Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beating the Heat!

Most important towel in my Gym bag when I got to Hot Yoga class is my Furious Fit Gear Cooling Towel!!! I can not believe how awesome it is, it stays wet/damp even when it's in a hot room. I like to use it if I am feeling really hot or want to towel off/cool off my face in yoga class. Considering the style of hot yoga keeps the room anywhere between 90 to 105 degrees with humidity anywhere between 40 to 65% on! EEEEK

Get your own here: https://www.amazon.com/Furious-Fitwear-Instant-Cooling-Towel/dp/B01K395M1Y

Claims and some info about the Cooling Towel

ONE COOLING TOWEL WITH SO MANY USES - Enjoy Outdoor Games without Heat Stroke Worries - Stay Cool during any Environment by Quickly Removing Body Heat - Ideal for Keeping Body Icy Cold in any Hot Environment

INNOVATIVE TOWEL WITH MANY BENEFITS - Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Heat, Limit Body Heat during Workouts, Gym, Sport Activities and Use it for Sun Protection during any Outdoor Activity - No More Worries While Playing Outside

IDEAL GIFT FOR ANY OCCASION - People Love it Because it is Innovative, Quick-Dry, Breathable & Machine Washable, Chemical Free, Eco-friendly & Reusable Towel - Perfect for Athletes, Therapies, Heat Stroke Prevention, Sunscreen Protection etc.

WET, WRING & WRAP FOR ICY CHILL - Wet the Towel, Wring the Excess Water, Wrap the Large Microfiber Towel around the Body to Get Quick Arctic Cold Feeling

BUY CONFIDENTLY - We will work with you until you are fully satisfied as Furious Fitwear Products are always covered by 60-Day Hassle Free Warranty  
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Peeling the layers away

What is Earthen Instant Peel?

According to the website:

"InstantPeel is naturally formulated to peel away dead skin cells, debris and impurities, revealing your skins natural glow, youth and vibrancy. Your skin texture is dramatically improved and becomes more radiant with each use of InstantPeel.

InstantPeel stops working once all the debris and dead skin has peeled away, revealing your natural, healthy, glowing skin."

Instructions on How to Use Instant Peel 
  1. Take an InstantPeel packet into the shower. Steam your face for about five minutes, so that skin is moist and supple.
  2. Open the packet and squeeze a small amount of InstantPeel onto your fingertips. Massage firmly but gently onto your face and neck, avoiding the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. Using strong strokes, rub InstantPeel in a back and forth motion onto your skin until individual peels of dead skin emerge.
  3. Continue this firm rubbing motion onto the cheeks, chin, nose, forehead and neck areas until dead skin cell peeling ceases. Use contents of packet for more InstantPeel as necessary.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. If any residue remains cleanse with a gentle cleanser. Discard packet after one-time use.
  5. Protect your silky new layer of skin with a moisturizer.
Where you can purchase your own: https://earthenskincare.com/collections/frontpage/products/instant-peel-exfoliant

#instapeel for the W

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DIY: Office Desk into Tv Stand

Before and After shot

Last night was our first night home from an adventure to the wonderful Midwest and apparently the man was inspired to do a small home project. 

For a good chunk of the year we have had the tv in the back room, which we called the den that has his computer and a loveseat. Pretty much he would fiddle on his computer, doing homework while I watched tv. Or we would sit together and veg out watching whatever seemed like a good idea at the time. And since it';s mostly him and me we didn't think it too big of a deal.

With the summer months although the back room is cool, it's not nearly as cold as the living room, which is where we spent most of our time as of the past few months with the AC going. So we would watch Netflix or amazon prime on one of our laptops and cuddle and struggle with sound and vision.

Thus came his brilliant idea yesterday of moving the tv in the living room, in front of our fireplace and making the decision to not have a fire this winter...which really is okay with me...at least this year. 

We made a trip to Salvation Army and found a desk with drawer for 20 bucks. And he thought it would be perfect as our tv stand because the tv needed a little lift.

