Archive for June, 2014

Product Review: Comfortable Sleep Mask, Ear Plugs & Carrying Case by Natural Revolution

Product Review: Comfortable Sleep Mask, Ear Plugs & Carrying Case by Natural Revolution

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Hi Lovelies!

Have you ever tried to get a good nights sleep away from home but couldn’t because of too much light or noise? I know I have, especially when I spent weeks or months at a time in the hospital. At one relatively recently renovated hospital the so called window coverings didn’t keep out any light at all! Depending on which side of the hospital I would be woken up by the intensly bright light at dawn or blinded at dusk. I had to resort ot sleeping with a face mask, but it wasn’t all that comfortable. And many times I’d resort to sleeping with ear plugs so that all the constant beeps and interuptions wouldn’t disrupt my sleep even more than it already had.

When I had the chance to apply for this campaign specifically for a ‘comfortable’ sleep mask that had extra space for eyes (and eye makeup) I eagerly applied. [Click HERE to purchase on Amazon] See I’m doing quite a bit of traveling this summer! In fact I’ll be flying from California to the East Coast then down to Florida before flying back to California. I’ll also be taking a 3.5 hour bus ride between East Coast locations. 

So I’m hoping that this set of the most comfortable eye mask I’ve ever tried along with a pair of ear plugs and a cute little bag to put them in will help me get some shut eye during my red eye across the country.

I was very impressed with the design of the sleep mask. The elastic band on the mask is adjustable with a velcro clousure so as to further customize the fit than elastic alone. And the mask part alone is quite different than any of my previous masks that were basically just a flat eye shapped cut out on elastic. 

This one has like ‘cups’ so as to allow your eyes to open and close without rubbing against the fabric. It is also considerate of those of us, like myself, that may be wearing eye makeup inlcuding mascara! I really do love the way it fits, and like the name says, this sleep mask truly IS comfortable. And it blocks out light very very well, which some of my previous masks didn’t do so a great job with.

If you are someone, like myself, that is prone to migraines especially light sensitive ones or someone who travels a lot, or just prefers to have total darkness for sleeping then I highly recommend you check out this super Comfortable Sleep Mask. And I love that it also includes a pair of ear plugs and a handy carrying case.

Natural Revolution’s Comfortable Sleep Mask, Ear Plugs, and Carry Case case be easily purchased on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Have you had any experience with needing a sleep mask or ear plugs to get a good nights rest? 

~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:  purSOL Konjac Facial Sponge with Bamboo  Fibers and Activated Charcoal


Product Review: Konjac Facial Sponge with Bamboo Fibers and Activated Charcoal
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Hi Lovelies!

What do you use to wash your face? Do you use a wash cloth, exfoliating mitt, sponge, your hands? And do you use any sort of cleanser or just water?

I typically use an exfoliating mitt that I got about two years ago that can be used to remove makeup either in conjunction with any cleanser or with plain tap water. While I have tried the latter, I usually did the former and use cleanser. Well, my face washing routine got a bit of a shakeup when I had the opportunity to try Konjac Facial Sponge (click HERE to find on Amazon) which like my mitt can be used with or without cleanser!

This nifty little sponge made with only TWO ingredients, konjac root fiber and bamboo charcoal and cleverly comes with a little suction hook so as to be able to easily hang it up to air dry in between uses with the sponge itself having a string running through it giving it something to hang from. As it dries the sponge shrinks back down close to the compact state it originally came in. The first time I used it, it took the longest for the sponge to fully fluff up as it began to retain water.
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I really like the texture of this sponge as it fluffs up with water. While it can remove makeup with water alone, I prefer to use a face wash in conjunction. Because I have chronically dry skin, I find that I must exfoliate every time before I can apply makeup. I find that I can use my more ‘gentle’ face wash with this facial sponge and still receive an excellent deep clean. 

Apparently in Japanese beauty routines, konjac root has been used for well over a thousand years as a great way to exfoiliate delicate and sensitive skin. Boscia sells a Konjac Cleansing Sponge on Sephora.com for $18 (which is almost double the price, yet still must be replaced every 2-3 months) and that version doesn’t contain all natural bamboo charcoal.
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Konjac Facial Sponge can be used for about 2-3 months before needing to be replaced. I love that once I’m done using this sponge that it is 100% biodegradable! At only $10, Konjac Facial Sponge costs about $3.33 to $5 per month making this semi-disposable sponge quite affordable. 
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If you are looking for an affordable, yet still high quality product to complement your face washing routine, you should definitely consider trying purSOL Konjac Facial Sponge which can conviently be purcahsed on Amazon by clicking HERE.

What/ If anything face washing routine do you follow? Please share in the 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. 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: Nail Cones

Product Review: Nail Cones

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Hi Lovelies!
Do you like to paint your own nails? If so, how often do you end up with nail polish on the skin around your nails? I ALWAYS end up with polish ‘outside of the lines’ so to speak. Enter Nail Cones (click HEREHERE to check out their website) which are stickers with cutouts for your nails that basically protects the area surrounding your nail from getting polish on it. It’s like painters tape for nail polish.

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I think the idea is very clever as I hate how especially messy my left (non-dominant hand) ends up. Now if only there was a good way to keep my freshly painted nails from chipping so quickly. And I do always use a top coat but that doesn’t always seem to help a whole lot.
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Nail Cones come in 3 different sizes so as to be able to fit the smallest nails (pinky fingers and toes) to the largest nails (thumbs and big toes) and everyone in between! In addition to being clever, practical, and easy to use, Nail Cones are also super cute. Each circular sticker has an image of an ice cream cone on it. 
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Right now my nails are super short (they break way too easily) which only makes it easier for polish to end up everywhere I don’t want it to be so these came in quite handy especially for my non-dominant hand. Nail Cones can be purchased off their website, just click HERE to learn more about Nail Cones.
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How often do yo paint your nails or get your nails done? If you paint your nails yourself, how many bottles of nail polish do you own? Let me know if the comments below!
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~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: Day by Day Vitamin C Serum

Product Review: Day by Day Vitamin C Serum
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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Hi Lovelies!
Just in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been doing a LOT of Vitamin C Serum reviews of late. For some reason since I joined Tomoson (an awesome site that connects brands with bloggers), I’ve been invited to participate in quite a few campaigns focused on Vitamin C Serums. This time I had the chance to try out Day by Day Vitamin C Serum. I’ve got to say that the name alone reminds me of music from Hair. (Click HERE to find on Amazon).

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Vitamin C Serums are a great way to prep the skin for moisturizer as all of the serums I’ve tried contain Hyaluronic acid, which is able to swell and hold a LOT of water, which is great for (dry) skin.
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I always have chronically dry skin which can make even the lightest foundation look cakey if I’m not careful. But since I started using Vitamin C Serums a couple months ago, my skin has been a LOT less flaky than it was.
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There is no strong fragrance to this serum and just has a slight medicinal scent which is likely from the Witch Hazel that it contains. I hate strong fragrances and appreciate a more natural smelling skincare.

You can easily purchase Day by Day Vitamin C Serum on Amazon by clicking HERE!

I leave on a month and a half trip tomorrow! Still have some packing to do and arrangements to make. I hope to do some posting while I’m gone. So if you do send me an email please allow me a bit more time to read and respond.

Find Day by Day Beauty on their website (by clicking HERE) abs on Facebook (by clicking HERE)

~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: Hyaluronic Acid Serum by InstaNatural

Product Review: Hyaluronic Acid Serum by InstaNatural
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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Hi Lovelies!

Recently, I had the opportunity to try InstaNatural’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum (plus Vitamins C, E, and Green Tea) [click HERE to find on Amazon]. Now I know I’ve written several posts reviewing Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid serums, so what makes this one different? Well for starters this one is has more of a gel consistency versus a liquid plus the bottle is significantly larger (about twice the size) than any of the others I’ve tried before. 

Since this one is a gel, having a dropper wouldn’t work quite to well as it does with a liquid, so this one has push pump dispenser. This clear gel doesn’t have any fragrance added and has a very light medicinal scent. I think the medicinal scent is from the Witch Hazel which is the third ingredient which indicates a higher percentage as compared to the rest of the ingredients. 
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I like Witch Hazel, in fact when I was a teen I used to spend about a month every summer in Northern California with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. One day we went to a local water park and I got sunburnt. That evening my aunt generously covered my very sensitive bright red skin with pure witch hazel. I was amazed that the witch hazel was even more effective than aloe! So ever since then I’ve been a huge fan of witch hazel. I only wish that Trader Joe’s never stopped selling the pure witch hazel (face cleansing) wipes.
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According to the label, “Our Serum contains botanically derived Hyaluronic Acid, along with a perfect blend of antioxidants Vitamin C + E + Green Tea. Holding up to a 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic Acid is a great natural moisturizer for the skin.” I’ve read that Hyaluronic Acid is a great moisturizer since it can hold soooo much water!
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I have chronically dry skin ALL year round.  Even though it can hold so much water, it is still necessary to add a moisturizer to your skin after the serum dries. And Hyaluronic Acid is supposed to be a great anti-aging agent along with evening out and brightening your skin tone. 

You can easily purchase InstaNatural’s Hyaluronic Acic Serum on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Do you have a skincare routine? If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

~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.

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