Monday, January 26, 2015

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Family of Products

I recently began a new mission with Smiley360 and Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Family of Products.  I was given a free package that included one tube of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Rejuvenating Toothpaste, one bottle of Truly Radiant Whitening and Strengthening Fluoride Rinse, and one Spinbrush Truly Radiant Deep Clean Manual Toothbrush.  I got all of this for free in exchange for my honest review.  So here it is…

I am a BIG fan of the toothpaste and the mouthwash.  My teeth were noticeably whiter after only a few days and they feel extra clean.  I love that the mouthwash is alcohol-free and restores enamel.  The Truly Radiant Whitening and Strengthening Fluoride Rinse has the following claims:

*Whiter smile in just 5 days
*Strengthens and restores enamel
*Stain Defense Technology helps to prevent stains from occurring
*Provides long-lasting freshness
*Peroxide-free formulation designed to whiten without irritation

The Truly Radiant Rejuvenating Toothpaste has a minty fresh taste and I love the way it makes my mouth feel super clean.  The benefits of this toothpaste are:

*Cleans, strengthens and repairs tooth enamel
*Light and crisp mint flavor
*Cool sensation that lasts and lasts
*Clinically proven to whiten in just 5 days to beautify your teeth and smile
*Fresh from the dentist feeling of clean 

Using these products together truly does make my mouth feel fresh and clean.  I will definitely purchase  both of these products in the future.

The Sinbrush bristles were too hard for my gums, even though they claimed to have soft bristles.  I used the toothbrush for several weeks and it continued to make my gums hurt everyday.  So…I finally gave in switched to a softer bristled brush.  Full-disclosure, I do have uber-sensitive gums, so this could be a personal issue more than a manufacturing issue.  

 Click here to receive your own free sample of Truly Radiant toothpaste.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

hyperbiotics PRO-15

Why do we need probiotics?  Long story short, our environment and our diets influence our bodies and give many of us a compromised, unhealthy gut.  Our bodies are in a vicious cycle of sickness, medications, and more sickness.  This is a result of unbalanced bacteria in the gut that is created by stress, aging, medications, poor diet, etc. etc.  80% of our immune systems are in our gut, so…happier gut = happier life.  Hyperbiotics PRO-15 Advanced Strength Formula helps to restore the healthy bacteria in the gut and promote overall health and well-being.  Here are some of the claims by Hyperbiotics:

~15X more effective than capsules - slow release tabs and a patented gel matrix creates a protective layer that increases the survival rate of probiotic organisms from 4% to a whopping 60%.
~Makes your colon happy - prebiotics of kiwi extract nourish the probiotics and help them adhere to your intestinal wall until they are flourishing in you system.
~Improve your mood and increase your energy - lack of vitamins and proper nutrition leads to fatigue and irritability.  This tablet helps your body absorb and retain the vitamins and minerals that will improve your mood.
~Bye bye sensitive stomach - the slow release tablets release the probiotic at a steady rate throughout the day, as opposed to one large explosion of probiotics that often occur with capsules.
~Lose weight - new studies show that the probiotic may improve your metabolism and accelerate fat loss.

As I start a new decade in my life, my body has decided to make some serious changes.  Gone are the days that I can eat whatever I want without disturbing my digestive system.  Lately, everything I eat has seemed to give me a queasy nauseous feeling.  It is not a good feeling.  After taking Hyperbiotics PRO-15 for a few days I began to notice results.  I could eat again and still function as a full human being.  I felt like me again.  My stomach is not influencing my day and I am not afraid to eat.  I would always recommend people take a probiotic.  Now I can specifically recommend you take Hyperbiotics PRO-15.  The more you read about it the more you will want to take this tablet.

