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Erbaviva Hand Cream Review

I had never heard of Erbaviva until recently when this was sent to me for review, but I’m really thrilled they did send it because it’s a really nice cream that is extremely softening, hydrating, nourishing, and smoothing to hands, cuticles and nails.

I’m not normally the kind of girl who would spend a lot of money on a good hand cream, but I have been searching for one for past few months as I’ve noticed my hands looking wrinkled and dry and was mildly terrified at the sight of them. LOL. So I was pretty happy when this was sent to me for review because it moisturizes really well over time, not just right when applied and then your hands go back to being dried out again in an hour. This stuff offers hydration that lasts.

USDA Certified Organic, Erbaviva offers a line of body products for babies, mommies and mommies-to-be, though anyone can use them of course. They are free from animal testing, artificial dyes and fragrances and they utilize a variety of plant, flower, herb, and fruit extracts, oils and essential oils in their formulas for all natural healing and nourishment.

Whatever their formula, it certainly is effective in this luxurious hand cream!

Not only does this smell incredible, it’s very light and a little bit spreads easily over your hands, absorbed into the skin almost instantly with no greasy residue.

I have been using this for about a month now and I notice my hands are noticeably softer, smoother, more even toned, hydrated and youthful looking.

I definitely recommend this one. Although it is a bit pricey at $16 USD, it’s a product that is certainly worth it, in my opinion, and that will last you a decent amount of time (I’ve used mine for a month and it still feels full).

Check it out on Beauty Habit – here!

Check out all Erbaviva products – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Beauty Habit for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Rid Yourself of Frizz Forever with Yuko Haircare Anti-Frizz Line!

So Yuko USA recently sent me their all inclusive line of Anti-Frizz hair care products and I am loving it because frizz is a huge problem for me. Whether I blow dry, air dry or whatever, my hair just has issues staying smooth. Also, I’ve been having a lot of breakage lately and  I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s stress, the weather or something unseen, but this line has really calmed my “mane” down, so to speak!

First off, they utilize meadfoam seed in their formulas along with tsubaki, rice bran oil and wheat proteins to smooth, seal and hydrate the hair shaft, sealing in moisture and keeping frizz at bay. The tsubaki oil really piqued my interest because I know a lot of Japanese hair care products include this oil in their formulas given that it is very nourishing and hydrating to hair especially so I was excited to see how it worked for me and my hair. They also include apple oil, green apple and something they call “Aqua-Gold” which they say conditions the hair, but which sounds super gimmicky to me. This set includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Smoothing Serum and Leave-In Conditioning Detangler Spray all aimed at taming the frizz.

Some Awesome Features of This Line:

  • No Sulfates
  • No Parabens
  • No Preservatives
  • No Sodium Chloride
  • No Petrochemicals
  • No Animal Testing – Yay for being Cruelty Free!

So my thoughts on this line are that it really does utilize a lot of natural ingredients to help smooth hair and control frizz. While I do wish it was a bit more natural than it is, it is okay and it certainly is effective at getting rid of frizz in any hair situation. I have been using the entire line every day for about 3 weeks and I have seen a huge decline in the amount of frizz I get. If I let my hair air dry, it has very minimal frizz. I have wavy hair and it gets a really pretty, shiny (but not oily) waviness to it that looks very natural. If I blow dry it, it has a more sleek, polished look to it with pretty much no frizz in sight. I also fell asleep with my hair wet one time and woke up to semi-curly hair (which happens since it’s naturally like that), but really no frizz except a tiny little bit around my hairline which was easily remedied with the Leave-In Conditioning Detangler Spray. I really like this set a lot and I think that it could be used by anyone with any hair type, including but not limited to those battling frizzy hair. I also think it would work well for someone with dry, normal or slightly oily hair. I’m not sure how it would work for someone with extremely oily hair, but I don’t think it would be so bad. It is really hydrating, but it’s not oily. If you have oily hair and want to try it, you may want to use everything but the Smoothing Serum.

Check out this entire Anti-Frizz Line – Here! 

Browse all the Yuko hair care lines – Here!

Have you ever tried Yuko hair care products?

What’s your favorite product to fight the frizz?

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

One of My Favorite Affordable Naturally Brightening, Skin Smoothing and Blemish Clearing Exfoliation Treatments!

Papaya & Willow Bark Smoothing Enzyme Exfoliator; $14.95

Happy Friday Everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you all know about this amazing skin exfoliator I have used that has a pretty natural ingredient list, an awesome price (see above), and really great results.

The Papaya & Willow Bark Smoothing Enzyme Exfoliator by Claribel Skincare is ultra gentle and very effective. I purchased it off Etsy for only $14.95 USD, which is an incredible price, and I was very surprised at the results.

The formula is pretty simple and includes aloe vera, papaya enzymes and willow bark extract to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells off your face in only 2-10 minutes!

It’s a very watery type consistency, but it comes in a dropper bottle to ensure you get just the exact amount that you will need, which isn’t a lot by the way.

