Product Review: Nature’s Best Eye Treatment

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I recently received a bottle of Nature’s Best Eye Treatment to sample. It’s easy to see the fatigue in a working mom’s eyes, just look at those big black bags! It’s impossible to get rid of them totally, but taking care of the delicate skin around the eyes is really important. A little bit of preventative maintenance (like moisturizing) can help try to mitigate the effects of aging.

The Nature’s Best Eye Treatment comes in a lovely package. It is a one ounce (30mls) bottle. You lift off the silver lid, and the product is dispensed by a pump. A small amount of the gel is all you need. I found that dispensing one pump of the gel was enough to cover the area around both eyes.

The product itself is a gel, colorless, and unscented as far as I could tell. It is non-irritating which is essential for the area around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is very thin, and so it is really important that an eye serum not contain any irritants.

The gel contains vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant that reduces the effects of damaging free radicals on the skin. The product is designed to help refresh the skin, protect it from the effects of ultraviolet radiation, pollutants, and free radicals on the skin. Vitamin C has also been shown to help smooth out the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines.

I used this product every evening after cleansing my face. I applied a small amount around the eyes using my baby finger. It absorbed very quickly. I found that after using this product for a few weeks, my eyes look brighter and less tired. That is a definitely plus for this busy mom!

You can purchase Nature’s Best Eye Treatment on Amazon.

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

Product Review: Nature’s Best Body Lotion

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I was recently sent a bottle of Nature’s Best Shea Butter and Japanese Green Tea Body Lotion by Mystelic Beauty to sample. I had never tried out this product before, but I had actually been looking for a nice moisturizer to use after I shave my legs, so it actually arrived at the right time!

This product comes in an 8 oz (240ml) pump bottle. The lotion is white, like most others, and delicately scented. It is not a very strong scent, but it’s something to be aware of if you have someone who is allergic to fragrance.

I used this body lotion for two different purposes: for application to my legs after shaving, and for application to my hands right before I go to bed. When I used this product, I noticed two things. Firstly, it was nicely scented but not in an overpowering way. It was not a typical “female” type fragrance, and this product could be used by either men or women. Secondly, I noticed that it absorbed nicely into my skin without living as greasy residue. Also, it did not sting when it was being applied. It’s amazing how often that I buy a moisturizer for dry skin, and I go to use it, and it actually stings when it goes on! This product was non-irritating and very smooth to apply.

I also applied this lotion on my younger son’s legs. He has eczema, and we have to moisturize his legs all year long or he tends to break out into red, irritated rash. When I used this product on him, it went on nicely, and there were also no complaints that it stung going on.

This lotion is formulated with shea butter, which is a very hydrating ingredient that can be used on many different skin types. Also among the ingredients are vitamin E and green tea, which are both anti-oxidants to reduce the effects of free radicals which can damage the appearance of the skin.

I really liked this product, and would highly recommend it for dry skin. It can be used for adults and children, men and women alike. You can purchase Nature’s Best Body Lotion on Amazon.

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

Product Review: Nature’s Best Face Lotion

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I recently tried out a product called Nature’s Best Face Lotion by Mystelic Beauty. It contains Vitamin C, which I know is a key ingredient for the maintenance of healthy skin, so I was very excited to try this product out.

First, I must comment on the packaging. It is a simple, very elegant looking bottle. I had it set out on my counter beside two other products in the same line, and all three of them lined up together looked lovely. You lift off the top (silver) lid, and simply use the pump to dispense a small amount of lotion.

The smell of this product was amazing! It was very delicately scented, not heavy in the least. It is a very light citrus scent. The smell did not linger, but it was very nice as I was applying the lotion.

I used this lotion as a part of my bedtime facial cleansing/moisturizing routine. First, I used my cleanser, then my vitamin C serum, then my retinol serum, and lastly the Nature’s Best Face Lotion to top it all off. The lotion itself is not heavy, it easily absorbs into the skin, but does not clog the pores. When I woke up in the morning, you could feel how soft my skin felt, and it was a very nice sensation!

