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BEAUTY Bonus: Works Well on Mature Skin

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reNeu Dead Sea Minerals Shea Body Butter (good as moisturizer & for stretch marks removal)

Love this for my mature skin— leaves it soft & supple… sweet-smelling without being overpowering. Spreads evenly without feeling cakey. Easily absorbed & stays throughout the day. Works best after a steam bath.

Disclaimer:  I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareThis voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus & HEALTH Helps: Callus-free Grip

I get callus easily, specially when doing light weights and handyman projects for my home. I need to balance fitness and getting things done with having smooth and soft hands for shaking hands with clients during my day job.

Glad to have these gloves for good grip without the formation of calluses. The best feature for me is the lightness and breathability of the fabric that comes in contact with skin, so it’s comfortable to use due to less perspiration.

The stretchability provides a good fit for snugness, but still needs to be tested for performance having used it for only a month now for light use. As a rule, I get a size smaller to allow stretching if I plan to use it frequently and/or subject to several washing. For this, it doesn’t constrict blood vessels.

The grip works fine even for handling grips without ridges or grooves. Since sweat is contained in the absorbent inner lining, it is slip-free.

The stitchings have held for my light to medium use. The velcro straps makes it easy to use and take off anytime. So far, no unwanted smell as long as it is hung and air-dried after each use.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Regular DIY Facial Cleaning with this 3-Piece Kit

This kit contains 3 pieces of double-ended surgical-grade stainless steel comedone removers and extractors in a fabric holder case. Because there are 6 tips to choose from, there would be something that is right to use that is effective for extraction while at the same time causing minimal pain and damage to the dermis.

It’s unfortunate that I got this kit only now. I am part of the percentage of acne-prone women who had suffered grades 3 and 4 acne with comedones from puberty to menopause. I have been going to my dermatologist for the severe inflammations to have it I&D’d for the past 20 years because I refused to take isotretinoin as a last resort medication. It had somehow been controlled as I aged, but the pores had developed internal scars that continue to generate white and black heads. The procedures I undergo lately are more for aesthetic than medical reasons, since it is now limited to white and black heads with the acne finally controlled. I would not like to subject myself again to the same financial drain I had experienced with my former treatments when I was younger, so having this kit helped a lot on saving trips to the dermatologist or aesthetician.

The tools can be sanitized through boiling and I am guaranteed that it will remain rust-free. It comes in a dainty organizer pouch.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Universal Vitamin C Skin Healer in an Instantly Uplifting Facial Toner

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Vitamin C Toner by Joyal Beauty

This is a refreshing and skin-healing and uplifting solution that must be a part of every woman’s beauty regimen. As a facial toner it acts as an astringent to take away dirt and excess oil. I use it prior to applying make-up immediately after washing my face by moistening a cotton ball and applying in broad outward circular sweeps across my cheek and forehead areas with concentration on the T-zone. I extend the application to my neck area for evenness. This allows me to have a more confident clean base that does not cause dryness while taking out the flakiness of my skin for a smoother starting point for the succeeding application of moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation base. Similarly, at night, this toner is used as the final touch for cleaning the face and before putting my other beauty and youth longevity potions.

Because this bottle contains only pure and natural vitamin C, the universal skin healer, plus natural products like organic witch hazel, MSM, aloe vera, neroli hydrosol, glycolic acid from sugar cane, yucca, spirulina, sage, pomegranate, kelp, gotu kola and cranberry, I feel assured of its gentle and healing actions without fear of harsh side-effects such as dryness, itchiness, or allergy, while enjoying the subtle uplifting scent that invigorate the senses. The bottle comes with a convenient pump that promotes less wastage.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Double-Ended Cuticle Pusher & Scooper

This double-ended mani-pedi beauty tool is very useful specially when doing my toes. I don’t normally cut my cuticles but rather push and cut the excess after a 30-minute home foot spa. Instead of having 2 tools cluttering my nail beauty box, I have one with dual functions. While one pushes back the cuticle with a flat edge, the other scoops dead skin cells in between the nail and beds. Neither are sharp to make me flinch but thin enough to do its job.

