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Catherine Jinn pro bio-placenta essence serum review

The K-beauty culture is based around prevention, and so is Catherine Jinns’ pro bio-placenta essence. This anti-aging serum provides a cutting edge combo of skin rejuvenating ingredients; and was specifically made for those of us who care about our skin, but are too busy for a lengthy routine…

Catherine Jinn is a company that created pro bio-placenta essence, a serum that mimics all the benefits real placenta has. It is paraben-free, fragrance free, and not tested on animals. It was developed in South Korea, and manufactured in the US. Which is why the name is ,Catherine Jinn, bringing two cultures together to create a product with the best of both. 

When I was first contacted by their company to see if I was interested in sampling their pro bio-placenta essence, I was a little hesitant due to the word placenta in their product. But after checking out their product and company more in depth, I agreed. This product is made of five safely synthesized growth factors that compare to a real placenta. A growth factor is a substance that is required for the stimulation of growth in living cells. It is biotechnologically engineered to mimic what is found in placenta, but doesn’t actually use real placenta. 

Why placenta, you might be asking. Aging is caused by loss of growth factors, which are found in placenta. By creating a product that mimics what is found in placenta, it in turn helps reduce signs of aging.  

I have been testing out Catherine Jinns’ pro bio-placenta essence serum for a little over a month, and I actually really like this product. Personally, I prefer a serum over a lotion for my face because I feel it is lighter and leaves more of a glow on my face. The serum doesn’t smell, it’s very light and two pumps are enough for your face and neck. It is said to be formulated to rejuvenate the skin, and fight crow’s feet around eyes. I have started noticing crow’s feet showing around my eyes, which have diminished this past month of using the bio-placenta essence serum. They are still there when I squint or smile, but no longer show on my resting face. I also noticed my eyebrows growing in, I started losing some of my eyebrow hairs due to pregnancy. I am not sure if it is related to the bio-placenta, but it did occur around the same time as I have been using it. 

I noticed no skin dryness, redness, irritation, or breakouts. ( two thumbs up for that 🙂 ) I literally used facial soap and the serum daily and that’s it.  I used the serum morning and before bed. Applied on my face and neck in a circular motion, especially focusing on the skin around my eyes. It blends into your skin, doesn’t leave any residue or scent behind. I love that about serum, no oily, shiny skin or heaviness to it.

I truly liked this product, and will continue to use it since it has worked out for me. A whole bottle costs $73.97, but it will last you a long time. If you are a busy person, a new mom, or someone who wants a quick cleansing routine, I highly recommend this. The price might seem steep, but considering it’s a big bottle of serum, and the only product you need after washing, it’s worth it. Don’t be scared to splurge on your cleansing routine, especially when it’s on a product that goes directly on your face. Try it out for yourself at CatherineJinn.com or check out their other products. 

             Image via CatherineJinn.com 

*though I did receive a bottle of pro-bio placenta essence serum free of cost, I was not compensated or told what to say. The company simply asked for a review on my blog sharing how I felt after using the product. I strive on providing honest reviews here, whether I purchased the product or received it for free.

Beauty Benefits of Jojoba Oil: Your New Shaving Buddy

A question that I get a lot from my clients is “How do you shave?”. Most people prefer to use wax strips because they are easy to use. For me, I prefer to use razors because they are less painful (If you use them the right way). It’s important for me to point out that your hair will not grow out thicker or faster by using a razor. This is simply a misconception that most people have. When you shave your hair, the blade of your razor leaves your hair with a blunt tip. As the tip grows out, it feels more course. However, it is not “thicker”. With that in mind, using a razor for shaving is one of the easiest and painless ways to ensure that your skin stays smooth.

Shaving creams and gels often contain many harmful ingredients like Triethanolamine (TEA), Diethanolamine (DEA) and Monoethanolamine (MEA) which are linked to hormone disruptions. To make matters worse, these ingredients can easily be absorbed into the skin. In addition, I often avoid shaving products with “fragrance” because I simply don’t know what they used to create the scent.

If you are looking for a natural product that protects and smooths your skin before and after shaving, I highly recommend using jojoba oil.


Jojoba oil is great for eliminating razor burns. It helps to moisturize and soften the area that you want to shave. I use it all the time in my shaving routine. Here is how I go about using it:

1) Clean Area That You Want to Shave – Use your regular cleanser here. Make sure that you clean off any excess oil, dirt or grease.

