Monday, October 20, 2014

Toning Up, With Foxbrim

I am still, believe it or not, in search of a skincare routine that meets each and every one of  my skin's needs, regardless of how finicky it can be. I also really try to pay attention to the ingredients I am putting on my skin as well. Our skin is our largest organ, and what we use on it, goes into our body too. I am a big fan of Foxbrim, and really enjoy their Natural Refresh Toner.

I have been using plain Witch Hazel as a toner for a long while now. I found so many other toners to be overly drying, as alcohol was one of their main ingredients. Making the switch to Foxbrim's Natural Refresh Toner was easy because the ingredients are all-natural and gentle - this formula is alcohol free so you do not have to worry about the harshness that is characteristic of many other toners. In fact, the ingredient list is lengthy, but only because it has all of the scientific names for the natural ingredients that we can actually identify outside of a laboratory.

I use this toner by applying it to a cotton ball, and then evenly distributing it over my face (you can also extend the coverage to your neck as well). I have seen that the newer bottles have a spray top, which would eliminate the need for the cotton ball altogether. This toner is refreshing, especially in scent - to me, it smells like witch hazel and aloe. I actually like it because sometimes the witch hazel scent can be a bit much, especially for someone who has never used it before. It seems to be balanced out by the other ingredients and smells very pleasant. Once the toner absorbs there is no detection of the scent anyway. I find that this toner does a great job at cleaning up what your cleanser misses and tightening up pores. I remember that I used it once and did not follow through with the rest of my regimen just to see how the toner performed on it's own, and  definitely felt a tightening in my skin, and could see, over time, a reduction in my pore size. The number of blackheads I experience in my T-zone area has decreased significantly since using this toner.

I am a fan of each item that I have tried made by Foxbrim, and the Natural Refresh Toner is no different. I give it 9 stars:

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If you are looking for a brand and a line of products that promises to use no parabens, no additives, no added fragrances AND is cruelty free, Foxbrim is where it's at! If you wish to try a new toner, I highly recommend the Foxbrim Natural Refresh Toner, as it works for all skin types, and you can get it HERE

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Fight that Cellulite with Body Merry

We all strive to look our best, right? I wish that the world was not so over-focused on appearances, but unfortunately it is. As an undergraduate student in Psychology, I read several studies about what "we" (meaning the represented population) view as attractive. Not to mention the role that the media plays in shaping whom and what we find attractive. Either way, one thing that is most certainly not on the "attractive list" would be: cellulite! It is one of those things that just about everyone has, and probably the one thing they are the most self-conscious about. If you are someone who wishes to decrease the appearance of cellulite using all natural ingredients by adding one simple step to your health and fitness routine, I believe that Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream is your answer.

I use this cream at least once per day, and twice when I remember on my upper thighs. For the most part, I am slender, but I do experience cellulite in that area. I will tell you that the scent is strong in the minty department. If you are sensitive to strong scents or caffeine, then this is not for you. Please note that the scent does not linger, so you only need to deal with it while you are applying it. The cream itself literally looks like vanilla pudding. It is thick and has the consistency of a gel-lotion - something that goes on smooth and clear. It also leaves a cooling sensation on your skin after you have applied it, so you know it is absorbing into your skin.

The caffeine, retinol and THREE types of seaweed (Algae Extract, Kelp and Dulse) are the first things that work hard awakening and tightening the skin you are looking to improve. On top of those, there are a handful of organic ingredients including: Cayenne, Aloe, Coconut Oil and Almond Oil. And lastly, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract, Wildcrafted Horsetail, Apricot Kernel Oil and Vitamin E assist in getting your dimpled skin to tighten and firm, while providing nourishment to prevent drying. 

As with ANY health or beauty product, prolonged use is your best bet for seeing results. The Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream will deliver the best results if it is used in addition to other measures you are taking to address the cellulite on your body, including eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. If you are looking for an overnight miracle cure, continue your search.

I have been seeing small but noticeable results from using the Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream. and I give this product 8 stars:

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If you would like t learn more about Body Merry and the amazing line of products that they offer (which are made with natural and organic ingredients, cruelty-free AND made in the USA), check out their website HERE. From there, you can purchase the Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream HERE for $19.99 (this is a sale price - it is normally $79.95 - Grab it now for that price!).

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Baby Jewelry With a Purpose

In my constant quest for knowledge and all things "better-for-you", I came across amber necklaces for children. Initially, I thought nothing of them, except that they are cute, and would look incredibly adorable on my two year old. And I was right:

My marvelous girl, wearing the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace in Cognac

The necklace that she is holding onto in the picture is the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace that we received from Good Karma Zone. I LOVE THIS THING (oh, and she does too)! I just adore the way it looks and fits, but these necklaces are said to be helpful for teething children too (and she has those pesky two year molars coming in). Genuine Baltic Amber, which is used in this necklace, contains Succinic Acid. This Acid is claimed to have many benefits, including: calming the nervous system, anti-inflammatory properties and naturally relieving pain. So, while this necklace is adorable, it is also providing natural benefits to my child as well. Be aware that there is much debate about this, as with most things in life. If you look up reviews you will see people who are passionate about each side of this argument. Honestly, over anything else, it is cute, safe, and we like it, so I use it for those reasons over ANYTHING else.

