Monday, November 28, 2016

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum

Having great looking is very important to me so as I am getting older, it is essential for me to keep my skin looking young, supple, and wrinkle-free. We as women, as we age, our skin starts to become dull and looses elasticity. Having a good daytime and nighttime face cleansing regimen is great helping to keep your skin clear of pore clogging debris that can age your skin. I am going to be talking about a great serum that can be added to your nighttime regimen that can help to revive your skin.

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum is a great product to add to your nighttime regimen. Retinol is an ingredient that should be used at night as opposed to your daytime regimen because it can make your skin sensitive to light. Retinol is great at stopping wrinkles so the earlier you start using this product the better! Retinol is also good at managing your breakouts (if you have any) or evening out skin discoloration. I don't have any of these issues, but it is good for me to start using this serum now so I am protecting my skin from getting wrinkles. Retinol can be a little drying on the skin so this serum also contains these awesome other ingredients that helps your skin as well to stay hydrated and moisturized like Vitamin C which helps protect your skin against environmental free-radicals to prevent premature aging, Vitamin E that provides the intense hydration to help diminish the drying effects of retinol, and Squalane which is derived from pure olive oil that will soften and condition your delicate skin.

I love to use this product right after I cleanse and tone my skin. I pat it into my skin for better absorption. I then use my eye gel and a moisturizer. This serum doesn't have a smell to me which is good for individuals who are sensitive to smell. When I pat on the serum, it doesn't sting or irritate my skin. When I wake up in the mornings, my skin feels soft and looks bright. This serum is made with natural ingredients which is a plus for me because I don't want anything harsh on my skin. This serum comes in a 1.18oz bottle with a dropper so that you are able to control how much of the serum to use.

If you would like more information om Velentia Night Revive Retinol Serum or on any of their other products, please visit them on their website at This product also sold on Amazon so check it out here Also, follow them on their social media sites Facebook and Instagram

*I received this product courtesy of Brandbacker for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Luv Michael Originola Review

I love to eat granola! Whether I am adding it to my oatmeal, yogurt, or eating it right out of the bag, I simply love it. I try my best to eat as healthy as I can and eating foods that are USDA Organic is really important to me because it assures me that the foods are genuinely certified organic. I also love to support important causes that are dear to me so I had the honor of reviewing a product that not only tastes good, but helps adults with Autism. I am currently in college working on my Bachelor's degree in Birth-Kindergarten and my teacher's license to be able to teach young children with and without special needs. Let me tell you about this amazing company called Luv Michael!

Luv Michael Originola

Michael Kessaris is the inspiration for the non-profit Luv Michael. He is an 18 year old with autism who has a passion for cooking. Finding a career was not easy for Michael, a Port Washington, New York native. Despite his love of cooking, Michael was unable to enroll in culinary school without a high school diploma. Michael’s parents, both physicians, Lisa Liberatore, MD and Dimitri Kessaris, MD, helped create the food based business so that their son and others with autism would be active participants in society and lead happy, productive lives.

The idea was born to make a healthy, quality product that could provide income and a career for both Michael and other individuals with autism. Education is critical to Luv Michael’s mission and a custom curriculum is being created to foster learning and teach key skills to help those enrolled become employable.

So far, success is sweet for Luv Michael. The 2-ounce snackable Originola Granola can be found in all New York Fresh & Co., Café Metro and Wild by Nature stores as well as select Starbucks and at local stores in Southampton, New York and throughout Delaware. Luv Michael is expanding daily with hopes of sharing the LUV in all 50 states.


At Luv Michael, they create snackable, granola using the finest organic ingredients. Every bite delivers just the right amount of yum and crunch to give you a tasty, healthy way to get through your day.

Each batch is hand mixed and packed by hard working individuals with Autism who we like to refer to as our “Granologists.” By empowering “Granologists” with living wages and independent life skills, we are able to deliver a product that tastes good and does good too.  Now how cool is this company!?

The granola tasted great! It was packaged well and all I did was break a piece off and ate it right out of the bag! It was crunchy and tasted sweet. I love that the Originola is Non-GMO, Gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and all organic ingredients. This was a 2oz package and is only 200 calories!  I love the fact that this company helps individuals with Autism. That is why I decided to go back to college so I can be licensed to teach so that young children with special needs can be taught so that they thrive to want to work and make their own money and I know that it starts with the foundation when they are young and I want to be apart of that.

