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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Quick Review of the Bonapiel Cellulite Cream



A quick review of the Bonapiel Cellulite Cream
Written by Cyndi Curtis
 July 22, 2015

It's not often that I use cellulite creams, but I have tried one way back when. It was probably when I was much younger and didn't really need a cellulite cream. You know how we spent lots of duckets on beauty products when we were in our late teens early twenties? How I compare it to my purchases of beauty products then to now is, I think back then I wanted glitz and sparkly quick fixes- today I want products that actually work. I also didn't care what poison lurked deep within the products creaminess- today I label check first. Price is more of a importance now, because I want what I pay for to make sense. Back then I had hoped my products worked as the label stated. Most often the label lied and I was dupped for some bucks. Today, I sometimes get a product I don't love but it is hardly ever for the reason of ignorance on my part. I research a bit and allow my girly self to have some glitz but that had better come with some assurance of product quality.

I tried years back Avon's cellulite cream and I liked it, it seemed to work good enough and I did visually notice lumpy spots laid flatter. Of course I probably was dieting at the same time- so how can I be sure that it actually worked? Well, I can't. All I know is, the product seemed to do its job. This week past, I was able to open up the tube of Bonapiels Cellulite cream. I really liked the scent but what I found I liked better was;


  1. The Scent- a soft creamy sherbet flowery scent- but that's just like me to make it dreamier than it is.
  2. The Cream- a thickly infused cream that has caffine in within it and retinol.
The slight downside is this product also contains:
  • Butylene Glyco

Which is on an environmental watch list.  This list contains products that are potentially toxic or have already been found to be toxic. The levels of toxicity is also listed on this website. Too bad because this product had such potential to be a one to go to for cellulite treatment. If the company could make a treatment cream that uses all natural/organic ingredients I would be happy to shout it from the rooftops. For now, I must kick it to the curb and bid fairwell. For my readers who don't mind weird chemicals in their skin products- here is some info.

Ingredients for Bonapiel's Cellulite Cream (sourced from their Amazon page)
Deionized Water, Butylene Glycoll, Glycerin, SD Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Perfluorononyl Carboxydecyl PEG-10 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Castor Seed Oil, Dipropylene Glycol Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Maltodextrin, Caffeine, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Carnitine, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cysteic Acid, Pantetheine Sulfonate, Phenoxyethanol, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Orange Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract , Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Collagen, Lecithin, Alcohol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint Leaf) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Uncaria Tomentosa (Cat's Claw) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limonene, Peppermint Oil, Chondroitin Sulfate, Acrylates/C 10-30 Alkyl Acryalte Crosspolymer, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Methyl Nicotinate, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Xanthan Gum

I'm not implying this product can't work on diminishing bumps and cellulite ridden areas and to the makers defense the product does list towards the end a bunch of great more "botanical" ingredients more inline with the goodness of natural based product ingredients. So see there is a "good" side to everything.
Bonapiel Cost:$27.97 6.oz Tube


Thank you to Bonapiel for allowing me the opportunity to try this product.



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All Serums Are Not Created Equal-Radha Vitamin C

All Serums Are Not Created Equal
Written by Cyndi Curtis
June 23,2015


Today I am shouting it out from the rooftops. RADHA Beauty creates superior products. What do I know about skin care? I did take a year course at Empire Beauty Schools just because I had this fascination with the business of skin care. Well, not the actual business end but primarily the products and procedures of skincare and working in with skin.  Over the past year and a half, I have really started to concentrate on serums, moisturizers and cosmetics all mainly organic. Who knew there was a world of organic serums waiting just for me?

Truth be told, I had a personal fascination with skin care when my own skin started to do things I didn't like. Funny thing is I used petroleum jelly( much like Marilyn Monroe did) on my face to lock moisture into my skin. Little did I know, how horrible that could be.  So studying skin really opened by eyes to how to respect the skin I'm in. I also just love everything beauty!

Radha Beauty debuted their Vitamin C serum and a Vitamin C Cleanser. Woot, Woot! You know I was nawing at the bit to get my share. So here goes, a short review on a great product or two.


Radha Beauty- Vitamin C Cleanser loaded with aloe, borage, rose hip oils and orange peel tincture this cleanser has not real decerning scent. It is thick but runs easily if a drop is placed on the back of and and tilted. My complete review is here.

I am most impressed with Radha products simply because they do easily what they are promised to. In this case, the cleanser is clean cut and to the point= effective.

Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum- What struct me most about this serum was the watery formulas ability to be a good choice to add to their line of products. Plainly put the serum is like water. It is NOT a gel consistency serum at all- at least mine wasn't. When I opened the serum, I first smelled it. What can I say, I anticipate a scent to everything. There didn't seem to be a lovely scent of oranges or flowers. The scent was well unpretty. I was surprised at that fact, so much so, I kept closing and opening the dropper bottle in hopes the serum would morph into a flower or an orange.

Getting past that, I went straight for it. Using the dropper I did like I always do, place a few drops of serum on the back of the hand. The serum rolled off when I put two drops or more on the back of my hand.. the serum kept rolling off my hand.

