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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Review: Macadamia Hair Nourishing Moisture Line #MacadamiaHair #NourishingMoistureLine #HairCare #Moisture

(product photos courtesy of www.macadamiahair.com)

If you have dry or frizzy hair, then you will want a hair care line that caters to your needs. That means a hair care line that provides nourishing moisture for your hair. Macadamia Hair Care has many lines of hair care but it has one line in particular that is perfect for dry, frizzy hair: its Nourishing Moisture Line. I have used this line and found it to be particularly good for my dry, frizzy color treated hair. Read my reviews below to see what I think of the products in the Nourishing Moisture Line.

10 fl.oz./300mL $22.00
The Nourishing Moisture Shampoo helps to give medium to coarse hair textures the rich hydration they require. It contains their exclusive Pro Oil Complex: a blend of Macadamia Oil and Argan Oil, which helps strengthen and repair hair as well as Hazelnut Oil and Avocado Oil to lock in moisture and nourish hair. Macadamia Oil is rich in Omega 7, 5 and 3 fatty acids that promote healthy hair growth. Argan Oil is rich in Omega 9 fatty acid that helps strengthen and repair hair. Avocado and Hazelnut Oils nourish and protect the hair and scalp. It also contains a combination of Vitamins A, C and E to balance out hair and help improve the tensile strength after every wash. Collagen and Vitamins A, C and E enhance tensile strength. The tensile strength is the point at which you can pull on your hair and it will not break. This shampoo rehydrates, rebalances, restores, strengthens and moisturizes hair. It is great for color-treated hair and helps it stay brighter. 

How To Use: apply a generous amount to wet hair, start at the scalp and gently massage into a lather. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. For optimal results, follow with Nourishing Moisture Conditioner on a daily basis and Nourishing Moisture Masque 1-2 times a week.

This shampoo leaves hair feeling soft and not tangled at all. I can only report how it feels when wet but I still need the conditioner because my hair is deeply damaged. But I don't feel as tangled as I do with other shampoos. I definitely notice a difference with this shampoo. It lathers well and it does not contain any sulfates. It is feels great on the hair and I love to shampoo with it. I love how this makes my hair feel. You can tell that the oils in this shampoo definitely work. 

10 fl.oz./300mL $22.00
If your hair is damaged, dry and frizzy; due to being color treated or hot ironed or chemically relaxed, then this is a great conditioner for you. It give you shine, gets rid of frizziness and gives your hair luxurious softness all in one bottle. The effective formula deeply penetrates hair deep down to the roots and scalp for an all-over moisturization. Infused with naturally their beneficial Pro-Oil Complex of Macadamia Oil and Argan Oil, they also added Avocado Oil and Hazelnut Oil for an even deeper hair and scalp moisture saturation. Repair, restore and strengthen with a combination of Collagen and Silk Amino Acids included for an all-over beauty and shine. Macadamia Oil is rich in nourishing Omega 7, 5 and 3 fatty acids that promote healthy hair. Argan Oil is rich in Omega 9 fatty acid that helps to repair and strengthen hair. Avocado and Hazelnut Oils nourish and hydrate the hair and scalp. Collagen and Silk Amino Acids promote tensile strength and shine. This conditioner repairs, strengthens and mends hair, it replenishes, seals in moisture and adds shine while de-frizzing hair. 

How to use: after shampooing, apply the conditioner through hair.  Begin at the roots and work through to the ends. Leave in for 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly. Use the Nourishing Moisture Masque 1-2 times a week.

After using both the shampoo and conditioner I found that my hair was definitely softer, not tangled at all and not frizzy anymore either. It was soft, shiny and nourished. The oils in this shampoo make the hair so soft and manageable that hair feels much different than ever before. I love how this combination makes my hair feel. Hair is shiny, bouncy and wonderful. I have been lucky enough to find a lot of great hair care recently and Macadamia Hair is definitely one of those brands. In fact it is at the top of the line. 

Moisture Masque 8 fl.oz./236.58mL
Moisture Oil Treatment 4.2 fl.oz./124.2mL 
This is a reparative treatment used 1x-2x a week. It is very, very good for the hair and leaves it feeling super soft and silky. This perfect duo gives medium to coarse hair ultra-hydration from root to tips, leaving hair detangled, silky, and finally frizz-free. The combination of the masque and the oil treatment provides the ultimate repairing, reconstructing, and hydrating treatment the hair needs. It boosts hair health, shine and elasticity. It contains Macadamia Oil to enhance the health of the hair with nourishing Omega 7, 5, and 3 fatty acids. Argan Oil repairs and strengthens hair with Omega 9 fatty acids. Vitamin e hydrates hair providing intense nourishment. 