I love that their mission statement is printed on the back of every bag! Their mission statement states, "Luv Michael produces the highest quality, gluten-free and nut-free granola, providing meaningful culinary jobs to the Autistic population." Let us help support meaningful companies that are truly making a difference in helping to create jobs for individuals with Autism! (( Share the luv ))

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask Review

I would love to spend some time in a luxury spa getting a nice facial and being pampered but unfortunately, my budget says otherwise. I love a good facial that will keep my skin looking younger and glowing so once a week I give myself a nice face detox to cleanse my facial skin from the elements of the environment and to remove the dirt and oil that clog my pores that makes them enlarged. I was given the opportunity to try a detoxifying clay mask to get the job done.

Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask 

Introducing Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask. Here is some information about the company. The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria. Whether matriarchs seeking to maintain their youthful look or farmers seeking help for sun damaged skin, Valentia used berries, herbs, barks and other natural ingredients. We also rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative and corrective powers.

Just like our namesake, Valentia Skin Care products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin.

After performing extensive research into what skin care customers find most important, we found an overwhelming demand for skin care that is natural, free of toxins and paraben-free. Natural ingredients with an organic base have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged by sun or wind, preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and reversing the effects of oxidative stress on the skin.

 Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask
Here is some information about the mask. Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask - Natural and Organic Ingredients - With Kaolin Clay, Hisbiscus & Cranberry Fibers

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.


- Kaolin Clay:Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

- Plant Stem Cells:Naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

- Spirulina:A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

- CoQ10:Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.

- Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers:Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.                             

The mask was easy to put on my face and neck. I used a warm washcloth to open my pores after I cleansed my face with my cleanser. I used my fingers to spread the mask evenly on my face. The mask has a pleasant scent that is not overpowering at all which I love. I let the mask set for 20 minutes and as it dried, I felt my skin tightening. I then took my washcloth and rinsed in warm water and used circular motions to remove the mask. I usually just rinse my face in warm water but I wanted to follow the directions and use my warm washcloth to remove the mask. It was easy to remove as well and the mask left my skin soft and my pores noticeably smaller. I was pleasantly surprised! I did notice that right under my right eyebrow there was a little irritation. My facial skin is sensitive so I just figured it was from me using my washcloth to remove the mask which I have never done before. By the time I went to bed, the irritation was gone. My skin was not red after using the clay like with other masks and that is definitely a plus for me. I am totally impressed with this clay mask and it will be apart of my weekly cleanse regimen.

As a bonus, Valentia is offering my readers a chance to try out their products from their line with this great coupon code that is worth 35% off! How great is that?! But hurry because this coupon code expires on May 31, 2016! Just use the coupon code offer: REFRESH35    

If you would like more information about Valentia, please visit their Facebook page at, their Instagram page at, and check out to learn more about the Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask.

*I was given this product for free for my honest and unbiased opinion.                            

Monday, December 7, 2015

Oz Naturals NEW Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant Review

Having great facial skin is very important to me. I am in my 40's and I don't want to look old before I have too. I have combination skin where it is oily in my T-zones and dry around my mouth area and I have large pores on my cheeks. So finding good skincare products is crucial for me in obtaining the healthy glow that I like for my skin. I was so happy to be given the opportunity to try a new product that would help me achieve great looking skin.

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According to their website, "OZ Naturals FACE SCRUB EXFOLIANT utilizes bamboo to gently exfoliate skin and unclog pores without irritation, drying or stripping.
FINALLY A FACIAL SCRUB THAT contains lactic acid and alpha lipoic acid to further help 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, is rich in antioxidants and helps to prevent collagen breakdown as well as tone and protect the skin from the damaging effect of free radicals.
THE PRO-VITAMIN B5 IN OUR scrub is readily absorbed by the skin and penetrates deep down, retaining moisture and relieving dry, irritated skin, and Alpha Lipoic Acid provides anti-inflammatory effects reducing redness and blotchiness, shrinking pore size and imparting a healthy radiance to the skin
SAFE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES, our bamboo exfoliant is all natural and free of harmful ingredients".

