Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: 7-Day Challenge!

Yes, it is that time of year, the time of Winter-dry skin and ragged peeling nails! If your skin is like mine, Winter wreaks havoc on my hands. That is why I am excited about this 7-Day Challenge from Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream!!! 

The Challenge: 
To keep my manicured hands beautiful and soft (who doesn't want that, right?!?!). How? By applying Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream on my cuticles and hands every day following a manicure. 

I already know how awesome this hand cream is as I have used it in past. However, I will admit, it has been years since I have used it. Shame on me! I know it is very effective from my past experience with it and the same has proven true yet again with my 7-day Challenge. 

  • This cream is very concentrated! You only need the tiniest amount! One 2 oz tube contains over 200 applications of the cream. So, a little goes a long way. 
  • It produces results very quickly (after one application!). 
  • Heals existing dry or chapped skin and can prevent dryness or chapping, too. 
I love the balm-like consistancy of this Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. It is balmy, yet it is also creamy. Plus, it is not too thick to spread across your skin. The texture is really unique! When I apply, I use about a 1/2 pea size amount for both hands and I put a tiny dot of cream on each cuticle and rub it in. My skin is instantly soothed as soon as this cream is applied. There is no question that this is one of the best hand creams that I have used as far as effectiveness! This cream is certainly heavy-duty!

My 7-Day Challege: Improve the condition of my hands and nails (and keep manincure looking better!) for 7 Days:
  • Day 1: Apply Norwegian Formula Hand Cream following Manicure: As much as I would LOVE to go get a manicure, I have been way to busy to schedule one (and get a sitter, etc). So, I opted for a home manicure. :) 
  • Day 2: Apply to hands and cuticles at night before bed.
  • Day 3: Apply to hands and cuticles at night before bed.
  • Day 4: Re-Do Manicure and apply Norwegian Formula Hand Cream to hands and cuticles after manicure dries. Note: While my hands and cuticles are improving, I believe that I need to apply it more than once a day. 
  • Day 5: Apply to hands and cuticles at least once during the day and at night before bed.
  • Day 6: Apply to hands and cuticles at least once during the day and at night before bed.
  • Day 7: Re-Do Manicure and apply Norwegian Formula Hand Cream to hands and cuticles at least once during the day and at night before bed. 

My Overall Results:
There is absolutely no question that consistant use of Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand cream has improved the health and condition of my cuticles and hands. The red/dry and cracked patches on my hands are completely gone. My cuticles are softer and less ragged. The peeling areas of my cuticles have started to heal. I will need to continue with during the day and nighttime application to contininue to heal my hands and cuticles. While they look much, much better, there is still more room for improvement. I mean, they were in pretty bad condition before I started this challenge. So, I will continue to use this amazing cream! 

You can join me in this challenge, too! You can tag me on Instagram (pammy_blogs_beauty) and twitter @pammyblogbeauty! Use this hashtag: #NTG7DayChallenge

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Naturally Simple Products: TruSelf Organics: Facial Mask, Body Butter, and Lipgloss Review!

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Sometimes simple and natural is best! TruSelf Organics embraces this philosophy with their gentle and natural ingredients. As someone with sensitive skin, I am always intrigued by products that contain few ingredients. Why? There is less of a chance of irritation. So, I am super-excited to tell you about this new and natural line of products from super sweet creator Amanda of!

TruSelf Organics is made in the USA and cruelty-free. The TrueSelf Organics line offers facial skincare (a mask and a facial moisturizer), a body product (shea butter), hair care (shampoo and conditioner), and makeup (lipgloss and makeup remover). For this review, I decided to try out the TruSelf Organics Toning Facial Mask, the TruSelf Organics Raw Body Butter, and the TruSelf Organics Raw Honey Lipgloss. Overall, I really enjoy these naturally simple products!

TruSelf Organics Toning Facial Mask:
What a fun mask! TruSelf Organics Toning Facial Mask is an all-natural mask that comes in a powder form in a simple jar. Personally, I love that it is a powder as it allows you to mix the mask yourself and customize it! I will admit, part of the fun is mixing it and feeling like a chemist! :) You can mix this powder clay mask with either water or vinegar to form a paste.

