April 29, 2015

Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish + Purifying Cleansing Gel | Review



PRODUCT DETAILS:

Exuviance® Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish is the most significant innovation in skin resurfacing since the launch of the Glycolic Acid peel. It’s a three-part action approach to skin renewal in a single yet powerful treatment, employing a unique blend of physical, chemical and enzyme rejuvenators for instant, dramatic skin resurfacing results.

Product snapshot:
• Professional Grade Crystals smooth skin
• Glycolic Acid and Papaya Enzyme help dissolve impurities, loosen dead skin cells
• Polishes skin to a gorgeous, silky softness for a brighter complexion with a reduced appearance of pores and dark spots
• Does not contain plastic polyethylene beads, which may be harmful to the environment

Why you need it:
After a long winter, our complexion is often left with dull, dry patches and rough, scaly skin. In just one use, Exuviance® Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish buffs away those surface impurities to reveal a brighter more luminous complexion and skin that is softer to the touch. Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion is formulated with the same pure professional grade crystals used by dermatologists to smooth skin. The potent exfoliator contains pure Papaya Enzyme and 10% Glycolic Acid to help dissolve impurities that contribute to congested pores and loosen dead skin cells and dull and dry patches. Skin is polished to a gorgeous glow and silky softness – all in the convenience of home! 

The benefits:
Exuviance® Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish contains pure professional grade crystals used by dermatologists to smooth skin. Feel this potent exfoliator working as Papaya Enzyme and Glycolic Acid help dissolve impurities that contribute to congested pores, and loosen dead skin cells and dull and dry patches, polishing skin to a gorgeous silky softness and glow. Cell renewal is stimulated, encouraging skin to renew itself. 

How to use: 
Once or twice a week, apply a thin even layer to a clean wet face, lightly massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds, avoiding eye area. Do not scrub. Leave on for up to 2 minutes (up to 1 minute for sensitive skin). Thoroughly rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. Follow with an Exuviance serum and moisturizer. 

With consistent exfoliation, once or twice a week, skin will be clearer, brighter with reduced appearance of pores and dark spots. Regular use helps increase the performance of your cosmetic treatment products. For best results, complete your facial with an Exuviance concentrated serum or antiaging moisturizer.

Does not contain plastic polyethylene beads, which may be harmful to the environment.




MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

As most of you know, I live in Maine, and just went through a harsh, cold New England winter. My skin started freaking out in Janurary and I have been doing everything humanly possible to help bring my skin back to life. 

Now before I dig into the details, let me give you a little information about my skin. I have dry skin, with the only oily spot being my nose. Every where else I tend to get dry, flaky patches. I have slightly sensitive skin, there are a few things that bother me, but for the most part it is fairly normal.

Alright, now that you know about my skin, let's talk about the  Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish. I have been using this for well over a week now, and I have to say that I am quite impressed. I almost feel like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. Before I begin I use the Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel to remove any dirt and oil on my skin. This has a very faint scent, reminds me of a aloe & cucumber product that I have. After that, its on to the next step! The face polish firstly smells incredible. Very tropical fruit scented. It has a very buttery texture, very smooth feeling. It only takes a little bit, as you use a thin layer all over your face. I massage it into my skin in circular motions using my fingertips. Gentle pressure, nothing hard. I do this for the recommended 30 seconds, then I let it sit on my skin for 2 minutes. After the time is up, I rinse clean with lukewarm water. Pat my skin dry then apply my favorite moisturizer. And I'm done!

After this treatment my skin feels like I just left the salon. I love how gentle this is on my skin. I have used other types of similar products in the past, and my skin would experience some stinging during the treatment, then be bright red after. With this, it was super gentle. No discomfort at all. It actually felt quite lovely on! Plus the fruity scent stays on my skin for a little while, and I will catch the scent of it every so often... it smells so good!

I look forward to my continued use of this, and I am excited to see what results I reach with this with use. So far I am quite happy with my initial results.


