[Product Review] La Magie Hair Organic Fast Growth Serum

I had gray hairs since the age of 4. Not 40. Its 4 years old when I started noticing my roots starting to lighten up. And at that age I never knew what was going on, except that, my father had the same condition as me. I was only growing gray hairs at the center of my scalp and it was spreading along the line where my hair parts.

I started dying my hair at the age of 6, and have been doing that almost every 3 weeks to 1 month since then. Needless to say, my hair & scalp is pretty damaged, yet there was nothing I could do unless I was willing to face the fact that my hair will resemble that of a skunk if I left it for 4 months. My scalp is very sensitive and sometimes hurts and feels raw to touch.

About 2 years ago, I have started researching more on natural products and have since change all my skin & body care products to the chemical free and natural versions. Except for hair dyes, which I can only get ammonia free. I’ve tried numerous products to nourish my sculpt because I know through all the years of bleaching and coloring, plenty of damage has been done. I know for sure that essential oils play a big role in hair repair as well.

I was provided a bottle of La Magie Hair Organic Fast Growth Serum for review purposes.

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Here’s the product description from the company:

  • DRAMATICALLY EXPERIENCE HAIR BEAUTY! Comes in a silk bag with bookmark for directions. An organic farm in the USA created this amazing healing blend with earth-friendly, aromatherapy. Luxurious beauty secrets from Mother Nature blended with modern laboratory precision at La Magie®. Organic Argan oil from artisan farmers in Morocco nourishes and makes the shaft supple
  • STOP HAIR LOSS: EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE HAIR – Organic Pumpkin seed oil offers broad-Spectrum DHT Blockers which inhibit DHT formation (which causes hair loss) through its effect on 5-alpha-reductase activity.
  • EXPERIENCE HAIR REGROWTH: DRAMATICALLY SEE HAIR THICKEN AND GROW! Rosemary herbal extract deeply cleanses the hair from buildup of shampoo, conditioner residues and any dyes (does not GROW hair, other EOs do that)
  • WATCH THE SOLUTION WORK AS THE PHOTOS TO THE RIGHT SENT BY HAPPY CLIENTS PROVE. Lavender Absolute has a higher concentration of esters than lavender essential oil providing a healing environment.
  • WATCH AS YOUR HAIR GROWS! Secret essential oil blend of 15 oils (less than two percent very safe and gentle) which are part of La Magie’s solution which actually assist hair and create thicker hair. There are absolutely no artificial fragrance, color, additives, or impurities.
What the oils look like in the bottle. (Excuse my wrinkled palm.)
What the oils look like in the bottle. (Excuse my wrinkled palm.)

What do I think of it?
I was very excited to try this product because it uses essential oils to help repair the hair and scalp. It aligns with my skin & body care beliefs and it smells really good!
I agree with the other reviewers that it can get a wee bit too oily sometimes. But it is something within your control. A little goes a long way, so spray a little bit at a time and rub it in well before spraying again. After awhile it does get heavy on the hair, which is why instructions recommend that you apply it, wait 30 mins, then shampoo it off. Like all other natural products, it does take some time to see the effects of this, but I already love that my hair looks better visually and smells good! I’m sure its something the husband wouldn’t mind!

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[Product Review] Vitamin C Toner by Joyal Beauty

I’ve actually reviewed Joyal Beauty’s Eye Cream before and really liked that it really did work the way they said it would. It is still my go to eye cream and I still believe in the opinions on that product I shared till today.

This time I was looking forward to review their toner because their eye cream really worked for me, and I was wondering if they would live up to the standards that had already been set by the eye gel. All I can say was, I loved every bit of it.

Here the description of the Vitamin C Toner for Face By Joyal Beauty:

Joyal Beauty Vitamin C Toner

  • THIS 100% NATURAL 100% VEGAN ORGANIC TONER HAS EVERYTHING GOOD TO SKIN BUT 0% CHEMICALS! Organic Witch Hazel, Vitamin C, MSM, Aloe Vera, Neroli Hydrosol, Glycolic Acid from Sugar Cane, Yucca, Spirulina, Sage, Pomegranate, Kelp, Gotu Kola, Cranberry. This Amazing All Natural Toner Even Has No Preservatives! It Is Naturally Preserved by Anti-fungal Herbs-Usnea and Lichen! Each Ingredient is 100% Good and Safe On Your Skin!
  • BEST ORGANIC WITCH HAZEL TONER+VITAMIN C TONER+ALCOHOL FREE TONER. This Organic Witch Hazel Toner Has More Anti Aging Functions Compared With Other Ordinary Witch Hazel Toners. WITCH HAZEL:Tighten skin, Eliminate Water Loss, Reduce Inflammation, Control Acne, Help De-puff Under Eye Baggage, Tighten Pores, Control Oil Production, Ease Symptoms of Eczema and Psoriasis. VITAMIN C: Brightening, Anti-wrinkle, Anti-spots, Anti-aging.
  • SUPERCHARGED WITH 17 HERBS, VITAMIN A,B,C,E, MINERALS. THIS FACIAL MIST IS SKIN’S HEALTHY “MULTIVITAMIN DRINK”. Spray It To Your Face Daily, Your Skin Will Become Soft, Smooth, Bright, Balancing, And Naturally Brilliant!
  • SMELL GOOD, FEEL GOOD. No Artificial Fragrance. This Toner Smells Wonderful For Its Slight Natural Floral Neroli Hydrosol. Neroli Can Tone and Balance Skin, Calm and Sooth skin, and Calm Spirit and Anti Stress. You Can Spray It At Home, Office, On-the-go, to Make You Feel Good and Pleasant!
  • MULTIPLE USES FOR ALL SKIN TYPES,FOR MEN AND WOMEN: Used as a facial toner after cleansing to build a perfect skin pH balancing level; Used as a facial mist anytime for soothing hydration; Used as men’s aftershave care to calm the skin; Used as herbal treatment for common skin disorders such as acne,eczema, psoriasis,blackheads,pigmentation; Used as safest anti aging antioxidants liquid for anti-wrinkle, anti-spots, and photo-protection.

What I think of it?

This toner is so easy to use! I bought many toners before, but were just too lazy to use them. I always either have no idea where my cotton pads are or accidentally splashed the toner and made a mess. As if there wasn’t enough steps in a skincare routine, I still had a mess to clean up after that. It just made me skip the toning part and went straight to moisturizer.

What I loved about this toner:
1) After bathing or washing your face, just close your eyes and spritz all over. And you’re done. It dries quickly. Only once or twice I had to dab at my eyes with a tissue for over spraying.
2) I didn’t detect any strong scent which is good since my nose is a little sensitive.
3) It is alcohol free, so it doesn’t sting or dry your skin.
4) You can really detect a difference. Maybe its because I have been using too many el cheapo toners before. I rarely detect any improvements in my face with toners, which is why I decided to skip that step altogether and save my money. I’ve been spraying these for the past few days, and my face really seems brighter.
5) It is made of all natural ingredients and doesn’t have all the nasties that we should avoid. Completely chemical free.
6) Made in USA.
7) Non aerosol spray.
8) It does what it claims: balance the skin, boost hydration, minimize pores, even skin tone, revitalize and refresh.

I foresee having a bottle of this in the fridge which is great for refreshing myself when I am feeling sleepy. This is like the good version of the Evian Spray that most of us have heard about. I’ll definitely have this in my bag during summer vacations. There are so many ways to use this because it is not drying, you can literally spray it on multiple times a day. I love it. I still hate the packaging, but I love Joyal products so far, they impress me with the results. Would I buy this again? Definitely.

Go check out the Vitamin C Toner for Face By Joyal Beauty


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[Product Review] My current day time eye cream – Joyal Beauty Super Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream.

#Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Yesterday I posted a review of an eye cream that I have been using in my night time routine. Click here to read.

Today, I’m sharing with you the eye cream that I use in the day. I used both of these separately for the whole of the week to see if I could see any visible improvements. One thing I have to point out about Joyal Beauty, they have exceptional customer service. The follow up after you order, they send you detailed information to give you directions and tips on how to get the most out of their eye gel. By detailed, I mean it, it was a long email that covered almost every aspect of proper skin care and how to apply the eye gel. They also included tips on how to reduce dark eye circles, eye bags and puffiness. I am impressed.

Here’s the description they use for this Eye Cream:

✔ Best Anti Aging Cream for Eye Treatment and All Over Face Treatment. Supercharged with bioactive vitamin c,vitamin e,silk amino acid,hyaluronic acid,cucumber extract,licorice,MSM,aloe vera,jojoba oil. It will help you get rid of dark circles, eye bags, fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness, so you can achieve a youthful and radiant look.
✔ Safe and Effective for All Skin Types and for Men & Women. Non-comedogenic and will not clog pores. Lightweight eye gel to prevent fat particles. Best Organic Eye Cream WITHOUT: Parabens,Phthalates,Petrochemical,Silicone,Mineral Oils,Sulfates,Alcohol,Artificial Fragrances or dyes.

