Sunday, October 23, 2016

Seventh Generation Maya Rudolph | Vajingle

Maya Rudolph tells it like it is. Chemical free tampons. "Who needs that shiz in their lady bits? Not me."

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Valentia ~ Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

You probably already know I am a big fan of Valentia products. I have used them frequently, all different products, and I continue to be impressed by the company. I love the simple, sleek packaging that they sent their products in; the quality of the bottles used; and of course the product itself. Most recently I tested their Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer and it did not disappoint.

Firstly, this is quite a large bottle at 4 oz. for only $25. It will last a long time. Which is great and fine, because the pump dispenser means that it will not get contaminated through contact with the air. I use this moisturizer morning and night after I apply my serum. The scent is great and it makes my skin feel super fresh and dewey. 

Valentia reports that the moisturizer helps to lighten hyper pigmentation marks and enhance the radiance of your overall complexion. The ingredients are impressive and here is a list of the specially selected ingredients in the lotion:

-Botanical Hyaluronic Acid - secures moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within
-Kojic Acid - antioxidant that lightens skin and controls melanin to prevent dark spots
-Ginseng - fights wrinkles and brightens skin
-Safflower Oil - repairs skins natural moisture barrier
-Shea Butter - hydrates and nourishes the skin

I am really excited about this product and I love that it will last me a long time. I encourage others to try this product to nourish your skin. 

You can check them out by clicking on the following links:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bello Vino Wine Decanter Review

Adults use a decanter when they drink their red wine. It is an important step in becoming an adult. Your red wine has to BREATHE. You have to let the tannins release to enhance the flavor and the smell. Bello Vino gave me the opportunity to test their beautiful red wine decanter and I am not an adult. I love the simple, sleek design of this decanter. The wide base allows the tannins to soften which creates a smoother, richer taste and texture that you will love. The base also creates a sturdy foundation so I don't have to worry about spilling red wine everywhere. I may be an adult, but I will always be clumsy. The spout is also spill-proof and makes it easy to pour. Thank you Bello Vino for creating this wine decanter for the clumsy adults out there. And a shout out to anyone that has been scared to drink red wine for fear of stains.

One more thing I love…dishwasher safe. Yes!

You can purchase one on Amazon.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New York Biology Anti Cellulite Massage Oil

We all have cellulite. Let's just be honest about it. We shouldn't be ashamed of our bodies and pretend that we don't have it. But! If you want to reduce the amount of cellulite you have, for me its thighs and but, there are things you can do. I have recently become a fan of dry brushing…I'm trying it at least (it also reduces dead skin cells!). I also recently started using this anti-cellulite massage oil from New York Biology.

First the ingredients:

~Grape Seed Oil - has astringent qualities; it is regenerating, moisturizing, and tightening for the skin
~Eucalyptus - targets fat deposits just under the skin; also soothes painful cellulite sensations
~Lemon - stimulates circulatory system and improves microcirculation, relieving pressure on veins
~Grapefruit - diuretic and lymph tonic

Have you ever heard that if you know how to pronounce the ingredients it is quality ingredients? These are super oils and you can feel them instantly when you massage it into your (cellulite prone) skin. I am so impressed by the ingredients list and love that I can really smell the Eucalyptus. It makes me feel like my pores are opening up and absorbing goodness. It is important to put the oil on after a bath or shower when your pores are open. This is the only way for it to fully absorb. You can use it on dry skin but it will only sit on the surface of the skin instead of penetrating it. It is great to use on problem areas but also makes a great oil for regular massage. You will love the combination of oils. 

