BzzAgent -LUNA™ mini campaign

 I have been involved with BzzAgent for almost a year now. If you are not familiar with Bzzagent, it is a word-of-mouth program where you get products to test, most of the time complimentary and in return give your honest opinions and share feedback as much as you can. I don’t blog about many campaigns because in the past I mainly had food related items. You can find more information here: www.bzzagent.com

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Last month they started sending out invites for the LUNA™ mini campaign where you get to try the device from FOREO for a great price. My husband and I both agreed and got our Bzzkits two days ago. I received a light pink LUNA™ mini and his is gray. We already use the Clarisonic mia 2 at home and this gives us a chance to compare the two. This is the Bzzkit that I received in the mail:

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Here is some information about the LUNA™ mini that I am copying out of the booklet it came with:

  • It is recommended to use it twice daily for a minute each time.
  • It promotes visibly brighter & healthier looking skin in just 3 days.
  • The device has a 2 year limited warranty an you do not need to purcase replacement brushes
  • It is suitable for all skin types
  • It is fully water proof so you can use it in the shower or bath
  • it has an integrated battery and comes with a USB cord to charge
  • The nanabrasive silicon brush promises a more hygienic solution than other sonic brushes

This all sounded promising to me and I have heard from other people using the Luna that they like varying it with the Clarisonic. I have started using the LUNA™ mini yesterday both morning and evening and will post again in a week  how I truly feel about the device. My first impression is that it is a good deal since you do not have to purchase replacement heads. It is small so you can travel with it. So far it also looks like it is easy to clean. 

Update: I have used the device for a full month and love it in compination with the Clarisonic. I believe my Mia2 removes makeup better, but I love how easy the LUNA™ mini is to clean and use and it holds the charge longer.

 

Meanwhile, Bzzagent and FOREO gave us codes to share. You can use the code for 35% off your order at www.foreo.com until 1-31-2014. The code is 6ZFXWH.

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S.W. Basics of Brooklyn -Review

Do you know that feeling when you eat something out of the supermarket’s freezer but are not really sure about all the ingredients? Usually there are fillers and products thta are not good for you and your body this seems to be the same with skin care. Don’t get me wrong, I also try skin care that is not all organic but I am even more excited when I get to try skincare that is natural. So I had heard about S.W. Basics when reseraching organic skin care. Because I had never heard of them before, I did some more research on their website http://swbasicsofbk.com/our-story.

Adina Grigore, the companie’s founder, explains on this webiste in the “our story” section that she was originally looking for skincare just for herself becuase she felt unsure about all the other products out there. All of their products have five or less ingredients and are made from scratch, which spoke to me right away.  I decided to e-mail them to find out more about their products. Jessica answered me super fast (less than a day!) and was extremely helpful. She told me I can purchase a trial size set and try out for myself. The skincare sounded great and so I purchased a set. Originally it was supposed to be a cleanser, toner, mini cream and lip balm but I believe I did not get the lip balm. I still think it is a great deal and didn’t sweat it. The items are one ounce sizes and little glass containers which I love!

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(Sorry about the picture being a bit blurry)

The cleanser has a little screw cap, just like a juice bottle, the toner is a spritz bottle and the mini cream is a nice little glas jar. All of them are truly full and not just half way, like some sample sizes you can get for free. All together the items lasted me four weeks (and I still have toner!).

The Cleanser

The cleanser has only three ingredients, which I love. It is made from organic rose water and organic vegetable clycerine, as well as a little bit of tea tree oil. No soap or alcohol in it! I found it hard to work the cleanser with my clarisonic mia 2, which I adore. IIt probably could collaborate if you aply the cleanser to your skin first, but I felt like I would have washed the cleanser off too fast. So for the time being I used the cleanser without the clarisonic. The smell is not a light smell but very natural and clean. Overall it felt great on the skin, not drying at all. My husband tried it once and liked it as well. I would consider repurchasing it if I was more comfortable using it with the clarisionic or If I wante dto just to use it by itself.

