Monday, June 30, 2014

Soniclear Antimicrobial Sonic Cleansing System Review


 
I recently got to try a new system that is designed to help you clean your face and body much better than you can with a washcloth and soap and it's called Soniclear Antimicrobial Sonic Cleansing System from Michael Todd Organics. Also, if you follow the link that I just provided it will give you 15% off of a Soniclear or any other product from Michael Todd Organics.
 
Soniclear includes:
  • 1 Soniclear Device
  • 1 Facial Brush Head with Cover
  • 1 Body Brush Head with Cover
  • 1 Charging Stand
  • 1 Charging Cord
 
The Soniclear is different from the other cleaning devices in that it does something completely new as far as I know of and that is that it will protect itself from contamination! Soniclear micro-massages away dirt and impurities and removes makeup 6x better and cleanses 2x better than with hands alone. It will improve skin tone, reduced breakouts, helps to better absorb your skincare products and overall better cleansing all in one device!

Description:
Cleaner skin begins with a cleaner brush™. SONICLEAR is the first ever sonic skin cleansing brush with built in antimicrobial protection against stain and odor causing bacteria. Sonic cleansing can create a breeding ground for microbial contamination when skin cells, makeup and moisture residue combine with bacteria that cling to the the brush bristles between cleansings.  
Traditional rotary and sonic skin cleansing systems don’t offer protection against bacteria, so the team at Michael Todd set out to find a solution. After extensive research and testing, we found a way to incorporate safe, effective and durable antimicrobial technology into the brush heads at the time of manufacture.  
The result is SONICLEAR, a revolutionary sonic cleansing brush that thoroughly cleanses the skin and then protects itself against microbial contamination leaving the brushes cleaner, fresher for longer.

The Perks of Soniclear:
  • SONICLEAR is a workhorse of a cleansing tool featuring 2 Brush Heads: (i) one designed for facial cleansing and (ii) a second extra-large brush head for faster, more efficient body cleansing.
  • Separate Speed and Power Controls and Six Power Settings make it easy to customize your SONICLEAR cleansing experience to address your specific skin concerns.  And an Automatic Cleansing Timer lets you know when it’s time to move to another area of the face or body.
  • Fully Waterproof for use in the bath, shower or sink, SONICLEAR is also ergonomically designed and balanced for effortless cleansing and maximum control. Soft, Non-Slip Grips are provided for increased comfort and to prevent slipping, an extra plus when using in the shower.
  • SONICLEAR comes with its own Universal Charging and Storage Cradle for convenient storage and recharging between uses. And, a Two Year Warranty means years of trouble free enjoyment.
If you have ever used any kind of brush to clean your face then you will know just about how they work and while I can't tell you for sure how the decontamination process works because that is something you can't see with your eyes, I do know that the brush worked really well and my face and neck was smooth to the touch and felt silky and free of dirt. My skincare products quickly absorbed into my skin and that in turn left my skin looking more radiant and made my putting on makeup a smoother process.

I took this picture of the controls so that you can see how easy it is to operate and you will always know when it's on because it will light up.

The left is when it's off and the red dots will light up when you are using it. There are actually 6 speeds that you can select on the Soniclear! There are 3 facial and 3 body speeds.

How the rest works is more science than what I can explain in simple terms so I will let Michael Todd and their video explain how that works.

 
 
I will tell you that I used the 4th speed because it is for sensitive skin. Although I have dry skin, I have noticed that if I tend to rub too hard, I break out, so I always err on the side of caution and after reading the directions, I decided the 4th speed would be the best for me. Also, no matter which speed you choose, do not press hard on the skin. It vibrates enough to make up for that so pressing into your face is overkill. You can either use Michael Todd's cleanser or your own favorite cleanser that works well with your skin type. You know your skin the best, so continue to use what works best for you.
 
