Monday, December 28, 2015

Snack the healthy, fulfilling way with CHOMPS Snack Sticks!

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I know it is cliche, but there really is no time to stop and smell the roses these days, is there?  From school to the gym to the grocery store to pick up supplies for dinner, anything, it seems as if we are going at 100 mph all the time and never have a chance to take care of ourselves.  When I'm on the road in between classes, shopping, errands, I usually stop somewhere fast for a quick snack.  That is starting to take a toll on me and quite honestly, is not very healthy.  Thankfully, one of my favorite snacks is coming at you in a healthier version!  Introducing...CHOMPS Snack Sticks!

"CHOMPS Snack Sticks are an awesome new health product made with 100% NON-GMO Grass-Fed Angus Beef which is sourced from New Zealand.  The sticks contain no artificial ingredients (no nitrites, nitrates, MSG, colors, flavors) and are shelf stable for a year with the help of celery juice!  Best of all, they taste amazing!  Gluten Free and high in Omega 3's.  Whole 30 approved." -

CHOMPS Snack Sticks come in 3 flavors...Original, Hoppin' Jalapeno and Crankin' Cran.  You can get each in a variety of packages on their website.  Each stick contains 1oz(28g) of gluten-free, grass fed beef  that was raised antibiotic free!  Though it looks like any other snack stick, this is completely fulfilling.  When you bite into these snack sticks, the first thing you notice is how less greasy they are compared to other commercial snack sticks.  But here is the kicker...they are not dry!  They are pleasantly moist without all the extra grease!  This was a godsend for someone like me who likes beef snack sticks, but usually strayed due to the immediate heartburn they would cause.

Perfect for on the go, anywhere, CHOMPS are a healthier alternative to a drive through snack any day!  Sure, you can get more commercially available snack stick products, but none that showcase the natural, grass fed, antibiotic free meat that CHOMPS has.  I have enjoyed having these at school, or even in between meals when a craving would hit.  The plastic sleeve is durable, so I have had no issues carrying these in my purse or backpack!  These will be a perfect addition for camping/hiking this upcoming year.   Is it not time for you to snack healthier?

To learn more about CHOMPS and purchase your own, go HERE.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

RevivSerums TelomErase 6 in 1 multicorrective Serum

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I know...I get what you might be thinking..."another multi-use product that probably does nothing that it states it does...".  Well, I am going to break it to you.  We have found one that finally does what it states and the returns you get are fantastic.  Let us see how RevivSerums TelomErase Serum can benefit your skincare and anti-aging needs.

"TelomErase Triple Telomere Targeting Serum is a next-gen age-defying technology: a 6-in-1multi-corrective that erases, tightens, brightens, blurs, moisturizes and regenerates.  It contains the most powerful combination of new ingredients available to visibly reduce the appearance of sags and bags, dark circles, fine lines, sunspots, redness, pore size and laxity." - RevivSerums

"A study from Harvard Medical School showed that telomere shortening is a root cause of cellular aging.  An enzyme, telomerase, has been shown to slow or even reverse telomere shortening that occurs as we age, but the amount of telomerase declines as we get older.  TelomErase Serum is the first product of its kind with three proven age-erasing telomere targeters: Cycloastragenol + Renovage(TM) + Telosomyl." - RevivSerums.

So what exactly does all this science speak mean?

RevivSerums TelomErase Serum
 TelomErase Serum comes in a 2oz/60ml bottle and retails right now for $149.00 USD.

This serum is completely lightweight.  It soaks into the skin quickly, which is nice if you wanted to combine it with other products.  It never left my skin sticky.  The serum does have an herbal scent that is quite apparent upon application, but dissipates after it has soaked into the skin.  For the first couple of applications, I did feel a slight tingle, but nothing that was ever worrisome or painful.  Further applications were tingle free.

How to use:
"Apply a thin layer to clean dry skin (face, neck, chest and hands) once or twice daily for two to three months, then three times weekly thereafter for maintenance.  A slight initial tingling sensation upon application is normal." - RevivSerums

Before use: Skin is dry, texture issues such as bumpiness, dullness, thick patches and lackluster color.  I was using a moisturizer suitable for my combo skin, toner and eye cream  before introducing TelomErase.

After use: Skin is looking brighter, tighter and more even.  Skin feels soft and after product soaks in, there is a definitive difference in the texture of skin...much more smooth, glowy, never greasy or shiny.