The roughened grip keeps it from slipping and the stainless steel material is built to last. It is about 8 inches long so the length gives good leverage when I use it.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus: 3 Pro-Tweezers + Scissor for Painless Eyebrow Grooming

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Tweezers + Scissors Set by Majestic Bombay

I always don’t have the luxury of having my eyebrow threaded in a salon. For these more common instances, I will have to do it myself with tweezers.

I have thick bushy eyebrows and it’s a pain to clean it up manually on my own. I use my usual slanted type for the thicker hairs but for baby fine hairs, I have difficulty using it. That was until I found this set of flat-tipped, fine-tipped and pointed tweezers. The flat are for the thicker strands and the thin ones are for the finer hairs. The pointed tweezers can even be used in first-aid for wood splinters. No need to buy any more to complete my eyebrow grooming arsenal because this comes with fine scissors.

The matching tips must be the trick of avoiding pinching the skin and grasping hair firmly with every pull, even if uber-fine. All I do is angle the tip at 45 degrees or more.

The contoured handle gives me a firm grip with my forefingers and thumb as the base sits firmly on the palm of my tweezing hand. The tension also does not make me tire easily. The material seems to be rust-proof, so the ends continue to meet perfectly. The tools are in a monochromatic powder-painted blue hue which seem to be rust-protected, and comes in its own black organizer packet.

Eyebrow touch-ups are easy and my salon visits for threading had been less frequent… big savings for me.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

#TheaMcRaeg, #thea, #productreview, #TweezerSet

BEAUTY Bonus: Universal Skin Healing & Detoxifying Organic Vitamin C Serum

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Vitamin C Serum by MaxiZest

THE ADVANTAGES OF VITAMIN C: Vitamin C is the universal healer. It not only comes in oral supplements, but now comes in topical products as well as provides the benefit of direct contact to the affected area.

WHY A SERUM VEHICLE: Easy and even application is what serums provide. Being heavier than clear solutions, it stays longer on the skin. I use daytime vitamin C solution for day and under make-up use while vitamin C serum is for bedtime use.

MY FACIAL SKIN CHARACTERISTICS: My skin is dry on the outside yet oily on the inside, so it has an outward appearance of scaly flaky skin yet suffers regular acne outbreak. Finding the right beauty regimen had been pretty challenging relying on trial-and-error method based on what I read, until I started including topical vitamin C regularly.

WHY VITAMIN C FOR THE SKIN?: Having known the age-old and time-tested healing properties of this anti-oxidant/micronutrient when ingested orally, little did I know that it has benefits when applied to the skin. The direct contact works synergistically with my oral vitamin C. Skin is healthy, repairs easily and is more protected from bacterial infections.

HOW I USED IT: I started to experiment with this natural anti-oxidant skin healing ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C. I apply a lighter solution/lotion at daytime, and this serum at night for more intense skin healing activity.

RESULTS: The 30-day skin cell turnover seems to have hastened bringing out new skin faster, my friends say that my skin now appears to be less flaky and more supple! The cells seem to have plumped up, too, eliminating the little lines and wrinkles that, I should admit, are starting to show. My sagging jowl lines are less obvious, too. Overall, I know that this facial serum, with its other time-tested natural beauty ingredients of hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, jojoba oil, aloe and vitamin E, is helping my skin recuperate from the harsh effects of the environment through healthy cell regeneration and growth, I can actually feel my old skin being sloughed off gently to uncover fresher skin. The result is a more even and rosier skin tone, diminished age spots with less visible sagging skin.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Simplified Potion to Plump Up Cells of Sagging Aging Skin

Hyaluronic acid takes the place of lost skin quality by plumping up skin cells. Experts say that the cause of premature sagging skin is that skin cells lack the fat cells that used to stretch the skin. This can be compensated with enriched moisture trapped within the dermis cells, one of them is hyaluronic acid. This is the irony of face lifts that stretch out the skin in shrinking dried-out cells, making the result unnatural.

This plant-derived proprietary formula combines the natural & organic sources of botanical hyaluronic acid, MSM plus vitamins C and E. This would be a good introduction or continuation to your hyaluronic serum beauty regimen due to it gentle effectiveness with no preservatives & fillers, thus it does not subject your sensitive skin to irritation or inflammation. My sagging jowl lines are starting to make me look less young, and it’s about time I fight back!

