Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Your Summer Must Have Skincare Duo: Skinauthority Redness Relief and Sunscreen Moisturizer Review

I've always heard lots about Skinauthority but never had the pleasure of trying it out for myself! Luckily, I was recently asked to try out the Redness Relief and Sunscreen moisturizer summer duo from Skinauthority, and couldn't wait to try it out and see what all the hype is about!

This duo works together to address all kinds of summer skin-ailments you might come across. Of course we all know how important wearing our daily sunscreen is, but what about if you forgot or wasn't as thorough as you should've been with applying it? Well that is where the Redness Relief cream comes in! Use this cream to treat burns, even bug bites, excema, and any general redness you may have in your skin. 

You don't just have to save this duo for summer, the Redness Relief also works great for dry, itchy, winter skin too! Sunscreen is also a must in the colder months too! In fact, the Sunscreen moisturizer is one of Skinauthority's best selling products, probably due to the fact that it has a lovely, exclusive dry finish you won't find in most other sunscreens! It works great under makeup and even in humidity too! 

When my products showed up, they couldn't have come at a better time! I was just leaving for a trip to Utah to visit a beautiful lake nestled in the mountains, where I would be doing lots of boating, wake boarding, paddle boarding, playing in the water, and just getting lots of sun!

I used the products for a few days before getting to the lake, and fell in love immediately. Both are super smooth, but still rich and creamy so you know it's doing you some good, and it's also great for all skin types! 

I use my SkinAuthority sunscreen moisturizer with SPF 30 every day under my makeup and have absolutely loved using it. It blends into my skin very well, unlike a lot of other sunscreens. It doesn't feel the least bit heavy or greasy on my skin either. My skin soaks it up in seconds, and I can move onto my makeup. I was already impressed with it before I ever got to the lake to really test it out by spending all day in the sun and water.

The first day, I forgot to take it with me. I just applied it in the morning, but ended up getting in the lake a few times and didn't reapply. I was in the sun the entire day plus got wet about three different times, but when I got back to the cabin that night, only my nose was a little bit red. The rest of my face, neck, chest, and ears, where I had applied my Skinauthority sunscreen was not burned! I was beyond impressed!

For the rest of the week on my vacation at the lake, I was more diligent about applying my Skinauthority sunscreen throughout the day, especially after getting wet, and experienced no sun burns.

Since returning home, I'm still wearing it daily under my makeup and love the quick dry finish it has, and that my skin is not left feeling greasy at all. It's easy to apply my makeup right after, and my makeup looks perfectly matte, even though I've used sunscreen under it!

After getting a bit of a red nose the first day at the lake, you can bet I was testing out the Redness Relief cream. Actually I tried it a few times before that too, because I tend to have red blotchy skin, especially upon waking up in the morning. I did notice that it seemed to even my skin tone out a bit, but most importantly, my sun burned nose was gone the next day after applying this cream to it, and I experienced no pain, itchiness, or irritation whatsoever from the burn!

Being at the lake with my family, I actually ended up sharing my redness relief with a ton of people who got a bit burned, including my husband. He, unfortunately, got a bad burn on the back of his neck, so I had him apply this that night. The burn looked much better the next day, and he said it had helped immensely, because he had been feeling some pain prior to using the Redness Relief Cream, but not after!

I've absolutely loved using both of these products from Skinauthority, and wouldn't dream of going another summer without either of them! They are both amazing products that are very effective! Sunscreen is so important, we need to be using it everyday anyway! I've tried my fair share of sunscreens and am super picky about them, but this sunscreen totally impressed me! It doesn't feel like a sunscreen at all and is actually very moisturizing too! This is a sunscreen I will be using daily for many years to come! I absolutely love it!

If you would like to learn more about the wonderful skincare products Skinauthority has to offer, or pick these up for yourself, then be sure to shop them today at Skinauthority.com today!

Happy Safe Sunning!

* I was given these products for the purpose of review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own. I only share reviews with my readers,  I feel will be beneficial or informative in some way.

Exquisite and Unique: Tasty Wines Sent Right to Your Door: Uncorked Ventures

I like my wine. I REALLY like my wine, especially the red. I've always been picky about what I drink, and it took me years before I tried a cabernet and finally fell in love with wine. Since then, I've gradually branched out in the reds, but I'm still pretty picky about what goes into my mouth. Over the years, I've tried dozens and dozens of reds, but usually stick with a few favorites. 

Recently I was asked to try out some reds from Uncorked Ventures.  If you haven't heard of UncorkedVentures.com, they are a fabulous online wine club that picks up the best wines around the west coast, (many of which I guarantee you've never heard of) found in California, Oregon, and Washington, then ships them straight to your door each month! 

The real amazing thing about this wine club, is that you can score amazing, and some rare wines, at a fabulous deal! The creators of Uncorked Ventures set out to meet up with vineyards, getting to know these companies on a personal level, establishing long term relationships, working along side them to see their wine-making process, and in turn, benefitting you, the buyer, by getting some exceptional wine, maybe even wines they don't normally offer to their market, at a price you will love!

You can choose from several different wine of the month options, ranging from just $40 to $195 per shipment (shipments include 2-3 bottles of wine). Members also receive special discounts! If you're a little weary of joining the club just yet, you can always order gift baskets which include fun treats like wine essentials, chocolate, or gourmet foods sent, with your bottle(s) of wine!

Anyway, on to the good stuff… what did I think of the wine? Well my three bottles showed up promptly and packaged very nicely and safely. My package also included a note on the background of the wines as well as good food pairings for it. I thought it was really interesting to read through and get a better understanding of where the wine came from, the wine-making process, this history behind it, and the ingredients found in each bottle. 

I dived into the Andis Barbera first and paired it with a portabello mushroom and pasta dinner (as suggested). The flavor is extremely exceptional and although it's a bit on the dry side (which I love) It is still smooth enough for those who lean towards white or a more smoother wine. 

I loved the rich creamy, smooth taste, and found that it tasted amazing with the pasta, but also on it's own. I had a glass with dinner and a glass afterwards. In truth, I just wasn't ready to strop drinking it after dinner. Like I said above, I'm picky about my reds, but this wine is one I could certainly see myself drinking for many years to come! 

I've had a great time testing out these red wines over the last few weeks, but the real surprise came from the Buonocore Good Heart Zinfandel. I've tried many zinfandels over the years and have never been a big fan. My friend was over one day, and being normally a big beer drinker, she doesn't venture out into wine much, and when she has with me, she hasn't often liked my dry reds.

I asked her what she was in the mood for, and she said she would like to try something on the sweeter side. I saw the Zinfandel, and thought, this is one I bet she would like. When I opened it up and poured the first glass (oh yeah, you can bet it didn't stop at just one!) We both took a sip together, and almost simultaneously, "Mmmmm! This is Good!" I was beyond impressed, and I could see by her face, that she was too! This is one of the smoothest wines I've ever tasted. You don't get that harsh alcohol taste at all. I had to look at the bottle to make sure I didn't get duped and that it did actually have alcohol in it.

When you take your first sip, you pick up on the delicious blend of cherry and strawberry. It immediately tastes sweet. I could tell I had impressed her! I was impressed too! This Zinfandel is a candy lover's drink! I loved the sweet taste and I'm a huge fan of berries so I loved that my wine was so flavorful while also rich in taste.

Although it's so smooth and you almost taste no alcohol in it, by my second glass I was feeling really good. Just a warning to those of you out there who think this wine may be less strong because you don't taste it. It isn't! So beware! 

All in all, I am a huge fan of the wine club from Uncorked Ventures. I loved that it helped me venture out from my usual boring cabernet and try some different reds that I surprisingly loved much more than my regular Red Wine I keep stocked. I have a completely new take on Zinfandels, in fact, I dare say, this Buonocore Zinfandel is by far the best Zinfandel I've ever had, and maybe one of the best wines I've ever tasted too! I'm dead serious. You can bet I will be keeping this wine on hand from now on! My non-wine drinking friend was even completely sold on it and agreed that I should always keep a bottle of this on the rack!

If you are a wine connoisseur,  like to try new wines, or maybe have just gotten bored with your usual, you should certainly give Uncorked Ventures a try! I promise, you won't be disappointed! This fabulous selection of three red wines were around $115 in total. Well worth the price if you ask me! But like I said before, you can choose your price range if you'd rather stick to a smaller wine budget each month. You can get amazing wines hand selected each month, and sent right to your door! I also love this, as I really hate going to the liquor store here in my small town, checking out the tiny, same boring selection, and always ending up with something just mediocre. No more! I can have some amazing wine stored away at all times that are exquisite, unique, tasty, and sure to please and help create new, lasting memories!

So what are you waiting for? Be sure to check out UncorkedVentures.com today!

Happy Tasting!

* I was given these products for the purpose of review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own. I only share reviews with my readers, I feel will be beneficial or informative in some way.

