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True Natural EyeBright Peptide Serum

Awhile back, this eye serum was sent to me from True Natural for review and I’ve really enjoyed using it.  A natural beauty brand, True Natural uses all natural ingredients in their product formulas so their products are often lightweight and gentle, but really effective.

I’ve been testing this serum out for a good few months now and it’s definitely improved the condition of my entire eye area. It utilizes a number of natural plant oils, extracts and super hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid in order to moisturize and brighten the eye area, thereby improving discoloration, under eye circles, dryness, and broken capillaries.

After using this for a few months, I don’t know that I saw a huge difference in my under eye circles. They are still present, but less so. Actually, the main reason I really like this serum for my eye area is because it’s not only super gentle and non-irritating, but it has definitely helped hydrate my often dry under eyes and it’s also seemed to improve the condition of broken capillaries I have in the inner corners of my eyes from rubbing them a bit too often. All this coupled together has made a big difference in the overall appearance of my eyes, lending them a more youthful and healthy look.

I do wish they had done more for my dark circles, but then I know the dark circles I do have are due, in large part, to my genetics so I realize there’s only so much improvement that can be made with topical treatments, but this certainly comes close and as a standard light eye serum, this is a great choice. I think those with oily skin will really benefit because it’s light enough that it doesn’t clog under eye pores, but nourishing enough that you’ll see a difference.

You can check out this eye serum on True Natural – here.

What’s Your Favorite Eye Serum or Treatment?

Do You Prefer Eye Creams or Serums?

I’d Love to hear your thoughts on this!

I was recently sent this lovely, all natural petroleum jelly alternative balm called Waxelene for review.

It’s a very simple balm moisturizer with a short and simple list of ingredients : Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Organic Rosemary Oil, and Natural Vitamin E ( from soy beans ).

I really, really  love this natural alternative to petroleum jelly because it has super healing properties and is very effective, but the formula is uncomplicated and easily pronounced.

This balm reminds me a lot of the Egyptian Magic Skin Cream ( see my review on that – here ), only this has a much more pleasant smell than that one in my opinion. Both are pretty equally effective, though this one is a lot more affordable.

I’ve used this balm all over my face and body, on cuts, scars and any skin irritation or dryness I can find and it has done amazingly well. It has quickly healed cuts, scrapes and burns, leaving no scar behind. It hydrates my skin really nicely and doesn’t break me out. It actually does a nice job of sealing in all my skincare products for overnight repair treatment which I love. It moisturizes dry hands, nails and cuticles. I’ve even used it around my eyes and it doesn’t irritate them at all so if you have a small child, I think this would definitely be gentle enough to use on them as well. This is a solid medicine cabinet must have; I will definitely purchase this when I’ve run out.

Special thanks to Waxelene for making this awesome balm and giving me the opportunity to try it – it’s AWESOME!

You can learn more about and purchase the Waxelene balm – here.

Have you ever tried the Waxelene petroleum jelly alternative?

What are your thoughts about natural alternatives to petroleum jelly?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

♥ Tianna

COR Silver Soap – The Beauty Box

Having acne freaking SUCKS.

As someone who suffers from frequent breakouts, blackheads and often troubled skin, I can totally relate which is why I’m super excited to share this amazing facial cleansing bar with you all today.

If you have acne prone skin, especially if you deal with oily to combination skin, this is a great facial soap bar to have on hand.

First off, special thanks to The Beauty Box for sending over the small sample of this amazing soap!

If you’re unfamiliar with COR Silver Soap, it’s not just any soap bar.  Formulated with patented ingredients and delivery system, this soap includes a variety of powerful ingredients such as their patented CSC compound (Collagen, Sericin, & Chitosan) , Vitamins A & E, various nourishing oils such as jojoba and avocado, hyaluronic acid, and, of course, Silver. Known for it’s use in medicinal healing of burns, silver blocks the survival of bacteria in cell walls because it prevents oxygen from being transferred to it, thereby stopping it and essentially killing acne causing bacteria in your skin. It’s patented delivery system allows the nourishing ingredients such as vitamins A & E, hyaluronic acid and nourishing plant oils to be absorbed into the skin while silver-silica help kill bacteria and ensure absorption of the beneficial ingredients this soap has to offer.  Their patented CSC compound – Collagen, Sericin & Chitosan is specially developed using Japanese advanced skin technology. Collagen is derived from sustainable marine collagen and helps add a more youthful appearance to skin while sericin, a natural protein derived from silk, helps to form a protective layer on the skin that works to protect the skin from the effects of the sun, and chitosan, a natural fibre, works to even out skin tone and balance skin’s oil production.