Here is a few of the speeds:
 
•    4th speed ~ Bottom red light on. This speed is intended for compromised or fragile skin, and is delicate enough for sensitive skin conditions. Use once a day or every other day to condition and improve skin without drying or irritation.
•    5th speed ~ Top red light on.  This speed is intended for normal skin types and cleansing six times better than hands alone. Use daily once or twice a day.
•    Top speed ~ Both red lights on. Use the Top speed when extra power is needed to loosen and remove dirt and debris.
 
One other important bit of information: You will need to charge this Soniclear for 24 hours prior to use. Also, do not use on your eyes! Take off your eye makeup like you normally do.
 
The brush on the left is for the face and the one on the right is for the body. 
 
 
They made them very different so I don't think you will confuse them as you can see they are totally different.
 
What you will not find in any products at Michael Todd Organics:
  • Made in USA
  • Made with organic ingredients
  • NO added water
  • NO Mineral oil, artificial color or synthetic fragrance
  • NO parabens or triclosan, phthalates or sulfates
  • NO animal testing (products tested on our chairman)  
About Michael Todd Organics:
First, we use as much organics as possible without compromising on performance and without unhealthy parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrance. Next, we we use organic aloe vera juice as a base instead of the added water used by many of our competitors. More than a year was spent working with formulators, chemists and certified aromatherapists pulling together science and art to achieve the recipes that would become true organics, effective organically based skin care solutions without the bad stuff.  
You will recognize the ingredients we use: apricot, avocado, carrot, coconut, cranberry, lemon, orange, pumpkin and tropical fruits to name a few. Mineral and anti-oxidant rich algae and kelp from the sea, green, black and rooibos teas, soothing aloe vera and antioxidant acai berry can also be found in our recipes. Instead of mineral oil, natural and refreshing plant oils made from olive, coconut, jojoba, neem, seabuckthorn seed and tea tree and butters made from cupuacu, shea and mango are used. 
We also make MICHAEL TODD true organics in the United States for better quality control and to create manufacturing jobs here at home.
Connect with Michael Todd Organics:

Email:  customerservice@michaeltoddtrueorganics.com
Phone   (772) 335-8885
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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway**Closed**


• Take the “What’s YOUR Spirit Bug?” Quiz and find out which smart, curious creature you are most like!
• Click through all the GIFs and soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
 
When life hands you dung, just roll with it.
 
At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.

Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer! The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!

 
Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit:

- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses
 
Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
 
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Help for Getting Royalities on Your Music


 
Did you know that you might be missing out on money owed you from royalties on your music? Do you know how to find out? I came across this website that helps composers do just that! It's called Tunecore and if you have written music that might be floating around out there that is making money but you haven't been paid, then I suggest you get in touch with Tunecore and let them walk you through the process.
 
TuneCore’s Music Publishing Administration team works hard to help the songwriters in our community collect and generate songwriter royalties all over the world.  For many composers, working with a music publisher to collect royalties from the songs they have written can be a significant income stream.
 
Read about how Composer Brian Crain, whose compositions have been used in feature films, discusses how TuneCore found him songwriter royalties he wasn't aware of.  Find out how TuneCore Music Publishing gets Brian songwriter royalties he didn’t even know he had, and how he sees the role of the songwriter shifting as the music industry continues to evolve. He found out that he was owed $4,000 that they got for him from Canada.  Apparently, there was a cash of uncollected royalties waiting for him that he wouldn’t have known about without TuneCore.
 
Of course, I don't write music myself but thought this might be useful to those of you who do. I know that if I was losing money that was rightfully mine, I would really appreciate it if someone passed along some information to help me track down money that I might be owed.
 
I hope this information helps those of you who can take advantage of this and that you find some of that money that has previously been lost. Good Luck Everyone!
 
"This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own."

Careers in Counseling


 
 
Most individuals enter the career field of counseling because they want to help people. It's a wise idea for someone interested in this profession to consider the various types of counseling before choosing a program of study. Check out a few examples of the types of occupations that are open to someone who holds a Master of Arts in Counseling.

