12.26.2014

Wellness Rhi-flection: Bulu Box



Bulu Box
Product Details: Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that's $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at BuluBox.com! Here you’ll also get expert tips, tricks and a supportive community of Bulugans just like you! Join the discovery and find a healthier you!


1. TRY SAMPLES 
You’ll LOVE discovering new products, but just as important as finding your new healthy faves is seeing which products don’t work for you. Try 4-5 samples based on your profile before buying full-size so you don’t waste your money. 
2. EARN POINTS 
Speaking of money, want some more? Each month you can earn up to 100 Rewards Points (that’s $10!) just for subscribing and sharing your thoughts. Log in to your account to fill out your sample surveys about the products you just tried. 
3. CASH OUT 
Once you’ve earned Rewards Points you can use them like actual cash towards a full-size purchase of your new favorite product. Some Bulugans even get their order completely free! How many points can you rack up?

It just wasn't for me... (2 Stars)

If you've been following the blog for long you know that wellness products are one area that I get pretty excited. Taking care of the temple that is my body is important, even if I don't always do it like I should. Enter Bulu Box, a monthly discovery box subscription that helps you find new health and wellness centered products to help you live a better life.

I received one for review around the beginning of December and hate to say it but I wasn't all that impressed. The products inside were:

Allergese

Supreme Protein Accelerate Bar

Waxelene Lip Tubes

Brode Electrolyte Vitamins

Neocell Biotin Bursts

DSpeed Fast Melt Vitamin D3

My primary issue with the box was that there were no materials included so I could make sure that the supplement products were safe for me to take without them interacting with my medication (I'm epileptic and therefore have to be very careful). I don't suffer from allergies so I gave the Allergese to my husband who only had a shrug for me when I asked what he thought of it. The Waxelene is nice but since it's soy based and I try to limit my soy intake I wouldn't use it regularly—the little I'd get off my lips is probably negligible but still. I've tried Neocell's Beauty Bursts before and liked them and found the Biotin Bursts pleasant tasting and easy to chew, I'd probably recommend them if you're in the market for a biotin source. The Supreme Protein Accelerate Bar was surprisingly good, not chalky or fake tasting as many protein bars are. I'm not a big strawberry-banana fan but they are available in three other flavors that I might like.

Overall, it's not a bad subscription box for the price and the point system is pretty cool but it's just not for me. I'd recommend it for folks who are doing more physical training types or are big on adding supplements to their health and wellness routine.



Notes: I received a complimentary box in exchange for an honest review.

Beauty Rhi-view: Oleavine Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay

Oleavine Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay

Company Site: website
Product Details: Your Search For the Perfect Exfoliating Beauty Sponge is Over!
Imagine being able to gently exfoliate each day as the cornerstone of your beauty regime so your other favorite beauty products will be more effective than ever.
Don't be surprised if your new daily exfoliating habit becomes your favorite part of the day as you gently massage and relax your face. The scientist types will tell you this also increases circulation and skin cell turnover, etc... but we just think it feels amazing, and that's enough for us.
When the gorgeous box arrives, take a second to admire the great care we took in making sure you get the most out of your new sponge. It's not rocket science, but there are a few pointers on the box so you get the best experience and extend the life of this precious "Miracle Sponge". As with any Konjac Sponge, you should replace your sponge every 2-3 months.
Be confident in knowing your new Beauty Sponge is:
-Free From Chemicals, Pollution and Irritants
-100% Biodegradable and Sustainable (You can even plant it in your flowerbed or compost when you want to retire it)
-Not Tested on Animals, and Vegan Friendly
-Has NO Added Dyes or Colorants
You'll soon discover why so many people describe it as the "Miracle Sponge" because of how many tasks it helps with:
-Gently Exfoliates
-Deeply Cleanses
-Effectively Detoxifies
-Luxuriously Refreshes
-Naturally Moisturizes



Love Oleavine Konjac Sponges (5 Stars)

This was the year I discovered oil based cleansers and konjac sponges, an amazing duo for great skincare. I suffer from sensitive and reactive skin so any changes or harsh chemicals stress my poor face out, but it's also a combination of oily and dry that changes with the seasons. I live in a very dry, windy climate so I need very gentle products and Oleavine's konjac sponges are one of my new favorites.

