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.

 

Review/Giveaway: The #COVERPLUG Childproofing Product (CAN 02/12)

COVERPLUGIf you are a parent of young children, then keeping your home safe is likely a priority. One of the first things that new parents think of is covering up their electrical outlets to keep them out of the reach of little prying hands.

That is the precise reason for using a COVERPLUG. It is a durable, molded plastic panel which is designed to cover up any electrical outlets in your home. The COVERPLUG completely covers a standard grounded double outlet. Once installed, the look is seamless. If you wish, you can paint the COVERPLUG to blend in with your walls.

I found that COVERPLUG was very easy to install and it looks great. As a matter of fact, it blends in very nicely with my kitchen wall, you barely notice that an electrical outlet was ever there.

One of my readers will be able to win a 2-pack of COVERPLUGs to help kid-proof your home. Giveaway is open to Canada only.

I received a sample of COVERPLUG for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received in exchange for this post.

Product Review: Quartex Strategy Game #quartex

quartexLast month, we received a brand new board game to test out. Our family is big on playing board games, so it was a welcome arrival.

The name of the game is Quartex, and it’s a relatively simple game to learn to play. Each player receives 5 colored tiles. The object of the game is to place your tiles on the game board and complete a four cornered shape. When you complete a four cornered shape on the board, you receive a point token. However, as the number of point tokens collected increases, their value decreases. You need to apply logic and strategy to try and decide if having less tokens is actually worth more.

quartex2This game is really great for kids for several reasons. First, it is easy to learn to play. Secondly, it is a game that adults and children can play together. Third, it helps kids to develop cognitive skills such as pattern matching, color matching, counting, spatial reasoning and critical decision making. Of course, they don’t realize they are doing all this, they are just playing the game!

The game says that it is recommended for ages 8 and up. We had both our sons (ages 8 and 6) play this game with us. Both boys were able to learn the rules easily, and both were able to play the game with us. For the first game, we played an “open hand” with all the tiles visible to all players so we could help them learn the strategies needed to play the game. After that first game, they were able to play Quartex without any assistance from us.

I really liked this game, and more importantly, my kids loved playing it too. Both boys like playing logic type games (like checkers, chess, Battleship) so Quartex was an instant favorite.

You can find Quartex in Canada at Toys R Us and Calendar Club. In the United States, you can buy Quartex at Toys R Us and Amazon.

I received this product from the promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Product Review: Stark Safe Cut Resistant Gloves #starksafe

starksafeFact one: I love cooking, and baking. Not that I am a gourmet or anything, but I love puttering around the kitchen when I have the time.

Fact two: I am a total klutz. Like big time, horrible clumsy person. There have been so many kitchen accidents, I have lost count. My kids and husband tease me mercilessly about my accidents with kitchen knives. My kids have been told many times to run upstairs and fetch mommy a bandage. I should have a first aid kit in the kitchen, honestly!

So when the Stark Safe Cut Resistant Gloves arrived for me to review, I was really intrigued. It seemed like something perfectly designed for the clumsy person like me!

These gloves are designed primarily for kitchen use. Any sharp knives that you are using to cut meats, vegetables and fruit can cause a cutting accident. These gloves are meant to protect your hands in case you accidentally nick yourself with the blade. The material that they are made of is lightweight, yet durable. The food grade polyethylene and silica based fibers protect your hands from sharp edges, and bacteria as well. It’s a really cool technological innovation, without sacrificing any comfort.

What I noticed was that the gloves fit really snugly, and they did not cause my hands to sweat when I was cooking. They were not bulky in the least, and any movement of my hands was not compromised by having them on. They did get stained when I was chopping red peppers, but I just put them in the wash, and the stains came off easily.

While chopping an onion one day, the knife blade slipped, and it felt like I got cut. I took off the Stark Safe gloves, and in fact, the knife did not pierce through. There was no cut mark on my skin at all. While I don’t recommend doing such an “experiment”, it was nice to know that these gloves worked exactly the way they were supposed to work.

The Stark Safe Cut Resistant Gloves are now a fixture in my kitchen, and I no longer need to worry about getting cut in the kitchen. I like their fit, their durability, and the fact that they really protect my hands!

You can purchase Stark Safe Cut Resistant Gloves on Amazon.

Disclosure: I received a pair of gloves at no charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received for this post.