School Counselor

This is an ideal occupation for someone who likes to work with teenagers and young children. A school counselor works with students who are having problems at home or behavior issues in school. A school counselor works with others, including a student's parents, psychologist and teachers, to determine how to best help the student with his or her challenges. A master's degree gives a school counselor the skills and training to serve students who are facing serious issues. Someone interested in becoming a school counselor or pursuing a similar occupation may want to think about a study program like WFU online.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Instead of working in a school environment, a licensed professional counselor works independently. The person may meet with one client or conduct a group therapy session. The education a person receives in a Master of Arts in Counseling program allows him or her to guide clients in addressing their problems and issues. A master's program of study gives students the opportunity to gain experience and hone their counseling skills.

Substance Abuse Counselor

This type of counselor helps those with substance addiction to work through their problems. This type of counselor needs a master's degree in order to assist clients in figuring out the reasons behind their addiction. After discovering the reasons behind an addiction, a patient can begin to recover and heal from those emotional wounds.

Marriage and Family Therapist

Finally, a marriage and family therapist helps couples who are experiencing serious trouble in their relationship. A counselor meets with one or both members of a couple to try to resolve these conflicts and find ways for them to become closer. A marriage and family therapist may also work with parents and children who are having difficulties with one another. This professional must be objective and understand how to use specific counseling techniques with clients. A master's degree, along with experience in counseling, is necessary for a marriage and family counselor.

Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

PRO Compression Marathon Sock Review + Giveaway**Closed**




I have some really awesome socks to share with you today from a company called Pro Compression and the name of the socks are their Marathan Socks. I chose to do the black ones for my review because the majority of my pants are black and it just made sense to me. I almost got a little crazy and went for the neon colors that they have, but the voice of reason won out.

Main Features:
  • Full-length, graduated compression design for maximum blood flow
  • Non-slip design, even after hours on your feet
  • Lightweight construction for incredible feel
  • Blended materials provide maximum comfort and support
  • Moisture control keeps you dry during your biggest efforts
  • Made in USA

I know by now most of you know that I have RA and Fibromyalgia, so anytime I can get something that might help with either of those, I am willing to try. Plus I do sit a good bit here on the computer and in general because of my back and shoulder pain. Graduated compression is shown to help increase blood flow in the legs which helps reduce lactic acid and helps you to recover faster and feel less fatigue.

So, I wanted to make sure that I wasn't hurting my circulation even though I get up regularly and walk around and play with Charlie, our Yorkie. I also have an incumbent bike I ride several times a week, but still wanted to be on the safe side.
 
Description of socks:
Experience maximum benefit with the Marathon full-length, graduated compression sock. True graduated compression technology improves blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster recovery. In addition to improving vascular performance, Marathon compression socks support critical areas, muscles and tendons and help reduce inflammation, swelling and soreness.
 
 
I am using their image of what the sock looks like on because mine kept coming out blurry and this way you get a clear picture of what they should look like. You can get these socks in the colors of white, pink, purple, royal blue, powder blue, lime, stars & stripes, red, white & blue stripes, black with red & blue dots, neon green with pink and lastly mj neon pink with stars. Your size options are below in the chart.
 
 
These socks are very tight so even I was smart enough to get the Large/XLarge and I am glad that I did because they fit very snugly and because I have short legs, these came up over my knees. I had to fold them down just a bit to get them back under the knee, but the main thing I wanted to get across is that even the Large size provided all the compression I needed.
 
I would recommend wearing at night because they can get a little hot, or at least it did for me. My husband says I freeze him because the air stays on 70 but honestly, if it doesn't, I burn up! I did love the fact that my legs felt better after wearing them for a few hours before bedtime and then I didn't have the problems I sometimes have with my legs feeling tight while I try to sleep.

Find out more about Pro Compression socks.
 
