Product Review: Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Oxygen by 180 Cosmetics #HyaluronicAcidSerumOxygen180cosmetics

180cosmeticsI have been a relatively recent convert to facial serums. They pack a vitamin/nutrient punch when it comes to infusing your skin with ingredients which keep it healthy. I only wish that I had started using them a few years ago, now that I have seen how nice they make your skin look.

When I received my bottle of Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Oxygen by 180 Cosmetics, I was immediately impressed by its packaging. It comes in a slim, elegant white box. When I removed the bottle of serum from the box, I was surprised by the size. It is a slim, fairly small bottle in comparison to other serums that I have used. The bottle includes a glass bottomed eye dropper which helps you apply the serum.

I quickly found out the reason for the small size of this bottle. The serum itself is very concentrated. You only need to use a drop, literally, and work it into your face. It spreads across the skin easily, and it does not cause any facial irritation or stinging. After waiting a couple minutes, I noticed that a couple minutes after application, the serum had fully absorbed into my skin without leaving any sticky residue.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Oxygen is sourced with high quality Swiss hyaluronic acid which helps to restore firmess and elasticity to the skin. In addition, this serum contains vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant, scavenging free radicals which damage delicate skin.

I used this product every morning and evening for two consecutive weeks. After this period of time, I was happily surprised by how nice my skin looked. Overall, it evened out my skin tone and made me look refreshed. I did not even need to wear makeup on my days off, because I though my skin looked pretty decent overall.

I was very happy with the quality of this product, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality facial serum.

I received a product for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

You can find this product on Amazon.

Product Review: Vita Sources Maxasorb Vitamin D3 Cream #MaxasorbD3Cream

maxasorbVitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin”. Our bodies do not manufacture vitamin D on their own. When we go outdoors and our skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun, it helps to drive the process of vitamin D production in our bodies. Vitamin D is one of those multifunctional super-vitamins which helps to power many processes in the body. One of the most important functions is the role that vitamin D plays in the maintenance of healthy bones. In addition, many scientists and medical researchers believe that adequate levels of vitamin D in the body are important for immune health and reduction of cancer risk.

For this reason, many people take vitamin D as part of their overall health regimen. It is possible to get vitamin D if you take a daily multivitamin, however it is common to augment this by adding a separate D supplement. Many doctors that we deal with in our pharmacy setting recommend that their patients take at least 1000 IU (International Units) of vitamin D each day. In Canada, where our outdoor season can be very short, it is critical that people get adequate levels of vitamin D through supplementation if they are not able to spend much time outdoors.

maxasorb2I was really intrigued when I was introduced to Maxasorb Vitamin D3 cream by Vita Sciences. This was definitely the first time that I have ever seen a vitamin supplement that can be administered in the cream form. It is a very innovative product idea for people who are not keen on taking tablets or capsules.

The unique pump, when depressed, dispenses a predetermined amount of cream in which is contained 1000 IU of vitamin D3. The cream itself is white, odorless, and looks much like any typical hand or body cream. You simply rub the cream into your skin once each day and you automatically have your daily dose of vitamin D3.

When I used the product, I applied the cream to my forearms. I did not detect any odor to the product, just as it states on the packaging. It is easily absorbed through the skin, and did not cause any skin irritation whatsoever. It was an easy thing to do each morning, I just made it part of my morning routine after I brushed my teeth.

This is a great product idea for people who are needing a vitamin D supplement, but don’t want to take an oral supplement. Also, this would be a great idea for people who are medically fragile and require tube feeding. In this case, it is easier to administer a transdermal cream supplement, rather than crushing a conventional tablet and administering it through the feeding tube.

You can find Vita Sciences Maxasorb Vitamin D3 Cream on Amazon.

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

Freebie Alert! Get A Pair of Free Sterling Silver Earrings! #freebies

Lavender EarringsI just came across a great FREEBIE for all you bargain hunters out there. For a limited time only, you can get a beautiful set of sterling silver earrings for FREE from Darcus Tori!

There lovely earrings are made with .925 sterling silver into which a 6mm alexandrite (lavender) stone in set. Alexandrite is the birthstone for the month of June. As seen above, these earrings can be fastened securely to your ears with a wing nut clasp.

These earrings retail for $59.95, but from now until May 23rd, they are absolutely FREE when you use promotion code 0704. You can actually get up to 3 pairs of these earrings for free. That is amazing value. Plus you can stash these beautiful earrings away for a Christmas gift.

The only cost to you is shipping. I took advantage of this offer, and can attest that it is legitimate. I only had to pay $5.95 for postage. They will send you a tracking code so you can follow your order when it ships.

You can find this offer at the following web page. Share this post so others can take advantage of this great deal!

This is an unsponsored post. No compensation was received.

 

Book Review: Wait For the Rain by Maria Murnane

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I was recently sent a digital copy of Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane to review. Having read two of Maria’s books from her Waverly Bryson series, I was looking forward to reading this novel as well.

The plot of this novel revolves around Daphne White, who is on the cusp of turning 40 years old and is having a classic mid-life crisis. She is recently divorced, working in an unfulfilling job, and is having relationship issues with her teenage daughter. Her sense of identity is muddled to say the least, and she is at loose ends in her personal and work life.

Enter Daphne’s two college friends, Skylar and KC. They have planned a sun drenched vacation to a tropical island and have invited Daphne to go. Despite her misgivings, she decides to go on vacation. Ostensibly, the friends are going to celebrate Daphne’s fortieth birthday. The birthday girl herself is not feeling too enthused about this new decade in her life, and so the plot begins.