This high-viscosity (thickness characteristic) hyaluronic acid (HA) adds fullness and volume to cells by plumping it with hydration. It is commonly used in joint injections to replace lost joint fluids among arthritis sufferers, and acts in the same way as fluid replacement when it is in the form of a topical facial agent. It attracts moisture to improve the skin’s volumizing properties, and because the cells are plumped up and less shriveled, wrinkles become less visible. HA also hastens collagen synthesis, and the more collagen one has, the less wrinkles there are. It is also known to have anti-oxidant properties that combat free radicals to take out the waste materials from our skin, making it look more fresh, new, and less aged and haggard.

It’s not an easy situation to combat both grades 3 and 4 acne and deter wrinkles. I feel that my anti-acne medication controls the problem but worsens the moisture quality of the skin, making it look dry, parched and wrinkled. Finding the right wrinkle-deterrent solution to act in combination should not aggravate the acne situation, but rather answer its primary purpose of rehabilitating the skin, and possibly add more benefits with its other ingredients.

What’s important for me is that I get the anti-aging effect without triggering my blemishes. The anti-wrinkle action cannot really be attested to (I can’t compare it to how fast my wrinkles will show without any topical intervention), but after having used it for only 2 weeks at bedtime, I feel my skin more supple, less stretched and dry, and my jowl line less prominent… without triggering the acne. Helps hide the scars, too. Only time will tell if this product will make me look less my age, but I believe it’s working in fighting the years off gracefully! 😉

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus: No More Painful Tweezing Because This Pair Grips Baby Fine Eyebrow Hair & Not Skin

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Tweezers by Majestic Bombay

I always don’t have the luxury of having my eyebrow threaded in a salon. For these more common instances, I will have to do it myself with tweezers.

I have thick bushy eyebrows and it’s a pain to clean it up manually on my own. I use my usual slanted type for the thicker hairs but for baby fine hairs, I have difficulty using it. That was until I found these fine-tipped tweezers. The pointy tip must do the trick of avoiding pinching the skin and grasping the hair firmly with every pull, even if they are uber-fine. All I do is angle the tip at 45 degrees or more.

The contoured handle gives me a firm grip with my forefingers and thumb as the base sits firmly on my palm. The tension also does not make me tire easily. The material seems to be rust-proof, so the ends continue to meet perfectly, this pair will last me a lifetime.

Since I find it easy to use it for newly-grown hair, touch-ups are easy and my salon visits for threading had been less frequent… big savings for me.

Finishing the brows had never been such a jiffy, and painless, too.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

#TheaMcRaeg, #thea, #productreview, #MBSplintertweeze

BEAUTY Bonus: Less Dark & Puffy Eyebags

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Vitamin C Eye Cream (with Hyaluronic Acid ++) by Joyal Beauty

My eyes had always had dark eyebags, now it’s starting to get puffy with experience (ehem, age I mean). That’s because I work in front of a computer almost 12 hours a day, 24/7. Concealers under make-up help hide the flaws temporarily, but they only aggravate in the long-run with constant tugging of the skin around the eye area. Unnecessary handling of the skin tissues in this sensitive area can definitely progress wrinkle formation.

I resort to homey stuff like cold eye packs, cucumber rounds, and the like. Too tedious and messy though. I’m glad I found this proprietary formulation that blends in the benefits of vitamins & natural compounds to perform its actions of beautifying the skin (with focus on the eye area to reduce dark circles & puffiness) and maintaining a radiant glowing pair of windows to my soul. The cream contains bioactive vitamin C, vitamin E, silk amino acid, hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract, licorice, MSM, aloe vera and jojoba oil. The cream vehicle assures a water-based topical solution that quickly absorbs so it does not sting the eyes.

I apply it gently around the eye area with minimum upward outward strokes before a cucumber soak, and at bedtime before putting on my iced eye mask. Since I have done this regularly for 3 weeks now, I noticed that the darkness had diminished, and the puffiness reduced. Though it did not completely take these out, it had faded substantially to warrant less use of concealers, and therefore distress to my eye area when applying make-up. I even feel a slight lift on my lids that open up my aura further.

I’ll fight age gracefully in whatever way I can. I don’t expect reverting back the years, but I appreciate the delay of onset of looking older than I really am.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer:  I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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