You can purchase this large bottle of oil on Amazon for only $14.95.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sagano Natural Home Odor Eliminator

I love my dog. I love her a lot and tell her that often. The thing is, sometimes she stinks. I bathe her regularly (to her dismay), I give her peppermint in her water, but still…she smells like a dog. Sagano has a natural home odor eliminator made from 100% bamboo activated charcoal. The bag of charcoal is an air freshener and odor eliminator. It works by absorbing odors to freshen your home and to make them safer and cleaner. I love that it works without the use of harmful chemicals, and it does not cause an overpowering freshener smell in my apartment. It works simply and absorbs odors from by beloved pet and the smell of cooking (I use garlic and onion often). But it is not only an odor absorber, it also removes mold, toxins, and allergens from the air. This makes me feel good about my apartment and I don't even have to do anything. The air should be fresher and safer with this natural air freshener. Make you house not smell like a pet!
You can purchase one for yourself on Amazon.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Vermilion Bird Printed Halter Bikini Review

I love bikinis and swimsuits. If you check out my Pinterest page you can see bikini after bikini. I dream of living the salt life where I can live in my swimsuit…some day! Even though I love them, I alway end up buying them in black (occasionally a dark blue gets mixed in there somewhere). That's why I was excited to get the opportunity to try this patterned bikini at a discounted price. 

This particular bikini comes in three different colors. I ordered the blue, but you can also get it in orange and pink. I love the unique pattern and the tassel in the middle. It is something that I might not have bought, though I probably would have pinned it. As I said I usually buy my swimsuits in dark colors. I tend to buy them separately so I can mix and match them as I please. I like that I can wear this bikini with any of my black tops and bottoms, but I also like wearing the pattern together. I do wish I could have ordered these separately (and apparently you can if you contact the company) because my body is disproportionate. I have a smaller top and a bigger bottom. So of course, this bikini was a little too big in the cups and a little too small in the bottom. The size problem is not drastic and I still feel comfortable wearing the set. The straps are easily adjustable to help with the size problem on top. I really like it overall. You can purchase it here for only $23.99. I love the orange color as well as the blue.

*I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sagano Raw Activated Charcoal Powder Review

Why should you use charcoal in your daily routine?

~Whitens teeth & removes stains
~Freshens breath
~Removes toxins
~Healthy for skin & body

Who knew?! You might know that it is even used to treat alcohol poisoning or to alleviate hangovers. I have yet to use it for all of these purposes but I have started to incorporate it into my own daily routine. Activated charcoal is like a little miracle hidden in a fine, dusty, black powder. Since I was given a bag of charcoal to test and review I have been brushing my teeth with it daily. Sounds weird but it is great for teeth whitening and for healthy gums. I use a VERY little bit on top of my toothpaste. If you use too much your teeth will look black and you will have to rebrush (several times) to make it go away. I learned this the hard way. I have also used it as a facial mask. I am loving this stuff. It is a natural absorbent that binds with impurities to wash them away. This includes facial impurities, but also coffee, tea, and soda stains on the teeth. 

It is a very fine powder so you have to use it with caution. It comes in not one, not two, but three ziploc bags to prevent it from exploding everywhere. I am excited to continue finding new ways to use this charcoal powder, but so far it is a great addition to my routine. I can't wait to try the charcoal lemonade that I keep seeing everywhere.

What ways have you used activated charcoal? If you haven't tried it yet you can purchase is on Amazon for $19.95.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Activated Charcoal Shoe Deodorizer by Moody Zook

It's hot outside. When it's hot outside it is inevitable that my feet get sweaty. When my feet get sweaty they start to get a little stinky. I don't like to be stinky. That's why I was excited to try another charcoal product from Moody Zook. 

The shoe deodorizer plugs are made of all natural activated charcoal. After a long day of work I love to take off my shoes and put my feet up. But before I put my feet up I place these plugs carefully in my shoes. These plugs absorb odor and moisture using natural charcoal. Absorbing moisture prevents stinky bacteria from multiplying and prevents mold and icky fungal growth. Yeah I know, it's gross to think about the icky fungal growth…but it happens. I love that they don't have an odor themselves, they just absorb that muggy smell that comes from sweaty feet. I recommend trying these for yourself. Your feet will thank you! 

You can purchase them here for $9.95.

One more review is on its way from Moody Zook. 

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Valentia ~ Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask

Another beautifully crafted product from Valentia. I have never been disappointed with the products they have sent me to test and review. Today I am reviewing their Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask; it is so luxurious and smell so good (as you know I always love the smell of Valentia products).

The clay mask is a natural kaolin clay and botanical based mask that gently removes excess dirt and oil while deeply cleansing and exfoliating the skin. It smells fruity and delicious and it feels divine. Here are the key ingredients:

~Kaolin Clay - draws out impurities, improves skin tone, and tightens pores
~Plant Stem Cells - decreases the level of pro-aging toxins; soothes, reduces redness, and evens skin tone
~Wakame Bioferment - tackles aging at the source; derived from seaweed, it naturally makes skin youthful
~Vitamin C - protects skin from harmful UV rays to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and improve skin tone and texture
~Matrixyl - increases collagen/elasticity 
~CoQ10 - reduces wrinkles and stimulates collagen production
~Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers - firms and reinforces the skin, reducing new wrinkles

I use the mask 1-2 times per week for 15-20 minutes. Removing the mask in circular motions helps slough off dead skin and exfoliate. Your skin will feel so tight and detoxified. I love to follow this mask with the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. Toxins are drawn out by the clay mask and hydration is boosted with the plumping mask.

Purchase the Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Microbiome Plus+ GI Probiotics Review

I know that a healthy body begins in the gut. That is where 80% of your immune system is regulated. To keep the healthy bacteria fighting the bad bacteria is essential to our health, including relief from allergies, gas, and bloating. I'll admit that I don't have the best diet. I try to get my fruits and vegetables, and I supplement with vitamins. It is important to me to keep my digestive system regulated and that is why I am on a quest to find the best probiotic for a healthy gut and a strong immune system.

Microbiome Plus+ GI Probiotics is two-part system that includes both a pre and a probiotic. The combination has 600 mg prebiotic scFOS and 7 billion CFU, to  support digestive health and normal inflammatory response. The combination also improves the bodies ability to absorb nutrients, which can improve mood and motivation. One of the pills is a capsule and the other a tablet. I take 1 from each bottle two times daily. I feel good about the combination and it makes me feel like I am taking simple steps for a healthier me. Happy gut, happy life.

You can purchase them here.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The TripleBooster

How many car chargers have you bought? Every time you upgrade your phone or get a new gadget, you have to buy a new one. This TripleBooster car charge has 3 separate USB ports so I can easily charge one or more of my techy gadgets. I can charge my Samsung phone, my Apple iPad, and my iPod all at the same time. This is a great item to keep in the car and everything, charger and various cords, can be carried in a handy drawstring bag.

A few things that are special about this particular charger:

~ it is fireproof - I didn't know I needed a fireproof car charger but hey, it sounds really important all of a sudden
~ overheating protection - I hate it when my phone is charging and it feels like it is en fuego
~ overcharge protection - stops charging when the job is done

This is definitely the best car charger I have used. And now I can throw away the many other chargers and cords I have collected in my car.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

imPRESS Press On Manicure Review

I always have my nails painted. On rare occasions I get them manicured professionally, but I typically do them myself. I have not used press-on nails in the past. Scratch that…I have not used them since the horror of the '90s press-on nail. I was traumatized enough to never do that to myself again. In 2015 fake nails have made drastic improvements. They are easier to apply and not as clunky. Clunky is the only word I can think of to describe those tragic looking pieces of plastic.

I was given two colors to test and review. My favorite was the neutral matted color with the sparkly accent nail. I really like the way these look. From far away. My problem with these press on nails is that I have the wrong size nail-bed. When you look closely you can see that they do not really fit, even with the many sizes included in the kit. That being said, I am sad that they don't fit my hand because I really like them and recommend them to others.

The application process is easy with simple back peels. (There is none of that terrible glue from my childhood fake nail days…you know what I'm talking about!) It is so easy to do your nails and go on with your day because you do not have to worry about smudges. They are also safe to use on your natural nails and easy to remove. I also love the endless colors and designs which you can check out here. They truly have something for everyone for every occasion. You can have a lot of fun with these.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review

Monday, April 25, 2016

VAHDAM Premium Green Tea Masala Chai

I drink tea on a regular basis. I ask for tea for my birthday and holidays and I actually get excited about my tea. That's right, I get excited about tea. And I'm not embarrassed to say it. I always love trying new flavors and brands. Recently I was sent a bag of this Premium Green Tea Chai and I was reminded why I love tea. This is two of my favorite teas in one. I love the spice of chai tea and the health benefits of green tea. This is a great combination with many benefits.

