Interesting Uses For Witch Hazel

I get to have major surgery for my Christmas! Oh, goodie! (NOT!)

I have tried to be on the nice list but, having 2 major surgeries in one year puts me in a fowl mood and knocks me right off the nice list onto the naughty one.

I found some fascinating reading on all the uses for Witch Hazel. There are a lot! One says it helps reduce the appearance of scars. Well, I have one huge one now that will get a twin next week! I’m looking for something natural to help heal it and to soften the scar as it heals too.Not only is Witch Hazel cheap, it’s generally known to be very safe. I’ve used Witch Hazel in the past and it’s rather soothing to my skin. So, I don’t really have anything to lose.

Click the link below and read about Witch Hazel for yourself!

40 Amazing Tips and Benefit of Witch Hazel

Here’s to wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!

Kimberly and Libby

Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo; A True Winner

As I mentioned in my post about Maple Holistics Silk 18 Conditioner, my hair was in need of moisture. I had the chance to bring back even more moisture while shampooing using another Maple Holistics hair product. Now a new favorite shampoo: Argan Oil Shampoo by Maple Holistics.

Even though the Argan Oil Shampoo and the Silk 18 Conditioner are from different ‘families’ of the Maple Holistics hair product lines, they both work great for my hair that has been so much healthier since I have continued to use the Silk 18.

What I am really digging about this shampoo is that my hair is soft after I rinse it out. I rarely have shampoos that make my hair feel like I could actually skip the conditioning part.

So, here are all the good things that are in Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo:

 

No sulfates. Lots of healthy oils. My hair gives Argan Oil Shampoo a thumbs up before I even step out of the shower. I like that it is made right here in the US. This 8 oz bottle costs just $10 on their website! I would honestly expect to pay more for this because this shampoo is more luxurious than any shampoo I have purchased at the drugstore. It is high-end quality.

I am going to agree that this shampoo would be for almost any hair type. Normally, folks that have fine, with a good curl to it hair would stay away from any hair product that has oil in it. Like I normally would. But, this Aragan Oil Shampoo is not like that. My hair has volume and lots of softness. I’ve had a trying year, health-wise. My scalp has been itchy (one of my medications I have been taking makes my entire body itchy!) and, without giving any medical advice, I will tell you that this shampoo has calmed the scalp itchies for me.

The shampoo has a soft vanilla fragrance that I don’t mind even washing my face with while I’m in the shower. I love the smell of it!

I know you are eager to get this Argan Oil Shampoo into your shower! Here’s where you can get yours: www.MapleHolistics.com

But wait! There’s more!! I’m a free sample-driven customer! So, you can get a free sample and see for yourself! https://www.mapleholistics.com/free-sample/

I have some questions…Maple Holistics has a blog called Maple Blog. They asked me to share this article with you. I’ve never tried a dermaroller. If you have, tell me about your experience with it. Benefits of Using a Dermaroller.

 

Maple Holistics asked me to review this product in exchange for a review. These are my own, honest opinions about the product. 

Maple Holistics: Silk 18 Conditioner

When I was approached to do a review on one of Maple Holistics products, I knew exactly what I was going to hone in on. Silk 18 Conditioner was the perfect choice!

This past Summer, I went from blonde to silver. That process didn’t include a friendly process to my locks. They are parched. Seriously parched. The sulfate-free shampoo I was using did not make my hair soft at all. I was beginning to think that bleaching my hair this light wasn’t for me.

Some hair conditioning products need to be used over time to see results. Especially if you have an extreme hair issue like super oily, super dry or super damaged. So, just imagine the pleasant surprise I got when Silk 18 Conditioner made my hair beyond soft…it was truly silky! And, on the first use.

When you take a look at the ingredients in Silk 18, you instantly see that almost all the healthy oils for hair and skin are in this. And, there are 18 (hence, the name) different silk amino acids that leave your hair moisturized and able to retain that moisture.

The light vanilla fragrance was extremely pleasant. The texture of the conditioner was really thick. Thick like a conditioning mask. However, it was still easy to squeeze out of the bottle. Honestly, the moment I started massaging Silk 18 Conditioner into my hair, I knew it was a winner. After 3 minutes, I rinsed and that silky feeling was still there. I let my hair air dry, without any other products. Since I have fine hair, I wanted to see if the conditioner weighed down my strands. Not only did it stay soft but after a half dozen uses over time, my hair didn’t experience a build up. My fine curls were airy, soft and healthy.

As the weather becomes more and more dry with the seasonal change, there’s no way I can get away with not being diligent keeping my hair, as well as the rest of me, hydrated. Using Maple Holistics Silk 18 Conditioner has my hair covered.

