Product Review: Barefaced Mud Mask


Product Review: Barefaced Mud Mask
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Hi Lovelies!

I’m back with another product review, this time for a fabulous at home Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask by Barefaced Skincare (click HERE to find on Amazon). I love facial masks! Since I don’t have the time (or money) to visit a spa I rely on at home treatments in order to get that refreshed soft skin. I’ve tried quite a few masks, including Dead Sea Mineral masks, but never a Mud Mask, until now.
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This product is made with Dead Sea Minerals imported from Israel. I love purchasing products made in Israel. As a Jewish – American who has not yet had the opportunity to visit Israel, I feel that if given the option of purchasing a product made in Israel versus a product made anywhere else, I’ll choose the first as a small thing I can do to support Israel. That said, this product is not made in Israel, it is made in the U.S.A, BUT the Dead Sea Minerals ARE imported from Israel so that sorta counts in a secondary consumer type of way. 
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Dead Sea Minerals and Mud  have been long touted as being fantastic for ones skin so when I was given a chance to try a mask that contained both I immediately jumped at the chance! Barefaced Skincare has the absolutely cutest graphics on their product, website, and amazon page. I’m including several as I think they just perfectly explain this companies story and journey taken from start to finished product.
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As per instructions on the jar, I applied the mask to clean facial and cervical skin gently massaging the purifying minerals making sure to avoid both my eye and lip areas. I then left it on for about 15 minutes at which time it had dried considerably. At which time I used warm water to carefully rinse all traces away and pat dry. The jar says that for best results to repeat use once a week.
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I love that all the ingredients are actually ones that are easy to pronounce (although I’ve taken enough general and organic chemistry that I can pronounce most long chemical names) and on the simpler side. 
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The relatively short (especially for skincare) ingredient list is composed of the following: Dead Sea Mud, Organic Shea Butter, Hickory Bark Extract,  Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Water, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Kaolin Clay, Non GMO Xanthan Gum, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Calendula Oil. I’m amazing that Water is not only not the first ingredient, but it is the sixth! When was the last time water wasn’t one of the first ingredients in any skin or hair care product?
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This mask is formulated for all skin types from oily and acne prone skin to dry skin and for teen skin to mature skin and for both women and men! This is a one stop mud mask shop for the whole family. And each 6 oz jar contains enough mud for 30-40 uses!
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If you are considering trying Barefaced Mud Mask also consider that IF you are not 100% satisfied with the product for ANY reason just contact Barefaced Skincare’s dedicated customer service team. If you want to learn more about Barefaced Skincare and/or have a question for their customer service team you can visit their website at www.barefacedskincare.com. And if you want to try Barefaced Mud Mask for yourself you can find it on Amazon (with free shipping on orders over $35 or with Prime) by clicking HERE.
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Do you or have you used Dead Sea Mineral and/or Mud mask before? I’d love to hear your experiences, please share in the comments below. I’ll reply to all comments!

~Jaclyn~

**Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Product Review: Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream


Product Review: Body Merry Age Defense Eye
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Hi Lovelies!

Now that I’m in my 30′s I feel like I am at that age where I should be beginning to use anti-aging skincare. I try to take care of my skin (which is the largest organ in the body). I wear sunscreen when I’m going to be outside for any extended amount of time as research has shown that tanning also can cause skin cancer, not just sunburns. And I have pretty dry skin so I try to always use exfoliating face wash which helps to make my makeup look less cakey. I also have gotten sooo much better at using Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid serums as well as some sort of moisturizer. But I haven’t been so good at using any products specifically for the ocular (eye) region.

Enter in Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream (click HERE to find on Amazon) which claims to be a one stop solution for helping to alleviate dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness. I can’t make an assessment as to whether it helps with wrinkles as I don’t have many around my eyes. I can say that it does seem to help with dark circles and puffiness. But what I’m personally most interested in is prevention. 
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I do very much like that the cream absorbs into the skin very quickly and isn’t at all greasy feeling. I like that it contains Witch Hazel which has been a favorite skincare ingredient of mine since I was a teenager. Along with Witch Hazel this cream contains Organic Aloe, Sunflower Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic acid, Cocoa Butter, Vitamins C + E + B5, Rose hip oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Beeswax, Cranberry, Licorice, Flaxseed oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender, Chamomile, Glycolic acid, Cucumber, Green Tea, Blueberry, Oregon Grape, Coenzyme Q10, Lemon, Lemongrass, Apple, Sugarcane, Grape-seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, and Raspberry seed oil plus quite a few others! Wow what an awesome combination of healthy oils, and extracts. 
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Many people will be happy that this product contains Natural and Organic ingrediants that are designed to work on ALL skin types from oily to dry and does NOT contain any parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream is made in a cruelty-free FDA registered & GMP compliant facility in the USA.
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I like that this eye cream comes packaged in an easy to use and mess free pump. The only thing is a full pump extrudes too much product.  I found half a pump was the correct amount (for me anyways) of cream for both eyes. The bottle contains a one full ounce which is actually very generous for an eye cream since a little goes such a long way. Most bottles of foundation are one ounce so I could see this bottle lasting at least a few months if used once a day. Also it is worth noting that there is a moderate scent to this product. I happen to like the way this one’s scent. 