Their super high tech science aside, this is likely the best facial cleansing bar I’ve ever tried. I really am not a huge fan of using bar soap, generally, because most of them include harsh detergents and very little beneficial ingredients so all they do is strip the skin of it’s natural oils and protective layer. Many of them can actually cause more acne or worsen preexisting acne, but this facial cleansing bar is one of a kind.

When I use this to wash my face, I do so after I’ve already oil cleansed any makeup or sunscreen off my face so it’s the second stage of cleansing for me, but you can use it as it suits you. The bar lathers really nicely, but feels more creamy and clarifying instead of stripping like most soap bars. Sometimes I leave it on for 5 minutes to let the ingredients absorb into my skin a bit more, but you don’t need to do that. It’s just a step I do when I want my skin to be extra clean without the hassle of a face mask or any extra work. When rinsed off, this doesn’t make my skin feel tight or dry, just clean and supple. I actually notice a huge difference in my skin after using this for a few weeks. My skin looks clearer and even toned, I’ve experienced less breakouts, and my blackheads actually seem to be diminishing slowly which is a huge selling point for me! I don’t know about you guys, but nothing gets my blackheads to even budge so that really impresses me a lot!

Overall, this is a solid cleansing bar that I will definitely be repurchasing once I run out of because it’s that awesome. I highly recommend this to anyone suffering from acne, especially if your complexion is really oily or just really imbalanced, going from dry to oily. I have acne prone combination skin that is often sensitive and this doesn’t dry me out or irritate my skin. It cleanses really well without stripping my skin and definitely helps clear my pores out. Although I’m still partial to cleansing balms, this is definitely something I’d incorporate into my weekly skin regimen or even just keep on hand for when my skin breaks out because you can see the results overnight where breakouts are concerned.

Learn more about & purchase the COR Silver Soap at The Beauty Box – here.

Thanks again to the lovely people at The Beauty Box for sending this soap to me to test and review!

Have You Ever Tried The COR Silver Soap?

What’s Your Favorite Way to Fight Acne?

I’d Love to Know Your Thoughts On This!

Skin Owl Argan Infusions

Back in late February, I wrote this post introducing Annie Tevelin, AKA the Skin Owl, and interviewing her on her lovely line of minimal, but nonetheless effective Skin Owl Argan Infusions. I’ve been testing out 3 samples that she sent me, 1 of each type of Argan Infusion available, of these lovely skin treatments and I’m happy to report back that these are just as awesome as they sound!

First off, they come in 3 different variations – Lavender, Clary Sage and Geranium. Although they are said to be suited for all skin types, each has a focus. For instance, lavender is said to be most beneficial for sensitive, oily, and acne prone skin while clary sage is said to be best for dry, mature skin types. Geranium is said to be best for combination skin types and those battling dullness. That being said, they are all safe for use on all skin types and I can attest to that because I’ve used all 3 of them on my sensitive, acne prone, combination skin with lovely results.

Argan Infusion: Lavender

They all come in lovely, yet simple dropper bottles and each has a different, but pleasant scent. My favorite is the lavender because I find it really relaxing and I got the best results with it, given it’s most recommended for my skin type. That being said, the others worked well also, but the results were less noticeable.

These all absorb almost immediately into the skin, leaving no residue behind, though a slight after thought of their given scents remain for a bit then fade after 30 or so minutes. Overnight, the results are pretty noticeable. Acne looks calmer and more diminished, redness and pigmentation look more calm and even which gives the skin more clarity, and the skin just looks much better on the whole.

One thing I will say is that if you have very dry skin, I would recommend this be used in conjunction with a more intense moisturizer or balm like Suti’s Organic Purity Balm or something as this is not moisturizing enough, in my opinion, for dry patches. I do think it’s plenty enough for combination to oily skin types, though, especially in Spring and Summer months. For dry skin types or in the Winter if you’ve experienced patchiness, you will need to layer a cream or balm over this. That being said, the results will still be apparent as I’ve used these both alone on the skin and underneath a skin balm with the same results.

