Friday, July 31, 2015

Spring into Summer with 5 new lipstick shades from OFRA Cosmetics

Spring is here and Summer is near. As the season approaches, OFRA Cosmetics has decided to release 5 new long-lasting, liquid lipstick shades for their new Spring into Summer collection. These shades include: Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, Rio, Panama, and St. Tropez. You can view these shades here. To read more, simply click here right now.

Tips for preventing makeup meltdowns this Summer

Nothing is more annoying than suffering from the infamous makeup meltdown during the summer season. Not only is makeup meltdown aesthetically unappealing, it can create clogged pores, blackheads, and even promote acne. The great news is, there are several ways to avoid this tribulation during the next few months. Continue reading now. Just click here.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Voting for Examiner's 2015 Best in Beauty Awards

It is 2015. This year I am starting the Best in Beauty Awards a lot earlier than last year. Last year, I started in December. Although it makes a lot of sense to start them in December, there were too many distractions (for instance; the holidays) and therefore; the media attention received was very minimal.
 
I am going to review multiple products sent to me via press sample along with products I have purchased myself. For this year's awards, I am adding a "Readers Choice" portion, where you basically vote on your favorites and as a result, that particular product will get recognition.
 
The categories include:
 
MAKEUP (Face)
-Foundation
-Concealer
-Face Powder
-Face Primer
-Blush
-Bronzer
-Contour
-Luminizer
-Setting Spray
-Makeup Remover
-Makeup Sponges & Applicators
-Face Brushes
MAKEUP (Eyes)
-Mascara
-Eyeliner
-Eyeshadow
-Eyeshadow Palette
-Eyeshadow Primer
-Eyelash Primer
-Eyebrows
-Eyelash Curler
-False Eyelashes
-Eye Makeup Remover
-Eye Brushes
MAKEUP (Lips)
-Lipstick
-Lip Gloss
-Lip Plumper
-Lip Stain
-Lip Liner
-Lip Balm
-Lip Primer
-Lip Treatment
-Lip Brushes
MAKEUP (Nails)
SKINCARE (Cleanse)
-Face Wash
-Exfoliator
-Toner
-Makeup Remover
-Cleansing Tools
SKINCARE (Moisturize)
-Moisturizer
-Night Cream
-Face Oil
-Face Mist
-Eye Cream
-Decollete & Neck Cream
-Lip Treatment
SKINCARE (Treat)
-Face Serum
-Eye Serum
-Face Mask
-Face Peel
-Red Light Therapy
-Blue Light Therapy
-Microdermabrasion
BATH & BODY (Shower)
-Shower Gel
-Body Scrub
-Bubble Bath
-Hand Wash
-Hand Scrub
BATH & BODY (Moisturizer)
-Body Lotion
-Body Oil
-Body Mist
-Hand Cream
-Foot Cream
BATH & BODY (Solutions)
-Cellulite
-Stretch Marks
-Sagging Skin
-Loose Skin/Loss of Elasticity
-Dry Skin
-etc.
BATH & BODY (Hair Removal)
-Shaving Cream
-Shaving Oil
-Pre-Shave/Post-Shave
-Hair Treatment
-Hair Removing Device
BATH & BODY (Other)
-Deodorant
-Dental
-etc.
HAIR (Shampoo)
 
HAIR (Conditioner)
HAIR (Treatment)
-Hair Treatment
-Hair Oil
-Hair Loss
-Curls (Curly Hair)
-Texture (Fine Hair)
-Volume (Fine Hair)
-Shine (Dull Hair)
-Frizz (Dry Hair)
-Damage (Damaged Hair)
HAIR (Styling Products + Tools)
-Hairspray
-Styling Products (Mousse, etc.)
-Hair Dryer
-Flat Iron
-Curling Iron
-Hair Styler
-Brushes & Combs
HAIR (Other)
-Hair Color
 
FRAGRANCE (Women)
-Perfume
-Body Spray/Mist
MEN (Grooming)
-Perfume
-Shaving (Pre-Shave/After Shave)
-etc.

 
I am also adding multiple selections for health and wellness. Such as best protein powder, pre-workout, etc. Basically everything Nutrition, Fitness, and Diet etc. I am also an Organic category too for even more chances to win.
 
In the comments below, I want you to post your favorites. I have the comments moderated, so they will not be published. This will allow me to surprise you all with what products end up as the Readers Choice, based on your votes and your votes alone.
 
Check out last year's Best in Beauty Awards. Simply click here right now.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

OAXIS launches Smart Wellness line on Pozible

For those of you that do not know, OAXIS is all about empowering those looking to life healthy and happy. Although they are known for their electronic products and services, they have recently proved that dipping into the health and wellness category is as unique as what they have created. Combining modern technology and an active lifestyle, OAXIS has managed to create some of the greatest products including those available through their newest Smart Wellness line.
 
OAXIS’ body analyzer, Bluetooth water bottle, and fitness bands can be ordered now on Pozible and will be available for purchase at Oaxis.com in September. You can also enter the giveaway today, for the chance to win these amazing OAXIS additions.

 
The OAXIS Wellness line is available now until Saturday, August 15th. For more information about the OAXIS Smart Wellness line, simply click here right now.

Made in America Jewelry from Visible Interest

Visible Interest is an online jeweler that consists of modern pieces created by indie jewelers. With up to 20 pieces per jewelry, they are quite selective when it comes to individual pieces that they offer. Whether you are looking for luxury pieces or simply something fashionably en vogue, you are destined to not only love Visible Interest, but appreciate this place for what it is worth.
 
You can shop by category, by look, and by price. You can also check out designer profiles where you can not only learn about the indie designers, but actually see whether or not their pieces interest you.
 
Visible Interest is currently offers the following deals:
 
Get 15% off Stefanie Sheehan right now. Use code: SS15.
Get 10% off your order right now. Just click here.
Free ground shipping.

I really love Visible Interest, as the pieces are unique as those that not only love them, but appreciate them. As much as I love the luxury jewelry here, I am a huge fan of the fashionable jewelry.
 
To get started shopping at Visible Interest, simply click here or click the banner below...

Visible Interest

Monday, June 29, 2015

Planet Beach Body Contour Oil

I have been quite a fan of Planet Beach and the brand itself. So, when I was offered the opportunity to review a Planet Beach beauty product, I was quite stoked when I discovered the Body Contour Oil. So, what did I think?
PROS
Not only does this product work to moisturize the skin, the hydration is incredibly and as a result, is long-lasting. If you have dry skin, you will not only love this product, but appreciate it much more so.
This product works to tighten the skin naturally. Not only does it increase cell turnover, but your skin's circulation too. It also works to tone the skin, as well.
If you have itchy skin, you will appreciate this product for it's amazing ingredients and strong ability to relieve virtually any type of skin aliment such as eczema, psoriasis, and even acute dry skin.
The scent of this product is amazing. Nothing is more of a turnoff than a horrible scent. You can have the best product in the world, but if it smells bad, it definitely not the product. You can smell all of the natural ingredients in this product, which I absolutely love.
CONS
Some of the ingredients include: Camellia Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Kukui Oil, and Lime Oil. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, it is very important to refrain from using this product.
Like most body care products, the results are not instantaneous. You need to use this product for weeks before you start to see results.
Although the results are evident when used alone, they are not huge let alone dramatic unless used in conjuction with heat or some sort of thermogenic type of medium.
If your skin is very oily, you may not benefit from this product because it is an oil based product.
The Body Contour Oil by Planet Beach is available at the Planet Beach Shop for $26. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Absolutely. For more information about this amazing Planet Beach addition, simply click here right now.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Foxbrim 100% Pure Argan Oil

Argan Oil is one of those essential oils that offers so many benefits. As a multi-use product, it is great for your hair, your skin, and even your nails. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Foxbrim's 100% Pure Argan Oil. So, what did I think?

PROS
The texture of Foxbrim's Argan Oil is smooth yet silky. It also absorbs very quickly, which I like. Some Argan Oils tend to be oily, watery, and sometimes even sticky. This one is the opposite, which is something I truly appreciate.
As one of the most popular essential oils in the world, Argan Oil has an array of benefits. Not only does it restore shine and health to one's hair, it hydrates skin by sinking into the skin like a second skin. It works as a treatment for overly dry skin and it is a great anti-inflammatory too. You can use this product on your entire body. A little goes a long way.
My skin is combination, but tends to lean towards dry when my environment is colder, as it tends to lean towards oily when my environment is hotter. This oil really saved my skin these past few months.
As my skin is combination, so is my hair. My hair has been relatively dull during the colder months and climates. Needless to say, this amazing Foxbrim addition added the shine back to my hair.
This product is paraben-free, silicone-free, and even fragrance-free. It is also free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) and does not contain any additives, fillers, or silicone.
Another thing to not only love about this essential oil is the fact that it sourced directly from Morocco. It is also USDA certified, as well as, ECO certified.
Foxbrim embraces the cruelty-free concept, so no animals were harmed when this product was created.

CONS
If you are allergic to Argania Spinosa (aka Argan Oil) evidently, you would not want to use this serum.
This essential oil is not food-grade. Although this is common, there are a few Argan Oils marketed as food-grade.
Although this is fragrance-free, this product has a very earthy odor to it which disappears as soon as it hits the skin. This is very common in high-grade, natural Argan oil.
Foxbrim's 100% Pure Argan Oil is available at Amazon for $13.99. With a 72% savings from the original price ($49.97) I would say that this is a great deal. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Would I use this product again? Yes. For more information about this argan oil, simply click here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Easy@Home Ovulation Test Kit

At the age of 34, I definitely see children in my future. In fact, I want to have children. Lots of them. Recently, I was approached with an opportunity from Easy@Home to try their Ovulation Test Kit. So, what did I think?

PROS
You get ten pink and two purple packages in this kit. The pink represents Ovulation, as the purple represents pregnancy. So, in a nutshell, you are getting a great deal.

When it comes to being easy, this product epitomizes that. All you do is urinate on the test absorbent pad for 10 seconds. You can also dip the test into an urine sample for 10 seconds. Results show up minutes later.

This product is incredibly acurrate (99%) for an at-home product and can even pick up the LH surge for irregular cycles.

If you are looking for convenience, something that reads virtually instantaneously (within minutes), you will not only love this product, but appreciate it too.

CONS
Although this is a pretty accurate test (99%) there is still that 1% where you are unsure. If you are one that likes to have an opinion from a medical professional, more than likely this at-home product is not right for you.

The reading is quite confusing because it can read two lines and not be a positive result. The lines have to be the same color in order for it to be a positive reading. A negative reading still has two lines, but they are different color. If you are into the +/- system, you may find this confusing.

To be honest though, this kit is great if you are trying to get pregnant because it's so accurate for an at-home product.

Easy@Home's Ovulation Test Kit is available at Amazon for $12.80. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely. For more information about Easy@Home's Ovulation Test Kit, simply click here right now.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Body Merry Pro-A Serum

When it comes to serums, I love trying new serums simply because I find them extremely important in a skin care regime. Some products have been quite life changing for me, as they have improved my skin immensely. Recently, I had the chance to try Body Merry's Pro-A Serum. So, what did I think of this serum?

PROS
When I first tried this product, I was ultimately impressed with the texture. It is almost gel-like and isn't too oily or too thick. It is very lightweight yet delivers amazing hydration. I am also certain that it is the Hyaluronic Acid in this product simply because it works as an incredible moisturizing medium and sinks deep into the skin.
Fortified with an array of antioxidants, this serum not only works to prevent, but correct and repair the side effects of aging. It also works to fight free radicals and DNA damage, as well.
After using this product for a week, I noticed moderate results. My skin was hydrated yet moisturized. As a woman with combination skin that leans towards dry during the colder climates (or Winter and Fall months), this product really helped me and the results were quite evident of that right away.
After using this product for two to three weeks, I noticed the results to be more potent. I also noticed that the serum was starting to deliver results. Especially those anti-aging results that it claims to help. Not only was my skin firmer, but softer.
What I found amazing about this serum is it's anti-inflammatory properties and it's strong ability to deliver moisture to your skin's acid mantle. It also controls your skin's natural pH and helps get rid of bad bacteria on the skin. This serum is also non-comedogenic. As a woman who has struggled with acne, on and off her entire life, this product really worked to help get rid of it.
This product is natural, as it is organic. All ingredients are plant-derived including the Hyaluronic Acid in this serum. It is not only free of parabens, but it is also free of sulfates, phthalates, fragrance, and alcohol.
Body Merry embraces the cruelty-free concept, so no animals were harmed when this product was created.
Domestically manufactured in the United States, this serum was made in FDA registered facility.

CONS
Some of the ingredients in this serum include: Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Organic Aloe, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Jojoba Oil, Retinol, Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Green Tea, Potassium Sorbate, and more. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients or find yourself garnering a reaction to them that is questionable, you may want to refrain from using this product.
Although it says this serum is fragrance free, you can still smell the Retinol fragrance in this product. Personally, I like the smell. It is quite pleasant, but if you are not a fan of the smell you may not find this serum appealing.
Body Merry's Pro-A Serum is available at Amazon for $18.99. With a 53% off savings of $39.99, this is truly an amazing deal. Would I use this serum again? Yes. Would I recommend this serum to a friend? Yes. For more information about Body Merry's Pro-A Serum, simply click here now.

Body Merry Retinol Surge Moisturizer

Retinol has a lot of benefits when it comes to the skin and aging. As a compound found that is essentially good for growth, Retinol does a lot for the skin where it promotes elasticity by increasing collagen production. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Body Merry's Retinol Surge Moisturizer. So, what did I think of this product?

PROS
First and foremost, I love the texture of this moisturizer. It isn't too light and it isn't too heavy. I have tried quite a few moisturizers that were either too light or too heavy and this one is in between, which I truly enjoy.
Not only does this Body Merry addition work to increase collagen production, it works to stimulate the skin cells by evening out the skin. If you can think of a Glycolic Acid peel and what it does for the skin, well the Retinol in this moisturizer acts very similar, but isn't as potent.
What I loved about this moisturizer is it's healing properties. Retinol works as a healer, as a way to repair the skin naturally. After using this product for several weeks, I noticed that the texture of my skin improved tremendously. Although not dramatic within the first few weeks, there are evident results.
Free from synthetic chemicals, as well as, fragrances and dyes; this moisturizer is also free of parabens, sulfates, and even phthalates.
This product is cruelty-free, so no animals were harmed when this product was created. I always believe you can tell a lot about a cosmetic company based on how they treat other living things.

CONS
If you are allergic to Retinol, evidently you would not be interested in this product simply because it is essentially made up of Retinol along with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, B5, Shea Butter, and Green Tea. If you suffer any kind of skin reactions to these ingredients, you are not going to be interested in this moisturizer.
Because the Retinol is slowly converted into Retinoids (which are derivatives of Vitamin A) you will not notice instantaneous results in terms of improvement in skin health, texture, and of course, repairing of fine lines, wrinkles, etc. Although this is common in most skin care essentials, I wanted to share this now before I forget.
This product is a moisturizer. It is not a serum. It doesn't sink into your skin as fast as a serum, but is heavier in texture and provides your skin with moisture rather than hydration.
Body Merry's Retinol Surge Moisturizer is available at Amazon for $23.49. Originally $49.99, you are saving $26.50 on this product. Would I use this moisturizer again? Would I recommend this moisturizer to a friend? For more information about this amazing Body Merry addition, simply click here right now.