InstaNatural's Argan Oil Hair Mask/Age-Defying & Skin Clearing Serum/Argan Oil Review

Today I get the chance to share with you all my opinions and reviews on three products I have recently gotten to try out. They are all from InstaNatural. If you don't know about the company, they are one of the leading online and global distributors of more than a dozen nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products. Their products are made from natural and organic ingredients from around the globe.

I received the following products to try out and form an opinion on. So here were the three to try out:
The Argan Oil Hair Mask  |  The Age-Defying & Skin Clearing Serum  |  The 100% Pure Certified Organic Argan Oil

The first product was the Argan Oil Hair Mask. I had read mixed reviews on this already and so I was really anxious to try and see how my results tied into what I had read about. So first about the product.


InstaNatural's Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients - such as Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil & Vitamin B5 - work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also serves to strengthen hair to defend against heat damage and other external aggressors.

Key Active Ingredients:
+ Argan Oil
+ Amino Acid Complex
+ Coconut Oil
+ Shea Butter
+ Vitamin B5

MY FIRST IMPRESSION

I have to say, when I first saw the container, I was really amazed on just how big the tub was. For 8oz, it sure looked like a whole lot of conditioner up in there. The packaging is very basic. Nothing over the top eye catching, but still....it wasn't horrible. Just a very basic label, color and design.

When I opened the container, the conditioner was a thick creme colored paste. I then decided to give it a little sniff from the nose. Upon smelling the item, the first thing I thought of was a creme, citrus aroma. Kind of like an orange-cicle pop. I asked my 8 year old what she smelled and she said vanilla and a hint of orange. So it's a combination I think of the two. Because I smelled creme and orange and she smelled vanilla and orange. Maybe it's the same, I don't' know .... but we agreed on the light orange scent.

We decided to do this as a mother/daughter team review. My little girl is so silly and always asking to help review products. Because this was a more organic and natural product, I did not have any issues allowing her to participate. Which is great because I like to only use products I know are safe for the entire family.

Here is our hair before using the hair mask:
As you can see, my hair is really straight and her hair has a lot more personality and texture to it. Which I thought would be great to compare just how this product would work on different hair types.

The first step was to wash your hair like normal. And then after to apply the hair mask into the hair and let it sit for 5-15 minutes. I went ahead and just left it in each of our hair for 15 minutes. That way I knew it would work to it's full potential.

And this is the product in our hair:
After the 15 minutes were up, you now have to wash the hair mask out of your hair. So we did. And then you just allow it to dry and brush and style as normal. Since I do not use any products in my hair, nor do I use any styling tools, I just let my hair air dry and brush it out as always.
For my daughter, I usually put coconut oil in her hair to help with the frizz and the curls. But this time, I did not use any and just wanted to see what the mask would do for her on it's own.

So here is our hair after using the mask:
I really did like this product. My daughter liked it even more because it made her hair easier to comb out and a lot less knots and tangles then regular conditioner. Usually when we use regular conditioner in her hair, it takes around 30 mins or so to get her hair all brushed out. With the hair mask, it took about 7 mins which was a whole lot shorter. It also made her hair look beautiful and healthy as well as mine. It made both our hair feel soft, shiny, and smooth. I will be using this product everyday on her hair. I really think it will be a great helper in getting her hair more manageable.
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The next product I tried out was the 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil. This seems to be a great product because it is very versatile. 


InstaNatural’s 100% Pure & USDA Certified Organic Argan Oil is a multipurpose moisturizer essential to helping you achieve beautiful skin, hair, nails and body. The cold-pressed oil is lightweight, fast absorbing, and free of fragrances, chemicals and preservatives. Whether you are looking to freshen and soothe dry skin, repair damaged hair, or strengthen brittle nails and cuticles, the application of natural Argan oil is a perfect addition to your daily regime.

