Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A healthier me with SLIMQUICK Pure Weight Loss Drink Mix

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I recently had to make some lifestyle changes that I was not expecting to make.  I quickly got into a medication regimen, met with a dietician, and started an exercise plan.  I am on a journey to feel better and with that, perhaps even drop a pant size or two in the process!

I was lucky enough to be sent a box of SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix to help with my weight goals...


"SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Mixed Berries Drink Mix is designed for women to help them lose 3 times the weight by addressing the 6 physical reasons women have trouble loosing weight.

SLIMQUICK Pure works to...
 - increases METABOLISM
 - reduces APPETITE
 - boosts ENERGY
 - reduces excess WATER
 - supports HORMONES
 - reduces STRESS

Rest assured SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix contains natural ingredients, like antioxidants, calcium, vitamin D and exclusive BioPure green tea (tm).

SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix has isolated the fat-burning component in green tea that speeds up your metabolism.  It is called BioPure green tea(tm) and it has been shown in a published clinical study to help overweight women lose 3 times the weight versus dieting alone, in just 13 weeks!" - WELLNX / SLIMQUICK


The flavor I received was mixed berries, and though there is no sugar, it is sweet and very easy to drink.  I loved that I did not experience any aftertaste like those associated with sweeteners.  The powder dissolved quickly and cleanly, even in cold water!


Each packet contains 3.3g of powder product.  The box I received was a 22 + 4 free combo pack, making it a total of 26 packets!  Instructions for usage are clear and easy to follow.  The most fantastic thing about this drink mix is the amount of energy you get!  Once it kicks in, you feel pure energy, no racing heart or coffee like jitters.  In the week that I have taken this (7 days) I have dropped 2 pounds.  I am excited to see where this takes me, along with my new diet and fitness routine, and what my check in will look like in 2 months.  There was a bit of resistance on my part, never knowing whether these things will work, but it has been a very pleasant surprise to see that it does with no side effects.

With this summer heat, you can even use the mix to make refreshing popsicles!  The equation is easy... you + healthy diet + exercise + SLIMQUICK Pure  = achieving goals.  To learn more about SLIMQUICK and the range of their weight loss products, go HERE.

Go HERE for a $5 dollar coupon off of your SLIMQUICK order :)

Stay tuned for my 2 month check in!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Softer, smoother, brighter skin with Oz Naturals Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant

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One thing I have learned in regard to skincare as I have gotten older (30's are the new 20's, right?), is that exfoliation is KEY!  Once I incorporated exfoliation as a major component of my skincare regimen, I started to notice that my facial products were sinking in deeper and were actually effective.  What has helped revolutionize my skin?  Read on...

Oz Naturals Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant
Oz Naturals Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme dermafoliant  is an exfoliant with lactic acid, b5, green tea extract and bamboo powder.  Inside of the metal container with sifter top is 2.75 fl.oz/81.3ml of granulated product.  The scrub retails for $24.95 USD.  This product is certified vegan and is cruelty free.


The Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme dermafoliant is an exfoliator made with bamboo that contains green tea extract, b5 and lactic acid that you can use up to 2 times a week.  The bamboo and rice help with the texture of your face, but you also have the added lactic acid that gives another boost in chemical exfoliation to brighten, tone, and smooth your skin.

Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme - dry product
Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme - wet mixture
The dermafoliant is very finely granulated, but not so much that its not effective.  The white color turns clear once the exfoliant is mixed with water.  Once you have a paste consistency, apply to the face in a circular motion.  Once you have finished the physical aspect of this regimen, you leave the scrub on your face for 5 minutes to allow the lactic acid to go to work.  Lactic acid is classified as an AHA - Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which aids in the improvement of the appearance of the skin and also in anti-aging.

After use, skin is smoother, softer and brighter.  I am fortunate enough that my skin tolerates manual exfoliation so I can use this between 2-3 uses a week.  Those with sensitive skin may want to spot test first and start out with a once a week approach.  I noticed no scent while using this product.  You can purchase the Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme on Amazon.com HERE, and go HERE to learn more about Oz Naturals, their company and other products!

Happy Exfoliating!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Get glowing, polished skin with Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub

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Summer is here and that means sandals, skin and being outdoors!  Now is the time to shed the winter blahs with smooth and glowing skin all over your body, from head to toe!  Adovia's Dead Sea Salt  Scrub can help get you from dry and bumpy to smooth and hydrated, ensuring glowing skin all summer long!

"Adovia's exfoliating Salt Scrub gently buffs away dead skin cells and infuses your skin with much needed Minerals from Dead Sea salt and nutrients from plant oils.  Natural oils provide a surprisingly long lasting relief from dry skin with deep moisture and hydration.  Leaves skin smooth, moisturized and freshly rejuvenated." - Adovia / goPure Naturals


Inside of this plastic tub, 300gr/11oz of liquid and grain solid product are contained.  This retails for $14.95 USD,  You can purchase this through Amazon HERE, or through Cleopatra's Choice HERE.

