Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Luxy Beauty Care - Stretch Mark Cream Review

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  This post contains affiliate links.*
Hello there.  I had the opportunity to try out this Intensive stretch marks cream.  I have a couple few some stretch mark scars that I would prefer to diminish. I tried this stretch mark cream for about a month and decided to report back on my findings.  
I liked that this is a pretty thick cream.  It spreads and absorbs quickly into my skin.  It has zero smell.  Yep, that's right.  No smell whatsoever so you do not have to worry about something that will clash with your scents or smell mediciny.  Now unfortunately I did not see any real shrinking or fading of my stretch marks.  *No Photos - just trust me please* I am not sure if I really expected to see much change.  My scars are pretty old and faded as it is.  This would probably be great for someone who maybe expanding rapidly(pregnant) or for someone who just realizes that some stretch marks recently showed up due to a love of cheese...

Well there is a money back guarantee if you are not sure if you will see results.  This is a great if you are on the fence so you have nothing to lose, except hopefully some scar marks...

Thank you for reading and have a great day!
From the Company
  • LUXY BEAUTY CARE STRETCH MARK CREAM: This advanced and powerful anti-stretch marks formulation helps to diminish the appearance of old stretch marks and prevents the occurrence of new ones. Because men are also likely to suffer from stretch marks, our product is suitable for both women and men.
  • MOISTURIZE & NOURISH YOUR SKIN - ABSORBS QUICKLY: This intensive treatment is your solution for stretch marks caused by pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss. It will offer the perfect moisture and provide the necessary nutrients to your skin, which will lead to an improvement in the elasticity of the skin. Also, this amazing cream absorbs quickly on any type of skin.
  • TOP-NOTCH INGREDIENTS: Formulated with only the highest quality and natural ingredients (Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Rosehip Oil, Jojoba oil - just to mention a few), it is the perfect anti-stretch mark solution for even the most sensitive skin types.
  • NO HARSH CHEMICALS, CRUELTY FREE & MADE IN USA: Made in an FDA approved and GMP Certified Manufacturing Facility, our formulation does not contain parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, or other harsh chemicals. We never test our products on animals.
  • MANUFACTURER GUARANTEED: We are committed to provide the best product and customer service. Therefore, we offer you a 30 days money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. Simply send us an email to receive a full refund - Absolutely no questions asked.

Best Probiotic for Women: Hyperbiotics PRO-Women with D-Mannose Review

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  This post may contain affiliate links.*

Find them HERE
I have always tried to be proactive instead of reactive to UTIs and Candida.  If you have had one you know that you do Not want a repeat performance.  I was happy to try out this Hyperbiotics Pro-women probiotic formula I love that this formula not only has 6 strains of probiotics to tackle bloating, digestion, weight loss(not sure about that one) and of course yeast(candida); it also has cranberry extract which is so beneficial when warding off or combating a UTI.  I had not seen a combination pill like this before.

I have been taking the two recommended pills a day as a preventative measure.  I also have had issues in the past so if I have several high stress days or travel days in a hot & humid climate I can double up on the dose safely.  I have not had any issues with burping.

I also like that you only need to take these once a day as there apparently is a time release in the pill so the benefits are not destroyed in the stomach while making it's way to the digestive tract.  The Hyperbiotics Pro-Women is shelf stable so you don't need to store them in the refrigerator.  I personally would not recommend storing this in your bathroom due to heat and steam.  The bottle only comes with 30 pills because even though there is a long shelf life the company wants to make sure the freshest, most-live medicine is available when you need it.

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

From the Company

About the Product
As a woman, battling candida, chronic yeast or urinary tract infections can be debilitating. Even when you’re well, there is fear in every step that your next flare up may be around the corner. UTIs account for 8 million to 10 million doctor visits annually and many of these are treated with antibiotics which often leads to a painful secondary yeast infection and/or a recurrent UTI.
This formula is made for women, by women to address the root cause women’s health issues. PRO-Women is formulated with the most proven probiotic strains for women’s health issues alongside naturally occurring d-mannose and cranberry extract to give you back your power and your health.

