Sunday, February 23, 2020

New! Biotulin Supreme Anti-Aging Skin Gel Review | Better Than Botox!?

Eventually, we will all experience a time when we look into the mirror and no longer recognize the face looking back at us. This is the year that it happened to me.

My 51st birthday was at the beginning of February and I had to renew my driver's licence picture. I was actually having a lot of anxiety over it, after all, I'll be stuck with that photo for the next 10 years! I was trying to figure out what I could do to make myself look better. I find a good night's sleep makes a world of difference in how I look, but I don't seem to have much control over that these days, so I purchased some tanning drops and was looking into other products that might help me feel better about the way that I look. That's when I came across this article: This British Serum Works Better Than Botox, According to Kate Middleton, and I immediately emailed it to myself so I could look into it later on. After all, if this serum is good enough for a Princess, it's gotta be good, right!? The article was about a product called Biotulin, developed and produced in Germany and stated "this extract is comparable to needle injections containing Botulinum Toxin. Saying the results are similar, but it’s much simpler to use." Needless to say, I REALLY wanted to try it!

Then, just days after emailing myself that article, I was contacted by Biotulin and asked to test out their product. I couldn't believe the timing! I figured this is meant to be, so of course, I jumped at the chance!

So, what is Biotulin?
A transparent, fragrance-free organic gel developed by a team of scientists led by pharmacist and chemist Dr Claus Breuer. The gel is sold in a dispenser which is 100 percent airtight to ensure hygienic application. One of the main ingredients of Biotulin is Spilanthol, a local anaesthetic extracted from the plant Acmella Oleracea (paracress).

In addition, all Biotulin products serve as effective wrinkle prophylaxis. Regular use prevents the formation of new wrinkles. Your skin looks beautiful, well cared for and young for longer.

Biotulin reduces wrinkles up to 25% within the first hour!

Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel 15ml /49.99€ (Shop Now)

I began the Biotulin right away. I love that it comes in an airtight pump so the product stays protected and is always fresh. I also love that it's fragrance free! One pump is all that I need to cover my entire face and neck. It absorbs nicely into my skin and it works well with my other skincare that I continue to use. That's another great feature of this product, you can use it alone or incorporate it into your regular skincare routine.

Since I've never had Botox, I cannot compare Biotulin to it, but I will say that my face did not "freeze", I was still able to make facial expressions. What I did notice is that my face looked more relaxed. On one side of my face, the muscles always seem to be contracted and it causes the eyebrow on that side of my face to be up near my hairline whilst the eyebrow on the other side of my face is nice and relaxed but much lower, causing asymmetry. After using Biotulin, I noticed that both of my eyebrows were relaxed and at about the same level. I thought maybe I was imagining this... But then I read this....

Biotulin works on several levels at once:

First, the Spilanthol, a local anaesthetic extracted from Acmella oleracea, reduces muscle contractions and relaxes your features. This reduces fine lines, particularly around the eyes and between the eyebrows. Your skin becomes noticeably smoother.

A second extract comes from Imperata Cylindrica, also known as blady grass. This plant grows in the very driest of South America’s desert regions and is able to survive even on saline soils. This extract supplies the skin with moisture up to 4 hours.

The third important ingredient is Hyaluron. Hyaluron occurs naturally in the human body. With age, the body’s own collagen, a component of human connective tissue, gradually becomes less effective at regenerating and replumping the skin from within. Hyaluron’s ability to store large amounts of water relative to its mass has been scientifically proven. This characteristic helps to counter human natural ageing process and maintain the skin’s fullness. Your skin will stay healthy and beautiful.

.....This explains everything! It wasn't in my imagination!

I had both immediate and cumulative effects from using Biotulin. I've been using it every day and most nights for about 3 weeks now, and I am starting to recognize the face looking back at me in the mirror. I look younger overall as my skin definitely looks smoother. I also see the definition returning to my face and symmetry returning as well (something I associate with beauty). Also, I did not experience any irritation or breakouts as I can experience with some products. I am still using this product and I'm excited and hopeful to see further improvements in my appearance. After all, if we look good, we feel good!

And, by the way, I did end up going to get my driver's license picture renewed, and I'm so glad that I started using Biotulin beforehand as I looked more like my younger self and that did help to alleviate some of the anxiety that I was having over the whole darn thing!

Biotulin is free of preservatives, 100% natural, cruelty-free, dermatologist tested, suitable for all skin types.

Learn more about Biotulin HERE and HERE.

Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel 15ml /49.99€ 

Note: Each 15ml bottle contains approximately 50 pumps!

