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Sanitize, Moisturize, and Make a Statement with DefineMe HANDS

 

How are you doing when it comes to using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available? Were you fortunate to find some at the beginning of the pandemic (now they are impossible to find), or did you resort to making your own?

My family was fortunate that we did have some before everyone made a mad dash to the stores to buy them all up. I had a few pocket size ones and a few pump bottles. I also have aloe and rubbing alcohol, just in case.

I haven’t left our home much since this all started. My last “normal” day was March 16th. My last day of work was March 12th. Since then I have only made brief trips to the bank or pharmacy, or doctor’s appointments.

I have hand sanitizer clipped to my purse so that I have it with me where ever I go. I also have a small bottle in my car.

I understand the need for hand sanitizer when soap and water and unavailable. Trust me, I know that very well. I am considered “high risk” when it comes to catching COVID-19, so I take extra precautions to protect myself and my family.

I am not a fan of hand sanitizer. It’s either too thick or too runny, and sometimes (depending on which one I use) it makes my hands feel sticky. Don’t even get me started on how much it dries out your skin. I’ve been moisturizing my hands like crazy to combat the dryness from the hand sanitizer.

Surely there has to be a better way to sanitize your hands. Actually, there is.

About a year or so ago, I reviewed some perfume from a brand called DefineMe. DefineMe is the vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly line of fragrances looking to empower.

During this crazy time in history, DefineMe didn’t want to stand back and do nothing. As a result, the brand launched its scented, moisturizing hand sanitizer spray called DefineMe HANDS. Staying true to their values HANDS is made with only quality ingredients to deliver you the very best.

HANDS does not use any of those nasty chemicals other sanitizers do. This natural sanitizing spray only uses four clean ingredients:

  • Ethyl alcohol 75% (derived from organic sugarcane)
  • Aloe vera
  • Coconut oil
  • DefineMe’s clean, vegan and cruelty-free fragrance “Love Scent”

DefineMe sent me a bottle of HANDS to try out for myself.

My first impression of HANDS is that it resembles a perfume bottle. However, when you read the front of it, you soon realize what the product is.

I was interested in how this hand sanitizer would compare to regular hand sanitizers. HANDS is by far a much better option.

To use HANDS, simply spritz a few sprays on to each hand to completely cover them. Then rub your hands together until the product dries (it dries lightening fast!).

Unlike other hand sanitizers, HANDS leaves your hands feeling really soft and smooth. It’s as if you sprayed your hands with lotion, not a hand sanitizer (that is how it feels). I was blown away by how great my hands felt immediately after using the product.

I don’t have any cuts on my hands, so I cannot tell you if it burns/strings cuts, but on regular hands, it did not burn or sting. I have sensitive skin (depending on the product) and I had no bad reaction to this product at all.

HANDS smells SO GOOD! It’s made with DefineMe’s “Love Scent,” which is made up of notes of Peony, Sandalwood, and Jasmine. It smells amazing! It’s not an overwhelming scent either.

Some people might think this is a “girly” scent, but I let my husband and son try the spray and smell it, and they both said they have no problem using it. They never mentioned it being a “girly” scent. I think the Sandalwood helps to make the scent a wee bit more unisex.

Another great thing about HANDS is that you get 460 sprays per bottle. That’s a lot! That is a lot more than those little brand name pocket sized hand sanitizer that I have in my car.

HANDS is in an average size perfume-like glass bottle. You can easily tuck this in your purse, backpack or glove box.

To make things even better, for every bottle of HANDS sold, the brand is donating $1.00 to No Kid Hungry, the organization feeding children in need across America. So far, DefineMe has donated 8,540 meals! By the time you read this, it will hopefully be many more.

For those looking to do more during the current health crisis, DefineMe is offering two reward program points for every dollar donated to any charitable organization. Simply send your proof of donation via the brand’s contact page.

I am in love with this product! The scent. The ease of use. The quality ingredients. The way is makes my hands feel. The charitable contribution. There is nothing I don’t love about this product.

If you would like to learn more about this product, visit the HANDS page on the DefineMe website, or you can visit the website directly at DefineMeFragrance.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found on the bottle of their webiste.

On a side note… DefineMe has created a Disney perfume, inspired by the beloved character of Ariel (Little Mermaid).

The perfume’s “scent wave” consists of;

“Swell” – Citrusy Neroli and Bergamot

“Crest” – Jasmine and Lilac

“Break” – Tonika Bean, Coconut and Driftwood.

DefineMe sent me a sample sized version of the perfume. It’s a lovely scent. It’s a great “everyday” scent, meaning you can wear it to work, running errands, or a night out on the town. It’s a very flexible scent. It’s not overpowering. I can definetly smell the driftwood, jasmine and beramot. Those scents stand out the most to me. I pick up a little of the coconut and Tonika bean. I haven’t really smelled lilac (lilac is my all time favorite scent).

