Beauty Review: OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C Serum

Beauty Review: OZ Naturals  Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C Serum

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OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $15.79, via Amazon

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $15.79, via Amazon

I absolutely love natural products, so when OZ Naturals asked me to try out their Hyaluronic Serum recently, I agreed, and wanted to share my review with readers. First off, the serum boasts that it is a clinical strength anti-aging, anti-wrinkle serum that is proven to plump skin & fill in fine lines and wrinkles.

Some of the other lovely tidbits about the serum:

-Cruelty Free: Vegan hyaluronic acid serum does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates and is safe for all skin types.
-Made in the USA: In a state-of-the-art FDA registered facility.
-Made with 98% Natural Ingredients & 72% Organic Ingredients.

My thoughts:

It has a lightweight feel, with no greasy residue. It dries quickly, and gave my skin a moisture boost, and worked great underneath moisturizer. It is especially great for the months where the temperatures are high, as it is light and moisturizing. Also, it contains Vitamin C, Organic Aloe, which is great for hyper pigmentation, redness, and anti-aging.

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Tom Ford Shares Beauty, Fashion, & Sex Tips

Tom Ford’s Tom Style Commandments

Tom Ford shares his top 10 style commandments

Tom Ford shares his top 10 style commandments

Dress with mystery and don’t rule out black for a wedding: the designer known as the King of Sex, TOM FORD, shares 10 of his ultimate style rules via Net-a-Porter
Tom Ford Eyewear Spring/Summer 2011

Tom Ford Eyewear Spring/Summer 2011

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DON’T LET FASHION DICTATE TO YOU

I always feel a little sad when I see a woman head-to-toe in a runway look. Women also change their hair a lot, but if it’s done in an insecure way, that makes me feel sad, too. You need to make what you are wearing your own.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2013

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2013

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NEVER TRY TO BE OVERTLY SEXY

I’m more interested in a little bit of mystery. Maybe it’s my age… Or maybe it’s because the women in my life are starting to wear stockings now because they think the skin on their legs isn’t as good as it used to be!

Tom Ford Advertisement, Fall 2013

Tom Ford Fall 2013

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FIND YOUR UNIFORM

If you have five outfits that you love wearing and always make you feel your best, which are comfortable and confident and just work, why do you need all the others? Yes, you need some variations on the theme – you don’t want to wear the exact same clothes every day – but I think it’s very important for everyone to figure out what their look is.

Tom Ford Spring 2010

Tom Ford Spring 2010

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REMEMBER: SEXINESS IS ABOUT CONFIDENCE

Sexiness comes from the way you move and the way you handle yourself. It doesn’t come from short skirts and low-cut tops.

Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2014

Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2014

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REASSESS YOUR STYLE EVERY FIVE YEARS

Bodies change, looks change, everything changes, so every five years you need to take off all your clothes and reassess yourself. Try your clothes on and see what still works and what should be rethought – not in an emotional way but in a detached way. Also, do it on your own, because it’s not about what your friends or partner think, it’s about how you feel.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2014

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2014

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MAKE AN EFFORT

No matter what your personal style, people have to look at you in the same way they have to look at a building, or a piece of art, or a table, or a new car. You become a part of the photograph, the landscape, someone’s vision.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

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DON’T BELIEVE YOU NEED WARDROBE ESSENTIALS…

It isn’t about owning a classic white shirt or a black blazer – I know women who wear that and look like they’re doing a chic androgynous thing, and other women who look immediately like they work on Wall Street. It’s about your own taste; camouflaging the things you don’t like and accentuating the things you do.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

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…BUT EVERYONE NEEDS AT LEAST ONE LBD

Because you never know when you’re going to have to go to a funeral, or a job interview, or a last-minute wedding (maybe you’re not supposed to wear black to weddings, but I would). It’s perfect for everything: you can wear it with sandals and it’s a summer look; with a heel, it’s an evening look. Long, short, fitted, loose, it’s such a key piece. It is always chic.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2012

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2012

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DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF MAKEUP

By changing your makeup you can channel the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s… You can do everything with beauty because it’s the character; it’s who you are. I find that fascinating. There was a trend a couple of years ago that saw women dressed casually in jeans, T-shirts and sneakers with mega makeup – I loved it. It’s a great way to express yourself that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have a lot of money.

Tom Ford Advertisement, Spring 2012

Tom Ford Advertisement, Spring 2012

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FOCUS ON ONE FEATURE

I don’t like to see a major lip and a major eye statement [at the same time]. I think if you’re going to accentuate your eyes, great, but then you need a neutral lip. If you’re going to do a bold red lip, it looks the best with almost nothing on your eyes, except maybe a little bit of mascara. I really like to see one makeup statement and just beautiful, glowing skin.

