Exfoliate Naturally with The Japanese Konjac Sponge…

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The Japanese Konjac Sponge is a great exfoliation tool that is perfect for everyday use. The konjac sponge comes in many different infusion options, the one that we recently received is infused with green tea. Green tea extract contains anti-inflammatory properties that helps control acne and unwanted blemishes.

The Japanese Konjac Sponge is made from the Konjac plant root that is grown in Japan. It is 100% eco-friendly and can be used by adults as well as babies. Used by the Japanese for more than 100 years, the cleansing sponge is gaining in worldwide popularity. The unique alkaline layer of wet Konjac sponge neutralizes slightly acidic grime, which helps to break down dirt and oil, leaving the skin fresh and clean.  The sponge does not contain artificial fragrance or preservatives. It also balances skin pH through gentle exfoliation.

The sponge is very easy to use. Simply remove from packaging (sponge will be rough and dense, similar to floral foam) and run under warm water for a few minutes or submerge in a sink full of water. The sponge should feel completely soft and pliable. Once in this state, you the damp sponge to cleanse your face. You can even add your favorite cleanser for a deeper clean. Rinse sponge and hang to dry using the attached string. The sponge should be replaced every 4-6 weeks.

The Japanese Konjac Sponge was very easy for us to use, gentle on our skin (even for people with sensitive skin) and at only $11.00, a great gift for yourself or a friend!

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Organize Positive Thoughts with the Passion Planner

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Daily planners are all the rage from DIY to over the top expensive kits that come with a menagerie of washi tape, personalized covers and color coated pens. We recently ran across the Passion Planner and love the inspiration behind it!

The Passion Planner has a different focus than traditional planners…

  1. Define your ideal life and get there: Define your ideal life AND then create your own a step by step map to get you there with the Passion Planning Process
  2. Balance: Space for both personal and work projects and tasks
  3. Prioritize: Prompts you to pick one thing every day, week and month to focus on
  4. Focus on the positive: Every week there is a section dedicated just to write down “Good things that happened”

It has a beautiful faux leather cover, 2 size options and only $25+ for 190 motivational pages! Visit PassionPlanner.com to get yours…

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Get Salon Big-5 Free Gel Nails Without Lamps!

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Love the look and longevity of gel nails but dislike the added cost and lamps? Bio Seaweed Gel’s UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish is the first professional big-5 free gel polish with base, colour, top & nail strengtheners all-in-one bottle that cures in the sun with just 2 coats!

Simply choose from the over 100 colors available, paint a thin coat on your nails indoors or in the shade (not in direct sunlight) and then step out into the sunlight or place nails by a well-lit window for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Repeat this step for a second coat. Your nails are now set and ready for 2+ weeks of wear. We are super impressed with the selection of colors and wear time from a non-toxic polish (especially with the No Wipe Top coat). The polish also dries to a no-stick finish so you know when your nails have had enough sun!

If you are looking for a unique gift for a girlfriend who has everything, give Bio Seaweed Gel’s UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish a try! The polish retails for $18 a bottle or a set of 3 for $40. A great value considering each bottle can be used for over 50 applications!

Bio Seaweed Gel’s UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish is part of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Check out the video below to learn more about this great product!

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Keep Your Skin Happy this Winter with Earth’s Enrichments!

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earth_enrichments_reviewIf you are looking for an alternative to commercial based beauty products that are full of ingredients you can’t pronounce, check out an emerging brand, Earth’s Enrichments. The creators of Earth’s Enrichments describe themselves as three women who simply love skin care products and were convinced that all skin care should be:
1) uncompromising 2) healthy and 3) luxurious.

We recently received a Lemon Fresh Shea gift set that was beautifully packaged and filled to the brim with products to try! The kit contained sugar scrub, body balm, bar soap and lip balm.

All of the products include high-quality ingredients and are gluten free (with the exception of honey granola bar soap). None of their products are tested on animals and they even carry the highly sought after USDA Certified Organic badge.

The lemon fresh shea is a very light, fresh and natural scent. The body balm is great for a daily moisturizer for dry winter hands and feet. The sugar scrub has an amazing texture for removing dry skin before shaving or for people who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema. The Lemon Fresh Shea bar soap is the perfect pick me up for early morning showers. The lip balm is very moisturizing and didn’t give a white cast to my lips like some lip balms that contain shea butter.

Earth’s Enrichments has a ton of gift sets ready for you to gift this holiday season and has a coveted spot on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Check out their specials page for discounts, free shipping, free products and more!

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Holiday 2014: Old Factory Candles, Made in the USA! + Giveaway!

old_factory_candle_review1We were recently given the opportunity to test out
Old Factory Candles, a made in the USA candle brand that is sweeping the internet with it’s smart soy candle combinations…

First of all the packaging is adorable. There is no wasted space in the cardboard box (7.5″ x 2″ x 2.25″) which is a thrill to see in a world where over-sized shipping boxes are the norm. Upon pulling out the candles from their cardboard cradle, you can’t help but smile when you see “candles make people happy” and “share the happiness with someone today” printed on the bottom below the left and right candles (see pic above).

The candles are all packaged in a glass container with a sleek black plastic top. A label affixed to the bottom clearly shows the fragrance and size while a kraft logo label adorns the front and sides (see pic left). Each of the candles in the set of 3 are 2 oz. and of course they smell amazing! These candles might be small in size (2″) but they burn cleanly and evenly and maintain their scent for 20 hours each!

Old Factory Candles are hand poured in the USA, made with natural soy, contain cotton paper wicks and pure fragrance oils. Old Factory Candles are a perfect gift for party hosts, travelers, holiday and more! Each set of three is priced at $25.00, and Amazon Prime members receive free shipping too! Just check out all of their amazing combinations…

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Would you like to win a set of your own? Simply enter using the Raffle Copter widget below.
We’ll pick a winner (US only/18+) next Tuesday, December 2nd.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Holiday 2014: Encourage Imaginative Play and STEM Development with Build & Imagine Toys for Girls and Boys

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build_and_imagine_review_1We are so excited to bring you a new toy we’ve been testing for Holiday 2014. Build & Imagine was funded on Kickstarter, was nominated for ASTRA’s “Best Toy For Kids” award, and was recognized by Common Sense Media as a “STEM for girls” trendsetter.
Build & Imagine is geared for ages 4-8, affordable and built to last.

There are currently three sets available for pre-order. Day at the Beach ($39.99), Marine Rescue Center ($49.99) and Malia’s Beach House ($59.99). Use code STORYWALLS to receive free shipping on all pre-orders.

We received the Day at the Beach set that includes 10 double-sided full color magnetic panels (6 squares and 4 triangles), a boy and a girl doll and 40 magnetic accessories (clothes, pets, beach gear etc.) The set is packed flat in it’s cardboard box which is perfect for storage and travel. Each panel includes enclosed magnets which makes it easy for your child to snap panels together in different formations. They will quickly become an architect and designer right before your eyes! The dolls and accessories are sturdy and will stand up to frequent use. The small details like working plastic windows and doors are a unique touch that elevates each set.

Build & Imagine creatively teaches kids about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Your child can easily create 3D storywalls for endless hours of fun! Easier to use and more engaging than building blocks, Build & Imagine is a toy that keeps on giving. Additional sets can link to existing sets creating a collection that will last from generation to generation.

This is a great holiday gift for children ages 4-8 that siblings, parents and grandparents won’t mind playing with either!

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