Thus we did a little video check it out here   https://youtu.be/MksOUzIm-t4

Here my man is showing off his #earjoy Ear buds that he used while creating our tv stand

You can get there here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HDDB816

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Road to white Teeth

Be Live Coco Charcoal

Who doesn't want whiter teeth? I know I sure do.
I've strived to achieve a mouth full of whiter-than-white ivories all of my life.
I now have decently white teeth, but getting there was only half the battle. Maintaining them is a whole other beast.
To keep my teeth looking their best, I brush them once sometimes twice a day with whitening toothpaste using an electric toothbrush as it is suppose to be better for your gums and really get the teeth clean. Plus it has a little timer that goes off, so I know when it is time to move to the next section.
My routine doesn't always work the way it's supposed to, so sometimes my teeth are left looking a little yellow due to all the coffee and sometimes soda I sip on the regular. Mostly its coffee tho...call me a coffee addict.

The Be Live Coco Charcoal Teeth Whitening Power isn't your average, every day charcoal. It'activated charcoal, which is designed for medicinal use. Basically this type of charcoal is safe for you to use. If you digest some, it's not a big deal.
Because the activated charcoal has adhesive properties, it's supposed to work really well at ridding your teeth of just about every stain you can think of.

I will be doing it tonight along with my boyfriend to test it out and see if there is a once time use noticeable difference, more than likely it will be filmed for the youtube channel so keep an eye out for that. 

We be masking

Vivo Per Lei Retinol Wrinkle Solution Mask

I have been obsessed with masking this past year and it's probably a good thing, I am 34 on the verge of 35 and from what I understand this is normally the time frame where hormone levels shift in the female body.

If you have been following me on this blog entry journey you have seen me discuss the different supplements and vitamins I have been taking as I have gotten older, due to injury and what not.

And the biggest thing that I will continue to focus on is using high quality products for my skin, which is why I was highly happy with the results I got from this wrinkle solution mask.

The other night for my youtube channel, I did a get unready for me which is always a little interesting because you are choosing to take off your face in front of the camera. I used the mask for the first time on camera, so if you are interested in watching my real, first reactions to the product I suggest watching the link below.


Overall I was very very happy to see the results from one usage of this product, my skin was soft, shiny and that was before I even added any serums or moisturizers.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Let there be Light....in my closet

I am truly so thankful that I decided to listen to my friend one day back in 2010 and sign up for Amazon Prime. I didn't realize it then, but looking back at my transaction/order history since late 2016 I am ever so grateful she told me to try it out.

Newest find from Amazon has been the Remote Wireless Closet Lights Pictured below me holding the remote and a light I had not yet put up.

Get yours Here

The irony had it not been the recent change of shifts for work for the man, I wouldn't have actually made the decision to pick these up. Currently we are on exact opposite schedules, when I am up for the day and at work or school. He is sleeping and vice versa, oh the joys of adulting.

Due to this reason, I found it difficult to get dressed or feel confident in picking out my outfit for the day, as I was using my cell phone light. Or using the light from the open bathroom door window, hoping that the light itself coming into the room and giving me a small view of my closet side wouldn't wake up.

Hence why the closet light is a huge success and totally worth the money spent on it. I can literally push a button and the light that I attached above the center of my closet shelf turns on, with two different levels of low or high. So that I can see into closet and decide on what I should wear that day.

Having the remote makes it easy as well, with a push of the button from across the room. I don't have to worry about waking up the man, and the light is bright enough that I can actually make my way across the room (from the other side) without tripping over our dog (or anything else that happens to be in the way of me walking around.

