Donna Raheb
January 16, 2017

A Tale of Two Eye Creams

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I recently had an amazing opportunity to sample two best selling eye creams from Made from Earth Skincare Line. The two creams are Chamomile Eye Therapy ($22.99)* and Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer ($54.99)*Both products were very nice and I enjoyed using them. I would like to share with you my thought regarding both:

 

The two skin care products are very different with only a few similarities; Both are used once a day, morning or night and both the Chamomile Eye Therapy and Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. There are however, several big differences;
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One difference between the two products is that the Chamomile Eye Therapy is designed as a moisturizing eye treatment and Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer is designed to be used as an eye treatment as well as a moisturizer for your face and neck. Chamomile Eye Therapy, when used as directed should be used for “5 days, with a break of 2-4 days between applications to allow the skin to naturally heal and support itself.” as stated in the directions. It does state that Chamomile Eye Therapy will not harm your skin if you choose to use it everyday but for optimal results, use for 5 days then take a break for 2 to 4 days. Chamomile Eye Therapy can be used under the eye and on the eye lid. It is formulated with roman chamomile which gently calms the eye area as well as Vitamin C and advanced minerals, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help with lighteningng dark circles.

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Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer is formulated with Plant Stem Cells, peptides and Amino Acids. It is designed to stimulate new skin cells, collagen production and skin cell longevity. Included are Peptides and botanicals to soften skin texture and add firmness. Unlike the Chamomile Eye Therapy, Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer is recommended for long term use leading to clear, luminous skin and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles over time. Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer is gentle and effective enough to be used everyday and you will not have to use additional moisturing. This is one feature that I loved!

I found myelf using Chamomile Eye Therapy for the first 5 days (Monday through Friday) and taking a break over the weekend. There was a short period of time that I had a dry patch on my eyelid and the Chamomile Eye Therapy was a little bit irritating to the area but overall I really did like it.  If I had to choose one, I would go with the Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen Moisturizer because I liked the fact that I could apply it to my entire face and neck (the eye area included) as a moisturizer.  If you are just looking for an eye treatment only, then I would recommend Chamomile Eye Therapy. I had good results with both creams.

Another fabulous feature about Made from Earth Skincare is that you will NEVER find harmful ingredients in their products like: Petrochemicals and Phthalates, Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl), Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate,Diazolidinyl Urea and Mineral Oil and Cosmetic Fragrances.

You really do need to use skincare for several weeks or more before you notice differences with your problem areas but it is worth it. You will find an extensive line of skincare ranging from cleansers, moisturizer, serums  and much more at www.madefromearth.com

*The price of the Made from Earth Products did not affect my opinion when writing my review

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January 9, 2017

Exciting news from Surya Brasil Beauty

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Surya Brasil in making our planet a little bit greener – one Eastern Redbud tree at a time!

From now until the end of January, every order purchased through Surya Brasil will receive a free seed packet for an Eastern Redbud tree. Plant your tree, post a picture, hashtag #SowingSurya and you will be entered for a chance to win a $10 gift card for your all natural and organic beauty favorites! Winners will be announced on social media (@suryabrasilbeauty) January 31st.

Created with ingredients from the Amazon Rainforest and natural botanicals from around the world, Surya Brasil is committed to creating the best natural, organic and vegan lifestyle products to promote health, wellness and sustainability.

 

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January 4, 2017

Hair Care the whole family will love from MOP

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Modern Original Products for Modern Original People: MOP

MOP haircare products are my latest find and the start of the 2017 is the perfect time to switch up my shampoo and conditioner. The MOP line carries a variety of shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners, detanglers, a molding creams and sprays among others. What I love most about this line of hair care is that you can mix and match the different types of products and get the same amazing results. With 5 varieties in the MOP line to choose from, Basil Mint, Mixed Greens, Lemongrass, Pear, and C-system, you will love what each product has to offer your entire family.

My husband is thoroughly enjoying Basil Mint Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with Basil, Mint, and Sage, these extracts stimulate the scalp, regulate dandruff and control excess oil production which is his major scalp problem. It also has a sweet minty scent that he is a huge fan of.

