Derma E: Same formula , new packaging

One of my favorite eco-ethical brands, DERMA E is changing something up. Don’t worry, they will still have their great formulas. It’s their packaging!

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A little about the brand:

Since 1984, Dermae has been committed to our health, wellness, & environmental sustainability.They have high ethical standards and never compromise on skin health and safety. Their 100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates,petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs.

Purchases also support global communities and the environment.

You can find out more about the brand & the products they carry on their website http://www.dermae.com

In September they started to launch their new design and will roll out until March 2017. So if you notice something different when you go to pick up your favorite Derma E skincare product  at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Ulta , ect… don’t be alarmed.

 

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The first product to be in the new pack will be their Hydrating, Anti Wrinkle and Firming collections along with our best-selling Microdermabrasion Scrub + Overnight Peel.

DERMA E will be getting a fresh new look overall. They want to update their look & brand in general. On social media, in stores, their website, & more. Based on their mission, values, & heritage that have not changed, their new look & feel will be 100% DERMA E.

I couldn’t agree more. When I opened the box and saw the new design next to the old one I think it fits with their image perfectly.  It looks fresh, simple, calming, & more upscale.

Hydrating Night Cream: (new packaging)

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Retails for $29.50

Apply on cleansed skin on face & neck at night in upward motions. This anti-aging cream is rich, hydrating, and leaves skin feeling really smooth. It absorbs nicely into the skin without leaving skin looking or feeling greasy.

It has vegan based hyaluronic acid which helps plump, soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, green tea, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment.

Hydrating Day Creme

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Retails for around $29.50

Apply in the morning to cleansed skin. This is a lightweight formula that absorbs without leaving skin feeling or looking  greasy. Make up goes on top with no problem & you dont have to worry about pilling.

This has hyaluronic acid which is nature’s moisture magnet to help replump the skin.  Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment. Ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs long-lasting moisture throughout the day, this crème delivers maximum hydration while helping diminish the signs of aging for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin.

How do you like the new packaging? 

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Valentia’s Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask Review

I was so happy I was sent another product from Valentia’s skincare line. This time I tried their detoxifying clay mask. It is alcohol & paraben free. Made in the USA. 98% natural ingredients. Cruelty free.

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Here are the key ingredients in this mask & what they do:

Kaolin Clay : The foundation of this mask is Kaolin Clay, a gentle but powerful clay widely known for its detoxifying powers. Kaolin clay minerals draw out skin impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

Plants Stem Cells, 3% : This French developed constituent naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins. This helps to soothe the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

Wakame Bioferment, 2% : One of the only known substances known to tackle aging at the source. Derived from seaweed, a natural youthening ingredient, it delivers potent anti-aging effects, boosting cell efficiency to minimize damage at the cellular level where aging begins.

Vitamin C, 5% : Latest research shows Vitamin C plays a key role in combating exposure to everyday environmental elements like sunlight and air pollution. Vitamin C protects skin for harmful UV rays and neutralizes free radicals to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and improve skin tone and texture.

Matrixyl, 3% : A unique peptide that specifically work by stimulating collaged synthesis and skin repair. This means the protein collagen of skin is increased, giving skin its elasticity.

CoQ10, 1% : Occurring naturally in the human body and responsible for cell production, CoQ10 lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating healthy collagen production.

What it does:

  • Draw out skin impurites
  • Improve skin tone
  • Reduce pore size
  • Firm & strengthen the skin
  • Leaves skin feeling smoother

How to use it:

1-2 times per week depending on your skin type. Dry skin types use once per week, and oily or acne prone skin types twice per week. Apply a generous amount, about a quarter size amount or enough to cover face completely, making sure to avoid your eye area. Leave on for about 15-20 minutes or until mask dries. Use a damp cloth and warm water to remove the mask.  Use circular motions to remove the mask.

What I thought:

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My new favorite mask. I loved the smell of it , smelled natural & pleasant. I was expecting it to be thicker but it was on the thinner side. I was also expecting it to be a darker color. Not too thin or watery where its dripping off your face though. I applied it over my face and felt a slight burning sensation but only for a few seconds and it went away. It started to dry but no too tight where it was uncomfortable. I left it on for about 15 minutes. When its dry you can see all the oil from your pores.Yuck!

up close and personal………

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Then I took a warm damp cloth and rubbed in circular motions . This right here is why I love this mask,  its like a 2 for 1. The natural fibers  from the hibiscus & cranberry help exfoliate your skin to slough off dead skin leaving it soft & smooth. When the clay was off my face wasn’t red like with other masks, even with the exfoliating. My skin did look brighter & healthier after using it. I will be adding this to my beauty must haves list. Great way to pamper your skin and yourself.

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WHEN …your skin needs a little something extra

Do you love sheet masks? I do. They are another great way to get your skin looking great. Plus its fun to look a little silly and/or creepy while it is on your face.

I recently learned about a company, When. I also tried out 2 of their 5 sheet masks.

