Saturday, January 31, 2015

OZ Naturals Facial Toner & Retinol Serum Review


OZ Naturals Facial Toner & Retinol Serum Review

Retail: OZ Toner $18.00

Retail: OZ Retinol Serum $25.00


If you follow my blog, then you know I love my beauty products.  I love changing up my makeup, hair style, and skin care routine.  Being a blogger allows me the opportunity to try several different brands and I am super excited to try a few products from the OZ Naturals line.  

I heard about OZ Naturals about six months ago while searching Amazon for an all natural facial cleanser.  I started to do a little digging and discovered OZ Naturals offers an entire line of cleansers, toners, serums and moisturizers made from organic and natural ingredients.  

OZ Naturals Retinol Serum



The first product I want to talk about is the OZ Naturals Retinol serum.  Now, this serum contains 2.5% retinol, which is the highest concentration of retinol you can contain without a prescription.  It also contains Astaxanthin and Vitamin E which are powerful antioxidants that help maintain the health of your skin.  In combination, these ingredients are known to reduce hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines.  


Retinol has time and again proven itself to be a potent youth reviving ingredient. OZ Naturals Retinol combines the power of 2.5% Retinol with a bunch of soothing natural antioxidants that work together to visibly reduce the signs of aging. Plant Derived Vitamin E hydrates and nourishes your skin. This unique formulation not only helps to provide a flawless tone and texture, but also leaves your skin feeling and looking smoother, plumper and younger. 

The serum also comes in a pump bottle versus a jar which makes this a great product for travel as you don't have to worry about spilling or product sticking to the lid of the jar.  One important piece of information: if you’re a first time Retinol user, apply once every other night until your skin is ready to use it daily. Retinol can irritate your skin so it is best to start out slow. 

Oz Naturals Mineral Toner


I mentioned before, using a toner is one product I tend to skip or forget to use.  I always had this misconception that toners were for people who have acne.  As I have learned, this is not true and everyone can benefit from a great toner.  They can be used as a great base before applying serums and moisturizers as well as used throughout the day to freshen your skin and provide hydration.  


The OZ Naturals Mineral Toner contains a combination of natural ingredients such as glycolic acid, amino acids, vitamin c, witch hazel, ocean minerals and active plant extracts which help with damaged skin.  

The directions say to first shake the bottle.  Then you spray your face, neck and décolleté area after you have cleansed your face.  It contains organic sulfur that acts as a healing agent to drive ingredients deep into your skin.  I love the feeling of the cool mist on my face.  Most of the time my face is tight and dry after cleansing and using the toner adds back hydration and moisture.  I notice a slight tingling sensation as well, not sure what ingredient causes that, but it is soothing.  It dries quickly and does not leave my skin oily or leave behind any residue.  If you want to target certain areas of your face, you can use a cotton pad to apply the toner.  

It does have a slight scent that reminds me of witch hazel.  Most of you have no issues with the witch hazel scent, however, some may be like me and not particularly care for it.  Overall, I have been quite happy with this toner and I am glad it has become a vital step in my skin care routine.


You can find both of these products on Amazon.com


#retinolserum
#OZnaturals

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Vitamin C Serum Review


OZ Radiance Vitamin C Serum 

Review

Retail:16.75


I must say, this is one huge bottle!  I have tried several vitamin C serums and this is the biggest bottle I have seen.  You definitely gets your monies worth!  This serum has a great citrus scent, and using it feels like aroma therapy on my face.  I am big on scents and really gravitate to skin care products that smell good.  If a facial product smells nice, it makes applying it much more enjoyable.  

Since using this serum, my face has a fresher appearance. It also brightens, and gives my skin a real dewy glow. Before using this product, I had some patches of dry looking skin on my forehead, but that is no longer an issue. About two drops can cover your entire face & neck. It's rich and has a nice texture to it. Another aspect that I love is it does not feel heavy on my skin and actually gets absorbed into my skin, not just sits on top.  

