Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub

Review: Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub

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Official description
Pamper yourself with the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub. Pairing the nutrient-dense salt and minerals of the Dead Sea with nature’s gentlest and most effective moisturizers, this salt scrub will remove dead skin cells, promote healthy circulation and rejuvenate every inch of your skin. Ease muscle aches and pains and find relief from bothersome skin conditions, including eczema, acne, psoriasis and more.

Featuring Dead Sea salt, this scrub provides deep exfoliation for smoother, brighter and more radiant skin. It works to promote healthy blood circulation and cell regeneration to leave skin supple and refreshed. It reduces the signs of aging by preventing wrinkles, encouraging cell renewal and fading age spots. With an infusion of some of nature’s most effective moisturizers, the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub will leave skin soft, supple and hydrated. Featuring a refreshing Ocean Breeze scent, the salt scrub is the perfect way to enjoy a luxurious spa treatment in the comfort of your home.

Dead Sea salt has been used in beauty treatments for thousands of years. Containing essential nutrients like magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromides and sodium, the Dead Sea salts effectively combat stress, fluid retention and the signs of aging. This nutrient-rich salt also provides relief from stiff joints and muscle pain. Dead Sea salts promote healthy blood circulation, allowing the skin cells to receive sufficient oxygen and nutrients. They are used to calm the nervous system, promote healthy lymphatic fluid balance for proper immune system function and replenish the trace minerals that are important for healthy, vibrant skin. When used as part of a salt scrub, Dead Sea salt provides deep exfoliation. It effectively whisks away dry, damaged or old skin cells to reveal brighter, more youthful skin.

Avocado oil contains an abundance of antioxidants, which are widely recognized for their ability to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from oxidation and combat the signs of aging. Avocado oil is also effective in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays, reducing the likelihood of sun damage, age spots and some skin disorders. It restores skin’s youthful appearance and elasticity, and provides rich nourishment and moisture. Avocado oil is packed with proteins and fats, which allow the skin to remain firm and supple. A highly effective moisturizer, this nutrient-rich oil is perfectly suited for all skin types.

Sweet Almond Oil provides deep and lasting moisture, even in the dryest weather conditions. It not only hydrates the skin, but it traps moisture to the skin, giving you the proper balance of moisture throughout the day. In addition to providing hydration, Sweet Almond Oil is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Containing the ideal balance calcium, potassium, magnesium, as well as Vitamins D and E, this oil absorbs into skin quickly. It provides protection from sun damage and is useful for treating wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. Sweet Almond Oil is ideal for people with sensitive skin, or skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as it has anti-inflammatory qualities. Its soothing, calming effect makes it the perfect ingredient in salt scrubs, as it deeply nourishes newly revealed skin.

Once called the “Plant of Immortality” by the ancient Egyptians, Aloe Vera has been used for centuries to enhance beauty and treat a variety of skin conditions. It works by releasing natural vitamins and enzymes onto the skin, penetrating deep to bring healing and moisture to every layer. Commonly used to treat sunburns and acne, Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It provides lightweight, long-lasting moisture to the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated all day long. It restores skin’s elasticity and diminishes the appearance of fine lines, stretch marks, wrinkles and age spots. Aloe Vera effectively improves skin’s firmness and elasticity while correcting its pH balance.

Recognized as the oil that most closely resembles the sebum our bodies produce naturally, Jojoba Oil is valued for its ability to improve the health and appearance of skin. It regulates the amount of oil your skin produces, which is essential to avoiding breakouts and bouts of dryness. It enhances the elasticity and suppleness of skin by preventing water loss. Jojoba Oil absorbs quickly into the skin, making it the ideal age-fighter.

These ingredients work together to give you a spa-like treatment that deeply exfoliates, nourishes and moisturizes. The Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub is effective in treating a variety of skin concerns; from uncomfortable and embarrassing conditions like psoriasis and acne, to age-related concerns like age spots, sagging skin and wrinkles. With the nutrient-rich minerals of Dead Sea salt to gently remove old or damaged skin cells, to the lightweight hydration of some of the best natural moisturizers available, the Dead Sea Salt Scrub can help you achieve your best skin ever.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get an 11 ounce jar for $12.95 USD.
From Adovia – You get an 11 ounce jar for $14.95 USD.

Directions
Keep this product away from the eyes, and avoid using on broken skin or open wounds. While in the bath or shower, gently massage 1-2 tablespoons of the Dead Sea Salt Scrub into your skin. Use a circular motion to work the salt scrub into your extremities, beginning near your heart and moving outward. After massaging the scrub into your skin, allow it to stay on your skin for 5 to 20 minutes. Rinse completely with cool water and pat with a towel to dry. Use the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub 1-2 times a week.