I used and liked the charcoal infused sponge during the summer but was very interested in seeing if the french green clay would have a stronger purifying effect on my skin. Let me tell you, if the breakout I've had since I began using this is any indicator it's working. Worse breakouts at first are common because the clay draws out impurities but after a few weeks of use that should clear up. If you are an acne sufferer who needs a very gentle exfoliator I would definitely recommend it.

But for me what makes Oleavine's konjac sponges superior to others I have tried is the shape. The narrow end is awesome for getting areas like where the jaw and ears meet as well as the nose. I tried smaller, round sponges that were okay overall, but ultimately I came back to Oleavine for the shape and quality.



Notes: Complimentary product received in exchange for an honest review.

12.24.2014

Review: Snoutstik Nose Balm for Dogs

Organic Snoutstik
Company Site: website
Product Details: Did you know that a dog’s nose is at least a million times more sensitive than our own? Imagine how painful a dry or irritated dog nose can be!
We created Snoutstik™ to help alleviate dry dog noses caused by exposure to the elements, allergies or heredity, but any dog’s nose will find relief with Snoutstik™’s core combination of healing, natural sunscreens, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil.




Great for use in dry climes like mine. (5 Stars)

Up here in the high plains of central Montana there is only one thing you can count on... the dry, windy weather. Doesn't matter the season it's always windy and thus dry. Not so comfy for humans and we run a humidifier for ourselves through half the year, but for our poor pooch Sparta it's a whole other ball game. She can't say "hey hoomanz mein nose leather is cracking"—which is exactly how she would speak if she could—so we have to keep an eye on her schnoz and paws.

I've tried coconut oil before but it's not an easy thing to get on a dog nose and she thinks it's yummy. So I was excited to see if Snoutstik was going to help her and I out. While it wasn't very easy to get on her, because she's a twerp and thinks everything that comes near her face is food, once I could get it there I noticed an improvement in just a couple of days. She's honestly not fond of the lavender scent so I'd probably go for the pumpkin next time but it definitely works.

If you have a sweet doggy that suffers from dryness on their nose leather I would very much recommend giving Snoutstik a try. It might be a challenge with a big GSD like mine but once you do get them used to it the stuff is awesome.



Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

12.22.2014

Be a master of the ballroom with this Beginner's Guide!


Ballroom Dancing Mastery System - Ballroom Dance Lessons Beginner's Guide (7 DVD Set)

Company Site: website
Product Details: Ballroom Dancing Is hot! We see it on "Dancing with the Star"s, we see it on "So You Think you Can Dance". It's everywhere! Ballroom Dance is fun, and it s incredibly social. Spanning Ballrooms around the world, dance clubs, wedding songs, and nightlife, Ballroom Dance is everywhere.
This 7 DVD set, progressively and step by step, takes you into the beginner's world of Ballroom Dance, in all the major social ballroom dances.
Ballroom Dancing DVD Set Covers Swing Dance and it's major patterns, Waltz Dance, Rumba Dance, and Foxtrot over 7 DVDs that take you from your very first steps.
Here are the four types of dance dvds:
Swing Dancing and swing dance dvds can be difficult. Swing dancing is one of the single most prolific styles of dance, you'll find it everywhere. Get ready to swing dance with DanceCrazy's extensive introduction to Swing Dancing, a 2 DVD Series! This is the first of two DVDs, and covers the fundamentals of the dance, extensive swing dance lessons, as well as a few beginner patterns.
Two left feet? No rhythm? No Problem! This swing dancing DVD series is for you. You'll be showing off some amazing Swing Dance steps in no time at all. "There's no other DVD series that is this in depth, this step by step, or this fun..." Swing has earned its reputation as one of the most versatile and energizing forms of popular music and continues to attract new converts to its catchy tunes and syncopated beats.
Two progressive Waltz Dance DVDs. Learn to Dance the Waltz! This DVD teaches the very basics of how to dance the waltz. We include a complete breakdown and detailed instruction for men and women, including dancing to the music, and essential tips for success on the dance floor. Waltz your way to grace, style, and confidence with the help of two friendly and accomplished instructors. You'll learn the essential components of this beautiful dance, such as Rise and Fall, Sway, and Footwork, as well as exploring steps that will showcase your dancing and help you gain the poise to shine on the dance floor! Explore the gorgeous movements that made Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance icons and then incorporate that fluidity into your own steps. You learn everything from the Box Step to the Twinkle and more, all while having a great time!
Learn to Dance Rumba. Beginners 2 Volume Set. DanceCrazy.com presents the second of two beginning rumba dance DVDs in your complete step by-step-guide to dancing the beautiful Rumba! This DVD walks you through an amazingly fun array of beginner Rumba dance steps that are sure to light a fire on the dance floor. From the very basics, our professional Rumba instructors guide you through every step of the way.
Learning the Rumba has never been as easy and exciting. This spicy and sensual dance combines luscious rhythms, memorable melodies, and gorgeous patterns to create the ultimate, intimate expression of Latin romance. With the resurgence of Latin music and dancing, Rumba dancing
And Finally, Foxtrot! Want to embody the essence of Frank Sinatra's fantastic music combined with Fred and Ginger's grace and style? The Foxtrot Dance will make it happen for you! Foxtrot epitomizes elegance, class, and big band sophistication. Popularized at the beginning of the 20th century by vaudeville performers, Fox's Trot was quickly adopted by ballrooms across the nation and transformed into the dance we know as Foxtrot today. Foxtrot not only showcases grace and flair, but also combines it with the swingin' sounds of some of our best loved jazz musicians.
The Ballroom Dancing Mastery Set has it all! The system puts all these dance together. There s nothing else like it.



