Product Review: Exfolimate Face and Body Exfoliation #exfolimate

exfolimateIt seems fitting that in the dead of winter I received a little package in the mail from Australia with the name Exfolimate. The whole idea behind this tool is to exfoliate, in other words, remove dead skin. And so in the dead of winter, when my skin is parched, dry and gross, the thing that is definitely needed is exfoliation. (that and a sunny vacation, but I digress!)

Exfoliation seems to be back in the beauty spotlight again. There are many tools, scrubs and products which can help with this very task. Some of these tools are quite pricey (up around $200) and not affordable for most of us. At around $29, Exfolimate is definitely on the affordable side.

This tool is really easy to use. Essentially, it is a triangular shaped tool with a small blade. If it sounds dangerous, it isn’t! The blade incorporates smooth edge micro-groove technology to gently ease off the dead layers of debris and skin. You use the Exfolimate tool in the shower, when your skin is already wet. You gently apply pressure to the area you are treating (either the body or face). There are two Exfolimate tools included in the package, one for the body (slightly larger) and one for the face. You only have to do a few passes over the area you are treating, not more than 4 to 6 times. When you are done washing, simply dry the area and immediately moisturize.

The results are fantastic. The areas that I treated with Exfolimate felt smoother and softer after I showered and moisturized. It was easy to use, and comes with a strap to wrap around your wrist so you don’t drop it in the shower. I have been really impressed with both the ease of use, and immediate results.

There are many different uses for Exfolimate. The most basic is just to remove the rough, thickened and dead skin so that the result is a smoother, softer and younger looking you! If you are person who goes to get regularly spray tans, you can use Exfolimate before you go. That way, when you get your tan, your skin is a smooth canvas, which makes for a more even glow.

In the U.S., you can get Exfolimate at Walgreens, Drugstore.com and Amazon. In Canada, you can find Exfolimate at QVS Collections.

I received a sample of Exfolimate at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received in exchange for this post.

Product Review: Natural Homelogic Odor Eliminator Spray Jasmine Mist #homelogic

homelogicI was sent a sample of Natural Homelogic Odor Eliminator Spray–Jasmine Mist for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

Homelogic makes a line of all-natural products which you can use to clean your home. Its many products include laundry detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, hand soap, dish soap and all-purpose cleaners. Natural Homelogic products are made with safety in mind. They are not made with any harsh chemicals which could endanger the safety of your children or pets. All their products are free of formaldehyde, sulfate, chlorine, bleach, ammonia, phthalates and triclosan. Also, their products are free of synthetic dyes and fragrances. None of their products is ever tested on animals.

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The Natural Homelogic Odor Eliminator Spray is made with all-natural plant derivatives. Jasmine extract lends it a very mild scent. It is not an overpowering scent by any means. If you are looking for something to really mask a strong household odor (like burnt popcorn), then this product might not be strong enough for your needs. However, for a light job, it should do just fine.

The spray bottle is a conventional design. However, if you are used to using a product like Febreze, then you will have to be aware of the fact that the droplets sprayed by the bottle are not a fine mist. So you have to use it in a slightly different way than you would use Febreze and Lysol. It would work well if you were using it to spray a fabric like a sofa that had a pet odor. That is what I used it for, and it seemed to work well.

You can browse the full product line of Natural Homelogic Cleaning Products on their online store.

Kitchen Product Review: AYL Silicone Cooking/Grilling Gloves #Aylsiliconeglove

aylsiliconegloveAs I stated in a recent post, sometimes you come across a new thing for the kitchen that you never even knew that you needed. Then you have that “aha!” moment, and it instantly becomes a core part of your kitchen tools.

That’s how I felt when I first laid eyes on my set of AYL Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling and Cooking Gloves. Having made do with plain old fabric cooking mitts and even flimsy pot holders in the past, I never really saw the need for anything else. However, when I saw and felt the difference in the silicone glove, I was instantly impressed.

First of all, you can see the difference in how it handles by the amount of tactile sensation you have when you handle a hot piece of cookware. It enables you to really “feel” the hot pan you are handling, and makes it less likely that you will drop it. Also the texture of the gloves is not smooth, but raised dots all over. This also makes for a sturdier grip when cooking. Safety is really the paramount thing: if you are less likely to drop a hot piece of cookware, you are less likely to burn yourself.

The AYL Silicone Gloves are heat resistant up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. The sizing is one size fits all, and really they are of a ample size for even a man with big hands. They easily covered my hands and wrists to prevent burns. (I am a very accident prone person in the kitchen, so keeping completely covered, hands, wrist and all is important!)