How to Use: combine the masque and a few drops of the oil treatment. Apply the cocktail to damp hair. Comb through it with a wide tooth comb. Leave on hair for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. Enjoy this cocktail treatment 1-2 times a week, depending on your hair’s level of damage and moisture requirements. Use after shampooing hair. 

Your hair will feel AMAZING once you use this. Trust me. If you have frizzy hair or damaged hair, your hair will look and feel so much better. I would even leave it one longer and wrap hair in saran wrap and maybe use a hair dryer on it if it is in really bad shape. That takes the place of the salon hair dryers that they use when they do those heat treatments. Macadamia Hair is salon hair care. That is why I think this is a better way to go for hair that is really damaged. Give it the full salon treatment. Your hair will feel like it is so much better and like you spent a few hundred dollars on it. 

Here is a photo of me after using the Nourishing line:

Here is my hair after using Macadamia Hair Nourishing Line

I love everything I have ever tried from this brand. Their hair care is very good. And I have a whole closet of hair care. This is a good brand and they put out great products with good results.

Macadamia Professional can be purchased at www.macadamiahair.com. It is also available at Ulta Beauty. It is also available at salons around the country. Like Macadamia Hair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/macadamiahair; Follow Macadamia Hair on Twitter:@macadamiahair; Follow Macadamia Hair on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/macadamiahair/; Follow Macadamia Hair on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/macadamiahair/ and Subscribe to Macadamia Hair on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/macadamiahair.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Friday, March 23, 2018

20 Year Stylist and Natural Curl Guru with Tips on Mastering Mousse #mousse #MayaSmith #TheDoux

Not Your Momma’s Hair Mousse
20-Year Stylist and Natural Curl Guru with Tips on Mastering Mousse

Styling mousse first came on the scene back in the 80’s when big hair was the thing. Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston were the ladies who set the hair trends back then. I’m sure if you see pictures of your mom from the 80’s, you will see the waterfall bangs and curls that were teased, fried and crunchy. It was a cool look then. It’s not cool now. Hair styles and the products we use have changed over the decades.

Maya Smith, International Master of Natural Curls and founder of The Doux®, a haircare line she created specifically for naturally curly hair, has seen the evolution of mousse from the very beginning to now. We caught up with Maya and scored some amazing tips and insights to help you know which ingredients to look for and how to best use mousse to maximize your modern style.

Q: First to get things clear, what is the purpose of mousse? How has it changed from when you first saw it back in the day? What is the main difference from the mousse we see today and those from the 80’s and 90’s? Were they intended for different kinds of styles, textures?

A: When I started in the industry, the 90’s hair was in full effect. Naturally curly girls used mousse to create the Hillary Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) “wet” look. For volume a diffuser was used to get hair to stand up at the roots. The visual results were awesome, but if you tried to re-style your hair once it dried, you were in big trouble! While it was used on curly weaves, extensions, and wigs, mousse wasn’t even an option for girls with super-tight curls or kinky textures. These days, mousse is still used to achieve great definition and shine, but less emphasis is placed on how high your hair stands up, or how stiff the overall look is. It’s much more about softness and movement.

Q: What are some ingredients to look for? What’s good and what should be avoided?

A: Always be sure to look at the ingredients when shopping for products because this can make a big difference. Ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), Isopropyl, and Prolyene have been found to cause breakage and dry out your hair. The best way to achieve healthy hair is to have that balance between protein and moisture.

Q: What causes that crunch and what were some of the problems with the mousse options available that inspired you to create your own? Can mousse be combined with other products? What are the benefits of combining products and steps?

A: It’s common for mousse to be combined with gel or cream because most mousses on the market contain alcohol to make the hair dry faster. They are also polymer rich, which creates a sticky coating on the hair, much like a hairspray. This can leave hair feeling dry and stiff. We formulated our Mousse Def as an all-in-one solution for this problem. It creates the shine and definition of a mousse, yet leaves hair soft and touchable with no flaking.

Q: How does mousse compare to gels and balms? Are gels a thing of the past? Can a balm be used in place of a mousse?  

