Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Swiss Vita 3D Micrite Anti Aging Skin Serum Review & DIY Vegan Anti Aging Mask Recipe


Here I go again...another day, another review! As I have said before, you say it eliminates or even diminishes the appearance of wrinkles...I JUMP ON IN!

This is the second Swiss Vita product I have reviewed and I am still saying that I am impressed. I am at the two week mark with this Skin serum and am seeing results.

I wish that I could find more information about Swiss Vita as there isn't too much on their website...that's where I wish that I could get some improvement for the brand. Some real awareness would be great! Here is what I do know. They stick to strict standards. They avoid additives and are paraben free, have no alcohol in their products, no fragrances and are safe for all skin types.  This is HUGE for me because my skin is really sensitive and tends to break out at the drop of a dime. So far, the Swiss Vita products and my skin are great buddies!

So this skin "serum"...I think its really more lotion like... is packed with super moisturizing ingredients. It instantly makes your skin feel softer and more moisturized. This helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles by plumping the skin below them! It's main "active" ingredient is "phytonutrient AC-11®, which is derived from a natural herb from the Amazon rainforest. This safe, all-natural and water-soluble ingredient has been discovered to aid the body's natural skin tissue repair and slow down the process of skin aging." (taken from Swiss Vita Website). It has only been a little while so I am not certain if my aging is slowing but, as we know, that has a lot to do with stress and environment. My skin gets put through the ringer and this stuff is standing up!

This serum is extremely lightweight and is able to be worn under my makeup. I apply it in both the am and pm and it honestly takes just a small amount at each application. I also love that this company has taken the time to be thoughtful in their packaging. Its packed in aluminum to protect the integrity of the active ingredients. It protects them from light, heat and elements. It stays better longer!

You can get yours at Amazon http://www.amztk.com/swissvita-anti-aging 
End of the day...I call this product a win!


NOW...If you prefer a little DIY action, no worries... I HAVE SOME AMAZING RECIPES!

Check out this amazing DIY Anti Aging Mask made with ingredients that you probably have in your cupboard! 


GRAB IT HERE


If you prefer something a little more "fall" oriented...check out this amazing PUMPKIN DIY body butter! HERE

I did receive this product for FREE in exchange for my honest review. The opinions and statements contained are my own and never for sale. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Omni Green Labs Fiber Powder Review

Well, I said I would try almost anything and I didn't imagine in a million years it would be FIBER powder! I mean, nothing against fiber but I had always remembered my grandma talking about it and it's...effects (polite term). I didn't realize that Fiber was important for EVERYONE - even kids!

So WHY FIBER?

Fiber serves a few purposes for us. The first - and most famous purpose - its intestinal health benefits! It keeps things...uh..moving?! Fiber helps your body by acting like a scrub brush in your colon. It is said that many of our illnesses - even CANCER - start in our intestines. Bacteria gets trapped in crevices and festers and turns into other things. Adding Fiber to your diet keeps these things from getting buried in crevices and moving along through your system. You may start to notice you are sicker less often! MAJOR WIN!

Second, fiber is going to help you lose weight by helping you stay fuller longer. When you eat foods like beans and grains that are high in fiber, the sugars in them are absorbed at a slower rate. This helps to keep your blood glucose levels from spiking rapidly which can lead to that hungry feeling which causes overeating. It stays with you!

So...how can one get more fiber in their diet? You can add foods like whole grains, veggies, beans, legumes and fruits. If you are looking for "fiber on the run" - don't worry....it's available! There are tons of options on the market. Pills, supplements and even powders. 

I recently tried the Omni Green Labs Fiber Powder and found that it was easy to incorporate into my daily life! It was very easy to toss a small scoop into water or tea. I found that it wasn't chalky nor did it change the flavor of my beverage much. DO NOT ADD IT TO CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES! It also was extremely reasonable and it did help me to feel fuller longer! I added it to smoothies, water, and juices. 

You can get yours at amazon - HERE!

