Smart Stuff Natural Insect Repellent

10:12:00 AM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

Hey Guys,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We are practically at the last days of summer, but that doesn’t mean that the bugs aren’t out.

Today I will be reviewing a natural insect repellent from Smart Stuff. This product review is a little different from my normal beauty reviews, but like most women who are a little afraid of bugs and with the rise of the Zika Virus … I wanted to give this product a try.

Here’s a little about Smart Stuff:
Smart Stuff was created by doctors Lisa A. Liberatore, MD and Dimitri N. Kessaris, MD. As physicians, they understand a product’s effects on a molecular level. As parents, they simply won’t compromise when it comes to health and safety of their family and friends. So when the two became increasingly frustrated with the misleading ingredient labels and dangerous chemicals found in products in their home, they knew there had to be a better, safer alternative.
SMART STUFF™ products are all natural and effective for children and adults alike. They are also environmentally friendly too. A portion of the profits from SMART STUFF™ goes towards supporting Luv Michael, a non-profit dedicated to educating, training and employing individuals with Autism.

The product- Smart Stuff Insect Repellent is a:
  • Natural plant based essential oils & extracts which helps repel bugs safely and effectively
  • It contains no Deets
  • No synthetic chemicals
Over the weekend I was invited to a small get together with some friends. We wanted to hang out, have a few drinks, sit and chat, laugh and enjoy the last few warm days before the end of summer. I knew that we all were going to be outside on the deck for majority of the time, so I thought that this would be a perfect time to test out Smart Stuff Natural Insect Repellent.
Around the hour of 8pm I started feel the fluttering touches of a mosquito. At that point, I knew that it was the perfect time to whip out this repellent. I sprayed a generous amount onto the areas that I had exposed…areas like my arms, upper chest and the top of my feet.
The scent of this repellent was not at all strong. It had a light peppermint scent that lasted for a few minutes until the product was absorbed into the skin. To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure if the product would work once the scent had faded. But 3 hours later, I was still bitten free and I didn’t feel any fluttering of a mosquito.

The next day I decided to do a bit of light hiking and wanted to try the product out again. As I was walking through the trails, I noticed that I wasn’t being attacked like usual….I didn’t have use up most of my energy swatting away bugs.

Over all…I really love this product! I love this this product because….
  1. Its NATURAL!
  2. The scent is light and refreshing
  3. Most importantly….it works!
Smart Stuff Insect Repellent retails for $ 15.99. To check out the brand, other products that they may have or to purchase your own Smart Stuff Insect Repellent, you can visit their website.

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I did receive this product in exchange for my honest review.


Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

8:06:00 AM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

Hey Luvs!

For the past six months I've been doing a lot of reviews on skincare. Taking care of my skin and making sure that I'm using products that will enhance or continuing the healthy state of my skin is a MUST!
I do have a bit of combination skin, so when it some to my facial cleasners and moisturizer, I do have to be a bit conscious of what I'm putting on my face. With that being said, I do try a lot of products to see what works and what doesn't.

Last week I was given the opportunity to try Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisture. Today makes day 5 of using this moisturizer and I wanted to let you guys know what I thought about Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisture, but before I do, lets talk a bit about Valentia.

Valentia's Mission: "To provide you a greater level of overall happiness with your appearance without the harsh chemicals that dry out, stretch, burn and prematurely age the skin. Our strategic formulations include powerful natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to succeed in giving skin a natural and radiant glow that contributes to a youthful look."

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer is a lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration.

This moisturizer will:
- Lighten dark spots
- Restore skin radiance
- Even skin tone
- Diminish fine lines
- Provide all-day hydration

The main ingredients of this moisturizer consist of:

Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.
Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.
Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energized look.
Safflower Oil: Repairs skin's natural moisture barrier and provide superior skin protection.
Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment.

So what I think about this product.....I love it! After 5 days of using this product I noticed that my skin was a bit brighter, the dark spots from previous pimple out breaks are fading and my hyper pigmentation is beginning to even out.
Most people of color tend to suffer from hyper pigmentation in some areas like the eyes, nose and mouth. When it comes  to me, I have a slight case of hyper pigmentation around the corners of my the fact that this product is helping with evening out the skin tone in that area is a plus!

I apply the product twice a day...first thing in the morning after cleansing my face and at nights after cleansing as well. This product is super light weight, it absorbs quickly into the skin and has a very light scent. The fact that this product is made up of ingredients that are natural is always a win win!

Valentia as a company has grown on me. I have sampled other products like their Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask..which I still use.

To purchase your 4 oz bottle of Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer  for $25, you can simply  head over to their website.

If you would like to stay in the know when it comes to Valentia's or their Pure Glow product, you can check them out on their Facebook or Instagram.

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