All diseases begin in the gut.  -Hippocrates

Click on the following links to learn more or to start on the path to a happy gut

*Sponsored by Brandbacker

Monday, January 12, 2015

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder

I discovered Matcha green tea powder about a year ago and started adding it to my smoothies.  One day I was feeling particularly adventurous and made a latte.  It was good, but really not that adventurous.  When BrandBacker and Kiss Me Organics sent me a bag of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder to test and review I also got a recipe guide for Matcha from  I was overwhelmed by the 50+ recipes that can be made using the Matcha.  It isn't just for smoothies and lattes after all.  You can use Matcha to make all kinds of different beverages and cocktails, you can bake desserts with it, make breads and dips, pizzas, even entrée dishes like soups and meats.  I could not believe I had been missing out on all the possibilities.  So I started to experiment.  The recipe guide has plenty of refreshing cocktails and I have not had a chance to try them all, but I really enjoyed the Iced Ginger Matcha Cocktail that is made with ginger, lime, honey, and of course Matcha.  I also made a Matcha Mini Cake with Coconut Sugar, pictured here.  Mmmm green cake!  I love the flavor that the Matcha gives these recipes, but also the health benefits.
So what is Matcha?  It is a kind of green tea that has not been fermented and is ground to a very fine powered.  Matcha has been consumed in Japan for almost 1000 years and was traditionally reserved for royalty and religious or spiritual leaders.  It is like a super green tea as it has up to 137x the EGCG as regular brewed green tea.  This is because Matcha powder uses the entire tea leaf, greatly improving the nutritional benefits.  EGCG is a strong antioxidant that can generate new brain cells by focusing on the part of the brain that deals with memory, both short and long term.  It has also proven effective in fighting many forms of cancer, HIV, and heart disease.  Matcha powder also improves your energy level throughout the day and helps you focus.  It acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant, giving you a steady level of energy for the day.  You want more benefits?  How about a calorie burning booster?  Matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis, the bodies normal rate of burning calories, from 8-10% of energy expenditure to 35-43%.  Matcha also has anti-aging properties that can prevent age-related disease, and protect the skin from harmful UV rays.  All of this in a fine powder.  Oh, and did I mention it is USDA Organic and is harvested at a family-run tea farm that has been in operation since 1915.  I love that!
So here is what I do.  I typically add 1 teaspoon to my smoothies in the morning.  Now I am experimenting with adding it to my cooking and baking routine.  Next I will try the Matcha Fried Chicken!  I am excited about all of the benefits this tea provides and the unique flavor that it is bringing to my kitchen.

Click on the following links to learn more and to purchase Matcha Green Tea Powder:

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Beauty Review: Instanatural Vitamin C Serum and Moisturizer

My latest beauty adventure with Instanatural is this citrusy combo of Vitamin C Serum and Vitamin C Moisturizer.  Vitamin C is known to have powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals in the environment to protect your skin from sun exposure and UV rays.  Both the serum and the moisturizer contain a whopping 20% dose of Vitamin C that helps fight those nasty signs of aging such as wrinkles, discoloration, and dryness.  Other key ingredients include:
*5% Niacinamide
*5% Hyaluronic Acid
*Plant Stem Cells
*Argan Oil
*Peptide Complex
The serum has a thick consistency and a light, citrusy scent that I really enjoy.  Some may not like the scent so be aware that you can definitely smell the Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil that is in the serum.  The serum absorbs quickly in the skin and makes my face feel soft and hydrated, though it is absolutely necessary to follow with an actual moisturizer.
The moisturizer is also very thick, creamy, and nourishing.  Unlike the serum, the moisturizer has almost no scent at all.  So if you do not like the citrusy scent of the serum, you will still like the moisturizer.  This moisturizer is so thick that it takes awhile for it to absorb into the skin.  I typically do the serum and moisturizer on my face, my neck, and (must not forget) my décolletage.  
There are many things that I love about Instanatural products.  I will list a few of them here because I think they are worth mentioning.  
~They always use natural, organic ingredients
~Alcohol, sulfate, and paraben free
~Made in USA
~100% lifetime satisfaction money back guarantee
~Free returns
If you are interested in trying their products click here.  You can also get free shipping with orders over $25.  
*Sponsored by BrandBacker but, as always, the review is mine.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

hyperbiotics PRO-Immune

It is officially winter.  Currently the temperature is 8 degrees F and the snow is falling.  By this time of year I usually have a lingering cold that will not allow me to fully function, at work or play.  I have always blamed my weak immune system on my job.  As a social worker, I spend a lot of my time in a home setting where illness breeds and gives me an unwelcome and stubborn cold for approximately 4 months out of the year.  Not fun.

