go on a hike doesn’t seem logical. Going out to dinner, or visiting friends on the other hand, that calls for you to look, and smell, your best.

I work with children in an after school program. Just because I’m not around many adults, doesn’t mean that I don’t want to look good, feel good, or smell good.

Over the years I have had a few favorite perfumes (Poison, Angel), but honestly, I like to mix things up. I don’t necessarily have to wear the same perfume daily. I like to wear different perfumes depending on my mood and/or the occasion. For example, if I am going to hang out with friends at a backyard barbecue, I’ll wear something fun, light and airy. If I am going on a romantic dinner date with my husband, I’ll wear something sultry, sexy and perhaps a bit stronger.

I was recently introduced to a new line of perfumes called Love Potion. They just launched this fall and are currently available at LordandTaylor.com, as well as on the brand’s website.

Love Potion is the first intro from Ode Paris, the new fragrance house.

Love Potion comes in four different scents.

  • LOVE POTION #1 – Oriental Vanilla  (orange blossom top note)
  • LOVE POTION #2 –  Aromatic Woody (green apple and spicy bergamot top notes)
  • LOVE POTION #3 – Chypre Floral (zesty citrus top notes)
  • LOVE POTION #4 – Aromatic Fougere (sheer water-inspired top notes)

I was sent Love Potion #1 to review, as well as small samples of the other perfumes (#2, #3 and #4).

I chose Love Potion #1 to review because my husband loves vanilla, and I figured it would be a scent he’d appreciate.

You can certainly smell the vanilla in this perfume. It’s NOT the type of vanilla you’d smell in a bakery inspired candle (I have a few of those in my home). This is a much more classy and sophisticated smelling vanilla, if that makes any sense?

I can also pick up on some scent in this perfume that smells like something you might smell in China. Again, I can’t really describe things as well, so hopefully you can understand what I mean?

I honestly didn’t pick up on the orange blossom scent, but that might be where the oriental scent comes from.

This is a lovely perfume that can easily take you from the office to a night on the town. It’s light and airy and not overpowering. This has quickly become my new favorite “go to” perfume.

Love Potion #2 wasn’t initially a scent that I liked. The first time I sprayed it on myself, I was not a fan. But that quickly changed after the first couple of minutes. I really like the scent.

Honestly, I think this scent could work with both females and males. It’s a unisex smelling scent, in my opinion. It is woodsy, without being strong and over powering like a male cologne would be. This scent is also light and airy and the woodsy scent is subtle. It’s there (you CAN smell it just fine), it’s just not “in your face.”

I can also pick out just a touch of apple with a smidgen of spice.

Love Potion #3 has a more romantic scent to it. It’s classy and reminds me of something my mom used to wear (I wish I could recall the name of that perfume). It’s defiantly floral. There is no doubt about that. This would be the ideal scent to wear in the spring or summer. I would go with Love Potion #2 for the fall, and perhaps the winter.

This perfume is ideal for the workplace, running errands and other day-to-day things.

Love Potion #4 is THE BEST scent for summer. The very first thing I thought of when I first put it on was the beach. Even my husband said that it reminded him of the beach when he first smelled it on me.

When I smell Love Potion #4 I think about the ocean, sand, and suntan lotion (like Coppertone).

This is another Love Potion scent that I think men could wear too. It’s not very feminine, and it’s not masculine. It’s a unisex scent if you ask me.

Overall I really love all four of these scents. I love that I can mix it up and wear which ever one matches my mood that day.

As far as the bottle, it’s a very simple design (as seen in the top photo). Renowned designer Marc Rosen created the bottle.

If you are interested in learning more about Love Potion fragrances, visit LordandTaylor.com. The brand’s website should be up soon.

Do you have a favorite scent?

Which Love Potion fragrance do you think you might like? Feel free to comment in the comments section below.

Kimberly

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

NxN’s New CBD Beauty Line

 

Have you heard about CBD? Chances are you have. It’s all over the news, the internet, health food stores, you name it.