Pro Compression is offering my readers a 40% off coupon that is good on Marathan socks and Sleeves. Please use code: COMP40 upon checkout to receive your 40% off!
 
About Pro Compression:
Crazy as this may sound, since birth you might say I’ve been a bit of a "sock freak." Growing up, the average lifespan of my cotton socks was a matter of weeks. Once they lost that new feeling or started balling up in the heel or toe, they were history.

Without even realizing and by no fault of my own, I’d become a sock snob. Over the years I turned into an “enthusiast,” which lead me on a mission to create the perfect performance sock!

The idea for creating the perfect compression socks for everyday life was a combination of two things:  endurance sports (Triathlons & Marathons) and a lifelong love of the gentleman’s game. When not in the office, I found myself either training, racing or recovering. As the years passed by, I quickly learned that the recovery process is a true science and instantly fell in love with compression clothing and the benefits it provided.

Compression socks have become commonplace for endurance athletes, but still haven’t become the norm for everyday activities.  We continue to work every day, sharing the benefits that compression apparel can offer.
Connect with Pro Compression:

Email:  info@ProCompression.com

The awesome folks at Pro Compression will be giving one winner their own choice of colors for a pair of Marathon Socks. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Youth Express Eye Gel Review



 
I have a new eye product that you will definitely want to try if you have dark circles or puffy eyes! It's called Youth Express Eye Gel and it's made by Instanatural. It also works very well on wrinkles and baggy eyes also.
 
Main Features:
 
• Reduces The Appearance of Dark circles, Puffiness, Dryness and Sagging around the eyes.
• Increases elasticity, firms and plumps the skin around eyes.
• Provides improved tone and texture around the eyes.
• Hydrates the delicate eye area to prevent premature aging.
• Useful for the entire face. Can be applied all over the face for an enhanced glow and a more radiant looking face.
 
 
I love that they have made this container with this really large push down top that dispenses the eye gel easily and without any mess. I have RA and anything that can help me with inconvenient twisting and any unnecessary strain on my fingers, is something I really look out for.
 
I also love that Youth Express Eye Gel is 100% Natural and 75% Organic. I have been leaning more and more towards natural products in the past year because my skin has become so sensitive to scents and ingredients. There are no alcohols, parabens or sulfates in the ingredients. And the best part is that this product is made right here in the United States!
 
Ingredients:
 
Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Botanical hyaluronic acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L'Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Wildcrafted Vinca Major (Periwinkle), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis, Wildcrafted Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Organic Gotu Kola, Frankincense, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.
 
Of these ingredients the 3 that you will be most interested in are:
 
• Plant Stem Cells: Prevents premature aging of the fragile skin surrounding the eyes.
• Matrixyl 3000: Firms and tightens the skin around the eyes.
• Hyaluronic Acid: Deeply moisturizes the skin to reduce skin problems that occur due to age.
 
 
As you can see, it's a nice firm gel that is almost clear and it feels really good going on. I like to keep my gels (a registered skin specialist gave me this advice years ago) in my fridge. They last longer, especially if they are natural or organic, but the main reason is that the coolness will cause the product to give you even better instant results.
 
I also had read that models use this trick right before shoots to cause the pores to tighten making their face look flawless. They also will splash very icy water on their face. It may not last all day, but if you have something important that you want to look good for a few hours, this really does work!
 
Directions:
 
Can be used 2 times a day (morning and evening). Just pat around the eyes and on the forehead. Can be worn underneath makeup. I like to use it around the mouth area also for the firming & plumping that it provides.
 
While this product won't help deep wrinkles, it will help with some fine lines. It's mostly for dark circles, puffiness and for sagging skin. It will help even out the skin color which in turn helps your face look more glowing, so anytime you can look better is a plus in my book.
 
If you are not completely satisfied, they have a 100% 100-Day Satisfaction Guarantee! I know that this kind of guarantee is rare, so that should tell you something about their confidence that you will like this product!
 