PRO-Women is uniquely formulated for Women's Health to include:

- 6 Broad Spectrum Probiotic Strains specifically chosen for the targeted benefit they provide to women, including promoting the balance of healthy yeast, weight loss, improved digestion and regularity, and reduced bloating.
- 5 Billion Colony Forming Units per BIO-tract® tablet† which is equivalent to 75 Billion CFU (colony forming units) of normal probiotic capsules!
- Advanced UTI Protection by combining the proven efficacy of unsweetened whole cranberry juice with the scientifically validated effects of 100% Naturally Occurring D-Mannose. D-Mannose has been shown to help 90% of UTIs within 1-2 days
- Long Shelf Life & No Refrigeration Necessary, thanks to the patented LiveBac manufacturing process.
- Only Once per Day, thanks to time-release technology.
- Made in USA & 100% Natural.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Beaute La Royale Face Brush Kit Review

Several months ago my Clarisonic died.  I have been using konjac sponges in the meantime.  I have been happy with the sponges for cleaning my face and body, but is just does not get that daily light exfoliation and deep cleaning that my Clarisonic did.  I got the opportunity to try out this Beaute La Royale cleansing system and was excited to see if I finally had an answer to my prayers and wallet.  The brush kit comes with the waterproof cleansing wand and 4 attachment heads to use on body, face, and feet.  I found 4 AA batteries and after inserting them and turning on the machine I noticed the brush simply spins.  I noticed right away that the brush head spins and is a tiny bit wobbly.  The brush heads are soft against dry skin when I put it on my arm to try out.  

The first time I tried out this small facial brush I placed some of my cleanser on the brush head as I used to do with my Clarisonic and then spread the rest of the cleanser on my face.  I turned the brush on and tried out my forehead.  Well the first time, not being used to a spinning brush, it spun right off my face.  I figured out to rub the brush in clockwise circles as the brush spins counterclockwise.  There is no timer on this machine so I just had to guesstimate how long to keep on each area of my face.  I found the brush to be pretty rough on my skin even at the lightest pressure.  I also seemed to have difficulty in getting the cleanser spread over the rest of my face for cleaning.  I then decided to try the body brush.  I had the same issue with trying to remember to keep moving the machine in a clockwise direction in order to get cleansing.  The brush head did feel softer on my body, but there were some longer bristles that did feel pretty scratchy.  After showering I did feel that my face was cleaned mostly.  I did have to do some additional cleaning around my nose that I apparently missed.  I tried one more time on my face, but have since gone back to konjac sponges.  I will continue to use the body brush for weekly exfoliation.  Below I have a video of the brush in action.  There is also an applicator sponge attachment for getting moisturizers to penetrate the skin and a pumice stone for your feet.  The kit does come with a nice travel and storage bag.

At about 15% the cost of my old Clarisonic Plus, this is an option for someone wanting to try out a machine cleaner or as a gift for a friend.  But I will continue to save up for a replacement Clarisonic.

Thank you for reading and have a great day.

From the Company
  • 6 in 1 Skin Cleansing Kit: Comes with 1 waterproof and cordless rotating machine, 1 facial brush, 1 large body brush, 1 serum and moisturizer applicator sponge, 1 pumice stone, and BONUS 1 beautiful and stylish travel and storage bag.
  • Rotating Brush System: Cleanses the skin 10x better than hand washing alone and removes all traces of makeup, oil, and dirt.
  • Perfect Clearer Skin: The brush bristles prevents blemishes and unclogs pores from impurities that can lead to pimples, blackheads, and other skin issues.
  • Firmer & Healthier Skin: Massages your skin which stimulates collagen, exfoliates dead skin, decreases wrinkles, and fine lines.
  • Lifetime Guarantee: Your unit comes with a lifetime manufacturers warranty, simply contact us with any issues. Our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Order with confidence today knowing that your purchase is backed by our lifetime guarantee.

Black Canyon Eucalyptus Mint Premium Body Lotion Review

    * I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  this post contains affiliate links.*

    Find out more HERE
    I was looking forward to trying out this body lotion.  I received this lotion quickly in the mail and it was packaged and plastic wrapped so there would be no messes while shipping.  I had a bit of difficulty getting the pump to open and begin working, but after a minute I was able to get the pump going like normal.  The scent is nice, it does remind me of the Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus & Peppermint aromatherapy lotion.  The scent does not smell fake or cloying.  This Black Canyon lotion does take a little while to be absorbed into my skin.  I tried it a couple times after a shower as a body lotion.  The smell is pretty strong for all over lotion for my taste.  I also thought the lotion never fully absorbed into my legs and my trousers kept getting attached to my legs for a while.  I have been much more pleased to use this as a spot hand cream.  I keep the pump bottle on my desk now so I can have it conveniently placed whenever I need it during the day.  Black Canyon has a number of other lotion scents that can be found at Amazon in the link below.