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“Sexiness comes from the way you move and the way you handle yourself. It doesn’t come from short skirts and low-cut tops.” -Tom Ford

What do you think of Tom Ford’s fashion & beauty advice?  Do you agree or disagree?  Share in the comments section below!

xo

7 Overnight Beauty Secrets to Wake up Looking Gorgeous

7 Simple Overnight Beauty Fixes to Wake Up Looking Beautiful

They call it beauty sleep for a reason. You’re ready for soothing rest but your skin is preparing to work hard overnight so you can look gorgeous. Here is how to enhance your skincare routine before bedtime to improve your complexion while you dream. 

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Get Your Beauty Rest

While you are sleeping, your skin is regenerating and repairing itself.  During sleep, the cortisol, or stress hormone, of the body decreases, which is a good thing because it’s associated with weight gain, skin discoloration, and thinning skin.  On the other hand, the melatonin hormone is increased, which not only makes you sleepy so you can recharge, but fights wrinkles and age spots.

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The best way to ensure these hormones work effectively is to get enough sleep every night.  Follow a relaxing routine before bedtime, such as by having a warm bath or drinking herbal tea, so that you train your body to establish a daily sleep routine.

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Beauty Review: OZ Naturals Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant

Beauty Review: OZ Naturals Dermafoliant

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Recently, the company OZ Naturals asked if I would sample their Dermafoliant facial scrub, and post an honest review of my thoughts on Trends & Tribulations.  I obliged, as I love trying out new beauty products, especially natural ones.

OZ Naturals Dermafoliant Powder Scrub

OZ Naturals Dermafoliant Powder Scrub, via Amazon

First, here is the skinny on Oz Naturals Dermafoliant:

  • Uses bamboo to gently exfoliate skin and unclog pores without irritation, drying or stripping.
  • Contains Lactic Acid, which further helps the exfoliation process by breaking down and removing dead skin cells, revealing the glow of healthy skin beneath, and assists in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging from sun damage.
  • Another key ingredient: Green Tea Extract, which is rich in antioxidants and helps to prevent collagen breakdown, as well as tones and protects the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals.
  • The Pro-Vitamin B5 is readily absorbed by the skin and penetrates deep down, retaining moisture and relieving dry, irritated skin.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid provides anti-inflammatory effects by reducing redness and blotchiness, shrinking pore size, and imparting a healthy radiance to the skin.
  • Safe for all skin types.
  • Natural and paraben free.

My review after trying out the scrub for a week:

This scrub is amazing!  It made my skin feel super soft, and I love that it is made of natural ingredients.  Also, it’s great as a travel product, as it comes out in powder form, and only liquidizes when water is added.  After a week of using it, my skin feels softer and brighter.  I would recommend OZ Naturals Dermafoliant.

OZ Naturals Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant, $24.95, via Amazon

OZ Naturals Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant, $24.95, via Amazon

Have you ever tried this exfoliating powder?  Or, do you have any other exfoliating products you love?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!  

xo

Beauty Review: goPURE Naturals Body Scrub

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goPURE Naturals Dead Sea Salt Scrub, $19, via Amazon

goPURE Naturals Dead Sea Salt Scrub, $19, via Amazon

Recently, I had the opportunity to try out goPURE Naturals Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub.  Since I’m a total sucker for anything natural & organic, I happily obliged & agreed to review my thoughts on the product.  The company goPURE Naturals began by a mother named Erin Keyan after she discovered how many chemicals and toxic ingredients were in so many beauty products.  Her goal for goPURE Naturals was to develop a brand that women could trust to contain only the purest and natural ingredients, while making them look and feel their best.

This Sea Salt Body Scrub is made with 100% real Dead Sea salt and is infused with 21 different minerals that are essential to proper skin function, such as Apricot, Avocado, Almond, and Chamomile Oil.  The scrub immediately made my skin feel super soft and smooth.  If you have sensitive skin, I would recommend shaving 24 hours before or after you use this stuff, as it can cause irritation.  Overall, I love the way the body scrub made my skin look and feel, and I would recommend it!

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10 Simple Tricks to Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa

10 Simple Tricks to Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa

Fancy a trip to the spa?  With some clever spa hacks, you don’t have to leave your house for a luxurious experience!

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Soak Your Toes

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via StyleCraze

Your feet deserve some love, especially when you want to show them off during spring. Make a foot soak with 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 15 drops of a rejuvenating essential oil, such as bergamot or jasmine. Then soak your feet while you sip wine or read your favorite magazine. You’ll feel de-stressed and get silky smooth feet in one go!


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Get Rid of Dry Skin

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via Dabbles and Babbles

There’s nothing luxurious about dry skin! Make an oatmeal scrub to get rid of it. Oatmeal contains polysaccharides that moisturize the skin while protecting it against the harsh elements. Add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with the same quantity of milk, olive oil and honey. Blend it well and then apply it to your face. Rub it in gently before washing it off.

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5 Tried & True Face Moisturizers From a Product Junkie

5 Tried & True Face Moisturizers from a Product Junkie

Anyone who knows me, or has ever been through my beauty cabinet(s), knows that I am a total sucker for a good product.  After trying out many different face moisturizers over the years, I’ve rounded up some of the best moisturizers that hydrate your skin, without leaving any greasy or shiny residue.  Here are my top picks for all different skin types.

