Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Orglamix Beauty Subscription Box August 2017 Review

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You get four to six vegan and cruelty-free beauty items in each box.

Using makeup and skin care products shouldn’t give us reason for concern.  Yet, it is not a highly regulated industry in the United States as it should be like it is in European countries.  Instead, the consumer is left at the mercy of manufacturers to trust whatever chemicals are used will not possibly adversely affect our health.  Mineral makeup and natural skin care can be a safer alternative.

A perfect way to experiment with healthier beauty is through a natural beauty box subscription.  One that I recently discovered is Orglamix that offers vegan and cruelty-free beauty products using purer ingredients than their chemical counterparts without harmful synthetic dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, preservatives and known irritants.  For $29 a month plus free shipping, the company sends between four and six full sizes of their beneficial makeup, skin and body care to fragrance items. Below is what I found in my first box.  Check it out.

Orglamix Beauty Box August 2017

1.  Organic Beauty Balm Prep & Prime------------------------------------------------$21.00
2.  Cardamon Rose Coconut Milk Lotion Spray--------------------------------------$8.00
3.  Bohemian Chic Perfume Roll-On----------------------------------------------------$18.00
4.  Wild at Heart Natural Eyeshadow---------------------------------------------------$12.50
5.  Karma Lip & Cheek Gelee------------------------------------------------------------$18.00

Total Value: $77.50!

Their Organic Beauty Balm Prep & Prime can double as an anti-aging moisturizer or primer before foundation.  I even mixed a little with my mineral powder foundation and loved the results.  It smoothed and covered my dry skin beautifully without ending up in any lines or creases.

The Cardamon Rose Coconut Milk Lotion Spray is wonderful to apply after you step out of the shower or bath.  This is a silky lotion that has a delicate floral-coconut scent that softens skin nicely.  I don’t pick up too much of any rose, but love the slight spice notes that I detect.

The Bohemian Chic Perfume Roll-On is a charming, fruity-floral fragrance that is perfect for handbags and traveling.  The scent has satsuma and sugarcane essence to the fresh citrus notes, which is lovely.

Wild at Heart Natural Eyeshadow was a limited edition shade.  It is a soft taupe with plum and gray that is so practical with how neutral the color is.  I, as well as most people, can get a lot of wear out of this shade.

The last product I found was different from what was described in my info sheet that came with the box.  I got a Lip & Cheek Gelee in Karma, a great take on a plum.  It glided on and provided moisturizing coverage with minerals and sweet orange essential oil to nourish as well as color in an attractive fall shade. I especially liked this product for lips, though it was slightly dark of a color for cheeks with my fair skin.

This was my first experience with Orglamix, but I really liked their approach to beauty.  If you are trying to steer away from chemicals in your beauty products, then I suggest giving Orglamix Beauty Box a try to acquaint yourself with a healthier approach.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fuego Hot Sauce Subscription Box September 2017 Review

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Hot sauce can a dieter's friend.  It helps speed up metabolism.

Besides supplementing any dish with some extra great flavor, I adore hot sauces because they help the body burn more calories.  An ideal way to get my fix is through a hot sauce subscription like my favorite, Fuego Box.

Each box brings an assortment of three hot sauces from small batch artisan producers to your door.  You would be hard pressed to find any of these in your local grocery store for just $29.95 per quarter with free shipping. Also included in each box, you get an informational card for the foods and dishes the choices are best suited for. 

Their hot sauce selection is as unique as you can imagine with exotic touches such as September 2017's Spicy Curry Sauce from Volcanic Peppers.  This delight uses aleppo peppers along with coconut milk and a secret curry powder combination to thrill the taste buds.  I just had some with chicken and a side dish of rice, which made for a delicious nippy change.   

The next was an olive-colored hot sauce with medium heat called Thai Green from Seed Ranch.  It possesses a fresh twist from lemon grass, Thai ginger, basil and cilantro amongst green chilies.  This was tasty in my garbanzo bean dip that I whipped up, but use it on eggs as well or whatever else you normally use hot sauce with.  

Endless Summer from Heartbreaking Dawns has a tropical influence with some sweetness from pineapple-spiked rum, spearmint, red habaneros and ghost peppers, onions, garlic as star ingredients along with spices.  This perks up any salad dressing or burger with its zesty brightness.  

If you are like me and love hot and spicy foods or looking for a way to speed up your body’s metabolism, I think that you would love Fuego Box.  Stop over at their website and sign up.  Thank me, later!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Have You Been Considering Self-Storage As an Option to Solve Your Clutter Problem?

Have you weighed the pros and cons of seeking self-storage for your treasures?

Most of us seem to buy more than we need.  This might be great for the economy, but it is not necessarily a good thing for our homes.  Too much of anything presents a problem of clutter if you don’t have enough space to store.  Therefore, you eventually have two options of downsizing some items or storing possessions elsewhere to keep stress levels down.

Of course, no one likes to part with their treasures, especially if they have sentimental value such as your grandmother’s set of china or a sizeable teapot collection from your dearly beloved aunt.  Ask yourself though how often or if you ever you plan to use those things first or just keep them on a shelf or packaged in a box.  After all, grandmothers’ china may be beautifully ornate and a part of your family’s history, but do you trust the glaze to be lead-free to be safe to eat from now? As to your favorite aunt’s teapot collection, you might be admiring them in a china cabinet, perhaps, but ask yourself if you’re really a tea drinker or mostly prefer coffee or soda?  These are the questions that you need to consider when examining your belongings, if you intend to keep your sanity.

My recommendation is to pick and choose items based on their practical use in your life.  Gather what you can’t live without in one section of the room and then place the other items on the opposite side.

The hard part comes next.  From the items you want to keep but don’t really have room for, try to sort out the essentials from the nonessentials but keepsake items.  Some of the nonessentials are ones that aren’t really important to you that may want to donate to charity.  Others are ideal for a garage sale.

Now ask yourself the importance of each nonessential keepsake by hanging onto it.  Is the cost of monthly storage justified or would it be cheaper and more to your benefit to sell it?  

Memories are one thing, but they also can be costly for self-storage or looking into buying a larger home. Saving one item from that cherished, departed relative over many may be more practical for your budget and stress reduction. 

By now, the pile of items that you’re keeping has decreased.  The items still dear to you that do not fit in your home will need self-storage.  Write down every piece and then start calling self-storage facilities to compare their prices.  Depending on the business and the square footage of space that you’ll need, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $400 per month.  Furthermore, you might even need to have additional  insurance beyond your homeowner’s or rental insurance for theft, water damage, fire, etc.  

The price might be within your budget.  Yet, can you afford this monthly fee regularly in the future?

I knew someone that has a passion for collecting cookbooks.  Cookbooks dominated every room of her home, including the garage.  Their cars and boat eventually had to be parked outdoors until moving them to self-storage.  One unit soon became two and a good part of this woman’s monthly salary went toward self-storage of these cookbooks, packed in boxes that were so jammed in these storage units that once inside, rarely saw the light of day.  Yet, what others may consider a money pit was worth it to this particular woman. Can you say the same?

Personally, I think self-storage is better as a temporary solution.  You could be remodeling your home, moving, going through a divorce, etc. that calls for changing your life. How do you feel on the subject?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Recipe: You Need to Try My Delicious, Cheesy Garbanzo Bean and Mushroom Casserole!

Meatless never tasted so good!

Going meatless never tasted so good until you have a chance to sample my Cheesy Garbanzo Band and Mushroom Casserole.  My recipe can even change the mind of a reluctant meat eater, if my guy is any indication.  

What makes this recipe so delicious is the creamy cheese sauce accented with oregano, chili powder and ground cumin to coax maximum flavor when uniting with the garbanzo beans, mushrooms and elbow macaroni.  

Though you can buy canned beans to use in your recipes, I buy them in dry form and soak before cooking. This is much cheaper than the price of those cans.  However, if you want to save time, then using the cans may be a better option.

I hope that you try this casserole because it one of my best meatless recipes to date!

Cheesy Garbanzo Bean and Mushroom Casserole

1 small onion, finely chopped
1 8-oz. package of fresh mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
3 tablespoons of corn, canola or olive oil 
1-1/2 cups of cooked or canned garbanzo beans
1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
½ cups of milk
1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
½ teaspoons of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of chili powder
1-1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups of dried elbow macaroni

Brown chopped onions in the oil until golden brown.

Add the chopped mushrooms to the onions next and continue frying.

Then add the cooked or canned beans, mushroom soup and milk, spices and cook on the stove top to heat through.  

Stir in cheese to the mixture and the cooked elbow macaroni.


Friday, September 15, 2017

How to Prevent Your Hair From Revealing Too Much About Your Real Age!

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These hair care steps can hide age.

Aging shows us little mercy when it comes to our appearance.  Besides faint lines deepening just a little each year or suddenly adding to your wrinkle collection, the hair also undergoes unwanted changes. Graying is one thing, but the hair also gets much drier.  It also seems to lose its former shine.  In order to keep your hair more youthful, there are some steps that you need to take.

Since older hair is thirstier, you need to help it drink.   However, you don’t want to wash it daily because it will only steal more moisture from those already hungry strands.  Instead, wash older hair only every other day.

In addition, give the hair plenty of moisturizing nourishment by feeding it a protein-rich or antioxidant-rich conditioner or treatment following that shampoo.  Doing so, strengthens those dry, weak strands and helps return the shine.

If you already use hair coloring, you probably stick to a schedule when to refresh the color.  The chemical process does change its texture, but it also can be damaging done too soon, especially the longer-lasting permanent variety. Another approach may work better to your advantage.  Try stretching the time for your next hair coloring out a bit by only  retouching color at the roots where new growth appears over doing the entire head. This lessens the chemicals that you are exposed to that also can harm your hair.

Your choice of color might need to change and lighten somewhat.  Try a softer shade of hair color because the darker color that you may have been born with now may appear too harsh against an older version of you with wrinkles and paler skin.