A little info on When

Launched in Korea, When aims at using advanced bio-cellulose technology to create innovative face masks with superior adhesion and hydrating effect. The all-natural bio-cellulose sheet that When uses is made from coconuts, which is gentle enough to treat burn patients. Despite its light weight, the bio-cellulose sheet can hold essence 100 times its weight, that is 10 times more than fabric or paper mask sheets. As much essence as it holds, the bio-cellulose sheet delivers essence to skin with minimum wastage by maintaining exceptional dermal contact.

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There are 5 masks to choose from:

• Travelmate- Refreshes
• 10PM- Replenishes
• Snow Magic- Brightens
• Glamour Base- Prepares
• The Last Choice- Hydrates

I picked out Snow Magic & Glamour Base to try.

Night 1- Snow Magic

I like using masks at night because I feel like the essence left on your skin sits longer , without any make up which helps penetrate for better results.

This mask is made of a jelly like sheet made from coconut juice &  is infused with light serum. This mask also contains niacinamide and aloe vera leaf extract for brighter, glowing skin. All When masks contain hyaluronic acid and ginseng extracts to help keep skin healthy.

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When you take if out of the  package and it is wedged between a plastic and paper mask. This also made it easy to unfold without worrying about ripping it. I peeled them off and put the jelly mask on my face. I really like the jelly mask because it was easy to contour and adjust to your face a lot better than the paper ones. It stayed on place, it was refreshing, & also had a natural light scent to it.

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I waited 30 minutes as directed. I took it off and my skin didn’t feel sticky but I felt a little like something was on my face ( the left over essence). I massaged my skin a little in circular motions and went to bed.

When I woke up my skin looked healthy & did look a little brighter. I was very pleased with Snow Magic.

There was also left over essence in the bag that I also put on my chest. I also used a the little left over for the next night.

 

Glamour Base

Make up looks great when you skin is hydrated. This mask will help you skin be smooth & supple for long lasting better looking make up for any day or a big event.

Just like the Snow Magic mask, it is a jelly mask made with coconut juice & serum. It contains adenosine, collagen and peptides to help improve skin elasticity. All When masks contain hyaluronic acid and ginseng extracts to help keep skin healthy.

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I put this on after I got out of the shower. I waited 30 minutes and peeled it off. WOW! My skin was so smooth , soft, & looked great. These are officially my new favorite masks. They are so hydrating & make my skin look & feel great. After each mask my skin looked so healthy. Definitely try these!!

Where to buy When masks:

They retail for $7 for 1 mask

• Sephora
• Ulta Beauty
• Anthropologie (online only)
• Bartell Drugs
• Beautychoice.com (online only)
• Birchbox (online only)
• Rickys NYC
• Starboard Cruise Services

 

I’m officially a fan and love that I can pick them up at Sephora or Ulta!

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Indulge your skin with Valentia

A little about Valentia Skin Care :

  • Named after the Roman goddess of healing.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty Free
  • 98% natural ingredients
  • Includes organic ingredients
  • Made using sustainable energy
  • Vegan friendly
  • Free of parabens

They sent me two products to try True Glow Eye Cream  & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. Which came at a good time because the weather in the North East has been a bit bi-polar but for the most party chilly.  I couldn’t wait to see how it would work because who doesn’t want glowing hydrated skin?

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True Glow Eye Cream

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Benefits:

  • Diminish fine lines & wrinkles
  • Nourish & hydrate
  • Tighten the under eye area
  • Brighten dark circles
  • Reduce puffiness

Ingredients that make it work:

  • Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.
  • Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress related aging.
  • Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.
  • Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.

How to use:

Apply twice a day, morning & night, on cleansed skin. Since the skin under your eye is delicate use your ring finger to apply. Use patting motions.

My thoughts:

A light weight formula that spreads easily. This cream has an orange tint to it but goes on translucent. I’m sure this also helps brighten up your eye area and helps give you that glow. I don’t have an issue with dark circles or wrinkles but do like do use this cream because of the beneficial ingredients that help nourish the delicate skin under my eyes. I did notice while using the pump even if you try to slightly push a lot of product does come out. I’m not sure if its because its new so I need to wear it in a little bit more or if thats just how the pump is. No biggie but if you do get this , try to slightly press down. A full pump will be too much. It leaves the skin under your eyes smooth & soft. It also does make make up pill once you put it on top.

Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask

 Benefits:

  • Boosts collagen production
  • Increases skin radiance
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Locks in skins moisture
  • Reveals softer smoother skin

 

Ingredients that make it work:

  • Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: These natural miracles increase moisture content and help in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines.
  • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.
  • Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.
  • Japanese Green Tea: Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.
  • Aloe Vera: This botanical moisturizers skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness.

How to use:

Apply to face avoiding eye area. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Use a damp warm cloth to remove. Tingling sensation is normal.

