Thursday, May 14, 2015

REVIEW:Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum

I was given the opportunity to try out the new Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum Advanced Relief for free in exchange for my review the following is my experience with using this product for one full week.




First thing you notice about this lotion is it's consistency which is unlike a lotion and more like a creamy gel. It sinks easily into the skin but without greasiness or a film. Kind of like the serums you would use on your face. I noticed right away by touching my hand it felt softer and nourished but with almost a feel like you just applied a primer.

The uses after that were strictly on my legs as they tend to be the driest area of my body especially when the warmer months come, I experience a patchy area above my ankle that itches and becomes very flaky and raw. When I applied the Vaseline® Intensive CareTM Healing Serum  on my legs i could feel instantly a calming to that area in particular with no stinging or burning just a feel of enveloped moisturizing. As i continued use on my legs with nothing else I could see and feel the difference. My legs began to feel softer, smoother and more toned than I had seen them before. The area above my ankle became less and less irritating and more like my normal skin again.

Let's talk about the fragrance for a moment...I have spent so much money over the years buying the more expensive brands of lotions and potions at retail prices just to find a wonderfully feminine and floral (without being overbearing) scent in this tube which is only a fraction of the price of those more expensive "Body" lotions and has way more benefits.

All in all I really enjoyed using this product and noticing the difference in my skin as a result. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The DMA Experience Finding that right Summer activity for the Pre-Teen



Do you have a son or daughter who is just as that awkward age where Summer Camp can either be too juvenile and boring or they are only attending as a counselor aide and really don't get to enjoy themselves or Do you want your son or daughter to learn something educational, broaden their horizons and have the time of their life while learning and improving their confidence?

I think i would go with the latter.



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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Exposed: 60 Days to Clearer Skin/ Halfway Point




You know when you get to a certain age you feel like you should stop breaking out?? Yeah, me too.

I'm 44 and guess what?? It's still happening on occasion. 

But let's rewind about 20 yrs (oh if only), Well humor me for a bit......

So, I am about 24 and seem to allow all the daily stresses of life walk right across my face and that is when you try everything under the sun to get rid of pimples. Aside from the obvious lines that promise to do it all and end up exacerbating the problem i.e. Clearasil (cleared any trace of it looking like normal skin) Clean and Clear (I was not really "clear" on what it was cleaning but it smelled nice) Oxy (short for oxidizing your face). and countless others I tried and would just be a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

Oh, and how about the "quick" fixes???

"Dab a little toothpaste on your blemish, and it will clear it up"
The only thing that ever accomplished was making my face minty smelling and burning the outer layer of the skin where the blemish was but it was not taking care of it as the process worsened.  Flash now to my 30's and Proactiv came into the picture and it was good for a while but like anything else, my skin became immune to it and i wasn't so sure those granular cleansers were the answer either. (Haven't they always told you not to use scrubs when you had breakouts that it would only spread the problem??) It has been a lifetime and ever so frustrating to find that one system that will not only help clear up my blemishes and acne but take care of the skin underneath and prevent more from showing up or at least less frequently.

My answer, finally showed up in the form of a new system by a company called 
Exposed Skin Care. I found through Brandbacker. I was excited when i read the overview and saw this was a system that promised not only to target all four causes of acne by unclogging pores. killing acne bacteria, reducing redness and prevent those scars from marking up your face well I was sold on the idea.

 Developed by a collaborative effort of dermatologists, cosmetologists, naturopaths, and chemists, Exposed Skin Care is the only product line of its kind. This combination of skin care professionals working together for the first time resulted in a unique and revolutionary skin care approach that not only treats the acne, but also proactively prevents new acne from forming. With the synergy of clinical strength actives and calming spa quality natural ingredients, Exposed combines the acne eliminating strength of Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid, with the soothing properties of Green Tea, Licorice Root, and Passion Flower.

I gave this system a try for a little shy of 4 weeks now and I cannot believe the results from it. First you get a cleanser which is a simple gel and smells really fresh and clean, it lathers a little bit but does not dry out your face at all.
Second step is the tonic which you can use with the provided towel to wipe away any of the leftover residue the cleanser might not have picked up.

The last 2 steps are preventative and also used for when you have that blemish that does not go away as you will see demonstrated in my before pictures.
I would apply the Acne treatment to the blemish about twice a day and also use the skin clearing serum as an added protection. The results have been staggering! I do not like to photograph without makeup but you will see in my last picture I am completely without makeup and without blemishes!!
This is only the halfway point in the 60 day skincare program but I am looking forward to being completely blemish free at that point. This system is so good and so gentle I now have my 12 year old using it and it is working wonders on her newly hormonal skin. I will state that I think I finally found the right system for my adult acne.

                                 BEFORE
                         AFTER (15 days)

                          One Week Later..