April 27, 2015

Target Plus Size Selection In Store Still Stinks + First Impression of the Ava & Viv Collection | Spring 2015

Target came out with a revamped plus size section a while back, and today I actually had the chance to head down to my local Target store and check out their selection.

First and foremost, I am referring to the actual stores, not their online store. Online I have found their plus size section to be quite decent compared to the past. This blog is just about the actual in store experience.

So I walk into my Target store, and head straight toward the far back corner of the womens clothing side. Tucked in the back after rows, rows, and more rows of regular sized clothing, I see the sign for Maternity. Following that, the sign saying Womens. I see a rack filled with cute skirts in the womens section, I go to check them out, and they are maternity. Regular sized maternity. Bummer. To the right of me is some plus size clothes, and to the left of me there is plus size. So why did they put more maternity in the plus size section? I work in retail and that is just bad merchandising.

I see a few racks for plus size, all of which are the Ava & Viv collections. On each rack there might have been 2 or 3 garments available. Only 1 of each size, if that. I will give the Ava & Viv collection credit, they do have a nice selection of different garments. I browsed through, rack after rack... almost all of the Ava & Viv garments are sheer. There wasn't 1 shirt, dress, or skirt that I found that wasn't sheer or see through. That completely boggles my mind. What plus size woman wants to wear sheer clothing? We want to look confident, and sexy. Not have our bodies exposed the second light hits us just right. I saw some dresses that I had seen online and seen in other bloggers posts. Sheer. I would have to wear a slip under them to even get by.

I went to the middle of the Womens section and there were probably 6 chuck full racks of clearance. Unfortunately 99% of the clothes in this were regular size. Again IN THE PLUS SIZE SECTION. Behind these racks on the wall there was some displays of more Ava & Viv clothes. Again only 2 or 3 of each garment. Very bare looking.

After that I gave up. A complete waste. There were maybe 3 things that I found that I wanted to get, but unfortunately they didnt have my size in stock. So I left empty handed. As usual.

I will give Target credit, they did up the ante with their plus size section. But because they were so bad to begin with, they still have a LOOONG way to go. The plus size sections are still very mediocre. Walmart has a better section of clothes, with plenty of merchandise in stock. Which is pretty sad around here considering my local Walmarts downsized their plus size section.

I will never for the life of me understand why these big chain companies are being so ignorant when it comes to their plus size customers. They could make a killing if they offered a similar variety that they offer regular sizes. They could make a killing if they carried enough clothes in store to meet demands. They would make a killing if they just understood plus size women.

On a side note, the other day I did a online purchase of some Ava & Viv jeans (since I looked them up to see if they were available in any of the local Targets around me... and nope) so they will be arriving soon. I ordered 2 sizes, the 2 that I seem to float between, when they arrive I will give my thoughts!

Diet Diaries #7: Weeks #7 and #8

Hi loves! So last week was super busy for me and I didn't get a chance to update my Diet Diary. So I figured I would just combine weeks 7 and 8!

I am playing catch up today with a bunch of blogs, and what have you, so unfortunately I am going to keep this diet diary short and sweet.

WEEK #7 WEIGH IN RESULTS: +1 Pound
This week I gained a pound. Not the end of the world. I kinda had a feeling that my steady weight loss would slow down, and it did. I'm not quite sure why I gained a pound, but it's not the end of the world!

WEEK #8 WEIGH IN RESULTS: -1 Pound
This week I lost that pound that I gained. So I am still currently at 15 pounds lost. Perhaps I am coming into one of the well known weight loss plateaus. I have done lots of research about them, and I am prepared for them.

On another note, I hit a new record this week. While on the elliptical I completed 1 mile in 10 minutes. I was beyond proud of myself!

One of my biggest goals within the next 3 months or so is to complete a 5k on the elliptical. Thats just slightly over 3 miles. I probably won't do it all in 1 sitting, but in 1 day, I would like to do 3 seperate miles. So thats my motivation!

Hope all your weight losses are going well!