The bottle is beautiful too. What a lovely tribute to everyone’s favorite under the sea princess.

“Ariel” is also available for purchase on the DefineMe 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. 

Let Peaches + Frank help you keep up with your beauty routine

 

How are you holding up during the mandated quarantine?

I think being stuck at home is getting to a lot of people (myself included). At this point I would be THRILLED to go to the mall (I hate going to the mall), or even a hardware store, just to get out and do “normal” things.

I am also in dire need of a haircut. My son already tried to do his own hair (major fail) and I’m about two minutes from trying to trim my own hair. As for my daughter, she’s going one step further. She wants to color her hair AND cut it herself. I am trying to convince her not to, otherwise I’ll have to listen to her moan and groan about it for the next few weeks.

I haven’t been wearing make up during this time of quarantine. I’ve only put it on twice, and both times it was to go to the doctor’s office. I figured there is no point in putting on make up just to sit on my couch and watch movies.

I think my face is loving this non-make up time. Even though I don’t do up my face, I am still taking care of my skin. I make sure to wash and moisturize my face every morning and evening. My hair might be a total mess, but at least my skin is looking fairly decent.

You might be able to get out to a spa right now, but you can do things to take care of your skin. There are plenty of beauty products you can take advantage of right now that can make your skin look it’s very best when it’s finally time to return to normalcy.

One such beauty brand is Peaches + Frank. I was sent a bottle of one of their products to review.

Their products are great for both woman and men. It’s not often that I receive a beauty product that men can use as well. I really like that idea. Now to convince my husband he should have a beauty routine. Ha Ha.

Here is a little more information about the brand.

From the heart of Ohio to the golden coast, Peaches + Frank cultivates only the purest ingredients for their handmade skincare line. 

Rooted in love, every element of the Peaches + Frank line is made and packaged by hand…right down to the hand painted bottles. Each formula is designed to provide women and men of all ages with clean organic skincare. Consumers find peace knowing 95% of the ingredients are grown on a farm in Ohio or responsibly grown on partnered farms within the U.S., using only the purest natural, herbal and holistic ingredients. 

From the fields of Northeast Ohio to the Cacti of Joshua Tree, California, every element included in Peaches + Frank serves a purpose. The team behind the brand says, “Perfection matters!” Each formula is designed by a highly skilled chemist, using only the finest high performing ingredients found on farms across the United States. That means the products change with the seasons, Peaches + Frank will not compromise health or beauty.

  • Vegan skincare unlike any other brand on the market
  • Handmade and packaged in Ohio
  • 100% Organic ingredients sourced in the U.S.
  • Eco-friendly beauty line
  • Supports U.S. farmers and small businesses coast to coast

I was sent to review their Heavenly Rose Toner.

I must say that I really like the bottle. Not only is it pretty, it has a nice texture to it. It’s kind of “bumpy,” but in a good way.

I have to admit that I don’t have using a toner as part of my daily beauty routine. Usually I just wash my face, spray on some soothing rose water, add my face serum and then a moisturizer. A toner is not something that I really use, only because I’m not really 100% sure why I would need one.

As per Peaches + Frank;

A soothing toner infused with wild natural botanicals that balances pH levels, reduces inflammation and primes the skin to better relax and better absorb products. This toner is a powerhouse full of antioxidants that pumps tons of benefits into one bottle, including pollution defense.

I was looking forward to trying this out.

Toners I’ve used in the past seem to make my skin feel tight. I’m not sure if that is what they are suppose to do or not. I do not get that tightness with the Peaches + Frank toner.

I can’t comment much on the pollution defense, simply because I haven’t really left our home.

The product comes in a pump dispenser bottle. I’ve never had a toner come in a pump before. Usually I just tip the bottle on to a cotton pad.

To use, simply pump a few squirts onto a cotton ball or cotton pad. Then gently swipe it over your face.

The product is liquidy (like water) and has a very subtle floral scent to it. Thankfully it absorbs quickly. You also don’t need much. I can see this bottle lasting me for months, even using it daily.

It feels good on the skin, and I think it helps my make up (the few times I’ve worn it since I received the product) go on better.

Overall I like the product, and I have incorporated it into my daily morning and evening beauty routine. I like that I am giving my skin some important antioxidants that it needs, and I’ll do anything to make my skin look and feel better.

Peaches + Frank has other beauty products available, such as an exfoliating cleanser, serum, and an elixir. Their products are sold individually and as bundles. They also have interest free installment payments, which I thought was a nice thing to offer customers.

If you are interested in learning more about the toner and/or the brand, visit PeachesandFrank.com. The brand is also found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Those links are found on the bottom left of their website.

Are you maintaining your beauty routine during the quarantine?

Does the man in your life have a beauty routine?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers, now more than every (I welcome comments. I love to reach them!).

Kimberly

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

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.