Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Adeline's Hyaluronic Acid & Antioxidant Serum

I've always loved the adorable packaging that Adeline's products come in - airless pump bottles that ensure no bacteria contaminates the product, plus the silver touches that make me want to leave them out on my counter for all to see.  Their Hyaluronic Acid and Antioxidant Serum are no different.

At first, I was pleasantly surprised to see how large the Hyaluronic Acid was - almost twice as much as any I've used in the past.  It actually reminds me more of a gel than a serum, and just a few little drops goes a long, long way!  It leaves a fresh scent behind, with no unpleasant residue.  With as little of this product as is needed to cover my entire face, I can see this bottle lasting me for months of daily use.

Adeline's Antioxidant Serum is much more liquid, almost water-like.  It also has barely any scent to it, at all.  Just like the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, it absorbs into my skin quickly, but it does take a little bit more to cover my entire face.

Adeline sent me these products for free, in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. Even if I had paid for the products, however, I would still consider them both worthy of 5 stars!

Body Merry Products Galore!

Whenever I've used Body Merry products in the past, I've always been blown away by the results, so when they approached me to try out four of their new products, their Vitamin C Moisturizer and Vitamin C Serum, Pro-A Serum, and Neck Cream in exchange for my honest review, I jumped at the chance!

First off, the Super 6 Serum contains 22% Vitamin C, 20% Hyaluronic Acid, 2.5% Retinol, plus 3 more components used in combination for Age Defense. I was pretty surprised when I first used this serum at the bright orange color of it. After the initial shock of the color, I was impressed with how quickly the serum absorbed into my skin, leaving no residue behind.

Maybe I am crazy, but I feel the orange color of this serum also leaves my face looking a little tanner, which I cannot complain about. One thing I've noticed using this product is how much it smells like carrots. I've gone over the ingredients and cannot figure out what it is that I am smelling - and maybe it's being influenced by the bright orange color, but it's definitely not a turn off to the product.

Next up, the Super C-22 Moisturizer is a 22% Vitamin C, 20% Hyaluronic Acid, 2.5% Niacinamide, 2.5% Coenzyme Q10 formula. Having such a high amount of Vitamin C concerned me that this product would be too greasy for a facial moisturizer. However, Body Merry's Super C-22 Moisturizer is one of the least greasy moisturizers I've used in quite some time. It has a very light yellow appearance, combined with a delicious citrus-y scent that reminds me of orange peels. It has amazing moisturizing properties, leaving my skin nourished.

The next Body Merry product I tried is the Pro-A Serum, which is very similar to the Vitamin C serum, just without any of the Vitamin C. It is a combination of 2.5% Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid and Green Tea. There's not much of a fragrance to the serum and is just cloudy-clear in appearance. Just like the previous serum, the Pro-A also absorbs into my skin quickly, leaving no residue behind. I can follow-up with my daily moisturizer almost immediately after applying the serum, unlike some other brands which require me to allow the serum to dry first.

The Vitamin C Serum and Moisturizer combination has become my go-to for mornings when my skin is feeling a little drier than normal. Not only does the serum leave my skin radiant, but the moisturizer abolishes any dryness. On mornings when my face doesn't feel quite as dry, I lean towards the Pro-A Serum.

The last product in my Body Merry review list is their Neck Firming and Tightening Cream. This cream is a combination of Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, and Coenzyme Q10. It claims to be a powerful moisturizer that firms, smooths, and improves the suppleness of your decollete. I was taken aback at first by how thick and greasy this moisturizer is - but being on my neck, it wasn't something that actually bothered me like it would had I put it on my face.

While I definitely felt like I had almost immediate results using the product, I just couldn't get over the fact that it honestly smelled like sushi. Every time I tried using it, I immediately would think of sushi and just couldn't stand applying it to my skin. Sadly, I passed this product onto one of my friends who didn't mind the smell as much as I did.

Body Merry is a wonderful company with a wealth of quality products. Best of all, they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you purchase their products and aren't pleased with them for any reason, they will reimburse your money - no questions asked, no need to return the unused product. For this reason, I can't recommend trying their products enough!  Another bonus?  Once you purchase their products, they may contact you to begin receiving them in exchange for your opinion, as well!

Valentia Organic Rosehip Oil

Rosehips have been used in beauty products since the time of the Egyptians, Mayans, and Native Americans. They are known for their healing properties, and their oil has been shown to reduce dark spots and moisturize dry, itchy skin. Valentia's Organic Rosehip Oil is pure, 100% rosehip oil with no other ingredients added. Of their claims, the product is said to be light, non-greasy, and quickly absorbed. Unfortunately, this is not what I experienced in the product.

To begin with, the scent of this oil is horrible. It reminds me more of the smell of an olive oil that you'd cook with, rather than an oil that you'd use in a beauty product. Also, the non-greasy claim of the product couldn't be more off. The first time I used the product, I made the mistake of putting it directly onto my face. There was so much greasy residue with only a couple drops, that it was impossible to make it absorb in.

Rather than using it as a facial product, I instead began using it as a cuticle oil. I don't mind the greasiness of it on my nails/fingertips, however I still question how much it truly is moisturizing. Since it is known to reduce scars, I also use it on my stretch marks - since I am willing to try just about anything to reduce the appearance of those!

I honestly am not sure if I will even use the rest of this product or just pass it off onto one of my friends. The smell just lingers for so long, and it's not a scent I enjoy. Valentia sent me this product for free, in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion, and I hate it when my opinion isn't what the company is hoping for. Sadly, this isn't a product that I will be re-ordering.

GoPure 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil

For the longest time, I've heard about all of the amazing benefits of using essential oils and have wanted to give them a try. I've gone as far as purchasing an entire essential oil sampler package, but soon found out that it's not safe to put them straight onto your skin. That's why, when GoPure offered to send me their 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil in exchange for my non-biased review, I didn't hesitate to agree. This coconut oil can be used as a carrier oil in conjunction with essential oils, which was exactly what I was in need of! I currently use non-fractionated coconut oil in cooking, bath products, and for oil pulling, so I was curious to see it used in other applications.

When the product arrived, I was surprised to see how large of a container it came in. The 16 fl oz is bound to last my family months, even with regular use. I was also surprised to see how liquid it was. I've been so accustomed to the thick, chunky coconut oil, I wasn't aware that fractionated coconut oil could be so water-like.

The product claims to be fragrance-free and non-greasy, both of which I doubted were possible when dealing with coconut oils. It is accurate to say that this oil is truly fragrance-free, which makes it perfect for adding other essential oils to. The non-greasy claim, however, doesn't hold quite as true. While this isn't a deal-breaker for me to not use the product, I do feel as if "non-greasy" should be removed from their claims.

Although I did not originally intend to use this product for it's massage oil purpose, I also gave it a try. I was impressed to see how long the moisturizing properties of the oil lasted - where as some products absorb into the skin so quickly, you are required to continue applying more and more - with this coconut oil, just a little went a long way.

In the end, I have enjoyed using this product much more than I originally anticipated. Once our supply is depleted (though this truly will take many more months), I plan on re-ordering more of GoPure's 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil.  If you'd like to order some yourself, head on over to http://www.amazon.com/BEST-Fractionated-Coconut-goPure-Roll-/dp/B00T0UBVX6 and pick some up!