    Thank you for reading and have a great day.

    From the Company
    • Scent: Eucalyptus Mint
    • Medium Viscosity
    • Premium Body Lotion
    • Enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe
    • 8.0 Ounce

    Maxasorb Vitamin B12 Cream Review

    *I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  This post contains affiliate links.*
    I was curious to try out this B12 serum.  Now this is not a facial rejuvenating serum.  This is a B-12 vitamin serum that you take topically instead of in pill or injection form!  I know that with vitamin B 12 you need a certain amount and then your body will just get rid of the rest so you won't really overdose on this vitamin.  I have been using the recommended 2 pumps of serum/cream on my arms every morning.  The light pink cream is a little minty and the consistency of thin toothpaste.  It rubs in and absorbs quickly into my skin.  A couple of minutes later I do not smell any mintiness on my arms, so I am glad that I am not walking around smelling like minty Bengay all morning.

    I have not noticed any irritation on my arms from this cream.  This container holds 30 doses of serum.  Two pumps will contain 320mg of B-12 along with 120mg of Niacin & 10 og of Folate.  I like that I can easily add this to my morning moisturizing routine.  Vitamin B-12 is great for dry skin and eczema.  I am glad I got the opportunity to review this product and hope you look at the links to find out more here.

    Thank you for reading and have a great day.  

    Buy it Here
    From the Company
    • Infused with antioxidants and moisturizers, greaseless Maxasorb dissolves effortlessly into your skin for maximum vitamin absorption
    • Helps soothe dry, itchy, or irritated skin patches from eczema, psoriasis, or other skin rash
    • Maxasorb B12 cream is easy to use
    • For anti-aging, supports renewal of healthy skin cells, reduces appearance of wrinkles, moisturizes
    • Scientifically formulated for maximum absorption; Each bottle contains a one-month supply of thirty measured applications of vitamin B12 methylcobalamin

    About the Product
    Maxasorb B12 is scientifically formulated to topically delivery Vitamin B12. Similar technology as our patented B-12 Patch is used in this skin soothing lotion. Each full application of lotion provides 320 micrograms of Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) plus 120 micrograms of Vitamin B3 (niacin) and 10 micrograms of Folate.

    Maintaining overall energy levels and cognitive abilities supports a healthy lifestyle. Vitamin B12 and folate help preserve DNA integrity and are important for lowering homocysteine levels. Key medical experts even suggest that all healthy adults over 50 years of age supplement their diets with 100 to 400 micrograms per day of Vitamin B12.

    Using Maxasorb B12 as directed is a safe and reliable method of absorbing key B-Vitamins. Infused with antioxidants and moisturizers, greaseless Maxasorb is easily absorbed into your skin. Each 1.7 ounce bottle delivers 30 applications of lotion in protected and measured amounts. Natural ingredients assure this lotion is gentle to your skin.

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Francois et Mimi Vintage Double Wall French Press Review

    *I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  This post contains affiliate links.*

    I have spend the last month enjoying this fancy Francois et Mimi Vintage Double Wall French Press.  I have been very happy with the look and usefulness of this french press.  I used to be in catering and foodservice for many years and this is the type of higher end look I would use for catered events.  The polished stainless steel insulated pot is well made.  I am happy that there are not any gold adornments or wooden pieces.  Those things may look nice at first but very soon they always quickly wear out and make the vessel look worn out and ratty.  The pot holds 32 oz of hot water for coffee but can be used with less water and grounds.  I have typically been using 16-24 oz of water for my coffee pot and have been just fine with not having the water cool off.

