23 November 2014

Monat Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Review

Oil treatments are all the rage. From oil pulling to treatments for hair, skin and nails, beauty lovers and anti-aging enthusiasts have embraced oil for all its soothing, protective and restorative powers. I recently received a bottle of RejuveniqeTM Oil Intensive from MONAT Global to try so I dove right in.
Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Review

Product Claims
RejuveniqeTM Oil Intensive is the foundation used in all MONAT products. Its key ingredient is Abyssinian Oil, which creates a unique molecular-structured product that mimics the body's own natural oils to visibly replenish and repair, with instant as well as long-term age prevention benefits, for both hair and skin.

  • Can be used daily.
  • Seals, coats and smoothes hair cuticle to boost shine and protect from environmental influences.
  • Provides nutrients, Omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants which help prevent premature aging.
  • Alleviates dehydration caused by harsh cleansers and styling products.
My Experience
I used RejuveniqeTM on my hair to amazing effect. After washing and blow drying, I applied the oil to small sections before flat ironing. My hair was so soft and wispy I couldn't believe it. I continued to use it throughout the week for nourishment and to ward off dryness and I found that it absorbed quickly and provided a nice sheen without being oily. The best part is, a little goes a long way. Even my nephew wondered why I was using so little when I have so much hair. 

I also used it on my elbows, knees and a few other rough spots. Again, there was good absorption and softening. Eventually I started adding it to my lotion to help ward of excessive dryness during chilly days and it worked quite well. Normally, as the temperature drops, I have to moisturize day and evening but by adding the oil to my lotion, I found that I didn't have to do the evening session.

The only thing that I'd change about RejuveniqeTM is the fragrance. It has a citrus scent that is a little too strong for my taste. If you really like citrus though, this could be great for you!

In Summary
I like it! RejuveniqeTM Oil Intensive is an effective, versatile oil treatment that absorbs quickly and softens and protects hair and skin.
RejuveniqeTM is free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, harmful colors or fragrances.
Can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment, a leave-in finishing treatment or an anti-frizz treatment.
RejuveniqeTM retails for $99 for 10 fl oz and is available here.

Are you a fan of oils and oil treatments? Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

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* I received this product from iFabbo for testing and review.

22 November 2014

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - Review

Fall is the perfect time to step up your skincare regimen and get serious about exfoliation. With the dryer air produced by indoor heat and the whipping winds outside, your face can take a real beating in the moisture department. In true timely fashion, the good folks at Dermalogica sent me a bottle of their Daily Microfoliant to try and I'm glad they did!

My skin is dry on a good day but during the fall and winter months, that dryness is exacerbated and I develop obvious dry patches that need extra attention. Perhaps you remember my love affair with Ahava's Cream Hydration Mask and that affair certainly continues. The only thing is, to get the best from that mask, I like to start with well-exfoliated skin. Enter Daily Microfoliant. 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review - skincare
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Product Claims
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a rice-based powder exfoliant that releases Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to gently and effectively lift dead skin cells for instantly brighter, smoother skin.

How to Use
1. Cleanse your face with your favorite cleanser.
2. Apply Daily Microfoliant to wet hands.
3. Mix into a creamy consistency.
4. Massage over face, neck and decollete for one minute.
5. Rinse.

My Experience
On first impression, I resisted adding another step to my daily routine. I originally thought it was a cleanser and exfoliant in one but as it turned out, that is not the case. Nevertheless, I added the step and I'm really glad I did.

Applying the product proved to be quick and easy and leaving it on for the prescribed one minute was easily accomplished by applying it while showering. There are plenty other items to tend to while Daily Microfoliant does its work.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Wet and Dry
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant dry and wet.

The powder is very finely milled and light. When mixed with water, it forms a thin paste that feels soothing when applied. The rice-based granules are fine and evenly spaced. With other exfoliants I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount and size of the granules but not with this one. Dermalogica has taken care to deliver moderate exfoliation with little risk of damaging delicate skin. Gentle is the name of the game.

After several days of use, I have noticed that my skin is smoother and a little brighter. It has also been helpful in treating those dreaded dry patches. And lastly, I'm paying more attention to my neck and decollete because of this product. Sure I always moisturized those areas, but daily exfoliating, not so much. Score one for longer-term thinking! 

In Summary
  • I do recommend Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. The rice-based powder is an effective and gentle exfoliant. 
  • Added Benefit: There are no artificial fragrances or colors. In fact, it smells a little like oatmeal.
  • Retailing for $52 for 2.6 oz, Daily Microfoliant is available for purchase here and here

Here's to your great skin! Thanks for reading!
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* I received this product from iFabbo for testing and review.


20 November 2014

It's #HintingSeason: The LG Oled is a great gift from Best Buy

Every so often a new product is introduced that changes the game and sets the world on fire. The mp3 player, the wrap dress and now the LG OLED TV available at Best Buy. The ultimate in TV technology, the LG OLED TV is poised to turn every living room into a stellar home theater. With its voice recognition, Smart TV capabilities and curved screen, I can't wait to sit back and enjoy this glorious technology.

And I won't have to wait for long! My brother is moving to a new place and the first item through the door will be the 55" LG OLED TV!! Yee-haw!! He spent all last weekend researching it and already has the pedestal on which it will be perched. I may be moving to his house!

What is OLED TV and why am I so excited?
The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. 

And just what does all of that mean? OLED technology is a step above current TV technology (LCD & LED) because each pixel can light itself up individually, requiring no backlighting. No backlight means the display can be ultra thin and light. It also means that each pixel can be turned off completely, yielding a true black and because of this, we get true infinite contrast. Something we've never seen before on a television.

Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

#HintingSeason #LGOLEDatBestBuy

My love of TV watching is well documented and I'm also looking forward to having fun with the built-in Wi-Fi, the webOS that allows you to customize your home screen and easily search for content on favorite sites like Hulu, Netflix and YouTube. It even comes with a 4.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and four pairs of 3D glasses! 

LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 - OLED TV
  • Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design.
  • Find content faster with webOS 
Learn more at LGOLEDatBestBuy.com 

What do you think? I bet you're in the market for an LG OLED TV now!! Sound off in the comments or tweet me @patranila using #OLEDatBestBuy. Can't wait to talk TV!

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product at a reduced price or for free.

18 November 2014

Get Gorgeous Eyes For Fall

When it comes to having fun with makeup, eyes are my favorite play space. I can go from dreamy to dramatic to daring with a single swipe of eyeliner. Today, I'm sharing a few Fall trends that will help you take your eyes from basic to brilliant with high-intensity colors and illuminating special effects.

Feline Fever
Cat eyes of varying stripes were all over the Fall/Winter 2014 runways. I love the double-lined winged eye shown at Herve Leger. 

Double-lined winged eyeliner. Eye Trends Fall/Winter 2014
Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner  |  Ardell Duralash Naturals Knot-Free  |  Benefit Brow Zings

A Strong Gaze
The look at Marc Jacobs called for a fresh face that left all the emphasis on intense eyes topped with bold brows. To get this look, line your entire eye (including the water line) with a water resistant, long-wear liner and finish with a no-flake mascara. Want to have a little more fun? Ditch the basic black and choose a vibrant liner and mascara.
Extreme Lash
Charlotte Knight (of Ciate Manicure fame) jumps into the makeup arena with the introduction of three new products for the face. Among them, Ciate Lashlights, a top coat for mascara that adds high wattage lash effects in colors called Famous, Nightingale and Electric.
Ciate London Lashlights ~ Get gorgeous eyes for fall.
Ciate London LashLights

What are some of your favorite looks for eyes this season? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @patranila! Thanks for reading!

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