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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

Go Green with EkoMiko Luxury Intimate Massage Candles!


I was contacted by the very gracious Bradley from EkoMiko Candles about doing a review on these and, at first, I was a little hesitant. After all, it’s an intimate massage candle so I didn’t know how up my alley that would be, but I am very glad I decided to give it a go and was able to receive this lovely candle with an impressive message!

First off, it’s seriously so much more than just a luxury candle.

It’s made of 100% natural coconut butter wax and other natural, organic and eco certified ingredients to nourish and feed your skin for massage or as a hand / body balm.

Check here to read more about the ingredients.

The candle wax is a lot softer than your typical candle. Actually, it feels more like a body balm than a candle. I used a bit to moisturize my hands and it worked really well, whether the candle was lit or not. The candle I received, EkoHeroine, has a very feminine floral scent that is really nice and uplifting. They also have EkoHero, a scent that seems to be aimed more toward men and/or as a night time scent, that I received a small sample of and which is much more musky and masculine (obviously) than the EkoHeroine scent. I actually prefer the EkoHero scent, to be honest, but they are both really well-scented nonetheless.

The box packaging itself is seeded, meaning it can be planted directly into the ground and wild flowers will grow from it!

How cool is that?!

As if that wasn’t enough, the jar is made of recycled wine bottles, with a thin wood wick, and something I’ve never heard of before; the leaflets that come with this candle are made not from paper, but stone! It’s pretty shocking when you actually get to feel the little fold out leaflets because they are really glossy and very soft. Nothing about it says stone at all. Technology has come a LONG way if this is what they can make with stone!

That’s right; ^ this paper is made from stone!

Crazy, right? I thought so too!

I really love the overall message of this product. It really seems to promote a healthier, greener, more earth-friendly lifestyle and I love that. I only used this once for massage, much to my boyfriend’s displeasure, and only for his hands, but I felt the effect was really nice. I feel like this is literally a body balm in candle form. The fact that it’s meant for couples’ type massage is really awesome, but I love that the massage itself helps your skin soak up the impressive ingredients and the scent allows for a totally relaxing experience.

Although I think that $59 USD is extremely steep for any kind of candle, I do feel that this candle certainly offers more than your typical candle in every aspect. It’s truly an all-inclusive earth friendly product that I really love with a scent I will continue to enjoy during bath time and relaxing evenings at home without worry of inhaling unfriendly chemicals, damaging the ozone, endangering plants or chopping down many trees.

The price truly is the only drawback to this candle…other than their really awkward demo video which I can’t wrap my head around; it just seems bizarre, creepy (especially the staring bit), and a bit ludicrous that a woman would be like that in any situation, ever, and I really hope it’s supposed to be funny. Otherwise, if you are marketing to women, I just don’t really get it. (sorry! Lol. It made me giggle, but then maybe I’m just immature like that.)

I feel like a demo video would be better served if you highlighted the incredible nature that is encompassed in this product as opposed to random chick moisturizing in a suggestive way because, in my opinion, that only works for adult and lingerie type retail sites. I get that it’s an intimate massage candle, but it just seemed a bit off point to me.

Okay, rant over and out!

 Anyway, that aside, I do love the candle and the incredible feat they have achieved with their completely green, packaging and paper included, luxury massage candles that are definitely worth checking out.

Learn more about their message of No Guilt with these luxury eco candles- here! 

Check out the EkoMiko Candles blog – here!

To purchase one of these incredible candles – click here! 

Have you ever experienced these candles from EkoMiko?

How do you feel about eco friendly green luxury products?

What did you think of the video?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from EkoMiko Candles for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

I was recently sent a really decadent deluxe sample of the Natural Glow Cleansing Oil by Antonia Burrell from BeautyHabit.com and I am LOVING it!

I have been testing some products from Alpha-H for the past month or so and I’ve been using this cleansing oil in rotation with the Alpha-H Micro Cleanse and Triple Action Cleanser (Check out the full Alpha-H Reviews – Here!) when my skin feels in need of extra nourishment and hydration and it has been a complete godsend.

It really feels so nourishing and hydrating. Basically you pour a nickel sized amount of the oil out onto your palm, massage into the skin without water for around 1 minute and then rinse off. The oil turns a little milky and rinses off leaving the skin very soft and moisturized.

It works really well to moisturize the skin without leaving a residue or making your skin feel oily. It smells incredible and the scent is very relaxing to inhale at the end of a long day.