Here is the light with the actual room light on 

Verses the main room light off and just the closet light on from across the way

I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for something easy to put up and smaller space that needs more light. The actual pack itself comes with 3 lights and the remote control. Each light uses 3 AAA batteries and the remote control uses 2 AAA batteries.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Feet are important

Recently I have been on a stricter budget due to the boyfriend being out of town for work (traveling) so I have had to cut back some of the luxuries that I did get to enjoy with him. Once a month sometimes every 3 weeks, we would go to the nail salon together and get pedicures.

Considering he wears boots suffers from ingrown toe nails, I understand why he does. For me, being a yoga teacher I wear flip flops quite a bit and no shoes, while in the yoga studio class room or gym class room. So I have really tough calluses that I have to combat with.

The one issue I have with going to the nail salon is they do what they can to make my calluses go away, but my feet only stay soft for the max 3 days if I remember to wear socks and shoes more regularly.

So I spend, well rather he spends as it tends to be his treat to me, 20 to 29 bucks (especially if we get the calluses remover spa package) and it doesnt last very long


Thus I did a little research and some amazon shopping and found this duo that allows me to take care of my own feet at home for a great price. I already have a foot spa at home, more often or not I get a little lazy and prefer to have someone else do the hard work of callsus remover and cutting my toenails.

With the purchase of the double side callus remover I figure I could try it out myself and see how I did. Below is the items I used to make my own spa night earlier this past week. I also did a 7 day foot peel that I had purchased on Amazon as well in addition to a foot soak and scrub with the tools. And I am happy to say it was a great night, both my feel were soft and I saved money!

I would highly recommend purchasing the duo, as it saves money and if you are like me with a busy schedule having to dedicate 60 to 75 minutes of my day to go get a pedicure is a bit annoying.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pedi Pamper 7 day foot Peel

Pedi Pamper

Being a Yoga teacher and living in southern California, not wearing shoes or socks and wearing flip flops is second nature. I have literally gone thru 2 pairs of flip flops is year so far, and am on my third pair currently.

Sadly, when I go get pedicures at the nail salons, they rarely last 2 days before my calluses appear their ugly head up...I have them really bad on my big toes and my heels (on both feet).

I decided to try the #Pedipamper 7 day foot peel, that I purchased on Amazon..I am currently on day 5 and now my feet are finally fully peeling and really ugly looking. I feel bad for the students in the front row of my yoga classes (I teach) or behind me in the yoga classes I take (as a student). Cause it looks like i got a bad case of ugly, crusty, foot fungus or something.

According to the box, it is normally day 3 or 4 that the feet start to peel. I think due to my feet being so tough, it only happened after I finally let my feet soak 30 minutes (which is 20 minutes more than the recommended 10). 

I also used an additional Item of a double sided Calluses remover to assist with getting the top layer of really tough skin off.

My overall thoughts on this product, is it does work, and it would be better for someone who doesn't have super thick or super tough calluses. If you do, I would suggest using it along with other feet treatments.

I have a charcoal foot mask I plan on using tonight to assist with making the peel continue and to make sure that my feet stay nice.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Recovery is a long progress

It has been 63 days since I first hurt my elbow, I have been randomly doing yoga since day 44, around day 30 is when I started back at Spin class. As my elbow wasnt bothering me as bad as it was. I believe rest, light stretching and acupuncture has helped me out alot. 

I recently just added the Furious Fit Wear Resistance Bands to my routine and doing some pretty basic resistant training to help strength my tricep (which I believe is what I have actually injured). 

I have included some pics of the particular way I was doing the exercise using the  band in order to work the arms, especially the bicep and triceps.

Here I had the band twisted into a figure 8 the top hand is pressing up while the bottom hand presses down. This works the tricep of the arm that is pressing up.

Here is a variation of Fly, starting the arms shoulder width apart, keeping the elbows at a 90 degrees, I press the arms away from each other, stretching the band. Again working the tricep, but also engaging the bicep and the chest. This is great for women who don't want to gain a lot of muscle but want to tone their chest besides their arms.