I have tried other serums that never absorb into the skin, they feel like a layer of wetness on my face.... not a fun feeling.  My skin feels plumper, dewy and soft.  It has a dropper that dispenses a clear liquid.  It is thicker than water, but thinner than a gel.  This product is manufactured in Florida which is quite fitting when you think about Florida's beautiful sun and abundant orange trees!  These results have been pretty amazing and I will continue to use the serum.  

Here is a list of ingredients taken from Amazon:

A cleverly formulated blend of natural and 72% organic ingredients with a 2 year shelf life. This lightweight and quick to absorb 20% Vitamin C Serum is suspended in a concentrated base of pure vegan Hyaluronic Acid to plump skin cells and to protect and restore. Key ingredients include Organic Aloe, Vitamin C, MSM, Witch Hazel, Amino Complex and Organic Jojoba Oil. A full list of ingredients is available on the product packaging. Remember to check and compare these with other leading producers of Vitamin C Serum charging MORE money for HALF the quantity (our 2 oz bottle is TWICE the size of our competitor's for EXACTLY the same serum). DO NOT pay more than you have to. OZ Radiance Vitamin C Serum is premium product, made with the finest quality stable ingredients. It has a silky smooth texture, fast absorbing and light citrus fragrance.


If you would like to read more reviews or purchase OZ Radiance Vitamin C Serum you can find it at Amazon.

#OzRadiance
I received this product in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eliminies Review


Eliminies Review

Retail: 34.99


What is Eliminies?

Eliminies Herbal Parasite Elimination for Children For Optimum Internal Cleanliness in Children also Promotes a Healthy Digestive System in Children. 80 Fruity Flavored Ingredients: Curcurbita pepo (Pumpkin) seed 250 mg Juglans nigra (Black walnut) fruit hull 150 mg Pau D'Arco (Tabebuia Avellanedaein) stem bark 25 mg Milk Thistle fruit (Silybum Marianum) 17.5 mg Olea europea (Olive) leaf 15 mg Wormwood (Artemisia Annua) herb top 14 mg Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) leaf 5 mg Clove (Syzygium Aromaticum) flower bud 2.5 mg Why Choose GREEN HERB? Green Herb is the company dedicated in finding the best solutions for these problems. It is known to rid the body of yeast, fungus, eczema, pinworms and thrush in children. Our products are formulated by Dr, Bernard Barber - One of the worlds foremost parasite experts. Our products are Yeast FREE - 100% Natural ingredients Lab tested ( Tested in a TGA Facility) Kosher certified. Check out our supplement facts! You'll be surprised at what Green Herbs products offer in accordance with various other vitamin companies and other parasite cleansers out there... We are recommended by all practitioners Bringing Back the Joys of Childhood to Children Suffering from Parasites Did you know? A great percent of parasite sufferers are young children. Parasites often trigger irritability in children, robbing them of the joys of childhood. Recommended to be taken with a good Probiotic. Feel the Freedom of Perfectly Clean!

My Review/Thoughts/Opinion

So this is a supplement for children that helps aid in healthy digestion.  I was very excited to review this product as my daughter suffers from reflux.  Reflux has to do with the kidney's and how it functions to rid waste from the body.  One of the side effects of reflux is constipation.  My daughter has suffered from reflux for years and consequently, all the side effects that come with being on a daily prophylatic antibiotic.  

She has been taking the chewable supplements for 2 weeks now and is seeing positive results.  She has been regular for the last 4 days and I have also noticed more energy and a happier child.  When your digestive system is not working the way it should, you feel sluggish, bloated, and moody.  She seems like a different kid these past few days and as a parent, I feel happy knowing these are helping.  Hopefully, we will be able to take her off the daily medication soon, but until then, she will continue to take Eliminies.  If you would like to read more reviews or purchase Eliminies, you can find it on Amazon.

#elimination

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

This product has no yeast, gluten, dairy, corn, eggs, soy or any animal products it's Completely vegan 100% natural, No artificial colors or flavors. Its important to note that these pills do contain a natural artificial sweetener called sucralose also known as Splenda.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Xtava Professional Auto Rotating Curling Iron Review


Xtava Professional Auto Rotating Curling Iron Review

Retail: 45.00




EEEKKK!  I love hair tools and when the opportunity arrises to review a product by Xtava...well...I jump at the chance.  I own several Xtava products (spiral wand, flat iron, hair dryer) and now this new baby!  This is the Xtava auto rotating curling iron.  What makes this iron a little different from the rest is the auto rotating ceramic tourmaline barrel.  Yes, the barrel rotates with the push of button (left or right).  




