ASDM Beverly Hills Serums Review + Giveaway

I teamed up with ASDM Beverly Hills again and they sent me 3 products to try out. (The other product review will be posted in a few days) I really like ASDM Beverly Hills skincare because they use natural ingredients, are easy to add to your routine, they make your skin look good, & they don’t test on animals.

Intensive Repair Vitamin C Serum $30

ASDM Vitamin C Serum

What it does:
It renews & protects skin from harsh toxins & stressors that our skin deals with every day. This serum helps brighten skin tone for a radiant glow.  Diminishes signs of aging and helps prevent against hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage.

How to use:

Shake the bottle before usage. After washing you face apply a small amount of the serum to your face morning & night. Apply in upward motions.  Let sit on the skin for a few minutes and then add your moisturzer.

  • You may notice this might look milky , this is because of the high concentration of vitamin C. Just shake it up.

 

Vitamin C ASDM Beverly Hills

Whats in it?

  • Vitamin C (MAP): is a water-soluble derivative of vitamin C that is rapidly gaining popularity in skin care. It’s stand-out features are that it’s nonirritating, and it’s more stable than L-ascorbic acid. Research is also finding that it appears to be just as effective as ascorbic acid in the stimulation of collagen production. Overall, MAP(magnesuim ascorbyl phosphate) appears to be a better choice than vitamin C for people with sensitive skin and those wishing to avoid any concomitant exfoliating effects. (Most vitamin C formulas are highly acidic and therefore produce exfoliation)
  • Hyaluronic acid  is highly praised for its ability to “reverse” or stop aging. Hyaluronic acid was nicknamed “key to the fountain of youth” because it is a substance that naturally occurs in humans and animals. As you age the level of hyaluronic acid present in your body gradually diminishes.
  • Green tea Extract: Green tea is not fermented, thus it still retains its polyphenols, natural antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from free-radical compounds that destroy healthy cells.
  • Grape Seed Extract: Grape seed extract is one of the most potent antioxidants out there, consisting of proanthocyanidins, polyphenols, flavonoids, and anthocyanins. In addition, it has been shown to assist in wound healing and overall improving skin’s health. Heathy skin= younger skin!
  • What is Vitamin E: Vitamin E helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As a powerful antioxidant, it also helps protect skin from harmful free radicals in the environment.
  • Matrixyl 3000: Powerful lipopeptide molecule that stimulates collagen production in the skin. When combined with other peptides, it is even more effective in stimulating the lower layers of the skin so that they are able to heal.
  • Silk powder: Silk powder is a moisturizing ingredient that also helps to reduce the appearance of pores for a smoother look and feel.
  • Honey Extract: Moisture-balancing extract derived from Honey consisting of Minerals, Amino Acids and Oligosaccharides. Makes skin velvety soft and supple.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: Aloe vera leaf extract helps to increase fibroblast replication, resulting in an increase in collagen and elastin fibers. Also improves skin’s health and healing abilities.

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100% Pure Hyluronic Acid Serum $23

ASDM Hyaluronic Acid

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule that is present in the connective tissue throughout our body. As we age, the presence of this molecule starts to diminish, causing skin dryness and predisposing your skin to environmental damage. So what is the magic behind this ingredient? Hyaluronic acid has an amazing ability of holding moisture. Just one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold 6 liters of water! How can this property improve your skin? Topically applying hyaluronic acid helps to improve your skins moisture content and thus strengthening your skins barrier. A healthier barrier means plumper, smoother, younger looking skin! But not every hyaluronic acid is created equal. At ASDM Beverly Hills, they make sure their hyaluronic acid is high quality with a low molecular weight. It is biotechnologically produced from glucose, soy peptone & yeast extract (does not contain any animal products and has not been tested on animals)

 

What it does:

It is a natural substance produced by skin cells that keeps skin moist, supple and smooth. Keeping skin hydrated & helps plump up fine lines & wrinkles. Leaving skin youthful looking.

 

How to use?

Apply a small amount morning & night in an upwards motion. Let the serum sink in a few minutes before applying your moisturizer.

