FarmHouse Fresh One Fine Day Flawless Face Polish makes a great addition to my skincare life

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FarmHouse Fresh is the one brand that changed my mind about fragranced products. When this blog was started almost 7 years ago I refused to use anything with a fragrance to it. You’ve probably noticed that my blog partner Lisa is the only one that reviews any true fragrances and at least 80% of scented products. After her second (or so) FarmHouse Fresh review she insisted that I take one of the products to try out. Well Lisa was right and I’ve been on the FarmHouse Fresh bandwagon ever since.

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day

FarmHouse Fresh One Fine Day

During the scurry of buying for the winter holidays FarmHouse Fresh had some amazing extras with purchases. At first I bought my essentials like FarmHouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Body Scrub and another amazing body oil (this time in Clementine) and received a great gwp. More offers came in and I couldn’t resist so while looking around I noticed One Fine Day Flawless Face Polish and knew that was going in my cart.

So many reasons that I’m glad I bought this! It’s both a cleanser and exfoliator in one. It’s gentle as can be so I can and have used it daily. It washes off so easily without leaving behind little scrubbies. I always use a wash cloth or preferably The Body Shop Luxury Flannel Washcloth which is more like a shammy in the way it works.

The Body Shop Luxury Flannel Facial Washcloth

The Body Shop Luxury Flannel Facial Washcloth

The texture of One Fine Day is unlike any other cleanser I’ve tried. It’s almost balm like without being a balm. It’s very thick and you only need to scoop out a small amount for your entire face.

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day

FarmHouse Fresh One Fine Day

Wet your face with warm water and apply the cleanser with your fingers. I start in a circular motion and am able to exfoliate my face without it feeling rough at all. I still use another exfoliator on some mornings when I’m in the shower and can wash off a heavier one but this is perfect for daily use.

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day

FarmHouse Fresh One Fine Day

Now let me address the fragrance which I can do in one word – yummy – but of course that’s not enough. It’s sweet because it’s a sugar scrub but it also contains a hint of natural grapefruit and citrus oils. And if you get some on your lips just lick it off since it tastes sugary and not bitter.

One Fine Day is good for all skin types, even those of you who might have rosacea. It helps to reduce redness with its gentleness. It hasn’t ever stripped my skin, instead it’s left it feeling soft and hydrated. One Fine Day is 98.5% natural, and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, it is Paraben and Sulfate Free.

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day Shea Sugar Face Polish

Farmhouse Fresh One Fine Day Shea Sugar Face Polish

FarmHouse Fresh even told us how the product got its name: “Shea butter’s many vitamins quickly penetrate to nourish skin while the micro sugar crystals clear the way for having one truly fine day.”

If you haven’t gotten onto FarmHouse Fresh’s mailing list you need to consider that since they often do gifts that you won’t be able to resist. I’m glad I didn’t resist and found a cleansing exfoliator that makes my day just fine.  —  Marcia

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The Jojoba Company – Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser and Natural Pigment Oil

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil and Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil and Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

What is Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-HO-ba)? According to The Jojoba Company jojoba is a desert plant that produces a small bead. ” It produces a rich, pure golden liquid wax (it is often called jojoba ‘oil’).  But unlike oils this unique liquid wax acts like our skin’s own natural oils, absorbing deep below the skins surface. “It is the only plant on earth known to produce a wax similar to that found in young, healthy human skin”

The Jojoba Company has its own farm in Australia so that they can control how the plant is grown, this way they can avoid chemicals and preservatives. The father/daughter team who created the brand have found ways to incorporate the plant and oil into an entire skincare line.

I’ve used The Jojoba Co’s Pure Jojoba Oil (review) for over 6 months to help keep my skin and hair looking their best. When the company offered me their Natural Pigmentation Oil to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of pigmentation, you know I was thrilled. They later sent their Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser to make life even better!

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser is a very gentle cleanser that’s infused with tiny jojoba beads. This is a cleanser/exfoliator that I can use on a daily basis if I want since it’s so gentle. If you love a very scrubby cleanser this might not be strong enough for you, but it’s perfect for me. I like to use an exfoliating cleanser but I can’t overdo it so this very lightly scented product is a perfect addition to my regime.

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

“We have used 100% natural solidified jojoba beads that are completely safe and eco-friendly—no plastic particles here. The beads gently exfoliate while hydrating Vitamin C, quandong, aloe vera and Vitamin E dissolve impurities. Use daily as a 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator for glowing smooth skin. Suitable for all skin types.”

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

Jojoba Company jojoba bead facial cleanser

I love the ingredients used in this and I feel comfortable knowing that this calming cleanser has great natural ones. The jojoba beads won’t hurt the environment so it’s good for everyone.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil is meant to target sunspots, age spots, and uneven skintone. There’s a pleasant light citrus fragrance to this. I use it at night since it’s an oil and my foundation has occasionally balled up under it if I’m rushing and not letting it meld into my skin. It’s so moisturizing that at night I don’t need to use another moisturizer if I don’t want.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

The packaging is just the best. The top of all Jojoba Company boxes is so great you almost want to store it in the box but this copper colored bottle is beautiful on its own and looks pretty on my vanity.

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation OIl

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Both of these products are ones I’m happy to have discovered to enhance my skincare life. I’m working hard to keep my skin as youthful as possible and these two are doing the work for me.  Have you tried anything yet from The Jojoba Company? — Marcia

*pr samples

ingredients for Jojoba Bead facial cleanser

ingredients for Jojoba Bead facial cleanser

ingredients for jojoba natural pigmentation oil

ingredients for jojoba natural pigmentation oil

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity for refreshed skin

In my new quest to look like Christie Brinkley I think it’s best that I use her skincare products. I’m not ever going to be tall. I’m not ever going to make a 6 – 7 figure income. But I do have skin and I want my skin to look its best. I’ve used Christie Brinkley Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer and Treatment and like how that works on my fine lines so when I was offered another product from the line I was happy to continue on the quest.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

COMPLETE CLARITY is a daily facial exfoliating polish. It’s double duty since it cleanses and exfoliates with one product. You can precleanse if you are wearing heavy makeup but in general I’ve used it when I’ve got on either light facial makeup or a bare face.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

It’s easy to use since you apply a small amount to your damp face and massage in a circular motion. I always have a washcloth to remove this from my face when I’m done. This contains Lactic Acid Beads for the polishing; these won’t ruin our waterways since they dissolve. It also contains Aloe Powder to soothe your skin, Glycerin to moisturize and Salicylic Acid to help as an anti-inflammatory.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

There’s basically no fragrance in this which makes me very happy. Complete Clarity is creamy and has a very fine scrubby texture to it. I make sure my face is quite damp when I start and add more water to keep it gentle. Complete Clarity is really helping the area around my nose from getting clogged with product. I have to admit that sometimes I don’t get it all off with my washcloth and have to use a toner or Bioderma Micellar Water to remove anything that’s sticking around. But when I’m done my face is thoroughly cleansed and ready for skincare.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Now that I’m getting closer to my Christie Brinkley perfection, what color blonde do you think would work best on me? — Marciachristie brinkley from hola dot com

*sent for consideration to further my quest

Ingredients:

Water/ Aqua/ Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polylactic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 60, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Rose Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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

ponds towelettes

ponds exfoliating cleanser

ponds moisturizer spf

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