Thursday, May 25, 2017

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Better Skin Co. MIRAKLE CREAM






I have been hearing all kinds of positive buzz about The Better Skin Co. and their top selling product  Mirakle Cream.  So it is with such excitement that I include this brand and product in my Summer 2017 Head to Toe Glamour Guide!  And, this is not just a review, but also a giveaway, YAY!  One of my readers will win a jar of this outstanding skin cream for themselves!  When you learn about the long list of key benefits your skin will experience when you use this dynamic product, you will definitely want to add it to your daily skin care routine.  I have been using it for over a week now and I am so enamored with it in just a short time.  Let me introduce The Better Skin Co. to you:


ABOUT THE BETTER SKIN CO.
{Adapted from The Better Skin Co. Website}





The Better Skin Company, creators of Better Skin Mirakle Cream, was founded in 2015 by the dynamic duo of Natalya Rachkova and Murphy D. Bishop, II. In search of the American dream, Natalya and her family emigrated from The Republic of Uzbekistan to Seattle, WA. Tucked away carefully with her most prized possessions was her secret recipe for her famous miracle cream.

In the spirit of new and never-ending possibilities, Natalya quickly revived her aesthetician practice and once again began making this “magic” cream in her kitchen. As fate would have it, just as in the old country, word of mouth soon had clients and their friends lining up for this healing wonder potion that provided a youthful glow and appeared to reverse and slow the signs of aging. Some clients reported that rosacea and eczema became calm and age spots began to diminish.

In 2013, Natalya met beauty industry alum Murphy D. Bishop, II. Murphy noticed the mysterious pot of cream cooling in the kitchen and was captivated by Natalya’s passion for her elixir. In the short time he was visiting, the number of people who came by the house to buy her cream astounded him. He tried the cream and immediately fell in love.



Murphy convinced Natalya to allow him to take her precious recipe to chemists in hopes of scaling up the small-batch, home-brewed cream to meet the growing demand. The chemists succeeded. They remained true to Natalya’s formula and added a bit of modern science to further enhance this “genius in a jar” now known as Mirakle Cream. Adding a final, very personal touch, Natalya commissioned a local artist to customize the Better Skin Mirakle Cream label to mirror the beautiful fabric patterns famous in her home country.

Natalya is now a proud US citizen and Better Skin Mirakle Cream is ready to be shared with the world. Better Skin Mirakle Cream is filled with love, history, natural ingredients, a bit of science, and a good measure of great karma so that everyone can radiate their best skin ever.



REVIEW


{Photo by Joanna Smith}


A better name could not have been chosen for this company!  It is perfect!  If you want "better skin" then you will want to read on.  Mirakle Cream delivers on everything it promises!  From the moment you open the enchanting, beautiful printed pouch the jar of Mirakle Cream comes housed in, you sense there is something extraordinary inside!  Here are the details about it:


MIRAKLE CREAM
Price:  $34
Size:  2 fl. oz.



DESCRIPTION:


Paraben-free, Surfactant-free, Gluten-free and Vegan

For All Skin Types, Women and Men.

Genius in a Jar. One-stop, skin-saving, problem-solving, all-purpose cream that transforms skin. This antioxidant-rich recipe, imported from the Republic of Uzbekistan, is handcrafted in the USA with love and natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize, soften, balance and brighten skin. Helps calm skin while protecting skin’s moisture barrier and fighting signs of age. Peptides and hyaluronic acid help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant.





KEY BENEFITS:


  • Reduced signs of aging
  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improved elasticity
  • Improvement in collagen production
  • Firm, toned and tightened skin
  • Increased in radiance and luminosity
  • Increased hydration
  • Rapid re-hydration 
  • Increased moisture retention in the skin
  • Reduction/Prevention or Elimination of dry, rough scaly skin
  • Decrease in hyper pigmentation (sun spots, age spots and other related dark spots)

DIRECTIONS:

Apply liberally. Use as needed. Spatula Included.


MY THOUGHTS:




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I was not born with anywhere near perfect skin, and I know many of you feel the same.  I inherited my Dad's fairer skin and all kinds of sensitivities.  My sister inherited my Mom's olive complexion with no sensitivities.  But we all, no matter what, cannot win the race against time.  Eventually everyone one of us wants to turn back the hands of time, fight our fine lines and wrinkles and search for that fountain of youth.

