Monday, September 15, 2014

540 Needles Derma Roller by Petunia Skincare #dermaroller


I am no stranger to at home acupuncture products (or as my Husband affectionately refers to them as the “torture devices”). I love my Bed of Nails. It helps me with back and neck pain all the time. What if there were an acupuncture product that could help with my scars, reduce cellulite, tighten and smooth my skin and more? Of course, I would be all over a product like that. That explains my excitement to try out Petunia Skincare Derma Roller.

The Petunia Skincare Derma Roller can help with the following problems:

-Superficial acne scarring
-Deep scars and stretch marks
-Sagging skin
-Wrinkles and fine lines
-Large Pores
-Lax Skin and Elasticity

The Derma Roller that I received contains 540 needles that are 1.0mm. That is a lot of needles for one tiny device. I know what you are thinking. Does it hurt? No, I do not feel any pain when I use the Derma Roller. I sometimes feel a slight pinch or pull on the skin (particularly on my scars), but it doesn’t hurt. 

To use the Petunia Skincare Derma Roller, you roll back and forth 10 times per area in all directions -up and down, side to side and diagonal on clean skin. The surface area of the device is rather small  (about an inch), so the process may take some time to do. I occasionally found myself zoning out while using the Derma Roller and I would lose track of my count. I even tangled the needles in my hair..opps. I wish the surface area was bigger in some aspects. However, If it was bigger it would be harder to do roll small spaces and maneuver around curves (like for my knee scar). So, I think it is the appropriate size.

I first tried the roller out on my face. I absolutely love using it on my face. I can see a difference in my skin. I did the right side of my forehead first and didn’t touch the left side. My right side looked healthier and felt smoother afterwards. It also creates micro holes that help your skin to absorb more of your moisturizer. I think this is my favorite use for the Derma Roller by far.  You do have to make sure you don’t snag your hair. I recommend pulling your hair back before starting the process.

The second place I tried the Derma Roller was on my scars. I have many of them: chin (car accident as a child), neck (disc replacement from car accident a few years ago), a 7 inch scar on my right knee, 8 inch scar on right ankle and two 2 inch scars on my right leg (rollerblading accident about 11 years ago).

Needless to say, I have my choice of scars to try out. I tried it first on my neck. It is my most visible scar and the one that I wished would disappear. Unfortunately, the skin is really thin there. I felt it more on this scar than anywhere else on my body. I still didn’t mind it though. What I did not like was how red the scar was afterwards. I can only do this area before bedtime and with extreme caution. I have only used it here a few times as a result. The scar is smaller and isn’t too raised. I didn’t notice a difference with this scar.

Next up I tried the HUGE scar that is up and down the center of my right knee. This scar is from a wound that was closed poorly with staples. The scar is wide, raised and rough. I definitely notice a difference with this scar. It felt softer and looked better after using the Derma Roller on it. I am hoping with extended use it will fade this old scar even more. I certainly see the difference. I didn’t try it out on my other scars. I have metal screws sticking out of my large ankle scar, so it didn’t seem wise to run needles over them. My other scars are minimal and hard to notice, so I skipped them.

Overall, I really like the Petunia Skincare Derma Roller. While it can be time consuming, it is really easy to use. I will continue to use it occasionally and see if my scars continue to improve. I will also try to use it every few days on my face as part of my skincare routine. I love the benefits that I have noticed for both uses.

The Petunia Skincare Derma Roller with 1.00mm and 540 needles is currently only $17.97 on Amazon (regular price is $59.99)! 

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Walmart Seasonal Beauty Box - Only $5 Shipping!

Are you wanting to join a beauty subscription box without committing a lot of money? Good news! There is a new Walmart beauty box that will ship every 3 months. The box is free, but you have to pay $5 shipping. I don't expect these boxes to have high end brands like Sample Society or Glossybox, but it should be worth the $5. We will see. I am excited for it and will post about mine when it arrives. Enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Allure Sample Society {September}

 I officially cancelled my Ipsy subscription last month. So, from here on out I will only be sharing the best with you: Glossybox and Sample Society.
Here is what you need to know about Sample Society (Please use code TFL99 if you sign up):
*$15 a month (+ tax for some states)
*Creation of Allure and Beauty Bar. Allure's Beauty Director is now selecting the products! 
*5 deluxe-sized samples
*$10 gift code to redeem on ANY $50 purchase
*Each box comes with an insert describing each product, why Allure loves it, the full size price and even tips on how to use it.

Here is what I received this month: 

The products were almost too big for the box!

 *Tarte Brazilliance Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelettes (3 Towelettes= $9): I'm NOT a fan of self tanner. What if you mess it up? Then you have to walk around orange for Thanks. Plus, I would look funny with a tan face and pale body. 

