Ha’andah Organic Products Review and Give Away

1414026019652If you have been following me on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram you know I have become intrigued by a new brand of organic bath and skin products call Ha’andah. These are organic products created by two mothers who were concerned about exposing their families to chemicals found in many mass produced everyday products. It only took a short amount of time before they realized their products should be available to all those who share their passion. I love their story, and confidence in their products. It is concrete evidence, that a dream can become reality, if you just believe in yourself and your passion. I encourage all of my followers to dream BIG! You just never know.

The name Ha’andah comes from the Apache indians and means “all Welcome”. All products in the Ha’ andah line are handcrafted, organic, and made in small batches. Spa, facial, body and household products are infused with the earth’s most precious elements. When I interviewed Beckah and Stephanie, the founders of the company, they told me it was very important to them to use only raw materials that come from the earth! Hundreds of years ago, humans only used what was available around them. So why couldn’t we do it today? I think Ha’ andah has done just that.

As an authority in the world of skin care, I understand that there is a need for 100% organic products in the market. However, there seems to be as many reasons why people choose organic products, as there are people who actually use them. Some people truly need to avoid certain chemical ingredients due to allergy and other similar problems. There are others who simply want organic products because they have read on the Internet to avoid everything that is not made with all natural ingredients. With the exception of people with chemical allergies, I feel choosing to use organic products is nothing more than a personal preference. In the interest of providing a fair and balanced review, I want to make certain that everyone knows the stringent FDA requirement all luxury skin care must comply with before it can be sold to the public. Furthermore, my followers should understand that just because a product is labeled “organic” doesn’t mean you won’t have an allergic reaction to it. When using any new product one should test a small amount of that product on the inner arm or behind the ear.

If you are looking for budget friendly skin or body care, Ha’andah offers amazing organic products at truly affordable pricing. I would like to share with you following products that I purchased:

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1. Botanical Cleansing Oil $28
This is 100% organic and natural blend of vetiver , neroli oil and tamanu oil has the capability to turn your skin around. OK, first let me tell you, I love the cleansing oil, how it feels on the skin, and the natural scent. However, this is a very dense oil, you will need to use lots of warm water to remove it. After removing the oild from your face, your skin will feel very hydrated. If you have oily skin, it may take little while to get use to it. For dry skin, just go buy it !

2. Renewal Water – Tone & Replenish $16
A spray toner blend of witch hazel , with invigorating aloe, organic =rose hip see oil  and rose water.. I love how this  spray toner smells and refreshes the skin. I can’t wait to try this on the plane to Hawaii next week.

3. Restructuring Serum $24
This serum or I call it oil contains Gotu Kola and Vetiver, which is designed to repair worn and damage skin. This serum helps to stimulate the skin cells to heal and regenerate. I know this product is serum , but it feel like oil. I have tried using this serum (oil) under my moisturizer and it does make my skin feel smooth.

4. Clay Masque – Activate & Clarify $28
A magnetic blend of deep cleaning activated charcoal & electrically charge healing Bentonite Clay to pull any impurities from your skin. I would recommend you start with: one tablespoon of water in a bowel; very, very “gently” add the black powder; slowly mix the water and powder together to form the mask; and then apply on your skin !

5. Clay Masque – Cleanse & Glow $22
This mask blend of wildcrafted botanicals to exfoliate  & soften , enriches the skin with vitamin A , retinol , and rose clay. I have not tried this yet but I am sure I will like it.

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6. Body Scrub – Nothing to hide $16
A blend of large organic sugar crystals, paired with cooling peppermint oil, wild crafted peppermint leaves and hydrating carrier oils. This body scrub has a nice, not powering scent, and will make your body feel soft and smooth.

7. Bath Soak – Detox & Restore $16
Luxurious blend of detoxifying & muscle soothing minerals, skin sorting oat powder, and a fragrant blend of botanical and essential oils. The smell is heavenly.

8. Under Pressure – Eucalyptus Citrus $12
A multipurpose oil blend with jojoba oil, apricot oil, eucalyptus oil and eucalyptus globules and essential oils. I have been using this oil when I have body massage. It’s wonderful for stress relief and will make your body smell amazing.

9. Cocoa Mint Lip Balm $5
This is made form 100% local beeswax (Fallbrook , CA) protective lip balm also acts as natural sunscreen, wrinkle prevention and healing agent. I been carry this with me everywhere i go. Sometime I event use on the dry skin area. Small wonder!

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10. Kitchen &Bath cleanser $14
Anatural disinfectant , chemical free, dye and fragrance free and no animal testing. Blend with filtered water, hydrogen peroxide, sodium carbonate, vinegar and organic essential oils.

11. Laundry Soap – Drop your pants $8
Made with certified fair trade and organic oils. Biodegradable and vegetable based. No synthetic foaming agents , preservatives or thickener.

Let me know if you found this information helpful.
Thank you

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Designer Men Shoes – Donald J Pliner

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Pascow Men’s Snake-Beaded Velvet Loafer, Burgundy

For a very long time, I never felt a need for designer shoes. The reason ? Well men shoes usually look alike so why spend so much money on it?!