Whats your favorite way to get fiber? 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

New York Biology Anti Cellulite Massage Oil Review


As a blogger, you sometimes get some strange things to review! I have had requests to review foods, candies, body products, makeup, undergarments...you name it...I have had the chance to review it (okay, not booze...can someone work on that please). When I get the chance to review something that I ACTUALLY NEED - it's a no brainer!

I would like to think that every woman has a little cellulite-This is my personal statement and I choose to believe it. Over the years, I have tried many over the counter things to eliminate cellulite and none have had great results. No matter the price range nor the amount of high profile ingredients.  Honestly, the best results have come from my DIY anti cellulite vanilla latte body scrub and DIY slimming wraps (RECIPES HERE)!

I am going to be honest though, I have no clue why the homemade scrubs work best! Maybe the old wives tale about caffeine is why...maybe its the scrubbing...maybe the moisture from the coconut oil... either way, it helped.

BACK TO THE REVIEW---
I was given this New York Biology Anti Cellulite Oil to try, I have to say that I was skeptical at best. Most products tend to cause a reaction or a breakout so I went in with total hesitation. I found that the oil was made from essential oils so that was a checkmark in the WIN column. Over the past few years, I have taken great care to use as few chemicals as possible on my skin so this was important. This massage oil has a light citrus scent - another win.  The oil felt great when I used it - total win. It seemed to lock in moisture after my shower and was light enough to wear under my clothes! As for results...I haven't seem them yet BUT its only been about a week so hopefully I will have an update to post!

I really do like this oil and am going to continue to use it. If I see results, I am definitely going to buy it again! I even think I am going to make one of the slimming wraps (recipe here) and use this as my oil in the recipe. Overall, I do like the product and I am excited to see if it works!

If you want to get your own, you can find it on amazon - HERE!

I received this item for FREE in exchange for my honest review. All statements and opinions contained within this review are my own and never for sale.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gosh -shock absorbing I phone 5 case review


As a mom, I seem to have issues with phones and their safety! That being said..when the opportunity to review a phone case came up...I was on board!

The packaging of this GOSH shock absorbing phone case is very nice. It immediately gave it credibility and it made me feel like I got a huge deal! It was sleek and almost invisible protection.

Love that the screen protector is antibacterial. Loved that it was so lightweight! The case I am currently using is very bulky and is like carrying a brick around BUT after a year of no accidents...I am not complaining!

Anyway, I unboxes  this to find that it's featherlight and has a three step installation process I thought this was odd at first but liked it since stretching cases and snapping my phone into cases isn't always easy. The case actually splits into three sections that snap together to form the protective case. So...I unboxed it and attached it to my phone. Easy enough! It isn't a ton of support but I can see how it alleviates shock when the phone lands on the ground.
See. three pieces to the case make it a snap to attach!
Next, I decide it's time to make a video displaying how easy it is to use the case when...BAM! In the middle of reviewing it...the case snaps in half 😩 Not sure if it's considered kid proof if I can't operate it lol! Also not sure it's the right protection for me.


So, end of the day review...

Pros:
Lightweight
On budget
Sleek and not bulky
Buttons are all in the right place
Trusted GOSH brand
Arrived in one day via amazon

Cons:
I broke it

If you wanna check it out, here is the link HERE. I am certain that it was user error and that it was an isolated incident,,I am kinda clutzy!

I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review. I was in no way influenced by the discount of this product and will continue to provide honest and fair reviews.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New York Biology Retinol Moisturizer


Well, another anti-aging product has made it to my door step for review and I am starting to think that they are trying to tell me something! In true thirty-something fashion...I immediately ripped the box open and began applying while I was still unpacking it! I crossed my fingers and waited...

Well, it has been a few days and I feel like I am already seeing some results. Skin seems a bit firmer and much to my surprise - no redness and no breakouts! This cream is what I would call a medium weight and was light enough to wear under makeup (this is a huge bonus as I can pretty much forget any type of "night routine).

Here are some perks!
  • MADE IN THE USA!
  • packed with great ingredients like Jojoba, Green tea, Shea Butter & Vitamin E
  • smaller ingredient list
  • never tested in animals

I was trying to get a solid list of the ingredients but the reflective packaging made it difficult to get the picture. There are fewer ingredients than in most of the products on the shelves AND I saw the little "ORGANIC" note next to a few of the ingredients--this is always a plus for me!

