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Seventh Generation Skin Boosts + Giveaway!

Posted by:  Jordan

Seventh Generation Skin Boost Packaging 2

We were really excited when we were contacted by Seventh Generation to try out their brand new launch into skincare with their new Skin Boost Serums.  There are six all-natural oils available, designed for specific skin needs:  Soothing, Revitalizing, Protecting, Hydrating, Clearing and Firming.  Emily and I chose to try out the Soothing blend with oat extract,  and the Protecting blend with prickly pear.  These oils are intended to either replace your moisturizer, or go on underneath/mixed in with your normal moisturizer, depending on your skin’s needs.  I find that during these summer months, my skin is perfectly moisturized with the hydrating oils all by themselves, plus they absorb into the skin immediately–meaning you don’t have to wait forever before applying sunscreen or foundation.  But perhaps when winter comes along, they’ll need to be layered under a heavier duty cream.

Seventh Generation Skin Boost bottlesWe both fell immediately in love with the lovely, zingy lemongrass scent of the Protecting Boost.  I want to apply it to my entire body!  The Soothing Boost has a very subtle, well, soothing, scent!  If you are unsure which oil would be best for you, take their fun, short quiz to find your recommended boost.  We both enjoyed the two we tried and are anxious to test out the others.  Emily also had a lot of success with adding a pump of the oil into her face cleanser to help take her makeup off.  She said it did a great job at removing her eye makeup!

Other then their wonderful moisturizing properties, and the delightful scents, the best part is the price point and ease of purchase.  They’re available at Walgreens or Drugstore.com  for only $14.99.  Plus, you can print a $3 off coupon on their website!

Interested in testing these moisturizing oils out for yourself?  Simply take their quick quiz on the website and let us know which one is recommended for you (or just which one you’d most like to try out).  Contest ends on Thursday, 8/22/13 at midnight EST.  We’ll randomly choose a winner on Friday, 8/23 and he or she will win the oil they said they wanted to try!  (Sorry, this giveaway is open to continental US residents only).

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Have/Love/Want 5.29.13

Posted by:  Jordan

Here’s another quick roundup of things I’m using and wanting right now!

Have:  Jane Iredale Mystikol Eyeliner/Highlighter

Jane Iredale Mystikol eyeliner malachite

I think this is a brilliant idea–a gorgeous jewel-toned powder eyeliner on one end, and a flattering champagne-colored highlighter on the other end.  I chose the dark emerald green color, Malachite.  However, the idea seems to be better than the execution, in this case.  I found it difficult to build intensity with the eyeliner.  It was pretty much always a VERY light wash of color.  I even tried wetting the sponge tip a bit before dipping it into the powder-filled cap, and still it just wasn’t working quite right.  I must have been trying to push too hard around the edges because the plastic cap split on the eyeliner end and now it won’t even stay attached to the pencil, leaving it free-floating around my makeup bag.  I think this could be a great product with just a little more help from the product development team.  As it stands now, not worth my $20.

 

Love:  John Masters Organics’ Face Serums

John Masters Vitamin C serum I picked up a couple samples of these serums from my local natural foods store and I immediately fell in love with both the Vitamin C Anti-Aging serum, as well as the Green Tea & Rose Hydrating Serum.  Please don’t make me choose which one I like better!  They’re both incredible and I wish I had full-sized versions of these to report any long-term benefits I’ve noticed; unfortunately, I only got about a week’s worth of usage from each sample package, so I can only attest to the immediate benefits.  Both were surprisingly hydrating for how light-weight they are and smelled incredible.  I think I’d probably end up purchasing the Vitamin C serum to help reduce the appearance of premature aging due to the inevitable sun damage I end up getting despite all best efforts.  Having a toddler and being at the playground every day will do that!

 

Want: Affordable, All-Natural Foundation

This request comes from a reader who recently asked that we do a SmackDown style review of a few affordable natural foundations (Vapour, we love you, but sadly you don’t very well fit in the affordable category at $40+) which would be pigmented enough to cover mild rosacea but gentle enough for her super sensitive skin.  My first thought was the foundation from 100% Pure, which I haven’t tried but am guessing it’s a more pigmented version of the tinted moisturizer, which I love.  However, at $32 it’s not a ton cheaper.  Anyone have any other suggestions of foundations which might fit the bill?  Let us know and I’m going to see if I can round up a few samples to go head-to-head!