About Instanatural:
InstaNatural was started as a small local business in Florida and after positive feedback from all their customers, they decided to step into online distribution. They launched their first product in 2013 and since then they have never looked back. 
At present, InstaNatural is a leading online distributer of six nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products. InstaNatural is constantly in search of wonderful natural ingredients from the whole world to bring to its customers beauty products bursting with efficiency to enhance the natural beauty that is often lost due to various external and internal factors.
You can buy the Youth Express Eye Gel on Amazon. 
 
Connect with Instanatural:
 
Mailing Address:
Po Box 310367 Miami, FL 33231 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Along the Watchtower Book Review


 
A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…
 

Author: David Litwack
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Genre: ContemporaryFantasy (13+)

The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare. Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities. The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.

In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde. His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell.


My Review:
It was a really great YA Fantasy book for those who love to play video games and understand how all of that works. I think to escape pain and things we don't want to deal with, we all have different things that we do. I don't think there is anything wrong with that, as long as you don't lose sight of what is real and what is not.

Freddie uses the video game that he and his combat buddies used to play to block out memories that he wants to forget. The alter ego of his dreams, is the Prince who must overcome evil before he can become king. In both worlds they have a single person who will help them recover what it is that they lost.

Thankfully, I think towards the end, well maybe, Freddie learns the difference between dreams and what is real. I would hate to think as a grown man he couldn't tell the difference. That wouldn't bode well for anyone who is in his life.
Happy Reading!
 

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine.

It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark.

Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies.

When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. His novels include: There Comes a ProphetAlong the Watchtower, and the newly released The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.
 
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Free Skin Secret Derma Roller Review



 
I have a new skincare product to share with you that I have to admit took me awhile to get up the courage to actually try it. You guys now me, I have some health issues and the last thing I needed was to mess up my face! I didn't really realize that this would have a roller ball with small tiny needles on it going over my face, so yes, I kept putting it off and then finally took the plunge on this new Skin Secret Derma 540 Roller.
 
What it can help with:
 
- Scar removal including acne scars
- Stretch Mark removal
- Wrinkle removal/reduction
- Cellulite reduction
- Large Pore reduction
- Hair Loss restoration
- Hyper Pigmentation treatment
 
 
It comes in this really nice sleek case that will help keep it clean and hopefully from getting dirty from dust. So, please keep it in this case when not using.
 
 
Your Derma 540 is made with Titanium alloy needles 1.0mm length, on a roller with a 540 needle count.
 
- Super easy to use
- Stimulates Collagen production
- No bruising, infection, discoloration, 'healing time' or other complications
- Cost effective
- Almost all skin types can be treated
- Extremely high absorption of any active ingredients from appropriate skin care products
 
Skin Secret has 100% guarantee, if you are not completely satisfied, return with no questions asked.
 
 
Directions:
  1. Make sure your skin is really clean, so do it twice to make sure all makeup and dirt is gone!
  2. Use a topical application of a hydrating serum and perform the treatment at night
  3. Using a sterilized Derma Roller, roll up and down the skin 3-4 times using an equal speed and light pressure (do not lift the roller off of the skin)
  4. First do it vertically, then horizontally and then diagonally across both ways. Complete this on both sides. Avoid the eyes and lips.
  5. The treatment should take 5-10 minutes and can be repeated 2 or 3 times a week.
  6. Apply a hydrating serum and/or moisturizer and massage into skin until absorbed.
Precautions:
 
Do not use on irritated skin, infected skin, active acne, fungal infections, rosacea, etc. If there is any skin sensitivity, stop immediately and consult a doctor. Do not share the roller as it needs to be used by one person only. Keep out of the reach of children.
 