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Dr. Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion, $35, via Sephora

This stuff goes on smooth, and leaves no sticky residue.  It’s my absolute favorite face lotion to use under make-up, as it creates a light, even base; just the right amount of hydration, without creating shine.

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Paula's Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator, $29, via BirchBox

Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator, $29, via BirchBox

This stuff is amazing for both its anti-aging and acne fighting properties, while keeping skin hydrated.  It’s a fabulous all-in-one product.

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Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Moisturizer

Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Moisturizer via Amazon

Trilane recently sent me a sample of this moisturizer for me to review and post my thoughts on Trends & Tribulations.  Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C has a light, yet smooth consistency, similar to an oil, without any sticky residue.  It is extremely hydrating, and gives my skin a dewy glow.  Vitamin C & Retinol both give major anti-aging benefits, and are great for fading acne scars and other marks.

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, $27, via The Body Shopsss

This stuff will make you wake up looking well-rested and glowing.  For real.  If your skin is especially parched, pair it with the Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask to hydrate your skin like no other.

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Dr. Jart Water-Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, $48, via Sephora

Dr. Jart Water-Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, $48, via Sephora

I’m all for anything that will give my skin some extra benefits while sleeping.  This sleeping mask is great for rejuvenating tired-looking skin, as well as keeping it look hydrated and plump.  It’s gel formula sinks into skin in seconds, leaving you with a non-greasy feel.  Bonus: It accelerates the fading of scars and brown spots.

What are your favorite skin care products?

xo

Nine Hair Products With a Cult Following

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Most women have drawers and shelves of make-up, hair, and beauty products, and yet, we only use a certain few of those we absolutely love.  Those particular products are often our cult classics; ones we would like to bring with on a desert island.  Here are nine hair products with a huge cult following, and are known for being tried and true.

Cult Hair Products

L’oreal Elnett hairspray is one of my go-to products, along with Victoria’s Secret Ultimate Hairspray (possibly because it smells so divine).  Both have amazing hold, which is perfect for my super fine hair, and none of that crunchy-stiffness.

There's a Reason This Stuff Has Been Around for Over 5 Decades.

There’s good reason this stuff has been around for over 5 decades

Moroccan Oil is one of my go-to products for, basically, everything.  It works great as a leave-in conditioner, as well as to smooth split ends anytime your hair looks a little dry.  As a bonus, you can even use it on your skin to give you a glowing sheen.

This Is What a Cult Following Looks Like.

This Is What a Cult Following Looks Like

The Kérastase Paris Beautifying Oil is equally amazing, and can be used on skin, as well.

The Mason Pearson brush has a high price tag, but if you read the many glowing reviews, you’ll easily see why.

The Various Sizes & Types of the Mason Pearson Brush

The Various Sizes & Types of the Mason Pearson Brush

 If you’re looking for an alternative, I’m also pretty much obsessed with my Wet Brush.  And yes, in case the name didn’t give it away, it can be used to brush your wet hair (or dry) with no messy or painful consequences.

I could rave on about these products forever, but feel free to try them out for yourselves & see what you think!

 What products are your favorites?  Share ’em in the comments section below!

xo

The Permanent New Trend in Cosmetics You Don’t Know About

Makeup Tattoos: The Art of Permanent Cosmetic Tattoos

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Are you an expert in the art of tattoos? If you love tattoos, then you may have already thought about the art of permanent cosmetic tattoos. If you’re not a tattoo enthusiast, but you want to learn more about the art of permanent cosmetic tattoos and what to expect before you decide to invest in this procedure, keep reading.

This permanent cosmetic procedure is gaining popularity among women interested in filling in their eyebrows, defining their lips, along with applying eyeliner.

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5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Happiness This Winter

With shorter days and less sunlight, colder temperatures that make it difficult to enjoy any time outside, and the holidays over, it is easy for us to lose sight of our health and happiness.

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Here are 5 ways to become happier this winter season:

1. Enjoy nature.

Although nothing can beat laying out on the beach in the summer, the winter is exceptionally beautiful and can offer some very unique experiences.  Try snowshoeing in a woodsy area, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skiing, or even gather some friends and go sledding.

This could SO totally be you!!

This could SO totally be you!!

2. Break a sweat.

The cold weather makes our muscles tense up.  Moving your body releases those muscles, which feels amazing.  Plus, exercising releases endorphins, which comes down to a happier you.

3. Be social.  

While it often sounds daunting to go out in the cold weather (especially here in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota), getting together with a friend for coffee, a hockey game, or going to a spin class together is important to stay happy.  Engaging with other people can make this time of the year feel a lot less lonely.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

4. Eat right.  

Enjoy the food you eat, and make healthy choices that you will feel good about after you have eaten.  Everything in moderation…including moderation.

5. Find silence.

Sometimes all we really need this time of the year is a little quiet time to reflect.  Whether it’s through meditation or simply sitting in silence while working or driving, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life can do wonders.

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What are some things that make you happy throughout the winter season?