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Key West Aloe Giveaway!

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I never start summer without a bottle of aloe vera around to handle any random sunburns. As it turns out, aloe isn't just for the summer months. Key West Aloe makes this amazing natural ingredient a year round must have. Their line of aloe infused skin care products are designed to make your skin look smoother, younger and healthier. Even though I have very dry skin I must admit that I hate applying moisturizer during the heat…this line solves my dilemma! Not only does it feel cooling on the skin, but it sinks in immediately and doesn’t leave a sticky, heavy film on the skin. Another benefit is that it works wonderfully for both men and women. The packaging is clean, unisex and sleek. I have found Mike grabbing for these products more than once!

The line targets everything from dryness to anti-aging. It all starts with aloe vera which already contains magnesium, zinc, calcium and amino acids. It also has hundreds of micro-nutrients and vitamins A, C and E. I couldn't believe how good aloe really is for your skin. Combine this with Key West Aloe's skin loving formulas for the skin you've only dreamed about.

I personally love the Environmental Defense Cream With SPF 15 for everyday moisture. From facial scrubs to night time recovery serums, this line has your face completely covered. With varying percentages of aloe in each formula, you skin gets exactly what it needs to maintain a healthy pH, fight the signs of aging and stay moisturized no matter what season it is.

Try just one product in their line and you'll be hooked. Trust me, you'll never see aloe the same way again. It's definitely become my new best friend.

Ready to see what aloe vera can do for your skin? Check out these products at www.keywestaloe.com and use promo code BeautyStat at check-out to receive 30% OFF your purchase! 

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AmLactin Lotion for Severely Dry Skin

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There's dry skin and then there's severely dry skin. Regular lotion is normally enough to handle the former, but you need something a little tougher to tackle severe or chronically dry, flaky skin. AmLactin's line of body lotions are designed to give you soft, smooth skin at any age. I love that their lotions go beyond basic hydration and actually encourage healthier looking skin as well.

Usually you only see alpha-hydroxy acid in facial creams, but AmLactin brings the exfoliating benefits of AHA to your body. If you've ever used AHA creams on your face, you know exactly how much of a difference this one powerful ingredient makes in the look and feel of your skin. All three of their body formulas and even their foot cream includes AHA to rid your skin of dead skin cells, while their unique formula locks in moisture for the smoothest skin you've had since you were born.

For general, everyday moisturization, try the AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion. With 12% lactic acid, rough, dry skin is smoothed away and the skin underneath nourished like never before. For a deeper, restorative lotion, try the Ultra Hydrating Body Cream or Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion. I personally love the latter if you have severely dry skin. Of course, don't forget to moisturize those dry, cracked heels with the AmLactin Foot Cream.

The formula is unlike other body lotions and your skin will thank you for it. The lotions start at just $15.99 which is actually less than expensive high end lotions which only work half as well. Plus it's cheaper than slathering on layer after layer of lotions and creams that don't work at all!

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Clayspray

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Clayspray harnesses the power of clay to give your skin new life. They actually refer to clay as “the secret of life” and the line of Clayspray for Face products are designed around that principle. A combination of mineral water and clay masques are available for nearly every skin type with each offering it's own unique benefits. My favorite part – the products are incredibly easy to use and of course, they're far cheaper than heading to a spa for a comparable treatment

Before you apply any of the masques, Clayspray recommends starting with the H2Ospray Hydrate Natura Spring Water to prepare your skin. It's designed to both moisturize and refresh skin and can even be used to fix makeup throughout your hectic day.

The next step is choosing a Clayspray Clay Masque. Each masque tackles common skin issues such as removing toxins and impurities, using natural minerals to fight the signs of aging, reducing pore size and moisturizing. The clay contains collagen boosting silica, moisturizing potassium and overall skin health boosting calcium. All this is mixed with Aloe Vera to improve cell regeneration and reduce inflammation.

All you have to do is apply, let dry and wash away. It really is that simple to turn back the clock or simply prevent skin from ever showing it's age. I'd recommend these for anyone looking for a powerful, yet more natural way to take care of their skin and fight all the signs of aging at once.

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DHC Skincare Sets

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Give your face an extra moisturizing boost with DHC's amazing olive oil and coQ10 sets. I'm a huge fan of skincare sets since they provide me with the right set of products to achieve maximum results. These sets are no different. Plus, they're DHC which means your skin will love every product.

Anyone dealing with dry skin will likely see a major difference in their skin after using the DHC Olive Essentials Set . From cleansing to moisturizing, this set does it all. The set is their best selling for a reason, and has been an essential in my personal arsenal of skincare products for years. The Deep Cleansing Oil puts olive oil to work to get rid of any dirt and makeup on your skin. Ensure your pores are squeaky clean by washing with the Mild Soap. The Mild Lotion provides the first layer of moisturizer while the Olive Virgin Oil ensures moisture stays locked in. Not only will your skin be cleaner than ever, it'll feel smooth and supple too.

If you feel you need that extra boost of firming, and brightening, than try out the CoQ10 set! Each of the Firming CoQ10 sets feature the Deep Cleansing Oil to moisturize and cleanse at the same time. DHC recommends using any lathering cleanser after the cleansing oil to finish washing away any other impurities. Both sets also include the CoQ10 Lotion to help tone skin. You can choose between the Cream or Milk sets with each containing either CoQ10 Cream or CoQ10 Face Milk moisturizers. The high concentration of CoQ10 helps firm skin to give you a youthful appearance. You can also separately order the amazing DHC CoQ10 Neck Cream to help take care of the often neglected neckline. 

