8/23/16

Product Review: Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Eye Serum



PRODUCT:
Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Eye Cream
0.5 oz/15g 










About the Product
  • A YOUNGER-LOOKING YOU: Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Eye Cream For Wrinkles contains ingredients that are backed by many scientific studies. This eye lift eye cream / serum contains the phytonutrient AC-11®, which is derived from a natural herb from the Amazon rainforest. This safe, all-natural and water-soluble ingredient has been discovered to aid the body's natural skin tissue repair and slow down the process of skin aging.
  • SAY GOODBYE TO DARK CIRCLES: Periorbital dark circles are common to people who lack sleep or are tired. Age and genetics also cause these unsightly shadows under your eyes. No matter, our uniquely formulated product is known to visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles. It brightens and targets signs of fatigue around eyes and diminishes puffiness.
  • ERASE EYE WRINKLES: Improve skin firmness and elasticity with our high performance eye cream / serum. Contains multiple active ingredients that nourish and heal discolored skin, fine lines and wrinkles. This natural skin tightener enhances your skin's biochemical properties, giving you an eye-lifting, youthful effect that makes your skin look younger and healthier.
  • SAFE TO USE: For your safety in mind, this product adheres to the strictest standards of consumer regulations. This 3D all-use eye cream for wrinkles / serum with AC-11® was delicately made with your utmost safety in mind as it is additive-free, alcohol-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. We took out the dangerous chemicals found in many other eye cream products, so you can confidently apply it to your skin.
  • INTELLIGENT PACKAGING: This product comes in an aluminum sealed package for your protection. Plastic containers are not used to ensure the quality of the product, prevent the risk of product contamination and to maintain the effectiveness of the active ingredients. The container is also tested to withstand high temperature. Easy to use. Just open the cap, squeeze a sufficient amount on your fingers and apply generously on desired areas.

IMPRESSION: 

For starters, I am used to trying varying brands and types of eye creams and anti-aging skin care products. This one was different from most because I am used to eye "gels" that come in a pump. 
This eye cream comes in a white squeezable tube. The eye cream comes out of the tube as more of a gel like serum than a cream. It's very thin but not at all watery. There is no creamy texture to it at all. It's totally gel-like.  The product comes out in a transparent golden color and has no fragrance at all.
My goal with this product was to brighten my under eyes where I am starting to see signs of aging in the outside corners of my eyes.   

I found that this Swissvita Eye Cream was really easy to use.  It was
not at all sticky, and it takes a few minutes to dry onto the skin. Does not absorb quickly at all. 

 After a week of use, I did not notice any significant change in my under eye circles. My eyes look pretty much the exact same throughout the entire time I tested this.  Perhaps with prolonged use I could see some results.  It feels good on the skin, and makes my skin shiney after each use, but that is all I can really say about the product.  I'd rate this product with a 3/5. It isn't terrible, but definitely not something I'd purchase on my own or use again in the future unless I had significant results!






As you can see, this is the actual size of the tube.  There is enough product for at least a month of daily use I would say. 





This is my bare eye area prior to testing the product out. 
(Apologies for the cell phone image whereas the rest are with my camera.)



This is what the serum looks like when apply it.  I chose to use 3 drops under each eye the first few uses, but later found that 2 was plenty.  I ended up using the excess all over my entire face. 



Hi. This is me with product in hand during one of my uses! 



This is my bare skin post 1 week of use. No significant or visible changes. 


Anyways if you're interested in trying this product out for yourself to see if you'd have amazing results, then check them out! 





*FTC Disclaimer: This product was sent to me complimentary in exchange for my review for testing purposes.* 

8/17/16

Product Review: Valentia Fresh Mist Calming Toner


PRODUCT:

Valentia Fresh Mist Calming Toner
Retails for $20.00
4.0 fl oz/ 120 ml

 Product Description:
This skin calming toner is the essential step after cleansing and before moisturizing in order to clean pores, balance facial pH, and rid skin of any remaining dirt or makeup. Nano Structured Water enriched with Magnesium, and Vitamin C in this toner dissolves away facial impurities and refreshes stressed out feeling skin. Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil keep skin clear of unsightly blemishes to minimize pores, for an all over clear complexion. This toning elixir is the perfect addition to freshen up any skin care routine.



