Friday, December 2, 2016

Reviv Hair Placode Booster Serum (product review)

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I was very impressed to receive such a nicely wrapped sample product.  I was impressed with the packaging, inside of my lovely box was a neatly black tissue wrapped box, filled with 5 vials of Reviv Serum along with a rubber syringe (sans/no needle--only used to express the serum from the vial) and instructions.
For some who are fearful of syringes, many would believe they would have to inject themselves, but this product has a rubber syringe which contains "no needle" and you squirt the product on as directed using a certain amount.

My hair and skin are dry so, I wanted to try this product out.  I own a company (Salon Rx) which assists men, children and women with medical hair loss due to Alopecia, scalp trauma, environment, Cancer, etc. So, I want to make sure my clients are receiving the very best products that deal with wellness and health and are non-harmful nor irritating.

I was surprised when I noticed that a couple ingredients in the product turned out to have a bad review...the ingredients are:

Acrylates and C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer.  The products include a very low dosage of acylate yet it still bothered me that the company didn't try to use a more natural alternative. 
Many folks do not look at the ingredient listing and will only seek out the best pricing and possibly a friend referral.  In this case, I had neither to go off of and I wanted to try and find out about these ingredients since I could barely pronounce them upon first looking.  When you have to enunciate each syllable, then you know you should use the internet for research.

With that I chose not to sample the product, although it probably won't be a long-term use if the product does create thicker hair and improves the skin, I decided it's not the product for me.

Please view the website for more information and see the numerous video testimonies on YouTube by other Brand Influencers.

#revivserums  #RevivHair
 Placode: embryonic structures that give rise to structures such as hair follicles, feathers, and teeth

Oligopeptide (54): synthetic peptide composed of 12 amino acids

Alcohol Denat: methylated spirits  (added with fatty liquids it isn't drying)

Decapeptide (8 & 10): a polypeptide (as angiotensin I) that consists of a chain of 10 amino acids

Niacinamide: a conversion of the vitamin B complex

PEG/PPG (20/23): is used as an Emulsion stabilizer    

Dimethicone: A silicone used to assist in storage of cosmetics and personal care products

**Acrylates:  typically found in cosmetic nail preparations. **Government regulations and occupational studies have linked ethyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate to cancer. The International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classify ethyl acrylate as a possible human carcinogen.[15,16] - See more at:

**C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer: an excellent thickening and emulsifying agent and are capable of providing flow and clarity to gel systems. ** Accordingly, these Acrylate Copolymers are considered safe for use in cosmetic formulations when formulated to avoid irritation.

Sodium Acrylates Copolymer: used as a moisturizing agent       

Lecithin:  a fatty acid used as an emulsifier and to prevent sticking. Lecithin is a naturally occurring lipid found in both plants and animals.

Caffeine: a stimulant

Panthenol: Provitamin B5 (synonyms: D-pantothenyl alcohol, pantothenol, dexpanthenol) is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Activity 75%. pH 8-9. Stabilized & preserved with 1% D-pantolactone. Clear viscous liquid, no or faint odor. Soluble in water & alcohol, not in oils. Penetrates readily into skin & hair. Has good moisturizing & softening properties. Has been shown to improve the appearance of irritated skin and is often used as the rejuvenating agent. 

Triethanolamine: used as an emulsifier

Please view the website for more information and see the numerous video testimonies on YouTube by other Brand Influencers.
#revivserums  #RevivHair


Derma E (product review)

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I was very excited to receive the Derma E product line which included me giving an honest review of the packaging (old versus new), learning about the brand and sampling the products.

The Hydrating Day Crème (Old Packaging) is most definitely easier to read and no guessing to choose which is day and which is night.  With the older packaging, the color pops and the wording is bolder on top of the box and the front of the box.  The jar that the product comes in also has the colorful label, the wording is easy to read and also directions on how to properly use the product.

The Hydrating Night Cream (New Packaging) is sophisticated and sleek and says to me that this is a luxury brand that should be placed in the best spas and exclusive retail boutiques globally.  The spelling of the word from Cream to Crème was also very noticeable. (A side note is that the wording on the top of the box is not bold so, it's a bit more difficult to read).  The lighter colors and the 50/50 lotus blossom on the front of the box are very before and after sexy. The jar is the same, the only change is the labeling which is see through yet the words still pop out.  Again, this is sleek and exclusive spa quality labeling.

I really wanted this product to be a "God Send" because it claims to be:
100% Vegan
Soy Free
Paraben Free
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free
Petrolatum Free
No Mineral Oil
No Artificial Colors
No Gluten
and uses recyclable packaging and made in a Certified Wind Energy plant


The company has been in existence since 1984 (over 30 years). This company supports global communities!  

Who could say no to that...but those folks who are leery, let me say that I've created an honest review of the product because I truly needed to find a product for my extremely dry skin.  You can go online to Youtube or to Derma E's website and links to find out more about the company and its founders.  They have over 80 products offered worldwide and they are all created in California (USA).
My company Salon Rx promotes wellness and health to men, children, and women.  I've just come back from Washington, DC for training as a Patient Advocate because I believe we all owe it to OURSELVES to EDUCATE ourselves and not rely primarily on our clinicians and the media to tell us what we need, what is right or wrong with our physical/mental state.  

By taking the opportunity to read the ingredients that are placed on the packaging of every product and having internet access via cell phones makes it easy to make better decisions on what to put in or on our body.

This is why I've researched every listed ingredient in both Derma E products and my overall review gives these products a thumbs up.

Within the first 2 days of using the creams, my skin was noticeably different.  At first, I had these dry cracked looking lines on my forehead.  I knew I had to get rid of those and me being in my 40's and single, means I have to look my best!  So, when I noticed on day 2 the fine lines were diminished a little, I was gung-ho, all in to prove this product works or not.

I continued my daily and nightly routine of washing my face with warm water and steaming my face with a hot towel.  I use an almond scrub (exfoliate) here and there twice a week.  In the morning, I would put a dab on my forehead, cheeks, chin and neck and rub it in.  This does leave a light film on the face for about 1 minute.  At night, I do the same, wash and steam my face, then I placed a dab here and there on my face and rubbed it in.

Within 3 weeks, my skin has really changed!  I'm in love with this product. 

I noticed it is sold at:
Target, CVS, ULTA Beauty, Whole Foods, some health food stores and I am shocked it is sold at Sally's Beauty. 

The product packaging really looks like it is high-end/luxury quality and because of that, the packaging may scare some folks from purchasing.  The products I sampled ranged in pricing from $14.99 - $25.99 depending on the store you purchase it from.

One of the better products on the market!  Derma E!!!  The company market's themselves as "Ethical Beauty" and they would be right!