Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Mask Review

*This item was sent to us for review purposes*
Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque - $110.  This is a mask that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pores for more radiant skin. It can work regardless of what your beauty routine is, and keeps working for up to 24 hours. Roloxin Lift was developed by Dermarch√© Labs, a company drawing on its experience building the largest Dermatology Pharmaeutical company in the United States, to bring to market innovative skincare products that meet the highest possible standards for effectiveness and safety. It was developed in conjunction with a physicist at one of the top research universities in the world.
This comes in a box of either 10 count or 30 count packets. With the packet style, you don't overuse the product, you have just the right amount. Plus, the packets are easy to throw into a bag for the Holiday travel.

The product itself is incredibly easy to use. After cleansing, you spread the cream all over your face. This dries into a white powdery mask, which you simply rinse off with water. It dries quickly, rinses well, and there is no stinging sensation like some masks have. I could visibly see a difference after the first use. My skin just looked younger. I received a box of 10 and I've used about half. The results are said to last for 24 hours, but I definitely feel like it lasts longer.

This product is an Allure Best of Beauty Breakthrough winner and received the Good Housekeeping Seal in 2015. Who doesn't love that?! I am definitely picking up another box to use for special events.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Erin Condren Life Planner Review

I had an Erin Condren Life Planner for 2014 and for the first quarter of grad school. However, when 2015 rolled around I decided not to splurge on the Life Planner and opted for an adorable sugar paper planner for Target for $20. While it was more affordable it just wasn't cutting it AT ALL. I was in grad school full-time taking two courses, working a full-time job, paying bills, maintaining a social life, taking the puppy in and out of day care and the simple planner just wasn't cutting it. I simply have too much going on in my life for a basic planner to begin to even cover. So when the second year of grad school started I had to invest in the holy grail of planners once again. I opted for the Metallic Prism Life Planner in gold ($60). Isn't this planner gorgeous?! the coil is dipped in 18K gold. The metallic planners also come with free metallic elastic bands as well. I am happy with the recent switch to let you choose between vertical and horizontal weekly layouts. The new horizontal option allows me to fit my daily tasks in, where I couldn't on the traditional vertical layout. If you would like to place an order use my referral link here to receive $10 off!

As always I love the included stickers! They also have two sheets of blank ones that you can write in.

It comes with a folder section and the clear pouch with added cards and binder inserts. 

My order came with a free perpetual calendar! This handbook is handy for writing important dates in such as birthdays and anniversaries and contacts! Love!
I opted to add on the Snap in Meal planner for $4. I was really excited for this, but wasn't as impressed once I received it. It lets you meal plan on one side and add the shopping list on the other. It smudges pretty easy and rubs off before I make it to the store. I think it is a great concept however, i would rather use a regular sheet of paper. 
I also opted to add on the Wellness Journal for $6. I was more impressed with this than the meal planner. I want to start keeping track of my meals, water intake, and workouts but it just doesn't fit into my planner very well and gets lost in it. This little booklet is great and fits right into the folder section. It is god for 15 weeks. If I use it reliably I will most likely re order. 

I feel so relieved to have my Life Planner back in my life. It really helps me keep track of my numerous assignments, presentations, meetings, and social life schedule. While this planner is a bit spendy it is definitely worth the investment especially for a grad school student! I ordered in October and was suppose to receive a piece of art that never arrived. I reached out to customer support and they are sending it to me!


The Age Gracefully Cookbook Review

We were kindly sent The Age Gracefully Cookbook by Grace O to review. This goal of this cookbook is to provide recipes that promote health and wellbeing. These nutritional recipes are suppose to contain anti-aging properties. The book is breaks up the recipes into five categories: Antioxidant: prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals, Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging, Immunity Booster: supports the body's resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response, Mind and Body: Enhancers that encourage vibrant skin and hair and improve mood and mental agility, and Disease-Preventing: reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases. While I need to do more research on the science behind this I am really enjoying this cookbook. These recipes are healthy and are simple enough to attempt to make. One of the hardest parts of planning meals is understanding the nutritional values and making sure you are actually making a healthy meal, this cookbook is a collection of healthy recipes that I am excited to try. The pictures are great and included for every recipe. There are the following categories: starters, salads, main courses, extras, desserts and drinks. I have taken a few pictures of recipes we are going to test out in the near future. I love thai food and cannot wait to try the shrimp and mooring curry! My boyfriend and I love seafood and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of seafood recipes. Overall this is a great addition to my cookbook collection and I intend to add these recipes to our weekly meals in order for us to integrate meals with great health benefits into our meal planning.


Sloane Stationary Review

Sloane Stationary was recently included in Rachel Zoe's Box of Style. While I didn't receive the box we swapped on MSA's site for the exclusive set. I received a Sloane Stationary Passport book in a Popsugar box a year ago and I love the quality. I am so obsessed with these notebooks. They are lightweight and perfect for throwing in my bag to take notes for my thesis work on the go. You can use boxofstyle15 code to receive 15% off your order.

I am dying to get my hands on this Geek Chic set. How adorable for my field and lab notes!