Again another tricep and bicep, top hand palm faced up and bottom hand palm face down. keeping the shoulders down away from the ears and engaging the core, pressing the top palm up as the bottom presses down. Very slow movement, allowing for full control. Then switch and repeat opposite hands.

Overall, I am very happy with my Furious Fitwear Resistance bands, they are a great tool on my road to recovery. From what I understand with any type of tear or major injury especially in muscles of the arms it's a slow road to recovery. So I am taking each day for what it is and using my bands, and resting when needed.

These of course can be used for all sorts of exercises for legs, glutes, thighs, and more upper body. I am just sharing a bit of what I use mine for. I would highly recommend everyone to have a set to add into their work out routine, especially to change things up.

Get yours here

Friday, August 18, 2017

Changing up the Skincare Game

In the past year of 2017,  I have been on a journey to find the best possible products and accessories to make my now 30 something skin, clean, hydrated and to fight as best I can Father time of using things to boost collagen levels so less wrinkles and more youthful skin.

The biggest thing that recently has changed in the past 3 weeks has been the addition of the Konjac sponge that i have been using to cleanse my face.

here it is what it looks like with my current face wash

I also use the Konjac Sponge to wash off my make up, it is super easy to clean between washing make up off with an actual make up cleanser verses my normal face wash. I just place the sponge between my hands and lightly press my hands together which allows the sponge to wringle all the old wash out. I give it a good rinse before placing different wash on it.

What I think is interesting from this sponge, which I have seen others similar is that as it dries it gets hard and smaller. And as soon as it gets wet becomes soft and fluffy, similar to the make up sponge Beauty Blender.

Here in this picture you can see how large the sponge gets, this was right after a shower. 

Overall, I am very happy with the way my skin is looking using the Konjac Sponge, I feel like my pores are getting cleaner and I have noticed less break outs (which is great especially with this heat San Diego has been having).

If you use a regular wash cloth, I would definitely recommend trying this out and seeing if it works for you.

Get your Own HERE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What do you take Traveling?

One of my least favorite things to do when getting ready for a trip is to pack for the trip...especially when it comes to beauty products, make up and toiletries. 

Ideally I try to take travel size items, anywhere from 1 oz up to 3 oz pending on what the item is and how long I am gone for. Most of the time it is my skincare products that I like to take the larger oz products as I use it both AM and PM. 

Here is what I am currently toting around in my Gym Bag of products, as I recently got a new Tolietry bag in the color blue which is fun. Normally I stick the regular standard black bag, tho this particular style was available in black (I just thought it would be good to try something different)

Why I enjoy this new bag is all the space and addition closed pockets and slots you can put your products into. I could geniuely take fuller size products and still have the ability to store smaller things (ie q tips, lip balm, cotton pads, etc).

The last point I want to mention is the fact it has a small hook, so I can actually hang this bag up and keep it more of eye level (access level) verses having to place it on a counter or on a bench. So there is a less likelyhood I will leave a product out of the bag ( I have lost or forgotten body washes and haircare because I placed it down out of my toiletry bag and didnt put it away).

I mean no matter what I am not a big fan of having to pack...but when you have something new and its fancy (ie you can store things the way you want and more space to take more). It makes the whole idea of packing and traveling a little more fun!

If you are interested in purchasing your own
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Dead Sea Mud Mask from Shiny Leaf USA

Shiny Lead Dead Sea Mud Mask is a US made product, coming from Las Vegas, Nevada..and the Dea Sea mud itself comes from Israel.

This brand is 100% natural, Vegan and Cruelty free
There is a total of 8.8 fl ozs of product and it costs $12.47 a jar
The jar is plastic, so it is reusable if you like to repurpose items
This also comes with a spatula (mini) that allows easy stirring, as the mask does seperate the water will be floating at the time. You can also use the spatula to apply the mask, I tried it the first time using the product but it was a bit hard to have a smooth application in all areas (especially around my nose and lips). 