Aside from use on the face, this can also be used to treat dryness  on the body, decollete and hands, though, again, you may need to layer a heavier balm if you’re battling serious dryness. For simple things like elbow patchiness, though, this will do fine alone. I had the best results with the Geranium Argan Infusion for skin dryness, but I think any one of these would work well. I also used the Clary Sage Argan Infusion on the ends of my hair which helped tame some flyaways really nicely and on the bottom of my feet. No idea if it had much effect on my feet, but the scent and feeling of it was nice and relaxing before bed! You’ll likely get best results on your feet is you apply a few drops and then put on socks before bedtime. I also used the Lavender Argan Infusion to heal some little cuts and a small oven burn I’d gotten on my hands and it really helped them to heal and diminish a LOT faster than if left to heal in their own time.

Overall, these Argan Infusions work superbly {yep I said that} and I’d highly recommend them to anyone and everyone who has skin concerns that need tending to – these are just the treatments to get the job done!

Check them out at Skin Owl – here.

See My Interview with the Skin Owl, herself – here.

Have You Ever Tried Any Skin Owl Argan Infusions?

What Are Your Thoughts On These?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream

Most of the time lately, I’ve been doing product reviews from items that companies send me and while that’s amazing and just as nice, it’s also fun to find my own products to try out while shopping and then review those as well.

This is one such product. I purchased it on a recent trip I took to Sephora when I picked up a brush replacement head for my Clarisonic. I actually bought it in the 2 Oz. tube, but I’ll be picking up the largest size I can find ( maybe on their site directly ) as soon as possible because it is AMAZING.

First off, the Ultra Repair Cream is meant to hydrate, heal and provide relief to those suffering from irritation of any kind. They market it toward those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, keratosis pilaris, or anyone who suffer from itchy, dry skin, but I really think anyone could benefit from it. Personally, I think everyone should just have this cream sitting around because it’s that awesome, but hey, that’s just me.

Including a variety of hydrating and soothing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal and shea butter, this cream is incredibly hydrating and thick without feeling heavy, greasy, or leaving any kind of residue. I love that because if I’m not using body oil, I don’t want my cream to be overly oily really. I just want it to soak in and dissipate once it’s been massaged into the skin and this does just that and more. It’s extremely nourishing without feeling heavy at all, but it really calms down itchiness and dryness in about 24 hours. I apply this before bed and wake up with calmer, more hydrated and healthier looking skin.

Another thing that really makes this cream stand out for me is the fact that I can use it anywhere, including on my face, and not break out. That is a huge deal for me given that most face creams make my blemish prone combination skin flare up. This does not. In fact, when I had some dry patches on my chin, not only did they clear up overnight with this, but it made my skin look healthier and more balanced. Many products often advertise that they can be used anywhere, but few seldom actually can be, you know, without dire consequences. This really can be used anywhere, safely, on any skin type with any skin concerns and I truly believe you’d see benefits from continued use. I have.

Aside from this cream being really affordable, well formulated, and super effective, I love that it’s not something they’ve given a lot of hype. Not to say it doesn’t deserve it, but I feel like I’ve discovered a hidden gem in First Aid Beauty! This was the first product I tried from them and now I’m bound to try out their entire line because this experience was that good.

You can check out the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – here or at Sephora where I purchased it – here.

Have You Tried First Aid Beauty Products?

If so, What’s Your Favorite Product from their Line?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

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Happy Thursday!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day!

I’m so excited to share this incredible hair care line with you today! It was sent to me for review from their salon in London, UK, and I’ve been loving it since it arrived really.

It is the Gielly Green Luxury Natural Hair Care and they’ve sent me their Repair Shampoo and Repair Mask for review. I’ve been using both for a few weeks regularly now and I’m super excited because this line is just amazing!

Repair Shampoo and Complementary Mask image

Repair Shampoo + Complementary Mask

First off, the shampoo and repair mask both smell incredible! 

Not only do they both have this amazing cocoa vanilla type scent to them, which I love, but they also work really well to cleanse and condition the hair without stripping it of valuable natural oils. Instead, their formulas include a variety of natural plant oils and butters to repair damage, strengthen and restore elasticity, and add hydration and shine. The Repair Shampoo that I received really lathers quite nicely and cleanses the hair well without feeling drying at all.  My only complaint is that it doesn’t detangle much, but the repair mask definitely does the rest of the work really well anyway so that’s just nit-picking at this point.

