Friday, November 21, 2014

InstaNatural's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream Review

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This last month I have had the opportunity to review even more products from the wonderful company, InstaNatural. For this post, I will be reviewing the Stretch Mark and Scar Cream.
Read ahead to learn more about this product, and see how it worked for me!



About InstaNatural's Stretch Mark and Scar Cream:
Stretch marks and scars are created when collagen is weakened and skin is stretched or torn beyond its limit. Our cream heavily moisturizes affected areas – such as hips, stomach and arms - delivering nourishment and hydration to enhance elasticity of your skin and help restore a youthful look and even appearance.

DIMINISHES APPEARANCE OF EXISTING STRETCH MARKS & SCARS - 
Reduce current "tiger strips" and scars with our powerful cream that will heal the skin to fade away those reddish-blue stripes on the body. Helps restore skin tone and texture for a more even appearance.
PREVENT NEW ONES FROM FORMING - 
Not only can you fade away current blemishes with this powerful cream, but also you can prevent new ones from forming. This prevention cream strengthens and protects against future marks, and makes it harder for the skin to stretch beyond its limit.
POWERFUL & NOURISHING HYDRATION - 
Our body cream moisturizer is full of natural and organic ingredients - such as Vitamin C, Cocoa Butter, Rosehip Oil, & Mango Butter - that provide unsurpassed hydration and moisture to nourish your skin. Use all over the body, even hands and feet, to get softer, suppler skin.
FOR MEN & WOMEN - 
Stretch marks are a common occurrence on both men and women. For women, more than half will accumulate them during pregnancy, most likely on their tummies and stomachs. Our topical cream is perfect to use whether it is during pregnancy or after birth. For men, apply it on common trouble spots, such as the abdomen, chest, arms and shoulders.
MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE - 
InstaNatural backs their products with a Lifetime Money Back Guarantee, no matter where you buy our product. If you're not satisfied, simply contact us and get a full refund.

Key Ingredients:
+ Vitamin C (15%)
+ Cocoa Butter
+ Rosehip Oil
+ Mango Butter
+ Grapeseed Oil
+ Evening Primrose Oil





My Review:

Before using this product, I already had a positive opinion about the InstaNatural brand. I love how all their items are made with natural ingredients and are cruelty free. Any time I have written the company, I have always had warm, helpful and friendly replies. They are quick to ship their products after ordering, and package them well to prevent damage and/or leakage.
I wanted to give their Stretch Mark and Scar Cream a try for two areas. The first was to see how it would help the stretch marks I have from my pregnancies. My stomach really isn't all that bad, but my butt is. (Apparently my stomach was more forgiving when it came to the weight gaining and growing baby pulling at my skin. My butt looks like a cat attacked and clawed it!) These marks left from pregnancy have faded completely, though can be faintly visible. I wanted to see if they could be improved by using this product.
The next area I wanted to test this product is my right leg. Earlier in the year my leg was operated on, and I have probably around a dozen little scars from different incision areas. Some of these have faded to a pink color, others still look new and purple.
For best results, InstaNatural recommends using the cream twice a day, morning and night. I have used it for a couple of weeks now, and have seen improvement. First, I will say I really like the pump feature on the bottle. This makes it easier and more convenient to get the desired amount of cream quickly. The product itself is very thick and creamy and has a clean and mild pleasant scent. With just a single pump I was able to cover a large area of my leg. To get great results, it is important to keep rubbing in the product over the affected areas until it is absorbed. Because this cream is so thick and moisturizing, it will still have a "wet" feeling even after the skin has absorbed it. I have used lotions in the past where I ended up applying a second layer because my skin still felt a little dry. You won't experience that with the Stetch Mark and Scar Cream. After applying and rubbing into your skin, it will take a few moments for your skin to dry. I say 'dry' meaning not a wet surface feeling to the touch, because it will still feel very smooth and moisturized. The cream gave me moisturizing results compared to some of the lotions and body creams I have for dry skin. (Being in the sun all day here in Hawaii, I can get dry and itchy skin easily.) On top of the moisturizing benefits, I also saw a change in the scars/marks.
I saw the greatest change on my scars on my leg. The purple scars faded to a light pink, and the faded pink marks faded to almost skin tone- slightly darker. This made me happy and feel not so self conscious with wearing shorts. Previously I felt uneasy when I had pink and purple marks on one leg that were easy to spot. It feels wonderful watching them fade quickly.
For my stretch marks, I didn't have the same results. I can only assume because they are older, and from multiple pregnancies. They were already faded pretty well, so I didn't notice a change in color appearance. However, they do look and feel much smoother, which does help them blend in better with the skin. 


