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The Princess and the Probiotic
(actual pill is as small as a pea)
Meghan Markle gives gut-felt advice on health and wellness
Not long before saying “yes” to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle posted a blog about her favorite travel essentials. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics were on her short list.
“Always travel with a high strain probiotic and hydrate like you’re dying of thirst,” wrote Markle, showcasing the product and linking to the company’s website . “This dynamic duo of probiotics and agua will keep your gut health in check and honestly stave off jet lag if you’re globetrotting on your travails.”
A reporter for Bustle unearthed this royal advice last month. It was not a paid placement and the probiotic company didn’t find out about it for another 30 days. Suzanne Somers, Kris Carr, Melissa Wood and many other health-savvy devotees and beauty bloggers have made similar unsolicited recommendations of Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics.
Dr. Ohhira’s is a celebrity-and-healthcare-practitioner favorite due to its remarkable fermentation process and because it’s the only probiotic supplement on the market today that is actually a fermented food, containing live cultures and postbiotics.
Perfect for travel its probiotic power is contained in a small capsule and presented in convenient blister packs that DO NOT require refrigeration!
Also, glowing skin and radiant health, like those of the future Princess, can also be a benefit of taking a high quality probiotic. “ Goooo pro…biotics!” Markle says.
When it comes to anti-aging products, I can honestly tell you that some are just a bunch of hype. They don't deliver on their promises of youthful skin, and are a huge waste of money.
In my ten years of being a beauty product reviewer, I have tested hundreds of products. I can honestly say that Rodan & Fields works the anti-aging miracles that it claims it does. In fact, Rodan & Fields is a company that I believe in enough to actually sell their products myself if I ever decide to go that route. For now, I am happy to review their amazing products.
I was given the chance to try out their Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen, Lash Boost, and Intensive Renewing Serum.
Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen
Our hands are among the hardest working and most environmentally vulnerable parts of our bodies. That's why the backs of people's hands often look so much older than their faces. To defend against the telltale signs of skin aging, Rodan & Fields created the REDEFINE™ Hand Treatment Regimen. It visibly brightens, diminishes visible redness and reduces the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles and thin, crepey skin.This set includes the REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment and the REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm, but you can purchase each one separately.
Our necks and hands are the first areas that begin to show age, and are the first areas to age the worst if you do not take care of them properly. The skin on our hands is thin, and years can take their toll. It is important to pamper them. Using sunscreen on the backs of your hands is very important! I am only just now starting to remember to use it. The age shield hand balm has an SPF of 30 and makes it easy to remember. I keep it in my purse and swipe it on as needed. The brightening hand treatment is amazing as well. It is a nice hand cream that makes my hands feel soft and moisturized. I don't have age spots on my hands yet, thankfully. Maybe I never will if I keep up this hand care regimen from Rodan & Fields!
Intensive Renewing Serum
Experience the visible skin firming, smoothing and revitalizing benefits of powerful Vitamin A without a visit to the dermatologist’s office. REDEFINE™ Intensive Renewing Serum is the closest you can get to prescription-strength Vitamin A without a prescription. With Retinal-MD™ Technology, 20 times the strength of Retinol, Intensive Renewing Serum harnesses the skin’s own renewing powers to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. This formula is not only stronger than Retinol, it’s smarter too. Specifically designed to be tough on the signs of aging — not on your skin — it’s gentle enough for everyday use on nearly all skin types. (60 Capsules)
I have been using one capsule a day of Intensive Renewing Serum for two months. A little goes a long way. I apply it to my face, neck and upper chest area. I love it because I am a firm believer in the importance of using Retinol in your skin care regimen, but unfortunately I get a bad reaction to it (Retinol). Thankfully, Intensive Renewing Serum is very gentle on my skin. You cannot really tell by my photo above, but the serum comes in small gelatin capsules that you twist the top off of, and apply it to your skin. The serum is so silky feeling, and it absorbs instantly. It makes my skin feel perfect and so soft. I use it right after I wash my face, usually at night before bed. It has helped my skin to look and feel very young and beautiful.