Here are some of the ingredients:

The tea not only has a great, spicy flavor but also has many antioxidants and benefits:

~Helps reduce stress
~Helps promote relaxation and calmness
~Helps support dental and skin health

The loose tea comes in a seal tight bag that is insulated to keep it fresher longer.  The company is great and offers money back guarantee to ensure a fresh bag of delicious tea.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Valentia ~ Royal Rose Hydrating Serum

Ahhh the Royal Rose. It sounds so beautiful and fragrant. This Royal Rose Hydrating Serum is indeed fragrant and I am loving my experience with this product. My skin feels so hydrated after I put apply it to my face and neck. This is super important because it is so dry in my house when I have the heat on. The health benefits of this serum are the following:

~ deeply moisturizes skin
~ provides antioxidant protection
~ soothes & nourishes dry skin
~ smoothes skin tone & texture
~ boosts skin radiance

The serum is made with Rose Damascena, which is one of the most nourishing and skin-friendly natural oils. It provides balance, moisture, and vitamins and minerals to the skin. It feels so calming and moisturizing. I apply the serum at night after cleansing. Then I follow with my eye gel and another moisturizer to lock in the nutrients. I think you will love this serum. You can purchase it on Amazon at Valentia.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Premium Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil

My Coco and I have tried TerraMax products before and I have been able to successfully give her some extra supplements and nutrition. Premium Alaskan Salmon Oil is an all-natural Omega-3 Food Supplement with more than 15 Omega-3's, DHA Fatty Acids, and Vitamin D. It is molecularly distilled to remove heavy metals, PCBs, pesticides, and harmful toxins. Salmon Oil is the highest quality fish oil you can buy and the benefits for your furry friend are many.

I put two squirts of Salmon Oil in Coco's food bowl every morning. She seems to love the taste and eats her food with gusto since adding the supplement. The oil is said to reduce inflammation due to allergies and to reduce dry, itchy skin. Coco has frequent allergy flareups in the spring and also falls victim to dry skin in the winter. I feel confident that this product is helping to ease some of her distress. I love giving her products knowing that they do not have any fillers or preservatives. This is a simple way to protect your dog…or your cat. 

You can purchase Wild Alaska Salmon Oil here.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser

I have tried several OZ Naturals products and have really enjoyed working with the company. Today I am reviewing their Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser. The cleanser is natural and organic and made with some powerful ingredients, including rose hip oil, more than 92 rich ocean minerals, and vitamin e. It is great for sensitive skin and feels really great on the skin. It feels light and soft but works really well in dissolving the nasty stuff that clogs your pores. The ocean minerals nourish and repair dry skin, blemishes, skin lesions, and rough damaged skin, while the botanicals soothe and stimulate regeneration of cells. The cleanser feels great but a little goes a long way. This bottle will last quite awhile. I love the company and this product. 

You can purchase Ocean Mineral Cleanser at Amazon.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, February 15, 2016

DALLAS-10 Lace Up Zipper Boot Review

I love my boots!

This hiking-inspired boot is comfortable and affordable. Would it be good for hiking? I don't know! Why is it called "hiking-inspired"? It does look like a hiking boot. But it looks like a hiking boot that you could wear every day. I haven't climbed any mountains in them, but they are comfortable so far. And for someone that has long days, this is important. They are lace-up boots but they have a zipper on the side, easy to get on and off. The worst part about ordering these boots? Picking out a color. I decided on the blue and black because I love that color combination. It's a little different but, to me, it is the best color combination. I just might have to purchase the other colors eventually. They also come in all black and camel. I love them all. My one criticism is that next time I will order half a size down. They feel a little big, even with thick socks on. But overall I absolutely love these boots!

