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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Beessential Natural Body Care Products #Beessential #NaturalBodyCare

(product photos courtesy of www.beessential.com)

Natural face & body care is quickly becoming the largest market in skincare. Everyone wants organic and all natural skincare, the closest to nature the better. Today I am reviewing a small line called Beessential, which is beekeeper made and beekeeper approved. The line is made in small, handcrafted batches in the United States. I tried two products from the line, a body wash and hand cream. Below are my reviews.

8 fl.oz./236mL $8.99
This is an all natural body wash that smells like heaven. If you like Lavender, you will love this. It has the real essential oils of Lavender and Bergamot in it. Free of sodium laurel sulfate, this body wash should be shaken before use so as to make sure that all of the ingredients in it are mixed (since it is all natural, some of the ingredients might separate). The body wash itself is extremely nice. It is a light lather to it, being all natural it does not lather like other body washes but it cleans well. And it leaves the skin scented with a wonderful lavender scent that lasts for hours. The skin feels soft and smooth all day. It is a moisturizing body wash, which is perfect for my skin, which is very dry. You could also use it in the bath, since Lavender is very relaxing, this would make a great relaxing bubble bath. The body wash also comes in Grapefruit & Lemongrass and Peppermint (for acne and sensitive skins).

6 fl.oz./177mL $12.99

If you have dry skin then this is a great hand and body cream for you. All natural, it is made with Cupuacu and Shea butters to soften and moisturize the skin. It also contains Squalene, Olive Oil, Honey (a humectant that draws moisture to the skin) as well as many skin-softening herbal extracts. The cream contains essential oils of Lavender and Bergamot which makes it smell divine. Just like the body wash, when you use this there will be the scent of lavender on your hands and body for a while. This cream provides intense hydration. I was pleasantly surprised how well it helped my dry skin. Even though it is summer my body skin continues to be dry. The cream is paraben-free and free of anything harmful. It is a mild, gentle, non-irritating body cream. It is great for hands, face, feet and all-over the body. I really like this cream. One application on my hands and they felt soft until I washed them, even then I could still feel the cream on my hands helping to keep them soft. 

Beessential products are available online at www.beessential.com. Like Beessential on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Beessential.Cosmetics; Follow Beessential on Twitter:@BeessentialBDCR; Follow Beessential on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=beessential&term_meta[]=beessential|typed and Follow Beessential on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/Beessentialbdcr/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Review: Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel #BusyBeauty #ShowerlessShaveGel

(product photo courtesy of www.busy-beauty.com)

3.4 oz./100mL $9.97
It's officially summer, which means shorts season is here. That also means it is time to bare your legs every day. So your legs have to be in tip top shape, no hair on them. Being a woman means we have a lot of upkeep that men can never understand. Especially when it comes to hair removal. In the winter we can get away with not shaving our legs as much because honestly, nobody but our significant others see our legs and they don't care that much. But you just can't take that stuff out into polite society during the summer. 

Shaving your legs is often a pain too. Especially if you have a lot of leg hair. I happen to be lucky and don't have too much and it is fairly light. But my daughters inherited their father's Greek hair and it is brown and thick, so they have to shave a lot. I was sent this great product called Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel. It makes it a lot easier to shave your legs because you don't have to do it in the shower or bath anymore! Now you can do it anytime you want!!!

Shave without water. This is huge!!!! No need to lather, rinse or wash. This is perfect for home or travel, exercise, small showers, mobility issues or if you simply want to shave where it is comfortable for you. No need for shower mirrors when shaving. When speaking of mobility issues, this is a big one for me, since I am disabled it is hard for me to shave in the shower because if I bend over I get vertigo. So I can do this at the sink. I also can sit down instead of standing since I cannot stand up more than a few minutes. It also has 3-in-1 Pre-Shave, Shave and Post Shave moisturizing lubricants and lotion to hydrate and keep skin soft and looking refreshed. This product is perfect for sensitive skins. Contains soothing natural Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Clove, Ginger, Oat and Tea Tree means no razor burn, no shaving irritation, no ingrown hairs and smooth beautiful skin. This product is also environmentally conscious. It is paraben-free, alcohol free, cruelty free and 100% vegan. It is TSA approved. The size is 3.4 oz, which is easy to bring anywhere, on-the-go. It fits easily into a purse or a bathroom cabinet. Think, now you can shave anywhere, anytime, without the need for water or a shower! What is also great about this product is that you are not limited to the legs for this, it can shave any region you want easily. 