I was perplexed and after being struct as this is" odd."  I remembered when I used Exuveriance Vitamin C powder. Whenever I used that powder to mix it with another serum to boost the serum's quality= the gel like consistency would instantly turn into a watery serum, regardless of how gel like in consistency the other serum was. The stuff would liquidfy. So all serums aren't created equally. Some are diverse in useage others are simply a formulation that sits atop the skin.

The unique trick to this serum is to pat it on without a cotton ball. The serum shouldn't be absorbed into any kind of applicator. Another trick I like, is using a dedicated fan brush to apply serums, especially if you rather keep your hands off of your skin. Try this during the cooler months for those with sensitized skin.
Radha Vitamin C Serum
http://radhabeautyproducts.com/products/vitamin-c-serum
$14.95 2oz.







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Sunday, July 19, 2015

I Never Tire of Hyaluronic Acids





I never tire of Hyaluronic Acids
Written by Cyndi Curtis
July 19,2015

If you have dry skin and you are especially concerned about the skin on your face, Tell me honestly that you don't find yourself buying new facial skincare products on the weekly? I of course don't have to buy as often as I once did, You know by now what I love about skincare is. I love that in some skincare products we can see immediate improvements, and in others no change at all. All throughout the routines we can enjoy everything about the product we are using.

For instance. I tried two very unique products, but both stated they improve the skin. These products are both hyaluronic acid serums. These serums help lock in moisture by supplying the skin a dose of what is found naturally in the layers of our own skin, hyaluronic acid which is moisture.


I have two hyaluronic serums I'm using today. One is the  LaNouvel Cellular Hyaluronic Acid Nutri Serum. What is really interesting about this product is the serum is comprised of 50% of Hyaluronic Acid. This acid mimics the natural fluid held within cells and skin tissue. The premise is simple, when we are yonnger our skin holds the right balance of water but as we age our skin loses more of those youthful attributes.  The skin cells shed time is lengthened and the plumpness within our skin begins to fade. There is hope and it's not in the form of surgery. It's hyaluronic acid serums and it's buddy the common exfoliant. I used a pricy bottle of dermafoliant but I am going to save the name of that for another post- right now it's about LaNouvel Hyaluronic Acid Serum. The product bottle is amazing. I like how the packaging just boosts the eye into thinking this is a lot more pricey than it is at only $28.00 a bottle it contains an extensive list of skin yum yums like silk amino, peptides and other botanical. The serum is pretty thick and it is clear. I first noticed how thick is was from say any other serum I had been trying or anyother serum I tried in the past so far.  Anyone who is into skincare or serums would be marginally impressed that the LaNouvel Serum lists C-Q10 and Dragons Blood as being a added benefit to the skin.

The product glided on with a sort of slick or glide that other (thinner) serums didn't have. Like I mentioned the serum is fairly thick as far as serums  go. For this serum to work properly with most skin type would be to use any kind of gentle exfoliate first and pat the face dry - quickly applying the serum thereafter.

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The other serum I was able to try is the Hyaluronic Acid Serum from CSCS. This one has no  GMO's and also states it is organic. Both hyaluronic acids are a 2 oz size. The CSCS brand states it has no fillers or artificial anything. So for those that have sensitized skin, this would be a good serum to start off with. Of course, if you are already pretty familiar with serums and the power over your skin that it gives you- either serum would be fine since both are full of good ingredients that can be delivered to the skin to help even out fading, scars and offer help to aid skin healing and dryness. The CSCS brand is considerably more affordable at a retail price of  about $13.99. The bottle is a col bolt blue dropper bottle which helps protect the delicate ingredients inside from sunlight. Sunlight actually depletes the good stuff inside.

I found the CSCS brand of Hyaluronic Serum to be thinner, more like a watery gel and the LaNouvel ( SweetSensations brand) to be thicker and more useful under cosmetics. Although that is NOT to say that the CSCS brand isn't able to be used under cosmetics, it means I would tend to use the LaNouvel under cosmetics because it seems to almost go on with the consistency of lotion but it's clear. Clearly there is a price difference with CSCS being cheaper. When choosing my face serums I would never buy based on dollar amount. I would research the ingredients first, look at the what's actually in the product ingredient list. I tend to go for a good clear list of what is inside the bottle. Thereafter, reviews come into play. It is always a leap of faith when we buy serums or, any product for skin and bath. 

The winner for today would be SweetSensation's LaNouvel Anti aging serum because if the thickness, I would relegate usage to indoor and under cosmetics especially. As for CSCS brand, equally able to stand on their own with the more usual consistancy of their serum, this could be a fine everyday serum without fail.

Smiles,
Cyndi

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STANDARD DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note, I only ever endorse products that are in alignment good ideals and I believe would be of value to my readers.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Don't Eat This Chocolate Bar


Don't Eat This Chocolate Bar
Written by Cyndi Curtis
July 13,2015

I have to appologize right off the rip. I haven't been here for you. I haven't been blogging for the last four weeks. I want you to know, I am back- however I may submit twice weekly for a few months instead of almost daily.