Mirakle cream may be the closest thing I have discovered to the fountain of youth!  It is a one step road to achieving it!  In just over a week my skin has improved dramatically!  My rosacea, which is mild, appears less obvious.  I had redness and the shade of red/pink in areas around my face are noticeably improved.  That was the first benefit I recognized.

Then after 3 days my skin looked more luminous, more dewy and hydrated.  I will use the word "plump" to describe the appearance of my skin, in a positive way!  My skin just looked more youthful and felt like a "baby's" skin!

When I read down the list of "key benefits" of this product, some of the benefits are hard to visually see, but when I see how my skin looks and feels I have to believe they are there, things like improved elasticity and improvement in collagen production.  My skin is definitely more hydrated, the fine lines and wrinkles are barely discernible, and my skin overall appears more even toned.  Hey, if all this occurs in a week, imagine what my skin will look like after a month, after 2 months, and after 6 months, etc.!  I never want to be without this product again.

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Mirakle cream is relatively thick and rich.  You do not need a lot, a scoop in the spatula is really all you need to apply over your entire face.  My skin is not oily, and it tends to be on the dry side, and I barely need any product to reap its benefits.  The product is absorbed almost immediately into my skin.  There is no greasy residue or sticky feeling at all to my skin.  In fact, it leaves my skin feeling instantly softer and immediately healthier.  Women and men can both use this product.  Sharing is caring, so the whole family can use it!  It will work on all skin types, even the most sensitive of skin, which I have.  You won't experience any negative side effects.  All the ingredients in the product are safe and gentle.

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I am over the moon happy and thrilled with this product!  This concludes my review.  Let's move on to the giveaway!


GIVEAWAY


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TERMS:  The winner will receive a full size jar of Miracle Cream that has a retail value of $34. This giveaway is hosted by Joanna Smith and sponsored by The Better Skin Co.  Joanna Smith is not employed nor affiliated with The Better Skin Co. in any manner.   Joanna Smith is responsible for the winner selection.  The Better Skin Co. is responsible for shipping and delivery of the giveaway prize.  This giveaway is only open to those residing in the United States and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter.


Disclosure: I received a jar of Mirakle Cream as outlined in this review from The Better Skin Co. for the purposes of this review.  This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with The Better Skin Co. in any manner. 


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: CIRC-CELL Dew pH Perfector





As part of my annual Summer 2017 Head to Toe Glamour Guide I am thrilled to be able to include one of Circ-Cell's iconic products, the Dew pH Perfector!  Dew is a skin-refining pH perfector that balances the skin’s mantle while providing rich, dewy hydration.  On those hot sultry summer days when you want your skin to look radiant, but do not want the weight of your regular moisturizer on your skin, Dew is going to be the ideal product to restore moisture and keep your skin looking luminous.  Let me introduce Circ-Cell to you:


{Adapted from the Circ-Cell Website}





Longing for simple, clean living after years in the city, Circ-Cell founder Maya Crothers and her family moved to the small mountain town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The challenges of caring for her skin in a high mountain climate required a new level of performance skincare, while the beauty of her new home inspired her to seek out products based in nature. Unable to find products that that met her desire for performance and nature, Maya felt challenged to create a luxurious, high-performance skincare collection for the modern woman. An engineer by training, Maya cultivated a small team of experts that share her vision for elegant products that deliver results.

Circ-Cell’s name is a hybrid of circle and cellular denoting our commitment to marrying science with nature. We believe that skincare should feel like pure luxury while performing to the highest standards. Every Circ-Cell formula is incredibly hard–working, yet feels effortless.



We never add fragrances, dyes, or harsh preservatives to our formulas— our pure, carefully-selected ingredients speak for themselves. Our products feel luxurious and light, inspiring a sense of wellbeing and leaving a beautiful finish on the skin.

In Circ-Cell we have sought to create a truly complete beauty ritual, crafted for the skincare connoisseur.


MY REVIEW

{Photo by Joanna Smith}


The generous folks at Circ-Cell sent me one Circ-Cell DEW pH Perfector to review and one to giveaway!  How wonderful is that?!!  One lucky THE BEST OF EVERYTHING reader will have a chance to experience the benefits of this iconic product all summer long.  And, you all will fall in love with this fabulous product just as much as I have and want to purchase it for yourself so your skin will glow and look more youthful all summer long too!