Get the appearance of lush, longer-looking lashes in as little as four weeks with ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost™.* This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours. In weeks, you’ll be wondering if you need mascara at all.
Oh my goodness! I am in LOVE with Lash Boost! It is pure heaven. My eyelashes were short and nothing to brag about. I always used several coats of mascara and a lash curler to make my lashes stand out.
After using Rodan & Fields Lash Boost for about six weeks (every single night before going to bed, AFTER washing my face and removing all makeup.) I apply it along my upper and lower lash lines.
My lashes have grown so much longer, thicker and darker. They almost reach my eyebrows! They are lush and beautiful. I get numerous compliments on them, and the compliments that mean the most are from my husband who usually never notices things like that.
This is such a miracle! My lashes are so long that they curl. I even have to comb them and untangle them each day! Now I only need one coat of mascara and I am good to go! This is so much fun for me. Even when I am not wearing mascara, my eyelashes look perfect and beautiful.
I also apply Lash Boost to my eyebrows a few times each week. I used to pluck my eyebrows and the hairs never quite grew back, but now they ARE back! I have my eyebrows back! This is one product that I never want to be without!
This photo doesn't really do my lashes justice, but can you see how long they have become.
For more information, go to https://www.rodanandfields.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely LOVE KORRES! I get really excited when I hear of new products they have created. I often feel like they are being made just for me! Okay, I know that KORRES isn't creating new products with me in mind, but it is always something perfect for my skin!
These two NEW skincare products from my favorite KORRES collections, are can be found online and in Sephora stores!
Introducing the NEW Pomegranate AHAs & Enzyme Resurfacing Mask and Black Pine Antiaging, Firming & Lifting Sleeping Facial
Pomegranate AHAs & Enzyme Resurfacing Mask:
I love this resurfacing mask! I use it once a week to remove dead skin cells that dull my complexion. It really came in handy last week when the weather became frigid during a freak late winter storm. My skin reacted by getting really dry. It was embarrassing because it was flaky looking and needed a good (yet gentle) exfoliating treatment. Thankfully this did the job, and left my skin looking renewed.
To use: I apply is directly to my face, neck and upper chest area, rubbing it in a circular motion all over my skin. I leave it on for five minutes, and then I rinse it off in the shower. It is easy to use.
Black Pine Antiaging, Firming & Lifting Sleeping Facial:
Harnessing the resiliency of Black Pine trees, this rich overnight moisturiser uses a proprietary blend of natural actives for advanced firming, contouring, and lifting action. A hybrid of a mask and a night cream, the luxurious formula works overnight to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve facial architecture and visually plump skin by morning.
I absolutely love a nourishing night cream that revitalizes my skin as I sleep. This one is perfectly hydrating, yet not heavy or greasy. It absorbs deeply into my skin, and I really see a difference upon waking up in the morning. My skin is not only hydrated, it is also much firmer, and seems to have a healthy glow. This facial cream also has a very nice fragrance! I apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
My hair is so unpredictable. In fact, I feel that my hair has a mind of its own. Some days, it is full of volume, shine and softness. Other days, my hair is thin, fragile, dry and brittle.
As a busy mom, I don't have a lot of time to go to the salon and get my hair cut as often as I should. My ends get dry and brittle, and start to break off. I had always wished for a miracle product that would make my dry, damaged hair look healthy so that I can make the time between salon visits last longer. (My hair has blonde highlights, so it has more than its fair share of damage.)
I also wished for products that were made of natural ingredients that would be safe for my entire family. Thankfully, I was introduced to MONAT Global hair care.
MONAT Global is an emerging leader in the hair care industry and the very FIRST NATURAL HAIR Direct Sales company in the world. They have a naturally-based, safe, pure, cruelty-free, and sustainable solution for all types of hair.
