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The latest beauty craze is here - and not a moment too soon. Instead of solely relying on moisturizers and topical products to maintain healthy and beautiful skin, health experts are now suggesting that marine phytoplankton may do the trick!
What is Phytoplankton?
Phytoplankton is the ultimate superfood and the latest skincare craze! A premium blend of two specially cultivated, hand selected marine phytoplankton strains, Oceans Alive is like rocket fuel for your cells. Grown in a photobioreactor, this marine phytoplankton is completely pure and free of contaminants. The nutrient density of this microalgae provides you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids; the building blocks of good health.
Heaven knows, if there is a product that promises to give me beautiful, youthful skin, I am certain to give it a try! Why not? This superfood supplement is called Oceans Alive!
A few of the benefits you can expect from Oceans Alive:
- Increased mental and physical energy
- Improved mental clarity and focus
- Strengthened immune system
- Reduced inflammation
- Cardiovascular support
If you’re suffering from cuts, burns, acne, eczema and other skin irritations, by adding Oceans Alive to your cleansing routine you will see a noticeable difference.
Upgrade your life on a daily basis going forward with this microscopic, ultra powerful ocean nutrient! Every drop of this DNA Rocket Fuel contains more than 5 billion identical cells of energy that feeds your mitochondria like nothing you have experienced before. Everyone reports a joyful mental energy and the power to make the most of every day! This is the ultimate activator to high levels of health and is foundational to maximizing your quality of life. The 30 ml bottle is the perfect size to take anywhere you go, ensuring your are getting that fresh harvested life energy regardless of circumstance.
Ingredients: A proprietary blend of Phyto/Nano nutrients consisting of Nannochloropsis Gaditana, Nannochloropsis Galasemis and Concentrated Purified Sea Mineral Trace Elements.
I was excited to try Oceans Alive , because I am all for improving my health and discovering supplements that can assist me in looking and feeling my very best. I have been using Oceans Alive every day for two weeks. You can mix it into a smoothie or soup, or other food, but I simply place a dropperful on my tongue once a day and quickly wash it down with juice, It is very salty and not very tasty, but if I can get past that, so can you, The benefits are completely worth it!
Price: $39/30 ml. Discounts available on multi-packs and Auto Delivery subscriptions.
For more information go to: http://store.activationproducts.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own
Daily Showers, Environment Take Toll on Skin Health
Babytime! Soothing Cream restores moisture, strengthens skin with probiotics
While soap is an essential part of hygiene, it can also be drying and damaging to skin. Most lotions merely mask symptoms without solving the underlying problems. Babytime! Soothing Cream brings cooling comfort to red, dry, itchy, irritated skin.
This all natural scent-free formula with calming calendula and raspberry butter restores moisture balance, while nourishing probiotics and neem oil fortify and soothe developing skin ensuring it is pH-balanced and healthy with good bacteria.
Developed by doctors, Babytime! Soothing Cream is safe to use on any age skin and it has earned a top safety rating from the Environmental Working Group. Babytime! Soothing Cream can be used to relieve eczema or dermatitis for children and adults, cradle cap, baby acne or diaper rash for infants, and on any other dry irritated skin problems.
Babytime! products are the only U.S. formulations currently on the market that contain probiotics to enhance skin immunity with every application. Ingredients in Babytime! Soothing Cream include: aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf juice, water, glycerin, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), neem seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, pyrus communis (pear) fruit extract, tocopherol (non-GMO “TocoBiol”), cetearyl alcohol, phenethyl alcohol, caprylyl glycol, xantham gum, lactobacillus/milk ferment lysate filtrate (yogurt derived), vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry fruit extract), cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, chamomilla recutita flower/leaf (chamomile) extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, alendula officinalis (marigold) flower extract, borage (starflower) seed oil,
Babytime! by Episencial is the only company to make baby-safe, all-natural skincare products that support skin immunity and help treat common skin conditions, like eczema, cradle cap and common dehydration. With clinically effective formulas designed to support the health and development of both the skin and body,
Babytime! products provide a protective barrier to insulate vulnerable skin, offset environmental contaminants, and help keep children safe. By virtue of all natural ingredients Babytime! products reduce exposure to unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals so prevalent in skincare products; even those marketed for babies and children. Doctors and medical professionals throughout North America use Babytime!’s skincare products in their hospitals. Babytime!’s unique probiotics formulation helps to enhance skin immunity, with organic ingredients as high as 95% to ensure the best quality.