Be a master of the ballroom with this Beginner's Guide! (5 Stars)

Having wanted to learn ballroom since long before it came back into fashion I was very eager to check out Dance Crazy's Ballroom Dance Mastery System. I even begged my spouse to do it with me. Alas, once it arrived he showed zero interest so I haven't had a partner to work with. :(

BUT, if I did I am 100% certain we'd be kicking these dances into a passable approximation in no time. I've been watching them and learning what I can alone and I'm so impressed with how detailed each lesson is. Whether you want to Waltz or Rumba, Foxtrot or Swing you are sure to learn all of the basics and more. For the price you absolutely cannot beat this set and as long as you've got a willing partner, a bit of space, and a way to play these this is an excellent way to learn.

I specifically thought of those who are planning to dance at weddings as those who might find this particularly useful.



Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Cover Reveal: THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: QUEST FOR GRAY IRONBARK by AdriAnne Strickland [+ giveaway!]

The Way Of The Wombat: The Quest for Gray Ironbark



Author: AdriAnne Strickland
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Publisher: WhomBatz, LLC

Synopsis: 


Which Way would you follow?
When Laz, a young wombat, goes from playing a game with his friend Kita in their idyllic tribal village to witnessing the nightmare of a Tasmanian devil attack, he reacts in the only way he can: he fights back. He accidentally kills a devil while trying to save his sister, but his sister is still taken captive. To make matters worse, the tribal elders banish Laz, Kita and Zeeg—the three youths who fought back—for failing to follow the way of the wombat.
Frustrated and adrift, the three friends embark on a quest through red rocky deserts and deep eucalyptus jungles to discover their own way. With a cheerful koala warrior as a guide and a wise platypus as their trainer, they hope to survive long enough to find a legendary weapon that could save their tribe and Laz’s sister from the devils. But danger lurks around every tree…
Find your own Way at WhomBatz.com!



About The Author: 


AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can't seem to stop. Her debut YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, launched in 2014 from Flux Books. THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT is her first foray into the world of middle grade fantasy adventure. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, or over at her website.




Giveaway Information



Prize Ships to US Only. 

Must be 13+ To Enter

1 Winner will receive a finished copy of the The Way Of The Wombat: The Quest for Gray Ironbark and a WhomBat Thorn in their choice of color, red, blue or black.