This product is in nice packaging and has what I call "touch" application. You simply press down on the top of the jar and the product comes right out! This is important as it keeps bacteria and germs from getting int your moisturizer.

This moisturizer contains both retinol and hyaluronic acid. You may see these two a lot in anti aging products and that's because they are an amazing tag team! The retinol is kinda bossy-it basically tells your aging cells to behave like younger and firmer cells!  The hyaluronic acid is important because it tells your cells to retain moisture leaving it plump and full. These two also work together to act like a barrier against free radicals. They repair and defend your skin!

So far, I feel like my pores are diminishing, skin darkness is lightening, and so far...the wrinkles are disappearing! I would recommend this to others! You can check it out HERE.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop them below and I will do my best to get you the answer!


* I did receive this item for free in exchange for my honest opinions and review. I was in no way monetarily compensated and my opinions and review is my own and never for sale.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Antibacterial Nursing Bra from Mamaway Review



Before I go any further...mom, I am not expecting! When you have 5 kids and you even mention the word "Maternity"...you do have to clarify!

Years ago, If I would have had the opportunity to review a nursing bra...I would almost wonder how to do it. I mean, isn't a nursing bra simply just a nursing bra?  I personally did try nursing with two of my children (was devastated when it wasn't in the cards for me) and can now tell you that no two nursing items are created equal!

I received this antibacterial nursing and sleep bra from Mamaway and I have to say that I am impressed. The quality is great and it has a soft material. The straps are wide enough that they are durable and comfortable. The crossover design makes it very easy to --lets say it--do what needs done! It has a gentle support and is easy to wear.

The only issue that I find with this bra at all...is the same that I have with all light support bras. I am a bigger cup size and simply need more support than this bra provides. That isn't a flaw with this bra in particular - simply fact. That would be my only suggestion to improve this bra. If someone could find a way to add additional support while keeping the functionality...I would be SOLD! Not sure that exists lol!

Overall, the quality is amazing...the price is right...and it was something I would recommend to my friends and family!

If you are interested in scoring this bra...check it out on AMAZON! http://www.amztk.com/sleep-nursing-bra


I received this item for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and never for sale.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Micrite 3D All Use Eye Serum Review


Until my thirties, I never worried about my skin and never even gave a second thought to wrinkles. Then, after hitting the dreaded 3-0...I found that skin care was a whole new ball game! After the birth of my 5th child...I learned that I actually didn't know which game it was, LOL!

I have tried so many different products to try to erase those fine lines and dark circles around my eyes. I have tried some that make a small impact, some that make none, and yet more that have caused skin reactions. When I got the opportunity to try this eye serum I was skeptical to say the least. I am so glad I took a chance though because the results are in and so far...it works!

This serum is easy to apply, is clear and absorbs easily. It didn't cause a reaction with my skin which is a HUGE bonus! I actually started not only using it for my eyes but also for the furrow lines between my brows!


There they are....my before and after pics! In the before, you see the dark areas around my eyes. In the after...just 10 days later, you can see a visible improvement! I wish you saw the full effect of the difference between my brows but, lets be real, I wasn't taking a before picture of that!

SO FAR...Its a HUGE thumbs up from me!

If you wanna check this product out, you can find it on Amazon, http://www.amztk.com/eye-cream-for-wrinkles

I did receive this product for free in exchange for my honest review. I was, in no way, influenced in exchange for a positive review. I am always committed to the truth - good or bad!

Do you have a favorite serum, crème or remedy? Let me know!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Organic Orange Creamsicle Body Scrub

By now, I am pretty certain you know that I am obsessed with body scrubs. Body scrubs were something that I had actually never used before I started making my own...I guess I never got the point. Now, however, I am hooked.

This scrub has quickly become a favorite for both myself and my daughter. The scent takes me back to summer when, as a child, the ice cream truck would roll past and my treat of choice was always an orange creamsicle. It smells good enough to eat and luckily..IT IS SAFE ENOUGH TO EAT-although I don't advise it!