Slim Extreme 3D Thermo Active Shaping Serum | Review



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Slim Extreme 3D Thermo Active Shaping Serum
● Warming formula works in 3 steps
● Helps reduce the appearance of cellulite
● Thermo fat burner actively reduces fat deposits
● MDL complex smoothes uneveness and improves skin’s elasticity
● Caffeine and horsetail extract stimulates metabolism and supports collagen production
● Contains moisturizing laminaria algae
● Can help slim traditional problem areas like the waist, abdomen, and buttocks
● Paraben free
● Dermatologically tested
● 8.8 fl. oz. tube



MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I have used this a handful of times since I got it in the mail, and each time I have seen 0 results, and no warming sensation.

I apply the serum completely as directed, and nothing. It states on the label that it might warm up, but there is nothing. I see no results at all. I have used it in the morning, afternoon and night times, nothing. I have let a family member try it, and no results either.

The serum itself is like most serums I have used, quickly absorbs into the skin and it doesn't really leave any sort of a residue. No crazy scents or anything. The serum is reddish in color, but naturally applies on translucent.

I wish I could say more about this product, but unfortunately for me using this was just like putting water on my body. Didn't do anything. Perhaps the batch I got was bad? Not really sure.


Sprouts Voice Remedy And Cold Remedy | Review




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Sprouts Cold Remedy is a blend of herbs containing anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that help the body resist and kill unwanted foreign substances which prevents the virus from attacking cells. It boosts the immune system and keeps the virus from multiplying. In addition, it helps to loosen and expel phlegm from the lungs; and stimulates circulation and reduces inflammation. For those seeking sore throat remedies, this remedy has been proven to accelerate a healing effect and to alleviate the soreness and irritation within hours.

Sprouts Voice Remedy is designed to relieve Hoarseness in a safe, natural way. By reducing inflammation, getting rid of stubborn phlem and opening the nasal passage. Sprouts Voice Remedy has been proven to produce a voice that is smooth and clear and helps you getting back the ring in your voice.


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

COLD REMEDY

I am getting over a bug that was going around, and I was very congested. It was so bad that I had to slather vapor rub under my nose just to be able to breathe! Around that time I got this in the mail and was able to immediately put it to use.

This worked quite well at relieving me of my congestion. The sniffles went away within a day of use. The drops have a very herbal taste to them, I just mixed them with water and downed it. However you can mix it in with food if your tastes are sensitive.

I have used another Sprouts product before, and they always remind me of the old time remedies that my grandparents used to tell me about. I love that I can look at the ingredients list in this, and actually see real items. Not some foreign chemical that I cannot pronounce.

I actually look forward to the next time I have a cold so I can put this to the test and see how it helps from the start of a cold. For me personally it helped quite well and quickly with the congestion.

VOICE FORMULA

This to me reminds me of old remedies that my Grandfather would put together when I was a child. I tend to be very hoarse in the morning when I wake up, plus I always tend to cough a lot. I have been using this daily for the past few days, and I have noticed some minor changes.

What I appreciate and love about this, is the natural ingredients used. None of those chemicals that you cannot pronounce or have any idea of what they are. This includes basic herbs and such that many old timers used to use back in the day. The taste is very herbal, but nothing that you can't handle. I tend to just take the drops straight in water, and I'm good to go with 1 dose a day when I need it.

So does this work? Yes. To me it works kinda like putting oil on a rusty piece of metal. It coats everything, and lets my vocals work like a well oiled machine. The biggest difference I have noticed is the lessening of my coughing. I cough probably a fair 50% less than before. I cannot tell you how much that alone helps ease my throat.

If you are like me and like the old school, home remedy type of things, then this will be for you.

I am giving this 4 stars because I have only had the chance to test this with hoarsness, the next time someone in my family or myself looses their voice I will reach for this and finish my overall review.


April 22, 2015

Furminator Pet Brush + Cat Charmer Cat Toy + Blue Wilderness Cat Treats | Chewy.com Review

Happy April! Anna and Bailey hope everyone had a fantastic Easter and is enjoying the beautiful springtime weather!