12.20.2014

Gadget Rhi-view: Power Tek Fire Talon Premium Heavy Duty Multi-tool Pocket Knife

Power Tek Fire Talon Premium Heavy Duty Multi-tool Pocket Knife with Two Built-in LED Flashlights

Company Site: website
Product Details: In a perfect world, you'd only have to deal with DIY tasks in well-lit conditions.
But this is far from reality. How many times have you been stuck trying to make a repair in poor lighting? And it never fails... when you need to take care of a repair, the flashlight you keep in your toolbox has vanished.
Even if you locate your flashlight, there's the task of trying to shine the light on your work area with one hand while you make repairs with the other.
But what if you had a solution that required no extra hands... no juggling tools and flashlights trying to get the job done?
Fire Talon is the only solution that gives you a full range of essential tools AND a built-in LED flashlight on both ends to make performing repairs a breeze!
Here's what you get with the Fire Talon Multi-Tool:
- TWO strategically placed LED flashlights that give you full illumination... no matter the task! 
- A HUGE 3-inch, self-locking, stainless steel 3Cr13 knife blade for even the toughest cutting tasks! 
- Professional-grade scissors to make trimming and cutting a breeze! 
- Easy-to-use wire strippers to make electrical repairs simple and safe! 
- A built-in can opener to take the frustration out of camping trips! 
- Phillips and flathead screwdrivers tough enough to handle any task! 
- Spring-loaded pliers to take the frustration out of installs and repairs! 
- Sure-grip rubber handle inlays to give you full control, even in dark and rainy conditions!

When closed, this tool measures 4 in. long and weighs 9.8 oz!
The Fire Talon Multi-Tool comes with a 1-yr warranty, so you know you'll have everything you need to perform repairs and installations right at your fingertips.



Not-so-hot for smaller hands (4 Stars)

Multi-tools are a bit of an addiction around my house. There's one in just about every nook and cranny. Until the opportunity to try the Fire Talon came along I hadn't ever had one that had a built-in flashlight and I have to admit I love the addition.

I'd originally got this intending to give it as a gift but liked it so much that I decided it belongs in my purse. Yeah, you read that right. It's very handy for cutting open boxes and I'm always needing a screwdriver to swap batteries in things. The battery compartment for it is easy to open and they're easy to change though mine haven't run out yet. My only major complaint is that as a woman with small hands who often has long nails, it's not easy to pull the tools out for use. I hate gender stereotyping but darnit, my manicure has made it hard to access the can opener (which I haven't had a need for, but still).

Overall, I really like it and would definitely have given it as the gift I'd intended it for had I not fallen in love with it.



Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

12.16.2014

Product Rhi-view: Kitchen Tools Stainless Steel Cleaner Microfiber Cloth Towel

Kitchen Tools Stainless Steel Cleaner Microfiber Cloth
Company Website: prochefkitchentools.com
Product Details: This microfiber polishing cloth towel is an indispensable tool in maintaining your kitchen's appearance. It is the ultimate polishing towel for producing perfect shiny results on stainless steel and chrome. This Premium Microfiber Towel provides the fastest and easiest way to polish kitchen appliances from refrigerators to toasters. Each generously over-sized towel is 16" x 16" which is designed to keep your hands from touching the polished surfaces. Manufactured with safety edging that prevents scratching.
Importance of Microfiber
Using poor quality towels can be the difference between a showroom perfect finish and finish that is swirled and scratched.
These microfiber towels are extremely versatile and can be used with any shiny finish. They are also great to use in the chrome finished faucets and trim in the bathroom, vehicles, tools. After one use of a good quality microfiber towel, there's no need to go back to using terry towels again.

Polishing versus Cleaning (4 Stars)

I'm sure I wasn't the only person who mistook the word 'Cleaner' in the product description to mean that this cloth was intended for cleaning their stainless steel appliances. It wasn't until I unpacked it and read the bit on how to use it that I realized you had to have already thoroughly cleaned the appliance or the towel might scratch it! Since that really wasn't made clear beforehand and I assumed this was going to do both jobs at once I was pretty disappointed.

But I'm one to turn lemons into lemonade so I got my stainless fridge good and clean and gave it a polish. The results were nice but not so remarkable I felt like I would recommend it for folks who've had their appliances for several years as I have. I used my toaster oven to show what I mean, it couldn't get rid of moisture marks or buff out scratches enough to make it very obvious.


