Lets get #Hydroboosted

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body line uses hyaluronic acid which carries up to 1000x its weight in water, to leave skin supple, so it’s primed, fresh, and healthy.

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Did you know that moisture levels are different across the body. The skin on our legs can have up to 5x less moisture than parts of the face… which is why hydration shouldn’t stop at the neck.

The line includes:

Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream & Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream fragrance free

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Our moisturizing body gel cream replenishes skin to help improve hydration and smoothness. Plus, it contains hyaluronic acid, found naturally in skin, to boost skin cells’ hydration and then lock it in. Suitable for sensitive skin, the non-greasy, lightweight body cream absorbs instantly and is paraben-free. Use daily to retain moisture and help improve the look and feel of dry skin over time.

  • Ultra-lightweight & non-greasy feel
  • Formulated with hyaluronic acid
  • For normal to dry skin
  • Paraben-free

Hydro Boost Whipped Body Balm 

Designed for dry to extra-dry skin, this moisturizing body balm provides intense moisture, leaving your skin feeling soft and replenished.
This luxurious, velvety whipped body balm is powered with hyaluronic acid, skincare’s super hydrator. The ultra light, non-greasy balm is fast absorbing, dermatologist tested and paraben-free. Use whipped body balm daily to instantly boost hydration, helping to improve the look and feel of dry skin over time.

  • For extra-luxurious, intense hydration
  • Ultra-light and non-greasy feel
  • For dry to extra-dry skin
  • Paraben-free

Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream

Suitable for daily use, this nourishing hand cream is clinically proven to moisturize for 24 hours, leaving dry hands noticeably softer and smoother. The dermatologist-tested moisturizing formula is powered by hyaluronic acid, found naturally in skin, to boost skin cells’ hydration and then lock it in. The non-greasy, hand-softening cream absorbs instantly with no residue and is paraben-free. Use daily to help maintain skin’s moisture balance and lock in skin-quenching hydration.

  • Powerful hydration for soft, supple hands
  • Moisturizes for 24 hours
  • Formulated with hyaluronic acid
  • Non-greasy
  • Paraben-free

I’m really enjoying using these products. My skin feel so supple , soft, & hydrated. They all absorbed quick and didn’t leave my skin greasy or tacky feeling. My skin looked and felt healthy. Plus they are easy to find in stores as well as affordable. Each had a pleasant scent ( minus the fragrance free)

The body gel was smooth and glided on. My skin felt hydrated and soft instantly. The whipped body balm was a little thicker and felt luxurious as I glided it into my skin.  My hands never felt softer with the hand cream. I liked that it absorbed quickly, especially on my hands since its hard for me to sit still. So I could easily do what I need to do after applying.

Have you tried any of these products yet?

You can check out this line and others on their website. http://www.neutrogena.com

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Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup

Zucchini Tomato Soup

 

Found this recipe on AFamilyFeast . 

It was delicious! I love it because its filled with lots of veggies. Will definitely make this again. Who else loves soup?

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sweet sausage, removed from casings
  • 2 cups onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 cups red bell pepper, diced (about one large pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 5 fresh plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 pounds zucchini cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts  vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped

Place oil in pot. Add sausage and brown over medium heat.

Once the meat has browned, add onion, celery, carrots and bell pepper and sauté for four minutes.

Move the vegetables to the sides and lower heat to medium. Add garlic, pepper flakes and tomato paste to center and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, zucchini, salt, pepper, broth, Parmesan cheese and Parmesan rinds along with fresh basil and fresh oregano and stir to combine.

Bring to a medium simmer and cook just long enough until the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Relaxed with Love Beauty and Planet

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I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about the brand Love beauty and planet. Their one goal is to make you more beautiful & give a little back to the planet.

A little about the goals to give back to the planet :

  • Beauty packed in 100% Recycled Bottles
    If you wonder why our bottles aren’t 100% clear, it’s because they’re made with post-consumer recycled plastic. They are 100% recyclable, too! Our use of recycled plastic sometimes gives our bottle a little color, but it’s worth it. Up next on our journey are our caps.
  • Uncompromised beauty for your skin and hair
    Our collections are infused with natural ingredients like organic coconut oil and murumuru butter. We are committed to sourcing high quality ingredients but responsibly. We also make our products vegan and never test on animals. We skip the silicones, parabens and dyes too.
  • Ethically sourced fragrance oils/absolutes
    Each of our fragrances is infused with an ethically-sourced essential oil or absolute, like French heirloom lavender, Moroccan mimosa flower or Bulgarian rose petals. Our fragrance partner, Givaudan carefully crafts every fragrance to delight you in the shower and pamper your senses. We know some of these extracts are rare and fragile, so we source them responsibly.
  • Our Carbon Footprint Efforts
    We’ll always be transparent and open about our carbon footprint. As part of that commitment we will not only disclose our annual carbon emissions created through the production and distribution of our products – and the calculations we take to get there – but also work to reduce that carbon footprint 20% by the year 2020.