The truth is, my mother in law had a stroke. I really think that says it all in terms of why I am M.I.A, but of course the show must go on and we all want it to, don't we!  Murphy's Law states that what can go wrong will or something to that effect. So bear with me as I embark on a new stage of my life during my blogging "career". Onto the review.

I wish I could say, reviewing products is a job, but it isn't. I actually should write a quick background on what it is like to review products and post it on SMS BLAWGG. I love skin care products because well, at one time I wanted to make it my career. I entered Esthetic training and completed it and passed state board tests. At the time I was working in a pretty little posh spa called Tranquil Waters in Rhode Island. I learned so much about the industry. However, I learned I didn't love the Spa side of how skin care is executed professionally. In short, the money wasn't there and the professionalism wasn't what I wanted to toy with. I quickly learned doing skin care for a job- was a lot of effort. I tend to enjoy the product side of it all, not the business side.

This past week as hectic as it has been,  I had this pretty little soap sent to me. So let me get to it.
The bar is about 5.2 ounces which is fair size for a "boutique " type of soap. Some call it handmade, I like the word boutique soap- it's so official.


Don't Eat This Chocolate Bar

The Soapclub.com people are pretty official too, they quickly answered my questions and they did not even know I was the review girl who they agreed to work with for the testing and reviewing. See, I peeked at their site online and saw a place were we women who ADORE scented goodies go. I began to realize there was a plethora of scents to choose from. I had wished that I didn't have tunnel vision when seeking out my favorite scent- there is was- chocolate. Easy as pie to see because the soap is called Chocoholic. I have learned in my travels that each company that creates soaps in this scent can vary in what they believe chocolate smells like. So before I left the site, I asked the customer service rep via the chat icon, if the chocolate was in fact smelling exactly like warm chocolate.

I quickly got an answer. This bar of soap is called Chocoholic, and is mostly a concoction of chocolate scent and a touch of hazelnut. I can do hazelnut too, as long as it has alot of chocolate in it. My bar arrived, with a cute icecream shop packaging- which stated this soap was a 100% natural. This is artisan soap period. The packaging is okay.. cute at best. The soap scent is full bodied and when  you open the frail box- out comes a dreamy hunk of chocolate scented soap- just for you to get your fix on.

What's in it for me?

Be careful when you handle this soap in warmer climates- the soap nearly melts in the palm of your hand. That's because it is made with Olive oil, Coconut oil, Soybean Oil, Hemp Oil and Organic Shea Butter. Got dry skin much? Kill it now with Soapclub.com. My bar is creamy, silky, good for me and left my skin feeling truly moisturized.

The soap.com soaps are made in the USA and if you are a Patriot- then run and get yourself some. Be aware that the scent within the soap is called a "fragrance blend" That may not mean organic if have questions on the fragrance bases, ask their customer service staff online.  Overall, I found this soap to be a silky skin treat. The Soapclub.com is a pretty easy concept with a few different types of memberships; Soapclub, Soapclub Plus and Bathclub. Memberships are easily defined and interesting because you can combine memberships or just give it as a gift.

I promise you, this beats dragging yourself down to your nearest big box store and picking a tired ole bar of chemical latent, skin drying fake natural bar of soap from shelves, any ole day. Besides you save gas, time and effort in guessing for quality of the product you are using on your very precious skin.

The website is currently under development which is probably due to the overwhelming response to the great scents and memberships or they are coming out with additional goodies to choose from.
Take a minute to visit the soapclub.com page and peek at the pretty packaging then take a chance on ordering a all natural, organic artisan made in the USA soap.


Smiles,
Cyndi


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STANDARD DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note, I only ever endorse products that are in alignment good ideals and I believe would be of value to my readers.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Yogurt Pie Anyone?

They made me post this, my opinion of the Muller Dessert Inspired yogurts. I wish I had taken a photo, because they say a photo is worth 100 words. I just must put in my 100 words first and then maybe you may have a picture.

The yogurt tastes incredible. Of course everything that has other ingredients outside of organically sourced ingredients usually does. I don't have a complete issue with non organic products- I grew up on the old A and P grocery store stuff. My mother did cook homemade and some from scratch foods- daily. I was always fairly healthy and I was always chubby. So there goes the whole, theory of organic is not better than...

Still, this little non organic yogurt I had the chance to try was tasty. I knew it had to be full of some stuff I probably wouldn't be able to pronounce, still I liked it. Since I promised to try it, I had little choice not to share it with readers or the Muller company. Smooth, dessert like and creamy comes to mind when I search for simple words to describe the texture and taste. It really happens to taste very similar to a pie of sorts. Close your eyes before trying it to see what I meant.

I loved the brownie squares and  the raspberry flavor. If I hadn't known it was yogurt, I wouldn't have believed it without seeing it first. How's they get yogurt to taste like dessert?

