Category Archives: Personal Hygiene

Beauty Ancient Secrets Modern Solutions Giveaway

Hi folks, come on in and enter the Beauty Ancient Secrets Modern Solutions Giveaway. my recent review of Biblical Beauty Beauty, Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions and loving it! Please The former review of this book is posted Here. I would like to share a giveaway of this book with you!

Mariah Smiling as she's Reading "Biblical Beauty" Ancient Secrets Modern SolutionsEnter to win your own copy of this wonderful book, I am still enjoying a great read and enjoy learning more and more with each page turn. My favorite part is the Authors research into the Ancient Beauty Secrets and how she wrote about this unique topic, mixing in Modern Day Solutions.

If you enjoy learning about beauty, why not enter to win this book so you can read along with me? 🙂

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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received above mentioned product for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by me.

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

Colloidal Gold Skin Care by Jolie Femme 24K – Review & Giveaway


I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to run a review and a giveaway of Colloidal Gold Skin Care products by Jolie Femme 24K.

I received my package from this Luxury Line of Skin Care and I could have jumped for joy! Previous to receiving these Colloidal Gold containing products, I had heard about and studied up on Colloidal Gold Treatments for skin and all the wonderful properties of using this in skin care.

Here are just a few facts about Colloidal Gold:

  • It helps to bring blood to the skin area, which in return speeds up your cellular regeneration.

  • It is an anti-inflamatory

  • restores elasticity

  • and more

Review on HonestlyMariah.com Jolie Femme 24k Gold Skin CareTo read more about Colloidal Gold check out the Benefits of Gold at Jolie Femme.

I love the fact that, Jolie Femme 24K Products:

  • has active ingredients that work rapidly to give you immediate results

  • has a stable texture that has the ability to penetrate the skin fast, resulting in full absorption and no residues left behind.

  • has a gentle scent

  • No Animal Testing

  • valid for 24 Months after opening

  • Appropriate for all skin types

The products I received from Jolie Femme 24K:

Review on HonestlyMariah.com Jolie Femme 24K Gold 24K Deep Facial Peeling24K Deep Facial Peeling –  the product feels slightly warm on my skin as I rub it in. The products make my face feel soft, firm and yet not dry… it feels as smooth as can be. This product not only helps aging skin, but helps stop breakouts, smoothing the skin, reduces wrinkles and gets rid of dry patches and evens skin tone (including sun damage).

Note: I had problems charging my Camcorder, so I tried using my laptop to record. First Recording I forgot to turn on the microphone, redo  and reapply the deep facial peeling. Second Recording after rinsing off the product, I checked the video and the sound was tinny sounding. third video, done without sound… was third application of the Deep Facial Peeling and my face became ruddy. I only recommend using this once a week. lol

With the Deep Facial Peeling, remember to wear your sunscreen!

Review on HonestlyMariah.com Jolie Femme 24K Gold Extraordinary Effective Eye SerumReview on HonestlyMariah.com Jolie Femme 24K Gold Extraordinary Effective Eye Cream

The Extraordinary Effective Eye Serum and Eye Cream – these help with dark circles, discoloration, light infusing, firms the delicate eye area and more.

Here is a video where I show the products and show how to use the Jolie Femme 24K Gold products that I received.

Please note, it’s almost 1 am and I started this early this morning, multiple problems including trying to find a way to adjust the volume of the microphone headset so I wasn’t yelling at you, and the one sound video I recorded had to be dumped, the video was far too long. So voice over was my final solution. I would have given up, had it not been for the request of a video by Jolie Femme and the fact that I LOVE these products. 🙂
 
 
 


*Sorry Folks, I have been having technical difficulties it appears that Muvee, doesn’t like voice-over on my PC… I perfected it on my computer and it shows up in the program, but I try to save or upload it and the voice-over disappears. And yes I even tried it without the music… nothing is going my way with 2 days (and 3am of the 3rd day right now). I hope to have this fixed soon so I can do Jolie Femme Justice and have the voice over fixed by Muvee soon.

