Product Review: goPURE Naturals Youth Glow Eye Gel #eyecream

eyegelYour eyes are the most delicate part of your face. They are the window to your soul! And not only that, the skin around your eyes is thinner there than any other part of the body. The upshot is this: when you are using products to take care of your face, you should take extra care with your eyes. It is always preferable to use a product which is specifically designed for the delicate skin around your eyes.

goPURE Naturals sent me a bottle of their Youth Glow Eye Gel to try, and I was eager to sample it. This company, which makes body, hair and skin care products, prides itself on making products which are highly pure, and free of irritants and allergens including parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, artificial colors and fragrance. This means that you can rest easy if you have extra sensitive skin.

Their Youth Glow Eye Gel contain all-natural ingredients including vitamin C, vitamin E, plant stem cells and hyaluronic acid. The consistency of this product is a clear, water-based gel. It is free of alcohol, and doesn’t sting or dry the skin after application. A little drop is all you need. The Youth Glow Eye Gel spreads easily around the skin on your eyes and it absorbs quickly into the skin, with no sticky residue.

I used this product for a period of two weeks. After washing my face with a non-soap based cleanser, I used a toner and then applied the Youth Glow Eye Gel around my eyes. I thought that this product made the skin around my eyes look great. The puffiness was less noticeable, which was definitely a good thing.

goPURE Naturals stands by its products and offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with their products. All their products are manufactured in the United States. You can find their complete product line on their website. You can also find the Youth Glow Eye Gel on Amazon. If you want more information about goPURE Naturals, you can also visit their Facebook page.

I received a bottle of eye gel at no charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Product Review: Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil #lifefood

omegaOmega 3 fatty acid supplements have gone from niche nutrients to mainstream supplements in the last decade. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are important for a number of normal bodily functions including: brain, skin, heart and joints. Unfortunately, most people are unable to get sufficient amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets (primarily through flax and seafood) to benefit their bodies in a optimal way. The easier way to boost your intake is by taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.

I was able to recently sample some omega-3 supplements made by Life & Food. The omega-3 content in these capsules were impressive. The daily recommended dose, which is 2 capsules, contains over 1000mg of docosohexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). I have found in my own research that many omega supplements that you find on drug store and health food store shelves have much lower omega-3 content. In my opinion, if you are going to use this type of supplement, it makes more sense to use one with enough content to actually accomplish some good to the body. Most health professionals recommend a minimum of 1000mg of DHA/EPA content if you are supplementing.

These softgel capsules from Life & Food were surprisingly small, considering their hefty omega-3 content. Many omega-3 capsules that I have used in the past tend to be very large, and difficult to swalow. These capsules were very reasonably sized, and I did not have any difficulty swallowing them. They have an enteric coating on the outside of the softgel in order to minimize the fishy aftertaste (fish burps) that you often get with omega supplements. I did find that the coating helped to limit the amount of aftertaste.

omegacapAfter using this supplement for a period of 3 weeks of so, I have been very happy with the results. I tend to use omega-3 supplements all the time, and the main things that I look for are smallish size, high DHA/EPA content, and minimal aftertaste. In all three categories, the Life & Food supplement was absolutely great. I would have no hesitation recommending this supplement to anyone looking for a high quality omega-3 fish oil supplement.

You can find this product on Amazon.

I received a bottle of supplement at no charge in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.


 

Product Review: KUKPO Can Opener #KUKPO

kukpoEvery good kitchen needs a proper set of cooking tools. For me, that includes a good quality can opener. I have quite a history of bad luck with can openers. For some reason, I never could find one that fit my needs. I have bought cheaper version can openers (at dollar stores) and higher priced brand name can openers at kitchen supply stores. I have never found one that worked properly for me!

I don’t have any specific muscular or joint disease, but I always have had difficulty manipulating these tools. My canned foods always get mangled with dangerous sharp edges sticking out because I am not able to get a “clean cut”. The openers never seem to turn both easily and smoothly.

So when I was sent a KUKPO can opener to review, I was a bit skeptical. It didn’t look all that different from some other can openers that I have owned in the past. However, in my ongoing search to seek out a GREAT can opener for my kitchen, I decided that I would give it an honest try.

I decided the day to try it out was last Wednesday when I was making homemade pasta sauce. I was required to open two cans of tomato sauce, and one can of pizza sauce to help in the recipe. I tried out the KUKPO can opener, and it was like BANG! The can opener worked easily the first time I used it, and there was no struggle whatsoever. Each time I used it (three times in total) it worked just as well. I was absolutely amazed and impressed.

