Thankful Thursday ~ June 2015

Today marks the last Thursday of June, so it’s time for another Thankful Thursday post!

  1. I am thankful for my grandmother, the woman who helped raise 4 wonderful children, was the first person to talk to me about politics (mainly why Bill Clinton was the best president we’ve ever had), and loves having people over to celebrate anything and everything with a party in her backyard. She has been struggling with depression and worsening health conditions ever since the unexpected death of my grandfather 5 years ago, but she had surgery earlier this month and seems to be finally getting the help that she needs.
  2. I am grateful for music, which has been a constant source of enjoyment and stress relief throughout my entire life. Whether I’m going to a concert with my parents, discovering new artists to listen to while I study, or running around a music festival trying to make it to as many shows as possible, I can’t help but feel better about myself, my problems, and the world around me when listening to good music.
  3. I am thankful for my car, a black Ford Escape my parents gave me when I was a senior in high school as a graduation present and way of congratulating me for earning so many scholarships for college. The car–which my friend, Colleen, and I named Cliff–has since been on more roadtrips than I can count and will be transporting Carolyn, Zaheera, and me to and from Houston over the next 4 days.

BrandBacker Reviews

One month ago, I received the following products free of charge through BrandBacker if I agreed to provide honest, unbiased feedback. Overall, I was very pleased with the quality of these products, the results I experienced after using them, and the promptness of the brand’s customer service representatives. I hope y’all find my reviews helpful, and I am excited to test more samples provided by BrandBacker in the future.

Oz Naturals Vitamin C Serum

This serum formula contains both vitamin C and hyaluronic acid–two substances thought to brighten the skin and reduce the effects of aging. After using the product on and off for the past month, I have noticed the skin on my face feeling firmer, but I do not think the serum has caused any other effects (neither positive nor negative). In order to prevent my skin from drying out after continued use as I expected it would based on reviews I’d read of other vitamin C serums, I always followed up with a good quality moisturizer. At this time, I do not plan to make this product part of my regular beauty routine, but I do appreciate the fact that this brand is 100% vegan, GMO-free, and not tested on animals. The only thing I didn’t really care for was the dispenser–I would have preferred a pump of some sort instead of the glass bottle and dropper.

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Pure & Essential Dead Sea Mud Mask 

Face masks like this are used to clean and brighten your skin by absorbing excess oil as they dry. I have used several similar masks in the past, but this one is my favorite by far! I really like this product in particular because of its nice, minty scent and the fresh feeling it gives my skin immediately after use without drying it out. I also love that it is a vegan, cruelty-free product made with organic ingredients, such as shea butter, sunflower oil, aloe vera, eucalyptus oil, and (obviously) Dead Sea mud.

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Radha Retinol Moisturizing Cream

I absolutely love this product!  I have naturally dry skin, but I’ve struggled to find a good moisturizer I can use consistently. More often than not, I break out within a couple days of using the same moisturizing product. However, the Radha Retinol Moisturizing Cream kept my skin moisturized all day and didn’t cause me to break out at all (even after weeks of almost daily use). The cream is fragrance-free, which I like for products I use and leave on my face. Additionally, I was happy to discover that this brand, like the others I’ve reviewed, does not test their products on animals. I would definitely recommend this moisturizer to friends and family, and I plan on purchasing more now that I have used up almost all of my sample.

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Radha Vitamin C Serum

Like the other vitamin C serum I received, this one contains hyaluronic acid, left my skin feeling firmer after regular use, and is made from organic, cruelty-free ingredients. The main difference between the two is that this product came in a bottle with a pump rather than in glass bottle with a dropper. If I were going to start using a vitamin C serum regularly, I would purchase this product instead of the other one, but I do not plan to purchase either of them at this time. I will, however, recommend this brand to anyone looking for a vitamin C serum to add to their beauty routine.

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Vita Sciences Vitamin B12 Cream

I must admit I was a little skeptical of this product prior to using it, but I ended up pleasantly surprised by how well it reduced the symptoms of my eczema within only a couple days of use. I also loved the faint scent of peppermint and the way it moisturized my skin without leaving it the least bit greasy. Additionally, I am very excited to have found a product that can help with the slight vitamin B12 deficiency that results from my vegetarian and dairy-limited diet. I use the cream most often on my arms but occasionally apply it to my face and neck as well. I definitely plan on purchasing a new bottle of this cream once I have used up all of my sample and would recommend it to anyone with mild to moderate eczema or symptoms of slight vitamin B12 deficiency.

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I hope my reviews were helpful. Please let me know if y’all have any questions! All of these products are currently on sale and can be purchased using the following links:

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