Apriori Beauty Giveaway!

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Several months back, I connected with Candy Dye (or rather @CandyDye!), a consultant for Apriori Beauty on Twitter. Her positive and uplifting attitude definitely shone through in her tweets as did her passion for the skin care line she represents.

Candy contacted me about becoming a Tiny Oranges sponsor, which is how I came to learn more about the company and try their fabulous products. Make sure to keep reading below because Candy is giving away a $50 gift card this week to shop on her site!

Their skin care lines are all about defying the aging  process.  As a thirty-something, or never mind, I will just say it, as a 36 1/2 year old woman, my skin has recently become a big concern of mine.   This past year between the normal daily stresses along with my age, I have started to see more and more fine lines and wrinkles than ever before. Boo!

I asked Candy to explain a little more on how their products work and this is what she wrote…

“Consumers are increasingly seeking “anti-aging” cosmetic products which treat the visible signs of natural and environmental aging, such as wrinkles, lines, sagging, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. The problem is, products that only focus on treating the signs of aging are not proactive!

This is what sets Apriori Beauty apart from the rest – Apriori Beauty sought to take an innovative approach to targeting the causes of aging, not just the symptoms by introducing Cellular Age Advantage , a proactive, internal + external approach that utilizes the Nutrient Reservoir to address the core causes of cellular aging!

Why the systematic approach? Topical and internal applications both have their advantages and disadvantages. The Cellular Age Advantage “Whole Body” system utilizes the advantages of each to offer unprecedented results!

Aging never looked so beautiful … you can enjoy visibly younger looking skin with the Celloxylin system of skin, treatment and body products. Celloxylin is the cell-oxygen link protection and prevention on an external skin surface level. A 5-step, 6 product system for face works at the cellular level to reduce the signs of aging and proactively nourish and protect cells from oxidative stress. Two complimenting, first-ever treatment products and an in-home skin treatment machine will intensify the benefits of this age-defying system for face. Two other products extend the benefits of Celloxylin and the Nutrient Reservoir™  to the body.”

Candy was kind enough to send me three products to try and I was extremely impressed with how they worked and felt on my skin.

The Creme Cleanser is the first I used and I found it to be extremely gentle and moisturizing.  My face feels very soft and smooth after using it and it was an especially great cleanser to use these past few months when the air was so dry. I loved being able to cleanse and not have that “tight” feeling afterwards because that always makes me feel like it will exaggerate my lines.

Believe it or not, since I have extremely sensitive skin, I have never used a specific eye cream because all the creams I have used in the past have stung and irritated my eyes. But I gave their Eye + Lip Age Eraser a try and can safely say this is the first eye cream that has not irritated my skin.  It is very gentle and deeply moisturizing.  I feel so much better knowing that all my little crow’s feet and upper lip are getting soaked in this cream overnight!

At night I use the Night Repair 3Deep moisturizer after cleansing and it is really luxurious.  I love a moisturizer that you can actually FEEL working on your skin and it made my skin feel so soft and smooth in the morning.

Seems like the more I read about the battle of the lines and wrinkles, the more it seems like a GOOD moisturizer is KEY!

So, if you are in the “battle against the fine lines” like me – you will love these products and the difference it will make on your skin!

Also, you should also note that in each product there is…

* Zero SLS or SLES

* Zero parabens

* Zero synthetic fragrances or dyes

* Zero harsh or toxic chemicals

* Zero animal ingredients or testing

And on all their products you can see a list of  ingredients, FAQs and the ingredient safety rating.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to shop on Candy’s Apriori Beauty site along with a Turn Back Time Capsule filled with 3 Days Celloxylin Skin Care, 1 Day Lifeoxylin Elixir, 2 Days Sugar Beet Crystal Microscrub.  Yippee!

To enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry option.  Contest runs through next week, May 25th, 2011 at 5pm PST.  I will notify winner via email, so please leave your email address in your comment (won’t be published.)

Entry options:

1. Simply comment below and tell me which product in the Celloxylin line you would like to try (or need the most!) – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Candy’s page for Apriori Beauty on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @CandyDye on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook or tell me if you already do – 1 ENTRY

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter or tell me if you already do – 1 ENTRY

6. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges blog via RSS or Email – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!

{Disclosure:  Candy Dye Independent Consultant for Apriori Beauty is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. I received the above three products free of charge.  All opinions are my own and honest ones – of course!!}

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Yes to Carrots Yes to Cucumbers Yes to Tomatoes!

