Sunday, June 29, 2014

**REVIEW** ADOVIA Dead Sea Salt Soap

Usually, I am very reluctant to use bar soap. I've heard all the claims, "Won't dry your skin out!" or "Super moisturizing!" and so on. For me, they've always dried my skin out terribly. But when I saw this soap available for review, and read about it, I decided to give it a try.

Before trying it, I was expecting the same result as every other bar soap I've ever tried. I was expecting my skin to feel tight, itchy, and dry. But I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe it's all the minerals in the soap, maybe it's the Dead Sea salts that are exfoliating my skin, but it felt amazing!

There is something familiar about the scent that I just can't put my finger on. I recognize the smell, I am sure that it's the same scent as soap that I have used as a child, but I'm not exactly sure. It's not unpleasant, however.

Excuse the horrible picture of myself. This is before using the soap. My skin is really dry, and oftentimes, it's flaky and peeling. Even with lotion, it's constantly dry. 

The first thing I noticed about Adovia Dead Sea Salt moisturizing soap is that it doesn't create a lot of lather. As much as I appreciate not having excessive bubbles, it was kind of hard to think of it cleaning my face without the lather I'm used to. The second thing I noticed was that, while using my hands to wash my face, it felt like my skin was tightening and drying out. My hands kind of "skipped" over my skin, indicating that it was taking grease and oils off of my face. But I couldn't help but think it was overly cleaning- removing ALL moisturization from my skin. The last thing I noticed was that my face felt lighter, more airy, if that makes sense.

Not a lot of lather. Made me think it wouldn't clean my face as well as it claimed to.

When I rinsed it off, again my hands "skipped" over my skin. I started to think that maybe I made a mistake by giving this soap a try. I didn't have high hopes, despite really wanting to believe that it would feel good. However, once I fully rinsed it off, and pat dried my face using a wash cloth, I noticed immediately that my skin felt different. It felt lighter. Really clean. My skin looked amazing, as well! Nice and clear, smooth, no rough, dry patches, no flaking skin. Within 5 minutes, the feeling of tightness went away, and it was super soft! I did not use any other lotions or moisturizers after using this soap.

My skin seriously looks so much different!!
I absolutely love this soap, and have used it twice daily since receiving it. Every time I use it, my skin feels softer and softer. I don't see any dryness any more, and my complexion is much more even. The only warning I have for this soap is, make sure you don't get any of it in your eyes!! I made the mistake of not rinsing it off all the way before opening my eyes, and man did it burn! Keep a towel or wash cloth right next to you so that you can wipe your eyes before you open them. You can purchase the Adovia Dead Sea Salt soap on Amazon.

Have you ever used Dead Sea Salt soap? If so, what did you think of it? If not, would you consider it?

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, June 7, 2014

**REVIEW** Nail Cones

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I love to paint my nails, but I absolutely hate how the nail polish gets all over my skin. So, when I heard about Nail Cones, I was really excited! Finally, a product for someone like me! I couldn't wait to get my hands on them.

They came via USPS in a cute pink envelope. Nothing fancy, no extra unnecessary packaging. Nail Cones usually come in a pack of 60 (4 sheets, 15 cones on each). However, since this was just a sample for review purposes, it was one sheet.

Each row is a different size (which I didn't realize until after I started applying them). The neat thing about the sizes is that each size has a different amount of ice cream (all three for small, two scoops for medium, and one for large). So, it's fairly easy to tell what size you're using.

To use these, you need to make sure your fingers and nails are washed and dried. If they're dirty or wet, the Nail Cone may not stick as well as it should, leading to nail polish being on your skin instead of only the nail. Once your fingers and nails are nice and clean, and dry, peel off the size you need. Place your nail in the center cutout, with the ice cream scoop under your nail. Take the sides of the Nail Cone and wrap it around the outside of your nail so that only your nail is exposed. Once you have done that with all your nails on one hand, you're ready to paint your nails! Don't worry about going super slow to avoid mess-ups. The Nail Cone, if applied correctly, will keep the polish on your nails. Once you have achieved the desired shade (one coat or more), allow it to dry fully before slowly removing the Nail Cones off your nails. Then do the same for the other hand.

As you can see from the pictures below, I used different sizes because I wasn't aware that there were three different sizes on each sheet. The top left picture shows the small size on my pinkie. It was a little big, which made it a bit difficult to apply it correctly. The top right picture is my ring finger and a medium size. As you can see, it was way too large. I did leave it, however, because I liked how I could overlap it at the bottom of my nail, which I could not do with the small on my pinkie. The bottom left shows all the Nail Cones and my freshly painted nails.

Unfortunately, these Nail Cones did not work for me. I really do love the idea, and wanted them to work for me. As you can see from the last picture above, there is still lots of polish on my fingers. I admit I was a little less careful than I usually am, but I wanted to test out these Nail Cones. If there were another smaller size, I am sure this wouldn't have been an issue. A friend suggested I try these out on my toe nails, but I couldn't get them to fit my toe nails either, even with the largest size.

Over the course of a week, I have sent two messages to see if they offered a children's size, but they have not yet responded to me. Hopefully, they are just busy and not able to respond to messages at the moment.

If you are interested in purchasing some Nail Cones of your own, or if you'd like more information, you can find them HERE.

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.