MONAT Global is a recent arrival to the hair care scene and has a lineup of award winning products that will help everyone achieve their hair goals, whether it is to improve hair manageability, density, and fullness or to decrease the substantially decrease the thinning process & hair fallout.
I had always heard good things about MONAT hair care products, and so I was excited when I was given the chance to review them! I was sent MONAT'S RENEW Shampoo and REVITALIZE Conditioner.
These formulas were exactly what my parched and damaged hair was needing. I immediately put them to use. Following the directions on the bottle, I shampooed my hair with the RENEW shampoo, which I could tell was going to be something different from the thick, rich and luxurious lather. I left it in my hair for 3 minutes, massaging it into my scalp, and making certain that every strand of my hair was saturated. Then, I rinsed. I immediately re-applied and repeated the process.
Before applying the REVITALIZING Conditioner, the directions suggested towel drying my hair before applying the conditioner. So after gently towel drying, I applied the rich and creamy conditioner from roots to the ends, and left it in my hair for five minutes before rinsing.
After allowing my hair to air dry, and then styling it as usual, I was amazed at the transformation of my hair. It was immediately healthier, shinier and my split ends were no longer noticeable. It looked as if I had gotten them cut off! My hair was completely transformed.
I have since been using MONAT every three days whenever I wash my hair, and I haven't needed a hair cut to trim my dead ends, frankly because my ends no longer look dead, nor do they break off. My hair has grown at least two inches in that period of time since I have been using MONAT.
MONAT products can be bought online three ways: retail, VIP customer or as a Market Partner. For more information, please visit: www.MonatNews.mymonat.com
*This has been a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.
A visit to the spa is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences ever. You can take in the soothing scents of essential oils that calm the senses and help to lift toxins out of the body. You’ll enjoy the sounds of nature or tranquil music that helps to put you in a sleep-like state as you receive a facial that will leave your skin glowing and youthful.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time to visit the spa as often as we would like. However, there are some spa treatments you can try at home that are just as relaxing. It’s also important to give your skin spa-quality treatment as much as possible because of the pollutants that are found in the air that affect our bodies daily. To find out more about how to improve the condition of your skin at home, read more at Facing Acne. These treatments are also designed to give you glowing skin, so you’ll look like you had a spa weekend without leaving the comfort of your home.
Chocolate Face Mask
Not only can you enjoy some of your favorite gourmet chocolate as you indulge in your homemade spa, you can save a little for your facial as well. Chocolate has properties that renew and hydrate the skin, and there are also antioxidants in chocolate that help to combat cell damage and the negative effects of free radicals on the skin. To make this chocolate mask, you’ll need cocoa, honey, heavy cream, cottage cheese and oatmeal. The cream and cottage cheese contain lactic acid, which can even your skin tone and deep-clean your pores. Mix the ingredients together until the mixture looks similar to a batter. Use a facial spatula or brush to apply the mask to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. When rinsing, use small circular motions to take the mask off and to get the exfoliation benefits of the oatmeal.
A scrub made from sugar or salt is often used in spas as a way to exfoliate the face and body. If you’ve ever experienced a scrub before a facial or massage, you know how soothing it can be. Now, you can make your own scrub at home using brown sugar, oatmeal, and olive or coconut oil. Brown sugar is beneficial for the skin because it protects the skin from bacteria and can get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Oatmeal contains beta glucans which are beneficial for tightening the skin, and the oats gentle exfoliate to remove debris and dead skin cells so that newer skin cells can thrive. Use a cup of each ingredient to create the scrub, and apply it all over your face and body, using small circular motions. Rinse the scrub off in the shower using lukewarm or tepid water. You’ll notice a difference right away – your skin will be smooth, supple and soft to the touch.
Papaya Enzyme Facial
Papain, the enzyme in papaya has the ability to improve the texture of the skin and help to reverse some of the effects of aging and sun damage. Papaya enzyme also serves as a gentle exfoliator and leave your skin glowing after use. You can take the enzyme internally, but you can also apply papaya to your face in the form of a DIY spa treatment.