     There are instructions on the box that this french press comes in.  I recommend, from years of experience, that after using a metal coffee pot to clean it and dry the pot and then put it in a plastic bag and store it in its box.  This just makes it safer from getting scratched and dinged.

    to make a pot of coffee you simply boil your water and place the grounds in the pot.  Pour over the water and place the lid on the pot.  do not press the coffee press down yet.  Wait 5 minutes and then push the plunger down.  The coffee that pours out has a lovely crema on top reminiscent of an espresso.  Please watch my video of this press in action.

    I think this Francois & Mimi French Press can be used for day to day use and to really show off when having friends and family over.  Thank you for reading and have a great day.

    • USPTO Protected Custom Vintage Design
    • Dishwasher Safe
    • Holds 1000ml, or 34oz
    • Double wall feature keeps liquids hot longer
    • Dribble-proof spout

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    La Pedi Bon Review

    *I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  This post contains affiliate links.*

    I want to tell you all about my experience with this La pedi-Bon callous remover.  This callous remover comes with everything you need to have smooth feet(without 2 AA batteries).  You even get two roller stones so you can share with a friend or replace when yours wears out.  You even get a cover for the roller ball and a little brush to clean the machine.  I do wish there could be included a little bag to store all the parts in.  I found one around the house to use, but including one would be perfect.

    After inserting the batteries and turning the machine on I found that this machine has some strength behind it.  I decided to try this out the first time after a shower so my callus were soft and ready for removing.  I found this callus remover to be effective.  The motor is powerful and does not quit when you apply pressure to your heels.  I also like that the grit is not so rough that there is pain or tearing of my feet like some metal greater-pediegg style callus removers.  The yucky thick heel skin peeled off easily into dust.  I decided to not show that picture.  I would recommend doing this over a hand towel because the callus dust builds up and knocks off onto the towel makes for easier cleanup.  I did a couple times feel the grinding roller get hot if I kept the roller on one spot for too long.  I would recommend that you slowly move the roller and go back to the different areas you need until your heel and toe calluses are gone.  Each time I have used this I have not had the motor get hot or quit.  I did notice that a couple days after using the machine I had some unsightly side heel skin peeling.  I was able to file it down with a hand filer.  I had this happen a couple times more since using this machine.
    Overall I am happy with this La Pedi Bon machine.  I do follow up using the remover with a little filing to get my feet super smooth.  I like how powerful this callous remover is and recommend it for removing your toughest skin.

    One thing that I highly recommend is that you use a foot cream after using the machine on your feet.  I have found that this improved the look of my feet in sandals a lot.  I have been using Burt's Bees Coconut foot creme on my heels.   There is a peppermint foot cream by Avon this does a good job as well.

    Thank you for reading and have a great day.
    From the Company
    • SPA RESULTS ~ Electronic callus remover gives professional spa results without going to salons.
    • MEN ~ In one day of average walking, forces impacting your feet can total hundreds of tons. That's the weight of a fully loaded cement truck.
    • WOMEN ~ Women are four more times likely to have feet problems. This is oftentimes due to shoes with the priority of cute over comfortable.
    • BREATH ~ There are 3 million sweat glands in the dermis of the adult foot. Feet need to breathe to operate properly. Unclog pores so feet can breathe.
    • BONUS ~ La P├ędi Bon battery operated foot care tools are easy on the feet and comes with an extra roller, cleaning brush, complete instructions, cover for the roller and the ebook, "The Foot Book". Your complete satisfaction or money back- guaranteed!

    Ava Shower Filter Review

    *I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  This post contains affiliate links.*  

    I am excited about this shower filter.  I have been dealing with hard water and dry skin since I moved back home from Korea recently.  This water also gives me itchy skin later in the day.  I have been trying different body creams to help, but when I saw this water filter I was hoping this could be the answer to my issues.

    This filter is pretty big and a bit bulky when I got it out of the package.  The filter comes with a roll of plumbers tape so I did not have to worry about locating my roll at home.  I swear I saw some a couple years ago in the junk drawer... The most difficult part of putting this filter on was getting my own shower head off of the pipe on my shower.  After a bit of elbow grease I was able to easily add the filter using a bit of plumbers tape for the pipe threads.  The filter did lower my pressure a little bit.  I was actually happy because my showerhead is a bit older and has a lot of pressure and heavy water flow.  I was going to replace the showerhead but now don't have to.