With that in mind, I would recommend it for a brand new stainless appliance (or sink) as a maintenance tool for keeping up that brand new shine.



Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

12.15.2014

Book Blast: ELF HILLS by S.S. Dudley [Excerpt + giveaway!]



Excerpt:

Excerpts from Elf Hills © 2014 by S. S. Dudley

From Chapter 4:

A rustle from a bush to the side of the trail attracted his attention. He watched, expecting a rabbit or ground squirrel to pop out and hoping for a snake or something he could actually catch. Distracted from his search, he quietly picked his way down from the rocks, watching the bush. It rustled again as his foot touched down.

A wave of apprehension washed over him. Something about the moment was familiar, as if he had been in this situation before. The images were vague, so he dismissed them. His imagination got away from him sometimes.

He tiptoed toward the bush, his eyes scanning and probing, looking for a sign of the critter hidden underneath.

He reached out to grab a branch and pull it back—again the images washed over him, memories… There! It was a… a raccoon? Big round eyes, a wide face with a black, furry mask, short stubby ears, and lots of fur. It was holding something shiny in its hands—paws? The creature quickly concealed what it held and growled, showing a mouthful of teeth.

"Augh!" Nugu fell back, scrambling like a crab.

A safe ten feet away, Nugu watched the bush. It rattled again. The raccoon—it could only be a raccoon, he thought—waddled out into the open. It was walking on two feet. Do raccoons walk on two feet? Nugu tried to remember all of the animal documentaries he had seen. Maybe? And do raccoons get so big? This guy looked like he could take on Jeremiah, Nugu's four-year-old (almost five) brother. It reminded Nugu of something else entirely, some creature from a book… or a movie.

Unconsciously, feeling more nervous, Nugu took a couple steps backward.

The big, standing raccoon looked at him, and threw its arms in the air. "BaaaagahLOO!" it grunted. Nugu jumped straight up, turned, and ran.

ELF HILLS is available for purchase on Kindle and in  Paperback.

PLEASE NOTE: This book is free on Amazon from Dec 15 – 19, 2014.  If you prefer print, the paperback is available through Createspace here. This is a code for a 15% discount off of the retail price ($8.99): 9DSCQ3UU. 


BLURB:

Something strange, something magical, is going on in the dusty hills behind the small town of Villaloma. Yet each time Linda Peters puts on her running shoes and sets out to find the enchanted kingdom she imagines—full of dancing elves, unicorns, and more—something stops her. And with school starting soon, she only has a few more chances to really search the hills.

While Linda’s frustration and doubt grow, her cousin, Nugu, looks for answers in his books and wonders if maybe, just maybe, Linda’s stories are for real.

The day finally arrives when Linda can run far, the day she is sure she will find her magic city. But when she and Nugu feel their goal must lie just beyond the next hill, they only find more hill.

Is it all a figment of an over-active imagination; a wistful fantasy?

Or is there truly something magical in those hills that only the strong of heart—and leg—can discover?



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

S. S. Dudley grew up in Wyoming, USA, an avid reader and lover of the outdoors. He studied at the University of Wyoming and the University of Illinois. He started his first book (an epic fantasy hand-written in with a blue fountain pen…) when he was 13, but never finished it. At some point (as his mother recently reminded him), he decided that he needed to go do something (like get a job) for a while before he could, or should, write. He did, and spent time in Colombia, Panamá, Antarctica and the dark recesses of large science buildings on college campuses. That done, he now writes, lives and runs in Northern California with his wife and two children. He can be found at: Website | Facebook | Twitter

12.11.2014

Review + Giveaway: Holiday Snaps Sampler from Harvest Snaps




One of my favorite snack foods goes festive! (5 Stars)

I've been a Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps fan for quite a while (I grew up loving the Calbee brand's shrimp flavored chips too) but I've admittedly not bothered branching beyond the Lightly Salted until I got the chance to try this sampler. I have been missing out!

The Black Pepper Snapea Crisps have just the right amount of pepper without going overboard. I didn't care as much for the Tomato Basil Lentil Snaps but now that I've tried the lentils I am going to be hunting down the Onion Thyme version at my local grocery store. But what I was most excited to try were the Holiday Snaps!

