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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kung Fooie-ist Chopper

Kung Fooie-ist Chopper
Written by Cyndi Curtis
September 4, 2015

I love my "work" this blog writing is work, I'm not going to lie. Still, it's the kind of work that takes love..passion even. Occassionally my posts will include other products that I write up on and review by way of videos. Today I want to quickly write up about a neat little kitchen gadget. The #Brieftons food chopper is this cute little hand chopper, thats right it does not use electric. I like that because you know I am some what of a tree hugger. Also, electronic things seem to malfunction easily or just burn out. I like the idea of using what God gave me- my two little hands.

I was scepticle at first but... then I put it to use. See that  here on my video channel.

Brieftons Food Chopper
Was $29.99
Now  $15.99
I'm not going to write a long winded review on this one. I just want you to see how very good it works in action. Check the video here.


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, September 28, 2015

Kickass Blog Readers Want This

Kickass Blog Readers Want This
Written by Cyndi Curtis
September 28, 2015

We bloggers are here for many different reasons. Some of the bloggers I spoke to mentioned all sorts of reasons, some fun reasons and some desperate reasons like just wanting free products in the mail. Of all the bloggers I texted,chatted or facebooked with- the mood is generally the same- we all had something we wanted to share with other women.

Personally, for me it did start as a way to share my voice. I had a reading years back( yes a pyshic reading people, geez open your mind) :) and back in 2004 I had a small holistic store in which I sold herbal remedies,books,alternative holistic products and even had a reiki healer and a angel card reader working there with me- I did reflexology at the time by appointment of course. My reader told me that "people want to hear what you have to say Cyndi", and that stuck with me. So here I am..four years writing blog posts on products, mainly skincare but products in general that women use at home.

The blog took it's own form. So in that sense it is authentic. I didn't set it up with anything specific in mind- all I wanted to do is share a bit of what I knew, was interested in and what things I learned. In the coure of doing that, I found out alot. Here is what I know to be true about the blogging world.

  • Most bloggers are out to create an income with their blog
  • Blogging requires as much effort as any part time( or full time) job.
  • Bloggers are on a timeline and time sensitive dates
  • We all started with the hope of sharing what we learn with other women(readers)
  • Most bloggers are extremely creative people who are multi talented


I admit, some of us like the limelight and dream of getting into it - and that is why we write a blog post too. We secretly write with the hope that someone in an important position notices how we write, likes our spin or just likes how we design our blog- again so we can advance financially and of course share with even more women. Mainly there is an element of being carefree- giving the illusion of  no borders or restrictions in our blogging lifestyles- an ideal of it's all fun and play.

The reality is, there are timelines and restrictions in our blog work. Oh and it is work but many would say it is a labor of love. Again, I must admit there are times when I am reviewing a product I stop and think why the fuck am I doing this again? I feel bored or slow paced in the fact that I myself am designed for so much more in terms of writing or being. I mean, reviewing products does get menotinous. Everyone feels that their work has days in which they yearn for a monkey wrench to be thrown into it. Blogging can be that way too.

The kickass part of blogging is that someone out there vibes with what you write about, or with you in general. Someone- if only one person looks up to you and thinks wow, she didn't have a writing background, she didn't go to school for this but yet she is making an income at it. That one reader thinks, I can do it too( maybe even better). This one reader is inspired. 

For me, that is my kick ass reader. She wants to bring creativity into her life- she wants to walk each step as I did just to start blogging or writing. She enjoys the idea of reviewing products and sharing the experience of a product tester with an audience, even if it may be a handful of people to start. Being a kickass blogger isn't about speaking to the masses. It really isn't about the readership level in terms of how many people you can get to stop by your blog and read is more about the writer, her vision and what she has that may inspire another woman to follow her dream of doing something she loves. That may or may not be blogging... it could be something far more interesting but none the less- a blogger has the power to inspire others with a single blog entry. She may also have the power to;
  • Create a passive income
  • Cultivate online friendships/mentorships etc.
  • Be an inspiration to a under creative person 

A blogger doesn't breed kickass blog readers- she/he dwells in the art of creating inspiration among other readers even if she is just attracted to one post or follows her over several months or years. Everything has a reason and a season. The point is to learn, share and grow. I hope you will continue to read my blog, allow me to share what I know and together I do want us all to grow in our own ways all from a blog that originated because a smart woman relocated to the country and had a vision to not lose all she knew to the grey area of finding our way in a new place- alone. The bloggers usually start off in hopes of some kind of connection. Our "supper table" is the blog and we share the fruits of that with our kickass blog readers!