    After my first shower I have been converted to this shower filter!  After a week of using this filter I no longer have to deal with itchy skin.  I also do not have to race to moisturize everything as soon as I towel off.  This filter is supposed to be effective for 9-12 months then you just toss it and replace it with a new filter.  I am assuming my skin will tell me when it is time to change.  The filter is a bit pricy but oh the change has been worth it.

    Well thank you for reading and have a great day.

    From the Company
    • REMOVES FLUORIDE & OTHER CHEMICALS - Filters 99.9% of Chlorine, Algae, Dirt, Fluoride, Lead, Chloramine, Bacteria, Arsenic, Chromium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Mercury and Heavy Metals and many more chemicals. Shower filter also reduces scum build-up using kdf.
    • HEALTHY SKIN - Balances the pH of water. Promotes and maintains smooth, glowing skin, shiny hair, and healthy nails. Effectively reduces hard water and stops itchy and skin after shower
    • EASY INSTALLATION - Fits all modern shower arms. Comes with installation manual and installs easily. No plumber needed.Not sold with shower arm or shower head.
    • PROFESSIONAL SERVICE - Made in the USA with a 30-day money back guarantee included. Experience powerful results within days or receive 100% of your money back
    • LONG-TERM - High performance filter lasts for an entire 9-12 months before needed replacement.

    2.5% Retinol Moisturizer and Hyaluronic Dew Serum by Body Merry Review

      *I received these products in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.  This post contains affiliate links.*

    Hi there.  I have another couple of Body Merry products that I would like to share with you all.  I got to try out the Retinol Surge Moisturizer paired with a serum of Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, & Green Tea.  I like that the Moisturizer is a large size, 3.4 oz!  The serum is 1 oz.

    First I would like to talk about the Moisturizer.  The moisturizer is made of a combination of 2.5% retinol, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E & B5, and Green Tea.  It has a very light green tea scent that almost immediately dissipates.  I like that.  This moisturizer is pretty thick and smooths on  my face easily.  I do think it is a bit heavy for my combination skin.  I found that after a week of using AM & PM I switched to just using this moisturizer as a night cream.  I do like how it keeps my skin soft in the morning after waking up.

    The serum is very nice.  I have been using it under my moisturizers in the AM and PM.  This serum is a clear gel that is thicker but a little smooths easily over my face.  This serum has zero scent.  It has a tiny amount of Jojoba oil and does not feel greasy on my skin at all. I put it on and then about a minute later follow up with the Body Merry moisturizer(at night) or another AM moisturizer.

    I enjoy using these two products together.  I am guessing that if you have drier skin than I do or live in a drier part of the country(I'm in the deep South) The moisturizer would be great for both morning and night.
    Thank you for reading and have a great day.

    From the Company
    • MAXIMUM STRENGTH RETINOL: Body Merry's Retinol Surge Moisturizer contains 2.5% Retinol, which has time and again proven itself to be a potent youth reviving ingredient. This unique formulation is specially designed for you to be able to get the most out of this wonder ingredient, without suffering from any dryness or irritation that is typically associated with the use of Retinol.
    • NATURAL + ORGANIC: The cream also contains Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid, which nourishes and hydrates your skin. Wildcrafted Green Tea, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5 and Shea Butter add their goodness to create a formula that is potent and proven to show results.
    • ANTI-AGING + MUCH MORE: This moisturizer not only effectively addresses wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and other signs of aging, but also helps to provide a flawless tone and texture by working its charm on discoloration, acne and other marks, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. Both men and women can use this moisturizer, and it is designed to work well for all skin types.
    • MADE IN USA + CRUELTY FREE + NO HARSH CHEMICALS: The moisturizer is made in the USA in an FDA registered and GMP compliant facility. It is not tested on animals. The formula does not contain any harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.
    • MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE: Body Merry's products are backed with a 90 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't like this moisturizer, just contact us and get a full refund. You don't need to return the bottle.
    • DEWY RADIANCE: Nurture your skin with this superior hydrating serum and your skin will respond with an almost instant glow (minus the oily 'shine'). Made for those who are looking to rejuvenate their skin and give it a fresh start!
    • NOT JUST HYDRATION: This professional grade VEGAN hyaluronic acid serum not only moisturizes and nourishes your skin, but also provides superior anti-aging benefits by tackling wrinkles and fine lines head on. Body Merry's Hyaluronic Dew Serum is the perfect anti-aging moisture rich product - formulated for all skin types, free of any potential irritants.
    • NATURAL & ORGANIC: Plant derived Hyaluronic Acid is cushioned and supported by powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Green Tea and Organic Jojoba Oil, to give your skin a youthful, bright and even complexion. Free from harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. No fragrances or alcohol.
    • MADE IN USA + CRUELTY FREE: The serum is made in the USA in an FDA registered and GMP compliant facility. It is not tested on animals.
    • MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE: Body Merry's products are backed with a 90 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't like this serum, just contact us and get a full refund. You don't even need to return the bottle.

