Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Boosting Fall 2017 Beauty With Vasanti Cosmetics

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It's that time of year to refresh your makeup collection.  

Fall will arrive before you know it.  Of course, you’ll want to update your makeup to go along with this new season.  Canadian beauty brand, Vasanti Cosmetics sent along a variety of their products that could help get you off to a good start that you might want to take a look at.  

I’ll begin with their Liquid Cover Up-Oil Free Foundation and Concealer ($25) for the 0.54 fl. oz. tube.  This is a cruelty and paraben free product that comes in 11 shades. Unfortunately, I received the V3 for medium neutral to medium-golden skin, which was entirely too dark to wear, instead of V1 fair to light. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

How to Keep Your Summer Glow Going With Just Four Rouge Bunny Rouge Cosmetics

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Summer 2017 cosmetics

If you intend to keep your beautiful summer glow going into the fall season, then I tested a few more cosmetics from luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge, that can help with that task to perfect your look. Today, I want to tell you about four more in particular that you need to try.

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This tinted moisturizer is great for how it blurs imperfections while treating the skin. 

Sketches on Water Tinted Moisturizer ($52) is rich in skin saving ingredients from botanicals as well as antioxidants like vitamins A and E and laminaria digitata extract (a form of seaweed) for anti-aging, moisturizing with hyaluronic acid, PCA and squalene to offering natural UVB protection due to smithsonite extract.  It comes in three shades from the palest, which I tried with Adansonia (pale milky beige), Sequoia (pinkish beige) to Quercus (warm tawny mid-beige).

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Glossybox August 2017 Review

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The August box is a nice month of beauty to stay cool through summer.

If you are addicted to beauty products, then meeting up with a great beauty subscription box is the way to go.  One in particular that I happen to love is Glossybox that features at least five full and larger sample sizes of luxury brands of skin, body and hair care, makeup, nails, etc. in each pink box for just $21 a month and free USA shipping.  This box also arrives with an info sheet about the products and any special deals with a coupon code.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Why Do Product Sizes Keep Shrinking?

Coffee is something a majority of us can’t do without in our lives.  My biggest problem with this and other products lately is the ever shrinking sizes.  Do companies think we don’t notice this?

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Maybe the solution for shrinking sizes of coffee calls for smaller cups.

I remember when people would buy a can of coffee in a 3 lb. container.  The can had a whooping 48 ounces that would feel heavy in your hand.  Then years ago, they went to 39 oz., next to 34.5 oz. and on a recent trip to ALDI discovered the cans are now 30.5 oz.  Now in all fairness I used to think these cans weren’t getting smaller, but the product inside was.  So you would open it and you see all the wasted space.  So you have to go back to the store and buy more coffee or just pick up more cans.

I know they probably studied what happened when they left the cans at 48 oz. and just raised the price. People probably bought less.  Since many stores don’t post unit prices and if you don’t look at what you are paying per ounce then you may not notice they raised the price.  They are easing price increases via shrinking sizes.

I remember one crisis where they had some problem in growing coffee and the price went sky high.  I saw the cans sit there and dust form on the top.  People weren’t buying.  But that was a quick spike in prices.

These larger sizes are still being made.  You don’t have to buy small cans. Another option is online ordering of these products. I went to Amazon.com and actually found Folger’s coffee in the 48 oz. can sold there at a price less than I was paying at ALDI.  The only problem was the shipping was $8.00 unless you have Amazon Prime with free shipping.

At this pace of shrinkage, we’ll be buying 1 lb. cans of coffee soon.  I saw some 24 oz. cans.  There are reasons I don’t buy 1 lb. cans, they cost too much, and I drink too much coffee.

I, for one, cut down my consumption of coffee.  Now I just drink it in the morning and have replaced my favorite beverage with tea and water.  Doing so, is better for my health but also a small way to protest.  If more people followed this example, then perhaps, manufacturers would get the message that we had enough!

Friday, August 18, 2017

No Make No Life July 2017 Japanese Beauty Box Review + Coupon Code

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You get all FULL size beauty products in this great box!

When I heard about No Make No Life, a Japanese Beauty Box, I was even more excited to experience another culture’s take on beauty, especially with how devoted Japanese are to their skin care and makeup. In fact, they even coined a phrase for it, “nomakeolife,” the belief that makeup is essential to their lives.

If you never heard of this beauty subscription box, then I’ll fill you in.  Each nmnl box brings the latest Japanese trends straight to your door with five to seven full size products for skin, body, cosmetics, tools, hair, and bath for just $29.99 a month and free shipping to more than 120 countries.  The price gets even lower with a longer commitment such as $87.00 for three months, $170.00 for six and $330.00 for a year.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Are You Unknowingly Your Skin’s Worst Enemy?

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This beauty is surprised at what she may have overlooked for perfect skin.

You try to eat a healthy, balanced diet, get enough sleep and never slack when it comes to proper skin care and maintenance of your complexion.  Then why does your skin occasionally still break out you may wonder when there are no health issues such as out of balance hormones to blame? You can’t understand what is wrong.