The ingredients are natural and simple. Honestly, it blows me away that this mask has only 3 ingredients: clay, Epsom salt, and gelatin! So simple, yet also so effective. What a great mask option for my beloved "home spa" nights.

How I Use and My Results:
You can apply this mask as often as needed (up to 4 times weekly depending on your skin type). For my sensitive combination skin, one time per week is the maximum that I would use it. Otherwise, it might dry out my skin too much as this mask is very clarifying. To use, I mix the powder mask with water and then apply the mask in a thick layer on my skin. I mix in a 50/50 ratio water to powder mask. Typically, about 1 big heaping teaspoon of powder produces enough paste for one facial mask. I let the mask dry/harden for a few minutes and then I rinse off the mask with warm water and a soft wash cloth. When the mask hardens, it gets very tight and draws out any impurities from your skin. After rinsing off the mask, I follow with my normal serums and moisturizers. I think this mask is great for drawing impurities out of your skin and lightly toning and exfoliating your skin. My skin feels super clean and soft after I use this. Note: I do experience some very mild redness for about 5-10 min in my cheek area after rinsing off the mask. I find that if I let a warm wet washcloth sit on my face for a bit before rinsing/wiping allows the mask to release more gently and decrease any irritation. Overall, this mask is a nice option if you want to do a "spa night" at home! I am looking forward to experimenting further with this mask. I wonder, with my combo skin, if mixing the mask with plain yogurt might be an option? One 4 oz jar retails for $14.50.

Info and Tips about The Toning Facial Mask from TruSelf: Our toning facial mask is perfect for everyone! Use it on your dark under eye circles, fine lines, wrinkles and the arch nemesis of beauty; Acne. Use this mask 2-4 times a week and in no time you will have the skin you've always dreamed of! More often referred to as “A face life in a jar!”, this mask is unlike all the rest. It is made with only 3 ingredients.That’s it! Loved by both men and women with all different skin types, there is no need to lather your delicate facial skin with harmful masks that contain ingredients you cannot pronounce. The toning facial mask is everything you’ve always wanted in a facial mask without the use of synthetic chemicals! Bye bye acne, wrinkles and fine lines… Hello gorgeous, youthful, glowing skin! By far the most natural and effective facial mask on the market!

"All Natural, Non-Toxic, Paraben Free, Synthetic Preservative Free, Made With Love. Note: This product works on all skin types: Recommended for all ages!"
TruSelf Organics Raw Honey Lipgloss:
I really like the idea of a natural lipgloss. I mean, after all, you wear it on your lips. So, you can feel perfectly comfortable if you end up licking this product off, lol! These TruSelf Raw Honey Lipglosses contain only 7 natural ingredients: Castor Oil, Raw Honey, Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Grapefruit Essential Oil, and Vitamin E Oil. I am very impressed with how nourishing and hydrating these glosses are! They are really a 2-in-1 product: like a moisturizing lip treatment and gloss in one!

These glosses are packaged in tubes with doe-foot applicators.

The Shades and My Results:
I tried out the TruSelf Organics lipglosses in the shades "Nude" and "Pretty in Pink". My lips are very pigmented. So, I found that both of these shades wore completely sheer on my lips. However, if your lips are lighter in pigment, you might be able to see more of a difference in the shades. The "Nude" shade looks completely sheer when swatched and the "Pretty in Pink" has a very light pink tint.

These TruSelf Organics Raw Honey Lipglosses leave your lips feeling so soft and moisturized!!! My lips have been so dry lately. So, it is a total treat to use these. Plus, they have a super high shine gloss finish. If you love the look of high-shine sheer wet-look glosses, then you will love these.

The TruSelf Organics Raw Honey Lipglosses retail for $8.00 each and come in 4 shades.