 
Okay, because I started late and am still getting used to the roller, I am using it on my scar tissue on my belly from my hysterectomy and on my knee replacement scars to test it and make sure I know 100% how to use this before I put it on my face, I decided to grab this chart off of their site to show you some results. I have to also say that according to the Amazon site page, this product is getting quite a lot of 5 star reviews and people are raving about it. I am excited to have this and wish I had gotten over my fear a lot sooner but I am getting there. Go and check out the Amazon page and read some of the reviews and you will see what I mean. People are using this for just about everything and seem to be having a lot of success.
 
What Skin Secret says:
Micro needle technology, also called microneedling, allows your body to create collagen for natural and fast results. Not only do you get fast results from the Derma Roller, but it will also allow other lotions and serums to penetrate the skin. This will allow for visual and noticeable improvements can be achieved in just a few days! 100% MONEY BACK GUARNTEE We are certain that you will be happy with this premium product, but are willing to give a full refund if unhappy for any reason!
I can say that it looks like the scars are getting less noticeable and for me that is a big improvement over what I had in the beginning. I think I am just about ready to use it on my face now that I have gotten over the fear of the needles tearing me up. They really are so light you can barely feel them and you shouldn't have any problems. If you think you might be squeamish like I was, try a numbing cream and see if that helps calm your nerves. I didn't want to use anything so that is why I stared on my knee's and my belly just so I could get the feel of it and know what to expect.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Xfacio Labs Xtreme XT Toner Review & Giveaway**Closed**



 
If you are like me, I love using toners because I need the extra hydration that I get from them, especially in the summer months here in Georgia because our humidity is so high. I love this new one that I found from Xfacio Labs called the Xtreme XT Toner.
 
Main Features:

- An Immediate Tightening & Flash Firming Of Your Skin Reducing Fine Lines And Wrinkles.
- Multi Peptide Infusion Will Tighten Skin, Hydrating, Smoothing & Firming For Younger Looking Skin.
- Amino Acids, Vitamin C & Plant Extracts Will Help Repair Uneven Skin Tone & Discoloration.
- Soothes Skin While Restoring Radiance To It Like Diamonds In The Light
- Jojoba Oil Nourishes Increasing Moisture Levels For Softer Skin
- Organic Sulfur Heals Skin Driving Toxins Out
- Non Comedogenic, It Won't Clog Pores
- Works On All Skin Types
 
I can also tell you that I have used toners after I have cleansed my face but still wanted to feel like I was doing a little more and so I use toners to help finish up my cleansing routine and with this particular toner, they must have been thinking along the same lines. This is a spray so please shake it before spraying to make sure the ingredients are well mixed.
 
To use in conjunction with cleansers:
An essential Step 2 of the cleansing process, this skin toning lotion will help remove excess oils and dead skin cells while becoming your base layer for all ensuing serums, lotions and creams. By increasing the skin's permeability for better product penetration, your skin will get a dose of flash firming, improving your skins texture and giving you a more radiant skin tone.
This amazing toner smells like dried flowers. I love that they use botanicals along with some of the major anti-aging products to give us just a touch more to help fight the battle of aging skin. This toner is perfect for all skin types, so if you have oily or dry or combination, it will work. Just spray and get refreshed whenever you need to. It soothes, brightens and refreshes your skin without drying it out. They also guaranteed that you will see results in a week and I have to admit that they were right. My skin doesn't feel so tight and dull, which is a major improvement for me.

You will also notice that it gives the skin a plumper look and I think that is because of the hydration your skin feels and in turn it doesn't look so dry and pinched.  This is a dermatologist grade skincare product, so I wouldn't expect anything less.

Directions for use:

Use immediately after cleansing or when your face needs a quick refreshing lift. Use as A base layer under all other cosmetic products.
 