A new style with more movement over a stiff hairdo can also help people guessing about your real age. Page through magazines, check online beauty sites and ask your stylist for recommendations for what would best compliment your facial structure.  Maintaining the same style through the years keeps you in a time rut that can signal others to a particular decade.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How to Handle Large Pores and Minimize Their Appearance

Perfect skin like this beauty has needs to be taken care of.
Some people are more prone to having larger pores than others due to heredity or skin type.  However, others may notice that their smaller pores may appear larger at some point in their lives. If you have been noticing your pores seem to have enlarged, it is not your imagination.  

On the contrary, there are reasons for this unwanted change to the texture of the skin such as aging and how our unique genetic code handles the process. Sun damage also can alter the opening enough of each of those hair follicles to make a pore appear larger. 

Of course, you mustn’t forget trapped bacteria and oil from makeup, products and traces of grime that cleansing left behind. Clogged pores distort their smaller, original size, only to swell and emphasize them.

When you don’t exfoliate on a regular basis, you’re allowing dead skin cells to accumulate.  Those old, useless cells have no place to go but become also buried to exaggerate pore size.  

You can spend tons of money on expensive skin care regimes and cosmetics, but one of the best things that you can do to ensure the beauty of your complexion is to exfoliate–-only not be overzealous.  Once a week or every other week is enough to remove hidden debris and stimulate fresh skin to emerge without harming skin.  

Honestly, exfoliation can work miracles.  The process can turnaround a complexion more than all the best skin care and makeup that you can layer on.  Besides improving your skin’s texture, you also will be helping your skin care products work harder to best deliver the benefits they were designed for.  
Though it may sound impossible to reverse the size of larger pores, you can gain more control of their appearance.  Learning to protect and keep your skin healthy can make a  big overall difference for your face. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rouge Bunny Rouge Feline Gaze Eye Khols (Selene, Vera and Delilah) Review

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Any pencil can line, but these add a surreal look to the eyes with their color.

A lot of people love the look of heavy eyeliner, but I prefer a softer emphasis to play up my eyes.  Luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge, must have been reading my mind because their Feline Gaze Eye Khols accomplish that goal beautifully.

There are six shades in the line, but I was particularly drawn to the riveting, frosted blue-violet (Vera), deep forest green (Selene) and the aubergine-plum (Delilah) over basic black, gray and brown.  

The Feline Gaze pencils are creamy, but not excessively so like some kohl pencils can be.  They glide over the eyes well without tugging, smudge nicely for blending and really brought out the darkness of my eyes, ringing them with almost a dreamlike quality.

I didn’t experience any problems with these eyeliners disappearing or smearing while I wore them. I had them on from morning until late afternoon and everything was good.

I am totally pleased with Rouge Bunny Rouge Feline Gaze Eye Khols ($23) because they do what I need to show off my eyes with style.  If you’re looking to keep your lining subtle, but sophisticated, I highly recommend visiting their website and trying the colored varieties of Vera, Selene, and Delilah!    

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Glossybox September 2017 Review

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The September box is geared for runaway chic beauty!

Beauty fanatics that can’t get enough beauty would adore a subscription box.  Instead of constantly checking out stores or shopping online, a great beauty box like Glossybox can simplify your life by doing the hard work without you leaving home.

For a mere $21 a month and free USA shipping, Glossybox does all that legwork by finding at least five full and larger sample sizes of the latest luxury beauty brands of makeup, skin, body and hair care, nail products to fragrances and tools to discover.  Each box also comes with a sheet about that month’s selection of products and any special deals with a coupon code.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Some Helpful Tips for Those Sensitive Complexions Out There!

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This beauty keeps her flawless complexion calm by knowing how to properly care for it.

Some of us react to products more than others.  If you count yourself as one, then you know it can be hit or miss when you try new skin care.  Being the case, you can further avoid the likelihood of irritation if you are aware of certain ingredients that may trigger skin sensitivities.

The number one skin offender for those prone to react easily is fragrance.  Your complexion doesn’t benefit in any way so do look for a fragrance-free facial product.

Equally risky are preservatives in skin care products.  Some common culprits known to cause problems are ones such as parabens, lanolin, quaternium 15, sodium benzoate, fruit acids such as alpha or beta hydroxy acids, dyes, and PABA.  Denatured and benzyl alcohol also cannot be ignored. You might not think essential oils can possibly do your skin any harm.  Nonetheless, they have been known to cause problems for some people.  

With an extra sensitive complexion, it is always wise to avoid too hot or too cold temperatures of water when cleansing.  Instead, stick to lukewarm water and just cool water to close the pores because extreme temperatures can provoke the skin to react.

Another way to protect sensitive skin is not to abuse it with harsh scrubs with rough, abrasive grains, overly strong chemical peels or cleansing brushes with hard bristles to exfoliate.  

Toners often can be to blame.  Their ingredients like witch hazel or denatured alcohol can be too drying for this type of complexion.  A better choice is to look for one free of any alcohol, if you feel that you must use one.

Keep these suggestions in mind before you buy your next skin care product.  Hopefully, the information presented here will keep your complexion beautiful and free from ugly, red irritation and swelling!