I applied this the other night with a stippling brush verses the tool they supply because I wanted an even application. I think this is the best way to do so, as then you have more control of how much of the product you put over the skin. I decided to make my mask this evening, a medium thickness.

I left the mask on for 20 minutes, as it was thicker so it required a bit more drying time compared to a thinner layer across the skin. Something to keep in mind if you talk or wiggle your face alot, as the mask dries it will flake and leave little mud particles everywhere. So BEWARE

After Mask rinsed off (no addition products)

I made sure to include an After pic because I want you to notice the shiny of my skin. After I took this pic then I applied the rest of my skincare routine for the evening. My skin felt tight and my pores appeared smaller. However my skin also felt dry at the same time, putting my serum and lotion on afterwards felt really nice!!

 I would say that if you have dry skin, I wouldnt remind this mask that often. And if you do, make sure to follow up with a good moisturizer. 

If you have Combo (like me) to Oily skin, I would definately recommend this as it will make your oils stay at bay. Though it is still important to moisturize, I think 2 times a week would be the most I would recommend using it. Anything more and then you might start to dry out the skin.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Do you love the Moon?

I am very particular when it comes to pieces of jewelry and even more so pieces that I want to use on my table. Sometimes particular pieces will call out to me that I have to have them, and others like this Dark Moon Love necklace, I happen to fall upon. And in all honesty, I am quite glad to have done so.

To me it means I was meant to have it in my collection, which is why I have it placed at my table.

This necklace is a unique piece in my collection, and for my table, as the stone in the inside of the heart glows in the dark when charged by the sun. I tried artificial light and it doesn't work...only sunlight. I find this a bit ironic considering the name of the jewelry piece is Dark Moon Love.

The necklace chain itself is 18 inches long and 2 inches thick, so it rests nicely on the chest..not too low nor too high to where I feel like it is choking me (when I decide to wear it). 

I actually considered using it as a decoration to hang from my mirror in my car..but I feel that it has a place on my table. As you see in the picture above, I charged the necklace and it hangs around another decor that I have just above my table. (I forgot to take a picture of what is looks like when the bedroom light is on...whoops).

the other Night I wore the necklace to class, which was an Lunar Eclipse. I felt it was appropriate for the time, as I taught the class, the Moon and Heart lightly tapped against my chest. At the end of class I pulled from my deck of Power Thought cards at random and this was the card I pulled.

This is the second time I pulled this card, leading this class...and I have only pulled from the deck twice. So I believe it was the universe way of telling me or reminding me of something of importance. 

I thought I would share..and the Dark Moon Love necklace just wrapped up the entire evening perfectly. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tactical LED Pen – Full Review

If you read often, you know that I don’t post a whole lot of manly-man products round these parts… but because the mister loves multi purpose tools, I just had to review this super cool gadget that I picked up for him because I knew it would make him happy and be useful for when he is out and about.
Let’s dive right in:
Right from the beginning ordering and shipping was super easy.
I got this item on Amazon so, as usual, the shipping was lightening fast and hassle-free. It can be found here.
When It arrived, it came in this sleek, matte black box. The pen inside sits in foam bed to prevent damage and  mine arrived totally flawless.

The packaging reads:
The Tactical LED pen by Survival Hax is half Beauty and half beast.
The pen has some weight to it and is for sure a tad larger and heavier than your average ball point pen … but I would say that this is totally forgivable considering that it is not your average ball point pen!
For starters, this pen is extremely solid and well-made.
The end is interchangeable and functions as both a ballpoint pen and a self-defense kubotan or glass breaker. Inside the pen is a fire starter and the end is an LED flashlight. The top has a solid metal clip to hang the pen on a shirt, back pack, or brief case storage pocket.
All of the features the pen offers are fully functional making this Tactical LED Pen both  multipurpose and practical in one compact package.
I would say these are the perfect gadget for Father’s Day or for anyone interested in self-defense, the  great outdoors, or for your favorite dooms day prepper.
If you loved this item or items like this then you can check out more products at SurvivalHax.com. They have a really super cool website! They can also be found on Facebook by following Survival Hax.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I love HomeMade Accessories!