Vitamin C is a huge part of my skin care regimen. Scientists have long known that vitamin C is a scavenger of free radicals, even when it is applied to the skin. The sunshine vitamin is also good for smoothing out the complexion of the skin and reducing the appearance of scars.

I am a huge fan of this product, and will be using it for a long time! It is a great product, and is not just for women. It can also be used by men who have dry, irritated faces. It is a non-irritating product, and an excellent moisturizer.

You can purchase this product on Amazon.

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

 

Book Review: Postcards From the Hedge

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I recently finished reading the book Postcards From The Hedge: Seasons in a Suburban Garden by Jill Appenzeller. This is a work of non-fiction. It is a book which spans the seasons in a single year, vignettes which are framed through the leafy lens of the author’s ever-changing suburban garden.

I must first disclose that I am not a seasoned gardener! I have a garden, and it is a bit “rough around the edges” to tell the honest truth. I must also say that the bulk of the work (like 95%) that goes into my amateur garden is done by my hard-working spouse who is happiest when he is outside.

The author is obviously a very keen gardener, and she seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of many species of grasses, trees and flowers. Many Latin species names are sprinkled throughout. If you are a gardener, then these names are probably fairly familiar. However, for the novice like me, the names went over my head.

However, it’s not really the point of the whole book. Really, the author talks about many different life experiences, and they just happen to be framed by the lens of the garden. It’s really a book of reflections, observations and humorous anecdotes about the author’s life at home. The experiences are universal and are ones to which all of us can relate.

One of my favorite stories is one in which the author meets the 4-year old boy who has just moved in across the road. He goes running scared from a few honeybees in the yard. The author instead uses the experience to teach the boy about the function of bees, how they help her garden, and why we need them around. It’s a sweet story, and one of those things that happens in life which you can’t plan for, but which bring immeasurable amounts of joy.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a light, enjoyable read, perfect for reading on the beach. It was a perfect companion to a lazy summer’s day. The themes that Appenzeller addresses are universal, no matter what your station in life, or whether you have a garden or not. She talks about the satisfaction that comes from hard work (the beautiful flowers in her garden!), and how hard it is to just stop and enjoy a day’s work (the proverbial idea that one should stop to smell the roses!).

I received an e-copy of this book to read, and I read it on a very early model Kindle, so I didn’t have any illustrations or photographs. I think the book would be really nicely complemented by some visuals.

You can purchase Postcards From the Hedge: Seasons in a Suburban Garden in either e-book form or hardcover version on Amazon.

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

Product Review: Krill Oil by Number One Nutrition

KrilloilOne of the major changes that I have made to my regimen of vitamins and supplements has been the inclusion of krill oil. I used to take Fish Oil capsules which contained Omega-3 fatty acids, however they really began to bother my stomach. Traditional fish oil capsules use oils which are harvested from salmon or mackerel. The content of the omega 3 fish oil is great in these products, however they have a troublesome side effect: fish burps! It is really just what it sounds like. You tend to burp quite a bit after you take the gel capsules, and it tastes really gross, like fish. Not too appetizing, let me tell you.

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So what is the solution to this problem? Well, it’s taking krill oil capsules. Krill are a type of fish from which you can get omega-3 fish oils. However, krill are present in enormous quantities (a sustainable resource) and the oil which is harvested is more potent than in other types of fish. The result? A smaller capsule which is easy to swallow. However, you don’t have to compromise on the potency of the omega-3 fish oils.

Number One Nutrition Krill Oil Capsules contain 60 softgels in each bottle. Each serving (2 capsules) provides you with 1000mg of krill oil, which contains omega-3,6, and 9 fatty acids. Also contained in this product are phopholipids and astaxanthin. Omega 3 fatty acids are useful for a number of conditions including improvement of joint health, maintenance of healthy skin appearance, and cardiovascular health.

A major advantage to using a product like Number One Nutrition Krill Oil Capsules is that you do NOT experience fish burps. Not even once! I have taken this product faithfully for three weeks, and not once did they ever bother my stomach. (I cannot say the same thing about my old fish oil capsules!) The softgel capsules are easy to swallow, and they don’t take too much room in my weekly pill dispenser.