A: Mousse and gels are water-based products that contain polymers and holding agents that “stiffen” on the hair shaft in order to hold the hair in place. On the other hand, balms, pomades, and control pastes are what we call emulsions, are a mix of oils and water. The Doux’s Bonita Afro Balm is an emulsion developed for moisture and softness that also contains a small amount of polymer for a softer, more flexible hold.

Q: Finally, are Salon or Professional brands worth the money? Do they contain better ingredients?

A: Yes. Products that were formulated for salon use typically contain a higher quality of ingredients. They also contain less water and fillers, so you’re getting a more concentrated product with longer-standing results.

Q: What other advice can you offer to girls with natural curls who want to mix up their hair styles?

A: Try something new. Gone are the days when heavy pomades and gels were your only styling options. Girls who have natural curls deserve to enjoy lighter products that are easy to apply, and create bounce and movement. Maximizing your natural God given hair is what’s popular now. 

About Maya Smith:

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya's unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. 

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

BIZ: Stain Fighting 101 #BIZ #StainFighting101 #BIZStainFighter #BIZLiquidBooster

(product photo courtesy of www.bizstainfighter.com)

50 fl.oz./1.47L $4.97
Hello. I am now a brand ambassador for BIZ Stain Fighter. I am extremely proud to say this because BIZ has been around for a very long time. Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator is an enzyme-based, oxygenated and color-safe bleach, detergent booster and pre-treater for laundry stains, sold in b both liquid and powder form. It is an enzyme-based bleach that can break down proteins. 
Different stains require different ingredients to eliminate them. Science has shown that there is not one single ingredient that cleans everything well. So why doesn't every brand put all of these ingredients in? Likely because it costs more to do that. But BIZ® didn't cut any corners. Biz has more stain fighters than other brands. That's why it works better. 

Biz color safe bleach was invented by Charles McCarty, a researcher at Procter & Gamble (P&G), and introduced to the American market in 1967. It was purchased it from P&G in an auction held in the summer of 2000 and is now owned by CR Brands Inc. Forbes estimated the purchase price as more than $40 million. Annual sales revenue reached about $40 million one year later.[3]

BIZ® was the first enzyme based pre-soak and color-safe bleach that moms have trusted to remove stains from the family's laundry for more than 40 years. 
BIZ was introduced nationally as a "pre-soak" or "color-safe bleach" and later re-positioned as a "detergent booster."  In 1994 BIZ like many P&G brands, was re-released in an "ultra" formula (making it highly concentrated so that less of the product would be needed to achieve the same cleaning results). You may recall hearing "Put it in the BIZ Bag," which meant a garment was too dirty for washing with detergent alone. As a promotion, BIZ distributed large laundry bags to hold the dirty, stained laundry that needed to be soaked in BIZ.

Don’t take their word for it of course! Independent tests show that BIZ® works better on tough stains. Of course, no product will work better on every single stain, but BIZ works as well or better on nearly every stain. See for yourself… Take a look at some specific examples of where BIZ performs significantly better:

I can specifically tell you that BIZ works great on blood. I had a nosebleed, as I have them sometimes and my nose was pouring blood on my pajamas. As soon as I took off my top I poured BIZ on it and then waited 10 minutes to wash it and voilĂ  my top was completely clean again. The blood was gone! Here are two photos I will show you:

before: with blood stains
after: without blood stains

I love BIZ Stain Fighter. I also have used it as a detergent and it performs wonderfully. I know it is not recommended to do that but it does work okay that way. It actually got my clothes very clean, smelling wonderful and all of the stains were gone too (of course). 

The best way to use BIZ is to pre-treat the stain. First you apply it to the stain, let it sit for a few hours and then wash it as soon as possible (ASAP). Pre-treating allows you to apply a concentrated amount of the enzymes to the stain so that they can get right to work on the stain. This is a quick and easy treatment that will allow a garment to look as good as new. Wet the stained area and apply BIZ directly to the stain and rub a little bit into the stain. You can either wait 5-10 minutes and then wash as usual or wait a few hours. Some stains may require more than one treatment before drying. Remember: if you still have a stain DO NOT put it into the dryer until the stain is gone as that will set the stain. 

