Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil and Wipes-Review


I have been on the PreCleanse band wagon for awhile and I'm a huge fan.  I think the best beauty advice out there is washing your face...no matter what...every night.  When you PreCleanse you get to wash your face twice and I am always of the mind set that more is better, lol.
The idea behind PreCleansing is that you are removing your make-up, excess oils and other debris and then following up with your regular cleanser an since you PreCleansed your regular cleanser will work like it's supposed to.


The PreCleanse Oil is a Dermalogica fan favorite and here is why...This deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin.  You can achieve ultra clean and healthy skin with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse.  Thoroughly melt away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build-up on skin throughout the day with skin fortifying Olive, Kukui and Apricot oils.  It's also formulated with conditioning Rice Bran and Vitamin E oils, this gentle blend can be used around the eye area to even remove waterproof mascara.  Perfect for all skin types.
The PreCleanse Oil is really easy to use.  Simply massage in about a nickle size amount of the oil onto your dry face, making sure you cover your entire face, even your eyelids and lashes.  Once you feel satisfied you have covered your entire face you can add warm water and the oil will turn into a milky emulsion that you can continue to massage into skin to remove debris.  Then just rinse with warm water.  It will leave your skin feeling soft, clean and ready for your regular cleanser.

The PreCleanse Wipes are the same concept and they offer the same benefits as the PreCleanse Oil but come in handy, prefect for on-the-go cleansing, bio-degradable wipes!  I think the wipes are great, they work really well, they are less messy and they are especially great for travel but I prefer the Oil.  There is just something satisfying about massaging the oil into the skin and working out all the gunk that sits on your face all day!

Either way I think both products are exceptional.  Really great quality and great results!  I have always been impressed with Dermalogica products and these are just two more I can add to that list.  Make sure you head over to Dermalogica.com for more information and to check out these and their other cult worthy products!

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

Spirulina, Acerola & Nutritional Yeast by Sari Foods-Review




For the most part my family and I eat fairly healthy.  That doesn't mean that we don't indulge once in awhile but we like to eat as clean and organic as possible.  If you follow my blog then you also know that I use supplements when I feel like I am not getting the nutrition I need from my food or to help with weight management.  So naturally, I was pretty excited to try out these Superfoods that Sari Foods sent me!  They sent me their Nutritional Yeast, Spirulina Powder and their Vitamin C Powder.

I have already tried their Nutritional Yeast and I love it!  You can read my review on that here.
The Nutritional Yeast is now a staple at my house and I love putting it on my scrambled eggs, fish, potatoes and it's also really good on popcorn!  It kinda has a cheesy taste so anything you think cheese would be good on, just sprinkle a little of this on there!  Yummy!


I have been wanting to try their Organic Spirulina for awhile now so I had high hopes for it and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!  I love adding the Spirulina to my Green Smoothies, it has taken my smoothies to the next level.
The Spirulia is the most nutrient dense food known to humankind.  It contains more protein content than any other food source and is also the most planet-friendly source of protein!  The Organic Spirulina contains more than 60% protein and is a natural source of bioavailable iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, beta-carotine, B12, chlorophyll, phytonutrients, antioxidants and essential amino acids (GLA, Omega 3, 6 & 9’s).  Spirulina has over 100 types of vitamins & nutrients - more than any other type of grain, plant, or herb - and they work together to perform miracles in the human body.   I know...it's AMAZING!  It truly is a SUPERFOOD!


I loved the Organic Vitamin C Powder as well!  It's made from Acerola Cherries and it's another great ingredient that I like to add to my smoothies.  I actually add the Vitamin C to all my smoothies, green and everything else!  It has a tart (of course) taste to it but you can't really taste it once it's blended in.  Tip: I've also used it to make a homemade mask for my face!
As we all know Vitamin C is really important to our immune system but it can also help us fight free radicals and promote cell regeneration.  Seriously great stuff!

I really love all 3 products!  They are all really great quality products and I highly recommend them!  Go to SariFoods.co for more information and you can also purchase on Amazon.com or by clicking on the links below...

      

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

NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy-Review




  *NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy

I have been lucky enough to try out a few products from NeoStrata and have been super impressed with each one. As a result, I have become a huge fan. Most recently I have been using their Intensive Eye Therapy and once again...super impressed!
Their Intensive Eye Therapy is supposed to diminish the look of crow’s feet and reduce puffiness all the while a special ingredient, SynerG Formula 6.0, builds and plumps deep layers of the skin for exceptional results.
First of all, the NeoStrata packaging always makes me feel like I am about to experience a very high-end, quality product and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
The product itself has a gel-like texture (a little goes a long way) and you can immediately feel it going to work. You instantly notice that your fine lines are smoothed out and any puffiness just disappears. The Peptides in the Eye Therapy help stimulate matrix components to produce more collagen and that means younger looking eyes! I also love that it contains NeoGlucosamine® that inhibits a key enzyme in melanin formation, reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation. At 41, this Eye Therapy is exactly what I need!

A full size product can be purchased at NeoStrata.com for $79.00.

The NeoStrata Intensive Eye Therapy is a really great product and I love that it does exactly what it promises to do!  It doesn't get any better than that!


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

Monday, March 30, 2015

Moscow Mule Copper Mug by Kitchen Concepts-Review



I consider myself somewhat of a cocktail connoisseur, however, it was until last September on a trip to beautiful Santa Barbara, CA that I ever even heard of a Moscow Mule.  It was nice to know I was not alone since it seemed like no one else had heard of one either!  
According to Wikipedia, the cocktail was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Cost spirits and food distributor, and "Jack" Morgan, President of Cock 'n' Bull Products (which produced ginger beer) and proprietor of the Cock 'n' Bull restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles popular with celebrities.  Needless to say I think the Moscow Mule is starting to make a comeback and thank goodness cuz they are delish!
To make the perfect Moscow Mule you absolutely MUST HAVE a Copper Mug.  Trust me, I have tried a regular glass and it is NOT the same.  I was sent this Copper Mug by Kitchen Concepts to test out and not only is it affordable (they can be rather costly!) it worked perfect!!  I also recommend the original Cock'n Bull Ginger Beer and of course fresh squeezed lime juice is a necessity as well.
There are several variations to the Moscow Mule such as using Tequila instead of Vodka and adding Simple Syrup but I think it's best with just the Vodka, Ginger Beer and Lime Juice.  Cool & refreshing, the Moscow Mule is going to be my cocktail of choice this summer!


Ready for a Moscow Mule?  Grab yourself a Copper Mug on Amazon.com or just click on the link below...


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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream by Anavita Skin Care-Review & Giveaway




There is nothing quite like a good, thick moisturizer and it's even better when it helps make fine lines & wrinkles disappear!
I have been using this Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream by Anavita Skin Care for several weeks now and I'm super impressed.  It's not only a perfect day cream but it also doubles as a night cream and as you all know I love a product that can multi-task!
This Anti-Wrinkle Cream is filled with proven anti-aging ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Argireline and Matrixyl.  The texture is fairly thick and luxurious, just like a good anti-wrinkle cream should be.  Even though the texture is thick my skin drinks it up and absorbs it really quickly.  It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and super hydrated.  Best thing is...it also makes my fine lines far less noticeable!  Anavita's Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is also non-irritating and is suitable for all skin types.
I also love that this cream is  paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free and not tested on animals!
So, now that you have heard how great this cream is wouldn't you love to try some out for yourself?  Well, Anavita Skin Care has offered to sponsor a giveaway and give a FREE jar of the Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream to one of my lucky readers!  The giveaway starts 03/30/15 @ 12 p.m. PST and ends 04/14/15 @ 8 a.m. PST.  Good Luck!!











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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil & Massage Oil by Adovia Mineral Skin Care-Review



I have been loving this Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil that Adovia Mineral Skin Care sent me to review!  I have been having so much fun creating homemade scrubs, massage oils and roller-ball perfumes.
This Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil is a great oil that creates a barrier on your skin, but does not clog your pores or aggravate existing skin conditions.  It's all-natural, light-weight, non-greasy and easily absorbed which is why it's perfect for use in scrubs and other skincare products.  It also makes a great massage oil since the oil remains in liquid form provided by the fractionating process.  Since it's the perfect Carrier Oil you can add some essential oil to it and make your own scented massage oils, perfumes or anything else you can dream up.  It also makes the perfect all over moisturizer just by itself!


Go to cleopatraschoice.com for more information & to purchase the Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil & Massage Oil by Adovia Mineral Skin Care or you can also purchase on Amazon.com or just click on the link below...

 

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

Spiral Vegetable Slicer for Healthy Salads & Pasta-Review




OMG, I have been dying to try out a Spiral Vegetable Slicer forever!  So naturally I was pretty excited when Kitchen Supreme sent me one to review for my blog.
This thing is so cool!  I love making all kinds of different salads & "pasta" dishes with this thing.  It's super easy to use, you can make a really yummy & healthy salad in minutes.  It's also really easy to clean so that's a bonus too.
 The Spiral Vegetable Slicer comes with a Spiral Slicer Recipes Cookbook, Rapid Results Digital Guidebook and a 101 Power Tips for a Fitter, Healthier You.  My favorite recipe from the Spiral Slicer Recipes Cookbook is the Greek Cucumber Noodle Salad.  Not only is it fast & easy to make it's also healthy & delicious!