I received the COFFEE TOFFEE and SALTED CARAMEL versions, though there are also Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Holiday Snaps.


I was admittedly iffy on the COFFEE TOFFEE because the idea of peas and coffee together just sounds weird. But it's a surprisingly satisfying flavor with a serious kick of cocoa in there too. It is decidedly messy, think a certain orange cheesey snack food type dust on your fingers only the color of coffee! If you like sweet coffee and the contrast of salty and sweet it's a really yummy flavor.

My favorite though was—no surprise here—the SALTED CARAMEL. I love it as a flavor for just about anything so I kind of wanted to tell my teenager no when he asked if he could have some. To my surprise he actually loved them too! We had chips in the house and he chose these over those so I was impressed. They're not extremely sweet or salty, it's a perfect balance and if I can find these locally I think I'll be stockpiling a few bags away in the pantry for one of those times I need a salty and sweet treat.

Ultimately what makes these a snack I love is that they are so high in fiber and have such a chip-like crispness without being fried. You'd never know these were baked! They're still not something I'd recommend overeating but they are a healthier alternative to the majority of snack foods out there. If I were hosting a holiday party this year I'd put these out for my guests to nibble, the SALTED CARAMEL even look festive with their red and green hue.



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Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

12.08.2014

Beauty Review: Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion

Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion

Company Site: website
Product Details: Why simply moisturize when you can do more? Our Vitamin C infused lotion is a great option for those looking to nurture hydrated, youthful skin. The many benefits of Vitamin C available in a daily moisturizer.
- Improve the appearance of sun damaged skin
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote collagen production
- Protect skin cells
- Safe for all skin types
- No additives, parabens or fragrances
Directions:
Use dime size amount for smooth application on face. Use day or night for total hydration. Can also be used as an all-over body moisturizer.


Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Citric Acid.

A Perfect Pairing with the Vitamin C Serum (5 Stars)

I recently tried Foxbrim's Advanced Formula Vitamin C Serum and I loved it so much I decided I wanted to give the Vitamin C lotion a try.

My skin is combination but pretty sensitive and acne prone so I am always nervous trading items in and out of my skincare routine. I've been using the serum for about 8 weeks now and I love how much it has brightened my skin and I have noticed a considerable decrease in both the frequency and duration of my breakouts since I started. I added the lotion in at about 4 weeks and this duo has been amazing. The lotion is light which makes it great for my skin which is prone to oiliness at times but still keeps my dry areas moisturized! I did notice a little increase in tiny whiteheads during the first couple of weeks but since then it has been shockingly smooth sailing.

I am absolutely in love with these two products and aside from a cleanser, a konjac sponge, a mask for spot treatment, and an eye serum this is all I'm using. I am so happy with them I will probably continue to use them indefinitely and would very much recommend them for other women facing that dreaded stage of wrinkles and dullness along with adult acne.



Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Beauty Rhi-view: Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask by InstaNatural


Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask by InstaNatural

Company Site: website
Product Details: No Need To Travel To the Mediterranean... Now You Can Enjoy the Wonders of the Dead Sea - Delivered Straight To Your Door!
More than a million visitors each year flock to the sacred Dead Sea for a natural remedy for the following:
- Acne & blemishes
- Enlarged pores
- Wrinkles & fine lines
- Body aches
- Irritated or Dry Skin
Our Dead Sea Mud Mask captures the minerals of the Dead Sea waters, along with other nourishing organic ingredients, to provide the ultimate detoxifier & purifier that delivers exceptional results:
- Removes excess dirt, oil, grime & dead skin
- Improves acne and blemishes
- Reduces appearance of wrinkles & fine lines
- Soothes body aches
- Hydrates skin for softness
- Restores even skin tone and texture
- Helps you achieve more vibrant, refined skin
With InstaNatural, rest assured you will receive the best customer care and highest-quality Dead Sea Mud Mask around.
- 100% Natural
- 16 oz. jar - more bang for your buck
- Made in the USA
- Cruelty-free
MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE: InstaNatural backs their products with a Lifetime Money Back Guarantee, no matter where you buy our product. If you're not satisfied, simply contact us and get a full refund.