The Mixed Greens Shampoo and Conditioner add extra moisturizing and leaves my hair soft and silky for days. If you have a sensitive scalp, Pear Gentle Shampoo is the right choice. The Pear Detangler is perfect if you have curly hair like myself. Try mixing it up a little with Pear Gentle Shampoo and Mixed Greens Conditioner. MOP haircare products smell fabulous.
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Orange Peel Molding Cream is perfect if your hair needs a little extra texture. My kids are using the molding cream and the Licorice and Orange Peel produce a textured look adding depth and a matte finish to their hair style. If you like your braid to look perfect, without frizzies and flyaways, Orange Peel Molding Cream will do the trick. If you can not find MOP at your favorite salon, you can order directly from their website at www.mopproducts.com

About MOP Products (taken from the website)

For over 15 years, MOP® has been making some of the best products available in salons. Our mission from the beginning has always been to make products that use the best ingredients while never sacrificing our Modern Original Performance. What does this mean… well, it simply means that we will never sacrifice performance for the latest ingredient fad, but we always want to make our clients feel good about what they use on their heads. That is why we use vegetable and fruit derived ingredients, botanicals and natural extracts wherever possible in our formulas. It also means that we never test our products on animals and that wherever possible we try to make all of our formulas Vegan. We know that this is a Modern Original Perspective and we hope that you will embrace it too.

 

 

 

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December 19, 2016

handcrafted jewelry with fitness in mind from Fitjewels

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It all started with a Fitbit exercise tracker. I wore my tracker every day until one evening as I was getting dressed to go out, I realized the Fitbit tracker just didn’t fit in with dressy clothes. That’s when fitjewels  came to my rescue. I acquired my first piece of jewelry, designed to dress up the Fitbit tracker, which was a beautiful pendant; http://itsaglamthing.com/2015/12/15/show-off-your-exercise-tracker-in-pure-elegance-with-jewelry-from-fitjewel/

The pendant worked beautifully, but sometimes even a beautiful pendant just doesn’t fit in with certain wardrobe choices. Again,  fitjewels came to my rescue with their beautiful line of bracelets that accommodate my Fitbit and my new Fitbit Alta.

As you can see from the photo above, the FITBIT FLEX Jewelry Bracelet Soma, looks simply elegant on the wrist and goes with any type of outfit. A Fitbit tracker fits nicely inside the cage and looks more like an onyx piece than an exercise tracker. This particular bracelet is made of Stainless Steel and leather and the indicator lamps are always visible which is a nice feature.

Most pieces of jewelry in the fitjewel line are available in gold, silver and rose gold. Two sizes are also available;  S-M (5.5-6.5) M-L (6.5-7.5) and L-XL (7.5-9) inches (circumference of your wrist).  The bracelets look extremely elegant on your wrist you can’t tell you are hiding your exercise tracker.

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With my recent upgrade from a Fitbit Flex to a Fitbit Alta, I needed another bracelet to wear when I wanted wear something besides the plastic strap. This particular piece (shown above) accommodates my Fitbit Alta, fitjewels FITBIT ALTA Jewelry Bracelet Noe. The Fitbit Alta attaches to the bands by connecting the sides to the jewelry. With a simple press of a small lever, the Fitbit Alta unhinges from the band and you can replace it with any fitjewel  bracelet designed for the Fitbit Alta quite easily.

They are also available in two sizes;  S-M (5.5-6.5) M-L (6.5-7.5) and L-XL (7.5-9) inches (circumference of your wrist) This bracelet is also made from quality stainless steel. The Noe is available in Gold and Silver and it is simply beautiful. Mine fits snugly on my wrist and I don’t even know it is there. It is quite a conversational piece because most people don’t realize it’s hiding an activity tracker so they won’t see this jewelry in a jewelry store. Each piece is very unique.

At the website www.fitjewels.com you can find the perfect gift for any occasion including the holidays. There are pendants, bracelets, necklaces, chains and jewelry for fitness activity trackers like Fitbit Flex , Fitbit One, Fitbit Alta, Fitbit Charge 2, Misfit Ray or Jawbone Up Move.

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December 16, 2016

Shop Walgreens for a little Soap & Glory

My Daughter has had her eyes on this exclusive Walgreens Special Gift Set, the Soap & Glory Soaper Spa Set ever since she saw the commercial on TV.  We both have been using Soap & Glory skincare products for quite some time now. Some of our favorites from the line are Flake Away body Polish, Orangeasm Body Butter, and Hand food to name a few.

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She snagged an early Christmas present from Walgreens this week. This is an exclusive gift set from the UK’s Soap & Glory which includes five award-winning products. We haven’t tried any of these yet which is why this gift set was too good to pass up. Did I mention this set is originally $40, but will be $20 the week of December 11?  

THIS IS AN AMAZING VALUE

If you are not familiar with Soap & Glory, let me say that the skincare smells amazing and your skin will feel smooth and soft with products for every body part from head to toe.

Soap & Glory Soaper Spa Set incluses:

  • Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel
  • The Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer
  • The Righteous Butter Body Butter
  • Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream
  • Heel Genius Foot Cream
  • Plus with an amazing suds-boosting puff and adorable headband, you’ll know luxe is in with this gift.
  •  You can pick up your Soap & Glory Soaper Spa Set at Walgreen: https://www.walgreens.com
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December 16, 2016

Stocking Stuffer ideas for $25 or less

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The SurvivorEyes Brow Style Stencil Kit is the recent creation of a breast cancer survivor who was inspired to help women struggling with hair loss to look and feel fabulous.