In another post, I will share the passive income I created with the blog and how, as well as what work it takes to get it all off the ground.

Are you a professional,part time blogger- would you like to share what you do with other women to inspire them? Visit my Women Wednesday interview of buisness owners online who run the world!( ahem, okay they run their world) !! :))

Cyndi Curtis B.A.,
Holistic Coach & Beauty Blogger ( and stuff)

Make it happen- do what you love!

Let's be friends!

Please share this entry, or comment- all communication is appreciated. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!

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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Women Wednesday's Series- Blog Interview with Blue Flower Soy Candles LLC

BlueFlower Soy Candle

Written by Cyndi Curtis


Teri Ross is a woman who after 28 years working for a large company in the delivery industry had dreamed of going off and opening her own business. The economy wasn't picking up but Teri felt like she still wanted to get a business off the ground, while still working part time. Teri never thought about the Candle business because she noticed she couldn't burn a candle at home without some type of allergic reaction to the ingredients in the candle. A business idea was born. Read further to discover more about Teri and her creations that help women who have allergies to enjoy beautiful soy products that promote natural healing.

SMSBLAWGG: What part of the country are you located in?

TR: Sarasota, Florida

SMSBLAWGG: How long did it take you to attend school?

TR: I didn't have to attend special classes but I did begin by learning more abour soy, it's benefits and why I didn't have a reaction to a soy candle vs,, a paraffin candle. I have to know, was it the candle or the scent that I was reacting to. I did research on difference between paraffin and soy scented candles.
I created a simple formula that works with all skin types with quality ingredients and is still simple and reasonably priced.

SMSBLAWGG: So you would say your product is just for women?

TR: It doesn't matter if your skin is oily, dry or if you are male or female, it works on all skin naturally, without harmful chemicals.

SMSBLAWGG: Did you ever feel like you wanted to stop trying to build the business up?

TR: Yes, I felt overwhelmed. It was my customers and their feedback on the candles or other products that I created, that kept me motivated.

SMSBLAWGG: What would you say it took you in terms of money to get started?

TR: I kept a small budget, but in the beginning there seemed to be more money going out than coming in. I would say I started out investing $3,000 in the business. I started this business with my own money and focused on being a online business.

SMSBLAWGG: What would you say to a woman who is thinking of starting her own business, or has just started her business online?

TR: That's hard to say because I started slowly, I felt like the business was more of a hobby at first. I started out doing farmers markets and craft shows to get my name out there. I didn't pay for advertising- the shows and market was my advertising when I started. The craft shows and markets helped me make the money I needed to be able to put whatever I made back into the business.

SMSBLAWGG: Are you willing to share what you currently make doing this type of business?

TR: Sure, I currently make between $100- 500 dollars per week doing what I'm currently doing in this industry at this time.

SMSBLAWGG: What else would you do for the business to help it grow if, money was no object?

TR: I would put more money into advertising, and get help with different areas of my business. I would also get into creating more skin care products.

SMSBLAWGG: Is being self employed more rewarding or more difficult?

TR: I would say interestingly enough it is a balance between the two. In some areas you will need to be more focused when it comes to certain things.

SMSBLAWGG: How would you say the economy effected your business?

TR: When I started my business, the economy was bad. I had a very tight budget and gave myself one year to recoop what I spent on starting the business( investment). Right now my business is paying for itself.

SMSBLAWGG: What inspires you each and everyday to keep on moving forward in business?