Infused with cypress, bitter orange, tea tree, lavender and lemon, this cleansing oil works very well for all skin types because it hydrates while calming redness, fending off heinous bacteria and healing acne and other skin issues.

I used it to remove both normal day makeup and even tried it on waterproof mascara with equally great results. I think if you have super oily skin, you could easily use this as an all in one cleanser + moisturiser during the day or at night. It leaves the skin soft, supple and hydrated and I will certainly purchase this soon as I’ve run out of the little sample I was sent. That being said, I had a pretty tiny sample that I managed to stretch out for around a month’s worth of regular use.

I highly recommend this for any skin type, especially those affected by acne and frequent breakouts. The herbs in this help to clear the skin while the natural vegetable oils nourish, heal and hydrate without making your skin feel oily. I really think this can help any and all skin types, including acne prone and sensitive types.

Check out this cleansing oil on Beauty Habit – Here!

Related Articles:

Suti Skincare Minis Review

Carrot Butter Cleansing Balm Review

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm Review 

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Beauty Habit for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

My Crazy Weekend + Lovely Duchess Marden Mini Sample Reviews

I just wanted to apologize again for having an absolute repeat of the silence and crickets of last weekend. I know, I know, I can’t believe I managed to completely ignore blogging all weekend, but the thing is that I just moved and it’s just been ridiculous having to clean and move everything in and I’ve been exhausted, for lack of a better word.

So my apologies for another quiet weekend!

I actually have quite a bit of reviews and things lined up to share with you all, but I’ve had little time to tally up the goodness and add photos and things so I can publish so instead I’ve a million and one drafts sitting in queue waiting to be shown some proper attention before being pushed out into the world!

So, anyhow, once I have a chance (hopefully in the next day or so), I will certainly update and publish the many many awesome posts so please stay tuned!

 I was recently sent these lovely samples from Duchess Marden and I really quite enjoyed them. If you’re unfamiliar with Duchess Marden skincare, it began with one woman’s trip to Southeast Asia and her discovery of pure rose water there. From then, she decided to harness the healing and regenerating powers of rose in her skincare line and thus was beginning in the creation of the very luxurious Duchess Marden products. To read more about it, check here.

I don’t know that this line is really aimed at my age group or my skin type, but the products are certainly gentle enough to be used on any type regardless. The Face Creme Cleanser and Face Creme both have a jasmine/rose type antique smell which, if you’ve been following along for a bit, you all know I’m not immensely overjoyed by. I suspect this is due in part to the rose water they include in the majority of their products which is great for the skin, but not a scent I’m particularly fond of.

Aside from that, this cleanser + face creme duo is quite nice. They both are very gentle, clearly aimed at those with dry or sensitive skin and yet, even with my acne prone combination skin, they were still very pleasant to use. Gentle, effective at cleansing without drying out the skin, and very nourishing and hydrating, I would certainly recommend these two for anyone with a lot of skin irritation, especially rosacea types, or anyone with dry to mature or otherwise sensitive skin. They are both very gentle and calming and work well together.

Check out the Creme Cleanser – here!

Check out the Face Creme – here!

Second on the list is the Neck and Decollete Serum which was one of my favorite items from the lot!

I really love the consistency of this serum! It’s very nourishing, it looks a bit like a runny creme, but it feels like a serum and hydrates the neck and decollete very well. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit and I like that they offer a product like this. Too often, we forget about our neck and decollete areas and think to treat everything else, but then the signs of aging tend to show up on the neck, decollete and hands when neglected so I think this is a really great product and it works well for this area. It’s not too heavy, but just right and very lovely to use!

Check it out  – here!

This line would be incomplete without their 100% Pure Rose Water! I think it’s important to mention that, although I am not a fan of the rose scent, I love this rose water. Derived from steam-distilled fresh pink Damask rose petals, it’s really refreshing and the scent is not overwhelming at all. Instead, the scent is pretty subtle, but it feels very nourishing and calming. It really helps to calm redness and breakouts and I love it even more so now because it is really refreshing in this hot-as-hell Southern California weather! Add to that the pH balancing, antibacterial and pore tightening abilities and I am pretty sold on this one!

Check out it out – here!

The Body Serum in this line is really great because it’s oil based, but it isn’t oily. It’s not heavy, it has a nice subtle scent that isn’t rose (thank you! LOL), and it is actually very hydrating to the skin. I really enjoyed this serum. I don’t think it’s nourishing enough for someone with severely dry skin, but mildly dry to normal skin would really benefit from this serum.