When I first tried this I was a little skeptical. But, my skepticism was easily dissuaded by how well the product worked. I tried it out in my bathroom sink with a disposable razor, since most razors have those shave-gel strips on them now. I applied the product to my lower legs, shaved and was pleasantly surprised when they came out extremely smooth, soft and just like using a regular shave cream. It is recommended that you smooth the extraneous shave gel in like a moisturizer, so I did that and my legs felt extremely soft. I think I am going to stick with this from now on. It is definitely better than using shave gel. And it is more convenient. Another great thing about this product is that I did not get any razor bumps from it. Or nicks and cuts. It makes shaving so easy peasy that it is like shaving with butter. 

Currently Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel is available online for $9.97 at www.busy-beauty.com. I highly recommend this product, especially if you have mobility issues, have trouble shaving in the shower or bath, shave a lot or need something for travel.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: Promise Organic Collection of Skincare Products #PromiseOrganic #Skincare

(product photos courtesy of www.promiseorganic.com)

I received some products from Promise Organic to try out. What is interesting about these products is that they do not use water as their primary ingredient, instead they use Aloe Vera. This makes the products stronger, but it also makes them help heal the skin, soothe the skin and it helps hydrate the skin. 

Promise Organic Nourishing Coconut Collection

6 fl.oz./177mL $7.99
A light, foaming gel cleanser, scented with coconut, that cleanses and purifies skin without stripping or irritating it. For normal to combination skin. It contains Coconut Milk, Cupuacu Butter to instantly hydrate and soften the skin. Instead of using water as their first ingredient, Promise Organic uses Aloe Vera, which makes for a product that provides excellent hydration and nourishment to the skin. This product is packed with naturally derived ingredients. The cleanser has been dermatologist tested and is safe for use on the face. It is also safe for sensitive skin. The cleanser is pH balanced too. 

I like that I can use it on my combination skin (my dry skin gets a little oily in the summer) and it does not strip my skin of its natural moisture barrier. This cleanser leaves skin feeling clean, not dry and chapped, soft and moist. I love how it makes my skin feel so much that I replaced my other cleanser with this one. And you only need a small amount so the tube should last a very long time. 

25 Pre-Moistened Towelettes/$5.99
These days just about everyone has a cleansing towelette. Just because a company does though, does not make it necessarily a good one. I like the one from Promise Organic because it really cleanses the skin well, getting rid of extraneous dirt, oil and makeup to leave skin feeling clean and ready for my nightly skincare routine. At night I am often way too tired to cleanse my face the proper way. So I rely on cleansing towelettes. These towelettes have the perfect amount of moistness and are soft, gentle and easily remove dirt, oil and makeup without any rinsing whatsoever. They take off the hardest to remove waterproof makeup: mascara, lipstick, etc.

The towelettes have Coconut Oil and Chamomile to instantly hydrate and soften the skin. As with other products, Aloe Vera is their first ingredient, not water. This helps to ensure hydration and nourishment. The towelettes are packed with organic and natural ingredients. They are safe for sensitive skin and are pH balanced. I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked them considering I have a favorite brand of towelettes that I use. Well, I think I will be using these now.

