Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Everydaze Korean Skincare Review

I'm a skincare fanatic and I love finding new Korean beauty products to try, not only because I'm Korean, but because they work! Everydaze is a new skincare brand that has products to help you glow from the inside out.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Everydaze currently has three products available: the Diamond Drop Hydrogel Eye Patch, Gold Charcoal Hydrogel Eye Patch, and Essential C's Konjac Jelly Peach supplement. They also sell accessories, including headbands, eye masks, and mirrors.

The eye patches are mini masks for the undereye area. They retail for $34 (currently listed at $28 on the Everydaze website) for 60 patches.

The Diamond Drop Hydrogel Eye Patches are made with brightening diamond powder, caffeine, and galactomyces to de-puff and regenerate the sensitive skin under your eyes and restore a youthful glow. The gel patches feel so soothing, especially if you leave them in the fridge when not in use.

The Gold Charcoal Hydrogel Eye Patches are an anti-aging blend of gold, charcoal powder, and adenosine to detoxify, stimulate collagen production, and increase elasticity. They tighten and lift skin while drawing out impurities.

The Essential C's Konjac Jelly were new to me, but I found they're a popular weight-loss supplement in Korea. They're a low calorie substitute for sugary snacks and are peach flavored. They're made from naturally-derived konjac in jelly form, which aids in weight management and satiety. It is fat free and has 10 calories per pouch. You can get an individual pack for $3 or a box of 10 for $30.

There's also an added infusion of collagen and Vitamin C to enhance your skin from the inside out. Collagen provides joint and muscle support and improves skin's elasticity and Vitamin C boosts the immune system.

I was a little wary of trying these because my only other experience with konjac is using a konjac sponge, and I couldn't really get behind the idea of eating the fibrous plant. I squeezed the contents into a cup and found that it didn't resemble the sponge at all and was instead a clear jelly. I wouldn't recommend drinking/eating these straight from the pouch, since the jelly comes out in clumps and could be a choking hazard. They tasted fine and had a strong peach flavor, but I have to admit it wasn't my favorite snack.
Bottom Line: Everydaze has a fun line of skincare products and I really enjoyed using the gel eye patches. The Essential C's supplements are a unique product to add to your beauty routine, too!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January Gramma In a Box Review

Gramma in a Box started off the new decade with a box featuring New Year's and Football crafts!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Gramma in a Box is a cookie and candy craft subscription that sends you everything you need to make three crafts to share with your family and friends. Each box you'll receive supplies to make 15-20 individual treats and every month has a different seasonal theme.

All of the ingredients you'll need are included, save for household items like a dish or spoon you may need to mix up some melted chocolate, etc. The crafts are easy to do and are great for all ages, making it a fun way to share time and love with your family and friends!

Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $20 per month (first box is only $10)
  • Three Months: $55 every three months (save $5)
  • Six Months: $110 every six months (save $10)
  • 12 Months: $220 every 12 months (save $20)
Shipping is free to the U.S. and taxes are included. If you want to cancel, do so by the 25th of the month. You can also try one box for $20 without a renewing subscription.

The January box had a New Year's and Football theme. The first project was New Year Sparklers and included melting chocolate, pretzel rods, and sprinkles. I melted the chocolate for one minute, dipped the pretzels into the chocolate, and then rolled them in the colorful sprinkles!

The second project was Game Day Crunch and included the leftover melting chocolate from the first project. The ingredients were smaler pretzel rods, popcorn, cranberries, candy coated chocolate bits, and peanuts (which can be skipped if you have an allergy). I mixed up the popcorn into the remaining chocolate in the bowl, then added in all the other ingredients and stirred them around to make a nice mix.

The third project always includes pre-baked cookies for decorating. The January New Year/Football Cookies came with blue, yellow, and brown frosting with the same colored sprinkles. The cookies are fresh and sealed in plastic, but it's recommended you complete the crafts within a week of receiving the box so they're at their freshest.

