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Activaroma Pure Argan Oil

I was recently sent a small sample of this Pure Argan Oil from Activaroma by The Beauty Box and have really loved using it.

If you’re unfamiliar with argan oil, it’s an oil that comes from the nuts of the argan trees found in Morocco. What marks argan oil as unique from some other various plant oils is the fact that argan has an especially high content of vitamin E and essential fatty acids which are critical for restoring dryness and damage in skin.

Activaroma says that this oil will diminish fine lines and wrinkles, heal spots and blemishes, stretch marks and scars, and restore strength to brittle hair and nails.

I’ve been using this in various ways for about a month and I really do like this oil. The sample I received was pretty small so I haven’t experimented with it on my body or hair as there was not really enough oil to go around, but on my face and nails, this was lovely.

It is very hydrating to the skin while also feeling light and definitely helps combat dryness and dull skin. I really felt like it made my skin look more dewy, glowy and just overall more healthy in condition. I have combination acne prone skin, but this didn’t irritate or break me out – actually I’m convinced it’s helped my breakouts heal more quickly. It smooths the skin’s texture and seems to make scars lessen, though I’m not sure if it would make them diminish completely as I’ve run out of oil. As for my nails, this oil is fantastic for dry cuticles and nails and really does seem to strengthen them.

The full size bottle of this oil comes in a 2 ounce glass bottle which looks pretty luxurious – much like a classy bottle of perfume. I would really enjoy putting it on display as the packaging is really lovely. My only complaints about this oil are that the oil isn’t organic and there’s no note on the sustainability of how it was sourced or grown which I personally like to know about. Also, it’s pretty steep at $55 for 2 ounces of argan oil, but the quality and effectiveness is certainly there so if the price and origin of the product don’t bother you, I say go for it because it’s absolutely a quality product.

Check it out on The Beauty Box – here.

Have You Tried Any Argan Oil Products Before?

Which is Your Favorite?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna

I’ve recently discovered this new and super easy treatment for my eye area – vitamin E capsules!

I know it sounds weird, but it’s actually really effective on things like broken capillaries, dryness, fine lines, and even a bit of brightening to the entire eye area, but that may be due to the fact that it’s more hydrated.

I love to use these vitamin E capsules rather than straight vitamin E oil because they’re just the perfect size to pop open with the end of your tweezers  and squeeze out the tiniest amounts straight out of the capsule wherever you might need the extra nourishment. It does feel a bit oily and thick, but you only need a small amount and I use them right before bed so it doesn’t much bother me.

When I wake up in the morning, my capillaries have shrunk in size, the whole area of my eyes looks brighter, more hydrated, youthful and smooth!

I’ve been storing the capsules in an old Steamcream tin, but you can keep them in the bottle, however you like – I just put them in this tin because I thought it saved on space this way instead of trying to find a spot for the huge pill bottle they were initially in.

So, what do you guys think of using vitamin E for beauty?

Are there any DIY type beauty things you do that is re-purposed from something else like this?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna

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!

May Lindstrom – The Good Stuff Radiance Oil 

I recently review May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff Radiance Oil and really have loved it so much I’m likely to purchase it once I run out of it because it’s so lovely. Aside from it’s naturally nourishing ingredients, it includes golden mica in the formula which lends a golden glow to my skin whenever I apply it. I really love the mini faux glow it gives my skin because I don’t have to sit 5 hours waiting for it to develop like I would with a self tanner. Granted, I don’t get a deep tan with this, but it’s a nice and simple way to get glowing Summer type skin without putting too much effort in and the ingredients in this all over Liquid Sunshine Oil looks great on my face and body.

I really enjoy wearing it when I don’t feel like wearing any makeup, but still want to look somewhat put together because it gives my skin a golden glow and dewy healthy look that allows my skin to shine through and look beautiful while doing it.  You still need a sunscreen when you go out as this doesn’t include SPF other than what’s naturally in plant oils ( no higher than SPF 5, if that ) , but it looks great by itself on makeup free days or beach days for that added golden glow on any skin tone or type.

You can see my original review on The Good Stuff Radiance Oil – here.

You can purchase it from May Lindstrom – here.

What’s Your Favorite Way to Get Glowing Skin?

Let Me know in the Comments!

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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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The Truth About Oil in Skincare

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!

Happy Sunday! 

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and enjoyed some down time and laughs.

I’ve just been hanging out, working out and reading the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series, Beautiful Darkness. It’s pretty good if you’re into witchcraft, magic, and the South. I like it, anyway 🙂

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