This Mullers Dessert Inspired Yogurt has me covered when I want to cheat with someone sweet on my diet. At some point we can give up being a whole food snob and let loose here or there.


In fact I would make a No Bake Cream Pie with Mullers Dessert Inspired Yogurt.

My idea...
I envision some whipped cream(real NOT Cool Whip) premium organic syrup in chocolate or fruit flavor AND about 6 Muller Dessert Inspired Yogurt in Brownie Raspberry flavor and a graham cracker crust. Mix half a cup of whipped cream with  all 6 yogurts and fold all together untill fluffy looking.

Pour that into the pie crust, chill for 1 hour.

Oh yea..  I am so dreaming about this and I have to make it now. I should and post the photo. I didn't see this recipe anywhere, I just made it up right now. I am inspired by my favorite flavor from Muller's Dessert Inspired line of yogurts. The question is, can I actually make a dessert out of something that is born from people wanting to short cut the drawn out dessert routine?
 Yep, in my head I hear voices telling me over and over again. do it , do it, do it!

So, I shall. What should I call it? Yogurt Pie?

If you make this before me, let me know as I just dreamt this up on the fly!


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wedding Day Bliss with Bloominous

Wedding Day Bliss with Bloominous
Written by Cyndi Curtis
June 16, 2015


For most of us, we try our hand at DIY’s to save money and also personalize something to the way we envision it. Bloominous is a company that merged the flair of DIY with floral arrangements.  Launching the company in 2014 with the mindset to provide DIY floral kits that considerably reduce the stress and cost to brides looking create floral arrangements themselves.  
Bloominous offers a purposeful alternative to brides with their, DIY Floral Kits.
This can save Brides 30%-50% off their floral budgets.  How can this be?  Simple, Bloominous combined the floral industry with aspects of the DIY craze.  This offers Brides a way to side step the ballooning 250% +markup often charged by Floral Stylist for Wedding arrangements.  Imagine being able to buy bouquets at $50, centerpieces at $40 and boutonnieres at $5.00!
Sure there may be other services that offer readymade floral but, they aren’t ‘prepped’ floral kits.  Meaning, those others don’t cut to order and that includes dethorning and really making the arrangements come even more to life to accentuate the very expression of the day to your guests.
 On top of that you can expect simple step by step instructions accompanied by clear photos of each step.  Brides save time because each beautiful arrangement is projected to take ten to twenty minutes per piece.   Even the easy design tips and care products come along in each instruction.  Each collection has been designed by florists with over 10 years mastering their craft.  

Here is an overview of all the benefits of this DIY collection service;

·        Merges DIY creative flair with professional floral pieces
·        An array of floral products available including centerpieces, boutonaires and bouquets.
·        Affordably priced  saving you 30%- 50% overall
·        Beautiful specialty pieces cut to order including dethorning and trimming
·        Photos and accompanying instructions for each arrangement
·        Gorgeous designs, created by florist with a decade or more experience in floral design
·        Making DIY floral fun, easy and approachable for anyone

Be inspired; visit http://bloominous.com now to take a peek at your DIY wedding kit.






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Monday, June 15, 2015

Bringing The Noise About Salt Scrubs


Bringing The Noise About Salt Scrubs
Written by Cyndi Curtis
June 13,2015


Do you  rely on just lotions to add moisture to the skin?
Here is what is all wrong about relying on lotions to give moisture to skin. They do not make the skin moist. Lotions only sit on the skin surface but there are some lotions that are made with smaller particles that can help to deliver the better ingredients to the skin- keeping what moisture the skin has already within.

HUMECTANTS
There is a great use for products that contain Humectants. Humectants help the skin attract and retain moisture- this is a good thing. Most of us know a common ingredient is glycerin but it is usually put in products at a low level because at a higher level, this ingredient feels gooey or sticky to the touch. We can also find humectants in urea and other "acid" type of ingredients.

Emollients and Occlusive ingredients are easily thought of as oils. It's really just easier to remember. Emollients coat the skin and can seal in whatever is on the skin or hair. This has it's pro's and con's. Now with sea salt scrubs.. it's a win in some ways and a set back in other ways. Here's why I say this.

PRO'S AND CON'S OF SALT SCRUBS

  • Pro- sea salt scrubs will have salts in them and are used as a buffing agent to the skin.
  • Pro- sea salt are beneficial because they diminish flaky dry skin on almost all areas of the body 
  • Pro- sea salt is easy to use and can be bought fairly inexpensively or even DIY-ed.
  • Pro- sea salt scrubs can include other ingredients besides table salts- like salt from the healing Dead Sea.
Using a Dead Sea Salt product- you are getting minerals that are super beneficial to the skin. Scrubs made with a high quality oil can really help the salts extract and buff away the dead cells and rejuvenate skin.
  • Con's - salt scrubs can be made with various formulas and inorganic ingredients. Read labels.
  • Con's  -salt scrubs can be excessively oily and that is a turn off for many people.
  • Con's  -salt scrubs leave the bath tub with a ring or debris and that includes dead skin cells,dirt and old body products.