Once you unscrew the top, you are treated to the most intensely scented scrub ever.  The scent for the salt svrub is somewhere between spa and clean laundry.  It is pretty potent, so those that are sensitive to scents may want to test first, but it is pretty, calming and long lasting.  The salt grains themselves are somewhere between mid-grain to large-grain coarse...enough to give you a thorough exfoliation, but the crystals aren't so big that it will keep you from sloughing off.


The scrub comes separated.  You will notice an oil layer on top, and the heavier salt on the bottom.  It is easy to mix.  Once you have emulsified the two, use on hands, feet, arms, legs, anywhere you need exfoliation.  The amount of sloughing you can do is really based on how much pressure you use, the more pressure, the harder the grains will feel and the deeper of an exfoliation you will get.  When the salt washes away, you are left with an oily film that can be rubbed in and patted off.  Skin is soft, super smooth, hydrated and fragranced.

This worked most excellent on my dry feet, elbows and hands.  I know the oily film can seem a bit much, but it does soak in and any remainder, if any, can be blotted off.  I love how long lasting the scent is.  There was no need for additional lotion when I used the scrub.  Be careful as tubs/showers will be left very slick...always make sure you are careful.

To learn more about the scrub and purchase it, check out Amazon.com HERE, or Cleopatra's Choice HERE.

Happy Sloughing!


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Glowing skin with Adovia Purifying Mud Mask

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Mud Masks are my favorite way of not only relaxing at home, but also getting my skin to glow!  It is important when using masks to use one with great ingredients so that your skin gets more than the regular benefits.  Adovia comes at you with their Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask...check it out!



Adovia's Purifying Mud Mask comes to you in a very generous squeeze tube containing 150 ml/5.1fl.oz of product.  This mask retails for $13.95 USD on Amazon.com.

Adovia Purifying Mud Mask
"Adovia's unique Purifying Mud Mask is formulated with Dead Sea Black Mud, Beeswax, and a deeply moisturizing combination of Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Olive Oil.  This mask boosts cell renewal and revitalizes your skin, while tightening your pores.  As the mask dries, it gently pulls out toxins and impurities known to clog pores and cause visible signs of aging.  The presence of Dead Sea mud infuses your skin with needed minerals while firming it and improving elasticity .  Aloe Vera and Chamomile extracts soothe and calm your skin while  Vitamins A and C leave it looking fresh and renewed." - Adovia Mineral Skin Care


"The Dead Sea Facial Mask by Adovia:
* Pulls out toxins and unclogs pores so your skin can breathe and rejuvenate naturally
* Pulls out excess oil while putting in much needed essential minerals from the Dead Sea
* 100% Natural, Paraben Free, No added fragrance or color
* Improves your complexion by reducing blackheads, acne blemishes, and the appearance of acne
* Supplies nutrients to maintain elasticity and a soft, even texture
* Helps with oily skin, acne treatment, blackheads, blemishes, Psoriasis, Eczema" - Adovia Mineral Skin Care


Prior to using the mask, I cleansed my face with a normal cream facial cleanser.  I have combo oily skin and the occasional breakout.  I have issues with tone, texture and oily tzone.


The mask itself looks like  a regular mud mask when it comes out of the tube.  Once applied to the skin, you notice how different it is from other masks.  Adovia's Purifying Mud Mask feels like a legitimate balm.  The texture is pretty unreal from all other masks I have used!!!  It spreads nicely on the face and since it is very much like a balm, you do not need much for this to work.  After you apply a thin layer, you let it dry.  Once dry, rinse off with lukewarm water.  Again, here is where this mask differs from others.  You will feel small particles in the mask...so when you rinse it off, you also get a mild exfoliation from it as well!  Purifying and exfoliating at the same time?  I am SOLD!


Here, after application and cleansing, skin is more even, refreshed and less oily.  I have been using this mask once a week for almost a month and a half and I am loving my skin.  The combination of purifying mask and exfoliator really do leave the skin glowing, plump and soft.  This has also been super beneficial at curbing minor breakouts and texture changes due to the warmer weather coming up.

To learn more about purchasing Adovia Purifying Mud Mask and to see how others are using this, go HERE.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Get to bed a little easier with Vita Sciences Maxasorb Melatonin

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I am a night owl.  For some reason my creative juices kick in at night...which equals out to long hours spent working, writing, reading at night, and this has caused my sleep schedule to become unstructured.  The body and its circadian rhythms (sleep cycle) are controlled by Melatonin, a hormone created by the Pineal Gland in your brain.  Melatonin is what regulates your day-night cycles and ensures that you are awake by day, asleep by night.  But when you have an erratic sleep schedule like I do, you offset the rhythm and then you have problems getting to sleep.