You can definitely see and feel the science behind this product.  I feel as if my results should be further along, but that is not the fault of the product at all.  Dealing with stress from university and impending holidays caused my skin to freak out, break out and the winter has not helped keep it supple or moisturized.  TelomErase helped bring my skin back to a normal state and added moisture, brightness and tone to my skin.

An investment?  Yes.  But the science here is truly remarkable and very evident in its results.

To learn more about TelomErase and purchase, go HERE...if you use the discount code TIGHT10, you will get 10% off the sale price right now!  Perfect for a holiday gift!  Expires 12/31/2015

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Refresh your skincare routine with Neostrata Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum - GIVEAWAY

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With the holidays nearing closer and closer, do not forget to treat yourself and your skin to an amazing anti-aging treatment.  A new year is fast approaching, but that new year will be hard to find on your skin with Neostrata's Skin Active Antioxidant Defense's a little background...

"Protect skin from future signs of aging with this serum formulated with 8 powerful multi-action antioxidants designed to combat oxidative damage. Patented Bionic and Polyhydroxy Acids trap oxidation promoting metals like iron and help prevent sun-induced cellular damage. The potent combination of Citric Acid and Lilac, Green Tea and Chardonnay Grape Seed Extracts works together to neutralize five different types of free radicals and helps preserve healthy DNA, lipids and cellular membranes. In addition, this super potent source of EGCG Green Tea Extract protects against inflammatory mediators in the skin." - Neostrata Skincare

Would you like to score a full size of the Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum for free?  Neostrata is giving one away  25 winners!!!  Yes, you read that right!  This giveaway is only open to the US right now.  International readers, do not fret, as I am working on a giveaway for you guys.  


To learn more about Neostrata as a company, the Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum and their other amazing products, go HERE.

Follow them on twitter and let them know how you incorporate serums into your skincare routine... @neostrataskin

Good luck!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Manicures fast and easy with imPRESS Press on Manicure!

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I don't know about you, but I never have the time, nor did I ever have the talent for doing my nails.  I am indeed envious of those blessed with the talent to turn their nails into works of art...or at least presentable tips!  I also have chronically dry and sensitive cuticles, which makes the process of painting or removing polish painful.  Out of the past and revamped, press on nails have come back in a huge way.  Let us see how imPRESS is helping everyone achieve a salon perfect manicure anywhere at anytime!

imPRESS Press on Manicure is an at home manicure with the added benefits of ease and quickness!
"Through innovation and revolutionary technology, imPRESS manicure initiated a new category and developed into a standalone brand.  The innovative PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive), eliminated key barriers such as nail damage, ease of application and product reliability while UltraHold(TM) technology introduced a safe-on-nails adhesive ending the need for glue and acetone-soak removal.  imPRESS is perfect for women with busy schedules and younger women who cant afford weekly salon visits.  Women in every generation enjoy imPRESS manicure because there truly is something for everyone.  From the French manicure to elaborate designs, women rely on imPRESS Manicure as an alternative to nail polish - without dry time or smudges or dings." - imPRESS

Inside of each imPRESS Manicure kit you receive a set of press on nails, nail prep pad and mini file and instruction sheet.  Some kits as the pink one above shows, contains additional accent nails in a glitter texture.  The other kit I received contained two jewel accents to add to any nail I desired.

The color above is Symphony.  This particular kit contained 30 Ultra Shine Gel nails, 6 of those being glitter accent nails.  The Symphony kit came with press ons that were a very light bubblegum pink and two different glitter accents, criss cross pattern and full glitter.

Affordable and easy to find in stores
Many colors and textures to choose from
Super quick and easy to use
Long lasting

Sizing to nail beds

The nails have an adhesive backing on them.  When you have properly prepped your nails, you just peel off the protective tab off the nail and press them on.  After you press them into place, your nails are long lasting and WATERPROOF!  No dry time!  Yes, you can wash dishes, your hands, your hair, anything.  I was amazed at how long lasting these really are.

I have wide nail beds so the sizing for some of the nails was slightly off.  imPRESS does provide you with quite a few different sizing options in the kit, so if your sizing falls in there, you are set to go!  The length was also short, which may or may not appeal to those wanting to try these.

imPRESS is all about being on trend, so nail styles, colors and textures will change to suit this.  If you fall in love with a finish, stock up!

Even though sizing was off on a few, I really did enjoy using these.  They make me look and feel polished and pretty.  The process is so quick and rather enjoyable.  And at $7.99 a pack, they are a steal.

