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Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser and Mad Hippie Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser and Mad Hippie Eye Cream

It’s nice to be back to our regularly scheduled programming now that the holiday frenzy has passed. For the last few months it seemed like the products I’ve been using haven’t gotten any love on the blog but I’m ready to remedy that with these MAD HIPPIE products that I was sent and have been using. Great skin has been foremost on my mind in order to look and feel good for all the fun times of November/December.                                                                        samples

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There is something so inviting about Mad Hippie products. I don’t know if it’s their colorful and enticing packaging or their wonderful stances about only using the safest and most effective ingredients there are. Maybe it’s that they want to leave the world a more beautiful place than when they started. Every time you buy from their website they donate $1 from each product to The Wildlife Conservation Network. Doing good for you and for the world we live in.

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser

Of the two products that I was sent to review my favorite is the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser. This feels so different on my skin than any other cleanser I’ve tried. It feels like I’ve wrapped my face in warmth. It just envelops my skin with a rich creamy feeling. It’s a very hydrated feeling. Mad Hippie says it’s “a gentle, balancing cream that removes free radicals & impurities while moisturizing & healing”. I say that this feels luxurious and expensive belying it’s $15.99 cost.

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser Ingredients

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser Ingredients

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser

There are so many cleansers that are drying but this Cream Cleanser is soft and enveloping. It’s great for all skin types even though it’s stated on the box that it’s for normal to dry skin. The 5 actives that help rejuvenate your skin are Jojoba Oil, Green Tea, Macadamia Oil, & Orchid Extract. This does have a mild fragrance to it but nothing I found to interfere with my nose’s sensitivity.

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

I’m always mad for eye cream and the MAD HIPPIE EYE CREAM ($24.99) is no different. I’m enjoying this immensely. The ingredients on this sold me even though it does have a noticeable fragrance. But I can’t argue with results and I can’t argue with these ingredients:

Matrixyl Synthe ‘6Advanced peptide works to naturally smooth the skin & reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Regu-age – Peptide complex that reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

Syn-Eye Peptide designed to quickly reduce the appearance of both discoloration & wrinkles around the eyes.

Chamomile Extract – Provides thin protective shield, while naturally soothing and calming the skin.

Pomegranate – Potent antioxidant that is a high source of ellagic acid, believed to mediate the effects of ultraviolet rays & even skin tone.

Vitamin C –  Antioxidant powerhouse that aids in the synthesis of collagen, while it works to inhibit photoaging.  Helps reduce the appearance of discoloration while brightening the appearance of the skin.

Wheat Protein – Works to tighten the skin and aid in hydration.

Vitamin B3 – Energizes the skin, helps even skin tone & reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.

Argan Oil – Natural healing agent from Northern Africa.  High source of vitamin E, essential fatty acids & phytosterols.  Works to moisturize & soothe the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

White Tea – Strong antioxidant with natural anti-carcinogenic qualities that works to neutralize free radicals and help prevent UV damage.

Ceramide – Supports the renewal of the skin’s natural protective layer by forming a thin lipid barrier that holds in moisture, while protecting & healing the skin.

Vitamin E – Contains powerful anti aging & anti carcinogenic properties.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles while works to neutralize aging free radicals.

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

The packaging is exactly how you want your products to be packaged. Each time I pump it I get enough product for both eyes and it’s always fresh and uncontaminated.

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

This has been most helpful for dark circles and hydration under my eyes. With a birthday popping up very soon I don’t want my eyes to be the give away of my age. Live dangerously and add a little Mad Hippie to your life.  —  Marcia

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Sustainable Youth brings science and comfort to your skin

Sustainable Youth

Sustainable Youth

If you were offered products from Sustainable Youth®, wouldn’t you be curious about them? I certainly was since at my age I’d like to sustain whatever youthfulness I still have. What I received is SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ULTRA CREAMY CLEANSING LOTION and SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ANYTIME LIFT EYE TREATMENT.

When you open those white boxes you’ll see this, which gives you a clue as to their philosophy and ingredients:

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® uses an ingredient called ALASTA® in all of their products. Alasta® is a patented scientific discovery of the most potent immunostimulatory and concentrated ingredient derived from the rind of the Aloe Vera leaf. Alastra’s job is to improve skin elasticity and firmness through its ability to boost the body’s overall immune system performance. Sounds to me like they are calling my name!!

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Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta® is just a terrific cleanser. I’m loving this gentle cleanser that rehydrates my skin. It is incredibly creamy and my face just sighs when I apply it. It’s a pH balanced cleanser that doesn’t strip skin of moisture. My skin feels soft and hydrated after using it.

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

There’s no foaming at all with this cleanser, it’s like cleansing with the finest moisture product. But it gets my skin very clean. I often use it with my new Michael Todd Soniclear or if I’m rushing I’ll just wash and wipe off with a soft cloth (I like the one from The Body Shop). Either way my face is ready for the next step without ever feeling tight.

