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 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 + Free Lip Cream 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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Are You Searching for a Way to Volumize Thin Lips Without Using a Plumping Product?

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This beauty listens intently.

As we age, we lose lip volume. If you are starting to notice that your lips are less plush than they used to be, lip plumping products are one way.  Yet, you might not care for the stinging effect due to the slight swelling they may cause.  

Changing your technique when applying lip color is another way that you can build up lip volume.  You might want to start by lightening up from an extremely dark lipstick shade to a medium range shade.  This slightly lighter color won’t make the lips appear so narrow.  

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Play with a range of lipstick colors.

After you apply the lipstick, then you want to take a tissue and carefully wipe some of it  from the middle of your top lip, just below the cupid’s bow.  To make up for removing some of that color, you need to pull out your lipstick stash again and replace what is missing with a pale color lipstick.  

You’ll notice the subtle difference of how the center of your lips seemed to gain plumpness through switching out color in that area once you rub your lips together!

I also shared another makeup tip for volumizing lips that uses foundation, concealer and white pencil that you might want to try as well.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

How to Clean Curling Irons of Hair Styling Product Residue

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This DIY cleaning tip works perfectly to remove all stickiness!

Think of all the products that you use when styling your hair.  Those gels, waxes, mousse, texture creams, hair sprays, etc. can accumulate on your hot styling tools like your curling iron to become a sticky mess over time.  However, there is a way to clean off that product buildup easily that I want to share with you.

What you do is to take a little baking soda and mix with enough water to form a paste.  Get a clean cloth and carefully rub this mixture over the sticky area of your tool.  Rinse your cloth so it is not too wet, then wipe the paste off.  Dry your tool with another cloth and test how it feels.

If you notice any more stickiness, you can treat the tool again with more of the paste.  Repeat the process until you get a smooth feeling surface.

Allow your styling tool to thoroughly dry before attempting to plug it into your electrical outlet.  Honestly, you will be surprised at how wonderfully this little trick works to restore styling tools like a curling iron back to its former glory!

Friday, August 11, 2017

California North Self Tanner and Gelskin Scrub Review

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This 16-oz. size  retails for $49.

When I was a teenager, I used to like to sunbathe and work on my tan.  Later, I learned the dangers about risking your health to melanoma and premature aging of the skin.  Afterwards, I took precautions to avoid possible skin cancer and preventing deep wrinkles and those white spots some people get from spending too much time in the sun.

For the most part, I don’t regularly go in for self-tanners. The reason is my coloring is fair with yellow undertones. Some self-tanners left me with more of an unnatural orange color than an authentic tan shade. I had tried others that produced a better tan, but were much too much trouble.  Still others I experimented with were hard to use to get an even tan. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How Not to Let Critics Crush Your Spirit

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This beauty smiles because nothing now will stop her.

The world is full of all kinds of people with personalities that not always mesh well together.  Some people will automatically like you while others will not.  You do not even have to know these people, but they are out there, especially if you are in the public eye.

The reason behind their motivation to waste time to deliberately want to hurt others never ceases to amaze me.  It is hard to explain what makes people have such hatred festering in their hearts that the only way that they might feel better about themselves is through hurting others.  Maybe this is the fuel that helps them burn through their own frustrated lives, which is sad.  Yet, with the miserable state of the economy, global tensions, it is easy to understand.  Still, it is no excuse for spewing their hatred to other souls.

This negativity could be happening to you at work from a boss or co-worker to keep you in your place.  After all, you might want a raise or someone else does this out of nothing but jealousy to cripple your performance.  

Despite what these suffering people may do to lift their own sense of self-worth, I’m saying that it is better to brush them off.  Instead of letting their negative energy in, the best way to remain positive is to block it from your mind.  Otherwise, you will be stuck in that darkness and exactly where that critic wants you to be.

Energy returned in anger keeps you from anything productive.  It is useless trying to make all people like you because they won’t.  Concentrate on whatever task is on hand to the best of your ability without allowing this negative energy to distract you from what you can do or choose to do and you will remain on track to your goal.

The next time a situation like this happens to you, you need to power up with words that will materialize in positive thoughts.  Focus on helpful thoughts such as you can do it or anything is possible, keep your goal in mind, and keep working toward it with love in your heart and you will reach it!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Shortcut for Laundering Hand-Washed Delicate Pieces

A new colander can come in handy.

