Jeju Natural Green Tea Mask and Volcanic Mask

A good sized mask, it has flaps so that you can fold the mask to fit your face if it is too big.  Too often, my biggest issue is the fit of sheet masks.  Bigger is better, we can just fold the over flaps.  The eye holes can be folded on the sides of the masks.  The nose flap could be bigger to fit/cover bigger noses.  These masks tend to fit smaller noses.  There is plenty of product essence to feel the effects, and stays on the face, it is not too wet.

Aqua Jeju Natural Green Tea 

This mask is to provide deep moisture & pure skin.  There’s a mild green tea fragrance that dissipates quickly.  This mask provided a cool, tingly sensation upon the first 5 minutes of wearing the mask.  After 20 minutes I removed the mask and massage my face with the remaining mask essence.  My face felt hydrated, I didn’t feel that I needed moisturizer.  My skin felt soft, plump, and supple.  It helped to hydrate my cheeks, as I was suffering from dry cheeks.

Volcanic Pore Care & Sebum Control Mask

This had a subtle floral, hint of rose fragrance that dissipates quickly.  Wearing the mask also provided a cool, tingly sensation.  After 20 minutes, I removed the mask,and massage the remaining essence to leave my face feeling slightly tacky, but felt moisturized, and hydrated.  Just not as much as the Green Tea Mask.  There was some mild redness, pores seem to appear smaller, and my face felt taut.

I’m giving these masks a 3.5 stars out of 5.  Just because there was sizing issue with the nose flaps, and I didn’t feel as much of a profound result on the Volcanic mask.

These sheet masks were provided complimentary by Skin18.com as part of the Skin18challenge Level 2 Bloggers pack.

Joint Burst by NeoCell®

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These flavorful Joint Burst daily chews by NeoCell® are a nice combination of tangy, tropical flavor.  The tropical flavor is good to hide the turmeric flavor, but for me, I can still detect a hint of turmeric.  I don’t mind the taste of turmeric as I incorporate it into my cooking frequently.  The texture and mouthfeel is just the right amount.  It is not too sticky when you chew it.

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They are made with three powerhouse ingredients that synergistically support healthy joint function:  Collagen 2, Standardized 82% Curcuminoids Turmeric Extract, and Hyaluronic Acid.  Our joint cartilages is mostly made of the structural protein collagen type 2.  There is also synovial fluid which lubricates our joints, and hyaluronic acid is the primary component.  Turmeric has been widely used in Ayurvedic practice.  It is a rhizomatous herb, from the ginger family Zingiberaceae, very high in the chemical compound curcumin that is mostly a treatment for inflammation as well as other ailments.  So, the combination of all these 3 powerhouse ingredients might work in the support of healthy joints.

They come in a resealable foil package, and individually wrapped.  It is great to keep freshness of the chews with resealable foil package, and the individually wrapped chews are convenient and can be taken on the go for busy people.

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As far as efficacy, this really didn’t relieve my ache in my elbow after a month of taking them.  I was truly hoping that these would work.  The ache in my right elbow is not very intense, but it is just present.

These Joint Bursts are convenient and innovative way to take your supplements, for arthritis problems or any joint issues you may have.  Of course, not everyone will get the same benefits as each person is different, and suffering from different ailments.  These might be a good supplement for someone who might just be getting the initial joint aches or as a preventative measure if you know you have the predisposition for joint problems.

I like that this does not contain any soy, wheat, lactose, palm oil, yeast, gluten, GMO’s, or artificial flavors.

I received this complimentary of NeoCell® in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are completely my own.

I would like to thank NeoCell® for the opportunity to sample and review these Joint Bursts.  Click this link for additional information on NeoCell® and their other products.

 

 

Lica Cole Organic “The Good Vibe” Review

Thank you so much to Lica Cole Organic for giving me an opportunity to sample for free their “Good Vibe” line.

Their products are made with their proprietary “Green Secret” formula, Matcha green tea powder, fragrant, rare essential oils and extracts.  Focusing on balancing the 7 chakras and the Ayurvedic practice with aromatherapy creating a spa like experience in the comfort of your home.  You can read more about all the amazing benefits of their ingredients on their website here.