The KUKPO can opener is made with high quality stainless steel, and will not rust, even after repeated washing. It is an ideal tool for anyone, but especially for people with arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease, due to its ease of use. I was really happy with this product it will definitely replace my old can opener. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

I received a can opener at no charge for the purposes of review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Product Review: Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts #deadseasalt

seasaltbath salt and palm leafIn the midst of one of the coldest winters on record, nothing feels better at night than soaking in a hot bathtub. Since having kids, I definitely don’t get the opportunity to have baths as often as in years back, however it is a luxury I like to take advantage of during a quiet moment.

My opportunity for sampling Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts came at fantastic time. Not only is the weather here bitterly cold, but I was also nursing a case of sore muscles as a result of a particularly intense training session at my local gym. My trainer has always advocated soaking in a hot tub filled with Epsom salts or sea salts as a way to soothe my muscles, so it was time to test out that theory.

The content of Adovia Dead Sea Salts are very simple and straightforward. What is contained in the bag is 100% sea salt which is harvested from the Dead Sea. That’s it. No added colours, preservatives or fragrances. The salts themselves are very finely ground, so when you add them to bath water, they dissolve very easily. (No annoying grit on the tub floor). The bag is resealable, so you can use the product for several lovely relaxing baths!

Adovia Dead Sea Salts are great for many different indications including: arthritis, muscle pain, psoriasis and eczema.

After using this product, I have to say that my expectations were met, and exceeded. I found the bath salts made for a relaxing experience. In addition, I also found that the salts made my skin feel very soft and supple. If you are looking for a natural and effective way to improve your baths, then Adovia Dead Sea Salts  are a great way to go!

You can find this product on Amazon.

I received a sample of this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Product Review: Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask

adoviaIn the realm of beauty products, mud masks are something relatively new for me. Up until the time that I started my blog and began reviewing beauty products, I honestly had never used any type of mask. Which is weird, because masks have been around forever, and you can get them for relatively little money.

I always kind of wondered what the deal was with a mask. My questions involved:

(A) What do they actually do,anyway?

(B) What is the stuff they put in these masks anyway? Especially the mud masks, because they look gross!

(C) Does a mask make your face look or feel better?

The Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask is exactly what it sounds like. It is made from mud which is extracted from the Dead Sea, in Israel. It is infused with a number of nutrients including vitamin C, ginseng and jojoba oil. As the mask dries on your skin, it extracts dirt, grit and toxins from your skin while soaking your skin with the aforementioned nutrients.

The Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask is packaged in a tube. You simple squeeze a little bit of the mud onto your hands, and apply it to your freshly washed and moistened face. Let the mask dry,  and leave it on for a period of at least ten minutes. Then thoroughly rinse your skin off, and pat dry.

When I applied this mask, I was thinking that the liquid gooey looking mud substance was really not much different than the stuff my kids play with in the backyard. It looked like real mud! However, after rinsing it off, I was absolutely gobsmacked! My skin was so incredibly silky soft,  it was almost too good to be believed! To maintain this amazing feeling, I immediately moisturized my face after using this mask.

The mask comes in a 5 ounce tube, which is actually a lot of product. I did not use a lot of the mask, it feels like the tube is still completely full. With regular use, I would guess that the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask would easily last for up to a year.

While I was initially skeptical, I was soon convinced as to the benefit of this product. It made my skin look and feel amazing, and I will definitely be using it regularly to keep my face looking its best.

You can find this product on Amazon.

I received a sample in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Product Review: OZ Naturals Retinol Serum #retinolserum

retinolserumRetinol is a buzz word in anti-aging circles. You can find retinol type ingredients in both prescription grade and over the counter serums and creams. The basic idea is the same in all formulations. Retinol gently exfoliates the upper layer of dead skin cells on your face and uncovers the newer and smoother appearing skin underneath. For this reason, it has been used for several decades to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.

I have used retinol based products for a couple years for this very reason. After I turned 40 years old, I wanted to get serious about trying to reduce the signs of aging. So every night, I used one retinol based product, whether in serum or cream form, to try and smooth out the fine lines on my face. For the most part, I have found that with repeated use, retinol is a very effective substance.