3 fl.oz./86mL $9.99
Exfoliation is one of the keys to successful skincare. Another is to have the right exfoliant for the right skin type. If you have normal to combination skin, without any major acne lesions, then you can have a very nice scrub to a lot of the work getting rid of dead skin cells, clogged pores, and extraneous skin that blocks the beautiful skin down below. This scrub is a unique blend of organic sugar and organic walnut shells to gently exfoliate the skin on a DAILY basis. Yes, it can be used daily it is that gentle. It is an Aloe Vera based formula that has a touch of organic honey to moisturize and sooth skin. It does create a gentle foam to help cleanse the skin while it exfoliates. The scrub is packed with naturally derived ingredients. It has been dermatologist tested, it is safe for sensitive skins and is pH balanced. 

Since this scrub foams some, I tend to use it in the morning as a cleanser for my skin. I like to use exfoliants in the morning to wake up my skin and bring the blood to the surface of the skin. This helps promote oxygen as the surface of the skin which helps promote collagen production. 

3 oz./84g $12.99

This all mineral sunscreen, containing only zinc oxide at 20%, combines the latest skincare science with high performance NSF/ANSI 305 certified organic ingredients to provide a full spectrum UVA/UVB sun defense for powerfully effective sun protection for the face and body. It is a unique and natural formula. It is free from all synthetic and harmful ingredients. It is a creamy formula combining Zinc Oxide, Shea Butter and a blend of essential oils. This sunscreen is water resistant up to 80 minutes. It is a non-toxic sunscreen and is safe for all skin types including children and babies. The product has been packed with naturally derived ingredients. It is dermatologist tested, safe for sensitive skin and is pH balanced. 

While this product is not my favorite lotion due to the thick formula that is more difficult to spread, it is a good alternative for those looking for a mineral sunscreen with a truly pure, clean and 100% natural formula. It is one of the first zinc oxide sunscreen formulas to contain only all-natural and organic ingredients for a safe, effective and healthy sun protection without the synthetic base or chemical ingredients usually included in sunscreen products. A good alternative to the lotion, if you find it too difficult to spread on, could be the sunscreen stick which glides on with ease.

To use this product: apply liberally to face, neck and body. Wait 15 minutes before sun exposure and rub into skin, so that it has time to metabolize with the body. For best results, reapply every two hours or after 80 minutes if the skin has been wet. 

3 fl.oz./88mL $8.99
Even in the summer, hands still get dry and can become cracked. It is essential to keep them hydrated. Instantly soothe and smooth dry, cracked hands with this hand cream that is amazing. For normal to combination skin or any skin really. The primary ingredient in this product is Aloe Vera to help with hydration and nourishment of the skin. It is also rich is Shea Butter, the perfect solution for dry, cracked, active hands. This hand cream is also packed with 100% naturally derived ingredients. It is dermatologist tested and is safe for sensitive skin and is pH balanced. 

I love the coconut scent of the product and love the way it makes my hands feel. As it is going on it feels like it is going to be very rich on the skin but actually sinks into dry skin immediately so that your skin gets nourished right away. Hands feel soft, not greasy and the cream can even last through one hand washing. 

3 fl.oz./88mL $9.99
I also tried another exfoliant from Promise Organic. It is from their Argan line, which is for drier skins. This scrub is a unique blend of organic sugar cane and organic walnut shells that gently exfoliates the skin on a daily basis. It is for normal to dry skins. As with the other products, this is an Aloe Vera based product with a touch of organic honey to moisturize and soothe skin. It also creates a gentle foam to cleanse the skin while it exfoliates. It is packed with naturally derived ingredients. This product has been dermatologist tested and is safe for sensitive skin. It is also pH balanced.  

Because this scrub foams up some, I tend to use it in the morning as a cleanser for my skin. I like to use exfoliants in the morning to wake up my skin and bring the blood to the surface of the skin. This helps promote oxygen as the surface of the skin which helps promote collagen production. If you have collagen production, then you have wrinkle reduction. I prefer this scrub over the Nourishing Coconut Milk Daily Facial Scrub because it is thicker and exfoliates better. I like a very good exfoliation when I scrub. 

Promise Organic has two lines, the Nourishing Coconut line and the Ultra Moisturizing Argan line. It is available exclusively through CVS/pharmacy. Like Promise Organic on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/promiseorganic/; Follow Promise Organic on Twitter:@promiseorganic and Follow Promise Organic on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/promiseorganic/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: FLIRT Cosmetics Chic Happens Ombré Lip Kit in Meme Lover #FLIRTCosmetics #ChicHappensOmbreLipKit #MemeLover

(product photo courtesy of www.flirtcosmetics.com

The ombré lip trend has now officially reached full pop culture status. And with good reason. It is a fun trend that looks good on anyone, helps make your lips look luscious, fun and definitely larger. FLIRT Cosmetics, the hip line that is all the rage right now, just came out with a color coordinated ombré lip kit that will make it fool proof to do one. It takes the guesswork out of matching the perfect shades and helps you blend your way to your chicest lip creation yet. Each Chic Happens Ombré Lip Kit comes with two expertly formulated, indulgent products that let you rock this trendy look with ease. First, sculpt and shade with effortless precision using the soft-matte finish, creamy Kajal Liner. Then, blend and highlight the lips with the extra-shiny Lip Gloss to make your mouth a masterpiece!

Below I am wearing the shade Meme Lover

These come in three other shade combinations: Neo Femme, Slay All Day and No Shame. I liked this kit. The lipliner kajal went on smoothly, easily and lined my lips like nothing. It was very creamy. Then I blended that in to the middle of my lips. Next I applied the lipgloss to my lips, which is about 2 shades lighter than the lipliner. It highlighted the lipliner beautifully. I really liked how the ombré look ended up coming out. 

FLIRT Cosmetics is sold online at www.flirtcosmetics.comFollow Flirt on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flirtcosmetics/; Follow Flirt on Twitter:@flirtcosmetics; Follow Flirt on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/flirtcosmetics/; Follow Flirt on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/flirtcosmetics and Follow Pinterest on : https://www.pinterest.com/Flirtcosmetics/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(Products were sent for consideration)


CVS Adds Special Skin Centers And High Performing Sunscreens

On the heels of CVS Pharmacy’s launch of the Long Live Skin campaign – and announcement that they are the only national retailer to remove all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from shelves – I wanted to share a quick reminder about a promotion that’s taking place at CVS Pharmacy stores and CVS.com from Sunday, June 18 – Saturday, June 24.


As part of this campaign and the partnership between CVS Pharmacy, Johnson & Johnson and the American Cancer Society, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 for every Neutrogena or Aveeno product with SPF 15 or higher purchased from June 18-24(up to $100,000) to the American Cancer Society to help prevent skin cancer. 

 The Long Live Skin Campaign was designed to highlight CVS Pharmacy’s increased dedication to helping customers on their path to better health in every aisle. 

Other elements of Long Live Skininclude:

·         CVS Pharmacy is the only national retailer to remove all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from shelves and has added more than 30 new SPF+/broad spectrum products to sun care sets that either meet or exceed FDA standards

·         CVS Health brand SPF products have been certified by the Skin Cancer Foundation with a Seal of Recommendation to products exceeding FDA standards 

·         70% of CVS Pharmacy pharmacists address patient questions related to skin concerns each day.  In response, CVS Pharmacy is launching a new Skin Solution section in the pharmacy checkout in 4,000+ stores with education and derm-recommended products for top chronic/episodic skin conditions like acne, rosacea, scarring, rashes and sunburn

·         New brands with greater skin health benefits are launching throughout 2017, from preventative and proactive skincare with increased SPF, to more dermatological-approved options as well as additional natural and organic products

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush #ArmandHammer #Spinbrush #toothbrush

(product photo courtesy of www.armandhammer.com)

Arm and Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush $10.99

I must admit that over the years I have had some dental issues and a fear of the dentist. This has led to some time when I have not gone to the dentist out of fear. Let me tell you this. Never let fear stop you from going to the dentist. It will lead you down a very expensive path. I lost three teeth in an accident (not car, stupid childish accident) when I was 17. Then I just recently lost a couple of more teeth due to stupidity. I brush, but flossing is an issue for me, it is difficult. 