BIZ can be used on any garment labeled no bleach or no chlorine bleach. Just test for colorfastness before using:
  • Dissolve two tablespoons of Biz in 1 cup warm water
  • Apply to a hidden area of the garment and let sit for 5 minutes
  • Compare with the rest of the garment – if no change occurred, wash as usual with Biz and detergent

Biz Stain Fighter is designed to be compatible with all HE and front-loading machines. HE machines allow you to cut the normal dose of BIZ in half. If you're using powder, use 1/2 scoop of BIZ which is equivalent to 1/2 cup. If you're using Biz liquid, fill the cap just below line 1 which is equivalent to approximately 1/4 cup. In a standard machine use 1 full scoop of Biz powder, or fill the liquid to line 3.

Depending on your washing machine, there are different methods that will allow you to use Biz powder in your front-loading washer. Please choose the one that will work best for your machine. Be sure to follow the recommendations of the machine's manufacturer:

  • Method 1: You can mix one dose (1/2 cup for medium loads & HE machines, 1 cup for larger & extra dirty loads) of BIZ powder with your powdered detergent.

  • Method 2: If you use a liquid detergent, you can dissolve one dose of Biz powder in 16 ounces of tap water and add the mixture to the wash through an external dispenser after the machine has started to agitate. This is the best method to use if your machine will allow it.

  • Method 3: You can dissolve one dose of BIZ powder in 16 ounces of tap water and pour the mixture into the bleach dispenser.

  • Method 4: You can add one dose of BIZ powder directly to the empty tub BEFORE adding clothes. This is a simple method, but, depending on your machine and water level, may require you to experiment with the best dosage amount. If you notice that BIZ isn't dissolving well, you may either reduce the dosage or try one of the methods above.

I prefer to use the BIZ Stain Fighter Liquid Booster myself. It cleans up to 80% better than detergent alone, it has more stain fighters than other brands, it fights tough stains better than OXI Cleans guaranteed, it contains a unique blend of enzymes which quickly dissolves stains and odors and it is made with biodegradable surfactants (lathering detergents). Pre-treat stains directly with BIZ Liquid by wetting the area with warm water and applying BIZ. Rub gently and wait 5-10 minute then wash as usual, Or add BIZ to every load to boost the power of your detergent. 

BIZ Stain Fighter Liquid Booster is available at mass market retailers nationwide. It retails for $4.97 per 50 fl.oz./1.47L. Like BIZ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bizstainfighter; Follow BIZ on Twitter: @bizstainfighter; Follow BIZ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bizstainfighter/ and Follow BIZ on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/LaundrybyBiz/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
Brand Ambassador

(This item was sent for consideration)

Review: The Naked Bee Moisturizing Jasmine & Honey Hand and Body Lotion #TheNakedBee #HandandBodyLotion #Jasmine #honey #NaturalHealthyConcepts

(product photo courtesy of www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com)

2.25 fl.oz./67mL $5.00
Almost everyone needs a hand and body lotion at some point. It is natural that your hands should become dry, especially in winter. Most definitely in winter! And at night you usually try to nourish them in some way. Well I have the ABSOLUTELY best smelling hand cream and body lotion that you could ever want to put on your hands and body. Not only is it the best smelling but it leaves hands feeling soft and smelling delicious and you body feeling nourished and not dry at all in the least. When applied it sinks immediately into hands leaving little to no residue but leaves hands feeling moisturized, hydrated and smelling so good. Body skin feels soft again without any itchiness or flakiness. 

Jasmine & Honey Moisturizing Hand and Body Lotion from Naked Bee contains nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and honey which are both humectants that draw moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance found throughout the body that supports skin elasticity and holds 1,000 times its own weight in water.  Honey supports a healthy response and also works to moisturize the skin. It also includes sunflower seed oil and aloe vera juice to offer added support as well as botanicals like green tea extract, calendula extract, lavender extract, arnica extract and kelp extract. This lotion includes spirulina, a freshwater algae that supports healthy looking skin and also helps to detoxifiy the body. The lotion is free of parabens, mineral oil, drying alcohol, and other potentially harmful chemicals. The delicate jasmine scent offers a hint of floral fragrance to this lotion, along with the wonderful scent of honey. It has definitely become my favorite lotion that I have ever used. 

If you’re looking for a nourishing lotion to support your skin, try The Naked Bee Jasmine & Honey Moisturizing Hand and Body Lotion. I have been using it for over a month and I believe it is one of the best hand creams I have ever used. It has really helped relieve the dry skin on my hands and I just cannot get over the way it smells. It comes in three sizes:
  • 2.25 fl.oz. $5.00
  • 6.7 fl.oz. $9.00
  • 8 fl.oz. $13.50
I would definitely use this on my body as well as my hands. Just for the fact that it does not leave a residue and it sinks in so quickly but is so nourishing at the same time. It is also completely natural. There are no harmful ingredients in this product. Believe me, you will not regret purchasing this product. If you are on the fence about it, try the small size first and then you can purchase the larger size. It’s available here at Natural Healthy Concepts with free domestic shipping!

