Monday, July 28, 2014

June Favorites!

June Favorites!
So once again, I know I am so late with this, but whatever! Better late then never right!!  This month I really found some product that are just a gem to use in this hot weather and glorious time to show off your lovely skin for the summer!  FYI, I will be a doing a full review of the Too Faced Chocolate Palette for next month!  Also, starting next month I will be starting my own Youtube channel!!! So stay tune for that!

 Scott Barnes Body Bling Platinum - $30.00 US

Scott Barnes Body Bling Platinum comes in two shades.  Platinum and original.  I bought this after looking for a self tanning lotion that give me a (real) shimmer look to my legs and arms when wearing a dress but without the 1-2 week commitment of having to keep the tan.  This made my legs shine and shimmer throughout the day in the sun and really gave them that "Victoria Secret runway" look!  It applied on easily and it washed off my hands with no problem.  This body bling is a nice platinum like color that doesn't leave you with a bronze tan look but more of slight noticeable beautiful shimmer effect.  I got to admit, I couldn't stop staring at my legs all day long!  If you buy the original you will end up with that J Lo tan if that is the look you are going for which is just as beautiful!  Just a word of caution, only use this on body parts that are exposed.  This does rub off on clothes and fabrics so be careful. Click here for the full review on this!

Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener - $49.00 US - See more at:

This is one of the best skin brightener correctors for dark spots that I have ever used.  This comes in a lovely vacuum sealed jar that has a pump at the top that dispenses the right amount of product.  It works wonder on dark spots and is backed by actual research.  It has no fragrance or scent to it and applies smoothly on the skin.  It helps to deal with dark spots left behind from acne, sun spots, scars and so on.  I love the way this product has evened out my skin and reduced big time my dark spots from pimples.  Worth trying and investing in.  Also, the company is currently offer 20% off  if you use the code "ageless" at checkout! I just love this company!  For a full review on this product, click here!

OMG is all I can say!! I have never ever been so in love with a palette the way I am with this!  When I first heard of this palette my first thought was "please its just a palette!" and decided against it because it cost $59 PLUS 13% tax in Canada.  However one day while surfing the net I saw it was on sale at the HSN for $49.00 US and I found a coupon for $20 off the price!  So with free shipping, the palette and taxes I paid $31.00 US.  SOLD! I bought it and had it shipped to my sister in the USA who shipped it to me!  I have not stop reaching for this palette. The colors are so super pigmented and rich.  They don't crease and just beautiful when applied.  This palette smells like a pure chocolate bar.  I know it sounds crazy but I can even smell the chocolate eye shadow on my eyes all day long.  I love this palette and for the price which was literally half off I couldn't be happier.  You NEED this palette in your life!!

 Hydra B5 Masque Advance Formula + - $31.85 US

I am a fan of Cosmetic Skin Solution products.  From the moment I heard of them, I have been in love.  They recently came out with this gel type face masque that you apply on and let it set it.  Its more like a gel moisturizer.  Its extremely cooling and very silky.   It has no fragrance, dyes or alochol and is literally a master piece of a moisturizer.  I apply this masque every night at bed time as my last step.  It adsorbs into the skin very quickly and leaves it feeling silky smooth for the morning.  I mean your face literally feels like a baby's bottom.  I am not kidding.  It is just amazing!  The absorption rate is so quick, that by the time my head hits the pillow my face is nicely dry and ever so soft.   I don't know where this was the last few years of my life, but all I can say is that I love this mositruzer and plan to repurchase once it runs out!  For a full review of this product, click here!

So there you have it, my June favorites!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review of the Week: Adovia Mineral Eye Gel

Adovia Mineral Eye Gel - $29.00 US

I got this product as part of an advertorial

Everything Beauty and Beyond was given the opportunity to review this mineral eye gel by Adovia.  I have to say I have tried many products so far from this company and have not been disappointed by the quality of products they put out! 

According to their site it says:

"Mineral Eye Gel - with Dead Sea Minerals, Vitamin C and Ginsent - 1 Ounce. Let your eyes shine again with their natural beauty - get rid of the wrinkles around your eyes and smooth out fine lines. The delicate skin around your eyes requires a special, gentler touch. Our unique, fragrance-free eye gel delivers rich moisture to the area around your eyes, and is gentle and soft at the same time. This sheer, light gel is infused with active minerals from the Dead Sea to soothe and protect the delicate eye area from dehydration and the signs of aging. Adovia's unique eye gel is specially formulated for the delicate area around the eyes. This gentle, ultra-light gel absorbs quickly and keeps the eye area hydrated all day. Essential Dead Sea minerals and Evening Primrose Oil provide lasting moisture helping reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Chamomile and Sweet Almond extracts soothe and revitalize the skin leaving it radiant and smooth. Vitamins A and C work to protect the skin from daily damage."

