St. Ives Cleansing Sticks

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I’m always up to try new skincare, and was excited that I was asked to try some of the new products from the St. Ives brand. It looks like they’ve recently added several new products since the days of using their Apricot Scrub in my teens. You know, back in the day when it came in the peach tub? Fast forward to today where they have multiple scrubs in different exfoliation levels, sheet masks, and the coolest thing yet — their cleansing sticks.

St. Ives Cleansing Sticks come in three options, but all are made with 100% natural coconut oil. I was a bit surprised to hear that coconut oil was in all the cleansers because that’s usually something I avoid putting on my skin. I was always under the impression that coconut oil was great for my body, but not for my acne prone face. However, curiosity always gets the best of me when it comes to skincare and I was compelled to try them all and see if they were worth keeping.

st ives cleansing stick review by iliketotalkblogWhat makes these cleansers a bit different is that they are in stick form — like big fat lip balms! Which I actually like because you can toss one in your gym bag and never worry about a mess. I can also keep it near the bathtub without worrying that my toddler will squirt it all over the floor, and it stays secure in it’s study packaging and screw top cap. PS, they are also bacteria resistant which is a huge plus since I know people freak if they have to double dip into a product more than once.

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All you do is just wet your face, rub the stick all over, and lather it up with your hands! I personally found that rubbing them into my eye brows helped get the lather going and getting a bit more cleanser on my face. I think all three versions lathered up and rinsed well and they all left my skin feeling great. I didn’t have any trouble getting my makeup off — even when it was pretty budge-proof eyeliner!  I’ve only been using them for about a week but I can report that no pimples have cropped up since using these cleansers and I’ve been using them multiple times a day.

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All three versions offer a different benefit based on their formula:

Cactus Water & Hibiscus hydrates and softens.  

Matcha Green Tea & Ginger detoxifies and refreshes.  

Apricot & Manuka Honey removes impurities and helps your skin get a healthy glow.   

Out of all three, I enjoy the Matcha Green Tea & Ginger one the most — but love them all!  You can find St. Ives products at your local CVS and Target. The cleansing sticks run about 7.99 each.

Renew Your Skin with Sugar Cookie Marini Holiday Exfoliator

marini holiday exfoliator sugar cookie review by iliketotalkblogAs someone in my mid-thirties, I really have focused in on what I’m using in the skincare department. My major concerns are that I have fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts from time to time. To make my skin feel it’s best, it’s important that I cleanse at least twice a day, exfoliate, treat and moisturize. Exfoliation being a very important step for my skin as I’ve been reminded to exfoliate often so that the rest of my products are effective.

The Sugar Cookie Marini Holiday Exfoliator is a limited edition facial scrub and it just landed on my doorstep last week. Limited edition, hence the holiday scent, sugar cookie. What’s different about this one from others I have used is that it uses both chemical and physical exfoliators to polish and renew the skin. By using proteolytic enzymes from papaya and pineapple, glycolic acid, and physical exfoliators like sugar, Jan Marini designed a face scrub that not only softens the skin, but treats it with a dimethicone based skin protectant to leave it smooth.

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I like a face scrub with a good amount of grit or texture to it — which is not exactly what you should be looking for, but I found this one to have a good amount that I am pleased with. While there is a warning that there may be a slight tingle, I didn’t get that at all — just skin that was SUPER smooth to the touch. It’s a shame this is limited edition because I love anything that involves a sugar cookie. While the scent is quite faint and makes me think of snickerdoodle more, the exfoliating power is the opposite. A little goes a long way on a wet face, and I’ll be trying to stretch this out this tub as long as possible. I’ve only used this a handful of times but I can say that I’ve gotten no irritation, and can feel a difference in my skin right after using.

marini holiday exfoliator sugar cookie review by iliketotalkblogI only wish I still had the other fabulous products I’ve tried from Jan Marini such as the C-Esta Serum and the Hyla3D HA Activating Complex. I used everything to the last tiny drop!  I find all Jan Marini products that I’ve tried, to be very effective so I trust this brand.

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You can purchase Jan Marini products through their website and through select skincare professionals. To find out more about this cruelty free brand, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

NeoCell Beauty Chews

NeoCell Beauty Chews review by iliketotalkblogDelicious Beauty Treats

I’ve always been interested in improving my health, but I find that now as a mom, it’s harder to carve out time to do everything I want to do for myself. Things I would totally do before, fall to the wayside because I need to take care of my family first. Sometimes that leaves mama feeling a little ragged.

Aside from jumping back into a good exercise routine again, and making changes to my diet, I was also able to start taking NeoCell Biotin Bursts and Hair, Skin & Nails beauty chews that helped give me that little extra boost I was looking for. Never have I been more excited to take “my vitamin” as I have with these things!

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The Hair, Skin, & Nails Beauty Chews are super tasty and definitely feel like you’re indulging in a treat. I’m all about strengthening the hair skin and nails with this delicious chew that features Biotin (promotes hair/nail growth), Vitamin C (Antioxidant), Hyaluronic Acid (skin hydration) , and Collagen (skin repair, renewal). It does have a little bit of sugar, but does not have gluten, soy, wheat, starch or artificial flavors. You only need to eat one day, but I would sometimes eat a couple more because they were so good!

The Biotin Bursts were just as delicious! Soft and chewy, and make you want to eat more than one. A single chew will give you 10,000 mcg dose of Biotin and includes Acai Berry for antioxidant support! If you have weak nails or want to promote healthy hair growth, and want to do it in a tasty way — and NOT in boring blah pill form, this is for you.

Collagen is vital for healthy skin by fighting fine lines and wrinkles, maintain elasticity, and firmness. NeoCell Beauty Bursts are a great option if you’re hoping to give your skin a boost with its blend of Super Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Vitamin C. I found the other two chews to be more “juicy” in flavor than this one, but still better than swallowing a large pill.

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NeoCell has a huge variety of supplements that can be found at CVS, Amazon, iHerb, and more. Not only do they have chews, but they also have pill form, and powders depending on what your fancy is. The prices will range from just over $10 to under $30.

To find out more about NeoCell you can visit their website, or give them a follow on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.