Me wearing my new necklace from Kimberly Love's Storenvy

If you haven't noticed, I love to share a little love with the smaller homemade accessories, as I feel the pieces are unique and beautiful. I recently placed an order at Kimberly Love's Storenvy accessory store. 

How I originally heard about Kimberly Love is when I was originally living in Germany. A photographer that I worked on several projects with had found Kimberly's page (originally on Facebook) as she is also a model. He brought her accessories to my attention, as he knew that I loved jewerly, to add to my kit for photoshoots (and within my own personal collection).

I was sad that I personally never got to work with Kimberly, but we remained friends on facebook, so when she put up a link to her store. I knew I had to check out what she had available to purchase, as I loved the various pictures of jewelry she had posted (jewelry pieces that she made for herself). 

What caught my attention and had to be the piece that I purchased first from her line was 
My new accessory is described as "Black and silver spike necklace 18" in length with extended chain to fit your desired length. Spikes are lightweight." 

Overall, I'm very pleased with the necklace, it's light weight around the neck so I don't feel like i'm choking. The actual look of the necklace is fun, it's edgy and very PUNK ROCK! 

I wore it to work today (which dress code is business casual) and it was still within dress code. I wore it this past weekend with a plain black t shirt and it just gave that extra little paspazz to a kinda plain outfit (especially if it's paired up with a smokey look). 

I think it will be one of my new favorite pieces, which I can easily the necklace with black stud earrings or some silver simple hoops. Since this piece is attention grabbing, if it were paired up with earrings that had too much going on, I think it would take away from the awesomeness of the necklace.

Things to note:

The necklace cost a total of $20.00 which I think is a fairly decent price for a nicer necklace. And  the total I was charged for shipping and handling was $2.97, which left me overall paying a total of $22.97 for my item.

Kim is very through in regards to communication with my purchase, she messaged me on Storenvy as well as my personal email to let me know of my shipping tracking number. **Which I was her store's first official customer on her site, thus she was kinda enough to offer me a discount on my next purchase (which I'm thinking I will be doing after my first paycheck from my new job). 

I paid for my item on February 16th, it was put out in the mail on the 17th (keep in mind it was being sent from Germany to the US via first class shipping) and was delivered to my home on the 25th. 
Overall taking 7 business to arrive at my home, as the post office was closed on Sunday and then again on Monday (for holiday). 

What I want to draw attention to is the actual packaging of the item I purchased.

My necklace was packaged as so inside a padded envelope.

Even more care as within the cute package is more packaging..my necklace was definitely safe! 

Under the bubblewrap, even more packaging!

Now I'm not at all complaining, the fact that Kim is taking such great care to make sure her creation and my item gets safely to me is fantastic! 

My first Piece from Kimberly Love

Overall, I'm very very pleased with my purchase. I think the price of the item was fair, shipping was fast (as well as very good price). And the fact that the item was so cute and awesomely wrapped that I can't wait to see what else she places on her site...as I want another piece for myself (and one to share!!!).

Do you know about Royal Jelly

Joyal Beauty 
Timeless Skin Renewal Serum with Royal Jelly

I have become quite obsessed with serums as of recent, they are a great addition to ones skincare routine. 

Originally when I started to use serums, I thought they were meant for PM use only before your moisturizer but as the year has gone on. I have done a little more research as well as I have been using more products and noticing the difference in my skin. I have realized serums are good to use both in the AM and PM beauty skincare routine. 

Sometimes it's hard to decide which serum is best for your skin, and brands will make some pretty wild claims of what their product can do. I have been using Joyal Beauty sincer earlier this month, a different serum. however I saw this and was intrigued.

So I decided to look up the benefits of Royal Jelly, as I knew that came from Bees and this is what claims are made of using facial products with it as an ingredient. 