I love that not only are they looking out for the consumer but the planet as well. A brand I can get behind !  They also don’t test on animals & their products are vegan.

They have a variety of scents to choose from :

  • murumuru butter & rose
  • shea butter & sandalwood
  • argan oil & lavender
  • coconut water & mimosa flower
  • tea tree oil & vetiver
  • coconut oil & ylang ylang

Influenster sent me 3 products to try from the argan oil & lavender collection….body lotion, bar soap, & deodorant. This scent is definitely what I needed , it helped me feel relaxed & calm.

The lotion didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or tacky. My skin felt smooth & soft while looking healthy.

The deodorant went in smoothly and didn’t notice any white marks and I smelled fresh throughout the day……even in the hot humid 90 degree Florida weather.  Its also aluminum free.

I haven’t used the bar soap yet , I’m not really a fan of bar soap but it does smell great.

The scent isn’t overpowering at all which I was a little worried about. I am excited to try other scents from this brand. I also am interested in trying their dry shampoo.

Have you tried Love Beauty & Planet product yet? Which ones and what scent? If you haven’t what scent are you interested in trying ?

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Chicken & Sweet potato meatball poppers

I’ve been on the hunt for new recipes to try.

I really loved this one I found from Unbound Wellness . I brought some for luch to work the next day and everyone who came in the back room said it smelled great and wanted to know what I was eating.

They were filling and tasted great.

  • 1 lb ground chicken (sub turkey)
  • 2 cups sweet potato, shredded (using a grater or food processor)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped  *** ( I used dried)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop the poppers (you should have 20-25) out using a small scoop, or just your hand, and place them evenly spaced on the baking sheet. Slightly flatten them by pushing them down with your hand.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping once. Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Serve with guacamole, salsa, etc.

I mashed up 2 avocado, added garlic powder, the juice from the other half of lime, pepper.

 

I made some Zucchini Bacon Fritters to go with my meatballs. I found these on PaleoRunningMomma .

You need:

  • Shredded Zucchini
  • salt
  • bacon
  • coconut flour
  • egg
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 black pepper
  • bacon fat or coconut oil

 

 

Lancôme Hydra Zen VoxBox

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Always a great day when a box full of goodies from Influenster is at your door step.

I was happy to try more Lancome products. Last year Influenster sent me a few make up products which I liked.

 

Lancôme Hydra Zen Gel Cream Anti-Stress Gel Moisturizer

This refreshing, rose-infused gel-cream is formulated with salicylic acid delivers 24-hour hydration for skin that feels smooth, comfortable, and nourished. Its light weight, absorbs nicely into the skin. I wasn’t really a fan of the scent so its not something Im going to run out and buy. I did like that it left my feeling soft and plump.  I used it day and night. My make up went on top with no issues.

 

Lancôme Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner

What it is:
A silky-soft moisturizing toner that gently purifies and immediately rehydrates complexion.

What it is formulated to do:
The instantly soothing formula made with honey and sweet almond extract gives skin a soft, fresh, clean, and incredibly comfortable feeling. Great for all skin types, it deeply hydrates for a healthy-looking complexion.

My Thoughts:

I was really impressed with this toner. I feel like toners usually leave skin feeling a little dry or tight. I liked that this product actually helped hydrate my skin and leave it smooth and hydrated. It also took off residue which was left on after I cleansed my face.  My skin looked and felt great.

 

L’Absolu Lacquer in Be Unique

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I remember a time I was scared to wear lipstick.  Now I don’t leave the house without wearing some kind of lip color.  L’Absolu Lacquer has a great smooth formula. It felt great on my lip . I could rub them together so many times and it still would go over smooth. It didn’t get tacky or sticky, even after a few coats.

This picks the great things of all lip products. It has the high shine like a gloss, pigment like a lipstick, and long lasting color like a stain.  The color is buildable so you can go from a sheer color to opaque.  When the shine does wear off  the color still stays on the lips, which I really like.

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

 

The Better Skin Co. : Product review

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I had the chance to use 3 products from The Better Skin Co.  I was drawn to these products because they are vegan, paraben-free, gluten- free & cruelty-free. Each product has good ingredients that are beneficial for your skin.

