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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream Review

June 11, 2014 0 Comments
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

Another luxury skincare product I got to try is the GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream.  It's a moisturizing cream with anti-aging properties and I can honestly say that it is one of the best creams I have ever tried.

GRATiAE - Organic Beauty by Nature is specially designed for both men and women who care about true quality and appreciate natural, organic, and healthy skin-care products.  With GRATiAE your skin will glow with health and inner beauty.

Product description:

GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream (50ml)

An ultra-fine moisturizing cream specially formulated to instantly penetrate and treat the skin for immediate hydration.  Combining a blend of pure plant extracts and thermo-mineral water, it leaves the skin feeling intensively moisturized, smooth and soft with a youthful glow.


 €157.29 from the European website and  $129.99 from the USA website 

Directions for use: 

Onto cleansed skin, apply the cream in soft circular motions until absorbed.


Aqua / Deionized Water, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Buxus Chinensis Oil / Jojoba Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate,Aqua / "Three Graces" Thermomineral Water, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract / Oat Extract, Citric Acid, Perfume / Fragrance, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract / Witch Hazel Extract, Lecithin (Liposome Complex),Retinyl Acetate, Tocopherol, BHT, Mentha Piperita Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice / Aloe Barbadensis.

My experience:

The product comes in a light green, thick glass jar with a golden lid.  When you open the gold lid you find a seal that acts as a protective lid.  The product also comes with a small spatula.  Whenever a cream comes in a pot, like this one, do not put your fingers in it.  Always use the spatula when provided, or else use a cotton swab, to avoid contamination.

This moisturising cream is very rich.  It is thin and non-greasy once you apply it to the skin.  It is lightweight and is quickly absorbed by the skin.  It instantly makes my skin soft, very smooth and hydrated.

You only need to apply a small amount, I only use the amount you see in the 3rd photo below.  It goes on very smoothly and there is no need to pull the skin.  This moisturiser did not upset my sensitive skin at all, in fact I saw an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin, after just one application!  This product is amazing!

My skin looks and feels fantastic after using this.  As I told you in my previous product review, if you can afford it, go ahead and buy it.  Your skin will love it, without a doubt. 

Visit  GRATiAE

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit Review

June 11, 2014 1 Comments
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

I recently had the opportunity to try two amazing luxury skincare products from Dead Sea Premier Cosmetics Laboratories Ltd.

Dead Sea Premier Cosmetics Laboratories is an Israeli cosmetics and skincare company that manufactures its products using mineral components extracted from the Dead Sea.  It was founded in 1990 and is part of Hadan Group, which has been specializing in cosmetics since 1979. (Wikipedia)

Dead Sea Premier’s philosophy binds together two elements: the glorious wisdom of nature and advanced scientific technology.  Premier takes natural plant extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea and by utilizing patented and cutting-edge technology, makes luxurious, effective skin-care that far exceeds your best imagination about beautiful skin.

Product description:

Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit Limited Edition - Eye Serum (35ml) and Eye Cream (35ml)

Eye Serum - A secret composition of soothing active ingredients specially adapted to nourish the sensitive skin around the eye area. It performs triple firming actions for rejuvenation, moisturisation, and anti-ageing. This unique Liposome Complex and oil-free serum moisturizes the skin causing a lifting effect. Thus, wrinkles are reduced, the skin is smoothed and rejuvenated, skin tone is restored, and its structure reinforced.
Eye Cream - This ultra-modern formula is suitable for all skin types. It consists of the best anti-ageing ingredients: Dead Sea minerals, Liposome Complex, Dunaliella Seaweed, natural Aloe Vera, Oxygen, Vitamins E and A. It moisturizes and hydrates the very delicate skin around the eyes. It helps diminish dryness and fine lines and reduces puffiness.

556.59  from the European website and $599.99 from the USA website

Directions for use:

Eye Serum - Prior to application cleanse the contour of the eye. Apply 2 to 5 drops onto fingertips and massage gently onto the delicate eye area. Use twice daily. For best results, Eye Cream should be applied after the serum has been absorbed into the skin.
Eye Cream - Gently massage the cream in circular soft movements around the eyes. Apply make-up as desired.

My experience:

The limited edition box alone is enough to impress you.  The box is spacious and it holds the cream and serum intact.  From the packaging itself, you can tell that it is a luxurious product.  Both the eye cream and eye serum come in a blue-green glass packaging with a golden cap.  The eye serum comes in a bottle with a pump while the cream comes in a round jar.

The eye serum is a clear gel and you need to dab only a small drop.  The serum spreads easily and dries quickly.

When you first open the eye cream jar you will find a seal which needs to be removed to take out the product.  There is an inner cap that keeps the eye cream from getting on the lid.  The eye cream is rich and creamy and it hydrates and moisturises the eye area.  Like the serum, it is also absorbed quickly by the skin.

I don't have any lines or wrinkles around my eye area but I can still see the difference on the days and nights I use these two products.  The skin around the eye area looks and feels smoother and healthier.  My mother, who is 55, also tried this kit and she swears that her fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced.  

I know that this kit is pricey but if you really want to see instant results and can afford to splurge on high quality, luxury skincare products, the Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit is definitely worth a try.

Visit Dead Sea Premier Cosmetics Laboratories Ltd.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

What Goes With This?