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

This also contains Cocoa Seed Butter which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Pro-vitamin B-5, otherwise known as panthenol, penetrates into the skin’s lower layers, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Also a proprietary blend of organically grown natural extracts including extracts of cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root and fig. Even with this wonderful cocktail of ingredients, there’s no fragrance to it.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® LIFT EYE TREATMENT with alasta® is a treatment serum that was created to help lessen the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. I’m unfortunately stuck with all three of those but mostly crow’s feet and fine lines. Since this helps to minimize dark circles and under eye puffiness I am only using it during the day. As soon as my face is cleansed, I’ll apply this gently under my eyes and smooth it until it’s absorbed. I found it did more for me during the day than at night. You can also take this with you to reapply during the day.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Anytime Lift Eye Treatment uses ingredients that work synergistically with alasta®. It contains a potent blend of natural gums and polymers to mechanically smooth your skin. It also contains vegetable proteins to repair tissue damage and promote regeneration. In addition it uses potent natural plant herb blends to neutralize free radicals and prevent further damage.

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes less plump making our eye area look more sunken and looser. What I like about this is that it can be used over makeup. What I don’t like so much is the $60 cost. While all the products in the lineup for Sustainable Youth® are costly, this one seems a little out of line at least for me. I highly recommend the Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion though for a luxury feel to your face and a wonderful way to start your skincare regimen. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 Ingredients for Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion

Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Propanediol (Corn), SD Alcohol 38-B*, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Chamomile)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil *, Sodium Levulinate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Anisate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

Ingredients for Anytime Lift Treatment

Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, SD Alcohol 38-B*, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil , Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil*, Darutoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Linalool*, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

Learn about Beauty Mark Organics and enter the giveaway

beauty mark mottoWhen Beauty Mark Organics contacted Beauty Info Zone about reviewing some of their products the first thing I did was go to their website. I saw the motto above and knew that this would be an interesting line to test out and review. I like their motto and believe in it more and more as I age. I don’t know if this would have been my philosophy when I was young but it’s so fitting right now.

I have two products to share with you – in more than one way since Beauty Mark Organics is also offering to share with our readers. The giveaway information will be at the bottom of the review.

Organic Orange Cream Cleanser from Beauty Mark Organics

Organic Orange Cream Cleanser from Beauty Mark Organics

The first product I tried is the Organic Orange Cream Cleanser. This is so delicious smelling that I can barely stand it. If you read my reviews you know that fragrance is one of the items that I talk about all the time. I’m very sensitive to fragrance and usually shy away from it. But with a cleanser that smells like sweet orange, it has an aroma that I want to use everywhere but I’m saving it for my face.

Beauty Mark Orange Cream Cleanser (sample)

Beauty Mark Orange Cream Cleanser (sample)

Beauty Mark Orange Cream Cleanser consistency (sample)

Beauty Mark Orange Cream Cleanser consistency (sample)

This is an extremely gentle cleanser with a creamy consistency that’s not too loose. It washes off all the day’s makeup with ease and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. It’s an anti-aging product filled with organic ingredients. It’s even something you can share with your guy since it’s excellent for shaving. A cream cleanser like this is the perfect way to start the morning too – gently and effectively.

Ingredient spotlight: Aqua(Water), Vitis Vinifera(grape) seed oil, organic simmondsia chinensis(jojoba) seed oil, rosa damascena (rose) flower distillate, organic aloe barbadenisis leaf juice, prunus amygdalus dulcis(sweet almond) oil, theobroma cocao(cocoa) seed butter, fragrance(pure orange essential oil), xanthan gum, castle soap, tocopherol(Vit. E)

Beauty Mark Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish

Beauty Mark Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish

The next product I was sent a sample of is the Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish. Honestly, I’m not a fan of rose but this isn’t the rose scent of perfume. This is much more natural smelling plus the addition of the cinnamon makes it smell great. I was a little leery of describing the scent but it’s easy for me to use and tolerate.

Beauty Mark Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish (sample)

Beauty Mark Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish (sample)

The picture of my sample shows that there are small walnut shells in it. The Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish is hand crafted so that the addition of these is small enough to exfoliate but not large enough to scrape your skin. It eliminates dead and dry skin which is great all year round but now that it’s warm out you really need your legs and arms more moisturized and this does the trick. It’s also recommended as a facial exfoliator and if you chose to use it that way you’d need just a drop to give you a rosy glow.