   + A moisturizer that keeps skin hydrated for a longer time
   + It can help with premature aging
   + Soothes inflammation
   + Provides an even and bright complexion by reducing flakiness
   + Nourishes hair, making it soft and shiny
   + Moisturizes the scalp and reduces the dryness
   + Can be used as a hair protector before coloring or styling the hair
   + Provides strength to the nails and prevents peeling and cracking
   + Decreases the dryness of hands and foot to make them soft
   +Prevents and decreases cracking of heels

MY FIRST IMPRESSION

The bottle is a good sized bottle. It's nice and heavy because it is a glass bottle which I love. I am not a fan of anything plastic. I do not using anything that is in plastic containers so I loved that this was glass.

Upon opening the bottle and using the product, I tried to smell the product but I could not seem to find a smell to it. So to me, it's completely odorless. When I squirted it out, the product is very much a slick oil texture because it is a pure oil so I really didn't think to expect anything else.

I decided to try it a few different ways. Since the bottle says you can use it for a various number of things, I went with trying it out on my hands and nails first. I didn't get a photo of it on my hands but it is taking the dryness from this cold, wintery weather away from my hands which is great.

I also read that it is a great nail and cuticle oil so I decided to try that. I placed it around my nails and going to let it do it's magic to see what it can do. As you read above, I usually use coconut oil in my daughter's hair to help with frizz and to moisture it. Since the Argan Oil says you can use it for the same reasons, I decided to try it in her hair as well. It really put a lot of shine into her hair and kept it down and in place.
It did not make her hair oily feeling and dried quickly with no odor. I think it's a great alternative to using the coconut oil we were using. We both really have been liking this stuff for her hair.

My overall thought on this product is that it is a great oil. I think it works well on skin and hair. It is natural, organic and does what it says it will do. I know we will be using this everyday.

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The last I tried out was the Age-Defying & Skin Clearing Serum. I love what this product is all about so I couldn't wait to try it out.


InstaNatural’s Anti-Aging Skin Clearing Serum is a comprehensive solution for those who want to reverse the signs of aging while treating acne and hyperpigmentation. This potent formula includes many key active ingredients to treat and soothe blemished and irritated skin. Sulfur penetrates the skin deeply for maximum results, allowing retinol and salicylic acid to unclog pores while niacinamide removes redness and inflammation. Simultaneously, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid restore health to damaged skin by repairing sun damage and micro scarring, all while delivering a youthful, radiant glow.
MY FIRST IMPRESSION

The bottle is smaller than the other. About half it's size actually. Again though, love that it is a glass bottle. Upon opening the bottle, I noticed it had a creamy, orange scent to it as did the hair mask. When I used the eyedropper that was included to getting the product out, the serum was a very milky colored serum. It was runny and not thick as I first thought it would be because of the color.

I did not take a photo of this in use, but I did use it as directed on the package. I cleaned my face and used the product all over. It really did soak in fast which I really loved because I do not like the feeling of anything on my face. Especially thick or heavy feeling lotions or foundations. And I do not like greasy or oily feeling things as well. I thought this product would be oily because of the texture when you first apply it. But it soaked in within seconds of applying it. 

With daily use, I cannot wait to see the results. I hope it does help with some skin issues I do have.

*disclaimer - I received one or more of this product in exchange for a blog post*

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Emma's Mode Review


Have you heard of Emma's Mode? If you haven't, now is the time to check them out. Emma’s Mode is an online retailer inspiring women to look their best by offering stylish, yet affordable fashions. From stylish dresses to trendy shoes to the season’s latest fashion accessories, Emma’s Mode is committed to its mission that fashion should be affordable and fun.

I was given the opportunity to try out a couple of the fashions Emma's Mode features. I selected the Yellow Floral Round Toe Ballet Flats and the Furry Sleeves Loose Pullover Knit Sweater in ivory.

When the products arrived, I was really excited to try them out and on! My first try on was the Yellow Floral Round Toe Ballet Flats. 

I really love the color yellow. Aside from pink, yellow is my favorite color. I can't choose between the two. But something about yellow shoes really drew my eye. 



The brand is Bamboo and they are a simple basic flat. The material feels like a sturdy canvas material with a hard, synthetic sole. The inside is a cushion floral print. Very basic yet really nice.

I really these shoes. They slip on and off nice. I think they really compliment any outfit and make a pop of color which stands out. These would be great to wear in the office with a formal pant or just lounging around in your jeans for an afternoon of gossip with the girls. 