Packaging
This comes in a clear plastic jar with a silver frosted plastic screw on lid. There is a clear plastic seal inside. The label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This has a standard “Ocean Breeze” scent. It’s an oil based salt scrub, so it’s gritty and oily.

Ingredients
Dead Sea Sea Salt, Paraffinum Liquidum, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol & Aloe Vera Gel & Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Extract & Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract & Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract & Papaya (Carica Papaya) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Algae Extract, BHT, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil.

This scrub was a flop for me. The scent gave me a headache and it didn’t smell that great to me. It’s leaked non-stop since I got it. I removed the seal to take photos and later that day noticed it was sitting in a puddle of oil. I double checked to make sure the lid was screwed on properly and even wiped around the rim to make sure there wasn’t any salt. It took me about a week to get around to using it. By the time I went to use it the front label had peeled off almost all the way. It was barely hanging on. I also noticed the back label was lifting up on both ends. It hasn’t gotten wet and was sitting in a puddle of oil. I opened it and it was considerably less blue and there wasn’t as much oil in it. I did use it a few times, but the smell was too much for me. The scrub itself is nice. It exfoliates well and left my skin soft and moisturized to the point that I didn’t need to use any body butter on my skin. I had to use some paper towels when I photographed the leakage because it was *still* leaking. I checked Amazon and noticed that other people were having the same leakage issue. Bummer. This scrub definitely isn’t for me. Between the scent and the leakage. Ugh. No thank you. If it had a better scent and better packaging I would actually really like it.

Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub
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Summary

Pros
Exfoliates well
Moisturizes
Inexpensive

Cons
Smells bad
Caused headaches
Leaks badly

Final thoughts
If this smelled better and didn't leak horribly I'd really like it.

Buy or not
No.

3.2
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Monster's Bride, Haunted & Hearts in Ice over Glitter Glue

Swatches: The Chequered Lily Apothecary Fiji Mermaid, Snake Charmer, Circassian Girl, Hearts in Ice, Haunted & Monster’s Bride

purchased by me blogger discount

Official descriptions
№ 134 Fiji Mermaid is a semi-Opaque Bright White w/Aqua & Green Shimmer and Gold-Green Sparkle.
№ 135 Snake Charmer is a blackened Green with Intense Green Shimmer and Green-Gold Sparkle.
№ 136 Circassian Girl is a black with Fuchsia Shimmer and Blue-Violet Sparkle.
№ 146 Hearts In Ice is a royal blue with subtle violet undertone and intense red iridescence.
№ 150 Haunted is a velvety Black With Intense Violet Shimmer.
№ 151 Monster’s Bride is a plush Olive Green/Antique Gold Duochrome With Gold Sparkle.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a tall 3g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight for $9.99 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar with a sifter, packed .50g by weight for $4.99 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $4.50 USD per 5 baggies.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Lunatick Primer, Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue and bare skin.

№ 134 Fiji Mermaid is a satin white with gold and aqua sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Tin Oxide (778161), Synthetic Fluorophylogopite (77019), Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Nylon 12, Methicone, Carnauba Wax, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANlip safe

№ 135 Snake Charmer is a blackened green with gold and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Iron Oxides (77499, 77491), Ultramarines, Titanium Dioxide (77891), Synthetic Fluorophylogopite (77019), Chromium Oxide (77288), Magnesium Myristrate, Nylon 12, Carnauba Wax, Magnesium Stearate, Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), (glycidophenol) propane/bisamino methylnorbornane copolymer, Silica. VEGANnot lip safe

№ 136 Circassian Girl is a satin black with pink, purple and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Iron Oxide (77499), Mica (77019), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite (77019), Silica, Tin Oxide (778161), Carmine (75470), Nylon 12, Magnesium Myristrate, Carnauba Wax, Methicone, Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), Ultramarines, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANnot lip safe

№ 146 Hearts In Ice is a royal blue with a wine red sheen.
Ingredients: Ultramarines (77007), Mica (77019), Copper Powder (77400), Silicon Dioxide, Iron Oxide (77491), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Silica, Nylon 12, Carnauba Wax, Magnesium Myristrate, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANnot lip safe

№ 150 Haunted is a blackened violet.
Ingredients: Iron Oxide (77499), D&C Black #2, Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Tin Oxide (778161), Nylon 12, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax, Methicone. VEGANlip safe