Vita Sciences has come up with an ingenious way of getting Melatonin to us to aid in getting to bed...

Maxasorb Melatonin is a lotion that delivers 3 milligrams of Melatonin per full pump.  The bottle is an airless dispenser made out of sturdy plastic.  The push mechanism is easy to press and also easy to control.  The tube itself comes with 50ml/1.7 fl.oz of cream, that is enough for 60 doses.  Maxasorb Melatonin retails for $29.95, but it is on sale right now for $19.95 USD.

"Each measured dose of Maxasorb Melatonin lotion from our airless dispenser delivers 3 milligrams of Melatonin with a full press of the pump.  Just before bedtime, rub the easily absorbed, odorless lotion on your arms or legs.  For travelers trying to ease the effects of jet lag, apply Maxasorb Melatonin lotion the day of travel close to the target bedtime at your destination.  This will aid in falling asleep faster, improves alertness during the day, and reduces daytime fatigue.  Use the product throughout the trip and for a week after return to help your body readjust its natural sleep cycle.  Natural ingredients assure this lotion is gentle to your skin".   - http://www.vitasciences.com/

Maxasorb Melatonin Tube
Maxasorb Melatonin - lotion texture
I use a pump of this about 30 minutes before I go to bed to aid in helping me fall asleep.  I usually start feeling a bit sleepy/drowsy and then boom!  I am out like a light.  I find that this, in addition to me regulating when I go to sleep, really does help in getting me to sleep.  The lotion is thick, but absorbs quickly and leaves the skin soft.  There is no scent to the lotion.  I have not experienced any reactions on my skin with this lotion on and it does not conflict with other body lotions I use.

When I focus on getting my sleep cycles back to normal, it is a joy to know that Maxasorb helps get me there fast and safe!  I am experiencing better and longer sleep and am waking up refreshed.  Now, let's just see if we can get those creative juices to flow earlier!

"These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease". - vita sciences

To learn more about Maxasorb Melatonin, Vita Sciences or any other of their products go HERE.


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Zoya: New summer offer - Get Any 3 polishes for the price of shipping!!!

Do you love Zoya nail polishes as much as I do?  They have an amazing offer going on right now!




Right now on Zoya's website, you can choose any 3 polishes for the price of shipping!!!  Shipping is $15, so that works out to $5 a bottle, which is an amazing deal!  Use code KICK at check out!  This offer expires 6/14/2015.

Head to zoya.com for color choices and details!  Happy Shopping :)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum - heavyweight hydration! (review)

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As my quest for better looking skin continues, I had the opportunity to try a serum that is natural, organic and packs a huge punch of moisturization...

Amara Organics are a small, family owned business that brings to you skincare containing carefully chosen natural and organic ingredients.  Their line has 5 products, for skin and eye areas, with ingredients ranging from vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid, fruit stem cells, peptides and more.  What I have for you today is the Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum with vitamins C and E.


Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a clear, semi viscous liquid contained in a clear glass bottle.  You get 1 fl. oz/30ml. of liquid product.  This serum retails for $17.95 USD.


"This serum is a concentrated delivery system for the highest quality botanically derived hyaluronic acid, with powerful antioxidants Vitamin C & E, for beautiful skin".   - Amara Organics
Hyaluronic Acid is known to be a powerful hydrator in products.  In this serum, coupled with vitamins C and E and other essentials, it becomes a super boost of hydration for plumper, moisturized skin.

Benefits:
 - plumps and hydrates skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles
 - locks in moisture, giving skin a dewy, supple glow
 - boosts collagen production, restoring skin's natural elasticity
 - softens and smooths for a more even skin tone
 - leaves skin looking radiant and youthful
(source - Amara Organics)


This lightweight serum quickly absorbed into my skin, leaving it soft, cool and super plump!  I did not experience any stickiness afterwards which made for other skincare and makeup applications issue free.  There is a slight herbal scent to the serum that quickly dissipates after application.  I have been using this for about a month and I wake up to softer skin, a more clearer complexion, and a hydrated look.  I have only recently brought it down to my neck, followed by my neck cream to see if I can improve the area there.  A post with photos of before and afters will come soon.  What I really love about this serum is just how much light hydration is has brought into my skin.  I am a habitual skin treatment user, everything from masks to peels to scrubs, and this serum has allowed for those treatments to go to work, but not dry me out as others have done in the past.  Perfect summer hydration for those looking for moisture but not the added heavy feel of a cream.

This serum is natural, vegan and cruelty free as well :)

You can learn more about Amara Organics, the Hyaluronic Acid Serum and purchase this and other products HERE.


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