As stated before, the gloves are made of silicone, and are a nice bright red color. There is no weird “plastic” or “synthetic” smell to them. Also for those with young children in the house, be assured that they are BPA free in case your young ones try to chew on these gloves. You can easily wash these gloves by either washing them in a sink of hot soapy water. Alternatively, you can also wash them in the dishwasher, so it is an easy task to keep them clean.

I used the AYL Silicone Gloves all throughout the Christmas season. Baking dozens and dozens of cookies, I was constantly handling hot cookie sheets so my gloves were being used almost daily. I had no problems at all, and they instantly replaced my old beat up cooking mitts!

You can purchase AYL Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling BBQ Gloves on Amazon.

I received a pair of AYL Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling BBQ Gloves in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received in exchange for this post.


 

Product Review: Yalmeh Glorify Vitamin C Moisturizing Lotion #lotion

yalmehlotionI have reviewed several different products by Yalmeh in the past year, and have been very happy with each of them. This product is called the Glorify Vitamin C Moisturizing Lotion. It is designed to be applied on the face, neck and around the eyes.

The primary active ingredient in this product is, of course, vitamin C. The “sunshine vitamin” packs a wallop in terms of skin care. It does a lot of things to help protect, nourish and rebuild your precious skin. First, it acts as an antioxidant to prevent the formation of free radicals which cause damage to your skin. Next, it also acts to lighten age spots and skin discoloration. Last but not least, vitamin C helps to stimulate the production of collagen, which helps your skin look fuller and plumper.

Yalmeh Glorify Vitamin C Moisturizing Lotion contains a variety of plant-based ingredients including: aloe vera, jojoba oil, safflower oil and green tea. It has a light feel, and it absorbs very easily into the skin. I did not notice any irritation at all when using this product. I liked the light, creamy texture and the light scent.

You could use the Yalmeh Glorify Vitamin C Moisturizing Lotion as either a day or night time moisturizer. For me, I used it as a daytime moisturizer, since I use a retinol moisturizer at night. However, since the Yalmeh lotion does not have any SPF ingredients, I used an additional light moisturizer with sunscreen in order to protect my skin from the sun.

Yalmeh prides itself on producing skin care products which are all-natural and non-toxic. Their Glorify Vitamin C Moisturizing Lotion contains no alcohol, sulfates or parabens. None of their products are tested on animals. They also offer a 90 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with their products.

You can purchase Yalmeh Glorify Vitamin C Moisturizing Lotion through their online store or on Amazon.

I received a tube of Yalmeh Glorify Vitamin C Moisturizing Lotion for the purposes of review. All opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received for this review.

Product Review: Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Lime Infused Organic Moisturizer #amazoncart

azurenaturals2I was recently sent a trio of skin care products from Azure Naturals, and the Ultimate Retinol moisturizer has been the foundation of my nighttime skin care routine.

Retinol is one of those core ingredients that you want to incorporate into your routine to help slow the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While many ingredients have been touted for their anti-aging properties, retinol is one of the few that has hard scientific proof to back it up. The regular use of topical retinol helps to slow the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by very gently exfoliating the upper layer of the skin, leaving the newer, smoother skin to show through.

Azure Naturals has quickly become a favorite company of mine. They make high quality skin care products which are formulated from natural ingredients, many of which are organically sourced. The Ultimate Retinol Moisturizer is no different. The majority of the ingredients of this moisturizer are plant based including: aloe vera, sunflower oil, palm oil, green tea, shea butter, lime oil and lavender oil.

The Ultimate Retinol Moisturizer has become a key component of my nighttime skin care routine. First I cleanse my skin using a non-soap based cleanser; next I use the Azure Naturals Sweet Orange Organic Facial Toner to further cleanse the skin. After the skin has dried, I use Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum to deliver key nutrients to my freshly cleansed skin.  I wait at least 5 minutes for the serum to absorb through the skin. Lastly, I use the Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Moisturizer as the last step to moisturize my face and neck before I go to bed.

The Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Moisturizer has a lovely scent, a heady mix of lime (which I love!) with an undercurrent of lavender (which I adore as well!). Although many retinol formulations can cause a transient burning or stinging sensation to the skin, I did not find this to be a problem with this product. Even when using the moisturizer during the coldest and driest part of the winter, I have had no problems at all with any sensitivity to the ingredients in this product.

Azure Naturals have a one year guarantee on all their products. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can get a complete refund (including shipping!). You really have nothing to lose by trying their products. They are very reasonably priced, and they deliver high quality results.