ASDM Hyaluronic Acid

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Pure Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronic acid), [Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycerin], Lactobacillus Ferment.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

I’ve been using both of these together for at least 2 weeks now. You can use these serums together or separate. The Vitamin C is a light orange color that is thin in consistency. For me I used one pump which was easy to spread over my face. I would say the first few days my skin was a little pink after applying for about 10-15 minutes. My skin just needed to get used to the products ( there was no pain or discomfort). I would wait for the vitamin C serum to dry & absorb. Do some squats , brush your teeth, floss. It does make your face a little tight feeling ( this is why a good moisturizer is important)
Next I added the Hyaluronic Serum which you use a dropper to get out. It’s a little thicker than the vitamin C and is clear in color. I would use my middle finger as a guide, palms facing up I would take the dropper and slowly squeeze it out onto my middle finger from the knuckle up. Then rub finger tips together and apply in an upwards circular motion. Wait for it to dry and then add moisturizer. One things I worry about with adding a new skincare product(s) to my routine is how it will react to my skin. Will I break out, will I have a reaction, will it mess with my skin?
With both ASDM Beverly Hills serums, except for the first few days with a little pink skin ( that went away in about 10-15 minutes) my skin was fine & have noticed a little change in my skin. For the better.
I have only been using the serums for 2 weeks & only used them in my night time routine but I think my skin does look a little more brighter. My face also feels smooth & soft. Perhaps if you used them both morning & night you would notice a difference faster. For me Im just letting my skin get used to them a little more and then I might add them in the morning.

 

 

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                              Tips

  • Store these bottles at room temperature, away from sunlight.
  • Always use clean hands before starting your skincare routine.
  • Remember to use a small amount, using too much may dry out skin.
  • If you have sensitive skin, I would use this only once a day , at night.

 

*You can use both serums at the same time just don’t mix them together in your hand. You want to add the thinnest first , which is the vitamin C. Wait a few minutes to let dry, then use the Hyaluronic acid. Wait a few minutes to dry, apply your moisturizer.

 

When will you see results?

For the most part with any skincare products, you have to give it time to work with you skin.  Skin does not age and become damaged overnight, so don’t expect any skincare product to correct these issues overnight. I’d say 2-3 weeks to start seeing some sort of results but at least give it a month, in my opinion. The more mature your skin is , give it a little more time.

A good skin routine should be something like this :

  1. Cleanse Skin
  2. Exfoliate Skin, pat dry.
  3. Tone skin, allow to dry.
  4. Apply a thin layer of serum, allow to dry.
  5. Moisturize skin.

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I received these products complimentary from ASDM Beverly Hills for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Healthy Faces pH Test Strips Review + Giveaway

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PH Strips

I am a total believer that you should listen to your body before going straight to medicine. So knowing your pH levels can help you feel better.

Why is your pH balance important?
It is important for the cells in our body to maintain alkalinity ( neutral) to function and stay alive. Consuming an alkaline diet, we allow our bodies the function properly without out having extra work trying to balance out our cellular environment to keep us alive. Disease can only grow in an acidic body, which makes a condition favorable for the growth of bacteria, yeast, fungus, mold, viruses, and any other unwanted organisms.

What is pH?
pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The total pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered to be neutral. A pH less than 7 is said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45

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As you can see what we’ve been hearing all along. Stay away from processed foods, foods high in sugar, simple carbs like white bread, & fatty meat. You should be eating..you guessed it fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, & proteins like beans.

Symptoms of an acidic pH: 
-Early Stage:
Lack of energy, fatigue, chest and head mucus, joint pain, cold hands and feet
Decreased sex drive, heartburn

-Intermediate Stage:
Hives, swelling of ankles, impotence, cold sores,migraine headaches, endometriosis, depression ,eczema, psoriasis

-Severe Acidic Stage:
Cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease
Multiple sclerosis, SLE

Symptoms of Alkalosis pH: 
-Early Stage:
Nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, muscle twitching

-Intermediate Stage:
Difficulty Breathing, light headedness

-Severe Alkalosis Stage:
Confusion, Stupor, Coma

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Saliva Testing: Start by swallowing this allows for any bacteria that might be lingering to be removed. Then place saliva on a spoon then dip the Healthy Faces pH testing strip into saliva making sure both color pads are getting wet. Wait 10-15 seconds then match your color pads to the color code on the bottle for your fast accurate pH balance results. (Do Not test right after brushing teeth).

Urine Testing: Must be at least 2 hours after eating, place Healthy Faces test strip in urine mid stream making sure both color pads are wet. Wait 10-15 seconds then match your color pads to the color code on the bottle for your fast accurate pH balance results. (Do Not Urine test first urine of the day).
Not Generic Information; Healthy Faces offers real support by a Board Certified Doctor for customers that have questions or want to tailor their diets
Specifically Designed for Ultimate Diagnostic Accuracy

My experience:
Very easy to use & read. Fast results. Good to have to check pH levels so you can change your diet around.

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I received this product complimentary from Healthy Faces for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

42 Bees Slant Tip Tweezers Review + Giveaway #BeautyTweezers

Tweezers are a must have for a girl or guy. Whether you need them for beauty use or first aid care.