The Honest Company Everything Tote Review

I recently received the Everything Tote from The Honest Company. It is $169.95 or you can receive 20% off if you add to a bundle. I have been obsessed with this bag every since they released it, so I was very excited and pleasantly surprised when it arrived in my mailbox. Essentially this is a diaper bag but can also be used as a regular tote as well. It is made of vegan leather. It comes with a changing pad, an additional shoulder strap, and a dust bag. It has many pockets which I love for storing things and even has two insulated pockets for keeping bottles in or your bottled water and snacks. I am obsessed with gold this season and the gold zippers and details are gorgeous with the black. I love that I can fit my laptop in it with my journals for school. This is a great bag for my night classes as well as hitting the gym. While it is a bit large to use for an everyday purse, I am an obsessed puppy mom who carries treats, food, toys, leashes, poop bags, water bowls, and wipes in his carry bag so I can use this to condense to one bag for the both of us. I cannot explain how obsessed I am with it, it's beautiful!


Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder Review

The Honest Company recently launched the Honest Beauty line of makeup products. Like the regular line they also offer a bundle program which is $50/month and you select three items. While I was super excited for this line to launch I couldn't bring myself to sign up. I cannot justify spending $50/month on makeup. With that kind of spending I would probably choose to buy NARS monthly. When they first launched the line they offered $20 credit to existing customers so I decided to try the Luminizing Powder in Midnight Reflection.  One thing that I absolutely love about their website is that they show the different products on different all different skin tones. I am super pale so having someone with the same skin tone as me helps me picture what it will look like on me realistically.

I love the heavy durable packaging of this product. I also really love the chrome finish.

I really love this product. I am currently obsessed with highlighters and was looking for an illuminizing powder. I thought this would have a little bit more of a shimmer but it's very subtle and I love dusting it on to complete my look. I am very happy with this item and I hope to eventually try their eyeshadows, the magic balm, and the hydrating mist!


Honest Company Essential Bundle Review

If you aren't familiar with The Honest Company, it is an eco-friendly company started by Jessica Alba. They offer household, beauty, personal care, and baby products. You can sign up for Essential bundle which offers five items for $35.95/month plus shipping. You can also add on up to three additional items to receive 20% off of them. I have found some amazing products that I love through this company. They are also now in Target as well. I wanted to try a few of their new products as I haven't placed an order in a while. 

Honest Laundry Detergent: I love this detergent. I have a metal allergy which makes me allergic to most laundry detergents. Since this one has clean ingredients I don't have any allergic reactions to it. It is also HE. 

Scrubber Sponge: These sponges are a great add on. Sponges really should be thrown out monthly and I like that they are plant based and more eco friendly than most sponges. 

Deodorant in lavender vanilla: When The Honest Company first released their new deodorants they only offered in the bergamot sage scent. It was okay, but a very strong earthy smell. I am a huge fan of their lavender vanilla scent so when I saw that they offered it now I added to my order. It is a clear spray on deodorant. It seems to last okay, but definitely need to reapply throughout the day. I am happy they offer a natural deodorant because almost all drug store brands have aluminum and other metals which cause me to break out every now and then. While I am still testing the lasting power of it, I am confident enough to continue using it but just have to reapply mid day.

3 in 1 Facial Towelettes: I am excited to try these. I own a MIA face scrubber however, I don't carry it on the go and these are looking great for traveling and throwing in my gym bag. I hope to post an update after I try them out. 

Organic Cotton Tampons Regular and Super: Okay, the main reason I purchased my recent order was to try out their new organic tampons. Because I majored in Environmental Science as an undergrad I am really into using natural products as often as possible to limit the amount of exposure to unnecessary chemicals. I actually had no idea that there was such an issue with tampons. When they first released their announcement for the feminine product line I decided to do some research. I came across a few articles that stated that companies are not required to disclose the ingredients used in tampons and some studies found they used petroleum based chemicals in most drug store brands. That was enough information to make me want to switch over to natural ones. Unfortunately, when I went into Target to see if they sold any they did not, so I placed my order. I have been using them and I am really pleased with them. I have only used the regular ones but I haven't had any leakage problems and they are holding up well. The applicator is simple and comfortable. The applicator is made from a plant based plastic. They also have no applicator options as well. I think adding the feminine hygiene line is brilliant to this service because it is drawing me to make monthly orders now.

Honest Aromatic Soy Candle in Lavender Vanilla: I absolutely love their candles and the lavender vanilla is a light sweet lavender scent. It is very soothing to light in the bedroom and burns clean without the nasty chemicals that paraffin ones emit. The candles are only available as an add on to the essential bundle. 

Overall, I am very happy with my choices this month and can't wait to test them all out!! I am also going to list other products that I have come to love over the years.

Lemongrass Hand Soap- smells great and doesn't dry out my skin like other soaps. 
Organic Healing Balm- This stuff is amazing and I think every household should own a bottle. It's a miracle worker on burns and cuts for me as well as it helps with my dog's irritated skin as well. I haven't found anything that heals as well! 
Organic Shave Oil- It's a little greasy but really hydrating!
Organic Breathe Easy Rub- I depend on this stuff to get my through my seasonal colds.
Auto Dishwasher Gel- This stuff works well.
Air and Fabric Fresheners- The scent doesn't last too long but I love the spray the lemongrass scent after I clean the house and the lavender vanilla before I jump into bed.
Stain Remover- works amazing on pet stains on the carpet and stains on clothes.