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Again, an all natural product with none of those nasties that we see on most off the shelves product. I’m pretty picky about these things and I’m glad this product passed my tests enough for me to want to try it out.

The packaging also came in a small 15ml pump bottle. It came with a plastic cap, that was kind of loose, so if I were to travel with it, I would take extra care to pack it properly to avoid spillage. The packaging somewhat look cheap, which is something that would make me skeptical of using it. The usage of the bottle was pretty straightforward and easy.

The first smell I got out of the bottle was cucumber, a very faint hint of it. The gel was cooling and applied on really smooth. It dried easily with no residue. After applying around my eye area, I always used the remaining around the edges of my cheeks, because that’s where I have this deep wrinkles (like a bulldog -.-) around my smile line.  I really love that this cream did not leave me any stickiness or any greasy feeling even after a whole day with it.

What I love about the Joyal Beauty Super Brightening Vitamin C Eye Gel:

  • Alcohol free
  • Paraben free
  • Cruelty free
  • 100% natural, 70% Organic ingredient.
  • Non greasy, so it doesn’t hurt when I have makeup and contact lens on

Joyal Beauty Eye Gel 2

The clear gel is the amount of eye cream that comes out on 1 pump.

The cucumber smells really good, not overpowering. Very much like putting cucumber slices over your eyes when doing your own at home spa, only better. Because this gel packs a whole load of other herbal products that help repair your damaged skin. I did see noticeable changes, where the skin where I applied were slightly firmer. Most probably due to the MSM in the product. The only thing that gets to me is the packaging, I think if the company re-branded a little, this product could really be beside the top notch in the industry. Yes it is that good. I’m a happy camper! :)

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[Product Review] Oz Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel

Hello Savvy Nation,

Its time for another review! As most of you already know how picky I am with my products, including skincare stuff, I’m so happy to be given this eye gel in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Given that my husband works in shifts, my sleeping time has been pretty irregular. Its not uncommon to find me awake at 5am in the morning still sitting on my laptop typing or surfing the Net. I do lots of reading and watch documentaries on Netflix on get lost in the YouTube work of endless video clicking. Oops!

I’ve noticed that lately I’ve been getting puffy and blood shot eyes due to my lack of sleep and it is starting to get me worried. Wrinkles have also started appearing under my eyes and around my lips, and its really sad when I start to notice, because for a girl who spends little time staring into the mirrors…. its BAD.

Here’s the product description from their website on OZ Naturals:

Experience The Most Effective Eye Treatment Designed To Eliminate Dark Circles, Puffiness & Wrinkles!

  • This Eye Gel Is Considered To Be The Most Effective & Complete Eye Treatment Available
  • Designed To Treat Every Major Concern Including Dark Circles, Puffiness & Wrinkles
  • Safe For All Skin Types, Non Comedogenic, Does Not Contain Parabens, Sulfates Or Alcohol
  • All Active Ingredients Are 100% Natural & 75% Organic
  • Made in the USA In Our Advanced FDA-Certified Facility

Behind The Science: Our eyes say a lot about us. Lack of sleep, a proliferation of stress, a poor diet can all affect the way our eyes look. Puffiness, bags, and dark circles do not show us at our best. Also, sun exposure and the inevitable aging process contribute to crow’s feet and even wrinkles on the upper lid. This is why OZ Naturals has created Super Youth Eye Gel. It’s an all-natural product designed to give you real results.

All OZ Naturals products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free. OZ Naturals takes pride in making every single one of our products using natural and organic materials. We do not and will never use sulfates or parabens in our formulas.

Full List Of Ingredients:
Ingredients: Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L�Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Wildcrafted Periwinkle, Organic Licorice, Wildcrafted Eye Bright, Wildcrafted Reishi, Organic Gotu Kola, Frankincense, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Addresses every single eye area concern:
dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffiness, dryness…it’s all taken care of by this Super Youth Eye Gel!

What I liked about the product:

  • It is every thing that I support for. Not tested on animals. Vegan. No harmful chemicals. GMO Free. etc.
  • 100% natural & mostly organic.
  • FDA Certified Facility.

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Personal thoughts on OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel

I love the handy bottle design. I almost have no worry that I’ll accidentally pump them into my bag when I travel. There’s no detectable fragrance. The eye gel is just like any other eye gel. Cooling when applied to skin. It was non greasy when applied to the skin, but after using it for a week, I noticed that the areas that I applied this gel to was started to get a little greasier on top of my makeup. It made wearing my contact lens slightly uncomfortable and I had to use a tissue to dab quite a few times. The effects that they claim, wrinkles & puffiness were noticeably lesser. I always have a bit of leftover after dabbing around my eye area, and will use that to apply on the area around my lips. It works beautifully there. Again, its no miracle gel and I’m not claiming that I feel instantly transformed, but I do notice the difference when I started using eye gel and before.

