November Get it or Forget it

Is 2015 ALMOST DONE?! Wow how time flies when you’re having fun!

Chris

The Herbalist’s Apothecary Walnut Body scrub

It’s that time of year when we really have to up the ante on our skincare game. No matter what you do, your skin feels like Sahara desert like all-de-time, right?! Exfoliating your skin to get rid of that annoying dead, dry unwanted skin is always a great option. I LOVE to use a body scrub; it leaves you feeling so soft! When I found this walnut body scrub, I liked the idea of an alternative to using a sugar or salt scrub. Those do amazing things to leave you feeling soft and moisturized after a shower, so why not walnut? Let’s also point out that it has one of my favourite ingredients – sandalwood (along with cedar and provins rose). For $5.99 – you’re coming home with me!

When I opened it, I immediately noticed how fine the grains of walnut were but moreso it smells like vanilla…. And I do not ever indulge in anything with a vanilla fragrance (it’s just not my thing). Not even a hint of sandalwood – womp. But, it is my blogger duty to try the product and let you know my thoughts.

The really fine grains remind me of sand, but you could still get a good scrub when you go to the beach and rub sand all over your body (isn’t that the greatest feeling?!). However it seemed like not only were the grains tiny, there just wasn’t enough to give me the scrub/exfoliate results I desire. On top of that, it left no fragrance behind, which I didn’t mind because I don’t want to smell like vanilla! However, some may look forward to that. I also didn’t get the slippery I-just-scrubbed-my-body feeling that follows using a body scrub. In other words, I didn’t get any added moisture after rinsing off the scrub. It just felt like I’d taken a regular shower.

This product get a FORGET IT from me. Maybe I should stick to the sugar and salt scrubs after all.

Lierac Paris Morpho-Slim

I don’t know why I bought this. It seemed cool until I got home and opened it. First off – there is waaaaaaayyy too much fragrance happening here and I was not expecting that. (If you haven’t caught on, I’m very particular with fragrances). I opened it and was like “woah”. If you are geared towards skincare I like fragrance-free or a light natural scent; I’ll spray my own perfume. It has a light creamy texture (like body lotion) and can be tacky as you use it. It is supposed to help with contouring your skin, but I tried it on my face as well to see what it would be like as a serum. Bad idea. All I could smell was this fragrance ON MY FACE. Plus it didn’t feel like it was really doing anything. I don’t even think/know if I’d actually finish the product and it’s HUGE (200 ml).

Listen, let’s just get to the point – FORGET IT.

Two strikes for Chris this time!

Ash

J.R. Watkins Anti-Aging Body Serum

Is it just me, or does anyone else experience total loss of moisture in their skin, just as soon as the weather gets colder? Oddly, it happens to my body but not my face. I had a massage and facial recently while on vacation and the esthetician told me it was bizarre that my face is oily but my body is super dry. She told me that I used up all her massage oil. Hmph.

I guess the main issue is that in the winter months, I find it hard for the skin on my body to retain moisture. I apply lotions and potions and my skin just slurps it up greedily and it disappears. I never really find myself in a code red ashy situation but I just don’t feel hydrated.

I picked up the J.R. Watkins Anti-Aging Body Serum after receiving a recommendation for dry skin.

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I have seen the J.R. Watkins line of products in store but have never picked them up. The old school style of labels and packaging is really cute. They look like products that you may find in an old apothecary and after doing some research I see why…they are products that you would have found in an old apothecary. JR Watkins has been around since 1868 and has been making their products in the same factory for over one hundred years!

J.R. Watkins formulates their products with care, avoiding use of chemical sunscreen, dyes, ethanolamines, formaldehyde, glycols, mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, silicones, synthetic polymers or talc. All products come with a money back guarantee where you can request a return or a refund for any product if you are not pleased with your purchase. I am happy to support a company that has developed their product line so consciously and stands behind their quality and efficacy.

