Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil


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There is so much rage going on right now about using essential oils for your home and in general.  One of my friends were using tea tree oil to make body scrubs and it really got my intention to start using them myself.  Lucky for me,  Apothecary Extracts provided me the opportunity to try out their tea tree oil and I was more than ecstatic. I must confess that I have never really looked at buying these oils because the prices are insane!

The fact of the matter is that pure quality essential oils are beneficial in so many ways.  These essential oils have been around in the market for quiet some time.  I just feel like it is now that people are becoming more interested on living a more “organic lifestyle” than all the chemicals that exist in the supermarkets.  That is why I was super excited about this opportunity because I am always looking for better ways to live a more “chemical free” home than of the norm.  It takes a lot of courage to start this process and it is not cheap either but I think it is the best choice for my family.

My tea tree oils arrived in a box that had a vintage look to it and I really liked it.  It includes information about the company and warnings as well.  I really like the fact that they have that information because there are so many essential oils out there that you have to search for the information. The best part is opening the box and smelling it and let me just warn you that it has a strong smell and you can tell that it is completely pure and not diluted.  At least I hope I can tell.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australia Tea Tree Oil is available exclusively on Amazon for $24.99.  I highly recommend this product if you love using essential oils.

I would love to hear your feedback so let me know your thoughts.

Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review


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The number one rule in a beauty regimen is to include a facial masking at least once to twice a week.  Masks are to the face what a conditioner is to your hair.  It keeps your skin looking clear, glowing and healthy.

I was sent a 16oz. white plastic jar of InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask to review.  There really is no wrong way of applying a mask but if you have a facial brush to apply the mask;  then use the brush instead of your fingers.  For many people, the smell is an issue but that’s the best part of this product.  There is no smell when applying this product.  The first time I used the mask it felt like I was applying pudding on my face.  It felt really smooth and I was a bit nervous because my skin is super sensitive but I was dying to try this on since I have heard of mud masks before.  The minute you apply it to your skin, I noticed my skin tightening up.  After fifteen minutes, I washed it off and noticed my skin felt smooth and not dry at all; that is a huge deal for me because my skin tends to dry out very easily.

I have combination skin so this mask worked really well for me because it helped me with blackheads and purifying my skin.  My recommendation is to use it once a week but if you feel like you want to do it more frequently then go ahead and do so.

Please keep in mind that this product does not have a lot of preservatives, and that is great news! But if you would like this product to last longer, then make sure to keep it in the refrigerator.  This way you do not have to worry about the product shelf life.  Plus when you do apply the mask, it will be refreshing at the same time.

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About the product:

Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium.

Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains.

Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

Limited to USA residents only.

 

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Review

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It took me a little while to actually get to write a review on this product because I like to give my honest opinion on the products and not just put a review based off a few days of tryouts.  I actually tried out this product for a few weeks and this review is based off my results.  At the same time, I am a little skeptical with purchasing drug store products even though there are some great products out there.  I just always felt that these products would only moisturize my face than actually work.  This is the reason why I was so excited to get Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer because I wanted to see if this product would prove me wrong.

The warning does say that it is a strong product and believe me it is very strong.  If you have sensitive skin, then you might want to start with just a little bit and then increase as your skin progresses.

On the first night that I tried the moisturizer, my skin got irritated and pink.   My skin is sensitive but I did not know that I would have this reaction.  I didn’t give up on it so easily.  After a few tries, my skin started getting irritated but I could already see that my skin was looking more refreshed.

The claims they make are not false; it doesn’t eliminate your wrinkles but it evens out your skin tone.  It fades out those stubborn deep wrinkles so it did do the job for the most part I am very pleased.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer is more expensive than the norm that you see at the drugstore.  But it is definitely cheaper than a specialty beauty store.  If you are looking for something that won’t break your bank, then definitely try out this product.

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The moisturizer is very creamy and light so it’s great for my skin because I don’t like anything too heavy on my skin and especially before going to bed.

At the end of the day, I recommend this product because it does even out your skin and makes you skin look refreshed!

Let me know your thoughts on this product.  Please comment below! I would love to hear from you.

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How to keep your skin hydrated during this cold winter

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Dry skin can be so uncomfortable during the brutal winter.  During the winter, my skin gets so dry that it bleeds even if I moisturize.  I had to really learn how to prevent my skin from bleeding and keep my skin looking smooth.  How do you get to keep your skin hydrated during this cold winter?  It is really important to defend yourself against the odds so you can maintain smooth skin all season.  The trick to have smooth looking skin is to show some love and care to your internal and external body.