42 Bees sent me their slant tip tweezers to try out. The packaging is really cute, from the bee to the hexagon shape ( like a honeycomb). When you open it up , the tweezers are inside a clear PVC tube for sanitary safekeeping between uses.

About these tweezers:
Easy to hold & use
Sharp slanted tip .4mm thickness to help grab small & fine hair
Good for brows, splinters, ingrown hairs, ticks, glass
One less beauty tool- it also has a comb
Stainless steel
You can find them on Amazon

42 bees tweezers

I took the tweezers out of the tube and these feel great in your hand & easy to grip hairs. They are high quality & durable. I’m sure most of us girls have a collection of tweezers that just didn’t make the cut in removing hair or splinters.

42 bees tweezers

I believe brows are important to keep groomed, they help frame the face and just polish your look. I usually get my brows threaded but do upkeep them in between appointments and these tweezers are perfect for just that.
These tweezers are a 2 in 1 deal; one side you have an ultra shape slanted tweezer great for grabbing the smallest hairs & then a comb to help brush brows to see what hairs need to be plucked. No need to find another tool or if traveling bring another one with you. I was even able to grab some hairs that were just starting to grow out with the tip of the tweezers with no problem.

using 42 bees tweezers

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I received this product complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Mia Mariu Love Your Skin Pack review + giveaway #MiaMariu

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  Mia Mariu is a complete line of botanical skin care, mineral makeup, nutritional supplements, fragrances, & essential oil blends using the finest ingredients in nature to help you illuminate your beauty from the inside out and from the outside in. I received a “Love Your Skin” pack to review. Keep reading to see how you can win a pack to try for yourself a $69 value! 😀

You can check out all of their products on there website Mia Mariu

Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser $23
  
Suitable for all skin types
Use AM & PM
Non-irritating, oil-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free,paraben-free
Removes tough dirt, makeup, & impurities
Leaves skin soft, hydrated, & refreshed
Formulated with essential oils to revitalize the appearance of your skin.

It has a light citrus smell from the orange, grapefuit, & lime oils that I enjoyed when using it. Leaves skin feeling clean without striping oils from your skin and leaving it dry, instead your skin feels really soft.

Hydrating Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 30 $46

  
Protects skin by blocking damaging UVA & UVA rays
Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles with green tea extract.
Leaves skin nourished
Infused with white birch bark extract, pomegranate extract, & vitamins A & E to revive tired skin and boost cell renewal.
Non-irritating, oil-free, paraben free
Good for all skin types
Light-weight
Use AM & PM

Rich creamy moisturizer. This leaves your skin feeling baby soft. You can smell the sunscreen but it goes away quickly when applying. Sometimes with moisturizers with sunscreen I have issues with the way it works with my makeup. I didn’t have a problem when using this. It absorbs nicely but it does leave my skin a little shiny/oily looking. I usually have this issue when using moisturizers with sunscreens in them. I just add a little setting powder when I am done applying makeup and it is fine. I also didn’t breakout from using this moisturizer.

Theraputic Oils “Relax” $40
mia mariu oil
100% organic
Alcohol , paraben, sulfate free
Blend of lavender, sandalwood, cedar, clary sage pure essential oils.
Promotes inner peace & emotional well being
Induces relaxation
Reduces nervous tension & anxiety
Soothes discomfort with menstrual cycles
Supports restful sleep
Apply on pulse points on wrists, temples, & back of neck with circular motions.
The scent really is relaxing.

Use code: MIA20 when checking out for 20% off your order expires 12/31/2015

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Enter here —->> Mia Mariu Love Your Skin Pack Giveaway

PRIZE: Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser, Hydrating Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 30, Sample of Theraputic “Relax” Oil a $69 value
-U.S only
-Must be 18 or older
-Will have 24 hours to claim prize
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged packages.
Contest ends May 18 2015

For an extra entry , follow directions on my post on instagram

I received this product complimentary for testing & review purposes.

Dial’s *NEW* Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap Review + giveaway

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We do it everyday , well I hope every one is…washing your hands. Why not give your hands the mini spa treatment they deserve with Dial’s *NEW* Sugar Cane Husk Scrub hand soap.
Sugar Cane Husk Scrub is the newest edition to The Boutique Collection, which brings a little luxury when washing your hands. The scent is inspired by freshly cut sugar cane & has micro scrubbers that gently deep clean your hands while also moisturizing & smoothing your skin. Plus the design of the bottle will bring a little style to any bathroom

Dial Sugar Cane Hand Soap

As you can see below it suds up nicely. As you are washing you start to smell the sugar cane scent, its smells really good. What I like is its not overpowering, and after you have dried your hands the scent lingers. You would think with a scented hand soap it might dry you hands out but this soap has left my hands feeling hydrated, soft, smooth, & smelling nice.