 

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Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk and Antioxidant Serum

Posted by:  Jordan

I have been meaning to review these two products for a couple of weeks now, and since Juice Beauty’s Friends and Family event is going on right now until midnight tonight, 5/21/12, I wanted to get this review posted in case you wanted to take advantage of the 25% discount and free shipping (use code FF2012).  I won both of these products in a contest that Juice Beauty was having on their Facebook page.  I suggest you like their page because they’re often doing fun giveaways on it, and you know I can’t resist a giveaway!

Now, if you’re still clinging to your “gentle” Cetaphil cleanser, please do me a favor and toss it out for something that isn’t filled with nasty chemicals.  Replace  it with a truly gentle, organic cleansing milk, like this one.  I love the creamy texture (different from the Juice Beauty Organic Facial Wash that Emily really likes which is more oil/water, and she says is amazing!).  The scent, like all Juice Beauty products, is fruity and delicious.  I like to use this cleanser both morning and night–yes, it even removes makeup completely (I use a wash cloth to help exfoliate and remove stubborn eye makeup).  One note from my trials–I once applied this cleanser to my dry face to remove makeup and then got into the shower a few minutes later and used my Clarisonic to remove the cleanser.  For some odd reason it made my sensitive skin get very red and irritated for about a half hour afterwards, which has never happened before or since.  It must have been the powerful organic extracts that performed a mild chemical peel, because it did the same thing to my skin that the Green Apple Peel mask does after I use it (which is not a bad thing–it just gets it kind of red because the fruit acids are exfoliating).  So, if you’re going straight out after your shower, maybe don’t apply the cleanser and let it sit on your skin for 5 minutes like I did (unless you want the mild acid exfoliation!)

The other product I won was the Antioxidant Serum.  This is a gentle, daily serum that is wonderful for sensitive skin.  The formula is very light-weight and soaks in immediately, allowing you to put your moisturizer on right afterwards.  It’s hard for me to comment on the efficacy, though.  I don’t notice a dramatic difference after using this serum for the past 3 months (and I still have more than half the bottle left!), but the point of this product isn’t an overnight improvement; rather, it’s to keep your skin healthy by feeding it with antioxidants to prevent free radicals from forming.  I love this serum and I would definitely recommend it for younger people who want a daily preventative serum.  Since my skin is redness-prone, I’d like to try the Soothing Serum next to compare the two.

Thank you, Juice Beauty, for the fun giveaway.  I love my winnings!  If you’d like to try these products too, don’t delay–the Friends and Family event ends in just a few hours!

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Another Winner of a Product: Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Sheer Coverage, Plus a Giveaway!

Posted by:  Jordan

We’ve got another product review from Marie Veronique Organics to rave about!  Plus, you can enter to win them; what could be a better way to start your Fall skincare regimen than by winning luxurious, natural products  from MVO?!

Over the summer I was in love with the Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30, which you can read about here.  I’m still loving that tinted moisturizer, but now that the weather is getting cooler and I’m spending more time indoors (plus with my first baby due in just 3 weeks I’m trying to conserve my energy and rest up!), I’ve found myself gravitating towards the Everyday Sheer Coverage with an SPF of 20.  It’s slightly more lightweight than the Moisturizing Face Screen, but offers more anti-aging support, thanks to the powerful antioxidants like green tea and coffee berry extract.   While the Moisturizing Face Screen offers more sun protection with 20% zinc oxide, the Everyday Sheer Coverage still offers substantial protection with 16.6% non-nano zinc oxide.  I find the Moisturizing Face Screen to be a heavier application than the Everyday Sheer Coverage due to this increase in zinc oxide.  I love how this product evens out my skin tone, but still looks completely natural.  You will still need a good concealer for any dark circles, scars, or discolorations you’d want to cover up (and for that I recommend Vapour Organic Beauty’s Illusionist Concealer).   Everyday Sheer Coverage used to be known as Anti-Aging Day Serum, but after changing the name to more aptly describe it, plus changing the ingredients slightly in order to give it a little face-lift, it’s now known by its current name and retails for $50 for a 2 oz bottle.  You can choose between 4 shades (light works for me, but I received a sample of the medium tint as well and I find that right now, after having just a tad of summer color on my face, combining the light and medium tints works best.  But in a few weeks I’ll probably be using just the light tint.  But don’t worry too much about getting the exact matching shade for your skin–this product is so sheer and blendable that it’s almost idiot-proof!)