If you are interested in seeing if the EXPOSED 60 day skin care program can work for you
visit them at http://www.exposedskincare.com/

** This product was obtained for reviewing purposes through BrandBacker****

Truly's: A "Truly" Great Deodorant and Giveaway

In recent times we all have become very familiar with coconut in one shape or form. I know for myself I use coconut in it's virgin state or fractionated on a daily basis for many other beauty related reasons, but if you were to tell me that it would also be the main ingredient in my deodorant these days I would probably scratch my head as to how it would work.


Until now..............

As i researched on deodorants and the many scares that they cause these days I wondered how in comparison with a coconut based deodorant could they be as effective as a anti-perspirant but without the harmful chemicals that are claimed to endanger our health as women? Well here is what I found out so far about regular deodorants and anti-perspirants:



From Web MD: "Most antiperspirant worries center on the active ingredient -- an aluminum-based compound that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring.
Typically, antiperspirants are coupled with a deodorant, which contains the pleasant scent that stops you from stinking. They may also contain a number of inactive ingredients."
It goes on to explain that many studies that were conducted were flawed, and even though a few detected chemicals from anti-perspirants in breast tissue, it was not proven that they had anything to do with the risk of breast cancer and that there was no evidence that it was even a leading causing factor. Although there are no published reports of this it still remains a concern and therefore newer and more natural "alternatives" are turning up. The main ingredient is surprisingly COCONUT The main reason is coconut  kills bacteria, fungi and yeast and because there is no aluminum it will not clog your pores or cause any funky odor throughout the day and trust me in testing this product for as long as I have I made sure I was active.

Why Truly's? For one Trulys is all natural and only contains food safe ingredients, a great choice for kids and people with sensitive skin. Trulys is paraben-free, aluminum free, and fragrance free (with the exception of smelling like a yummy creamsicle or coconut cream pie). The best part is Trulys will not irritate your skin after shaving which is something that happens to me often after I shave, I will notice little red bumps and the skin becomes so irritated putting anything on at that point just makes it worse. I have not found that with this deodorant at all.

The Bottom Line: Trulys is just a great product, I have them in both flavors regular (sent to me for review) and another I acquired in a swap in Creamsicle and I can tell you I have not wanted to go back to a regular deodorant since.



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: More Wonderful Radha Products Argan Oil/Fractionated Coconut oil

My experience with RADHA BEAUTY in the past few months that I have been so fortunate enough to be chosen to review their products through Brandbacker has been a whole new experience in skin care and now with the new additions of their Argan Oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil i can honestly say not only has my face been pampered but now the rest of me is too.

What  can I do with Fractionated Coconut Oil?  Benefits also include treating skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, diaper rash, chapped lips and dry skin. Benefits also include helping to prevent acne and soothe skin inflammation. Fractionated coconut oil benefits are usually obtained by using it topically or by combining it with other ingredients to make beneficial soaps, and hair and skin care products.  This oil is versatile to use for scrubs, masks, toothpaste, hair conditioners, makeup removal and so much more!!

It can also be used for cooking as I have learned is healthy, tasteless and less messy than standard oils I really enjoyed frying chicken tenders and tossing this in salads and stir-fries.

Let's talk about their Argan Oil a minute which by the way is 100% ARGAN oil and nothing else!!
This product is also versatile and great for your skin, hair and nails. I have noticed an improvement in my cuticles and hands since using this at night before I go to bed, I also will put a drop of this on the ends of my hair to keep it sealed and protected from heat damage.

But all in all what I appreciate more about their products is the care and consideration that goes into making them by someone who grew up using essential oils herself and knows all the benefits that come with continued use.

I was sent these products for free through BrandBacker in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased opinion no other compensation was provided other than the free products and I can honestly say that I stand behind this company and its products.






Radha Beauty has a 100% pure & natural oils line and a natural skincare line. We combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients and partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use Eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pura'Dor Hair Care Giveaway




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Diminishes Wrinkles
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Restores Nutrient Content to Skin Cells
Helps Repair Damaged Hair












Friday, March 6, 2015

Review: Radha Skin Care Products

I was given the opportunity to review the Eye-Gel,Retinol Moisturizer and Vitamin C Serum made by Radha Products through BrandBacker for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review

Radha Beauty has a 100% pure & natural oils line and a natural skincare line. We combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients and partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use Eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world. Radha Beauty embellishes beauty with the earth’s most natural oils and our natural skin care line.

I first was introduced to RADHA with the Retinol Moisturizer Miracle this definitely is a miracle product~~This cream is made with natural ingredients that pamper, nourish and rejuvenate the skin by using retinol, aloe, green tea and jojoba oil.
I used this once a day in conjunction with their 20% organic and hyaluronic acid serum and my face never felt more hydrated, brightened and refreshed looking these products work so well together!

Now let's get to the Eye Gel!!
The gel is 99% all-natural  also includes hyaluronic acid, cucumber, jojoba and aloe, The formula is so effective than any other eye gel I have ever tried in a very short amount of time, this clear and coollng fluid is so smooth and delicate, and instantly sinks into your fine lines and puffiness and leaves behind a smooth, diminished lines and much more youthful appearance. 

