Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Review

This is a review for the Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Code Blue, Code Black, and Code Violet.

These are beautifully designed sheet masks ready for a masquerade but with extracts and essences that provide various benefits for your skin type and needs.  The overall fit of the masks is too small on the eyes. If the masks gets too close to the eyes, the essences can cause some stinging.  The nose area also does not fit flush on top and does not completely cover the entire nose.

Mediheal Dress Code Blue (Herb Aqua Care) Mask

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Has a variety of herb extracts including baobab (Adansonia digitata) leaves, large flower cactus, medicine sage leaves, lavender, chrysanthemum.  It is supposed to control oil, have anti-aging and brightening benefits.

This smells great, it has a subtle light lavender fragrance! It has a cool tingling sensation, has enough essence to saturate the sheet mask.  Left my face feeling tightened, and taut afterward.  I’m not sure if this left my skin hydrated.  I only left the mask on for the recommended 20 minutes.  This contains Sea Water, which may or may not help with nourishing or hydration.

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Sea Water, Bambusa Vularis Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Adansonia Digitata Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Salvia Offinialis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Squalane, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

Mediheal Dress Code Violet (Brightening & Nourishing) Mask

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This was also cooling as I was wearing the mask.  My cheeks started to get itchy after 10 minutes though, which I did not experience with the other two.  There may be an ingredient that I’m sensitive or allergic to. I’m generally not sensitive or have allergic reactions to skin care products.  But, there is a first time for everything.

With this one, I did not feel or notice too much hydration or brightening effects.  Notable ingredients are acai berry (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract), pomegranate (Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, and blueberry extract, all of which are antioxidants and are recognized as “Super Fruits” and has numerous benefits.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Opunita Ficus-Indica Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig ) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

 

Mediheal Dress Code Black (Whitening & Nourishing) Mask

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In my opinion the fanciest of the three.  It actually has red jewels on it! Formulated with Pearl Powder Extract to control Melanin formation and correcting skin tone.  This also has cacao extract, which is a bonus in my book (I’m a bit of a chocoholic).

Again, this had a cooling effect while letting the essence absorb through the skin. Afterward, there was some slight redness, skin felt tightened, but it also left my skin slightly tacky.  There was extra essence that I was able to rub onto my neck, decolletage, and hands.  I suppose my skin felt nourished but as far as whitening, I did not notice any whitening or brightening effects.  Perhaps, if I had left the mask on longer than the recommended 10-20 minutes, the whitening effects would be more noticeable.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Pearl Extract, Honey Extract, Caviar Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methylparabe, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance.

Overall, these masks besides the beautiful masquerade design on the masks are not very much special than other masks I have tried.  They do have wonderful extract ingredients which have the potential to be effective.  Perhaps wearing the masks longer or multiple treatments may provide the claimed effects.  I do not overdo the masks as I have oily/combination skin and doing so can increase oil production on my T-zone.

I give these masks 4/5 stars.  1 extra star for the beautiful masquerade designs.

Thank you to skin18.com for the opportunity to sample these masks for free as part of their skin 18 challenge bloggers program.  You can find this set of masks here.

NeoCell Move Matrix Review

NeoCell® Move Matrix Advanced Joint Hydrator is a wonderful supplement with a premium formula of the Move Matrix Blend, Collagen Type 2, Turmeric, and Hyaluronic Acid targeting supports flexibility and mobility, and promoting a healthy inflammatory response.  These claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

The suggested dosage is 5 capsules daily.  It is a lot of take and for people who have difficulty taking capsules, this would not be for you.  It was suggested for me to take the capsules throughout the day, which is a great idea.  I take 2 in the morning, 1 for lunch, and 2 for dinner.  This made it easier, but at the same time, I tend to forget how many I have taken, so I had to make notes, how many I have taken throughout the day.  These capsules are pretty big in that sometimes it is difficult to swallow, but perhaps it is because I have to take so many.  They do give off an aroma.  I believe it is coming from the turmeric, which, does not bother me at all.  After taking the pills though, I experienced slight gassiness in the form of burping.

Hyaluronic Acid is a lubricating viscous fluid naturally found in the skin, eyes, joints, fluids and connective tissues.  You can often find them in beauty products as well as joint health supplements.  Collagen Type 2 is the key structural protein of joint cartilage.

This was a positive experience in that I felt relief from my joint aches in my elbows primarily.  Within two weeks, I started feeling relief just by taking these supplements.  I have tried lots of things to get some relief and these are the only things that have helped so far, even if I am putting my elbows through more strenuous activity such as yoga. I did notice that if I miss taking some capsules, the slight ache returns.  As an added bonus, my nails seemed to look healthier and grew much faster too.

Every person’s level of pain is different.  For me, it is just a slight ache.  Supplements can react differently depending on the severity of the inflammation and how each person processes the supplement ingredients.

This product does contain shellfish from shrimp, but is does NOT contain any soy, wheat, lactose, starch, yeast, GMO’s, or artificial flavors, gluten.

I would rate these 4 out of 5 stars.  It worked for me, remembering how pills to take and the size of them are just a bit of a inconvenience.

