Thursday, May 21, 2015

Solvaderm ACE-Ferulic Serum Review

The new trend in skin care these days seems to be serums of all different kinds. These you apply right after cleansing but before your moisturizer. I've gotten to try a lot of different serums, including Solvaderm Skincare's ACE-Ferulic Serum. I was super excited to try this one because it is professional-grade and you can tell. Their products are backed by scientific research and are used by dermatologists and skincare professionals, but are also available consumers to purchase. Their motto is "Redefining Skin Science" and I love anything that is backed by science.

I've used this for almost a week now and I am pretty impressed. Just by the smell and feel of it, it just seems like it packs a powerful punch of rich ingredients that are super nutritious for your skin. It almost has a medicinal type aroma to it, and although it is a liquid, once I put it on my face it feels thicker and rich until it dries. I use it twice a day and my skin seems to be more even and is clearing up. I struggle with redness and hormonal breakouts and I feel like this has helped calm down my skin some. I'm super excited to see what this does for me long-term. I typically switch between serums depending on what I feel like my skin needs at the moment, but I've been consistently using this one since I got it because I like it that much.

It is paraben-free, perfume-free, and is suitable for all ages and all skin types.

As far as what this serum is and what it is supposed to help with, here is some information from Solvaderm Skincare's website:

ACE-FERULIC is an advanced rejuvenating serum that promotes dermal restoration and provides a powerful defense against skin aging due to sun exposure and environmental stressors. Dermatologist-formulated triple-blend of antioxidants neutralize free radicals to eradicate the oxidative stress that can harm skin over time. Enhances skin’s ability to fight signs of photo aging by providing protection against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation. Professional-strength treatment improves the structure of the dermal layer by boosting the synthesis of skin-supporting and strengthening collagen and protein fibers. The nourishing, penetrating blend delivers curative and preventive benefits to dramatically improve skin’s overall appearance, texture, and tone.

  • Protects skin against the harmful effects of free radicals to prevent environmental and UV damage.
  • Complements skin’s natural sun defense system to effectively fight multiple signs of photo aging, and noticeably lightens hyperpigmented areas.
  • Vitamin-packed professional-grade serum has ingredients that work synergistically for extreme antioxidant protection. 
  • Promotes collagen and protein synthesis in the deeper dermal layer to improve skin elasticity, minimize fine lines, and provide enhanced structural support.
  • Nourishes skin with rich yet lightweight emollients to lock in moisture and make skin supple and youthful-looking. 
  • Quick-absorbing formula won’t rub off once applied, and can be used under make-up or other creams that provide SPF protection.
If you'd like to get your hands on this great serum, check out Solvaderm Skincare's website HERE!
Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received a complimentary product sample in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments and thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Natalie is 8 Months Old!

Natalie, you are 8 months old! I can't believe we're here, only a few short months until you turn 1. I'm kind of having a hard time with that all of a sudden, since you are most likely our last baby yet you're growing so fast! I try to get in as many snuggles as I can and I never want to put you down. I will treasure this picture of you sleeping in my arms forever:

You are in 6-9, 9 or 9-12 month clothes. You even fit in an 18 month one time. You moved up to a size 4 diaper and weigh at least 21 lbs. (I haven't weighed you in awhile). I finally got you down to nurse every 4 hours (so 4 times a day) and eat baby food in between. You've started doing better with your sippy cup and actually started trying to eat puffs. You struggle a little bit but get one down eventually :) Still no teeth!
First time eating yogurt this month too :)

You are taking longer naps finally and you're getting into more of a routine. You still sleep great, from about 8pm to sometime between 7-8:30am. You are getting more hair and it is very red still. I've decided for sure that your hair is going to be a tad darker than your sister's, as well as your eyelashes-yours are dark blonde/light brown and hers are light blonde. Y'all are still very close, though.

You are still not crawling but roll from your back to your tummy. However, you still struggle getting from your tummy to your back which makes you very angry. You are content to just sit on the floor as long as we give you plenty of toys or if someone is with you. 
Your siblings are very happy to give you stuffed animals to play with. Even if they're bigger than you.

You have moved to the big bathtub in your room because you splashed so much that you soaked the kitchen too many times. 

You are constantly happy and are the best sport about being in your car seat when taking and dropping off your brothers at preschool. For some reason you're always asleep hanging on like this.
You're the sweetest and so funny and we love you so much!

Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

A good mask is something that is very beneficial for your skin to do about once a week. It helps draw out impurities and clean out your pores to keep skin glowing and healthy looking.

Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask is a great mask to get, especially because the main ingredient is mud from the Dead Sea. It also contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin C, which are great for skin soothing and brightening. It also contains Jojoba Oil which is one of my favorites-I put that on my skin each night before bed because it's a super absorbent moisturizer.

Here are facts about this Dead Sea Mud Mask:
  • MUD MASK BENEFITS: Reduce excess oils, minimize pores and experience radiant and clear skin with our Dead Sea Facial Mask. This Mud Mask Tightens and Purifies Pores leaving a Clear, Smooth & Younger Looking Complexion. Vitamin C, Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil help to prevent over drying and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • THE FACIAL MASK: The Adovia Facial Mask with Dead Sea Mud Contains the Highest Concentration of Dead Sea Mud on the Market. Unlike a clay mask that requires mixing our facial mask is ready to use. Packaged in a Professional Tube - which makes it last longer than jars - one tube used once a week can last 6 Months to 1 Year! The Adovia Facial Mud Mask is used in the World's Top Spas by Professional Estheticians for $80-$100 per Facial.
  • HOW IT WORKS: As the facial mud mask dries, it opens up pores and pulls out excess oils, toxins, Blackheads and Pore Clogging Pollutants. It infuses pores with a high concentration of minerals from Dead Sea mud. Vitamin C, Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Oil and Ginseng nourish and stimulate your skin from within - providing for a natural skin care treatment effect. Also great to use as a spot treatment for pimples, blackheads and random acne.

I had a little bit of a difficult time spreading the mask evenly. At first I tried to put too thick of a layer on because the thin layer it suggested didn't seem to cover my face. It wasn't drying right so it rubbed right off without water. I tried again with a thin layer and it seemed to do a little better. Even though I wasn't a fan of the consistency, when I washed it all off my skin looked and felt great. It was glowing and looked very even and bright. 

I love the mix of ingredients and the benefits of using this mask weekly. If you would like to purchase it, here is the link to purchase on Amazon: Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments are my own. I was not paid to write this post.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Radha Beauty Skin Clearing Serum Review

I had the opportunity to try my first skin clearing serums. I've tried quite a few serums before but none that claim to help with acne. It is specifically for wrinkles, acne, and blemished skin which is great since I have combination skin-still breaking out at 28 years old but also trying to fight off any little wrinkles.

I really enjoy using this serum-it's definitely very thin so you have to be careful pumping it out. It spreads easily and dries quickly so I can put my moisturizer on top. I haven't had any new breakouts since I started using it. I love what it has in it: Vitamin C, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip and Lavender Oils, and Sulfur. Great combination of ingredients for your skin!

You can purchase this on Amazon here: Skin Clearing Serum
or directly off Radha Beauty's website here: Skin Clearing Serum

This is a great way to get your Vitamin C and other daily ingredients while still treating your acne. A great all in one product!
Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments are my own. I was not paid to write this post.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

OZ Natural's Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

Hyaluronic Acid is something I haven't heard of until recently. I kept seeing products containing this acid so I took a closer look and am pretty impressed. Hyaluronic Acid is a great anti-aging acid because it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It's great to use right before your moisturizer as it helps it absorb better into your skin. It also contains Vitamins C and E which makes this an awesome product to use daily.

This serum is slightly thicker than what I've used in the past but I kind of like it that way. It's not messy at all nor does it have any smell to it. It goes on and dries smoothly. My skin always feels soft and plump after using it. I'm excited to see how well it works after continued use.

 This is from Oz Natural's website:

If you're interested in trying this product, you can purchase off Amazon here: Hyaluronic Acid Serum
or directly off Oz Natural's website here: Hyaluronic Acid Serum

I can personally say that this company has great customer service and excellent products. You won't be disappointed!

Also, just as a tip-Oz Naturals has a great chart of product suggestions to use and in what order each day. I've learned how to do this recently as I'm really trying to take better care of my skin now. My only regret is that I wish I would have started sooner. Check out this chart and educate yourself on good skincare!

Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received these products for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments are my own. I was not paid to write this post.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Natalie is 7 Months Old!

Natalie, you are 7 months old! You babies seriously get more and more fun each month. You are getting SUCH a little personality. You are a funny baby. You do a little fake cough/laugh with your mouth wide open when you are super happy and playing. You're constantly flailing your arms and you like to give me constant high fives if I have my hand open to you. You are the happiest little thing as long as you're rested and fed. You love to sit on the floor like a big girl, surrounded by your toys and siblings. You love baths and love to splash. You also love to eat baby food about 3 times a day and are doing a great job learning how to drink water out of your sippy cup. You still nurse every 3 hours during the day but I'm thinking we'll be trying to extend that time with more baby food here very soon. You babble very loudly and pretty constantly. Daddy and I thought we heard you say "Mama" one time recently and then today (April 10) it sounded like you said it several times when you wanted me. You are really getting into everything you can reach and we can no longer leave you within reach of anything. You grab everything close by, even making messes if you can. Of course everything goes into your mouth!

