Friday, September 26, 2014

Wild Mint Japanese Konjac Sponge #japanesekonjacsponge


Konjac Sponges have been popping up everywhere in recent months. I was excited to see what all of the hype was about, so I agreed to review this Wild Mint puff from the Japanese Konjac Sponge. 
The Japanese Konjac Sponge is made out of Konjac plant root which is grown in Japan. When the sponge first arrived it was very hard. Luckily, I read the directions before scratching up my face. You place the sponge in warm water for 15 minutes. It is supposed to expand to one and half the size of the dry sponge. When the sponge is fully soaked, it is ready to use.  You take the wet sponge and gently massage your face in a circular motion.
The dry, hard Konjac Sponge straight from the package

The Konjac sponge becomes very soft and silky. You can use the sponge with or without a facial cleanser daily. Honestly, I love the way the sponge feels on my skin by itself. I did use it with my facial cleanser once. I didn’t think that the cleanser added anything to the experience. I love how quick and easy I can clean my face with this sponge. Did I mention that the Konjac sponge makes my skin feel baby smooth? 
The Japanese Konjac Sponge after soaking for 15-20 minutes.

The Wild Mint Konjac sponge is for normal skin types. They have different sponges for specific skin types. The sponge I received is infused with Wild Mint extract that contains disinfectant properties to keep skin clean, fresh, healthy and radiant. 
The Wild Mint Konjac sponge: 
*removes blackheads, dirt and oil.
*gently exfoliates skin
*Thoroughly cleanses pores
*Hydrates and balances skin PH
*Eliminates excess sebum
*Is 100% biodegradable
*Is fragrance and preservative free
*Contains no harmful chemicals 
After use, you are supposed to gently squeeze the sponge between both your hands to drain. Then, hang the sponge in a ventilated room to dry. Unfortunately, my string fell off of my Konjac Sponge after only three uses. It was not to where I could put the string back on, so I have to rest mine on the counter (which you are not supposed to do). The Konjac sponges are supposed to be replaced every 4 to 6 weeks. I am guessing I will have to replace mine sooner without a way to properly dry it. 
Overall, I liked the Konjac sponge. I do feel that there is some room for improvement. I wish that they had a solid metal ring in the sponge for the string hole so that you could re-thread it if the string falls out. I also wish that the sponges were a little cheaper. If you use one a month, it adds up to quite an expense at $11.65 each.
Have you tried a Japanese Konjac Sponge yet? Let me know what you think!

*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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Elite Gold Solutions Organic Tart Cherry Juice #tartcherryjuice


I am under a lot of pressure and stress right now. I haven’t shared this on my blog, but I am back in school. In addition to working full time, going to school almost full time and running this blog; I also have two very sick parents that are halfway across the country. Needless to say, there are many nights where I lay awake thinking instead of sleeping. I have tried Melatonin in the past and it has always worked for me. When I heard about Elite Gold Solution’s Sleepytime, I knew that I wanted to try it.

Sleepytime comes in an organic tart cherry concentrated solution. It is USDA organic, vegetarian, fat free, Gluten free and the bottle is BPA free. It also states no sugar, but then it has listed 14gm of sugar for 1 tablespoon on the bottle. Maybe they mean no added sugar? That is my one complaint about this product: it has rather high (for my diet at least) carbs and sugar.

Sleepytime has all of the benefits of tart cherries which are supposed to have the following health benefits:

*Sleep Aid (best natural source of Melatonin)
*Pain Relief (helps block enzymes that cause pain)
*May support heart health and blood circulation
*Neutralizes harmful oxidants in the body

One serving of this concentrate is equal to 80 cherries! 

So, how does it taste? It is super strong and super tart. That is why it is recommended to mix it with water, seltzer, juice or any type of beverage. You can also use it in smoothies, on fruit cocktail, in yogurt, on ice cream or pastries, etc. 

I swallowed a tablespoonful my first time trying the syrup. While it was tart and I did make a face, it wasn’t too bad. My favorite way to drink it is by tossing it in my mixed drinks. I normally drink water with Crystal Light  liquid tropical coconut and a shot of coconut vodka. I added the tart cherry to this combination and it was really good. Still a little tart, but delicious. I also like it with Diet Coke. I really want to try it on ice cream too, but I have been avoiding that particular dessert.

You are supposed to take the Sleepytime 2-3 hours before bed. I have been taking it 1-2 hours before bed on nights where I feel like I need it. It has definitely worked for me! I always read before bed and on the nights I take Sleepytime I fall asleep reading right after getting into bed. I wake up feeling well rested and refreshed. I have also been waking up without feeling stiff or sore.

I would definitely recommend giving this product a try to see if it works for you too. Since Amazon is currently out of the product, you may want to buy it directly from the Elite Gold Solutions website.

*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.

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.