Archive for the ‘anti-aging’ Category

Product Review: MY Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Sponge


Hi Lovelies!

If you are as into beauty products as I am, then you have probably heard of a certain pink egg shaped beauty sponge and its apparent wonders for applying cosmetics. But you may not have heard of its face washing, biodegradable, affordable cousin made from Konjac fibers.

In Japan, Konjac has been used as a medicinal food since the sixth century meaning people have been eating it for over 1500 years! Apparently Konjac or Konnyaku has nearly zero calories is very high in fiber and is sold as a very low cal noodle, shirataki.

MY Konjac Bamboo Charcoal sponge is a large tear drop shaped sponge. It is very hard when first taken out of the package, but softens considerably as it swells with water. And can be sanitized microwaving in a bowl of water for 1:30.

MY Konjac makes several types of sponges each perfect for varying skin needs. This one contains activated carbon along with various minerals and natural antioxidants that help absorb excess oil and “help fight acne-causing bacteria that are typically difficult to reach.”

What makes these sponges unique is that because they are made with 100% natural ingredients, these sponges can be thrown in a compost bin once one finishes using it. Each sponge will last anywhere from 2-4 months on average although exact length of time varies depending on amount of use and whether it is used alone or with face wash.

I’ve tried using this alone, with non-exfoliating (ie “gentle”) face wash, and exfoliating face wash. I have to say that I prefer to use this with non-exfoliating face wash. I find the ‘beads’ or ‘roughage’ in exfoliating face wash to get stuck in the sponge and be too harsh. And while I get a fairly good clean when using this by itself, my preference is to use a gentle face wash. I find that, that is the perfect harmony between getting a deep and not a too harsh clean.

I do not use this to remove my makeup. I prefer to use makeup removing facial wipes to face wash for removing makeup. I use this first thing in the morning as the start to my beauty routine. I love the idea of sponge that can essentially be buried in the backyard and will easily degrade back into the soil.

Way too many beauty products and products in general are made with materials that do not biodegrade in any reasonable amount of time [having a half life of 500,000 years or so does NOT count[. I love that this sponge is made with organic ingredients*. I wish more products were made and packaged (both primary and secondary packaging) with many more sustainable materials such as biodegradable ones. Wouldn’t it be neat if one day we could literally just bury a product’s packaging in the backyard and when one went to check on it in 6 months, to find nothing there! [I took AP Environmental Science in high school along with being a biological sciences major]

So if you are looking for a 100% all natural** facial cleansing sponge that works great, doesn’t require the use of face wash, and is quite reasonably priced then go check out MY Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Sponge (click HERE to purchase on Amazon).

Do you or have you used a Konjac sponge before? What do you use when you wash your face (ie a washcloth, your hands, special facial cleansing mitt, etc)? I’d LOVE to hear about your skincare regime in the comments before!

~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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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: 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.

Product Reviews: Adovia Facial Lift & Firm Serum with Dead Sea Minerals & Vitamin C and Dead Sea Salt Soap

Product Reviews: Adovia Facial Lift & Firm Serum with Dead Sea Minerals & Vitamin C and Dead Sea Salt Soap


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I recently had the opportunity to try two more awesome products by Adovia Mineral Skin Care, Facial Lift & Firm Serum with Dead Sea Minerals (click HERE to find on Amazon) and Dead Sea Salt Soap (find on Amazon by clicking HERE). All Adovia products are made in Israel. Whenever possible, I prefer to purchase products made in Israel. Dead Sea Minerals are long believed to hold beneficial and/or healing properties. Salt (and sugar) scrubs are a fabulous way to exfoliate your skin without using harsh chemicals. Adovia’s Dead Sea Salt soap is using salt as a gentle and natural way to slough off dead skin cells revitalizing your skin.
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I personally LOVE using sugar scrubs to exfoliate my lips prior to applying lipstick (especially matte lipsticks). I truly have enjoyed using this Dead Sea Salt Soap. I’m fairly picky when it comes to bars of soap that I’ll use on my body as I once had a doctor tell me that using Ivory was contributing to my itchy skin. He recommended that I ONLY use Dove which is milder and much more moisturizing. Amazingly this soap didn’t irritate my skin either.
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I like to exfoliate before shaving (my legs) as I’ve heard it helps to achieve a closer shave. I also like the how soft and supple frequent exfoliating leaves my skin. So if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive exfoliating bar of soap then I highly recommend that you check out Adovia’s Dead Sea Salt Soap which you can easily find on Amazon by clicking HERE.
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I also had the chance to try Adovia’s Facial Lift & Firm Serum with Dead Sea Minerals & Vitamin C. I love serums! Vitamin C is commonly thought to help aging skin when applied topically. In fact all the serums I’ve tried in recent months have contained a fair amount of Vitamin C.
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I love the feel of this serum as I apply it. And the lovely glass bottle looks nice on my counter as well. I also really like that this serum has a pump dispenser as opposed to a dropper. I find that pump dispensers are a lot less messy although a dropper is helpful when the serum is very liquidy.
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This serum is much thicker and creamier in consistency than the other serums I’ve tried. You may prefer a thinner consistency as it all just personal preference.
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Positive effects from changes in skincare routine do not happen overnight. I’m not sure if I can tell if I’ve had any changes in the minimal amount of wrinkles/fine lines that I do have.
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What I have noticed is that my skin is much less dry than what is usual for me. Typically I’m prone to very dry skin and will have dry patches if I don’t exfoliate before applying makeup.
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Lately, I haven’t needed to scrub my face as carefully as my skin seems to be ‘naturally’ less dry. I do still apply some kind of moisturizer before applying foundation, but forgot a couple times and still had a flawless makeup application.
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If you are looking for a creamy serum with anti-aging properties that promotes hydrated (not oily or greasy) skin, then you may want to check out Adovia’s Firm & Lift Serum with Dead Sea Minerals & Vitamin C which you can find on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Do you have a favorite bar soap or serum? I’d love to hear all 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.

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.

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