If you are looking for a krill oil to try, then give Number One Nutrition a try. They have a easy to take product, which gives you a good dose of krill oil, with no discernible after effects. You can purchase this product on Amazon.

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

Giveaway: Super Summer Beauty Giveaway

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It’s been a while since I offered a beauty bag for readers, so once again it’s giveaway time. To commemorate the beginning of summer in Canada, I am offering a cosmetic bag filled with these five items. All of these items are my own, nothing has been offered in terms of sponsorship or promotion.

So what is up for grabs this time?

1. Quo by Orly nail polish in color Cotton Candy

2. Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (travel size, 45mls)

3. Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Hair Mousse (travel size, 45g)

4. OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil in color brown

5. Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller

All of this comes in a cute little blue cosmetic bag.

 

Giveaway open to Canadian and American residents. Good luck!

 

 

Book Review: The Top 5 Things of All Things Travel

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I recently was sent a groovy little book to read entitled “The Top 5 Lists of All Things Travel” by Toni Takeno and Kristine Castagnaro. The two authors are the co-founders of a company called Journey Soulo, which provides resources for persons looking travel internationally on their own. With so much travel experience between the two authors, they seemed perfectly equipped to put together this book, which gives you a “short but sweet” lists of do’s and don’ts for traveling the world.

Full disclosure: I’m a real novice when it comes to travel. It’s not because I don’t like to travel. On the contrary! I have wanted to travel the world many times over, but something always seemed to prevent me from doing so. I spent 10 years in university, which meant I was dirt poor, with barely enough money to feed and clothe myself, never mind take a trip. From university, I started working right away, and for whatever reason, I never took the time to travel before I was married. (By the way, I really regret that decision now!)

In my dreams of “what if?” I always imagine that I would travel extensively with my family. (As in, “If I won the mega lottery jackpot, I would spend some of my money…)

Nevertheless, I was still really interested in this book. The lists are short, incisive, and very informative. The authors always incorporate a healthy dose of humor into their work, so it never gets overly serious. In fact, this little book was such a joy to read, I read it in about 2 hours.

I don’t want to spill too many details of their work, but the top 5 lists were really cool. Some of faves were:

- Reasons to choose an apartment over a hotel

- Things to pack in your carry-on

- Items to leave at home

- Tips for taking awesome travel photos with your phone

With the digital version of this book, you also get lots of extras like links to useful websites, bonus blog posts, and videos. All of these serve to make this a really complete “how to” travel for the novice like me. I really enjoyed this book, and wholeheartedly recommend it. Thumbs up! You can purchase this book in paperback or digital form on Amazon.

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

 

 

 

Product Review: Make Your Body Work Online Fitness

logoOver the past couple years, part of the way that I have tried to improve my health is to get more physically fit. However, it has been a constant struggle to stay motivated. I hired a personal trainer, who works with me for one hour each week. When I try to get myself to go the gym alone and work out without her guidance, I just falter. It seems like I can make a thousand excuses why I can’t go.

So when I learned I would be reviewing the online fitness program Make Your Body Work, I was intrigued. It seemed like a perfect fit for me. I really don’t like going to gyms, and I don’t like group fitness classes. (I am always intimidated by the other people in the class who always seem more coordinated and fit than me!)

Here is the premise of Make Your Body Work. It’s a website devoted to your fitness goals. The site is run by husband and wife fitness enthusiasts Dave and Cassie Smith. Dave is a certified personal trainer who was recently selected as the top personal trainer in Canada. (Wow!) Dave is the person who does the video workouts which you can follow.

Each week, Dave releases two new workouts. The idea behind this is really great. First, you can do the workouts in the privacy of your own home. You can be as sweaty and uncoordinated as you want, no one is the wiser! Secondly, the workouts do not require that you purchase any special equipment. All you need is a pair of athletic shoes, some comfy workout clothes, and a yoga mat.

So, after doing a few workouts, I was definitely challenged. I did find the workouts a bit difficult, however, there is always an alternate way of doing the exercises that Dave will suggest as you go. If you can’t do the move that he is demonstrating, he suggests alternate body positioning that allows you to get a workout with a slightly lower level of difficulty. After doing the workouts, I felt sweaty, tired and challenged. It was a good kind of challenge, and happily one that I can pursue in the privacy of my own home.

One way that this site helps you with your workouts, is by offering a printable PDF of each video. It details all the exercises that are going to be done. That way, you can get yourself mentally prepared, or you can find out some more information so you know what to do when the time comes. I find that this has been helpful for me. It is easier to do a workout after I have taken the time to “figure it out” before trying it.

The website is chock full of great information, it’s not all  just the workout videos. There are very informative articles on nutrition, fitness, weight loss and healthy living.

If you are interested in fitness, but are hesitant about joining a gym, then I would highly recommend giving this website a try. Make Your Body Work has a FREE membership (woot!) which allows you to access all their video workouts and articles. The only caveat is that they ask you to social share their videos (via a Facebook like or Tweet) before accessing the content in order to spread the good word far and wide. It’s a pretty sweet deal, in my opinion. Definitely you want to check it out!!

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

 

Product Review: Softlips Lip Moisturizer in French Vanilla

softlipsIf you ask most women what they carry in their handbags, purses, backpacks or briefcases, I’ll bet the answer “lip balm” would be a frequent one. Living in Canada, having dry lips is part of the landscape. For 6 months of the year, it is so cold and windy that lip balm is a must.

I am no different. I have lip balm literally EVERYWHERE in my house, my handbag, and in my lab coat at work. It is an absolute necessity for me.

So, when I was sent a sample of Softlips Lip Moisturizer to sample I was very happy! For some reason, I had never tried this particular brand. The flavor that I sampled was French Vanilla.

First of all, I must say that the texture of this product was lovely. It goes on nice and smooth without that waxy, petroleum-type film that other products sometimes have. I found the product to be very moisturizing over the course of a typical day. The French Vanilla scent/flavor was very pleasant and not overpowering in the least. One of the striking things about this product is its shape: it is very slim, and can easily fit into your pocket, wallet or clutch. This differentiates it from all other lip moisturizing products on the market. While I do really like the shape, it is a bit on the narrow side for me, as I have large lips, so it takes a few swipes to completely cover them.

Softlips Lip Moisturizers come in a range of very appealing flavors. You can get them in Coconut Cream, Cool Cherry, Honeydew  Melon, Ravishing Raspberry, Strawberry Sherbet and Watermelon. All their products are water resistant (yay!) and offer SPF 20 protection against UVA and UVB rays. This is super important because your lips are no different than your skin. You can definitely get a sunburn on your lips (I have done this, it’s really painful!) and throughout the summer you should wear lip balms which offer protection against the sun’s damaging rays.

You can find Softlips at many retailers across Canada including Walmart, Target, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, and London Drugs.

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

Product Review: Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub

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I am the parent of two little boys, one of which has asthma. Unfortunately, that means we deal with a lot of respiratory infections in this house. He is very susceptible to colds, and it seems like every fall and winter we have many days and nights nursing bad coughs and stuffy noses.

Luckily for me, my little boy is a really good medicine taker. One thing he ALWAYS requests is some medicated rub for his chest and back. We have a routine at night when he is sick: he takes his oral asthma medication, his antihistamine liquid (during his seasonal allergy time), and his asthma inhalers. If I neglect to apply the medicated rub to his chest, he never forgets to remind me. “MAMA, I need my chest medicine!!!”

When I received my box of Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub to review, my son instantly recognized the box. He was happy that someone sent Mama some more of his “chest medicine” in the mail. When he is sick with a cold, or asthma flare-up, he loves the sensation of Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub on his skin. It helps to relieve the buildup of mucus in his chest, and a dab under his nose helps to open up his sinus passages.

Having a product like Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub is a great addition to any medicine cabinet. It can be used by both children and adults. Also, it is an option for cold symptom relief for people who cannot take oral cough/cold remedies. However, you can also combine it with oral cough/cold medicines if you choose. It’s a versatile and effective medicine to have around the house, in my opinion!

You can find Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub in most pharmacies and mass retailers across Canada.

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