This product was different from other facial exfoliators that I have used because it is actually in powder form. I love to use different types of products so this fit just right for me! According to the directions, you just need a nickel size amount of the powder but if you need a little more than do so and you add a little water to make a paste of the powder. Then you gently scrub your skin in a circular motion for several minutes. Then you let the product sit on your skin for five minutes to allow the lactic acid time to penetrate the skin. Then you just rinse the skin thoroughly and pat (not rub) the skin dry.  I noticed that this product helps in controlling the shine on my face and my pores are a little less noticeable when I put on makeup. This product has a clean smell so it is great for someone who is scent sensitive. I love how the bottle looks and the top of the bottle twists to open the little holes on top to dispense the powder and closes the same way. This product is great for anyone who has sensitive skin because this product can be used for all skin types.  It is suggested that you use this product 3 times a week.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Botanyst Restful Sleep Review

Sleep is so essential for our overall health and helps the body restore itself so we can be our optimal selves for the next day. When that sleep is disturbed by the thoughts of the day that keeps our minds working we cannot get the rest that our body needs. Some may take sleeping aids but they can contain harmful stimulants that are not so healthy for our bodies. I am such a night owl so it takes me some time to fall asleep because I am always thinking about something. Whether it is what I am going to do the next day, planning my schedule for study time for school, or making sure the daily household chores are being done, it just takes me some time to fall asleep. Until now! I was given the opportunity to try a new product that would help to calm my thoughts so that I can get a restful sleep.

Botanyst Restful Sleep
According to the website, "Natural sleep supplement calms your mind, so you can wake up refreshed...but not drowsy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs and essential minerals in Restful Sleep™ help to:

- Calm and quiet a restless mind and body
- Promote a full night's restful sleep
- Nourish chi to bring harmony and balance into the body
- Promote calm throughout the day
- Restore vitality to the spleen and heart organ systems

Can't fall asleep? Wake up several times during the night? Trouble feeling rested even after a full night's sleep? Oftentimes an overactive mind is what keeps us from getting a full-and good-night's sleep. But did you know your spleen is KEY to healthy sleep? That's why Dr. Yan Ping Xu, certified practitioner of Oriental medicine and board certified herbalist, developed safe, non-addictive, Restful Sleep natural sleep supplement to help restore balance to your spleen's-and whole body-chi (energy) so you can have a full night of restorative sleep and wake up refreshed, never drowsy.

Great sleep starts in the spleen...

Restful Sleep natural sleep supplement is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine belief that sleep issues start with the spleen. That's right-not the brain. Because in traditional Chinese Medicine, it's believed that when you're having trouble sleeping, it's your spleen's chi that is off balance. In fact, in Chinese medicine, the spleen is a VERY important organ that every other organ in your body relies on. Here are just a few ways the spleen is central to your body-metabolism, digestion, even circulation-all of which can have an impact on your sleep.

The bottom line is, when your spleen chi is out of balance, you can experience worry, fatigue, anxiety, and restlessness-all of which can contribute to a poor night's sleep! The good news is you CAN get your spleen's-and your whole body's-chi back in balance, and Restful Sleep can help.

Ancient Chinese herbs restore and rebalance chi for a good night's sleep

The ancient herbal blend that the Chinese have been relying on for thousands of years to remedy sleep problems by rebalancing chi is called Yi-Fang. Restful Sleep's formula uses the same exact Chinese herbs in Yi-Fang that have been used for over 2,000 years! And to make sure the herbs are pure and top quality, Dr. Xu personally selects each herb on her yearly trips to China, then makes sure each herb is processed, purified, and sterilized to remove any toxins-all done right here in the U.S.A.

Essential minerals absorb overnight, for overall health

But, not only has Dr. Xu included ancient herbs to rebalance your spleen chi, she's also included modern-day nutrients to help prepare your body to accept the herbs. This includes calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

These nutrients help the herbs absorb into your body more efficiently so they can get to work even faster. And the best part is-unlike other traditional Chinese herbal remedies where you have to make some kind of herbal concoction or mix with tea (and the smell and taste can be awful)-she's put all these potent herbs and Western nutrients into one daily dose of easy-to-take capsules!

Getting the most out of Restful Sleep

Restful Sleep provides a gentle, restorative sleep. It doesn't knock you out like other sleep remedies. Dr. Xu knows that most people can't sleep because they can't stop thinking, so she created Restful Sleep to work like an "off switch” to a hyperactive mind. If you've have not been sleeping well for years, it may take a short while to achieve great sleep so you use it consistently for best results. Dr. Xu tells her patients to "keep taking Restful Sleep and in a couple of weeks you'll see that you are sleeping longer and better than you have in years."

A full night's sleep, without the drowsiness

Restful Sleep natural sleep supplement provides the exact herbs your body needs to bring the spleen, heart, and entire body into harmony so you can switch off your mind and turn on a great night's sleep-without waking up drowsy!"