These brow stencils help anyone achieve brows “on fleek” in minutes; $14.95, www.SurvivorEyes.com.

The SurvivorEyes Brow Stencil kit contains:

10 Eyebrow Stencils in unique brow shapes. Every stencil offers a unique shape along with a name intended to inspire strength and beauty. By day, you might wear “Faith” or maybe “Courage”. At night, when you’re going for a more dramatic look, you could wear “Warrior” or “Determination.”
Dual-sided cosmetic applicator brush
Instructions for application and care of your stencils
Draw string pouch for convenient storage

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Give the gift of Baby Foot, the revolutionary, all-natural, foot exfoliant that makes your feet as smooth and softer than ever. Its unique formula, which includes 17 types of natural extracts, allows feet to exfoliate naturally, leaving them healthy looking and beautiful.

The principal ingredient of Baby Foot is fruit acid, which is very gentle. It penetrates into the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes, which hold the layers together. By this process, skin is undamaged and peels easily away from the fresh layer beneath. After peeling, your feet are reborn just like a baby’s foot.

Once your friends or loved ones try Baby Foot, they’ll be hooked; $25, www.BabyFoot.com.

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December 16, 2016

Carmen Electra Carries Ana Mari Ortega!

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LOS ANGELES – December 16, 2016 – Carmen Electra carried an Ana Mari Ortega minaudiere while attending the 3rd Annual Cinefashion Film Awards last night in Beverly Hills. The actress accessorized her embellished gown with Jade Minaudiere in Grey Stingray ($898.00; www.anamariortega.com).

Photos courtesy of www.gettyimages.com

 

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December 14, 2016

Beth Quinn Designs makes the perfect holiday accessory

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I recently acquired a pair of earrings from Beth Quinn Designs (shown above). They are beautiful and sparkle like crazy when worn. I wore them on Thanksgiving and received many compliments. Everyone asked me where I got them. They are unique and you won’t find them browsing through a department store which is why jewelry from Beth Quinn Designs will make the perfect addition to everyone’s jewelry box. These particular earrings called “Pink Sparkle” are vintage light pink rhinestones dangling from sterling earwires . I especially love that a portion of the proceeds of “Pink Sparkle” go to fight breast cancer and the Susan G Komen Foundation . I just love it!

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Beth Quin Designs offers not only earrings but beautiful handcrafted inspirational pieces. I am considering this beautiful wrap bracelet (shown above) .with the saying centerpiece “her soul sparkles”. This unique piece will compliment any outfit. Beth Quinn Designs will also customize the saying if you want to add your own sentiment.

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This beautiful piece from their Christmas collection is named “Find Peace Spread Joy Give Love Necklace“. This necklace includes a rhinestone peace sign and red bead dangle with the large hand glittered charm. It is available with an 18” cable link chain and your choice of gunmetal or silver.

 

Beth Quinn Designs has an amazing collection of Necklaces, Bracelets, Wrist Wraps, Leather Bracelets, Key Chains, Stackables, Earrings, Rings, gift items and Bridal pieces. They also have beautiful pieces for little girls.

Each piece is designed to hold a special phrase or saying,  and will customize a piece using your own special saying or quote.

The best feature of Beth Quinn Designs are the prices. They are very affordable pieces starting at $15.  It’s not too late to order your special piece at www.bethquinndesigns.com

A little about Beth Quinn which was taken from her website:

Beth is a self-taught jewelry and mixed media artist residing in Arizona.  She is both a mother and wife and loves spending time with the 3 men in her life any chance she gets.  Beth has had a passion for creating since she was a little girl.  She was first introduced to metals at a young age in her father’s metal shop.  As an inventor, metal worker and entrepreneur she was taught many skills from him and so began her journey …… since his passing in 2001 she has inherited all his metal tools….  Beth was also influenced by her grandmother’s creativity and love for making things…. Beth’s jewelry is full of her love for old, worn and shiny …

Each piece of jewelry is handmade in Beth’s studio..  she loves to combine texture to create jewelry that can be loved and cherished for years to come…she also believes in honoring “she’s” in her life which is how the jewelry was started and why much of the jewelry has the word she in it. little affirmations to bring women joy in there journey through life and made with bits of sparkle to be worn close to your heart.

 

 

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December 11, 2016

Sustain your youth with “Sustainable Youth”

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During the past year, I have discovered some pretty amazing face creams, serums, and eye treatments. I try many types of skincare and some just don’t work out. Sustainable Youth Skincare, Anytime Lift Eye Treatment and Super Boost Night Serum, in particular, are working out great for me.