You are still such a little Mommy's girl, but mostly when again, you're not rested or fed. If you are, then you're happy and will most likely let other people hold you. If you're starting to get sleepy or hungry, all it takes is for you to look at me and start crying.

You are such a chunk still. You went to your 6 month check up a couple weeks ago and weighed in at 20 and a half lbs. (95%). You were also in the 91st percentile for height. You are in 9 month clothes and even some 12 month stuff (like sleepers). You still don't have any teeth but your hair is looking like it's growing in and becoming longer!

6 month and 6 year check ups
 Oh those legs...

I feel terrible that I don't have any 6 month professional pictures of you, but I hope to take some here at home soon. I guess they will be a little late. You are doing much better at sitting up right now than you were a month ago so it works out.

You're a silly little thing!

 Do you know how hard it is for Mommy to get any housework or laundry done when there's this cute little lump on my bed smiling at me??! You're so irresistible!
 Little twins.

I can't believe you are over halfway to 1. I really wish time would slow down because you're not such a little baby anymore. I know in the next few months you'll start crawling and pulling up and cruising around. I'm not ready! You are still so, so cuddly though and I love getting my snuggles in each moment that I can. I love you so much sweet girl!

 Your first Easter. You looked beautiful in your sweet little dress!
 Happiest baby ever. Just the best.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

I had the opportunity to try out OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum. I've heard good things about this brand so I was eager to use it. I love the fact that not only does it have 20% Vitamin C but also an Amino blend, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid. It is said to have the highest quality Vitamin C and I can already tell a difference-my skin looks brighter each morning.

It comes with a convenient dropper and a little really goes a long way. It has a very thin consistency, almost like water. I use it under my moisturizer and I'm good to go! It dries quickly, so it's quick and easy-no excuse to not use it!

Here is the info. from the Amazon page where you can buy it: Click Here
- Proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen which makes your skin appear years younger and more vibrant. 
- Antioxidant properties that will reduce skin damage caused by the sun, pollution & cigarette smoke. 
- Our Vitamin C helps to stimulate your skins rate of exfoliation for a brighter, smoother complexion. 
- Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 
- Boosts Collagen Production For An Instant Youthful Appearance
If you don't already have a Vitamin C Serum you're using, this is a great one to get. You want something with 20% Vitamin C and the added ingredients help as well. There's also no alcohol, parabens, or sulfates in this serum. It's also 72% organic. Do your skin a favor and use this!

Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received these products for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments are my own. I was not paid to write this post.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Madison's Birthday and Rainbow Party!

We wanted to make sure Madison had the best birthday ever since it was a few days before her party. We came into her class to be "Mystery Reader" and read the class a book. She was so excited. We also stayed to eat lunch with her. Pretty sure that was the best surprise ever.
She came with tons of little handmade "presents" and cards from her sweet classmates.

We let her decide where she wanted to eat for supper and for dessert. She of course chose Otter's for supper and Yogli Mogli for dessert.

When we got home, we sang to her using the free birthday cookie she got from Barnes and Noble (their little birthday club lets you choose a cookie or Cheesecake Factory cupcake with your coupon they email you-it's where they sell Starbucks).

After that, she opened a present from us and then we surprised her with the movie Brave and some popcorn. Of course, she wore her Merida dress.

She had a great time and got to go on a field trip the next day at school. Then her party was the next day. I had gotten on Pinterest and let her look at birthday party ideas and she chose the Rainbow theme. The main thing she wanted was a rainbow cake. I've never made a layered cake before, much less a 6 layer cake. But I figured I'd try for my girl, since that's what she wanted. I'm always up for trying new things, because you might find you enjoy them or are good at them! I had such a sense of accomplishment when I finally got done at midnight the night before, and even more accomplishment when we cut into it at her party and it looked perfect!

I also made rainbow colored popcorn (which was super sweet so I didn't eat any).

We had skittles, rainbow flowers, rainbow candy cookies, fruit, chips and cheese dip/salsa, and Daddy brought home taquitos at the last minute because we were all starving. It was a ton of fun but we forgot to serve the rainbow ice cream we had bought--oops. We always seem to forget the ice cream! Oh well. I also made rainbow sprinkled cake pops which were time-consuming but yummy.

She also wore her rainbow tutu and shirt that said "Super Fab" in rainbow colors.

Here she is blowing out 6 candles! It gets harder apparently ;)

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