With the sets ranging from $85 - $88, these sets are far cheaper than purchasing each item separately. Think of them as a skincare makeover to fight the signs of aging and everyday dryness.

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Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protectant

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Whether you love to flat iron in some chic, blow dry in some volume, or curl in some sexy, every heat styling diva needs some protection. Well style away ladies because Moroccanoil has you covered with their new Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection!

The 411: This lightweight (and amazing smelling) spray, prevents hair from breakage and spilt ends, shields hair from color fading, and provides an amazing healthy shine all while allowing you to turn up the heat and rock the latest and greatest in fashionable styles. I recently purchased this product from my hairdresser per her suggestion and can honestly say I am so happy that I did!

How to Use: Per the website-

Before styling: Divide dry hair into small sections, spray 1 pump on each piece 8-10 inches away from the hair prior to using any hot styling tools.

Before blow drying: Spray Heat Styling Protection on towel-dried hair for added protection and shine.

The Result: To be honest, I totally love it! Having gone through some hair nightmares in the past, I’ve spent the last couple of years terrified of heat styling. This spray provides amazing protection, smoothes my hair shaft (putting an end to frizzies), and leaves it looking shiny and full of volume. Only one word of caution; don’t over use. As the directions say, 1 pump per strand is efficient. Spray it and then brush it through to distribute evenly. Using too much of the product will leave your hair feeling a bit gummy and weighed down, but the proper amount is styling perfection. So grab your favorite hot tool and get to work ladies. You have many of great hair days in your future with this little bottle by your side! 

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Agadir Argan Oil Hair Care

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agadirarganoilOur hair is constantly abused and exposed to the elements, but rarely do we take the same care to nourish and protect it like we do our skin. The discovery of Argan Oil now gives us the chance to undo the damage and start truly caring for our hair. I've fallen for Agadir International's incredible line of Argan Oil infused hair care products and my hair has never looked better.

I'm fairly picky about hair products as many tend to either dry out my hair or make it oily. Yet, the Argan Oil leave-in conditioners did not turn my hair into a greasy mess. Perfection! What I love most about Agadir International's line is each product is carefully formulated to provide the right amount of moisture while repairing each damaged strand.

Imagine treating your hair to natural antioxidants, healing Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and carotenes that nourish, repair and protect against future damage. Sounds great right? If other products have left you less than impressed, give Agadir's daily shampoos and conditioners a try. They're great for all hair types, included color treated. If you'd rather start smaller, I recommend starting off with their hair treatments or shields just to see how badly your hair craves the special attention.

Everything you need to wash, treat, repair and even style your hair is available complete with Argan Oil. Most products start around $20, but it's far less than you'd pay for salon treatments. After you see what your hair should look and feel like, you'll realize these products are priceless.

TRY IT FOR YOURSELF!

 

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Tria Age-Defying Laser Review #2

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It has been two months since starting my skincare regimen with Tria Age-Defying Laser. I have now moved onto Level 3,and can’t wait to share with you my results and observations so far.

EXPERIENCE:
• I use the Tria Age-Defying Laser nightly after I brush my teeth and cleanse my face. This has become one of my favorite nightly rituals. I have found that I love the application process and how it helps me unwind and collect my thoughts right before I head to bed.
• The laser has a pain-free “heat” that your skin adjusts to with each level. Think of tiny little pin pricks. It is uncomfortable at first, but then you become accustomed to the sensation. By week 4, I became comfortable, and even began to enjoy the feeling of the laser. On Level 3, the hot sensation (which is reminiscent of a sunburn) usually took around 45 min to subside.
• After each treatment, my skin would be red (mind you, I have very fair/sensitive skin), but this was always gone by morning. After finishing my nightly treatment, I apply the Tria Age-Defying Finishing Serum. I absolutely love the serum, and how nourishing it feels on my post-treatment skin. Incredibly soothing. When my skin becomes too dry, I add some jojoba oil to the serum to give it an added hydration boost. I also make sure to exfoliate in the morning, which has helped to alleviate any extra dryness. I also make sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF to protect my new, beautiful skin!

IT WORKS The laser light activates your body’s own natural renewal process to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which in turn reduces fine lines and creates smoother skin.
• No downtime for recovery after the laser. All redness and dryness fades by morning.
• I have heard that this type of laser actually increases the absorption of serums and creams.
• Cleared for use by the FDA as the only at-home laser clinically proven to treat multiple signs of aging on the entire face

PROGRESS: After the first few weeks, I noticed that my skin was smoother, and my pores seemed more refined. I still can’t get over how touchable my skin is. Think baby soft!

The most noticeable difference for me has been with the texture of my skin. I have become “poreless,” or so it seems. My face needs less foundation than usual, and has a stunning glow. It looks healthy, and dare I say….radiant? Another bonus, the deep forehead crease is almost gone! I even see that my freckles have softened. I am hooked.

I can’t wait to finish the program and share the completed look. This is truly a miraculous device that helps to subtly transform your skin.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own. Photos by Tria Beauty.

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