Check it out – here!

The last in the line of samples that I received is the Damascena Anti-Wrinkle Serum. I really like the lightness of this serum. I don’t know that I really experienced any anti-wrinkle effects, but then I don’t have many wrinkles yet. Aside from that, I did feel like it helped firm my skin a bit and it was very hydrating, calming, and toning to the skin.

 Check it out – here!

Other Features to Love About Duchess Marden Products:

  • Hydrating and Calming Ingredients
  • Naturally scented
  • Utilizes 100% Pure Rose Water
  • NO fillers, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens or chemical preservatives
  • Luxurious and Relaxing Vibe to all products and lovely presentation
 Check out the entire Duchess Marden line of products – here!

Has anyone ever tried the Duchess Marden line before?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Duchess Marden Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Sjal Skincare Samples Mini Reviews

Sjal Skincare is a fairly new luxury skincare company whose samples were sent to me for review.

I was pretty intrigued by this company because their goal in offering skincare products is to “…encompass luxury, cosmeceuticals and spirituality…”

They incorporate “an eastern infusion of precious minerals and gemstones” such as gold, silver, ruby and amethyst which they claim will provide many benefits to the skin including “skin clarity, cellular productivity, and micro-circulation.”

Light Cellular Renewal Creme; $155

This cream includes a blend of licorice, oligo- and penta-peptides and bisabol in order to even out skin tone, promote cellular renewal, and fight photo aging (sun damage).

I really like the consistency of this cream; it is very light and absorbs right away. That being said, I didn’t observe any of these effects really. It may be because I had one tiny sample foil and the effects increase over time with continued use; I’m not sure. To me, this is just a nicely made cream that any skin type would be okay to use. It is gentle, has a subtle and pleasant scent, and it didn’t cause any breakouts.

Other than that no other effects could be observed except maybe a slightly more even tone.

This is certainly a luxury at $255 so, if you have the cash to spare, it may be worth a try, but if not, I would pass on this.

I wish I had been able to try a larger size in this because trying a small foil of a product like this just seems useless to observe effects which are likely seen over time.

That being said, it is a really nice cream, but as for the effects, I can’t attest to it as I was not able to test this for a long enough period of time.

Check it out – here!

Eye Contour Creme; $175

This eye cream is meant to reduce puffiness, fatty deposits, wrinkles and dark circles.

This is a really nice eye cream. Although I didn’t see any of the anti wrinkle effects, it is gentle enough to be used on any skin type. I often experience little whiteheads or breakouts whenever I try eye creams, but this one was really calming and didn’t irritate my skin at all and for that, I think it’s pretty note worthy.

Other than that, it did reduce puffiness a big and hydrated my under eyes pretty well.

Over time, I think I would’ve seen the wrinkle and fatty deposit effects, though I am not really sure what fatty deposit even means in terms of my under eyes?

If you know, by all means, please let me know in the comments!

Check it out – here!

Liquid Vitamin Lift Serum 1; $255 

This was my favorite product from Sjal Skincare!

It feels a lot like putting really hydrating water on your skin because this serum is SO light, but it’s super hydrating at the same time.

It feels really nice to put on, it has a transparent sort of blue tint to it (which I just thought was entertaining), and nice subtle scent that seems familiar, but I can’t quite place it.

It certainly felt like it had a lifting effect to it and it was very hydrating and brightening.

Out of all these super luxe products, this is the only one that I would seriously consider dropping $255 for.

It really feels quite effective.

If you have buckets of cash, I highly recommend this one!

A little bit goes a long long way given the consistency and it definitely seems to live up to its claims.

Check it out – here!

Perfecting Mask; $150 

This face mask is meant to lift, firm, calm, hydrate, regenerate and minimize pores in the skin.

It includes botanical plants and herbs as well as silk proteins, healing oils and other elements.

This mask is not your typical face mask.

I didn’t sense any clay in this mask at all; in fact, it has more of a gel consistency and a blue tint to it.

It goes on pretty transparent, again a little goes a long way, and it seems to work pretty well.

It calmed some redness I had going on midway through the week and did seem to be firming to the skin.

I’m not sure if it helped repair DNA or improve cell turnover, but my skin appeared a lot brighter and clearer after using this mask.

All in all, it’s a decent face mask, but I feel I would’ve gotten more results over time.

Again, if you have the cash to spare, check it out.

Check it out – here!

Check out the entire Sjal Skincare line – here!

