Archive: Face

Zia Natural Skincare, Bamboo Exfoliant


From the company:  Bamboo Exfoliant is a facial scrub that renews and restores skin’s radiance as it gently removes dead surface cells without over-drying or damaging skin. It contains a unique blend of Bamboo fibers to exfoliate skin, while Soybean Oil, Rice Bran and Yucca Extract help to soothe and hydrate skin. Your skin will feel soft and refreshed, and it’s safe enough to use everyday! 

I have been sent this product twice for review, and I used it for a solid week.  I hate to do this…but I have to be honest, I guess.  I hated it.  I didn’t like this product at all.  It was too strong for my skin.  It actually burned my skin in several places.  My chin was all red and irritated for several days.  So, could the problem be that my skin is too sensitive?  Or – it could be that this product was just a bit too much.  I’m not sure.  All I know is that I discontinued using it.  I hate to give a bad review – but I also feel like we should be honest with you guys – and not sugar coat our reviews in order to get more products.  So there you have it. :)

If you want to learn more on this product, go here!

Icy cold and refreshing.


My hubby is not the best at showering right after he works out so he is prone to the occasional breakout. I am always hunting for a cleansing face wash that will also help with minor breakouts for him and to be honest I don’t like him using my face wash. I recently stumbled on this Biore Ice Cleanser and decided I would get him to try it, he loves the icy feeling and it has helped keep his skin clear.

I was curious myself and decided to give it a try and ended up loving it. When you first start washing your face it feels like any other foaming cleanser but a few seconds in your skin gets a burst of icy mint and I do mean icy. It was so refreshing it would be a great cleanser for the hot summer months, if you love minty cleansers this is the one for you.

Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser

* Pore Perfect®
* New!
* Cools & Clears
* Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment
* Oil-Free

Give blemishes the cold shoulder. Refreshing acne cleanser seeps deep into pores to clear up and help prevent blemishes.

$6.29 Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser

Beauty elixir, fit for a queen!

I have a love/hate relationship with the counters at Sephora.  You know – at the register – they have dozens of products for you to grab as last minute purchases – perfectly packaged as little samples for you to try.  I don’t think I’ve gone to Sephora yet, and not grabbed one of those awfully cute little sample sized products.  This can be great – sometimes you don’t know if you want to commit to the full sized product.  It’s nice to be able to sample the product before you fork out the money on the whole bottle/product.  BUUUT sometimes, if you’re like me, you just buy things you don’t need – but look fun.

Anyway – this happens to be one sample product I was proud to have bought!  They had cute little bottles of Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir lined up next to the credit card machine.  The customer service rep told me to spray it on my face.  I did, and in 30 seconds I had this little bottle in my bag.  This is the perfect pick-me-up product for the ladies.  It rejuvenates your skin – and leaves you feeling so clean!


Inspired by the “elixir of youth” used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this skincare smoothes features, tightens pores and provides an instant burst of radiance to the complexion.

• Who is it for?
For all skin lacking radiance. Beauty Elixir is an exceptional anti-dull complexion treatment, and a wonderful after-shave for men.

• Ingredients
extracts of grape
essential oil of rosemary, orange blossom and rose extracts, benzoin, myrrh
essential oils of organic balm mint and mint

• When? How?
Spray on before applying your cream, or at any time of the day for an immediate energizing sensation.

• Tips from your Vinotherapist
Apply between your foundation and powder to perfectly set make-up.

You can buy the sample size for only $15, and the full bottle will run you $49.00Go here to check it out!

My visit to Kiehl’s


On my fabulous trip to New York I was lucky enough to visit the Kiehl’s flagship store, which has been doing business in the same place since Kiehl’s first day in 1851! The store is beautiful, filled with historic motorcycles and crystal chandeliers it appeals to both men and women.

It is obvious that Kiehl’s employees not only love the products they sell but they love the company they work for. I want to thank Barbara for the great store tour and Rachael, Kiehl’s PR rep for setting up this great visit. As we toured the store and asked questions you can tell by their knowledge they have a true love for what they do. All the Kiehl’s employees are dedicated to find the right product for each customer based on their individual needs you can even try before you buy with sample sizes to make sure you are buying what works for you.


I loved Kiehl’s since I first tried it in high school, but on my trip I found a new product obsession perhaps my favorite product I have tried all year. Two of my favorite Kiehl’s products:


To say I love this hair mask would be an understatment. I decided to dye my blonde hair brown last fall and since then I have been trying to make my way back but my poor hair has taken a beating and I have tried all kinds of products to restore some of the softness and shine. Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Rapairative Hair Pak feels like a whipped mouse and coats your hair easily.

One of my favorite things with this product is it only needs to stay in your hair 3-5 minutes most hair masks need almost an hour and with two young kids at home an hour can be hard to find not to mention sneaking in the shower twice. Kiehl’s Olive Oil Hair Pak has a great light scent and after 5 minutes it rinsed away without leaving any residue. The best part though is my brush actually glided through my now soft and supple hair without the normal fight to get the knots out.

Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak

  • With Avocado Oil, Lemon Extract, and Olive Fruit Oil
  • For dehydrated, damaged hair

$25.00 Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak


This was one of my first Kiehl’s products and I have loved it ever since. I love the little tingle it leaves on my face, it leaves my skin refreshed and really clean and helps keep my skin from feeling overly oily. I just noticed the Blue Astringent Gel Cleanser it looks great I am thinking it would feel amazing in the summer.

Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion

  • Formula Created in 1964
  • Spot treatment for oily, blemish-prone areas
  • Helps prevent razor discomfort after shaving
  • May be too drying for very delicate or easily dehydrated skin
  • Product is not intended for medical use
  • Not tested on animals

$10.00 Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion