Monday, April 30, 2012

Reviva Labs Summer Skincare Giveaway/Review for April

Reviva Labs is offering 6 months (April through September) of giveaways featuring products to enrich and protect your skin during the Summer season! There are a number of blogs that are participating with Reviva Labs and their Summer Skincare Giveaway, so search them out and you can increase your chances of scoring some of these great products.

April's giveaway features 2 products for one lucky winner. The Ultra-C Cream and the Vitamin E Oil Stick. I began using the Ultra-C Cream earlier this month, and I have been using the Vitamin E Oil Stick for several years--I've gone through at least ten of the sticks, so yes, I love it! Below is a description of each item:

Ultra-C Cream: I've been using this product as my daily moisturizer, and the directions suggest alternating it with your current creams. The idea of alternating this product is quite simple: your skin responds to various stimulants, including a variety of ingredients found in skin care products. I notice over time, some products that had been working wonders on my skin no longer have the same effect. Changing up my routine and using something different is often a good way to stimulate my skin. When I go back to a product that "used" to work, it seems to have a renewed effect of my skin. I apply a thin layer over my face and throat area, and then proceed to apply my makeup. It absorbs easily and leaves no greasy residue. In addition to smoothing and firming skin, the Ultra-C Cream provides an extra level of protection against sun damage. From Reviva Labs: Suncreens can't do it all. While they work on the surface, Ultra-C gets absorbed deeper. So under sunscreen, Ultra-C offers an extra level of protection--zapping free radicals that get past sunscreen. Ultra-C also provides corrective action against past damage." 1.5 oz. jar/$18.00.

Ingredients: Demineralized Spring Water, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitamin C Ester, Polysorbate 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Lactic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Ascorbigen, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Simethicone, Essential Oils of White Flower & Orange Flower.

Vitamin E Oil Stick: This little wonder stick provides a clear gloss on your lips that moisturizes and protects with an SPF 15 factor. It's never sticky, has little to no scent, and leaves your lips ultra-soft. It can also be used under the eye area for moisture and protection, and I've used it several times to moisturize my cuticles when I don't have a proper cuticle product handy. This is a product that I'm never without, and I always have a couple of tubes stashed away. It seems to melt right into my lips, and I find that it lasts longer than most lip balm protectants. 1/8 oz. swivel tube/$4.00.

Ingredients: Soybean oil, candelilla wax, beeswax, castor oil, octylmethoxycinnamate, ozokerite, oxybenzone, cetyl esters, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), olive oil, allantoin, linden essential oil.

Entry details: Prize package will be mailed directly from Reviva Labs, so all entrants must reside in the United States. Contest ends May 3 at 12:01 a.m. To enter, just leave a comment below and let me know what your biggest summertime skin care concerns are. Mine would be getting enough hydration and moisture for my skin after spending so much of my summer in the sun and at the beach! Also leave your eMail address so I can contact you if you are the winner. I had a Rafflecopter set up, but it wasn't working correctly and according to their Facebook page, they are experiencing issues. If you aren't comfortable sharing your eMail, be sure to check back on May 3 when I announce the winner, then you can contact me.

*Products/prizes featured furnished by Reviva Labs.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Previews: Misa Summer 2012, L.A. Girls Magnetic, Jessica Awakening Collection

Here's a quick look at at some new collections coming up! Misa's Summer 2012 Collection is called Hot Summer, and it's filled with vibrant shades perfect for the season. I'm loving the pink coral and the orange coral shades. These appear to be creme finishes, and with Misa's excellent formula, I'm looking forward to this collection.

L.A. Girls has a range of magnetic polishes coming out, and even though I'm personally not that excited about magnetic polishes, I do like the different patterns that are available. They also recently introduced Fruity Scented Nail Polish!

Jessica Cosmetics has a pretty Summer collection coming out soon called Awakening. Always a fan of their formula, I like the looks of the shades in this collection. Neutral, subtle, and a touch of color.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Featured in Ladies Home Journal!

The May issue of Ladies Home Journal features a page called Ooh, Love That Color, where they asked readers and bloggers their favorite nail polish shades. They asked me what some of my favorite Summer shades were, and of course I couldn't narrow it down to just one! Orly Frisky was one of my choices, and you can see it featured here (although their photo looks much more turquoise than the photo I sent over!).

You might recognize some of the other nails...Beautopia, All Lacquered Up, and Lacquerized are also featured wearing some of their favorite nail polish shades.