Someone was quite excited for this months Chewy goodies!

Today they are coming at you with their monthly Chewy.com goodies, and sharing with you their thoughts and reviews on various pet products! As always if you are unfamiliar with Chewy.com, they are an online pet supply store for cats and dogs. They offer a wide variety of anything pet related! Anna and Bailey give them their approvals!

This month the girls got the chance to try out 3 different products. Since it is spring, if you are a pet owner you will know what that means... shedding. If you're like me, and have multiple animals, pet hair can be found almost everywhere no matter how much cleaning you do. To cut that, I like to brush Anna and Bailey multiple times a week. Anna loves to be brushed and cannot get enough of it. Bailey on the other hand isn't so much a fan of it. With the weekly brushing, I find that the shedding pet hair is becoming less and less around the house.


Anna loving every moment of being brushed!

The faces Bailey makes just cracks me up!

First thing they tried is the Furminator. I know, I love the name too! This brush has dual sides, one with metal bristles that can get right down into the undercoat and really get rid of any loose fur. The other side is a softer brush which is great for smoothing down the coat, and giving a polished, well groomed look. Anna naturally loved this brush, and could not get enough of it! Bailey didn't mind it, then again being brushed isn't on her top priorties list! The brush removed a lot of loose fur, and has definitely been helping with all the shedding. It has also helped in limiting the amount of furballs they have. Naturally Anna and Bailey appreciate that, they don't like when they look like lunaticks running around the house making crazy coughing sounds!

So for the Furminator, Anna and Bailey give it a 5 paw rating!



Second thing they tried this month is the Blue Wilderness Chicken & Salmon Recipe Soft Moist Cat Treats. Both Anna and Bailey liked these, but I think for them they are more into crunchy cat treats. Moist and soft ones, they just don't have the same appeal. They did eat them, and did seem to enjoy them, but they didn't go bonkers over them the way they have in the past with other cat treats from Chewy.

They both give this a 4 paw rating!

     


Last but not least is the Cat Charmer. This is a very fun cat toy that features a long fleece piece of fabric that is attached to a handle. It reminds me of a dancers ribbon. Its quite long, and so much fun to twirl around. Bailey is the playful one of the 2, Anna is enjoying her retirement years, and will play on occasion.

Since this is a toy, I decided what better way to see if Bailey likes it or not then to do a live demo! So here is Bailey trying out the Cat Charmer for the first time... Will she like it?


Do you even have to guess what Bailey rated this?

    

Key West Health & Beauty Retinol Cream | Review




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Key West Health & Beauty was founded by 2 multi-location day spa owners with over 15 years of experience performing thousands of skin care treatments. Our retinol night cream is an advanced formula with 97% natural and 71% organic ingredients, unlike most retinol creams that contain heavy amounts of synthetic ingredients and fillers.

At a strength of 2.5%, it contains 2 1/2 times the amount of retinol as the standard 1% strength found in most retinol creams and is the strongest percentage available without a prescription.

Our 1.7 oz size is nearly twice the size as the standard 1 oz container offered with most retinol products.

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MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

Before this, I didn't have a daily night cream to use. I suffer from dry skin, and the older I get the worse it seems to be. I recently changed up my skincare routine, added in some new products, this being one of them. I now have this as my daily night time cream that I use after my shower.

I have been using this for a few weeks straight, and I have noticed that my skin has become much more radiant, the dry spots are clearing up, and my skin just looks so much more youthful. I have noticed that my breakouts are becoming less and less as well. It seems that all the new products that I am using just seem to be working together perfectly.

Now about the cream itself. It is very light, and doesn't take long at all to absorb into the skin. It dries and doesn't leave any heavy greasy feeling, or any residue.

I cannot comment on this for anti-aging, or anti-wrinkles because I am only in my late 20s and don't really have that issue yet. I use these types of products as a preventative measure. So far it seems to be working wonderfully with my skin!