Ingredients: Pure Dead Sea Mud, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Calendula Oil, Hickory Bark Extract




Very uncomfortable but amazing results! (4 Stars)

Ahhh the glory that is the mid-30's, when (if you're unfortunate) you get to deal with not just those first wrinkles indicating you're no spring chicken anymore, you get the pain that is adult acne.

For me acne never went away after puberty started so I've tried a ridiculous amount of products in the attempt to win the war on blemishes but there's something particularly painful and long lasting about these adult acne eruptions that makes them a doozy. I figured I'd give this mask a whirl since I've liked other InstaNatural products I have tried and I was VERY happy with the results. My blemishes were less painful the following day and had visibly lessened in both size and redness.

Unfortunately for me, my skin is sensitive and highly reactive so with my first use I only made it about 7 minutes with the mask before it was itching and burning so bad I had to wash it off with only half of it dried. After that I decided a full-face approach was not going to be okay so I've since been using it as a weekly spot treatment on just the areas with an acne eruption in development and this has worked perfectly without any discomfort.

Because I had such a bad reaction to the mask I would recommend that sensitive and reactive skin types proceed with caution, taking the spot treatment approach. Otherwise this mask works so well I would highly recommend giving it a try!



Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

12.03.2014

Home Rhi-view: Zester/Grater from Chef Proven



ChefProven 2-in-1 Lemon Zester + Cheese Grater

Company Site: website
Product Details: Rated The #1 Most Useful Kitchen Tool for Grating & Zesting Effortlessly
Professional Zester Grater is the easiest way to add instant flavor and uniqueness to all of your dishes
ZEST FRUIT including lemons, limes, oranges and coconut, GRATE CHOCOLATE to sprinkle over delectable desserts or ice cream, GRATE GINGER OR GARLIC for stir fries, stews and more, ZEST LIME or ORANGE over the top of your favorite beer or cocktail, Toss your old spices and GRATE FRESH CINNAMON and NUTMEG for today's meals
High grade STAINLESS STEEL DURABLE BLADE never needs sharpening, SOFT COMFORTABLE NON-SLIP GRIP, Unique ERGONOMIC DESIGN for maximum control and easy use, BONUS COVER SLEEVE for worry-free storage
The limited edition Chef Proven Professional Zester Grater (2-in-1 Deluxe) is the most popular kitchen tool on the market.
Why? No other tool combines effective zesting and grating in one easy to use tool as well as Chef Proven. Professional chefs and foodies around the world agree, choosing Chef Proven again and again when it comes to the best tool at the best value.
And once you use it you'll see why.
Our Professional Zester Grater is the easiest way to add instant flavor and uniqueness to all of your dishes.
Take your dishes from good to great!- Grate a rich Parmesan or Reggiano over your favorite pasta or salad
- Zest fruit including lemons, limes, oranges and coconuts
- Grate chocolate to sprinkle over delectable desserts or ice cream - Grate ginger or garlic for stir fries, stews and more
- Zest lime or orange over the top of your favor beer or cocktail
-Toss your old spices and grate fresh cinnamon and nutmeg for today's meals
Here are just some of the reasons why Chef Proven's Professional Zester Grater is the best on the market:- High grade stainless steel durable blade never needs sharpening
- Soft comfortable non-slip grip
- Unique ergonomic design for maximum control and easy use
- Bonus cover sleeve for worry-free storage




An awesome economical product for your zesting/grating needs! (5 Stars)

I've had a nice mini grater for a long time but have always found it a bit unwieldy for harder cheeses like parmesan or for zesting citrus. It's not a task I take on more than a couple of times a month so I think this is a budget friendly option for folks like myself who could use a microplane style zester/grater once in a while.

Not only is it sturdy and easy to clean (even by hand, though it is dishwasher safe), it stores nicely and has a very comfortable handle. The grip and handle are really what are a big thing for me, there's nothing like slipping and messing up a zest with too much of the pith of a lemon or cutting yourself on the sharps. So far I've done both zesting and grating and have found it to be an excellent and economical find that I would recommend to my friends who want a great tool for fancier kitchen tasks than your typical handheld grater can handle.




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