As the weather is changing I definitely need a little boost of moisture underneath my Everyday Sheer Coverage, so for that I really enjoy applying 3 drops of the Anti-Aging Oil Plus right after washing my face while it’s still slightly damp.  This stuff is so luxurious!  It contains a bounty of good-for-you fatty oils which are too numerous to even list.  By layering this underneath my Everyday Sheer Coverage, I’m all set for the day–not a trace of dryness or mid-day oiliness on my skin!   I’m not sure if I’m benefiting from some end of pregnancy good-skin-hormones, or if it’s just the glorious high-quality Marie Veronique products I’ve been using for the past few months, but my skin has honestly never looked better.  I’m sure it will go through yet another change in a few weeks once this baby arrives, but until then I’m just going to be thankful!

Now, on to the really fun stuff–the giveaway!  The extremely generous people at MVO have offered to ship our winner a full-size 2 oz bottle of Everyday Sheer Coverage,  and a 1 oz Anti-Aging Oil Plus (Total value $130!).  All you have to do is leave a comment below about why you’d love to win these products.  You have a week to enter; the contest will end on Wednesday, 10/12/11 at midnight EST.  The winner, chose by random.org, will be announced on Thursday, 10/13 (pending I’m not in labor, in which case I apologize for the slight delay in announcing our winner!).  Sorry, but only residents of the US and Canada can enter this contest.  Are you really excited to win?  If so, for extra credit you can “like” Marie Veronique’s Facebook Page and/or Product Junkies Rehab’s Facebook page.  Just be sure to let us know in the comments what you’ve done so you can get the extra entries (if you’re already a FB fan, let us know that as well–it will still count for an extra entry as we love our old readers as well as the new ones!)  Good luck, and I can’t wait to announce the winner because I know you’re going to fall in love with these products, just like I have!  

UPDATE – Gift with Purchase: Not only can you enter to win these amazing products, but if you want to buy anything, you can use the special Gift with Purchase for trying Everyday Sheer Coverage: Receive a free 1/4 oz Anti-Aging Oil+ with purchase of Everyday Sheer Coverage (choice of 4 tints).  Use “Special Offer” code at checkout: ProductJunkiesRock.  Code will expire 10/15/2011

 

 

 

 

 

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Naturopathica serums and SPF moisturizer

Posted by: Jordan

There is something noteworthy going on with my skin right now. I haven’t been this happy with it in a very long time. I’m not sure if there’s a divine 2nd trimester pregnancy hormone at work, or if the Naturopathica serums and day-moisturizer I’ve been using for the past few weeks are just that incredible. My skin hasn’t looked this clear since the carefree, party-all-night-and-still-look-bright-and-rested days of my twenties. Coincidence? Perhaps…but as a product junkie I immediately credit my latest skincare product!

Of course, I do still get the occasional hormone-related blemish near my chin which I’ve been treating with my Weleda diaper cream, but overall my skin has shown a great improvement in its smoothness (I had these tiny little bumps on my forehead for a really long time that were especially annoying) and a noticeable reduction in redness!  Again, this could coincide with some hormonal changes, but I’m going to give at least some credit to the Naturopathica products I’ve been trying lately.

I’ve tried out three 100% natural serums: the Geranium Regenerating Serum, the Plant Stem Cell Serum, and my favorite–the Carrot Seed Soothing Serum.  I have been applying either the Geranium or the Plant Stem Cell serum at bedtime under a Weleda night cream, and then the Carrot Seed serum under Naturopathica’s Lavender Protective Moisturizer, SPF 17 in the morning.  I’m loving this moisturizer as a day cream because it goes on lightly and doesn’t feel a bit heavy or greasy (key for the hot days we’ve been experiencing lately), and it adds a bit of added sun protection under my mineral makeup.  Plus the lavender scent is so pretty and refreshing!

Naturopathica is a holistic, local NY skincare company (their East Hampton spa looks incredible on the website!). The products aren’t exactly bargain-priced–the 1 oz moisturizer is $28 (2.5 oz bottle is $58), and the serums are all between $40-48–but the quality and results seem to reflect the price fairly.  I’m officially a huge fan!

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