The mineral eye gel itself comes in minimal packaging but with the brand and title prominently displayed. The gel contains Dead Sea Minerals, Vitamin C and Ginsent which are all pretty good ingredients to pack into any eye cream.  The jar itself is certainly a generous size.  It's not as small as some eye creams I've come across that don't give you enough bang for you buck!  I find those gel eye very disappointing that promise you hope in a bottle that come in the size of a dime.  I think for the amount of money we spend on eye cream it should for sure last you more then just a month.  However the only thing I don't like about this eye is that it comes in a jar.  Since this contains Vitamin C; Vitamin C is an antioxidant which starts to break down when it hits air and light.  So in order to preserve the ingredients, it would be wise that the company get rid of manufacturing this cream in a jar form and transfer it over to a vacuum pump container which helps maintain the ingredients in the bottle.   

This eye gel is clear (whiteish) in color and has no smell to it which is a bonus when applying cream around the eye.  It absorbs very quickly into your skin which is awesome when you are rushing to get out the door or getting read for bed.  I hate putting on eye cream or any type of cream for that matter that requires time to dry especially at night.  You should be able to put your head down on a pillow shortly after applying this eye cream.  Adovia's website says you can apply it in the mornings as well, but I would keep it to just nights.  I wouldn't want to potentially have stinging eyes on my way to work.  Since this did sting my eyes a bit I would stay with using it as a night time routine or applying it VERY carefully in the morning.

I  recently moved and did not have a lot of opportunity to use the eye gel mostly because I was too stressed out to remember, but I will give an account of my experience with it.  First, don't apply too close to the eye.  It will end up seeping in at the corners and stinging your eye!  Always apply eye cream to the tops, sides and bottoms (your under eye area) of your orbital bone.  The closer you get to the inside of your eye the higher risk you run of irritation with ANY eye cream.  

At 34 years old, I do not have wrinkles around my eyes but I most certainly have to start using anti-wrinkle cream BEFORE the wrinkles appear!  While we all know that anti-aging, the concept is nonsense as nothing you will ever do will stop you from aging.  However we can slow down the signs of aging by using well formulated product that help to keep the skin looking young and supple.  It's difficult to say in such a short amount of time whether or not the product truly works but I plan on continuing to use it to combat any potential wrinkles.  I really liked this cream and found it useful for my eye area.  Eye wrinkles or not, it is well formulated and worth trying out!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review of The Week: Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Dead Sea Salts - $19.00 US

I got this product as part of an advertorial

I really like anything that comes from the Dead Sea as long as it's real.  I have used Adovia products before and just loved them.  So when they contacted Everything Beauty and Beyond to try this product I for sure thrilled!  This product arrived to my house about three weeks ago through

When this product arrived, I noticed that it came in a nice large jar with a screw off lib.  It was literally packed to the rim with dead sea salt.  The crystals were finely grind and very soft.  The salt had NO smell, dye or perfume in it.  It is literally 100% Dead Sea salt.

The product states that this is best to be used on oily acne prone skin.  I have neither, however I still gave it a shot and saw that it left my face really clean.  However I decided to get creative with and try it on my body. I read on their site that you can combine this with olive oil which I did and used it as a body scrub. 

Boy was I amazed.  This literally worked as an amazing moisturizing scrub from my body with the olive oil mixed in.  I first mixed the salt and olive oil in a plastic bowl and took it into the shower with me.  I applied it to my body carefully (as you can slip in the shower) and really worked it in on elbows, knees and feet.  I have to say my body really felt nicely exfoliated and moisturized!

I would recommend this product if you have oil skin.  However if you don't then this can still work for you if you apply like a body scrub.  Since its all natural, it really doesn't get any better then this!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July's Spotlight of The Month!

Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener - $49.00 US

I got this product as part of a advertorial

I am completely bias when it comes to Ageless Derma.  I literally just love this company!  I am their (unofficial) spokes person (in my mind) in Canada!  What I love about this company is that their products are packaged correctly, sold with quality ingredients and come in reasonable size bottles at great prices.  So when Ageless Derma gave me the privilege of trying out their Anti-Aging Skin Brightener I was floating on cloud nine!  I appreciate the fact that the great mind behind these product is a medical doctor.  I spent the first four years of my career working in a medical practice treating patients for mental health issues.  So I can appreciate when someone bases their product knowledge on real medical research and facts.  Being the fact that part of my career constantly requires me to look up journal articles for research, I truly fell in love with this company when I found out that some of their products are produced based on this concept.  An example of that is there Ageless Derma Retinol and Vitamin K eye cream.  Click here if want to read that review!  

Part of being a beauty blogger (and a psychotherapist; hey I gotta pay the bills somehow!!) is understanding mind sets.  Normally when people buy skincare products it's because they want to clear up skin issues and have a nice looking dewy, clean and clear complexion.  However everyone gets disappoint when  they waste money on products that don't work.  Moreover they get even more disappointed when they put their faith in hope in believing that their skincare issues would have actually be dissolved had the product worked. 

One of the biggest complaints I see my friends have are dark spots on their faces that they can't seem to get rid of.  Whether it be sun spots, age spots, liver spots, acne dark spots, hyper-pigmentation; all these issues can cause self esteem problems. No one likes to believe someone is looking at their facial issues and not at them.  

I remember back in December getting two pimples on my forehead on each corner.  Once the pimples were gone, I was left with two dark spots that looked like horns.  I swore everyone was looking at my "horns" and not at me.  I ended up buy a skin brightener for dark spots. I was completely skeptical about it working, but to my surprise it did!   So when I heard Ageless Derma had a skin brightener as well, I was excited to try it!

I love the fact that this product is packaged in an air tight pump that you push down on and cream pops out.  All you really need is one pump for your whole face.  What many companies don't understand is that if you package creams in jars that have twist off caps, the ingredients in them do not remain stable due to the constant exposure to the air and light; not to mention the bacteria aspect from constantly sticking your fingers in the cream.  

This skin brightener formula has very little to no smell.  I believe the smell comes from the product ingredients that are naturally part of its make up.  I have very strict rules about my skincare products.  They cannot contain witch hazel/alcohol or fragrance/perfume.  Their is no reason why any skincare products should have these two ingredients in them and normally I will not buy them if they do.  Thankfully this product lacks both which is awesome. 

The cream is very light weight, not  greasy and glides on fairly nice.  I don't feel a heavy cream like feeling after it dries.  I ALWAYS wear SPF 50+ board spectrum cream on my face.  So, I don't need anything heavier adding on to that feeling.  So this cream was great for that.

This cream really helped with lighting up my dark spots.  I still get dark spots as soon as my pimples disappear.  Since I  heard about dark spot corrects last year, I starting using Paula's Choice products for this problem.  However I always enjoy trying new products in order to see their effectiveness and I have to say this product did not disappoint!!

Being the fact that Ageless Derma is such an awesome company, they are doing a free give-a-way contest to one lucky person!  In order to win one of these beautiful skin brightener products all you have to do is four things!

1. Like their page on facebook!
2. Subscribe to this blog post!
3. Tell me how this product would help you with your skin issues in the comment box below!
4. I will contact the winner by private message so I can receive your mailing details. 

The contest will end on Friday July 18, 2014 at 2:00pm EST 

However for the rest who don't win the contest, ageless derma is offering a 20% off their site when you enter the code "Ageless".

So come on and join the contest! You never know, that lucky winner could be you!

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Day by Day Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Day by Day Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum - $18.50

Disclosure: I got this product as part of advertorial

I have been dying to try hyaluronic acid (HA) for the longest but was afraid of all the companies that add fillers and binders to it. So when Day by Day Beauty contacted Everything Beauty and Beyond to try out their product, I was happy. However with that being said, I first read the ingredient list before trying it out. This serum comes infused with Vitamin C and E in a small size bottle. Vitamin C is awesome as a topical serum for the face and have many lovely properties to it. (If you want to learn more about Vitamin C then click here for my review on vit c!) It comes with a security seal at the top of the bottle plus the pump is enclosed in a plastic bag for leak proof shipping.

The serum is gel like with a clear color. It has very little to no order and doesn't feel greasy or heavy after application. The bottle I will admit is small, but a little does go a look way. Since it is a gel like consistency, it glides over your face with no problem and spreads easy and thinly.

Now for all those who have no clue what hyaluronic acid is, allow me to elaborate. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is found naturally in the human body and seen in high dosages in babies. Ever wondered why babies and small children always look like they have beautiful supple plumpy skin? Well its because of the hyaluronic acid in their system. Its a major component of skin tissue that give babies this beautiful plushy effect. Skin in general holds about fifty percent of your body’s hyaluronic acid in it. However as we get older we lose a lot of it and thus aging takes it toll. Hyaluronic Acid plumps and moisturizes skin as well as it helps to heal and comfort it when its suffered damage. Hyaluronic Acid also prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming and helps by retaining moisture in the skin and creating a cushion like effect to help plump out the lines as we age.

I have been using this serum for almost three weeks now and I have to say I'm amazed by the benefits I have gotten from it. This serum helps to even out skin tone, plump up the skin and give a nice glowy complexion. It didn't irritate my face and the smell which was very light and faint dissipated very quickly.

The ONLY thing I didn't like about this serum is that it contains witch hazel and if you read my blog you know I don't like using anything with witch hazel in it. Witch hazel and alochol dry out the skin and in my opinion have no place in skincare products. However I will give the company the benefit of the doubt for the moment. They do put ALL the ingredients right on their bottle so they are responsible in making the customer away of what they are getting which I highly respect. I have big issues with companies who hide their product ingredients.  So for sure they get a gold star in that area for me!

Nonetheless, I believe there are better products out there to substitute for witch hazel. So while this product is great, I am not sure I would re-buy it simply because of the witch hazel. However everything else sold me!  So if you don't mind having witch hazel in your skincare products, then this surely is for you!

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