Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

YEOUTH Vitamin C&E Serum-Hyaluronic Acid, Love it!

I was contacted by Sabrina, a YEOUTH Global Ambassador via Instagram @yeouthskincare to test and review one of their skin care products. Now I love Hyaluronic acid serums and I was more than happy to give it a shot. As with all serums like this, they take time and assist your skin to build up healthy cells. I got my bottle in mid April and started using it right away. It’s a very light serum, applied to damp skin. After cleansing, I mist on straight aloe juice then apply the tiniest dot of this serum to my face, neck, chest and tops of my hands. Then follow up with sunscreen before going outside.

I have indeed noticed a softening and slight plumping on my face. I think my neck and arms will take a bit more work as I have sadly neglected them with too much sun exposure and not enough protection. My bad! Oh, and I LOVE that it is fragrance free! This serum applies like silk. Their products are satisfaction guaranteed, inexpensive and the company is very transparent in their production practices. Nice!

According to a 2018 Tweet by #Yeouth, “Animals don’t have to suffer for us to attain good looks. In support of #crueltyfree cosmetics, All Yeouth products are at 20% OFF from July 30 to August 5. Say no to animal testing by choosing cruelty-free beauty products…” This is a huge PLUS in my book in regards to skin care products. Well done Youth! My Hermione approves!

According to Yeouth, Here are the key functions of what goes into the Vitamin C&E Serum with Hyaluronic Acid:

•Vitamin C – a nutrient that is vital to skin health, Vitamin C effectively protects the skin from free radicals, reviving aged and sun-damaged skin.

•Hyaluronic Acid – nourishes your skin with spring water-like hydration, keeping skin plump and smooth through its ability to bind and hold moisture in the skin’s cells.

•Vitamin E – acting as your skin’s shield from harmful UV rays, natural Vitamin E works hard to even skin tone and build a protective barrier for your skin.”

MADE IN THE USA
•Paraben Free
•Sulfate Free
•Phthalates Free
•Fragrance Free
•GMO Free
•Triclosan Free

Give it a try and remember, you’re never to young to keep your skin that way! Would you like a 20% off coupon code? Sure you would! Use my promo code SOCIAL20 for 20% off your first order.

Find the Yeouth Vitamin C&E Serum here: https://yeouth.com/collections/serums/products/vitamin-c-and-e-serum-with-hyaluronic-acid-dp-b01a95400g

Yeouth also has Essential Oils, Vitamins, Cleansers, Toners and more!

Instagram: @yeouthskincare
Web site: Yeouth.com
Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/yeouth

Read more about the company here:
https://yeouth.com/pages/about-us

** This product for sent to me at no cost for review and testing purposes, all opinions are my own.

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Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

L’Oreal Age Perfect Rosy Tone hits and misses

So, you may have noticed my posts have been a bit spotty since the end of March. With Springtime gardening on my docket, my attention has been nearly completely diverted to the outdoor tasks at hand, giving me less time to post reviews. Sorry, but my yard was calling me and for nail-related posts, I had to back off simply due to the fact, my nails have looked horrendous! That isn’t a bad thing, I’m getting a nice yard out of my labors and veggies and herbs, oh my! lol

But I did recieve another Influenster VoxBox to try, one by L’Oreal.

They sent me Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer and Rosy Tone Eye Brightener. I had high hopes until I started reading some of the ingredients were, not my cup of tea. But I mushed on and have given it time to win me over. #1, I don’t much care for scented things on my face. It makes me nervous to have too many chemicals having their way with my skin. Secondly, upon trying them on my face, I found little difference in the appearance of my skin. It’s not a makeup replacement, not a BB cream, too sheer to make a difference and low and behold, it’s got mica in it which means in the sun, sparkly reflections. I don’t like that on my face. Hard to see in my photos, but it is there.

The eye brightener did not deliver in regards to toning down dark areas, not even close. These creams tout having the ability to “renew, revive healthy tone for visibly younger looking skin.” It did not “visibly correct dark circles.” So yeah, sorry L’Oreal, these are both a miss for me. And why would they note the eye brightener is Mineral Oil Free, while the moisturizer contains it? With ingredients like, “Synthetic Fluorphlogophite” and “Tin Oxide” to name a fraction of what is inside, Ummmm, NO!

The “Immediate” payoff is not there, and the “in 4 weeks” promise? I’m not even counting on that.

Sorry this had to be so negative. Let me know if you have tried these. I am on a different path, a much belated one in regards to trying to reverse some aging and sun damage. I want more natural things that encourage skin and collagen regeneration. I want to fight free radicals and sketchy chemicals.This type of product doesn’t seem to want to do that. Until next time, that’s it on this box. I promise, I have a feeling my next one will be a lot more fun!

**I received this product through the Influenster program free of charge for complimentary and testing purposes, and was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

Perricone MD Cold Plasma+ Fragile Skin Therapy

Wow, that is a mouthful, “Perricone MD Cold Plasma+ Fragile Skin Therapy” Body Treatment with Growth Factor Peptides, Micro-Hyaluronic Acid, retinol! I received this amazing full size 6 oz. lotion in an Influenster VoxBox a couple of weeks ago. Now if you are familiar with any peptide, acid serum or lotion type skin therapies, they take a little time to begin showing signs of success. I am pretty confident that this treatment will follow suit and it has only been a couple of weeks, so I call it as I do my other new serums I have started using, “T.E.T.T” How is that for an acronym? LOL Too Early To Tell. However, I will say it glides on like silk, does not feel greasy, heavy or grainy in any way. Here are a few images of the lotion and packaging.

Perricone says of this skin therapy lotion, “This multi-tasking powerhouse dramatically promotes the most visible signs of stronger, more resilient skin on the arms, shins and other fragile areas prone to damage or bruising. Our proprietary liquid crystal delivery system allows for fast and deep penetration of key ingredients and hydration to nourish, strengthen and replenish. Dramatically improves the appearance of thin, crepey and delicate skin, leaving it feeling smoother and firmer.” And…”Promotes the most visible signs of stronger skin on arms, shins and other fragile areas.
Dramatically improves the appearance of thin, crepey and delicate skin, leaving it feeling smoother and firmer.”

And here are some of their test results, which you can see why only two weeks for me is TETT!

Clinical Results
100% showed an improvement in the appearance of lines, wrinkles, skin crepiness*

• 94% showed an improvement in skin density & skin barrier function*
• 82% showed an improvement in skin tone evenness***
*In a clinical study of 33 women over 4 weeks
***In a clinical study of 33 women at 8 weeks
• Consumer Results
94% saw smoothing of rough, damaged skin**
87% saw an improvement in fragile skin & felt skin had more elasticity**
**In a consumer study of 99 women over 4 weeks”

Again, it is too early to tell a difference, but I am anticipating good things from this high-end product. I am testing it on my neck, chest and the top of my hands. You can also use it on your shins, however I won’t need it there, my skin is pretty tough there but one can use it anywhere they feel their skin is fragile and vulnerable to damage or thinning.

I would love to be on the VoxBox list for future Perricone MD products for my sun-challenged skin. I am on a new and purposeful path to improving my skin. I am no spring chicken. LOL I will update you when I have more to report on my Instagram @lacqueredLori.

Perricone MD COLD PLASMA PLUS+ FRAGILE SKIN THERAPY
https://www.perriconemd.com

It is MSRP $99, and can be purchased at Perriconemd.com, or at Sephora. Inquire with your local Sephora on availability.

**I received this product through the Influenster program free of charge for complimentary and testing purposes, and was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

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Double duty powders, marbleizing media by Born Pretty

The other day I received this beautiful little package of nail art goodies from Born Pretty Nail and I love them all! They sent me for review, two powders that can either be used like a normal dip powder system, or as I did, chromed with no wipe gel top coat. Also if you haven’t heard of alcohol inks for nails, get ready to fall in love with these two! Oh and one little delicate beauty, a pearly white stamping polish! Let’s take a look now!

BP-ET07 Flowing Clouds stamping polish is a delicate pearly white stamping polish with an amazing formula. #42855
from the Earth Tone stamping series
BP-H106 The Glory of Star Blooming Alcohol ink (blooming) in a gorgeous blue #44181
BP-H106 Constant Jade Blooming Alcohol ink (blooming) is great for marbling over any matte surface. #44181
Bp-CDP04 Sahara Eye Dipping Powder is a duo chrome finish when rubbed on like chrome pigments, switches from cerulean blue to purple, can also be dipped. #45778 10ml
Effect: Mirror OR Dipping effect Chameleon Powder
Bp-CDP07 Wave Rock Dipping Powder alternates from rusty-red, to bronze to deep rose. #45778 10ml
Effect: Mirror OR Dipping effect Chameleon Powder

Here are the links to today’s items!

Earth Tone Stamping Series #42855BP-ET07 Flowing clouds pearly white stamping polish

Wave Rock BP-CDP07 CHAMELEON POWDER DIPPING SYSTEM#45778 10ml Effect: Mirror OR Dipping effect Chameleon Powder

SAHARAH EYE BP-CDP04 CHAMELEON POWDER DIPPING SYSTEM#45778 10ml Effect: Mirror OR Dipping effect Chameleon Powder

#44181 BP-HI06 Constant Jade

#44181 BP-HI01 The Glory of Star

Called Blooming however it is actually an alcohol ink product for use over a matte finish for marbling, etc.