I am delighted to share with you my spa like experience at home sampling their Organic Cleansing smoothie, the Organic Polishing Paste, and the Organic Whipped Butter.

Organic Cleansing Smoothie (Lemongrass & Sage) This is a “liquid-y” cleanser, it rinses off quickly, and has a great refreshing aroma.  The fragrance combination of lemongrass & sage is perfect to wake you up in the morning or when you need a pick-me-up.  This was pretty good at removing make up as well.  Your skin will feel hydrated and not stripped after rinsing.  The Camu Camu and Chamomile Flower extract leaves the skin feeling hydrated, refreshed, and clear.

Organic Polishing Paste (Bergamot & Lemon) This has an absolutely fresh lemon peel fragrance.  Using circular motions to apply the paste, I left the polishing paste on my face for 15-20 minutes, which is unnecessary but because I wanted to languish in the aroma of bergamot and lemon, I left it on my face.  The granules provided an excellent exfoliant.  The key ingredients in this polishing paste are Lica Cole Green Secret Formula, Moringa Leaf Extract, Himalayan Pink Salt, and Periwinkle Leaf Extract which helped balanced my skin and hormonal acne breakouts along my chin area.  I love that Lica Cole believes no matter where we are in the world, we are effected by the deforestation and damage done in the Amazon.  Lica Cole strives to be part of the solution and proceeds from every purchase of this Organic Polishing Paste helps protect and preserve the Amazon ecosystem.

Organic Whipped Butter (Geranium & Bergamot)  In my opinion, this was the best out of the 3 that I sampled.  It is a luxurious whipped heaven.  The fragrance is fresh and citrus-y and I do enjoy the neroli and orange blossom fragrance, so this was perfect for me.  I imagine being transported, basking in a field and inhaling the aroma of citrus-y blossoms.  After only 1 use of this whipped butter, the dryness I was suffering from along my cheeks and jaw area really helped moisturize it.  Some of the other great ingredients in this wonderful concoction are Babassu Oil, Shea Butter and Amla Fruit extract.

Using these three products in the Good Vibe line really helped my oily/combination skin get balanced.  There are so many wonderful aspects of these products, including the versatility that they can be used for both face and body.  These products are USDA Organic, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Eco-Friendly, and are Made in California.

I would like to thank Lica Cole for the pleasure of sampling this line of high quality Organic Skin Care.  This is not a sponsored post, they just extended an invitation to gift me complimentary products.  This review is my honest opinion to share with you products that I have tried.  I give this line of Organic Skin Care five out of five stars.

You can purchase and read more about their philosophy, company, ingredients and products by clicking this link at licacole.com.

Beauty Friends II Herb Essence Mask Sheet Pack Review from Skin18.com

PhotoGrid_1493759130708This has a mild herbal lavender fragrance that dissipates after a few minutes of applying the mask.  The mask doesn’t really fit properly, it is too big in some areas, smaller in others.  I think the nose is too small, one of the eye holes is bigger than the other with the smaller hole getting too close to my eyes, which then the mask liquid was leaking into my eyes.  The edges do not properly adhere smoothly even after I’ve smoothed it out.  After about five minutes, I feel the mask slipping off just slightly.  I had to adjust it to keep from slipping.  Overall though, the essence from the mask created a tingly, cooling sensation, and left my face feeling hydrated, plump and smooth.

This is a sponsored post as part of the Skin18 Challenge 1-10s Review Program

Re-purposing Used K-cups for planting seeds

In celebrating Earth Day, I wanted to share my DIY re-purposing project using K-cups.

I had this brilliant idea of making use of the empty used K-cups as seedling containers.  A way of reducing waste by re-purposing them.

I emptied out the K-cups, cleaned, and dried them.

I then added potting mix and planted seeds in them.  The seeds I planted are lavender hyssop, wild flowers, and Shasta daisies.  I watered my seedlings, hoping they would grow.  I have some little seedlings growing.

Below are pics of my project.

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After the seeds have grown, and are able to be transplanted, they can just be popped out of the K-cups and transplanted to a bigger pot or the ground.

Good luck, enjoy Earth Day, and let me know what you guys have done to help reduce, reuse, and recycle to help  our environment.