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    Friday, April 10, 2015

    PopSugar Must Have Subscription March Review

    I have my PopSugar March box here for review.

    Overall I am very happy with this month's box.  It is well rounded and has items that I have not received in boxes before so I am happy about that.  I also liked that these items are products that I would not necessarily think to purchase so it has been fun trying out these different treats.  Well I will just get started with the box.

    the first thing I pulled out was an oil diffuser set by The Archivist in Cucumber Lemon.  Now I have not used diffusers myself.  I generally go old school with my signature candle scents.  But Mr Man likes to use diffusers.  I guess he has a fear of house fire or something.  Well I pulled the jar and reeds out of the packaging and *wow*  the scent is strong.  Not cloying but it definitely needs to be in a larger area.  The cucumber is much more pronounced than the lemon and I like it for a spring to summer scent.  Very happy with this item.  I did have to take the reeds out after accidentally leaving this bottle in a closed bedroom for an afternoon.  Also the lid can be recapped so you can put the scent on pause if you wish.$20)
    Next up is the Micromagic Microdermabrasion tube by Bliss beauty($48) I am happy to see a full size microderm product for my face.  I like Bliss products and have been happy with this pumice scrub.  It has a very mild slightly minty scent.  Not overly gritty and you can massage with as much pressure as you choose.  Of course this is a once a week product and if you think it is too harsh for your face feel free to use it on your body, elbows, and/or feet instead.  

    I also got the Wet Brush in a travel size($4.95)  This brush is supposed to be great for brushing out your wet hair because the bristles are super flexible so that it does not pull and snap your hair when it is more delicate.  It an be used wet or dry.  I am still on the fence about this brush.  Yes after a few uses I have gotten used to the super softness of the bristles.  And yes, I know that I should not use a regular brush on my freshly showered super long/bleached hair.  And yes, this brush does the job of detangling.  But I have always used a regular paddle brush and have not had any issues with bad breakage in the last couple years.  Maybe I should try the full sized brush before dismissing this Wet Brush.  I have the Amazon link(affiliate codes) to it at the bottom of this post.  

    Also as an added bonus we got 2 samples by Benefit cosmetics.  The Roller Lash Mascara & Porefessional makeup primer.  The mascara is supposed to be curling, but I can guarantee that it will give me panda eyes within 2 hours.  I can only use a couple mascaras.  Maybe I will try it with a sealer.  I am happy to see the primer.  I just need to remember to use this before putting on foundation to help my makeup set and stay.  

    The next couple of items fit in with their travel theme(like the travel sized Wet brush).  
    There is a fun pad of checklists of What to Pack Pad by Knock Knock($7)  A fun pack(maybe 50 sheets) of a basic checklist of what to pack when going away for a trip so you don't forget any essentials.  I like that this pad is pretty up to date and also has blanks so you can write down your own personalized needs too.  I am pretty awesome at packing so I may gift this to a friend.  
    In the vein of travel bags is a Pink Pina Zip Pouch by Samudra($40!)  Insert expletive of choice at that price; I know I did.  This is a fun and useable 12"x 9" zip pouch ideal for travel and can hold all your toiletries or great for tossing in a beach bag so loose items stay together.  But it is a oversized pink zip pouch with pineapples on it.  I think $12 would be a more than generous price for this.  Apparently it is exclusive to this PopSugar box.  Whatevs.

    There is was also one more item in the box.  Halfpops in Mesquite BBQ($1.69).  Now Mesquite is not what I generally gravitate towards, but these halfpops were darn tasty.  Think Corn Nuts for hipsters.  