Royal Jelly Skin Benefits

While royal jelly has many benefits for general health of the body, today I decided to focus on the skin; here is an overview of benefits of royal jelly on skin
  • It is rich in nutrients: vitamin B complex, amino acids and enzymes
  • Has natural antibacterial and antibiotic properties
  • It is an anti-inflammatory
  • Has skin and wound healing properties
  • Anti-aging, anti-wrinkle
  • Sunscreen
  • Antioxidant
  • Improves immunity

Royal Jelly Anti-Aging
Tissue regeneration and repair and very essential for healthy, taut, young-looking skin. With age, the ability of the skin to renew cells becomes a little inefficient due to less production of collagen. This makes the skin appear loose, thin and saggy which to most people is unappealing.
To maintain the skin elasticity, all you need to do is boost the production of collagen. Studies done on royal jelly and skin show that it contains nutrients, minerals and antioxidants which support skin renewal and boost the production of collagen.
more info here

Decided to give it awhirl and have been using this particular serum. What's interesting about it, is the serum itself has a light yellow color to it compared to the others I have used, the color reminds me of honey (imagine that).
No scent, and it is easy to apply on the skin, absorbs quickly and I am very much looking forward to seeing the longer term results from constant usage. In the meantime, so far so good 
Below are some of the products I used most recently for a spanight in...gotta love spaing it at home using products that you already own and making it yummy and relaxing

Monday, July 31, 2017

Do you Argan Oil?

Have you ever washed your hair with a shampoo and it just feel blah afterwards? I have had this happen several times, and considering I have the issue that my body gets use to products pretty quick after usage..it can be quite frustrating and a regular occurance.

I was recommended by a friend to try an Argan Oil based shampoo, I had used Argan Oil itself in my hair to help mositurze and hydrate the tips (due to taking hot yoga classes). And I had used hair masks before that had the product in it, but had yet to try anything else.

Hence why Shiny Lead Argan Oil Shampoo came into the picture.

I'm big into reading the claims that any beauty product gives, because I always like to see the starting point for the product. And judge the results based off of what it states it can do or will do.


The first time I used the product, I noticed the how soft my hair felt afterwards. The scent was nice, not overpowering and my scalp felt really clean after. To me to have really clean feeling hair is important as there have been times where I get flakes in my hair, due to either product build up or my scalp becoming overly dry.

I tried this combination of the Argan Oil Shampoo and my Avacado and Olive Oil Conditioner and my hair was like silk. I since then have done it every 2nd time I wash my hair now, which I haven't been washing my hair as much. With the summer heat, I have tried to be a little nicer to my hair and not strip away it's natural oils with washing my hair. But by using the combination of these two products together I have been having fantastic results.

After washing using Shiny Leaf Argan Oil Shampoo

Friday, July 28, 2017

Have you taken your Magnesium today?

Magnesium Citrate 
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I have been on a journey to recovery now for almost 6 weeks. Today marked the 2nd yoga class I have taken, and exactly 41 days since I woke up in the the worse pain that only got worse as the day went on...and as the week went on.

I have been doing Yoga for 4 years pretty regularly. This was the first time in a long time, that I required so much time off. To rest, heal and now that I am feeling better...I have to be alot more mindful of my elbow joint, which had never bothered me before up until 40 days ago. 

I sought alot of different treatments in order to feel normal, or as normal as I could. Rest, the RICE method...stretching gently, a tens-unit on the muscles around the joint and finally acupuncture. So far the acupuncture has been the best route..it was the acupuncturist that recommended I started taking Magnesium as a supplement besides my daily vitamin.

it is recommended a woman my age 30 yrs and up take 320 mg a day, while a male of the same age takes 360 to 400 mg. 

In the time frame of 3 weeks of regular dose of magnesium citrate, my overall health of my eblow joint is much improved. Perhaps the combination of everything together is truly what makes it work, but I have noticed a difference from the type of pain I had when I was NOT taking Magnesium to while I am.