You can purchase Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Lime Infused Organic Moisturizer on Amazon.

I received a free bottle of Ultimate Retinol Moisturizer in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

Product Review: Azure Naturals Sweet Orange Organic Facial Toner #amazoncart

azurenaturals1I was recently sent a trio of Azure Naturals facial care products to sample for a few weeks, and one of these items was the Ultimate Vitamin C Sweet Orange Organic Facial Toner. I have only recently become a bit more disciplined about taking care of my skin, and following a sort of routine. One of the components of skin care that I never used until very recently was a facial toner.

If you are a girl of a certain age (like me!) you will remember a product called Sea Breeze toner, which was pretty much almost straight alcohol. When applied to your face, it was supposed to clean your skin and reduce the appearance of your pores. However, I remember how much it used to burn and sting. Use of alcohol on your bare skin will tend to do that!

However, facial toners are no longer the same alcohol based beasts of the past. Case in point is the Azure Naturals Sweet Orange Facial Toner. I read through the entire list of ingredients, and there was no alcohol at all. What I did find were several types of plant extracts including aloe vera, witch hazel, lavender, orange oil, green tea and carrot oil among others.

Key among the beneficial ingredients in this product are vitamin C (which acts as an antioxidant and helps to boost your skin’s production of collagen) and MSM (which reduces inflammation).

Next feature that I liked was the spray bottle dispenser. Normally, I would take a cotton ball and moisten it with toner and wipe it across the face. With the Azure Naturals Sweet Orange Facial Toner, simply close your eyes and spray across your face. The spray is very gentle. I waited a few minutes to allow the spray to penetrate through my skin before I applied the next step in my nighttime skin care routine.

The toner had a very mild, but pleasant orange scent. It smelled very natural, and it was not overpowering in the least. The absence of alcohol in this toner means that there was no stinging, tingling or irritation. I have been very happy with this product and happily have incorporated it into my nighttime skin care routine.

All of Azure Natural’s products are backed by a 365 day, 100% no-hassle, money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with their products, they will completely refund your purchase, including shipping. You really can’t do better than that!

You can purchase Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Sweet Orange Organic Facial Toner on Amazon.

I received a free bottle of facial toner in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

Product Review: Select Culinary 5-Blade Herb Scissors #SelectCulinary

selectculinaryI am a girl who likes to cook. Now I am no gourmet, but I understand what people say about “having the right tools”. Sometimes you come across just such a tool, and it’s like “I didn’t realize I needed this thing!”

That’s how I feel about the Select Culinary 5-Blade Herb Scissors. At first blush, it might seem like a frivolous thing. Who needs herb cutting scissors? Well let me tell you, if you like some flavor in your food, then you NEED to cook with fresh herbs. And as a follow up, I’ll tell you that cutting freshly washed herbs is a huge pain. It never seems to work out well for me. All I ever end up doing is making a huge mess of my cutting board, my counter and my paring knife.

So I received a pair of the Select Culinary 5-Blade Herb Scissors and I got the answer to my problem. These scissors are made of 5 parallel stainless steel blades. When you cut your herbs or vegetables, it’s like you are cutting with 5 little knives all at once. It’s very ingenious, and easy!

I put these to work this Christmas when I was making some food for our holiday meal. For the kids, I was making a slow-cooker lasagna made with homemade marinara sauce. I always use fresh herbs for the sauce, and so I used the Select Culinary 5-Blade Herb Scissors to chop the fresh basil and parsley. It was easier than easy, and no mess was made.

My husband also has been using these herb scissors, and he has been equally impressed. He’s a bit of a snob when it comes to kitchen tools, and even he has had high praise for this product. He has used them several times and has found them easy to use.

The Select Culinary 5-Blade Herb Scissors come with their own green carrying case. The top part is a molded plastic “cleaning comb” which allows you get extra bits of herbs off the scissors when you are finished using them. After that, it’s simply a matter of rinsing the scissors under hot water, and you are good to go. Alternatively, you can wash the scissors in the dishwasher, which is what we usually do.

You can purchase the Select Culinary 5-Blade Herb Scissors on Amazon.

I received a free pair of Select Culinary 5-Blade Herb Scissors in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own. I received no other compensation in exchange for this post.

 

 

Product Review: AirComfy Travel Pillow #ultimatetravelpillow

travelpillowI recently received an AirComfy Travel Pillow to review and it came just in time for a long road trip. We were travelling to visit my in-laws and it was a 10 hour drive. Since I am not the designated driver in the family, I get to sit in the passenger seat for a long trip. For most trips, I sleep quite a bit. Being in a moving vehicle makes me very sleepy for some reason. Having never owned a travel pillow, I was really happy to try this one out.

One thing I really liked was its drawstring carry case. Once deflated after use, you just store it in the case and it stays nice and neat (and out of sight). This pillow self-inflates, which is very cool. I added a bit more air to get it to my desired firmness. Then I got into my comfy sleep position, and it was off to la-la land. It was a great cushion to use, and it prevented my neck from getting cramped up on my trip. I was extremely satisfied with this product, and it will prove to be a great help to me as we take a lot of long road trips throughout the year.

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In addition to being used as a pillow, alternatively you can use the AirComfy Travel Pillow as a lumbar support. You can easily put it along the small of your back if you get lower back pain while riding in a car or airplane. Another great feature of the AirComfy Travel Pillow is that it is outfitted with an elastic band which allows you to place it around your neck; this keeps the pillow from sliding around while you are trying to sleep and it helps to support the neck. When you are not using your AirComfy Travel Pillow, you can deflate it, fold it up and place it back into the carrying case which comes with it. The carrying case comes with a clip, so you can easily hook it onto a purse, backpack or carry-on bag.

You can find the AirComfy Travel Pillow on Amazon

Disclosure: I received an AirComfy Travel Pillow at no charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received for this review.

Book Review: The List – Shout Out Your Dreams #promotion


thelistI recently read a very interesting e-book entitled The List: Shout Out Your Dreams by Yuval Abramovitz. The premise of the book is intriguing; the author believes that by creating lists, and writing down your goals and dreams, you can do amazing things to achieve those objectives.

The author’s story is very inspiring. Abramovitz began his creative life in very difficult circumstances, in a wheelchair as a teenager, with little hope for living what one would consider a productive life. Depressed and despondent, the author decided to make a life-changing decision: to write down a list of things that he wanted to achieve, no matter how crazy the notion. From this simple decision began a cascade of events which led to many successes and achievements. Not only did this young man manage to overcome his physical disability (no longer in a wheelchair!) but he has become a successful writer, entrepreneur, actor and media personality. From very humble beginnings, came great success.

Many of the questions that the author proposes are very intriguing and thought provoking. Why do we as adults very often stop dreaming? Why do adults tend to stop setting “big goals” for themselves after getting established in life with jobs, families etc. What are the reasons that adults are hesitant to vocalize their deepest wishes, desires and goals? How can articulating these goals help us to achieve all the things that we have dreamed about?

This book was extremely interesting. Even though I don’t generally read books in this genre, I was genuinely interested in what this author was proposing. It got me to thinking about many things, including the goals that I have set for myself, and why I am tentative about talking about them.

To really get the most of this book, you should really immerse yourself in it by doing the exercises that the author suggests. Even if this means you simply scribble down a few thoughts on a scrap of paper, it is the seed for potentially great changes in your own life. As for me, I am still digesting many of the ideas that Abramovitz has posited, and I hope that I will be able to implement the suggestions that he makes in this book.

This is an easy and very thought provoking read. For any adult who is looking to challenge themselves, and start taking on new goals, this book is a great place to start.

You can purchase this book (in paper and electronic form) on Amazon.


 

Product Review: Leash Locket #leashlocket

leashlocketIf you are a dog lover, then you need to read this review. I received a nifty little gadget called a Leash Locket to try out, and it is a really neat idea for the busy dog owner.

The premise of this product is simple. You attach a little strap with fasteners to your dog’s existing collar. On the exterior of this strap is a little magnet to which you secure the Leash Locket (as seen above). The idea is really ingenious! Your dog’s leash is attached to his or her collar via this magnet. Therefore, your dog is essentially wearing the leash. It’s not a terribly complicated contraption, but it’s a really great concept.

If you are wanting to take your doggie for a walk, all you need to do is detach the leash from the magnet, and clip it to your dog’s collar and walk as normal! When you are done your walk, just detach the leash and reattach the Leash Locket to the magnet on your dog’s collar. It’s handy, and best of all, you are not going to lose your dog’s leash!

The leash itself is a typical retractable leash that you have probably already used if you are a dog owner. It has a locking function if you want to prevent your dog from wandering too far. (The leash extends up to 6 feet).

I took my dog Daisy for a walk using the Leash Locket, and it went very well. She didn’t seem at all fazed by having the locket attached to her collar. She was just happy to be going for a walk!

When you purchase a Leash Locket, a portion of the proceeds from each sale go to the Leash Locket ASTRO Foundation, which helps abused and neglected animals. You can find out more about Leash Locket when you visit their website.