You apply a thin layer to your face and leave on for 2-10 minutes. You will feel a light tingling and sometimes a little of an itchy type sensation, but that’s supposed to happen. Obviously you want to wash it off right away if you experience anything more than that. It doesn’t really dry out or anything, it just feels a bit tingly and then you rinse after it’s been 2-10 minutes, no longer than that. It really is quite gentle as far as exfoliator treatments go, but see what time you’re comfortable with within the 2-10 minutes of recommended time. Everyone is different so you may find that you only need 2 minutes or you might need all 10. Your skin may change over time as well; just gauge it on how your skin feels and you’ll be fine.

Anyhow, so after I wash this treatment off my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth. I do experience a little bit of redness directly after using this, but it goes away within 30 minutes of washing this off and applying moisturizer.

What I love about this treatment is that there are “No Sulfates, Synthetic Preservatives, Petroleum, Parabens or Silicones.” Also, it’s gentle enough to use twice a day if you need it.

From my experimenting with this treatment, I have found that these are the best uses for it:

  • Acne Treatment
  • Blackhead / Whitehead Treatment
  • Pore Cleansing
  • Unclog Pores
  • Clear Dead Skin Cells
  • Slough Off Dry Skin / Flakes for Mature Skin
  • Regenerate and Stimulate Cell Regeneration
  • Get Healthy and Naturally Glowing Skin

I really love this product because it combines modern technology with natural plant power. I love natural and organic ingredients wherever possible, but I have found that when it comes to acid exfoliation, technology usually wins. Also, I hate purchasing a product that’s natural or organic and usually expensive only to find that it doesn’t work. I like the idea of Claribel Skincare taking the best of both worlds to offer affordable products that certainly get the job done, but without all the fillers and other unnecessary crap ingredients found in many mainstream brand products.

Check out this exfoliator – here!

Check out the entire Claribel Skincare line – here! 

What is your experience with exfoliation treatments?

Do you have any tips or tricks?

Please share in the comments!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this product with my own money and of my own free will. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Astara Skincare Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer Review

Recently, I was very fortunate to receive 3 samples from Astara Skincare to try and review for you guys: this moisturizer (as seen above), the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash (see review here) and the Activated Sea Mineral Mask (see review here).

I hope you enjoy!

Product Claims : 

The richest and most concentrated of our replenishing moisturizers, this triple-action treatment simultaneously stimulates cellular regeneration, protects against free radicals, and intensely hydrates to restore youthful suppleness and radiance to mature and very dry skins.


My Experiences:

I really enjoy the texture of this cream a lot. In fact, I was bummed when I discovered this is likely too rich for my skin type, at least at my age. As a girl in my 20’s with oily combination skin that is very acne prone and reactive, this was just too rich for me. It gave me 2 spots during my trial run with this which I was pretty bummed about. My mom, on the other hand, loves this cream and finds it gives her a next day glow if she uses it at night. I think it should mainly be used by those with more mature skin types or otherwise those with dry or combination to dry skin types. These are the types that will get the most out of the fantastic ingredients in this formula. There are lots of plant extracts that work to brighten the complexion while shea butter and sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) work well together to hydrate and firm the skin as they protect from free radicals. It is a very nourishing cream, though it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and it doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on the skin either. It is absorbed right away. I just wish my skin could handle it!

Who It’s For:  

It says it’s for all skin types, but I would recommend this more for combination to dry, dry, and mature skin types.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Wild Yam & Evening Primrose – Very soothing, both of these ingredients are calming and nourishing to the skin. They also help with hormonal balance which is especially helpful during that lucky time of the month or those going through the change of life (menopause). Evening primrose is also known to brighten the complexion.
  • Shea Butter – A very hydrating ingredient, shea butter helps lock in moisture to the skin. It is very rich and provides protection against free radicals.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – Also known as hyaluronic acid, this ingredient is naturally occurring in the body and helps to moisturize skin without being overly greasy or heavy. It helps regenerate cells, encourage collagen production, and is very easily absorbed by the skin.

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Harmful Dyes and Preservatives

Product Pros:

  • Includes many nourishing ingredients in the formula for optimal hydration and suppleness.
  • Many plant extracts brighten and tone the skin for overall radiance
  • Evening primrose calms hormonal outbreaks while also moisturizing and calming the complexion.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) helps hydrate skin, assist with cell turnover, and encourage collagen production.
  • Light, Pleasant Scent
  • Creamy Smooth Texture

Product Cons: 

  • Too Rich for Oily, Oily/Combination or some reactive acne prone skin types
  • May be Expensive to Some
Price: $53-$79

 Final Thoughts:

All in all, this cream is really great, just not great for me. Clearly it will do worlds of good for someone who has more mature skin or drier skin. If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, I would go with something a little lighter than this cream as I really feel this is much too rich for oilier skin types. It did make me break out a little during my testing (2 weeks), but it was not an allergic reaction and other than the 2 spots, there really was no irritation caused by this. I really wish that this would work with my skin because the consistency of this cream feels very luxurious and smooth, but thankfully, my mom now has a new cream and mask that she won’t stop raving about.

Where to Find:

You can find Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer on the Astara Skincare website – here.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

Have you ever tried Astara Skincare?

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That’s All for Now!

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