The Toner

In the evenings I would use a spritz of the toner right after the cleanser. The ingredients listed are: Water, organic raw apple cider vinegar, witch hazel from Wild Crops Farm, MO and organic essential oils of clary sage and sandalwood. I love the smell of sandlewood, but unfortunately all I smelled while applying was the vinegar. I am not a fan of apple cider vinegar and that might be the problem. By no means did it smell bad, it smelled very natural, but there are some scents that you do not like. For some it is lavender, others don’t like fruity smells, I do not like vinegar. I decided to get over myself and just apply it anyway . I have to say that I did like the feeling in the morning, having refreshed skin, however I skipped a few evenings because of the smell. Although I personally will not repurchase because of the scent, I do recommend it for working well.

The Cream

This little pot was the most surprising for me. At first when I opened it I thought it was the lip balm, because it is not labeled. When I looked on the website, I noticed that it is the cream. The three ingredients listed are:  Wildcrafted unrefined shea butter -Fairtrade (!), organic extra-virgin coconut oil and organic extra-virgin olive oil. I love coconut and I know olive oil is good for you, inside and out. I applied the cream in the mornings after cleansing and first was worried that it is too rich (remember, at first i thought it was balm), but remembered quickly that is shea butter is a bit richer. The great thing is that it absorbed quickly, yet it keeps your face feel great all day. I had no problem applying makeup right after and on warmer days it did not feel like I am sweating it off. Overall I definitely recomend this because it will last you a good amount of time and feels and smells great.

The Brand

I enjoyed trying out the products from S.W. Basics of Brooklyn. Besides the smell of the toner all products were lovely and definitely recommended. Although I do not love the price tag I do believe it is very resaonable. You get products with just a few ingredients that you can identify and do not come out of a laboratory and that work well. I do believe that hese are great for anyone with sensitive skin. Another bonus (to me) is that the products used are organic and some even fair trade and that everything is made from scratch. Also, their service is great. As you might know, customer service is very important to me and Jessica’s responses were prompt, honest and helpful with a bit of humor which was very refreshing.

In the future I still plan to try their makeup remover because it sounds good but I am worried it might be too oily as well as their exfoliant because the ingredients sound great! 

 

Find out more about the cleanser here: http://store.swbasicsofbk.com/products/cleanser

Find out more about the Toner here:  http://store.swbasicsofbk.com/products/toner

Find out more about the cream here: http://store.swbasicsofbk.com/products/cream 

Skyn ICELAND review

On my search for a good skincare routine I found a company called Skyn ICELAND. On their website they advertise “solutions for stressed skin” (find more info here –> http://skyniceland.com/).

My skin is definitely affected by stress as I get stressed a lot throug my job alone. Well my skin can become sensitive and I get red cheeks without using blush. The concept of having skincare that works with skin affected by stress sounded great to me. I also like the fact that their products are paraben free. In my opinion, we can always use a few less toxins in our life.

I e-mailed their customer service team to see if there is a retailer near me where I could get a sample. The reply came quick to let me know there is no retailer in Missouri but they would be happy to send me some samples to try out. I love that they asked me for my skin type and concerns as well. Just a few days later I got an envelope with this cute little note in the mail:

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It might just be me, but I love little personal touches! I also received four small containers of products to test and instructions, which I thought was perfect. Many companies who do send samples in little jars don’t think about including instructions. You will find instructions for best use on the full size or travel size products, but these kind of containers usually just have the product name on them.

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I started the Skyn ICELAND routine the next day. The first product is the glacial face wash. The instructions ask to use a dime size amount, work to lather inbetween hands and apply to face followed by rinsing your face. The cleanser is a soft paste texture and it lathered great when I added just a little bit of water in my hand as well. Yes, I know what the paste could remind you of in the below picture but it actually has a hint of a blue shimmer in it.

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A little definitely goes a long way and I even was able to use it with my clarisonic. It does not get super foamy, which I do not mind, but smells very clean and feels great on the face. Once washed off, your face will not feel dry but fresh. In the morning I folowed by applying the Pure Pore Minimizer. This one is a little bit of a thicker paste and I applied it to my nose and right next to it. My husband actually likes this stuff as well, since it does not have a strong perfume smell but just is natural. I then followed by applying the arctic hydrating balm. This stuff is great! It is not as liquid as a lotion and applies really well. Even on a hot day it feels nice and cool on your skin and not as if it will melt of. Last but not least I applied the Icelandic Relief eyecram.I though that this is the product I would need the least, since I do ot have puffy eyes or under-eye circles. I am excited to tell everyone that this product has become my favorite. I love the cooling sensation in the morning. Since you really do not need a lot of it, I still have over half of it left after emptying all the other containers in a week.

Overall I am very satisfied by all products. I love the natural, fresh smell and feel. The fact that each of the products lasted me for at least a week of the skincare routine has amazed me as well, considering these are small containers. As soon as my eyecream is gone, I will definitely purchase a full size one. I do not use it daily but like it for earky mornings. If I do not find a cleanser and lotion that I like even better, these will be bought as well. The only thing that did not impress me is the pore minimizer but I am ok with that!

You can find their products, pricing and more info here: http://skyniceland.com/shop-by-product.php

The Pintester Movement- my maxi skirt

So the lovely Pintester Sonja Foust recruited some of her loyal followers to please go and work on a Pinterest Project they wanted to work on for a while. She calls it the Pintester Movement. Here you can see some examples: http://pintester.com/2013/05/the-pintester-movement-craft-all-the-things
I just got a sewing machine from my lovely husband as a birthday present. (For my birthday coming up in June.. this is true love!) Since then I spent a boatload of Money at Joanne’s fabric, sewed two pillow cases and two baby blankets. Finally I wanted to work on a project for myself and the Pintester Movement came at a great time.
I was searching high and low on Pinterest for great instructions for a Maxi Skirt that is fairly easy to sew. Finally I found this wonderful lady: www.marriedtomed.blogspot.com/2013/04/maxi-skirt-tutoral.html and since she posted nice pictures and admitted it would not be easy, I chose her as my teacher.
I followed her instructions step by step: first I went ahead and measured my waist, added two inches as suggested and then measured the way from my hip to the feet so I could figure out how long I need it to be. Cutting the whole thing out was already quite an adventure, possibly because I chose to do so on the floor. I made sure to pin the sides so the pattern (stripes) matches up in the end. Then I started sewing. I guess I should have read her introduction a little more because the first thing I did is jam all the damn material into the machine where it got stuck. This was a great chance to catch up on a Friends episode I only have seen 10 times so far. I waited for my husband to come home, unscrew everything and then I continued sewing.
Long story Short: I sewed the right side followed by the left side and then finally tried it on. Apparently my waist shrunk 4 inches that day because the skirt ended up being too wide. Even with the tube you are supposed to attach up top it would still be too loose. So I placed it on the floor to pin the waist a little tighter. This is where I got one thing right, I got my dog to pose on the skirt, just like Sarah did on her blog. Image

 

There is one thing to be proud about! Do you also notice that the A-line is barely visible? That is actually fine because I do not want it to have too much flare. I turned the whole thing inside out again and took it in by a little bit, just around the waist. This was the lazy version without opening the original seam and it worked great. Now I just have to figure out the damn tube thing to make the skirt look a little bit better. Let’s see if I can get that in the right with! I am planing to post a picture with the skirt on this Saturday! Overall this project is a success and will be very wearable as soon as tube and skirt are connected.

 

Cheers,

Sunflowercake

 

 

Why I started this blog

Hi everyone,

 

I recently signed up to be a member of the www.makeuptalk.com community (MUT) since I love receiving subscription boxes and follow some beauty gurus online. In no way would I consider myself as a beauty guru but I like to try out new makeup and am always on the lookout for new skin and haircare items. My husband suggested I should start a blog about all the stuff I am trying to give others an idea if it is worth trying or not. Since I love talking I figured I should give it a try. I will give my honest opinions about products and customer service and everything else that makes out a company. I am a German gal living in the US so I will review European products as well. To mix it up, I plan to also post some DIYs (I love crafting) and maybe a recipe or two from time to time. Please feel free to give me your opinion about products I post about.

 

 

Cheers,

Sunflowercake