The cookies are easy to decorate and taste delicious! They're a butter/sugar cookie and are always a hit with my family.
Bottom Line: Gramma in a Box is a fun and affordable subscription and I look forward to making the sweet treats every month! It's a great way to treat your loved ones, whether they live near or far.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Kamedis Calm and Control Skincare Line Review

I've had issues with dry skin and eczema ever since childhood, and the dry winter air definitely doesn't help. Kamedis has a great line of hair and skincare products to help battle extra skin and dandruff any time of year!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Kamedis creates affordable products that help balance and restore troubled skin. They have products to combat acne, eczema, dandruff, itching, irritation, and redness. They're formulated with botanicals used in traditional Chinese medicine that are renowned for their ability to support good health. All of their products are dermatologist-recommended and cruelty-free.

The Hydrating Foot Gel-Cream is part of the Calm line and it instantly nourishes dry, cracked feet and heels. It has Chinese Rhubarb, which is one of the most popular botanicals in Chinese medicine. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic, and antioxidive properties. I absolutely love this gel! It's definitely more of a gel than a cream and it glides smoothly over skin. It also doesn't take long to be absorbed into skin and leaves my feet feeling soothed. After using for just two weeks I've already noticed a difference in my dry, rough heels (as in, no more rough patches!).

The Eczema Therapy Cream is clinically proven to reduce eczema flare ups by 50 percent. It's a great treatment for extreme dryness, irritation, redness, itchiness, and rashes, even if you don't have clinical eczema. I love this thick, nourishing cream for my hands and all over after showering. Even though the formula is rich, it absorbs quickly without feeling greasy.

The Eczema Therapy Wash is a companion product to the Cream, and it calms and soothes dry skin that's prone to eczema. It's a rich, foaming gel that helps reduce extremely dry skin and itchiness without drying skin out further. Use in the shower and pair with the Eczema Therapy Cream for thoroughly soothed and moisturized skin.

The Calming Lotion is a cooling lotion-gel that immediately soothes, calms, and moisturizes targeted areas of dry skin. It's best for use on extremely dry patches, like ones that can form on your knees, elbows, or other eczema patches (mine were always on the top of my hands). It feels so nice and a little goes a long way.

Kamedis also has anti-dandruff products to treat your scalp. The Dandruff Therapy Shampoo is part of the Control line and it is clinically proven to reduce dandruff by 50 percent in just two weeks. I have had dandruff for as long as I can remember, and it's really annoying to deal with. I have to wash my hair every day, and using this shampoo makes me feel much better because it's so soothing and gentle, but still effective. It's free from steroids, tar, SLS, parabens, and dyes.

The Scalp Lotion is a companion product for the Dandruff Therapy Shampoo. It is also clinically proven to reduce dandruff by 50 percent in two weeks. The primary botanical ingredient is Soapberry, which is a natural detergent with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

This basically a scalp treatment that you apply to the scalp prior to shampooing. I left it on for about 20 minutes and then rinsed out before using the shampoo. My scalp felt soothed but not overly-dry after using, and I have noticed a significant decrease in itch and dandruff production!

One thing to note about all of the Kamedis products is that, since they're made with natural botanicals, they have natural coloring and scents. I found that the Hydrating Gel-Cream had the strongest botanical scent. It wasn't at all offensive or a bad smell, but it's not something you may expect from a skincare product.
Bottom Line: The Kamedis products I tried here have been life savers! The eczema products have helped keep my dry skin feeling soft and moisturized during these dry winter months, and the dandruff shampoo and treatment have helped balance my scalp significantly. I think they are a great deal and definitely worth a try for anyone looking to soothe dry skin!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Birchbox Skincare Fundamentals Kit Review

I travel a few times a year and I was getting low on my samples, so I purchased the Skincare Fundamentals Kit from Birchbox. I think it's an amazing deal and has everything I need for on-the-go skincare.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

This kit contains favorites for each step of your routine to cleanse, treat, moisturize, and protect. It costs only $22, which I think is a great price for a Birchbox kit (they're usually priced around $30 or higher). I even got this during a sale so it cost me round $15.

The Skincare Fundamentals Kit comes with 12 samples packaged in a travel-friendly clear plastic pouch (with a zippered top). You could honestly throw this whole thing in your carry-on and be all set for travel!