When choosing a body scrub for most of us scent counts so much that it is the ONE deciding factor in choosing a body scrub. Often women can't be bothered to look into the ancient benefits of using salt as a scrub- therefor missing the whole point of using a salt scrub in the first place. Cleopatra is made famous for her beauty.The truth is, she has been credited and documented as using dead sea salts, lime,oil,as well as honey and milk. I am so jealous thinking about how pure the milk, honey, fruits and even the salts were in her time. She didn't need to spend excessive amounts of time researching and reading product ingredients or labels! Okay, there were no labels or need for them in her day.


 Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub

This week I had the honor to try my hand at scuffing  away the dead cells on this curvy body with Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub. Now, I need to be perfectly straight forward with you. I broke the seal of the jar of this liquid-blue stuff and I unscrewed the top off... whew! I was blasted with a strong aroma of something perfume in a sea breezy sort of way. I'm a natural type of woman these days. I tend to be used to the natural scents of organic products. I am still surprised when they come in such wide range variations of scent. You know what I mean when you first opened a real Patchouli oil or  essential oil of Eucalyptus- blown back for a moment, right? Then after you keep being drawn to it, because you know you love it- you just are so used to the artificiality's of chemical products in our EVERYTHING- that we forget what the REAL smells like.

The Experience of Adovia

Okay. Adovia.. beautiful lasting scent while you use it. It is heady so to counter act that I used a smaller amount( less than a quarter size or so). I used too much at my very first shot. It had been forever since I even tried a good scrub- I forgot how! Lol.

So here is how.
1. Chose a organic product and before using a the scrub lightly wash your body or soak.
2. Using Adovia for me I found a quarter size in my palm worked
3. Water ideally should be warm to as hot as you like it
4.Taking the salt scrub, start at neck and work downward- everyplace on the bod.
5. Circular motion is suggested, but move around the skin as you go. Add more product as you move along.
6. Standing up is better for the product to scuff away and the water doesn't dissolve the product just yet.


When I first opened the scrub and peeked inside, I saw all this pretty blue colored product(salt and oils) and dipped a finger in. The product does seem"oily" to the eye. By the touch, it is a light oil, I liken to a safflower oil or sesame oil in texture. The sugar is a fine grain seemingly perfect for a scrub. The scent lingers mainly while during the experience of scrubbing the body. 

After the body has been scrubbed with the dead sea salts, grab a shower head and rinse with a full shower.  A small amount seems to go along way. After rinsing and drying my skin was unbelievably soft. Softer than I had felt in awhile- and I get to use many quality products. This product offers a great deal of it's label dedicated to natural ingredients and minerals- the only thing that made me pout was that it does include Propylene Glycol and "fragrance and BHT. If you would like to read more about BHT visit the link below.
https://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/butylated-hydroxytoluene-bht


The strong scent is I am sure attributed to the "artificial" scent additive. I can only assume that the light blue color is a simple dye. Now, I have to say, I enjoyed the scrubbing and it worked lovely, really lovely. My skin was brighter(dead, dull, cells gone reveled the skin under it) and my skin was soft.


I am a organic product junky and since I wasn't always like that before 8 years ago, I would buy ANYTHING that smelled good and looked good. Today, I am wiser and it can pay to be wiser when choosing products to put on the skin. After all the skin is the largest living organ of the body!


http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Sea-Salt-Body-Scrub/dp/B00KQWBJ5W/ref=sr_1_25?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1431200726&sr=1-25&keywords=body+scrub
http://www.cleopatraschoice.com/adovia-salt-scrub-ocean.html



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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Vitamin C Products Are Not Created Equal

Vitamin C Products Are Not Created Equal
Written by Cyndi Curtis   June 5,2015




If you wonder if you should try vitamin c products but you are hesitant because you have "a certain type" of skin, then you should investigate more. A simple search online will report back thousands of sites with information on vitamin c treatments and all the good stuff. Here is the short of it all. Vitamin c skin products vary in quality. When buying vitamin c skincare products the most expensive product isn't always the highest quality. Vitamin c skin care products can be made with a derivative of it such as, Ascorbyl Palmitate, which is much like vitamin C an antioxidant.

When looking for products that contain vitamin c, know the brand first. It's likely that if you believe in the brand philosophy and the company is ethical( transparent) you will do well to try their version of vitamin c skin care products than say a blind buy. Although I do buy and participate in blind buys- that being products I have never tried before like Exuviance. I do this as a way to test products and share with you what I find. I have preferred brands and will go further into that in another post for another day. Exuviance is not a organic product.

For now, I have to do a quick mention of Radha Beauty's Vitamin C Cleanser. Once again, this brand has my attention. Why, you ask?  It's super simple and I list the reasons below.

1. The brand has a story behind their existence. A brand with a philosophy is a excellent starting point. The brand's story is simple, easy to comprehend and it sets the tone of the reasons you should buy their brand.