BrandBacker and Hyperbiotics gave me the opportunity to try a bottle of hyperbiotics PRO-Immune Advanced Immune Formula to sample and review.  It is a difficult thing to measure, as we cannot see our immune system but I can honestly give you the following information.
I have not had a single sniffle since taking hyperbiotics PRO-Immune.  That is my evidence.  Not only because I am typically feeling sick mid-December, but also because a nasty cold and flu has been spreading all around me.  I always know I will catch it sooner or later, but this one seems to have skipped me altogether.  I can't complaining about that!

Hyperbiotics PRO-Immune is a unique combination of Probiotics, Time-Released Vitamin C, Echinacea, Zinc, and 500 mg. of EpiCor.  Never heard of EpiCor?  I hadn't either.  EpiCor is a superfood that has 3 times more antioxidant power than any fruit that you have tried.  It has been clinically tested and has shown that it strengthens your immune system and works as an anti-inflammatory.  Check out the cute little chart for more about EpiCor.  The Probiotics help to strengthen your immune system through your gut, where the bulk of your immune system is shaped.  PRO-Immune has 4 billion CFU, making it 15 times more effective than your average Probiotic.
Sounds pretty good, right?

So, PRO-Immune tablets bring good bacteria to your gut, fight off colds, and they also shorten the duration of your cold.  The other thing I really like about Hyperbiotics products overall is that they are all natural: no chemicals, no preservatives, no artificial colors.  That is how you treat your body well.
If you want to try hyperbiotics PRO-Immune click here to find them on Amazon or here to go straight to their website.  If you purchase them on Amazon this week you can get 1 bottle free when you buy 1 bottle.  Use code R2HZUFLF  at checkout.
*Sponsored by BrandBacker

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Zenwise Hair Growth Supplement

I was cursed with painfully thin hair.  Not only is it thin, but it is also fine…not a good combination.  My hair falls out in chunks when I brush it and I am constantly using TONS of product to thicken it up.  BrandBacker and Zenwise Labs recently gave me the opportunity to test a few of their products, in exchange for my honest review, and one of these products is Hair Growth Vitamins + DHT Blocker.

First, a little information about the company.  Zenwise is an online distributor of all-natural supplements to improve your everyday life.  All of their products are made in the USA and GMP certified.  This means you can be sure the supplements are high quality.  This brings me to the ingredients.

Zenwise Hair Growth Vitamins are filled with 27 wonderful ingredients including Biotin, Grapeseed Extract, Pumpkin Seed, and Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, to name a few.  Just 2 Hair Growth Vitamins has 5000mcg of Biotin.  That is 1667% of your daily recommended value.  Scientific studies have shown that Biotin improves hair growth, shine, and density.  It is also shown to support the health of skin, nails, digestive system, metabolism, and cells.  The DHT Blocker is also known to help skin retain moisture and and maintain smoothness.  You want more?  These vitamins are gluten free and 100% free of junk ingredients, that means no fillers in this supplement, and has no artificial colors or sweeteners.  That is some good stuff!

Now for my review.  Because I have been taking the supplement for a few weeks, I can honestly say that I have noticed a difference.  My hair looks and feels healthier and I have noticed that less of my hair falls out in the shower and in my brush.  This is a big deal for anyone with fine hair who feels a little bit of heartbreak every time you brush your hair.  Would I purchase this product again?  Absolutely I would.  And I recommend you do too if you want thicker, fuller, healthier hair. *Powered by BrandBacker