Multi-colored, Lemon, Honey and Cognac

Here is what we love about the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace: First, its adorable! I just love the way it looks. It is only 13 inches long, so it is the perfect size for little necks. It is tight enough to stay put, without being a choker. Second, the clasp in the back is a twist-on making it super-sturdy; the thing stays put. Plus, each of necklaces are hand beaded with knots in between each bead. Therefore, if it does break (which, for safety reasons, it is designed to break under pressure), you aren't losing every piece of Amber, just one. Third, the necklace comes with a certificate of authenticity, and comes with a !00% satisfaction guarantee. I want to buy more of them just because I adore the one that we had. Yes, HAD.... Unfortunately, I misplaced ours. I take mine off of my daughter while she sleeps, just because I don't want her sleeping with anything around her neck, and I misplaced it. I feel that it will show up once I buy another, because this is how life goes, but I was DEVASTATED when I misplaced it. I mean, on the verge of tears over a necklace that is not even for ME. I scoured my house time and time again, but I had to let it go. They come in a variety of colors (as pictured above). I think I will get the Lemon colored one next time, but honestly, I want them all!

Obviously, I highly recommend the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace, and I will be purchasing another one, so I give them 10 stars:

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If you too would like your little one to sport one of these Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces, head on over HERE where they are on sale for $17.95 (this price may not last long, and may change so I cannot guarantee that it will be that price when you check). I also follow the company on Facebook to keep up with all things important regarding their products.

****Please be aware that I am not a medical professional, nor will I make claims that anything works or cures anything. I am simply sharing my experience of a product that I used. As stated before, there are people who swear by the soothing properties of Amber Necklaces, and there are others who absolutely abhor them. I have no idea if this necklace soothed my 2 year old incoming molar pain because she has never shown signs of teething pain, even as an infant. This is why I chose to focus my review on the appearance and usability versus the ability to cause pain relief for her molars. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Straws with a Purpose - Review of Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws

I think we are all aware of the hazards of plastic use in our day-to-day life, from the shower curtain in your shower to the plastic storage containers you store your food in, to the water bottles you drink out of. While many plastics are BPA-free these days, this does not mean that they are free of many other harmful chemicals. I am slowly but surely ridding my life of plastic, and every step in the right direction counts in my book. Our latest transition was from plastic straws to Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws.

Some of the useful features of the Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Drinking Straws are as follows:
  • Constructed of 18/8 grade stainless steel, and they will not rust or bend
  • Odorless and tasteless, so you won't get that metallic taste or smell while using them
  • BPA-free and safe to use in the dishwasher
  • Reusable, therefore reducing your "plastic footprint" on the environment
  • 3/8'' wide and 8.5''long making them ideal for thick smoothies (or milkshakes, wink, wink)

I love the box that these straws come in. It slides open, and I have kept it to store the straws when they are not in use, reducing our (and by our I mean my children's) opportunity to lose them. They come in a pack of 5, making it perfect for our family of four. I also love the cleaner that came with it to help keep the straws clean and free of build-up. One of my biggest pet peeves about plastic straws is that they are so difficult to clean, and I just don't have the stomach to imagine what amoebas are gaining access to my body via an unintentionally dirty straw. The children absolutely adore these straws, and they are the perfect companion to our morning smoothies (and my son uses them for his root beer floats)!

These straws have made their way into our everyday life, and they get 10 stars from us:

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If you too would like to make baby steps in the direction of a less plastic dependent household, this is the perfect first step! They are currently on Amazon for $14.97. Amazon prices do change, so be aware that it may not be that price forever. That works out to be less than $3 per straw!

Be sure to check out the Eco at Heart website and learn more about the company behind such a wonderful product!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Charge Easy with Accessorise Your Life

I waited FAR too long to get an iPhone. I have wanted one forever, and when my last phone decided that it no longer wanted to work once I left the house, I figured that would be the perfect time to upgrade and get the phone that I wanted. Actually, it came in the form of a birthday gift making it even better because I didn't have t pay for it. Either way, I finally got an iPhone. And then I went to charge it, and noticed that it comes with the shortest charging cord in the entire universe. All I could think was, really Apple.... You couldn't make the cord just a little longer to go with your phones that will crack to smithereens if it falls to the floor? And then this came to my rescue:

That is right people! An Accessorise Your Life 6ft long USB charge/Sync Cord for my iPhone. I can charge my phone and actually still use it without worrying about ripping the cord out of the wall or dropping it. What a concept!!!! This thing comes to my rescue each and every day. Many times I just plug it into the laptop and let it charge while I am on the computer, and it is so much more functional than the factory one that the phone comes with. I have yet to run into any problems with it. It charges fully and quickly, is of quality structure and material, and is Apple Certified, so you know it isn't going to mess up your products. It makes charging simple and easy to do anywhere - you could even charge up in the car, and allow someone in the back seat to use the product! This charger can also be used to sync your Apple product to say, your computer, to transfer files, pictures, music....whatever! It can also be used across products for iPod, iPhones and iPads, so be sure to grab a few so everyone isn't hogging the long cord in your house.