You can now find these at Ulta in stores & online.

Or get it on their website 

 

Mirakle Cream

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Benefits:

  • Reduces the signs of aging
  • reduces fine lines & wrinkles
  • increases radiance & luminosity
  • hydrates skin
  • soothes dry skin
  • may help reduce appearance of sun spots, age spots, & dark spots.

Retail: $34

I really liked this cream. Inside the came there is a little spatula so no need to stick your finger in the tub. It was so hydrating, my skin felt so plump after using it. It absorbed nicely into my skin and didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or tacky. Make up went on top smoothly without any issues.  It contains ingredients such as coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize the skin. Peptides and hyaluronic acid help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant.

 

 

Lava Magik 

 

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Benefits:

  • 3 in 1 a cleanser, scrub , or mask
  • Buffs away dead skin cells creating a more youthful glow
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes appearance in pores

Retails: $32

I love the smell of this multipurpose product. It smells like an orange, the texture is fine, and my face felt great after using it. I preferred to use it as a mask or scrubs, I thought for my skin it would be too much to use it daily as a cleanser. Some of the ingredients are calendula , sweet orange , grapeseed oils , cucumber , parsley, & chamomile.

 

Zit No More

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Benefits:

  • clears up blemishes & pimples and allows skin to heal
  • penetrates pores to clear most blemishes
  • Helps keep skin clear of new pimples

retails: $18

I was surprised with this spot treatment. You think when you leave high school , acne & blemishes would be no more. Not in my case. Usually get them when I go overboard on that good stuff I shouldn’t have like chips, ice cream, candy, etc.. or that time of month.  I like the roller ball applicator . This has helped those pesky blemish/ pimples disappear overnight to a few days . The key ingredients are : salicylic acid to dry up pimples • tea tree oil to help cure the blemish • essential oils to restore skin • The tea tree oil is a bit strong but I like it and it does go away  quickly. Good ingredients, easy to use, and works quickly. My new favorite spot treatment.

 

  • I received these products for free, all opinions are my own.
  • This post may contain affiliate links.

 

 

Bare Your Best with Bare by Schick

I was very excited to try this new product. I’ve been hearing about dermaplaning a lot. I actually bought a razor at Ulta but I wasn’t exactly sure if I was doing it correct. I know you have to hold it at a 45 degree angle. Is this 45 degrees? , as I attempted to use it. Well with bare by Schick there is no guess work. Its already designed  at an angle!

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I washed my face & made sure it was completely dry. Then held my skin taught and used small strokes on my face.  I was intrigued with the peach fuzz that came off.  You can hear some scratching noise but it didn’t irritate my skin. Though after I was done my skin did feel very dry. I applied my serum & moisturizer immediately.

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The morning and days after using it for the first time my skin felt plump, smooth, & soft. I feel like using bare with Schick , it helped my skincare products work better.

I’m excited to keep using this in my skincare routine and see how my skin looks overtime.

The design makes this beauty tool easy to use. It has a blade on each side so you can go sideways, down, up. Its also good if you are right and left handed. I felt confident while using it and felt like I had total control.

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You can get salon results for a fraction of the cost.  It cost $30 for 2 dermaplaning wands.

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What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation technique that you can now do at home. It removes dead skin and vellus hair (peach fuzz) allowing makeup to go on smoother and other skin care products to penetrate deeper.

Unlike some exfoliation treatments, dermaplaning does not prevent you from going about your day. Sunscreen is still recommended after use.

Main benefits of bare by Schick Dermaplaning Wand:

  • Improves overall appearance of skin quality ( dewy skin,smoother skin)
  • More radiant and smoother looking skin ( provides a faster cell turnover for a nice healthy glow)
  • More even looking skin tone
  • Exfoliates the skin

Other benefits:

 

  • Provides deeper product penetration
  • Removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils
  • Safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and “peachfuzz”
  • Reduces the appearance of acne scars
  • Diminishes the look of fine lines
  • Instant results and no downtime
  • Makeup goes on smoothly

 

Vellus hair ( peach fuzz) helps trap oil & bacteria, so removing the hair helps reduce acne.

After you are done using the device, make sure to give you skin some extra TLC. Vitmain E, C, and always wear SPF

 

You want to wait at least 3 weeks between using this product. You want skin to complete its normal rejuvenation cycle.

Have you tried or heard of dermplaning before? What are your thoughts?

 

I received this product for free from Smiley360. All opinions are my own.