Repair Mask image

Gielly Green Repair Mask

The Repair Mask is mud based, but also includes a variety of natural oils to refine and soften hair as well as  improve shine, elasticity and, of course, repair damage done. I really like the creaminess of this conditioner. It looks like custard in the jar and smells like dessert as well, but don’t eat it! It conditions, softens and detangles locks really nicely and it’s much much easier to comb through once I’m done showering.

Over these past few weeks, this set from Gielly Green has made my hair much more manageable, softer, shinier (though not oilier, thankfully), added volume, and a lot less dead looking. The winter and too much hair coloring really did a number on my hair and this has made my hair look much more healthy and full of life. I also love that the products are all naturally formulated, sulfate free and include beneficial plant oils and butters for optimal hydration and repair through the use of natural ingredients. I definitely plan on purchasing this set once I run out of the samples that Gielly Green sent me and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has damaged or frequently tangled hair, especially if it’s long, because this does the trick!

You can learn more about the Repair Shampoo & purchase it – here.

You can learn more about the Repair Mask & purchase it – here.

What Hair Care Products Are You Loving Lately?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

I was recently sent a sample of this Intensive-C® Vitamin C Face Radiance Peel by Murad Skincare from The Beauty Box, a lovely online beauty retailer, which sells a number of popular and unique niche indie beauty products at great prices. I really love the site’s wishlist function which, once you set up an account, allows you to save the products you want to a wish list for later. I’m kind of obsessed with wish lists because they’re handy for keeping track of all the things I want, especially when it comes to beauty things.

Anyway, I was super excited to try this out as I’ve been praising Dr. Murad and his skin philosphies on this blog since the early days. If you weren’t with us yet, do check out this post and this post to learn more about Dr. Howard Murad’s awesome views on beauty and health. Otherwise, try out this delicious smoothie recipe from his book.

So, since receiving this from the lovely ladies of The Beauty Box a few weeks ago, I’ve tested it out several times and I am really happy to report back to you that this face peel works really well and surprisingly fast. It comes out of the squeeze tube easily enough and you can control how much comes out given it’s in a tube which I really like as I hate to waste product. It looks pretty much like a face lotion and you apply a thin layer to your face after cleansing. Then, you leave it on for up to 10 minutes and rinse off with a warm wash cloth. The feel of this isn’t nearly as noticeable as the Liquid Gold from Alpha-H which has a noticeable tingle to it. I don’t know if this will offer similar long term results to that, but it’s certainly a more gentle option for those who can’t bear the tingle of Alpha-H’s glycolic acid products. If you prefer a more natural peel option, check here.

This peel, as many of the products in the Intensive-C® line from Murad, utilizes a number of beneficial ingredients for the skin including glycolic acid and vitamin C which work to slough off dead skin cells and fight off free radical damage brought on by stress, pollution and UV rays to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion. They also utilize a variety of natural essential oils, plant extracts, clays and amino acids to help heal and encourage cell turnover and collagen production.

The difference between before and after using this is like night and day for me. I tried it a few weeks ago, for the first time, not thinking it’d be too effective, but I was really surprised that the effects seemed so immediately noticeable on my skin. After I rinsed the peel off, my skin looked instantly brighter, clearer, and felt softer and smoother. I’m not sure how they’re doing it all, but it really does work time and again as I’ve now used it several times and can attest to the consistent results this delivers. Not only that, but I do think it has actually improved my skin for the better and would certainly recommend it to those battling dullness, acne scarring or hyperpigmentation or brown spots, and other discoloration. Although I wish this was a more natural formula, the results are undeniable.

You can check this peel out at The Beauty Box – here.

Have You Ever Tried A Face Peel Before?

What Are Your Thoughts on At=Home Peels Vs. Spa Type Peels?

I’d Love to Know Your Thoughts on this!

Kanti Organics Body Oil has the right balance of natural moisture for the rejuvenation of your skin.

Kanti Organics Body Oil

One of the great things about being a smaller beauty blogger such as myself is that I get to review more small business beauty brands and, often times, find out that I can get a great product for much less than higher end designer brands would offer it for.

Kanti Organics is one such small, but nonetheless awesome beauty brand!

They offer a small range of natural and organic skincare products for face, body and even babies. Their Restoring Body Oil is the second product I’ve tried from their lovely range of products and it’s been just as lovely as the first! I had first tried their Rejuvenating Facial Serum which I highly recommend. Both smell similar and AMAZING as well as being effective in hydrating, softening, and brightening skin.