This kit caught my eye because there were a few specific products I wanted to try, plus some from brands I already knew I loved.

  • HUM Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow Gummies: This is a bonus item. The supplements boost skin's moisture levels with hyaluronic acid and Vitamins C and E. The packet had two gummies that were heart shaped. They're also vegan.
  • Sweet Chef Kale +Vitamin B Fresh Pressed Sheet Mask: Do I like kale? Hard no. Do I like sheet masks? Very much, yes. This one hydrates and protects skin and has no parabens or mineral oils.
  • Marcelle Micellar Water - Normal Skin: This micellar water removes makeup, tones, and cleanses with a calming, all-in-one formula. This is an especially handy item for travel since it accomplishes so much in one product.
  • Vasanti Brighten Up! Exfoliator: I've used this before and I really like it. It helps reduce dullness and wrinkles with papaya, microcrystals, and aloe.
  •  Kieh's Ultra Facial Cream: I love Kiehl's products! Their creams are always so decadent and are decently priced. This hydrates for a full 24 hours without feeling greasy or heavy.
  • Air Repair Super Hydrating Eye Cream: This potent cream reduces undereye puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles.
  • GLAMGLOW SUPERTONER Exfoliating Acid Solution Toner: I honestly bought this kit specifically for this product. I've seen it around Sephora but at $42, it's quite pricey to buy before trying. It has alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate, charcoal to detoxify, and witch hazel to refresh. It has a licorice scent like the Supercleanse, which isn't my favorite. Overall I think this is nice, but since toners are on your skin for such a short amount of time, I don't think I'd buy a full-sized bottle.
  •  Coola Dawn Patrol Classic Primer SPF 30: COOLA makes sunscreen products and this one has SPF to prep skin for makeup and protect against UV rays.
  • Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser: I've used this cleanser before too and it's very nice. It's made with grapefruit to prevent future blemishes.
  • Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips: This balm is for hydrating anywhere and soothes sunburns, tames brows, and nourishes cuticles. It's a nice, thick balm that provides deep hydration.
  • Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue Daily Serum: This is not a full-sized bottle, but it's a pretty decent size at .5 fl oz (the size of some full-sized serums on the market). It has antioxidants that help diminish fine lines and improve elasticity. The formula feels a bit sticky to me and takes a minute or two to really absorb into skin, but I've had good results with other Real Chemistry products so I think this will work well, too.
  •  Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil: This face oil has Vitamin C to brighten and golden turmeric to boost radiance. I've never used Sunday Riley before, but I know they make excellent skincare so I'm excited to try this.
Bottom Line: I think the Skincare Fundamentals Kit from Birchbox is a great way to try out new brands and skincare products. I think you'll definitely find some new favorites and you can't beat the price of only $22.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Yangu Beauty Bright Eyes Cream Review

Yangu Beauty is a skincare brand that creates natural and technologically-advanced skincare for a beautiful complexion. I've been using their Bright Eyes Cream and it's wonderful.

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Yangu Beauty translates to "My Beauty" in most Bantu languages and KiSwahili, which are spoken by more than 180 million people. The company uses tried and true herbs, plants, and oils from Southern Africa and combine them with new science to create skincare for women of color, developed by women. The line includes moisturizers, cleansers for oily skin, serums, and more.

The Bright Eyes Cream is a hydrating, anti-inflammatory cream that soothes the delicate skin around the eyes. It contains a peptide complex to firm and tone while also reducing dark circles and puffiness, and hyaluronic acid to restore and retain moisture.

The cream itself is rich and decadent, but not heavy at all. It has exactly the texture I want from an eye cream. Just a dab along the eyes is enough to provide soothing moisture that feels wonderful on the skin. The jar contains .5 oz of product and I could see this easily lasting me a whole year, considering you only need to use a little at a time.
Bottom Line: I'm very pleased with the Bright Eyes Cream from Yangu Beauty! I love that it is made with natural ingredients and is formulated to provide high quality results. Even better that the company is women-run!