Conclusion:

On both of my areas I tested this product, I saw improvements. I did see a greater improvement with my scars versus my stretch marks. I do think this is because the scars were new and recent from surgery, rather than old stretch marks from combined pregnancies. I think this would be a great product for prevention during pregnancy, and also something to apply while they are still fresh and new. I am less aware of my scars on my leg now that they have faded so much, less of an eye sore.
I would use this for the moisturizing benefits alone! Hours after applying the product, my skin still feels very soft and smooth, one of the best moisturizers I have used to be perfectly honest. And once again, with InstaNatural you don't have to worry about the ingredients and what you are applying to your skin. With InstaNatural you know you are using natural and organic ingredients. I love that they also offer a lifetime manufacture guarantee, so what have you got to lose?





I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.





Thursday, November 20, 2014

Would You, Could You on a Boat?

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Bobee Whale Decals Giveaway Winner

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Thank you to everyone who entered 
Bobee's Whale Decals Giveaway!

The winner for the game is Lisa W.
(Entry option: Follow Bobee on Instagram.)

Congrats! Remember to check back 
for new giveaways!!!





Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Glue by Rusk Review + Giveaway

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I recently had the chance to review another product from Beauty Care Choices. This time it was a 4oz tube of Glue by Rusk. Read ahead to learn more about Beauty Care Choices, and see how this product worked for my family.
Beauty Care Choices is also being generous and giving away a 4 oz retail size of Glue to one lucky reader!
This Giveaway is open to the USA.



About Beauty Care Choices:
Since 2004 Beauty Care Choices (formerly Hair Care Choices ) has been the online resource for shoppers looking for their favorite salon products and having them conveniently shipped to their home or business. Beauty Care Choices expanded their selection from professional hair care items to now carrying skincare, cosmetics, nail care, and many other specialty items for all your beauty needs. Yet, nothing else changed in our company. Beauty Care Choices is the same great team, management, and owners providing award winning customer service and licensed cosmetologist shopping assistance.

About Glue by Rusk:
If you want extra strong, don't move, style to your hair, then this product is perfect.  Create your own "stand out in the crowd" style.  This is a non-sticky hair glue that adds a flake-free shine.  Glue will easily wash off when you shampoo.








My Review:

I have previously reviewed hairspray from Beauty Care Choices, which I really enjoyed. They offer great salon quality products. When I had the chance to review Glue by Rusk, I was happy to participate. For this product I wanted to try it out on my son's hair. Both of my boys have a cute little cowlick right in front and center of there forehead. I like to call it a 'birds nest' because it grows in a circle. My hubby has the same kind, and likes to keep his hair short so it is easier to style. As with the boys, it seems most products help keep the rest of the hair in the desired style, with the exception of the front. Slowly but surely, the hair starts to curl back in it's cowlick shape.
My boys get bathed at night, as part of their bedtime routine. In the morning before school, I dampen my little man's hair before applying styling product- not too much, just a little water on the hands that I rub through. The first thing I noticed when squeezing out the Glue product is how very thick it is, it's thicker than Elmer's Glue. After dampening Little Steven's hair, I put about a quarter size amount of product on my finger tips, and rubbed them together spreading the product on both hands. When rubbing the fingertips together you can feel just how thick this product is, and feels as though it is thickening even more. To style, I lightly ran my fingers through his hair to evenly spread the product over his hair over all, and then came back to the front to add a little extra around the cowlick. To give a raised textured look, I first run a comb from forehead to back of the head, then lightly comb the hair forward to lower it a little and point it forward. I finish up by using my finger tips to style the rest. His hair is about 1.5" in length on top, and shorter on the sides.
The residue of the product felt tacky on my skin after drying, but gave Little Stevens hair amazing hold, with a thicker look and feel. No sticky feeling, no white residue or flakes. It had a nice clean mild smell and best of all- held his cowlick up in place with the desired style. Sometimes I find myself needing to finish off with a little spray of hair spray in front to keep it from curling under, it wasn't needed with Glue by Rusk.

Conclusion:
I love this product. It shipped promptly, held up to it's promises, and smells great. The style held all through out the school day, and playing at home until it was bath time again. With just a single shampoo, it washed out with no left residue. I think this would be great product for anyone with shorter hair styles, especially those who have stubborn cowlicks like the men in my home.  :)

Interested in finding out more information about Glue by Rusk? 



Beauty Care Choices is offering Glue by Rusk to one lucky reader!
You can enter to win by using the rafflecopter form below.
This giveaway is open to the USA.


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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.





Monday, November 17, 2014

Welcome Home Daddy!