In taking this product, I found that it really relaxes my mind and I drift right to sleep faster than I normally do. It does not make me jittery or drowsy when I wake up. I take two capsules right before I go to bed and let them do their magic! I really did not know what to expect when I first took the capsules but it just really calms you to the point that you slowly drift off to sleep. When I awoke the next morning, I felt refreshed and ready to take on the day. I found that I was going to bed earlier on some nights when I got all of my days events done and I just wanted to relax and get a good nights sleep. In finishing the bottle, I found that when I get in bed, I can relax quicker and my thoughts are calmed down so that I just drift into a peaceful sleep.

If you would like to give this product a try, I have a discount code for you! You can get 20% off on your first purchase of Restful Sleep sold by Healthy Directions on by using this code:  SAVEREST
This coupon code expires on 12/31/2015 so hurry and get your bottle!

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Adovia Exfoliating Body Scrub with Dead Sea Salt and Natural Oils Review

Anybody that knows me, knows that I love to smell good! I love all scents! I love perfumes, lotions, body washes, body butters, and body scrubs. I love body scrubs for their exfoliating effects and how soft they make my skin feel so when I was offered the opportunity to try a new body scrub product, I hopped on it!

Adovia Exfoliating Body Scrub with Dead Sea Salt and Natural Oils
About the brand according to their website, "goPURE Naturals was started by Erin Keyan who after becoming a mother was shocked to discover how many products contain toxic and dangerous chemical ingredients. She formulated goPURE Naturals with the goal of developing a brand that women can trust to contain only the purest and natural ingredients, while making them look and feel their best".

About the product according to their website,  THE SEA SALT BODY SCRUB: Made with Real Dead Sea Salt - 100% Pure and Genuine for an infusion of 21 Minerals Essential to Proper Skin Function. Great Exfoliator and Moisturizer.

THE BENEFITS: Fine Grain Dead Sea Salts Exfoliate the Top Layer of Dead Skin Cells to Reveal a New Younger Looking Layer of Radiant Skin. Deeply Moisturizing Oils Infuse Skin With Luxurious Hydration that Lasts All Day

Works Great in The Shower or Bath - Also a Great Hand Exfoliator to use in the Sink or Foot Scrub.

I used this product in the shower and I must say, I love the scent!! It is not an overpowering scent but if you are sensitive to scent, this is not the product for you! I love how it lingers hours after I use it so that is a major plus for me! It does contain oil in the scrub so please be very careful because it does make the bottom of your tub slippery. I use it on my legs and arms and it gives my skin such a glow from the exfoliation. It is not harsh on my skin as I exfoliate my skin and it leaves a light oil sheen on my skin which I love because I always use a oil on my skin right out the shower. I even noticed that when I wake up the next morning, I still can smell the scent on my skin! I try to exfoliate my skin once a week but I exfoliate whenever I am in the need for it.  This is a great product and will be a staple in my shower routine!

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Advanced Digestive Enzymes Review

Having good stomach health is essential because it helps in absorbing the nutrients and vitamins from foods to help us live. Sometimes our stomach can become out of wack when we digest the wrong kinds of foods over time and need some help to get our stomach health back on track. I was grateful to be offered the opportunity to try a product that would help get my stomach health back on track. That product is Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes!

I was diagnosed with GERD back in 2001 after having and endoscopy done because I was having symptoms that felt like I was having a heart attack. The test revealed that a part of my stomach was pressing up against my esophagus causing the acid in my stomach to "reflux" up my esophagus causing great pain and burning. Now to help ease the symptoms, you have to eat right and eliminate certain acidic foods but I don't always follow that plan! That is where Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes helps me out!

Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes

According to their website, Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes contains our specialized blend of plant-sourced enzymes that relieve indigestion, gas, bloating and constipation. Digestive Enzymes have been shown to help the body digest and absorb fats, proteins, carbohydrates and cellulose molecules, which can help reduce the risk of high toxicity, fatigue, sickness and disease in men and women. Our specially designed formula improves the body's ability to absorb vital nutrients to help promote a stronger digestive system for healthier living.

+ Supports digestion of protein, fat and carbohydrates
+ Reduces gas and bloating
+ All-natural
+ Supports proper nutrient uptake

In taking this product, It has helped my stomach tremendously! I started noticing that the bloating in my stomach was no more! That is huge for me! It also helped with the digestion of my food if I ate or drank something acidic because I love orange juice with my breakfast and really did not want to give that up. I take one capsule before I eat and I have no problems digesting my food.  This product is made with all natural ingredients and made in the USA.

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