Thursday, October 23, 2014

Youphoria #Yoga Mat Review & Giveaway

Youphoria Yoga sells high-quality yoga supplies which will help customers get the most out of their experiences, whether it be at home, at class, or in the gym. Youphoria Yoga cares about providing tools which will help you achieve balance and harmony in your life; they are committed to providing a customer-centered business with top-notch products.

Youphoria Yoga currently sells Yoga Mats and Yoga Towels. Their Yoga Towels retail for just $24.99 and are available in pink, green, blue and blue & green options.

I was lucky enough to receive a Youphoria Yoga Mat for the purpose of this review, in exchange for sharing my opinions with you. I chose the green mat because it was a very unique color (I tend to go for things that stick out), and I figured that my boyfriend would be more apt to share it with me than a pink one. I have been wanting to get into yoga for a long time, but I was always lacking the right equipment; the mats at the gym are very flat (and dirty) and tend to slip out from under me; I'm not even sure you can actually call them "mats" as they aren't much better than laying on the hard floor. I also wanted something to use at home. Although my second year of medical school is not as stressful as the first, it still has its moments, and yoga can work as a great relaxation and exercise routine. I was happy to receive a mat that really looked like it would do the job for me.

The Youphoria Yoga Mat is the highest-rated yoga mat currently sold on Amazon. It comes in four colors: pink, green, blue, and black. It measures 24" x 72" and is 1/4" thick. One of things that sets this yoga mat apart is the material that it is made out of; it is ultra-comfortable, as it is crafted from a high density memory foam. This foam is thick and helps to stabilize you during your yoga session, while also providing support for your back and relief of pressure points and sore muscles by molding to the natural curvature of your body. This material is durable and easy to clean. You won't have to worry about slipping across the floor on a flimsy, cheap mat, as the Youphoria Yoga Mat has circular, gripping pads on the bottom which will stick to the surface of the floor. The top of the mat is also textured in a way that you will have better grip with your hands and feet when you are in certain poses, so you don't slide on the mat either (especially if you are sweating). The mat is chemical and Phthalate free, making it safe for your body, as well as the environment. Its material is designed to be odor-free, which is a great feature for yogis. 

This yoga mat comes with a free carry strap, which makes it easier and more convenient to transport from your home to the gym, or to your next workout session. Youphoria Yoga's mat "outperforms competitors" while costing less (than some of the leading brands). To clean the mat, all you have to do is wipe it down with non-oil based soap or detergent (or use a mat spray), and then air dry by hanging outside or inside. It is recommended that you use a yoga towel when using your yoga mat to reduce the amount of sweat and natural oils saturating and dirtying your mat.  

Right now, you can purchase the Youphoria Yoga Mat here, on Amazon, for just $35.00; if you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free. If you purchase a Youphoria Yoga Towel and mat, you will receive $5.50 off your purchase. Youphoria Yoga also has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

I really have been enjoying my Youphoria Yoga Mat. I get a lot of compliments on the vibrant and unique green color -- I have the prettiest and most comfortable mat at the gym! I have been experimenting by using my mat for home workouts as well as gym workouts, and find that it works great on a multitude of surfaces. I have had a lot of borrowed mats in the past that have slipped quite easily, and I find that this mat has a much better grip on the floor as well as my body. I always end up pushing it a little, but not nearly as much as the cheaper mats. I use a yoga towel along with my mat, so I haven't had any issues with odor...the clean up is also really easy, but I would suggest hanging it outside to dry if you can. My favorite part about this mat is its comfort level; I really think that the memory foam helps me endure and enjoy more time exercising and practicing yoga. Being in weird study positions often, I find myself with the occasional back or leg issue, but the memory foam material always puts my body at ease. I really don't have anything bad to say at all about this mat -- I think it is really going to help me meet my goals of exercising more frequently and finding a new source of relaxation and energy.

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Beauty by Earth: All-Natural & Organic Sunscreen SPF 25 Review & Giveaway!

Beauty by Earth is a company based out of Frisco, Texas, that specializes in manufacturing beauty products which are all-natural. Beauty by Earth has a mission, which is to "inspire beauty, nurture health, and create a better quality of life for people everywhere through authentically organic products crafted from the highest quality ingredients". Their company was created when the founders entered parenthood and realized how many products on the market (for children and adults alike) contained harmful chemicals and additives. They went on to create several wonderful beauty-centered products which are safe for both your skin and the environment.

Some of the products not featured in this review that Beauty by Earth offers include:
  • Organic Argan Oil
  • Lip Balm (many flavors)
  • Konjac Sponges

 I was given the chance to review Beauty by Earth's All-Natural and Organic Mineral Sunscreen (SPF 25), in exchange for sharing my opinions with you. It may not be the ideal season to use sunscreen, but we had a few random, beautiful days stuck in the middle of fall here in Maine, so I was able to test out the sunscreen to the best of my ability. Sunscreen is something I feel like you can never have too much of; I used to use mostly dark tanning lotions, but the more I learn about skin cancer and the like, the more I tend towards protective measures for my skin. I was happy to try a sunscreen which was NOT from the grocery store and did NOT have a thousand things in the ingredient list that I could not name. 