I was afforded the opportunity to try out a new brush to review the other day. I normally use the Sonic Care brush system, which I have been extremely happy with. But I did want to give this a trial because I would love to have this for travel. 

The Arm & Hammer Spinbrush™ Sonic Pulse Battery Powered Toothbrush delivers sonic pulsing action that helps to gently remove two times more plaque in hard to reach areas. The extra slim handle design fits easily in your hand and has the power of a battery toothbrush with the same control as a manual toothbrush. The toothbrush heads are replaceable, which is not true of other battery operated toothbrushes. Comes in soft bristle format. It works with any toothpaste on the market. The toothbrush has one setting, on and off. 

What is plaque and why it is important to remove it? Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria on teeth that reacts with sugar in foods to produce acids that can attack and weaken tooth enamel. Unfortunately, this can lead to cavities, gingivitis or worse, periodontitis (a more advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss). The solution to avoiding this is to brush twice a day, floss daily, and make sure you are using a fluoride toothpaste to help protect teeth from decay. Visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams. The Spinbrush removes 2x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. This should want to make you get it for sure!

Why a power brush? Dentists recommend using a power brush over a regular manual brush and that you brush for at least 2 minutes. This brush removes up to 70% more plaque than brushing with an ordinary manual toothbrush. It is also a great option for your kids. It actually increased the amount of time kids spent brushing their teeth by 36%!* *(vs. a manual toothbrush. Data on file with Arm & Hammer).

Here is my experience with the brush. Normally I have some issues with my gums bleeding a little. I was lucky enough that lately they had not been bleeding at all and seemed to be better. This was due to an unfortunate situation where I had to wear Invisialign retainers for over a year while I waited for my partial denture and they irritated my gums. So my gums seemed to be better but when I used the Spinbrush my gums bleed like crazy. I called my dentist and she told me I was pressing down too hard while I was brushing. I am so used to the Sonicare, which makes you lazy because it brushes your teeth for you, I was whacking my teeth to death. Once I lightened up on the brushing, it was fine and things were better. I am going to keep this for travel, since I have my Sonic Care brush, which was very expensive. But this brush will be excellent to take with me whenever I go anywhere overnight, since I cannot take the Sonicare. And I really do like the way it brushes, it leaves my mouth feeling clean and my teeth feeling sparkling clean. I think it removes a lot of plaque from your teeth, definitely more than a manual toothbrush does. 

The Arm and Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush retails for $10.99 and can be purchased at any mass market store such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, Target, Walmart, supermarkets and other pharmarcies. Like Arm & Hammer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armandhammer and Subscribe to Arm & Hammer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AHBakingSoda.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush #Clarisonic #SonicFoundationMakeupBrush

(product photos courtesy of www.clarisonic.com)

1 brush head/$35.00

I have owned my Clarisonic Sonic Brush for about 7 years now. I have always kept up with the company's latest developments. My surprise when I heard they had a brush head to fit on the end of ALL of their Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Devices. This Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush lets you blend a flawless makeup look in 60 seconds or less. It uses a patented oscillation technology that generates more than 18,000 micro-blends per minute. The makeup brush gently provides a flawless, full foundation coverage look in 60 seconds or less. 


What I love about this brush is how quick my makeup is on. Usually I spend 5-10 minutes with the sponge, but this does it in less than one minute. That is with powders, creams, liquid, etc. 

Below is a photo of me wearing The Balm Photobalm in Lighter than Light used with the Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush:
used Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Brush
The above is a powder foundation that I have been using with the Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush and I just love how it puts the foundation on. It works very well with the cycles of the natural brush. You spend 30 seconds on the chin and nose and 20 seconds on my cheeks. My face ends up looking very good. I have tried liquid foundation too and it went on very well. Cleanse it with shampoo or brush cleansing liquid and rinse well. 

The Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush retails for $35.00 and fits on any Clarisonic Cleanser. It may be purchased online at www.clarisonic.com or anywhere Clarisonic is sold, such as Ulta Beauty.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration) 

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