TR: I have to say, the customers keep me inspired. I love doing the farmers markets because the very best thing about it is the customers are happy to give you feedback. I received feedback on what customers did and did not like, or they would give me great suggestions. In regards to selling online, well that can be more involved because it is hard to get the products in front of the right customers. It's about finding the right customers and getting your products in front of them.

SMSBLAWGG: Is there anything else you would like to share with SMSBLAWGG readers?

TR: Yes, that starting off treating your business like a hobby and see where it can take you is far better than starting off with too much pressure. I think you will enjoy it more and you will most likely get more advice from others. There is also help at the local score offices in your area. Simply put, just believe in yourself.

SMSBLAWGG: Does the name of your business have any significance, or is it just another pretty name?

TR: The name of my business means something. It represents a central symbol(that being the blue flower) of inspiration, desire,love and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and(at times) unreachable. Generally, it symbolizes hope and the beauty of things.

Teri Ross gave some great advice for women who may be curious about going into business, or for those women who are interested in tips on taking a different approach to building business. I found when I was opening my holistic studio and a office for coaching clients, I didn't have these tidbits to help guide me. Overall, research is the key, feedback is essential and willingness to take the hard times with the good are all part of everyday business. Financially speaking there are avenues to discuss in terms of gaining the investment money. Go slow and treat your business like it is your passion( like Teri said, as a hobby, doing something you enjoy doing) will bring you the most reward.

Exclusive sale for SMSBLAWGG READERS 30% OFF your total order! Visit the link below to shop!

Here is Teri Ross's business and social links. I encourage you to visit and share this article.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Living Gourmet and Vinegar

Living Gourmet and Vinegar
Writen by Cyndi Curtis
Sept 9, 2015

review of living gourmet balsamic vinegar 9 15

Whenever I make a salad at home, I offer my husband a dressing. He crinkles up his face and just stares at me blankly. I ask.. what's the matter? He says, where is my dressing?  That is when I crinkle up my nose at him and stare blankly back.

It seems, even though I am a holistic coach, and I prefer cleaner choices in certain things, like foods, he doesn't. He requests Thousand Island Dressing by Kraft and I create my own salad dressings made from lemon, olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper. Oh, while I think on it here is the recipe:

Cyndi's Homemade Salad Dressin'
Juice from one whole ripe lemon
4-6 table spoons of quaility Olive Oil
 1 teaspon Sea Salt( prefer french Celtic salt)
 1 tablespoon basil
 1 teaspoon cracked pepper( or white pepper is even better)

Blend all ingredients and set aside for 10 minutes or so to meld. :)

Toss salad for one or two people, drizzle all over the entire salad- serve.

Oh, remember to have extra if you like a lot of the dressing on it. I don't watch calories with  this dressing because, it's made with lemon, and olive oil is pretty good for us. Besides it isn't like your eatting the entire bottle of olive oil, right?

At times, I like something already prepared for me, but just cringe at the prices and selection on store shelves. That is primarly why I create my own dressings, and I usually do not like dressings with raw eggs in it, but I do love lemon on all things ( fish, salad, veggies and even meats). So a runner up for good for me, tasty, full bodied dressings on some of my foods is and has always been Balsamic vinegar. So you have had it once in your life and didn't go crazy for it?  Me too...

I was sent a bottle of Gourmet Living's Balsamic Vinegar..and whoa. The bottle is so pretty, I really do appreciate good packaging that helps the presentation. I especially appreciate that for gift giving and don't lie- you do too. Everyone likes a product that makes them look good. This vinegar is great for a housewarming party, birthday of any home cook, or chef.

The bottle size can be decieving. It reads 8.5 Fl.oz, but with this type of quality- it has the potential to go very far in terms of use. Another words a little goes a long way.


In terms of the taste, this vinegar is made from Lambrusco grapes from that part of Italy( Modena) I won't lie to you- I hardly know the difference between grapes from Modena or grapes from any other part of the country. Here is what I do know;  
  • Quality presentation
  • Rich, sweet taste
  • Sparingly used still imparts intense flavor
  • Affordabilty *
When mentioning "affordability" the cost is $36.00+. This is not a product that you will waste a drop of. What you will do, is give it as a quality gift to a foodie or home cook and/or keep it for yourself as a special treat for those times you yourself prepare a beautiful meal for friends and family.  The bottle is impressive enough, with it's dark purple and gold lettering label, the wax seal( so european and offical), and the glistening dark juice that hides beyond. The taste is sweet and full of flavors that do remind me alot of port wine but it is not in no way port wine. As much as you may want to, don't think about guzzling it!