Greek Cucumber Noodle Salad

If you haven't tried a Spiral Vegetable Slicer I highly recommend it!  Go to  kitchen-supreme.com for more information and you can also purchase on Amazon.com or just click on the link below...

 

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

21-Day Arm Sculpting Challenge


Happy Fitness Friday!

So, I thought what a better way to start off the weekend than with a Challenge!  I have been wanting to get my arms in shape for Spring so I can feel good about wearing short sleeve shirts and tank tops so this challenge comes at a perfect time for me and I thought some of you would like to join me.
This is a 21-Day Arm Sculpting Challenge from PopSugar Fitness and it's really simple with plenty of "Rest Days" to give your muscles time to rebuild and become stronger and so there isn't any room for excuses.  All you need is the appropriate size dumbbell (three to eight pounds) and then just follow the plan above.   
Use this link for more detailed information!  Who's with me?  If you are interested in doing this challenge just leave me a comment below and I will respond to you!



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Omega-3 Fish Oil by Earthwell Nutrition-Review



It seems like you hear about Omega-3 Fatty Acids all the time these days.  Omega-3 Fatty Acids are the one type of fat that you don’t want to cut back on.  Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits!  Omega-3 Fatty Acids can help lower elevated triglyceride levels, it can help curb stiffness and joint pain, can help people who suffer from depression and can help improve lung function, among other things.
I take Omega-3 supplements as part of my everyday supplement regime.  I really like these Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements by Earthwell Nutrition because not only are they a quality supplement they don't have that fishy aftertaste!  They use fresh lemon taste to prevent any fishy smell, taste or aftertaste.  There is nothing worse that having fishy tasting burps!  Eww!!
Earthwell Nutrition uses freshly caught wild cold water fish and they use a world-renowned Norwegian technology to process and extract the fish oil.  Each capsule contains 1,360 mg of pharmaceutical-grade fish oil.  With highly concentrated Omega-3s (800 EPA, 600 DHA, and 100 other EFAs), their fish oil has the most potent EPA/DHA ratio as recommended by most physicians.

Go to the Earthwell Nutrition website and check out some of their other products or go to Amazon.com for more information or to purchase their Omega-3 Fish Oil.  You can also just click on the link below...

 

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

Dark Spot Corrector by Key West Health & Beauty-Review



I've mentioned in past blog posts that I suffer from Melasma which is a common but annoying skin problem.  It causes brown to gray-brown patches usually on the face and neck.  Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip.  Unfortunately, sun exposure triggers Melasma so it's really an on-going battle.  I wear sunscreen everyday but the Melasma still manages to appear.
Needless to say I am always on the hunt for treatments that will help diminish the look of the Melasma.  I was super excited when Key West Health & Beauty sent me some of their Dark Spot Corrector to try out!  I have a really stubborn spot on my cheek so I faithfully applied the product to that spot for over 2 weeks and I am happy to report it is significantly lighter! (I regret not doing a before and after pic!)
What I really loved about this Dark Spot Corrector by Key West Health & Beauty is that it did not contain any harmful Hydroquinone.  Most products that lighten the skin contain various amounts of Hydroquinone and unfortunately it's fairly toxic.  The Dark Spot Corrector by Key West Health & Beauty is made from 98% natural & 72% Organic ingredients.  It's also cruelty free, never tested on animals!  It contains Glycolic Acid that exfoliates and eliminates dead surface skin cells, Kojic acid fades age spots, hyper-pigmentation and sun damage, Salicylic Acid helps unclogs pores & loosens thick dry skin, allowing new skin cells to regenerate and Hyaluronic Acid provides intense hydration, keeping skin plump, smooth and youthful.


Key West Health & Beauty has several other products that I would love to try since I was so impressed with their Dark Spot Corrector!  Check out keywesthealthandbeauty.com for a look at the Dark Spot Corrector and their other products.  You can purchase on Amazon.com or just click the link below...



