Aging is a part of life, and I didn’t start thinking about the process until I hit thirty this past March. I’ve always been into skincare but, one step I knew I needed to pay more attention to were my eyes. The eyes are a very delicate area that will begin to show signs of aging as we grow older. So, I was so excited when Elle, from VIIcode reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try out a product from the line.

I was sent the 02M Oxygen Eye Mask For All Night Repair which retails for $55.00 USD for 6 treatments. When used as directed, the eye masks are supposed to reduce signs of aging, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and best of all moisture and brighten for a more refreshing look.

When I received my box, I noticed that it was an eight-hour treatment which worried me because I didn’t think I could sleep all night with them on but, to my surprise they stayed on! Not only did they stay on but, I didn’t even have an issue sleeping. After the first use I woke up and looked instantly refreshed. I normally wakeup with puffy eyes but, it wasn’t the case when I used the eye masks.

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The top image is before I applied the eyes masks. When you look at the image you can see a little puffiness, and darkness below my eyes. I applied the eye masks and went to sleep. You can wear the eye treatments for up to 8 hours but, I wore mine for six because I had to get up early for work. When I removed the eye masks I was completely surprised at the results after just one use. There was no puffiness, dullness and my eyes looks so much brighter. With six treatments I was able to test out the product for three weeks (2x/week) and with consistent and proper use I was able to see a dramatic change in my overall appearance. Life is stressful and sometimes it can show all over our face so it’s nice to know there are products out there that can help reduce the signs.

I remember last October when I started my first niche Instagram account dedicated to my love of skincare. I was new and had no idea of what would come from starting an account dedicated to skincare products, routines, and of course meeting like-minded individuals. I was in my apartment gym with my husband working out but also getting easily distracted. I logged into my account and noticed a message from someone I didn’t know. At first, I though it was just one of the daily pervs trying to slip into my DM’s but, NOPE! that wasn’t the case with this special message. It was from Sam, the creator of Sam’s Soulution. He was reaching out to see if I was interested in trying out a few products from his line with no strings attached. I was at a loss of words and genuinely felt special.

Before I accepted I did my research to make sure Sam’s products were a good fit for me. I’m not the type of person that accepts products just to get freebies. It’s not helpful to the owner/creator in anyway plus it’s just a waste of product. After reading Sam’s story and learning about how he’s trying to help people transitions to more pure/natural ingredients I was hooked. I believed he was passionate and the best person to help me get a better understanding of what I was putting on my skin. With that being said, I accepted his offer and within a couple weeks I checked my mail and saw the cutest package with so many goodies.

All I have to say is he created some amazing products.

Revitalizing Face Spritz – $12.00 USD is affordable, and a great hydrating product.I carried this with me everywhere I went and when I felt my skin needed a boost all I had to do was take it out of my bag and spray.

Rose Water Face Spritz – $12.00 USD is a holy grail for me! It’s the best for soothing and calming the skin. I live in Austin, TX (hot & humid) and two sprays of this when I’m outside and my skin looks amazing. I’ve noticed the most calming sensations around my cheeks and nose.

Below are some of my favorites

Island Butter $20.00 USD This is my favorite product! This body butter is unbelievable. I remember when I was sitting in my living room and applied the product all over my legs and was blown away by how fast it absorbed into my skin, and how it made my legs look radiant and healthy. My legs were soft and smelled so good and there was no greasiness. I highly recommend this if you love to wear shorts/skirts. Your legs will look amazing!!

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I haven’t done a #texturetuesday in a long time and I decided to dedicate today’s to @samssoulutions because he is incredibly sweet and created the most amazing body cream. The name is Island Butter and it’s a total treat. It melts onto the skin and absorbs so quick. It’s not sticky at all not mention full of antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients. One thing I absolutely love about Sam’s products is that they are handcrafted and created with natural ingredients Ingredients: Mango Butter, Kokum Butter*shea butter, Sweet Almond oil, *Coconut Oil, Arrowroot Powder, Vitamin E, Lotus Flower Extract, Sweet Orange Oil, Watermelon(100% natural) Fragrance Oil. *= certified organic ingredient

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Regenerating Serum $30.00 USD I’m still only a few weeks into using this product but, I had to write about it because it is that good and I have a feeling this product is going to be loved by so many. Not only are Sam’s products, plant based, vegan, and hand crafted but, they deliver. What I’ve noticed most about this serum is that it instantly brightened my skin. I’ve spent tons of money on serums and none compare to this.

 

Sam, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity of trying out some of your wonder products. I love your passion, drive and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Sam’s Soulutions.

xoxo

Jazmin

I’ve been so horrible with my blog and I’m upset about it but, hey it’s my own fault. I wanted to come on here and give you all an update as to why I’ve been so M.I.A

1.) Graduated College – In December I finished my BS Degree and wanted to take a mental break, live life and enjoy it.

2.) Taxes – My husband and I own our own business so I prepare everything for my CPA and it’s always a nightmare for me but, I get through it and cry at the end. Yay!

3.) New Car – YES!!!! I finally bought a new car and it was not too stressful until one morning I woke up and all four of my tires were gone! It was a long process to get my tires replaced (19 days) and I was stressed out the entire time.