A delicate piece of clothing or lingerie that needs hand-washed can be inconvenient if you have limited space or wash something like stockings or a bra and hang in your bathroom.  The freshly washed piece can drip, cause a mess or cause problems if you share the space with someone.  However, there is a simple solution to avoid any mess or inconvenience to any family member or roommate that I want to share with you.

What I like to do is use a colander (not the one for cooking, but a new one) just for this purpose of laundering my delicate pieces.  You can do one or two pieces, then rinse them in the colander. Using a new colander makes it quicker for the pieces to drain before taking them to their new location to dry.

Try buying a colander for laundering your delicate items, too!  You’ll save yourself so much time and trouble.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Merkaela Summer 2017 Alive Box Review + Coupon

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This box is more than natural products.  It can help you connect with yourself.

Those seeking to take a holistic approach for health and well-being need a natural health and wellness subscription box like Merkaela.  This box offers a quarterly collection of health, beauty and wellness products based on a theme to help clear and purify body, mind and spirit like the fascinating collection I discovered in their ALIVE box with their chemical-free, all natural, organic products.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fuego Box August 2017 Review

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Hot sauce can perk up flavor and help the body burn more calories.

A taste that I never get tired of is hot and spicy. If you also share my passion, then you need to subscribe to Fuego Box, the artisan hot sauce subscription.  You will experience flavors that will please you beyond belief.

The cost of Fuego Box is $29.95 per quarter with free shipping.  You also receive an informational card relating to the sauces and how to best enjoy each.

For example, my latest box just arrived with a new trio of deliciousness starting with Da Kine Hawaiian Hot Mustard Sauce.  This is a sweeter combo of mustard and hot sauce in a cayenne pepper blend with pineapple juice that was awesome on my hamburger yesterday. It’s not overly hot and the tropical sweetness gives it a nice edge, especially for meats, sandwiches, eggs, etc.  

August also brought Isabel Street Heat’s Cilantro Lime Serrano.  This hot sauce is fermented for a few months and has cilantro and lime juice to the peppers to maximize flavor.  It’s a milder, but lively burn that was wonderful on my scrambled eggs.

Hotter Than El’s 24 Karat Gold is golden fire in a bottle from its mix of habanero peppers, carrots and garlic. This sauce is delicious for dips, nachos and firing up my chili.  

If you haven’t tried this hot sauce subscription yet, but love the taste of hot and spicy, I suggest a visit to Fuego Box is in order!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

How to Pick Out a Better Watermelon Before You Bring It Home

These shopping tips can help you choose a watermelon more wisely.

When you ask someone as to their method for selecting a ripe watermelon, the answers can vary.  Some people swear tapping it is enough to tell how good it will taste based on the sound.  Others argue the only way to judge a great watermelon is by the uniformity and smoothness of its shape.  There is another school of thought that involves the heavier the melon, the more likely it is fully matured.  Others find the best indication of a ripe watermelon is by checking the melon for a creamy white yellow section.  How can you tell the best method with so many different points of view?

Actually, the answer to pick out a really tasty watermelon is more complicated than any of the above methods. The truth is there are several things that you need to look for. 

The first thing that I like to do is find one that a creamy white yellow section at the bottom.  This coloring marks how long the melon sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

Next, I check the shape.  You want a melon that has symmetry in its shape without any cuts or deformities like bumps to it, which can be signs of a drier watermelon that lacked getting enough water during its growth. 

Make sure the melon that has met the first two criteria feels heavier than some of the others of the same size.  The heaviness is your clue to its ripeness from the weight of all the water it obtained during growing.  

If you remember these three points, chances are that you’ll end up with a much better, ripe watermelon than in the past.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Recipe: My Chocolate-Chip Raisin Scones Make a Great Weekend Reward

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These are sweets, but not overly heavy with as much sugar as cakes, pies, cookies, which is another reason to love them.

Though I do try to eat a healthy diet through the week, my doctor said it doesn’t hurt to eat whatever you’re craving on the weekends without doing yourself harm.  Therefore, I always save my baking of delicious treats to savor at that time.