Beauty by Earth's Mineral Sunscreen comes in a 4 fl. oz container, which is a pretty generous size. As aforementioned, it has a mineral and plant-based formula, which makes it have an immediate effect, unlike other sunscreens that take up to 45 minutes to start working. This sunscreen has a water-resistant formula, which I think is an essential for anyone who spends a lot of time at the beach. I don't like to have to reapply my sunscreen after going in and out of the water, especially if I do it frequently! It is also reef and eco-friendly, so it is safe for use around marine life. Without any unnatural ingredients, it is great for use on all skin-types, even those that have very sensitive skin. Its formula is easy to apply, and is very smooth - it is supposed to be residue free. The scent is not overpowering but mild, for those who are irritated by perfumey type sunscreens. With an SPF of 25, Beauty by Earth suggests that you apply their sunscreen every 45-60 minutes; this is still better than reapplying every time you get in and out of the water. It helps to protect your skin against harmful UV rays and skin cancer, but also moisturizes at the same time.

Beauty by Earth's All-Natural and Organic Sunscreen contains the following ingredients: 

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide ...... 8% Zinc Oxide ...... 4% Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Organic Safflower Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin (vegetable derived), Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Fractioned Coconut Oil, Cetyl Alcohol (organic and plant based), Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (plant based)

Right now, you can purchase Beauty by Earth's All-Natural and Organic Sunscreen on Amazon, here, for just $13.99; Amazon Prime members will qualify for free shipping. Beauty by Earth has a 100% money-back guarantee if you are, for any reason, unsatisfied with your purchase. 

Overall, I was very pleased with Beauty by Earth's Mineral Sunscreen; although I did not get to use it on the hottest day with the most direct sunlight, I could still generally assess most of its features. One of my favorite things about this sunscreen was its lack of "sunscreen" smell. I'm sure many of you know what I mean when I say that most typical grocery store brands have a very distinct and slightly irritating smell which is not pleasant. This sunscreen has a very natural and light scent, almost like something tropical. It does have a very thick consistency which some people may not prefer, but I actually do -- I prefer to know that it is actually blocking the sun. I would take a thick consistency over greasy any day. My suggestion is to apply less so that your skin will fully absorb the sunscreen -- this way you won't look much whiter and chalkier after you put it on. The only time that I found it left residue was in places I wasn't fully able to reach and just sort of slapped it on. I felt like it really covered every area of my skin accurately, and it did NOT irritate my very sensitive skin. Instead of feeling like the sunscreen was blocking all of my pores and creating an oily and acne-prone appearance, I actually felt like it was moisturizing my skin and improving the texture. My skin felt much softer after using it. Of course, my favorite feature was the lack of unnatural additives! I feel like I am helping both my skin and the environment by making the switch to this sunscreen.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel: Review

Recently, I had the opportunity to review an awesome product: Shea Butter by Beauty by Shea. Now, this company has come out with another product which I'm sure you will all love just as much: the Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel!

The Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel is great for any woman or man who cares about the quality of their hair. Using hair dryers religiously can really damage your hair, especially if you use other chemicals or treatments such as dye or hair straighteners/curlers. You may be left with split ends or lifeless locks. The Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel is like a hair dryer and beauty treatment in one. This towel is very plush and is manufactured from double-sided brushed terry. This is an incredibly soft material that is thick and very absorbent, compared to your standard bathroom towel. The size of the Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel is 19 x 39 inches -- this is large enough for even the thickest or longest hair, and isn't too big for short hair, either. Short or long hair can be wrapped up nicely with the Luxe Beauty towel, and will stay in place with enough surface area to dry properly. 

Right now, you can purchase the Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel on Amazon, here, for just $17.97; if you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free! If you are not completely satisfied with your Microfiber Hair Towel, you can return it for a full refund, so why not give it a try? This would make a wonderful gift for any beauty-lover in your life, or anyone with color-treated or damaged hair, especially.

I am someone that typically tries to take showers at night, so that I can spray my hair with something that reduces curling, and I can sleep on it. This way, I don't have to use my hair dryer as much, since I am already a chronic user of hair straighteners. Recently, I have further tried to cut down the damage I do to my hair by leaving my hair in its natural curly state, or simply wearing it up. As it gets healthier and healthier, I find that I am much happier with how it looks, and without as many split ends, I feel like it is growing faster than it ever has. I am always in search of new products that will make my hair softer and more manageable, especially since I am considering getting a "new look"; I want to dye my hair a base color and get some pretty intense highlighting, so I want to make sure it is in the best shape BEFORE I put it through the damage. 

The Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel looked like the perfect alternative to simply sleeping with wet hair (this isn't really comfortable in the winter), or to leaving my hair wet in the morning when flying out the door on the rare occasion that I take a shower in the morning. It is really as soft as it looks in the pictures; I didn't even know what I was missing! A standard bathroom towel will stop my hair from dripping onto me after I get out of the shower, but it never even comes CLOSE to drying my hair (I have very thick hair). The Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel did an excellent job of leaving my hair much more dry by morning, and even less unruly! It felt more like a spa treatment than anything; I would envision myself using a towel this plush at a salon or any sort of spa. It is so comfortable and easy to use, and kept my hair piled on top of my head all throughout the night. I can't stress how much better this towel is than any normal bath towel..they don't compare at all! The material is so much more absorptive and comfortable. The towel was not soaked after my shower like a normal bath towel, even though it had removed most of the water and moisture from my hair. This made it much faster to dry itself when simply hanging it over the top of the shower. In the washer and dryer, it came out without any damage (for me) and still retained its amazing, plush quality. I definitely recommend this to my fellow beauty lovers! I honestly didn't think I would be blown away by a towel, but I really was.

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.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Konjac Sponge: Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge - Review


 My Konjac Sponge was founded by two sisters with a love for chemical-free and fragrance-free beauty products; one of the sisters realized that beauty products that fit into this category (especially for skin care issues) were few and far between, making it hard to combat specific needs during pregnancy. When she was introduced to the Konjac sponge, it made a world of difference for her and, thus, the sisters began to distribute My Konjac Sponge, to share this natural beauty secret with the world.

All of the products manufactured by My Konjac Sponge are additive free, vegan (registered with the Vegan Society), and environmentally friendly. All Konjac sponges are free of talc, preservatives, parabens, and artificial colors as well. My Konjac Sponge is committed to reducing their ecological footprint, and only uses packaging that is biodegradable and recyclable. They are Leaping Bunny certified, and do not test their products on animals. My Konjac Sponges are made in Korea using a high-quality and precise manufacturing process.

I received a Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge for the purpose of writing this review. I have heard a lot about Konjac sponges through social media and from a lot of my friends, so I wanted to see what all the rave was about. It seems like one of the newest and most effective ways to cleanse and revitalize your skin - something I always can use. My skin is in that awkward transition period from oily in the summer to dry in the winter, and the changing seasons on top of stress has left me with some unforgiving patches of acne in the past few weeks. Luckily, I am following a pretty good regimen with other products daily, and I knew the Konjac Sponge could only help me more.

My Konjac Sponge sells a variety of Konjac sponges, each differing with what conditions or skin types that it targets best. Besides the sponge that I reviewed, My Konjac Sponge also offers:
  • All Natural Pure Konjac Face Sponge - Great for all types of skin (even very sensitive); a soft sponge that helps to rejuvenate and exfoliate
  • All Natural Konjac Face Sponge with Added French Green Clay - Great for oily skin; absorbs bacteria, dirt, and oil well
  •  All Natural Konjac Face Sponge with Added French Pink Clay - Great for very dry skin; helps soften and rejuvenate rough skin and adds elasticity
  • All Natural Konjac Face Sponge with Added Volcanic Scoria - Great for dry and mature skin; works on men's skin as well for razor burn, and combats aging
  •  All Natural Six Wave Konjac Body Sponge - Works for all skin types -- the better version of an exfoliating loofah
  • All Natural Konjac Baby Bath Sponge - Perfect for the sensitive skin of babies; it is hypoallergenic and nonabrasive

 What is the Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge?

It is like a loofah that is much more powerful, and gets down into the crevices of your skin. It is made from pure Konjac Powder, water, and bamboo charcoal. This sponge was specially formulated for oily and acne prone skin. It can help manage and prevent break-outs. Its ingredients give it minerals and activated carbon that easily remove oils and bacteria from skin. This cleans out and reduces the size of your pores, while also exfoliating old skin layers. The Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge contains antioxidants that target bacteria which notoriously cause bacteria that other soaps and products may miss, because of their difficult-to-reach position. This My Konjac Sponge can help give you a more flawless and smooth look overall.

The Konjac Sponge is easy to use; it comes to you inside the package, hardened as you see in the pictures below. You need to rinse and soak the sponge until it becomes soft. You then massage the sponge around your face in a circular motion for optimal results. When you are done, you can rinse, squeeze out the water, and hang your sponge up to dry within your shower or in your bathroom.

Right now, you can purchase the Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge here, on Amazon, for just $10; if you have Amazon Prime, you will qualify for free shipping! My Konjac Sponges are also available for purchase through other online retailers and even in stores in some states, so make sure to check out their website for more purchasing options. 

I think the My Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge is the perfect addition to my beauty routine. I like this product because it is something that I can use during my showers, and although it barely takes any time at all to massage and exfoliate my face, the results are very noticeable. I wasn't much of a loofah fan previous to experiencing this sponge, to be honest. I have one in my shower, and now I know why I never used it -- if you have a cheap one, it just barely touches the surface of your skin. Where the loofah is superficial, the grooves and the texture of the Konjac sponge feel as if they are getting into every pore and every crevice of your face. I feel like I have finally sufficiently cleaned my skin and helped rid it of unwanted oils and bacteria. When I come out of the shower, my face feels fresher and more soft. I love that I can hang my Konjac sponge up in the shower around the shower head. It dries fairly quickly, and it is ready to be wet and used again the next day. It has really made an improvement in how oily and how acne-prone my skin is, especially during times of stress. I think that during the winter I would like to try one of their sponges for dry skin! This would make an excellent gift for any beauty lover.

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