Remember to use my 10% OFF Discount Code! PPL01 On a side note, if you live in the US, or actually anyplace far from the original location of the store, allow up to 3-4 weeks for delivery as your items come from Hong Kong/Singapore. Shipping is always FREE Worldwide, payment is via Paypal, Visa and MC. Check this store out for all your nail art, accessory needs including items like jewelry, polishes, cosmetics, phone accessories, manicure equipment and more.

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#BornPrettyNailArt @Bornprettynailart @bornprettygelstampingpolish #bornprettynail #bornprettystore #bornprettygelpolish #bornprettystampingplates #bornprettythermalgel #MyDiscountCodeIsPPL01 #BPnailart #BPStampingPolish

*Items were sent to me at no cost for my honest review.

Miscellaneous products

Konjac and derma rollers, I can explain ;-)

So, you know we all age, and some of us more gracefully than others. I accept the silver hairs among my golden locks, so I “highlight” my hair. No biggie. But it is thinning, I am not okay with that. And my skin is suffering from years of unprotected sun exposure. My bad! Sun is good, and so is vitamin D. But too much of a good thing blah, blah, blah. LOL So now I am being Post Active. No proactive. I am having to make up for my “maturing” ways and lack of healthy skin care. Here is my current plan. Derma rolling, exfoliation and healthy acids like hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C serums. I have Youtubed and online shopped till my eyes bled to research what I needed and how to use them. So I am off to a good start. And any manufacturers by the way interested in having me test and review their natural products here, let me know! Let’s take a look at my most recent skin care items from one particularly amazing eBay seller, Joy!

Here is the 192 stainless steel needle derma roller I got from eBay seller Joy, of Bluemarcompany. Finally, actual needles, not the saw blades like most you find online. This one is .5mm and Joy also sells a .25mm model.
Joy, eBay seller of Bluemarcompany sent me these three styles of Konjac sponges. From left charcoal, center is natural, and on the right is green tea infused.

Now for the disclaimer, I purchased two of the .5mm derma rollers, and she sent me the three konjac sponges to try so I told her I would most certainly would love to test them out on my blog! Also, I will post in the future after taking before and after shots of my skin, not my whole face (you don’t want to see my face 😉 a few months into this process. Derma rolling is not a quick fix, with empty promises and faked outcomes. It is a long proven method of encouraging the skin’s sluggish collagen production to plump up, produce more collagen from the microscopic punctures placed on the skin from derma rolling. Please watch YouTube videos by the pros people. I am not an esthetician or doctor. I will only say that my plan is to derma roll with a .5mm roller max 2 times a week. I plan to use a .75 on my scalp, as this really does encourage new hair growth, 1-2 times per week. I also will be derma rolling my lips, neck and chest, and backs of my hands.

Sanitization methods I am comfortable with will be clean washed and rinsed skin. Then alcohol pad dabbed over my skin. Alcohol before and after sprayed or poured over the roller. I don’t want any nasty bacteria setting up shop on my skin or rollers. Then within an hour after rolling I will apply my serum(s). It is always best to do this about an hour before bed to give your skin time to rest and recoup from the procedure. Also, I might mention I have researched and the general consensus by pros, is .25mm needles may be used daily, but they don’t go deep enough to cause the beneficial collagen producing micro wounds. So the .25mm is good for a daily treatment (or around the delicate eye zone) which puncture the superficial top layer of the skin, which in turn allows your daily or nightly serums to penetrate better and be more beneficial. I plan to use the .25 nightly for my lips then once a week use .5mm on my lips for rejuvenation and plumping. Yes, it really does that! Info from the derma roller she sells.

“• 192 Individual Stainless Steel Needles. Each needles is installed individually in the aqua roller and each needle is quite sharp.
• Derma rollers are an excellent beauty tool for softening wrinkles, lightening facial scars and shrinking pores.
• It works by puncturing the skin and creating micro injuries that then stimulate collagen and elastin production.
• Using a derma roller before applying your facial serums and moisturizers will allow deeper penetration and more absorption. We recommend using Vitamin C serum, or any other serum you may be using, immediately after using the derma roller.
• This derma roller is a safe and cost effective way of brightening your skin at home everyday.
• Perfect gift for anyone!
• Return Policy: We offer a 30 day return to any unsatisfied customer for a full refund.”

The konjac sponges are pretty amazing in their own right. Very refreshing and I use them without drying soaps. Best way to exfoliate naturally. And the ones my eBay seller, Joy, sells are quite large. I might mention, Joy also sells on Amazon, links will be below. I am overjoyed to find a seller of these items that are legit. I have been burned by some overseas sellers that post them with photos taken from other sellers. Then the item arrives and it is a cheap knock off version. Here are Joy’s Amazon and eBay links.

https://www.ebay.com/usr/bluemarcompany

Amazon links for konjac sponges:

PURE WHITE

Konjac sponges are made from the dried ground root of the konjac, also known as the elephant yam which is native to Asia. Konjac root has many vitamins and minerals which naturally nourish the skin.
These sponges gently exfoliate the skin leaving it softer than before. The Pure White sponges are especially popular for those with sensitive skin. 
Moms love it for their babies since it is 100% natural and free of any other added ingredient. Completely safe for sensitive skin.




