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Naturel Commodity Eye Serum Review


As busy moms, we don’t always take care of ourselves or get the sleep we so desperately need. This often leaves us with tired or puffy eyes covered up with concealer and bronzer so the world doesn’t see how truly exhausted we are. This is why I was excited to try out an eye serum from Naturel Commodity! I typically use some sort of eye cream, but haven’t dabbled too much in the serum world so I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect.

This product is available through Amazon Prime (let’s all have a moment of silence to praise the awesomeness of Amazon Prime.) and goes for about $50. I was able to try this product for a deeply discounted price in exchange for an honest review through Tomoson. If you’re not familiar with Tomoson, it’s a cool website where you can try and review products in exchange for your honest opinion.

So, I received my serum and immediately put it to the test!



It comes in a cute little bottle with a nifty little pump function which makes it easy to use!


There you can see the consistency of the formula. And just a reminder to always use your ring finger (the weakest finger) when applying products around your eyes so you don’t tug too hard on the most delicate area of your face.

So what did I think of this product? Well, I originally came into this thinking that I wouldn’t see a big difference after only using it for two weeks. Here is how the company describes the product per their Amazon page:

“The BEST Eye Serum For Dark Circles & Puffiness – Reduces Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Lifts & Brightens Tired Looking Eyes – With Powerful Vitamin C, Plant Stem Cells & Triple Peptides. Try Risk Free Today!”

Since I don’t have super puffy eyes or a ton of wrinkles (yet-knock on wood), I was putting all my eggs in the “brightens tired looking eyes” basket. Soooo…did it really do that? Well, after using twice a day (morning and night) for two weeks, here’s how it turned out-


Ta-daaaa!! I will say I did notice a bit more brightness around my eyes, but probably not $50 worth of a difference. I probably would have the same results had I drank $50 worth of water and had a good night’s sleep. I do like that this product is plant-based, paraben-free and doesn’t test on animals…but I don’t see myself spending $50 on it. I’ll most likely stick to my $10 eye creams for the time-being!

If you’re interested in checking out this product, you can find it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017ZD3EFC

Note: I was offered this product at a deeply discounted price in exchange for my honest review.

Can’t wait to test out the next product!

~SM

 

 

 

 

 

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Periwinkle Earring Review

I recently had the pleasure of trying a really awesome product for little girls!  Periwinkle is an earring subscription service that provides not only adorable earrings, but encouraging quotes for little minds as well…all shipped right to your door each month!  Can we say, “GGGiiiirrrrlll Powwweerrrr”??!!

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Each set comes in a cute box with an uplifting quote that you can put on display or keep in your bag if you need to arm yourself with some daily inspiration.  I posted my quote on my fridge low enough for my almost 4-year-old daughter to see everyday!  Although she can’t read quite yet, I still like her to know that she is surrounded by encouragement and positive vibes.

With Periwinkle you can choose between the Heirloom collection, which are sterling silver post earrings or Editor’s picks, which are super cute themed earrings. There is also a Now or Never option, which are a small selection of specially chosen earrings.

I received a set of Heirloom and a set of Editor’s Pick earrings for review.  I asked my daughter which ones she wanted to try first and she wanted to try the Heirloom collection.

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She loves animals so I’m not surprised she wanted to try out these cute little sharks.  She put them on and immediately started playing in the yard.  I also liked that the backs of the earrings are comfortable and soft which is great for tiny ears.

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She really seemed to enjoy these earrings and told everyone she met that day that she “had sharks in her ears”. 🙂

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Next, we tried the Editor’s Pick earrings!

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Yep!  Tiny oranges!  How adorable are these?!  These particular earrings were made of a different material than the shark earrings.  They were softer and more flexible, almost like the texture of an eraser.  My daughter also seemed to do better with these.  She wore them for a few days straight, even sleeping and bathing in them.  I was really surprised at how well they held up and that the backs stayed on the entire time!

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So what’s the pricing like?  Here’s the breakdown:

Editor’s Picks – $40.00 for 3 months, $72.00 for 6 months, and $95.00 for 12 months

Heirloom Collection – $69.00 for 3 months, $119.00 for 6 months, and $195.00 for 12 months

I think the pricing is reasonable considering you are getting a different pair of earrings delivered to your door each month.