IMPRESSION:

Who loves toners?  I love toners! I've been using a toner since I was a teenager (about 14 or 15) and discovered my mother's Sea Breeze toner and astringents in our bathroom and I'd sneak use of them. It's always helped calm my acne prone skin.  Anyways that was years ago.  Fast forward to now. I'm 28 and I still have acne, large pores and oily and hyperactive and sometimes sensitive skin! I also get embarrassed easy in social situations and the anxiety and stress cause me to have really red skin, which in turn breaks me out!  Booo! To combat this, I have to use a number of skincare products. Exfoliators, serums, toners, plumpers, moisturizers, face masks, sunscreens, and not to mention now that I'm getting older, I've been using a lot of anti-aging skin care products. It's amazing how many different types of products are out there just to better our skin!  But I like to products that are one step and easy to use.  Like this one! 

It's no secret that I've used Valentia products in the past and have sung praise to their product line, but sadly this latest product I got to test, the Fresh Mist Calming Toner honestly wasn't my favorite in their lineup.  Womp-Womp! 


I really want to give it a 5 stars, but I believe that would be disingenuous, so I'm going to be really honest here. I really liked the mist. The actual product itself really does have an actual calming effect on my often and easily irritated skin. I know that alone should mean it's the best product ever, butttttttt that's not enough for me!!  

Pros:

-Packaging was nice, and bottle came with a nice pump that doesn't clog or spray too much at once, which is really nice and much appreciated!
-It feels refreshing each time it is used on my face, and I feel like it takes the crazy shine away. 
-It makes my pores appear smaller. 
(Can I get a Hallelujah?) 
-It makes my skin feel tighter for some reason!
(Magic water in a bottle?!)
-Convenient and easy to use! 
-Can toss in your purse to use whenever!
-Mess-Free


-And the obvious pros:Vegan, Animal Cruelty Free, Made in the USA with Organic Ingredients using Sustainable Energy!  



All of those things are sure to win any consumer over however, I have to say.. I just simply cannot tolerate the fragrance. My nose isn't overly sensitive typically but this spray didn't smell very good to me. It wasn't pungent, just had a strong medicinal and alcohol fragrance that was very offensive to my nose!  A lot of Valentia's other products for some reason smelly highly of orange fragrance and I've always appreciated that quality. Perhaps I was let down by that expectation? Tea tree oil plus witch hazel definitely has to be what is responsible for the fragrance in this product though.  Blehh! 


Luckily the product absorbs into the skin fairly quick so the smell doesn't last too terribly long.  

Also, I had to use at least 2-3 sprays for my whole face/neck/decolette each time I used it, and it didn't make a dent in the amount of product in the bottle, so a little goes a long way! 

I would still recommend to others, because the fragrance was my only true dislike! And I cannot guarantee others will feel the same way. Some may love the fragrance and think I am crazy for not, but that's a matter of opinion!  Unfortunately, I refuse to rate something with 5 stars if something turns me off no matter what.  I rate this product 3/5 stars. 



Please do not let my review keep you from checking out this product and other great Valentia products!! 

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*FTC Disclaimer: This product was sent to me complimentary in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.* 

8/16/16

Book Review: Women in Science By Rachel Ignotofsky


Women in Science
50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World
Written and Illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky
ISBN: 978-1-60774-976-9
Science/Reference
Retails for US $16.99



ABOUT:
If you're looking for an infographic reference book that will engage your children while at the same time teaching them some valuable history lessons about some of the most notable women in Science then this is a book for you! 

IMPRESSION:

Umm! Hello! What a gorgeous book! 

As a mother who homeschools her daughters, this book will not only look great on my bookshelf or tabletop (makes a great coffee table book!), but this book will be used as a reference book, or when my daughters need inspiration for future career choices or opportunity. There is no limit to what they can do and how they can change the world and this book proves that! It's a wonderful book for young girls especially when teaching them that they can do anything and that the sky's the limit! For some women, like Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 who was the first woman in space... the sky was just that. 

I really want to put an emphasis on just how much I myself truly enjoyed the illustrations and infographics. They were just so winsome! I loved every single page. There were also timelines and statistics included, also a very nice and of course illustrated glossary. These made the book more enjoyable than just listing facts and timelines. The book comes to life when you see the drawings. (One of our favorites was of a dinosaur sitting on a toilet on pg. 15)  Each illustration highlighted each of the mini bios. 