4.) Grad School – I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back to school so soon but, I applied to Arizona State University and was accepted. So, Ill be starting back up in August.

That sums up as to why I’ve been so bad at posting but, I plan to post at least once a week starting with this post.

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OMG!!!!!!!!! I graduated from college everyone and I am so excited. I was a full-time E-Campus student at Oregon State University where I received my Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with my focus on Women’s Studies and Communication. My journey was not easy but, if I can offer and kind of advice to anyone needing it it’s to focus on yourself and block out the noise. People will talk and say mean things but remember you’re not on anyone’s schedule but your own. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!

With that being said, I can now blog full-time and super excited. But, before I end this post I wanted to let everyone know I hit 1K on Instagram and doing a giveaway.  I will link my IG account down below so don’t forget to check out the goodies I will be giving away to one lucky follower.

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/progressglow/

Thank you for the support!

xoxo

JAZMIN

Hello!!

Sorry, I’ve been a little MIA lately I’m four weeks out from finishing up my degree so the workload is intense. But, with that being said I have created my YouTube channel and I am so excited but very nervous. I’m nervous because I’ve never filmed myself let alone put it on the web for so many people to see. I’ve been a huge YouTube fan for many years and really look forward to seeing new videos from my favorite vloggers and I aspire to have the same kind of impact on others.

I want to share everything I’ve learned about skin care and recommend all sorts of goodies. I’m not a skincare professional but, I like to think I know something and to me, the best way to learn about products and get ideas is from other people. We are the ones that go out and purchase products try them out and see for ourselves if they work on our skin type.

My videos will consist of product reviews, recommendation a glimpse into my crazy life. In return, I hope to make friends with like-minded individuals and have an impact in any way I can.

Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you can be the first informed when my very first video is uploaded.

YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmNKLnXh72fBF2OxSEJAtgw

Thank you so much for the support

xoxo

I love #maskmonday and #selfcaresunday and the masks I’m about to talk about are my favorite of 2018.

1.) The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask – GLOW BOOSTING (ranges from $2.50- $2.99 USD)

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This mask is AMAZING and I am not exaggerating one bit. It’s one of those mask you put on wait 15 minutes, remove and BAMMMM an instant glow, and I mean GLOW! Not only does it illuminate your skin it also hydrates. Another perk about this mask is that it drenches your skin and it’s easy to use. I typically use one of these sheet masks 2-3 times a week depending on if I have any but, I always try to make sure I repurchase.

Info about the mask: A water based sheet mask that is free of parabens, and oils. Half of a bottle of hydrating serum is added to each sheet mask which explains why it’s drenched in serum when it’s removed from the packaging.

Sheet masks can sometimes be a pain but, this mask has a blue film on it that it a different texture than the sheet mask which makes it easier to use. After removing place onto clean dry skin and leave on for 15 minutes. After removes and rub in the remainder of the products that’s left on your face gently.

2.) Orgins – Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores (ranges from $17.50-$28.00 USD depending on the size)

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This mask is hands down the best clay mask I have ever used and I’ve tried many. First off, this mask is great for all skin types and it’s supposed to awaken dull skin, eliminate pores and help with oiliness.

What makes this mask such a good buy for me is that is really does help with dullness and pores. Every once in a while I look in the mirror and notice my skin looks tired, and I have no glow and this usually happens in the summer for me because my skin tends to look dry during the Texas summers. So, I used this 1-2 times a week and it really helped balance my skin.

Info about the mask: The active charcoal does an amazing job at drawing out all of the toxins that sit on your skin from environmental damage. It will take your dull skin and refresh it without over drying. The bamboo charcoal helps with over production of oil but doesn’t strip your skin too much of it’s natural production. Remember oil isn’t our enemy but, if you don’t clean your skin daily it can overproduce and lead to blackheads.

I normally use this product 1-2 times a week depending on how my skin looks and from there I apply a generous amount to dry clean skin. I let it sit for 10-15 minutes but, the instructions say 10. After rinse with warm water, pat dry and follow with your am/pm skincare routine.

 

Let me know what your favorites masks are and if you’ve tried the two I’ve listed. Also, I love recommendations so tell me yours!!

xoxo

Jazmin

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Have any of you tried The Ordinary’s 30 % AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) + 2% BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) Peeling Solution? If you haven’t oh boy, are you in for a treat. This stuff is intense, and if you haven’t tried it yet I think you should give it a shot. It’s very inexpensive as is many of the products from this company. You can purchase it at  www.theordinary.com for $7.20 USD.

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This mask is very powerful and not recommended for sensitive skin, and because it has a high concentration of free acids do not leave it on longer then 10-minutes. If you experience any kind of irritation stop using it to prevent further issues.

What I love about this mask is what it does! The AHA exfoliates the top layer of skin not to mention evens and brighten your skin tone. The BHA also exfoliates and helps with clearing out your pores.

THE RESULTS

I love this mask but, I have to admit I had to get used to the intensity of it because when I initially applied it it felt like tiny needles were stabbing my face. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad feeling, it’s just different. After using the entire 30 ml bottle I did notice changes especially where I tend to have the most pores which is around my nose. My face did look brighter but, nothing amazing. With that being said, I will continue to repurchase this item because I love the price and I look forward to using it.

Let me know if you used it!

xoxo