*Givenchy Fragrance Dahlia Divin Fragrance Sample (1ml = arv $2.16): This perfume is a little strong, but I like it. It has some nice sweet notes in it. It also seems like it lingers on my skin for a decent amount of time.

*Alterna Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream (40ml = arv $9.33): This is the pretty purple bottle that you can't really see in the pictures because it is so shiny. I LOVE Alterna. I haven't tried this Alterna product yet, so I am really excited to receive it.

 *Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream (FULL SIZE! $85): An $85 eye cream? Yes, please. I have used this eye cream already and I really like it. It goes on easily and has a cooling effect. It also comes with a cute little plastic spatula to get all of the product out of the container. 

 *LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer (5ml = arv $3.20): I am excited to try this. I have been using primer a lot more recently. This primer is supposed to keep your face oil free all day and that is an issue that I have. I do wish the sample size was a little bigger, but for everything else I received...I definitely can't complain.

Total Value: $108.69

Wow! Definitely worth my $15 and then some. Everything in this box excited me except for the self-tanning sheets. Another outstanding month for Allure Sample Society. I hope they keep this up.

*Disclaimer: I am a paying member of Allure Sample Society. I share my boxes and my own honest opinion for the benefit of my readers.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TRUHAIR by Chelsea Scott Miracle Hair Serum Review + Giveaway #sponsored

My friends from Never Have I Ever Tampa have A-M-A-Z-I-N-G hair. I recently asked them what their secret was. As a Tampa Bay Blogger, Ryan from NHIE was happy to offer me two free samples of TRUHAIR by Chelsea Scott Miracle Hair Serum. One of the bottles was for me to review. The second bottle is for one of my lucky readers (it could be you!) to win.

"TRUHAIR is an innovative hair care collection that provides women with easy-to-use solutions that deliver TRU RESULTS.  Its groundbreaking formulas and advanced technology has proven successful in addressing concerns faced by women, while providing healthy ingredients to their hair along with volume and shine.  Now, women everywhere can feel empowered and confident when it comes to styling their hair."

TRUHAIR by Chelsea Scott Miracle Hair Serum is designed to help you achieve frizz free styling without weighing down your hair. It also makes your hair feel stronger and look healthier. It can be used on wet, damp or even DRY hair.

I have pretty easy hair. My daily routine involves shampooing and conditioning my hair, brushing it and walking out the door. Easy. It is really straight and soft. My biggest complaints are that it gets oily towards the end of the night and that it gets tangled and frizzy.

I couldn't wait to try this Miracle Hair Serum. So, as soon as I arrived home I put it in my hair. I knew immediately that I was going to love this product. It made my hair look so incredibly shiny and healthy.

The serum is silky and absorbs immediately into your hair. You only need one pump, but I use two since my hair is long and thick.  I have been using this product daily (sometimes more) since I have received it and my bottle still looks full. The serum definitely lasts for a long time. It is a steal at $24.95! 

I love that the Miracle Hair Serum  doesn't weight my hair down or make it oily. It only takes a few seconds for me to add this amazing product to my routine. It is definitely worth the time and effort. My hair has looked incredible the last 2 weeks. No more bad hair days here! 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Glossybox {August} + September Harper Bazaar Glossybox Details


I just received my August Glossybox on September 9th. I must have been in one of the last waves of shipping this month. Sometimes I get it really early and sometimes really late. As long as it comes I am thrilled. Anyways, this August box was a special 3 year anniversary box! It came with a Glossybox exclusive product and a nice foldout with the products and a note from the Founder and CEO. Here is what I received. 

*Uberliss hydrating shampoo and conditioner (approximate value for 2oz. of each sample: $8.30 total): Uberliss promises shine and hydration with ingredients like royal jelly, blueberry, apple, sugarcane, green tea, lemon peel and keratin. I am not typically a fan of hydrating hair products since I have oily hair. I used this duo today and I didn't really like the way the shampoo felt in the shower. However, my hair is feeling pretty soft and amazing right now. I am still on the fence, but I will use up the samples.

*SpaRitual nail laquer in Uncharted (FULL SIZE $12): This color is really pretty. It is metallic and shimmery. Plus, My Husband said he thought it was pretty. I am excited to try this. 

*Eslor firming collagen day cream (apv for 10ml size is $17): Eslor contains natural skin-firming ingredients like ginseng extract, hydrolized marine collagen, avocado, wheat germ and sesame oils. This cream has a very heavy "old lady" flower smell to it. In spite of that, I really love this cream. It makes my skin feel incredibly soft and silky. This was probably my favorite item in the box. 

*Kryolan for Glossybox (FULL SIZE $18.95): This was the special product made for Glossybox's third Birthday. It is a really nice cream highlighter. It isn't a huge container, but I know from experience that this much highlighter will last a long time. My favorite place to use highlighter is my cupids bow.
*Eyeko Skinny Mini liquid eyeliner (half size eyeliner value: $8): I'm not a huge liquid eyeliner fan. I would much rather use an Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil. I do own a few other Eyeko liners and I really like them. So, I will probably attempt to use this. Wish me luck! 


