Monday, March 2, 2015

Recent Skin Care Hits and Misses


Hello There!

I've been trying out more skin care items to try and find the perfect products to add to my regimen.  
I recently tried out three more products from InstaNatural (see my other review on the Vitamin C range).

We'll start out with the good.
I tried out their Retinol moisturizer and serum.
The products are made with Retinol which is a form of Vitamin C that helps to counteract the signs of aging, acne, and enlarged pores.

The moisturizer is creamy and sinks into the skin easily without leaving my skin feeling taught or uncomfortable.
This bottle will last me a long time because a little of this product goes a long way.

The serum is clear and has a citrus scent which goes away after you apply it.  It absorbs quickly and easily and makes my skin feel smooth.

Both of these products did seem to help with my enlarged pores around my nose as well as the occasional acne I tend to get around my time of the month.
It also helps to keep my skin hydrated when I use it so I've added this in as something I use on occasion, but not every day.  Also, when I use this I use it at night as sun exposure breaks down retinoids.

You can pick up the Moisturizer on Amazon or InstaNatural's website and the Serum on Amazon or InstaNatural's website.

And now, unfortunately, on to the bad.
I also had the Dead Sea Mud Mask to try.  I've tried so many mud masks from Boots brand to Glam Glow and I've loved them all.

This pot is enormous and it would take an eternity to get through which is a plus to this product over others.

The consistency immediately threw me off as it is rather gelatinous which I have never experienced in a mud mask before.  This causes it to go on very thin which means it dries very fast.
I didn't have any issues with the mask, it felt nice and seemed to be working until I took it off.

As you can see just putting it on my hand my skin just does not react well to this at all.  My skin becomes inflamed, red, and itchy.

After using it on my face I broke out in a rash everywhere and then my pores became incredibly, horribly clogged.  This pictures illustrates the sheer number of trouble spots that cropped up after using the mask.

I tend to have sensitive skin, but again I've tried so many mud masks and never had this problem.
I know a lot of other who have used this and loved it, but it's just not for me.
Check out Stuff I Love's blog for her review because it really worked very well for her!

If want to try this out for yourself you can buy it on Amazon or on InstaNatural's website.

If you want to check out more of InstaNatural's products you can head here.
You can also check them out on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ to stay updated on any new products and promotions.

Let me know if you try them and what you think!

Until next time,

disclaimer: This is a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker.  The product was provided by InstaNatural.  I was provided the items to honestly review.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A New and Better Nut & Chocolate Spread?

Hello There!

I recently got the chance to try out a new nut and chocolate spread. 
I have tried other nut and chocolate spreads before, but a lot of them bother my sensitive teeth because they have too much sugar and are overly sweet.


I tried out the Reese's spread and when I tell you that I've found my perfect nut and chocolate spread I'm not exaggerating.  This stuff is so delicious!
It's the right combination of peanut and chocolate so that neither overwhelms the other.

Here are some combinations that I came up with to try.

It was great on an english muffin in the morning for an indulgent breakfast.
I also had it on pancakes which was even better!

By far my favorite combination is the spread with pretzels.  I love sweet and salty combinations and this satisfies that craving.

Grab a bag of pretzels and get dipping!

I tried it on grahams which was pretty good.

And on oreos which was not my favorite because it was a bit too much. 

I also tried a little bit on a Tosi bar which was not bad.

It is also great on fruit like strawberries and apples (hint for Valentine's Day coming up!).

We finished this jar and bought another one at the grocery store already!
There is also another spread that is Hershey's chocolate that looks just as good, but for now I'll be sticking to my Reese's.

Until next time,

disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  I am not sponsored by any of the company's whose products I am reviewing/mentioning here. All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter

Hello There!

We are now well into flu and cold season this winter and I am trying my very best not to get sick this year.
All my co-workers are getting sick with everything from stomach bugs to the flu.


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So if you want to avoid wearing this hat...


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...or maybe this sweater (though dang that looks comfy) then keep reading!


No.1
Wash Your Hands (A lot)!

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Keep bacteria and viruses off your hands by washing not just often, but well.  If you can't get to soap and water then make sure you use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that can kill germs in the interim.

No.2
Get Plenty of Sleep
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If you do not get enough sleep you are making your body more vulnerable to illness.  Get plenty of sleep to recharge and keep your body running!

No.3
Eat Well, Take Vitamins, and Drink Water.

