Category Archives: Skincare

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 –ย  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, redoย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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*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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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…ย  Please don’t count on getting the item Pictured in Jolie Femme’s Giveaway Widget above.ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Does Adovia Eye Cream Work? – Review


Hi all, I have had my husband using Andovia Eye Cream for a while now and it’s time to get my review out for you.

I first received this nice little frosted glass container of Andovia Mineral Eye Gel about a month ago. The shipping was timely from Amazon. I was excited to try this product.

adovia eye gel container and boxI opened the container and tried on the eye cream, I then realized that my eyes were too sensitive to use the product, as I had eye surgery a few years back they have become very sensitive to some products near them. My eyes teared up, though I noticed a nice cooling sensation. After several trials, including placing the cream a little less closely to my eyes, it was still a no go. Perhaps it’s partly that I have some of the drainage to my eyes with plugs in them after eye surgery, or because of the resulting dry eyes from surgery. Who knows, this is all speculation.

I turned to my husband and made him swear that he would use this product nightly as part of his nightly routine so I can review the product.

My husband found that they eye cream did make his eyes sting, but only ever so slightly as they cooled around his eyes. He found that on the first application he was placing the cream too close to the eyes and problem solved 100% for him.

adovia eye gel applicationThe appearance of the fine lines, wrinkles around his eyes are greatly softened and diminished, the bags under his eyes have softened wrinkles. We made the mistake of thinking that it would help get rid of the bags, well no, not that, it would take down swelling around the eyes (puffiness) just as it claims. The bags tend to be fatty tissues that increase under the eye with age, there is no known non-surgical way to improve this, though the wrinkles there can be softened quite a bit by Adovia Eye Cream and it has for him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Would I recommend the eye cream? Yes and No, yes for those who don’t have sensitive eyes & skin to skincare products. A no to those who have had recent eye surgery. Dry eyes, you be the judge for yourself, researching around the internet I see many people who have checked out this product and it helped their tired and dry eyes.
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.

Dead Sea Salt Soap – Review


Oh how I loved testing out the Dead Sea Salt Soap for this review. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I have loved Dead Sea Salt products that I have used in the past, well this product is no different!

The bar of soap arrived to my house from my Amazon order and I opened up the box to see a lovely blue colored bar of soap. The fragrance of the soap is quite refreshing, though a little more fragrance than I usually enjoy in my soap. The texture of the bar of soap is unusual, in that it feels a little bit textured to the touch especially while washing with it, the bar is not shiny like most commercial bar soaps, the look and texture is like a good bar of homemade soap.

dead sea salt soapHere is what Adovia Skin Care says about their Dead Sea Salt Soap:

Item description:
– Infused with 100% Pure Dead Sea Salts from the Dead Sea
– Dead Sea Salt Contains over 21 Minerals Key to Skin Health and Beauty
– Deeply Moisturizing and Hydrating Soap great for Dry and Normal to Dry Skin
– Dead Sea Minerals Essential to Skin Function Contained in the Soap Include Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc and More.
– Great Value and Benefits for A Daily Moisturizing Facial Cleanser

My thoughts about the description above and the claims:

dead sea saltDead Sea Salt does contain a lot of minerals and the Dead Sea has been though to have many health and beauty benefits for ages, even Cleopatra loved the benefits of the Dead Sea thousands of years ago. Today we are lucky as products come out with Dead Sea Salts in them so we can experience some of the benefits without traveling to the Dead Sea ourselves. The problem is some of the products that claim to be Dead Sea Salt products don’t contain enough of the Dead Sea Salt to make a difference at all in your skin.ย  With this Soap, I find that their claims are not only believable but that is has helped to settle down some of my skin problems, yes my recent flare has my rash back on some of my body and my face right now, however the Dead Sea Salt has seemed to settle down the Lupus skin flare up. ๐Ÿ™‚

dead sea saltNow I did use the Dead Sea Salt Soap on my face once in the shower and I have to say that it did leave my face squeaky clean to the touch and with a very light moisturized feeling. However my preferred, since my face is so very highly sensitive to fragrance, is to use it on my body. I really loved sudsing up my washcloth with this bar of soap, the resulting suds were small, soft and had a very gentle fragrance. After rinsing, just like on my face, the result was squeaky clean yet lightly moisturized.

Now usually after using anything with Dead Sea Salts in it, I recommend rinsing well and then applying moisturizer… with this soap I recomend rinsing well and the moisturizer is your choice. The Dead Sea Salt Soap is made for Normal to Dry Skinย  (and of course skin in between). For me? I rinsed well and the I still did moisturize, most of the time. When I didn’t moisturize my terribly dry skin on my legs showed dry flaking, so just when too worn out to bother moisturizing, I just hid those legs. lol

Thank you to Adovia Skin Care for allowing me to review their Dead Sea Salt Soap, I am so in love! Thank you again!
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.

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.

Finally Recovered Here

 

Howdy all, you’ve probably been wondering what I’ve been up to. Well this past weekend I had a garage sale at my house, two households across the street from me also held their garage sales at the same time. On the last day of the garage sale I was fortunate enough that two sweet ladies joined me in my front yard and sold some of their homemade, hand sewn pillows, while keeping me company. It was a shame that I didn’t have much relief from sitting out there, minding the garage sale, so I didn’t get a chance to visit with my other lovely neighbors that were across the street from me.

I kept myself in the shade, wore my sunscreen, my sun sleeves (from Sunny Sleevez) and a big floppy hat. I was well protected from the sun, but still hauling out (and back in) the items that were being sold at the garage sale did me in terribly, as did just being somewhat exposed to the outdoor heat and some sun. I’ve been fit to be tied… just so very exhausted and in a lot of pain.

I have finally recovered, somewhat, from all of this days later. I thank you all for your patience.

Another picture of the whole sign this time a little closer look at it.Mariah's Artwork, hand painting lockwood sign closeup lower right side flowersI have to say that one of the very first things that sold were my little hats that I knit years ago… and I’ve had an offer to sell more of them for a bigger price tag to cover the heads of some more kids nearby. So when I manage to get some free time, I will start doing some more of my knitting. I also had many complements on my sign up front, the one I hand painted… one person thought it maybe decoupage, because they couldn’t believe that someone painted it by hand. lol NICE HUH? Loved the complement! So perhaps someday I will be working on my painting once again and finding a way to make some money to help out with the bills at home here. I don’t know where I will find the time, but I will try! Who knows, I may have a way to finally make ends meet when it comes to my blog as well as our specialists and our medications here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mariah's Japanese Tea Set
You cannot see it well in the photo but this set is really ornate, gold like metal paint(?) all over the tea set design. Lovely, I never used it or displayed it… just don’t have room for this set, but not sure of the value (if any). Click to see larger image & feel free to message me if you have an idea of the maker and value. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also met some fantastic people, including a man that told me to pull my Japanese Tea Set from the sale, saying that he has collected some like it and they are possibly too valuable to sell at a garage sale. I listened to him and pulled the set and as I gathered up a few more items for the 2nd day of the garage sale I pulled away from selling my little Cat Tea Pot from Japan as well, when I found that the line was discontinued in 1994 (yes I started checking online before putting things up for sale).

Mariahs Japanese Cat Teapot White Blue Flowers Ribbon Otagiri
My Japanese Cat Teapot White with Blue Flowers and Blue Ribbon around neck. Made in Japan by Otagiri (a line discontinued in 1994). I am also not sure of the value this has, the only cats like this, that I found online were blue background (quite popular) so this one seems rare. ???

 

I stillย  haven’t found the value of the Japanese Tea Set, nor the Cat Tea Pot, but I am holding onto them for a while just in case. ๐Ÿ™‚

sunny sleevez on armMy health is doing well here, except for the pain level from the weekend. I am thankful that I had my sun sleeves (from a past review that I’ve done) to help shield me from the sun and keep my arms cool at the same time. One thought on them, if I had the review to do all over again or I went to buy another pair of Sun Sleeves, I would choose a more neutral color… I did feel a bit like an eccentric old lady out there with sleeves that bright on my arms and the big floppy hat. lol But I did do what was best for my health with the Lupus SLE and used them and they did the job! No sunburn folks! Yay!

Another big thank you to Sunny Sleevez for the great product, with my purple ribbon on them (Lupus and Fibromyalgia Awareness Ribbon is Purple).