Time to Get Your Youthful Skin Back: Exuviance Vitamin C Anti-Aging Booster and Evening Restorative Complex Review

Saying that I'm concerned with the look and feel of my skin, would be putting it lightly. Being a beauty blogger, I'm always on the hunt for the next big thing. I'm constantly looking for little miracle workers and get so excited when I find a product worth sharing with my readers.

I had heard of the Exuviance brand before, by NeoStrata, but had never had the pleasure of trying it. While this brand isn't super popular yet, it is definitely a brand worth checking into! 

Exuviance carries a wide range of skincare products to cover all skin care needs for all ages and skin types. You can find cleansers, toners, sunscreen, moisturizers, eye creams, neck creams, and more. 

Exuviance has had great clinical results! The line has been clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. People who have used it have also noticed firmer, tighter, smoother skin, as well as a more even skin tone. In fact, a whopping 90% of users saw a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, and 83% saw diminished under eye circles. 

So what exactly makes this line of skincare so effective? Well Exuviance uses a patent bionic, highly evolved blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Polyhydroxy.

The results are pretty amazing, so I couldn't wait to give the brand a try! When my Evening Restorative complex and Vitamin C Anti-Aging booster arrived at my door, you can bet I was trying it out before bed that night! 

Anyone who has read my blog for long knows that I'm a huge fan of Vitamin C for skin. It has been shown to effectively fight signs of aging, such as reducing wrinkles and sun spots, and is super gentle on the skin, not to mention natural! It is also great for helping protect the skin from further damage too! I knew when I opened up the vitamin C booster from Exuviance, that I would surely be seeing some great results.  

Along with natural Vitamin C, Exuviance also contains a patented super antioxidant Aceta C, which enhances the natural benefits of vitamin C, amplifying the results of vitamin C even more! 

The Evening Restorative Complex is full of high complex anti-aging benefits. The powerful solution helps give your skin a more youthful appearance and look, while combatting signs of aging. Users of this product found that skin was smoother, more velvety, fine lines were reduced, and they also saw an increase in firmness and elasticity of their skin. Along with the extremely effective blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Polyhydroxy, you will ask find Vitamins A, C,  and E in the Evening Restorative Compex!

To use these products together, it couldn't be any easier. Just shake about 5 shakes from the Vitamin C Booster, or use a half of the spoon they supply you with, and mix it with the Evening Restorative complex, then apply to your face, neck, chest, and hands, or anywhere you want more youthful-looking skin!

I used this product for the last week or so, and even though it hasn't been long, I've already been completely impressed with the results. My skin feels much more moisturized and is noticeably smoother, softer, and yet looks and feels a bit more firm too. My sun spots have also been less noticeable, even though I've been spending a considerable amount in the sun the last week, after my trip to a beautiful Utah Lake. I've also seen an improvement around the fine lines and crows feet around my eyes as well! They seem less prominent and not quite as noticeable.

Overall, my skin looks and feels more youthful. It looks like it has more of a glow to it too, and not my usual dull skin appearance. Even just feeling my face now, it feels much more plump, and super soft.

This is a wonderful anti-aging product for women of any age. It not only fights what signs of your age have already unfortunately popped up on your face, but the duo also help fight off the aging process as well, protecting it from the environment, pollutants, and lots of other nasty things that make our skin look older!

If you would like to learn more about the Exuviance line from NeoStrata, or pick up some wonderful skincare products for yourself, be sure to check them out at NeoStrata.com today!

Happy Beautifying!

*I was given these products for the purpose of review from NeoStrata and Brandbacker.com. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own. I only share reviews with my readers,  I feel will be beneficial or informative in some way.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Finally, a Heavenly Scent AND Amazing Results In an Organic Moisturizer: Eminence Guava & Bamboo Age-Defying Moisturizer Review

It seems that a lot of effective, even natural skincare products can be, well, not the best smelling products ever. You know what I mean? Even the unscented ones, and actually sometimes they're the worst culprits of all!

I'm always trying new concoctions of skincare products, and while I really only notice the scent when I first apply them, I've gotten my fair share of comments from my husband about the latest "stinky" product on my face. 

I don't know about you, but the results, of course, are my highest priority when it comes to skincare, and that it is natural and safe for my skin, but after hearing that my face smells, the scent of what I use has slowly made it's way up to the top of my skincare needs ladder too. I mean, how many of us want to get into bed with our significant others, even if we sprayed on some perfume and shaved those legs, but our face is smelling something serious, thanks to our anti-wrinkle, super fighting restorative night cream. It's a buzz kill for sure, and a major confidence killer too! 