    Well I hope you enjoyed this review.  You can subscribe HERE  by entering (affiliate link) and take $5 off your first box by entering the code:  MUSTHAVE5 or simply look at the website at

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    Petunia Skincare 1.5mm Needles Derma Roller Review

    *I received this product in exchange for my honest & unbiased review. *
    I have been interested in derma rollers ever since I saw my first saw one at a beauty show several years ago.  Hundreds of tiny needles are rolled around your face to make tiny tiny punctures so your skin has to work to make new(fresh) skin cells and allow for serums and creams to really get into your skin and do some good instead of sitting on top of dead skin.  Well that makes a lot of sense to me.  I mean think about it; you make a pudding poke cake and the way to get the cake all creamy and moist is to poke toothpick holes into a freshly baked sheet cake and then pour your pudding onto the cake surface.  So when you bite into the cake you get creamy bites of yummy cake and pudding.  So if your freshly washed face is the cake, then the derma roller is the toothpick.  In the end you get moist soft skin.

    Alright, so I washed my face and then I put a light layer of Body Merry's Retinol Surge moisturizer on.  I took the clean Petunia Skincare Derma Roller and rolled it back and forth slowly left to right 5 times, up & down 5 times, and then diagonally 5 times.  This took me about 5 minutes I believe.  I did not press too hard but I did press to make sure that I was getting to a couple layers of skin.  I made sure to avoid my eyes and delicate eye skin areas.  I did watch some youtube videos and looked at a blogger who is also an aesthetician and they all said that you have to press hardish onto to the skin to get results.  Well for the first time I went pretty soft on my skin.  After finishing up I put a serum of Body Merry's Hyaluronic Serum on my face and then finished up with more moisturizer a minute later.  My face was a bit pinkish for about an hour, but after that I looked just fine.  I noticed the next day that my face felt hydrated so I guess I was able to get the moisturizer to penetrate a bit.  I look forward to using this again in a few weeks.  Next time I will press a little firmer so I can start getting lasting results and youthful skin.  At less thank $20 for this derma roller you can try it out yourself.   I recommend this derma roller and hope you try it out and get great results too!
    From the Company
    • GUARANTEED RESULTS OR YOUR MONEY BACK! Manufacturer's Guarantee: All Petunia Skincare products are backed up with a 90 Day, No Questions Asked, Money-Back Guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, simply contact us and we will give you a full refund. Our #1 priority is your satisfaction. We are a premium skincare line dedicated to providing customers with products that yield results with no hype included. Visit for more info!
    • DERMA ROLLING WORKS! The skin naturally regenerates itself approx. every 28 days. With derma rolling you can encourage skin regeneration, meaning you are building new skin. This is great with lightening acne scars, dark spots and age spots as it can speed up the pace in which new skin is made to help blend to its surrounding skin. This tool will help build up dimply cellulite and stretch marks on the skin through collagen and elasticity production. Hair regrowth relies on genes that promote the growth of hair cells. The most important chemical needed in the body to promote new hair cells is human growth factor. Scientists suggest derma rolling can stimulate human growth factor. As the needles create holes along the hair line, it inflicts minor injury. Now the body must work to produce new skin the area that injured and release human growth factor and other chemicals that aid in the regrowth of thinning hair.
    • HIGHEST QUALITY MEDICAL GRADE STAINLESS STEEL! Petunia Skincare 200 Derma Roller is made with the highest quality surgical stainless steel available. Our stainless steel needles are medical grade, the same kind that doctors, surgeons, tattooists, and acupuncturists use! Don't waste money on cheap quality derma rollers made with titanium on the market. Stainless steel offers the least reactions to the skin. Think about it, would a surgeon ever use a titanium scalpel blade, or would a tattooist use a titanium needle? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
    • THE ULTIMATE ANTI-AGING DEVICE FOR ALL YOUR SKINCARE PRODUCTS! Our micro needle roller is the best compliment for all your skincare products such as serums, creams, and gels. Microneedling allows ingredients to be absorbed faster because pores are opened from the epidermis to the dermis layer. This tool is great to use with our Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and Vitamin C Serum. It is also compatible to use with cellulite and stretch mark creams, scar gels and hair regrowth treatments. Our microneedle roller can be used alone or with products.
    • GET TIGHTER, AND FIRMER SKIN! Recommended by The Doctors, the derma roller is the best and convenient alternative to popular cosmetic surgical procedures. The dermaroller has proven to stimulate collagen production, accelerate skin regeneration, build up pitted acne scars, reduce wrinkles, fade stretch marks, and cellulite! Collagen is often referred to "the glue that holds the body together". By derma rolling, you are essentially stimulating collagen in an area where there may not be any collagen productivity.
    Well thank you for reading and have a great day!