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

La Belleza Vitamin C Serum-Review



Oh how I LOVE Vitamin C Serum!  It is seriously one of the best skincare products on the market right now.  However, there are also a lot of Vitamin C Serums to choose from these days and it can be a bit overwhelming choosing one.  I recommend looking for all natural and organic ingredients, never purchase one that uses Parabens or other nasty chemicals.
A good option would be this La Belleza Vitamin C Serum that I was sent to review.  I've been testing it out for a couple weeks on my face, neck, decollete and even my shoulders and I have been loving the formula and the results!  It contains all natural and Organic ingredients with Amino Acids and a Vegan Hyaluronic Acid base.  The La Belleza Vitamin C Serum is really lightweight so it's easily absorbed and can be worn under makeup.  This serum will help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, help smooth skin texture and leave skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated!
Go to labelleza.com for more information or to purchase the Vitamin C Serum.  You can also purchase directly from Amazon.com or by clicking on the link below...

 

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

Age Defense Neck Cream by Body Merry-Review



It seems like you can get those annoying neck lines at just about any age.  I am 41 and while my neck lines aren't very prominent (at least not yet!) I want to make sure they stay that way.  Body Merry sent me some of their Age Defense Neck Cream to review for them so I have been trying it out for the past couple of weeks. 
I have been applying the cream on my neck and decollete ever morning and evening and I definitely notice that my skin feels more firm, smooth, supple and well hydrated.  Since my neck lines are not all the noticeable I have yet to see a real difference in that department but I love the idea of prevention and I will continue to use this cream to help keep my neck and decollete young looking!
The Age Defense Neck Cream by Body Merry is jam packed with all the great anti-aging ingredients like, 4% Vitamin C, 5%, Glycolic Acid and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and some natural and organic ingredients such as Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid, Propolis, Royal Jelly, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Green Tea, Avocado Oil, Licorice, Lemongrass and Rosehip Oil!  I also love that Body Merry does not use fragrances or harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Sulphates or Phthalates.

Go to BodyMerry.com for more information or to purchase the Age Defense Neck Cream.  While your there check out their other products.  I have tried just about all of them and they are all great quality products that give real results!  You can also purchase the Age Defense Neck Cream by Body Merry on Amazon.com or click on the link below...


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

Berry Sleepy - The 100% Fruit Sleep Aid Review + Giveaway



Unfortunately, I suck at sleeping!  I have always had issues going to sleep and staying asleep.  When it gets really bad I do take a prescription sleep-aid but really hate doing that so I am always up for trying a natural sleep-aid instead.
I was recently sent this Berry Sleepy supplement to review so I have been testing it out for the last several weeks.  This Berry Sleepy sleep-aid is a proprietary blend of three superfruits that are proven to induce sleep.  Passion Fruit contains serotonin, a mild sedative perfect for helping you gently drift off.  Goji Berries have a blend of magnesium and thiamin, ideal for high-quality rest.  Tart Cherries contain optimal levels of melatonin to help you stay asleep.  There are no unnatural chemicals and it contains naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.  It's also non addictive with no harmful side-effects. 
I took Berry Sleepy as directed and I had really great results.  Not only did I fall asleep with ease I was able to stay asleep a lot longer than I normally would.  In all fairness to Berry Sleepy, I share a bed with my husband and two dogs that like to sleep under the covers with us.  Naturally, the dogs are the cause of some of my sleep problems but it would break my heart to kick them out of the bed!  So, for now I will sacrifice loosing a little seep!  I also loved that I woke up feeling more refreshed and not groggy at all.  I highly recommend Berry Sleepy if you have any sleep issues!
Want to try Berry Sleepy for yourself?  Enter my Giveaway!  Berry Sleepy has graciously offered to give one of my lucky readers a FREE bottle!  The giveaway starts 03/26/15 @ 12:00 p.m. PST and ends 03/30/15 @ 12:00 p.m. PST.  Good Luck!




For more information or to purchase make sure you check out berrysleepy.com or you can also purchase on Amazon.com or click on the link below...

 

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

100% Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder-Review




I've talked about my love of Matcha on my blog before and I love getting to test out new brands.  Recently, I was sent this 100% Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder by Enzo and I have only great things to say about it!  It has great flavor and of course it has all the great benefits that only comes from quality Matcha.  It's a great metabolism booster and lifts energy levels, it's a powerful antioxidant, natural detoxifier and it helps relax your mind and improve your focus.  There are just so many great benefits of 100% Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder!


This Enzo 100% Organic Matcha Tea is pure premium matcha made from 100% organic mat-cha green tea.  The shade-grow green tea leaves are carefully stone-grilled and ground into 1000 mashes so tiny it can pass through 1000 holes per square inch, making the tea not only easily mixed but also easily absorbed by the body.



Check out enzomatcha.com for more detailed information and you can purchase via Amazon.com or just click on the link below...

 

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