The bulk of the plot takes place on the fictional tropical island. Daphne starts out the trip feeling insecure, ashamed and unable to communicate to her friends how frustrated she is at this stage of her life. She feels upstaged by Skylar, who is a super-successful career woman, and KC, who is physically fit and chronically upbeat.

After meeting some new (male) friends, and having some heart to heart talks with her friends, slowly we see the transformation in Daphne’s outlook on life.

Overall, this was a very quick and enjoyable read. Because I am in my early forties, I was easily able to identify with the insecurities of a middle-aged woman. The interior monologue that Daphne has was very authentic to me. Her friends’ personalities provide a nice counterpoint to Daphne’s introverted and somewhat insecure persona.

While I didn’t find this novel to be a challenging read, it was thoroughly enjoyable. It was nice to imagine the tropical adventures of three friends in a seaside paradise. This would be a great beach read this summer.

You can find Wait for the Rain on Amazon.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Product Review: Canada Fitbit Band

fitbit A couple years ago, my family purchased a Fitbit Flex for me. Since then, I have worn it on my wrist more or less constantly to help me track my activity. Using a Fitbit, I am able to track the number of steps I have taken each day, calories burned, and even hours of sleep. It’s a handy way to get a grip on how active you actually are (versus how active you think you are).

When you get your Fitbit, they generally give you one bracelet, into which you insert the tracker. The bracelet I received was a grey-blue which was fine, if not a bit boring. For Christmas, my kids and husband gave me some replacement bracelets with different colors, so I can switch up the shades depending on my mood.

Recently, I received a really colorful red and white colored Canada Fitbit bracelet to review. Now, here was something cool to wear. It definitely was a nice change from the single colored bracelet that I had been used to wearing. The material that my Canada Fitbit bracelet was made of had the same feel as the name brand Fitbit bracelets that I had been used to wearing. The tracker fit snugly inside the red and white bracelet, without any problem. The bracelet fit nicely on my wrist and was a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I have received quite a few compliments since I started wearing it.

Are you interested in purchasing a Canada themed Fitbit bracelet? You can get one for a very reasonable price on Amazon.

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

 

Product Review: Vinomio Wine Chiller #winechiller

winechillerIn a strange twist of fate, I received a really nice new wine chiller from Vinomio to review and in the same week, I also learned I was pregnant! How is that for coincidences!?! Immediately after I opened the package, I was just craving a nice glass of red wine, but alas, it was not to be.

Not to worry, though! I have lots of family members who are wine lovers, so using the product was not a problem. I wasn’t allowed to sample the finished product, but no matter!

The Vinomio Wine Chiller is quite an ingenious little device. It solves the age old problem of how to get your bottle of wine to its perfect serving temperature if you forgot to put it into the refrigerator. (or, your guests brought a bottle for dinner and you want to serve it right away)

In my former life, I would have thrown a bottle into the refrigerator, or even the freezer, and hoped that it would bring the wine to a palatable temperature. Not the most precise method of cooling.

So here we go with the Vinomio Wine Chiller. You place the stainless steel chilling rod in the freezer for about an hour. (or if you want to be prepared, just leave it in the freezer) Then, when you need to use it, you screw the stainless steel rod onto the aerator, insert it into the bottle of wine and press down until it fits snugly onto the bottle. Then, your wine chiller is ready to use.

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You can use the Vinomio Wine Chiller for red, white and sparkling wine. For red wine, you would leave the wine chiller in the bottle for 10-20 minutes to get the wine to its ideal temperature. For pre-chilled white wine, champagne or prosecco, leave the chiller in the bottle and the wine will stay chilled for up to an hour.

What distinguishes the Vinomio Wine Chiller from others that I have seen is that it is a 4-in-1 solution: it acts as a chiller and aerator while also corking and pouring your wine. It keeps everything cool and tidy! This is a fantastic product, a great gift for the wine lover in your life. This would also be a great bridal shower gift idea, accompanied by a couple bottles of wine.

You can find the Vinomio Wine Chiller on Amazon.

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

Product Review: Sun Si’Bella Tinted Sunscreen #sweetsationtherapy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s almost that time of year: summer! Time to start stocking up on all the essentials to stay safe and healthy this summer. Number one on the list: sunscreen! I am a sunscreen fan, and have been for many years. My kids and me stayed slathered in the stuff all summer, and we try to stay as protected as possible from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

I was sent a tube of Sun Si’Belle Tinted Sunscreen to use last month in preparation for the upcoming spring and summer months. This is considered a broad spectrum sunscreen, meaning that it helps to block the effects of both ultraviolet A and B rays.

The texture of this sunscreen really surprised me. It is not nearly as thick as a typical sunscreen. It worked into the skin very easily, and did not leave a greasy residue. This is a tinted sunscreen, the first that I have ever tried. It really makes your skin look great. You get a nice, rosy glow, without having to subject your skin to actual sun. The tint makes it a unique feature among sunscreens I have tried.

In addition to the active ingredients, which are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, this sunscreen contains other ingredients which helps your skin look its best. These include the anti-aging ingredients, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. If you are prone to sensitive skin, you can rest easy as the sunscreen is free of parabens and oxybenzones.

There was a distinct scent to this sunscreen, which I could not identify, but nonetheless was relatively mild, and not unpleasant. The scent did not linger on the skin very long. The fragrance does not appear to be synthetic, as evidenced from the ingredient listing. It appears to be derived from a combination of fruit oils and lavender oil.

Overall, I was very happy with Sun Si’Bella Tinted SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen, and look forward to using it regularly once the sunny weather finally arrives in Ontario.

You can purchase Sun Si’Bella Tinted SPF 30 Sunscreen on Amazon.

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

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.