Keep in mind, I still have pain..it;s more like stiffness or a dull ache that I am aware of...but the level of pain is low 1 maybe 2 at the worse. While when I was going through the process of trying to figure out what would work for me, it would range from a 5 to 5.5 in the am and at times get up to a 6 to 6.5

The worst morning, I remember I had to drive my bf to work because he was going on a business trip, and he had to drive because I hurt. I hurt so much, just trying to get comfortable in the passenger seat...I had lightening shoot up my arm into my shoulder and back. I couldn't stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks. 

And now...an ibuprofen a day and my daily dose of Magnesium Citrate and days like I described are part of the past. It's relieving and quite astonishing to me, that something so little as a vitamin supplement can have such an impact on health and well being.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A little Anti Aging Serum for the Skin Care Routine

Joyful Beauty

Ultimate Brightening Age Defy Serum

Having a regular skincare routine is the most important thing I have learned since turning 30, and now that I am 34 pushing 35. I have been in the midst of a hurricane of beauty products, ie skincare, to figure out what is the best for my skin.

Up until the last year or so, I had some random bouts of Cystic Acne from having an IUD (one of the wonderful side effects that they list but no one really thinks about until their skin is pineapple and you just want to hide indoors). Considering I am a free lance MUA, to not wear make up especially when I go out to events one isnt the thing. And two, having any grossness on the face...why would anyone believe anything I have to say when I look the way I do.

Serums has been the newest thing that I have added now into my established routine, this more so being in my nighttime routine. As serums are placed on the skin before moisturizer so that it can sunk into the pores and nourish overnight. 

I personally didn't have much luck figuring out what serum would work best for my skin until recently and I am very happy with the results so far.


Here is a bit of information from the website about this product:

  • ✔ DOUBLE DUTY EXFOLIATION:FEATURES AN EFFECTIVE CONCENTRATION OF GLYCOLIC ACID (AHA)(1.2%) AND WILLOW BARK/SALICYLIC ACID (BHA)(1%). AHA- Brighten dull or dry skin; BHA- Help oily or acne prone skin with blackheads and whiteheads. This anti-aging exfoliant reveals youthfully radiant skin and counteracts sun damage—without redness or irritation. The innovative daily-use formula continually renews your skin's texture, evens skin tone, smooths fine lines, and stimulates healthy collagen production
  • ✔ PROVIDE THE BEST NATURAL NUTRITION TO YOUR SKIN-Lighten freckles, age spots, pregnancy marks, stretch marks, acne scars, pigmentation and discoloration; Reduces skin inflammation; Helps skin shed dead cells and clears pores, also stimulates new cell formation; Reduces dark age spots and whitens skin; Activates the skin’s metabolism,increases the production of collagen.Lighten blemishes such as acne and blackheads as well as treat oily skin.Reduce facial redness.
    • ✔ BRILLIANTLY IMPROVE SKIN ELASTICITY AND BOOST COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN. Increase skin plump and firm by boosting collagen and rebuilding cellular
    • ✔ ELIMINATE WRINKLES AND IMPROVE DARK CIRCLES. REDUCE BLOTCHINESS AND AGE SPOTS, leaving your skin even-toned and silky smooth, while providing moisture and intensive nutrition to deeper layer of your skin. 100% vegan formula safe for all skin types
    • ✔ GET RID OF ACNE, ROSACEA, INFLAMMATION, DARK SPOTS NATURALLY. Herbals packed with Vitamin A, B, C, E, sooth, clear, and lighten skin.

It is important to note the bunny on the back, which means it DOES NOT test on animals which is important to me and the back of the bottle comes with lengthly instructions for those who might not be serum savvy.

Overall, I am very pleased with this product so far, I will include a touch base with some process pictures of my skin and show you the difference next month.

If you are looking to try this product yourself, check out the link below