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Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin Challenge Wrap Up with Before & After Pictures

CB Disclosure 600 The Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin challenge is over and, as promised, I’ve got before and after pictures to share!  I’ve been posting weekly update pictures on our Facebook page, but it’s not as dramatic as seeing side by side before and after photos. 

According to the product packaging, people aren’t even supposed to start seeing results until about 4-5 weeks.  That means now that the challenge is over and all the photos are taken, I should start seeing my wrinkles filling in!  Of course, there were milestones for each week of the first 30 days taking Exaltria, which is a skin care supplement that contains hyaluronic acid.  I experienced all the milestones right on time, so I have no doubts that Exaltria works. 

Here are my before and after photos from taking Exaltria for 1 month:

Exaltria 30 Day Challenge At a Glance #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

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Let’s break down my results week by week and go over the changes I experienced at each checkpoint.  You can see in the photos above a snapshot from my phone each week of my skin.  In most of the photos I was wearing light foundation to cover my acne (yes, even in my photos at the gym). 

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What is the Exaltria #30Days2BetterSkin Challenge?

I took Exaltria every day for 30 days, from September 12 to October 11.  Along with taking 1 Exaltria tablet each day, I also needed to follow these healthy skin habits daily:

  1. Take Exaltria.
  2. Wash my face twice a day.
  3. Drink 8 glasses of water.
  4. Wear sunblock.
  5. Sweat for 20 minutes.

While I was originally doing my “sweat for 20 minutes” step on my treadmill at home, in the 2nd week of the challenge I joined a new gym and started working out much more than just 20 minutes a day.  A nice little side effect of this healthy habit was that I lost 4 1/2 pounds during the skin care challenge from all the extra exercise!

Exaltria Week #1

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In the first week, I set up an organizer spreadsheet for myself so that I could keep track of each healthy step I needed to do every day.  Even though the product information says that you should start to see visible results at the one-month mark, in the first week I saw subtle results. 

I noticed the deep lines on my forehead were less pronounced than before I started taking Exaltria.  The deep grooves seemed to flatten out a little.  The smile lines around my eyes still looked the same in week 1 and overall, I didn’t notice much difference starting the challenge.

Exaltria Week #2

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In week 2 of the Exaltria skin care challenge, I had the skin peeling that was reported by other customers.  My skin peeling was in the strangest places though, like inside the top cartilage areas of my ears!

I also noticed in week 2 that several of my tattoos broke out with acne-like spots that only appeared on the ink lines of my tattoos. When I peeled the dried blemish spots off, dried up tattoo ink came off of my skin! At that point I wondered if long-term use of hyaluronic acid could help lighten or remove tattoos.

During this week I didn’t see any visible improvements in my skin (which aren’t supposed to show until week 5 anyhow).  I did well with my healthy habits each day.

Exaltria Week #3

Exaltria Week 3 Photo #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

In week 3, most of the skin peeling and dry skin patches went away, except for a small spot inside the cartilage of my left ear. The breakout spots on my tattoos dried out but didn’t go away completely. 

The biggest change in week 3 was in the skin on my legs. My legs suddenly felt hydrated to the touch all the time, like I had just put on lotion.  Exaltria had the same effect on my arms somewhat, but it wasn’t as pronounced as on my legs.

There weren’t any changes in my forehead lines or eye smile lines this week.

Exaltria Week #4

Exaltria Week 4 Check In #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

In the 4th week on Exaltria, all of the skin peeling stopped and the dry skin patches went away. The breakout spots on my tattoos disappeared completely, but my tattoos did not lighten at all.

By week 4, all of the skin on my whole body felt hydrated and moisturized all the time, even without wearing moisturizer.

Exaltria Skin Care Challenge Results

Even though the challenge is over, I plan to keep using it for the next 2 months to see how much improvement it will deliver in my facial lines.  The product site recommends taking Exaltria for 3 months and then not taking it for 1 month to allow your body to make more hyaluronic acid on its own. 

I’m really excited to continue using the product and see what the end result is of a full 3 month cycle.  Since I already experienced benefits from taking this skin care supplement, I want to see it through and see just how well it will treat those stubborn forehead lines I’ve had ever since I was a teenager! 

Plus, I love the way it makes my skin feel hydrated all day.  The healthy habits are great too and I’m really thankful that they were part of the challenge.  It’s essential to taking Exaltria to drink at least 8 glasses of liquid a day, and having that accountability was wonderful for me.

Did you do the Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin challenge too?  If not, do you plan to try it now?  Let us know your experiences in the comments below!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and Danelle Ice has been compensated by #CollectiveBias #cbias and Exaltria to participate in the 30 Days 2 Better Skin Challenge. Only Danelle’s honest opinions are given.

Starting the Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin Challenge

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Before Exaltria #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

I’m starting the Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin challenge and wanted to share a before picture with you!  Above is a photo I took on my first day of the challenge, September 12th.   My before picture was from just after I washed my face first thing in the morning – no makeup.