After washing your face with a quality cleanser, put a pot of water on the stove to boil and mash up half a papaya to form a paste. Once the water gets hot, remove it from the stove and place your face over it to feel the steam for about five minutes. Then, apply the mashed papaya to your face. You can move away from the steam and even go lie down for about 10 minutes while the fruit enzyme does the work of lifting impurities from your skin. This is actually a treatment that is used in actual spas, so you can save money and be completely comfortable while you give yourself this four-star treatment.
Now that you know some of the beneficial spa treatments you can try at home, you can set aside time for a spa day without having to travel anywhere. This may make it easier to make time for quality skin treatments. The more you treat your skin with quality ingredients, the sooner you’ll see a youthful and glowing complexion.
There is a new skin care company on my radar! I am intrigued by ERBORIAN! Check out some of their top-sellers below, and you will see why I am excited to be trying them out in the very near future. There is definitely something unique about Korean skin care products. Korean women never seem to age! (Stay tuned on a future review!)
Don’t miss out tonight on QVC, beautyIQ Channel. Tune it at 10pm to see all that Erborian has to offer, from their top-selling CC Crème to scrubs and masks. Get a sneak-peak at some of their best-sellers below!
Erborian CC Crème ($44)
With a color correcting formula, this crème instantly transforms your skin to a flawlessly smooth, even and radiant finish. It utilizes unique color-changing technology, which allows the crème to adjust to your skin tone and enhance your skin’s true radiance.
Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil ($39)
Start and end your day with the Solid Cleansing Oil, a double transformation cleanser that turns into an oil, and then a lotion for maximum effectiveness. Formulated with coconut and sunflower seed oils, it gently cleanses and purifies the skin and removes traces of makeup.
Erborian Pink Perfect Crème – 4 in 1 Primer ($16)
Let your skin appear smoothed and radiant with this wonder cream. Acting as a 4-in-1 primer, it provides an instant blur by giving a soft-focus looking effect to the skin, it visibly minimizes the appearance of pores, it helps enhance the appearance of your skin tone with a pearly glow and it prepares your skin for makeup, acting as a primer.
Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Moisture Mask ($43)
Bamboo has been used for centuries in Korea because of its amazing moisturizing benefits. This mask replenishes moisture for parched skin, and can be used as a mask or as a moisturizing treatment for extra thirsty skin.
Treat your skin to a little extra LOVE this Valentine's Day!
Each surprise, special gift will be customized to an individual’s order. Gifts range from extra samples, to free complementary full sized product, to free shipping. No minimum order and no code necessary. Shop on Valentine’s Day to see what surprise PCA SKIN picks for you!
More details: https://www.pcaskin.com/love
Show your skin some love this Valentine’s Day with ISDIN products that will give your skin a smooth and radiant look, perfect if you have a date night planned or are staying in with the girls.
Unlock the secret to youthful skin with ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum, which protects against damaging free radicals caused by UVA, UVB rays and pollution. The serum evens skin tone for a firmer, brighter complexion thanks to the extremely powerful combination of two anti-oxidants: Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba. $84.
I have been using this serum for one week now, and I am already seeing amazing results. I apply it every night after cleansing to my face, neck and decolletage. It absorbs completely into my skin, and does not leave any kind of greasy or oily residue. I can feel that my skin is already much firmer, and feels so soft. My skin seems to have a lovely radiance to it as well.
Stay bright-eyed with K-OX Eyes, a complete eye contouring cream with ingredients Vitamin K Oxide, Haloxyl ™ and Eyeliss ™, all of which target the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Elasticity is restored to the delicate under eye skin, revealing a brighter and well-rested look. $85.
Flawless skin for a flawless night, ISDINCEUTICS Skin Drops just takes a few drops to conceal skin imperfections, such as vitiligo, discoloration, scars, tattoos and more. Skin Drops come in three shades, Sand, Bronze and Caramel and work for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-5. To achieve the best match for your complexion, blend, or use separately. $52.