Names Mentioned:
  1. Hypatia of Alexandria-Astronomer, Mathematician and Philosopher
  2. Maria Sibylla Merian-Scientific Illustrator and Entomologist
  3. Wang Zhenyi-Astronomer, Poet, and Mathematician
  4. Mary Anning-Fossil Collector and Paleontologist
  5. Ada Lovelace-Mathematician and Writer
  6. Elizabeth Blackwell-Doctor
  7. Hertha Ayrton-Engineer, Mathematician, and Inventor
  8. Karen Horney-Psycoanalyst
  9. Nettie Stevens-Geneticist
  10. Florence Bascom-Geologist and Educator
  11. Marie Curie-Physicist and Chemist
  12. Mary Agnes Chase-Botanist and Suffragist
  13. Lise Meitner-Physicist
  14. Lillian Gilbreth-Psychologist and Industrial Engineer
  15. Emmy Noether-Mathematician and Theoretical Physicist
  16. Edith Clarke-Electrical Engineer
  17. Marjory Stoneman Douglas-Writer and Conservationist
  18. Alice Ball-Chemist
  19. Gerty Cori-Biochemist
  20. Joan Beauchamp Proctor-Zoologist
  21. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin-Astronomer and Astrophysicist
  22. Barbara McClintock-Cytogeneticist
  23. Maria Goeppert-Mayer-Theoretical Physicist
  24. Grace Hopper-Navy Admiral and Computer Scientist
  25. Rachel Carson-Marine Biologist, Conservationist and Author
  26. Rita Levi-Montalcini-Neurologist and Italian Senator
  27. Dorothy Hodgkin-Biochemist and X-Ray Crystallographer
  28. Chien-Shiung Wu-Experimental Physicist
  29. Hedy Lamarr-Inventor and Film Actress
  30. Mamie Phipps Clark-Psychologist and Civil Rights Activist
  31. Gertrude Elion-Pharmacologist and Biochemist
  32. Katherine Johnson-Physicist and Mathematician
  33. Jane Cooke Wright-Oncologist
  34. Rosalind Franklin-Chemist and X-Ray Crystallographer
  35. Rosalyn Yalow-Medical Physicist
  36. Esther Lederberg-Microbiologist
  37. Vera Rubin-Astronomer
  38. Annie Easley-Computer Programmer, Mathematician, and Rocket Scientist
  39. Jane Goodall-Primatologist, Ethologist and Anthropologist
  40. Sylvia Earle-Marine Biologist, Explorer, and Aquanaut
  41. Valentina Tereshkova-Engineer and Cosmonaut
  42. Patricia Bath-Ophthalmologist and Inventor
  43. Christiane Nusslein-Volhard-Biologist
  44. Jocelyn Bell Burnell-Astrophysicist
  45. Sau Lan Wu-Particle Physicist
  46. Elizabeth Blackburn-Molecular Biologist
  47. Katia Krafft-Geologist and Volcanologist
  48. Mae Jemison-Astronaut, Educator and Doctor
  49. May-Britt Moser-Psychologist and Neuroscientist
  50. Maryam Mirzakhani-Mathematician

Plus! More Women in Science also mentioned but did not get a full bio:

  1. Irene Joliot-Curie
  2. Janaki Ammal
  3. Anna Jane Harrison
  4. Shirley Ann Jackson
  5. Linda Buck
  6. Francoise Barre-Sinnousi
  7. Maria Mitchell
  8. Emily Roebling
  9. Sofia Kovalevskaya
  10. Mary Leaky
  11. Edith Flanigen
  12. Ada Yonath
  13. Sally Ride
  14. Tessy Thomas







Above is a photo of my 6 year old daughter with her magnifying glass checking out all of the fascinating illustrations. She was also sounding out what she couldn't read. I cannot wait until this book becomes a tool for her as she learns more! 

 


Overall, I'd rate this book a 5/5. 
From cover to cover, it's just too good not to.  It's packed full of useful information and  highly educational. It's a book you'd be proud to own, that's for sure! Big hit with my family.
Highly recommend! 




*FTC Disclaimer: This book was provided to me complimentary through the Blogging For Books program in exchange for my honest review.*