The Anti-Aging Body Serum is an oil based serum that is formulated to provide concentrated skin nourishment to naturally improve the look and feel of skin. The recommended application of the product is on damp skin immediately after cleansing.

I think the name of this product is a bit misleading. I don’t think I would have picked it up for my needs if it weren’t recommended to me, just based on the fact that it is labeled as a serum. A body serum sounds strange, but this is just a straight up oil as far as I’m concerned.

The product is a light oil that leaves skin soft and nourished. What I love about it is the fact that it doesn’t make my skin feel sticky or greasy, but the moisture remains on its surface. When I apply this oil at night, I still feel hydrated and moisturizer in the morning. But, it isn’t messy on my clothes or sheets. This stuff stays put and gets the job done.

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When I first picked up the bottle, I thought that at 4 oz., I would just fly through it. I mean, I did go through all of my masseuse’s oil, after all. However, a little of the Anti-Aging Serum goes a long way and at about ten dollars, this bottle has given me at least a month of daily use.

The serum contains all natural ingredients, including grape seed oil and blackberry oil, so it contains both vitamin C and E. It has a light warm scent that reminds me of berries that is clean and lingering. The jury is out on whether or not this “serum” actually has any anti-aging properties but, I imagine slathering yourself with any vitamin rich oil should help to battle the signs of time.

I am very happy I tried the J.R. Watkins Anti-Aging Serum and will certainly repurchase it. It is a welcome addition to my product arsenal for the dry winter months and if you want to experience silky skin, I definitely recommend it. I look forward to trying more J.R. Watkins products in the near future. GET IT!

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle

I failed to mention that my sandpaper status also applied to my hair. Again, something about the Fall and Winter months where my body’s oil production ( everywhere except my face) says peace out and goes on Christmas holidays. My hair was looking dull and brittle.

I am always trying new products on my hair, so I started reading up on deep conditioners looking for one to test drive next. I began to notice that Aussie Moist is mentioned often online, with excellent reviews. I noticed that many people compare it to pricey salon brand and said that it is just as good, or better.

I picked up a bottle for …are you ready …TWO DOLLARS. Crazy, right? Too be honest, at that price point, I didn’t have high hopes for this stuff in my hair. But it was worth a try.

The first thing I noticed about the product was the innovative and easy bottle design. There is no cap to open or close. Instead, you just squeeze the bottle and the product squirts out of the bottom. Super shower friendly and easy.

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Here is what Aussie has to say about this product:
“Here’s a deep conditioner with 3x the moisturizing power. Transform dry hair into silky, shiny waves in 3 short minutes with a nourishing and intensely hydrating formula of Australian aloe, jojoba and sea kelp.  This deep conditioner is a consistent winner of top beauty product awards including the 2011 and 2012 Allure Best of Beauty award and the 2013 Glamour Glammy Award for Best Conditioner.”

Sounds like I’m tardy to the party yet again.

To use the Aussie Moist, I just apply to my hair after shampooing and leave it on the suggested three minutes before rinsing. The product feels like a pretty standard light weight conditioner, with a heavenly fresh smell.

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It rinses easily and doesn’t leave any buildup or weigh my hair down. After using this product, my hair was noticeable softer and shinier. With continued use, I find my hair is significantly less dry. I don’t know if it is my imagination, or not but I also think the use of this product cuts down my blow dry time by a few minutes. Am I crazy, or is this a thing?

I love that this deep conditioner is light enough to use every time I was my hair, and at the low price point I don’t mind frequent use. I am super happy with the Aussie Moist deep conditioner and will definitely be continuing to use it regularly. I recently picked up the version for colour treated hair and I find it to be just as effective.

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Get it!

 

 

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One thought on “November Get it or Forget it

  1. Thanks for your honesty as always – I will definitely avoid that walnut scrub if I see it. I use a lime-coconut one from Lovefresh – natural and organic and smells delicious. I do want to try that shampoo – anything that will add moisture in this dry weather!

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