The Naked Bee Moisturizing Jasmine & Honey Hand and Body Lotion retails for $5.00 per 2.25 fl.oz./67mL and is available at www.naturalhealthyconcepts.comNatural Healthy Concepts (NHC) is a vitamin and supplement website with a blog that features articles by a certified nutritionist on the most important topics in the natural health industry, such as essential oils (https://nhc.com/essential-oils), turmeric root and collagen. Like Natural Healthy Concepts on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naturalhealthy/; Follow Natural Healthy Concepts on Twitter: @naturalhealthy; Follow Natural Healthy Concepts on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/naturalhealthy; Follow Natural Healthy Concepts on Instagram: http://instagram.com/naturalhealthy; Follow Natural Healthy Concepts on Google+: https://plus.google.com/108550317742700489323 and Subscribe to Natural Healthy Concepts on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NaturalHealthyVideos.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Urban Decay Naked petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette #UrbanDecay #NakedpetiteHeat #Eyeshadow #Palette

(product photo courtesy of www.urbandecay.com)

Remember last summer when Urban Decay released the Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette and everyone went nuts? Well this year they have introduced a little side palette inspired by Naked Heat, called the Naked petite Heat. Think of it as an accessory. It contains six gorgeous neutral to warm shades of five mattes and a demi-matte highlighting shade all waiting for you. It has everything you need to create looks that range from soft and sultry to flat-out fire, to be inspired to take the heat. This palette has ALL BRAND NEW SHADES so you do not have to worry about getting any dupes in this palette at all. 

This video discusses the Naked petite Heat palette vs. Naked Heat

Personally, I LOVE IT. It works very well for my complexion. And I think it will work for most people. If you are very cool complected you could make it work for you by wearing a very cool blush and lipstick to counteract the eyeshadows. The ultra-compact packaging was made for travel and fits in your smallest purse. But don’t let its petite exterior fool you, it contains full-size pans of Urban Decay's legendary Eyeshadow and a mirror. Emblazoned with burning roses, this hot commodity will be your go-to palette. Use each shade alone or pair them up with your favorite shadows to create endless sizzling eye looks.

Some of the new favorites are Hot Spell, the latest terra-cotta obsession, and Strike, a rich reddish brown (one of my favorites). Feel like totally going up in flames? Try Wild Thing, a burnt orange shade (my absolute favorite), or Heist, a rich cayenne, for extra spice. Better yet, you can use these matte shades as a base to pair with your 12-shade Naked Heat palette. Because you deserve serious staying power and shadow that doesn’t flake or fade out on you, every shade in Naked petite Heat contains Urban Decay's Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color and blendability.

The shades in this palette are as follows:
  • INHALE (cream demi-matte)
  • VIBRATE (soft nude matte)
  • HOT SPELL (terra-cotta matte)
  • WILD THING (scorched-orange matte)
  • HEIST (rich cayenne matte)
  • STRIKE (rich reddish-brown matte)
Here are swatches of the shades from the palette:

Here are two looks I did from the palette: IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Fair; Urban Decay Naked petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette (Hot Spell in crease, Wild Thing in transition and lining lower lids, Vibrate on upper lids and Inhale under brow); Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner and Total Temptation Mascara;NARSISSIST Wanted I Blush Palette (Kingpin and Unlimited); Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in Fireball

wearing Naked petite Heat Look 1

wearing Naked petite Heat Look 1

wearing Naked petite Heat Look 1

wearing Naked petite Heat Look 1
Here is the second look I did: IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination in Fair; Urban Decay Naked petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette (Heist in crease, Strike in transition and on lower lids, Wild Thing on upper lids and Inhale under brow), 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil In Demolition on upper and lower lids, Troublmaker Mascara on lashes, Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in Shadowheart on lips; NARSISSIST Wanted I Palette (Buzzed, Bumpy Ride)

wearing Naked petite Heat Look 2

wearing Naked petite Heat Look 2

wearing Naked petite Heat Look 2

Here is a behind the scenes video with Nicole Richie and the Naked petite Heat palette from YouTube:

I adore this palette. It has great pigmentation, lasts forever. The colors are creamy and go on well. What else can I say? It is another winner for Urban Decay! This palette is available now from www.urbandecay.com; www.sephora.com, and www.ulta.com. It is also available from SEPHORA stores, ULTA Beauty stores and some Macy's stores. You can also purchase it in Urban Decay Flagship stores. Like Urban Decay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbandecaycosmetics; Follow Urban Decay on Twitter: @urbandecay; Follow Urban Decay on Tumblr: http://urbandecay.tumblr.com/; Follow Urban Decay on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/urbandecay/; Follow Urban Decay on Instagram: https://instagram.com/urbandecaycosmetics/; Follow Urban Decay on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+urbandecay/posts and Subscribe to Urban Decay on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/UrbanDecayYT.
Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: KRASR Comedo Suction Microdermabrasion Blackhead Remover #KRASR #ComedoSuctionBlackheadRemover #Comedones #Blackheads

(product photo courtesy of www.krasr.com)

Do you suffer from blackheads (comedones)? It is often very difficult to remove them completely. Maybe you have tried pore strips, masks, extractions, and other methods all to no avail. I think I have something else that will help you out. It is the KRASR Comedo Suction Microdermabrasion Blackhead Remover. It is KRASR's flagship product that removes impurities from the skin and reduces the look of fine lines to help solve a number of skin problems that you may be having at the moment. This process removes dead skin cells and sebum, which have oxidized into a blackhead. It also removes dead skin cells on the rest of the face which causes a dull appearance but KRASR assures that they provide you with the beast at home facial machine with stimulates growth of new and healthy skin. Enjoy a fresh, healthy glow on your skin with the Comedo Suction Facial Machine. What kinds of problems are solved by this machine? Rough skin, blackheads, dark spots, fine lines, it makes rough skin smoother and clearer, makes skin brighter; all without leaving a trace. 

It comes with four different beauty probes to get four different results. The four interchangeable beauty probes that have different cosmetic effects on the skin to improve its appearance no matter the problem, gives you the best facial possible. 
  • Cleansing Probes: The large cleansing probe is effective at treating blemishes by working with vacuum suction to remove blackheads instantly and with ease. A smaller size can treat harder to reach areas such as around the nose. 
  • Fine Line Probe: This probe pulls skin upwards to treat fine lines by increasing skin's elasticity and firmness through improved blood circulation. 