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I have fallen behind on my posts, but am happy to say it's because my Hubby is finally home after his deployment. This was his second deployment in the two years we have been here in Hawaii, luckily he won't be deploying again anytime soon. We are all so happy to have him back. Our little Devin who is 18 months old has become his shadow and gives him hugs all throughout the day. Devin also cries when he can't see his Daddy, such as if he goes upstairs or has to use the restroom. It's heart warming to watch them together. My Husband is wonderful and would set aside time to Skype with us, so our boys would never forgot about their Dad even at a young age. They both looked forward to see him and knew that their Daddy was working "far away". I of course am happy to have him home too. :)





Saturday, November 15, 2014

Raptor Universal Dashboard Windshield Car Mount Review

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I recently had the opportunity to review the Raptor Universal Dashboard Windshield Car Mount.
I had been wanting to get a car mount to use, especially for the benefits of using the GPS on my phone.
Read ahead to learn more about the Raptor Universal Car Mount, and see how it worked for me.




About the Raptor Universal Dashboard
Windshield Car Mount:

QUICK THUMB CLAMP RELEASE - Mount your device in seconds
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT - The tough spring clamp grip takes a stingy grip :). It firmly holds your device in place.
FULL 360 DEGREE VIEWS - Supports full side to side, pan to vertical or horizontal placement
COMPATIBILITY - Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C/4/4S/3GS Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3/S2/Note/Note 3 HTC One/8X/8S Nokia Lumia 925/928/920 Blackberry Q10 & Z10 LG Optimus G/Nexus 4/Nexus 5 Motorola Droid RAZR/MAXX/HD/MOTO X and many more
VALUE - Compare for yourselves - this is a great value for the price!

i2 Gear® Raptor Universal Dashboard Windshield Car Mount for Smartphones, GPS units and Cameras

Compatibility:
The mount supports Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C/4/4S/3GS Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3/S2/Note/Note 3 HTC One/8X/8S Nokia Lumia 925/928/920 Blackberry Q10 & Z10 LG Optimus G/Nexus 4/Nexus 5 Motorola Droid RAZR/MAXX/HD/MOTO X and many more. This mount will also support tablet hybrids up to 4.8 inches wide.

Features:
This mount has a full 360 swivel to support vertical and horizontal positioning. The positions are locked into place with the twist of the knob.The inside clamps have a red plastic grids which cushion your device while helping to lock it into place. These two clamps are held together with a strong pressure clip that stubbornly holds your device in position. Release the clip to easily remove or remount your device.

Use: 
You'll be surprised as to how well this handy mount prevents side to side as well as up and down movement. The mount itself can be mounted on the windshield or the dash in an easy two step process. The suction is unlike most on the market which tend to release at the slightest of bumps. This suction has a maleable plastic sheath which suctions pressure into the mount through the use of a one inch lever that when fastened firmly locks the attachment shut. When attaching you must apply extreme pressure until you here the loud click. This lever is concealed once fastened and does not take away from the overall appearance of your mount.




My Review:

I have been meaning to get a car mount for my phone, mainly to use as GPS in the car. Here in Hawaii some areas are hard to travel and I find myself lost at times. I'm a visual person and like to look at the map as I listen to the GPS telling me the directions. As you can assume, this is dangerous if the phone isn't close to eye level. I try and hold the phone in my hand as I steer- but this isn't the safest way to drive either.
I found the solution with the Raptor Universal Dashboard Windshield Car Mount. My package arrived promptly and packaged well. The side of the box explains assembly- though it arrived in one piece which was great. This device has an extremely powerful suction base that you can use on any flat surface whether it be your dashboard or windshield. You can even use it on plastics, metal, and even drywall! I chose to place mine on the windshield so it would be at a higher level to look at when driving.
Installing it is so simple. Just push down in the desired position. Once the car mount is in place, push the locking lever down, which will lock it in place. Once you have the suction locked, you can turn the mount to the desired position with the full 360 swivel for both vertical and horizontal positioning. Once you have the desired position, you can lock it in place with a turn of the knob. To place your phone inside, simply squeeze the clamp open and place your phone inside. The clamp has red plastic cushions with grooves, which will not only cushion your phone, but help keep it in place as well, so it doesn't move or slide out. To remove your phone, just give the clamp a gentle squeeze to open. Removing the mount is as simple as installing it, just lift the locking lever up and pull the little suction tab to help break the seal.



Conclusion:

I think this device is wonderful! Nothing complicated, easy to install and remove. My Husband recently returned from deployment, he didn't really notice the mount at first when I picked him up fro the airport. The second day he was home we headed off somewhere and needed to bring up the directions. He asked if I wanted him to be the 'navigator'. I place my phone in the car mount to show him the holder. He thought it was pretty cool and mentioned wanting to get one for his truck.
Not only does the car mount make it convenient to use your phone, but it makes driving safer because you can be hands free and have the phone closer to eye level.
It would make a wonderful gift, and is actually on sale right now for only $7.99! (Normally $24.00) I'm going to purchase another one for the Hubby  :)


You can find the Raptor Universal Dashboard Windshield Car Mount on Amazon by clicking here!




I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.





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