Overall, I was pleased with this product!  I found that the Heirloom Collection is probably best for younger girls since they are bit more cutesy, whereas the Editor’s Picks seemed to have a more mature feel to them since they are sterling silver.  I think these would be a great addition to any little girl’s jewelry collection or the perfect gift for that sweet young lady in your life!

Sign up for Periwinkle here! You can also follow Periwinkle on social media for updates and specials!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/perwinkle.me

Twitter: www.twitter.com/periwinklestyle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/periwinkle.me/

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/periwinkle9145/

As an added bonus,  This week I will be giving away a free pair of the orange slice earrings on Instagram!  So make sure you follow me so you don’t miss out!

**Note: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

Can’t wait for the next review!

~SM

Buff® USA Review

One of the perks of being a BibRave Pro from Bibrave.com is that I get to test out running products for free in exchange for an honest review.  How cool is that?!  The first product that I had the opportunity to try was the Buff® USA.  You might be asking yourself, “What’s Buff®??”  Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s awesome and it will change your life!  Yes, your life will forever be altered.  It has many uses and is great for all outdoor activities.


***Checkout this video  from  BuffUSA.com demonstrating all of the ways to sport your Buff®!

Before discovering this little gem, I was always on the search for headbands that would properly stay in place during my runs.  I would get frustrated when they would fall out during a run or stretch out quickly and no longer be of use.  But then I found Buff®!  I can wear it so many ways and not have to worry about it falling out.  The first place I wore this baby was on a run at the lake.

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It was a beautiful day to use my Buff® as a headband and I liked knowing that my hair was being protected since I had just gotten it highlighted a couple of days before.

The next time, I tried my Buff® out as a wristband.

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Although, this is not one of the official ways to use the Buff® per the website, I still liked using it wipe my face since it was pretty warm this day.

Then, I took my Buff® on a little trip to the trails!

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The Buff® USA can be used as a dust mask for dusty trails OR you could use it to disguise yourself from a sneaky mountain lion! 😉

After the trails, I brought my Buff® to the beach!

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This time I used it as a cap which served as protection from the September, SoCal sun and the salty air!

I even took my Buff® to a theme park!

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That’s right, LEGOLAND pirates also enjoy using the Buff® while performing outdoor activities on their Lego pirate ships. 😉

The Buff® USA comes in allllll types of color combos and patterns.  As you can see from my pics, I chose a National Geographic® print in a pink/purple color.  Go checkout the website to see all of the beautiful colors/patterns to choose from!  You could even choose a Survivor® Buff® and pretend like you’re on a desert island with your own tribe.  The sky’s the limit!

I also liked that I could put my Buff® in the freezer before going out for a summer run to keep my neck and head cool.  You can’t do that with a headband, ladies!  So that’s what I did before going out on a sunset run…

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Look how adorable it is next to a flower bush…It’s like a work of art!  A functional work of art and well worth the investment!  I’m really excited to use my Buff® during the winter when it’s cold in the mornings and evenings and my lungs are on fire from inhaling the cold air.  I will be able to cover my neck and mouth…and presto!  My run just became more comfortable and I might even be able to extend my normal run by a few miles!

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this product since I was so unfamiliar with it.  I kind of thought it looked a little ridiculous and never really considered adding it to my running gear toolbox.  I was pleasantly surprised at not only the comfort and functionality of Buff® USA, but also the ease of use and the fashionable look that it provides.  I would definitely recommend this product to all of my friends and I can’t wait to add some more to my collection!

Also, if you plan to run the Marine Corps Marathon next month, stop by the Buff® booth at the Fitness Expo to grab your official Marine Corps Marathon Buff® headwear!

It’s way more fun to run…in the Buff®! 😉  What’s your favorite way to wear your Buff® USA??!

Again, I received this product as part of the awesome BibRave Pro program.  Don’t forget to review all of your races on Bibrave.com


And join BibChat every Tuesday on Twitter at 6 pm PST for your chance to score free and discounted running gear! Thanks, Buff® USA

~SM

 

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