CBD is an oil that is derived from the cannabis plant (aka – marijuana). However… CBD does not have any psychotropic properties to it – meaning it will not get your “stoned” or “high.” The part of the cannabis plant that gets you stoned is TCH. CBD and TCH are two different things.

There are CBD products for just about anything that ails you, from stress to difficulty sleeping, and from pain to anxiety. Whether or not they actually work is an individual thing. Some people swear by them, while others don’t notice a difference at all.

I have tired a variety of CBD products, mostly to help with my inability to get a good night’s sleep. Some CBD products do seem to help me, and others do not. Some products, like gummies and chocolates with CBD seem to do absolutely nothing for me. On the flip side, I did try water infused with CBD. It didn’t help me sleep, but it did help me focus better (which I honestly don’t think was one of it’s benefits). When I say it helped me focus, it’s as if a cloud was lifted out of my head and I was able to get some much reading, writing and list making done. It was awesome! Too bad the product was about $5/bottle (there is no way I could afford that on a daily basis).

There are no beauty products infused with CBD to help provide people with some of the added benefits of CBD.

NxN (Nurture by Nature) has a beauty line that does NOT contain CBD, however, some of their popular products are now also available with CBD infused into them, for customers who are looking for that little extra “something.”

I was sent the following products from NxN to review.

Glow Remedy CBD Power to Foam Exfoliator

Deep Cleans, Renews, Smoothes, Polishes & Detoxifies
Soothe while Exfoliating with 90mg of CBD, Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Oat Proteins & Blueberry Extracts

INFUSED WITH 90MG OF CBD

  • Unique powder to foam formula gently buffs skin to reveal a more radiant, healthy-looking complexion
  • Infused with 90mg of Soothing CBD Extract
  • Spherical Microcrystalline Cellulose gently exfoliates without scratching or damaging skin cells
  • Activated Bamboo Charcoal draws out impurities and toxins

This is an unusual exfoliater. Normally the exfoliaters that I use come in a cream or lotion-like consistory. This product is a powder that you add water to.

It took several times to figure out just the right amount to use on my face.

It might just be my skin, or maybe I used too much of the product, but I found it a bit abrasive. I did use water to make it into a foam, but after I rinsed it off my face, my face felt like I scrubbed too hard.

I can’t really comment much on the benefits of this product. It just wasn’t for me.

Balance Beam Oil Control CBD Moisturizer

 

Control Oil & Shine
with 90mg CBD, Watermelon, Rosehip, Apple & Lentil Fruit Extracts

INFUSED WITH 90MG OF CBD

  • Multitasking, oil control moisturizer balances hydration
  • Infused with 90 mg of CBD
  • Deeply penetrating actives soften skin
  • Multi-fruit Extracts lock in nutrients and minimizes the visible signs of aging

I don’t have an issue with oily skin or shininess (thankfully). I did as a teen, but as an adult, my skin balanced out. I don’t even have a “T zone” like some people have.

As a moisturizer, this product works very well. I like how it makes my skin feel soft. My face feels sufficiently hydrated when I use this product. I tend to get dry patches on my face, and this product helped to minimize and eliminate those spots (or perhaps it was a combination of NxN product that did that).

Power Detox Clear Complexion CBD Mask

Clear Congested Pores
with 90mg of CBD, Green Clay and Kaolin, Fermented Red Ginseng, Orange Peel & Grapefruit Extracts

INFUSED WITH 90MG OF CBD

  • Super-charged mask penetrates deep into pores to draw out toxins
  • Infused with 90 mg of CBD
  • Detoxifies and eliminates dirt, oil and shine
  • Firms and tones the appearance of skin

This is a nice product. I can’t tell you the last time I used a mask on my face. My skin felt very clean and refreshed after I used it. It’s the same feeling I get when I wash my face in the shower. My skin felt so nice (especially after using one of the NxN moisturizers afterwards), that I didn’t want to put any make up on. I loved how refreshed my face felt.

Zero Gravity Whipped CBD Day Cream 

Moisturizes & Reduces Puffiness
with 90mg CBD, Squalane, Marine Algae, Seagrape, Sea Buckthorn & Raspberry Seed

INFUSED WITH 90MG OF CBD!