2) Apply Diluted Jojoba Oil – Apply jojoba oil on the area that you want to shave. Let the oil soak in for about 15 minutes. The Jojoba oil will soften your skin and create a smooth surface for your razor to glide.

3) Apply Organic Shaving Cream and Shave – Your safest bet is to use an organic shaving cream. This ensures that no harmful ingredients will be absorbed into your skin during the shaving process. Organic shaving creams are a bit more expensive, but you will definitely feel the difference after the shave. Apply shaving cream on the area that you want to shave and ensure that you cover all areas needed.

4) Shave with Clean and Sharp Razor – Minimize the drag by using a clean and sharp razor, this combined with jojoba oil pretty much eliminates any chances of razor burn. You will find that shaving this way requires very little effort.

5) Clean shaved area and apply moisturizer – Rinse shaved area with cold water and apply an organic moisturizer. Enjoy your newly shaved and beautiful skin!

I hope that my tips for using jojoba oil for shaving are useful to you. I have been using this method for a few years and I have never had a razor burn since I started adding jojoba oil in my shaving routine. I highly recommend this method! Thanks for reading my article! Happy shaving!

About the Author

Sandy Taylor is a Professional Makeup Artist currently working in Vancouver BC, Canada. She has over 10 years of experience in the makeup industry. Sandy is currently the editor at her website www.foundationfairy.com. Her website is a place where she shares her favorite makeup tips and tricks. She loves teaching others about makeup and writing about the latest makeup trends.

Maple Holistics dead sea mud mask review

Maple Holistics is a provider of beauty products; who pride themselves in providing natural, premium homeopathic products. They have many beauty products, for both men and women, available at www.mapleholistics.com.

I got a great opportunity to sample their Dead sea mud mask; which is made for: men, women and gentle enough for teens. Prior to receiving the mud mask, I browsed a quick description of it, and was pretty surprised at all the skin problems it said to tackle. From balancing oily skin, minimizing pores, healing psoriasis, to removing acne and wrinkles. I was sold!

Dead Sea Mud Mask by Maple Holistics review

Maple Holistics review

Maple Holistics Dead Sea Mud Mask

Dead Sea Mud mask review

Upon opening the container, you can smell the overpowering scent of sage and lavender.  The mud mask looks like a grayish – carbon clay, and applying it truly feels like a spa experience. The application process is simple enough; you apply it over a clean and dry face, leave it on until it hardens, then rinse off.

This mud mask is one of those that really makes you feel like it’s working, because you get a tingling sensation on your skin while it’s on. It hardens in about 10 minutes or so, and leaves your skin feeling super soft once you wash it off.

After my first try, my face felt soft as baby skin, my pores felt less noticeable and my skin felt firmer. I was beyond impressed by this mud mask.  I tried it again a few days after, and yet again was impressed by how it left my skin feeling. The first time I tried it, I followed the mud mask with a face lotion in case the mask dried out my skin. The second time, I did not apply facial lotion, just to see if it felt dry afterwards. Good to know, it did not! This mud mask seriously leaves your skin feeling so soft, that you will want to use it a couple times a week. So be warned, this stuff is addicting!

What’s in the dead sea mud mask? 

Here are a few of the ingredients that work together to create a product that delivers results, and also provides an aromatherapy therapeutic experience.

  • Dead sea mud- this ingredient removes toxins, helps tighten skin, and improves blood circulation.
  • Lavender- lavender helps fight acne and heals cuts, and works with the mud’s mineral for better absorption.
  • German chamomile- calms nerves, reduces stress, and helps with insomnia. This is what helps make this mask perfect as a pre-bedtime ritual!
  • Clay sage- this ingredient works with the chamomile to provide an aromatherapy experience.
  • Green myrtle- this essential oil fights against oily skin and is most often skipped in many beauty products due to its high production costs.

As you can see, this mud mask has all natural ingredients to help improve and maintain your skin; rather than clog and inhibit with harmful or artificial junk. This is the top reason for recommending Maple Holistics,  the fact they create quality products and offer them at affordable prices. They also believe in their products, and have a 100% money back guarantee.