To learn more about imPRESS and to see all of their latest styles, go HERE.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Just Because...A Thank You Giveaway!!!!

It is that time again everyone....GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Why?  Why not :)

For who?  All of you!

A big thanks goes to all those who stop by my blog, facebook, isntagram, pinterest...anywhere you find me!  I appreciate the support and can only hope to bring your more content!  So lets see what the prizes are, shall we?

 * Nicka K Eye Shadow quad in Plumas (NY081) [full size]

* Hikari Lipgloss in Merlot [full size]

* Julie G Nail Polish in Damsel

* Smashbox Photo Finish Primer [mini]

* tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer [deluxe sample]

* Bonne Bell A&W Root Beer Lip Smacker [full size]

* Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Take on the Day eye shadow primer [full size]

* Ardell Lashes Chocolate collection in 886 Black Brown

Whew!  Now that you know the goodies, here's the rest of the info...

Giveaway begins on 9/12/2015 at 12am, it ends on 10/10/2015 at 12am.
Open to US residents only.
Winner will be chosen at random using
Email needed for notification.  This information will never be sold.
Giveaway winner will be announced on facebook, instagram, twitter.

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So...Good Luck everyone!  Thank you once again for all of your support.  Cannot wait to meet new faces!

xo, Diana

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme - Desire and Flirt (swatches)

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I went looking EVERYWHERE for these matte lip cremes.  My beautiful friend Jenni was kind enough to grab one for me on her own hunt for these.  Just a few weeks ago, I casually happened to walk into a Walgreens and there was a display that was already attacked majorly, but I was able to find another!!! SQUEEEE!  Shall I show you what I got?

Milani Matte Lip Cremes - flash
The Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes are a part of a permanent range of 8 colors.  You can find these at CVS, Walgreen's, and their website.  These matte lip cremes usually retail around $8.99 USD.  The range, though small, goes from nude to red to dark berry.  The tube is typical clear, plastic body with signature Milani gold top.  Inside each tube, you receive 0.21 oz/ 6 g of liquid product.

Milani Matte Lip Cremes - No flash / indoor lighting
Amore Milani Matte lip cremes are just that...a matte, liquidy yet creamy lip product that goes on wet and dries down to a very matte texture.  What I have noticed with these lip cremes is that not every color is the same...more on that later.

Milani Matte Lip Creme - applicator
The applicator on this is quite unique.  It has a rounded top with straight sides, where one side is more straight, and the other side is more like that of  a "scoop".  That scoop collects products which you may or may not like.  I do in that I don't have to dip into the tube again and can usually finish both lips with one go.  The rounded out edge handles the lip line beautifully.

Milani Matte Lip Cremes in Flirt (t) and Desire (b)
Here now are swatches of both of the colors I have, both with flash...

Milani Matte Lip Creme - Desire (flash) (ONE COAT)
Desire Matte Lip Creme was a dream to work with!  This is a not so basic bright red.  It is so vivid!!!!  The consistency of Desire was liquidy, but never hard to work with.  Dry down was set in under 5 minutes and then you get this matte goodness.  Nothing bad to say about this at all.  The color, tone and texture speak for themselves!

Milani Matte Lip Creme in Flirt (flash) (TWO COATS)
Flirt is the one out of the lip cremes that I was disappointed with.  This is a beautiful color and so perfect for fall!!!  Flirt is a vampy, extremely deep berry/burgundy shade.  Same liquid consistency as Desire, but this applied and wore patchy.  Patch city is what you can call this.  Layering this lip creme was tricky for me too.  Beautiful color, just....patch-mania is too high.

Both have same consistency as far as pre-application texture.  They also smell like synthetic vanilla frosting.  For being matte, these are surprisingly easy and comfortable to wear.  Almost feels like nothing once the product is dry.  The scent did not linger too long after drydown, though those with allergies to scents may want to patch test first.  Desire was so opaque and blendable!  I have layered Desire and find that it plays well with itself.  Unlike Flirt, who did not want to cover opaquely, could not layer without getting chunky or flaky.

When eating anything oil based, these will wear off.  You will get the lip liner, worn off lipstick look.  During casual wear with drinking, talking and eating non-oily foods, I can get a good 4 hours before the inside of the mouth area starts to crumble.  Also, if you rub your lips together once set, these will crumble off as well.