№ 151 Monster’s Bride is a bright olive green with an antique gold sheen and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Chromium Oxide (77288), Copper Powder (77400), Mica (77109), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491), Silicon Dioxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax, Nylon 12, Magnesium Stearate, Zinc. VEGANnot lip safe

Ugghhhh these shadows! My favorites are Hearts in Ice, Monster’s Bride and Haunted. They are gorgeous, brilliant colors. t.t Hearts in Ice is amazing, especially over the Glitter Glue. They are beautiful jewel toned shades. Circassian Girl is also beautiful, it’s dark but has pretty sparkles. All of these colors are wonderful. The formula is fantastic, they are easy to work with. The last two photos show the full size and mini size jars from Kimberly.

You can find The Chequered Lily Apothecary on Etsy here. You can contact Kimberly through her Etsy contact here. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Stormbreak, Stormbringer & Milky Way over Glitter Glue

Swatches: The Chequered Lily Apothecary Milky Way, Stormbringer, Stormbreak, Hyacinth, Invocation & Moonless Night

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Official descriptions
№ 10 Milky Way is a silver-grey with purple sheen and holographic glitter.
№ 11 Stormbringer is a deep blackened violet with blue and violet sparkles and turquoise glitter.
№ 16 Stormbreak is a dark grey with red and pink highlights and silver reflect.
№ 64 Hyacinth is a bright lavender with turquoise and purple reflect.
№ 125 Invocation is a creamy Ivory with Copper Shimmer and Purple Reflect
№ 129 Moonless Night is a deep Inky Blue-Black with Orange Glitter.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a tall 3g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight for $9.99 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar with a sifter, packed .50g by weight for $4.99 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $4.50 USD per 5 baggies.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Lunatick Primer, Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue and bare skin.

№ 10 Milky Way is a purpley silver with holographic glitter.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77499), Tin Oxide (778161), Iron Oxide (77491), Magnesium Myristrate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Methicone, Ferric Ferrocyanide. VEGANnot lip safe

№ 11 Stormbringer is a blackened blurple with purple and blue sparks and turquoise glitter.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77499), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANnot lip safe

№ 16 Stormbreak is a dark gray with a purple sheen and pink and silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77499), Magnesium Stearate. VEGANlip safe

№ 64 Hyacinth is a light bright lavender purple with aqua and purple sparks
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491), Tin Oxide (778161), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Ultramarines (77007), Magnesium Myristrate. VEGANnot lip safe

№ 125 Invocation is a satin ivory with a coppery sheen and purple sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491), Tin Oxide (778161), Boron Nitride, Boron Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANlip safe

№ 129 Moonless Night is a blackened indigo with orange glitter.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77499), D&C Black #2, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Carmine, Polyester 3, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Magnesium Myristrate, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANnot lip safe

I am a bad, bad person. >.> I’m catching up on things I’ve completely forgotten about. I got a blogger pack from The Chequered Lily Apothecary quite some time ago, took some pictures of the baggies and then completely forgot about them. I’m so sorry. t.t Please forgive me! I have them swatched now though! This is part one of the shadows, I will get the other shadow up this weekend hopefully.

Now the shadows are gorgeous. I can’t believe I forgot about them. Invocation was the only jar I got, I need full sizes of most of the shadows I got. They are so pretty. My favorites of this bunch are Invocation, Moonless Night and Milky Way. They are just breathtaking. I couldn’t get the shift on Invocation to show up well, it’s much more coppery in person, it’s just beautiful. The holographic glitter in Milky Way is so colorful and pretty. It really makes the shade pop. Moonless Night is this gorgeous deep jewel toned Indigo and the orange glitter in it just makes it perfect. The color combo is gorgeous. I love it. I really like all the shades but those were my favorite. Kimberly is amazing at putting together such beautiful shades. She’s got some new colors out that I’m sort of dying to try. The last two photos are from Kimberly. She changed jars after my order and I wanted you to see what they look like now. They are super cute. :)

You can find The Chequered Lily Apothecary on Etsy here. You can contact Kimberly through her Etsy contact here. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. The Chequered Lily Apothecary also sells blush, lip stuff, nail polish, glitter and some bath and body stuff.

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Barilla Pronto Spaghetti

Review: Barilla Pronto Spaghetti

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Official description
Change the way you think about cooking pasta! Introducing Barilla® Pronto™, the easy-to-prepare pasta that is ready in minutes. Barilla® Pronto™ is prepared in one pot or pan – no need to wait for water to boil, and no draining required! Available in five delicious shapes (Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows, Linguine and Rotini), Barilla Pronto will help make your pasta mealtime prep faster and easier – all in one pan!