Well, lord knows I've run into this problem many times, but when my Eminence Guava and Bamboo Age-defying Moisturizer showed up, it put all my fears to bed. Literally. This moisturizer is one of the best smelling moisturizers I've ever used. You won't even need that perfume or nice smelling skin lotion when using this amazing organic skin care product. In fact, the first night I did use it, I crawled into bed, and instead of getting crap about my smelly skincare products like I normally do, he actually complimented it and told me how much he LOVED the scent! Wow, I've never gotten that kind of reaction from a facial moisturizer! I was sold right away!

Along with an amazing scent, and of course that it's natural and organic, the Eminence moisturizer is sure to please even the stubbornest of beauty users. The cream is absolutely luscious and feels so soft and creamy. I loved using it nightly before bed, and I would use it occasionally in the morning as well. In fact, if you want to, you can use it up to three times a day to give you much needed moisturization!

The moisturizer is incredibly moisturizing and leaves the skin feeling so soft, smooth, and supple. The Bamboo and guava in this product, are extremely moisturizing for all skin types. This super hydrating moisturizer is loaded with proteins, antioxidants, and lots and lots of vitamins, that leave your skin feeling so incredibly pampered. You will feel like you just walked out of the spa, and smell like it too! In fact, that's because so many spas around the country actually use and sell Eminence skin care products! Now you know they must be some of the most amazing products on the market, right?! I looked up their handy online spa finder on the Eminence Website, and found the one really nice spa in my tiny little country town just so happens to carry their products! 

I noticed a beautiful glow right away after using my Eminence Age-Defying Moisturizer. The moisturizer although thick, glides over the face and you feel the skin devour it. I put it on a little heavy the first few times, you only need a little bit, but my skin still soaked it up and seemed to be in complete heaven while using this product. You feel the results almost instantly, and you can see them too!

You can also find Bioflavanoids in this product, which helps protect skin from free radicals. They also improve skin elasticity, as well as fight the signs of pre-mature aging. The amino acids in the Eminence Moisturizer also give your skin that amazing smooth porcelain complexion, which is the first thing I picked up on while using this product. You look in the mirror afterwards, and you can see the difference immediately! I RARELY find that in skincare products! 

When using this product regularly, the ingredients in this amazing moisturizer will give you long-lasting results, as well as refine poor texture and tone too. You will notice the beautiful glow you get while using this product because it works to help renew cells and detoxify your skin. 

I'm absolutely head over heels for this moisturizer and can see myself using it for years. The scent is absolutely heavenly, but the beautiful glow it gave my skin is what ultimately won me over, not to mention that my skin looks and feels much younger too! The sun spots are fading and the fine lines look much less noticeable as well!

I highly recommend this wonderful moisturizer to anyone looking for some wonderful, natural benefits, and a more youthful glow and appearance! In fact, after looking over the Eminence site, I want to try everything! They have tons of wonderful different skincare products for all ages, skin types, and needs!

If you would like to learn more about this amazing product, or purchase some for yourself, then be sure to visit SkincarebyAlana.com today!

Happy Beautifying!

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Hair Tutorial: Upgrade Your Pony with The Double Wrap Topsy Tail

Anyone remember the topsy tail? I know I know, it may sound a little retro, but this double wrap topsy tail tutorial takes an old school ponytail and quickly morphs it into a super trendy look that is guaranteed to turn some heads," explains Latest-Hairstyles.com contributor Jennie Kay

"This pony style works just as well for the office as it does for a day at the pool. Let’s get started, shall we?"

What You Need:

- a hairbrush
- a comb
- two clear hair elastics
- a few bobby pins
- your favorite soft hold aerosol hairspray
- a smoothing pomade (optional)

Step 1 Using a brush, smooth hair into a ponytail at the mid to bottom of your neck and secure with a small rubber elastic.

Step 2 Take a small section of hair from the ponytail (about 1/2-inch thick) and pull it aside.

Step 3 Wrap that section of hair around the ponytail to camouflage the elastic and secure with a bobby pin. Spritz the hair in the ponytail with an aerosol hairspray (or smoothing pomade) and comb through to smooth the ponytail.

Step 4 Using an additional small elastic, secure it midway down the shaft of the ponytail.

Step 5 Spread apart the section within the elastics into two. Flip the bottom of the tail up and through the opening.

Step 6 Repeat step 4 again.

Step 7 Repeat step 5 again. Spritz the entire style with an aerosol hairspray to smooth flyaways or frizz.

Click here for even more cool hair tips and ideas!

 *Pictures and article courtesy of Latest-hairstyles.com, guest contributor Jennie Kay.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fashion Deal of the Day: Get a Gorgeous Cardigan for only $8 + FREE SHIPPING!

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