You will find this on Amazon for about $36 bucks. Info below.


8.5fl oz.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Written by Cyndi Curtis
August 19,2015

Diatoms are algae that after years break down and become a power like consistency. This power is harvested from all over the world these days but at one time could mainly be found in Germany. Diatoms earth is good. It is known to help the body rid itself of parasites and generally help the body's gut keep it's carefully orchestrated balance. After all, if the gut isn't in good health, either are you.

Some quick and easy uses for this power is as a;

  • Natural bug repellent,
  • A remover of belly toxins in both humans and pets 
  • Great addition to the garden mix.
 I use my food grade diatomaceaous earth sprinkled on top of my pet food. This helps my dogs and cats rid themselves of pesky fleas or ticks. It also helps combat worms in their tract. Of course the best way to use this power is each day. This food grade form works on both people and our pets, helping us both to feel more balanced in between meals. One thing to be mindful of is that DE is best in a pure state if it is food grade. Some DE is not food grade and there is a DE that is used to treat pool water. If it's DE you want and you want it for consumption- make sure it is "food grade" and labeled as such.


  1. Sprinkle approximately 2-6 table spoons on the dogs food
  2. Sprinkle approximately 1-4 teaspoons on the cat bedding, fur and food.
  3. Sprinkle approximately 1 half a cup over carpets ( rids of fleas and eggs)
  4. Sprinkle over all floor rugs- wait 12-24 hrs and vacuum up or sweep.
You may need repeated treatments of the above. It is also handy to grab yourself an applicator that is like a puffer- you squeeze the end of the ball and the power is puffed out the other end onto the surface you are treating.

Of course food grade earth is best left to consuming in meals or in drinks. It was once my understanding that diatomaceous earth loses it's ability to kill bugs in the body and outside the body if it touched moisture, at least, that is what someone told me awhile back. But then how is it effective at treating pin worms and other intestinal parasites? I think it's fair to suggest that you do more research on the topic. Information is readily available and all questions are easily answered anywhere online.


I use it to help my dogs and cats rid themselves of any parasites by a simple sprinkle of this over their morning food bowls. I have read that it can be mixed in drinks like juices or sprinkled on smoothies and blended as a easy way to boost a cleanse. This is also said to eliminate worms in pets and humans. 

I'm all for that happening, aren't you?

This product sells on Amazon, and sells for $24.99 ( but do searches and you will undoubtedly find values in prices but again make sure it is "FOOD GRADE" DE.



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.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cool Smiles- A Review

Cool Smiles- A Review
Written by Cyndi Curtis
August 16, 2015

For the most part I make it a point to keep away from chemical ladent products but not exclusively. Like many of us, we are addicted. Addicted to the extra salt and bad sugars in almost everything we eat. Even our hair care products and cosmetics have salts or abrasives, sugar or a dervivitive of and the tons of bad for us chemicals. It's not surprizing many people make their own homemade remedies,tinctures and beauty products. But to be somewhat fair, I realize I haven't grown up in a household that used exclusively good for you products. My mother didn't understand the value of organic or maybe even all natural foods. She herself grew up in the ends of the depression. She of course had home cooked meals and that was as natural as it got.

I doubt my mother growing up, used tooth whitening in any form. I sometimes wonder if she ever actually made a home remedy for tooth whitening? My guess is maybe..
I am so enfatuated with beauty =especially from the waist up. I love that people see you, look you in the eye and connect. Facial beauty has it's importance in the fitness realm too. It isn't just about the bod. Agreed the body should be well kept but really I think it's more of a movement thing than a beauty routine thing,outside of hygiene of course.