This products can be found on their website and Amazon check out my reviews here:


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Insta-Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask from a Pirate point of view

Want to be tellin' ye 'bout 'tis deep sea mud mask

Ahoy all me beauties!! I was more than willing to accept yet another wonderful product from one of my newly favorite skin care line InstaNatural. I was sent this wonderful product through BrandBacker for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review.

InstaNatural in Davy Jones' secret treasure chest Sea Mud Mask is an all natural purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. Gar! which contains many minerals and beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bronine, potassium and calcium.

You apply a thin layer of this mask to your face and within about 10-15 minutes you will feel it tightening and hardening and what I love about this mask is the tightening is not uncomfortable at all and there is no unpleasant odor. I had this mask on for about that time and when I went to rinse it off "Me face felt like a baby bottom".

As with all other InstaNatural products they make very high quality products with allorganic ingredients and the value of this mask is surely to last you for many facials at 160z. 



I would highly recommend this product as I would all of their other products.
Ye gunna not be disappointed I tell ya!!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Asperger Syndrome The Oasis Guide Third Edition


I was sent this book for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review no other compensation was given other than the book.

Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide by Patricia Romanowski Bashe






To start off with I have a 12 yr old Daughter who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when she was 7. I remember not knowing a thing about this and wanting to read more about it and the 1st Oasis guide was actually given to my by my daughter's school teacher and I thought it was a lifesaver. Very easy to read and full of very practical advice. It was like a new friend helping you along the way so when the opportunity came to review the 3rd edition I was in. I have to say that this is not the kind of book you read straight through I tend to read the chapters I want to know more about or have as a support guide, I found the tone to be somewhat different this time and a bit less tolerable when it comes to behaviors with AS. 
The upside is the books have tons of resources and supportive guides for you if you want to join a support group, dealing with your occupational therapist and the right questions to ask, dealing with day to day parent stress etc.. I like how it breaks down every facet of AS and makes it easier to comprehend rather than going the scientific or medical route. I would highly recommend this guide for anyone wanting a more comprehensive, broken down approach to AS and how to get support. This book has also inspired me to do more vlogging in regards to my parenting experience with my daughter by choosing several aspects and topics in the book I'd like to cover and elaborate on in our life.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

*I was sent this product for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review no other compensation was provided*




I have been reviewing hair products for some time and I find myself to be very cautious as to what I put in my hair, Over the years I have had many hair disasters and products that were NOT for me what so ever. A few years ago when I started my Youtube channel I was mainly researching Keratin products and treatments for my hair as I heard such wonderful things about the effects it can have and also the damaging effects it could have so I found a line by Suave and I fell in love with their entire Keratin line of Shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Soon after I was trying more and more of other lines but nothing did for my hair what the Suave line had done. However, I had always been open to trying any products that were as natural as I could find and mainly that would nourish my hair. Out comes the opportunity to try the InstaNatural Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask and when I read the ingredients I was sold on giving it a go.

The mask itself is very creamy and smells like marshmallow to me.
I applied this to the tips and mid-shaft first and then to the crown and roots and left it in for 5 minutes. It rinsed out clean and my hair felt very smooth and hydrated but the best was yet to come when I went to style my hair, My hair is wavy and thick and takes quite a bit of time to blow dry and then straighten and I am always concerned that the natural moisture is stripped due to styling and dyeing. I found that styling when I used this was a lot easier and it left such an incredible shine and body to it when I was done that I had never experienced before in a deep mask without having to devote over and hour for it to really work. 

This mask retails for  $17.95 

I would definitely recommend this product for those who need moisture and hydration and really want to nourish their hair.



INgredients: Argan Oil
+ Amino Acid Complex
+ Coconut Oil
+ Shea Butter
+ Vitamin B5



Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: Mrs Cavanaughs Chocolates

The following product was sent to me for free to review. The following is my 100% honest and unbiased review.


When i think of indulging in a box of chocolates it's usually not until that dreaded holiday in February where there are variations of just about every chocolate combination you can think of, but what happens when you get that box when you bite into that one piece and really don't like what's inside?? A chocolate disappointment. 

That definitely did not happen with MRS CAVANAUGHS CHOCOLATES. Every single one I tried was delicious and satisfying. The centers were fresh not dated and you cannot stop at just one which is it's only drawback.

A Holiday staple Mrs. Cavanaughs, was created in the heart of Utah where only the best chocolate was made. Beginning with making Pecan rolls before she ever dipped her first batch of chocolate, Mrs Cavanaugh was encouraged by her friends and family after sampling her product and inspired her to create these wonderful chocolates.

For me it was hard to choose which were my favorite from the chewy to the crunchy. The soft centers and the smooth ones. All in all a very indulgent experience for anyone, on anyday!

Now YOU can enjoy Mrs. Cavanaughs infamous 1b box of chocolates and receive a FREE one with purchase!! use the code: usfamily2014 http://www.mrscavanaughs.com/