  • Lightweight, powerful moisturizer
  • Infused with 90 mg of CBD
  • Patent-pending whipped technology is effortlessly absorbed
  • Locks in hydration

I wear moisturizer ALL THE TIME. Even if I don’t wear any make up, or I’m just hanging out at home. Never a day goes by that I don’t apply moisturizer at least twice a day (AM and PM).

This is a great moisturizer that really does hydrate your skin. I love that it’s fast absorbing and I honestly don’t feel like I am wearing anything on my face when I use it, especially on non-make up day. I’ve used moisturizers in the past that left a heavy, or greasy, feeling on my face. I don’t like that. With this moisturizer it didn’t feel like I was wearing a thing on my face.

A few weeks ago I had a really bad allergic reaction to medication I was prescribed. It was so bad that I had a high fever for over 24 hours and a rash from head to toe (literally!). I ended up in the emergency room.

The rash was all over my face. I look like I had been in a bad accident (fire?). It was horrible. I was embarrassed to go out. I stayed home until all the marks were gone on the visible parts of my body (face, arms…).

I was using this product, and the Beauty Sleep product (see below) on my face when I had the rash. I would use this product in the AM and the Beauty Sleep in the PM.

The rash on my face disappeared A LOT quicker than the rash on the rest of my body. I am grateful for that.

I don’t know if it was these products and/or the CBD. All I know is that my face cleared up a lot quicker than the rest of my body.

Beauty Sleep CBD Infused Hydration Mask

Intense Moisture Mask Calms Skin Overnight
with 45mg CBD, Cloud Burst Moisture Technology™, Marine Algae, Seagrape, Licorice Root & Chia Seed Extract.

INFUSED WITH 45MG OF CBD!

  • Invisible, lightweight, wearable hydration mask locks in intense moisture
  • Infused with 45 mg of CBD to help calm sensitive skin overnight
  • Licorice Root helps even the appearance of skin tone

I wash my face very morning, whether it’s in the sink or the shower. Regardless of what my plans are for the day, I need to have a clean face.

Sometimes I feel the need to wash my face immediately when I get up, because I can’t stand the heaviness or feeling of the moisturizer or beauty product I used before going to bed. I do not feel the need to that with this product. I don’t feel like I am wearing anything on my face.

I am writing this post at 7:30 AM. I’ve been up for almost two hours now and I have not yet washed my face. I don’t feel a need to rush and do that because I don’t feel like there is anything on my face.

I have been using this product every night. I always use a moisturizer at night.  It absorbs quickly and it’s so lightweight that you don’t feel like you are wearing anything at all.

I mentioned this product above, and my bad experience with the rash.

I should mention that I am sometimes sensitive to products (that might be the case with the exfoliator). I have not had any issues with any of these products (except the one mentioned). I also sometimes have redness in my face (especially my cheeks). I feel like these products and/or the CBD helped to sooth my skin and reduce the redness. That is a great thing, especially when I go out in public with no make up on. I don’t want to look like I am blushing (which is how my cheeks look sometimes).

Surprisingly, these products are affordable. My family and I live on a tight budget. I simply cannot afford to spend $50+ on face cream. I cringe when I have to spend $8 on mascara. I’m far from being “cheap.” I just don’t want to spend too much.

These products are all currently $21.60 (each) on their website. Their normal price is $24. Even at that price ($24), I think they are affordable, especially considering they are infused with CBD. If you have ever purchased CBD products before, you know how incredibly expensive they can be.

A little bit goes a long way with these products too. You don’t need to put globs of them on your face. Just a little bit is all you need.

If you are interested in learning more about these and other (non-CBD) products from NxN, visit NxNBeauty.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Kimberly

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

Desert Essence – Complete Body Care with the Power of Plants

 

If you read my blog often, you know that I truly enjoy doing reviews of beauty products. I think it’s an excellent way to not only learn about new products, but also new brands. If I wasn’t a blogger, I might miss out on a lot of wonderful companies.