Maple Holistics beauty products

Overall, I am glad I got the opportunity to try out Maple Holistics dead sea mud mask. It  is perfect for a once a week facial treatment to get and maintain youthful skin, and the fact the feel and scent of the mask deliver a spa-like treatment is an added bonus. I am excited to keep using this product, and highly recommend it. The best part of all is the price, you get a full 9 oz jar of this stuff for $24. Since you only need to apply a thin layer, it will last a few months.

Order your own jar of Dead Sea mud mask at MapleHolistics.com or check out their other products, including their Ancient Clay Facial mask which looks like a good mask to try out next 🙂

Ellovi body butter review

Ellovi is a small company dedicated to making 100% natural body butters that will leave your skin soft and hydrated. To learn more about this up and coming company, check out their story here -> Ellovi- What we’re all about.


I received a 3.5 ounce jar of butter courtesy of Ellovi.com to try it out and review. It arrived in the mail fairly quick, with a small note to place in refrigerator if it arrived melted. Due to it being summertime and pretty hot weather, it did arrive melted. So the note was a great idea on their part. After about ten minutes in the fridge, my body butter was ready to use.

The butter smelled a lot like coconut- which was a nice surprise to me as I expected the typical shea butter ingredients. It’s the perfect solution for dry skin and since it is made of 100% natural ingredients might be good for all skin types to try out. It has no harsh chemicals or parabens, no animal testing or secret ingredients. Ellovi butter is made up of macadamia seed oil, coconut oil, hemp seed, marula nut, organic corn starch, and shea. It’s also made in California, and certified a vegan product.



I used Ellovi on my belly and legs mainly, but it’s designed for all over use. I also tested it on my face a few times, it was very lightweight and non-greasy, which is the perfect combination for all-over body butter. I love body butters because they are richer than lotions and feel like they moisturize much better, but cannot stand when they leave a greasy feeling especially on your face as it can lead to breakouts. Ellovi had a silky texture and applied smoothly, while penetrating your skin quick enough to avoid walking around with that greasy-feeling. Simply apply in a circular motion all over your body and enjoy the softness to follow. The perfect solution for dry knees and elbows, yet gentle enough for sensitive areas like your face and neck.

If you are a body butter lover, this is one product you need to try- you will not be disappointed. The coconut scent alone set it apart from other body butters I have tried. Did you know that water-based butters actually drain your skin of moisture rather than hydrating? Well, now you do! I read up on Ellovi’s page this interesting fact, and lucky for you Ellovi butter is not water-based; meaning it will moisturize your skin and keep it hydrated.

Check Ellovi out at Ellovi.com to learn more benefits about their butter and purchase yourself one of their eco-friendly jars. Try it out and let me know how you liked it!

How to choose a clay mask for your skin type

There are many clay masks to choose from at drugstores and beauty departments, which can make selecting one on the spot a tough decision. If you know you will be going out to purchase a clay mask, it’s a good idea to do some research prior to on various brands so you are prepared. I went ahead and did just that, so you would have all you need to choose the right clay mask in this article.

A good tip to follow when searching for your best clay mask, is to try out sample sizes first ( like the ones they give out at beauty counters) that way you can test the product, before you commit. Many clay masks are now made to target various skin types, which means a few of the options below are interchangeable.

If you have dry skin: Look for moisturizing masks and steer clear of  acidic fruits which might dry your skin out more. Instead opt for water-filled fruits like peaches or watermelon. Your skin craves hydration, so be sure to keep it moisturized to battle dryness. Below are a few clay masks to keep your face hydrated and fighting dryness, all ranging in price to find one that works for you and your budget.




If you have oily skin: Look for a clay mask that has ingredients to help control shine without drying your face out. Aloe and seaweed are good shine-control ingredients as well as acidic fruits like lemon or strawberry. The first mask had awesome reviews, and is super affordable. The chocolate and strawberry work together to control shine without drying your skin, and the scent is said to be delicious. Check out all three masks to find one within your budget.




If you have combination skin: Then you have many options! You can look for one to control oil, or one for dry skin, or simply go for clay masks made for combination skin. Look for fruits and other natural ingredients in your mask. The first mask is my favorite, the avocado adds moisture and has tons of vitamins, and the oatmeal soothes your skin to avoid drying.  The rest of the masks are also for combination skin and vary in price.




If you have sensitive skin: Look for a clay mask with natural ingredients to ensure no bad side effects will occur. Purifying clay masks and hypoallergenic ones are good choices, because they will cleanse your face and be gentle on your skin at the same time. Below are three masks suitable for sensitive skin, and ranging in price to ensure you find what you are looking for without breaking the bank.