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Soap Suds

Dial Sugar Husk Scrub Soap Sugar

Here are the micro scrubbers, they are gentle on the skin & help deep clean the skin.

If you aren’t familiar with the other scents in this collection here they are:

The Boutique Collection
Sugar Cane Husk Scrub
Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar
Water Blossoms
Coconut Lime Verbena

Dial The Boutique Collection

It was my first time trying a hand soap from The Boutique Collection and I am definitely a fan & can’t wait to try the other scents. How lovely do all of them sound? You should go try it yourself, your skin & hands deserve a little luxury.

Which scent are you most excited to try?

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The Dial® brand provided me with a sample of Dial® Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

NeoCell Biotin Bursts review + giveaway

I had the opportunity to try NeoCell Biotin Burst acai berry soft chews.

NeoCell Biotin Bursts

Biotin is an important B vitamin supporting hair, nail & skin health.

This high potency formula supports the metabolism of proteins in the body creating natural energy, luxurious hair, resilient nails , & vibrant skin. Acai berry is added for antioxidant support.

They are designed to nourish your body from the inside out.

There is 10,000 MCG of Biotin , 3 grams of sugar, & 25 mg of acai powder, & 20 calories in each chew. They do not have gluten, soy or artificial flavors, they are all natural.

I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty bad at taking my vitamins & supplements everyday. With these delicious chews I haven’t missed a day. Usually I have a problem taking vitamins or supplements because of taste or hard to swallow, not with these biotin bursts. I like the berry flavor & are easy to chew.

NeoCell Biotin Bursts are available through more than 10,000 retailers, including CVS, Walgreens, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World and independent health food stores nationwide. These can also be found on amazon.

They range from $9.99-13.99 for a 30 count.

You can find out more about these and other products they have on their website here.

you can also check out Biotin Burst video to find out more

My Experience:
I’ve been taking these for 3 weeks.
First off I really loved the berry flavor of these. Taking vitamins or supplements, the taste and size are important to me just as much as the benefits of them. If I don’t enjoy taking them, I won’t take them as I should. They were easy to chew, and tasted great. So great I wanted more, but you only take one a day.
My nails do grow pretty fast but it seems like they have grown faster and are just as strong. I have noticed a nice shiny coat on them too. Remember you still need to have a healthy diet along with taking these. I usually break out around that time of month but this month I didn’t. I’m not sure if these biotin bursts had anything to do with it. Overall, I really enjoyed these bursts and their benefits.

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

*NEW* Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash #Review + giveaway

Introducing NEW Dial Miracle Oil Body wash. Get ready to experience beautifully soft skin.

Dial Body Wash with Marula Oil
I recently had to opportunity to try Dial’s new body wash. I’ve never heard of this oil before so I went to google to find out more.

I found out that this oil is extracted from exotic fruit seed kernels from the Marula tree that is found in South Africa.

Benefits of marula oil:
– Soothes irritation
– Improves skin tone & firmness
– Improves & restore skins elasticity for a more youthful & radiant skin
– Softens & minimizes the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
– Boosts cellular activity

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In the winter like most, my skin gets a little dry & looks a little dull. So using a body wash that will moisturize my skin is something useful & needed. Just because I’m not showing off my legs in the winter, I still want them to look good,healthy, & moisturized.

The gel is a perfect consistency not too thick or watery. This body wash is formulated with micro oil technology for a luxurious, clean-rinsing lather that will leave you skin feeling great. As you can see it lathers very well. When washing with the body wash, it just makes you feel good with the suds & the smell.

Dial Marula Oil Body Wash

The first thing when I opened the box was open up the body wash & take a whiff. It has a nice floral nutty scent to it. Making it a great body wash for both men & women to use. I just kept wanting to smell it.

I always put on lotion after getting out of the shower but wanted to see how the body wash would affect my skin so skipped the lotion. The body wash with marula oil left my skin soft & smooth & didn’t dry my skin out. I really enjoyed using it, I will have nto add it to my rotation (I like changing up scents).

Be on the look out for it on shelves at a store near you.

Have you seen it on shelves yet?
What’s your secret to healthy & moisturized skin ?

You can find out more about Dial on the website or facebook

Now you have a chance to win a FREE bottle!

Purex sent me some coupons and now I want one of my lucky readers to try this body wash.

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*The Dial® brand provided me with a sample of Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash in exchange for a product review. All opinions expressed here are my own.