I have been waiting all of my life for a product like this one! I am completely in love. It does not take more than a few drops to cover my entire face, neck and chest area flawlessly. I have a few freckles on my decolletage that I despise, and these skin drops cover everything that I wish to hide. I have never used a full coverage foundation that feels so light and allows my skin to breathe the way ISDINCEUTICS Skin Drops does. It goes on like a second skin, yet is so lightweight that it feels like I am not wearing any makeup. I am using the sand shade, and it is the perfect match for my skin tone. I feel so beautiful when I wear it.
Car selfies are the best, especially when I am using ISDINCEUTICS!
Available at Isdin.com/us
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching! This year, FORGET the chocolates and give her the gift of beauty! I mean, I am certain that she is already BEAUTIFUL, but us ladies absolutely love beauty products! (Make sure to show your guy this post!) There's something for every beauty loving girl on the list below:
FOR THE WOMAN WHO LIKES TO SHINE:
Dermarché Labs Roloxin Lift Gold (Dermarche.com, Roloxin Lift $33)
Instant Wrinkle Smoothing Mask formulated with opulent 24K Gold to deflect light for exceptional radiance. Roloxin Lift GOLD acts immediately to reduce the appearance of both wrinkles and pores, giving skin a smoother look and texture. There is just something about putting gold on my face that is quite exhilarating! And the results? Flawless!
FOR THE AVANT-GARDE LADY:
Pure CBD Shampoo and Conditioner blends the highest quality of CBD (Cannabidiol), essential oils and natural botanicals to moisturize, nourish and soften hair while bringing out your hair’s natural shine. If your love enjoys natural, cruelty free products this is the haircare set for her. I LOVE my CBD products. My hair is extremely shiny and oh, so soft and silky after I use it!
FOR THE HIGH-END GIRL:
To combat wrinkles and enhance elasticity NEOCUTIS created the MPC™ line which is a patented anti-aging technology that offers Matrikine-like benefits, using a proprietary blend of synthetic peptides. Key players in the MPC line include MicroDay and MicroNight for the face, and MicroFirm for the neck and décolleté.
FOR THE BEAUTY OBSESSED CHICK:
TotalBeauty.com 2017 Editors’ Pick Award Winner! Just a few drops of the foundation conceals skin imperfections, such as vitiligo, discoloration, varicose veins, bruising, scars, burns and even tattoos. Isdinceutics Skin Drops come in two shades, Sand and Bronze and work for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4. Give the gift of luxury this season.
FOR THE OVER THE TOP WOMAN:
Cosmetic treatments are the ultimate gift this year and can satisfy any giftee! Radiesse gives the gift of voluminous hands while Belotero and Xeomin gift you a youthful, wrinkle free face. Ultherapy is the gift of lift for your brow, décolletage and face and Cellfina is the gift of a smooth bottom! Who doesn’t want that?
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The winter months can be tough, but keep your skin soft and youthful with DDF Skincare. I’ve included more information below. Please let me know if you are working on any stories and/or need samples. Thanks!
DDF Anti-Aging Sensitive Youthful Tranquility Value Kit ($59.00 at ddfskincare.com)
Ideal for Sensitive Skin Types, these gentle yet effective formulas are perfect for those who experience rashes, irritation or any type of redness from using anti-aging skincare products.
DDF® Nourishing Eye Cream .5oz /14 g FULL SIZE
DDF® Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew 1.7oz /48 g FULL SIZE
DDF® Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel 3 fl. Oz. / 89ml
DDF Anti-Aging Restorative Youthful Value Kit ($89.00 at ddfskincare.com)
Ideal for Deep Lines & Wrinkles and Loss of Elasticity, these powerful advanced formulas are perfect for improved elasticity and a more youthful contoured look.
DDF® Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate .5oz /15 g FULL SIZE
DDF® Wrinkle-Resist Pore Minimizing Serum .5 fl.oz./15ml
DDF® Advanced Firming Cream .5oz /14 g
DDF® Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser 3 fl. Oz. / 89ml