While this box didn't knock my socks off, it was still a great box. It's value is three times the cost of Glossybox. I really love the day cream and the highlighter. I will definitely use all of these items. Happy Birthday Glossybox!


The September Glossybox will be a Harper Bazaar Glossybox!! I do have a sneak peek for you. However, keep in mind that this is only one of two boxes. I don't have details on the second box or on how much of it will vary. 

-Vichy Liftactiv Nuit

Optimize skin's natural nighttime repair mechanisms with this evening moisturizer, which stars anti-aging plant sugar extract, rhamnose, and continuous-release vitamin C. Promising to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and boost skin's firmness, this cream also offers 24 hours of hydration and improved skin tone.

-Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: Metallic in Authentic 

Infused with state of the art high-resolution metallic pigments, the unparalleled opacity of Lip Tar now has an intense shimmer finish. The frosted bronze copper shade is perfect for when you need a little sparkle!

-Essie Madison Ave-Hue

Both playful and chic, Madison Ave-Hue is a perfectly posh pink for day or night.

-Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara

They're Real! Mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates lashes like no other. The jet-black, long wearing formula won't smudge or dry out. Plus, a specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

-Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc Conditioner

Boasting a rich formula that contains extracts of rice and cotton, this gentle cream conditioner leaves hair lightly scented with BVLGARI's caling Eau Parfumee au the blanc fragrance.

So exciting!! I would love this box. I really help that I get the Benefit Mascara since it is my absolute favorite mascara (and trust me; I have tried dozens).

If you are a new subscriber, use code FLAWLESS to get a free Boscia BB Cream ($38 Value) in your first box! I'm so jealous!

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a free box in order for my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any other way.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

True Sol Omega 3 Fish Oil + Giveaway #Truesolomega3


As a Registered Pharmacy Technician, I see a lot of orders for supplements come across my computer screen. Omega 3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Thiamine, Folic Acid, Magnesium, etc. Doctors prescribe these supplements quite often and I have always been curious to try some of them. When True Sol offered me the chance to try out their Omega-3 Fish Oil, I was excited to accept. 

First, let's get the legalities out of the way. Please note that you should contact your Doctor before starting any supplement. The claims in this post have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
So, what does Omega-3 Fish Oil do for your body? Here are the claims (see above disclosure statement) according to True Sol:
1. Promotes Heart Health - heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, arrhythmia
2. Increases Brain Function - cognitive decline and dementia, Alzheimer's
3. Helps Inflammation and Joints - stiffness and joint pain from osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, symptoms of asthma and pneumonia
4. Decreases Depression and Mood - reduction in depression scores and daily stresses
5. Promotes Healthy Skin - photoageing, esp. elastosis, wrinkle formation and chronological aging, skin disorders like acne and psoriasis
I have also read in numerous beauty magazines that Omega-3 Fatty Acids also give you healthy hair and nails also. This was the primary reason that I wanted to try them. My nails have become drier and brittle as I have aged. They even sometimes have some discoloration. My hair is pretty healthy, but I figure the Omega-3 will help to keep them that way. I would also benefit from the Inflammation and joint pain relief that is attributed above.

 This True Sol supplement contains 1500mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, 800mg of Eicosapentaenoic Acid, 600mg of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and 100mg of other Omega-3 Fatty Acids. A serving size is 2 capsules and contains 20 calories and 2 grams of fat.

My absolute FAVORITE thing about this Omega-3 Fish Oil capsule is the smell/taste. I have smelled Fish Oil capsules in the past and they typically smell like the fish that they are derived from. Eww. Luckily, these capsules are scented/flavored. They are supposed to be lemon, but they seem to smell more like orange to me. They are certainly citrus..not fish. There is little taste since you swallow the capsules whole, but they are not unpleasant.

The capsules are a little large. However, this seems to be standard with Fish Oil capsules. They are soft and I have no issues getting them down. 

So, how have they worked for me? I have actually noticed a huge difference with my nails! They are growing out to the super long lengths that they used to when I was younger. I purposely did not paint them or use anything on them since I have been taking this True Sol Omega-3. Here is a close up of 2 of my nails right now.

See how long my nails are? They are long enough to where they are driving me nuts and I will probably trim them and paint them soon. 

I am not sure if I received any inflammation benefits from the Omega-3. My muscles in my back have been behaving recently, but I have also been getting on the exercise bike a lot. I am not sure if my lack of pain is from the exercise, the Omega-3 or both. Either way, it probably isn't hurting. 

Have you ever tried Omega-3? What did you think? Would you like a bottle for free?


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