OZ Naturals sent me a bottle of their retinol serum to try out. It contained a high concentration of retinol (2.5%) in addition to other ingredients including astaxanthin and vitamin E (both anti-oxidants). From OZ Naturals packaging they state:

“Serums are delivery systems for ingredients. Cleanse, exfoliate, and pat skin dry. Apply toner before the serum. Apply a small amount to entire face, neck and decollete. Allow to dry. “

With those instructions in mind, I gave this product a two week trial. The only step that I didn’t do each night was exfoliation. I tend to do that on a weekly, or bi-weekly basis because I find that it tends to make my skin a bit irritated, especially in the winter.

It should also be mentioned that if you use retinol products on a regular basis, then it is imperative to use sunscreen because the ingredient will make your skin very sensitive to the sun. I use sunscreen on my face every day anyway, so it wasn’t really an issue.

I found that the OZ Naturals serum had a very light brown/gold color, and a gelatinous texture. It glides onto the skin effortlessly. There was no tingling or burning sensation after using it. It absorbed into my skin very easily and left no sticky residue. After using the serum, I applied my usual nighttime moisturizer, and then it was off to bed. I have used several different retinol product over the past couple years, and I would say that the OZ Naturals Retinol Serum is among the best! It is an easy way to infuse retinol onto your skin and help to minimize coloration and fine lines on your face.

You can find this product on Amazon.

I received a bottle of serum at no charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Product Review: NuElle Triple Action Anti-Cellulite Firming Concentrate #NuElle

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Most women have some sort of hang-up about their bodies. Cellulite is a phenomenon which is a bane for most women (and even some men). The appearance of cellulite is most prominent in the thighs, buttocks and stomach. It has the appearance of dimpling across the skin. For some reason, cellulite seems to afflict women across the board, both larger and smaller women alike.

I am no different than anyone else. Starting in high school, I began noticing cellulite forming in my thighs. Looking back at the photos, I can see that I was not overweight in the least. However, in my mind at that time, I felt that I was carrying excess fat that was somehow causing the cellulite. I now realize that probably wasn’t the case, and that it’s probably just genetic.

When I was sent a bottle of NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Firming Concentrate to review, I was definitely curious. For the most part I have been inherently skeptical of these type of products, but I never completely could discount my own curiosity. Having an ample supply of cellulite to tackle, I was definitely up for a trial.

It is recommended that the NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Firming Concentrate be applied twice daily, for a period of a few weeks to achieve maximum results. There are quite a number of ingredients in this concentrate, which are nearly all plant extracts. The theory is that the plant extracts work to reduce water retention, fat cell clusters and improving the overall firmness and appearance of the skin.

I have noticed a slight improvement in the appearance of my cellulite after a couple weeks of use. After applying the concentrate, I noticed a very slight warming sensation on the skin. The concentrate has a very pleasant fragrance and texture, and absorbed into the skin very easily. It did not cause any irritation or sensitivity to my skin. However, because it is made with plant extracts, those with environmental allergies should look over the complete ingredient list before using this product.

I very much have liked the effect of this product, and I intend to continue to use it over the coming weeks and hopefully it will continue to improve the look of the cellulite on my thighs.

You can find NuElle Triple Action Anti-Cellulite Firming Concentrate on Amazon.

I received a sample of this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


 

 

 

Product Review: Sun ‘N Fun Sunscreen for Kids SPF 30 #sweetsationtherapy

sweetsationIt’s the bitter cold of a terrible winter here as I sit reviewing a tube of sunscreen. Oh, the irony of it all! I would love to be able to say that I will be taking a vacation off to the warm climate of the Caribbean this winter, but alas, it is not in the budget this year. Oh well!

Sunscreen is a really important part of my preventative health care for myself and my family. Unfortunately, the effects of too much ultraviolet radiation from the sun is now well known.  A little bit of sun exposure is good (and necessary), but too much can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.

Finding an effective and safe sunscreen for my kids is important. I want to make sure that they are adequately protected by the product I am using. In addition, I don’t want my kids to have a sensitivity reaction to the ingredients in the sunscreen either.

Sweetsation Sun ‘N Fun Broad Spectrum Sunscreen has several features which I really like. First of all, it uses zinc oxide as a mineral sunscreen. This provides very effective protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Many sunscreen products that use zinc oxide have a very pasty texture, which leaves you looking like you are wearing a white paste. Thankfully, this one does not do that at all. It absorbs well into the skin, and did not leave any noticeable white cast on my skin. It is water resistant for up to eighty minutes, which is fantastic coverage when your kids are at the beach and won’t come out of the water.