When cooked, Barilla® Pronto™ Spaghetti maintains its shape and texture. The unique half length ensures that Pronto fits perfectly in your pan. Barilla® Pronto™ delivers a delicious taste sensation in every “al dente” bite.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get sixteen 12 ounce boxes for $34.46 USD.
From Amazon – You get one 12 ounce box for $1.83 USD.

Directions
1. Pour the whole box of pasta* into a large skillet (approximately 12 inches in diameter.) Pour 3 cups (750 ml) of cold water into the pan ensuring that the water covers the pasta. 2. Turn on the burner to high and set your timer to 10 minutes. Optional: add a bit of salt to taste. 3. Cook on high, stirring occasionally, until most of the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes but may vary by stove. Add your favorite sauce. 4. Continue to stir and cook in the sauce until desired sauce consistency and pasta texture are reached.

Packaging
This comes in your standard pasta box, complete with cellophane window. Box has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
So uh this looks and smells and tastes just like regular pasta.

Ingredients
Semolina(wheat), durum wheat flour, niacin, iron(ferrous sulfate), thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid. Contains: wheat ingredients. This product is manufactured on equipment that processes products containing egg.

So this pasta is kind of cool. It tastes just like regular spaghetti and has the same texture, you just get to skip a step. I used this with some marinara sauce, fresh basil, garlic, tomatoes and parmesan cheese to make some yummy spaghetti. It was really nice not having to drain and rinse the pasta and I didn’t have to use multiple pots or pans either! This was convenient and easy to make. Barilla has a lot of recipes for their new Pronto pastas that you can check out. The kiddos are particular about what they eat so I just made our usual with it. They also have elbows, linguine, penne and rotini shaped Pronto pasta. We have a box of penne to try too. I just need to figure out what to do with it! I was half expecting this to be gross in some way. I thought it would have a weird texture or taste, imagine my surprise when it didn’t. We don’t eat a lot of pasta, but I will be picking this up for when we do. We all really liked it.

Barilla Pronto Spaghetti
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Summary

Pros
Tastes good
One less step
Easy to cook
Inexpensive

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This pasta is tasty and it's nice to be able to skip a step when making dinner.

Buy or not
When we eat regular pasta, yes.

4.6
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Thursday Guest Post!

A Lotus Look for Toxid Lotus

Hello, friends! Sophia here, also known as /u/iskindoffunny on reddit, or @fbstonefacekilla on Instagram. Luna recently reached out to me and asked me to do a guest post. While pondering what to do I figured I should do a lotus-inspired look given Luna’s blog name. Low hanging fruit? Maybe… But it did inspire me! Here’s the look!

Lotus Straight On

My general idea for this look was to create a blushed, blooming effect with a lotus’ color palette. Once I had the idea for the forehead lotus, it lead the vision for the rest of the look.

I outlined the lotus freehand with NYX’s White Liquid Liner and heavily shaded  around it with My Pretty Zombie‘s Drugs Like Me Blush in MDMA.  The center is filled with a dusting of My Pretty Zombie‘s Miasma over white, the medium inner petals are just MDMA, the small petals are Fyrinnae‘s Crimson Ghost, and the large petals are Fyrinnae‘s Rapunzel Had Extensions.
Lotus Profile I

I used Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless in 110 Porcelain for my base and carried MDMA down onto my cheeks, in the crease, as my nose shading, and on the chin. I wanted to be as radiant as possible so I heavily applied Hello Waffle‘s highlighter in Midna to my cheeks, chin, cupids bow, and nose and layered Femme Fatale’s limited edition highlighter in Diaphanous over it .
Lotus Profile II

In the inner corner I have Shiro’s Cake!, on the lid, Cake! blended into Femme Fatale’s Divinity, and  MDMA in the crease and blown out to the sides. On my bottom lash line is MPZ’s Miasma with a bit of Hello Waffle‘s Ocelot to add more depth. I did my brows very lightly with NYX’s Micro Brow Pencil and a sharp wing with NYX’s Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black.

A close up of the gradient lip.

Lip Close Up

I used Life’s Entropy’s Lip Theory in Derivative around the perimeter of the lips, layered and blended another Lip Theory in Quantum over it, with NYX’s Macaron Lippie in Citron in the center.

That’s the break down of this look! I hope you like it and if you’d like to see more, check out my Instagram or keep your eye out on r/IndieMakeupandMore for an occasional post! And thank you again to Luna for reaching out and letting me share my makeup enthusiasm with all of you.

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