The scent of this body oil is similar, as I said, to their Rejuvenating Facial Serum, but it’s a bit more subtle. It includes tons of natural and organic plant oils such as grape seed, coconut, apricot, and olive as well as other healing essential oils which give this oil it’s relaxing, intoxicating scent. It’s super hydrating and softening and works well straight out of the shower when skin is still damp. It also works fantastic when you add a few pumps to your bath to soften and moisturize skin, especially if you’re the type of person who hates applying and massaging in body oil – you will get similar benefits from the oil using it this way.

Really, I can’t recommend this enough as a body oil for anyone and everyone. It’s really lovely in scent without being overpowering so you can wear it with perfume or body spray and it’s super effective at hydrating and softening skin without too much fuss. It’s a solid body oil at a very affordable price so do check it out!

You can learn more about the Kanti Organics Restoring Body Oil – here.

What’s Your Favorite Body Oil?

Do You Prefer Body Oils or Creams?

I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts in the Comments!

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Hot Cleansing Oil

I’ve been meaning to review this cleansing oil for some time as I’ve had it and been testing it in various ways, on and off, since December. I know, I know, that’s a crazy long time, but I’ve just had so much stuff to review, it’s been overwhelming to test everything properly and review them in good time so I hope you’ll forgive me 😛

Anyway, this cleansing oil was sent to me for review from the lovely people over at Gold Sakura, a beauty shop which exclusively offers natural Japanese beauty products, and I was thrilled because I love Asian beauty products! If you haven’t experienced Asian beauty products yet, you really ought to. This particular cleansing oil is the Moist Hinoki Deitanseki Hot Cleansing Oil which is a naturally formulated cleanser from Japan that utilizes honey, yogurt filtrate, castor oil and Japanese cypress oil also known in Japanese as Hinoki.

This cleansing oil is perfect for all skin types, especially acne prone, because it really heats up when you use it and clears out pores, unlike some cleansing oils which can feel leave a heavy oily residue, this one feels heavy while you cleanse your skin, but it deep cleans and rinses completely off so there’s no film left on the skin when you’re done and your skin still gets completely clean. Another thing I really love about this cleansing oil is the hinoki ( Japanese cypress oil ) in it because it makes the oil feel almost cooling to the skin while you massage it in and leaves the skin feeling really fresh and clean like a more stripping cleanser would, only without the stripping or the harsh ingredients.

This is great for removing makeup and its super gentle, yet effective. I highly recommend this for those struggling with acne who also battle dryness because this hydrates without irritating or clogging pores. All other skin types could probably benefit from using this as well, though I think it’d be most beneficial for dry acne prone skin types. The cooling, refreshing effect of it really does feel like a Japanese hot spring or something and I’ve quite enjoyed trying it out!

You can learn more about and purchase this cleansing oil from Gold Sakura – here.

What’s Your Favorite Cleansing Oil?

Have You Ever Tried Japanese Beauty Products? 

I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts & Recommendations in the Comments!

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I’ve recently been trying out this deep conditioning hair mask from Acure Organics as my hair has felt seriously damaged these days and I’ve been needing conditioners almost every time I shower given how tangled it becomes. This conditioning hair mask smells really pleasantly of minty freshness without being overpowering. The scent seems more like a subtle afterthought than anything so it can be used with other products without scents clashing much.

To apply this, you simply take a small amount (depending on hair length; mine is long and I use about 1-2 quarter sizes) and massage it into your hair, concentrating on the ends. Then, relax and let it do it’s thing for 5 minutes, comb through and rinse. The formula includes argan oil and CoQ10 for their nourishing properties as well as argan stem cells which are said to penetrate the follicle while locking in color and hydration.

I really enjoy the scent of this conditioner and it does add a fair amount of shine and volume to my hair. The only thing is that my hair was still pretty tangled after using this, though less so than before, and I actually find the name a bit confusing ( …Root Repair) because it sounds like you’re meant to use it on the roots of hair even though it’s meant to be used on your ends. Other than that, I really enjoyed using this hair mask. It works fairly well and it doesn’t leave a residue or film behind on the hair which I like a lot. I just wished it had been a bit more detangling than it was, but if you’re more concerned with volume and shine, this is a really natural and effective hair mask option for those needs.

You can check this conditioning hair mask out – here.

Have You Tried Any of Acure Organics’ products?

What’s Your Favorite?

Let Me Know in the Comments!