This post is in collaboration with Biotulin. All opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links are used in this post.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Hello Lassie February Valentina Beauty and Lifestyle Box Review

This month's Hello Lassie gift box is called the Valentina Edition and it features 7 gifts that promote self-love. As always, the gift box arrives beautifully packaged and it's filled to the brim with fabulous beauty and lifestyle products. There's even a beautiful poem included since this box is focusing on self-love. The box is $49.99 CAD and can be customized if you wish. It's such a great way to treat yourself or a loved one as there is no subscription required!

Let's have a look at what's inside this edition. Note that the contents may vary slightly from box to box.

Everything comes wrapped up beautifully as always. I was filled with so much excitement opening each item.. it really felt like Christmas or my Birthday!

Here are the contents once I had opened each gift inside the box. So many fun products inside!

I love receiving makeup and beauty products!

Elf's Beautifully Bare Cheeky Glow blush in Soft Rose and their Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Carpet were included in my box (colours may vary). I wore the blush today and it's the perfect peachy/pink colour that's so flattering on most skin tones. I personally don't wear red lipstick but that doesn't mean that it will go to waste, I'll be gifting it to someone else who will love it! That's another great thing about these boxes, you can share with friends or family!

I love that Elf is a cruelty-free brand!

I'm also stocked about these beauty tools! There's a fun, sparkly face mask applicator as well as an incredibly soft sponge to remove makeup. I hear these are wonderful and I can't wait to use it!

Note: The cleansing sponge has a little tag attached to hang it up between uses!

There's also a sponge to apply makeup as well as a cute little case to store the sponge and keep it hygenic

This gorgeous, high-quality toque with a pom pom is also included in each box (colours will vary). I was happy to receive the black since it will go with everything. It's furlined and sure to keep my head toasty warm for the rest of the winter.

These cookies came as an extra in the box, so there are actually 8 items in total. I received the coconut flavour and they taste like fresh coconut! Super delicious! (Flavours will vary).

There's also a beautiful poem included to inspire self-love.

I think this box would make a great gift for any woman or girl, and you can contact Hello Lassie if you'd like to customize your gift box. This box truly brought me joy!

Contents of the Valentina Edition:
  • Elf Blush
  • Elf Lipstick
  • Face Mask Applicator
  • Makeup Removing Face Cleansing Pad
  • Makeup Sponge
  • Makeup Sponge Holder
  • Hat with Pom Pom
  • Bonus: Treat/ cookies
Note: colours of items will vary from box to box

If you'd like to purchase the Valentina Edition box for yourself or a loved one, you can visit Hello Lassie to do so.  (non-referral link).

Not sponsored. Hello Lassie kindly provided this month's box for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

How To Get FREE Stuff On Poshmark Fashion, Jewelry, Makeup, Skincare!

I've heard about Poshmark over the years but I had trouble using the site as they were in the USA and not set up for Canada. If you haven't heard of Poshmark, they are a platform where you can buy and sell goods, they even have an app. Now that they are set up for buyers and sellers in Canada, I have signed up and received a $15 credit just for signing up! Who doesn't love free stuff, right!?

I am also hoping to become a seller on here but in the meantime, I wanted to share this deal with you because most of us love to get something for free! Plus, you get to choose your free item.

Poshmark has items for men, women and children. You can choose from clothing, jewellery, makeup, home decor and more! You can buy and sell using their app or website.

Here is my first purchase with Poshmark. I used another Bloggers signup code and received my $15 off plus free shipping which brought the item I chose down to only $3 which I was more than happy to pay as it is new with tags.

You can search the site by categories, sizes, colours, and prices, and if you only want to see items that are new with tags (NWT), which is what I selected in order to find this fabulous sweatshirt. I live in clothes like this, so I knew that I would wear it a ton!

There is also an option to make an offer on items. This was worth the $3 to me, so I didn't bother with that. There were truckloads of nice, new items for $15 and under. With the free shipping, you pay nothing!

To get your $15 credit you need to apply the invite code on the sign-up page, not the checkout page! I missed this when I first signed up then had to start over, so I have highlighted the spot where you need to enter the invite code to get your credit (see pic above). 

My invite code is my user name POSHSUMMERGIRL you can also use this link.

Once you have signed up, you will get your own invite code (your user name) which you can share as well. It's a great way to treat yourself or a loved one to a free item of your choice.

I found so many great things on Poshmark! I can definitely see myself shopping there more and hope to sell as well!

My invite code to get your $15 is POSHSUMMERGIRL you can also use this link to sign up. When you use this link, we will both receive a credit once a purchased item ships. (Note: your order must be a minimum of $5). Make sure to enter the invite code on the sign-up page as shown 2 pics up). Note: The FREE shipping is only valid for 24 hours after you sign up. so make sure to make your first purchase before then. 