To familiarize you with Sustainable Youth, the line carries a face cream, firming serum and cleansing lotion along with the eye treatment and night serum. All Sustainable Youth Skincare products contain alasta.  Alasta is the unique ingredient that is derived from Aloe. If you don’t already know this, Aloe is a remarkable substance that heals burns and moisturizes skin. I have an Aloe plant myself and occasionally apply the gel contained inside the leaf  to my skin. alasta®, however, is not derived from the gel but from the rind of the aloe vera leaf.. pretty amazing!

alasta®  also enhances your immune systems performance, so the stronger your immune system is more it will help resist inflammation, free radical damage and collagen fiber degradation which are two major contributors to aging skin.

Basically, if you like the gel you get an Aloe plant and you want great skincare with tremendous moisturizing and anti-aging properties, you get Sustainable Youth.smallest

Anytime Lift Eye Treatment™  is a lightweight eye cream that minimizes dark circles and under eye puffiness while helping to lessen the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. The smallest amount is needed for both eyes which I use morning and night. You will feel a light tightening almost immediately. If used consistently, you will have great results. Anytime Lift Eye Treatment™ is formulated with “natural gums and polymers providing a visible lifting effect.” *  Natural plant herbs, Vegetable Proteins, natural extracts, Humectants and emollients all work together to help your skin look younger, fresher, softer and brighter.

Super Boost Night Serum™ has a beautiful botanical scent and when applied, dries very quickly leaving your skin cool and dry. I use the serum on my face and neck and the cooling feeling is quite refreshing. The night Serum also is formulated with Vegetable Proteins, natural extracts, Humectants and emollients offering the same results.

According to Sustainable Youth: Sustainable Youth and alasta®?

Sustainable Youth and alasta® aids in:

  • Overall skin improvement in just 1 week of use
  • Shown to visibly increase skin elasticity and firmness up to 72% when used topically reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Boosts the immune system’s overall performance to help the skin better resist inflammation and combat free radical damage and collagen fiber degradation
  • Formulated with natural ingredients
  • Free of parabens and chemicals
  • Proprietary blend of organically grown natural extracts, including cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root, and fig provide soothing and calming relief

 

The collection is available online at SustainableYouth.com

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December 11, 2016

Perfect Stocking Stuffers & Gift Sets for “HIM” from Schulz & Malley

If you are looking for a fabulous gift for a “guy”, and you are stuck, consider Schulz & Malley. My husband is loving the face wash among their our men’s grooming products,and told me he wouldn’t mind getting another bottle or two. With that being said, It must be a winner:  check out my previous post below and have a fabulous holiday. Check out Schulz & Malley first, of course.

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Schulz & Malley Trading Company has just introduced a fabulous grooming set specifically designed for men. I am bestowing their newest Regiment Gift Set to each of my two sons this holiday season. I am hoping that this gift will be an incentive for them to shave off their excess facial hair so “mom” can see those handsome baby faces. Seriously, even if they just use the products to feel better, that’s the most important thing. My husband thinks that they will really like the “shave set” as he calls it because he is enjoying his own Regiment Gift Set.

My husband is very fussy about the products he uses on his face and won’t use anything with a strong scent. Schulz & Malley Trading Company’s Regiment has the perfect scent. It’s light and mild but definitely masculine. The scent is perfect for those who don’t want to smell like a strong scent of cologne after using their shaving products.

The Regiment includes a Cleansing Face Wash, Pre-Shave Oil, Brushless Shave Cream and After Shave BalmSchulz & Malley products are made with proprietary blends of natural ingredients, including essential oils, antioxidant vitamins, humectants, peptides and algae extracts. The products work quite well, if they didn’t, my husband wouldn’t still be using them.

  • The Cleansing Face Wash is a mild formula that can be used both day and night It won’t dry or irritate the skin.
  • The Brushless Shave Cream will give you the closest shave ever. Softens Hair. It contains Aloe Vera leaving your skin soft and ready for shaving.
  • Pre-Shave Oil is rich in botanicals and provides slip and glide for a friction‐free, effortless shave. Have a tough or stubborn beard? Pre Shave Oil will prepare his beard by softening stubborn hair for a clean, close shave. My husband also points out that the Brushless shave cream is very convenient for traveling.
  • Lastly,  the After Shave Balm soothes and  moisturizes skin. With a blend of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Grapeseed Extract, Cooling Menthol, Chamomile Extract and Oat Kernel Extract he will feel so good he will want to shave again. He will smell fantastic too!

To learn more about Schulz & Malley Trading Company please visit www.schulzmalley.com. The products are also available on QVC.coma nd other retailers across the country.

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