About Xfacio Labs:
Xfacio Labs LLC based in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area is a leading manufacturer of innovative and advanced skin care products with a concentration on the area of anti-aging skin care solutions. Our goal is to offer the highest quality products at a reasonable price point along with the best in customer service. 
Our flagship product, Xfacio Labs High Potency Anti Aging Serum was recently updated and improved using the latest and most advanced methods that are currently employed in the skin care industry. 
All of our products are all natural, highly organic, and manufactured here in the USA in FDA certified labs following GMP or good manufacturing practices with no animal testing. 
Xfacio Labs also utilizes Biophotonic Violet glass packaging for all of our products. Common used bottles and jars when exposed to light changes and accelerates the molecular decaying process of the enclosed product. The science of Biophotonics uses the existing light in a positive manner as opposed to a negative manner to stimulate the cellular activity of the product. 
By utilizing Biophotonic violet glass for all of our products, damaging light rays are filtered out allowing only the violet light to penetrate the bottles & jars continuing the activation and energization of the formula's molecules. The end result is that the formulas retain their potencies without degradation for a very long time.
Well, I didn't know until now that they are in Atlanta, Georgia! Not that far from me in Dawsonville, Georgia! I have to say I am rather proud of knowing that such a great product was made right here in my home state. You will be pleased to know that they do not test their products on animals.
 
You can buy this product on Xfacio Labs website or on Amazon. 
 
Connect with Xfacio Labs:

Email:  Mia@xfacio.com
Phone:  1-844-4-XFACIO 

The awesome folks at Xfacio Labs will be giving one winner their own Xtreme XT Toner to use! You will love this toner, I promise! Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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Dead Sea Mineral Mud Cleanser Review



 
If you have a dog and need a really good shampoo, then I have just the product for you to try. It's called Dead Sea Mineral Mud Cleanser from a company called Hampi Natural Pet Spa.
 
Main Ingredients:
  • 8.5 fl. oz / 250 ml
  • Dead Sea Mineral Mud
  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
  • Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract
  • Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract

  • It does have a very nice scent (like apricots) to it and Charlie was very interested in the scent also as you can see. But, then again, I haven't tried any Dead Sea Minerals that didn't smell good whether for dogs or humans. 
     
    This cleanser will purify and cleanse your dog for a hydrated skin (if your dog has dry skin like Charlie, all Yorkies do) and it will make their coat look revitalized.
     
    Directions: 
    Wet coat and apply a generous amount of Mud Cleanser and for a rich lather, massage into the coat, from root to the tip. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat if needed. They recommend using their Dead Sea Mineral conditioner, but I didn't have that one here. You can use this product every 3 to 4 weeks.
     
    Oh, one other thing, this shampoo will not lather and suds up like you are used to, so don't keep putting it on. Just coat their whole body with a thin layer and just massage into the skin. It will penetrate the skin and reach the roots, which will give them the relief that they need.
     
    If your dog is like Charlie, he loves scents, especially in lotions and he is constantly trying to lick all of my lotion off, so I had to be careful and watch him like a hawk so he didn't try to eat this cleanser before I had a chance to rinse him off! He's a character that is for sure. That is why I don't have any pictures of him wet, because if I had left him for a second, he would have been licking that stuff off!
    How to use:
    For Full Body Treatment:  
    For dogs with skin issues once a week For regular dog grooming once every 3 - 4 weeks
    For Spot Treatment:  
    For dogs with skin issues up to 3 times a week  
    How long should it be left on:  
    For full Body Treatments:  
    Option 1) Rinse the Mud out immediately after massage it in from head to tail.  
    Option 2) Leave in for up to 1 hour/until Mud dries and crumbles off and then rinse.  
    Tips and Tricks
    After applying the mud, wrap the body with a towel.  
    For Spot Treatments:
    Leave in for up to 1 hour/until Mud dries and crumbles off and then rinse.

    Tips and Tricks
    After applying the mud, wrap the treatment area with a towel or elastic bandage.
    I have been using it as a spot treatment for a few specific area's because Charlie won't let me put it on where he can reach it, so he doesn't get the full body treatment. But, there are a few spots on his neck and around his ears that seem to irritate him the most, so I will put a few drops there to try and help relieve some of his itching.
     