The Yellow Floral Round Toe Ballet Flats are available for $13.80 on the website and come in a variety of colors. If yellow isn't your thing, there are many other colors to choose from.


My second item to review was the Furry Sleeves Loose Pullover Knit Sweater. This is a really cute and beautiful sweater. It's really comfy too. 



I chose this sweater in the color ivory. I really love how soft it really is. Especially the sleeves. It really does fit it's name. It fits nice. I think it may be a bit too snug in my hips but that is my fault. I need to hit the gym more and lose that extra baby weight that has been sitting on their since my last pregnancy.

I can see myself wearing this out anywhere. It's warm, comfy, and can be dressed up or dressed down. I really loved the tag that was attached to the sweater. It read, " Never was there a girl so pretty ..." I think every girl deserves to feel pretty so this was a great reminder.
The Furry Sleeves Loose Pullover Knit Sweater is available in both ivory and black and is currently on sale for only $29.75

So if you are looking for some great styles at an affordable price, check out Emma's Mode. You will find everything you need from handbags to leggings and all in between. Great styles, great fashion, great prices!

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BOXYCHARM Unboxing Review

 
Hello lovelies! I am a bit behind on this unboxing and that isn't very cool of me. I am very sorry about that but it is up now. So even though it's a bit behind, it's not too late I hope!

I was given the chance to review the December Jingle Belles Boxycharm Box. I was super excited for this because I have heard so many amazing things about the company and their subscription boxes and couldn't wait for the chance to try my own. BOXYCHARM is a beauty subscription service that surprises you with 4-5 FULL SIZED beauty items each month. This beauty box subscription will surprise you each month with the best beauty products from popular and chic brands. From nail care, to the hottest hair products, to the top skin care and cosmetics, they have your head-to-toe beauty needs covered!

When I received my box, I could not wait to open it to see what was inside. The card read - 

It's the most wonderful time of the year...to be a Charmer! This December we are spreading holiday cheer that is sure to make you jolly. So, unwrap this month's BOXYCHARM and have yourself a charming holiday season this year! Share your mistletoe ready looks using your BOXYCHARM goodies with #BoxyBelles.


Inside my box was some really amazing stuff. I was actually blown away by the products. I received five items. Four of which were full sized, and one that was travel sized. So right there that was totally awesome. I don't like sample sized items very much so full sized really impressed me.

The first item I could not wait to open and see {and the one I was most excited about} was the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette full sized product.

Expose your natural beauty with this exquisite collection of nude and metallic hues. The slim palette holds all twenty shadows allowing for easy on-the-go application. Blend these smooth, powdered shadows seamlessly to create an array of day or evening looks. Retails $39.95



The next item was the Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes full sized product. Who doesn't love a pair of long lashes?                                           Siberian Mink Fur Lashes that are 100 percent handmade and gathered without harming the animals in any way. These lashes are light, soft, sterilized and Hypo-Allergenic with not chemicals or dying involved. Retails $30.00 

Next we have the Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush full sized product. 

The ultra-soft synthetic-hair bristles pop out from the handle and wash the cheeks with your customized Mistura shade!          Retails $19.99

The fourth product that came in the box was the Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn full sized product.

A glossy lip crayon with a smooth texture. Apply to top and bottom lips for full coverage. For sheer coverage, apply to lower lip only and blot lips together. Retails $ 14.00
 
Last, but not least, was the Eva NYC Hold Me Tight Hairspray travel size product. 

Freeze frame your locks with this maximum hold spray. The humidity resistant formula smooths frizz and fly-aways and keeps hair in place no matter the weather. Maintain your styles while adding high-gloss sheen and volume that counts. Retails $10.00

So there you have it. My BOXYCHARM box. I was very impressed by this box and would totally do a subscription for it. I love subscription boxes and this is one of my favorites so far. I was not disappointed by anything that arrived.
How much is a BOXYCHARM monthly subscription? Well, I'm glad you asked!

 

And the total retail price for my box was $113.94

If you are interested in learning more about their subscription boxes or want to sign up for your own, check out their website boxycharm.com to get started. 

*disclaimer - I received one or more of this product in exchange for a blog post*