August 26, 2016

ARK AGE AWARE BRITISH SKINCARE COLLECTION

 *product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*

Hello gorgeous readers! Recently I was invited to test out an award winning British skincare brand -- one loved by top beauty editor's, such as ELLE magazine. ARK Age Aware Skincare Collection is unique as it treats specific skin issues by age group -- teens-20's/30's-40's/ 50's and up -- in order to ensure that women receive targeted individual care. The reason that you need certain formulas at different stages of aging is to compensate for hormonal shifts in body functions. The brand sent over two full size products from the thirties range, Age Defend Moisturizer and Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque. I have been using the set for over a week now and am ready to share my thoughts, so read more about it below. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

ARK Skincare products uniquely treat skin at every age providing a daily skin regimen that protects, defends, and defys. Created in England, ARK Skincare products deliver professional, salon grade results using the most innovative natural formulations. The result is a highly effective personalized skincare regime for every individual.

 
easy push top dispenser


Formula: Age Defend Moisturizer: A perfect regime to start in your 30's to 40's, the lightweight moisturizer infuses skin with essential nutrients as well as offering antioxidant protection. This is the stage when fine lines and wrinkles begin to surface, plus throw stress factors into the mix, and you have the ideal time to take proactive steps in order to maintain youthful beauty. Age Defend absorbs quickly without pilling so there's no issue layering over serum or under foundation. I also love the semi-glow finish which makes my skin radiate and appear healthy all day. This is important for me since my skin tends to be on the dry side. Also, my skin becomes red and Age Defend helped to alleviate this issue. Another side note, the jar contains a touch pad that allows you to control how much product is dispensed without a mess. My results so far have been hydrated and nourished skin without any irritations or breakouts.  

Skin Pefector Hydration Masque: This luxurious masque is a combination of a light gel and a creamy lotion with a slight oil finish. This is due to the sugar beet and Abyssinian oil in the formula that restores skin to it's youthfulness. Only a thin layer is needed to cover the entire face and neck area. While it's on the pricey side, you'll get your money's worth since it's a pretty large tube. Skin Perfector drenches skin with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin E, for radiant, smooth skin and protection against water loss. I love that this made my skin feel wonderfully relaxed and moisturized. The duration of the masque can be utilized in different ways. For instance, leave it on 10, 20 minutes or for more mature skin, or it can be left on overnight then rinsed off in the morning. I have had an enjoyable experience with ARK Age Aware and would recommend my readers to try it for themselves. Lastly, the collection is made with natural ingredients and when you sign up for a newsletter, you'll receive 20% off a purchase. Discover more at the brand's website linked below.

Learn more at ARK SKINCARE
Availability: ARK SKINCARE Age Defend, $70 1.7 oz, Skin Masque, $70, 2.5 oz
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August 25, 2016

LUV MICHAEL LOCALLY SOURCED ORGANIC GRANOLA THAT GIVES BACK

*product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*

Let's talk about snacks. I love snacks. You love snacks. We all love snacks. Everyone snacks. But why not snack on something healthy and organic while giving back to those in need? Luv Micheal Locally Sourced Organic Granola does just that. The amazing people who whip up batches up this yummy natural treat are hard working adults with Autism. Luv Michael refers to them as, "granologists". Luv Michael helps their Autistic employees become independent working adults who earn their own wages. This is a beautiful thing! Everyone deserves a chance to be empowered and create a life for themselves. The brand's founder and a New York native (Hello!), Michael Kessaris, is the inspiration behind the brand. At 18 yrs. of age, with a passion for cooking, it was difficult to find employment and enroll in a culinary school because of his autism. That's when mom and day, both physicians, stepped in to help set up Luv Micheal. Now Micheal and others like him have a place to learn, create and be part of society. Oh, and of course, let's not forget about the granola. It's really, really really good! Purchase a few packs for yourself and spread the news to friends and family so we can keep Luv Michael operational into infinity. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

The idea was born to make a healthy, quality product that could provide income and a career for both Michael and other individuals with autism. Education is critical to Luv Michael’s mission and a custom curriculum is being created to foster learning and teach key skills to help those enrolled become employable. 