This scrub can be made in a matter of minutes and makes a perfect gift for yourself or someone else. I make mine with all organic ingredients BUT you can certainly use conventional for your scrub! The sugar will gently scrub away dead skin while the coconut oil nourishes and leaves your skin the softest it has ever been! It is a high quality product so you will use such a small amount to do your entire body.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup Organic Sugar
  • 8-10 drops of Orange Essential Oil (Or squeezed orange juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Zest of An Orange
  • 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil
That is seriously it! There really is no trick to it! Toss it all in a bowl and mix it up! The orange zest is just for color and can easily be omitted based upon what you have handy! Don't worry, the coconut oil may solidify BUT will melt in your hands with your body warmth after you take a small spoonful.

I am a pretty - go with the flow type of gal so don't be hung up on the ingredients! No coconut oil, sub olive oil! No essential oil? Squeeze in an orange! This is just a template!

If you prefer to buy it premade...check out my ETSY SHOP!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and will continue to follow my site Frugal Fit Family! You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to the minute with my favorite recipes, organic living tips, and DIY green beauty potions!

LOVE THIS SCRUB? HERE ARE A FEW MORE YOU MIGHT LIKE!

Strawberry Mojito Scrub
Organic Chocolate Mocha Body Scrub
DIY Slimming Wraps



If you love living naturally and could use some extra money--I would love to show you how to earn money by making your home more eco-friendly and by sharing with others. My grocery store not only pays you to refer others but also gives you $100 in FREE products just for learning about what goes into the products! Most companies hide behind what they put in products! There is no "selling"--just sharing about the company and showing others how to get ecofriendly!! I would love to show you how! CONTACT ME!



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Meet Hilltop Designs! -Affordable All Natural Body Care

As many of you may know by now, I am passionate about not only watching what goes into my body...but also WHAT GOES ON IT! Your skin is actually the largest organ in your body and, while most people think it is a barrier, the largest conductor of toxins! Why be so cautious about what you are putting in your body when you are slathering chemicals on it?

Anyway, a few years ago, I made the decision to make healthier choices and that included my foods, cleaning supplies and bath and body items. I quickly realized that shopping a Whole Foods - while fun- was not going to allow me to accomplish my mission of  a 100% natural and organic lifestyle...THE PRICES WERE SIMPLY TOO EXPENSIVE!  So, I began to dig in...do a little "google" research and get crafty with some DIY. Now,  I am -what I like to call- a novice when it comes to DIY bath and body products. You have probably seen my many recipes for all natural and organic body scrubs, DIY hair care, and even natural body bronzers but NOTHING could prepare me for what I found at HILLTOP DESIGNS....this company has it TOGETHER- Huge variety, Quality and Premium Ingredients, AND prices to match. I can't thank AMANDA RUIMVELD enough for turning me onto it!

Scrubs, and Bomb, and Lotions OH MY!

A little about the company:
Hilltop Designs is an Up and Coming local business based in the Heart of Southwest Michigan and started by Christine Weber. She creates some AMAZING bath and body creations that are not only good for the body and soul BUT pretty darn good on the wallet as well! They have amazing consultant opportunities as well as PARTY options!

These products are all hand crafted and made with things that are not just gonna leave you with smooth skin BUT also NOURISHED skin. You aren't purchasing a product...you are purchasing an experience!

While they have a HUGE variety of kids items, salts, scrub, balms, and even BATH BOMBS....

HERE ARE 3 OF MY ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE....

#1 100% HANDMADE balm tubes - AVAILABLE IN LIKE 7 FLAVORS and JUST $3.25!

  • Made with coconut oil, beeswax, vanilla, peppermint, mint leaves, mint extract, powered sugar, burbon....you are going to have soft and kissable lips! Actually, you can use these in tons of ways--even to grease sticky door knobs!





#2 SWEET CHERRY SCRUB
ONLY $12.50

That's a STEAL!!!