Beauty Mark Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish (sample)

Beauty Mark Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish (sample)

Beauty Mark Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish swatch

Beauty Mark Rose & Cinnamon Organic Body Polish swatch

Now for some exciting news for our readers. Two of you will win one of these products (1 for each product). This is open to US subscribers only. While I was sent samples, the two winners will receive the actual full size products. I’ve given extra points to both Facebook and Twitter in the Rafflecopter since Beauty Mark Organics is a new company that we’d love to see grow and share new products with us. This giveaway is open through 6/10/13 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  — Marcia

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POND’S® Luminous products are here to save us from the gloom (plus there’s a giveaway)

ponds logoThis is the time of year that you need some luminosity in your life. The weather changes daily and you can’t count on sun so you have to make it yourself. POND’S® Luminous Line of products are here to help you along. There are 4 products in this line and I’ve had the opportunity to test them all out. They are like a breath of fresh air for me. I’m not the only one enjoying POND’S® Luminous Line, Molly Sims is their spokeswoman and she has a lot to say about these products; she’s even help create a Facebook Challenge – the POND’S® 30 Day Luminous Photo Challenge (more on that later).ponds cleanser

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Here’s my take on the 4 Luminous Clean products – Luminous Moisture Day Lotion, Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser, Luminous Clean Exfoliating Cleanser, and Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes. I’ve also got a great giveaway for you to win these for yourself on Beauty Info Zone as well as on their Facebook page.

Ponds Luminous Clear products

Ponds Luminous Clear products

Three of the four products are cleansing products and there is a good reason for that. You’ll never have luminous skin if you don’t properly cleanse it. Even if you are too busy or tired to cleanse before you go to sleep, POND’S® has the answer for you with these products.

POND’S® Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser is the one to use on a daily basis. When you open this you’ll see that the product even looks radiant. Let me forewarn you, you don’t need to use very much of this great cleanser. A little goes a long way. This creamy cleanser suds up nicely on my skin and doesn’t leave it stripped of the natural oils. Sometimes after I wash my face feels an immediate need for a toner but as long as I use a muslin cloth to help remove this cleanser that’s not the case here.

Ponds Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser

Ponds Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser

POND’S® Luminous Clean Exfoliating Cleanser is another winner. It’s a very gentle exfoliation, so gentle in fact that you really could use it daily if you wanted. I personally only exfoliate about every other night so this tube will last me forever. It too has that glow to the product and washes cleanly off since this is a micro-exfoliator. There’s nothing harsh or scratchy about this.

Ponds Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

Ponds Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

look at that luminous glow!

look at that luminous glow!

POND’S® Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes are so big. You really could cut them in half and store half back in the container. These have a quilted texture to them. One of the ingredients that makes these particular cleansing towels unique is a soft white Kaolin clay that acts like a magnet to draw out dirt and makeup. While I try not to use Cleansing Towelettes too many evenings, there are just nights when I desperately need them. When I cleanse with any kind of towelette I do use a toner after since I don’t feel quite clean without something watery. Strange I know but I’m set in my ways. They are wet enough that you can remove most eye makeup well without having to rub your eyes.

Wet Cleansing Towelettes

Wet Cleansing Towelettes

The newest product to join the Luminous Line is the POND’S® Luminous Moisture Day Lotion. The moisturizer contains SPF 15 and I find it to be quite lightweight. In the warm weather especially I need this kind of texture or my face will break out. I’ve tried it under a few foundations and it doesn’t make them ball up so that’s a big plus. It contains both UVA and UVB sun protection and is enriched with illuminating minerals.

Luminous Moisture lotion with SPF15

Luminous Moisture lotion with SPF15

All of these products have a fragrance. It’s very light and refreshing but it is there. These products are all great for sensitive skin plus they are very wallet friendly at only $4.99 – $5.79.

There are two giveaways to announce. The one from Beauty Info Zone for the 4 reviewed products can be entered from now until Monday March 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST, US only. The one from POND’S®  can be entered only on their Facebook page through April 2nd. POND’S® will have 30 winners on their Facebook page.

A fashion model, actress and new mother, Molly Sims knows a thing or two about looking radiant – even when there is no red carpet or runway in sight. “Every day is a photo opportunity so I always want my skin to look its best.  As a longtime fan of the POND’s® brand, I love the new POND’S® Luminous Line of cleansers and a moisturizer that brighten dull skin,” says Sims.  “They make my skin look bright and beautiful so I am always camera-ready.”

This month, Sims joins POND’S® to help women experience the “luminous effect” that comes with having great skin.  Together, they are launching the “POND’S® 30-Day Luminous Photo Challenge,” a 30-day photo sweepstakes featuring daily challenges to inspire women to share photos of their happiest, most radiant moments.   Thirty prizes will be awarded so women can live life more luminously.  From March 4 through April 2, women can upload pictures to the POND’S® Facebook page or share via Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtag #LuminousEffect. Visit POND’S® on Facebook to enter the “POND’S 30-Day Luminous Photo Challenge,” get tips on how to look luminous from Molly Sims, and to join the beauty conversation.

POND’S® asked us to share what makes us feel luminous and my picture below shows exactly that. I call it luminous love. — Marcianate

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*prizes and samples have been provided by One2One Network along with compensation for an honest review