My Chocolate-Chip Raisin Scones are fairly simple to put together and offer a slightly different taste from the way the chocolate accents the raisins in this dough without overloading the batter with chips or raisins.  I found adding a bit of nutmeg further coaxes even more flavor to maximize their yummy taste.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Rouge Bunny Rouge Loess Eye Shadow Palette Review + Swatches

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You will love the effect of this palette's finish!

I was delighted when I learned luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge, added to their Raw Garden Eye Shadows Palettes.  The new Loess has four sensational powder shadows to compliment eyes with a unique multidimensional quality that you’ll want to wear now and into fall.

The palette has both matte and shimmer shades that are both warm and cool tones.  You’ll find a delicate wisp of shimmery, milky pink, a soft golden beige sort of champagne highlight, a mauve-brown, and a smoky neutral basalt grey with a cool metallic shimmer. The combination may not appeal to some for working with their coloring.   However, it is that mix and well-pigmented colors gliding against your lids in a silky base when blended in this lightweight formula that does the trick to pull off a bit of makeup magic with its finish.  

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Here I swatched the shades of the Loess palette for you.

The company describes it as a “satin-matt” finish. The best way to explain this lovely finish is like this.  At first, you notice only matte color.  Then, you move or light catches you in a different angle and the effect changes because the color now softly glints through the matte. 

This palette is free of parabens, D5, mineral oil, and nano particles.

With polished neutral shades like these, you can’t go wrong when striving for natural but glamourous at the same time.  Check the Loess Eye Shadow Palette ($59) out at Rouge Bunny Rouge and get it while you can since it is a limited-edition product!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Some Valuable Hair Care Tips to Remember When You Plan to Spend Time in the Sun

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If this beauty took more precautions, she wouldn't need to keep testing the condition of her hair.

Most of us always remember to protect our skin with sunscreen when planning to spend a lot of time in the summer sun.  However, we can often forget all the damage our hair can suffer if we don’t care for it properly. If you want to keep it healthy, there are some preventive measures that you should take.

A hat is great, especially one with a wide brim.  You’ll save your hair from potential brittleness and help your face from aging at the same time with an extra layer of sun protection.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Summer Hair Tip to Guard a Pulled Back Style or Updo From Flyaway Strands

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This hair tip can give you more control.

Here’s a trick that can help save you a lot of trouble when you plan to style your hair in a tight, pulled back ponytail or higher on the head in an updo like a bun.  My hair used to be a lot longer than it is now. Occasionally, I would wear it in a ponytail or an updo, but I always hated how those few hairs would like to escape. Therefore, I want to show a quick way to keep those escapees from annoying you and spoiling your look.

Usually when I would style my hair in an updo, after I did the crown area,  I always sectioned and sprayed the individual sections of ponytails first before finishing and pinning.  Some people don’t bother with the hair spray, but I found it gave me more control.

However, the hair spray on those sections didn’t stop that tiny bit of a few wispy hairs that would like to escape until my neighbor suggested something that her teenager taught her.  What you do is to take a clean toothbrush and spray with some hair spray. This targets the  fine, frizzy hairs and pulls them away like a magnet.

The next time that you’re going to wear your hair up, I hope you give it a try.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

California North Appellation Grapeseed Muscle Soak Review

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This does ease pain and help a sore body to relax. 

Regardless of how you try to pace yourself whether exercising, playing sports too hard to overworking the body with some home improvements or heavy cleaning often can result in sore muscles.  Before you pop pain relievers, grab the pain relieving rubs or that heating pad, you might want to try California North’s Appellation Grapeseed Muscle Soak that I tested the other day after doing more than I should when trying to finish moving some boxes that I wanted to clear out in my garage.

This product has arnica, clove, ginger, grape seed, eucalyptus and willow bark that has a plant-based chemical makeup much like aspirin for relieving pain along with other soothing ingredients to help. 

How I handled it was running a warm bath and adding about four capfuls to the water before I climbed in. Then I parked myself in that treated bath for about thirty minutes, allowing its spicy vapors and comforting ingredients to do its work.

By the time I emerged, I still hurt but not nearly as much.  I really liked how this formula managed to accomplish that, but I would have liked it even more if sold in giant size! 

For those times when you need some extra relief, I suggest visiting California North and trying their Appellation Grapeseed Muscle Soak ($19). However, if you’re on blood thinners like coumadin (warfarin) or allergic to aspirin, I would check with my doctor first.