Opinion: Made with locally sourced organic and natural ingredients, Originola granola taste super fresh. The crunch factor is also at one hundred percent. It's a healthy alternative snack that gives you much needed energy to keep up with a demanding work day and lifestyle without any added chemicals. On top of the yummy little granola crunchy bits, the chunky bars are infused with scrumptious sweet fruit pieces throughout. Originola granola has that fresh out of the oven baked flavor. I love everything about it! I especially love that the brand donates a dollar from every bag purchased to educate train and employ adults with autism. In addition, the non-profit organization accepts any donations (tax free) to continue their work of empowerment and to expand Luv Michaels nationwide in the near future. Please visit the brand's website and media pages to purchase their yummy handmade treat and consider making any donation, great or small.

Get Social! Twitter: @LuvMichaelCo #LUVMICHAEL
Facebook: LuvMichaelCo
Availability: New York Fresh & Co, Cafe Metro, Wild By Nature, Select Starbucks
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August 23, 2016

THE BODY SHOP TEA TREE OIL COLLECTION:BACK TO SCHOOL ESSENTIALS

*product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*

Tempus Fugit... The understatement of the year. 2016 literally flew by and now we're already in the back to school phase -- or back to work. However, for some of us (not naming names), work has been non-stop without a summer break. Not unless you count that one tweeensy-weeensy birthday celebration to which there was at least cake and festive cocktails. But I digress... I am happy to announce The Body Shop's latest additions to their cult favorite Tea Tree Oil Collection, a range of must have skincare products to help jump-start your way into healthier skin. This line is suitable for teens and adults alike. I can attest to the miracles of Tea Tree Oil because I have been using it since my teenage years. Publicity sent over Tea Tree Oil, Daily Solution and 3-in-1 Scrub Mask. Oh, and an adorable 2017 Daily Planner. Much appreciated since I could use all the help to organize my hectic life. More importantly, for every product purchased, The Body Shop will build bio-bridges to restore the rain forest floor, with a goal of restoring up to 75 million square miles. Awesome! So you can feel satisfied that your purchase from a cruelty-free and charitable brand helps keep people looking gorgeous and saving the world at the same time. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Made with 100% organic Community Trade Tea Tree Oil from Kenya, the 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask is a triple threat multitasking cleanser that can be used as a daily wash to purify, a scrub to clear and tighten the appearance of pores or a deep-cleaning mask to smoothen and mattify skin’s appearance. Toxins in the body such as alcohol and stress cause flare-ups in the forehead area, while blemishes along the jawline are often hormonal and caused by processed foods and sugar. Coupled with the Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution, you can prevent and reduce blemishes while you fend off that infamous freshman 15!


Formula: Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution: The solution is a freshly scented (tea tree), non-sticky serum that assist in clearing blemishes. Absorbs readily and is applied under moisturizer and foundation without interference to additional products. I love that it soothes my red skin and the tea tree solution can help keep blackheads at bay due to it's anti-bacterial properties. In about a month, you'll start to see clarified and more purified skin. I also love that the bottle is quite large and the long dropper allows me to grab the right amount of product. If you have dry skin, you may want to consider layering a light moisturizer over the serum to keep from over-drying skin. So far I love everything about Anti-Imperfections Solution and I would greatly recommend you add it to your daily routine in order to keep your face looking fresh and healthy. Tea Tree Oil: the oil concentrate, about 15%, removes impurities, contains oiliness and clears the skin. It also works to counteract blackheads with it's anti-bacterial properties. The smaller travel size jars makes it ideal for targeted touch-ups. I noticed less blackheads and oiliness in certain areas in as little as four days. This is truly essential for clearing up skin issues. 3-in-1 Scrub Mask: A multi-tasking mask that can be used as a wash, scrub or mask. The formula is gentle on the most sensitive skin and helps to remove blackheads, excess oil, impurities and tightens pores. I love the many ways that I can use 3-in-1 and the fact that my skin feels and looks amazing after use. The line is so affordable that you can easily purchase the entire trio and save money for other new year purchases, like a really cool pair of wide-legged jeans. Also, scroll through the brand's website, or shop in stores, to view the entire Tea Tree Collection. Hope you enjoy the last glorious days of summer!

Get Social! Twitter: @thebodyshopusa
Availability: The Body Shop, Solution, $13, 1.69 oz, Tea Tree Oil, $6, .33 oz, 
Scrub Mask, $13.20, 4.2 oz
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