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Hot soup or broth can help soothe colds as can hot tea (especially green tea).  Popsicles can also help when your throat is feeling especially sore.
If it's a stomach bug then drinking water is particularly important so you do not get dehydrated and eating plain crackers or toast as well as anything with ginger in it can soothe your stomach.
Multivitamins help in general as a lot of the essential vitamins in these are great for boosting your immune system.


No.4
Exercise!

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Even if all you do is 15 minutes and it is just some stretching or light yoga it has been proven that exercising even in a small capacity every day can help you prevent getting ill.
A brisk walk in chilly air can also help you feel a bit refreshed.

No.5
Keep Stress Down.

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Make sure to keep stress levels down and when you get home from work/school take some time to decompress.
Maybe try some relaxing yoga poses, read a good book and have a cup of tea, or listen to your favorite playlist.
Even though the winter tends to keep us inside try to get out and see friends or do something outside your home if you are getting too overwhelmed.

Let me know what tips you have for getting through the Winter cold season illness-free.

Until Next Time,


Monday, January 19, 2015

My Glowing Skin Secret!


Hello There!

Part of my New Year's resolution this year is to actually have a proper skin care regimen.
My skin is very sensitive so I always to try find products that have natural ingredients.
I stumbled upon InstaNatural's Vitamin C moisturizer and serum combo and decided to try them out.

I got them both online and you can get them here and here

A little bit of these goes a long way so you really only need about this much of each. 
The one on top is the serum and the bottom is the moisturizer.
The serum has a definite citrus scent to it where the moisturizer smells more like yeast (not sure why) and neither scent lingers at all once you have it on. 

The moisturizer features a pump type bottle which I prefer over a pot as it is more hygienic. 

The serum comes with a dropper to get the product out which is nice because you can ensure you're not over doing it when dispensing.

I used both of these as directed for a week and definitely noticed a difference in the texture and appearance of my skin.
This makes my skin so soft and did not break me out either in a rash or acne after using it.
I love that these products work so well and don't break the bank!
I will continue to use these as part of my overall skin regimen as they have worked as they've stated thus far.

If you want to check out more of InstaNatural's products you can head here.
You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay updated on any new products and promotions.

Let me know if you try them and what you think!

Until next time,

disclaimer: This is a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker.  The product was provided by InstaNatural.  I was provided the items to honestly review.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Favorite Moments of 2014

Hello There!

I wanted to reflect back on 2014 before I get into some of my 2015 resolutions in a post to come next week.

January

I started off the year by attending a calligraphy class with my Mom and Aunt Jane.  It was so much fun and it helped me get better at a skill I've wanted for a long time.  My Aunt is already an amazing calligrapher, but it was a first for my Mom and I.


March

I cut all my hair off, a whole 8-9 inches!
I have not had short hair since high school, but I absolutely loved it.
 

April

My Mom, my Aunt's and I all drove down to D.C. for my cousin's wife's bridal shower.
We stopped into Georgetown Cupcakes while we were there and were not disappointed.
We helped set up and decorate for the shower and it was absolutely beautiful!




May

I turned 26!



June

I landed a new job this month that I am very happy with!
We went down to Florida for my cousin's wedding.
It was beautiful and so much fun (if not extremely hot).
We attended my brothers portfolio show which was amazing.
My brother graduated from college!  Words cannot describe how incredibly proud I am of him.




September

This month wasn't too big, you know, I only got ENGAGED!
I am so happy and excited and so was my Mom!
See more about the story here and how we met here!
Want to know about my engagement ring?  Check here and here!
I went to a bridal expo with my Mom and my Aunt's, it was so much fun!








October

I re-read the Harry Potter series for the first time since I read them initially when they first came out.


November

By this point in the year we'd ramped up wedding planning.
We looked into quite a few venues before we found ours (I've got a post coming on that process).
We had a great Thanksgiving at my Aunt's house this year with everyone.





December

We had an amazing Christmas and made it to my Dad's this year for Christmas Eve.
I got the best gift for Christmas from my future mother-in-law, she hand knitted me a kitty!
We also got to hang out with Jeremy's friends on both Christmas Eve and Christmas (officially asked them to be groomsmen as well, they said yes of course!).
We rang in the new year with having Jeremy's friends over for drinks and pizza and also began our official one year countdown to the Wedding at midnight!







The beginning of the year was very stressful, but the end was better than I could have ever hoped!
I cannot wait to see what this new year brings!

I hope you all had a wonderful 2014, here's to an amazing 2015!

Until next time,