This all changed when I purchased my first full price Jimmy Choo at Neiman Marcus. I have been collecting designer shoes ever since then. However, I have to say shoes are not a very good investment. But they will look very good in my closet… and for what I do! Dress to kill! Hehehe

While I was in Tampa, Florida, I purchased my first pair of Donald J Pliner at Neiman Marcus.
What caught my eyes were the beautiful details of the stone Snake. This is all hand-made, one stone at the time, craftsmanship from India. The bead embroidery is called “Karigar” Beaded embroidery. It’s like painting with beads. And the ruby red is the perfect match for the company I work for! So, I’ll look amazing on stage!
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You will be surprised at how many people look at you from head to toe. That’s right! They all start with the shoes.  Well, I do that to other people. I believe that when some one has clean shoes, it shows that this person takes good care of himself.

This Donald J Pliner is the Donald Signature. Signature reflects the bold and eclectic Donald J Pliner brand heritage. European craftsmanship, exceptional style and Donald’s unique talents combined to create a world class design featuring exquisite materials and exclusive detailing.  As you can see from the images.

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Foot Friendly : About Donald J Pliner: from the very beginning (he launched his line in 1989)
Donald J Pliner has been devoted to designs that are both comfortable and chic. He calls it “high -fashion comfort and refuses to believe that shoes can’t be both stylish and wearable.

 

Gucci Make Up review

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The most anticipated make up launch of 2014 Fall “GUCCI Beauty” is finally here. Currently available in the United States at www.Gucci.com , www.Saks.com and www.NeimanMarcus.com. In the forthcoming months, there are plans to launch Gucci Beauty make-up at Saks Fifth Ave in New York City, Neiman Marcus Las Vegas and selected Gucci boutiques. This is a full line launch from colors to basic skin care. All products are made in Italy, the home of Gucci fashion.

I ordered three (3) Gucci products from Neiman Marcus:

1. Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad – Cosmic Deco 010, $65
The eye shadow compact is magnetic and the Gucci in-pirnt on the color surface is deeply embossed and glamorous. After my color swatch, I could still see the in-print very clear in the make-up compact. This shows that they have pressed the make-up extra hard and deep. The surface texture of the eye shadow is like velvet and go on very easy. I didn’t use any primer before I swatched the colors.

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2. Gucci Face Luxe Finishing Powder – Color 020, $55
The compact is just beautiful and once again, I love the Gucci logo. This compact is also magnetic. The finishing powder has a sheer finish, that goes on the skin smooth and soft. It is so sheer that in one application it didn’t cover much, but you could easily use this as a touch up makeup or for selfie ready. I love love the brush applicator, it is better than most of the luxury brands.

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3. Luxurious Moisture Rich Lip Stick – Nude Satin 340, $39
After I tested the color on my arm and lip, I love the texture and feel, it’s not too rich or heavy. I can smell the scent of the lip stick, but you can not taste the lip stick on the lip.Once again, Gucci has made the packaging amazingly beautiful.

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All in all, I really love the Gucci Eye Quad , Finishing Power and Lip Stick. I can’t wait to visit the Gucci make up counter and try other products. Please stay tune for a YouTube review in the near future.

 

Sephora Haul – Josie Maran / Fresh

One of my favorite things to do is online shopping. What a surprise! Since I spend 90% of my time traveling for work and staying at hotels. This must be the contributor of this bad behavior.  Sephora.com is my usual first place to go and here are the reasons why:

1. I love their online skin consultation tools. It’s easy to use with great explanations on how the products work with key ingredients.
2. Weekly special for different brands or collections, plus free shipping over $50 purchase (that shouldn’t bet a problem right?)
3. With every order you can always picks 3 samples.

So a few weeks back, Sephora.com offered a VIB GWP with deluxe sample, and I ordered the Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual  (travel set) and Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy. I have become a big fan of Josie Maran for about a year now. I started with the Argan Oil and I totally love it because it offers hydration and keep my skin feel and look healthier while I am traveling. The travel kit contains

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1. Argan Cleansing Oil 1.9oz – A gentle, all-natural cleanser with nourishing argan oil.
2. 100% Pure Argan Oil 0.5oz – A argan oil can use everywhere to hydarte your skinArgan Daily
3. Moisturizer SPF47 0.5 oz – A light weight moisturizser contain SPF 47 broad spectrum
Since I travel a lot, these are great products to keep on hand. All these 3 amazing items for $24.00

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I have been looking for a perfect lip treatment. For some reason, I have a hard time finding one that will change my lip condition “dryness”. Trust me, I have tried super luxury brands to drug store and still have not found one. Fresh launch a new lip treatment  Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy 0.3oz $35.00
This lip serum contains Acmella flower extract which is known to reduce lines and wrinkles. Kigelia Africana fruit extract helps to improve elasticity and Sugar helps to moisturize and smooth the skin. I like this lip serum and it doesn’t have a scent and is super lightweight so I plan to use it under my lip treatment and hopefully it will work out for me.

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Now, I am super happy to share with you the 8 deluxe GWP:
1. Laura Mercier foundation primer – protect SPF30 0.5oz
2. Blinc Mascara Amplified 0.12 oz
3. Buxom Lash Mascara 0.06oz
4. Dr.Jart+ BB cream SPF25 0.2 oz
5. Benefit Watts Up highlighter 0.08 oz
6. Algenist Completed Eye Renewal Balm 0.23 oz
7. Make Up For Ever HD Blush 410 0.012oz
8. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue 0.05oz

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This time, I picked  Caudale overnight  recovery oil , Fresh Life fragrance  and Hourglass veil mineral primer. For some reason, I didn’t get the hourglass sample but they sent me Givenchy Mister Light. I love these deluxe samples because you can really try the products before you purchase the full size. Heaven!! And one more thing, the cosmetics bag is also very useful!