You can purchase them here at a great price.

*I received these boots at a discount in exchange for my honest review.

The Supplemental People Acai Berry Colon Cleanse & Detox

Doing a detox is all the rage right now. I hear about juicing, fasting and drinking lemon, pepper, cinnamon water. There are all kinds of different ways to cleanse. I personally have never tried a cleanse. My interest has been peeked for some time and while I have thought about taking that plunge, it makes me hungry just thinking about it! I could not survive on a liquid diet and juicing sounds like a lot of work. Talk about hangry…I would not want to be around me if I had not eaten in one day, let alone 7 days. Nope! Not happening. That is why I was excited to try The Supplemental People's Acai Berry Colon Cleanse & Detox.

This I can do. I get to eat my regular foods, though of course you should try to eat healthy while doing a cleanse (chips are my weakness). This supplement is safe and effective, made with an Acai Berry base. It works to rid your colon of dangerous toxins and build-up (probably from all those chips). While eliminating the bad stuff, it also delivers healthy nutrients to the body. I love that the supplement is natural, gentle, and made in the USA. This is a supplement I can feel good about taking.

You can purchase it on Amazon.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Valentia ~ Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask

A new year. A new Valentia product to review. Now that the holidays are officially over, it is time to give my skin a boost of hydration. Valentia has given me the opportunity to test another great new product. The Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask provides intense hydration that is perfect for this time of year. The holidays and the weather have wreaked havoc on my skin and I was lucky to get this product when I did.

The first thing that I have noticed about Valentia products is the scent. Every product that I have tried from this company has smelled delicious…good enough to eat. I could just sit and smell it all day. This particular mask smells fresh and fruity. The texture is gelatinous. It is super easy to apply a thin layer. Too thick and the mask will fall off your face. Immediately after applying the mask I started to feel a mild tingling sensation. This is normal but continued to intensify. I keep the mask on 20-30 minutes before removing with a warm, wet washcloth. My face felt clean and moisturized. It really does feel luxurious during and after using the mask. The ingredients in the mask are specially selected for optimal results. 

What are some of these special ingredients?

~Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: increases moisture content and helps produce collagen and elastin, decreasing the appearance of lines
~Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: secures moisture and plumps skin
~Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: anti aging berry that reduces lines, diminishes sun spots, evens skin tone, and firms more supple skin
~Japanese Green Tea: anti aging, anti inflammatory, and anti irritant
~Aloe Vera: moisturizing skin and prevents aging

This mask really does feel like an indulgence. It feels like you are at a fancy spa getting an expensive facial. You can purchase Valentia's new Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask on Amazon.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Chomps Snack Sticks!

I get very excited when I get to test and review food products. It does not happen often but I LOVE it. I am a serious foody and while I love big, hearty meals I also love to snack throughout the day. Chomps Snack Sticks look like a Slim-Jim but are made with 100% Grass-Fed Angus Beef. This is important to me. I won't include an attachment but if you want to know more about grass-fed beef you should Google it (be prepared for some disturbing information about the other beef…the beef that is not grass-fed). They are also free from nitrates, synthetic nitrates, MSG, and are gluten-free.

Chomps Snack Sticks come in three delicious flavors: Original, Crankin' Cran, and Hoppin' Jalepeño. Of all three flavors I liked Crankin' Cran the best. It had the most spice, and I love spice. It doesn't taste like cranberries as I expected, though it does have cranberries in it. It also has Habañero Peppers in it, which is where the spicy spice comes from. These snack sticks are great to eat alone, straight from the pack, or as part of an appetizer plate. I was happy to have them on hand to put together a little cheese and sausage plate. Everyone agreed that Crankin' Cran was the favorite flavor. The ingredients help me feel good about eating them, but they also contain 9g of protein in each stick.

If you like beef sticks you will absolutely love these. They are definitely better than your average stick of beef. These sticks are made with celery juice that gives them a shelf-life of one year. I guarantee that is longer than you need. These will become your go-to meat snack. Purchase them here.

Happy Chomping!

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.