Doing beauty reviews is one of my favorites because taking care of myself is very important to me. I want to look good and feel good. The last thing I want is to look and feel my true age.

I’m always on the look out for products that make my skin, both on my face and on my body, look good. I make it a point to take care of my skin daily.

Recently I was introduced to the brand Desert Essence. Desert Essence offers many natural skin care products including body scrubs and moisturizing oils. They are products that everyone can use, young and old, woman or man. Even teens.

Best of all, Desert Essence’s dental, skin and hair care lines are always made with cruelty-free, vegan, all-natural ingredients. That’s important to me. The more natural the ingredients, the better.

I was sent to review two products from the brand – a body scrub and a moisturizing oil.

The body scrub I received to review is their Detoxifying Sea Salt Body Scrub.

  • Cleanse while you scrub with this creamy low foaming body polish
  • Coarse exfoliating salts help detoxify
  • Almond Meal and Walnut Shell help to reveal softer, more radiant skin

Smooth and cleanse skin with this intense exfoliating Sea Salt Body Scrub that transforms into a creamy, low foaming lather. Sea Salt helps detoxify and buff away dead skin cells while Almond Meal and Walnut Shell help reveal softer, more radiant skin. A delicious blend of Shea Butter, Sweet Almond, Jojoba Oils, and Honey provide deep moisture to help soften skin.

I love body scrubs. I use them every day. I guess that might not be the best thing to do, but I feel like they leave my skin feeling so much cleaner and more refreshed. This body scrub was no exception. I feel like it gently scrubbed and exfoliated dead, dry skin cells from my body, most especially on problem places like my elbows and the bottom of my feet (I exfoliate everywhere).

In the summer time you want your skin to look it’s best, so exfoliating is the ideal thing to do. With the winter months fast approaching (ugh!) it’s even more important to exfoliate your skin. Winter can be harsh on your skin, drying it out and making it look horrible. If you exfoliate on a regular basis you can ensure that your skin looks and feels good year round.

I can’t say much for the “detoxifying” part of the scrub. I do know that I like how my skin looked and felt after I used the scrub.

The only negative comment I would have to say is that I am not a fan of scrubs that use nut shells to exfoliate. I don’t like how the little pieces get all over the shower. I have to wash down the shower each time to remove the shell bits. That is why I prefer salt and sugar scrubs, because the salt and sugar completely dissolves in the shower so there is no messy clean up afterwards.

I was also sent to review their Jojoba & Sweet Almond Body Oil spray.

  • Replenishing after shower finishing spray for dry skin
  • Provides 24-hour moisture
  • Lightweight texture absorbs quickly

A delicious blend of Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oils helps rejuvenate and restore moisture levels for soft, healthy-looking skin. Vitamin-enriched Shea Butter helps protect while nourishing antioxidant Vitamin E helps to soothe and comfort dry skin.

I’ve never used a product like this before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

This is a spray bottle, but I found it best to spray the oil into my hand, and then apply it to my skin. When I sprayed the oil directly on to my skin, some of the oil sprayed on the bathroom floor, making it a bit slippery. I also found that by spraying it into my hand then applying to my skin helped me to control the amount of oil, and how much to apply. As with any oil, a little bit goes a long way. This bottle should last a long time.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this lasted 24 hours, but for the most part it did. There are some areas of my body where I felt extra moisturizer was required before bedtime (legs and elbows specifically). Using this oil is certainly a lot better than not using anything at all. Your body needs moisturizer, especially as you get older.

The product has a very faint scent to it. I thought it would be more fragrant, but honestly, that is fine with me. I wanted to use it to take care of my skin, not as a scented body spray. You can easily use your regular body spray and perfume without this product interfering with their scent.

If you are interested in learning more about either (or both) of their products, or you are interested in learning about other Desert Essence products, please visit DesertEssence.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom right side of their website.

What do you think about Desert Essence? Do you think you would like to try any of their products?