2. The product packaging( if you know me at all, you know I have a pet peeve about crowded messy un aesthetic labeling). Radha Beauty makes it clear- ingredients and all.

3.Organic. 'nuff said there.

4. Lastly, the products have worked for me and I have been testing them for more than 6 months. 

I distinctly remember one of the products, I believe it was an oil had been exposed to sunlight or high heat during transit( or something) and it was brought to the attention of the company exec's that the product wasn't as it should be. The company immediately "recalled" all bottles by reaching out to all who received a product and urged them to return it for a new bottle.  I was impressed by the quickness of the action on their part to secure all damaged goods. I personally kept my bottle, because after further inspection, I realized mine oil was just fine to me. 

You can find out more about the company mission statement here.

While you are on the site get to shopping your very first product! Don't worry I'm right here if you need a hand on what to get for the first time.

VITAMIN C CLEANSER
My quick review after using the cleanser is, it's a light clear gel consistency, nearly unscented and comes in a 4 oz stand up tube. The packaging is easy to read for those of us who like to check all ingredients on the back. The company has their phone number listed on the back. Cruelty free, and eco friendly package make for a nice buy. I used a dime size on the pads of my fingers on wet skin. It would be great if I had been able to steam my skin for 3-5 minutes before using the cleanser- just to get those pores open more. If you have a face steamer, great. If not, use a towel warmer or soak a clean white face cloth or small towel in a bowl of hot water. When cool enough for you to apply to the face, apply to the face for a few minutes- then remove and use the cleanser.

Radha Beauty Vitamin C Cleanser
Retail. $21.89
http://radhabeautyproducts.com/
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

All The Selfie Fun

All The Selfie Fun
Written by Cyndi Curtis
June 4, 2015


So you swore you wouldn't get absorbed in so much self contentedness of taking photos with a cellphone camera- but recently you discovered selfie sticks. This mono pod with a fancy hook that helps you pivot your cell in hopes to get the perfect angle.
This fun page on mashable showcases all the fun pictures people have posted with their selfie sticks, and it's good. Goes to show us all that there is more to selfies than the photos Kim K takes of herself.
We take much more authentic photos using selfie sticks don't we? Here's mine.



Just last week, I had the opportunity to peep a selfie stick from Alezan Mobile. I had never had or wanted a selfie stick, I'm not sure why really but I soon fell for it. I liked that I could simply plug it in and poof.. take a snap. No syncing, reading instructions and all that none sense. I am still learning which positions to snap in.. I love it. I guess it gives me a new side bar "thing to do". Now that I had time to familiarize myself with selfies and the Alezan All in One selfie stick- I decided to work together with the distributor to offer other newbies to selfies(with a selfie stick thing) a chance to nab one on a discount, or perhaps even free*.   From now on try one of the great organic or natural skin care products I review- and share a photo or two with your new selfie stick! Trust me you will love taking it with you on outings- telescopes out and folds up to 9 inches to fit in your purse,

So, right now get a tab open and put in this link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UXYTJS2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00

So here is your special bonus if you want to try your very own selfie stick.#AlezanMobile
Here is a coupon code for you!  SMSBLAWG for a $8.00 off your order!


Btw, do you not love this photo; It's my mandala.

I will be posting more great coupon codes on my http://www.instagram.com/SMSBLAWGG and also on my pintrest board. Come on let's be friends! :)  #Alezanmobile

Smiles,
Cyndi

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Amara Hylauronic Acid and Simple How To


Amara Hyaluronic Acid and Simple How To
Written by Cyndi Curtis


I love skincare products. We all have that fetish and mine sometimes seems to be all about the skincare stuff. I tried the Amara brand's hyaluronic acid and here is my take. First I would like to say, I am a little bit too nice with most brand product reviews. I really don't want to be negative. However, sometimes it's gotta be more about the quality and purpose of a product and less about me being sent a free product they offer me.
I often teeter on a very fine line with brands in order to keep the peace. I should be honest, most serums are average in results and at times I throw in a bonus point or two for the product because it has some redeeming quality( package,size,scent,how it was mailed etc). From now on, I am going to state the exact facts with no sugar. Let's get to Amara's brand of hyaluronic acid.


Amara
 The serum comes in a usual sized clear pump 1 oz bottle. I didn't notice any scent and like almost all the serums I have tried the consistency is a watery gel. I used the serum for a few days, once a day. I usually do use a serum twice daily-day and night after washing+toning. I really do not have anything terrible to report, but nothing unique either. At this point is gets down to preferences. Do you like a unscented or nearly no scent gel or a slightly or naturally scented gel? Then there is price points. Amara is a reasonable price online and I am sure if you sign up with them, you can snag a discount code for a future purchase.

Remember to apply any hyaluronic acid in this order:

  • Gently Exfoliate
  • Wash with a gentle cleanser
  • Tone
  • Apply serum
  • Apply moisturizer
Also note, if you use a sunscreen it might be easier to find a facial specific moisturizer which includes sunscreen. If following this routine at night, skip any sunscreen specific moisture. To do this, you can apply a nice rose hip oil.