This iron arrives in the sleekest black box...the box even says "Silk Edition".  I'm a sucker for packaging and this box is breathtaking!  Once I opened the box and plugged it in, I noticed it heats up to 430 degrees.  I was super excited to see this as this is the temperature setting I always use.  Before I began to use it, I played around a bit with the auto rotating buttons.  I am left handed and I was happy to see this iron accommodates us lefties. 

When you push the button, it begins a nice, even, rotation.  Depending on which way you place your hair in the barrel, and which way you want your curl to go, will determine which button you push (L or R).  Now, I have been curling my hair for over twenty years and I have to admit, I had some issues at first.  Several times I pushed the button only to realize seconds later it was turning the wrong direction and I had to start over.  I think what made it even more difficult was looking in the mirror and of course everything is backwards.

But, I don't give up easily and continued to teach myself where the buttons are located and which button does what (without looking).  I soon got the hang of it and I was an auto curling pro in no time!  Now, you can use this iron without using the rotating feature....that works too.  But to be honest, once I got the hang of it, I really enjoyed the auto rotating feature.  It made it easier to curl in the back of my head in those hard to reach places.  





 Here are the features from Amazon:

  • AUTO ROTATING CERAMIC TOURMALINE BARREL The Xtava auto-rotating curling iron features an innovative automated bi-directional rotating control for maximum ease and comfort. Simply clip the hair on the barrel and let xtava do the rest with the touch of button, the ceramic tourmaline barrel generates constant and even heat creating long lasting perfect curls.
  • HEAT CONTROL The Xtava auto-rotating curling iron features accurate heat control with 11 temperature stages between 210F-430F allowing styling versatility for all hair types. For fine hair, use low temperature for best results. Thick and wavy hair will require a higher temperature. The LCD display will ensure simple, accurate and convenient operation.
  • 360 SWIVEL 8 FT. CORD With the Xtava Silk edition you will not need any extension cord or a nearby outlet thanks to its 8 ft. long power cord. Avoid getting your cable entangled while styling your hair, with the integrated 360 degree swivel system that will simply rotate as you work.
  • SHUT-OFF FUNCTION Incorporates a convenient auto-shutoff function that will turn off the device when left unattended - never worry again after rushing out.
  • TRAVEL FRIENDLY Universal dual Voltage that can adapt to your travel schedule and ensure you look just as perfect on the road as at home.

Pros-Cons-Final Thoughts


Pros-
*Auto Rotating
*Beautiful design
*Tourmaline Ceramic Barrel
*30 minute shut off feature
*360 degree swivel cord
*Heats up quickly to 430 degrees
*Produces beautiful curls

Cons-
* The only downside you "may" have is issues with the auto rotating feature.  You may find it difficult or frustrating to get the hang of.  

Final Thoughts:
This is hands down a professional curling iron and I am extremely impressed.  It has a beautiful design, but most importantly, it does what a curling iron should do......produce beautiful curls.  It heats up instantly to 430 degrees, has an automatic shut off switch, offers an auto rotating feature and produces stunning barrel curls!!  This is the fourth Xtava hair tool I own and I am impressed with the quality of all of them.  You can read more about the Xtava Auto Rotating Curling Iron on Amazon.
#RotateCurl
I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

MatchaDNA Handheld wireless Milk Frother Review


MatchaDNA Handheld Wireless Milk Frother Review 

Retail 5.99


So as many of you know I am a HUGE Matcha Tea drinker.  I love Black MatchaDNA as well Green Matcha.  Today I am reviewing a tool that will give your Matcha a rich and creamy texture, it is the MatchaDNA Milk Frother.  You can make Matcha with water or you can use milk (hot or cold).  This frother is so powerful it will give you delicious frothed milk in under 10 seconds.  