You can find Maple Holistics on their website. To go directly to Silk 18 Conditioner, click here. You’ll see that this conditioner is not expensive; $10!!! Look around Maple Holistics site and you’ll find lots and lots to like about this brand.

Also….Maple Holistics would love to give you FREE samples!!! Click here to check it out.

 

This product was provided to me for review. All opinions are mine. 

Facial Mask Monday: VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask

I gave my hands a good, fast rubbing when I was asked to review VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask. I was looking forward to the experience.

While the main selling point for these eye masks is to decrease darkness under the eyes, I got my benefit from the plumping up of my fine lines. That’s always a huge plus for me. And, VII Code didn’t fail me.

A tip I was given was to place the pad packages into the refrigerator so that they will be cool when used. Not only was it brilliant but, it was the best part of my day when I did this. I had to have said ‘Ahhhh’ at least 50 times before I fell asleep wearing the pads.

I have gained wisdom in knowing that it is important to read the instructions. And that’s for anything that comes with instructions. When I read these instructions, I had to re-read them a few times. The product suggests wearing the eye pads for 8 hours over night or, for 4 hours during the day. Even though I work from home, I opted, for the first attempt, to wear the VII Code eye pads overnight.

So, the first night, I got the pads on my face and in place. I found the pads to have a very generous amount of product on them. The pads themselves felt very soft too. The product wasn’t tacky but they did adhere well to my skin. I didn’t have any issues adjusting the pads where I wanted them either.

Naturally, I was eager to see the results the next morning. I looked in the mirror and found that one of the pads had managed to get into my hair. The other one was on my pillow when I went back to make the bed. I did get a good laugh at seeing the one on my head. But, I am a sleeper that moves around a lot at night.

The pads did stay on my skin long enough for me to see that I had plumped up my fine lines. I spent plenty of time admiring this small miracle in the mirror. And, my wrinkles stayed at bay all day. Folks, we have a winner!

Wearing the eye pads during the day annoyed me too much and I’m sure it was because I was completely conscience of them. I didn’t leave them on for the required 4 hours. I got in just a tad over 3 hours. I yielded great returns, nonetheless.

So, I give VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask a resounding applause for smoothing out my fine lines I have on the outer corners of my eyes. I can see a nice benefit for using these for 4 hours before, let’s say, an event in the evening.

You can order your box of eye masks at VII Code’s website. I also found them for same on Amazon’s website.

 

NYX Cosmetics Luv Out Loud Limited Edition Liquid Lipsticks

NYX Cosmetics asked me if I would give my honest opinion on their newest liquid lipsticks: Luv Out Loud Collection. Being an avid lover of all things by NYX Cosmetics, I naturally said yes.

The Luv Out Loud Matte Liquid Lip Collection is a limited edition so I wanted to share these with you as soon as possible. Plus, Fall will be here as soon as possible. Don’t you agree?! My lips will be ready to showcase any Fall outfit with the Luv Out Loud liquid lippies.

The NYX Professional Makeup PR info asks: Are Passionate, Brave, Fearless, Confident, Extraordinary or Brilliant? …celebrating individuality, beauty and artistry for all! What do these words mean to you? Swipe on your favorite shade and take to social to tell us how you #luvoutloud.

 

From top to bottom:Brilliant, Confident, Fearless, Extraordinary, Passionate

I’m all those characteristics and then some! I just know you are too! I received 5 of the 6 limited edition NYX Cosmetics lippies. So, it’s a GO for all 5 of them. Look out Fall! Here come Matte Lips!

I have many matte liquid lipsticks and a bunch of them are by NYX Cosmetics. Without a doubt, the NYX Cosmetics liquid lipsticks are my favorite. I was pretty sure these limited edition matte ones were not going to be any different. I was SO right!

If you have sampled any matte liquid lipsticks, you know that they can be drying, sticky, crumbly and/or tacky. Brush all those concerns out of your mind because none of the Luv Out Loud liquid lippies are like this. Can you say: Velvety, smooth, moisturized! I tried the lippies out on well-scrubbed lips for a test run. I put on a silky soft lip balm after that. Then, the pressure was on for these NYX Cosmetic’s new-comers.

What transpired was nothing short of glam. You’ll want to head over to NYX Cosmetics and order these limited edition matte liquid lipsticks pronto. Here are the shades I tried out:

From top to bottom:Brilliant, Confident, Fearless, Extraordinary, Passionate

There was only one thing I wished these lippies did and that was no transfer. While the liquid lipstick stayed on my lips for a good 5 hours, there was transfer to my tea cup. I did find one thing interesting, though. After about 5 hours, even though the lipstick seemed to have faded, the color had stained my lips. And, that stayed on until I washed my face right before bedtime.