June 08, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I have an announcement: I joined WGWT!

Have you ever bought a piece of clothing and thought “What Goes With This?"  Or wondered how you can style a piece differently?  Well there is a new site where you can post a picture and ask for advice!  WGWT stands for What Goes With This?, it's an online fashion community where you can ask for and give fashion advice.

Check out the first two outfits I recommended! (click on the pictures below)

To follow me on WGWT click this button:

You can also reach out and ask me for fashion advice!

To communicate with specific people, you have a two options:
  1. Share your request with someone using the email, Facebook or Twitter share
  2. In the comments, use “@” to find people on the site or on Facebook
Do you like the outfits I suggested?  Let me know in the comment section below!  If you too would like to give and/or receive fashion advise, join WGWT!  

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Father's Day 2014 - Gift ideas under $40

June 07, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Father's Day is just around the corner and if, like me, you're still searching for gift ideas, here's a little inspiration...

Lush Dirty Body Spray

Lush Sandstone

TM1985 Leather Card Wallet

Selected Shjim Printed Formal Bow Tie

H2O Plus Oasis Men Oil-Free Post Shave Balm

H2O Plus Oasis Men Precision Shave Hydro Foam

H2O Plus Oasis Men Ultimate 5-In-1 Facial Spray

Shoulder Briefcase

Mustache Coffee Mug

What will you be giving your dad this Father's Day?  Which of these gifts is your favourite?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

May favourites

June 05, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's time for another monthly favourites.  Take a look at what I've been loving during the month of May:

Colour Eyeliners from Yesensy Cosmetics and Max Factor
During the Spring and Summer months I love to wear simple eye make-up with a pop of colour, and May was no exception.  These are four of my favourites - Yesensy Cosmetics Eyeliners in Gold, Emerald Green and Lilac (Lilac is my current favourite!) and Max Factor Kohl Pencil in Ice Blue

Garnier Fructis Hydra-Ricci (Curl & Shine) Fortifying Hair Mask
I almost finished the mask for curly hair I mentioned in my March favourites, the Garnier Fructis Hydra-Ricci Fortifying Hair Mask.  Its formula enriched with bamboo sap, claims to define and nourish curls for 48h.  It's supposed to give the curls a "spring effect" and act as a barrier against humidity and frizz.  I really like this mask.  Sometimes I also use the leave-in conditioner from the same line but my hair loves the mask way more than the leave-in.  I think the mask helps with curl definition, just as it claims.

Dia Eye Make-up Remover
I was on the market for a new eye make-up remover. The one I've been using, the Eye Make-up Remover for Sensitive Skin from Simple, stings and irritates my eyes.  I love the Dia Eye Make-up Remover!  Its formula is strong enough to remove eye make-up easily, even waterproof make-up, and yet gentle enough not to irritate my sensitive eyes.

Glycerin and Rose Water Toner
As I already mentioned in a previous post, I'm using a new toner; the glycerin and rose water spray.  I absolutely love it.  Click here for more information. 

What were your beauty favourites last month?  Tell me in the comment section below!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Vegetable glycerin for glowing skin!

June 02, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
Today I want to talk to you about the many uses of the DIY glycerin and rose water spray.  I've been using this spray, before and after applying my make-up, as I told you in my DIY recipe.  As soon as I started using it, I immediately noticed that my skin was incredibly smooth and my make-up looked flawless.  
I've been using distilled rose water for quite some time but  vegetable glycerin is a new addition to my skincare routine.  Glycerin has many beauty uses for the skin and hair.  It acts as a humectant, so it attracts water and helps the skin retain moisture.  NOTE: Because of this, it can’t be applied undiluted onto the skin or hair, as it will draw the water out and actually cause dehydration.  To give the hydrating effect we want, it needs to be diluted with water.
I mix 1 part glycerin to 10 parts distilled rose water (see recipe)I used 2 tablespoons of glycerin mixed with 20 tablespoons of rose water to fill the blue bottle.  You can adjust this ratio to whatever you feel comfortable with, but the less water you add, the sticker and thicker it will feel on your skin.

  • This spray has currently replaced my toner.  I use it every day; morning and night, even on days when I'm not wearing make-up.  The glycerin and rose water mixture evens out the skin tone. 
  • This mixture can also be used as a moisturiser.  Just spray on your face and then massage into your skin in a circular motion.  Remember, if you are going out in the sun, you still need to use a product (moisturiser, BB cream, CC cream, foundation...) with at least SPF 15!  During the Spring and Summer months the SPF needs to be even higher.
  • If you have very dry skin you can use more glycerin, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse it off.  This way the glycerin loaded mixture will act as a hydrating mask!
  • This mixture can also be used as a cleanser for dry skin.  Just apply the spray and wipe your face with a cotton pad.
  • Glycerin also helps to soften rough and dry patches.  It repairs the dry skin and makes it smooth.  Therefore, glycerin can be used on rough skin patches like elbows, knees, etc.
  • Since glycerin softens the skin, this DIY spray is perfect to apply before using a blackhead extractor.  This helps a lot when removing clogged impurities from the skin.

I really love the way my skin feels after I've applied it.  It feels plump and smooth.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a mild and simple chemical free product.
If you have more skincare used for glycerin, leave them in the comment section below.