Here are some quick tips:

1.  Eat healthy.  It is that simple but that difficult as well.  Basically, you are what you eat.  Adding foods that have Omega’s 3 to your eating habits will help you look rejuvenated.  What kinds of food have Omega’s 3? Salmon, walnuts, olive oil, soybean are just a few of many foods that have Omega 3.  It is so easy to bing out because you are covered up with a coat.

2.  Avoid hot showers.  I have found personally that when you take hot shower it really dries your skin.  Try to take colder showers so your skin does not dry out further during the winter.  It can be difficult to take cold showers when it’s cold outside but definitely make an effort.  Please make sure to moisturize your skin as soon as you are done with your shower.

3.  Apply oils after you shower.  I prefer to use oils right before going to bed because it makes my skin feel refreshed and smooth.  It does not settle in like lotion but if you use it overnight, then it won’t bother you as opposed if you applied it during the day.  Lavender or chamomile essential oil works great and it actually helps you get a good night’s rest and lubricate your skin at the same time.

4.  Don’t forget to use facial moisturizer.  It can be any of your liking for your face but it is really important that you do not forget.  Keeping your face moisturized by applying lotion twice a day.  Once in the morning and at night.

5.  Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated as well.  When you walk around in the city when it’s cold, you prefer holding a cup of coffee than a bottle of water.  But, it’s super important to keep drinking that water to get your body ready for summer and bikini season.

There are so many more tricks to do so I would love to hear what is your regimen during this season.

What is the best age to start your kid in a sport?

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As my kids are now getting older, I started thinking if I should sign them up to some sort of sport.  My son has so much energy and I would love for him to burn that energy off and at the same time make some friends along the way.  But still the question remains, is it too early to sign them up at the age of five?

After reading articles on the matter, I was more confused and mixed than ever! Other articles suggest to wait until they are 10 years old before you sign them up to play a sport because of injuries.  It goes even further to say that if you only sign them up in one sport then the kids will have even serious injuries.  There are so many different articles out there to talk about with different point of views.  I am no expert in the matter, but I do want my kids to have fun playing outside of the home.  It is so easy to just plop your kids in front of the television and that is not what I want them to do.  I want them to have a childhood that is filled with laughter and running around outside.  I grew up not having to be a part of a league because I was always playing outside with anything that my imagination allowed me.  But, nowadays we live in a scary world where anything bad can happen so you really have to be selective where they play and whom they play with and it really breaks my heart that it has come to this point.

I wish my kids would have experienced a world where you can run outside without a care in the world.  Where neighbors would look out for each other and the door could be left wide open.  Where everyone knew your family and you knew their family as well.  However, this is not my reality, I have to make the best with what I have with my kids.

At the end of the day, you do what you think is best for your family and kids.  For now, I will sign up my five year old to a sport I think will be great for him to have some fun.  If he decides to change a sport later or not do any sports, then I will deal with that matter when the problem arrives.  I just want to be the best parent that I can be for my kids.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Did you sign up your kids at an early age?

New year, new me all over again!

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It’s official that we are in 2015, but somewhere along the way I missed the whole “New Year, New Me”  phrase or should I say MeMe.  I thought that I was up to date with most things but apparently being a mom of two made me miss this trend that was all over twitter.  I wish I could keep up with all the trends that are out there but how in the world do you keep up with all the trends while just trying to keep up with your own kids?

I try not to be one of those that tells everyone their new year’s resolutions.  Don’t get me wrong, if you love sharing with others then please go right ahead.  I just don’t like to disappoint myself when I don’t finish that to do list; that’s how I see it.  I don’t see it as resolutions, I see it as a to-do list of things that you have to accomplish before the end of the year.  I already have way too many things on my list so I definitely don’t need to add more.

My to-do list consists of blogging, editing, cleaning bathrooms, cooking, feeding kids and it goes on and on.  I just feel like it never ends.  At the end of the day, I always try to do too much in one day and I never finish so I just take one step at a time.

In the end, I think it should be about making improvements in our lives.  Whether it’s getting a better job, working out or traveling more it’s about making the best of what you have.  I think it makes a difference when you have faith that you will succeed than expecting to fail.  Don’t focus so much on the resolution, but on making the best of what you have and making it better.

 

#Makeupby1D Review


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What do you get when you add One Direction with makeup together…?  The result is a one of a kind One Direction makeup kit.  The kit comes in a collectible package and the most coveted colors that anyone could ask for.

This could be the perfect holiday or birthday gift for your friends and family. Are you an aunt or uncle that wants to look cool? It would be the perfect gift for your niece.