You start out with your favorite Matcha.  For this review I am using the ceremonial grade Organic Matcha by Kiss Me Organics.  

You then add your heated milk and begin frothing.  Now, do not make the mistake I did and turn it on before it is in the mug.  You need to put the frother in the mug (all the way to the bottom) and then turn it on.  I made a huge mess the first time around and had milk flying everywhere in the kitchen!  

Here is the description from Amazon:

Get "Coffee House" frothed milk at home in seconds with the MatchaDNA milk frother. Powered by (2) AA batteries (not included), the Matcha DNA Milk Foamer quickly turns your milk or cream into a smooth frothy foam in seconds. This allows you to create fluffy and aerated milk based drinks (hot or cold) easily. Use the milk frother /electric whisk with any type of milk - whole milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or coffee creamer. This milk frother will work with it. Our Matcha DNA handheld electric milk frothers are super easy to use and to clean. Your friends will be impressed with your latte, cappuccino, foamed coffee drink making abilities. Children love it too. Make your children foamy warm milk by itself, or perhaps with a little cinnamon and or honey added for a comforting before-bed treat. Hot chocolate is vastly better when it's prepared with foamy milk rather than water, so be sure to give that a try too. Stop overpaying for premium coffee drinks, or suffering with boring coffees at home. Get your Matcha DNA Product Milk Frother today.

What you end up with is creamy Matcha Tea that is delicious to drink.  After using the frother several times and getting the hang of it, I prefer my Matcha made with milk instead of water.  If you are interested in the MatchDNA Milk Frother, you can learn more about it on Amazon.

#MatchaDNAMilkFrother
I received this item in exchange for my honest review

Marine Toner By GreatFull Skin Review


Marine Toner By GreatFull Skin Review

Retail 27.99

I admit, using a toner is one product I never used in my skincare routine.  However, I was offered a chance to try a new product by Greatfull Skin, the Marine Skin Toner.

The title alone sounded interesting....Marine Toner?  Does it have some kind of marine sea minerals?  I decided to implement it as the second step after washing my face and I was blown away with its benefits.  

Here is the description from Amazon:

  • Would you like your skin and hair to be refreshed and revitalized day in and day out? Do you wish you had better skin complexion? Marine Toner is the best way to cleanse, hydrate, and rejuvenate your skin and hair to a more youthful appearance. It leaves your skin and hair radiant and glowing while restoring the pH balance. This will even out your skin tone and significantly improve your complexion. People will start to ask what you are using to get such GREAT SKIN.
  • Do you have excessively dry or oily sky conditions? Do you struggle with preventing acne or pimples? Marine Toner is extremely EFFECTIVE for balancing skin out while lifting excess dirt, cosmetics, and oil. Tightens and cleans pores to prevent clogging and blackheads. This special toner formulation contains sea kelp bioferment which will naturally nourish, replenish, and regenerate your skin and hair. YOUR FRIENDS WILL NOTICE!
  • Would you like an all natural way to cleanse and refresh your skin? A PREMIUM and 100% NATURAL product with no fillers, preservatives, or unclaimed ingredients means no adverse skin reactions. Mix it in as a supplement to one of your favorite skin or hair care products. MADE IN THE USA in an FDA approved facility. No GMOs and no animal testing.

My thoughts/experience:

Like I mentioned, I use this product as the second step in my skincare routine.  I wash my face first, then I apply this product.  I take a cotton ball and use 3-5 drops.  I wipe my entire face and neck with the pad.  I could not believe the dirt it picked up even right after cleansing my face!  It literally lifts excess dirt off my face.  I had never used a toner before and I can't believe I was leaving all this dirt and oil on my face after cleansing!  This toner also restores the natural Ph level, contains sea kelp and tightens and cleans my pores to prevent clogging and blackheads.  Wowza!  I never knew what I was missing by not using a toner until now.

I also want to mention that I have been using it twice a day for 3 weeks and my complexion has improved.  It has a pleasant smell, it reminds me of witch hazel, that dries quickly leaving no residue behind.  





