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Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads – Does it work?- Review


Hi all, I was given the great pleasure of being asked to review Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads ! Today I want to share with you my knowledge of the ingredients & experience with the product.

Radical Skincare package, jar and booklet

Is your Skincare Radical Enough?

The first thing I wish to share with you in this review are some information about the ingredients, how and why they work in this product.

The first ingredient is water and the second is Aloe (barbadensis leaf) juice

  • Very good for binding moisture to the skin, as it is a second ingredient to water the Aloe binds moisture to the skin.  Also known to be a good anti-irritant.

Other important ingredient properties:

AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

  • Glycolic Acid – a great leave on Exfoliant (it also exfoliates Sun Damage from the skin)

BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids)

  • Salicylic Acid – improved skin thicken, barrier functions and Collagen production, can exfoliate the surface of the skin.  Has Antimicrobial properties so it’s great for treating breakouts, as it penetrates the surface of the skin, into your pores and can reduce blemishes (blackheads and whiteheads). To top this all off it’s another Anti-irritant and is an anti-inflammatory.


Some more ingredients that I find mentionable:

Willow Bark: anti-irritant & antioxidant

Glycerin: softens skin

And the ingredients have mentions of many extracts from flowers, leaves, and more.

Here is a video that explains their Product:

radical skincare review package open jarWhen I opened my package that contained the Radical Skincare Pads, I was happy to see the little booklet that was contained, wow, this product must have every language known to man in the little booklet. I also love their saying in the packet,

“More Honestly, More Potency, More Performance. Strong Skincare with strong values, empowering you and your skin. Radical results and nothing less.”

I also like the fact that they have their own proprietary technology called “Trylacel Technology”… this is the combination of all the ingredients in their product. Still pretty impressive, with the mixture, that I know to be exfoliating, yet soothing and anti-aging, as well as taking care of all skin types and removing the dead skin cells and reducing the appearance of pore size and protecting the acid mantle of the skin (this is the coating over the skin that protects it from bacteria, infections as it’s a slightly acidic barrier to the skin) which is a huge plus!

Upon opening up the Jar, I found the smell quite wonderful, it smells fruity… this trial of their product maybe quite enjoyable! I picked up one pad and applied it to my face, neck and decollete and found it wasn’t irritating in the least, at least not initially… “time will tell” I told myself. Touching my skin after application, I found my skin feeling baby soft and smooth… “to good to be true?” I asked myself.

Well time did tell, all the doubts of effectiveness with such a soothing, softening and non irritating product was indeed wonderful to my skin! I saw (and still see) results that seem to build upon itself with repeated use. I used the pads only at night, and this gives me a 2 month supply of the product, yet I believe that I could possibly be used safely twice daily… this 60 pad supply is a big plus, when most only have a 30 day supply. And before I forget, others have cheap thin pads included with their product, and this has not only ample amount of the product on the pads and the pads hold the product well… but the pads are plush and feel so soft. Perfection!

radical skincare review exfoliating padThe best thing about this product is that it works for all skin types, for my combination normal to dry skin, it makes my skin feel so baby soft, it doesn’t sting on me, like other products do. And because I am hitting a certain age, where my hormones are gone amok (Peri-menopausal, or as I call it Pre-Menopausal) my skin tends to break out like I were a teen or in my twenties again and this product took care of the breakouts! Yay! I never understood adult acne, other then the occasional breakouts when it came to that monthly stuff, but suddenly I understood it and until the Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads I was really frustrated and I admit embarrassed. As an adult I always took good care of my skin and as a Cosmetologist I thought I “always knew” the solutions for my skin… well it was so hard to take care of the breakouts and to take care of the aging skin. Now I can do both with these pads, and I cannot wait to try out other products from Radical Skincare, they are so gentle yet affective for all my skincare needs.

After researching their ingredients with my so called “beauty bible” full of information about ingredients in products and what they can and cannot do, I realize that I can recommend this product for both young and old alike. NICE! I am highly satisfied with the product and I believe you will be too!

The full range of Radical Skincare products can be found both in Sephora US and Canada, Click Here to purchase.

Thank you to Radical Skincare and Fuel My Blog for being patient with me while I struggled with personal and family health issues as well as internet problems… I thank you so much to for providing me with this wonderful product to review, it has been a pleasure finding this product just pure perfection, I am impressed and sold on Radical Skincare for my skincare needs!

Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received the product (mentioned above) to test out for my honest review on my blog. 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. 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.

Julep Maven Monthly Box Review & Get One Box Free!

Julep Maven Freebie & Monthly Beauty Boxes Review.

To the guys reading this:  I thought that these Monthly boxes would be a great Valentines Day Gift for your sweetheart!

Hi all, I finally couldn’t resist the unique bottles of Nail Polish any longer and so I decided it was time to check out Julep’s Website online. So when I looked at Julep, I discovered the monthly Julep Maven subscription. And after reading all the information on the plan, I  decided to become a Julep Maven. This is a 3 page review of products I purchased and explanation of the Julep Maven Program, for you.

Julep Maven Subscription - first box free
Click the picture to get your Free Box as a Julep Maven

What is Julep Maven Membership all about here is information straight from Julep:

Julep Beauty’s Maven subscription box is more than just first access to the latest in beauty innovation delivered to your doorstep every month. Take a look at all the beautiful benefits you get when you become a Maven:

  • Get your Maven starter box for FREE (regularly $19.99) with the code FREEBOX
  • Get $40 of our 4-free nail polish and beauty products for just $20 and customized to your style
  • Get 20% off all regular priced items and free shipping
  • Early access to the newest Julep collection on the 20th of each month
  • Exclusive access to the Secret Store and first dibs on Mystery Boxes

So, what are you waiting for? Take the Style Quiz and get your first Maven box for FREE! Don’t forget to use FREEBOX at checkout. (Note, you will have to pay shipping on the intro box and you can cancel at any time!)


In December I signed up for Julep Maven Membership, I received my first box for free, I just paid for Shipping, which was just under $4.00! I was surprised at how fast I received my box and the full sized products contained in it… plus the surprise addition of a couple of samples to try.  The box contained so much that I was shocked, it must have contained about $60 worth of polishes, skin care and makeup.

One of the full sized products in my first box was called Blank Canvas (Mattifying Face Primer.) To tell you the truth, I worried about a Mattifying product being used on the dry areas of my combination skin. I honestly thought it was a bad choice to send to me, that is until I tried it! I couldn’t believe how my 50 year old skin got smoothed and how great my moisturizing Foundation when on so smoothly and stayed on for once, instead of soaking into my skin or accumulating in the wrinkles! I think that Blank Canvas Primer is a, wonderful product and it’s not just for those with Oily or Normal skin, it works on my combination skin… even my dry skin handles it well too! Nice to try something that I would have never even considered buying before, I love it when there is a pleasant surprise like this was!


December 2013 Julep Maven Box Full of Goodies
Click this to see the full sized image of my December Julep Maven Box.

The Kajal eye pencil that I received is call Kajal Eye Glider and it is correctly named. This two sided pencil (brown and black) goes on so smoothly it doesn’t pull at the eye. And being that it’s a Kajal it’s perfect for the waterline!

I also received Rock Star Hand Creme, this hand creme applied after washing hands, a bath or shower, really moisturizes and locked in the moisture. I love how it makes my hands look too, it makes those small wrinkles smooth out… I highly recommend applying it, like any  moisturizer to still slightly damp skin so the moisture and plumping from the water is locked in.

So that this post loads quicker, with all the large clickable pictures I have for this review, I have split this post into several pages. To see more CLICK HERE go to the next page. 🙂

Upcoming Reviews – A Corset too

vintage corsetHi there folks, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have some Upcoming Reviews… I have several fun reviews that I am working on.

I am testing out a facial care kit, a vitamin C serum, and A lovely Corset. I also have a review coming up for a necklace!

I admit that I am a bit nervous about showing off the Corset in pictures, but it will be fun finding something to wear it with. Now to figure out how to lace up the corset, lol. This corset will be perfect for Valentines Day, Night Club wear, Wedding Gowns and why not a pair of jeans? 🙂 I got this lovely corset at TMart online, if you wish to look around at all their many offerings here is the link:

Drawing of a woman in a Corset.

I have some other reviews with giveaways coming up soon too. I hope you are as excited as I am!

How are all my readers doing? Let me know in comments below what news you have to share! Also please let me know if you have any suggestions or requests for reviews and possible giveaways here and I will make an effort to find them for you!

Okay, time to let you go and wish you all the Happiness and Health in the New Year! See you soon?

Love and (((hugs))),


Skin Care System – Spa Sonic Review & Sale (4/30/13)

I was contacted by Spa Sonic to test out their Sonic Skin Care System (AKA: Sonic Face and Body Polisher) and, you know me (well most of you do) I jump on the chance to review products that fit into my Cosmetology knowledge (Hair, Skin and Nails), beauty and beauty tools.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System Box

Your first question, if you’ve read my review and how to with manual and mechanical skin care systems (along with the product that I found to be the best system at the time of the writing of that post) in the past should be, “Well, what’s the major difference, between this and the other system?” The difference here is that this Skin Care System is Sonic. What does Sonic mean when it comes to these systems? Sonic is a specific sonic vibration/sound that helps to clean better and make products like this Skin Care System penetrate better. Spa Sonic Skin Care System Box

I received the Spa Sonic, Sonic Skin Care System and immediately started to use it so that I could get this review out ahead of their sale date (more about the sale later in this post). The Sonic Skin Care System box contains, 2 Facial Brushes (both are so wonderfully gentle), 1 large Body Brush, 1 Facial Buffer (a really supper soft sponge for after cleansing and application of your Moisturizer) and a really gentle pumice stone and of course the Sonic Unit that all these attachments go on. The 4 AA Batteries required are included too. Also inside the box you will find a 30 day Money Back Warranty, the place to register your unit and an instruction manual.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System Warranty and instructions

Now when I went to put the batteries in, I thought for sure I knew how since on the handle of the unit, it had in raised print “Open” and so I kept trying to pull off the end… then I tried squeezing it. My husband looked at me laughing, then I realized how silly I looked. I won’t say much more then that end of the unit is rather phallic looking and I knew by my husband’s eyes what he was thinking, so as I handed it to him, he did say “trust me I have more experience with this sort of thing than you do.” I burst into laughter and stated that perhaps I need to say that you need the guy around the house or a guy friend to open this for you. Ok enough of that, after reading the instructions out loud, and grabbing the unit from my husband, and failing to open it again, I handed it back over and made sure to repeat that the instructions say “Minimal pressure during pulling of the cap. It is more easily pulled off.” And woolahhh my husband had the cap off in a moment.

Inserting the batteries was easy enough as you can see markings, once the cap is open telling you where the + and – ends go… nice that you don’t have to refer to the instructions each time you accidentally pull out the batteries to replace them and forget to take note of how they were inserted… this is something I do on a regular basis and I’ve had skin care systems with brushes that didn’t even bother to leave you a clue as to how the batteries go in. Well I do have to say that this skin care system is much newer than the one I tried, that I believe was from Avon or some such (an ugly green thing) that didn’t even work for one whole facial wash, and that was back about 8 years ago when these things were first coming out.

I have tried several systems like this in the past, I have to say that I love the fact that this comes with 2 facial brushes, you can use one for the 2 or 3 months and then use the other so no worry about replacements until 4 to 6 months later or you can shave the unit with someone else, just get out the ol’ nail polish and mark the 2nd one with it… towards the brush side of the brush head, so you can readily see it. This nail polish idea will work great to help you also keep track of what brush you are saving for use in 2 to 3 months down the road.

Removing the attachments, especially the sponge like attachment from the plastic insert, should be done by pushing in on the plastic below it. This way you easily remove the attachments and for the delicate sponge attachment you don’t rip it or pull off the sponge.

Me (Mariah) Preparing to Use her Spa Sonic Skin Care System
Me Preparing to use my Sonic Skin Care System, make sure to get all the hair secured away from you face before you use this system.

Remember to get all your hair out of your face before you use the system. When you use these systems, especially with the sonic units, I recommend a gentle liquid wash for cleansing.  I also recommend that you first do a light wash of your face before using the unit for deep cleansing… just because I like the idea of getting off some of the surface impurities first before you use the brush (thus you are just pushing around the impurities from the deeper cleaning and not the surface, such as makeup etc). This way you also keep your brushes cleaner so you may rinse well after use easily and not have to clean the brush by disturbing the bristles by rubbing back and forth on your hand.

I did notice that the facial brushes with this skin care system were about 20% smaller then the last system I reviewed and have been using. And I admit that I actually like these smaller brush heads more… I like them more because they catch all the facial angles of the face more easily and I actually found it easier to keep the brush flush with the face for me. And this brush and unit are sonic in it’s cleaning and for me I can actual feel that my face feels much more stimulated and as a result it’s tingly even a while after use.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System with one of the two facial brushes attached

Please remember not to push in with your Unit, like any of the others, just hold the brush or attachment flat to the surface and let it gently glide over the surface. I have read some about people bearing one when they use some of these types of Skin Care Systems and that should NEVER BE DONE, if you hear the motor in it working harder then you are pushing down on the unit too much. Think of feathery touches, more and harsher exfoliation etc doesn’t mean it’s better as a matter of fact you can damage your unit as well as your skin!

The little sponge like attachment is so very soft, I don’t know if this is made with latex or not…so if you have a problem with latex you may want to think twice about using this product… however I don’t use it with too direct a contact to my skin as I use my moisturizer on the sponge. I like using this soft little sponge as it adds a delicate microdermabrasion for your skin as it helps the moisturizer sink into you skin more. For me the moisturizer sunk in much better than the plain rotating brush from my past review (it wasn’t sonic), so I use moisturizer with this one and I actually feel a big difference in my skin.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System Spong and What I use for moisturizer
Use the Sponge Head with your moisturizer.

I love to use the body brush, this too is very gentle but has the extra cleaning action of the sonic action of this Skin Care System. And the pumice stone has a nice gentle texture to it as well, helping to exfoliate those rough areas, it’s gentle enough to use on those elbows and knees as well as your feet! I really like that and recommend using this before application of instant tanning lotions that we all should be applying if we want to look tan (please avoid the sun and use sunscreen daily) as the exfoliating will help make sure that your knees and elbows won’t be too dark when you apply your instant tanning lotion.

I have found this Sonic Skin Care System to work wonderfully on my skin and much more efficiently then the last system that I tried that just has rotating brushes. This system may cost more than the ones that weren’t sonic and were basically just a rotating brush, but I feel that this Spa Sonic Skin Care System is well worth the price… don’t get me wrong this skin care system is still much cheaper then the Clarisonic ones out there.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System comes in 3 choices of colors White Lavendar and Pink

The Sale:

Just in time for Mothers Day these Skin Care Systems will be on Sale at

Sale Date: Tuesday April the 30th , 2013

Sale Price: $36 (The Regular Price is $60, that is a Savings of 40% off.)

Here is your link for this Sale. Or you can click on this link here (as you can see I am in no way affiliated with this Product or Sale:

As of this writing (4/28/2013) The Pink and the Lavender Sonic Care Skin Care Systems are out of stock, and I am not sure if those two colors will be on sale on the 3oth, since the link goes directly to the white Skin Care System, I would count of this one being the sale item and being in stock too! 🙂

Spa Sonic Gifts with Bows on the boxes
Before I close I have been asked for my recommendations for facial cleansing and moisturizing by others and here is what I use on my skin, keep in mind that my skin is normal with combination areas through out (and that I just turned 50 on the 22nd of this month) so what I use may not work for you. Here is what I use:

Olay Foaming Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. It is fragrance-free, oil-free and soap-free (again I don’t recommend bar soap cleansers, it can stiffen your brushes prematurely, so I recommend a gentle liquid cleanser). And Regenerist Moisturizer from Olay (you will notice the moisturizer in a picture above).

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received the Spa Sonic Skin Care System for testing and 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 Target and me.


Therabreath Bonus Pack Sale – Buy a Bonus Pak & Get up to $175 in Free Products! – Bad Breath & Stained Teeth Beware!

TheraBreath Bonus Pack Sale Thru March 25th 2013. Get Up to $175 in Free Bonuses + Free Shipping
TheraBreath Bonus Pak Sale Thru March 25th 2013. Click on the link to the right of this picture, to see the choice of Bonus Packs.

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All these products on their site where created by Dr. Harold Katz, famous as the “Bad Breath Guru”… he developed all these wonderful products!

This Sale is only Available for a limited time, so take advantage of this now. This sale includes everything from the Professional Teeth Whitening Products to Products to take care of bad breath (I love these products as well as the teeth whitening), products to prevent gum disease, heal damaged gums and muti-symptom probiotics products.

TheraBreath Bonus Pak Sale Includes Free Ground Shipping and NonFloride Options
TheraBreath Bonus Pak Sale Includes Free Ground Shipping and NonFloride Options

If you wish to see my past review of the TheraBrite Plus that I tested out a while back you can find it HERE.

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TheraBreath Steps to take advantage of the Bonus Pak Sale
TheraBreath Steps to take advantage of the Bonus Pak Sale