Amara Hyalyuronic Acid
Retail 1.oz $15.95



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Ditch The Wrinkles

Ditch The Wrinkles
Written by Cyndi Curtis
May 21,2015















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Monday, May 11, 2015

Yacon Syrup Uses

Yacon Syrup Uses
Written by Cyndi Curtis
May 11, 2015




Yacon syrup is pretty good at helping with cravings.  I tried another brand a year back and fell in love with results,taste and overall quality. Outside of visits to a primary care doc, I don't get wrapped in weighing on a scale. Those days seem to have escaped me. I'm more secure in myself and I would like to think I evolved from the post teen, gotta check my stats era of my twenties. I tend to pay attention to  how I am doing on a diet  and any change in how loose or tight my jeans are.   Last year I was able to try Qyuality Encapulations brand of yacon- it was really perfect- the right consistency, quality and taste. Peak Fusion brand just didn't hit ten's with me because I didn't experience what I had to when I tried Qualities brand.

 Although it did have some of the consistency of molasses I wasn't able to fully get into the use of the product because it arrived to me with the top seal breached( which was pause for concern),When I saw that the product was tacky on the outer ring and when the black cover removed- the product seal was pierced. I immediately contacted the company but they wanted me to pay for my product replacement. I don't get that. YOUR product was damaged in transit somehow and you think the very best remedy is to offer me a product in which I have to pay shipping?  All this made it difficult to give a glowing review.

Sadly, I am unsure if the cap being pierced devalued the flavor of Peaks syrup or if it just normally tasted  slightly bitter. Only slightly. I would wish it was sweeter. Anyway, here is the specs below on cost. Again, when you have a yacon syrup that you love, it has the consistency of molasses, tastes somewhat like it and has benefits that naturally occur from using it- like helping the user to feel full longer hence= eating less. This product is sourced from Peru, is organic and is a product of a fruit.
The good news is; this brand is affordable for most at around eighteen bucks for 8 oz. I placed a link to the company page. Overall, I think I would have enjoyed the yacon had I been able to really experience it for a few weeks to a month.

Cons; If you do not like molasses flavor- then you will NOT like this.
Pros: The price is right/fair.

Peak Fusion Yacon Syrup
Retail $18.97 on Amazon

*** I felt I had to update you on the peak brand because I did not get to fully enjoy it in anyway, I had to contact the company to give them the opportunity to make it right.. I felt the company should have offered me a better solution then what they did, Maybe next time!?
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Orblue Kitchen Sealer



Orblue Kitchen Sealer Review
Written by Cyndi Curtis

I had yet another opportunity to review a few products one of them is a bag sealer. The rest of the reviews will be posted in a few days. Today it's a quick write up on what I think of the Orblue bag sealer. I'm going to be quick about it because in all honesty it's a bag sealer and I don't work for Consumer Reports( Although I wish I did because that could be fun). Anyway on to the review;



Orblue is listed on Amazon but there are plenty of products just like it to choose from in a plethora of colors and styles. I have thought about getting a heavy duty bag sealer but for two reasons I haven't- one is the price and the other is the size. I don't have the room in my kitchen for a another large item and I kinda like minimalism when I can get it right.

The Orblue has a few advantages to say a larger bag sealer- one it is hand held, requires only two batteries and has this nifty magnet stuck to the bottom of it which means it can be slapped up onto any metal base. Those are my two go to reasons why I will continue to use it. Of course there are con's to pro's and I guess one would be, this little tool won't hold up to larger/thicker sealing jobs. Leave that to a bigger sealer of some kind. I managed to reseal, chips, rice and other moderately thin packaging. Still, this sealer qualifies as having a purpose in my kitchen,

Orblue Professional Heat Sealer
Retail.$ 12.87 Amazon
#heatsealer


Stop back by for the next review of Amara Hyaluronic Acid Serum( I love skin care products) and Peak Fusion's Yacon Syrup. If you need a natural appetite aid this may work- it's always been my go to for the past year when I was able to try the Quality Encapsulation Brand of yacon.



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Friday, May 8, 2015

What I Remember Most About Mom

What I Remember Most About Mom
Written by Cyndi Curtis
May 8, 2015


Today I am sitting alone on a hot sunny day and missing  my mother. Mother's Day is this weekend and I realize I can't physically share this day with her-again. It's been fifteen years since she has gone, cancer robbed me of her. I have so much to share about my mother- yet she was an everyday average person. I mean who in this world outside of myself would care that she is gone or how she parted this world?  I could be so elementary in my stance and just tearfully whine and type this entry, but I won't just do that. I don't care... today is about us me, and my mother.

What I love about mom

 I am often reminded of things she taught me. Some of the things she taught me were by example and other things were outright direct lessons. I remember her as being kind. She never spoke to me about people being fat, skinny, rich or poor. She never called anyone a casual name- she wasn't into labels. I don't know if she did this to protect me from prejudice or if she just didn't care much for labeling people or categories.