I tried a tooth whitening kit from Ultimate Smile. I like that name. I already think my teeth are going to be as white as ever with this product's name. I open the small box to find two molds for the upper and bottom teeth, two whitening syringes and a handy case to stash my molds after I am done. I have never ever professionally whitened my teeth before- but secretly I have wanted to.

When this company and I connected, I was hyped to get this opportunity to review this kit. I liked the Ultimate Smile packaging which looks really appealing if I wanted to put this into a gift package or a basket for someone in the hospital or someone going out on their own for the first time- a cool gift for someone single, young 25-35 and into beauty products in general. I will be placing a quick video up( something I mean to do with each product I test and review) in a few weeks. There is a reason it's taking me so long..
A. I am caring for my mother in law
B. My cam is in the shop

Fustrating I know, for both you and I. I love snapping photos and posting on my new Instagram page and Pintrest as well. For now, I will have to rely on Facebook for posting updates.

Ultimate Smile Whitening Kit
Amazon Retail. $24.99

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.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Green Tea Goodness- Matcha Review

Green Tea Goodness Matcha Review
Written by Cyndi Curtis
August 7,2015

Have you ever gone into a Cantonese restaurant and eaten a wonderful bowl of noodles with this exquisite broth and sliced beef made just so? If you haven't yet entered into the world of TomYum and all the other beautiful soups of the Asia's then you may not had a chance to try a bubble tea or a ice cream infused with green tea. Some call it Matcha tea, others just green tea.
Green Tea Ice Cream here.

During my internet travels I found this really cool interesting site for desserts that are kinda not the usual. If you are like me, you may want to test the waters on cultural diversity by way of the tummy. Check this site out for unique desserts. These ice cream flavors have an Asian flair to them for sure. Back to Matcha..

Matcha is so pretty, it's a deep emerald color and it is said to be full of antioxidants to the tenth power- means it's super good in that healthy for you way. I tried matcha tea and here is my recent take on it.
The brand is Midori Spring( sounds so official).
I almost here a gong when I think Midori or even tiny clinks of brass cymbals.

I found this awesome looking recipe online but you better have a full bar in your house because this requires various liquors to make it right.
Tokyo Tea

1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Midori Melon Liquor

Combine every ingredient, shake( not stirred) :)
Serve in a tall 6-8 oz glass that has been chilled 
The alcohol percentage per glass is about 36 ^%
Want more recipes for fun drinks go here.

Try a quick internet visit to and you might want to have some shipped to you! I know I might do the same just to try it and test it out for myself. I mean ginger ice cream with candied ginger pieces- wow I would like a small bowl of that after a meal of noodles, broth and veggies!

Midori Emeral Ceramonial Tea can be purchased here:

The tea is great for drinking, baking & other recipes
Organic Ceramonial Tea
Midori Spring
retail price $31.87 with free shipping on Amazon

This tea has been around for centuries and is kosher,non GMO,GLUTEN free and vegan.  This Emerald Class tea has over 137 times the egcg levels of any normally steeped tea.

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.

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
$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.


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.


I recently reapplied the serum to my facial skin to further test it's effectiveness. Unfortunately I did have an adverse reaction. I will be posting photos of the aweful reaction. This  was both painful and itchy. I think the photos speak for themselves.
I would like to add, that it's an eye opener to have an allergic reaction to a product ingredient because it did make me think for a moment- if I should cease trying skin care products and writing on it.
I do have a love for skin products and when I have the opportunity to try one- it's exciting in some small way. Besides that, I think keeping our skin as pretty and youthful as possible is a good habit to keep. Coupling that with reviewing the value of a product by it's cost and effectiveness, I believe is crucial to women in our 30's and beyond. We manage the money of our households and we expect products to work as the manufacturer states. So I am going to keep testing and reviewing products and I hope you will keep reading...
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.


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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 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 My bar is creamy, silky, good for me and left my skin feeling truly moisturized.

The 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 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 page and peek at the pretty packaging then take a chance on ordering a all natural, organic artisan made in the USA soap.



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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 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.

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- 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.

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!

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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.

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
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