Do I wish they were a bit more long wearing and could withstand a salad with an oil based salad dressing? Yes.  But then again I have to remember to get my head out of the clouds and think realistically.  For the price, these are pretty damn awesome!  I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the red and berry colors!

xoxo, Diana

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sun Protection + Age Defying Ingredients = Oz Naturals Age Defying Solar Shield

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Okay, I am not afraid to admit this...I am one of those people that thinks they can float by with just the sun protection that comes in either my facial lotion or foundation.  That is horrible!  But I have my reasons.  Sun protection either did not play well with my makeup at the time, made me look super greasy or caused me to have a breakout.  Was I reticent to try this?  Yes.  Was I glad I did?  Read on to find out...

Oz Naturals Age Defying Solar Shield
 Oz Naturals combined sun protection with age defying ingredients to bring you their Solar Shield.  This plastic tube contains 60 ml/2 fl.oz of creamy product.

" + Oz Naturals SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Moisturizer contains  Octyl MethoOxyCinnamate and Zinc Oxide which together provide broad spectrum protection and shield skin against harmful damage caused from both UVA and UVB rays.

 + Safe for All Skin Types, this non-irritating, paraben-free can be applied daily on the face and body, and can be worn alone as a foundation, or under makeup.

 + Our Non-Comedogenic, SPF 30 tinted sunscreen moisturizer nourishes the skin, while also protecting the skin from the aging effects of cumulative daily UV exposure.

 + This Medium Tinted, moisturizing sunscreen blends well with most skin shades and evens-out skintone, in addition to protecting skin from the sun's harmful rays."- Oz Naturals

The consistency of this cream is that of a regular facial lotion.  Easily and quickly blends into the skin.  It has a scent that is rather pretty that does not linger on the skin too long after application.

Above, we have my freshly washed face with no lotion...

Here we have Oz Naturals Solar Shield freshly applied.  Now, this is actually closer the color on my neck and chest than it is on my face, so I appreciate that the color was pretty right on.  This never sets, so if you are easily irked by shine, you may want to set this.  I tried using this under makeup and felt like I was wearing a few pounds of skincare and makeup combined.  When used alone, I always set it with powder. I wish this came in more colors as those who are looking for sun protection and skincare in one would benefit from trying this out!

To learn more about the Solar Shield and Oz Naturals, please visit them HERE.

To find this on, go HERE.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Journey to 100 Empties!!! 1-5

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I have to admit...seeing empties posts is enjoyable!  Once I took stock of the mass of products I had accumulated, there was even a bigger thrill in getting to the point where I was pairing down, using and enjoying the products I had.  Here is my first entry into empty land...

#1 - BIORE Self Heating One Minute Mask - I'm a huge fan of anything mask for the skin...lotions, potions and every notion under the sun.  This mask is easy to use and what I love the most about it is that you can feel the heat and feel it working.  I just wish there were more packets in the container.  You get 4 single use packets for between $6-7 dollars.  Not exactly exorbitant, but its drugstore, give us a few more.

#2 - MEIJER (store brand) Strengthening Nail Polish Remover - just your run of the mill polish remover.  Did not dry my perpetually ragged cuticles any further, so that was a plus.

#3 - E.L.F Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets - 50 blotter sheets.  One dollar.  They work.  Enough said.

#4 - BATH AND BODY WORKS Mad About You shower gel - Foamy, rinses clean, does not add much in the way of moisture, but you do feel clean!  Contains notes of Black Current, Vanilla, Peony and Strawberry.

#5 - MAC Zoom Lash mascara - A holy grail in my book. Lengthening, thickening, and black as all hell.  Gives structure to my lashes, but never hard enough to consider them "crispy".  Never experienced any flaking, smearing, smudging.  This starts as a pretty wet formula, or at least the 2 tubes I have had were, so I let them dry out a bit and they become the perfect consistency.

What are you guys currently emptying?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Rub pain away with OxyRub Pain Relief Cream!

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I recently made some changes to my lifestyle that directly affected my health for the better.  With that, I added a more rigorous exercise plan to get my up and more active.  Starting this has had no shortage of growing pains when it comes to waking up aching from the day before.  So in addition to cooling down properly, hot baths, warm water bottles and the occasional rub down from my significant other, I have also been using this cream to combat all my aches and pains...'