GREEN TEA
Green tea infused konjac sponges come in packs of two, individually packaged. 
100% NATURAL and BIODEGRADABLE. It can even be composted with your fruits and vegetables, making it safe for the environment and safe for your skin. Each sponge comes with a string attached for ease of drying.
These sponges gently exfoliate your skin leaving it smoother and softer than before.
The green tea, infused in the sponges, helps to shrink pores. Green tea contains tannins that act as a natural astringent for the skin. These tannins help to reduce sebum, the skins natural oils, and in turn, reduces pore size.
Green Tea has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which is especially beneficial for the skin when used topically.




ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

The activated charcoal helps to draw out dirt and bacteria from your pores, which helps to soothe acne prone skin.

That is all I have today guys! I am super excited about this journey and I truly wish I had started 10 years ago.

Manis and lacquers

Zoya Innocence is here now!

Zoya always have a great transitional collection for each time of year. Innocence is one of those and I’m loving it, well, to be honest, only one loses my love this time. But the rest are the Bee’s knees 😉 Read on!

Pinky and ring finger…Birch can best be described as a gentle greiged lavender in a full coverage cream formula.
Color Family – purple
Finish – Cream, Intensity – 4 (1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque)Tone – Cool
Middle and Pointer…Agnes can best be described as a warm toned muted blush in a full coverage cream formula.
Color Family – neutral, pink
Finish – Cream
Intensity – 4 (1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque)Tone – Warm
Pinky and Ring fingers…Evette can best be described as a softened grape with a pink undertone to balance, in a full coverage cream formula.
Color Family – purple
Finish – Cream
Intensity – 5 (1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque)Tone – Cool
Middle and Pointer…Aire can best be described as a deep, dusty periwinkle blue in a full coverage cream formula.
Color Family – blue, periwinkle
Finish – Cream
Intensity – 5 (1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque)Tone – Cool
Pinky and ring fingers…Fern can best be described as a balanced sage with a beautiful warm pearl accent.
Color Family – green
Finish – Pearl
Intensity – 4 (1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque)Tone – Neutral *More gray than green with a subtle hat of gold shimmer!
Middle & pointer fingers…Theo can best be described as a stormy grey with subtle texture featuring a flash of larger irregular silver flakies in silver, with dark blue glitter throughout. Like a spring thunderstorm in the night.
Color Family – grey, special effect
Finish – Special Effect
Intensity – 4 (1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque)Tone – Cool I want to like it, but I don’t!

What do you think? A couple perfect neutrals, a couple of dusky shades, and a couple stormy colors for those gray in-between days. All available now at Zoya.com.

Get Innocence now at Zoya.com Happy Valentines Day!

*Products were sent to me at no cost and all opinions are my own.
@zoyanailpolish #ZoyaInnocence #ZoyaAire #ZoyaTheo #ZoyaFern #ZoyaEvette #ZoyaBirch #ZoyaAgnes #EveryDayZoya

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Born Pretty Store, perfect place for pretty nails!

More lovely nail art products this month, the month of Love and Valentines, from the Born Pretty Store! Two amazing stamping gel tube shades, a magnetic cat eye “regular” polish, and a cat eye gel polish. Lookie!

Check out the links for these beauties!

6ml BORN PRETTY Pink Nude Magnetic Cat Eye Gel
BP-RM05 Summer Fire  #43155

BORN PRETTY 6ml Holographic Cat Eye Nail Polish
BP-HCE06 Secret Language  #45612

BORN PRETTY 8ml Stamping Gels
BP-FW07 Red Forever  #44587

BORN PRETTY 8ml Stamping Gels
BP-FW04 Hibiscus  #44587

CONLUSION: I loved every one of these!

Remember to use my 10% OFF Discount Code! PPL01 On a side note, if you live in the US, or actually anyplace far from the original location of the store, allow up to 3-4 weeks for delivery as your items come from Hong Kong/Singapore. Shipping is always FREE Worldwide, payment is via Paypal, Visa and MC. Check this store out for all your nail art, accessory needs including items like jewelry, polishes, cosmetics, phone accessories, manicure equipment and more.

PPL91
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#BornPrettyNailArt @Bornprettynailart @bornprettygelstampingpolish #bornprettynail #bornprettystore #bornprettygelpolish #bornprettystampingplates #bornprettythermalgel #MyDiscountCodeIsPPL01 #BPnailart #BPStampingPolish

*Items were sent to me at no cost for my honest review.