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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: InstaNatural Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Does your facial moisturizer do more than just hydrate your skin? Mine does. Here, read my review of the InstaNatural Anti-Aging Moisturizer Cream. It's an all around moisturizer that's great for the face, under eye, fine lines and wrinkles, skin brightener and can work as a hand cream.

Product Description


  • Reduces Appearance of Fine Lines, Wrinkles and Other Signs of Aging 
  • Moisturizes the Skin Deeply From Within 
  • May be used as an all around face treatment + as an under eye treatment 
  • Get better tone and complexion 
  • Regain the brightness and glow lost with age





My Opinion

It is a thick cream. It's thicker than a lotion's consistency, but thinner than a gel. I have a moisturizer from a different brand; it has a very thin consistency and I always have to apply it quickly or it will drip before it even reaches my face. This one is not runny and it's easy to apply. It absorbs fast as well and there is no sticky feeling in both my face and fingers. My skin feels tight, hydrated and it looks plump. The cream has a very nice mild fresh herb scent.



All in all, I had a great experience with this facial moisturizer. It's an all in one cream that targets all the signs of aging. It deeply nourishes skin, leaving your face supple and glowing. It contains natural ingredients like Avocado oil, Rosehip oil, Grapeseed oil, aloe, green tea, Camelia oil and many more.

Recommendation

If you're looking for one product to target the signs of aging, this is the one. It works for oily, sensitive and dry skin.

InstaNatural Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer can be purchased on Amazon for only $23.95. To know more about this product and to find out about other InstaNatural products, please visit their webpage at http://instanatural.com/. You may also like their Facebook page and follow on Twitter for updates.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


BookBub - Summer Reading Sweepstakes


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Review: Vitamin C Serum by Poppy Austin®


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

It used to be just for skin wounds, but now, Jojoba oil is also used to beautify. It's added to most beauty products because it helps moisturize skin and treat acne. I have reviewed a lot of serums in the past, but this is the first time I'll be using a Vitamin C serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba oil.




Product Description:

• This bottle is TWICE the size (60 ml / 2 fl oz) of ALL other equivalent products
• Contains the purest form of active, bio-available Vitamin C Serum on the market
• Suitable for daily use on ALL skin types, including sensitive and combination skin
• Perfect for those looking for a safe, 100% natural alternative to Botox or surgery

My Opinion

It has a faint, sort of fresh and perfume scent that is hard to describe. It's very pleasant and I like it. It's easy to apply and my skin absorbed it right away. The result is instant as well because it left my skin velvety soft and smooth.



As a blogger, I always work late nights, so dark circles are not new to me. I also have dark spots due to acne. A few days after using the serum, I noticed that my dark circles have lightened. Same goes with my dark spots. They are still there, but they are less visible now. If I continue to use this serum, I am positive, they'd be gone for good. My large pores have some improvements, too. I'm still working on my crow's feet; hopefully, they will become less visible, too.

Pros

It's packaged really nicely and the size is big. It also comes with a glass dropper. The serum is easy to apply and it does not leave an oily look. It's an effective moisturizer and will leave your skin even-toned and velvety soft.

Cons

The scent goes away once applied.



Recommendation

This is the perfect product for those who are in the market for products that fight the signs of aging. It targets dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, dark under-eye, sun spots and other skin blemishes.

Please take the time to watch this short video for additional information on the product.


You can purchase this product on Amazon for $35.95. Other serums are priced the same, but the Poppy Austin Vitamin C Serum comes in a 60 ml bottle.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review: Swish Mouthwash Mangosteen Mint


I received another package from Unilab. Inside were two 250 ml bottles of Swish Mouthwash Mangosteen Mint and some samples of Ceelin Plus. I have already reviewed Ceelin Plus and if you're new to it, you can read my review here. Today, I am reviewing the mouthwash.



Product Description


  • Swish Mouthwash is the Sure Way to Long Lasting Fresh Breath! 
  • Swish Mouthwash is an alcohol free mouthwash that helps kill bad breath causing bacteria and prevents plaque build-up, gum disease and tooth decay. 
  • Powered by SureFresh Technology, Swish doesn't just cover up bad breath because it kills bad bacteria, prevents plaque and gingivitis for long-lasting fresh breath. 
  • Gargle 20 mL of Swish Mouthwash twice a day for 30 seconds for best result




My Opinion

I love the Mangosteen fruit and I could devour tons of it in one sitting, so when I was sent the Mangosteen Mint flavor for review, I tried it right away. First off, I love the scent. The scent of the sweet and tart fruit mixed with mint is perfect. It is not strong at all and yes, there's a little sting, but it won't hurt your mouth. The delicious taste of the fruit and the mint lingers in your mouth and I love that it doesn't only give you fresh smelling breath, but it kills bacteria and prevents gingivitis and plaque as well.



Pros

It's bottled up really nicely and the small neck allows you to grip the plastic bottle with ease. It has a nice smell and unlike the more popular brands, it has only a mild sting. This makes it ideal for the young ones as well because it won't hurt their mouths. It's also available in a breath spray form that you can bring anywhere for instant fresh breath in seconds.

Cons

Just one thing. I wish the cap has a marker that says 30 ml, so you'll have the exact measurement every time.

Recommendation

The Swish Mouthwash Mangosteen Mint flavor is perfect for those who prefer a milder sting. It's strong enough to kill bad breath and prevent plaque and gingivitis, but it's gentler on your mouth.

The mouthwash is available in 4 sizes: 35 mL (Php 35), 60 mL (Php 46.75), 120 mL (Php 75), 250 mL (Php 137.50) and can be bought in supermarkets, drugstores and convenience stores nationwide. Swish Mouthwash is a product of United Laboratories Inc.

For more information about the product, please visit the following:

Unilab
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Twitter
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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I was recently given a chance to review Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask. It arrived fast via Amazon and I can't tell you how excited I was when it arrived at my doorstep. Sure, mud masks don't look pleasant when applied to the skin, but, it's the after application that I'm excited about. Mud masks help remove dirt and oil from your pores and slough off dead skin cells, making your skin clean and soft.



Product Description

  • Deep cleansing Dead Sea Mask draws out impurities, toxins and excess oil, leaving your skin fresh and clean Fine grains act as exfoliates, removing dead skin cells for a rejuvenating glow 
  • Tightens the pore for an anti-aging effect 
  • Moisturizes and hydrates your skin, helping to reduce wrinkles 
  • Improves blood circulation and initiates natural skin regenation, adding an all-day radiance to your skin Effective relief for skin disorders including acne, eczema and psoriasis 1
  • 00% Natural skin care treatment 
  • No harsh chemicals or artificial additives

My Opinion

When I got hold of my jar of mud mask, I immediately opened it and tried. It has a light scent that is not offensive, unlike the other mud masks that I've tried that smell like, well, MUD. It's easy to apply and I like that's it's not too dry. After washing my face, I immediately felt my skin tighten. It felt very clean, silky soft and smooth as well. I just love how my skin feels after using it.




Pros

The Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask is organic and all-natural and works well on both dry and oily skin. It leaves your face really clean and it helps exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. This wonderful mask also helps increase the moisture content of your skin, without making it oily.

Cons

I didn't find anything I didn't like about the mask.

Recommendation

It's great for those who want to exfoliate skin once every two weeks or once a month. You'll save a lot of money than you would when you visit a spa. It's also great for those suffering from acne, eczema and psoriasis.

You can purchase the Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask on Amazon for only $29.44. Other mud masks may cost around $80-$100.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


3D Puzzles Giveaway (ends June 7)

Love puzzles? You'll have loads of fun with these 3D Puzzles. Enter below for a chance to win these wonderful puzzles.

3D Puzzle Giveaway $65 RV

Sponsor: Ravensburger

Discover unique puzzle fun in the third dimension with 3D Puzzles from Ravensburger! Thanks to their Easy Click Technology, the plastic puzzle pieces fit together precisely. Create stunning 3D objects with individually shaped and bendable puzzle pieces – no glue required!


Total RV $65
Dates: 5/24-6/7
Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!
 
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Disclosure: Moms... Check nyo did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: Konjac Facial Sponge w/ added Bamboo Charcoal


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have a lot of other items to review, but I just couldn't wait to share with all of you this great product from Puresol.



Product Description


  • IMPROVES SKIN TEXTURE 
  • GIVES YOU BRIGHTER LOOKING SKIN 
  • PREVENTS SPOTS, BLACKHEADS AND BREAKOUTS 
  • 100% NATURAL AND ECO-FRIENDLY 
  • EASY-TO- HANG SUCTION HOOK




My Opinion

I love this sponge! At first I had second thoughts about using it because it was hard as a rock. But after soaking it for a few minutes, it became soft. It's not scratchy on the face and you'll feel that your face is really clean and soft after using it. It's only been a few days, but I already noticed that my pores are getting smaller.

Pros

Konjac Facial Sponge gently exfoliates while deep cleansing and removing any toxins and impurities, leaving you with a radiant complexion. The natural woven fibers of the sponge gently massage the skin and stimulate blood flow. It detoxifies and encourages skin renewal while balancing the skin's pH, leaving your skin extremely clean and refreshed. The added BAMBOO CHARCOAL contains activated carbon and essential minerals to deeply cleanse and absorb excess sebum, toxins and other harmful chemicals from your skin.

Cons

None!

Recommendation

The Konjac Facial Sponge is a beauty must have. We need to exfoliate our skin to get rid of dead skin cells that cause breakouts and premature aging; the sponge will help you achieve the clean and beautiful skin every woman aims.

Get the sponge on Amazon for only $10.00. You may also visit the pureSOL website for more information and like their Facebook page for updates.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Review: Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan


It was from my MIL's that I first tried using a ceramic pan. I liked it and I thought of buying one to use in my kitchen. Then, I was given a chance to review the Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan.




Product Description

Unlike other ceramic pans , the Ozeri Green Earth Pan utilizes GREBLON - an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free. Innovative textured pan surface delivers enhanced heat distribution and superior non-stick performance without ever releasing harmful fumes or toxins. Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean. Made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals. Boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.




My Opinion

It's packaged really nicely and it arrived on my doorstep as it was described. The surface, both inside and out is smooth. I love that no chemical was added to make the pan. It makes me feel good that I'll be cooking safe and healthy food for my family. I also love that I can cook with lesser oil.




Pros

Pan does not release harmful toxins when heated, unlike other nonstick pans. It's easy to clean and won't get scratched easily.

Cons

It's a little heavy, but manageable.

Recommendation

Perfect for those who are trying to lose weight because you can cook with less oil. This would also make a perfect gift to friends and family.

Get it now on Amazon for only $79.99. For more info about the Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan please check their website. You may also like them on Facebook for updates.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Review: Moroccan Rose Water


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I've read somewhere that rose water makes a great toner. I've been checking the specialty stores around here, but I never found it. Then I got an opportunity to review it via Tomoson. InstaNatural was very generous to send me also a bottle of Niacinamide Cream 5% Vitamin B3 Serum along with the Rose Water.





Product Description


  • 100% pure and natural rose water. Suitable for all skin types- Normal, Oily, Dry and sensitive. 
  • Complete skin care - cleansing, toning, moisturizing and replenishing. 
  • Perfect Facial Toner! 
  • Calms skin irritations.
  •  Helps with sunburn. 
  • It can also help make the hair soft and shiny.


My Opinion

First off, the scent is wonderful. Of course, it smells like a rose. If you grew up in the 80s, there's this Tea Rose perfume that I love, that's exactly how it smells. I tried it first on my face and I love how it left my skin soft after. It dried up quickly and I feel like my face is very clean. Next, I asked my daughter to use it as an after shave. She likes that her skin feels smooth and soft and she loves that the scent lingers.




Pros


  • It has a very delightful scent that lingers. 
  • It's 100% Pure and Natural 
  • It has no artificial fragrance 
  • Chemical and Preservative free


Cons

I didn't find anything I don't like about the product.

Recommendation

It's an all around beauty arsenal any woman must have. It has a lot of benefits (from your head to your toes!). You can even use it to remove makeup! I highly recommend this product.

InstaNatural Moroccan Rose Water is available on Amazon for $13.95. You may also visit their website and like them on Facebook for more information.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Three Style Secrets to Look Sleek in Khakis


Khakis are a great all season outfit, but it can make you look sloppy if you don't wear it right. Below are three secrets to make you look fab in your khakis.

Cuff it higher

The inseam will look awkwardly short, if you cuff it low. This will also cause your legs appear short. Khakis with a higher rise have an extended inseam. This will not only make you look great, but your legs would look long and lean. Yup, even when your pants are rolled up!




If you like crops, try the ones without pockets

Straight leg Capris with vertical pockets tend to pucker and pooch out to the sides. This style optically adds width right across the hips, making you appear wider. Cropped pants without pockets fit flush at the hips, creating a long column and drawing the eye up and down for a thinner lower torso.




Fitted Trousers

Never go with baggy trousers if you don't want to lose the shape of your legs and make your thighs appear thick. Opt for fitted pants that taper in at the knees to show off the nice curves of your legs. Fitted pants also help thighs appear more slender.




Wonder where I get all those fashion tips that work? Click this link: http://thegarven.com/fashion-and-style/ and you'll find more amazing (and inexpensive!)fashion tips that will surely flatter your body.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review: Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Vitamin C and Vitamin E For Skin


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

If you are not familiar with Hyaluronic acid, I'm sure, seeing this on the labels of many skin care products, you are wondering what it does to your skin. Well, this new wonder ingredient, according to experts, is seriously good for your skin. It works to give skin a younger, fresher, more supple look. I have used a vitamin C serum with hyluronic acid serum before and I can attest to the hydrating power of the liquid. But, I am more excited about this one because this Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Vitamin C and Vitamin E For Skin also contains green tea. Green tea is another ingredient that works well on skin, so this serum has more antioxidants than other serums.



Product Description

Hyaluronic Acid holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, while drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin. You Won't Find A Higher Quality, More Potent, More Effective Hyaluronic Acid On The Market Today.

Improve skin texture and brightness with intense moisture and balance

- Reduces appearance of dark circles & puffiness
- Uses the highest concentration of pharmaceutical HA
- World's Most Expensive Brands Use The Same HA
- Smooths Texture, Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Extremely Moisturizing While Plumping Up The Skin
- Formulated with the highest concentration of pharmaceutical HA
- Cruelty Free, No Animal Testing



My Opinion

This works as a great moisturizer and brightens dark circles. I always have those round rings around my eyes because if there is anything my body needs a lot right now, that's sleep. My online work and taking care of the twins is taking too much of my time, I am only left with a few hours of Zzzs. The serum definitely brightened those dark circles and reduced puffiness.

Pros

The serum has a thick consistency, but it's very easy to spread on skin. The scent? I just love the very fresh and mild floral and green tea scent. The liquid is absorbed fast as you massage it on your skin. It's not sticky and doesn't leave face looking shiny.



Cons

The only thing I didn't like about the serum is the scent goes away as it dries. I mentioned that I love the scent, so I would prefer if the fresh scent also stayed on my skin.

Recommendation

It's great for those who want to eliminate puffiness and dark circles. And if you're looking for a skin care product to help delay the signs of aging, this is the product for you. It also works on all skin types so you don't have to worry if you have oily skin.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Vitamin C and Vitamin E For Skin can be purchased on Amazon for $15.95. It's a very reasonable price considering the bottle is huge and a little goes a long way.

For more information about the product, please visit the InstaNatural website. You may also like and follow them on Facebook an Twitter for updates.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Greek Yogurt Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway (ends May 24)

My family loves yogurt. We love to enjoy it as it is or with any other dishes. I've been looking for healthy recipes with yogurt to serve my family and I'm glad I found this cookbook. Join below for a chance to win.

The Greek Yogurt Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway


Author:' Toby Amador

Greek yogurt has quickly become one of America's favorite foods, its tangy, luscious taste going far beyond a typical breakfast or simple snack. Thanks to its health benefits, this power food has become a staple.

Greek yogurt's protein quantity builds muscles and regulates metabolism and the probiotics help maintain a healthy digestive tract and boost the immune system. Greek yogurt is also an excellent source of calcium and very low in sodium-and it's lactose-intolerant friendly, too! Because it is strained, resulting in very low water content, the ingredient is thick, creamy, and indulgent. Why wouldn't you want it in every meal?

Now, in The Greek Yogurt Kitchen, nutrition expert Toby Amidor shows readers how to cut back on fat and calories without compromising flavor. She shares how to use this most versatile and healthful ingredient in unexpected ways, making even the most bad-for-you foods healthier, tastier, and more satisfying

Prize: The Greek Yogurt Kitchen Cookbook

Dates: 5/10-5/24
Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!
 
Disclosure: Moms... Check nyo did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Boxwave Smartphone and Tablet Accessories Giveaway (ends May 24)

Boxwave Giveaway


Sponsor: Boxwave

Established in 2002, BoxWave has become the ultimate source for the most innovative accessories for handheld devices of all categories, including cell phones, PDA's, smartphones, media players, gaming devices, GPS devices, UMPC's, Tablet PC's and more. BoxWave offers one of the most comprehensive list of devices supported, and this list continues to expand as we update our products daily with the newest and most popular gadgets.

Everyone of us loves to dress up phones, rights? So here's your chance to win fab smart phone accessories.

Prizes:
One (1) grand prize winner will receive:
One smartphone case of their choice up to a $50 value
One EverTouch Capacitive Stylus - Color of their choice
One Rejuva Power Pack - Color of their choice
Two winners will receive:
One EverTouch Capacitive Stylus - Color of their choice
One Rejuva Power Pack - Color of their choice

Dates: 5/10-5/24
Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!
 
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Disclosure: Moms... Check nyo did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap (ends May 20)


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Today's review is all about the Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap. The Healing Tree is a family owned business in California. The business began in 2004 and they specialize in Tea & Herbs and natural health products. In 2011, they opened a new division and began creating their own unique brands of natural relief products made with Bamboo Charcoal Technology.




Product Description

Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap is high in absorbency so it draws dirt from deep inside the pores. Unlike normal soaps that only clean the surface of your skin, this soap can free up a lot of dirt that clogs deep beneath your skin especially if you have acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry/cracked skin. Bamboo charcoal undergoes a firing process of 1,800 F to create high absorbency properties making it 4x more absorbent than wood charcoal. As a result, it cleanses your skin by removing years of accumulated dead skin cells.

With your pores re-opened, your skin will begin to begin to breathe again and naturally moisturize itself. There's no residue like other soaps, doesn't dry out your skin, and has no harmful chemicals. So if you want to feel what it's like to have your skin feeling like new, give this amazing soap a try!

My Opinion

When my soap arrived, I was surprised to have two. Yay! They were nicely packaged and on the label it says fragrance free, but there is a very faint fresh earth smell, which I love. It's not offensive at all. The color of the soap, as you can see in the photo is almost black because the main ingredient is charcoal.



Right after I washed my face, I had this very fresh feeling. Aside from feeling fresh and clean, I noticed that the pores appeared tighter. It's probably because the soap works to deeply cleanse skin and rid it of dead skin cells.

The faint smell that I love doesn't stay on the skin, so it's a plus for those who don't like using fragrant products.

Pros

There are only four ingredients in this soap: Vegetable Oil, Water, Glycerin and Bamboo Charcoal. That means the soap is safe to use and won't harm, even the most sensitive skin.

Cons

I honestly didn't find anything I didn't like about the bamboo charcoal soap.

Recommendation

The soap works well with oily and acne-prone skin because it deeply cleanses and unclog pores of dirt. It's also great for those who wear makeup everyday because it washes away dirt and debris, leaving your skin clean and able to breathe again.

The Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap retails at $3.99 and can be purchased here. You may also want to visit The Healing Tree website and like their Facebook for more information and updates.

I am also giving away a Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap. Actually, you have two chances of winning great products from Healing Tree. First, if you visit their Facebook page, there is a button that says "Newsletter Sign Up." Sign up for their Newsletter for a chance to win FREE monthly products. Second, if you join my giveaway below, you'll have a chance of winning this wonderful soap.

Giveaway ends on May 20, 2014 
Open to: US Residents only, 18+

Good luck!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 
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