Note: This promotion is offered by Poshmark and is subject to change.

Happy Shopping!

Not sponsored. If you use my invite code we will both received a credit. Thank you if you choose to use my link!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

January Empties | Skincare, Makeup, Health, Beauty, Anti-Aging

Happy February!

It's been a while since my last empties post and my little box of empties is full, so I figured it was time to share. I left out some basic items like my Kirkland/ Costco face wipes and cotton pads as they were the same old' thing. As always, I'll share links to products where possible and share a brief review of each product and whether or not I'd repurchase the item.

Hair Care

AG Sleeek Conditioner
I used this with AG's sulfate-free Smooth shampoo (not finished yet). It's a great line for frizz-prone hair as it's very hydrating and does help with dryness and frizz. AG's Fast Food Leave-in conditioner is one of my absolute favourites for over a decade now and they worked really well together.

Repurchase: Possibly but I'm trying others

Pravana The Perfect Blonde Purple Toning Masque
Love Love Love this product. I was tired of drying purple shampoos so I turned to this purple hair masque. It's intense and isn't drying. It does an amazing job at toning my blonde hair and removing brassiness!

Repurchase- Yes!

Ouai Hair Oil
This hair oil did pretty much nothing for my dry, damaged, and frizzy hair. If your hair is dry, damaged and frizzy like mine, you're better off with a couple of drops of pure argan oil over this, in my opinion. I have many other hair oils that I prefer over this. I think this would be suitable for those with less damaged and frizzy hair. Glad I received a sample to try it first!

Repurchase- No

Skincare/ Makeup

Retin A Micro Gel 0.04% ( RX)
I've been using this for quite a few years now. It has never irritated my skin and I feel it has helped with pigmentation and wrinkles. I wish it would help with sagging as I age but I am having to look elsewhere for help with that. I recently took a short break from using it but have gone back to it. I am now alternating it with other acids to see if I can get some more help for sagging etc.

Repurchase- Yes

Anjou Hyaluronic Acid Serum
This hyaluronic acid contains many other wonderful ingredients.  I've really gotten into hyaluronic acids this winter because my skin was feeling quite dehydrated for a while. So far, this is my favourite hyaluronic acid that I've used. It REALLY hydrates my skin. I used it along with my other serums and moisturizers. Sadly, I cannot find this on Amazon anymore. I've linked something similar here.

Repurchase- Maybe discontinued :(

Babor Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream
I didn't use this long enough to be able to tell much of a difference with my skin. And it wasn't all that memorable which kind of says a lot. It was definitely hydrating and worked well as a basic moisturizer but I didn't notice much beyond that.

Repurchase- Would need another sample to determine

Caudalie Vino Perfect Brightening Glycolic Night Cream
When my skin became very dehydrated this winter, I switched to this cream and used it with the above hyaluronic acid and my skin was transformed overnight! This was hydrating and made my skin soft, smooth and clear. This cream outperformed many other creams that are much more expensive. I saw results and saw them quickly. Really impressed with this cream and the price is reasonable.

Repurchase- Yes!

Il Makiage Encore Volume, All Day Lasting & Water Resistant Mascara
This is one of those mascaras that kept getting better with time. It doesn't flake or smudge which I appreciate because my eyes are so hooded. It gives me amazing volume and length and it's very easy to remove.

Repurchase- I would if it was priced lower. $27 is just too much for mascara in my opinion


BHI Calming homoeopathic tablets
I use this on the regular. It has a very subtle action and used with other products, it does help with my sleep issues. I've been using it for years! Homeopathics don't interact if you are taking medications*

Repurchase- Yes

Source Naturals Seditol
This herbal supplement is a blend of magnolia bark and a proprietary extract of jujube seed. It worked wonders and I had deep restful sleep which hadn't happened to me in years!

Repurchase- Yes

Now Foods 5-HTP
5-HTP can help with sleep and mood. It's another one of my go-to supplements that I use to help with my sleep. I start with 50mg and bump up to 100mg if I need more.  I have never had any side effects with this and it often helps when I get restless leg syndrome at night.

Repurchase- Yes

Overall, my favourite products from this month's empties are the Caudalie Vinoperfect Glycolic Night Cream, Anjou Hyaluronic Acid, Pravana Purple Toning Masque, and the Seditol supplement.

That's it for this month. I do want to focus on using up more products, so let's see how I do next month. 

Hoping February is a great month for you!

*Always check with your healthcare professional before starting any new supplements

Not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Some links are referral, thank you if you choose to use them!
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