Greatfull Skin offers an entire line of natural skincare products that are made in the USA and contain no animal testing.  If you are looking to have smaller pores, a brighter complexion, and want to restore your Ph level, this may be a product for you.  You can learn more about Greatfull skin on Amazon.

  • #MarineTonerLaunch
I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Infinite Joy Review


Infinite Joy Tea Review 

Retail: 24.75


I'm reviewing something a little different today.  This is called Infinite Joy and it is a herbal tea that promotes weight loss.  It is 100% natural and unlike other weight loss products it has no caffeine. 


It comes in a zip-lock type of bag containing 30 tea bags.  The directions say to pour boiling water over the tea bag and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. 





Infinite Joy is made up of a combination of 21 perfectly blended natural herbs.  One of its ingredients, Senna, enhances you digestion capability while black cherry and nettle enhances your detox system. Other ingredients like Rosa canina and hibiscus block the flow of excessive starch in your body and hence support weight loss; in addition, ingredients like raspberry, citrus, sativa; zingiber and Ginseng are natural weight loss enhancers. With Ginseng and essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B1, vitamin K and vitamin B2, it enriches your body with dietary nutrients. Moreover, essential minerals like iron; phosphorus calcium covers your daily intake of essential nourishments as well.

Final thoughts
This tea has a wonderful flavor....it reminds me of the way Sleepytime Tea tastes.  I like that it does not contain caffeine as this allows me to drink it in the evening instead of coffee.  I drink coffee all day long and since I started drinking this tea, my coffee intake has slowly decreased.  In regards to loosing weight, I have not seen much of a weight loss but I do have increased energy.  I think it is because it contains ginseng and Senna.  Another benefit I have had is a general detoxifying and cleansing experience.  I feel less sluggish, tired and I am moving more.  If you are trying to loose weight, the bag recommends drinking 2-3 cups a day.  However, in doing so, the bag would only last about two weeks.  It is pretty expensive tea in my opinion.  However, if you are into loosing weight then you may have to drink it more often.  For me, I enjoy one cup in the evening and feel revived.  You can read more reviews and purchase Infinite Joy on Amazon.


#REDUXA
I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

InstaNatural Cellulite Cream Review


InstaNatural Cellulite Cream Review

Retail 23.95



Woo Hoo!  I have waited for over a month to write this review because I wanted to see if the InstaNatural Cellulite cream REALLY worked.  I have tried several and I mean SEVERAL cellulite creams but this one is my favorite.  It contains coco butter, Shea butter, caffeine and retinol.  These ingredients work in combination to break down cellulite and give the skin a more even appearance.  

The caffeine helps tone and tighten and the retinol is a repairing and restoring ingredient. It also contains Vitamin B5 & Vitamin E which are antioxidants that help with anti-aging.  Coco butter, Shea butter, avocado and jojoba oil make applying this cream a true delight that is hydrating and moisturizing.  I think the key ingredient is cayenne, it is one ingredient I have not seen listed in other cellulite products.  Cayenne boots lymphatic drainage, which helps remove toxins and impurities that hide under the skins surface.  

Did I mention how thick and creamy it is....oh my...a little goes a long way and it spreads easily on my skin.  It is a very luxurious cream that not only fights cellulite but hydrates as well.  It reminds me of Bath and Body works thick body butter, and if it did not say cellulite cream on the bottle, It could be mistaken as that.  I am happy that it is not in a jar, but instead has a pump.  Sometimes jars can be messy when trying to put the lid back on.  

So the underlining question is does it work?  I can honestly say that "yes" it works and I am seeing results.  I started to see results at week two.  My target area seemed less noticeable and felt less bumpy.  My cellulite scars are starting to fade and I feel that this cream is to thank.  I am on week four and have almost used up the entire bottle.  It can be difficult to remember to apply the cream twice a day.....but when you start to see results.....you don't miss an application.  

InstaNatural products are made with a lifetime 100% money back guarantee and will refund your purchase price if you are not satisfied.  This cream is also made right here in the US.

If you would like to know more about InstaNatural, you can find it on Amazon.


#InstaNatural
I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion.