Beauty starts inside – a review of NeoCell Beauty Bursts, Keratin Hair Volumizer and Eat Pretty + giveaway

Today I want to share two products with you that are award winners. Neocell’s Keratin Hair Volumizer was named the Best New Product in Delicious Living’s Beauty and Body Awards. The other product, Beauty Bursts, has won several prestigious awards, including a Best of Natural Beauty award from Better Nutrition, a Taste for Life Essentials award and the award for Best Beauty Supplement from Delicious Living. Today I’ll talk about them and at the end you’ll be able to enter a giveaway to try to win these for yourself.

I received these products from their PR company and I’ve been using them myself. I’m not a doctor (obviously) but I can tell you what I found with these and what I like about them. As with any supplement you should consult with your doctor before taking them.

Neocell Keratin Hair Volumizer

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

 

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer are pills that you take morning and evening to help regain the shine and beauty of your hair. As I’ve aged I’ve found that the thick head of hair that was my glory isn’t quite the same. My hair has gotten thinner and takes more to make it look quite as lustrous as it used to. This supplement was created to work on your hair from the inside. It contains Vitamin C to help with collagen formation; Amla Extract, a centuries old Ayurvedic plant that is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory for strong hair growth; soluble keratin; and Super Collagen. The result is stronger and brighter hair that is helping with the thinning. Just as important as what’s in it is what’s NOT in it – soy, wheat, lactose, starch, yeast, or artificial flavors. gluten free.

ingredients

ingredients

a dose of NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

a dose of NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

While I’ve finished my bottle I found it online at places like the Vitamin Shoppe, Vita Cost and drugstore.com for under $20.

Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews

Beauty Bursts

Beauty Bursts

The other item that I’ve been using for the last few months is Beauty Bursts Soft Chews by NeoCell. These also add collagen to my life with Vitamin C and Collagen 1 & 3. In addition to helping strengthen my hair, these strengthen my nails as well. This winter has been especially hard on us. From previous experience I know that my nails become more brittle in winter but this year I’ve been using these soft chews and haven’t had breaks (where’s the wood to go knock on!!!!). They are available in two delicious flavors. As a dedicated chocoholic I prefer the Chocolate Mint ones and they also come in Fruit Punch.  Directions say to take 2 – 4 per day. I take 2 after dinner as a little snack. A 60 count bag will last me a month for under $20.

Beauty Bursts

Beauty Bursts

beauty burst informationAdding collagen to my diet through these two products is hopefully slowing down the signs of aging.

EAT PRETTYeat pretty coverFor a change of pace I have a book that I’ve been reading and have found to be a great source of information. It’s called Eat Pretty – Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out. The author, Jolene Hart is a beauty and health coach who’s been certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Eat Pretty

Eat Pretty

The author describes the beauty nutrition of the foods we eat or the foods we should eat but maybe don’t. We know why we should have green leafy vegetables for our health but do we know what they do for our looks?

She divides foods up into the seasons that they’ll be the freshest and most prevalent in. “Spring Beauty Awakening”, “Abundant Summer Beauty”, “Restore and Recharge in Autumn”, and “Glow Through the Winter”. In addition to all the reasons to eat each kind of food she has included some recipes. The MSRP is $16.95 but you can find it for less on Amazon (book or kindle).

yummy and healthy

yummy and healthy

Now that you know some of my ‘beauty secrets’ decide for yourself if you’d like to try out the two NeoCell products and enter this giveaway. It’s US only and open through March 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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*products and giveaway are provided by NeoCell

Makeup Wars 2013 Beauty Resolutions

Makeup Wars is back for 2013’s first edition which of course is New Year’s Resolutions. While it may sound a tiny bit trite you know darn well that this group of amazing beauty bloggers are all going to have their own spin on things.

I’ve made several resolutions that are all beauty related. I know that the diet and exercise things are beauty resolutions but have you ever compared a Weight Watchers meeting or the gym on January 4th and February 4th? It’s like you are on different planets. Instead I tried to make resolutions that I’ve got a good chance of following through on.

Resolution one is one I began as soon as I started making my list for this post – TAKE CARE OF MY LIPS. I’m terrible about remembering to use all the potions I have to keep my lips looking younger and moister. I start with good intentions but I don’t always remember. So I’ve lined up what I need in my bathrooms.

In my master bathroom I’ve been using Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore*. While I’ve only tried the Lip Restore I’m amazed by the fact that you can get 4 glosses and this for $15! Collagen Tinted Lip Restore helps to redefine the lip line and create softer, smoother younger-looking lips, with just a hint of colour and sheen. It contains Torricelumn and Collagen to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is very lightly tinted – I find it’s like a “my lips but better” flush. I apply it as soon as I start getting ready and later apply lip color. When I go into that bathroom I like to add some more if my lips are color free.

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

eliz grant lip collagen on finger

In my extra bath (where I clean up at night) I’ve been using Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub*. This is a very dry lip scrub that I like to use in the evening to exfoliate my lips. It’s a little bit sugar and a little bit salt. I rub it on with my finger, scrub around and lick it off. I try to do this before I wash up though since I end up with some of the scrub on my face. It smells just like freshly popped popcorn. I LOVE popcorn and this is a calorie free treat for me! It doesn’t scratch like some exfoliators do. Plus it’s starting to keep my lips looking better and less chapped.lush popcorn scrub

I follow up with Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick as my nighttime lip moisturizer. This inexpensive stick of delight is only $4 and can be used on eyes and lips, day or night. It even has SPF 15. The reason I chose this to use at night especially is that it’s not fragranced so it won’t keep me up sniffing. Fragrance is fine during the day but not for me at night. Plus I can rub a little on dry spots on my face if I’m tossing and turning and need something to do.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Resolution two has to do with that extra bathroom. I need to start getting ready earlier in the evening. For some reason I wait until it’s time to go to bed and then I remove my makeup and put on my skincare. I need to change that. I sometimes get too tired to actually wash even though I have awesome cleansers. Instead I’ll use facial wipes like the Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Wipes*.I then follow up with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. That’s okay once in a while but I’m doing it too often. I’ll still keep using the Kiehl’s Toner but my resolution is to start early and then go on the computer!kiehls toner

Resolution threestop plucking chin hairs!! I’m trying really really hard, honest I am. But it’s so hard to resist. I’m made one step forward though and that’s not to keep my Tweezerman tweezers (pretty as it is) on my computer desk. I’ve paid for laser hair removal and I’ve got sessions left but I can’t go until I stop plucking. This one is really going to be hard to keep.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

 

Resolution four is to stop buying the same color eyeshadows over and over and over again. I’m in a rut but I see those beautiful taupes and browns and I can’t imagine not owning them. I ended 2012 buying a few like this beautiful Edward Bess palette. That needs to be the end. So far I’ve made it a whole week into 2013 without buying any though. I have to stop thinking they’ll change my life since I know the only one who sees the difference is me.

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

I’ve made a little progress, especially on resolution one. Now only 75% left to work on. Are any of these resolutions of yours or even close?? — Marcia

Join my fellow Makeup Wars friends to see what they’ve decided to resolve in 2013. Click on their links to get to their sites.

*starred items are PR samples, rest are personally bought or repurchases.

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