 I was so relieved to finally have a decent sized cord to charge my iPhone with, so I give the Accessorise Your Life cable 10 stars:

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If you wish to charge your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod and still use it, run HERE to purchase your Accessorise Your Life cable. It is currently $16.99, saving you 41%. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Treating the Pup with Best for my Pets Bully Sticks

I love when I get reviews that I get to share with other members of my family, including my fur child, Remi. He is our horse of a lab, and because he will eat anything (except cucumbers?), he is easy to please! Like most labs, he is on the constant look-out for food, so I try to give him treats a couple of times per day so that he is occupied and held over between his meals - It must be difficult to only eat twice per day... I know I couldn't do that. We recently reviewed a package of Best for my Pets Bully Sticks, and they were a hit!

The Bully Sticks themselves are thin and hard, which make me happy because Remi could go through an entire bag of soft treats in a matter of seconds. When I give my dog a treat I want it to keep him occupied for more than 30 seconds, so he isn't back to scouring the floors for something remotely edible.

The sticks are 6 inches long, making them a great size for any breed of dog. It could probably keep tiny dogs busy for a LONG, LONG time. They are made from 100% natural, pure (free range cattle) beef, are gluten-free, grain-free, 100% digestible, low in fat and high in protein. Because of this, I NEVER feel guilty when the 2 year old decides that Remi needs a treat.... AGAIN! Plus, due to their chewy texture, they work to keep my pups teeth clean and strong as he snacks. Maintaining great oral health in your dog is extremely important!

The bag itself comes with a very generous number of the Bully Sticks. I was so surprised when we opened it to see so many. I wish I would have counted them before the little one decided to make it her daily task to break into the cupboard and give the dog a treat, but there had to be at least 20 in there, maybe more! 
Ready to SNACK!

Cleaning those teeth!
My dog LOVES these. He gets excited when anyone goes to the cupboard where he knows they are stores, and will even respond to commands immediately (I don't even have to finish the command and he is doing it). And I don't have to feel guilty about it because they are made from trustworthy, natural ingredients that are good for him.

I give Best for my Pets Bully Sticks 8 stars:

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If these look like something your fur-family members would enjoy, you can purchase them here, for a discounted price of $28.90 for an 8 ounce package. If you are interested in learning more about Best for my Pets, you can learn more at their website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

*Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting Flawless with my Simply Essentials Kabuki Brush

I think I have loved make-up since I was really young. It is always the aisle in the store I am most attracted to, and my wish list is hopelessly never-ending. A little over a year ago a high-end makeup store opened it's doors in my area. I, with my trusty BFF by my side, was one of the first few people to step foot in there and get my eyes on all of the beautiful make-up I can't afford. I was on the search for a full-coverage foundation that was actually *gasp* full-coverage. When the sales associate was helping me, she applied the foundation on my skin with a brush. This was the first time that I had ever used a brush to apply liquid foundation to my face, and from that point on, brushes have been my obsession. I was ecstatic when I was chosen to review the Simply Essentials Kabuki Brush, and this brush does not disappoint!

Please excuse the fact that it is not perfectly polished in the picture.... I could NOT wait to use it. I have zero self-control. As you can see, this is a full-sized brush with a sleek look and a very sturdy wooden handle. The brush itself has very dense, soft bristles which makes coverage a breeze. I use this with mineral powder, loose powder and compact powder, and it works flawlessly. I have a set of pretty expensive brushes, and I reach for this one most often.

I have problematic skin, so I love the ease of full coverage that the Simply Essentials Kabuki Brush provides. I literally buff away my imperfections, leaving my skin with smooth, even coverage. This is achieved through those dense bristles of the brush which are the most functional characteristic of kabuki brushes, and why they are my favorite!

Obviously my brush needs a good washing, but, here is a close-up of those bristles. Speaking of washing, this brush holds up wonderfully through and after cleanings. I will also mention that I have experienced VERY minimal fall out; maybe just a few bristles have fallen out in the months that I have owned it. This brush certainly exceeded my expectations, and I plan to purchase more from this same line in the near future. They come with a 1 year guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!

I use this brush every single day, and I give it 10 stars:

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While this brush has a list price of $31.99, you can grab it off of Amazon for $15.96 right now (go HERE).

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.