Enter to win! One winner will receive a tube of BabyTime! Soothing Cream (ARV: $11)
How? I'ts easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Babytime! Soothing Cream can be purchased online for $10.99 at www.babytimeusa.com.
*Product received. All opinion are my own.
Does eating a lot of citrus foods or drinks before going out in the sun cause you to get a sunburn? Many foods we eat can affect our skin and how it can react in all types of environments, but most importantly when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays. Nearly everyone loves to go out and feel the sun on their skin during the summer months. The warmth and relaxation makes us feel healthy and youthful. Are there precautions one should take before and after sun exposure? Wearing the proper skin protection when being exposed will help keep your skin to remain healthy and youthful.
After sunbathing, it is just as important to treat your skin with a product that will hep rehydrate and soften your skin so it can heal. One product invented by dermatologist Dr. Janet Prystowsky, is beneficial at doing just that, Livad A & D is even perfect for helping skin recover after being out in the sun. Livad A & D cream is the culmination of Dr. Prystowsky’s 25 years of dermatologic and nutritional experience harnessed into an everyday moisturizer that maintains the look of young, glowing skin.
I received a bottle of LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream to review. It came to my house the day after I returned from a vacation to Hawaii, and just in the nick of time. I was badly sunburned in Hawaii. Now, being a beauty blogger, you would think that I would have had enough sense to have worn sunscreen in a tropical place like Hawaii, right? My only excuse is that I underestimated the Hawaiian sun. I got my sunburn on the back of my arms and the backs of my legs while watching my oldest son get married on the beach. The wedding was only about 30 minutes long, but that was enough time for my skin to get fried.
In this photo, you cannot see the sunburned back of my legs or the back of my arms. (this is my husband and I)
I knew that my sunburn was a horrific one after I saw blisters forming. I was so angry with myself for not applying sunscreen on my legs or arms for my son's wedding! (At home in Oregon, I can stand outside in the sun for hours and never even get a hint of color.)
After I returned home from Hawaii, I was thankful to have discovered LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream. I applied it very gently all over my severely burned legs and arms. It immediately soothed my skin. I also applied it to my face and neck (which also got some sun, but not nearly as bad as my legs and arms.)
My skin drank up this miraculous cream like it was a sponge. I was amazed at how it simply absorbed into my skin, leaving it supple and smooth. My sunburned skin seemed to be revived and started to heal very quickly. I had never used a product before that worked as well as LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream. Not even Aloe Vera!
Since I was having such great results with LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream on my sunburn, I decided to test it out as a day and night facial cream as well. Guess what? It completely plumps up my fine lines and wrinkles, so that they are hardly visible!
I can hardly believe that a skin care product this amazing actually exists. I also love the fact that LIVAD is made with natural oils, such as cucumber and sunflower and does not contain harmful ingredients.
Enter to win! Three winners will receive a 6.75oz bottle of Livad Vitamin A&D Skin Cream (ARV: $90 ea.)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: https://livadskincare.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Beach season is finally here, and it’s important to make sure your skin is smooth and radiant so you stand out in your bikini! (Or your one piece, which is what I will be wearing!)
The You Are Amazing bath and body collection is affordable and free of parabens and phthalates. Now you can liven up your shower routine one scent at a time, so you’re refreshed and smelling great all summer long.
Add a pop of color to your summer shower routine with the You Are Amazing bath and body product collection! You'll look and feel your best with these fun, affordable summer skincare staples that are available in eight delicious scents! Give your skin the perfect summer glow with products that are paraben and phlthalate-free.
1. Exfoliating daily helps remove build up of dead skin cells to reveal clean pores and fresh skin. Try the micro-bead free Smooth It Out Exfoliating Body Scrub & Wash for a healthy glow.
2. If you're looking for a gentle rinse, the Clean On Up Body Wash is a go-to shower favorite.
3. Enrich your skin with the Hello Beautiful Skin Body Lotion to hydrate after a long day at the beach. This lotion will lock in moisture and help nourish rough, dry skin back to life.
4. Finish up with the Final Spritz Body Mist to lock in the lasting scents. You will feel confident and ready to take on the day!
I received samples of You Are Amazing body care products to review. I was sent two of their deeply hydrating body lotions in Mango Papaya and Eucalyptus Mint. I am extremely happy with how these rich formulas quench my dry skin and make it look and feel supple and healthy. Plus the fragrances are heavenly! The mint keeps my body feeling fresh, cool and tingly. I love it!
The Vanilla Bean Body Wash is divine! It creates the perfect shave for my legs and underarms. It leaves my skin perfectly soft and clean. I also use the Juicy Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Scrub and Wash twice per week, which completely smooths out all rough patches, thus allowing my moisturizers to penetrate my skin better.
And the Final Spritz Body Mists are the perfect finishing touch for a light, summery and feminine fragrance. This mist also feels nice and hydrating. It is the perfect lightweight moisturizer for warmer days.
For more information go to: http://www.youareamazingbeauty.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Who would have guessed that the key to clear skin is in paprika and probiotics? I never would have made that connection!
The ZSS Clear Skin Method merges Probitoics and Zeaxanthin from orange paprika peppers, which has been tailored to target redness, acne and problematic skin.
The Clear Skin Method includes a topcial Zeaxanthin-based Nutri-Serum that was been developed to work in tandem with a 30-day supply of individually packaged superfood supplements, brimming with not only Probiotics and Zeaxanthin, but other ingredients such as Tumeric, Broccoli, Pomegranate, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Algae, and Ceramides. Both clinically proven (with clinical studies available) to improve your complexion from the outside and inside out by targeting your gut health to give you balanced healthy skin.
The brand has been embraced by The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), celebrities such as Lisa Vanderpump, Dascha Polanco and Jada Pinkett Smith and men and women across the US.
Take a look at this video which explains how certain foods and nutrition can affect the quality and clarity of your skin:
My daughter, Kendallyn has been taking the ZSS Clear Skin Method supplements and using the serum daily for over a month now. Before using this system, she was having breakouts that did not respond to her usual acne products or skin care routine. The ZSS Clear Skin Method has given her the beautiful, clear skin you can see in the photo below. Very impressive, indeed!
For more information about this product, go to: https://zss-skincare.com/method-2/
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Look good and feel great from head-to-toe this Valentine’s day! Light a candle to set the mood, lather your body for radiant skin, spray on some perfume to smell your best, and keep your hair looking great all night long with these V-day essentials. (Some of my very favorites!)
To set the mood – Molton Brown’s Single Wick Candle creates a tranquil atmosphere in your home. Light up a room with a subtle, relaxing glow with an elegant wax candles. (www.MoltonBrown.com $49)
For a radiant glow – Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion moisturizes and enhances skin’s natural radiance from head to toe. (www.BurtsBees.com $9)
To smell fresh– Krigler’s Pleasure Gardenia 79 is an intense floral, voluptuous, elegant and feminine scent with base notes of jasmine, vanilla and mimosa meeting a creamy mix of musk and Gardena petals. (www.krigler.com)
To help your hair look amazing all night long – KMS California HAIRSTAY dry xtreme hairspray gives you extreme, volumizing hold, is dry-to-the-touch, has a shiny finish, 24-hour hold, and is high-humidity resistant. (www.KMSCalifornia.com $17.99)
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Any opinions are my own.
Some people don't mind aging, but I am not one of them. I will do anything I can to look as youthful as possible for as long as I can. I am so thankful that there are high quality skin care products on the market that will help me in my quest for the fountain of youth. One of these miracle products is Mira-Skin™ Hyaluronic Serum.
Mira-Skin™ Hyaluronic Serum (50 ml bottle for $159) deeply moisturizes and hydrates the skin while activating collagen production. It boosts the power of your own skin care products and can be combined with them for ultimate skin hydration.
As the graph below shows, hyaluron rapidly decreases as we age.
Mira-Skin™ Hyaluronic Serum is a unique combination of high-quality, short-chained hyaluronic acid, which promotes regeneration and supplies your skin with the following valuable nutrients and antioxidants for ultimate hydration:
- Vitamin E
- Omega 3
- Vitamin A
- Alpha hydroxy acid
THE POWER OF SHORT-CHAINED HYALURON PROVIDES:
- immediate, visible and natural results
- skin hydration, wrinkles filling, volume restoration
- short-chained hyaluronic acid deeply penetrates the skin and bolsters up from the inside out
- hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin
- 9 additional vital substances
I was sent a sample of Mira-Skin Hyaluronic Serum to review. As I said above, I will do everything I can to keep my skin looking youthful. I was excited to get the chance to try out this product because I had read so many great things about it. I have been using it for about three weeks now and my skin looks and feels so much younger.