Sweetsation Sun ‘N Fun Broad Spectrum Sunscreen also contains vitamin C, which is used as an antioxidant to protect the skin against damage from ultraviolet radiation. This sunscreen has a nice chocolate scent that my kids really like. I used this product on my face for about a week (under my makeup) and it did not irritate my skin or cause any breakouts. I really liked this product, and will be saving it for the sunny days of spring and summer when the warm weather FINALLY returns.

You can find Sweetsation Sun ‘N Fun Broad Spectrum Sunscreen on Amazon.

I received a free sample of sunscreen in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review/Giveaway: Microbiome+ GI Probiotic (US only, 02/19)

microbiomeProbiotic supplements have become very mainstream in recent years. When I started working in health care a decade ago, probiotics were very much a niche product, often only used by people on the recommendation of their physician. Fast forward to today, and modern science is beginning to appreciate the importance of healthy bacteria, and how they help our GI tracts. Probiotics contain healthy bacteria which help to keep harmful bacteria in check throughout our digestive system.

I have sampled a couple different products in recent years, but the Microbiome+ Probiotic is the first type that I have tried which is packaged together with a prebiotic fiber. It is thought that prebiotic fibers work together with probiotic bacteria to help regulate digestive function, gut wall integrity, and the overall health of the immune system.  Each week of Microbiome+ GI supplement is packaged in a box which contains 2 blister packed sleeves of pills. Each sleeve contains 7 probiotic capsules and 7 prebiotic fiber tablets. There are two sleeves of tablets included in each box because it is recommended that this supplement be taken twice daily.

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This supplement is literally PACKED with probiotic bacteria. In fact, it contains 3.5 billion CFU of Lactobacillus reuteri per capsule. This is not some middling probiotic. These capsules are seriously packed with good bacteria.

I used the Microbiome + GI supplement for a few weeks. I will say up front that I did not use the supplement twice daily as indicated on the package. This was for two reasons. Firstly, I don’t have underlying gastrointestinal problems which might necessitate using it this much. Secondly, I take all my medication and supplements once daily, in the morning because of convenience.

While using this supplement I felt good, not much different from usual, but this is probably due to my overall good baseline health. When I get stressed, I tend to get upset stomach and digestive irregularities, so taking a single probiotic a day is more a form of nutritional insurance for me. This supplement did not cause any side effects for me like upset stomach, gas or indigestion. The size of the tablets and capsules were not overly large, and were not that difficult to swallow. (I have noticed that many store brand probiotic capsules are absolutely huge!)

I really liked this product, and if you are looking for a high quality probiotic supplement, then I highly suggest that you give Microbiome + GI Supplement a try. You can find this product on Amazon.

The generous folks at iShopNutrition are offering 3 lucky U.S. residents the opportunity to win a one month supply of Microbiome+ Gastrointestinal Supplement. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a sample of Microbiome+ supplement in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

Product Review: Hango Lunch Bag #hangobag

hangobagRecently, I was the happy recipient of a Hango Lunch Bag in the mail. First off, I was excited by the color. Pink. My favorite accessory shade, by far!

Second cool feature that I noticed: there were two sizes of lunch bag. Large and small. One was zipped up in the other. It is a nice feature because it gives you options when you are packing your lunch. This is useful for me. Sometimes I pack a lunch which contains a plastic container which has leftovers in it, a drink, a yogurt, utensils, etc. That would be a lunch for the large bag. Other days, I pack string cheese, melba toast, protein bar, drink and yogurt plus spoon. That’s a smaller lunch which would fit in the smaller Hango bag.

hangobag2The Hango Lunch Bags have a very good thermal insulation system. I have used it in various situations at work, and it keeps my drinks nice and cold. Another good feature is its durable zipper which appears strong. One of the first things that seems to go in a lunch bag is the zipper. This one seems like it would last a while, as it is manufactured from stainless steel.

The final thing that I like about the Hango Lunch Bag is its structure. It stands up on its own, much as you see in the above picture. My old lunch bag was flimsy and floppy, and lacked structure and strength.

This is a versatile and stylish lunch bag which serves all your portable lunch needs. I give it an unequivocal 2 thumbs up!

You can purchase a Hango Lunch Bag (set of 2!) on Amazon.

I received a free Hango Lunch Bag in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.