Exaltria is a skin care supplement that you take every day (it’s a pill) to help the appearance and hydration of your skin.  Since it’s a pill and not a cream or lotion, Exaltria is made to improve the skin on not just your face, but your entire body!  This skin care supplement contains hyaluronic acid, which your body loses as you get older. 

Exaltria is an easy way to get beautiful skin from the inside out.  You take the pill daily and drink half a gallon of water every day to fade wrinkles and have softer, younger skin.

In the grand tradition of all my experiments, I’ll be sharing weekly check-in photos, as well as a side-by-side before and after photo at the end of the challenge.  Look for the final results of the Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin Challenge  here on Home Ever After on October 12th.

What is the Exaltria #30Days2BetterSkin Challenge?

Every day of the 30 day challenge, I’ll be doing these steps:

  1. Take Exaltria.
  2. Wash my face twice a day.
  3. Drink 8 glasses of water.
  4. Wear sunblock.
  5. Sweat for 20 minutes.

Not only will I be making sure I follow through on these healthy habits, but I’ll have accountability for doing my workout every day for 20 minutes as well!  Let’s cross our fingers that the extra water intake and exercise will have me in a smaller jeans size by next month too.

What I’m Hoping to Get from Exaltria

In the before picture, you can see that I have deep forehead lines.   I’ve had them all my life and they bother me a lot.  I’d love to see them disappear!  I also have a few smile lines under my eyes and at the outside eye corners.  It would be great for those to plump up, because I smile a lot and I’m not going to stop anytime soon.

If you’d like to take the challenge with me, you can get your Exaltria from Amazon and follow the above 5 steps too.  let us know in the comments below if you’re going to do the challenge.  Stay tuned for my weekly updates on Facebook to see my skin care challenge in-progress photos!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and Danelle Ice has been compensated by #CollectiveBias #cbias and Exaltria to participate in the 30 Days 2 Better Skin Challenge. Only Danelle’s honest opinions are given.

Annie for Target Girl’s Clothing Line Announced + DIY Fashionista Kit!

Annie Movie Title Logo


We all grew up watching and loving Annie, and now Sony Pictures is bringing us an updated Annie movie and – wait for it – a whole Annie girl’s clothing line at Target! Annie for Target by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus will be released at Target on November 16. 

This is super exciting because it’s the first time Target is teaming up with a movie for a clothing line.  Is this setting a precedent for a new entertainment / apparel trend?  Let’s hope so!

Just in time for the Christmas season this year, your daughter can be completely decked out in Annie clothes and accessories.  I know you’re asking if the red “Annie dress” will be available and the answer is: absolutely!  Renee Ehrlich Kalfus is the costume designer for the Annie movie and she also designed the 25 piece Target collection.  You’ve seen her designs in the Cider House Rules and Baby Mama, so you know her elegant and fun style will carry over into this wardrobe.

Although I don’t have the official pictures of the clothing line to show you yet, Kalfus says that the red dress at Target is “nearly-identical” to the one Annie wears in the movie!  I caught a tiny sneak peek of the top of the dress in the Annie movie trailer:

Annie Red Dress for Target

Don’t buy your girls’ holiday dresses this year until the Annie clothing line is released at Target.  Your daughter may even want to wear one of the Annie outfits when you go see the movie (out in theaters December 19). 

The Annie line not only has clothing and accessories, but also has a DIY kit (which us DIY moms are loving just at the mention) so your daughters can personalize their Annie pieces or their other closet fare (think buttons, patches, and tulle).

Plus, the whole Annie for Target clothing line is designed to be mix and match so that girls can personalize their outfit of the day and keep it fresh.  Each item is under $30 and yes, there is even Annie’s heart-shaped locket.

I’ll show you the picture previews as soon as I get them for the Annie clothes, so just be patient.  November will be here before you know it, you can bet your bottom dollar!

Annie logo and images provided by Sony Pictures Digital Inc. and used with permission.  This is not a sponsored post.

Dollar Tree Home & Mom Style Haul {Video}

Grab a cup of coffee and get ready to watch this Dollar Tree home haul and mom style haul video!

I try to make my way through the dollar stores at least once each season or holiday so I can get what I need for less than retail price.  In my town, we have Dollar Tree and the 99¢ Only Store.  I always find lots of amazing items for only $1. 

Normally I like to sort out the beauty, makeup, and style items and put those in hauls that are on the SimDanelleStyle channel.  This time, however, I included the beauty products because moms need to have style too!

Dollar Tree Home & Mom Style Haul:


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40 Prom Dresses under $200 that Look Expensive Enough for the Oscars!

40 Prom Dresses Under $200 Oscars

This is a sponsored post written by me about JenJenHouse.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Alright moms of teens, it’s prom season again and that means it’s time to start prom dress shopping.  It doesn’t have to be hard to find classy and glamorous prom dresses that are modest enough for your teen and still affordable on your budget.  I picked out 40 prom dresses under $200 that are so glamorous that they look expensive enough to have been worn by celebrities at the Oscars! Keep Reading