Update 6am and I did yet one more Voice-Over for the Review, I hope you like it… the new video is posted (above)! And Muvee contacted me, within a short while after I fixed this video, they will be online helping me repair the problem. 🙂 NICE!

Okay that all done, Come and enter the giveaway!*** (please read my disclaimer below)

***Disclaimer: I don’t know what to say to you all of you, but…  Please don’t count on getting the item Pictured in Jolie Femme’s Giveaway Widget above.  When I applied for this review, I counted on getting the item first mentioned by Jolie Femme when I agreed to all the terms for this review, as (just like above) they mentioned the product & showed the picture below first on the review ad. What I received where the products listed above, however they were skimmed upon in the ad for bloggers, so no biggie. But I worry that you all may wish to have the item pictured and talked about in the widget. I wanted you to know, not to count on it. This is not my giveaway widget, so I am not responsable for what they giveaway. But, trust me, if you win the same products that I received, I think you will enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂

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

Glide Thru Detangling Brush – Review & Giveaway

 

Howdy Folks! I have a Glide Thru Detangling Brush all my own and I am going to be giving one away too! Yay!

I was fortunate enough to win a Glide Thru Detangling Brush and Crave Naturals sent me a message in Twitter, asking me for my information on shipping me my prize. I instead asked them if they could hold my prize and if, instead of mailing it out to me, I could give it away on my blog. Crave Naturals being the wonderful company that they are did me one better! They offered to not only let me give one away, but to send me one to review as well… Okay, can I say that I am IN LOVE (once again) with Crave Naturals? Well, I AM! 🙂

Glide Thru Detangling Brush You may recall a recent review in which I mentioned Crave Naturals. They are the makers of my favorite Eyelash Curler, “Whiplash” (you can see my review of their Eyelash Curler HERE). And just like the Whiplash, the Glide Thru is another very wonderful product by Crave Naturals. I have baby fine hair and, as most of my fellow Cosmetologists said, when they cut and/or styled my hair, I have more than 2 full heads of hair on my noggin. lol As I am sure you can imagine, someone just breathing in the same room as me can mess up my hair and it tangles easily. Imagine a head of hair like mine and what a mess I have to deal with every morning upon awaking! Yes horrible.

My hair has always been like this, and I recall crying as a child as my Mother would try to brush through the rats nest (snarls, tangles, whatever you want to call it)… just thinking of it the sounds of the torn out hair, breakage etc rings in my ears. OH, wait a minute, it’s because that sound is still pretty familiar, until about a month ago when I received my own Glide Thru Detangling Brush, no wonder why the thought brought back the sounds like it was yesterday.

My Mother did try that No More Tangles product, and all that did was leave my hair oily and made it get dirty easily. Finally my Mother had my Aunt cut my hair into a Pixie Cut, oh how I cried, “I look like a boy!” My poor Aunt and poor Mom, her arms must have been tired!

Glide Thru Detangling Brush and Box it came in The Glide Thru Detangling Brush has saved my arms, my scalp and my hair from breaking off. The brush is easy to use, it has a nice ergonomic handle, that can be used in both the right and left hand comfortably. I like the way it sits in my right hand best and would love to see the style of the handle set up the opposite way for us lefties, but it is actually very comfortable in the left hand. I just think that just the thumb up on the bristle area of the brush is a slightly more natural and comfortable position, since I am a lefty (for the most part) I find myself holding the brush with all my fingers up at the bristle area and not on the handle when I try to brush with my left hand.

Want to know the easiest way to use this brush on children’s hair? Start brushing near the ends/tips on the hair, brushing downward. Slowly work your way up (perhaps an inch or two at a time), always brushing downward from that next inch or so up on the hair and all the way thru to the ends each time. You will hear less crying while you’re getting rid of those nasty tangles. Lets face it children’s scalps are more sensitive than ours.

  • The Glide Thru Detangling Brush is so great for the hair, it doesn’t have the little nibs that stick out of other plastic bristle brushes that grab at and clench over your hair, causing damage.
  • This Brush is so safe that you can use it on wet or dry hair!
  • It does work very well adding a gloss to your hair, especially when used on wet hair.
  • It is best that you don’t use an “all in one” shampoo and conditioner with this, use it with your rinse out or leave in conditioner (or weekly reconstructive conditioner) as an assist.
  • This brush does work with all hair types, be it thick, thin, damaged, chemically treated or virgin hair (virgin hair is hair that has not had ANY chemical treatments, perm, relaxer, color treatments)…
  • also would work great on hair that is curly, straight or anything in between.

For the Cosmetologists & Stylists out there, this would be a perfect addition to your brushes and combs! <- if you know or have a wonderful hairdresser, this would make a great gift as a tip and a thank you for their wonderful service!

Buy this brush and more by Crave Naturals on Amazon

Also you may buy any of the Crave Naturals products on their website.

I am very happy with my Glide Thru Detangling Brush and I am pleased to run this Giveaway so that one of you lucky readers can win one of your very own.

Thank you to Crave Naturals for being such a wonderful company, I am so happy that you entrusted me with my 2nd review for your wonderful products on my site and that you have been so generous with offering one of my lucky readers a Glide Thru as a prize. I am sure they will love their new brush, just like I love mine!

I just received a thank you tweet from Crave Naturals, after the very first tweet about this brush! They let me know that they have an Instagram Photo Contest up and running through this month, I will be entering, how about you? Details are here:

This giveaway is for people age 18+ and USA only.
For the Fuel My Blog Vote, please only vote for me if you really like my website… I probably shouldn’t bribe you with points to vote for me, but I could sure use the votes, thank you! <3

 

 

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product (named above) for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Photos by: Me (Mariah Lockwood).

Derma Roller – Review & Amazon GC Giveaway


Hi friends, I have a really unique review for you, it’s for the Derma Roller… hey and there is a Couple of Amazon Gift Certificates to Giveaway too! Yay! Now I see both pro’s, and to be honest, cons with this product, so take it or leave it my friends.

What is the Derma Roller? It is a tiny little roller that you roll across your clean skin and it is reported to help with Collagen Production as well as Cellulite and more. The Derma Roller is also called a Micro Needle Roller System and also called by some Skin Needling.

skin secret derma roller roller in use on womans faceI received my Derma Roller in great condition from my order on Amazon, I looked at this little device and wondered what I was thinking! I ordered a little device with little rolling needles on it to roll across your clean skin. Now you cannot roll it across skin with Rosacea, Lupus Rash or broken out in any way. I didn’t think about any of the above when I applied for the review, between my rashes on my face, breakouts from being peri-menopausal and then my thinking about the needles, I cannot and will not use the product at this time. I couldn’t even use it for my cellulite as there again I have skin issues.

The great features about the product is that, in concept it should work. The teeny tiny needles will indeed help you develop more collagen and elastin, also help you absorb more of your moisturizers and those products that help with collagen & elastin. As the extremely limited damage (if you don’t go hog wild and over do it) that it does to the skin will indeed cause your body to build more collagen and elastin.

skin secret derma roller roller close upHere is what Skin Secret, the maker of the Derma Roller, has to say about the features of their product:

Product Description

  • STIMULATES COLLAGEN PRODUCTION Collagens have great tensile strength, and provide these body structures with the ability to withstand forces that stretch them. Collagens consist of three polypeptide chains arranged in a triple helix, and are bundled together in fibers. This can be used with collagen creams, collagen lotions, collagen supplements to amplify the collagen production and improve skin quality
    HELPS ELIMINATE SCARS INLUDING ACNE SCARS scars will become less vissible over time, including acne scars. This is a good alternative to invasive laser surgery. This product works with othe acne treatments by allowing product to penetrate skin
    REDUCES APPEARANCE OF FINE LINES AND WRINKLES this will help eliminate bags under the eye, skin discoloarion, large pores. The skin will appear firmer. Works well with skin lotions, skin creams and skin serums like ascorbic acid vitamin e hyalurunic acid.
    REDUCES CELLULITE AND STRETCH MARKS. Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. This is without liposouction or other invasive procedures.

My problem with the product is that I know, from my husband owning a tattoo business years ago, that any kind of a needle should be autoclave sterilization in between uses. Okay with that bit of information out of the way (I hate to post a review of a product that I won’t use), I want to tell you that you really MUST keep the product clean and to reuse, well that is a worry. The product comes in what looks like an autoclaved/sterilizer type sealed bag, so it looks as though it should have been properly prepared for usage and reading the label it’s been sterilized when you receive it, by UV/Gamma Sterilization. This is good to start with, however I repeat, I am wondering about repeated use as it has no instructions as to what you should do with more than one use. I also wonder about the fact that in the tattoo industry sterilized products that sat in their bags for anything over 6 months (this means unused & unopened), had to be sterilized all over again… so wouldn’t this product have an expiration date? Nope, I couldn’t see one on the bag nor the box. Okay so I still wonder about the product and with Lupus SLE…I don’t want to think about this.

skin secret derma roller in trayNow what is my worry about sterilization of this product? I worry about blood born pathogens, which could be transmitted using this product, DO NOT SHARE! Also I worry about air born pathogens like common cold and more, if the hands that come into contact with this have anything on them from touching doorknobs to your having someone else touch the handle or the needles etc you may make yourself sick… not to mention setting it down on an unclean surface in your bathroom for instance! I also have been worried about people doing this at home and going wild with it, you could damage perfectly healthy collagen and elastin as well as make your skin suddenly sensitive to your cosmetics and skin care treatments… even the stray hairspray mist or perfumes. And, of course the more little holes you put in your skin, I would think the higher the risk of getting any sort of infection.

My advice, if you really want to test one out, do so, but also remember the above precautions & please consider my concerns… oh and for heaven sakes please seek advice from your doctor or better yet a dermatologist before you try this on yourself.

skin secret derma roller in trayOkay so there you go a review of a product that I decided not to use after some research and talking to my former tattooist husband. I am sorry Skin Secret, but your Derma 540 is not my cup of tea and I have to be honest in my reviewing products, even if means that I leave negative information and warnings in my review.

100 dollar amazon gift card win it or 1 of 2 25 dollar gcNow a Great Giveaway for you all thanks to Skin Secret: This is for $100 Amazon gift card and 2 $25 gift cards. In addition, the blogger who brought in the $100 winner gets a $25 gift card! Please help me and enter here to win! Yay!
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Skincare to Fight Aging With Vitamin C Serum – Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I have been so fortunate lately as I try out Valentia Skin Care’s Vitamin C Serum, called Even Glow Serum, for this review, I love to fight aging with vitamin C serum. As I’ve continued testing out Vitamin C Serums, I decided it was time, as a Former Cosmetologist, about the benefits and how to fight aging with Vitamin C Serum. Here I have tried to make the facts about Vitamin C Serums and the benefits you can expect, the strength of the serums and review my newest test subject from Valentia Skin Care.

In all my tests of Vitamin C Serums for the skin I have never seen such a golden beauty as this product, nor have I smelled such a lovely orange scent! And this product being 20 percent, is pure perfection in it’s dosage for the skin (for Vitamin C skincare products to be effective the percentage must be at least 10%).

pictures combined for even glow serumValentia’s Vitamin C Serum is  98% Natural, 75% Organic and MADE IN USA and Made for ALL SKIN TYPES!

What are the supporting ingredients in Valentia’s Vitamin C Serum? Here are some Quotes from Valentia:

KEY INGREDIENTS

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin.

***Our additional Key Ingredients below were all selected for their ability to enhance and support Vitamin C’s effect on the skin.

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil – These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend – Vitamin C

Resistem (Plant Stem Cells) – This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical) – Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

Green Tea Extact– The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

Mariah's box Even Glow Vit C SerumI love the stabilized Vitamin C Serums in the dropper bottles like this, using the dropper you can easily control the amount applied to the skin. And being the Vitamin C Serum from Valentia Skin Care is at 20% you know it’s going to help the collagen in your skin by not only supporting it but helping to build it.

As we age, our Collagen in the skin weaken and it takes a formula of 10% or higher to support and increase your collagen production, which helps with Anti-Aging skincare regime.

Vitamin C not only supports the Collagen, but it helps brighten up the skin as it helps get rid of that nasty ol’ skin discolorations (call them what you may, liver spots, age spots, sun spots etc). Vitamin C is a great antioxidant. With Vitamin C you can expect to see tightening, smoothing and softening of your fine lines and wrinkles. AND Vitamin C helps your skin better absorb your moisturizers. This is why Vitamin C is known as one of the BEST Anti-Aging products out there.

How to use this Vitamin C serum:

Be careful not to let your Vitamin C Serum be exposed to Sunlight or Air as even in a stabilized formula, like Valentia’s Vitamin C, there are vulnerabilities.  Here are the cautions you should take to treat the product well:

  1. When using the eye dropper, don’t squeeze the bulb while in the bottle, as this will add air to the product. Instead squeeze the bulb then place in the bottle to suck up the product.
  2. As always with anything that is applied to the skin, try not to touch the product, nor the applicator (in this case the eyedropper) to you skin. This will help keep the product pure and no worries of contamination
  3. Keep this bottle closed tightly and close it as soon as you can, this will help to further prevent air exposure.
  4. Keep the bottle out of sunlight, direct or indirect… instead keep it in a cool, dark place.

Using the Vitamin C Serum on your Skin:

  1. Wash your face and leave the skin damp
  2. Valentia recommends you shake the bottle, I recommend (to avoid incorporating too much air) that you treat the bottle gently to mix the product. And just like us Cosmetologists and Manicurists were taught, place the bottle between your palms and roll for a minute or two. If you are in a hurry and the gentle technique for mixing is too time consuming for you, don’t let it scare you from using the product, go ahead and shake as Valentia recommends, it’s just my personal preference in keeping the products strength.
  3. Use the dropper and drop the Vitamin C Serum onto your Facial Fingers… your facial fingers are the best fingers to use whenever you touch your face, it’s the middle finger and the finger next to your pinky finger.
  4. Gently apply the product to your face, neck and even your decollete (the upper part of your chest area).
  5. Let the product dry completely on your skin before you apply your moisturizer and makeup.

Mariah's Bottle Even Glow SerumNow I have used this product, but not long enough to tell you what it does deep down inside my skin or tell you much about what it does to the surface of the skin… although I can say that it has helped reduce the appearance of my pores (remember that nothing truly reduces the size of your pores, but it can clean them out and make the appearance less noticeable).

Cons:

This Vitamin C Serum isn’t in separate single use capsules. Why would I prefer that? Because Vitamin C needs to be handled with great care, avoid exposure to air as much as possible.

Pros:

The Cost! Most of us wouldn’t be able to purchase the capsules with Vitamin C serum as the cost goes way up and you can (as long as your careful) get the same satisfaction with the dropper bottles for much less. The prices on Vitamin C Serums over 10% tend to be in the $70 to $200 range and when I picked up mine (At Amazon) it only cost $35! It’s on sale now, what a true bargain!

At 20% Vitamin C, this serum is stronger than most on the market.

 

I thank Valentia for entrusting me with this review, I love your product with the scent and what I’ve seen, so far, with my skin. Even my sensitive skin handled well with your product, no breakouts, no rawness and I love the way my moisturizers soak into my skin.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.