If you have rosacea: Don’t just pick up any product, be sure to look for one which helps reduce redness and can be used for sensitive skin. Another good tip when choosing a mask is to stop by a beauty counter and ask for samples. That way you can try out the product and make sure it will not have negative effect on your skin. The clay masks below are specifically made for rosacea and sensitive skin and range in price. “Keep the peace” by Philosophy has awesome reviews and you can trust in the brand.




If you are prone to acne: look for a clay mask that specifically says for acne treatment, or a clarifying one which helps reduce scarring. One ingredient you might want to look for is lemon, since it has healing properties and helps remove impurities. The masks below are meant for acne prone skin and range in price to fit your budget.



Le Beurre shop: shea butter skin care review

I recently received some amazing skin care products from Le Beurre shop, which included a variety of body butters, face cream, and lip balm. The main ingredient in all of them being shea butter. I was very excited about trying out these products, simply because of the fact they are cruelty-free and made of all natural products.

Shea butter is a fatty substance derived from the nuts of a shea tree. It’s a very popular ingredient in cosmetics, and lotions due to its hydrating and healing properties. It keeps skin soft and moisturized, and is also used to prevent stretch marks, and help diminish scars. Le Beurre shop focuses on “celebrating, honoring, and highlighting” shea butter by using it in all its products, so if you love a great and natural skin care product check out the review below and visit their site to browse their selection.




I received a pretty little box filled with products from Le Beurre shop to try and review. As i mentioned, I was very excited about trying out these all-natural products, because I know shea butter is a necessity when you are pregnant and trying to keep stretch marks away. With a growing belly, your skin stretches quickly and loses elasticity which in turn causes stretch marks. One way to battle them, is by keeping your skin hydrated which shea butter is very well known for doing. Below are pictures of the pretty packaging, and shea butter goodies included inside!

Le Beurre shop review

Le Beurre shop products


shea butter lip balm

Besides a growing belly, I have also had to deal with extra chapped lips. No matter how often i re-applied a few lip-balms, all tailored for dry-chapped lips, they just didn’t seem to be cutting it. Which is why I was very excited to see a small shea butter lip balm sample included.

I really liked the fact that this lip balm kept my lips moisturized, but didn’t feel heavy or greasy. Within a few days of wearing it, I noticed my lips didn’t feel as as chapped as they had previously been with other lip balms. I also didn’t need to re-apply as often as other lip balms because the shea butter really penetrated my lips to keep them from cracking and feeling dry. I Loved this lip balm, and highly recommend it to all of you who suffer from constant chapped lips, or for the winter season when dry lips are very common.


Shea butter face cream


I prefer light lotions when it comes to my face, so I was a bit worried I wasn’t going to like this face cream simply because it’s heavier than a lotion. I was also worried about the fact sometimes creams with shea butter can leave a greasy feeling behind, but I am glad to say Le Beurre delivered with this product. As mentioned a cream is heavier than a lotion, but it wasn’t as much as I had expected. It was buttery to the touch, and non-greasy after applying. Throughout the day, I could feel the cream remained on my face and kept it hydrated without that greasy feeling.





 Le Beurre offers shea butter creams for the body in various scents including the original unscented above, and the ones pictured below:lavender, vanilla, lemongrass, and sage. All the creams left my skin feeling baby-soft, and the scented ones offered a nice and subtle fragrance. They do their job at keeping skin super moisturized, and have a buttery texture- to best describe it.

The unscented one still had a nice and natural scent to it, and I loved how smooth all the creams felt. My skin is already soft as is, but the shea butter creams gave it a silky-soft feel that stayed put throughout the whole day. My husband even noticed, and kept complementing me on how extra soft my skin was feeling.

Le Beurre’s shea butter creams are the perfect cure for dry skin, especially extra dry areas like elbows, knees and heels. They also work as cuticle moisturizers for your nails, in other words they are the perfect prescription for soft skin from head to toe.

beurre lavender shea butter


beurre vanilla shea butter


beurre lemongrass shea butter

beurre sage shea butter

If you love shea butter, and are looking for a luxurious cream to try check out Le Beurre Shop. You will not be disappointed by the skin-softening results this all-natural product delivers.