Heck, why wait til Fall? I’m wearing these beauts NOW!

When you get your NYX Cosmetics Luv Out Loud matte liquid lipsticks, take a selfie and post it across the Internet using #luvoutloud. Let the word know you are AWESOME!

 

Disclaimer: NYX Professional Makeup provided these products to me for my honest opinions.

Hemptopia Lip Balm: Extraordinary Lip Care with Hemp

Whether it is Summer or Winter, I have made it a part of my skincare ritual to take care of my kisser. I have had dry lips as long as I can recall. So, lip care is important to me in order to keep my lips soft and smooth.

I received Hemptopia’s All Natural Beeswax and Hemp Lip Balm in a monthly subscription box that I paid for myself. It was the first thing I tried as I am always on the lookout for the best lip balm. Even though the packaging is quite simple, the balm is a hard worker. Yet, it is a hard worker that does it naturally. I know you’ll recognize every one of the ingredients.

What makes Hemptopia’s All Natural Beeswax and Hemp Lip Balm is the obvious because of its name: Hemp. Now, before you start to think ‘Hey, hey! I can get high by just licking my lips!’, know that this is so far from the truth. The hemp used in the lip balm does not have THC and, you will not fail a drug test by using it. What you will get is a healthy dose of omega fats. Your body achieves healthy benefits from these omegas as they help soften your skin as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory. This helps keep the turnover of skin cells in an awesome, healthy way.

The hemp seeds used in this product come from industrial hemp farms in the US and Canada. The Departments of Agriculture closely regulate and test all produce from these farmers. All commerical hemp is treated this way.

Right out of the box, as I mentioned, I tried Hemptopia’s Lip Balm and I am beyond pleased with the results. This balm is not sticky or hard. It glides across my lips and they stay moisturized for hours. It has no fragrance or taste. Definitely, I have found my lip balm for all seasons.

Hemptopia sells lots of other products too from bags to clothes to foods. You can get your own hemp lip balm at http://www.hemptopia.com/hemp-body-care/ 

Hey! I just checked and Hemptopia has this balm on sale for $2.50.

This article first appeared on LibbysPinkVanity.com 

Facial Mask Monday: Studio 35 Beauty Anti-Aging Almond Mask

I tried a single-use mask I picked up from Walgreen’s and wow, this one is a winner at the vanity!

This is Walgreen’s own brand called Studio 35 Beauty. I have used many of their house brands before and, I have not been disappointed.

This is the Anti-Aging Mask in Almond. I didn’t detect a strong almond fragrance but, what was there was pleasant and mild…

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I have spent more time outdoors this summer and, the air is dry in Colorado. I work very hard to keep my skin moist and my body hydrated. More this year than every before. A hydrating mask was just the thing to try…

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The directions state to leave the mask on until dry however, that didn’t happen for me. It just didn’t dry. I left it on about 25 minutes; both on my face and on the back of my hands (more on that in a sec). I went ahead and washed it off with warm water. My skin still felt marvelously smooth! So did my hands.

If you are ever uncertain about trying Walgreen’s products, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. This mask was approximately $1.50. That isn’t expensive at all for a little bit of pampering…

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There are a lot of different ingredients in this one however, I found many of them to be known for hydrating the skin…

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This package was, actually, large enough to get two facials out of it. I know that in hindsight. Since I had so much left over, I used it on the back of my hands. They certainly could use some extra moisture, as well…

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For a small amount of money and, virtually risk free, I recommend Studio 35 Beauty’s Almond mask. My skin felt a little plumped up after using however, it is temporary and, I went to bed shortly after my treatment. This might not be for the acne-prone or hyper-sensitive skin however, I think it could be used by everyone else.

Have you given any Studio 35 Beauty items a try?

Freeman’s Beauty: Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask

The Facial Mask Monday product is a different type of mask. This is one that is a cream, you put it on before bedtime and sleep with it on. I think I picked up this Freeman’s Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask at Walmart. They usually run about $1.37 or so.DSCF0022

I had only read other reviews about these types of masks so, when I found this one, I thought I’d give it a go. When a product says that it ‘deeply hydrates’, I feel they are talking to me…

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I was worried about getting my pillow and sheets messy. But, I figured it out by not putting it on as thick as an apply and wipe off 15 minutes later mask. That left about 4 applications from this one packet.

If you love cantaloupes, you’ll love the fragrance of this mask. I wish I had some in the refrigerator right now! It smelled just like the melon!  That, along with the chamomile set the stage for a very relaxing experience. There are lots and lots of ingredients in this mask. Wow! A lot of them are from plant and fruit oil that are recognizable…

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How well did this one work? It worked so well I wish my skin would feel like this all the time. But, that was the next morning. I had a hard time keeping myself from rubbing in the product. And, it did sting my cheeks and nose for about 7 minutes when I first put it on. Maybe the facial wipe I used caused it? I don’t know. I don’t have sensitive skin so, I can’t recommend it to those that have any sensitivity issues.

The mask is a very heavy cream. When I applied it, it became opaque, however…

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The entire time I prepped for this post, all I could think about was Mrs. Kravitz. How many of you are old enough to know her and her put-upon husband, Abner?

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What sleeping masks do you recommend?

elf: Disney Princess Belle Eye Shadow Palette

A couple of months ago, Walgreen’s presented more Disney princess makeup and accessories. I have continued to collect the makeup story books and, purchasing this one was a given, as well…

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This palette is by elf and it celebrates Belle from the Beauty and the Beast movie.

This is quite the neutral palette. But, there are enough shades to create a light, neutral look all the way into a smoldering, smoky eye…

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I think swatching makeup is the thing I love most about blogging…

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I did use a swab for the swatching over a light application of eye shadow primer. I found all the shadows to really ‘pop’ with the primer. This palette is from elf so, there is a bit of fall-out but, they didn’t crumble away and, the pay out makes it worthwhile. In my opinion!

You can’t get more simple with these directions…

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For days when I want a close to no makeup look, these are some of the best colors to use…

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If I remember correctly, I got this for around $5. What do you think? Are these not great Summer to Fall transition shades?

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen

This product was given to me to review.

I speak right up when someone wants to know what skincare products I love and, what do I use when not testing out products for the blog. I use Kiehl’s. Their products have given me not only the results I’m looking for but also, I see results very quickly.

So, when I got the opportunity to try out Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen, I knew it was going to be a product I could truly put to the test.DSCF0011

I have been running and training for 5K races for over a year straight. Even though I am out early in the morning to do my runs, I have found that being at a higher altitude, here in the Denver area, makes a huge difference in the amount of sun I am exposed to. This is why I choose products that have SPF 50 for my body when I am outside.

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid states that it is 50+. Now we’re talkin’! This isn’t the old, goopy, stinky stuff from years ago. Not only does this apply completely into my skin, it also doesn’t have a bad smell. It’s a light fragrance that quickly dissipates.

Note in the photo above that this sunscreen is for both UVA and UVB sun rays. You want a sunscreen that protects from both of these which is why it’s called Broad Spectrum.

Those with oily skin can run into problems with some sunscreens. While I have normal to dry skin, I feel that almost everyone can use this and not experience break outs. However, Kiehl’s has a very liberal return policy and, you can always get samples at their stores to give it a trial run first.

DSCF0013When I read the ‘Shake Well’ wording, I did so. There’s a serious ball in there to mix things up! I will take it that there is some separation when the bottle sits and you want to mix it all up. Not a problem at all. I tend to shake up most bottles before using, anyway.

There’s a tamper-proof tab to remove before dispensing…

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I definitely want to share the ingredient list with you…

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And, as I have stated before, I like to research ingredients that are not familiar to me. I wanted to learn more about Avobenzone and Oxybenzone. You can find these readily in a variety of sunscreens but, not in all of them. These two chemical formulas penetrate the skin in a mesh-like pattern. This insures that your skin is protected from broad spectrum UV rays but also, that your skin can still breathe and perspire. These two ingredients don’t clump or compromise your protection when you sweat. Just remember that you will want to reapply Super Fluid every two hours.

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I put a small sample on the back of my hand to show you that the Super Fluid is, indeed, a fluid, and not a cream…

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I dispense an amount on my fingers and then rub it into my skin. As you can see, it completely soaks in and doesn’t leave any residue behind…

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It dries completely, with no tacky film. The bottle doesn’t state specifically if this is just for the face or the body. I take it that it’s made for both. And, I used it for both. I applied the Super Fluid on my face after I had applied a moisturizer. I use Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate under and around my eyes and then I applied Super Fluid over that and all over my face. Since it has a matte finish, I didn’t mind using it on my face one bit. I like the way it feels on my skin.

I particularly like using Super Fluid on the backs of my hands (if you are not putting a daily SPF on the back of your hands, start right now!), my ears, on the back of my neck and back, all over on the front of my neck, onto the decolletage area and, even onto the tops of my shoulders. However, you can use this all over your body. Boy, does my skin feel silky when I use this. I, actually, look forward to using this sunscreen.

Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen can be found at their stores or, you can order it on their website. Super Fluid comes in two sizes: 1.7 oz for $38 and, 4.2 oz for $61.

I have made Kiehl’s Super Fluid a staple on training and race days. Are you fastidious about using SPF too?