Kimberly

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

Make your eyebrows look their very best with WINK

 

I’m not a big fan of make-up. I used to be when I was a teen and young adult. Back then there is no way I would ever leave the house without my “face” on. I wore everything, cover-up, foundation, powder, blush, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara… you name it. It would take me over an hour to get ready between doing my face and hair.

Fast forward to today. I wear the bare minimum make-up (cover up, powder, mascara and a little eye liner on those days I’m feeling like I look “zombie’ish”). Dare I say that I can even leave the house without any make-up on? I can, and I do. I guess it comes with age.

There is one part of my face that I never really paid much attention to – my eye brows. First of all, mine are very sparse. I’ve never had full eye brows. My kids do, but not me. In fact, my daughter gets her eye brows waxed when needed. Ouch! That sure looks painful to me.

I have attempted to make my eye brows look a bit fuller using eye liner, but it just looks too fake. I even tried to dye my eye brows a few times using hair coloring (I dye them the same time I color my hair). That is not a wise thing to do. Not only does it burn, but you also run the risk of it getting into your eyes and causing a lot of pain and damage.

I’m so used to my “hardly there” eye brows that I pretty much gave up on them.

Did you know…

Eyebrows are one of a person’s most prominent facial features because of the many functions they perform. They help accentuate the eyes, shape the face, and play a powerful role in communication. According to science, eyebrows are the most important facial feature one has. When eyebrows are sparse, this immediately ages the face.  Similarly, long, lush, dark eyelashes have been associated with femininity for centuries. The beauty industry and consumers have been in a flurry over brows and lashes for the past several years. The phrase, “eyebrows on fleek” has become common vernacular.

Did you know any of this? I didn’t, especially the part about how sparse eyebrows make you look older (ages the face). Yikes!

There are a lot of products out there that help with your eyebrows. It’s hard to know which is the best one to use.

I was sent to review and eyebrow product from WINK. WINK sent me to review their Wink Brow Perfecting Quad palate.

Wink Brow Perfecting Quad

Wink’s new Brow Quad is a multitasking compact developed for touch-ups on the go. The formulas, including smudge-proof filler powder, highlighter and grooming pomade for light, flexible hold, allow you to maintain the look of tidy, beautifully defined brows.

Also included is a dual-sided brush — angled on one end to deposit and blend pigment with ease — and soft-bristled on the other to tame and shape for precise detailing.

How to Use

Apply brow pomade with brush or fingertips onto brows and smooth into shape. Use a small amount of powder and gently layer brows with feather-like strokes to create the perfect brow. Finish by gently brushing brows upwards with the spoolie brush.

Tip: Do not use too much powder on the front of the brow and try to stay close to the brow shape. Dot sparse area gently with an angle brush. Finish with highlighter under the brow bone for an extra pop.

I gave WINK a try on my own sparse eyebrows.

The product is easy enough to use, once you get the hang of it. The first few times I was worried that I’d mess up and look like a clown.

I DO really like how fuller brows look like. I wish I was born that way. This product has given me the opportunity to experience having actual brows for a change, and not just a few hairs above my eye lids (OK, more than a “few,” but you get the idea).

This product is easy enough to wash off too. I haven’t really had any problem getting it off my face.

This is not a product I’d use every day. It’s not that I don’t like the look, it’s just that on days I don’t have to work or I’m not going out with my husband or family, I don’t really wear much make-up. If anything a little mascara. I can’t be bothered to get all “dolled up” to run errands or hang around at home.

Above is my horrible attempt at a before/after photo. Actually, I used WINK on my left eye (left photo) and my normal brow on my right eye (right photo). It’s not the best representation. Plus I am still getting used to using the product, but at least you can see my brow looks much fuller. I’m still working on trying to get the sparse areas at both ends of my brows to look more full.

I will use this product when I want to look my best. It’s an easy addition to my beauty/make-up routine.

If you are interested in learning more about this and other WINK products, visit WINKBrowBar.com. They carry eyelash serum, toners, creams and so much more.

The brand is also on social media. Their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Do you regularly “do up” your eyebrows? Were you born with great eyebrows? Tell my your brow story in the comments section of this post.

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.