I received these as samples to facilitate this honest review.  All opinions are my own.  I would like to thank NeoCell® for giving me an opportunity to try these out.  These can be purchased through Amazon and other vitamin or natural shops.  You can find more information on this product as well as other beauty supplements on their website, or their Instagram.

Homemade After Bug Bite Itch Treatment

With Summer time and being outdoors, I tend to get insect bites and rashes.  I found this great homemade after bug bite itch treatment that helps relieve the itchiness and it is also cooling, I thought I would share with you all.  With a few simple ingredients you may already have, just mix them up and get instant relief from insect bites and rashes.

This recipe can be scaled up, depending on how much you need.  I store mine in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to keep cool and fresh.  PhotoGrid_1501204745813

2 Tbsp. Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel

1/2 tsp. Witch Hazel

1/2 tsp water

5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Measure and add baking soda to a small bowl (jar)
  2. Add Aloe Vera Gel and witch hazel, stir to incorporate.
  3. Add water stir to get smooth paste.
  4. Add drops of mint essential oil (optional).
  5. Rub paste over itchy areas, let dry, brush off or wipe away.

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I used the particular Aloe Vera Gel from Green Leaf Naturals in the link because it is a more liquid formula that gel-like, but use whatever you already have on hand.  This is not critical.  I do warn though, that this particular aloe vera gel has xanthan gum as one of the ingredients to help stabilize it.  So do your research, some people are sensitive to xanthan gum and choose another aloe vera gel.  Be careful, as there are some aloe vera gel that are not close to 100%, with lots of other ingredients (preservatives).  This one is 99.75% Organic, with citric acid, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), and xanthan gum.

The peppermint essential oil is optional, but it helps with cooling the insect bite or rash as well as being refrigerated.  You can use any mint essential oil or none, it just gives it a refreshing scent as well as a cooling effect.  I’m partial to peppermint, which I already had on hand.

I hope this helps you have more fun enjoying the summertime outdoors.

 

Sunless Tanner Application Tips

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Self Tanner Application Tips:
1) Exfoliate- preferably an oil-free exfoliant as scrubs leave behind residue that prevents self-tanners from getting into the layer of skin that needs to reach it. This causes streaks.
2) Bronze at least 15 minutes before bed. This allows body heat for product development. Don’t shower, swim laps, or break a sweat for at least 8 hours.
3) Apply light moisturizers on hands, feet, elbows, knees. Dry areas that tend to grab more color before applying sunless tanners.
4) Blend dime-sized dollop well with sponge in circular motion. Careful not to go beyond wrists or ankles.
5) Blot armpits, cleavage, inside of elbows, behind knees, between thighs with talc-free baby powder. This keeps skin dry and prevent any creases from forming.
6) Wear gloves and definitely wash hands after.
🎆 Get your choice of sunless tanning lotion, spray, or bronzer. Click here Younique Products by CherryO

NeoCell Biotin Bursts

PhotoGrid_1498516532230PhotoGrid_1498517857540If you’re needing some help to grow stronger, more beautiful hair, skin, and nails.  You might need a biotin supplement.  NeoCell has developed a great, easy, and delicious way to get your biotin supplement in Biotin Bursts.

Biotin is also known as B-7 and is one of the soluble B complex vitamins.  Biotin is important for healthy eyes, hair, skin, nails, liver, and nervous system.   Biotin can be found in egg yolks, organ meats (liver, kidneys), nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts), nut butters, soybean and legumes, whole grains, cereals, cauliflowers, mushrooms.  Food processing such as cooking can make the biotin ineffective though.  In order to get the benefits of the active biotin, the raw or less-processing the foods undergo the better.  The R.D.A. Recommended Daily Allowance is 30-100 mcg (micrograms) of Biotin for adolescents and adults.

 

These gourmet biotin soft chews contain 10,000 mcg of Biotin per chew, and are “berry-licious” made with Brazilian Açai berry.  They taste great, just a slight sour note.  It is just the right texture, not too sticky.  Convenient individually wrapped chews that make them easily and enjoyable to take your supplement.  You definitely won’t forget to take your supplement because they are like treats or candy.  Some people might even be tempted to take more than 1 daily.  It comes in a resealable foil package to maintain the freshness and integrity of the individually wrapped chews.

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Using this product for a month, I found my hair to be much thicker than before.  I have pretty healthy shiny hair already, so there wasn’t much difference but I did find that running my fingers through my hair or brushing it, it seemed I had more hair in the back.  My hair did grow faster than normal as well.  I also felt a difference on my skin.  I suffer from keratosis pilaris (slight red bumps on skin) and I found that the prevalence of the bumps diminished as well.  During, the summer time, my skin is exposed more and it is important to have smooth vibrant skin.  My nails also grew healthier.  They are smoother, shinier, not as dull, and not as much ridges as before, and they also grew faster.

 

Thank you so much to NeoCell for providing me a free sample to review.  Opinions are completely my own, honest and unbiased.  NeoCell also carries many different beauty supplements from Collagen Ceramides to Move for joint Health.