OxyRub Pain Relief Cream
OxyRub Pain Relief Cream by Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi, is a fast acting, deeply penetrating, topical analgesic used to get relief from aches and pains associated with minor arthritis, backaches, sore muscles and joint pain.  Inside of the plastic squeeze tube you get 4oz/114g of cream product.  You can learn more about this cream at their site HERE or purchase on

"OxyRub Pain Relief Cream rubs away pain - right on contact!

OxyRub works within minutes to:
-dissolve arthritis pain in knees, hips, fingers and wrists
-relieve tense, painful back, leg and neck muscles
-cool and soothe stubborn bursitis pain
-take the throbs out of bumps, sprains and bruises
-and so much more...

OxyRub combines the pain-relieving power of menthol with a patented, proprietary oxygenated essential oil into a soothing, pleasant smelling cream.

Just apply OxyRub where it hurts and PRESTO! No More Pain!

That's because muscle pain relief cream rubs in quickly and goes to work right at the source of your pain, to conquer it within minutes, right on contact.  Without waiting to digest a pill...without worry about drug interactions or harmful side effects...without medicinal scents, messy oils or greasy lotions.  OxyRub's secret lies in a patented blend of menthol, emollients, and oxygenated essential oil in a soothing, non-greasy cream that's absorbed into the skin in seconds with NO burning or irritation."  - Healthy Directions / OxyRub

OxyRub Pain Reliever stats
This has been one of the most pleasant pain creams I have ever used.  For me, the smell is almost pretty!  There is a slight tinge of medicine, but that quickly wears away to reveal an almost sweet and citrus scent.  The cream really does rub into the skin with no issues and absorbs very quickly.  There is a moderate cooling effect that lasts longer than other creams I have used that state the same claim.  the cooling is pleasant and it never made me feel uncomfortable.  As far as aches and pains, the cream did work within minutes...on areas where the pain was deeper or more acute, it took a little longer, but did feel the lessening of pain.  Aside from pain relief, the cream also made the areas I rubbed it in extremely soft.  I was very impressed with how quick and well this worked.  It was hard to believe that a cream that curbed my achy areas was also gentle on the rest of my body.  I accidentally touched the hand I had cream on to my face and experienced no burn, itchiness or irritation.

Super gentle, effective and fast acting...what else would you want from a pain reliever?

From now until the end of the year (12/31/15) you can get your own tube of OxyRub for 20% off!!!  When you go to check out, enter coupon code : SAVEOXY2

To purchase OxyRub from Amazon, please go HERE.

To learn more about OxyRub, Healthy Directions and much more, please go HERE.

Start experiencing life...PAIN FREE!!!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Show off your summer skin with Exuviance Daily Protector with SPF - Giveaway!!!

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Well everyone, summer is here.  What better way to celebrate your skin than with an amazing skin protector with SPF 50 from one of my favorite skincare brands ever...

Let's learn a little about this powerhouse product...
"This weightless fluid blends effortlessly on clean skin, or layered under makeup in a daily skincare routine.  Broad spectrum SPF 50 protects against photodamage, the primary cause of signs of aging.  An utra-fine transparent mineral sunscreen in a virtually invisible universal tint smoothes imperfections and helps natural skin tone appear more even.

Multi-Antioxidants Vitamin E and Lactobionic Acid fortify skin's natural defense, scavenging free radicals brought on by daily environmental aggressors before they can cause premature aging.  A PHA/Bionic Complex helps prevent collagen breakdown to maintain a healthy skin matrix and firmness, and helps prevent signs of photoaging such as lines and wrinkles.  A highly purified and concentrated form of Green Tea Extract reduces cell breakdown and helps protect cellular DNA for healthy skin.  PA++++ highest level of UVA protection.

Suitable for all skin types.  Product is fragrance-free, paraben free and oil free as well as non-acnegenic, non-comedogenic." - Exuviance/NeoStrataSkin

Now that you know of the amazing ingredients and attributes of this daily skin protector, how about winning one for yourself?!!?!  Exuviance is giving 25 lucky winners the chance at snagging a full size of the Sheer Daily Protector with SPF 50 (valued at $42.00)!!!  This is U.S only. Contest runs until August 12, 2015, so hurry!  Want to enter?  Go HERE!

Join them on social media...
TWITTER - @neostrataskin
INSTAGRAM - @exuviance

Let them know there why you wear an SPF everyday!

For more information on the Sheer Daily Protector with SPF 50, check it out HERE.

To learn more about the Neostrata, Exuviance and all of their amazing products, go HERE.

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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 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 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

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 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".   -

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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