My thoughts:

The first things I noticed when I opened the jar is the mango yellow/orange color and then  the texture & consistency. It’s sort of like jello….it wiggles! Next is the smell, I’m not sure what exactly what it is but I like it, it’s very pleasant & somewhat familiar. I just can’t put my finger on it. It was easy to apply  and I did feel a little tingling sensation , which is normal , for about 5-10 minutes after applying. It wasn’t bothersome. As it dries, your face doesn’t get tight so you can still move your face. Once it dried its orange like color, it sort of looks like a bad fake tan lol.  Usually I just splash warm water on my face and massage it off but for this mask its much easier to take a damp warm cloth to wipe it off. It left my skin feeling really smooth & does look healthy. I’ve only used this a couple of times so haven’t noticed that much of a difference in my skin yet. I will continue to use this.

 

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Chomp into Chomps Snack sticks

Chomp Snack Sticks

I don’t know about you but I am always looking for new snacks that are healthy. I always have something in my purse for  when hunger strikes between meals or I need a little energy boost.

I had the opportunity to try Chomps Snack Sticks in their 3 flavors:

  • Hoppin’ Jalapeno
  • Original
  • Crankin Cran

About these snack sticks:

  • Made with 100% Non-GMO Grass-Fed Angus Beef which is sourced from New Zealand.
  • 9 grams of protein
  • No artificial ingredients (no nitrites, nitrates, MSG, colors, flavors)
  • Shelf stable for a year with the help of celery juice
  • Gluten free, dairy free, soy free
  • Hormone & Antibiotic free
  • Whole30 approved
  • Paleo friendly

 

See nutrition info on their website gochomps.com

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( I brought one with me on my 1 1/2 train ride for a pick me up snack)

My thoughts:

These are similar to Slim Jims but much better for you. These have better ingredients & are better tasting.  I tried Original first, nice seasonings & good flavor.

My friend Shawn tried the Hoppin Jalapeno, he couldn’t resist when he saw I had meat snack sticks. I took a bite of his because  I wasn’t sure if it would be too spicy for me. Surprisingly it wasn’t, you definitely get the taste of the Jalapeno but it isn’t hot or spicy.

Last one I tried was Cranking Cran, if you like spicy. This one if for you. I took a bite and tasted a little bit of sweetness from the cranberry along with the other spices. A few more chews and then swallowing, I got a kick of the spiciness in the back of my throat from the habanero pepper. Woooo!

These are definitely great to have on the go or to have instead of those other snack sticks.   Love to work out? Snack on a Chomps snack stick before hitting the gym to maintain your energy levels. My favorite was Original but was surpised with the Hoppin Jalapeno. The Crankin Cran wasn’t bad either but a little too spicy for me. The only con I have is they were a little hard to open.

Two thumbs up!
What kind of healthy snacks do you enjoy?

 

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Save big with Glamulet Pre-sale + Giveaway

Still looking for the perfect gift for someone?
Whether it is for you sister, friend, mother, or even yourself you need to check out Glamulet’s pre-sale event on their new holiday charms. You will have early access to their new style charms before they even hit market!

About the company:
The Charms Brand Glamulet was launched in 2014 to offer to every woman a new range of trendy and elegant quality jewelry at an affordable price. Glamulet believes that every woman should be allowed to express herself and to feel pretty. Each woman can mix and match the charms and make special piece for someone or herself.

Get the deal :

Head to their pre-sale page here

You can score up to 50% off your order if you are fast enough & buy now. The earlier you buy the more the discount will be. Plus if you use my code > carradi15 you will get an additional 15% off. Which means you can buy more!

Items will ship November 20th.

Here are a few of their new charms that are available to choose from :

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Want to win some of these pretty charms for yourself?

Well 100 lucky winners ( it can be YOU) will win $75 worth of pre-sale charms.

Head over here to enter – Don’t wait!

It will be a perfect win to keep for yourself or even give as a gift to someone else.

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Fight breast cancer with Pink Charms #GlamuletPinkOctober

It the first day of Pink October… if you didn’t know, this month is Breast Cancer awareness month.
Breast cancer is the second deadliest cause of death in women around the world. More women are surviving but more are being diagnosed more than ever. Every 45 minutes , another woman dies of this disease.

By 2050, no woman should die of breast cancer. Glamulet wants to help make that a reality. They have created Pink Limited Edition Charms to support the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. For every set of pink charms added to the cart, 50% is donated to a charity organization.

About Glamulet:
Glamulet is an online store that has modern & unique jewelry pieces.
They have necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, & a HUGE selection of charms. They carry all types of genuine sterling silver, different gemstones, man-made stones, mother of pearl and Murano glass.
The intricate designs are trendy and elegant. Jewelry lovers can design their own bracelets through mix and match. ( While showing off your support for Breast Cancer Awareness ) Glamulet charms make you stand out from the crowd.

Head over to to Glamulet now & check out the beautiful Pink Charms that were specially crafted to support the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign #GlamuletPinkOctober. 50% of the sale of each charm will be going directly to charity for research to find a cure.

I love being able to buy products that will help others.
You can find out more about Glamulet & their campaign here

Remember to do self breast checks once a month. This helps you get familiar how yours feel and look so you can notice any changes.

Check out this article to see how to perform a self breast exam.

If you are noticing rippling of the skin, feel a lump , discharge, swelling, skin irritation, or pain you should make an appointment and get it checked out right away.

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