The smell of this stuff is going to make it hard not to try to eat it...but trust me, it's for your skin. Well, if you really want to taste it...it won't hurt you!







#3 HILTOP LOTION BAR - SUNSCREEN
Are you kidding me?
ONLY $7!

Lotion bars are made with beeswax and are a little different than a traditional "lotion". You simply rub it between your hands and the heat from your hand will slightly warm the wax and make it spreadable. Its a HIGH QUALITY lotion so a little will go a long way!




Wanna know more? OF COURSE YOU DO! Simply check them out on Facebook or click any of the links above or HERE  to go directly to their store!

Check them out and let them know that Frugal Fit Family sent you! Shop Small, Shop Smart and most importantly - Shop Safe products!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

All Natural Younique 3D Fiber Mascara Review

A few years ago, I made a major life change to be more organic in my and my family's lives by changing everything from our food, our cleaning supplies, and even our lifestyle products. We started out with simple changes like using less pre-packaged foods, choosing items labeled "organic" and eliminating over processed and chemically enhanced foods then progressed into other areas. As things began to get easier, I started looking more closely into everything until finally it came to my personal items like hair care products. Some of those switches were easy like toothpaste, shampoo, lotions - but finally, I hit a trouble spot...my MAKEUP! I found this to be trickier...

WHY SAFER COSMETICS?
Here I was practically obsessing over every detail of what I was putting into my body but totally ignoring what I put onto my body! Your skin is actually the largest organ you have and it is NOT a barrier from the elements...it is actually a CONDUCTOR! Everything your skin comes in contact with is actually absorbed into your body. Studies have even found chemicals from a mother's cosmetics in her unborn baby's blood stream! Now, I am not here to judge or write anything to scare anyone- BUT FOR ME- this was enough to tell me that I needed to be more cautious!

I started with some DIY beauty products. Seriously! I made my own bronzer, self tanner, vanilla latte body scrub, etc. When life got too busy, I turned to the drug stores only to find a very limited selection that was either over priced items OR products that simply didn't work. When I finally found Younique - my heart was full!

Younique is an amazing ALL NATURAL & CRUELTY FREE makeup line that boasts gluten free and vegan items too! You can read more about them HERE. Anyway, they have a HUGE lineup of skin care and beauty items. What's nice is that they are a one stop shop...foundations, eye shadows, brow products, lip sticks, lip stains, eye liners, and so much more. But, that's not what I am here to talk about...we are here to talk about the MASCARA! the 3D FIBER LASH MASCARA to be exact!

Okay, I was skeptical. I have seen the presenters online talking about their results and I have never had luck with things like that. The mascara itself was $29 and that was WAY more than I ever spent on any makeup item but I was too intrigued to say no! It took just ONE USE for me to FALL IN LOVE!

Yea, right. Like I was gonna get these results!


About the mascara...
You actually get 2 tubes and there are 3 steps. The 1st is your "transplanting" gel. You first put this on to lengthen and extend your lashes. You should apply to the top and the bottom of your lashes.  After the gel step....enter the miracle fibers for step 2. It seems like a powder that you brush over top of the gel. This fills your lashes and gives them DRAMA! 3rd step, you set with the gel! You can continue for as many coats as you would like to get the desired effect.


WHAT DO I HAVE TO LOSE, RIGHT?!


Well, here are my results! I hear that the more you use it the better you become at it so I will have to come back and update the post to show how they look after I become a PRO, LOL!

The before is with the BEST selling mascara in practically the world....you know the one. You can see that the definition of my eyes is coming from my eyeliner. You have to look really hard to get see the lashes! THE AFTER....BAM!!! Lashes for days! This was just a regular day with one coat (the 3 steps)!

I loved this product so much that I became a presenter! If you wanna learn more, EARN FREE PRODUCTS, or maybe even become a presenter yourself...Check it out HERE! For $99 you get a HUBE presenters kit of makeup...a website...and all of the support you need! As a host...you earn FREE products through your online party and even discounted items!

Have you tried this mascara? If so, let me know!
Yep...LOVE!

Can you tell which Eye has the 3D fiber lash mascara?


 
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