The mascara kit includes three different shades that are designed for eyes and hair.  They come in bold and vibrant colors; perfect for a concert or a girls night out.  When you apply the mascara, you will notice the texture to be creamy and cakey.  It is extremely pigmented that it looks great adding a little color to your hair or your eyes.  As for the eyes, you might want to try one first and test it out.  Below is a picture of the mascara on my skin.

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My favorite were the lipglosses because it is in my opinion that you can never have enough of them and especially finding the right hue.  The cool feature about these lipglosses is that it changes color under UV light.  It’s great if you are going to a concert and it will help you get noticed! Unfortunately, I do not have UV light to test these products but if you do please share your pictures here.  Below is a sample of how the lip gloss looks against my skin.

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About the Product
ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA; Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours.
FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better! #lookscollection #markwins
AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.Why don’t we go there- Shock of blue
Does he know?- Pinkest hot pink
Story of my life- Amped canary yellow LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSSLiquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.
Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken – Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV lightROCK ME NAIL KITROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night.
Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter
Moments- UV neon pink
Diana- UV 3D holographicGlitter Toppings:
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star– UV holo glitterMakeup by One Direction will hit the follow stores November 15th!
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Lord & TaylorPlease visit them on their facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirectionDisclosure: I received the above mentioned products to conduct a review, no other compensation has been received.  Any opinions expressed are my own.  Powered by Brandbacker.

#ZZZQuil Scented Sleep Aid #Voxbox Review

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When I was young, I remember that I could sleep through anything.  It was a great feeling to be able to sleep without any interruptions.  After having my kids, that all went out the window. For several years, I have struggled with sleep.  I get interruptions every single night and I know that it is not going away any time soon.  It’s like I have a ticking clock that wakes me up every two hours.  By the time that 6am rolls around, both kids are up and I am exhausted.

I have taken sleeping pills and even cold medicine to make me fall asleep but it doesn’t really work on me for some reason.  At this point, I have given up on sleep and all I feel like doing is taking a nap all the time.  But the only problem with naps is that I don’t like them either.  This is why I was super excited to receive a  sleeping aide that would help me sleep better.  #ZZZQuil helps you create a relaxed environment so that you can sleep at ease.

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The lavender smell is not too strong but that is my own opinion.  If the smell bothers you then I suggest placing it within a close reach but not too close to you. For some people, smell can be a bit overwhelming.  You just have to find the right adjustment.

I have been using the sleep aid for a week and I have to say that it has helped me relax. And the best part of it is that I do not have to use a pill or drugs to assist me.  If you have issues with sleep, I highly recommend this product to help you.  Use #ZZZQuil to create that perfect relaxed environment to sleep.

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

#Kiss Instawave Curler Review


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As a busy mom, I am always looking for new products that would make my hair look like I just stepped out of the hair salon.  I have really curly hair but for some reason I prefer wavy hair more than curly.  I was excited to receive the Kiss Instawave for reviewing purposes.  Actually, I want to see if this product really produces the results that they claim.

At first when you read the directions, it looks pretty easy.  It was a bit challenging to get my hair to curl.  Eventually after a few attempts, it curled just a little bit.  My hair is really thin so I think this is the reason why it had a hard time curling it.  One of the benefits about this curler is that you hardly get burnt using it.  Most of the curlers I use end up burning at some point.  Besides not getting burnt, I also worried about my hair tangling up because my hair gets tangled over anything.  On the package it says that you can get different kinds of curls but I am still working on trying to create them.

I definitely recommend using it on the low setting because it tends to get pretty hot.  If not used wisely, I can see the hair getting severely damaged.  My tip when using this product is to make sure to use heat protectant! You do not want to damage your hair for some pretty curls.

Here is some information about Kiss Instawave:

  • Fully automatic, tangle free-curler
  • Innovative design lets you curl from any position using either hand
  • Curl dial makes it simple to switch between left and right curl directions
  • Ceramic Ionic Technology protects hair for healthy, shiny results
  • Two heat settings with maximum temperature of 420 degrees
  • Auto shutoff after 90 minutes for added safety

Here is my before picture:

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Here is my after picture:

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The Kiss Instawave is available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada at various retailers.  You can learn more about the curler here and you can watch a demonstration video.

I hope you have enjoyed this review and found “Charis by Design” to help you with your buying decision.  Don’t forget to check out their site:

http://www.kissinstawave.com/

Let me know how well this product worked for you.  Send pictures or just leave a comment.  Come back again soon!

Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned products to conduct a review, no other compensation has been received.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

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