Have any of you ever tried Sjal Skincare?

Any thoughts on using precious metals and gemstones in skincare?

Let me know in the comments!

I’d love to hear your take on this!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free samples that were sent to me from Sjal Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Rodin Crema Luxury Hand and Body Cream Mini Sample Review

So I was recently sent some samples of the Rodin Olio Lusso Crema Luxury Hand and Body Cream!

As a big fan of the Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil, I was pretty excited to try this.

If you’re unfamiliar, Rodin Olio Lusso is a luxury skincare company that utilizes essential oils and plant botanicals in their face, hair, and body formulations.

They are known to have a cult following with celebrities, models and skincare professionals alike.

I love a good hand cream as my hands are constantly battling dryness given the amount of times I end up washing my hands per day and the super hot weather we have here in Cali.

So, when this finally arrived in the mail, I put some on immediately like an overeager child, of course!

Initially, the cream’s consistency feels very rich and hydrating, but it’s certainly not heavy or oily.

In fact, it soaks right in after a few seconds, but it leaves your hands very moisturized.

This is truly a high end luxury cream, though as it it quite a small amount for quite a steep price.

Sitting very securely in the throne of luxury, 100 mL of Crema will cost you a whopping $80.

That being said, the cream feels very luxurious and hydrating and yes, luxurious.

It certainly feels like a huge treat to be putting on my hands and a small amount went a long way and spread easily, soaked up by my skin pretty effortlessly.

I didn’t try this on my body as the samples were quite small so I would likely only be able to use it once if I did.

That’s why I just tried it as a hand cream so I could squeeze around 5 uses out of the 2 small samples I received.

There really was only one thing I found vaguely dissatisfying about this cream:

the scent.

It smells strongly of jasmine, which I kind of wrinkled my nose at because I just feel like it reminds me of my grandmother and potpourri (dried flowers).

Now, that’s obviously just a personal preference and it definitely doesn’t take away from the fact that this is one of the best hand creams I’ve ever tried.

If you have super dry hands, it may be worth investing in, just make sure you’re a fan of jasmine beforehand, otherwise you may be irritated by its notable fragrance.

The Rodin Olio Lusso Crema is available for purchase on their website – here!

Anyone ever tried any products from Rodin Olio Lusso?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free samples that were sent to me from Rodin Olio Lusso to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Luxe Skincare Daydreams of Anne Semonin Paris…

I recently discovered this company while web browsing…

It’s like one of those things you are so thrilled to have discovered because it’s so amazing, but regret it because now it’s going to consume you until you try every last one of these products…

-Insert heavy sigh here-

I mean, every product from this line is so BEAUTIFUL!

I just want it all..

It is the ultimate skincare fantasy…

This is where we all go broke!

Marketing and packaging and a macro lens and I want to buy all these products.

It’s like if Heaven had a skincare line, this might be it..you know what I mean?

Okay now I’m just ranting!

Anyway, as you all must know, misery loves company so I really am sorry to do this to  you!

Hopefully you are all immune!

Here’s my wish list for Anne Semonin.

Let’s hope someone reads this, sees my despair and sends me some goodies!

Ha! Soo not likely, but a girl can dream, right?

Enjoy ❤

Express Radiance Ice Cube

Okay, seriously why the hell didn’t I think of this?!

It’s the most simple brilliance I have ever seen.

Even my boyfriend thought this was cool! (lame joke, I know)

Don’t you judge me!

Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube

Uhm, yeah.

See above for why this is just genius.

 

100% Active Serum

Honestly, I’m not really sure what this is.

I tuned out halfway through reading their description for this because I’m so tired, but I may have caught the words evening primrose and highly innovative.

And it just looks like it would work, right?

Whatever it is, I was hooked at the picture and packaging because yes, if you must know, I am just that shallow.

Botanical Body Oil 

I have kind of an obsession with body oils, especially when they include plant extracts.

Is that weird?

I just like looking glowy…or something,

Phytarosa Serum

If anti-aging serums and acne serums had a love child, this would be it.

PLUS it will make my non-existent tan last longer!

That is, when I get a tan, the tan that I have will last longer..

Right!

I think Anne Semonin is my kryptonite…

Either that, or the exhaustion is getting to me…

 *Wide eyed dark circles manic voice says*

“Night!”

Alas, I joke, but seriously.

What do you all think of the Anne Semonin line?

Would you be interested in seeing reviews for any of these?

Please let me know in the comments!