July 11, 2015

JORD Wood Watch - ELY (Review)

Wooden wrist watch! Ever heard of anything like these? Not me at least, until I was approached by JORD Watches, a company that makes wood watches. I had never seen anyone wearing a wooden watch nor in any of the stores or in any print ads. Even my husband was intrigued. Both he and me were curious to see what exactly a wood watch would be like. We both love to wear watches and even though many times I use my iPhone to check the time, my wrist always has a watch. I treat watches like a piece of jewelry. An accessory that I find easy to wear and pair. 

While browsing through the website, I liked the CORA SERIES Zebrawood & Turquoise model the most, especially because it had the most unique aqua blue dial and Gold rim/hardware. It looked perfect for summer! I think I will eventually end up buying this myself. I am so in love with it.
I was offered to choose from 5 models that I believe the company has planned for their promotional purposes. 

I chose the Ely model, because it had the smallest dial and I thought it would be perfect for my short frame and wrist. The difficult part was choosing the color. These come in four different colors. Cherry, Black, Maple, Natural Green and Maple. Each and every watch would look slightly different from each other due to the wood grain. Every single piece would be unique in its own way.

Cherry was the color I chose. I was torn between Black and Cherry. I thought Black would be too black and the whole wood finish would get lost. But I was so wrong about the black one. I saw that one on other blogs and it looked stunning!!  

Deployment Buckle with Push Button
Scratch Resistant Mineral
Citizen Miyota Quartz Movement (2015 w/Date Display)
Case Width: 37mm
Case Thickness: 11mm
Lug Ends: 45mm
Band Length: 200mm
Band Thickness: 21mm

Each JORD watch is designed to be splash proof but is not intended for complete submergence in water. Also note that due to the nature of the wood chosen for each unique timepiece, colors and grain pattern may vary from photos.

Cherry is a beautiful shade of maroon. It is neither too red nor too brown. Just perfect! The watch itself arrived in a wooden box, that went well with the whole wooden theme. 

The first thing that I noticed was how light the watch weighed. It was feather light. Well not exactly feather light but very very light. It looked sturdy and well made. There were no sharp edges and curves were smooth. 

The inside of the dial has same shade as the whole body. There is a date display. The back of the watch is made of wood too and it would work excellent for anyone who is allergic to metal. The simplicity lies in this dial and the band.

The little steel knob or the side key has J engraved on it.

The watch is simple to open and snaps shut with one hand (Deployment Buckle with Push Button is the technical term) There are no complicated hidden tiny clasps that are notoriously famous for ruining manicures. The watch band is wooden too and it looks beautiful. Many people love to wear watch with dial facing on the inner side of wrist. The band is so well made and aligned that it mimics a wooden bracelet. 

I went a little crazy with pictures. Now I am no Lifestyle blogger so clicking pictures of the watch showing them in action was the most difficult but fun little project that I enjoyed a lot. I love to layer bracelets with my watch. It is always fun to mix colors and textures. Mixing metals, woods, beads just adds this little ‘something' to the whole look.

For this watch in particular I enjoyed layering silver jewelry. Pandora Beaded bracelet along with Lagos and David Smallcombe hammered cuffs went pretty well. The chunky watch looked sporty and chic at the same time.

No, I didn’t carry two bags on same day. I purposely showed two bags with drastically different shades, just to give an idea how the watch would look in general. I did try to model like fashion bloggers, but that was an epic fail! So for now, I would stick to close up shots.

Most of the current designs that the brand has on their website has steel or silver shade hardware. I do wish to see more watches with gold rim/hardware in this size from the brand.

A beautiful piece of accessory to have. It is more prettier in person than in the pictures I think it is worth owning one for its uniqueness. It would make a great conversation starter. It would add to any collection and makes a great gift. 

Very thankful to the JORD company to give me a chance to own and review one of their wonderful pieces.

Disclaimer: The watch was send for consideration. All opinions as always are mine. This is not a paid post. 

July 5, 2015

Fresh Sugar Face Polish (Review)

An innovative formula made with real brown sugar and strawberries that exfoliates and hydrates all skin types to instantly reveal a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion.

This innovative formula is enriched with revitalizing brown sugar and antioxidant-rich wild strawberries, which work together to gently dissolve dead skin cells and reveal perfectly nourished skin. It also includes hydrating seed oils that leave the skin soft and supple. An invigorating aroma from a natural blend of citrus oils further enhances the experience of using Sugar Face Polish. The formula is recommended for all skin types and will not sting or cause redness.

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

Color: Brown 

Texture and Consistency: Thick, grainy, slightly sticky like jam

Scent: Sweet, Citrus'y'

Application: I apply it exactly as suggested. I use a scoop or two and massage it gently in circular motions on clean but slightly damp face. I leave it on for 10 minutes like a mask while I do nothing. Rinse it off with water and pat dry. 

Feel and Effect on Face: The sugar crystals dissolve within initial 20 seconds of scrubbing. The crystals of brown sugar are pretty fine and there is not much exfoliation with this, but the skin does feel very soft. It leaves a greasy residue or a film which is left on as a mask. On rinsing the greasiness is reduced but there is still a film left. It acts as a moisturizer and does not dries out the skin like normal exfoliators do. It did not break me out nor there was any irritation, redness or tingling

Packaging: This comes in a white glass tub. I use a small scoop to take the product out. Not the most hygienic container, but pretty functional.

Verdict: I like this product not as an exfoliator but more as a part of pampering skincare regimen. It is not like the traditional exfoliators as the sugar granules are very fine and gentle. They dissolve very quickly. The face does not feel squeaky clean on using this like other exfoliators do. There is no visible brightening effect seen like I usually see on using more gritty scrubs. In fact this face polish leaves a slight greasy film that does not dries the skin. It leaves a moisturized, hydrated, soft and supple skin. It is a good scrub for someone with dry and extra dry skin. The scrub is very mild and can be used multiple times a week. I prefer using it in bath and leave it as is, if I am at home. Other times I clean my face with a mild face cleanser to get rid of greasy residue. I do not want any residue to interfere with my serum or oil applications. Very little amount of product is needed, so a tub would last for really long time. 

A good product but I find similar results can be achieved with a DIY version of this scrub. I don't know of any exact formula but a simple olive oil and brown sugar mixture gives similar results, though not exactly the same. Adding few drops of essential oil would add to the aromatic experience as well. Oh, and did I mention I did not see any strawberry seeds, though I think it is blended well in the product.

I like the product and I use this in rotation a lot of time. It performs very differently than other scrubs. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish, Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator, Origins Modern Friction™ Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion, CLINIQUE 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment are few amazing exfoliators or scrubs that I use often and I love them all. Some little less, some more. They all perform very differently and I use them in rotation depending on the state of my skin and seasons.

Worth trying once. This also comes in set of three with two other masks as well. Fresh Face Mask Essentials Trio or as part of Holiday Kits that Fresh releases every year.

Available at Sephora, Nordstroms

Disclaimer: The product is purchased by me. The post contains Affiliate Links


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