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A few months back I stumbled upon a baby lotion at Target called Yes to Baby Carrots that had me shouting it’s praises from the rooftops.  Light, all natural and affordable. I have used lots of baby care products over the past few years and I have to say this one was the best.

Since I loved this moisturizer so much I went to the Yes to Carrots website to see if there were more “Yes to Carrots” products and found there was MUCH more to the “Yest to” brand than met the eye on the shelf at Target!

I connected with @YesToCarrots on Twitter and they ended up sending me some additional products to try for baby and me too!    I was curious if my passion would equaled. It was a lot to live up to. But after trying them all for about a month, I am now a loyal “Yes to” consumer for life and consider myself a YES WOMAN!

Here are a few of my absolute favorite products for ME!  I will do another one on the baby products.  All equally fabulous. But first, some important notes on the company…

There are four different collections…

Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers, Yes to Tomatoes and Yes to Baby Carrots are designed to meet different, specific skin types & needs.  You can even go on their website to find your own unique recipe!   And “Yes to” uses high quality organic fruit and veggie ingredients with a natural elixir from the Dead Sea to hydrate NATURALLY!

“Yes to” gives back….

A portion of the profits goes to the Yes to Seed Fund, a non-profit organization that provides grants to schools and communities to help them build gardens and promote a healthy lifestyle.  Um, like I needed yet ANOTHER reason to buy their products, but this one gives me a certain warm fuzzy!

“Yes to” is affordable…

For the quality and fact that these products are all natural and paraben-free, they are extremely affordable. And, all orders online over $50 comes with free shipping!

So these are some of my top picks!

Yes to Cucumbers Completely Cooling Body Butter

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love. First off, I am probably one of the few adults that cannot actually stand cucumbers.  Weird, huh?  I don’t like the taste, even in those “spa waters!”    So I was a little hesitant to spread cucumber lotion on my body. What I found was that it doesn’t smell like cucumber, but the cucumber ingredients {along with green tea and aloe vera} make it an absolutely luscious moisturizer!  I love the fresh scent (so does my hubby.) It is extremely moisturizing and didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  My new personal favorite lotion.

Best part: it’s paraben, petroleum & SLS-free & $12.99.

Yes to Carrots Carrot Rich Moisturizing Body Scrub

I have used body scrubs in the past, but many times have been turned off by how harsh they are for my skin.   This is the first exfoliating scrub I have used for my body that has been gentle enough for me.

Used in the shower, the exfoliating grains are tiny, not rough, but enough so that you can feel it working.

It deeply cleanses, then exfoliates and moisturizes leaving your skin silky smooth and ready for your Yes to Cucumbers Body Butter!

Key ingredients include Dead Sea Minerals, Ginko & Green Tea.  And all “Yes to” products contain a full list of ingredients you can check to see what you are putting on your body.

Again: Free of the above chemicals, and are you ready? Only $9.99.

Yes to Tomatoes Tender Touch Hand Cream

This moisturizing hand cream uses avocado & lycopene from organic tomatoes to make your hands feel like baby-soft skin!

I don’t know if this is just me, but all of a sudden when I turned 35 I felt like my hands were really showing my age! Fine lines and just a little wrinkly.

This hand cream is LIGHT. Not heavy or greasy (AT ALL) and I use it right before bedtime.  Goes on smoothly and has a nice light scent.

It doesn’t take away my hand’s 35 years, but it sure makes my paws feel more pampered!

Again: paraben, petroleum and SLS-free & $9.99!

Yes to Carrots Pomegranate Lip Butter with SPF 15

So I am a little bit of a SPF freak with the amount of time I spend outdoors with my kids in the summer.

Not just in summer but really year round, as we know from living in OC, we are lucky enough to get to spend a LOT of time in the So Cal sun.

This lip butter is very moisturizing, light and fragrance-free.  I use it on my kids too, especially for beach or pool outings.

Best part: AGAIN, 100% natural & $3.49!

So there began my love affair with the “Yes to” brand.  I think you will love it too.  If you have some time it’s interesting to Google about parabens and skin care products.  There is some thought-provoking information out there.

It makes me FEEL good to know that I am putting products like this on my body that are made from natural ingredients.

So want to be a “yes woman” too? Click here to shop online or find a store!

{Disclosure: The products in this post were provided free of charge by Yes to Carrots, but these opinions are my honest ones and it all started with a product I purchased myself!}

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