My mother never sat me down and discussed love. She didn't advise me on who to love, what type of person she thought would be good for me or gave me a bad lecture when I chose someone that in hindsight was less than perfect for me. Maybe she trusted my judgement or better yet, wanted me to learn things on my own.

  • She let me make my own mistakes 

The only time she every raised her voice at me was when I didn't follow her few simple rules which were as I remember them;

  1. Come inside when the street lights came on
  2. Don't be rude or embarrass the family
  3. Be kind to people
  4. Say please and thank you
Punishments were few, but they existed; My mother came from the 'get the spoon club' she and my grandmother had this thing with wooden spoons. If any of the kids were out of line, it was I'm going to get the spoon. Either that or we would get a slap or two.  Seriously, it was the wake up call. Today, this is all thought of as old school. 


I was my mother's only child. I went everywhere with her- I was her companion too. When I started to get older, I naturally drifted. I was more about friends then mom. Still when I came home, I would be comforted by mom's ever presence on the sofa watching her favorite shows. I also remember my mothers all time treat to herself which was of all things, fresh king crabs. I can still see her now, with a white paper wrapped crab, fresh steamed, her eyes glistening  as she set up her one special dinner for herself on a weekend- crab time. I'm laughing a bit now, thinking how she loved those things. Who knows, maybe my father didn't like them or maybe the treat was pricy one that she only allowed herself here or there. I know when we went to the fish market, she would get all the best things.

She taught me to;

  • Treat yourself well
  • Allow over indulging every so often
  • Home is where the heart is
My mother was known as a good cook, she loved cooking big pots of mostly Italian foods and we always ate the full course meal almost nightly. We ate pasta on Wednesdays and most Sundays. She would prepare; pasta and meatballs, stuffed manicotti ,antipasto,dough boys( a New England thing) and homemade pizza. Everyone of my friends loved my mothers pasta,meatballs and sauce.

I never have to dig too deep into my memories of mama, to hear her laugh. How she laughed was kinda funny... I can't imitate it but I can hear it in my minds eye. I see here laughing there. Her laugh although very different from a very good friend of mine from school Susan. Susan's laugh was infectious.. as was my moms. Mostly all of my school friends are mothers and even some of their kids are mommies now. It feels more and more like we are in this bigger than we realize circle of life and that things are as they should be. 

Except one thing.. that should never be that we never make the mistake of forgetting all our mothers have taught us, both indirectly and directly. When we were younger, we never could step outside the bond we have with our moms to really see how wide and far it could go.  I don't know about you but my own bond with my mother has only been richer with her passing. I treasure her lessons more now than ever before. 

Thank you mom for all the sacrifices, the many Christmas joys, teaching me to be a responsible individual( even when I refused), the countless birthday kisses, bedtime stories, smiles, rides to visit my friends, the discipline I was convinced I didn't need at the time), the good examples you set, the mistakes you made and then made everything right,those times you made everything special, for all the times you were proud of me and thank you for telling me again, before your last days here on earth- that you were proud of me, that I was a good child and I never really disappointed you.

That was just being a mom, taking time to tell me what was in your heart before you had to go. Another gift you gave...

Thanks mom for all the love you shared with me, your daughter. I love you- wherever you are now.

Cyndi

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Botanicals in My Cream

Anti Cellulite Cream Ingredients
Written by Cyndi Curtis
April 28, 2015


Once again, I have the awesome opportunity to check out a organic skin care product. I may not be the fitness queen but I do love botanicals in my creams and serums!  Today it's the anti cellulite cream by Skin OR organics. It's called NuElle Triple Action Anti-Cellulite  Firming Concentrate. I am laughing a little because the container actually says "with 25 flub busters". "Flub"? (grumpy cat face)


First ingredient on the label is purified water then aloe vera gel and the list goes on; coconut oil, birch, CQ10,kola nut and algae extract- much more as I read.   I found the scent a soft mix of spearmint and a citrus note. The cream is light weight and non greasy but definitely soaked in well. Noteworthy; does contain caffeine among all the other botanicals. I do like that this does have a bunch more botanicals than I cared to list in this post and I tried to take a photo but, the camera on my phone sucks.

Before I tested it, I put it on my hand- no tingling or warming sensation there. Maybe, just maybe I noticed some on my belly when I rubbed it in. Could it be warming because I rubbed it so dang hard.. I mean I really want this to reduce, detoxify and firm my two kid,two operations, fourtysomething- year -old belly. Like I said, I will keep using it to discover it's worthiness.  Here is the break down;
Results from this type of cream is usually seen 3-4 week in with daily use.  A few years back I did use an Avon anti cellulite cream religiously after each shower nightly, and I did in fact notice an improvement over 30 days or so. The avon brand does not have organic good for you ingredients- BUT did have caffeine. My bet is on this natural one and the price is fair enough.




NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Concentrate, with Caffeine, L'Carnitine, CoQ10, Algae+; 25 Best Cellulite Fighting ingredients, 5oz
Retails $26,00 Sold By Skin QR Organics




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