    All Yorkies have dry skin in case you didn't know and we have tried numerous shampoos and other treatments trying to find something to give him some relief. Another thing we do if you notice, is we keep his hair cut short. When it starts to get long, he starts biting his legs and stomach so we have to keep him buzzed. Yes, he is beautiful with the longer hair, but he is miserable.


    This is the best haircut for him with all of his skin problems. In July and August I will have them even buzz his facial hair so he doesn't have that full face. He will look like a rat terrier then but at least he will be cooler and his skin won't bother him so much. I think it's the strangest thing that Yorkie's have long hair but are miserable so why they were breed that way with their skin is beyond me.

    About Hampi Natural Pet Spa:
    What we do
    We develop and produce grooming products for dogs, such as mud bath treatments and natural dog shampoos and conditioners for dog lovers and professional groomers alike. We also offer these supplies at wholesale or retail prices.

    The Story
    The story begins with a vacation to the Dead Sea. The owners’ dog, HAMPI was intrigued by the natural mud pools at the Dead Sea and jumped in for a bath. After rinsing off the Dead Sea Mud, the owners were in awe. Her coat was silky, smooth and shiny. They wanted other dogs to enjoy the same benefits that HAMPI experienced at the Dead Sea.

    The Company
    Hence, the company was founded in 2006 as Divazi Distributor Corp.
    The product line was later branded as HAMPI Natural Pet Spa.
    Connect with Hampi Natural Pet Spa:

    Email:  info@hampinaturalpetspa.com
    Phone: 1-855-464-2674
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    Which Heart Rate Monitors Are Best?


     
    Heart Rate Monitors For Fitness
     
    People who are trying to get in good shape must remember that a heart rate monitor can change the way they exercise. Exercises can be quantified with the best technology on the market for fitness, and that technology can worn around the wrist. People who shop HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com today in search of fitness technology should try to find the monitor that is going to give them all the best information for their purposes.

    On The Wrist

    Wearing these monitors as watches is the best way for people to keep their fitness technology on them at all times. These monitors are easily confused as watches, and many of them have watch displays. It is easy to reference the monitor during a workout, and the people who are exercising can easily determine what must be done next during the workout. Some people may need to make sure that they get a little bit more work in, but other people will see how many calories they have burned and stop working out for the day.

    Diet Information

    The information that people put into their watches will give them nutritional advice that will help them to get into a calorie deficit every day. There are many ways for people to lose weight, and comparing calorie input with workout numbers shows people how much they have burned for the day. There are some diets that require large amounts of calories and exercise. The monitor can track all this information, and the exerciser will be able to quickly note how much work they have done that day.

    The best way for people to lose weight is by tracking everything they do during the day. People who start a new diet will change the way they live their lives when they are tracking all of their exercise and nutrition information. The calories that people burn are important to their overall health, and noting them on a heart rate monitor can be an eye-opening experience. Simply use the monitors to figure out which workouts are most efficient and eat a healthy diet to keep the body healthy during the day.

    Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

    Rival Hearts Book Review



    I have another book in the Quilts of Love series called Rival Hearts written by Tara Randel that I think you will really enjoy reading.

    Synopsis:
    They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost? 
    Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter's Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests. 
    Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?
    I believe that things work out when we least expect them to. I know in my case it was when I decided to stop searching for someone to love, that is when Mike came into my life. I realized I had been looking and searching in all the wrong places and was meeting the wrong type of men. I decided to stop and remain still for awhile and that is when things fell into place.

    Sometimes, it is when you least expect it, is when magic happens and in Molly's & Ben's case, although they are deeply competitive about their careers and jobs, Molly realizes that a job is not as important as finding love.

    What she does next will surprise her, Ben and her boss, but it's the right thing for her to do for herself and Ben. This is a great story that can apply to many people for many reasons, whether it's about love, your job or something else, it's a heartwarming story that shows we really are good people underneath, we just have to dig a little deep sometimes to let that person out.

    Happy Reading!