Info and Tips about TruSelf Raw Honey Lipgloss from TruSelf: Our Raw Honey Lipgloss is the ONLY gloss you need for your kissers! It is 100% all natural, so you can even eat it!. Raw honey is a humectant. This means it will draw moisture to your skin instead of taking moisture away! The sweetness of the honey makes it hard to not keep licking it off! Raw Honey is the perfect addition to our protective lip glosses.Organic Castor Oil contains healing and cleansing properties for your lips.  It provides a protective barrier against the harsh elements, with tons of natural shine! Organic Sweet Almond oil is a wonderful ingredient to help make your lips soft and supple! Organic Sunflower Oil is deeply nourishing and conditioning. It is the cure for damaged, weathered, dry and aging lips.Suitable for all skin types, this lipgloss  softens, soothes, and revitalizes your kissers!

ONLY 7 Simple Ingredients: Castor Oil, Raw Honey, Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Grapefruit, essential oil, Vitamin E oil, Mineral Pigments (in colored glosses). "All Natural, Non-Toxic, Paraben Free, Synthetic Preservative Free, and Made With Love"

TruSelf Organics Raw Body Butter:
This TrueSelf Organics Raw Body Butter is really unlike any other body butter that I have tried. I believe that is because this product is primarily shea butter close to its true form (without extra and unneeded ingredients and added emulsifiers). The consistency is really more like a "balm" than a butter. The product carries a natural and very light chocolate-like scent. In addition to shea butter, the product also contains cocoa butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Yes, that is right, only 4 natural ingredients!

The TruSelf Organics Raw Body Butter comes in a cute metal screw-top tin. This little size is not only great for home, but also perfect for travel or on-the-go use! While the product size is small, it should last you a long time. You only need the smallest amount of product for each use.

How I Use:
As I mentioned, the consistency of this product is very balm-like. So, I found that I used the product like I would a body balm: on dry spots, cuticles, elbows, lips, cracked skin, feet, heels, etc. The product's consistency changes with heat. It hardens when cool and melts when exposed to temperatures about 80 degrees. For use, I like to swirl my fingers in quick circular motions over the product. The heat of my fingers melts the balm and it transfers to my skin in a non-greasy oil-like form. It takes a few minutes for the oil to absorb into your skin. Once it does, you are left soft and moisturized without any greasy after-feel. Plus, the product leaves that light and lovely chocolate scent on your skin.

I have had great results with this TruSelf Raw Body Butter balm! My dry patches and cuticles have improved from consistent use. The compact size has proven very convenient. It is easy to keep this product nearby to remind yourself to apply it frequently to heal dry skin.

Retails for $16.50 for 2 oz.

Info and Tips about TruSelf Raw Body Butter from TruSelf: Prepare to let your skin feel endless love! The perfect combination of simple, yet powerful ingredients that only nature has created. TruSelf's Raw Body Butter has deep, long-lasting moisturizing properties that will nourish and calm your skin leaving your whole body in a state of pure euphoria! This product, like our face cream, has a delicious aromatic chocolate smell. Works great as a mood enhancer, helps heal stretch marks, eczema, dry skin, can be used as a lip balm and the list goes on! So natural and pure you could eat it (but we do not recommend this) :) 

"All Natural, Cruelty Free, Non-Toxic, Paraben Free, Synthetic Preservative Free, Made with Love, Vegan" Note: This product works on all skin types* Recommended for all ages*
Overall, I really enjoy the TruSelf Organics line! All of the products were hits for me and I will continue to use and enjoy them. The mask is a great treat for home spa nights! The lip glosses are so moisturizing and soothing that I even packed one in my hospital bag for when I deliver my baby. I know how dry my lips got after my first baby. So, this moisturizing gloss will really help. Plus, I can feel comfortable kissing my new baby knowing I am wearing a natural product. :) In addition, the TruSelf Raw Body Butter is an excellent all-purpose moisturizing balm. It is such a treat to use on my winter-dry cuticles! Plus, I love the soft and yummy scent!

What products intrigue you from this line? I would love to explore the line further! :)

How to buy? You can order all of these products directly from the TruSelf Organics website. Also, be sure to follow TruSelf Organics on social media!

As always, thanks for reading!

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