Here are the details about DEW:

CIRC-CELL DEW pH Perfector
Price:  $60
Size:  4 fl. oz.

DETAILS:



Whether used as pH primer or final step, Dew delivers on its name. Lactic acid helps balance the skin’s pH, while ten amino acids provide hydration. Camphor attacks bio-elements that cause breakouts and witchhazel helps pores contract and close. Canadian willow herb keeps skin calm and even. Dew can also be used to improve the appearance of crepey, sagging skin on the arms and body.

» Balances pH

» Soothes redness

» Minimizes the appearance of pores

» Restores moisture


DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Use up to twice daily, after cleansing skin. Apply to face using hands or cotton pad or gauze pad. Press product into skin for optimal results.


MY THOUGHTS:


{Photo by Joanna Smith}


I must sound like a broken record because every skin care review I write I always say that I have sensitive skin with mild rosacea.  So, with having said it yet again, I can honestly say I love the DEW pH Perfector because it is a product that my sensitive skin can tolerate, and almost instantly after applying it, any redness to my skin goes away!  No kidding, this product is wonderful!

Before I go further I also want to comment that the product has a really pleasant scent.  Not a sweet aroma, but an earthy kind of organic fragrance.  I know just by the scent that the product has ingredients that are going to calm and nourish my skin.

The first few times I applied dew I think I was using way too much.  Not that I experienced any negative issues, but I was just wasting product that I didn't need to use.  Less is more with dew.  So how I have been using it is to dispense enough to wet a round cotton pad with the product.  Then I dab it all around my face, not rubbing it in, but patting it in.  If I need a bit more product on the pad, I dispense a little more.

It doesn't take long for the product to dry in the morning that is all I do before putting on my makeup. Dew is enough hydration for me during the day.  At night, I have been following up the dew with my usual night time moisturizer.

The weather has been really warming up here.  This week has been a great week to test out dew because it has been more humid and warm.  I am thrilled that I have this product on hand for the summer, it is going to keep the redness to my skin down, it definitely has improved the texture of my skin {pores}, and it more than adequately adds the ideal amount of moisture that my skin needs.

Some people think of this product as a toner.  I personally have never really felt toners worked for me.  They were just an extra step in my skin care routine that I thought I did not need.  Call DEW pH perfector a toner, or just call it a just what it is, perfection in a bottle, it is now a product I do not want to be without, and I am so excited that I discovered it!  My skin has never looked healthier on a hot muggy day!  No more redness, no more blotchy dry areas, just a more youthful glow and appearance to it after only 4 days!

Now that you have had a chance to read about my experience with CIRC-CELL DEW pH Perfector, I'd like to give one of my readers a chance to win a bottle for themselves.  So on to the giveaway!


GIVEAWAY


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a Rafflecopter giveaway


TERMS:  The winner will receive one full-size bottle of CIRC-CELL DEW pH Perfector that has a retail value of $60. This giveaway is hosted by Joanna Smith and sponsored by CIRC-CELL.  Joanna Smith is not employed nor affiliated with CIRC-CELL in any manner.   Joanna Smith is responsible for the winner selection, shipping and delivery of the giveaway prize.  This giveaway is only open to those residing in the United States and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter.




Disclosure: I received CIRC-CELL DEW pH Perfector as outlined in this review from CIRC-CELL for the purposes of this review. CIRC-CELL also provided me with one bottle of CIRC-CELL DEW pH Perfector to use for the giveaway.  This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with CIRC-CELL in any manner. 


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GIVEAWAY: MAKE COSMETICS

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It is almost Summer, YAY!  I want to say THANK YOU to all my readers, subscribers and followers by hosting a giveaway.  I love kicking off a new season with some new makeup, so I decided to put together a group of cosmetics that will allow you to create new looks for yourself everyday, all summer long.  The winner will receive a total of $176 worth of high end, sensational MAKE Cosmetics!!  MAKE Cosmetics is a very unique brand, the colors are rich and robust, highly pigmented.  A little bit of their color goes a long way and their treatment products are fabulous too!  It is one of my favorite brands and I hope whoever wins will enjoy them as much as I do!

As always, I am not going to make you jump through any hoops to enter.  Basically, you can do one of all of the tasks below.  I want you all to know how much I appreciate your support, it means the world to me, and this is my way of letting you know.  I hope you all will follow me on some of the social networks.  That is really all I ask.  I am not only trying to spread the word about brands and products on the social networks, but I also want to engage and make friends!  You can message me anytime, I especially love Twitter!!!



THESE ARE ALL THE PRIZES:




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MATTE FINISH BLUSH  $25


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TWILIGHT LIP OIL / REMOVER  $12


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EXPERT LIP BRUSH #9  $22



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a Rafflecopter giveaway


TERMS:  

This giveaway is sponsored by Joanna Smith and MAKE Cosmetics is not in any way involved in this giveaway. I am not employed nor affiliated with MAKE Cosmetics in any manner. Joanna Smith is responsible for the winner selection, shipping and delivery of the giveaway prizes. This giveaway is only open to those residing in the United States and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter.



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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

7 Charming Sisters, 7 Lines of Fabulous Jewelry!








Oh my goodness, if you are a jewelry lover, then you are going to want to read on!  What girl doesn't love a gorgeous piece of jewelry?  Whether you are drawn to bracelets, necklaces or earrings, or maybe all types of jewelry, 7 Charming Sisters has it all, and so much more!  The first time I visited the 7 Charming Sisters website I spent over an hour browsing through their huge, I mean HUGE selection of absolutely sensational jewelry!  I was having so much fun discovering pieces of jewelry that were so unique and so right on with current trends, and best of all, so affordable!  With Mother's Day around the corner, I can't think of a better place to shop for the perfect piece of jewelry to surprise Mom with, or the Mom role model in your life.  And while you are at it, treat yourself to some exciting new pieces of jewelry that you can incorporate into your daily looks to keep them ever changing.


7 Charming Sisters has provided me with a unique code to offer all my readers 15% off all regular priced items, excluding sale items.  Just enter code JoannaSmith15 and it will deduct 15% off your total order!!!  


Let me introduce 7 Charming Sisters to you:

ABOUT 7 CHARMING SISTERS
{Adapted from the 7 Charming Sisters Website}


7 Charming Sisters is the brainchild of seven "work sisters" who've been colleagues for 10 to 15 years. The sisters are: Paula, the elegant Executive, Kim, the vivacious Life of the Party, Jennifer, the dedicated Fashionista, Donalda, the flirtatious Social Butterfly, Jessica, the smart and Sexy Nerd, Kimberly, the cute All-American Girl and Melissa, the sporty Super Mom; 7 Charming Sisters has a deep commitment to helping those with disabilities find jobs and employs disabled people in their studio. Many of their handmade pieces are handcrafted by those with intellectual disabilities who earn commission.




7 Styles, 1 Love

We've created a series of seven different lines of jewelry, each catering to different tastes and occasions. No matter who you are or where the day takes you, 7 Charming Sisters has something perfect for your unique style.

Bonded Like Sisters



How can seven individuals with distinctly strong personalities work together? We all have different tastes and ideas, but in the end we come together and support one another. It works because even though we are different we share a common goal:  To create a collection of FABulous jewelry. What could be more fun than that? This should be hard work, but it ends up being fun. We support each other and we are stronger because of our individuality.


REVIEW


{Photo by Joanna Smith}


{Photo by Joanna Smith}


I selected two absolutely splendid necklaces to review.  I literally could not decide what items to select because  I was in total awe over the vast selection of couture jewelry 7 Charming Sisters offers.  Every single possible style, trend and look is there.  If you are having trouble deciding what pieces to purchase, have some fun and take the 7 Charming Sisters Style Quiz by CLICKING HERE to discover which of the 7 style lines best fits your tastes and personality.  Here are my results:




After much deliberation, in the end I specifically chose two pieces that I felt stood out in my mind, for their versatility, unique design, value, and the sheer fact I felt they are extraordinary!  Both of these necklaces caught my eye, and I knew they would capture your heart too.  So here they are in all their glory!!!


SUBLIME SPIRIT 2-PIECE NECKLACE SET
Price:  $37



DESCRIPTION:


Get more bang for your buck with this 2-piece silver collar and fringe necklace set! Wear them separately or together for a layered statement look. The fringed look is one that is timeless in today's fashion, and you can find it anywhere in clothing or in accessories. So, treat yourself with the Sublime Spirit 2-Piece Necklace Set and, wherever you flaunt the neckpiece, have people turning their heads to the fashionista of the event. Plus, layers are always an essential to have in your jewelry box, so deck out your collection and your outfit with the gorgeous Sublime Spirit 2-Piece Necklace Set.



Material: metal alloy, acrylic
Measurements: both necklaces 18" long, 3" extender
Closure: lobster clasp

MY THOUGHTS:



{Photo by Joanna Smith}


Who doesn't love an accessory that multi-tasks!  That is precisely what this delightful necklace set does!  The fascinating necklace duo caught my attention instantly and I envisioned the 3 different looks this enchanting necklace set would give me and there was no question I wanted to add this to my Spring and Summer outfits.

Wear each one on its own to add some spice and pizzazz to your outfits:

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OR


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Or pair them together:



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The necklaces go together in perfect harmony.  I love them both as individual pieces but together they are really dazzling!  They are made very well, nicely rendered, and in my opinion very fine quality costume jewelry.  You cannot beat the value, 2 high end glamorous necklaces that are right on target with today's current fashion trends at a price that won't break your wallet!

You can clearly see all the attention to detail that went into designing and creating these 2 dynamic necklaces.  They are ageless and timeless, mother's, grandmother's and young gals will all be drawn to the sleek designs of both necklaces.

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The necklaces are very comfortable to wear togethernas well as alone.  They may be visually substantial in size, but wearing them feels very lightweight.  There is a lot of flowing movement to the fringe style necklace, which makes wearing it fun and festive!  It adds that element of youth and carefree spirit to your outfits!  When I wear this necklace pair I feel very confident and self assured because I know the necklaces give my outfits that complete finished pulled together look!  This necklace pair is perfect for casual outfits as well as adding a finishing touch to your more dressier outfits.  You can go wrong with a necklace set that is as versatile as this one!  A real winner!




PERFECT HARMONY NECKLACE
Price:  $37



DESCRIPTION:





This white beaded 3-in-1 statement pendant is so versatile! The bottom two sections of the pendant can be removed and worn together or separately with the top portion for 3 different looks. The back of the chain is also adjustable making this necklace completely customized. Inspired by vintage resort wear, this pendant is made to work with any summer outfit.





Material: gold plated zinc metal alloy, acrylic
Measurements: 20" long; pendant 3 - 6" long
Closure: lobster clasp

MY THOUGHTS:


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From the moment I first glanced at this necklace I was enamored.  Then when I read the description about it I was even more in love with it!  Imagine a convertible necklace that can be instantly transformed into 3 different necklaces?!  How alluring is that??!!  Very VERY!!  I am so thrilled with this magnificent necklace.  When it was designed, they hit the mark right on.  Let me show you the different looks you can achieve in a moment to tailor the necklace to each outfit you pair it with:


Using all 3 Sections:


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Using 2 Sections:




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Or Just One Section:


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I initially chose this necklace because I think the design ia elegant and sophisticated and I imagined that it would add that touch of glamour to so many of my outfits this summer.  It is unusual and different from any necklaces that I have and I feel it is a breathtaking design with a lot of intricate detailing to it.  Then I learned how you can separate all the sections which made this necklace even more exciting!  To remove the sections is so easy, there is no difficult mechanism on the backside.  Each section is hanging from 2 hooks and you just flip up the section you want to remove and it unhooks with little effort.  The design is genius!

On a hot Summer day with a casual sundress I will probably wear the necklace with just one section, but if I am going somewhere special, or out for an evening of fun, I may choose to wear 2 or 3 sections.  You can decide what your mood is tailor the necklace to match accordingly!  No matter how you choose to wear the necklace, you are going to get noticed with it on!  It is a show stopping piece that you will receive a lot of compliments on.  I cannot express enough how much stunning detail went into creating this necklace and it is so gorgeous!!

This concludes my review.

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Disclosure: I received two necklaces outlined in this review from 7 Charming Sisters for the purposes of this review. This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with 7 Charming Sisters in any manner.


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