Another plus is that ALL Body Merry products have a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee complete with full refund no questions asked! So what do you have to lose? And the current price on Amazon is $19.99! Why spend sooo much more on an eye cream that may or may not be more effective? If you want to try this Age Defense Eye Cream for yourself, just click HERE to find it on Amazon.

Do you have an anti-aging skincare routine? What do you think is a good age to began using anti-aging products? Do you have a favorite eye cream that I should check out?  I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Hope everyone has been enjoying their Labor Day (if in the USA) weekend!

~Jaclyn~

**Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Product Review: Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil


Product Review: Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

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Hi Lovelies! 
I recently had the opportunity to try Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (click HERE to find on Amazon)! I don’t know if you’ve heard of Tea Tree Oil, but I’ve been seeing it in all sorts of skincare products over the last year or so. The first time I encountered Tea Tree Oil was when I was at Trader Joes looking for Witch Hazel pads. 

My aunt used to use Witch Hazel for soothing a sunburn when I was a teenager. For whatever reason pure Witch Hazel has become hard to find, so when I found Witch Hazel pads with Tea Tree oil I decided to give that a go. Those face pads did a great job removing makeup as well as exfoliating my skin. The only thing is that I learned that I don’t particularly love the smell of Tea Tree Oil.

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Since then I’ve begun to see Tea Tree Oil in all sorts of skincare and even haircare products. So when I had the chance to try pure Tea Tree Oil I jumped at the chance. I was particularly interested that it could be used as an anti-dandruff agent. Unfortunately, I’ve had dandruff since kindergarten. 

So I’m always interested in anything that is effective against it. I’m not sure if it is more effective than other over the counter shampoos, but I’ll see how it performs over the next few months. I’ve also heard it is great as a hair color protectant. In fact my sister has been told TO use Tea Tree Oil for just this purpose.

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I’m impressed with not only the generously large 4 once bottle, but the quality as well. A little goes a very long way as it is quite concentrated. I imagine this bottle will last me at least 6 months to a year. If you are only using this for skincare and not haircare this bottle will easily last at least a year! Since I have thick hair, I always go through haircare products faster than most other people.

I, personally, think that the numerous possible use-ages for 100% pure Tea Tree Oil combined with the very generous sized 4 oz bottle makes this a fabulous deal (click HERE to find on Amazon)! Have you used Tea Tree Oil? If so, what are your favorite ways to utilize this versatile product?

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There are literally endless ways to use Tea Tree Oil! It can be used in your hair to protect color treated hair from fading, or to prevent & treat dandruff, or to make facial masks, or even as an exfoliating agent! And if you need ideas, a free e-book of suggested uses plus helpful recipes is included! How would you or do you use Tea Tree Oil?

~Jaclyn~

**Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Book Tour & Review: One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock

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Book Tour & Review: One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock
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Recently, I received an email from author Christina Dymock asking if I’d be interested in participating in a book tour for her cookbook, One Dirty Bowl. When I read that the motivation behind One Dirty Bowl was to share recipes that could all be made by using only ONE bowl and a pan, I was intrigued. 

I definitely love recipes that only require the use of minimal dishes so that there is less to wash when done. A long time favorite recipe in our house is Pumpkin Dump Cake. It, like the recipes, in Christina Dymock’s book only requires one mixing bowl and one pan. It is delicious and very easy to make plus is always a hit.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to try any recipes from One Dirty Bowl just yet, but have my eye on a couple so when I get the chance to try one out I’ll post pictures in a follow up.

When I bake (and cook) I prefer to use oil instead of butter and never use shortening. Studies have shown that trans fat like the kind used in shortening are really bad so I never use it, so I never use any recipe that has shortening as an ingredient. I mention this because if you are like me, then you should know that there are quite a few recipes that call for shortening and several that call for shortening and butter.

That said, the recipes look tasty, easy to make, and use very few dishes. I love the look of this cookbook both the layout and the photos. This interestingly is the first e-cookbook I own! I love the idea of e-cookbooks as cookbooks are often very large volumes that take up a lot of space, whereas a 1,000 e-cookbooks don’t take up anymore space than the size of ones e-reader.

If you love to bake but don’t have the time, energy, or desire to follow complicated recipes that call for difficult to find ingredients, then Own Dirty Bowl is for you!

Happy Baking!
~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Product Review: Protégé A+ctive Serum


Product Review: Protégé A+ctive Serum

I have recently had the pleasure of trying Protégé A+ctive Serum. I’ve tried quite a few Vitamin C with Hyaluronic acid serums of late, but this Vitamin A with Sea Kelp, Collagen, and Hyaluronic acid is new to me.

I like the mess free push pump dispenser and that it came packaged in a felt bag. The only discernable scent was a slightly salty one which makes sense since Sea Kelp is the first ingredient. I’m not sure whether a Vitamin C or A serum is superior. I like that there isn’t a medicinal smell that many of the Vitamin C serums have had.

I’ve been using this for a couple weeks now and like how it feels on my skin. I had been out of town for 6 weeks (more on that soon). I realize any skincare routine or serum can take many weeks or months to have the best effect.

If you are interested in purchasing you can do so on Amazon (by clicking HERE).

~Jaclyn~
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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