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April 20, 2015

100% Copper Mug for Moscow Mule | Review




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PURE COPPER. HAND-CRAFTED. THAT'S IT.
No nickel, tin, or steel! Our mugs are PURE copper, as your Moscow Mule deserves! This means NO plating, NO lining, and NO alloying. Just solid, pure copper. WHY? Copper has amazing properties which keep your drink COLD, enhance flavor, and provide health benefits. If it's not genuine copper, what can you expect? Go for the real deal - get the full experience. BONUS RECIPE CARDS - for the mule fanatics! Not just any cocktail recipes. These recipe cards include everything from the original classic Moscow Mule, to exotic and refreshing experiments! We're obsessed with mules. These recipe cards are our own creations - our favorites! The pictures will lure you down our step-by-step recipes to Mule greatness. Includes the MULE-JITO (see what we did there?), the MEXICAN MULE, and more well-guarded secrets! We're always adding more new recipes, join the conversation!

CLASSIC 16oz DESIGN
You'll see that 16oz is the perfect size when you get it in your hand! Our design has a welded handed, which means no ugly rivets (LEAKY!). Copper does age, but we use a FOOD-SAFE lacquer to help preserve the aesthetic of the mugs. These mugs are handmade by humans, so there may be minor blemishes, but they only add to the character! An additional CARE card is included in the box. 

AMAZINGLY COLD, SUPER REFRESHING!
If you haven't felt the way a real copper mug frosts up, you're seriously missing out! There's nothing more refreshing on a hot day! Or any day, let's face it...


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

This was my first time ever using a copper mug. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but wow, was I blown away!

This mug will be my summer mug for sure! I can pour a cold beverage in it, without ice, and it will be freezing cold! The mug itself gets very cold, which is going to be fantastic to use during the summer months when I want to have a ice cold beverage. My beverages stay cold for such a long time! I have used this for water, juices, iced coffee and milk since that is the only forms of beverages that are served in my household. It works wonderfully at keeping my beverages chilled!

Washing this is quite easy, I don't have to wash it any differently than my other dishware. I do however make sure that once it is washed, I immediately dry it.

I like that this mug comes with quite a few beverage recipe cards, many of which would be great for party refreshments!

There is only 1 thing that I would change about this mug, and that is the handle. Because it too is copper, it also becomes freezing cold. Perhaps the handle could have a rubberized grip, or something to keep your hands from getting too cold, that would be wonderful. But even just as is, this is a fantastic mug! I cannot recommend this enough!


*Photos via PureCopper



April 16, 2015

Clubbing Girl - Affordable Clubwear, Jewelry & Accessories | First Impression

I'm the type of gal who loves to have costume jewelry to spice up a outfit. I am always looking for great new companies that offer affordable jewelry and accessories that I could add to my wardrobe. I recently was contacted by ClubbingGirl and had the chance to browse their website. They offer clubwear, jewelry, nail polish and hair extentions. Today I am going to be sharing with you one of the pieces I got to try from them, and absolutely love!



For those of you who don't know, I am a Leo when it comes to my astrologoical sign. When I saw that ClubbingGirl offered the Astrology Necklaces, I had to grab it! I have seen many celebrities, and other people online wearing these types of pieces and I thought they were just gorgeous. It measures to be 18", and also has a 3" extention, making the total length 21". It lays on my neck with a slight angle, which I love. For my plus size girls, I can comfortably wear this, and it hangs at my collar bone legth. See the image below to get a better idea of the fit, and the style!

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I got mine in the gold color, and it goes with every outfit I own! Currently these are also available in silver as well. I have worn it out many times, and I get compliments on it every time. I like to wear it with my casual day wear, it goes perfect with a top and jeans!

The thing that shocked me was the price! This necklace, and all of their jewelry is currently on sale! $5 each, plus free shipping in the USA! I mean you can't beat it! So affordable! You can easily stock up on pieces to add to your wardrobe and spice up your looks!





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