  • 1 Comedo Suction Beauty Device
  • 1 USB Charge Cable
  • 1 Operation Manual
  • 1 Oval Probe
  • 1 Small Size Circular Probe
  • 1 Big Size Circular Probe
  • 1 DC adaptor
When you first look at this machine you think, okay how is this going to work? Is it going to suck the skin off of my face? No. It doesn't do that. It uses a light but powerful suction to help pull the blackheads out of your pores (hair follicles) and you kind of pull it along your skin. It has a booklet with everything you need to know about the device included with it. For example, it comes with four probes. 
  • The Microcrystalline Skin Smoothing Probe: is the probe that helps to exfoliate dead skin that is left on the epidermis and it grinds millions of natural minerals onto it and then removes the skin along with with dirt and grime, leaving skin feeling instantly smooth. Usage area: Any area on the face except around the eyes. Other areas such as knees and elbows are suitable too.
  • The Skin Tightening Probe (Large-Sized): has a wide hold that effectively treat blackheads and acne. It use strong suction power that removes blackheads instantly and with ease. Usage area: Any area on the face except eyes.
  • Pore Cleansing Probe (Small-Sized): This probe helps make the skin look cleaner the hole is narrow allowing it to clean smaller areas such as the corners of the nose at that area where the Comedo Suction Probe cannot reach. Usage areas: Smaller, sensitive areas such as around the eyes, any other areas of the face are also suitable.
  • Fine Lines Probe (Oval): This special oval-shaped probe sucks the skin, pulling it upward to treat fine lines. Repeating this increases skin's elasticity and firmness and improves blood circulation. Usage area: Areas of the skin withe fine lines such as around the eyes. Any other ares of the face are also suitable.  
When you want to begin to smooth and tighten skin here is how you go about it, make sure not to use an exfoliant prior to using the device. Cleanse skin with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. Steam face with a facial steamer for 10 minutes prior to use:
  1. Attach the Skin Tightening Probe or Pore Cleansing Probe to the device. 
  2. Turn on to begin suction. Start from the chin and begin to move upwards towards the cheeks. Moving inside to outside. End at the forehead, again moving inside to outside. Each probe must be used according to different skin types. If you have dry skin, using it once a week for 5 minutes is recommended. If you have oily skin, then twice a week for 5 minutes is recommended. You do not need to press the probe firmly onto the skin as the device has very strong suction. 
  3. CAUTION: Always move the device around the skin slowly and frequently, Instead of moving it bad and forth, move in one direction and then reset and start again . Do not  hold the machine in one place for more than a few seconds or swelling, irritation and discomfort can occur. 
When you want to Cleanse Pores, here is how you go about doing it:
  1. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, choose between the larger Comedo Suction Probe and the Smaller Cleansing Probe.
  2. Turn the device on,
  3. Hold the probe over a blackhead to remove it. Hold it over acne to treat it.
  4. Pull away quickly and gently and then repeat.
  5. Adjust the suction of the device according to your needs using the suctions intensity control.
  6. You do not need to press the probe firmly on your skin as the device has very strong suction.
  7. CAUTION: Always move the device around the skin slowly and frequently, Instead of moving it bad and forth, move in one direction and then reset and start again . Do not  hold the machine in one place for more than a few seconds or swelling, irritation and discomfort can occur. 
Now, when you want to Smooth Fine Lines, here is what you do:
  1. Attach the Fine Lines Probe. 
  2. Place the probe to the are of the face you want to effect (use on canthus, ala nasi, the corner of the moth and another ares where fine lines are common).
  3. Turn on to begin suction.
  4. This effects the inner layers of the skin, stimulating the micro circulating of blood and preventing future wrinkles from forming. 
  5. Pull away quickly and gently then repeat.
  6. Adjust the suction of the device according to your needs, using the suction intensity control.
  7. You do not need to press the probe firmly on your skin as the device has very strong suction.
  8. CAUTION: Always move the device around the skin slowly and frequently, Instead of moving it bad and forth, move in one direction and then reset and start again . Do not  hold the machine in one place for more than a few seconds or swelling, irritation and discomfort can occur. 
After using the device, skin may feel tingly and flushed. This is normal and is because blood flow to the area has increased. It will take about 30 minutes to go away. Apply a cold compress if needed. Use moisturizers on the face after treating to help shrink pores and relieve discomfort/ensure proper SPF if going into the sun. 

Clean the device: After using the device you have to keep it clean. Detach probe and make sure device is unplugged. Using cotton swabs dipped in alcohol, clean probes. Wait for them to dry before putting back into box. Dry hand before using device. Before using device, make sure sponge has been put into filter cup and that it is dry. Or it may damage device. 

How well does this machine work at actually removing blackheads? Well it works pretty well as long as you follow the directions. It is essential that you cleanse your face first and steam it afterwards for around 10 minutes as it says. This is what you would do in a regular facial. The reasoning behind this is that is softens up the skin and blackhead so that it is easier to extract. If you are going to be working on lines/wrinkles or cleaning pores it is still essential to steam the face because you need to soften the skin. Using suction like this on skin that hasn't been softened is like asking to break open capillaries. If you don't have a steamer for the face you can fill your sink with the hottest water you have and stand over it with a towel over your head and then stand like that for ten minutes making sure that if the steam starts to get low, put more hot water in the sink.

Then start the process of what you want to do. I feel it does a great job of blackhead removal. When the skin is prepared right they come right out. Also when the skin is prepared right the pores get cleaned out quite easily. Smoothing and Tightening the skin is easy too, as all it takes it the right probe and preparation of the skin. Follow the instructions and you should have not one problem. The same can be said for Smoothing Fine Lines. Make sure NOT TO apply moisturizer before using. AFTER is better. Skin will be nice and plump because of being steamed. It will be all prepped and ready to go. I guarantee that if you do it without steaming, your skin will swell up, get irritated and cause it to become red and capillaries will break open, causing irreversible damage. It is important to follow all directions closely, if you want to succeed. 

If you purchase one of these through my affiliate code, use code: marie20off to get 20% discount on one of these machines. If is definitely worth the price. 

The KRASR Comedo Suction Microdermabrasion Blackhead Remover is available online at www.krasr.com. Like KRASR on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krasrofficial; Follow KRASR on Twitter: @krasrofficial; Follow KRASR on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krasr.official/ and Subscribe to KRASR on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbL0CQKZULPhzG8_IoTAm0Q.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
Brand Ambassador 

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