I use Mira-Skin Hyaluronic Serum both morning and night after cleansing. It absorbs very nicely into my skin. My fine lines and wrinkles are plumped up, my skin tone is much more even and my skin looks radiant. I love it!
Purchase information here: www.mira-skin.com
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
No matter what your everyday beauty look is, a fresh base is key to looking your best. We’ve got you covered from head to toe with these products that can serve as your first step to looking and feeling great!
Before applying makeup, deep cleanse your skin with Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. Draw out and trap 2x more dirt and impurities with this innovative black cleanser that foams white and rinses clean. Infused with Skin Purifying Technology, this facial cleanser gives you results after just one use ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers).
Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is one of my favorite go-to cleansers. I love to use it in the shower to wash my face. I love the cool, minty tingle and how it strips my face of oil and dirt, but does not dry out my skin.
Every fresh face starts with a great moisturizer before stepping out the door! Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30 is a multi-level anti-aging cream that is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance ($69; Kohls.com).
This is my favorite new moisturizer! It smells very nice and keeps my skin supple all day. Plus it has sunscreen!
Healthy, smooth skin is the base that will compliment any outfit choice with Curel Rough Skin Rescue. Ideal for severely dry, flaky skin, this smoothing lotion gently loosens flakes without irritation, allowing essential hydration to reach the areas that need it most. The dermatologist-recommended formula uses natural ingredients to relieve roughness and help prevent it from returning ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers).
I have used Curel for as long as I can remember. It is one of my favorite brands of body lotions.
The final touch may be spritzing your favorite perfume, but don’t forget to start with a fresh and clean scented deodorant! Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant Collection is an all-natural, freshly scented deodorant that provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Available in Vanilla Grapefruit, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Blackberry, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Passion Fruit, Fragrance Free and Sport Luxe Vanilla Breeze ($14-$16; Lavanila.com).
I use Lavanila Healthy Deodorant because it has zero harmful chemicals and it smells so amazing!
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
We are constantly reminded of the importance of using healthy products on our skin! With new products on the market, there is no reason to use moisturizers with harsh chemicals that are stressors to the skin and body. Lavanila and Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare have solutions guaranteed to keep your skin hydrated from head-to-toe in the healthiest way.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
“Belli Celebrates Mom Every Day in May with a Giveaway”
Daily Sweepstakes, Grand prize drawing, and facebook contest offer prizes galore
Belli® Skincare honors mothers not just for a day but during the entire month of May with “Belli Celebrates Mom,” a promotion comprised of a series of daily giveaways culminating in a Grand Prize sweepstakes and a Facebook contest. Up for grabs will be coveted prizes from Belli’s collection of pristine face and body care, products known for their unique ingredient safety standards, as well as co-sponsoring prestige mom and baby brands in multiple categories.
From May 1 – May 31, consumers can make a daily visit to www.belliskincare.com for a chance to win an item from that day’s featured brand partner. On the last day of the promotion, May 31, they can register for the Grand Prize, which will include a prize from each sponsor brand, valued at more than $1,500. The value of the prizes to be awarded throughout the month is estimated at more than $5,000.
Throughout the month, consumers can also compete for a matching Grand Prize package via a special contest on Belli’s Facebook page. Here they can post a comment or upload a photo or video of their mom. The post with the most likes receives the same Grand Prize of 29 gifts as the sweepstakes winner.
Each day of the sweepstakes will feature a different giveaway, . Participating partners with Belli skincare include: Belly Bandit, milkmakers, Preggers, BabyBjorn, For Two Fitness, bebe au lait, Pretty Pushers, Belabumbum, Kitchen Curry Master, Pregnancy & Newborn, Happy Family, Guava Family, Posh Play, Timi & Leslie, Psi Bands, B Natal, Cake Maternity, Kiinde, Green Cupboards, evozbaby, Healthy Mama, Ovuline, bodyafterbaby, Three Lollies, Green Toys, ecomom, mommy water, snuza and 9 months.
The giveaways are open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. No purchase is necessary to win. Limit 1 entry per day per person. Enter to win at www.belliskincare.com.
Belli Skincare delivers trusted skin care solutions that pamper and protect without known harmful chemicals so women can expect beautiful skin and enjoy peace of mind during any stage of your life: pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. Belli is Picky for a Purpose ™ to give you peace of mind. Our products are allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives.
The ingredients in Belli products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. Belli even follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.