Sunday, May 24, 2015

{Review} Vita Sciences Maxasorb Melatonin Cream


An empty house which was once filled and being in medical school is quite the formula for restless less and periods of insomnia. I was recently accepted to review content for Vita Science sponsored by Brandbacker on one of there sleep aids. Maxasorb Melatonin cream has been formulated to topically delivery Melatonin.

Its very easy to use and less of a hassle than using oral melatonin which you have to measure. The dispenser delivers 3 milligrams of melatonin with a full press of the pump, the correct dose, which can be rubbed into the skin of your arms or legs just before bedtime. It is easily absorbed and is an odorless lotion.

Not only can this be used as a sleeping aid, it can also be used to help combat  the effects of jet lag. The manufacture recommends applying the lotion the day of travel close to the target bedtime at your destination. This will aid in falling asleep faster, improves alertness during the day, and reduces daytime fatigue. Use the product throughout the trip and for a week after return to help your body readjust its natural sleep cycle.

I still have severe trouble sleeping, so I might have not been the best test subject to review content for this cream. Though, I have notice a significant improvement in becoming tired and staying asleep while using this melatonin cream. I think this is an easy product to use and I would love to see it in stores closer by so I can continue to use it.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

{Review} OZ Natural's Hyaluronic Acid Serum

I recently had the opportunity to sample a full size product of OZ Natural's hyaluronic acid serum sponsored by BrandBacker.


I was so happy to be selected to review this product. I remember a time when I searched high and low for a good hyaluronic acid serum to find "0" on the market, now there are many to choose from.

The product has clinical strength anti aging, anti wrinkle serum (no cream) which is proven to plump skin and fill in those fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, it is cruelty free, vegan and does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates and is safe for all skin type.

This serum has a faint citrus fragrance and applies smoothly. I have enjoyed using this product for the past month and will definitely be repurchasing this item

If you are interested, you can purchase this item here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

{Home Decor}: Dresser Update

For as long as I can remember, this dresser has always been in my room. Even when I moved out of my parents house and in with my husband this dresser came with me! Obviously a little bit of work was needed to update the look.

Before
After

DIY: INTO THE PROCESS

Materials:
  • Bullseye 1, 2, 3 Primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint 
  • Microfiber roller
  • Polyurethane sealer
  • Spray paint
  • drawer pulls
This was my first major DIY furniture project so I was so apprehensive about everything! I first had the task of figuring out how to "resurface" the dresser. I wasn't comfortable sanding the outer surface so I invested in a primer that would create a desirable painting surface. This was applied with a brush as opposed to using a roller to give the illusion of a wood grain on the dresser, which I absolutely love how it turned out.

I found one of the hardest task amongst everything was to figure out a paint color! A soft white was chosen matching the white furniture of my bedroom. The hardware update was an absolute must. I choose to keep and update the original metal pulls with spray paint and replace the wooden ones with new metal pulls.

Completing this dresser makeover significantly improved the visual appeal of the space it occupies by opening the space and making the area brighter and cleaner looking.

What do you think of the makeover. Do you have any project recommendations?


Friday, February 6, 2015

BioKleen Review

I've learned many life lessons while in medical schools. One of those is if you were a clean person before entering school and are slightly obsessive about organization, this desire/fixation will be heightened (by times a million) during testing weeks or stressful test blocks. Having products in a home with a small animal (or child for that matter) which you know won't cause severe harm to said organism really puts you at an ease of mind.

Recently, I received a kit of BioKleen products in a giveaway hosted by Carmen. I was oddly overjoyed to find out I was being sent cleaning products! I love have a clean and fresh smelling place to call home, it keeps the stress levels low.

The products from BioKleen were exceptionally packed for liquid products, each product was individually bagged and bubble wrapped. I have been testing each since the shipment and I am looking forward to trying more products from the company.The four products I received are:

Natural dish liquid
Liquid laundry
All purpose cleaner
Bac-out fresh lemon-thyme natural fabric refresher

I really have enjoyed using all of these product and I have even spotted them at my local grocery store so I will definitely be repurchasing them now! Thank you BioKleen and Carmen!

XOXO,
Carolyn

Sunday, January 25, 2015

{Best of Beauty 2014} Makeup Favorites


I cannot believe we are almost a month in to the new year! This month has gone by so fast. Staying up late and studying into early morning will certainty warp your sense of time. I had a family dinner this evening and I couldn't even recall what day of the  week it was... oh whats that? It's Sunday - you mean the start of a new week - i.e. being thrown into another hell week!?


Makeup wise, 2014 was a great year I became reacquainted with a few beloved products and discovered some new favorites as well. Brow routine is pretty good unless I try Anastasia. Foundation and concealer is on point, no changing for me and I don't know why it took me so long to try them.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish I've used this in the past and I have no idea why I discontinued using it. Its a great finishing powder and helps to extend the life of my makeup. Next up, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua this requires the tiniest amount and I only need my fingers to apply and achieve a flawless base. This creates a fresh and natural complexion. Its light weight and dries to smooth finish. It last all day - which for the price it better. Why I didn't try this sooner ITS AMAZING. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer again, why I didn't try this sooner is beyond me. This is a great concealer. I love my MAC studio finish and my Bobbie Brown, but this takes it all for me. Long lasting, great coverage and good application.   

As opposed to my light weight option, I use Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation on days when I'm not feeling my skin is looking its best I switch to this as a base for a flawless long lasting foundation. I have normal to dry skin and this doesn't exacerbate the dryness which is something to be concerned with a clay or mineral type of foundation. This offered great coverage and only a small amount it needed. I have purchased this at Sephora as well as on QVC to get the bundle offer with the Tarte buffing brush. However, I find myself using the real techniques expert face brush more often. 

Milani makes some outstanding drugstore options using their Easy Brow Mechanical Pencil is a quick and easy way to fix my brows in the morning. I never leave the house without at least doing my brows. It always makes me feel more put together. A quick twist and a little blending has me finished in about a minute with this pencil! Continuing with Milani, their Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liquid Eye Liner is my go-to eyeliner. Its easy to apply and smudge proof. Lastly, Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Shadow Palette has been such a great palette. I've been using this throughout the year since I got it last Christmas. I'm a fan of the original naked palette and of the basics, but I constantly find myself reaching for this in the morning while preparing for the day!

Whew. That was quite a bit longer than I had expected it to be.

How has 2015 been treating you so far? What were you makeup favorites of 2014 and what have you been using this year?

XOXO,
Carolyn