I think this works wonderful as a night gel, I use this when I am at home and before bed to avoid the eye sensitivity when using contact lens. I have another eye gel that I use for day use and under make up.

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Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

I feel like I’ve hit a milestone today. Its nothing big to many, but to me, its something. Its progression. 2 updates.

I’ve been sneaking probiotics into my husband’s food. I made rosemary kombucha marinated pork chops yesterday and paired it with my kombucha coleslaw. The kombucha marinated meat works in the same way as when we use alcohol to marinate meats. They break down the toughness in the meat and after cooking, the meat becomes very tender. Despite it being cheap frozen pork chops, the result was tender and juicy, even the husband was surprised himself. Read how to use kombucha as a marinade. 

Another update, my mum asked me if its hard to start brewing at her own home. Some of you may know by now, I’m quite alone in this journey of fermented products. My husband is not really into these, he’s ok with me brewing, but he will not drink it. My friends think I am keeping an alien at home. I’ve experienced first hand the improvements in my body, and how much it helped me in my digestive issues. So when my parents started accepting & drinking my cultures, to now, thinking of starting their own brew at home, its a milestone hit for me. Slowly but surely, I’m influencing them, and making changes to their lifestyle. :)

I think as each day passes, and I am slowly easing myself into building a natural home. The whole idea is to keep it simple to make, and to replace 1 product at a time at home. 1 less commercial product, means less harmful chemicals at home. We are easing towards a healthy & natural home and lifestyle. Doesn’t matter where you are. Country life, or urban homes. We can make it happen, one step at a time. You don’t have to rush into it.

Natural options are frugal options too. I finish the products I have and replace it with these natural options. You no longer have to spend extra dollars to get more products for just 1 use. Get a big bottle of castile soap, a gallon vinegar, and reuse the cleaning bottles you have now. You’ll have more cleaning options than you can complete in a day.

Today’s tip is super simple. Simple is good. If its simple, then you will take the action on it.

kombucha cotton pads
kombucha cotton pads

The idea is to always have pre-soaked cotton pads so that you can always have them on hand, ready to use.

Grab a small jam jar, stuff it with as many cotton pads as you can, pour kombucha over until cotton is completely soaked.

You can leave it on your bathroom counter to use as a facial toner, which I talked about here.

Or you can use it as an underarm deodorant. Simply take a cotton pad, wipe your underarms with it. It kills the bacteria and takes away the odor at the same time.

Heck, you can even double up, tone your face and wipe your underarms after.

Kombucha contains lactic acid which is a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Alpha hydroxy acids are effective, but gentle, exfoliants and are useful in the management of dry skin, acne and wrinkles. AHA helps to improve the texture of skin and potentially repair damage done by the sun. Lactic acid is noted for its rich moisturizing attributes and its ability to exfoliate dead skin cells without provoking skin irritation. Lactic acid may also increase collagen production which can help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Quoted from zeroxeno.com

I’m sure this is especially good for acne and the bumps that women get from shaving.

I’ll definitely be trying this out for awhile to see what the results are.

One great thing about this is the convenience. Time & space saver too. Since they’re all soaked and in a little jam jar already.

You can bring it out like a wet wipe to use on the go, or leave it on the counter and use it to wipe mirrors and dirty taps.

Even better, keep a jar of this in the fridge for summer cool wipes. Have I mentioned they are great for sunburns?

Are you planning on replacing some of your home products with some of the tips I’ve shared here?

I would love to hear from you. Are these tips helping you?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

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Day 5: Using it as a facial toner!

This is the 5th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

Today’s been a great day for my little culture group. We have hit 1000 members in our Worldwide Share Group for Cultures.  If you’re into fermenting, and want to get some starters, this will be the group to join. I also have another group, which is on Natural Living& Remedies.  We share articles, news, and recipes on organic living over there.

For tip #5, I’m sharing a tip that one of our group members shared in the event.  Credits go to Denise Passero.

kombucha facial toner

I think this will be pretty straight forward.

Pour some liquid kombucha on a cotton pad, dab all over face & leave to dry.

What will make it more spa-like experience, if we do a 2nd ferment with herbs, like lavender or rose.

Making it a relaxing and healing toner at the same time.

Has anyone done this before? Do you make your own natural toner?

Share with us in the comments below!

 

Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

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