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Hey Aprill is a personal beauty blog created in May 2010 with the sole purpose of expanding the horizons of beauty enthusiasts. Hey Aprill covers product reviews, beauty swatches, DIY beauty recipes, beauty book reviews,skin care tips, product giveaways and so much more.
I have a love/hate relationship with hardwood floors. On one hand, I love them because I prefer sweeping and mopping over vacuuming the carpet. On the other hand, it is really hard sometimes to find something that is going to not only keep my floors clean but keep the wood looking beautiful and conditioned as well. When you have hardwood floors, a mop and your standard cleaners just won’t cut it. The mops tend to be too harsh and the cleanser too greasy and overscented. It could all be so simple if mops and hardwood floor cleaners worked wonderfully together, but they don’t. I got the opportunity to try my first mop especially for hardwood floors- Bona Premium Spray Mop For Hardwood Floors. Bona Hardwood Floor Spray Mop is a high-quality spray mop that combines Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner in a cartridge with a microfiber cleaning pad. This combination is wonderful together for a few reasons: 1. The Bona mop has the largest base plate, which means you cover more ground, which means that you can get the floors cleaner faster. 2. The revolutionary microfiber pad can be adhered and removed with ease thanks to velcro adhesion. The dark blue fibers break up grime and the inner blue fibers trap and absorb dirt. They work wonderfully together to give me cleaner floors. 3. Effortless assembly. You have a fully constructed mop in just three clicks! 4. The cleaning solution is Greenguard Gold certified, so it’s safe for my kids, and my pets. The solution cleans well and dries fast with no residue, and leaves my wood floors with a natural sheen. 5. The Bona system is safe for all unwaxed, polyurethane finished wood floors. You can’t lose No hardwood floors? No biggie. Bona offers a wide selection of mops to fit your needs. Head over to the BonaFide Fanatics page to check out Bona’s selection, and sign up to receive free shipping and $5 off!
On a quest to introduce you to carrier oils better than coconut oil, I’m starting with avocado for two reasons- one, avocado oil is my favorite oil of all time and two, a follower on Twitter specifically requested this post and I procrastinated a little bit and I totally have to stop doing that. As it relates to the skin, avocado oil is packed with vitamin E, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that calms inflamed skin and prevents itchiness, which makes avocado oil highly effective against eczema and other skin conditions that cause dry skin (source). Avocado oil also has humectant properties, which prevents the skin from becoming dry. Avocado oil penetrates deep into the skin, resulting in softer skin, faster. Thanks to major doses of biotin, vitamin E, and vitamin B, avocado oil is powerful enough to moisturize and repair hair. Avocado oil contains minerals that seal the hair’s cuticles, which prevents breakage (source). Avocado oil prevents sun damage, heals skin, regrows hair, and fights damage. There’s nothing this mighty green fruit can’t do. Now I know we are in the age of DIY, but everyone does not have time to create batches of products, so here are 17 hair, skin and body care products that contain avocado oil to nourish your hair, face, and body! Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment $29 This nourishing eye cream moisturizes dehydrated skin under the eyes Avore Avocado Oil Moisturizing Pads $32 These pads feature extra virgin avocado oil to hydrate your skin from head to toe! Vitamasque 3D Avocado Sleeping Mask $11.50 Infuse your skin with mega hydration before bed with this creamy sleeping mask. Tony Moly I’m Real Avocado Sheet Mask $3 Transform dull, dry skin into moisturized skin in 15 minutes flat! Studio 35 Clay Avocado Oatmeal Mask $3.99 This creamy clay mask promises to clear pores, remove dirt, balance oil and moisturize for clean, soft, clear skin. Goldfaden Wake Up Call $85 This miraculous overnight mask promises to redefine skin texture leaving you with plump, youthful looking skin. Captain Blankenship Avocado & Peppermint Cuticle & Foot Balm $24 This nourishing balm heals dry, cracked skin with the stimulating scent of peppermint and sweet orange. Nailtiques Avocado Foot Creme $15 This non-greasy foot cream will infuse the feet with deep, nourishing hydration. Softsoap Luminous Oils Avocado Infused Body Wash $4.49 Cleanse your skin with a touch of luxurious avocado oil and invigorating Iris fragrance. St. Ives Daily Hydrating Vitamin E and Avocado Body Lotion $4.79 This body lotion features Vitamin E and avocado oil to replenish lost moisture and hydrate the skin. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Body Oil $23 This body oil features ceramides and avocado oil to provide intense hydration and protection. Jo Malone London Blackberry & Bay Bath Oil $25 This nourishing body oil features natural conditioners to hydrate the skin with the sweet, yet tart scent of Blackberry. Fig + Yarrow Hair + Scalp Tonic $34 Improve scalp health and give your hair some much-needed moisture and luster with this miraculous scalp tonic. Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre Shampoo Hair Treatment $9 Infuse your hair with moisture before you shampoo with this rich, nourishing pre-shampoo treatment. Philip B Peppermint & Avocado Shampoo $32 This shampoo features peppermint to stimulate circulation plus avocado oil to hydrate Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-wash $32 This sulfate-free cleansing conditioner is strong enough to lift away dirt while infusing the hair and scalp with intense moisture. Raw Sugar Healing Power Avocado + Banana Oil + Coconut Milk + Honey Hair Masque $9.99 This super deep-hydrating masque transforms even the driest, most over-it hair, leaving it supremely soft and irresistibly touchable. Tell me- what’s your favorite beauty product with avocado oil?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine. Hey guys! Here’s a friendly reminder that there is always room for a good skincare regimen. I know we made more than a few resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking and improve our health, so why not strive for better skin as well? Sam’s Club and Olay have partnered to help you establish a personalized skincare routine – with just one selfie and four easy steps: Snap your selfie Build your profile Analyze your report Get your regimen Begin by visiting the Olay Skin Advisor website and snap your selfie. Your webcam should be adequate to complete the process, but this also works with your mobile phone. Next, Olay will analyze your 5 skin aging zones – cheeks, mouth, forehead, undereye, and crow’s feet. Now the Skin Advisor will ask what concerns you most about your skin. You can choose from wrinkles and fine lines, sagging skin, uneven skin tone, dullness, visible pores, acne, crow’s feet, dark circles and puffy eyes. You can choose as many options as you wish. For this portion, I picked acne, dullness and visible pores. You will see those problem areas you picked again because Skin Advisor will ask you to pick your top concern. I picked acne because the acne in my temple area is annoying!! The next screen will reveal an evaluation of your face. My forehead is my best zone, and it looks like I need to focus on my mouth area! My skin advisor recommended Olay Total Effects Moisturizer because the skin in my mouth area appears to be aged. The skin advisor also recommended Olay Ultimate Eye Cream just to keep my eye area youthful. You have the option to purchase these items straight from the app or visit your local Sam’s Club to pick up your recommended products, for a customized skin routine. My thoughts I found the app to be very straightforward and simple to use. In fact, it was almost a little too easy! I really wish the Skin Advisor would address and recommend products by skin type as well. I have to note that it did not address my primary issue, which was acne, but I was grateful to receive a recommendation for a moisturizer because you can’t have too many. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are mine.