    Nutraplex Pineapple Coconut & Megaberry Bar Review

    *I received these products for review purposes in exchange for my unbiased opinion and review. *

    I got the opportunity to try out each of these two energy bars.  I like to have portability with my nutrition so I am able to get a nutritious meal replacement before or after a workout.  Both of these bars are made with all natural ingredients that do not need my amazing power of the Google to decipher.  The first two ingredients in these bars are dates & Chia seeds.  When you bite into them you will know that this is the truth.  The mashed date is definitely the binder for this bar.  The Chia seeds are mostly whole so be sure to chew as much as possible so you can get the benefits from them.  The first bar i tried was the Pineapple coconut.  The main taste was coconut and date.  I had to concentrate to get the pineapple taste.  The bar was pretty easy to chew and was soft.  The flavor was not really for me and after about half the bar I was finished.  The chia seeds do tend to get stuck and then swell in your teeth so make sure that you brush or floss about 20 minutes after eating these bars.  The megaberry was a lot better tasting for my palette.  the megaberry bar had a strong cranberry flavor and again the Chia seeds got stuck in my teeth.  I did get a bit more energy and not a sugar crash after an hour of eating this bar.  I like that there are no mystery ingredients, but normally look for more protein in a meal replacement bar.   You can find more information and can purchase these and other flavors of bars at

    Thank you for reading and have a great day!

    Sunday, April 5, 2015

    FabFitFun Hippity Hoppity Giveaway Hop

    I'm so excited about this giveaway!  Not just because my blog is called Hopping Through Life for a Hippity Hoppity Hop, or that it is during wonderful warming spring weather. I am excited because I am able to share some of my great treats from my FabFitFun subscription boxes.  Read my review of the box this prize came from here

    FabFitFun Giveaway Prize
    I have a couple great items that I want to giveaway to a reader.  The first items are a Zumba max workout DVD and a $25 gift card to  I actually got 2 of these boxes so I have an extra Zumba set to share.  Zumba is super fun and will get your heart rate up.  This DVD workout will work for Zumba converts and those just trying it out for the first time.  I know that the first time I tried Zumba I wished I had access to the style of moves before going.  This DVD will set you up for success!  I am also including a $25 giftcard for the shop.  The card includes free shipping, though I have heard that some people have had issues getting that to work, and expires on 6/30/2015.   Total of this Zumbapalloza is $55.

    The second prize in the bundle is a set of Your Choice of color sets of yourMinerals eyeshadow duo by Swedish Beauty.  You will get a pot of the white Swedish Winter shade and your choice of Lavender Dream or Brown Hypnotic.  These are loose powder sets and they look great in the pictures I have seen.  I am just not coordinated enough to use loose eyeshadow.  My klutziness is your gain!  A $44 value.

    So there you see a $99 prize pack.  I will throw in a couple little extras too.

    FabFitFun Hippity Hoppity Giveaway Hop

    Thank you for reading and have a great day!

    Hippity Hoppity
    Welcome to the Hippity Hoppity Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging!
    Hosted by Mama Smith’s Review Blog & Women And Their Pretties

    Co-Hosted by: Melanie Meditates, EasterBabe's Theory, Muscles & Mascara Blog, Cia Says, So Simply Stephanie, Marilyn's Treats, Our Refuge and Strength, & Life of a Southern Mom Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to scroll down the whole list and visit them all – there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! There will also be a twitter party on April 14th to go along with this hop with even more chances to win. RSVP for that by clicking here. Good Luck and Have Fun! DISCLOSURE: Mama Smith’s Review Blog and Women and Their Pretties are not responsible for any of the prize fulfillment. Each blogger is responsible for providing their sponsor with their winner’s contact information.