After all, you take great effort to throughly cleanse your face and moisturize with quality products.  Even so, think about your hands and all that you touch during an average day like your phone, keyboards, makeup brushes, handbags, keys, money, towels, etc., which all are breeding grounds for bacteria.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Learn how to read your symptoms.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but the symptoms are often ignored until it’s too late.  Despite various warning signs, men and women can experience pain differently, which can make it harder to diagnose.

For instance, men are known to feel extreme pressure like a few thousand pounds of weight on their chest. On the other hand, women may not even feel any chest pressure, despite suffering a heart attack.  However, there are symptoms that you should be aware of because they could save your life.

The first is extreme exhaustion.  Women often excuse excess fatigue because of their full schedule of juggling home and work as a normal part of life.  Yet, when you feel unusually drained despite taking it easy, then this is your clue to see your doctor.

Dizziness can also indicate a heart attack is looming in your future.  

Another sign to pay attention to is if you become short of breath doing normal things that you do every day.  

Feeling nauseated a lot and blaming it on acid reflux is something that needs to be checked out, not left alone.  

Another clue is upper abdominal pain that you might dismiss as gas or a gynecological issue.  

Of course, you could feel heavy pressure in your chest, but this not always the case for some women.  This type of intense pain spreads from the upper back and shoulder to the neck and jaw.

If you notice any of the above, then it’s important to see your doctor and get tested.  In fact, ask for a complete blood count test (CBC) to find out.

Your normal numbers of the following should read:

1.    Total Cholesterol–under 200
2.     LDL or Bad Cholesterol–under 100
3.     HDL or Good Cholesterol–50 or above
4.     Triglycerides–under 150
5.     Blood Pressure–under 120/80
6.     Fasting Glucose–under 100

This information is not meant to diagnose, but educate and encourage you to get a checkup by your doctor at least once a year.  Women often neglect themselves because they feel they’re too young to have anything serious like heart disease happen to them.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer Review

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Have you tried this product yet?

Since I had never tried Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer, I thought it was worth investigating to see how this drugstore brand would perform.

This product has vitamin E, pro-retinol and rice peptides for anti-aging and adding moisture to the skin.  It also has broad spectrum SPF of 15, too low in my opinion.  A more desirable SPF that I usually look for is at least 30 for daily use. 

The product comes with a pump to dispense, which I think is important to keep it more sanitary than dipping fingers into a bottle or jar.  This made for a good start.  However, this container pumps out far too much lotion at once.  

Regardless if it is only a $14.99 product, you will end up wasting some because you don’t need that much for an application.  This has a thick consistency, almost like a cream than a runny lotion.  

Even though I have a dry complexion, this scented product didn’t feel like it completely absorbed into the skin.  My face was shiny and felt somewhat sticky to touch. Perhaps, I put too much on.  

Therefore, I kept using it for about a week. I wish that I could say it firmed up wrinkles and did wonders for my complexion, but I still looked shiny, sticky and basically the same.

Then again, Garnier Ultra-Lift could work differently on your complexion. This is just the result of my personal experience.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Some Helpful Spices That Have Healing Benefits

Spices can do more than just flavor foods.

Spices flavor foods, but they also have other value.  Some spices are also known for having medicinal properties they can help improve certain health conditions. For instance, ginger helps calm an upset stomach whether from motion or morning sickness to nausea due its gingerol that works in the gastrointestinal tract. This same chemical also has the ability to alter the path of prostaglandins that cause inflammation resulting in less arthritis and migraine pain.

One thing to remember is ginger ale does not necessarily contain ginger if you’re looking for this product for relief.  Read labels and make sure that you see “ginger” or “gingerroot” in the ingredient list. 

Another spice that is worth adding to your diet on a daily basis is cinnamon.  This spice can help lower blood sugar and triglycerides, LDL  (bad cholesterol).  It also has antibacterial properties for the body. Furthermore, cinnamon is wonderful for freshening your breath and defending teeth from cavities.

Red chili pepper flakes are excellent if you happen to suffer from inflammation.  This is because this spice has capsaicin, which can ease that pain.  Also acting as an anticoagulant, its chemical makeup can help thin the blood a bit for heart health.  Yet, this is not all red chili pepper flakes can do since they’re also capable of destroying carcinogens and assisting the immune system.  

Black pepper is also a spice that can do your body good.  It has piperine to assist with enzyme activity and to improve blood flow, necessary to disperse the nutrients without losing their value throughout the digestion process.

How can we forget turmeric?  It has curcumin that reduces harmful proteins that can hurt the brain as well as help battle dangerous gastrointestinal bacterial in the digestive system. 

Learning to season with these spices in your recipes is a great way to ward off some potential future health problems.  Before introducing any new spice or vitamins in your diet, be sure to check with your doctor first. Some spices, herbs or vitamins are not advised with certain medications so keep that in mind.