Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Another day...another review! This time, the brand hit many of my "MUST TRY" items! First, they are essential oils, that alone was a no brainer. Second, I see the word organic on the packaging, they were speaking my language. Third, they said weightloss and stretch mark remover - SOLD!
These two essential oils are from Phytopia USA. They come in super cute boxes and are then delicately packaged in burlap style bags. This makes them a great gift for yourself or someone else! The bottle is a great size and if you care about the oils you place on your skin...you will love these! THEY ARE ORGANIC!
The first is a Stretch Mark Remover blend.
I am usually pretty skeptical about using some essential oils because, lets be real, some have a strong odor! This one was pleasant and easy to wear! Not sure that I am seeing too many results yet BUT, as we know, things take time. I have only been using them for a few days. They feel great, are high quality and definitely usable! It is super hydrating and leaves your skin feeling awesome. Get yours on Amazon - http://www.amztk.com/stretch-mark-removal-essential-oil
The second, is Slim Way. The first thing I will tell you is that IT SMELLS AMAZING! It is a grapefruit scent and I received compliments on how great it smells! It is a grapefruit oil which is supposed to help suppress your appetite. Again, it has been just a few days . Grapefruit is said to help fight cravings, help with menstrual cramp relief, purge extra water from your body, help firm and tighten. Basically, grapefruit is a one stop shop! Feels amazing and makes skin so soft. The scent does immediately give you a mood and spirit boost - DEFINITE WIN! Get yours from amazon- http://www.amztk.com/weight-loss-essential-oil
I did receive these items for FREE in exchange for my fair and honest review. The statements and opinions expressed are my own and never for sale.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
This brings me to this recipe. A super easy, natural muscle ache remedy. It takes just a few minutes to make and is made with ingredients you can easily obtain!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 Tbsp. Cayenne pepper
- 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
What I love about this is that it is sooo easy to make! Take a plastic container and slightly melt the coconut oil. It will only take a few seconds in the microwave. Once it is melted...add the ingredients and stir! Once cooled, the coconut oil will go back to a solid state. You can leave this at room temp or store in the fridge then rub it on achy muscles as needed.
Coconut oil makes an amazing carrier for this ointment as it has tons of nourishing properties for your skin. It is also a very clean oil with no additives. The peppermint oil will provide the cooling sensation. Cayenne is good for a few reasons. First, it contains capsaicin which helps alleviate pain and, second, it also promotes circulation which will help muscles rebound and heal. The eucalyptus oil helps with inflammation and natural pain relief.
This tennis elbow compression brace is available from Amazon and you can get it HERE.
Do you have a natural remedy for pain, aches, or illnesses? Let me know!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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!
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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
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
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.