Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Polishing Up With Elba Naturals Micro Dermabrasion

Disclosure: The item(s) mentioned below were provided complimentary for the purpose of an honest review. The opinions stated here are based upon my personal experience with the product(s) and are entirely my own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I feel would benefit my readers.

When it comes to skin care, I have to stick to a relatively strict routine. I have tried sooooooooo many different skin care products, and I have found many that work beautifully for my finicky skin, and others that almost immediately break me out. I am truly envious of those who have naturally perfect skin. One important step in my skin care routine is exfoliation. While I have been advised against it, since it can be irritating to already easily irritated skin, it is one thing that actually helps my skin for some reason. Using gel or cream cleansers does not leave my skin as squeaky clean as something with a little bit of texture to it. Plus, because I have several scars and post-acne marks, I make sure to use a micro dermabrasion once or twice per week as well. Lately, I have been using Elba Naturals n.5 Micro Dermabrasion.

Elba Naturals is a truly unique company that has formulated a number of skincare products. While they have all these products in their arsenal, they introduce products, one at a time, based on what their customers want. They claim to cater to the "green urban lifestyle" with natural skincare products made from quality ingredients. They currently offer 5 products, although I suspect that they will be launching a 6th soon, as there is a live countdown currently on their website, claiming to reveal "a surprise". When ordering products from Elba Naturals, you know you are receiving products with mostly natural and organic ingredients in them. On top of that, their products are made in the USA and are done so with cruelty-free practices.

The Elba Naturals n.5 Microdermabrasion comes in a small 1 fluid ounce jar. As you can see, it is white and has a gritty texture. It works immediately at sloughing off dead skin and making your skin feel brand new. I always love using this because my skin feels baby soft right after. This product has a very clean smell and a little goes a long way. I keep this right on my sink to remind myself to use it, and it has been there for a number of weeks. For as tiny as the jar is, I would have expected to be through it by now, however, it's still around! It is only meant to be used once or twice per week in addition to your usual skin care routine. In my experience, I have found that it is helpful in changing the overall texture in your skin. Sometimes I use this more frequently by adding a small bit of it to my regular cleanser to take it up a notch. Like I said, my skin thrives when it is being exfoliated constantly, so this product has seamlessly been added to my skincare routine. It also makes me feel like my serums and moisturizers are able to work more efficiently when they are being placed on a smooth canvas, so that is an added bonus. My one and only complaint about this product is the small size. A 1 ounce jar that retails for $58.00 is just something that would never be in my budget. I would feel too guilty. However, it is something I would check on Amazon to see when there are price drops (for example, it is currently $29.00). Overall, I would definitely recommend this product for those looking for a micro dermabrasion product that they can use at home.

You can purchase this on Amazon where it is currently 50% off HERE

Friday, December 4, 2015

Game Changing Flavors Featuring Blue Diamond Almonds

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Its that time of year again where it seems like family and friends are gathering each and every weekend. Whether it is watching the big game, gathering for celebrations or the Holiday get-togethers, 'tis the season for social-ness, and where there are people, you better have FOOD! However, considering this is the time of year known greatly for all of the high calorie meals and treats, why not offer your guests the convenience of a healthy AND flavorful snack to keep them coming back for more. You simply cannot go wrong with Blue Diamond Almonds.

They offer such a versatile line of Almonds with flavors that are sure to please even the pickiest of tastebuds. I recently had the opportunity to try the Wasabi and Soy Sauce flavor as well as the Smokehouse flavor, and they are sure to take your snacking to the next level. Instead of boring bland flavors, these flavor truly kick it up a notch. I LOVE spicy things, so the Wasabi and Soy Sauce almonds are right up my ally. When paired with plain crackers and a mild, spreadable cheese, they turn bland appetizers into grand appetizers! The Smokehouse flavor reminds me of a backyard barbeque, and is so reminiscent of Summertime. Each of these flavors can take your traditional snack mix, and put a bit of an "adult" spin on it. But most importantly, you can add these to snacks without the guilt!

I truly enjoy Blue Diamond Almonds, and purchase them on my own all of the time. I enjoy having the opportunity to experiment with new flavors, but I have been buying Blue Diamond Almonds for years on my own. I am always looking forward to the new flavors, and I have yet to get bored. Even more important are the health benefits. Almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, are suggested to reduce the risk of heart disease! They are chock full of the "good" fats, a decent source of protein and low in sugar, so you can even let the kids get in on the fun! An A+ snack all around!

I proudly give Blue Diamond Bold Wasabi and Soy Sauce and Blue Diamond 
Almonds Smokehouse 10 stars: